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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...

PRESS STATEMENT


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





Source: confederationhq.blogspot.com

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.

 

Sir/Madam,

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,

(M.Arumugam)

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



No.AT/IV/4462/PC-XX

Dated 01st Feb' 11



All PCsDA/CsDA
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:



Sl.No

Point raised

Clarification

 1

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
(SANJAY VARMA)
Sr. Dy.CGDA (AT-III)





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


OFFICE MEMORANDUM



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



No.10-64/Dep/Req/Pr.Ao/MHA/Admn/10-11/3718

dt.18.02.2011



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
(NALIN KR. SRIVASTAVA)
CONTROLLER OF ACCOUNTS (HOME)
23092409, 23093759



ANNEXURE – I



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



Date:
Place:




ANNEXURE – II
CERTIFICATE

(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



Place:
Date:


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



GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)


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.



(S.K.SINGH)
Dy. Director, Estt.(Sports)



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