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Rly. Board’s Estt. Circulas 2017

August 1, 2018

RBE No. 01/2017

Board’s ltr. No. 2016/E[LL]/FA/1 dated 09.02.2017  [RBE No.01/2017]

Sub: Discontinuance of Festival Advance on the recommendation of Seventh CPC – Correction Slip to IREM Vol.I, 1989 Edition. 

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Based  on the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission, Festival Advance has been discontinued /abolished vide Board’s letter of even number dated 14.12.2016.

Advance Correction Slip No.236 to Para 1125 and 1127 of the Indian Railway Establishment Manual-I [ Revised Edition, 1989] is enclosed.

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

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Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Volume-I [ Revised Edition, 1989]

Advance Correction Slip No.236 – Chapter XI

1125: Advance for Festivals – Abolished

1127: Deleted.

[Railway Board’s letter No. 2016/E[LL]/FA/1 dated 14.12.2016]

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Board’s ltr.No.E(W)2016/RSGB/8 dated 06.01.2017 

Sub: Issue of duty card passes to SOCs & STCs for scouting activities

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The issue regarding grant of Duty Card Passes to State Organising Commissioners (SOCs) and State Training Commissioners (STCs) was discussed in the Annual General Meeting of the Railway Scouts & Guides Board (RSGB) held on 26.11.2016.

2 .        It was observed that many SOCs & STCs of the old Railway zones are already in possession of Duty Card Passes, as they are required to travel at a short notice in connection with scouting activities/events. Further, attention was drawn to item No. 17 of the 12th General Council Meeting of RSGB held on 03.12.2004 stating that as per extant policy guidelines, Duty Card Passes to officers below JAG valid in Railway can be issued for frequent journeys with the personal approval of the General Manager.

3 .        In view of the above, it has been decided that Duty Card Passes to SOCs & STCs of All Zonal Railways may be allowed with the personal approval of the concerned General Manager, subject to fulfilment of other terms and conditions as prescribed in the Railway Servants (Pass) Rules, 1986.

 

RBE No. 02/2017

 Board’s ltr. No. E[NG]I-2015/CFP/7 dated 16.01.2017  [RBE No. 02/2017]

Sub: Exemption from passing the Typewriting Test – Implementation of instructions of DOP&T issued vide their letter dated 22.04.2015.

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Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Personnel & Training, in their O.M. No.14020/2/91-Estt(D) dated 29.09.1992 had issued certain instructions/guidelines regarding exemption from passing the Typewriting Test. The same has been reiterated vide their O.M. No.14020/1/ 2014-Estt.(D) dated 22.04.2015.

  1. Both the Federations viz. AIRF and NFIR have also raised this demand in the PNM forum. Accordingly, matter has been deliberated in consultation with concerned directorates and it has been decided by the Board to adopt the stipulations made in DOP&T’s OMs ibid (copies enclosed) mutatis mutandis to persons appointed/ promoted as Junior Clerks, Accounts Clerks against promotion quota, sports persons recruited against sports quota, those appointed on compassionate grounds, under Scouts & Guides and cultural quota, re-deployed medically unfit Railway servants on alternative posts, re-deployed surplus staff and also physically handicapped railway servants, as per prevailing rules. The procedure of conducting of the typing test whether it is on manual type writer or on Personal Computer as contained in Board’s letter No.E(NG)I-2004/CFP/8 dated 04.02.2011 will remain unaltered.
  2. The above instructions will take effect from the date of issue of this letter. Cases already decided in the past need not be re-opened.

 

DOP &T’s O.M.No.14020/2/91-Estt.(D) dated 29.9.1992 

Sub: Typewriting Test- Exemption from passing the typing test for drawal of increments and confirmation in respect of LDCs who do not belong to Central Secretariat Clerical Service-Consolidated instructions.

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The undersigned is directed to say that instructions have been issued by this Deptt. from time to time laying down the criteria for grant of exemption from passing the typing test in respect of LDCs who do not belong to Central Secretariat Clerical Service. In the light of the provisions contained in this Deptt.O.M.No.14/10/78-CS.II dated 7.6.90 and 24.9.90 and O.M.No.12/5/91-CS.II dated 22/23.8.91 (which have been issued after discussion with the Staff Side) the existing instructions on the subject have been simplified and consolidated as in this O.M.

2 . (1) To whom applicable:

Persons appointed as LDCs to posts which do not belong to CSCS whether such appointment is by promotion from Group ‘D’ or by direct recruitment through SSC or otherwise or by any other method including appointment on compassionate grounds or on ad-hoc basis.

(2) When exemption may be allowed:

 

(a) If above 45 years of age on the date of their appointment may be granted exemption from the date of their appointment.

(b) If between the age of 35 years and 45 years at the time of appointment may be granted exemption on attaining the age of 45 years.

(c) If below 35 years of age on the date of appointment may be given exemption after 10 years of service as LDC provided they have made two genuine attempts to pass the typing test; otherwise they may be granted exemption after attaining the age of 45 years.

(d) Those LDCs who have made two genuine attempts for passing the typing test prior to the issue of this O.M. but have not completed 8 years service as LDC may be granted exemption from passing the typing test after completion of 8 years of service or on attaining the age of 45 years whichever is earlier.

(3) Typing Test

 

(a) The Typing Test for the purpose of these orders will be the typing test conducted by the SSC.

(b) The Certificate in typewriting issued under the Hindi Teaching Scheme will be treated as equivalent to the Certificate issued by the SSC for the purpose of these orders.

(4) Genuine Attempt

 

The ‘genuine attempt’ referred to above would be determined by the Head of the Department in consultation with the SSC keeping in view that mere appearance in the test or a perfunctory attempt would not constitute a genuine attempt.

(5) Service as LDC:

 

For the purpose of computing service as LDC

  • Broken periods of service, if any, as LDC on a regular scale of pay may also be taken into account.
  • Continuous combatant clerical service will also be reckoned in the case of ex-servicemen appointed as LDC.

(6) Release of increments:

(a) On such exemption being granted, the increments of affected persons may be released from the date from which such exemption is granted to them without any arrears for the period prior to the date of exemption, subject to the retention of normal annual date of increment.

(b) On their passing the typing test, the increments may be released from the date of the test without any arrears for the period prior to the date of the Test subject to retention of the normal annual date of increment.

(7) Eligibility  for regularisation /confirmation:

They would also be eligible for regularisation/ confirmation in LDC Grade from a date not earlier than the date of exemption or the date of the test on which they passed the typing test, as the case may be.

(8) Physically Handicapped:

(a) Physically handicapped persons who are otherwise qualified to hold clerical post and who are certified as being unable to type by the Medical Board attached to Special Employment Exchanges for the Handicapped (or by a Civil Surgeon where there is no such Board) may be exempted from passing the typing test.

(b) The term physically handicapped persons does not cover those who are visually handicapped or who are hearing handicapped but covers only those whose physical disability permanently prevents them from typing.

(9) Surplus Employees:

In respect of surplus employees redeployed as LDCs the provision for stoppage of increment for not passing the typing test may be enforced from the date of next but one increment after re-deployment.

(10) Existing LDCs

Those LDCs who have put in at least 10 years service in the grade as on 1.1.90 may be exempted from passing the typewriting test without insisting on the condition of genuine attempt as a one time measure not to be quoted as a precedent in future.

(11) Date of Effect:

These instructions will come into force with effect from 1.1.90

 

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

 

DOP&T’s O.M. No.14020/1/ 2014-Estt.(D) dated 22.04.2015.

Sub: Instructions on exemption from passing the Typewriting Test on Computer in respect of LDCs, regarding.

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The undersigned is directed to say that instructions issued by this Department vide O.M.No.14020/2/91-Estt(D) dated 29th September, 1992 provide for grant of exemption from passing the typing test for drawal of increments and confirmation in respect of LDCs.

2(i)   The above mentioned instructions provide for exemptions as under:-

  1. a) If above 45 years of age on the date of their appointment, such persons may be granted exemption from the date of their appointment.
  2. b) If between the age of 35 years and 45 years at the time of their appointment, such persons may be granted exemption on attaining the age of 45 years.
  3. c) If below 35 years of age on the date of appointment, such persons may be given exemption after 10 years of service as LDC provided they have made two genuine attempts to pass the typing test; otherwise they may be granted exemption after attaining the age of 45 years.
  4. d) Those LDCs who have made two genuine attempts for passing the typing test prior to issue of this OM but have not completed 8 years service as LDC, may be granted exemption from passing the typing test after completion of 8 years of service or on attaining the age of 45 years, whichever is earlier.

(ii) For the Physically handicapped persons, these instructions provide for exemptions as under:-

  1. a) Physically handicapped persons who are otherwise qualified to hold clerical post and who are certified as being unable to type by the Medical Board attached to Special Employment Exchanges for the Handicapped (or by a Civil Surgeon where there is no such Board) may be exempted from passing the typing test.
  2. b) The term ‘physically handicapped persons’ does not cover those who are visually handicapped or who are hearing handicapped but cover only those whose physical disability permanently prevents them from typing.
  3. Model RRs for the post of Lower Division Clerk (LDC) were issued vide this Department’s O.M.No.AB-14017/32/2009-Estt(RR) dated 7th October, 2009. The entries pertaining to Skill Test Norms prescribed in the Col. 8 of the Model RRs for the post of LDC were modified to include the Skill Test Norms ‘only on computers’ vide this Department’s O.M.No.AB-14017/32/2009-Estt(RR) dated 17th May, 2010.
  4. This Department has received references whether the instructions as contained in this Department’s OM dated 29.9.1992 are applicable for test on Computer or not. The matter has been examined and it has been decided that the criteria for grant of exemption from passing the typing test in respect of such LDCs including Physically Handicapped persons/Persons with Disabilities as stipulated in this Department’s O.M.No.14020/2/91 Estt(D) dated 29th September, 1992 would also be applicable to the test on Computers.
  5. It has also been decided to extend the above instructions to Sports persons recruited against Sports quota under the Scheme of appointment of meritorious Sports persons.

Board’s ltr. No. E(P&A)II-2015/RS-25 dated 24.1.2017 

Sub: Pay element relating to Running Staff after the recommendations of Seventh CPC.

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It has come to notice that on some of the zonal railways add-on pay element of 55% is not being reckoned for calculation of emoluments for the purpose of retirement benefits for the running staff on the basic pay fixed in the 7th CPC pay structure. As per Rule 924(iii) of IREM-I that is still valid, 55% of Basic Pay is reckoned as add-on pay element for calculation of pension and DCRG of the Running staff. It is therefore advised that calculation of retirement benefits of the running staff may be made as per extant Rule 924(iii) of IREM-I on the revised basic pay in the 7th CPC.

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

RBE No. 03/2017

 Board’s ltr. No. E[MPP]/2017/6/1 dated 17.01.2017   [RBE No.03/2017]

Sub: Forwarding of the Notification – Rule 11 of the Apprenticeship Rules, 1992

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A copy of the Notification No.S.O.3354[E] dated 31st October, 2016 published in Part II, Section 3, Sub-Section[ii] of the Extraordinary Gazette of India issued by Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, notifying that the 1st day of November, 2016 as the date from which the stipend shall be paid through the bank account of apprentices is enclosed for information, guidance and necessary action.

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Copy of Notification No. S.O.3354[E] dated 31st October, 2016 issued by Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship [ published in Part II, Section 3, Sub-Section[ii] of the Extraordinary Gazette of India].

 

S.O.3354[E] :- In  pursuance of sub-rule (3) of rule 11 of the Apprenticeship Rules,1992, the Central Government hereby notifies the 1st day of November, 2016 as the date from which the stipend shall be paid through the bank account of apprentices.

 Board’s ltr. No. E[P&A]I-2015/CPC/LE-3 dated 03.01.2017  [RBE No.161/2016]

Corrigendum

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The  subject  of Board’s letter of even No. dated 18.09.2015 may be read as “Requirement of taking prior permission for leaving station / headquarters for going abroad while on leave” instead of Requirement of taking permission by railway servant for leaving station / headquarters”.

 

Board’s letter No. E(MPP)/2015/3/4/Pt.1 dated 20.01.2017

Sub: National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme

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In order to promote apprenticeship, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has recently launched a new scheme to provide financial incentive to Employers who engage apprentices, called the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS). It basically has two components:

  • Reimbursement of 25% of stipend subject to a maximum of Rs.1500/- per month per Apprentice by the Government of India to all employers who engage apprentices.

 

  • Reimbursement of cost of basic training ( upto a limit of Rs.7500/- for a maximum of 500 hours/ 3 months by the Government of India to Basic Training providers) in respect of apprentices who come directly for apprenticeship training without any formal training. 

The guidelines for NAPS is available on WWW.apprenticeship.gov.in.

 

The Regional Directorates of Apprenticeship Training ( RDAT’s) are the implementing agencies for the above scheme. The Railways may register on the online apprenticeship portal and avail of the scheme and in case of any clarifications, they may get in touch with the RDAT’s in their region.

RBE No. 06/2017

 Board’s ltr. No. F[E]III/2003/PF1/1 dated 30.01.2017   [RBE No.06/2017]

       

 Sub: State Railway Provident Fund-Rate of Interest during the year 2016-2017 [January, 2017 –  March, 2017]

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A copy of Government’s Resolution No. 5(1)-B[PD]/2016 dt. 18th  January, 2017  issued by the Ministry of Finance (Dept. of Economic Affairs) prescribing interest at the rate of 8.0% [Eight per cent] w.e.f. 1st January, 2017 to 31st March, 2017 on accumulations  at the credit of the subscribers to State Railway Provident Fund, is enclosed for information and necessary action.

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Copy of Ministry of Finance  (Department of Economic Affairs)  New Delhi’s, Resolution F.No.5(1)-B(PD)/2016 dated  18.01.2017  (Published in Part I Section 1 of  Gazette of India). 

R E S O L U T I O N

It is announced for general information that during the year 2016-2017, accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the General Provident Fund and other similar funds shall  carry interest at the rate of 8.0% (Eight per cent) w.e.f.  1st January, 2017 to 31st  March, 2017. This rate will be in force w.e.f. 1st January, 2017. 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 (Defence 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 Defence Services Officers Provident Fund.
  10. The Armed Forces Personnel Provident Fund.

 

  1. Ordered that the resolution be published in Gazette of India.

 

Board’s ltr. No. F[E]Spl./2016/FR/1/1 dated 16.01.2017

Sub: Clarification regarding payment of dual charge allowance under 7th CPC

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Some of the Railways have sought clarification regarding grant of rate of Dual Charge Allowance [DCA] on or after 01.01.2016 in view of the revision of pay scales under 7th CPC pay structure.

 

  1. In this connection, it is clarified that Dual Charge Allowance [DCA] would be admissible only in pre-revised pay scales [6th CPC] / rates of pay / ceiling until further orders, if any, in this regard.

 

RBE No. 04/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E(W)2014/FU-1/1 dated 18.01.2017  [RBE No.04/2017]

Sub: Amendment of provisions relating to Railway Staff Benefit Fund- Chapter- 8 of the Indian Railway Establishment Code Volume-I, 1985 Edition (Second Reprint Edition – 2003).

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In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to Article 309 of the Constitution, the President is pleased to direct that S.No.1 of Rule 805 of the Indian Railway Establishment Code, Volume 1, 1985 Edition be amended as per enclosed Advance Correction Slip No.130. This amendment is effective from the date of instructions issued vide letter No.E(W)2014/FU-1/1 dated 30.7.2014.

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         Indian Railway Establishment Code Volume-I, 1985 Edition

(Second Reprint Edition – 2003).

CHAPTER-8   –      Staff Benefit Fund

                                                        Advance Correction Slip No.130

 

S.No.1 of Rule 805 may be substituted as follows:

 

S.No. Head/activity Alloca-

tion

( in Rs)

Scope
1. Education – Scholarship for Higher Technical/ Professional Education for Wards of non- gazetted staff in grade Pay of above Rs 2400/- (as per pre-Revised Railway Services Pay Rules, 2008) corresponding to revised level in pay matrix in Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 @ Rs 1500 p.m. 116 For wards of railway employees In grade pay of above Rs 2400/-(as per pre-Revised Railway Services Pay Rules, 2008) corresponding to revised level in pay matrix in Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 pursuing Higher Technical/ Professional Education.

 

[Authority Board’s letter No. E[W]2014/FU-1/1 dated 08.12.2014]

RBE No. 05/2017 

Board’s ltr. No. 2016/E[Sports]/4[3]/9/Boxing dated 24.01.2017 [RBE No.05/2017] Clarification/Corrigendum No.77

 

Sub: Recognition of Boxing Federation of India – regarding.

 

Ref: Board’s letter No.2012/E[Sports]/4[1]/I/Policy Clarifications dated 22.03.2013   [RBE No. 25/2013]

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Vide Board’s letter under reference dated 22.03.2013 [RBE No. 25/2013] it was, inter-alia decided to derecognise Indian Amateur Boxing Federation of India                          w.e.f. 07.12.2012 since this Federation did not have the necessary recognition of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

 

  1. Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports vide their letter and order No.9-27/2016-SP-1 dated 28.10.2016 has recognised Boxing Federation of India led by Shri Ajay Singh as President as the National Sports Federation [NSF] for promotion of boxing in the country w.e.f. 28.10.2016.

 

  1. In line with the decision of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Railway Sports Promotion Board, for the game of Boxing, accords its recognition to the Boxing Federation of India. Participation and medal winning performance in the events organised by the above Federation after 28.10.2016 may be considered for recruitment, incentives and all other establishment related issues, as per Board’s extant policy instructions.

 

RBE No. 08/2017

Board’s ltr. No. PC-V/2016/PS/1(Stipend) dtd. 02.02.2017  [RBE No.08/2017] PC VII/14 

Sub:  Revision of rates of stipend to apprentices and trainees on Railways.

Ref:  Railway Board’s letter No.PC-V/2008/PS/1[Stipend] dated 15.12.2008                                                            ….

Consequent upon the promulgation of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 on the basis of the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission, the issue of revision in the rates of stipend to apprentices and trainees (non-gazetted) on Railways was under consideration. Now, the President is pleased to revise the rates of stipend to the apprentices and trainees as per the schedule attached herein.

  1. It is likely that some of the existing categories of apprentices on certain Railways may not have designations identical to what appears in the enclosed Schedule. In such cases, the Railway administration, in consultation with FA&CAO should identify the designation/ category of the apprentice concerned with similar case appearing in the Schedule and determine the rate of stipend applicable thereto. Wherever such identification is not possible, specific cases may be reported to the Board with verbatim comments of the FA&CAO.
  2. In case, the period of training as indicated in these orders is at variance with the actual practice in respect of one or more categories, the matter should be referred to the Railway Board for decision.
  3. The apprentices and trainees will draw the revised rates of Dearness Allowance appropriate to the revised rates of stipend.
  4. The revised rates of stipend will take effect from 1.8.2016.
  5. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

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SCHEDULE

S.No.PC-VII/14                                                                     RBE No. 8/2017

No.PC-V/2016/PS/1(Stipend)                                                        dated 02-02-2017

 

Sl.No Category Training period Grade Pay in VI CPC Structure (Rs.) Corresponding Revised pay level in the 7th CPC Pay matrix Revised rates of stipend in the corresponding pay level( Rs.)
S&T DEPARTMENT
1 Telephone Operator Less than one year 1900 2 19900
2 Signal Maintainer One year 1900 2 19900
3. Signal Maintainer Eighteen months 2400 4 21700 [22400 in the second year]
4. Telecommunication Maintainer Grade III One Year 1900 2 19900
5. Wireless Maintainer Grade III One year 1900 2 19900
6. Jr.Engineer (Signal) (Diploma holder) 12 Months

[52 weeks]

4200 6 35400
7. Sr.Section Engineer (Signal)  (Degree holder) One year 4600 7 44900
8. Jr.Engineer (Telecom) (Diploma holder) 12 Months

[52 weeks]

4200 6 35400
9. Sr.Section Engineer (Telecom)( Degree holder) 12 Months

[52 weeks]

4600 7 44900
10. Jr.Engineer (Workshop)

( Diploma holder)

12 Months

[52 weeks]

4200 6 35400
11. Sr.Section Engineer (Workshop) one year 4600 7 44900
CIVIL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT
12 Jr.Engineer (Works)     (Diploma holder) One year 4200 6 35400
13 Sr.Section Engineer               (Works) ( Degree holder) Upto one year 4600 7 44900
14 Jr.Engingeer [Permanent Way] (Diploma holder) One year 4200 6 35400
15. Sr.Section Engineer               (Permanent Way) (Degree holder) Upto One year 4600 7 44900
16. Jr.Engineer (Bridge) Two years 4200 6 29200 (30100 in the second year)
17. Sr.Section Engineer (Bridge) (Degree holder) One year 4600 7 44900
18 Jr.Engineer (Engg.WS)/ JE [TM/TT) One year 4200 6 35400
19 Sr.Section Engineer (Engg. WS)/ SSE [TM/TT ] One year 4600 7 44900
20 Design Assistant ( Degree holder) Upto one year 4200 6 35400
MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL DEPARTMENTS
21 Jr.Engineer (W.S) One year 4200 6 35400
22 Sr.Section Engineer  (W.S) One year 4600 7 44900
23 Sr.Section Engineer  (Electrical) One year 4600 7 44900
24 Jr.Engineer (Electrical) 12 months [52 Weeks] 4200 6 35400
25 Sr.Section Engineer (Degree holder) One year 4600 7 44900
26 Jr.Engineer ( Diploma holder) 12 months [52 weeks] 4200 6 35400
27 Motorman One year 4200 6 35400
28 Assistant Loco Pilot [Elec] 17 weeks 1900 2 19900
29 Assistant Loco Pilot

[Diesel ]

17 weeks 1900 2 19900
DRAWING OFFICE
30 Jr.Engineer – Drawing / Design (Mech/Elec. & S&T Deptt.) [Diploma holder] 52 weeks 4200 6 35400
31 Jr.Engineer – [Drawing / Design] (Civil Engg. Dept.) [Diploma holders ] 52 weeks 4200 6 35400
32 Sr.Section Engineer [Drawing/Design]

[Degree holder]

One year 4600 7 44900
C.M.T [MECHANICAL DEPARTMENT]
33 Chemical & Metallurgical Assistant One year 4200 6 35400
ARTISANS
34 Technician Gr.III ( with Matric Qualification) Three years 1900 2 18000 [18500 in 2nd  year and 19100 in 3rd  year]
35 Technician Gr.III ( with ITI qualification or Apprenticeship qualification in non-Railway Estt.) Six months 1900 2 19900
STORES DEPARTMENT
36 Jr. Engineer [Printing] [Diploma Holder] Eighteen months 4200 6 29200 [30100 in the second year]
37 Sr.Section Engineer [Printing] One year 4600 7 44900
38 Depot Material Superintendent Six months 4200 6 35400
TRAFFIC & COMMERCIAL DEPARTMENTS
39 Commercial Apprentices Two years 4200 6 29200 [30100 in the second year]
40 Commercial Clerk 20 days 2000 3 21700
41 Ticket Examiner 36 days 1900 2 19900
42 Train Clerks 21 days 1900 2 19900
43 Traffic Signallers Upto one year 2000 3 21700
44 Assistant Station Master 9 months 2800 5 29200
45 Goods Guards Less than one year 2800 5 29200
46 Traffic Apprentices for absorption in scales as Station Masters, Asstt. Yard Masters, Traffic Inspectors & Section Controllers Two years 4200 6 29200 [30100 in the second year]
47 Enquiry-cum-Reservation Clerk Three months 2800 5 29200
RPF/RPSF
48 Trainee Sub Inspector 9 months 4200 6 35400
49 Trainee Constable 9 months 2000 3 21700

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RBE No. 12/2017

Board’s letter No. E[NG]I-2015/TR/20 dated 10.02.2017 [RBE No.12/2017]

Sub: Comprehensive Transfer Policy – Exemption from 05 years 

         service condition


Ref:- Railway Board’s letter No. E(0)III-2014/PL/05 dated 31.08.2015

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Attention is invited to para (xi) of Board’s letter referred to above on the above subject wherein was stated that in the case of non-gazetted railway employees, no inter railway transfer requests will be considered till completion of five (05) years of joining Railways.

  1. References have been received from Zonal Railways seeking clarifications in connection with the condition of five years, particularly its applicability to requests for transfers sought on mutual exchange basis, on spouse basis etc. Both the Staff Federations viz. AIRF and NFIR have also raised this issue. The matter has accordingly been considered by the competent authority and in partial modification of Board’s letter referred to above, it has now been decided that the following categories of transfers, in the case of non-gazetted staff, will be exempted from the condition of a minimum of five (05) years service:-
  1. Transfers sought on mutual exchange basis;
  2. Transfers sought on spouse ground;
  • Railway servants who are care-givers to a disabled child and
  1. Physically handicapped Railway Servants.

 

  1. Other terms and conditions governing such transfers remain unchanged.

RBE No. 10/2017

Board’s ltr. No. F(E)Spl./2016/ADV.4/1(7th CPC) dated 07.02.2017   [RBE No.10/2017] PC VII-15

Sub: Grant of Advances – Seventh Central Pay Commission recommendations – Amendment to rules on computer Advance to Railway Servants.

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Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission, the Ministry of Finance vide their OM No.12(1)E.II(A)/2016 dated 07.10.2016 have amended the eligibility criteria in the existing provisions relating to the grant of Personal Computer Advance.

 

  1. Amendment to conditions of grant of Computer Advance are as follows:
Advance Quantum Eligibility Criteria
Personal Computer Advance 50,000/- or actual price of PC, whichever is lower. All Government Servants
The Computer Advance will be allowed maximum five times in the entire service
The other terms and conditions governing the grant of Personal Computer Advance shall remain unchanged.

 

  1. Further, Ministry of Finance in their ibid OM have also decided that the other interest bearing advances relating to Motor Car Advance and Motorcycle/ Scooter/ Moped Advance will stand discontinued.
  2. The above mentioned O.M. of Ministry of Finance relating to grant of Interest bearing advances will apply mutatis – mutandis to Railway employees also.

 

4.1       So far as the interest free advances are concerned, Bicycle and warm clothing advances stands abolished for Railway employees also in terms of MoF’s decision.

 

4.2       Orders relating to other interest free advances will be issued separately by concerned Directorates.

 

  1. Necessary Advance Correction Slip to the chapter XI of the Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Vol.I Revised Edition, 1989 will follow.

 

  1. The revised orders are effective from 07.10.2016 i.e, the date of the issue of the aforesaid OM of the Ministry of Finance. Past cases where the advances have already been sanctioned under the provisions of earlier rules on the subject need not be reopened.

 

Board’s ltr. No. E[MPP]2016/3/14 dated 31.01.2017   [RBE No.07/2017] addressed to GMs/E.Rly, ECR, E.Co.Rly, NER, SER and SECR

Sub: Inclusion of training slot on ‘Railway Security’ in Training Modules at Railway Training Centres for the areas affected by Left Wing Extremism [LWE] /Maoist attacks

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A need has been felt to sensitize Railway Employees on Left Wing Extremism [LWE] /Maoist attacks.  Accordingly, a Three Day Training Capsule on ‘Railway Security’ has been prepared so that the necessary training may be  arranged at Railway Training Centres.  Details of the Training Modules is enclosed at Annexure-A.  This Training Module may be imparted as a part of Initial Training and Refresher Training.

Such training is required to be imparted especially to the Station Staff, Signal Men, Loco Pilots, Assistant Loco Pilots, Guards, Trackman etc. Chief Security Commissioners of the concerned Zonal Railways may arrange to provide Railway Protection Force and Police Officials on suitable honorarium basis.

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Annexure “A”

PROPOSED TOPICS TO BE TAUGHT IN REVISED CAPSULE COURSE

DAY-1

1ST HALF -History of LWE movement:

  1. Ideology
  2. Action
  3. Deviation from the ideology
  4. Recruitment of youngsters
  5. Ways adopted by LWE to attack unemployed youth
  6. Training of Armed wing
  7. Nexus with sympathisers
  8. Nexus with other Anti National Organisation

 

2nd HALF- Modus operandi of LWE wing

  1. Very big group
  2. Raccee is done months together before any action
  3. Look like common villagers
  4. Surprise element of attack
  5. Large and unusual gathering at station and in trains
  6. Weapon covered under wearing apparels/shawls
  7. Sudden and deadly attack to create panic
  8. They usually abduct passengers/Railway employee/Security personal to demoralise the Govt.

 

DAY-2

1ST HALF

  • Information about stronghold area of LWE and their targets
  1. LWE/Maoist Prone area
  2. Sensitive Station in view of terrorist/LWE attack.
  3. Sensitive Railway installations viz. Railway Bridges, Feeding Posts, Water Treatment Plant, Power House, Fuelling Points etc.

 

  • Movement area of Maoist/LWE
  1. Pattern of movement of Maoist/LWE
  2. Escape routes
  3. Hideouts of LWE
  4. Local informer/sympathizer
  5. Pattern of their attack.

 

2nd HALF

  • Sensitization of staff.
  1. Every input like Bandh, strike, observation of martyrs week by Maoist.
  2. Threat from terrorist/LWE groups.

 

  • Action to be taken
  1. Convey of any information immediately to the appropriate authority.
  2. Keep watch over the activities of suspected persons and its follow up action.
  3. Knowledge of booby traps/suspected articles and convey of information thereafter.

 

DAY-3

1ST HALF

  • Action after detection of any suspected articles/persons
  1. How to convey of any information secretly and intelligently to avert own harm and harm to railway property.
  2. Information and action on the part of railway man be treated as a part of their duty.
  • Vigorous & rigorous checking in trains and railway premises.

 

2nd Half

 

  • Closure of unnecessary access to stations/platforms in consultation with concerned sister department

(H)

  1. Development of sources from villagers.
  2. Regular interaction with passengers to augment awareness amongst them.
  3. Sharing of intelligence inputs with other Intelligence agencies.

AHA

RBE No.09/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[MPP]2009/1/34 dated 31.01.2017  [RBE No.09/2017]

Sub: Revised Training Modules of Traffic [Commercial] and

       Traffic [Transportation] Department.

***

Ministry of Railways [Railway Board] had constituted a Committee to review the Training Modules of all categories of Traffic Transportation & Traffic Commercial department and with the approval of Board [MT & MS] it has been decided to revise the existing training modules.

  1. The revised modules prepared are as under:

Traffic Transportation Modules

 

S.No. Category Stage Revised Duration
1. Traffic Apprentice Induction/Promotional 300 days
2. Pro-ASM* Induction/Promotional 75 days
3. TT Machine Supervisor Induction 12 days
4. Cabinman/ Pointsman /Leverman to Cabin Master Induction/Promotional 24 days
5. Goods Guard** Induction/Promotional 30 days
6. Section Controller # Promotional 30 days
7. TNC@ Induction/Promotional 18 days
8. Pointsman Induction 27 days
9. Shunting Master Induction 15 days
10. Cabinman /Switchman Induction 24 days
11. Leverman Induction 25 days
12. Cabinman /Leverman Promotional 25 days
13. Cabin Master /Switchman Refresher 09 days
14. Pointsman Refresher 06 days
15. Cabinman /Leverman Refresher 06 days

*Included in ASM portion of Traffic Apprentice Module

**Included in Guard portion of Traffic Apprentice Module

# Included in Section Controller portion of Traffic Apprentice Module

@Included in TNC portion of Traffic Apprentice Module.

 

Traffic Commercial Modules

 

S.No. Category Stage Revised Duration
1. Commercial Apprentice Induction 80 days
2. Ticket Examiner Induction/Promotional 26 days
3. Enquiry-cum-reservation Clerk Induction/Promotional 26 days
4. Commercial Inspector Promotional 45 days
5. Commercial Supervisor Promotional 57 days
6. Ticket Checking Supervisor Promotional 26 days
7. Coaching Supervisor Promotional 26 days
8. Goods Supervisor Promotional 25 days
9. Ticket Checking Staff Refresher 06 days
10. Commercial Clerks Supervisor Refresher 06 days
11. Enquiry /Reservation Clerk Refresher 06 days
12. Commercial Inspector Refresher 06 days
13. Claim Inspector Refresher 06 days
14. Goods Clerk / Goods Supervisor Refresher 06 days
15. Customer Care for all frontline Staff Special Courses 06 days
16. Contract Management Special Courses 06 days
17. Passenger Amenities Special Courses 06 days

 

  1. The above Training Modules have been scanned and uploaded and can be viewed /downloaded from railnet http://www.indianrailways/ gov.in/ railwayboard/ view under E[MPP] Training Circulars.

 

Board’s ltr. No. 2016/H/5/20[Policy] dated 31.01.2017

             Sub: Medical Examination of Railway employees /Candidates.

***

Arising out of a reference relating to re-medical of employee /candidates who have already been examined by Medical Board in respect of previous employment, the need for their re-medical in the event of appointment in Railway post having same medical standard, has been examined in the Board’s office.

 

After careful consideration in the matter it has been decided that in cases where a person has already been examined by a Medical Board in respect of his previous employment and if standard of Medical Examination prescribed for the medical category of the new post in the Railway is the same, then he need not be required to undergo a fresh examination.

This issues with the approval of DG/RHS.

 

RBE No. 13/2017

Board’s letter No.E(NG)I-2000/PM10/2 dated 17.2.2017[RBE No.13/2017]

Sub: Filling up of the posts of Dresser Gr.III/OTA Gr.III PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 + GP1900 [Level-2] in the Medical Department.

***

Reference  Board’s letter of even number dated 03.05.2016 which provides that 50%  vacancies in the category of Dresser Gr.III/OTA Gr.III in GP Rs.1900 [Level-2] may be filled from amongst those Hospital Attendants who are having the qualification of Matriculation [10th pass] as per the extant procedure contained in Railway Board’s letter No.PC-V/98/I/11/18[A] dated 10.05.1998.

 

  1. A doubt has arisen as to whether only Hospital Attendants and not other erstwhile Group ‘D’ categories as mentioned below are eligible to appear in the selection. In terms of provisions contained in para 182 of IREM[Vol.I] all Railway servants employed in the Hospitals like Hospital Attendants, Orderlies, Dispensary Peons, Stretcher Bearers, Watchmen, Safaiwalas or Sanitary Cleaners etc. should be eligible for promotion as Dresser  and Laboratory Attendants.  For this purpose the eligible railway servants should be screened by holding a suitability test to determine whether they are educationally up to the required standard and have the necessary aptitude.  The Railway servants considered suitable should be given training as may be necessary which they should successfully complete before they are finally promoted.
  1. The matter has been examined and it is clarified that in partial modification of Board’s letter under reference, all the erstwhile Group ‘D’ categories like Hospital Attendants, Orderlies, Dispensary Peons, Stretcher Bearers, Watchman, Safaiwalas or Sanitary Cleaners etc. which are eligible otherwise in terms of para 182 of IREM [Vol.I] will continue to be eligible to appear in the selection for promotion as Dresser Gr.III/OTA Gr.III along with Hospital Attendants against 50% vacancies.

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Copy of Board’s letter No. 2017/H/28/1/RELHS dated 23.02.2017 

Sub: Subscription rates of RELHS.

Ref: Railway Board Letter No.97/H/28/1 dated 23.10.1997

***

  1. Ministry of Health vide letter No.11011/11/2016-CGHS(P)/EHS, dated 9 January, 2017 has revised the rates of monthly contribution for availing the CGHS facility. The pensioners also have to make contribution to avail medical facility of CGHS. Pensioners have an option to get their CGHS pensioner card by either making CGHS contribution on an annual basis (twelve months) or by making contribution for ten years for getting a pensioner CGHS card with life time validity.
  1. The similar scheme for retired railway employees is “Retired Employees Liberalized Health Scheme” (RELHS). The subscription rates to join RELHS were laid down, vide the letter under reference, to be equal to the last basic pay of the employees.
  1. To bring the policies in sync with MoHFW, Ministry of Railway has decided that in partial modification to Board’s letter dated 23.10.1997, the rate of contribution to join RELHS shall be last month’s basic Pay drawn or the subscription rate indicated at different levels (as per 7th CPC) enumerated in the table below, whichever is lower:

 

S.No. Levels in the Pay Matrix as per 7th  CPC Subscription rate to join RELHS (in Rs.)
1 Level: 1 to 5 30,000
2 Level: 6 54,000
3 Level:7 to 11 78,000
4 Level : 12 and above 1,20,000

 

  1. The revised rate of subscription as above shall be applicable to those railway employees who shall be retiring and joining RELHS on or after the date of issue of this letter. Those who have already retired and are not members of RELHS shall be governed by the rules which were prevalent at the time of their retirement.

 

RBE No.14/2017

Board’s ltr. No. PC-V/2014/A/TA/1 dated 22.02.2017 [RBE No.14/2017] PC VI-374

Sub: Grant of Transport Allowance at double the normal rates to deaf and dumb employees of Railways. 

***

In supersession of Railway Board’s letter of even number dt. 19.03.2014 [RBE No.28/2014] regarding admissibility of Transport Allowance at double the normal rates to employees who are deaf and dumb, it is stated that the matter has been                      re-examined and it has been decided with the approval of Competent Authority that Transport Allowance at double the normal rates is admissible to Hearing Impaired employees also in addition to employees who are both deaf and Dumb.

  1. Transport Allowance at double the normal rates would be admissible to the Hearing Impaired employees having loss of sixty decibels or more in the better ear in the conversation range of frequencies’ as per Persons With Disabilities [Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation] Act, 1995.
  1. The admissibility of Transport Allowance at double the normal rates to above categories of employees is subject to recommendation of the Head of ENT Department of a Railway or Government Civil Hospital and fulfilment of other conditions applicable in respect of other disabilities mentioned in Railway Board’s letter No. F[E]I-78/AL-7/5 dated 23.10.1978 read with Board’s letter dated 12.09.2008 [RBE No. 111/2008].
  2. These orders would be effective from 19.02.2014.
  1. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

[Authority: MoF’s OM No. 20/2/2016-E-II[B] dated 17.01.2017]

 

Board’s ltr. No. E[W]2007/PS5-1/9 dated 28.02.2017

                   Sub: Validity of year-ending Passes

                  Ref: Board’s letter of even number dated 31.03.2015.

***

In terms of standing instructions contained in Board’s above referred letter, year-ending Passes/PTOs should be issued with the validity as prevailing on    31st December of respective calendar year since such year-ending Passes/PTOs are deemed to have been issued latest by that day.  Accordingly, the validity period of year-ending Passes of the calendar year 2016 should be for 5 months i.e., upto 30th May, 2017.

 

  1. However, complaints, telephonic queries and RTI applications received in this context from the employees/pensioners /widow pass beneficiaries indicate that in some of the Divisions and Health Units, year-ending Passes are still issued with 4 months validity instead of 5 months.

 

  1. The Railways, are therefore, advised to follow the extant instructions on the validity of year-ending passes scrupulously. Wherever year-ending Passes have been issued with 4 months validity, the same should be re-validated for 5 months i.e. made valid upto 30th May, 2017, if requested by the employee /pensioner /widow pass holder.  Complaints in this regard, if received henceforth, would be forwarded to the concerned Railway for fixing responsibility.

 

RBE No.20/2017 

Board’s ltr. No. E[NG]I-2008/PM1/15 dated 03.03.2017  [RBE No.20/2017]

Sub: Revised Classification and  mode of filling up of non gazetted  posts  – Scheme  for  filling  up of vacancies  after  31.12.2016. 

Ref: Board’s letters of even No. dated 03.09.2009, 07.06.2010, 21.11.2011, 23.05.2012, 15.01.2013, 24.05.2013, 03.01.2014,  16.06.2014,  31.12.2014 & 09.02.2016  on the above subject.

***

Attention is drawn to Board’s order issued on 03.09.2009, consequent upon implementation of 6th CPC recommendations, regarding mode of filling up of Non-gazetted posts consequent upon merger of grades. The above scheme of such mode of filling up of non-gazetted posts has since been extended from time to time, last validity being till 31.12.2016.

  1. 7th CPC, in its report in para 5.1.45 has recommended that benchmark for performance appraisal for MACP as well as for regular promotion be enhanced from ‘Good’ to ‘Very Good’. While recommendation for MACP has been accepted by Government and instructions in this regard have been issued vide Board’s letter No.PC-V/2016/MACPS/1 dated 19.12.2016 (RBE No.155/2016), the issue regarding benchmark for regular promotion is still under examination in consultation with DoP&T.
  1. Accordingly, it has been decided by the Board that till such time instructions for benchmark for regular promotion are issued, the existing methodology and benchmarks for promotion, as enumerated in the Board’s letters referred to above, may continue till further orders.

Board’s ltr. No. F[E]I/2016/AL-28/69 dated 16.02.2017

                       Sub: Clarification regarding grant of CTG.

***

In terms of Board’s letter No. F[E]I/2008/AL-28/15 dated 01.12.2008, Composite Transfer Grant is being paid @ one month’s basic pay.

Queries are being received from some of the Railways regarding quantum of CTG consequent to revision of pay under VII CPC.

It is clarified in this context that CTG would be admissible only on pre-revised [6th CPC] rates in 6th CPC pay structure in accordance with para 7 of Ministry of Finance resolution No. 1-2/2016-IC dated 25.07.2016 which provides that ‘Till a final decision on Allowances is taken based on the recommendations of this Committee, all Allowances will continue to be paid at existing rates in existing pay structure, as if the pay had not been revised with effect from 01.01.2016.”

Board’s ltr. No. E(P&A)II-2009/RS-17/Pt.1 dated 27.12.2016

Sub:   Rationalisation of supervision of Loco Running Supervisors.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. E[P&A]II/2009/RS-17 dated 27.03.2014 & 23.07.2014.

***

Some of the Zonal Railways had sought clarification on the issue of filling up the post of Loco Running Supervisors.

  1. In terms of Railway Board’s letter of even no. dated 27.03.2014 & 23.07.2014, it was advised that the issue of filling up the posts of Crew Controllers / Power Controllers etc. is under consideration in consultation with the Mechanical and Finance Directorate of Railway Board and as soon as the matter is finalised suitable instructions shall be issued from the Establishment Directorate of Railway Board. It was also advised to strictly follow the extant instructions contained in Board’s letter dated 09.01.1998 and 26.03.2009 in this regard.
  1. It has come to notice that some of the zonal railways have posted Loco Inspectors to the posts of Chief Crew Controller as per Board’s letter dated 12.11.2012 which has been kept in abeyance. Therefore, it is once again reiterated that instructions contained in Board’s letter dated 27.03.2014 and 23.07.2014 may be strictly followed.

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  Board’s ltr. No. E(P&A)II-2009/RS-17 dated 27.03.2014

Sub: Scheme of filling up the post of  Loco Running Supervisors.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. 2001/M[L]467/2  dated 12.11.2012.

***

Attention is drawn towards letter No. 2001/M[L]467/2  dated 12.11.2012 and 28.01.2013 issued by the Mechanical Directorate of Railway Board on the above noted subject.  A number of Zonal Railways have raised certain queries in this regard and have requested for issue of the instructions from the Establishment Directorate  with  concurrence  of  Finance  Directorate  of  Railway  Board.  In this regard, it is stated that the matter is under consideration in consultation with the Mechanical and Finance Directorates of Railway Board.  As soon as the matter is finalised, suitable instructions shall be issued from the Establishment Directorate of Railway Board.

 

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Board’s ltr. No. E(P&A)II-2009/RS-17 dated 23.07.2014

Sub:    Rationalisation of supervision of Loco Running Staff.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. E[P&A]II/2009/RS-17 dated 27.03.2014.

*****

In terms of Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 27.03.2014, it was advised that the issue of filling up the posts of Crew /Powers Controllers etc. is under consideration in consultation with the Mechanical and Finance Directorate of Railway Board and as soon as the matter is finalised, suitable instructions shall be issued from the Establishment Directorate of Railway Board.

Few Zonal Railways are still expressing doubts in regard to the procedure to be followed in filling up the post of Crew Controllers /Power Controllers etc.  In this connection, it is advised to strictly follow the instructions relating to filling up the vacancies of CC/PC etc. as laid down in the Railway Board’s letter No. E[P&A]II-83/RS/10 dated 09.01.1998 and E[P&A]II/2007/RS-14 dated 26.03.2009 till finalisation of the matter in consultation with the Mechanical and Finance Directorates.

 

RBE No.17/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[P&A]I-2005/ALL/RPF/2 dated 28.02.2017  [RBE No.17/2017]

Sub: Revision in the rate of Ration Money Allowance in respect of Non-gazetted RPF/RPSF personnel.

***

In terms of Board’s letter of even number dated 19.06.2015,                        non-gazetted RPF/RPSF personnel were entitled for Ration Money Allowance at par with Central Para Military Force (CPMF)/Central Armed Police Force [CAPF] personnel i.e. @ 95.52/- per day/per head w.e.f. 01.04.2014.

  1. It has now been decided to revise the rate of Ration Money Allowance from existing rate of  95.52/- per head per day to Rs.97.85 per head per day  from  01.04.2015 to 31.12.2015.
  1. Accordingly, sanction of the Ministry of Railways is hereby accorded post- facto to revise the rate of Ration Money Allowance from 95.52/- per head per day to Rs.97.85 per head per day from 01.04.2015 to 31.12.2015.
  1. The other terms and conditions as stipulated in para 4 of Board’s letter of even number dated 10.06.2009 remain unchanged.
  2. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

 

RBE No. 18/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[NG]I-2016/CFP/5 dated 01.03.2017 [RBE No.18/2017]

Sub: Promotion from GP Rs.1800 [Level-1] to GP 1900 [Level-2] against 16-2/3% quota – Minimum eligibility condition of service for selection. 

***

As the Railways are aware, in terms of Board’s letter No.E[NG]I-96/CFP/27 dated 10.10.2000, 16-2/3% of the posts in the lowest grade of Commercial Clerks, Ticket Collectors, Trains Clerks, Office Clerks and other categories of Clerks like Stores Clerks, etc. are filled by promotion of Matriculate erstwhile Group ‘D’ employees with a minimum of two years service in the concerned seniority units entirely on merit on the basis of a competitive examination.

 

  1. A question has now arisen as to whether any relaxation in two years of service condition is to be given to SC/ST candidates to appear in the selection for promotion from GP 1800 [Level-1] to GP Rs.1900 [Level-2] against 16-2/3% quota being filled up on the basis of merit.

Accordingly, it is clarified that SC/ST employees in GP Rs.1800 [Level-1] will be eligible for consideration in the selection for promotion to GP Rs.1900 [Level-2] and above against 16-2/3% promotion quota, only on completion of two years regular service in the concerned seniority unit.

 

RBE No.19/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[NG]I-2008/PM1/6 Part dated 02.03.2017  [RBE No.19/2017]

          Sub: Conducting of ONLINE written test for GDCE

***

This Ministry is in receipt of various proposals from different Railways demanding to permit them to conduct GDCE examination ONLINE (i.e. computer based test). The matter has been examined in Board’s office and it has been decided that the Railways who want to conduct GDCE online may do so with the condition that expenditure for conduct of these ONLINE exams will be borne by Railway itself.

RBE No.16/2017

Board’s ltr. No. PC-V/2009/A/DR/1 dated 28.02.2017[RBE No.16/17] 

Sub: Grant of Dearness Relief to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of ex-gratia payment w.e.f. 01.01.2016.

***

A copy of office Memorandum No.42/06/2016-P&PW(G) dated 03.05.2016, of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions (Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare) on the above subject is sent herewith for your information and necessary action.

  1. In Pursuance of the enhanced rates of ex-gratia to the surviving SRPF(C) retirees issued vide Board’s letter No. F(E)III/98/PN1/Ex-Gr./3 dated 15.11.2006, para 1(i) of DoP&PW’s O.M. dated 03.05.2016 may be read as under:-

‘The surviving Group A,B,C and D SRPF (Contributory) beneficiaries who had retired from service during the period from 01.04.1957 to 31.12.1985 and have been sanctioned enhanced slab-wise ex-gratia @ Rs.3000/-, Rs.1000/-, Rs.750 and Rs.650/- per month respectively w.e.f 01.11.2006, in lieu of uniform rate of Rs.600/- p.m are entitled to Dearness Relief Rs.245% w.e.f. 01.01.2016.”

  1. A concordance of various instructions and orders referred to in the enclosed office memorandum with reference to corresponding Railway instructions is indicated below:-

 

Sl.No. Para No. & Date of OM No .and date of Deptt. of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare’s O.M. No. and date of Corresponding orders issued by Railway Board.
1 Para-1 of  OM dt. 03.05.2016 OM No. 42/10/2014-P&PW[G] dated 28.10.2015 PC-V/2009/A/DR/1 dated 13.05.2016
2 Para-1 of  OM dt. 03.05.2016 OM No.45/52/97/P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 F(E)III/97/PN1/Ex-Gr/3 dt.31.12.1997.

 

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

 

Copy of O.M. – F. No. 42/06/2016-P&PW(G) dated 03.05.2016 of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions ( Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare) 

Sub : Grant of Dearness Relief to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of  

          ex-gratia payment w.e.f. 01.01.2016.

****

In continuation of this Department’s OM No. 42/10/2014-P&PW(G) dated 28th  Oct, 2015, the President is pleased to grant the Dearness Relief at the rate of 5th CPC w.e.f. 1.1.2016 to the following :

  1. i) The surviving CPF beneficiaries who have retired from service between the period 18.11.1960 to 31.12.1985 and are in receipt of ex-gratia @ Rs.600/-p.m. w.e.f. 01.11.1997 under this Department’s OM No. 45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 & revised to Rs.3000, Rs.1000, Rs.750 & Rs.650 for Group A, B, C & D respectively w.e.f 4th June, 2013 vide OM No. 1/10/2012-P&PW(E)  27th June, 2013 are entitled to Dearness Relief @ 245% w.e.f. 01.01.2016.

 

  1. ii) The following categories of CPF beneficiaries who are in receipt of ex-gratia payment in terms of this Department’s OM No. 45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 are entitled to DR @ 237 % w.e.f. 01.01.2016.

 

(a)        The widows and dependent children of the deceased CPF beneficiary who had retired from service prior to 1.1.1986 or who had died while in service prior to 1.1.1986 and are in receipt of Ex-gratia payment of Rs. 605/- p.m. & revised to Rs 645/- p.m with effect from 04th June , 2013 vide OM No. 1/10/2012-P&PW(E) dated 27th June, 2013.

 

(b)        Central Government employees who had retired on CPF benefits before 18.11.1960 and are in receipt of Ex-gratia payment of Rs. 654/-, Rs. 659/-, Rs. 703/- and Rs. 965/-.

 

  1. Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee. In their application to the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue in consultation with the C&AG.

 

  1. This issues as per Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their OM No. 1(4)/EV/2004 dated 25.05.2015 and OM No.1(3)/2008-E.II(B) dated 22.04.2016.

 

 

RBE No.11/2017 

Board’s ltr. No. 2017/E[Sports]/4[1]/1/VFI Status dated 08.02.2017  [RBE No.11/2017] Clarification /Corrigendum No.78

Sub: Status of Volleyball Federation of India 

Ref: Board’s letter No. 2010/E [Sports]/4[1]/1[Policy] dated 31.12.2010 [RBE No. 189B/2010] and clarifications /corrigendum issued thereto.

***

At present there are two factions of Volleyball Federation of India, none of which is recognised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.  Due to this dispute  Ministry of Railways [Railway Board] is not dealing with any faction of Volleyball Federation of India.

In view of the above, it has been decided that the sports achievements in the event conducted by Volleyball Federation of India or its affiliated units after 02.01.2017, shall not be considered for recruitment, incentives and all other establishment matters, till further orders.  However, the certificates issued by the Association of Indian Universities and the International Federations for recognised sports achievement in the game of Volleyball, will be permissible for said purpose.

 

RBE No.15/2017

 

Board’s ltr. No. E[GP]2016/2/25 dated 27.02.2017  [RBE No.15/2017]

Sub: Syllabus for professional paper for Selection from Group ‘C’ to Group ‘B’ posts in EDP Centres /IT Department of Railways /Production Units.

 Ref: Railway Board’s letter No.E[GP]2003/2/41 dated 20.05.2004

***

A revised syllabus for professional paper for Selection for promotion from                    Group ‘C’ to Group ‘B’ posts in EDP Centres /IT Department of Railways /Production Units is enclosed for guidance.  This may be given wide publicity and circulated amongst the eligible candidates.

  1. The revised syllabus shall be effective from the date of issue of this letter. However, selections which have been notified need not be disturbed.

 

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Syllabus For Selection From  Group ‘C’ To Group ‘B’ Posts In EDP Centres /IT Department Of Railways /Production Units

 

Establishment Rules &

Financial Rules                                                                                                       50 marks

 

Professional Subject                                                                                    100 marks

 

The candidates are expected to supplement their experience by a few hours of study on each topic and in this regard certain websites for reference purpose have also been indicated.

 

Professional Subject:

 

  1. Basics of computing and information Processing

 

  • Business Data Processing
    • Basic features of off-line systems, transaction processing systems, management information systems, decision support systems, Graphical user interfaces and presentation of information.
    • Full familiarity with word processor, spreadsheet package, presentation package, email Client and web-browser, Basics of data storage in a database management system.
  • Computer organisation and Data Structures
    • Fundamentals of digital logic circuits, binary number system, registers and counters, microprocessor architecture, memory and input/output devices, basics of assembly language.
    • Data types, stacks, queues, linked lists and other basic data structures, searching and sorting algorithms and basic idea of complexity.
    • Basic features of PCs and servers, printers, backup devices.
  1. Operating system, DBMS and networking concepts [candidates are expected to specialise in any one area out of Operating Systems, DBMS, or Networking, with a basic idea of all three areas.]
    • Basics of operating systems [proficiency in one Unix flavour or one Windows Server version is expected]
      1. The file system, process management, memory management, system administration concepts, networking tools in operating systems, OS level backup and archival, retrieval and disaster management.
      2. Unix flavours, the vi editor, shell programming, basics or grep and awk, user management, security features in Unix, Linux.
  • The Windows operating system, including basics of Windows server, file management, FAT, FAT32 and NTFS, user management, the active directory, the Windows registry.
  • Basics of DBMSs
    • The relational model, ER model, database normalisation concepts.
    • Basics of SQL, simple queries, joins, nested queries, grouping, query parsing, indexing concepts.
    • Database administration, tuning concepts, locking and concurrency control, transaction roll-back and roll forward, database backup and archival.
    • Proficiency in any one DBMS out of Oracle, Sybase, SQL Server, covering the concepts given above.

 

  • Networking and data communication concepts
    • Basics of data communication, transmission media, network topologies, the OSI seven layer model, TCP/IP concepts.
    • LANs and LAN devices, concepts of IEEE 802.3 11b, LAN media, switching, basics of LAN design.
    • WANs and WAN devices, concepts of routing, switched and packet networks, signal multiplexing methods, network management.
    • Basics of network security, the Internet, Internet security, viruses, worms and malicious code, intrusion detection.
  1. Software development
    • Basics of systems analysis and design.
      1. Modular application design; methods to elicit user requirement; DFDs, ERDs and process mapping methodologies; screen, report and menu design.
      2. Basic idea of component based design, interface design, directory services, web services, object orientation.

 

  • Application Development [proficiency is expected in any one GUI tool, 3GL, or COBOL, with a basic idea of all three]
    1. Using GUI front-end tools, screen building, connecting to back-end databases, and report-writing [any one of VB, D2K/iDS, Power Builder, or other standard GUI tool]
    2. Application development in a structured 3 GL [C, Java, C++, C#] programme constructs in 3 GLs, data types, memory management, working with files, working with databases, using standard libraries, the JVM and CLR
  • Application development in COBOL, COBOL data structures, file handling in COBOL, sorting and merging, managing databases using COBOL, reporting and screen development.

 

  • Software engineering concepts
    • Software development cycle, basics of software sizing and estimation, software project management, project risk management [basic idea], system audit and security, disaster management strategies.
    • Basics of software testing and quality assurance, test plans, black box and white box testing, module and integration testing, verification, validation and inspection.
    • Basics of information security, encryption, digital signatures, PKI

 

  1. Other topics in IT [for persons operating in specialised areas]
    • Basics of CAD/CAM
      1. Graphic devices, 2-D geometry and display algorithms, graphic operations, 3-D rendering, animation, graphic standards
      2. CAD basic, 2-D drafting, surfacing, 3-D solid modelling [proficiency in using a CAD package]
  • FEA, part programme generation [proficiency in using FEA and part program generation tools.

 

  1. Basics of embedded software
    1. Firmware devices, coding and burning, embedded OS, embedded application software, basics of PLCs, ladder logic, using PLC program development tools data loggers etc.

 

  1. EDP Centres in Indian Railways

 

5.1         Data centre basics

5.1.1      Data centre basic design features, secure areas and access control, workspace planning, air –conditioning and humidity control; rack mounted servers and other devices, structured cabling, clean power supply and earthing, UPS basics

5.1.2.     Data centre operations manual, backup strategies, disaster management, basic housekeeping and filing of records.

 

5.2.        IT applications in Indian Railways [as per areas of working of the candidate]

5.2.1      FMIS,  Payroll, Workshop system, Inventory control system, Traffic accounts system; detailed knowledge of processes

5.2.2      SDT applications; PRIME/AFRES,PMIS, MMIS, PAS, FAS, OSS; knowledge of processes.

5.2.3      PRS,UTS,NTES,FOIS; Basic working.

5.2.4      Locally developed applications; for example STORMS, PURSYS, PINS, EASY, PLANS,FACT IN RCF; Stores, finance and workshop allocations in RWF, DLW, ICF etc.

5.2.5      Other developments on Railways: MIS applications IR websites, Internet ticketing, IVRS.

 

  1. ICT Infrastructure

 

6.1         Server Consolidation and Virtualisation

[searchservervirtualisation.techtarget.com]

  1. Virtualisation Systems: VMware, RHEV, Citrix, Open Stack etc. [www.redhat.com]
  2. Software Defined Data Centre and Networks [https://en.Wikipedia.org]
  3. Cloud computing and its standards, certification [www.cio.com]
  4. Service Oriented Architecture [http://www.service-architecture.com]

 

  1. Mobility

7.1         Mobile Apps Technology Architecture and Programming

[http://www.smartbridge.com]

7.2         Mobile Data Management [searchmobilecomputing.techtarget.com]

7.3         Mobile Devices Management [nttps://www.mobileiron.com]

 

  1. UIDAI
    1. Knowledge of UIDAI Authentication framework [https://authportal.uidai.gov.in]
    2. API [http://www.webopedia.com]

9            Data Analytics

9.1         Use of Desktop/Cloud based Data Analytical Tools [http://www. computerworld.com]

10          Performance based Logistics

10.1       Parameter definition and determination of SLA’s [http://help.sap.com]

10.2       Measurement using Application Performance Measurement tools [http://www.gallop.net]

11          Knowledge of standards

11.1       ITIL V3   [http://www.Itilcertification.org]

11.2       ISO 20000 [http://www.iso.org]

11.3       ISO 27000 [http://www.iso.org]

11.4       ISO 15288 [http://www.15288.com]

11.5       CMMI [http://en.wikipedia.org]

  1. Cyber Security Laws and Guidelines [http://www.cyberlawsindia.net]

12.1       IT Act [http://www.itlaw.in]

12.2       MHA Guidelines [http://mha.nic.in/policy-guidelines]

12.3       NCIIPC  [http://cis-india.org]

12.4       CERT-IN Guidelines [http://www.cert-in.org.in]

12.5       Digital India Policies [http://meity.gov.in]

12.6       Social Media Guidelines [http://meity.gov.in]

12.7       Password Policy [http://mail.nic.in]

12.8       Guidelines for India Government Websites [GIGW] [http://guidelines.gov.in]

  1. Use of Social Media

13.1       Twitter  [https://twitter.com/twitter]

13.2       Facebook [www.facebook.com/]

13.3       You tube [https://in.youtube.com/]

13.4       Google+ etc. [http://www.zigzigger.blogspot.in]

 

  1. Website Development

14.1       HTML5 [http://www.w3schools.com]

14.2       XML [http://www.xmlfiles.com/xml/]

14.3       PHP [www.php.net]

14.4       Open Source Web CMS Systems: Liferay, Drupal, Joomla, WordPress.

[http://colorlib.com]

 

RBE No.23/2017

 Board’s ltr. No. E[P&A]II-2015/HRA-6 dated 16.03.2017  [RBE No.23/2017]

Sub: Admissibility of HRA in the event of non-acceptance /surrender of Railway residential accommodation.  

***

A reference from North Western Railway was received for clarification on the issue of admissibility of HRA in the event of non-acceptance /surrender of railway residential accommodation by a railway employee.  The matter was examined and considered in this office in the light of policy guidelines on the issue in consultation with the Finance Directorate of Railway Board.  In this connection, it is stated that the provisions of letter No. E[P&A]II-87/HRA-15 dated 16.05.1988 still hold good regarding admissibility of House Rent Allowance [HRA] in the event of non-acceptance /surrender of Railway residential accommodation.  However, refusal by a Railway servant of a quarter of a different class from that for which he is eligible shall not constitute refusal for the purpose of these orders unless he has the option to apply for accommodation of a class next below the one to which he is entitled by virtue of his emoluments and he refuses such accommodation when allotted on the basis of his application.

 

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

 RBE No.21/2017

 Board’s ltr. No. E[NG]I-2016/AP/2 dated 07.03.2017   [RBE No.21/2017] 

           Sub: Technical Resignation & Lien – Consolidated guidelines.

***

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions [Department of Personnel and Training]’s Office Memorandum No.28020/1/2010/Estt.[C] dated 17.08.2016, containing policy guidelines on the various subjects including that of technical resignation, lien etc. is enclosed herewith for necessary action and compliance.  The instructions / guidelines contained therein will apply mutatis mutandis on Zonal Railways also.

Copy of DOP&T’s Office Memorandum No.28020/1/2010/Estt.[C] dated 17.08.2016

           Sub: Technical Resignation & Lien – Consolidated guidelines.

***

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even number dated the 26th December, 2013 on the above subject and to say that guidelines/ instructions regarding Technical Resignation have been issued from time to time. It is now proposed to further consolidate these instructions, as the Department continues to receive frequent references on these issues.

2.1         Technical Resignation

2.1.1.     As per the Ministry of Finance OM No. 3379-E.III (B)/65 dated the 17th June, 1965, the resignation is treated as a technical formality where a Government servant has applied through proper channel for a post in the same or some other Department, and is on selection, required to resign the previous post for administrative reasons. The resignation will be treated as technical resignation if these conditions are met, even if the Government servant has not mentioned the word “Technical” while submitting his resignation. The benefit of past service if otherwise admissible under rules, may be given in such cases. Resignation in other cases including where competent authority has not allowed the Government servant to forward the application through proper channel will not be treated as a technical resignation and benefit of past service will not be admissible. Also, no question of benefit of a resignation being treated as a technical resignation arises in case of it being from a post held on ad hoc basis.

2.1.2      This benefit is also admissible to Government servants who have applied before joining the Government service and on that account the application was not routed through proper channel. The benefit of past service is allowed in such cases subject to the fulfilment of the following conditions:-

(i) the Government servant should intimate the details of such application immediately on their joining;

(ii) the Government servant at the time of resignation should specifically make a request, indicating that he is resigning to take up another appointment under the Government for which he applied before joining the Government service;

(iii) the authority accepting the resignation should satisfy itself that had the employee been in service on the date of application for the post mentioned by the employee, his application would have been forwarded through proper channel.

(DOPT’s O.M.No.13/24/92-Estt(Pay-1) dated 22.01.1993)

  1. Carry Forward of Leave benefits

(i) In terms of Rule 9(2) of the CCS (Leave) Rules, 1972, technical resignation shall not result in the lapse of leave to the credit of the Government servant. The balance of unutilized Child Care Leave(CCL) as well as all other leaves of the kind due & admissible will be carried forward.

 

(ii) As per rule 39-D of the CCS(Leave) Rules,1972, in case of permanent absorption in PSUs/ Autonomous Bodies/ State Government etc., the Government servant shall be granted cash equivalent of leave salary in respect of EL & HPL at his credit subject to overall limit of 300 days.

2.3         Carry forward of LTC

Entitlement to LTC may be carried forward in case of a Central Government Servant who joins another post after having submitted Technical Resignation. In case of a Government Servant who resigns within 8 years of his appointment and joins another post in the Government after Technical Resignation, the Government Servant will be treated as a fresh recruit for a period of 8 years from the date of his initial appointment under Government. Thus if a Government Servant joins another Department after serving in Government for 4 years, he will be treated as a fresh recruit for 4 years in the new Department.

2.4       Pay Protection, eligibility of past service for reckoning of the minimum period for grant of Annual Increment

In cases of appointment of a Government servant to another post in Government on acceptance of technical resignation, the protection of pay is given in terms of the Ministry of Finance OM No. 3379-E.IIl (B)/65 dated the 17th June, 1965 read with proviso to FR 22-B. Thus, if the pay fixed in the new post is less than his pay in the post he holds substantively, he will draw the presumptive pay of the pay he holds substantively as defined in FR-9(24). Past service rendered by such a Government servant is taken into account for reckoning of the minimum period for .grant of annual increment in the new post/ service/ cadre in Government under the provisions of FR 26 read with Rule 10 of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016. In case the Government servant rejoins his earlier posts, he will be entitled to increments for the period of his absence from that post.

2.5         GPF transfer

Transfer of GPF on technical resignation would be governed by Rule 35 of the General Provident Fund (Central Services) Rules, 1960.

2.6         Seniority

On technical resignation, seniority in the post held by the Government servant on substantive basis continues to be protected. However, in case of a Government servant deciding to rejoin his substantive post, the period spent in another department which he had joined after submitting his technical resignation will not count for minimum qualifying service for promotion in the higher post.

2.7         Applicability of Pension Scheme

In cases where Government servants, who had originally joined government service prior to 01.01.2004, apply for posts in the same or other Departments and on selection they are asked to tender technical resignation, the past services are counted towards pension if the new post is in a pensionable establishment in terms of Rule 26(2) of CCS(Pension) Rules 1972. They will thus continue to be covered under the CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 even if they join the new post after 1.1.2004.

(Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare’s O.M.No.28/30/2004-P&PW(B) dated 26.07.2005)

2.8         New Pension Scheme

 In case of ‘Technical Resignation’ of Government servant covered under National Pension System (NPS), the balance standing to their Personal Retirement Account (PRA) along-with their PRAN will be carried forward to the new office.

2.9         Transfer of Service Book from parent Department to present Department.

 As per SR- 198, the Service Book is to be maintained for a Government servant from the date of his/her first appointment to Government service and it must be kept in the custody of the Head of Office in which he is serving and transferred with him from office to office.

2.10       Need for Medical examination.

 In cases where a person has already been examined by a Medical Board in respect of his previous appointment and if standard of medical examination prescribed for the new post is the same, then he need not be required to undergo a fresh examination.

2.11       Verification of Character& Antecedents

 In the case of a person who was originally employed in an office of the Central Government, if the period intervening between date of discharge from his previous office and the date of securing a new appointment, is less than a year, it would be sufficient if the appointing authority, before making the appointment, satisfies itself by a reference to the office in which the candidate was previously employed that (a) that office have verified his character and antecedents; and (b) his conduct while in the employ in that office did not render him unsuitable for employment under Government. If however, more than a year has lapsed after the discharge of the person from his previous office, verification should be carried out in full/afresh, in accordance with O.M.No.18011/9(s)/78-Estt(B) dated 2nd July,1982.

3.1         Lien

3.1.1      Lien is defined in FR 9(13). It represents the right of a Government employee to hold a regular post, whether permanent or temporary, either immediately or on the termination of the period of absence. The  benefit of having a lien in a post/service/cadre is enjoyed by all employees who are confirmed in the post/service/cadre of entry or who have been promoted to a higher post, declared as having completed the probation where it is prescribed. It is also available to those who have been promoted on regular basis to a higher post where no probation is prescribed under the rules, as the case may be.

3.1.2      The above right will, however, be subject to the condition that the junior-most person in the cadre will be liable to be reverted to the lower post/service/cadre if at any time the number of persons so entitled is more than the posts available in that cadre/service.

(DOPT’s O.M.No.18011/1/86-Estt (D) dated 28.03.1998)

3.2         Lien on a post

A Government servant who has acquired a lien on a post retains a lien on that post-

(a) while performing the duties of that post;

(b) while on foreign service, or holding a temporary post or officiating in another post;

(c) during joining time on transfer to another post; unless he is transferred substantively to a post on lower pay, in which case, his lien is transferred to the new post from the date on which he is relieved of his duties in the old post;

(d) while on leave; and

(e) while under suspension.

A Government servant on acquiring a lien on a post will cease to hold any lien previously acquired on any other post.

3.3         Retention of lien for appointment in another central government office/ State Government

(i)           A permanent Government servant appointed in another Central Government Department/ Office/ State Government, has to resign from his parent department unless he reverts to that department within a period of 2 years, or 3 years in exceptional cases. An undertaking to abide by this condition may be taken from him at the time of forwarding of his application to other departments/offices.

(ii)          The exceptional cases may be when the Government servant is not confirmed in the department/office where he has joined within a period of 2 years. In such cases he may be permitted to retain the lien in the parent department/ office for one more year. While granting such permission; a fresh undertaking similar to the one indicated above may be taken from the employee.

(iii)          Timely action should be taken to ensure extension/ reversion/ resignation of the employees to their parent cadres on completion of the prescribed period of 2/3 years. In cases, where employees do not respond to instructions, suitable action should be initiated against them for violating the agreement/ undertaking given by them as per (i) and (ii) above and for termination of their lien. Adequate opportunity may, however, be given to the officer prior to such consideration.

(iv)         Temporary Government servants will be required to sever connections with the Government in case of their selection for outside posts. No lien will be retained in such cases.

(DOPT O.M.No.8/4/70-Estt(C) dated 06.03.1974)

3.4         Termination of Lien

 

3.4.1      A Government servant’s lien on a post may in no circumstances be terminated even with his consent if the result will be to leave him without a lien upon a permanent post. Unless his lien is transferred, a Government servant holding substantively a permanent post retains lien on that post. It will not be correct to deny a Government servant lien to a post he was holding substantively on the plea that he had not requested for retention of lien while submitting his Technical Resignation, or to relieve such a Government servant with a condition on that no lien will be retained.

3.4.2      A Government employee’s lien on a post shall stand terminated on his acquiring a lien on a permanent post (whether under the Central Government or a State Government) outside the cadre on which he is borne.

3.4.3      No lien shall be retained:

  1. where a Government servant has proceeded on immediate absorption basis to a post or service outside his service/ cadre/ post in the Government from the date of absorption; and
  2. on foreign service/ deputation beyond the maximum limit admissible under the orders of the Government issued from time to time.

(Notification No.  28020/1/96-Estt(C) dated 09.02.1998)

3.5         Transfer of Lien

The lien of a Government servant, who is not performing the duties of the post to which the lien pertains, can be transferred to another post in the same cadre subject to the provisions of Fundamental Rule 15.

(Notification No.28020/1/96-Estt(C) dated 09.02.1998)

3.6         Joining Time, Joining Time Pay &Travelling Allowance

 Provisions relating to joining time are as follows:

3.6.1      For appointment to posts under the Central Government on results of a competition and/or interview open to Government servants and others; Central Government employees and permanent/ provisionally permanent State Government employees will be entitled to joining time under the CCS(Joining Time) Rules,1979. Joining time will be included as qualifying service in the new job.

3.6.2      A Government servant on joining time shall be regarded as on duty during that period and shall be entitled to be paid joining time pay equal to ‘the pay which was drawn before relinquishment of charge in the old post. He will also be entitled to Dearness Allowance, if any, appropriate to the joining time pay. In addition, he can also draw compensatory allowances like House Rent Allowance as applicable to the old station from which he was transferred. He shall not be allowed Conveyance Allowance or permanent Travelling Allowance.

3.6.3      For appointments to posts, under the Central Government on the basis of results of a competition and /or interview open to Government servants and others, Central Government employees and permanent/ provisionally permanent State Government employees shall be entitled to Transfer Travelling Allowance(TTA). However, temporary Central Government employees with less than 3 years of regular continuous service would not be entitled for TTA, as they are not entitled joining time pay under Joining Time Rules.

  1. All Ministries/ Departments are requested to bring the instructions/ guidelines to the notice of all concerned.

 

Board’s ltr. No. PC-VII/2016/I/6/2 dated 09.03.2017

Sub: Method of fixation under Rule FR 22 in VII PC – Cases of Promotion.

 Ref: Dy.CAO[G]/FA&CAO’s office/CSTM/CR letter No. AC/ENG/916/7th PC/2017 dated 08.02.2017

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Please refer to Dy.CAO[G]/FA&CAO’s office/CSTM/CR’s letter No. AC/ENG / 916/7th PC dated 08.02.2017 regarding methodology to be adopted for cases of promotion between 01.01.2016 to 28.07.2016.  It is pointed out that the letter seeking policy clarifications has been issued under the signature of a JAG officer, contrary to Board’s instructions contained under letter No.2011/O&M/3/6 dated 04.04.2011.

  1. Nevertheless, the matter has been considered in Board’s office on the policy issue raised. It is stated that clarifications issued vide Board’s letter dated 20.10.2016 was to allow employees who were promoted / granted financial upgradation between 01.01.2016 [Date of effect of 7th CPC implementation] and 28.07.2016 [promulgation of RS[RP] Rules, 2016] to re-exercise the option, who had otherwise exercised the option earlier under FR [22] in the pre-revised pay structure.  As regards the applicability of FR[22] and exercise of option consequent to implementation of 7th CPC and also on the aspect of increment dates, the issue has been referred to Ministry of Finance [MoF].  Once the matter is clarified, further instructions will be issued.

RBE No.24/2017

Board’s ltr. No. F(E)I/2015/AL-28/58 dated 16.03.2017  [RBE No.24/2017]

Sub: Grant of TA/DA to retired Railway servants, re-engaged after retirement.

Ref: CORE, Allahabad’s letter No. CORE/E/1/19/ENGAGEMENT / PART-1 dated 09.10.2015.

***

A clarification had been sought by CORE, Allahabad regarding admissibility of Travelling Allowance/Daily Allowance to retired Railway servants re-engaged after retirement when they are sent on duty outside the station/headquarter for project / field works.

  1. The matter has been considered by Board and it has been decided that the retired Railway servants re-engaged after retirement, when they are sent on duty outside the station/headquarter, may be, paid, in addition to their usual daily wages/remuneration, daily allowance at the rate of 60% of the applicable Daily Allowance rate (as indicated in Board’s letter No. F(E)1/2008/AL-28/14, dated 01/12/2008, as modified from time to time corresponding to the pay drawn/post held by the retired Railway servant immediately prior to their retirement to meet out of pocket expenses. Such daily allowance will require the approval of SAG level officer.
  2. Further, this will be subject to the other terms & conditions as mentioned in chapter 16 of IREC Vol. II and will be regulated by the general/specific orders issued in this regard from time to time.
  3. These orders shall take effect from 03/03/2017.
  4. This disposes off CORE Allahabad’s letter No. CORE/E/1/19/ENGAGEMENT / PART-I dated 09.10.2015.

 

RBE No.22/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[G]2009 QR-1-2 dated 22.03.2017  [RBE No.22/2017]

Sub: Extension of the period of retention of Railway accommodation at the previous place of posting in favour of officers/staff posted to EC Railway.

 Ref: Board’s letter No. E(G)2009 QR-1-2 dated 05.04.2016

The issue of permitting the Railway Officers/Staff posted on the  E.C. Railway to retain Railway quarters at their previous places of posting beyond 31.12.2016 has been considered by the Board.

  1. In exercise of its powers to make reasonable relaxations in public interest for a class/group of employees, in all or any of the existing provisions regarding house allotment/ retention, the Board have decided that permission for retention of Railway accommodation at the previous place of posting in favour of officers/staff posted to E.C. Railway be further extended for 1 (one) year i.e., upto 31.12.2017.
  2. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

RBE No.26/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[GP]2015/2/8 dated 22.03.2017  [RBE No.26/2017]

Sub: Consolidated  Guidelines  for Personnel Officers, Paper Setters &     Evaluators of Question Papers of written  examinations held as part of 70% Selection /30%  LDCE for  Promotion  from Group ‘C’ to Group ‘B’ posts.

***

The following para may please be added below Para 3 (ii) of this office letter No.E(GP)2015/2/8 dated 28/11/2016 (RBE No.142/2016) on the above subject:

“3(ii)(a): The sheet carrying important instructions for candidates, attached with the Answer-sheets, shall be removed after the examination is over and kept separately in a cover. However, before the sheet is removed, it should be ensured that the same is

duly signed by both the invigilator as well as the candidate.”

 

RBE No.30/2017

Board’s ltr. No. PC-VII/2016/I/7/2/1 dated 31.03.2017  [RBE No.30/2017] PC-VII/17

Sub: Grant of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees- Revised rates effective from 01.01.2017.

***

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s letter RBE No.131/2016 dated 11.11.2016 [F.No. PC-VII/2016/I/7/2/1 ]  on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Railway employees shall be enhanced from the existing  rate of 2%  to 4% of the basic pay with effect from  1st January, 2017.

 

  1. The term ‘basic pay’ in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix as per 7th CPC recommendations accepted by the Government, but does not include any other type of pay like special pay, etc.

 

  1. The Dearness Allowance will continue to be distinct element of remuneration and will not be treated as pay within the ambit of Rule 1303 [FR9{21}], Indian Railway Establishment Code, Volume-II [Sixth Edition-1987]-Second Reprint 2005.

 

  1. The payment on account of Dearness Allowance involving fractions of 50 paise and above may be rounded to the next higher rupee and the fractions of less than 50 paise may be ignored.

 

  1. The payment of arrears of Dearness Allowance shall not be made before the date of disbursement of salary of March, 2017.

 

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

 

Board’s ltr. No. E[NG]II/2016/RC1/CR/28 dated 20.03.2017

Sub: Compassionate grounds appointment as ASM in Traffic Department.

***

Clarification is being sought by various Zonal Railways, regarding procedure for appointment  on compassionate ground to the post of ASM which has been upgraded to Level-6 [GP 4200/-] and merged with the post of Station Master.  Accordingly,  it is clarified that same criteria / procedure of selection be adopted in the case of appointment of ASM as done for similarly placed categories of Grade Pay 4200/-.

RBE No. 28/2017

Board’s ltr. No. PC-III/2016/CRC/2 dated 27.03.2017  [RBE No.28/2017]

      Sub: Restructuring of Group ‘C’ RPF/RPSF [Combatised] staff.

