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Press Statement from from Confederation Secretary General regarding Union Budget-2011

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Here it has been reproduced the view of the Union Budget-2011 from Confederation Secretary General...


Dated. 28.02.2011

The Union budget 2011 presented by the Finance Minister today in the Parliament must be very disappointing for the common man for there is no proposal to combat the ever increasing inflation in the economy. The subsidies all on fuel, fertiliser and food has been reduced by all most 20,000 crores compared to what was provided in the last fiscal. While there is a reduction of Rs 11500 crores in Direct Taxes the resource mobilization has been made through an increase of a similar amount in indirect taxes the objective seems to be to rob the poor to pay the rich. 5 lakh crores of rupees is stated to be the revenue foregone in 2010-11 of which a whoping sum of Rs. 88000 crores is the concessions given to the Corporate Sector.The budget provision for agriculture development is also less than what it was earlier, indicative of an insensitiveness to the agonies of people below the poverty line.

The expectation of the middle class that the personal income taxation limit will be raised to Rs. 2 lakhs has been belied. The meager increase of Rs. 20,000 would not even be sufficient to maintain the real value level of non taxable limit of 2010-11.The announcement on direct tax concession is followed by the statement of an increased outsourcing of the Governmental functions to private corporate houses like Infosys. The eulogy for the CPC set up by the I.T. Department at Bangalore in the Budget speech of the Finance Minister is designed to seek the approval of the house for such vehicles out outsourcing elsewhere in the country. The Finance Minister has also announced that further financial sector reforms is also on the anvil. Therefore, contrary to the comments made by certain sections of the media this budget is right on the track of reforms enunciated by the Dr. Manmohan Singh two decades ago.

Since the huge demonstration and rally of workers traversed through the streets of Delhi on 23rd Feb. 2011 has not created any impact on the thinking of this Government, as is evidenced by this budget it is incumbent upon the trade union movement to strengthen its opposition towards the neo liberal economic policies by waging sustained and united struggles.

KKN Kutty
Secretary General

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All India Consumer Price index Numbers for industrial workers on base 2001=100 for the month of January, 2011

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All india Consumer Price index Numbers for industrial workers on base 2001=100 for the month of January, 2011

All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of January, 2011 increased by 3 points and stood at 188 (one hundred and eighty eight).

During January, 2011, the index recorded an increase of 11 points each in Bhopal and Jamshedpur centres, 10 points each in Amritsar, Bangalore and Chandigarh centres, 8 points in Haldia centre, 7 points each in Nasik, Kodarma and Ghaziabad centres, 6 points in 2 centres, 5 points in 4 centres, 4 points in 12 centres, 3 points in 15 centres, 2 points in 8 centres and 1 point in 7 centres. The index decreased by 4 points in Godavarikhani centre, 1 point in 9 centres, while in the remaining 11 centres the index remained stationary.

The maximum increase of 11 points each in Bhopal and Jamshedpur centres is mainly on account of Housing Index and increase in the prices of Rice, Wheat Atta, Milk, Goat Meat, Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, Petrol, etc. The increase of 10 points in Amritsar, Banglore and Chandigarh centres is due to Housing Index and increase in the prices of Rice, Wheat, Wheat Atta, Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, Electricity Charges, Petrol, etc. The increase of 8 points in Haldia centre is due to Housing Index and increase in the prices of Eggs, Onion, etc. However, the decrease of 4 points in Godavarikhani centre is the outcome of decrease in the prices of Rice, Vegetable & Fruit items, etc.

The indices in respect of the six major centres are as follows :

1 Ahmedabad 183
2 Bangalore 196
3 Chennai 172
4 Delhi 173
5 Kolkata 180
6 Mumbai 187

The All-India (General) point to point rate of inflation for the month of January, 2011 is 9.30% as compared to 9.47% in December, 2010. Inflation based on Food Index is 10.22% in January, 2011 as compared to 7.98% in December, 2010.

Source: PIB

Implementation of sixth Central Pay Commission- Clarification regd. Fixation of pay on promotion on or after 01.01.2006

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Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan

18, Institutional Area

Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg

New Delhi – 110016

F.110239/58/2008/KVS (budget)                                                                                                                             Date:15.09.2010


The Asistant Commissioner,

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan,

All Regional Offices.


Subject: Implementation of sixth Central Pay Commission- Clarification regd. Fixation of pay on promotion on or after 01.01.2006.



I am to invite your attention to this office letter of even no. dated 01.01.2009 vide which it was clarified that wherever the feeder and promotional post have the Identical pay structure of Grade pay and Pay Band, the benefit of the increment equal to 3% of the sum of the pay in Pay Band and the existing Grade Pay will not be added to the existing pay in the Pay Band as laid down in Rule 13 of CCS (RP) Rules 2008

In this connection, it may be stated that similar matter was referred to the Ministry of Defence (Fin.)/Ministry of Finance by the Office of Controller General of Defence Accounts, West Block- V RK Puram, New Delhi – 110066 for clarification.. Ministry of Finance (Deott. Of Expenditure) has now clarified that

“Since both the feeder and promotional post have identical Pay Structure of Grade Pay in the same Pay Band Pay fixation on promotion be done by granting them one increment equal to 3% of the sum of the Pay in the Pay Band and the existing Grade Pay and rounding it of to the next multiple of 10. The amount so arrived at will be added to the existing Pay in the Pay Band. Their Grade Pay will continue to be the same”

In the light of the above, Competent Authority has now accorded sanction for adopting the said clarification for implementing in KVS to allow one increment equal tp 3% of the sum of the pay in the pay band and the existing Grade pay, rounded of the next multiple of Rs.10/- in the event of promotion from the lower post to higher post where the feeder and promotional post carry identical Grade Pay in the same Pay Band.


Yours faithfully,


Dy. Commissioner (Fin.)

Union Budget to give a boost to Housing Sector Finance

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Service Tax Imposed on all Services Provided by Centrally Air Conditioned Hospitals with 25 or more BEDS

The Union Finance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee while presenting the Union Budget for 2011-12 has announced that the Service Tax on Health check up or treatment imposed in 2010-11 would now be replaced with a tax on all services provided by hospitals with 25 or more beds that have the facility of central air-conditioning. Emphasising that though this Service Tax is on high-end treatment, Shri Mukherjee said that there would be an abatement of 50 per cent so that the actual burden is kept at 5 per cent of the value of service.

The Finance Minister said that the levy would be extended to diagnostic tests of all kinds with the same rate of abatement. All Government Hospitals would be outside this levy, the Minister added.

Service Tax on Air Travel Raised

The Union Finance Minister, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, while presenting the Union Budget for 2011-12, has announced that the Service Tax on air travel would be raised by Rs.50 in the case of domestic air travel and Rs.250 on international journeys by economy class.

Shri Mukherjee said that the domestic air travel on higher classes would be taxed at the standard rate of 10 per cent to bring it on par with journeys by higher classes on international air travel.

Boost to Housing Sector Finance

Various steps have been taken in this year’s union budget to give a boost to housing sector finance. The existing scheme of interest subvention of 1% on housing loans has been liberalized by extending it to housing loan upto Rs. 15 lakh where the cost of the house does not exceed Rs. 25 lakh from the present limit of Rs. 10 lakh and Rs. 20 lakh respectively.

On account of increase in prices of residential properties in urban areas, it has been proposed to enhance the existing housing loan limit from Rs. 20 lakh to Rs. 25 lakh for dwelling units under priority sector lending.

To provide housing finance to targeted groups in rural areas at competitive rates, the budget proposes to enhance the provision under Rural Housing Funds to Rs. 3000 crore from the existing Rs.2000 crore.

The Union Finance Minister Sh. Pranab Mukherjee while presenting this year’s budget has also proposed the creation of a Mortgage Risk Guarantee Fund under Rajiv Awas Yojana. This would guarantee housing loans taken by Economically Weaker Sections and Low Income Group households and enhance their credit worthiness.

To prevent frauds in loan cases involving multiple lending from different banks on the same immovable property, the Government has facilitated setting up of Central Electronic registry under the SARFAESI Act, 2002. This Registry will become operational by March 31, 2011.

Source: PIB

Clarification on regular TA/DA on Permanent Transfer

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Office fo The Controller General of Defence Accounts
Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt - 110010 CIRCULAR


Dated 01st Feb' 11

PC of A (Fys) Kolkata

Sub:- Clarification on regular TA/DA on Permanent Transfer

Consequent upon implementation of VI CPC all the travel entitlements of the service personnel are being admitted as per the GOI No. 12630/MoV C/3737/D (MoV)/08 dated:-29th Dec’2008.

