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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

National Anomaly Committee Meeting Conclusions and Discussions

with 46 comments


Staff Side Leader Mr. M.Raghavaiah has written in his website regarding the second anomaly committee meeting conclusions on important issues and discussions briefly to the General Secretaries of affiliated unions of National Federation of Indian Railwaymen.

The full text of conclusions as reported by the National Anomaly committee Leader in his website is reproduced below...

  

FAX/Letter

  

No. IV/NC/JCM/NAC/09

dated 27.3.2010

  

The General Secretaries of
affiliated Unions of NFIR.

  

Dear brothers,

  

      Sub:- National Anomaly Committee Meeting held at North Block, New Delhi on 27.3.2010

  

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      Conclusions on important issues pertaining to Anomalies as a result of discussions in to-day’s meeting are mentioned below:-

1.Anomaly due to postponement of increment in the case of those whose increment has fallen from February to June, 2006:-:

After discussions, it was agreed to issue orders for rectifying the anomaly. We have suggested that in all those cases the annual increment may be pre-dated to 1.1.2006. We are hopeful that order as demanded will be issued.

2. Various aberrations in the Modified Assured Career Progressive Scheme (MACPS):-

The Chairman of the National Anomaly Committee has decided to constitute a Joint Committee to deal all such aberrations and submit its report for the Government to take decision. Very soon a Joint Committee will be constituted. Affiliates are free to furnish the deficiencies of the scheme to NFIR immediately.

3. Junior drawing higher pay than the Senior :-

The Chairman has advised Railways to collect data and furnish to DOPT and Ministry of Finance for taking appropriate corrective steps.

4. Health Insurance Scheme recommended by VI CPC – Implementation of the recommendations:-

The Chairman has assured that without prior consultations, the scheme shall not be finalised and allowances such as Risk Allowance, Patient Care Allowance etc. will continue till the final decision is taken.

5. VI CPC pay fixation – Grant of another option to the staff:-

The Chairman said that the proposal for delegation of powers is under process and very soon this will be finalised.

6. Revision of medical allowance to the Pensioners :-

Under consideration. The issue is now before the Committee of the Secretaries. The Chairman has assured to see that processing is speeded up.

7. Denial of increment due to absence without pay:-

We have explained the grave implications of the Government’s. decision and demanded that the increment should be granted when the employee has put in six months qualifying service in a year. It was agreed to consider and rectify the anomalous situation.

  

Yours fraternally,
s/d
(M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary



Source: CGSTAFFNEWS

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Declaration of Holiday on 14th April, 201& Birthday of Dr.B.R.Ambedkar

with 1 comment


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NO. 12/3/2010-JCA-2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
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North Block, New Delhi Dated the 29th March, 2010.

  

OFFICE MEMORANDUM


  

Subject: Declaration of Holiday on 14th April, 201& Birthday of Dr.B.R.Ambedkar.

  

It has been decided to declare Wednesday, the 14th April 2010, as a Closed Holiday on account of the birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, for all Central Government Offices including industrial establishments throughout India.

2. The above holiday is also being notified in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 (26 of 1881).

3. All Ministries/Departments of Government of India may bring the above decision to the notice of all concerned.

(Dinesh Kapila)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Payment of Overtime Allowance to Central Government employees - Revised Rates effective from 01-01-2008 clarification thereon

with 0 Comment


F.No.9(14) E.II(B) / 2010
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
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New Delhi the 30th March, 2010.


  

Subject: Payment of Overtime Allowance to Central Government employees - Revised Rates effective from 01-01-2008 clarification thereon.

  

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

  

The attention of this Department has been drawn to an order dt. 27.3.2010 purported to have been issued by this Department, regarding revision of rates of OTA to the Central Government employees. In this regard, the undersigned is directed to clarify that this Ministry has not issued any such order on revision of rates of OTA. Thus, the above cited order is a fake one. No payments of OTA on the basis of this order may be made and if already made in any case, the same may be recovered.



(R.Prem Anand)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Fake Instruction on Overtime Allowance - regarding

with 2 comments


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No.15011/01/2010-Estt.(AL)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
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New Delhi, the dated 30th March, 2010.


  

OFFICE MEMORANDUM


  

Subject: Fake Instruction on Overtime Allowance - regarding


  

It has come to the notice of this Department that fake orders on revised rate of Overtime Allowance are being circulated in Central Govt.offices. It has been confirmed from Ministry of Finance that the O.M. No.1 (4)/2010 E-II dt.27/3/2010 signed by Sh. S. Rajan Chandranaydu,Under Secretary to the Govt. of India purportedly issued by Ministry of Finance is fake.

It is clarified that no such instruction has been issued by this Department or Ministry of Finance. Ministries/Departments are advised not to take cognizance of the fake instructions being circulated in Central Govt. Offices .



(Simmi R.Nakra)
Director

Suspension of Annual Review for gradewise percentage

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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

RBE No. 44/2010
dated 26.03.2010

No. PC-VI/2009/CRC/4

  

The General Managers,
All Indian Railways/PUs etc.
(As per mailing list)

  

                        Sub:    Suspension of Annual Review for gradewise percentage

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                        Please connect Board's letter no. PC-III/2006/FE-1/2 dated 23-02-2007 vide which Railways/Units were advised that Annual Review of Group 'C' & 'D' cadres would be undertaken w.e.f. 01-04-2009 taking into account the cadre strength as on 01-04-2009.

  

          Pursuant to the demand raised by Staff Side for suspension of Annual Review, Board have reviewed the matter and decided that the Annual Review due to be conducted as on 01-04-2010 on the cadre strength of 01-04-2010 should be suspended. The decision to conduct the next Annual Review as on 2011 will be taken in March-2011.

  

         This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of this Ministry.

  

          Kindly acknowledge receipt.

  

          Hindi version will follow.

  

(Hari Krishnan)
Director, Pay Commission-II
Railway Board

  

No. PC-VI/2009/CRC/4

dated 26-03-2010

  

Copy (with 40 spares) forwarded to Deputy Comptroller & Auditor General of India (Railways), New Delhi.

  

For Financial Commissioner, Railways.

Monday, March 29, 2010

NBCC Affordable Housing Scheme 2010 : NBCC

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NBCC Affordable Housing Scheme 2010 : National Building Construction Corporation

National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) is launching a massive scheme for affordable housing in major cities, including the NCR, on Wednesday. At a time when private builders and developers are reeling under the impact of the global economic downturn, NBCC’s scheme is likely to be quite popular as it offers three/four bedroom flats in a price band of Rs 25-45 lakh.

Under the scheme, the PSU will offer around 1,300 houses in the first phase in NCR — Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad. According to Arup Roy Chaudhury, CMD, NBCC, the flats will have all modern facilities. The specifications will be at par with those offered by private builders.

Sources pointed out that NBCC is also contemplating creation of separate enclaves for plotted development, including town houses and villas, in an affordable price range in NCR, most likely in Ghaziabad. An official said the scheme will initially be open to government, state and central public sector employees and later extended to the public.

‘‘We are keeping our promise to deliver affordable housing in the Capital and NCR region and also in other cities like Kolkata, Kochi and Patna,’’ the NBCC chief told TOI.

