Curtain Raiser – Republic Day – 2018

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Ministry of Defence

Curtain Raiser-Republic Day – 2018

Republic Day 2018 is very special when the country will be celebrating its 69th Republic Day tomorrow with 10 Heads of State/Government will grace the Republic Day Parade on the historic Rajpath, the principal promenade of New Delhi. We have had a history of hosting a chief guest from a foreign nation at our Republic Day Parade in the Capital. However, having 10 Heads of State/Government in our midst to witness the most spectacular show of our nation, makes this Republic Day Parade so special.

Our honoured Chief Guests are Heads of State/Government from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It clearly signifies our strengthening relations with the ASEAN and ASEAN nations. Keeping in sync with our ‘Act East Policy’.

Rajpath will come alive tomorrow morning where the nation showcases her military might and traditions coupled with the latest initiatives and achievements along with her rich diverse social and cultural heritage. Another feather in tomorrow’s pageant will be two tableaux showcasing our historical, civilizational, educational, religious and cultural linkages with the ASEAN nations.

The parade ceremony will commence at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate where the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will lead the nation in paying homage to the martyrs by laying a wreath. An eternal flame burns at the Amar Jawan Jyoti to commemorate the indomitable courage of our Armed Forces personnel who have made the supreme sacrifice in the service of the motherland. The Amar Jawan, the immortal soldier, is symbolised by a reversed rifle standing on its barrel and crested by a soldier’s helmet.

Women’s Motor Cycle team ‘Seema Bhawani’ of Border Security Force will be the main attraction of the spectacle, which was raised at Central School of Motor Transport (CSMT), BSF Academy Tekanpur on 20th October 2016. The BSF motorcycle team ‘Seema Bhawani’ is led by Sub Inspector Stanzin Noryang. The splendid driving skills of ‘Seema Bhawani’ will display stunts like Salute to President, Fish Riding, Side Riding, Faulaad, Prachand Baalay Shaktiman, Four Harmony, Mobile PT, Bull Fighting, Peacock, Sapt Rishi, Brahma Yog Guldasta, Wind Mill Formation, Seema Prahari, Bharat Ke Mustaid Prahari, Sarhad Ke Nigheban and Flag March Pyramid.

As per tradition, after unfurling the National Flag, the national anthem will be played with a 21 gun salute. The parade will then commence and the President will take the salute. To further strengthening the robust relationship, Government of India invited leaders of ASEAN as chief guests in Republic Day Parade – 2018. They are Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Dr Thongloun Sisoulith; Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Nguyễn Xuân Phúc; the State Counsellor of Myanmar, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (ASSK); Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, General Prayut Chan-o-cha; Prime Minister of Malaysia Dato’, Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak; Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong; Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen; President of the Republic of the Philippines, Rodrigo Roa Duterte; President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo and Prime Minister of Brunei, Darussalam Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah.

The parade will be commanded by Lt. General Asit Mistry, General Officer Commanding, Headquarters Delhi Area. Major General Rajpal Punia, Chief of Staff, Headquarters Delhi Area will be the parade Second-in-Command.

Param Vir Chakra winners Subedar Major & Honorary Captain Bana Singh (Retd), Subedar Yogendra Singh Yadav, 18 Grenadiers and Naib Subedar Sanjay Kumar, 13 JAK Rifles and Ashok Chakra winners Major General Cyrus A Pithawalla (Retd), Lt Col Jas Ram Singh (Retd), Lt Colonel D Sreeram Kumar, Naib Subedar (Honorary) Chhering Mutup (Retd) and Shri Govind Singh of district Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh & Shri Bhure Lal of district Guna also from Madhya Pradesh will follow the Deputy Parade Commander on Jeeps.

The marching contingents start with flag bearer contingent bearing the ASEAN and 10 ASEAN countries’ flags followed by the Indian Army Band drawn from 39 Gorkha Training Centre and 1 EME Centre.

The Indian Army’s T-90 tank (Bhishma), Ballway Machine Pikate (II/IIK), Brahmos Missile System, Weapon Locating Radar (Swathi), Bridge Laying Tank T-72, Mobile Base Transceiver Station and Akash Weapon System will be the main draw in the mechanised columns.

The marching contingent of the Army will include horse-mounted columns of the 61st Cavalry, the Punjab Regiment, Maratha Light Infantry, the Dogra Regiment, Ladakh Scouts, the Regiment of Artillery and 123 Infantry Battalion – Territorial Army (Grenadiers) followed by the tableau of Ex-Servicemen.

The marching contingent of the Navy comprising 144 young sailors will be led by Lieutenant Tushar Gautam, while the Indian Air Force contingent comprising 144 men will be led by Squadran Leader Attal Singh Shekhon. The Paramilitary and other auxiliary civil forces will include the Border Security Force marching as well as Camel Contingents, Indian Coast Guard, Sashastra Seema Bal, Indo Tibetan Border Police, Delhi Police, National Cadet Corps and National Service Scheme.

This year the Indian Navy’s Tableau will have the theme “Indian Navy – Combat Ready Force for National Security”. The tableau showcases proudly illustrates the combat potential of the multi-dimensional Indian Navy of the 21st Century.

An Indian Air Force Tableau will roll down the Rajpath with the theme “Indian Air Force Encouraging Indigenisation”. Models displayed in the tableau are Tejas Multirole Fighter Aircraft, Rudra Helicopter, Arudhra Radar and Akash missile system.

Tableaux from 14 States and UT, Nine Central Ministries, Departments and Central Paramilitary Force will present the varied historical, art and cultural heritage of the country. They will also showcase country’s progress in different fields, particularly floats from Karnataka, Gujarat, Tripura, Maharashtra, Assam, Jammu & Kashmir, Manipur and Kerala with their varied themes, which will be of special attraction. The floats of All India Radio, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Income Tax Department will showcase the rapid development of some of the flagship programmes of the Government.

