May 24, 2018

बिहार के सम्बंधित क्षेत्रीय कार्यालयों के लिपिक संवर्ग पदों पर भारती और प्रोन्नति का आधार एवं प्रक्रिया

घर बनाने के लिय अब २५ लाख तक एडवांस ले सकेगे राज्य कर्मी

7th Pay Commission – उत्‍तर प्रदेश के कर्मियों को मिलेगा सातवें वेतन आयोग का एरियर

केंद्र सरकार के बाद सातवें वेतन आयोग की सिफारिशों के हिसाब से धीमे-धीमे सभी राज्य अपने कर्मचारियों को वेतन और अन्य भत्ते दे रहे हैं. एक के बाद एक कई राज्य इसे लागू कर चुके हैं. अब खबर है कि उत्‍तर प्रदेश के 16 लाख राज्य कर्मचारियों को सातवें वेतन आयोग (7th Pay Commission) की सिफारिशों के मुताबिक 6 महीने का एरियर 30 जून तक में दिया जाएगा. यह एरियर 1 जनवरी, 2016 से जून, 2016 तक बढ़ी सैलरी का होगा. 6 महीने का बढ़ा हुआ डीए भी जून में आ जाएगा.

Recovery Of Excess Payment Made To Pensioners – CPAO Orders

Recovery of Excess Payment Made to Pensioners – CPAO OM for adjusting the excess amount from the Pensioners account balance else the Pensioner may be asked to pay the amount forthwith.

Central Pension Accounting Office OM regarding Recovery of Excess Payment Made to Pensioners

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Expenditure

Central Pension Accounting Office

Trikoot-II, Bhikaji Cama Place

CPAO/IT&Tech/SCOVA/20 (Vol-I)/2018-19/20

Dated: 16.05.2018


Hospital Patient Care Allowance (HPCA)/Patient Care Allowance (PCA) To The Government Employees

Implementation of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) relating to Grant of Hospital Patient Care Allowance (HPCA)/Patient Care Allowance (PCA) to the Government Employees

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare OM regarding Hospital Patient Care Allowance (HPCA)/Patient Care Allowance (PCA) to the Government Employees


Government of India

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi


APAR – Inclusion Of Column For Safeguarding The Interest Of Officers/Persons Belonging To SC/ST

Annual Performance Assessment Report (APAR)-Inclusion of column for safeguarding the interest of officers/persons belonging to Scheduled Caste and/or Scheduled Tribe

PCDA circular on safeguarding the interest of officers/persons belonging to Scheduled Caste and/or Scheduled Tribe

Office of the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Central Command)

Cariappa Road, Cantt., Lucknow, Pin Code – 226002


Dt. 01/05/2018


All Sections in Main Office

All Sub offices under this organization

All Concerned

(Through Website)

Railways – Comprehensive Procedure, Guidelines And Check List For Empanelment Of Private Hospitals




New Delhi, dated 25.4.2018

The General Managers,

All Indian Railways & Production Units.

Deputation Guidelines – Tenue Of Deputation Restricted To 5 Years

Amendment in Deputation Guidelines – Tenue of Deputation restricted to 5 Years – Extension of Tenue of Deputation to be approved by Higher Authorities


Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions

Department of Personnel and Training

North Block, New Delhi

Dated : 18.05.2018

Strike Call By Banks – Process For Payment Of Salary To Start Early

Strike call by Banks – Process for payment of Salary to start early – CGDA instructions to all Field Units – Bank Strike planned by Unions on 30th and 31st May 2018


dated 17.05.2018

Implementation Of Apprenticeship Act In CPSE

Implementation of the Apprenticeship Act in CPSEs – Department of Public Enterprises OM dated 17.05.2018

Department of Public Enterprises OM dated 17.05.2018 regarding Apprenticeship Act.


Government of India

Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises

Department of Public Enterprises

Public Enterprises Bhawan.

Block No. 14, CGO Complex,

Lodhi Road. New Dew-110003.

Dated: 17 May, 2018

State Bank Of India Reports Record Loss Of $1.1 Billion In March Quarter

State Bank of India (SBI) reported a loss of Rs. 7,718 crore ($1.1 billion) – its biggest ever – in the January-March quarter, as the country’s biggest lender set aside more provisions for bad loans after a change in banking regulation.. The loss for the three months to March 31 was deeper than what the market had expected. Analysts on average had expected SBI to report a loss of Rs. 1,285 crore, according to Thomson Reuters data. In the December quarter, SBI had posted a loss of Rs. 2,416 crore.

