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Friday, February 11, 2011

Overtime - Definition

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NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
(Affiliated to Indian National Trade Union Congress)

No.I/8.

28.01.2011

The Secrecary (E)
Railway Board,
New Delhi.

Dear Sir,

Sub: Overtime - Definition.
Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. PC-V/2008/A/O/3(OTA) dated 17.2.2010 (RBE No. 29/2010).

Vide letter No. PC-V/2008/A/O/3 (OTA) dated 17.2.2010 (RBE No. 29/2010), Para 2-C, the Railway Board has treated the ‘Overtime’ i.e. work done by worker beyond his roster hours of duty as allowance whereas such extra hours of work is pay and not an allowance. The rate of overtime is calculated on hourly basis by taking various ingredients of emoluments of pay as narrated in the letter.

In the letter under reference the Railway Board has erred by treating the pay (OT) as allowance and made the revised rates effective from 01.9.2008, when it is not an allowance.

The NFIR therefore requests the Railway Board to issue necessary corrective instructions so that the hourly rate of OT is reckoned on the basis of pay plus other ingredients as are recognized for calculating Overtime on the basis of pay drawn by the employee in the relevant period.



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



Source: NFIR

Important demands of AIRF which need to be included in the Rail Budget 2011-2012

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A.I.R.F.
All India Railwaymen's Federation



D.O.No.AIRF/60

Dated Feb 1 2011


Respected Mamata Di,

Sub: Some of the important demands of AIRF which need to be included in the Rail Budget 2011-2012

We are very much thankful to you that you have always taken-up the issues of AIRF through Rail Budget as well as administrative orders in favour of Railway employees, their children and Rail users.

Recently, orders on New Pass Rules have created history and have given lots of motivation to the Railwaymen as well as satisfaction to their families.

In your last Rail Budget, you had made lots of emphasis for the education of children of Railway employees by establishing Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas, Technical Institutes, Engineering Colleges, Nursing Schools, Medical Colleges etc. We have observed that implementation of these schemes has been much slower and not keeping the pace according to your desire to implement the projects quickly. For better implementation and quick execution of these projects as well as to keep proper and continuous monitoring, a Railway Education Board should be set up on the lines of RRB, which should have some autonomous powers for implementation, execution, training etc.

As we have already mentioned and congratulated you for a bold decision for giving facility of one pass to Railway employees working in GP Rs.1800, 1900, 2000 and 2400, making them entitlement to travel in AC 3-Tier along with their families.

Railwaymen have always had a pinch in their heart that they can not take their old aged parents on their Privilege Passes. Name of their mother is included in their Pass after expiry of father. This erroneous fact is very shocking and now the Railwaymen have a ray of hope from you that they can take their father and mother on their Privilege Passes. We know that this decision can only be possible only from you.

We also compliment you for the decision, taken for the employment of the wards of Railway employees on their seeking voluntary retirement under new name Safety Related Retirement Scheme - LARSGESS for the employees working in GP Rs.1800 of Safety Categories. This scheme has become so popular among the Railwaymen, that many a staff, who feel that they are not able to perform well, have sought voluntary retirement. Undoubtedly, this will facilitate the Railways in improving the productivity and efficiency because of the induction of the young blood in the Railways. At the same time, this scheme needs expansion to higher grade pay because it has been observed that there are many employees working in higher grade pay are also not performing well and are eager to take voluntary retirement. Extension of this scheme will definitely give sense of security to Railwaymen because of employment to their wards. On the one hand, it will improve productivity and efficiency of the Railways, on the other hand, it will reduce financial burden on the Railways to a great extent because newly appointed wards of Railway employees will be drawing much less salary than their parents.

We know that you have expressed concern about the dilapidated condition of Railway quarters and poor upkeep of Railway Colonies and staff quarters, we have a suggestion that, if Maintenance Allowance for whitewash and petty repairs is provided to the allottees of Railway quarters, it will give them lots of satisfaction and lot of money, which is really wasted on the name of maintenance, can also be saved.

