Friday, November 27, 2015

Railway board issues orders to take action against non working railway employees

Railway Board has passed orders that Whenever the services of a public servant are no longer useful to the general administration, the officer can be compulsorily retired for the sake of public interest.

No. E(P&A)I-2015/RT -38
RBE No.143/2015
New Delhi dated 10/12.-11-2015
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways.
Sub:- Strengthening of Administration – Premature retirement of Railway servants- Periodical review under rule 1802 (a)/1803 (a)/1804 (a)- R. II, 1987 edition – Regarding.
DOP&T vide their OM No. 25013/1/2013-Estt (A) dated 21.03.2014 and 25013/01/2013-Estt.A-IV dated 11.09.2015 have reiterated the instructions on Compulsory Retirement under FR 56(i), 56(1) or Rule 48(1) (b) of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 with a view to improve efficiency and strengthening of the administrative machinery at all levels. They have asked to follow these instructions strictly and to review the performance of Govt. servants periodically with a view to ascertain whether the Government servant should be retained in service or retired from service in the public interest. Provisions in this regard are contained in FR 56(i), 56(1) or Rule 48(1) (b) of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972. The corresponding rules in railways are Rule 1802 (a)/1803 (a)/1804 (a) of IREC, Voi-II, 1987 edition.
2. DOP& T has also drawn attention to the observation made by Hon’ble Supreme Court in State of Gujarat Vs Umedbhai M. Patel, 2001 (3) SCC 314, which are as follows:
(i) Whenever the services of a public servant are no longer useful to the general administration, the officer can be compulsorily retired for the sake of public interest.
(ii) Ordinarily, the order of compulsory retirement is not to be treated as a punishment coming under Article 311 of the Constitution.
(iii) “For better administration, it is necessary to chop off dead wood, but the order of compulsorily retirement can be passed after having due regard to the entire service record of the officers.”
(iv) Any adverse entries made in the confidential record shall be taken note of and be given due weightage in passing such order.
(v) Even un-communicated entries in the confidential record can also be taken into consideration.
(vi) The order of compulsory retirement shall not be passed as a short cut to avoid Departmental enquiry when such course is more desirable.
(vii) If the officer was given a promotion despite adverse entries made in the confidential record, that is a fact in favour of the officer,
(viii) Compulsory retirement shall not be imposed as a punitive measure.
3. In order to ensure that the power, conferred on the authorities empowered to retire a railway employee prematurely is exercised fairly and impartially and not arbitrarily, consolidated instructions relating to premature retirement of railway servants with a view to strengthening of administration were issued under the Board’s letter No. E(P&A)I-77 /RT-53 dated 15.11.1979. These guidelines have, however, not been adequately followed by the Appointing Authorities. With the Government’s commitment to provide clean administration, it is essential that the
power for premature retirement in public interest is availed of to weed out all those employees whose integrity is doubtful, with due regard to the appropriate procedure laid down for action for premature retirement.
4. The entire service records should be considered in every review. Here Service record will take in all relevant records viz. ACR/ APAR dossier along with personal file of the officer containing valuable material. Similarly, the work and performance of the officer could also be assessed by looking into files dealt with by him or in any papers or reports prepared and submitted by him. All these data along with a comprehensive brief should be prepared for consideration by the Review Committee.
Even un-communicated remarks in the ACRs/ APARs may be taken into consideration also. In case of those officers who have been promoted during the last five years, the previous entries in the ACRs may be taken into account if the officer was promoted on the basis of seniority cum fitness, and not on the basis of merit.
5. As far as integrity is considered, the following observations of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, while upholding compulsory retirement in the case of S. Ramachandra Raju Vs State of Orissa, may be kept in view:-
“The officer would live by reputation built around him. In an appropriate case, there may not be sufficient evidence to take punitive disciplinary action of removal from service. But his conduct and reputation is such that his continuance in services would be a menace to public service and injurious to public interest.” Thus while considering integrity of an employee, actions or decisions taken by the employee which do not appear to be above board, complaints received against him, or suspicious property transactions, for which there may not be sufficient evidence
