Friday, April 30, 2010

New Pension Scheme (NPS) is set to receive a major boost with the SBI...

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NPS gets a chunk of SBI staff’s pension corpus

The Central government sponsored New Pension Scheme (NPS) is set to receive a major boost with the State Bank of India, moving a significant part of its employees’ pension corpus to the scheme. The NPS will also get significant contributions in coming months by way of employer and employee contribution towards the pension of public sector bank employees who join after April 1, 2010.

A senior official at the pension regulator PFRDA said NPS fund managers will henceforth manage a chunk of a fund that helps pay for retirement benefits of all present and former employees of the country’s largest lender.

“We received various queries from SBI regarding the nitty-gritties of our scheme,” said Rani Singh Nair, executive director at PFRDA. “We are happy to report that they have now joined us and we hope many others will also be encouraged to follow the example,” she told ET.

Industry officials say SBI is moving close to Rs 2,000 crore out of its about Rs 25,000-crore employees retirement corpus to NPS. The bank feels that NPS will help the fund fetch better returns than the current system it has in place.

As per published data, in-house fund management of most stateowned banks earned 8-9 % annualised returns in the fiscal year ended March 2009. NPS earned nearly 16%. It is this higher yield that SBI is trying to capture by participating in NPS.

In terms of the agreement between IBA and bank unions, all bank employees joining after April 1 will migrate to a defined contribution scheme. Since several public sector banks are planning to recruit clerks and probationary officers in the coming months, the number of NPS accounts are expected to grow sharply.

SBI’s chunk is a part of an overall corpus that pays for certain retirement benefits of employees, including the defined benefit pension.

Besides SBI, several state-owned corporations such as Nalco and Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) have transferred a portion of their employees retirement benefit corpus to the NPS to take advantage of the benefits of economies of scale in managing retirement funds.

Unlike employees at state-owned banks, SBI employees are supposed to enjoy a “third benefit” as a part of their superannuation package. While others receive only provident fund (or pension) and gratuity post-retirement, SBI executives additionally get a third pension component.

This is done on a “defined benefit” basis, where the bank promises a specified monthly benefit on retirement that is predetermined by a formula based on the employee’s earnings history, tenure of service and age, rather than as a function of investment returns.
Source: Economic Times

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Central Government employees to travel to the different parts of North Eastern region by air has been extended by two years with effect from May 1

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Centre extends NE LTC schemes

Overwhelmed by the response to the innovative LTC scheme for Central Government employees, leading to record growth of tourists’ inflow into the North-East to the tune of 21 per cent in the last couple of years, the Centre has extended the scheme for another two years, official sources on Wednesday confirmed.

Over 57.04 lakh government employees travelled to the picturesque North-East till now by and large avoided by tourists because of the looming dangers posed by insurgency. Meghalaya followed by Sikkim and Assam were the most favourite destination, according to the available figures.

Officials said that the scheme of relaxation of Leave Travel Concession (LTC) rules allowing the Central Government employees to travel to the different parts of North Eastern region by air has been extended by two years with effect from May 1. The Department of Personal and Training has issued a notice pertaining to the effect on April 20.

Minister of State for Personnel and Public Grievances, Prithviraj Chavan in a Lok Sabha reply has also confirmed the extension of time limit to visit NE region by air in relaxation of LTC rules, 1988 for two years.

Sources said that Union Minister of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Bijoy Krishna Handique had set the ball rolling for extension of the scheme in February. He wrote to the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension, Prithviraj Chavan calling for extension of the scheme citing the tremendous response generated among the Central Government Employees in the past twenty months.

Handique, further, mentioned that the extension would give necessary fillip to the tourism potential of the NER in particular, and the economy in general, sources added.

According to available data, the inflow of domestic tourists to the eight NE States recorded a growth of 21 per cent in the last two years. Last year, saw a growth of 11 per cent in the inflow of domestic tourists over the previous year.

This growth is primarily attributed to the huge increase in LTC tourists since introduction of the scheme in May, 2008 at behest of the Ministry of DoNER. There was a total domestic inflow of 5.7 million tourists in the year 2009.

Handique has appealed to all the State Governments and people of NER to avail this opportunity to give a boost to the tourism in order to create more employment avenues.

Source: Assam Tribune

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Defence production made by Ordnance Factories

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The quantum of defence production made by Ordnance Factories for last three years is given below:-


Year

Values of Issues
(In Rs. Crores)

2007 - 2008

5757

2008 - 2009

6083

2009 - 2010

8720


  

Ordnance Factories are being modernised continuously to keep pace with development technology. Army & MHA have recently indicated long term requirements, which are substantially higher than the present production level. As such, OFB has undertaken action to augment the capacity wherever required.


