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Monday, August 31, 2009

UGC draws up scheme to address faculty shortage

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to tap all available resources to address the problem of faculty shortage and upgrade the skills of college/university teachers as the country seeks to expand higher education facilities.

Since faculty shortage cannot be addressed overnight, the UGC has drawn up a scheme to involve academics from outside the university system to enhance faculty resources of universities, particularly at the post-graduate and research levels.

In particular, the UGC is eyeing research organisations, research and development units of Central and State public-sector undertakings and business corporations, Non-Resident Indians and Persons of Indian Origin working with academic, research and business organisations overseas, and foreign academicians and researchers having a demonstrated interest in Indian studies.

Two modalities have been evolved for their engagement with the university system: The “adjunct faculty” route for younger and mid-career professionals within the target groups, and the ‘scholars-in-residence’ avenue for senior professionals and specialists.

The UGC has sanctioned 706 adjunct faculty positions for the entire university system in the country, with Central universities allowed five such positions each, State universities two, and deemed universities one each.

Adjunct faculty positions will be tenure appointments for one academic year or two semesters, and such individuals will be offered a token honorarium of up to Rs.1,500 per teaching hour/session, subject to a maximum of Rs.30,000 a month.

In the case of scholars-in-residence, there will be 512 faculty positions. Each Central university will be allowed two such positions, while State universities and deemed universities can have one position each.

Again, these will be tenure appointments ranging between six months and two years. Selected individuals will be offered a consolidated renumeration of up to Rs.80,000 a month, an annual contingency grant of Rs.1 lakh, and accommodation.

And, to hone teaching skills, the UGC has identified 40 institutions affiliated to universities, which can conduct orientation and refresher courses that are mandatory for promotion from lecturer to Reader. At present, 56 Academic Staff Colleges conduct such courses.

Most of these 40 identified institutions specialise in certain fields of study, and the UGC has drawn up a scheme whereby they can approach it for conducting refresher and orientation courses. And, if the Commission’s Standing Committee clears the courses, they will be recognised for promotion of lecturer to Reader. They will be cent per cent funded by the UGC through the affiliating universities.

The scheme has been drawn up keeping in mind the knowledge explosion, the purpose being providing a systematic mechanism for teachers to keep abreast of the latest and train themselves in modern processes, methodologies and techniques of teaching. With this in mind, the UGC has written to all universities asking them to identify the affiliate institutions willing to run such courses.

Some of the institutions that the UGC hopes to rope in through this route are, the National Institute of Advanced Studies and the Institute of Social and Economic Change (both in Bangalore), besides the New Delhi-based Institute of Public Finance and Policy and the Institute of Studies in Industrial Development.

Source: The Hindu

Central wants equal to states..!

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Teachers demand increase in entry level salaries

Primary school teachers affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Primary-school Teachers Federation (TNPTF) observed fast in front of the Railway Station here on Sunday demanding better wages.
K. Anbarasu, district president of TNPTF, said that the State Government should immediately increase the entry level salaries for primary school teachers to the scale of Rs. 9,300-Rs. 34,800 plus Rs. 4,200 fixed by the Central Government.

“At present, a newly-recruited teacher in the state is entitled for the scale of Rs. 5,200- Rs. 20,200 plus Rs. 2,800 though many other states have already implemented the Central Government’s recommendations,” he pointed out.

The agitators also wanted the Government to come out with revised pay scale structures for teachers in the ranks of selection and special grades.

Some of the other demands included hike in house rent allowance, disbursal of education allowance and time scale pay for teachers appointed on consolidated pay.

Mr. Anbarasu said that sixth pay commission arrears for the teachers who had attained superannuation should be disbursed in a single instalment.

I. Yesaian, coordinator, Retired Lecturers and Teachers Association, and others spoke on the occasion.
Source: The Hindu

Car through CSD - New system raises officers’ hackles

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Over 30 serving and retired officers of the Army showed resentment against the recently introduced system for purchasing car through CSD at the CSD depot in Ambala Cantt here.

Earlier, the Army officers had to deposit the amount of the vehicle to be purchased with the CSD depot in Ambala Cantt and the depot issued them the release order. After submitting the release order with the car dealer, the officers got the delivery of the vehicle.

As per the new system, after getting the delivery of the vehicle, the army officers will have to report to the depot manger along with the vehicle and a representative of the dealer.

After checking the documents, engine number and chassis number of the vehicle, the depot will issue them a sale deed document and then only the officers will be allowed to drive their car. The Army officers have to face a lot of harassment while completing the formalities of the newly introduced system.

Most of the Army officers, even from Haryana, prefer to purchase vehicles from Chandigarh as the rate of sales tax is 2 per cent less there than in Haryana.

Chandigarh does not have any CSD depot that is why the Army officers belonging to Chandigarh generally come to the Ambala CSD depot for purchasing vehicle through the CSD.

Around 35 retired and serving Army officers, including a serving Major from Kargil, went to Chandigarh yesterday to purchase vehicles after getting the release order from the CSD depot, Ambala.

The depot issued them a “Rahdari” slip, which they have to get stamped from the sales tax barriers at Dappar (Punjab) and Dhulkot (Haryana).

Col Jaswant Singh (retd), a resident of Chandigarh, said the officials of sales tax barriers detained them for two hours and refused to put stamp on “Rahdari” paper. They had to further stay in the CSD depot for hours to complete the formalities. He said the situation was very humiliating for an Army officer. Other Army officers also expressed annoyance over the new system.

Meanwhile, regional manager of the depot Lakhwinder Singh refused to comment on the matter. According to information, the depot has been facing an acute shortage of officials, which led to delay in the completion of formalities.
Source: The Tribune

Sunday, August 30, 2009

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Child Care Leave in respect of Central Government employees as a result of Sixth Central Pay Commission recommendations — Clarification

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No. 13018/2/2008-Estt.(L)

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, the 2nd December, 2008.


OFFICE MEMORANDUM


Subject:- Child Care Leave in respect of Central Government employees as a result of Sixth Central Pay Commission recommendations — Clarification

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 11th September, 2008 regarding introduction of child care leave in respect of Central Government employees and subsequent clarifications vide O.M. dated 29th September, 2008 and 18th November, 2008. It
is further clarified that child care leave sanctioned prior to issuance of O.M. No. 13018/2/2008-Estt.(L) dated 18th November, 2008 shall be treated as child care leave and shall be deducted from the Child Care Leave account of the Government servant concerned. No adjustment against any other kind of leave shall be made in this regard. The Child Care Leave sanctioned for the period beyond 18/11/2008 shall however be regulated in terms of clarification issued vide O.M.of even number dated 18/11/2008.


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(Simmi R. Nakra)

Director

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Grant of additional pension on attaining the age of 80 years regarding

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OM No.38/48/09-P&PW(A)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

(Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare)

*******

Norht Block,New Delhi-110 003
the 27th August, 2009

OFFICE MEMORANDUM



Subject:- OA No. 504 of 2009 filed in the Central Administrative Tribunal, Ernakulam Bench - Grant of additional pension on attaining the age of 80 years regarding.



The following Applications filed OA No. 504 of 2009 in the Central Administrative Tribunal, Ernakulam Bench seeking direction of the hon'ble CAT that the pensioners/family pensioners may be given the additional quantum of pension/family pension, in terms of Department of Pension & PW Resolution No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 29.8.2008, OM No.38/48/09-P&PW(A) (pt.I) dated 3.10.2008, just after their completion of the age of 79 years:

1. Sothern Railway Pensioners Association, Gopalan Vaidyar's Compound, Tileri Road, Bolar, Mangalore.

2. Shri.K.Gopal Shenoy, Retired Wireless Inspector(Railways), Old Canara Bank Building, Padavinagadi, Konchady Post. Mangalore.
3. Kamalaksha, Retired Railway Trollyman, Nadukar House, Kalnad Village, Kasaragod District-670 217.

2. The Central Administrative Tribunel, Eranakulam Bench, in its Order dated 28.7.2009 disposed of the above OA with the following advice to the Secretary, Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare: "To consider the representations at Annexures A-4 to A-6 along with the grounds raised in the OA and pass a suitable order within a period of two months from the date of communication of this order"

3. In compliance of the above advice of the Hon'ble CAT, the representations at Annexure A-4 to A-6 and the grounds raised in para 5 of the OA No. 504 of 2009 have been examined in the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare.

4. The thrust of the arguement made in the representations/OA is that a person attains the age of 80 years on completion of the age of 79 years and, therefore, the additional quantum of pension available on attaining the age of 80 years should be paid immediately on completion of the age of 79 years.

