Saturday, 22 July 2017

PROTEST AGAINST BETRAYAL OF NDA GOVERNMENT

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS DECIDED TO ORGANISE

MASS PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS AND BURNING OF HRA ORDERS ON 25TH JULY 2017 AT MAXIMUM CENTRES THROUGH OUT THE COUNTRY

MAKE IT A GRAND SUCCESS

NEXT PHASE OF PROGRAMME WILL BE DECIDED BY THE NATIONAL SECRETARIAT OF CONFEDERATION TO BE HELD AT BENGALURU ON 09.08.2017
  

M. Krishnan
Secretary General
Confederation
Mob: & Whatsapp: 09447068125
E-mail: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com 

Confederation News : Meeting with the Senior Officers Committee

MEETING WITH SENIOR OFFICERS COMMITTEE

As notified earlier, the meeting with the senior officers Committee was held on 21.07.2017. The Committee was represented by Additional Secretary, Expenditure (Chairman), Joint Secretary (Implementation Cell), Joint Secretary (Personnel) and Joint Secretary (DOP&T). Staff Side was represented by all 13 Members, Standing Committee, National Council JCM.

Eventhough no specific agenda was notified, the staff side expected that the Committee will hold serious discussion on the demand of Increase in Minimum Pay and Fitment formula as assured by group of Ministers on 30.06.2016. But the Committee just briefed the decision of the Govt. on Allowances. Staff side raised the issue of Minimum Pay and fitment formula and demanded an early decision as per the assurance given by the Cabinet Ministers. Along with that staff side also raised various issues arising out of implementation of govt. decisions on allowances. As usual the meeting ended without any positive outcome.

M. Krishnan
Secretary General
Mob & WhatsApp: 09447068125

Email: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

NATIONAL CONVENTION OF WORKERS

NATIONAL CONVENTION OF WORKERS
ON 8TH AUGUST 2017 – 11 AM
TALKATORA STADIUM – NEW DELHI


Ten Central Trade Unions (other than BMS) has decided to organize a National Convention of workers on 8th August 2017 at Talkatora Stadium New Delhi from 11 AM onwards to discuss and decide the course of joint campaign and country wide united struggle against the anti-worker and anti-people policies of the Central Government. The Joint Circular issued by the Central Trade Unions is published below. Confederation of central Govt. Employees and Workers being a part of the mainstream of the working class has always joined the campaign and struggle programmes of Central TUs.

All the office bearers of affiliated organisations of Confederation are requested to attend the National Convention and make it a grans success.


M. Krishnan
Secretary General
Confederation
Mob & Whatsapp: 09447068125
e-mail: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com


Over 4.2 lakh posts vacant in central government departments: MoS PMO

NEW DELHI: Over 4.2 lakh posts are vacant in various central government departments, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh informed the Rajya Sabha today.

Out of the total sanctioned strength of 36,49,468, the number of vacant posts in various ministries and departments is 4,20,547, he said.

The minister said that this number is according to the annual report on pay and allowances of central government civilian employees (2015-16) as on March 1, 2015. 
Source :  http://economictimes.indiatimes.com

Staff who got jobs on fake caste certificates to be sacked: Govt


Employees who have got job on the basis of fake caste certificates are to be sacked from the government service, Union minister Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday.

In order to discourage unscrupulous activities, state governments and union territories have been asked to initiate disciplinary proceedings against the errant officers who default in timely verification of caste certificates or issue false certificates, he said.

The central government had in 2010 undertaken an exercise to collect information about appointments secured on the basis of false/fake certificates.

An instruction had also been issued on June 1, 2017 to all departments to collect such information and send consolidated report on this to personnel ministry with details of action taken report thereon.

Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, said extant instructions provide that if it is found that a government servant had furnished false information or produced a false certificate in order to secure appointment, he should not be retained in service.

“Thus when an appointing authority comes to know that an employee had submitted a false/fake caste certificate, it has to initiate action to remove or dismiss such an employee from service as per the provisions of relevant service rules,” he said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

Singh had, in another reply, on March 29 said that 1,832 appointments were allegedly secured on the basis of fake caste certificates.

