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Thursday, April 30, 2009
A planned nationwide two-day strike by 15,000 airport employees from Thursday midnight has been called off after the government agreed to discuss their grievances, a Civil Aviation Ministry spokesperson said.
"The strike, called by the employees of the Airports Authority of India (AAI), has been called off," the official said. The Airports Authority Employees` Union (AAEU) called for the strike to protest alleged retrenchment of temporary staff, forceful transfer of around 4,000 employees from Delhi and Mumbai airports to other smaller airports and compulsory retirement schemes.
All citizens of the country will be able to avail of pension facility from tomorrow, with the interim pension regulator Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) confirming the scheduled launch of the mega pension plan in a statement today.
"The necessary infrastructure for the rollout of New Pension System (NPS) is now ready and it will be available to all citizens of India from May 1, 2009," PFRDA said.
Tier-I of NPS constituting non-withdrawable pension account will become operational from tomorrow and Tier-II (withdrawable account) of the NPS account will become operational in about six months.
Pension fund managers will manage three separate schemes, each investing in a different asset class. These asset classes are equity, government securities and credit risk-bearing fixed income instruments.
"On the basis of recommendations of the NPS Trust and on advice from the government, it has been decided that investment by an NPS participant in equity would be subject to a cap of 50 per cent," it said.
The authority has appointed 22 points of presence (PoP) and six pension fund managers. Branches of the registered PoPs, to be called PoP Service Providers, will be the contact and collection point for all citizens other than government employees wanting to obtain a Permanent Retirement Account Number (PRAN).
The investment will only be in index funds that replicate either BSE sensitive index or NSE Nifty 50 index. The subscriber will have the option to actively decide as to how the investment will be in the three asset classes.
In the event of the subscriber being unable or unwilling to decide, his contribution will be invested according to the 'auto choice' option, which is based on a predefined portfolio varying with the age of the subscriber.
The NPS architecture has been operational for central government employees for over a year now - since April 1, 2008, and the NPS corpus amounting to over Rs 2,100 crore stands invested in it.
"...The three pension funds have generated returns varying from 12 per cent to 16 per cent on the NPS corpus during the year 2008-09, weighted average return being over 14.5 per cent," PFRDA said citing unaudited results.
The states are at different stages of adopting NPS.
In August 2008, the government advised PFRDA to extend NPS, currently subscribed to by government employees, to all citizens on a voluntary basis.
Central government employees, who joined service on or after January 1, 2004, are covered under NPS. Unlike the old pension scheme, in NPS both employees and the employer (in this case, government) contributed an equal amount to the pension fund. Twenty-one states have also joined the scheme.
Supreme Court sets up panel for enhanced pay to lower courts judges
The Supreme Court today constituted a one-man committee headed by senior advocate E Padmanabham to make recommendations for increase in pay scales and allowances for judges of the lower judiciary.A bench of Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and P Sathasivam said the committee would submit its report to the court by July 28, so that appropriate orders could be passed on it.
The bench passed the direction while dealing with an application moved by the All India Judges Association seeking enhanced pay structure to junior civil judges, senior civil judges, district judges (entry level), district judges (selection grade) and district judges (super time selection grade.
According to the Association, the enhanced pay structures had become necessary in terms of the Justice Shetty Committee recommendations (first national judicial pay commission) that the salary structures of these judges be revised upward whenever the salaries of the high court judges are enhanced.
Since the central government had in a notification issued on January 1, 2009, enhanced the salaries and allowances of High Court and Supreme Court judges, the revision in pay scales of lower court judges had also become necessary, the Association had contended, following which the apex court constituted the committee.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) extends its full support and solidarity to the strike call by the Airports Authority Employees Union against the arbitrary mass scale transfer of its Delhi and Mumbai based employees and other pending issues.
CITU regrets to note that Airports Authority of India (AAI) management is blatantly violating the spirit of the Tripartite Committee deliberations inspite of assurance by the Government during privatization of Mumbai and Delhi Airport to protect the interest of AAI employees through the Tripartite Committee.