The doubt raised by service pers/service HQrs has been clarified as under:


Point raised



If service personnel were transferred and joined the duty station prior to the implementation of VIth CPC (i.e before 01.09.2008) but their personal effects were transported after 01.09.2008, whether the luggage claim would be admitted as per the revised rates of VIth CPC?

The revised traveling allowances entitlements shall also be applicable in the case of those service personnel who had been transferred before1/9/2008 but had relocated their family/transported their luggage after 1/09/2008  (ie.  The date of implementation of order on TA entitlements by the Govt. consequent upon implementation of the VIth CPC)


All the sub offices under your command may be instructed to strictly adhere to these instructions.

This issues with the approval of Jt. CGDA (AT).

Please acknowledge receipt.

s/d xxxxxxxx

Source: www.cgda.nic.in

DTC to be implemented from 1st April, 2012: Pranab

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DTC to be implemented from 1st April, 2012: Pranab

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said the Direct Taxes Code (DTC), which will replace the Income Tax Act, is proposed to be implemented from 1st April, 2012.

"... The code is proposed to be effective from April 1, 2012," Mukherjee said in his Budget speech 2011-12.

In the DTC Bill, which was introduced in Parliament last year, the annual I-T exemption limit is proposed at Rs 2 lakh, compared to Rs 1.6 lakh at present.

Under the Bill, the government seeks to widen tax slabs to levy 10 per cent tax on income between Rs 2 lakh and Rs 5 lakh, 20 per cent on Rs 5-10 lakh and 30 per cent above Rs 10 lakh.

Currently, income up to Rs 1.6 lakh per annum is exempt from tax for individuals. For women and senior citizens, the limit is 1.9 lakh and 2.4 lakh, respectively.

The tax is levied at a 10 per cent rate on income between Rs 1.6 lakh and Rs 5 lakh, 20 per cent on Rs 5-8 lakh and 30 per cent above Rs 8 lakh.

Source: DDI News

80 years and above, eligible for a higher income tax exemption limit of Rs. 5,00,000

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Exemption Limit for Individual Tax Payers Raised to Rs.1,80,000

Qualifying age for Senior Citizens Lowered to 60 Years

Senior Citizens above 80 Years to Get Exemption upto Rs. 5,00,000

The exemption limit for the general category of individual tax payers has been enhanced to Rs. 1,80,000 from Rs. 1,60,000 in the General Budget 2011-12, presented by the Union Finance Minister, Shri Pranab Mukherjee in the Lok Sabha today. The measure will provide a uniform tax relief of Rs. 2,000 to every tax payer of this category, besides moving closer to Direct Tax Code (DTC) rates.

Qualifying age for Senior Citizens has been reduced from 65 years to 60 years and exemption limit for Senior Citizens has been enhanced from Rs. 2,40,000 to Rs. 2,50,000. A new category of Very Senior Citizens, 80 years and above, has been created who will be eligible for a higher exemption limit of Rs. 5,00,000.

Exit Norms of the Pension Scheme “Swavalamban” Will be Relaxed

The exit norms of the co-contributory pension scheme “Swavalamban” have been relaxed. Announcing this in his Budget speech in the Lok Sabha today, the Union Finance Minister, Shri Pranab Mukherjee said that a subscriber under Swavalamban Scheme will now be allowed to exit at the age of 50 years instead of 60 years, or a minimum tenure of 20 years, whichever is later.

The Finance Minister also proposed to extend the benefit of Government contribution from three to five years for all subscribers of Swavalamban who enroll during this year and in the year 2011-12. An estimated 20 lakh beneficiaries will join the scheme by March 2012, the Minister informed.

Shri Mukherjee said that this scheme has been welcomed by the workers in the unorganized sector. Over four lakh applications have already been received and the relaxation in exit norms is being made on the basis of the feedback received during the year.

Eligibility for Pension Under Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme to be Reduced to 60 Years

Hike in Pension for Those Who are 80 Years Old

Under the on-going Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme for Below Poverty Line (BPL) beneficiaries, the eligibility for pension will now be reduced to 60 years from 65 years at present.

This was announced by the the Union Finance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee while presenting the Union Budget 2011-12 in the Lok Sabha today.

He also announced that the pension amount is being raised from Rs. 200 at present to Rs. 500 per month for those who are 80 years and above.

Source: PIB

Highlights of the Union Budget 2011-12

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Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today presented to Parliament the Union Budget 2011-12.

Highlights of the Budget...

Income tax limit raised from Rs 1,60,000 to 1,80,000

For senior citizens, tax exemption limit increased to Rs 2,50,000.

For senior citizens above 80, the tax exemption limit has been raised to Rs 500,000.

Eligibility age for senior citizens is now 60 years against 65 years earlier

Exemption limit for women remains the same at Rs 2,40,000.

A new revised income tax return form 'Sugam' to be introduced for small tax papers.

Relaxation in exit age for National Pension scheme

Anganwadi workers’ salary up from Rs 1500 to Rs 3,000/mnth; helpers to get Rs 1500

Scholarship for needy SC/ST students in class 9 and class 10

Budget allocation for Defence sector at more than 1.64 trln rupees

Allocation of Rs. 52057cr for education sector, increase of 24%

Rs. 9 lakh compensation to be given to men of Defence and Central paramilitary forces for permanent disability and discharged from service

1% interest subvention for home loans up to Rs 15 lakh

Housing loan limit raised to 25 lakh for priority sector lending

Cadre Review of Central Secretariat Stenographers' Service allocation of revised cadre strength - reg.

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No.0/51/2009-CS.II(A) (Vol.II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

Lok Nayak Bhawan,New Delhi-110 003
Dated the 25th February, 2011


Subject:     Cadre Review of Central Secretariat Stenographers' Service allocation of revised cadre strength - reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's Order of even number dated 27.01.2011 communicating the decisions taken by the Government on Cadre review of Central Secretariat Stenographers' Service. Consequently, the cadre strength of various grades of CSSS stands revised w.e.f.20.01.2011 as under:-

Sl.No. Grades Revised Sanctioned Strength
1 Principal Staff Officer 140
2 Senior Principal Private Secretary 140
3 Principal Private Secretary 773
4 Private Secretary 2041
5 Personal Assistant 2524
6 Stenographer Grade 'D' 1282*
- TOTAL 6760

*A number of Ministries/Departments have not undertaken the exercise for optimization of direct recruitment to civilian posts during 2001-2009. Therefore, filling up of these posts in these Ministries/Departments would be subject to clarification of adherence to optimization exercise.

2. The above-mentioned revised Cadre strength has been allocated amongst the participating Cadre Units as indicated in the Annexure to this OM. The allocation has been made in accordance with the following principles:-

(i) The total sanctioned strength of CSSS personnel in each Cadre Unit has been kept unchanged, while the sanctioned strength in various grades of CSSS has been revised.

(ii) 25 newly created posts of Sr. PPS have been allocated to Secretary and equivalent level officer in Ministries/Departments participating in CSSS.

(iii) 625 newly created posts of PPS have been allocated against Joint Secretaries and equivalent level officers working in different Ministries/Departments participating in CSSS, as far as possible, of functional justification basis.

(iv) The 400 upgraded posts of PAs to PS grade have been distributed among the Cadre Units by taking into account the percentage of increase of the upgraded posts with reference to the total sanctioned strength of PS grade. Consequently, the number of posts in PA grade has also been reduced.

(v) The sanction strength in the Stenographer Grade 'D' has been reduced of the extent the number of posts allocated in the grades of Sr. PPS and PPS (i.e.650). Accordingly the sanctioned strength of Steno. Grade 'D' had been reduced. Some minor adjustment have also been made in cases where sufficient Stenographer Grade 'D' were not available.

(vi) Since a number of Ministries/Departments have not undertaken the exercise for optimization of direct recruitment to civilian posts during 2001-2009, filling up of posts of Stenographer Grade 'D' in these Ministries/Departments would be subject to clarification of adherence to optimization exercise.

3. The Cadre Units are requested to further distribute the allocated posts amongst their sub-Cadres, wherever applicable, by following the above-mentioned principles.

4. Necessary amendment in the Central Secretariat Stenographers' Service Rules 2010 would be made separately.

Encl: As above

(Rajiv Manjhi)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India

Annexure to OM No.20/51/2009-CS.II(A) (Vol.II)dt. 25/02/2011

Filling up of vacancies in the cadre of Accountants on deputation basis

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Office of the Chief Controller of Accounts
Principal Accounts Office
Ministry of Home Affairs
Room No.217, North Block,
New Delhi-110 001



CIRCULAR NO. 441 /2011

Filling up of vacancies in the cadre of Accountants in the Grade Pay Rs. 2800/- & LDCs in the Grade Pay Rs. 1900/-both in the Pay Band –I (Rs. 5200-20200) on deputation basis

Office of the Chief Controller of Accounts, Principal Accounts Office (Admn),Ministry of Home Affairs proposes to fill vacant posts of Accountants in the Grade Pay Rs. 2800/- and LDCs in the Grade Pay Rs. Rs. 1900/- both in the Pay Band-I (Rs.5200-20200) on deputation basis in the Pay & Accounts Offices located at Delhi & Regional Pay & Accounts Offices located outside Delhi, i.e., in Chennai, Patna, Lucknow, Kolkata, Shillong. The period of deputation will be initially for a period of three years which can be curtailed or extended as per the requirements of the Organization. The terms and conditions of deputation will be regulated in terms of DOP&T OM No. 6/8/2009-Estt. (Pay II) dated 17th June, 2010 as amended from time to time.

