Monday, May 31, 2010

The outcome of the First Meeting of Joint committee on MACP

             The First Meeting of Joint committee on MACP was held on 25-5-2010 . Altogether 8 issues related MACP anomalies were discussed in the meeting.
             The MACPS (Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme) order was issued on 19-5-2008. Since then all the Central Government Employees Federations, confederations are demanding that Grade Pay of the next Promotional Post to be granted under the new MACP Scheme instead of granting next higher Grade Pay in the revised Grade Pay Hierarchy.
            Now it has been informed through the circular published by confederation that the above said core issue of MACP was taken for discussion in the meeting. Staff side pressed for placement in the Grade Pay of the Promotional Post instead of next higher Grade Pay in the hierarchy of revised Pay Band and Grade Pay. It was insisted because the career progression only means the promotion in the hierarchy and not to a Grade Pay which is not present in the hierarchy of the respective department.
           But after that, it is believed that the Staff Side also gave an alternative that first two MACPs after 10 and 20 years should be to the next promotional post as per the hierarchy of respective department as under the erstwhile ACP scheme and thereafter the third MACP in the next Grade Pay of the Revised Pay Band and Grade Pay.
           Why should the Staff Side compromising their position of demanding promotional Grade Pay under MACP,by suggesting that first two MACP should be in promotional hierarchy and third MACP can be in Grade Pay hierarchy?
source: gservants.com

All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) for the month of April, 2010

             All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of April, 2010 remained stationary at 170 (one hundred and seventy).
             During April, 2010, the index recorded an increase of 4 points in Bangalore centre, 3 points each in Tripura, Rourkela, Asansol, Labac Silchar, Howrah, Durgapur and Mariani Jorhat centres, 2 points in 18 centres and 1 point in 18 centres. The index decreased by 2 points in Coimbatore, Ludhiana and Puducherry centres and 1 point in 12 centres, while in the remaining 19 centres the index remained stationary.
             The maximum increase of 4 points in Banglore centre is mainly on account of increase in the prices of Goat Meat, Dairy Milk, Milk (Cow), Vegetable items, Snack Saltish, Cigarette, Saree (Synthetic), etc. The increase of 3 points each in Tripura, Rourkela, Asansol, Labac Silchar, Howrah, Durgapur and Mariani Jorhat centres is due to increase in the prices of Rice, Poultry, Goat Meat, Fish Fresh, Vegetable items, Cigarette, Firewood, etc. However, the decrease of 2 points each in Coimbatore, Ludhiana and Puducherry centres is due to decrease in the prices of Rice, Wheat, Wheat Atta, Onion, Sugar, etc.
The indices in respect of the six major centres are as follows :
1. Ahmedabad 164 2. Bangaluru 179           3. Chennai 156

4. Delhi 158            5. Kolkata 168            6. Mumbai 167

              The point to point rate of inflation for the month of April, 2010 is 13.33% as compared to 14.86% in March, 2010.

New Director General of Medical Services (Army)

            Lt Gen HL Kakria has taken over as new Director General of Medical Services (Army) from Lt Gen SR Mehta who has retired. Lieutenant General HL Kakria, recipient of Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Vishisht Seva medal did his MBBS from GSVM Medical College, Kanpur and joined the Army Medical Corps on February 14, 1972. He did his MS (General Surgery) in 1980 and MS (Orthopaedics) in 1989 from Pune University and stood first in the University. He is an undergraduate and Post Graduate Teacher and Examiner of MS (Orthopaedics), Pune University as well as Teacher and Examiner, DNB (Orthopaedics) National Board of Examination, New Delhi. He has published numerous research papers on Orthopaedics in different National and International journals. He was awarded Major General Amir Chand award in 1990, for the best research work done in Orthopaedics on Knee joint injuries and his work has been appreciated the world over. He is an Executive Member of Bone and Joint Decade (BJD) 2000-2010.

           During his illustrious 38 years of service career, the General Officer has held various appointments such as Graded Specialist (Surgery), Classified Specialist (Surgery & Orthopaedics), Senior Adviser (Surgery & Orthopaedics) and Consultant (Surgery & Orthopaedics), in various Service Hospitals as well as Field Medical Units of the Armed Forces Medical Services. The General Officer, in addition to being an outstanding Surgeon and teacher in the field of Surgery, has also held the senior administrative appointments such as Commandant Base Hospital, Delhi Cantt, a very busy hospital, Commandant ALC, Pune and Commandant, Command Hospital (SC) Pune, yet another busy hospital. He had held the prestigious staff appointments as Major General (Medical), HQ Southern Command, Pune prior to assuming the appointment of commandant of AMC Centre and College Lucknow where Basic Military Training is imparted to Medical Officers and Dental Officers of Army/ Navy/ Air Force as well as members of MNS and the Paramedical Staff.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Result of NDA & Naval Academy Exam (II) 2009 Announced

                    The Union Public Service Commission has announced the results of National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Exam (II) 2009 on the basis of the results of written examination held by UPSC in August 2009 and the interviews held by the Services Selection Board of the Ministry of Defence. The examination was held for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force Wings of National Defence Academy for the 124th Course and Naval Academy 10+2 (Executive Branch) for 44th Course commencing from 30th June, 2010.