CITU calls upon the Government to advise AAI to immediately rescind the arbitrary transfer orders as well as to initiate negotiation in Tripartite Committee to settle the genuine demands of employees of AAI in order to ensure industrial peace and harmony.
Essential services at major airports across the country may be affected from May one, with Airports Authority of India (AAI) employees on Monday threatening to go on an indefinite strike alleging that the management was "transferring" staffers from Delhi and Mumbai airports.
Of the about 4,000 AAI employees at Delhi and Mumbai, around 3,000 have declined to join the GMR-led Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) and the GVK-led Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), who are operating the airports after they were privatised in 2006, as job security was not guaranteed to them by the private operators.
About 1,000 employees at these airports have either taken VRS or accepted transfers. "From May 1, no employees will join their work place at the airports across the nation, as the management has turned a deaf ear to our demands of not to transfer the AAI employees of Delhi and Mumbai airports to other centres," M K Ghoshal, General Secretary Airports Authority Employees Union (AAEU) told the news agency.
Alleging that the management was "forcing" the employees of Delhi and Mumbai airports to accept VRS or face transfers as both the airports were privatised, the AAEU members have been staging a 'Satyagrah Dharna' at the AAI headquarters here and across the nation for past one week.
"But management has not responded to our demands, instead they are unilaterally transferring the employees to other centres in violation of Court order to not transfer anyone as the last date of accepting VRS is yet to expire," Ghoshal said, adding if they want, they could resolve the matter with mutual talks.
The AAEU also alleged that the tripartite committee, which was formed to look into the matters related to employees after both the airports were given in private hands in 2006, has not given its decision in the matter.
The AAEU leaders also alleged that medical and some other benefits for the employees were being withdrawn as "private operators are unable to pay the medical expenses which is violation of a Supreme Court judgement".
Source: DD News
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Government of India Ministry of Railways Railway Board
PC-VI No. 100 RBE No. 68 109 New Delhi dated 23.04.2009
No.E(P&A)I-2008/SP-1/WS-4 The General Managers All Indian Railways and PUs.
Dated: 24th March, 2009
Subject : Recommendations of the VI Central Pay Commission - Decision relating to grantof PCO Allowance to staff of Production Control Organisation.
Ref: Board's letter of even number dated 6.2.09.
With reference to Board's above quoted letter, a doubt has been raised by some of the Associationsas to whether Junior Engineers I & II drawing grade pay Rs. 4200 will be covered by the instructionscontained in Board's letter dt. 6.2.2009 for payment of P.C.O. Allowance @ 15%.
2. It is clarified that PCO Allowance may continue to be paid @ 15% to non-supervisory staff and JE-I & II drawing grade pay upto Rs.4200 and @ 7.5 % to SEs and SSEs drawing grade pay fo Rs.4600
3. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.
Please acknowledge receipt.
Joint Director, Estt.(P&A)
Monday, April 27, 2009
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
New Delhi dated 17.04.2009
Subject : Revision of the rates of Desk Allowance - Recommendations of the VI Central Pay Commission
Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the implementation of the recommendations of theSixth Central Pay Commission, the President is pleased to double the existing rates of Desk Allowance prescribed vide this Department's OM No. 2/24/97-PIC dated the 16th October 2000, from Rs.300 per month to Rs. 600 per month.The rates of the allowance will be increased by 25% every time the DA payable on revised pay scales qoes up by 50%.
The other conditions laid down in the above said OM of this Department dated 16th October 2000 will remain unchanged.
The revised rates will be effective form 1st September 2008.
Kerala Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac said the March 31 unified retirement date introduced for State Government Employees and Teachers as part of the administrative reforms in the 2009-10 state budget. And also said the decision would not affect their grade, increment or pension benefits. Nor it would affect recruitment to entry-level posts.
Kearal government employees retire from service on the afternoon of the last day of the month in which he attains the age of 55 years. The teaching Staff also retires at 55 years but they are allowed to continue till the last day of the month in which the academic year end. However, those teachers who attain the age of superannuation in April, May and June are not allowed to continue for the next academic year.
