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Outsourcing of Works by BSNL



Outsourcing of Works by BSNL

BSNL is outsourcing various non-core activities/functions through outside agencies which include security services, customer care services through call centres, house keeping services, operations & maintenance services of Air Conditioned plants through Annual Maintenance Contract, infrastructure maintenance, cable laying, delivery of bills and data feeding etc.

The work is outsourced wherever regular employees are not available for such work and hence there is no manpower loss. The expenditure on outsourced activities depends on the quantum of activities/functions outsourced.

This reply was given by Shri Gurudas Kamat, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in response to a question in Parliament.

Difference between 2G and 3G



Difference between 2G and 3G

2G refers to second generation wireless telecommunication technology developed mainly for voice services and slow data services with data rates upto 9.6Kbps whereas, the 3G (3rd generation) mobile telecommunications is the generic name for the next generation of mobile networks that combines wireless mobile technology with high data rate transmission capabilities. The 3G network is capable of providing higher data rates upto 2 Mbps and supporting a variety of services such as high-resolution video and multi media services in addition to voice, fax and conventional data services.

Recently conducted auction of 3G spectrum has fetched Rs.3350.116 Crores per MHz, whereas there is no upfront cost of 2G spectrum as per the existing license conditions.

As on record no information is available where the price of 2G spectrum has been equated with 3G in any country of the world.

This reply was given by Shri Sachin Pilot, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in response to a question in Parliament.

Record note on the meeting of Joint Committee on MACP held on 15.03.2011



The subcommittee constituted by the National Anomaly Committee to go into the anomalies in respect of MACP issues met at New Delhi on 15th Inst. Com. S.K.Vyas, President, Confederation attended the meeting as a member. The following is the outcome of discussion at the meeting.
With greetings,


Yours fraternally,
Sd/-
K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General



Given below is the Record note on the meeting of Joint Committee on MACP held on 15.03.2011.

The third meeting of joint committee on MACP was held today i.e 15.03.2011. This meeting was held at the specific request by the Secretary Staff Side, National Council JCM to review the decision taken in the earlier meetings in which all items had been discussed.

Item Nos. 1,3,8,9 and 29:
Grant of financial up-gradation in the promotional hierarchy instead of grade pay hierarchy under MACP Scheme
      The Staff Side pressed this demand on the ground that the ACP 1999 had become a service condition in respect of all those who were in service as on 31st August 2008. The MACP Scheme being less advantageous could not be imposed upon them. They stated that to resolve this anomaly, the first 2 ACPs may be continued in the promotional hierarchy to be granted after 12 and 24 years of service from the date of induction, the third ACP on completion of 30 years service may be in the grade pay hierarchy. The official Side did not agree with this proposal. The Staff Side then pointed out that the introduction of MACP Scheme in grade pay hierarchy 10, 20, 30 years of service from the date of induction will result that certain cadres would be placed in the grade pay which are not sanctioned in the structure of the departments and therefore it can not be treated as career progression at all. The official Side wanted the particulars of those cadres which are going to face this problem, so that they could consider how to overcome such anomalies. The Staff Side agreed to provide the necessary information and departments concerned may also be asked to provide such information.

Item Nos. 2, 10 and 48:
      The Staff Side also pressed for introducing MACP Scheme with effect from 1.1.2006 so that those who did not get any benefit under old ACP could atleast get the MACP scheme benefit before their retirement during the period from 1.1.2006 to 31.8.2008. The Official Side stated that this item has been closed and concluded and can not be allowed to be opened / reviewed. The Staff Side then stated that they would like to raise this issue in the meeting of National Anomaly Committee as the joint Committee on MACP Scheme is sub committee of the National Anomaly Committee. The Official Side stated that this may be raised as afresh item in the National Anomaly Committee.
The Staff Side also wanted that the option to choose ACP or MACP should be given to the individual employees and not the Department. The Official Side also did not agree to reopen this issue which has been concluded in the last meeting.