5. The above argument of the Applicants is on account of misinterpretation of the meaning of the phrse "attaining the age of". The position in the Rules regulating the service conditions of the Government servants in this respeect is well settled. In accordance with Rule 56 of the Fundamental Rules applicable to the Government servants, a Government servant retires from service on the afternoon of the last day of the month in which he attains the age of 60 years. Accordingly, a Government servant retires on the afternoon of teh lsat day of the month in which he completes the age of 60 years and not in the month in which he completes the age of 59 years. On this analogy, the additional pension/family pension on attaining the age of 80 years has to be paid only after the pensioner completes the age of 80 years and not after he completes the age of 79 years.

6. In para 5(M) of the OA, the Applicants have referred to the Venkataramani Iyer's Law laxicon with Leagal Maxima (Reprint 1991) according to which a person attains the 21 years "on the day preceding the anniversary of his 21st Birthday". In terms of this definition itself, a person born on 5.4.1988 attains the age of 21 years on 4.4.2009 and not on 5.4.2008

7. It is clear from the above that a person attains the age of 80 years only when he completes the age of 80 years and not when he completes the age of 79 years. However, for the sake of convenience, it has been provided in the orders issued by this Department that the additional quantum fo pension/family pension, on attaining the age of 80 years and above, would be admissiable from the 1st day of the month in which the date of birth falls...

8. In the light of the foregoing, the request of the Applicants for payment of the additional quantum of pension available on attainging the age of 80 years immediately on completion of the age of 79 years is not agreed to.

9. This issues with the approval of Secretary, Department of Pension & Pensioner's Welfare.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

NEW PENSION SCHEME - Details

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Some questions and answers about New Pension Scheme (NPS)

1. What is the New Pension System (NPS)?

The NPS is a new contributory pension scheme introduced by the Central Government for its own new employees. Under the new pension system, each new central government employee will open a personal retirement account on joining service. Every month, and till the employee retires or leaves government service, a part of the employee's salary will be transferred into this account. When the person retires, he will be able to use these savings to take care of the needs and expenses of his family during old age.

2. Who is covered by the NPS?

You are covered by the NPS if

a.You joined central government service on or after 01 January 2004, and

b.You are an employee of a Central (Civil) Ministry or Departments, or

c.You are an employee of a non-civil Ministry or Department including Railways, Posts, Telecommunication or Armed Forces (Civil), or

d.You are an employee of an Autonomous Body, Grant-in-Aid Institution, Union Territory or any other undertaking whose employees are eligible to a pension from the Consolidated Fund of India.

3. If I joined Central Government service on or after 01 January 2004 do I have an option of not being covered by the NPS?

No. The NPS is mandatory for you.

4. I am covered by the NPS. Do the old Pension Rules apply to me?

No. The Central Civil Service Pension Rules (1972) do not apply to you. You are covered only by the New Pension System Rules framed for the NPS.

5. I am covered by the NPS. Can I contribute to the GPF?

No. The General Provident Fund (Central Service) Rules, 1960 also do not apply to you. You will not be permitted to contribute towards GPF.

6. Am covered by the NPS. Am I eligible to Gratuity?

No. You will not be eligible to Gratuity.

7. How does the NPS work?

When you join Government service, you will be allotted a unique Personal Pension Account Number (PPAN). This unique account number will remain the same for the rest of your life. You will be able to use this account and this unique PPAN from any location and also if you change your job. The PPAN will provide you with two personal accounts:

1. A mandatory Tier-I pension account, and

2. A voluntary Tier-II savings account.

8. What is the difference between Tier-I and Tier-II accounts?

1. Tier-I account: You will have to contribute 10% of your basic+DA+DP into your Tier-I (pension) account on a mandatory basis every month. You will not be allowed to withdraw your savings from this account till you retire at age 60. Your monthly contributions and your savings in this account, subject to a ceiling to be decided by the government, will be exempt from income tax. These savings will only be taxed when you withdraw them at retirement.

2. Tier-II account: This is simply a voluntary savings facility for you. Your contributions and savings in this account will not enjoy any tax advantages. But you will be free to withdraw your savings from this account whenever you wish.

9. How will I contribute to my Tier-I (pension) account?

Every month, the government will deduct 10% of your salary (basic+DA+DP) and automatically transfer this amount to your Tier-I account in your name.

10. Will the Government contribute anything to my Tier-I (pension) account?

Yes. As your employer, the Government will match your contribution (10% of basic+DA+DP) and transfer this amount also to your Tier-I account in your name.

11. Can I contribute more than 10 into my Tier-I account?

Yes. You will be permitted to contribute more than the mandated 10% of Basic+DA+DP into your Tier-I account – subject to any ceiling that may be decided by the Government.

12. Will the Government also contribute more than 10 into my Tier-I account?

No. The contribution of the Government will be limited to 10% of your basic+DA+DP.

13. What will happen if I am transferred to another city or country?

The PPAN number will stay the same and you will be able to use the same accounts from anywhere in the world.

14. If I leave Government service before I retire will the Government continue to contribute to my Tier-I account?

No. The 10% contribution by the Government will stop when you leave Government service. However, your savings in your Tier-I and Tier-II accounts will stay in your name and you will be able to continue using these accounts to save for your retirement.

15. What if I die or become permanently disabled during my service?

Pl.refer Office Memorandum: Additional Relief on death/disability of Government servants covered by the NPS(New Pension Scheme) recruited on or after 1.1.2004 No.38/41/06/P&PW(A) Dated 5th May, 2009

16. Where will my savings be invested?

Each PFM will offer you a limited number of simple, standard schemes. You will be free to choose any of the following schemes for investing your savings:

Scheme A This scheme will invest mainly in Government bonds

Scheme B This scheme will invest mainly in corporate bonds and partly in equity and government bonds

Scheme C This scheme will invest mainly in equity and partly in government bonds and corporate bonds.

17. I am covered by the NPS. Do the old Pension Rules apply to me?

No. The Central Civil Service Pension Rules (1972) do not apply to you. You are covered only by the New Pension System Rules framed for the NPS.

18. I am covered by the NPS. Can I contribute to the GPF?

No. The General Provident Fund (Central Service) Rules, 1960 also do not apply to you. You will not be permitted to contribute towards GPF.

19. Who will be responsible for the NPS and for protecting my interests?

The Government is setting up a new dedicated regulatory authority. This will be named the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA). The PFRDA will be responsible for the NPS and for protecting your interests in the NPS.

20. When will my contributions start?

Your contributions (and the matching contribution by the Government) towards your Tier-I pension account will begin only from the month following the month in which you join Government service. During the first month of your service, you will be allotted the PPAN.(PRAN)

21. Who in the Government will issue me a PPAN open my accounts and be responsible for the deductions?

When you join service, your Drawing and Disbursement Officer (DDO) will instruct you to fill out a NPS form. You will be required to provide your full professional and personal details including details of your nominee in this form. The DDO will issue you the PPAN number(PRAN) and will also be responsible for all administrative matters related to your NPS accounts including deduction of your contributions, transferring your contributions and the matching contribution of the Government to your Tier-I pension account.

22. What will happen to my contributions to my Tier-I account?

Your monthly contributions, and the matching contributions by the Government into your Tier-I account, will be transferred by the Government in your name to a Pension Fund Manager (PFM). The PFM will invest your contributions on your behalf. In this way, your savings will earn an interest and grow over time.

23. Which agency will serve as a PFM?

The PFRDA will appoint a limited number of leading professional firms to act as PFMs. One of these PFMs will be a public sector agency.

24. Who will decide which PFM manages my contributions and savings?

You will select a PFM to manage your contributions and savings.

25. Will I be permitted to select more than one PFM to manage my savings?

Yes. If you wish, you will be able to spread your savings across multiple PFMs – where a part of your savings are managed by 2 or more PFMs.

26. Will I be permitted to change my PFM preference?

Yes. If you wish, you will be free to change the PFM and move all your savings to another PFM of your choice.

27. Where will my savings be invested?

Each PFM will offer you a limited number of simple, standard schemes. You will be free to choose any of the following schemes for investing your savings:

Scheme A This scheme will invest mainly in Government bonds

Scheme B This scheme will invest mainly in corporate bonds and partly in equity and government bonds

Scheme C This scheme will invest mainly in equity and partly in government bonds and corporate bonds

28. Will I be able to select more than one scheme?

Yes. You will be free to spread your savings across these three schemes. Whenever you decide, you will also be free to switch your savings from one scheme to another.

29. How will my contributions be transferred to the PFM and scheme selected by me?

You will specify the PFM and scheme to your DDO. The DDO will arrange for transfer of your contributions to the PFM(s) and scheme(s) that you have selected.

