Friday, 4 March 2016

7th cpc: Good News! Govt won't scrap existing facilities, allowances

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After dropping enough hint that Government is all set to implement the recommendations of Seventh Pay Commission soon, here is yet another good news for central government employees.

 June According to Finance Ministry sources, Government won't be making any changes in the existing advances and facilities, enjoyed by Central government employees.

Pay commission had suggested abolition of many privileges and facilities including risk allowance, small family allowance, festival advance and motor cycle advance etc in its recommendations.

Reportedly, employees associations and Trade Unions were not happy with the suggestions by the pay commission. They had requested government to make its stand clear on it. Reportedly, Finance Ministry was constantly in touch with PMO over the same.

 Finally PMO said that it doesn't want to disappoint government staff. A Finance Ministry sources was quoted by a news website as saying, "The PMO has sent its directive and it says that existing privileges cannot be curtailed.

Betterment must be done for central government employees by protecting the current facilities".

  Government in its Budget document made the announcement that pay Commission will be implemented during the financial year 2016-17. Centre further said the once-in-a-decade pay hike has been built in as interim allocation for different ministries and budget numbers were credible.

The voluminous budget documents state that "the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission due from January 1, 2016 is to be implemented during the financial year 2016-17 as also the revised One Rank One Pension scheme for Defence services." "The government has made provisions for the additional liabilities on these count," it said, without giving the amount allocated for implementation.

OneIndia News (With inputs from agencies)

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Schedule for the General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry

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Schedule for the General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry
Schedules of Election : The Commission has prepared the Schedules for holding General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry after taking into consideration all relevant aspects, like the climatic conditions, academic calendar, major festivals, prevailing law and order situation in the States, availability of Central Police Forces, time needed for movement, transportation and timely deployment of forces and in-depth assessment of other relevant ground realities.
The Commission after considering all relevant aspects has decided to recommend to the Governors of the State of Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala and the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry to issue notifications for the General Elections to their respective states under the relevant provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, as per the schedule annexed.
Election in KeralaElection in PuducherryElection in TamilnaduElection in West Bengal


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LI-WI will replace WI-FI!

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Admission Policy in Kendriya Vidyalayas

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Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) were established to cater to the educational needs of the children of transferable Central Government employees including Defence and Para-military personnel by providing a common programme of education. As per the admission guidelines duly approved by the Board of Governors of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), following priorities are followed in granting admission to the KVs in Defence / Civil Sector:-
1.Children of transferable and non-transferable Central government employees and children of ex-servicemen. This will also include children of Foreign National officials, who come on deputation or transfer to India on invitation by Government of India.
2.Children of transferable and non-transferable employees of Autonomous Bodies / Public Sector Undertaking / Institute of Higher Learning of the Government of India.
3.Children of transferable and non-transferable State Government employees.
4.Children of transferable and non-transferable employees of Autonomous Bodies / Public Sector Undertakings / Institute of Higher Learning of the State Governments.
5.Children from any other category including the children of Foreign Nationals who are located in India due to their work or for any personal reasons. The children of Foreign Nationals would be considered only in case there are no children of Indian Nationals waitlisted for admission.
The Children of Defence personnel are considered as first priority category for admission in KVs. The Children admitted in a KV can automatically claim admission in another KV, if their parent is transferred from one station to another.
This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani today in a written reply to a Rajya Sabha question.

Highlights of Railway Budget 2016-17 in Questions and Answers Format (Q & A Format)

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Highlights of Railway Budget 2016-17 in Questions and Answers Format (Q & A Format)

Ministry of Railways
Press Information Bureau,
Government of India
03-March 2016

For the Convenience, the Highlights of Railway Budget, 2016-17 have been complied in questions and answers format which is given below : –
Rail Budget 2016-17

