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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

CAT case update

Dear Members

                       Our Parity case was heard by the CAT on 11-4-2014.  DOPT is yet to submit the reply whereas the  Govt.counsel argued that  few CAT  orders are in support of the applicant.  The Govt. is seriously studying the case and  considering  the demands and requested further time.  The CAT gave last chance upto June 2014(as there is court vaccation upto June).  We hope  a favourable CAT orders.


Thursday, 3 April 2014

02 April 2014

FAQ on Children Education Allowance Scheme-DOPT orders on 01.04.2014.

FAQ on Children Education Allowance Scheme – Dopt Orders on 1.4.2014

The following FAQs supplement the FAQs in respect of Estt.(Allowances) Section already placed in public domain vide F. No.21011/08/2013-Estt.(AL)Establishment Allowances Section Children Education Allowance Scheme (CEA)

SI. No.
Frequently Asked Questions
1.Whether the examination fees as charged by the school is reimbursable?“Examination fee” has been included as part of reimbursable items as indicated in para 1(e) of O.M. dated 2nd September, 2008, subject to the fulfillment of other existing conditions vide) OM No.12011/01/2012-Estt.(AL) dated 31-07-2013. The said orders do not have a retrospective effect.
2.Whether reimbursement of amount of fee paid during 1at and 2nd quarter could be claimed in 3rd or 4th quarter, without the fee receipts of the 3rd and 4th quarter?No. As it is reimbursement for the whole year, original receipts for the fee paid for the 3rd / 4th quarter has to be submitted to ensure that the child has not dropped out of the school in the mid-session. O.M. No.12011/01/2013-Estt. Allowances dated 23.04.2013 refers.
3.Whether a Government servant is required to give a certificate that the spouse, if earning, has not claimed CEA?Yes. In terms of O.M. No.12011/01/2013-Estt.(Allowances) dated 23.04.2013, the claimant Government servant is required to furnish an undertaking that reimbursement of CEA has not been claimed in respect of the child by the spouse of the claimant.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Directorate of Estates
New Delhi, the 20th Feb. 2014
Subject:- Revised scales of office space for various categories of officers and staff and special requirements of Central Secretariat excluding those serving in the Income Tax, Central Excise and Customs Departments.

The undersigned is directed to refer to the then Ministry of Work & Housing & Urban Development OM No, 11015(2)/75-Pol.IV dated 24.11.76, this Ministry OM dated 20.10.87 and OM of even number dated 07.08.98 on the above subject and to say that consequent upon revision of pay scales of the Central Government employees on the recommendation of the 6th Pay Commission as notified vide CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008, it has been decided to prescribe revised scales of office space for various categories of officers and staff and special requirement5 as under, with immediate effect:-

Table A : Revised scales of office space for officers and staff

Sl. No.
Proposed Category
Existing Category
Entitlement of Office space in (sq ft./ sq. mt.)
Officers drawing Gr. Pay of Rs.10000/- in PB-4 and above
360 sq. ft
( 33 sq. mt.)

Officers drawing pay Rs.15200/- and above Per month
Officers drawing Gr. Pay of Rs 7600/- in PB-3 and above but less than the Gr. Pay of Rs.10000/‑
240 sq. ft.
(22 sq. mt.)
Officers drawing Rs.10000/- and above but less than Rs.15200/- per month
Officers drawing Gr. Pay of Rs.6600/- in P8-3 and above but less than the Gr. Pay of Rs.7600/-
120 sq. ft.
(11 sq. mt. )
Gazetted Officers drawing Pay less than Rs. 10000/- Per month/ Section Officers in the Secretariat/ Attached Offices
Officers drawing Gr. Pay of Rs. 4800/- in PB 2 and above/ Section Officers in the Secretariat/Attached Offices but less than the Gr.Pay of Rs.6600/-
60 sq.ft.
(5.5 sq.mt.)
Technical Staff such as Draughtsman, Tracers, Estimators, etc;
Technical Staff such as Draughtsman, Tracers, Estimators, etc;
60 sq. ft.
(5.5 sq. mt.)
Ministerial Staff such as Superintendents, Head Clerks, Assistants, Clerks, Daftries, etc;
Ministerial Staff such as Superintendents, Head Clerks, Assistant, Clerks, Multi Task Staff (MTS)
40 sq. ft.
(3.5 sq. mt.)
Ministerial Staff of Audit Offices
Ministerial Staff of Audit Offices
40 sq. ft.
(3.5 sq. mt.)

Table B : Revised scales of office space for special requirement.

