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Thursday, 31 March 2016

Revised Child Fare Rule becomes applicable for train journey WEF 21 Apr 2016

     Advance booking of reserved tickets under this revised child fare rule has already started in December 2015 for journey date 21st April, 2016 onwards.

     Ministry of Railways has decided to revise the child fare rule. Under the revised provision, full adult fare will be charged for children of age 5 years and under 12 years of age if for whom full separate berth/seat (in reserved class) is sought at the time of reservation. However, in case full separate berth/seat is not sought for the children of age 5 years and under 12 years of age at the time of reservation,  then half of the adult fare shall continue to be charged subject to the minimum distance for charging.    

     This revised child fare rule has been made applicable for travel from 21st April, 2016 onwards. Advance booking of reserved tickets for children under this revised rule has already started in December 2015 for journey date of 21st April, 2016 onwards.

     While filling up reservation form, the passenger can indicate their option for requirement of fullberth/seat for child or not.

     There is no change in the rule for child fare of unreserved tickets i.e. fare for children of 5-12 years for unreserved tickets shall continue to be half of the adult fare subject to the minimum distance for charging.

     Children under five years of age will continue to be carried free (without berth) in case of bothreserved and unreserved classes.

Source - PIB

PM approves payment of 6% additional Dearness Allowance WEF 01 Jan 2016

      The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved release of an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to Pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2016. This represents an increase of 6 percent over the existing rate of 119 percent of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise.

This will benefit about 50 lakh Government employees and 58 lakh pensioners.

     The increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission (CPC). The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief would be of Rs. 6796.50 crore per annum and Rs.7929.24 crore respectively, in the financial year 2016-17 (for a period of 14 months from January, 2016 to February, 2017)

Source  : PIB

No interview for Non Gazetted posts, while recruiting under Direct Recruitment


RBE No. 17 /2016

No. E (NG)-II/2016/RR-1/2 New Delhi, Dated 16.02.2016
The General Manager (P)
All Indian Railways/PUs,

Sub:- Discontinuation of interview/viva-voce while conducting recruitment for non gazetted posts against direct recruitment quota vacancies on the Railways.


Pursuant to the acceptance of recommendations of Committee of Secretaries regarding ‘discontinuation of interviews at the lower level posts’, Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) have decided that in supersession of all the instructions issued earlier, the practice of interview/viva-voce, while conducting recruitment for. non-gazetted posts against direct recruitment quota vacancies through all modes be discontinued with immediate effect. Thus, wherever, Recruitment Rules specify the process of recruitment which includes conduct of interview, the same stands amended accordingly. However, it is darified that skill test and Physical Efficiency Test (PET) being different. from interview, such test may continue to be undertaken.

Further, notification(s} for employment to posts against direct recruitment quota vacancies, if already issued for recruitment with interview as a component, the same may be re-notified in terms of stipulation made above.

Please acknowledge receipt.

(Neeraj Kumar)
Director Estt.(N)-11
Railway Board

No. E (NG)-II/2016/RR-1/2 New Delhi,  Dated 16 .02.2016

Copy to:
(i) The General Secretary, AIRF, Room No. 253, Rail Bhawan, New Delhi 

(GDCE) for filling up of 25% net direct recruitment quota

Subject:- General Departmental Competitive Examination (GDCE) for filling up of 25% net direct recruitment quota vacancies in Group ‘C’ categories – 
Extension of currency upto 31.03.2018.

Since the Introduction of the scheme of GDCE vide Board’s letter no E(NG)I-92/PM2/16 dated 20.08.1993 for one year, the currency of the same as the Railways are aware, is being extended from time to time and the same was last extended upto 31.03.2016 vide this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 12.09.2014. Partial modification has also been carried out in the duties and responsibilities of the agency nominated for conducting examination of GDCE vide Board’s letters No. E(NG)I-2008/PM1/6 dated 20.10.2014, 14.11.2014 and 10.06.2015. As per extent instructions, this exam is to be conducted by RRC and question papers are to be set by RRB.

