Jun 4, 2015

Suresh Prabhu lauded the role Railway employees in cleanliness campaign

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Railway to give more facilities to passengers, will concentrate on solar energy

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Indian Railway to purchase Metro alike coaches from private sector

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Railway to go for bullet trains if feasible – Suresh Prabhu

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Railway’s semi high speed train ‘GATIMAAN’ has still long way to go

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Passengers to get confirmed or RAC tickets only in Suvidha trains, no waiting list tickets will be there

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Pawandoot, Shaktidoot are playing important rules in Indian Railways

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Passengers show true face of railway to its officers

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RCF to roll our 200 kmph high speed coach by December

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How much Central Government employees got after increase in HRA and TA.

30% HRA for Central Government Employees in Pune and Ahmedabad from 01.04.2014 – Details of re-classification / upgradation of cities for HRA and Transport Allowance

As Pune and Ahmedabad Cities have exceeded 50 lakh population mark as per Census 2011, Government has upgraded these two cities to “X” grade city from “Y” grade city, at par with Metros such as Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai etc., for the purpose of granting higher House Rent Allowance (HRA) to the extent of 30% to all Central Government Employees including Defence Personnel and Railway Employees.
Likewise, HRA at the rate of 10% granted until now to all Cental Government Employees including Defence Peronnel and Railway Employees working in the following cities will be increased to 20% as these cities have been re-classified and upgraded from “Z” grade city to “Y” city based on Census 2011 Statistics.
CityPresent StatusStatus after re-classificationPresent HRA RateRevised HRA Rate
Nellore (UA)
Z
Y
Gurgaon (UA)
Z
Y
Bokaro Steel City (UA)
Z
Y
Gulbarga (UA)
Z
Y
Thrissur (UA)
Z
Y
Malappuram (UA)
Z
Y
Kannur(UA)
Z
Y
Kollam (UA)
Z
Y
Ujjain (M. Coprn.)
Z
Y
Vasai-Virar City (M. Corpn.)
Z
Y
Malegaon (UA)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Nanded-Waghala (M.Corp.)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Sangli (UA)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Raurkela (UA)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Ajmer (UA)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Erode (UA)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Noida (CT)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Firozabad (NPP)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Jhansi (UA)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Siliguri (UA)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Durgapur (UA)
Z
Y
10%
20%
The existing Qualification population mark for X Grade city and Y Grade City is more than 50 Lakh and Between 5 lakh and 50 Lakh respectively. Citeis with population less than 5 lakh would be classified as Z Grade City.

House Rent Allowance on the basis of Classification of Cities

Classification of CitiesRate of House Rent Allowance
X30%
Y20%
Z10%
Higher Transport Allowance up to Rs. 3200 plus DA for five More Cities
Union Cabinet has also upgraded following Cities to “A1 / A” Grade as far as granting Transport Allowance to Central Government Employees. These Cities have attained the Population mark of more than 20 lakh as per Census 2011.
CityPresent Transport AllowancePresent GradeRevised Transport AllowanceRevised Grade
Patna (UA)Rs. 400 to Rs. 1600“Other PlacesRs. 800 to Rs. 3200A1 / A
Kochi (UA)Rs. 400 to Rs. 1600“Other PlacesRs. 800 to Rs. 3200A1 / A
Indore (UA)Rs. 400 to Rs. 1600“Other PlacesRs. 800 to Rs. 3200A1 / A
Coimbatore (UA)Rs. 400 to Rs. 1600“Other PlacesRs. 800 to Rs. 3200A1 / A
Ghaziabad (UA)Rs. 400 to Rs. 1600“Other PlacesRs. 800 to Rs. 3200A1 / A

Transport Allowance on the basis of Grade Pay and Place of Work

Employee Grade PayRate of Transport Allowance per month
In 13 Cities Classified as A1 / A earlierOther Places
Grade Pay of Rs.5400 & aboveRs. 3200 + DA thereonRs. 1600 + DA thereon
1. Grade pay of Rs. 42000, Rs.4600 and Rs. 48002. Those drawing grade pay below Rs. 4200 but drawing Pay in the payband equal to Rs.7440 and aboveRs. 1600 + DA thereonRs. 800 + DA thereon
Grade Pay below 4200 and pay in pay band below Rs.7440Rs. 600 + DA thereonRs. 400 + DA thereon
Source: Press Information Bureau

