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14 October 2016

7th Pay Commission: Modi govt's Diwali bonanza to armed forces! Indian Soldiers to get 10% arrears

New Delhi: Government is going to bring further cheers for the armed forces this Diwali, as it has decided to disburse 10 percent arrears to them, a financial daily has said.

As per a report in the Economic Times, India's soldiers will get an interim payment before October 30.

The ET access to an October 10 order by the defence ministry. It says pending issuance of the 7th pay commission notification, "the President has sanctioned payment of arrears on ad hoc basis. Arrears will be 10 percent of the current drawn pay (including dearness allowance) for all soldiers, calculated from January 2016."

The Defence Ministry had recently notified the 7th Pay Commission. However, the armed forces have been unhappy with the cabinet approval of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations saying the anomalies that they had highlighted has not been taken care of.

The forces argue that the anomalies lower the status and pay parity of forces vis-a-vis their counterparts in the police and civilian administration.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had in the last couple of months held several meetings with Service Chiefs and the members of the Armed Forces Pay Commission Cell to discuss the anomalies in the 7th Pay Commission of the Armed Forces.

Parrikar had also assured them that the "anomalies" they pointed out in the 7th Pay Commission will be taken up at the "highest level".

Source : ZeeNews

Recommendations of the High Power Committee to review the duty hours of running staff- RBE 120/2016

RBE No. 120/2016                                                                                            Dt. 13-10-2016

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)

No.E(LL)/20 16/HPC/7 New Delhi                                
The General Manager(P),
All Zonal Railways,
Metro Railway, Kolkata.

Sub : Recommendations of the High Power Committee to review the duty hours of running staff- Decisions thereof.

The High Power Committee constituted to review the duty hours of running staff and other safety-related categories, had made its recommendations on various aspects related to working hours of these categories. The recommendations have been duly considered by the Board and in . modification of previous instructions on the subject, the following decisions have been taken:-

i) · In respect of Loco Pilots (Shunting) who are presently working on fixed roster basis, the existing provisions will continue.

ii) In severe operational exigencies like acts of God, earthquakes, accident, floods, agitations, and equipment failure etc., the Controller

should suitably advise the staff that they may be required to work beyond the limits prescribed.
iii) Present classification of running staff under Railway Servants ( Hours of Work & Period of Rest) Rules, 2005, should be maintained.

iv) Subject to exigencies of service, a maximum limit of 125 duty hours per fortnight should be laid down for all Running Staff.

v) The limit of stay away from Head quarters for Running Staff should be fixed at 72 hours.

vi) Continuous night duty for Running Staff should be limited to 4 nights with Fourth night towards headquarters.

vii) As regards the duration of outstation rest, there will be no change in  the existing provisions.

viii) Call notice period should CC?ntinue to be a part of the headquarter/outstation rest.

ix) There will be no change in the existing provisions for Periodical Rest. However, preference should be given to Periodical Rest for 4 periods of 30 consecutive hours.

x) The principle and period of averaging reckoned for the purpose of payment of Overtime Allowance will continue as per existing guidelines.

2. The existing provisions of the Railways Act, 1989 and Railway Servants (Hours of Work & Period of Rest) Rules, 2005, other than those mentioned above, will continue to,be in vogue .

3.This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

4. Please acknowledge the receipt.

(DV Rao)    
 Director Estt.(LL)
Railway Board

Source : AIRF

Issue of Disability Pension for Defence Forces Personnel referred to 7th CPC Anomaly Committee

The 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommended a slab based system for determining the disability pension for Defence Forces Personnel, which was accepted by the Government. Percentage based system was followed in the 6th CPC regime for calculating disability pension for Defence Forces Personnel as well as Civilians.

Service Headquarters have represented that the percentage based system should be continued under the 7th CPC for calculating disability pension for Defence Services at par with their Civilian counterparts.

The Ministry has referred the representation of the Service Headquarters to the Anomaly Committee of 7th CPC for consideration.

Source : PIB

12 October 2016

7th CPC : Amendment to Rules 21(5) of Compendium of Rules on Advances to Government Servants.

7th Pay Commission Advances for Personal Computer


No. 12(1)/E.II(A)/2016
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, the 7th October, 2016


Subject: Grant of advances – Seventh Pay Commission recommendations- Amendment to Rules 21(5) of Compendium of Rules on Advances to Government Servants.

The undersigned is directed to say that in pursuance of the decision taken by the Government on the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations relating to advances, the existing provisions of Compendium of Rules on Advances – 21(5) relating to Personal Computer Advance are amended as per the amendments attached.

2. These orders will take effect from the date of issue of this O.M. The cases where the advances have already been sanctioned need not be reopened.

3. The other interest bearing advances relating to Motor Car Advance and Motorcycle / Scooter / Moped Advance will stand discontinued.

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

5. All the Ministries/Departments are requested to bring the amendments to the notice of all its attached and subordinate offices for their information.

(Pankaj Hazirika)
Director, E.II(A)



Rule 21(5)

Advance                                            Quantum                                         Eligibility Criteria

Personal Computer Advance         Rs.50,000 or actual price of PC,            All government employees
                                                        whichever is lower.

(ii) The Computer advance will be allowed maximum five times in the entire service.

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