National Joint Council of Action of the Central Government Employees organisations today threatened to go on an indefinite strike to protest against the government's decision to increase the foreign direct investment ceilings in the Railways and defence sectors. 

The Joint Council also put up a 10-point charter of demands to the government, urging it to settle these demands at the earliest, according to a release issued here. 

Charting out a 5-point action plan, which include a rally in the city in April to decide on the date of commencement of the proposed indefinite strike, the Joint Council also declared that all the participating unions will organise dharna/rally at all state capitals and major defence centres in March next year. 

The other demands include scraping of PFRDA Act and re-introduce the defined benefit statutory pension schemes among others.


No.7/3/2013-P&PW (F)
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market,
New Delhi-110003
Dated the, 2, December, 2014.


Subject: Payment of Death Gratuity to a minor — regarding

In accordance with the existing instructions, the payment of a portion of death gratuity could be made to the guardian, in the absence of a natural guardian, without production of a guardianship certificate. As per the existing orders, an amount of Rs.10,000/- (or the first Rs.10,000/- where amount exceeds Rs.10,000/-)in favour of a minor could be made to his/her guardian, in the absence of a natural guardian, without production of a formal guardianship certificate but subject to production of an indemnity bond.

2. The above issue has been examined and in modification of the above orders, it has been decided that the payment of death gratuity in respect of a minor to the extent of 20% or Rs.1.50 lakh, whichever is less may be paid to his/her guardian, in the absence of natural guardian, without the production of a formal guardianship certificate but subject to the production of an indemnity bond with suitable sureties. The balance in excess of 20% or Rs.1.50 lakhs, as the case may be, would become payable on the production of a certificate of guardianship.

3. It is essential however, that there should be adequate prima facie grounds for making payment as in paragraph 2 above, to the person claiming it. Such ground can exist only if he is shown by a declaration to be a de facto guardian and his bona fides have been ascertained. Even if a guardian has not yet been appointed by the Court, if the minor and his property are in the custody of some person, such person is in law a de facto guardian. The authorities making the payment, should, therefore, require the person who comes forward to claim payment on behalf of the minor, to satisfy themselves by a form that he is in charge of the property of the minor and is looking after it or that, if the minor has no property other than the gratuity, the minor is in his custody and care. The form so to be produced is in addition to the indemnity bond with suitable sureties.

4. The indemnity bond which is required to be produced by a de-facto guardian of minor(s) for payment of retirement/death gratuity to the extent of Rs.1.50 lakh or 20% whichever is less should be executed in the form appended below.

5. It has been decided that the stamp duty payable on the indemnity bond will be borne by the Government. The indemnity bond, should, therefore, be executed on any durable plain paper.

6. The indemnity bond should be signed by the obligor and the surety/sureties or their respective attorneys appointed by power(s) of attorney. The indemnity bond on behalf of the President should be accepted by an officer duly authorized under Article 229(1) of the Constitution.

7. In so far as the persons serving in the Indian audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders have been issued after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

8. This issues is with the concurrence of Department of Expenditure vide their ID not No.359/EV/014 dated 04.07.2014

9. Hindi Version will follow.

(Tripti P Ghosh)


Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)

No. 2014/E(Sports)/4(1)/1/Policy Clarifications
New Delhi, dated 18th November, 2014
The General Managers (P),
All Zonal Railways including
CLW, DLW, lCF, RCF. RWF, Metro Railway/Kolkata,
The CAO(R), DMW/Patiala,
The DG, RDSO/Lucknow.

Sub. : Out-of-turn promotion to sportspersons on sports account, in merger grade.

Ref.: Railway Board’s policy letter No. 2010/E(Sports)/4(1)/1(Policy) dated 31.12.2010 (RBE No.1893/2010), No. 2011/E(Sports)/4(1)/1/Policy Clarification dated 21.07.2011 (RBE No.109/2011) and clarifications/corrigendum issued thereto.

The matter of out-of-turn promotions to sportsgersons on sports account, in merger grades, after the implementation of the recommendations of the 6 Pay Commission, has been examined.

In continuation of Board’s letter No. 2011/E(Sports)l4(1)/1/Policy Clarification dated 21.07.2011 (RBE No.109/2011), Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) have decided that where existing scales say ‘A' and ‘B’ have been merged into a single grade ‘X' or where an existing scale say ‘A' has been upgraded to allot the grade pay, which has been allotted to existing next higher grade pay ‘B’ in the hierarchy, in such cases, where sports persons were granted out of turn promotion (OTP) to next higher grade before merger of scales before 04.09.2008, the benefit of OTP may be extended to such sports persons by granting them promotion to next higher grade after merger of scales.

(Rakes Rawat)
Dy. Director, Estt.(Sports)
No. 2014/E(Sports)/4(1)/1/Policy Clarifications
New Delhi, dated 18th November, 2014