Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Bharat Pensioners Samaj: Please let us know the similar detail about other ...

Bharat Pensioners Samaj: Please let us know the similar detail about other ...

Please let us know the similar detail about other states

Sub: Implementation of the recommendations of 7th CPC- Revision of Post-2016 pension cases.

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)
RBA No. 67/2016
No. 2016/AC-11/21/8
New Delhi, dated 21.09.2016
Zonal Railways/PUS

Sub: Implementation of the recommendations of 7th CPC- Revision of Post-2016 pension cases.
Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. 2016/F(E)/III/1/ (1)8 dated 12.08.2016.

The detailed instruction for revision of the settlement dues as well as pension/family pension of railway servants who retired/died in harness on or after 01.01.2016 has been issued vide above referred letter. Necessary modifications in ARPAN software has already been done and is ready for deployment. Similar modifications in IPAS software have also been processed by CRIS. The scheme
for revision of the cases whether settled through ARPAN/IPAS as mentioned below may be adopted uniformly across the railways for timely completion of the revision process.

A. Revision of Post-2016 cases already settled through ARPAN:

(a) Revision of settlement clues as well as revision of PPOs will be carried out in ARPAN- Revision Module.

B. Revision of Post-2016 cases already settled through IPAS:

(a) Payment of revised settlement dues will be made through IPAS- Settlement Module.

(b) Revised particulars (IPAS data) along with Pensioners Photograph (scanned image) and complete Family details will be uploaded to ARPAN data base.

(c) Revised PPOs based on updated IPAS details, will be issued from ARPAN.

e_PPO scheme for revised PPOs in ARPAN in also under development and testing. The Zonal railways/PUs will be intimated in due course for its implementation.

(BB. Verma)
Advisor (Accounts)
Railway Board

Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/accounts/downloads/circular/2016/RBA%2067.pdf

Sunday, September 25, 2016

S C Maheshwari Secy Genl BPS speech at triennial GB meeting of NFRPA Palghat at Palakkad (Kerala) on 24.09.20016

Honorable Chief Guest, Guests of honor, dignitaries on the dais, respected Senior comrades, affiliates & members of NFRPA, Ladies and gentlemen: 

I am honored to be speaking to you on the occasion of Triennial AGM of National Federation ofRailway Pensioners here at Palakkad. On this occasion I congratulate the leaders, Management, Affiliates and members of NFRP& wish them many successful years ahead. NFRP, Bharat Pensioners Samaj & AIFPA Chennai are MOU partners and together we represent over 10 lac pensioners and have successfully walked through decades, serving the cause of pensioners.

Ladies & gentlemen, we are retired but not tired, our endeavor is to bring all pensioners together.

When 54 lac CG pensioners, 80 lac state pensioners & 45 lac EPS 95 pensioners will walk together, all our woes will get resolved as then we will have the strength to change the political scene of the country.

We i.e BPS NFRP & AIFPA have been moving together struggling jointly & severally for the common issues of pensioners i.e.

1. Financial Security

2. Healthcare &

3. Social security.

Financial Security:

