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Thursday, February 17, 2011

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

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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

Retirement age (62) of central government employees

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Retirement age of central government employees from 60 to 62..!

Will the Retirement age of central government employees go up from 60 to 62?

As we heard every time before the budget session of parliament, this time also a rumor about raising the retirement age of central government employees from 60 to 62 is spreading here and there among the central government employees. May be the officers at the verge of retirement be happy about this rumor. Otherwise there is no reason to be happy about this rumor.. As India is having 51% of people below the age of 25 years , it is not a good news to millions of jobless people. Sources close to the trade union movements and Federations told that there is no such proposal with the government since none of the workers federations have demanded it.

In 2009, The Manmohan Singh government was serious in weighing the pros and cons of increasing the retirement age for government employees from 60 to 62 years.That time it was believed that the finance ministry had prepared a detailed note on the issue and sent it to the prime minister's office (PMO) But the government shelved the idea, largely because of fears that a higher retirement age would adversely impact employment generation and create resentment in the bureaucracy because of blocked promotional avenues. At that time, it was the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) that was asked by the PMO to study the issue and prepare a report.

The BJP led National Democratic Alliance government had raised the retirement age from 58 to 60, in 1998, a move that benefitted 90,000 government servants and 50,000 defence personnel. At the time, the logic was: the retirement of 140,000 employees would have cost Rs 5,200 crore whereas paying salaries cost only Rs 1,493 crore.

Incase if the decision is finally taken, it will only be the third time the government will have raised the retirement age. Jawaharlal Nehru was the first prime minister to have increased the age of superannuation from 55 to 58 following the 1962 war with China. The Atal Bihari Vajpayee government did it a second time in 1998.



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DRDO now takes on mosquitoes, launches repellent cream

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DRDO now takes on mosquitoes, launches repellent cream

New Delhi, Feb 14 (PTI) It has been developing missiles and other state-of-the-art equipment for the armed forces, but the DRDO is now ready to take on the oldest human enemy- mosquitoes-- that are vectors of diseases like malaria, and dengue with a new insect repellent cream.

Launching the 'Maxo Military' and 'Maxo Safe and & Soft Wipes,' DRDO said the cream based product will fool the mosquitoes, will have a pleasant fragrance and will not block your skin pores-- a common problem with such products.

"This cream is based on a uniquely configured, researched and tested molecule which acts like a decoy and cheats the mosquito. It does not allow mosquitoes to sense the presence of human blood in their vicinity," Prahlada, Chief Controller, Research & Development, of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) told reporters.



Source: PTI

RTI REPLY BY DOPT ON GP OF LDCs/UDCs

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RTI REPLY BY DOPT ON GP OF LDCs/UDCs

No. 20/57/2010-CSII(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personal & Public Grievances Pensions
Department of Personal & Training
CSII (B) Section


Lok Nayak Bhawan,
New Delhi, dated 31 January 2011.


To
Shri Pinaki Acharya, UDC
NSSO, SDRD,
Mahalonobis Bhawan,
164,GLT Road,
Kolkata-700108

Sub: Information sought under Right to Information Act, 2005.

Please refer to your RTI application dated 3/1/2011 (received in this Division on 21/1/2011 through Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation vide their letter No. 34019/1/2010-RTI dated 11.1.2011). Point wise information is furnished as under:

2. With regard to point (A), it is informed that this Department has not received any memorandum/request from any Central Government Employees Associations/ Department for merger of the post of LDC & UDC. However this Department has received representations from Associations for up gradation of the grade pay of LDCs & UDCs of CSCS cadre. The issue regarding up gradation of the grade pay of LDCs & UDCs is being examined by the Anomaly Committee of the DOP&T. Further, a proposal to allow grade pay of Rs. 4200/ in Pay Band 2 to UDCs of CSCS and Stempgraphers Grade 'D' of CSSS who have completed 4/5 years of approved service in the grade, w.e.f. 1/1/2006 is under examination of this Department in consultation with the Ministry of Finance.

3. With regard to point B, a copy of your RTI application is being forwarded to concerned CPIO i.e. Under Secretary, Estt. (D), DOP&T, North Block, New Delhi as the subject matter related to implementation of MACP Scheme pertain to them.

