Apr 29, 2014

Good news - Rates of various allowances, Increased by 25%


Enhancement in the rates of various allowances by 25% as a result of enhancement of Dearness Allowance upto 100% - Effective Date 01.01.2014 - RBE 39/2014

GOOD NEWS - Children Education Allowance Increased

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
Block-IV, Old JNU Campus
New Delhi, 28th April, 2014.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Clarification on increase in certain allowances by further 25% as a result of enhancement of Dearness Allowances w.e.f. 1.1.2014 —

The undersigned is directed to refer to para 1(j) of this Department’s O.M. No.12011/03/2008-Estt (Allowance) dated 2.9.2008. This provides that the limits of Children Education Allowance would be automatically raised by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%. References are being received from various quarters with regard to the amount of Children Education Allowance admissible consequent upon enhancement of Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees @ 100% w.e.f. 1 s` January, 2014 announced vide Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure O.M. No.1/1/2014-E-II (B) dated 27th March, 2014.

2. In accordance with the above, the following shall be the revised limits:

a) The annual ceiling lfmit for reimbursement of Children Education Allowance shall be Rs.18,000/- per child. Accordingly, the quarterly claim

could be more than Rs.4500/- in one quarter. The Hostel Subsidy shall be Rs.4500/- per month per child;

b) The rates of Special Allowance for Child Care to women with disabilities stands revised to Rs.1500/- per month; and

c) The annual ceiling for reimbursement of Children Education Allowance for disabled children of Government employees shall be treated as

revised to Rs.36,000/- per annum per child and the rates of Hostel Subsidy for disabled children of Government employees shall be treated as revised to Rs.9000/- per child per month.


3. These revisions are applicable with effect from l g January, 2014

4. These revisions shall be subject to other terms and conditions mentioned in this Department’s O.M. No.12011/03/2008-Estt (Allowance) dated 2.9.2008, O.M. No.12011/04/2008 dated 11.9.2008 and 12011/07(0/2011-Estt.(AL) dated 21.2.2012.

(Mukul Ratra)
Director

Medha Patkar joins protest against metro rail

HYDERABAD: Social activist Medha Patkar of the Narmada Bachao Andolan fame led protests against the ongoing metro rail project in the city on Sunday, alleging that the plan was flawed and would lead to the uprooting of hundreds of people from their homes. 

Patkar marched to Sultan Bazaar, where residents and small merchants have been protesting against the metro rail project. "The netas never asked whether the people wanted the metro rail to pass through that corridor. Which democratic process fails to acknowledge the struggles of people?" she asked. The 60-year-old activist, who is fighting the elections on an Aam Aadmi Party ticket from Mumbai northeast parliamentary seat, said that electing AAP to power would ensure the rights of adivasis, dalits, women and minorities. 

Speaking at a media conference later, Patkar said AAP had fielded only those candidates in AP who have been working at the grassroots level and can bring about sustainable development. 

"AAP is the only party that does not believe in corporate-owned democracy. It believes in taking on business tycoons whose cumulative wealth adds up to 31 per cent of the country's wealth. If you vote for AAP candidates, you will never lose faith in the democratic system," she said. Patkar was accompanied by Ramon Magasasay award winner Rajendra Singh in the city rally. 

Claiming that AAP was committed to fighting for water security, Singh said: "They promised to introduce a water security bill in Parliament, but didn't. Politicians, including Narendra Modi, have woken up to the dying Ganga's plight in Varanasi only during the time of election, but AAP believes in conserving rivers and solving the water crisis in the country," Singh said.
Source-Times OF India

CMRS finishes Mumbai Metro inspection

मुंबई Mumbai: Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) has concluded the physical inspection of the Mumbai Metro. P.S. Baghel, CMRS, had started the physical inspection of the Metro Line-1 from April 18. CMRS safety check is the last statutory certification requirement before the 11.4 km Versova- Andheri-Ghatkopar line is opened to the public.