SBI management projected a recovery over the next two years, sending its shares nearly 4 per cent higher on Tuesday. SBI shares also extended gains today, rising over 3 per cent. “Last year was a year of despair. This year is a year of hope, and next year will be a year of happiness,” said Chairman Rajnish Kumar after the results. SBI, which accounts for more than a fifth of India’s banking assets, said it aims to grow loans at an annual average of 12 per cent through March 2020, nearly halve its gross non-performing loan ratio, bring down provisioning costs and improve margins.

Government Might Not Sell Air India If Bids Below Floor Price

The central government might not sell its stake in the ongoing divestment process of the national passenger carrier Air India, if bids do not meet a minimum threshold value or floor price estimated for the airline.

Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey said that the government had hired asset and enterprise valuers, who have estimated a minimum floor price or net worth of Air India under the current divestment norms.

According to Choubey, just like any bidding process, the qualified bids have to be above the floor price. “The government retains the right to sell or not to sell Air India, if the bid price is found to be inadequate…,” Choubey told reporters in New Delhi.

However, Civil Aviation Secretary said that there has been a substantial interest that has been generated around the process and that the government expects a robust response.

Rural Postal Workers Commence Strike, Delivery Of Posts Affected

The National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE), which represents around 4 lakh staff, has called for nationwide strike on August 23 to press for implementation of benefits suggested by the Gramin Dak Sevaks committee report, the federation’s secretary general, R N Parashar, told PTI.

The threat has come at a time when another postal staff union, All India Gramin Dak Sevak Union (AIGDSU) that claims support of around 1.8 lakh GDS, has already been on an indefinite strike since last week to press for implementation of the committee’s report.

The indefinite strike commenced by the rural postal workers on Tuesday has badly hit the delivery of posts and money orders in rural areas in 12 districts that come under the Trichy postal region.

Defined Pension For NPS Covered Employees – Staff Side JCM Seeks Relief

Guaranteed Pension / Family Pension for NPS Employees – Staff Side JCM seeks relief to be given to the staff covered under NPS

Shiva Gopal Mishra


National Council (Staff Side)

Joint Consultative Machinery


Dated: May 17, 2018

(Government of India),

Cabinet Secretariat,

Rashtrapati Bhawan,

New Delhi

Identification Of Non-Aadhaar Defence Pensioner And Family Pensioners

Use of Aadhar in Benefit Schemes of Government-Exception Handling – Mechanism for Identification of non-Aadhaar holder defence pensioners/family pensioners and cases where authentication fails – PCDA Circular No.201

PCDA Circular on use of Aadhar in Benefit Schemes of Government

O/o the principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pensions)

Draupadighat, Aliahabad – 211014

Circular No.201

No. AT/Tech/30-XX

Dated: 27.04.2018

Provide Guaranteed Pension/Family Pension Scheme To The Staff Covered Under New Pension Scheme (NPS) – NC(JCM)

Shiva Gopal Mishra

National Council (Staff Side)

Joint Consultative Machinery

For Central Government Employees

13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001

E Mail :


Dated: May 17, 2018

The Cabinet Seretary,

(Government of India),

Cabinet Secretariat,

Rashtrapati Bhawan,

Pensioners Rules & Privileges – Frequently Asked Questions (Central Civil Services)

(1.1) Which rules govern pension and gratuity to the employees retiring from Central Government Civil Departments.

Pension and gratuity of the employees retiring from Central Government Departments is regulated by the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972. There are separate rules regarding pension and gratuity of Railway employees and Defence personnel.

(1.2) Is the date of voluntary retirement treated as duty?

Yes, the date of voluntary retirement is treated as duty (Rule 5).

Deutsche Bank Planning To Cut 10,000 Jobs To Reduce Costs, Says Wall Street Journal

Deutsche Bank is planning to cut 10,000 jobs, or about a tenth of its global workforce, as part of efforts to reduce costs, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. The Journal, citing unnamed sources, reported that job cuts were likely to extend into 2019.

Separately, Bloomberg News reported the lender was planning to withdraw from a number of equities markets across the globe.