All Government Employees and Teachers who attain the age of 55 years during the course of the financial year will continue in service till the end of that financial year. The date of retirement of Government Employees and Teachers will be 31st March, every year. However, in the case of teachers in those institutions where the academic year closes on a date subsequent to 31st March, they will be allowed to continue till the last day of the month in which the academic year closes.
The extended period of service of Government Employees and Teachers will be reckoned for all service benefits such as pay revision, DA revision, increment, higher grade, promotion, accrual of leave and for pensionary benefits.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
New Delhi, the 15th April, 2009.
G.S.R.253 (E). - In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 3 of the All India Service Act, 1951(61 of 1951), the Central Government after consultation with the Governments of the States concerned, hereby makesthe following rules further to amend the Indain Administrative Service (Pay) Rules, 2007, namely:-
These rules may be called the Indian Administrative Service (Pay) Amendment Rules, 2009.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
CENTRAL ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNAL
P R E S E N T
The Hon'ble Mr.R.Ganesan, Administrative Member
The Hon'ble Mr.K.Elango, Judicial Member
1. Union of India rep. by
Ministry of Defence Department of Defence Production
New Delhi - 110 001.
Ordnance Factories Board
10-A Auckland Road ........................ Respondents in both the OAs
Kolkatta - 700 001.
3.The Senior General Manager
Heavy Vehicles Factory
Chennai 600 054.
4.The General Manager
Cordite Factory ........................... 4th respondent in OA 414/2006
Counsel for the applicant................. M/s. Paul and Paul in both the
Counsel for the respondents............. Mr.R.Priyakumar in both the OAs.
(Order pronounced by the Hon'ble Mr.R.Ganesan,
The applicants in O.A.Nos.414 and 416/2006 working in Heavy Vehicles Factory, Avadi, Chennai have sought the following reliefs:
a) for declaration, declaring the undertaking dated 2005 given by the applicant as illegal and void.
b)for consequential order quashing the Factory Order No.668 dated 20.3.2006 of the third respondent as illegal and void.
c) for consequential direction to the respondents to fix the pay of the applicant at Rs.4200/- with effect from 26.9.2005 with all attendant benefits like increments, arrears of pay etc.
d) for such further or other relief or reliefs as this Hon'ble Tribunal deems fit in the circumstances of the case and thus render justice."
a) for quashing of the Factory Order No.794 dated 29.3.2006 together with the rejection letter No.0906/LB/DG/2006 dated 2.4.2006 of the third respondent as illegal and void.
b) for consequential direction to the respondents to grant and protect the pay scale of the applicant as Rs.4000-6000/- and fix the pay of the applicant at Rs.4300/- as drawn by the applicant prior to the issuance of the impugned order dated 29.3.2006 with all attendant benefits like increments, arrears of pay etc. or in the alternative grant pay protection to the applicant and fix the pay of the applicant at Rs.4200/- with effect from 19.9.2005 with all attendant benefits like increments, arrears of pay etc.,
c) For such further or other relief or reliefs as this Hon'ble Tribunal deems fit in the circumstances of the case and thus render justice."
2. As the relief sought for by the applicants is of the same nature namely protection of pay on transfer from one unit to another, they are disposed of by this common order.
3. The applicant was originally appointed in semi skilled grade in the Cordite Factory, Aravankadu on 9.12.1999 and presently working in Highly skilled grade in H.V.F. Avadi in the pay scale of Rs.4000-6000/-. He was transferred from Aravankadu to Avadi in the lower skilled grade in the scale of pay of Rs.3050-4590/- with effect from 26.9.2005. At the time of transfer the applicant was drawing Rs.4200/- in the scale of pay of Rs.4000-6000/-. However, the administration while considering the applicant for transfer had taken an undertaking from him that he would not claim for pay protection which he was otherwise entitled to as per the provisions of Fundamental Rules. As the applicant had given an undertaking by the force of circumstances, by applying the undertaking, his pay was fixed at Rs.3350/- with effect from 1.12.2005 in the scale of pay of Rs.3050-4590/-. According to him, he was entitled for pay protection under FR 22(1)(a)(3) but he was denied the same on the ground that he had given an undertaking against claiming pay protection.
