Minutes of meeting of Railway Board with PFAs and PCPOs: NPS and Pension Revision Issues
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RBA No. 9/2019
No. 2016/AC-11/21/8/Pt II
New Delhi, dated: 13.02.2019
PFAs and PCPOs,
All Indian Railways & PUs
Sub: Minutes of meeting of Board (FC & MS) with PFAs and PCPOs of CR, ER, NR and WR held on 08.02.2019 in Board’s office to discuss issues related on NPS and Pension
Minutes of the meeting held on 08.02.2019 in Railway Board by Board (FC & MS) with PFAs and PCPOs of CR, ER, NR and WR is enclosed for information and necessary action.
DA: As above.
Pr. Executive Director/Accounts
Minutes of meeting of Board (FC & MS) with PFAs and PCPOs of CR, ER, NR and WR held on 08.02.2019 in Board’s office
A meeting was held in Board’s office chaired by Board (FC & MS) on 08.02.2019 with the PFAs and PCPOs of CR, ER, NR and WR to discuss the issues related to National Pension System (NPS) and Pension. The list of participants is at Annexure I. Minutes of the meeting are as under.
1.0 Opening Address:
1.2 FC mentioned that the main two area of staff grievances are National Pension System and Revision of Pension.
FC invited attention to the Gazette notification issued on 31.01.2019
after Cabinet decision regarding compensation for non-deposit or delayed
deposit of contributions.
1.3 He emphasized the importance of
regular deduction of subscription against each PRAN of eligible
employees and timely upload of details on NPS-CRA website and transfer
of funds to the Trustee Bank as per stipulated time line.
also stressed the need to review the MIS available on the Dashboard by
Nodal Personnel and Accounts officials, periodically, and take
corrective measures on lapses/delays observed therein.
emphasized that Railways are the custodian of employee’s funds and thus
Railways are duty bound to ensure that there are no lapse on their part.
FC stated that another area of concern is delay in revision of Pension,
mainly due to non availability of Service Records of a no. of
1.7 He mentioned that while most of the Railways have made commend able achievement, some are lagging behind badly.
1.8 MS mentioned that the Railways are relying on the ARPAN data but much of the data is not available in ARPAN.
He emphasized need to review the gap between Pension Scrolls i.e the
no. of pensioners to whom revised pension is being made and the no. of
Pension revised – PPO issued.
1.10 MS also highlighted complaints
non-inclusion of names in PPOs like that of widowed daughter/unmarried
daughter/disabled children etc. in the revised PPOs. This aspect should
be looked upon.
1.11 As regarding NPS, MS stated that there are
many cases regarding non-issue of PRAN during the initial period of NPS.
PRAN should be generated within the specified time and 100%
subscription deducted from the employees should be accounted for.
There has been demand for withdrawal of NPS as the employees are not
aware of the advantages of the scheme. Their doubts need to be allayed.
1.13 The PFAs and PCPOs should try to understand the problems and put in efforts to bring out solutions to these problems.
2.0 Agenda Items:
2.1 National Pension System (NPS)
and ER informed that the delay in subscribers registration was mainly
of Bungalow peons, substitutes and Apprentices . For permanent
employees, the number is very less.
- CR informed that there were
many cases where the subscribers were absconding after joining Railways.
PED/A informed that such cases should be flagged and brought to notice
of NSDL. It was reiterated to make it mandatory for new entrants to
submit PAN, Bank Account details and PRAN registration form duly filled
along with joining report. CR brought out that delay in many cases
pertain to RPF as they have their own establishment. FC & MS desired
that instructions on subject should be disseminated to CSC/RPF by PCPOs
- All old cases should be cleared within next two months by deputing Welfare Inspectors wherever felt necessary.
also suggested to explore the feasibility of online submission of PRAN
Registration forms, which was agreed to. PED/A mentioned that PRAN
generation is being delayed due to rejection of registration forms also.
Personnel and Accounts should ensure completeness of forms w.r.t.
employment details, mandatory details and required documentation etc. so
that the rejection of the CRSF1 form is minimised. Information about
rejection is made available on NPS website accessible to both Personnel
and Accounts, immediately.
- Position of NPS fund deducted from
subscribers without PRAN is available to respective PAOs
(Personnel/Accounts in IPAS). This implies that the NPS fund is retained
by Railways in suspense and will lead to loss of interest to
subscribers. Immediate action required is required in this regard.