***

The Ministry of Railways have had under review cadres of Group ‘C’ staff of Railway Protection Force [RPF] and Railway Protection Special Force [RPSF] with a view to strengthen and rationalise the staffing pattern in these forces. As a result of the review undertaken on the basis of the functional, operational and administrative requirements, it has been decided with the approval of the President that the Group ‘C’ Combatised staff of RPF/RPSF should be restructured in accordance with the revised percentages indicated in the enclosed Annexure.  While implementing these orders the  following instructions should be carefully and strictly adhered to:

 

Date of effect 1. The restructuring of the cadres will be with reference to the sanctioned cadre strength as on 01.04.2017. Staff who will be placed in higher grade pay as a result of implementation of these orders will accordingly draw pay in the respective higher grades w.e.f. 01.04.2017.    The benefit of restructuring will be restricted to the persons who are working in a particular cadre on the cut off date i.e. 01.04.2017.
Applicability 2. These orders will be applicable to the permanent regular cadres   and will exclude  surplus & supernumerary posts. Those temporary posts that are in operation for atleast three years may also be taken into account for the purpose of applying revised percentage.  This will be subject to certification that these posts are meant for regular activities which will continue and not for any sporadic adhoc requirements.
2.1 These orders will not be applicable to ex-cadre & work-charged posts which will continue to be based on worth of charge.
Pay fixation 1.            The pay of staff promoted against the additional higher grade posts as a result of restructuring [including chain/resultant vacancies] will be fixed as per  Rule 13 of RS [RP] Rules, 2016 with the benefit of one increment  with the usual option for pay fixation as per extant rules.
Existing classification and filling up of the vacancies 2.            The existing classification of the posts covered by these orders as ‘Selection’ and ‘non-selection’, as the case may be, remains unchanged. However, for the purpose of implementation of these orders, the existing selection procedure will stand modified to the extent that the selection will be based only on scrutiny of service records and confidential reports without holding any written/viva-voce/physical test.  In this procedure, the selection Board is supposed to consider the claims of the eligible staff one by one in order of their seniority, it will scrutinise the service records and confidential reports of staff beyond the number equal to the number of  posts calculated in terms of para 4.1 below only to the extent the number of staff is found unsuitable for promotion.  This modified selection procedure has been decided upon by the Ministry of Railways as a one time exception by special dispensation, in view of the numbers involved, with the objective of expediting the implementation of these orders.
4.1    Normal vacancies existing on 01.04.2017 [except direct recruitment quota] and those arising on that date from this cadre restructuring including chain/resultant vacancies should be filled in the following sequence:

[i]  From panels  approved on or before 01.04.2017 and current on that date;

[ii] and the balance in the manner indicated in para 4 above.

4.2      Such selections which have not been finalised by the date of issue of these orders should be cancelled /abandoned.
4.3       All normal vacancies arising from 02.04.2017   will be filled by normal procedure.
4.4    All vacancies [including chain/resultant vacancies] arising purely due to this cadre restructuring should be filled up by senior employees who should be given benefit of the promotion w.e.f. 01.04.2017 whereas for the normal vacancies existing on 01.04.2017, junior employees should be posted by modified selection procedure, but they will get promotion and higher pay only  from the date of taking over the posts as per normal rules.  Thus, the special benefit of the promotion w.e.f. 01.04.2017 is available only for vacancies arising out of cadre restructuring,  for other vacancies the normal rules of prospective promotion from the date of filling up of vacancy will apply.
4.5   In cases where percentages have been reduced in the lower grade and no additional post becomes available as a result of restructuring, the existing vacancies on 01.04.2017 should be filled up by normal selection procedure.
4.6   Direct recruitment percentages will not be applicable to the additional posts arising out of these restructuring orders as on the date of effect. The direct recruitment percentage will apply for normal vacancies arising on or after the date following the date of effect i.e. 01.04.2017. The direct recruitment quota as existing prior to the date of effect, will continue to be maintained.
4.7   Employees who retire/resign, expire or become medically de-categorised  in between the period from the date of effect of these orders to the date of actual implementation of these orders, will be eligible for the fixation benefits and arrears under these orders w.e.f. the date of effect i.e. 01.04.2017, if they are otherwise eligible for the said benefit.
5.   Extant instructions for D&A/Vigilance clearance will be applicable for effecting promotions under these orders with reference to the date of effect of these orders.

 

Minimum years of service in each grade 6. While implementing the restructuring orders, applicable instructions regarding minimum period of service required for promotion should be followed.  In other words, residency period prescribed for promotions to various categories should not be relaxed.
Basic functions, duties and responsibilities 7.   Since the Group ‘C’ cadres of RPF/ RPSF are being restructured  on functional, operational and administrative considerations, the posts being placed in higher levels of pay as a result of restructuring should include the duties and responsibilities of greater importance.
Adjustment of excess number of posts 8.   If  prior to issue of these instructions the number of posts existing in any grade in any particular cadre exceeds the number admissible on the revised percentages, the excess is to be phased out progressively with the vacation of the posts by the existing incumbents.
Provision of reservation 9.    The existing instructions with regard to reservation of SC/ST wherever applicable will continue to apply.
Pin pointing of posts 10. The administration should take steps to pin-point the additional posts arising out of this restructuring as per administrative requirements.  This should be done in consultation with the Chief Security Commissioners of the Zonal Railways.  However,  in those cases where due to pin-pointing of posts staff is required to join duties in the upgraded posts at a different station, such staff may be allowed the benefit of upgradation /promotion on ‘as is where is’ basis for the time being and allowed to join  the pin-pointed post at the new station within six months time from the date of issue of promotion order subject to the satisfaction of the Chief Security Commissioner on merit in each case.
Refusal of promotion 11.  Such of the Staff as had refused promotion before issue of these orders and stand debarred for promotion may be considered for promotion, in relaxation of the extant provisions as a one time exception, if they indicate in writing that they are willing to be considered for such promotion against the vacancies existing on date of effect i.e., 01.04.2017 and arising due to restructuring on the date.  This relaxation will not be applicable to the vacancies arising after the date of effect i.e. 01.04.2017.
Matching Savings 12.    Entire scheme of restructuring is to be a self-financing and expenditure neutral proposition.  Financial implications should be worked out taking into account mid-value of pay structure  [level] as per pay matrix notified vide Part ‘A’ of  Ministry of Railways Gazette Notification dated 28.07.2016 [RBE No.90/2016] with the Dearness Allowance  as applicable on the date of effect of these orders.

 

12.1   After working out the financial implications, the matching savings should normally be effected from the lowest grade [Constable in Level-3] in the cadre itself.  Wherever it is not found possible to do so from the cadre itself, the matching savings can be arranged from the department at the divisional/zonal level.  Care may be taken before surrendering  higher grade posts, if any, that such surrender will not affect promotional prospects of feeder grades.  However, in any case, before restructuring the cadre of RPF/RPSF as per the revised percentage distribution of posts, matching savings will have to be ensured.

 

While effecting surrender of posts of equivalent financial value, only existing vacant posts available on the date of effect should be considered for the purpose of off-setting the cost of restructuring/financial effects of restructuring.   There would be no restructuring  without matching savings by surrender of posts.

Annual Review 13.  Next Annual Review will be undertaken from 01.04.2018 taking into account the cadre strength as on 01.04.2018.

 

This issues in consultation with the Establishment & Security Directorate and with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of this Ministry.

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ANNEXURE

STATEMENT REGARDING RESTRUCTURING OF GROUP ‘C’  RPF/RPSF [COMBATISED] STAFF OF SECURITY DEPARTMENT

 

Annexure to Board’s letter No. PC-III/2016/CRC/2 dated 27.03.2017

 

Category Pay Structure as per 6th CPC Corresponding Pay Structure as per 7th CPC Existing % age Revised percentage
PB GP[Rs]
RAILWAY PROTECTION FORCE [RPF] [COMBATISED] STAFF
INSPECTOR PB-2 4600 Level-7 2.75 3
SUB-INSPECTOR PB-2 4200 Level-6 4.50 6
ASST. SUB-INSPECTOR PB-1 2800 Level-5 7.75 10
HEAD CONSTABLE PB-1 2400 Level-4 34 31
CONSTABLE PB-1 2000 Level-3 51 50
RAILWAY PROTECTION SPECIAL FORCE [RPSF] [COMBATISED] STAFF
INSPECTOR PB-2 4600 Level-7 2.75 3
SUB-INSPECTOR PB-2 4200 Level-6 4.50 6
ASST. SUB-INSPECTOR PB-1 2800 Level-5 7.75 9
HEAD CONSTABLE PB-1 2400 Level-4 27.50 25
CONSTABLE PB-1 2000 Level-3 57.50 57

 

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RBE No. 25/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[MPP]/2017/6/1 dated 22.03.2017  [RBE No.  25/2017]

Sub: Forwarding of Gazette Notification No.G.S.R.63[E] dated 20.01.2016,  regarding Amendments in the Rule 14 of the Apprenticeship Rule, 1992

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A copy of the Notification No.G.S.R. 63[E] dated 20th January, 2017 published in Part II, Section 3, Sub-section [i] of the Extraordinary Gazette of India issued by Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Directorate General of Training, regarding amendments in the Rule 14 of the Apprenticeship Rules, 1992 is hereby forwarded for information and compliance.

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Copy of Notification No.G.S.R. 63[E] dated 20th January, 2017 published in Part II, Section 3, Sub-section [i] of the Extraordinary Gazette of India issued by Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Directorate General of Training

 

G.S.R. 63[E] – In exercise of the powers conferred by Sub-section [1] of Section 37 of the Apprentices Act, 1961 [52 of 1961], the Central Government, after consulting the Central Apprenticeship Council hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Apprenticeship Rules, 1992, namely:

 

  1. [1] These rules may be called the Apprenticeship [Amendment] Rules, 2017.

[2]  They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

 

  1. In the Apprenticeship Rules, 1992, –

[1] for rule 14, the following rule shall be substituted, namely:

 

“14.     Records and Returns – [1]  A contract of apprenticeship as entered between an apprentice and the employer as per Format-1 specified in Schedule III shall be forwarded on the portal-site by the employer for registration.

 

[2]           Work diary in Format – 2 as specified in Schedule III shall be maintained by each Trade apprentice and Optional trade apprentice and countersigned by his supervisor once in a week.

 

[3]           Every employer shall maintain a register of attendance of the apprentices undergoing apprenticeship training in his establishment and action taken for irregular and unauthorised absence shall be recorded in the said register at the end of each month.

 

[4]           Every employer shall maintain a record of the work done and training undertaken by the graduate, technician and technician [vocational] apprentices engaged in his establishment, for each quarter  and at the end of each quarter shall send a report in Form Apprenticeship specified in Schedule-III to the Director, Regional Board of Apprenticeship Training concerned.”

 

[ii]           in Schedule III –

 

[a]           Format -1A, Format 3, Format 3A, Format 4, Form Apprenticeship-I, Apprenticeship Training Scheme-1, Apprenticeship Training Scheme- 2 [For  RDAT], Apprenticeship Training Scheme -3 [State/Union Territory], Form Apprenticeship-2, shall be omitted;

 

[b]           “Form Apprenticeship-3” shall be renumbered as “Form Apprenticeship-1.”

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Note: The principal rules were published in the Gazette of India vide notification number G.S.R.356  dated the 15th July 1992 and last amended vide notification number G.S.R. 198[E], dated the 26th February, 2016.

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Board’s ltr. No. E[P&A]II-2014/RS-09 dated 10.03.2017  addressed to the GM [P] /  E.Railway and copied to GMs /All Indian Railways.

Sub: Payment of running allowance to Tower Wagon Drivers as applicable to Goods Drivers – clarification.

 Ref: Railway’s letter No. PB/Elect/Option/TWD dated 24.06.2016 & 13.06.2014

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Please refer to your Railway’s letter referred above wherein it was sought whether Tower Wagon Driver are entitled to get Running Allowance and ‘Breach of Rest Allowance’ at par with Goods Driver.

 

In this connection, it is stated that matter was considered in Board in consultation with Finance Dte. of Railway Board and it is clarified that Running Allowance including ‘Breach of Rest Allowance’ may be paid to TWD at par with Goods Drivers as per Board’s letters No. E[P&A]II/78/RS-11 dated 10.04.1991 and 29.04.1991.

 

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RBE No. 27/2017

Bd’s ltr. No.E(P&A)I-2017/CPC/LE-2 dated 23.03.2017 [RBE No.27/2017]PC-VII/16

 

Sub: Grant of Advances – Seventh Central Pay Commission recommendations – Discontinuance of Advance of Leave Salary.

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The Seventh Central Pay Commission vide Para 9.1.4 had recommended that all the interest free advances being granted to the Central Government employees should be abolished. The Government’s decision in this regard has been conveyed by the Ministry of Finance vide their OM No. 12(1)/E.II(A)/2016 dated 07.10.2016. According to the instructions contained therein, the Advance of Leave Salary in addition to six other advances has been abolished.

 

  1. The Government’s decision in respect of abolition of advance of leave salary has been considered by the Ministry of Railways in consultation with Finance Directorate. It has been decided to abolish Advance of Leave Salary w.e.f. 07.10.2016. The cases where the advances have already been sanctioned need not be reopened.

 

  1. The provisions in respect of advance of leave salary are contained in Rule No.548 of Indian Railway Establishment Code (IREC), Volume-I, 1985 Edition (Reprint Edition-2008). In view of this, in exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to Article 309 of the Constitution, the President is pleased to direct that Rule No.548 of IREC Vol.-l may be amended as in the enclosed Advance Correction Slip No. 131.

 

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

ADVANCE CORRECTION SLIP TO THE IREC
VOLUME-I, 1985 Edition – (THIRD REPRINT EDTIION – 2008 )

 

Advance Correction Slip No.131

 

The following amendments may be made to Rule No.548 of the Indian Railway Establishment Code, Volume-I, 1985 Edition (Reprint Edition – 2008):-

 

Rule 548 may be substituted as under;-

 

548 – Advance of Leave Salary.

 

The Provision stands deleted as the advance in this regard has been abolished by the Seventh Pay Commission.

 

{Authority: Railway Board’s letter No.E(P&A)I-2017/CPC/LE-2 dated 23.03.2017}

 

RBE No. 29/2017

Board’s ltr. No. PC-III/2017/GIS/2 dated 31.03.2017 [RBE No.29/2017]

 

Sub: Simplification of procedure for payment of Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme CGEGIS dues – regarding.

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Ministry of Finance vide their O.M. No.7[1]/EV/2016 dated 17.03.2017 has issued instruction[s] that in order to ease the process of payment of savings fund on account of CGEGIS at the time of retirement of a Central Government employee, in all cases where the service of the retiring Central Government employee has been verified, payment of the accumulation under Savings Fund of CGEGIS be made without awaiting confirmation of deduction of each monthly subscription of CGEGIS, as service verification is carried out based on the monthly salary payment and the CGEGIS subscriptions are mandatory  deductions from these payments.

 

A copy of the Ministry of Finance’s OM ibid is enclosed herewith for information and compliance.

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Ministry of Finance vide their O.M. No.7[1]/EV/2016 dated 17.03.2017

 Sub: Simplification of procedure for payment of Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS) dues – regarding

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It has been brought to the notice of this Department that in a number of cases delay occurs in payment of Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS) dues, owing to missing entries, despite the fact that a provision has made for making entries of subscription for CGEGIS, recovered from pay & allowances every year in Part- VII-C of the service book.

 

  1. In terms of para 8.1 of the Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme, 1980, as contained in this Ministry’s O.M. No. F.7(5)-EV/89 dated 15th May, 1989, which relates to Savings Fund of the Scheme, the total accumulation of savings together with interest thereon will be payable to the member on retirement or on cessation of his employment with the Central Government or to his family on his death while in service. The total accumulation under Savings Fund is provided for in terms of the applicable Table of Benefits pertaining to a particular year as prescribed under the relevant Orders issued by this Ministry from time to time.

 

  1. The issue has been considered in consultation with Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare and Controller General of Accounts. It has been decided that in order to ease the process of payment of Savings Fund on account of CGEGIS at the time of retirement of a Central Government employee, in all cases where the service of the retiring Central Government employee has been verified, payment of the accumulation under Savings Fund of CGEGIS be made without awaiting confirmation of deduction of each monthly subscription of CGEGIS, as service verification is carried out based on the monthly salary payment and the CGEGIS subscriptions are mandatory deductions from these payments.

 

  1. All Ministries/ Departments are accordingly advised to ensure compliance of above instructions so that the dues of CGEGIS in respect of Government servants retiring on attaining the age of superannuation are discharged with due promptness. Further, it may be ensured that Ministries/ Departments send their budget requirements for payments under CGEGIS to CCA (Finance) well in advance, preferably, at the time of RE/ BE so that the budget under this head is made on a realistic basis.

 

RBE No. 33/2017

Board’s ltr. No. PC-III/2000/GIS/2 dated 07.04.2017  [RBE No.33/2017]

 

Sub: Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme, 1980 – Tables of Benefits for the Savings Fund for the period from 1.1.2017 to 31.03.2017.

The Table of Benefits under CGEGIS-1980 for the period 01.01.2016 to 31-12-2016 issued by Ministry of Finance vide their OM dated 26.02.2016 was circulated to Zonal Railways/Production Units etc. vide Board’s letter of even number dated 03.03.2016.

 

It has now been decided by Ministry of Finance that the Table of Benefits will now be issued on quarterly basis commencing from 01.01.2017 to 31.03.2017. Accordingly, Table of benefits under CGEGIS-1980 for the first quarter of the year 2017 i.e. 01.01.2017 to 31.03.2017 has now been issued vide Ministry of Finance’s Office Memorandum No. 7(2)/EV/2016 dated 17.03.2017. A copy of the Ministry of Finance’s above Office Memorandum alongwith Tables of benefits is enclosed herewith for information and necessary action.

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 O.M.No. 7 (2)/EV/2016 dated 17.03.2017 issued by Ministry of Finance, Dept. of Expenditure

 Sub: Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme-1980 – Tables of Benefits for the savings fund for the period from 01.01.2017 to 31.03.2017.

 

Every year two Table of Benefits are issued by the Ministry of Finance on calendar year basis for the savings fund to the beneficiaries under Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS)-1980. While one Table of Benefits for the savings fund of the scheme is based on a subscription of Rs.10 per month from 1.1.1982 to 31.12.1989 and Rs.15 per month w.e.f. 1.1.1990 onwards, the other Table of Benefits for the savings fund is based on a subscription of Rs.10 per month for those employees who had opted out of the revised rates of subscription w.e.f. 1.1.1990.

 

  1. The Tables of Benefits under CGEGIS-80 are prepared by IRDA based on the rate of interest notified by DEA for small savings including GPF. Earlier, DEA used to notify the interest rate on financial year basis. However, DEA has now shifted to notifying the interest rate on quarterly basis. In view of this, it has been decided that the Table of benefits will be issued on quarterly basis commencing from 1.1.2017 to 31.3.2017.

 

  1. The two tables under CGEGIS-80 for the first quarter of the year 2017 i.e, 01.01.2017 to 31.03.2017, prepared by IRDA, are enclosed. The benefits in the Tables have been worked out on the basis of interest @ 8% per annum (compounded quarterly), as notified by Department of Economic Affairs.

 

  1. While calculating the amount it has been assumed that the subscription has been recovered or will be recovered from the salary of the month in which a member ceases to be in service failing which it should be deducted from accumulated amounts payable.

 

  1. In its application to the employees of Indian Audit and Accounts Department this Office Memorandum issues in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

RBE No. 32/2017

Board’s ltr. No.2017/F[E]II/3/3/1 dated 06.04.2017 [RBE No.32/2017]PC-VII:18/17

Sub: Fixation of pay in case of employees who seek transfer to a lower post under FR 15(a)- clarification regarding.

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Reference is invited to Board’s letter No. F[E]II/2009/FOP/1/Misc dated 30.11.2009 and 27.12.2012 in terms of which DOP&T’s O.M. No. 13/9/2009-Estt[Pay-I] dated 21.10.2009 and O.M. 16/4/2012-Pay-I dated 5th November, 2012 were circulated.  DOP&T vide their O.M. No. 12/1/2016-Estt[Pay-I] dated 31st March, 2017 has issued further clarification regarding fixation of pay in case of employees who seek transfer to a lower post under FR 15[a].  A copy thereof is sent herewith for information and guidance.

 

 DOP&T’s O.M. No. 12/1/2016-Estt[Pay-I] dated 31st March, 2017

Sub : Fixation of pay in case of employees who seek transfer to a lower post under FR 15(a)- clarification regarding.

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The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No.16/4/2012-Pay-I dated 5th November, 2012  read with OM No.13/9/2009-Estt.(Pay-I) dated 21st October, 2009, whereby clarification was issued by this Department for fixation of pay in case of employees seeking transfer to lower posts under FR 15(a) subsequent to the implementation of the recommendations of 6th CPC and CCS(RP) Rules, 2008. It was clarified therein that in case of transfer of a Government servant to a lower Grade Pay under FR 15(a) on his/her own request w.e.f. 1.1.2006, the pay in the Pay Band will be fixed at the stage equal to the pay in Pay Band drawn by him/her prior to his/her appointment against the lower post. However, he/she will be granted the Grade Pay of lower post. Further, in all cases, he/she will continue to draw his/her increment(s) based on his pay in the Pay Band +Grade Pay (lower).

 

  1. Consequent upon the implementation of 7th CPC Report and CCS(RP)Rules, 2016, the concept of new Pay Matrix has replaced the existing Pay Bands and Grade Pay system. Accordingly, in partial modification of this Department’s OMs dated 5th November, 2012 and 21st October, 2009 ibid: the method of pay fixation in respect of a Government Servant transferred to a lower post under FR 15(a) on his/her own request w.e.f 1.1.2016 will be as under:

‘In case of transfer to a lower Level of post in the Pay Matrix under FR 15(a) on his/her own request w.e.f. 1.1.2016, the pay of the Government Servant holding a post on regular basis will be fixed in the revised pay structure at the stage equal to the pay drawn by him/her in the higher Level of post held regularly. If no such stage is available, the pay will be fixed at the stage next below in the lower Level with respect to the pay drawn by him/her in the higher Level of post held regularly and the difference in the pay may be granted as personal pay to be absorbed in future Increment(s). If maximum of the vertical range of pay progression at the lower Level in which he/she is appointed, happens to be less than the pay drawn by him/her in the higher Level, his/her pay may be restricted to that maximum under FR 22(I)(a)(3).

 

  1. All Ministries/Departments are requested to revise the Terms/Conditions of such transfer, if any, in line with para 2 above.

 

  1. Insofar as persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.
  2. This order takes effect from 1.1.2016.

 

RBE No. 37/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[NG]I-2016/IC-2/1 dated 21.04.2017  [RBE No. 37/2017]

Sub: Recording of educational qualification acquired during intervening period by compassionate ground appointees

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As the Railways are aware, wards/dependents of railway employees who die in harness/retire on medical grounds are given appointment according to their educational qualification on compassionate grounds against vacancies available in various Group “C” categories. However, in certain cases, such appointments are delayed owing to various reasons. During this waiting period, the candidate may acquire higher educational qualification(s) which were not mentioned at the time of application. AIRF have raised the issue in PNM with Board (Item No. 28/2016) that such educational qualifications as are acquired by compassionate ground candidates during such intervening period should be recorded in their Service Book.

 

  1. The matter has been considered and accordingly, it has been decided that at the time of actual appointment, if a compassionate ground appointee claims to have acquired educational qualification not mentioned by him/her earlier when applying for Compassionate Ground appointment, his/her request for relevant entries in his/her Service Book may be examined on merit, on case to case basis and if considered feasible, such, entries in the Service Book may be made after due verifications. Railways may please ensure that the process of appointing on compassionate ground may not be halted because of the above dispensation.

 

RBE No. 55/2017

Board’s ltr. No. 2016/F[E]III/1[1]/3 dated 27.05.2016  [RBE No.55/2016]

Sub: Exits and Withdrawals under the National Pension System –reg.

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A copy of Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority [PFRDA]’s Gazette Notification No.PFRDA/12/RGL/139/8 dated 11.05.2015 on the above subject is enclosed for information and compliance.  The portion of the Notification concerning ‘Government Sector Subscribers’ shall apply mutatis mutandis on Railways also.

 

PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

NOTIFICATION

Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Exits and Withdrawals Under the National Pension System) Regulations 2015

 

New Delhi, the 11th May, 2015

 

No.PFRDA/12/RGL/139/8-In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 52 read with clauses (g), (h), and (i) of sub-section (2) thereof of the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Act, 2013 (23 of 2013), the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority hereby makes the following regulations, namely:-

 

CHAPTER I

PRELIMINARY

  1. Short title and commencement.—(1) These regulations may be called the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Exits and Withdrawals under the National Pension System) Regulations, 2015.

“The regulations aim at providing an effective mechanism in the interest of subscribers, upon exit or withdrawal from the National Pension System, including the conditions, purpose, frequency and limits for withdrawals from individual pension account, as also the conditions, subject to which a subscriber shall exit from the National Pension System and purchase an annuity thereupon.”

 

(2)     They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

 

  1. Definitions.- (1) In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires,-

(a)      “Act” means the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Act, 2013 (23 of 2013);

(b)      “accumulated pension wealth” means the monetary value of the pension investments accumulated in the Permanent Retirement Account of a subscriber under the National Pension System;

(c)      “aggregator” means an intermediary registered with the Authority under sub-section (3) of section 27 of the Act, to perform subscriber interface functions under the National Pension System-Swavalamban and have the functional relationship with a known customer base for delivery of some socio-economic goods or services;

(d)      “annuity service provider” means a life insurance company registered and regulated by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority and empanelled by the Authority for providing annuity services to the subscribers of the National Pension System;

(e)      “citizen of India” means a person qualified to be a citizen of India under the Citizenship Act, 1955 (57 of 1955);

(f)      “compliance officer” means a person of responsibility from the National Pension System Trust or any other intermediary or entity entrusted with the responsibility of receiving, processing and settlement of withdrawal claims from the subscribers under the National Pension System and responsible for monitoring compliance, of the provisions of the Act or the rules or the regulations made or notifications, guidelines or instructions issued by the Authority from time to time;

(g)      “government sector subscriber” means a subscriber enrolled in the National Pension System through the nodal offices of the Central Government or the State Governments and registered as such with the central recordkeeping agency;

(h)        “National Pension System-Lite” means a feature of optimized group model of National Pension System for persons belonging to unorganized sector of which the National Pension System-Swavalamban is a component where Government of India co-contribution is admissible;

(i)         “Permanent Retirement Account Number (PRAN)” means a unique identification number allotted to each subscriber by the central recordkeeping agency;

 

(j)       “Swavalamban subscriber” means a subscriber who is registered as such with the central recordkeeping agency under the National Pension System and where Government of India co-contribution is admissible;

(2)     Words and expressions used and not defined in these regulations but defined in the Act shall have the meanings assigned to them in the Act.

CHAPTER II

EXIT FROM NATIONAL PENSION SYSTEM

For the purpose of exit from the National Pension System, the subscribers are categorized and defined as, (1) Government sector, (2) All citizens including corporate sector and (3) NPS- Lite and Swavalamban subscribers. The exit regulations specified hereunder shall apply accordingly to the category to which the subscribers.

  1. Exit from National Pension System for government sector subscribers.-A government sector subscriber shall exit from the National Pension System in the manner specified hereunder, namely:-

(a)     Where the subscriber who, upon attaining the age of superannuation as prescribed by the service rules applicable to him or her, retires, then at least forty per cent out of the accumulated pension wealth of such subscriber shall be mandatorily utilized for purchase of annuity providing for a monthly or any other periodical pension and the balance of the accumulated pension wealth, after such utilization, shall be paid to the subscriber in lump sum:

Provided that,-

(i) the following shall be the default annuity contract that will be applicable and wherein the annuity contract shall provide for annuity for life of the subscriber and his or her spouse  (if any) with provision for return of purchase price of the annuity and upon the demise of such subscriber, the annuity be re-issued to the family members in the order specified hereunder at a premium rate prevalent at the time of purchase of such annuity by utilizing the purchase price required to be returned under the annuity contract (until all the family members in the order specified below are covered) :

(a)       living dependent mother of the deceased subscriber;

(b)       living dependent father of the deceased subscriber.

After the coverage of all the family members specified above, the purchase price shall be returned to the surviving children of the subscriber and in the absence of children, the legal heirs of the subscriber, as may be applicable;

the subscriber who wishes to opt out of the default option mentioned above and wishes to choose the annuity contract of his choice from the available annuity types or contracts with the annuity service providers, shall be required to specifically opt for such an option.

(ii)        where the subscriber does not desire to withdraw the balance amount, after purchase of mandatory annuity, such subscriber shall have the option to defer the withdrawal of the lump sum amount until he or she attains the age of seventy years, provided the subscriber intimates his or her intention to do so in writing in the specified form at least fifteen days before the attainment of age of superannuation to the National Pension System Trust or an intermediary or entity authorized by the Authority for this purpose;

(iii)       where the subscriber desires to defer the purchase of annuity, he or she shall have the option to do so for a maximum period of three years from the date of attainment of age of superannuation, provided the subscriber intimates his or her intention to do so in writing in the specified form at least fifteen days before the attainment of age of superannuation to the National Pension System Trust or an intermediary or entity authorized by the Authority for this purpose. It shall be a condition precedent to opt for such deferment of annuity purchase that in case if the death of the subscriber occurs before such due date of purchase of an annuity after the deferment, the annuity shall mandatorily be purchased by the spouse (if any) providing for annuity for life of the spouse with provision for return of purchase price of the annuity and upon the demise of such spouse be re-issued to the family members in the order of preference provided hereunder at a premium rate prevalent at the time of purchase of the annuity, utilizing the purchase price required to be returned under the contract ( until all the members given below are covered):-

(a)       living dependent mother of the deceased subscriber ;

(b)       living dependent father of the deceased subscriber.

After the coverage of all such members, the purchase price shall be returned to the surviving children of the subscriber and in absence of children legal heirs of the subscribers as applicable;

(iv)       where the subscriber desires to defer the withdrawal of lump sum amount or, the purchase of annuity, the subscriber shall be allowed to do so, provided the subscriber agrees to bear the maintenance charges of the Permanent Retirement Account, including the charges payable to the central recordkeeping agency, pension fund, Trustee Bank or any other intermediary, as may be applicable from time to time;

(v)        where the accumulated pension wealth in the Permanent Retirement Account of the subscriber is equal to or less than a sum of two lakh rupees, the subscriber shall have the option to withdraw the entire accumulated pension wealth without purchasing annuity and upon such exercise of this option, the right of such subscriber to receive any pension or other amount under the National Pension System or from the government shall extinguish;

(b)       where the subscriber who, before attaining the age of superannuation prescribed by the service rules applicable to him or her, voluntarily retires or exits, then at least eighty per cent. out of the accumulated pension wealth of the subscriber shall mandatorily be utilized for purchase of annuity and the balance of the accumulated pension wealth, after such utilization, shall be paid to the subscriber in lump sum:

Provided that the annuity contract shall provide for annuity for life of the subscriber and his or her spouse (if any) with provision for return of purchase price of the annuity and upon the demise of such subscriber the annuity be re-issued to the family members in the order specified hereunder at a premium rate prevalent at the time of purchase of the annuity, utilizing the purchase price required to be returned under the annuity contract (until all the members given below are covered) :-

  • living dependent mother of the deceased subscriber ;
  • living dependent father of the deceased subscriber.

After the coverage of all such members, the purchase price shall be returned to the surviving children of the subscriber and in absence of children, the legal heirs of the subscriber as may be applicable.

Provided that if the accumulated pension wealth of the subscriber is more than one lakh rupees but the age of the subscriber is less than the minimum age required for purchasing any annuity from any of the empanelled annuity service providers as chosen by such subscriber, such subscriber shall continue to subscribe to the National Pension System, until he or she attains the age of eligibility for purchase of any annuity:

Provided further that if the accumulated pension wealth of the subscriber is equal to or less than one lakh rupees, such subscriber shall have the option to withdraw the entire accumulated pension wealth without purchasing any annuity and upon such exercise of this option the right of the subscriber to receive any pension or other amounts under the National Pension System shall extinguish and any such exercise of this option by the subscriber, before the regulations are notified, shall be deemed to have been made in accordance with this regulation;

(c)     where the subscriber who, before attaining the age of superannuation, dies, then at least eighty percent out of the accumulated pension wealth of the subscriber shall be mandatorily utilized for purchase of annuity and balance pension wealth shall be paid as lump sum to the nominee or nominees or legal heirs, as the case may be, of such subscriber:

Provided that,-

(i)      The annuity contract shall provide for annuity for life of the spouse of the subscriber    (if any) with provision for return of purchase price of the annuity and upon the demise of such spouse be re-issued to the family members in the order specified hereunder at the premium rate prevalent at the time of purchase of the annuity, utilizing the purchase price required to be returned under the contract (until all the members given below are covered):-

(a)       living dependent mother of the deceased subscriber ;

(b)       living dependent father of the deceased subscriber .

After the coverage of all such members, the purchase price shall be returned to the surviving children of the subscriber and in absence of children, the legal heirs of the subscriber as applicable.

(ii)       Provided further that if the accumulated pension wealth in the permanent retirement account of the subscriber at the time of his death is equal to or less than two lakh rupees, the nominee or legal heirs as the case may be, shall have the option to withdraw the entire accumulated pension wealth without requiring to purchase any annuity and upon such exercise of this option the right of the family members to receive any pension or other amounts under the National Pension System shall extinguish;

  1. Exit from National Pension System by citizens, including corporate sector subscribers- Any subscriber, including a corporate sector subscriber, registered under the National Pension System, shall exit from the National Pension System in the manner specified hereunder, namely:-

(a)       where a subscriber attains the age of sixty years or superannuates in accordance with the service rules applicable to such subscriber, at least forty percent out of the accumulated pension wealth of such subscriber shall be mandatorily utilized for purchase of annuity providing for a monthly or any other periodical pension and the balance of the accumulated pension wealth, after such utilization, shall be paid to the subscriber in lump sum. In case, the accumulated pension wealth of the subscriber is equal to or less than a sum of two lakh rupees, the subscriber shall have the option to withdraw the entire accumulated pension wealth without purchasing any annuity:

Provided that,-

(i)      the subscriber can continue to subscribe to the National Pension System beyond the age of sixty years or the age of superannuation, so specified, by intimating in writing, the age, not exceeding seventy years, until which he would like to contribute to his individual pension account.

Such intimation shall be given to the National Pension System Trust or any intermediary or entity authorized by the Authority for this purpose. Notwithstanding such intimation, the subscriber may exit at any point of time, from the National Pension System by submitting a request in writing to the National Pension System Trust or any intermediary or entity authorized by the Authority for this purpose ;

(ii)     the subscriber shall have the option to defer the withdrawal of lump sum amount until he or she attains the age of seventy years, provided the subscriber intimates his or her intention to do so in writing in the  specified form at least fifteen days before the attainment of age of sixty years or, the age of superannuation, as the case may be, to the National Pension System Trust or any intermediary or entity authorized by the Authority for this purpose;

(iii)    the subscriber shall have the option to defer the purchase of annuity for a maximum period of three years, from the date of attainment of sixty years of age or the age of superannuation, as the case may be, provided the subscriber intimates his or her intention to do so in writing in the specified form at least fifteen days before the attainment of age of sixty years or the age of superannuation, as the case may be, to the National Pension System Trust or any intermediary or other entity authorized by the Authority for this purpose;

(iv)    the subscriber shall be allowed to continue to subscribe, defer the withdrawal of lump sum amount or the purchase of annuity, as the case may be, provided the subscriber agrees to bear the maintenance charges of the Permanent Retirement Account, including the charges payable to the central recordkeeping agency, pension fund, Trustee Bank or any other intermediary, as may be applicable from time to time;

(b)     where the subscriber who, before attaining the age of sixty years or the age of superannuation as prescribed by service rules, voluntarily opts to exit from the national pension system, the option so exercised shall be allowed only upon such subscriber having subscribed to the national pension system for at least a minimum period of ten years. In case of such subscriber, at least eighty percent out of the accumulated pension wealth shall be mandatorily utilized for purchase of annuity and the balance of the accumulated pension wealth, after such utilization, shall be paid to the subscriber in lump sum:

Provided that if the accumulated pension wealth of the subscriber is more than one lakh rupees but the age of the subscriber is less than the minimum age required for purchasing any annuity from any of the empanelled annuity service providers as chosen by such subscriber, such subscriber shall continue to subscribe to the National Pension System, until he or she attains the age of eligibility for purchase of any annuity:

Provided further that if the accumulated pension wealth in the Permanent Retirement Account of the subscriber is equal to or less than one lakh rupees, such subscriber shall have the option to withdraw the entire accumulated pension wealth without purchasing any annuity;

(c)     where the subscriber who, before attaining the age of sixty years or the age of superannuation as prescribed by the respective service rules applicable to him or her, dies, then the entire accumulated pension wealth of the subscriber shall be paid to the nominee or nominees or legal heirs, as the case may be, of such subscriber:

Provided that,-

(i)      the nominee or family members of the deceased subscriber shall have the option to purchase any of the annuities being offered upon exit, if they so desire, while applying for withdrawal of benefits on account of deceased subscribers’ Permanent Retirement Account;

(ii)     in case, the nomination is not registered by the deceased subscriber before his death, the accumulated pension wealth shall be paid to the family members on the basis of the legal heir certificate issued by the Revenue authorities of the State concerned or the succession certificate issued by a court of competent jurisdiction.

  1. Exit from National Pension System by NPS-Lite and Swavalamban subscribers.-Any subscriber registered under National Pension System as NPS-Lite or Swavalamban subscriber, can exit from the National Pension System, in the manner specified hereunder, namely:-

(a)     Upon a subscriber, attaining the age of sixty years, at least forty percent of the accumulated pension wealth of such subscriber shall be mandatorily utilized for purchase of annuity providing for a monthly or any other periodical pension and the balance of the accumulated pension wealth, after such utilization, shall be paid to the subscriber in lump sum:

Provided that,-

(i)      for a Swavalamban subscriber the annuity purchased by utilizing the mandatory minimum of forty percent of the accumulated pension wealth of the subscriber shall yield at least a monthly annuity or pension of one thousand rupees, failing which the entire accumulated pension wealth shall be annuitised in such a manner so as to yield at least a monthly annuity or pension of one thousand rupees and balance if any thereafter shall be paid in lump sum to the subscriber. However there shall be no implicit or explicit guarantee that the annuity purchased even with entire accumulated pension wealth would yield a monthly annuity or pension of one thousand rupees;

(ii)     if the accumulated pension wealth of the subscriber is equal to or less than a sum of one lakh rupees, such subscriber shall have the option to withdraw the entire accumulated pension wealth without purchasing any annuity and upon such exercise of this option, the right of the subscriber to receive any pension under the National Pension System shall extinguish and any such exercise of this option by the subscriber, before the regulations are notified, shall be deemed to have been made in accordance with this regulation;

(b)     at any time, before attaining the age of sixty years, subject however that at least eighty percent out of the accumulated pension wealth shall be mandatorily utilized for purchase of annuity and the balance of the accumulated pension wealth, after such utilization shall be paid to the subscriber in lump sum:

Provided that for a Swavalamban subscriber the annuity purchased by utilizing the mandatory minimum of forty percent, out of the accumulated pension wealth shall yield at least a monthly annuity or pension of one thousand rupees per month, failing which the entire accumulated pension wealth shall be annuitised in such a manner so as to yield at least a monthly annuity or pension of one thousand rupees and balance if any thereafter shall be paid as lump sum to the subscriber. However there shall be no implicit or explicit guarantee that the annuity purchased even with entire accumulated pension wealth would yield a monthly annuity or pension of one thousand rupees:

Provided that subject to the provisions of this clause, where the accumulated pension wealth does not exceed one lakh rupees, the whole of the pension wealth shall be paid to the subscriber, without any annuitisation if the subscriber has continued in the scheme for a minimum period of twenty-five years;

Provided further that the migration of Swavalamban subscriber or subscribers to any other pension scheme of Government of India and as approved by the Authority shall not be deemed as an exit and withdrawal for the purposes of these regulations.

(c)     where a subscriber who, before attaining the age of sixty years, dies, the entire accumulated pension wealth of the subscriber shall be paid to the nominee, or the legal heir of such subscriber and there shall not be any condition of mandatory purchase of annuity and provision of a monthly or periodical pension and there shall not be any requirement of the annuitisation of the accumulated pension wealth of such deceased subscriber. The nominee or family members of the deceased subscriber shall have the option to purchase any of the annuities being offered upon exit, if they so desire:

Provided that, where a nomination is not registered by the subscriber before his death, the accumulated pension wealth of such subscriber shall be paid to the family members on the basis of the legal heir certificate issued by the Revenue authorities of the State concerned or the succession certificate issued by a court of competent jurisdiction.

  1. Conditions to apply for exit and withdrawal.- A subscriber registered under the National Pension System shall not exit therefrom, and no withdrawal from the accumulated pension wealth in the Tier-1 of the Permanent Retirement Account of such subscriber shall be permitted, except as specified hereunder, namely:-

(a)     no pension or accumulated pension wealth in Tier-I account of the Permanent Retirement Account of the subscriber under the National Pension System on account of past or present services, shall be liable to seizure, attachment or sequestration by process of any court at the instance of a creditor, for any demand against the subscriber, or in the satisfaction of a decree or order of any such Court except where the National Pension System Trust or its authorised representative has accorded prior sanction for assignment of the pension wealth accumulated in the pension account of the subscriber, which shall be restricted to such limit as prescribed in Regulation 8;

(b)       any assignment, pledge, contract, order, sale or security of any kind made by any subscriber of the National Pension System, with respect to any benefit receivable by him or her under the National Pension System, or in respect of any money payable at or on account of any such benefit to such subscriber under the National Pension System, or for giving or assigning any future interest therein shall be null and void except where the National Pension System Trust or its authorized representative has accorded prior permission for such assignment of the pension wealth accumulated in the pension account of the subscriber and which shall be restricted to such limit as prescribed in Regulation 8 to which the assignment was agreed or approved by the National Pension System Trust or its authorised representative;

(c)     the President of India or the Governor of a State, as the case may be, if so provided in the service rules, governing the employment of the subscriber, reserves the right of withholding the part of pension wealth, accumulated through co-contributions made by the Central Government or the State Government, as employer to the Tier-I account of the National Pension System account of the subscriber and the investment income accruing thereon, for the purpose of recovery of the whole or part of any pecuniary loss caused to the Central Government or the State Government, provided such loss is established, in any departmental or judicial proceedings, initiated against such subscriber by the employer concerned.

Such right of withholding shall have to be exercised prior to the date of superannuation of the subscriber, pursuant to a notice to be given to the National Pension System Trust or an entity to whom such authorization has been given, and seeking to withhold the said pension wealth of such subscriber. Upon such right of withholding being validly exercised:-

(i)      the pension wealth which are payable under the National Pension System shall not be paid to such subscriber until the conclusion of the departmental or judicial proceedings, as the case may be and subject to the final orders, passed in such proceedings.;

(ii)     the amount withheld as specified in sub-clause (i) shall remain subscribed to the scheme in the mode and manner in which it was held prior to resorting to such action by the concerned Government and the final settlement of the withheld amount shall be made by the National Pension System Trust, or any intermediary or other entity, authorized for this purpose by the Authority, normally within ninety days of the receipt of an appropriate order from the concerned Government;

(iii)    the amount withheld becomes payable to the subscriber on the final settlement, as certified by the concerned Government department which has sought withholding of such benefits, and shall be paid to the subscriber as soon as possible and in no case beyond ninety days of receipt of the final order by the National Pension System Trust or any other entity or person, authorized for the purpose by the Authority;

(e)     If the subscriber or the family members of the deceased subscriber, upon his death, avails the option of additional relief on death or disability provided by the Government, the Government shall have right to adjust or seek transfer of the entire accumulated pension wealth of the subscriber to itself. The subscriber or family members of the subscriber availing such benefit shall specifically and unconditionally agree and undertake to transfer the entire accumulated pension wealth to the Government, in lieu of enjoying or obtaining such additional reliefs like family pension or disability pension or any other pensionary benefit from such Government authority;

(g)     all benefits receivable, including the purchase of annuity as specified under these regulations, shall be arranged to be paid by the National Pension System Trust or the central recordkeeping agency or any other entity authorized for the purpose by the Authority after processing the withdrawal applications in accordance with the provisions of these regulations, or any guidelines, order or notification, as may be issued by the Authority, from time to time;

(h)     for a subscriber, exiting from Tier-I account under the National Pension System, the amounts lying in the Tier-II account shall also be monetized and closed simultaneously upon payment of the eligible benefit;

CHAPTER III

WITHDRAWALS, PURPOSE, FREQUENCY AND LIMITS UNDER NATIONAL PENSION SYSTEM

 

  1. Conditions of withdrawals under National Pension System.- The National Pension System Trust or the central recordkeeping agency acting on behalf of the National Pension System Trust or any other entity authorized by the Authority for the purpose, may on receipt of an application for withdrawal from a subscriber in the specified form and subject to fulfillment of conditions so specified may allow withdrawal from the National Pension System in the mode and manner permitted under these regulations, guidelines, circulars, orders or notifications issued by the Authority from time to time:

Provided that the subscriber shall be required to submit the application form for withdrawal, specified for the purpose, along with documents, so specified and comply with the requirements contained in the operational guidelines issued by the Authority with respect to the permissible withdrawals under the National Pension System.

  1. The following withdrawals shall be permitted under National Pension System.-

(1) A partial withdrawal of accumulated pension wealth of the subscriber, not exceeding twenty-five per cent of the contributions made by the subscriber and excluding contribution made by employer, if any, at any time before exit from National Pension System subject to the terms and conditions, purpose, frequency and limits specified below:-

(A)       Purpose: A subscriber on the date of submission of the withdrawal form, shall be permitted to withdraw not exceeding twenty-five percent of the contributions made by such subscriber to his individual pension account, for any of the following purposes only:-

(a)     for Higher education of his or her children including a legally adopted child

(b)     for the marriage of his or her children, including a legally adopted child;

(c)     for the purchase or construction of a residential house or flat in his or her own name or in a joint name with his or her legally wedded spouse.

In case, the subscriber already owns either individually or in the joint name a residential house or flat, other than ancestral property, no withdrawal under these regulations shall be permitted;

(d)       for treatment of specified illnesses: if the subscriber, his legally wedded spouse, children, including a legally adopted child or dependent parents suffer from any specified illness, which shall comprise of hospitalization and treatment in respect of the following diseases:

(i) Cancer;

(ii) Kidney Failure (End Stage Renal Failure);

(iii) Primary Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension;

(iv) Multiple Sclerosis;

(v) Major Organ Transplant;

(vi) Coronary Artery Bypass Graft;

(vii) Aorta Graft Surgery;

(viii) Heart Valve Surgery;

(ix) Stroke;

(x) Myocardial Infarction

(xi) Coma;

(xii) Total blindness;

(xiii) Paralysis;

(xiv) Accident of serious/ life threatening nature.

(xv) any other critical illness of a life threatening nature as stipulated in the circulars, guidelines or notifications issued by the Authority from time to time.

 

(B)    Limits: the permitted withdrawal shall be allowed only if the following eligibility criteria and limit for availing the benefit are complied with by the subscriber:-

(a)     the subscriber shall have been in the National Pension System at least for a period of last ten years from the date of his or her joining;

(b)     the subscriber shall be permitted to withdraw accumulations not exceeding twenty-five per cent of the contributions made by him or her and standing to his or her credit in his or her individual pension account, as on the date of application for withdrawal;

(C )   Frequency: the subscriber shall be allowed to withdraw only a maximum of three times during the entire tenure of subscription under the National Pension System and not less than a period of five years shall have elapsed from the last date of each of such withdrawal. The mandatory requirement of five years having elapsed between two withdrawals shall not apply in case of “treatment for specified illnesses or in case of withdrawal arising out of exit from National Pension System due to the death of the subscriber. The request for withdrawal in the specified form, shall be submitted by the subscriber, along with relevant documents to the central recordkeeping agency or the National Pension System Trust, as may be specified, for processing of such withdrawal claim. Provided that where a subscriber is suffering from any illness, specified in sub-clause (d), the request for withdrawal may be submitted, through any family member of such subscriber.

(2)       A subscriber having a valid and active Tier-II account of the Permanent Retirement Account can withdraw the accumulated wealth either in full or part, at any time by applying for such withdrawal, on such application form and in such mode and manner, as may be specified by the Authority in this behalf. There shall be no limit on such withdrawals till the account has sufficient amount of accumulated pension wealth to take care of  the applicable charges and the withdrawal amount:

Provided that the Tier-II account shall stand automatically closed at the time of exit of the subscriber from the National Pension System, even if an application so specified for the purpose has not been received from the subscriber, and the accumulated wealth in such account shall be transferred to the bank account provided by the subscriber, while submitting his application for exit from the National Pension System.

  1. Withdrawal process.- (1) The National Pension System Trust or any other intermediary or entity authorized by the Authority for the said purpose shall be responsible for processing and authorizing approving the withdrawal and exit claims lodged by the subscriber in accordance with the provisions of the Act, these regulations, directions, guidelines issued by the Authority and the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (National Pension System Trust) Regulations, 2015, where applicable. The National Pension System Trust shall frame suitable operational processes or guidelines for facilitating withdrawals and Exit of subscribers from National Pension System.

 

CHAPTER IV

ANNUITY PURCHASE AND ANNUITY SERVICE PROVIDERS

  1. Conditions of annuity purchase upon exit.- (1) The subscriber, at the time of exit, shall mandatorily purchase an annuity providing for a monthly or periodical annuity or pension as specified in these regulations. Such annuity shall be purchased from an annuity service provider who is empanelled by the Authority.

(2)     The exercise of option of the annuity and the type thereof shall be made by the subscriber at the time of exit from the National Pension System, unless otherwise specified by the Authority through circulars, notifications or guidelines issued by it from time to time.

(3)     Once an annuity is purchased, the option of cancellation and reinvestment with another annuity service provider or in another annuity scheme shall not be allowed unless the same is within the time limit specified by the annuity service provider, for the free look period as provided in the terms of the annuity contract or as specifically provided by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority.

(4)     The subscriber shall have an option to choose from various types of annuities, provided by the annuity service provider and the annuity so chosen shall be provided by the empanelled annuity service provider.

(5)     There shall be a default annuity service provider and a default annuity scheme for the benefit of subscribers exiting from the National Pension System. The information on the default annuity service provider and default annuity scheme applicable shall be such as may be specified by the Authority and placed on its website, apart from communicating to the subscriber through circulars, guidelines or notification issued by it. Such default annuity scheme shall not be available or applicable in the case of Government subscribers covered under regulation 3.

  1. Empanelment of annuity service providers.- (1) On and from the commencement of these regulations, an applicant, meeting the eligibility criteria as specified in these regulations for grant of an empanelment certificate to act as an empanelled annuity service provider, shall make an application in the specified form accompanied by a empanelment fee referred to in sub-regulation (2) and such documents in support thereon, as may be specified by the Authority.

(2)     One time empanelment fee of rupees one lakh, shall be submitted along with the application, to the Authority. The empanelment fee shall be realized by the Authority within fifteen days from the date of sending intimation of grant of certificate of empanelment under regulation 17:

Provided that every empanelled annuity service provider shall, at the time of renewal of empanelment certificate pay such renewal fees, if any, as may be specified by the Authority, from time to time through a circular, order or notification issued by it.

(3)   An application, not complete in all respects and not conforming to the instructions specified in the application form and these regulations shall be rejected. Provided that, before rejecting any such application, the applicant shall be given a reasonable opportunity to withdraw or complete the application in all respects

and rectify the errors, if any. The Authority may seek such additional information for disposal of the application from the Applicant as may be deemed relevant.

(4)     An annuity service provider empanelled by the Interim Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority prior to the commencement of these regulations, may continue to act as such, for a period of ninety days from the notification of these regulations or, if it makes an application for grant of empanelment till the disposal of its application by the Authority.

  1. Eligibility criteria for grant of certificate.- (1) The following shall be the eligibility criteria for any applicant to act as an empanelled annuity service provider:-

(a)     any Life Insurance Company registered and regulated by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority and dealing with annuity products in the domestic market for the last three years;

(b)    the applicant having a minimum net worth of rupees two hundred and fifty crores;

the applicant shall have competency in design, development and offering of annuity products, which is demonstrable by the details of the annuity products filed with the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority;

(d)     not barred from dealing with or selling annuity products in the market by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority;

(e)     any other criteria as may be specified by the Authority from time to time through resolutions, notifications, circulars, guidelines, norms or memoranda.

(2)     The Authority reserves the right to waive or modify some or all of the above criteria for reasons to be recorded in writing.

  1. Disclosure of information.- (1) The Authority, having regard to the interest of the subscribers may, have the right to disclose to the public, of the information on the application made by the applicant.

(2)     Any material change in the information furnished to the Authority while making the application for empanelment or subsequently shall be intimated to the Authority by the annuity service provider promptly but not later than thirty days of the occurrence of such change.

  1. Furnishing of information and clarification.- (1) The Authority may require the applicant to furnish any further information or clarification, for the purpose of disposal of the application for empanelment, and, thereafter, in regard to any other matter as may be deemed necessary by the Authority. The applicant or its principal officer shall, if so required, appear before the Authority for a personal representation in connection with the application;

(2)     The applicant shall furnish such information and clarification to the satisfaction of the Authority, within the time specified in this regard by the Authority.

  1. Verification of information.- (1) While considering the application and the information furnished by the applicant and its eligibility, the Authority may, if it so desires, verify the information in any manner, as it deems necessary, including by physical verification of documents, office space, and inspection of the availability of office space, infrastructure, and technological support which the applicant is required to have.

(2)       For the purpose of verification of information, the Authority may appoint any person including any of its officers or an auditor or an external agency.

  1. Consideration of application.- (1) For considering the eligibility of the applicant and grant of certificate of empanelment to such applicant, the Authority shall take into account all matters which it deems relevant to the activities in the pension sector and the National Pension System, including but not limited to the following:-

(a)     whether the applicant or any of its associates have in the past been refused grant of empanelment certificate by any of the financial sector regulators in India including the Reserve Bank of India, the Securities and Exchange Board of India, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority and the Authority and if so, the ground for such refusal;

(b)    whether the applicant has in the past five years been imposed with penalties by any of the financial regulators such as the Reserve Bank of India, the Securities and Exchange Board of India, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority and the Authority or by a court of law or tribunal, on matters concerning violation of provisions of the laws, the regulations made or directions, guidelines and circulars issued by the respective regulator and if so, the ground for such refusal;

(c)    whether the applicant satisfies the eligibility criteria and other requirements as specified in these regulations;

(d)    whether the grant of a certificate to the applicant is in the interest of the subscribers and or the orderly development of pension sector or of the National Pension System.

(2)       While considering the application, the Authority may invite the applicant to make a presentation to the Authority on such a date, time and place determined by the Authority. The purpose of such presentations shall be to allow the applicants to present its proposal to the Authority and to explain the key strengths in its proposal.

(3)       Any application for grant of certificate of empanelment,-

(a)       which is not complete in all respects and does not conform to the requirements in the and the requirements specified in these regulations;

(b)       which does not contain such additional information as required by the Authority;

(c)       which is incorrect, false or misleading in nature;

(d)       where the applicant is not in compliance with the eligibility requirements as set out under these regulations;

(e)       which in the opinion of the Authority is not in the interest of subscribers and or the objective of orderly development of the pension sector or the National Pension System;

(f)        where the applicant is not a ‘fit and proper person’; shall be rejected by the Authority for reasons to be recorded by it in writing.

(4)       Before rejecting an application, the applicant shall be given an opportunity in writing to make good the deficiencies within the time specified by the Authority, for the purpose:

Provided that where an application is rejected for the reason that it contains false or misleading information, no such opportunity may be given and the applicant shall not make any application for grant of certificate under these regulations or any other regulations for a period of one year from the date of such rejection.

(5)       An application for grant of certificate of empanelment, under these regulations, which is complete in all respects, shall be disposed of by the Authority, within a period of sixty days from the date of receipt of such request.

  1. Procedure for grant of certificate of empanelment.- (1) The Authority on being satisfied that the applicant is eligible, shall grant a certificate of empanelment in the form specified in Annexure III and send an intimation to the applicant in this regard:

Provided that where a pending proceeding before the Authority or any court or tribunal may result in the suspension or cancellation of the certificate, the Authority may give a conditional certificate of empanelment.

(2)       Within thirty working days of the date of receipt of certificate of empanelment, the annuity service provider shall enter into an agreement with the National Pension System Trust or the central recordkeeping agency for the purpose of operationalization of the process for purchase of annuities by the subscribers of the National Pension System.

  1. Conditions of certificate of Empanelment.—Any certificate of empanelment granted by the Authority to an annuity service provider shall be subject to the following conditions, namely,-

(a)       where the annuity service provider proposes to change its status or constitution, it shall intimate to the Authority of such information along with the approval obtained from the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority, for continuing to act as an annuity service provider;

(b)       it shall pay the applicable fees in accordance with these regulations;

(c)       it shall abide by the provisions of the Act, the rules and the regulations made or any direction, guidelines or circulars as may be issued by the Authority thereunder;

(d)       it shall abide by the provisions of the Insurance Act, 1938, Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority Act, 1999 and the rules and regulations framed thereunder.

(e)       it shall meet the eligibility criteria and other requirements specified in these regulations throughout the tenure of the certificate of empanelment:

Provided that the Authority may impose such other and further conditions as it may deem fit in the interest of subscribers or for orderly development of the National Pension System or the Pension sector.

  1. Effect of refusal to grant certificate of empanelment or expiry of certificate of empanelment.—(1) Where an existing annuity service provider has failed to apply for renewal of empanelment of certificate and upon expiry of certificate of empanelment or has been refused grant of certificate of empanelment under these regulations, or has surrendered its certificate, or has been directed to be wound up by an order of a court, such annuity service provider shall,-

(a)       forthwith cease to act as an annuity service provider for subscribers of National Pension System;

(b)       make provisions as regards liability incurred or assumed by the annuity service provider, if any;

(c)       take such other action, within the time limit and in the manner, as may be required under the relevant regulations or as may be directed by the Authority.

(2)       While refusing grant of certificate of empanelment under these regulations to an annuity service provider, the Authority may impose such conditions upon the annuity service provider as it deems fit for protection of interest of the subscribers and such conditions shall be complied with.

  1. Period of validity of certificate of empanelment.- (1) Subject to compliance with the provisions of the Act, these regulations, the certificate granted to an annuity service provider shall be valid unless surrendered by it or suspended or cancelled in accordance with these regulations.

(2)       An Annuity Service Provider who has been granted a certificate of empanelment, to keep such empanelment in force, shall pay a fee of rupees twenty-five thousand within ninety days before the expiry of five years from the date of first empanelment or date of the payment of fee last accepted by the Authority, by way of making an application in the specified form to the Authority.

  1. Exemptions in certain cases from eligibility criteria.- (1) If any of the applicants does not fulfill any of the eligibility criteria as specified for the annuity service provider, it may request the Authority through an application seeking exemption from such criteria.

(2)       The Authority, if in its opinion feels, that the non-fulfillment of the eligibility conditions of which relaxation is sought would not prejudicially affect the interest of the subscribers, and such relaxation would not hamper orderly development of the pension sector and more specifically the National Pension System, it may grant exemption from some of the criteria to such entity for reasons to be recorded in writing. The Authority may in such circumstances impose such additional conditions as it may deem fit for grant of empanelment.

  1. Duties and responsibilities of empanelled annuity service providers.- (1) The main functions of a empanelled annuity service provider is,-

(a)       to provide different kinds of immediate annuities to the subscribers at the time of exit from the National Pension System;

(b)       to provide minimum immediate annuity variants options as required by the Authority and to be able to provide any new variant as required by the Authority from time to time in the interest of subscribers in conformity with the Insurance Act, 1938 (4 of 1938) and the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority Act, 1999 (41 of 1999), and the rules, regulations and guidelines made thereunder;

(c)       to provide monthly or any other periodical annuity payment to the subscriber for the annuity contract purchased by the subscriber under the National Pension System;

(d)       the annuity service provider shall be responsible for handling the grievances and issues related to or arising out of the entering into the annuity contract with the subscribers under the National Pension System.

(2)       The initial customer interaction for the National Pension System, shall be,-

(a)       addressing queries of potential subscribers regarding purchase of annuities;

(b)       providing and displaying of Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority approved information on annuities and application form or offer document or other publicity material pertaining to immediate annuities available including the annuity calculators.

(3)      Subscriber registration for purchase of annuity,-

(a)       to make available the necessary infrastructure required for receipt and acceptance of applications with the specified premiums and issuance of annuity contracts in line with the approvals granted by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority;

(b)       facilitate or provide infrastructure required for online purchase of annuity products by the subscribers through the central record keeping agency registered and regulated by the Authority, including the necessary software support. The annuity service provider shall provide the necessary application forms, literature on the available annuities and other facilities available to the subscribers through the central recordkeeping agency system or any other mode specified for the purpose;

(c)       issuance of the annuity contract as per the choice of the subscriber provided in the annuity application in line with these regulations and guidelines specified by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority;

(d)       the annuity service provider shall be responsible for delivering the monthly, quarterly or annual pension or annuity as chosen by the subscriber under the National Pension System in the annuity application form and the annuity contract entered by such subscriber. However, in case of government sector subscribers, the annuity payable shall be on monthly basis only;

(e)       the annuity service provider shall be responsible for collection, verification and subsequent actions for issuance of annuity contracts against purchases by subscribers under the National Pension System from the central recordkeeping agency or its representative or other entity which is authorized by the Authority for the purpose;

(f)         the annuity service provider shall provide the information on annuity purchases made by the subscribers under the National Pension System to the National Pension System Trust and the central recordkeeping agency in the form, format and interval to be specified by the National Pension System Trust.

(4)       The handling of subscriber requests such as receiving, processing and effecting requests from the subscribers for change in address, nomination or any other activity in connection with the annuity contract entered into by the annuity service provider.

(5)       The annuity service provider shall be responsible for receiving from, and resolving the, grievances of subscribers under the National Pension System who had purchased the annuity from it and follow them up till their redressal in accordance with the grievance redressal guidelines or regulations for insurers issued by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority.

(6)       Any complaint from a subscriber relating to the services provided shall be dealt by the annuity service provider and settled in accordance with the provisions of the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority, Act 1999 (41 of 1999), and the rules and regulations made thereunder, by the annuity service provider under intimation to the National Pension System Trust. This shall be without prejudice to the powers of the Authority to cancel or suspend the empanelment of the annuity service provider or take such other measures as deemed necessary in the subscriber’s interest.

  1. Fees and charges to be charged from the subscribers.- There shall not be any additional fees or charges other than the premium as approved by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority for the product but excluding any taxes imposed by the Government. There shall not be any additional intermediation expense or charge for the product issued to the subscribers.
  2. Appointment of compliance officer.- (1) Each annuity service provider shall appoint a compliance officer who shall be responsible for monitoring compliance of duties of annuity service provider as provided under these regulations and any other rules, regulations, guidelines issued by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority and for redressal of grievances reported by the subscribers who have purchased the annuities from the annuity service provider upon exit from the National Pension System. The name and details of such compliance officer shall be intimated to the Authority within thirty days of such appointment.

(2)       The compliance officer shall be responsible for activities related to the coordination with other entities in the National Pension System like the National Pension System Trust, the central recordkeeping agency, Trustee Bank or any other specific entity connected with annuity purchases or any activity related to it.

  1. Code of conduct.-The empanelled annuity service provider shall at all times observe the code of conduct for insurers or any other similar rules, guidelines or regulations specified by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority for fair dealing in activities related to the annuity purchase by subscribers.
  2. Power of the Authority to take up any of the matters associated with Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority.-In order to remove any difficulties in the annuity purchase, grievances arising out of annuity purchase or any other matter associated with annuity purchase by subscribers under the National Pension System, the Authority may take up the matter directly with the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority.
  3. Confidentiality.- The empanelled annuity service provider shall maintain absolute confidentiality with respect to all records, data and information received by it under the National Pension System including information received from a subscriber. The annuity service provider shall not, without the prior permission of           the Authority, produce or share such data or information as evidence, or for any other purpose, except as required by the due process of law.
  4. Cancellation of empanelment.-The Authority may cancel the empanelment of an annuity service provider, after giving a reasonable opportunity of hearing and for reasons to be recorded in writing.

CHAPTER V

INSPECTION AND AUDIT

 

  1. Inspection and audit.-(1) The powers of the Authority with respect to audit and inspection of intermediaries entrusted with the functions of managing the withdrawals from the National Pension System shall be in accordance with the regulations governing the specific intermediaries under the National Pension System.

 

CHAPTER VI

INQUIRY

  1. Conduct of inquiry.- (1) The inquiry proceedings and action in case of default shall be in accordance with the regulations governing the specific intermediaries like the National Pension System Trust, the central recordkeeping agency or any other intermediary.

(2) Where the default involves, the National Pension System Trust, the central recordkeeping agency and or any other intermediary, a common inquiry may be held for the purpose.

CHAPTER VII

MISCELLANEOUS

 

  1. Prevention of fraud or mismanagement.-The National Pension System Trust or the central recordkeeping agency or the annuity service provider or any other intermediary or entity entrusted with the functions of managing the withdrawals from the National Pension System by the Authority shall take all possible steps to prevent fraud or mismanagement of the withdrawals of the subscribers upon exit from the National Pension System.
  2. Nomination.-Notwithstanding anything contained in these regulations or in any other law for the time being in force, a subscriber, at the time of joining the National Pension System is required to make a nomination, in the specified form, conferring on one or more persons the right to receive the amount that may stand to his or her credit in the accumulated wealth or fund in the event of his or her death, before that amount becomes payable or having become payable has not been paid. The nominee or nominees, as the case may be, shall be entitled, on the death of the subscriber, to receive, to the exclusion of all other persons, all such moneys which have so remained unpaid:

Provided that,-

(i)        if the nominee predeceases the subscriber, the nomination shall so far as it relates to the right conferred upon the said nominee, become void and of no effect;

(ii)       where a provision has been duly made in the nomination, in accordance with these regulations, conferring upon some other person the right to receive all such moneys, which have so remained unpaid, in the event of the nominee predeceasing the subscriber, such right shall, upon the nominee being deceased , pass to such other persons standing as nominees;

(iii)      a subscriber may in his nomination distribute the amount that may stand to his credit in the fund amongst his nominees at his own discretion;

(iv)      if a subscriber has a family at the time of making a nomination, the nomination shall be in favour of one or more persons belonging to his family. Any nomination made by such subscriber in favour of a person not belonging to his family shall be invalid;

(v)       a fresh nomination shall be made by the subscriber on his marriage and any nomination made before such marriage shall be deemed to be invalid;

(vi)      if at the time of making a nomination the subscriber has no family, the nomination may be in favour of any person or persons but if the subscriber subsequently acquires a family, such nomination shall forthwith be deemed to be invalid and the subscriber shall make a fresh nomination in favour of one or more persons belonging to his family;

(vii)     where the nomination is wholly or partly in favour of a minor, the subscriber may, for the purposes of this Scheme, appoint a major person of his family, to be the guardian of the minor nominee in the event of the subscriber predeceasing the nominee and the guardian so appointed;

(viii)    where there is no major person in the family, the subscriber may, at his discretion, appoint any other person to be a guardian of the minor nominee;

(ix)      a nomination made under the National Pension System may at any time be modified by a subscriber after giving a written notice of his intention of doing so in the form specified. A nomination or its modification so made shall take effect to the extent that it is valid on the date on which it is received by the intermediary under the National Pension System;

(x)       if a subscriber proves that his spouse has ceased, under the personal law governing him or her, or the customary law of the community to which the spouses belong, to be entitled to maintenance he or she shall no longer be deemed to be a part of the subscriber’s family for the purpose of this Scheme, unless the subscriber subsequently intimates by express notice in writing to the designated intermediary for the purpose that he or she shall continue to be so regarded; and

(xi)      if a subscriber by notice in writing to the designated intermediary for the purpose expresses her desire to exclude her husband from the family, the husband and his dependent parents shall no longer be deemed to be a part of the subscriber’s family for the purpose of this Scheme, unless the subscriber subsequently cancels in writing any such notice.

Explanation I — For the purposes of this chapter,-

(a)       the expression “family”,

(i)        in relation to a male subscriber, means his legally wedded wife, his children, whether married or unmarried, his dependent parents and his deceased son’s widow and children;

(ii)       in relation to a female subscriber, means her legally wedded husband, her children, whether married or unmarried, her dependent parents, her husband’s dependent parents and her deceased son’s widow and children;

Explanation II — In either of the above two cases, if the child of a subscriber [or as the case may be, the child of a deceased son of the subscriber] has been adopted by another person and if, under the personal law of the adopter, adoption is legally recognized, such a child shall be considered as excluded from the family of the subscriber.

  1. Submission of withdrawal application.-A subscriber seeking withdrawal from Tier-I account of the National Pension System shall submit his withdrawal application along with the requirements mentioned thereon to the central recordkeeping agency as per the operational withdrawal and exit guidelines issued by the Authority from time to time.
  2. Requirement of submission of documents.-A subscriber seeking withdrawal from Tier-I account of the National Pension System shall submit all the documents as specified on the withdrawal application form.

The withdrawal application forms applicable to various categories of the subscribers shall be as per the forms provided by the Authority from time to time.

  1. Providing bank account details.-A subscriber seeking withdrawal from Tier-I account of the National Pension System shall provide the Bank details mandatorily apart from Aadhar card or PAN card issued by Income-Tax Department, whichever is available in the section provided in the withdrawal form in order to provide credit of the National Pension System claim amount directly in to their Bank accounts.
  2. Mode of payments under National Pension System.-All payments pertaining to withdrawals under National Pension System shall be made through electronic transfer only and the withdrawal amount shall be directly credited to the subscriber or claimant’s bank account as furnished in the withdrawal form.
  3. Stoppage of last three months deductions by employer.-Contributions deductions under the National Pension System made by the employers from the salary of such subscriber shall be stopped at least three months prior to the date of superannuation, , as may be applicable, to ensure that the exit and withdrawal of the subscriber is smooth and effective. The employer shall settle directly the said last three months contributions at their end with the concerned employee.
  4. Reports and disclosures.-The annuity service provider, the National Pension System Trust or the central recordkeeping agency shall submit such information and reports as required by the Authority in the mode, manner and frequency as specified by the Authority from time to time.
  5. Power of the Authority to issue directions and clarifications.-The Authority shall have power to issue necessary directions, restricting the provisions relating to withdrawals and exit, as the case may be, under these regulations, so as to comply with any requirements to move from any other pension or superannuation schemes not covered under the Act, to the National Pension System. The Authority may issue clarifications  and guidelines in order to remove any difficulties in the application or interpretation of these regulations.

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RBE No. 34/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[MPP]2009/6/14 Pt. Dated 12.04.2017   [RBE No.34/2017] 

Sub: Engagement of Act Apprentices in erstwhile Group ‘D’ -Substitute.

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Pursuant to amendment in the Apprentices Act, 1961, Board has issued instructions vide  RBE No.71/2016 [ENG]II/2016/RR-1/8 dated 21.06.2016], providing that 20% of the vacancies in case of direct recruitment to posts/ categories in Pay Band-1 of Rs.5,200-20,200 having Grade Pay of Rs.1800/- shall be filled giving preference to Course Completed Act Apprentices [CCAAs] trained in Railway establishments and possessing National Apprenticeship Certificate [NAC].

 

In view of the above, the instructions of Board vide E[MPP]/2002/12/ 26/Vol.II dated 21.06.2004 [RBE No. 136/2004] stand withdrawn with immediate effect.

RBE No. 31/2017

Bd’s ltr. No. E(W)2016/PS5-1/5 dated 06.04.2017 [RBE No. 31/2017] ACS No. 76

 Sub: Removal of hardship being faced in availing higher class passes/escort facility in cases where both the employee and his/her spouse are physically challenged.

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The hardship faced in availing escort facility by a physically challenged Railway Servant whose spouse is also a physically challenged person, due to a restrictive Proviso in the Pass Rules has been brought to the notice of Board. The matter has been examined and in order to mitigate the difficulty being faced by such Railway Servants, it has been decided with the approval of Competent Authority to suitably amend the relevant Proviso. Accordingly, the 1st  Proviso, below Item No. 3(xxv) under the General Rules relating to Privilege Passes/PTOs in Schedule-II of Railway Servants (Pass) Rules, 1986 (Second Edition-1993) is amended as follows:-

 

“Provided the facility at 1, 2 & 3 above will be allowed only on the recommendation of the DMO and where the employee has no family or eligible member for inclusion in the pass. However, the 2nd part of the condition will not be applicable where the employee’s spouse and other member(s) eligible for inclusion in the Pass are physically challenged or invalid or children below the age of 12 years.”

 

  1. The proviso, as amended above, will replace the proviso to Para 2 of instructions contained in Board’s letter No. E(W)93/PS5-1/10 dated 16.12.1993, vide which similar facilities were extended to physically challenged retired railway employees.

 

  1.       The other conditions for availing higher class passes/escort facility as contained in the Pass Rules for serving employees and the instructions cited above in respect of retired employees, including the proviso that no attendant will be given when an escort has been allowed, would continue to be applicable.

 

  1. This issues with the concurrence of Finance Dte. of Ministry of Railways.

 

RBE No. 36/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[NG]I-2016/PM7/1 dated 21.4.2017 [RBE No.36/2017]

Sub: Inordinate delay in conducting LDCE and Intermediate Apprentice Quota selections on Zonal Railways.

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The Zonal Railway Administrations are aware of the fact that Selection is the process of screening eligible employees for filing up posts which have been classified as Selection Posts by the Railway Board. Selections are to be conducted annually in a regular manner by a duly constituted Selection Board. Extant instructions also provide that next selection can be initiated after a minimum time gap of 6 months from the date of last Selection, if situation so warrant. For this, a calendar of selections is to be maintained by every Railway Administration for smooth functioning.

 

  1. In spite of clear instructions, cases have been brought to the notice of Board where it has been stated that LDCE or Intermediate Apprentice Quota selections are not held timely, causing undue hardship to staff. This issue has also been raised by NFIR in the PNM forum.

 

  1. In view of above, it is hereby directed that all Selections, including LDCE and Intermediate Apprentice Quota may be conducted timely, so that staff are not deprived of timely promotion.

 

RBE No. 38/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[NG]I-2015/CFP/8 dated 21.04.2017  [RBE No.38/2017]

Sub: Promotion from GP Rs.1800 [Level-1] to GP Rs.1900 [Level-2] against 33-1/3% quota – Minimum eligibility condition of service for selection. 

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In terms of provisions contained in Para 189 of IREM, Vol.I, Railway servants in erstwhile Group ‘D’ categories for whom no regular avenue of promotion exists, 33-1/3% of the posts in the lowest grade of Commercial Clerks, Ticket Collectors, Trains Clerks, Office Clerks, Stores Clerks, etc. are eligible for promotion on completion of 3 years continuous service, which is relaxable for SC/ST employees who are eligible on completion of probation in recruitment grade, which is 2 years [Para 104 of IREM].

 

  1. One of the Federations [NFIR] have raised an item in the PNM forum to prescribe two [02] years residency condition for promotion from GP Rs.1800 [Level-1] to GP Rs.1900 [Level-2] against the above quota. The issue has been examined by the Board and it is now decided, that henceforth, staff will be eligible for promotion against 33-1/3% quota on completion of 2 years continuous service in the relevant grade on successful completion of probation period irrespective of the fact whether such staff belong to GEN/OBC/SC/ST.  These instructions will be effective from  date of issue.

 

RBE No. 42/2017

Board’s ltr. No. F[E]III/2003/PF1/1 dated 25.04.2017   [RBE No.42/2017]       

Sub: State Railway Provident Fund-Rate of Interest during the year 2017-2018 [April, 2017 –  June, 2017]

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A copy of Government’s Resolution No. 5(1)-B[PD]/2017 dt. 18th  April, 2017  issued by the Ministry of Finance (Dept. of Economic Affairs) prescribing interest at the rate of 7.9% [Seven Point Nine per cent] w.e.f. 1st April, 2017 to 30th June, 2017 on accumulations  at the credit of the subscribers to State Railway Provident Fund, is enclosed for information and necessary action.

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Copy of Ministry of Finance  (Department of Economic Affairs)  New Delhi’s, Resolution F.No.5(1)-B(PD)/2017 dated  18.04.2017  (Published in Part I Section 1 of  Gazette of India).

 R E S O L U T I O N

 

It is announced for general information that during the year 2017-2018, accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the General Provident Fund and other similar funds shall  carry interest at the rate of 7.9% [Seven Point Nine per cent] w.e.f.              1st April, 2017 to 30th June, 2017. This rate will be in force w.e.f. 1st April, 2017. 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 (Defence 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 Defence Services Officers Provident Fund.
  10. The Armed Forces Personnel Provident Fund.

 

  1. Ordered that the resolution be published in Gazette of India.

RBE No. 41/2017

Board’s ltr. No. 2016/F[E]III/1[1]/8 dated 25.04.2017  [RBE No.41/2017]

 

Sub: Clarification regarding commutation of a part of pension on retirement under Rule 67 of Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993.

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In terms of Rule 67 of the Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993, at any time after a railway servant has completed twenty years qualifying service, he may, by giving notice of not less than three months in writing to the Appointing Authority retire from service. However, if the Appointing Authority is satisfied that the curtailment of the period of notice will not cause any administrative inconvenience, the Appointing Authority may relax the requirement of notice of three months on the condition that the railway servant shall not apply for commutation of a part of his pension before the expiry of the notice period of three months.

 

  1. Recently, in a case, it has been observed that this Rule does not cater to the situation where superannuation is due within three months notice period. Notice period cannot go beyond the date of superannuation.

 

  1. The matter has been considered by Board [FC]. It is clarified that whenever the officer/ employee has more than three months service at the time of seeking retirement under Rule 67, the commutation will be payable after three months but where normal superannuation is within the notice period of three months, the date of superannuation will be the date to apply for commutation of a part of pension subject to fulfilment of all other conditions specified in this regard in the Railway Service (Commutation of Pension) Rules, 1993.

 

 Board’s letter No. E[O]III-2014/PL/05 dated 20.04.2017

 

          Sub: Comprehensive Transfer Policy

 

          Ref: This Ministry’s letter of even number dated 31.08.2015

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In terms of Para1[iii] of this Ministry’s letter under reference, “no request for transfer will be considered till completion of 5 years in assigned zone.”  A doubt has been raised as to whether this should also be applicable to Group ‘B’ officers seeking inter Railway transfer.

 

  1. The issue has been examined in Board’s office. It is clarified that Inter Railway transfer of Group ‘B’ officers on request is governed by instructions issued vide Board’s letters No. E[O]III-77/AE/128 dated 03.12.1977 and  E[O]III-89/AE/122 dated 21.06.89  in terms of which inter Railway transfer of Group ‘B’ officers can be considered only on receipt of a complete proposal forwarded by the Railway/PU containing the request of the officer, declaration of acceptance of bottom seniority and consent of the Railway to which the transfer is being sought.  No minimum tenure for making such request has been prescribed under these instructions.  However, since the request is considered only when the same is forwarded by the Railway concerned, discretionary power rests with the Railway to forward such transfer request or not, depending upon the cadre position etc.

