Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Deputation (Duty) Allowance to Central Government Employees - Recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission - DOPT Orders

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 24th November, 2017


Subject:- Grant of Deputation (Duty) Allowance - Recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission - Regarding.

This Department’s OM No. 6/8/2009-Estt.(Pay-II) dated 17.6.2010 inter-alia provides for rates of Deputation (Duty) Allowance admissible to Central Government employees.

2. As provided in para 7 of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure’s Resolution No.1-2/2016-IC dated 25th July, 2016, the matter regarding allowances (except Dearness Allowance) based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) was referred to a Committee under the Chairmanship of Finance Secretary and until a final decision thereon, all Allowances have been paid at the existing rates in the existing pay structure.

3. The decision of the Government on various allowances based on the recommendations of the 7th CPC and in the light of the recommendations of the Committee under the Chairmanship of the Finance Secretary has since been issued as per the Resolution No.11-1/2016-IC dated 6th July 2017 of Department of Expenditure.

4. As mentioned at Sl.No.46 of the Appendix-II of the said Resolution dated 6th July 2017, the recommendation of the 7th CPC for enhancement of ceiling of Deputation (Duty) Allowance for civilians by 2.25 times has been accepted and this decision is effective from 1st July, 2017. Accordingly, the President is pleased to decide that the rates of Deputation (Duty) Allowance and certain other conditions relating to grant of Deputation (Duty) Allowance shall be as under:-

The Deputation (Duty) Allowance admissible shall be at the following rates:

(a) In case of deputation within the same station the Deputation (Duty) Allowance will be payable at the rate of 5% of basic pay subject to a maximum of Rs.4500 p.m.

(b) In case of deputation involving change of station, the Deputation (Duty) Allowance will be payable at the rate of 10% of the basic pay subject to a maximum of Rs.9000 p.m.

(c) The ceilings will further rise by 25 percent each time Dearness Allowance increases by 50 percent.

(d) Basic Pay, from time to time, plus Deputation (Duty) Allowance shall not exceed the basic pay in the apex level i.e. Rs. 2,25,000/-. In the case of Government servants receiving Non Practising Allowance, their basic pay plus Non-Practising Allowance plus Deputation (Duty) Allowance shall not exceed the average of basic pay of the revised scale applicable to the Apex Level and the Level of the Cabinet Secretary i.e. Rs.2,37,500/-.

Note: 1 ‘Basic pay’ in the revised pay structure (the pay structure based on 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations) means the pay drawn by the deputationist, from time to time, in the prescribed Level, in Pay Matrix, of the post held by him substantively in the parent cadre, but does not include any other type of pay like personal pay, etc.

Note: 2 In cases where the basic pay in parent cadre has been upgraded on account of non-functional upgradation (NFU), Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACP), Non Functional Selection Grade (NFSG), etc., the upgraded basic pay under such upgradations shall not be taken into account for the purpose of Deputation (Duty) Allowance.

Note 3 In the case of a Proforma Promotion under Next Below Rule (NBR): If such a Proforma Promotion is in a Level of the Pay Matrix which is higher than that of the ex-cadre post, the basic pay under such Proforma Promotion shall not be taken into account for the purpose of Deputation (Duty) Allowance. However, if such a Proforma Promotion under NBR is in a Level of the pay matrix which is equal to or below that of the ex-cadre post, Deputation (Duty) Allowance shall be admissible on the basic pay of the parent cadre post allowed under the proforma promotion, if opted by the deputationist.

Note 4 In case of Reverse Foreign Service, if the appointment is made to post whose pay structure and/ or Dearness Allowance (DA) pattern is dissimilar to that in the parent organisation, the option for electing to draw the basic pay in the parent cadre [alongwith the Deputation (Duty) Allowance thereon and the personal pay, if any] will not be available to such employee.

Note: 5 The term ‘same station’ for the purpose will be determined with reference to the station where the person was on duty before proceeding on deputation.

