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Punjab cabinet revives ACP scheme, one year special leave for women employees, adhoc staff regularised

November 3, 2011 Leave a comment

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab cabinet today introduced the Assured Career Progression Scheme (ACP) 4-9-14 in the pre- May 28, 2009 format w.e.f. November 1, 2011. However, the employees who got the consequential benefits under the modified ACP would not be deprived of the same. 

The cabinet also decided to regularize all daily wage and work charged employees in different departments, boards and corporations in the state. This is in addition to an across the board Special Permanent Grade Pay of Rs. 150 plus allowances including DA, HRA to all its employees up to Pay Band 3 with Grade Pay of Rs.5400 and would also be included to determine pension.
In a landmark decision, the government also decided to extend all pensionary benefits to all its employees retiring on or after April 1, 2012 at the completion of 25 years of service, instead of the present 33 years.
In a special gesture to its women employees, the government also introduced a special Child Care Leave of one year, in addition to the maternity leave, for all women having at least one child below the age of 18 years.
A meeting of the cabinet held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal, also announced handsome package for the Punjab police personnel, including special permanent grade pay and one special increment besides manifold increase in conveyance allowance to all ranks from Constables to Inspectors.

Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the Punjab Government said that the all the allowances not specifically dealt with by the 5th Punjab Pay Commission would be doubled while those left untouched by the Previous Pay Commissions shall be made four times.

In a major relief to the group ‘D’ employees as well as drivers, the Cabinet decided to grant one special permanent increment to all such employees like peons, chowkidars, malis etc. The drivers would also be entitled to have a special allowance of Rs.1400 per month.
Recognizing the arduous nature of the police personnel right from the level of Constable up to an Inspector, the cabinet gave nod to grant one special permanent increment to all police personnel who are in service as on 31.3.2012. This would be in addition to Rs.150 special grade pay to all employees in the Pay Band 3 i.e. Rs.10300-34800 with grade pay of Rs.5400. Besides, their conveyance allowance would be made at par with the ministerial staff of appropriate parity.
The House Rent Allowance (HRA) admissible to the employees serving within the limits of municipal corporations of Patiala and Bathinda have been hiked from 15% to 20% so as to be at par with Chandigarh and SAS Nagar, Mohali. The cabinet also decided that in case an employee who is entitled for rent free accommodation and is not offered such accommodation would be granted an additional benefit equivalent to 5 % of his revised pay, over and above the normal house rent allowance.
In a significant move reflecting governments special concern for the women employees, the cabinet decided to grant fully paid leave up to one year during the entire career in part or whole for the child care. This leave could be availed of at any time as long as at least one child is below the age of 18 years.  This would not be debited to the leave account and would be in addition to other leave entitled to them including maternity leave as at present.
The cabinet also gave approval to regularize the services of daily wage and work charged employees in all departments, boards and corporations as long as they have completed 10 years of service as on December1, 2006 subject to the fulfillment of educational qualification. However, contractual employees who have been engaged through a transparent or competitive mechanism would be eligible for regularization up to completion of 3 years of service. This shall extend to all the government departments, boards corporations, statuary bodies, societies and Apex Cooperative Institutions. These benefit would be generally applicable w.e.f from December1,  2011 unless otherwise specifically provided.
The cabinet also made an impassioned appeal to all the employees unions and organizations to shun the path of agitation approach in the largest interest of the people of Punjab and appealed to them to discharge their duties with utmost dedication, sincerity and commitment.
In another important decision, the cabinet also reiterated its firm commitment not to acquire land for the proposed urban state at Zirakpur without the prior consent of the farmers.

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Categories: HRA, MACP, PUNJAB DA, WOMEN

Punjab cabinet revives ACP scheme, one year special leave for women employees, adhoc staff regularised

November 3, 2011 Leave a comment

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab cabinet today introduced the Assured Career Progression Scheme (ACP) 4-9-14 in the pre- May 28, 2009 format w.e.f. November 1, 2011. However, the employees who got the consequential benefits under the modified ACP would not be deprived of the same. 