We represented the issue to the 7th Central Pay Commission. Pay Commission listened to us patiently. But alas! outcome is not encouraging. Inspite of the fact that 7th CPC in principle accepted few of our submissions, bureaucracy  has negated these. We had represented that wide gulf between minimum & maximum paid should be narrowed down and brought back to1.7.1996 level of 1:8 and a common multiplication factor for revision of pay & pension be worked out so that everyone gets uniform raise. PC instead of reducing, further raised   minimum maximum paid gap to 1:13.88 & worked out 2.57 common multiplication factor. This 2.57 fitment factor recommended by the 7th CPC and accepted by the Govt. is essentially a multiple factor which is the ratio of the new minimum pay arrived at by the 7th Pay Commission i.e. Rs 18,000/- and the existing minimum pay Rs. 7,000/-. This provides only 14.29% rise in Salary (which in terms of money is Rs 2250/- {7000+125% DR =Rs.15750/- to 18000} and difference in take home after deductions is just Rs. 500/- after 10 years) as well as in Pension which is the historically the lowest raise given by any Govt. in the past seventy years. This has happened because of incorrect calculation of minimum revised salary resulted not only by adoption of lower prices of commodities but also due to adoption of Aykroyd formula of 1948 without updating it. It is surprising as to how a gender bias 1948 formula of Dr Aykroyd adopted by ILC in 1957 is applied, without updating, in digital India of 2016. In today’s scenario how can Indian civil society accept a formula for minimum requirement which treats the lady of the house as 0.8 unit compared to the adult male of the house as 1 unit. Further this formula does not at all take into consideration the minimum requirement of today’s digital India i.e. a smart mobile phone with internet connection.Considering wife to be .80 unit is nothing but gender bias indicating a colonial mindset of Dr Aykroyd. In the present scenario a wife too puts in the same amount rather more of physical and intellectual work as compared to the husband. She needs more nutrients & healthcare to keep herself fit to be a mother and as an educationist for her school going children. She needs better clothing than 1957. A lady whether she is a wife of a labourer or of a Secretary to Govt. of India, has a basic right to keep herself reasonably presentable for which she needs some minimum add-ons. As such treating her to be less than a unit is gross injustice, gender bias and unconstitutional. Similarly growing children of up-to 14 years of age need more of proteins, fats & carbohydrates, need to take sufficient exercise & field activities for healthy growth. Today they need much better and more clothing, better education & healthcare compared to 50s. The Nation needs healthy & stout young citizens. It is against the National interest to restrict their need based minimum requirement to .6 unit.
Thus the Minimum Salary & correspondingly the fitment benefit of 2.57 needs upwards revision. As of now Govt. has refered the issue to a high-powered committee.But as per indications hardly any change is expected,

The 2nd big issue in this connection is 100 % parity between pre & post 1.1.2016 retirees: 7th CPC recommended vide their Para 10.1.67 that: All the civilian personnel including CAPF who retired prior to 01.01.2016 shall first be fixed in the Pay Matrix recommended by the Commission, on the basis of the Pay Band and Grade Pay at which they retired, at the minimum of the corresponding level in the matrix. This amount shall be raised, to arrive at the notional pay of the retiree, by adding the number of increments he/she had earned in that level while in service, at the rate of three percent. Fifty percent of the total amount so arrived at shall be the revised pension. Govt. says it may not be feasible to implement. However, on our insistence  This recommendation has been accepted by the Govt. but, subject to feasibility. On this issue we could reach consensus with S 30 & S 29 Association and   have represented that the required records are available in 95% cases & the remaining can be recasted, thus the recommendation can easily be implemented.
Currently both the above issues are under consideration of committees constituted for this purpose and we will have to wait for the out come

Similarly, the issue of raising FMA is also under consideration of a committee. In 2014 while submitting memorandum to 7th CPC based on the information gathered under RTI we had asked for Rs 2000/ per month which was rejected not on merit but on the flimsy ground that FMA was recently raised from 300/- to Rs500/-. Taking into consideration the sky rocketing inflation of health care we have requested the spl committee to raise FMA to Rs 3000/-per month

There are several other issues relating to our financial securityfew of which I wish to enumerate before you today,

No 1 isregarding grantingof revised corresponding 5th CPC scales to the specific categories as detailed in Rly Board orders dated 16.10.1998: NFRP & BPS have been representing that this is not a case of upgradation but it is an issue of grantingcorresponding 5th CPC scales to specific categories. Sh K S Srinivasan has been vehemently perusing the case for the last several years & BPS is whole heartedly supporting it. In July this year there had been long discussions with Rly Board topofficers, outcome is awaited. However, in the meantime Madras High Court on02.08.2016 inWritPetn. No.13207 of 2013 R.Sethumadhavan Vs UOI has given a favorable judgement we have yet to see if UOI files an appeal in SC or accepts the HC judgment.
No2 IsRestoration of 2/3rd commutation our simple argument is that commutation is an advance given by the employer to the retiring employee at a specified rate of interest, the retired employee repays it through monthly instalments from his/her pension,thus as soon as the entire amount with interest is recovered deduction from his/her pension should stop restoring full pension. Recently on 01.09.2016 Supreme Courtin the case of Union of India -Vs- (Late) K. Ganeshan in Civil Appeal No. 6048 of 2010 and Civil Appeal No. 6371 of 2010. has issued orders for Restoration of 2/3rd Commuted Pension after 15 yrs of PSU Absorbees who took full Commutation of Pension. We have represented that this judgement be applied to all similarly placed persons.

