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Thursday, April 24, 2014

PFRDA News : Registration of Government employees aged 60 years and above under National Pension System (NPS)

22 April, 2014 

Subject: Registration of Government employees aged 60 years and above under National Pension System (NPS) 

The Authority has been receiving several requests from various governments (central & state) to approve the registration of subscribers under National Pension System (NPS) who are aged 60 years and above and which are being approved on case by case basis by PFRDA at present. 

Keeping in view of the difficulties being faced by subscribers, now the Authority has decided to enroll all eligible Government employees (central & state) who are on the rolls of the government in to NPS, irrespective of the age at the time of entry, subject to the condition that the total period of contribution to NPS account shall not be more than 42 years. The NPS applications of such subscribers need to be submitted through the appropriate nodal officer of the Govt/ Deptt, in line with the procedure adopted for NPS registration for Government employees aged below 60 years. Also, the responsibility for ensuring that the employee is eligible for being covered under NPS and that the NPS contribution is not paid beyond 42 years during the entire service period for such an employee, lies with the department submitting the subscriber registration form. 

This is for the information of all concerned. 

Venkateswarlu Peri 
General Manager 

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Maintain uniformity in format of Life Certificate & Other Certificates submitted by Pensioners: CPAO to Bank

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Aptitude Test for PA/SA Direct Recruitment Examination to be held on 27-04-2014

As per  Directorate’s letter No. A34012/10/2014-DE (Schedule Part)  dated 21-04-2014,   Aptitude Test for PA/SA Direct Recruitment Examination  to be held on 27-04-2014 at  215 centers in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur and Sambalpur and about 116098 candidates are appearing in the above examination in 106 venues at Bhubaneswar and  80 venues at Cuttack .

Verification of unauthorized occupation of Government Quarters allotted to Postal staff

  A test check is going to be carried out to identify unauthorized construction in / subletting of staff quarters allotted to Postal staff in Bhubaneswar Division. The following officers are entrusted to visit the Government quarters allotted to Postal employees in the areas mentioned against their name.
Name of the officer
Area to be visited
ASPOs(I/C), Bhubaneswar North Sub-Divn
Postal Colony, Unit-IV, Bhubaneswar-1
IP, Bhubaneswar South Sub-Divn
Postal Colony, Vanivihar, Bhubaneswar-7
IP, Nimapara Sub-Divn
Pipli SO and Nimapara MDG
PRI(P), Bhubaneswar GPO-751001
Bhubaneswar-2 MDG and GGP SO

Amendment to POLI Rules, 2011

Rates of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 1.1.2014 to the employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised scale as per 5th CPC

Bombay High Court shocked by Airports Authority of India's attitude in denying child-care leave

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court pulled up the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for not considering the plea of a woman employee who had sought child-care leave as prescribed by the government norms, to take care of her daughter who suffers from learning disability. 

"We are surprised at the adversarial stand of the AAI ....We are shocked by the attitude of the AAI. As an employer you should have taken a sympathetic approach," said the division bench of Justices V M Kanade and Anil Memon.  .. 

The Prevention of Corruption(Amendment) Bill, 2013

Mobile and Desktop APP on Windows 8.0 for National Train Enquiry System (NTES) Commenced

A new mobile app and desktop app on Windows 8 platform for train enquiry as an enhancement to National Train Enquiry System (NTES) has been developed by Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), the IT wing of Indian Railways in consultation with and support from Microsoft. NTES is the backend system which provides information to the public about train running on near real time basis through various interfaces like nationwide unique rail enquiry number 139, website (, mobile interfaces, Touch Screens, face to face enquiry and Display Boards at stations. The NTES app is now available for download and public use from today onwards i.e. 23rd April 2014. As the first step the App has been started for Windows 8.0 and subsequently the app will be developed for other mobile platforms.
A new interface of NTES website along with Mobile version was launched in September 2013 earlier which received wide appreciation by the travelling public and has been quite useful in meeting the requirements of passengers.
A strong need was felt for launching the mobile app with richer user interface keeping in view the current technology trends and which can be downloaded on the device and comfortably made use for train running related enquiries.
The current Mobile application has the following main features:-
“Spot your train” - This query offers information about a train. Current running status, expected time of arrival/expected time of departure (ETA/ETD) at the queried station can be easily known through this query.
“Live Station” - This query has been given to replicate the display boards at station. One can see the trains expected to arrive/depart at any station in next 2 or 4 hours.
“Train Schedule”-This provides complete schedule of a train with all public stoppages enroute and schedule arrival/departure at the station, distance and day count.
“Trains between Stations” - One can find out the list of all types of trains available between any two stations over Indian Railways.
“Cancelled Trains”  - This query displays all trains marked as cancelled on Indian Railways. The option displays trains which are cancelled through entire route as well as trains which are cancelled on partial route.
“Rescheduled Trains” -This query displays all trains marked as rescheduled on Indian Railways. The option displays trains’ rescheduled timings.
“Diverted Trains” – This query displays all trains marked as diverted on Indian Railways.
CRIS, has constantly been involved in taking new initiatives and developing various applications for Railway users and interfaces for general public to provide quality information about train running and other services with enhanced user experiences. Member Traffic, Railway Board, Shri D.P.Pandey while reviewing the IT projects with MD/CRIS and other officers of Railway Board and CRIS on 22ndApril, 2014 appreciated the Mobile app developed by CRIS and expressed his hope that the app will be well received by mobile users and will certainly add great value to the services. 
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Computation of reservation-implementation of the judgement of Honble Supreme court in the matter of Union of India and Anr.Vs. National Federation of Blind and Qrs.



Excess pay given due to dept mistake cannot be recovered from

Madras High  today said that if excess pay was granted to an employee due to the mistake of the department and not due to any misrepresentation by him, that amount shall not be recovered from the worker from the retiral benefits, that too after retirement. 

Allowing a petition from K Syed Razack, a retired Police Inspector, Justice D Hariparanthaman set aside the order of the Commissioner of Police, Chennai, to recover Rs 36,312 from the DCRG (Death-Cum-Retirement Gratuity) of the petitioner. 

He directed the authorities not to make any recovery on the ground of any wrong fixation done during the service, as it was not the petitioner's mistake. 

The judge also directed that the amount be refunded if any already recovered from the petitioner within six weeks. 

Razack submitted he was appointed Grade-II constable on June 1, 1971. After two promotions, he was listed in 'C' list of head constables fit for promotion to Sub-Inspector's post on Sep 22, 1985. As there was no vacancy, he was not promoted at that time. 

Later, he was promoted temporarily as SI on September 15, 1987 and also paid salary by fixing his pay to the post. He was regularised in the post with effect from August 17 1992, promoted as Inspector on October 15,2003 and retired from service on January 31, 2009. 

When the pension proposals were sent, the Accountant General opined that the benefit of fixation was given from September 15, 1987 and should be given only from the date of regularisation of service (August 7, 1992). 

The CoP then passed an order to recover Rs 36,312 from the DCRG of Razack towards alleged excess payment due to the fixation. 

Citing a judgment of a division bench, which held such recovery was bad, the judge said he was also of the view that the judgement applies to the facts of this particular case. 

"Any wrong fixation that was said to have been made in 1987 shall not be sought to be recovered, after retirement in 2009, more particularly, when it is not the case of the authorities that the wrong fixation was done at the instance of the petitioner by way of misrepresentation." 

"Even, if there was any error, the petitioner cannot be made to suffer after retirement, by way of recovery," the judge said.
Source :

Agenda for discussion in the Standing Committee of National Council(JCM)