Payment of Transport Allowance to Central Government Employees posted in offices located at Faridabad, Ghaziabad Gurgaon, and Noida

Payment of Transport Allowance to Central Government Employees posted in offices located at Faridabad, Ghaziabad Gurgaon, and Noida —Order of Hon’ble Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Principal Bench, New Delhi
No. 21/8/2010-ElI (B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 7th March, 2014.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Payment of Transport Allowance to Central Government Employees posted in offices located at Faridabad, Ghaziabad Gurgaon, and Noida —Order of Hon’ble Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Principal Bench, New Delhi in O.A. No. 2080/2012 of ML Rustagi vis Union of India & Others and 22 OAs (clubbed together) – Matter regarding

The undersigned is directed to refer to Order dated 4th October, 2013 of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Principal Bench, New Delhi in O.A. No. 2080/2012 of ML Rustagi v/s Union of India & Others and 22 similar OAs (clubbed together) wherein Honble CAT has directed the Ministry of Finance to re-examine the whole issue of payment of Transport Allowance to Central Government Employees posted in offices located at Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and Noida holistically taking into consideration its history starting from the issue of 0M. No, 21(1)197-E-ll(B) dated 3.10.1997, the various directions given by the Tribunal from time to time, the arguments advanced by the Applicants in all the OAs for grant of special dispensation to satellite towns with further direction that the decision taken is to be communicated to Ministries/Departments by means of a reasoned order.

2. Accordingly, as directed by Hon’ble CAT, the entire matter has been re-examined ab-mulo in this Ministry. It is stated that Central Government Employees posted in offices located at Fandabad, Gurqaon, Ghaziabad and Noida are eligible for Transport Allowance rates appli├žablejp Qther Places specified in Ministry of Finance 0.M. No. 21(2)/2008-E-II(B) dated 29.08 2008 and NOT at ‘A-1/A’ class cities rates for the following reasons/grounds:-

(a) The ‘special dispensation’ to certain localities, including Faridabad, Ghaziabad,Gurgaon, and Noida, in the matter of grant of House Rent Allowance (HRA) and City Compensatory Allowance (CCA) were allowed, as special cases by means of separate orders issued during 1974 to 1990. The ‘special dispensation’ allowed grant of HRA & CCA at Delhi rates to employees posted in offices located in Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, and Noida However, the ‘special dispensation’ was neither based on classification of Faridabad. Ghaziabad, Gurgaon. or Noida as ‘A-I/A’ Class cities nor inclusion of any of these areas into Delhi (UA) for the purpose of HRA and CCA.

(b) The special dispensation in the matter of grant of HRA & CCA at rates applicable to ‘A lIA’ Class cities to certain localities including Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon. and Noida has been continued till date in respect of HRA and till 31 .08.2008 in the respect of CCA, by making existing provisions in the order issued by the Ministry of Finance since 1993.

(c) The concept of Transport Allowance was introduced by the Fifth Central Pa Commission (5 CPC) to defray the cost of commuting between residence and office. The 5CPC recommended grant of Transport Allowance @ Rs.800, Rs.400 and Rs.100 p.m. for ‘A1/A class cities and © Rs.400. Rs,200 and Rs.75 p.m. for remaining cities/towns to be classified as ‘Other Places’. The 5th CPC had not specified/recommended to what should be the basis for classification of cities/towns as ‘A-1/A’ class cities or Other Places for the purpose of Transport Allowance. On accepting the recommendation of 5thCPC, order for grant of Transport Allowance was issued vide Ministry of Finance O.M. No, 21(1)197-E-ll(B) dated 3.10.1997. Though it was decided that the cities classified as ‘A-1’ and ‘A’ for the purpose of CCA shall be the same for grant of Transport Allowance also, however. it was not decided to extend the special dispensation’ granted to CCA. in respect of certain localities including Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, and Noida,. for Transport Allowance.

(d) Clarification in this regard was issued at point No.9 of Ministry of Finance 0M. No. 21(1)/97-E-ll(B) dated 22.02.2002 that the ‘special dispensation’ to some cities was extended in the case of HRA/CCA only, and that it was not applicable for Transport Allowance,

(e) The issue of grant of Transport Allowance at higher rates to employees posted in offices located in Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and Noida were raised in various OAs filed in CAT, in particular OA No. 127012005 which was disposed by Order dated 18.11.2005. OA No. 483/2005 along with OA No. 1292/2005 disposed by Order dated 16.09.2005 and OA No. 2263/2005 disposed by Order dated 03.01.2006. The Order of CAT dated 16.09.2005 in OA No, 483/2005 was challenged in the Delhi High Court and the matter was admitted as WP (C) No. 2600/2006 of ESIC & Others v/s Joint Action Council Speciality and Doctors wherein the Union of India is being represented through Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment. The Hon’ble High Court of Delhi is yet to decide the matter. Hence, the order of CAT allowing grant of Transport Allowance at ‘A-i/A’ class cities to employees’ posted ¡n offices located at Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and Noida therefore. sub-judice.