3.Additional age related Pension: we represented to 7th CPC that Sixth Pay Commission had recommended additional Pension of 20, 30, 40, 50 and 100 % for retirees and family pensioners on attaining the age of 80, 85, 90, 95 and 100 years respectively. However, in the present scenarioof climatic changes, incidence of pesticides and rising pollution, old age disabilities/diseases set in by thetime an employee retires and go on manifesting very fast, needing additional finances to take care of thesedisabilities and diseases, especially as the cost of health care has gone very high.Recommendation of Sixth PayCommission for grant of 100% additional Pension after 100 years of age was rather illusionary in view ofchances of survival up to or beyond age of 100 years being rare.It was therefore, requested to the 7th CPC that 10% Additional Pension should be granted every 5 years from the age of 65to 75 years & thereafter 20% every 5 years from 80 years onwards and 100% after 90 years of age.
During the discussion 7 CPC was agreeable to start age related additional pension from the age of 75 yrs but finally they rejected the demand not on merit but simply because MOD was not agreeable to it.
We have represented against the rejection but Govt. is salient.

4.NPS for post 2004 recruited employees:As of now taking into
consideration exigency of services Defence Forces have been kept out of the purview of NPS we have represented that Railway services too are as arduous & risky as those of Defence forces. Every year over 3000 Rly employees get run over & killed while on duty, most of them get cut into pieces. They are not called martyrs, waiting postmortem their bodies are shelved in morgue for several days & noone from administration goes to their families for consolation or attend their funeral. Over 800 Railway employees become disabled due to accidents on duty. Not only that, during war time Rly is life line for armed forces. It is the devotion &dedication of Rly employees that men, material including Arms Ammunition, Artillery & ration reaches them in time as such Rly services too should also be given the benefit of pre 2004 pension scheme.EarlierSh MallikarjunKharge, the Railways Minister in the previous government, had raised the issue with the then Finance Minister in March 2014.The present Rly Minister too wrote to finance Ministerto exclude Rly employees from NPS. But alas Finance Minister has declined.

5.Deprivation of all the central pay commission benefits in terms of pay revisions & Pensionary benefits to pensioners born on 1.1.1946/1938/1928 owing to their retirements on31.12.2005/1955/1985 :
The modified  FR56(a),  requires every one whose date of birth is the first of a month to retire from service on the afternoon of the last day of the preceding month on attaining the age of superannuation .As a result of this modification    pensioners born on 1.1.1946/1938/1928 are deprived of all the central pay commission benefits in terms of pay revisions & Pensionary benefits owing to their retirements on31.12.2005/1955/1985.  
This proviso singled out the Ist Jan. 1946/1938/1928-born pensioners for deprivation of the Pay Commission benefits. Such of the pensioners are made to suffer for no fault of theirs and are deprived of EQUALITY of status and of opportunity. This violation of Article 14 of constitution need to be set right immediately.issue was discussed with 7th CPC as it was one of the items of BPS memorandum to 7th CPC but nothing positive could be achieved. However issue is still  on BPS agenda and is being pursued.

6.Income tax on PensionThe purchase valve of pension gets reduced day by day due to continuous high inflation and steep rise in cost of food items and medical facilities. Retired persons/senior citizens do not enjoy fully, public goods and services provided by the Government for citizens due to lack of mobility and many other factors coupled with falling interest rates on their deposits.Their ability to pay tax gets reduced year to year after retirement due to ever increasing expenditure on food,medicine and other incidental. Their net worth at year end gets reduced considerably compared to the beginning of the year. Inflation for pensioners is much more than any Tax.It erodes the major part of the already inadequate pension. To enable pensioners, at the far end of their lives, tolive in minimumcomfort and to cater for ever rising cost of living, they may be spared from paying income tax on pension& the DR as was recommended 5th CPC.

