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Adjustment of SC ST candidates for promotion

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Adjustment of SC ST candidates for promotion

Unstarred questions raised by the Member of Shri.Narendra Kumar Kashyap regarding the above subject in the Rajya Sabha as follows...

Whether those Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates who have qualified against open seats for promotion cannot be adjusted against the vacancies meant for scheduled castes..?

Whether Government, proposes to take any concrete steps to do justice to the SC and ST candidates in this regard?

New Format Cheques will be valid from 1.1.2013

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New Format Cheques CTS-2010 Standards will be implemented from 1st January, 2013

CTS- 2010 Standards implementation : Standardisation and Enhancement of Security Features in Cheque Forms, the introduction and implementation of additional security features on cheque forms will commence from 1.1.2013, this Guidance Note will be called CTS-2010.

Important things on new cheque leaf as follows...

A) Water Mark (to be incorporated at the paper manufacturing stage)

B) Void Pantograph ( at printing stage)

C)Ultra-violet logo of Bank(at printing stage)

D) Standardized field placements of a cheque

E) Cheque printing colours and background.

F) Microlettering.

G) New Rupee Symbol at CAR (Courtesy Amount Recognition) amount in figure field.

H) Printer Name along with CTS – 2010

What would be benefit of cheque truncation to customers of banks?
Before we answer this question, we have to understand the present system of cheque clearance. The cheques presented by customers, today, are sent to the clearing house at the drawee centres by the beneficiaries' bank. The cheques at the bigger cities, in view of the large volume of paper instruments, are subjected encoding and then to mechanical sorting and thereafter reach the drawee branches. 

As per the existing banking practice, these instruments received at the counters of the drawee branches are paid or returned by them. The returned instruments are passed on to the presenting customers through the process of a return clearing. Only after the return clearing process gets over, banks release the credit to the customers. The beneficiaries' account gets credited on the same day on which the drawees' account gets debited; however, the beneficiary is permitted to use the proceeds only after the return clearing process. 

With the introduction of the imaging and truncation, the physical movement of instruments would be stopped and the electronic movement of images of cheques would speed up the process of settlements and ultimately alter the clearing cycles. The clearing cycle could be shortened and it would be possible for customers to realize the proceeds of cheques early. Thus cheque truncation would reduce effectively the time of float, i.e. time from the point of issue of cheque to the point of time the actual debit takes place. In case such clearing is introduced across the cities, it would ensure the realisation of inter-city instruments faster thus ensuring early availability of funds to beneficiaries.

Thus the benefits could be summarized as:
a) Faster clearing cycle;
b) Better reconciliation/verification process
c) Better Customer Service ñ Enhanced Customer Window
d) T+0 for Local Clearing and T + 1 for inter-city clearing.
e) Elimination of Float - Incentive to shift to Credit Push payments.
f) The jurisdiction of Clearing House can be extended to the entire country - No Geographical Dependence
g) Operational Efficiency will benefit the bottom lines of banks - Local Clearing activity is a high cost no revenue activity.
h) Minimises Transaction Costs.
i) Reduces operational risk by securing the transmission route

EPF Beneficiaries in the Country

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EPF Beneficiaries in the Country 

As on 31.03.2012, total number of beneficiaries under Employees’ Pension Scheme 1995 are 41.03 lakhs and the amount of pension paid to these pensioners by the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is Rs. 4475.45 crores. 

A proposal of the Pension Implementation Committee (PIC), a sub-Committee of the Central Board of Trustees, Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) to enhance the minimum pension under Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995 to Rs. 1000 is under consideration of the Government. 

Reservation in promotion to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes

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Reservation in Promotion 

The Supreme Court in the matter of M. Nagaraj case, while upholding validity of the Constitution amendments regarding reservation in promotion to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, has laid down certain pre-requisite conditions for providing reservation in promotion to SCs and STs, namely the State has to see about inadequacy of representation, backwardness of the class and efficiency of administration. To overcome these pre-requisite conditions, the Government proposed to introduce a bill to amend the Constitution. Opinion of the Attorney General of India was sought on the proposed bill and he had not opined that the Bill on the Constitutional amendment for reservation of Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes in promotion in the Government jobs was erroneous. 

Exploitation of passengers by airlines

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Exploitation of passengers by airlines

The statement was given in the Rajya Sabha in reply to starred question by the Minister of Civil Aviation Shri.Ajit Singh on 4.12.2012 regarding exploitation of passengers by Airlines.

The airfares are not regulated by the Government and the airlines follow dynamic airfare policy.

They offer different fare buckets for each flight. The fare-buckets vary from flight to flight. The airfares are dynamic and they increase with the increase in demand for seats. From September, 2012 the scheduled domestic airlines have introduced a lowest fare bucket for advance purchase. 


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The below information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Shri.Manish Tiwari in written reply in the Lok Sabha on 4.12.2012 as follows...

The Group of Ministers recommended filling up of 3452 critical posts in Prasar Bharati (Doordarshan and All India Radio). Out of these 3452 posts, approval of Ministry of Finance has been obtained for filling up of 1150 posts, in the first phase. The Government has taken the following steps to improve the service conditions of employees of Prasar Bharati.

Subject: Recommendations of the Committee of Experts on Disciplinary & Vigilance Inquiries (Hota Committee)

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No.372/3/2007-AVD-III (Vol. 10)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training 

North Block, New Delhi,
4th December, 2012


Subject: Recommendations of the Committee of Experts on Disciplinary & Vigilance Inquiries (Hota Committee).

The undersigned is directed to say that a meeting of Committee of Secretaries (CoS) under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary was held on 30.10.2012 on the above subject. The CoS, inter-alia, has recommended for compilation of the action taken by Ministries/Departments in compliance with the OMs/Circulars issued in respect of the recommendations regarding :

Revision of Income Criteria for Eligibility Under Various Housing Schemes

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Revision of Income Criteria for Eligibility Under Various Housing Schemes for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) and the Lower Income Group (LIG)

Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation has recently revised the income criteria for fixing eligibility for various Housing schemes being implemented by Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation targeting the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) / Low Income Group (LIG) beneficiaries. This was stated by Shri Ajay Maken, Union Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA), in the Lok Sabha today, in a reply to a question by Shri Suresh Angadi & Shri A. Venkata Rami Reddy. 

Denial of Pension benefits to EX-Servicemen

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Denial of Pension benefits to EX-Servicemen 

Ex-Servicemen with service less than 15 years are not entitled to pension, as it is a mandatory requirement for a Personnel Below Officer Rank to render 15 years and for Commissioned Officers 20 years qualifying service to earn pension. Minimum qualifying service is an essential criterion for pension in the Government. 

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