Sources in NBCC said land is now being acquired for the purpose in Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida. Also, the agency is keen to buy five other plots at a reserved price offered under the group housing scheme for which the Noida Authority failed to find private players.

As the realty sector is badly hit by the economic downturn, providing affordable housing in Delhi and the NCR has become the top priority for private and public sector real estate developers.

The PSU, which has registered a high profit, is also likely to launch similar scheme in other cities like Kochi, Patna and Kolkata.

‘‘Housing at affordable prices has been made possible by NBCC due to its adoption of forward costing method and a transparent mechanism by clearly identifying the super area loading so that any individual buyer is not confused by these issues while booking a house or flat,’’ Chaudhary said.
Source: The Times of India

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The 2nd National Anomaly Committee meeting - Decisions and Discussion

with 26 comments


Conf No.9/2010

  

Dated: 27th March, 2010.

  

Dear Comrade,

  

                        Sub:- National Anomaly Committee meeting
                                  And decisions.

  

The 2nd meeting of the National Anomaly Committee was held today under the Chairmanship of the Secretary Personnel. The Confederation was represented by Com.Vyas, President and Com. K.K.N. Kutty, Secretary General.

The Chairman in his initial opening remarks said that it would be the endeavour of the Government to finalise the issues of anomaly as fast as possible. Since there had been difference in perception on certain issues, they had to be gone into in detail and would take time more than expected. He said that the National Council meeting which was scheduled to take place last month had to be postponed for reasons beyond. He added that the same has now been scheduled to take place in May,15, 2010 and the notices have been issued. He expressed his happiness that the last meeting had been held in a very conducive atmosphere and hoped that all problems would be able to be settled through dialogue. Since the Official side representing the Pension department had to attend another meeting, he suggested to discuss the issues pertaining to Pensioners first before the other issues are taken up. The Staff Side agreed to this suggestion.

Com. Raghavaiah, Leader Staff Side while thanking the official side for convening the second meeting thanked the Chairman for the assurance of a speedy settlement of the issues. He hoped that the official side, having not circulated the Action Taken Statement on the issues discussed at the last meeting, would indicate of the progress registered on those issues. He then dealt with various problems emanating from the implementation of the MACP. While the MACP assures three financial up gradation for every employees, it has resulted in certain difficulties for the existing employees. The liberalization that is stated to have been done to the Assured progression scheme, he said, has resulted in the de-liberalization in the case of certain employees. H expressed the hope that the official side would be ale to appreciate these problems and resolve them.

Com. Purohit thanked the Chairman for his statement of finding settlement to all problems through discussions. He added that the JCM was in fact formulated for that purpose and it has worked very well, through there had been aberration in the past in the periodicity of meeting etc. He said that the 6th CPC has treaded a path different than those of all other earlier Pay Commission, as they have introduced a new concept in the Pay structure of Central Government employees. Initially the employees have only looked at the financial benefit but later they have realized that there had been certain basic changes effected. He then reiterated his statement made at the last meeting over the definition of the term anomaly. The understanding reached was to have the same definition for the term anomaly as was given at the time of setting up of the anomaly committee after the 5th CPC recommendation. That was on the basis of an agreement reached between the Staff Side and the Group of Ministers. Since the Government functions are mostly on the precedence, he was afraid that the present definition would be quoted in future too. He,therefore wanted this fact to be properly recorded so that the present definition afforded to the term anomaly would not be a dilution of what it was earlier. He then pointed out that while all allowance in general had been doubled by the 6th CPC for which there had been a specific recommendation, in some cases, the Commission had recommended for replacement of such allowances by another scheme viz. insurance etc. The Insurance scheme has still not been introduced whereas the allowances were withdrawn. He was of the opinion that these allowances must be continued till such time the alternative scheme is ushered after consultation with the Staff side and the same should be appropriately doubled. He cited the issue pertaining to Patient care allowance and the risk allowance. He said that the insurance scheme envisaged would not be easy for being settled as many issues emanating there from will have to be discussed threadbare.

Regarding the issues emanating from the MACP scheme, he requested the Chairman, to set up a separately committee with a few from the official side and staff side where all issues could be discussed and then brought to the Committee for its final approval or rejection as the case may be He also referred to the issue of merger of CCA with transport allowance and the repercussion especially in the matter of overtime emoluments of industrial workers. He expressed the hope that the Committee would be able to address all issues and settle them in an amicable manner.

                  The Chairman, in reply to the initial remarks made by the Leader and Secretary said that:
                           (a) Joint Committee may be set up for discussing the MACP related issues;
                           (b) Reiterated his request that all problems and difficulties faced by the employees in implementation of the 6th CPC may be brought to the notice of the Department of Personnel and these could be addressed and placed on website of the Department, so that it could obviate reference to various nodal departments of the Government. The employees could be given the clarification on these issues.

Com. Vyas said that the proposed insurance scheme would not take care of the risk factor both of industrial workers and health workers, who are covered by the risk allowance and the patient care allowance. These allowances ought to have been doubled, whereas the risk allowance has been totally stopped without introducing the insurance scheme and PCA has been continued but at old rates. No assurance was forthcoming from the official side either on the continuation of the risk allowance or doubling the PCA, as the 6thCPC has suggested for the withdrawal of these allowances.

The following issues were discussed, thereafter.

(I)       Pension related issues. Agenda Item No. 8. Item closecd as having been settled in the last meeting.

(II)        Item No. 9. Anomaly in pension for Govt. employees retired/died between 1.1.2006 and 1.9.2008. Having been permitted to opt which is beneficial i.e. last pay drawn or 10 months' average and full pension after 20 years, the matter stands settled.

(III)        Item No. 10 dropped as per the minutes of the last meeting.

(IV)       Item No. 15. The official side stated that this was not acceptable even though they had examined it on the basis of the detailed submission by the Staff Side.

(V)        Item No. 16. (*) and 21

              The official side stated that it would not be possible for them to concede the demand of the staff side as orders have been issued strictly in accordance with the recommendation of the 6th CPC, which the staff side contested. They also did not agree to extend the benefit of last pay drawn and full pension after 20 years qualifying service in respect of pre 2006 retirees.

(VI)        Item No. 17.(*). The official side did not agree for the reasons they had stated against item No. 16

(VII)       Item No. 18. (*) This anomaly has been removed by allowing the last pay drawn as the basis of pension computation for those retired on and after 1.1.2006.

(VIII)        Item No. 19 (*)The anomaly has been removed in the case of all those retired between 1.1.2006 and 1.9.2008 but did not agree to remove the anomaly in the case of persons retired prior to 1.1.2006

(IX)        Item No. 22.(*) The issue stands settled by O.M. NO. 38/37/08-P& P W (A) Pt.I dated 3rd October, 2008. clarification at Para 5.1.

(X)        Item No. 23.(*) The matter is under examination. The Staff Side will submit a specific case for illustration of the issue. Relevant orders in similar matter after the 5th CPC recommendations were implemented will also be examined,

(XI)        Item No. 24(*) and 25 &26.( same issues) Not agreed. But clarificatory orders issued stating that no retrospective deduction should be made in respect of additional commuted value of pension. The reduction in pension must start from the date of payment of additional commuted value of pension.

