Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Productivity Linked Bonus(PLB) for the civilians of the Indian Navy for the year 2014-2015.

No. 20(4)/2014/D(JCM)
Government of India
Ministry at Defence

New Delhi, dated the 21st September, 2015

The Chief of the Naval Staff.
New Delhi.

Subject: Productivity Linked Bonus(PLB) for the civilians of the Indian Navy for the year 2014-2015.


I am directed to refer to the Productivity Linked Bonus Scheme already circulated vide this Ministry‘s letter No.F.24(9)/80/D(JCM). dated 28th September, 1983, as amended from time to time and to convey the sanction of President to the payment of 40 days (forty days) wages in cash as PLB tor the year 2014-2015 to the eligible civilian employees of the Indian Navy.

2. The entitlement has been worked out on the basis of the working results tor the year 2014 -2015 in accordance with the agreed formula.

3. The PLB shall be paid to all eligible Gp.‘B' (Non-Gazetted) Gp. 'C' and Gp 'D' civilian employees of Indian Navy who are covered under PLB Scheme for the accounting year 2014-2015.  The calculation ceiling of Rs. 3500/- (3500x40/40/30.4) and other terms and conditions at the PLB Scheme will remain unchanged.

4. Productivity Linked Bonus to the casual labourer will be paid at the assumed wages of Re.1200/- p.m.(1200x40/30.4) for the accounting year 2014-2015. However. to cases where the actual wages fall below Rs.1200/- pm the amount will be calculated on the actual monthly wages. The other conditions remain unchanged.

5. The expenditure on this account will be debitable to Defence Services Estimates under respective Heads to which the pay and allowances at these employees are debited. The entire expenditure on the payment of PLB is to be met out of the sanctioned budget grant for the year 2015-2016.

6. This issues with the concurrence of the Ministry of Finance (Deptt. of Expenditure) vide their ID.No. 177012/E.111(A)/2015 dated 15.9.2015 and MoD (Fin/AG/PB) vide their Dy.No. 140/AG/PB dated 18.9.2015.

Yours faithfully
(Amitava Saha)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source: INDWF

Implementation of Medical Insurance scheme to Bank Retirees

Indian Banks’ Association
No CIR/HR&IR/2015-16/XBPS/J/1413

October 1, 2015


All Member Banks which are parties to the Bipartite Discussions

Dear Sir/ Madam,

Implementation of Medical Insurance scheme to Retirees as agreed vide Bipartite Settlement/ Joint Note Dated 25th May, 2015

We refer to our letter No CIR/HR&IR/2015-16/XBPS/961 dated the 29th June, 2015 in terms of which the member Banks parties to the Bipartite Discussions were advised that the medical Insurance Scheme will be extended to the existing retirees also, subject to payment of the agreed Insurance Premium by them. It was also advised to bring to the notice of the existing retirees, the contents of the said scheme and obtain their consent as to whether they are willing to join the Scheme and on receipt of their consent, the details were to be provided to the Lead Insurer i.e. United India Insurance
Co. Ltd. appointed by IBA for the purpose.

2. We have been advised by M/s K.M. Dastur Reinsurance Brokers duly authorized by the Lead Insurance Company to collect the employees as well as retirees data from the Banks, that while the employees data has been received by them from the Banks, the retirees data is yet to be provided by the Banks to them. As such, the United India Insurance Co. Ltd. has calculated the premium in respect of the employees of the concerned Banks and has demanded to remit the premium accordingly to them so that Mediclaim Policy in respect of employees may be implemented preferably from 1st October, 2015.

3. In this connection, we advise that a separate Mediclaim Policy in respect of retirees will be issued on similar terms and conditions as is applicable to serving employees, once the data is provided by the Banks to United India Insurance Co. Ltd. through their authorized broker M/s K.M Dastur Reinsurance Brokers and Insurance Premium is remitted to the Insurance Co. The Insurance Premium for retirees is also same as is for serving Employees which is as under :

    Insurance Cover (Rs)      
 Amount of Premium
 Officers (Retirees)
 4 Lacs
 6573 + Ser Tax
 Workmen (Retirees)
 3 Lacs
 4930 + Ser Tax
 Sub-Staff (Retirees)
 3 Lacs
 4930 + Ser Tax

4. Participating Banks are therefore requested to obtain the consent of the retirees expeditiously and provide the details on prescribed format to M/s K.M Dastur Reinsurance Brokers to enable the Insurance Co. to calculate the Insurance Premium in respect of retirees of the concerned banks accordingly. To make the Mediclaim Insurance Policy operational w.e.f. 1st November, 2015 for retirees, it is suggested to inform the retirees to give their consent for joining the Scheme latest by 25th October, 2015. We have requested to Lead Insurer to allow a grace period of three months to such retirees who could not give their consent by stipulated date as suggested above to join the Scheme after Mediclaim Policy is made operational. In exceptional circumstances, to the satisfaction of the concerned Bank, the request of the retirees may be considered to join the scheme during the currency of the Policy. The Insurance company has agreed for the same.

5. It is pertinent to mention that United India Insurance Co. Ltd conducted workshops in the month of July in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Bengaluru covering representatives from all participating Banks to disseminate the salient features of the Policy, benefits available to the employees/ retirees and to clear the doubts/queries raised by the participants.