ITR form simplified, file returns by Aug 31

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
31-May-2015
Income Tax Return Forms ITR 1, 2 and 4S Simplified for Convenience of the Tax Payers;
A New Form ITR 2A Proposed which can be Filed by an Individual or HUF who does not have Capital Gains, Income from Business/Profession or Foreign Asset/Foreign Income; In Form ITR 2 and the New Form ITR 2A, the Main Form will not Contain more than 3 Pages, and other Information will be Captured in the Schedules which will be Required to be filled only if applicable;
As the Software for these Forms is under Preparation, they are likely to be available for e-filing by 3rd week of june 2015;Time Limit for Filing these Returns is also Proposed to be Extended up to 31.08.2015;
Only Passport Number, if available, would be required to be given in forms Itr-2 and itr-2A. Details of Foreign Trips or Expenditure thereon are not required to be Furnished
Forms ITR 1, 2 and 4S for Assessment Year 2015-16 were notified on 15th April 2015 (15.04.2015). In view of various representations, it was announced that these ITR forms will be reviewed. Having considered the responses received from various stakeholders, these forms are proposed to be simplified in the following manner for the convenience of the taxpayers:-
1) Individuals having exempt income without any ceiling (other than agricultural income exceeding Rs. 5,000) can now file Form ITR 1 (Sahaj). Similar simplification is also proposed for individuals/HUF in respect of Form ITR 4S (Sugam).
2) At present individuals/HUFs having income from more than one house property and capital gains are required to file Form ITR-2. It is, however, noticed that majority of individuals/HUFs who file Form ITR-2 do not have capital gains. With a view to provide for a simplified form for these individuals/HUFs, a new Form ITR 2A is proposed which can be filed by an individual or HUF who does not have capital gains, income from business/profession or foreign asset/foreign income.
3) In lieu of foreign travel details, it is now proposed that only Passport Number, if available, would be required to be given in Forms ITR-2 and ITR-2A. Details of foreign trips or expenditure thereon are not required to be furnished.
4) As regards bank account details in all these forms, only the IFS code, account number of all the current/savings account which are held at any time during the previous year will be required to be filled-up. The balance in accounts will not be required to be furnished. Details of dormant accounts which are not operational during the last three years are not required to be furnished.
5) An individual who is not an Indian citizen and is in India on a business, employment or student visa (expatriate), would not mandatorily be required to report the foreign assets acquired by him during the previous years in which he was non-resident if no income is derived from such assets during the relevant previous year.
6) As a measure of simplification, it has been endeavoured to ensure that in Form ITR 2 and the new Form ITR 2A, the main form will not contain more than 3 pages, and other information will be captured in the Schedules which will be required to be filled only if applicable.
As the software for these forms is under preparation, they are likely to be available for e-filing by 3rd week of June 2015. Accordingly, the time limit for filing these returns is also proposed to be extended up to 31st August, 2015 (31.08.2015). A separate notification will be issued in this regard.
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Big bonanza for central government employees

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India’s first semi high speed train to be flagged off by PM next month

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GOOD NEWS - Central Government Employees to get increased HRA and Transport Allowance after upgradation of cities

Revision of the classification/upgradation certain cities/towns on the basis of Census-2011 for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance and Transport Allowance to Central Government employees

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval to the proposal of the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure for reclassification/upgradation of certain cities/towns on the basis of Census-2011, for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance (HRA) and Transport Allowance to Central Government employees.
On the basis of the final population figures of Census-2011, two cities have qualified for being upgraded from ‘Y’ class to ‘X’ class and 21 cities have qualified for being upgraded from ‘Z’ to ‘Y’ class for the purpose of HRA. Six cities have qualified for being upgraded from “Other Places” to specified higher class for the purpose of Transport Allowance.
The revised classification of cities shall take effect from 01.04.2014. The impact on the exchequer on account of upgradation of 29 cities, would be approx. Rs.128 crore for the year 2014-15.
Background:
HRA and Transport Allowance are admissible to Central Government employees depending upon employees’ Basic Pay (including NPA where applicable)/Grade Pay and the classification of the city/town where they are posted. The existing classification of cities/towns in different classes viz. ‘X’, ‘Y’ and ‘Z’ for the purpose of HRA and 13 specified cities classified earlier as ‘A-1’/ ‘A’ and “Other Places” for the purpose of Transport Allowance, is as per the criterion recommended by the 6th Central Pay Commission. The existing qualifying limits of population for classification for HRA purpose is 50 lakhs & above for ‘X’, 5 – 50 lakhs for ‘Y’ and below 5 lakhs for ‘Z’ class city. Transport allowance is payable at ‘higher rates’ in 13 specified cities classified earlier as ‘A-1′ / ‘A’ (that is those cities having population of 20 lakhs & above) and at ‘lower rates’ in all other places.
The classification of cities/towns for this purpose is revised on the basis of their population as reflected in the decennial census report. The existing classification of various cities/towns is based on 2001 Census figures. The criterion of population for this purpose has been followed as recommended by the Central Pay Commissions.