                   The list contains names of 694 candidates. There are some common candidates in the three lists for Army/Navy, Air Force and Naval Academy. The total number of such candidates in the three lists is 337. The number of vacancies as intimated by the Government of India is 335 (195 for the Army, 039 for the Navy, 066 for the Air Force and 035 for the Naval Academy (Executive Branch).

                   The result of Medical Examination of candidates has not been taken into account in preparing the merit list. The candidature of all the candidates is provisional.

                Candidates may obtain any information/clarification during working hours in person or over telephone No.011-23385271, 011-23381125 and 011-23098543. The result is available on PIB website i.e www.pib.nic.in and also on the UPSC website i.e. www.upsc.gov.in

Friday, May 28, 2010

Fixed Medical Allowance-DOP&T Order

            DOP&T issued an OFFICE MEMORANDUM dated 26th May 2010,Granting Rs.300/- as Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to the Central Government Pensioners residing in areas not covered under CGHS.


          This issue has been raised in the National Council Meeting and the staff side demanded that Fixed Medical Allowance to be enhanced up to Rs.600/-.Sources told that the Chairman, National Council on his response to this issue informed the Staff Side that Ministry of Finance considered to grant Rs.300/-. But the Staff side National Council not agreed with this.

          Two weeks after the meeting, now the order has been issued, in which it has been stated that "the demand for enhancement of FMA has been under consideration of the Government for some time past. Sanction of the President is hereby conveyed for enhancement of the amount of FMA from Rs.100/- to Rs.300/- per month. The other conditions for grant of FMA shall continue to be in force."

These orders will take effect from 01.09.2008.

source:gservants.com

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

LTC to Jammu&Kashmir By Air

A special incentive to boost tourism in Jammu and Kashmir is being finalised by the Centre ahead of the PM’s visit to the Valley next month. Central government employees wanting to travel to Jammu and Kashmir on leave will soon be able to avail of a special LTC (Leave Travel Concession) package for Jammu and Kashmir. Proposed along the lines of a similar and hugely successful initiative for the Northeastern states, this will entitle Central government employees to fly to the state for a vacation along with their immediate family. The proposal is being finalised by a Committee of Secretaries and is likely to be announced before the Prime Minister’s visit, sources said.

They said the incentive was aimed at encouraging more people to travel to Jammu and Kashmir and increasing people to people contact with the residents of the Valley. The move is also likely to generate revenue for the state from tourism and result in some income for Air India.

The incentive would be valid for travel to any of the three regions of the state —- Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.
source:Indian Express

JK govt increases DA to employees

           Jammu and Kashmir Government has increased dearness allowance (DA) to its employees with effect from January this year.

          "The decision to this effect was taken yesterday at a meeting of the state cabinet. The employees, including work charges and whole time contingent paid employees working on regular time scale, will get DA with effect from January at the rate of 35 per cent instead of 27 per cent," an official spokesman said today.

           The DA accumulation with effect from January to June shall be credited into the respective GP fund accounts of the employees, he said, adding that the enhanced DA instalment shall be payable in cash along with the salary of the July.

Monday, May 24, 2010

National Council Meeting:Decision Details

The secretary General of Confederation of Central Government Employees, Sri KKN.KUTTY discloses the outcome of the National Council JCM meeting in his blog.The detail given hereunder is published in his blog.

The Leader, Staff Side thanked the Cabinet Secretary and the Government for taking expeditious decision on the 6th CPC suggestions and expressed his gratitude for his intervention to make improvements in the recommendations of the Commission. However, he touched upon the following issues seeking a resolution;

(a) Child Care leave. The clarificatory orders issued by the government have in effect nullified the benefit extended to the Women employees by the Commission and the Cabinet. He wanted the clarificatory orders in this regard to be rescinded. He added that if the Government has any practical difficulties in implementing the orders issued in this regard, the same may be discussed with the Staff Side. He assured the Cabinet secretary that the Staff Side will take a very constructive attitude in the matter.

(b) Children Education allowances. He said that the allowance has been restricted to two eldest surviving children. He wanted the Govt. to reconsider this matter.

(c) The MACP scheme is supposed to be an improvement over the ACP which was in vogue. However in view of the promotion to the next grade pay stipulated in the new scheme, it has turned out to be less advantageous to many employees. He hoped that the Sub Committee would look into the matter and resolve the issue to the satisfaction of the employees.

(d) The new concept of Pay band and Grade Pay has created a situation in which the Senior Persons would be drawing lesser pay than their juniors. This matter has been the subject matter of discussion at the Anomaly Committee meeting. Though the Railways by issuing an order have partially set right this anomaly, the issue has not been fully addressed. Since this has created resentment amongst the employees, he wanted the Govt. to look into this matter and resolve the issue.

(e) Normally after every Pay Commission Govt. used to raise the income taxable limit. This was not done this time, with the result even the low paid employees have come within the ambit of taxation.

(f) The inordinate delay in convening the National Council and Departmental Councils was pointed out and requested that steps are needed to ensure that the meeting do take place within the stipulated periodicity.

The Staff Side Secretary while speaking raised the following issues for consideration and resolution.