 

  1. In view of the above, Board have decided not to impose any additional condition of completion of 5 years of service in the zone in the cases of Group ‘B’ officers seeking inter Railway transfers on acceptance of bottom seniority.

 

Board’s ltr. No. E[NG]II/2017/ECR/CL/4 dated 27.04.2017

 Sub: Counting of the period of service of Open Line Casual Labour and Project Casual Labour after their attainment of Temporary Status as qualifying service for pensionary benefits on absorption in regular employment on Railways

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The issue of Counting of the period of service of Open Line Casual Labour and Project Casual Labour after their attainment of Temporary Status as qualifying service for pensionary benefits on absorption in regular employment on Railways have been under consideration of Board for quite some time owing to spate of litigations in various courts.

 

The matter has comprehensively been deliberated by the Board and accordingly, instructions contained in Board’s letter No. E[NG]II/78/CL/12 dated 14.10.1980 and E[NG]II/85/CL/6 dated 28.11.1986 are re-iterated.  Further, all such cases pending in various courts on the issue may also be contested in light of Hon’ble Supreme Court judgement dated 24.03.2017 in Civil Appeal No.3938/2017 arising out of SLP[C] No. 23723/2015 in case of Union of India & Ors. Vs. Rakesh Kumar & Ors.

 

RBE No. 35/2017

Board’s ltr. No.PC-VII/2016/I/7/2/3 dated 21.04.2016  [RBE No.35/2017] PC-VII No.19

 Sub: Grant of Dearness Relief to Railway pensioners/ family pensioners-Revised rate effective from 01.01.2017

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A copy of Office Memorandum F. No. 42/15/2016-P&PW(G) dated 07.04.2017 of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions (Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare) on the above subject is enclosed herewith for information and compliance. This order shall apply mutatis mutandis on Railways also.

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

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DOP&PW’s OM No.  F. No. 42/15/2016-P&PW(G) dated 07.04.2017

Sub: Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/ family pensioners- Revised rate effective from 01.01.2017

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The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. No. 42/15/2016-P&PW(G) dated 16th Nov. 2016 on the subject mentioned above and to state that   the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief admissible to Central Government pensioners/ family pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 2% to 4% w.e.f. 01.01.2017.

  1. These orders apply to (i) Civilian Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners (ii) The Armed Forces Pensioners, Civilian Pensioners paid out of the Defence Service Estimates, (iii) All India Service Pensioners (iv) Railway Pensioners/family pensioners [v] Pensioners who are in receipt of provisional pension.

 

  1. These orders shall not be applicable to the following categories:-

(i) The Burma Civilian pensioners/family pensioners and pensioners/families of displaced Government Pensioners from Pakistan, who are Indian Nationals but receiving pension on behalf of Government of Pakistan and are in receipt of adhoc  ex-gratia allowance.

  • Central Government Employees who had drawn lump sum amount on absorption in a PSU/Autonomous body and are in receipt of 1/3rd restored commuted portion of pension.

 

(iii) CPF beneficiaries, their widows and eligible children who are in receipt of ex-gratia payment in terms of this Department’s OM No. 45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 and revised vide this Department’s OM 1/10/2012-P&PW(E) dated 27.06.2013.

Separate orders will be issued in respect of the above categories.

  1. Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.

 

  1. Other provisions governing grant of DR in respect of employed family pensioners and re-employed Central Government Pensioners will be regulated in accordance with the provisions contained in this Department’s OM No. 45/73/97-P&PW (G) dated 2.7.1999 as amended vide this Department’s OM No. F.No. 38/88/2008-P&PW(G) dated 9th July, 2009. The provisions relating to regulation of DR where a pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension will remain unchanged.

 

  1. In the case of retired Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, necessary orders will be issued by the Department of Justice separately.

 

  1. It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities, including the nationalized banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual case.

 

  1. The offices of Accountant General and authorised Pension Disbursing Banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc. on the basis of these instructions without waiting for any further instructions from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India in view of letter No. 528-TA II/34-80-II dated 23/04/1981 of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India addressed to all Accountant Generals and Reserve Bank of India Circular No. GANB No. 2958/GA-64 (ii) (CGL)/81 dated the 21st May, 1981 addressed to State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and all Nationalised Banks.

 

  1. In their application to the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the C&AG.

 

  1. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their OM No. 1/3/2017-E.II(B) dated 30th March, 2017.

RBE No. 39/2017

Board’s ltr. No. 2016/E[Sports]/5[1]/12/Rio-Olympic 2016 dated 25.04.2017

 [RBE No.39/2017] Clarification /Corrigendum No.79

 Sub: Out-of-Turn Promotions [OTP] to outstanding sportspersons on sports account for representing India in Olympic Games.

 

Ref: Board’s letters No. 2010/E[Sports]/4[1] /1[Policy] dated 31.12.2010 [RBE No.189 /2010]

        [ii] 2012/E[Sports]/4[1]/3/OTP/DOPT dated 23.5.2013 [RBE No. 50/2013] and clarifications /corrigendum issued thereto.

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Please connect Para 9.2.1.1[i] & 9.2.2.1[i] of Board’s policy letters mentioned above regarding out of turn promotion to outstanding sportspersons for participation in Category-A  International Championships i.e. Olympic Games.

 

Ministry of Railways [Railway Board] have now decided that

 

i]        Out of turn promotion may be granted in Gazetted post for representing the Country in Olympic Games with at least 4th position;

 

ii]       Out of turn promotion may be granted for representing the country in Olympic Games, to the next higher grade or the grade to which he/she would be eligible for against direct recruitment, whichever is higher.

OR

 

In case he/she has already reached apex of the grade, in that scenario, he/she may be granted five increments [irrespective of any increment granted already], as a special case.

 

These instructions will also be applicable for Rio Olympics 2016.

 

These instructions issue with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways [Railway Board].

 

Board’s ltr. No. E[W]2015/PS5-2/4 dated 02.05.2017

Sub: Permission for break journey and longer route in Special Passes issued on medical grounds.

 

Ref: Board’s letter No. E[W]95/PS5-1/33 dated 06.01.2000

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The issue regarding permitting of break journey/longer route in the Special Passes being granted on medical grounds has been under consideration with reference to a  query from the Northern Railway.  In terms of instructions contained in Board’s letter cited under reference, Special Passes issued on medical grounds already stand validated for travel in Rajdhani /Shatabdi Express Trains.  However, it has been observed that in the absence of permission for break journey and longer route, the beneficiaries are finding it difficult to avail the facility for reaching the referral hospital within the shortest possible time.  Hence, with the approval of Competent Authority, it has been decided to permit break journey and longer route, as applicable in Privilege Passes, also in the Special passes issued on medical grounds, provided the destination can be reached quickly.  The Railways & PUs may take necessary action accordingly.

 

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

 

RBE No. 43 /2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[NG]I-2015/PM1/20 dated 03.05.2017  [RBE No.43/2017]

Sub: Reduction in the residency period for promotion from Helper (G.P. Rs.1800, Level-I, Rs.18000-56900) to Technician-Ill (G.P.Rs.1900, Level-2, Rs.19900-63200).

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In terms of extant provisions contained in Board’s letter No.E(NG)I-96/PM7/56 dated 2.2.1998, Helpers (G.P.Rs. 1800, Level-I) possessing the qualifications prescribed in the Apprentice Act, with a minimum of three years regular service are eligible to appear in the Selection against 25% qualified staff quota.

 

  1. There has been a demand to reduce the residency period from existing three years to two years, at par with residency period of promotion for other categories. This issue has been raised by AIRF in the PNM forum.

 

  1. Accordingly, the matter has been examined in consultation with the Zonal Railways, PUs & technical directorates of Railway Board and it has been decided that henceforth residency period for Helpers to appear in selection against 25% qualified staff quota will be two years.

 

The above instructions will be effective from date of issue of this letter.

 

Board’s ltr. No. PC-VII/2016/I/6/2 dated 03.05.2017 

Sub: Clarification on fixation of pay from 02.01.2016 to 30.06.2016 under 7th CPC

Ref: CPO[Admn.]/ECoR’s letter No.ECoR/Pers/Gaz/Pay Fixation/ Clarification dated 24.04.2017

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With reference to clarification sought by ECoR regarding pay fixation of employees who have been promoted between 02.01.2016 and 30.06.2016, it is intimated that necessary instructions have already been issued vide letter No.PC-VII/2016/I/6/2 dated 20.10.2016 [RBE No.124/2016] in this regard [copy enclosed]. It has been clarified through the said letter that under the changed circumstances after notification of RS[RP]  Rules, 2016, the employees who got promoted/granted non-functional upgradation/MACP between 01.01.2016 (date of effect of 7th CPC recommendations) and the date of notification of RS (RP) Rules, 2016 (28.07.2016) may be allowed to exercise revised option for fixation of pay under FR 22(1) (a) (1) again if the option exercised by them earlier turned out to be disadvantageous. The employees were granted benefit based on the aforesaid clarifications as a one-time exemption.

 

2 .        As regards the applicability of FR-22 in future promotion and exercise of the option consequent to implementation of 7th CPC and also on the aspect of increment dates, the matter has been referred to Ministry of Finance and this fact has already been advised vide Board’s  letter dated 09.03.2017 (copy enclosed). Further instructions will be issued on receipt of clarification from Ministry of Finance. 

 

RBE No. 124/2016

  Board’s letter No. PC-VII/2016/I/6/2 dated 20.10.2016  [RBE No.124/2016]PC-VII/6

Sub: Fixation of pay and grant of increment  in the revised pay structure- clarifications – regarding.   

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Following the notification of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016, Railway  Board has received references seeking clarifications regarding various aspects of fixation of pay in the revised pay structure as also pay fixation and grant of increment in future under revised pay structure. These matters have been considered by Ministry of Finance  and the points of doubts are clarified as under:

 

S.No. Point of doubt Clarification
1 As per the provisions of FR22 (l) (a) (1), the Government servants (other than those appointed on deputation to ex-cadre post or ad hoc basis or on direct recruitment basis) have the option, to be exercised within one month from the date of promotion, to have the pay fixed under this rule from the date of such promotion/ appointment or from the date of next increment.

Some of the employees, promoted between 01.01.2016 and the date of notification of RS (RP) Rules, 2016 had opted for their pay fixation on promotion/financial up-gradation under MACPS from the date of their next increment in the lower grade. Consequent upon notification of RS (RP) Rules, 2016 i.e. 28th July, 2016, the option submitted by such employees has now turned out to be disadvantageous.

Whether such employee may be allowed to revise their option under FR 22 [I] [a] [1] at this stage.

Under the changed circumstances after notification of RS (RP) Rules, 2016, the employee may be allowed to exercise revised option for fixation of pay under FR22(l)(a)(1). Such revised option shall be exercised within one month of issue of this letter. Option so revised, shall be final.
2 Whether employees appointed/promoted/ granted financial up-gradation during  02.01.2015 and 01.07.2015 will be entitled to grant of one increment on 01.01.2016. Since the provisions of RS  (RP)Rules, 2016 are effective  from 01.01.2016, no increment shall be allowed on 01.01.2016 at the time of fixation of pay in the revised pay structure.

 

 

Board’s letter No. PC-VII/2016/I/6/2 dated 09.03.2017 addressed to GM[P] & FA&CAO/Central Rly.

Sub: Method of fixation under Rule FR 22 in VII PC – Cases of Promotion.

Ref:Dy.CAO(G)/FA&CAO’s office/CSTM/CR’s letter No. AC/ENG/ 916/7th PC/2017 dated 08.02.2017

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Please refer to Dy.CAO(G)/FA&CAO’s office/CSTM/CR’s letter dated 08.02.2016 regarding methodology to be adopted for cases of promotion between 02.01.2016 to 28.07.2016. It is pointed out that the letter seeking policy clarification has been issued under the signature of a JAG Officer, contrary to Board’s instructions contained under letter No. 2011/O&M/3/6 dated 04.04.2011.

 

  1. Nevertheless the matter has been considered in Board’s office on the policy issue raised. It is stated that clarification issued vide Board’s letter dated 20.10.2016 was to allow employees who were promoted/granted financial upgradation between 01.01.2016 (Date of effect of 7th CPC implementation) and 28.07.2016 (Promulgation of RS(RP) Rules, 2016 to re-exercise the option, who had otherwise exercised the option earlier under FR (22) in the pre-revised pay structure. As regards the applicability of FR (22) and exercise of option consequent to implementation of 7th CPC and also on the aspect of increment dates, the issue has been referred to Ministry of Finance (MoF). Once the matter is clarified, further instructions will be issued.

 

RBE No. 48/2017

Board’s ltr. No. F[E]III/2008/LE-1/1 dated 16.05.2017  [RBE No.48/2017]

 Sub: Recommendations of 6th Central Pay Commission – Encashment of Leave on Average Pay (LAP) while availing Privilege Pass / PTO – relaxation of Rule – reg.

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Attention is invited to Board’s letters of even number dated 29.10.2008 & 02.02.2011 on the above mentioned subject.

 

  1. The provisions of encashment of leave while availing Pass/PTO were relaxed vide Board’s letter dated 15.12.2014 on receipt of representations from Railway employees who failed to avail of the benefit during the previous block period despite availing Pass/PTO and leave during that block period.

 

  1. In terms of Rule 10 of the CCS(LTC) Rules, 1988, a Government servant who is unable to avail of the leave travel concession within a particular block of two years or four years may avail of the same within the first year of the next block of two years or four years. This means, a government servant, governed by CCS (LTC) Rules, 1988 can avail encashment of leave twice – one while availing LTC for the current Block and another for the carry forwarded LTC of the preceding Block. Similar provision is not available in the Railway Services (Liberalized Leave) Rules, 1949 contained in IREC Vol. I / 1985 – Edition.

 

  1. Despite giving one time relaxation mentioned in para 2 above, representations are still being received for relaxation of the provisions of the encashment of leave for the previous Block periods.

 

  1. The Competent Authority after examining the matter has decided that railway employees, who failed to avail of the benefit of encashment of leave in the preceding block period of two years, which ended on 31.08.2016 and onwards, can avail of the same within the first year of the succeeding block period of two years by fulfilling all conditions stipulated in this regard.

 

Board’s ltr. No. 2015/F[E]III/NC[JCM]/DC[JCM]/SCOVA dated 04.05.2017

Sub: Stoppage of recovery of wrong /excess payments from Railway pensioners. 

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Please refer to Board’s letters No. F[E]III/2008/PN1/12 dated 02.02.2010 and 18.03.2010 vide which clarifications have been issued for correct interpretation of                      Vth CPC scale of pay and VIth CPC pay band & grade pay in the revised PPOs, particularly in the case of pensioners retired prior to 01.01.1996 from pre-revised IVth  CPC pay scale of Rs.1400-2300 and to adhere to the instructions issued by Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare [DOP&PW] for revision of pension /family pension of pre-2006 retirees.

 

  1. Consequent upon issue of the aforesaid clarifications, Zonal Railways re-fixed the pension and started recovering the over-paid amount of pension. The issue of stoppage of recovery of wrong /excess payments from Railway pensioners is under examination in consultation with Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare [DOP&PW] and a reference is being made to Department of Expenditure  [Ministry of Finance ] for stoppage of recovery of wrong /excess payments from Railway pensioners.

 

  1. In view of above, it has been provisionally decided by the Board that recovery from such pensioners may be stopped till further advice from Board which will be issued on receipt of instructions from Department of Expenditure.

 

Board’s letter No. 2010/H-1/2/21 dated 21.04.2017 S.No.1 / Health 2017

 

Sub: Grant of Medical facilities to dependent relatives – raising the income ceiling.

Ref: 1. Railway Board’s letter of even No. dated 07.06.2011 &         17.07.2013

  1. Railway Board’s letter No. E[W]2016 PS5-1/7 dated 24.11.2016 regarding grant of Privilege Passes /PTOs to dependent relatives – raising the income ceiling.

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In pursuance to Board’s letter under reference No.2, it has been decided to amend the proviso to Para 601[5 & 6] of the Indian Railway Medical Manual, 2000:

 

“[5]  ‘Family members’, and “dependent relatives’ for the purpose of these rules, will include all such persons as are eligible under Pass Rules.

and

[6] ‘Beneficiary’ is defined as a Railway employee or his/her family member or a dependent relative as defined in the Pass Rules.

 

The amendment is as follows:

“Provided that a person shall not be considered to be a dependent relative if his/her monthly income from all sources including pension, dearness relief, etc., exceeds 15% of the basic pay of the Railway servant or the amount arrived at by adding minimum pension/family pension of 9000/- [excluding the element of additional pension to old pensioners] and the dearness relief admissible to the pensioner/family pensioner thereon, rounded off to the nearest ten rupee figure, whichever is more.”

 

This issues with concurrence of Finance Dte. of Ministry of Railways.

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 Advance Correction Slip No.01 Health 2017 to the Indian Railway Medical Manual, 2000

 

The proviso below Para 601[5 & 6] may substituted with the following:

 

“Provided that a person shall not be considered to be a dependent relative if his/her monthly income from all sources including pension, dearness relief, etc., exceeds 15% of the basic pay of the Railway servant or the amount arrived at by adding minimum pension/family pension of 9000/- [excluding the element of additional pension to old pensioners] and the dearness relief admissible to the pensioner/family pensioner thereon, rounded off to the nearest ten rupee figure, whichever is more.”

[Authority:  Railway Board’s letter No. 2010/H-1/2/21 dated 21.04.2017]

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RBE No. 40/2017

Board’s letter No. E[MPP]/2017/6/1 dated 25.04.2017  [RBE No.40/2017]

Sub: Implementation Guidelines for Third Party Agencies under the Apprentices Act, 1961 – regarding.

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A copy of above Guidelines issued by Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Directorate General of Training vide their letter No.DGT-77[4]/2016-AP dated 31.03.2017 is hereby forwarded for information.

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Letter No.DGT-77[4]/2016-AP dated 31.03.2017 issued by Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Directorate General of Training

 

Sub: Implementation Guidelines for Third Party Agencies under the Apprentices Act, 1961 – regarding.

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I am to forward herewith a copy of revised implementation guidelines for Third Party Agencies under the Apprentices Act, 1961.

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IMPLEMENTATION GUIDELINES FOR THIRD PARTY AGENCIES

UNDER THE APPRENTICES ACT, 1961

 

1.0 BACKGROUND

 

At present, 2.1 lakh trade apprentices are undergoing apprenticeship training in about 30,000 establishments throughout the country under the Apprentices Act, 1961 which is miniscule as compared to the total number of establishments in the country. Though large numbers of establishments in MSMEs sector are available, their participation in implementation of apprenticeship training is not encouraging. The reasons behind this are: limited availability of training facilities as per prescribed curriculum, inability to hire instructional staff because of financial constraints, inadequacy of supporting staff to support activities involved with apprenticeship training such as maintaining contract of apprenticeship, uploading the contract details on the apprenticeship portal.

 

There are about 21 lakh MSMEs having 6 or more workers. Even if each establishment engages one apprentice, the number could be 21 lakh. Therefore, there is a huge potential in apprenticeship training which remains untapped because MSMEs do not have adequate supporting staff to support activities involved with apprenticeship training.

 

Since 2014, provision has been made under section 8(2) of the Apprentices Act, 1961 which enables several employers may join together either themselves or through an agency approved by the Apprenticeship Adviser, according to the guidelines issued from time to time by the Central Government in this behalf, for the purpose of providing apprenticeship training to the apprentices under them.

 

Further, the government of India has launched a new scheme “National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS)’ on 19th August, 2016 with an indicative outlay of Rs. 10,000 crores. Target under the scheme are 5 lakh apprentices in 2016-17, 10 lakh apprentices in 2017-18, 15 lakh apprentices in 2018-2019 and 20 lakh apprentices in 2019-20.

 

It is, therefore, proposed to support MSMEs and other establishments by providing the facility of Third Party Agency (TPA) and encourage MSMEs and other establishments to engage large number of youth for Apprenticeship Training.

 

Legal opinion was sought and TPA can undertake the following obligations on behalf of employer:

 

– Arrange basic training for apprentices

– Maintenance of records and filing of returns

– Stipend administration

 

2.0 ELIGIBILITY OF TPA

  • TPA can be an entity which is in existence for 5 years.
  • TPA must have a pool of resource persons and infrastructure.
  • TPA must have relevant experience in such activities.
  • Letter of support from atleast 20 establishments which are interested to engage apprentices through them.

 

  • TPA can be of the following type:

o Statutory university or private university under any provisions of the law made by Parliament/State Legislature.

o Technical Institute affiliated with All India Council for Technical Education/ Board or State Council of Technical Education

o Industrial Training Institutes affiliated with National Council for Vocational Training

o Registered Industry Associations

o Training providers accredited by NSDA/NSDC

o Any other educational/technical institution notified by the Central/State Government.

o NGOs’

 

3.0 SELECTION OF TPA

  • DGT will give an advertisement inviting applications for selecting TPA under the Apprentices Act, 1961.
  • Each RDAT will scrutinize the applications and will follow the above-mentioned eligibility criteria for selecting TPAs.
  • Each RDAT will issue registration number to TPA.

 

4.0 ROLE OF TPAs.

TPAs can

(i) arrange the basic training through Basic Training Providers for fresher apprentices (apprentices who come directly to undertake apprenticeship training without any formal training) in case employer outsources basic training.

 

(ii) select not more than 3 establishments for an apprentice by studying the infrastructure facilities available for on-the-job/ practical training with individual employer such that combined facilities available with above establishments meets the requirement of prescribed curriculum of the trade. TPA can organize on-the-job /practical training for apprentices in selected establishments in coordination with employers.

 

(iii) submit contract of apprenticeship on the apprenticeship portal on behalf of the employer for registration by Apprenticeship Adviser. Login and password will be provided to TPA for this purpose.

 

(iv) furnish all the returns on the portal-site on behalf of the employer.

 

(v)  on behalf of employer submit the reimbursement claims towards stipend to employers and also submit the claims of basic training cost in case employer is basic training provider under NAPS.

 

(vi) comply with formalities required for trade apprentices for appearing All India Trade Tests for Apprentices as and when required.

 

5.0. RESPONSIBILITIES OF EMPLOYERS

o Enter into contract of apprenticeship with apprentices

o Uploading of apprenticeship contract on portal-site

o Arrange/provide  basic training to fresher apprentice.

o Provide on-the-job training/practical training at his workplace to apprentice engaged by him.

o Payment of prescribed stipend to apprentices

o Payment of compensation in case personal injury is caused to an apprentice, by an accident during training.

 

6.0 TENURE OF TPAs

 

TPA will be appointed for a period of three years. Performance of TPA will be reviewed by concerned RDATs quarterly.

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RBE No. 47/2017

 

Board’s ltr. No. D-43/11/2017-F(E)III dated 15.5.2017  [RBE No.47/2017]

 

Sub: Amendment to the provisions of State Railway Provident Fund – liberalization of provisions for withdrawals from the Fund by the Subscribes – regarding.

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The provisions of final withdrawal by the subscribers from the State Railway Provident Fund are contained in Rule 925 of the Indian Railway Establishment Code (IREC) Vol.I 1985- Edition. Some amendments have been made from time to time to address the concerns raised by the subscribers. There is a felt need to liberalize the provisions, raise the limits and simplify the procedure.

 

  1. The provisions of Rule 925 of the Code ibid have been reviewed and it has now been decided to permit withdrawals from the State Railway Provident Fund (SRPF) for the following purposes:-

 

(i)    Education – This will include primary, secondary and higher education,         covering all streams and institutions.

(ii)   Obligatory Expenses viz. Betrothal, marriage, funerals,   or other ceremonies of        self or family members and dependants.

(iii) Illness of self, family members or dependants.

(iv) Purchase of consumer durables.

 

  1. It has been deeded to permit withdrawal of upto twelve months pay or three-fourths of the amount standing at credit, whichever is less. For illness, the withdrawal may be allowed upto 90% of the amount standing at credit of the subscriber. A subscriber may seek withdrawal after completion of ten years of service:

 

(v)  Housing, including building or acquiring a suitable house or a ready built flat for his residence,

(vi)  Repayment of outstanding housing loan:

(vii) Constructing a house on a site acquired,

(viii) Purchase of house site for building a house

(ix)  Reconstructing or making additions on a house already acquired.

(x)   Renovating, additions or alterations of ancestral house.

 

  1. A subscriber may be allowed to withdraw the amount actually subscribed by him along with interest thereon standing to his credit or the actual cost whichever is less in cases of withdrawal under (v) to (vii) above. In cases of (viii) to (x) withdrawal up to 90% may be allowed. It has also been decided to do away with the present instructions which lay down the subsequent to the sale of house for which SRPF withdrawal has been availed, the amount withdrawn has to be deposited back. SRPF withdrawal for housing purposes will no longer be linked with the limits prescribed under HBA Rules. A subscriber may be permitted to avail the facility at any time during his service.

 

(xi)      Purchase, of motor car/motor cycle/Scooter etc. or repayment of loan           already taken for the purpose.

(xii)      Extensive repairs/overhauling of motor car,

(xii)      Making deposit to book a motor car/motor cycle/scooter, moped etc.

 

  1. A subscriber may be permitted to withdraw three-fourths of amount standing at credit or cost of the vehicle, whichever is less for the above purposes. Withdrawal for the above purpose will be permitted after completion of 10 years of service.

 

  1. Presently, withdrawal of upto 90% of balance without assigning reasons is allowed for railway servants who are due for retirement on superannuation within a year. It is proposed that this may be allowed for upto two years before superannuation.

 

  1. In all cases of withdrawal from the Fund by the subscriber, the Controlling Officer is competent to sanction withdrawal. No documentary proof will be required to be furnished by the subscriber. A simple declaration form by the subscriber explaining the reasons for withdrawal would be sufficient.

 

  1. In the State Railway Provident Fund (SRPF) Rules, no time limit has been prescribed for sanction and payment of withdrawal amount. Therefore, it has been decided to prescribe a maximum time limit of fifteen days for sanction and payment of withdrawal from the Fund. In case of emergencies like illness etc., the time limit may be restricted to seven days.

 

 RBE No. 49/2017

Board’s ltr. No. 2016/F[E]/III/1[1]/7 dated 22.05.2017  [RBE No.49/2017] PC VII No.20/2017

Sub: Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission — Revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners /family pensioners, etc.

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A copy of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare [DOP&PW]’s O.M. No.38/37/2016-P&PW[A] dated 12th May, 2017 on the above cited subject is enclosed for information and compliance.  These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also.  Rule 40 and 41 of CCS [Pension] Rules, 1972, mentioned in DOP&PW’s O.M. correspond to Rule 64 and 65 of the Railway Services [Pension] Rules, 1993, respectively.

 

  1. The Railway Board’s instructions corresponding to the DOP&PW’s instructions referred to in their aforesaid OM dated 12.05.2017 [enclosed] are given under:
S.No. DOP&PW’s instructions Railway Board’s corresponding instructions
1 OM No.45/86/97-P&PW[A] Part[iii] dated 10.02.1998 Letter No. F[E]III/98/PN1/2 dated 10.03.1998
2 OM No.45/73/97-P&PW[G] dated 02.07.1999 Letter No. F[E]III/99/PN1/21 dated 05.08.99
3 OM No.38/37/2016-P&PW[A][ii] dated 04.08.2016 Letter No. 2016/F[E]III/I[1]/7 dated 10.08.2016

 

DOP&PW’s O.M. No.38/37/2016-P&PW[A] dated 12th May, 2017

 

Sub: Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission — Revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners/ family pensioners, etc.

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The undersigned is directed to say that the 7th Central Pay Commission (7th CPC), in its Report, recommended two formulations for revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners. A Resolution No. 38/37/2016-P&PW (A) dated 04.08.2016 was issued by this Department indicating the decisions taken by the Government on the various recommendations of the 7th CPC on pensionary matters.

 

  1. Based on the decisions taken by the Government on the recommendations of the 7thCPC, orders for revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners in accordance with second Formulation were issued vide this Department’s OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW (A) (ii) dated 04.08.2016. It was provided in this O.M. that the revised pension/family pension w.e.f. 1.1.2016 of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners shall be determined by multiplying the pension/family pension as had been fixed at the time of implementation of the recommendations of the 6th CPC, by 2.57.

 

  1. In accordance with the decision mentioned in this Department’s Resolution 38/37/2016-P&PW (A) dated 04.08.2016 and OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) (ii) dated 04.08.2016, the feasibility of the first option recommended by 7th CPC has been examined by a Committee headed by Secretary, Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare.

 

  1. The aforesaid Committee has submitted its Report and the recommendations made by the Committee have been considered by the Government. Accordingly, it has been decided that the revised pension/family pension w.e.f. 01.01.2016 in respect of all Central civil pensioners/family pensioners, including CAPF’s, who retired/died prior to 01.01.2016, may be revised by notionally fixing their pay in the pay matrix recommended by the 7th CPC in the level corresponding to the pay in the pay scale/pay band and grade pay at which they retired/died. This will be done by notional pay fixation under each intervening Pay Commission based on the Formula for revision of pay. While fixing pay on notional basis, the pay fixation formulae approved by the Government and other relevant instructions on the subject in force at the relevant time shall be strictly followed. 50% of the notional pay as on 01.01.2016 shall be the revised pension and 30% of this notional pay shall be the revised family pension w.e.f. 01.01.2016 as per the first Formulation. In the case of family pensioners who were entitled to family pension at enhanced rate, the revised family pension shall be 50% of the notional pay as on 01.01.2016 and shall be payable till the period up to which family pension at enhanced rate is admissible as per rules. The amount of revised pension /family pension so arrived at shall be rounded off to next higher rupee.

 

  1. It has also been decided that higher of the two Formulations i.e. the pension/family pension already revised in accordance with this Department’s OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) (ii) dated 04.08.2016 or the revised pension/family pension as worked out in accordance with para 4 above, shall be granted to   pre-2016 central civil pensioners as revised pension/family pension w.e.f. 01.01.2016. In cases where pension/family pension being paid w.e.f. 01.01.2016 in accordance with this Department’s OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) (ii) dated 04.08.2016 happens to be more than pension/family pension as worked out in accordance with para 4 above, the pension/family pension already being paid shall be treated as revised pension/family pension w.e.f. 01.01.2016.

 

 

  1. Instructions were issued vide this Department’s OM No. 45/86/97-P&PW(A) (iii) dated 10.02.1998 for revision of pension/ family pension in respect of Government servants who retired or died before 01.01.1986, by notional fixation of their pay in the scale of pay introduced with effect from 01.01.1986. The notional pay so worked out as on 01.01.1986 was treated as average emoluments/last pay for the purpose of calculation of notional pension/family pension as on 01.01.1986. The notional pension/family pension so arrived at was further revised with effect from 01.01.1996 and was paid in accordance with the instructions issued for revision of pension/family pension of pre-1996 pensioners/family pensioners in implementation of the recommendations of the 5th Central Pay Commission.

 

  1. Accordingly, for the purpose of calculation of notional pay w.e.f. 01.01.2016 of those Government servants who retired or died before 01.01.1986, the pay scale and the notional pay as on 01.01.1986, as arrived at in terms of the instructions issued vide this Department’s OM 45/86/97-P&PW(A) dated 10.02.1998, will be treated as the pay scale and the pay of the concerned Government servant as on 01.01.1986. In the case of those Government servants who retired or died on or after 01.01.1986 but before 01.01.2016, the actual pay and the pay scale from which they retired or died would be taken into consideration for the purpose of calculation of the notional pay as on 01.01.2016 in accordance with para 4 above.

 

  1. The minimum pension with effect from 01.01.2016 will be Rs. 9000/- per month (excluding the element of additional pension to old pensioners). The upper ceiling on pension/family pension will be 50% and 30% respectively of the highest pay in the Government (The highest pay in the Government is Rs. 2,50,000 with effect from 01.01.2016).

 

  1. The pension/family pension as worked out in accordance with provisions of Para 4 and 5 above shall be treated as ‘Basic Pension’ with effect from 01.01.2016. The revised pension/family pension includes dearness relief sanctioned from 01.01.2016 and shall qualify for grant of Dearness Relief sanctioned thereafter.

 

  1. The existing instructions regarding regulation of dearness relief to employed/re-employed pensioners/family pensioners, as contained in Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare O.M. No. 45/73/97-P&PW(G) dated 02.07.1999, as amended from time to time, shall continue to apply.

 

  1. These orders would not be applicable for the purpose of revision of pension of those pensioners who were drawing compulsory retirement pension under Rule 40 of the CCS (Pension) Rules or compassionate allowance under Rule 41 of the CCS (Pension) Rules. The pensioners in these categories would continue to be entitled to revised pension in accordance with the instructions contained in this Department’s O.M. No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A)(ii) dated 04.08.2016.

 

  1. The pension of the pensioners who are drawing monthly pension from the Government on permanent absorption in public sector undertakings/autonomous bodies will also be revised in accordance with these orders. However, separate orders will be issued for revision of pension of those pensioners who had earlier drawn one time lump sum terminal benefits on absorption in public sector undertakings, etc. and are drawing one-third restored pension as per the instructions issued by this Department from time to time.

 

  1. In cases where, on permanent absorption in public sector undertakings/autonomous bodies, the terms of absorption and/or the rules permit grant of family pension under the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 or the corresponding rules applicable to Railway employees/members of All India Services, the family pension being drawn by family pensioners will be updated in accordance with these orders.

 

  1. Since the consolidated pension will be inclusive of commuted portion of pension, if any, the commuted portion will be deducted from the said amount while making monthly disbursements.

 

  1. The quantum of age-related pension/family pension available to the old pensioners/ family pensioners shall continue to be as follows:-
Age of pensioner/family pensioner Additional quantum of pension
From 80 years to less than 85 years 20% of revised basic pension/ family pension
From 85 years to less than 90 years 30% of revised basic pension /family pension
From 90 years to less than 95 years 40% of revised basic pension /family pension
From 95 years to less than 100 years 50% of revised basic pension /family pension
100 years or more 100% of revised basic pension /family pension

 

The amount of additional pension will be shown distinctly in the pension payment order.

For Example, in case where a pensioner is more than 80 years of age and his/her revised pension is Rs.10,000 pm, the pension will be shown as (i).Basic pension=Rs.10,000 and (ii) Additional pension = Rs.2,000 pm. The pension on his/her attaining the age of 85 years will be shown as (1).Basic Pension = Rs.10,000 and (ii) additional pension = Rs.3,000 pm. Dearness relief will be admissible on the additional pension available to the old pensioners also.

 

  1. A few examples of calculation of pension/family pension in the manner prescribed above are given in Annexure-1 to this O.M.

 

  1. No arrears on account of revision of Pension/Family pension on notional fixation of pay will be admissible for the period prior to 01.01.2016. The arrears on account of revision of pension/family pension in terms of these orders would be admissible with effect from 01.01.2016. For calculation of arrears becoming due on the revision of pension/ family pension on the basis of this O.M., the arrears of pension and the revised pension/family pension already paid on revision of pension/family pension in accordance with the instructions contained in this Department’s OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) (ii) dated 04.08.2016 shall be adjusted.
  2. It shall be the responsibility of the Head of Department and Pay and Accounts Office attached to that office from which the Government servant had retired or was working last before his death to revise the pension/ family pension of pre – 2016 pensioners/ family pensioners with effect from 01.01.2016 in accordance with these orders and to issue a revised pension payment authority. The Pension Sanctioning Authority would impress upon the concerned Head of Office for fixation of pay on notional basis at the earliest and issue revised authority at the earliest. The revised authority will be issued under the existing PPO number and would travel to the Pension Disbursing Authority through the same channel through which the original PPO had travelled.

 

  1. These orders shall apply to all pensioners/family pensioners who were drawing pension/family pension before 01.01.2016 under the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972, and the corresponding rules applicable to Railway pensioners and pensioners of All India Services, including officers of the Indian Civil Service retired from service on or after 01.01.1973. A pensioner/family pensioner who became entitled to pension/family pension with effect from 01.01.2016 consequent on retirement/death of Government servant on 31.12.2015, would also be covered by these orders. Separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence in regard to Armed Forces pensioners/family pensioners.

 

  1. These orders do not apply to retired High Court and Supreme Court Judges and other Constitutional /Statutory Authorities whose pension etc. is governed by separate rules/orders.

 

  1. These orders issue with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) vide their I.D. No. 30-1/33(c)/2016-1C dated 11.05.2017 and I.D. No. 30-1/33(c)/2016-IC dated 12.05.2017.

 

  1. In their application to the persons belonging to the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

 

  1. Ministry of Agriculture etc. are requested to bring the contents of these orders to the notice of Heads of Department/Controller of Accounts, Pay and Accounts Officers, and Attached and Subordinate Offices under them on top priority basis. All Ministries/Departments are requested to accord top priority to the work of revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners and issue the revised Pension Payment Authority in respect of all pre-2016 pensioners.

 

 

ANNEXURE – I

Examples

(Reference Para 16 of OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) Dated 12th May,2017.)

S.No Description 1st  case  2nd °Case 3rd  Case 4th Case
1) Date of Retirement 31.12.1984 31. 01.1989 30.06.1999 31.05.2015
2) Scale of Pay (or Pay Band &G.P.) at the time of retirement

OR

Notional pay scale as on 1.1.1986 for those retired before 1.1.1986

975-1660
(4th CPC Scale)
3000-4500
(4th CPC Scale)
4000-6000
(5th CPC Scale)
67000-79000
(6th  CPC Scale)
3) Pay on retirement

OR

Notional pay as on 1.1.1986 for those retired before 1.1.1986

1210 4000 4800 79000
4) Pension             as on 01.01.2016

before revision

4191 12600 5424 39500
5) Family         pension         as        on

01.01.2016 before revision

3500 7560 3500 23700
6) Family pension at enhanced
rate  as  on      01.01.2016
before revision (if applicable)
NA N.A. NA 39500
7) Revised pension by

multiplying pre-revised
pension by 2.57

10771 32382 13940 101515
8) Revised family pension by multiplying pre-revised family pension by 2.57 9000 19430 9000 60909
9) Revised family pension                      at

enhanced rate by multiplying pre-revised enhanced family pension by 2.57

NA NA N.A. 101515
10) Pay fixed on notional basis on 1.1.1996 3710

(3200-4900)

11300

(10000-15200)

N.A. NA
11) Pay fixed on notional basis on 1.1.2006 8910

(PB-I, GP 2000)

27620

(PB-3, GP 6600)

11330

(PB-1, GP-2400)

NA
12) Pay fixed on notional basis on 1.1.2016 23100 (Level 3) 71800 (Level-11) 29600 (Level-4) 205100 (Level-15)
13) Revised pension w.e.f.1.1.2016 as per first formulation. 11550 35900 14800 102550
14) Revised family pension w.e.f. 1.1.2016 as per first formulation. 9000 21540 9000 61530
15) Revised family pension at enhanced rate w.e.f. 1.1.2016 as per first formulation. NA N.A. N.A. 102550
16) Revised pension payable (Higher of S. No. 7 and 13) 11550 35900 14800 102550
17) Revised family pension payable (Higher of S.No. 8 and 14) 9000 21540 9000 61530
18) Revised family pension at enhanced rate payable (Higher of S.No. 9 and 15) NA N.A. N.A. 102550

 

RBE No. 44/2017 

Board’s ltr. No. 2013-E[SCT]I/25/6 dated 09.05.2017  [RBE No.44/2017]

Sub: Regularisation of promotion by selection of SC/ST candidates through the ‘Scheme of best among the failed candidates’

 

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No.88-E[SCT]1/23/1 dated 28.06.1995

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Attention is invited to Railway Board’s letter No.88-E[SCT]/I/23/1 dated                    28.06.95 [RB No. 57/95]  wherein detailed instructions were laid down in regard to applicability of Scheme of Best among the failed candidates in case of promotion in Non-safety categories.

 

Some of the Railways have raised doubt regarding date of regularisation of promotion by selection of SC/ST candidates through the ‘scheme of best among the failed candidates.’

 

In this regard, it is clarified that regularisation of promotion by selection of SC/ST candidates  through the ‘scheme of best among the failed candidates’ should be counted from the date of adhoc promotion, if on review, after the six months, they are found to have come upto the requisite standard.

 

These instructions will have the prospective effect and selections which have already been finalised should not be reopened.

 

RBE No. 45/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E(P&A)II-2015/HRA-7 dated 12.05.2017  [RBE No.45/2017]

Sub: Grant of House Rent Allowance (HRA) to Railway employees posted at S.A.S. Nagar Mohali at par with Chandigarh rates.

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The question of grant of House Rent Allowance (HRA) at the rates admissible in the classified city of Chandigarh (‘Y’ class) to the Railway employees posted at Mohali has been considered in Board’s office in consonance with instructions of Ministry of Finance and the President is pleased to decide that the Railway employees whose place  of duty falls within  the limits of the notified area  committee of SAS Nagar Mohali shall be entitled to draw HRA at the rates admissible within the classified city of Chandigarh.

 

  1. The grant of HRA under these orders shall be regulated in accordance with the conditions laid down in this Ministry’s letter No.PC-66/HRA-1/21 dated 26.07.1967 as amended from time to time.
  1. These orders shall take effect from the date of issue of this letter.
  1. This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of Railway Board.

 

Board’s ltr. No. PC-VII/2017/I/7/5/2 dated 12.05.2017 addressed to GM RCF/Kapurthala, GM/W.Rly and copied to CPOs & FA&CAOs of All Indian Rlys.

 

Sub: Clarification on payment of allowances under revised pay structure.

Ref: [1]  RCF/Kapurthala letter No.2008/RCF/P/Policy/Allowance/69 dated 31.12.2016.

        [2]    WR Letter No.E[P&A/774/0 dated 16.01.2017

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Vide reference [1] above, clarification has been sought by RCF/Kapurthala as to whether the allowances which are being paid at specified percentage of basic pay            [viz. Superintending Allowance, Teaching Allowance, PCO Allowance] are to be paid on the basis of new basic pay as per revised pay structure.  It is advised that the recommendations of 7th CPC in respect of allowances are under consideration by a Committee of Secretaries [CoS].  Till a final decision is taken in the matter, these allowances will be continued to be paid at the old rates [i.e. 6th CPC rates] on the pre-revised basic pay.

 

  1. Vide reference [2] above, clarification has been sought by W.R. on whether in the case of payment of above allowances to certain categories which have now been upgraded under 7th CPC, the allowances are to be paid as per the upgraded GP in 6th CPC. The matter has been examined and it is advised that the quantum of allowances will now be corresponding to quantum for the upgraded grade pay /scale as per 6th CPC rates only.  An illustration in this regard is given below.

 

  1. Consider the case of an ASM who was earlier drawing a Grade Pay of Rs.2800. As per the recommendations of 7th CPC, the pay structure of ASMs has been upgraded to GP 4200.  Thus, if the ASM was drawing a basic pay of 12560 and GP of Rs.2800, his pay as per recommendations needs to be re-fixed at 16760 [12560+4200 (GP)] notionally for the purpose of paying the allowances.  In this case he will be entitled for a CTG of 16760/- i.e. the upgraded notional pay in the 6th CPC Pay Structure.
  2. This issues with the concurrence of Associate Finance.

 

RBE No. 46/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[NG]I-2012/PM1/22 dated 12.05.2017  [RBE No.46/2017]

Sub: Modification in the AVC for promotion to Guard [Goods] in Grade Pay Rs.2800 [Level-5]

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A few of Zonal Railways have reported difficulties in filling up the posts of Guards.  Both the federations [AIRF and NFIR] have also raised the issue in PNM forum.

 

  1. The issue has been examined in consultation with Traffic Directorate of Railway Board and both the federations. Accordingly, it has been decided to add some additional categories in the feeder list for promotion to Guards [Goods] under different Quota.  Hence, the mode of filling up of the post of Guards will be as under:
  2. 60% by general selection from amongst serving regular employees with a minimum of three years service, working in Grade Pay Rs.1900 [Level-2] to Rs.2400/- [level-4], in the categories of Train Clerks [GP Rs.2000], [Level-3]/Sr. Train Clerks [GP Rs.2400], [Level-4]/, Commercial Clerks[GP Rs.2000], [Level-3], Ticket Collectors [GP Rs.2000], [Level-3]/ Cabinman GP Rs.1900 [Level-2] & GP Rs.2400 [Level-4], Switchmen/ Leverman/ Pointsman/ Shuntman GP Rs.1900 [Level-2] , and Asstt. Guards GP Rs.1900 [Level-2] /Sr. Asstt. Guards [GP Rs.2400], [Level-4] : individual quotas for each of these categories being fixed by the Zonal Railways.
  3. 15% by LDCE plus shortfall, if any, against (i) above, from amongst serving regular non-ministerial employees in Operating and Commercial Deptts. with a minimum of three years regular service, working in GP Rs.1800 [Level-1] to GP Rs.2400 [level-4] upto 40 years of age (45 years in the case of SC/ST) with educational qualification of Graduation;
  • 25% by direct recruitment through Railway Recruitment Boards with graduate qualification.
  1. Shortfall in General Selection as per [i] above to be added to LDCE and shortfall in LDCE will be transferred to GDCE quota open for all Departments.
  2. Accordingly, Para 124[1] of the Indian Railways Establishment Manual, Vol.I, Revised Edition-1989 [First Reprint Edition, 2009] is amended as reflected in the ACS No.237 enclosed.

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Indian Railways Establishment Manual, Vol.I, Revised Edition-1989 [First Reprint Edition, 2009]

 Advance Correction Slip No.237

Chapter I, Section ‘B’, Sub-section-III –Recruitment and Training

Para 124[1]

Substitute the following for the existing Para 124 [1]:

 

  1. 60% by general selection from amongst serving regular employees with a minimum of three years service, working in Grade Pay Rs.1900 [Level-2] to Rs.2400/- [level-4], in the categories of Train Clerks [GP Rs.2000], [Level-3]/Sr. Train Clerks [GP Rs.2400], [Level-4]/, Commercial Clerks[GP Rs.2000], [Level-3], Ticket Collectors [GP Rs.2000], [Level-3]/ Cabinman GP Rs.1900 [Level-2] & GP Rs.2400 [Level-4], Switchmen/ Leverman/ Pointsman/ Shuntman GP Rs.1900 [Level-2] , and Asstt. Guards GP Rs.1900 [Level-2] /Sr. Asstt. Guards [GP Rs.2400], [Level-4] : individual quotas for each of these categories being fixed by the Zonal Railways.
  2. 15% by LDCE  plus shortfall, if any, against (i) above, from amongst serving regular non-ministerial employees in the Operating and Commercial Deptts. with a minimum of three years regular service, working in GP Rs.1800 [Level-1] to GP Rs.2400 [level-4]  upto 40 years of age (45 years in the case of SC/ST) with educational qualification of Graduation;
  • 25% by direct recruitment through Railway Recruitment Boards with graduate qualification.
  1. Shortfall in General Selection as per [i] above to be added to LDCE and shortfall in LDCE will be transferred to GDCE quota open for all Departments.

[Authority:Board’s letter No. E[NG]I-2012/PM1/22 dated 12.05.2017  ]

Board’s ltr. No. 2016/E&R/2800/2[8]/1 dated 22.05.2017 addressed to GM/SWR and copied to GMs/All Indian Rlys.

Sub: Posts surrendered after conducting work study taken to “Pool of surrendered posts” for creation of posts.

 

Ref: [i] Board’s letter No.E[MPP]/2010/1/67 dated 28.10.2016

       [ii] DGM/SWR’s letter No.G.276/Work Study/SWR dated 25.04.2017.

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Reference above, South Western Railway has sought clarification whether posts surrendered after identification by work study can be taken to pool of surrendered posts and whether the same can also be taken for work study targets.  It has been stated in their letter that the surplus posts identified after conducting work studies during the financial year 2016-17 have been transferred to “Pool of surrendered posts” by Divisions.

 

In this regard, attention is drawn to item [vii] of Para ‘C’ of the above referred Board’s letter, which stipulates that “Posts identified for surrender by Railway Board or identified for surrender due to Work Study Reports shall not be used for creation on the basis explained in Para ‘C’ herein.  On surrender, their money value shall continue to be credited to the Vacancy Bank as per extant orders with 25% share going to Railway Board.”

 

          Accordingly, posts surrendered after identification by work study should not be taken by Zonal Railways to “Pool of surrendered posts” and their money value should be credited to the Vacancy Bank as per extant orders with 25% share going to Railway Board.   The surrenders, so achieved, can only be taken for work study targets.

 

South Western Railway is, therefore, requested to ensure compliance to the guidelines of the above referred Board’s letter applicable for posts identified for surrender in Work Study Reports at the earliest under advice to E&R Directorate of Railway Board.

 

RBE No. 51/2017

 Board’s ltr. No. E[P&A]I-2017/CPC/LE-3 dated 29.05.2017   [RBE No.51/2017]

Sub: Introduction of Special Leave connected to inquiry of Sexual Harassment.

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Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government, the President is pleased to decide that the following rule may be inserted in the Railway Services (Liberalised Leave) Rules, 1949 in respect of female railway employees:-

 

Special Leave connected to inquiry of sexual harassment – Leave upto a period of 90 days may be granted to an aggrieved female Railway Servant on the recommendation of the Internal Committee or the Local Committee, as the case may be, during the pendency of inquiry under Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 and the leave granted to the aggrieved female Railway Servant under this rule shall not be debited against the leave account.

  1. This rule takes effect from the date the notification was published by the Department of Personnel and Training viz., 15th March, 2017.
  2. The provisions of the Railway Services (Liberalised Leave) Rules, 1949 are contained in Chapter-5 of Indian Railway Establishment Code (IREC), Volume-I, 1985 Edition (Reprint Edition-2008). In view of this, in exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to Article 309 of the Constitution, the President is pleased to direct that a new para 551(F) may be inserted in Chapter-5 of the Indian Railway Establishment Code, Volume-I, 1985 Edition (Reprint Edition-2008) as per enclosed Advance Correction Slip No. -132.
  3. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

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Advance Correction Slip to the Indian Railway Establishment Code, Volume-I, 1985 Edition (Third Reprint Edition-2008)

 

Advance Correction Slip No.132

 

             The following new para 551[F] may be inserted below 551[E] in Chapter-5 of the Indian Railway Establishment Code, Volume-I, 1985 Edition ( Reprint Edition-2008):

 

551[F] Special Leave connected to inquiry of sexual harassment:

 

 

Leave upto a period of 90 days may be granted to an aggrieved female Railway Servant on the recommendation of the Internal Committee or the Local Committee, as the case may be, during the pendency of inquiry under Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 and the leave granted to the aggrieved female Railway Servant under this rule shall not be debited against the leave account.

 

[Authority: Railway Board’s letter No. E[P&A]I-2017/CPC/LE-3 dated 29.05.2017 ]

 

 

RBE No. 52/2017

 

Board’s ltr. No. E[G]2017/AD1-1 dated 30.05.2017  [RBE No.52/2017]

 

Sub: Grant of Advances – Seventh Central Pay Commission recommendations – Discontinuance of Natural Calamity Advance.

*****

The Seventh Central Pay Commission vide Para 9.1.4 had recommended that all the interest-free advances being granted to the Central Government employees should be abolished. The Government’s decision in this regard has been conveyed by the Ministry of Finance vide their OM No.12(1)E.II(A)/2016 dated 07.10.2016. According to the instructions contained therein, the Natural Calamity Advance in addition to six other advances has been abolished.

 

  1. The Government’s decision in respect of abolition of advance of Natural Calamity Advance has been considered by the Ministry of Railways in consultation with Finance Directorate. It has been decided to abolish Natural Calamity advance w.e.f. 07.10.2016. The cases where the advances have already been sanctioned need not be reopened.

 

  1. The provisions in respect of Natural Calamity Advance are contained in paras 1123 and 1123(A) of Indian Railway Establishment Manual (IREM) Volume-I. In view of the above, it is directed that paras 1123 and 1123 (A) of IREM may be amended as in the enclosed Advance Correction Slip No.238.

 

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

 

 

 

ADVANCE CORRECTION SLIP TO THE INDIAN RAILWAY ESTABLISHMENT
MANUAL VOLUME-I

Advance Correction Slip No.238.

The following amendments may be made to Para 1123 and 1123(A) of the Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Volume-I

Para 1123 and 1123(A) may be substituted as under:

Para 1123 and 1123(A) Natural Calamity Advance

The provisions stand deleted as the advance in this regard has been abolished by the Seventh Pay Commission.(Authority : Railway Board’s letter No.E(G)2017/AD 1-1 dated 30/05/2017)

 

 

 

Railway’s  letter No. SCR/P-HQ/ET/487/VII PC dated 28.12.2016

 

Sub: Filling up vacancies of Station Master, Operating Dept. –Reg

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Kindly call for Railway Board’s letter No.PC-VII/2016/RSRP/2 dated 02.08.2016, wherein it was advised that designation of ASM in erstwhile PB-1 with GP 2800 was abolished and merged with the higher grade post of Station Master in erstwhile PB-II with GP 4200 along with functions.  Accordingly, these instructions were implemented on this Railway.  However, the rationalisation of functions, revised AVC, inter-se seniority, recruitment rules and classification as Selection /Non-Selection for the post are yet to be communicated by Railway Board.

 

In the absence of the revised AVC etc., this Railway is unable to fill up the vacancies and representations are being received from various quarters and also from DRMs.

 

Therefore, it is requested to advise the revised AVCs at the earliest to fill up the vacancies.

………..

Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-2016/PM1/12 dated 30.01.2017

 

Sub: Filling up vacancies of Station Master, Operating Dept.- reg.

This has reference to South Central Railway’s letter No. SCR/P-HQ/ET/487/VII PC dated 28.12.2016 on the above subject.

 

  1. In view of 7th CPC recommendations to merge and upgrade the post of ASM with that of SM, revised AVC is under examination of Board. Till such time it is finalized, the Railway may follow the existing AVC as contained in para 122 of IREM to fill the promotional vacancies for the post of SM.

 

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RBE No. 53/2017

 

Board’s ltr. No. E[G]2008 QR-1-15 dated 31.05.2017  [RBE No.53/2017]

 

Sub: Retention of Railway accommodation by Railway officers/staff on their deputation to Railway PSUs.

*****

The instructions issued vide Board’s letter No.E(G)2008 QR 1-15 dated 18.12.2014 in regard to retention of Railway accommodation at their previous place of posting by officials on deputation to Railway PSUs have been reviewed.

  1. Now in exercise of the powers to make reasonable relaxations in public interest for a class/group of employees, in all or any of the existing provisions regarding house allotment/retention, considering the shortage of houses/ accommodation in Delhi/NCR area, the Board have decided in the first phase Railway officers/staff in occupation of Railway accommodation in areas other than Delhi/NCR on their deputation to Railway PSUs may be permitted to retain their Railway accommodation at the place of previous posting further beyond 30.06.2016 for a period up to 30.06.2019.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Board’s ltr. No. PC-VII/2016/I/6/1 dated 19.05.2017

 

Sub:  Fixation of pay of employees in -1S scale of Rs.4440-7440 GP Rs.1300/- [6th CPC] and without GP under revised pay structure of 7th CPC

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With respect to the clarifications sought vide several Zonal Railways / Production Units on fixation of pay of employees in -1S Scale of Rs.4440-7440 GP Rs.1300/- [6th CPC] and without GP under revised pay structure of 7th CPC, it is advised that a proposal in this regard has already been forwarded to Implementation Cell, Ministry of Finance vide Board’s letter dated 17.08.2016.  The matter is being pursued with Ministry of Finance seeking an early resolution.  Further communication in this regard will be issued on receipt of confirmation of Ministry of Finance.

 

 

 

 

RBE No. 54/2017

 

 

Board’s letter No. E(MPP) 2017/6/1 dated 31.05.2017  (RBE No.54/2017)

 

Sub: Forwarding of Gazette Notification  G.S.R. 186 (E) dated 02.03.2017, regarding Amendments in the Apprenticeship Rules, 1992.

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          A  Copy of the notification No. G.S.R. 186 (E) dated 2nd  March, 2017 published in Part II, Section 3, Sub Section (i) of the Extraordinary Gazette of India issued by Ministry of Skill Development  and Entrepreneurship, Directorate General of Training regarding amendments in the Apprenticeship Rules, 1992 is hereby forwarded for information, and compliance.

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Copy of Notification No.DGT-2[4]/ 2016-AP dated 2nd  March, 2017 issued by  Ministry of Skill Development  and Entrepreneurship, Directorate General of Training published in The  Gazette of India – Extraordinary Part-II Section 3[i]

 

G.S.R. 186 [E] – In exercise of the powers conferred by Sub-section [1] of Section 37 of the Apprentices Act, 1961 [52 of 1961], the Central Government, after consulting the Central Apprenticeship Council, hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Apprenticeship Rules, 1992, namely:-

 

  1. [1] These rules may be called the Apprenticeship [Second Amendment] Rules, 2017.

[2]      They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

 

  1. In the Apprenticeship Rules, 1992 [hereinafter referred to as the said rules] in rule 7,-

[i] for sub-rule [1] the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely:

 

“[1] The period of apprenticeship training in the case of trade apprentices referred to in clause [a], clause [aa] and clause [b] of Section 6 of the Act shall be as specified in Schedule-I.”,

[ii] Sub-rule [1A]  shall be omitted.

  1. In Schedule I to the said rules,-

[i]    in column [5], for the column heading, the following column heading shall be substituted, namely:-

“National  Council for Vocational Training approved trades or State Council for Vocational Training approved trades or Apprenticeship trades”;

 

[ii] in Group No.1, relating to the “Machine shop trades group:’, against serial numbers 3 and 4 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial numbers and entries shall respectively be substituted, namely:-

 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
“1 Machinist 8211.10

8211.15

8211.22

8211.28

8211.30

8211.32

8211.36

8211.38

Two years 1.     Machinist One year Passed 10th class examination  with Science and Mathematics under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.
4 Machinist  [Grinder] 7224.10

7224.30

7224.40

7224.45

8211.15

Two years 1. Machinist     [Grinder]

2. Machinist

 

3. Turner

One year

One year

One year

 

[iii]   in Group No.2, relating to the “Foundry trades group:”,  against serial number 2 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial number and entries shall be substituted, namely:-

 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
“2 Foundryman 7211.50

8123.10

 

Two years 1.     Foundry-man One year Passed 10th class examination  with Science and Mathematics under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.

[iv]   in Group No.3, relating to the “Metal Working trades group:”,  against serial numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial number and entries shall respectively be substituted, namely:-

 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
“1. Forger and Heat Treater 7221.50

7223.30

8152.75

8152.90

 

Two years Passed 10th class examination  under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.
2. Sheet Metal Worker 7213.10

7213.30

7213.90

8211.61

Two years 1.  Sheet Metal Worker One year Passed 8th class examination  from a recognized school
3. Welder [Gas & Electric] 7212.10

7212.20

7212.40

7212.50

7212.65

One year and three months 1.  Welder Three months Passed 8th class examination  from a recognized school
4 Motor Vehicle Body Builder 7422.25

7422.30

Two years 1.  Sheet       Metal Worker

2.  Welder

 

One year

 

One year

 

Passed 10th class examination  under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.

[v]   in Group No.4, relating to the “Electrical trades group:”,  against serial numbers 2, 3, 4,5, 7 and 9 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial numbers and entries shall be respectively substituted, namely:-

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
“2. Lineman 7245.10 Two years 1. Wireman One year Passed 8th class examination  from a recognized school
3. Wireman 7137.20 Two years 1. Wireman

2. Electrician

One year

One year

Passed 8th class examination  from a recognized school
4. Mechanic Auto Electrical and Electronics 7241.10

7241.70

Two years 1. Mechanic Auto Electrical and Electronics One year Passed 10th class examination  under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.
5. Electrician Aircraft 7241.60 Two years 1. Electrician One year Passed 10th class examination  under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.
7. Cable Jointer 7245.20 Two years 1. Wireman

2. Electrician

One year

One year

Passed 8th class examination  from a recognized school
9. Electroplater 8223.10 Two years 1. Electroplater One year Passed 10th class examination  under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.

 

[vi]   in Group No.5, relating to the “Building and Furniture trades group:”,  against serial numbers 1 and 2 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial number and entries shall respectively be substituted, namely:-

 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
“1. Carpenter 7124.10

7124.20

Two years 1. Carpenter One year Passed 8th class examination  from a recognized school
3. Plumber 7136.10

7136.30

 

 

Two years 1. Plumber One year

 

Passed 10th class examination under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.

[vii]   in Group No.6, relating to the “Maintenance trades group:”,  against serial numbers 1, 3 and 7 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial numbers and entries shall respectively be substituted, namely:-

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
“1. Mechanic Machine Tool Maintenance 8281.55

8281.10

Two years 1. Mechanic Machine Tool Maintenance One year Passed 10th class examination  under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.

 

3. Maintenance Mechanic [Chemical Plant] 8159.79

 

Two years 1. Maintenance Mechanic [Chemical Plant] One year

 

Passed 10th class examination with Science and Mathematics  under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.
7 Material Handling Equipment Mechanic – cum-Operator 9333.10 Two years 1. Mechanic Machine Tool Maintenance One year Passed 10th class   examination  under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.

[viii]   in Group No.7, relating to the “Precision Machining trades group:”,  against serial numbers 1, 2 and 3 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial numbers and entries shall respectively be substituted, namely:-

 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
“1. Tool and Die Maker [Dies and Moulds ] 7222.50

7222.60

7211.10

7211.50

Two years 1. Tool and Die Maker [Dies and Moulds ]

2. Tool and Die Maker [Press Tools, Jigs and Fixtures ]

3. Machinist

One year

 

 

One year

 

 

 

One year

Passed 10th class examination with Science and Mathematics  under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.
2. Tool and Die Maker [Press Tools, Jigs and Fixtures ]

 

7222.20

7222.30

7222.50

8211.10

8211.15

8211.22

8211.30

8211.38

8211.55

8211.70

Two years 1. Tool and Die Maker [Press Tools, Jigs and Fixtures ]

2. Tool and Die Maker [Dies and Moulds ]

3. Machinist

 

 

One year

 

 

One year

 

 

 

One year

Passed 10th class examination with Science and Mathematics  under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.
3 Plastic Mould Maker 7222.50

8232.65

Two years 1. Tool and Die Maker [Dies and Moulds ]

2. Tool and Die Maker [Press Tools, Jigs and Fixtures ]

 

One year

 

 

 

One year

Passed 10th class examination with Science and Mathematics  under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.

[ix]   in Group No.8, relating to the “Instrument trades group:”,  against serial numbers 1and 2 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial numbers and entries shall respectively be substituted, namely:-

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
“1. Instrument Mechanic 7311.10

7311.30

7311.60

7311.90

Two years 1. Instrument Mechanic One year

 

 

 

Passed 10th class examination under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.
2 Mechanic Instrument Aircraft 7311.10

7311.67

 

Two years 1. Instrument Mechanic One year

 

 

 

Passed 10th class examination under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.

 

[x]   in Group No.9, relating to the “Refrigeration and Air-conditioning trades group:”,  against serial number 1 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial number and entries shall  be substituted, namely:-

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
“1. Mechanic Refrigeration and Air-conditioning 845.706 Two years 1. Mechanic Refrigeration and Air-conditioning

 

One year

 

 

 

Passed 10th class examination under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.

 

 

[xi]   in Group No.10, relating to the “Heat Engines trades group:”,

[a] against serial numbers 2, 3 and 4 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial numbers and entries shall respectively be substituted, namely:-

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
“2. Mechanic Diesel 7233.24 Two years 1. Mechanic Diesel

 

One year

 

 

 

Passed 10th class examination under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.
3. Mechanic Tractor 7231.10 Two years 1. Mechanic

Tractor

One year Passed 10th class examination under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.
4. Mechanic Earth Moving Machinery 735.41 Two years Passed 10th class examination under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.

[b] after  serial number 11 and the entries relating thereto, the , following shall be inserted , namely:-

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
“12. Technician [Automotive Manufacturing] 8281.65

8281.70

Two years 1. Fitter

2. Automotive Manufacturing

One year

One year

 

 

 

Passed 10th class examination  with Science and Mathematics under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.

 

[xii]   in Group No.11, relating to the “Draughtsman and Survey trades group:”,  against serial numbers 1and 2 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial numbers and entries shall respectively be substituted, namely:-

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
“1. Draughtsman [Civil] 3118.20

3118.50

Two years 1. Draughtsman [Civil] One year

 

 

 

Passed 10th class examination under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.
2. Draughtsman [Mechanical] 3118.40 Two years 1. Draughtsman [Mechanical] One year Passed 10th class examination  with Science and Mathematics under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.

 

[xiii]   in Group No.12, relating to the “Construction trades group:”,  against serial number 1 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial number and entries shall  be substituted, namely:-

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
“1. Fitter [Structural] 7214.70 Two years 1. Fitter One year

 

 

 

Passed 10th class examination  with Science and Mathematics under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.

[xiv]   in Group No.13, relating to the “Power Plant trades group:”,  against serial number 1, 2 and 3 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial numbers and entries shall respectively be substituted, namely:-

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
“1. Boiler Attendant 8162.20 Two years

 

 

 

Passed 10th class examination  with Science and Mathematics under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.
2. Steam Turbine – cum Auxiliary Plant Operator 8161.30 Two years

 

 

 

Passed 10th class examination under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.
3. Switch Board Attendant 8161.50 Two years

 

 

Passed 10th class examination under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.

[xv]   in Group No.15, relating to the “Hotel and Catering  trades group:”,  against serial number 3, 5 and 6 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial numbers and entries shall respectively be substituted, namely:-

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
“3. Steward 5123.40 One year and three months 1. Catering and Hospitality Management

2. Food and Beverages Services Assistant

Three months

 

Three months

 

 

Passed 10th class examination  under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.
5. House Keeper [Hotel] 5121.10 One year and three months 1. House Keeper

 

2. Domestic House Keeping

 

3. Corporate Housekeeping

 

4.Institution Housekeeping

 

Three months

 

Three months

 

Three months

 

Three months

Passed 10th class examination  under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.
6. Receptionist /Hotel Clerk/Front Office Assistant 3431.30

4221.10

4221.20

One year and three months 1.Front Office Assistant Three months

 

Passed 10th class examination  under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.

[xvi]   in Group No.18, relating to the “Chemical  trades group:”,  against serial numbers 1, 2, 3 and 5 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial numbers and entries shall respectively be substituted, namely:-

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
“1. Attendant Operator [Chemical Plant] 7414.40, 7422.65, 8142.10, 8142.15

8142.40,

8142.50

8142.90

8143.15

 

8151.15

8151.30

8151.60

8152.10

8152.30

8152.60

8153.10

8153.40

8154.20

8154.40

8155.10

8159.34

8276.81

8159.64

8159.72

8159.76

8159.82

8159.86

8276.10

8276.20

8276.81

8276.50

8276.70

8275.50

8275.40, 8131.60,

8231.10

8231.67

8231.20

8122.10

8142.20

8142.45

8143.10

8143.25

8151.30, 8151.10,

8151.60,

8152.15,

8152.25, 8152.90,

8153.30,

8154.10,

8154.30,

8159.88,

8159.30,

8159.42

8159.62,

8159.68,

8159.74, 8159.80,

8159.84,

8159.88,

8276.23,

8276.20,  8276.40, 8276.60,

7414.40, 8275.65,

8272.10,

8231.65,

8231.15,

8231.30

Two years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.Attendant Operator [Chemical Plant]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—–

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—–

 

 

 

 

 

Passed 10th class examination with Science and Mathematics under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.

 

 

 

 

 

Passed B.Sc. with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics or Biology.

 

2 Instrument Mechanic [Chemical Plant] 7311.30

7311.65

7241.10

Two years

 

 

 

One Year

1.Instrument Mechanic [Chemical Plant]

 

 

—–

One year

 

 

——

 

Passed 10th class examination with Science and Mathematics under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.

 

Passed B.Sc. with Physics, Chemistry .

3 Laboratory Assistant

[Chemical Plant]

3111.30,

3116.10

3116.30

3116.50

3117.30

Two years

 

 

 

One Year

1.Laboratory Assistant

[Chemical Plant]

 

 

——

 

One Year

 

 

 

—–

Passed 10th class examination with Science and Mathematics under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.

 

Passed B.Sc. with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics or Biology.

5 Plastic Processing Operator 8232.15, 8232.18,

8232.20,

8232.65

8232.25,

8232.30,

8232.35,

8232.40,

8232.70,

8232.45,

8232.50,

7222.50

Two years

 

1. Plastic Processing Operator One year Passed 10th class examination with Science and Mathematics under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.

 

 

 

 

[xvii]   in Group No.19, relating to the “Cutting and tailoring trades group:”,  against serial numbers 2, 3, 4 and 5 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial numbers and entries shall respectively be substituted, namely:-

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
“2. Tailor [Men] 791.30

791.40

791.50

One

year and three months

 

1.Sewing Technology

 

 

 

2.Dress Making

 

Three months

 

 

Three months

Passed 8th class examination from a recognized school

 

“3. Tailor [Women] 791.20

 

One

year and three months

 

1.Sewing Technology

 

 

 

2.Dress Making

 

Three months

 

 

Three months

Passed 8th class examination from a recognized school

 

“4. Tailor [General] 791.10

791.90

 

One

year and three months

 

1.Sewing Technology

 

 

 

2.Dress Making

 

Three months

 

 

Three months

Passed 8th class examination from a recognized school

 

“5. Dress Maker 781.20

 

One

year and three months

1.Dress Making

 

Three months

 

Passed 8th class examination from a recognized school

[xviii]   in Group No.20, relating to the “Agriculture trades group:”,  against serial number 5 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial number and entries shall be substituted, namely:-

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
“5. Pump Operator-cum-Mechanic 8169.40 Two years

 

1. Pump Operator-cum-Mechanic One year Passed 10th class examination with Science and Mathematics under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.

[xix]   in Group No.23, relating to the “Electronic trades group:”,  against serial number 1 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial number and entries shall be substituted, namely:-

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
“1. Mechanic Radio and Radar Aircraft 7242.10

7243.20

7243.10

7243.75

7243.80

Two years

 

1. Electronics Mechanic

 

2.Mechanic Consumer Electronic Appliances

 

3.Technician Power Electronics System

 

4.Mechanic Industrial Electronics

One year

 

 

 

One year

 

 

 

One year

 

 

One year

 

Passed 10th class examination under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.

 

 

 

 

[xx]   in Group No.25, relating to the “Iron and Steel trades group:”,  against serial number 5 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial number and entries shall be substituted, namely:-

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
“5. Operator [ Steel Plant] 8121.15

8121.55

8121.60

8122.50

8122.52

8159.10

8159.12

8161.45

Two years

 

—- Passed 10th class examination with Science and Mathematics under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.

 

 

[xxi]   in Group No.26, relating to the “Beautician trades group:”,  against serial numbers 2 and 4 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial numbers and entries shall respectively be substituted, namely:-

 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
“2. Hair Cutter /Dresser 560.20 One year and three months

 

—- Passed 8th class examination from a recognized school

 

4 Hair and Skin Carer 560.30 One year and three months

 

1.Basic Cosmetology Three months Passed 10th class examination under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.

 

[xxii]   in Group No.28, relating to the “Painting trades group:”,  against serial number 1 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial number and entries shall be substituted, namely:-

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
“1. Painter [ General] 7142.10 Two years Painter [General] One year Passed 8th  class examination from a recognized school.

 

 

[xxiii]   in Group No.31, relating to the “Multi-skill trades group:”,  against serial numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial numbers and entries shall respectively be substituted, namely:-

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
“1. Mechanic Industrial Electronics 7243.10 Two years

 

1.Electronics Mechanic

 

2.Mechanic Consumer Electronic Appliances

 

3.Technician Power Electronics System

 

4.Mechnaic Industrial Electronics

One Year

 

One Year

 

One Year

 

One Year

Passed 10th class examination under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.

 

3 Operator Advance Machine Tool 8211.10

8211.15

8211.22

8211.28

8211.30

8211.32

8211.36

8211.38

Two years 1.Operator Advanced Machine Tool

 

2.Machinist

 

3.Turner

One year

 

One year

One Year

Passed 10th class examination with Science and Mathematics under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.
4 Power Electrician 7137.10

7241.10

7241.20

8161.45

8161.50

Two years 1.Electrician One year

 

Passed 10th class examination with Science under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.
5 Operator-cum-Mechanic Power Plant 8161.45 Two years Passed 10th class examination with Science and Mathematics under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.
6 Mechanic Medical Electronics 7243.30

3133.20

3133.90

Two years 1.Electronics Mechanic

 

2.Mechanic Consumer Electronic Appliances

 

3.Technician Power Electronics System

 

4.Mechnaic Medical Electronics

One year

 

One year

 

 

One Year

 

One year

Passed 10th class examination under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.
7 Mechanic Consumer

Electronics Appliances

7242.10

7242.90

7243.10

7243.40

7243.45

7243.50

7233.58

Two years 1.Electronics Mechanic

 

2.Mechanic Consumer Electronic Appliances

 

3.Technician Power Electronics Systems

One year

 

One year

 

 

One Year

Passed 10th class examination under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.

 

8 Mechanic Mechatronics 7233.38

7233.46

Two years 1. Mechanic Mechatronics

 

2.Mechanic Machine Tool Maintenance

One year

 

One year

Passed 10th class examination with Science and Mathematics under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.

 

[xxiv]   in Group No.32, relating to the “Informal Sector trades group:”,  against serial number  3 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial number and entries shall be substituted, namely:-

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
“3. Customer Care Associate 4221.90

4221.30

One year and three months

 

 

Passed 10th class examination under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.

 

[xxv]   in Group No.33, relating to the “Retail Sector trades group:”,  against serial number  1 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial number and entries shall be substituted, namely:-

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
“1. Sales Person [Retail] 5220.35

5220.60

One year and three months

 

Passed 10th class examination under 10+2 system of education or its equivalent.

[4] Schedule IB to the said rules shall be omitted.                                                                                                       [No.DGT-2(4)/2016-AP]

 

Note:- The principal rules were published in the Gazette of India, Part-II, section 3, sub-section (i) dated the                    1st August, 1992,  vide number G.S.R.356, dated the 15th July,1992 and last amended vide number G.S.R. 198 (E), dated the 22nd  February, 2016.

 

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RBA No. 68/2017

 

 

 Board’s ltr. No. 2016/AC-II/21/8 dated 9.6.2017  [RBA No.68 /2017]

 

Sub:  Implementation of Revision of Pension of Pre 1.1.2016 Pensioners/ Family Pensioners

Ref:  DOP&PW’s OM No.38/37/2016- P&PW(A) dated 12th May 2017 (circulated vide Board’s letter No. 2016/F(E)III/1(1)7 dated 22.5.2017, RBE No.49/2017) and Ministry of Finance( Deptt. Of Expenditure) OM No. 1(13)/EV/2017 dated 23.5.2017 ( copy enclosed).

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  1. Reference is invited to DP&PW OM No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated, 12.5.2017 regarding revision of pension of Pre-2016 retirees under 7th CPC. Para 4 thereof contemplates that the revised pension/family pension w.e.f 1.1.2016 in respect of all Central Government Pensioners/family pensioners, who retired/died prior to 1.1.2016 may be revised by notionally fixing their pay in the pay matrix recommended by the 7th CPC in the level corresponding to the pay in the pay scale/pay band and grade pay at which they retired/died. This will be done by notional pay fixation under each intervening Pay Commission based on the Formula for revision of pay. While fixing pay on notional basis, the pay fixation formulae approved by the Government and other relevant instructions on the subject in force at the relevant time may be followed strictly. 50% of the notional pay as on 1.1.2016 shall be the revised pension and 30% of this notional pay shall be the revised family pension w.e.f. 1.1.2016 as per the first Formulation. In the case of family pensioners who were entitled to family pension at enhanced rate, the revised family pension shall be 50% of the notional pay as on 1.1.2016 and shall be payable till the period up to which family pension at enhanced rate is admissible as per rules.

 

  1. In those cases, where 2.57 multiplication method of pension fixation is beneficial under DOP&PW OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A)(ii) dated 4.8.2016, revised pension authority under 2.57 multiplication method will also require to be issued by Pension Sanctioning Authority for updation of records of Railways and Pension disbursing authorities, besides pensioners.

 

  1. Further, as per Para 18 of the said OM, the Pension Sanctioning Authority would impress upon the concerned Head of Office (HOO) for fixation of pay on notional basis and issue revised PPA authority at the earliest. The revised authority will be issued under the existing PPO number and would be sent to the Pension Disbursing Authority through the same channel through which the original PPO was sent.

 

  1. Reference is also invited to Ministry of Finance (Deptt.of Expenditure) OM No.1(13)/EV/2017 dated 23rd May, 2017 mentioning procedural points of action to be taken by concerned agencies including Pension Accounting Authorities & PAOs.

 

  1. To facilitate early revision of pension and monitoring timely progress in this regard as required by aforesaid OM, following course of actions may be followed :

[i]         WR may provide list of all the live cases available in ARPAN (whose debit scrolls are being received) to the FA&CAOs of the pension Sanctioning Railway/PU, along with details of last pay (wherever available) due for pension revision under 7th CPC by 20th June, 2017 and place it on the website alongwith intimation to Railways. The FA&CAOs shall provide the details to the concerned Pension Sanctioning Authorities in HQ/Divisions/Workshops etc, within 3 days and coordinate with them for getting the revised pension cases at the earliest.

[ii]        The Pension Sanctioning Authorities may check their records to verify number of cases. Since all the service records/details of the  pensioners are available with the respective Pension Sanctioning Authorities from where they retired/died, they may check their records and start revising the pension in terms of para 4 of the aforementioned OM of the DOP&PW forthwith.

[iii]       For the expeditious revisions of these pension cases, each Pension Sanctioning Authority may form special Pension Revision Cells comprising staff and supervisors of Personnel Branch, Accounts Establishment (non gazetted and gazetted) Branch and Pension Branch by drawing people as deemed necessary from the existing man power. The staff strength of these cells may be decided by HOD in consultation with head of associate Accounts Office based on the work involved. The special cells may function as a team wherein the staff of Personnel branch will revise the pay and Pension/family pension as per the Rules, staff of Establishment Branch shall vet the same and revised PPA may be issued by staff of Pension branch.