Q. What is the theme of this Budget?
  • To Reorganise, Restructure and Rejuvenate Indian Railways.
    · A new approach, a new way of working – “चलो, मिलकर कुछ नया करें”.
  • Objectives:
    Ø to improve customer service,
    Ø regain the lost modal share, and
    Ø to introduce a new way of working by relooking the processes and structures.
  • 3 pillars of the strategy :
    Ø Nav Arjan or New revenues (focus on new sources of revenue),
    Ø Nav Manak or New norms (optimising outgo on each activity), and
    Ø Nav Sanrachna or New Structures (revisiting all processes, rules, and structures).
Q Is this budget reform oriented?
  • Yes, the Budget 2016-17 focusses on consolidation of the vision set out in the Budget 2015-16.
  • Draft Bill on regulator to be finalized
  • Restructuring Railway Board on business lines
  • Forming cross-sectoral directorates
  • Setting up Railway Planning and Investment Organisation
  • Setting up a holding company for Railway PSUs
  • Creating a separate organization Special Railway Establishment for Strategic Technology & Holistic Advancement (SRESTHA) for R&D
  • Creating an organization Special Unit for Transportation Research and Analytics (SUTRA) for data analytics
  • Setting up duly empowered missions to take forward 7 activities with time bound targets – missions are for switching over to 25 tonne axle load, increasing speeds, accounting reforms, commissioning 100 sidings/PFTs in 2016-17, preparing a blueprint of utilizing the network once DFC is commissioned, zero accident for safety and for procurement and consumption efficiency.
Q How is capacity augmentation planned?
  • Plan Budget is pegged at Rs. 1.21 lakh crore, 21% higher than the expected Plan expenditure in 2015-16.
  • 2015-16 will surpass target of commissioning 2,500 km Broad Gauge lines.
  • 2016-17 commissioning of 2,800 kms of Broad Gauge track.
  • 90 new projects involving a total investment of Rs. 1,26,172 crore covering about 8,432 kms covering new line, doubling, gauge conversion and Metropolitan Transport Project (MTP) included in the Budget.
  • In 2016-17, Broad Gauge lines at the rate of over 7 km per day against an average of about 4.3 Km per day in the last 6 years.
  • This pace will increase to about 13 kms per day in 2017-18 and 19 kms per day in 2018-19
  • Railway Electrification – 1,600 kms to be commissioned in 2015-16; in 2016-17 propose to electrify 2,000 kms.
  • High speed passenger corridor from Ahmedabad to Mumbai; SPV to be registered; will bring in modern technology for the country.
  • DFC – three new freight corridors: North-South connecting Delhi to Chennai, East-West connecting Kharagpur to Mumbai & East Coast connecting Kharagpur to Vijayawada through innovative financing mechanisms including PPP
  • Port connectivity: Tuna Port commissioned in 2015-16 and rail connectivity projects to ports of Jaigarh, Dighi, Rewas and Paradip under implementation. For 2016-17, to take up connectivity for the ports of Nargol and Hazira under PPP.
Q What is there for the Common Man?
  • Introduction of Antyodaya Express, a long-distance, fully unreserved, superfast train service, to be operated on dense routes
  • Addition of two to four Deen Dayalu coaches in some long distance trains for unreserved travel with facility for potable drinking water and a higher number of mobile charging points
  • Sale of tickets through hand held terminals
  • Sale of platform tickets through ticket vending machines both cash and card compatible
  • E-ticketing facility to foreign debit/credit cards for foreign tourists and NRIs
    Facility of cancellation through the 139 helpline using ‘One Time Password’
  • Bar coded tickets, scanners and access control on a pilot basis
  • Progressive CCTV coverage at tatkaal counters
  • ‘Vikalp’ (Alternative Train Accommodation System) scheme to be expanded to provide choice of accommodation in specific trains to wait-listed passengers.
  • IRCTC to manage catering services in a phased manner.
  • Extending e-catering services from 45 stations to all 408 ‘A-1’ and ‘A’ class stations.
  • Explore making mandatory catering services optional in trains.
  • Introducing a new policy where each stall at station can provide multiple products including milk products and OTC medicines
  • Option to our customers for drinking tea in kulhad
  • To convert all operational halts into commercial halts.
  • Information boards in trains to list on-board services and also GPS based digital displays inside coaches to provide information regarding halts.
  • A1 class stations to be manned with duly empowered Station Directors supported by cross functional teams.
  • Passenger amenities and beautification on stations at pilgrimage centres including Ajmer, Amritsar, Bihar Sharif, Chengannur, Dwarka, Gaya, Haridwar, Mathura, Nagapattinam, Nanded, Nasik, Pali, Parasnath, Puri, Tirupati, Vailankanni, Varanasi and Vasco.
  • Aastha circuit trains to connect important pilgrim centres.
  • Porters to have new uniforms and train them in soft skills, to be henceforth called sahayak.
Q What is there for Cleanliness?
  • ‘Clean my Coach’ service through SMS.
  • Ranking of A1 and A stations based on periodic third party audit and passenger feedback.
  • Waste segregation and recycling centres.
  • ‘Awareness campaigns’ for cleanliness.
  • Additional 30,000 bio-toilets.
  • Providing portable structures with bio-toilets at all platforms of select stations for senior citizens, Divyang and women travellers.
Q What is there for farmers?
  • Encouraging development of cold storage facilities on vacant land near freight terminals. Local farmers and fishermen would be given preferential usage of the facility. A policy in this regard would be issued in the next 3 months.
  • Allowing floriculture/horticulture along tracks.
Q What is there for Industry?
  • Expanding the freight basket by looking beyond core commodities
  • Starting a time-tabled freight container, parcel and special commodity trains on a pilot basis
  • Container sector to be opened to all traffic barring coal and specified mineral ores and part-loads during the non-peak season.
  • Existing terminals/sheds to grant access to container traffic, where feasible
  • Review of tariff policy to evolve a competitive rate structure vis a vis other modes, permit multi-point loading/unloading and apply differentiated tariffs to increase utilization of alternate routes
  • Signing long term tariff contracts with key freight customers using pre-determined price escalation principles