6. Please, therefore, make all out efforts to operationalize. the MediclaimPolicy for retirees preferably from 1st November, 2015

Yours faithfully,

K Unnikrishnan
Deputy Chief Executive


Interactive Awareness Programme Under Pensioners’ Portal to be held in Ahmedabad tomorrow

The Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions is implementing a web-based Mission Mode Project on pensions namely Pensioner’s Portal under the National e-Governance Plan. The Department has also started initiative called SANKALP for channelizing the experience and skill of Pensioners towards meaningful social activities.

The Department will conduct the next Interactive Awareness Programme for Pensioners in Ahmedabad at Ahmedabad Medical Association, AMA House, Opp H.K.Arts College, Ashram Road tomorrow at 10 AM.

The basic objective of the project is to facilitate redressal of Pensioners’ Grievances as also to provide information and guidance to pensioners on various pension and retirement related matters. User Ministries/Departments, Pensioners, Banks, Controller General of Accounts (CGA), Central Pension Accounting Office (CPAO), Post Offices etc. are the stakeholders in this venture aimed at welfare of the Pensioners.

With a view to providing knowhow about the operational aspects of this Portal and the Grievances Redressal Mechanism in particular, the Department of Pensions is conducting Awareness Programmes at different locations in the country. So far such programmes have been conducted at Chandigarh, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Pune, Lucknow, Thiruvanthapuram, Kolkata, Jallandhar, Vadodara, Shillong, Agartala and Kohima for Pensioners/Pensioners’ Association who are major stakeholders.


Dr Jitendra Singh writes to Chief Ministers to abolish interview for recruitment

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has appealed the Chief Ministers of all the States to take steps to abolish interview for recruitment to lower posts wherever possible. Dr. Jitendra Singh has written to the Chief Ministers requesting them to lead this initiative in their respective States.

As a prompt follow up to the suggestion made by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during his Independence Day address to abolish interview for recruitment to such posts where it is not required, the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) took up the matter with the State Governments of all States on September 4, 2015 following which the matter was discussed with the Secretaries of General Administration Department (GAD)/Personnel from States during the two-day workshop held in New Delhi on September 8-9, 2015.

The government’s view is that the interviews should be discontinued for recruitment to junior level posts where personality or skill assessment is not absolutely required. The objective behind abolition of interviews for such posts is that it will curb corruption, ensure more objective selection in a transparent manner and substantially ease the problems of the poor and resourceless aspirants. This will not only enable giving more weightage to the merit but also supplement the government’s resolve for “Maximum Governance, Minimum Government”.

In the letter addressed to the Chief Ministers, the Dr Jitendra Singh has informed that several Group 'B' (Non-Gazetted) and Group 'C' (Non-Technical) posts in various Ministries/Departments and other organisations under Central Government have already been identified where the selections can be made through a competitive examination without conducting the interview. The letter further states that the matter was discussed with the Secretaries of GAD/Personnel from States during the two-day workshop held last month and some of the States have already initiated this exercise.

The Chief Ministers of different States have been requested to involve the Public Service Commission and other recruiting agencies in their respective States where interview can be discontinued and selection can be done only through examination. This would be a major step towards achieving the goal of citizen-centric transparent governance.

The DoPT and the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DAR&PG) and the Department of Pensions and Pensioners Welfare have recently undertaken several path breaking decisions including abolition of attestation of certificates and instead introduced self-attestation of certificates, introduction of pension portal to abolish the requirement for a written life-certificate and decision to revisit and revise the pattern and syllabus of Civil Services Examination.


Productivity Linked Bonus for Railway Employees 2015

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the Production Linked Bonus for Railway Employees. 

As a result of the review of the scheme and approval of the Cabinet the salient features of the PLB scheme are as under: -

a) The output for a year is reckoned by the equated net tonne kilometres by adding together:-

i) total goods revenue net tonne kilometres.

ii) non-suburban passenger kilometres converted by a factor of 0.076.

iii) suburban passenger kilometres converted by a factor of 0.053.

b) The input is taken as the non-gazetted staff strength (excluding RPF/RPSF personnel), increased by the incremental increase/decrease in capital (over average of last three years) during the year. Incremental capital is confined to Rolling Stock utilised for movement of trains. The relative weights given are 0.50 for Tractive Effort, 0.20 for Wagon Capacity and 0.30 for Seating Capacity. The labour input i.e. non-gazetted staff strength is then increased to the extent of the percentage increase in the incremental capital.

Highest PLB amount of 78 days' wages was paid for the financial years 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14. This year also PLB equivalent to 78 days' wages will be paid considering the good financial performance which is expected to motivate employees for working towards improving the same in future.

The financial implication of payment of 78 days' PLB to railway employees has been estimated to be Rs. 1030.02 crore. The wage calculation ceiling prescribed for payment of PLB to the eligible non-gazetted railway employees is 3500/- p.m. The maximum amount payable per eligible railway employee is Rs. 8975 for 78 days.

About 12.58 lakh non-gazetted Railway employees are likely to benefit from the decision.

The Productivity Linked Bonus on Railway covers all non-gazetted railway employees (excluding RPF/RPSF personnel) who are spread over the entire country.


The Union Cabinet in its meeting held on October 2015 accepted the proposal of the Ministry of Railways for payment of Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) equivalent to 78 days' wages for the financial year 2014-2015 for all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees (excluding RPF/RPSF personnel).

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