Eighteen children, including seven girls selected for the National Bravery Award–2017 will also participate in the parade. Three children have got the award posthumously. In the children’s pageant section, over 800 boys and girls drawn from three schools in Delhi and a group of school children from South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur and North East Zone Cultural Centre, Dimapur will perform colourful dances on varied themes.

The grand finale of the parade will be a spectacular flypast by the IAF. The flypast will commence with the ‘Rudra’ formation comprising three ALH Mk IV WSI helicopters in ‘Vic’ formation, followed by the ‘Hercules’ formation comprising three C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in ‘Vic’ formation. Trailing them will be the ‘Netra’ which is an Airborne Early Warning and Control System Aircraft also known as “Eye in the Sky”. It will be followed by the ‘Globe formation’ comprising one C-17 Globemaster flanked by two Su-30 MKIs.

Next in line will be the fighters, where three LCA aircraft Tejas will fly in ‘Vic’ formation followed by five Jaguars in Arrowhead formation. Another five MiG-29 Upgrade Air Superiority Fighters will fly in Fulcrum style. Then the breath-taking ‘Trishul’ formation comprising three Su-30 MKIs would fly over the Rajpath, and once in front of the saluting dais, the Su-30 MKI aircraft will split upwards, making a Trishul in the sky. The flypast will conclude with another Su-30 MKI carrying out a ‘Vertical Charlie’ manoeuvre over the saluting dais.

The ceremony will culminate with the national anthem and release of balloons.

Source: PIB

Digitalization of Service Records of employees – Railway Board Orders dt.12.1.2018

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Digitalization of Service Records of employees – Railway Board Orders dt.12.1.2018

Digitalization of Service Records of employees

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No.E(G)2018/FR 1-1
RBE No. 04/2018
New Delhi, dated : 12.01.2018
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways & Production Units etc

Sub:- Digitalization of Service Records of employees.

As you are aware, the Government is encouraging to undertake digitalization of more and more activities. As a step in this direction, it has been decided by the Ministry of Railways that Service Records of all the Railway Employees working in the Zonal Railways and Production Units etc. should be digitized.

It may please be ensured that this process may be completed by the target date of 31.03.2018. Meanwhile, a status report as on December 31, 2017 may be sent to this office by email(ID of Dy. Dir./Estt.(Genl)III/Rly. Board at devasia.joseph@nic.in

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(Dr. Anand S. Khati)
Exec. Dir. Estt.(Genl.)
Railway Board

Source: AIRF

7th CPC Allowances: Grant of Extra Work Allowance (abolition of existing Library Allowance) – Railway Board Orders

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7th CPC Allowances: Grant of Extra Work Allowance (abolition of existing Library Allowance) – Railway Board Orders
Implementation of recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission accepted by the Government — Grant of Extra Work Allowance (abolition of existing Library Allowance)

Government Of India
Ministry Of Railways
(Railway Board)
PC-VII No.86
RBE No.206/2017
No.E(P&A)I-2017/SP-1/Genl-6
New Delhi, dated 27-12-2017
The General Managers and Principal Financial Advisers
All Indian Railways & Production Units.

Sub: Implementation of recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission accepted by the Government — Grant of Extra Work Allowance (abolition of existing Library Allowance).

Ref: (i) Railway Board’s letter No. E(P&A)I-2009/SP-1/Gen1/1 dated 30.04.2010(Annexure-A-3).
(ii) Ministry of Finance’s OM No.12-3/2016-E.III(A) dated 20.07.2017.

Consequent upon the decisions taken by the government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission relating to revision of allowances, the President is pleased to abolish Library Allowance payable as a special Allowance to the teachers entrusted with additional charge of library work in railway schools which do not have separate post of Librarian) as a separate allowance. The eligible employees will now be governed by the newly preposed “Extra Work Allowance”, which shall be governed as under:

a. Extra Work Allowance will be paid at a uniform rate of 2% (two percent) of the basic pay per month.

b. An employee shall receive this allowance for a maximum period of one year, and there should be minimum gap of one year before the same employee is deployed for similar duties again.

c. This allowance shall not be combined i.e. if the same employees is performing two or more such duties and is eligible for 2% (two percent) allowance for each add on, then the total Extra Work Allowance payable will remain capped at 2% (two percent) of basic pay.

2. The other terms and conditions for grant of Special Allowance contained in Board’s letters No.E(P&A)I-99/Sp-1/Genl.1 dated 22-07-1999 will remain unchanged.

3. These orders shall be effective from 1st July, 2017.

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

5. Please acknowledge receipt.

(Anil Kumar)
Dy.Director/E(P&A)-I
Railway Board.

Source: AIRF

Admissibility of House Rent Allowance in the event of non-acceptance or surrender of railway residential accommodation

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Admissibility of House Rent Allowance in the event of non-acceptance or surrender of railway residential accommodation

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
RBE No. 05/2018
New Delhi, dated : 15.01.2018
No.E(P&A)II-2017/HRA-3
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways & Production Units etc

Sub : Admissibility of House Rent Allowance in the event of non-acceptance or surrender of railway residential accommodation.

Ref : Board’s letters No. (i) No. E(P&A)II-87/HRA-15, dated 16-5-1988,
(ii) No. E(P&A)11-95/HRA-3, dated 14-2-1996,
(iii) No. E(P&A)11-99/HRA-2, dated 12-7-1999 & 16-3-2000,
(iv) No. E(P&A)II-2002/HRA-4, dated 16-10-2002,
(v) No. E(P&A)11-2002/HRA-4, dated 9-5-2003 and,
(vi) No. E(P&A)II-2010/HRA-2, dated 08-12-2010

Attention is invited to Board’s letters quoted above delegating powers to the General Managers and other Heads of Organisations directly controlling allotment of quarters to Railway Servants for sanction of House Rent Allowance in accordance with the prescribed conditions to the categories of Railway Employees specified therein. This delegation of powers was valid upto 31.03.2017.