(XII)       Item No.36. After some detailed discussion, it was decided that the Office side would examine this issue further. However, they have pointed out that the amount of Rs. 3500 fixed by them would automatically undergo change as when Dearness relief is grnted the partents/dependents. The Staff Side pointed out that every dependent or parent need not necessarily be a pensioner or a worker in the Govt. establishment or other institutions which pays periodical DA.

(XIII)        Item No. 40(*) not agreed.

(XIV)         Item No. 45(*) The issue is under Examination.

(XV)         Item No. 48. Restoration of commutation after 15 years. After some discussions, it was agreed that the calculation made by the Staff Side would be examined and decision taken thereafter.

(XVI)         Item Nos. 54 to 59 have been transferred to the Committee, which has been set up by the Government of Puducherry and therefore stand deleted from the list of National Anomaly Committee. The committee so set up ( as per the order given to the Staff side at the meeting) has only official side members. The representatives of the Association have only been permitted to present their case before the said committee. We are of the opinion that it should be a joint committee consisting of official side and staff side on the pattern on National Anomaly Committee.

(XVII)         Discussion on Action taken on items already subjected to discussion in the last meeting of the National Anomaly Committee.

(i)        Item No. 1 to 4 and 5(iii) The Department of Expenditure after having looked into this matter as per the suggestion of the Chairman, in the last meeting, have stated that it was not possible to agree to the staff side demand.

(ii)        Item No. 5(i) Option. This is stated to be still under examination for delegation of power to the administering Ministry to allow the second option.

(iii)        Item No. 5(iv) The Staff Side pointed out the statement made by the JS(Per) which is incorporated in the minutes (as under)

"in case where a promotee and post 1.1.2006 direct recruits are borne on the same seniority list and the senior is drawing less basic pay,than the junior, the pay of the senior can be stepped up." The Staff Side pointed out that orders have been issued only in respect of Railways in this regard. The Staff Side therefore, requested for issuance of an order by the Department of Expenditure to cover the employees of other Ministries/Department. The Official Side however, insisted that such orders should only be issued by the concerned departments after obtaining necessary consent from the Department of Expenditure. It was pointed out by the Staff Side that the nodal department for issuance of such orders being the Department of Expenditure, the stand taken by the official side in the matter was not in order. After some discussion it was agreed that the Department of Expenditure will examine this issue further and if orders are to be issued by them, they would do so before the next meeting or else would report their stand in the matter to the next meeting.

The issue per se i.e. A person who is promoted cannot be fixed on pay less than the minimum of the pay scale was raised by the Staff Side further. Normally a directly recruited person to a post is given the minimum of the pay scale or pay band to which he is appointed. The 6thCPC has recommended the minimum to which every directly recruited person was to be fixed. That being so, a promotee under the extant fundamental rules cannot be fixed less than such prescribed minimum. The Official side argued that the CCS(RSP) 2008 has modified the above provisions of FR for all time to come. The Staff side stated that no rule can be amended unilaterally which would adversely affect the service conditions. It cannot therefore, be unilaterally implemented. It will be further discussed in the next meeting.

(iv)Item No. 5(v) Rule 9 Date of next increment. The preponement of increment in the case of those employees whose increment dates falls between 1.2.2006 to 1.6.2006 to 1.1.2006 in the pre- revised scale of pay as has been done in the case of persons whose increment date was on 1st January, 2006 would be considered further and decision taken before next meeting as a one time measure.

(v)The Department of personnel has asked all administering Ministries to take up with them the matter of fixation of Grade pay at Rs. 1800 in the case of Temporary Status employees. They have also informed that wherever such reference has been received the same has been disposed of.. The organizations are, therefore, requested to take up the issue with the Heads of departments and ensure that a reference is made to the Department of Personnel so that the temporary status employees are imparted training and granted Rs. 1800 Grade pay with effect from 1.1.2006

(vi)Item No. 47(*) This issue was discussed at length. The problem of postponement of increment by one year in respect of persons availing extra ordinary leave on private affairs even for a day between 1st January and 30th June was highlighted by the Staff Side. The Official side explained that the clarification issued by them to the Ministry of Defence was on the basis of the extant instructions in the matter .After some discussion, the staff side proposed that if an employees has completed six months service during a particular year, he should be entitled to get his increment on Ist July. The Official side has agreed to consider this proposal and after such consideration they will issue appropriate orders before next meeting.

The next meeting of the Anomaly Committee would be in the month of June, 2010.

With greetings,

Yours fraternally,
sd/
K.K.N. Kutty.
Secretary General.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Payment of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees

with 1 comment


Government of India
Ministry of Railways
Railway Board

  

S.No.PC-VI/194
No. PC-VI/2008/I/7/2/1

  

RBE No.45/2010
New Delhi, dated 26.3.2010

  

The GMs / CAO(R),
All Indian Railways & Production Units
(as per mailing list)

  

                   Sub:-    Sub: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees-
                                Revised rates effective from 01.01.2010.

  

        Please refer to this Ministry's letter of even number dated 18.09.2009(S.No PC-V1/146, RBE No. 172/2009) on the subject mentioned above. ThePresident is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Railwayemployees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 27%to 35% with effectfrom 1st January, 2010.

2. The provisions contained in Paras 3, 4 & 5 of this Ministry's letter of even number dated 09.09.2008 (S.No. PC-VI/3, RBE No. 106/2008) shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

3. The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all railway employees. The payment of arrears of Dearness Allowance for the months of January and February, 2010 shall not be made before the date of disbursement of salary for March, 2010.

4. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

(Koshy Thomas)
Joint Director, Pay Commission-II
Railway Board

No.PC-VI/2008/l/7/2/1

New Delhi, dated 26.03.2010

Copy (with 40 spares) forwarded to ADAI (Railways), New Delhi.

for Financial Commissioner / Railways.



Friday, March 26, 2010

DA (Dearness Allowance) - Revised rates from 1.1.2010 for Central Government Employees is from 27% to 35%

with 5 comments


No.1(3)/2010-E-II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
*******

  

New Delhi, the 26th March, 2010.

  

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

  

Subject:-     Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government Employees - Revised Rates effective from 1.1.2010.

  

        The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry's Office Memorandum No.1(6)/2009-E-II(B)dated 18th September, 2009 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees shall be enhanced form the existing rate of 27% to 35% with effect from 1st January, 2010.

  

2.   The provisions contained in paras 3, 4 and 5 of this Ministry's O.M. No.1(3)/2008-E-II (B) dated 29th August, 2008 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

  

3.    The additional instalment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all Central Government employees.

  

4.    The payment of arrears of Dearness Allowance for the month of January and February, 2010 shall not be made before the date of disbursement of salary for March, 2010.

  

5.   These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates. In regard to Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.

  

6.     In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller and Audit General of India.

  

(R. Prem Anand)
Under Secretary to the Government of India



Globalisation blinds us to aam aadmi plight: SC

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Globalisation blinds us to aam aadmi plight: SC

In unusual self-criticism, the Supreme Court said today that courts, including the “last court in the largest democracy of the world”, have lost sympathy for the common man in pursuit of the “attractive mantras” of globalisation and liberalisation.

