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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Dearness Allowance(DA) arrears for RTC workers cleared

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DA arrears for RTC workers cleared

HYDERABAD: The APSRTC National Mazdoor Union has expressed happiness that the management had agreed to pay dearness allowance arrears from the three months from January to March, 2011. In a press release, the union's Working President M. Nageswara Rao said the decision followed a representation to this effect to the management.

Source: The Hindu

Retirement survey : 74% Indians financially retirement-ready

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74% Indians financially retirement-ready

Indians, who demonstrate impressive optimism, have lowest concern about financial hardship in retirement, according to survey done across 17 countries by Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance.

Indians are second best in Asia Pacific with 74 per cent 'feeling' adequately financially prepared to handle their retirement and 69 per cent of the respondents see themselves as being better off in their later life than their parents, the survey said.

However, 51 per cent respondents in India are worried about being able to cope financially in old age, with one in ten people in India expecting to continue working in later life to provide income for themselves, reiterating that the general optimism towards retirement must not therefore lead to complacency, it said.

India currently enjoys the fortunate position of relatively high savings rates. Further, it does not face the immediate demographic challenges of most of its peers.

However, this will not last, said Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance CEO John Holden.

With the looming demographic time bomb, in the long term, India is likely to face the same pressure as its peers, he said.

Over the next 30 years, a higher proportion of the population will be of working age and when they retire, India too, will face the challenges of an ageing, non-working population. As life expectancy increases, the number of years spent in retirement is expected to get greater, he added.

The study further noted that those with a financial plan for the future enjoy several benefits over those who do not.

It is called 'planning premium' and these benefits are both 'hard' and 'soft', including not only greater and more diverse retirement savings, but also a more positive outlook and fewer worries about later life, it said.

Individuals who undertake financial planning are not only likely to be better off in retirement, but also are more likely than non-planners to associate retirement with positive ideas such as freedom and less likely to associate it with negative ones such as financial hardship, it added.

According to the study, a key challenge in encouraging households to start planning remains the need to raise basic levels of financial literacy.

The survey had a sample size of 1,028 in India. Of this 778 men while 250 women across various age-group were surveyed.

 

Source: The Hindu

All India Railwaymen's Federation - Flash News regarding various issues...

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All India Railwaymen's Federation - Flash News regarding various issues...

Safety Related Retirement Scheme :-

Orders Regarding treating GP Rs.1900 for the purpose of safety related retirement scheme will be issued tomorrow positively.

Package for Trackman to be announced soon :-

1. Cadre Structure for Trackman:-

Grade Pay Rs.2800-10%, G.P Rs.2400-20%, GP 1900-20%, GP 1800-50%.

Main Highlights of Trackcommittee Report :-

1. Shoe Allowance @ Rs.950/year for two pair of shoes.
2. Rs.300 allowance to all Gateman.


Cadre Restructuring Meeting :-

Meeting of CRC scheduled to be held on 28.06.11, has now been postponed.

 


Courtesy : AIRF

A letter from Shri Ramalingam, PA, CVRDE, MOD, Avadi, Chennai and JCM-III DRDO Member

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A letter from Shri Ramalingam, PA, CVRDE, MOD, Avadi, Chennai and JCM-III DRDO Member.


Let me introduce myself that I am Ramalingam, PA working in CVRDE,MOD Avadi,Chennai and a JCM III DRDO Member. I am representing through my dept the demand for 4600 GP for the merged 5000-8000 to 5500-9000 and upgrade to 6500-10500 as on 1.1.06. As per the CCS(RP)Rules 2008 in the explanation note it was clearly stated that our grade pay pertains to 6500-10500 prerevised scale for the prerevised scale of 5000-8000,5500-9000 and 6500-10500 as on 1.1.2006. But the Field office Departments are not willing to implement except National Informatic Centre, CAT Stenographers. Through our Association viz All India DRDO Personal Staff Association(Recognised) we have asked the clarifications from Swamy's Publications regarding the applicability of GP 4600 GP as per the CCS(RP)Rules 2008. If nobody knows the people working in Swamys publications, we can expedite the clarifications from Swamy's Publications,Chennai.We have also received RTI reply from Ministry of Finance regarding the revised GP 4600 for merged and upgrade scale. MOF has attached the 13th Nov 2009 letter about the applicability of revised GP 4600. If we get the clarifications from Swamy Publications in our favour, we can refer this to Govt. for revision of GP.