  

The planned investment for modernisation of Plant & Machinery in Ordnance Factories in 11th & 12th Plan and cumulative expenditure upto January 2010 are furnished as under:


Investment Plan for Modernisation

Planned expenditure during XI th Plan (in Rs.Crore)

Cumulative Expenditure upto January 2010 during XI th Plan (In Rs.Crore)

Planned expenditure during XII th Plan (In Rs.Crore)

-

1,707.50

970.24

2,100


  

At present, no expansion is planned at OF Badmal and there is no proposal to set up a new Ordnance Factory.


  

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri MM Pallam Raju in a written reply to Shri Rakesh Singh and others in Lok Sabha today.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Relaxation for travel by air to visit NER - Clarification

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F.No. 3 101 1/4/2007-Estt.(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training



New Delhi, dated 23th April, 2010



  

OFFICE MEMORANDUM



  

Subject: CCS (LTC) Rules, 1988 – Relaxation for travel by air to visit NER.



  

               The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department O.M. of even No. dated 20.4.2010 and to clarify that the validity of this Department O.M. of even NO. dated 2.5.2008 stands extended on the same terms and conditions for a further period of two years beyond 1.5.2010 in relaxation of CCS (LTC) Rules, 1988 to visit North Eastern Region of lndia.



(smt.Raj Bala Singh)
Under Secretary to the Government of lndia



2.19 Crore Persons are With Disabilities

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2.19 Crore Persons are With Disabilities

As per Census 2001, there are 2.19 Crore persons with disabilities, out of which 22.63 lakh are persons with mental disability.

As per Section 2 (i) of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunity, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, “disability” means (i) blindness, (ii) low vision, (iii) leprosy-cured, (iv) hearing impairment, (v) locomotor disability, (vi) mental retardation (vii) mental illness. As per Section 2 (t) of the Act “person with disability” means a person suffering from not less than forty percent of any disability as certified by a medical authority.

National Policy for persons with disabilities envisages measures for early detection and intervention, counseling and medical interventions. Deen Dayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme supports inter alia programmes for early intervention. Assistance is provided to NGOs for projects under the scheme.

This information was given by Shri D. Napoleon, the Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

Restructuring OF Officers’ cadre in Defence Services

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Restructuring OF Officers’ cadre in Defence Services

The Ajay Vikram Singh Committee made recommendations encompassing a wide spectrum of service related issues to address the twin aspects of reducing the high age profile and improving cadre mobility of officers. Based on the recommendations of the Committee, a number of measures have been implemented for the three Services with some variations to meet service specific requirements. These include time based promotion upto the rank of Lt Colonel; introduction of Colonel (Time Scale) rank; upgradation of 750 posts of Lt Colonel to Colonel; upgradation of 1896 posts in the ranks of Colonel, Brigadier, Major General and Lt General and their equivalents in Navy and Air Force.

Government letter has been issued for reducing the minimum qualifying service for substantive promotion to the rank of Colonel and their equivalents in the other two services to 15 years of reckonable commissioned service. The service specific requirements of the Navy are at variance with the other two Services, with respect to the period of service for promotion to Captain. This is in keeping with the operational and functional requirements.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Smt Jaya Prada in Lok Sabha today.

ARJUN - Main Battle Tank

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MBT Arjun

The decision on the further order of the MBT Arjun tanks would be based on the results of recently concluded comparative trials of MBT Arjun and T-90 tanks.

Certain components of MBT Arjun are imported based on the indigenous design of their configurations. The other systems are indigenously designed and produced.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri S Semmalai and Shri GS Basavaraj in Lok Sabha today.

India becomes 7th largest Shareholder in world bank

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India becomes 7th largest Shareholder in world bank World Bank’s Shareholding structure Changed Spring meetings of World Bank and IMF

The Development Committee of the World Bank, in its meeting held on 25th April, 2010 at Washington DC, took historic decisions relating to increasing the financial capacity of the Bank and enhancing the role of developing countries in its governance. These decisions would be of great benefit to India – both as a borrower from and as a shareholder of the Bank. Changes in the World Bank’s Voting Structure

The changes in the shareholding structure of the Bank would make India one of the important shareholders in the Bank. While there is an overall shift of 3% vote share to developing countries bringing their total vote share to 47%, India would now be the 7th largest shareholder in the Bank. In recognition of the global economic changes that are taking place, the voting power of countries like India, China, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico and Turkey has increased while that of some of the major European and other countries that have traditionally dominated international finance like UK, France, Germany, the Nordic and Benelux countries, Japan, Australia and Canada, has gone down. As a result of this change, India would go ahead of Russia, Canada, Australia, Italy and Saudi Arabia in voting power.