Note: 6 Where there is no change in the headquarters with reference to the last post held, the transfer should be treated as within the same station and when there is change in headquarters it would be treated as not in the same station. So far as places falling within the same urban agglomeration of the old headquarters are concerned, they would be treated as transfer within the same station.

5. Para 6.1 of this Department’s OM No.6/8/2009-Estt(Pay-II) dated 17.6.2010 stands amended to the above effect.

6. In so far as persons serving in the Indian Audit & Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

7. These orders shall take effect from 1st July, 2017

(Rajeev Bahree)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source: DOPT

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Change of Closed Holiday for Milad-un-Nabi from 01.12.2017 to 02.12.2017 - CO Order

Friday, 24 November 2017

Classification of Post in 7th CPC – Gazette Notification

Classification of Post in 7th CPC – Gazette Notification

(Department of Personnel and Training)

New Delhi, the 9th November, 2017
S.O. 3578 (E).— In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 309 of the Constitution read with rule 6 of the Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965 and in supersession of the notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Personnel and Training) number S.O. 2079(E), dated the 20th August, 2014, except as

respects things done or omitted to be done before such supersession, the President hereby directs that with effect from the date of publication of this Order in the Official Gazette, all civil posts except persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department under the Union, shall be classified as follows :-

Explanation – For the purpose of this Order, ‘Level’ in relation to a post means, the Level specified in third row of Part A of the Schedule to the Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016.
[F. No. 11012/10/2016-Estt.A-III]
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Thursday, 23 November 2017

On 20/11/2017 SG FNPO met the following officers along with General secretary NUR-C Shri N.K Tyagi.

Chairman, Postal Services Board,
Member (O),
Member (Tec),
Member (Banking)
Member (Planning) &
Director Mail Management.

Subjects discussed with the above officers.
1) CSI roll out and its implications.
2)  Aadhar Updation Counters at all the Post Offices.
3) GDS committee report present Status.
4) Cadre restructuring for left out categories.
5) Shifting of SH RMS Division HQ.
6) India Post Payments Bank -  FNPO comments.

The outcome of the meeting:
Department seriously discussed the CSI issues with the CEO of consultancy. CEO assured that all issues will be settled by the end of this month. Department proposes to call the unions/Federations during the 1st week of December to update the developments.

Aadhar Updation Counters will be opened only selected post offices. The no of offices in each circle will be intimated to the staff side. Our federation pointed Maharashtra Circle, for which Department replied that 1293 Post offices will be identified for Aadhar updation. To meet the shortage of staff in the PO MTS/GDS will be given training for Aadhar updating. Further 5500 PA (selected through staff selection) will be distributed to all circles.Aadhar Updation Counters-Our Federation letter.

GDS report: MOF raised many queries/objections, all issues clarified by the Department. Department officers are of the hope that MOF will clear the file shortly.

Cadre restructuring for left out categories: Chairman assured he will monitor the file.

Shifting of SH RMS Division HQ. The report will be called for from the circle.

India Post Payments Bank FNPO comments.  Our points have been noted by the Secretary.Our Federation comments on IPPB.


Click here to see the link: KALANGARAI VILAKKU (OCTOBER 2017)

Sunday, 19 November 2017

SSC Recruitment of Combined Higher Secondary Level (10+2) Examination, 2017

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has published Recruitment of Combined Higher Secondary Level (10+2) (CHSL) Examination, 2017. Other details like age limit, educational qualification, selection process, application fee and how to apply are given below.

  • Lower Division Clerk (LDC)/ Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA): Pay Band -1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs. 1900 (pre-revised)
  • Postal Assistant (PA)/ Sorting Assistant (SA): Pay Band -1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs. 2400 (pre-revised)
  • Data Entry Operator(DEO): Pay Band-1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs. 2400 (pre-revised) and
  • Data Entry Operator, Grade ‘A’: Pay Band-1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs. 2400 (pre-revised)
Tentative vacancies: 
  • For the posts of LDC/ JSA: 898
  • For Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant: 2359
  • For DEO: 02 
  • For Data Entry Operator Grade”A”: Nil
Educational Qualification:

  • Must have passed 12th Standard or equivalent examination from a recognized Board or University.
  • For Data Entry Operator in the Office of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG): 12th Standard pass in Science stream with Mathematics as a subject from a recognized Board or equivalent.