Courtesy : AIPSA

50% off in bus fares for students attending engineering counselling

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50% off in bus fares for students attending eng counselling

Chennai, June 27 (PTI) Candidates attending the counselling for first year engineering courses to be organised by the Anna University here and one person each accompanying them would be extended 50 per cent concession in fare by state transport corporation buses. The candidates from districts other than Chennai would be required to submit a xerox copy of counselling call letter to transport corporation staff to avail the concession extended for both onward and return journeys, a release from Directorate of Technical Education said here tonight.

Source: PTI

Rates of allowances will be enhanced by 25% w.e.f.01.01.2011

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Revision of rates of allowances

Government of India, Ministry of Defence (Finance)
PRINCIPAL CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (OFFICERS)

Revision of rates of allowances :-
Consequent upon revision of rates of DA, w.e.f. 01 Jan 11, to 51%, the rates of the following Allowances / Grants will be enhanced by 25% as mentioned at extant orders on the subject.

Srl No
Allowance
Srl No.
Allowance
1 Flying Allowance 2 Special Force Allowance
3 Siachen Allowance 4 Diving Allowance
5 Dip Money 6 Free Fall Jump Instr Allowance
7 Project Allowance 8 Special Compensatory (Hill Area) Allowance
9 Para Allowance 10 Para Reserve Allowance
11 Para Jump Instr Allowance 12 Counter Insurgency Operations Allowance
13 Field Area Allowance (HAFA, CFAA, CMFA) 14 High Altitude Allowance
15 Instructional Allowance 16 Officiating Hospitality Grant
17 Initial Outfit Allowance for Regular Officers 18 Initial Outfit Allowance for MNS Officers
19 Renewal Outfit Allowance for Regular Officers 20 Renewal Outfit Allowance for MNS Officers
21 Distinctive Uniform Allowance for  MNS Officers 22 Kit Maintenance Allowance for Regular Officers
23 Kit Maintenance Allowance for  MNS Officers 24 Post Graduate Allowance
25 Qualification Grant 26 JAG Dept Exam Reward
27 SCA (Remote Locality) 28 Specialist Allowance
29 Technical Allowance 30 Qualification Pay for Flying qualification
31 Test Pilot & Flight Test  Engr Allowance 32 CEA for normal children
33 Hostel Subsidy for normal children 34 CEA for Disabled children
35 Special Allowance for child care 36 Hazard Pay
37* Language Allowance / Award

* allowance / award not being admitted as sanction beyond 31st March 97 not yet received.      

However, revision of rates, in the absence of specific orders regarding following allowances, if DA goes up by 50%, will not be carried out :-
Srl No Allowances Srl No Allowance
1 Transport Allowance 2 Special Security Allowance
3 NTRO 4 Strategic Forces Allowance
5 House Rent Allowance 6 Deputation Duty Allowance
7 Hard Area Allowance 8 Island Special Duty Allowance
9 NSG 10 Training Allowance


Backlog Training Programme for UDCs / Assistants

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Most Immediate

No.08/11/2011-CSI(T)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi
Dated the 28th June, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Backlog Training Programme for U.D.Cs / Assistants at ISTM for the period 18-07-2011 to 29-07-2011.

