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Rly Board’s Estt. Circulars 2013

August 31, 2013

Assured Career Progression Scheme (ACPS) for the Railway Employees

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-V/2004/ACP/1 Dt. 14/01/2013

RBE No:  01/2013

Subject:  Assured Career Progression Scheme (ACPS) for the Railway Employees -regarding.

Please refer to Board’s letter No. PC-V/99/I/1/1, dated 01-10-1999 on the above subject Para-8 of the Annexure-1 of Board’s above cited letter dt. 01-10-1999 provided as under:
“8. The financial upgradation under the ACP Scheme shall be purely personal to the employee and shall have no relevance to his/her seniority position. As such, there shall be no additional financial upgradation for the senior employee on the ground that the junior employee in the grade has got higher pay-scale under the ACP Scheme.”

2. The ACP Scheme was applicable upto 31-08-2008 and was replaced by the Modified Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) with effect from 01-09-2008. As the revised pay scales are applicable w.e.f 01-01-2006, those employees who received ACP between 01-01-2006 to 31-08-2008 got financial upgradation under ACP Scheme in the revised pay scales.

3. Instances of senior employees who got benefit under ACP Scheme prior to 01-01-2006 and are drawing. less pay than their juniors who got benefits under ACP Scheme after 01-01-2006 (i.e. between 01-01-2006 and 31-08-2008) have been considered in consultation with DoP&T and it has been decided to allow stepping up of pay in such case where the senior, but for the pay revision on account of 6th CPC, would have continued to draw higher pay, subject to the following conditions:-

i. Both the junior and the senior Railway servants should belong to the same cadre and the posts in which they have been promoted/financially upgraded should be identical in the same cadre.

ii. The pre-revised scale of pay and the revised grade pay of the lower and higher posts in which they are entitled to draw pay should he identical.

iii. The senior Railway servant should have been drawing equal or more pay than the junior before receiving ACP/Promotion.

iv. The stipulations as contained in DOPT’s O.M. No.4/7/92-Estt.(Pay-I) dated 04-11-1993 circulated vide Board’s letter No.F(E)-11/94/PAI/2, dated 07-12-1994 (RBE No.108/94) along with revision of pay scales may be observed while granting such a stepping up of pay.

4. This Issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

Merger of Grades and Revised Classification and mode of filling up of Non-gazetted posts

Railway Board Letter No:  E(NG)I-200a/PM1/15 dt. 15/1/13

RBE No: 02/2013

Subject:  Implementation of Recommendations of 6th CPC – Merger of Grades – Revised Classification and mode of filling up of Non-gazetted posts – Scheme for filling up of vacancies after 31.12.2012

Ref :  Board’s letters of even number dated 03.09.2009, 07.06.2010, 21.11.2011 on the above subject

The  existing  methodology  and  benchmarking for promotion,  as  enumerated in  the  Board’s  letters referred to above, may be applied  till.31.03.2013,  till further orders.

Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme Table of benefits for the savings Fund upto 31.12.2013

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-III/2000/GIS/2 dated 17/01/2013

RBE No:  03/2013

Subject:  Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme, 1980 – Table of benefits for the savings Fund for the period from 1.1.2013 to 31.12.2013.

In continuation of this Ministry’s letter No. PC-III/2000/GIS/2 dated 26.04.2012, a copy of O.M. No. 7(2)/EV/2012 dated 15.01.2013 of the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure on the above subject is forwarded  for information and necessary action.

Option to join Rail Coach Factory at Rae Bareli

Railway Board Letter No:  L No. CAO/RCF/RBL/ESTT/ application Dated 17/01/2013

Subject:  Setting up of Rail Coach Factory at Rae Bareli – Requirement of staff.

Ref :  Railway Board Letter No E(NG)II 2007/PO/Genl/18 dated 13.03.2013.

A Rail Coach Factory is being set up at Rae Bareli (UP).  This factory is one of the premier projects of the Indian Railways and is required to be completed within a time bound schedule. The construction work is in full swing and production of LHB coaches has already commenced. In this regard many notifications have been issued by this organization calling for applications/options.

This organization is in urgent need of Supervisors and Ministerial Staff of Mechanical, Engineering, Personnel, S&T, Store, Finance and General Departments working in various streams and grades. They may submit their applications/options through proper channel.

In this connection Railway Board vide Letter No E(NG)II 2007/PO/Genl/18 dated 13.03.2013, has now extended the last date of cadre closing as 30.06.2013.

It may be mentioned that the staff who opt for regular absorption in Rail Coach Factory, Rae Bareli have been allowed (as an incentive for joining the project) the benefit of three advance increments in the existing grade. Railway employees posted to Rail Coach Factory, Rae Bareli have also been allowed retention of Railway accommodation at the previous place of posting for a period of five years on payment of normal rent. The staff, who will join the project upto 30.06.2013 will get the benefit of seniority from his length of service in the present grade/post.

The staff who will join after 30.06.2013 will be considered only against the Direct Recruitment Quota as per extant terms and condition applicable, subject to availability of vacancies against the quota.

In view of the urgency, it is once again requested to kindly arrange to give wide publicity  amongst the staff on your Railway/units. Please forward options of the willing staff, in the enclosed proforma for regular absorption in RCF/RBL along with attested photo copies of service record, leave account and status of D&AR /vigilance clearance to this organization at the earliest so that staff can join RCF/RBL prior to 30.06.2013.

Revision of rates of stipend to apprentice Junior Engineer (JE) on Railways

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-V/2008/PS/1(Stipend) dated 18.01.2013

RBE No:  04/2013

Subject:  Revision of rates of stipend to apprentices and trainees on Railways

Consequent upon the revision of training period from 12 weeks to 12 months (52 weeks) for the Jr. Engineer Mechanical Department, item No. 28 of the Schedule of Board’s letter of even number dated 15-12-2008 stands modified as under:

S.No. Category Training Period Revised Pay Band of the Post (Rs.) Grade Pay (Rs.) Revised rates of stipend along with corresponding grade pay (Rs.)
Mechanical and Electrical Departments
28. Jr.Engineer Gr.II (Diploma Holder) 12 months (52 Weeks) 9300-34800 4200 9300 + 4200

2. The above revised rates of stipend are applicable to those batches that undergo the modified training modules as indicated against the category.

3. this issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways.

Fixed Medical Allowance to beneficiaries of New Pension Scheme

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-VI/ 311 dated 22-01-2013

RBE No:  05/2013

Subject:  Fixed Medical Allowance to railway beneficiaries of New Pension Scheme drawing additional relief on death /disability of railway servant.

The Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) is granted to Railway pensioners/family pensioners in terms of instructions contained in Board’s letter dated 21-4-99, 1-3-2004 and subsequent clarifications issued from time to time.

Grant of FMA to the railway beneficiaries of NPS drawing additional relief on death/disability of railway servant in terms of Board’s letter No. 2008/AC-II/21/19 dated 29-5-2009 has been examined in consultation with Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare. Since in terms of para 602 of IRMM-2000, railway employees are entitled for medical attendance and treatment facilities, free of charge, the NPS railway pensioners drawing additional relief on death/disability of Railway servant in terms of Board’s letter dated 29-5-2009 and staying beyond 2.5 KMs from the nearest Railway Hospital/Health unit can get a RELHS card by paying necessary amount to enable them to obtain indoor treatment. They are also entitled to draw FMA as fixed by the Government. The necessary amount for getting RELHS Card as prescribed in Board’s letter No. 2003/H/28/1/RELHS dt. 16.3.2009 are as under :

(i) The employees who have already retired. A sum equivalent to double the amount of revised basic pension after the implementation of VIth CPC.
(ii) Family pensioners A sum equivalent to double the amount of revised family pension after the implementation of VIth CPC.

2. As and when the Health Insurance is introduced in Railways, the New Pension Scheme railway pensioners would be shifted to the Health Insurance Scheme.

3. These orders are issued with the concurrence by Health and Finance Directorates of the Ministry of Railways.

Re-exercise option to come over to the Revised Pay Structure for a period up to 31.03.2013

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-VI/2012/RSRP/1 Dt. 28/01/2013

RBE No:  06/2013

Subject:  Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 — The re-exercise of option under Rule 6 of the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 in the case of employees covered under letter dated 23.03.2012

1. As per provisions contained in Rules 5 & 6 of the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008, the railway employee had an option to elect to come over to the revised pay structure either from 01.01.2006 or from the date of his next increment or from the date of promotion, upgradation of pay scales. Such an option was to be exercised within 3 months from the date of publication of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008. The rule also provides that the option once exercised shall be final.

2. This Ministry issued instructions vide letter of even No dated 23.03.2012 providing that those Railway employees who were due to get their annual increment between February, 2006 to June, 2006 may be granted one increment on 01.01:2006 in the pre-revised pay scale as a one time measure and, thereafter they will get the next increment in the Revised Pay structure on 01.7.2006 as per Rule 10 of the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008.

3 In view of the benefit extended to the employees as per the aforesaid letter dated 23.03.2012 the issue relating to according of a fresh opportunity to the employees to re-exercise their option to come over to the revised pay scale as per Revised Pay Rules, 2008 was raised by the Staff Side of the Joint Consultative Machinery in the meeting of the National Anomaly Committee held on 17.7.2012.

4. The matter has been considered by the Government and having regard to the fact that the provisions of the aforesaid letter dated 23,03.2012 bring about a material change in the basis for exercise of option to come over to the revised pay structure in terms of the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 in respect of employees who are covered under the said letter dated 23.03.2012, the President is pleased to decide that all those employees who are covered under the provisions of aforesaid letter dated 23.03.2012 may once again be permitted to re-exercise their option to come over to the Revised Pay Structure.

5. The benefit under these orders for re-exercise of option shall be available for a period up to 31.03.2013. The revised option shall be intimated to the head of the office by the concerned employees in accordance with the provision of Rule 6(2) of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008.

6. All the Zonal Railways/Production Units etc. are requested to bring the content of this letter to the notice of their employees so that such employees can avail themselves of the same within the stipulated time period.

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

MACP in case of unilateral transfer and benchmark for MACP

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-V/2009/ACP/2 dated 31/01/2013

RBE No:  08/2012

Subject:  Modified ACP Scheme (MACPS) for Railway Employees – Clarification – regarding.

1. Reference is invited to the Board’s letter of even number dated 10-06-2009 regarding the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) to Railway Employees. Pursuant to the discussions in the meeting of National Advisory Committee held on 17-07-2012 and subsequent meeting on 27-07-2012 held with the Staff side and in continuation to the clarifications issued vide Board’s letter of even number dated 28-12-2010, it is further clarified as under:-

2 (i). Financial upgradation under MACPS in case of staff who joined another unit/organization on request.

Railway  Board’s letter of even number dated 28- 12-2010 provides that in case of transfer ‘including unilateral transfer on request’, regular service rendered in previous organization/office shall be counted along with the regular service in the new organization/office for the purpose of getting financial upgradations under the MACP Scheme. However, financial upgradation under the MACP Scheme shall be allowed in the immediate next higher Grade Pay in the hierarchy of revised Pay Bands as given in Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008. It is now further clarified that wherever an official, in accordance with terms and conditions of transfer on own volition to a lower post, is reverted to the lower post/Grade from the promoted post/Grade before being relieved for the new organization/office, such past promotion in the previous organization/office will be ignored for the purpose of MACP Scheme in the new organization/office.  In respect of those cases where benefit of pay protection have been allowed at the time of unilateral transfer to other organization/unit and thus the employee had carried the financial benefit of promotion, the promotion earned in previous organization has to be reckoned for the purpose of MACP Scheme.

