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New Income Tax Slab for FY-2010-11

New Income Slab for IndividualIncome Slab Tax Income SlabTax Income upto Rs 1,60,000 Nil Income upto Rs 1,60,000 Nil Income from Rs 1,60,001 to 5,00,00010 %Income from Rs 1,60,001 to 3,00,000 10 %Income from Rs 5,00,001 to 8,00,000 20 %Income from Rs 3,00,001 to 5,00,000 20 %Income above 8,00,000 30 %Income above Rs 5,00,00030 % (Tax exemption under Infra Bonds Rs.20,000 from FY 2010-11)

New Income Slab for WomenIncome Slab Tax Income SlabTax Income upto Rs 1,90,000 Nil Income upto Rs 1,90,000 Nil Income from Rs 1,90,001 to 5,00,00010 %Income from Rs 1,90,001 to 3,00,000 10 %Income from Rs 5,00,001 to 8,00,000 20 %Income from Rs 3,00,001 to 5,00,000 20 %Income above 8,00,000 30 %Income above Rs 5,00,00030 % (Tax exemption under Infra Bonds Rs.20,000 from FY 2010-11)

New Income Slab for Senior CitizenIncome Slab Tax Income SlabTax Income upto Rs 2,40,000 Nil Income upto Rs 2,40,000 Nil Income from Rs 2,40,001 to 5,00,00010 %Income from Rs 2,40,001 to 3,00,000 10 %Income from…

Revision of hourly rates of incentive bonus and bonus factor

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAILWAY BOARD) No.2008/M(W)/814/38                                                    New Delhi,dated: 23.02.2010 The GMs / CAO(R)
All Indian Railways/Production Units,
       Subject : Revision of hourly rates of incentive bonus and bonus factor of Workshops / PUs in respect of staff under CRJ pattern / GIS - Clarification.
       Ref: Board's letter of even no. dated 29.10.09.
        Vide Board's letter under reference, the revised hourly rates of incentive bonus and bonus factor of workshops / PUs were advised to the Railways. Some of the Railways have sought certain clarifications regarding implementation of above instructions. The details of issues raised the clarifications are given below:

        i. Issue: Date of revision of incentive bonus in case of SSE / SE (Grade Pay 4600).
        Clarification: The revised in case of SSEs / SEs (Grade Pay 4600) will be effective from 1.6.09.
        ii. Issue: Category of sup…

Highlights of the 2010-11 Railway Budget

The main highlights of the 2010-11 railway budget include:

: No increase in passenger fares

: Rs.100 reduction in freight per wagon for fertilisers and kerosene

: Free travel for cancer patients in 3rd AC classes

: Cost-sharing in public-private-partnership (PPP) mode in some gauge-conversion projects

: Further extension of Kolkata Metro on priority basis; stations to be named after Bahadur Shah Zafar, Tagore family

: Karmabhoomi trains to be introduced for migrant labour

: New Janmabhoomi train between Ahmedabad and Udhampur

: Special "Bharat Teertha" train to be run around India to commemorate Rabindranath Tagore's 150th birth anniversary

: Railway line to be extended from Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh to Leh in Jammu and Kashmir

: Andaman and Nicobar Islands to get railway line from Port Blair to Diglipur

: Sikkim capital Gangtok to be connected by rail from Rangpo

: 2011 being 150th anniversary of Rabindr…

ALLOWANCES ADMISSIBLE TO CHS OFFICERS

ALLOWANCES ADMISSIBLE TO CHS OFFICERS

Non Practicing Allowance (NPA)
CHS officers are granted Non Practicing Allowance at the rate of 25% ofbasic pay subject to condition that pay plus Non Practicing Allowance does not exceed Rs.29500/-p.m. vide this Ministry’s letter No. A.45011/11/97-CHS V dated 7.4.98. Non Practicing Allowance is treated as Pay for all service matters. In other words it is taken into account for computation of D.A., entitlement of T.A./D.A. and other allowances as well as for calculation of retirement benefits in terms of letter No. A.27023/1/87-CHS V dated 22.9.1987.

Reimbursement of Newspaper
In terms of letter No. Z.16023/2/95-CHS V dated 24.7.98 CHS officers are entitled to reimbursement of cost of Newspaper purchased by them at their residence in the following manner:
Level of CHS Officers Maximum number of Indian Newspaper
Director General of Health Services No limit
Additional D.G.H.S. or equivalent 03
Senior Administrative Grade 02
Below Senior Adminis…

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF NATIONAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE HELD ON 12TH DECEMBER, 2009

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF NATIONAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE HELD ON 12TH DECEMBER, 2009

A meeting of the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) was held on 12th December, 2009 in Conference Room No.119, North Block, New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Secretary(Personnel). A list of participants who attended the meeting is annexed.