The undersigned is directed to inform that UDCs upgraded to the post of Assistant, whose names are given in Annexure I, have been nominated for the above mentioned Backlog Training Programme. This training is being conducted by ISTM w.e.f.18-07-2011 to 29-07-2011. It is requested that these officials may be relieved of their duties, subject to vigilance clearance and advised to report to Shri K. K. Pant, Assistant Director(Co-ordinator) ISTM, Administrative Block, JNU Campus (Old), New Delhi-110067 at 9 A.M. on l8th July, 2011.

2. The performance of the officials in the training will be evaluated and the reports thereof be added in their APARs. No request for withdrawal of nomination either from the Ministry / Department or the officer concerned shall be entertained by this Department or the Institute. As the training of the officials and successful completion is necessary for regularization/promotion, the Cadre Units are requested to ensure that the officials nominated to the above programme are relieved in time.

3. As the aforesaid training includes study tour, officers nominated above may be advised to draw necessary TA/DA advance of Rs.12,000/- each from their respective Ministry/Department. This amount may be released in Cash only.

4. Confirmation with regard to the participation of the officials along with their respective bio-data (Annexure-II) may please be sent by 6th July 2011 to Shri K. K. Pant, Assistant Director (Co-ordinator), ISTM, New Delhi, with a copy to the undersigned. Shri K. K.Pant, Assistant Director(Co-ordinator) ISTM is accessible on phone No. 26165593(O).


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( VidyadharJha)
Under Secretary to Government of India
More details…

Source: www.persmin.nic.in

http://persmin.gov.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02csd/bkudc18711.pdf

List of Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2012–Dopt Order

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Holidays to be observed In Central Government Offices during the year 2012.

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F.No.12/3/2011-JCA-2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 27th June, 2011

Subject: Holidays to be observed In Central Government Offices during the year 2012.

It has been decided that the holidays as specified in the Annexure —I to this O.M. will be observed in all the Administrative Offices of the Central Government located at Delhi/New Delhi during the year 2012. In addition, each employee will also be allowed to avail himself/herself of any two holidays to be chosen by him/her out of the list of Restricted Holidays in Annexure — II.

2. Central Government Administrative Offices located outside Delhi / New Delhi shall observe the following holidays compulsorily in addition to three holidays as per para 3.1 below:
1. REPUBLIC DAY
2. INDEPENDENCE DAY
3. MAHATMA GANDHI’S BIRTHDAY
4. BUDHA PURNIMA
5. CHRISTMAS DAY
6. DUSSEHRA (VLJAY DASHMI)
7. DIWALI (DEEPAVALI)
8. GOOD FRIDAY
9. GURU NANAK’S BIRTHDAY
10. IDU’L FITR
11. IDU’L ZUHA
12. MAHAVIR JAYANTI
13. MUHARRAM
14. PROPHET MOHAMMAD’S BIRTHDAY (ID-E-MILAD)

3.1. In addition to the above 14 Compulsory holidays mentioned in para 2, three holidays shall be decided from the list indicated below by the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee in the State Capitals, if necessary, in consultation with Coordination Committees at other places in the State. The finai list applicable uniformly to all Central Government offices within the concerned State shall be notified after seeking prior approval of this Ministry and no change can be carried out thereafter. It is also clarified that no change is permissible in regard to festivals and dates as indicated.

1. AN ADDITIONAL DAY FOR DUSSEHRA
2. HOLI
3. JANAMASHTAMI (VAISHNAVI)
4. RAM NAVAMI
5. MAHA SHWRATRI
6. GANESH CHATURTHI / VINAYAK CHATURTHI
7. MAKAR SANKARANTI
8. RATH YATRA
9. ONAM
10. PONGAL
11. SRI PANCHAMI / BASANTA PANCHAMI
12. VISHU / VAISAKHI / VAISAKHADI / BHAG BIHU / MASHADI UGADI / CHAITRA SAKLADI / CHETI CHAND / GUDI PADA 1st NAVRATRA / NAURAJ/CHHATH POOJA/KARVA CHAUTH.

3.2 No substitute holiday should be allowed if any of the festival holidays initially declared subsequently happens to fall on a weekly off or any other non working day or in the event of more than one festivals falling on the same day.