(a) He said that the harmonious relationship could only be maintained with a continuous dialogue. The JCM was conceived with that idea. Initially the employees were against the idea of JCM but at the insistence of the then Home Minister, they had agreed and the track record has shown that it has helped in maintaining industrial peace in the Governmental sector. He therefore pleaded that the Council meetings should be convened within the stipulated period of time. He added that most of the Departmental Councils have become defunct and anomaly committee were not being set up at that level with the result all items of anomaly which are normally to be addressed at the Departmental levels were being referred to the National Council. He pleaded that the Govt. should take a serious view of this matter and ensures that the Departmental Councils of all Ministries are periodically convened and the National Council apprised of the functioning of the Departmental Councils as it used to be done in the past.

(b) Arbitration Awards. Arbitration was inbuilt in the JCM scheme. Issues on which agreements could not be reached are to be referred to the Board of Arbitration. Both the Parties are supposed to abide the decision of the Arbitrator. The Govt. is vested with the power of referring the Parliamentary approval for rejection of the awards on certain specific circumstances like the expenditure on implementation of such awards would have a serious deleterious effect on the economy of the country. Of late the government had been referring every award to the Parliament for rejection. Even though it was agreed that such reference would be intimated to the Staff Side well in advance, the same had not been adhered to. He added that recently he was informed of such a rejection of an award being considered by the Parliament on 4th May, 2010. The Staff side was informed of this only on 3rd May, 2010. It was agreed at the National Council that all such awards which had been referred to the Parliament would be recalled and subjected to negotiation with the Staff Side. Two or three rounds of discussions were held with the Staff Side. But no conclusions were arrived at despite the Staff Side agreeing for the modification of these awards. He, therefore, wanted these awards to be re-subjected to further negotiations and decisions taken by mutual consent.

(c) DOPT has issued recently questionnaire on the functioning of the JCM. The members of the Staff Side had given reply to the said questionnaire. In the light of that he suggested to set up a joint committee to review the scheme with a view to improve its functioning.

(d) The Grade Pay and Pay band system introduced by the 6th CPC for improving the productivity of Government Services was a revolutionary concept and the same had not been fully grasped by the employees. Therefore, all the grievances that arise from the implementation of the 6th CPC had not been catalogued and presented at one go. He requested that the Govt. should continue to consider the problems of the employees as and when it is presented.

(e) He said that the recommendation of the 6th CPC was to double all the allowances. He complained that the Government has not done this in some cases for one reason or the other. What is needed is to double this allowance and then work on alternatives. As and when the alternatives are worked, this allowance could be withdrawn. He then enquired about the delay in revising the Medical Allowance for outpatient treatment for pensioners. The Official side intervened and said that the said allowance would be revised to Rs. 300 p.m. and the orders would be issued soon. The entire Staff Side resented this decision in the light of the fact that even the Health Ministry’s suggestion was to raise it to Rs. 500/-.on the basis of the per capita OPD expenses.

(f) He then referred to the orders issued by the Government to the effect that future promotion to the cadre of LDC would only be from among those who are qualified in the XII Std. Examination. He said that while this could be a stipulation for future recruitees, it cannot be applied for the existing employees as it would be impossible for them to acquire the said qualification.

(g) Even though the fast Track committee has done a commendable job in the case of Master Craftsmen, the same has not been implemented in Defence so far.

(h) He wanted the Govt. to waive the bonafide transport allowance granted to the employees of Lucknow and Jaipur which has been ordered to be recovered on the basis of the audit objection, especially in the background that in the case of those who had gone to the Court, the relief has been granted.

(i) He specifically drew the attention of the official side to the letter the Staff Side had written in the case of those Group D employees died or retired before getting the benefit of training and assignment of Grade pay of Rs. 1800. He wanted them to be treated as deemed to have been trained and benefit of Grade pay of Rs. 1800 extended to them with effect from 1.1.2006

The Chairman, responding to the points made out by the Secretary and leader stated that the same has been noted and necessary action would be taken by the Govt. and communicated. In the case of convening the Departmental Council meetings, he said that he would write to All Secretaries of the Govt. of India to immediately convene the Departmental Council meetings/Anomaly Committee meeting.

The agenda items were taken up then for discussion. We give hereunder the decisions taken on each of the items that came up for discussion.

Item No.1. Reimbursement of Ayaa charges – delegation thereon: Agreed. Orders issued.

Item No.2. Reimbursement of expenditure towards implantation of special types of stents like cipher stent etc. in case of CS(MA) beneficiaries – delegation thereon:. Orders issued delegating powers to the HODs

Item No.3. Pathological and diagnostic procedures: Diagnostic centres identified and recognized for the City of Jaipur.

Item No. 4. Grant of FMA in lieu of out door treatment facilities. The facility of extending FMA benefit to CGHS Card holders who are beyond the age of 70 would be considered. It was also stated that the Govt. would be issuing orders shortly raising the FMA from Rs. 100 to 300 for all pensioners covered under CSMA rules.

Item No.5.Relocation of one CGHS dispensary in Wadi area under the jurisdiction of Municipal Corporation Nagpur. Decision in the matter would be taken soon.

Item No. 6. Specialized consultation in PU hospital like Ispat Hospital, HEC Hospital and CCL Hospital, Ranchi. The matter is under consideration to permit the CGHS beneficiaries to avail the treatment in the above mentioned hospitals subject to an overall ceiling.

Item No. 7. Supply of free diet to employees and their dependant under treatment for TB Leprosy, Mental, Illness, Cancel and HIV/AIDS, Renal Dialysis therapy, Thalsaema. Orders issued.