Sl. No.
Prescribed entitlement of office space
Conference Room
Conference Room should be subject to the requirement of the Ministry/Department concerned with minimum space of 237 sq.ft. (22 sq.mt) and maximum 474 sq.ft. (44 sq.mt.)
Visitors Room
Visitors Room should be according to the requirement of a Ministry/Department but it should not be more than 474 sq.ft. (44 sq.mt.) Visitor room of the size of 86 sq.ft. (8 sq.mt.) will be provided to the officers of the rank of Joint Secretary & above within the ceiling of 474 sq.ft
120 sq. ft. (11 sq. meters)
Security Room at every entrance
120 sq. ft. (11 sq. meters)
One sq. ft. (0.09 sq. mt.) per person in an office including the space for dining hall, kitchen, etc.
Dining/Tiffin Room (for Lunch)
400 sq. ft. (36 sq. meters)
Ladies Common Room
120 sq. ft.(11.00 sq. meters)
Class Room
According to the requirement of Department but should not be more than 474 sq. ft. (44 sq. meters)
One sq. ft. for 25 books or one sq meter for 275 books.
Old Records
One sq. ft. for 20 recorded files or one sq. meter for 220 recorded files.
Care taker Room
120 sq. sq. meter
CPWD Maintenance Staff Room
400 sq. ft.(36.00 sq. meter )
As per requirement of each office but should not be more than 400 sq. ft.(36.00 sq. meter)
Drivers Room
120 sq. ft.(11 sq. meter)

2. The total screened requirement of office accommodation determined on the basis of revised scales will be subject to the following austerity cuts:-
Percentage of cut
Up to 30,000 sq.
More than 30,000 sq. ft.

3. The question of quantum of provision for future expansion of an office to be accommodated in a new building, whether in the general pool or in a departmental pool, has been under consideration. It has now been decided that provision for additional space should be limited to 10% of total requirement of an office for further expansion and that if a Ministry/Department wants more than 10% of the total requirement as additional space for expansion, they may do so with the approval of their integrated Finance Division, keeping in view the need for maximum economy.

4. For assessment of prescribed revised scales, the total requirement for office space of the Ministry/Department and its Attached/Subordinate offices located in Delhi/New Delhi has to be given in the enclosed schedule I to IV.
(Munish Kumar Garg)
Director of Estates

Source/View/Download : Schedule I to IV

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Union Cabinet approves Terms of Reference of the 7th CPC


Union Cabinet approves Terms of Reference of the 7th CPC

The Union Cabinet today gave its approval to the Terms of Reference of 7thCentral Pay Commission (CPC) as follows:-

a) To examine, review, evolve and recommend changes that are desirable and feasible regarding the principles that should govern the emoluments structure including pay, allowances and other facilities/benefits, in cash or kind, having regard to rationalization and simplification therein as well as the specialized needs of various Departments, agencies and services, in respect of the following categories of employees:-

i. Central Government employees-industrial and non-industrial;

ii. Personnel belonging to the All India Services;

iii. Personnel of the Union Territories;

iv. Officers and employees of the Indian Audit and Accounts Department;

v. Members of regulatory bodies (excluding the Reserve Bank of India) set up under Acts of Parliament; and

vi. Officers and employees of the Supreme Court.

b) To examine, review, evolve and recommend changes that are desirable and    feasible regarding principles that should govern the emoluments structure, concessions and facilities/benefits, in cash or kind, as well as retirement benefits of personnel belonging to the Defence Forces, having regard to historical and traditional parities, with due emphasis on aspects unique to these personnel.

c) To work out the framework for an emoluments structure linked with the need to attract the most suitable talent to Government service, promote efficiency, accountability and responsibility in the work culture, and foster excellence in the public governance system to respond to complex challenges of modern administration and rapid political, social, economic and technological changes, with due regard to expectations of stakeholders, and to recommend appropriate training and capacity building through a competency based framework.

d) To examine the existing schemes of payment of bonus, keeping in view, among other things, its bearing upon performance and productivity and make recommendations on the general principles, financial parameters and conditions for an appropriate incentive scheme to reward excellence in productivity, performance and integrity.

e) To review the variety of existing allowances presently available to employees in addition to pay and suggest their rationalization and simplification, with a view to ensuring that the pay structure is so designed as to take these into account.

f) To examine the principles which should govern the structure of pension and other retirement benefits, including revision of pension in the case of employees who have retired prior to the date of effect of these recommendations, keeping in view that retirement benefits of all Central Government employees appointed on and after 01.01.2004 are covered by the New PensionScheme (NPS).

g) To make recommendations on the above, keeping in view:

i.    the economic conditions in the country and need for fiscal prudence;

ii. the need to ensure that adequate resources are available for    developmental expenditures and welfare measures;

iii.   the likely impact of the recommendations on the finances of the State Governments, which usually adopt the recommendations with some modifications;

iv.  the prevailing emolument structure and retirement benefits available to employees of Central Public Sector Undertakings; and

v.   the best global practices and their adaptability and relevance in Indian conditions.

h) To recommend the date of effect of its recommendations on all the above.

The Commission will make its recommendations within 18 months of the date of its constitution. It may consider, if necessary, sending interim reports on any of the matters as and when the recommendations are finalised.

The decision will result in the benefit of improved pay and allowances as well as rationalization of the pay structure in case of Central Government employees and other employees included in the scope of the 7th Central Pay Commission.


Central Pay Commissions are periodically constituted to go into various issues of emoluments’ structure, retirement benefits and other service conditions of Central Government employees and to make recommendations on the changes required.

Monday, 24 February 2014


Dear Members,

                        The CAT Ernakulam posted the case to 10-3-2014 and fined Rs.2000/- to DOPT for the delay in filing reply and given ultimatum to submit reply by 10-3-2014.

                          Members are also requested  to furnish their names and details while commending.  As anonymous comments will not be published.