to initiate departmental proceedings, may be taken into account. Judgment of the Apex Court in the case of Shri K. Kandaswamy, I.P.S (TN:1966) in K. Kandaswamy vs Union Of India & Anr, 1996 AIR 277, 1995 SCC (6) 162 is relevant here. There were persistent reports of Shri Kandaswamy acquiring large assets and of his getting money from his subordinates. He also indulged in property transactions which gave rise to suspicion about his bonafides. The Hon’ble Supreme Court upheld his compulsory retirement under provisions of the relevant Rules.
6. Similarly, reports of conduct unbecoming of a Government servant may also form basis for compulsory retirement. As per the Hon’ble Supreme Court in State of U.P And Others vs Vijay Kumar Jain, Appeal (Civil) 2083 of 2002:-
“If conduct of a government employee becomes unbecoming to the public interest or obstructs the efficiency in public services, the government has an absolute right to compulsorily retire such an employee in public interest.”
7. Further I eva in the case of gazetted officers, or his representative in the’ case of non-gazetted officers, will be associated in case of record reflecting adversely on the integrity of any employee.
8. In addition to above, internal committees may be constituted to assist the Review Committees in reviewing the cases. These Committees will ensure that the service record of the employees being reviewed, along with a summary bringing out all relevant information, is submitted to the Cadre Authorities at least three months before the due date of review.
9. In view of DOP&Ts present guidelines, the Board’s letters No. E(P&A)I-77/RT-53 dated 15.11.1979 and E(P&A)I-87 /RT-4 dated 17.10.89 containing the provisions on Premature Retirement under Rule 1802 (a)/1803(a)/1804(a) – IREC, Voi-II, 1987 edition are enclosed for guidance. In addition to this, instructions issued by Board from time to time on the subject may also be linked while deciding such matters. Further, all Zonal railways are requested to follow the above instructions and periodically review the cases of railway servants as required under Rule 1802
(a)/1803(a)/1804(a) – IREC, Vol. II, 1987 edition. The quarterly data in enclosed proforma in respect of reviewing the cases of retirement under the aforesaid provisions during the period from 01.04.2014 to 31.03.2015 may be furnished immediately.
10. As per the latest guidelines of DOP&Ts OM dated 21.03.2014, para II 3 (c) & (d) of the Board’s enclosed letter dated 15.11.1979 should be read as under:
“(c) While the entire service record of an officer should be considered at the time of review, no employee should ordinarily be retired on grounds of ineffectiveness if his/her service during the preceding 5 years or where he/she has been promoted to a higher post during that 5 year period, his/her service in the highest post, has been found satisfactory. Consideration is ordinarily to be confined to the preceding 5 years or to the period in the higher post in case of promotion within the period of 5 years, if compulsory retirement is sought to be made on grounds of ineffectiveness. There is no such stipulation, however where the employees is to be retired on grounds of doubtful integrity.”
“(d) No employee should ordinarily be retired on ground of ineffectiveness, if, in any event, he/she would be retiring on superannuation within a period of one year from the date of consideration of his/her case. Ordinarily no employee should be retired on grounds of ineffectiveness if he is retiring on superannuation within a period of one year from the date of consideration of the case. It is clarified that in a case where there is a sudden and steep fall in the competence, efficiency or effectiveness of an officer, it would be open to review his case for premature retirement.
The above instruction is relevant only when an employee is proposed to be retired on the ground of ineffectiveness, but not on the ground of doubtful integrity. The damage to public interest could be marginal if an old employee, in the last year of service, is found ineffective; but the damage may be incalculable if he is found to be corrupt and demands or obtains illegal gratification during the said period for the tasks he is duty bound to perform.”
11. The first sentence of para 4 of Board’s letter dated 15.11.1979 should be added as under:
“The Supreme Court had not only upheld the validity of FR 56(j) but also held that no show-cause notice need be issued to any Government servant before a notice of retirement is issued to him under the aforesaid provisions.”
12. Kindly acknowledge the receipt.
(Anil Kumar)
Deputy Director E(P&A)I, Railway Board.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Report on the meeting of the Affiliates of CCCGPA, with Shri S.C.Maheswari, Secretary General, Bharat Pensioners' Samaj, New Delhi.

