No proposal to make 6 day week

Posted by Sa Sukumaran | 22:48

The Centre has denied that there is any proposal under consideration to revert to a six-day week in place of the existing five days in the administrative office of the Central government. 

This puts at rest speculation on the Centre's move to revert to a six-day week after Narendra Modi took over as Prime Minister. 

The issue was raised by Shiva Gopal Mishra, secretary (staff side) National Council (JCM) in a meeting with Cabinet secretary Ajit Seth on Friday. 

Mishra, who is also general secretary of All India Railwaymen Federation, told TOI that Cabinet Secretary assured that no such proposal is under consideration with the government at present. 

The employees unions informed the government that five days a week working was introduced, way back in the year 1985 after prolonged deliberations at the National Council(JCM) level. Before introducing the decision several aspects, including energy saving in the form of electricity and also statutory provision regarding working hours were kept in view. 

Mishra also raised the issue of merger of 50 percent of DA into basic pay and sanctioning of interim relief for employees to compensate the erosion in real wages. 

The unions demanded that the issue should be included in terms and reference of 7th Pay commission which should come out with the recommendation in three months time. 

The DA has already touched 100 percent ceiling and is likely to cross the mark as another hike is due in July.


(Railway Board)
No PC-V/2011/M/3/AIRF
New Delhi, dated 01.07.2014
The General Secretary
4, State Entry Road,
New Delhi-110055
Sub:-Implementation of MACP Scheme over Indian Railways-Discrepancies-reg.
The undersigned is directed to refer to AIRF’s letter No.AIRF/MACP (162), dated 05.05.2014. A copy of each of the references made to DoP&T on the specific issue and their reply is enclosed herewith. Since, DoP&T is the nodal department of Govt. on MACPS, this Ministry cannot deviate from the instructions/clarifications issued by them.
DA: As above.
Yours faithfully,
for Secretary/ Railway Board
Copy to: DE(IR), Railway Board-for information.
DOPT Instruction
Government of India
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment (D)
Reference notes on pre-page.
2. The issue relating to grant of third financial upgradation under MACP Scheme to employees who have completed 20 years of service after earning first promotion has been considered by this Department in consultation with the Department of Expenditure.
3. Specific reference of Ministry of Railways was illustrated as under:
i) Date of joining as JAA (GP Rs. 2800/-) (on DR basis) – 12.11.1984
ii) Date of 1st Promotion as AA                                                   — 08.11.1987
In the above case, as he could not complete 24 years of service as on 31.08.2008, he could not avail 2nd ACP. The employee was allowed 2nd MACP w.e.f. 01.09.2008 and his eligibility for grant of 3rd MACP will be on completion of 30 years of service ie. w.e.f. 12.11.2014.
4. The basic concept of MACP Scheme is to provide 1st, 2nd and 3rd financial upgradations to an employee in consideration of completion of 10/20/30 years of regular service in the same scale/Grade Pay respectively. Regular service for grant of benefits commence from the direct entry grade. The Scheme also provides for grant of financial upgradation whenever a person has spent 10 years continuously in the same grade pay.
5. Even though the illustrations No. (i), (ii) and (iii) of para 28 of the Scheme suggest that while 2nd MACP could be given after overall 18 years and the 3rd one after overall 28 years, the fact remains that in both the cases the crucial 2nd and 3rd MACPS is being given only after the mandatory 10 years residency for the 2nd and 3rd MACP respectively. Thus, the 3rd MACP is intended to be given based on either 10 years from the 2nd MACP/Promotion or 30 years of the overall service. Either of these two conditions needs to be fulfilled. In this case, neither of these is fulfilled. The 2nd MACP is rightly given on 1.9.2008 – the date of effect of the MACPS itself. Now either 10 years from 01.09.2008 or overall 30 years service will need to be fulfilled for grant of the 3rd MACP ie. w.e.f. 12.11.2014. Hence, the proposal of the Ministry of Railways is not found to be covered within the parameters of the MACP Scheme.
6. In view of the above, it is not possible to agree to the proposal for grant of third financial upgradation under MACP Scheme to employees who have completed 20 years of service after earning first promotion as the same involves alteration of the basic concept of the MACP Scheme.
7. This issues with the approval of JS(E).
(Mukta Goel)
Director (E-I)

Ministry of Railways
DOPT I.D.No.35034/4/2013-Estt(D) dated 10.09.2013


The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has made mobile number and email address mandatory for filing income-tax returns in a move that is expected to improve efficiency and add an extra layer of security. This comes a few weeks ahead of this year July 31 return filing deadline.

"A valid email ID and mobile number has to be registered/updated on the e-filing website of the Income Tax Department so that direct communication with taxpayer can be possible," the CBDT said in a release issued late yesterday.

A one-time password will be sent to the email address and mobile phone to be entered by the taxpayer after logging into his account for authentication. The password will be valid for 24 hours.

"Since one email address or mobile number cannot be used for more than 10 accounts, this shall pose a problem for consultants or for people who file tax returns for various family members," said Ashish Gupta, partner at tax and audit consultancy KPMG India.

Tax consultants feel the 24-hour password limits the scope for a person to communicate it to the individual or consultant filing his tax return. Also, taxpayers who do not have an Indian mobile number may face problems in authenticating their accounts.

Chartered accounts usually give their email addresses and mobile numbers for all their clients. "As a result, they are allowed make changes in their clients' details as and when required. Such a situation can be both used and misused," said an income tax expert. He added email addresses could be created but consultants and chartered accountants might now prefer to provide the mobile numbers of their clients.

The income tax department has urged taxpayers to complete the validation process at the earliest for smooth filing of returns.