The cabinet also decided to regularize all daily wage and work charged employees in different departments, boards and corporations in the state. This is in addition to an across the board Special Permanent Grade Pay of Rs. 150 plus allowances including DA, HRA to all its employees up to Pay Band 3 with Grade Pay of Rs.5400 and would also be included to determine pension.
In a landmark decision, the government also decided to extend all pensionary benefits to all its employees retiring on or after April 1, 2012 at the completion of 25 years of service, instead of the present 33 years.
In a special gesture to its women employees, the government also introduced a special Child Care Leave of one year, in addition to the maternity leave, for all women having at least one child below the age of 18 years.
A meeting of the cabinet held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal, also announced handsome package for the Punjab police personnel, including special permanent grade pay and one special increment besides manifold increase in conveyance allowance to all ranks from Constables to Inspectors.

Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the Punjab Government said that the all the allowances not specifically dealt with by the 5th Punjab Pay Commission would be doubled while those left untouched by the Previous Pay Commissions shall be made four times.

In a major relief to the group ‘D’ employees as well as drivers, the Cabinet decided to grant one special permanent increment to all such employees like peons, chowkidars, malis etc. The drivers would also be entitled to have a special allowance of Rs.1400 per month.
Recognizing the arduous nature of the police personnel right from the level of Constable up to an Inspector, the cabinet gave nod to grant one special permanent increment to all police personnel who are in service as on 31.3.2012. This would be in addition to Rs.150 special grade pay to all employees in the Pay Band 3 i.e. Rs.10300-34800 with grade pay of Rs.5400. Besides, their conveyance allowance would be made at par with the ministerial staff of appropriate parity.
The House Rent Allowance (HRA) admissible to the employees serving within the limits of municipal corporations of Patiala and Bathinda have been hiked from 15% to 20% so as to be at par with Chandigarh and SAS Nagar, Mohali. The cabinet also decided that in case an employee who is entitled for rent free accommodation and is not offered such accommodation would be granted an additional benefit equivalent to 5 % of his revised pay, over and above the normal house rent allowance.
In a significant move reflecting governments special concern for the women employees, the cabinet decided to grant fully paid leave up to one year during the entire career in part or whole for the child care. This leave could be availed of at any time as long as at least one child is below the age of 18 years.  This would not be debited to the leave account and would be in addition to other leave entitled to them including maternity leave as at present.
The cabinet also gave approval to regularize the services of daily wage and work charged employees in all departments, boards and corporations as long as they have completed 10 years of service as on December1, 2006 subject to the fulfillment of educational qualification. However, contractual employees who have been engaged through a transparent or competitive mechanism would be eligible for regularization up to completion of 3 years of service. This shall extend to all the government departments, boards corporations, statuary bodies, societies and Apex Cooperative Institutions. These benefit would be generally applicable w.e.f from December1,  2011 unless otherwise specifically provided.
The cabinet also made an impassioned appeal to all the employees unions and organizations to shun the path of agitation approach in the largest interest of the people of Punjab and appealed to them to discharge their duties with utmost dedication, sincerity and commitment.
In another important decision, the cabinet also reiterated its firm commitment not to acquire land for the proposed urban state at Zirakpur without the prior consent of the farmers.

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Categories: HRA, PUNJAB DA

An important judgement by HC in HRA.

September 29, 2011 Leave a comment
MUMBAI: The HC has ruled that house rent allowance (HRA) is not a right. 

A division bench of Justice B P Dharmadhikari and Justice A P Bhangale ruled that a government employee not staying in the quarters despite its availability can be disentitled from claiming the special allowance. The bench was hearing a petition filed by the defence ministry against its employees working in the ordinance factory in Nagpur, who were staying in their own accommodation. Nagpur has surplus government accommodation and is one of the few cities where a central government employee, who lives in his own house has to submit a “non-availability certificate” before he can ask for HRA. The government claimed that its employees, who are offered accommodation but refuse to occupy the same, would not be entitled to HRA. 