The period of deputation including the period of deputation in another ex-cadre post held immediately preceding this appointment in the same or some other organization / department of the Central Government shall ordinarily not exceed 03 years.

Applications are invited from willing candidates having age not exceeding 56 years as on the last day of receiving of applications, i.e., 60 days from the date of issue of this circular (I) Other Organized Accounts Service (or) Other Central and State Govt. Departments. The eligibility condition for the post of Accountant is holding analogous post on regular basis (or) candidates in the pay band-I (Rs. 5200-20200) plus Grade Pay Rs. 2400 having minimum 02 years service in the grade (or) LDCs in the pay band-I (Rs.5200-20200) plus Grade Pay Rs.1900 having minimum 05 years of service. The minimum qualification for the post of Accountant is Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized university. The candidates should be well versed with Accounts / Establishment / Administration work etc. Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of computers. For the post of LDCs, officials of appropriate grade with five years service having typing speed of 30 w.p.m. in English or 25 w.p.m. in Hindi preferable computer literate.

The application in the prescribed proforma as in Annexure – I along with Certificate of the Employer in Annexure – II may be sent to this office through proper channel along with vigilance clearance certificate and attested copies of ACRs for the last 05 years so as to reach this office within 60 days of the issue of this Circular. Incomplete applications will not be entertained. Names of only those candidates, who can be relieved immediately on selection, may be forwarded.

S/D. dt.18.02.2011
23092409, 23093759


1. Name of applicant :
2. Post held at present along with pay scale of post :
3. Date of entry in the Govt. service :
4. Date of Birth :
5. Date of appointment in the present grade & whether officiating or substantive:
6. Educational Qualification :
7. Present pay drawn :
8. Whether SC/ST
9. Details of work done during last 3 years(Period nature of work done) :
10. Name and address of present employer. :
11. Preference of place of posting : 1………2……..3…….4……

I hereby understand and undertake that in the event of my selection to that post in question, I will not withdraw my candidature or decline the post when offered.

Signature of Candidate



(To be filled by the employer)

Certified that particulars furnished by Sh./Smt./Kum..........................have been verified and are found correct and that no disciplinary proceedings are either pending or being contemplated against him. It is also certified that the integrity of the candidate is bonafide.

Signature and Seal of the Head of Office


Source: www.mha.nic.in

Out-of-turn promotion to sportspersons on sports account- clarification regarding

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RBE No.26/2011
Clarification/Corrigendum No.5


No.2011/E(Sports)/4(1)/1/Policy Clarifications

New Delhi, 23rd February, 2011

The General Managers (P),
All Zonal Railways including
CLW, DLW, ICF, RCF, RWF, Metro Railways/Kolkata,
The DG, RDSO/Lucknow.

      Sub. :- Out-of-turn promotion to sportspersons on sports account- clarification regarding.

      Ref. :- Board's letter No.2010/E(Sports)/4(1)/1(Policy) dt. 31.12.2010.

The issue of granting out-of-turn promotion to sportspersons, who after getting promotion in normal course i.e. on their seniority, again apply for out-of-turn promotion on the basis of sports achievements prior to such promotions; has been considered by the Railway Board.

In this connection, it is clarified that if any sportsperson applies ro out-of-turn promotion on sports account, after getting promotion on his/her own seniority; for considering such cases as per Board's policy letter referred above; the ocncluding day of last recognized sports achievement should not be more than one year old, from the date of his/her promotion on seniority.

This also disposes Western Railwy's letter No. Sports/65/OTP/C-C dt. 16.02.2011.

Dy. Director, Estt.(Sports)

Pranab may dole out tax sops to salaried class, farmers

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Pranab may dole out tax sops to salaried class, farmers
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Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is likely to give tax concessions to the salaried class and offer incentives to farmers in his Budget 2011-12 Monday to give relief from high prices and keeping an eye on elections in five states.

It is widely expected that the Budget will raise the income tax exemption limit to Rs 1.80 lakh from the current Rs 1.60 lakh per annum.

The Finance Ministry is already committed to raising the exemption limit to Rs 2 lakh per annum in the Direct Taxes Code (DTC) which is to be implemented from April 2012.

Mukherjee may also consider raising the limit for investment in tax-free infrastructure bonds to give a boost to the fund-starved sector. Investments up to Rs 20,000 in infrastructure bonds enjoy tax exemption now.

Experts said with fiscal deficit projected to come down sharply to 4.8 per cent, the Finance Minister would have some leeway to provide these tax concessions.

The Economic Survey 2010-11 presented in Parliament projected fiscal deficit at 4.8 per cent, down from the budget estimate of 5.5 per cent for the current fiscal.

With five states -- Assam, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala and West Bengal-- heading for polls, it is unlikely that Mukherjee would completely roll back the stimulus and come out with harsh measures to increase government revenues and bring down fiscal deficit, experts said.

Mukherjee's third consecutive budget is also expected to increase the credit flow to the farm sector.

On tax rationalisation, Mukherjee had said, "The sustained growth has been possible due to rationalisation of tax structure, improvement in tax administration and persistent efforts of the employees of Income Tax department."

Inflation has remained above the comfort level for most part of the current fiscal and will be another focus area for Mukherjee.

The overall inflation at 8.23 per cent is higher than the comfort level of the Reserve Bank at 5-6 per cent. Food inflation had also touched at a high of 18.23 per cent in December, but moderated to 11.49 per cent in mid-February.

Industry fears that Mukherjee may roll back some of the stimulus to fight inflation. Moreover, the Survey had also projected the economy is recovering fast and is expected to return to the pre-crisis growth rate of 9 per cent in 2011-12.

Stimulus package provided by the government at the time financial meltdown helped India grew by 6.8 per cent in 200809, and by 8 per cent in 2009-10.

The economy grew by 8.9 per cent in the first half of 2010-11.

But the tax incentives and higher public expenditure also pushed up the fiscal deficit to 6.3 per cent in 2009-10.

In the Budget 2010-11, Mukherjee had estimated fiscal deficit to be Rs 3,81,408 crore.

Even as there could be some decline in government revenue due to higher exemption limits, Mukherjee would pin hopes on increased economic activity with a high growth rate of 9 per cent to bring in money to Centre's kitty.

National Anomaly Committee meeting discussion points...

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As indicated in our circular letter No.3, we give hereunder the decisions taken on each of the items discussed at the National Anomaly Committee meeting held on 15th Feb. 2011.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally,
K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General.

Item No.11.
The Staff side has agreed to specify the items of allowance which requires to be given effect to from 1.1.2006.

Item No.12. & 13.
Revision of Transport allowance:
The Staff side is to give a comparative statement indicating the rate of Transport allowance given to various categories to substantiate their demand for having a uniform rate for all Govt. officials.

Item No.14.
Risk and Patient Care allowance to be doubled.
The Government will bring about the Insurance scheme in consultation with the Staff Side within six months. If the scheme is not implemented by that time, these allowances will be doubled.

Item No. 20.
Quantification of daily allowance in case not able to present the bill The Department of Expenditure will examine the issue further in the light of the discussion and will convey their final decision in the next neeting.

Item No. 28.
Assigning grade pay in PB 3 for Accounts officers.
This will be discussed with the Staff Side separately.

Item No. 31.
Child Care leave:
Revised orders have been issued. The demand of the Staff Side that the discretionary powers to grant or otherwise or restrict the number of days presently given to the authorities must be dispensed with will be discussed at the next meeting of the Committee.

Item No. 37.
Waiver of recovery of higher DA drawing between 1.1.2006 and 1.08.2008.
Not agreed to.

Item No. 38 and 39.
Anomaly in fixation of Grade Pay and Pay Bands: will be further discussed at the next meeting.

Item No. 40.
Grant of Notional increment for those who retire in June. Not accepted.

Item No.41.
Grant of promotional increment for those promoted in the same PB and Grade Pay.
The Official side stated that to decide whether the two grades have distinct functions is the prerogative of the concerned Ministry/Department. If they so decide, the promotional increment would be granted. But in that case, the same will be treated as a promotion and will count as such for the purpose of MACP.