Age Limit: 18-27 years as on 01.08.2018 (Candidates born not before 02-08-1991 and
not later than 01-08-2000).

Application fee and mode of fee payment:

  • Fee payable: Rs. 100/-(Rupees One Hundred only).
  • Fee can be paid through SBI Challan/ SBI Net Banking or by using Visa/ Mastercard/ Maestro Credit/ Debit card.

Women candidates of all categories and candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste,
Scheduled Tribe, Persons with Disability (PwD) and Ex-servicemen (ExS) eligible for
reservation are exempted from payment of fee

Scheme of Examination:
The examination will consist of a Computer Based Examination (Tier-I), Descriptive Paper
(Tier-II) and Typing Test/ Skill Test (Tier-III).
Computer Based Examination: Tier-I (Objective Type):

Tier-II (Descriptive Paper): 
Tier-II Paper will be a descriptive Paper of 100 Marks in ‘Pen and Paper Mode
The duration of the paper would be for one hour (20 minutes compensatory time will also
be provided to the candidates mentioned in Para 7 above). This paper has been
introduced to assess the writing skills of the candidates which is necessary in Government
jobs. The Paper would comprise writing of an Essay of 200-250 words and Letter/
Application of approximately 150-200 words. The minimum qualifying marks in Tier-II would
be 33 per cent. The performance in Tier II would be included for preparing merit. The paper
will have to be written either in Hindi or in English. Part paper written in Hindi and Part in
English will not be evaluated.

Tier-III Examination: Tier-III of the Examination would be the Skill Test/ Typing Test which would be of qualifying nature. Skill Test/ Typing Test would be in consonance with the provisions contained in para 12.2 and 12.3 given below. The final merit of the successful candidates would be determined
on the basis of total score obtained by them in Tier-I and Tier-II.

Selection Process: Candidates will be selected based on an interview.

How to Apply: Interested Candidates may Apply Online Through official Website.

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Important Dates:

  • Starting Date of Online Application: 18-11-2017
  • Last Date to Apply Online: 18-12-2017 (upto 05:00 p.m)
  • Offline Challan Generation End Date: 18-12-2017 (upto 05:00 p.m)
  • Payment Through SBI Challan: 20-12-2017
  • Tier-I Online Exam Dates: 04-03-2018 to 26-03-2018

7th CPC Minimum Wage – NC JCM Proposed Items and Comments of DoPT

Items proposed by the Staff-Side, NC(JCM) for discussion in the National Anomaly Committee - Comments of DoPT regarding

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 30th October, 2017

Shri Shiv Gopal Mishra
Secretary, Staff-Side National Council, JCM
13-C, Ferozshah Road,
New Delhi-110001

Subject:— Items proposed by the Staff-Side, NC(JCM) for discussion in the National Anomaly Committee — Comments of DoPT regarding.  

I am directed to refer to your letters No. NC-JCM-2017/7th CPC Anomaly dated 16th August, 2017 and 31th August, 2017 with which a total of 18 items have been sent to DoPT for discussion in the NAC meetings. These 18 items are about various issues over which, the Staff-Side has opined, anomaly has arisen as a result of the 7th CPC’s recommendations or absence of them.

2. On the other hand, DoPT after examining them in the light of the three postulates which, as described in DoPT’s OM. No. 11/2/2016-JCA dated 16th August, 2016 and 20th February, 2017, would constitute anomaly is of the view that there are certain items in the lists sent which are not in accord with them and hence cannot be called anomalies as such notwithstanding the merit that they may have otherwise. There are also certain items which should be taken up at the Departmental Anomaly Committees of the other administrative Ministries concerned. A few items are those which, for a detailed examination, need more relevant documents/papers etc. These have been briefly described below: 

S. No
Description Anomaly     
Anomaly in computation of Minimum Wage
As against the Minimum Wage decided to be Rs. 18000/- by the Govt. w.e.f. 01.01.2016, the Staff-Side has said that this should be not less than Rs. 26,000/-and the multiplication factor ought to have been 3.714 and not 2.57.