 

[iv]       As mentioned in Board’s letter No.2015/AC-II/21/11 dated 19.7.16, the revised PPOs for pensioners shall be issued through ARPAN. Accordingly data porting utility has also been developed and deployed both in IPAS as well as ARPAN for revision of Post-2016 pensioners. In order to facilitate issue of revised PPOs for Pre- 2016 pensioners, Western Railway may develop necessary module for fixation of pay based on available data and fitment table to be circulated by DOP&PW. Kindly ensure that all revised PPOs shall be issued through ARPAN only by all Railways/PUs. In case any assistance/ clarification is required in the matter, the ARPAN team in Western Railway may be contacted:

 

Sh.Niketan Sahu, Sr.AFA/Pension/WR, email:, Mobile No.9004490132, Office 090-22416

 

Shri.Manoj , AFA/Pension/WR, email: pensionportal.ir.@gmail.com,

pension portal.ir1@gmail.com mobile No.9004490141 Office:090-23016, 090-23682

[ v].      The respective Head of Offices may assess number of cases to be revised by them and convey the same to CPO and FA&CAO by 30.6.2017 alongwith weekly target set for the clearance. The HOO shall monitor actual clearance thereof by the cells on a weekly basis and send report thereof to CPO and FA&CAO every month by 10th of following month. On the basis of these reports, review meetings may be held by HOOs/ HQ.

[vi]       CPO and FA&CAO shall report the monthly targets and achievements in their MCDOs to MS and FC, respectively.

 

 

 

Ministry of Finance( Dept. of Expenditure) OM No. 1(13)/EV/2017 dtd. 23.5.2017                                   

 

Sub: Procedural actions for revision of pension of pre- 1.1.2016 retirees of Central Government in pursuance of the OM of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare dated 12.5.2017 – Regarding.

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The Ministries/Departments of the Central Government are aware of the orders issued by Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DOP&PW) contained in their OM No. 38/37/2016- P&PW(A) dated 12.5.2017 regarding revision of pension of pre-1.1.2016 retirees.  In terms of para 4 thereof, the revised pension /family pension with effect from 01.01.2016 in respect of all Central civil pensioners/family pensioners, including CAPF’s who retired/died prior to 1.1.2016 may be revised by notionally fixing their pay in the pay matrix recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission in the level corresponding to the pay in the pay scale/pay band and grade pay at which they retired/died. The said OM further provides that this will be done by notional pay fixation under each intervening Pay Commission based on the formula for revision of pay. 50% of the notional pay as on 1.1.2016 shall be the revised pension and 30% of this notional pay shall be the revised family pension w.e.f. 1.1.2016.

 

  1. The Ministries/Departments are aware that actual implementation of the aforesaid order contained in the OM dated 12.5.2017 of the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare involves a procedure for revision of pension of such pensioners, which covers a number of agencies like the Heads of Departments/Heads of Offices under whose administrative control a particular pensioner had worked before retirement/death, the concerned PAOs, pension accounting organizations like CPAO in case of civil pensioners and similar pension accounting organizations pertaining to pensioners in Ministries of Railways, Defence and Department of Posts, etc. Therefore, a coordinated action amongst these agencies is required to ensure that revision of pension in such cases is processed expeditiously.

 

  1. Accordingly, while the substantive matter pertaining to revision of pension of pre-1.1.2016 Central Government retirees concerns Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare as already provided in their aforesaid OM dated 12.5.2017 and any further substantive order thereon issued by them, there are certain procedural actions which need to be taken by the concerned administrative agencies in each Ministry/Department as well as the pension accounting organisations like the Central Pension Accounting Office under the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure; Controller General of Defence Accounts under the Ministry of Defence and similar pension accounting organisations under the Ministry of Railways and Department of Posts etc. so that appropriate implementation of the orders of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare as per their OM dated 12.5.2017is carried out expeditiously.
  2. In order, therefore, to put the procedural issues in this regard in perspective and to provide for coordinated action amongst the concerned agencies, the following procedural points of action are to be taken by the concerned agencies as brought out below:

(A) Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance

(i) The fitment tables for fixation of notional pay will be worked out by the Department of Expenditure and provided to Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare for appropriate guidelines for the purpose of issue of any further substantive order in the matter.

(B) Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

(i) The appropriate guidelines/ instructions for revision of pension based on fitment tables for notional pay will be issued for use by the pension revising administrative authorities, PAOs and pension accounting organisations in the Central Government.

(C) Pension Accounting Authorities

(i)         The Central Pension Accounting Office in case of civil pensioners and similar pension accounting offices in the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Railways, Department of Posts etc., shall pass on the available and relevant data of live pensioners to the concerned PAOs by 31.05.2017, if such data is already available with them. This action will be completed within two weeks. In cases where the data is not available, the same will be obtained by the pension accounting offices from the disbursing banks and shall be passed on to the concerned PAOs. This action will be taken up simultaneously and completed within four weeks.

(ii)        The pension accounting offices, while passing on the data to the concerned PAOs, may also devise a suitable mechanism for electronic revision, as far as possible, to enable PAOs to process the cases of pension revision expeditiously.

(iii)       The central pension accounting offices like the CPAO, at the time of passing on the data to the concerned PAOs, shall send a few illustrative examples on pension revision in such cases to the pension disbursing Banks to enable them to consider suitable changes in the software, if necessary, for the purpose.

(D) Pay & Account Office (PAO)/Head of the Department.

(i)         The concerned PAOs, on receiving data from the pension accounting organizations, shall immediately, and not later than 3 days from the receipt of data, pass on the data to the concerned administration/establishment Branches/Heads of the Office (HOO)s under various Heads of Department (HODs) of the Ministries/Departments. The HOOs will also check their records to ascertain the actual numbers of retirees.

(ii)        The concerned administration/establishment branches/Heads of Offices (HOO) under various Heads of Departments (HODs) of the Ministries/Departments shall take action to revise the pension in case of retirees who had worked under their administrative control, based on the orders issued by the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare dated 12.5.2017 and any further order containing the fitment table providing for notional pay, after due verification of the relevant records.

(iii)       In cases where records are readily available with the HOD/DDO, the action to process revision of pension shall be initiated forthwith and not later than 30 days from the date of receipt of the list of pensioners by the PAOs from the CPAO. In such cases, revised pension cases will be sent to the PAOs for further necessary action by the concerned administrative Branches/HOOs, which normally process the pension cases in case of employees under their administrative domain on their retirement/death.

(iv) In cases where records are not readily available, the concerned HOOs/HODs will ensure appropriate action for verification of such cases and ensure expeditious revision of pension as per the prescribed procedure and passing on the same to PAOs for further necessary action.

(v) On receipt of revised pension cases from the administrative/establishment branches, the PAOs shall take further appropriate action expeditiously and pass on the duly verified pension revision authorities to the pension accounting offices like the CPAO, which will in turn take further action to issue necessary instructions/authority to the disbursing Banks without delay.

(vi)       Once the revised pension authority is received by the Banks, they will ensure timely payment of revised pension and arrears, if any, to the accounts of pensioners.

  1. In order to ensure effective monitoring of the progress of pension revision based on the procedure outlined above, a monitoring mechanism will also be followed as brought out below:

(i)         DOP&PW will periodically monitor the Ministry-wise progress of pension revision. For this purpose, Ministry-wise details would be made available by the respective pension accounting organisations, viz, CPAO, CGDA, etc, to the Department of P&PW.

(ii)        The progress of pension revision at the HOD/HOO level will be monitored by the concerned JS(Admn) of the Ministry/Department on a weekly basis. This will be included as one agenda in the Senior Officers Meetings (SOM) in each Ministry/Department.

(iii)       CPAO and similar pension accounting organisations shall place online a dashboard of the progress of revision of pension cases with PAOs, CCAs, nodal authorities of Ministries/Departments and Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare.

(iv)       In order to ensure timely action on the part of Chief Controller of Accounts/ Controller of Accounts/PAOs and Pension Accounting Organisations, a weekly progress meeting shall be held at the level of Chief Controller of Pension and this shall be monitored on monthly basis by Controller General of Accounts, CGDA and similar levels in the Ministry of Railways, Department of Posts, etc.

 

RBE No. 55/2017

Board’s letter No. E[P&A]II-98/HRA-6 dated 06.06.2017 [RBE No.55/2017]                  

Sub: Grant of House Rent Allowance to Railway employees posted to new Zones/new Divisions –Regarding.

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Attention is invited to the instructions contained in Board’s letters of even number dated 09.03.2004 & 13.06.2016 on the above subject.

 

  1. The matter has been considered by the Board subsequent to issue of letters No. E[G]2009 QR1-2 dated 22.03.2017 and it has been decided that railway employees posted to ECR may be allowed house rent allowance upto 31.12.2017 on the same terms and conditions laid down in the letter of even number dated 09.03.2004 ibid and as amended / clarified from time to time.

 

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

 

RBE No. 61/2017

Board’s ltr.No.E(NG)I-2008/PM1/6 Part dated 23.06.2017  [RBE No. 61/2017]

Sub: Filling up 50% of DR Quota vacancies through General Departmental Competitive Examination (GDCE) – eligibility of staff in same Grade Pay/Pay Scale – regarding.

Ref:Railway Board’s letter No.E(NG)I-2004/PM2/3 dated 20.10.2005

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Zonal Railways may please refer to Board’s letter quoted in the reference, in terms of which employees working in grades lower than the grades for which GDCE is held, are eligible to appear in the selection held for GDCE.

 

2 .        Both the Federations, viz., AIRF and NFIR have raised the issue of eligibility of staff for appearing in GDCE and have requested Board to allow staff from same grade pay/pay scale also to avail the benefit of GDCE.

 

3 .        The matter has been examined and it has been decided that in partial modification of Board’s letter quoted in the reference, staff from same grade pay/pay scale may be allowed to appear in selection for GDCE only in case the selection is from Non-Safety to Safety posts. Other conditions remain unchanged.

 

RBE No. 56/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[G]2014 QR1-2[PSU Abspn] dtd 07.06.2017 [RBE No.56/2017]

Sub: Retention of Railway accommodation by Railway employees upon permanent /immediate absorption in PSUs /Societies etc.

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At present, Railway employees, upon their appointment in PSUs/Societies etc. on permanent absorption basis, are permitted for retention of Railway accommodation at the place of their previous posting as per policy provisions applicable as per instructions contained in Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 16.04.2014.

 

  1. The aforementioned policy provisions regarding retention of Railway accommodation in the event of permanent absorption of Railway employees in PSUs/Societies etc. have been reviewed by Railway Board and the full Board in exercise of its powers to make reasonable relaxations in public interest for a class /group of employees, in all or any of the existing provisions regarding house allotment /retention, has, now, in modification of the existing instructions as aforesaid, decided that Railway officers/staff on their appointment in PSUs/Societies etc. on permanent /immediate absorption basis may be permitted to retain their Railway quarter for a period of 2 [two] months on payment of normal rent/ licence fee. Retention of quarter beyond the aforesaid period of 2 [two] months shall be treated as unauthorised and shall be liable for recovery of damage /penal rent.

 

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

 

RBE No. 57/2017

Board’s ltr. No. PC-V/2009/A/DR/1 dated 14.06.2017 [RBE No.57/17] PC VII-21

Sub: Grant of Dearness Relief to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of ex-gratia payment – revised rates w.e.f. 01.07.2016 & 01.01.2017.

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A copy of office Memorandum No.42/15/2016-P&PW(G) dated 12.05.2017, of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions (Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare) on the above subject is sent herewith for your information and necessary action.

 

  1. In pursuance of the enhanced rates of ex-gratia to the surviving SRPF(C) retirees issued vide Board’s letter No. F(E)III/98/PN1/Ex-Gr./3 dated 15.11.2006, para 1(i) of DoP&PW’s O.M. dated 12.05.2017 may be read as under:-

 

‘The surviving Group A,B,C and D SRPF (Contributory) beneficiaries who had retired from service during the period from 01.04.1957 to 31.12.1985 and have been sanctioned enhanced slab-wise ex-gratia @ Rs.3000/-, Rs.1000/-, Rs.750 and Rs.650/- per month respectively w.e.f 01.11.2006, in lieu of uniform rate of Rs.600/- p.m are entitled to Dearness Relief at the following rates:-”

 

Date Rate of Dearness Relief
01.07.2016 256%
01.01.2017 264%

 

  1. A concordance of various instructions and orders referred to in the enclosed office memorandum with reference to corresponding Railway instructions is indicated below:-

 

Sl.No. Para No. & Date of OM No .and date of Deptt. of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare’s O.M. No. and date of Corresponding orders issued by Railway Board.
1 Para-1 of  OM dt. 12.05.2017 OM No. 42/06/2016-P&PW[G] dated 03.05.2016 PC-V/2009/A/DR/1 dated 28.02.2017
2 Para-1 [i]of  OM dt. 12.05.2017 OM No.45/52/97/P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 F(E)III/97/PN1/Ex-Gr/3 dt.31.12.1997.

 

  1. It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorising including the nationalised banks etc. to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual case.

 

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

 

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DOP&PW’s OM No.42/15/2016-P&PW(G) dated 12.05.2017

Sub: Grant of Dearness Relief to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of ex-gratia payment-revised rates effective from 01.07.2016 and 01.01.2017-reg

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In continuation of this Department’s OM No. 42/06/2016-P&PW(G) dated 03.05.2016 and OMs of even no. dated 16.11.2016 and 07.04.2017, the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief @ 5th CPC w.e.f 01.07.2016 and 01.01.2017 to the following:

 

(i)    The surviving CPF beneficiaries who have retired from service between the period 18.11.1960 and 31.12.1985, and are in receipt of ex-gratia @ Rs. 600/ pm. w.e.f. 1.11.1997 under this Department’s OM No. 45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 & revised to Rs.3000, Rs.1000, Rs.750 & Rs.650 for Group A, B, C & D respectively w.e.f 4th June, 2013 vide OM            No. 1/10/2012-P&PW(E) dtd. 27th June, 2013 are entitled to Dearness Relief at the following rates:-

Date Rate of Dearness Relief per month
01.07.2016 256%
01.01.2017 264%

 

(ii)    Further, the following categories of CPF beneficiaries who are in receipt of ex-gratia payment in terms of this Department’s OM No. 45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 are entitled to DR at the following rates:-

Date Rate of Dearness Relief per month
01.07.2016 248%
01.01.2017 256%

 

(a)   The widows and eligible children of the deceased CPF beneficiary who had retired from service prior to 1.1.1986 or who had died while in service prior to 1.1.1986 and are in receipt of Ex-gratia payment of Rs. 605/- pm. & revised to Rs.645/-p.m w.e.f  04 June, 2013 vide  OM  No. 1/10/2012-P&PW(E) dated 27th June, 2013.

 

(b)   Central Government employees who had retired on CPF benefits before 18.11.1960 and are in receipt of Ex-gratia payment of Rs. 654/-, Rs.659/-, Rs.703/- and Rs.965/-.

 

  1. Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.

 

  1. It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities, including the nationalized banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual case.

 

  1. In their application to the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the C&AG.

 

  1. This issues in pursuance of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their OM No. 1/3/2008-E.II(B) dated 7th April, 2017.

 

RBE No. 58/2017 

Board’s ltr. No. 2010/F[E]II/1[1]/1 dated 19.06.2017  [RBE No.58/2017]

Sub:   Admissibility of Deputation (Duty) Allowance while on deputation beyond 5th Year.

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Consolidated guidelines on ‘Deputation’ have been issued by DOP&T vide their O.M.No.6/8/2009-Estt.(Pay-II) dated 17.06.2010 & No. 2/6/2016-Estt. (Pay-II) dated 17.02.2016 which have been adopted/circulated on the Railways vide Board’s letter dated 28.07.2010 & 21.04.2016 respectively.

 

  1. Further, DOP&T in the context of their O.M No. 2/6/2016-Estt. (Pay-II) dated 17.02.2016 (wherein, powers were delegated to Ministries/Deptt./Borrowing organizations to extend deputation tenure upto a period not exceeding seven (7) years at a stretch) have reiterated vide their O.M No. 2/6/2016-Estt. (Pay-II) dated 23.02.2017 that deputation (duty) allowance is admissibleonly upto the fifth year, if the deputationist has opted to draw deputation (duty) allowance.

 

  1. A copy of these instructions is sent herewith for information/guidance. These will apply mutatis-mutandis to Railway employees also.

 

DOP&T’s O.M No. 2/6/2016-Estt. (Pay-II) dated 23.02.2017

Sub: Admissibility of Deputation (Duty) Allowance while on deputation – regarding.

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The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 17th February 2016 vide which powers were delegated to Ministries / Departments / borrowing organisations to extend deputation tenures up to a period not exceeding 7 years at a stretch, in respect of cases covered by the O.M. dated 17th June 2010.

 

  1. The matter regarding the admissibility of Deputation (Duty) Allowance in view of the change in maximum number of years of deputation tenure as provided above has been examined in this Department.

 

  1. As per Para 8.3.2 of the OM No. 6/8/2009-Estt.(Pay-II) dated 17th June 2010, where the extension is granted up to the fifth year, the official concerned will continue to be allowed Deputation (Duty) Allowance, if he/she has opted to draw deputation (duty) allowance.

 

  1. This Department’s O.M. No. 2/6/2016-Estt.(Pay-II) dated 17th February 2016 delegates powers to Ministries / Departments / borrowing organisations, to extend deputation tenures up to a period of 7 years in a stretch, in respect of cases covered by the O.M. dated 17th June 2010. However, there has been no modification of the Para 8.3.2. of the O.M. dated 17th June 2010 by the O.M. dated 17th February 2016. The new O.M. dated 17th February 2016 provides vide Para 4 that all other terms and conditions issued vide OM No. 6/8/2009-Estt.(Pay-II) dated 17th June 2010 will remain unchanged.

 

  1. Thus, admissibility of Deputation (Duty) Allowance would be only as per Para 8.3.2 of the O.M. dated 17th June 2010, i.e. only up to the fifth year, if the deputationist has opted to draw Deputation (Duty) Allowance.

 

RBE No. 59/2017

Board’s ltr. No. PC-III/2000/GIS/2 dated 20.06.2017   [RBE No.59/2017]

     Sub: Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme, 1980 – Tables of Benefits for the Savings Fund for the period from 1.4.2017 to 30.06.2017.

The Table of Benefits under CGEGIS-1980 for the period 01.01.2017 to 31.03.2017 issued by Ministry of Finance vide their OM dated 17.03.2017 was circulated to Zonal Railways/Production Units etc. vide Board’s letter of even number dated 07.04.2017.

 

In continuation of Board’s letter ibid, a copy of Ministry of Finance’s OM No. 7 (2)/EV/2016 dated 02.06.2017  circulating Tables of benefits for the period from 01.04.2017 to 30.06.2017  is enclosed herewith for information and necessary action.

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 O.M.No. 7 (2)/EV/2016 dated 02.06.2017 issued by Ministry of Finance, Dept. of Expenditure

Sub: Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme-1980 – Tables of Benefits for the savings fund for the period from 01.04.2017 to 30.06.2017.

 

Ministry of Finance issues two tables of benefits on quarterly basis for the savings fund to the beneficiaries under Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS)-1980. While one Table of Benefits for the savings fund of the scheme is based on a subscription of Rs.10 per month from 1.1.1982 to 31.12.1989 and Rs.15 per month w.e.f. 1.1.1990 onwards, the other Table of Benefits for the savings fund is based on a subscription of Rs.10 per month for those employees who had opted out of the revised rates of subscription w.e.f. 1.1.1990.

 

  1. The Tables of Benefits under CGEGIS-80 are prepared by IRDA based on the rate of interest notified by DEA for small savings including GPF. Earlier, DEA used to notify the interest rate on financial year basis. However, DEA has now shifted to notifying the interest rate on quarterly basis. In view of this, the Table of benefits are being issued on quarterly basis commencing from 1.1.2017 to 31.3.2017.

 

  1. The two tables under CGEGIS-80 for the second quarter of the year 2017 i.e, 01.04.2017 to 30.06.2017, prepared by IRDA, are enclosed. The benefits in the Tables have been worked out on the basis of interest @ 7.90% per annum (compounded quarterly), as notified by Department of Economic Affairs.

 

  1. While calculating the amount it has been assumed that the subscription has been recovered or will be recovered from the salary of the month in which a member ceases to be in service failing which it should be deducted from accumulated amounts payable.

 

  1. In its application to the employees of Indian Audit and Accounts Department this Office Memorandum issues in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

 

Board’s ltr. No. E[W]2017/PS5-1/2 dated 14.06.2017

Sub:  Validity of Kit Passes and Journey Passes, issued on account of transfer/settlement/death. 

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In terms of Schedule-I (Duty Pass) of Railway Servants (Pass) Rules, 1986 (Second Edition-1993), Kit Pass to serving Railway employee is admissible on transfer. Similarly, Item (16) (i) & (vii) under Schedule-VII] (Special Passes) of the aforesaid Pass Rules provides for issue of Settlement/Kit Pass on retirement/death of Railway employee. In terms of Board’s letter No.E(W)2001/PS5-9/6 dated 14.12.2006, validity of Kit Passes has been stipulated as three months from the date of issue. However, in these rules, validity period of transfer passes and settlement passes, as admissible to both serving as well as retired Railway employees (as the case may be) on account of transfer/settlement/death has not been stipulated.

 

  1. The issue of validity period of such passes has been considered in Board’s office. It has been decided that validity of Transfer Passes, Kit Passes and Settlement Passes on account of transfer/settlement/death, in respect of serving as well as retired Railway servant, will be at par with the extant validity period of 1/2 set of Privilege Pass counted from the date of issue of such passes.

 

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

 

RBE No. 63/2017

Board’s ltr. No. D-43/22/2017-F(E)III dated 29.6.2017 [RBE No.63/2017]

 

Sub:  Amendment to the provisions of State Railway Provident Fund – liberalization of provisions for drawal of advance from the Fund by the Subscribers- regarding.

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The  provisions for drawal of advance by the subscribers from the State Railway Provident Fund are contained in Rule 923 of the Indian Railway Establishment Code (IREC) Vol.I/1985- Edition. Some amendments have been made from time to time to address  the concerns raised by the subscribes. There is a felt need to liberalize the provisions, raise the limits and simplify the procedure.

 

2 .      The provisions of Rule 923(g) of the Code ibid have now been reviewed and it has been decided to permit the subscriber to withdraw an advance from the State Railway Provident Fund (SRPF) for the following purposes:-

  1. illness of self, family members or dependents,
  2. Education of family members or dependent of the subscriber. Education will include primary, secondary and higher education, covering all streams and educational institutions,
  3. Obligatory Expenses viz. Betrothal, marriage, funeral or other ceremonies,
  4. Cost of Legal proceedings,
  5. Cost of defence,
  6. Purchase of consumer durables,
  7. Pilgrimage and visiting places of eminence. This will include any travel and tourism related activities.
  8. It has been decided to enhance the limit of advance upto 12 months of pay or three-fourths of the amount at credit, whichever is less. The amount of advance will be recoverable in a maximum of 60 installments. The advance may be sanctioned by the Controlling Officer.

 

  1. Advance may be sanctioned and payment can be made from Fund in a maximum time limit of fifteen days. However, in case of emergencies like illness etc., the time limit may be restricted to seven days.

 

  1. The Controlling Officer is competent to sanction an advance from the Fund for the items mentioned in para 2 above as well as for any other item also on merits, at his/her discretion.
  2. In all above cases of advance, no documentary proof is required to be furnished by the subscribers. A simple declaration by the subscriber explaining the reasons for advance would be sufficient.

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RBE No. 66/2017

Board’s ltr. No. 2016/F(E)III/1(1)/7 Dated 11.7.2017 [RBE No.66 /2017]

Sub:  Revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners in implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission – Concordance tables –reg.

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In pursuance of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission, the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare ( DOP&PW) vide their O.M.No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 6th July,2017 has issued instructions alongwith concordance tables for revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners, which are available on website: doppw.gov.in. These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on Railways also.

 

  1. The Railway Board’s instructions corresponding to the DOP&PW’s instructions referred to in their aforesaid O.M. dated 06.07.2017 are given under :-

 

S.No. DOP&PW’s instructions Railway Board’s corresponding instructions
1 O.M. No.45/86/97-P&PW(A) Part (iii) dated 10.2.1998 Letter No.F(E)III/98/PN1/2 dated 10.03.1998
2 O.M. No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A)  dated 12.5.2017 Letter No.2016/F(E)III/1(1)/7 dated 22.05.2017

 

  1. This letter alongwith DOP&PW’s O.M. dated 6th July,2017, has been uploaded on Railways website: indianrailways.gov.in at the following location.

 

Railway Board Directorates            Finance          F(E)III circulars.

 

RBE No. 71/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E(P&A)II-2017/HRA-7 dated 19.7.2017 [RBE No.71/2017]PC-VII/24

Sub:  Decision of the Government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission relating to grant of House Rent Allowance (HRA) to Railway employees.

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Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission relating to House Rent Allowance (HRA), the President is pleased to decide that, in modification of Railway Board’s letter No. PC-65/HRA-1/3 dated 21.7.1965 as amended from time to time, letter No. E(P&A)II-2008/HRA-10 dated 12.09.2008 and letter No. E(P&A)II-2015/HRA-7 dated 24.9.2015, the admissibility of HRA shall be as under:-

Classification of Cities/Towns Rate of House Rent Allowance per month as a percentage of Basic pay only
X 24%
Y 16%
Z 8%

 

  1. The rates of HRA will not be less than, Rs.5400, 3600/- and 1800/- at ‘X’, ‘Y’ & ‘Z’ class cities respectively.

 

  1. The rates of HRA will be revised to 27%, 18% and 9% for ‘X’, ‘Y’ and ‘Z’ class cities respectively when Dearness Allowance (DA) crosses 25% and further revised to 30%, 20% and 10% when DA crosses 50%.

 

  1. The term “basic pay” in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed pay levels in the Pay Matrix and does not include Non-Practising Allowance (NPA) etc. or any other type of pay like special pay, etc.

 

  1. In the case of running staff, HRA will continue to be calculated on the basic pay plus 30% pay element, till further orders.

 

  1. The list of cities classified as ‘X’, ‘Y’ and ‘Z’ issued vide Board’s letter No. E(P&A)II-2015/HRA-7 dated 24.9.2015, for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance is enclosed as Annexure to these orders.

 

  1. Special orders on continuance of HRA at Delhi (‘X’ class city) rates to railway employees posted at Faridabad, Ghaziabad, NOIDA and Gurgaon, at Jalandhar (‘Y’ class city) rates to Jalandhar Cantt., at ‘Y’ class city rates to Shillong , Goa and Port Blair and HRA at par with Chandigarh (‘Y’ class city) to Panchkula which have been allowed to continue vide Para ‘4’ of this Ministry’s letter No. E(P&A)II-2015/HRA-7 dated 24.9.2015 and S.A.S Nagar (Mohali) at par with Chandigarh (‘Y’ class city) vide Ministry’s letter No. E(P&A)II-2015/HRA-7 dated 12.5.2017, shall continue till further orders.

 

  1. All other conditions governing grant of HRA under existing orders shall continue to apply.

 

  1. These orders shall be effective from 1st July, 2017.

 

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

 

 

ANNEXURE to Board’s letter No.E[P&A]II-2017/HRA-7 dated 19.07.2017

 

LIST OF CITIES /TOWNS CLASSIFIED FOR GRANT OF HOUSE RENT ALLOWANCE TO RAILWAY EMPLOYEES.

 

S.No.  STATES / UNION TERRITORIES CITIES CLASSIFIED AS ‘X CITIES CLASSIFIED AS ‘Y
1. ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS
2. ANDHRA PRADESH / TELANGANA Hyderabad [UA] Vijayawada [UA], Warangal [UA], Greater Visakhapatnam[M.Corpn.],

Guntur [UA],     Nellore [UA]

3. ARUNACHAL PRADESH
4. ASSAM Guwahati [UA]
5. BIHAR Patna [UA]
6. CHANDIGARH Chandigarh [UA]
7. CHHATISGARH Durg –Bhilai Nagar [UA],        Raipur [UA]
8. DADRA & NAGAR HAVELI
9. DAMAN & DIU —-
10. DELHI Delhi [UA]
11. GOA —-
12. GUJARAT Ahmadabad [UA]; Rajkot [UA], Jamnagar [UA], Bhavnagar [UA], Vadodara [UA], Surat [UA],
13. HARYANA Faridabad * [M.Corpn], Gurgaon*[UA].
14. HIMACHAL PRADESH
15. JAMMU & KASHMIR Srinagar [UA], Jammu [UA]
16. JHARKAND Jamshedpur [UA], Dhanbad[UA], Ranchi [UA], Bokaro Steel City [UA]
17. KARNATAKA Bangalore / Bengaluru [UA] Belgaum[UA], Hubli-Dharwad [M.Corpn], Mangalore [UA], Mysore [UA], Gulbarga[UA]
18. KERALA Kozhikode [UA], Kochi[UA], Thiruvananthapuram[UA], Thrissur [UA], Malappuram [UA], Kannur [UA],

Kollam [UA]

19. LAKSHWADEEP ISLANDS —-
20. MADHYA PRADESH Gwalior [UA], Indore [UA], Bhopal [UA], Jabalpur [UA], Ujjain [M.Corpn]
21. MAHARASHTRA Greater Mumbai [UA]; Pune [UA] Amaravati [M.Corpn], Nagpur [UA], Aurangabad [UA], Nashik [UA], Bhiwandi [UA], Solapur [M.Corpn], Kolhapur [UA] Vasai –Virar City [M.Corpn], Malegaon [UA], Nanded-Waghala[M.Corpn],

Sangli [UA].

22. MANIPUR
23. MEGHALAYA
24. MIZORAM
25. NAGALAND
26. ODISHA Cuttack[UA], Bhubaneswar [UA], Raurkela [UA]
27. PUDUCHERRY [PONDICHERRY] Puducherry /Pondicherry [UA]
28. PUNJAB Amritsar [UA], Jalandhar [UA], Ludhiana [M.Corpn]
29. RAJASTHAN Bikaner [M.Corpn], Jaipur [M.Corpn], Jodhpur [UA], Kota[M.Corpn], Ajmer [UA]
30. SIKKIM
31. TAMIL NADU Chennai [UA] Salem[UA], Tiruppur [UA], Coimbatore [UA]; Tiruchirappali [UA], Madurai [UA], Erode [UA]
32. TRIPURA
33. UTTAR PRADESH _ Moradabad [M.Corpn], Meerut [UA], Ghaziabad* [UA]; Aligarh [UA], Agra[UA], Bareilly [UA], Lucknow  [UA], Kanpur [UA], Allahabad [UA], Gorakhpur [UA], Varnasi [UA], Saharanpur [M.Corpn], Noida*[CT], Firozabad[NPP], Jhansi [UA]
34. UTTARAKHAND Dehradun [UA]
35. WEST BENGAL Kolkata [UA] Asansol[UA], Siliguri [UA], Durgapur [UA].

 

*only for the purpose of extending HRA on the basis of dependency.

 

NOTE:

The remaining cities /towns in various States /UTs which are not covered by classification as ‘X’ or ‘Y’, are classified as ‘Z’ for the purpose of HRA.

 

RBE No. 62/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[NG]II/2017/RC-2/1 Policy dated 28.06.2017  [RBE No.62/2017]

Sub:  Recruitment of Persons with Disabilities from open market on the Railways-Instructions -regarding.

Ref: Board’s letters No.:

[i] E(NG)II/98/RC-2/8 dt. 17.09.1998 & E(NG)II/2015/RC-2/2 dt.16.09.2015.
[ii] No.E(NG)II/2011/RC-2/6 dated 21.08.2013
[iii] No.E(NG)II/2006/RC-2/13 dated 19.12.2013.
[iv] No.E(NG)II/2014/RC-2/1 List dated   14.02.2014, & E(NG)II/2014/RC-2/1 List pt. dated 30.03.2015 & 22.07.2016.
[v] No.E(NG)II/2009/RC-2/14 dated 24.06.2014
[vi] No.E(NG)II/2009/RR-1/10 Pt. dated 17.06.2016.

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With a view to consolidate the existing instructions concerning the subject of recruitment of persons with disabilities (PWDs) from open market and bringing them in line with the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities), Protection of Rights & Full Participation) Act, 1995 and the guidelines issued by the nodal departments of Government of India, the following instructions are issued with regard to reservation for PWDs in Various non-Gazetted posts on the Railways. These instructions shall supersede all previous instructions issued on the subject so far except those under reference.

 

  1. 2. All recruitment from open market in non-Gazetted categories against vacancies reserved for physically handicapped quota will be undertaken by Railway Recruitment Boards and Railway Recruitment cell respectively through a common examination. Vacancies reserved for PWDs of Production Units and other Organisations falling within the territorial jurisdiction of the Zonal Railway will be clubbed together for the purpose of recruitment.

 

  1. Horizontality of reservation for PWDs:Reservation for SCs/STs/OBCs is called vertical reservation and the reservation for PWDs is called horizontal reservation. Horizontal reservation cuts across vertical reservation (interlocking reservation) and persons selected against quota for PWDs, have to be placed in the appropriate category, viz., SCs/STs/OBCs/UR, depending upon the category to which they belong in the roster meant for reservation of SCs/STs/OBCs. To illustrate, if in a given year there are two vacancies reserved for the PWDs and out of two PWDs appointed, one belongs to Scheduled Caste and the other to general category, then the disabled SC candidate shall be adjusted against the SC Point in the reservation roster and the general candidate against unreserved point in the relevant reservation roster. In case none of the vacancies falls on point reserved for the SCs, the disabled candidate belonging to SC shall be adjusted in future against the next available vacancy reserved for SCs.

 

  1. Quantum of reservation: 3% of the vacancies in case of direct recruitment to non-Gazetted posts are to be reserved for PWDs of which 1% each are to be reserved for persons suffering from (i) blindness or low vision (ii) hearing impairment (iii) locomotor disability or cerebral palsy in the post identified for each disability. Only such persons would be eligible for reservation who suffers from not less than 40% of relevant disability. Even while considering the case of candidate with multiple disability, the clause of ‘not less than 40% of relevant disability’ has to be kept in view.

 

  1. Definition of Disabilities:

(i) (a) Blindness: “Blindness” refers to a condition where a person suffers from any of the following conditions, namely :- (i) total absence of sight; or

(ii)visual acuity not exceeding 6/60 or 20/200 (Snellen) in the better eye with correcting lenses; or

(iii) limitation of the field of vision subtending an angle of 20 degree or worse;

 

(b) Low vision: “Person with low vision” means a person with impairment of visual functioning even after treatment or standard refractive correction but who uses or is potentially capable of using vision for the planning or execution of a task with appropriate assistive device.

 

(ii) Hearing Impairment:- “Hearing Impairment” means loss of sixty decibels or more in the better ear in the conversational range of frequencies. Hearing Impairment would also include persons who are deaf & dumb.

 

(iii)(a) Locomotor disability: “Locomotor disability ” means disability of the bones, joints or muscles leading to substantial restriction of the movement of the limbs or any form of cerebral palsy.

 

(b) Cerebral Palsy:- “Cerebral Palsy” means a group of non-progressive conditions of a person characterized by abnormal motor control posture resulting from brain insult or injuries occurring in the prenatal, peri-natal or infant period of development.

 

(c) All the cases of orthopaedically handicapped persons would be covered under the category of “locomotor disability or cerebral palsy”.

 

  1. Disability Certificate:Board’s instructions as contained in letter as referred at S.No. (iii) above be followed.

 

  1. List of Posts identified for PWDs:A consolidated list of posts have been identified suitable for PWDs and are contained in instructions issued vied S.No. (iv) of the reference.

 

  1. Reservation in posts identified for one or two categories:If a post is identified suitable only for one category of disability, reservation for that post are to be given to persons with that disability only. Reservation of 3% shall not be reduced in such cases and total reservation in the post will be given to persons suffering from the disability for which it has been identified. Likewise in case the post is identified suitable for two categories of disabilities, reservation shall be distributed between persons with those categories of disabilities equally, as far as possible. It shall, however, be ensured that reservation in different posts in the establishment is distributed in such a way that the persons of three categories of disabilities, as far as possible, get equal representation.

 

  1. Appointment against unreserved vacancies:In the posts identified suitable for PWDs, a person with disability cannot be denied the right to compete for appointment against unreserved vacancy. In other words, PWD can be appointed against an unreserved vacancy provided the post is identified suitable for PWD of the relevant category. However, this provision will not apply in the recruitment exercise to posts, where Physical Efficiency Test (PET) is a part of Examination process as PWDs are exempted from PET.

 

  1. Adjustment of Candidates selected on their own merit:PWDs selected on their own merit without relaxed standards along with other candidates will not be adjusted against the reserved share of vacancies. [Note: Own Merit means that candidates coming at par or above the unreserved [UR] merit cut off marks].

 

  1. Computation of reservation:Reservation for PWDs in case of non-Gazetted posts are to be computed on the basis of total number of vacancies occurring in all non-Gazetted posts, as the case may be, although recruitment of PWDs would only be in the posts identified suitable for them.

 

  1. Effecting reservation-Maintenance of Rosters:Railway administrations shall maintain separate 100 point reservation roster register in the format prescribed for various groups separately. Each register shall have cycles of 100 points and each cycle of 100 points shall be divided into three blocks.

 

(i)1st block-Point number 1 to 33, (ii) 2nd block- point no.34 to 66, and (iii) 3rd block – point No.67 to 100 points 1,34 and 67 of the roster shall be earmarked reserved for PWDs – one point for each of the three categories of disabilities.

 

  1. Inter-se exchange and carry forward of reservation:

(a) If the nature of disabilities in an establishment is such that a person of a specific category of disability cannot be employed, the vacancies may be interchanged among the three categories.

 

(b) If any vacancy reserved for any category of disability cannot be filled due to non-availability of a suitable person or for any other sufficient reason, such vacancy shall not be filled and shall be carried forward as a backlog reserved vacancy to the subsequent recruitment year.

(c) In the subsequent recruitment year, that ‘backlog reserved vacancy’ shall be treated as reserved for the category of disability for which, it was kept reserved in the initial year of recruitment. However, if a suitable person with that disability is not available, it may be filled by interchange among the three categories of disability. In case, no suitable person with disability is available in the subsequent year also, the Railway administration may fill up the vacancy by appointment of a person other than a PWD. In such cases, reservation shall be carried forward for a further period up to two recruitment years where after the reservation shall lapse.

 

(d) Any recruitment of disabled candidate shall first be counted against the additional quota brought forward from previous years, if any, in their chronological order. If candidates are not available for all the vacancies, the older carried forward reservation would be filled first and the relatively later carried forward reservation would be further carried forward.

 

  1. Relaxation of standard for suitability: If sufficient number of persons with disabilities are not available on the basis of general standard to fill all the vacancies reserved for them, PWD candidates may be selected on relaxed standards provided that they are not found unfit for such posts. For this purpose, 02 (two) marks below the minimum qualifying marks for each category, viz., UR/OBC/SC/ST be given a relaxation in the standard of suitability to PWDs in all recruitment from open market, in case full panel for PWDs cannot be made with the existing cut offs, as applicable.

 

  1. Medical Examination: Irrespective of the fact that the post is reserved or unreserved, medical examination of the PWD for appointment for a post identified suitable to be held by the PWD should be done keeping in mind the disability of the candidate. In other words, in case of Medical examination of a PWD candidate for appointment to a post identified suitable to be held by person of a particular disability, the medical officer/Board should be informed beforehand that the post is identified suitable to be held by PWD with relevant category and the candidate be then examined medically, keeping this fact in view.

 

  1. Relaxations & Concessions:
  2. a) Age relaxation:- (i) Age relaxation of 10 years (15 Years for SC/ST and 13 years for OBC Candidates) in upper age limit shall be allowed to PWDs in case of direct recruitment in the posts identified suitable for them, subject to the condition that maximum age of the applicant on the crucial date shall not exceed 56 Years.

 

(ii) This age concession shall be admissible irrespective of the fact, whether the post is reserved for PWDs or not, provided the post is identified suitable for the relevant category of disability.

 

(iii) If a PWD is entitled to age concession by virtue of being a Central Government employee, concessions to him/her will be admissible either as a PWD or as a Central Government employee, whichever is more beneficial to him/her.

 

  1. b) Examination fee: PWDs shall be exempted from payment of examination fee and application fee. However, the clause of this exemption should be dealt in terms of stipulation made vide Board’s letter issued under RBE No.69/2016 dated 17.06.2016.
  2. c) Typewriting Test:PWDs who are otherwise qualified to hold clerical posts and who are certified as being unable to type by the Medical Board attached to Special Employment Exchanges for them (or by a Civil Surgeon where there is no Medical Board) may be exempted from passing the typing test.

 

  1. Vacancy Notification: Posts identified suitable for PWDs should be notified as per the sub-category of disability, viz., LV,B,OL,OA,OAL etc. and the nature of work to be performed for a post may also be clearly mentioned in the employment notices.

 

  1. Conduct of examination:Examination centres for PWDs be chosen and designated in such a way that they are disabled friendly having the facilities of ramp etc. Seating arrangement for such candidates in general and for visually Handicapped (VH) candidates in particular may preferably be made on the ground floor of such centres. Besides seating arrangement for VH candidate may be made in such a way that only five or six candidates in a room i.e., one candidate in each corner and one or two in the centre of the room, can be accommodated.

 

18.1. PWD candidates with one arm/muscular weakness and Visually impaired candidates/those candidates whose writing speed is affected by Cerebral palsy can avail the assistance of a Scribe for writing answers on their behalf. For this purpose they will have to suitably inform the recruiting agency in advance. In all such cases, engagement of scribes will be subject to the following conditions:-

 

(a) The candidates will have to arrange their own scribes at their own cost during the examination. Separate Admit Cards be issued to the scribes accompanying the visually handicapped candidates. Admit card should contain the particulars and photograph of the scribe duly signed by him/her. The invigilators on duty will verify the identity of scribe with photo & particulars printed on Admit Card issued to Scribe.

 

(b) Criteria like academic/educational qualification, marks secured, age or other such restrictions for the scribes should not be fixed and instead, the invigilation system should be strengthened so that the candidates using scribes do not indulge in malpractices during examination.

 

(c) The candidates may be allowed to change the scribe even on the day of examination and also on venue by placing suitable request in writing with the recruiting body subject to completion of necessary formalities for the purpose.

 

(d) The Candidate availing the facility of subscribe, shall be responsible for any misconduct on the part of scribe brought by him/her.

 

(e) Candidates availing the assistance of ascribe, shall be eligible for compensatory time of not less than 20 minutes per hour of the examination.

 

18.2. The candidates opting to avail the assistance of scribes be accommodated at one examination venue of the designated examination centres. The scribe will read out the questions to the candidates and on the candidate stating clearly answer against each question, the scribe will write/indicate the same. An invigilator shall exclusively be posted with every such candidate who have opted to avail the assistance of a scribe. The invigilator shall have to sit along side the scribe who will sit opposite such candidate so that conversation between the scribe and the candidate could be overheard by the invigilator who shall ensure that only the answer spelt out by the candidate are written/indicated by the scribe on the medium used to answer.

 

18.3.The invigilator will ensure that the scribe makes no gesture, sounds or any other forms of communication designed to indicate to the candidate the correctness or otherwise of an answer being recorded by him. Any such attempt would entail disqualification of candidate and stringent action will be taken against both the candidate and the scribe. Conversation between the candidate and the scribe should not disturb in any way the peace in the examination hall or the other candidates seated in the examination hall/room.

 

18.4. The VH candidates may be allowed to use TAILOR FRAME AND BRAIL SLATE WITH PAPER for solving arithmetic problems and they will have to bring their own TAILOR FRAME AND BRAIL SLATE WITH PAPER in the examination hall. Partially blind candidates who are able to read/view normal Question Paper set for all the candidates and to write/indicate the answer with the help of Magnifying Glass may be allowed to use Magnifying Glass in the examination hall but they shall not be allowed the help of a SCRIBE. Such candidates may bring their own Magnifying Glass in the examination hall. However, they shall not be provided with the Question Paper meant for VH Candidates who require the assistance of a Scribe. All one eyed candidates and VH candidates whose visual degree of disability is less than 40% shall not be considered as VH persons and the provision for engaging scribe shall not be applicable to them.

 

18.5. Question paper for VH candidates will not have any component of map/ graphs/ statistical data or diagrams/figures/geometrical problems etc. As regards requirement of Disability Certificate, instructions contained in Board’s letter under reference (ii) be followed.

 

  1. Medical Examination: While sending the PWDs for medical examination, (i) the recruiting department has to issue Medical Memos mentioning the department, the category of post (group C or erstwhile group D) along with their Grade Pay and level in the Pay Matrix and category of disability required to be examined like OL,OA, BL, OAL,OH, BH, HH, BL, LV, MW etc. Medical categories like A1, A2 etc. should NOT be mentioned on this memo. (ii) The examining Doctor will issue certificate to the effect that candidate is fit under handicapped quota under OL, OA, BL, OAL, OH….etc. This certificate will not and cannot mention any medical category like A1/A2 etc.

 

  1. There may arise a situation where PWD candidate appointed to a post directly connected with train operations / running of train, may not be able to perform his / her duties efficiently or it is a risk to his / her life and those of the passengers, in such a situation, General Managers at their own discretion [not to be delegated further], may change the category of such candidates taking the views of the Medical Department, wherever required. While doing so, the pay scale and other service benefits should not be affected adversely.

 

  1. Liaison Officer for PWDs:Liaison Officers appointed to look after reservation matters for SCs/STs shall also work as Liaison Officers for reservation matters relating to persons with disabilities and shall ensure compliance of these instructions.

 

  1. While conducting recruitment exercise from open market, in addition to the employment Notices being supplied to the Employment Exchanges, Special Employment Exchanges, Vocational Rehabilitation Centers & National level Rehabilitation institutes, such notices are also to be published in Employment News. Further, Recruiting agencies whether RRBs/RRCs/Railway Administrations shall also get the Employment Notices /Advertisements uploaded on the websites of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Department of Personnel and Training, Office of the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities and any other Ministry/Department as deemed necessary through NIC or other means for information of all concerned. This will be in addition to, hoisting the same on the websites of the recruiting agencies concerned.

 

 

Board’s ltr. No. E[NG]II/2015/RC-2/2 dated 16.09.2015

 Sub: Recruitment of Persons with Disabilities from open market – Employment Notices – reg.

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As the Railways are aware, three percent of the vacancies in direct recruitment to non-Gazetted posts are to be reserved for persons with disabilities of which one percent each shall be reserved for persons suffering from [i] blindness or low vision, [ii] hearing impairment  and [iii] locomotor disability or cerebral palsy in the posts identified suitable for each disability.  Further, in terms of Board’s instructions as contained in letter No. E[NG]II/98/RC-2/8 dated 17.09.1998, in addition to the Employment Notices being supplied to the Employment Exchanges, Special Employment Exchanges, Vocational Rehabilitation Centres & National Level Rehabilitation Institutes, such notices are also to be published in Employment News.  It has now been decided that recruiting agencies whether RRBs/RRCs/Railway Administrations shall also get the Employment Notices /Advertisements uploaded on the websites of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Department of Personnel and Training, Office of the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities and any other Ministry / Department as deemed necessary through NIC or other means for information of all concerned.  This will be in addition to hoisting the same on the websites of the recruiting agencies concerned.

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Board’s ltr. No. E[NG]II/2014/RC-2/1 List dated 22.07.2016

 Sub: Reservation for Persons with Disabilities [PWDs] for Recruitment  from open market – List of posts identified suitable for them

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Attention is invited to para 3 of this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 14.02.2014, wherein it has been clearly mentioned that the list of posts is not exhaustive and Railway Administrations are free to identify more posts [ not

included in the enclosed list ] locally so that more PWDs can be provided employment opportunities on the Railways.

 

In pursuance of order of Hon’ble Court of Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities have advised that ‘Multiple Erstosis’ and ‘Spinal Deformity’ fall under the broad category of locomotor disability.

 

Accordingly, Railways are advised to consider candidates having ‘Multiple Erstosis’ and ‘Spinal Deformity’ in the broad category of locomotor disability and identify concerned posts suitable for these categories of locomotor disability, if they fulfil the physical and functional requirements attached with the respective posts.

 

RBE No.70/2017

Board’s Notification issued under letter No. PC-VII/2017/RSRP/1 dated 14.07.2017  [RBE No.70/2017]

G.S.R.882(E).—In exercise of powers conferred by the proviso to Article 309 of the Constitution, the President hereby makes the following rules in amendment to the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 namely : –

1. (1) These rules may be called Railway Services (Revised Pay) Amendment Rules, 2017.

(2) They shall be deemed to have come into force on the 1st day of January, 2016.

  1. In the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016, –
    1. In rule 12, for the words “the date of notification of these rules”, the following shall be substituted, namely: –

“1st January, 2016 and the same shall apply to the pay of officers coming on deputation to posts in the Central Government which are not covered under the Central Staffing Scheme.”;

(b) In the Schedule, –

(i) for PART A, the following PART shall be substituted, namely;-

R.K. VERMA, Secy.

Note: The Railway Services [Revised Pay] Rules, 2016 were published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary vide number GSR.. 746[E], dated the 28th July, 2016.

 

 

RBE No. 68/2017

 Board’s ltr. No. E[W]2016/PS5-1/10 dated 12.07.2017  [RBE No.68/2017]

 

Sub: Validation of Duty/ PriviIege/ Post Retirement Complimentary Passes (PRCP) in Hamsafar Express trains, Gatimaan Express trains and all other Special trains including Suvidha Express,  Special Trains on special charges, etc.

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On a demand raised in PREM Group Meeting, a proposal for standardization of travel entitlement on Passes has been under consideration.

  1. After due deliberations, Board have decided to allow booking of berths/seats by serving/retired Railway Servants on Duty/Privilege/Post Retirement Complimentary Passes, as follows:-

[i] The accommodation in Hamsafar Express trains for Duty/Privilege/PRCP shall be earmarked as at par with that being earmarked in Rajdhani/ Duronto Express trains.

[ii] In Gatimaan Express train, the accommodation for Duty/Privilege/PRCP shall be earmarked as at par with that being earmarked in Shatabdi Express trains.

[iii] In all other special trains including Suvidha Express, Special Trains on special charges, etc., the accommodation shall be earmarked on the lines of Rajdhani/Duronto/Shatabdi Express trains depending upon the type of coaches being attached in that train to the extent of IAC-4, EC4, 2A-6, 3A-16, CC-4, SL-20 and 2S-20.

  1. Booking of tickets in above categories of trains will be allowed on the basis of extant stamping on passes for travel by Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto Express trains with a minor modification that now the word “Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto Express type trains” shall be stamped. No additional stamping containing the name of any other train is to be made on the passes. The Pass Issuing Authorities should ensure that stamping on the passes is strictly in compliance with the Pass Rules and duly authenticated.
  2. This information may be brought to the notice of all concerned.
  3. CRIS will make necessary modifications in the software immediately under intimation to Board and all Zonal Railways.
  4. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance and Commercial Directorates of the Ministry of Railways.

 

RBE No. 67/2017

 Board’s ltr. No. 2017/E[Sports]/4[3]/8/Snooker dated 11.07.2017 [RBE No.67/2017] –Clarification /Corrigendum No.80 

Sub: Re-organisation of  Six Red Snooker

Ref: Board’s letter No. 2010/E[Sports]/4[1]/1[Policy] dt. 31.12.2010 [RBE No.189  B/2010]

[ii] 2011/E[Sports]/4[1]/1/Policy Clarifications dt. 17.01.2011 [RBE No.08/2011] and clarifications /corrigendum issued thereto.

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Please refer to Para 2.7 of Board’s letter dated 31.12.2010 [RBE No.189  B/2010] and letter dated 17.01.2011 [RBE No. 08/2011] mentioned above, detailing the names of recognized games on Indian Railways.

 

During the Presidents Secretaries Meeting [PSM] of Railway Sports Promotion Board, held at Rail Bhawan on 08.05.2017, the house was informed that Eight [08] ball format has since been discontinued from the National championship and 06 [Six] Red Ball has been introduced.  Accordingly, the House decided that the same should be followed by RSPB.

 

The proposal has accordingly been examined in Railway Board and it has been decided that the performance of sportspersons in “6 Red Snooker” instead of “8-Ball Pool” shall be considered for recruitment and incentive purposes as per the provisions of Board’s policy letter dated 31.12.2010.

 

Board’s letter No.PC-VII/2016/RSRP/3 dated 29.6.2017

Sub:  Clarification regarding bunching of stages in the revised pay structure under RS(RP)Rules,2016

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Instructions relating to bunching of stages while fixing the pay in 7th CPC was issued vide Board’s letter dated 26.09.2016. Subsequently, it was considered necessary to clarify vide this office letter dated 12.01.2017 that fixation of cases arising out of bunching of stages should only be done within the ambit  of the instructions only and cases involving issues such as providing multiple increments while bunching of stages, extending the benefit of bunching between officials appointed through different streams (DR and Promotee) and providing benefits in cascading manner shall await issue of detailed clarifications.

 

  1. Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure, Implementation Cell) have also issued clarification vide OM No.1-6/2016/IC (Pt.) dated 13.6.2017 ( Copy enclosed) that pending issue of detailed guidelines on bunching from their end, implementation of provisions in respect of their OM dated 07.09.2016 on bunching may be put on hold, where not given effect to so far.

 

  1. In view of these clarifications issued by Ministry of Finance, it is advised that, wherever not given effect to implementation of the provisions of bunching contained in Board’s letter dated 26.9.2016 may be put on hold till such time detailed clarifications are issued to avoid subjective interpretation of the provisions that could result in anomalies/recoveries at a later date.

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Ministry of Finance, Dept of Expenditure’s OM No.1-6/2016/IC (Pt) dated 13.6.2017

Sub: Recommendations of the 7th Central pay Commission — bunching of stages in the revised pay structure under Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016.

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With reference to the subject mentioned above and in continuation of this Department’s OM of even number dated 07.09.2016, the undersigned is directed to inform that, a large number of references have been received from Ministries/Departments seeking clarifications relating to the application of the benefit on account of bunching of stages while fixing the pay in the revised pay structure.

 

  1. It has also been brought to the notice of this Department that some offices have extended the benefits on account of bunching based on subjective interpretation of the provisions of OM dated 07.09.2016, which may not be consistent with the principles and philosophy of the 7th CPC recommendations on bunching. Implementation of such pay fixation orders are not in conformity with the 7th CPC principles on bunching and may create further anomalies. In order to ensure consistency of approach in applying the provisions relating to bunching and to address the queries on various aspects of bunching, it has been decided to issue detailed guidelines on bunching.
  2. All Ministries /Departments are, therefore, advised that the implementation of the provisions on bunching in OM dated 07.09.2016 may be put on hold till the time the detailed instructions in this regard are issued by Department of Expenditure. It is also requested that if orders on account of bunching have already been issued by Ministries / Departments but not implemented, the same may not be given effect to.

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Board’s letter No.PC-VII/2016/RSRP/3 dated 12.01.2017

Sub:  Clarification regarding bunching of stages in the revised pay structure under RS(RP)Rules,2016

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W.r.t. the clarifications issued vide Board’s letter No.PC-VII/2016/RSRP/3 dated 26.09.2016  relating to bunching, it is further advised that the fixation of cases  arising out of bunching of stages should only be done within the ambit of the said instructions only.  In cases involving issues beyond the clarification already issued   such as providing multiple increments while bunching of stages, extending the benefit of bunching between officials appointed through various streams [ i.e. DR and Promotee] in the same grade, consideration of the benefit of bunching in a cascading manner [ through comparison with a junior, who in turn, is senior to another junior in the hierarchy] shall await further detailed clarifications.  Railway Board have already referred the matter to Ministry of Finance for issue of such clarifications.

 

  1. This issues in consultation with Associate Finance Railway Board.

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RBE No. 60/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[MPP]2017/3/2 dated 20.06.2017  [RBE No.60/2017]

Sub:  Initial /Promotional Training of Supervisors at Technical Training Centre [TTC] for All Production Units.

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Ministry of Railways [Railway Board] with the approval of AM/PU has decided to revise the Training Centres and Training Modules of Supervisors in all Production Units.

 

  1. The practical training for staff of Production Units shall be given in the form of attachment to Divisions in which the Production Units are located.
  2. This training is to be imparted in the Coaching Depots, DEMU Sheds and Loco Sheds.
  3. For the theoretical portion of training, the training may be given in the Production Units themselves as the Production Units have all the basic facilities.
  4. Details of the Training Modules proposed is as below:

 

S.No. Training Module No. of Weeks Training be given at
Theory Training
1 Industrial Safety, First Aid and Fire Fighting 1 Training to be given in the Production Units themselves as the Production Units have all the basic facilities
2 Accident  and Disaster Management
3 Industrial Engg.
4 Supervisory Skills 1
5 Technical English
6 Computer Awareness 1
7 Manufacturing Process 1
8 Engineering Drawing
TOTAL OF THEORY PORTION 4
9 Stream specific 4 -do-
Practical Training
10 Practical Training at Divisional Units 2 Training to be given in Coaching depots, DEMU Shed and Loco Sheds
11 Practical Training at POH Workshop 1 This POH training to be given in workshops
12 On the Job Training 1 In the Production Unit themselves
TOTAL [PRACTICAL TRAINING] 4
13 Refresher /Exam/Viva etc. 1 In the Production Unit themselves
G.Total 13

 

RBE No. 65/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[W]2016/ISM/9 dated 07.07.2017  [RBE No.65/2017]

Sub:Ayurvedic /Homoeopathic dispensaries under Staff Benefit Fund [SBF].

Ref: This Ministry’s letters No. E[W]2013/ISM/1 dated 23.07.2014 and 18.05.2015  

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The  issue regarding enhancement in the amount of honorarium admissible to the Ayurvedic/ Homoeopathic  Consultants [engaged by SBF Committees on contract basis] and also the subsidy on medicines in respect of Ayurvedic / Homoeopathic dispensaries being  run under the  S B F was under consideration of this office.

 

  1. The matter has been examined in detail and it has now been decided that revised monthly honorarium for Ayurvedic / Homoeopathic Consultants and monthly subsidy on medicine on the Ayurvedic / Homoeopathic dispensaries being run by the Staff Benefit Fund Committee will be as follows:
Revised monthly honorarium

8 hrs. Duration                 4 hrs.  duration

 

[a]    Ayurvedic / Homoeopathic Consultants        35,500                                22500
[b]    Monthly subsidy on medicines        12,000

 

  1. Revised honorarium for Ayurvedic / Homoeopathic dispensers will be issued separately.

 

  1. Annual allotment for “Indigenous Systems of Medicine” under SBF [under which Homoeopathic and Ayurvedic dispensaries function] at 36 per capita being  inadequate to meet the increase in requirement of funds on account of the above revision in the honorarium, the additional expenditure necessitated due to revision under these orders would also be met through re-appropriation from the head “ Medical Services” as additional  ad hoc contribution to the SBF, and the Medical Budget would be suitably augmented  from Revenues.  CPOs would advise CMDs about the additional funds required on this account so that the same could be reflected in the budgetary estimates.

 

  1. This aforesaid revision will take effect from the date of issue of these orders.

 

  1. This issues in consultation with the Health Directorate and with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

Board’s ltr. No. E[W]2017/PS5-2/2 dated 30.06.2017 

Sub: Issue of First Class Privilege Passes to Assistant Station Masters.

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It has been brought to the notice of Board that some Zonal Railways are not issuing First Class Privilege passes to Assistant Station Masters [ASMs], despite the fact that they were upgraded to erstwhile Grade Pay of 4200/- and accordingly fitted in Level-6 of Pay Matrix of Railway Services [Revised Pay] Rules, 2016.

 

  1. The matter has been examined in Board’s office and it is clarified that in terms of Board’s letter No. E[W]2008/PS5-1/38 dated 06.01.2011, Railway employees in Grade Pay of Rs.4200/- are entitled for First Class Pass and accordingly, ASMs having been upgraded to the erstwhile Grade Pay of Rs.4200/- are entitled for First Class Privilege Passes. All Zonal Railways are advised to take note for issuance of Passes, accordingly.

 

 Board’s ltr. No. PC-V/2010/A/Med/1 dated 10.07.2017

Sub: Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance [FMA] to the Railway pensioners                    / Family pensioners – regarding   

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References have been received regarding endorsement to be made in the RELHS card as per Board’s letter No. PC-V/2010/A/Med/1 dated 11.02.2014 which is causing hardship due to certain doubts to the Railway pensioners/ family pensioners while claiming Fixed Medical Allowance.  The matter has been examined in Board’s office and it has been decided that in slight modification of the Board’s letter of even number dated 11.02.2014, in the RELHS card of Pensioners / Family Pensioners following endorsements may please be made:

[i] “whether eligible for OPD facility for other than chronic diseases – YES/NO”

[ii] “whether eligible for OPD facility for chronic diseases – YES/NO”

 

The terms and conditions for FMA remain unchanged.

 

  1. All the concerned may please be instructed to ensure the aforementioned endorsement in the RELHS card of Railway Pensioners /Family Pensioners.

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RBE No. 73/2017

Board’s ltr. No.E[NG]II/2017/RR-1/12[3192238] dated 27.07.2017[RBE No.73/2017]

Sub:  Minimum educational qualification for recruitment of staff from open market in Level-l of the pay matrix of 7th CPC.


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Attention is invited to instructions issued vide this Ministry’s letter under RBE No. 129/2013 dated 09.12.2013 laying down qualification for recruitment of staff from open market to posts in Pay Band-1 of Rs. 5200-20200 having Grade Pay 1800/- (now Level-l of the pay matrix of  7th CPC), through all modes, against direct recruitment quota as 10th pass  or ITI or equivalent or National Apprenticeship Certificate (NAC) granted by NCVT.

  1. The qualifications have further been reviewed and it has been decided by Board that the minimum educational qualification for recruitment of staff in Level-l of the pay matrix of 7th CPC (earlier Grade Pay Rs.1800/-) in Civil Engineering, Mechanical, Electrical and S&T departments from open market, through all modes, will henceforth be as under:-

10th pass plus National Apprenticeship Certificate (NAC) granted by NCVT
OR

             10th pass plus ITI.


  1. For all other departments of the Railways, the minimum educational qualification will continue to be the same as mentioned in para-1 above.
  2. Cases already under process will continue to be dealt in terms of earlier instructions.

 

RBE No. 74/2017 

Board’s ltr. No. E(P&A)II-2014/RS-22 dated 28.07.2017  [RBE No.74/2017]

Sub: Reckoning of pay element for fixation of pay of running staff in stationary posts in Group ‘B’.

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Eastern Railway and South East Central Railway had requested for a clarification whether 30% pay element will be reckoned for pay fixation of a running staff who has been selected to a Group ‘B’ post through selection/LDCE.

 

  1. The issue has been under consideration in this office and it has been decided to clarify that the provisions regarding fixation of pay of running staff in stationary posts contained in Rule 25 (i)(d) of ‘The Rules for the payment of running and other allowances to the Running staff on the Railways 1981’ and paragraph 924 (i) (d) of IREM-I would also apply in the case of fixation of pay of running staff posted on promotion to the stationary posts in Group ‘B’ also.

 

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

 

RBE No. 79/2017 

Board’s ltr. No. PC-VII/2016/I/6/2 dated 31.07.2017  [RBE No.79/2017]PC-VII/25

Sub: Availability of option for fixation of pay on promotion from the Date of Next Increment (DNI) in the lower post and method of fixation of pay from DNI, if opted for, in context of RS(RP) Rules, 2016 – regarding.

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Consequent to implementation of 7th CPC recommendations, various doubts have arisen over the issue of relevancy of provisions of FR 22(I)(a)(1) as well as the methodology of fixation of pay on promotion to a post carrying duties and responsibilities of greater importance, of a Government Servant in case he opts for pay fixation from the Date of Next Increment  (DNI).

 

  1. It was advised to all the Zonal Railways vide Board’s letter of even no. dated 09.03.2017 that the issue has already been referred to Ministry of Finance. Now a detailed clarification over the issue has been issued by Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Personnel & Training (MoPPG&P/DoP&T) vide their O.M No. 13/02/2017-Estt.(Pay-I) dated 27.07.2017 (copy enclosed).
  2. The clarifications issued by MoPPG&P/DoP&T vide their O.M. dated 27.07.2017 will be applicable mutatis mutandis in Railways w.r.t. RS(RP) Rules, 2016.

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Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Personnel & Training (MoPPG&P/DoP&T)’s O.M No. 13/02/2017-Estt.(Pay-I) dated 27.07.2017

Sub: Availability of option for fixation of pay on promotion from the Date of Next Increment (DNI) in the lower post and method of fixation of pay from DNI, if opted for, in context of CCS(RP) Rules, 2016 – regarding.

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Prior to implementation of 6th CPC Report, the pay fixation on promotion was governed by provisions of FR 22(I)(a)(1). In 6th CPC context, the first part of FR 22(I)(a)(1) was replaced by Rule 13 of CCS (RP) Rules, 2008. Similarly, consequent upon implementation of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 in 7th CPC context, the pay fixation on promotion is regulated by the provisions of Rule 13 of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016. This rule regulates pay fixation on promotion if the same is opted by the employee from the date of promotion itself. The issue of relevancy of provisions of FR 22(I)(a)(1) as well as the methodology of fixation of pay on promotion to a post carrying duties and responsibilities of greater importance, of a Government Servant in case he opts for pay fixation from the Date of Next Increment (DNI) has been considered in this Department.

  1. In this context, proviso under FR 22(I)(a)(1) inter-alia provides that the Government Servant (other than those appointed on deputation basis to ex-cadre post or on ad-hoc basis or on direct recruitment basis) shall have the option, to be exercised within one month from the date of promotion, to have the pay fixed under this rule from the date of such promotion or to have the pay fixed from the date of accrual of next increment in the scale of the pay in lower grade.
  2. After due consideration in this matter, the President is pleased to decide as follows:

(i)         FR 22(I)(a)(1) holds good with regard to availability of option clause for pay fixation, to a Government Servant holding a post, other than a tenure post, in a substantive or temporary or officiating capacity, who is promoted or appointed in a substantive, temporary or officiating capacity, as the case may be, subject to the fulfilment of the eligibility conditions as prescribed in the relevant Recruitment Rules, to another post carrying duties or responsibilities of greater importance than those attaching to the post held by him/her. Such Government Servant may opt to have his/her pay fixed from the Date of his/her Next Increment (either 1st July or 1st January, as the case may be) accruing in the Level of the post from which he/she is promoted, except in cases of appointment on deputation basis to an ex-cadre post or on direct recruitment basis or appointment/promotion on ad-hoc basis.

(ii)        In case, consequent upon his/her promotion, the Government Servant opts to have his/her pay fixed from the date of his/her next increment (either 1st  July or 1st  January, as the case may be) in the Level of the post from which Government Servant is promoted, then, from the date of promotion till his/her DNI, the Government Servant shall be placed at the next higher cell in the level of the post to which he/she is promoted.

(iii)       Subsequently, on DNI in the level of the post to which Government Servant is promoted, his/her Pay will be re-fixed and two increments (one accrued on account of annual increment and the second accrued on account of promotion) may be granted in the Level from which the Government Servant is promoted and he/she shall be placed, at a Cell equal to the figure so arrived, in the Level of the post to which he/she is promoted; and if no such Cell is available in the Level to which he/she is promoted, he/she shall be placed at the next higher Cell in that Level.

 

(iv)       In such cases where Government Servant opts to have his/her pay fixed from the date of his/her next increment in the Level of the post from which he/she is promoted, the next increment as well as Date of Next Increment (DNI) will be regulated accordingly.

 

  1. It is further reiterated that in order to enable the officials to exercise the option within the time limit prescribed, the option clause for pay fixation on promotion with effect from date of promotion/DNI shall invariably be incorporated in the promotion/appointment order so that there are no cases of delay in exercising the options due to administrative lapse.

 

  1. Insofar as their application to the employees belonging to the Indian Audit and Accounts Department is concerned, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

 

RBE No. 72/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[NG]I-2008/PM1/6 Part dated 24.07.2017   [RBE No. 72/2017]

Sub: Filling up of DR Quota vacancies through General Departmental  Competitive Examination (GDCE) — eligibility of staff in same Grade Pay/ Pay Scale — regarding.

Ref: [a] Railway Board’s letters No.E[NG]I-2004/PM2/3 dt. 5.08.2004 & 20.10.2005

[b] Railway Board’s letter No.E[NG]I-2008/PM1/6 Part dt.23.6.2017

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Zonal Railways and Production Units may please refer to Board’s letters quoted in the reference, in terms of which employees working in grades lower than the grades for which GDCE is held are eligible to appear in the selection held for GDCE and staff in same grade pay/scale are eligible to appear from Non-Safety to Safety Posts for GDCE selections. Both the Federations, viz., AIRF and NFIR have raised the issue of eligibility of staff for appearing in GDCE and have requested Board to allow staff from same grade pay/pay scale also to avail the benefit of GDCE.

 

  1. The matter has been examined and it has been decided that in supersession to Board’s letters quoted above in the reference :

 

(a)    Eligible staff working in grades lower than the grades/pay scale for which GDCE is being conducted be permitted to appear in GDCE selections for all categories;

 

(b)    Eligible staff working in same grade/pay scale for which GDCE is being conducted may be permitted to appear in selection for GDCE from Non-Safety to Safety category posts as well as Safety to Safety category posts.

 

RBE No. 78/2017

Board’s ltr. No. 2016/F[E]III/1[1]/7 dated 31.07.2017  [RBE No.78 /2017] PC-VII/28

Sub: Revision of Additional Relief on death/ disability of Government servants covered under New Pension Scheme (NPS) in pursuance of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the 7th CPC – reg. 

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A copy of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DOP&PW)’s O.M. No. 28/03/2017-P&PW(B) dated 30th May, 2017 on the above cited subject is enclosed for information and compliance. These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also. Rules 38, 49, 50 and 54 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 and CCS (Extraordinary Pension) Rules, mentioned in DOP&PW’s O.M., correspond to Rules 55, 69, 70 and 75 of the Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993 and Railway Services (Extraordinary Pension) Rules, 1993 respectively. The DOP&PW’s O.M. No. 38/41/06/P&PW(A) dated 05.05.2009, referred to in their aforesaid O.M. dated 30.05.2017 has been circulated on the Railways vide this office letter No. 2008/AC-ll/21/19 dated 29.05.2009.

  

DOP&PW’s O.M. No. 28/03/2017-P&PW(B) dated 30th May, 2017

Sub: Revision of Additional Relief on death/disability of Government servants covered under New Pension Scheme (NPS) in pursuance of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the 7th CPC – reg. 

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The undersigned is directed to refer to Railway Board’s letter No. 2016/F(E)lll/1(1)/7 dated 01.05.2017 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the additional benefit on provisional basis has been extended to the Government employees covered under NPS vide O.M. No. 38/41/06-P&PW(A) dated 05.05.2009 in the event of death or invalidation from service on disability. This O.M. provides that the  Govt. employees covered under  NPS who are discharged on invalidation /disablement or the family of such employees who have died during service would be extended the benefit of invalid pension or family pension in accordance with Rules 38, 49, 50 and 54 of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 and CCS(EOP) Rules as the case may be.

  1. Any order for revision of pension /family pension sanctioned under the CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 and CCS(EOP) Rules, would also be equally applicable to the Govt. servants covered under NPS, who have been extended the benefits of old pension scheme in terms of O.M. dated 05.05.2009.

RBE No. 69/2017

Board’s ltr. No. F[E]III/2005/PN1/23 dated 13.07.2017  [RBE No.69/2017] 

Sub:  Restoration of full pension of absorbee pensioners in view of the order dated 01.09.2016 of Hon’ble Supreme Court in Civil Appeal No. 6048/2010 and Civil Appeal No. 6371/2010

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A copy of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DOP&PW)’s O.M. No. 4/34/2002-P&PW(D) Vol.Il dated 23rd June, 2017 on the above subject is enclosed for information and compliance. These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also. The erstwhile Rule 37-A of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972, which corresponds to Rule 54 of the Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993, stands omitted vide Board’s notification  No. F(E)III/2003/PN1/25 dated 20.01.2005.

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DOP&PW’s O.M. No. 4/34/2002-P&PW(D) Vol.Il dated 23rd June, 2017

 Sub: Restoration of full pension of absorbee pensioners in view of the order dated 01.09.2016 of Hon’ble Supreme Court in Civil Appeal No. 6048/2010 and Civil Appeal No. 6371/2010.


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The undersigned is directed to say that in accordance with the instructions which existed before 31.03.1995, a Government servant, on absorption in a Public Sector Undertaking or an Autonomous Body, had the option to draw pro-rata gratuity and a lump sum amount in lieu of pension. The option regarding payment of lump sum amount in lieu of monthly pension on absorption in a PSU or autonomous body was available in terms of the instructions issued vide Department of Expenditure’s O.M. No. 26(18)-E.V(B)/75 dated 08.04.1976, Department of Personnel & Training’s O.M. No. 28016/5/85-Estt.(C) dated 31.01.1986 and Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare’s O.M. No. 4(12)/85-P&PW dated 31.03.1987. This option was also available to Government employees on absorption in PSUs/autonomous bodies of the State Governments and Joint Sector undertakings in terms of this Department’s O.M. No. 4/43/88-P&PW(D) dated 16.10.1989. The terms and conditions for absorption of Government employees consequent on conversion of a Government Department into a PSU or autonomous body issued vide this Department’s O.M. No. 4/18/87-P&PW(D) dated 5.7.1989 also provided for a similar option of lump sum payment in lieu of monthly pension.

 

  1. In accordance with Rule 37-A of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972, incorporated vide Department of Expenditure’s Notification No. 44(l)-E.V./71 dated 09.04.1973, on exercise of the above option, an employee was entitled to a lump sum amount not exceeding the commuted value of one-third of the pension and terminal benefit equal to twice the aforesaid lump-sum amount, subject to the condition that the Government servant surrendered his right of drawing two-thirds of his pension.
  2. The option to draw a lump sum amount in lieu of pension was withdrawn vide this Department’s O.M. No. 4/42/91-P&PW(D) dated 31st March, 1995. Accordingly, the erstwhile Rule 37-A was omitted from the CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 vide Notification No. 4/42/91-P&PW(D) dated 25.06.1997.
  3. In implementation of the Order dated 15.12.1995 of Hon’ble Supreme Court in WP(C) No. 11855/85, instructions were issued vide this Department’s O.M. No. 4/3/86-P&PW(D) dated 30.09.1996 for restoration of one-third commuted portion of pension of Government servants who had drawn lump sum payment on absorption in a PSU/autonomous body. Further instructions were issued, from time to time, for computation and revision of the one-third restored pension of such absorbee pensioners and for payment of the attendant benefits like dearness relief, etc. to such absorbee pensioners. Orders for revision of the one-third restored pension w.e.f. 01.01.2006 of such absorbee pensioners were issued vide this Department’s O.M. No 4/38/2008- P&PW(D) dated 15/09/2008, O.M. No. 4/30/2010-P&PW(D) dated 11/07/2013 and O.M. No. 4/38/2008-P&PW(D) dated 04/08/2016. These absorbee pensioners were, however, entitled to dearness relief and age-related additional pension based on the notional full pension.

 

  1. Hon’ble High Court of Judicature of Madras, in its judgement dated 02.08.2007 in Writ Petition no. 22207/2002 filed by one Sh. K. Ganesan, an officer in the office of Controller General of Accounts, held that surrendering of the right for drawal of 2/3rd of Pension after its commutation, as provided under Rule 37-A (b), was repugnant to Section 12 of the Pensions Act, 1871 and that the petitioner was lawfully entitled for the restoration of his pension after the expiry of the period of commutation of 2/3rd pension. Hon’ble High Court, accordingly, directed restoration of 2/3rd pension and payment of arrears accordingly.

 

  1. An SLP ( Civil ) No. 4054/ 2008 (converted into  Civil  Appeal No. 6048 / 2010) was  filed  by the Union of  India  challenging  the   aforesaid   order   dated  02.08.2007  of  Hon’ble  High Court  of  Judicature  of  Madras.       In     its  order dated 01.09.2016,  Hon’ble  Supreme  Court  found   no  justification   to   interfere   with   the order   dated   02.08.2007  of  Hon’ble   High   Court      directing     restoration  of   2/3rd    pension    in    respect   of    the   respondent    (Shri K. Ganesan),   after    the

expiry of the requisite period of commutation. The Civil Appeal No. 6048/2010 was accordingly dismissed by Hon’ble Supreme Court. In the said judgement dated 1.9.2016, similar direction was passed by Hon’ble Supreme Court in the Civil Appeal No. 6371/2010 for restoration of 2/3rd pension in respect of the petitioners, Shri K.L. Dhall, an absorbed employee of Ministry of Civil Aviation and member pensioners of Welfare Association of Central Government Officers, CAD Absorbed in PSU.

  1. Review Petitions No. 465/2017 and No. 472/2017 were filed by Union of India in the Supreme Court against the aforesaid order dated 1.9.2016. Instructions were separately issued to the office of Controller General of Accounts and the Ministry of Civil Aviation vide OM No.4/34/2002-P&PW(D)Vol.ll dated 21-12-2016 and OM No. 4/34/2002-P&PW(D).Vol.II dated 21-12-2016 respectively, for implementation of the orders of Hon’ble Supreme Court in respect of the petitioner/respondent pensioners in the aforesaid Civil Appeals, subject to the final outcome of the Review Petitions. The aforesaid Review Petitions No. 465/2017 and  No. 472/2017 have been dismissed by Hon’ble Supreme Court on 22.03.2017.

 

  1. The matter has been examined in consultation with the Department of Legal Affairs and the Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure). It has been decided to extend the benefit of order dated 02-08-2007 of the Hon’ble Madras High Court and the Order dated 01-09-2016 of the Hon’ble Supreme Court to all similarly placed absorbee pensioners. Accordingly, all such absorbee petitioners who had taken 100% lump-sum amount in lieu of pension on absorption in PSUs/Autonomous Bodies in accordance with the then existing Rule 37-A and in whose case 1/3 pension had been restored after 15 years, may be allowed restoration of full pension after expiry of commutation period of 15 years from the date of payment of 100% lump-sum amount.

 

  1. The absorbee pensioners whose full pension is restored in terms of the above instructions would also be entitled to revision of their pension in accordance with the instructions issued from time to time in implementation of the recommendations of the Pay Commissions, including the 7th Central Pay Commission.

  2. In their application to the persons belonging to the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

 

  1. Ministry of Agriculture etc. are requested to bring the contents of these Orders to the notice of Controller of Accounts/Pay & Accounts Officers and Attached subordinate Offices under them on a top priority basis and for taking necessary action for implementation of the above instructions. All pension disbursing offices are also advised to prominently display these orders on their notice boards for the benefit of pensioners.

 

  1. This issues with the approval of Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) vide their ID Note No.1(11)/EV/2017 dated 26-05-2017 and dated 13.6.2017.

 

RBE No. 77/2017

Board’s ltr. No. PC-V/2017/A/FPA/1 dated 28.07.2017 [RBE No.77/2017] PC-VII/27

Sub: Discontinuance of Family Planning Allowance for adoption of small family norms –recommendation of   the 7th Central Pay Commission.