2. At the outset, the Chairman welcomed the representatives of the Staff Side and Official Side. The Chairman stated that the recommendations of the 6th CPC have been implemented with certain modifications. While processing the Report, the Committee of Secretaries also consulted the Staff Side. As decided by the Cabinet at the time of approving the Report of the Sixth CPC, instructions have been issued for setting up of Anomaly Committees at the National as well as Departmental Level in order to ensure the resolution of anomalies. The Chairman informed that the National Anomaly Committee would discuss the anomalies common to two or more Departments and anomal…

'Reimburse medical expenses up to Rs 50,000

'Reimburse medical expenses up to Rs 50,000'

While industry is apprehensive of a possible rollback of the stimulus package, there could be some cheering news in the forthcoming Union Budget for salaried employees. The government is likely to increase the exemption limit for reimbursement against medical and travel expenses. A hike in the exemption limit for gratuity payment from the present Rs 3.5 lakh is also being considered.

At present, reimbursement of medical expenses up to Rs 15,000 is tax-free. Any reimbursement above that is counted as income and taxed. Similarly, transport allowance is tax-free only up Rs 800 a month. These exemption limits were fixed 10 to 15 years back. The income-tax department is now considering an adequate increase to at least ensure that inflation in the years since is neutralised. In the last 10 years or so, the average price of commodities has almost doubled.

Tax experts feel the present limit for reimbursement of medical expenses should …

Budget 2010: What the FM is likely to do...

Budget 2010: What the FM is likely to do

Despite the fact that the annual budgetary exercise has slowly been losing its significance, Budget 2010-11 is seen to be extremely significant.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has his hands full. He faces a tough challenge as he has to try and present a balanced Budget; one that will appease the aam aadmi and also not hamper growth.

And some of the reasons why the Budget 2010 will be extremely significant the impending are:

The Direct Taxes Code might come into force from the next fiscal year. The government is struggling to keep inflation and food price rise under control. The fiscal deficit is already at a distressing high. So should he push for fiscal consolidation or go in for big social sector and other spending?

Should he keep subsidies intact or should he bite the bullet and go in for tough reforms?

Should he push for faster growth without upsetting the common man, while still removing the excess liquidity in the system?

Sho…

Scheme for Compassionate Appointment – Relative Merit Points and Procedure for selection

No. 37-36/2004-SPB-1/C. Government of India
Ministry of Communication & IT
Department of Posts
SPB-1/C. Section
Dak Bhawan, Parliament Street,
New Delhi – 110001
No. 37-36/2004-SPB-I/C Dated 20.01.2010
Sub: - Scheme for Compassionate Appointment – Relative Merit Points and Procedure for selection

The objective of the Scheme for Compassionate Appointment is to grant appointment on compassionate grounds to a dependent family member of a Government servant dying in harness or who is retired on medical grounds, thereby leaving his family in penury and without any means of livelihood. It is to relieve the family of the Government servant concerned from financial destitution and to help it get over the emergency. Keeping, I view the objective of the Scheme, the existing instructions relating to compassionate Appointment have time and again been reviewed/modified/simplified so that the system finally derived at shall be more transparent, efficient and uniform in nature.

The efficacy of th…

Army officers held for clearing substandard equipment

CBI arrested the three for facilitating the supply of substandard non-skid chains to the Army worth Rs 1.58 crore in 2006

Three Army officers were arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation-Anti Corruption Bureau (CBI-ACB) on Wednesday for facilitating the supply of substandard non-skid chains to the Army worth Rs 1.58 crore in 2006.

Jaywantrao Yadavrao Pawar, A Prabhakaran and Fayazoddin were produced before the district court where they were remanded to police custody for two days. Pawar is the deputy director general (administration), directorate general of quality assurance, Ministry of Defence in New Delhi, Prabhakaran is joint controller of quality assurance, heavy vehicles in Chennai and Fayazoddin retired as group officer, vehicle quality assurance wing in Pune.

Subash Chandra Gupta, additional superintendent of police, CBI-ACB said, “In December 2007, the CBI registered a case against five accused including Pawar, the then officiating controller of quality assuran…

CGHS Delhi North Zone to have Claim Adalat

CGHS Delhi has been organizing CLAIM ADALAT for the last three years on zonal basis. This is a novel and unique method in the health sector to reach out to its beneficiaries to settle on spot any dispute arising out of the claims related to medical bills reimbursement. These beneficiaries are mostly the pensions of the Government of India who submit their claims with CGHS.

