Saturday, March 31, 2018

New Methodology of Application and Schedule of Payment towards Children Education Allowance

New Methodology of Application and Schedule of Payment towards Children Education Allowance

Sub: Children Education Allowance for the year 2017-2018.

Ref: 1. Rly. Bds letter No.E(W)2008/ED-2/4 dated 01.10.2008 2. Rly. Bds letter No.E(W)2017/ED-2/3 dated 12.10.2017 (RBE No. 147/2017)

Railway Board has communicated the revised rates for Children Education Allowance (CEA) and the new method of application and payment/reimbursement of CEA, vide letter under reference, as per the Board’s letter are as under:

1.The amount fixed for reimbursement of CEA will be Rs. 2250/- om., and Rs.6750/- pm for Hostel Subsidy.

2.The reimbursement will be done just once a year, i.e. after completion of the financial year.

3.For reimbursement of CEA, a Certificate from the Head of the Institution, where the ward of the government employee studies, will be sufficient. The certificate should confirm that the child studied in the school during the previous academic year. (Proforma-I enclosed)

4.However, for hostel subsidy, a similar certificate from the Head of the Institution with additional requirement regarding amount of expenditure incurred by the government servant towards lodging and boarding in the residential complex are to be furnished. (RBE No. 147/2017). The amount of expenditure mentioned, or the ceiling, Rs.6,750/- pm, whichever is lower shall be paid to the employee. Employees are required to be submitted bonafide certificate for hostel subsidy as per the proforma-II enclosed.

5.Hostel subsidy is reimbursable only in case of child studying in a residential school and staying in hostel of the said residential school.

6.The allowance will be double for differently abled children. (RBE No. 10/2018) Scheduled for payment of CEA for the year 2017-18:

1.Applications for reimbursement/payment of CEA will be collected after the completion of financial year 2017-18 i.e. from 01.04.2018 up to 15.05.2018.

2.The received applications will be scrutinised and processed for sanction and vetting from Associate Finance through online i.e. on IPAS.

3.To ensure that the child/ward has studied during the academic Year, a bonafide Certificate from the school has to be obtained as per the prescribed proforma-I enclosed. This can also be in any format given by the school.

4.If both the spouses are Government servants, the applicant should declare that His/her spouse has not claimed the allowance, and will be liable for action under D & AR if it is found to be false at a later date.

5.Claims shall be admissible only for the First two surviving children whose names are included in the Family Composition. Before submitting an application for CEA, every employee should ensure that his/her child’s name is included in the Family Composition Certificate which was sent to Personnel Department for scanning and uploading to IPAS system or else such claims will not be processed.

6.It is also necessary to enclose the copy of employee’s Family Composition Details along with CEA application duly certified by the concerned supervisory officials.

7.The supervisory officials are requested to collect the applications of the employees working under them with bonafide certificates or original fee receipts/cash bills for hostel subsidy and forward the same to this Office in a one bunch under a covering letter duly listing the names for further process. Applications without covering letter shall not be entertained.

SB Order No. 04/2018

Preventive checks/actions to avert/unearth and investigate fraud in CBS post offices

Details of Vacancies in the Postal Department

Payment of gratuity to an employee shall not exceed twenty lakh

Payment of interest and maturity value of Small saving instruments through Savings Account.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Update on grade pay issue

As per decision taken in AIC, Rajgir, regarding filling of CAT case for fixation of pay in the light of Dte. letter  case has been filed in CAT, Principal Bench, Delhi under Diary no. 2909/2018. On receipt of OA no. it will  be updated.

Revision of Pattern & Examination Syllabus for Limited Departmental Competitive of Inspector Posts.

Revision of Pattern & Examination for the post of Inspector Post for Limited Departmental Competitive of Inspector Posts. Kindly click the link for detail

Revision of Pattern & Examination Syllabus for L D C E Postmaster Grade -I.

Revision of Pattern & Examination for the post  Dated: 19th March,2018 Syllabus for Limited Departmental Competitive of Postmaster Grade -I. Pl link for detail

Friday, March 16, 2018

Regarding non-granting MACP to IPs/ASPs Cadre officials since 01.01.2016 by various circles

                The Secretary (Post)
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi-110001.