2 (ii). Benchmark for MACP Scheme:

Para 17 of Annexure-1 of Railway Board’s letter dt. 10-06-2009 provide that financial upgradation would be on non-functional basis subject to fitness, in the hierarchy of Grade Pay within the PB-1. Thereafter for upgradation under the MACPS, the benchmark of ‘Good’ would be applicable till the Grade Pay of Rs. 6600 in PB-3. The benchmark will be ‘Very Good’ for financial upgradation to the Grade Pay of Rs. 7600 and above. Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 28-12-2010 provides that where the financial upgradation under the MACPS also happens to be in the promotional grade and benchmark for promotion is lower than the benchmark for granting the benefit under the MACPS as  mentioned in Para 7 ibid, the benchmark for promotion shall apply to MACPS also. It is now further clarified that wherever promotions are given on non-selection basis (ie, on seniority-cum-fitness basis ), the prescribed benchmark as mentioned in Para 17 of Annexure-1 to Board’s letter dt. 10-06-2009 shall not apply for the purpose of grant of financial upgradation under MACP Scheme.

3. The instructions issued on MACP Scheme vide Board’s letter of even number dated10-06-2009 stands modified to the above extent.

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

Monitoring of RRB Recruitment panels

Railway Board Letter No:  E(NG)II/2013/RR-1/1 dated 05/02/2013

Subject:  Monitoring of open market panels

RRCs by the zonal Railway and the consequent liquidation of vacancies on receipt of panels has been engaging attention of this office for some time. It has been found that a robust monitoring system supervised by the concerned Sr. DPOs at the division level and CPOs at the zonal level has the potential to reveal the actual working of the system. During the performance review meeting of Personnel Branch of South Central Railway, Board (MS) observed that the monitoring system of appointment of candidates recommended by recruiting agencies being followed in  South Central Railway be adopted by other Zonal Railways also.

In this connection, a Write up on Panel Monitoring System introduced in South Central Railway is enclosed for guidance and compliance. CPOS are requested to get in touch with SCR for better appreciation, and actual implementation, if required.

The system should be made operational by 10th February 2013 positively and feedback (through fax or e-mail) be provided without fail.

Write up on Panel Monitoring System (RRB-PMS) introduced in South Central Railway in December-2012.

(i)                Under this system a separate folder in the server has been created for every Sr. DPO and WPO with a password assigned and given only to the concerned Sr. DPO/WPO.

(ii)              When RRB panels are received and the candidates are distributed to Divisions/Units the concerned cadre officer of Headquarters Personnel Branch makes available the data of the candidates allotted to each division/unit in an Excel sheet format. Copy of this format is annexed at Annexure ‘A’. The first five columns of the Excel sheet, namely, 1) Serial Number, 2) Name of the candidate, 3) Roll Number, 4) Merit position, Community is filled up by the cadre officer of the Headquarters. This data is not physically entered. When the RRBs supply the panel, the Chairman/RRB is asked to give the data of the selected candidates along with their addresses in a CD. The first five columns of the Excel sheet are taken from the CD and copied to the Excel sheet.

(iii)            All the Sr. DPOs/WPOs have been asked to fill up the other columns of the Excel Sheet, like date on which offer of appointment was sent; date of remainder; in case the candidate does not respond to the first letter; dates of medical examination; date of training; date of completion of training etc. The Divisions/units are advised to update this data in their folders on a daily basis. A copy of the instructions issued to DRMs/CWMs is enclosed.

(iv)            The Excel Sheet has also columns in regard to the status of medical fitness and candidates who have not responded and the dates on which these ineffective papers are returned to the Headquarters. This enables Headquarters to seek replacement panels from RRB.

(v)              The Recruitment section of the Headquarters Office transfers the Excels data to a database (Access) on a weekly basis and a consolidated report on the entire panels supplied by the RRB is generated by Dy. CPO(rectt.)/CPO.

Advantages of the monitoring System

1)    Enables timely utilization of RRB papers.

2)    In case any Division is unduly delaying issue of appointment letters, the position can be monitored in Headquarters.

3)    The stage at which delay is occurring in appointing a particular candidate is known.

4)    Sometimes candidates after completion of training are not posted to working posts. The delay on this account can also be monitored.

5)    Most important, Headquarters can keep a track of ineffective papers and seek replacement papers from RRB at the earliest.

Treatment of employees selected under LDCE /GDCE Scheme as Chargeman

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-V/2011/M/3/AIRF dated 05/02/2013

Subject:  Treatment of employees selected under LDCE Scheme/GDCE Scheme

The undersigned is directed to refer to AIRF’s letter No.AIRF/MACP (9), dt. 08/01/2013 on the above subject and to state that on perusal of para 140(i) of IREM Volume-I, it has been observed as under-

1. 75% of the posts in the category of Chargeman ‘B’ in scale Rs.1400-2300 in Mech. & Elec. Eng., Deptts. & in the cadre of Draftsmen in these Departments will be filled by induction of Apprentice Mechanics as under:—-

(i). 50% plus shortfall, if any, against inter apprentice quota as at (ii) below, from open market through Railway Recruitment Board, and

(ii) 25% from serving employees fulfilling the following qualification:-

(a) Must have passed ITI Act Apprenticeship in the relevant trade or 10+2 in science stream.

It is evident from the above position of IREM that it prescribes 50% quota in chargeman ‘B’ grade to be filled from open market i.e by direct recruitment and another 25% quota has been earmarked to be filled from amongst serving employees. As such only those employees who have been appointed as chargeman ‘B’ against 50% quota prescribed to be filled from open market can be treated as direct recruits in that grade and the case of employees selected against 25% quota earmarked to be filled from serving employees shall be treated as promotion for MACP purposes.

Forwarding of application and relieving of Staff for posts outside Railways

Railway Board Letter No:  E(NG)I-2012/AP/1 dated 06.02.2013

RBE No:  10/2013

Subject:  Forwarding of application from Technical supervisors for the posts outside Railways on deputation basis to various other Government Departments & SUs/Autonomous bodies & Non-release Regarding.

1, As per extant instructions as contained in Para 244 of Indian Railway Establishment Code (IREC), Volume-I, Fifth Edition-1985, Third Reprint Edition-2008 reads with Para 1401 of Indian Railway Establishment Manual (IREM), Volume-I(Revised Edition-1989), First Reprint Edition-2009, permission to a Railway servant to submit an application in response to advertised post outside the Railways like to Departments outside the Government of India or under a State Government, shall not ordinarily be refused unless the head of the office or the department in which he is employed considers that the grant of permission would not be consistent with the interest of the public service . The competent authority should interpret the term “public interest” strictly subject to the condition that forwarding of application should be the rule rather than the exception. The cadre controlling authorities would consider each case from the point of view whether the Railway servant could be spared or not, no other general condition should be applied in taking a decision in the case.

2. One of the Federations eg. NFIR has brought to notice of Railway Board that Technical Staff (Senior Supervisors & Supervisors ) working in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and S&T Departments are not being released, on their selection, to various PSUs and other Government Organizations on deputation basis leading to create avoidable hardship to such staff.

3. The matter has accordingly been considered and Ministry of Railways wish to state that while following the procedure as contained in Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-96/AP/2(2) dated 16.08.1999 and other service conditions as contained in paras 1402 to 1412 of Indian Railway Establishment Manual (IREM), Volume-I(Revised Edition-1989), First Reprint Edition-2009, the compliance of above instructions may also be ensured to enable Railway Technical Staff to get exposure of working outside the Railways on deputation basis or otherwise and improve their performance/knowledge on return to parent Department.

Advance increments to Stenographers on qualifying speed test in shorthand

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-VI/201 0/1/7/5/2 , dated.11.02.2013

RBE No:  14/2013

Subject:  Advance increments granted to Stenographers of Subordinate Offices on qualifying speed test in shorthand at 100/120 w.p.m. regarding.

In accordance with the provisions contained in this Ministry’s letter No.PC-IV/2010/increment/1 dated 19.08.2010 on the subject cited above, the Advance Increments granted to Stenographers of Subordinate Offices on qualifying speed test in shorthand at 100/120 w.p.m. are treated as pay for all purposes.

2. Consequent upon implementation of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 the concept of Pay Band and Grade Pay has been introduced. Since, there are no fixed rates of increments now, the manner in which advance increment(s)
are to be computed has been examined afresh keeping in view the clarification given by DOP&T. Further, after issue of clarifications vide Board’s letter of even number dated 11.04.2011, this Ministry has received references from some
Railways/Production Unit seeking clarifications regarding grant of advance increments. Accordingly, it has been decided that the grant of advance increments to Stenographers of Subordinate Offices on qualifying the speed test in shorthand at 100/120 w.p.m. after 01.01.2006 may be regulated as under:-

a) In terms of the instructions contained in this Ministry’s letter No.PCIV/2010/increment/1 dated 19.08.2010, the advance increments granted to Stenographers of Subordinate office on qualifying Speed Test in Shorthand at 100/120 w.p.m. in terms of Board’s letter No.PC-III/74/INC/3 dated 07.11.1975 are to be treated as pay for all purposes and the past cases are also to be regulated accordingly. These advance increments were therefore to be taken into account for fixation in the Revised Pay for those officials who were in receipt of such increments in the pre-revised pay. In such cases, the advance increments will no longer continue as a separate element.

b) In respect of persons who become eligible for grant of advance increments consequent upon implementation of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008, the advance increment may be calculated by granting increment @ 3% of the Basic Pay on the date of passing of the test. Two advance increments may be calculated by granting two increments @ 3% of the Basic Pay on the date of passing the test. The amount of this increment may be treated as a separate element in addition to the Basic Pay (Pay in the Pay Band + Grade Pay), till such advance increments are taken into account as per (c) of this letter. c) Once the advance increments are taken into account for the purpose of pay fixation on promotion or being placed in a higher scale on grant of ACP/MACP or fixation of pay due to revision of pay scale etc., the advance increments will no longer be continued as a separate element as it will be merged with the basic pay.

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

Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners

Railway Board Letter No:  F(E)III/2008/PN1/12 Dated: 11.02.2013

RBE No:  11/2013

Subject:  Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners-reg.

A copy of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare(DOP&PW)’s O.M. No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 28.01.2013 on the above subject is enclosed for information and compliance. These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also. Rules 49 and 54(3)(a) of the CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 referred to therein correspond to Rules 69 and 75(4)(i) of the Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993 respectively. The Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure’s O. M. No.1/1/2008-IC dated 30.08.2008 mentioned in DOP&PW’s O.M. dated 28.01.2013 has been adopted on Railways vide Railway Board’s letter No.PC-VI/2008/I/RSRP/1 dated 11.09.2008.

2. A concordance of DOP&PW’s instructions referred to in the enclosed O.M. and Railway Board’s corresponding instructions is given below :-

Sl.No.

DOP&PW’s instructions

Corresponding instructions of Railway Board

1 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 01.09.2008 F(E)III/2008/PN1/12 dated 08.09.2008.
2 1/3/2011-P&P W(E) dated 25.05.2012 F(E)III/2008/PNl/12 dated 29.06.2012.

3. Please acknowledge receipt.

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F.No.38/37/08-P&PW(A)

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions

Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3 rd Floor Lok Nayak Bhawan,

Khan Market, New Delhi-110 003.

Dated the 13th February, 2013.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners-reg.

The undersigned is directed to say that in pursuance of Government’ s decision on the recommendations of Sixth Central Pay Commission, orders were issued for revision of pension/family pension vide this Department’s OM No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 1.9.2008, as amended from time to time.

2. The pension/family pension of pre-2006 pensioners was stepped up to 50% of the sum of minimum of pay in the pay band and the grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from which the pensioner had retired as arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure OM No. 1/1/2008-IC dated 30th August, 2008 with effect from 24.9.12 vide this Department OM of even number dated 28th January, 2013.