  • To develop Rail side logistic parks and warehousing in PPP mode
  • 10 goods sheds to be developed by Transport Logistics Company of India (TRANSLOC) in 2016-17.
  • Inaugurating soon India’s first rail auto hub in Chennai to capture automobile traffic.
  • Exploring feasibility of opening up leasing of general purpose wagons.
  • Appointing Key Customer Managers to liaison with our major freight stakeholders.
Q. What are the measures for environment and energy conservation?
  • To reduce energy consumption in non-traction area by 10% to 15%; all new light provisions will be LED luminaire only
  • More than 2,000 locations provided with Rain Water Harvesting (RWH) facility; RWH systems will be provided in a phased manner in all establishments having rooftop areas of more than 200 square metres
  • Environmentally friendly composite sleepers made up of recycled plastic waste will be used over all girder bridges
    · Tender documents for 50 MW solar plants at rooftop issued and facility for another 100 MW being set up
  • To commission 132.5 MW of windmill power plants in 2016-17
  • Automatic coach washing plants to be commissioned in major coaching depots with a holding of more than 500 coaches
  • To convert all production units as well as at least one workshop in each Zonal Railway as green industrial unit
Q. Are there any measures in the budget for Staff Welfare?
  • To tie up with the Ministry of Health for ensuring an exchange between Railways hospitals and Government hospitals.
  • Introduce ‘AYUSH’ systems in 5 Railway hospitals.
  • All gang men to be provided devices called ‘Rakshak’ which will intimate them about approaching trains.
  • to reduce weight of the tools carried by gangmen while patrolling
  • Provide toilets and air-conditioning in cabs for loco pilots.
  • one C T Venugopal chair on Strategic Finance, research and policy development
  • One Kalpana Chawla chair on geo-spatial technology for IR.
  • Rail University at Vadodara
  • Skill development on IR premises with Ministry of Skill Development
  • Railway Workshops and Production Units to develop ‘Centres of Excellence for Skill Development’, focussing on one/two specialized activities for the general public
  • Join hands with prominent NGOs to provide skilling to people in remote areas including wards of Railways employees.
Q. Are there any passenger friendly initiatives to cater to special needs, including Senior Citizens, Divyang (differently-abled) etc?
  • Expansion of Sarathi Seva to help old and disabled passengers requiring assistance at stations.
  • Strengthen existing services for enabling passengers to book battery operated cars, porter services, pick up and drop, and wheel chair services – Rail Mitra Sewa.
  • Ensuring all stations under redevelopment are accessible by Divyang
  • At least one Divyang friendly toilet at each platform in A1 class stations in 2016-17.
Q Are there any measures for the business traveller?
  • For passengers transiting railway network for freshening up before moving on with their business for the day, hourly booking of retiring rooms to be allowed instead of the existing minimum of 12 hours.
  • Retiring rooms to be handed over to IRCTC for management.
Q What is there for Suburban systems?
  • Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) III to be taken forward.
  • Financial closure and an early award of tenders for two elevated suburban corridors between Churchgate-Virar and CSTM-Panvel
  • Raise all low level platforms in Mumbai suburban stations in 2016-17
  • Issues related to East West Corridor of Kolkata Metro resolved and Phase I will be completed by June 2018; working on the possibility of extending the East West Corridor by 5 km.
  • Reviving the Ring Railway system in Delhi in partnership with the State Government.
  • Major programme to build an integrated suburban ecosystem of IR by launching a new investment framework with sharing of equity contribution with the State Governments and ensuring cost neutrality on operations; detailed policy in 4 months.
  • Partnership with State Governments of Gujarat, Telengana, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu for developing suburban sections in Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram and Chennai, respectively by deploying innovative financing mechanisms.
Q Are there any measures for Women?
  • To make available of children’s menu items on trains.
  • Baby foods, hot milk and hot water to be made available on stations
  • Changing boards for babies would be provided in train toilets.
  • CCTV cameras would continue to be installed in coaches
  • Sub-quota in allotment of stalls
  • Encouragement to self-help groups to supply food on trains
Q. Are there any measures for youth?
  • Open up IR to 100 students across Engineering and MBA schools for 2-6 months’ internships each year.
  • Wi-Fi at 400 stations in next two years
  • Rs. 50 crore earmarked for Innovation Fund for encouraging innovations and start-ups.
Q. Are there any measures for journalists?
  • E-booking of tickets on the concessional passes available to them
Q What is there for the North East & J&K?
  • States of Mizoram and Manipur will come on the Broad Gauge map of the country with commissioning of the Kathakal-Bhairabi and Arunachal-Jiribam Gauge Conversion projects.
  • Decongestion work on the Jalandhar- Jammu line, an important link to the valley, is going on in full swing. Doubling of two bridges will be commissioned by March 2016, while the other two bridges will be completed by 2016-17.
Q What are the provisions for Technology?
  • Integrating various facilities into two mobile apps – one dealing with all ticketing issues and the other for receipt and redressal of complaints and suggestions.
  • Physical progress on DFC to be monitored in 2016-17 using latest drone and Geo Spatial based satellite technology
  • Initiated system wide integration of IT programs/systems, both horizontal and vertical, akin to an ERP through innovative partnership models.
  • Process leading to award of tenders electronically to be rolled out on a Pan-India basis in 2016-17.
Q Is there anything related to innovation and startups?
  • Setting aside a sum of Rs. 50 crore for innovation grants to employees, startups and growth oriented small businesses
  • Innovation labs to be set up in workshops and production units to support creative innovation by locals and staff.
  • Annual innovation challenge
  • To develop a Test Track for testing prototypes.