Item No. 8. Sanction of incentive allowance to Central Government employees working in extremists infested areas. Not agreed.

Item No.9 Declaration of Gandhinagar as Link City of Ahmedabad. Final decision by the next meeting.

Item No. 10. Up-gradation of Jamnagar as B.2. Town with effect from 14.2.2006. The Department of Expenditure will reconsider the matter.

Item No.11. Up-gradation of Bangalore City with effect from 16.1. 2007. The Department of Expenditure will reconsider the matter.

Item No.12. Anomaly in fixation of revised pension. Not agreed.

Item No.13. Eligibility of Family pension to Widow/Divorcee Daughter/unmarried Daughter who are now eligible for payment of family pension for inclusion of names in PPOs issued much earlier. Govt. will issue a general clarification order soon.

Item No.14. Grant of family pension in case of Missing Pensioners after two months. Instead of two months, Govt. has agreed to reduce the period to 6 months.

Item No.15. Grant of half day casual leave facility for industrial employees. It was agreed that the condition imposed in the order would be removed.

Item No. 16. Relaxation of Upper age limit for departmental candidates for appointment to Group C Posts. In the light of extension of superannuation age to 60 years, the upper age ceiling for this purpose would be raised by two years.

Item No. 17. Rate of Stitching charge of liveries requires to be increased. Agreed to be considered and raised in 2011.

Item No.18. Casual labourers (Grant of Temporary Status and Regularization) scheme- on implementation of. The matter is under consideration.

Item No. 19. Restricted holidays for Industrial workers. Not agreed to.

Item No. 20. Applicability of CCS(RSA)Rules 1993 to the workers employed in Defence Establishments. The Defence Ministry will seek legal opinion and would take appropriate decision.
source:gservants.com

Holiday Homes for Central Government Employees

           Majority of the Central government Employees will be in touring mood to the Hill Stations to beat the HEAT in this summer.But Many of our government employees may not be aware of that there are Holiday Homes under Ministry of Urban Developement in important Tourist Places throughout India.These are available for all the central Government Employees during their visit to these places.The charges of these Holiday Homes per day are undoubtedly very low .
            Period of booking: Accommodation is provided for a period not exceeding 10 nights (5 nights in season period). In Holiday Homes/Guest Houses like Mussurie, Goa, Udaipur, etc. which have very few units but attract visitors throughout the year, the period of stay has further been restricted to 3 nights maximum. In exceptional cases, accommodation in excess of this limit can be permitted with the prior approval of the Deputy Director, Directorate of Estates, New Delhi, wherever necessary, will obtain orders of the Director of Estates.
DOWN LOAD THE RATES OF HOLIDAY HOMES
TO APPLY ONLINE FOR HOLIDAY HOMES CLICK HERE
source: gservants.com

Holiday Homes for Central Government Employees

           Majority of the Central government Employees will be in touring mood to the Hill Stations to beat the HEAT in this summer.But Many of our government employees may not be aware of that there are Holiday Homes under Ministry of Urban Developement in important Tourist Places throughout India.These are available for all the central Government Employees during their visit to these places.The charges of these Holiday Homes per day are undoubtedly very low .


         Period of booking: Accommodation is provided for a period not exceeding 10 nights (5 nights in season period). In Holiday Homes/Guest Houses like Mussurie, Goa, Udaipur, etc. which have very few units but attract visitors throughout the year, the period of stay has further been restricted to 3 nights maximum. In exceptional cases, accommodation in excess of this limit can be permitted with the prior approval of the Deputy Director, Directorate of Estates, New Delhi, wherever necessary, will obtain orders of the Director of Estates.

DOWN LOAD THE RATES OF HOLIDAY HOMES

TO APPLY ONLINE FOR HOLIDAY HOMES CLICK HERE
source:  gservants.com

Friday, May 21, 2010

Revision of OverTime Allowance

                   The railway board granted payment of overtime Allowance in the revised 6CPC Pay scale with effect from 01-9-2008.Why the issue of revision of OverTime Allowance has not been considered in importent ministries like Defence,Postal etc.? The Railway board’s order of grant of Overtime Allowance is given below for the referance


                 GOVERNMENT OF INDIA / MINISTRY OF RAILWAY
(RAILWAY BOARD)



S.No. PC-VI/189                                    RBE No. 29/2010
No. PC-V/2008/A/O/3(OTA)                 New Delhi, dated 17.02.2010



The General Managers
All Indian Railways and
Production Units.
(as per mailing list)

Sub: Grant of Overtime Allowance to Railway employees consequent upon revision of pay scales and allowances.

          Pursuant to the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, the issue of revision of Over Time Allowance has been under consideration and in partial modification of the Board’s earlier orders on the subject, it has been decided by the Board that the Railway employees who are governed by the Statutory Acts like the Factories Act, Hours of Employment Regulations or those covered under rules for Departmental Overtime and who have opted for the revised scales of pay in terms of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008, may be granted overtime allowance, on the basis of their emoluments in the revised scales of pay.