2.The question of renewing this delegation of powers beyond 31.03.2017 has been engaging the attention of the Board. On the basis of the reports received from the Zonal Railways and Production Units, the matter has been considered and the Board have decided to renew the sanction contained in para 5 of their letter dated 16.5.1988 ibid and as amended/modified from time to time, w.e.f 01.04.2017 upto 31.03.2024 where after the question of renewing this delegation will be considered by the Board and a fresh sanction, if necessary, issued on the basis of reports received from the General Managers etc., directly controlling allotment of quarters, in regard to the position of availability of Railway accommodation under their control.

3. In case at any point of time it transpires that some accommodation is likely to remain vacant/un-occupied due to lack of demand, it should be made compulsory to submit applications for such types where there is surplus accommodation, and consequently, the employees entitled for such types would not be eligible to draw House Rent Allowance.

4. This delegation is also subject to the over-riding, condition that these orders are liable to be withdrawn/modified at any time during this period, if it is considered necessary by the Board to do so.

5. This has the approval of the President and issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

6. Kindly acknowledge receipt.

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(Salim Md. Ahmed)
Deputy Director, Estt.(P&A)II,
Railway Board

Source: AIRF

Revision of Minimum Wages payable to Temporary status Casual Labourers – Confederation

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Revision of Minimum Wages payable to Temporary status Casual Labourers – Confederation
Ref: Confdn/Genl/2016-19
Dated - 25.01.2018
To,
Shri Ajay Mittal
Secretary
Department of Personnel & Training
Ministry of Personnel, PG and Pension
Government of India
North Block, New Delhi – 110001

Sir,

Sub: - Revision of Minimum Wages payable to Temporary status Casual Labourers – reg.

Ref:      Your office letter No. 49014/1/2017-Estt (C) dated 16th August 2017.

Please refer to your office letter cited above copy of which is enclosed herewith for ready reference. It was informed that the matter of revision of wages payable to Temporary status Casual Labourers is under consideration.

We regret to inform you that the orders of revising the wages of Temporary status Casual Labourers with effect from 01.01.2016 is yet to be issued, eventhough the orders revising the pay of Central Government employees was issued on 25.07.2016.

It is once again requested to take necessary action in this regard, so that issuing of orders will be expedited.

With regards,
Encls: as above
Yours faithfully,

(M. Krishnan)
Member, Standing Committee
National Council JCM &
Secretary General,
Confederation of Central Govt.Employees & Workers
Mob: 09447068125
Email: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

Source: Confederation

GDS Committee report latest – FNPO

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GDS Committee report latest – FNPO

Nodal ministry approved without any objection and sent to PM office for the inclusion of cabinet meeting.

The item is not taken into consideration since there are many other items for discussion.

According to the source, next cabinet meeting ie; 31.1.218 may be considered our item.

P.U.Muraleedharan.
General Secretary.
NUGDS.

Source: FNPO

Demands of Technical Supervisors is under consideration said Member Staff – IRTSA

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Demands of Technical Supervisors is under consideration said Member Staff – IRTSA

Upgarding Pay level of Technical Supervisors & change in eligibility criteria for MACPS is under consideration said Member Staff – Meeting with Member Staff on 24th January, 2018

MEETING WITH MEMBER STAFF

Upgarding Pay level of Technical Supervisors & change in eligibility criteria for MACPS is under consideration said Member Staff.

January 24, 2018: IRTSA office bearers met Shri. D.K. Gayen, Member (Staff) Railway Board at Chennai during his visit to ICF. E.Ramesh Sr.Org Secy felicitated MS on behalf of IRTSA and K.Gobinath Zonal Secretary ICF handed over memorandum on main demands of IRTSA. K.V.Ramesh Sr.JGS IRTSA explained the demands of Technical Supervisors on Pay level & MACPS.

K.V.Ramesh explained that change of eligibility criteria for financial upgradation under MACPS from ‘Good’ to ‘very Good’ has hampered the chances of financial upgardation of senior supervisors and demanded for immediate withdrawal of eligibility criteria ‘very good’.

Inclusion of training period for the purpose of MACPS is also need to be addressed by Railway Board, it was explained to Member Staff that DoPT is the nodal agency for implementation of MACPS rules for all central Government departments including Railways. Ministry of Communication & IT is accounting the period of pre-appointment training for the purpose of MACPS and same is needed to be extended in Railways.

He further briefed on the demand of implementation date of MACPS w.e.f. 1.1.2006. As per Gazette notification & Resolution issued by Finance Ministry, 6th CPC recommendations on pay were implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2006 & allowances w.e.f. 1.9.2008. In its recent judgment, Hon’ble Supreme Court held that financial upgardation under MACPS should be implemented from 1.1.2006, since recommendations of 6th CPC on MACPS is related to Pay, and it cannot be treated as allowance to be implemented from 1.9.2008. MS was urged to take favouable decision on this issue also.

While explaining the demand of Higher Pay level for Technical Supervisors, K.V.Ramesh demanded for implementation of decisions already made by Railway Board in this regard. He briefed that in 2010, Railway Board have send a proposal to Finance Ministry for upgrading the GP of JE from Rs.4200 to Rs.4600 & SSE from Rs.4600 to Rs.4800. Railway Board also send another proposal to Empowered Committee of Secretaries formed after 7th CPC to upgrade 50% of cadre strength of Technical Supervisors to GP Rs.4800. MS was urged for persuasion of Railway Board’s proposal further with Ministry of Finance to get atleast minimum justice for this vital category.

In his reply Member Staff said that, he agrees on the demand of change in eligibility criteria for MACPS and said that this issue is being persuaded by Board with DoPT. On the demand of higher Pay Level for Technical Supervisors, MS said that it under the consideration of Ministry of Railways.

