Monday, February 28, 2011

All india Consumer Price index Numbers for industrial workers on base 2001=100 for the month of January, 2010




            All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of  January, 2011 increased by 3 points and stood at 188 (one hundred and eighty eight).
            During January, 2011, the index recorded an increase of 11 points each in Bhopal and Jamshedpur centres, 10 points each in Amritsar, Bangalore and Chandigarh centres, 8 points in Haldia centre, 7 points each in Nasik, Kodarma and Ghaziabad centres, 6 points in 2 centres, 5 points in 4 centres, 4 points in 12 centres, 3 points in 15 centres, 2 points in 8 centres and 1 point in 7 centres. The index decreased by 4 points in Godavarikhani centre, 1 point in 9 centres, while in the remaining 11 centres the index remained stationary.
            The maximum increase of 11 points each in Bhopal and Jamshedpur centres is mainly on account of Housing Index and increase in the prices of Rice, Wheat Atta, Milk, Goat Meat, Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, Petrol, etc. The increase of 10 points in Amritsar, Banglore and Chandigarh centres is due to Housing Index and increase in the prices of Rice, Wheat, Wheat Atta, Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, Electricity Charges, Petrol, etc. The increase of 8 points in Haldia centre is due to Housing Index and increase in the prices of Eggs, Onion, etc. However, the decrease of 4 points in Godavarikhani centre is the outcome of decrease in the prices of Rice, Vegetable & Fruit items, etc.
            The indices in respect of the six major centres are as follows :

1. Ahmedabad  183
2. Bangalore   196
 3. Chennai          172
4. Delhi          173
5. Kolkata       180
6. Mumbai 187

            The All-India (General) point to point rate of inflation for the month of January, 2011 is 9.30% as compared to 9.47% in December, 2010. Inflation based on Food Index is 10.22% in January, 2011 as compared to 7.98% in December, 2010.

Exemption Limit for Individual Tax Payers Raised to Rs.1,80,000



Qualifying age for Senior Citizens Lowered to 60 Years 
Senior Citizens above 80 Years to Get Exemption upto Rs. 5,00,000
The exemption limit for the general category of individual tax payers has been enhanced to Rs. 1,80,000 from Rs. 1,60,000 in the General Budget 2011-12, presented by the Union Finance Minister, Shri Pranab Mukherjee in the Lok Sabha today. The measure will provide a uniform tax relief of Rs. 2,000 to every tax payer of this category, besides moving closer to Direct Tax Code (DTC) rates.

Qualifying age for Senior Citizens has been reduced from 65 years to 60 years and exemption limit for Senior Citizens has been enhanced from Rs. 2,40,000 to Rs. 2,50,000. A new category of Very Senior Citizens, 80 years and above, has been created who will be eligible for a higher exemption limit of Rs. 5,00,000. 

Quality of Governance to be improved through Performance Monitoring and Evaluation System (PMES); 62 Departments already Covered



The Union Budget 2011-12 seeks to improve the quality of governance through strengthening Performance Monitoring and Evaluation System (PMES). The Finance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee said in Lok Sabha that as per the recommendations of Second Administration Reforms Commission, the Government has set up a PMES to assess the effectiveness of Government departments in their mandated functions. It involves preparations of a Results Framework Document (RFD) by each department, highlighting its objectives and priorities for the financial year and achievements against pre-defined targets at the end of the year. This document would be available for public information on the departmental websites. In the first phase, 62 departments have been covered under PMES.

E-Filing and E-Payment of Taxes, Web-based facility for tax Payers to track Resolution of Refunds


IT Initiatives: E-Filing and E-Payment of Taxes, Web-based facility for tax Payers to track Resolution of Refunds
CBDT to Set up Eight more Aaykar Seva Kendras in 2011-12
Various tax initiatives have been taken in the Union Budget 2011-12 for efficient tax administration. Presenting the Budget in the Lok Sabha, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee highlighted the initiatives including e-filing and e-payment of taxes, adoption of ‘Sevottam’ concept by CBEC and CBDT, web based facility for tax payers track the resolution of refunds and credit for pre-paid taxes and augmentation of processing capacity.