7.Application of S C judgements in case of similarly placed persons Govt. should notindirectly pressurize courts by appealing again & again to get judgements reversed in their favour and must implement all Supreme court judgements to all similarly placed persons
          Fifth CPC recommended in Para 126.5 of their report that any court judgement involving common policy matter of pay/pension to a group of employees/pensions, should automatically without driving every affected individual to Court of law.
Health care:
It is a major issue facing Rly RELHS beneficiaries Inspite of the fact that the right to health, medical aid to protect the health and vigour of a worker while in service or post retirement is a fundamental right.{ in terms of Article 21 read with Article 39 for a 41, 43, 48A and all related Articles as pronounced by the
Supreme Court in Consumer Education and Research Centre & Others vs Union of India (AIR 1995Supreme Court 922)} M/O Railways on the issue of Smart Card and the M/O Rlys have been cutting jokes with Rly RELHS beneficiaries over the last one decade.
The CASHLESS TREATMENT SCHEME IN EMERGENCY (CTSE) FOR RELHS BENEFICIARIES AT EMPANELLED HOSPITALS floated vide  Railway Board’s letter No.2014/H/28/1/Smart Card/Part ‘A’ dated 14.07.2016 is another  big joke with Rly pensioners & family pensioners as it requires  additional payment of exorbitantly heavy amounts of money ranging between Rs.10000 to Rs.50000 from existing  RELHS beneficiaries who have already paid last month’s Salary/2 pensions for joining it and then an amount of Rs 2000 to 10000/ to the empaneled hospital for getting medical treatment in case of Emergency under CTSE. BPS has represented that the Scheme of Cashless Service for RELHS Card Holder to take treatment in recognized Private Hospitals in emergency promulgated vide Rly Board No.2007/H/28/1/RELHS/Smart Card New Delhi, dated 18.07.2012 and which stands implemented on Eastern Railways (Reference CMD ERlyNo. MD. 173/0/Smart Card Dated: 11th June, 2013) is much better and may with slight amendments be adopted for PAN INDIA Smart card for RELHS beneficiaries

Social Security :We strive not only to seek Govt. support in this deficient area but also to develop systems which will enable all of us to act as one family with mutual confidence, support and growing interdependence.  Our organizations have also been motivating pensioners to indulge in social welfare of the civil society. Whenever there is a natural calamity, pensioners come forward not only with monetary assistance but physically also they stand shoulder to shoulder with civil administration and the fellow citizens in distress. With our motivation, Pensioners are coming forward to donate not only organs but even their whole bodies so that someone after their departure can survive to see this beautiful world. Several of our affiliates are monetarily helping underprivileged children to continue their studies. Similarly, poor ladies in distress are being helped to earn honorable living. However, we wish Govt. & Law & order authorities to be more sensitive towards caring for Sr Citizens.

Ladies & gentlemen total strength of pensioners in the countryis :

Defence pensioners/family pensioners                             = 1860000
Defence civilian Pensioners                                          =   555000                                                     
Rly Pensioners/family pensioners                             = 1375000
Central Govt. Civil Pensioners/family pensioners   = 1081000
Postal                                      =   325000         
State Govt. Pensioners                   = 7915000
EPS 95 Pensioners                 =         4450000
PSU pensioners                               = 0700000
adding them, figure goes to                                                1,82,61000
Elderly population (20016)                 = 123million
Elderly Electoral (2014 )                    =100 million
National Voting average (2014)          =66.4 %
Elderly Voting average= 90%
Effective % of Elderly votes              = 16.6% (2014)
Our aim should be to consolidate 123 million Sr. Citizen voters through18.261 million pensioners. Sooner we start working to achieve this goal better it is for all of us as this is the only way out to make governments take care of our woes.

Jai Hind, Jai Bharat

S.C. Maheshwari
Secy Genl BPS

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Revision of pension under ‘One Rank One Pension’: PCDA Circular No. 566 another clarification on PCDA Circular No. 555 regarding Post-2006 Havildars granted ACP-l who later on promoted to the Rank of Hony Nb Sub and regarding Fly. Sergeant

Revision of pension under ‘One Rank One Pension’: PCDA Circular No. 566 another clarification on PCDA Circular No. 555  regarding Post-2006 Havildars granted ACP-l who later on promoted to the Rank of Hony Nb Sub and regarding Fly. Sergeant.