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Please refer to Board’s letter No.PC-V/2008/A/O/2[FPA] dated 14.10.2008 [RBE No. 151/2008] regarding the existing rates of Family Planning Allowance [FPA] admissible to Railway  employees and as provided for in para 9 of the Schedule for RS[RP] Rules, 2016 dt. 02.08.2016 [RBE No. 93/2016], the matter regarding allowances [except Dearness Allowance ]  based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission were to be notified subsequently and separately. Until then, all allowances were required to be paid at the existing rates in the existing pay structure (the pay structure based on 6th Pay Commission) as if the pay has not been revised w.e.f. 1st January, 2016.  Accordingly, FPA was also required to be paid at the existing rates specified in the aforesaid Board’s letter dated 14.10.2008.

 

  1. The decisions of the Government on various allowances based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission and in the light of the recommendations of the Committee under the Chairmanship of the Finance Secretary, constituted for this purpose, have since been notified. The recommendation of the 7th Central Pay Commission to abolish Family Planning Allowance has been accepted and this decision is effective from 1st July, 2017. Accordingly, FPA Family Planning Allowance, as admissible hitherto, shall cease to exist in all cases.

 

  1. These orders shall take effect from 1st July, 2017 and hence Family Planning Allowance shall stand discontinued w.e.f, 1st July, 2017

 

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

                                     [Authority: MOF’s O.M. No.12[4]/2016-EIII.A, dt. 7th July, 2017]

 

RBE No. 80/2017

 Board’s ltr. No. PC-V/2017/A/TA/1 dated 3.8.2017 [RBE No.80 /2017] PC-VII/29 

Sub:  Recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission – Grant of Transport Allowance to Railway employees.

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Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission, the President is pleased to decide that Transport Allowance shall be admissible to Railway employees at the following rates:-

 

Employees drawing pay in Pay Level Rates of Transport Allowance per month
Employees posted in the Cities as per Annexure Employees posted at all other places
9 and above Rs.7200 + DA thereon Rs.3600 + DA thereon
3 to 8 Rs.3600 + DA thereon Rs.1800 + DA thereon
1 and 2 Rs.1350 + DA thereon Rs.900 + DA thereon

 

  1. The grant of Transport Allowance shall be subject to the following conditions:-

 

  • The allowance shall not be admissible to those employees who have been provided with the facility of Government transport.

 

  • In respect of those employees who opt to continue in their pre-revised Pay-structure/Pay Scales, the corresponding Level in the Pay Matrix of the post occupied on 01.01.2016 as indicated in Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 would determine the allowance under these orders.

 

  • Physically disabled employees as mentioned in Railway Board’s letter No. F(E)I-78/AL-7/5 dated 23.10.1978 and subsequent orders in respect of the categories viz. Visually impaired, orthopedically handicapped, deaf and dumb/hearing impaired, spinal deformity, shall continue to be paid Transport Allowance at double the normal rates, subject to fulfilment of the stipulated conditions, which shall, in no case, be less than Rs.2550/- p.m plus applicable rates of Dearness Allowance.

 

  • Officers drawing pay in Levels 14 and above in the Pay Matrix, who are entitled to the use of official car in terms of Board’s letter No. E(G)95AL4-9 dated 6.11.1995 shall be given the option to avail the official car facility or to draw Transport Allowance at the rates of Rs.15,750/- p.m plus Dearness Allowance thereon. Before allowing Transport Allowance @ Rs.15750/- plus D.A. thereon, the option exercised by an officer will be examined by the administrative Ministry and his/ her entitlement to the use of official car in terms of Board’s letter dated 06.11.1995 ibid will require to be certified by the competent authority. In case, an officer opts to draw Transport Allowance @ Rs.15750/- p.m plus D.A. thereon, he/she will not be allowed to change his/her option during the remaining period of his/her current assignment.

 

  1. In the case of the employees presently availing of the facility of workmen trains, an option is to be given to the employees as a group to either avail themselves of the existing facility or to switch over to the payment of transport allowance as admissible under these orders.
  2. Admissibility of Transport Allowance during the following circumstances:

 

  • During Leave: The allowance will not be admissible for the calendar month(s) wholly covered by leave.
  • During deputation abroad: The allowance will not be admissible during the period of deputation abroad.
  • During Tour: If an employee is absent from the Headquarters/Place of posting for full calendar Month(s) due to tour, he/she will not be entitled to Transport Allowance during that/those calendar month/months. However, if the absence does not cover any calendar month(s) in full, Transport Allowance will be admissible for full month.
  • During training treated as duty: The allowance may be granted during such training, if no Transport Facility/Travelling Allowance/Daily Allowance is provided for attending the training institute. During official tour in the training course, the allowance will not be admissible when the period of the tour covers the whole calendar month. Also, during training abroad, no Transport Allowance will be admissible when the period of such training covers the whole calendar month.
  • During inspection/survey duty by Members of Special Parties within the city but exceeding 8 Kms. from the Headquarters OR during continuous field duty either in or outside the Headquarters: Transport Allowance is given to compensate for the expenditure incurred for commuting for both to and fro between the place of duty and residence. In case when one gets Road Mileage/Daily Allowance or free transportation for field/inspection/survey duty or tour for a period covering the whole calendar month, he/she will not be entitled to Transport Allowance during that calendar month.
  • To vacation staff: Vacation staff is entitled to Transport Allowance provided no free transport facility is given to such staff. However, the allowance shall not be admissible when such vacation spell, including all kinds of leave, cover the whole calendar Month(s).
  • During Suspension: As a Government employee under suspension is not required to attend office, he/she is not entitled to Transport Allowance during suspension where suspension covers full calendar month(s). This position will hold god even if the suspension period is finally treated as duty. Where suspension period covers a calendar month partially, Transport allowance payable for that month shall be reduced proportionately.

 

(5)       These orders shall be effective from 1st July, 2017.

 

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

[Authority: MoF’s OM No.21/5/2017-E.II[B] dated 7th July, 2017]

 

Annexure

S.No. Name of the  States / Union Territories Name of the City /Town
1. ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS
2. ANDHRA PRADESH / TELANGANA Hyderabad [UA]
3. ARUNACHAL PRADESH
4. ASSAM
5. BIHAR Patna [UA]
6. CHANDIGARH
7. CHHATISGARH
8. DADRA & NAGAR HAVELI
9. DAMAN & DIU
10. DELHI Delhi [UA]
11. GOA
12. GUJARAT Ahmadabad [UA]; Surat [UA]
13. HARYANA
14. HIMACHAL PRADESH
15. JAMMU & KASHMIR
16. JHARKAND
17. KARNATAKA Bangalore / Bengaluru [UA]
18. KERALA Kochi [UA], Kozhikode[UA]
19. LAKSHWADEEP ISLANDS
20. MADHYA PRADESH Indore [UA]
21. MAHARASHTRA Greater Mumbai [UA];

Nagpur [UA] Pune [UA]

22. MANIPUR
23. MEGHALAYA
24. MIZORAM
25. NAGALAND
26. ODISHA
27. PUDUCHERRY [PONDICHERRY]
28. PUNJAB
29. RAJASTHAN Jaipur [UA]
30. SIKKIM
31. TAMIL NADU Chennai [UA] , Coimbatore [UA]
32. TRIPURA
33. UTTAR PRADESH Ghaziabad [UA], Kanpur [UA], Lucknow [UA]
34. UTTARAKHAND
35. WEST BENGAL Kolkata [UA]

 

RBE No. 75/2017

Board’s ltr. No. PC-V/2016/A/Med/1 (FMA) dated 28.7.2017 [RBE No.75/2017]

Sub: Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance( FMA) to the Railway pensioners/ family pensioners on recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.

At present Fixed Medical Allowance is granted to the Railway pensioners/ family pensioners residing in areas beyond 2.5 Kms of Railway Hospital/Health Unit for meeting expenditure on their day-to-day medical expenses that do not require hospitalization. Orders were issued vide Board’s letter dated 19.12.2014 (RBE No.146/2014) for enhancement of the amount of FMA from  300 to  500 p.m. w.e.f. 19.11.2014.

 

Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission on allowance (with modifications), sanction of the President is hereby conveyed for enhancement of the amount of Fixed Medical Allowance from Rs.500/- to Rs.1000/- per month. The other terms and conditions for grant of Fixed Medical Allowance as contained in Railway Board’s letter No. PC-V/98/I/7/1/1 dated 21.4.1999 and subsequent amendments/clarifications issued from time to time, the last being letter No. PC-V / 2010/A/Med/1 dated 19.12.2014, shall continue to be in force.

 

  1. These orders will take effect from 01-07-2017.

 

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

 

RBE No. 80/2017

Board’s ltr. No. 2015/E[Sports]/4[1]/11 dated 31.07.2017 [RBE No.80/2017]

 Sub: Recruitment of sportspersons on Zonal Railways/Production Units against Sports Quota. 

Ref: Board’s letter of even number dated 25.05.2016

***

Attention is invited to Board’s letter of even number dated 25.05.2016 wherein it was decided that the Group ‘D’ quota allotted for recruitment of sportspersons in Grade Pay Rs.1800/- may be frozen for the year 2016-17.

 

It was decided in the Meeting of Presidents and Secretaries of Zonal Railways Sports Associations with RSPB held in Rail Bhawan on 08.05.2017 that the Freeze on Recruitment of sportspersons in GP Rs.1800 will continue  during the year 2017-18 also.  During the meeting certain Units had raised the issue of non availability of vacancies in Group ‘C’ and requested for recruitment in Group ‘D’ to be introduced in such case.

 

It has been decided that while freeze of Recruitment under sports quota in Grade Pay Rs.1800/- will continue in 2017-18 also, in case of non-availability of vacancies in Group ‘C’ in any Production Unit, they can approach Railway Board with their proposal to recruit sportspersons in erstwhile Group ‘D’ category against open advertisement with full justification with recommendation of their General Managers.

 

RBE No. 84/2017 

Board’s ltr. No. F[E]I/2017/AL-28/40 dated 08.08.2017  [RBE No.84/2017]PC-VII/31

Sub:  Revision of rates of Daily Allowance to Railway employees on tour.
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Consequent upon the decisions taken by the Government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission relating to Daily Allowance entitlements on Railways, the rates of Daily Allowance on tour as admissible to Railway employees may be revised as under:-

7th CPC Level Entitlement*
14 and above Rs.1200
12 and 13 Rs.1000
9 to 11 Rs.900
6 to 8 Rs.800
5 and below Rs.500

*these Daily Allowance rates will go up by 25% every time the DA goes up by 50%.

  1. The ‘Pay Level’ for determining the Daily Allowance entitlement is as indicated in the  Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016.
  2. The term ‘Pay’ in the level for the purpose of these orders refer to Basic Pay drawn in appropriate Pay Level in the Pay Matrix as defined in Rule 3(8) of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 and does not include Non-Practising allowance (NPA), or any other type of pay like special pay etc.
  3. However, if the Daily Allowance entitlements in terms of the revised entitlements now prescribed result in a lowering of the existing entitlements in the case of any individual, groups or classes of employees, the entitlements, particularly in respect of mode of travel, class of accommodation, etc., shall not be lowered. They will instead continue to be governed by the earlier orders on the subject till such time as they become eligible, in the normal course, for the higher entitlements.
  4. The claims submitted in respect of journey made on or after 1st July, 2017, may be regulated in accordance with these orders. In respect of journeys performed prior to 1st   July, 2017, the claims may be regulated in accordance with the previous orders dated 01.12.2008.
  5. It may be noted that no additional funds will be provided on account of revision in Daily Allowance entitlements. It may therefore be ensured that permission to official travel is given judiciously and restricted only to absolutely essential official requirements.
  6. These orders shall take effect from 1” July, 2017.

 

RBE No. 85/2017 

Board’s ltr. No. PC-VII/2017/I/7/5/5 dated 10.08.2017  [RBE No.85/2017] PC-VII/32

Sub:  Recommendation of 7th  Central Pay Commission – Decision 

        relating to grant of Additional Allowance to Running Staff.

***

Please refer to item 3 of Annexure ‘B’ of Ministry of Railways’ letter No. PC-VI/2008/I/RSRP/1 dated 11.09.2008 (S.No.PC-VI/2 & RBE No.108/2008)  circulating  schedules of revised pay structure for running staff effective from 01 .01.2006 and letter No. PC-VI/2010/I/RSRP/4 dated 02.11.2010 (Sl. No. PC-VI/234 & RBE No. 159/2010) regarding clarification on Additional Allowance. Consequent upon the acceptance of recommendation of 7th  Central Pay Commission on Allowances by the Government with certain modifications, the President is pleased to revise the rates of Additional Allowance granted to certain categories of Running Staff viz. Loco Pilot Mail/Express, Loco Pilot Passenger/Motorman, Guard Mail/Express and grant of Additional Allowance to some other categories of Running Staff viz. Loco Pilot Goods and Sr. Passenger Guard at the following rates:

(i)   Rs. 2,250/- per month to Loco Pilot Mail/Express.
(ii)  Rs. 1,125/- per month to Loco Pilot Passenger/Motorman.
(iii) Rs. 1,125/- per month to Guard Mail/Express.
(iv) Rs. 750/- per month to Loco Pilot Goods.
(v)  Rs. 750/- per month to Sr. Passenger Guard.

  1. Dearness Allowance will be payable on this allowance. However, it will not count for pensionary benefits.

 

  1. These orders shall take effect from 1st July, 2017.

 

RBE No. 86/2017

Board’s ltr. No. PC-VII/2017/I/7/5/3 dated 10.08.2017   [RBE No.86/2017]PC-VII/34

Sub:  Recommendation of 7th Central Pay Commission – Decision relating to grant of Special Train Controllers’ Allowance to Section Controllers and Deputy Chief Controllers.

***

Consequent upon the acceptance of the recommendations of 7th  Central Pay Commission on Allowances, the President is pleased to decide grant of Special Train Controllers’ Allowance to Section Controllers and Deputy Chief Controllers @ Rs.5000/- per month.

  1. These orders shall take effect from 1st July, 2017.
  1. The allowance will increase by 25 percent each time DA rises by 50 percent.

 

RBE No. 87/2017

Board’s ltr. No. PC-VII/2017/I/7/5/4 dated 10.08.2017  [RBE No.87/2017]PC-VII/33

Sub:  Recommendation of 7th Central Pay Commission – Decision relating to grant of Risk and Hardship Allowance for Track Maintainers of Indian Railways .

***

Consequent upon the acceptance of the recommendations of 7th  Central Pay Commission on Allowances, the President is pleased to decide grant of Risk and Hardship Allowance to Track Maintainers –I, II, III & IV of Indian Railways as per cell R3H2 [Rs.2700 for Level 8 and below and Rs.3400 for Level 9 and above] of Risk and  Hardship  Matrix.

 

  1. These orders shall take effect from 1st July, 2017.

 

RBE No. 89/2017

Board’s ltr. No. F[E]I/2017/AL-4/3 dated 10.08.2017  [RBE No.89/2017]PC-VII/37

Sub:  Revision of Rates of Conveyance Allowance to Railway Employees: Implementation of Seventh Central Pay Commission’s recommendations.

***

Consequent upon the acceptance of the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission and in supersession of Board’s letter No. F(E)I/2008/AL-7/3 dated 03.10.2008 on the subject, the President is pleased to revise the rates of Fixed Conveyance Allowance admissible to Railway employees under Rule 1606 (4) of IREC Vol. II (2005 Edition), as indicated below:

[Rs.per month]

Average Monthly Travel on Official Duty For Journey by Own Motor For Journeys by other Modes of Conveyance.
201-300 Km 1680 556
301-450 Km. 2520 720
451-600 Km. 2980 960
601-800 Km. 3646 1126
>800 Km. 4500 1276
  1. These rates shall automatically increase by 25% whenever the Dearness Allowance payable on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%.
  1. The other terms and conditions for grant of this allowance will remain unchanged.
  1. These orders shall take effect from 1st July, 2017.

 

Board’s ltr. No. F[E]II/2003/DE1/Misc  dated 28.06.2017 

Sub:  Deputation / Delegations abroad of officials and / or non-official sponsored by Government of India – Ex-India leave – regarding

***

A copy of the Ministry of Finance’s O.M. No. 19036/2/2016-E.IV dated 26.10.2016 on the above cited subject is enclosed for information and compliance.  It is clarified that these instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also.

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Ministry of Finance’s O.M. No. 19036/2/2016-E.IV dated 26.10.2016

Sub:  Deputation / Delegations abroad of officials and / or non-official sponsored by Government of India – Ex-India leave – regarding.

***

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. No.19036/7/75-E-IV(B) dated 05.08.1976 on the subject mentioned above. As per Para 11 of the said O.M. “An officer may, subject to the exigencies of public service, be granted leave while abroad for the period not exceeding 50% of the actual period of the duty abroad (excluding the transit time from India to the country of deputation and back and enforced halt) or a fortnight, whichever is less, for personal reasons. Subsequently, it was clarified vide this Department’s OM. No.19036/2/2008-E-IV dated 04.07.2008 that “during such ex-India leave the closed holidays Saturday and Sunday” etc. may be allowed to be pre-fixed/ suffixed as the case may be, subject to the condition that no extra financial implications like payment of hotel charges/ per diem allowance etc. are involved”.

 

  1. References are being received in this Department seeking clarification on applicability of Department of Personnel & Training instructions issued vide letter No. 11019/06/2001-AlS-lll dated 05.12.2007 regarding “Delegation of Powers to the State Governments and Ministries/Departments of the Government of India in cases of Members of All India Services proceeding abroad on ex-India leave (excluding Study Leave)” wherein it is provided that ‘ in case of official visits of a duration less than 8 days, the limit of 50% may be relaxed and ex-India leave upto a maximum 4 days may be granted.

 

  1. The matter has been considered in the Department of Expenditure and it has been decided that in case of official visit/ tour abroad (including training and excluding Study Leave) where the period of deputation is less than eight (08) days, the Government Official may be granted ex-India leave for a maximum period of four (04 days). In respect of official visit/ tour abroad including training for more than eight days, the limit of 50% ex-India leave will continue. During ex-India leave, the closed holidays “Saturday and Sunday” etc. may be allowed to be pre-fixed / suffixed as the case may be, subject to the condition that no extra financial implications like payment of hotel charges/ per-diem allowance etc. are involved.

 

  1. Para 11 of this Department’s O.M. No.19036/7/75-E-IV (B) dated 05.08.1976 and OM. No.19036/2/2008-E-IV dated 04.07.2008 will stand modified to the extent mentioned in Para 3 above.

 

RBE No. 88/2017

Board’s ltr. No. F[E]I/2017/AL-4/2 dated 10.08.2017  [RBE No.88/2017] PC-VII-35

Sub:  Special [Duty] Allowance for Railway employees serving in the North Eastern Region & Ladakh – recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission.

***

Consequent upon the acceptance of the recommendations of 7th  Central Pay Commission by the Government, the President, in supersession of all existing orders issued on the subject from time to time, is pleased to decide that Railway employees, serving in the North Eastern Region and Ladakh, shall be paid Special Duty Allowance (SDA) at the rate of 10% of Basic Pay.

 

  1. The term ‘Basic Pay’ in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed Levels in the Pay Matrix but does not include any other type of pay like Special Pay, etc.
  2. Special Duty Allowance will not be admissible along with Tough Location Allowance, Employees will have the additional option to avail of the benefit of Special Compensatory (Remote Locality) Allowance as per 6th Central Pay Commission rates along with Special Duty Allowance at revised rates.
  3. Special Duty Allowance shall not be admissible during the periods of leave/training/tour etc. beyond full calendar month(s), in case, the employee is outside the North Eastern Region and Ladakh during leave/training/tour etc. The allowance shall not be admissible during suspension and joining time.
  4. These orders shall take effect from 1st July,2017.

 

Board’s ltr. No. 2017/E[Sports]/RSPB/10/15/CKT dated 27.07.2017

Sub:  Out-of-turn promotions [OTP] to Sportspersons on account of their outstanding performance representing India in ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017

 

Ref: Board’s letters Nos.[i] 2010/E[Sports]491/1[Policy] dt. 31.12.2010 [RBE No.189/2010], [ii] 2012/E[Sports]/4[1]/ 3/OTP/DOPT dt. 23.05.2013 [RBE 50/2013] and clarifications/ corrigendum issued thereto.

***

Please connect Para 9.2.1.1 [i] and 9.2.2.1[i] of Board’s policy letters mentioned above regarding out of turn promotion to outstanding sportspersons for medal wining performance in Category-B International Championships i.e. World Cup.

 

Hon’ble  MR has decided that promotion to Railway players representing India in ICC World Cup runners up team be given immediately for their achievement in terms of extant policy.  In case OTPs for earlier achievements of some players are still being processed in the Zonal Railways, it is clarified that the OTP for the performance in the World Cup 2017 will not negate any of these earlier cases of promotion.  Further this promotion on account of this World Cup performance will be without any restricting condition viz. Qualification, typewriting test, service requirement etc.

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RBE No. 64/2017 

Board’s ltr. No. E[MPP]2010/3/46 dated 30.06.2017    [RBE No.64/2017]

Sub: Recognition of Diesel Training Centre, Hubbali , South Western Railway. 

***

In continuation of Board’s letter No. E[MPP]2013/3/18 dated 30.11.2016                    [RBE No.144/2016], Ministry of Railways [Railway Board]’s approval is hereby communicated to the recognition of Diesel Training Centre, Hubbali , South Western Railway.

 

  1. Recognition of the above training centre does not imply that they would be granted training allowance automatically. Grant of Training Allowance to this  Training Centre would however, be considered on receipt of separate proposal from the above training centre at South Western Railway.

 

  1. Accordingly, Ministry of Railways has decided to modify the “Manual of Management on Training” [Edition 1998] as per the Correction Slip No.1/2017 and the revised list of training centres [Appendix-I] is enclosed with the Correction Slip. This supersedes all other lists issued earlier.

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Manual on Management of Training [June 1998] 

Advance Correction Slip No.1/2017 

             Appendix-I of the Manual on Management of Training [Edition 1998] may be replaced with the attached list.

 

[Authority No. Board’s letter No. E[MPP] 2010/3/46  dated 30.11.2016 ]

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Appendix-I

NAMES OF MAIN TRAINING CENTRES, MULTI DISCIPLINARY TRAINING CENTRES  AND OTHER TRAINING CENTRES

MAIN TRAINING CENTRES:

                 ZRTIs

  1. Zonal Railway Training Institute/Bhusawal/CR
  2. Zonal Railway Training Institute/Bhuli/ER
  3. Zonal Railway Training Institute/Chandausi/NR
  4. Zonal Railway Training Institute/Muzaffarpur/ECR
  5. Zonal Railway Training Institute/Alipurduar Jn/NFR
  6. Zonal Railway Training Institute/Trichy/SR
  7. Zonal Railway Training Institute/Moula Ali/SCR
  8. Zonal Railway Training Institute/Sini/SER
  9. Zonal Railway Training Institute/Udaipur/NWR

 

Supervisors’ Training Centres

  1. Supervisors’ Training Centre/Jhansi/NCR
  2. Supervisors’ Training Centre/Kancharapara/ER
  3. Supervisors’ Training Centre/Lucknow/NR
  4. Supervisors’ Training Centre/Gorakhpur/NER
  5. Supervisors’ Training Centre/New Bongaigaon/NFR
  6. Supervisors’ Training Centre/Bangalore/SWR
  7. Supervisors’ Training Centre/Secunderabad/SCR
  8. Supervisors’ Training Centre/Kharagpur/SER
  9. Supervisors’ Training Centre/Ajmer/NWR
  10. Supervisors’ Training Centre/Samastipur/ECR

 

Technical Training Centres

  1. Technical Training Centre/ Chittaranjan /CLW
  2. Technical Training Centre/ Patiala/Diesel Modernisation Works.
  3. Technical Training Centre/ Varanasi/Diesel Locomotive Works
  4. Technical Training Centre/ Perambur/Integral Coach Factory
  5. Technical Training Centre/ Kapurathala/Rail Coach Factory
  6. Technical Training Centre/ Bangalore/Rail Wheel Factory
  7. Technical Training Centre/Bhopal/WCR
  8. Technical Training Centre/Rae Bareli/Modern Coach Factory
  9. Technical Training Centre/Metro Rail/Kolkata
  10. Welding Training Centre/Varanasi/ Diesel Locomotive Works
  11. Welding Training Centre/Perambur/Integral Coach Factory
  12. Welding Training Centre/RCF/Kapurthala/ Rail Coach Factory

 

S&T Training Centres

  1. Signal & Telecom Training Centre /Danapur/ECR
  2. S&T Training Centre/Byculla/CR
  3. S&T Training Centre/Liluah/ER
  4. S&T Training Centre/Malda/ER
  5. S&T Training Centre/Ghaziabad/NR
  6. S&T Training Centre/Gorakhpur/NER
  7. S&T Training Centre/Pandu/NFR
  8. S&T Training Centre/Podanur/SR
  9. S&T Training Centre/Maula-Ali/SCR
  10. S&T Training Centre/Kharagpur/SER
  11. S&T Training Centre/ Sabarmati/WR
  12. S&T Training Centre/Nainpur/SECR

 

Electrical Training Centres

  1. Electrical Training Centre/Thakurli/CR
  2. Electrical Training Centre/Asansol/ER
  3. Electrical Training Centre/Kanpur/NCR
  4. Electrical Training Centre/Ghaziabad/NR
  5. Electrical Training Centre/ Gorakhpur/NER
  6. Electrical Training Centre/Avadi/SR
  7. Electrical Training Centre/Vijayawada/SCR
  8. Electrical Training Centre/Lallaguda/SCR
  9. Electrical Training Centre/Tatanagar/SER
  10. Electrical Training Centre/Vadodara/WR
  11. Electrical Training Centre/Mahalaxmi/WR

 

Civil Engineering Training Centres

  1. Civil Engineering Training Centre/Tambaram/SR
  2. Civil Engineering Training Centre/Kacheguda/SCR
  3. Civil Engineering Training Centre/Guntakal/SCR
  4. Civil Engineering Training Centre/Kanpur/NCR
  5. Civil Engineering Training Centre/Kharagpur/SER
  6. Civil Engineering Training Centre/ Nainpur/SECR

 

  1. Indian Railway Track Machines Training Centre/Allahabad/NCR

 

  1. Training School for Running Staff, Metro Railway, Kolkata.

 

OTHER TRAINING CENTRES:

                   Area Training Centres

  1. Area Training Centre/Kalyan/CR
  2. Area Training Centre/Bhusawal/CR
  3. Area Training Centre/Ajni/CR
  4. Area Training Centre/Gooty/SCR
  5. Area Training Centre/Ramagundam/SCR
  6. Area Training Centre/Kacheguda/SCR
  7. Area Training Centre/ Lower Parel/WR
  8. Area Training Centre/Junagadh/WR
  9. Area Training Centre/Vadodara/WR
  10. Area Training Centre/Ujjain/WR
  11. Area Training Centre/Valsad/WR
  12. Area Training Centre/Rajkot/WR
  13. Area Training Centre/Jhansi/NCR
  14. Area Training Centre/Ajmer/NWR
  15. Area Training Centre/Bandikui/NWR
  16. Area Training Centre/Kota/WCR
  17. Area Training Centre/Jabalpur/WCR
  18. Area Training Centre/Bhopal/WCR

 

Transportation Training Centres

  1. Transportation Training Centre/Ferozpur/NR
  2. Transportation Training Centre/Kalka/NR
  3. Transportation Training Centre/Kurukshetra/NR
  4. Transportation Training Centre/Lucknow/NR
  5. Transportation Training Centre/Shajahanpur/NR
  6. Transportation Training Centre/Villupuram/SR
  7. Transportation Training Centre/Shoranur/SR
  8. Transportation Training Centre/Erode/SR
  9. Divisional Transportation Training Centre/Perambur/SR
  10. Divisional Transportation Training Centre/Kollam/SR
  11. Divisional Transportation Training Centre/Virdunagar/SR
  12. Transportation Training Centre/Mokama/ECR
  13. Transportation Training Centre/Subedarganj/Allahabad/NCR
  14. Transportation Training Centre/Jodhpur/NWR
  15. Transportation Training Centre/Lalagarh/NWR
  16. Traffic Training Centre/Madupur/ER
  17. Divisional Transportation Training Centre/Adra/SER
  18. Traffic Training Centre/Vijayawada/SCR
  19. Divisional Traffic Training Centre/Dongargarh/Nagpur/SECR
  20. Traffic Training Centre/Dharwad/SWR
  21. Staff Training Centre(Operating)/Bhilai/SECR

 

  1. Accounts Training Centre/Secunderabad/SCR

 

Basic Training Centres

  1. Basic Training Centre(C&W)/Mathunga/CR
  2. Basic Training Centre(C&W)/Mumbai/CR
  3. Basic Training Centre(C&W)/Bhusawal/CR
  4. Basic Training Centre(Electr)/Mathunga/CR
  5. Basic Training Centre(Loco)/Bhusawal/CR
  6. Basic Training Centre(Loco)/Parel/CR
  7. Basic Training Centre(Diesel)/Kurla/CR
  8. Basic Training Centre/Nasik/CR
  9. Basic Training Centre(ELW)/Bhusawal/CR
  10. Basic Training Centre(ELS)/Bhusawal/CR
  11. Basic Training Centre(Diesel)/Pune/CR
  12. Basic Training Centre(ELS)/Kalyan/CR
  13. Basic Training Centre(Car shed)/Kurla/Mumbai/CR
  14. Basic Training Centre(TRD)/Ajni/CR
  15. Basic Training Centre( Electric Loco Shed)/Ajni/CR
  16. Basic Training Centre(C&W)/Ajni/CR
  17. Basic Training Centre/Jamalpur/ER
  18. Basic Training Centre/Liluah/ER
  19. Basic Training Centre(C&W)/Alambag/Lucknow/NR
  20. Basic Training Centre(C&W)/Amritsar/NR
  21. Basic Training Centre/Jagadhari/NR
  22. Basic Training Centre/Charbagh/Lucknow/NR
  23. Basic Training Centre/Gorakhpur/NER
  24. Basic Training Centre/Izatnagar/NER
  25. Basic Training Centre/Kurseong/Drjeeling Himalayan Railway/NFR
  26. Basic Training Centre/Erode/SR
  27. Basic Training Centre/Perambur/SR
  28. Basic Training Centre/Engg/Arakkonam/SR
  29. Basic Training Centre(Loco)/Ayanavaram/Perambur/SR
  30. Basic Training Centre/Ponmalai/SR
  31. Basic Training Centre/Tiruchhirapalli/SR
  32. Basic Training Centre(Elec/Mech)/Royapuram/SR
  33. Basic Training Centre/Guntupalli/SCR
  34. Basic Training Centre/Lallaguda/SCR
  35. Basic Training Centre/Vijayawada/SCR
  36. Basic Training Centre(CRS)/Tirupati/SCR
  37. Basic Training Centre/Kharagpur/SER
  38. Basic Training Centre(C&W)/Lower Parel/Mumbai/WR
  39. Basic Training Centre/Dahod/WR
  40. Basic Training Centre(C&W)/Pratapnagar/WR
  41. Basic Training Centre(C&W)/Mancheswar/ECOR
  42. Basic Training Centre(Loco)/Jhansi/NCR
  43. Basic Training Centre(C&W)/Jhansi/NCR
  44. Basic Training Centre(WWS)/Jhansi/NCR
  45. Basic Training Centre/Jodhpur/NWR
  46. Basic Training Centre/Bikaner./NWR
  47. Basic Training Centre(C&W)/Ajmer/NWR
  48. Basic Training Centre(Loco)/Ajmer/NWR
  49. Basic Training Centre/Hubli/SWR
  50. Basic Training Centre/Mysore/SWR
  51. Basic Training Centre(C&W)/Mysore/SWR
  52. Basic Training Centre/New Katni/WCR
  53. Basic Training Centre(TRS)/Itarsi/WCR
  54. Basic Training Centre(C&W)/Itarsi/WCR
  55. Basic Training Centre/Kota/WCR

 

C&W/BOXN Training Centres

  1. BOXN Training Centre/Andal/ER
  2. C&W Training Centre/Miraj/CR
  3. BOXN Training Centre/Mugalsarai/ECR
  4. C&W Training Centre/Tikiapara/ER
  5. C&W Training Centre/Asansol/ER
  6. C&W Training Centre/Chitpur/ER
  7. C&W Training Centre/Ambala/NR
  8. C&W Training Centre/Amritsar/NR
  9. C&W Training Centre/Ghaziabad/NR
  10. C&W Training Centre/Jagadhari/NR
  11. C&W Training Centre/Lucknow/NR
  12. C&W Training Centre/DCG/Izatnagar/NER
  13. C&W Training Centre/Charbagh/Lucknow/NER
  14. C&W Training Centre/Varanasi/NER
  15. C&W Training Centre/Kharagpur/SER
  16. C&W Training Centre/Vadodara/WR
  17. C&W Training Centre/Ujjain/WR
  18. C&W Training Centre/Dhanbad/ECR
  19. C&W Training Centre/Sonpur/ECR
  20. C&W Training Centre/Visakpatnam/ECOR
  21. C&W & Safety Training Centre/Kanpur/NCR
  22. C&W Training Centre/Jodhpur/NWR
  23. C&W Training Centre/Lalagarh/NWR
  24. Divisional C&W Training Centre/Agra/NCR

 

Bridge Training Centres

  1. Central Bridge Training Institute/Manmad/CR
  2. Bridge Staff Training Centre/Tuglakabad/NR
  3. Bridge Engineering Training Centre/Mughalsarai/ER

 

P.Way Training Centres

  1. Permanent Way Training Centre/Ghaziabad/NR
  2. Permanent Way Training Centre/Haridwar/NR
  3. Permanent Way Training Centre/Jagadhari/NR
  4. Permanent Way Training Centre/Jalandhar/NR
  5. Permanent Way Training Centre/Lucknow/NR
  6. Permanent Way Training Centre/Izatnagar/NER
  7. Permanent Way Training Centre/Varanasi/NER
  8. Permanent Way Training Centre/Palghat/SR
  9. Permanent Way Training Centre/Villupuram/SR
  10. Permanent Way Training Centre/Madurai/SR
  11. Permanent Way Training Centre/Tambaram/SR
  12. Permanent Way Training Centre/Quilon/SR
  13. Permanent Way Training Centre/Dhanbad/ECR
  14. Permanent Way Training Centre/Mugalsarai/ECR
  15. Permanent Way Training Centre/Samastipur/ECR
  16. Permanent Way Training Centre/Sonpur/ECR
  17. Permanent Way Training Centre/Allahabad/NCR
  18. Permanent Way Training Centre/Jhansi/NCR
  19. Permanent Way Training Centre/Bangalore/SWR

 

Divisional Training Centres

  1. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Bhusawal/CR
  2. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Daund/CR
  3. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Nagpur/CR
  4. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Karnak Bunder/Mumbai/CR
  5. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Beliaghata/ER
  6. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Aishbag/NER
  7. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Tinsukia/NFR
  8. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/./Tfc)/Katihar/NFR
  9. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Alipurduar Jn/NFR
  10. Divisional Training Centre/Lalgarh/NWR
  11. Divisional Training Centre/Lumding/NFR
  12. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Jodhpur/NWR
  13. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Ajmer/NWR
  14. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Bandikui/NWR
  15. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Lalgarh/NWR
  16. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Bhopal/WCR
  17. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Jabalpur/WCR
  18. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Kota/WCR
  19. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/DCG/Nagpur/SECR
  20. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Kazipet/SCR
  21. Divisional Training Centre(Engineering)/Vijayawada/SCR

 

Engineering Training Centres

  1. Engineering Training Centre/Purna/Nanded/SCR
  2. Engineering Training Centre/Chakradharpur/SER
  3. Engineering Training Centre/Adra/SER
  4. Engineering Training Centre/Vadodara/WR
  5. Engineering Training Centre/Ratlam/WR
  6. Engineering Training Centre/Bhavnagarpara/WR
  7. Engineering Training Centre/Rajkot/WR
  8. Engineering Training Centre/Bilaspur/SECR
  9. Engineering Training Centre/Dharwad/SWR
  10. Thermit Welding Training Centre/Lucknow/NR
  11. Thermit Welding Training Centre/Vijayawada/SCR

 

Drivers Training Centres

  1. Drivers/Asst. Drivers Training Centre / Ajni/CR
  2. Diesel Drivers’ Training Centre/Jamalpur/ER

 

 

Diesel Traction Training  Centres

  1. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Patratu/ECR
  2. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Andal/ER
  3. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Burdwan/ER
  4. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Howrah/ER
  5. Diesel Traction Training Centre/ Alambagh/Lucknow/NR
  6. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Ludhiana/NR
  7. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Shakur Basti/Delhi/NR
  8. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Tuglakabad/Delhi/NR
  9. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Gonda/NER
  10. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Malda/NFR
  11. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Guwahati/NFR
  12. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Siliguri/NFR
  13. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Ponmalai/SR
  14. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Tondiarpet/SR
  15. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Kazipet/SCR
  16. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Guntakal/SCR
  17. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Sabarmati/Ahmedabad/WR
  18. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Bandra/WR
  19. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Ratlam/WR
  20. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Abu Road/NWR
  21. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Mughalsarai/ECR
  22. Diesel Training Centre/Visakhapatnam/ECOR
  23. Diesel Training Centre/Jhansi/NCR
  24. Diesel Traction Training Centre/Bhagat-ki-koti/Jodhpur/NWR
  25. Diesel Traction Training Centre(NG)/Nagpur/SECR
  26. Divisional Loco Training Centre/Bilaspur/SECR
  27. Divisional Loco Training Centre/Bezonbagh/CR
  28. Diesel Traction Training Centre/New Katni/WCR
  29. Diesel Training Centre/Itarsi/WCR
  30. Diesel Training Centre/Hubbali/SWR

 

  1. Electrical Training Centre/Perambur/SR
  2. Electric Traction Training Centre/Mugalsarai/ECR
  3. Electrical Training Centre/Bilaspur/SECR
  4. OHE Training Centre/Dhanbad/ECR
  5. Motorman Training Centre/Kalyan/CR
  6. Motorman Training Centre/Kurla/CR
  7. Traction Training Centre/Tambaram/SR
  8. TRD Training Centre/Chakradharpur/SER
  9. Technical Training Centre(Electrical)/Hubli/SWR
  10. Divisional Training Centre/Moradabd/NR

 

  1. Welding Training Centre Bhopal/WCR

 

RPF Training Centres

 

  1. RPF Training Centre/Kurduwadi/CR
  2. RPF Training Centre/Nasik/CR
  3. RPF Training Centre/Kancharapara/ER
  4. RPF Training Centre/Dhanbad/ECR
  5. RPF Training Centre/Subedargunj/NCR
  6. RPF Training Centre/Gorakhpur/NER
  7. RPF Training Centre/Damohni/NFR
  8. RPF Training Centre/Trichy/SR
  9. RPF Training Centre/Maula-ali/SCR
  10. RPF Training Centre/Kharagpur/SER
  11. RPF Training Centre/Valsad/WR
  12. RPF Training Centre/Bandikui/NWR
  13. RPSF Training Centre/Gorakhpur

 

  1. Personnel Training Centre/Jodhpur/NWR
  2. NDT Training Centre/RDSO/Lucknow
  3. Geo Technical Training Centre/RDSO/Lucknow

 

MDTCs

 

  1. Multi Disciplinary Training Centre/Vishakhapatnam/ECoR
  2. Multi Disciplinary Training Centre/Dharwad/SWR
  3. Multi-Disciplinary Training Centre /Bilaspur/SECR.
  4. Multi-Disciplinary Training Centre/Palghat/SR
  5. Multi-Disciplinary Training Centre/Pune/CR
  6. Multi-Disciplinary Training Centre/Rangia/NFR

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RBE No. 82/2017 

Board’s ltr. No. PC-V/2017/A/NPA/1  dated 04.08.2017  [RBE No.82/2017]PC-VII/30

Sub: Recommendations of the 7th CPC –Grant of Non-Practising Allowance [NPA] at revised rates to IRMS Officers 

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Please refer to Board’s letter No.PC-V/2008/A/O/1(NPA), 22.09.2008 (RBE No.122/2008) regarding the existing rates of Non-Practising Allowance (NPA) admissible to IRMS Officers and as provided for in para 9 of the Schedule for RS (RP) Rules,2016,   dt. 02.08.2016 (RBE No.93/2016), the question of revision of rates of allowances (except Dearness Allowance) based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission were to be notified subsequently and separately. Until then, all allowances were required to be paid at the existing rates in the existing pay structure (the pay structure based on  6th Pay Commission) as if the pay has not been revised w.e.f 1st January 2016. Accordingly, NPA was also required to be paid at the existing rates specified in the aforesaid Board’s letter dt. 22.09.2008 (RBE No.122/2008).

  1. The decisions of the Government on the revised rates of various allowances based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission and in the light of the recommendations of the committee under the Chairmanship of the Finance Secretary, constituted for this purpose, have since been notified.
  2. Accordingly the President is pleased to decide that in modification of the existing rates of NPA as contained in the aforesaid Boards letter dt. 22.09.2008, the NPA shall now be paid at the rate of 20% of the basic pay in the revised pay structure in vogue based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission, as contained in the RS(RP) Rules, 2016, subject to the condition that the sum of basic pay and NPA does not exceed Rs.2,37,500/- (Rupees two lakh thirty seven thousand and five hundred only). The following conditions shall regulate the grant of NPA under these orders:

(i)         the term “Basic Pay” in the revised pay structure shall mean “Basic Pay” as defined in Rule 3(x) of RS (RP) Rules, 2016, i.e., “Basic Pay” in revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed level in the Pay Matrix.

(ii)       The NPA shall continue to be treated as pay for the purpose of computation of Dearness Allowance and other allowances, except those allowances in respect of which the applicable orders provide otherwise, including calculation of retirement benefits. Dearness Allowance under these orders shall mean Dearness Allowance as sanctioned by the Central Government from time to time in the 7th Pay Commission – related pay structure.

(iii)       NPA shall continue to be restricted to those medical posts for which medical qualifications recognised under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 or under the Dentist Act, 1948 have been prescribed as an essential qualification. The following conditions shall also be fulfilled as hitherto:

(a) The Post is a clinical one

(b) The Post is a whole time post

(c) There is ample scope for private practice and

(d) It is necessary to prohibit private practice in public interest.

 

  1. The revised rate of NPA in terms of these orders shall take effect from 1st July 2017.

 

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

 (Authority:MoF’s OM No.12-2/2016-EIII.A, dt 7th July 2017)

 

RBE No. 90/2017

Board’s ltr. No. F[E]I/2017/AL-4/4 dated 10.08.2017   [RBE No.90/2017] PC-VII/36

Sub:  Abolition of Special Compensatory [Hill Area] Allowance: Implementation   of Seventh Central Pay Commission’s recommendations

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Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the  recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission, the Special Compensatory [Hill Area] Allowance stands abolished with effect from 1st July, 2017.  This allowance was admissible to Railway employees vide Board’s letter No. F[E]I/2008/AL-4/4 dated 16.09.2008.

 

RBE No. 91/2017

Board’s ltr. No. F[E]I/2017/AL-4/5 dated 11.08.2017  [RBE No.91/2017] PC-VII-38

 

Sub: Grant of Special Compensatory Allowances subsumed under Tough Location Allowance : Implementation of Seventh Central Pay Commission’s  recommendations.

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Consequent upon the acceptance of the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission, in supersession of the existing orders for grant of Special Compensatory Allowances viz., Special Compensatory (Remote Locality) Allowance, Special Compensatory (Bad Climate) Allowance, Special Compensatory (Scheduled/Tribal Area) Allowance and Sunderban Allowance which have been subsumed in Tough Location Allowance, the President is pleased to decide the rates of these Special Compensatory Allowances (subsumed in Tough Location Allowance) to Railway employees as under:

 

S.No Name Of the Allowance Category Cell Name Pay Level in Pay Matrix Rate Per Month (In Rs.)
I

 

 

Special compensatory (Remote Locality) Allowance:

 

(i) Special Compensatory (Remote Locality) Allowance places covered under part-A & B (annexure I & II)

Tough Location Allowance-I R3H1 Level 9 and above

 

 

Level 8 and below

5300

 

 

4100

(ii)  Special Compensatory (Remote Locality) Allowance places covered under Part -C (Annexure III) Tough Location Allowance-II R3H2 Level 9 and above

 

Level 8 and below

3400

 

2700

 

(iii) Special Compensatory (Remote Locality) Allowance places covered under Part-D (Annexure IV) Tough Location Allowance-III R3H3 Level 9 and above

 

Level 8 and below

1200

 

1000

II Bad Climate Allowance Tough Location Allowance-III R3H3 Level 9 and above

 

Level 8 and below

 

1200

 

1000

III Tribal Area Allowance Tough Location Allowance-III R3H3 Level 9 and above

 

Level 8 and below

1200

 

1000

IV Sunderban Allowance Tough Location Allowance-III R3H3 Level 9 and above

 

Level 8 and below

1200

 

1000

 

 

  1. These rates shall increase by 25 per cent whenever the Dearness Allowance payable on the revised pay structure goes up by 50 per cent.
  2. The terms pay Level in the revised pay structure means the level in the pay Matrix.
  3. In respect of those employees who opt to continue in their pre-revised pay structure/pay scales, the corresponding level in the pay Matrix of the post occupied on 01.01.2016 as indicated in Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 would determine the allowance under these orders.
  4. Sunderban Allowance, categorized as tough Location Allowance III, shall be admissible to the Railway Employees working in Sunderban areas south of Dampler Hodge’s line, namely, Bhagatush Khall (Rampura), Kumirmari (Bagna), Jhinga Khall, Sajnakhall, Gosaba, Amlamathi (Bidya), Canning, Kultall, Plyall, Nalgaraha, Raidighi, Bhanchi, Pathar Paratima, Bhagabatpur, Saptamukhi, Namkhana, Sikarpur, Kakdwip, Sagar, Mousini, Kalinagar, Haroa, Hingalganj, Basanti, Kuemari, Kultola, Ghusighata (Kulti) Area, The allowance shall be admissible only upto the period for which the Government of West Bengal continues to pay this allowance to its employees.
  5. Scheduled/Tribal Area Allowance and Bad Climate Allowance, categorized as Tough Location Allowance-III, shall be admissible only in those States where scheduled/Tribal Area Allowance and Bad climate Allowance are admissible and shall be discontinued in those States where it has been discontinued for the State Government employees with effect from the date(s) of such discontinuance.
  6. In the event of a place falling in more than one category, the higher rate of Tough Location Allowance will be applicable.
  7. Tough Location Allowances shall not be admissible along with Special Duty Allowance. However, employees have the option for continuing special compensatory (Remote Locality) Allowance at old rates of 6th CPC, where it was admissible, along with Special Duty Allowance at revised rate of 10% of Basic Pay.
  8. Employees may exercise their option to choose either Hard Area Allowance which is admissible along with Island Special Duty Allowance or one of the Special Compensatory Allowance, subsumed under Tough Location Allowance as mentioned in para 1 above.
  9. These orders shall take effect from 1st July 2017.

 

RBE No. 92/2017

Board’s ltr. No. F(E)I/2017/AL-4/6 dated 11.08.2017  [RBE No.92/2017] PC-VII-39

Sub: Revision of the rate of Coal Pilot Allowance.

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Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission, the rates of Coal Pilot Allowance admissible to Shuntmen and other staff of Transportation Department who accompany the Coal Pilot in the collieries for shunting duties, may be revised as under:

 

Existing Rate (Rs.) Revised Rate (Rs.)
For the First Trip 45/- 102/-
For every subsequent trip 15/- 34/-

 

  1. These orders are effective from 1st July, 2017.
  2. All other terms and conditions governing grant of Coal Pilot Allowance will remain unchanged.

 

RBE No. 93/2017

Board’s ltr. No. F[E]I/2017/AL-7/1 dated 11.08.2017  [RBE No.93/2017]PC-VII No.40

Sub: Revision of the rates of Cycle (Maintenance) Allowance: Implementation of Seventh Central Pay Commission’s recommendations

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Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendation of the 7th Central Pay Commission related to the above mentioned allowance and in supersession of Board’s letter No. F(E)I/2008/AL-7/2 dated 18.09.2008, the President is pleased to revise the rates of Cycle (Maintenance) Allowance from Rs. 90/- to Rs. 180/- per month under Rule 1606 of IREC (Vol.II)-2005 Edition and the provisions contained in Railway Ministry’s decision below this rule.

 

  1. The admissibility of Cycle (Maintenance) Allowance will be subject to the following conditions:

 

(A) The official concerned maintains and uses his own cycle for official journeys.

 

(B) Travelling Allowance (i.e. daily and mileage allowance) to a Government servant in receipt of Cycle. (Maintenance) Allowance under these orders will be regulated as under:

 

(i)For journeys within a radius of 8 kilometres from the usual place of duty. No T.A
(ii) For journeys beyond a radius of 8 Kms. but not exceeding 16 Kms. From the place of duty.
(a)If the destination point falls within the local jurisdiction No T.A
(b) If the destination point falls outside the local jurisdiction T.A. admissible under normal rules provided the journey is performed other-wise than on a cycle.
(iii) For journeys beyond a radius of 16 Kms. From the usual place of duty T.A. admissible under the normal rules

 

(C)    The allowance will not be admissible for the calendar month(s) wholly covered by leave, training, or temporary transfer.

 

(D)    For any period of more than one month at a time during which a Railway servant in receipt of Cycle (Maintenance) Allowance does not maintain a cycle, or the cycle maintained by him remains out of order or is not used for official journeys for any other reason, the Cycle (Maintenance) Allowance will not be admissible.

 

  1. The Cycle (Maintenance) Allowance under these orders shall be granted by the sanctioning authority for a period not exceeding two years at a time and its continuance shall be reviewed sufficiently in advance of the expiry of such period. The sanctioning authority may, for this purpose, specify whenever necessary the local jurisdiction of a Railway servant at the time of sanctioning the allowance. They should also make a review of the posts under their control and decide the posts for which the Cycle (Maintenance) Allowance should be sanctioned. The Allowance may be sanctioned with reference to the posts and not to the individual incumbents.

 

  1. These orders shall take effect from 1st July, 2017.

 

RBE No.95/2017 

Board’s ltr. No. F[E]I/2017/AL-4/7 dated 16.08.2017 [RBE No.95/2017]PC-VII/41

Sub:  Implementation on the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission regarding grant of Hard Area Allowance to Railway employees posted in the Nicobar Group of Islands and Islands of Union Territory of Lakshadweep other than Kavaratti & Agatti .

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Consequent upon the acceptance of the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission by the Government, the President, in supersession of all existing orders issued on the subject, is pleased to decide that Railway employees posted in Nicobar Group of Islands and Minicoy, Kiltan, Andrott, Kalpeni, Chetlat, Kadmat, Amini and Bithra Islands of Lakshadweep shall be paid Hard Area Allowance at the following rates:

 

Place where posted Rate per month
(i) Nicobar Group of Islands and Minicoy in Lakshadweep Islands 20% of Basic Pay
(ii)Lakshadweep Group of Islands (Kiltan, Andrott, Kalpeni, Chetlat, Kadmat, Amini and Bithra Islands) 12% of Basic Pay
  1. The term ‘Basic Pay’ in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix but does not include any other type of pay like Special Pay etc.

 

  1. In places where more than one Special Compensatory Allowances are admissible, the Railway employees posted in such stations will have the option to choose the allowance which benefits them the most, i.e. Hard Area Allowance or one of the Special Compensatory Allowances subsumed under Tough Location Allowance Category-I, II and III.

 

  1. The Hard Area Allowance shall be admissible in addition to the Island Special Duty Allowance, where admissible.

 

  1. These orders shall take effect from 1st July, 2017.

 

RBE No. 83/2017 

Board’s ltr. No. 2016/F(E)III/1(1)7 dated 03.08.2017  [RBE No.83/2017]

Sub: Revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners/ family pensioners in implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission – Concordance tables-reg.

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A copy of Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare’s O.M. No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A)  dated 18th  July, 2017 along with revised Table No. 43 & 44 on the above cited subject is enclosed for information and compliance. These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on the Railway also. DOP&PW’s O.M. dated 06.07.2017, referred to in the enclosed O.M. dated 18.07.2017, was circulated on Railways vide Board’s letter of even number dated 11.07.2017.

 

DOP&PW’s O.M. No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A)  dated 18.07.2017

Sub: Revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners/ family pensioners in implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission – Concordance tables-reg.

*****

 

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM. of even number dated 06.07.2017 on the above subject and to say that there is some error in the entries relating to the pre-revised pay of Rs. 52090/- (6th  CPC Grade pay Rs.8700, 7th  CPC Level 13) in Table 43 and Table 44 enclosed therewith.

  1. It is requested that the existing Table 43 and Table 44 may be substituted by the enclosed Table 43 and Table 44, respectively. The revised entries have been shown in bold letters.

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Board’s ltr. No. 2017/ERB-5/20/1 dated 17.08.2017 addressed to GM/NR and copied to GMs/All Indian Rlys.

Sub: Assigning Zonal Railways of their choice to Telephone Attendant –cum-Dak Khalasi [TADK] attached with the officers working in Railway  Board’s office. 

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As per the instructions contained in Board’s letter No.E[O]III/2014/PL/05 dated 04.01.2016 on the subject cited above, TADKs attached with Senior Officers at the level of PHOD/CHOD and higher level in the  Zonal Railways  as well as in Railway Board’s office may be assigned to the Railway of their choice in the event of the officer demitting office on retirement [both on superannuation as well as voluntary retirement], irrespective of whether or not the TADK has completed                 5 years of service.

 

  1. In partial modification of the aforesaid instructions, Board have now decided that all TADKs attached with the officers working in Railway Board’s office may be assigned to the Zonal Railways of their choice in the event of their seeking change of category consequent upon screening test or in the event of the officer demitting office on retirement.

 

  1. This has the approval of Board [MS].

 

RBE No. 96/2017

Board’s ltr. No. PC-V/2017/A/TA/1 dated 17.8.2017 [RBE No. 96/2017] PC VII-42

Sub:  Recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission – Grant of Transport Allowance to Railway employees.

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In partial modification of Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 03.08.2017 regarding recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission relating to grant of Transport Allowance to Railway employees, the President is pleased to decide that  Railway employees who are drawing pay of Rs.24200/- & above in Pay Level 1 & 2 of the Pay Matrix, shall be eligible for grant of Transport Allowance @ Rs.3600 plus DA thereon at the cities mentioned in the Annexure to the above cited Board’s letter and @ Rs.1800 plus DA thereon  at all other places.

 

  1. All other contents of the above cited Board’s letter dated 03.08.2017 shall remain unchanged.

 

  1. These orders shall be effective from 1st July, 2017.

 

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

                           [MOF’s O.M. 21/5/2017-E-II[B] dt. 2nd August , 2017]

 

RBE No. 98/2017

Board’s ltr. No. F[E]III/2003/PF1/1 dated 18.08.2017   [RBE No.98/2017]

        Sub: State Railway Provident Fund-Rate of Interest during the year 2017-2018 [July, 2017 –  September, 2017]

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A copy of Government of India’s Resolution No. 5(1)-B[PD]/2017 dt. 17th  July, 2017  issued by the Ministry of Finance (Dept. of Economic Affairs) prescribing interest at the rate of 7.8% [Seven Point Eight per cent] w.e.f. 1st July, 2017 to 30th September, 2017 on accumulations  at the credit of the subscribers to State Railway Provident Fund, is enclosed for information and necessary action.

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 Ministry of Finance  (Department of Economic Affairs)  New Delhi’s, Resolution F.No.5(1)-B(PD)/2017 dated  17.07.2017  (Published in Part I Section 1 of  Gazette of India).

 R E S O L U T I O N

 

It is announced for general information that during the year 2017-2018, accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the General Provident Fund and other similar funds shall  carry interest at the rate of 7.8% [Seven Point Eight per cent] w.e.f.  1st July, 2017 to 30th September, 2017. This rate will be in force w.e.f. 1st July, 2017. 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 (Defence 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 Defence Services Officers Provident Fund.
  10. The Armed Forces Personnel Provident Fund.

 

  1. Ordered that the resolution be published in Gazette of India.

 

RBE No. 99/2017 

Board’s ltr. No. PC-VII/2016/IC/2 dated 21.08.2017 [RBE No.99/2017]PC VII- 43 

Sub: Revised methodology for fixing the pay of Running Staff category in 7th CPC scales  

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Reference is invited to Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 notified vide G.S.R. No. 746 (E) dated 28.07.2016, forwarded with Railway Board Endorsement No. PCVII/2016/RSRP/l dated 28.07.2016 (RBE No. 90/2016) and Railway Board’s Letter dated PC-VlI/2016/RSRP/2 dated 02.08.2016 (RBE No. 93/2016) detailing the methodology for fixation of pay in the revised pay structure in respect of existing Running Staff as on 01.01.2016.

 

  1. It was observed that the pay fixed in 7th CPC pay structure as per the methodology laid down in Board’s letter dated 02.08.2016 is coming out to be less than 14.29% increase of pay prescribed by 7th CPC, in certain cases of Running Staff.

 

  1. The matter was, therefore, examined in Board’s office in consultation with the Ministry of Finance and it has now been decided that for fixation of pay for Running Staff category, in cases where the actual rise in pay at the time of initial fixation works out to be less than 14.29%, the initial pay in such cases shall be fixed at the next higher cell of the relevant Level in the Pay Matrix. Illustrations in this regard are enclosed as Annexure A.

 

  1. It may be noted that there is no other change in the fixation methodology as circulated vide Railway Board’s Letter No. PC-VII/2016/RSRP/2 dated 02.08.2016 (RBE No. 93/2016).

 

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RBE No.99/2017 dt. 21.08.2017

Annexure A

Table-I
Pay Fixation table for Running Staff Category in GP 1900 (pre-revised)

SI. No. Pay Calculation in 6th CPC Pay calculation in 7th CPC % hike in pay Pay to be fixed in next  higher Cell only in case where % hike is less than 14.29%, then pay in level-2
Basic Pay in 6th CPC including GP 1900 DA @ 125% as on 01.01.2016. on Basic Pay and Pay Element Pay in 6th CPC
(i) + (ii)
Basic Pay (i) *2.945 Pay  fixed in 7th CPC in level-2 of the Pay Matrix in appropriate Index Cell
(i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) (vi) (vii)
1 8360 13585 21945 24620 25200 14.83
2 9000 14625 23625 26505 26800 13.44 27600
3 10270 16689 26959 30245 31100 15.36
4 10440 16965 27405 30746 31100 13.48 32000
5 11970 19451 31421 35252 36100 14.89
6 12130 19711 31841 35723 36100 13.37 37200

# The above examples are illustrative in nature and not exhaustive.

 

Table-II
Pay Fixation table for Running Staff Category in GP 2400 (pre-revised)

 

SI. No. Pay Calculation in 6th CPC Pay calculation in 7th CPC % hike in pay Pay to be fixed in next  higher Cell only in case where % hike is less than 14.29%, then pay in level-4
Basic Pay in 6th CPC including GP 2400 DA @ 125% as on 01.01.2016. on Basic Pay and Pay Element Pay in 6th CPC
(i) + (ii)
Basic Pay (i) *2.945 Pay  fixed in 7th CPC in level-4 of the Pay Matrix in appropriate Index Cell
(i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) (vi) (vii)
1 11300 18363 29663 33279 34300 15.63
2 11510 18704 30214 33897 34300 13.52 35300
3 13210 21466 34676 38903 39800 14.78
4 13420 21808 35228 39522 39800 12.98 41000
5 15320 24895 40215 45117 46100 14.63
6 15540 25253 40793 45765 46100 13.01 47500

# The above examples are illustrative in nature and not exhaustive.

 

RBE No.99/2017 dt. 21.08.2017

 

Table-III
Pay Fixation table for Running Staff Category in GP 2800 (pre-revised)

SI. No. Pay Calculation in 6th CPC Pay calculation in 7th CPC % hike in pay Pay to be fixed in next  higher Cell only in case where % hike is less than 14.29%, then pay in level-5
Basic Pay in 6th CPC including GP 2800 DA @ 125% as on 01.01.2016. on Basic Pay and Pay Element Pay in 6th CPC
(i) + (ii)
Basic Pay (i) *2.945 Pay  fixed in 7th CPC in level-5 of the Pay Matrix in appropriate Index Cell
(i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) (vi) (vii)
1 12600 20475 33075 37107 38100 15.19
2 13130 21336 34466 38668 39200 13.73 40400
3 14980 24343 39323 44116 45400 15.46
4 15250 24781 40031 44911 45400 13.41 46800
5 17900 29088 46988 52716 54200 15.35
6 18160 29510 47670 53481 54200 13.70 55800

# The above examples are illustrative in nature and not exhaustive.


Table-IV
Pay Fixation table for Running Staff Category in GP 4200 (pre-revised)

SI. No. Pay Calculation in 6th CPC Pay calculation in 7th CPC % hike in pay Pay to be fixed in next  higher Cell only in case where % hike is less than 14.29%, then pay in level-6
Basic Pay in 6th CPC including GP 4200 DA @ 125% as on 01.01.2016. on Basic Pay and Pay Element Pay in 6th CPC
(i) + (ii)
Basic Pay (i) *2.945 Pay  fixed in 7th CPC in level-6 of the Pay Matrix in appropriate Index Cell
(i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) (vi) (vii)
1 15850 25756 41606 46678 47600 14.41
2 16070 26114 42184 47326 47600 12.84 49000
3 19330 31411 50741 56927 58600 15.49
4 19730 32061 51791 58105 58600 13.15 60400
5 25360 41210 66570 74685 76500 14.92
6 25570 41551 67121 75304 76500 13.97 78800

# The above examples are illustrative in nature and not exhaustive.

 

RBE No. 101/2017

Board’s ltr. No. F(E)III/2009/PN1/6 dated 22.08.2017  [RBE No.101/2017]PC VII-44

Sub: Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the 7th  Pay Commission on CCS (Extraordinary Pension) Rules, 1939 – Enhancement of Constant Attendant Allowance.

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A copy of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DOP&PW)’s O.M. No. 1/4/2017-P&PW(F) dated 2nd  August, 2017  on the above cited subject is enclosed for information and compliance. These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on Railways also. CCS (Extraordinary Pension) Rules, 1939 mentioned in DOP&PW’s O.M., corresponds to Railway Services (Extraordinary Pension) Rules, 1993.

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DOP&PW’s O.M. No. 1/4/2017-P&PW(F) dated 2nd  August, 2017 

 

Sub: Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendation of the 7th  Pay Commission on CCS (Extraordinary Pension) Rules, 1939 – Enhancement of Constant Attendant Allowance.

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The undersigned is directed to say that at present Constant Attendant Allowance (CAA) is granted to pensioners who retired on disability pension under the CCS(Extraordinary Pension) Rules 1939, with 100% disability (where the individual is completely dependent on somebody else for day-to-day function). The Constant Attendant Allowance is paid in addition to the disability pension. The present rate of Constant Attendant Allowance admissible is Rs.4500/- per month.

 

  1. Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission on Allowances, Government has accepted the recommendation of 7th Central Pay Commission to increase the Constant Attendant Allowance by a factor 1.5, ie. to Rs.6750/- per month. Accordingly, sanction of the President is hereby conveyed for enhancement of the amount of Constant Attendant Allowance from the existing Rs.4500/- to Rs.6750/- per month.

 

  1. These orders will take effect from 01.07.2017.
  2. In so far as persons belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.
  3. These orders are issued with the concurrence of the Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) vide their OM No.11-1/2016-IC dated 11.07.2017.

 

RBE No. 102/2017 

Board’s ltr. No. F[E]III/2007/PN1/5 dated 23.08.2017  [RBE No.102/2017]

Sub:  Eligibility of divorced daughters for grant of family pension – clarification regarding

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A copy of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DOP&PW)’s O.M.No.1/13/09-P&PW(E) dated 19th  July, 2017 on the above cited subject is enclosed for information and compliance. These instructions shall apply mutatis mutants on Railways also. Rule 54 of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 mentioned in DOP&PW’s O.M., corresponds to Rule 75 of the Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993.

  1. The Railway Board’s instructions corresponding to the DOP&PW’s instructions referred to in their aforesaid O.M. dated 19th July, 2017 (enclosed) are given under:
S.No. DOP&PW’s Instructions Railway Board’s corresponding instructions
1 O.M.No.1/19/03-P&PW(E) dated 25/30.08.2004 Letter No.F(E)III/98/PN1/4 dated 16.03.2005
2 O.M.No.1/13/09-P&PW(E) dated 11.09.2013 Letter No.F(E)III/2007/PN1/5 dated 26.09.2013

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DOP&PW’s O.M.No.1/13/09-P&PW(E) dated 19th  July, 2017

Sub: Eligibility of divorced daughters for grant of family pension – clarification regarding.

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Provision for grant of family pension to a widowed/divorced daughter beyond the age of 25 years has been made vide OM dated 30.08.2004. This provision has been included in clause (iii) of sub-rule 54 (6) of the CCS (Pension), Rules, 1972.

 

  1. As indicated in Rule 54(8) of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972, the turn of unmarried children below 25 years of age comes after the death or remarriage of their mother/father, i.e., the pensioner and his/her spouse. Thereafter, the family pension is payable to the disabled children for life and then to the unmarried/widowed/divorced daughters above the age of 25 years.

 

  1. It was clarified, vide this department Office Memorandum of even number, dated 11th September, 2013, that the family pension is payable to the children as they are considered to be dependent on the Government servant/pensioner or his/her spouse. A child who is not earning equal to or more than the sum of minimum family pension and dearness relief thereon is considered to be dependent on his/her parents. Therefore, only those children who are dependent and meet other conditions of eligibility for family pension at the time of death of the Government servant or his/her spouse, whichever is later, are eligible for family pension. If two or more children are eligible for family pension at that time, family pension will be payable to each child on his/her turn provided he/she is still eligible for family pension when the turn comes.

 

  1. It was clarified that a daughter if eligible, as explained in the preceding paragraph, may be granted family pension provided she fulfils all eligibility conditions at the time of death/ineligibility of her parents and still on the date her turn to receive family pension comes. Accordingly, divorced daughters who fulfil other conditions are eligible for family pension if a decree of divorce had been issued by the competent court during the life time of at least one of the parents.

 

  1. This department has been receiving grievances from various quarters that the divorce proceedings are a long drawn procedure which take many years before attaining finality. There are many cases in which the divorce proceedings of a daughter of a Government employee/pensioner had been instituted in the competent court during the life time of one or both of them but none of them was alive by the time the decree of divorce was granted by the competent authority.

 

  1. The matter has been examined in this department in consultation with Department of Expenditure and it has been decided to grant family pension to a divorced daughter in such cases where the divorce proceedings had been filed in a competent court during the life-time of the employee /pensioner or his/her spouse but divorce took place after their death    provided the claimant fulfils all other conditions for grant of family pension under rule 54 of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972. In such cases, the family pension will commence from the date of divorce.

 

  1. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, vide their ID No. l(11)/EV/2017, dated 11th  July, 2017.

 

RBE No. 103/2017

Board’s ltr. No. F(E)I/2017 /AL-28/41 dated 24.08.2017  [RBE No.103/2017]PC VII-45

Sub:  Travelling Allowance Rules -Implementation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.

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Consequent upon the decisions taken by the Government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission relating to Travelling Allowance entitlements, sanction of the President is conveyed to the revision in the Railway Travelling Allowance Rules as set out in the Annexure to this letter.

  1. The ‘Pay Level’ for determining the TA/DA entitlement is as indicated in the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016.
  2. The term ‘Pay’ in the level for the purpose of these orders refer to Basic Pay drawn in appropriate Pay Level in the Pay Matrix as defined in Rule 3(8) of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 and does not include Non-Practising allowance (NPA), or any other type of pay like special pay etc.
  3. However, if the Travelling Allowance entitlements in terms of the revised entitlements now prescribed result in a lowering of the existing entitlements in the case of any individual, groups or classes of employees, the entitlements, particularly in respect of mode of travel, class of accommodation, etc., shall not be lowered. They will instead continue to be governed by the earlier orders on the subject till such time as they become eligible, in the normal course, for the higher entitlements.
  4. The claims submitted in respect of journey made on or after 1st July, 2017, may be regulated in accordance with these orders. In respect of journeys performed prior to 1st  July, 2017, the claims may be regulated in accordance with the previous orders dated 01.12.2008.
  5. It may be noted that no additional funds will be provided on account of revision in TA/DA entitlements. It may therefore be ensured that permission to official travel is given judiciously and restricted only to absolutely essential official requirements.
  6. These orders shall take effect from 1st   July, 2017.

ANNEXURE

Annexure to Board’s letter No. F(E)1/2017/AL-28/41 dated 24.08.2017.

In partial modification of Railway Travelling Allowance Rules contained in Chapter 16-IREC-Vol.II (2005 Edition) and Board’s letters No.F(E)I/2008/AL-28/14 and F(E)I/2008/AL-28/15, dated 01.12.2008, the following provisions will be applicable with effect from 01.07.2017.

  1. Entitlements for Journeys on Tour or Training
  2. Journeys by Air within the Country:

(i) Officers in Level-16 and above, while on tour, may be entitled for air travel in ‘J’ /  Business Class.

(ii) All other Officers, otherwise authorized to travel by Air may be entitled to travel by economy class.

All mileage points earned by Railway employees on tickets purchased for official travel shall be utilized by the Railway for other official travel by their officers. Any usage of these mileage points for purposes of private travel by an officer will attract departmental action. This is to ensure that the benefits out of official travel, which is funded by the Railway, should accrue to the Railway. It is the responsibility of the officer concerned to ensure that free mileage points are used only for official travel and not for personal trips. Any other incentives and similar packages such as free companion etc. should be so negotiated that the benefits come to the Railway.

  1. Journey by Air (International)
Pay Level in pay Matrix Travel Entitlement
14 and above Business/club class
Other officers who are authorized to travel by air Economy Class

 

  1. Journeys by Sea or River Steamer

 

(i) For places other than A&N Group of islands and Lakshadweep Group of Island:

Pay Level in Pay Matrix Travel Entitlement
9 and above Highest Class
6 to 8 Lower Class if there be two classes only on the steamer
4 and 5 If two classes only, the lower class, If three classes, the middle or second class. If there be four classes, the third class
3 and below Lowest class

 

(ii) For travel between the mainland and the A&N Group of Islands and Lakshadweep Group of island by ships operated by the Shipping Corporation of India Limited:

Pay Level in pay Matrix Travel entitlement
9 and above Deluxe Class
6 to 8 First/ ‘A’ cabin class
4 and 5 Second/ ‘B’ cabin class
3 and below Bunk class

 

  1. Mileage allowance for journeys by Road:

(i) At places where specific rates have been prescribed:

Pay Level in Pay Matrix Entitlements
14 or above Actual fare by any type of public bus including AC bus

 

OR

 

At prescribed rates of AC taxi when the journey is actually performed by AC Taxi

 

OR

 

At prescribed rates for auto rickshaw for journeys by auto-rickshaw, own car, scooter, motor cycle, moped etc.

6 to 13 Same as above with the exception that journeys by AC taxi will not be permissible
4 and 5 Actual fare by any type of public bus other than AC bus

 

OR

 

At prescribed rates for auto rickshaw for journeys by auto-rickshaw, own car, scooter, motor cycle, moped etc

3 and below Actual fare by ordinary public bus only

 

OR

 

At prescribed rates for auto rickshaw for journeys by auto-rickshaw, own car, scooter, motor cycle, moped etc .

 

(ii) At places where no specific rates have been prescribed either by the Directorate of Transport of the concerned State or of the neighbouring states (these rates will further rise by 25 % whenever DA increases by 50%):

For journeys performed in own car / taxi  24/- Per km.
For journeys performed by auto-rickshaw own scooter, etc 12/- Per km.

 

  1. Journeys by Rail:

Free passes, as admissible under Rules, may be issued to a Railway servant.

  1. TA entitlements on Transfer

TA on Transfer includes 4 components: (A) Travel entitlement for self and family                   (B) Composite Transfer and packing grant (CTG) (C) Reimbursement of charges on transportation of personal effects (D) Reimbursement of charges on transportation of conveyance.

 

  1. Travel Entitlements:

(i) Journeys by Air: Officers in Level-15 and above, while on transfer, may be entitled for air travel in ‘J’/ Business Class, at their discretion to join the new HQs.   Officers in level 14 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. This is also subject to fulfillment of conditions as per Board’s letter No. F(E)I/2003/AL-28/7 dated 16.9.2003. The air fare is, however, admissible for self only. No family member of any Railway servant is entitled to travel by air on transfer.

(ii) Journeys by Rail: Free passes, as admissible under Rules, may be issued to a Railway servant and his family members.

(iii) Journeys by Road: A Railway servant is not entitled to travel  by road, between stations connected by rail. However, between stations not connected by rail a railway servant and his family members may travel by road. The entitlement in this regard is same as para 2(D) above.

  1. Composite Transfer and Packing Grant (CTG):

(i) The Composite Transfer Grant shall be paid at the rate of 80% of the last month’s basic pay in case of transfer involving a change of station located at a distance of or more than 20 kms. from each other. Further, NPA shall not be included as part of basic pay while determining entitlements for CTG.

(ii) In cases of transfer to stations which are at a distance of less than 20 kms. from the old station and of transfer within the same city, one third of the composite transfer grant will be admissible, provided a change of residence is actually involved.

(iii) In cases where the transfer of husband and wife takes place within six months, but after 60 days of the transfer of the spouse, fifty percent 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 transfers 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.

  1. Transportation of personal effects:
Level Rate for Transport by Road
6 and above  Rs. 50/- per km
5  Rs. 25/- per km
4 and below  Rs. 15/- per km

 

These rates will further rise by 25% whenever DA increases by 50%. The claim for reimbursement shall be admissible subject to the production of actual receipts / vouchers by the railway servants.

 

  1. Transportation of conveyance.

Reimbursement of charges on transportation of conveyance as admissible under Rules, may be provided.

 

  1. TA entitlement on Retirement

TA on retirement includes 04 components: (A) Travel entitlement for self and family (B) Composite Transfer and packing grant (CTG) (C) Reimbursement of charges on transportation of personal of effects (D) Reimbursement of charges on transportation of conveyance.

  1. Travel Entitlements:same as para 3(A) above
  2. Composite Transfer Grant:

(i) The composite Transfer Grant shall be paid at the rate of 80 % of Basic Pay last drawn in case of those Railway employees, who on retirement, settled down at places other than last station of their duty located at a distance of or more than 20 Km. However, in case of settlement to and from the island territories of Andaman, Nicobar & Lakshadweep, CTG shall be paid at the rate of 100% of basic pay last drawn. The transfer incidentals and road mileage for journeys between the residence and the railway stations/ bus stand etc, at the old and new station, are already subsumed in the CTG and will not be separately admissible.

(ii) For Railway servants, who on retirement settle at the last station of duty itself or within the distance of less than 20 Kms, may be paid one third of the CTG subject to the condition that a change of residence is actually involved.

  1. Transportation of Personal Effects:Same as para 3(C) above.
  2. Transportation of conveyance:Same as para 3(D) above.

 

RBE No. 100/2017 

Board’s ltr. No. F[E]I/2016/AL-28/25 dated 22.08.2017  [RBE No.100 /2017]

        Sub: Permission to Travel by Airlines other than Air India.  

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In terms of Board’s letter of even number dated 16.05.2016 on the subject, certain guidelines received from Ministry of Civil Aviation were issued regarding grant of permission to travel by airlines other than Air India for official air travel (both domestic and international) by railway officers. The guidelines, with the advice to furnish some additional particulars were reiterated vide letter of even number dated 17.10.2016.

  1. However, despite issue of these guidelines, it is still seen that in many cases, the requests seeking relaxation/permission to travel by airlines other than Air India are still being received late and at times after the travel date for post facto sanction. Further, in many of the cases the requests are not accompanied by NAS certificates / meeting notices / approved tour program, as required.
  2. It is therefore once again requested that the reference seeking relaxation / permission to travel by airlines other than Air India may be made to Railway Board in proper Proforma which has already been circulated, duly accompanied by required document is like NAS certificate issued by authorized travel agent /a copy of the sector specific snapshot of Air India Website, and copy of approved tour program, following the guidelines of air travel by airlines other than Air India circulated vide Board’s letters dated 16.05.2016 & 17.10.2016.

 

  1. Strict compliance of this letter may be ensured

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 RBE No. 106/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[P&A]II-2017/BDA-1 dated 30.08.2017 [RBE No.106/2017] PC VII-51

               Sub: Revision of rates of Breakdown Allowance.

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Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission relating to Breakdown allowance, the Board have decided that the rates of Breakdown Allowance indicated in this Ministry’s letter                      No. E[P&A]II-2007/FE-4/3 dated 25.09.2009 and further revised vide Board’s letter                 No. E[P&A]I-2011/SP-1/Misc.1 dated 13.06.2011 and No. E[P&A]I-2014/SP-1/Genl.2 dated 19.05.2014   may be revised as under:

S.No. Category Level in Pay Matrix Amount of Breakdown Allowance/ month
1 Helper Gr.II/Helper Gr.I/Other  staff Gr.  ‘D’ staff Level 1 [1800] Rs.270 p.m.
2. Technician Gr.III Level 2 [1900] Rs.405 p.m.
3 Technician Gr.II

Technician Gr.I

Supervisors [erstwhile Mistry]

Level 4 [2400]

Level 5 [2800]

Level 5 [2800]

Rs.540 p.m.
4. Sr. Technicians/ Junior Engineers and staff in higher scales Level 6 [4200] and above

 

Rs.675 p.m.

 

  1. These orders take effect from 1st July, 2017. Other terms and conditions relating to Breakdown Allowance will remain the same.

 

  1. In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to Article 309 of the Constitution, the President is pleased to direct that Rule 1420 of Indian Railway Establishment Code, Volume-II, 1987 edition [2005 reprint edition] may be amended as in the Advance Correction Slip No. 61 enclosed herewith.

 

  1. This has the sanction of the President and issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

ADVANCE CORRECTION SLIP NO. 61- R-II/1987 EDITION [2005 REPRINT EDITION]

  1. First para of Rule1420[1] and table below Rule 1420 [1] [i] in Indian Railway Establishment Code, Volume-II, 1987 edition [2005 reprint edition] may be substituted with the following:

 

[1]        Non-gazetted Railway servants employed in Running sheds and Carriage and Wagon depots who are earmarked for attending to breakdown duties and Relief Train Electrical staff, including Supervisory staff, holding posts upto Level 6 [ Rs.4200 GP] and above in the Pay Matrix  [except the Supervisors in charge of Carriage & Wagon Depots, Loco Running Shed or the Electrical Relief Train], shall be allowed the following:

 

[i]         Breakdown Allowance at the following rates:

 

S.No. Category Level in Pay Matrix Amount of Breakdown Allowance/month
1 Helper Gr.II/Helper Gr.I/Other staff  Gr.  ‘D’ staff Level 1 [1800] Rs.270 p.m.
2. Technician Gr.III Level 2 [1900] Rs.405 p.m.
3 Technician Gr.II

Technician Gr.I

Supervisors [erstwhile Mistry]

Level 4 [2400]

Level 5 [2800]

Level 5 [2800]

Rs.540 p.m.
4. Sr. Technicians/ Junior Engineers and staff in higher scales Level 6 [4200] and above

 

Rs.675 p.m.