Item No. 57:
Ignoring the placement of Artisans of Ministry of Defence from HS grade II to HS grade I for the purpose of MACP Scheme.
      The Staff Side pointed out that this restructuring by keeping 50% of Artisans in the HS grade I and placing 50% in the HS grade II was by way of placement and therefore it could not be treated as promotion. The Staff Side cited Supreme Court ruling to this effect. However the Official Side did not agree with this. The case of restructuring in IA & AD in 1984 and in organized accounts were also cited in which it was clearly stated that those who are in the higher grade would be treated as placement only those who are promoted later on against vacancies would be treated as promotion. The official Side view was that only in those cases where the entire cadre is placed in the higher pay scale it would not be treated as promotion. This matter will also have to be raised in the meeting of National Anomaly Committee.

Items Nos. 11, 15, 22, 39, 47 and 51:
Promotion in identical Grade Pay.
      The decision that the normal promotions are in the same grade pay, they cannot be ignored for purpose off MACP Scheme and the specific cases would be examined separately.

Item Nos. 12, 30 and 49:
Employees appointed limited competitive examination from lower to higher post may treated as direct recruits in the higher post ignoring the service in the lower posts.

      The matter is still being considered with reference to old ACP scheme clarification.

Item Nos. 13, 32, 38, 44, 50 and 58:
Counting of old service in the new establishments for the purpose of MACP and
Item Nos. 21, 27, and 28:
Benchmark for financial up gradation under MACP.

      Orders have been issued on 1.11.2010.

It was agreed that action taken statement would be finalized and circulated so that further discussion thereon can take place in the meeting of National Anomaly Committee.

Plastic Cards are valid in all CGHS cities in India - No need of temporary attachment



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


No: Misc.6024/2007/CGHS(Hq)/CGHS (P)

Date: 16th March, 2011


O F F I C E M E M O R A N D U M

Subject:      Clarification regarding validity of Individual Plastic Cards at all CGHS Wellness Centres in the country.


      The undersigned is directed to draw attention to the para E.(6) of Office Memorandum of even number dated 30th December, 2009, wherein it was mentioned that after computerisation of all CGHS covered cities the plastic Cards will be valid in all CGHS cities in India and there will be no need for obtaining temporary attachment while on a visit to another CGHS City.

2.       In response to representations received from CGHS beneficiaries seeking clarifications, it has now been decided to further clarify that:

      “Now that computerisation of all CGHS covered cities has been completed the plastic Cards are valid in all CGHS cities in India and there is no need for obtaining temporary attachment while on a visit to another CGHS City. Since, the data is available online CGHS beneficiaries are permitted to obtain medicines (including indented medicines) from any Wellness Centre located in the same city, where the card is registered or from any wellness centre located in any other CGHS city while on a visit (Official as well as personal).”

3.       The other contents of the Office Memorandum of even number dated 30th December 2009 remain unchanged.



(R RAVI)
Director







CGHS Order

Issue of Individual Plastic Cards to each CGHS beneficiary...

Revised travel entitlements for privilege passes - Clarification reg.



GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)


No.E(W)2008/PS 5-1/38

New Delhi, 14th March, 2011


The General Managers
All Zonal Railways, Production Units, etc.



      Sub. :- Revised travel entitlements for privilege passes - Clarification reg.

      Ref. :- This office letters of even number dated 6-1-2011 and 3.2.2011.


Clarification has been sought whether the passes on 2010 year ending account due to the employees shall be as per revised entitlements.

2. The matter has been examined and it is clarified that since the revised entitlements are effective from 6-1-2011, any pass issued on or after 06-01-2011, including 2010 year ending pass, shall be as per the revised entitlements.

3. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

4. Receipt of this letter may please be acknowledged.



s/d
(Debasis Mazumdar)
Joint Director Establishment (Welfare)
Railway Board.



Source: AIRF

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



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



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