Q What is there for State Governments?
  • Creation of Joint Ventures with State Governments for undertaking rail based projects. Received in principle approval from 17 states, out of which 6 MOUs have already been signed.
  • 44 new line, gauge conversion and doubling projects proposed in partnership mode
Q How are resources proposed to be mobilized?
  • LIC has agreed to invest Rs. 1.5 lakh crore over five years on extremely favourable terms.
  • Looking forward to setting up a Fund with multilateral assistance for financing railway projects.
  • Non fare revenues
  • Station redevelopment will help monetize land and buildings through commercial exploitation of vacant land and space rights over station buildings.
  • Monetizing land along tracks
  • Monetizing soft assets such as data, software and some of the free services such as PNR enquiry, e-commerce activities on IRCTC website.
  • Target to increase the advertising revenues by more than 4 times the current revenues.
  • To liberalize the current parcel policies including opening the sector to container train operators
  • Expanding our service offerings specially to growing sectors such as e-commerce.
  • Pilot project for online booking of parcels.
  • Revenues from manufacturing activity of production units and workshops for domestic and international market; revenue targeted at Rs. 4,000 crore by 2020.
Q Make in India
  • After agreement for setting up two loco factories in India with an order book of about Rs. 40,000 crore, a similar bid process started for train sets for Rajdhani and Shatabdi services; current procurement to be increased by 30%.
  • Production units and workshops to aim at generating annualised revenues of about Rs 4,000 crore by 2020 through manufacturing products for domestic and international markets.
Q Is there anything special for the passenger services?
For the unreserved passenger
  • Antyodaya Express, a long-distance, fully unreserved, superfast train service, to be operated on dense routes.
  • Addition of two to four Deen Dayalu coaches in some long distance trains with facility for potable drinking water and a higher number of mobile charging points.
  • For the reserved passenger
  • Humsafar would be fully air-conditioned third AC service with an optional service for meals.
  • Tejas will showcase the future of train travel in India. Operating at speeds of 130 kmph and above, it will offer onboard entertainment, local cuisine, Wi-Fi, etc.
  • Overnight double-decker, Utkrisht Double-Decker Air-conditioned Yatri (UDAY) Express on the busiest routes.
  • Modern coaches
  • Designing coaches to ensure higher carrying capacity and automatic doors, bar-code readers, bio-vacuum toilets, water-level indicators, accessible dustbins, ergonomic seating, improved aesthetics, vending machines, entertainment screens, LED lit boards for advertising, PA system.
Q Have any social initiatives been announced?
  • IRCTC has begun the process of empanelling Self-help groups for providing catering/cooking services.
  • Partnering with NABARD to provide support and access to our IRCTC website to ensure extensive e- marketing for products produced by the Self-help groups.
  • Partnered with Khadi and Village Industries Commission to support creation of employment and self-reliance in rural India resulting in the generation of 17 lakh man days; will continue to partner with them
  • Will encourage sourcing of products from SC/ST entrepreneurs.

