The Government has announced a hike of 7% Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief for Central Government employees and Pensioners, with effect from July 2014.  The employees seems to be slightly disappointing as the hike on previous two occasions were 10%. It has to be understood that the DA is calculated on the basis of AICPIN points, which are based on inflation or price rise. 

It is highly unlikely that there will be a two-digit DA hike in the next two instalments (January 2015 and July 2015). Kindly keep in mind the fact that despite a 6 point increase of the AICPIN from 246 to 252 for the month of July 2014, there was hardly an impact. Even if it increases by 3 points over the next five months, the DA would increase to 9% only. Under normal conditions, the dearness allowance hike from Jan 2015 hike would only be about 6 or 7%.


7th CPC's visit to Leh and Srinagar

Posted by Sa Sukumaran | 03:39

The Commission has, in its first phase of interaction, been seeking the views of various stakeholders on its terms of reference. To this end, meetings have been held in Delhi with various organisations and heads of various agencies.

In its second phase of interaction, the Commission plans to hold meetings in different parts of the country to facilitate stakeholders staying in various areas to present their views personally before the Commission and ensure larger representation. This exercise is being undertaken to enable the Commission to get a firsthand impression about the functioning and the condition of service prevailing in different parts of the country.

Accordingly, the Commission, headed by its Chairman, Justice Shri A. K. Mathur, proposes to visit Leh and Srinagar between 15th September to 18th September, 2014. The Commission would like to invite various entities/associations/federations representing any/all categories of employees covered by the terms of Reference of the Commission to present their views.

Your request for a meeting with the Commission may be sent through e-mail to the Secretary, 7th Central Pay Commission at The memorandum already submitted by the requesting entity may also be sent as an attachment with this e-mail. The last date for receiving request for meeting is 5th September, 2014 (1700 hours).


No. E (NG)-II/2005/RR-1/8.
New Delhi, dated 28/08/2014
The General Manager (P),
All Zonal Railways/ Production Units
Chairmen, Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBS)/Railway Recruitment Cells (RRCS)

Sub: Recruitment to non-gazetted posts on the railways - Adherence to prescribed qualification in recruitment from open market regarding.

Attention is invited to instructions contained in Board’s letter of even number dated 29/6/2006 which debar acceptance of allied/related qualification in lieu of the qualification prescribed by this Ministry and stipulates that candidate in possession of the qualification possessed in line with the extant instructions may only be considered for employment on the railways.

The above instructions were issued to streamline the already perturbed system of open market recruitment, wherein, candidates with similar qualification were being treated differently by different recruiting agencies leading to the matter open for litigation.

However, over a period of time it has been observed that recruiting agencies are seeking clarification from this Ministry on following accounts (i) recognition of institutions; (ii) recognition of courses from regulatory bodies, if any, or other nodal bodies; (iii) whether the course is offered through regular/ part-time/ distance learning/Membership of Association; (iv) duration of course; and (v) Equivalence.

Referring each and every issue to the nodal Departments/Ministries results in inordinate delay in finalizing candidature of candidates which further results in more complications viz. expiry of panels, candidates taking legal recourse etc.

Taking above things into consideration, instructions contained in letter dated 29/6/2006 ibid have been reviewed and it has been decided by the Board that empanelled candidates in possession of prescribed qualification from institutions run by Central Govemment/ State Govemment/ Bodies enacted by Act of Parliament or State Legislatures or recognized by Central Govemment/ State Govemment/ Bodies enacted by Act of Parliament or State Legislatures be allowed to join without further going into the issue of recognition. Validity or otherwise, of such recognition, if required, will be confirmed by the concerned recruiting agency, contacting directly to the Board/University or the Council as the case may be.

These guidelines do not affect in any way the instructions circulated vide letter No. E(NG)II/2010/RR-I/17 dated 08/12/2011.

Cases decided otherwise in the past need not be re-opened.

Please acknowledge receipt.

(Hindi version will follow)

(Ravi Shekhar)
Deputy Director Estt. (N)-II
Railway Board.