CGHS North Zone is going to organize a claim Adalat on 27th February, Saturday, 2010 at the premises of the office of the Addl. Director CGHS North Zone situated at Shankar Road, New Razinder Nagar. This would be the third occasion when this Zone is going to hear the disputes/grievances about payments of medical bills.

Beneficiaries are informed through Newspaper publications/information at the CGHS dispensary level to apply to the Addl. Director in case they have any problem so far as their bills are settled. However, claims which are already been examined and rejected will not be discussed in such across the ta…

News from Secretary General of Confederation

News from Secretary General Confederation
(CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS) The last National Sectt. Meeting inter alia discussed the possibility of a joint action programme with the AISGEF and AIDEF in the event of the Government introducing the PFRDA Bill and the new direct taxes code in the Budget session of the Parliament. While the AISGEF was to take a decision in the matter in their all India Conference which was scheduled to be held in the first week of February at Hyderabad, the AIDEF had promised us to discuss the issue in their organizational fora and revert back to us. So far we have not received any communication from the AIDEF. The All India Conference of the AISGEF had to be postponed due to the ongoing agitation in Andhra Pradesh. Hence, no finality could be reached on the proposal for organizing a day’s strike somewhere in March, 2010.

The Budget session is likely to commence on 22nd Feb.2010. The National Secretariat had discussed of the necess…

Pay Fixation on Promotion : Applicability of Minimum Pay / Stepping up of Pay clarification

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
****** S.No.PC-VI/188
No.PC-VI/2010/I/RSRP/1 RBE No.28/2010
New Delhi, dated 17.02.2010 The GMs/CAOs(R),
All Indian Railways & Production Units
(As per mailing list)

Subject: Applicability of minimum pay/stepping up of pay clarification reg.

A number of references have been received in this office regarding applicability, for departmental promotees, of minimum entry pay prescribed for direct recruits (appointed on or after 1.1.2006), in Section II of Part A of the First Schedule of RS(RP) Rules, 2008. References have also been received regarding stepping up of pay of senior promotees with references to such of their directly recruited juniors who are recruited on or after 1.1.2006 and whose basic pay is more than that of their seniors.

2. The matter has been examined in consultation with Ministry of Finance. In this connection it is clarified that the revised pay structure comprises grade pays and running pay bands and in…

MAJOR PENALTY PROCEEDINGS RECOMMENED AGAINST 70 OFFICERS

CVC disposed of 468 cases in December 2009

The Central Vigilance Commission disposed of 468 cases during December 2009 referred to it for advice. The Commission advised initiations of major penalty proceedings against 70 officers. Of these, 20 were from public sector banks, 17 from M/o Railways, 11 from Northern Coalfields Ltd., 4 from Western Coalfields Ltd., 3 from MCD, 2 each from Ministry of Home Affairs and Central Board of Excise and Customs. The remaining 9 cases pertained to different departments of the Government of India and PSUs.

The Commission also advised imposition of major penalty against 66 officers including 13 from MCD, 11 from Public Sector Banks, 9 from M/o Railways, 6 from Central Board of Excise and Customs, 4 each from M/o Commerce and Central Coalfields Ltd., 3 each from Central Warehousing Corp. Ltd. and Hindustan Paper Corpn., 2 each from D/o Telecommunication, Eastern Coalfields Ltd., Khadi & Village Industries Commission and M/o of Textiles. Remain…

CAT clears air on promotion benefits

If an employee, fulfiling the eligibility criteria for promotion to a particular post, works for a reasonable period on that post against a vacancy,, the government cannot deny him/her the actual promotion and accompanying financial benefits, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has held.

A Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) bench headed by Chairman Justice V.K. Bali held that in such a situation, it would be arbitrary to deny salary and other benefits of the promoted post to the employee.

The bench ordered the Delhi Government to re-fix the salary and retirement benefits of six retired school teachers, who had been given notional promotion to the post of principal, albeit without any accruing financial benefits.

Rejecting the Delhi Government’s arguments that all promotions had to be prospective and retired employees had no right to actual promotion, the CAT allowed the petition filed by Gaurishankar Sharma, Budh Prakash Tyagi, Raj Kumar Uppal, Prabhu Dayal, Jagdish Prasa…

'Major ports can also provide competitive services'

The Water Transport Workers Federation of India (WTWFI) has a significant presence among port and dock workers as well as seafarers. It is one of the major recognised federations, commanding the support of both the sailing crew on board and the workers on the shore. In a recent interaction with Business Line, the WTWFI General-Secretary, Mr T. Narendra Rao, spoke on a host of issues related to the maritime sector.

