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AICPIN for Industrial Workers on Base 2001=100 for the Month of April, 2010

All India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers on Base 2001=100 for the Month of April, 2010

All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of April, 2010 remained stationary at 170 (one hundred and seventy).

During April, 2010, the index recorded an increase of 4 points in Bangalore centre, 3 points each in Tripura, Rourkela, Asansol, Labac Silchar, Howrah, Durgapur and Mariani Jorhat centres, 2 points in 18 centres and 1 point in 18 centres. The index decreased by 2 points in Coimbatore, Ludhiana and Puducherry centres and 1 point in 12 centres, while in the remaining 19 centres the index remained stationary.

The maximum increase of 4 points in Banglore centre is mainly on account of increase in the prices of Goat Meat, Dairy Milk, Milk (Cow), Vegetable items, Snack Saltish, Cigarette, Saree (Synthetic), etc. The increase of 3 points each in Tripura, Rourkela, Asansol, Labac Silchar, Howrah, Du…

The Abbreviations are frequently used in Government Offices as follows...

The Abbreviations are frequently used in Government Offices as follows...

A.B. Autonomous Bodies.A.C.P. Assured Career Progression Scheme.A.D.R.P. Annual Direct Recruitment Plan .A.G. Accountant General.C.P.I.N. Consumer Price Index Number.A.M.A. Authorised Medical Attendant.C.A.M. Civil Accounts Manual.C.G.H.S. Central Government Health Scheme.C.S.M.A. Central Services Medical Attendance.C.B.D.T. Central Board of Direct Taxes.C.B.E.C.Central Board of Excise & Customs.C.C.S. Central Civil Services.C.C.A. Classification, Control & AppealC.G.A.(R&P) RulesCentral Government Account (Receipts & Payments) Rules 1983.C.G.E.G.I.S. Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme.C.S. Rs.. Civil Service RegulationsC.T. Rs. Central Treasury Rules.C.A.T. Central Administrative Tribunal. C.P.C. Central Pay Commission. C.P.F. Contributory Provident Fund.C.R. Confidential Report.D.C.R.G. Death-cum-Retirement Gratuity.D.D.O. Drawing and Disbursing Officer.D.P.C. Departmental…

Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules 2008 - Revised Pay scales of Pay – Clarification

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD RBE No. 75/2010
New Delhi, dated 17-05-2010 S.No. PC-VI/208
No.PC-V/2007/PNM/DC-JCM/1

The General Manager/CAR(O)
All Indian Railways & Pus
(As per mailing list)
Sub:    Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules 2008-Schedule for Revised Pay scales of Pay – Clarification reg.

Ref:    Board’s letter No. PC-VI/2008/I/RSRP/1 dated 22.9.2008 (RBE No.124/2008)

        The pay structure of the posts of Section Officers(Accounts)/TIA/ISA in the pre-revised scale of pay of Rs.6500-10500 was notified in the schedule circulated vide Borad’s letter referred above.

2.    Earlier, the recruitment rules for these posts incorporated in Indian Railway Establishment Manual, VoI-I, 1989 Edition were amended vide Advance Correction Slip No.194 issued vide Board’s letter No. PC-V/98/1/11/23(Pt.) (RBE No. 54/2007) dated 05.04.2007 to provide for promotion of Accounts Assistants not qualified in Appendix-3 Examination on senirity-cum-suitability bas…

Gratuity Act raises unions’ hackles

Gratuity Act raises unions’ hackles

The Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Act, 2010, which was passed by Parliament in its last session, has raised the hackles of various trade unions.

The Act has raised the maximum limit of gratuity payable to an employee from Rs 3.5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh. Then why are the trade unions angry? It is the date of implementation of the Act, which has annoyed workers engaged in the private sector, public sector undertakings and the banking sectors, among others.

The upper limit of the gratuity for government employees was raised to Rs 10 lakh with effect from January 1, 2006, when the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission came into effect.

Immediately after that various trade unions demanded that a similar provision should be made for the employees of the private sector and public sector undertakings.

Conceding the demand, the government introduced the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill in Parliament. While passing the Bill, Parliament said …

Fixed Medical Allowance for Pensioners - Staff Side demanded Rs.600 per month - Official Side granted only Rs.300 per month

Fixed Medical Allowance-DOP&T Order

DOP&T issued an OFFICE MEMORANDUM dated 26th May 2010, Granting Rs.300/- as Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to the Central Government Pensioners residing in areas not covered under CGHS.