 2. The emoluments, for the purpose of computation of rates of OTA will comprise the following:

a) Railway employees governed by Factories Act
• Basic Pay (Pay in Pay Band + Grade Pay)
• Dearness Allowance
• House Rent Allowance
• Transport Allowance
• Cash equivalent of the advantage accruing through the concessional sale to workers of food grains and other articles, as the worker is for the time being entitled to (excluding wages for Overtime work or Bonus)
b) Railway employees governed by HOER
• All the items as shown in (a) above except House Rent Allowance
c) Railway employees governed by rules Under Departmental Overtime
(i) Employees working in Loco Sheds and C & W Depot
• All the items as shown in (a) above except House Rent Allowance
(ii) Other Railway employees governed under Departmental Orders
• Basic Pay (Pay in Pay Band + Grade Pay)
• Dearness Allowance
3. The revised rates of Overtime Allowance shall be effective from 01-9-2008.

4. With a view to minimize instances of OTA, General Managers may take following measures:-

(i) Prepare an action plan for systematic and efficient utilization of manpower covering various aspects viz. filling up of vacancies, especially in Running staff and operational categories, proper management of sanction of leave and rational deployment of staff.

(ii) Conduct a fresh job analysis of the duties of Motor Car Drivers who are presently classified as ‘Continuous’ to determine their actual period of working requiring sustained attention.

(iii) Prefer hiring of vehicles for official use, if necessary.

(iv) Allow compensatory off to the staff booked on holidays due to exigencies.

(v) Direct all the RRBs to follow a uniform pattern by giving compensatory off to their staff instead of OTA.

(vi) Review payment of OTA to supervisors in the Pay Band-2 except to those who are earmarked for breakdown duties, to minimize the incidence of OTA.

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

6. Hindi version is enclosed.

(N.P. Singh)
Deputy Director, Pay Commission-V
Railway Board.

source:gservants

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Incentive increment on achieving excellence in sports events

No.6/2/2009-Pay-1
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
New Delhi dated the 18th May, 2010


                                                       OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:: Participation by Central Government servants in sporting events and tournaments of National or International importance.

                The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No.6/1/85-Pay-1 dated 16.7.85 in terms of which employees are entitled to grant of incentive increment on achieving excellence in sports events of national/ international importance.

2. The question of defining the term ‘Excellence’ for grant of increment to a government servant has been examined in consultation with the D/Youth Affairs & Sports. It is clarified that sportspersons participating in sporting events (both individual and team events) of national and international importance will be treated as having achieved excellence for the purpose of grant of increment(s) if he/she achieves lst,2nd or 3rd position in the finals of sporting events if more than three individuals or teams have participated in the events. If only three or less individuals or teams have participated in the finals of a sporting event, the sportsperson/ team achieving first position will be treated.as having achieved excellence.


(Rita Mathur)
Director(Pay)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Model RRs for The Post of Lower Division Clerk

NO.AB-14017/32/2009-Esst(RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

****
New Delhi dated the 17th May, 2010

 
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:: Subject:- Model RRs for The Post of Lower Division Clerk   
              A reference is invited to this Department OM of even no. dated 7'October 2009 enclosing the Model RRs for the post of Lower Division Clerk.

2.    The matter relating to Skill Test norms for recruitment to the post of I,DC has been considered. Staff Selection Commission will conduct all skill tests in typing only on computers from the Financial Year 2010-11 onwards. Accordingly, the entries pertaining to Skill Test Norms prescribed in the Col. 8 of the Model RRs for the post of LDC may be modified to include the Skill Test Norms 'only on computers'. All the MinistrieslDepartments are, therefore, requested to amend the RRs for the post of LDC accordingly..

3.    Ministry of Home Affairs etc. are requested to bring the contents of this OM to the notice of their attachedlsubordinate offices also.

(J. Vaidyanathan)

Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of lndia

Skill Test for recruitment to the post of LDCs and Stenographers.

NO.AB-14017/20/2008-Esst(RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

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                                                                                        New Delhi dated the 17th May, 2010

 
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

 

Subject:: Subject:- Skill Test for recruitment to the post of LDCs and Stenographers.

            A reference is invited to this Department OM of even no. dated July 8, 2008 prescribing the skill test norms on manual typewriters and computers for recruitment to the posts of LDCs and Stenographers. The
matter has been reviewed in consultation with the Staff Selection Commission and it has been decided that from the Financial Year 2010-11 onwards, the skill tests for recruitment to the posts of LDC and
Stenographers shall be conducted only on computers. The norms for the same are as prescribed below:
POSTSKILL TEST NORMS ON COMPUTER
Lower Division ClerkEnglish Typing @ 35w.p.m.
Hindi Typing @ 30 w.p.m.
(Time allowed-10mts)

(35 w.p.m. and 30 w.p.m. correspond to 10500
KDPH/9000 KDPH on an average of 5 key
depressions for each word)
Stenographer Gr.D Dictation:10 mts @ 80 w.p.m.

Trans:50 mts(Eng)
65mts(Hindi)
StenographerDictation:10 mis @100w.p.m.

Trans:40 mts (Eng)
55 mts(Hindi)

2.    All MinistrieslDepartments are requested to kindly amend the Recruitment Rules for the posts of LDC and Stenographers accordingly. Formal amendment to the Model RRs for these posts will be notified
separately.
3.    Ministry of Home Affairs etc. are requested to bring the contents of this OM to the notice of their attachedlsubordinate offices also.