- NSDL has deactivated the non-active Non-IRA PRANs in the system. However, there are cases where there are active Non-IRA PRANs.
- PRANs that have not received a single credit since PRAN generation need to investigate these cases to rule out any irregularity.
data gaps also exist in No. of Registered Subscribers and those
receiving Credits. The contributions should be remitted on date of
payment of salary itself and non-credit cases must be only those cases
where salary is not drawn for any reason.
- Nomination and Mobile no. should be collected from every subscribe to prevent issues at a later stage.
of the data also shows a no. of PAOs have not submitted funds. Railways
mentioned that this is due to merger of Accounting Units. PED/A
mentioned that PAOs with NIL subscribers should be deactivated in
consultation with NSDL.
- Railways should ensure that the
Transaction ID of the SCFs uploaded on N PSCRA website are matched at
the time of fund transfer to Trustee Bank so that there are no
rejections. The Railways need to review and ensure strict compliance of
- Railways should also streamline the system to
ensure crediting of NPS fund to correct subscriber. There are a number
of instances where funds are credited to PRAN 1instead of PRAN 2,
Excess/wrong Transfer to a PRAN etc.
- Personnel and Accounts Dept should also ensure timely resolution of grievances in the Central Grievance Management System.
no. of withdrawal cases (Death Superannuation, exit) are pending for
verification/ authorisation by Personnel and authorised by Accounts.
Railways may review and ensure timely action
- In a few cases,
funds remitted by Trustee Bank to subscribers (on account of withdrawal
request) or to Railways (non-NPS withdrawal or excess transfer etc) are
returned back to Trustee Bank for want of correct/incorrect Bank Account
no. , invalid IFSC code, Bank account closed etc. Railways need to
ensure that correct bank details are provided while processing case.
are withdrawal requests pending for purchase of annuity as the
subscriber has not chosen the Pension plan in these cases. Employees
that have exited should be asked to make the option.
- There are
cases of pending pension/family pension under NPS in Railways. These
issues are being raised by Union/Federations and also by the
beneficiaries in various forums. Railways may take necessary action in
the matter immediately and that no delay on part of Railways.
are also received regarding non-revision of NPS pension as per
recommendation of 7th CPC. Railways need to expedite and take necessary
2.2 Pension Revision
are 1,14,069 cases in IR where revised PPOs are not initiated. Railways
informed that these are hard core cases where data is not available.
These need to be pursued and revised PPOs be issued at the earliest. The
option of getting a copy of PPOs from Banks should be explored to fast
track revision of pension cases due to non-availability of records with
- Similarly PPOs of those drawing pension through Post offices and Treasuries need to be speeded up.
may interact with Banks and keep Accounts Dte. informed of the meeting
so that the issue can be taken up with highest level of Banks centrally.
need to be adopted for error free, delay free transmission and also for
MIS reports. Issues, if any, need to be brought to the notice of
Accounts Dte in Board office for taking up with CRIS and Banks.
- Spot check by Welfare inspectors are also needed apart from Accounts Dte.
cells should be formed in Personnel Department for Pension and NPS
matters to coordinate with counterpart teams in Accounts. PED/A
requested MS to nominate an Executive Director in Railway Board also for
coordination with Railways on NPS and Pension matters.
- MS agreed for the same. DG/Personnel shall issue necessary orders in the matter.
PED/A summarized the decision taken in the meeting for necessary action as under:
- Online registration for generation of PRAN shall be explored.
registration form should be sent with appointment letter and obtained
at the time of joining PRAN generation be ensured within one month of
joining so that there are no cases where deductions are made and money
is lying in suspense.
- DDOs/PAOs need to access the dashboard and analyse the MIS reports about NPS performance.
regards revision of pension, Railways need to get in touch with CPPC of
bank and get the details/PPOs for processing revision in a time bound
- All Railways shall ensure that e-PPOs are issued on
banks covered in the scheme. In case of any problem, the same may be
brought to the notice of Board (Accounts Dte) so that the same can be
taken up with Banks/CRIS. Now that CRIS has an upgraded its system, no
bank should have problem in accepting the ePPO file.
- PFAs shall ensure check of the pension debits to see that pension is being paid as per revised PPOs.
may form dedicated cell for pension and NPS in Personnel Department.
Further, there should be a designated ED in charge of all pension
related in Estt Directorate also matters as a counterpart to Accounts
4.0 Vote of thanks.
Meeting ended with vote of thanks to the chair.
Source: Indian Railways