4. The applicant contended that similarly placed employees in the neighboring Engine Factory and also in the same factory such pay protection has been granted. The applicant has lost his seniority due to transfer but he cannot be further burdened loss of pay as well as loss of service rendered by him prior to his transfer. Since the applicant has been informed that any representation on the subject would not be considered at all in view of the undertaking given by him, he has filed the O.A.
5. The respondents in their reply to O.A.No.414/2006 submitted that the applicant was transferred from Cordite Factory Aravankadu on reversion from CPW LM highly skilled grade to Machinist skilled in the pay scale of RS.3050-459-/- as per applicant's request on compassionate ground with effect from 26.9.2005, while he was drawing the basic pay of Rs.4200/- at that time of his transfer in the scale of Rs.4000-6000/-.Regarding fixation of pay, the applicant has given an undertaking that on his reversion in the Machinist 'S' Grade, the pay will be fixed in the Skilled grade,on the principle of had the applicant continued as Skilled what would have drawn as basic pay in the Skilled Grade he will not claim at any stage for protection of pay in higher grade and as such agree to bear the loss in his basic pay. The applicant also had given an undertaking that he will not claim pay protection as per Ministry of Defence OM P.C.No.A/07502/Org.4(Civ)(d)3140/d (Civ)dated 31.5.1980 where posting/transfer involves reduction in the trade, the pay will be fixed by giving the benefit of completed years of service rendered in the previous post. Accordingly the applicant's pay was fixed at Rs.3350/- with effect from 1.12.2005 with next date of increment being 1.12.2006 in the pay scale of RS.3050-4590/-. The applicant had on his own and not under any force given his undertaking the option to come over to the lower scale because of his own personal requirements and the order was on compassionate ground and the transfer order was not in public interest. In such a situation the pay will be fixed by giving the benefit of completed years of service rendered in the previous post and FR 22 (1) (a) (c) cannot be applied to his case. The respondents added that as per the DOPT clarification vide OM No.16/6/2001-Estt. Pay-I dated 14.2.2006 regarding fixation of pay in cases of employees who seek transfer to a lower post under FR 15(a) and to fix the pay if the maximum of the pay scale of the lower post is less than the pay drawn by the applicant in the higher post, his pay maybe restricted to the maximum of the lower scale under FR 22(1)(a) (3). But this order take effect from the date of issue of the order dated 14.2.2006 and the past case already decided need not be reopened. The applicant case being an old case prior to the issue of DOPT OM dated 14.2.2006, the applicant's pay cannot be fixed as per FR 22(1)(a)(3). For the above reasons they pleaded for the dismissal of the O.A.
5. The applicant has filed a rejoinder reiterating the averments made in the O.A. He had listed various names who got the benefit of pay protection under similar circumstances. He stated that out of 204 transfers nearly 80 employees have been given pay protection and all those transfers prior to 14.2.2006 the date of clarificatory memorandum by which the applicant is denied the benefit.
6.The applicant in this O.A. was appointed on 8.2.1991 in the Fitter skilled grade at HAPP, Trichy, promoted to Skilled grade in 1993 and highly skilled grade in 2003 and he was placed in the scale of pay of Rs.4000-6000/- vide order dated 19.2.2003. While working as Highly skilled employee at HAPP Trichy, the applicant was transferred to the third respondent factory on the basis of his request. An undertaking had been obtained from the applicant at the time of his transfer. However the applicant was transferred to the lower skilled grade in the third respondent factory, which carried the pay scale of Rs.3050-4590 (revised). The applicant joined the transferred post on 19.9.2005. At the time of transfer the applicant was drawing Rs.4200/- in the pay scale ofRs.4000-6000/-by virtue of the financial upgradation granted to him. Therefore, the applicant was entitled to pay scale protection as per ACP scheme or atleast the pay protection as per the provisions of the fundamental rules and other instructions/clarifications issued by the Govt. of India. Though his pay was rightly fixed at Rs.4200/- initially by order dated 29.3.2006, it was again refixed at Rs.3875/- with effect from 1.5.1996 in the pay scale of 3050-4590 applicable to skilled grade. According to him he was drawing Rs.4200/- at the time of his transfer and therefore he was entitled to pay protection under FR 22 (1) (a)(3). No notice was issued to the applicant before ordering refixation of pay. He represented to the third respondent on 27.4.2006 for cancellation of the impugned order but the same was rejected. He also contends that similarly placed employees were given pay protection and financial upgradation which has been denied to him.