3. In regard to disbursement of revised pension/family pension, while Head of Departments are responsible for sanctioning of pension/family pension, in cases  where revision has already been done by PAOs consequent to 6th CPC, the revision may be effected at the level of PAOs. A copy of the revised authority may be sent to HOD/DDO for record. In cases where no revision has been effected, Head of Offices may follow normal procedure for revision of pension/family pension. Even in cases where there is no change in pension/family pension as a result of the issue of this OM, a revised authority for no change may be issued by the PAOs. The finalized authority will be sent to CPAO for further necessary action.

4. A suitable entry regarding the revised pension/family pension shall be recorded by the pension Disbursing Authority in both halves of the Pension Payment Order.

5. In case the pension/family pension in respect of pre-2006 pensioners/family pensioners has not already been revised w.e.f. 1.1.2006, the same may also be revised for the period upto 23.9.2012 in terms of order dated 1.9.2008 and subsequent orders thereto and for the period from 24.9.12 in terms of order of even number dated 28.1.2013.

6. CGA/CPAO/Ministry of Defence/Ministry of Railways/Department of Posts/Department of Telecom will devise their own monitoring mechanism to ensure that enhanced pension and arrears are disbursed to all civil pensioners/family pensioners expeditiously.

Eligibility of disabled children for family pension after marriage Eligibility of two family pensions

Railway Board Letter No:  F(E)III/2005/PN1/32 dated 11/02/2013

RBE No:  12/2013

Subject:  (i) Eligibility of disabled children for family pension after marriage and (ii) Eigibility of two family pensions – Clarification regarding.

1.A copy of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DoP&PW)’s OM No. 1/33/2012-p&PW€ dated 16.01.2013 on the above subject is enclosed for information and compliance. These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also. Sub-rules 6, 13 A and 13B of Rule 54 of the CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 referred to therein correspond to sub-rules 6, 17 & 18 of Rule 75 of Railway Services (Pension Rules), 1993 respectively.

2. The explanation 1 & 3 mentioned in DoP&PW’s OM referred above are contained in the amendment being carried out in the Railway Services (Pension Rules), 1993 in consultation with the Ministry of Law & Justice.

No. F(E)III/2005/PN1/32                                     New Delhi, dated 11/02/2013

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No. 1/33/2012-P&PW (E)

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, P.G.& Pensions

Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3 rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,

Khan Market, New Delhi

Dated: 16th January, 2013

Office Memorandum

 Sub: (i) Eligibility of disabled children for family pension after marriage and

(ii) Eligibility for two family pensions- clarification regarding.

1. The undersigned is directed to state that the Government has decided to allow continuance of family pension to mentally/physically disabled children who drew, are drawing or may draw family pension even after their marriage. Further, the Government has also decided to allow two family pensions where the pensioner drew, is drawing or may draw two pensions for military and/or civil employments.

2. In order to implement these decisions, Explanations 1 and 3 after sub-rule 6 of Rule 54 of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 have been suitably amended and sub-rules 13-A and 13-B have been omitted. A copy of Gazette notification, G.S.R. No. 938 (E), dated 27th December, 2012, giving effect to these amendments is enclosed.

3. For the sake of clarity, the old and new explanations 1 and 3 are reproduced as under highlighting the changes made therein:

Old: EXPLANATION 1 – An unmarried son or an unmarried or widowed or divorced  daughter shall become ineligible for family pension under this sub-rule from the date he or she gets married or r remarried.

EXPLANATION 3 – It shall be the duty of son or daughter or siblings or the guardian to furnish a certificate to the Treasury or Bank, as the case may be, once in a year that (i) he or she has not started earning his or her livelihood and (ii) he or she has not yet married or remarried. A similar certificate shall be furnished by a childless widow after her re-marriage or parents to the Treasury or Bank, as the case may be, once in a year that she or he or they have not started earning her or his or their livelihood.

New: EXPLANATION 1 – An unmarried son or an unmarried or widowed or divorced daughter, except a disabled son or daughter, shall become ineligible for family pension under this sub-rule from the date he or she gets married or remarried.

EXPLANATION 3 – It shall be the duty of son or daughter or siblings or the guardian to furnish a certificate to the Treasury or Bank, as the case may be,  once in a year that (i) he or she has not started earning his or her livelihood and (ii) he or she has not yet married or remarried. A similar certificate shall be furnished by a childless widow after her re-marriage or by the disabled son or daughter or parents to the Treasury or Bank, as the case may be, once in a year that she or he or they have not started earning her or his or their livelihood.

4. Sub rule 13-A regulates the grant of family pension to a military pensioner after his re-employment in a civil service or a civil post. Grant of two family pensions had been prohibited under this sub rule. Similarly, sub rule 13-B prohibits grant of two family pensions to a person who is already in receipt of Family Pension or is eligible therefor under any other rules of the Central Government or a State Government and/or Public Sector Undertaking/Autonomous Body/Local Fund under the Central or a State Government. The sub-rules 13-A and 13-B have since been omitted vide the above mentioned Gazette notification.

5. It is clarified that financial benefits in past cases will accrue with effect from 24th September, 2012.

6. As regards pensioners/family pensioners belonging to the Indian Audit and Accounts Departments, these Orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

Eligible categories for promotion from GP 1800 to GP 1900 against departmental promotion quota

Railway Board Letter No:  E(NG)I-2011/CFP/10 dated 19/02/2013

RBE No:  13/2013

Subject:  Procedure for selection for promotion from GP Rs. 1800 to GP Rs. 1900 against departmental promotion quota.

1. In terms of extant provisions as contained in Para 189 of of Indian Railway Establishment Manual (IREM), Volume-I(Revised Edition-1989), First Reprint Edition-2009. 33 ½% quota of posts in the lowest grade of Commercial Clerks, Ticket Collectors, Train Clerks, Office Clerks and other categories of Clerks like Stores Clerk etc. are to be earmarked for promotion of Railway servants in the categories carrying grade Pay of Rs. 1800 for whom no regular avenue of promotion exists; the Group C categories being suitably linked with specified categories in Grade Pay of Rs. 1800 on the basis of broad affinity of work.

2. It has been noticed that a few Railways are adopting different eligibility criteria and are allowing Trackman to appear in the selection being conducted against 33 ½% departmental promotion quota which is not consistent with the extant policy as Trackman/Gateman/Trolleyman have separate avenue channel of promotion as per Para 181 of IREM ibid. The issue reached upto Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) who, in turn has desired that guidelines may be issued to all Zonal Railway regarding uniform interpretation of Para 181 to 189 of IREM and related instructions thereon.

3. In the light of the above, the matter has been considered. The Ministry of Railways wish to state that the extant provisions contained in Para 181 to 189 of IREM Volume-I(Revised Edition-1989), First Reprint Edition-2009 and subsequent instructions issued thereon may be followed scrupulously and only eligible categories as specified may be allowed to appear in the selections being conducted for promotion from GP Rs. 1800 to GP Rs. 1900 against 33 ½% departmental promotion quota,

Revision of rates of Hospital Patient Care Allowance and Patient Care Allowance

Railway Board Letter No:  E(P&A)II-2013/AL-3 dated 20.2.2013

RBE No:  15/2013

Subject:  Revision of the existing rates of Hospital Patient Care Allowance and Patient Care Allowance to eligible Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ (Non- Ministerial) Railway Employees working in Railway Hospitals and Health Units/ Clinics, w.e.f. 01.09.2008.

Hospital Patient Care Allowance/Patient Care Allowance was introduced on the Railways in terms of Board’s letter no. E(P&A)II-98/HW-6 dt. 09.01.2008.

Consequent to the decision conveyed by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare vide their Office Memorandum no. Z.28015/119/2012-H dt.  17.12.2012,  Board has decided to double the existing rates for payment of HPCA/PCA to all eligible Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ (Non-Ministerial) employees working in Railway Hospitals and Health Units/ Clinics, w.e.f.  01.09.2008.  The amount of HPCA/PCA would be automatically raised by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%. This is subject to the following terms & conditions :-

(i) HPCA/PCA may be admissible in case the individual proceeds on leave/training for less than one calendar month.

(ii) HPCA/PCA may not be admissible in case the individual proceeds on leave/training for more than one calendar month.

(iii) HPCA/PCA should not be admissible in case of unauthorized leave.

2. The other terms and conditions regarding admissibility of HPCA/PCA as contained in Board’s letter E(P&A)11-98/HW-6 dt. 09.01.2008 shall remain the same.

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

Training of directly recruited Section Engineers sub module MRT-12

Railway Board Letter No: E (MPP)2009/3/10 dated 28/02/2013

RBE No:  17/2013

Subject:  Revised Training Modules for Supervisors of Mechanical Engineering Department. Training of directly recruited Section Engineers (MSE) MRT-12 at IRIMEE, Jamalpur.

A Task Force was constituted under the Human ResourceReforms Committee to review the Training Modules for Supervisors of Mechanical Engineering Department. The Task Force had submitted its report in July 2010 which was duly approved by the Board (MS) and (MM).

On the basis of the report submitted by the Task Force, the revised stagewise training modules for Supervisors of Mechanical Engineering Department was issued vide the Board’s letter of even number dated 03.06.2011. In terms of these instructions under Module (MSE) for Sr. Section Engineers of Mechanical Engineering a sub-module viz. MRT-12 of 4 weeks duration is to be conducted at IRIMEE/Jamalpur and the exact course content and detailing is also to be done by IRIMEE. Till IRIMEE/Jamalpur makes arrangement for conducting this module at their institute and include the same in their training calendar, Supervisors Training Centres of Indian Railways may arrange to conduct this course with the assistance of guest faculty.

Privilege and Post Retirement Complimentary Passes (PRCP) allowed in Duranto Express Trains

Railway Board Letter No:  E (W) 2009/PS 5-1/30 dt 01/03/2013

RBE No:  20/2013

Subject:  Validity of Duty/Privilege/Post Retirement Complimentary Passes (PRCP) in Duranto Express Trains

Ref :  This office letter No. E (W) 2009/PS 5-1/30 dated 21/03/2012

1. Instructions have been issued vide this office letter of even No. E (W) 2009/PS 5-1/30 dated 21/03/2012 permitting railway officials to travel in Duranto Express Trains while travelling on Duty subject to certain conditions.

2. On a demand raised by Recognized Federations at DC/JCM forum, a proposal has been under consideration for allowing booking of berths/seats in Duranto Express Trains by serving/retired Railway servants on Duty/Privilege/Post Retirement Complimentary Passes.

2.1 After due deliberations, Board have decided to allow booking of berths/seats in Duranto Express Trains by serving/retired Railway servants on Duty/Privilege/Post Retirement Complimentary Passes on the pattern of Rajdhani/Shatabdi Express Trains without any exception. However number of berths to be earmarked in Duranto Express Trains on duty pass quota will be as under:

Class No. of berths to be earmarked as duty pass quota in Duranto Express Trains
1 AC 4
Executive Class 4
2AC 6
3AC 16
CC 4
SL 20
2S 20

3. This information may be brought to the notice of all concerned.

4. CRIS will make necessary modifications in the software under intimation to all Zonal Railways and this office.

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

Granting 3rd financial upgradation under MACP Scheme

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-V/2009/ACP/20/CLW dated 05-03-2013

Subject:  Granting 3rd financial upgradation under MACP Scheme-Clarification regarding.

Ref :  CLW’s letter No.CMA/Ruling/453, dated 19-02-2013

With reference to CLW’s above cited letter, it is stated that Board’s letter dt. 13-12-2012 has been issued as a sequel to the instructions contained in para-8 of Annexure to Board’s policy instruction on MACPS dt. 10-06-09 (RBE No.101/2009) and therefore has to be viewed in context thereof only. Further, while implementing MACP Scheme these instructions i.e. para-8 of Annexure to Board’s instruction dt. 10-06-09 and Board’s letter dt. 13-12-2012 has to be seen in light of the cadre structure/hierarchy of progression that has emerged as a result of implementation of 6TH CPC pay structure.