These changes reflect the rapid growth of the Indian economy in the past decade and its rising economic weight in global affairs. The Bank has also agreed to review its shareholding five years hence and as India’s economy grows further, this should lead to a further improvement in India’s relative importance.

India’s shareholding in the Bank had been declining since the 1970s and this trend has been reversed for the first time in a generation.

Enhancing the Bank’s Capital

The Development Committee also agreed to raise the capital base of the Bank through a General Capital Increase. This increase is taking place after a gap of over 30 years. There is agreement to raise the authorized capital of the Bank by $ 58 billion with a paid in portion @ 6% amounting to $ 3.5 billion. The Bank is restricted by its Articles to restrict its total outstanding loan commitments to its total authorized capital. As a result of the increase in demand for Bank assistance as a result of the crisis, it was likely that the Bank would have reached its Statutory Lending Limit in a few years. This would have constrained the Bank’s lending capacity and there would have been a decline in Bank assistance to countries.

The increase in its capital base, along with the capital that would flow in as a result of the realignment in shareholding, would allow the Bank to lend an additional $ 86 billion. As one of the largest borrowers of the Bank, India also would be able to secure additional assistance from the Bank. The enhanced lending capacity would enable India to receive additional assistance to the extent of $ 7 – 10 bn in the coming years.

India’s remarks on the decisions

The Indian Delegation to the 2010 Spring meetings of the World Bank and IMF was led by the Finance Secretary, Shri Ashok Chawla. In his remarks at the DC meeting, the Finance Secretary said that these changes “are transformative in nature and will reposition the World Bank Group in the international financial architecture. Taken collectively, they will strengthen the role the World Bank Group in being an effective multilateral instrument for eradicating poverty, achieving the MDGs, supporting international efforts to manage global public goods, and most importantly, keeping it relevant in a dynamic world.”

“We are taking momentous decisions today, decisions that will set the direction of this unique institution for many decades to come. Our decisions will ensure that the World Bank Group continues to play a lead role in eradicating poverty and fostering development globally, that its storehouse of knowledge and resources is put to best use. By giving the World Bank Group a new sense of purpose and direction with enhanced governance and strength, we will ensure that the vision of its founding fathers is fulfilled”, said the Finance Secretary.

Promotion Prospects for PBOR

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Government has not restricted promotion opportunities for the Personnel Below Officers Rank (PBOR) in the Armed Forces. The Government has, in fact, improved the career prospects by approving grant of three Assured Career Progression (ACP) to PBOR at 8, 16 and 24 years of service as against three Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPs) for the Central Government Civilian Employees at 10, 20 and 30 years of regular service. At the time of each financial upgradation under ACP, the PBOR would get an additional increment and next higher Grade Pay in hierarchy.

 

            Army:  PBORs (including Jawans) are eligible for grant of commissioning into Officer Cadres through various In Service entries i.e. Army Cadet College (ACC) / Special Commissioned Officers (SCO) / Permanent Commission Officers (Special List) [PC(SL)].

            Navy:  Adequate promotion avenues exist through time based, roster based and selective promotion for sailors. Promotion upto the rank of Leading Seaman/equivalent for non-Artificers and upto the rank of Artificer 3rd class for artificers are time based. Roster based and selective promotions are for higher ranks against the available / anticipated vacancies. Promotion avenues also exist for sailors to be promoted to officer rank through the Commission Worthy Scheme and the Special Duty List Scheme.

            Air Force:  A PBOR during his service career can be promoted upto the rank of Master warrant Officer (MWO) subject to fulfilling eligibility criteria and availability of vacancies.   

            Number of PBORs including Jawans promoted to Senior Officers post in the three services of the Armed Forces during the last three years is as under:

Year

Army*

Air Force

Navy

Commission Worthy Scheme

Special Duty List Scheme

2007

159

94

54

82

2008

139

64

2009

205

59

            * Excluding Army Medical Corps and Army Dental Corps

 

            Government proposes to review the promotion policy for PBOR to ensure greater opportunities for PBORs. In the Army, review of the promotion policy for PBOR is under process to ensure better opportunities. A cadre review for the PBOR has been ordered in May 2009. The Navy is also working on a proposal for cadre restructuring of sailors, which would enhance their promotional avenues.

 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri Arjun Ray in Lok Sabha today.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

New pay structure for Industrial Employees of Ordnance Factories

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INDWF General Secretary Mr.R.Srinivasan has written in his website regarding the new revised pay structure for Industrial Employees of Ordnance Factories. The content of the letter is reproduced below...

The proposal submitted by Ministry of Defence on the approval of Fast Track Committee to create 4(Four) grade structure for Industrial Employees has been now approved by Ministry of Finance, (Department of Expenditure) on 22.04.2010. According to the approval the following proposal has been granted.



