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Incentive increments to sportspersons for outstanding sports achievement at National and International levels

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Department of Personnel and Training

Establishment(Pay-1)Section

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Subject: Incentive increments to sportspersons for outstanding sports achievement at National and International levels.

Para 3(iv) of this Department's OM No.16/1/85-Pay-1 dated 16th July, 1985 provides to grant incentive in the form of increments as admissible to such Government servants who achieve excellence in the sporting events of Nationalllnternational importance. The total number of increments to be awarded for achieving excellence in the nationalllnternational events should not exceed five in his/her entire career.

2. Taking into account the changing scenario and rising global competitiveness in the field of sports, the question of honoring such sportspersons of excellence who win a medal(Gold: Silver or Bronze) in Nationalllnternational Tournaments has been considered and it has been decided to review the existing provision of the OM referred to above in so far as incentives is concerned.

3. Vide this Department's OM of even number dated 26th August 2008 and subsequent reminders dated October, 2008, December, 2008 and September,2009 views/suggestions from all the MinistrieslDepartments were invited regarding quantum of lump-sum incentives to be granted to such sportsperson who win a Gold, Silver and Bronze medal in the National/International Tournaments. However very few MinistrieslDepartments have responded to the said OMs.

4. It is, therefore, requested that views/suggestion may be furnished at the earliest to enable this Department to review the existing provisions.

Use of own car / hired taxi on LTC journey on account of physical handicap - Clarification

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F.No. 31011 / 3 /2009- Estt.(A)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension

Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, the 28th October, 2009

OFFICE MEMORANDUM



Subject:- Use of own car / hired taxi on LTC journey on account of physical handicap.



The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's O.M. No. 3101114/2008-Estt(A)dated 23.9.2008 in which it was stipulated that LTC facility shall be admissible only in respect of journeys performed in vehicles operated by the Government or any corporation in the public sector run by the Central or State Government or a local body.

2. Instances have come to notice where Government servants on account of physical handicap/disability of self or dependant family members are unable to perform the LTC journey by the authorized modes of transport and are compelled to undertake the journey by own car or private taxi. Representations are being received to allow reimbursement in such cases. Matter has been examined in consultation with the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure and it has been decided in relaxation of LTC Rules to authorize the Head of Department to allow use of own/hired taxi for LTC journey on account of disability of the Government servant or dependent family member after obtaining following papers/conditions to avoid misuse of such relaxation:-

(i) Medical Certificate from competent authority.

(ii) Undertaking from Government servant that journey in authorized mode is not feasible and he actually travelled by own car/hired taxi.

(iii) such claim should not be more than journey performed by the entitled

class by rail/air by the shortest route.

Inflation is key concern now for RBI

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The central bank’s urgency to tighten its policy is evident from the dramatic shift in its stance--from supporting growth to managing inflation
The Reserve Bank of India, or RBI, on Tuesday signalled an exit from its expansionary monetary policy, ahead of other Asian central banks. RBI governor D. Subbarao has refrained from any hike in the policy rate and the cash reserve that commercial banks are required to keep with it, but shut all refinance windows that were opened for various sectors after the collapse of US investment bank Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. in September 2008. It’s now a matter of months before the central bank goes for a hike in banks’ cash reserve and/or a hike in policy rates. And this can happen even earlier than its next review of monetary policy in January.

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The central bank’s urgency to tighten its policy is evident from the dramatic shift in its stance—from supporting growth to managing inflation. In fact, both price stability and financial stability now top RBI’s priority list, in that order, ahead of growth.

Till recently, it was giving an equal importance to all three but this time around, the policy document makes no bones about the fact that its “fundamental commitment” is to “price stability” and it will take measures as warranted by the evolving macroeconomic conditions “swiftly and effectively”. The rise in RBI’s year-end inflation estimate from 5% to 6.5% “with an upside bias” gives credence to the belief that a hike in rate and tightening of liquidity is imminent.

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Indeed, some of RBI’s actions are rather academic at this point. They do not match the governor’s tough talk and won’t have a huge impact, but they are of enormous symbolic value. They signal the withdrawal of accommodation, a precursor to actual tight money policy that will raise the borrowing cost for firms and individual consumers and stamp out liquidity that stokes inflation.

To start with, Subbarao has raised the floor for banks’ holding of government bonds from 24% to 25% of their deposits and closed most of the special refinance facilities that were opened in the wake of the global credit crunch. Theoretically, a 1 percentage point hike in banks’ government bond holdings means withdrawal of liquidity from the system and less money in banks’ kitty for giving loans, but since they have already invested 27.6% of their deposits in government bonds, the hike will not make any material difference right now.

Similarly, the withdrawal of refinance facilities for non-banks, housing finance firms, mutual funds and exporters and closure of the window for swapping banks’ foreign exchange liabilities will hardly make any difference, as there haven’t been too many takers for such facilities with around Rs1.2 trillion excess liquidity sloshing the system. These windows were to close in March. But their early close is a signal of the reversal of stance—a year after RBI opened all taps to generate liquidity and prop up a slowing economy.

Between October and April, RBI brought down its repurchase (repo) rate or the rate at which it infuses liquidity in the system by 4.25 percentage points, from 9% to 4.75%; reverse repo rate or the rate at which it sucks out liquidity from the system by 1.75 percentage points, from 5% to 3.25%; and banks’ cash reserve ratio, or CRR—the portion of deposits that banks need to keep with RBI— by 4 percentage points from 9% to 5%. Collectively, the CRR cut and new refinance windows infused Rs5.6 trillion into the financial system. All these measures have improved the prospects of the economy, which RBI feels will grow at 6% or even at a slightly higher rate. And hence the shift in focus, from managing the crisis to managing recovery.