Circular No. 566
Dated: 16.09.2016

Subject :- Revision of pension under ‘One Rank One Pension’.

Ref :- This office Circular No. 555 dated 04.02.2016 & Circular No. 557 dated 17.03.2016.

Pension Disbursing Agencies (PDAS) are aware that as per this Office Circular NO. 555 dt. 04.02.2016, pension of Armed Forces Personnel iS to be revised w.e.f. 01.07.2014 by the PDAS as per tables attached with this Circular. PDAS have reported some difficulties on certain points while implementing the scheme Of ‘OROP’. Clarification in the matter is as under:-

[Click here to view One Rank One Pension: Tables & Orders issued on various matters]

(i) Revision of pension in respect of Post-2006 Havildars granted ACP-l who later on promoted to the Rank of Hony Nb Sub :- It is Clarified that pension of Post-2006 Havildars granted ACP-l, who got pensionary benefits of Nb-Sub rank but later on promoted to the rank of Hony. Nb-Sub for which Corr. PPOS were issued revising the rank as Hony. Nb-Sub. Pension in such cases Shall be revised to the rank of Nb-Sub. 

(ii) Revision of pension under OROP in r/o Fly. Sergeant: - The rank of Fly. Sergeant has not been mentioned in the equivalence of ranks in Appendix - ‘Y’ of this Office above mentioned Circulars. It iS hereby Clarified that rank of Fly. Sergeant iS equivalent to JWO of the Air Force and Naib Subedar of the Army. Hence, pension of Fly. Sergeant Shall be revised from the Tables of Naib Subedar 

2. All other terms and conditions in the matter shall remain unchanged.

3. This circular has been uploaded on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.in for dissemination
across the all concerned.

No. Gts/Tech/0167/XXIV
Dated: 16.09.2016
(C.B. Yadav)
DCDA (Pensions)

Sunday, September 18, 2016

What Did My Government do last week?

Consolidated Instructions on compassionate appointment – DOPT Clarifications

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 05th September, 2016
Subject:- Consolidated Instructions on compassionate appointment — Review of FAQs dated 30.05.2013/25.02.2015 with regard to married son.
The undersigned is directed to invite attention to this Department’s O.M. No. 14014/6/1994-Estt.(D) dated 09th October, 1998 and OM of even number dated 16th January, 2013 vide which Consolidated Instructions on compassionate appointment were issued. Subsequently, vide FAQ No. 13 dated 30.05.2013 it has been clarified that married sons are not considered as dependent family member and hence not eligible for consideration for compassionate appointment. The clarification with regard to married son as stipulated in FAQ No. 13 dated 30.05.2013 has been reviewed vide FAQ No 60 of even number dated 25.02.2015 as under:-
60Whether  ‘married son’        can      be considered         for compassionate appointment?Yes,  if he otherwise fulfils all the other requirements of
the Scheme i.e.  he is otherwise eligible and fulfils the criteria laid down in this Department’s O.M. dated 15th January, 2013. This would be effective from the date of issue of this FAQ viz. 25th February, 2015 and the cases of compassionate appointment already settled w.r.t. the FAQs dated 30th May, 2013,  may not be reopened.Sr.No.13  of the  FAQs dated 30th May, 2013  may be deemed to have been modified to this extent.
2. Pursuant to various Court Orders, the clarification/FAQ No. 13 dated 30.05.2013 and FAQ No. 60 dated 25.02.2015 has been further reviewed in consultation with the Department of Legal Affairs. It has been decided that married son can be considered for compassionate appointment if he otherwise fulfils all the other requirements of the Scheme i.e. he is otherwise eligible and fulfils the criteria laid down in this Department’s O.M. dated 16th January, 2013.
3. FAQ No.13 dated 30.05.2013 and FAQ No.60 dated 25.02.2015 stands withdrawn from the date of their issue.
4. The cases of compassionate appointment rejected solely on the grounds of marital status in terms of FAQ No. 13 dated 30.05.2013 during the intervening period i.e. w.e.f. 30.05.2013 to 25.02.2015 in respect of married son may be reopened/reconsidered against vacancies occurring after issue of this OM.
5. Hindi version will follow.
(G. Jayanthi)
Director (E-I)

Saturday, September 17, 2016

New Pension System (NPS) and its-implementation: Railway Board Order enclosing the PFRDA's letter No. PFRDA/19/CG/1/39 dated 01.08.2016:-

RBA No. :54/2016
No. 201 6/ AC-II/ 21 / 7 
New Delhi, dated: . 16.08.2016

General Managers, FA&CAOS and CPOs,
All Indian Railways. and PUs

Sub: New Pension System (NPS) and its-implementation.