(J. Vaidyanathan)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of lndia

Monday, May 17, 2010

Policy on fixing an upper limit on the number of years for which officers can work in the personel staff of Ministers

NO.31/11/2010-EO(MM-I)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

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                                                                    New Delhi dated the 13th May, 2010


OFFICE MEMORANDUM

           Subject:: Policy on fixing an upper limit on the number of years for which officers can
work in the personal staff of Ministers in their entire careers.

             The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has laid out a policy for fixing an upper limit on the number of years for which officers/officials can work in the personal staff of Ministers. This was conveyed by DOP&T's O.M.No. 31/65/2009-EO (MM-I) dated 04.03.2010.
2.     Ministries have raised certain queries regarding the applicability of these instructions.
They are:.
  (i)  Whether these instructions are applicable only to serving officers or also to those from the open market, retired and officers of PSU/Autonomous bodies etc.
  (ii)  Whether these instructions will apply from retrospective or prospective effect and whether they are applicable to new cases of appointments only or to officials working at present in the personal staff of Ministers too..
3.    In clarification, the ACC has approved that:
  (i)  The 10 years limit would be applicable to all appointments in the personal staff of Ministers even for retired or private persons.
  (ii)  The ACC directions would be applicable with prospective effect and not with retrospective effect as these instructions are clearly for processing 'future' appointments. It would not be practical to open cases of all appointments with Ministers at all levels and recalculate their tenure or cancel their appointments
as the case may be. These instructions would be effective from the date of issue of the 0.M mentioned in para 1 above. No future appointments will be made which are not in accordance with these instructions.
(Trishaljit Sethi)

Director

Army Decides to Take 124 More MBT Arjun

           The Army has decided to place fresh order for an additional home-built 124 Main Battle Tank (MBT) Arjun. This is over and above the existing order of 124 tanks. The development follows the success of the indigenous MBT Arjun in the recent gruelling desert trials.


            The project for the design and development of the MBT Arjun was approved by the Government in 1974 with an aim to give the required indigenous cutting edge to our Mechanised Forces. After many years of trial and tribulation it has now proved its worth by its superb performance under various circumstances, such as driving cross-country over rugged sand dunes, detecting, observing and quickly engaging targets, accurately hitting targets – both stationary and moving, with pin pointed accuracy. Its superior fire-power is based on accurate and quick target acquisition capability during day and night in all types of weather and shortest possible reaction time during combat engagements.
source:pib

RBI permits 926 branches of banks to accept advance income tax

            To make it convenient for the income tax assessees, the Reserve Bank of India today allowed 926 branches of public and private banks to collect advance income tax in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.


             Till now, only RBI used to collect advance income taxes. Of the 926 branches, 862 branches of public sector banks, 35 of HDFC Bank, 10 of ICICI and 19 of AXIS Bank, RBI Assistant Manager J D Desai said in a statement here.

            The step has been taken for the convenience of the assessees in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, so that they could utilise the services being made available at various designated branches of the authorised banks, he added.

            Mumbai, being headquarters of many corporates, gets the largest chunk of advance income tax.
source:ET

Recruitment criteria for NCERT director to be changed

              Unable to find suitable candidates, the government is set to modify the recruitment criteria for the post of director of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).


            The premier educational body is currently headed by in-charge director Prof G Ravindra after the government failed to find a suitable candidate for the post.

           HRD Minister Kapil Sibal has favoured modification in the recruitment rules which state that a candidate needs to have at least ten years of experience as a professor, including five years of administrative experience.
            HRD Ministry had advertised for the post last year.

          Though it got 72 applications, 46 were not eligible as they did not have five years of administrative experience.

        The ministry has now written to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) for relaxing the criteria of administrative experience.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

New Income Tax Return Form SARAL II for Assessment Year 2010-11

                  CBDT notifies New Income Tax Return Form SARAL II (ITR 1) for Assessment Year 2010-11 for Individuals having income from Salary/Pension/Income from One House Property (Excluding loss brought forward from previous years) / Income from Other Sources (Excluding winning from Lottery and Income from Race Horses). CBDT also notifies Income Tax Return Verification Form ITR-V for Assessment Year 2010-11 for SARAL II (ITR-1) ITR-2, ITR-3, ITR-4, ITR-5, ITR-6 & ITR-8 transmitted electronically without digital signature.


                                                       NOTIFICATION


                                                MINISTRY OF FINANCE
                                                (Department of Revenue)
                                 (CENTRAL BOARD OF DIRECT TAXES)
                                        New Delhi, the 23rd April, 2010
                                                     INCOME-TAX

       S.O. 943 (E).- In exercise of the powers conferred by section 295 of the Income-tax Act,
1961 (43 of 1961), the Central Board of Direct Taxes hereby makes the following rules further to
amend the Income-tax Rules, 1962, namely:-

1.    (1) These rules may be called the Income-tax (Third Amendment) Rules, 2010.

       (2)They shall come into force on the 1st day of April, 2010.

2. In the Income-tax Rules, 1962,

(a) in rule 12, –

(i) in sub-rule (1), for the figures “2009”, the figures “2010” shall be substituted;

(ii) in sub-rule (5), for the figures “2008”, the figures “2009” shall be substituted;

(b) in Appendix-II, for Forms ITR-1 and ITR-V, the following forms shall be substituted,
 
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Instructions for filling out Income Tax Return FORM SARAL-II (ITR-1)

CLICK HERE TO DOWN LOAD THE ITR-I FORM AND INSTRUCTION

source: gservants

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangthan has restored its earlier quota policy

          To ensure smooth admission for children of central government employees, the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangthan has restored its earlier quota policy under which the class strength would not be affected while accommodating students in reserved category.