In fact, apart from raising SLR to its 2008 level, RBI has also quietly raised banks CRR through the back door. While CRR continues to remain 5%, banks’ borrowing from the money market, which was never taken into account while calculating their CRR obligation, will now be considered. The daily average of such borrowings is now around Rs60,000 crore. This means banks will have to keep an additional Rs3,000 crore with RBI from the third week of November. Such an action will not have an immediate impact on the banking system but help banks prepare for the next stage of action. Similarly, a hike in provisioning requirements for loans given to commercial real estate developers and provisions for all stressed assets are prudential measures to strengthen their balance sheets, but behind such moves are in play RBI’s apprehensions on incipient signs of asset bubbles. In fact, by raising the provisions for real estate loans, RBI has joined authorities in other Asian countries such as Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong in cooling the property market and preventing any bubble being formed. Prices of real estate in India have almost returned to their peaks seen in late 2007 and early 2008 before the crash.

In early October, when Subbarao announced that he would need “to exit from the present excessively accommodative monetary and fiscal policies” but wondered loudly “when and how” he should exit, there was strong opposition from the government. Finance secretary Ashok Chawla, deputy chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia and chairman of the Prime Minister’s economic advisory council C. Rangarajan—three wise men who form the government’s economic think tank and provide valuable inputs to the making of the monetary policy —all advised him to wait for the right time for exit. The governor, however, has stuck to his guns.

In times of crisis, it is relatively easy for the Source: Livemint

Association demands judicial review of working conditions of loco pilots

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The biennial general body meeting of the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) has urged the Railway Ministry to appoint a judicial review committee to look into the duty hours and rest patterns of loco pilots.

The meeting held here on Monday was attended by zonal president R. Murali. Presided over by central vice-president K.A.S. Mani, the event was inaugurated by the joint secretary general of the AILRSA, N.B. Dutta.

It was addressed by secretarial member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Sivagnanam, secretary of the Coordination Committee of Central Government Employees and Workers S. Karunanidhi, and joint secretary of the Dakshin Railway Employees Union R.G. Pillai.

The meeting condoled the death of 22 passengers in the recent Mathura train accident. It expressed anguish over routine comments by members of the top railway management putting the blame for accidents on “human failure” without addressing the causes for any such human failure.

It is evident from past accidents that the railway management had not taken any corrective measures to avoid human failure by amending the draconian rules of Hours of Employment Regulations that are in force from 1931. This involved duty limit extending up to 13 hours, six continuous nights of duty a week and depressed weekly rest of 30 hours against 40 hours for similarly classified workers and prolonged outstation detention of 96 hours.

Though the system of working had changed much in the railways since 1931, issues pertaining to loco pilots and working conditions have not witnessed any change. Posts under the wrongly assessed and depressed sanctioned strength was not being filled up. This is resulting in denial of leave and weekly rest, worsening the situation. Under the guise of economy, safety was being compromised. The meeting demanded that the grade pay of Assistant Loco Pilots should be increased from Rs.1,900 to Rs.2,800. Distinct grade pays should be allotted to loco pilots handling shunting, goods vehicles, passenger trains, express and mail trains. The meeting demanded revision of rate of running allowance as per the running allowance committee (RAC 1980 formula). Source: The Hindu

THREE NEW SCHEMES INCLUDED IN THE PRIME MINISTER’S NEW 15 POINT PROGRAMME FOR THE WELFARE OF MINORITIES

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The Union Cabinet today decided to include three schemes namely, National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) of the Department of Drinking Water and Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns (UIDSSMT) and Urban Infrastructure and Governance (UIG) scheme of the Ministry of Urban Development in the Prime Minister’s New 15 Point Programme where the flow of fund to minority concentration areas up to the extent of 15% would be monitored.

The Cabinet approved inclusion of Mewat district in place of Gurgaon in Haryana as one of the minority concentration districts.

The Cabinet also decided to include Members of Parliament and Members of Legislative Assembly in the State and District level committees to monitor the implementation of the 15-point programme. This modification would also make them members in the State and District Level Committees for implementation of Multi-Sectoral Development Programme (MSDP).

There has been a steady improvement in the recruitment of minorities in the Central Government and the Public Sector Undertakings since issuing of guidelines by the Department of Personnel and Training on 8th January, 2007 for giving special consideration to the recruitment of minorities. The percentage of recruitment of minorities which stood at 6.95% in 2006-07 went up to 8.22% in 2007-08 and was 9.18% in 2008-09. In respect of maintenance of Communal Harmony the Ministry of Home Affairs has revised the Communal Harmony guidelines in July, 2008. States/UTs have been advised to submit reports to review the progress of implementation of these guidelines.

Under Priority Sector lending, Rs.82864.65 crores, amounting to 12.41% of total lending, was disbursed by the public sector banks to minority communities.

BACKGROUND :

Prime Minister’s New 15-Point Programme for the Welfare of Minorities was introduced in 2006 with a view to incorporate programme specific interventions so that benefit of various Government schemes for the underprivileged reach the disadvantaged sections of the minority communities. The New Programme envisages location of certain proportions of development projects in minority concentration areas. It also provides that, wherever possible, 15% of targets and outlays under various schemes should be earmarked for minorities.

It has been three years since the Prime Minister’s New 15 Point Programme was introduced. The Cabinet has held the review meetings six times, including today’s meeting, since the introduction of the new programme. It has been ensured that 15% of the targets and outlays, for schemes considered amenable to earmarking has been allocated in respect of seven components of SSA, operationalisation of Anganwadi Centres under ECDS, assistance to Swarojgaris under SGSY, housing for the rural poor under IAY and enhanced credit support through priority sector lending. It has also been ensured that at least 15% funds flow to minority concentration areas under Basic Services For Urban Poor (BSUP) and Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme (IHSDP).

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