They have further asked for the pay matrix to be changed. Objecting to the methodology adopted by the 7th CPC in computing the Minimum Wage, they have given a number of reasons like the retail prices of the commodities quoted by the Labour Bureau being irrational, adoption of the 12 monthly average of the retail price being contents to the Dr. Avkrovd f ormula, the website of the Agriculture Ministry giving the retail prices of commodities forming the basis of computation of minimum wage provides a different picture, so on and so forth.

However, when one compares this item with the three situations given in DoPT’s OM. No. 11/2/2016-jCA dated 16th August, 2016 and 20th February, 2017, it does not appear that this satisfies any of them to be treated as an anomaly.
3% Increment in all stages
The Staff-Side argues that in spite of the foreword to the Report making it clear in para 1.19 that the prevailing rate of increment is considered quite satisfactory and has been retained, an illustrative list appended by them shows instances where the pay, gone up after the addition of annual increment by 3%, falls short of what it would have been. They have quoted para-5.1.38 of the report also which states that the rate of annual increment would be 3%.

While what the Staff-Side has stated has its own merits, the fact of the matter is that the principle followed here is whenever a stage of pay, after addition of an increment, falls short of the nearest hundred by less than 50, the employee would be entitled to get the amount mentioned in the immediately next cell in the Pay-Matrix. However, when the gap is that of more than 50, the pay, on addition of an increment, is rounded off to the nearest hundred which travels backward.

For instance, if staying at Rs.46,100/- one gets an increment @ 3%, instead of having his/her pay fixed at Rs. 47,483/- (which is the exact figure), it will be Rs. 47,500/- (thus gaining by Rs. 13/-). Thus it is not a case of permanent loss as the loss in one year is made good in the second/third year. Considering this to he a situation of swings and roundabouts, this may not be treated as a case of anomaly.
Anomaly due to index rationalization
The Staff-Side has taken exception to the index rationalization followed by the 7th CPC while formulating its views as per which the fitment factor varies and moves upward as one goes up the hierarchical ladder with the level of responsibility and accountability also steadily climbing up commensurately. The Staff-Side argues that the multiplication factor should be one, i.e. 2.81. 

Although the Staff-Side has remonstrated that the vertical relativity will suffer distortion in the process, it has to be stated that it is a policy decision about by the Staff-Side comes to be distorted when the pay of a feeder-cadre post and that of a promotional post becomes same. In this case it is not so. Hence it does not appear to qualify for being called an anomaly.
Minimum Pension
The Staff-Side says the minimum pension fixed after 7th CPC should be corrected and revised orders issued. From the brief explanatory note recorded under this point, it appears that the CPC had sounded out D/o pension on what the latter thought what the minimum pension should be.

This is an exclusively pension-related issue on which, as informed by the Staff-Side, D/o Pension was asked for their views by the 7t1 CPC. Moreover, as will be evident, the basic focus of DoPT’s Q.M. No. 11/2/2016-JCA dated 16th August, 2016 and 20th February, 2017 is on taking on board those anomalies which are pay-related. Hence, this item may be taken up separately by the Staff-Side with the D/o Pension. Thus, instead of treating this as a case of anomaly, the Staff-Side is requested to take it up with the D/o Pension separately.
Date of effect of allowances HRA, Transport Allowance, CEA etc.
The Staff-Side has demanded that the grant of the allowances (revised) mentioned alongside should be made effective from 01.01.2016 and not from 01.07.2017.

This is a demand and cannot be treated as an anomaly. Moreover, the date from which a benefit is to be made effective is something which can be decided only by the Government. Hence, this may not be taken up at the NAC.
Anomaly in the grant of D.A instalment w.e.f 01.01.2016.
Here the Staff-Side has questioned the methodology adopted by the Government in computing the DA instalment w.e.f. 01.01.2016.