         As per the restored system, reservation will be given to students over and above the existing strength of a class in a central school.

        According to this system, each class will have 40 seats. But another five students can be given admission under reserved category. The students given admission under reserved category will be above the normal strength, the Board of Governors of KVS has decided.

       “The reserved students will not eat away the seats for general category students. The reservation will be above the existing class strength,” a ministry official said.

      The KVS was following this quota system previously.

   But it was amended few months back bringing the quota seats within the class strength.

National Council of JCM for Central Government Employees Met today

                National Council(JCM), the apex body of the Joint Consultative Machinery for the Central Government Employees, met under the Chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary Shri K.M. Chandrasekhar today. Senior Leaders of the Central Government Employees’ Unions/Federations and Secretaries of various Ministries/Departments actively participated in the deliberations.

           In his opening remarks, Cabinet Secretary referred to the discussions held during the meetings of the Standing Committee of the National Council and the meetings of the National Anomaly Committee and reiterated the endeavour of the Government to maintain a sustained level of contact with the staff side to take forward the process of consensus building. He also enumerated some important decisions, taken in the recent past to increase the welfare, morale and productivity of the employees.

           Cabinet Secretary also emphasized the need for the Staff Organizations to work in harmony with the official side to enhance productivity and efficiency.

         Various issues of importance to the Central Government Employees and their families were discussed with a view to find amicable solutions and to ensure a harmonious relationship.
source:gservants

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Education loans set to become more attractive

           The Ministry is planning to subsidize the interest rates on educational loans and intends to bring in down to as low as 4%. For the same, the Ministry is working on a refinance scheme.


         This would involve, setting up of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to refinance banks for giving educational loans at a rate of interest below the PLR. National Education Finance Corporate (NEFC) will have to be set up to refinance the banks.

        Impact: Banks have been witnessing defaults and non-payments on educational loans. This may change. Banks are set benefit on two counts- defaults should reduce because of low rate of interest charged to the borrower and even in case of defaults; banks will be able to cut their losses by virtue of subsidy provided by the government.

       It is intended that the rate of interest charged will be based on parent's income.

      *Parents with income less than Rs 4.5 lakhs p.a. will be charged 4%

      *Parents with income more than Rs 4.5 lakhs p.a. and requiring a loan of less than Rs 12 lakhs will get it at 7%
       *For loan amounts above Rs 12 lakhs, interest will be charged at 9%
          Impact: The highest rate of interest to be charged under the proposed structure i.e. 9% is lower than the lowest rate currently charged by banks, which is in the range of 10%-12% in most instances. This will certainly prove to be beneficial to students across the board.

       Repayment period: The ministry intends to increase the loan repayment period to 6-12 years from the current 5-7 years.

      Impact: This will reduce the pressure on the borrower by giving him/her greater amount of time for re-payment.

        The interest cost for the moratorium period will be paid by the government - So if the loan is for a period of 7 years, the interest for the first two years (study period) and one year moratorium (holiday period to find a job) will be paid by the government and for the balance 5 years, interest and principal will be paid by the borrower.

       Impact: Typically interest rate on the education loan starts accumulating as soon as the course is over. Since interest during the moratorium period will be paid by the government, EMI for the borrower is set to fall. This will reduce pressure on his/her cash flows.

         This is a proposal which has been submitted to the Planning Commission and has been discussed with them too.

        The Planning Commission is currently looking into the proposal of setting up a National Education Finance Corporation (NEFC) to refinance banks. Based on the feedback received, the ministry will prepare a formal note which will be submitted to the Cabinet for approval.

         If this proposal is approved by the Cabinet, educational loans will certainly be accessible to more number of students. 'Financial issues' will hopefully not deprive a student from pursuing higher education.
source:BankBazar.com&ET

Pension arrears for pre-2006 PBORs would soon be disbursed.

         The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony has called for early disbursal of revised pension and arrears to Ex-Servicemen. Inaugurating the Controllers’ Conference of the Defence Accounts Department here today, Shri Antony asked the Defence Finance officials to expedite and further streamline the pension system for the Armed Forces personnel.


       “Even now, I am getting a lot of complaints from people that they are not getting pensions… Considering the past, things have improved, but even then complaints are there still… So you must take all steps possible so that they get their dues at the earliest,” Shri Antony said.

       Commending the Defence Accounts Department for facilitating the procurement of weapons and systems, Shri Antony noted that the capital expenditure, utilised last year, has been an all-time record. He called for transparent, timely and judicious use of Defence Expenditure. He said that the Government has tried to infuse more transparency in the huge Defence outlay, which is over Rs. 1.52 lakh crores for the current financial year.

       “Defence expenditure and procurement issues are complex and time-consuming and have a direct bearing on our national security. We have tried to infuse more transparency and efficiency into our procedures and systems. It is my firm belief that expenditure of public money must have an appropriate system of checks and balances”, he said.