 

  1. The following may be deleted below clause [b] to sub rule [i] to Rule 1420 [1] in Indian Railway Establishment Code Vol.II /1987 Edition [2005 reprint edition]:

 

[c]    The rate of this allowance will be increased by 25% whenever the Dearness Allowance payable on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%.

 

[Authority: Railway Board’s letter No. E[P&A]II-2017/BDA-1 dated 30.08.2017]

 

RBE No. 108/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[P&A]I-2017/HL/1 dated 30.08.2017  [RBE No.108/2017]PC VII-46

Sub:  Implementation of recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission accepted by the Government – National Holiday Allowance.

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Consequent upon the decisions taken by the government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission relating to revision  of allowances, the President is pleased to revise the rates of National Holiday Allowance as under:

 

Level in the Pay Matrix [VII CPC] Rate of Allowance [per day]
1 and 2    384
3 to 5    477
6 to 8 [ limited to non-gazetted staff]    630

 

  1. The rates of this allowance will further increase by 25 percent each time DA rises by 50 percent.

 

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

 

  1. The other terms and conditions as contained in Board’s letter No. E[P&A]I-97/HL/2 dated 18.02.1998 for grant of this allowance shall remain unchanged.

 

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

 

RBE No. 109/2017 

Board’s ltr. No.E[P&A]I-2017/VII CPC/AL-1 dated 30.08.2017  [RBE No.109/2017] PC VII-47

Sub: Implementation  of recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission accepted by the Government – Abolition of Allowances

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Consequent upon the decisions taken by the government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission, the President is pleased to decide to abolish the following allowances with effect  from 1st July,2017:

 

  1. Accounts Stock Verifiers ( ASV) Allowance ( incentive to Accounts Stock Verifiers on passing Appendix IV-A (IREM) Examination);
  2. Commercial Allowance ( special allowance to announcers – ECRCs/ Comml.Clerks/TCs/ASMs/SMs);
  3. Flying Squad Allowance ( special allowance to CTIs/TTEs working in Hq.Flying Squad);
  4. Night Patrolling Allowance to Trackmen;
  5. Rajdhani Allowance ( special allowance to Train Supdts./Dy.Train Supdts./Stewards ( Dy.Train Supdts) of Rajdhani Trains); and
  6. Vigilance Allowance ( special allowance to Vigilance Inspectors working in Zonal Railways/Production Units).

 

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

 

RBE No. 110/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E(P&A)I-2017/SP-1/CE/1 dated 30.8.2017 [RBE No.110 /2017]PC-VII/48

Sub:Implementation of recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission accepted by the Government – Special Level Crossing (LC) Gate Allowance to Track Maintainers.  

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Consequent upon the decisions taken by the government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission relating to revision of allowances, the President is pleased to revise the rates of Special Level Crossing (LC) Gate Allowance to Track Maintainers deployed for manning any of the Engineering Gates, to be paid as per cell R3H3 of the Risk and Hardship Matrix. The rate of this allowance will be Rs.1000/- per month upto level 8 in pay Matrix ( VII CXPC) and Rs.1200/- per month for level 9 and above in Pay Matrix ( VII CPC).

 

  1. The rate of this allowance will further increase by 25 per cent each time DA rises by 50 per cent.

 

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

 

  1. The other terms and conditions stipulated in Board’s letter No.E[P&A]I-97/SP-1/CE-1 dated 27.01.2003, E[P&A]I-2009/SP-1/CE-1 dated 20.12.2010 and 11.09.2012 shall remain unchanged.

 

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

 

RBE No. 111/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[P&A]I-2017/SP-1/WS-2 dated 30.08.2017  [RBE No.111/2017]PC VII-49

Sub: Implementation of recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission accepted by the Government- Special Allowance to Chief Safety Officers/Safety Officers.

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Consequent upon the decisions taken by the government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission relating to revision of allowances, the President is pleased to decide that Senior Supervisors of workshop cadre [whether working in workshops or PCO] when deputed as Chief Safety Officers / Safety Officers may be granted Special Allowance @ 6 per cent of Basic Pay.

 

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

 

  1. All others terms and conditions envisaged in Board’s letter No. E[P&A]I-2008/ SP-1/WS-1 dated 04.07.2008  shall remain unchanged .

 

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

 

RBE No.112/2017 

Board’s ltr. No. E[P&A]I-2017/SP-1/WS-1 dated 30.08.2017 [RBE No.112/2017]PC VII-50 

Sub: Implementation of recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission accepted by the Government- relating to grant of PCO Allowance to staff of Production Control Organisation.

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Consequent upon the decisions taken by the government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission relating to revision of allowances, the President is pleased to revise the rates of PCO Allowance as under:

 

Section Engineers and Sr. Section Engineers in level 7 in the Pay Matrix [VII  CPC]  6% of Basic Pay
Non-supervisory staff and Jr. Engineers up to level 6 in the Pay Matrix [VII  CPC] 12% of Basic Pay

 

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

 

  1. All other terms and conditions envisaged in Board’s letter Nos. PC-IV/86/SP/1 dated 16.10.1989, PC-IV/89/SP/2 dated 28.03.1990 and PC-IV/89/SP/2 dated 31.05.1991 shall remain unchanged.

 

  1. The PCO Allowance will not be reckoned for any benefit such as DA, HRA, CCA, pension, gratuity and fixation of pay on promotion.

 

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

 

RBE No. 107/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[P&A]I-2017/CPC/LE-5 dated 30.08.2017  [RBE No.107/2017]

Sub: Guidelines on leave and voluntary retirement of Railway servants in light of the provisions of the Section 47 of Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995.

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In pursuance of Department of Personnel & Training’s OM No.18017/1/2014-Estt(L) dated 25.02.2015 and OM No. 25012/1/2015-Estt(A-IV) dated 19.05.2015, the issues relating to leave and notice of voluntary retirement of Railway servants who have acquired a disability while in service are required to be dealt with in the light of the provisions of the Section 47 of Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995.

 

  1. Leave applied on medical certificate in connection with disability should not be refused or revoked without reference to a Medical Authority, whose advice shall be binding. The ceiling on maximum permissible leave laid down in Rule 510 of IREC Vol.–1 may not be applied to leave on medical certificate applied in connection with the disability. Any leave debited for the period after a Railway servant is declared incapacitated shall be remitted back into his/her leave account. For a Railway servant who is unable to submit an application or medical certificate on account of disability, an application/medical certificate submitted by a family member may be accepted.

 

  1. Further, keeping in view the provisions of the Section 47 of PWD Act, 1995 and the judgment of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in Bhagwan Dass & Anr Vs Punjab State Electricity Board (2008) 1 SCC 579, it has been decided that whenever a Railway servant seeks voluntary retirement citing medical grounds, or when the said notice has been submitted due to a disability, the administrative authorities shall examine as to whether the case is covered under Section 47 of PWD Act, 1995. In case the provisions are applicable, the Railway servant shall be advised that he/she has the option of continuing in service with the same pay scale and service benefits.

 

3.1     In case a disabled Railway servant reconsiders his decision and withdraws the notice for voluntary retirement, his case shall be dealt with under the provisions of the Section 47 of PWD Act, 1995. If however, in spite of being so advised, such Government servant still wishes to take voluntary retirement, the request may be processed as per applicable rule.

 

  1. It is requested to keep the above in view while processing cases of requests for voluntary retirement and leave from disabled Railway servants under the provisions of the Section 47 of PWD Act, 1995.

 

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

 

RBE No. 114/2017 

Board’s ltr. No. E[NG]-II/2007/RR-1/38 [3000863] dated 31.08.2017 [RBE No.114/2017]

Sub: Acceptance of certificates/ qualifications awarded by various Boards of School Education in India for the purpose of employment on the railways.   

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Attention is invited to Board’s instructions contained in RBE No.75/2014 dated 15.07.2014 and RBE No. 29/2015 dated 26.03.2015 on the above subject, inter-alia stating that the official website of COBSE be referred for list of Boards of School education for Member Boards as well as Associate Member Boards.

 

  1. Clarification has now been received from Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development [MHRD] vide their OM No.10-1/2017 Sch-3 dated 25.04.2017, stating that Council of Boards of School Education in India [COBSE] is a private organisation and its membership is voluntary and COBSE has not been established by that Ministry. Moreover, the membership of COBSE does not automatically grant the status of recognised Board upon any member Board.  Further, MHRD neither regulates setting up of Education Boards nor does it give recognition to Education Boards except two national level education Boards, viz., CBSE and NIOS.

 

  1. Accordingly, the matter has been examined in this Ministry and it has been decided by the Board to withdraw instructions dated 15.07.2014 under RBE No. 75/2014 and dated 26.03.2015 under RBE No. 29/2015. Further, for genuineness of various School Boards, State Governments concerned may be approached on whose authority they claim to be genuine.

 

  1. Cases already decided need not be reopened.

 

RBE No. 94/2017

Board’s ltr. No. 2013/E[Sports]/4[1]/2/Policy dated 11.08.2017  [RBE No.94/2017] Clarification/Corrigendum No.82

          

Sub: Recruitment of sportspersons against sports quota through Talent Scouting and Open Advertisement – clarification regarding

 

Ref: Board’s letter Nos.[i] 2010/E[Sports]/4[1]/1/ Policy dated 31.12.2010 [RBE No.189B/2010], [ii] 2012/E[Sports]/4[1]/1/ Policy Clarifications dated 18.04.2012 [RBE No.52/2012] [iii] 2014/E[Sports]/ 4[1]/1/ Policy Clarifications dated 17.01.2014  [RBE No.10/2014] & No. 2013/ E[Sports]/4[1]/2/ Policy dated 04.01.2016  [RBE No.08/2016] .

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Railway Board vide letter No. 2013/ E[Sports]/4[1]/2/ Policy dated 04.01.2016  has  restored the previous provisions of policy to treat all team members at par in team games for the purpose of recruitment against sports quota and for granting incentives / OTPs and delete following para of the policy:

 

Letter No. Date Para No.
2012/E[Sports]/4[1]/1/Policy Clarification 18.04.2012 4.1[m] Notes [New Para] – For recruitment against sports quota.

 

After deletion of above para in Board’s letter dated 18.04.2012 there is no validity of Board’s letter 17.01.2014.  As such Board’s letter No. 2014/E[Sports]/ 4[1]/1/ Policy Clarifications dated 17.01.2014  [RBE No.10/2014] may also be treated as cancelled.

 

RBE No. 117/2017

Board’s ltr. No. F(E)I/2017/AL-28/41 dated 31.8./1.9.2017 [RBE No.117 /2017]PC-VII/53

Sub:  Travelling Allowance Rules – Implementation of the recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission, clarification on CTG etc. reg.

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In continuation to Board’s letter of even number dated 24.8.2017 regarding implementation of recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission relating to Travelling Allowance entitlements, the admissibility of CTG and Transportation of personal effects on Transfer and Retirement will be regulated as under:

 

  • In case, the railway servant has been transferred prior to 01.07.2017 and has assumed charge prior to 01.07.2017, he will be eligible for CTG at pre-revised scale of pay. If the personal effects have been shifted after 01.07.2017, revised rates for transportation of personal effects will be admissible.

 

  • In case, the railway servant has been transferred prior to 01.07.2017 and has assumed charge on/after 01.07.2017, he will be eligible for CTG at revised scale of pay. As the personal effects would be shifted after 01.07.2017, revised rates for transportation of personal effects will be admissible.

 

  • In case of retirement, if a railway servant has retired prior to 01.07.2017, he will be eligible for CTG at pre-revised scale of pay. If the personal effects have been shifted after 01.07.2017, revised rates for transportation of personal effects will be admissible

 

Board’s ltr. No. 2014/H/5/8/[Policy] dated 07.07.2017

Sub:  Consideration of appeal of non-Gazetted candidates selected for Railway employment – cases of candidates declared unfit upon medical examination

 

Ref: This office letter of even number dated 05.06.2014 & 31.12.2015

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Detailed provisions for reconsideration of adverse reports of medical examination of candidates selected for employment in various non-Gazetted posts in Railway Services and procedure for making an appeal and its disposal have been laid down in Para 522 (I) of IRMM, Third Edition, 2000. However, it was not clear from the said provisions as to who would act as the appellate authority and what would be the maximum number of appeals that are permitted resulting into a number of appeals for reconsideration of the cases even though they have been declared unfit during initial medical examination. Some of the candidates were also approaching Railway Board for reconsideration of decision of the Zonal Railways on their earlier appeals.

 

There have also been instances where the candidate was declared unfit by the initial medical examiner due to the candidate being hypertensive /diabetic or visual acuity problems. Some such candidates have taken treatment and then, within the stipulated time frame, submitted an appeal for reconsideration. In such cases, it becomes really difficult for the appellate authority to come to a conclusion with regard to the candidate’s original condition which was prevailing at the time of initial medical examination. The appellate authority will be in no position to disprove that the person has been administered medicines or has undergone surgical treatment for refractive error etc. This situation calls for a permanent remedy by laying down a specific procedure for examination of candidates, consideration of their appeal in case they are declared unfit in the initial medical examination, as also disposal of subsequent appeals by higher authorities. In view of this, a detailed policy guideline was issued to the Zones vide this office letter of even No. dated 05.06.2014. Though the clarification given by this office has helped the Zone to a great extent in deciding the cases, but some issues relating to the subject required  further elaboration.

 

The matter has been considered at length in Board’s  office  and in supersession to Board’s letter of even no. dated 05.06.2014 revised guidelines were issued vide Board’s letter of even number dated 31.12.2015.

 

However arising out of Vigilance enquiries in certain cases of medical examination and appeals, whole issue has been re-examined and it is felt that certain provisions contained in paras III, VII [A&B] of Board’s letter dated 31.12.2015 need to be amended to clarify the whole position in consonance with the provisions of IRMM 2000. Accordingly, in supersession to all previous letters on the subject matter, following instructions are issued:

 

  1. Medical examiner – Medical examination of candidates will be done by a Medical Officer with adequate experience in doing medical examination who will be specially nominated by the CMO/CMS/MD/ACMS in charge for this purpose, imparted suitable training and approved by CMD/CMO of the zone /PU.

 

  1. If a candidate has been found to be unfit [Temporary /Permanent] on any ground, the medical examiner will not issue any certificate and will put up the detailed medical examination report to the CMO/MD/CMS/ACMS in charge of  the Unit/ Division/ Sub-division/ Production Unit Hospital.

 

III. CMO/CMS/MD/ACMS in charge will then constitute a Three Member Medical Committee consisting of [1] a specialist in the concerned field of deficiency other than the initial medical examiner.  However, if the specialist is not available within the Unit /Division /Production Unit, a senior doctor not below JAG would be nominated in place of a specialist [2] Any medical officer other than the one who has conducted the first medical examination not below the rank of DMO [3] Any senior medical  officer not below JAG.

 

  1. This three member medical committee will examine the candidate thoroughly in true spirit without any appeal preferred by the candidate. Such candidate should be admitted in indoor ward mandatorily, for observations & investigations as required by the Committee of Medical Officers.  The accommodation charges etc. in this regard will be borne by the Railway Administration except for such investigations and/or consultation, which is not available in-house, for which the charges will be borne by the candidate concerned. The Committee will submit their report to CMO/CMS/MD/ ACMS in charge along with their opinion & speaking order regarding fitness or otherwise in the medical category for which he has reported for the medical examination.  All reports and related papers should be signed by the candidate [Thumb impression if not able to sign] with name clearly written below the same.  The candidate should also sign a declaration “I have been thoroughly examined and investigated by the Three Member Committee.”. CMO/CMS/MD/ACMS In-charge will examine the report and after his approval, communicate his decision to the initial medical examiner, who will, in turn, issue the final medical examination certificate accordingly.

 

Note:

  1. If the initial medical authority or the Three Member Committee are of the view that the medical deficiency/condition of the candidate is curable after treatment. The candidate should be declared as “TEMPORARY UNFIT’ and should be advised to get treated within a time frame not exceeding six months from the date of advice to candidate, with a written advice & endorsing a copy to the memo issuing authority. The written advice should also include that the candidate should report to initial Medical Examiner, after completion of treatment within the specified time frame. First Medical Examiner/Medical Committee will then re-examine the candidate as the case may be and submit the report to CMS/CMO/ACMS In-charge/MD I/C of Unit/Division/Sub-Division for final decision. After approval of final decision of CMS/CMO/ACMS In-charge/MD will direct first medical examiner to issue the final medical examination certificate as mentioned above.

 

2.Certificates so issued, should be sent to the concerned Personnel Branch.

 

  1. In case the candidate absconds or absent himself wilfully prior to/ during examination by the three member Medical Committee, this fact should be recorded and the decision of the first medical examiner would prevail and no further appeal shall be entertained in such cases.

 

  1. If the candidate wants to appeal against the decision of the Committee, he should submit the same to CMD of the zone within a period of one month ( from the date of receipt of decision from Personnel Department) with due justification routed through concerned Personnel Department of the zone. Such an appeal shall be entertained, only, if the candidate produces a certificate from a Government/Private doctor of the speciality/specialities in which the candidate has been found unfit. Such a certificate should contain a note that the Government/Private specialist is fully aware of the physical & visual standards set by the Railways for the particular medical category, and that he is aware of the fact that the candidate has already been declared unfit according to these standards during medical examination conducted by an appropriate Medical Board comprising of three senior railway doctors appointed by the Government in this regard. The certificates should bear the photograph and mark of identification of the candidates duly attested by such a Government/Private issuing Authority. Such an issuing authority shall also clearly mention its MCI/State registration number. The candidate should clearly be advised of this para.

 

VII.      In all cases of appeal to CMD, charges will however be payable by candidate and towards this end a candidate will be required to pay Rs.1000/– through DD payable in favour of FA&CAO of concerned zone/PU. Personnel Department will retain such DDs and may get them verified for authenticity from issuing branch, if there is a need . In case of production units such powers for consideration of appeal shall be vested in the CMD of the neighbouring/parent zone where the Production Unit belonged to earlier or is currently situated.

 

VIII.     Where CMD is of the opinion that there should be re-examination of the case of appeal, he may nominate a Medical Board to re-examine the candidate. The recommendations of Medical Board duly approved by CMD should be communicated to the candidate through concerned Personnel Department.

 

  1. In case the decision at this stage changes from Unfit to fit, the DD submitted to Rly, will be returned to the candidate. In all other cases, this DD will be credited to Railway revenue in same head, where medical examination fee is being deposited.

 

Ordinarily, no further appeals will be permissible but exceptional cases if any may be referred to DG/RHS Railway Board for necessary guidelines.

 

Advance Correction Slip to Para 522 (1) of IRMM, 2000 is enclosed herewith.

 

This has the approval of Board (MS).

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Correction Slip No.3/2017

Advance Correction Slip to Para 522 of IRMM,2000

 

Sub-para(1) of Para 522 of IRMM 2000 may be read as under:-

 

  1. Medical examiner – Medical examination of candidates will be done by a Medical Officer with adequate experience in doing medical examination who will be specially nominated by the CMO/CMS/MD/ACMS in charge for this purpose, imparted suitable training and approved by CMD/CMO of the zone /PU.

 

  1. If a candidate has been found to be unfit [Temporary /Permanent] on any ground, the medical examiner will not issue any certificate and will put up the detailed medical examination report to the CMO/MD/CMS/ACMS in charge of  the Unit/ Division/ Sub-division/ Production Unit Hospital.

 

III. CMO/CMS/MD/ACMS in charge will then constitute a Three Member Medical Committee consisting of [1] a specialist in the concerned field of deficiency other than the initial medical examiner.  However, if the specialist is not available within the Unit /Division /Production Unit, a senior doctor not below JAG would be nominated in place of a specialist [2] Any medical officer other than the one who has conducted the first medical examination not below the rank of DMO [3] Any senior medical  officer not below JAG.

 

  1. This three member medical committee will examine the candidate thoroughly in true spirit without any appeal preferred by the candidate. Such candidate should be admitted in indoor ward mandatorily, for observations & investigations as required by the Committee of Medical Officers.  The accommodation charges etc. in this regard will be borne by the Railway Administration except for such investigations and/or consultation, which is not available in-house, for which the charges will be borne by the candidate concerned. The Committee will submit their report to CMO/CMS/MD/ ACMS in charge along with their opinion & speaking order regarding fitness or otherwise in the medical category for which he has reported for the medical examination.  All reports and related papers should be signed by the candidate [Thumb impression if not able to sign] with name clearly written below the same.  The candidate should also sign a declaration “I have been thoroughly examined and investigated by the Three Member Committee.”. CMO/CMS/MD/ACMS In-charge will examine the report and after his approval, communicate his decision to the initial medical examiner, who will, in turn, issue the final medical examination certificate accordingly.

 

Note:

  • If the initial medical authority or the Three Member Committee are of the view that the medical deficiency/condition of the candidate is curable after treatment. The candidate should be declared as “TEMPORARY UNFIT’ and should be advised to get treated within a time frame not exceeding six months from the date of advice to candidate, with a written advice & endorsing a copy to the memo issuing authority. The written advice should also include that the candidate should report to initial Medical Examiner, after completion of treatment within the specified time frame. First Medical Examiner/Medical Committee will then re-examine the candidate as the case may be and submit the report to CMS/CMO/ACMS In-charge/MD I/C of Unit/Division/Sub-Division for final decision. After approval of final decision of CMS/CMO/ACMS In-charge/MD will direct first medical examiner to issue the final medical examination certificate as mentioned above.

 

2.Certificates so issued, should be sent to the concerned Personnel Branch.

 

  1. In case the candidate absconds or absent himself wilfully prior to/ during examination by the three member Medical Committee, this fact should be recorded and the decision of the first medical examiner would prevail and no further appeal shall be entertained in such cases.

 

  1. If the candidate wants to appeal against the decision of the Committee, he should submit the same to CMD of the zone within a period of one month ( from the date of receipt of decision from Personnel Department) with due justification routed through concerned Personnel Department of the zone. Such an appeal shall be entertained, only, if the candidate produces a certificate from a Government/Private doctor of the speciality/specialities in which the candidate has been found unfit. Such a certificate should contain a note that the Government/Private specialist is fully aware of the physical & visual standards set by the Railways for the particular medical category, and that he is aware of the fact that the candidate has already been declared unfit according to these standards during medical examination conducted by an appropriate Medical Board comprising of three senior railway doctors appointed by the Government in this regard. The certificates should bear the photograph and mark of identification of the candidates duly attested by such a Government/Private issuing Authority. Such an issuing authority shall also clearly mention its MCI/State registration number. The candidate should clearly be advised of this para.

 

VII.      In all cases of appeal to CMD, charges will however be payable by candidate and towards this end a candidate will be required to pay Rs.1000/– through DD payable in favour of FA&CAO of concerned zone/PU. Personnel Department will retain such DDs and may get them verified for authenticity from issuing branch, if there is a need . In case of production units such powers for consideration of appeal shall be vested in the CMD of the neighbouring/parent zone where the Production Unit belonged to earlier or is currently situated.

 

VIII.     Where CMD is of the opinion that there should be re-examination of the case of appeal, he may nominate a Medical Board to re-examine the candidate. The recommendations of Medical Board duly approved by CMD should be communicated to the candidate through concerned Personnel Department.

 

  1. In case the decision at this stage changes from Unfit to fit, the DD submitted to Rly, will be returned to the candidate. In all other cases, this DD will be credited to Railway revenue in same head, where medical examination fee is being deposited.

 

Ordinarily, no further appeals will be permissible but exceptional cases if any may be referred to DG/RHS Railway Board for necessary guidelines.

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RBE No. 113/2017

Bd’s ltr. No. PC-V/2009/ACP/2(Vol.II) dated 30.8.2017 [RBE No.113/2017] PC VI-378

Sub:  Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for the

         Railway Employees – Clarification regarding

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Reference is invited to the Para 4 of Annexure of the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme issued vide Board’s letter No. PC-V/2009/ACP/2 dt. 10.06.2009 (RBE No.101/2009) providing that benefit of pay fixation available at the time of regular promotion shall also be allowed at the time of financial upgradation under the Scheme. Therefore, the pay shall be raised by 3% of the total pay in the Pay Band and the Grade Pay drawn before such upgradation. There shall, however, be no further fixation of pay at the time of regular promotion if it is in the same grade pay as granted under MACPS. However, at the time of actual promotion if it happens to be in a post carrying higher grade pay than what is available under MACPS, no pay fixation would be available and only difference of Grade Pay would be made available.

  1. References have been received from some of the Zonal Railways whether at the time of regular promotion / grant of Non-functional Scale, the employee may be allowed to draw the difference in Grade Pay after availing regular increment in the Pay Band and Grade Pay w.e.f. date of promotion or date of next increment consequent to MACP.
  2. The matter has been considered in consultation with DoPT and it has been decided that the Para 4 of the Annexure of the MACP Scheme would be modified as under:-

“benefit of pay fixation available at the time of regular promotion shall also be allowed at the time of financial upgradation under the Scheme. Therefore, the pay shall be raised by 3% of the total pay in the Pay Band and the Grade Pay drawn before such upgradation. There shall, however, be no further fixation of pay at the time of regular promotion/ grant of Non-Functional Scale, if it is in the same Grade Pay as granted under MACPS. However, at the time of actual promotion/grant of Non Functional Scale, if it happens to be in a post carrying higher Grade Pay than what is available under MACPS, no pay fixation would be available and only difference of Grade Pay would be made available. At the time of such regular promotion/grant of Non-Functional Scale to the higher Grade Pay than what has been given under MACPS, the employee shall have the option to draw the difference of Grade Pays from the date of such regular promotion/grant of Non Functional Scale or the date of accrual of next increment in the pay allowed under MACP.

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

( Authority: DoPT’s OM No.35034/3/2008-Estt (D)(Vol.II) dated 4th July,2017)

 

RBE No. 120/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E(P&A)I-2011/FE-4/1 dated 05.09.2017 [RBE No.120/2017] PC VII-56 

Sub:  Payment on account of discontinued allowances — Daily    Officiating Allowance.

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Consequent upon the decision taken by the government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission, the President is pleased to decide that disbursement of all existing allowances which have not been specifically recommended for continuation in terms of the Ministry of Finance’s Resolution dated 6th July, 2017 shall be discontinued from 1st July, 2017. Since, the Daily Officiating Allowance has not been specifically recommended for continuation in the said Resolution dated 6th July, 2017, it ceases to exist with effect from 1st July 2017.

  1. It shall be the responsibility of the Heads of the Department to ensure that no bill relating to disbursement in respect of Daily Officiating Allowance is drawn by the Head of office/ Drawing & Disbursing officers under their purview/ jurisdiction. Pay and Accounts officers shall ensure that no payment is effected if any such bill relating to the disbursement of the discontinued allowance is submitted to them. If such bills are received, they should be returned to the DDO and intimation thereof shall also be given to the Head of the Department and the Chief Controller of Accounts.
  2. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

RBE No. 97/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[NG]I-2017/TR/23  dated 18.08.2017  [RBE No.97/2017]

Sub: Transfer of Sportspersons on request from one seniority unit to another unit against direct recruitment quota.  

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In terms of the extant instructions contained in this Ministry’s letter No. E[NG]I-99/TR/15 dated 08.02.2000, transfer on request of Railway employees from one Railway/Division/Unit  to another Railway/Division/Unit in grades having an element of direct recruitment against DR quota post is accepted on bottom seniority, if the employee possesses the educational qualification prescribed for direct recruitment to the post to which transfer is sought for.

 

  1. The matter has been reviewed. It has now been decided by the Board that since recruitment of sportspersons is allowed in Technician Gr.III with three years on the job training, they may also be allowed to seek Inter-Railway request transfer on bottom seniority once they have completed 03 years training.

 

 Board’s ltr. No. PC-VII/2016/I/6/1 dated 22.08.2017

Sub:  Fixation of pay of employees in -1S scale of Rs.4440-7440 GP Rs.1300/- [6th CPC] and without GP under revised pay structure of 7th CPC

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With respect to the clarifications sought vide several Zonal Railways / Production Units on fixation of pay of employees in -1S Scale of Rs.4440-7440  GP Rs.1300/- [6th CPC] and without GP under revised pay structure of 7th CPC, it was advised vide Board’s letter of even number dated 19.05.2017  that a proposal in this regard has already been forwarded to Implementation Cell, Ministry of Finance vide Board’s letter dated 17.08.2016 and further communication in this regard will be issued on receipt of confirmation of Ministry of Finance.

 

  1. Meantime, clarifications on continuation of appointment of personnel in -1S scale in existing terms of 6th CPC has again been sought by many Railways. In this context, it is advised that this issue is still pending with Department of Expenditure/Ministry of Finance and till a final decision is taken, status quo may be maintained on pay fixation of such staff already in service.  Unless clarifications are received from MoF/DoP&T, obviously no fresh appointment as per erstwhile -1S terms and conditions can take place.

 

Board’s ltr. No. 2012/F[E]III/1[1]/4 dated 23.08.2017

Sub:  Additional benefit on death /disability of Government servant covered by New Pension System – clarification regarding.

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Please refer to the instructions issued vide Board’s letters No. 2008/AC-II/21/19, dated 29.05.2009, No.2010/AC-II/21/18 dated 02.07.2013 and 13.07.2010, letters of even number dated 08.09.2014 and 13.01.2016 on the above mentioned subject.

 

  1. Now, one of the recognized Federations (NFIR) have again raised the issue of non-compliance of the above instructions by Zonal Railways and reluctance on the part of Railways in providing additional relief to the widows of NPS subscribers/ NPS subscribers who have been declared invalidated. The Federation have also stated that Zonal administrations are not taking initiatives to ensure additional relief in terms DOP&PW’s O.M. dated 05.05.2009 and that they are reluctant in providing additional relief on death and disability of NPS subscribers.

 

  1. It is once again reiterated that the aforesaid instructions may be followed scrupulously and to review all the cases for ensuring the payment of family pension, disability pension and extra-ordinary pension to the NPS subscribers in case of death/disability. Further, Zonal Railways are also advised to sensitize the administration at lower level towards the problems faced by the employees and their families.

 

RBE No. 104/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E(GP)2005/2/26  dated 25.08.2017    [RBE No.104/2017]

Sub: Selection for Promotion to upgraded Group ‘B’ post of Law Officers in Level 8 in Pay Matrix (equivalent to Pay Band PB-2 (Rs. 9300-34800) with Grade Pay of Rs. 4800/- 

Ref:  Board’s letter No. E(GP)2005/2/26 dated 21.11.2016

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The procedure for filling up of Group ‘B’ posts of Law Officers including the upgraded posts has been outlined in terms of Board’s letter No.E(GP)2005/2/26 dated 21.11.2016. However consequent-upon dismissal of SLP(C) No.2565 of 2009 UOI & Others Vs. H.K.Tiwari vide the Apex Court’s orders dated 12.05.2017, the matter has since been/ reviewed.

 

  1. Accordingly, it has now been decided that the Group ‘B’ posts of Law Officers upgraded in terms of instructions contained in Board’s letters No. 2003E (GC)12-14 Pt I (06) dt.9.3.2006 and No. 2003E(GC) 12-14(64)  dated 30.05.2016, may be filled up by the senior most CLAs working on a non-fortuitous basis in Level 7 in Pay Matrix through seniority cum suitability. This may, however, be a one time exercise to give effect to the cadre restructuring in the Law Department. After filling up the upgraded posts through seniority cum suitability, these posts may, thereafter, be filled up through Selection procedure as prescribed under Board’s letter of even number dated 21.11.2016. Those CLAs who have since been selected and promoted to upgraded Group ‘B’ posts of Law Officers in terms of Screening Procedure prescribed earlier vide Board’s letter of even number dated 18.05.2007 need not be disturbed.

 

  1. These instructions take effect prospectively.

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RBE No. 105/2017

Board’s ltr. No. PC-VI/2008/I/5/8 dated 30.08.2017  [RBE No.105/2017]

Sub:  Placement of Ancillary Staff of RPF/ RPSF in revised pay structure/ grade pay based on the recommendations of 6th  CPC – clarification reg.

 

Ref: Board’s letter No. PC-Vl/2008/I/5/8 dated 03.07.2013 (RBE No.62/2013) 

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It has been decided that for those ancillary staff of RPF/ RPSF who had retired or died (while in service)/ resigned/ medically de-categorised in between 01.01.2006 & 03.07.2013; the benefit of Board’s above referred letter dated 03.07.2013 may also be extended, provided these RPF/ RPSF personnel would have been retrained but for their having not been in service for undergoing such re-training as on the date or issue of above orders dated 03.07.2013.

 

  1. This issues in consultation with Security Directorate and concurrence of Finance

Directorate of this Ministry.

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RBE No. 62/2017

Board’s letter No. No. PC-VI/2008/I/5/8 dated 03.07.2013  [RBE No. 62/2013]

Sub: Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008- Revised pay structure of ancillary staff of RPF/RPSF

 Ref: Board’s letter No. PC-VI/2008/1/3/1 dated 29.10.2008 (Para 4)

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Consequent upon implementation of recommendations of Sixth Central Pay Commission in respect of Followers of various Central Para Military Forces as accepted by Government, the issue of revision of pay structure of Ancillary staff of RPF/RPSF has been under consideration of the Ministry of Railways in consultation with Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Home Affairs for some time.

 

  1. President is now pleased to decide as follows :

 

(a)    All the posts of ‘ancillary staff’ of RPF/RPSF in pre-revised pay scales Rs.2610-3540, 2650-4000 and 2750-4400 may be placed in PB1 with GP Rs. 2000 with effect from 1.1.2006.

(b)     Consequent upon placement in PB 1 GP Rs.2000, above posts will get reclassified as Group ‘C’ posts in terms of Board’s letter No. PCV1/2009/I/RSRP/4 (RBE No.5/2010) dated 08.01.2010.

(c)     After conversion of posts of Ancillary staff as above, the posts would be re-designated as Constable (name of trade) viz. Constable (Barber), Constable (Safaiwala), Constable (Washerman), Constable (Mali) etc.

(d)     Ancillary staff who have already undergone basic training (including weapons training) would be placed in revised pay structure as above as per the provisions of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008. Ancillary staff who have not undergone training as above, will be subjected to re-training programme (including weapon training) for a duration not exceeding 3 months during working days and not more than 2 hours a day, as per the detailed instructions to be issued by Security Directorate. On successful completion of training they will be allowed the benefit of revised pay structure as above. Arrears as due may be drawn accordingly.

(e)     Recruitment Rules/provisions of RPF Act/RPF Rules/Directives/standing orders etc. will accordingly be modified to make recruitment in each trade duly keeping in view the RRs in other CPMFs for such posts. Above recruitment rules / other relevant conditions like rank/status etc. will have no linkage with the posts of Constables of Executive side or Drivers of RPF/RPSF. Further, the recruitment qualification for future recruitment will not be lower than Matriculation/ITI i.e. the lowest qualification prescribed by 6th  CPC for entry into government service.

(f)      There will be no change in the total sanctioned strength of Battalion/ Company due to conversion of the posts of Ancillary staff in /as Gr. C posts.

(g)     Functions of various trades will be reviewed and multi-skilling as deemed necessary will   be introduced.

(h)     The practice of deployment of Constables/Ancillary staff at the residence of officers, wherever in vogue, will be stopped forthwith and wherever they are required to be deployed at the residences of officers due to operational reasons, it will be done after obtaining prior sanction of competent authority.

 

  1. Action for re-fixation of pay and drawal and disbursement of arrears should be completed immediately as per the provisions of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 and detailed procedure laid down in Board’s letter No. PC-VI/2008/I/RSRP/1 dated 11.9.2008 (RBE No.108/2008). Further as per clarification available in Board’s letter No.PC-VI/2008/I/RSRP/l dated 11.11.2008 (RBE No.172/2008) for fixation of pay of existing employees (as on 1.1.2006), fitment tables corresponding to actual pre-revised scale applicable to the employee, as annexed with Board’s letter dated 11.09.2008 shall be utilized for the purpose of determination of pay in the pay band. To the pay in pay band so determined Grade Pay of Rs.2000/- will be added.

 

  1. This issues in consultation with Security Dte.(DG/RPF) and with the concurrence of Finance directorate of this Ministry.

 

RBE No. 116/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[W]2008/PS5-6/8 dated 31.08.2017  [RBE No.116/2017]

Sub:  Complimentary Card Passes issued on gallantry account to recipients of Ashok Chakra and Kirti Chakra Awards

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As per the existing instructions issued vide Board’s letter of even number dated 07.02.2014 [RBE No.18/2014], the Param Vir Chakra and Maha Vir Chakra Awardees are entitled to life-long free rail travel by 1st AC Class /Executive Class for self and a companion in same class over all Indian Railways [except Metro Railway /Kolkata] inclusive of Rajdhani, Shatabdi & Duronto trains in addition to the rail travel facilities already admissible to them.

 

Ministry of Railways [Railway Board] have now decided that  Ashoka Chakra and Kirti Chakra Awardees will henceforth, be entitled to the same free rail travel facilities as admissible to the recipients of Param Vir Chakra and Maha Vir Chakra Awardees.

 

Other conditions of the scheme to grant Complimentary Card passes to the abovementioned Chakra Awardees shall remain the same.

 

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

 

RBE No. 134/2017

 Board’s letter No. E[P&A)II/2017/PLB-3 dated    20.09.2017   [RBE No.134/2017]

Sub:  Payment of Productivity Linked Bonus to all eligible non-gazetted   Railway employees for the financial year 2016-2017.

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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 2016-17 to all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees (excluding all RPF/RPSF personnel). Where wages exceed 7000/- per month, Productivity Linked Bonus will be calculated as if ‘wages’ are 7000/- p.m.

 

  1. ‘Wages’ for the purpose of calculating Productivity Linked Bonus shall include ‘Basic pay’ as defined in the Railway Services ( Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 and dearness allowance drawn during the financial year 2016-2017. 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.

 

  1. 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 2016-17 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 17,951/-  towards Productivity Linked Bonus for the financial year 2016-17.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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Disbursement of Productivity Linked Bonus for the financial year 2016-2017 to all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees mentioned in para 1 above should be made on priority in the same mode as payment of salary before the ensuing Puja/Dussehra holidays.

 

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

 

RBE No. 121/2017

Bd’s ltr. No. E[P&A]I-2017/SP-1/Genl-1 dated 05.09.2017 [RBE No.121/2017] PC VII 57

Sub: Implementation of recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission accepted by the Government –Flag Station Allowance. 

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Consequent upon the decisions taken by the government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission relating to revision of allowances, the President  is pleased to abolish Flag Station Allowance [payable to Commercial Staff in charge of Flag Stations where Train passing duties are not involved] as a separate allowance.  The eligible employees will now be governed by the newly proposed ‘Extra Work Allowance’ which shall be governed as under:

 

  1. a) Extra Work Allowance will be paid at a uniform rate of 2% (two percent) of the basic pay per month.

 

  1. b) An employee shall receive this allowance for a maximum period of one year, and there should be minimum gap of one year before the same employee is deployed for similar duties again.

 

  1. c) This allowance shall not be combined i.e. if the same employee is performing two or more such duties and is eligible for 2% (two percent) allowance for each add-on, then the total Extra Work Allowance payable will remain capped at 2% (two percent) of basic pay.

 

  1. These orders shall effective from 1st July, 2017.
  2. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

RBE No. 131/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[NG]I-2017/TR/24 dated 22.09.2017  [RBE No.131/2017]

                         Sub:  Inter Railway Mutual Transfer

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In continuation of this office letter of even number dated 15.09.2017 (RBE No. 130/2017), the procedure for Mutual Transfer is further simplified. Hereafter, for Divisionally controlled postsapplications for Mutual Transfer duly signed by both applicants in the proper format, from a Division of one Railway to Division on another Railway need not be routed through the HQ offices. It shall be dealt directly only by the Divisions concerned.   For HQ controlled posts the prevailing procedure shall continue.

 

  1. Activity and prescribed Timelines:
S.No. Activity Timeline
(i) Forwarding of Applications by Supervisors to the Personnel Department of the Division : 

 

It should be verified at this stage that the prescribed application form is complete in all respects duly signed by both employees and the information given therein is correct.

10 days
(ii) Forwarding by Divisional Personnel Department:-  

 

 

 

 

15 days

(a) Division controlled posts :-

Divisional Personnel Department will forward the request application with necessary documents directly to the Division concerned to which transfer is sought. The name and designation of the officer signing the letter should invariably be mentioned in the forwarding letter.

(b) HQ controlled posts :-

Personnel Department will forward the application with all necessary documents to Zonal HQ (CPO office).

(iii) Forwarding by Headquarters Personnel Deptt (For HQ controlled posts):-

On receipt of the application duly forwarded from Division/Workshop, the HQ Personnel Department office will forward it to the Zonal Rly/PU concerned.

15 days
Note : Mutual Exchange is between two employees of the same grade and cadre. This must be verified by the Personnel Department at every stage of processing of applications.

 

(iv) Conveying of Acceptance : –

The counterpart HQ/Division to issue their acceptance to forwarding HQ/Division (as the case may be).

10 days
(v) Issue of Transfer Order :-

On receipt of consent from the receiving HQ/Division, the transfer orders should be issued.

10 days
(vi) Relieving/Sparing: –

Once the transfer order is issued; employees should be relieved immediately with the senior employee being relieved first. This will be the responsibility of Branch Officer/Head of Department concerned under whom the staff is working (Board’s letters No. ERP/Portal – Transfer/2013 dated 30.04.2014 and No. E(NG)I-2007/TR/26 dated 04.12.2007 refers).

15 days
(vii) Dispatch of LPC and Service Records :-

Personnel Department concerned should ensure that the LPC and Service Record of the employee(s) are sent expeditiously to the new Division/Zone etc. in terms of Board’s letter number E(NG)I-2001/TR/16 dated 21.11.2001. Attested Xerox copy of the Service Record should be given to the employee concerned.

15 days
Note : (i) At the stage of forwarding of applications, files need not be routed through concerned Branch Officer/HOD. The consultation with Branch Officers/HODs concerned in Division/HQ shall be done at the stage of relieving only.

(ii) Necessary modifications to Schedule of Powers (SOP) should be made accordingly.

 

  1. As the mutual transfers are ordered with the consent of both the employees, it should be made clear right at the time of forwarding applications that no request for backtracking from the mutual exchange arrangement will be entertained under any circumstances (Board’s letter No.E(NG)ll-2006/TR/6 dated 21.04.2006 refers).

 

  1. It may specifically be noted that forwarding of application cannot be done by any level lower than the Divisional Personnel Officer (DPO) or Sr. DPO in the Divisions and WPO in the Workshops. Dy.CMM, WMs, AENs and other such Officers/Units should invariably route the request applications through their corresponding Personnel Officer and should not forward any application to other Division/Unit directly.

 

  1. All other terms and conditions regulating mutual transfer of Railway employees will continue to remain in force.

 

RBE No. 130/2017 

Board’s ltr. No. E(NG)I-2017/TR/24  dated  15.09.2017[RBE No.130/2017]

Sub:  Relieving of staff on transfer on mutual exchange basis.

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The issue regarding simplification of rules for expediting request/mutual transfer cases is under consideration of this office and requisite guidelines would be issued in due course. At present, it has been decided that all cases of mutual transfer which have been accepted by both the Zones/Units should be implemented within the next 15 days.  Accordingly, all employees involved in such transfer should be spared latest by 30th  September, 2017.

  1. A confirmation to this effect should be sent to this office latest by 5th   October, 2017

 

RBE No. 118/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[G]2010QR1-1[DRMs] dated 04.09.2017 [RBE No.118/2017]

Sub: Retention of Railway quarter at the previous place of posting by Railway officers posted as Divisional Railway Manager [DRM]. 

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Reference is invited to Railway Board’s  letter of even number dated 17.05.2010 whereby Railway officers posted as DRM were permitted to retain the Railway quarter at the place of their previous posting during their tenure as DRM.  The aforesaid facility of quarter retention to DRMs was subsequently withdrawn vide Board’s letter of even number dated 31.03.2015.

 

  1. The issue of permitting quarter retention at the place of previous posting to DRMs has been reconsidered by the Railway Board in the light of the recommendations of the “Sreedharan Committee”. After consideration, the full Board in exercise of its powers to  make reasonable relaxations in public interest in all or any of the existing provisions regarding allotment /retention of Railway accommodation and charging of rent therefor for a class/group of employees, has now decided that Railway Officers on their posting as Divisional Railway Manager [DRM] may be permitted to retain Railway quarter at their previous place of posting for the whole tenure of their posting as DRM plus another 2 [two] months thereafter  on payment of normal rent.  The existing DRMs who have not yet vacated their Railway quarter may also exercise option to retain their Railway accommodation as aforesaid.  These orders would come into effect immediately.

 

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

 

RBE No. 126/2017

Board’s ltr. No. 2016/E[Sports]/4[1]/6/BFI Status dated 11.09.2017 [RBE No.126/2017]  Clarification /corrigendum No.83

Sub: Recognition of Basketball Federation of India- regarding.

 Ref: Board’s letter of even number dated 22.08.2016 (RBE No.106/2016).

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Vide Board’s letter under reference dated 22.08.2016 (RBE No.106/2016) it was, inter-alia, decided to derecognize Basketball Federation of India w.e.f. 28.03.2015 since this Federation did not have the necessary recognition of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

 

  1. Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports vide their letter and order No.16-14/2009-SP-I (Vol. Il) dated 26.07.2017 has recognized Basketball Federation of India led by Shri K. Govindaraj as President of the National Sports Federation (NSF) for the sport of basketball in India provisionally for one year w.e.f. 26.07.2017.

 

  1. In line with the decision of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Railway Sports Promotion Board, for the game of Basketball, accords its recognition to the Basketball Federation of India. Participation and medal winning performance in the events organized by the above Federation after 26.07.2017 may be considered for recruitment, incentives and all other establishment related issues, as per Board’s extant policy instructions.

 

RBE No. 127/2017

Board’s ltr. No. 2017/E(Sports)/4(1)/1/VFI Status dated 11.09.2017

[RBE No. 127/2017]  Clarification/Corrigendum No.84

 

Sub: Recognition of Volleyball Federation of India- regarding.

 

Ref: Boards letter of even number dated 08.02.2017 (RBE No.11/2017).

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Vide Board’s letter under reference dated 08.02.2017 (RBE No.11/2017) it was, inter-alia, decided to derecognize Volleyball Federation of India w.e.f. 02.1.2017 since this Federation did not have the necessary recognition of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

 

  1. Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports vide their letter and order No. 48-16/2009-SP-I (Vol.II) dated 20.07.2017 has recognized Volleyball Federation of India led by Shri Ramavatar Singh Jhakar as Secretary General of the National Sports Federation (NSF) for the sport of Volleyball in India w.e.f. 20.07.2017.

 

  1. In line with the decision of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Railway Sports Promotion Board, for the game of Volleyball, accords its recognition to the Volleyball Federation of India. Participation and medal winning performance in the events organized by the above Federation after 20.07.2017 may be considered for recruitment, incentives and all other establishment related issues, as per Board’s extant policy instructions.

 

RBE No. 124/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[G]2014 QR-1-3 dated 08.09.2017  [RBE No.124/2017]

Sub: Permission to retain Railway Quarter at previous place of posting by the Railway personnel on posting to Modern Coach Factory, Raebareli.

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In terms of Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 26.08.2016 (RBE No.100/2016) approval of the Railway Board was conveyed by relaxing the existing rule / provisions permitting Railway officers/staff posted to Modern Coach Factory, Raebareli (erstwhile RCF/Raebareli) to retain Railway accommodation at their previous place of posting on payment of normal rent upto 10.09.2017.

 

  1. The issue of further extension of period for retention of Railway accommodation at previous place of posting on normal rent by Railway officials posted to Modern Coach Factory, Raebareli has been considered by Railway Board and in exercise of the powers to relax in public interest the existing provisions regarding allotment/retention of Railway quarters and the rent to be charged therefor for a class/ group of employees, it has been decided to extend the retention period for another one year i.e. upto 10.09.2018.

 

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

 

RBE No. 128/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[NG]II/2010/RC-4/6 dated 14.09.2017   [RBE No.128/2017]

Sub: Re-engagement of retired staff on daily remuneration basis in exigencies of services.

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Attention is invited to this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 07.10.2016 (RBE No.119/2016) on the above subject. Keeping in view the acute shortage of staff in various categories of posts and consequent hampering of the Railway’s services, Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) have decided to extend the said scheme, in exigencies of services, for a further period of one year, i.e., up to 14.09.2018, on the same terms & conditions as mentioned in Board’s letter of even number dated 27.09.2012. While implementing the scheme, General Managers may keep in view the fresh recruitment made in the vacant posts.

 

This  issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways (Railway Board).

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RBE No. 132/2017

Board’s ltr. No. 2017/E[Sports]/4[1]/6/Transfer Policy dated 18.09.2017

 [RBE No.132/2017] Clarification /Corrigendum No.85

Sub: Clarification on Inter-Divisional transfer of sportspersons recruited against sports quota, within the Railway.

 

Ref: Board’s letters No.2011/E[Sports]/4[3]/4/Transfer Policy dated 17.02.2011 [RBE 23/2011] and dated 25.05.2011 [RBE No.75/2011]

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Please connect Board’s policy letters dated 17.02.2011 and 25.05.2011 under reference containing instructions for transfer of sportspersons, recruited against sports quota from one division to another division within the same Railway.

 

The issue of Inter-Division transfer of sportspersons, recruited against sports quota, has been reviewed in Board’s office.  It is advised that while for own request Inter-Railway transfer of sportspersons against sports quota, the relaxation of the condition of minimum 5 years service will remain with the Railway Board, however for the cases of transfer from one Division / Unit to another Division /Unit within the same Railway henceforth may be decided exclusively by the General Manager concerned as is done in the case of other non-gazetted railway servants.

 

RBE No. 133/2017 

Board’s ltr. No. E(D&A) 2017 RG6-21 dated 18.09.2017 [RBE No.133/2017]

Sub:  Rule 14(ii) of Railway Servants (D&A) Rules, 1968 —Following of proper procedure regarding

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Rule 14(ii) of the Railway Servants (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1968, which emanates from the provisions contained in clause (b) of the second proviso to Article 311 (2) of the Constitution of India, lays down special procedure for imposition of penalties in situations where the disciplinary authority is satisfied, for reasons to be recorded by it in writing, that it is not reasonably practicable to hold an inquiry in the manner provided in these rules.

  1. The scope and ambit of the special procedure under the aforesaid Rule 14(ii) and the protections embodied therein for the Railway servants have been explained in Circulars issued by this Ministry from time to time. It is to be noted that

(i)    the conditions precedent to application of the aforesaid special procedure,

(ii)   the action taken thereunder being subject to judicial review and

(iii) permissibility of the claim by the penalized person for holding of inquiry at the stage of appeal, revision etc, have been explained in paragraphs 6, 7 and 8 respectively, of Department of Personnel & Training OM No. 11012/11/85- Estt(A) dated 11.11.1985 as circulated vide this Ministry’s letter No. E(D&A) 85 RG6-72 dated 06.02.1986. A Note regarding some of the important points to be borne in mind while taking action under the aforesaid Rule 14(ii) and specimens of speaking order and notice imposing penalty thereunder were also circulated vide this Ministry’s letter No. E(D&A) 85 RG6-72 dated 06.10.1988. Further thereto, the requirement that the reasons recorded by the Disciplinary Authority for dispensing with the inquiry should be supported by objective facts and/or independent material, was emphasized vide this Ministry’s letter No. E(D&A) 92 RG6-48 dated 06.04.1992.

 

  1. Notwithstanding above, instances of non-adherence to the aforesaid instructions / clarifications have been brought to notice of this Ministry.
  2. In view of above, the afore-mentioned instructions/clarifications are emphatically reiterated. All zonal Railways/Production Units etc. are directed to bring it to the notice of the disciplinary/ appellate/revisionary authorities that, whenever it is proposed to invoke action under the aforesaid Rule 14(ii), it is imperative that all the instructions mentioned above in this regard are followed scrupulously so as to ensure that the action is not found wanting in compliance of:

(i)    the mandate under the clause (b) of the second proviso to the Article 311 (2)             of         the Constitution of India,

(ii)   of the provisions contained in the aforesaid Rule 14(ii), and

(iii) of the related subsidiary instructions/clarifications.

 

Copy of Board’s letter No. E(D&A)85 RG6/72 dated 06.10.1988

Sub: Procedure for imposition of penalties under rule 14(ii) of the RS(D&A) Rules,1968

Attention is invited to the detailed instructions contained in Board’s letters No. E(D&A)85RG6/72 dated 6.2.86, E(D&A)85 RG6/72 dated 16.5.1986 and No. E(D&A)86 RG6.74 dated 13.4.87 on the above subject.

 

In this connection please find enclosed as Annexure ‘A’ a detailed note on the above subject. Para 3 &5 may be specifically borne in mind by the disciplinary authorities, who desire to take action under Rule 14(ii). These are in addition to the guidelines circulated in Board’s three letters mentioned in para 1 above.  The “specimen of the speaking order of disciplinary authority” and specimen of “ notice of removal from service” given as Annexures ‘B’ & ‘C’ may also be utilised in drafting such documents in cases of Rule 14(ii). These have been only given as guidelines and should ot be quoted verbatim as depending upon the circumstances, more amplified and specific reasons for dispensing with the enquiry should be given so that the same can carry conviction with court of law, when the orders are challenged.

 

ANNEXURE ‘A’

Note regarding some of the important points to be borne in mind while taking action under Rule 14(ii) of the RS(D&A)Rules,1968.

Eventhough no formal enquiry is necessary, it is desirable that the DA appoint an investigating officer(s) ( a committee of one or two officers) who can go into the entire issue and put up an appreciation report bringing out the situation prevailing. The report should also contain the nature and magnitude of delinquency involved. The DA should consider the report and all other issues connected with the situation and record the reasons in the file in support of its conclusion that it is not reasonably practicable to hold the enquiry into the allegations of misconduct and therefore the necessity of invoking Rule 14(ii).

In recording the reasons for dispensing the enquiry, the DA can make use of the following factors, as may be applicable to the circumstances of the case:-

  • The mere fact that the delinquent employee participated in an illegal strike will not be a sufficient reason for removal under Rule 14(ii) of RS(D&A)Rules,1968, unless such participation is accompanied by intimidation of co-workers and causing apprehension in the minds of co-employees that it would be hazardous to give evidence against him in case of an enquiry, in which case the enquiry will not be practicable. Such apprehension should preferably be available in writing.
  • The situation may be such that if the action is delayed the delinquent employee’s conduct will lead to hooligans and other unruly elements taking opportunity and time to organise further unlawful activities which may result in the aggravation of the situation which is already explosive and which may lead to disturbances to public order and tranquillity and/or damage to vital installations/costly public property.
  • In view of above it would be necessary to take swift disciplinary action against such a potentially dangerous employee who is directly or indirectly responsible for the above situation, to ward off, caution and deter other employees, who are intimidated by him, not to

abstain from work.

 

  1. It may be noted that the order imposing the penalty must also be a speaking order in the sense that the allegations constituting misconduct for which the employee is being removed, dismissed, etc., have to be set out in the order and the reasons for meting out the punishment in question should be indicated. A bald statement in the penalty order that is is undesirable to retain the employee in service is not sufficient.

 

  1. After recording due reasons as per specimen of speaking order at Annexure ‘B’, the disciplinary authority can serve a notice of dismissal, removal  etc. making use of the specimen enclosed as Annexure ‘C’. These  specimens are only illustrative for a particular type of situation.

 

  1. The above notice may be served on the party in person or by Registered Post and by resorting to pasting the order on the door of the employee’s house and the Notice Board of the office, duly taking statements of two witnesses to the events, if the employee refuses or evades service of the above notice.

 

ANNEXURE ‘B

A SPECIMEN OF SPEAKING ORDERS OF DISCIPLINARY AUTHORITY

 

Mr. X, Diesel Driver at ‘A’, while working Train No. T from A arrived at B at about 4.45 hours on 31.5.81 and refused thereafter to work the train further to C on the plea that he does not know the road from B to C even though Pilot driver was also provided for his assistance. He detained the train for ________ hours which resulted in further detention to goods trains carrying essential commodities. This affected the disruption of al trains due to stopping all other trains in the rear. Subsequently, he instigated the other co-workers available at B and made them to refuse Call Books for working trains from B. As a result of this instigation and agitation on the part of Mr.X, the Drivers refused Call Books to work trains from B. This also resulted in the avoidable detention of all trains on B and A Section for about nearly 13 hours commencing from 10 hours on 31.5.81 to 13.00 hours on 1.6.81. He, with the help of his assistants, also collected Railway employees by coercion at their residential places with threats etc. He refused to carry out instructions of _____ and was responsible for stopping train movement involving trains carrying essential commodities for public.

 

I am therefore satisfied that Mr.X has absented himself from duties and deliberately failed to perform his legitimate duties inspite of repeated instructions and his activities are such as to harass the staff to disrupt work so as to payalyse the running of essential train services and thus affecting public interest. I am satisfied that it is not reasonably practicable to hold an enquiry in the tense atmosphere and no co-worker is willing to give evidence against him for fear of harassment. I, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred upon me under Rule 14(ii) of RS(D&A)Rules,1968, have decided to impose the penalty of _______. He may be advised to hand over the railway property in his custody; he may also be advised to vacate the Railway Quarters under occupation within one month from the date of this order. If he fails to do so he will be deemed to be occupying Railway quarters unlawfully and dealt with under rules for unlawful occupation.

 

An appeal against this order lies with the Appellate authority, within 45 days.

 

Disciplinary Authority

 

 

ANNEXURE ‘C’

 

Notice of Removal from Service

 

Reference Rule 14(ii) of the Railway Servants ( Discipline & Appeal) Rules,1968

Dated :

Whereas Mr.X, Driver under Loco Foreman’s Office, ______________ Railway ___________ is absent from duties and has deliberately failed to perform his legitimate duties inspite of repeated calls and whereas the said Mr.X is taking part to mobilise the staff for disruptive work so as to paralyse the running of trains and whereas the said Mr.X was creating panic among the loyal Railway staff by intimidation and threats of harassment to them as well as to their families and his activities are considered prejudicial to the interest of Railway Administraton and to the general public by causing obstruction for movement of essential commodities and whereas in the interest of the Railway as also of the general public. The Railway employees were so much intimidated  that they are afraid to give evidence in case an enquiry is held. Retention of Mr.X in Railway Service any further is considered undesirable and whereas it is considered that it is not reasonably practicable to hold an enquiry in this disturbed situation in the manner provided for in the RS(D&A)Rules,1968.

 

Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Rule No.14(ii) of the RS(D&A)Rules,1968, the undersigned hereby removed the said Mr.X, Driver under Loco Foreman _____ Railway, ______ from service with effect from _________.

 

Mr.X is hereby advised that under Rules 18 and 19 of the RS(D&A)Rules,1968,  he may prefer an appeal against these orders to _______ provided that:

 

  1. The appeal is preferred within a period of 45 days from the date on which a copy of this Memorandum is delivered to him;
  2. The appeal is preferred in his own name and presented to the authorities to whom the appeal lies and does not contain any disrespectful and improper language.

 

Sr.DME.DRM ( as the case may be)

Disciplinary Authority.

 

Bd’s Lr. No. E(D&A)85 RG6-72 dated 14.10.88

 

Sub: Procedure for imposition of penalties under Rule 14(ii) of the RS(D&A)Rules,1968.

Reference Railway Board’s letter of even No. dated 6.10.88 on the above subject.

 

2 .        In situations where Rule 14(ii) is used to deal with elements who are involved in serious agitations/cases of assault on senior supervisors or officers or involved in incidents where there is apprehension of violence or actual violence, there must be witnesses to the happenings. These witnesses would be reluctant to depose before an Enquiry Officer about what they had witnessed  or heard. This reluctance would naturally be because of fear or threat of violence against themselves and/or their family members. Reluctance of the witnesses to depose before the Enquiry Officer in such cases is one of the main reasons for invoking Rule 14 (ii). The same fear or  threat would persist even later, if a formal enquiry is attempted to be held at the stage of consideration of appeal or revision against the penalties imposed under Rule 14 (ii).

3 .        In aforesaid cases, written and signed statements must invariably be obtained from the concerned witnesses indicating their knowledge of the serious delinquency on the part of the persons taken up under Rule 14 (ii), why the witnesses are not in a position to depose if disciplinary enquiry is held, i.e for fear of physical injury to themselves of their families and also why it is not possible for them the depose even at a later stage as the fear or threat would not dissipate merely because of passage of time and/or the situation returning to normal.

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RBE No. 123/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[G]2013QR-1-18 dated 08.09.2017  [RBE No.123/2017]

Sub:Permission to retain Railway accommodation at the place of previous posting by Railway officers going on deputation to “Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Limited” [IRSDCL]

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The request received from IRSDCL, a Special Purpose Vehicle [SPV] set-up to undertake re-development of Railway Stations, to allow facility of retention of Railway accommodation at the place of previous posting to Railway officers posted on deputation basis with them has been considered by Railway Board.

 

  1. As IRSDCL is a new set-up and is mandated to redevelop the Railway stations which is one of the foremost priority areas of Indian Railways, it is necessary that it attracts talented officers who concentrate on the job. To facilitate the same, the full Board, in exercise of the powers to make reasonable relaxations in public interest in all or any of the provisions regarding Railway house allotment /retention for a class/group of employees, has decided that officers joining IRSDCL on deputation may be allowed to retain their Railway accommodation for their entire period of deputation.

 

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

 

RBE No. 136/2017

Board’s ltr. No. F[E]I/2016/AL-28/25 dated 21.09.2017  [RBE No.136/2017]

Sub:  Guidelines on Air Travel on Official Tours – Purchase of air ticket from authorized agent.

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The Department of Expenditure [DoE], Ministry of Finance vide their OM No. F.No.19024/22/2017-E.IV dated 19th July, 2017 have circulated certain guidelines regarding procedure for purchase of air tickets from authorised travel agents only for air travel on official tours.

 

  1. A copy of the said O.M. dated 19.07.2017 is circulated herewith for strict compliance.

 

Ministry of Finance [DoE]’s OM No. F.No.19024/22/2017-E.IV dated 19th July, 2017

 Sub:  Guidelines on Air Travel on Official Tours — Purchase of air ticket from authorized agent.

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The undersigned is directed to refer to this Departments’ O.M. No. 19024/1/2005-E.IV dated 24.03.2006, O.M. No. 19024/1/2009-E.IV dated 16.09.2010 and O.M. No. 19024/1/2012-E.IV dated 09.07.2013 regarding guidelines on Air travel. As per these guidelines, in all cases of Air Travel where the Government of India bears the cost of air passage, Air Tickets may be purchased directly from Airlines (at Booking counters/ office/Website of Airlines) and if needed, by utilizing the services of three Authorized Travel Agents viz., M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company Limited (BLCL), M/s Ashok Travels & Tours (ATT) and Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd. (IRCTC).

  1. This Department is receiving a large number of proposals from various Ministries/Departments seeking ex- post-facto relaxation of the prescribed procedure for purchase of air tickets from authorized travel agents only.
  2. The matter has been reconsidered in this Department. All Ministries/Departments are again directed to:

(i)    Ensure strict compliance of extant guidelines for purchase of air ticket directly from Airlines (at Booking counters/office/Website of Airlines) or from three authorized Travel Agents viz. M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company Limited, M/s Ashok Travels & Tours and IRCTC only by all officials/offices under their control. Henceforth relaxation on account of ignorance/unawareness of these guidelines will not be considered by this Department.

  1. ii) In case of non-availability of authorized agent at a particular place, ticket may be booked from website of Airlines or web portal of Balmer Lawrie & Company Ltd., M/s Ashok Travels & Tours and IRCTC.

iii) In respect of Non-officials of Committees/Boards/Panels, the concerned Ministry/Department have to mention in the meeting notice that the Non-official Member has to purchase the ticket from authorized travel agent only otherwise his claim will not be settled by that Ministry/Department.

  1. iv) All Ministries/Departments of the Government of India, etc. have to widely circulate this O.M. in all offices including attached/subordinate offices/ autonomous bodies under their control with specific instructions to Heads of Departments concerned for strict compliance of these guidelines. Non-compliance of these guidelines by Ministries/Departments will be treated as lapse on the part of the concerned Ministry/Department.

 

RBE No. 141/2017

Board’s ltr. No. PC-VII/2017/I/7/5/7 dated 03.10.2017  [RBE No.141/2017] PC VII-64

Sub: Implementation of the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission – Dress Allowance. 

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In terms of extant instructions, the Uniform- related allowances being paid to Railway employees as admissible included Kit Maintenance Allowance, Shoe Allowance, Uniform Allowance and Washing Allowance.

 

  1. Consequent to the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of the 7th CPC, these uniform-related allowances have been subsumed into a single Dress Allowance. The President is pleased to approve payment of this Dress Allowance to the categories of employees and at the rates as listed below:

 

S.No. Category of employee Rate in
1 Officers of RPF/RPSF 20,000/- per annum
2 Personnel Below Officer Rank of RPF, Station Masters of Indian Railways 10,000/- per annum
3 Other categories of staff who were supplied Uniforms and are required to wear them regularly like Trackmen, Running Staff of Indian Railways, Staff Car Drivers, MTS, Canteen staff of Non-Statutory departmental Canteens, etc. 5,000/- per annum
4 Nurses 1800/- per month

 

  1. With this notification of Dress Allowance, existing uniform-related allowances including those for maintenance & washing of uniforms, will no longer be payable separately. Existing orders for payment of such separate uniform-related allowances including Shoe Allowance therefore stand superseded.

 

  1. With the payment of this Dress Allowance, categories of staff who were earlier being provided Uniforms, will henceforth not be provided with Uniforms.

 

  1. The amount of Dress Allowance shall be credited to the salary of entitled employees directly once a year in the month of July.

 

  1. This allowance covers only the basic uniform of the employees. Any special clothing like the fluorescent clothing provided to Trackmen of Indian Railways will continue to be provided by this Ministry as per existing norms.

 

  1. The rates of Dress Allowance will go up by 25% each time Dearness Allowance rises by 50%.

 

  1. These orders shall take effect from 1st July, 2017.

 

 

Board’s ltr. No. PC VI/2015/IC/1 dated 19.09.2017

Sub:  Cases of promotion taking place in the pre-revised pay structure between 1.1.2006 and the date of notification of RS(RP)Rules, 2008 and the subsequent merger of the pre-revised pay scales of the promotional and the feeder posts in a common Grade – fixation of pay- Clarifications.

Ref: (i) Railway Board’s letter No. PC-VI/2015/IC/1 dated 08.04.2016 (RBE No. 33/2016) adopting instructions contained in MoF’s OM F-2-1/2015-EIII (A) dated 16.10.2015;

(ii)Railway Board’s letter No. E(P&A)II-2003/PP-1 dated 16.10.2003;

(iii)Railway Board’s letter No. 2011/O&M/3/6 dated 04.04.2011.

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Railway Board has received several letters from Zonal Railways/PUs and Staff Federations seeking clarifications regarding admissibility of revision of option while implementing instructions issued by Railway Board vide letter dated 8.4.2016 under ref. (i).

 

  1. Board’s letter dated 08.04.2016 has adopted instructions issued by M/o Finance (Department of Expenditure) mutatis mutandis. These instructions do not have any express provision for change of option for switching over to revised pay structure under Rule 5 or Rule 6 of the Revised Pay Rules, 2008 or under the provisions of Rule 1313 {FR 22(I)(a)(I) R-II/Rule 13 of Revised Pay Rules, 2008. No further general orders permitting change of option have been received from the Nodal Ministry in this connection. As such, different situations/conditions where change of option to switch over to the revised pay structure is admissible as enumerated in the Rule 5 &6 of Revised Pay Rules, 2008 will only continue to be applicable in this context.

 

  1. The issues/doubts raised by various Zonal Railways/PUs, Federations etc. pertaining to grant of opportunity for revision of option to switch over to the 6th CPC in view of unforeseen events, exact cut-off date etc. have been referred to the M/o Finance but no further instructions have been received from M/o Finance. In this connection, Railways/PUs are advised not to unilaterally resort to any action of granting of benefits i.e., revision of option which are not mentioned in Board’s letter dated 08.04.2016 to avoid complications including possibility of later recovery etc.

 

  1. However, there are provisions in Board’s letter dated 16.10.2003 under ref(ii) for revision of option under Rule 1313 {FR 22(I)(a)(I) R-II}/rule 13 of RS(RP) Rules,2008 in the event of unforeseen developments/change of rules and Railways may refer to it as per merit of each case for appropriate action.

 

  1. It may also be kept in view that in terms of Board’s letter dated 04.04.2011 under ref (iii), correspondence with Board should have the approval of the competent authority and endorsement to this effect be made in the letter.

 

 

RBE No. 129/2017

Board’s ltr. No. PC VII/2017/I/7/5/3 dated 15.09.2017 [RBE No.129/2017]PC VII-59

Sub:  Provisional grant of Special Train Controller’s Allowance- clarification reg.

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Please refer to Board’s letter No. PC-VII/2017/I/7/5/3 dated 10.08.2017 (RBE No. 86/2017) regarding grant of Special Train Controllers’ Allowance to the categories of Trains Controllers i.e. Section Controllers and Deputy Chief Controllers of Indian Railways @ Rs. 5,000/- per month and PC-VI/2008/I/1/l dated 14.09.2010 (RBE No. 134/2010).

 

  1. In partial modification to the letter of even No. dated 10.08.2017, the designation “Dy. Chief Controller” mentioned in Para 1 of the said letter may be read as “Chief Controllers”.

 

  1. All other contents in the letter dated 10.08.2017 will remain same.

  

RBE No. 137/2017

Board’s ltr. No. PC-VII/2016/I/7/2/1 dated 06.10.2017 [RBE No.137/17] PC VII-60

Sub: Grant of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees- Revised rates effective from 01.07.2017.

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The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s letter RBE No.30/2017 dated 31.03.2017 [F.No. PC-VII/2016/I/7/2/1]  on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Railway employees shall be enhanced from the existing  rate of 4%  to 5% of the basic pay with effect from                1st July, 2017.

 

  1. The term ‘basic pay’ in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix as per 7th CPC recommendations accepted by the Government, but does not include any other type of pay like special pay, etc.

 

  1. The Dearness Allowance will continue to be distinct element of remuneration and will not be treated as pay within the ambit of Rule 1303 [FR9{21}], Indian Railway Establishment Code, Volume-II [Sixth Edition-1987]-Second Reprint 2005.

 

  1. The payment on account of Dearness Allowance involving fractions of 50 paise and above may be rounded to the next higher rupee and the fractions of less than 50 paise may be ignored.

 

  1. The payment of arrears of Dearness Allowance shall not be made before the date of disbursement of salary of September, 2017.

 

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

 

RBE No. 119/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[G]2016 RN-2-1 dated 04.09.2017 [RBE No.119/2017]

Sub: Permission to retain Railway accommodation at the place of previous posting by Railway officers/staff going on deputation to “National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited” [NHSRCL]  

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The request received from NHSRCL, a newly formed Public Sector Undertaking [PSU of the Ministry of Railway, to allow facility of retention of Railway accommodation at the place of previous posting to Railway officers/staff posted on deputation basis with them has been considered by Railway Board.

 

  1. In exercise of the powers to make reasonable relaxations in public interest in all or any of the provisions regarding Railway house allotment /retention for a class/group of employees, full Board in accordance with Railway Board’s letter No.E[G]2000 QR1-23 dated 01.06.2001 [RBE No.100/2001], has decided  that Railway officers/staff who have joined or will be joining on deputation on NHSRCL, may be permitted to retain their Railway accommodation at the place of their previous posting for a period of 5 years from the date of incorporation of the PSU i.e., 12.02.2016.

 

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

 

RBE No. 138/2017

Board’s ltr. No. F(E)I/2017/AL-28/41  dated 25.09.2017[RBE No.138/2017]PC VII-61

Sub: Travelling Allowance Rules – implementation of the recommendation of Seventh Central Pay Commission –reg. 

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In partial modification of Board’s letter of even number dated 24.08.2017 on the subject, it has been decided by Board that para 2. A (i) & (ii) may be modified to read as under:

 

(i) Officers in level 14 and above, while on tour may be entitled for Air Travel in “J”/ Business Class.

 

(ii) All other Officers, otherwise authorized to travel by Air may be entitled to Travel by economy class.

 

Further, it has also been decided by Board that in partial modification of item 1 (vii) of Board’s letter No. 2015-B-235 dated 21.07.2017, Officers in JAG/SG would be entitled for one way travel by economy class, if required on justification that Air travel is unavoidable. For JAG/SG cases of Air Travel, conditions mentioned in Note under para-22 of Delegation of powers to GM circulated vide Board’s letter No. F(X)II-2015/PW/7 dated 12.06.2017 will need to be complied with.

 

  1. These orders will take effect from the date of issue of this letter.

 

RBE No. 139/2017

Board’s ltr. No. PC-VII/2016/RSRP/3 dated 27.09.2017 [RBE No.139/2017] PC VII-62

Sub: Clarification regarding bunching of stages in the revised pay structure under RS(RP) Rules, 2016.
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Instructions relating to bunching of stages while fixing the pay in VII CPC was issued vide Board’s letter dated 26.09.2016. Subsequently in view of interim clarifications issued by Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) vide their OM No. 1-6/2016-IC (Pt.) dated 13.06.2017, it was advised vide Board’s letter dated 29.06.2017 that, wherever not given effect to implementation of provision of bunching contained in Board’s letter dated 26.09.2016 may be put on hold till such time detailed clarifications are issued to avoid subjective interpretation of the provisions that could result in anomalies/recoveries at a later date.

  1. Now, detailed clarifications over the issue has been issued by Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) vide their O.M No. 1-6/2016-IC dated 03.08.2017 (copy enclosed).
  2. The clarifications issued by Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) vide their O.M. dated 03.08.2017 will be applicable mutatis mutandis in Railways w.r.t. RS(RP) Rules, 2016.
  3. Illustrations in this regard are enclosed at Annexure-A & Annexure-B.

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Ministry of Finance [DOE]’s OM No. No.1-6/2016-IC dated 3rd August, 2017

Sub: Recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) – bunching of stages in the revised pay structure under Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016.

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With reference to the subject mentioned above and in continuation of this Department’s OM of even number dated 07.09.2016 and 13.06.2017, detailed instructions are hereby being issued on the application of the benefit on account of bunching of stages while fixing the pay in the revised pay structure as a response to a large number of references received from Ministries/Departments.

 

  1. The provisions giving effect to the recommendations of the 7th CPC on extending the benefit on account of bunching were notified vide DoE OM. dated 07.09.2016. Benefits on account of bunching have been extended during the initial fixation of pay in the revised pay structure while implementing the recommendations of earlier CPCs also. Bunching occurs in the fixation of pay when the pay at two or more consecutive stages in a Pay Scale/ Grade Pay in the pre revised scale get fixed at the same stage in the corresponding Pay Scale/ Level in the revised pay structure.
  2. The modalities of determining the extent of bunching and the nature of benefits to be extended on account thereof, based on the recommendations of the CPCs, have differed across different Pay Commission periods. While the 5th CPC recommended that benefits be extended when more than four stages get bunched, the 6th CPC recommended that benefits be extended when two or more stages get bunched. The fitment tables drawn by the 6th CPC and notified by the Government subsequently provided for the benefit of bunching only when more than two stages were bunched. As regards the benefits to be extended on account of bunching, the 5th CPC recommended benefit of one increment for every four consecutive stages bunched, the 6th CPC recommended benefit of one increment for every two consecutive pay stages bunched. For HAG scales, however, benefit of one increment was given at each of the pay stages in the 6th CPC pay structure.
  3. In terms of the DoE OM. dated 07.09.2016 based on the 7th CPC recommendations, bunching occurs when two or more stages get bunched and benefit of one increment is to be given for every two stages bunched. These provisions are to be applied while revising the pay from the 6th CPC regime to the 7th CPC regime. In the 6th CPC pay structure, about 35 pay scales existing in the 5th CPC pay structure were replaced by a system of running pay bands recommended by the 6th CPC. The 6th CPC pay structure consisted of 19 grades spread across four distinct pay bands and 4 distinct scales including two fixed scales. The 6th pay structure being replaced by the 7th CPC recommended Pay Matrix, thus, consists of 4 Pay Bands with 15 levels of Grade Pay, along with 4 standalone scales, viz., HAG scale, HAG+ scale, Apex scale (fixed) and the scale of Cabinet Secretary (fixed).
  4. While in the 5th CPC structure, the stages in every pay scale were well defined, the stages were not well defined in the 6th CPC structure. The pay was to be fixed in the running Pay Band by rounding off to the next higher multiple of 10. Every multiple of 10 was a pay stage in the 6th CPC regime. However, all consecutive 10 rupee stages for any Grade Pay cannot be taken as consecutive stages for the purpose of bunching in reference to the 7th CPC recommendations as is also clear from the illustration contained in para 5.1.37 of the 7th CPC Report. Based on the illustration contained in para 5.1.37 of the 7th CPC Report, Department of Expenditure’s OM. dated 07.09.2016 provided that a difference of at least 3%, the rate of annual increment, in the 6th CPC pay structure was essential for counting of two stages. The 6th CPC had replaced the system of equidistant pay stages in a pay scale based on equal annual increments in the 5th CPC regime by a system of annual increment of 3% on the sum of pay in the running pay band and the Grade Pay which was to be added to the running pay as increment. Therefore, the pay stages in any given Grade Pay were specific to an employee and depended upon the initial fixation of pay in that Grade Pay. As a result, the amount of increment earned in the same Grade Pay would differ in the same Pay Scale/ Grade Pay not only between different employees but also across years for the same employee. To illustrate, an employee whose pay was fixed at Rs 46,100 in GP of 8700 in PB-4 would have the first annual increment of Rs 1390 which would be added to his running pay in the Pay Band, another employee  whose  pay  initially  was  fixed  at  Rs. 46,400 in the same Grade Pay  would have the first annual increment of Rs 1400. In such a scenario where the pay stages are specific to the employee, it is not possible to arrive at universal pay stages for the purpose of determining the extent of bunching. Therefore, for the purpose of determining the extent of bunching in a system of running pay bands, the consecutive pay stages that need to be considered are the pay stages which are specific to the employee.
  5. In the 5th CPC structure, the maximum and the minimum of every pay scale were well defined. In the 6th CPC structure, Entry Pay was separately notified for most Grade Pay levels to govern the entry pay of direct recruits in that level. The pay of those moving from a lower grade to a higher one on promotion was regulated in terms of provisions contained in Rule 13 of CCS (RP) Rules, 2008. As such, the Entry Pay notified for a given Pay Scale/ Grade Pay is the effective minimum of that Grade Pay for direct recruits. For an employee getting promoted, the sum of the minimum of the relevant Pay Band and the Grade Pay is the effective minimum pay. The 7th CPC, in its Report, has commented that this led to many situations where direct recruits drew higher pay as compared to personnel who reached that stage through promotion. Demands were received by the 7th CPC from many staff associations and employees for removal of this disparity which the 7th CPC refers to as differential entry pay.
  6. In the revised dispensation for pay fixation in the New Pay Structure as recommended by the 7th CPC, direct recruits shall start at the minimum pay corresponding to the level to which recruitment is made, which will be the first cell of each level. For those promoted from the previous level, the fixation of pay in the new level will depend on the pay they were already drawing in the previous level. The pay, however, cannot be less than the first stage of the relevant level. While enumerating the benefits of migrating to the new system at para 5.1.47 of the 7th CPC Report, it has been stated that ‘the issue of differential entry pay has been resolved’. At para 5.1.36 of the 7th CPC Report it has also been mentioned that rationalization has been done with utmost care to ensure minimum bunching at most levels. Rationalization has been done by the 7th CPC through the Index of Rationalisation (IOR) which has been multiplied with the Entry Pay in the 6th CPC regime to arrive at the first cell of each level. With the Entry Pay along with IOR being used as the determiner of the first cell, pay stages below the Entry Pay have been consciously brought up to the level of Entry Pay and its corresponding pay stage in the revised pay structure. As a result, all pay stages below the Entry Pay in any Level will, on re-fixation, converge to the first pay stage in that level. As this convergence takes place on account of a conscious decision of the 7th CPC intrinsic to the architecture of the Pay Matrix by indicating the Entry Pay as the starting point of each Level, benefit on account of bunching cannot be extended with reference to pay stages lower than the Entry Pay indicated by the 7th CPC for that level in the Pay Matrix. Extending the benefit of bunching with reference to pay stages below the entry pay will perpetuate the difference in pay on account of differential Entry Pay which was addressed by the 7th CPC.
  7. Based on the above, it is clarified that the following shall be kept in view while determining the extent of bunching as also the benefits to be extended on account of bunching at the time of initial fixation of pay in the 7th CPC pay structure:

 

(i) Benefit on account of bunching is to be extended when two or more stages get bunched.