The on-line preparation and e-filing of income tax returns, e-payment of taxes through 32 agency banks, ECS facility for electronic clearing of refunds directly in taxpayers’ bank accounts and electronic filing of TDS returns are now available throughout the country.

The ‘Sevottam’ concept has been adopted by both Boards i.e. CBDT and CBEC. The pilot projects of Aaykar Seva Kendras (ASKs) under CBDT have come of age. CBDT will commission eight more such centres this year. In 2011-12, another fifty ASKs will be set up across the country. CBEC has also launched a similar initiative and four of their pilot projects have been commissioned.

The Centralized Processing Centre (CPC) at Bengaluru has increased its daily processing capacity from 20,000 to 1.5 lakh returns in 2010-11. Two more CPCs will become operational in Manesar and Pune by May 2011 and a fourth CPC will come up in Kolkata in 2011-12.

The electronic filing of tax deduction at source (TDS) statements has stabilized and soon there will be provision for salary tax payers to not file income tax returns as their tax liability is being discharged by their employer through TDS.

As a measure to increase the level of service CBDT will provide a web-based facility to enable tax payers to report and track the resolution of the refunds and credit for pre-paid taxes.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Issue of pensioner CGHS Cards to Central Government servants before retirement.


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

No: 37-1/2009-C & P/CGHS (P)                                       Date: February 23, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Issue of pensioner CGHS Cards to Central Government servants before retirement.

Central Government servants on their retirement from service are entitled to CGHS facility, if they retire from office Ministries / Departments / Offices covered by CGHS. For availing CGHS facility, if eligible, after retirement from service, pensioners are required to fill up the requisite form and deposit the appropriate amount [lump sum amount equivalent to one year’s contribution for availing CGHS facility for one year (which can be extended on an annual basis on payment of the appropriate contribution as applicable at the time of renewal) or pay in lump sum equivalent to ten years’ contribution for availing CGHS facility with life-time validity). The process of issuing of pensioner CGHS cards starts only after the Government servant retires from service and only after the Pension Pay Order (PPO) and Last Pay Certificate (LPC) are issued by the Ministry / Department / Office. The completion of the formalities takes two to three months, which puts pensioners in a problematic condition for getting treatment from the date on which they retire from service and the time when a pensioner CGHS card is issued to them.

2. The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has received representations from retired Central Government servants and from officials due for retirement within the next few months with the request that the policy regarding issue of pensioner CGHS cards be simplified so that they are in a position to get the pensioner CGHS card a day after their retirement from service.

3. The matter has been examined by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in consultation with CGHS and it has been decided that the following course of action will be taken in respect of officials who are entitled to avail CGHS facility after his / her retirement from Government service:

(i) All Ministries / Departments will, alongwith pension papers, give the application for issue of pensioner CGHS cards to the official three months before the due date for retirement of the official;

(ii) The official, if he / she is interested in availing CGHS facility after his / her retirement, will:

a. Fill up the form for issue of pensioner’s card;

b. affix stamp sized photographs of the family members entitled to avail CGHS facility in the proforma for issue of pensioner’s card;

c. enclose Demand Draft I Pay Order for the appropriate amount with reference to his I her decision to get CGHS card with life-time validity (the amount will be equal to ten years’ contribution) or with validity for one year (the amount will be equal to one year’s contribution). For obtaining the card in Delhi, the Demand Draft I Pay Order will have to be made payable to “Pay & Accounts Officer (CGHS), payable at Delhi” and for obtaining card in a CGHS city outside Delhi, the Demand Draft I Pay Order will have to be made payable to “Additional Director or Joint Director (as the
case may be) of the CGHS city, payable in that city”;

(iii) The Ministry / Department will add a certificate of pay, grade pay, etc., drawn by the applicant to the application form and also mention the entitlement of ward (Private ward / Semi-Private Ward / General Ward) at the time of retirement of the official;

(iv) The Ministry / Department will forward the application complete in all respects to the Additional Director in the concerned CGHS city after verifying the particulars furnished by the applicant six weeks before the date of retirement of the official;

(v) CGHS pensioner cell in the concerned CGHS city will initiate action to get the pensioner card prepared;

(vi) The validity of the pensioner card will start from a date after the last day of service of the official;