A Division Bench of Justice G S Singhvi and Justice A K Ganguly, in two separate orders, cautioned judges of the Supreme Court and Constitutional courts that there will be “precarious consequences” will visit the nation if they dilute constitutional imperatives to promote the “so-called trends of globalisation”.

Both judges passed their orders on January 5 in an appeal filed by Harjinder Singh, a retrenched worker with the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation, who had challenged the Punjab and Haryana High Court decision to pay him Rs 87,582 as compensation instead of re-instating him with 50 per cent back wages.

The judges set aside the High Court order and called for his re-instatement with 50 per cent back wages and cost of Rs 25,000.

Justice Ganguly quoted Rabindranath Tagore in his order when he described the “eventualities which may visit us in our mad rush to ape western ways of life”.

His brother judge on the Bench, Justice Singhvi, observed how he had noticed a “visible shift” generally in the courts’ approach in dealing with cases involving the interpretation of social welfare legislation like the Industrial Disputes Act.

“The attractive mantras of globalisation and liberalisation are fast becoming the raison d’etre of the judicial process and an impression has been created that the constitutional courts are no longer sympathetic towards the plight of industrial and unorganised workers,” Justice Singhvi said in his order.

Justice Singhvi said a large number of cases end up with the workmen being denied any relief from judges, who readily accept the justification employers give about such “illegal retrenchments.”

“Judges of this Court are not mere phonographic recorders but empirical scientists and interpreters of the social context in which they work,” said Justice Ganguly.

“I am in entire agreement with the view of my Lord Brother Justice Singhvi about a disturbing contrary trend which is discernible in recent times and which is sought to justified in the name of globalisation and liberalization of economy,” said Justice Ganguly.

“Our Constitution is primarily shaped and moulded for the common man. It takes no account of the ‘portly presence of the potentates, goodly in girth’. It is a Constitution not meant for the ruler, but the ranker, the tramp on the road, the slave, the man with too weighty a burden, too weary a load,” said Justice Ganguly, quoting eminent jurist N A Palkhivala.

Justice Ganguly said the “ditches” created in the society by the advance of globalisation can only be overcome if “this Court makes an effort to protect the rights of the weaker sections of the society as per the Constitutional mandate”.

“Judges and specifically the judges of the highest court have a vital role to ensure that the promise (to secure all citizens justice, liberty, equality and fraternity) is fulfilled. If judges fail to discharge their duty, they fail to uphold and abide by the Constitution which is their oath and office... Judges of the last court in the largest democracy of the world have a duty to articulate the Constitutional goal,” the Bench said.
Source: Express India

Grant of incentive for acquiring higher qualifications

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REMINDER - V MOST IMMEDIATE

No.1/3/2008-Estt (Pay-I)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

  

New Delhi, the 23rd March, 2010.

  

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

  

Subject:-      Grant of incentive for acquiring higher qualifications - Inclusion of additional qualifications/Review of the qualifications listedin 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 reminders of even number dated 17.6.2009, 20/8/2009, 30.10.2009 and 7.1.2010 calling for suggestions regarding addition/deletion of qualifications listed in the Annexure to this Department's OM dated 9.4.1999.

  

   All the Ministries/Departments are requested to furnish their considered views/suggestions in this regard to this, Department within 30 days from the date of issuance of this OM.

  

(Rita Mathur)
Director (P)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

MEMBERSHIP VERIFICATION RESULT OF MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

with 3 comments
  

Membership verification reuslt of MOD

DIRECTORATE

AIDEF

INDWF

BPMS

CDRA

  OFB

  26762

  16975

  18311

  9105

  ARMY HQ

  43935

  13748

  11821

  4711

  NAVY

  10341

  7054

  4088

  3805

  AIR FORCE

  3413

  592

  388

  190

  DRDO

  4310

  824

  1249

  988+364(STA)

  DGQA

  1496

  770

  570

  212

  DGQAA

  43

  28

  28

  ---

  DGAFMS

  436

  ---

  18

  ---

  TOTAL

  90735

  39991

  36443

  18053



PERCENTAGE OF VOTES SECURED BY THE THREE FEDERATIONS DURING 2005 AND 2010.

Federation

2005 Percentage

2010 Percentage

AIDEF

54.47%

54.27%

INDWF

24.03%

23.92%

BPMS

21.49%

21.80%



PERCENTAGE OF VOTES SECURED BY THE THREE FEDERATIONS AND CDRA DURING 2005 AND 2010.

Federation

2005 Percentage

2010 Percentage

AIDEF

43.60%

48.98%

INDWF

19.24%

21.59%

BPMS

17.20%

19.67%

CDRA

16.76%

9.74%


Source: CG Staff news

Govt employees can travel first class from April 1

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Govt employees can travel first class from April 1

With signs of economic revival becoming more pronounced, the government has relaxed the austerity drive undertaken last year and from April 1, government employees will be allowed to fly first class.

"The matter has been reviewed and it has been decided that with effect from April 1, 2010, travel on government account by air, both domestic and international may take place by the entitled class," an official statement said.

Last September, in the midst of the global financial crisis, the government had directed its employees not to fly first class on government account, irrespective of their entitlement, and fly economy for all domestic travels.

However, the government has not relaxed the austerity directive in case of Leave Travel Concession (LTC).

"...austerity measures will remain in place for travel by air (where admissible) on LTC, which would continue to be restricted to economy class irrespective of the entitlement," the Finance Ministry statement said.

The Indian economy slowed down in 2008-09 after being hit by the global financial crisis triggered by the collapse of US investment bank Lehman Brothers and other Wall Street titans beginning September 2008.

The country grew at a subdued rate of 6.7 per cent in 2008-09 after growing at around 9 per cent per annum for the preceding three financial years. In 2009-10, the economy is projected to grow by 7.2 per cent and by 8.5 per cent in 2010-11.

Source: Times of India

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

'Govt employee has fundamental right to be considered for promotion'

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'Govt employee has fundamental right to be considered for promotion'

The Supreme Court has ruled that a Government employee has a fundamental right to be considered for promotion and it is mandatory for the Centre and States to carry out cadre review of eligible officers for promotion to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).

"The right of eligible employees to be considered for promotion is virtually a part of their fundamental right guaranteed under Article 16(Equality of opportunity in matter of public employment) of the Constitution," a bench comprising Justices R V Raveendran and A K Ganguly held in a recent judgement.

The apex court passed the judgement while directing the Centre and the UP Government to consider the promotion of two State cadre officers-Hemraj Singh Chauhan and Ramnawal Singh to the IAS.

"We hold that the statutory duty which is cast on the State Government and the Central Government to undertake the cadre review exercise every five years is ordinarily mandatory subject to exceptions which may be justified in the facts of a given case," the bench said.

Source: Indian Express

Five smart ways to use your bonus, DA windfall

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Five smart ways to use your bonus, DA windfall

Last week, the Union Cabinet provided relief to over five million central government employees by increasing the dearness allowance (DA) from 27 per cent to 35 per cent. It also increased the dearness relief (DR) for pensioners by 8 per cent.

These amounts will be paid to employees and pensioners with retrospective effect, from January 2010. DA is calculated as a percentage of basic salary; DR is a percentage of basic pension, based on the cost of living index.