Excerpts from the interview:

How has the global meltdown affected seafarers and port and dock workers?
The global financial crisis has led to a reduction of job opportunities for seafarers as well as port and dock workers, all constituting an integral part of the shipping industry.

The slump in the global demand for goods hit the trade sector and, with it, shipping, entailing not only drop in cargo handling in major ports but also a fall in the earnings of those associated with the whole gamut of operations relating to imports, exports, shipping, chartering, freight fo…

Summary of items raised by AIRF in the Departmental Anomaly Committee

All India Railwaymen's Federation has raised the following items in the Departmental Anomaly Committee

1. Separate Grade Pay to Trackman, Senior Trackman, Gateman, Trolleyman, Head Trackman / Keyman, Gangmen and Sr. P.Way Supervisors.

Gangman - GP Rs.1800
Sr. Gangman & Gatekeeper - GP Rs.1900
Hd. Gangman Keyman - GP Rs.2000
Sr. Keyman & Gangmate - GP Rs.2400
P. Way Supervisor & Sr. Gangmate - GP Rs.4200

2. Introduction of following structure in Artisan category

Artisan Gr. III – PB-1 + GP Rs.2400
Artisan Gr. II – PB-1 + GP Rs.2800
Artisan Gr. I – PB-2 + GP Rs.4200
Master Craftsman - PB-2 + GP Rs.4600

3. Technical Supervisors – All Departments
Jr. Engineers - PB-2 + GP Rs.4800
Sr. Section Engineers - PB-2 + GP Rs.5400

4. ASM - PB-2 + GP Rs.4200 and onward upliftment

5. Asst. Loco Pilot – PB-1 + GP Rs.2800

6. Goods Pilot - PB-2 + GP Rs.4600
Loco Pilot (Pass.) - PB-2 + GP Rs.4800
Loco Pilot (M/Exp.) – PB-2 + GP Rs.5400

7. Goods Guards - PB-2 + GP Rs.4200 and onw…

Government introduce a new Medical Scheme for Central Government Employees and Pensioners

Government introduce a new Medical Scheme for Central Government Employees and Pensioners as in the name of Central Government Employees and Pensioners Health Insurance Scheme (CGEPHIS). In all over India, pensioners are getting meager amount of Rs.100 as Medical Allowance (except CGHS beneficiaries). It is estimated that approximately 17 lakh serving employees and 7 lakh pensioners shall be offered this Scheme and Government plan to enroll all serving employees and pensioners on compulsory / optional basis.

Some key points regarding the scheme:-

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND PENSIONERS HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME (CGEPHIS)

BENEFICIARIES:
CGEPHIS shall be compulsory to new Central Government Employees who would be joining service after the introduction of the Health Insurance Scheme.

CGEPHIS shall be compulsory to new Central Government retirees who would be retiring from the service after the introduction of the Insurance Scheme.

CGEPHIS would be available on voluntary basis for the f…

Confusion in the minutes of National Anomaly Committee

Confederation of Central Government Employees, Secretary GeneralMr.K.K.N.KUTTY has written in his website as follows...

"The draft minutes of the last meeting of the National Anomaly Committee held on 12.12.2009. were discussed with the Director JCA(Secretary Official Side). It was decided that the amendments required would be communicated to him in writing and thereafter the same could be finalized after further discussion with the Staff Side, a procedure that had been followed till date. Accordingly, the Staff Side had submitted the amendments to the draft minutes. We place hereunder the copy of the letter the Staff Side Secretary had sent to the Official side requesting to incorporate the amendments to the minutes. .

The official side without any further discussion, finalized the minutes incorporating some of the amendments (in Bold print) which have been placed on their website indicated below.

http://persmin.gov.in/writedata/CircularNotification/ScanDocument/11_2_2008-J…

Clarification regarding deduction in respect of contribution to pension scheme under Section 80 CCD

F.No. 275/192/2009-IT (B)

New Delhi Dated the 9th February, 2010.

Sub: Clarification regarding deduction in respect of contribution to pension scheme under Section 80 CCD – matter reg.

A number of representations have been received regarding deduction under Section 80 CCD for contribution made under pension scheme in the light of Circular No-1 /2010 dated 11th Jan’2010 issued on the subject of Deduction of Tax at Source etc. It is clarified that in accordance with the provisions of Section 80 CCD, deduction in respect of contribution made by an individual in the previous year to his account under a pension scheme notified, is allowed in computation of his total income –

(a) in the case of an employee, ten per cent of his salary in the previous year; and (b) in any other case, ten per cent of his gross total income in the previous year.

2. It is further clarified that where the Central Government or any other employer makes any…