This issue has been raised in the National Council Meeting and the staff side demanded that Fixed Medical Allowance should to be enhanced up to Rs.600/-.Sources told that the Chairman, National Council on his response to this issue informed the Staff Side that the Ministry of Finance considered to grant Rs.300/-. But the Staff side National Council not agreed with this proposal.

Two weeks after the meeting, now the order has been issued, in which it has been stated that “the demand for enhancement of FMA has been under consideration of the Government for some time past. Sanction of the President is hereby conveyed for enhancement of the amount of FMA from Rs.100/- to Rs.300/- per month. The other conditions for grant of FMA shall conti…

Regulator pitches for tax relief on New Pension Scheme to make it attractive

The interim pension regulator has sought tax relief on investments in the New Pension Scheme (NPS) to make it more attractive to employees of private sector firms.

The interim pension regulator has sought tax relief on investments in the New Pension Scheme (NPS) to make it more attractive to employees of private sector firms.

The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has written to the finance ministry seeking level playing field for NPS with other long-term savings schemes that will get tax benefits under the proposed Direct Taxes Code. “All we want is equal treatment,” a PFRDA official said.

NPS is currently under the Exempt-Exempt-Tax system, which means investment will be taxed when it is withdrawn. Provident fund and many of the small savings schemes are under the Exempt-Exempt-Exempt (EEE) regime, and are not taxed at any point.

“If the finance ministry plans to continue with the EEE regime for long-term saving schemes, we want the NPS also to get t…

Eligibility conditions for promotion from Group’C’ to Group ‘B’ posts

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
*****
RBE No. 46 / 2010 No.E(GP)99/2/22 New Delhi, Dated 29-03-2010
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways and Production Units.
Sub.:    Eligibility conditions for promotion from Group’C’ to Group ‘B’ posts in the major departments having ‘Organised Services’ (except Accounts Department).

Ref.:    Railway Board’s letters No. E(GP)99/2/22 dated 22.7.2004, 26.12.2008 and 29.04.2009. *****     In terms of instructions contained in Board’s letter of even number dated 22.7.2004, Group’C’ employees with 03/05 year of non-fortuitous service in the grade the minimum of which is Rs.5000/- and in higher Group’C’ grades (Vth CPC) are eligible for being considered for appearing in the 70% Selection / 30% LDCE for promotion to Group’B’ in the major departments having ‘Organised Services”. Consequent upon implementation of the pay scales recommended by the VI Pay Commission, instructions contained in Board’s letter of even …

Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to the Central Government Pensioners residing in areas not covered under CGHS

N0.4/25/2008- P&PW (D )
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES & PENSIONS
(DEPARTMENT OF PENSION & PENSIONERS/ WELFARE)

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market,
New Delhi-110 003, Dated the 26 May 2010.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to the Central Government Pensioners residing in areas not covered under CGHS.

The undersigned is directed to say that in pursuance of Government's decision on the recommendations of Fifth Central Pay Commission, the Govt. had issued instruction vide this Department's O.M. No.45/57/97-P&PW(C) dated 19.12.97 for grant of Fixed Medical Allowance @ Rs.100/- per month to the Central Government pensioners/family pensioners residing in areas not covered under Central Government Health Scheme administered by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and corresponding health schemes administered by other Ministries/Departments for their retired employees for meeting expenditure…

Air India’s two unions de-recognised, offices sealed

Air India’s two unions de-recognised, offices sealed

Hours after crushing the two-day old strike by Air India employees, the state-owned airline de-recognised two major trade unions and sealed their offices across the country.

The airline gradually restored normalcy since morning though 25 flights were cancelled for the day.

Erstwhile Indian Airlines' union Air Corporation Employees' Union (ACEU) and All India Aircraft Engineers' Association (AIAEA) have been de-recognised by the management of National Aviation Company of India Ltd (NACIL) and their offices have also been sealed, NACIL sources said today. NACIL is the holding company of Air India.

Besides terminating the services of 17 office-bearers of the two Unions last night, the airline suspended 15 engineers. More dismissals and suspensions are likely to follow with highly-placed sources indicating that a total of upto 100 employees would face action.

"The de-recognition order came in last night a…

Prime Minister Presents DRDO Awards - 2009

Prime Minister Presents DRDO Awards - 2009

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh presented the DRDO awards – 2009 to several scientists, academicians and industrialists engaged in the field of Defence Research and Production in a ceremony held in New Delhi, today. Scientists of DRDO engaged in various missile programmes, LCA, Combat Vehicles, MBT Arjun and submarine projects dominated the Award Ceremony.