Of these, 276 had resulted in suspension or removal, 521 were entangled in litigations and disciplinary proceedings were pending in the remaining 1,035 cases, he had said.

A total of 1,296 cases of jobs secured allegedly through fake caste certificates were under the Department of Financial Services.

As many as 157 such cases were in State Bank of India, 135 in Central Bank of India, 112 in Indian Overseas Bank, 103 in Syndicate Bank, and 41 each in New India Assurance and United India Assurance.

Source :  http://www.hindustantimes.co

EPFO asks field offices to settle employees pension, gratuity on retirement day

New Delhi: Retirement fund body Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has issued directions to its field offices to settle pension benefits to employees on the day of retirement itself, Parliament was informed on Wednesday. 
“Directions have been issued by EPFO to all its field offices to make the payment of provident fund and pension to members of Employees’ Provident Funds (EPF) Scheme, 1952 and Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995 on the date of retirement itself,” labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha. 
 
He was responding to a question if the government had decided to settle the PF/EPF, gratuity of retiring on the day of retirement itself.
“As regards settlement of gratuity, as per Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972, the employer shall arrange to pay the amount of gratuity within 30 days from the date it becomes payable to the person to whom the gratuity is payable,” the minister added.
In June 2014, the government had decided to give pension payment order to an employee on the day of retirement itself with the aim to ensure a life of dignity for pensioners.
There are about 48.85 lakh central government employees and 55.51 lakh pensioners in the country.
Source :  http://www.livemint.com/