Cities/towns to be upgraded on the basis of census-2011 for grant of House Rent Allowance

Cities to be upgraded/re-classified as “X”
Ahmadabad(UA)
Pune (UA)
Cities to be upgraded/re-classified as “Y”
Nellore (UA)
Gurgaon (UA)
Bokaro Steel City (UA)
Gulbarga (UA)
Thrissur (UA)
Malappuram (UA)
Kannur(UA)
Kollam (UA)
Ujjain (M. Coprn.)
Vasai-Virar City (M. Corpn.)
Malegaon (UA)
Nanded-Waghala (M.Corp.)
Sangli (UA)
Raurkela (UA)
Ajmer (UA)
Erode (UA)
Noida (CT)
Firozabad (NPP)
Jhansi (UA)
Siliguri (UA)
Durgapur (UA)

Cities/towns to be upgraded on the basis of census-2011 for grant of Transport Allowance

Cities to be added for higher rates of Transport Allowance (i.e. which have population of more than 20 lakh to qualify for earlier classification as “A-1”/ “A” as stipulated in O.M. No. 21(2)/2008-E.II(B) dated 29.8.2008):
Patna (UA)
Kochi (UA)
Indore (UA)
Coimbatore (UA)
Ghaziabad (UA)
CategoryFinance Ministry

Feedback of the National Anomaly Committee Meeting held on 29.05.2015

No.AIRF/NAC Dated: May 29, 2015
The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,
Dear Comrades,
Sub: Brief on the meeting of the NAC held today under the chairmanship of Jt. Secretary(E), DoP&T, Government of India
As per notification No.11/1/2015-JCA dated 12.05.2015 of the DoP&T(Government of India), meeting of the National Anomaly Committee was held today under the Chairmanship of Jt. Secretary(Estt.), Jt. Secretary(Pers.) and officials from other establishments and Ministry of Railways were also present.
At the outset, Secretary(Staff Side), National Council(JCM), Myself, expressed anguish for communication gap and non-finalization of the issues raised by the Staff Side JCM at various levels, and that is the reason, the staff working in the Central Government is quite agitated.
I also mentioned that, when we met the Secretary, DoP&T, we were given assurance that very soon meeting of the NC/JCM would be held, but unfortunately could not.
NAC was formed seven years back, and up-till now whatsoever had been agreed, that is not implemented, and wherever disagreement, items have not been sent for arbitration. Out of 60 items, only 48 were discussed, and most of them are under review, and there are 12 items which are still pending.
The J.S.(E) assured that the meeting on the pending items would be held soon. On the insistence of the Secretary(Staff Side), she agreed for the meeting on the pending items in the afternoon of 9th June, 2015. She also agreed for giving status papers.
Agenda Items Item No.1 – Review of MACP to GP of Rs.2000 where there is no such grade pay in Railways Though the Official Side was not in the mood to make any change, but on the insistence of the Staff Side, they agreed to review the matter once again.
Item No.2 – Granting of Additional Pay to Loco & Traffic Running Staff The Jt. Secretary(Pers.) asked the Railways to give some more logical arguments, so that they can reconsider the issue of Additional Pay to Loco Pilots and Guards of the Goods Trains.
Item No.3 – Treatment of employees selected under LDCE/GDCE Scheme The Official Side informed that, they have already sent a letter on 27.09.2012, that whatsoever benefit is available to the employees selected under LDCE and GDCE in the ACP, that will continue in the MACPS also. The item is closed.
Item No.4 – Grant of minimum entry pay meant for Direct Recruits to Promotees There had been lots of arguments and when the Staff Side insisted that, in the JCM Scheme, once the items have been finalized and we reach to an agreement in the Standing Committee, there is no provision of referring back the issue to JCM again. The Secretary Staff Side told pointblank to the Official Side that we are not going to yield on this issue, and if the Official Side feels that the Hon’ble Finance Minister has some specific objection for implementing this issue where Promotee should get bottom of the grade where Direct Recruitment is available, we would like our meeting with Hon’ble Finance Minister. The Official Side agreed that they will put up the case to the competent authority to approach the Hon’ble Finance Minister once again.
Shiva Gopal Mishra
GS/AIRF

Except Railway Staff, paperless ticketing system in Shatabdi & Rajdhani trains for all passengers

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AC fares to increase from 1st, June, 2015

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Whole railway system has been disrupted due to cancellation of trains

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Passengers to get lower berths status during reserving tickets for Rail Journey

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