(vii) If the beneficiary, while in service, has been issued plastic card, then the beneficiary identification number (Ben ID No.) will not be changed at the time of preparation of pensioner card and the same Ben ID number will be carried forward
in the pensioner card;

(viii) The pensioner card will be handed over to the retired official only after the date of superannuation / retirement from service; and

(ix) Before the pensioner CGHS card is issued to the beneficiary, the plastic CGHS cards issued to all the members of the family will be surrendered

4. All Ministries / Departments are requested to give wide publicity to the contents of these instructions.

Director
[R Ravi]
[Tel: 2306 3483]

The Minister for Railways, Mamata Banerjee announced a number of measures for the welfare of Railway employees


The Minister for Railways, Mamata Banerjee announced a number of measures for the welfare of Railway employees in her budget speech in Parliament today. They are as follows:- 
  
1.      Expand the scope of Liberalised Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for safety category staff by enhancing the existing criteria of grade pay from Rs. 1800/-  to Rs. 1900/- 
2.      Considering the Indian family structure and values, extending medical facilities to both dependent father and mother of railway employees. 
3.      Increasing the scholarship for the girl child of gangmen and group ‘D’ employees to Rs.1200 per month for higher education. 
4.      Setting up of a Railway Vidyalaya Prabandhan Board (RVPB) to improve quality of education to children studying in 269 railway schools. The Board will draw up a plan for improving the physical and educational infrastructure of these schools to be implemented in a time frame of three years. 
5.      To provide 20 Road Medical Vans in remote and inaccessible areas for railway employees for easy access to medical facilities. 
6.      20 hostels for children of railway employees have been commissioned and another 20 would be set up next year. 
7.      Undertaking of restructuring of all cadres in the Railways to afford adequate promotional opportunities to the officers and staff. 
8.      Recruitment process has already been set in motion for filling the vacancies of about 1.75 lakh in Group ‘C’ and Group ‘D’ posts. Steps have also been taken to fill up about 13,000 posts in Railway Protection Force. These mega recruitment drives will cover the backlog of SC/ST and physically handicapped quota. 
9.      For the first time, the Ministry is inducting 16,000 ex-servicemen by end of March 2011. More than 1200 ex-servicemen in Railway Protection Force are being recruited. 
10.  A Training centre is proposed to be started at Kharagpur to enhance skills of frontline staff in dealing with the customers.  Multi-disciplinary training centres would be set up at Dharwad, Kolkata and Pune including an exclusive international centre at Agra. A new basic training centre at Kurseong is proposed to cater to the needs of North East Frontier Railway including Darjeeling-Himalayan Railway.

source-pib.nic.in

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Government has planned to revamp recruitment procedure for security forces.


Revamping Recruitment Procedure for Security Forces

 In order to ensure smooth conduct of recruitment in future, applications from the aspirants would be invited first, instead of conducting recruitment on rally system. Further, only a limited number of candidates would be called for in a day for appearing in the selection process, i.e., Physical Efficiency Test/Physical Standard Test and medical Examination etc. Apart from this adequate safety measures will also be taken at the recruitment centres to avoid chaos and harassment of the aspirants. A circular order has also been issued by the Government to the Directors General of Central Para Military Forces on the precautions which need to be taken while organizing recruitment rallies. This will also prevent large number of candidates gathering in small cities.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Shri Gurudas Kamat in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

Modernisation of Post Offices




                 The Department of Posts has decided to improve the Look and Feel of its post offices through Project Arrow. The project has been launched with the objective of modernising departmental post offices across the country in a phased manner with an aim to make visible, tangible and noteworthy difference in post office operations. It aims at comprehensive improvement of the core operations of the post office as well as the ambience in which postal transactions are undertaken.

 The IT Modernization Project Phase II of India Post under XIth plan envisages computerization of all the non-computerized Post Offices in the country (Departmental single handed Post Offices) and all Extra departmental Post Offices phased over the financial years 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13.

The number of Post Offices modernized in 2008-09 and 2009-10 are:

2008-09 -           45 post offices were computerized, computer hardware was upgraded in 1847 post offices and 500 post offices were modernized under Project Arrow.

2009-10 -           2920 post offices were computerized, computer hardware was upgraded in 92 post offices and 500 post offices were modernized under Project Arrow.