NFPE WRITES TO THE SECRETARY POSTS

National Federation of Postal Employees 
1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001
Phone: 011.23092771                                  e-mail: nfpehq@gmail.com
       Mob: 9868819295/9810853981              website: http://www.nfpe.blogspot.com
No. PF-16/2017                                                                               Dated: 22nd July, 2017
To
            Shri A. N. Nanda,
            Secretary,
            Department of Posts,
            DakBhawan, New Delhi – 110001
Sub: - PO & RMS Accountant’s Special Allowance – reg.
Sir,
            As you are aware 7th CPC has recommended as follows:
“Para 8.2.5 – The General approach adopted by the Commission is as under –
1.    We have considered all allowances reported to us, in this chapter. Any allowances, not mentioned here (and hence not reported to the Commission), shall cease to exist immediately. In case there is any demand or requirement for continuation of an existing allowance which has not been deliberated upon or covered in this report, it should be re-notified by the Ministry concerned after obtaining due approval of Ministry of Finance and should be put in the public domain”
            One of the most important allowance relating to Postal department i.e.; PO & RMS Accountant Special Allowance did not find any mention in the 7th CPC report, as Department of Posts has failed to report that allowance to 7th CPC. Subsequently when Govt. constituted an Allowance Committee under the chairmanship of Secretary, Finance Expenditure, JCM Staff side and NFPE has submitted a memorandum to the Committee and requested restoration and enhancement of the allowance. It is told that Department of Posts also submitted the case to Allowance Committee for restoration. But unfortunately, in the notification issued by the Govt. after acceptance of Allowance Committee report by Cabinet, the PO & RMS Accountant Special Allowance is not mentioned. Finance Ministry has issued an order that all other allowances which is not mentioned in the Govt. notification on allowances stands abolished and drawal of such allowances should be discontinued with effect from 01.01.2017. Accordingly field units have stopped drawal of PO & RMS Accountant Special Allowance.
            In order to become eligible to be posted as PO & RMS Accountant and official should qualify an examination called PO & RMS Accountant examination, which covers the knowledge in almost all rules of Postal Department spread in various manuals and Rule Books. The PO & RMS Accountant’s job profile requires deep knowledge in rules and is of higher responsibility when compared to the work of Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant. In fact, taking into consideration the nature of duties, responsibilities and Accountability of the post, we have demanded higher pay scale (LSG pay scale) for PO & RMS Accountants.
            In the above circumstances, it is a grave injustice to discontinue the PO & RMS Accountant’s Special Allowances. Employees should not be made to suffer due to the omission and failure on the part of the Department of Posts to report this Allowance to the 7th CPC with full justification for enhancement.
            I request your immediate intervention in this case, so that action will be taken to restore the Allowance with effect from 01.07.2017.
With regards,
Yours faithfully,
(R. N. Parashar)
Secretary General
Copy to: -
All CWC Members
All Circle Secretaries
 ___________________________________________________________________
National Federation of Postal Employees 
1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001
Phone: 011.23092771                                  e-mail: nfpehq@gmail.com
       Mob: 9868819295/9810853981              website: http://www.nfpe.blogspot.com
Ref. PF/67-13/2017                                                                         Dated – 22.07.2017
To,
            The Secretary
            Department of Posts
            Dak Bhawan, New Delhi – 110001
Sub: - Curtailment and recovery of Transport Allowance of employees of Kamptee – request for personal intervention to stop curtailment/recovery.
Sir,
            It is reported that Transport Allowance being paid at A-1/A class city rates to the employees of Kamptee has been curtailed and recovery orders as per the objection made by the Audit party. The Audit para reads as follows: -
“Para – 4 – Irregular drawl of higher rate of Transport Allowance (TA) at Nagpur rate at Kamptee from 01.09.2008 onwards –
As per Ministry of Finance (Department of Exp.) OM No. 21(2)/2008-E-II (B) dated 29.08.2008 the Transport Allowance has been revised with effect from 01.09.2008. For the cities other than A-1/A class it is allowed at the rate of 400 + DA and 800 + DA according to basic pay and grade pay of the officials. Kamptee HO and all its SOs come under other than A-1/A class city. Therefore officials posted there are entitled for transport allowances at the rate of 400 + DA or 800 + DA as admissible. Whereas on verification of pay bills it was observed that officials posted at Kamptee HO and few of its SOs have been paid Transport Allowance at the higher rates applicable to A-1/A Class cities i.e.; 800 + DA and 1600 + DA resulting over payment of transport allowance. There are no orders for drawl of Transport Allowance at higher rate for Kamptee. Hence apart from stopping the payment of higher rate of Transport Allowance immediately, excess paid amount of TA from 01.09.2008 onwards may be assessed and recovered under intimation to DA (P) Nagpur”.