Windfall gains are easier to dream about than manage. Here is some advice on using the money:

Clear or reduce liabilities: Start with retiring high-cost credit card dues and personal loans. Even if you can't clear the entire debt in one go, start the process.

Interest on credit card loans can be as high as 40-50 per cent a year and on personal loans between 12 per cent and 30 per cent.

Govind Pathak, director, Acorn Wealth, said: "A home loan is the only one that can be continued because of the tax benefits it provides."

Purchase medical insurance: Even if you have a company-provided plan, it makes sense to have an additional policy "Take a health plan when you are between 40 and 50 so that it runs after your retirement too," added Pathak.

Start investing for a corpus: Use the amount to start investing through systematic investment plans of mutual funds. Even if you make a small start, savings over a long period can be substantial because of compounding of investments. Equity diversified funds should be the way to go. If it is a large sum, use the systematic transfer plan route.

Anil Rego, CEO, Right Horizons, said: "Pensioners should invest to build an emergency kitty for medical purposes."

Debt is a good option: Those nearing retirement should opt for debt, as protecting the capital with stable returns is of prime importance. Use monthly income plans that work like debt-oriented balanced funds. These invest only 20 per cent of the money in equities.

Taxation: Homi Mistry, tax partner, Deloitte, Haskins and Sells, said: "The employer is liable to tax the employee at source at the time of making the payment. If arrears paid in a relevant year are not taxed in the earlier year, the employee will be taxed in the year the payment is made."

Therefore, the government will deduct tax at source when the amount is paid in April.

For pensioners, the tax will depend on the total income, including the pension amount and income from other sources. Also, the exemption limit of Rs 2.4 lakh (Rs 240,000) is available only to those above the age of 65. Not to forget that if the tax is deducted at source, it will be on the basis of the old tax slab.
Source: Rediff Business

Govt signs pact with Apollo for dialysis clinic

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT HEALTH SCHEME

Govt signs pact with Apollo for dialysis clinic

The Government has signed an agreement with the prestigious Apollo Hospital to set up a Hemodialysis unit in the city where its employees can avail state-of-the-art dialysis facility.

Alliance Medicorp Limited (AML), a unit of of Apollo Hospitals Group, has signed a MoU with the Central Government to set up the 'CGHS-Apollo Dialysis' clinic.

"Apollo Hospitals Group is pleased to be associated with the Central Government to launch the first Dialysis Centre in Delhi. This Public-Private Partnership model can help bridge the gap and make world-class services available to CGHS Beneficiaries," Dr Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group, said.

"We are also exploring similar PPP opportunities with other state governments," he said.

The set up, which is expected to be functional by June this year, will come up at the CGHS Wellness Centre in Sadik Nagar.

Don't dismiss personnel while appeal is pending: CAT

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CENTRAL ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNAL:

Don't dismiss personnel while appeal is pending:

The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has advised the Delhi Police against terminating services of personnel who are already convicted for an offence but whose appeals are still pending before higher courts.

The Tribunal passed the order while giving relief to a former Delhi Police constable, convicted in 2007 by a lower court but was granted bail by the Delhi High Court in 2009.

"Normally, a person who is undergoing imprisonment, will not be entitled to get reinstatement, as the two concepts do not go together. But that does not automatically mean that the Deputy Commissioner or Joint Commissioner were within their rights, to pass orders terminating the services of the applicant on the basis of the conviction, when an appeal was pending before the High Court," the Tribunal said.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Finance Ministry Published Detailed Demands for Grants

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DETAILED DEMANDS FOR GRANTS OF MINISTRY OF FINANCE FOR 2010-2011


In that (Demand No. 36—Loans to Government Servants) advance details of granting for Loans and Advances to Central Government Servants like House Building Advances, Advances for purchase of Motor Conveyances etc., Loans and Advances for purchase of Computers etc.,etc.




Accommodation for Chairperson / Member of the Adjudicating Authority under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002

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Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
DIRECTORATE OF ESTATES

  

10.3.2010


  

No.11013/D/20/2006 - PoI.I


  

OFFICE MEMORANDUM


  

Sub:-       Accommodation for Chairperson / Member of the Adjudicating Authority under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002.


  

      The undersigned is directed to invite to attention to Ministry of Finance Office Memorandum No. D-11012/2/09 ES dated03.11.2009, and to state that the competent authority has approved, as a special case, the proposal for retention of Government accommodation the person appointed as Chairperson or Member from the date of joining the Adjudicating Authority if he/she is already in occupation of General Pool accommodation. The competent authority also noted that the present proposals not in conformity with the rules framed by the Department. Accordingly, the Chairperson and Member of the Adjudicating Authority, who are already occupying government accommodation under General Pool, will be eligible for retention of General Pool accommodation.


  

2.       For the purpose of retention of allotment of General Pool residential accommodation to Adjudicating Authority, the following Eligibility Code may be treated to have been included in the Eligibility List circulated under this Directorate's OM No.11013/D/93-Pol.IV dated 15.12.1998.


  

Name of the Department / Office to be added

Where to be added in the Eligibility List

Code No.

Retention of Government accommodation for the person appointed as Chairperson or Member from the date of joining the Adjudicating Authority

At Serial No.12 below Planning Commission

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(R.N. Yadav)
Deputy Director (Pol)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Allotment of Govt.. accommodation to the State Level Political Parties

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Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
DIRECTORATE OF ESTATES

  

Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi
Dated the 15th March, 2010

  

No.12014/1/2010 - Po. II

  

CORRIGENDUM

  

Sub:-       Allotment of Govt.. accommodation to the State Level
Political Parties - Framing of guidelines regarding.

  

      The undersigned is directed to invite attention to this Directorate's O.M. No. 12/11/2000-CDN/Pol. II dated 4th May, 2001 on the above mentioned subject and to say that para-2(i) thereof may be subsitituted by the following:

  

2. (i)       only those recognized State level Political parties that have a minimum strength of four members in both Houses of the Parliament could be considered for allotment of office-residence in Vitthalbhai Patel House.

  

      Other terms and conditions laid down in the O.M. dated 4th May, 2001 will remain un-changed.

  

(R.N. Yadav)
Deputy Director of Estates



Seniority not a fundamental right: CAT

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Seniority not a fundamental right: Central Administrative Tribunal

The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has said that public employees cannot claim seniority as a "fundamental right".

"As per the settled law, seniority is not a fundamental right of a public employee. It is only a civil right. There cannot be any change in this contrary to the principles of natural justice," the Tribunal bench, comprising Members Shanker Raju and Veena Chhotray, said.

The Tribunal said this while refusing to set aside an order by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi(MCD) revising the seniority list of its junior stenographers, It dismissed the petition of junior stenographers seeking to quash the order of the civic agency which had revised their 1988 seniority list.

The Tribunal noted that seniority list of junior stenographers was revised in 2000 by the MCD after duly considering the objections invited by it after circulating a provisional seniority list.

"The revision of seniority list of 2000 had been preceded by circulation of a provisional seniority list and inviting the objections. Even though the applicants still insist that their objections had not been considered, this is not proved," it said.

The Tribunal rejected the plea of violation of natural justice of petitioners on the ground that no proof in the form of relevant document was produced in support of it.