The Bloomberg report, which also cited unidentified people, said that Deutsche would sharply scale back its presence in the United States, and had started cutting activities in Central Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

What Is E-Aadhaar? How To Get It Online

Did you know that digital Aadhaar card or 'e-Aadhaar' can be used just like an Aadhaar card in physical form? Yes. This was said by the UIDAI or Unique Identification Authority of India on microblogging site Twitter. E-Aadhaar is a digitally signed, verifiable document "as valid as the Aadhaar letter delivered by post", said the UIDAI, the issuer of the 12-digit Aadhaar number - also known as Unique Identity Number (UID) - as well as Aadhaar card. "You can use e-Aadhaar as your Aadhaar letter," the UIDAI said. The Aadhaar card-issuing body also shared a link to its website,, which provides assistance to Aadhaar card holders and applicants.

PPF Account: Here Are 10 Benefits You May Not Be Aware Of

PPF or public provident fund account is one of the most popular small savings scheme. PPF account holders can invest up to Rs. 1.5 lakh in a financial year while the minimum deposit required is Rs. 500. Deposits can be made in lump-sum or in 12 instalments. PPF deposits qualify for deduction from income under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act. In terms of income tax implications, PPF accounts also qualify for EEE (exempt, exempt, exempt) tax category, which means an investor is not liable to pay tax at all three levels - investment, earning and withdrawal.

May 23, 2018

Revised Travelling Allowance applicable to Central Government Employees with effect from 1st July 2017 – Most of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations accepted by Govt.

Revised Travelling Allowance applicable to Central Government Employees with effect from 1st July 2017 – Most of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations accepted by Govt.

Travelling Allowance and Daily Allowance for Central Government Employees are payble to Central Government Employees to meet out their expenses for Travel, Stay and Food when they perform their official duty outside their place of posting

4 लाख 39 हजार पेंशनर्स को सातवां वेतनमान देने पर आज होगा फैसला

राज्य सरकार प्रदेश के 4 लाख 39 हजार पेंशनर्स को शासकीय कर्मचारियों के समान ही 1 जनवरी 2016 से सातवां वेतनमान देने जा रही है। इस बारे में मंगलवार को होने वाले कैबिनेट की बैठक में विचार किया जाएगा। वित्त विभाग द्वारा इस संबंध में लाए जा रहे प्रस्ताव में पेंशनर्स को 1 जनवरी से 2016 से 31 मार्च 2018 तक बढ़ी हुई पेंशन का एरियर दिए जाने के संबंध में कोई जिक्र नहीं है। पेंशनर को अगर यह लाभ दिया जाता तो उन्हेंं एकमुश्त 28 महीने की बढ़ी हुई पेंशन में न्यूनतम 25 हजार से अधिकतम 2.50 लाख रुपए तक मिलते। कैबिनेट में लाए जा रहे प्रस्ताव के अनुसार 31 दिसंबर 2015 तक रिटायर हुए 4 लाख 39 हजार पेंशनर्स को सातवां वेतनमान दिया जाना है। जबकि सरकार ने 1 जनवरी 2016 के बाद रिटायर हुए 49 हजार पेंशनर को सातवें वेतनमान के अनुसार लाभ दे चुकी है।

May 22, 2018

May 21, 2018

7th Pay Commission Pay – Exercising Of Option – Finance Ministry Clarification And CGDA Order

7th Pay Commission Pay Fixation method under CCS Revised Pay Rules 2016 – CGDA Order based on Finance Ministry Clarification

Ministry of Defence
Department of Defence
D(Civ I)

Subject: Implementation of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 – Exercising of option for fixation of pay
This is regarding exercising of option for fixation of pay in the revised pay structure in terms of following provisions of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016:
Para 5 Save as otherwise provided in these rules, a Governments servant shall draw pay in the Level in the revised pay structure applicable to the post to which he is appointed.
Provisio 1: Provided that a Government servant may elect to continue to draw pay in the existing pay structure until the date on which he earns his next or any subsequent increments the existing pay structure or until he vacats his post or ceases to draw pay in the existing pay structure.
Provisio 2: Provided further that in cases where a Government servant has been placed in a higher grade pay or scale between 1st day of January, 2016 and the date of notification of these rules on account of promotion or upgradation, the Government servant may elect switch over to the revised pay structure from the date of such promotion or upgradation, as the case may be.
2. Regarding the aforesaid provision, clarification was sought from Ministry of Finance/Dept. of Expenditure on the issue of exercising of option for fixation of pay by the government servants in 6th CPC Pay Structure till their promotion which falls after the date of notification of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 (i.e. 25.07.2016).
3. Now, MoF(DoE) have issued clarification dated 19.03.2018 (copy enclosed) wherein it has been clarified that the option for fixation of pay in the revised pay structure after the date of notification of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 i.e. 25.07.2016 cannot be exercised as Rule 5 of the said Rules provided for option only for promotion taking place upto 25.07.2016 (date of notification of the said Rules)