        In his address to the gathering, the Minister of State for Defence Dr. MM Pallam Raju said that the Defence Pension Adalats have become an effective mechanism for grievance redressal on the ground. He hoped that the pension arrears for pre-2006 PBORs would soon be disbursed. Dr. Pallam Raju said that the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (PCDA) would soon roll out the e-ticketing system for air travel. The PCDA Rail Booking System for e-ticketing would be introduced in another 200 Armed Forces units by next month and all units would be covered by the yearend, added Smt Nita Kapoor, Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA). The Secretary Defence Finance, Smt Indu Liberhan stressed the need for continuing institutionalized interaction between the Defence Finance and the three Services. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India Shri Vinod Rai said that since Defence Finance relates to a sensitive national security concern, the keyword for its success is the outcome and not simple accounting.


         The Chief of the Army Staff General VK Singh and Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister Dr. VK Saraswat were among the dignitaries present at the inauguration of the three-day biennial conference.

source:pib

Friday, May 7, 2010

Selected candidate can enjoy quota benefit under UPSC rule: SC

            The Supreme Court has upheld the Constitutional validity of a UPSC rule allowing merit list candidates, belonging to reserved category, to avail the quota benefit while choosing posts.

            A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice K.G.Balakrishnan on Friday set aside the Madras High Court judgement which had declared the Union Public Service Commission rule as unconstitutional.

          “Such migrations (of reserved category candidates taking the benefit of reservation even after making into merit list) is not inconsistent with the provision of the Constitution….Appeals are allowed,” the bench said.

            The court passed the order on a special leave petition filed by the Centre challenging the Madras High Court verdict.

              The bench said the option to take benefit of the quota after migrating to the reserved category was validly allowed by the UPSC.

            Migration under Rule 16 (2) as amended in 2005 is not inconsistent with the Constitutional provisions under Article 14 and 16.

          “Under such facts and circumstances, the Madras High Court judgement is set aside and the Constitutional validity of Rule 16 (2) is upheld,” the bench, also comprising Justices S H Kapadia, R V Raveendran, B Sudershan Reddy and P Sathasivam said in an unanimous verdict.

         The judgement assumes significance as it would have a bearing on the procedure for allotment of posts adopted by UPSC as well as aggrieved candidates who had challenged it in the Central Administrative Tribunal after the civil services examination of 2005 and 2006-07.

       The apex court, on 27th August last year, had reserved its judgement after a marathon hearing involving the contentious issue which was referred to it by a smaller bench.

         Rule 16 (2) of the Civil Services Examination as amended in 2005 mandates that a reserved category candidate selected on merit as general category can be considered as reserved category for allocation of a post on preferential basis.

         However, this rule was held as unconstitutional by the Madras High Court, leading to filing of appeals against it by the Centre and aggrieved candidates. The aggrieved candidates come from both categories.

         The Centre had defended the Rule by contending that it has been enacted to further the cause of the deprived classes and is not violative of the Constitution.

             It had contended that the rule gives the candidates of deprived classes, selected in merit list without taking the benefit of reservation, an opportunity for appointment to a service of higher choice in order of their preference.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Minutes Of the Second Meeting Of the National Anomaly Committee

              The Second meeting of National Anomaly Committee was held on 27th March,2010 in New Delhi under the chairmanship of Secretary(Personnel).Eleven members from Staff side and sixteen from official side participated in the meeting. DOP&T issued a copy of the minutes of the Second Meeting of the National Anomaly Committee on 4th May,2010.


          At the outset, the Chairman welcomed the representatives of the Staff Side and Official Side. Referring to the interesting and fruitful discussions held during the first meeting of the NAC on 12th December 2009, the Chairman stated that some progress has been made and stated that action taken on the decisions taken in the first meeting shall be shared with the staff side.

          The Chairman then suggested that issues pertaining to pensions may be taken up first for discussions as the representatives of the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ welfare had to attend another meeting, although that meeting had been postponed. The Chairman also informed that the 46th Meeting of the National Council (JCM) has been scheduled to be held on 15th May 2010 under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary. The Chairman also reiterated the resolve of the Government to ensure early resolution of all the anomalies by holding meaningful discussions with the staff side.

 DOWN LOAD THE OFFICIAL COPY OF THE MINUTES OF SECOND MEETING OF NATIONAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE

source: gservants

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Joint Committee to examine the Anomalies pertaining to the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme.

No.11/1/2010-JCA
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi,

Dated the 3rd May 2010

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Constitution of a Joint Committee to examine the Anomalies pertaining to the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme.

                The undersigned is directed to refer the discussions during the second meeting of the National Anomaly Committee held on 27* March 2010 and to state that it has been decided to constitute a Joint Committee to examine the anomalies pertaining to the Modified Asswed Career Progression Scheme (MACPS). The Composition of the Joint Committee will be as under:

NoOfficial SideStaff Side
1Joint Secretary (Estt), DoP&T- Chairman.Shri M. Raghvahiya
2Joint Secretary (Pers), Deptt. Of ExpenditureShri S.K. Vyas
3Director (E-I), DoPT.Shri C. Srikumar
4Director1 DS(JCA), DoPT - Member Secy.Shri Umraomal Purohit


2. The Joint Committee shall examine all the anomalies pertaining to MACPS
forwarded by the Secretary, Staff Side and submit its report to the Chairman of the National Anomaly Committee.

(DINESH KAPILA)
Deputy Secretary (JCA)
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