As regards example No.1 (a), it is stated that a Technical Supervisor, who has joined in GP-4200 on direct recruitment basis and have earned promotion to next post in Grade Pay of RS4600 is entitled to be considered for grant of 2″ and 3rd financial upgradations to GP-4800 and GP-5400 of PB-2 respectively under MACPS subject to fulfilment of terms & conditions relating to the Scheme.

As regards example No.1 (b), it is stated that a directly recruited SSE in GP of RS 4600 is entitled „to be considered for grant of lst, 2″ and 3rd financial upgradations to the GP-4800/PB -2, GP-5400/PB-2 and GP-5400/PB-3 respectively under MACPS subject to fulfilment of terms & conditions relating to the Scheme.

As regards example No.1 (c), the point on which clarification has been sought is not clear.

As regards example No II (a), it is stated that the next promotional post for chief Matron’s post is Assistant Nursing Officer (ANO) in same Grade Pay of RS 5400/PB-3, therefore, Chief Matron entitled to be considered for .3rd financial upgradation- to the same Grade Pay of RS 5400 in PB-3 in terms of Board’s letter dated 13-12-2012 (RBE No.142/2012).

As regards example No.II (b), a Staff Nurse directly recruited in GP-4600 is entitled to be considered for .3rd financial upgradation under MACPS to the Grade Pay of RS 5400 in Pa:3 in terms of the provisions contained in para-8.1 of Annexure to Board’s letter dt..10-06-09 (RBE No.101/2009).

Forwarding of application from Technical supervisors for deputation

Railway Board Letter No:  E(NG)I-2012/AP/I dated 12.03.2013

RBE No:  21/2013

Subject:  Forwarding of application from Technical supervisors for the posts outside Railways on deputation basis to various other Government Departments & SUs/Autonomous bodies & Non-release Regarding.

                                   CORRIGENDUM

The Para 2 of the Board’s letter of even number dated 06.02.2013 may be substituted as under:

“ Both the federations viz, AIRF and NFIR have brought to notice of Bard that Technical Staff (Senior Supervisors & Supervisors ) working in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and S&T Departments are not being released, on their selection, to various PSUs and other Government Organizations on deputation basis leading to create avoidable hardship to such staff.”

Creation of non gazetted posts

Railway Board Letter No:  E(NG) II/2012/PO/NCR/13 dated 13.03.2013

RBE No:  22/2013

Subject:  Proposal for creation of non-gazetted posts.

1. In spite of clear-cut guidelines and instructions issued from time to time , by this Ministry it has been noticed that a large number of proposals are received in this office which do not conform to these guidelines. This causes unnecessary delay in final disposal of the proposals.

2. With a view to enable this Ministry to examine each proposal in an effective manner, Board desires that strict observance of the following be made:

i) Proposals complete in all respects, having details of staff requirement for each department separately should be submitted in Railway Board on quarterly basis ie, April, July, October and January. Piece-meal proposals will not be entertained.

ii) The proposals should invariably be forwarded to this office through the Personnel department of the Railway concerned.

iii) Each proposal may be accompanied with detailed justification of posts required to be created which should have the personal approval of the General Manager of Railway.

iv) Zonal Railways vacancy bank position along with the views of the FA&CAO and details of money value required for each post proposed be included.

v) The instructions contained in Board’s letter 31.03.1987 (RBE 78/1987), dated 24.06.1991 (RBE 118/91) and dated 24.10.1991 may be followed before approaching Railway Board for want of matching surrender from Board’s vacancy bank.

vi) The proposals having requirement of less than 100 numbers of posts in a particular department should be avoided and should be resolved locally by the Railway by way of arranging money value from their vacancy bank.

vii) The check-list (copy enclosed) should invariably be part of the proposal sent to Railway Board and should be in conformity with the guidelines issued vide Board’s letter No. E(MPP)/2008/1/94 dated 23.07.2009. While doing so the stipulations made vide CRB’s D. O. No. E(MPP)/2009/1/84 dated 03.02.2012 may be strictly adhered to.

3. Proposals so far sent to Board will be dealt as per the extant instructions. Henceforth, no proposal will be entertained unless reviewed as per Para 2 of this letter.

Allowing one more chance to appear in selection of JE in Intermediate Apprentices Quota

Railway Board Letter No:  E (NG)I-1999/PM7/17 dated 15.03.2013

RBE No:  24/2013

Subject:  Selection for Intermediate Apprentices from amongst Skilled Artisans for absorption as J.E. in GP 4200, Pay Band 9300-34800 – Allowing one more but final chance to appear in selection with pre-revised qualification.

1. Vide Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 04.02.2011, the employees, who qualified in previous selection on cut-off date, ie, 12.08.2002 with pre-revised qualification but could not be promoted due to non-availability of vacancies, were allowed one more chance. One more similar opportunity was granted to those employees vide Board’s letter of even number dated 12.04.2012 as the last opportunity.

2. However, the matter has again been considered in the PNM/AIRF meeting, and it has again been decided to allow one more chance to the employees, who qualified in the previous selection on the cut-off date , ie, 12.08.2002 with pre-revised qualification but could not be promoted due to non-availability of vacancies, to appear for the selection for the post of JE in GP 4200 against the Intermediate Apprentices Quota.

Special Incentive Scheme for Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW)

Railway Board Letter No:  2007/M(PU)/1/11 dated 28/03/2013

Subject:  Special Incentive Scheme

Ref :  CME/Loco/CLW’s letter No. PE/PROG/23 dated 11.06.2012

Ministry of Railways has approved the Special Incentive Scheme for CLW for the year 2012-13 subject to the following:

(a)  In order to achieve desired level of production, possibility of transfer of excess Essential Indirect Workers to direct incentive shops may be explored instead of outsourcing and OT payment.

(b) All out efforts may be made for switching over to GIS at CLW in a time bound manner.

(c)  Reduction in allowed time due to commissioning of new CNC machines at CLW may be ensured.

(d) There will be no staff increase. Outsourcing and OT payment will be controlled.

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

Pass Quota for Duty and Privilege Passes in Duranto Express Trains

Railway Board Letter No:  2012/TG-I/20/P/Duranto (COMMERCIAL CIRCULAR No. 26 of 2013) Date  02/04/2013

Subject:  Validity of Duty/Privilege/Post Retirement Complimentary Passes in Duranto Express Trains

Please refer to this office letter No. E (W) 2009/PS 5-1/30 dated 01.03.2013 on the subject quoted above wherein it was informed that booking against Duty/Privilege/PRC Passes can be made in Duranto Express Trains on the pattern of Rajdhani Express trains without any exception.

1. Since Reserved Second Sitting (2S) and Sleeper (SL) classes are not available in Rajdhani Express trains, clarifications were being sought by Zonal Railways for booking accommodation in Duranto Express Trains in these classes.\

2. It is clarified that booking in Sleeper and 2S classes of Duranto Express trains will also be on the pattern of AC Chair Car Class of Shatabdi Express trains/3AC Class of Rajdhani Express trains. Accordingly, 50% of the Duty Pass quota in Duranto Express trains in these classes will be earmarked at the counter for booking on first-come-first-served basis whereas remaining 50% will be treated as Emergency quota.

3. CRIS will make necessary modification in the software under intimation to all Zonal Railways as well as this office.

Training module of ALP (Diesel) to LP (Shunter) and ALP (electrical) to ET

Railway Board Letter No:  E(MPP)/2012/3/19 dated 02.04.2013

RBE No:  29/2013

Subject:  Training module of ALP (Diesel) to LP (Shunter) and ALP (electrical) to ET.

         The committee constituted to look into the specific training needs and to devise a curriculum of Assistant Loco Pilots (Diesel)/Assistant Loco Pilots (Electrical) for promotion to Loco Pilot (Shunter)/Engine Turner has submitted their report.

            Board (ML,MM &MT) have approved the recommendation of the committee and it has been decided that in the present scenario of promotion avenue,  a separate training module for Loco Pilot (Shunter)/ET is not required. Instead ALP (Diesel) being promoted as LP (Shunter) and ALP (Electrical) to Engine Turner (ET) should undergo the LOCO RNG-4 or LOCO RNG-2 Training module, as the case may be, already prescribed for promotion to LP (Goods) vide this office letter No. E(MPP)2009/3/36 dated 26.10.2009 (RBE No. 191/2009).

However those ALPs who have already undergone the LOCO RNG-4 or LOCO RNG-2 while being posted as Shunter/ET will not have to undergo the training when being considered for promotion as LP (Goods).

Appointment of second window and her children on compassionate grounds

Railway Board Letter No:  E(NG)II/2012/RC-1/21 dated 03.04.2013

Subject:  Appointment on compassionate grounds – case of second window and her children

          A number of references have been received from Zonal Railways on the above subject. The matter has been examined by the Board and it has been decided that such cases may be dealt strictly in terms of Board’s letter No. E(NG)II/91/RC-1/136 dated 02.01.1992. Further, whenever the judgement of the Hon’ble Courts are contradictory to Board’s instructions, Railways may file contest/file review petition in light of favorable judgement in such cases

Recognition of qualifications of Rajasthan State Open School, Jaipur and A.P Open Schooling, Hyderabad for Railway recruitment

Railway Board Letter No:  E(NG)II/2004/RR-1/14 Dated 4/04/2013

RBE No:  31/2013

Subject:  Acceptance of certificates/qualifications awarded by Rajasthan State Open School, Jaipur and A.P Open Schooling, Hyderabad for the purpose of employment on the Railways

            The issue of recognition of qualification awarded by institutions cited in the above subject has been under the consideration of this Ministry. The issue has been examined in consultation with M/o Human Resource Development and Department of Personnel & Training, M/o Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.

            A copy of office Memorandum No. 14021/1/2012-Estt.D dated 6.3.2013 issued by Department of Personnel & Training, M/o Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions on the above subject is sent herewith for guidance and compliance.

These instructions will be applicable from the date issue of above stated office memorandum of Department of Personnel & Training. Cases pertaining to recruitments/engagements finalized prior to the date of issue of these instructions need not be re-opened.

Disability certificate for Recruitment against Physically Handicapped Quota

Railway Board Letter No:  E(NG)II/2011/RC-2/6 Dated 10.04.2013

Subject:  Recruitment against Physically Handicapped Quota from open market – disability certificate regarding

            A number of references have been received from various sources regarding the non-acceptance of the applications/candidatures of persons with disabilities for not producing certificate of disability in a particular format for appointment on the Railways.

2. The matter has been examined, pursuant to the order dated 18.10.12 of the Court of Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities in Case Nos. 46, 52-55, 59/1121/12-13 and it has accordingly been decided that recruiting agencies should not insist on a particular format of disability certificate at the time of accepting the application/considering the candidature of the applicant, as the medical authority in different states are using different formats. Stipulation made vide Para 4 (i) of Board’s letter No E(NG)II/2006/RC-2/13 dated 17.09.2007, accordingly, is reiterated which state that Disability Certificate issued by Medical Board constituted either by Central or State Government is acceptable.

Revision of provisional pension for Pre and Post 2006 retired employees

Railway Board Letter No:  F(E)III/2008/PN1/12 dated 10.04.2013

RBE No:  33/2013

Subject:  Revision of provisional pension sanctioned under Rule 10 of Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993.

            A copy of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ welfare (DOP&PW)’s O.M. No. 38/6/2010- P&PW(A)(Pt.) dated 18th March, 2013 on the above subject is enclosed for information and compliance. These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also.