4. The list of Restricted Holidays appended to this O.M. is meant for Central Government Offices located in Delhi / New Delhi. The Coordination Committees at the State Capitals may draw up separate list of Restricted Holidays keeping in view the occasions of local importance but the 9 occasions left over, after choosing the 3 variable holidays in para 3.1 above, are to be included in the list of restricted holidays.

5.1 For offices in Delhi / New Delhi, any change in the date of holidays in respect of Idu’l Fitr, Edu’l Zuha, Muharram and Id-e-Milad, if necessary, depending upon sighting of the Moon, would be declared by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions after ascertaining the position from the Govt. of NCT of Delhi.

5.2 For offices outside Delhi / New Delhi, the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committees at the State Capitals are authorised to change the date of holiday, if necessary, based on the decision of the concerned State Governments / Union Territories, in respect of ldu’l Fitr, Idu’l Zuha, Muharram and ld-e-Milad.

5.3 It may happen that the change of date of the above occasions has to be declared at a very short notice. In such a situation, announcement could be made through T.V. / A.I.R. / Newspapers and the Heads of Department / Offices of the Central Government may take action according to such an announcement without waiting for a formal order, about the change of date.

6. During 2012, Diwali (Deepavali) falls on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 (Kartika 22). In certain States, the practice is to celebrate the occasion a day in advance, i.e., on ‘Narakachaturdasi Day”. In view of this, there is no objection if holiday on account of Deepavali is observed on "Naraka Chaturdasi Day (in place of Deepavali Day) for the Central Government Offices in a State if in that State that day alone is declared as a compulsory holiday for Diwali for the offices of the State Government.

7. Central Government Organisations which include industrial, commercial and trading establishments would observe upto 16 holidays in a year including three national holidays viz. Republic Day, Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, as compulsory holidays. The remaining holidays / occasions may be determined by such establishments / organisations themselves for the year 2012, subject to para 3.2 above.

8. Union Territory Administrations shall decide the list of holidays in terms of Ministry of Home Affairs letter No.14046/27/83- GP-I dated 15.2.1984 by which they would observe a total of 16 holidays including the three National Holidays Viz. Republic Day, Independence Day & Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.

9. in respect of Indian Missions abroad, the number of holidays may be notified in accordance with the instructions contained in this Department’s O.M. No.12/5/2002-JCA dated 17th December, 2002. In other words; they will have the option to select 10(Ten) holidays of their own only after including in the list, three National Holidays and Milad-un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad, Buddha Purnima, Idu’l Zuha (Bakrid) and Muharram included in the list of compulsory holidays and falling on days of weekly off.

10. In respect of Banks, the holidays shall be regulated in terms of the extant instructions issued by the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance.

11. Hindi version will follow.

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(DINESH KAPILA)
Director (JCA)

Source: www.persmin.nic.in

[http://persmin.gov.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/12_3_2011-JCA-2-1.pdf]

Restricted Holiday (RH) on the occasion birthday of Shri Guru Gobind Singh to be observed on 31st December, 2011

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F.No.12/1/2010-JCA-2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

North Block, New Delhi,
Dated the 27th June, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Restricted Holiday (RH) on the occasion birthday of Shri Guru Gobind Singh to be observed on 31st December, 2011

The birthday of Shri Guru Gobind Singh has been shifted from 5th January 2012 (15 Pausha 1933 SE, Thursday) to 31st December 2011 (10 Pausha 1933 SE Saturday). Modification had been made on the basis of amendments in the critcrion of the festival falling on Lunar tithi – Pausha Sukla Saptami instead of Solar Date of January 5. Accordingly, there will be Restricted Holiday on 31st December, 2011 on account of birthday of Shri Guru Gobind Singh.