Existing Scheme Revised / Approval Proposal
MCM: 25% of 55% of HS Rs.2800/- MCM Placement Grade does not fall in the Hierarchy. MCM 25% of HS I & HS II (55%) 13.75 % - Rs. 4200/- Grade Pay Placement Grade / not regular Hierarchy grade
HS 55% Rs.2400/- HS I - 27.5% - Rs.2800/- Grade Pay HS II - 27.5% Rs.2400/- Grade Pay
SK 45% - Rs.1900/- SK - 45% - Rs.1900/-


Only Three Grades will remain i.e., HS I, HS II & SK (27.5%, 27.5%, 45%)



MCM will not be part of hierarchy



Feeder Grade for Chargeman will be based on HS I seniority



MCM time relaxation from Trade Test for HS I w.e.f. 01.01.2006



After getting approval by Ministry of Defence (Finance) necessary orders will be issued by Min. of Defence by next week.



Saturday, April 24, 2010

Feedback on the 2nd meeting of the National Anomaly Committee held on 27.3.2010

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Feedback on the 2nd meeting of the National Anomaly Committee held on 27.3.2010

The 2nd meeting of the National Anomaly Committee was held today, i.e. on 27.3.2010 under the chairmanship of Secretary(P), DoP&T(Government of India).

At the outset the Chairman expressed that he has an open mind to resolve the anomalies of the VI CPC.

The Secretary, Staff Side(NC/JCM), Com. Umraomal Purohit, in his deliberations raised the following points:-

(i) The matters of HPCA/PCA, Risk Allowance are to be settled quickly.

(ii) The issue of Insurance Scheme should be discussed and in the intervening period, therates of HPCA/PCA should be doubled as has been done in respect of other allowances.

(iii) The matter of the MACP Scheme has been agitated minds of the Central Government Employees and the problem needs to be addressed.

(iv) He also mentioned that CCA has been merged with Transport Allowance causing number of problems.

(v) He suggested that committees can be formed to sort out the issues.

(vi) He also stated that we should go little faster in the matter of resolving anomalies.

(vii) He also raised the issue of Annual Increment and Fixation of Pay on Promotion.

(viii) Reacting to comments of Com. Umraomal Purohit, the Chairman stated that he is also of the same opinion that early decisions on the anomalies need to be taken.2

(ix) In respect of suggestion for forming committees to resolve the problems of MACP Scheme, HPCA/PCA, Risk Allowance vis-à-vis Insurance Scheme, as recommended by the VI CPC, the Chairman assured that solution could be found out to resolve the genuine anomalies.

(x) The matter of revision of rate of Fixed Medical Allowance was also raised by the Staff Side, when the Chairman stated that this issue would be decided before the next meeting.

The Official Side agreed to consider the following issues favourably:-

1. The issue of postponement of Annual Increment because of Extra Ordinary Leave and issue of sanctioning of Annual Increment to the staff whose date of increment falls between February and June could be considered favourably.

2. In respect of Fixation of Pay on Promotion, the Chairman assured that the whole matter would be examined de-novo.

3. In respect of application of new commutation factor and reduction of period from 15 to 12 years, the Official Side agreed to look into the matter of calculation.

4. The mater of increment falling between February to June 2006 had also been taken-up seriously and it was assured by the Chairman that it would be resolved shortly.

The Official Side also informed the Staff Side that the 46th Meeting of the National Council(JCM) would be held on 15th May, 2010 and the next meeting of the National Anomaly Committee will be held thereafter.

Source: AIRF

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act against the public servants including senior officers

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2439 CBI Cases Against Public Servants Under PC Act

The CBI has registered 2439 cases under the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act against the public servants including senior officers during the last three years i.e. 2007, 2008, 2009 and the current year (upto March, 2010). The year wise number of cases registered are as follows:

Year

No. of cases registered

2007

688

2008

744

2009

795

20010(Upto 31.3.2010)

212



Whether a person is guilty or otherwise can only be decided by Court after trial. However, in CBI cases under PC Act, the following number of cases have ended in conviction during last three years and the current year:

Year

No. of cases ended in conviction

2007

238

2008

216

2009

230

20010(Upto 31.3.2010)

48



Government is fully committed to implement its policy of “Zero Tolerance against Corruption” and is moving progressively to eradicate corruption from all spheres of life by improving transparency and accountability. Several steps have been taken to combat corruption and to improve the functioning of Government. These include:

(i) Issue of Whistle Blowers Resolution, 2004 (ii) Enactment of Right to Information Act, 2005

(iii) The pro-active involvement of Ministry/Department through Annual Action Plan on Vigilance as a preventive measure

(iv) Issue of comprehensive instructions on transparency in tendering and contracting process by the CVC

(v) Issue of instructions advising the State Governments to adopt Integrity Pact in major procurements

(vi) Introduction of e-Governance and simplification of procedures and systems

(vii) Issue of Citizen Charters.