            In this regard the following points and facts are brought to your kind notice.
1.    Kamptee comes under the Urban Agglomeration (UA) of Nagpur. Copy of Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) OM No. 2 (21)/E-II (B)/2004 dated 13th November 2004 is enclosed in which Kamptee (UA) is clear shown under the Urban Agglomeration of Nagpur (UA).
2.    In the Audit objection Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) OM No. 21(2)/2008-E.II(B) dated 29.08.2008 is referred. Orders for Revision of Transport Allowance). In that order also there is clear mention about Nagpur (UA). Please refer copy of the orders enclosed.
3.    Kamptee is placed under Nagpur (UA) vide Ministry of Finance Memo referred in para-1 above. At that time in 1994 Nagpur was B1-city and subsequently declared as A-City. Inclusion/consideration of Kamptee in Nagpur UA was based on 1981 census which relates with population and HRA/CCA at Nagpur rate was paid.
4.    CCA has been replaced by Transport Allowance. According to Sixth CPC classification (X, Y, Z) Nagpur came under ‘Y’ category. According to Ministry of Finance OM No. 2 (13)/2008. E.II (B) dated 29.08.2008 (copy enclosed) certain OMs issued for HRA/CCA were abolished which does not include the Specific OM of 1994 under which higher rate of HRA/CCA is extended to Kamptee as a special case.
5.    Thus it can been seen that Kamptee still comes under the Nagpur (UA) and is eligible for Transport Allowance at higher rate entitled for Nagpur.
6.    I request you to review the case judiciously and cause issue of orders for restoration of higher rate of Transport Allowance of Nagpur rate to the employees of Kamptee (UA).
Yours faithfully,
(R. N. Parashar)
Secretary General
NFPE
Copy to:
Com. S. S. Sathe, Asst. Circle Secretary, AIPEU Group ‘C’ Maharashtra Circle and PRI (P), Nagpur GPO
 __________________________________________________________________
National Federation of Postal Employees 
1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001
Phone: 011.23092771                                  e-mail: nfpehq@gmail.com
       Mob: 9868819295/9810853981              website: http://www.nfpe.blogspot.com
NO. PF-16/2017                                                                               Dated : 22nd July,2017
To
            Shri. A. N. Nanda’
            Secretary’
            Department of Posts’
            Dak Bhawan, New Delhi – 110001
Sub: - Dress Allowance to Postman/Mailguard/MTS Staff of Department of Posts – reg.
Sir,
            As you are aware, 7th CPC has recommended that all uniform related allowances should be subsumed in a single Dress Allowances (including shoes). It has also recommended the rates of Dress Allowance for various categories of uniformed staff in Para 8.16.14 of its report. In that para no mention is made about the Dress Allowance of uniformed staff of Postal Department viz; Postmen, Mailguard and MTS.
            There is a mention regarding other categories of staff as follows:
“other categories of staff who are supplied with uniform and are required to wear them regularly, like Trackman, Running staff of Indian Railways, staff car drivers etc.” Their rate of Dress Allowance is fixed as Rs.5000/- per year.
            Even if is presumed that the Postmen, Mailguard, MTS Staff of Postal department comes under “other categories”, the Dress Allowance recommended by the 7th CPC is far below the amount of various items relating to Dress (washing allowance, cost of shoes uniform etc.) they are getting at present.
            Subsequently Govt. constituted an Allowance Committee headed by Secretary, Finance & Expenditure to review various allowances recommended by 7th CPC. Before the Allowance Committee NFPE has submitted a memorandum requesting enhancement of Dress Allowance of Postmen, Mailguard and MTS staff to 15000/- per month. But from the notification issued by Govt. after accepting the recommendations Allowance Committee, again no mention is made about Postmen/MG/MTS and no increase in Dress Allowance is made. The entire Postman/MG/MTS staff are aggrieved over the decision of the Govt.
            In para 8.16.14 of 7th CPC regarding Dress Allowance there is a special recommendation as follows: -
            “While the Committee has recommended that other categories of staff who are supplied with uniform and required to wear them regularly should be provided Dress Allowance at the rate of Rs.5000/- per year, the Ministries/Departments may taka a decision on whether the rate should be Rs.5000/- or Rs.10000 per year”
            From the above recommendation it is clear that the Department of Posts can take a decision to enhance the Dress Allowance to Rs.10000/- with the approval of Finance Ministry.
            In view of the of the above, I request the Secretary, Department of Posts to take immediate necessary action to raise the Dress Allowance of Postmen, Mailguard and MTS, at least Rs.10000/- per year, as per the recommendation of 7th CPC.
Yours faithfully,
(R. N. Parashar)
Secretary General
Copy to: -
General Secretary, AIPEU Postmen/MTS
General Secretary, R-IV