Item No. 42.
MACP issue.
The same will be discussed in the sub committee once again.

Item No.43.
Anomaly in HAG scale of pay:
Not discussed being a Group A issue. But the issue has been reported to have been settled and orders issued.

Item No. 44.
Anomaly in Library Information Assistant:
Will be further discussed at the next meeting.

Item No. 45.
Anomaly in fixation of pension for those in receipt of stagnation increment/ In the light of the court judgment, the item will be discussed further in the next meeting.

Item No. 46.& 49 & 51
Parity for Stenographers in the filed and Central Sectt.
The demand for grant of grade pay of Rs. 4600 for those in the pay scale of 6500-10,500 has already been settled and orders issues. The question of Grant of Grade pay of Rs. 5400 after completion of three years for those in the pay scale of 7500-12000 will be examined if not already extended.

Item No. 48.
Restoration of commutation value of pension after 12 years.
Not agreed upon. The Staff side has asked for the basis on which the demand has been rejected.

Item No. 50/
Disparity in the pay scale of official language staff.
The Staff side has agreed to provide a copy of the Court order in the matter.

Item No. 52 and 53.
Andaman Nicobar Items:
The Official side will report in the next meeting of the development on these issues.

Source: Confederation Website

MACPS for KVS Employees - Appeal for your kind intervention for its implementation for Teaching cadre in KVS

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(Reg. No. 10296)
Kendriya Vidayalaya Sangathan, Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India


B-81, Southend Floors
Sohna Road, Gurgaon - 122 018

Sh.Kapil Sibal ji
Hon'ble Minister HRD, Govt. of India
301, C-Block, Shashtri Bhavan,
New Delhi - 110 001

Sub: MACPS for KVS Employees - Appeal for your kind intervention for its implementation for Teaching cadre in KVS.

Hon’ble Sir
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan(KVS), an autonomous organization fully financed by Ministry of HRD, has accepted the recommendation of the 6th Pay Commission. How ever the three tier Financial up gradation scheme, which is referred as Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme(MACPS) recommended by the 6th CPC for the civilian employees of GOI, has been partially implemented in KVS; granted only for the non-teaching employees, Gr. A, B & C, working under it, vide KVS order dtd.9-02-2011 F11029/16/2009/KVSHQ(ADMN 1). The same order has not revealed anything regarding the implementation MACP Scheme for the teaching cadres of KVS who form the main workforce of the organization. This is nothing but discrimination and marginalization of a highly dedicated and motivated work force of teachers who have earned laurels for KVS over a long period of time by their innovative approach to quality education at the School level. KV teachers deserve the benefit of the implementation of MACPS and any reasonable consideration of the followings may further satisfy your good self on the merits in our pleadings for the same.

- 6th CPC has made special mention about due consideration to be given to teachers and nurses owing to their significant role in society. But here the teachers are not considered at all while implementing the MACP Scheme by the HRD in KVS.

- At present in KVS there is no assured time based promotion or any type of financial up gradation scheme for the employees. At least in the present context of implementation of the 6th CPC recommendations, by considering the welfare of the employees , the MACPS financial up gradation scheme should have been introduced without any delay.

Two years have passed after the implementation of 6th CPC in KVS (i.e. 2008).It is also a fact that most of the Primary teachers , Secondary and Higher Secondary teachers are retiring from KVS without any incentive and/or promotions even after their long service of 25-35 years. From the date of their entries to dates of retirement they are destined to continue in the same cadre and grade. In this context , the speedy implementation of the MACPS would have been a blessing to these teachers and could have solved the problems of ‘stagnation’ in the same cadre.

- In KVS the available selection promotion avenues are purely based on Seniority cum Merit. It is highly restricted to a limited number of senior members of the staff. Even in case of promotion, the financial benefit to teachers is meager. The newly introduced MACPS i.e. financial up gradation after every 10years- after10th ,20th and 30th years of service – to all employees irrespective of their seniority is purely based on the principle of equality. Every employee is benefited out of this new scheme. As such HRD Ministry should have speeded up the implementation of this scheme in KVS. Even if no promotion chance is given to them to higher posts, the employees would have been partially satisfied through this financial up gradation.

- As per the National Education Policy and National Curriculum Framework(NCF) the teachers are bound to shoulder heavy responsibilities and social commitment in moulding the future citizens and skill formation for the future development of India . But it is a truth that the teachers up to Higher Sec. level are low paid in our country especially when compared to the university teachers who enjoy the bounties of the UGC Scheme. There is a wide gulf between the payment and work load and ethics of these two groups of teaching personnel. Considering the foundational character of the Primary and Secondary teaching, the scheme of financial up gradation(MACP) should compulsorily be implemented in KVS.

- The Financial implications of education and human skill development will be always positive in the long run in respect of country’s economic growth and development. The brain power or human resources development is the need of the hour especially when our country has targeted to become the No 1 economic power in the coming decades as has been emphasized by the Former Prime Minister late Rajiv Gandhiji and Former President APJ Abdul Kalamji. Hence the investment in the professional growth of teaching community is essential and the introduction of MACPS would definitely promote teachers welfare thus professionalism in KVS.

- In all Central Govt. Departments the “Assured Financial Up gradation Scheme (MACPS)” has been introduced. Hence its non-implementation for KV Teachers has a demoralizing effect on them which ultimately have its impact on the education of children even as it points towards non-recognition of the role and contribution of KV teachers towards National Integration through quality education.

Sir, in the above context our earnest request is to please ensure that the teaching community of KVS are in no way sidelined vis-à-vis the benefits of Assured Financial Up gradation Scheme(MACPS). It would go a long way in solving the problem of ‘career stagnation’ a chronic disease existing in this organization for the last 50 years i.e. from the very beginning of KVS. Need not to state that KVS positioned it self as the pace setting organization in the field of National Education and National Integration due to dedicated service rendered by its Teachers.

With deep regards

Yours faithfully

Source: AIKVTA

NFIR welcomes the Rail Budget – 2011-12

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Railway Minister’s Budget Speech – Brief Extract
On subjects related to Staff Welfare on 25-02-2011

1. The wheels of the railways continue to move 24 hours, all 365 days. Railway’s services are comparable to emergency services, required all the time. I am proud of the 14 lakh members of my railway family, who toil day and night with unparalleled dedication. I am also grateful to all passengers without whose cooperation and consideration, we could not have run this vase system. I have also received unstinted support from our two recognized federations and staff and officers’ associations.

II. Our employees are biggest asset and it is they who keep the wheel of progress moving. Some of the measures I propose to take for their welfare are:-

    i. Expand the scope of Liberalized Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for Safety category staff by enhancing the existing criteria of grade pay from . 1800 to . 1900.

    ii. Considering the Indian Family structure and values, extending Medical facilities to both dependent father and mother of Railway employees.

    iii. Increasing the scholarship for the girl child of gangmen and group ‘D’ employees to . 1200 per month for higher education.

    iv. Setting up of a Railway Vidhalaya Prabandhan Board (RVPB) to improve quality of education to children studying in 269 Railway schools. The Board will draw up a plan for improving the physical and educational infrastructure of these schools to be implemented in a time frame of three years.

    v. In order to provide easy access to medical facilities in remote and inaccessible areas for our employees, it is proposed to provide 20 Medical Road Medical Vans at different locations to begin with.

    vi. All the proposed 20 hostels for children of railway employees have been commissioned and another 20 would be set up next year, i.e. 2011-12.

III. The Ministry is undertaking restructuring of all the cadres in the railways to afford adequate promotional opportunities to the officers and staff.

IV. Recruitment
(a)After the new recruitment policy announced last year, recruitment process has already been set in motion for filling the vacancies of about 1.75 lakh in Group ‘C’ and Group ‘D’ posts. Steps have also been taken to fill up about 13,000 posts in Railway Protection Force. These mega recruitment drives will cover the backlog of SC/ST/Physically handicapped quota.

(b) For the first time, railways are including 16000 ex-servicemen by end of March, 2011. As also announced last year, we are also recruiting more than 12,00 ex-servicemen in RPF. It is our humble tribute to our barve jawans who defend our borders.

koi sikh koi jaat maratha
koi gurkha koi madrasi
sarhad par marnevaala
har veer tha bhaaratvasi
jo shaheed hue hain inki
jara yad karo kurbani……

V. To enhance skills of our frontline staff in dealing with the customers, a training centre is proposed to be stated at Kharagpur. Also multidisciplinary training centre would be set up at Dharwad, Kolkata and Pune including an exclusive international centre at Agra. A new basic Training Centre at Kurseong is proposed to cater to the needs of Northeast Frontier Railway including Darjeeling – Himalayan Railway.