Source: IRTSA

MACP Scheme Effective from 1.1.2006 instead of 1.9.2008 – NC JCM Staff Side

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MACP Scheme Effective from 1.1.2006 instead of 1.9.2008 – NC JCM Staff Side

“Item No.2, 10 and 48 of the Joint Committee of MACP – Agenda items of the Standing Committee”

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary
Ph: 23382286
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultation, Machinery
For Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001
E.Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com.
No. NC-JCM-2017/Fin
January 16,2018
The Secretary,
Department of Personnel & Training,
North Block,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub:- Item No. 2,10 and 48 of the Joint Committee of MACP – Agenda items of the Standing Committee:

Kindly refer to the above. All the three items, which were discussed together pertains to the date of effect of the MACP Scheme which was introduced by the Government on the basis of the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission. The Staff Side demand to give effect to the revised promotional scheme from the date of the effect, the Report of the Commission itself i.e on 1.1.2006 was unfortunately not accepted by the official side and was not allowed to reach its logical conclusion i.e. either by an agreement or disagreement.

We now send herewith copy of the judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the matter vide W.P 3744 of 2016 dated 08/12/2017.

The Hon’ble apex court has categorically stated that the Govt’s decision to make the scheme effective prospectively was wrong and the scheme has to be implemented with effective from 1.1.2006. We request that the Govt. may issue necessary orders making the MACP Scheme Effective from 1.1.2006 instead of 1.9.2008. While issuing such an order it may also be clarified that the employees who were granted the benefit of ACP between 1.1.2006 to 31.08.2008 are not adversely affected and no recovery is ordered I from them in this connection.

Thanking you

Yours faithfully,
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Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary

Source: Confederation

Allow to Revise Option Exercised under Rule 6 – NC JCM writes to DoPT

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Allow to Revise Option Exercised under Rule 6 – NC JCM writes to DoPT

“Allow the employees to revise their option once exercised under Rule 6 of the Revised Pay Rules 2016”.

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary
Ph: 23382286
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultation, Machinery
For Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001
E.Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com.
No. NC-JCM-2017/Fin
January 16,2018
Shri Gyanendra Dev Tripathi,
Jt. Secretary (E)
Department of Personnel & Training,
North Block, New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Kinldy refer to the discussion, the Staff Side had with you on 12.1.2018 in the National Anomlay Committee meeting. During the discussion, over the admissibility or otherwise of the anomaly items, incidentally, we had represented to the request made by us to allow the employees to revise their option once exercised under Rule 6 of the Revised Pay Rules 2016. We send herewith copy of our communications sent to the Secretary Expenditure in this regard.

As has been pointed out by us, in our letter cited, the interpretation of the benefit of option had been at variance with consequent loss of emoluments to the employees. The intention of the Rules are often ambiguous. In similar situation both at the time of 5th CPC and 6th CPC on our request the Govt. had been good enough to permit revision of option. In the case of 6th CPC the Notification was issued in 2008 (in September 2008) and the option was allowed to be revised up to 31/12/2010, giving benefit for all employees who were promoted / granted ACP / MACP or granted increment up to 31/12/2010.

We therefore request you to kindly allow revision of option to switch over to 7th CPC pay scales / pay matrix to be exercised within three months of the issuance of the orders permitting such revision.

Yours faithfully,
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(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary

Source: Confederation

NPS Committee Report Finalised and Submitted to Govt – NC JCM Staff Side

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NPS Committee Report Finalised and Submitted to Govt – NC JCM Staff Side

“New Contributory Pension Scheme setting up of the Committee – report”

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary
Ph: 23382286
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultation, Machinery
For Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001
E.Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com.
No. NC-JCM-2017/Fin
January 16,2018
The Cabinet Secretary,
Government of India,
Cabiner Secretariate,
Rastrapati Bhawan,
New Delhi

Sub: New Contributory Pension Scheme setting up of the Committee – report reg.

Dear Sir,
As per the 7th CPC recommendations, Govt had set up a committee under the Chairmanship of the Secretary, to look into the various complaints received by the commission on the new contributory Pension Scheme. As the stake holders, we had interacted with the Committee. We have now come to know that the committee, having finalised its report, submitted the same to you.

We request that the Staff Side–JCM may be provided with a copy of the report and our views are heard and presented, before the Government takes a final view on the matter.

Thanking you,
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Yours faithfully,
Shiva Gopal Mishra

Source: Confederation

Amendment in Eligibility Qualification, Age, Fee and Remuneration for Tax Return Preparer (TRP)

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Amendment in Eligibility Qualification, Age, Fee and Remuneration for Tax Return Preparer (TRP)

MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(Department of Revenue)
(CENTRAL BOARD OF DIRECT TAXES)

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 19th January, 2018

G.S.R. 44(E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of Section 139B of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961), the Central Board of Direct Taxes hereby makes the following further amendments in the Tax Return Preparer Scheme, 2006, namely:—

Short title, commencement and application.
1. (1) This Scheme may be called the Tax Return Preparer (Amendment) Scheme, 2018.

(2) It shall come into force from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Tax Return Preparer Scheme, 2006 (hereinafter referred to as the said Scheme), for paragraph 3, the following paragraph shall be substituted, namely:-

“3. An individual, who holds a bachelor degree from a recognised Indian University or institution, or has passed the intermediate level examination conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India or the Institute of Company Secretaries of India or the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of India, shall be eligible to act as Tax Return Preparer.”.

3. In the said Scheme, in paragraph 4,-
(1) for clause (i), the following clauses shall be substituted, namely:-

“(i) It shall invite application from persons,-

(a) having requisite educational qualifications specified in paragraph 3 or having appeared in the final year examination of the qualifying examination; and

(b) who is not below the age of twenty one years or more than forty-five years as on the 1st day of October of the year immediately preceding the date on which applications are invited.

(ia) It shall require that the application under clause (i) shall be accompanied by a fee of two hundred and fifty rupees, and failing which the application shall be invalid.”.

(2) for clause (v), the following clauses shall be substituted, namely

“(v) It shall enrol the persons who qualify the test for enrolment for each training centre separately.