“HRA is not a matter of right, it is a compensatory allowance given by an employer towards the rental accommodation expenses when the government is unable to provide suitable accommodation to its employee,” said the judges. “The employee, if he resides in his own property, may not be entitled to claim the HRA, because it is paid to central government employees to compensate them partly for the especially higher rents which they have to pay for hired or rented residential accommodation in big cities, but not as a source of profit,” they added.

The court quashed an order of the central administrative tribunal asking the government to pay HRA to employees who had were residing in their own houses. “Prima facie in our opinion, the pre-requisite for a non-availability certificate (NAC) as laid down in the office memorandum as operative in Nagpur, when central government accommodation is available in surplus and the government is required to spend huge amounts towards construction and maintenance (of the quarters), it is neither arbitrary nor malafide,” said the judges.


Thanks to-   TIMES OF INDIA.

Categories: ALLOWANCES, HRA

Re-classification of Saharanpur as ‘y’ class city fo r the purpose of HRA- [Railway Board]

September 26, 2011 Leave a comment
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

S.No. PC-VI 274                                                                                                        RBE No. 123/2011.
No.e.(P&A)II-2011/HRA-4                                                                    New Delhi, dated 16-9-2011

The General Managers/CAOs

All Indian Railways & Prod., units etc.,

Subject : Re-classification of Saharanpur as ‘y’ class city for the purpose of 
House Rent Allowance – Reg.

1.   Attention is invited to board’s Letter no E(P&A)II/2004/HRA-16 dated 28.1.2005 and letter of even no dated 12.9.2008 regarding re-classification of cities/towns on the basics of 2001 Census for the purpose of grant of HRA to Railway employees. The Government of Uttar Pradesh vide their Notification  No.2176/9-7-0953j/1998 dated 01.10.2009 reconstituted the area Saharanpur(M.B.) by adding certain areas within its Municipal corporation and renamed as Saharanpur Munucipal Corporation, Which  resulted in an increase in population of  ‘Saharanpur municipal Corporation’ to qualify if for classification as ‘y’ city for the purpose of HRA to the Central Government Employees.

2. The President is accordingly, Pleased to decide that Saharanpur city(within its Municipal limits) shall stand  reclassified as ‘y’city for the purpose of grant of HRA to Railway Employees posted there.

3.  These order shall be effective from 1st June, 2011.

4.  This issue within the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

Under signed Sd/-
Salim Md. Ahmed
Dy.Director/Estt(P&A)III,
Railway Board

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Categories: HRA, RAILWAY

Re-classification of Saharanpur as “Y” class city for the purpose of House Rent Allowance

June 18, 2011 Leave a comment
No. 2(14)/2010-E.II(B) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Finance 
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, 15th June, 2011.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Re-classification of Saharanpur as “Y” class city for the purpose of House Rent Allowance – regarding.

1. The undersigned is directed to invite attention to this Ministry’s O.M. No.2(21)/E.II(B)/2004 dated 18.11.2004 & O.M. No.2(13)/2008-E.II(B) dated 29.08.2008 regarding re-classification of cities on the basis of the population figures of 2001 census for the purpose of HRA to the Central Government employees and to say that the Government of Uttar Pradesh vide their Notification No.2176/9-7-09-53J/1998 dated 01.10.2009 reconstituted the area of Saharanpur (M.B.) by adding certain areas within its Municipal limits and renamed it as Saharanpur Municipal Corporation, which resulted in an increase in population of ‘Saharanpur Municipal Corporation’ to qualify it for classification as ‘Y’ class city for the purpose of House Rent Allowance to the Central Government employees.

2. The President is, accordingly, pleased to decide that Saharanpur city (within its Municipal limits) shall stand re-classified as “Y” class city for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance to the Central Government employees posted there.

3.  These orders shall be effective from 1st June, 2011.

4. The orders will apply to all civilian employees of the Central Government. The orders will also be applicable to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates. In respect of Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees, separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Railways, respectively.

5. In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.
sd/- 
(Anil Sharma) 
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

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Categories: ALLOWANCES, HRA

Decision of the Government on the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission relating to re-classification of cities/towns for grant of House Rent Allowance (HRA) to Railway employees.