With kind regards!



Your's sincerely
s/d
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary



Source: AIRF

Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (ad-hoc bonus) to non-teaching KV employees

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F.No.125-8/2003-04/KVS (Budget)

Dated: 27.01.2011



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

Subject: Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (ad-hoc bonus) to non-teaching employees-clarification thereof:

Sir/Madam,

I am directed to refer to this office letter of even no. dated 30.9.2010 regarding payment of Bonus to Group `C’ & `D’ and `B’ employees for the year 2009-10 and to state that all non-teaching employees with Grade Pay of less than Rs.4800/- in KVS may be allowed to draw bonus for the year 2009-10. This issue with the approval of Commissioner, KVS

You are directed to take necessary action accordingly and to communicate these instructions to all the Kendriya Vidyalaya’s under your jurisdictions.



Yours faithfully,
s/d
(K.Arumugam)
Dy. Commissioner (Fin)



www.kvsangathan.nic.in

Removal of income ceiling limit of Rs. 3500/-per month

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KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN
18, INSTITUTIONAL AREA,
SHAHEED JEET SINGH MARG
NEW DELHI 110 602


No. F. 110240/(6)/2009-KVS(HQ)(Budget)

Dated: 21.01.2011



The Assistant Commissioners,
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan,
All Regional Offices.

Subject: Removal of income ceiling limit of Rs. 3500/-per month

Sir/Madam,

The matter regarding removal of income ceiling limit of Rs.3500/-per month for granting exemption of Tuition Fees and Vidyalaya Vikas Nidhi to the wards of parents holding current BPL Card was placed before the BOG which approved the removal of the income ceiling limit of Rs. 3500/- per month for granting exemption of Tuition Fees and VVN in its meeting held on 3rd Nov.,2010 with the condition that the claimant should produce the valid BPL card issued by the Competent Authority of the State Government.

You are requested to circulate these instructions to all Kendriya Vidyalayas functioning under your jurisdiction to implement the decision w.e.f 1.1.2011.



Yours faithfully,
s/d
(K.Arumugam)
Dy. Commissioner (Fin)



www.kvsangathan.nic.in

Recognition of Tagore Hospital & Heart Care Centre (P) Ltd. Jalandhar (Punjab) for treatment of Central Government employees under CS(MA) Rules, 1944

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No. S. 14021/21/2001-MS
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare


Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi
Dated 20th January, 2011


OFFICE MEMORANDUM


Subject: Recognition of Tagore Hospital & Heart Care Centre (P) Ltd. Jalandhar (Punjab) for treatment of Central Government employees under CS(MA) Rules, 1944.

The undersigned is directed to say that a number of representations from various hospitals, Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committees were received in the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare for recognition of Tagore Hospital & Heart Care Centre (P) Ltd. Jalandhar (Punjab) for treatment of Central Government Employees and their family members under CS(MA) Rules, 1944.

2. In view of the hardships faced by CS(MA) beneficiaries for their own treatment and the treatment of their family members at Jalandhar (Punjab), the matter has been examined in the Ministry and it has been decided to empanel Tagore Hospital & Heart Care Centre (P) Ltd. Jalandhar (Punjab) under Central Services (Medical Attendance) Rules, 1944.

3. The Schedule of charges for the treatment of Central Government Employees and the member of their family under the CS(MA) Rules, 1944, will be the rates fixed for CGHS, Chandigarh. The approved rates are available on the website of CGHS (www.mohfw.nic.in//cghs.html) and may be downloaded/printed.