VI. Setting up of Polytechnics Five Polytechnics will be set up at Varanasi, Machlandur, Vadodara, Bhilai and Hubli-Dharwad under MOU with Ministry of Human Resource Development. This will also contribute towards the national mission of skill development.

VII. Sports
    (a) Railways have always provided congenial and enabling environment for breeding of sports talent in the country. I take great pride in reporting that railway sportspersons brought 25 medals (including 13 Gold of the 38 won by India) in the recently held Commenwealth Games, 2010. the excellent performance of railway sportspersons continued in the Asian Games also with a contribution of 7 out of 14 Golds for India. Raiways also ran a special Commonwealth Express which was visited by 8 lakh people.

    (b) Railways will continue to strengthen the sports infrastructure and open more sports academies, stadia and multi-prupose halls. It is also proposed to create a separate sports cadre so that their aspirations are fully met.

General Secretary

NFIR welcomes the Rail Budget – 2011-12
Presented by Railway Minister Ms.Mamata Banerjee
to the Parliament on 25-02-2011

Hailing the Railway Budget as a realistic one, NFIR thanks Railway Minister for making following specific pronouncements:

  Extension of LARSGESS for employees drawing GP of 1900/-, which was demanded by NFIR in its Convention at Kolkata on 12th December, 2010 attended by MR.

  Provisioning of 20 Mobile Road Medical Vans at remote places for providing health care at the door steps of the employees in addition to the existing Mobile Vans. This is also NFIR’s proposal.   Cadre Restructuring shall be undertaken for all Cadres to afford adequate promotional opportunities.

  Scholarships of 1200/- per month for the children of lowest paid employee viz. Gangmen, Gatemen, etc – a laudable announcement.

  NFIR also thanks the Railway Minister for announcing free medical facility to both dependent father and mother of the Railway employees and additional hostel facilities to the children of employees.

  NFIR hopes that the Railway Minster would fulfill the commitment made in the previous budget for ensuring “House for all” scheme to all the Railway Employees.

  NFIR also urges the Railway Minister to see that the corporate welfare plan is further strengthened so as to see that the Railway Quarters and colonies are improved.

  NFIR specially urges the Railway Minister to direct the Railway Board not to resort to outsourcing of Safety Related Activities.

  NFIR demands to see that the High Power Committee is constituted as agreed to for reviewing the duty hours of Running Staff and other Operational Categories.

  NFIR also appeals to the Railway Minister to take initiative for rectification of VIth CPC a Anomalies as the proposals of Railway Ministry are pending with Finance Ministry.

General Secretary

Issue of pensioner CGHS Cards to Central Government servants before retirement

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Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Nirman Bhawan, Maulana Azad Road
New Delhi 110 108

No: 37-1/2009-C & P/CGHS (P)
Date: February 23, 2011


Subject:       Issue of pensioner CGHS Cards to Central Government servants before retirement.

      Central Government servants on their retirement from service are entitled to CGHS facility, if they retire from office Ministries I Departments I Offices covered by CGHS. For availing CGHS facility, if eligible, after retirement from service, pensioners are required to fill up the requisite form and deposit the appropriate amount [lump sum amount equivalent to one year’s contribution for availing CGHS facility for one year (which can be extended on an annual basis on payment of the appropriate contribution as applicable at the time of renewal) or pay in lump sum equivalent to ten years’ contribution for availing CGHS facility with life-time validity). The process of issuing of pensioner CGHS cards starts only after the Government servant retires from service and only after the Pension Pay Order (PPO) and Last Pay Certificate (LPC) are issued by the Ministry / Department I Office. The completion of the formalities takes two to three months, which puts pensioners in a problematic condition for getting treatment from the date on which they retire from service and the time when a pensioner CGHS card is issued to them.

2. The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has received representations from retired Central Government servants and from officials due for retirement within the next few months with the request that the policy regarding issue of pensioner CGHS cards be simplified so that they are in a position to get the pensioner CGHS card a day after their retirement from service.

3. The matter has been examined by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in consultation with CGHS and it has been decided that the following course of action will be taken in respect of officials who are entitled to avail CGHS facility after his I her retirement from Government service:

  (i)     All Ministries I Departments will, alongwith pension papers, give the application for issue of pensioner CGHS cards to the official three months before the due date for retirement of the official;

  (ii)     The official, if he / she is interested in availing CGHS facility after his I her retirement, will:

    a.       Fill up the form for issue of pensioner’s card;

    b.       affix stamp sized photographs of the family members entitled to avail CGHS facility in the proforma for issue of pensioner’s card;

    c.       enclose Demand Draft I Pay Order for the appropriate amount with reference to his I her decision to get CGHS card with life-time validity (the amount will be equal to ten years’ contribution) or with validity for one year (the amount will be equal to one year’s contribution). For obtaining the card in Delhi, the Demand Draft I Pay Order will have to be made payable to “Pay & Accounts Officer (CGHS), payable at Delhi” and for obtaining card in a CGHS city outside Delhi, the Demand Draft I Pay Order will have to be made payable to “Additional Director or Joint Director (as the case may be) of the CGHS city, payable in that city”;

(iii) The Ministry I Department will add a certificate of pay, grade pay, etc., drawn by the applicant to the application form and also mention the entitlement of ward (Private ward I Semi-Private Ward / General Ward) at the time of retirement of the official;

(iv) The Ministry I Department will forward the application complete in all respects to the Additional Director in the concerned CGHS city after verifying the particulars furnished by the applicant six weeks before the date of retirement of the official;

(v) CGHS pensioner cell in the concerned CGHS city will initiate action to get the pensioner card prepared;

(vi) The validity of the pensioner card will start from a date after the last day of service of the official;

(vii) If the beneficiary, while in service, has been issued plastic card, then the beneficiary identification number (Ben ID No.) will not be changed at the time of preparation of pensioner card and the same Ben ID number will be carried forward in the pensioner card;

(viii) The pensioner card will be handed over to the retired official only after the date of superannuation I retirement from service; and

(ix) Before the pensioner CGHS card is issued to the beneficiary, the plastic CGHS cards issued to all the members of the family will be surrendered

4. AIr Ministries / Departments are requested to give wide publicity to the contents of these instructions.

[R Ravi]

Highlights of the Railway Budget for 2011-12

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Highlights of the Railway Budget for 2011-12

* No hike in passenger fare and freight rates.

* Earnings for 2010-11 set to exceed Rs.1 lakh crore.

* A separate sports cadre to be created.

* Highest ever Plan outlay of Rs. 57, 630 crore proposed for Railways.

* Rs.10,000 crore to be raised through railway bonds.

* Scholarship for Girl child of Group-D railway employees increased to Rs.1200 per month.

* Recruitment for 1.75 lakh vacancies of Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ including to fill up backlog of SC/ST initiated, 16,000 ex-servicemen to be inducted by March 2011.

* Medical facilities extended to dependent parents of the Railway employees.

* Decided to set-up rail-based industries.

* Passing through a difficult phase; 97 percent increase in expenditure in 2010-11 due to implementation of Sixth Pay Commission report.

* Loss of Rs.3,500 crore in 2010-11.

* Ten-year backlog of 1.75 lakh jobs being addressed; 16,000 ex-servicemen to be given jobs in railways.

* Safety first priority; accident rate has come down.

* Anti-collision device, successful in North West Frontier Railway, to be extended to three more zonal railways.

* Railways always been a soft target but law and order a state subject. If railways are blocked in one region, this has a snowballing effect in other parts of the country.

* Will add 180 km of rail lines in 2011-12.

* All-India security helpline set up.* New Durantos to be run on Allahabad-Mumbai, Pune-Ahmedabad, Sealdah-Puri, Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam, Madurai-Chennai routes, among others.

* Rail linkage to Gujarat from Delhi-Mumbai freight corridor.

* Integrated suburban network to be set up in Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad and other cities; suburban system of Hyderabad to be strengthened.

* Mumbai suburban system's EMU coaches to be increased from nine to 12.

* Pradhan Mantri Rail Vikas Yojna to be launched.

* Industrial park to be set up in Nandigram, West Bengal.

* Railways to set up factory in Jammu and Kashmir.

* To set up Metro coach factory at Singur, West Bengal.

* First coach from Rae Bareli factory to roll out in next three months.

* Work on wagon factory in Orissa to begin after land is acquired.

* Manipur capital Imphal to be soon connected to railway network.

* Centre for excellence in software to be set up at Darjeeling.

* Fund to be created for socially desirable projects.

* Central Organistaion for Project Implemtaiton created; will create accountability for nonperformance.

* 20 additional hostels for children of railway employees to be set up.

* Work on upgrading 442 stations to be completed by March 31.

* Decision to start pilot projects to give shelter to homeless people living along the tracks in Mumbai.

* Multi-purpose smart card to be introduced for all-India travel.* Airport-like trolleys to be provided at more stations.