The petitioners, M S Thakur and others, were aggrieved at the changes in the revised seniority list of 2000 and approached the Tribunal for relief.
Source: Indian Express

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Proceedings of the Steering Committee of JCM-III level council of OFB

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Proceedings of the Steering Committee of JCM-III level council of OFB



The 9th steering committee of 11th Term JCM III Level Council, OFB hled on 12-03-201at OFB HQRS, Kolkata under the chairman ship of DDG/Admin. During the meeting the following points were discussed and the decision/position/progress to given below.

1. Payment of Night Duty Allowance arrears on the Notional Basic of IVth CPC + DA + Increment + Promotion between 1.1.1996 till date:
  Clarification of NDA which is now being paid on IV CPC pay scales from 1.1.96 was demanded to calculate by adding the increased DA + Earned Increments, Promotion / ACP etc., till date. This was agreed by OFB, Revised package by PC of A factories was issued. Few factories have paid the arrears and calculating on the revised package. It was insisted that many factories have not paid. It should be ensured that all the ordnance factories should make the arrears payment and the details should be given in the next meeting.

2.OT Payment on revised VI CPC Pay:
  It was demanded that the OT allowances should be paid on the VI CPC scale without further delay. It was informed to OFB that Railway Board issued orders recently to pay OT allowance on the revised pay w.e.f. 1.9.2008 by calculating HRA, TA, DA and Ration Allowance. Similarly it was demanded to calculating OT pay to ordnance factory employees without further delay on the revised pay.

3.Co-Relation of piece work profit on revised pay:
  It was demanded that there should not be any further delay to Co-Relate the piece work profit in the minimum of the pay band with Grade Pay.

4.Payment of piece work profit to those employees who were promoted / Granted ACP on the upgraded Pay / Grade Pay:
   Though the Co-relation is delayed, but the employees who were promoted / granted ACP after 1.9.2008 have not paid piece work profit on their pay. It was agreed to consider and was referred to PC of A fys.



Demanded the following:

a) MACP benefit to Teaching staff of Ordnance factories.

b) Merger of AF / FM / SH with JWM or to promote ch/man to AF immediately.

c) Holding of DPC for PR Teachers for their promotion.

d) Continuing of Risk Allowance and Patient Care Allowance.

e) Granting of EL 30 days to Direct Workers without delay.

f) Granting of incentive to Labourer SSK working in maintenance sections.

g) Early clearance of SLP to allow Direct Recruitment in HVF, OFT, OFP madek and EFA.

h) Special increments granted to stenographers through Arbitration Award should be treated as Part of Pay.

i) Granting of Departmental OT 3 ¼ Hrs. for Piece Workers to be considered. PC of A fys agreed to consider.

j) Early sanction of Manpower to Ordnance Factories during the year 2010-11 for Direct Recruitment against wastage vacancies arised during the previous year.

k) Cadre review proposal by OFB for para medical staff should be forwarded to Mof D by OFB without further delay.

l) Pharmacists awarded Rs.4200 Grade Pay should be granted w.e.f. 1.1.2006 and the clarification deleting of 2 years should be made clear.

m) Cadre review proposal for all categories should be prepared and forwarded to consultation with staff side and accordingly Recruitment Rules should be amended.

n) The residency period prescribed by DOP&T should not the followed wile filling the vacancies fallen prior to 1.9.2008 and as per Recruitment Rules only should be followed.

o) Removal of stagnation for store Keeping staff (SK & Supervisor) after the merger of Ch/man II & I , the vacancies fallen will be filled by promotion.

p) Agreed to declare the advertisement for filling the Ch/man vacancies through LDCE by April.


Further OFB agreed to consider the following.

Ø NIES who have got Rs.1900 Grade Pay, if willing to become labour SSK (GP Rs.1800) Grade Pay will be considered since their pay will e protected as per recent Government orders.

Ø Laborer USK now become Laborurer SSK their up gradation will be ignored for MACP. Their promotion to SK also will not be counted for MACP orders were issued.

Ø Agreed to grant Compassionate Appointments to those who were offered appointment prior to VI CPC orders even if they are less than matriculate but will be placed in S1 - Scale (OFB issued order instruction No.63/2009(PCC) dt 29.12.2009.

Ø Recovery of subscription to wards GPF for new pension scheme employees under scheme – II was discussed but were informed that the matter may be discussed at national council (JCM).



OFB asked the federations, to submit their cadre review proposal to within seven days, so that OFB can in corporate in their proposal and consult with the federations. You many forward proposals for the following cadres.

Ø Industrial Employees

Ø Store Keeping Staff

Ø Supervisor Staff (Ch/man to JWM)

Ø Fire Fighting Staff

Ø Cart while group ‘D’

Ø Stenographers Cadre

Ø Hindi/Raj basha Cadre.

Regarding the four grade structure of Artisan (Trades Man) and upgardation of MCM Grade Pay to Rs.4200 and HS-I Grade Pay to Rs.2800 was referred to DoP&T and the same was approved by DoP&T and sent to Mof Defence on 26.2.2010. Now the file was sent to Defecnce (Finance) for their approval. Now pending there. Any moment, it can be cleared. We have asked one time relaxation for Highly Skilled from Trade Test and to give effect from 1.1.2006. Due to this, MACPS also pending in many factories. MCM will be feeder grade to Ch/man infuture.

Source: Vinmoney

Thrust on more indigenisation in Defence procurement policy

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Thrust on more indigenisation in Defence procurement policy

The thrust of the Defence Procurement Policy 2010 will be on bringing about more indigenisation of weapons, the Defence Minister, Mr A.K. Antony, said here on Monday.

“Instead of depending too much on foreign suppliers it (the policy) will encourage Indian companies and strengthen domestic industry. There will also be a new policy on defence procurement,” Mr Antony said, at a press conference, after inaugurating the 6 {+t} {+h} International Land and Naval Defence Systems exhibition.

The Defence Minister added that after the introduction of the defence offset policy, the country is gradually becoming a key outsourcing hub for the global defence industry.

Leading companies including L&T, Ashok Leyland, Tata, Mahindra and Mahindra, Punj Lloyd, apart from the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautical Ltd (HAL), are currently present in the defence arena.

The opportunities for domestic industry are expected to increase manifold with India expected to procure armaments worth $60 billion (Rs 2.8 lakh crore) in the next five years increasing to $100 billion (Rs 4.6 lakh crore) in the next 10 years. The Secretary (Defence Production), Mr Raj Kumar Singh, said that the growth of the private defence industry since 2001 - when it was opened to the private sector - has seen contracts worth over Rs 8,000 crore being signed since the offset policy was introduced in defence acquisitions.

In his inaugural address, the Minister said that the country will soon publish the ‘Technology Perspective and Capability Roadmap', covering a period of 15 years, to share the future needs of the Armed Forces.

Expenditure to increase

The Minister said that though the country's defence expenditure is about 2.5 per cent of its GDP, the expenditure on defence in absolute terms is bound to increase with the Indian economy expected to grow at 8-10 per cent for the next two decades.

“This will present the defence industry with new and challenging opportunities to make a more meaningful contribution to the defence sector,” he said.