Coordination Committee of
                         Central Government Pensioners’ Associations, Karnataka (R)
  (Regd. Under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act 1960: Regn.No.1070/98-99)
                  No. 212,”Kaveri”, 7th ‘A’ Main, Hampinagar, Bengaluru-560104
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K.B.Krishna Rao                          S. Radhakrishna                        O.M.Bhaskaran 
Chairman                                    General Secretary                        Treasurer                              
Ph: 23230545                             Mob: 9448880921                     Ph:23451578                                 
Mob: 9483467750                                                                            Mob: 9448519369

Report on the meeting of the Affiliates of CCCGPA, with Shri S.C.Maheswari, Secretary General, Bharat Pensioners' Samaj, New Delhi.
            Shri S.C.Maheswari, SG, BPS, New Delhi was on a visit to Bengaluru  to attend the  2nd Triennial All India Conference of All India BSNL Pensioners’ Welfare Association held at Ambedkar Bhavan, Bengaluru on 21-22, Nov 2015. CCCGPA, Karnataka , arranged a meeting of the Affiliates on Sunday the 22nd Nov. 2015 at Udayabhanu Kalasangha, Bengaluru and him to address the meeting.
            The meeting commenced at 11-30 a.m. with Representatives of many Affiliates attending. Advisors to CCCGPA, Shri  B.Sadashiva Rao & Shri N.Bhaskaran  graced the occasion with their presence. Shri Narasimahan, Editor, Pensioners’ Advocate, the journal of All India Federation of Pensioners’ Associations, Chennai who was present in the meeting was invited to take the chair on the dais. The meeting was presided over by the Chairman, Shri K.B.Krisha Rao.
            Shri S.Radhakrishna , General Secretary, welcomed the Chief Guest             Shri Maheswari, Advisors, and  the Representatives from Affiliate Associations and stated that the meeting  assumes  importance in the back drop of submission of its report by the 7th CPC on 19th Nov. In his opening remarks, Shri Radhakrishna, terming the report as ‘retrograde’, called upon the Pensioners’ Associations to prepare themselves for a joint struggle  in the days to come to bring pressure on the Government to accept major demands of Pensioners ,most of which have been rejected by the 7th CPC. Complimenting the Ex servicemen on achieving their demand “One Rank and One Pension” through struggle, suggested that the Central Govt. Pensioners should take a lead from them in achieving their demands.
He said that Shri Maheswari  as the Chairman of BCPC and  Secretary General of BPS, the biggest  organisation in Pensioners’ Movement, has a role to play and he should see that “ isms without disturbing  the movement and egos not playing a role “ all the Pensioners’ Federations are brought  on a common platform  under his leadership so that “ we organise ourselves in such a manner that we will be able to force the Govt to review the 7th CPC recommendation in light of the demands of Pensioners made in the common memorandum submitted by BCPC”.
Shri K.B.Krishna Rao, Chairman, introducing the Chief Guest, said that                     Shri Maheswari, as the GS of Bharat Pensioners Samaj,  a  conglomerate of around 650 Pensioners Associations of different Disciplines & Departments,  is a workaholic and is always at the service of Pensioners . He said that Shri Maheswari  was the very first Leader of a Pensioners’ Federation to be called by the Pay Commission for an interaction and that in all he attended three meetings with the 7th CPC, including a round table conference. Echoing the opinion expressed by Shri Radhakrishna on the need for consolidating the Pensioners Movement, especially in the aftermath of 7th CPC, he stated that Shri Maheswari should take the lead, since his oft expressed desire of bringing all the Pensioners under a single umbrella could be achieved through this initiative and his dream of uniting Pensioners Associations would come true.
After self introduction by the Representatives of Affiliate Associations, who attended the meeting in good numbers, the Chairman requested Shri Maheswari to address the gathering.
Shri Maheswari, in his hour long speech, spoke in detail about the need to unite all Pensioners’ Associations/Federations and on recommendations of the 7th CPC. He said that he fully agrees with Shri Radhakrishna on reviving Bharat Central Pensioners Confederation (BCPC) and in fact  “BCPC Blog spot” has already been designed which will be available for access shortly. He requested all the Associations, to send their contributions to be put up on the blog. Explaining the importance of Social Media and its strength, he called upon all Pensioners’ Associations to make best use of the Social Media. He said that a website www.pesnioners has been designed with the idea of providing a platform for all Pensioners’ Associations,  whether affiliated to BPS/BCPC or not, to put up their publications on the website which would be accessible to about 8,27,000 viewers.
Speaking on the other important subject ” 7th CPC Report”  he said that though the recommendations  basically are  for revision of pay and pension of Central Govt.  Employees and Pensioners, the report impacts all State Governments and PSUs. Thus, the total number of Employees and Pensioners effected is 3 crore and in terms of Votes it is 6 crore. He opined that, if all of them, a big section within the middle class, come together ,the Govt. cannot ignore their demands. Hence, there was an urgent need to unite all Pensioners and Senior Citizens.
            Explaining the salient features of 7th CPC report and analyzing its recommendations, Shri Maheswari stated that he was totally disappointed with the recommendations, as most of the demands of Pensioners have not been accepted by the Pay Commission. The major demands were 1) reduction in the ratio of difference between minimum and maximum pension and 2) OROP for all. He said that  BPS had included these 2 demands along with  many other,  in its Memorandum  and he had pleaded  for acceptance of these  demands in all of his meetings with the CPC . Fortunately, Pay Commission has recommended OROP/ parity in pension. But on an analysis of the recommendation he found that the parity is beneficial only for the officers at the top level and not for others. Continuing he said that at the best it could be termed only as “modified parity”. On the possibility of the recommendations being accepted by the Government, he said that since the Finance Minister himself had said the Country’s economy is quite strong  and one of the Members of the 7th CPC has said that the impact of the recommendations is financially manageable, and since the additional expenditure on account of its implementation  , is expected to be around 0.65 % of the GDP, there may not be any difficulty for the Government  to not only accept the report in Toto, but improve upon some of the recommendations.
            Concluding his speech he called upon the Pensioners Associations to conduct a membership drive, educate the Members at the grass root level of their rights, develop a second line of leadership and establish their own Media instead of expecting the Print and Electronic Media to espouse their cause.
            Answering a question by Shri S.S.Ramanatha Rao, Vice Chairman, CCCGPA, as to why at the National level, NCCPA and BCPC should not be combined for effective functioning, Shri Maheswari  said that he welcomes the suggestion and that  on his part, he would extend all cooperation and he would be  calling for a meeting of all the stake holders soon .Shri Maheswari answered many questions  put to him by the Representatives of Pensioners Associations on pay commission’s recommendations and on revision of pension.
            Shri T.V.Suryaprakash, Secretary, Coffee Board Pensioners’ Association and Joint GS, CCCGPA sought the help of Shri Maheswari in resolution of the long pending demand of the Pensioners of Statutory/ Autonomous bodies regarding extension of CGHS or any other medical facilities to them. He requested that the resolution on the subject sent by CCCGPA may be passed at the AGB of BPS scheduled to be held at Amritsar on 29-11-2015 and sent to the Government.
            Shri S.Radhakrishna, GS,CCCGPA summed up the discussions and proposed a vote thanks.
            Shri Maheswari was felicitated jointly by Shri B.Sadashiva Rao and Shri N.Bhaskaran. He was offered a shawl, a garland and a bowl of fruits. A memento with the photo of Shri Maheswari on it and a citation which read ‘Felicitation to Er. Mr.S.C.Maheswari, Secretary General, Bharat Pensioners Samaj, New Delhi, in recognition of his yeoman service to Pensioner Community” was presented to him on behalf of the CCCGPA, Karnataka and its Affiliates.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

7th Pay Commission recommendation – surrender railway pass to get LTC condition for railway employees