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Shri Prithviraj Chavan in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.

Investigation enquiry against officers of the level of Joint Secretary and above are pending as on 15.4.2010

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Permission To CBI For Investigating Senior Officers

Seven requests of CBI under Section 6-A of Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946 (DSPE Act) for undertaking investigation enquiry against officers of the level of Joint Secretary and above are pending as on 15.4.2010 with the following Ministries/Departments of the Government of India.

Name of the Ministry/Department

Number of Requests pending

Ministry of Human Resources and Development

1

Department of Atomic Energy

1

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

1

Ministry of Railways

1

Ministry of Finance(Department of Financial Services

1

Ministry of Coal

1

Total

7



The individual administrataive ministry is required to dispose of such requests in accordance with the provisions of the DSPE Act.

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Shri Prithviraj Chavan in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.

Section 26(a) of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Right and full Participation) Act, 1995

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Compulsory Education to Handicapped Children

According to Section 26(a) of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Right and full Participation) Act, 1995, every child with a disability has access to free education in an appropriate environment till he attains the age of eighteen years.

A Centrally Sponsored Scheme called “Inclusive Education for the Disabled at the Secondary Stage (IEDSS)” was launched in April, 2009. The objective of the scheme is to enable all students with disabilities, who complete eight years of elementary education, to pursue secondary education (classes IX to XII) in an inclusive and enabling environment. The budget provision for the scheme for 2010-2011 is Rs.70.00 crore.

Under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) which is a flagship programme to universalize elementary education, the policy of zero rejection of children with special needs is followed. These children are educated in the most appropriate environment suitable to their learning needs.

The proviso to Section 3(2) of the Right to Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 states that a child suffering from disability, shall have the right to free elementary education in accordance with the provision of the said Act.

The emphasis under SSA and IEDSS is to mainstream the children with special needs in regular schools having an inclusive environment.

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

National Task Force for growth of women scientists in their professional career

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Concessions to Women Scientists

The Government had constituted a National Task Force for Women in Science. The report of this Task Force was released on 27th January, 2010. The recommendations of the Task Force are under consideration by the Department. The Department of Science and Technology has also constituted a Standing Committee to review the recommendations of the National Task Force and suggest special measures to ensure growth of women scientists in their professional career.

Based on the recommendations of the National Task Force for Women in Science, all Aided Institutions of the Department of Science and Technology have been asked to give proposals to establish a state-of-art crèche facility and to build women residential block in institutions having more than 20 women scientists.

This was stated by Shri Prithviraj Chavan, the Minister of State (I/C) for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences in the Lok Sabha today.

Two Vacancies of Administrative Members in the Central Administrative Tribunal, one each at the Ahmedabad and Patna Bench

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D.O. N0.A-11013/9/2010-AT
 
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL 8 TRAINING
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES
AND PENSIONS
NORTH BLOCK. NEW DELHI-110001
Website : hnpliwww.persmin.nic.in
 
20th April, 2010
 
Applications are invited from suitable eligible officers for two vacancies of Administrative Members in the Central Administrative Tribunal, one each at the Ahmedabad and Patna Bench.   
2. The Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985 got amended by the Administrative Tribunals (Amendment) Act, 2006. As per sub-sections (2) and (3) of Section 8 of the Act:
 
"(2) A Member shall hold office as such for a term of five years from the date on which he enters upon his office extendable by one more term of five years:
 
Provided that no Member shall hold office as such after he has attained the age of sixty-five years.
 
(3) The conditions of service of Chairman and Members shall be the same as applicable to Judges of the High Court."
 
3. The eligibility conditions as per Sub-section 2(a) of Section 6 of the Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985 as amended by the Administrative Tribunals (Amendment) Act, 2006 (No. 1 of 2007) provides that-   
"(2) A person shall not be qualified for appointment,-
 
(a) as an Administrative Member, unless he has held for at least two years the post of Secretary to the Government of India or any other post under the Central or State Government and carrying, the scale of pay which is not less than that of a Secretary to the Government of India for at least two years or held a post of Additional Secretary to the Government of India for at least five years or any other post under the Central or State Government carrying the scale of pay which is not less than that of Additional Secretary to the Government of India at least for a period of five years;"
 
Provided that the officers belonging to All-lndia services who were or are on Central Deputation to a lower post shall be deemed to have held the post of Secretary or Additional Secretary, as the case may be, from the date such officers were granted proforma promotion or actual promotion whichever is earlier to the level of Secretary or Additional Secretary, as the case may be, and the period spent on Central deputation after such date shall count for qualifying service for the purposes of this clause;"
 