Subject: Regarding non-granting  MACP to IPs/ASPs Cadre officials since 01.01.2016 by various circles
                Various circles are not conducting DSC for MACP to IPs/ASPs Cadre since 01.01.2016 quoting the Directorate letter No.7-8/2016-PCC dated 30.05.2017 under which the by DoPT has directed to maintain “status quo” in the case of fixation of the pay of IPs/ASPs, who had already been granted financial up-gradation under MACPS, in the event of up-gradation of Grade Pay of these cadres by the Seventh Central Pay Commission w.e.f. 01.01.2016:-

                In this regard, I would like to point out following lines for your consideration issue of suitable direction to the circles: -

  1. Now, IPs have already been granted GP Rs.4600/- since 01.01.2006. There should not be any issue in fixation of Grade Pay of IPs cadre and granting MACP.
  2. Regarding the Pay fixation of ASPs, again clarification should be asked from the DoPT for early settlement of the issue.
  3. This is the case of fixation of pay of ASPs who had already been granted financial up-gradation under MACP. Only on the DOPT’s plea of the MACP of IPs/ASPs should not be kept held up.

In view of the above, it is requested to instruct all circles for grant of  the benefit of financial up-gradation under MACP to IPs/ASPs Cadre immediately.

                                                                                                                                                         Yours Sincerely

                                                                                                                                                (Rajiv Kumar)
                                                                                                                                                General Secretary.

Meeting with Director General Posts with General Secretary.

GS, Sri Manish Srivastava (ASP) and other ASP of Dte. met with ms. Meera Handa, Director General(Posts)  and briefed the burning issues of IPs/ASPs cadre, she patiently heard our issues and assured that She will make best effort to resolve those issues.

Informal meeting with Hon’ble Director General (Posts) with General Secretary and the representatives of IP/ASP Association.

No. CHQ/AIAIPASP/Pending/2017                                                    16/3/2018

MS. Meera Handa
Director General(Posts)
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001.

Subject : Informal meeting with Hon’ble Director General  (Posts) with the representatives of IP/ASP Association.  

Respected Madam,  

At the outset, I express my sincere gratitude for giving me an opportunity to brief about the burning issues of IPs/ASPs cadre in front of you and for the patient hearing.     I would like to list out the following long issues of the members of the Association, which are pending for quite some time.  This association will feel obliged for your kind intervention on how best to get these long pending issues settled at the earliest:
S. No.
Pending issues
Issue of final combined seniority list of Inspector Posts cadre for the year 2001 and 2002. Also from the year 2003 onwards. 
Holding of DPC for promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B for the year 2017-18
Declaration of result of LDCE of PS Gr. B cadre held in 2016
Cadre restructuring of Inspector Posts cadre, which is pending for more than 39 years
Non implementation of orders of Directorate issued under No. 2-12/2013-PCC dated 24.10.2017 by which the Grade Pay of Inspector of Posts has been upgraded to Rs. 4600/- (PB-2) w.e.f. 01.01.2006
Conduct of training for IPs/ASPs on various technology projects
Issue of revised questionnaire for Inspection of HO/SO/BOs
I request you to kindly intervene and help the Cadre in resolving these issues.

             With profound regards,
Yours sincerely,

(Rajiv Kumar)
General Secretary

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Update on LDCE PS GR"B" and DPC for the year 2017 & 2018.

GS , Vice President ( Sri P. Ajith Kumar), Treasurer( Sri Praveen Prasoon) and OGS(Sri Permanad) met DDG(P) and other Senior officers at Dak Bhawan and discussed major issues i.e  Result of LDCE held on 18.12.2016, DPC for PS Gr"B" etc. It is understood that LDCE results will be declared by 2nd week of April 2018. List of Zone of consideration for DPC will be issued in next fortnight.  

Holding of DPC for promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B for the year 2017 and 2018 & declaration of result of LDCE PS Gr B held on 18.12.2016.

 No. CHQ/AIAIASP/2018-2020/03       Dated 15.03.2018.


MS. Meera Handa
Director General (Posts)
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi-110001.

Subject: Holding of DPC for promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B for the year 2017 and 2018 & declaration of result of LDCE PS Gr B held on 18.12.2016.

Respected Madam,

                This association is highly obliged for declaring supplementary result of LDCE PS Group ”B”  result for the year 2012.This association also urges for early declaration of result  of LDCE held on 18.12.2016 for promotion to PS Group ”B” as well as for early convening of DPC for  promotion to PS Group- B cadre on seniority basis. The PS Group “B” exam was held on 18.12.2016, almost 15 months ago, but result is not declared yet . Many candidates are eagerly waiting for results so that they may plan accordingly as this month is most crucial being the end/beginning of academic year of children.