2. Hindi version will follow.


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(Dinesh Kapila)
Director (JCA)

 

Source: www.persmin.nic.in
[http://persmin.gov.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/12_1_2010-JCA-2-1.pdf]

Increase the retirement age of college teachers from 60 to 65 year

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Young Bangalore teachers angry as old hands get 3 years extra

The high court’s directive to increase the retirement age of college teachers from 60 to 65 years in the state has resulted in a war cry from the young lecturers as they now have to wait for five years to get into higher salary slots.

Teachers airing their resentment felt that the UGC regulations were violated as 80% of the teachers who have been brought under the UGC scales in 1992 and 1998 have no qualification except a Master’s degree, while the UGC stipulations demand that they should have passed the National Eligibility Test (NET), State-Level Eligibility Test (SLET) or should possess a PhD. But only 20% of the 436 teachers have passed the SLET or NET and only a few are PhDs. The high court directive raising the superannuation of teachers from 60-65 will deprive the young teachers who have passed the UGC’s stipulation examinations of their legitimate lateral ascension.

Sources in the Federation of University College Teachers’ Associations Karnataka (FUCTAK) said, “The UGC-stipulated standards of teaching profession can be assured only through the NET. It is tough to pass the qualifying exams and only those teachers who have passed the exams are fit to teach degree students. But the older teachers clinging on to the profession with a knowledge base of 30 years have become a stumbling block in the way of the new generation of teachers.”

A teacher who has passed the NET said, “I am drawing a salary at least 50% lesser than a teacher who is not qualified. There are hundreds like me who are feeling frustrated despite being qualified as per the UGC guidelines.”

Usha Ravi of Mysore University who cleared the NET in 2010 and is working on her PhD said, “Our students in the higher education have been deprived of the benefits of new knowledge and new skills of knowledge delivery. At this point, the government should go in for an appeal against the directive,” she said.

If an old-time lecturer wants to prefix a ‘professor’ tag before his name, he should have guided at least one PhD scholar and should be a PhD himself and should have worked for more than 10 years.The universities and government colleges were scrupulously following this norm but, in aided colleges, old teachers are prefixing ‘professor’ to their names freely. “There is a stipulated ratio of assistant professors andassociate professors working under a person who could be designated as professor in each set up, including university colleges, government colleges and aided colleges,” clarified officials at Mangalore University.

“Under the present condition, the ideal age for superannuation is 62 in universities and 60 in government and aided colleges. But the state government has made it 62 in some colleges and 65 in some others. The government cannot implement the UGC regulations on a piece-meal basis,” said general secretary TM Manjunath of Karnataka State Government College Teachers’ Association (KSGCTA).

An endorsement by the state government on June 14, 1998 available exclusively to DNA clearly stipulates that college lecturers should have a minimum of 55% in their chosen post-graduate course and passed NET and SLET. If they do not possess these qualifications, they should try and complete the NET and SLET within a period of three years. But the proceedings issued by the state government on May 22, 2009 have cleverly masked the endorsement issued on giving rise to suspicion of foul play, said RTI activists.

Source: DNA India

College teachers on UGC pay scale to retire at 65 years

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College teachers on UGC pay scale to retire at 65 years : Karnataka High Court

The college teachers on the University Grants Commission (UGC) pay scale had reasons to be delighted with the Karnataka High Court on Wednesday. The court held that their age of retirement will have to be enhanced to 65 as per the UGC Regulations, 2010.
While quashing the State government's orders, which had fixed retirement age between 60 and 62, the High Court said that “the denial of the enhancement of the age of superannuation to teachers, working in the government and aided, affiliated colleges, drawing UGC scale of pay, are repugnant to the UGC Act and the Regulations and hence is void.”