Please find enclosed PFRDA’S letter no. PFRDA/19/CG/1/39 dated 01.08.2016 on the above subject. In this regard, the "following has been desired:

i. Distribution of comprehensive brochure prepared by PFRDA for government Sector subscribers.

ii. Updation of contact details Of all the underlying offices in the records of CRA for better communication flow.

iii Setting up of dedicated NPS Cell

iv. Displaying related information on the website of n the Ministry and incorporating the same link in the ‘Employee’s corner’

As regards (iv.) above, all, the important instructions issued by Accounts Dte are available on the Indian Railway’s website as under:

About Indian Railways
Railway Board Directorates
Instructions on NPS 

Kindly ensure circulation of these instructions so that the subscribers and nodal. offices are aware of initiatives taken for their benefit.

DA: As above 

(Amitesh Kumar Sinha)
Director Finance/CCA
Railway Board
R.V. Verma
B-14/A, First Floor, Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhawan,
Qutab Institutional Area, Katwaria Sarai
New Delhi-110016

FILE NO. PFRDA/19/CG/1/39  
01st August, 2016

Dear ______________

Subject: National Pension System (NPS) and its implementation.

I am writing in the context of the National Pension System (NPS) and its implementation in theCentral Government sector - Ministries & departments including the Central Autonomous Bodies under their jurisdiction. I would like to highlight the important measures taken by PFRDA in strengthening the systems, in the interest of the ultimate beneficiary - the subscriber and other stakeholders.

2. After the passage of PFRDA Act, 2013, various regulations have been framed by PFRDA under the ambit of the Act. The basic purpose of framing regulations is to ensure protection of subscriber interest. Prominent ones among the regulations are PFRDA (Redressal of Subscriber Grievance) Regulations, 2015 and PFRDA (Exits Withdrawals under the NPS) Regulations, 2015. You will appreciate that PFRDA (Redressal of Subscriber Grievance) Regulations, 2015, had laid down clear guidelines with respect to redressal of subscriber grievances. Further, Exit Regulations of PFRDA
have specified the provisions and process relating to exit and withdrawal in detail.

3. It has been PFRDA’S endeavour to take various initiatives from time to time in order to simplify and improve the operational issues in National Pension System (NPS) for ease of transaction for subscribers. Towards this end, we have introduced a number of new functionalities under NPS architecture such as simplification of account opening, withdrawal, grievance management etc. In this regard, recently many new functionalities have been released by the Central Recordkeeping Agency (CRA) to ease operations for the benefit of subscribers and nodal offices. The details of the functionalities released recently for the nodal offices under Govt. Sector are enclosed as Annexure A.

4. As our main focus is on the subscriber, around whom the entire system revolves, we have also provided several facilities to them for easing the process and making them more user friendly. The following are the important initiatives taken in this direction:

(i) SMS and email alerts,

(ii) Centralized Grievance Management System (CGMS) with a pre-determined turnaround time for resolution of grievances related to different services.

(iii) Call Centre facility.

(iv) Periodic consolidated SoT (Statement of Transactions)

(v) Web based access to all subscribers to view SoTs and facility to modify certain data like mobile number & email id on their own.

(vi) Subscriber awareness programs at various locations and centers.

In addition to the above, several new functionalities have also been introduced in the CRA system for the benefit of the subscribers. The details of the same are enclosed as Annexure B.

5. We would very much appreciate if the Central Government ministries departments may undertake the following measures to enhance the effectiveness of the system:

(a) Distribution of comprehensive brochure prepared by PFRDA for government sector subscribers (copy enclosed). 

(b) Updation of contact details of all the underlying offices in the records of CRA for better communication flow.