7. The respondents have in their separate reply in O.A.NO.416/2006 confirmed the facts as detailed in the O.A. by the applicant, adding that the pay was initially fixed at Rs.4200/- with effect from 19.9.2005 in the scale of pay of Rs.4000-6000/- since he was granted ACP with effect from 19.3.2003 in the skilled grade before his promotion to highly skilled grade with effect from 20.5.2003. The proposal was submitted to the Local Accounts Officer for concurrence but it was disagreed stating that the applicant was transferred on reversion on compassionate ground on his own request from Fitter HS to Fitter 'S' and therefore, the pay has to be fixed as per Para 1(C) of Ministry of Defence order dated 31.5.1980 by giving the benefits of completed years of service rendered in the previous post and hence the order dated 29.3.2006 was issued. The applicant's pay was fixed at Rs.3200/- with effect from 1.5.1996 and further progressed till 1.5.2005 in the scale of pay of Rs.3050-4590/-. The applicant's pay was fixed as per Govt. orders on the subject for those who have come on reversion on compassionate grounds and he is not entitled for pay protection under FR 22 (1)(a) (3). They also reiterated that according to order dated 14.2.2006 of DOP&T the releif can be given only prospectively and past cases cannot be reopened.
8.The applicant in this O.A.NO.416/2006 has submitted a rejoinder reiterating the averments made in the O.A. and also indicating specific cases where similarly placed persons were given the relief.
9. We have heard the learned counsels for the applicants and the respondents and perused the relevant records carefully.
10. The learned counsel for the applicants submitted that DOPT in their order No.F.No.16/6/2001-Estt-I dated 4.1.2007 has further clarified that the earlier order dated 14.2.2006 will be applicable to all cases, even those issued prior to 14.2.2006, as the operative part prohibiting such a consideration has been deleted. The order dated 14.2.2006 which stipulates giving pay protection under FR 22(1)(a)(3) states in para 5 that "These orders take effect on the date this OM is issued. Past cases already decided need not be reopened" The order dated 4.1.2007 OM is as under:
"In partial modification of this Department's OM of even number dated 14.2.2006 on the subject above it has been decided that para 5 of the said OM which inter-alia lays down that "these orders take effect from the date this OM is issued. Past cases already decided need not be reopened" shall stand deleted.
11. Thus the respondents can no longer hold the OM of 14.2.2006 against the applicants from reopening their cases on the plea that they were transferred prior to the said date. Under the circumstances, the applicants have made out a clear case for granting the relief sought for. The O.As. are therefore allowed with a direction to the respondents to provide pay protection in accordance with the provisions contained in the order dated 14.2.2006 and issue necessary orders to that effect to the applicants herein within a period of six weeks from the date of receipt of a copy of this order. No costs.
(K.ELANGO) .............................. (R.GANESAN)
MEMBER(J) .............................. MEMBER(A)
If any vacancy reserved for any category of disability cannot be filled due to non-availability of a suitable person with that disability or for any other suffcient reason,
such vacancy is not filled and is carried forward as a 'backlog reserved vacancy' to the subsequent recruitment year. In the subsequent recruitment year, the 'backlog reserved vacancy' is treated as reserved for the caregory of disability for which it was kept reserved in the initial year of recruitment and filled as such.