“Our quest for self-reliance in defence underlines the importance of private sector participation, on the one hand, and in revitalising the public sector, on the other. We want the public sector and the private sector to work in close co-operation, as friendly partners,” the Minister said. The Minister of State for Defence, Dr M.M. Pallam Raju, said that as a result of the steps taken by the Government in the recent past, to reform the domestic defence sector, “the atmosphere in India is now conducive for attracting more and more investments in defence research and development.”
Source: The Business Line

Friday, March 19, 2010

Revision of pay scales - amendment of Service Rules / Recruitment Rules

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No.AB.14017/61/2008-Estt. (RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
New Delhi

  

Dated, the 12th March, 2010.

  

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

  

Subject:-     Sixth Central Pay Commission's recommendations - revision of pay scales - amendment of Service Rules / Recruitment Rules

  

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        The undersigned is directed to invite reference to this Department's OM of even number dated 24th March, 2009 on the above subject.

  

2.    In the Annexure to the said OM, the entries pertaining to the following grades may be revised as under:-

  

Sl. No.      From       To          Minimum qualifying service
    1.          1800     1900                   3 Years
    25.        10000   HAG                   3 Years
    26.        HAG     HAG + Scale      1 Year
    27.        HAG     Apex Scale         2 years

  

3. Hindi version will follow.

  

(J.A. Vaidyanathan)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Release of additional instalment of Dearness Allowance from January 2010.

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Cabinet Ministry today decided to issue an additional Dearness Allowance of 8% to all Central Government Employees and Dearness Relief to Pensioners with effect form 01.01.2010.

With this the total Dearness Allwoance will rise from 27% to 35%.

The increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of 6th CPC . An increase of eight per cent over the existing rate of 27 per cent of the Basic Pay (Pay in the pay band + Grade pay) / Pension and arrears for Jan and Feb - 2010 will be paid in next month.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Core banking services at post offices

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Core banking services at post offices

There is a proposal to introduce Core Banking Solution (CBS) in 4,000 post offices for ensuring “anytime, anywhere and any branch banking” in these 4000 post offices. There is a financial outlay of Rs.106 crores for development of CBS software, customer relations management, training, project management unit, centralised back office etc. during the 11th Five Year Plan. The project aims at provision of delivery channels like ATM, internet, phone and mobile banking services besides streamlining the existing operations of savings schemes /savings certificates. Till now, 117 officers have been imparted CBS appreciation training and 60 operative officials have attended workshop on Core Banking.

Government has also taken the following steps to make the post offices a profitable organization:

Modernize mail operations through improved transmission of mails, parcel and logistics between major cities, setting up of automatic mail processing centres for faster processing of mails and rationalization of the existing mail network.

Induction of technology in speed post network and financial services so as to increase the efficiency of operations.

Leveraging the postal network to provide various utility services.

Utilizing technology for improving productivity in post offices.

Imparting need based training to all staff.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology, Shri Gurudas Kamat in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
Source: PTI

Govt may clear DA hike for employees tomorrow

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Govt may clear DA hike for employees tomorrow

About 50 lakh central government employees may get 8 percentage points increase in their dearness allowance (DA), as a proposal in this regard is likely to get the Cabinet approval tomorrow.

Pensioners may also get the dearness relief, highly placed sources said.

The DA would be revised from 27 per cent to 35 per cent of basic salaries, giving some respite from high inflation.

The increase would be given with retrospective effect from January this year.

The DA revision is based on the consumer price index (CPI) for industrial workers, which has been showing a steep increase along with other indices of the price rise.

The CPI for industrial workers increased to 16.2 per cent in January from 10.4 per cent a year ago.

Source: PTI

Ordnance unit develops high speed anti-submarine RGB

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Ordnance unit develops high speed anti-submarine RGB

The Heavy Alloys Penetrator Project (HAPP) here has developed a high speed indigenous version of Russian anti-submarine Rocket Guided Bomb (RGB-60) for the Navy.

The missile, with enhanced capabilities, had been developed within a short duration of less than a year, HAPP General Manager M Ravi told reporters.

HAPP, an ordnance factory, would shortly hand over a few numbers of RGB-60 to the Navy for field tests, after which it would go in for bulk production as per the requirement, he said.

RGB-60 carrying a war head mass of 25 kg was meant for firing from rocket depth bomb launcher mounted on Naval war ships and could be used as an effective and reliable anti-submarine ammunition, he said.

HAPP had last year developed RGB-12, a small range version.
Source: PTI

Clarification on Biometric Attendance Control System

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Clarification on Biometric Attendance Control System

Attention has been drawn to some reports appearing in the media about the declining trend in attendance recorded in the Biometric Attendance Control System installed in the Ministry of Home Affairs. This is factually not correct. As against an average of 1087 employees who marked their attendance in December, 2009, the figure has risen to 1173 in January 2010 and 1240 during February 2010. This does not include those who are on leave, tour, training etc. It is also clarified that there are no ghost employees in the Ministry of Home Affairs.


Model RRs for stenographer Grade II post in non-Secretariat Organizations

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NO. AB-14017/8/2010-Estt (RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
New Delhi, dated, the 10 March, 2010.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM


Subject:- Model RRs for stenographer Grade II post in non-Secretariat Organizations.


The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No. AB 14017/53/2005-Estt.(RR) dated 17th February, 2006 forwarding copies of the Model Recruitment Rules of Stenographers cadre. The posts or Stenographer Grade I and Grade ll in the pre-revised scale of Rs. 5500-9000 and Rs. 5000- 8000 respectively have been placed in PB-2 with Grade Pay of Rs 4200. The Model Recruitment Rules for the post of Stenographer Grade III in the pre-revised scale of Rs.4000-6000 have been reviewed in the light of 6th CPC recommendations on revision of pay scales, instructions issued by this Department, etc. and the post of Stenographer Grade III shall be designated as Stenographer Grade II. Accordingly, the Model Recruitment Rules for the same applicable to the Stenographers in Non-Secretariat Organizations which are not part of the CSSS / RBSSS I IFS / AFHQSS or any other organized headquarter services are enclosed as Annexure to this Office Memorandum.

2. Ministries / Departments may review the existing rules and notify the revised rules conforming to the Model Recruitment Rules. These may also be forwarded to all autonomouslstatutory bodies for adoption. The Ministry of Home Affairs etc., also requested to forward these Model RRs to the UT Administrations for appropriate action.

3. Model RRs for other posts in Stenographer Cadre will be circulated separately.

4. Hindi version will follow.
(J.A.Vaidyanathan)
Deputy Secretary to the Goverdment of lndia


Grant of increased rate of washing Allowance to common categories of Group 'C' and 'D' employees of various Ministries/Departments

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Speed Post / Registered
No. AN/XIV/14162/VIth CPC/Vol-III
O/o CGDA
Ulan Batar Road, Palam
Delhi Cantt
Date: 08.03.2010



All Prinicipal Controllers/Controllers and
Jt. CDA(AF) Nagpur
PCA (Fys) Kolkata




Sub:- Grant of increased rate of washing Allowance to common categories of Group 'C' and 'D' employees of various Ministries/Departments

A copy of Government of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions (Department of Personnel & Training)OM F.No.14/2/2008-JCA dated 11th September 2008 on the above subject is forwarded herewith for your information, guidance and necessary action please.