2.        DOP&PW’s O.M. No. 38/37/08- P&PW(A) dated 1st September, 2008, as clarified/modified from time to time, was adopted/circulated vide this office letter No. F(E)III/2008/PN1/12 dated 08.09.2008.

3.        Rule 69 of the CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 referred to in the aforementioned OM dated 18th March, 2013 corresponds to Rule 10 of Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993.

F.No.38/6/2010-P&PW(A)(Pt.)

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, PG& Pensions

Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3 rd Floor Lok Nayak Bhawan,

Khan Market, New Delhi-110 003.

Dated the 18th March, 2013.

Office Memorandum

Sub: Revision of provisional pension sanctioned under Rule 69 of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972.

The undersigned is directed to say that in pursuance of Government’s decision on the recommendations of Sixth Pay Commission, orders for revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners w.e.f. 1.1.2006 have been issued on 1.9.2008.

The following categories of pensioners were entitled to provisional pension as in the pre-2006 pay-scale:-

a)      Employees suspended before 2006 and also retired before 1.1.2006.

b)      Employees suspended before 2006 but retired after 1.1.2006.

c)      Employees who retired before 1.1.2006 and against whom departmental/judicial proceedings were pending at the time of retirement.

It has been decided that in all the above cases, provisional pension sanctioned under Rule 69 of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 will be revised in terms of this Department’s O.M. No. 38/37/08- P&PW(A) dated 1st September, 2008 as clarified/modified from time to time. An illustration regarding the revision of provisional pension sanctioned under Rule 69 of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 before 1.1.96 is enclosed.

As regards revision of provisional pension in case of employees who are drawing provisional pension in the 4th  CPC scales, their provisional pension would be brought over to 5th CPC and thereafter to the 6th Central Pay Commission and their provisional pension would be revised in accordance with the instructions contained in DOP&PW O.M. No. 38/37/08- P&PW(A) dated 1st September, 2008 as clarified/modified from time to time.

This issues with the approval of Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance ID. No. 61/E.V/2013 dated 4th January, 2013 and No. 214/E.V/2013 dated 16th January, 2013.

                                       Illustration

Revision of Provisional Pension sanctioned Under Rule 69 of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 before 1.1.96

1.      Pay scale of a Government Servant

who retired on superannuation on 31.1.1994         3000-4500

2.      Basic Pay/Average Emoluments                                                3500

3.      Provisional pension w.e.f. 1.2.1994                             1750

4.      Revised Pay-Scale  w.e.f. 1.1.1996                               10000-15200

5.      Revised Provisional pension w.e.f. 1.1.1996             5265

6.      Revised Pay Band[PB-3]+ Grade Pay                            (15600-39100)+6600

7.      Revised Provisional pension w.e.f. 1.1.2006             11900

[As per O.M. No. 38/37/08- P&PW(A)

Dated 1st September, 2008]

8.      Revised Provisional pension w.e.f. 24.9.2012           12600

[As per O.M. No. 38/37/08- P&PW(A)

Dated 28th January, 2013]

Privilege Pass eligibility in Duranto Express in non AC accommodation

Railway Board Letter No:  E(W) 2009/PS 5-1/30 Dated 22/04/2013

RBE No:  35/2013

Subject:  Entitlement for travel in Duranto Express trains in non AC accommodation i.e., SL & 2S classes 

Ref: This office letter of even no dt.1.3.2013

Instructions have been issued vide above referred letter for allowing booking of berths/seats in Duranto Express trains by serving/retired Railway servants on Duty/Privilege/Post Retirement Complimentary Passes, subject to Duty Pass quota in air conditioned accommodation on the pattern of Rajdhani/Shatabdi Express trains without any exception.

2. Since non AC accommodation i.e., SL & 2S classes are also available in Duranto Express trains, the entitlement of serving/retired/ railway servants Duranto Express trains has been reviewed.

3. After due deliberations, Board have now decided that entitlement to travel in Duranto Express trains on Second Class/Second Class ‘A’ passes will be as under:

(a) Second Class ‘A’ passes are made valid for travel in SL and 2S classes of Duranto Express trains.

(b)Second/Sleeper class passes are valid for travel in 2S class of Duranto Express trains.

(c) The maximum number of berth/seats to be booked against aforesaid passes maybe restricted to 4 per pass.

(d) Berths/seats in SL/2S classes of Duranto Express trains can also be booked against First Class/First Class ‘A’ passes like normal Mail/Express trains.

4.    This information may be brought to the notice of all concerned.

5.    CRIS will make necessary modification in the software under intimation to all zonal Railways and this office.

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

Rate of Interest of State Railway Provident Fund (SRPF) 2013-14.

Railway Board Letter No:  F(E)III/2003/PF1/1 dated 25.04.2013

RBE No:  37/2013

Subject:  State Railway Provident Fund – Rate of Interest during the year 2013-14.

 A copy of Government’s Resolution No. 5(1)-B(PD)/2013 dated 8th April, 2013 received from the Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs), prescribing interest at the rate of 8.7% (Eight point seven per cent) per annum on accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the State Railway Provident Fund, during the financial year beginning on 1.4.2013 is enclosed for information and necessary action.

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(PUBLISHED IN PART I SECTION 1 OF GAZETTE OF INDIA)

F.NO. 5(1)-B(PD)/2013

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

(Department of Economic Affairs)

New Delhi, the 8th April,2013

RESOLUTION

            It is announced for general information that during the year 2013-2014, accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the General Provident Fund and other similar funds shall carry interest at the rate of 8.7% (Eight point seven per cent) per annum. This rate will be in force during the financial year beginning on 01.04.2013. The funds concerned are:-

1.     The General Provident Fund(Central Services)

2.     The Contributory Provident Fund(India)

3.     The All India Services Provident Fund

4.     The State Railway Provident Fund

5.     The General Provident Fund(Defense Services)

6.     The Indian Ordnance Department Provident Fund

7.     The Indian Ordnance Factories Workmen’s Provident Fund

8.     The Indian Naval Dockyard Workmen’s Provident Fund

9.     The Defense Services Officers Provident Fund

10.   The Armed Forces Personnel Provident Fund

Dearness Allowance to Railway employees enhanced to 80% from 01.01.2013

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-VI/2008/1/7/2/1 dated 26/04/2013

RBE No:  38/2013

Subject:  Payment of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees — Revised rates effective from 01.01.2013.

Please refer to this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 03.10.2012 (S.No PC-VI/303, RBE No.112/2012) on the subject mentioned above. The President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Railway employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 72% to 80% with effect from 1st January, 2013.

2. The provisions contained in Paras 3, 4 & 5 of this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 09.09.2008 (S.No.PC-VI/3, RBE No 106/2008) shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

3. The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all railway employees. The arrears may be charged to the salary bill and no honorarium is payable for preparing separate bill for this purpose.

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

Recognition of qualification of Prathama Examination

Railway Board Letter No:  E(NG)II/2005/RR-1/6 Dated 30/04/2013

RBE No:  40/2013

Subject:  Recognition of qualification of Prathama Examination conducted by Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Allahabad.

Ref :  Letter No. E(NG)II/2002/RR-1/7 dated 25.01.2002 (RBE No. 11/2002), letters of even number dated 26.04.2005(RBE No. 67/2005), 23.01.2007 (RBE No. 13/2007) & 30.08.2012 (RBE No. 94/2012)

Attention is invited to instructions contained in Board’s letter of even number dated 30.08.2012 (RBE No. 94/2012) where it was appraised that no further extension for recognition has been granted to the above stated examination for the purpose of employment on the Railways to the posts for which prescribed qualification is matriculation.

            The matter has been further examined by M/o Human Resource of Development (MHRD) and it has been decided by them to withdraw instructions which provided for not recognizing the qualification cited above subject to the condition that all those students who are enrolled with the institution with permanent recognition up to 31.05.2013 would be eligible for consideration in accordance with MHRD’s notification No. F.24-4/2001-TS.III dated 27.7.2001, 14.5.2004 and 21.11.2006 circulated vide this office No. E(NG)II/2002/RR-1/7 dated 25.01.2002 (RBE No. 11/2002), letters of even number dated 26.04.2005 (RBE No. 67/2005), 23.01.2007 (RBE No. 13/2007) respectively where after these orders will cease to have effect from 01.6.2013.

The instructions contained in Board’s letter of even number dated 30.08.2012 (RBE No. 94/2012), therefore, stand suitably amended.

Fixation of pay of medically unfit running staff on being appointed against alternative post

Railway Board Letter No:  E(NG)-I/2008/RE-3/4 dated 30.04.2013

RBE No:  41/2013

Subject:  Fixation of pay of disabled/mentally unfit running staff on being appointed against alternative (stationary) posts in revised (6th CPC) structure.

Reference Railway Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-96/RE-3/9(2) dated 29.04.1999 containing procedure for absorption of disabled/mentally unfit Railway servant in          alternative employment, framed pursuant to the enactment of Persons with Disabilities (Equal  Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act-1995.

2. Consequent upon implementation of revised pay structure inter-alia involving merger of various pre-revised scales and comprising running Pay Bands  & Grade Pay based on recommendations of 6th Central Pay Commission, a question has arisen regarding methodology for fixation of pay of medically unfit running staff on being posted/appointed against stationary posts. The matter has, accordingly, been considered by the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) and based on the recommendations of a Committee constituted for the purpose, it has been decided that while determining pay in Pay Band for the purpose of fixation of pay of medically unfit running staff in alternative (stationary post), an amount equal to such percentage of basic pay (pay in Pay Band + Grade Pay) representing pay element of running allowance as may be in force from time to time may be added to the existing pay in Pay Band and the resultant figure (ignoring the fraction of rupee, if any) rounded off to the next multiple of 10, would be the pay in the Pay Band in the alternative post with no change in the Grade Pay of substantive post, in suitable alternative post . An illustration in this regard is enclosed as Annexure-I.

3. For this purpose, Para 1307 and 1308 of Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Volume-I, (Revised Edition-1989) First Re-print Edition-2009 may be amended as per Advanced Correction Slip No.224 as Annexure-II.

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

Revision of commuted pension for Railway employees who had drawn lumpsum payment on absorption in PSUs

Railway Board Letter No:  F(E)III/2005/PN1/23 dated 30/04/2013

RBE No:  42/2013

Subject:  Revision of 1/3rd commuted portion of pension in respect of Government servants who had drawn lumpsum payment on absorption in Central Public Sector Undertakings/Central Autonomous Bodies – stepping up of notional full pension w.e.f. 24.09.2012

A copy of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DOP&PW)’s O.M. is enclosed for information and compliance. These instructions will apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also.

2.         A concordance of DOP&PW’s instructions referred to in the enclosed O.M. and Railway Board’s corresponding instructions is given below :-

Sl.No. DOP&PW’s instructions Railway Board’s Corresponding instructions
1 O.M. No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 01.09.2008 Letter No. F(E)III/2008/PN1/12 dated 08.09.2008.
2 O.M. No. 4/38/2008-P&P W(D) dated 15.09.2008 Letter of even number dated 22.09.2008.
3 O.M. No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 28.01.2013 Letter No. F(E)III/2008/PN1/12 dated 11.02.2013.
4 O.M. No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 13.02.2013 Letter No. F(E)III/2008/PN1/12 dated 17.04.2013.

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F.No.4/38/2008-P&PW(D)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES & PENSIONS

DEPARTMENT OF PENSION & PENSIONERS’ WELFARE

3 rd Floor Lok Nayak Bhawan,

Khan Market, New Delhi-110 003.