(va) It shall not enrol any person under clause (v), unless –

(a) he makes a deposit of an amount of seven hundred and fifty rupees, which shall be nonrefundable; and

(b) he produces a proof of having passed the qualifying examination as specified in paragraph 3.”.

(3) clause (ix) shall be omitted.”.

4. In the said Scheme, in paragraph 9, for sub-paragraph (1), the following sub-paragraphs shall be substituted,
namely:-

“(1) The Board may authorise the Resource Centre or the Partner Organisation to disburse to a Tax Return preparer, the following amount, namely:-

(a) five per cent. of the tax paid on the income declared in the return of income for First Eligible Assessment Year which has been prepared and furnished by him;

(b) three per cent. of the tax paid on the income declared in the return of income for the Second Eligible Assessment Year which has been prepared and furnished by him;

(c) two per cent. of the tax paid on the income declared in the return of income for the Third Eligible Assessment Year which has been prepared and furnished by him.

(1A) The amount of disbursement for any eligible person in relation to an eligible year shall not exceed,-

(a) five thousand rupees in case of First Eligible Assessment Year;
(b) three thousand rupees in case of Second Eligible Assessment Year; and
(c) two thousand rupees in case of Third Eligible Assessment Year.”.

[Notification No. 04/2018/F.No. 142/16/2010 (SO)-TPL(Part)]

Dr T.S.MAPWAL, Under Secy.

Note : The Tax Return Preparer Scheme, 2006 was published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (ii), vide notification number S.O. 2039(E), dated the 28th November, 2006 and last amended vide notification number S.O. 2819(E), dated the 22nd November, 2010.

Authority: http://www.incometaxindia.gov.in/

Implementation of AICTE Initiatives on Quality Education

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Implementation of AICTE Initiatives on Quality Education
Ministry of Rural Development

Government committed to provide best teachers, best infrastructure and best scholarships to all the students – Shri Prakash Javadekar

Shri Prakash Javadekar presides over conference on ‘Quality Initiatives in Technical Education’

Shri Prakash Javadekar released Model Curriculum for Undergraduate & Postgraduate Degree courses in Engineering & Technology and Management courses

A one-day Conference on ‘Quality Initiatives in Technical Education’ was organized by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) here today. Union Minister for Human Resource Development Shri Prakash Javadekar was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Minister of State for HRD Dr. Satya Pal Singh also graced the occasion. The objective of the conference was to share experiences of Vice Chancellors, leading academicians and eminent policy makers from State Governments & Central Government and exchange ideas on issues and challenges in technical education. The valuable inputs from luminaries will help in strategic planning and effective implementation of various policy initiatives taken by AICTE.

The main agenda of the conference is:-
1.Implementation of AICTE Initiatives on Quality Education
2.Technical Education Quality Improvement Program (TEQIP) III – Action Plan
3.Launch of Model Curriculum & Plan of Action for Implementation
4.Action plan for Digital Campuses
5.Accreditation by NBA- Progress and Plan of Action
6.Teacher Training

The participants of the conference included Vice Chancellors of Technical Universities, Deemed Universities and Private Universities, Secretaries and Directors of Technical Education of State Governments, leading academicians, eminent experts who have developed the model curriculum for Undergraduate, Post Graduate engineering and Management disciplines. The senior officials of Ministry of Human Resource Development, University Grants Commission etc. also participated in the conference and shared their views.

In order to meet challenges in technical education and effective implementation of various policy initiatives taken by AICTE, the participants were divided into four groups:

Group I : Adoption of Model Curriculum

Group II : Modalities of Summer Internship

Group III: Teachers Orientation and Teacher Training

Group IV : Teaching Learning Processes :New Pedagogy (SWAYAM) –

The Groups discussed and deliberated upon the theme and devised an action plan for implementation of the above initiatives.

Shri Prakash Javadekar also released the Model Curriculum for Undergraduate & Postgraduate Degree courses in Engineering & Technology and Management courses (MBA and PGDM).

Speaking on the occasion Shri Javadekar said that the higher education in India especially technical education has witnessed an exponential growth in last few years. He added that quality education is the only way to progress and we have taken various initiatives to give impetus to the growth of quality education. The minister said that existing syllabus has been revamped by preparing a model curriculum as an updated curriculum is the students’ right. He further added that the inclusion of mandatory internship, both industry and social, will help engineering graduates connect with the need of the industry and society at large.

He said the government is committed to provide best teachers, best infrastructure and best scholarships to all the students. He also advised that the teachers must have passion to teach and they should follow a comprehensive design of quality practice.

While addressing the conference Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shri Satyapal Singh said that providing quality education is our top priority as it will add value to students and society. He added that the aim of life should not be materialistic and one must learn the traditional values and our cultural ethos. He further suggested that lessons about happiness should be a part of the curriculum as students are pressurized due to tough competition. Shri Singh applauded the leadership of Union HRD Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar for taking transforming decisions in the ministry. He also congratulated the AICTE team for developing the model curriculum.

Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE, explained the various quality initiatives taken by AICTE including the Model Curriculum for UG & PG Courses in Engineering and Management, Induction Programme for Engineering Students, Industry readiness and Mandatory Internships for Students, start-ups and innovation etc. He informed that AICTE constituted subject-wise heads of the committees from IITs with respective team of 2-3 academic experts along with industry expert to develop the model curriculum of undergraduate engineering courses and faculty Induction program. He also mentioned that a three-week mandatory induction program for students has been introduced in the first year which will help the students to adjust in the new environment as they come with diverse thoughts, backgrounds and preparations. A novel concept of Virtual Laboratories has also been introduced in the model curriculum. A range of credits from 150 to 160 has been kept for a student to be eligible to get Under Graduate degree in Engineering. A student will be eligible to get Under Graduate degree with Honours or additional Minor Engineering, if he/she completes an additional 20 credits. These could be acquired through MOOCs. Similarly, model curriculum for Post Graduate courses in engineering shall have 68 credits. Model curriculum of 18 Post Graduate specializations was launched.