(f) The 6th CPC while recommending CCA to be subsumed in Transport Allowance, did not recommend any special dispensation to be given to any locality in the matter of grant of Transport Allowance. Orders on implementation of the recommendations of the 6” CPC were issued vide Ministry of Finance 0M. No. 21(2)12008-Eli (B) dated 29.08.2008 (effective from 01 .09.2008) wherein higher rates of Transport Allowance were allowed to ‘A-i/A’ class cities and lower rates to ‘Other Places”. The names of those 13 cities, to which higher rates of Transport Allowance is admissible, have been explicitly mentioned therein, which do not include Faridabad. Ghaziabad. Gurgaon or Noida. All cities/towns/places other than those 13 specified cities, comes under the classification of ‘Other places’ for the purpose of admissibility of Transport Allowance. Moreover, Delhi(UA) classified as ‘A-1’ class city for CCA purpose does not include the areas of Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and Noida

3. Therefore, Transport Allowance to Central Government Employees posted in offices located at Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and Noida should be regulated as per the rates applicable to ‘Other Places’ in terms of Ministry of Finance 0M. No. 21(2)12008-E.ll (B) dated 29.8.2008.

Sd/-
(Subhash Chand)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

 sourse : FINMIN

Committee for Extension of Service of Scientists beyond the age of Superannuation Reconstituted

Committee for Extension of Service of Scientists beyond the age of Superannuation Reconstituted
Re-Constitution of Departmental Peer Review Committee for considering the cases for extension of service of Scientists beyond the age of superannuation
No.26012/5/2014-Estt (A.IV) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Personnel and Training 

New Delhi, dated the March, 2014 

OFFICE MEMORANDUM 

Subject : Re-Constitution of Departmental Peer Review Committee for considering the cases for extension of service of Scientists beyond the age of superannuation. 

The Prime Minister has approved the composition of the Standing Peer Review  Committee in respect of Department of Bio-Technology with the following composition for extension of service of Scientists beyond the age of superannuation under FR 56(d): 

i)
Dr.K.VijayRaghavan, Secretary
Department of Bio-Technology
Chairman
ii)
Dr S.Ayyappan, Secretary
Department of Agricultural Research &
Education & Director General,
Indian Council of Agricultural Research
Member
iii)
Dr.R.K.Shevgaonkar,
Director, IIT, New Delhi
Member
iv)
Dr.V.M.Katoch,
Secretary, Department of Health Research,
Director General, ICMR
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Member
v)
Secretary, Deptt.of Personnel & Training
Member
2. The tenure of the Committee will be two years.

3. The Committee will hold biennial meetings, three to four months in advance to consider the proposals for extension of service coming up in the six months block i.e., April- September and October-March so that the ACC gets sufficient time to consider the proposals. The recommendation of the Peer Review Committee for extension of service beyond 60 years and up-to 62 years may be submitted to the EC Division of DOP&T for obtaining approval of the ACC.

4. The Committee will also consider the cases of extension of service beyond 62 years and up-to 64 years and the recommendation of the Committee may be submitted to the Establishment Division for placing the same for consideration by the Screening Committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary before obtaining the approval of the ACC.
Sd/-
(B.Bandyopathyay)
Under Secretary

source : DOPT

Hospitals are continuing the cashless facilities to the CGHS beneficiaries – Health Ministry

Hospitals are continuing the cashless facilities to the CGHS beneficiaries – Health Ministry
There have been reports in the Media that private hospitals on the panel of CGHS are denying credit facilities to the eligible CGHS beneficiaries for delay in settlement of hospitals bills. Lower package rates and inadmissible deductions etc. have also been reported to be the other reasons for withdrawal of agreed cashless /credit facilities.

In this regard, the CGHS beneficiaries are advised not to be guided by such misleading information. Delay in payments in the last quarter of the financial year due to budgetary constraints is not a new phenomenon and the hospitals are aware of it. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has taken special steps and the pendency is likely to be cleared within a week.

CGHS has already invited bids for revision of package rates through a transparent tender process. The last date for submission of bids is 10th March, 2014. Measures have also been taken to streamline the payment related issues in the ensuing empanelment process.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will ensure that the CGHS empanelled private hospitals continue to extend cashless /credit facilities to the eligible CGHS beneficiaries in compliance with the terms and conditions as laid down in the Memorandum of Agreement signed by them with CGHS. As per the information received by the Ministry, most of the private hospitals are continuing to extend the cashless facilities to the CGHS beneficiaries.

 Hospitals are continuing the cashless facilities to the CGHS beneficiaries – Health Ministry
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