30. What rate of return will my contributions earn?

Your contributions will not earn any specified rate of return. The PFM will invest your savings in a scheme of your choice.The returns earned by the PFM on the scheme selected by you will be credited to your account.

31. Will I have to pay any fees or charges under NPS?

You will have to pay a fee to the Central Recordkeeping Agency (CRA) which will maintain your accounts and also to the PFM(s) which manage your savings. These charges will be deducted from your savings on a periodic basis. The fees and charges by the CRA and PFMs will be regulated by the PFRDA.

32. Can I contribute more than the 10 of basic+DA+DP into my TierI account at the moment?

No. You will be allowed to do so only when the PFRDA, CRA and PFMs are appointed.

33. What will happen to my contributions and earnings in my Tier-I account when the PFRDA CRA and PFMs etc. are appointed?

Your full contributions, matching contributions by the Government, and the interest earned on the same will be transferred in your name to the PFM and scheme selected by you.

34. Will I have the option of continuing with the current 8 percent rate of return?

No. Once your savings are transferred to the PFM, your savings will enjoy only the rate of return earned by the PFM on scheme you have selected.

35. When will I be permitted to withdraw from my Tier-I account?

You will be able to withdraw your savings in your Tier-I account at age 60.

36. What will happen to my savings in the Tier-I account when I retire?

You will be able to withdraw 60% of your savings as a lumpsum when you retire. You will be required to use the balance 40% of your savings to purchase an annuity scheme from a life insurance company of your choice. The life insurance company will pay you a monthly pension for the rest of your life.

37. Can I use more than 40 of my savings to purchase the annuity?

Yes.

38. What will happen to my savings if I decide to retire before age 60?

You will be required to use 80% of your savings in your Tier-I account to purchase the annuity. You will be able to withdraw the balance 20% of your savings as a lumpsum.

39. Will the annuity also provide a family (survivor) pension?

Yes. You will have an option of selecting an annuity which will pay a survivor pension to your spouse.

40. What will happen to my savings if I decide to retire before age 60?

You will be required to use 80% of your savings in your Tier-I account to purchase the annuity. You will be able to withdraw the balance 20% of your savings as a lumpsum.

41. What will happen to my savings in the Tier-I account when I retire?

You will be able to withdraw 60% of your savings as a lumpsum when you retire. You will be required to use the balance 40% of your savings to purchase an annuity scheme from a life insurance company of your choice. The life insurance company will pay you a monthly pension for the rest of your life.

42. What if I die or become permanently disabled during my service?

The Government is yet to issue any guidelines on this.

43. Will I have to pay any fees or charges under NPS?

You will have to pay a fee to the Central Recordkeeping Agency (CRA) which will maintain your accounts and also to the PFM(s) which manage your savings. These charges will be deducted from your savings on a periodic basis. The fees and charges by the CRA and PFMs will be regulated by the PFRDA.

44. What will happen to my contributions to my Tier-I account?

Your monthly contributions, and the matching contributions by the Government into your Tier-I account, will be transferred by the Government in your name to a Pension Fund Manager (PFM). The PFM will invest your contributions on your behalf. In this way, your savings will earn an interest and grow over time.





Grant of Non-P.L.Bonus (Ad-hoc bonus ) to Central Government Employees for the year 2008-2009.

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No.7/23/2007/E III (A)

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Expenditure

NewDelhi,Dated 28th August,2009.


OFFICE MEMORANDUM


Subject:- Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (Ad-hoc bonus ) to Central Government Employees for the year 2008-2009.



The under signed is directed to convey the sanction of the President to the grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (Ad-hoc bonus ) equivalent to 30 days emoluments for the year 2008-2009 to the Central Government Employees in Group C and D and all non-gazetted employees in Group B, who are not covered by any Productivity Linked Bonus Scheme. The Calculation ceiling of Rs.3500/- remain unchanged. The payment will also be admissible to the Central Police and Para-military Personnel and Personnel of Armed Forces. The orders will be deemed to extended to the employees of Union Territory Administration which follow the other bonus or ex-gratia scheme.

2. The benefit will be admissible subject to the following terms and conditions:- (i) Only those employees who were in service on 31.3.2009 and have rendered at least six months of continuous service during the year 2008-2009 will be eligible for payment under these orders. Pro-rata payment will be admissible to the eligible employees for period of continuous service during the year from six months to a full year, the eligibility period being taken in terms of number of months service (rounded off to the nearest number of months)

(ii)The quantum of Non-PLB (Ad-hoc bonus) will be worked out on the basis of average emoluments/calculation ceiling which ever is lower.To calculate Non-PLB(Ad-hoc bonus)for one day ,the average emoluments in a year will be divided by 30.4(average number of days in a month)This will there after be multiplied by the number of days bonus granted. To illustrate, taking the calculation ceiling of Rs. 3500/-(where actual average emoluments exceed Rs. 3500X30/30.4=Rs. 3453.95 (rounded off to Rs.3454/-)

(iii)The casual labour who have worked in offices following a 6 days week for at least 240 days for 3 years or more (206 days in each year for 3 years or more in the case of offices observing 5 days week ) be eligible for this Non-PLB (Ad-hoc bonus) payment. The amount of Non-PLB (Ad-hoc bonus) payable will be Rs.1200x30/30.4 i.e.Rs.1184.21 (rounded off to Rs.1184/-) Incases where the actual emoluments fall below Rs.1200/-p.m.,the amount will be calculated on actual monthly emoluments.

(iv) All payments under these orders will be rounded off to the nearest rupee.

(v)The clarificatory orders issued vide this Ministry’s OM No.F.14(10)-ECooRD/88 dated 4.10.1988, as amended from time to time, would hold good.

3. The expenditure on this account will be debitable to the respective Heads to which the pay and allowances of these employees are debited.

4. The expenditure on account of Non-PLB (Ad-hoc bonus) is to be met from with in the sanctioned budget provision of concerned Ministries /Departments for the current year.

5.In so for as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned , these orders are issued in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Payment of second instalment of 60% arrears to Quasi-Government Organisations, Autonomous Organisations

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No.7/23/2008-E.III(A)

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Expenditure

NewDelhi,Dated 27th August,2009.


OFFICE MEMORANDUM


Subject:- Payment of second instalment of arrears on account of pay revision of employee of Quasi-Government Organisations, Autonomous Organisations, and Statutory Bodies, etc. set up by and funded/controlled by the Central Government.



The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's orders issued under Office Memorandum of even number dated 30th September 2008 and 7th October 2008 extending the revised pay structure for the Central Government employees on the basis of the recommendation of the 6th Central Pay Commission to the employees of Autonomous Organization, etc whose pattern of emolument structure i.e.pay sacles and allowances(in particular the Dearness Allowance, the House Rent Allowance and City Compensatory Allowance) were identical to those of the Central Government employees.

2. AS per this Department's resolution No.1/1/2008-IC dated 29th August 2008, the Government had decided that the arrears on account of implementation of 6th CPC recommendation will be paid in cash in two instalments - first instalment of 40% during the year 2008-09 and the remaining 60% in the financial year 2009-10. Orders have since been issued by the Government for payment of remaining 60% of arrears to the concerned Central Government servants. Accordingly, the dicision of the Government for payment of remaining 60% of arrears is hereby extended to the employees of the Autonomous Organisations etc. Howerer, the payment of remaining 60% of arrears will be subject to the conditions stipulated budgetary support for additional expenditure vide para 4 and 4.1 of this Department's Office Memorandum of even number dated 30th September, 2008 at the time of extending the revised pay structure for the Central Government Employees to the employees of Autonomous Oraganisations etc.

Filling up of the post of Secretary-Cum-Controller

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No.24012/18/2008-Estt.(B)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

(Department of Personnel & Training)

Norht Block,New Delhi,
the 27th August, 2009

OFFICE MEMORANDUM



Subject:- Filling up of the post of Secretary-Cum-Controller of Examinations- in the pay scale PB-4, Re. 37,400-67,000+ GP-8700/- (Director leve]), Staff Selection Commission (Hqrs), New Delhi on deputation basis.



It is proposed to fill up the post of Secretary-Cum-Controller of Examinations, Staff Selection Commission with Headquarters at New Delhi in the pay scale of Rs. PB-4, Rs. 37,400-67,000 + GP-Rs.8700/- (Director level). The eligibility criteria as per Recruitment Rules is given in the Annexure- 1. The pay and other conditions of service of the selected officer will be regulated in accordance with this Department's OM.No. 2/29/91-Estt (Pay-II) dated 05th January, 94, as amended from time to time.