4. For the Administrative Members already working in CAT/SATs who want to apply afresh, Section 10A of the Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985 as inserted by the Administrative Tribunals (Amendment) Act, 2006 provides that-
 
"10A. The Chairman and Member of a Tribunal appointed before the commencement of the Administrative Tribunals (Amendment) Act, 2006 shall continue to be governed by the provisions of the Act, and the rules made there-under as if the Administrative Tribunals (amendment) Act, 2006 had not come into force:
 
Provided that, however, such Chairman and the Members appointed before the coming into force of Administrative Tribunals (Amendment) Act, 2006, may on completion of their term or attainment of the age of 65 or 62 years, as the case may be, whichever is earlier may, if eligible in terms of Section 8 as amended by the Administrative Tribunals (Amendment) Act, 2006 be considered for a fresh appointment in accordance with the selection procedure laid down for such appointments subject to the condition that the total term in office of the Chairman shall not exceed five years and that of the Members, ten years."
 
Current Members, who are finishing their term between 1st July and 31s' December, 2010, would be eligible to apply if fulfilling the other conditions.
 
The candidature of eligible Members of the CAT/SATs willing to be considered for a fresh appointment may accordingly be recommended by the Chairman, CAT/ SATs.
 
5. It is requested that this circular be given vide publicity and names of such eligible officers who are willing to be considered for the post of Administrative Member in the Central Administrative Tribunal may be forwarded' along with their applications in the prescribed proforma (attached). While forwarding the applications, the following points may be kept in mind:-
 
(i) Quasi judicial experience with knowledge and experience in dealing with service matters and laws would be essential.
 
(ii) It should be clearly stated that the officer(s) islare clear from vigilance angle. In case any penalty had been imposed in the past against any officer under the relevant Service Rules, the details of the same may also be furnished.
 
(iii) Original CR dossiers, failing which certified copies of Confidential Reports for the last ten years in respect of recommended officers, may also be sent positively along with the applications.
 
(iv) Interested officers may also send advance copies of their applications. However, advance copies of the applications would be considered only if the actual applications are later received with all the above necessary requirements from the cadre controlling authorities.
 
(v) The applications should reach the Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training, North Block, New Delhi - 110001 on or before 07.06.2010. It will not be possible to consider avplications received after the due date.
 
6. The Central Administrative Tribunal has seventeen regular Benches across the country. The appointment in the Central Administrative Tribunal shall carry an All India transfer liability. The selected persons are liable to be posted to any place having a Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal depending on the availability of the vacancies / exigencies of work.
 
7. It has also been our experience in the past that sometimes persons selected for appointment seek extension of time on one pretext or the other and quite often decline to join later. It is made clear that persons selected would have to join within three weeks from the date of issue of appointment order failing which the appointment would be cancelled.
 
With regards,
Yours sincerely,
(Shandu Consul)

Trade and Industry on public private partnership (PPP) policy Initiatives

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Railways hold Landmark Consultantation Workshop with trade and Industry on public private partnership (PPP) policy Initiatives

The workshop comes as a sequel to whom it may Concern: Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Historical Inititative of pre budget Interaction with Trade and Industry

In yet another landmark initiative undertaken by Ministry of Railways to attract private participation in various railway projects, an Interactive Workshop was held here today by the Railways with the representatives of Chambers of Commerce & Industry to obtain their feed back on a number of policy initiatives involving private participation which have recently been formulated. The formulation of the policies by Ministry of Railways comes up following the historical and unprecedented pre-budget interaction with trade and industry representatives held by Minister of Railways Mamata Banerjee on 6th Feb. this year. The historical February interaction saw Railway Minister and the entire Railway Board in a direct two-way dialogue with the captains of the trade and industry. Today’s workshop has been organized against the backdrop of Railway Minister’s ardent desire to involve all the stake-holders in an honest dialogue as an integral part of the formulation of major policy initiatives of Indian Railways.

In his address, Shri S.S.Khurana, Chairman, Railway Board recalled that the theme of the pre budget interaction of the Railway Minister was to underscore the fact that a range of exciting opportunities for public private partnership in the Railways exists and to tap these opportunities, focused attention was needed in two areas, namely structuring of projects and schemes to make them attractive and procedural simplification. Shri Khurana thanked the industry participants for their enthusiastic response and also highlighted the importance that the Ministry attaches to consultation process involving users and stake holders in formulating Private Participation initiatives so as to make them attractive and acceptable.

The workshop was attended by around 150 Industry delegates representing CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM, Cement Manufacturers Association (CMA), Fertilizers Association of India, Society of India Automobile Manufacturers, Association of Container Operators, Federation of Indian Mineral Industry and National Highway Builders Federation. The top echelons of the Ministry of Railways including the Chairman, the Members of Railway Board and Dr.Amit Mitra, Chairman, of the Expert Committee participated in the workshop and responded to the comments and suggestions of the participants.