During the inspection, CMRS checked the entire Metro system, which included rolling stocks, workshops, depot, OCC, corridors, stations, tracks, OHE etc. Speaking to RailNews, Mr Baghel said that he will be going to Lucknow to discuss the inspection with the Research Design and Standard Organisation (RDSO) officials and then cross check all the other necessary approvals, including rolling stocks, from the Railway Board. Mr Baghel said, “Prima facie, I found all the constructions and specifications of the Metro quite satisfactory, but there are a few finishing works remaining which would be taken care of very soon.”

On a question on how long would he take to issue the final and statutory certificate to the Metro, he replied, “I could take one day or two days or even three. Few things are yet to be ascertained with the other concerned officials.”

“Only after being completely satisfied and concluding the detailed tests and trials, the CMRS would authorise MMOPL to commence passenger operations on the line. Thereafter, Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) would approach the Ministry of Railways for declaring the line open for public carriage” said the MMOPL spokesperson.
Source-Rail News

Neral-Matheran steam engine yet to begin ‘return’ journey

Adverse conditions at hill station and a recent fuel conversion have limited vintage engine to trial runs
मथेरण Matheran (MAE): At Matheran, even as repeated trials and repairs keep the steam engine busy, ‘adverse’ conditions at the hill station and a recently introduced fuel technology has kept the vintage beauty away from railway passengers. Although delayed by a year, Central Railway (CR) continues to hope that the engine will soon run between Neral and Matheran.

“So far, the engine is not in a position to run. We are trying our best to make it operational,” said Mukesh Nigam, Divisional Railway Manager, Central Railway.
Manufactured in 1917 at Baldwin Loco Works, United Kingdom, the engine named B-794 is green and black in colour and has red and white strips running through its edges. A white star in the centre gives volume to its face.

The heritage engine boasts a pumped capacity of 1,818 litres of water. In 2013, on the first week of May, the steam engine was sent to Golden Rock workshop in Tiruchirapalli from Neral station for fuel conversion from coal fired to a more dramatic oil fired platform.

With the heritage sensibilities to be safeguarded, the Central Railway chose the Golden Rock Railway Workshop (GOC), adjudged to be the best workshop in the Southern Railway for the task. It also manufactures steam locomotives and wagons.

After the fuel conversion, the steam engine was brought back to Neral station, following which the CR began trials. The Railway is hoping to bring the engine into service later this year. Around 10 oil- fired steam engines are running in Nilgiri mountain railway, said CR officials. An official said replicating the model in the Neral -Matheran section has proved ‘adventurous’ as there are are more curvatures and gradients here.

Also, the steam engine is old, making it too precious to try on difficult terrains. After the environment department imposed a ban on running steam engines on hilly railway sections, CR decided to change the fuel technology from coal fired to oil-fired to ensure that the steam engine would continue to emit huge clouds of smoke, reminiscent of a traditional steam engine.

The decision to convert from coal to oil was also taken to avoid damaging the immediate environment of the hilly railways. The flames coming out from coal fired steam engines often sparked fires in the dry bushes alongside the tracks. There are no flames reported from the oil fired engines, said an official.
Source-Rail News

Doon Express derails in Uttar Pradesh, six people injured

जफरगंज Jafarganj (JFG): Six people were injured when eight bogies of the Howrah-Dehradun Express derailed near Jafarganj railway station in Ambedkar Nagar district today, a GRP official said.

The incident took place this afternoon when the coaches got detached from the main train and derailed near Jafarganj railway station, Station Officer (GRP) Ambedkar Nagar C B Jaisal told over phone.

Nearly half a dozen people were injured in the incident, he said.

One or two of them have received severe injuries, he added.

Mr Jaisal said the train traffic on the Uttar Pradesh line was disrupted after the accident and repair work was under process.
Source-Rail News

Tracing the Ramayana route to Sri Lanka, by air and rail

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC) has launched a pilgrimage tour to trace the journey of Lord Rama from Ayodhya to Nuwara Eliya, where Sita was held captive in Sri Lanka.

This is the first time that IRCTC, South Zone has embarked on the Lord Sita-Rama temples circuit. The 2,200-km tour is divided into two parts: the visit to Sri Lanka is by flight for five days and to Ayodhya by train for 11 days.