* 56 new Express Trains, 3 new Shatabdis and 9 Duronto trains to be introduced.

* Upgraded class of air conditioned travel to be introduced shortly.

* To adopt modern technology through centres of academic excellence.

* 2011-12 declared ‘Year of Green Energy’ for Railways.

* Age for senior citizen's concession reduced to 58 from 60.

* Concession for physically handicapped and gallantry award winners for travel in Rajdhani and Shatabdi expresses.

* 50 percent concession for mediapersons with families to be increased from once to twice a year.

* AC Double Decker services on Jaipur-Delhi and Ahmedabad-Mumbai routes.

* New Super AC Class to be introduced.

Mamata Banerjee announced a number of measures for the welfare of Railway employees in her budget speech

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Railway Employees’ Welfare, Recruitment and Training

The Minister for Railways, Mamata Banerjee announced a number of measures for the welfare of Railway employees in her budget speech in Parliament today. They are as follows:-

1. Expand the scope of Liberalised Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for safety category staff by enhancing the existing criteria of grade pay from Rs. 1800/- to Rs. 1900/-.

2. Considering the Indian family structure and values, extending medical facilities to both dependent father and mother of railway employees.

3. Increasing the scholarship for the girl child of gangmen and group ‘D’ employees to Rs.1200 per month for higher education.

4. Setting up of a Railway Vidyalaya Prabandhan Board (RVPB) to improve quality of education to children studying in 269 railway schools. The Board will draw up a plan for improving the physical and educational infrastructure of these schools to be implemented in a time frame of three years.

5. To provide 20 Road Medical Vans in remote and inaccessible areas for railway employees for easy access to medical facilities.

6. 20 hostels for children of railway employees have been commissioned and another 20 would be set up next year.

7. Undertaking of restructuring of all cadres in the Railways to afford adequate promotional opportunities to the officers and staff.

8. Recruitment process has already been set in motion for filling the vacancies of about 1.75 lakh in Group ‘C’ and Group ‘D’ posts. Steps have also been taken to fill up about 13,000 posts in Railway Protection Force. These mega recruitment drives will cover the backlog of SC/ST and physically handicapped quota.

9. For the first time, the Ministry is inducting 16,000 ex-servicemen by end of March 2011. More than 1200 ex-servicemen in Railway Protection Force are being recruited.

10. A Training centre is proposed to be started at Kharagpur to enhance skills of frontline staff in dealing with the customers. Multi-disciplinary training centres would be set up at Dharwad, Kolkata and Pune including an exclusive international centre at Agra. A new basic training centre at Kurseong is proposed to cater to the needs of North East Frontier Railway including Darjeeling-Himalayan Railway.

Raise income tax exemption limit to Rs 3 lakh: Survey

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Raise income tax exemption limit to Rs 3 lakh: Survey

NEW DELHI: The government must increase the personal income tax exemption limit to at least Rs 3 lakh from Rs 1.6 lakh at present in the upcoming Budget for giving relief to taxpayers from high inflation, majority of CEOs surveyed by industry body Assocham has said.

"In view of the unprecedented inflation particularly the food inflation, the government must increase the personal income tax exemption limit from the existing Rs 1.6 lakh to at least Rs 3 lakh to give adequate relief to the larger sections of the society, added the majority of the CEOs," the pre-Budget survey said.

The Budget 2011-12 would be unveiled by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on February 28. At present, income up to Rs 1.6 lakh is exempted from tax for individuals. For women and senior citizens, the limit is Rs 1.9 lakh and Rs 2.4 lakh, respectively.

However, under the the Direct Taxes Code (DTC) Bill which was introduced in Parliament last year, the I-T exemption limit is Rs 2 lakh. The DTC is expected to replace the 50-year old Income Tax Act from April, 2012.

The survey further said that due to continuous elevated inflation and high commodity prices across globe, there is a strong case for continuation of stimulus package so that the growth momentum is not spiked.

It was a pre-Budget expectations survey conducted under the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) with participation from its 1,000 CEOs. Inflation, particularly food inflation, has been a concern for both the government and the common man. For past the few months, food prices are at high levels.

The WPI inflation for December rose to 8.43 per cent, from 7.48 per cent in the previous month. Food inflation, based on wholesale prices, rose to 17.05 per cent for the week ended January 22, on account of escalating vegetable prices, particularly, onions. It was at 15.57 per cent in the previous week.

Around 84 per cent of the CEOs belonging to large, micro, small and medium enterprises polled in the survey held that stimulus package for textiles, gems & jewellery, construction and real estate, cement and steel, among others, should continue for the next fiscal.

Besides, majority of the CEOs also pressed for larger and faster disinvestment in public sector undertakings, proceeds of which should partly be to fund infrastructure augmentation in PPP projects to help India grow and achieve intended growth rate of close to 9 per cent in next 2-3 years.

Source: Economic Times

Unions rally against price rise, unemployment

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Unions rally against price rise, unemployment

UNITED STAND: CPI leader and AITUC general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta addresses a workers' rally on Parliament Street in New Delhi on Wednesday.

NEW DELHI: A “Workers' March to Parliament” in the Capital on Wednesday saw a heavy turnout of workers of various central trade unions protesting against price rise, unemployment, labour law violations and disinvestment.

The participating organisations included the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, the Indian National Trade Union Congress, the All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), the Hind Mazdoor Sabha, the All-India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), the Trade Union Coordination Centre, the All-India Central Council of Trade Unions and the United Trade Union Congress. Addressing the gathering on Parliament Street, AITUC general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta said: “We have come here to ask the government to have a stronger labour policy, to stop disinvestment of public sector units and to address corruption and the issue of unemployment. This is the first time after Independence that the Left and non-Left trade unions have come together for the cause of the people.”

Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Brinda Karat and Communist Party of India leader D. Raja were present.

The president of the Congress-affiliated INTUC, G. Sanjeeva Reddy, said the trade union was participating in the rally because of price rise and unemployment. “The situation is bad. Disinvestment in factories has thrown people out of jobs. We have raised our voice against the laws that are against labourers.” On increasing attacks by the government on the rights of the workers, AIUTUC president Krishna Chakraborty stressed the need to forge working class unity to exert pressure on the Centre to accept the demands put forward by the unions.

Speakers demanded universalisation of social security for unorganised workers. They accused the government of ignoring the needs of the working people and pursuing policies such as deregulation of petroleum prices leading to price rise.

Demands were raised for the prices of essential commodities to be contained through steps such as universal public distribution system and containing speculation in the commodity market.

Enforcement of basic labour laws, employment protection in recession-stricken sectors and creation of jobs by increasing pubic investment in infrastructure were also emphasised.

Representatives from the unions met Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and presented a memorandum of demands.

Source(Article & Photo): The Hindu

Performance-based incentive for Central Govt staff from next FY

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Performance-based incentive for Central Govt staff from next FY

Employees belonging to 62 of central government departments could may receive performance-based incentive, over and above their existing salaries, from as early as the next financial year. The incentive will be based on the department’s scorecard in meeting yearly targets committed by their respective secretaries and ministers as part of the results-framework documents (RFD) system.

The committee of secretaries looking into performance-based incentive for government employees is said to have already zeroed in on a formula that offers a secretary-level officer an incentive up to 40% of the basic salary, provided his department has met 100% RFD targets. A scorecard of 70% and less in meeting RFD targets would however attract zero incentive. However, no penalty will be imposed on the non-performing officers.

The secretaries’ panel, headed by the Cabinet secretary, has already completed three crucial meetings and is looking to finalise its recommendations in time to enable performance-linked salaries in the coming financial year.For a secretary-level officer, the incentive is proposed to be 15% of cost savings (budgeted expenditure minus actual expenditure) by the department multiplied by its composite score less 70, divided by 30.

The incentive will be higher with each passing year. In other words, secretary of a department that meets 100% RFD targets for a year would get 20% performance-based incentive in the first three years, 30% in the next three years and 40% between the sixth and ninth year. A 70% scorecard would however attract no incentive.

For a joint secretary, the incentive will be sum of 30% of departmental composite score and 70% of divisional composite score. Since the incentive will be paid from cost savings of the department resulting from improved performance, there will be no extra burden on the exchequer. The government, incidentally, is not in favour of penalising the non-performing officers.

The reasoning being that not getting any incentive, or absence of recognition, would be punishment enough for the under-performers. With the committee of secretaries also planning to lay down the condition that performance-linked incentive will accrue to only those departments that have submitted RFDs for two consecutive years, the key five departments of PMO , home, finance, defence, external affairs who are still not covered by the RFD system will not qualify for the incentive.