Leave Travel Concession (LTC)
LTC is granted to Central Government employees to facilitate home travel as well as travel to different parts of the country. Presently two hometown visits are allowed in a block of four years with one hometown visit substitutable with “All India” visit. However, for the first two 4-year blocks, three hometown visits and one “All India” visit are permissible. LTC is not granted to an employee whose spouse is working in Indian Railways.
There are demands to increase the frequency of LTC, especially of the “All India” visit, and extend LTC to foreign countries also. Personnel posted on islands have requested the Commission that splitting of hometown LTC may be permitted so that their families can visit them from the mainland once a year and they (the employees) can also travel to the mainland once a year to visit the family. Personnel of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) have sought parity
with other CAPFs for facility of Additional LTC. Railway employees have strongly represented that there are many places that are not connected by rail and in absence of LTC, they are not able to visit these places. Hence they should be allowed the facility of LTC in lieu of certain number of their free passes. Similar sentiments have also been expressed by employees whose spouses are Railway employees.
Analysis and Recommendations
Extension of LTC to foreign countries is not in the ambit of this Commission.  
The proposal to split hometown LTC has merit and can be considered. Hence, it is recommended that splitting of hometown LTC should be allowed in case of employees posted in North East, Ladakh and Island territories of Andaman, Nicobar and Lakshadweep. This will enable these employee and their families to meet more often.
Presently, personnel of Defence forces serving in field/high altitude/CI Ops areas are granted one additional free railway warrant. This should be extended to all personnel of CAPFs and the Indian Coast Guard mutatis mutandis.
The facility of Additional LTC should be extended to SSB personnel, at par with other CAPFs.
Regarding bringing Railway employees (and employees whose spouses are Railway servants) into the fold of LTC, the following is recommended:
a. No hometown LTC will be admissible to Railway employees, only “All India” LTC will be granted once in four years.
b. For the grant of LTC, all passes for the current year will have to be surrendered.
c. If the employee has already availed of a pass in any year, then LTC will not be allowed in that year.
d. If both spouses are Railway servants, then surrender of passes of any one of them will suffice.
e. For the purposes of this allowance, year means Calendar year.

Retired Employee’s Liberalized Health Scheme (RELHS) - Railway Board Clarification regarding the issue of cut-off date of implementation of the order

No. 2013/H/PNM/NFIR
New Delhi, Dated: 17.11.2015

General Managers,
All Indian Railways/PUS
(Including RDSO).
Subj- Retired Employee’s Liberalized Health Scheme (RELHS).
Ref:- This office letter of even No. dated 08.09.2015.

The decision of competent authority in the Ministry. of Railways to extend the facility of joining RELHS-97 to those Railway employees who retired at the normal age of ‘superannuation irrespective of number of years of their service before superannuation, was conveyed to the Zonal Railways Vide Board’s letter cited under reference. However, one of the Zonal Railways has raised the issue of cut-off date of implementation of the order. The issue has been examined in consultation with Finance Directorate in the Board’s office. 

In this context it is clarified that the instruction issued vide Board’s letter cited under reference is applicable to all Railway employees who have retired or retiring from-Railway service on attaining age of superannuation without any Cut-Off date.

This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate in the Board’s office.

(R.S. Shukla)
Joint Director/Health
Railway Board

Source: NFIR

CGHS Delhi & NCR: Removal from the list of empanelled Health Care Organization

Removal from the list of empanelled Health Care Organization under CGHS Delhi & NCR:-

Vide CGHS Order dated: 24.11.2015
(i) Adiva Super- Speciality Care, New Delhi
(ii) Shroff Eye Centre, Sec-27, Gurgaon
(iii) Professional Dentistry Multispecialty Dental Care Centre, New Delhi
(iv) Dabas Dental Clinic & Orthodontic Centre, Dwarka, New Delhi
(v) 32 Pearls Multi- Specialty Dental Clinic, Vijay Nagar, New Delhi.
(vi) Srivastava MRI & Imaging Centre, Mayur Vihar, New Delhi.
(vii) Mahavir International, Hauz Rani Market, New Delhi

Vide CGHS Order dated 18.11.2015
(i) Sadhu Vaswani Medical Centre, New Delhi - Diagnostic Centres,
(ii) Sadhu Vaswani Medical Centre, New Delhi - Dental Clinic
(iii) Sadhu Vaswani Medical Centre, New Delhi - Eye Centres
(iv) Star Dental Centre, New Delhi (v) ASG Eye Hospital, Ghaziabad

 CGHS Order dated: 24.11.2015:-

F. No: S.11045/36/2012-CGHS (HEC) Pt-1
Government of India
Directorate General of Central Government Health Scheme
Department of Health & Family Welfare

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi.
Dated the 24th November, 2015


Subject: Removal from the list of empanelled Health Care Organization under CGHS Delhi & NCR.

With reference to above mentioned matter the undersigned is directed to draw attention to OM No. S.11045/36/2012-CGHS (HEC) dated 01.10.2014 vide which (i) Adiva Super- Speciality Care, New Delhi (ii) Shroff Eye Centre, Sec-27, Gurgaon  (iii) Professional Dentistry Multispecialty Dental Care Centre, New Delhi (iv) Dabas Dental Clinic & Orthodontic Centre, Dwarka, New Delhi (v) 32 Pearls Multi- Specialty Dental Clinic, Vijay Nagar, New Delhi. (vi) Srivastava MRI & Imaging Centre, Mayur Vihar, New Delhi. (vii) Mahavir International, Hauz Rani Market, New Delhi were empanelled under CGHS Delhi/ NCR and to state that as per terms and conditions of empanelment all Non-NABH/Non-NABL health Care Organizations were to get themselves inspected and recommended by QCI within one year of empanelment for continuation of their empanelment with CGHS. However above mentioned Health Care Organizations have not applied for inspection by QCI even after lapse of one year of their empanelment and have not responded to notices issued by CGHS in this regard. The matter was examined and it has now been decided to remove these health Care Organizations from CGHS panel with immediate effect.