2. Application of only such officers will be considered as are routed through proper channel and are accompanied with (i) bio-data in the proforma at Annexure- II; (ii) the CR dossier of the officer or clear photocopies of the upto date eRs of the officer containing CRa of at least last five years, duly attested by a Group 'A' officer; Gill cadre clearance; (iv) clearance from vigilance and disciplinary angle; and (v) statement giving details of major or minor penalties, if any, imposed on the officer during the last ten years and (vi) a certificate that in the event of selection, the officer would be relieved to join the duties of the post.

3. All Ministries/Departments are requested to forward the applications of willing and eligible officer in the prescribed proforma to: Shri Suneel K. Arora, Under Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Personnel and Training), Room.No. 215-A-II, North Block, New Delhi-l10001, so as to reach this office latest by 16.10.2009. Applications not accompanied with the required certificates/ documents stated in para 2 above will not be entertained.


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Thursday, August 27, 2009

IIT faculty seek study compensation Years lost for PhD cited

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IIT teachers have demanded financial compensation apart from their basic salaries for the years they spend in higher learning and pursuing a PhD instead of working after undergraduation.

The teachers have suggested that the compensation either be provided as a fixed monthly allowance or as a percentage of their basic salary through a scheme existing in apex scientific research organisations.

This is the first time the IITs have specifically cited the higher qualifications their teachers require to join the faculty — unlike in most universities — to argue for better pay.

This demand was partly articulated in a memorandum submitted by the All India IIT Faculty Forum — a body elected by teachers at the premier engineering schools — to the human resource development ministry on Monday.

Faculty sources confirmed that an additional document explaining this new request would be submitted to the ministry soon.

Faculty across the IITs are protesting against a new pay regime notified by the government, which snips salaries recommended by a central pay panel and ignores a slew of other incentives suggested by the panel. The Telegraph had reported the new pay regime on August 18.

The University Grants Commission allows those who have cleared a National Eligibility Test — or its state equivalents — to conditionally join university faculty if they have enrolled for a PhD, before its completion.

A PhD, however, is the minimum qualification for anyone joining the IITs at the lowest regular teaching post on offer — that of an assistant professor. IIT faculty are arguing that they should be compensated for the financial loss they suffer because of the delay in their joining the workforce.

In their memorandum, the faculty have calculated what they argue is the financial loss a youngster studying to teach at an IIT would suffer, as compared to joining a central government job.

On an average, a student takes six years — two years for postgraduation and four years for a PhD — after his undergraduation to become eligible to teach at an IIT. On the other hand, he can join the government immediately after completing his undergraduation.

During their postgraduation and PhD, scholars are paid a study allowance but this amount is significantly lower than what they could have earned if they joined the government.
Source: The Telegraph

New Pension Scheme - Recruited on or after 1.1.2004

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THE GAZETTE OF INDIA
EXTRAORDINARY - PART I - SECTION 1
PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY
New Delhi, Monday, December 22, 2003/PAUSA 1, 1925

Ministry of Finance


(Department of Economic Affairs)


(ECB & PR Division)


NewDelhi,the 22nd December,2003.


F.No.5/7/2003-ECB & PR. – The Government approved on 23rd August, 2003 the proposal to implement the budget announcement of 2003-2004 relating to introducing a new restructured defined contribution pension system for new entrants to Central Government Service, except to Armed Forces, in the first stage, replacing the existing system of defined benefit pension system.



(i) The system would be mandatory for all new recruits to the Central Government Service from 1st of January 2004 (except the armed forces in the first stage.). The monthly contribution would be 10 percent of the salary and DA to be paid by the employee and matched by the Central Government. However, there will be no contribution form the Government in respect of individuals who are not Government employees. The contributions and investment returns would be deposited in a non-withdrawable pension tier-1 account. The existing provisions of defined benefit pension and GPF would not be available to the new recruits in the Central Government service.

(ii) In addition to the above pension, accout, each individual may also have a voluntary tier-II withdrawable account at his option. This option is given as GPF will be withdrawn for new recruits in Central Government service. Government will make no contribution into this account. These assets would be managed through exactly the above procedures. However, the employee would be free to withdraw part or all of the ‘second tire’ of his money anytime. This withdrawable account does not constitute pension, investment, and would attract no special tax treatment.

(iii) Individuals can normally exit at or after age 60 years for tier-I of the pwnsion system. At exit the individual would be amndatorily required to invest 40 percent of pension wialth ot purchase an annuity (from an IRDA-regulated life insurance company).In case of Government employees the annuity should provide for pension for the lifetime of the employee and his dependent parents and his spouse at the time of retirement. The individual would receive a lump-sum of the remaining pension wealth, which he would be free to utilize in any manner. Inidviduals would have the flexibility to leave the pension system prior to age 60. However, in this case, the mandatory annuitisation would be 80% of the pension wealth.

Architecture of the New Pension System

(iv) It will have a central record keeping and accounting (CRA) ingrastructure, several pension fund managers (PFMs) to offer three categories of shemes viz. option A, B and C.

(v) The participating entities (PFMs and CRA) would give out easily understood information about past performance, so that the individual would able to make informed choices about which scheme to choose.

(2) The effective date for operationalisation of the new pension system shall be from 1st of January, 2004.

Incase of Death or Disability of Government servants recruited on or before 1.1.2004

Additional Relief on death/disability of Government servants covered by the NPS(New Pension Scheme) recruited on or after 1.1.2004

The Central Government has introduced the New Pension System (NPS) with effect from 01 January 2004.

The NPS covers, at present, new entrants to Central Government services (excluding Defence Forces) and is also available to all other citizens of India from 1st May 2009.

Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has been established through a Government Order to oversee and regulate implementation of the NPS system. The NPS is based on individual pension accounts of participating subscribers. Each NPS subscriber is allotted a unique Permanent Retirement Account Number (PRAN).

This pension system is based on two types of sub-accounts created by individual subscribers: Tier-I non-withdrawable pension account, and Tier-II withdrawable savings account.

PFRDA has already put in place the institutional framework and infrastructure required for administering the ‘New Pension Scheme’ (NPS) for government employees as well as other citizens of India.

Various institutional entities such as
Central Record Keeping Agency (CRA),
Pension Fund Manager(PFM),
Trustee Bank (TB),
Custodian and NPS
Trust have been appointed and are now functional.

with various intermediaries. Immediately after passage of the PFRDA Bill, necessaryregulations are to be notified under the PFRDA Act.

Application Form PRAN

WELCOME KIT - Details of New Pension Scheme

Pending passage of the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) Bill in Parliament, a conference of Chief Ministers of the various State Governments was organized by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India in January 2007 on the New Pension System (NPS). As part of the action taken on the decisions taken at the conference, the Government of India has advised PFRDA to appoint, from the public sector, a Central Recordkeeping Agency and Fund Managers to manage the pension funds of employees of the Central Government and autonomous bodies covered by the NPS. Later, the system developed by the selected CRA and pension funds is expected to be offered to the State/Union Territory Governments for their use and for use by the autonomous bodies under such governments covered by the NPS.

Selection of Record-keeping Agency (CRA)

PFRDA issued an advertisement (22nd January 2007) inviting Expression of Interest (EoI) from public sector entities with experience of developing and managing technology based central administration and recordkeeping systems, for functioning as CRA responsible for opening and maintenance of personal retirement accounts of the subscribers under the NPS and providing a number of related services.

Public sector entities with at least 5 years in central recordkeeping and administration functions, minimum positive net worth of Rs.50 crore (Rupees Fifty crore) and experience in managing over five lakh individual accounts per year over the last three years were eligible to submit expression of interest.

In response to the advertisement, PFRDA received EoIs from the following six entitles
· Life Insurance Corporation of India
· National Securities Depository Limited
· Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited
· Union Bank of India
· UTI Technology Services Limited
· Writer Information

The EoIs submitted by all the six entities were scrutinized in the light of eligibility criteria prescribed by the PFRDA and Request for Proposal (RFP) documents, inviting detailed technical and commercial proposal, were issued to the following four entities which satisfied the eligibility conditions:
· Life Insurance Corporation of India
· National Securities Depository Limited
· Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited
· UTI Technology Services Limited

Out of these four entities only three entities submitted their technical and commercial proposal to PFRDA in accordance with the requirements detailed in the RFP documents. Life Insurance Corporation did not submit any proposal.

An evaluation committee was constituted to evaluate the technical and commercial proposals and to recommend to PFRDA the most suitable entity to function as CRA. The committee recommended National Securities Depository Limited as the most suitable entity to function as CRA based on the requirements specified in the RFP document. PFRDA accepted the report of the committee and has selected the National Securities Depository Limited as CRA. Contract negotiations are underway and NSDL is expected to be appointed as the CRA in respect of Government employees under the NPS, shortly.