Dated the 3rd April, 2013.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub:  Revision of 1/3rd commuted portion of pension in respect of Government servants who had drawn lumpsum payment on absorption in Central Public Sector        Undertakings/Central Autonomous Bodies – stepping up of notional full pension   w.e.f. 24.09.2012

Orders for revision of 1/3rd restored pension of absorbees, who had drawn lumpsum payment on absorption, were issued vide this department O.M. of even number dated 15.09.2008. As per para 2A of the said OM, the full pension of the absorbees was notionally revised w.e.f. 1.1.2006 in accordance with the instructions contained in this department O.M. No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 1.9.2008. The payment of DR and additional pension to old pensioners is regulated on the basis of the notional full pension.

2.         Instructions have been issued vide this Department’s O.M. No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 28.1.2013 for stepping up of the pension of pre-2006 pensioners w.e.f. 24.09.2012. Accordingly, the notional full pension of the absorbee pensioners would also be stepped up w.e.f. 24.09.2012 in accordance with the instructions contained in the aforesaid OM dated 28.1.2013. No arrear of DR and additional pension on notional full pension would be payable for the period prior to 24.09.2012.

3.         Instructions have been issued on issuance of revised authority in respect of pre-2006 pensioners vide this Department OM No. . 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 13.02.2013. These instructions will also be applicable for issuance of revised authority in respect of absorbee pensioners.

4.         This issues with the concurrence of the Ministry of Finance , Department of Expenditure, vide their ID. No. 1(5)/E.V/2012 dated 15.03.13 and with concurrence of office of CAG, vide their ID. No. 26-Staff Hak(rules)/4-2013 dated 25.03.2013.

Hockey India as the Recognized National Sports Federation for the game of Hockey

Railway Board Letter No: 2013/E(Sports)/4(1)/1/Policy Clarifications dated 01/05/2013

 RBE No:  43/2013

Subject:  Recognized National Sports Federation for the game of Hockey –clarification regarding.

Ref :  Railway Board’s policy letter No. 2010/E(Sports)/4(1)/1/(Policy ) dated 31.12.2010 (RBE No. 189B/2010) and clarifications/corrigendums issued thereto.

The issue of recognized National Sports Federation for the game of Hockey has been considered in this office in consultation with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

2.         In this connection it is stated that the International Federation of Hockey recognizes Hockey India as the National Body of India to field its team in the international events and Hon’ble Supreme Court, vide its interim orders have also ordered that Hockey India will field the men’s and women’s Hockey teams in future games and Hockey India is required to hold the National Championships in various categories for this purpose. Government is also providing the requisite support to this federation. It is accordingly decided that till further orders Hockey India may be treated as the recognized National Sports Federation for the game of Hockey for the purpose of recruitment, incentive, out-of-turn promotions and all other establishment matters of Hockey players and also for the purpose of participation in domestic Hockey tournaments.

Zonal Railways/Production Units may accordingly take necessary action at their end to decide the aforesaid matters of sportspersons, related to the game of Hockey.

Enhancement in the rate of Risk Allowance

Railway Board Letter No:  E(P&A)I-2008/SP-1/AD-3 dated 02/05/2013

RBE No:  44/2013

Subject:  Enhancement in the rate of Risk Allowance in respect of eligible unskilled staff on the railways in accordance with DOP&T’s guidelines.

Ref :  Railway Board’s letter No. E(P&A)I-84/SP-1/TP-1 dated 21.08.1991

It has been decided to enhance the rate of Risk Allowance in respect of eligible unskilled workers on the railways/Production Units as per list attached.

2. The V CPC had recommended that Risk Allowance should be admissible to only those staff who face continuous risk rather than contingent risk while performing their duties. As such in accordance with these guidelines, the categories/staff engaged in the jobs as mentioned in the list annexed with this letter were identified as eligible for grant of Risk Allowance. The rate of Risk Allowance in respect of these categories/staff is enhanced from the existing rate of Rs. 20/- p.m. to Rs. 40/- p.m. w.e.f. 01.09.2008 to 31.12.2010.

3. The rate of Risk Allowance would increase by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance payable on revised pay scales goes up by 50%.

4. Subsequent to enhancement in the rate of Dearness Allowance to 51%, the rate of Risk Allowance would be Rs. 50 p.m. from 01.01.2011 onwards.

5. The categories who are in receipt of HPCA/PCA are not eligible for grant of Risk Allowance.

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

7. Please acknowledge receipt.

ANNEXURE

List of categories/staff engaged in the following jobs are eligible for Grant of Risk Allowance.

1.      Those directly engaged in spray painting.

2.      Those directly engaged in galvanizing tanks, effluent treatment plant, manufacturing of insulation components involving hazardous chemicals etc.

3.      Those directly engaged in use of electrolytes.

4.      Those directly exposed to metallic dust, fumes generated from resin bakers, smoke from the furnace, carbon burst shops.

5.      Those directly working in Melting shop in all foundries where scrap is used.

6.      Moulding shop in Rail Wheel Factory/Bangalore.

7.      Those directly engaged in chrome plating.

8.      Safaiwalas directly working in underground drains/sewer pipes, cleaning of manholes.

9.      Safaiwalas directly working in sewage treatment plant in workshops.

10.   Malaria Khalasis directly engaged in spraying pesticides, handling acids, anti-larval drugs etc.

11.   Chest Clinic Staff.

12.   X Ray Attendants.

Rate of Dearness Relief (DR) to Railway pensioners and family pensioners enhanced to 80%

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-VI/2008/I/7/2/2 dated 7.05.2013

RBE No:  46/2013

Subject:  Grant of Dearness Relief to Railway pensioners/family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 01.01.2013

A copy of Office Memorandum No. 42/13/2012-P&PW (G) dated 02.05.2013 of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions (Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare) on the above subject is enclosed for your information and necessary action. These orders will apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also.

2. A concordance of DOP&PW’s instructions referred to in the enclosed Office Memorandum and Railway Board’s corresponding instructions are given below:

S.No. ParaNo. No. & date of Dept. of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare’s O.M. No. & date of corresponding orders issued by Railway Board
1 1 O.M. No. 42/13/2012-P&PW(G) dated 04.10.2012 PC-VI/2008/I/7/2/2 dated 08.10.2012
2 2 (i)O.M. No. 23/1/97 –P&PW(B) dated 23.02.1998(ii) O.M. No. 23/3/2008 –P&PW(B) dated 15.09.2008 N.A.
3 3 (i) O.M. No. 4/59/97 –P&PW(D) dated 14.07.1998(ii) O.M. No. 4/29/99 –P&PW(D) dated 12.07.2000 (i)F(E)III/96/PN1/9 dated 18.08.1998.(ii)F(E)III/96/PN1/9 dated 02.08.2000
4 5 O.M. No. 45/73/97 –P&PW(G) dated 02.07.1999O.M. No. 38/88/2008 –P&PW(G) dated 09.07.2009 (i)F(E)III/99/PN1/21 dated 05.08.1999(ii) F(E)III/2008/PN1/13 dated 20.07.2009.

3. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Finance.

Recruitment in Ex-servicemen Quota

Railway Board Letter No:  E(NG)II/2009/RR-1/10 dated 10.05.2013

RBE No:  47/2013

Subject:  Recruitment to posts in Pay Band -1 of Rs. 5200-20200 with Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- from Ex-servicemen regarding.

Attention is invited to instructions issued vide Board’s letter No.  E(NG)II/2009/RR-1/10/Pt. dated 27.06.2012 (RBE No. 76/2012) wherein while directing to issue notification in July, 2012 for vacancies occurring in Pay Band-1 of Rs. 5200-20200 with Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/-, it was communicated that modalities for filling up of 20% ex-servicemen quota  will be communicated separately.

2. The issue has been deliberated upon and it has been decided that zonal Railways shall take immediate action for filling up of vacancies exclusively against ex-servicemen quota in terms of conditions mentioned in Board’s letter of even number dated 10.9.2010 (RBE No. 130/2010) taking into account 20% vacancies of ex-servicemen for which general notification were issued in July, 2012 and also the other vacancies against the said quota which has remained unfilled before 01.1.2013.

3. Immediate action be taken for issuance of notification and the whole process should be communicated by 15 th October, 2013. Further, the panel may be drawn in such a manner that it adequate take care of eventualities like non-turning up of candidates, failing in medical etc. after selection. Therefore panels may be drawn large enough so that all the posts are eventually filled up.

Rates of Night Duty Allowance (NDA) from 01 January 2013

Railway Board Letter No:  E(P&A)II-2013/HW-2 dated 21.05.2013

RBE No:  48/2013

Subject:  Rates of Night Duty Allowance w.e.f. 01.01.2013

         Consequent to sanction of an additional installment of Dearness Allowance vide this Ministry’s letter No. PC-VI/2008/I/7/2/1 dated 26.04.2013, the President is pleased to decide that the rates of Night Duty Allowance, as notified vide Annexures ‘A’ and ‘B’ of Board’s letter No. E(P&A)II-2012/HW-1dated 21.11.2012 stand revised with effect from 01.01.2013 as indicated at Annexure ‘A’ in respect of ‘Continuous’, ‘Intensive’, ‘Excluded’ categories and workshop employees, and as indicated at Annexure ‘B’ in respect of ‘Essentially Intermittent’ categories.

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

ANNEXURE ‘A’

ANNEXURE ‘B’

Rates of Night Duty Allowance (NDA) with effect from  01.01.2013 for ‘Intensive’,  ‘Continuous’ and ‘Excluded’ categories and workshop staff.

Rates of Night Duty Allowance (NDA) with effect from  01.01.2013 for of ‘Essentially Intermittent’ categories of staff.
S.

No.Pay BandGrade PayRate of NDA (in Rs.)S.

No.Pay BandGrade PayRate of NDA (in Rs.)14440-7440130060.6014440-7440130040.4024440-7440140061.4524440-7440140040.9534440-7440160063.1534440-7440160042.1044440-7440165063.5544440-7440165042.3555200-202001800121.4055200-20200180080.9565200-202001900122.2565200-20200190081.5075200-202002000123.0575200-20200200082.0585200-202002400126.4085200-20200240084.2595200-202002800129.7595200-20200280086.50109300-348004200219.75109300-348004200146.50119300-348004600 and above223.10119300-348004600 and above148.75

Amendment to Travelling Allowance Rules in Indian Railway Establishment Code

Railway Board Letter No:  F(E)I/2010/AL-28/36 dated 23.05.2013

RBE No:  49/2013

Subject:  Travelling Allowance Rules – Amendment to rules contained in Chapter 16 of Indian Railway Establishment Code Vol,II (Second Reprint Edition), 2005.

Ref: Board’s letter No. (i) F(E)1/2008/AL-28/14 dated 1.12.2008 and 23.04.2009,

(ii) F(E)1/2008/AL-7/3 dated 3.10.08,

(iii) E(P&A)II-2008/HRA-10 dated 12.9.2008

(iv) F(E)I/2008/AL-28/42 dated 19.8.2010

(v) F(E)I/2008/AL-28/15 dated 1.12.2008, 29,12.2010 & 8.3.2011,

(vi) F(E)I/2011/AL-28/26 dated 01.09.2011 & 14.02.2012

(vii) F(E)I/2008/AL-7/2 dated 18.09.08 and F(E)I/89/AL-23/8 dated 2.11.1989

In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to Article 309 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to direct that Rules 1602, 1603, 1606, 1607, 1611, 1612, 1613, 1616, 1625, 1634, 1636, 1641, 1643, 1644, 1645 and Rule 1686 contained in Chapter 16 – Travelling Allowance Rules of Indian Railway Establishment Code, Vol.II (Second Reprint Edition) 2005, may be amended, as per Advance Correction Slip No.  60  enclosed as Annexure.

INDIAN RAILWAY ESTABLISHMENT CODE, VOLUME-II

(SECOND REPRINT EDITION),2005.