(c) Setting up of a dedicated NPS Cell

(d).Displaying NPS related information on the website of your Ministry and incorporating the same in link like ‘ Employee’s corner’.

6. We feel that there is urgent need to disseminate more information among the dealing officials -Pay & Accounts Offices(PAOs) Drawing & Disbursing officers (DDOs) of the CG Ministries & Departments for resolving the concerns and covering the gaps. We have recently engaged Crux Management Services Pvt. Ltd. as a training agency for imparting training to the nodal officers of CG Ministries/ Departments. We request you to nominate maximum number of DDOs from your Ministry to the training programmes which PFRDA is coordinating. Besides, workshops may be organized by CG Ministries & Department for their respective nodal offices also in order to increase
subscriber awareness and for imparting operational knowledge to PrAOs/PAOs/DDOs, wherein PF RDA and CRA officials may also participate.

We are confident that the implementation of NPS and streamlining .of the process is receiving your due attention. You may like to convene regular meetings to review the implementation of NPS and the new fun'ctionalities which wrll go a long way in ensuring smooth implementation of NPS. PFRDA will be glad to provide all necessary support and cooperation. Should your office need further clarifications, they are welcome to contact Sh. Ashish Kumar, General Manager at ashish.kumar@pfrda org.in.

With Regards,

Yours sincerely

Mr. S. Mookerjee,
Financial Commissioner
Ministry of Railways,
Room No.232, Rail Bhavan,
New Delhi - 110001.

Encl.: A/a

Annexure A

The details of the functionalities released recently for the nodal offices under Govt. Sector 
Functionality for nodal offices on Tier-II operations and voluntary contribution processing

under Tier-I
The Govt. sector Nodal Offices have now been provided with utility for activating the Tier II account and its operation for all Government employees. The Government subscribers (mandatorily covered under NPS) can also approach their “associated Nodal Office for making additional investment (Voluntary Contributions) in their PRAN - Tier I account in order to claim tax benefits.
Upload of unequal contribution for Govt. employeesIn, case of Govt.‘ sector employees, the Nodal Office is required to prepare and upload the contribution file wherein the Employee and Employer Contribution are equal for each subscriber. This functionality will now allow the Nodal Offices to prepare and upload contribution files where Employer and Employee contribution amount are not. same due to various exceptional reasons.
Insertion of QR Code facility on backside of PRANFor new PRAN cards, a Quick Response (QR) code will be inserted, which when scanned on a smart phone will enable easy access to CRA website for any information on NPS.
Grievance resolution by monitoring office in CRA systemIn case of Govt. sector Nodal offices, only the PAOs/DTOs can provide resolution remarks for the grievances raised against them by ' their associated subscribers in Central Grievance Management System (CG-MS) module. However, the mapped Pr.AOs/DTAs can only monitor the status of the grievances (using ‘Token No') raised against underlying PAOs/DTOs. Now, with the new facility made available in the CRA system, the Pr.AOs/DTAs can verify whether the PAO/DTO hasresoived the grievance.
Pop - Up window for resolution of pending grievance in CRA systemTo aid the Nodal Offices, a pop-up alert is displayed on the home page immediately after the User logs in to CRA website (www.cra-nsdl.com). The pop-up displays the count of grievances pending (if any) for more than 30 days. The User has two options i.e., either to resolve the grievances immediately by selecting the option ‘Resolve Now’ (which will guide the user to 'grievance resolution' screen) or to select 'Resolve Later’ to continue with regular operations and provide resolutions to the grievances later, The pop-up window is a reminder to all the Nodal Offices which have any grievance pending for resolution beyond 30 days in Central
Grievance Management system (CGMS) module.
Functionality for capturing bank details and contact details of the nodal offices‘A facility has been provided to Nodal Offices of Central Govemment to enter the contact details of their Nodal Officer (along with details of alternate Nodal Officer) and the Bank account details of respective Nodal Office in CRA system. This will help Trustee Bank and CRA to identify the nodal offices for better coordination.
Login facility for, DDOs in CRA systemThe DDOs c an login the CRA system using User ID & I-PIN (password). The DDOs can generate their l-PIN by capturing a request through instant reset option in the CRA system (www.cra-nsdl.com) and getting it authorized by their associated Nodal Office (PAOs/DTOs). This facility has been granted to the DDOs to enable them to view various reports, which is quite helpful in day to day functioning.