(4) The undersigned is further directed to clarify as under:-

(a) "Package Rate" shall mean and include lump sum cost of in-patient treatment//day care/diagnostic procedure for which a CS(MA) beneficiary has been permitted by the competent authority or for treatment under emergency from the time of admission to the time of discharge, including (but not limited to)-(i) Registration charges, (ii) Admission charges, (iii) Accommodation chargesincluding patient's diet, (iv) Operation charges, (v) Injection charges, (vi) Dressing charges, (vii) Doctor/consultant visit charges, (xi) Anesthesia charges, (xii) Operation theatre charges, (xiii) Procedural charges / Surgeon's fee, (xiv) Cost of surgical disposables and all sundries used during hospitalization, (xv) Cost of medicines, (xvi) Related routine and essential investigations, (xvii) Physiotherapy charges etc, (xviii) Nursing care and charges for its services.

(b) Cost of Implants is reimbursable in addition to package rates as per CGHS ceiling rates for implants or as per actual, in case there is no CGHS prescribed ceiling rates.

(c) Treatment charges for new born baby are separately reimbursable in addition to delivery charges for mother.

(d) Hospitals / diagnostic centers empanelled under CS(MA) Rules, 1944 shall not charge more than the package rates/rates.

(e) Expenses on toiletries, cosmetics, telephone bills etc. are not reimbursable and are not included in package rates.

5. Package rates envisage duration of indoor treatment as follows:

Upto 12 days: for Specialized (Super Specialities) treatment
Upto 7 days: for other Major Surgeries
Upto 3 days: for Laparoscopic surgeries/normal Deliveries
1 day: for day care/Minor (OPD) surgeries.

No additional charge on account of extended period of stay shall be allowed if that extension is due to infection on the consequences of surgical procedure or due to any improper procedure and is not justified.

In case, there are no CGHS prescribed rates for any test/procedure, then AIIMS rates are applicable. If there are no AIIMS rates, then reimbursement is to be arrived at by calculating admissible amount item-wise( e.g. room rent, investigations, cost of medicines, procedure charges etc) as per approved rates/actually, in case of investigations.

6. (a) CS(MA) beneficiaries are entitled to facilities of private, semi-private or general ward depending on their basic pay. The entitlement is as follows:-

S.No. Pay drawn in pay band Ward Entitlement
1. Upon to Rs. 13,950/- General Ward
2. Rs. 13,960/- to 19,530/- Semi-Private Ward
3. Rs. 19,540/- and above Private Ward


(b) The package rates given in rate list are for semi-private ward.

(c) The package rates prescribed are for semi-private ward. If the beneficiary is entitled for general ward there will be a decrease of 10% in the rates; for private ward entitlement there will be an increase of 15%. However, the rates shall be same for investigation irrespective of entitlement, whether the patient is admitted or not and the test, per-se, does not require admission.

7. A hospital/diagnostic centre empanelled under CS(MA) Rules, 1944, whose rates for treatment procedure/test are lower than the CGHS prescribed rates shall charge as per actual.

8. (a) The maximum room rent for different categories would be:


General ward - Rs. 500/- per day
Semi-private ward - Rs. 1000/- per day
Private ward - Rs. 1500/- per day
Day care (6 to 8 Hrs.) - Rs. 500/- (same for all categories)



(b) Room rent mentioned above at (a) above is applicable only for treatment procedures for which there is no CGHS prescribed package rate. Room rent will include charges for occupation of Bed, diet for the patient, charges for water and electricity supply, linen charges, nursing charges and routine up keeping.

(c) During the treatment In ICCU/ICU, no separate room rent will be admissible.

(d) Private ward is defined as a hospital room where single patient is accommodated and which has an attached toilet (lavatory and bath). The room should have furnishings like wardrobe, dressing table, bed-side table, sofa set, etc. as well as a bed for attendant. The room has to be air-conditioned.

(e) Semi Private ward is defined as a hospital room where two to three patients are accommodated and which has attached toilet facilities and necessary furnishings.

(f) General ward is defined as halls that accommodation four to ten patients.

(g) Normally the treatment in higher category of accommodation than the entitled category is not permissible. However, in case of an emergency when the entitled category accommodation is not available, admission in the immediate higher category may be allowed till the entitled category accommodation becomes available. However, if a particular hospital does not have the ward as per entitlement of beneficiary, then the hospital can only bill as per entitlement of the beneficiary even though the treatment was given in higher type of ward.