The DRDO awards are given to commemorate the National Technology Day, to DRDO Scientists and laboratories in recognition of their outstanding contribution towards developing a strong indigenous technology base. Grouped in eighteen categories, the DRDO awards include technology leadership award, scientist of the year award, AGNI award for excellence in self reliance, life time achievement award, DRDO award for performance excellence, Special award for strategic contribution, award for best innovation / futuristic development, and best popular science communication award. Silicon tro…

Government Approves Massive Expansion of Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme

Government Approves Massive Expansion of Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme

To provide equitable treatment to all eligible Ex-Servicemen and their dependents under the Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) and to enhance the scheme’s coverage, the Union Cabinet today approved Establishment of 199 new polyclinics including 17 mobile medical facilities and 15 new regional centres at a cost of Rs. 141 crores. With this, the ECHS facility will now be extended to those areas, where Ex-Servicemen population is below 2,500 by setting up polyclinics which are within reasonable distance from Ex-Servicemen concentrations.

The Cabinet also approved reorganization and strengthening the Central Organisation ECHS by suitably increasing the manpower. It has authorized additional manpower – 2263 in number on contractual basis, to man the additional 199 polyclinics. It has also authorized 315 serving personnel – 60 officers and 255 PBORs, for proposed regional centres…

Children Education Allowance-DOP&T Order and Clarifications

Children Education Allowance-DOP&T Order and Clarifications
The Representatives of Staff Side- National Council insisted in the 46th meeting of National council that the Children Education Allowance should be paid to the two studying Children instead of restricting it to the eldest two children. We welcome the staff side’s view, but at the same time it’s unfortunate that it made us to feel that they are not worried about the unwanted procedure framed for claiming the Children Education Allowance.

It has been clearly stated in the first two lines of 2nd Para of OFFICE MEMORANDUM issued on 2nd September 2008 by DOP&T that ‘In order to ensure that Government servants have no difficulty in claiming reimbursement, the procedure under this Scheme is being kept simple.’

But these two guidelines, mentioned below make the above instruction meaningless.

1 “Reimbursement should henceforth be made on the submission of original receipts on the basis of self-certification by the Government …

DEFENCE CIVILIANS MEDICAL AID FUND MINISTRY OF DEFENCE - SALIENT FEATURES

Important Circular
No.AN/VII/7089/DCMF Office of the CGDA,
Ulan Batar Road, Palam,
Delhi Cantt – 110 010To The PCDA
The PCA (Fys), Kolkata
IFA Wing (For circulating to IFAs)
The CDA
The CFA (Fys)
Sub:- Defence Civilian Medical Aid Fund (DCMAF)
Ref:- In continuation of this HQ office letter of even No. dated 26.10.2009
DefenceCivilian Medical Aid Fund (DCMAF) was established in 1953 as Defence Civilians Welfare (TB, Cancer and Leprosy) Fund to provide financial assistance to its members in case they or dependents suffer from specified ailments. The membership of the fund is on voluntary basis and is open to all civilians employees, whether industrial or non-industrail. Though, it was established since long and has been providing relief to its members in Defence establishments in their hour of distress and the fund considerably expended during these years among Defence Civilians, it is still not much popular in Defence Accounts Department. This came into question by some of the me…

CCS (LTC) Rules. 1988 — Relaxation for travel by air to visit NER

F.No.31011/4/2007-Estt.(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & TrainingNew Delhi, dated 23th April, 2010OFFICE MEMORANDUMSubject:- 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 India.(Smt. Raj Bala Singh)
Under Secretary to the Government of IndiaSource document from www.persmin.nic.in

Transport Allowance to blind & orthopaedically handicapped Railway employees- clarification

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

****** S.No.PC-VI/ 206
No. PC-V/2009/A/TA/1 RBE No. 71/2010
New Delhi, dated 10.05.2010
Sub: Transport Allowance to blind & orthopaedically handicapped Railway employees- clarification reg.
On receipt of a reference from All India Railwaymen’s federation (AIRF) regarding grant of Transport Allowance to blind and orthopaedically handicapped Railway employees availing FRC facility, the matter has been considered in Board’s office and in context thereof, it is clarified that such blind and orthopaedically handicapped Railway employees are entitled for Transport Allowance in terms of Para-2(i) of Board’s letter No.PC-V/2008/A/TA/2, dated 12.09.2008, as the condition of availing Residential Card Pass facility by a Railway employee has been declined with grant of Transport Allowance vide Board’s letter dated 23.01.2009.