However, if a suitable person with that disability is not available in the subsequent recruitment also, it may be filled by interchange among the three categories of disabilities, failing which by appointment of a person other than a person with disability. It may, thus, be seen that if a vacancy is earmarked reserved for any category of disability and a suitable person with that disability is not available to fill it up in the initial year of recruitment, it becomes a 'backlog reserved vacancy' for first subsequent recruitment year.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Sixth Central Pay Commission's recommendations - revision of pay scales - amendment of Service Rules / Recruitment Rules - DoP&T Order
(i) Substituting the existing scales by the Grade Pay along with the Pay Band
The existing pay scales have to be substituted by the new pay structure (Pay Band and Grade Pay / Pay Scale)straightaway without making a reference to the Department of Personnel and Training (DOP&T) / Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The heading of column No. 4 of the Schedule on RRs may be modified to :Pay Bandand Grade Pay / Pay Scale". In cases where deputation is also one of the methods of recruitment, the field of selectionfor deputation, which might include various grades, should also reflect the corresponding Grade Pay alongwith the Pay Band / Pay Scale, and the minimum eligibility service as per the revised guidelines, as enclosed in Annexure.
(ii) Where there is an upgradation of posts
The instructions issued by Department of Expenditure under OM No. 1/1/2008-iC dated 13 th September, 208 and DoPT OM No. AB- 14017/66/08-Estt (RR) dated 9th March, 2009 may be applied in such cases.
However, for each of the merged grades, a single set of Recruitment Rules may be formulated and notified.
(iii) Consequential cahanges
It is necessary to make consequential changes in the Recruitment Rules / Service Rules so as to prescribe eligibilityconditions with reference to the revised Grade Pay / Pay Scale. It is also necessary to review other columns of theRecruitment Rules / Service Rules, where some minimum service in a particular scale / grade is prescribed for consideration for appointment on deputation / absorption etc., keeping in view particularly the merger of a number of pre-revised scales, upgradation of some scales and the consequential changes in the minimum eligibility service in a grade.
(iv) Department Promotion Committee (DPC)
Where two or more scales have been merged, the existing DPC for the higher / highest grade will be the DPC for the mergedgrade.
(v) Regulation of regular rendered in the pre-revised scales
The revised pay structure approved includes a number of 'merged grades' with a commn grade pay and the conceptof pay bands with grade pay introduced effective from 1.1.2006. Insofar as the issue of regulation of service rendered prior to 1.1.2006 is concerned, while the general rule may be that such regular service be deemed to be service renderedin the corresponding grade pay / pay scale approved effective from 1.1.2006 or from a subsequent date, as the case maybe, this formulation cannot apply in cases where there has been merger of more than one grade into one with a single gradepay/ pay scale. Since the merger is effective from 1.1.2006 only, even notional benefits of the merger cannot be extended forperiods falling prior to 1.1.2006. A Note to the following effect may, therefore, be inserted under col.12 of the Schedule on RRs, and under relevant provisions in Service Rules, to take care of the requirements:
For the purpose of computing minimum qualifying service for promotion, the service rendered on a regular basis by an officer prior to 1.1.2006 / the date from which the revised pay structure based on the 6th CPC recommendations has beenextended, shall be deemed to be service rendered in the corresponding grade pay / pay scale extended based on the recommendations of the Commission. For purposes of appointment on deputation / absorption basis, the service renderedon a regular basis by an officer prior to 1.1.2006 / the date from which the revised pay structure based on the 6th CPCrecommendations has been extended, shall be deemed tobe service rendered in the corresponding grade pay / pay scaleextended based on the recommendations of the Commission except where there has been merger of more than one pre-revisedscale of pay into one grade with a common grade pay / pay scale, and where this benefit will extend only for the post(s) for whichthat grade pay / pay scale is the normal replacement grade without any upgradation.