(ii) Benefit of one increment is to be extended on account of bunching of every two consecutive stages.

 

(iii) As stipulated in MoF OM dated 07.09.2016, a difference of 3% to be reckoned for determination of consecutive pay stages, specific to each employee.

(iv) All pay stages lower than the Entry Pay in the 6th CPC pay structure as indicated in the Pay Matrix contained in the 7th CPC Report are not to be taken into account for determining the extent of bunching.

 

  1. All Ministries/ Departments are advised to review all cases wherein benefit on account of bunching has been extended in terms of this Department’s OM dated 07.09.2016 and to re-fix the pay in terms of the instructions contained herein.

 

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Annexure A

Illustration to show where bunching is not applicable.

Name of person Basic Pay in 6th CPC as on 1.1.2016 Grade Pay in 6th CPC Correspon-ding level of 7th CPC Basic pay

X  2.57

Basic pay fixed on 1.1.2016 in correspo-nding level of 7th CPC Remarks
Example-I
A 15610 4600 Level 7 40117 44900
B 16080 4600 Level 7 41325 44900 Though the difference in pay in the 6th CPC between A & B is more than 3%, no bunching is to be provided in terms of MOF’s OM dated 3.8.2017, as the pay in 7th CPC has been fixed in first Cell of Level 7 of the Matrix.
C 16580 4600 Level 7 42610 44900 Though  the difference in pay in the 6th CPC between A , B & C is more than 3%, no bunching is to be provided in terms of MOF’s OM dated 3.8.2017, as the pay in 7th CPC has been fixed in first Cell of Level 7 of the Matrix.
D 17080 4600 Level 7 43896 44900 Though  the difference in pay in the 6th CPC between A , B,  C & D  is more than 3%, no bunching is to be provided as the pay in 7th CPC has been fixed in first Cell of Level 7 of the Matrix.

 

EXAMPLE-II
A 63410 10000 Level 14 162963 167200
65020 10000 Level 14 167101 167200 Though the pay of A&B has been fixed in the same cell and pay of B is more than A in 6th CPC pay scales, bunching need not be provided as the difference in pay in the 6th CPC between A&B is less than 3%

 

Annexure B

Illustration to show where bunching to be provided in the case of Doctors who draw Non-Practising allowance.

Name of person Basic Pay in 6th CPC as on 1.1.2016 Grade Pay in 6th CPC Correspon-ding level of 7th CPC 25% of NPA 125% DA on NPA Basic pay fixed on 1.1.2016 in correspo-nding level of 7th CPC Remarks
A 70720 10000 Level 14 14280 17850 199600 The bunching benefit needs to be provided to A as it fulfils the conditions under  MOF’s OM .
B 67320 10000 Level 14 16830 21038 199600

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Board’s letter No.PC-VII/2016/I/6/1 dated 28.09.2017

Sub: Fixation of pay of employees in -1S of  4440-7440 in                GP 1300 (6th CPC) and without GP.

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With the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, order regarding fixation of employees in    -1S scale of 4440-7440 in GP 1300 (6th CPC) and without GP, has been issued vide Board’s order No. PC-VII/2016/I/6/1 dated 28.09.2017 [PC-VII No.63, RBE No.140/2017].

 

  1. Copy of the same is forwarded herewith for necessary action.

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RBE No. 140/2017

 

Board’s Order No.PC-VII/2016/I/6/1 dated 28.09.2017[RBE No.140/2017]PC VII-63

 

Sub: Fixation of pay of employees in -1S scale of 4440-7440 in GP 1300 (6th  CPC) and without GP.

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The new pay structure notified by Ministry of Finance vide Revised Pay Rules, 2016 has not provided a framework for replacement of existing pay structure of employees in              -1S scale of 4440-7440 GP Rs.1300 (6th  CPC) and without GP. Therefore, a proposal for aligning the same on lines of 7th CPC pay structure was forwarded to Implementation Cell/ Ministry of Finance, after taking cognizance of the demands raised by Staff Federations.

 

  1. Now, with the approval of MoF, it has been decided that Level-1 of the Pay Matrix introduced on implementation of the 7th CPC report be the replacement for the pre-revised -1S scale. The pay of those governed by the -1S scale may be revised by using the Fitment Factor of 2.57 for placement in Level-1 in conformity with Rule-7 of the RS(RP) Rules, 2016. All pre-revised pay stages lower than pre-revised pay of  Rs. 7,000 in the pre-revised -1S scale shall not be considered for determining the benefit of bunching, on the same lines as has been clarified by DoE, Ministry of Finance’s O.M. dated 03.08.2017, circulated vide Board’s letter dated 27.09.2017 (RBE No. 139/2017) on application of the said benefit.

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RBE No. 142/2017 

Board’s ltr. No.F[E]III/2008/PN1/20 dated 04.10.2017 [RBE No.142/2017]PC VII-65

Sub: Special benefits in cases of death and disability in service-regulation and payment of Disability Pension/Family Pension under Central Civil Services (Extraordinary Pension) Rules in implementation of recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission – regarding.

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A copy of Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare (DOP&PW)’s O.M.No.1/4/2016-P&PW[F] dated 2nd August, 2017 on the above subject is enclosed for information and compliance. These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on Railways also. CCS [Extraordinary Pension] Rules correspond to Railway Services [Extraordinary Pension] Rules, 1993. Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare [DOP&PW]’s O.M.No.38/37/2016-P&PW[A][i] dated 04.08.2016, mentioned in DOP&PW’s O.M. dated 02.08.2017, was adopted on Railways vide this office’s letter No.2016/F[E]III/1[1]/8 dated 12.08.2016.

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Copy of DOP&PW’s OM No.1/4/2016–P&PW (F) dated 2nd August, 2017

 

Sub: Special benefits in cases of death and disability in service-regulation and payment of Disability Pension/Family Pension under Central Civil Services (Extraordinary Pension) Rules in implementation of recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission – regarding.

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The undersigned is directed to say that orders have been issued for regulation of Pension/family pension for Government servants in implementation of recommendations of the 7th  Central Pay Commission vide OM No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A)(i) dated 4.8.2016. There is no change in the formula for calculating disability pension and extraordinary family pension (EOP family pension) under CCS(EOP)Rules.

 

  1. The extraordinary family pension/disability pension would continue to be calculated in accordance with schedule II of Central Civil Services (Extraordinary Pension) Rules. However, minimum Extraordinary family pension/disability pension with effect from 01.01.2016 falling under various categories would be as follows:-

 

  1. Extraordinary Family Pension.

(i) For category B and C , where the deceased Government servant was not holding a pensionable post – Rs.11,700/- per month.

(ii) For category Band C , where the deceased Government servant was holding a pensionable post – Rs.18,000/- per month.

(iii) For category D and E – Rs.18,000/- per month.

 

  1. Disability Pension

For all categories ( ie. category “B,C,D’ and E” ) – Rs.18,000 per month .

 

  1. All other terms and conditions and procedure stipulated in Schedule II of Rule 9 and 10 of CCS(EOP) Rules, notified vide Notification No. S.O 410(E) dated 15.11.2011 will be the same.

 

  1. This issues with the concurrence of the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure ID No.30-1/33(iii)/2016-IC(Pt) dated 17/7/2017.

 

  1. Insofar as persons belonging to the Indian Audit & Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

 

 

RBE No. 143/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[NG]I-2014/TR/17 dated 05.10.2017   [RBE No.143/2017]

Sub: Filling up of posts in ongoing electrification projects undertaken by CORE. 

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A large number of electrification projects are being executed presently all over the Zonal Railways by CORE. GM/CORE in his communications to the Board, has highlighted difficulties in getting required number of staff for manning various posts, which is a serious constraint for achieving the targets of railway electrification.

 

  1. The matter has been considered by Board. It has been decided that :-

 

(a)  Filling up of vacancies of CORE projects shall primarily be the responsibility of the Zonal Railway in whose territorial jurisdiction the electrification project is going on. The concerned General Managers and Divisional Railway Managers should tie up with the concerned Head of the RE project to ensure posting of sufficient number of staff in a manner similar to that for construction projects.

 

(b) CORE will ensure that staff so drafted from Zonal Railways will not normally be transferred to any other project and in no case to a project outside the territorial jurisdiction of the concerned Zonal Railway.

 

(c)  While posting fresh candidates recruited by RRBs, the concerned CPO/PHOD shall keep in view shortfall/requirement of ongoing electrification projects and newly electrified sections in the jurisdiction of the concerned Railway and accordingly allot Divisions to the newly recruited candidates.

 

(d)  The Zonal Railway concerned need not ask for option or willingness from any staff and arrange to post the technical/non-technical staff working at any level after assessing suitability and requirement of the project. This exercise will be carried out just like any normal routine transfer of staff.

 

 

RBE No. 148/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[P&A]II/2016/FE.2/5  dated 16.10.2017  [RBE No.148/2017]

Sub:  Issue raised by NFIR in PNM/NFIR item No. 57/2016 regarding payment of arrears arising out of leave salary consequent to the implementation of 6th CPC report for the period 01.01.2006 to 31.08.2008 on West Central Railway to the running staff.

Ref: WCR’s letter No.WCR/PHQ/Ruling/0/815/Allow. Runn. dated 21.12.2016 and 28.09.2016

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In PNM Item No.57/2016 of National Federation of Indian Railwaymen, GS/NFIR had raised the issue of non-payment of arrears of leave salary to running staff of West Central Railway, consequent to the implementation of 6th CPC for the period of 01.01.2006 to 31.08.2008.

 

  1. The issue has been examined in Board’s office and it is clarified that as per Rule 924[i][k] of IREM-I and para 3.23 of Board’s letter No.E[P&A]II-80/RS-10 dated 17.07.1981, 30% Pay element will be reckoned for calculation of Leave Salary of Running Staff for the period between 01.01.2006 to 31.08.2008 also consequent to implementation of the 6th CPC recommendations.

 

  1. This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of Railway Board.

  

RBE No. 150/2017

 Board’s ltr. No. E[NG]-II/2007/RC-4/CORE/1 dated 16.10.2017  [RBE No.150/2017]

Sub: Re-engagement of retired employees in exigencies of services.

Ref: [i] Board’s letter No. E(NG)II/2010/RC-4/6 dated 27.09.2012 (RBE No. 109/2012) & 14.09.2017

[ii] No. E(NG)II/2007/RC-4/Core/1 dated 11.12.2009 (RBE No. 219/2009)
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Attention is invited to Railway Board’s letter referred on the above subject on the issue of modalities of re-engagement of retired employees and remuneration to be paid to them.

  1. These instructions have been reviewed and in supersession of the same, it has now been decided by the Board that retired employees may henceforth be engaged on the following conditions:
  2. Divisional Railway Managers are empowered to re-engage retired employees.
  3. Railway should give publicity to such re-engagement, by putting it on Railway websites.

iii.    Retired employees being re-engaged, should not have been covered under the Safety Related Retirement Scheme/ Liberalized Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for Safety Staff (LARSGESS).

  1. While re-engaging such staff, medical fitness of the appropriate category should be obtained from the designated authorities as per existing practices.
  2. Suitability/competency of the staff should be adjudged before such reengagement and the issue of their safety record as well as the safety and other operational requirements as needed are adequately addressed.
  3. Maximum age limit for which re-engagement shall continue will be 62.

vii. Monthly remuneration of a retired employee being re-engaged be determined by reducing Pension from his/her last pay drawn (i.e. Basic Pay+ DA).

viii. This scheme is valid up to 14.09.2018.

  1. Re-engaged staff should be discharged immediately on joining of selected candidates from RRBs.

 

RBE No. 157/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[G]2017/Employees/Charter/1 dated 25.10.2017  [RBE No.157/2017]

Sub: Charter of Commitments on various matters – Time line thereof.

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Please find enclosed Charter of Commitments of various activities on Establishment matters as in the Proforma attached herewith.

 

The time line given in the Charter should be strictly adhered to.

sd/-

[Anant Swarup]/EDE[G]

 

S.No ITEM TIME LINE
1 Redressal / Disposal of staff grievances / representations received in different portals like Single Window Cell, CP-GRAM, Nivaran [including cases of Re-fixation, Seniority, MACP, Arrears, Promotion etc.] 30 working days from receipt of application
2 Personal interview with DRM Same Day [ If DRM is not available, then interview will be with ADRM concerned.]
3 Compassionate Appointment Cases Approved at Divisional level 90 Days
Cases requiring approval from HQ 60 days in Division + 30 Days in HQ
4 Payment of Settlement Dues Superannuation: On date of retirement
VRS/Death/Resignation: 60 days [for non-disputed cases only]
5 Promotions through selections and suitability Within one year of issue of previous panel
6 NOC for own request transfer including mutual transfer Disposal of application within 15 working days of receipt [either forwarding of application or rejection of case]
7 Sending call letters to candidates selected through RRB and RRC  including verification of panel from RRB/RRC Within 30 working days of operation of panel
8 a] Approval of various types of Advances /Loans

 

b] Disbursal of Advances/Loans & Arrears after approval

Administrative Sanction within 7 working Days

 

 

With salary in the next billing cycle [as applicable]

9 PF Withdrawal Administrative approval of competent  authority within 7 working days of receipt of application

Disbursal to be done within 7 days from the date of approval.

10 Issue of P.F. Statement Same Day
11 Viewing of Service Record Once a year
12 NOC for Higher Education, Property Transaction, Passport, Deputation 14 working days from receipt of application where vigilance clearance is not required & 30 days in other cases
13 Disposal of D&AR Cases Major – 150 Days

Minor –    31 Days

14 Issue of Pass /PTO 1 Working Day
15 Sanction & Payment of CTG /OT/TA Sanction within 45 working Days from the date of receipt of Claim from employee

Disbursal to be done with salary in the next billing cycle [as applicable]

16 Provision of Essential Amenities for staff Provision of Ladies Toilet  and Changing Room in offices where there are more than 5 female employees working By March 2018
Whitewashing of office buildings [including station] Every year
Filtered Water for identified /nominated offices Within 60 days of issue of charter
Fans and Desert Coolers in identified /nominated offices Within 60 days of issue of charter
Provision of PC & internet connectivity as per stipulated norms Within 6 months of issue of charter
17 Disposal of leave applications a] Casual Leave: 1 Working Day
b] LAP /Maternity Leave/ Paternity Leave

c] Ex-India

 

7 Working Days

 

30 Working Days

18 Issue of Seniority list Once every year

 

RBE No. 145/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E(MPP)2012/3/28 dated 06.10.2017  [RBE No.145/2017]

Sub:  Revision of rates of Training Allowances and abolition of Sumptuary Allowance for Training Institutes

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Kindly refer to Ministry of Railways’ letter Nos. E(MPP)/2005/13/2 dated 22.08.2005 (RBE No. 139/2005) followed by E(MPP)/2008/3/18 dated 20.10.2008 (RBE No. 156/2008) wherein Ministry of Railways had communicated that the training allowance is to be paid @ 30% and @ 15% of the basic pay to the faculty members, for imparting training to Group ‘A’ Officers and to Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ staff respectively on Centralised Training Institutes and various other training Centres on Indian Railways, respectively.

  1. Pursuant to the recommendation of 7th CPC as per Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure- Resolution No. 1/1/2013 -E.III(A) dated 06.07.2017, the rates of Training Allowance is revised as follows:-

 

Training Allowance

In the National/Central Training Academies and Institutes  for Group ‘A’ officers. 24% of Basic Pay
In other Training Establishments 12% of Basic Pay

 

  1. It will be admissible only to the employees who join the training establishments for a specified period of time and are then likely to go back. It will not be admissible to those employees who are directly recruited by such training establishments for imparting training.

 

  1. Training Allowance will be admissible to the faculty members without any ceiling of 5 years and standard cooling off period between tenures will apply.
  2. Further, above mentioned Board’s instruction had stated that ‘Sumptuary Allowance’ shall be paid @ Rs 3500/- per month for the Director/ Head of the Centralised Training Institutes for Group ‘A’ Officers and @ Rs 2500/- per month to Course Directors and @ Rs 2000/- per month to Counsellors. Pursuant to the implementation of 7th CPC recommendation and as per Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure- Resolution No. 1/1/2013-E.III(A) dated 06.07.2017, ‘Sumptuary Allowance’ for Training Establishment is abolished.

 

  1. The revised rates of allowances and abolition of Sumptuary Allowance shall be applicable with effect from 1st July, 2017.
  2. All other guidelines/instructions on the subject shall remain unchanged.

 

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

 

 

Board’s ltr. No. E[NG]I-2011/PM1/4 dated 16.10.2017

Sub: System improvement in conduct of Departmental Selections – Observation and adherence of guidelines for more transparency

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            A comprehensive policy guidelines regarding conducting of Departmental Selection has been laid down in Board’s letter No. E[NG]I-98/PM1/17 dated 20.10.1999 read with other instructions issued on this subject from time to time to conduct the selection in fair and transparent manner on the Zonal Railways.

 

It has been brought to the notice of this Directorate by the vigilance Directorate that some irregularities have been found in conducting Departmental selection on Zonal Railways and policy guidelines have not been properly followed in departmental selection.

 

It is reiterated that selection committee members should be clearly instructed to strictly follow these guidelines in selection. An undertaking may please be obtained from the Selection Committee Members that they have gone through these instructions.

 

Please put these instructions on the Official Website for information to all.

 

RBE No. 147/2017

Board’s ltr. No.E(W)2017/ED-2/3 dated 12.10.2017 [RBE No.147/2017] PC-VII No.68

Sub: Recommendations of the Seventh Central pay Commission – Implementation of decision relating to the grant of Children Education Allowance. 

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Please refer to Board’s letter No. E(W)2008/ED-2/4 dated 01-10-2008 followed by subsequent clarifications thereon regarding grant of Children Education Allowance/Hostel Subsidy to Government employees on the recommendation of Sixth Central Pay Commission.

Now, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Personnel & Training) has conveyed Government’s decision on the recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission in regard to grant of Children Education Allowance & Hostel Subsidy to Government servants vide OM No. A-27012/02/2017-Estt.(AL) dated 16.08.2017 (copy enclosed). These instructions shall apply mutatis-mutandis to Railway employees and shall be effective from 1st July, 2017.

Aforesaid instructions on Children Education Allowance/Hostel Subsidy are being issued in supersession of Board’s letter No. E(W)2008/ED-2/4 dated 13-05-2014.

 

DOP&T’s OM No. A-27012/02/2017-Estt.(AL) dated 16.08.2017

Sub: Recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission — Implementation of decision relating to the grant of Children Education Allowance.

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Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations made by the Seventh Central Pay Commission on the subject of Children Education Allowance Scheme, the following instructions are being issued in supersession of this Department’s OM dated 28-4-2014 :

(a) The amount fixed for reimbursement of Children Education allowance will be Rs.2250/-pm.

(b)  The amount fixed for reimbursement of Hostel Subsidy will be Rs. 6750/-pm.

(c) In case both the spouses are Government servants, only one of them can avail reimbursement under Children Education Allowance.

(d) The above limits would be automatically raised by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%. The allowance will be double for differently abled children.

  1. Further, reimbursement will be done just once a year, after completion of the financial year. For reimbursement of CEA, a certificate from the head of institution, where the ward of government employee studies, will be sufficient for this purpose. The certificate should confirm that the child studied in the school during the previous academic year. For Hostel Subsidy, a similar certificate from the head of institution will suffice, with the additional requirement that the certificate should mention the amount of expenditure incurred by the government servant towards lodging and boarding in the residential complex. The amount of expenditure mentioned, or the ceiling as mentioned above, whichever is lower, shall be paid to the employee.
  2. These orders shall be effective from 1st July, 2017.
  3. Insofar as persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

 

RBE No. 152/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[NG]I-2010/PM1/19 dated 18.10.2017  [RBE No.152/2017]

Sub:  Filling up of non-gazetted posts on Railways – Classification of posts as Safety Categories  in Civil Engineering Department.

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Pursuant to the acceptance of recommendations of High Powered Committee constituted to review the list of safety category posts on the Railways, matter has been examined.  Accordingly, in modification to the list of posts of Civil Engineering Department, as contained in Board’s letter No.E[NG]I-75/PM1/44 dated 31.05.1982, following is the revised list of safety category posts in Civil Engineering Department:

 

  1. SSE/JEs [Track Machine] of open line and repair & maintenance depot /workshop

 

  1. SSE/JEs [P.Way]

 

  1. SSE/JEs [Bridges]

 

  1. SSE/JEs [Works]

 

  1. Track Maintainer Gr.I, II, III, IV[i.e., Mate, Keyman, Trackman, Gateman, Patrolman, Trolleyman]

 

  1. Blacksmith, Welder

 

  1. Technician [Track Machine] of open line and repair & maintenance depot / Workshop

 

  1. Bridge Technician [Sarang, Rivetter, Welder, Blacksmith, Grinder, Fitter, Machinist, Turner, Driller, ] of open line organisation & Bridge Workshop

 

  1. Helper of Blacksmith / Welder

 

  1. Helper [Bridge Technician ] of open line organisation & Bridge Workshop

 

  1. Helper [Track Machine] of open line, and repair & maintenance depot / workshop.

 

  1. All other terms and conditions regulating filling up of safety category posts continue to remain in force.
  2. These instructions will be effective from date of issue.

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RBE No. 153/2017

 

 Board’s ltr. No. PC-III/2000/GIS/2 dated 24.10.2017   [RBE No.153/2017] 

Sub: Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme, 1980 – Tables of Benefits for the Savings Fund for the period from 1.7.2017 to 30.09.2017.

The Table of Benefits under CGEGIS-1980 for the period 01.04.2017 to 31.06.2017 issued by Ministry of Finance vide their OM dated 02.06.2017 was circulated to Zonal Railways/Production Units etc. vide Board’s letter of even number dated 20.06.2017.

 

In continuation of Board’s letter ibid, a copy of Ministry of Finance’s OM No.7 (2)/EV/2016 dated 06.09.2017  circulating Tables of benefits for the period from 01.07.2017 to 30.09.2017  is enclosed herewith for information and necessary action.

 

Ministry of Finance, Dept. of Expenditure’s  O.M.No. 7(2)/EV/2016 dated 06.09.2017 

Sub: Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme-1980 – Tables of Benefits for the savings fund for the period from 01.07.2017 to 30.09.2017.

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The Tables of Benefits for Savings Fund to the beneficiaries under the Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme-1980, which are being issued on a quarterly basis from 1.1.2017 onwards, as brought out in this Ministry’s OM of even number dated 17.3.2017, for the quarter from 1.7.2017 to 30.9.2017, as worked out by IRDA based on the interest rate of 7.8% per annum (compounded quarterly) as notified by the Department of Economic Affairs as per their Resolution No. 5(1)-B(PD)/2017 dated 17.7.2017, are enclosed.

 

  1. The Tables enclosed are of two categories as per the existing practice. As hitherto, the first Table of Benefits for the savings fund of the scheme is based on the subscription of Rs. 10 p.m. from 1.1.1982 to 31.12.1989 and Rs. 15 p.m. w.e.f. 1.1.1990 onwards. The second Table of Benefits for savings fund is based on a subscription of Rs. 10 p.m. for those employees who had opted out of the revised rate of subscription w.e.f. 1.1.1990.

 

  1. While these orders are in respect of Table of Benefits for the period from 1.7.2017 to 30.9.2017, the Tables already issued for the quarters from 1.1.2017 to 31.3.2017 and from 1.4.2017 to 30.6.2017 are also reproduced for the sake of convenience and consolidation.

 

  1. In their application to the employees of Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders are issued after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

 

RBE No. 163/2017 

Board’s ltr. No. E(G)2017/LE 1-34 dated 03.11.2017 [RBE No.163/2017]

          Sub:  Biometric Attendance System on Indian Railways

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As you are aware, detailed instructions were issued vide Board’s letter No. E(G)2014/LE 1-27 dated 30.12.2014 regarding introduction of “Aadhar Enabled Biometric Attendance System” (AEBAS) on Indian Railways. In terms of these instructions, in the first phase, the staff working in the Zonal Headquarters Office, Administrative Office of Production Units, RDSO/Lucknow, METRO Rail/Kolkata, CORE/ Allahabad and Divisional Headquarter offices which do not fall under the shift duty roster were to be covered.

 

It has been observed that there has been very tardy progress in the implementation of these instructions on most of the Zonal Railways/Units. In some of the Railways, the process has not yet been initiated. Board have reviewed the progress of the implementation of these instructions, and has taken a very serious view of the slow progress made in this regard.

 

It is therefore directed that AEBAS should be implemented in the aforesaid offices by 30th November, 2017 and a report regarding implementation may be sent to Board immediately thereafter.

 

It is further directed that the AEBAS should be implemented in all the offices of the Railways including PUs, attached and subordinate offices etc. by 31st January, 2018 and a status report in this regard be furnished to Railway Board immediately thereafter.

 

AEBAS should be integrated and implemented in such a way that status of biometric machines and attendance at divisional/Unit level should be accessible by DRM office. Similarly, all DRM offices be integrated with Zonal Railways and all the Zonal Railways with Railway Board so that monitoring of attendance of any location can be done by Railway Board. CCTV cameras should also be provided with the Biometric machine in similar fashion.

 

Board’s ltr. No. E[P&A]II-2015/RS-25 dated 13.11.2017 

Sub: Pay element relating to Running Staff /Loco Inspectors after the recommendations of Seventh CPC

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Please refer to your letter No.MRTS/E.345/0/12/Pt.IV/Misc dt. 05.05.2017 requesting a  clarification about the percentage of pay element to be reckoned for the purpose of computation of pensionary benefits in respect of Loco Inspectors.  This issue has also been raised by GS/NFIR in his letter No.IV/RSAC/Conf/Pt.VIII dt. 15.09.2017.

 

  1. Loco Inspectors are entitled to 30% add-on pay element for retirement benefits as per paragraph no. 5.5 of Board’s letter No.E[P&A]II/83/RS-10[iv]               dt. 25.11.1992 which has not been amended as yet.  It is clarified that the pay element [presently 30% until further orders] has to be reckoned in the revised pay structure of Seventh CPC for calculation of pensionary benefits of Loco Inspectors.

 

  1. In this connection it is noted that many retired Loco Inspectors, even after getting the benefit of 30% add-on pay element at the time of pay fixation as Loco Inspectors, have gone to Courts of Law claiming 55% pay element for pensionary benefits equating themselves to the running staff. It is reiterated that Loco Inspectors are not classified as running staff and therefore are not entitled to 55% pay element for pensionary benefits. This fact may be conveyed to such Loco Inspectors while calculating their pensionary benefits.

 

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

 

RBE No. 151/2017

Board’s ltr. No.PC-VII/2016/I/7/2/3 dated 18.10.2017 [RBE No.151/2017]PCVII No.67

Sub: Grant of Dearness Relief to Railway pensioners/family pensioners Revised rate effective from 01.07.2017. 

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A copy of Office Memorandum F.No. 42/15/2016-P&PW(G) dated 28.09.2017 of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions (Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare) on the above subject is enclosed herewith for information and compliance. This order shall apply mutatis mutandis on Railways also.

 

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

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DOP&PW’s O.M. F.No. 42/15/2016-P&PW(G) dated 28.09.2017

Sub : Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 1.7.2017. 

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The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No. 42/15/2016-P&PW(G) dated 07.04.2017 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief admissible to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 4% to 5% w.e.f 01.07.2017.

 

  1. These rates of DR will be applicable to (i) Civilian Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners including Central Govt. absorbee pensioners in PSU/Autonomous Bodies in respect of whom orders have been issued vide this Department’s OM No. 4/34/2002-P&PW(D) Vol.II dated 23.06.2017 for restoration of full pension after expiry of commutation period of 15 years (ii) The Armed Forces Pensioners, Civilian Pensioners paid out of the Defence Service Estimates, (iii) All India Service Pensioners (iv) Railway Pensioners/family pensioners (v) Pensioners who are in receipt of provisional pension (vi) The Burma Civilian pensioners/family pensioners and pensioners/families of displaced Government Pensioners from Pakistan, who are Indian Nationals but receiving pension on behalf of Government of Pakistan and are in receipt of adhoc ex-gratia allowance in respect of whom orders have been issued vide this Department’s OM No. 23/3/2008-P&PW(B) dated 11.09.2017.

 

  1. In partial modification of this Department OMs of even no. dated 16.12.2016 and 27.04.2017, Central Govt. absorbee pensioners in PSU/Autonomous Bodies referred to in category (i) in para 2 and Burma Civilian pensioners/family pensioners referred to in category (vi) in para 2 above, will also be eligible for dearness relief @ 2% w.e.f 01.07.2016 and @ 4% w.e.f 01.01.2017, in terms of this Department OMs of even no dated 16.11.2016 and 07.04.2017 respectively.

 

The dearness relief already drawn by the above pensioners in terms of OMs dated 16.11.2016 and 07.4.2017, will be adjusted from the revised dearness relief payable under these orders.

 

  1. These orders shall not be applicable on CPF beneficiaries, their widows and eligible children who are in receipt of ex-gratia payment in terms of this Department’s OM No.45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 and revised vide this Department’s OM 1/10/2012-P&PW(E) dated 27.06.2013.

 

Separate orders will be issued in respect of above category.

 

  1. Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.

 

  1. Other provisions governing grant of DR in respect of employed family pensioners and re-employed Central Government Pensioners will be regulated in accordance with the provisions contained in this Department’s OM No. 45/73/97-P&PW (G) dated 2.7.1999 as amended vide this Department’s OM No. F.No. 38/88/2008-P&PW(G) dated 9th July, 2009. The provisions relating to regulation of DR where a pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension will remain unchanged.

 

  1. In the case of retired Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, necessary orders will be issued by the Department of Justice separately.

 

  1. It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities, including the nationalized banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual case.

 

  1. The offices of Accountant General and authorised Pension Disbursing Banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc. on the basis of these instructions without waiting for any further instructions from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India in view of letter No. 528-TA, II/34-80-II dated 23/04/ 1981 of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India addressed to all Accountant Generals and Reserve Bank of India Circular No. GANB No. 2958/GA-64 (ii) (CGL)/8l dated the 21st May, 1981 addressed to State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and all Nationalised Banks.

 

  1. In their application to the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the C&AG.

 

  1. This issues in accordance with Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure’s OM No. 1/9/2017-E.II(B) dated 20th Sept, 2017.

 

RBE No. 158/2017

Board’s ltr. No. 2017-E[SCT]I/71/1 dated 26.10.2017  [RBE No.158/2017]

Sub: Revision of income criteria to exclude socially advanced persons / sections [Creamy Layer] from the purview of reservation for Other Backward Classes [OBCs] -reg.

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A copy of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions [Department of Personnel & Training] Office Memorandum No.36033/1/2013-Estt[Res.] dated 13.09.2017 is enclosed herewith for information and bringing to the notice of all concerned.

 

DOP&T’s OM No. 36033/1/2013-Estt. (Res.) Dated: September 13, 2017

Sub: Revision of income criteria to exclude socially advanced persons/sections (Creamy Layer) from the purview of reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs)-reg.

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The undersigned is directed to invite attention to this Department’s Office Memorandum No. 36012/22/93-Estt. (SCT) dated 8th September, 1993 which, inter-alia, provided that sons and daughters of persons having gross annual income of  1 Lakh or above for a period of three consecutive years would fall within the creamy layer and would not be entitled to get the benefit of reservation available to the Other Backward Classes. The aforesaid limit of income for determining the creamy layer status was subsequently raised to 2.5 lakh, 4.5 lakh and 6 lakh vide this Department’s OM No. 36033/3/2004-Estt. (Res.) dated 09.03.2004, OM No. 36033/3/2004-Estt. (Res.) dated 14.10.2008 and OM No. 36033/1/2013-Estt. (Res.) dated 27.05.2013 respectively.

 

  1. It has now been decided to raise the income limit from Rs.6 lakh to Rs.8 lakh per annum for determining the creamy layer amongst the Other Backward Classes. Accordingly, the expression “Rs. 6 lakh” under Category VI in the Schedule to this Department’s aforesaid O.M. dated 8th September, 1993 would be substituted by “Rs. 8 lakh”.

 

  1. The provisions of this office memorandum have effect from 1st September, 2017.

 

  1. All the Ministries/Departments are requested to bring the contents of this office memorandum to the notice of all concerned.

 

RBE No. 159/2017

Board’s ltr. No.E(P&A)I-2017 /SP-1/Genl-2 dated 27.10.2017 [RBE No.159/2017] PCVII-70 

Sub: Implementation of recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission as accepted by the Government- Health and Malaria Allowance

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Consequent upon the decisions taken by the government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission relating to revision of allowances, the President is pleased to revise the rates of Health and Malaria Allowance, granted to Health and Malaria Inspectors (Health Inspectors) in Indian Railways. The allowance will be paid as per cell R3H3 of the Risk and Hardship Matrix. The rate of this allowance will be                       Rs. 1000/- per month upto level 8 in Pay Matrix (VII CPC) and Rs.1200/- per month for level 9 and above in Pay Matrix(VII CPC).

 

  1. The rate of this allowance will further increase by 25 percent each time DA rises by 50 percent.
  2. The revised rates of allowance shall be admissible with effect from 1st  July, 2017.
  3. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 

RBE No. 160/2017

Board’s ltr. No.2014/E[Sports]/4[1]/1/Policy dated 25.10.2017[RBE No.160/2017]

Clarification/Corrigendum No.86 

Sub: Recruitment of sportspersons against Sports Quota through Talent Scouting and Open Advertisement on the Railways -Videography of field-trials – regarding. 

Ref: Board’s letter of even number dated 10.02.2014 (RBE No.19/2014)

Attention is invited to Board’s policy letter dated 10.02.2014 under reference, laying down the provision of videography of field trials conducted for recruitment against sports quota, both through Talent Scouting and Open Advertisement from financial year i.e. 2014-15, for a period of 3 years, on trial basis.

 

The matter has been reviewed in Board’s office. It is advised that videography of field trials for recruitment against sports quota, both through Talent Scouting and Open Advertisement may be continued in order to maintain transparency in the interest of fair selections.

 

RBE No. 164/2017

Board’s ltr. No. F(E)III/2009/PN1/6 dated: 08.11.2017  [RBE No.164/2017]PC VII-74 

Sub: Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on CCS (Extraordinary Pension) Rules, 1939 – Constant Attendant Allowance – regarding.

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            A Copy of Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare (DOP&PW)’s O.M.No.1/4/2017-P&PW(F) dated 3rd October, 2017 on the above cited subject is enclosed for information and compliance. These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on Railways also. CCS (Extraordinary Pension) Rules,1939 corresponds to Railway Services (Extraordinary Pension) Rules, 1993DOP&PW’s O.M.No.1/4/2017-P&PW(F) dated 02.08.2017, referred to in the enclosed O.M. dated 03.10.2017, was circulated on the Railways vide Board’s letter of even number dated 22.08.2017.

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DOP&PW’s O.M.No.1/4/2017-P&PW(F) dated 3rd October, 2017

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

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

  1. All other terms and conditions of this Department’s OM No. 1/4/2017-P&PW(F) dated 2nd August 2017 will remain the same.
  2. In so far as persons belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.
  3. These orders are issued with the concurrence of the Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) vide, their OM No.11-1/2016-IC dated 11.07.2017 and ID No.11-1/2016-IC/Pt dated 25.07.2017

 

RBE No. 161/2017

Board’s ltr. No.PC-VII/2017/RSRP/1 dated 31.10.2017 [RBE No.161/2017]PC VII-72 

Sub: Adoption of clarification issued by Ministry of Finance regarding modifications of Level-13 of Pay Matrix.
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Modifications to Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 were notified vide Gazette Notification No. G.S.R 882(E) dated 14.07.2017 thereby making changes in Level-13 of the Pay Matrix.

  1. Now, Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) vide their O.M No. 4-6/2017-IC/E-III(A) dated 28.09.201 7 (copy enclosed) has issued detailed clarifications addressing the following issues arising out of the modification to Level-13 of the Pay Matrix:

(i) Issue No. 1 – Whether pay in the Level-13 is to be fixed by multiplying by a factor of 2.57 or 2.67.

(ii) Issue No. 2 -Pay re-fixed in the modified Level-13 working out lower than the pay fixed in the earlier Level-13.

(iii) Issue No. 3 – Re-exercise of option for coming over to the Revised pay structure in case of Level-13.

 

  1. The clarifications issued by Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) vide their O.M dated 28.09.2017 will be applicable mutatis mutandis in Railways with respect to RS(RP) Rules, 2016 and amendment notified on 14.07.2017. However, the period for any recovery or waiving off recovery will be upto 31.07.2017 as the amendments to the RS(RP) Rules, 2016 were notified in July, 2017. Similarly, the time period for re-exercise of options, if any, as mentioned in para-15 of the enclosed O.M will count from the date of issue of this letter.
  2. The cases of employees who retired on or after 01.01.2016 and upto 31.07.2017 and if covered under para 12 of Ministry of Finance’s OM dated 28.09.2017, shall be processed as per Rule 90 of Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993.

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Ministry of Finance [DOE]’s O.M No. 4-6/2017-IC/E-III(A) dated 28.09.2017

          Sub: Modification of Level-13 of Pay Matrix – Issues regarding. 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Issue No. 1 – Whether pay in the Level-13 is to be fixed by multiplying by a factor of 2.57 or 2.67 

  1. The 7th Central Pay Commission, while formulating the various Levels contained in the Pay Matrix, corresponding to the pre-Revised pay structure, used “Index Of Rationalization” (IOR) to arrive at the starting Cell of each Level (the 1st Cell) of the Pay Matrix. This IOR has been applied by the Commission on the minimum entry pay corresponding to the successive Grades Pay in the pre-Revised pay structure. In Level-13 of the Pay Matrix, as formulated by the 7th  CPC and as accepted by the Government in terms of the CCS(RP) Rules, 2016 promulgated vide notification dt. 25.7.2016, the IOR was 2.57. The IOR in respect of both Levels 12 and Level 13-A, i.e., Levels immediately lower and immediately higher than Level-13, is 2.67. Therefore, the modified Level-13 in terms of the Pay Matrix contained in the CCS(Revised Pay) (Amendment) Rules, 2017 has also been formulated based on the IOR of 2.67.

 

  1. While the concept of the IOR, as applied by the 7th CPC, is exclusively in regard to formulation of the Levels in Pay Matrix, the formula for fixation of pay in the Pay Matrix based on the basic pay drawn in the pre-revised pay structure for the purpose of migration to the Pay Matrix, as recommended by the 7th CPC, is based on the fitment factor of 2.57. The Commission recommends –“this fitment factor of 2.57 is being proposed to be applied uniformly for all employees.” Accordingly, Rule 7 (1)(A)(i) of the CCS(RP) Rules, 2016, relating to fixation of pay in the revised pay structure, clearly provides that “in case of all employees the pay in the applicable level in the Pay Matrix shall be the pay obtained by multiplying the existing pay by a factor of 2.57……………………………..”

 

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

 

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

 

Issue No. 2 –Pay re-fixed in the modified Level-13 working out lower than the pay fixed in the earlier Level-13 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

  1. Accordingly, it has been decided that if the pay re-fixed strictly as per Rule 7 or Rule 13, as the case may be, of the CCS(RP) Rules, 2016 in the Level-13 based on the Pay Matrix contained in the CCS(Revised Pay) (Amendment) Rules, 2017 ( as per the fitment factor of 2.57) happens to be lower than the pay as earlier fixed as per the said Rules ( fitment factor of 2.57) in the earlier Level-13, then while the pay as re-fixed shall be the pay as applicable to the concerned employee for all purposes, any recovery of over payment on account of such re-fixation during the period up to 30.6.2017, the month in which the CCS(Revised Pay) (Amendment) Rules, 2017 has been issued, shall be waived. 

 

  1. The cases of employees who retired on or after 1.1.2016 and up to 30.6.2017 and if covered under para 12 above, shall be processed as per Rule 70 of the CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972.

 

Issue No. 3 – Re-exercise of option for coming over to the Revised Pay structure in case of Level 13 

 

  1. A reference has been received whether in view of the modification in the Level 13 in terms of the CCS(Revised Pay) (Amendment) Rules, 2017 promulgated on 15.6.2017 with effect from 1.1.2016, the date of effect of the revised pay structure contained in CCS(RP) Rules, 2016, the employees who are entitled to the Level 13 on 1.1.2016 may be given fresh option to come over to the revised pay structure in case of modified Level 13.

 

  1. The matter has been considered and it has been decided that since the modification of the Level 13 as per CCS(Revised Pay) (Amendment) Rules, 2017 is a material change, the employees, who were entitled to Level 13 as on 1.1.2016 and who had already opted for the earlier Level-13 as per Rules 5 and 6 of the CCS(RP) Rules, 2016, shall be given an opportunity for re-exercise of their option thereunder. Such an option may be exercised within three months from the date of issue of these orders. 

 

  1. In their application to employees belonging to the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

 

RBE No. 165/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E(P&A)II-2017/HRA-9 dated 08.11.2017[RBE No.165/2017]PC-VII/75 

Sub: Implementation of the recommendations of 7th  Central Pay Commission-Additional House Rent Allowance (HRA) for Railway Employees serving in the states of North Eastern Region, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep Islands and Ladakh.

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Consequent upon revision of the rates of House Rent Allowance (HRA) granted to the Railway employees on implementation of the recommendations of 7th  Central Pay Commission vide Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-2017/HRA-7, dated 19.07.2017 (RBE No.71/2017), in modification of Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II/83/HRA-29, dated 30.06.1984 and Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-2008/HRA-14, dated 25.02.2009 (RBE No.41/2009) on the subject mentioned above, additional HRA shall be granted to the Railway employees posted to states of North Eastern Region, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep Islands and Ladakh, who leave their families behind at their old duty station at revised rates as per Board’s letter No. E(P&A)II-2017/HRA-7, dated 19.07.2017.

  1. These orders will not be applicable to such employees who were transferred out of North Eastern Region, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep Islands and Ladakh before 01.07.2017.
  2. These orders shall take effect from 1st July, 2017.
  3. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

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RBE No. 144/2017

Board’s ltr. No. PC-V/2017/PS/1(SCRA) dated 06.10.2017[RBE No.144/2017] PC VII-66

Sub: Revised rates of stipend to Special Class Railway Apprentices

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No.PC-V/2008/PS/2[SCRA] dated 25.11.2008

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Consequent upon the promulgation of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules 2016, on the basis of the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission, the issue of revision of the rates of stipend to Special Class Railway Apprentices has been under consideration. The President is pleased to decide the following revised rates of stipend for SCRAs:

 

Year Existing rate of stipend (Rs.) Amount on Fixation (2.57) times of stipend) (Rs.) Increment @ 3% of previous Rate of stipend at Col. (5) (Rs.) Proposed rate of stipend (Rounded off to next hundred) (Rs.)
1st year 9100 23387 23400
2nd year 9100 23400
3rd year 9400 702 24200
4th year (first six months) 9400 24200
4th year (last six months) 9700 726 25000

 

  1. These orders will take effect from 01.8.2016.

 

  1. The apprentices will draw the revised rates of Dearness Allowance appropriate to the revised rates of stipend.

 

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

 

RBE No. 162/2017

Board’s ltr. No. 2017/F[E]II/3/1 dated 02.11.2017  [RBE No.162/2017]PC VII-73

Sub:  Guidelines for fixation of pay of candidates working in Public Sector Undertakings etc., recommended for appointment by the Commission by the method of recruitment by selection – regarding.

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Reference is invited to Board’s circulars No.F[E]II/91/PA/1/1 dated 08.01.1992, 16.07.1992, 12.03.1999, 12.02.2001 and Board’s circular No.2015/F[E]II/3/1 dated 11.09.2015 on the above subject.  DOP&T vide their OM No.12/03/2017-Estt.[Pay-I] dated 28.07.2017 have issued guidelines for fixation of pay of candidates working in Public Sector Undertakings etc., recommended for appointment by the Commission by the method of recruitment by selection, subsequent to the implementation of recommendations of 7th CPC.  A copy of the said guidelines is forwarded for information and guidance.

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DOP&T’s OM No.12/3/2017-Estt.(Pay-I) dated 28.07.2017

Sub:  Guidelines for fixation of pay of candidates working in Public Sector Undertakings etc., recommended for appointment by the Commission by method of recruitment by selection — regarding.

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Reference is invited to this Department’s O.Ms No.12/1/88-Estt(Pay-l) dated 07.08.1989, OM No.12/1/96-Estt(Pay-l) dated 10.07.1998 and OM No.12/3/2009-Pay-I dated 30.03.2010 whereby guidelines for fixation of pay of candidates working in Public Sector Undertakings etc., on their appointment as direct recruits on selection through a properly constituted authority including departmental authorities, were issued.

  1. Subsequent to the implementation of the recommendations of the 7thCPC and issuance of CCS(RP) Rules 2016, the system of running Pay Bands and Grade Pays have been replaced by pay matrix. Accordingly, in partial modification of this Department’s OM No.12/1/88- Estt(Pay-l) dated 07.08.1989, O.M. No.12/1/96-Estt(Pay-l) dated 10.07.1998 and O.M. No.12/3/2009-Pay-I dated 30.03.2010 referred to above, the method of pay fixation in respect of those appointed on or after 01.01.2016 will be as under:-

“In case of candidates working in Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), Universities, Semi-Government institutions or Autonomous Bodies, who are appointed to a post as direct recruits on or after 01.01.2016 on selection through interview by a properly constituted agency including Departmental Authorities making recruitment directly, their initial basic pay shall be fixed at a stage in the Level of the post so that the pay and Dearness Allowance as admissible in the Government, protects the pay and Dearness Allowance drawn in the PSU etc.. If there is no such stage in the post, the pay shall be fixed at the stage next below that pay. If the maximum pay in the Level applicable to the post in which the person is appointed is less than such pay arrived at, his initial basic pay shall be fixed at such maximum pay of the post. Similarly, if the minimum pay in the Level applicable to the post in which such person is appointed is more than such pay arrived at, his initial basic pay shall be fixed at such minimum pay of the post. The pay fixed under this formulation will not exceed the highest cell value applicable for the Level of the post in the pay matrix, to which he is appointed.”

  1. The conditions for admissibility of pay protection shall be the same as stipulated in this Department’s OMs dated 07.08.1989 and 10.07.1998 referred to above.
  2. In so far as persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued with the concurrence of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
  3. These orders will be applicable w.e.f. 01.01.2016.

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  RBE No. 103/2017 

Board’s ltr. No. 2015/F[E]II/3/1 dated 11.09.2015  [RBE No.103/2015]PC VI-354

Sub:  Guidelines for fixation of pay of candidates working in Public Sector Undertakings etc., recommended for appointment by the Commission by the method of recruitment by selection – regarding

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Reference is invited to Board’s circulars No.F[E]II/91/PA/1/1 dated 08.01.1992, 16.07.1992, 12.03.1999, 12.02.2001 on the above subject.  DOP&T vide their OM No.12/03/2009-Pay-I dated 30th March, 2010 have issued clarification regarding Guidelines for fixation of pay of candidates working in Public Sector Undertakings etc., recommended for appointment by the Commission by the method of recruitment by selection through interview only, subject to  the implementation of recommendations of 6th CPC, a copy of which is forwarded for information and guidance.

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DOP&T’s OM No.12/3/2009-Pay-I dated 30.03.2010

Sub: Guidelines for fixation of pay of candidates working in Public
Sector Undertakings etc., recommended for appointment by the Commission by the method of recruitment by selection – regarding.

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Reference is invited to this Department’s OMs No. 12/1/88-Pay-I dated 7.8.89 and 12/1/96-Pay-I dated 10.7.98, whereby guidelines for fixation of pay of candidates working in Public Sector Undertakings etc., recommended for appointment by the Commission by the method of recruitment by selection through interview only, were issued.

 

  1. Subsequent to the implementation of the recommendations of the 6th CPC and the issue of CCS(RP) Rules 2008, the system of Running Pay Bands and Grade Pays has been introduced. Accordingly, in partial modification of this Department’s OM dated 7.8.89 and 10.7.98 referred to above, the method of pay fixation in respect of those appointed on or after 1.1.2006 will be as under:

 

“In case of candidates working in Public Sector Undertakings, Universities, Semi-Government Institutions or Autonomous Bodies, who are appointed as direct recruits   on   or   after  1.1.2006   on  selection  through  interview  by   a   properly constituted agency including Departmental Authorities making recruitment directly, their initial pay may be fixed by granting them the Grade Pay attached to the post. Further, their pay in the Pay Band may be fixed at a stage so that the pay in the Pay Band +Grade Pay and DA as admissible in the government, protects the pay +DA already being drawn by them in their parent organisations. The pay in the Pay Band fixed under this formulation will not be fixed at a stage lower than Entry Pay in the Revised Pay Structure (corresponding to the Grade Pay applicable to the post) for direct recruits on or after 1.1.2006 as notified vide Section II, Part A of First Schedule to CCS(RP) Rules, 2008. The pay in the Pay Band fixed under this formulation will not exceed Rs. 67000, the maximum of the Pay Band PB-4.”

 

  1. The conditions for admissibility of pay protection shall be the same as
    stipulated in this Department’s OMs dated 7.8.89 and 10.7.98 referred to above.

 

  1. In so far as persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued with the concurrence of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

 

  1. These orders will be applicable w.e.f. 1.1.2006.

 

RBE No. 170/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[GP]/99/1/33 dated 20.11.2017  [RBE No.170/2017]

Sub: Ad-hoc promotion to Senior Scale in Chemical & Metallurgical [C&M], Psycho-Tech and Printing & Stationery [P&S] Departments.

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Board’s letter No.E[GP]81/1/91 dated 01.04.91, read with letter No.E[GP]99/1/33 dated 14.03.2012 lays down that Group ‘B’ Officers of Miscellaneous Departments, who have not put in 8 years of regular service in Group ‘B’, when detailed to look after duties in Senior Scale  or are promoted on ad-hoc basis, are eligible to draw charge allowance of Rs.1500/- p.m. subject to the condition that pay plus charge allowance should not exceed the pay that would have been admissible had the pay been fixed under Rule 1313[FR 22]R-II on regular promotion.  However, such officers are entitled to draw pay in Senior Scale, as may be admissible under the normal rules, only on completion of 8 years of regular service in Group ‘B’.

 

  1. As per the revised Recruitment Rules of Chemical & Metallurgical [C&M], Psycho-Tech and Printing & Stationery [P&S] Departments, notified vide Notifications dated 11.02.2011, 13.10.2006 and 30.03.2011 respectively, Group ‘B’ officers with 6 years of regular service in Group ‘B’ are eligible for consideration for regular promotion to Senior Scale. In view of the above, Group ‘B’ officers of these departments, when promoted to Senior Scale on adhoc basis may be  allowed to draw pay in Senior Scale [GP Rs.6600/- {pre-revised}/Level 11 as per 7th CPC], as may be admissible under the normal rules, on completion of 6 years of regular service in Group ‘B’.

 

RBE No. 166/2017

Board’s ltr.No.E[P&A]I-2017/SP-1/Genl-3 dated 13.11.2017 [RBE No.166/17] PC VII-76 

Sub:  Revision of rates of Nursing Allowance to the Nursing Personnel –Implementation of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission-reg.

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Consequent upon the decisions taken by the government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission relating to revision of allowances, the President is pleased to sanction the revision of existing rate of Nursing Allowance to the Nursing Personnel of all categories at all levels, working in Railway Hospitals and registered under the Indian Nursing Council Act, subject to the following conditions and as per the details given below:

 

S.No. Allowance Existing Rates Revised rate as per 7th CPC
1 Nursing Allowance Rs.4800/- per month Rs.7200/- per month

 

[a]   Nursing Allowance will not be treated as a part of pay as already decided vide Ministry of Railways’ order dated 17.09.1998.

 

  1. The revised rates of Nursing Allowance shall be admissible with effect from the 1st of July, 2017. The rates of Nursing Allowance will go up by 25% each time the Dearness Allowance payable on revised pay scale rises by 50%.

 

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

 

RBE No. 167/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[G]2015/PN1/5 dated 21.11.2017  [RBE No.167/2017]

 

Sub: Clarification of DOP&PW on Pension Matters – Court Cases

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Joint Secretary, Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare in DO letter No.1/8/2015-P&PW[E] dated 03.10.2017 have advised the following to be added as the last para in the reply in all Court Cases wherever the reply has been vetted by Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare:

 

“This reply has been filed on behalf of all respondents including Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare.  The statements /submission on the policy of Government on grant of family pension have been vetted and concurred in by the Department of Pension & PW.”

 

Also, the concerned Counsels may be instructed to take necessary steps to submit the orders of the Ernakulam Benches of the CAT in the OAs No. 180/01041, 01047, 01106/2014, 180/01132, 00013 and 00332/2015 dated 12.07.2016 as well as High Court of Kerala’s Order dated 29.07.2016 in OP [CAT] No.206/2016 in which the Court has upheld the Order dated 12.07.2016 of Ernakulam Bench to the Benches of CAT and High Court by filing rejoinders in all similar OAs and petitions being heard by them.

 

Necessary action may be taken as directed therein under intimation to this office.

 

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 Joint Secretary/DOP&PW’s D.O. letter No.1/8/2015-P&PW[E] dated 03.10.2017 addressed to EDE[IR], Railway Board.

This pertains to the proceedings in Original Application No.291/00069/2015, filed by Smt. Hemlata Sharma in Jaipur Bench of CAT.

 

  1. In the above OA, we had vetted the draft counter reply forwarded by Ministry of Railways as per the policy and practice in the Government and requested the Ministry, vide OM of even number dated 17.2.2015 [copy enclosed], to watch the interest of this department while filing a unified reply. It had been indicated in the draft counter reply that it was on behalf of respondents indicated in the OA.

 

  1. However, the Bench, vide order dated 26.09.2017 has imposed a cost of Rs.2000 on this department for non-filing of reply in the aforesaid OA. The Bench had not been adequately apprised of the policy and practice of the Government that this department was  not supposed to file a separate reply.

 

  1. Further, vide common order, dated 12th July, 2016 in the OAs No. 180/01041, 01047, 01106/2014, 180/01132, 00013 and 00332/2015 the Ernakulam Bench of CAT has upheld the application of the instructions of the Government and has dismissed all these OAs and a Division Bench of the Hon’ble High Court of Kerala at Ernakulum, vide final order, dated 29.7.2016, OP [CAT] No.206/2016 has upheld the order, dated 12.7.2016 of Ernakulam Bench of CAT, ibid.

 

  1. I shall be grateful if you could get all the concerned Counsels instructed to take necessary steps to submit the above orders of the Ernakulam Benches of the CAT as well as High Court of Kerala to the Benches of the CAT and the High Courts by filing rejoinders in all similar OAs and petitions being heard by them. The Benches may also be informed that the counter replies had been vetted in this department and as such contained the views of this department as well.

 

  1. I shall be obliged if you could issue instructions to all Railways to add the following as the last para in the reply in all cases wherever the reply as been vetted by our department:

 

“This reply has been filed on behalf of all respondents including Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare.  The statements /submission on the policy of Government on grant of family pension have been vetted and concurred in by the Department of Pension & PW.”

 

RBE No. 169/2017 

Board’s ltr. No. PC-VI/2008/I/7/2/1 dated 17.11.2017  [RBE No.169/2017]PC VI-379

Sub: Rate of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 01.01.2017 and 1.7.2017 to Railway employees continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scale/grade pay as per 6th Central Pay Commission.

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Please refer to this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 14.12.2016 [S.No.PC-VI/372, RBE No.150/2016] revising the rate of Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 01.07.2016 in respect of railway employees continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scale /grade pay as per 6th Central Pay Commission.

 

  1. The rate of DA admissible to Railway employees of above category shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 132% to 136% w.e.f. 01.01.2017 and from 136% to 139% w.e.f. 01.07.2017.

 

  1. 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.

 

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

 

[Authority: MoF’s OM No.1/3/2008-E[II]B dated 07.04.2017  & 26.09.2017]

 

RBE No. 171/2017

Board’s ltr. No. 2016/F[E]III/1[1]/8 dated 20.11.2017 [RBE No.171/2017]PC VII-77 

Sub: Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission – Fixation of pension of medical officers retired during 01.01.2016 to 30.06.2017

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A copy of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare [DOP&PW]’s OM No.38/37/16-P&PW[A][iv] dated 8th November, 2017 on the above subject is enclosed for information and compliance.  These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also.  The Rule 33 of the Central Civil Services [Pension] Rules, 1972 corresponds to Rule 49 of the Railway Services [Pension] Rules, 1993.  The Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure’s OM No.12-2/2016-EIII.A dated 7th July, 2017 referred to in the enclosed OM dated 08.11.2017, has been adopted on Railways vide this office letter No.PC-V/2017/A/NPA/1 dated 4th August, 2017.

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 DOP&PW’s OM No.38/37/16-P&PW[A][iv] dated 8th November, 2017

Sub: Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission – Fixation of pension of medical officers retired during 01.01.2016 to 30.06.2017

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In accordance with Rule 33 of Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 the emoluments reckoned for calculation of pension include Non-practicing Allowance (NPA) granted to medical officers in lieu of private practice.

 

  1. In the case of medical officers who have retired from 1.12016 to 30.6.2017, the pension is based on emoluments which included NPA @ 25% of the pre-revised pay. Orders have been issued by Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) vide OM No.12-2/2016-Elll.A dated 7th July, 2017 for grant of NPA to serving medical officers @ 20% of basic pay w.e.f. 1.7.2017. Accordingly, the medical officers retired/retiring on or after 1.7.2017 are entitled to pension based on emoluments which include NPA at the rate of 20% of the revised basic pay.

 

  1. The matter regarding revision of pension of the medical officers who retired during 1.1.2016 to 30.6.2017 based on revised rate of NPA has been examined by the Government. It has been decided that the pension/family pension in respect of medical officers who retired/died during 1.1.2016 to 30.6.2017 shall be further revised w.e.f. 1.7.2017 by adding NPA @ 20% to the basic pay on the date of retirement.

 

  1. The fixation of pension/family pension of retired medical officers in the above manner will be further subject to the condition that emoluments (i.e. Basic Pay + NPA) to be reckoned for pension do not exceed Rs.2,37,500/- (Rupees two lakh thirty seven thousand and five hundred only).

 

  1. This issues with the approval of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their ID. No. I(18)/E-V/2017 dated 23rd October, 2017.

 

RBE No. 175/2017

Board’s letter No.PC-V/2017/A/OTA/1 dated 28.11.2017[RBE No.175/17] PC-VII/79

 

Sub: Grant of Overtime Allowance[OTA] to Railway employees consequent upon revision of pay scales and allowances.

 

Ref: Board’s letter No. PC-V/2008/A/O/3[OTA] dated 17.02.2010 [RBE No.29/2010] and dated 20.05.2011 [RBE No.72/2011]

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Pursuant to the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission, the issue of revision of OTA has been under consideration and in partial modification of the Board’s earlier orders on the subject, it has been decided by the Board that the Railway employees who are governed by the Statutory Acts/Rules viz., The Factories Act, 1948 and Railway Servants [Hours of Work and Period of Rest] Rules, 2005 and who have opted for the revised Pay Matrix in terms of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016, may be granted OTA, on the basis of their emoluments in the revised scales of pay.

 

  1. The emoluments, for the purpose of computation of rates of OTA will comprise the following:
  2. a) Railway employees governed by The Factories Act, 1948:
  • Revised rates of pay
  • DA
  • HRA
  • Transport Allowance
  • Cash equivalent of the advantage accruing through the concessional sale to workers of foodgrains and other articles, as the worker is for the time being entitled to (excluding wages for Overtime work or Bonus)

 

  1. b) Railway employees governed by Railway Servants [Hours of Work and Period of Rest] Rules, 2005:
  • All the items as shown in (a) above except House Rent Allowance.

 

  1. c) Railway employees governed by rules Under Departmental Overtime

 

(i)         Employees working in Loco Sheds and C&W Depot.

  • All the items as shown in (a) above except House Rent Allowance.

 

(ii)        Other Railway employees governed under Departmental Orders.

  • Revised rates of pay
  • Dearness Allowance

 

  1. The revised rates of Overtime allowance shall be effective from 01-07-2017.
  2. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

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RBE No. 177/2017

Board’s ltr. No. 2017/E[Sports]/4[1]/14/Irregularities dated 30.11.2017

 [RBE No.177/2017] Clarification/Corrigendum No.87

 Sub:  Marks given by the Trial Committee in Sports recruitment.

Ref: Board’s letter No.2010/E[Sports]/4[1]/1/Policy dated 31.12.2010 [RBE No. 189B/2010]

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Attention is invited to para 8.1.11 of Board’s letter No.2010/E[Sports]/4[1]/1/Policy dated 31.12.2010 [amended from time to time] inter-alia specifying that in Talent Scouting mode Sports Recruitment “Trial Committee’ shall give its recommendation in terms of either FIT or NOT FIT by giving the marks  [maximum 40 Marks] to the candidates, as per the criteria given below.  Each member of Trial Committee will give marks to the candidates in separate sheets and sum of the marks given by all members shall be mentioned in the Trial Report.  Marks sheet of each member with his/her signature, must be attached with the Trial Report.

 

(i) For game skill, physical fitness & Coach’s observations during Trials  

:

40 Marks
(ii) FIT Candidate : Candidate securing 25 marks or more
(iii) NOT FIT Candidate : Candidate securing marks below 25

 

Similar provision exist for Open Advertisement mode of Sports recruitment in para 8.2.11.5 of the letter ibid.

In a sports recruitment held by one of the Zonal Railways, it has been noticed that the trial committee had allotted marks to candidates at the end of the trial after discussing among themselves.  The trial committee members in their assessment declared the two best candidates as FIT indicating thereby rest of the candidates who were not the ‘best’ [even though good enough to be declared FIT] were not allowed to meet the cut off threshold of 25 marks out of 40.

The action of the trial committee has been scrutinized by the vigilance and it is found that their action is not appropriate on two counts as under:

[i]  There is no provision for consultation amongst the members of the trial committee before giving the marks to each applicant in the trials.  Accordingly, each member of the trial committee should give marks independently in separate sheets.

[ii] The members of the trial committee in the referred case apparently inferred the provisions of the instruction so as to allow only the two ‘best’ candidates [ which matched the number of posts to be filled] go for the interview.  Thus the action taken by the Trial Committee, in effect, precluded the possibility of other candidates possessing equal, if not better, achievements to even be considered by the Recruitment Committee.  This is not as per the provision of the laid down norms.  Each member of the trial Committee has to give the marks separately and the sum of the marks given by all the members will be mentioned in the trial report.

This may be ensured by all concerned during the sports recruitment.

 

RBE No. 183/2017

Bd’s ltr. No.F[E]Spl./2008/ADV.3/6[7thCPC] dated 05.12.2017[RBE No.183/17] PC-VII 82

Sub:Grant of Advances – Seventh Central Pay Commission recommendations –Amendment to rules on House Building Advance [HBA] to Railway servants.

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Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission, the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs [Housing-III Section] vide their OM No.I.17011/11[4]/2016-H-III dated 09.11.2017 have amended the existing provisions relating to the grant of House Building Advance [HBA].

 

  1. The above mentioned OM of Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs [MoH&UA] relating to grant of House Building [HBA] will apply mutatis –mutandis to Railway employees also.

 

  1. Necessary Advance Correction Slip to the Chapter XI of the Indian Railway Establishment Manual Vol.I Revised Edition, 1989 will follow.

 

  1. The revised orders are effective from 09.11.2017 i.e. the date of the issue of the aforesaid OM of Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs [MoH&UA] on House Building [HBA].

 

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs [MoH&UA]’s OM No.I.17011/11[4]/2016-H-III dated 09.11.2017

 Sub: House Building Advance Rules (HBA) — 2017.

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The following House Building Advance Rules is in supersession of existing rules on the subject:

  1. Introduction

Grant of House Building Advance for Central Government employees is regulated in terms of rules and regulations laid down from time to time by the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (erstwhile Ministry of Urban Development). These rules are as under:

  1. Purpose

House Building Advance (HBA) is admissible to an employee for only one of the following purposes:-

  1. Constructing a new house on the plot owned by the employee or spouse, either jointly or individually.
  2. Purchasing a plot and constructing a house thereon.

iii.    Purchasing a plot under co-operative Schemes and constructing a house/ flat thereon or acquiring a house through membership of Cooperative Group Housing Societies.

  1. Purchase/construction of house under the self-financing schemes of Delhi Bangalore, UP, Lucknow etc.
  2. Outright purchase of a new ready-built house/ flat from Housing Boards, Development Authorities and other statutory or semi-Government bodies and from registered builders i.e., registered private builders, architects, house building societies, etc., but not from private individuals.
  3. Expansion of living accommodation of an existing house owned by the employee or jointly with spouse. The total cost of the existing structure (excluding cost of land) and the proposed additions should not exceed the prescribed cost ceiling under these rules.

vii. Repayment of loan or advance taken from a Government or HUDCO or private sources even if the construction has commenced, subject to certain conditions.

viii. Existing employees who has already taken Home Loans from Banks and others Financial Institutions are allowed to migrate to this scheme, subject to fulfilment of extant conditions.

  1. Constructing only residential portion of building on a plot earmarked for a shop cum residential plot , in a residential colony, subject to prescribed cost ceiling.

Eligibility

  1. All permanent government employees.
  2. All other employees with at least 5 years of Continuous Service, provided they do not hold permanent appointment under a State Government and the sanctioning authority is satisfied about their likely retention in service till the house is built and mortgaged.

iii.    Members of All India Services deputed for service under the Central Government/Company/ Association/Body of individuals whether incorporated or not, which is wholly or substantially Owned or controlled by the Central Government or an International Organization, and autonomous body not controlled by Government or Private Body.

  1. Employees of Union Territories and North-East Frontier Agency.
  2. Staff/ Artistes of the All India Radio who fulfil the condition prescribed at (ii) above and have been appointed in long term Contracts extending to the age as per extant rules.
  3. Central government employees governed by The Payment of Wages Act, 1936. Central government employees on deputation to another Department or on Foreign Service. Such cases to be processed by the Head of the Office of the Parent Department.

vii.   Extant rules for eligibility conditions of Ex-Servicemen and of Central government employees under suspension remains unchanged.

Note: In cases where both the spouses are central government employees and are both eligible for grant of House Building Advance, the advance will be admissible to both of them jointly/separately.

4. Cost Ceiling Conditions

  1. Cost of the house to be built /purchased (excluding the Cost of plot) should not exceed 139 times of the basic pay of the employee subject to a maximum of Rs. 1.00 crore (one crore) only. In individual cases, if the Administrative Ministry is satisfied on the merits of the case, the cost ceiling may be relaxed up to a maximum of 25% by the Head of the Department.
  2. Amount of Advance
  3. Only one advance shall be sanctioned to the government servant during his/ her entire service.

ii.    The maximum amount of advance shall be:

  1. a) 34 months basic pay subject to a maximum of Rs. 25.00 lakhs only(Rs. Twenty-five lakhs), or cost of the house/flat, or the amount according to repaying Capacity, whichever is the least for construction/purchase of new house/flat.
  2. b) For expansion of existing house, the amount of HBA will be limited to 34 months basic pay subject to maximum of Rs.10.00 lakhs only(Rs. Ten lakhs), or the Cost of the expansion, or the amount according to repaying capacity, whichever is the least.
  3. c) The amount of the advance shall be restricted to 80% of true Cost of the land and construction of house or cost of expansion of living accommodation in the case of Construction in rural areas. This can be relaxed and 100% can be Sanctioned if the Head of the Department certifies that the concerned rural area falls within the periphery of town or city.

6. Repayment Capacity

For the purpose of Calculating the admissible loan amount, the repayment capacity of the Central government employee shall be calculated as below:

a] In cases of employee retiring after 20 years 40% of basic pay
b] In cases of employee retiring after 10 years, but not later than 20 years  Up to 40% of basic pay. 65% of DCR Gratuity may also be adjusted.
c] In cases of employee retiring within 10 years Up to 50% of basic pay. DCR Gratuity up to 75% can be adjusted.

 

  1. Applicable Rate of Interest and Methodology of Recovery of House Building Advance

 

  1. The Interest on Housing Building Advance for the financial year 2017-18 onwards shall be 8.50%. This shall be reviewed every three years to be notified in Consultation with Ministry of Finance.
  2. The methodology of recovery of HBA shall Continue as per the existing pattern of recovery of principal first in the first fifteen years in not more than 180 monthly instalments and interest thereafter in next five years in not more than 60 monthly instalments. The advance carries simple interest from the date of payment of first instalment.

iii. All cases of subsequent tranches/instalments of HBA being taken by the employee in different financial years shall be governed by the applicable rate of interest in the year in which the HBA was sanctioned, in the event of change in the rate of interest.

Note: The clause of adding a higher rate of interest at 2.5% (two-point five percent) above the prescribed rate during sanction of House Building Advance, as reproduced below, stands withdrawn.

 

“Sanction should stipulate the interest 2.5% over and above the scheduled rates with the stipulation that if conditions attached to the sanction including those relating to the recovery of amount are fulfilled completely to the satisfaction of competent authority, a rebate of interest of the extent of 2.5% will be allowed”.

8. Disbursement

  1. Advance for purchase of ready built house can be paid in one lump sum as soon as the applicant executes an agreement in the prescribed form. The employee should ensure that the house is purchased and mortgaged to the Government within 3 months of drawal of the advances.
  2. Advance for purchase/construction of new flat may be paid either in one lump sum or in convenient instalmentsat the discretion of the Head of Department. The employee should execute the agreement in prescribed form before the advance/first instalment of advance is paid to him/her. The amount drawn by the employee should be utilized for the purchase/ construction of the flat within one month.

iii. Advance for Construction/ expansion of living accommodation, etc., shall be payable in two instalments of 50% each. The first instalment will be paid after the plot and proposed house/existing house is mortgaged and the balance on the Construction-reaching plinth level.

  1. Advance for expansion to be carried out on the upper storey of the house will be disbursed in two instalments,first instalment on executing the mortgage deed and the second instalment on the construction reaching roof-level.
  2. In the case of advance for purchase of plot and construction of house, the advance will be disbursed as below:
  3. a) Single Storeyed House.After agreement in prescribed form is executed on production of Surety bond, 40% of the advance or actual cost will be disbursed for purchase of plot. The balance amount will be disbursed in two equal instalments, first after the mortgage is executed and second on the construction reaching plinth level.
  4. b) Double Storeyed House: 30% of advance for cost of plot will be disbursed on executing the agreement. The balance amount will be disbursed in two equal instalments, the first on executing the mortgage deed and the second on construction reaching plinth level.

9. Mortgage and Creation of Second Charge

  1. a) House shall be mortgaged on the behalf of President of India. However, the employee, if he wishes to take a second charge to meet the balance cost of the house plot or flat from recognized financial institutions, then he/ she may declare the same and apply for NOC at the time of the applying for HBA. NOC for second charge will be given along with sanction order of HBA. The total loan from HBA and from all other sources cannot be beyond ceiling cost of the house as defined under para 4 above.

b) In case if HBA is availed by both husband/ wife jointly,

  1. HBA Mortgage paper, insurance paper and other papers regarding property shall be submitted to one of the loan sanctioning authorities of their choice.
  2. A No Objection Certificate may be obtained from the 2nd loan sanctioning authority.

iii. The property mortgaged to behalf of President of India, shall be reconvened on the prescribed form to the central government employee concerned (or their successors in interest, as the case may be), after the advance together with interest thereon, has been repaid to Government in full and after obtaining No Demand Certificate in respect of HBA loan sanctioned by the 2nd loan sanctioning authority.

10. Insurance

  1. a) Immediately on completion of construction/purchase of house/flat, the employee shall insure the house with the recognized institutions as approved by Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA), for not less than the amount of advance and shall keep it so insured against damage by fire, flood and lightning till the advance together with interest thereon is repaid in full and deposit the policy documents with the Head of the Department (HoD). Renewal of insurance will be done every year and premium receipts produced for inspection of the HoD regularly.
  2. b) Penal interest of 2% over and above existing rate of interest will be recovered from the employee for those periods which are not covered by insurance of the house.

11. Migration                   

For existing House Building Advance beneficiaries who wish to migrate, a separate order for migration to the revised House Building Advance rules will be issued shortly.

  1. Extant rules

Apart from above stated changes in relevant sections in the earlier version of House Building Advance rules, all other extant rules shall continue to apply till further Orders.

  1. This issues in consultation with Comptroller & Auditor General, in so far as the persons working in the Indian Audit & Accounts Department concerned.
  2. This comes to the effect from the date of issue.

 

RBE No. 191/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[NG]I-2016/IC-2/2 dated 07.12.2017  [RBE No.191/2017]

Sub:Recording of higher academic /educational qualification in the Service  Record of employees recruited through RRBs.  

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In the PNM meeting with AIRF, a demand has been raised that educational qualification acquired by a RRB recruited candidate before  joining the Railways which was not mentioned in his /her application form submitted to RRB, may be recorded in the Service Book.

  1. This has been considered. Board have decided that if a candidate being recruited through RRB has acquired higher educational qualification than that mentioned in his/her application form to RRB, entry of such educational qualification may be made in his/her Service Record after due verification subject to the proviso that such course has been completed successfully before joining the railways. Past cases need not be re-opened.

 

RBE No. 192/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[NG]II/2000/RR-1/17[3012944] dated 11.12.2017 [RBE No.192/2017]

Sub:Minimum educational qualification for recruitment of staff from open market in Level-1 of the pay matrix of 7th CPC –Catering staff –reg.  

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Attention is invited to instructions issued vide this Ministry’s letter under RBE No.73/2017 dated 27.07.2017, laying down minimum educational qualification for recruitment of staff from open market to posts in Level-1 of the pay matrix of 7th CPC [earlier Grade Pay Rs.1800/-], through all modes, against direct recruitment quota.

 

The qualifications with respect to posts of Catering staff have further been reviewed and it has been decided by Board that in partial modification of instructions contained in RBE No.73/2017, the minimum educational qualification for recruitment of staff in Level-1 of the pay matrix of 7th CPC [earlier Grade pay Rs.1800] through all modes for Catering staff, will henceforth be as under:

 

10th pass plus ITI in Bakery & Confectionery /Food Beverages/Baker & Confectioner / Food & Beverages Guest Service/Food Production [General] under Craftsman Training Scheme [CTS]; OR

 

10th pass plus course in [i]Cook [General], [ii] Cook [Continental], [iii] Cook [Indian cuisine], [iv]Food & Beverages Service and [v] Hospitality Assistant Modular Employable Skills [MES] under SDI as approved by NCVT; OR

 

10th pass plus Trade Diploma in Food Production /Trade Diploma in Food & Beverage Operation /Trade Diploma in Bakery & Confectionery, obtained from any of the institutes of Hotel Management under National Council of Hotel Management and Catering Technology or any other institutions run by Central Government /State Government /Bodies enacted by Act of Parliament or State Legislatures or recognised by Central Government /State Government /Bodies enacted by Act of Parliament or State Legislatures.

 

RBE No. 193/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E[NG]II/2007/RC-4/CORE/1 dated 12.12.2017 [RBE No.193/2017] 

Sub: Re-engagement of retired employees in exigencies of services. 

Ref: Board’s letter  No. E(NG)II/2007/RC-4/Core/1 dated 16.10.2017 (RBE No. 150/2017)


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Attention is invited to Ministry of Railways [Railway Board]’s letter referred on the above subject.  In partial modification of the instructions contained in letter ibid, Board have decided to enhance the maximum age limit for re-engagement of retired hands to 65 years from the existing age limit of 62 years.   Further, it has also been decided to extend the validity of the scheme of re-engagement of retired employees, to 01.12.2019 as against the existing validity up to 14.09.2018.

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RBV No. 08/2017

Board’s ltr. No. 2012/V-1/Meet/5/2 dated 28.11.2017  [RBV No.08/2017]

Sub: Procedure for dealing with DAR cases against Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ staff arising out of Vigilance Investigation 

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No.2006/V-1/Meet/5/1 dated 11.08.2011

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Instructions have already been laid down on the procedure to be followed for dealing with DAR cases against Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ staff arising out of Vigilance investigation, vide this office letters No.2006/V-1/Meet/6/1 dated 19.07.2006 [RBV No.13/2006] and 2010/V-1/Meet/5/1 dated 11.08.2011[RBV No.10/2011].  These instructions were also reiterated vide letter No. 2012/V-1/Meet/5/2 dated 18.10.2012 [RBV No.6/2012] for compliance.