Q Are there any measures related to tourism?
  • Partner with the State Governments for operating tourist circuit trains and explore the possibility of a revenue sharing model.
  • Recently upgraded our National Rail Museum; promotion of tourism through Railway museums and UNESCO world heritage Railways
  • To spread awareness about our National Animal, the Tiger, we will offer complete packages including train journey, safaris and accommodation to cover the wildlife circuit comprising Kanha, Pench and Bandhavgarh.

How to calculate your revised pay with 7th CPC Pay Calculators?

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How to calculate your revised pay with 7th CPC Pay Calculators?
“Our 7th CPC Pay and Allowances Calculator is a simple tool for finding new basic pay and allowances of Central Government employees as per the recommendations 7th CPC as on 1.1.2016.”
Three months have passed since the 7th Pay Commission submitted its recommendations to the government, but still little bit confusion persists in using of our calculator. So, we have to explain how the calculator is working and how to calculate with this tool.
First option is the calculator needs your current basic pay as on 1.1.2016. Basic pay means Pay in the pay band + Grade pay. Suppose your Grade pay is 4200 and your pay in the pay band is 10500 means, you have to enter 14700 as basic pay in the first option.
This figure helps you to find out your new and revised basic pay as per the recommendations of 7th CPC.
2nd option is the tool is asking your Grade Pay. To find out your level of the 7th CPC. See the table given below…
Pay Band
Grade Pay
 5200 – 20200
 9300 – 34800
 15600 – 39100
 37400 – 67000
Third one is House Rent Allowance, select in the drop down menu which is your current percentage of HRA. To find out new rate of HRA as given in the table
Rates of
(% of Basic
Rate of
(% of Basic
 Last one is Transport Allowance. The calculator is now modified so as not to ask your current rate of TA. Since the entitlement for particular rate of TA in sixth CPC is not correlated to 7th CPC entitlement for TPTA. So there is no need for taking sixth CPC Transport Allowance rates for calculating TPTA as per 7th CPC recommendations. Select your city whether it is TPTA or Other places. TPTA Cities are given below the calculator table. Because, eligibility of TA in 7th CPC  is as per Level only. The table given below will help you understand this better.
5400 above
& above
7200 + DA
3600 + DA
2000 to 4800
3 to 8
3600 + DA
1800 + DA
1800 & 1900
1 and 2
1350 + DA
900 + DA
The commission has recommended to remove the ambiguous clause of sixth CPC in respect of eligibility criteria for TA rates that “Grade pay below Rs.4200 but pay in the pay band equivalent or above Rs.7440 ”, and has recommended a hike in travel allowance for all cg employees those who are within the Pay Scale of GP 2000 to 2800 category.
So, this is the correct way of calculating your revised pay as per the recommendations of 7th CPC .
Click to view our calculator :

7th Pay Commission Pay Scale Calculator

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