Annexure B 

Features released recently for NPS Subscribers

1. Mobile App
Mobile App for NPS' is nowavailable to the Subscriber's in ’Google Play Store’ as NPS by NSDL e-Gov’ for installation and use. The following features are available to the Subscribers in Mobile App:

a) Transaction Statement: Using this feature, Subscriber will be able to raise the request for Transaction Statement for a. particular financial year. The statement will be sent to the Subscriber’s registered mail ID at end of the day.

b) Account details view: Subscriber can view his / her NPS account details.

c) Statement of Holding view: Details of scheme Wise units alongwith latest NAV and the total value of the schemes (as on date) is available.

d) View of last 5 contributions: Details of the last five contributions credited will be available i.e.,‘ credit date, tier type, amount and. contribution remarks.

e) Change in contact details (Telephone/ Mobile no./ email ID): At present, Subscriber can change his/ her contact details in CRA system using login credential. The same feature has been extended in Mobile App.

f) Change password/ Security Question: Subscriber can add / modify his her password and set security question (for password reset) through Mobile App. Subscriber will also be able to reset his/ her password by answering secret questions. 

g) Notifications: Notifications, if any, from CRA will be available to the Subscriber. Short messages will be displayed here.

2. Change of address using Aadhaar authentication
The Subscribers can now update/modify their address on their own using Aadhaar based authentication. After logging in CRA, Subscriber will use the menu Update Address”. After clicking on the menu ”Update Address”, Subscriber will prevode the Aadhaar No and "click on the ’submit’ button. 'On clicking on submit button, ' an OTP will be sent to Subscriber’s mobile. Once the Subscriber authenticates by submitting the OTP, address details from Aadhaar system will be fetched and updated in the CRA system. In this process, Subscriber will be able to update permanent as well as correspondence address. At present, this feature has been made available to All Citizens of India and Corporate sector. It will be extended to Government Subscriber Shortly.

3. Scheme Preference change facility
The NPS Subscribers associated to All Citizens of India (UoS), Corporate sector and Government sector (for Tier‘SII-only) can now change their Scheme Preference after logging in. An OTP will be sent to the Subscriber (on their registered mobile number) once Subscriber topts to change his / her Scheme Preference. After authentication is done with OTP, the Subscriber can change their PFM, Asset Class, Allocation ratio, Scheme Options.

4. Tier II activation through eNPS
Any subscriber having Tier I account in NPS can now activate Tier II account online through eNPS. To initiate the Tier‘II activation, Subscriber has to enter his/her PRAN, DOB and PAN. An OTP will be generated and will be sent to the registered mobile number.  Subscriber has to enter the OTP and proceed for Tier II activation under 

5. KYC re-verification using Aadhaar authentication
A Subscriber whose Bank has not confirmed (rejected) his / her KYC verification request can now update the address details and confirm KYC using Aadhaar based authentication. The Subscriber need to simply go to eNPS site, click on Update details and proceed.

6. Facility to contribute Online
Subscribers are contributing through online mode using eNPS portal of. NPS Trust. Now, a facility has been made available to contribute online by Subscribers using IPIN credentials in CRA system. Subscriber can login into the CRA system and click to ”Contribution” menu. On submission, the Subscriber will be redirected to eNPS contribution page from Where he / she can contribute as per existing process of eNPS.

7. Withdrawal from Tier II account
At present, for Withdrawal from Tier II account, the NPS subscribers are required to visit the branch of the' Point of Presence (POPS) or Nodal Office which is mapped to him / her. Now, the NPS Subscribers have a facility to initiate Withdrawal request from Tier II account using their login credentials and OTP authentication on registered mobile number.

8. Online IPIN generation
The eNPS Subscribers can now access the CRA system immediately after registering without waiting for physical I-PIN to be despatched. Facility is now available where the Subscriber will generate I-PIN instantly and access his/her NPS account.

Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/accounts/downloads/circular/2016/RBA%2054.pdf

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