Pay Fixation of Pay Under CCS (RP) Rules, 2008 - Clarification regarding

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Fax/Speed Post

Office of the Controller General of Defence Accounts
Ulanbatar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt-l0


No. ANIXIV/14162/VIth CPC/Circular Vol. IV

Dated 12/02/2010

To
All PCsDAlCsDA
PC of A (Fys)/CsFA (Fys.)
Jt.CDA (AF) Nagpur


Subject:- Implementation of Sixth Central Pay Commission recommendations - Clarification regarding.

Reference :- This HQrs Office letter of even No. dated 4/09/2009.

A matter regarding exercising of option for fixation of pay under CCS (RP) Rules'2008 in respect of the individuals who got two promotions between 1/01/2006 and the date of issuing of GOI, Min of Finance Notification dated 29/08/2008, was referred to the Ministry of Defence (Fin)/Min of Finance (Deptt of Expdr) for their clarification.

2. In this connection, Ministry of Finance (Deptt of Expdr) has clarified that" as per CCS (RP) Rules'2008, a Govt. Servant has the option to have his pay fixed from the date of his second promotion, if he/she has been granted two promotions / upgradations between 1/01/2006 and 29/08/2008. In such cases, however, the Govt. servant concerned will not be entitled to draw any arrears of pay w.e.f. I/01/2006 till the date of option.

3. It is, therefore, requested to accept the option for fixation of pay under RPR'2008in respect of the individuals who got two promotions between 1/01/2006 and 29/08/2008and want to switch over in the revised pay structure from the date of second promotionand re-fix the pay of these individuals accordingly.

Sr. Dy. CGDA (AN) has seen

(R K Bhatt)
For CGDA

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Officers working in the personal staff of Ministers - Reg.

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No.31/65/2009-EO (MM-I)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

  

New Delhi, dated, the 04.03.2010.

  

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

  

Subject:-     Policy on fixing an upper limit of the number of years for which officers can work in the personal staff of the Union Minister in their entire careers.

  

         The issue of officers working in the personal staff of Ministers for long periods of time has been engaging the attention of the Government for quite some time. The various Departments/Se~ices recruit officers to man their respective organizations and it is not in the interest of the cadre management of an organization to let its officers be out of their cadres for prolonged periods of time.

  

2.    The Appointrnents Committee of the Cabinet has decided that

  

(i)     A total ceiling of ten years be prescribed beyond which an officer may not be permitted to be appointed in the personal staff of Ministers, irrespective of level.

  

(ii)     Every time an appointment in the personal staff is made, the cadre authorities may check whether the officer has worked in the personal staff of a Minister earlier and if so, his total tenure be restricted to not more than ten years in his entire career. Further, his tenure as Private Secretary and OSD to the Minister should be limited to five years within this overall limit, on the personal staff of the Minister.

  

(iii)    The ceiling of ten years and the sub limit of five years for PSIOSD with the ceiling of ten years, in the personal staff would be adhered too while processing the cases for appointments of PSs and OSDs. The tenure provided in all such cases would be inclusive of any stint that the officer may have worked in, earlier at Under Secretary or lower levels also in the personal staff of any Minister.

  

(iv)     No relaxation will be granted to the above conditions.

  

(v)    The Personal staff appointed in the Prime Minister's Office may be exempted from the above provisions.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Special concessions / facilities to Central Government Employees working in Kashmir Valley

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No.18016/3/2010-Estt.(L)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
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North Block, New Delhi.
Dated, the 15th March, 2010.

  

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

  

Subject:-     Special concessions / facilities to Central Government Employees working in Kashmir Valley in attached / subordinate offices or PSUs falling under the control of Central Government.

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        The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's D.O. No. 18016/2/2008-Estt.(L) dated 27" March, 2009 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the Department of Jammu & Kashmir Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs has reviewed the matter in consultation with the Ministry of Finance and this Department, and it has been decided that the existing package of concessions/incentives earlier extended to Central Government employees working in Kashmir Valley upto 31.12.2009 may be continued further for a further period of one year with effect from 01.01.2010 to 31.12.2010. A copy of the details of the package of incentives is enclosed in the Annexure to this O.M. for ready reference.

2.    The package of incentives is uniformly applicable to all Ministries / Departments and PSUs under the Government of India and they should ensure strict adherence to the rates prescribed in the package. The concerned Ministry / Department may ensure implementation and monitoring of the package in conformity with the approved package, and therefore, all Court cases in which verdicts are given contrary to the package would have to be contested by the Ministries / Departments concerned.

  

(SIMMI R. NAKRA)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

PC to allow home ministry employees flexi-hours

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Home Minister P. Chidambaram will soon introduce flexi-hours for employees in his ministry. Attendance norms will be relaxed, so long as employees put in 40 hours a week.

Under the new norms, officials stuck in Delhi’s peak hour traffic jams will be excused if they are late by 30 minutes. Occassionally, they can also cite social obligations or doctor consultation and come late by two hours or leave two hours early.

But they will have to make up for the lost time, preferably on the same day and in any case, in the same week.

“The duration of late coming/early departure is to be compensated by devoting such extra hours of work so as to ensure the 40-hour work schedule for the entire week is maintained,” Home Secretary G.K. Pillai said.

The fresh instructions were issued on representations from home ministry officials who met him last week. They are understood to have pointed out the practical problems faced by staff members due to the biometric attendance system installed last September.

Central government offices have a 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. schedule with an half-an-hour lunch break in between.

“We had pointed if an official had to take a family member to the doctor, there was no way he, or she, could reach by 9 p.m. since CGHS dispensaries open at 7.30 a.m,” an home ministry official familiar with the representation said.
Source: Hindustantimes

Refund of income tax by April assured

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Refund of income tax by April assured

Refund of income-tax to assesses for the period ending 2008-09 will be effected by April, said R. K. Kakkar, Commissioner of Income-Tax, Tiruchi.

Speaking at a meeting on ‘Analysis of Union Budget 2010’ organised by Confederation of Indian Industries, Tiruchi Zone, here on Wednesday, Mr. Kakkar said that the Income-Tax Department has made all arrangements for refund of income-tax due till 2008-09. Any assesses not getting the refund due by the end of April, could contact him or his office for immediate action, he said.

On the budget proposals for 2010-11, Mr. Kakkar said that the widening of the tax slab would benefit the salaried persons in a big way. It also encouraged savings through investment on long-term infrastructure bonds. Promotion of research and development would enhance competitiveness of our country’s economy in the global scenario, he added.

S. Jaikumar, an advocate, said that the introduction of service taxes would evoke a mixed result. While the tax plan on cultural or commercial events, involving huge sum of money for the organisers or sponsors, would bring adequate revenue, the proposed tax on domestic air travel would cripple the domestic air services which were already incurring losses.

G. Rajendran, Superintendent of Customs, said that the Tiruchi air-port should be developed into a full-fledged air-cargo complex with additional infrastructure.

P. Kalaiazhagan and V. Sathiyanarayanan, both Superintendents of Central Excise and Leo Ananth J., Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industries, Tiruchi Zone, spoke.
Source: The Hindu



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