Sunday, January 24, 2016

Admissibility of TA while on training during probation: Clarification by DoPT

Admissibility of Travelling Allowance (TA) and other expenditure incurred while on training by the Government Servants on probation

No.T-25014/1/2016-TRG (ISTM Section)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
(Training Division)
Old JNU Campus, Block IV,
New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi – 110 067
Dated: 21st January, 2016

Subject: Admissibility of Travelling Allowance (TA) and other expenditure incurred while on training by the Government Servants on probation.
Institute of Secretariat Training and Management (ISTM) is conducting Foundation Training Course of newly recruited. Assistant Section Officers (DR) and Stenographers (DR). ISTM has received number of references from various Ministries and Departments, requesting for clarification, whether the expenditure incurred by trainee Assistants, now re-designated as Assistant Section Officers, for their boarding, lodging etc. while undergoing Foundation Training, under the aegis of ISTM can be reimbursed to them. Representations have also been received from Assistant Section Officers, through their administrative Ministries in this regard.

2. The matter has been examined in consultation with the IFD(MHA) with reference to the Supplementary Rules 164 and instructions issued by the Government from time to time under the aforesaid Rules, which govern claims of Travelling Allowances while on training by probationers. The rule position is clarified as under:-

(i) No Travelling Allowance may be allowed for the onward journey for joining the training institute;

(ii) No Travelling Allowance may be allowed to the probationers while they are taken for outstation for training activity;

(iii) Probationers have to pay boarding /lodging /transport charges, if any, from their pocket.

(iv) No daily allowance may be admissible.

(v) One side TA may be allowed to the participants while reporting for duty in the allocated Ministry/Department on completion of the Training Programme from an outstation Institute, which are located at Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Shimla and Jaipur, where such training is being conducted by ISTM at present, or any other State Training Institute, which may be identified later, outside NCR.

3. All Ministries/Departments of Government of India are, therefore, advised to decide the claims made by Assistant Section Offices in respect of reimbursement of expenditure by them for boarding/lodging and other transport charges during the period of their Foundation Training conducted by ISTM, in accordance with the provisions contained at para (2) of this O.M. In case, any reimbursement has already been made, the same may be recovered immediately.

4. This issues with the concurrence with the IFD(MHA), vide their Dy. No. 299/Fin.II/15, dated 31.12.2015.

(O.P. Chawla)
Under Secretary to the Government of India


Minister for Railways Inaugurated India’s first High Speed Public Wi - Fi Service at Mumbai Central station

Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of Railways, Govt of India, inaugurated the Wi - Fi service in a function at Mumbai Central Railway station on Friday, 22nd January, 2016, as a part of an ambitious project towards Digital India initiative by Indian Railways with the help of RailTel Corporation in collaboration with Google. After the inauguration of Wi - Fi service, Mumbai Central station has gained the distinguished status of being the first ever station in India to have high – speed internet facility for its thousands of passengers who travel everyday by trains.

MPs Shri Arvind G. Sawant, Shri Gopal C. Shetty, Dr. Kirit Somaiya, & MLAs Shri Ashish Shelar & Shri Waris Yusuf Pathan besides Shri S. K. Sood - General Manager of Central Railway, Shri S. K. Pathak - Addl. General Manager of Western Railway, Shri Rajan Anandan - Vice President & Managing Director of Google South East Asia and India, Shri R. K. Bahuguna - Chairman & Managing Director of RailTel Corporation, Shri Prabhat Sahai – Chairman & Managing Director of Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) & Shri Shailendra Kumar - Divisional Railway Manager of Mumbai Central alongwith other senior Rly. officers were also present on this occasion. In the beginning, Shri S. K. Pathak - Addl. General Manager of Western Railway, welcomed all the dignitaries including Minister of Railways.

It’s worth mentioning that the Indian Railway’s telecom arm, RailTel Corporation will provide Internet services as RailWire via its extensive fiber network, in partnership with Google. Designed to offer users the best Internet experience, Railwire Wi - Fi will be available to any user who has a working mobile connection on a smartphone.This is all a part of Western Railways continuing endeavors to provide more and better comforts to its esteemed passengers

Central govt employees to get minimum pension of Rs. 9000

Central govt employees to get minimum pension of Rs. 9000, Please read this news paper report published in Hindi news paper:-

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The Secretary (P) reiterated the CBS roll out timeline i.e. by 14th March 2016 for all postal circles

Minutes of the CBS review meeting dated 12.01.2016 at Dak Bhawan, New Delhi 

1. A CBS review meeting of Kerala Circle and West Bengal Circle was held on 12.1.2016 at Board Room, Dak Bhawan, New Delhi. The meeting was chaired by Secretary (Posts). CPMG Kerala, CPMG West Bengal and PMG Kolkata & North Bengal attended the meeting. Member (Banking and HRD), Member (Technology), Member (PLI), DDG (FS), DDG (PMU), Director (Technology) and Director (CBS) were present.

2. As a follow up action on the directions given in the last VC held on 08.01.2016, the Secretary (P) reviewed the CBS roll out status of Kerala and West Bengal Circle.

3. The Secretary (P) reiterated the roll out timeline i.e. by 14th March 2016 and digitization completion timelines i.e. January 2016. These timeline shall be applicable for all the Circles.

4. The issue of migration of offices having only NSP1 or NSP2 was also discussed.It was decided in principle to migrate the offices having only NSP1. For the offices having only NSP2, PMU/ Member (Tech) were requested to review the position for further necessary action. FS division has also circulated a template to provide the list of offices/ number having only NSP1, NSP2 or TNF vide email dated 12.01.2016. The information may please be supplied urgently.

5. Secretary may be reviewing the status of CBS roll out Circle wise anytime, particularly for the Circles lagging behind in digitization and migration.

6. All the Circles are therefore once again requested to plan out their strategy /action plan to meet the target of digitization and roll out as directed by


(Sachin Kishore)
Director (CBS)

GDS Court case - Pr CAT, Delhi - information on the latest position

GDS case filed by NFPE & AIPEU GDS (NFPE) in Pr.CAT, Delhi is further adjourned to 04-04-2016. 

It is informed by the Advocate that the Court Proceedings on the GDS case filed by NFPE & AIPEU GDS (NFPE) in Pr.CAT, Delhi is further adjourned to 04-04-2016.

Central gov employees seek review of minimum basic pay; seek around 44% hike on 7th CPC recommendation

New Delhi: Implementing the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission is not going to be a cakewalk for the government.

The brewing discontent in the central government employees is threatening to create a storm and disrupt the implementation process. The unions are asking around 44 percent hike on the basic minimum pay suggested by the 7th Central Pay Commission.

The pay commission recommended fixing the minimum pay Rs 18,000 and the maximum pay Rs 250,000.
The unions wants the minimum pay should be increased from Rs 18,000 per month to Rs 26,000.
The unions are claiming that the pay panel recommended the lowest increase in basic pay since independence

The Central government employees’ unions has demanded to increase the minimum pay of central government employees, and a overhaul of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

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