SEEKING ENHANCEMENT

Justice Ananda Byrareddy delivered the verdict on a batch of petitions filed by H. Halesh, Associate Professor, SJR College of Science, Bangalore, M. Albina, Principal, Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, and several others seeking extension of terms of the UGC (minimum qualification of teachers and other academic staff in universities and colleges, and other measures for maintenance of standard of higher education) Regulations 2010.
This regulation had enhanced the age of superannuation to 65 but the State government had extended the age of superannuation only up to 62 though it revised the pay scale as per UGC Regulations.
“The scheme framed by the Government of India, vide letter dated December 31, 2008, provides for a common revision of pay scale of teachers of universities and colleges (affiliated or constituent) established under the Central, State or Provincial Acts with enhancement of age of superannuation to 65.
UNDER THE ACT

The said scheme has been incorporated as part and parcel of UGC Regulations 2010.
The said regulation is framed in exercise of power under the UGC Act and would hence override any executive Government Orders issued contrary to it,” the court held.
TO CONTINUE IN SERVICE

The court said that the petitioner-teachers shall continue in service in the posts held by them as on the date of petitions or immediately prior thereto, till they attain the age of superannuation of 65, in accordance with UGC Regulations with all consequential benefits.

Source : The Hindu

Revision of Allowances consequent on increase in DA by 50%

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Since the Dearness Allowance raised to 51% w.e.f. 01/01/11, vide Min of Fin, Deptt of Exp. Letter No. 1(2)/2011-E-II (B) dated 24th March, 2011, the under mentioned Rates on account of TA/DA will be revised as given below w.e.f. 01 Jan 2011.
The revised rates are as under

1. Mileage allowance for Road journey shall be regulated at the fallowing rates in places where no specific rates have been prescribed either by Director of Transport of the concerned States or of the neighboring States.





Sr No
Particulars
Existing Rate
Revised Rates
Remarks

i

Own Car/ Taxi

Rs 16/- Per km

Rs.20/-

Rs 16 + 25%

ii

Auto Rickshow/Own Scotter

Rs.8/-

Rs10/-

Rs 8 +25%
2        The rates of mileage Allowance for journeys on bicycle
Particulars
Existing Rate
Revised Rates
Remarks

Journey by bicycle

Rs.1.20

Rs1.50

1.20 + 25%
3.     DA on Tour
Sr. No
Grade Pay
Particulars
Existing Rate
Revised Rates
Remarks

i

Rs 10,000 & above

Accommodation Charges

Rs.5000/-

Rs.6250/-

Rs.5000 + 25%

Food Bill

Rs500/-

Rs.625/-

Rs.500+ 25%

Taxi Charges

For 50 Kms by A/C Taxi

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--

ii

Rs.7600 to 8900

Accommodation Charges

Rs.3000/-

Rs.3750/-

Rs.3000 + 25%

Food Bill

Rs300/-

Rs375/-

Rs.300 + 25%

Taxi Charges

For 50 Kms by non A/C Taxi

  ---

  ---

iii

5400 to 6600

Accommodation Charges

Rs1500/-

Rs.1875/-

Rs.1500 + 25%

Food Bill

Rs200/-

Rs.250/-

Rs.200 + 25%

Taxi Charges

Rs.150/-

187.50

Rs.150 + 25%

4. Allowance for Journey on foot :-
Sr. No.
Particulars
Existing Rate
Revised Rate
Remarks

i

Allowance for Journey on foot.

Rs.5.00 Per km

Rs.6.25 Per km

5.00 + 25%

5.        Rates of Transportation of personal effects:-

Class of City
Existing Rate
Revised Rate
Remarks

X & Y Cities

0.005 per kg per km
(For 60 Qtls Rs 30/- per Km)

0.00625 per kg per km
(For 60 Qtls Rs 37.50 Per km

Rs0.005 + 25%
(For 60 Qtls Rs.30 +25%)

Z Class Cities

0.003 per kg per km
(For 60 Qtls Rs 18/- per Km)

0.00375 per kg per km
(For 60 Qtls Rs 22.50 Per km

Rs0.003 + 25%
(For 60 Qtls Rs.18+25%)
Authority: - GoI, MoF OM No. 19030/3/2008-E.IV dated  08/06/10


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