[Dr. D. C. Joshi]
Director (CGHS)


CGHS Order dated 18.11.2015
F. No: 8.11045/36/2012-CGHS (HEC) Pt-l
Government of India
Directorate General of Central Government Health Scheme
Department of Health & Family Welfare

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi.
Dated the 18 November, 2015

Subject: Removal from the list of empanelled Health Care Organization under CGHS Delhi & NCR,

With reference to above mentioned matter the undersigned is directed to draw attention to OM No. 8.11045/36/2012-CGHS (HEC) dated 01.10.2014 and further on 12.11.2014 Vide which (i) Sadhu Vaswani Medical Centre, New Delhi - Diagnostic Centres, (ii) Sadhu Vaswani Medical Centre, New Delhi - Dental Clinic (iii) Sadhu Vaswani Medical Centre, New Delhi Eye Centres (iv) Star Dental Centre, New Delhi (v) ASG Eye Hospital, Ghaziabad were empanelled under CGHS Delhi/ NCR and to state that all these Health Care Organizations have conveyed unwillingness to continue their empanelment under CGHS. The matter has been examined and it has been decided that all these Health Care Organization namely (i) Sadhu Vaswani Medical Centre, New Delhi - Diagnostic Centres, (ii) Sadhu Vaswani Medical Centre, New Delhi - Dental Clinic (iii) Sadhu Vaswani Medical Centre, New Delhi - Eye Centres (iv) Star Dental Centre, New Delhi (v) ASG Eye Hospital, Ghaziabad shall stand removed from the list of empanelled hosptials under CGHS Delhi/NCR with immediate effect.

[Dr. D. C. Joshi]
Director (CGHS)


7th Pay Commission pension, pay scales, allowances and much, much more: 26 crucial must-know points

7th Pay Commission pension, pay scales – calculators and highlights: The 7th Pay Commission has recommended an average 23.55 per cent hike in salaries and allowances of government staff. Check out here in 26 points all that you needed to know about the 7th Pay Commission report and who it impacts as well as how much.

7th Pay Commission pension, pay scales – calculators and highlights: The 7th Pay Commission has recommended an average 23.55 per cent hike in salaries and allowances of Central government staff and the same is likely to be replicated in the states too – minimum pay set at Rs 18,000 per month and maximum pay at Rs 2,50,000 per month. Market experts say that while on the one hand it will provide a big stimulus to the economy in the coming years (real estate and auto sectors are expected to be the biggest beneficiaries, amongst others), on the other it would be inflationary in nature and thus calls for delicate balancing between growth and inflation. Be that as it may, here we provide, with tables and charts all you wanted to know in 26 points in as brief a manner as possible:
1. Recommended Date of implementation: 01.01.2016
2. Minimum Pay: Based on the Dr Wallace Aykroyd formula (nutrition) , the minimum pay in government is recommended to be set at ₹18,000 per month.
3. Maximum Pay: ₹2,25,000 per month for Apex Scale and ₹2,50,000 per month for Cabinet Secretary and others presently at the same pay level.
4. Financial Implications:
a. The total financial impact in the FY 2016-17 is likely to be ₹1,02,100 crore, over the expenditure as per the “Business As Usual” scenario. Of this, the increase in pay would be ₹39,100 crore, increase in allowances would be ₹ 29,300 crore and increase in pension would be ₹33,700 crore.
b. Out of the total financial impact of ₹1,02,100 crore, ₹73,650 crore will be borne by the General Budget and ₹28,450 crore by the Railway Budget.
c. In percentage terms the overall increase in pay & allowances and pensions over the „Business As Usual‟ scenario will be 23.55 percent. Within this, the increase in pay will be 16 percent, increase in allowances will be 63 percent, and increase in pension would be 24 percent.
d. The total impact of the Commission‟s recommendations are expected to entail an increase of 0.65 percentage points in the ratio of expenditure on (Pay+Allowances+ Pension) to GDP compared to 0.77 percent in case of VI CPC.
5. New Pay Structure: Considering the issues raised regarding the Grade Pay structure and with a view to bring in greater transparency, the present system of pay bands and grade pay has been dispensed with and a new pay matrix has been designed. Grade Pay has been subsumed in the pay matrix. The status of the employee, hitherto determined by grade pay, will now be determined by the level in the pay matrix.
6. Fitment: A fitment factor of 2.57 is being proposed to be applied uniformly for all employees.
7. Annual Increment: The rate of annual increment is being retained at 3 percent.
8. Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP):
a. Performance benchmarks for MACP have been made more stringent from “Good” to “Very Good”.
b. The Commission has also proposed that annual increments not be granted in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the benchmark either for MACP or for a regular promotion in the first 20 years of their service.
c. No other changes in MACP recommended
9. Military Service Pay (MSP): The Military Service Pay, which is a compensation for the various aspects of military service, will be admissible to the Defence forces personnel only. As before, Military Service Pay will be payable to all ranks up to and inclusive of Brigadiers and their equivalents. The current MSP per month and the revised rates recommended are as follows:
milatary services