Source: Economic Times

Enhancement of Pension Under EPS, 1995

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Enhancement of Pension Under EPS, 1995

The Central Government constituted an Expert Committee for review of the Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995. The Expert Committee considered the various demands of pensioners including enhancement of pension under the Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995. The Expert Committee has submitted its report to the Central Government on 05.08.2010 and recommendations are presently under examination/consideration of the Central Board of Trustees of the Employees Provident Fund Organization.

This information was given by Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Minister for Labour And Employment in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

Increase in Interest Rate on EPF

For the financial year 2010-2011, 9.5% rate of interest on EPF has been recommended by the Central Board of Trustees, Employees’ Provident Fund [CBT(EPF)] in the 190th meeting held on 15.09.2010 based on the funds available in the interest suspense account. The Ministry of Labour & Employment has forwarded the recommendation of CBT to the Ministry of Finance (Department of Financial Services) for approval.

This information was given by Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Minister for Labour And Employment in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

Source: PIB

Workers march to Parliament over price rise

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Workers march to Parliament over price rise

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IBNS) Lakhs of workers, including men and women, participated in `March to Parliament’ on Wednesday protesting price rise.

This march was called by the Central Trade Unions and national federations of employees.

“The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) congratulates the lakhs of workers, men and women who participated in the `March to Parliament’ on February 23, 2011,” said the CPI-M in a statement.

“This united protest by all sections of the workers and employees is significant and is a powerful manifestation of the working class demanding the implementation of their five-point charter of demands,” said the CPI-M.

The rally was organized to protest against the failure of the UPA government to curb prices of essential commodities which has eroded the livelihood of the working people.

“The massive protest is a warning to the Manmohan Singh government not to proceed with the disinvestment of shares in the Public Sector Enterprises,” said the CPI-M.

“The Central government is selling off vital public assets in the name of disinvestment to Indian and foreign monopolists. This is part of the loot of resources which is going on in the corrupt regime of the UPA government.

“This protest signals the determination of the working class to oppose the sale of precious public assets cheaply.”

The CPI-M said while the corporates and big capitalists are allowed free rein to circumvent the law, corner resources, evade taxes and make huge profits, the government turns a blind eye to the gross violations of labour laws which provide limited protection to the workers.

The rally has demanded protection of the rights of workers in the unorganized sector and of contract and casual workers.

“The massive workers’ demonstration is a display of the united will of the working class movement to fight against the neo-liberal and anti-working class policies of the UPA government. The CPI(M) extends its full support to this united movement,” said the CPI-M.

Source: Indiablooms

Introduce life-insurance-cum-endowment scheme for school teachers

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Introduce life-insurance-cum-endowment scheme for school teachers

Insurance Scheme for Teachers

The Planning Commission has acknowledged that school teachers are important stakeholders in our country’s development and intimated that the proposal to introduce a life-insurance-cum-endowment scheme for school teachers is under examination in the Planning Commission. Proposal for health insurance for the school teachers has not been sent by HRD Ministry to the Planning Commission.

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.

Source: PIB


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NEW DELHI – 110016

F. No. 110240/(3)/FC/20 10-KVS(HQ)/Budget

Dated 18th February, 2011

The Assistant Commissioner/Director
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan,
All Regional Offices/ZIETs



      Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan has been taking various measures to encourage use of computers and ICT methods in the teaching and learning process in Kendriya Vidyalayas. Efforts were made in the past to provide suitable training to the teachers both internally through In-service programmes and externally with the collaboration of other agencies like Intel, Microsoft & Oracle. Some of the teachers have procured PCs/Laptops on their own and some of them regularly seek advances / withdrawals from their PF account for this purpose. However, many teachers have expressed a need for institutional support for procurement of Laptops to be used as an aid in their curricular transactions in the KVs.

It has also been observed during routine inspections by the officers of the Regional Office that a large number of teachers do effectively use digital technology in their curricular transactions. The primary teachers (PRTs) use computers extensively on a regular basis. The multimedia facility available in the digital technology not only helps them to make their classes attractive but also contributes in making the learning of their students effective. Moreover, with the emphasis on activity based teaching — learning, these primary teachers prepare a large number of worksheets for their regular use in the classrooms, using the inputs from online and offline resources. The Trained Graduate Teachers (TGTs) who teach the secondary classes use digital technology for the two fold purpose of computer aided teaching/learning (CAT/CAL) and for carrying out student projects. The Post Graduate Teachers (PGTs) use digital technology with a focus to enrich their content and also search for various assessment items to be used in their classes.

      Therefore, in order to encourage more and more teachers use computers extensively in their regular curricular transactions, the Finance Committee of KVS recommended for approval of BOG for grant of interest free advance of Rs. 27000/- with an overall ceiling limit of Rs. 5 crore per annum from WN. BOG in its meeting held on 03.11.2010 approved the proposal for its implementation. This scheme will be implemented at the Regional level with each region is empowered to sanction interest free advance upto a total of Rs. 27 lakh for all applicants put together. For any sanction over and above Rs. 27 lakh, the Asstt. Commissioner of the Region has to get the approval of the KVS (HQ). Other detailed guidelines of the scheme is hereby forwarded for its implementation.

Yours faithfully,

Source: kvsangathan.nic.in

Releasing Industrial Dearness Relief using orders available on DPE Website

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No. 36-04/2008-Pen(T)
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Telecommunications

New Delhi, dated the 24th Nov, 2010

To All Controller / Joint Controller of Communications Accounts,
DoT Cell.

      Subject: Releasing Industrial Dearness Relief using orders available on DPE Website.

          it has come to the notice of this office that orders for releasing Dearness Relief on IDA pension are not being regularly received in various offices of CCA, resulting in delay in payment of Dearness Relief to pensioners.

2.       The matter has been considered in this office and it has been decided that CCAs may download these orders from DPE Website and act accordingly. These orders are available under the url http://dpe.nic.in/newgl/glch4bindex1.htm.

Director (Estt.)

Source Document : www.dot.gov.in

Central Government Employees and Pensioners Health Insurance Scheme (CGEPHIS)

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Central Government Employees and Pensioners Health Insurance Scheme

The Central Government is contemplating introduction of a health insurance scheme for the central government employees and pensioners on pan – India basis, in consultation with other concerned Ministries/Departments. However, no time frame can be given at this stage for its introduction.

This information was given by Minister of Health & Family Welfare Sh. Ghulam Nabi Azad in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

Source: PIB

Trade unions to protest against price rise

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Trade unions to protest against price rise

MANGALORE: Leading trade unions including CITU, AITUC, HMS, INTUC, AIUTUC, TUCC, AICCTU and UTUC will stage a mammoth protest demonstration in front of the Parliament on February 23. Their agenda includes price rise, unemployment, and disinvestment in public sector companies, seeking due implementation of various law welfare measures and social justice and security for labourers in the unorganised sector.

B Madhava, vice-president, CITU Karnataka state committee told reporters on Wednesday that the life of common man has been hit hard due to unprecedented price rise. The union government is indifferent to the woes of the common man weighed down by the price spiral, he said, adding the recent reported statements by Montek Singh Ahluwalia, deputy chairman of the planning commission on the issue on foreign soil reveals lack of sensitivity.

On the rapid increase in price of petrol seven times in as many months in recent past, Madhava said more than half the price of petrol is made up of customs and excise duties imposed by the union government. The current price of crude oil in the international market is hovering around $80-90 and this should translate not to more than Rs 25 per litre of petrol. The union government must reduce customs, excise duties on petrol to tackle inflation.

Lakhs of labourers have lost their jobs due to recession. The government must increase spending in public sector units, and also take steps to check massive violations of labour laws. There are unwarranted roadblocks in the Unorganised Workers Social Security Act, 2008; he said adding that the trade unions would raise their concerns on these issues.

Source: The Times of India

Inter Railway transfer cases - streamlining

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New Delhi, dated 07-01-2011

The General Managers/CAOs,
All Zonal Railways & PUs

      Sub:- Inter Railway transfer cases - streamlining.
      Ref:- Board's letters of even number dt. 23.10.2006 & 25.08.2008

      The conditions regarding completion of minimum service for consideration of Inter Railway own request Transfer of Group 'C' and 'D' employees, imposed vide Board's letters under reference, have been reviewed. Board has decided to withdraw the said conditions of completing minimum service laid down in Board's above quoted letters.

      However, the system of putting transfer requests on web in the manner described in Board's letters under reference be expediated and there should be conscious efforts from Zonal Railway and PU aministrations to consider request transfers in streamlined manner on regular basis so that the single largest reason for employees grievance is addressed in a regular manner.

      Hindi version will follow.

(R.B.S. Negi)
Exec.Director Estt.
Railway Board.

Source: AIRF

Unions to march to Parliament on Feb 23

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Unions to march to Parliament on Feb 23

Vijayawada (AP), Feb 20 (PTI) INTUC today said that all the trade unions of the country will jointly hold a march to Parliament on February 23, to put forth their charter of demands.