He further informed that the minimum number of credits for award of MBA/ PGDM course is 102 credits. The Chairman further emphasized that AICTE will ensure revision of the model curriculum on regular basis. Updation will certainly help students to achieve better employability, start-ups and other avenues for higher studies. The institutions/ universities in India are requested to adopt this “Model Curriculum” and depending on local needs may tweak the curriculum.

Prof. M.P. Poonia, Vice Chairman, AICTE, Prof. A.P. Mittal, Member Secretary, AICTE and Prof. Rajiv Kumar, Adviser-I, AICTE and other senior officials from the ministry were also present on the occasion.

Source: PIB

Review Meeting on Pensioners’ Issues on Jan 30 – CPAO

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Review Meeting on Pensioners’ Issues on Jan 30 – CPAO
Meeting with all Heads of CPPCs/Government Business Divisions to review the implementation of 7th CPC pension revision

CPAO/IT&Tech/Master data/14(Vol-III)2017-18/183

17.01.2018

MEETING NOTICE

Subject: Meeting with all Heads of CPPCs/Government Business Divisions to review the implementation of 7th CPC pension revision.

It has been decided to hold a meeting with art Heads of CPPCs/Heads of Govt. Business Divisions of the Authorised Banks for pensions under the Chairmanship of Chief controller (Pension) on 30th January, 2018 at 3.00 PM at Conference Hall of central Pension Accounting Office, Trikoot-II, Bhikaji cama place, New Delhi – 110 066 to review the status of implementation of 7th cpc pension revision in the light of DP&PW OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW [A) dated 12th May, 2017.

Agenda items of the meeting are as follows:

1. Monitoring of implementation of 7th CPC by Banks.
2. Reporting of revised cases to CPAO by Banks.
3. Master Data Reconciliation.
4. IT related issues w.r.t. e-Revision of pension and fresh pension.
5. Compliance of Internal Audit observations on 7th CPC revisions.
6. Timely commencement of family Pension.
7. Timely commencement of Additional Pension.
8. Timely restoration of commuted portion of pension.
9. Timely submission of life certificates.
10. Any other point with the permission of the chair.

All the Authorised Banks are requested to make it convenient to depute their sufficiently senior representatives (A.G.M. and above) to attend the meeting. A line in confirmation may be intimated on e-mail vijay.cpao@gmail.com or through Fax No. 26715108/ 26162326 (Kind Attn: Shri Vijay Singh,Consultant).

sd/-
(Md.Shahid Kamal Ansari)
(Assistant Controller of Accounts)

Authority: http://cpao.nic.in/

KVS Rules: Recruitment Rules for KV Teachers

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KVS Rules: Recruitment Rules for KV Teachers

How the applications for the post of teachers are invited … ?
The applications are invited through publication of advertisement in the Employment News (Weekly) followed by short advertisement in other National/local dailies.

Whether any application fee is to be remitted at the time of applying to the post of teacher … ?
Yes, non-refundable application fee as prescribed in the advertisement has to be remitted in the form of crossed Demand Draft at the time of applying to the post.

Who are exempted from payment of application fee … ?
Persons belonging to SC/ST categories, Ex-servicemen and Physically Challenged persons are exempted from payment of application fees subject to production of photocopy of certificate issued by the competent authority in proof that they belong to the category mentioned above.

What is the mode of selection … ?
The mode of selection includes written examination and personal interview.

What are the allowances the teachers are entitled on selection … ?
The selected candidates are entitled to various allowances as admissible under the Central Govt./KVS Rules

Where the selected candidates are posted … ?
Selected candidates are liable to be posted anywhere in India based on the vacancies available in specific region. No request for change of place of posting is entertained.

What is the eligibility & recruitment process … ?
The recruitment process is done through open advertisement in the print media which comprises of prelimnary and main examination followed by interview. The candidates who qualify the CTET examination are eligible to fill up the application form.

What is the reservation policy… ?
Selected candidates are liable to be posted anywhere in India based on the vacancies available in specific region. No request for change of place of posting is entertained.

Pending demands of my federation – FNPO

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Pending demands of my federation – FNPO

FEDERATIONOFNATIONALPOSTALORGANISATIONS
T-24, Atul Grove Road, New Delhi – 110 001. Phone: 011-23321378
E-mail: theagarajannachi@hotmail.com.

Ref: Strike/01/2/2018
15/01/2018
To
Shri A.N. Nanda,
Chairman,
Postal Services Board,
Dak Bhavan
New Delhi 110 001.

Respected Sir,
Sub:- Pending demands of my federation – Reg
Ref:- 08-12/2017-SR dated 01/08/2017.

Your attention is invited to the letter cited, wherein our Department has given a reply to my federation on each demand and requested us to withdraw the agitation programme of the strike. My Federation secretariat has taken the decision to postpone the strike. To our dismay, most of the demands are still in the same position for the last 7 months and in some issues, there is some development. But no issue is settled as on date.

The list of Demands and the reply from your office on each item is enclosed for your reference.

Further, some of the issues which are already pending with DOP&T the other ministries have taken steps in favour of their employees hence my federation requests the chairman to take appropriate action on the following subjects.

Granting the benefits of MACPs w.e.f. 01/01/2006 as per 6th CPC based on the judgement of the Honourable Supreme Court.

Restore OTA, OSA & Special allowance of PO & RMS Accountants.

One-time relaxation to the Central Government employees who have availed LTC-80 and travelled by air, by purchasing tickets from authorities other than authorised agents.

Removal of ambiguity in fixation of pay of re-employed ex-servicemen and grant of the benefit extended to commissioned officers to personnel below officer tank also.

My Federation strongly believes that the Chairman, Postal Board will take necessary action on our letter.

A line of reply is highly solicited.

Yours Sincerely,
D.Theagarajan.
Secretary-General.