10. Short Service Commissioned Officers: Short Service Commissioned Officers will be allowed to exit the Armed Forces at any point in time between 7 and 10 years of service, with a terminal gratuity equivalent of 10.5 months of reckonable emoluments. They will further be entitled to a fully funded one year Executive Programme or a M.Tech. programme at a premier Institute.
11. Lateral Entry/Settlement: The Commission is recommending a revised formulation for lateral entry/resettlement of defence forces personnel which keeps in view the specific requirements of organization to which such personnel will be absorbed. For lateral entry into CAPFs an attractive severance package has been recommended.
12. Headquarters/Field Parity: Parity between field and headquarters staff recommended for similar functionaries e.g Assistants and Stenos.
13. Cadre Review: Systemic change in the process of Cadre Review for Group A officers recommended.
14. Allowances: The Commission has recommended abolishing 52 allowances altogether. Another 36 allowances have been abolished as separate identities, but subsumed either in an existing allowance or in newly proposed allowances. Allowances relating to Risk and Hardship will be governed by the proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix. a. Risk and Hardship Allowance: Allowances relating to Risk and Hardship will be governed by the newly proposed nine-cell Risk and Hardship Matrix, with one extra cell at the top, viz., RH-Max to include Siachen Allowance. The current Siachen Allowance per month and the revised rates recommended are as follows:
allowances 7th cpc
This would be the ceiling for risk/hardship allowances and there would be no individual RHA with an amount higher than this allowance.
b. House Rent Allowance: Since the Basic Pay has been revised upwards, the Commission recommends that HRA be paid at the rate of 24 percent, 16 percent and 8 percent of the new Basic Pay for Class X, Y and Z cities respectively. The Commission also recommends that the rate of HRA will be revised to 27 percent, 18 percent and 9 percent respectively when DA crosses 50 percent, and further revised to 30 percent, 20 percent and 10 percent when DA crosses 100 percent.
c. In the case of PBORs of Defence, CAPFs and Indian Coast Guard compensation for housing is presently limited to the authorised married establishment hence many users are being deprived. The HRA coverage has now been expanded to cover all.
d. Any allowance not mentioned in the report shall cease to exist.
e. Emphasis has been placed on simplifying the process of claiming allowances.
15. Advances:
a. All non-interest bearing Advances have been abolished.
b. Regarding interest-bearing Advances, only Personal Computer Advance and House Building Advance (HBA) have been retained. HBA ceiling has been increased to ₹25 lakhs from the present Rs 7.5 lakhs.
16. Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS): The Rates of contribution as also the insurance coverage under the CGEGIS have remained unchanged for long. They have now been enhanced suitably. The following rates of CGEGIS are recommended:
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17. Medical Facilities:
a. Introduction of a Health Insurance Scheme for Central Government employees and pensioners has been recommended.
b. Meanwhile, for the benefit of pensioners residing outside the CGHS areas, CGHS should empanel those hospitals which are already empanelled under CS (MA)/ECHS for catering to the medical requirement of these pensioners on a cashless basis.
c. All postal pensioners should be covered under CGHS. All postal dispensaries should be merged with CGHS.
18. Pension: The Commission recommends a revised pension formulation for civil employees including CAPF personnel as well as for Defence personnel, who have retired before 01.01.2016. This formulation will bring about parity between past pensioners and current retirees for the same length of service in the pay scale at the time of retirement.
The past pensioners shall first be fixed in the Pay Matrix being recommended by the Commission on the basis of Pay Band and Grade Pay at which they retired, at the minimum of the corresponding level in the pay matrix.
This amount shall be raised to arrive at the notional pay of retirees, by adding number of increments he/she had earned in that level while in service at the rate of 3 percent.
In the case of defence forces personnel this amount will include Military Service Pay as admissible.
Fifty percent of the total amount so arrived at shall be the new pension.
An alternative calculation will be carried out, which will be a multiple of 2.57 times of the current basic pension.
The pensioner will get the higher of the two.
19. Gratuity: Enhancement in the ceiling of gratuity from the existing ₹10 lakh to ₹20 lakh. The ceiling on gratuity may be raised by 25 percent whenever DA rises by 50 percent.
20. Disability Pension for Armed Forces: The Commission is recommending reverting to a slab based system for disability element, instead of existing percentile based disability pension regime.
21. Ex-gratia Lump sum Compensation to Next of Kin: The Commission is recommending the revision of rates of lump sum compensation for next of kin (NOK) in case of death arising in various circumstances relating to performance of duties, to be applied uniformly for the defence forces personnel and civilians including CAPF personnel.
22. Martyr Status for CAPF Personnel: The Commission is of the view that in case of death in the line of duty, the force personnel of CAPFs should be accorded martyr status, at par with the defence forces personnel.
23. New Pension System: The Commission received many grievances relating to NPS. It has recommended a number of steps to improve the functioning of NPS. It has also recommended establishment of a strong grievance redressal mechanism.
24. Regulatory Bodies: The Commission has recommended a consolidated pay package of ₹4,50,000 and ₹4,00,000 per month for Chairpersons and Members respectively of select Regulatory bodies. In case of retired government servants, their pension will not be deducted from their consolidated pay. The consolidated pay package will be raised by 25 percent as and when Dearness Allowance goes up by 50 percent. For Members of the remaining Regulatory bodies normal replacement pay has been recommended.
25. Performance Related Pay: The Commission has recommended introduction of the Performance Related Pay (PRP) for all categories of Central Government employees, based on quality Results Framework Documents, reformed Annual Performance Appraisal Reports and some other broad Guidelines. The Commission has also recommended that the PRP should subsume the existing Bonus schemes.
26. There are few recommendations of the Commission where there was no unanimity of view and these are as follows:
i. The Edge: An edge is presently accordeded to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) at three promotion stages from Senior Time Scale (STS), to the Junior Administrative Grade (JAG) and the NFSG. is recommended by the Chairman, to be extended to the Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS).
Shri Vivek Rae, Member is of the view that financial edge is justified only for the IAS and IFS. Dr. Rathin Roy, Member is of the view that the financial edge accorded to the IAS and IFS should be removed.
ii. Empanelment: The Chairman and Dr. Rathin Roy, Member, recommend that All India Service officers and Central Services Group A officers who have completed 17 years of service should be eligible for empanelment under the Central Staffing Scheme and there should not be “two year edge”, vis-à-vis the IAS. Shri Vivek Rae, Member, has not agreed with this view and has recommended review of the Central Staffing Scheme guidelines.
iii. Non Functional Upgradation for Organised Group ‘A’ Services: The Chairman is of the view that NFU availed by all the organised Group `A‟ Services should be allowed to continue and be extended to all officers in the CAPFs, Indian Coast Guard and the Defence forces. NFU should henceforth be based on the respective residency periods in the preceding substantive grade. Shri Vivek Rae, Member and Dr. Rathin Roy, Member, have favoured abolition of NFU at SAG and HAG level.
iv. Superannuation: Chairman and Dr. Rathin Roy, Member, recommend the age of superannuation for all CAPF personnel should be 60 years uniformly. Shri Vivek Rae, Member, has not agreed with this recommendation and has endorsed the stand of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Source: FE