Selection of sponsors of Fund Managers

PFRDA issued an advertisement and Preliminary Information Memorandum (PIM) inviting Expressions of Interest (EOI) from public sector entities for sponsoring Pension Funds for Government employees under the New Pension System. To be eligible, the sponsors were, inter alia, required to have at least 5 years experience of fund management, with average assets under management of not less than Rs. 10,000 crore for the month of March 2007.

The last date for submission of Expression of Interest (EoI) was 25th May 2007. In response, Expressions of Interest were received from seven public sector entities namely, Canara Bank, IDBI Capital Market Services Limited, Life Insurance Corporation of India, State Bank of India , UTI Asset Management Company Private Limited, Securities Trading Corporation of India Limited and Punjab National Bank.

Four out of these seven entities met the requirements of eligibility as laid out in the PIM and were invited for issuance of Request for Proposal (RFP) for sponsoring Pension Funds under the NPS. The four entities to which the Request for Proposal (RFP) was issued on 11th June 2007 are, IDBI Capital Market Services Limited, Life Insurance Corporation of India, State Bank of India and UTI Asset Management Company Private Limited.

Their proposals, including the technical and commercial bids, were received in PFRDA by the deadline of 4th July 2007. An independent Selection Committee was constituted by PFRDA and entrusted with the responsibility of evaluation of the proposals received from the eligible entities, and to short-list the three best value bidders in terms of requirements (technical & commercial) of RFP.

Based on the overall evaluation, including technical and commercial parameters, the Committee found (i) State Bank India, (ii) UTI Asset Management Company Private Limited and (iii) Life Insurance Corporation of India as the three best value bidders, and recommended their appointment as sponsors of Pension Funds under the New Pension System.

Contract agreements with the selected sponsors are expected to be signed shortly, authorizing them to incorporate separate companies as pension funds for managing the corpus under the NPS.

Women employees allege harassment at workplace

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Women employees of Balaji Wafers today took out a rally in protest against the alleged sexual harassment at work place.

In a memorandum submitted to the district collector H S Patel, they alleged that eve teasing and harassment of women employees had become a daily routine in the company.

When they approached management with complaints, they were allegedly misbehaved and insulted, the memorandum said.

The women employees have been on strike for last three days and have warned not to resume work until action is taken by the management in this regard.

They have the support of CPI-M in their protest.

Patel could not be contacted for his comment.
Source: PTI

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Meeting with FM - Update news from AICEIA

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In continuation of the meeting chaired by the Secretary (Revenue) on 23.07.2009, a meeting was called by the JS (Per) of Expenditure Ministry. The President and SG attended the meeting. Representatives of the ITEF and Customs Preventive Federation also attended. In the course of the meeting, the Expenditure Authorities conceded that it is not possible to merge the cadres of STA and Inspector due to functional distinction. However they were not ready to commit on the upgradation to Rs. 4600/- and instead they suggested some alternate measures like 2-3- 4 additional increments/ higher start in the pay band/ putting 80% of Inspectors in Rs. 4600/- and the rest in Rs. 4200/- who will move to Rs. 4600/- after 4 years/ clarification that promotion from STA to Inspector would entail FR 22 fixations. We categorically stated that none of the suggestions would solve the problem faces by the cadre. They even suggested that all the Inspectors presently on the rolls can be granted Rs. 4600/- and the subsequent entrant would be in Rs. 4200/- . When we stood to our stand the meeting was prorogued by the JS (P) stating that they would report to the RS and after that the decision would be communicated.

Met the US IFU to pursue the representation against the Dy Controller of Accounts letter regarding Grade Pay on receipt of ACP under the 99 scheme. We breifed him and requested to expedite the matter.

Met Member (P&V) and registered our protest in permitting ICT on spouse joining ground on without loss of seniority principle and expending the order to promotional posts also. The Member agreed to have a relook.

However, we shall continue our agitation program till we receive a positive communication from the Government.
Source: AICEIA

Completion of PARs of IAS Officers

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F.No.4/8/2008/EO/PR

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
(Office of the Establishment Officer)

New Delhi, Dated the 21st August, 2009

CIRCULAR



Subject: Completion of PARs of IAS Officers within the fixed time schedule.



The PARs of IASofficers are required to be completed at different stages strictly as per the time schedule given in the Rule 9.1 of PARRules of the All India (PAR) Rules, 2007. Rule 5.1 of these rules provides that "if PAR for a financial year is not recorded by 31st December of the year in which the financial year ended, no remarks may be recorded thereafter and the officer may be assessed on the basis of the overall record and self assessment for the year, if he has submitted his self assessment in time".

2. Accordingly it has been decided that for the PARs of the year 2008-09, only such remarks of the Reporting, Reviewing and Accepting authorities would be kept in the PARs dossier of the officer reported upon as are recorded by 31st December 2009 and that this practice would be followed uniformly in the coming years.

3. These instructions may please be brought into the notice of all concerned and the administration branches which are assigned this work, in order to ensure that PARs of officers are completed strictly within the time schedule given in the PARrules 2007.

IIT faculty expecting sepecial addditional 'Scholastic Pay' Rs 15,000 per month

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For the first time in the Indian Institutes of Technogy's 50-odd years of existence, faculty members have asked the government for a special additional 'scholastic pay' of Rs 15,000 a month to compensate them for their 'low-paying' jobs.

The suggestion for this special pay was part of a memorandum that the All India IIT Faculty Federation submitted to the Ministry of Human Resources and Development on August 23, stating that the pay structure proposed is unacceptable and a threat to the IIT system.

This special pay is expected to compensate the IIT faculty members for the "notional" financial loss they incur compared to people of comparable qualifications in other sectors.

"Every other government organisation gives special incentive to its employees, except the IITs. We are resentful that the ministry has abandoned us like this," said Bhartendu Seth, president, IIT Bombay Faculty Forum and professor of mechanical engineering.

"The Govardhan Mehta Committee recognised the speciality of the premier institutions in its report, but the government reduces and undermines the status of IIT faculty members," Seth added.

The Govardhan Committee refers to a central technical education pay review panel headed by former Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, director Govardhan Mehta, set up last year to recommend salaries for all technical education teachers. The panel submitted its report to MHRD in February this year.

Based on this, the government then set up another committee to study the recommendations and make final suggestions on salaries and perks for teachers of 53 central technical educational institutions, including IITs and IIMs.

On its website, IIT Bombay stated, "As per the central pay commission, all employees of Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), Defence Research and Development Organisation have been given special additional pay ranging from about Rs 2,000 per month to about 10 per cent of basic pay as a special grant for special achievements. Premier educational institutions have not been granted any such special treatment for the highly valued brands they have created, including mentoring new IITs in a short notice."

Other key demands in the memorandum include:
A professional development allowance of Rs 300,000 (for international/national conferences, contingencies, membership fees) does not correspond with the increase in the costs, and should be increased to Rs 500,000 for a block of three years;

that the 'lecturer' position be abolished and lecturers re-designated assistant professors, at an appropriate scale;

that the recruitment of faculty with PhD degrees with less than three years of experience start with a minimum pay of Rs 30,000 and academic grade pay of Rs 8,000.

A key concern, the IITs say, is about attracting new faculty members. "If the government treats faculty members of IITs, which are institutions of international repute, like this, young and new people will not join us. The IITs are already suffering from a shortage of faculty. This could push more students to foreign shores," said Sunil Pandey, professor, mechanical engineering, and president, All India IIT Faculty Federation, IIT-Delhi.

Meanwhile, some professors who went on mass casual leave on August 21 have decided to hold classes.

Faculty members are protesting against the new pay scale, according to which the increase for assistant professors was only 40 per cent against 70 per cent provided by the University Grants Commission. Salaries of full professors, meanwhile, were raised just 10 per cent. Pay scales for IIT staff were last revised in 1999.

B K Mathur, placements chairman of IIT Kharagpur, said, "If IIT pay scales are lower then UGC pay scales, then attracting good faculty would be difficult. The professors would rather work for UGC colleges than IITs and I would not blame them for it."

Source: Business Standard


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Announcement of 60% Arrears from Finance Ministry has been released just now...!

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F.No. l/l/2008-IC

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Expenditure

Implementation Cell

NewDelhi,Dated 25th August,2009.


OFFICE MEMORANDUM



Subject: Payment of second instalment of arrears on account of implementation of Sixth Central Pay Commission's recommendations.



As communicated vide this Department's Resolution No.l/l/2008-IC dated 29th August, 2008, the Government had decided that the arrears on account of implementation of Sixth Central Pay Commission's recommendations will be paid in cash in two instalments - first instalment of 40% during the year 2008-09 and the remaining 60% in the financial year 2009-10. The first instalment has already been paid in 2008-09. It has now been decided that the remaining 60% of arrears may now be paid to the concerned Government servants.