If, on the request of the beneficiary, treatment is provided in a higher category of ward, then the expenditure over and above entitlement will have to be borne by the beneficiary.

9. In case of non-emergencies, the beneficiary shall have the option of availing specific treatment/investigation from any of the above mentioned hospitals of his/her choice (provided the hospital is recognised for that treatment procedure/test), after the specific treatment/investigation has been advised by Authorised Medical Attendant and on production of valid ID card and permission letter from his/her concerned Ministry/Department.

10. The recognised hospitals shall honour permission letter issued by competent authority and provide treatment/investigation facilities as specified in the permission letter.

11. In case of emergencies, the beneficiary shall have the option of availing specific treatment/investigation from any of the above mentioned hospitals of his/her choice (provided the hospital is recognised for that treatment procedure/test), on production of valid ID card, issued by competent authority.-5-

12. During the in-patient treatment of the CS(MA) beneficiary, the Hospital will not ask the beneficiary or this attendant to purchase separately the medicines/sundries/equipment or accessories from outside and will provide the treatment within the package rate, fixed by the CGHS which includes the cost of all the items.

13. In case of treatment taken in emergency in any non-recognised private hospitals, reimbursement shall be considered by competent authority at CGHS prescribed Package/rates only.

14. If one or more minor procedures form part of a major treatment procedure, then package charges would be permissible for major procedure and only 50% of charges for minor procedure.

15. Any legal liability arising out of such services shall be the sole responsibility and shall be dealt with by the concerned empanelled hospital. Services w.ill be provided by the Hospitals as per the terms given above.

16. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare reserves the right to withdraw/cancel the above O.M. without assigning any reason.

17. The order takes effect from the date of issue of the O.M.

18. The authorities of Tagore Hospital & Heart Care Centre (P) Ltd. lalandhar (Punjab) will have to enter into an agreement with the Government of India to the effect that the Hospital will charge from the Central Government employees at the rates fixed by the Government and they will have to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) (2 copies enclosed only for Hospital) within a period of 3 months from the date of issue of the above mentioned OM failing which the Hospital will be derecognized. Subject to above, the Hospital can start treating Central Government employees covered under CS(MA) Rules, 1944.

19. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Division vide their Dy.No.C-2095/l O-IFD dated 20.12.2010.



(Sanjay Pant)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Tele: 23061521



CGEWHO’s Chennai (Ph-II) Project

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No. T-109/1

February 1, 2011



To all beneficiaries of Chennai (Ph II) housing project

Sub: CGEWHO’s Chennai (Ph-II) Project



Sir/ Madam,

This letter is being issued to you being the beneficiary of the project to update you regarding the present status of your project. The salient issues are dealt in succeeding paragraphs:

2.Reason(s) for delay in the execution of project : As intimated to you vide our letter no.A-507/2 dated 29.10.2007, there was a requirement of provisioning of about 3000 Nos. of RCC cost-in-situ pile foundation as recommended by IIT-Chennai, the Proof Consultant for the project. This has resulted in additional work, which was not envisaged earlier and took approximately one year additionally. Moreover, heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding at site during the period of monsoon in 2008 & 2009 as well as intermittent heavy rain fall and flooding substantially retarded the progress which required demobilization and mobilization of the site. Accordingly, the organization has taken all out efforts and after consistent persuasion, it is expected that the project is expected to be completed in the month of May 2011. As per the second call-up notice called in the month of June ’07, the organization was required to hand over the DUs in the month of Dec. ’09. Considering the period required as explained above towards piling works as well as delay occurred due to heavy rain fall and flooding, the project has been delayed for more than 1 ½ years than the originally scheduled date of completion. As you may agree the delay is beyond the control of the organization and we are thankful to you to keep your patience in waiting for possession of your DU by keeping confidence on CGEWHO. We are confident that the project shall be completed in all respects as per the revised schedule.