May 22, 2011 Leave a comment


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

S.NO.PC-Vl/258                                                                                      RBE No.66/2011
No.E(P&A)ll-2008/HRA.10                                         New Delhi, dated 16-5-2011.

The General Managers/CAOs,
All Indian Railways & Prod.Units etc.
(as per mailing lists No.1 & II).

Subject: Decision of the Government on the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission relating to re-classification of cities/towns for grant of House Rent Allowance (HRA) to Railway employees.

1.   Attention is invited to para 6 of Board’s letter of even number dated 12.9.2008 on the above mentioned subject, vide which the special dispensation for grant of HRA has been allowed to continue to (i) Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida & Gurgaon at “X” class city rates and (ii) Jalandhar Cantt. Shillong, Goa & Port Blair at “Y” class city rates and to state that the special dispensation allowed to Panchkula for grant of HRA at par with Chandigarh vide Board’s letter No. E(P&A)ll-2003/HRA-6 dated 19.8.2003, shall also continue.

2.    In this context, it is also clarified that any other similar special dispensation allowed by the Railway Board in the past in respect of other cities or grant of HRA at higher rates and not specifically mentioned in Board’s letter of even no. dated 12.9.2008. shall continue to apply, if the same has not been superseded/dispensed with or the existing classification of such city has not been revised to higher classification on account of the population criteria, vide Board’s letter of even no.dated 12.9.2008.

3.    These orders shall be effective from lst.September, 2008.

4.    All other conditions governing grant of HRA under existing orders shall continue to apply.

5.    This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Raiways

sd/-
(Salim Md. Ahmed)
Deputy Director/E(P&A)lll,
Railway Board.

Re-classification of cities/towns for grant of House Rent Allowance (HRA)

March 22, 2011 Leave a comment


No.2(13)12008-E.II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
*****
New Delhi, 4th March, 2011.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:      Decision of the Government on the recommendations of the sixth Central Pay Commission relating to re-classification of cities/towns for grant of House Rent Allowance (HRA).

1.The undersigned is directed to refer to para 6 of this Ministry’s O.M. of even number dated 29.08.2008 on the above mentioned subject, vide which the special dispensation for grant of HRA has been allowed to continue to (i) Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida & Gurgaon at “X” class city rates and (ii) Jalandhar Cantt., Shillong, Goa & Port Blair at “Y” class city rates and to state that the special dispensation allowed to Panchkula for grant of HRA at par with Chandigarh vide this Ministry’s O.M. No.2(2)/2001E.II(B) dated 16.06.2003, shall also continue.

2.       In this context, it is also clarified that any other similar special dispensation allowed by this Ministry in the past in respect of other cities for grant of HRA at higher rates and not specifically mentioned in this Ministry’s O.M. of even number dated 29.08.2008, shall continue to apply, if the same has not been superceded / dispensed with or the existing classification of such city has not been revised to a higher classification on account of the population criteria, vide O.M. dated 29.08.2008.

3.       These orders shall be effective from 1st September,2008.

4.       All other conditions governing grant of HRA under existing orders shall continue to apply.

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


(Anil Sharma)


Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Categories: HRA

AdmissibiIity of House Rent Allowance in the event of non-acceptance or surrender of railway residential accommodation.