            Total investment to be made on modernization in 2010-2011 and 2011-12 are:

2010-11-            Rs. 209.76 crores has been allocated for computerization of post offices at the RE stage and `84 crores has been allocated for modernization of post offices under Project Arrow.

2011-12 -           Rs. 626.41 crores has been earmarked for computerisation of post offices             and Rs. 9 lakh for carrying out internal review of selected post offices already covered under Project Arrow.

The Department has diversified its activities to utilise its network by introducing services like selling of passport forms in identified post offices, accepting of utilities bills in the post offices, providing railway reservation facilities etc.

            The Department has also tied-up with various Government departments to provide social security services especially in rural areas and with financial institutions to sell their product through post offices like :



(i)   National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS)-for disbursement of wages to NREGS beneficiaries through Post Office Savings Bank accounts.

(ii)   Collection of Rural Price Index Data

(iii) Payment of Old age pension- through Post Office Savings accounts in Bihar, Chattisgarh, Delhi, Jharkhand, M.P., Maharashtra, North-East and Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh  and through money order in Karnataka, Kerala, M.P., Maharashtra, N.E., Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu , Uttarakhand, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

(iv) Sale of gold coins by tying-up with Reliance Money Limited.

(v)   On Line Acceptance of RTI Applications.

(vi) Provision of New Pension Scheme through Post Offices.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology, Shri Sachin Pilot in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

Insurance Scheme for Teachers



The Planning Commission has acknowledged that school teachers are important stakeholders in our country’s development and intimated that the proposal to introduce a life-insurance-cum-endowment scheme for school teachers is under examination in the Planning Commission. Proposal for health insurance for the school teachers has not been sent by HRD Ministry to the Planning Commission.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Human Resource Development Smt. D. Purandeswari, in a written reply to a question, in the Lok Sabha today.

Enhancement of Pension Under EPS, 1995



The Central Government constituted an Expert Committee for review of the Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995. The Expert Committee considered the various demands of pensioners including enhancement of pension under the Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995. The Expert Committee has submitted its report to the Central Government on 05.08.2010 and recommendations are presently under examination/consideration of the Central Board of Trustees of the Employees Provident Fund Organization.

This information was given by Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Minister for Labour And Employment in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 

Steps to End Contract Jobs System



The issue of employing contract labour is governed by the provisions of the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970. The establishment employing contract labour has to abide by the provisions of the said Act. Section 10(1) of the Act authorizes the appropriate Government to prohibit employment of contract labour in any process, operation or other work in any establishment after consulting the Central Advisory Contract Labour Board (CACLB)/ State Advisory Contract Labour Board (SACLB). The appropriate Government under the Act examines the cases of specific establishment(s) brought before it and after following the procedure, where conditions laid down under Section 10(2) of the Act are satisfied, prohibits the employment of contract labour by issuing notification. Thereafter, that specific establishment can not employ contract labour in the job mentioned in the notification. 

There is no proposal with the Government to end the system of contract jobs and outsourcing. 

This information was given by Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Minister for Labour And Employment in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 

Central Government Employees and Pensioners Health Insurance Scheme


The Central Government is contemplating introduction of a health insurance scheme for the central government employees and pensioners on pan – India basis, in consultation with other concerned Ministries/Departments. However, no time frame can be given at this stage for its introduction.

This information was given by Minister of Health & Family Welfare Sh. Ghulam Nabi Azad in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.

source pib

Performance-based incentive for Central Govt staff from next Financial Year


Employees belonging to 62 of central government departments could may receive performance-based incentive, over and above their existing salaries, from as early as the next financial year. The incentive will be based on the department’s scorecard in meeting yearly targets committed by their respective secretaries and ministers as part of the results-framework documents (RFD) system.

The committee of secretaries looking into performance-based incentive for government employees is said to have already zeroed in on a formula that offers a secretary-level officer an incentive up to 40% of the basic salary, provided his department has met 100% RFD targets. A scorecard of 70% and less in meeting RFD targets would however attract zero incentive. However, no penalty will be imposed on the non-performing officers.

The secretaries’ panel, headed by the Cabinet secretary, has already completed three crucial meetings and is looking to finalise its recommendations in time to enable performance-linked salaries in the coming financial year.For a secretary-level officer, the incentive is proposed to be 15% of cost savings (budgeted expenditure minus actual expenditure) by the department multiplied by its composite score less 70, divided by 30.