BPS writes to Finance Minister pointing out 7th CPC shortcomings.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Chapter 9.5 - Medical Facilities for Serving Employees and Pensioners

Chapter 9.5 - Medical Facilities for Serving Employees and Pensioners

9.5.1 The Central Government provides health care facilities for both serving and retired employees. Employees of some Central Government organisations, like Railways and Defence, are covered by captive medical facilities provided by the concerned administrative ministries. Certain other organisations have limited medical facilities covering out-patient treatment and limited hospitalisation. The general coverage of Central Government employees is under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) and the Central Service (Medical Attendance) Rules, 1944 [CS(MA) Rules].

9.5.2CGHS, under the aegis of Department of Health andFamilyWelfare, provides out-patient (OPD)/in-patient (IPD) treatment to its beneficiaries–both serving and retired employees– within its area of operation. Serving employees of the Central Government, outside CGHS area and thus not under its coverage, avail medical facilities under CS (MA).

9.5.3 CS (MA) Rules, 1944 are statutory provisions for medical relief to the serving Central Government employees and their family members who are not residing in CGHS covered cities. There is a provision for appointment of Authorized Medical Attendants (AMA) by the concerned department for their employees either from the Medical Officers working under the State/Central Government or from private practitioners depending upon the situation.

9.5.4 Pensioners are not covered under the CS (MA) Rules. Pensioners residing outside CGHS areas are entitled to Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) @ Rs.500 per month for their OPD/IPD needs. Such pensioners can also avail IPD/OPD under CGHS subject to some conditions, details of which have been explained in a subsequent paragraph.

9.5.5Duringits interactions with various stakeholders, the Commission has received numerous demands relating to medical facilities. Broadly, these demands are as follows:

a. CGHS should be expanded and improved: It has been demanded that facilities offered by CGHS should be strengthened and more private hospitals should be empanelled in such a way that they are nearer to the residence cluster of the beneficiaries.

b. Pensioners be treated at par with serving employees: It has been represented that CS(MA) be extended to pensioners residing outside CGHS Area. It has been demanded that Smart Cards be issued to all pensioners for availing cashless medical facilities across the country in all government hospitals, all accredited Multi Super Speciality Hospitals which have been allotted land at concessional rates, all CGHS, (Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) empanelled Hospitals.

c. It has been demanded that the amount of FMA be raised to Rs.2,000 with DA thereon.

d. It has been pointed out that P&T pensioners who did not subscribe to CGHS while in service are not covered under CGHS post retirement. It has also been demanded that all P&T dispensaries should be merged with CGHS so that these pensioners can avail IPD/OPD benefits.
Analysis of the Demands
9.5.6 CGHS has benefited a significant number of government employees and pensioners. The Commission notes that the pressure on CGHS has been increasing over the years. This has affected its efficient functioning at times. However, the Commission is aware that services provided by CGHS are valued by a number of employees and most of the pensioners.

9.5.7 The demands of the various stakeholders, listed above, have been analysed keeping these facts in the backdrop. Broadly, these demands can be classified into three segments: (i) Expansion of CGHS to more areas, (ii) Strengthening of the existing facilities under CGHS, and (iii) Provision of medical facilities for pensioners living outside CGHS areas.

Expansion of CGHS to More Areas
9.5.8 CGHS is presently operational in 25 cities. The government is opening at least one CGHS Wellness Centre in 12 more cities. The Commission notes that with this addition, almost all the state capitals will be covered under CGHS.

9.5.9 The VICPC had recommended that all postal dispensaries should be merged with CGHS and all postal employees including retired postal employees be covered under CGHS wherever available. It is noted that out of 52 postal dispensaries, 19 have been merged with existing CGHS centres. During his presentation, DG, CGHS highlighted scarcity of resources, particularly that of manpower, due to which government is not in a position to extend CGHS to more areas. The Commission feels that modalities should be worked out to utilise the existing manpower of the postal dispensaries and steps should be taken to merge the remaining 33 postal dispensaries with CGHS. This will benefit a large number of postal employees and pensioners. This will also benefit those Central Government employees/pensioners who are otherwise eligible for coverage under CGHS but are being denied this facility because of absence of CGHS centres in their cities. The Commission feels that Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s order dated 1 August, 1996 - which states that P&T pensioners who were not participating in CGHS while in service may not be extended medical facility under CGHS - is discriminatory and should therefore be revoked. This would enable all P&T pensioners, irrespective of their participation in CGHS while in service, to avail medical facilities under CGHS after making requisite subscription.

Strengthening of the Existing Facilities under CGHS

9.5.10 At present, CGHS is providing facilities to about 36 lakh beneficiaries (card holders and their dependents). This includes about 26 lakh serving employees and their dependants and about 10 lakh pensioners and their dependants. CGHS has a network of 273 Allopathic and 85 AYUSH Wellness Centres, 73 labs, 19 poly-clinics, 19 dental clinics, 4 hospitals and 2 geriatric clinics (Delhi only). CGHS has also empanelled about 750 private hospitals and diagnostic centres.

9.5.11 CGHS, thus, has indeed been catering to a sizeable population of government employees. However, there are many limitations on this count. The Commission notes that financial constraints, non-availability of sufficient health care professionals and other administrative limitations impede rapid expansion of CGHS to more areas or strengthening of its services. Even with the limited expansion, possiblyalargenumberof employees/pensioners will still remain uncovered given their spatial distribution.