2. Further, as already stipulated vide this Department's O.M. No 1 (2)/ EV/2008 dated 17th August, 2009, in the case of post - 0l.01.2004 entrants into the Central Government, the second instalment of arrears may be released only after individual application forms for registration to the New Pension Scheme have been obtained by the DDO/PAO from the concerned Government servant.



3. As in the case of the first instalment of arrears, Government servants will be permitted to deposit their arrears in their GPF Accounts. Though not mandated, Government servants are encouraged to deposit their arrears in their GPF accounts.

India roles out indigenous T-90 Bhishma tanks

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The first batch of indigenously built T-90 tanks "Bhishma" was flagged off by Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju here on Monday.

The rolling out ceremony was organised at the Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF), Avadi near here. The HVF manufactured the Bhishma tanks in collaboration with Russia.

The HVF is aiming to produce 100 Bhishma tanks per year.

The Bhishma tanks are equipped with 125mm smooth bore gun stabilised in elevation and azimuth, 12.7mm anti-craft machine gun and 7.62mm co-axial machine gun supported with high accuracy sighting systems and also Automatic Loader ensuring high rate of fire.

Bhishma''s capability to fire guided missile in addition to conventional ammunition using the same main gun barrel is a significant factor.

The integrated fire control system of Bhishma consists with the gunner''s sight, guided weapon system and ballistic computer facilitates accurate firing of conventional ammunitions as well as the guided missiles.

The built in Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA) enhances the tank protection, which will save crew and equipment from chemical, biological and radioactive attack.

The tank is also equipped with new thermal imagers which enhances night fighting capability.
Source:(ANI)

IIT professors go on mass casual leave for pay hike

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Hundreds of faculty members of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) Bombay and Roorkee went on mass casual leave

Monday protesting disparities in pay. IIT Delhi professors will go on leave Tuesday.

“The pay hike given by the government is at least 30 percent less at the lower level (of faculties) and at higher level it is 40 percent less than what we had asked for. It will be difficult for us to attract good faculty members,” Saumya Mukherjee, professor at IIT-Bombay, told reporters.
Holding placards, the professors came out of the IIT-Bombay campus in a long line.

They said that to become a professor at any IIT, a student needs to have a PhD, which involves around six more years of study. This entails loss of income. Had they taken up a government job, they would have earned at least Rs.2.3 million, they claimed.
“The government is not even giving us the scholastic pay which is a compensation for the loss in earning,” said another professor from IIT-Bombay.

IIT-Roorkee director S.C. Saxena told Inditop: “There is some dissatisfaction over the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations for our pay hike. I returned from abroad Monday morning and will discuss the issue with the faculty members.”

Meanwhile, IIT-Delhi professors have said they would be going on a mass casual leave Tuesday to protest the same issue.

There was a meeting of all IITs in Chennai Sunday. The decision to protest was also discussed there but it was left to the individual organisations of faculty members to protest the way they choose.

“You know the problem with our pay hike. There is dissatisfaction among many,” M. Balakrishnan, dean of post-graduate studies at IIT-Delhi, told IANS.

Similarly, at IIT-Guwahati faculty members are likely to go on a strike some time in the near future.

“There is disparity between the salary of an assistant and associate professor at IITs. The UGC scale for central university professors is more than for us. This is a key issue. There are other anomalies as well,” IIT-Guwahati director Gautam Barua told Inditop over phone.

“After the Chennai meeting, the association sent a memorandum to the human resource development (HRD) ministry.

We expect the ministry to respond soon. As the director of my institute, I hope there will be no protest but I cannot say this with surety. Faculty association of my institute may go on strike anytime,” he added.
Source: ANI

Monday, August 24, 2009

Meeting with JS(Personal) Department of Expenditure in the matter of Grade Pay of Rs.4600 fixed for 24.8.2009

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F.No.3(1)/E.II(A)/2009

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Expenditure

Central Board of Excise & Customs

NewDelhi,Dated 19th August,2009.


To
Shri Koushik Roy,
Secretary General
All India Central Excise Inspector Association.

Shri Venugopalan Nair,
The President,
All India Customs Preventive Service Federation

Sub:- Meeting scheduled to be held on 24.8.2009 (at 16.30 Hrs.) with JS(Pers.) Department of Expenditure on merger of three pay scales on the recommendations by 6th CPC and proposal for upgradation of Pay Scales- regarding.

Sir, I am directed to say that in the meeting held on 23.7.2009, Secretary(Revenue) had desired that a group of three representatives each from CBEC & CBDT Associations may JS(Pers.), Deptt. of Expenditure in order to arrive at a solution in the matter.

2. Accordingly, JS(Pers.), Department of Expenditure has fixed a meeting with the representatives of the Service Associations under CBEC and CBDT on 24.8.2009 at 16.30 Hrs. in her Room No.129-B, Norht Block, New Delhi.

3. You are therefore, requested to kindly make it convenient to attend the above meeting at schedule date & time in Department of Expenditure, North Block, New Delhi.

yours faithfully,

(L.R.Aggarwal)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
Tel: 011-2309 3102

Source: AICEIA

FR SR, Part III Central Civil Services - Leave Rules

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FR & SR Part III
Central Civil Services - Leave Rules


1. Short title and commencement

(1) These rules may be called the Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972.

(2) They shall come into force on the 1st day of June, 1972.

2. Extent of application

Save as otherwise provided in these rules, these rules shall apply to Government servants appointed to the civil services and posts in connection with the affairs of the Union, but shall not apply to-

(a) Railway servants;

(b) persons in casual or daily-rated or part-time employment;

(c) persons paid from contingencies;

(d) workmen employed in industrial establishments;

(e) persons employed in work-charged establishments;

(f) members of the All India Services;

(g) persons locally recruited for service in Diplomatic, Consular or other Indian establishments in foreign countries;

(h) persons employed on contract except when the contract provides otherwise;

(i) persons in respect of whom special provisions have been made by or under the provisions of the Constitution or any other law for the time being in force;

(j) persons governed, for purposes of leave, by the Fundamental Rules or the Civil Service Regulations;

(k) persons serving under a Central Government Department, on deputation from a State Government or any other source, for a limited duration.

Rule 7(1) - Leave cannot be claimed as of right.

Rule 7(2) - The leave sanctioning authority may refuse or revoke leave of any kind, but cannot alter the kind of leave due and applied for.

Rule 10(i) - Leave of one kind taken earlier may be converted into leave of a different kind at a later date at the request of the official and at the discretion of the authority who granted the leave. For example, extraordinary leave may be retrospectively converted into leave not due and earned leave into half pay leave or earned leave on MC into commuted leave, as the case may be. The Government servant should apply for such conversion within thirty days of completion of the relevant spell of leave. This, however, cannot be claimed s a matter of right by the official.

Rule 10, GID - Conversion of one kind of leave into leave of a different kind is permissible only when applied for thy the official while in service and not after quitting service.

Rule 32(6) - Leave sanctioning authority may commute retrospectively periods of absence without leave into Extraordinary leave.

Rule 12 - No leave of any kind can be granted for a continuous period exceeding five years except with the sanction of the President.

Rule 13 - An official on leave should not take up any service or employment elsewhere without obtaining prior sanction of the Competent Authority.

Rule 19(1) - Grant of Leave on Medical grounds. – Government servant (Gazetted or non-Gazetted) – (1) who is CGHS beneficiary and resending within the limits of CGHS at the time of illness should produce medical certificate/fitness certificate from a CGHS doctor.

Rule 19(2) - Who is not CGHS beneficiary and CGHS beneficiaries who proceed outside the Headquarter on duty, leave etc., should produce the certificate from AMA, and in such cases, a non-Gazetted Government servant may produce certificate from RMP if there is no AMA if there is no AMA available within a radius of 8 kms of his residence.

Where a non-Gazetted Government servant finds it difficult to obtain Medical Certificate / Fitness Certificate from CGHS / AMA, the leave sanctioning authority may consider grant of leave on the basis of the certificate from an RMP after taking into account the circumstances of the case.

Rule 19(3) - In the case of hospitalization / indoor treatment permitted in a private hospital recognized under the CGHS CS (MA) Rules, a Government servant (Gazetted or non-Gazetted) may produce MC / FC from the authorized Doctor in such a hospital in case his hospitalization / indoor treatment is on account of the particular kind of disease (e.g. heart, cancer, etc.,) for the treatment of which the concerned Hospital has been recognized. This relaxation is not admissible is case of any day-to-day / outdoor treatment or indoor treatment in respect of any other disease.