2. In view of the above, Board’s letter No.PC-V/2008/A/TA/2, dated 29.06.2009 addressed to Western Railwa…

Government Servants allowed to Travel by Private Carriers

Government Servants allowed to Travel by Private Carriers till Resumption of Normal services by Air India

In view of the flight disruptions caused by a strike by a few sections of employees of Air India, entitled government servants are permitted to fly any other carrier, both on duty and on LTC, until resumption of normal services by Air India or further orders, whichever is earlier.

Penalty of Withholding of Increments imposed under Vth CPC scales and operated as per VIth CPC Scales effective

RBE No.48/2010
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. E(D&A) 2009 RG 6-45
New Delhi, dated : 31.3.2010
Sub: Penalty of Withholding of Increment imposed under Vth Central Pay Commission scales and operated as per VIth Central Pay Commission Scales effective from 1.1.2006
Attention is invited to Board’s letters No.E(D&A) 78 RG 6-17 dated 29.7.1978 and No.E(D&A) 90 RG 6-109 dated 19.9.90. In terms of these instructions, issued in the context of implementation of IIIrd and IVth pay Commission scales respectively, it was advised that the Appellate/Revision Authority, may, while considering the appeal/revision application submitted against the penalty of withholding of increments take into account the quantum of financial loss that would be sustained by the railway servant in the preceding pay scale and the greater monetary loss that would result/has resulted on re-fixation in the new Pay Commission scale and accordingly reduce or modify the penal…

RAISING EFFICIENCY / Ministries to reform performance monitoring and evaluation system, summaries main objective and corresponding action

Govt asks ministries to rate their performance

INA move that would enhance the efficiency in functioning of various government departments and the bureaucracy, the government has finally decided to rate the performance of various ministries. All ministries have been asked by the Cabinet Secretariat to establish a Performance Monitoring and Evaluation System (PMES) and prepare a results framework document, summarizing the main objective of the ministry and corresponding action during the year.

In a note sent to all departments, the Cabinet Secretariat has asked the ministries to move the focus from “process orientation to result orientation and provide a fair basis to evaluate department’s overall performance at the end of the year”, sources told The Indian Express.

According to the programme, which has been approved byu Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a results framework document has to be prepared and record the agreed objectives, policies, programmes and projects of the …

MACP JOINT COMMITTEE MEETING ON ANOMALIES

While discussions during the second meeting of the National Anomaly Committee held on 27th March 2010 and decided to constitute a Joint Committee to examine the anomalies pertaining to the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS). Eight items have been discussed in the First Meeting of the Joint Committee held on 25.02.2010.
Shri.M.Raghvahiya
Shri.S.K.Vyas
Shri.C.Srikumar
Shri.Umraomal Purohit
Above four Staff side Members are attended the meeting under the Chairmanship of Joint Secretary Establishment DOPT.

General Secretary of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers Mr.K.K.N.Kutty has written in his blog regarding the eight discussions points with DOPT Chairman. We reproduce the full text of content under here...

MACP JOINT COMMITTEE MEETING ON ANOMALIES

Joint Committee on MACP met today under the chairmanship of Joint Secretary Establishment of DOPT. Following issues were discussed:

1. Item No:1:Provide Grade Pay of the next promotional post und…

Payment of fee under the Right to lnformation Act. 2005 - scope of sub-section (3) of Section 7 of the Act

N0.12/9/2009-IR
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
******
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 24th May, 2010
OFFICE-MEMORANDUM
Subject: Payment of fee under the Right to lnformation Act. 2005 - scope of sub-section (3) of Section 7 of the Act.
******
               The Undersigned is directed to say that a question is raised from time to time whether a Public lnformation Officer (PIO) has power to charge fee under Section 7(3) of the RTI Act, 2005 in addition to fee prescribed under Sections 6(1), 7(1) and 7(5) of the Act.
2.Section 6(1) of the Act enables the Government to prescribe application fee and sub-sections (1) and (5) of Section 7 to prescribe fee in addition to application fee for supply of information. On the other hand sub-section (3) of Section 7 provides the procedure which a PI0 has to follow for realizing the fee prescribed under sub-sect…