                                The process of convening DPC for year 2017 and 2018 is yet not started by the Directorate which is adversely effecting due and deserving promotion of the officers. It is painful to point out that every year there is delay in processing and holding of DPC for the promotion to the cadre of PS GR B for one or other reason. Para- 3 of  the the Department of Posts (Personnel Division) letter no. 25-10/2014-SPG dated 09.07.2014 coupled  with para-7 of DoP&T OM No.  22011/998- EStt (D) dated 08.09.1998 may kindly be revisited which provides that a DPC may take into account all clear expected vacancies by retirement in the concerned grade as well as chain vacancies on account of retirement etc. In the grades, like PS Group B, future vacancies can easily be forecasted in the same vacancy year and action to fill up such posts should be initiated in time. The following table may kindly be seen which contains information regarding the vacancy position in IP/ASP/PS Gr-B/JTS/STS in some circles.

Circle Name
Group B
Gr B officiating by the IP of Batch
Himachal Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh
W. Bengal

                From the above table, it can be seen that huge number of posts in IP/ASP/PS Group ‘B’ cadre are lying vacant in all the Circles and IPs/ASPs are forced to hold additional charge of these posts. It is quite fair to conclude that such IPs/ASPs cannot perform reasonably well in respect of all units entrusted to them and cannot keep watch over the subjects of additional units which may lead to occurrence of fraud. And if any fraud occurs, none hears the voice of such IPs/ASPs and fixes them as offenders.

Non declaration/delay in declaration of LDCE result and non convening of DPC are not less than denial of legitimate and due right of IPs/ ASPS. Even after serving the department for more than 25 years in IP/ASP cadre, officers are not getting timely promotion and they are forced to work on ad-hoc basis for years together.   In every circle,  senior  ASPs are officiating against vacant post of PS Group B from years together but service rendered by them will not earn benefit being ad hoc arrangement is only for 11 months. The officers officiating on ad-hoc basis are not sure of their tenure & place of posting and an element of uncertainty is always around.  It is also painful to mention seniority of such officiating IPs/ASPs vary from Circle to Circle i.e. in some of the circles IPs of 1999 batch are officiating in the  vacant post of PSS Group B cadre and some of the circle IPs 2007 batch, which is causing dissatisfaction among the IPs/ASPs. Had the DPC and LDCE covering DoP&T instructions convened/conducted, such anomaly would have been averted. 

                                Therefore, kindly look into the matter and cause to declare result of LDCE held on 18.12.2016 as well as convening DPC for promotion PS Group ”B” and Circles may also be directed to fill all post of ASPs by convening immediate DPCs so that all get their due promotion in time. Action for filling up of vacant posts of Inspector should also be taken.

                                With profound regards. 

                                                                                                                                   Yours Sincerely

                                                                                                                                    (Rajiv Kumar)
                                                                                                                                    General Secretary.
Copy to : The DDG(P), Department Of Posts,  Dak Bhawan, New Delhi-110001.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                General Secretary.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Cabinet approves two percent Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees.

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to release an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensionersw.e.f. 01.01.2018 representing an increase of 2% over the existing rate of 5% of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise.

This will benefit about 48.41 lakh Central Government employees and 61.17 lakh pensioners.

The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief would be Rs.6077.72 crore per annum and Rs.7090.68 crore in the financial year 2018-19 (for a period of 14 months from January, 2018 to February, 2019).

This increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission

Monday, March 5, 2018


We are aware that the result of LDCE for promotion to PS Group-B has not been declared due to pendency of cases  before the honourable CAT.  The PS Group-B exam was held on 18th December 2016 and already 14 months lapsed. Many candidates are eagerly waiting for results so that they may plan accordingly as this month is the most crucial being the end/beginning of academic year of children.It was also decided in AIC held at RAJGIR  to pursue the case for early declaration of result.A team comprising of Myself (GS), CHQ President, Treasure,  Vice-president and OG Secretary had contacted the Secretary , Member(P), DDG, Directors and other officers and requested for early declaration of result . The officers assured for early declaration of result. It was also intimated that CAT cases are also causing delay. At this stage , pursuing the O.As/M.As already filed  will hamper not only the interest of the candidates, it will also cause delay to future LDCE. It is learnt that 02 MAs have been filed before CAT Ernakulam Bench by a member in individual capacity in this connection.  All such members are requested to withdraw the cases filed by them and clear path for declaration of result.   

It is also made clear that this Association has not filed any case as on date regarding LCDE PS Group-B conducted in the year 2016 and neither it supports nor sponsors such cases.

New CHQ body is having full of youth and is committed to take care of both Exam aspirants as well as of seniors so now onwards nothing one sided will take place. As far as declaration of result  and DPC  are concerned, CHQ is going to write it to DG for instant action.