Speaking at a convention here, India National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) president G Sanjeeva Reddy said the major demands were curbing inflation, upgradation of labour laws and abolition of contract labour among others.

Minimum monthly wages for unorganised labourers should be fixed at Rs 7,000, while profitable PSUs should not be disinvested, Reddy said.

For the banking sector, there should be a common pension policy, he said.

Source: PTI

Recruitment Rules Group ‘C’ posts in Pay Band I with Grade Pay of Rs. 1800 (pre-revised Group D posts)

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Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, the 17th February, 2011


Subject:    Recruitment Rules Group ‘C’ posts in Pay Band I with Grade Pay of Rs. 1800 (pre-revised Group D posts).

      Reference is invited to OM of even number dated 30th April,2010 circulating Model Recruitment Rules for Group C posts in Pb-I with Grade Pay of Rs.1800. In this Department’s OM dated 12th May,2010. Ministries / Departments were requested to intimate their requirements for non-technical Group ‘C’ posts PB- I Grade Pay of Rs 1800 to SSC immediately so that Commission could initiate action for recruitment. However, several Ministries / Departments are yet to notify the revised Recruitment Rules as per the Model Recruitment Rules circulated by DOPT even though the vacancies in Group C, PB-I Grade Pay Rs. 1800 have been communicated by them to the concerned Regional Office of Staff Selection Commission. In view of the ensuing examination to be conducted by Staff Selection Commission for the Multi-Tasking Staff, DOPT has issued Umbrella Notification No.AB14017/6/2009-Estt(RR) dated 8th February, 2011 for regulating the educational and other qualifications for direct recruits for the posts which were in Group D scale prior to the implementation of Sixth Central Pay Commission and have been placed in Group C in PB-I, GP Rs.1800. The Umbrella Notification has been circulated to all the Ministries/Departments of Government of India also.

2.       IT is, however, reiterated that all the Ministries / Departments will initiate action on priority basis for revising the Recruitment Rules circulated by this Department.

(Smita Kumar)
Director (E. I)

Source: www.persmin.nic.in

Air India offers low fare tickets on selected sectors

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Air India offers low fare tickets on selected sectors

New Delhi, Feb 18 (PTI) In a bid to attract more passengers, Air India today launched a number of low basic fare tickets on selected domestic sectors.

The lowest basic fare would be Rs 100 on selected sectors, excluding the fuel surcharge, passenger service fee, user development fee - wherever applicable- and the service tax.

"The tickets would be available in the 14-day advance booking category under the Budget Season Promotion Scheme between February and March 31," an airline spokesperson said.

The 14-day advance one way purchase fare of Rs 100 is available on Delhi-Chennai, Delhi-Bangalore and Delhi- Hyderabad sectors.

A passenger will have to pay Rs 3,429, inclusive of all surcharge and taxes on Delhi-Chennai sector, while Rs 3,229 on Chennai-Delhi flight. Similarly, a Delhi-Bangalore ticket would cost Rs 3,429 and on return leg it would be Rs 3,481.

Source: PTI

Feedback on the 3rd meeting of the National Anomaly Committee - AIRF

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Feedback on the 3rd meeting of the National Anomaly Committee - AIRF

All India Railwaymen's Federation General Secretary Mr.Shiva Gopal Mishra has published about the outcome of the National Anomaly Committee Meeting in his website. We have reproduced full text of the contents for your information here...

Feedback on the 3rd meeting of the National Anomaly Committee

3rd meeting of the National Anomaly Committee was held yesterday, i.e. on 15th February, 2011 under the chairmanship of Secretary(P), DoPT(Government of India), wherein the following deliberations were made.

Though we know that no substantial relief has been given, but we hope for some outcome in the meetings likely to be held in future.

Two issues which are very important from our point of view - one is increment from January for those who falls between February and June was virtually rejected by the Ministry of Finance(Expenditure) but yesterday we again raised this issue, and after prolonged discussions, the Secretary, DoP&T had agreed to review the matter. An indication has also been given that if Staff Side agrees for one time exemption, then the issue can be resolved.

We also raised the issue of MACP Scheme, particularly abolition of GP Rs.2000. The Jt. Secretary(Estt.) stated that we would hold another round of discussions before finalizing the issues related to MACP Scheme.

During my opening remarks, though it was out of agenda, I raised the issue of early finalization of items of Departmental Anomaly Committee which are pending with the MoF(Exp). I stated that the Departmental Anomaly Committee of Railways had sent unanimous recommendations on various items to MoF(Exp.). More than nine months have passed and these issues are still pending with the MoF and the Railwaymen are feeling lot of frustration and therefore these need immediate redressal.

Though orders for Cadre Restructuring have been issued by the DoP&T vide O.M.No.35034/9/2010-Estt.(D) dated 10th February, 2011, we raised the issue that Matching Savings is not possible in the case of Railways. The President/AIRF and Secretary, NC/JCM(Staff Side) also emphasized on the issue and stated that in the Safety Categories, Railways cannot give Matching Savings. Therefore, for Cadre Restructuring, Matching Savings should not be insisted upon. It has been agreed by the Jt.Secretary(Pers.) that if reference comes from the Railways, that would be considered favorable.

Apart from the above issues, we also discussed agenda items which were not discussed so far in the National Anomaly Committee.

Item No.11: Grant revised allowances w.e.f. 1.1.2006 - Staff Side will give list of allowances. Thereafter, it will be discussed.

Item No.12 & 13: Transport Allowance - Staff Side will supply details. Thereafter, it will be examined.
Item No.14: Revision of existing allowances which are to be withdrawn and replaced by new schemes - If Insurance Scheme is not finalized within six months in consultation with the Staff Side, Risk Allowance and Patient Care Allowance will be doubled.

Item No.20: Daily Allowance on tour: - Orders have been issued for Geological Survey of India and Ground Water Board.

Item No.28: - Grant of GP Rs.5400 in PB-2 for Astt. Accounts/Audit Officers - Will be taken-up separately with the Jt. Secretary(Pers.) and Estt.

Item No.29 and 30: Revision of Base Index for DA and Benchmark in AICPIN Scheme for grant of DA/DR w.e.f. 1.1.2006 on CPC VI level pay/pension restructuring - Staff Side will give list which will be examined by the Jt. Secretary(Pers.)

Item No.31: Child Care Leave in respect of Central Government Women Employees as a result of Sixth Pay Commission report - It will be looked into for Defence Employees.

Item No.37: Waiver of recovery of higher DA/DR drawn during the period from 1.1.2006 to 31.8.2006 - Not Agreed.

Item No.38: Anomaly in fixing grade pay -Deferred.

Item No.39: Anomaly due to not applying uniformly the multiplication factor of 1.86 in fixing the minimum pay in all the revised pay bands applying different - Unresolved.

Item No.40: Grant of notional increment as may be due on the first day of July following the superannuation/death in service for computation of emoluments/average emoluments for pensioner benefits - Not Anomaly.

Item No.41: Fixation of pay on promotion to a post carrying the same grade pay - Staff Side stated that the issue of Additional Allowance to the Running Staff has been raised. Where it has been emphasized that since DA has already been given on Additional Allowance, other benefits should also be given on Additional Allowance to give proper relief to the Running Staff. For other categories, e.g. ASM to SM in the same grade pay or MCM to JE in the same grade pay since their responsibility increases, therefore, in all fairness, and increment must be given while fixing pay. Official Side asked the Railways to submit the list, so that decision can be taken. Staff Side mentioned that since this issue belongs to Railways only, therefore, powers should be delegated to the Railways as has been done earlier. Official Side mentioned that since the issue has already under reference to National Anomaly Committee, Railways will be asked to submit the list. Thereafter, decision will be taken at an earliest.

Item No.43: Anomaly in the pay scale/pay band and grade pay of Library Information Assistants - Already finalized.

Item No.44 : Before the 6th Pay Commission, there were 3 HAG scales of pay - Under review.

Item No.45: Anomaly in pension of those in receipt of stagnation increments in pre-revised pay scales - Official Side agreed to consider the cases where someone had stagnated beyond one year in the pre-revised scale.

Item No. 46 and 49 - Disparity in pay scales and status of officers in stenographers cadre and Anomalies in the matter of pay scales of stenographers - Will be examined.

Item No.50: Anomalies in the pay scales of official language staff - Since the issue of Rajbhasha Staff has been sent to Ministry of Finance(Exp.) Official Side agreed to send its approval at an earliest.

Item No.51: Assigning higher grade pay of Rs.4600 to Administrative Officer Gr.III and Private Secretary in Subordinate Offices - Resolved.

Courtesy : AIRF

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