Source - Gconnect 

Myriad Benefits Available For Senior Citizens After Retirement

Retirement is not such a bad thing. In fact, it is the time to enjoy the benefits of what you have invested in your lifetime. Senior citizens are entitled to many financial benefits and schemes extended by the government under its social security scheme. Here are some benefits for senior citizens under different categories.

Tax exemption

Currently, a citizen aged above 60 year gets tax exemption for income up to Rs 3 lakh per annum. Income between Rs 3 lakh and Rs 5 lakh is taxed at 10 per cent, from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh at 20 per cent, and above Rs 10 lakh at 30 per cent.

7th Pay Commission: No Protests, But These Teachers Salary Hike Demands Land In Court Now

7th Pay Commission: The issue of salary hikes for teachers and non-teaching employees has been hanging fire for a long time now and the educators are going through a tough time waiting for some positive news for them.

Now, to try and bring change to their status, NGO Social Jurist has approached Delhi High Court and lodged a plea for the salary hike to be implemented for the teachers concerned and that a suitable direction be given to the authorities concerned as without a pay hike as per 7th Pay commission report they are suffering. With inflation eating into their salaries, the teachers condition is actually regressing by each passing month. Underlining the hardships faced by the teachers, it said their salaries had not been revised and arrears not paid either.

May 19, 2018

Amendment of Rule 16(1) of AIS (Death-Cum-Retirement-Benefits) Rules, 2018

(Department of Personnel and Training)
New Delhi, the 16th May, 2018
G.S.R.457(E). — In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) read with sub-section (1A) of section 3 of the All India Services Act, 1951 (61 of 1951), the Central Government, after consultation with the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, hereby makes the following rules, further to amend the All India Services (Death-Cum-Retirement-Benefits) Rules, 1958, namely :-
1 (1) These rules may be called the All India Services (Death-Cum-Retirement-Benefits) Amendment Rules, 2018.
(2) They shall be deemed to have come into force from the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.
2. In the All India Services (Death-Cum-Retirement-Benefits) Rules, 1958 in rule 16, after the third proviso under sub-rule 1, the following proviso shall be inserted, namely :-
“provided also that a Member of the Service holding the post of Chief Secretary to the Government of Jammu & Kashmir may be given extension of service, under exceptional circumstances, for a period beyond six months but the total term as Chief Secretary not exceeding three years and up to the age of sixty-two years, whichever is earlier, on the recommendations made by the State Government of Jammu & Kashmir, with full justification and in public interest, with the prior approval of the Central Government”.
[F.No. 24012/04/2018-AIS-II]
Note : The principal rules were published in the Gazette of India, vide No. G.S.R. 728 (Extraordinary) Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (i) dated the 18th August, 1958 and subsequently amended by the following notifications:-
Si. No.GSR No.Date
1.52604th September, 1964
2.52703rd April, 1965
3.52803rd April, 1965
4.52903rd April, 1965
5.57217th April, 1965
6.21512th February, 1965
7.191517th February, 1966
8.59003rd March, 1968
9.68706th July, 1974
10.75502nd July, 1974
11.94607th September, 1974
12.27(E)24th January, 1975
13.72414th June, 1975
14.226423rd August, 1975
15.263508th November, 1975
16.203020th December, 1975
17.12831st January, 1976
18.19614th February, 1976
19.31606th March, 1976
20.50410th April, 1976
21.75805th June, 1976
22.75705th June, 1976
23.118214th August, 1976
24.176525th December, 1976
25.57907th May, 1977
26.83002nd July, 1977
27.83102nd July, 1977
28.1598(E)6th November, 1977
29.1700(E)24th December, 1977
30.252(E)18th February, 1978
31.253(E)18th February, 1978
32.460(E)08th April, 1978
33.922(E)22nd July, 1978
34.924(E)22nd July, 1978
35.214(E)02nd January, 1979
36.161(E)03rd February, 1979
37.373(E)03rd February, 1979
38.1151(E)15th September, 1979
39.1291(E)22nd October, 1979
40.512(E)10th May, 1980
41545(E)17th May, 1980
42546(E)17th May, 1980
43978(E)27th September, 1980
44248(E)07th March, 1981
45276(E)14th March, 1981
46705(E)01st August, 1981
47293(E)09th January, 1983
48557(E)03rd July, 1983
49712(E)Olst October, 1983
5033(E)21st January, 1984
51559(E)15th June, 1985
52813(E)31st August, 1985
53275(E)22nd May, 1987
54343(E)03rd April, 1988
55271(E)06th July, 1988
56567(E)16th July, 1988
5791(E)25th February, 1989
58420(E)21st February, 1990
59101(E)16th February, 1991
602890(E)23rd November, 1991
61308(E)19th June, 1993
62717(E)19th December, 1997
63718(E)19th December, 1997
64249(E)13th May, 1998
65252(E)18th May, 1998
66259(E)22nd May, 1998
67548(E)31st August, 1998
68719(E)07th December, 1998
6935(E)14th January, 1999
70702(E)01st September, 2000
71355(E)14th May, 2001
72524(E)11th July, 2001
7349(E)18th January, 2002
74779(E)12th November, 2002
75385(E)07th May, 2003
76105(E)06th February, 2004
77820(E)20th December, 2004
78617(E)30th September, 2005
79699(E)30th November, 2005
80727(E)20th December, 2005
81360(E)12th June, 2006
8220(E)12th January, 2007
8358(E)31st January, 2007
84184(E)09th March, 2007
85585(E)28th July, 2011
86612(E)09th August, 2011
87492(E)12th July, 2013
88175(E)05th March, 2014
89170(E)27th February, 2017