4. Appeal, if any, may be made to Sh. Rajiv Manjhi, DS(CSII), 1st appellate Authority, CS-II Division, DOP&T, 3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market, New Delhi within 30 days from the receipt of this letter.



Yours faithfully
(J. MINZ)
Under Secretary/CPIO





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CGEWHO - Frequently Asked Questions

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Central Government Welfare Housing Organisation(CGEWHO)
Prototype Interactive Public Questions & Answers

Frequently Asked Questions




(i) What is CGEWHO ?

Ans.: "CGEWHO" stands for "Central Government Employees Welfare Housing Organisation". It is a "Society" registered under Societies Registration Act 1860 and functions as an autonomous body of the Govt. of India under the aegis of M/o Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation.



(ii) What are the AIMS of CGEWHO ?
Ans.: To provide dwelling units for the welfare of Central Government employees on "self-financing" and "No Profit-No Loss" basis all over India.



(iii) What is the Constitutional set-up of CGEWHO?
Ans.: CGEWHO is managed on a 4-tier system viz:      General Body comprising 14 members with Secretary, M/o Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation as its President.
     Governing Council comprising 11 members with Secretary, M/o Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation as its President.
     Executive Committee comprising 7 members with Joint Secretary(H), M/o Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation as its Chairman.
     The organisation is headed by a Full-time Chief Executive Officer.



(iv) Where is the office located and what is its e-mail/ web address?
6th Floor, "A" Wing Janpath Bhawan, New Delhi. E-mail:- cgewho@nic.in Web-site: www.cgewho.nic.in



(v) What is the mission statement of CGEWHO ?
Ans.: (a) To undertake Welfare Housing Schemes on "NO PROFIT-NO LOSS" basis for the Central Government employees (serving and/or retired), for spouses of the deceased Central Government employees, regular employees in service of this Society and to spouses in case of deceased Central Govt. employees, by inter alia promoting the construction of houses / dwelling units. (b) To do all such things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objects or any of them.



(vi) Who all can apply for a dwelling unit from CGEWHO?
CGEWHO aims at serving and / or retired Central Government and regular CGEWHO employees. Moreover, spouses of the deceased employees or deceased retired Central Govt. employees can also apply, if otherwise, deceased employee would have been eligible.



(vii) What is a "Dwelling Unit(DU)" and can one obtain more than one DU from CGEWHO?
Ans.: CGEWHO invariably builds apartment blocks only i.e. flat types. Further, an eligible applicant can apply for any number of housing schemes of CGEWHO. But, finally, he can be allotted only one DU under any of the CGEWHO's housing schemes. Even if both Husband and wife are eligible, only one of them can own a dwelling unit..



(viii) Does CGEWHO also arrange financing of the dwelling units for its beneficiaries?
Ans.: CGEWHO does not arrange funds for its beneficiaries, its Housing Schemes being on self financing basis. However, requisite support/assistance for raising loan is extended, such as Format of HBA form / signing Tripartite Agreement / Providing non-encumbrance certificate(s) / Clarificatory Letter from CGEWHO (on request) / Copy of approved plan(s) / title deed of land.



(ix) Does CGEWHO collect/demand payment from its beneficiaries in lump-sum or in instalments.
Ans.: CGEWHO undertakes housing projects purely on "Self-financing" basis and collects cost generally in six instalments, spread over a period of approximately 30 months, as under:-
Instalment Amount Stage
- Earnest Money Alongwith Application
i. 30% of cost of DU less EMD On allotment
ii. 15% of cost of DU On commencement of construction.
iii. 20% of cost of DU After 4/6 months of previous instalment.
iv. 15% of cost of DU - do -
v. 20% of cost of DU - do -
vi. All other charges, including On offer of Possession escalation,interest,AOA charges, Stamp duty,reserve fund, Statutory levies etc.

OR
2.5% rebate is offered, if the Full Payment is made within 45 days of allotment, subject to fulfilling other conditions. (May refer scheme brochure)



(x) Is Co-ownership allowed?

Ans.: Yes. Co-ownership is allowed, but at the time of executing Sale/Lease Deed of the DU. Till then, a `certificate' is issued for facilitating availing of loans to meet the requirements of financial institutions, in case required.