2. In view of foregoing and after considering the views of Zonal Railways/Production Units regarding its further continuance, it has been decided to extend the currency of the GDCE scheme upto 31.03.2018.

3. It is also relevant to note here that GMs have been given powers to increase the percentage of GDCE from 25% up to 50% in individual cases as per needs.

4. Boad desire that Railways may review the position and whenever requried, conduct GDCE examination making use of the extent provisions.

Please acknowlege receipt.

Hindi version shall follow.

(Kajal Mukherjee)
Joint Director Estt(N)-III
Railway Board

Minutes of the meeting held on 30.03.2016 with the Railway Board reg. de-centralisation of Ministerial Cadre in RPF


N o.20 12/Sec.(E)/MT -6, New Delhi, dated 30.03.2016


The following were present in the Meeting:
Shri Arvind Kumar, Advi.sor, Estt.(N), Railway Board
Shri Anoop Srivastava, IG/ Admn., Railway Board
Shri Raja Ram, DIG/RPSF (as DIG/P&TS), Railway Board
Shri Rakhal Das Gupta; President/ AIRF
Shri Shiv Gopal Mishra, G. eneral Secretary/ AIRF

After deliberations and discussions, the following points were noted:

1. The Ministerial cadre of RPF should have the option of moving out of the RPF Pool into other pools of Ministerial staff in the Zonal Railways and vice-versa.

2. Transfer from one pool to the other shall be as per the extant rules i.e. on bottom seniority of the relevant grades.

3. Transfer out of RPF pool of Ministerial cadre may be effected after calling for willingness in a phased manner so that the administration does not suffer.

4. A balance may be maintained between the number of Ministerial staff going out of RPF pool and moving into it.

Meeting ended with assurance for carrying forward the resolution of the issue in the best interest of the Railway Administration and Railway personnel

(Anoop Srivastva)
Inspector General
Railway Board

Copy to: All concerned- for information.

Review of Recruitment Rules

No. AB.14017/61/2008-Estt. (RR) 
Government of India
 Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievandes.arid Pensions 
Department of Personnel and Training 
New Delhi. 

 Dated: 17 Mar 2016 


Subject:- Review of Recruitment Rules - regarding

1.     DoPT guidelines on framing/amendment/relaxation of Recruitment Rules vide para 3.1.5 dated 31 st December, 2010 provide that the Recruitment Rules should be reviewed once in 5 years with a view to effecting such change as are necessary to bring them in conformity with the changed position, including additions to or reductions in the strength of the lower and higher level posts. Further, consequent upon the implementation of the 6th CPC recommendations, DoPT vide OM dated 24.3.2009 had issued instructions to all the Ministries/Departments to initiate action to amend the existing Service Rules/Recruitment Rules in view of the revised pay structure/merger of pre-revised pay scales/up-gradation etc. These instructions were reiterated vide this Department's OM. No. AB.14017/61/2008-Estt (RR) dated 25 th March, 2014.

2.     It is understood that many Ministries/Departments have still not updated their Recruitment Rules. Periodic revision of RRs is important to ensure that candidates with requisite qualifications are selected.

3.     Ministries/Departments are therefore requested  to  undertake revision -of Recruitment Rules under their purview and update the Recruitment Rules by 30.9.2016.

( G. Jayanthi)
Director (E-1) 


Revision of interest rates for Small Savings Schemes

F.No. 1/04/2016·NS.11
Government  of India
Ministry of Finance Department  of Economic Affairs (Budget  Division)
North Block,  New Delhi
Dated:  18th  March, 2016

Subject:   Revision   of interest   rates  for  Small  Savings   Schemes.