ADVANCE CORRECTION SLIP NO. 60

Chapter 16 – TravellIng Allowance Rules

Section No.1 – General

(1) Substitute the following in lieu of existing Rule 1602 (1):

“Rule 1602 (1) – For the purpose of admissibility to Travelling Allowance, entitlement of Railway servants will be based on the Grade Pay drawn for those drawing Grade Pay upto Rs. 10,000 and pay drawn in Pay Band for those in Pay Scale of HAG and above.

(Authority: Railway Board’s letter No. F(E)I/2008/AL-28/14 dated 1.12.2008).

(2) Rule 1603(1) stands deleted.

(3) Substitute the following in lieu of existing Rule 1603(2):

“Rule 1603 (2) – Non-Practicing Allowance will be reckoned as Basic Pay for computing Composite Transfer Grant”.

(Authority: Railway Board’s letter No. F(E)I/2008/AL-28/15 dated 1.12.2008).

Section IV – Conveyance Allowance

(1) Substitute the existing table under Rule 1606(4) with the following:

FIXED CONVEYANCE ALLOWANCE

Average monthly travel on
official duty

For journeys by own motor car
(in Rs.per month)

For journeys by other modes of conveyance
(in Rs. Per month)

(1)

(2)

(3)

201-300 Kms 1120 370
301-450 Kms 1680 480
451-600Kms 2070 640
601-800 Kms 2430 750
Above 800 Kms 3000 850

Note 1: The rates of fixed Conveyance Allowance shall automatically increase by 25% whenever Dearness Allowance payable on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%.

(Authority: Railway Board’s letter No. F(E)1/2008/AL-7/3 dt.3.10.08)

(2) “NOTE 1” & “NOTE 2” below Rule 1606(4) may be read as “NOTE 2” & “NOTE 3” respectively.

(3) In clause (a) below Railway Ministry’s decision under Rule 1606, substitute the figure “Rs.20/-” with the figure “Rs.60/-”.

(Authority: Railway Board’s letter No. F(E)I/2008/AL-7/2 dt. 18.09.2008)

Section V – Mileage Allowance

(1.) Rule 1607 (5)

Substitute the following table in lieu of existing table under Rule-1607(5):

Grade Pay

(1)

Entitlement

(2)

(i)Officers drawing grade pay of Rs.10,000 and those In pay scale of HAG and above. Actual fare by any type of public bus including air-conditioned bus
OR
At prescribed rates of AC taxi when the journey is actually performed by AC Taxi
OR
At prescribed rates for Ordinary Taxi when the journey is actually performed by Ordinary Taxi/Own Car
OR
At prescribed rates for auto rickshaw for journeys by auto-rickshaw, own scooter, motor cycle, moped etc.
(ii) Officers drawing grade pay of Rs.5400, Rs. 6600, Rs.7600, Rs.8700 and Rs.8900. Same as at (i) above with the exception that journeys by AC taxi will not be permissible
(iii) Officers drawing grade pay of Rs.4200, Rs.4600 and Rs.4800. Same as at (ii) above.
(iv) Officers drawing grade pay of Rs.2400 and above but less than Rs.4200. Actual fare by any type of public bus other than air-conditioned bus.
OR
At prescribed rates for auto-rickshaw for journeys by auto-rickshaw/own scooter/motorcycle/moped etc.
(v) Officers drawing grade pay below Rs.2400. Actual fare by ordinary public bus only
OR
At prescribed rates for auto-rickshaw/own scooter/motorcycle/moped etc.

(2) Substitute the rates of Mileage Allowance mentioned at (i) & (ii) below the table under Rule 1607(5) with the following:

(i) For journeys performed in own car / taxi : Rs.16 per Km

(ii) For journeys performed by auto-rickshaw, own scooter, etc.: Rs. 8 per Km

(3) In the first line of the Note-1 under Rule 1607 (5) substitute the words “pay less than Rs.6500/-” with “Grade Pay less than Rs.4200/-.

(4) In the last line of the Note-2 under Rule 1607 (5) substitute the figure “60 paise” with “Rs.1.20”.

(5) The following note may be added as Note-4 below Rule 1607(5):

“Note-4: The rate for Mileage allowance for road journey by taxi/own car/auto rickshaw/own scooter/Tonga/cycle rickshaw/man-driven rickshaw/ bicycle/foot shall automatically increase by 25% whenever Dearness allowance payable on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%.”

(Authority: Railway Board’s letter No. F(E)I/2008/AL-28/14 dated 1.12.2008 and 23.04.2009).

Section VI- Daily Allowance

(1) Substitute the existing table in Rule 1611 with the following:

Grade Pay

Daily Allowance (per day)

Officers drawing grade pay of Rs.10,000/- and those in pay scales of HAG and above Rs 520
Officers drawing grade pay of Rs.7600 to Rs.8900/- Rs.460
Officers drawing grade pay of Rs.5400 to Rs.6600/- Rs.400
Officers drawing grade pay of Rs.4200 to 4800/- Rs.340
Officers drawing grade pay of below Rs.4200/- Rs.210

Note: The rates of Daily Allowance shall automatically increase by 25% whenever Dearness Allowance payable on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%.

(Authority: Railway Board’s letter No. F(E)I/2008/AL-28/14 dated 1. 12.2008)

(2) Rule 1612 & Note (1), (2) & (3) below Rule 1612 stand deleted.

(3) Rule 1613 stands deleted.

(Authority: Railway Board’s letter No. E(P&A)II-2008/HRA-10 dated 12.9.2008 and F(E)I/2008/AL-28/ 14 dated 1.12.2008)

(4) Rule 1616 stands deleted.

(Authority: Railway Board’s letter No. E(P&A)II-2008/HRA-10 dated 12.9.2008 and F(E)I/2008/AL-28/ 14 dated 1.12.2008)

Section No.VII – Travelling Allowance for Journeys on Tour

(1) Rule 1625

In the last line of the Note-2 under Rule 1625, substitute the word “pay” with “Grade Pay”.

(2) Rule 1634

Substitute the following in lieu of existing Rule 1634.

“The entitlement for journeys by Sea or by River Steamer, on tour, is as follows:

Grade Pay

(1)

Entitlement

(2)

Officers drawing grade pay of Rs.5400/- and above and those in pay scales of HAG and above Highest Class
Officers drawing grade pay of Rs.4200, Rs.4600 and Rs.4800 If there be two classes only on the steamer, the lower class
Officers drawing grade pay of Rs.2400 and Rs.2800 If there be two classes only on the steamer, the lower class

If there be three classes, the middle or the second class

If there be four classes, the third classOfficers drawing grade pay less than Rs. 2400/-The lowest class

Accommodation entitlements for travel between the mainland and the A&N Group of Islands and Lakshadweep Group of Islands by ships operated by the Shipping Corporation of India Limited will be as follows:

Grade Pay

(1)

Entitlement

(2)

Officers drawing grade pay Rs.5400 and above and those in pay scales of HAG and above Deluxe Class
Officers drawing grade pay Rs.4200, Rs.4600 and Rs.4800 First/ ‘A’
Cabin Class
Officers drawing grade pay Rs.2400 and Rs.2800 Second/ ‘B’
Cabin Class
Officers drawing grade pay less than Rs.2400 Bunk Class

(Authority: Railway Board’s letter No. F(E)I/2008/AL-28/14 dated 1.12.2008)

(3) Substitute the following In lieu of Sub-rule (7) of Rule 1636 as under ;

Rule 1636 (7)

Railway officers in pay scale of Rs. 67000-79000 or above may travel at their discretion in Business or Club Class by air within the country on tour. Officers drawing Grade Pay of Rs.10,000/- may also travel by Business/Club Class with the approval of Competent Authority. Other officers and non-officials, who are authorized to travel by air within India at Government expense, shall be entitled to travel by Economy Class only where two classes of accommodation i.e., Economy Class and Business or Club class are available on the airlines.

(Authority: Railway Board’s letter No. F(E)I/2008/AL-28/14 dated 1.12.2008)

Section VIII – Journey at or near Headquarters.

 (1) In Rule 1641 (1), substitute the words “drawing a pay of not less than Rs.3200/- per month, under Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 1986” with “ in Grade Pay Rs. 4600 (PB-2) & above and drawing pay not less than Rs. 18050 in the Pay Band (excluding Grade Pay) under Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008”.

In Rule 1641 (2), substitute the words “Railway servants, gazetted or non-gazetted, drawing a pay of less than Rs.3200/- per month shall not be entitled to engage a taxi. They may be permitted to claim conveyance hire as follows:-” with “Railway servants not entitled to engage a taxi in terms of Rule 1641 (1) may be permitted to claim conveyance hire as follows:-”

(Authority: Railway Board’s letter No. F(E)I/2008/AL-28/42 dated 19.08.2010)

Section IX – Transfer Travelling Allowance

Rule 1643 (A)  (1)

(1) Substitute the following in lieu of the existing Rule 1643 (A)(1).

Journeys by Air :-

A Railway Officer holding a post in pay scale of Rs.67000-79000 and above may travel by air, at his discretion, to join the new HQs., on transfer. Officers in the grade pay of Rs 10,000/- may also be permitted to travel by air with the approval of Competent Authority, subject to exigency and where joining at transfer station has to be effected with immediate effect. The air fare will, however, be admissible for self only. No family member of any Railway servant is entitled to travel by air on transfer.

(Authority: Railway Board’s letter No. F( E)I/2008/AL-28/15 dated 01.12.2008)

(2) Substitute the following table in lieu of Rule 1643 (B) (2):

1643 (B) (2): Charges for transportation of personal effects between places connected by rail on transfer/retirement:

(I) If the transportation of personal effects is made by rail, the rates as under will be admissible for transporting personal effects from place of residence to the Railway Station at the Old headquarters and from Railway Station to the place of residence, at the new headquarters;

Grade Pay Rate per km for transport by road (Rs. per.km)
X & Y class cities* Z class cities*
Officers drawing grade pay of Rs.4200 and above and those in pay scale HAG and above 30.00 (Rs.0.005 per kg per km.) 18.00 (Rs.0.003 per kg. per km.)
Officers drawing grade pay of Rs.2800/- 15.00 (Rs.0.005 per kg per km.) 9.00 (Rs.0.003 per kg. per km.)
Officers drawing grade pay below Rs 2800 7.50 (Rs.0.005 per kg per km.) 4.60 (Rs.0.0031 per kg. per km.)

* As per classification of cities for the purpose of admissibility of House Rent Allowance.

The rates for transporting the entitled weight by Steamer will be equal to the prevailing rates prescribed by such transport in ships operated by Shipping Corporation of India.

(Authority: Railway Board’s letters No. F(E)I/2008/AL-28/15 dated 29.12.2010)

(ii) If the transportation of personal effects is made by road, reimbursement of actual expenditure by road limited to rates prescribed as in (i) above will be admissible.

(Authority: Railway Board’s letter No. F(E)I/2011/AL-28/26 dated 14.02.2012)

(3) The existing Note 1 & 2 below Rule 1643(B)(2) may be deleted and the following may be added as Note – 1 and 2.

Note-1: The higher rates of road mileage prescribed for ‘X’ and ‘Y’ class cities would be admissible for transfers within ‘X’ and ‘Y class cities; ‘X’ to‘Y’ class cities and vice-versa; and from ‘X’/’Y’ class cities to ‘Z’ class cities and vice-versa. In all other cases of transfers within ‘Z’ class cities, the rates prescribed for ‘Z’ class cities shall be admissible.

(Authority: Railway Board’s letter No. F(E)I/2008/AL-28/15 dated 08.03.2011)

Note-2: The rates of transportation of personal effects as mentioned above shall automatically increase by 25% whenever Dearness Allowance payable on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%.