(xi) Can a person apply for any type of dwelling unit in a Scheme?
Ans.: NO. CGEWHO Rules provide for allotments on the basis of Group of Service to which a Government employee belongs, as per the following:-
Type A(One bedroom set) - D,C,B & A Groups
Type B(Two bedroom set) - C,B & A Groups
Type C(Three bedroom set) - B & A Groups
Type D(Four bedroom set) - A Group



(xii) After handing over possession of the dwelling units, who maintains the complex?
Ans.: i) After completion of the project, CGEWHO provide one year of defect liability period. Defects will be examined and rectified, wherever applicable, in defect liability period. Defect liability period starts from the date of completion of project and is not related to handing over of the DU to the beneficiary. ii) All Housing Complexes, developed by the CGEWHO, are maintained by an "Apartment Owners' Association", created by CGEWHO from amongst the beneficiaries of the concerned Scheme. iii) Initially, an Ad-hoc Committee is formed/elected. iv) "Apartment Owners' Association" is later registered with the concerned authorities to give it a legal status.



(xiii) Does CGEWHO charge the car parking cost separately or it is included in the cost of the dwelling unit?
Ans.: Car/Scooter parking is optional and is charged separately alongwith the final `instalment'.



(xiv) CAN A BENEFICIARY SELL THE DWELLING UNIT PURCHASED FROM CGEWHO?
Ans.: A beneficiary can sell the DU allotted to him after the same has been registered in his/her favour by CGEWHO, and after following the rules of the respective "Apartment Owners Association". (xv) Is any penalty levied if a person withdraws from a scheme?
Ans.: No `withdrawal charges' are levied in case of withdrawal before commencement of construction. Allottees withdrawing after the date of commencement of construction are levied "withdrawal charges" @ 15% of the first instalment. Allottees withdrawing after allotment of specific floor/flats are required to pay "withdrawal charges" @ 20% of the first instalment.



(xvi) What happens if an allottee dies ?
Ans.: The allotted DUs is transferred in the name of the nominee/legal/natural heir, on receipt of "succession/relinquishment" documents. (Format of which is available in CGEWHO's HO).



(xvii) How does CGEWHO select a station for setting up a housing complex?
Ans.: By conducting a Paid Demand Survey.



(xviii) How does CGEWHO ensure quality of its projects?
Ans.: CGEWHO follows a four-tier supervision/inspection mechanism for all its projects, as under: i) Supervision by the Contracting Agency ii) Supervision by the Architect Consultants iii) Supervision by CGEWHO's Project Team iv) Independent supervision by a Third-Party e.g.Indian Institute of Technology/ Engineering College of that city/Central Building Research Institute, etc.



(xix) How many housing projects have been completed by CGEWHO till now?
Ans.: So far 23 housing projects have been completed by CGEWHO at Chennai(PhI)(524), Nerul, Navi Mumbai(384), Sector 14, Panchkula(Ph-I)(98), Kolkata(Ph-I) (576), Sector-51, NOIDA(Ph-I&II)(1200), Kharghar, Navi Mumbai (1230), Sector- 56, Gurgaon(Ph-I&II)(1940), Chandigarh(305), Bangalore(Ph-I)(603), Hyderabad(PhI)(344), Kochi(43), Pune(Ph-I)(159), Sector-82, NOIDA(Ph-III, IV & V)(2276), Ahmedabad(310), Jaipur(184), Hyderabad(Ph-II)(178), Panchkula(Ph- II)(240), Lucknow(Ph-I)(130), and Pune(Ph-II)(148) - Total 10872 dwelling units.



(xx) Which are the on-going housing schemes of CGEWHO?
Ans.: On-going housing schemes are at Chennai(Ph-II)(572), Hyderabad(Ph-III)(380), Mohali(Ph-I)(603), Bhubaneswar(Ph-I)(256), Meerut(Ph-I)(90), Jaipur(Ph-II)(572) and Vishakhapatnam(Ph-I)(190) with 2663 dwelling units under various stages of construction and planning.



(xxi) Which are the likely future housing schemes of CGEWHO?
Ans.: Bhubaneswar(Ph-II), Kharghar(Ph-II), Kolkata(Ph-II), Mohali(Ph-II) and Chennai(Ph-III).



(xxii) For any further query, whom to contact?
Ans.: Shri P. K. Wadhwa, Dy Director (Admn), CGEWHO, "A", Wing, 6th Floor, Janpath Bhawan, Janpath, New Delhi-110001, contact no. 23717249.




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