It has, however, to be pointed out that even if there is merit in the contention of the Staff-Side involving this item, it does not qualify being called an anomaly when it is examined in the light of the three situations which, as per DoPT’s Q.M. No. 11/2/2016-JCA dated 16th August, 2016 and 20th February, 2017, would constitute anomalies.

3. Items to be taken up at the Departmental Anomaly Committees.

Description Anomaly     
Implement the recommendation on Parity in Pay Scale between Sr. Auditor/Sr. Accountant of IA&AD and organized Accounts with Assistant Section Officer of CSS.
The Staff-Side says that although the 5th, 6th and now 7th CPC’s have recommended that the pay-scales of different cadres/categories/grades requiring the same recruitment qualifications should be the same, denial of the same benefit to the Statistical Assistants (SA’s) who are otherwise at par with Assistant Section Officers (erstwhile ‘Assistant’) is a violation of the principle. While ASO’s are placed in the Pay-Matrix of 7, SA’s are in the Pay-Matrix of 6. 

This arrangement is stated to have disturbed the horizontal relativity between the pay-scales of the SA’s in the Organized Accounts and IA&AD Cadre and ASO’s in the CSS cadre. In conclusion, it has been requested that SA’s should also be placed in Pay-Matrix no. 7. Even if, the present case comes across as one of anomaly, it appears that the interests of the Statistical Assistants only are involved. ASO’s of CCS are coming into the question; but only as a reference point, by way of comparison. Hence the Staff-Side is requested to take up this issue at the Departmental Anomaly Committee concerned.
Technical Supervisors of Railways
This particular item is exclusively Railways-specific. The Staff-Side, NC OCM) is requested to take it up at the Departmental Anomaly Committee of MR) Railways.
Anomaly in the assignment of replacement of Levels of pay in the Ministry of Defence, Railways, Mines etc in the case of Store Keepers     .
Staff-Side says that although ‘Store keeper’ is one such category of posts which is common to various Departments like Defence, Mines, Railways etc and in spite of the nature of job, responsibilities being similar, the pay-scale of storekeepers across all the Departments is not the same. It is still less in the M/o Defence even after the entry-level qualifications which were different before the 7th CPC stage, have been revised. If what the Staff-Side remonstrates that even after the requisite changes had been carried out in the R/Rules, the 7th CPC did not take any cognizance of it is true, it has to be assumed that it is a policy decision of the Government. Moreover, the issue appears to be M/o Defence-specific. The Staff-Side is requested to take it up at the Departmental Anomaly Committee meeting of the M/o Defence.

4. Item to be taken up separately with the Department of Pension.

S. No
Description Anomaly     
Anomaly arising from the decision to reject option-1 in pension fixation
As per the ToR of the NAC, anomalies are basically pay-centric. Under this point, the contention of the Staff-Side is pension-centric. Furthermore, the Staff-Side has themselves clarified that post-7th CPC, Government had set up a CoS headed by Secretary(Pension) to look into the first option recommended by the 7th CPC. Eventually, this was not found feasible to be implemented. With such a decision having been taken at the CoS level, it cannot be called an anomaly. In view of this, we may inform the Staff-Side to separately take it up with D/0 Pension without treating it as an anomaly that can be taken up at the NAC.

5. More details required to examine the following item.

S. No
Description Anomaly     
Parity in Pay Scales between Assistants/Stenographers in field / subordinate officers and assistant Section Officer and stenographers in CSS.
Although the heading of this item is self-explanatory, the relevant text given in the paper sent is not complete as the pay-scales of Assistants and stenos posted in field have not been mentioned therein. Until their pay-scales are known they cannot be compared to check whether there is indeed any anomaly. The Staff-Side is requested to provide more information that is relevant so that it can be properly examined to find out whether an anomaly arises here or not.

Yours faithfully,
(D.K. Sengupta)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India