Source: FNPO

Charter of Demands and Present Status – FNPO

Decisions taken in the Joint Meeting of the three recognized Federations AIDEF, INDWF & BPMS

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Decisions taken in the Joint Meeting of the three recognized Federations AIDEF, INDWF & BPMS

Struggle Committee of Defence Civilian Employees to Save Defence Industry
(A FORUM CONSISTING OF AIDEF, INDWF & BPMS RECOGNIZED FEDERATIONS OF TRADE UNIONS OF DEFENCE CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES)

Ref. No : 02/AIDEF/INDWF/BPMS/18
Date : 05th January, 2018

Decisions taken in the Joint Meeting of the three recognized Federations (AIDEF, INDWF, BPMS) held at Kolkata on 05.01.2018.

A meeting of the three recognized Federations (AIDEF, INDWF, BPMS) was held at Kolkata on 05.01.2018. The following were present

AIDEF: S.N.Pathak / President
C.Srikumar / General Secretary

INDWF: R. Srinivasan / General Secretary
Pradip Basu/Vice-President

BPMS: Sadhu Singh / Organizing Secretary
Mukesh Singh / Deputy General Secretary

The meeting reviewed the Black Badge demonstration held on 28.12.2017 all over the country. The meeting congratulated all the affiliated Unions, the Unit level unions, Associations and all the Defence Civilian Employees who participated in the demonstration. Thereafter, the meeting expressed its concern about the unhelpful attitude of the Government in not responding to the representations of the Federations and to settle the demands put forth before the Government. Thereafter, the following decisions are taken unanimously.

1) The demonstration before the Parliament at Delhi on 15.02.2018 as decided will be held successfully by mobilizing the Defence Civilian Employees. For this purpose the representatives of the three Federations, at Delhi will make the logistic arrangements including getting Police permission and setting up of stage, Public address system etc.

2) Since, the 5 DEF Group of Factories, 8 ABWs, 14 Station Workshops, 39 Military Farms 4 Depots and MES are going to be affected immediately due to the policy decisions taken by the Govt. recently, it has been decided that a “One Day Call attention Strike” is required to be observed by the employee of these Units. Accordingly, the following time table is decided :-
a)21.02.2018: Strike Ballot by AIDEF Unions
b)22.02.2018: Strike Ballot by INDWF Unions
c)23.02.2018: Strike Ballot by BPMS Unions

Local Unions not affiliated to the three Federations in the action Committee may take the Strike Ballot as decide in the local action Committee at the Unit Level.

d) 28.02.2018: Issue of Strike Notice with Massive Demonstration.

e) 15.03.2018: “One Day Call attention Strike” by the Employees of 5 OEF Group of Factories, 8 ABWs, 14 Station Workshops, 39 Military Farms,, 4 Depots and MES.

3) All the Unions in all the other Defence Establishments will observe a solidarity action in support of the striking employees on 15.03.2018 by holding demonstration, gate meetings and rally etc.

4) After the Call Attention Strike on 15.03.2018 the three Federations will again meet and decide for a further serious action programme in all the Defence Establishments.

5) The campaigning programmes against the policy decisions of the Govt. in all the Defence Units may be continued and intensified by all the Unions.]

The three recognized Federation appeal to all the Unions, Associations and the Defence Civilian Employees to make the protest programme from 08.01.2018 to 12.01.2018 a grand success. The memorandum jointly to be submitted by all the Unions at Unit Level to the Defence Minister through Head of the Establishment on 12-01-2018 is also enclosed herewith.

C.Srikumar
General Secretary – AIDEF

R.Srinivasan
General Secretary – INDWF

Sadhu Singh
Organizing Secretary – BPMS

Source: INDWF

Struggle Committee of Defence Civilian Employees to Save Defence Industry

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Struggle Committee of Defence Civilian Employees to Save Defence Industry

(A FORUM CONSISTING OF AIDEF, INDWF & BPMS RECOGNIZED FEDERATIONS OF TRADE UNIONS OF DEFENCE CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES)

Ref. No : 02/AIDEF/INDWF/BPMS/18
Date : 05th January, 2018
To,
Smt. Nirmala Sitharamanji
Hon’ble Defence Minister
Government of India
South Block, New Delhi – 110 001.

Subject : Intimation regarding “Call Attention Strike” in the Defence Establishment.

Respected Madam,
This is to inform you that a meeting of the three recognized Federatiuon (AIDEF, INDWF, BPMS) has taken place at Kolkata on 05.01.2018. The meeting noted with, deep concern that the 4 joint representations submitted by the three recognized Federations have been ignored and neither the Government has responded nor came forward to have a negotiated settlement as in the past. In the mean time unfortunate that the Government has taken the following decisions arbitraraly. This decisions will have serious implications on the Security of the Country and also on the Defence Civilian Employees

1)To close down 14 Station WKPS under EME and to Convery Army Base Workshops in to GOCO Model.
2)To close down 4 Depots under DGOS.
3)To close down 39 Military Farms
4)To declare more than 31000 Defence Civilian Employees of Army Units surplus including in MES.
5)Government orders were issued for grant of Rs. 10000 as Uniform Allowance in place of stitched uniforms affecting the 5 DEF Group of Factories and its nearly 10000 Employees including almost 2000 Woman Employees. The decision to further declare 39 itmes of DEG Group Factories including Army Logo Uniform and Parachutes etc as Non-Core items inspite of the commitment given by DDP.

In view of the above development it has been decided to stage a massive demonstration on 15.02.2018 at Delhi before the Parliament and followed by a “One Day Call attention Strike” during March, 2018 by the employees of the Defence Establishments. We still hope that Hon’ble RM will take a serious note of the present situation and settle the issues amicably by holding a full fledged negotiations with the recognized Federations.

Thanking you,

Yours Sincerely,
C.Srikumar
General Secretary – AIDEF

R. Srinivasan
General Secretary – INDWF

Sadhu Singh
Organizing Secretary – BPMS

Source: INDWF

Joint Memorandum Submitted to Defence Minister on 12.1.2018 – INDWF

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Joint Memorandum Submitted to Defence Minister on 12.1.2018 – INDWF
Memorandum on the policy decision taken by the Government against the interest of state owned Defence Industry and its Defence Civilian Employees.