1.       The  undersigned   is directed  to  refer to this  Department’s   OM  of even  number  dated 16th   February,   2016,  vide  which  the  various  decisions  taken  by the  Government   regarding interest fixation  for small savings schemes  were communicated  to all concerned.
2.         On  the  basis  of  the  decisions   of  the  Government,   interest  rates  for  small  savings schemes  are to  be notified  on quarterly  basis.  Accordingly,   the  rates  of  interest  on various small  savings  schemes  for  the  first  quarter  of financial  year  2016-17,   on  the  basis  of the interest  compounding/payment   built-in in the schemes,  shall be as under:
InstrumentRate of Interest W.E.F 01.04.2015 to 31.03.2016Rate of Interest w.e.f 01.04.2016 to 30.06.2016
Savings Deposit4.04.0
1 Year Time Deposit8.47.1
2 Year Time Deposit8.47.2
3 Year Time Deposit8.47.4
5 Year Time Deposit8.57.9
5 Year Recurring Deposit8.47.4
5 Year Senior Citizens Savings Deposit9.38.6
5 Year Monthly IncomeAccount scheme8.47.8
5 Year National Savings Certificate8.58.1
Public Provident Fund Scheme8.78.1
Kisan Vikas Patra8.77.8 (Will Mature in 110 Months)
Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme9.28.6
3.      Necessary notifications will be issued separately.
4.      This has the approval if Secretary  (Economic Affairs)

Anil Kumar Jha 
Under Secretary to Government of India


Validity period of OBC Certificate in respect of 'creamy layer' status of the candidates

F. No. 36036/2/2013- Estt.(Res-I) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training Establishment Reservation — I Section 

                                               North Block, New Delhi 
                                          Dated 31 st March 2016 


Subject: Validity period of OBC Certificate in respect of 'creamy layer' status of the candidates
     This Department has received various references on the issue of problems being faced by the candidates on the requirement to obtain multiple non-creamy layer OBC certificates for appearing in various examinations. With a view to address this issue, the following revised procedure is proposed:- 

     (a) Every candidate seeking reservation in central government posts and services as OBC candidate is required to submit a certificate confirming his/her status as OBC and also produce Non-creamy layer status issued by an authority mentioned in DOPT Office Memorandum No.36012/22/93-Est(SCT) dated 15.11.1993. 

       (b) The Non-creamy Layer Certificate would be applicable to OBC candidates who are covered under Income/Wealth Test criterion. The income limit is decided on the basis of income earned during three previous financial years preceding the year of appointment. To illustrate, the validity of non-creamy layer certificate issued during any month of the financial year 2016-17 covering 3 preceding financial years viz. 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 be accepted by the concerned authorities for any appointments or recruitments which would be valid during the period April 2016 to March 2017. The appointing authorities would accept production of self-attested photo copy of the Non-creamy layer certificate, subject to verification of the original Non-creamy layer certificate, as is the practice being followed for verification of other original documents. 

2.   On this issue, the National Commission of Backward Classes has suggested a new format for issue of Non-creamy layer certificate, which is enclosed. 

3.   It is requested that comments on the suggestions made in para 1 of this OM and any other suggestion(s) to streamline the system of issue of Non creamy layer certificate (NCL) may please be furnished.  

4.   It is also requested that comments on the Non-creamy layer certificate format proposed by NCBC, may also be furnished.

(Raju Saraswat)
Under Secretary
Tele: 2309 2110


Wednesday, 30 March 2016

7th CPC Recommendations are not final, may be revised - Says Parrikar

   7th Pay Commission recommendations are likely to be revised, says the Defence Minister  Shri Manohar Parrikar.  He replied this for a question on recommendations of 7th pay commission. Also he added that 7th pay commission recommendations are in form of recommendations and they are not final. He told that he has flagged it and he will flag them properly at right level.
   The concerns raised by the armed forces will be taken up by the commission, this was told by the minister  on an exclusive interview with  India today.

    The commission is likely to revise the pay structure for the central government employees before submitting it to Finance ministry. The report is likely to be submitted in June.

   47 lakh central government employees and 55 lakh pensioners are eagerly waiting for the big matter of their salary hike. Hope there will be good news soon.


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