Friday, April 26, 2013

No. 1(2)2013-E.II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi,
Dated: 25th April, 2013.
Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees-Revised Rates effective from 1.1.2013.
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s Office Memorandum No.1 (8)/2012-E-II (B) dated 28th Sepetmber,2012  on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 72% to 80% with effect from 1st January,2013.
2.         The provisions contained in paras 3, 4 and 5 of this Ministry’s O.M. No.1 (3)/2008-E-II(B) dated 29th August. 2008 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.
3.         The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all Central Government employees.
4.         These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates. In regard to Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees, separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.
5.         In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
6.         The Hindi version of this O.M. is also attached.
(K.R. Sharma)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Saturday, April 20, 2013



S.P.KULKARNI                                                                  VIRENDRA TEWARY
President                                                                                   General Secretary

No 04-441201Z-SPB.ll
Government of lndia
Ministry of Communications and lT
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-11001 ,
Dated 18th April, 2014.
All Chief Postmasters General/ Postmasters General.
Subject:- Filling up the vacancies in Higher Selection Grade-t (HSG.I) in Post Offices (POs) and Railway Mail Service (RMS) Offices- Reg.
I am directed to say that the existing Recruitment Rules in brief provide to fill up the posts of Higher Selection Grade-l (HSG.l) in Post Offices (POs) and Railway Mail Service (RMS) Offices in postal Circles as under:-
i. HSG.I in POs: (i) The existing Recruitment Rules, 1976 of HSG.I in POs and amended
vide Recruitment (Amendment) Rules, 1980 provide for filling up
(a) promotion from HSG.ll General line officials with three years regular ervice and
(b) promotion from Assistant Superintendent of Post Offices with two years regular service, in the ratio of 50.50 - odd post exsting on the date preceding the Recruitment (Amendment) Rules, 1980 going to general line,
(ii) All posts created after commencement of Recruitment (Amendment)
Rules, 1980 are to be filled up f promotion of HSG.ll official with three years regular service In the grade.
ll. HSG I in RMS offices: The Recruitment Rules, 1976 initially provided for filling up the posts of HSG.I in RMS offices by promotion of HSG.ll officials in RMS offices with 3 years regular service in the grade, which were further amended in the year 1993 as per which 43 out of 111 sanctioned posts are earmarked for being filled up by promotion of Asstt. Supdt. of Railway Mail Service (ASRM) with 3 years regular service,
2.         Earlier DOP&T had not allowed to fill up the. posts in HSG.I by promotion on regular basis as they observed that (i) the posts of HSG-I and ASPO carried same pay scale therefore, the promotion of ASPO to HSG-I was not in order particularly, when they noted that the ASPOs, after their promotion were permitted to go back to their parent cadre and (ii) the RRs had become obsolete. Therefore, the Circles were advised not to fill up the posts in HSG-I in Post Offices (POs) and Railway Mail Services Offices (RMS Offices) by regular promotion pending amendment of the Recruitment Rules (RRs) but subsequently allowed on more than one occasion to fill up the posts in H$G-l in POs & RMS offices by promotion of HSG. ll officials on adhoc basis.
3.         The Directorate initiated the process of amendment of the Recruitment Rules of HSG-I in consultation with Department of, Personnel & Training (DOP&T) and Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), In the meantime, references had been received from various Circles explaining difficulties being faced by them in the absence of filing up of the posts in HSG-I or regular basis and continuation of ad-hoc arrangement for past many years.
4.         The matter was taken up with DOP&T, bringing to their knowledge the difficulties being faced by the Circles in the absence of regular incumbents and also the concern of such officials who could not be promoted on regular basis. Thus, DOP&T was requested to allow this Department to fill up the posts of HSG-I on regular basis. DOP&T have now opined that the promotions may be made on the basis of the existing RRs. However, the DOP&T has not clarified as to whether the ASPOs could be 'promoted' to HSG-I, for which a separate reference is being made to DOP&T. Pending the same, the Circles ale advised tg proceed further in holding the DPC for promotion of HSG-ll Officials in Post Offices and RMS Offices only to FISG-I on regular basis as per the provisions of the RRs.
5.         The Circles are advised to convene the DPCs for promotion to HSG-I on regular basis latest by 30.04.2013 and issue the promotion orders by 06.05.2013. Thereafter, a report may be furnished to the Directorate by Fax to Shri Raj Kumar, Director (Staff (Fax No 23096103) by 10.05.2013 intimating the completion of the  said exercise and number of officials thus promoted to HSG-I and the number of posts remained vacant if any, for want of eligible officials,
Yours faithfully,
 (Alka Tewari)
Assistant Director General (SPN)
Copy to:-  (All Concerned)

Friday, April 19, 2013


Union Cabinet today approved the proposal to increase dearness allowance (DA) to 80 per cent, from existing 72 per cent, benefiting about 50 lakh employees and 30 lakh pensioners of the central government.

The hike would be effective from January 1st , 2013 and the employees and pensioners will be entitled to arrears.

- s.p.kulkarni,president,