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Inclusion in Scheduled Tribes List

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The Ministry of Tribal Affairs has over the years received proposals and requests for inclusion in the Scheduled Tribes’ list in excess of 1000 from various Individuals/Organizations and State Governments/Union Territory Administrations. The recommendations of the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations only are processed in terms of the Article 342 of the Constitution and the modalities laid down by the Government on 15/06/1999 for this purpose. Inclusion and exclusion in the Scheduled Tribes’ lists of States/Union Territories is an ongoing process.

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs Dr. Tushar A. Chaudhary in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

Revised wages for Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS - Postal Department)

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The Government has revised the wage structure and other amenities of all categories of Gramin Dak Sevaks including those engaged to distribute letters in rural areas in the country.

The revised Time Related Continuity Allowance (TRCA) of Gramin Sevaks will be implemented w.e.f. 01.01.2006 while other allowances will be implemented w.e.f 09.10.2009. Women Gramin Dak Sevak will be provided Maternity Grant equivalent to three months TRCA with DA for the birth of two children out of the welfare fund of the Department.

For Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB), present calculation of Ex-gratia bonus by applying the calculation ceiling of Rs. 2500 as basic TRCA+DA shall continue to be adopted till such time a new scheme is devised by the Department.

Arrears of TRCA w.e.f 1.1.2006 to 31.10.2009 have been ordered to be paid in cash in two instalments of 40% and 60% spread over the financial year 2009-10 and 2010-11 after adjusting the payments made toward the basic monthly TRCA+ DA drawn from time to time. The 2nd instalment of 60% arrears will be payable only after issue of specific instructions in this regard.

This was stated by Shri Gurudas Kamat, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in Rajya Sabha today.

AICPIN for Agricultural and Rural Labourers on base 1986-87=100 – October, 2009

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All-India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Agricultural and Rural Labourers on base 1986-87=100 – October, 2009

The All-India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Agricultural Labourers and Rural Labourers (Base: 1986-87=100) for October, 2009 increased by 7 points each to stand at 522 (Five hundred and twenty two) points for Agricultural Labourers and 521 (Five hundred and twenty one) points for Rural Labourers.

Steps taken by Govt. to attract bright students towards science

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The Government have implemented the VIth Central Pay Commission recommendation and introduced Performance Related Incentive Scheme (PRIS) in ISRO/DOS. This has encouraged bright student to opt fro careers in ISRO and therefore the attribution rate in ISRO has drastically reduced.

The Government have set up an institution called Indian Institute of Space Science & Technology (IIST) in Thiruvanantapuram, Kerala in the year 2007 under the Department of Space. The Institute offers undergraduate programmes / professional courses relevant to Indian Space Research Organisation / Department of Space (ISRO/DOS) with a possibility of providing direct employment opportunities to the graduating student within ISRO/DOS. Apart from this, there is no plan for setting up of any new institution.

This was stated by Shri Prithviraj Chavan, Minister of State for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences

(Independent charges), PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and Parliamentary Affairs in the Rajya Sabha today.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) - Education Reform by Min.of Human Resource Development

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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in consultation with the Ministry of Human Resource Development and keeping in view the spirit of National Policy of Education, 1986 has decided to introduce the following education reforms:-

i) There will be no class X Board examination w.e.f. 2011 for students studying CBSE’s Senior Secondary Schools and who do not wish to move out of the CBSE system after Class X. The students studying in CBSE’s Secondary Schools will, however, be required to appear in Board’s external examination because they will be leaving the Secondary School after Class X.

ii) The Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation has been strengthened in all CBSE affiliated schools w.e.f. October, 2009 in Class IX.

iii) The new Grading System has been introduced at Secondary School Level (for Class IX and X) effective from 2009-10 academic session.

The Right of Children to Free & Compulsory Education Act 2009 has been enacted, which envisages significant reforms in the Elementary Education sector especially with reference to admission, attendance and completion of elementary education by all children in schools which conform to specified norms and standards.

Appropriate policy reforms in the higher education sector have also been undertaken, Section 6 of the Central Universities Act, 2009 provides for academic reforms in newly established Central Universities. The reforms are being extended to other Central Educational Institutions also.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Human Resource Development Smt. D. Purandeswari, in a written reply to a question, in the Rajya Sabha today.

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