(4) Add sub-rule B(3) below Rule 1643 (B) (2):

1643 (B) (3): The rates of transportation of personal effects by road between places connected by rail/not connected by rail would be the rates as prescribed in the table In Rule 1643 (B) (2).

(Authority: Railway Board’s letters No. F(E)I/2008/AL-28/15 dated 29.12.2010 & No. F(E)I/2011/AL-28/26 dated 01.09.2011 & 14.02.2012)

(5) The following may be added below existing Rule 1643(C):

Transportation of Conveyance on Transfer/settlement after retirement:

WHEN CONVEYANCE IS SENT UNDER ITS OWN PROPULSION

Between places connected by rail Between places not connected by rail
Prescribed rates limited to expenditure on transportation by passenger train on rail. Prescribed rates.*

WHEN CONVEYANCE IS SENT LOADED ON A TRUCK

Between places connected by rail Between places not connected by rail
Actual expenses limited to prescribed rates or expenditure on transportation by passenger train on rail, whichever less. Actual expenses limited to prescribed rates.*

*Prescribed rates means, the rates notified by the concerned Directorate of Transport, for taxi and auto rickshaw, at the starting point, subject to a maximum of Rs.20- for taxi and Rs.10/- for auto rickshaw as prescribed/revised from time to time.

(Authority: Railway Board’s letter No.F(E)I/2011/AL-28/26 dated 01.09.2011)

(6) Rule 1643 (D)(II) (a)

Item No.(ii) of the table under Rule 1643 (D) (II)(a) stands deleted.

(7) Note. 1 below Rule 1643 (D)(II)(a) stands deleted.

(8) Rule 1643 (D)(II)(b)

In the last line of Rule 1643 (D) (II) (b) delete the words “irrespective of his date of joining Railway service i.e. before, on or after 1.5.76”.

(9) RuIe 1643 (D)(III)(vi) stands deleted.

(10) Rule 1643 (D)(IV) Quantum of Advance.

Substitute Rule 1643 (D) IV (i) & (ii) with the following:

“The quantum of advance admissible on transfer to a serving Railway employee is 75% of the admissible amount of Composite Transfer Grant.”

(11) Below Rule 1643 (D)(V) under Railway Ministry’s Decisions, the following may be substituted in lieu of the existing decision.

Transfer Travelling Allowance in cases, where both husband and wife are in Government service and are transferred within 60 days of his/her transfer from the same place to the same place, shall not be admissible to the spouse transferred later. In cases where the transfer takes place within six months, but after 60 days of the transfer of the spouse, fifty per cent of the Transfer Grant on transfer shall be allowed to the spouse transferred later. No transfer grant shall be admissible to the spouse transferred later, in case both the transfers are ordered within 60 days. The existing provisions shall continue to be applicable in case of transfer after a period of six months or more. Other rules precluding Transfer Grant in case of transfer at own request or transfer other than in public interest shall continue to apply unchanged in their case.

(Authority: Railway Board’s letter No. F(E)I/2008/AL-28/15 dated 01.12.2008)

(12) Rule 1644(1) stands deleted.

(13) Rule 1644(2) and Note below Rule 1644(2)stands deleted.

(14) In Rule 1644 (3), substitute the words “Transfer Grant and Packing Allowance” with “Composite Transfer Grant”.

(15) Rule 1644(4) stands deleted.

(16) Rule 1645 1(b) stands deleted.

(17) The following may be substituted in lieu of Note (i) below Rule 1645-I-(c)

NOTE (i) A Railway servant who has been transferred within the same station or to an outstation within 20 Kms. of the old headquarters, shall be granted Composite Transfer Grant at the rate of one-third of one month’s basic pay, provided there is a change of residence, as a result of transfer.

(18) Rule 1645 II (b) may be substituted with the following in lieu of the existing rule:

(b) If there is a change of residence as a result of transfer, full transfer travelling allowance will be admissible if the distance between the two stations exceeds 20 Kms.

Section XXI – Journeys on a course of training

The existing sub-rule (2) of Rule 1686 may be substituted by:

“The apprentices (whether mechanical or other categories) who are in receipt of the concession of free boarding and lodging at their headquarters may be allowed Travelling Allowance applicable to the category to which they are apprentices provided they are required to undertake such journeys as a part of their training and

(Authority: Board’s letter No. F(E)I/89/AL-28/8 dated 2.11.89)

Mode of filling up of non-gazetted posts after 6th CPC

Railway Board Letter No:  No. E(NG)I-2008/PM1/15 Dated 24.05.2013

RBE No:  51/2013

Subject:  Implementation of Recommendations of 6th CPC –Merger of Grades- Revised classification and mode of filling up of non-gazetted posts- Scheme for filling up of vacancies after 31.03.2013.

Ref :  Board’s letter of even number dated 03.09.2009, 07.06.2010, 21.11.2011, 23.05.2012 & 15.01.2013 on the above subject.

The existing methodology and benchmarking for promotion, as enumerated in the Boards’ letters referred to above, may be applied till 31.12.2013, till further order

Tribal Area Allowance

Railway Board Letter No:  F(E)I/2013/AL-4/4 dated 31/05/2013

RBE No:  52/2013

Subject:  Tribal Area Allowance

The issue of payment of tribal area allowance to railway employees was examined recently in context of a parliament question and it was found that the position with regard to payment of Tribal Area Allowance varies widely on different Zonal railways. While some Zonal Railways have been paying Tribal areas in some scheduled/Tribal areas, other Railways have discontinued the allowance. This may be in some case due to State governments having discontinued the payment of such allowance to their employees in some areas, or due to non-availability of updated list of Scheduled/Tribal areas where State governments are paying it to their employees, with the Railways, Railway Board etc.

2. It is, therefore, advised that payment of Tribal Area Allowance to Railway employees, especially during the last 10 years may be reviewed on your Railway and it may be checked whether it has been paid in those areas where State Governments have been paying the same to their employees. In case it has been discontinued, even though admissible under the rules, corrective steps may be taken in this regard, at your end under intimation to this office. Also, Board may be advised of the reasons for discontinuance of Tribal Area Allowance in these areas falling under jurisdiction of your Railways where payment of these allowance by Railways has been discontinued in the past.

3. It has also been decided by the Board that henceforth General Managers of Zonal Railways may ascertain the areas from State Governments where the Tribal Area Allowance is being paid by the State Governments and sanction Tribal Area Allowance to eligible employees on their Railways subject to fulfillment of conditions for payment of the Allowance as laid down in Board’s letter no. PC-IV/87/Imp/AL-1 dated 30.07.1987 and No. F(E)I/89/AL-4/2dated 24.06.1991

Permanent Way Supervisors category merged with JE/P Way

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-III/2012/FE-II/2 dated 03-07-2013

RBE No:  64/2013

Subject:  Merger of Sr. P. Way Supervisors with JE/P.Way

The issue of merger of Senior Permanent Way Supervisors (PB-2, Grade Pay Rs. 4200) with Junior Engineer (P. Way) had been raised in the PNM by both the Federations (AIRF/NFIR). Accordingly, with a view to strengthening and rationalizing the staffing pattern on Railways, the issue of enbloc merger of Sr. Permanent Way Supervisors in PB-2, Grade Pay Rs. 4200 with Junior Engineer /P. Way (PB-2, Grade Pay Rs. 4200) was under examination in Ministry of Railways. As a result of the review undertaken on the basis of functional, operational and administrative requirements, it has been decided that all the regular posts (excluding surplus, supernumerary and ex-cadre posts) of Sr. Permanent Way Supervisors in PB-2, Grade Pay Rs. 4200 should enbloc be merged with the cadre of Junior Engineer (P. Way) with its spread effect in higher grade PB-2, Grade Pay Rs. 4600.

2.        The entire exercise of merger of Senior Permanent Way Supervisors with JE/P. Way with its spread effect to the post of SSE (P. Way) would be self-financing and expenditure neutral proposition. Additional financial implications should be worked out taking into account the revised basic pay including Grade Pay as per 6th CPC as listed in the fitment table, corresponding to the mid-point of the pre-revised pay scale (5th CPC) in respect of the each post, along with the applicable Dearness Allowance.  After working out the financial implications, the matching savings should be effected from the category itself. Wherever it is not possible to do so from the category itself, the matching savings should be arranged from the department at the Divisional/Zonal level. While effecting surrender of posts of equivalent financial value, the existing vacant posts available in the category on the cut-off date should be considered for the purpose of off-setting the cost of merger of Sr. P. Way Supervisors with JE/P.Way and its spread effect to the post of SSE (P. Way). There would be no merger of Sr. P. Way Supervisors with JE/P.Way with its spread effect to the post of SSE (P. Way) without matching savings by surrender of posts.

3.        These orders are effective from the date of issue of these orders.

4.        This issues in consultation with the Civil Engineering & Establishment Directorates and with concurrence of the Finance Directorate of this Ministry.

Written Examination for LARGESS recruitment dispensed with

Railway Board Letter No:  E(P&A)I-2010/RT-2 dated 23-07-2013

RBE No:  72/2013

Subject:  Dispensation of Written Test for recruitment of wards under LARSGESS

The employees Federations have been demanding dispensation of Written Examination for recruitment of wards under LARSGESS for quite some time. The mater has been considered by the Board and it has been decided to dispense with Written Examination for recruitment of wards of Gangmen and the specified Safety categories ¡n GP Rs.1800/- as notified ¡n Board’s letters of even number dated 11/09/2010 and 03/01/2012 under LARSGESS. However, they will have to qualify the medical tests for the relevant category/posts, after verification of educational certificates etc. by a Committee of three JAG level officers at Divisional level.

2. These instructions are applicable from July – December 2013 retirement/recruitment cycle onwards only. The past cycles will be governed by the earlier ¡instructions.

3. The other terms and conditions of the Scheme will remain the same.

 

RBE No:  103/2013

No:  E (P&A)II-2013/PLB-5 dated 04.10.2013

Subject:  Payment of Productivity Linked Bonus to all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees for the financial year 2012-13

1.            The President is pleased to sanction Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) equivalent to 78 (seventy eight) days wages without any ceiling on wages for eligibility for the financial year 2012-13 to all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees (excluding all RPF/RPSF personnel). Where wages exceed Rs.3500/- per month, Productivity Linked Bonus will be calculated as if ‘wages’ are Rs.3500/- p.m.

2          ‘Wages’ for the purpose of calculating Productivity Linked Bonus  shall include ‘Basic pay’ as defined in the Railway Services ( Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 and dearness allowance drawn during the financial year 2012-13. Other conditions of eligibility, method of calculation of wages, etc., as prescribed in this Ministry’s instructions and clarifications issued from time to time, shall remain unchanged.

3.         It has also been decided that in the case of eligible employees mentioned in Para-1 above who were not placed under suspension, or had not quit service/retired/expired during the financial year 2012-13 or were on leave where leave salary admissible is not less than that admissible on leave on average pay, may be paid an amount of Rs.8975/- towards Productivity Linked Bonus for the financial year 2012-13.  In the case of employees other than those mentioned above, the amount of Productivity Linked Bonus may be calculated in accordance with the extant instructions on the subject.

4.         Further,  in relaxation to the provisions in Rules 905(2), 908 and 909 of State Railway Provident Fund Rules, as contained  in Chapter 9 of R.I/1985 edition [2003 Reprint Edition], such of the subscribers to the SRPF as are entitled to Productivity Linked Bonus may, if  they so desire, deposit the whole or part of the amount admissible under the Scheme in their respective State Railway Provident Fund  Accounts.

5.         Disbursement of Productivity Linked Bonus for the financial year 2012-13 to all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees mentioned in Para 1 above should be made  on priority before the ensuing Puja/Dussehra holidays.

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

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