Several policy initiatives were announced in the Minister’s Budget speech following her pre-budget interaction in February 2010. Several of these initiatives have now crystalised into draft policies. Four such policies, viz., a New policy for port connectivity and other connectivity works (named New R3i policy-Railways’ Infrastructure for Industry Initiative), private freight terminal policy, special freight train operation scheme and policy on auto and ancillary hubs were recently uploaded on the Ministry’s website for consultation and the delegates had been invited in this workshop to provide their feedback on these policies so that their suggestions could be considered before their notification.

Salient features of these policies were presented and a number of useful suggestions to make the policies attractive and viable were received in the course of the interaction. This would help in giving finishing touch to the polices so that the final notified polices would be able to achieve their intended purpose of kindling adequate investor interest and speeding up the process of augmentation of terminal/line capacity and rolling stock.

A number of useful suggestions from the industry delegates were also received in respect of the polices/projects currently under consideration in the Ministry namely, construction of segments of DFC, newline/doubling and gauge conversion projects, connectivity projects to link coal and iron ore mines, setting up of bottling plants for clean drinking water, construction of multi-level parking complexes at stations and laying of Optic Fibre Cables.

All-India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Agricultural and Rural Labourers

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All-India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Agricultural and Rural Labourers on Base 1986-87=100 – March, 2010

The All-India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Agricultural Labourers and Rural Labourers (Base: 1986-87=100) for March, 2010 decreased by 2 points each to stand at 536 (Five hundred and thirty six) points for both the series.

The rise/fall in index varied from State to State. In case of Agricultural Labourers, it recorded a decrease between 1 to 8 points in 14 States, remained constant in 2 States and an increase between 1 to 4 points in 4 States. Haryana with 608 points topped the index table whereas Himachal Pradesh with the index level of 457 points stood at the bottom.

In case of Rural Labourers, it recorded a decrease between 1 to 7 points in 13 States, remained constant in 4 States and an increase between 1 to 3 points in 3 States. Haryana with 603 points topped the index table whereas Manipur with the index level of 459 points stood at the bottom.

The Consumer Price Index Numbers of Jammu & Kashmir State for Agricultural Labourers and Rural Labourers registered the maximum decrease of 8 and 7 points respectively mainly due to decrease in the prices of rice, wheat atta, maize, pulses, onion, vegetables & fruits, sugar and knitted garments. On the other hand, the Consumer Price Index Numbers of Tripura State recorded the highest increase of 4 and 3 points respectively for Agricultural Labourers and Rural Labourers, mainly due to increase in the prices of poultry, fish fresh, vegetables & fruits, tea readymade and pan leaf.

Point to point rate of inflation based on the CPI-AL and CPI-RL decreased from 16.45% in February, 2010 for both the series to 15.77% and 15.52% respectively in March, 2010. The respective rates of inflation during March, 2009 were 9.46% and 9.69%.

All-India Consumer Price Index Number (General & Group-wise)

 

Group

Agricultural Labourers

Rural Labourers

 

February 2010

March 2010

February 2010

March 2010

General Index

538

536

538

536

Food

550

545

551

545

Pan, Supari,  etc.

642

652

644

654

Fuel & Light

534

538

533

537

Clothing, Bedding  & Footwear

454

457

478

480

Miscellaneous

493

496

490

493

Mobile Banking Facility

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Mobile Banking Facility

32 banks have been given approval to provide mobile banking facility in the country by the Reserve Bank of India. 21 banks have started providing these services. Mobile banking is a secure application, which takes care of end-to-end encryption of data in transit to offer banking information and transactions. Customer is forced to change the activation code and mPIN sent to him at the time of registration. He is also driven to decide a password to log-in to the application. Customer also has a choice to change the mPIN, log-in password at any point of time.

Banks are now permitted to offer this service to their customers subject to a daily cap of Rs.50,000/- per customer for both funds transfer and transactions involving purchase of goods/ services. Transactions up to Rs.1,000/- can be facilitated by banks without end-to-end encryption. The risk aspects involved in such transactions are addressed by the banks through adequate security measures.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Finance, Shri Namo Narain Meena in written reply to a question raised in Rajya Sabha today.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Government gives extended time to visit NER areas on Leave Travel Concession by Air...

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F.No. 31011/4/2007-Estt.(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

  

New Delhi, dated 20th April, 2010

  

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

  

Subject: CCS (LTC) Rules, 1988 – Relaxation for travel by air to visit NER.