2. The Recruitment Rules / Service Rules are of statutory nature. Therefore, the changes brought out by other relevantinstructions have to be incorprated in the Recruitment Rules / Service Rules by suitable amendments so that the necessarysteps like holding of DPC etc. are taken to fill the post carrying the revised Grade Pay / Pay Scale on regular basis. All the Ministries / Departments are, therefore, requested to effect necessary amendments to the Recruitment Rules / Service Rulesnotified by them after following the normal procedure of furnishing proposals to the Department of Personnel and Training andthe UPSC in the format prescribed in the general guidelines on Recruitment Rules circulated by the DOPT OM No. 14017/12/87-Estt.(RR) datded 18.3.1988, and also in consultation with the Legislative Department.
3. Ministries/Departments may initiate action to complete the review in this regard and furnish necessary amendment proposals to the DOPT and the UPSC in the case of Group A and Group B posts within six months from the date of issue of this Office Memorandum. They may also, simultaneously, take similar action in respect of Recruitment Rules for Group C and D posts, which are within their delegated powers. Appropriate action to update the Service Ruels for organized Group A, B Services,etc. shall also be taken up with DOPT / UPSC within a peroid of Six Months.
4. Hindi version will follow.
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
|Sl.No.||Grade Pay (from)||Grade Pay (to)||Minimum Qualifying Service for Promotion|
|1||1800||1900||Placement as per 6th CPC recommendations|
|27||12000||Apex scale||2 Years|
|28||HAG+Scale||Apex scale||1 Year|
Delhi Govt asks private schools to follow rules in hiking fee...
In the wake of widespread protest against fee hike by private schools, Delhi Government today cautioned them not to effect any increase in fee without following the laid down procedures.
Delhi Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said the schools could hike fee only after getting due approval from the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) meeting Lovely said this when a delegation of All India Parents Association met him to discuss the fee hike issue.
He further clarified that parents may ask the school authorities to hold a PTA meeting in case schools arereluctant to convene it.
"The city Government has already made its stand crystal clear by issuing detailed advertisements in leading newspapers,” . Lovely said.
The Minister said the schools have been directed to convene meeting of the PTA and decide issue of fee hike in a transparent manner explaining exact position of their balance sheet.
Source: Zee News
Thursday, April 23, 2009
RBI / 2008-09/441
April 21, 2009
All Regional Rural Banks
Need for Bank Branches / ATMs to be made accessible to persons with disabilities
We have been receiving several suggestions including from Government of India to make bank branches and ATMs easily accessible to persons with disability by providing ramps so that wheel chair users can access them and the height of the machine is also appropriate for them. Further we have also been receiving suggestions for installing speaking software and key pads with letters in Braille to facilitate use by persons with visual impairment.
2. We have examined the above suggestions and RRBs are advised to take necessary steps to provide all existing ATMs / future ATMs with ramps so that wheel chair users / persons with disabilities can easily access them and also make arrangements in such a way that the height of the ATM does not create an impediment in its use by a wheelchair user. Regional Rural Banks may also take appropriate steps including providing ramps at the entrance of the bank branches so that the persons with disabilities / wheel chair users can enter the bank branches and conduct business without much difficulty
3. Further, RRBs should make at least one third of new ATMs installed as talking ATMs with Braille keypads and place them strategically in consultation with other banks to ensure that at least one talking ATM with Braille keypad is generally available in each locality for catering to needs of visually impaired persons. RRBs may also bring the locations of such talking ATMs to the notice of their visually impaired customers.
Chief General Manager
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Now you can purchase booking forms for TATA NANO Car @ Rs. 300/- from selected Post Offices. Customers, who have purchased the application forms, can submit the loan application forms along with required documents to the identified Post Offices, where the forms will be examined and forwarded to the company for further processing...
Booking forms for TATA NANO Car can be purchased from the Head Post Offices / General Post Offices in the following identified locations...
Nano Car Rates:
Delhi: Nano BSIII - Rs. 123,361
Kolkata: Nano BSIII - Rs. 130,784
Chennai: Nano BSIII - Rs. 132,056
Mumbai: Nano BSIII - Rs. 134,249