3. Increase in Costs – We have already intimated to you regarding the increase in cost vide our letter no. F/224/1dated 21st May 2009, as well as through the detailed letter no.A-507/2 dated 06.08.2009. As per the interim costing forwarded to you in the month of May ’09, there is an expected escalation of approx. 29% over and above original cost increase towards increase in area from the announced one. The details are again tabulated as under:

(i) Due to Increase in Areas - The scheme was announced with the area and subject to revision which was indicated in the scheme brochure. During planning, there was an increase in the area which resulted in increase in the announced cost. (ii) Due to Escalation:As explained vide para 7 of the letter dated 06.08.2009, there was an increase of approx. 9% towards pile foundation and 14.5% on labour and material escalation to be paid to the construction agency as per Wholesale Price Index. Further, there was an increase in the cost of procurement of cement and steel being done by CGEWHO directly which resulted in increase of 6%. It may please be noted that these increases were inescapable and are to be charged to the project. Accordingly, the estimated cost derived and intimated to you in the month of May ’09 is a again tabulated as under:

Type of DU Announced areas (Sft) Finalized Built-up areas (Sft) %age increase Announced cost (Rs. In lacs) Adjusted announced cost (Rs. In lacs) Anticipated escalation etc. (Rs. In lacs) Total present cost (Rs. In lacs)
A 550 614 11.64% 5.75 6.42 1.87 8.28
B 950 1055 11.05% 9.90 11.00 3.24 14.24
C 1250 1353 8.24% 13.05 14.13 4.13 18.26
D 1500 1672 11.47% 15.65 17.45 5.12 22.57


4. Quality –

(i) Considering the substantial increase in the infrastructure development as well as real estate business, the standard of steel manufactured by Re-Rollers has become inconsistent and as such it was decided to discontinue procurement of steel from the ISI approved Re-Rollers and a decision was taken to purchase steel only from the main manufacturers, i.e TATA Steel, RINL, SAIL. Though the above decision has increased the cost of the project marginally, considering the advantage of quality of construction, it is to inform you that the above increase is worth its cost.

(ii) As you are aware that IIT-Chennai has been appointed as Proof Consultant for the project to check all structural drawings before implementation at site as well as other provisioning towards development works of the project. Additionally M/s Astrowix India Project Solution Pvt. Ltd, the Project Management Consultant, are acting as third party check towards quality assurance of the project.

5.Expected Completion –Undoubtedly there has been a delay in completion of the project due to the situations beyond the control of CGEWHO, as stated in para 2. All efforts are being made to complete the project in minimum possible time and the project is being monitored regularly by officers of CGEWHO as well as officials of Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation. Considering that the Project Monitoring Committee shall be in position shortly, it will give further impetus to the project. Based on reasons given at para 2 above and considering the completion period of 30 months from commencement of construction (as defined in the scheme brochure) the project was to be completed by Dec ‘09.Considering the period for completion of piling, the project should have been completed in the month of Dec. ’10. However, due to the frequent monsoons and delay occurred due to the flood like situation as well as considering the present status of the project, we are expecting to complete the construction by May ’11 and hand over the DU to you subsequently.

6. Option of withdrawal – Notwithstanding, if any beneficiary still feels aggrieved and wishes to withdraw from the scheme he/she may do so and the organization will not charge any `withdrawal charges’ and amount deposited by the beneficiary will be refunded along with interest @ 6.5% (which is the average term deposit rates of our banker) from the date of deposit till payment to the beneficiary, as a special case. This option will remain open for 45 days from the date of issue of this letter. Beneficiaries choosing to withdraw should forward the following :
i) Request for withdrawal ;
ii) Original Allotment Letter
iii) Original Payment Receipt (s)
iv) Duly-stamped and discharged Pre-Receipt (Proforma available in the CGEWHO BROCHURE).

7. All out efforts are being made to complete the project as explained above.



Yours faithfully,
(M K Maity)
Dy Director (Admn)
For Chief Executive Officer





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