  

              The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department O.M. of even No.dated 2.5.2008 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the relaxation for travel by air to visit North Eastern Region under CCS (LTC) Rules, 1988 is extended for further two years beyond 1st May. 2010

Smt.Raj Bala Singh
Under SecretarY to the Government of India






DOPT Order(dated 2 May, 2008) indicates...

*Group 'A' and 'B' Officers can travel to NER areas from their nearest posting area...

*Group 'C' and 'D' Employees can travel to NER areas only from Guwahati or Kolkata...

*Conversion of one block of Home Town LTC into LTC for destinations in NER.

  

F.No. 31011/412007-Estt.(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

  

New Delhi, dated,2 May, 2008

  

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

  

Subject: CCS (LTC) Rules, 1988 - Relaxation for travel by air to visit NER.

  

               The undersigned is directed to say that in relaxation of CCS (LTC) Rules,1988, the Government have decided to permit Government servants to travel by air to North Eastern Region on LTC as follows:-

(i) Group A and Group B Central Government employees will be entitled to travel by Air from their place of posting or nearest airport to a city in the NER or nearest airport ..

(ii) Other categories of employees will be entitled to travel by air to a city in the NER from Guwahati or Kolkata.

(iii) All Central Government employees will be allowed conversion of one block of Home Town LTC into LTC for destinations in NER.



  

              2. These orders shall be in operation for a period of two years from the date ofissue of this O.M.

  

              3. Data regarding number of Government employees availing LTC to NER may be maintained.

  

              4. In their application to the staff serving in the Indian Audit and AccountsDepartment, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller and AuditorGeneral of India.

(A. K. Chaturvedi)
Under Secretary to the Government of India



A.Raja Intervens to resolve the issues with BSNL

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A.Raja Intervens to resolve the issues with BSNL

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has called off the strike that began this morning after intervention of the Union Minister of Communications & Information Technology, Shri A. Raja. The decision to call off the strike was taken in the interest of the customers and the organization during a meeting between the Minister and the representatives of BSNL associations/unions here today.

The Minister directed the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) during the meeting to resolve the issue relating to revision of pay scale of non-executives and implementation of promotion policy for them within 15 days. The Department has also agreed to expeditiously move the proposal on revision of IDA pension to the Cabinet completing all the necessary formalities.

BSNL has been allowed to procure 10 million mobile lines immediately in view of the fact that 20 million lines are in the process of installation.

On the issues of disinvestment of BSNL, voluntary retirement scheme and unbundling of last mile copper pairs, the BSNL unions has been assured that all stakeholders will be taken into confidence by the Department before arriving at a final policy decision. On the issue of absorption of ITS Group ‘A’, the Department has further assured that the Cabinet Note shall be sent for consideration to the Cabinet as per the timeframe decided earlier. However, BSNL shall start process for recruitment of DGMs and management trainees and also decide the number of personnel to be recruited including their eligibility conditions.

Central Scheme on Home Based New Born Care

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As part of the Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) Phase-II and under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), an Integrated Management of Neo-natal and Childhood Illness (IMNCI) strategy is being implemented by States. IMNCI has an inbuilt component of care at home for the newborn where the trained health care provider is expected to visit the newborn on the 1st, 3rd and 7th day after the birth and make an additional 3 visits for the low birth weight baby on the 14th, 21st and the 28th day. Under IMNCI, ANMs and Anganwadi workers are trained to identify danger signs of a sick newborn child, provide management at home and timely referral to the health care facilities.

Uttar Pradesh runs a Comprehensive Child Survival Project where the IMNCI training module has been expanded to include birth preparedness and essential care at birth. Some other States like Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh Karnataka and Orissa are implementing Home Based Newborn Care (HBNBC) in a few districts.

As per the information received from the State of Tamil Nadu, the State is implementing the HBNBC as part of the IMNCI strategy.

The Institute of Child Health Centre, which is the State Nodal Centre for IMNCI, has developed a HBNBC training module in the Tamil language and piloted it in 40 Health Sub-Centres (4 HSCs each in 10 IMNCI Phase –I districts) in the year 2009 by the 6 Regional Training Institutes.

An evaluation of the pilot HBNBC training was conducted by the State trainers in July – Aug 2009 and outcome reported in Nov-2009.

Incorporating the recommendations of the evaluation study, the HBNBC training has been upscaled and 27354 personnel have been trained till March-2010. The trained personnel include Field Health & Nutrition workers, Self Help Group Members and Village Health Volunteers. The training programme has been expanded, through the District and Block training teams to cover all the districts by July -2010.

The District IMNCI training nodal officers and the IMNCI mentors, monitor the quality of the HBNBC training programme and supervise the implementation of the entire IMNCI programme at grass root level.

This information was given by Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad in written reply to a question raised in Rajya Sabha today.



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