DRAFT

JOINT MEMORANDUM TO BE SUBMITTED BY THE UNIONS ON 12.01.2018 TO THE DEFENCE MINISTER
___________________________________Union (AIDEF)
___________________________________Union (INDWF)
___________________________________Union (BPMS)
___________________________________Union

Ref:
Date: 12th January, 2018
To,
The Hon’ble Defence Minister
Government of India
Sourth Block, New Delhi – 110 001.

Through : The Head of the Establishment

Subject : Memorandum on the policy decision taken by the Government against the interest of state owned Defence Industry and its Defence Civilian Employees.

Respected Madam,
Your kind attention is drawn to the joint representation submitted by the three recognized Federations of Defence Civilian Employees (AIDEF, INDWF and BPMS) dated 16.10.2017, 24.11.2017, 05.06.2017 and 14.12.2017. In all the representations the three recognized Federations have expressed their concern about the following policy decision taken by the Government.

“ that the decision taken by the Government to outsource and privatize Defence Production and related activities like Research, Maintenance and Services etc. and to permit 100% FDI is not in the interest of Defence Preparedness of our Country”.

“ that the hasty move of the Government to declare more than 200 Products being manufactured by the Ordnance Factories as “Non-Core” and to stop its production in the Ordnance Factories and to hand over the same to Private Corporates / Industries and to further increase the number of items as “Non-Core” is only to benefit the private Industrial houses at the cost of Ordnance Factories. The move of the Government will result in dismantling various Ordnance Factories established, surpused and developed over a period of more than 200 years in different disciplines and technology. This is nothing but a suicidal move, since once the Ordnance Factories are dismantled, the private players will dictate terms to the Government and the Armed Forces”. “that the decision of the Government to grant Uniform / Dress Allowance to the Soldiers (PBORs) @ Rs. 10,000/- per annum instead of Stitched Uniforms will result in the Soldiers purchasing substandard quality of Uniform Cloth from the Market which is not subjected to any quality of Uniform Cloth from the Market which is not subjected to any quality test as being done in the Ordnance Factories and manufacturing in different style which takes away the similarity in the shade, design, mismatch of the combination fo Trouser and Jacket which will look very awkward especially during the parade etc. Apart from this the decision will have a serious impact on the existence and future of 5 OEF Group of Factories and its 12000 Employees including 2000 Women Employees”.

“that the proposal of NITI Aayog for introducing PPP Model in the Small Arms Group of Factores, to allow Private Corporates in the Ordnance Factories in the name of “Joint Venture” etc. is nothing but handing over the national assets to the Private Corporates”.

“that by arbitarily directing OFB to stop working overtime on Sundays in lieu of Holidays has resulted in failure of targets for the year 2017-2018 upto Rs. 2500 crore and huge financial loss to the Employees of Ordnance Factories, since overtime wages have become a part of the monthly wages of the Employees.

“that the continuous dilution of the role of DRDO, handing over the permanent and perennial research and related developmental activities to private agencies and reducing the strength of permanent skilled and devoted workforce in the DRDO is an alarming situation. The DRDO is being forced to handover all new technologies developed by them to the Private Sector by ignoring the Ordnance Factories and Defence Public Sector”.

“that the so called reorganization proposal is nothing but to minimize the rate of DGQA with the ultimate intention of abolition of DGQA functions”.

“that the decision of the Government to close down Station Workshops, Military Farms and Depots etc. and to convert the Army Base Workshops to GO CO Model which means to handover the EME Workshops to the Private giants like L&T etc, is not in the interest of Defence Preparedness”.

“that the decision taken by Army HQ. to stop recruitment in the Army Units and to declare more than 3000 Army Civilian Employees as Surplus is in contradiction of the Government’s declared policy of employment generation and also against the policy of reservation in Government Jobs for socially and economically down trodden Communities, and physically challenged persons”.

“that the decision taken by the Government to declare more than 9000 Employees of the MES surplus, when there is an acute shortage of manpower in MES”.

It is unfortunate that the Ministry of Defence have not considered the representations of the Federations and the Unions of the Defence Civilian Employees on the above issues and due to which there is a total discontentment and dissatisfaction amongst the Employees since, their future is in total dark. The state owned Defence Industries including Ordnance Factories, DRDO, DGQA, MES, EME, Depots under ADC, Military Farms, DGAFMS, DGAQA, and other Army, Naval and Air Force Establishments under the Ministry of Defence may please be treated at par with the Armed Forces since all these Units are the forth force of the Defence of our Country and hence they deserve the status of “War Reserve” and should be strengthened, develped and expanded in the interest of National Security and Defence Preparedness.
Respected Madam, we are still of the hope that the MoD will consider all the above issues in its true spirit and come forward to review and reconsider all the above decisions and will have a negotiated settlement with the Employees representatives.

Thanking you,

Yours Sincerely,

General Secretary
(_______ Union) and All Unions

Source: INDWF

Implementation Process of GDS Pay Committee Report – FNPO

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Implementation Process of GDS Pay Committee Report – FNPO

GDS Union Telangana Circle met Smt.Renukha Chowadary , Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha )

Our NUGDS Khammam Division team met Smt.Renukha Chowadary , Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha ) on 22.01.2018 and conveyed gratitude towards her intervention in the implementation process of GDS Pay Committee Report.

The Delegation also requested the Hon’ble MP to take initiative for amendment of the GDS Conduct & Engagement Rules, 2011 particularly Rule 3A(i)Rule 3 A (i) clearly mention no GDS perform their duties beyond 5 hours.

The delegation explained the RICT& IPPB structure and GDS are the only outlets for these Banking& Direct Benefits Schemes.
Hon’ble MP assured to take up this issue as a policy matter and will do needful to all GDS.

Source: FNPO

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