Leave sanctioning authority any secure second medical opinion if considered necessary – Rule

Rule 24 (3) and Rule 19 - A Government servant who is on leave on medical certificate will be permitted to return to duty only on production of a medical certificate of fitness from the AMA / CGHS Doctor/Registered Medical Practitioner, as the case may be.

Rule 25(1) - Overstayal of leave without proper sanction, will be debited against the HPL account of the Government servant to the extent HPL is due and the excess treated as EOL. No leave salary is admissible for the entire period of overstayal and the period of such overstayal will not count for increment, leave and pension.

Rule 25(2) - Wilful absence from duty after the expiry of leave renders a Government servant liable to disciplinary action.

Rule 25(1) - Absence without leave not in continuation of any authorized leave will constitute an interruption of service unless it is regularized.

Rule 20(2) - Permanently incapacitated Government servants not to be invalided. – A Government servant who has been permanently incapacitated from Government service on account of mental or physical disability shall not be invalided or reduced in rank. If he is not suitable ofr the present post, he could be shifted to some other post with the same pay scale and service benefits post becomes available or his superannuation, whichever is earlier. No promotion shall be denied.

Kinds of Leave:-

EARNED LEAVE
HALF PAY LEAVE
COMMUTED LEAVE
LEAVE NOT DUE
EXTRAORDINARY LEAVE
LEAVE ENTITLEMENT FOR VACATION DEPARTMENT STAFF
MATERNITY LEAVE
PATERNITY LEAVE
LEAVE TO FEMALE ON ADOPTION OF CHLID
CHILD CARE LEAVE
SPECIAL DISABILITY LEAVE
HOSPITAL LEAVE
STUDY LEAVE

Source: CG Staff News

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Govt to review IIT faculty pay

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With faculty from across the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT)

calling off lectures and threatening dire consequences like mass resignation, the Centre has sat up and promised to revisit the pay structure it formulated for IIT teachers.

On Friday, HRD minister Kapil Sibal said his officials would take a look at the salary offered to faculty and rework the pay structure if need be.

Sibal said the problem was that though at the entry level, IIT teachers get more salary, selection for the next promotion, unlike the UGC system where it is automatic, results in disparity. “We will look into it,” he said.

On their part, IIT professors continued their protest.

At IITMadras, faculty stayed away from classes on Friday and IIT-Bombay teachers refused to conduct lectures on Monday. The Union government recently announced pay scales for faculty at centrally-funded technical institutes but declared a salary structure lower than what was recommended by the Govardhan Mehta Committee, set up to decide pay scales for staff at central institutes.

“The pay scales are almost as much as the UGC scales. For us, equal measure is laid on our academic duties and research work. The government has not taken the hard work we put in into consideration,” said Soumyo Mukherji, secretary of the faculty forum at IIT-B.

For instance, whether a professor is employed in a state university or at the IITs, he/she is place in pay band 4, which ranges from Rs 37,400 to Rs 67,000, the only difference being that of the academic grade pay (AGP), on lines with grade pay for government employees.

While AGP for state university professors recommended by the UGC stands at Rs 10,000, the same is Rs 10,500 for those in IIT. “We are competing against American universities to attract talent. With such pay scales, we cannot expect any top rate teacher to join the IITs,” said S Bhat, president of the faculty forum.

The IITs had demanded that faculty members be given an incentive for research as well as for upgrading their professional skills, but the final announcement omitted all these recommendations.

Source: Economic Times

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Prime Minister didn’t announce 60% Arrears in his Independence Day Speech ..?

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All knew that arrears could be given as two installments when 6th CPC was announced. Having announced that 40% Arrears would be given in the financial year 2008-09 and 60% arrears would be given in the Financial Year 2009-10, the government gave the 40% arrears to all CG employees on Oct-2008.

Though 60% arrears should have been given before March 31st, it was speculated by all that the Prime Minister would indirectly deliver the expected message on Independence Day like he did the previous year.

But Prime Minster did not give any indicator of it in his message on Independence Day Speech. It was perhaps, because of the Finance Ministry’s (Department of Expenditure) O.M. released on 17 August 2009.

For having not registered to the New Pension Scheme being appointed on or after 2004 the Finance Ministry has given Permanent Retirement Account Number (PRAN) application form along with the order.

After the above said criteria gets over i.e., the return of application forms duly filled to the National Securities Depositories Limited (NSDL) by the respective Departments/Ministries before 31.08.2009. It is known that the order for released their 60% arrears would be passed. The saying was because of this crucial matter Prime Minister didn’t announce anything regarding this.

Even then the reliable information was that the remaining employees would receive their arrears by the first week of September 2009.

Whether there would be Income Tax deduction for the 60% arrears is not clearly known.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Enhancement to Child adoption Leave from 135 days to 180 days

with 0 Comment


No.11019/27/2008-AIS-11I

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

(Department of Personnel & Trainig

New Delhi the 20th August, 2009

OFFICE MEMORANDUM



Subject: - Enhancement to Child adoption Leave from 135 days to 180 days and extension of the facility of Paternity Leave to adoptive fathers.

Sir/Madam,
I am directed to enclose herewith copies of the instructions of the Government of India regarding enhancement of Child Adoption Leave from 135 days to 180 days and extension of the facility of Paternity Leave to adoptive fathers in respect of Central Government Employees and to state that the instructions contained in this Department's Office Memorandum No.13018/1/2009-Estt(L) dated 22nd Jyly, 2009 and 13018/4/2004-Estt(L) dated 31st March, 2006 will be applicable mutatis-mutandis to members of the All India Services.

No. 13018/1/2009-Estt.(L)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

(Department of Personnel & Trainig

New Delhi the 22nd July, 2009

OFFICE MEMORANDUM



Subject:-Enhancement of Child Adoption Leave from 135 days to 180 days and extension of the facility of Paternity Leave to adoptive fathers.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's O.M. No. 130 18/4/2004-Estt.(L) dated 31st March, 2006 regarding grant of Child Adoption Leave for 135 days to female Government servant on adoption of a child upto the age of one year, on the lines of maternity leave admissible to natural mothers. After implementation of the Sixth Central Pay Commission recommendations, the period of maternity leave was enhanced from 135 days to 180 days. Subsequently, this Department has received representations requesting for enhancement of the period of Child Adoption Leave from 135 days to 180 days in line with the maternity leave. The matter has been examined in this Department and it has been decided to enhance the period of Child Adoption Leave from 135 days to 180 days.

2. A female Government servant in whose case the period of 135 days of Child Adoption Leave has not expired on the date of issue of these orders shall also be eligible for Child Adoption Leave of 180 days.

3. It has also been decided that a male Government servant (including an apprentice) with less than two surviving children, on valid adoption of a child below the age of one year, may be sanctioned Paternity Leave for a period of 15 days within a period of six months from the date of valid adoption.

4. These orders shall take effect from the date of issue.

5. In so far as persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts.

No.13018/4/2004-Esst.(L)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

(Department of Personnel & Trainig

New Delhi the 31st March, 2006

OFFICE MEMORANDUM



Sub: Grant of Child Adoption Leave for 135 days to the female Govt. servants on adoption of a child upto one year of age -

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's OM No.13018/4/89-Estt.(L) dated 25th October, 1989 regarding grant of leave to female Govt. servants on adoption of a child and to say that on having considered the justifications given by the Association of Adoptive Parents (ATMAJA) and the views of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare as well as those of the Department of Women & Child Development, it has been decided to extend the benefit of leave for 135 days to the adoptive mothers with fewer than two surviving children as 'Child Adoption Leave' on adoption of a child upto one year of age, on the lines of matemity leave admissible to natural mothers.

2. During the period of Child Adoption leave, she shall be paid leave sa1a:ry equal to the pay drawn immediately before proceeding on leave.

3. Child Adoption leave may be combined with leave of any other kind.

4. In continuation of 'Child Adoption leave', the adoptive mothers may also be granted, if applied for, leave of the kind due and admissible (including Leave not due and Commuted leave not exceeding 60 (sixty)days without production of Medical certificate) for a period upto one year reduced by the age of the adopted child on the date of legal adoption without taking into account the period of Child Adoption leave, subject to the following conditions.

(i) This facility shall not be admissible to an adoptive mother already having two surviving children at the time of adoption.

(ii) The maximum period of one year leave of the kind due & admissible (including Leave not due and Commuted leave upto 60 days without production of Medical certificate) will be reduced by the age of the child on the date of adoption without taking into account Child Adoption leave as in following illustrations: - if the age of the adopted child is less than one month on the date of adoption leave upto one year may be allowed. . - If the age of child is six months and above but less than seven months, leave upto 6 months may be allowed. - If the age of the child is 9 months and above but less than ten months, leave upto 3 months may be allowed.