 

It has now come to notice that in some Railways, the adequacy of the quantum of punishment is also being decided in consultation with Vigilance.  It is clarified that there is no provision in the IR Vigilance Manual for such a practice.  Hence, in cases where the Disciplinary Authority agrees with the advice of the Vigilance Department for imposing a major or minor penalty, there is no further need to consult the vigilance Department regarding the quantum of the punishment. It may be noted that DA has to apply his/her own mind in each case as per common prudence.

This has the approval of PED/Vigilance.

 

Bd’s ltr. No. E[P&A]II-2017/HRA-4 dtd 05.12.2017 addressed to GM(P) E.Rly & copied to all Z.Rlys.

 

Sub:  Admissibility of House Rent Allowance during Study Leave.

 Ref: Eastern Railway’s letter No. E.77/o/Vol.VIII dated 6.3.2017.

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With reference to Eastern Railway’s letter under reference, it is stated that the matter has been considered in Board’s office and it has been observed that on the identical issue a clarification already stands issued to Southern Railway vide Board’s letter No. E(P&A)II-2002/HRA-2 dated 19.02.2002 (copy enclosed) clarifying that the period of 120 days mentioned in Board’s letter No. E(P&A)II-82/HRA-2 dated 04.02.1982 had been revised to 180 days in terms of the amendment carried out to Rule 1707 of IREC-II vide Board’s letter No. E(P&A)II/89/HRA-48 dated 07.08.1992. It was further stated in the letter dated 19.02.2002 that the employees proceeding on study leave are entitled to House Rent Allowance and Compensatory(City) Allowance for first 180 days of the study leave and continuation of these allowances beyond 180 days is subject to the production of certificates prescribed in Para 1707(iii) of Indian Railway Establishment Code, Volume-II,1987 Edition. It may however, be noted that CCA has already been abolished vide Board’s letter no. E(P&A)II-2008/HRA-10 dated 12.09.2008 ( RBE No.110/2008).

  1. Thus, necessary action on the above lines may be ensured.

 

Board’s letter No. E(P&A)II-2002/HRA-2 dated 19.2.2002 addressed to GM/S.Rly 

Sub:  Payment of House Rent Allowance and Compensatory [City] Allowance during study leave.

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Please refer to your office letter No. P(R)54/P Vol.VI dated 1.2.2002 on the above subject.

 

It is advised that payment of House Rent Allowance and Compensatory ( City) Allowance to Railway employees during study leave is to be regulated in accordance  with the instructions contained in Board’s letters No. E(P&A)II-82/HRA-2 dated 04.02.1982 and E(P&A)-II/90/CCA-1 dated 1.3.1990. The period of 120 days mentioned in the above referred letters has been revised to 180 days in terms of the amendment carried out to Rule 1707 of the Indian Railway Establishment Code, Volume-II/1987 Edition vide Board’s letter No.E[P&A]II/89/HRA-48 dated 7.8.1992.  Therefore, employees proceeding on study leave are entitled to House Rent Allowance and Compensatory [City] Allowance for first 180 days of the Study leave and continuation of these allowance beyond 180 days is subject to the production of certificates prescribed in Para 1707[iii] of Indian Railway Establishment Code, Volume-II/1987 Edition.

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 Board’s ltr. No. 2016/CE-I/GNS/4pt. dated 07.12.2017

Sub:  Payment to the Track Maintainers deputed for night patrolling duties for purchase of dry cell –PNM/NFIR Agenda Item No.44/2016

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NFIR has raised the issue of revision of amount being given to the Track Maintainers deputed for track patrolling duties during night for purchase of dry cell battery.  The matter has been considered by Board [ME & FC] and it has been decided that all Track Maintainers deputed for night patrolling shall be paid @ Rs.150 per month alongwith their salary towards purchase of dry cell, wherever rechargeable torches have not been provided.

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

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 Board’s ltr. No. 2017/Trans/Process Reforms/Estt. dated 29.11.2017

Sub:  Process Reform – Regarding Station /Headquarter leave permission for going abroad on leave

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During interaction with field officials it has emerged that time bound grant of permission to employees for leaving station/headquarters for going abroad while on leave is an issue.  The matter has been considered and following instructions are issued.

  1. Vide O.M. No.F.No.11013/8/2015-Estt.A-III dated 27th July 2015, Department of Personnel & Training [DOPT], Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions has circulated detailed instructions with regard to requirement of taking prior permission by government servants for leaving station /headquarters for going abroad while on leave. These instructions have been circulated vide Railway Board letter No. E[P&A]I-2015/CPC/LE-3 dated 18.09.2015 [RBE No.107/2015] to all Zonal Railways/PUs and other railway offices.
  2. The above mentioned O.M. of DOPT inter alia mentions that “ it is also desirable that requests of Government servants for such permission are dealt with expeditiously. It may be ensured that the decisions are conveyed to the Government servants within 21 days of receipt of complete application to the competent authority.  Any lacunae in the application should be brought to the notice of the Government servant within one week of the receipt of the application.  In the event of failure on the part of the competent authority to communicate its decision to the Government employee concerned within 21 days of receipt of the application, the employee concerned shall be free to assume that permission has been granted to him”.
  3. It should be ensured that the above instructions of DOPT are implemented.

This issues with the approval of CRB.

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 RBE No. 107/2017 

Bd’s letter No. E[P&A]I-2015/CPC/LE-3 dated 18.09.2015    [RBE No.107/2015]          

Sub: Requirement of taking permission by railway servant for leaving station /headquarters.

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A copy of O.M. No. 11013/8/2015-Estt.A-III dated 27th July, 2015 received from the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions [Department of Personnel & Training] on the above subject is enclosed herewith for information and necessary action.

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Copy of DOP&T’s O.M. No. 11013/8/2015-Estt.A-III dated 27th July, 2015

 

Sub: Requirement of taking prior permission for leaving station /headquarters for going abroad while on leave.

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1.  No. 11013/7/2004-Estt.[A] dt. the 1st September, 2008

 

2. No. 11013/7/2004-Estt.[A] dt. the 15th  December, 2004

 

3. No. 11013/8/2000-Estt.[A] dt. the 7th  November, 2000

 

4.  No. 11013/7/94-Estt.[A] dt. the 18th May, 1994.

        Undersigned is directed to refer to the Office Memorandum mentioned in the margin and to say that as per the existing instructions, when Government servant applies for leave for going abroad on a private visit, separately prior permission of the Competent authority for such visit is also required. While granting such permission, many factors are required to be kept in view. For example, permission may be denied in the interest of security. Individuals facing investigation/inquiry on serious charges, who may try to evade apprehension by police authorities, or facing the inquiry, may also not be permitted to leave the country. On the other hand, it is also desirable that requests of Government servants for such permission are dealt with expeditiously.

 

  1. Keeping the above in view, it has been decided that requests for permission for private visits abroad may be processed in the attached formats. As clarified vide the OM dated 1st September, 2008, the competent authority for granting permission will be as per instructions issued by the Cadre Authority/administrative Ministry/ Department. In the absence of any such instructions, it is the leave sanctioning authority. In case due to specific nature of work in a Department, administrative exigencies, or some adverse factors against the Government servant etc., it is not expedient to grant permission to the Government servant, such decision for refusal should not be taken below the level of Head of Department. It may be ensured that the decisions are conveyed to the Government servants within 21 days of receipt of complete application to the competent authority. Any lacunae in the application should be brought to the notice of the Government servant within one week of the receipt of the application. In the event of failure on the part of the competent authority to communicate its decision to the Government employee concerned within 21 days of receipt of the application, the employee concerned shall be free to assume that permission has been granted to him.

 

  1. If in case some modifications are considered necessary due to specialized nature of work handled by any organisation, changes may be made with the approval of this Department.

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PROFORMA FOR TAKING PRIOR PERMISSION BY RAILWAY  SERVANTS FOR PRIVATE VISITS ABROAD

Part A – To be filled by the Railway Servant applying for visit abroad.

  1. Name and Designation:
  2. Pay:
  3. Ministry / Department
  4. Passport No.
  5. Details of Private Foreign travels to be undertaken:
Period of travel Name of foreign countries to be visited Purpose Estimated expenditure [travel, board, lodging, visa, misc. etc.] Source of funds.
  1. Details of private foreign travel undertaken during the last four years:
Period of travel Name of foreign countries to be visited Purpose.

Signature

Date:                                                                                  Name and Designation.

  

Part B – To be filled by the Administration

 

  1. Whether the Railway servant is handling large amounts of railway cash.
  2. Whether the Railway servant is dealing with secret /top secret matters.
  3. Whether any case involving serious charges against the Railway servant is under investigation [Details].
  4. Whether the Railway servant is under suspension.
  5. Whether any disciplinary proceeding /criminal case is pending against the Railway servant [Details].

 

Signature

Date

 

Name and Designation.

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RBE No. 190/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E(W)2017/ED-2/4 dated 7.12.2017 [RBE No. 190/2017] PC VII-83

Sub: Recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission –

Implementation of  decision relating to Special Allowance for

child care for women with disabilities.

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A copy of the Office Memorandum No. A-27012/03/2017-Estt.(AL) dated 16.08.20I7 of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Personnel & Training) conveying Government’s decision on the recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission relating to Special Allowance for child care for women with disabilities is enclosed. These instructions shall apply mutatis-mutandis to Railway employees and shall be effective from1stJuly, 2017.[

 

 DOP&T’s O.M. No.A-27012/03/2017-Estt.(AL) dated 16.08.2017

Sub: Recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission –

Implementation of  decisions relating to Special Allowance for

child care for women with disabilities.

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Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations made by the Seventh Central Pay Commission for providing extra benefits to women employees with disabilities especially when they have young children and children with disability, the President is pleased to issue the following instructions :-

 

  1. Women with disabilities shall be paid Rs.3,000/- per month as Special Allowance for Child care. The allowance shall be payable from the time of the child’s birth till the child is two years old.
  2. It shall be payable for a maximum of two eldest surviving children.
  3. Disability means a person having a minimum Disability of 40% as elaborated in Ministry of Welfare’s Notification No. 16-18/97-NI.I dated 1.6.2001 and amended from time to time.
  4. The above limit would be automatically raised by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%.

These orders shall be effective from 1st July,2017.

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

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RBE No. 195/2017

Bd’s ltr. No E(NG)II/2016/RR-1/12(3192238) dated 18.12.2017 ( RBE No.195/2017) 

Sub: Minimum educational qualification for appointment in Level-1 of the pay matrix of 7th CPC on compassionate grounds.  

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Attention is invited to instructions issued vide this Ministry’s letter under RBE No.73/2017 dated 27.7.2017 and RBE No.192/2017 dated 11.12.2017, laying down minimum educational qualification for recruitment of staff from open market to posts in Level-1 of the pay matrix of 7th CPC (earlier Grade Pay Rs.1800/-), through all modes, against direct recruitment quota in various departments. Since, appointment on compassionate grounds are made against direct recruitment quota vacancies, the qualification prescribed for posts against direct recruitment quota are equally applicable for considering appointment on compassionate grounds.

 

The matter has been reviewed, owing to difficulty being faced in appointment of candidates on compassionate grounds, it has been decided that such candidates who have passed 10th standard but is not in possession of technical qualification i.e. National Apprenticeship Certificate [NAC] granted by NCVT or ITI or courses /Trade Diploma, the prescribed qualification for technical and commercial [Catering]departments, viz., Civil Engineering, Mechanical, Electrical, S&T Departments and Commercial  Catering Level-1, may also be considered for appointment, providing them on job training for a period of six months.

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RBE No. 189/2017

Board’s ltr. No. 2017/E(Sports)/4(3)15/System dated 05.12.2017 

[RBE No. 189/2017] Clarification/Corrigendum No. 88

Sub: Recruitment against Sports Quota.

Ref: Board’s letter No.2010/E(Sports) /4(1)11/Policy 31.12:2010 dated  (RBE No. 189B/2010).

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Attention is invited to para 8.2.7 of Board’s letter No.2010/E(Sports) /4(1)/1/Policy dated 31.12.2010 (amended from time to time) inter-alia specifying that after receiving applications, screening of applications is to be done by a Committee consisting of a Personnel Officer and an ASO/Sports Officer/Sports In-charge of the Railway.

In a sports recruitment held by one of the Zonal Railways, it has been noticed that only single officer viz. ASO was nominated for screening of applications. A candidate who didn’t attach even date of birth certificate and educational qualification certificates with the application was called for trial. Some candidates while appearing for trial didn’t produce original certificates regarding their sports achievements but were subjected to trial.

 

The action of the screening committee has been scrutinized by the vigilance and it has been decided that following may be adopted:-

 

(i)    Recruitment Committee may be constituted before constitution of ‘Scrutiny committee’ so that the ‘Scrutiny Committee’ may take guidance from ‘Recruitment Committee’ in screening of application, when required.

(ii)   The notification for Open Advertisement should specify the cut- off date for fulfillment of applicants for the age, educational and sports norms. The notification should also specify the self attested copies of acceptable documents and photograph which must be submitted alongwith the applications.

(iii) A Personnel Officer alongwith another officer may be nominated by the Recruitment Committee who will also verify the documents of the applicants appearing in trials. The officers so nominated will also ensure that there is no case of impersonation at the time of trial.

 

This may be ensured by all concerned during the sports recruitment.

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RBE No. 181/2017

Board’s ltr. No. PC-VII/2017/I/7/5/6 dated 04.12.2017 [RBE No.181/17] PC VII-80 

Sub:  Implementation of the recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission — Revision of the rates of Tenure Allowance to officers of Organized Group ‘A’ Railway Services posted as Deputy Directors, Joint Directors, Directors and Group ‘B’ officers when posted against senior scale post in RDSO.

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Kindly refer to Board’s letter No. PC-VI/2008/I/7/5/3 dated 27.03.2009 (S.No. PC-VI/94, RBE No. 58/2009) on the above mentioned subject.

 

  1. Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission, it is decided that on their posting as Deputy Directors, Joint Directors, and Directors in the office of RDSO, the officers of the Organized Group ‘A’ Railway Services will be entitled to draw their basic pay plus Tenure Allowance on the terms and conditions as stipulated below subject to review/modifications, if any, based on DoPT’s guidelines on Deputation (Duty) Allowances.

 

(i) The Officers of Organized Group ‘A’ Railway Service posted in the RDSO as Deputy Directors, Joint Directors and Directors will be subjected to a prescribed tenure, on the expiry of which they will be reverted to field posts in Zonal Railways/Production Units and Construction Organizations.

(ii) Officers belonging to Organized Group ‘A’ Railway Services posted in RDSO as Deputy Directors/Joint Directors/Directors will be paid Tenure Allowance at the rate of 10% of their basic pay subject to a ceiling of Rs. 9000/-p.m.

(iii)The allowance will not be paid beyond the normal tenure of three years for Deputy Directors, four years for Joint Directors and five years for Directors.

(iv)No Tenure Allowance will be admissible to the officers of the Services posted as Executive Directors and above in RDSO.

(v)This allowance shall not be admissible to those Deputy Directors/Joint Directors/Directors who are given extension or re-employment after superannuation.

(vi)In cases where the tenure posting is a post with a lower Level of pay, the pay of the Officer going to such a post will be filled in the tenure post  as per extant rules.

 

‘Basic Pay’ in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix but does not include any other type of pay like Special Pay, etc.

 

  1. The existing conditions contained in para 4 of Board’s letter No. PC-V/98/I/7/3 dated 12.02.2004 would continue to be operative. TADK will not be admissible.

 

  1. These orders shall take effect from 1st July, 2017.
  2. This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways.

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RBE No. 182/2017

Board’s ltr. No. PC-VII/2017/I/7/5/6 dated 04.12.2017 [RBE No.182/17] PC VII-81 

Sub: Implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission – Revision of the rates of Railway Board Tenure Allowance applicable to the officers of Organized Group ‘A’ Railway Services on their appointment as Deputy Directors/Joint Directors/Directors in Railway Board’s office.

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The officers of Organized Group ‘A’ Railway Services posted as Deputy Directors, Joint Directors and Directors in the Railway Board are entitled for the payment of Railway Board Tenure Allowance in terms of Board’s letter No. PC-VI/2008/I/7/5/3 dated 14.10.2008 (S.No. PC-VI/36, RBE No. 154/2008).

  1. Consequent upon the acceptance of the Report of 7th Central Pay Commission by the Government, it has been decided that on their posting as Deputy Directors, Joint Directors, and Directors in the office of the Railway Board, the officers of the Organized Group ‘A’ Railway Services will be entitled to draw their basic pay plus Railway Board Tenure Allowance on the terms and conditions as stipulated in para 4 below subject to review/modifications, if any, based on DoPT’s guidelines on Deputation (Duty) Allowances.
  2. It is further decided that the officers of the non-Railway organized Group ‘A’ services on their appointment to the posts of Deputy Directors/ Joint Directors/ Directors in the Railway Board Secretariat will be entitled either to get their pay fixed in the applicable cell in Pay Matrix in appropriate level or to draw basic pay plus Tenure Allowances as applicable to Railway organized Group ‘A’ Services officers as stipulated in para 4 below.
  3. The terms and conditions for drawing Railway Board Tenure Allowance on posting in Railway Board’s office will be as under :

(i)        The Officers of Organized Group ‘A’ Railway Services as well as the Officers of non-Railway Organized Group ‘A’ Services posted in the Railway Board’s Office as Deputy Directors/Joint Directors/Directors will be subjected to a prescribed tenure, on the expiry of which they will be reverted to field posts in Zonal Railways/Production Units/Construction Organizations etc.

(ii)       Officers belonging to Organized Group ‘A’ Railway Services posted in Railway Board’s office as Deputy Directors/Joint Directors/Directors will be paid Railway Board Tenure Allowance at the rate of 10% of their basic pay subject to a ceiling of 9000/- p.m.

(iii)     The allowance will not be paid beyond the normal tenure of 3 years for Deputy Directors, 4 years for Joint Directors and 5 years for Directors.

(iv)      No allowance will be admissible to the officers of the Railway Services posted as Executive Directors and above in the Railway Board’s office.

(v)       This allowance shall not be admissible to those Deputy Directors/Joint Directors/Directors who are given extension or re-employment after superannuation.

(vi)      In cases where the tenure posting is to a post with a lower Level of pay, the pay of the Officer going to such a post will be filled in the tenure post as per extant rules.

‘Basic Pay’ in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix but does not include any other type of pay like Special Pay etc.

  1. These orders shall take effect from 1st July, 2017.
  2. This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways.

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RBE No. 176/2017

Bd’s ltr. No.E[P&A]I-2017/VII CPC/AL-1 dated 28.11.2017[RBE No.176/17]PCVII-78

Sub: Implementation  of recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission accepted by the Government –Abolition of Out-turn Allowance. 

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Consequent upon the decisions taken by the Government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission, the President is pleased to decided to abolish Out-turn Allowance with effect from 1st July, 2017.

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

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RBE No. 173/2017

 

Bd’s ltr. No.E[G]2017/EM1-7 dated 22.11.2017 [RBE No.173/2017]PC VII 78 

Sub: Applicability of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 to persons re-employed in Railway Service after retirement and whose pay is debitable to Railway Estimates.

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The pay fixation of re-employed pensioners on re-employment in Railway Service, including that of Defence Forces personnel/officers, is regulated in accordance with Central Civil Services (Fixation of Pay of Re-employed Pensioners) Orders, 1986, issued vide DoP&T’s 0.M.No.3/1/85-Estt.(Pay II) dated 31st July, 1986 (as revised from time to time). These orders were circulated to the Zonal Railways etc. vide Railway Board’s letter No.E(G)86/EM1-8 dated 21.01.1987. In this connection, it is to be noted that persons re-employed in Railway Service after retirement have been expressly excluded from the purview of the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 vide Rule 2(2)(vii) thereof. Therefore, the question of extension of the benefit of the revised pay rules to such re-employed persons and the procedure to be followed for fixing their pay in the revised pay structure has been considered by the Government. After due consideration, the President is pleased to decide that, in partial modification of the Rule 2(2)(vii) of the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016, the provisions of these rules shall apply to such persons also who were in/ came into re-employment on or after 1st January, 2016, subject to the orders hereinafter contained. This decision will cover all Railway servants re-employed in Railway Service (other than those employed on contract except where the contract provides otherwise), whether they have retired with or without a pension and/or gratuity or any other retirement benefits, e.g. contributory fund etc. from a civil post or from the Armed Forces.

 

  1. Re-employed persons who become eligible to elect revised pay structure in accordance with these orders should exercise their option (in the manner laid down in Rule 5 and 6 of the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016) within three months of the date of issue of these orders. However, in cases where the existing scales of pay of the posts held by them were revised subsequent to the issue of these orders, said option should be within three months of the date of such orders for revision.

 

  1. Fixation/drawal of pay of Personnel/Officers re-employed prior to 01.01.2016 and who were in re-employment as on 01.01.2016:

 

3(a) The initial pay of a re-employed Railway Servant who elects or is deemed to have elected to be governed by the revised pay structure from the 1st day of January, 2016 shall be fixed according to the provisions of Rule 7 of the R.S. (R.P.) Rules, 2016, if he/she is:

 

  • A Railway servant who retired without receiving a pension, gratuity or any other retirement benefit and

 

  • A retired Railway servant who received pension or any other retirement benefits but which were ignored while fixing pay on re-employment.

 

3(b) The initial pay of a re-employed Railway servant who retired with a pension or any other retirement benefit and whose pay on re-employment was fixed with reference to these benefits or ignoring a part thereof, and who elects or is deemed to have elected to be governed by the revised structure from the 1st day of January, 2016 shall be fixed in accordance with the provisions contained in Rule 7 of the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016. Pension (excluding the ignorable portion of pension, if any), as defined in para 3(1) of RS (Fixation of Pay of Re-­employed Pensioners) Orders, 1986 which was circulated to the Railways vide Railway Board’s letter No.E(G)1986/EM 1-8 dated 21.01.1987 admissible on relevant date, i.e. date of coming over to the revised pay structure, effective from 1.1.2016 or later, shall be deducted from his/her pay in accordance with the general policy of the Government on fixation and subsequent drawal of pay of re-­employed pensioners.

 

3(c) In addition to the pay so fixed, the re-employed Railway servant would continue to draw the retirement benefits he/she was permitted to draw in the pre-revised scales, as modified based on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission, orders in respect of which have been issued separately by the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare.

 

3(d) Where a re-employed Railway Servant elects to draw his/her pay in the existing pay structure and is brought over to revised pay structure from a date later than the 1st day of January, 2016, his/her pay from the later date in the revised scale shall be fixed in accordance with the provisions of Rule 11 of the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016,

 

  1. Furthermore, the existing ceiling of Rs.80,000/- for drawal of pay plus gross pension on re-employment is enhanced to Rs,2,25,000/-, the maximum basic pay prescribed for Secretary to the Government of India under Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 or Railway Service (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016.

 

  1. Ignorable part of Pension

 

The President is also pleased to enhance the ignorable part of pension from Rs.4000/- to Rs.15,000/- (Rupees Fifteen Thousand) in the case of Commissioned Service Officers and Civil Officers holding Group ‘A’ posts who retire before attaining the .age of 55 years. The existing limits of civil and military pensions to be

ignored in fixing the pay of re-employed pensioners will, therefore, cease to be applicable to cases of such pensioners as are re-employed on or after 1.1.2016.

 

  1. In the case of persons who were already on re-employment as on 01.01.2016, the pay may be fixed on the basis of these orders, with effect from the date of coming over to the new pay structure, i.e. 01.01.2016 or later, as per the option exercised by them in terms of para 2 above. In such case, their terms would be determined afresh as if they have been re-employed for the first time from such date of coming over to the new pay structure.

 

  1. Fixation/drawal of pay of employees appointed on re-employment basis on or after 1st day of January, 2016

 

Pursuant to the introduction of the system of Pay Matrix vide the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016, the President is further pleased to amend the relevant provisions of RS (Fixation of Pay of re-employed Pensioners) Orders, 1986 which was circulated to the Railways etc. vide Railway Board’s letter No. E(G)1986/EM1-8 dated. 21,01.1987 in the manner indicated below: –

 

Existing Provision

DoP&T’s order dated 31.7.86 (circulated to Railways vide Railway Board’s letter dated  21.1.1987) read with DoP&T’s OM dated 5th April 2010( circulated to Railways vide Railway Board’s letter No. E(G)2010/EM1-2(Pt.) dated 12.12.2011)

Revised provision
Para 4(a): Re-employed pensioners shall be allowed to draw pay only in the prescribed pay scale/pay structure of the posts in which they are re-employed. No protection of the scales of pay/pay structure of the posts held by them prior to retirement shall be given.

Note: Under the provisions of RS (RP) Rules, 2008, revised pay structure comprises the grade pay attached to the post and the applicable pay band.

Para 4(a): Re-employed pensioners shall be allowed to draw pay only in the level in the revised pay structure applicable to the post in which they are re-employed. No protection of the scales of pay/pay structure of the post held by them prior to retirement shall be given.

Note: Revised pay structure in relation to a post will be as defined in Rule 3(ix) of the Railway Services(Revised Pay) Rules,2016.

Para 4(b)(i): In all cases where the pension is fully ignored, the initial pay on re-employment shall be fixed as per entry pay in the revised pay structure  of the reemployed post applicable in the case of direct recruits appointed on or after 1.1.2006 as notified vide Section-II, Part-A of 1st Schedule to RS(RP)Rules,2008. Para 4(b)(i): In all cases where the pension is fully ignored, the initial pay on re-employment shall be fixed as per Rule 8 of the Railway Services (Revised Pay),Rules 2016

 

Note(1): The case where pension is fully ignored is given in order 4(d)below.

 

Note(2): Pension is fully ignored means that pension is not deducted from pay

 

Para 4(b)(ii): In cases where the entire pension and pensionary benefits are not ignored for pay fixation, the initial basic pay on re-employment shall be fixed at the same stage as the last basic pay drawn before retirement. However, he shall be granted the grade pay of the re-employed post. The maximum basic pay cannot exceed the grade pay of the re-employed post plus pay in the pay band of Rs.67000 i.e. the maximum of the pay band PB-4. In all these cases, the non-ignorable part of the pension shall be reduced from the pay so fixed.

Illustration

A Colonel who retired with basic pay of Rs.61700 (grade pay Rs.8700; pay in the pay band  Rs.53000) is re-employed as a Deputy Secretary in an organization with  grade pay of Rs.7600. In this case, on re-employment, his basic pay will continue to be Rs.61700. However, his grade pay on re-employment will be Rs.7600 and the pay in the pay band Rs.54,100. Thereafter,  the non-ignorable part of the pension will be reduced from the pay so fixed.

 

. Note: In the revised pay structure, basic pay is pay in the pay band plus the grade pay attached to the post.

Order 4(b)(ii): In cases where the entire pension and pensionary benefits are not ignored for pay fixation, the initial basic pay on re-employment shall be fixed at the same stage as the last basic pay drawn before retirement. If there is no such stage in the re-employed post , the pay shall be fixed at the stage next above that pay. If the maximum pay in the level applicable to the post in which a pensioner is re-employed is less than the last basic pay drawn by him before retirement, his initial basic pay shall be fixed at such maximum pay of the re-employed post..Similarly, if the minimum pay in the Level applicable to the post in which a pensioner is re-employed is more than the 1st  basic pay drawn by him before retirement, his initial basic pay shall be fixed at such minimum pay of the re-employed post. However, in all these cases, the non-ignorable part of the pension shall be reduced from the pay so fixed.

 

Note (1): Revised pay structure in relation to a post will be as defined in Rule  3 (ix) of the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016.

 

Note (2): “Basic Pay” in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix.

 

Note (3): Last pay drawn shall be as per definition of pre-retirement pay in terms of Order 3 of the RS (Fixation of Pay of re-employed Pensioners) Orders, 1986, (circulated to Railway vide Board’s letter No.E(G)86/EM 1-8 dated 21.01.1987) read with DoPT OM No. 3/19/2009- Estt.(Pay-II) dated 8th November 2010 (circulated to Railway vide  Board’s letter No.E(G)2013/EM 1-4 dated 24.07.2013.

 

 

Para 4[c]: The re-employed pensioner will, in addition to pay as fixed under Para (b) above shall be permitted to draw separately any pension sanctioned to him and to retain any other form of retirement benefits. Order 4[c]: no change
Para 4(d): In the case of persons retiring  before attaining the age of 55 years and who are re-employed, pension (including PEG and other forms of retirement benefits) shall be ignored for initial pay fixation to the following extent:-

 

(i) In the case of ex-servicemen who held posts below Commissioned Officer rank in the Defence Forces and in the case of civilians who held posts below Group ‘A’ posts at the time of their retirement, the entire pension and pension equivalent of retirement benefits shall be ignored.

ii) In the case of Commissioned Service officers belonging to the Defence Forces and Civilian pensioners who held Group ‘A’ posts at the time of their retirement, the first Rs.4000/- of the pension and pension equivalent retirement benefits shall be ignored.

Order 4(d): In the case of persons retiring before attaining the age of 55 years and who are re-employed, pension (including PEG and other forms of retirement benefits) shall be ignored for  pay fixation to the following extent:-

 

 

No change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(ii) In the case of Commissioned Service officers belonging to the Defence Forces and Civilian pensioners who held Group ‘A’ posts at the time of their retirement, the first Rs.15,000/- of the pension and pension equivalent  retirement benefits shall be ignored.

 

 

  1. Apart from the above, it is also clarified as under: –

 

(i) Drawal of increments: Once the initial pay of the re-employed pensioner has been fixed in the  manner indicated above, he will be allowed to draw normal increments as per the provisions of Rule 9 and 10 of RS (RP) Rules, 2016 read with Order 5 of the RS (Fixation of Pay of re-employed Pensioners) Orders,1986     ( circulated to Railways vide Railway Board’s letter No. E(G)86/EM1-8 dated 21.1.1987)

 

(ii) Treatment of Military Service Pay (MSP): MSP is granted to Defence Forces officers/personnel while they are serving in the Defence Forces. Accordingly, on their re-employment in civilian organizations, including secret organizations under the Cabinet Secretariat umbrella, the question of grant of MSP to such officers/personnel does not arise. However, the benefit of MSP in the pension should not be withdrawn.

 

Accordingly, while the pension of such re-employed pensioners will include the element of MSP as part of pay  while working in civilian organizations. Also, in respect of all those Defence Officers/personnel, whose pension contains an element of MSP and whose pay on re-employment is subject to deduction of pension (excluding the ignorable portion, if any), the element of MSP as contained in the pension shall be ignored while deducting the pension at the time of pay fixation. In other words, the MSP portion of the pension need not be deducted from the pay fixed on re-employment.

 

(iii) Fixation/drawal of pay of  re-employed persons who retired prior to 1.1.2006 and who have been re-employed after 1.1.2016, and whose entire pension and pensionary benefits are not ignored for pay fixation: 

The pay on re-employment will be fixed in terms of Order 4(b)(ii) of the RS (Fixation of Pay of Re-employed Pensioners) Orders, 1986, (circulated to Railways vide Railway Board’s letter No.E(G) 86/EM 1-8 dated 21.01.1987) as amended above, after notionally arriving at their revised basic pay at the time of retirement as if they had retired under the revised  pay structure, in terms of Rule 7 of the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016. In all these cases, the non-ignorable part of the pension shall be reduced from the pay so fixed. Regulation of MSP, however, shall be as per clarification in para 8(ii) above.

 

(iv) Fixation/drawal of pay in all other cases: Pay fixation in cases not covered in Order 4(d) will be as per the general principal of ‘pay minus pension’, i.e.  while the last pay drawn shall be reckoned for pay fixation, the entire pension shall be deducted from the pay so fixed. Regulation of MSP, however, shall be as per clarification in para 8(ii) above.

 

9 .  An undertaking may be obtained from re-employed pensioners who opt/are deemed to have opted for the revised pay structure to the effect that, they understand and agree that the special dispensation provided through this O.M. is subject to the condition of deduction of pension as admissible to them from time to time, wherever required as per extant instructions.

 

10 .  These instruction shall apply in respect of those re-employed pensioners who are re-employed against civil posts carrying pay upto Level 17 of the Pay Matrix of RS(RP) Rules, 2016.

 

11 .   These orders shall take effect from 1.1.2016.

 

Annexure – ‘A’

Fixation of pay of persons re-employed in Railway Service consequent to implementation of 7th Pay Commission’s recommendation – Summary.

 

The provisions of Railway Service (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 shall apply to such persons also who were in / came into re-employment on or after 1st January, 2016, subject to the provisions given below. This decision will cover all Railway servants, who joined Railway Service on re-employment basis other than those employed on contract except where the contract provides otherwise, whether they have retired with or without a pension and/or gratuity or any other retirement benefits, e.g.  contributory fund etc.  from a civil post or from the Armed Forces.

 

2 .  Re-employed persons who become eligible to elect revised pay structure in accordance with these orders should exercise their option in the manner laid down in Rule 5 and 6 of the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 within three months of the date of issue of these orders or in cases where the existing scales of pay of the posts held by them are revised subsequent to the issue of these orders, within three months of the date of such order.

 

  1. In the case of persons retiring before attaining the age of 55 years and who are re-employed, pension (including PEG and other forms of retirement benefits) shall be ignored for pay fixation to the following extent:-

 

(a)   In the case of ex-servicemen who held posts below Commissioned Officer rank in the Defence Forces and in the case of civilians who held posts below Group ‘A’ posts at the time of their retirement, the entire pension and pension equivalent of retirement benefits shall be ignored.

 

(b)   In the case of Commissioned service officers belonging to the Defence Forces and Civilian pensioners who held Group ‘A’ posts at the time of their retirement, the first Rs. 15000/- of the pension and pension equivalent retirement benefits shall be ignored.

 

(c)   Ignorable part of pension is enhanced from Rs. 4000/- to Rs. 15,000/- (Rupees Fifteen Thousand) in the case of Commissioned Service Officers and Civil Officers holding Group ‘A’ posts who retire before attaining the age of 55 years.

 

Note: Pension is fully ignored means that pension is not deducted from pay.

Fixation/drawal of pay of Personnel/Officers  re-employed  prior to 01.01.2016, and who were in re-employment as on 01.01.2016:

 4 .    (a)   The initial pay of a re-employed Railway servant who retired with a pension or any other retirement benefit and whose pay on re-employment was fixed with reference to these benefits or ignorging a  part  thereof, and who elects or is deemed to have elected to be governed by the revised structure from the 1st day of January, 2016 shall be fixed in accordance with the provisions contained in Rule 7 of the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016. Pension ( excluding the ignorable portion of pension, if any), as defined in para 3(1) of RS (Fixation of Pay of Re-employed Pensioners) Orders, 1986 (which was circulated to the Railways vide Railway Board’s letter No.E(G) 1986/EM 1-8 dated 21.01.1987) admissible on relevant date, i.e. date of coming over to the revised pay structure, effective from 1.1.2016 or later, shall be deducted from his/her pay in accordance with the general policy of the Government on fixation and subsequent drawal of pay of re-employed pensioners.

 

(b)   Where a re-employed Railway Servant elects to draw his/her pay in the existing  pay structure and is brought over to revised pay structure from a date later than the 1st day of January, 2016, his/her pay from the later date in the revised scale shall be fixed in accordance with the provisions of Rule 11 of the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 as given below:

 

“In the case of all employees – the pay in the applicable Level in the Pay Matrix shall be the pay obtained by multiplying the existing basic pay by a factor of 2.57, rounded off to the nearest rupee and the figure so arrived at will be located in that Level in the Pay Matrix and if such an identical figure corresponds to any Cell in the applicable Level of the Pay Matrix, the same shall be the pay, and if no such Cell is available in the applicable Level, the pay shall be fixed at the immediate next higher Cell in that applicable Level of the Pay Matrix.”

 

Fixation/drawal of pay of employees appointed on re-employment basis on or after 1st day of January,2016.

 

5      Re-employed pensioners shall be allowed to draw pay only in the Level in the revised pay structure applicable to the post in which they are re-employed. No protection of the  scales of pay/pay structure of the post held by them prior to retirement shall be given.

Note: Revised pay structure in relation to a post will be as defined in Rule 3(ix) of the Railway Services ( Revised Pay) Rules,2016.

 

  1. In all cases where the pension is fully ignored, the initial pay on re-employment shall be fixed as per Rule 8 of the Railway Services (Revised Pay),Rules 2016 as given below.

 

            “ The pay of employees appointed by direct recruitment on or after 1st day of January,2016 shall be fixed at the minimum pay or the first Cell in the Level, applicable to the post to which such employees are appointed.:

 

            Provided that where the existing pay of such employee appointed on or after 1st day of January,2016 and before the date of notification of these rules, has already been fixed in the existing pay structure and if his existing emoluments happen to exceed the minimum pay or the first Cell in the Level, as applicable to the post to which he is appointed on or after 1st day of January,2016, such difference shall be paid as personal pay to be absorbed in future increments in pay”.

 

  1. In cases where the entire pension and pensionary benefits are not ignored for pay fixation, the initial basic pay on re-employment shall be fixed at the same stage as the last basic pay drawn before retirement. If there is no such stage in the re-employed post , the pay shall be fixed at the stage next above that pay. If the maximum pay in the level applicable to the post in which a pensioner is re-employed is less than the last basic pay drawn by him before retirement, his initial basic pay shall be fixed at such maximum pay of the re-employed post. Similarly, if the minimum pay in the Level applicable to the post in which a pensioner is re-employed is more than the last basic pay drawn by him before retirement, his initial basic pay shall be fixed at such minimum pay of the re-employed post. However, in all these cases, the non-ignorable part of the pension shall be reduced from the pay so fixed.

 

Note (1): Revised pay structure in relation to a post will be as defined in Rule  3 (ix) of the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016.

 

Note (2): “Basic Pay” in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix.

 

Note (3): Last pay drawn shall be as per definition of pre-retirement pay in terms of Order 3 of the RS (Fixation of Pay of re-employed Pensioners) Orders, 1986, (circulated to Railway vide Board’s letter No.E(G)86/EM 1-8 dated 21.01.1987) read with DoPT OM No. 3/19/2009- Estt.(Pay-II) dated 8th November 2010 (circulated to Railway vide  Board’s letter No.E(G)2013/EM 1-4 dated 24.07.2013.

 

  1. The re-employed pensioner, in addition to pay as fixed above shall be permitted to draw separately any pension sanctioned to him and to retain any other form of retirement benefits.

 

Fixation /drawal of pay of re-employed persons who retired prior to 1.1.2016 and who have been re-employed after 1.1.2016, and whose entire pension and pensionary benefits are not ignored for pay fixation:

 

  1. In cases where the entire pension and pensionary benefits are not ignored for pay fixation, the initial basic pay on re-employment shall be fixed at the same stage as the last basic pay drawn before retirement. If there is no such stage in the re-employed post , the pay shall be fixed at the stage next above that pay. If the maximum pay in the level applicable to the post in which a pensioner is re-employed is less than the last basic pay drawn by him before retirement, his initial basic pay shall be fixed at such maximum pay of the re-employed post. Similarly, if the minimum pay in the Level applicable to the post in which a pensioner is re-employed is more than the last basic pay drawn by him before retirement, his initial basic pay shall be fixed at such minimum pay of the re-employed post. However, in all these cases, the non-ignorable part of the pension shall be reduced from the pay so fixed.

 

  1. Fixation/drawal of pay in all other cases: Pay fixation in cases not covered in deducted from the pay so fixed. Regulation of MSP, however, shall be as per clarification in para 8(ii) of orders contained in Railway Board’s letter No. E(G)/2017/EM1-7 dated 22.11.2017.

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UNDERTAKING

(to be given by persons who are on re-employment on or after 01.01.2016 and who have chosen/ are deemed to have chosen to be governed by the RS (Revised Pay ‘Rules), 2016 in terms of Department of Personnel and Training Office Memorandum No.3/ 3/ 2016-Estt.(Pay-II) dated 01.05.2017

 

(circulated to Railway vide Railway Boards letter No.E(G)2017/ EM 1-7 dated 22.11.2017).(Para 9 of the letter No.E(G)2017/ EM 1-7 dated 22.11.2017 refers)

 

 

I …………………………………, S/o, W/o, D/o Shri………….…………hereby undertake that I understand and agree that the special dispensation of pay fixation under the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 provided to me through the Letter No.E(G)2017/EM 1-7 dated 22.11.2017 is subject to the specific condition of deduction of pension as admissible to me from time to time, wherever required as per extant instructions.

 

Signature……………….

Name             …………………….

Designation         …………….

Date:…………………

Place ………………..

 

 

RBE No. 180/2017 

Bd’s ltr. No. F[E]III/2003/PF1/1 dated 30.11.2017   [RBE No.180/2017]       

 Sub: State Railway Provident Fund-Rate of Interest during the year 2017-2018 [October, 2017 –  December, 2017]

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A copy of Government of India’s Resolution No. 5(1)-B[PD]/2017 dt. 23rd October, 2017  issued by the Ministry of Finance (Dept. of Economic Affairs) prescribing interest at the rate of 7.8% [Seven Point Eight per cent] w.e.f. 1st October, 2017 to 31st  December, 2017 on accumulations  at the credit of the subscribers to State Railway Provident Fund, is enclosed for information and necessary action.

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Copy of Ministry of Finance  (Department of Economic Affairs)  New Delhi’s, Resolution F.No.5(1)-B(PD)/2017 dated  23.10.2017  (Published in Part I Section 1 of  Gazette of India).

 R E S O L U T I O N

It is announced for general information that during the year 2017-2018, accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the General Provident Fund and other similar funds shall  carry interest at the rate of 7.8% [Seven Point Eight per cent] w.e.f.  1st October, 2017 to 31st December, 2017. This rate will be in force w.e.f. 1st October, 2017. 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 (Defence 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 Defence Services Officers Provident Fund.
  10. The Armed Forces Personnel Provident Fund.

 

  1. Ordered that the resolution be published in Gazette of India.

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RBE No. 179/2017

Board’s ltr. No. .F(E)III/2008/PN1/20 dated 30.11.2017 [RBE No.179/2017] PC VII-79  

Sub: Special benefits in cases of death and disability in service – Revision of Disability Pension/Family Pension under CCS (EOP) Rules of pre-2016 disability pensioners/family pensioners in implementation of recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission – reg.

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A copy of Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare (DOP&PW)’s O.M.No.1/4/2016-P&PW(F) dated 12th October, 2017 on the above subject is enclosed for information and compliance. These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also. Rule 8 of the CCS (Extraordinary Pension) Rules,1939 corresponds to Rule 9 of the Railway Services (Extraordinary Pension) Rules,1993.

  1. The Railway Board’s instructions corresponding to the DOP&PW’s instructions referred to in their aforesaid O.M. dated 12th October 2017 are given under:
S.No. DOP&PW’s instructions Railway Board’s corresponding instructions
1 OM No.38/37/2016-P&PW[A][ii] dated 04.08.2016 Letter No. 2016/F[E]III/I[1]/7 dated 10.08.2016
2 OM No.38/37/08-P&PW[A] dated 12.05.2017 Letter No. 2016/F[E]III/I[1]/7 dated 22.05.2017
3 OM No.38/41/06-P&PW[A] dated 05.05.2009 Letter No. 2008/AC-II/21/19 dated 29.05.2009

 

Copy of DOP&PW)’s O.M.No.1/4/2016-P&PW(F) dated 12th October, 2017

Sub: Special benefits in cases of death and disability in service – Revision of Disability Pension/Family Pension under CCS (EOP) Rules of pre-2016 disability pensioners/family pensioners in implementation of recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission – reg.

The undersigned is directed to say that orders were issued vide DoP&PW’s OM No.38/37/2016-P&P&W(A)(ii) dated 04.08.2016 for revision of pension/family pension of pre 2016 pensioners/family pensioners, including those drawing pension/family pension under CCS(EOP) Rules. In terms of the aforesaid OM, the revised disability pension/family pension under CCS(EOP) w.e.f. 01.01.2016 was required to be determined by multiplying the disability pension/family pension, as had been fixed at the time of implementation of the 6th  Central Pay Commission recommendations, by 2.57.

 

2     Subsequently, vide this Department’s OM No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 12th  May, 2017, it was decided that the revised pension/family pension w.e.f 01.01.2016 in respect of all Central civil pensioners/family pensioners, including CAPF’s who retired /died prior to 01.01.2016 and drawing pension/family pension under CCS(Pension) Rules may be revised by notionally fixing their pay in the pay matrix recommended by 7thCPC in the level corresponding to the pay in the pay scale/pay band and grade pay at which they retired/died.

 

This will be done by notional pay fixation under each intervening Pay Commission based on the Formula for revision of pay. While fixing pay on notional basis, the pay fixation formulae approved by the Government and other relevant instructions on the subject in force at the relevant time shall be strictly followed.

 

  1. The question of revision of disability pension/family pension under CCS(EOP)Rules by pay fixation method has been considered by the Government. It has been decided that the disability pension/family pension under CCS(EOP)Rules will also be revised by notionally fixing the pay in the pay matrix recommended by the 7th CPC in the aforesaid manner. Accordingly, disability pension/family pension under CCS(EOP)Rules w.ef. 01.01.2016 will be revised in the following manner:-

 

  1. Family Pension for Categories B & C

 

  • Where the deceased Government servant was not holding a pensionable post: 40% of notional pay as on 01.01.2016 subject to a minimum of Rs.11 ,700/- per month.

 

  • Where the deceased Government servant was holding a pensionable post: 60% of notional pay as on 01.01.2016 subject to a minimum of Rs.18,000/- per month.

 

2 – In case where the widow dies or remarries, the children shall be paid family pension at the rates mentioned at (a) or (b) above, as applicable, and the same rate shall also apply to fatherless/motherless children. In both cases, family pension shall be paid to children for the period during which they would have been eligible for family pension under the CCS (Pension) Rules. Dependent parents/brothers/sisters etc. shall be paid family pension one-half the rate applicable to widows/fatherless or motherless children.

 

  1. Family Pension under Categories D & E

 

  • Family pension to the widow shall be equal to the notional pay as on 01.01.2016

 

  • If the Government servant is not survived by his widow but is survived by child/children only, all children together shall be eligible for family pension at the rate of 60% of the notional pay as on 01.01.2016 subject to a minimum of Rs. 18,000/-

 

  • If the Government servant died as a bachelor or as a widower without children, family pension will be admissible to parents without reference to pecuniary circumstances, at the rate of 75% of the notional pay as on 01.01.2016, if both parents are alive, and at the rate of 60% if only one of them is alive.

 

III. Disability Pension for Categories B & C

 

  • Disability pension would comprise of a service element equal to 50% of the notional pay as on 01.01.2016 plus disability element equal to 30% of the same notional pay, for 100% disability.
  • For disability less than 100%, disability element shall be reduced proportionately subject to the provisions of Rule 8 of CCS(EOP)Rules and subject to minimum disability pension of Rs. 18,000/- per month.

 

  1. Disability Pension for category D:

 

  • Disability pension would comprise of a service element equal to 50% of the notional pay as on 01.01.2016 and disability element equal in amount to normal family pension

 

  • For lower percentage of the disability, the disability pension would be proportionately lower subject to the provisions of Rule 8 of CCS(EOP)Rules and subject to a minimum disability pension of Rs.18,000/- per month.

 

  1. Disability Pension for Cases under Category E

 

  • Disability pension would comprise of a service element equal to 50% of the notional pay as on 01.01.2016 and disability element equal to the same notional pay as on 01.01.2016 for 100% disability.

 

  • For lower percentage of the disability, the disability element shall be proportionately lower subject to the provisions of Rule 8 of CCS(EOP)Rules.

 

  1. It has also been decided that the higher of the two formulations, ie. the disability pension/family pension under CCS(EOP) Rules already revised in accordance with this Department’s OM No.38/37/2008-P&PW(A)(ii) dated 4.8.2016 or revised disability pension/family pension under CCS(EOP)Rules worked out in accordance with para 3 above, shall be granted to pre 2016 disability pensioners/family pensioners under CCS(EOP)Rules w.e.f. 01.01.2016. In cases, where disability pension/family pension being paid w.e.f. 01.01.2016 in accordance with this Department’s OM No.38/37/2008- P&PW(A)(ii) dated 4.8.2016 happens to be more than the disability pension/family pension as worked out in accordance with para 3 above, the disability pension/family pension already being paid shall be treated as revised disability pension/family pension under CCS(EOP)Rules with effect from 01.01.2016.

 

  1. The limit of maximum pension and family pension under para 8 of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare OM dated 12.05.2017 would not be applicable for disability pension under CCS(EOP)Rules.

 

  1. All other terms and conditions of OM No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 12th May 2017, insofar as they are relevant in the case of disability pension and family pension under CCS(EOP)Rules would also be applicable for revision of disability pension and family pension under CCS(EOP) Rules with effect from 01.01.2016.

 

  1. These orders shall apply to all pensioners/family pensioners who were drawing disability pension/family pension before 1.1.2016 under the CCS (EOP) Rules or the corresponding rules applicable to Railway pensioners and pensioners of All India Services and will also be applicable to those pensioners/family pensioners who were granted disability pension/family pension in terms of this Department’s OM No. 38/41/06/-P&PW(A) dated 05.05.2009 on death/disability of Government Servant covered by the National Pension System.

 

  1. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, vide their ID No.1 (II)/EV/2017 dated 11.09.2017

 

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

 

  1. All Ministries/Departments are requested to bring the contents of these orders to the notice of Controller of Accounts/Pay and Accounts Officers and Attached and subordinate Offices under them on a top priority basis. All pension disbursing officers are also advised to prominently display these orders on their notice boards for the benefits of disability pensioners/family pensioners.

 

RBE No. 194/2017

Board’s ltr. No. E(MPP)2017/3/3 dated 8.12.2017 (RBE NO.194/2017)

Sub:  Revision of training period of Junior Engineers of Printing Press in Indian Railways ( directly recruited through RRB) at par with other Departments.

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Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) had constituted a Committee to review the Training period of Junior Engineers (directly recruited through RRB) of Printing Press at par with other Departments and with the approval of Board (MS), it has been decided to revise the existing training module.

 

Keeping in view the constant technological changes, emphasis on in-depth practical knowledge and skill to reflect in performance of trained Junior Engineers of Printing Press, the training period of Junior Engineer of Printing Press has now been reduced to 12 months from existing training period of 18 months. Out of  12 months, 3 months are being allocated for industrial training which is to be provided in reputed private printing presses.

 

Detailed training Module is enclosed herewith.

 

S.No. Description Period
1. Basic Orientation

General introduction to Indian Railways- brief history, salient features, organisation structure, introduction to store department, organizational structure, functions, salient features, role of printing press in Railway working, keep priority, challenges, etc.

02 Weeks
2 Establishment Activities

Leave rules, D&AR rules, Pass & PTO Rules, Recruitment rules for technical staff of printing press, TA/DA rules, Factory Act and Apprentices Act

03 Weeks
3 Stores Activities

Indent preparation, receipt of material, issue notes, gate pass etc. Recoupment of stores for individual sections and follow up till receipt of material, Initiating notes for procurement actions

02 Weeks
4 Pre Press: DTP Section

DTP system for printing jobs, scanners, printers, printouts, layout, page makeup, imposition scheme for book work. Colour separation for multi colour printing. Preservation of Positives of various jobs in Electronic mode

02 Weeks
5. Processing and Offset Plate Making

Offset Plate varieties ( grained & Pre-sensitized) and suitability of plates for various jobs, plate preparation for light exposing, various light sources, automatic plate exposure, plate processor and plate washing machines. Plate making chemicals, Image developer and fixer on plates. Preservation of Offset plates and chemicals and their disposal

02 Weeks
6. Machine Section

Types of printing machines available. Letter press, offset and polymer plate technology printing machines. Functions of various printing machines and type of jobs printed on these machines. Size of the printing machine including cut-off, cylinder width, number of units and delivery system, lubrication method and cleaning methods. Spare parts and consumable requirement. Training programme for machine man categories. Proposals for spare and consumables.

08 Weeks.
7. Binding Section

Various types of binding used and jobs processed. Binding machines available and their working system. Receipts of printed sheets and distribution of work to the staff of binding department. Dispatch of finished products to consignee and records maintained for the same. Spare parts for the binding machines and consumable required for binding purpose. Indenting of material and receipt of same from stores department. Initiating proposals for procurement of various items.

08 Weeks
8. PRS/UTS Ticket Printing

Functioning of Totatek ticket printing machine. Jobs printed on this machine, capacity and output. Special requirement for this machine including consumables. Serial number allotment and accountal of printed tickets, dispatch of tickets, Security aspects followed in printing of PRS/UTS tickets.

08 Weeks
9. Printed Card Tickets

Indents, receipts, polymer plate preparation, printing, counting, checking and dispatch of tickets, Numbering system followed for printed card tickets.

02 Weeks
10. Maintenance Section

Knowledge of various printing and binding machines and equipments available in the printing press. Details of machines available for maintenance and staff details to operate these machines. Procurement of spare parts, stocking of same, distribution to individual machines and maintenance of records. Indenting of Kerosene, lubricants, diesel and petrol, etc. POH and AMC programme for machines.

03 Weeks
11. Training at Private Printing Presses

( to be organized by the concerned Railway in their respective jurisdiction) Training in offset printing, security printing and binding.

12 Weeks.
Total Training Period 52 Weeks

 

Sd/-

( M.K.Gupta,Dir.MPP)

Convenor

Sd/-

(C.Ravindran,Dir. Ptg. Stny.)

Member

 

RBE No. 205/2017 

Board’s letter No. E(P&A)I-2016/RT-16 dated 26.12.2017 (RBE No.205/2017)

Sub:  Decision of the Cabinet for enhancement of age of superannuation of Dental Doctors under Ministry of Railways.

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Ministry of Health & Family Welfare ( MoH&FW) vide OM No. A.12034/1/2017-CHS-V dated 30.9.2017 has communicated (i) post-facto approval of the Cabinet for enhancement of age of superannuation of doctors of Indian Railway Medical Service; (ii) approval of Cabinet for enhancement of age of superannuation of Dental Doctors under Ministry of Railways to 65 years ; and (iii) that Doctors shall hold the administrative post till the date of attaining the age of 62 years.

 

  1. Accordingly, the age of superannuation of Dental Doctors under Ministry of Railways is enhanced from 60 to 65 years.

 

  1. Doctors shall hold administrative posts till the date of attaining the age of 62 years and thereafter their services shall be placed in Non-administrative positions.

 

  1. Consequent upon enhancement of the age of superannuation of Dental Doctors, all Zonal Railways/Production Units are requested to review the vacancies arising from retirement in regard to direct recruitment as well as promotion so that there is no over recruitment or litigation or review DPCs because of change in “ Zone of Consideration” as a result of reduction in the number of retirement vacancies.

 

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

 

Bd’s ltr. No. 2016-B-306 dated 10.11.2017

Sub: Rate of Interest to be charged on advances for purchase

of conveyances during 2016-17.

….

A copy of Ministry of Finance, Department of Economic Affairs OM F.No.5(2)-B(PD)/2016 dated 6th January,2017 regarding rate of interest to be charged on advances sanctioned during the year 2016-17, for purchase of conveyances is enclosed.

 

Min. of Finance, Deptt. of Economic Affairs OM F.No.5(2)-B(PD)/2016 dated 6th January,2017

Sub: Advances to Government Servants – Rate of interest for

                                    purchase of conveyances during 2016-2017.

The undersigned is directed to state that in pursuance of the decision taken by the Government on the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations relating to advances, Department of Expenditure vide the O.M.No.12(1)E.II(A)/2016 dated 7th October, 2016 has discontinued the interest bearing advances relating to Motor Car Advance and Motorcycle/Scooter/Moped Advance. However, the rates of interest for advances sanctioned to the Government servants prior to the discontinuance for purchase of conveyance during 2016-17 i.e. from 1st April,2016 to 7th October, 2016 are as under:-

 

 Rate of interest per annum

  • Advances for purchase of Conveyance other

than motor car ( viz. motor cycle, scooter etc.)                            9%

 

  • Advance for purchase of Motor Car      5%

 

The rates remain unchanged from those applicable for the financial year 2015-16.

 

Bd’s letter No. E(P&A)II-2017/RS-07 dated 20.12.2017 

Sub:  Admissibility of pay/stipend and other allowances such as  ALKM/TA  etc   to the Running staff selected under GDCE for the post of JEs.

 

Ref: Rly’s letter No. P(S)353/IV/PGT Dn.Court Cases dated  29.08.16 & 23.02.2017

***

Southern Railway had sought clarification whether running staff on selection to a non-running post under GDCE and who had opted for drawing of pay and allowances in accordance to paragraph 2(c)(i) of Board’s letter No. PC-IV/2006/Misc./5 dated 17.4.2006 would be eligible for payment of 30% pay element or not .

 

  1. The issue has been considered in Board’s office and it is clarified that a running staff on selection to a non-running post under GDCE and who has opted for drawing of pay and allowances in accordance to paragraph 2(c)(i) of Board’s letter No. PC-IV/2006/Misc. /5 dated 17.4.2006 would not be eligible for reckoning of 30% pay element for any purpose due to the following reasons.:

 

  • Such apprentices are no longer running staff as they discontinue performing running duties. A decision has already been taken vide Board’s letter No. E(P&A)II-2004/RS-28 dt.15.9.2006 for not reckoning of pay element for pay fixation to the running staff who voluntarily opt for selection against the vacancies under the GDCE scheme, therefore the pay element cannot be considered for reckoning for any other benefit.

 

  • Paragraph 2(c)(i) of Board’s letter No. PC-IV/2006/Misc./5 dt. 17.4.2006 ( RBE No.48/2206) provides for admissibility of all the allowances and privileges ( including TA/DA and PLB) on the basis of their substantive cadre pay of the post held before being sent on training as per the provisions of relevant rules. However, pay element is not a part of substantive pay as defined in Rule 1309 of the Indian Railway Establishment Code Volume II.

 

  1. Further, it is clarified that the apprentices are no longer running staff and they will therefore be eligible for TA/DA as per Rule 1685 & 1686 of IREC-Vol.II/2005 admissible as in the case of other apprentices selected from amongst serving Railway employees.

 

Bd’s ltr.  No. 2017/Trans Cell/Process Reform/Estt. dated 29.12.2017

            Sub: Process Reform – Retention of Railway Quarter on education grounds.

Full Board in its meeting held on 26.12.2017 considered the issue of retention of railway quarter  in the event of permanent transfer of a railway employee and decided in public interest that when the ward of the railway employee is studying in class 9th or class 11th, retention of railway accommodation may be allowed on educational ground to cover the current academic session and also the next academic session(examination ) of the ward till the end of the academic/scholastic session of class 10th or 12th respectively plus 15 days.

  1. This issues with the concurrence of Associate Finance of Transformation Cell, Railway Board.

*****

RBE No.198/2017

Bd’s letter No. PC-VI/2008/I/7/2/2 dated 19.12.2017 ( RBE No.198/2017) 

Sub: Grant of DR admissible to Pensioners/Family Pensioners of Central  Autonomous Bodies who are in receipt of pension in pre-revised pay structure/scales of 6th CPC.

Ref: JS(Pers)/DOE’s D.O letter No.1/2/2017-E.II(B) dated 26.10.2017

            Please find enclosed herewith a D.O.letter No.1/2/2017-E.II(B) dated 26.10.2017 received from Joint Secretary (Pers.), Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure regarding admissibility of Dearness Relief (DR) to the pensioners of Central Autonomous Bodies who are in pre-revised pension as per 6th CPC.

 

Copy of D.O.letter No.1/2/2017-E.II(B) dated 26.10.2017 from JS(Pers.), Min. of Fin, Dept of Exp.

             References have been received in Department of Expenditure seeking clarification on grant of Dearness Relief (DR) to the Pensioners/Family Pensioners of Central Autonomous Bodies who are in receipt of pension in pre-revised pay structure/scales of 6th CPC.

 

  1. Department of Expenditure issues orders for Dearness Allowance in respect of Central Govt. employees who are in revised pay scale and also issues orders in respect of Central Govt. employees/Central Autonomous Bodies employees who are in the pre-revised pay scale. Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare ( DoP&PW) issues orders in respect of Pensioners.

 

  1. After implementation of 7th CPC, D/o Expenditure issued orders for rates of DA w.e.f 1.7.2016, 1.1.2017 and 1.7.2017 in respect of Central Govt. employees who are in revised pay structure of 7th CPC as well as in respect of Central Govt. employees/Central Autonomous Bodies employees who are in pre-revised scale of 6th CPC. Department of Pensions & Pensioners Welfare ( DoP&PW) issued orders only in r/o Central Govt. pensioners who are in revised pension as per 7th CPC. However, it has come to notice that no orders have been issued for DR for pensioners of Central Autonomous Bodies who are in pre-revised pension as per 6th CPC.

 

  1. The matter has been considered in this department. To resolve the hardship being faced by the pensioners of Central Autonomous Bodies, FAs of the Ministries/Departments are advised to extend the orders of DA issued by this Department for Central Govt. employees / Central Autonomous Bodies’ employees who are in pre-revised scale of 6th CPC, for grant of DR to pensioners of the Central Autonomous Bodies who are in pre-revised pension as per 6th CPC, under their administrative control.
  1. This issues with the approval of Finance Secretary.

*****

RBE No. 199/2017

Board’s ltr. No. PC-III/2000/GIS/2 dated 19.12.2017    [RBE No.199/2017]

Sub: Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme, 1980 – Tables of

Benefits for the Savings Fund for the period from 1.10.2017 to 31.12.2017.

The Table of Benefits under CGEGIS-1980 for the period 01.07.2017 to 30.09.2017 issued by Ministry of Finance vide their OM dated 06.09.2017 was circulated to Zonal Railways/Production Units etc. vide Board’s letter of even number dated 24.10.2017.

 

In continuation of Board’s letter ibid, a copy of Ministry of Finance’s OM No.7 (2)/EV/2016 dated 23.11.2017  circulating Tables of benefits for the period from 01.10.2017 to 31.12.2017  is enclosed herewith for information and necessary action.

 

Copy of O.M.No. 7 (2)/EV/2016 dated 23.11.2017 issued by Ministry of Finance, Dept. of Expenditure

Sub: Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme, 1980 – Tables of

             Benefits for the Savings Fund for the period from 1.10.2017 to 31.12.2017.

 

The Tables of Benefits for Savings Fund to the beneficiaries under the Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme-1980, which are being issued on a quarterly basis from 1.1.2017 onwards, as brought out in this Ministry’s OM of even number dated 17.3.2017, for the quarter from 1.10.2017 to 31.12.2017, as worked out by IRDA based on the interest rate of 7.8% per annum (compounded quarterly) as notified by the Department of Economic Affairs as per their Resolution No. 5(1)-B(PD)/2017 dated 23.10.2017, are enclosed.

 

  1. The Tables enclosed are of two categories as per the existing practice. As hitherto, the first Table of Benefits for the savings fund of the scheme is based on the subscription of Rs. 10 p.m. from 1.1.1982 to 31.12.1989 and Rs. 15 p.m. w.e.f. 1.1.1990 onwards. The second Table of Benefits for savings fund is based on a subscription of Rs. 10 p.m. for those employees who had opted out of the revised rate of subscription w.e.f. 1.1.1990.

 

  1. While these orders are in respect of Table of Benefits for the period from 1.10.2017 to 31.12.2017, the Tables already issued for the quarters from 1.1.2017 to 31.3.2017 , 1.4.2017 to 30.6.2017 and from 1.7.2017 to 30.9.2017 are also reproduced for the sake of convenience and consolidation.

 

  1. In their application to the employees of Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders are issued after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

 

 

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES GROUP INSURANCE SSCHEME 1980

Contribution @ .10/- P.M. throughout
Accumulated value of contribution from 1st January of year of Entry to the month and year of cessation
                                                               Year of cessation of  membership – 2017
                                                        Month of cessation of membership
Year of Entry Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1982 25649.69 25826.56 26004.60 26181.68 26359.92 26539.33 26717.73 26897.27 27077.98 27259.86 27442.91 27627.14
1983 22923.60 23082.41 23242.28 23401.30 23561.35 23722.46 23882.66 24043.90 24206.18 24369.51 24533.89 24699.34
1984 20464.65 20607.18 20750.66 20893.37 21037.03 21181.62 21325.41 21470.14 21615.80 21762.40 21909.94 22058.44
1985 18258.26 18386.18 18514.94 18643.04 18771.98 18901.75 19030.82 19160.73 19291.47 19423.06 19555.50 19688.79
1986 16277.00 16391.80 16507.36 16622.33 16738.04 16854.52 16970.37 17086.97 17204.32 17322.43 17441.30 17560.94
1987 14501.46 14604.50 14708.22 14811.42 14915.30 15019.85 15123.85 15228.52 15333.87 15439.90 15546.62 15654.02
1988 12917.53 13010.08 13103.24 13195.94 13289.25 13383.17 13476.60 13570.63 13665.27 13760.53 13856.39 13952.86
1989 11484.75 11567.81 11651.42 11734,62 11818.37 11902.67 11986.54 12070.95 12155.91 12241.42 12327.47 12414.09
1990 10209.51 10284.12 10359.23 10433.99 10509.23 10584.96 10660.32 10736.17 10812.51 10889.34 10966.66 11044.49
1991 9075.84 9142.95 9210.50 9277.74 9345.42 9413.55 9481.34 9549.57 9618.25 9687.36 9756.93 9826.94
1992 8069.92 8130.36 8191.21 8251.78 8312.75 8374.12 8435.20 8496.68 8558.55 8620.83 8683.50 8746.58
1993 7178.95 7233.50 7288.40 7343.07 7398.10 7453.49 7508.62 7564.12 7619.97 7676.18 7732.75 7789.69
1994 6383.79 6433.07 6482.68 6532.07 6581.80 6631.85 6681.68 6731.83 6782.30 6833.10 6884.23 6935.69
1995 5678.05 5722.65 5767.55 5812.27 5857.29 5902.60 5947.72 5993.13 6038.83 6084.83 6131.13 6177.73
1996 5052.14 5092.60 5133.32 5173.90 5214.74 5255.84 5296.79 5337.99 5379.47 5421.21 5463.22 5505.50
1997 4496.48 4533.26 4570.28 4607.18 4644.31 4681.68 4718.92 4756.40 4794.11 4832.07 4870.28 4908.73
1998 4001.50 4035.00 4068.73 4102.34 4136.17 4170.22 4204.15 4238.30 4272.68 4307.27 4342.09 4377.13
1999 3560.81 3591.39 3622.18 3652.87 3683.76 3714.85 3745.84 3777.04 3808.43 3840.02 3871.80 3903.83
2000 3174.83 3202.86 3231.07 3259.20 3287.52 3316.02 3344.44 3373.04 3401.82 3430.79 3459.95 3489.29
2001 2829.52 2855.26 2881.17 2907.01 2933.02 2959.21 2985.32 3011.60 3038.05 3064.67 3091.46 3118.43
2002 2518.88 2542.56 2566.40 2590.19 2614.13 2638.22 2662.26 2686.46 2710.81 2735.31 2759.98 2784.80
2003 2238.74 2260.56 2282.53 2304.46 2326.53 2348.75 2370.92 2393.23 2415.69 2438.29 2461.03 2483.93
2004 1983.03 2003.16 2023.43 2043.66 2064.03 2084.53 2104.99 2125.59 2146.31 2167.17 2188.17 2209.30
2005 1747.87 1766.45 1785.15 1803.82 1822.62 1841.54 1860.43 1879.45 1898.59 1917.85 1937.23 1956.74
2006 1530.62 1547.76 1565.01 1582.24 1599.59 1617.05 1634.50 1652.05 1669.72 1687.51 1705.40 1723.42
2007 1329.91 1345.72 1361.63 1377.54 1393.55 1409.66 1425.77 1441.98 1458.29 1474.71 1491.23 1507.86
2008 1144.49 1159.07 1173.75 1188.43 1203.20 1218.07 1232.94 1247.90 1262.96 1278.11 1293.37 1308.72
2009 973.19 986.64 1000.17 1013.71 1027.34 1041.06 1054.79 1068.60 1082.50 1096.49 1110.57 1124.75
2010 814.94 827.34 839.81 852.31 864.88 877.54 890.21 902.96 915.79 928.70 941. 70 954.78
2011 668.74 680.16 691.67 703.19 714.79 726.47 738.16 749.93 761.77 773.69 785.69 797.76
2012 533.56 544.09 554.70 565.32 576.02 586.79 597.58 608.44 619.37 630.37 641.44 652.58
2013 409.35 419.06 428.84 438.64 448.51 458.44 468.40 478.43 488.52 498.67 508.89 519.18
2014 295.39 304.35 313.36 322.41 331.52 340.69 349.89 359.15 368.47 377.85 387.29 396.79
2015 190.88 199.14 207.46 215.82 224.23 232.70 241.20 249.76 258.37 267.04 275.76 284.54
2016 94.99 102.61 110.29 118.02 125.79 133.61 141.47 149.39 157.35 165.37 173.44 181.56
2017 7.00 14.05 21.14 28.28 35.46 42.69 49.97 57.29 64.66 72.08 79.55 87.06

 

NOTE
Basis Used
From To Interest* From To Interest* Savings Fund: 68.75% from 1.1.82 to 31.12.87
1.1.82 31.12.82 10% 1.4.16 31.09.16 8.10% 70% from 1.1.88 and onwards
1.1.83 31.12.86 11% 1.10.16 31.12.16 8.00%
1.1.87 31.12.00 12% 1.1.17 31.03.17 8.00% Insurance Fund: 31.25% from 1.1.82 to 31.12.87
1.1.01 31.12.01 11% 1.4.17 31.06.17 7.90% 30% from 1.1.88 and onwards.
1.1.02 31.12.02 9.50% 1.07.17 31.12.17 7.80%
1.1.03 31.12.03 9.00%
1.1.04 31.12.10 8.00%
1.2.11 31.3.12 8.60%
1.4.12 31.03.13 8.80%
1.4.13 31.03.16 8.70% *Interest p.a.compounded quarterly

 

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES GROUP INSURANCE SCHEME 1980
Contribution @ 10/- P.M.  upto 31.12.89 and Rs.15 throughout after 1.1.90
Accumulated value of contribution from 1st January of year of Entry to the month and year of cessation
                                                                                 Year of cessation of membership – 2017
                                                                                      Month of cessation of membership
Year of Entry Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1982 30757.80 30972.00 31187.62 31402.10 31617.98 31835.28 32051.38 32268.87 32487.77 32708.08 32929.82 33152.99
1983 28029.14 28225.27 28422.70 28619.09 28816.78 29015.75 29213.64 29412.81 29613.26 29815.01 30018.06 30222.42
1984 25572.18 25752.03 25933.08 26113.20 26294.49 26476.97 26658.46 26841.13 27024.97 27210.00 27396.23 27583.66
1985 23363.54 23528.77 23695.09 23860.57 24027.13 24194.78 24361.53 24529.36 24698.28 24868.29 25039.39 25211.60
1986 21388.62 21540.77 21693.93 21846.32 21999.70 22154.09 22307.67 22462.23 22617.80 22774.37 22931.95 23090.55
1987 19612.36 19752.75 19894.06 20034.68 20176.22 20318.68 20460.40 20603.04 20746.60 20891.08 21036.50 21182.86
1988 18026.00 18155.88 18286.62 18416.72 18547.68 18679.49 18810.62 18942.61 19075.44 19209.13 19343.69 19479.12
1989 16591.55 16711.93 16833.11 16593.71 17075.09 17197.27 17318.84 17441.18 17564.32 17688.26 17812.99 17938.53
1990 15320.71 15432.67 15545.38 15657.55 15770.46 15884.11 15997.19 16111.00 16225.55 16340.84 16456.87 16573.65
1991 13620.41 13721.11 13822.48 13923.39 14024.96 14127.19 14228.92 14331.31 14434.37 14538.09 14642.48 14747.54
1992 12115.85 12206.59 12297.93 12388.86 12480.39 12572.52 12664.22 12756.50 12849.39 12942.87 13036.96 13131.65
1993 10771.97 10853.81 10936.19 11018.22 11100.78 11183.89 11266.61 11349.88 11433.68 11518.02 11602.90 11688.34
1994 9582.93 9656.89 9731.35 9805.49 9880.13 9955.25 10030.04 10105.32 10181.08 10257.33 10334.07 10411.31
1995 8525.35 8592.31 8659.72 8726.86 8794.43 8862.45 8930.19 8998.36 9066.98 9136.03 9205.53 9275.49
1996 7587.56 7648.31 7709.46 7770.38  7831.71 7893.43 7954.91 8016.78 8079.05 8141.73 8204.81 8268.30
1997 6749.09 6804.29 6859.85 6915.22 6970.95 7027.04 7082.92 7139.17 7195.77 7252.75 7310.09 7367.80
1998 6009.96 6060.26 6110.90 6161.37 6212.16 6263.29 6314.24 6365.52 6417.13 6469.08 6521.35 6573.97
1999 5346.78 5392.69 5438.91 5484.98 5531.36 5578.03 5624.56 5671.38 5718.91 5765.94 5813.68 5861.72
2000 4762.49 4804.53 4846.85 4889.05 4931.53 4974.28 5016.90 5059.81 5102.98 5146.44 5190.18 5234.19
2001 4242.47 4281.06 4319.91 4358.67 4397.68 4436.94 4476.09 4515.50 4555.16 4595.08 4635.26 4675.69
2002 3780.87 3816.41 3852.19 3887.88 3923.81 3959.97 3996.05 4032.36 4068.90 4105.67 4142.69 4179.94
2003 3356.36 3389.09 3422.03 3454.91 3488.01 3521.32 3554.57 3588.02 3621.69 3655.58 3689.69 3724.02
2004 2974.54 3004.74 3035.14 3065.49 3096.04 3126.79 3157.49 3188.38 3219.47 3250.76 3282.26 3313.95
2005 2621.81 2649.67 2677.72 2705.73 2733.93 2762.31 2790.65 2819.17 2847.88 2876.77 2905.85 2935.12
2006 2295.93 2321.64 2347.51 2373.37 2399.39 2425.58 2451.75 2478.08 2504.58 2531.26 2558.11 2585.13
2007 1994.87 2018.58 2042.45 2066.31 2090.33 2114.50 2138.65 2162.96 2187.43 2212.06 2236.85 2261.79
2008 1716.74 1738.61 1760.62 1782.64 1804.80 1827.10 1849.40 1871.85 1894.44 1917.17 1940.05 1963.08
2009 1459.79 1479.96 1500.26 1520.57 1541.02 1561.60 1582.18 1602.90 1623.75 1644.74 1665.86 1687.12
 2010 1222.41 1241.00 1259.72 1278.46 1297.32 1316.31 1335.31 1354.43 1373.68 1393.05 1412.55 1432.17
 2011 1003.10 1020.25 1037.50 1054.79 1072.19 1089.70 1107.24 1124.89 1142.65 1160.53 1178.53 1196.64
2012 800.34 816.14 832.04 847.98 854.03 880.18 896.37 912.66 929.05 945.55 962.16 978.87
2013 614.02 628.59 643.25 657.95 672.76 687.66 702.61 717.64 732.78 748.01 763.34 778.77
2014 443.09 456.52 470.05 483.62 497.28 511.04 524.84 538.72 552.70 566.77 580.93 595.19
2015 286.32 298.71 311.19 323.73 336.35 349.05 361.80 374.64 387.56 400.56 413.65 426.82
2016 142.48 153.92 165.44 177.02 188.68 200.42 212.21 224.08 236.03 248.05 260.15 272.33
2017 10.50 21.07 31.71 42.42 53.19 64.04 74.96 85.94 96.99 108.12 119.32 130.59

 

NOTE
Basis Used
From To Interest* From To Interest* Savings Fund: 68.75% from 1.1.82 to 31.12.87
1.1.82 31.12.82 10% 1.4.16 31.09.16 8.10% 70% from 1.1.88 and onwards
1.1.83 31.12.86 11% 1.10.16 31.12.16 8.00%
1.1.87 31.12.00 12% 1.1.17 31.03.17 8.00% Insurance Fund: 31.25% from 1.1.82 to 31.12.87
1.1.01 31.12.01 11% 1.4.17 31.06.17 7.90% 30% from 1.1.88 and onwards.
1.1.02 31.12.02 9.50% 1.07.17 31.12.17 7.80%
1.1.03 31.12.03 9.00%
1.1.04 31.12.10 8.00%
1.2.11 31.3.12 8.60%
1.4.12 31.03.13 8.80%
1.4.13 31.03.16 8.70% *Interest p.a.compounded quarterly

 

RBE No. 156/2017

Board’s ltr. No.E(G)2017/AL12-2  dated 12.12.2017 [RBE No.156/2017] PC VII-71

Sub: Recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission-Project Allowance and Compensatory (Construction/Survey) Allowance – Revision of Rates

                                                            ***

Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission circulated vide Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) Resolution No.11-1/2016-1C dated 06.07.2017 and Office Memorandum No.6/1/2017-E.II(B) dated 19.07.2017, the rates Project Allowance and Compensatory (Construction/Survey) Allowance have been revised w.e.f 01.07.2017.

 

2 .        Accordingly, the Ministry of Railways have considered the question of revision of rates of Project Allowance and Compensatory (Construction/Survey) Allowance notified vide Board’s letter No.E(G)2008/AL12-4 dated 14.11.2008 (Corresponding to MOF’s O.M. No. 6(3)/2008-E.II.B dated 29.08.2008) and it has been decided with the approval of the Board that the rates of Project Allowance and Compensatory (Construction/Survey) Allowance which have been covered in the  Risk/Hardship Matrix, shall be revised as follows:

 

  • Project Allowance
Level in Pay Matrix Cell Name Rate per month(Rs)
Level 9 and above R3H2 3,400
Level 8 and below R3H2 2,700

 

Note: i) The term ‘Pay Level” in the revised pay structure means the ‘Level’ in the Pay Matrix.

 

Note: ii) Railway employees, whose offices are in the project area, but not specifically for the work of the project, and the projects are covered by the Ministry of Finance’s O.M. No.20011/5/73-E.IV(B) dated 17.1.1975 on project allowance (circulated under Board’s letter No.E(G)73AL12-27 dated 27.11.78 and No.PC-IV/86/Imp/AL-15 dated 14.10.86) shall, however be entitled to Project Allowance only at 50% of the above rates.

  • Compensatory (Construction/Survey)Allowance

 

Level in Pay Matrix Cell Name Rate per month(Rs)
Level 9 and above R3H2 3,400
Level 8 and below R3H2 2,700
  1.   Conditions

 

  • In respect of those employees who opt to continue in their pre-revised pay structure, corresponding Level in the Pay Matrix as indicated in Railway Services ( Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 would determine the allowance under these orders.
  • These rates shall increase by 25% whenever the Dearness Allowance payable on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%.
  • All other terms and conditions governing the grant these allowances shall remain unchanged.
  • These orders shall take effect from 1st July, 2017.

 

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

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