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Enhancement of age of superannuation of Teachers with M.Sc.(Nursing)

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Enhancement of age of superannuation of Teachers with M.Sc.(Nursing) in the Central Government Nursing Institutions

The Union Cabinet today approved increasing the age of superannuation from 60 years to 65 years for the nursing teaching faculty with M.Sc. in Nursing in Central Government nursing institutions, subject to the condition that these nurses would continue to function as faculty members after the age of 60 years.

The decision would help prevention of exodus and retention of the teachers in the Central Government Nursing Institutions thereby providing quality health care facilities.


There is acute shortage of nursing teachers with post-graduate degree in nursing. A large number of posts of teachers with M.Sc. (Nursing) are lying vacant in the Central government Nursing Institutions. As an immediate step to check further depletion in the availability of faculty, the Union Cabinet today approved to enhance the age of superannuation from existing 60 years to 65 years.

The National Commission on Macroeconomics of Health has estimated a wide gap in demand and supply of nurses in near future. The Commission have recommended opening of new nursing colleges and schools as also upgradation of existing schools/colleges. To meet this growing demand of nurses, Eleventh Five Year Plan envisages opening of new nursing colleges.

Indian Railways Finalise Policy on Special Freight Train Operator Scheme(SFTO) to Private Investors

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Indian Railways Finalise Policy on Special Freight Train Operator Scheme

The Ministry of Railways has finalized policy on Special Freight Train Operator Scheme (SFTO) to provide an opportunity to private investors to use advantages of rail transport to market train services to end users. The objective of this scheme is to increase rail share in non-conventional traffic requiring Special Purpose Wagons (SPW) like bulk cement, bulk fertilizers, fly ash, selected chemical/petrochemical, bulk alumina, steel products requiring SPW, vegetable oil, molasses and caustic soda. This scheme has become effective from 31st May, 2010.

The Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee in her Railway Budget speech this year has announced the early notification of a policy to permit private operators to invest in infrastructure, on the lines of container train operators, and run special freight train for commodities such as automobiles, vegetable oil, molasses, chemicals and petrochemicals and bulk traffic like fly ash and cement. Prior to presentation of Railway Budget 2010-11, the Minister also held pre-budget discussions with the representatives of chamber of commerce and industry followed by a post-budget workshop between Railway Board and industry representatives.

The salient features of PFT are;
1) Period of concession for 20 years, extendable till expiry of codal life of wagon;
2) Train operator will charge tariff from end user and will be the consignor and consignee;
3) Maintenance of wagons by Railways at its own cost except special components, cost of which will be defrayed by investor;
4) Rebate of 12 per cent on base freight for 20 years or recovery of cost whichever is earlier;
5) In case of High Capacity Wagons (HCW) having throughput beyond 10 per cent of existing throughput, additional rebate of 2 per cent for each increase of 10 per cent for the additional tonnage for 20 years or till recovery of cost whichever is earlier;
6) Minimum investment for 3 rakes.

Investors in this scheme will be benefited in many ways like: A new business opportunity; Flexible loading and unloading points based on market demand; Investor can also induct rake taken on lease; No additional empty haulage, if the distance traveled is equal or less than loaded haulage; Permitted to load any commodity in the empty direction with a freight rebate of 10% on public tariff subject to the freight after rebate not less than class 100; Investors can bring in new design wagon with increased throughput and get higher rebate; Induction of additional rake, permitted in the same category in which the operator has registered without paying additional charges; Level playing fields ion movement of trains on first come first serve principle vis-à-vis other private operators and ensuring the average speed of freight tains on Indian Railways for SFTs.

The policy document also include eligible criteria, registration fee and other relevant details which can be seen at Ministry of Railways’ website www.indianrailways.gov.in

Draft Policy on SFTO

Cabinet approves the Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill - Hindu Marriage Act

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Cabinet approves the Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2010 to amend the Hindu Marriage Act

The Union Cabinet today approved the introduction of a Bill, namely, the Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2010 to further amend the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and the Special Marriage Act, 1954, to provide therein irretrievable break down of marriage as a ground of divorce.