RAILWAY & RBE ORDERS: RBE No.69/2018 - Allowing staff of Technicians cat...

RBE No.69/2018


No. E(NG)1/2018/PM 1/2
New Delhi, dated May 14,2018
The General Managers (P),

All Indian Railways &

Production Units.

(as oer standard list)
Sub: Allowing staff of Technicians category in Grade Pay Rs.1800/- working in EMU, DEMU and MEMU Sheds to volunteer for selection against 50% quota of ALPs.
The National Federation of Indian Railways (NFIR) had raised the issue regarding allowing staff of Technicians category working in EMU, DEMU & MEMU Sheds to volunteer for selection against 50% quota of Assistant Loco Pilots (ALPs).

RAILWAY & RBE ORDERS: Comprehensive procedure, guidelines and check list...



New Delhi, dated 25.04.2018
The General Managers,

All Indian Railways & Production Units.
Sub:- Comprehensive procedure, guidelines and check list for empanelment of private hospitals.

Ref:- SER’s letter no. CMD/SER/Hosp. Tie-up/2303 Dated 14.11.2017.

Revision of rates of damage for unauthorized occupation of Railway accommodation.

The General Managers,
All Indian Railways including Production Units,
(As per Standard Lists No.s I, II, III)

No. F(X)I-99/11 /1                                                               New Delhi, dated 10.05.2018
Sub.:Revision of rates of damage for unauthorized occupation of Railway accommodation.
Ref.: (i) Board’s letter No.2018/Trans. Cell/Process Reforms/Estt. dated 05.04.2018.
(ii)Ministry of Urban Development, Directorate of Estates’ O.M. No. 18011/1/2015-Poi.III dated 07.09.2016.

RBE No. 59/2018 - State Railway Provident Fund – Rate of interest during the year 2018-19 (April, 2018 to June, 2018)

RBE No. 59/2018
No. F(E)III/2003/PF/1/1                    New Delhi, Dated :  18.04.2018
The GMs/Principal Financial Advisers,
All Zonal Railways/Production Units etc.,
(As per mailing list)
Subject:- State Railway Provident Fund – Rate of interest during the year 2018-19 (April, 2018 to June, 2018).

May 17, 2018

7th Pay Commission Increment Given In Two Dates – Illustration

7th Pay Commission increment – Revised Pay Rules 2016, provides for two dates for annual increments viz., 1st January and 1st July 2016 to take care of delayed annual increments and consequent Pay anomaly

(1) There shall be two dates for grant of increment namely, 1st January and 1st July of every year, instead of existing date of 1st July:

Provided that an employee shall be entitled to only one annual increment either on 1st January or 1st July depending on the date of his appointment, promotion or grant of financial upgradation.