Provision of Medical Facilities for Pensioners Living Outside CGHS Areas

9.5.12 Pensioners residing in non-CGHS areas have three options. First, they may draw FMA. In this case, pensioners will have to make their own arrangements for both IPD and OPD treatment. Second, pensioners may draw FMA for OPD and avail CGHS benefits for IPD from the nearest CGHS city after making the required subscription to CGHS card. Third, pensioners may avail CGHS facility both for OPD and IPD from the nearest CGHS city after making the required subscription to CGHS.

9.5.13 In case of emergency, pensioners, under the second and the third options, can take treatment in aprivate hospital empanelled under CS(MA)/Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) or any private hospital in the domicile city. However, such pensioners will have to make payment upfront for their treatment and thereafter seek reimbursement from CGHS. This reimbursement is capped at CGHS rates.

9.5.14 Various pensioners’ associations have demanded that CS (MA) Rules should be extended to cover Central Government pensioners residing outside CGHS areas. As referred to earlier, CS (MA) Rules do not cover the pensioners. The Commission notes that the VICPC was not in favour of extending CS (MA) to the pensioners on the grounds of huge financial implications and administrative difficulties relating to submission and reimbursement of bills.


Health Insurance Scheme
9.5.15 In this backdrop, the Commission opines that health insurance for the government employees and pensioners remains the most optimal route for ensuring complete coverage for all employees, pensioners and their dependants in the long run. The IV CPC had suggested that feasibility and modalities of an Insurance Scheme for government employees in lieu of medical reimbursement may be considered by the government. The VI CPC had recommended introduction of a health insurance scheme for Central Government employees and pensioners. It had recommended that for existing employees and pensioners, the scheme should be available on a voluntary basis, subject to their paying the prescribed contribution. It had also been recommended that the health insurance scheme should be compulsory for new government employees who would be joining service after the introduction of the Scheme.
Similarly, ithad recommended that those retiring after the introduction of the insurance scheme would be covered under the Scheme.

9.5.16 The Commission observes that in view of the recommendations of the earlier Pay Commissions and various high power committees, the government has been contemplating the introduction of a health insurance scheme on Pan-India basis. The Commission notes that although the Committee of Secretaries had given its ‘in principle’ approval way back in 2011, and an amount of Rs. 2,061 crore had been earmarked under the XII Five Year Plan, the Scheme has still not been implemented.

9.5.17 The Commission notes that given the tardiness in the introduction of the long awaited Insurance Scheme, as already mentioned earlier in this chapter, the pensioners residing outside CGHS area will continue to be at a disadvantage, in terms of medical facilities, compared to their counterparts residing in CGHS areas. As stated earlier in this chapter, according to existing provisions, pensioner residing outside CGHS area but subscribing to CGHS for OPD/IPD can avail medical facility from any hospital–private or public or empanelled under CS (MA)/ECHS–in his/her own city. However, in such cases, the pensioners have to make upfront payment to the hospital and claim reimbursement later. The Commission feels that this could be a limiting factor for many pensioners who may not have the resources to pay hospital expenses upfront. The Commission notes that under CS (MA) Rules/ECHS, there are empanelled hospitals in every part of the country, at least in all major locations. In this backdrop, after identification of some major centres/cities based on minimum population threshold of pensioners, these hospitals could be empanelled by CGHS as well, for extending medical facilities on a cashless basis.

9.5.18 Considering all the issues, the Commission makes the following recommendations:

i. The Commission strongly recommends the introduction of health insurance scheme for Central Government employees and pensioners. In the interregnum, for the benefit of pensioners residing outside the CGHS areas, the Commission recommends that CGHS should empanel those hospitals which are already empanelled under CS (MA)/ECHS for catering to the medical requirement of these pensioners on a cashless basis. This would involve strengthening of administrative capacity of nearest CGHS centres. However, this step will go a long way in ameliorating the pending grievances of these pensioners.

ii. The Commission recommends that the remaining 33 postal dispensaries should be merged with CGHS. The Commission further recommends that all postal pensioners, irrespective of their participation in CGHS while in service, should be covered under CGHS after making requisite subscription.

iii. Currently, there are various health care schemes in the Central Government catering to specific sets of employees. For example, apart from CGHS, there are Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) and Railways Employees Liberalized Health Scheme (RELHS) which cover ex-servicemen and Railway employees/pensioners, respectively. Although the patterns in these schemes vary, a combined entity of CGHS-ECHS-RELHS would result in a very strong network of health facilities for the Central Government employees across the length and breadth of the country. The Commission recommends that possibility of such a combined network of various medical schemes should be explored through proper examination.


FINMIN Order – Implementation Cell for processing and implementing the accepted recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

North Block,
New Delhi. Dated 20 November, 2015

Subject: Setting up of Implementation Cell, Seventh Central Pay Commission in the Department of Expenditure

An Implementation Cell for processing and implementing the accepted recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission is set up in the Department of Expenditure, M/o Finance for a period of one year with effect from the 20th November, 2015, with the complement of staff structure as mentioned under:

S1 .No.Category of PostsNo. of Posts
2Under Secretary/ Desk Officer2
3Private Secretary2
4Personal Assistant2
5MTS [Multi-Tasking Staff]2

2. Joint Secretary (Personnel), Deptt. of Expenditure shall head the Implementation Cell in addition to her current responsibility till the post of Joint Secretary, Implementation Cell is created.

3. This issues with the approval of Hon’ble Finance Minister.

Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Fin Min Order:
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