5. Child Adoption leave shall not be debited against the leave account

6. So far as persons serving in the Indian Audit & Accounts Departments are concemed, these orders are being issued after consultation with the C&AGof India.

Ordnance MCM will get Rs.4200 Grade Pay at par with Railways MCM

with 5 comments


The demand to establish the payment of MCM-Ordnance at par with Railway MCM-Ordnance will not be heard again.

The problem which started with 5th CPC has been settled with the emergence of 6th CPC. Ordnance-MCM who had been availing payment equivalent to Railway-MCM till 4th CPC, after the establishment of 5th CPC ceased to receive so. After 5th CPC, Ordnance-MCM received pay range as Rs.4500-7000 , whereas Railways received pay range of Rs.5000-8000.

The demand which started at that time has been rendered to action by the government at last.

A Fast Track Committee was put into formation to solve the problem that arose for Railways MCM. Ordnance and Postal departments too joined the committee. The committee disscussed various issues at various time period.

A condition was put forth that for the implementation of Rs.5000-8000 to Ordnance-MCM they have to accept the proposal of dividing Highly Skilled Grade into two segments. Having accepted the proposal the Ordnance MCM was granted their plea by the Government.

As a goodwill of this, 50 percent of the Highly Skilled Grade (Rs.2400 Grade Pay) will rise to Rs.2800 Grade Pay.

Along with this, all the MCM will receive Rs.4200 Grade Pay. This has been regarded as a historical achievement.

Along with the change in grade pay for promotion, 3 percent hike in increment has now been known. Accordingly, 50 percent of Highly Skilled Grade will receive Rs.400 plus one increment.

For MCM as a whole they would receive Rs.1400 plus one increment. Also there is chance for increase in basic pay.

Along side, to having changed to Rs.4200 Grade Pay there are privileges of availing II nd tier A/C and Airway travel resulting in abundance of joy as a whole, and they are not failing to thank all the Unions and Federations for their great effort.

It is not exaggeration to say that the Ordnance employees are in sheer joy and excitement to having achieved for what they have been toiling for over ten years.
Source:cgstaffnews

Related Post: To set up Fast Track Committee for MCM

Thursday, August 20, 2009

CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964 - Guidelines regarding prevention of sexual harassment

with 0 Comment


No. 11013/3/2009-Esst.(A)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

(Department of Personnel & Training)

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 7th August, 2009

OFFICE MEMORANDUM



Subject: CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964 - Guidelines regarding prevention of sexual harassment of working women in the workplace.

In continuation of the Department of Personnel and Training's O.M. of even number dated the 21st July, 2009 on the abovementioned subject, the undersigned is directed to say that the following may be substituted for the existing instructions in para 1 (v) thereof :-

"(v) The Complaints Committee established in each Ministry or Department or Office for inquiring into complaints of sexual harassment shall be deemed to be the Inquiring Authority appointed by the Disciplinary Authority and the Complaints Committee shall hold, if separate procedure has not been prescribed for the Complaints Committee for holding the inquiry into such complaints, the inquiry, as far as practicable in accordance with the procedure laid down in the Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965 [In 2004 a proviso was added to rule 14(2) of the said rules.(copy enclosed) to this effect]."

2. The number of the last para of the O.M. under reference may be read as (2) in place of (3)

PROVISIONS OF Rule 14 (2) of the CENTRAL CIVIL SERVICES
(CLASSIFICATION,CONTROLAND APPEAL) RULES,1965

14 (2) Whenever the disciplinary authority is of the opinion that there are grounds for inquiring into the truth of any imputation of misconduct Of. misbehavior against a Government servant, it may itself inquire into, or appoint under this rule or under the provisions of the Public Servants (Inquiries) Act, 1850, as the case may be, an authority to inquire into the truth thereof.

Provided that where there is a complaint of sexual harassment within the meaning of rule 3 C of the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964, the complaints Committee established in each ministry or Department or Office for inquiring into such complaints, shall be deemed to be the inquiring authority appointed by the disciplinary authority for the purpose of these rules and the Complaints Committee shall hold, if separate procedure has not been prescribed for the complaints committee for holding the inquiry into the complaints of sexual harassments, the inquiry as far as practicable in accordance with the procedure laid down in these rules.

Grant of incentive for acquiring higher qualification

with 3 comments

No. 1/3/2008-Esst(Pay-I)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

(Department of Personnel & Training)

New Delhi Dated the 20 August, 2009

OFFICE MEMORANDUM



Subject: Grant of incentive for acquiring higher qualification - Inclusion of additional qualifications/Review of the qualifications listed in the Annexure to this Department's OM No. 1/2/89-Estt(Pay-I) dated 9.4.99.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's OM of even number dated 28.4.2009 and a reminder of even number dated 17.6.2009 regarding grant of incentive for acquiring fresh higher qualifications.

It is proposed to undertake a review of the qualifications listed in this Department's Office Memorandum dated 9.4.99. All the Ministries/Departments are requested to furnish their considered views/suggestions regarding addition/deletion of qualifications listed in the Annexure to OM dated 9.4.99 to this Department within 30 days from the date of issuance of this OM.

Source document from www.persmin.nic.in

Grant of incentive for acquiring fresh higher qualifications

with 1 comment

No. 1/3/2008-Esst (Pay-I)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

(Department of Personnel & Training)

New Delhi Dated the 14th April, 2009

OFFICE MEMORANDUM



Subject: Grant of incentive for acquiring higher qualification - Inclusion of additional qualifications/Review of the qualifications listed in the Annexure to this Department's OM No.1/2/89-Estt(Pay-I) dated 9.4.99.

The undersigned is directed to invite attention to this Department's OM No. 1/2/89-Estt(Pay-I)dated 9.4.99 regarding grant of incentive for acquiring fresh higher qualifications.

It is proposed to undertake a review of the qualifications listed in the said Office Memorandum. All the Ministries/Departments are requested to furnish their considered views /suggestions regarding addition/ deletion of qualifications listed in the Annexure to OM dated 9.4.99 to this Department within one month from the date of issuance of this OM.

Source document from www.persmin.nic.in

Grant of incentive for higher qualification - DOPT Circular

with 3 comments


No. 1/3/2008-Esst (Pay-I)
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

New Delhi Dated the 11th June, 2009

OFFICE MEMORANDUM



Subject: Grant of incentive for acquiring higher qualification Inclusion of additional qualifications/Review of the qualifications listed in the Annexure to this Department's OM No.1/2/89-Estt(Pay-I) dated 9.4.99.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's OM of even number dated 28.4.2009 regarding grant of incentive for acquiring fresh higher qualifications.

It is proposed to undertake a review of the qualifications listed in this Department's Office Memorandum dated 9.4.99. All the Ministries/Departments are requested to furnish their considered views/suggestions regarding addition/deletion of qualifications listed in the Annexure to OM dated 9.4.99 to this Department within 30 days from the date of issuance of this OM.

Download this OM from www.persmin.nic.in

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Pre-condition for release of 2nd installment of arrears of 6th CPC

with 8 comments


No.1(2)EV/2008

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Expenditure

**********

NewDelhi,the dated 17th August,2009.


OFFICE MEMORANDUM


Subject: Implementation of New Pension Scheme – Pre-condition for release of 2nd installment of arrears of 6th CPC recommendations.

Reference is invited to this Department’s earlier Office Memorandums regarding implementation of NPS has been reviewed and the following action needs to be taken up immediately.

i. It has been intimated by NSDL that in a large number of cases pertaining to post 01-01-2004 entrants into Government service, the individual application forms for registration to the NPS have not been filled up and sent to them. It is therefore, advised that all employees under the administrative control of your Ministry/Department who are covered under NPS may be asked to fill up the enclosed form which may then be forwarded by DDO/PAO to NSDL immediately (latest by 31st August, 2009) if this has not already been done. Action in this regard will need to be completed before release of second installment of arrears for which separate orders will be issued. It may be noted that release of the 2nd installment, for post 1/1/2004 entrants, will be subject to the above action being completed.

ii. Further, the review has brought out that there are cases where the CDDOs/PAOs have not uploaded contribution files or (b) regular monthly credits have not been posted in the IRA or (c) there is mismatch of contribution. NSDL has been asked to forward PAO/DDO wise subscriber details which will become available to CDDOs/PAOs by the end of August, 2009. Suitable instructions may be issued to all the PAOs/CDDOs to verify the details/confirm contribution/Fund Transfer circulated by NSDL. Action as prescribed by NSDL/PFRDA while circulating these details (underlying action for missing credits) may be completed positively by 30th September, 2009.



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