December 19, 2010 Leave a comment

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
RBE Np.I762010.
New Delhi, dated 08 -12-2010
NO.E(P&A)ll-2010/HRA-2
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways & Production Units etc.
(As per mailing lists No.I&III)
Subject : AdmissibiIity of House Rent Allowance in the event of non-acceptance or surrender of railway residential accommodation.
Ref: Board’s letters No.
(i) E(P&A)ll-87/HRA-15 dated 16-5-1988
(ii) E(P&A)ll-95/HRA-3 dated 14-2-1996
(iii) E(P&A)ll-99/HRA-2 dated 12-7-1999 & 16-3-2000
(iv) E(P&A)ll-2002/HRA-4 dated 16-10-2002 and,
(v) E(P&A)ll-2002/HRA-4 dated 9-5-2003
Attention is invited to Board’s letters quoted above delegating powers to the General Managers and other Heads of Organisations directly controlling allotment of quarters to railway servants for sanction of House Rent Allowance in accordance vith the prescribed conditions to the categories of railway employees specified therein. This delegation of powers was valid upto 31-3-2010.
2. The question of renewing this delegation of powers beyond 31.3.2010 has been engaging the attention of the Board. On the basis of the reports received from the Zonal Railways and Production Units, the matter has been considered and the Board have decided to renew the sanction contained in para 5 of their letter dated 16.5.1988 ibid and as amended modified from time to time, w.e.f 1-4-2010 upto 31-3-2017 whereafter the question of renewing this delegation will be considered by the Board and a fresh sanction, if necessary, issued on the basis of reports received from the General Managers etc. Directly controlling allotment of quarters, in regard to the position of availability of railway accommodation under their control.
3. In case at any point of time it transpires that some accommodation is likely to remain vacant/un-occupied due to lack of demand, it should be made compulsory to submit applications for such types where there is surplus accommodation, and consequently, the employees entitled for such types would not be eligible to draw House Rent Allowance.
4. This delegation is also subject to the over-riding condition that these orders are liable to be withdrawn/modified at any time during this period, if it is considered necessaiy by the Board to do so.
5. This has the approval of the President and issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.
6. Kindly acknowledge receipt.
(Salim Md.Ahmed)
Deputy Director, Estt.(P&A)Ill,
Railway Board.
 
 
Source: IRTSA

Categories: HRA, RAILWAY

CLASSIFICIATION OF CITIES FOR HRA

November 9, 2010 Leave a comment

 

 

‘X’ (A-1)Cities – 30% HRA

States Cities Classified as “X”
Andhra Pradesh Hyderabad (UA)
Delhi Delhi (UA)
Karnataka Bangaluru (UA)
Mahrashtra Greater Mumbai (UA)
Tamilnadu Chennai (UA)
West Bengal Kolkatta (UA)

‘Y’  (A, B-1 & B-2)  Cities – 20% HRA

States Cities Classified as “Y”
Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada (UA, Warangal, (UA), Vishkhapatnam (UA), Guntur
Assam Guwahati (UA)
Bihar Patna (UA)
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Chattisgarh Durg-Bhilai Nagar (UA), Raipur (UA)
Gujarat Ahmedabad (UA), Rajkot (UA), Jamnagar (UA), Bhavnagar (UA), Vadodara (UA), Surat (UA)
Haryana Faridabad*
Jammu & Kashmir Srinagar (UA), Jammu (UA)
Jharkhand Jamshedpur (UA), Dhanbad (UA), Ranchi (UA)
Karnataka Belgaum (UA), Hubli-Dharwad, Mangalore (UA), Mysore (UA)
Kerala Kozhikode (UA), Kochi (UA), Thiruvananthapuram (UA)
Madhya Pradesh Gwalior (UA), Indore (UA), Bhopal (UA), Jabalpur (UA)
Maharashtra Amravati, Nagpur (UA), Aurangabad (UA), Nashik (UA), Bhiwandi (UA), Pune (UA), Solapur, Kolhapur (UA)
Orissa Cuttack (UA), Bhubaneswar (UA)
Punjab Amritsar (UA), Jalandhar (UA), Ludihiana
Pondicherry Pondicherry (UA)
Rajasthan Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur (UA), Kota (UA)
Tamilnadu Salem (UA), Tiruppur (UA), Coimbatore (UA), Madurai (UA)
Uttarkhand Dehradun (UA)
Uttar Pradesh Moradabad, Meerut (UA), Ghaziabad*, Aligarh, Agra (Ua), Bareilly (UA), Lucknow (UA), Kanpur (UA), Allahabad (UA), Gorakhpur, Varanasi (UA)
West Bengal Asansol (UA)

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CLASSIFICIATION OF CITIES FOR HRA

November 9, 2010 Leave a comment
Categories: HRA