All Circle Secretaries

Extension of date of online registration and Acceptance of Application / Examination fees through e-payment in POs in c/w DR Exam. for the MTS

U/R/urgent/email
Department of Posts, India
O/O The Chief Postmaster General,
Orissa Circle, Bhubaneswar-751001
 
No.RE/30-13/2017(Open market)                                 dated at Bhubaneswar the  21-07-2017
 
To
            The SSPOs/SPOs in Odisha Circle
 
Sub-   Conduct of Direct Recruitment Examination  for the post of Multi Tasking Staff under open market quota- Extension of date of online registration and Acceptance of Application / Examination fees through e-payment in POs
 
         Kindly refer to this office letter of even no. dated 21-06-2017 & notification dated 22-06-2017 in connection with above examination, where the last date for online registration was fixed as 22-07-2017 and deposit of application/examination fee through e-payment  was fixed as 27-07-2017.
 
        I am directed to intimate that the last date of online registration has been extended for 3 days more i.e online  registration will continue upto 25-07-2017.  The date of deposit of the above fee by the applicants in the Post Offices through e-payment has also been extended for three days i.e upto 31-07-2017 in respect of the candidates who have completed online registration process by 25-07-2017.
 
            The Divisional Heads are requested to issue suitable instructions to all the e-payment  post offices to accept  the above payment upto 31-07-2017 .It is also requested to give wide publicity of extension for online registration and acceptance of fees in e-payment offices upto extended date. 
 
Asst. Director (RE)
For Chief PMG, Odisha Circle
Bhubaneswar-751001
 Copy for information and necessary action to:-
   1-2.The PMG,Berhampur/Sambalpur Region
    3.Sr.Postmaster , Bhubaneswar GPO
    4. Supramani.J, Executive-Client Relations,  Satvat Infosal Pvt.Ltd, Chennai-20
 
Asst. Director (RE)

For Chief PMG, Odisha Circle

AIPEU, Puri Division invites to the Holy City on 23.07.2017 for attending the Open Session of the Joint Divisional Biennial Conference

Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General, Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers will address the Open Session on 23.07.2017.

Pre Circle Biennial Conference CWC of AIPSBCOEA, Odisha Circle commenced on 22.07.2017 in Bhubaneswar

Com. B Samal Circle Secretary, AIPEU, Group - C, Odisha Circle  addressed the CWC

Friday, 21 July 2017

Circle Working Committee Meeting in Phulbani

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Report on Phulbani CWC

Resolutions adopted in Phulbani CWC

Demonetization

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
21-July-2017 17:28 IST
Demonetization: From 9th November 2016 to 10th January 2017, more than 1100 searches and surveys were conducted by the ITD; more than more than 5100 verification notices issued; The undisclosed income detected in these actions was more than Rs. 5400 crore. 
 Disclosure of information regarding law flouters/specific taxpayers is prohibited except as provided under Section 138 of the Income-tax Act, 1961.

Appropriate actions including searches, surveys, and enquiries were taken by the Income Tax Department (ITD) for serious violations of the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961. Further, disclosure of information regarding specific taxpayers is prohibited except as provided under Section 138 of the Income-tax Act, 1961.

During the period from 9th November 2016 to 10th January 2017, more than 1100 searches and surveys were conducted by the ITD, apart from issuing more than 5100 verification notices in the cases of suspicious high value cash deposits or related activities. These actions led to seizure of valuables of more than Rs. 610 crore which includes cash of Rs. 513 crore. Seizure of cash in new currency notes was about Rs 110 crore. The undisclosed income detected in these actions was more than Rs. 5400 crore.

Operation Clean Money was launched on 31st January 2017 with the mission to “Create a tax compliant society through a fair, transparent and non-intrusive tax administration where every Indian takes pride in paying taxes”. In the process, about 18 lakh persons were identified whose cash transactions did not appear in line with their tax profile. Such persons were approached through SMS/email (non-intrusive method without even a notice).The contacted persons were required to submit their responses by logging into a specified website. As an outcome, more than 9.27 lakh responses were received providing information on 13.33 lakh accounts involving cash deposits of around Rs.2.89 lakh crores. Appropriate action under direct tax law in the remaining cases has been taken. Subsequently, advance data analytics tools were deployed and 5.56 lakhs new cases were identified for online verification.

Whenever a complaint against a bank official(s) is received and any irregularities are found or observed on the part of Banks’ official(s), the Banks initiate action as per their extant rules and commensurate punishment is awarded to the delinquent employees based on the seriousness of the wrongdoings as per Bank’s disciplinary rules. 

Atal Pension Yojana (APY)

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
21-July-2017 17:23 IST
Atal Pension Yojana (APY) - launched by the Government of India in May, 2015, primarily targeted at the unorganised sector and informal workers. 
The Atal Pension Yojana (APY) has been launched by the Government of India in May, 2015, which is primarily targeted at the unorganised sector and informal workers. The registration of subscribers under APY started from June 1, 2015. The salient features of the Atal Pension Yojana are as under:

·         Indian Citizens between the age group of 18 to 40 years eligible to join APY through their savings bank account or post office savings bank account.
·         APY is based on defined benefit for providing guaranteed minimum monthly pension of Rs. 1000 or Rs. 2000 or Rs. 3000 or Rs. 4000 or Rs. 5000 at the age of 60 years based on pension amount chosen.
·         The Central Government would also co-contribute 50% of the total contribution or Rs. 1000 per annum, whichever is lower, to each eligible subscriber, for a period of 5 years, i.e., from Financial Year 2015-16 to 2019-20, who have joined the APY before 31st March, 2016, and who are not members of any statutory social security scheme and who are not income tax payers.
·         In case of premature death of Subscriber (death before 60 years of age), spouse of the subscriber has been given an option to continue contributing to APY account of the subscriber, for the remaining vesting period, till the original subscriber would have attained the age 60 years.
·         In case of death of both subscriber and spouse, the entire pension corpus would be returned to the nominee.
·         If the accumulated corpus based on contributions earns a lower than estimated return on investment and is inadequate to provide the minimum guaranteed pension, the Central Government would fund such inadequacy. Alternatively, if the actual returns during the accumulation phase are higher than the assumed returns for minimum guaranteed pension, such excess will be passed on to the subscriber.

With a view to provide flexibility to the subscribers of APY with seasonal or irregular income, besides the monthly mode of payment, quarterly and half yearly mode of payment of contributions have been provided in the Scheme. Further in case of default in payment of contribution, a subscriber may regularize the account by paying the overdue amount along with a minimal charge to obtain the guaranteed pension.

The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has intimated that the report of PFRDA and CRISIL on ‘Financial security for India’s elderly’ has, inter-alia, mentioned designing of a pension policy exclusively for women where contributions could be from the women’s families. Some tax relief to the savings held in the form of pension has also been mentioned.

This was stated by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State for Finance in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.


Reservation for sportspersons in services

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
20-July-2017 14:51 IST
Reservation for sportspersons in services 
As per extant instructions, Ministries and Departments can recruit meritorious sportspersons to Group ‘C’ posts under the Government of India up to 5% of the vacancies in any year subject to the condition that these including all other reservations do not exceed 50% of the total number of vacancies proposed to be filled up by direct recruitment.

Consolidated instructions on incentives for sportspersons including recruitment under sports quota have been issued vide Department of Personnel and Training’s OM No 14034/01/2013-Estt.(D) dated 3rd October 2013. At present no proposal to increase the quota is under consideration of the Government.

Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) lays down the policy for recruitment of meritorious sportspersons which is implemented by the administrative Ministries/Departments. The details regarding number of sportspersons recruited by various Ministries/Departments are not Centrally maintained.

As per extant instructions 43 sports disciplines have been identified for appointment of meritorious sportspersons. These instructions inter alia provide relaxation in upper age limit upto a maximum of 5 years (10 years in case of those belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) for the recruitment of meritorious sportspersons to Group ‘C’ posts. Government servants with medal winning performance in specified sports events are also eligible for out of turn promotion.


This was stated by the 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 in a written reply to a question by Shri Parimal Nathwani in the Rajya Sabha today.

Inclusion of more holidays in national calendar

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
20-July-2017 14:52 IST
Inclusion of more holidays in national calendar 
The Government has received proposal to make Patriots Day, observed on 13th August, and Ningol Chakkouba, which coincides with Bhai Duj, as restricted holidays and include them in the National Calendar. 

As per existing policy, the Central Government administrative offices observe 17 holidays in a year.  Out of these 17 holidays, 14 are pre-notified, compulsory holidays, which include three National holidays, namely, Republic Day, Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.  The remaining three holidays are required to be selected, by the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee (CGEWCC), functioning in respective states, from another list of 12 occasions.  In addition, individual employees are allowed two restricted holidays in a year to be selected from a notified list of such Restricted Holidays.

In view of the ceiling on the total number of holidays that can be declared in a year by the Government, it has not been found possible to declare additional Restricted Holiday for the above occasions.

As per policy, the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee in the State Capitals choose three holidays keeping in view the occasions of local importance.  The Coordination Committees at the State Capitals may draw up separate list of Restricted Holidays keeping in view the occasions of local importance.

This was stated by the 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 in a written reply to a question by Shri K. Bhabananda Singh  in the Rajya Sabha today