The Bill would provide safeguards to parties to marriage who file petition for grant of divorce by consent from the harassment in court if any of the party does not come to the court or wilfully avoids the court to keep the divorce proceedings inconslusive.

At present, various grounds for dissolution of marriage by a decree of divorce are laid down in section 13 of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955. The grounds inter alia include adultery, cruelty, desertion, conversion to another religion, unsoundness of mind, virulent and incurable form of leprosy, venereal disease in a communicable form, renouncement of the world and not heard as being alive for a period of seven years or more. Section 27 of the Special Marriage Act, 1954 also lays down similar grounds.

However, section 13-B of the Hindu Marriage Act and Section 28 of the Special Marriage Act provide for divorce by mutual consent as a ground for presenting a petition for dissolution of marriage. The said sections inter alia provide that a petition for dissolution of marriage by mutual consent, if not withdrawn before six months after its presentation or not later than 18 months, then, the court may, on being satisfied after making inquiry, grant decree of divorce by mutual consent. However, it has been observed that the parties who have filed petition for mutual consent suffer in case one of the parties abstains himself or herself from court proceedings and keeps the divorce proceedings inconclusive. This has been causing considerable hardship to the party in dire need of divorce.

Incidentally, it may be pertinent to point out here that such a legal proposition has been recommended by the Law Commission of India in its 217th report on ‘Irretrievable Breakdown of Marriage – Another Ground for Divorce’. Further, the Hon’ble Supreme Court, in the case of Ms. Jorden Diengdeh Vs. S.S. Chopra reported in AIR 1985 SC 935 and in the case of Naveen Kohli Vs. Neelu Kohli reported in AIR 2006 SC 1675, has observed and recommended that irretrievable breakdown of marriage should be incorporated as another ground for grant of divorce.

Payment of second installment of 60% arrears to the Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS - Postal Department)

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No. 6-1/2009-PE.II
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
(Establishment Division)

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi-110001
Dated: 10 June 2010
      All Chief Postmasters Gereral,
      All Postmasters General,
      All General Managers (Finance)
      Director of Accounts (Postal)

Subject:       Payment of second installment of 60% arrears on account of implementation of Shri R.S. Nataraja Murti Committee recommendations on revision of wage-structure of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS).


      I am directed to refer to this office memorandum no. of even number dated 9-10-2009, wherein approval was communicated for implementation of recommendations of One-man committee on revision of Time Related Continuity Allowance and other allowances. In para 11 of the said Office memorandum it was stated that, 2nd instalment of 60% of arrears will be paid only after issue of specific instructions in this regard by the Directorate.

2.      It has now been decided to pay second instalment of 60% arrears of revision of Time Related Continuity Allowance to the eligible Gramin Dak Sevaks.

3.      The Circle Postal Account Offices were required to carry out cent percent verification of TRCA consequent on revision of TRCA. The entire process of verification was to be completed by 31st March, 2010. A report on the cent percent verification of TRCA should be sent to the Directorate immediately for record.

4.      The excess payment pointed out by the circle verification squad of DAP office should be adjusted while effecting payment of the second instalment of arrears.

5.      Before releasing the 2nd instalment of 60% of arrears it may be ensured that requisite funds are available under the relevant Head of Account.

5       An undertaking in the prescribed format should be obtained from each Gramin Dak Sevak to the effect that, he will refund any excess payments that may be found to have been made or detected subsequently and kept on record before the disbursement of second instalment. The process of payment of second instalment may be completed by 15-7-2010.

6       This issues with the concurrence of Integrated Finance Wing vide their Dy. No.119/FA/10/CS dated 09 Jun 2010

Yours Faithfully,
(A.K. Sharma)

Courtesy: NFPE

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