(2) The increment in respect of an employee appointed or promoted or granted financial upgradation including upgradation under Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) during the period between the 2nd day of January and 1st day of July (both inclusive) shall be granted on 1st day of January and the increment in respect of an employee appointed or promoted or granted financial upgradation including upgradation under MACPS during the period between the 2nd day of July and 1st day of January (both inclusive) shall be granted on 1st day of July.

Income Tax Returns (ITR) Filing: Steps To E-Verify Using Aadhaar OTP

Tax payers can use Aadhaar based e-verification of their Income Tax Returns (ITR) for making ITR filing easier and quicker, informed UIDAI on it’s official twitter handle.

UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority Of India) is mandated to issue an easily verifiable 12 digit random number as Unique Identity – Aadhaar to all residents of India, as mentioned on the official website of UIDAI.

16.65 crore individuals have verified their PAN (Permanent Account Number) with Aadhaar. They can now also instantly e-verify their income tax return using Aadhaar OTP, the tweet further added.

Railway Ministry’s New Circular Confirms Closure Of Hospitals, Employees Cry Foul

Consequent to the decision taken by the railway ministry to close hospitals as per the recommendations of the Bibek Debroy committee, guidelines have been issued for entitlement of wards in railway empanelled hospitals for beneficiaries based on their pay drawn as per the 7th pay commission.

Meanwhile, railway employees alleged that the entitlement should be based on the treatment one undergoes and not on the basis of salary.

A letter in this regard was circulated to all the railway zonal general managers by the joint director (II) of health, railway board H K Sanhotra dated May 11.

Accordingly, employees getting up to Rs 47,600 salary will be allotted general wards at the railway empanelled hospitals. Employees drawing up to Rs 63,100 will be allotted semi-private ward while private wards will be allotted only for those who are getting a salary of Rs 63,101 and above.

Telangana Government Lifts Ban On General Transfers

Handing out a series of sops, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday announced the setting up of a Pay Revision Commission in three days to revise salaries and pensions for 4.5 lakh employees and 1.8 lakh pensioners.

Mr Rao said the CPS was not under the purview of the state government but the Centre had to take a decision on abolishing it. Staff unions which are agitating against the CPS say that it works against the interest of employees and pensioners.

“Earlier, the PRCs used to take years to submit reports. But, we have now brought a revolutionary change to expedite the process. Earlier, the PRC used to be a one-member commission. This time, it will be a three-member commission,” Mr Rao told the media at Pragathi Bhavan here.

7th Pay Commission: Madhya Pradesh Employees To Get Increased DA

The Madhya Pradesh government on Wednesday announced increased Dearness Allowance (DA) to Madhya Pradesh employees, officials said. An increase of 2 per cent in DA as per the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendation and 3 per cent as per 6th pay panel had been done.

As per Finance Department Principal Secretary Pankaj Agarwal’s orders, the DA increase as per both the pay panels has been increased with effect from January 2018 and payable from February 2018 onwards.

According to officials, the decision on payment of increased DA was taken in a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Source: IE

Taking Calls While Driving Not Against Law, Rules Kerala High Court

The Kerala high court on Wednesday ruled that talking on the mobile phone while driving is not an offence, unless it can be established that the act, in the particular instance when the driver was caught, had endangered public safety.

A division bench of the court said that there are no provisions in the existing law to book a person for speaking on the phone while driving.

The high court was hearing a petition by MJ Santhosh, a resident of Kochi, who was booked by the police under Section 118 (E) of the Kerala Police Act and Section 184 of the Motor Vehicles Act for talking on the phone while he was driving.

Legal Framework That Governs Aadhaar Issuing Authority Needs Overhaul – NIPFP

A working paper published by Delhi -based think-tank National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) has called for a complete overhaul of the legal rules that bind the functioning of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the agency that issues the Aadhaar number. It says that the agency may have been delegated too many responsibilities without adequate checks and balances. 

The paper evaluates the legal framework under which the Aadhaar Act and the Aadhaar Regulations operate. It seeks to understand whether the law and regulations are precisely and clearly drafted, if the law embeds accountability principles that shape the structure and functioning of the UIDAI and evaluates the grievance redress and enforcement provisions that are integral to the integrity of the system and are supposed to create a sufficient deterrent effect. However, it expresses no views on the constitutionality of the Aadhaar Project, which is presently sub judice before the Supreme Court and restricts itself to the evaluation of the Aadhar legal framework on issues of accountability, delegation, and grievance redress, purely from a policy perspective.