About 30 pilgrims, aged above 55 years, participated in the maiden Sri Ramayana Yatra (Sri Lanka) tour, in which six historical temples were showcased. It included Sita temple, Ravanan temple and cave, Gayathri Peedam and Bhakta Hanuman temple among others.

IRCTC officials said, “We are going to touch Ayodhya for the first time, in the trip that commences on May 11. It is a half-day tour to Ayodhya on the third day. We will start the tour from Chennai Central to Allahabad, via Kasi and Ayodhya and end in Nepal. An exclusive ‘AC tourist train’ with pantry car, tour escorts and security are part of the package. This train will accommodate about 200 persons”.

In Nepal, the pilgrims will also visit Pashupathinath temple in Kathmandu, the Manakamana temple, and go sightseeing in Pokhara and Kushinagar. On their way back to India, the pilgrims will get to see Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha.

An IRCTC official said as they knew of the demand for the Ramayana trip among people in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, they decided to launch a similar circuit from the south zone.

R. Kasturi, a Coimbatore-based retired professor who took the trip with her friend, Gita Venkataraman, said, “There were some spots mentioned on a board near the Ravana falls. It is only a small fall and I have suggested that the tour should include the Buddha statues nearby. They are just 20km away so we should be able to make it”.

In their response sheet, visitors have sought inclusion of some other temples in Sri Lanka.

Vasanthi Rajiv, a resident of Chennai who took the trip, said, “If you include Kadirgamam, Tirukoneswaram in Trincomalee, Tirukeethiswaram in Mannar and Naguleswaram in Jaffna, the trip would be complete”.
Source- TheHindu

'See tracks? Think train!' - Canadian Pacific participates in Rail Safety Week


'See tracks? Think train!' - Canadian Pacific participates in Rail Safety Week

CALGARY, Canada - During Public Rail Safety Week, April 28 - May 4, Canadian Pacific, other Canadian railways, and stakeholders will be reminding motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians about the importance of staying safe around railway property, in particular railway crossings. Public Rail Safety Week is an initiative aimed at raising awareness among Canadians of the safety implications around railway lines.

"Safety is a priority at Canadian Pacific," said Canadian Pacific Police Service Acting Chief, Ken Marchant. "Public Rail Safety Week is an important reminder to the public to stay away from railway property and be aware at grade crossings."

Of particular importance this year is the number of grade crossing collisions involving commercial vehicles. Driver awareness and caution is critical to preventing incidents, especially since over half of all motor vehicle collisions that occurred in 2013 occurred at crossings with fully armed lights and gates. The dangers of distraction also crosses over to trespassers, who are often caught off guard by a train approaching or fail to hear warning whistles through headphones.

CP and CP Police Service work with partners, like local law enforcement agencies and Operation Lifesaver, to further educate the public about the potential hazards of railway crossings and the dangers of trespassing on railway property.

During Public Rail Safety Week Canadian Pacific will be educating people with use of social media on Twitter and Facebook. To learn more about being safe near railway property, follow Canadian Pacific on Facebook and Twitter (@CanadianPacific) and Operation Lifesaver on Facebook and Twitter. Use the hashtag #PRSW2014 to join the conversation. For more information on the Canadian Pacific Police Service, visit cpr.ca.
Source-eturbo news

Lost in Music, Student run over by Train

गाज़ियाबाद Ghaziabad (GZB): Crossing railway tracks while listening to music on the headphones proved costly for a Class XII student when a train ran over him in Vijay Nagar area on Monday afternoon. According to police, the deceased has been identified as 18-year-old Vishal, who lived with his family in Pratap Vihar area of Ghaziabad. Police said the incident took place at 12.30 pm when he was crossing railway tracks with his earphones on.

“Some witnesses told the police that Vishal had his earphones on and was listening to music on his mobile phone. He crossed the tracks oblivious to an oncoming Jalandhar Express,” said a police officer. The officer also said it seems Vishal was distracted; he could not hear or see the train approaching him, adding, he died on the spot after being hit by the train. Police have sent his body for a post-mortem exam and further investigation is on.
Source-Rail News

 

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