The incentive will be higher with each passing year. In other words, secretary of a department that meets 100% RFD targets for a year would get 20% performance-based incentive in the first three years, 30% in the next three years and 40% between the sixth and ninth year. A 70% scorecard would however attract no incentive.

For a joint secretary, the incentive will be sum of 30% of departmental composite score and 70% of divisional composite score. Since the incentive will be paid from cost savings of the department resulting from improved performance, there will be no extra burden on the exchequer. The government, incidentally, is not in favour of penalising the non-performing officers.

The reasoning being that not getting any incentive, or absence of recognition, would be punishment enough for the under-performers. With the committee of secretaries also planning to lay down the condition that performance-linked incentive will accrue to only those departments that have submitted RFDs for two consecutive years, the key five departments of PMO , home, finance, defence, external affairs who are still not covered by the RFD system will not qualify for the incentive.
source:Economic Times

INTEREST FREE ADVANCE OF RS.27000 I- FROM THE VVN FOR PROCUREMENT OF LAPTOPS TO THE TEACHERS IN KVS.



KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN
18, INSTITUTIONAL AREA,
SHAHEED JEET SINGH MARG,
NEW DELHI – 110016

F. No. 110240/(3)/FC/20 10-KVS(HQ)/Budget                        Dated 18th Feb.,2011

The Assistant Commissioner/Director
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan,
All Regional Offices/ZIETs

Sub: INTEREST FREE ADVANCE OF RS.27000 I- FROM THE VVN FOR PROCUREMENT OF LAPTOPS TO THE TEACHERS IN KVS.

Sir/Madam,

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan has been taking various measures to encourage use of computers and ICT methods in the teaching and learning process in Kendriya Vidyalayas. Efforts were made in the past to provide suitable training to the teachers both internally through In-service programmes and externally with the collaboration of other agencies like Intel, Microsoft & Oracle. Some of the teachers have procured PCs/Laptops on their own and some of them regularly seek advances/withdrawals from their PF account for this purpose. However, many teachers have expressed a need for institutional support for procurement of Laptops to be used as an  aid in their curricular transactions in the KVs. It has also been observed during routine inspections by the officers of the Regional Office that a large number of teachers do effectively use digital technology in their curricular transactions. The primary teachers (PRTs) use computers extensively on a regular basis. The multimedia facility available in the digital technology not only helps them to make their classes attractive but also contributes in making the learning of their students effective.  Moreover, with the emphasis on activity based teaching — learning, these primary teachers prepare a large number of worksheets for their regular use in the classrooms, using the inputs from online and offline resources. The Trained Graduate Teachers (TGTs) who teach the secondary classes use digital technology for the two fold purpose of computer aided teaching/learning (CAT/CAL) and for
carrying out student projects. The Post Graduate Teachers (PGTs) use digital technology with a focus to enrich their content and also search for various assessment items to be used in their classes.

Therefore, in order to encourage more and more teachers use computers extensively in their regular curricular transactions, the Finance Committee of KVS recommended for approval of BOG for  grant of interest free advance of Rs. 27000/- with an overall ceiling limit of Rs. 5 crore per annum from WN. BOG in its meeting held on 03.11.2010 approved the proposal for its implementation.  This scheme will be implemented at the Regional level with each region is empowered to sanction interest free advance upto a total of Rs. 27 lakh for all applicants put together. For any sanction over
and above Rs. 27 lakh, the Asstt. Commissioner of the Region has to get the approval of the KVS (HQ). Other detailed guidelines of the scheme is hereby forwarded for its implementation.

Yours faithfully,
(O.M. PRABHAKARAN)
JT.COMMISSIONER (Admn.)

READ MORE DETAILS-http://kvsangathan.nic.in/circulars.htm

Releasing Industrial Dearness Relief using orders available on DPE Website.


No. 36-04/2008-Pen(T)
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Telecommunications
----


New Delhi, dated the 24th Nov, 2010

To All Controller / Joint Controller of Communications Accounts,
DoT Cell.



 Subject: Releasing Industrial Dearness Relief using orders available on DPE Website. 

  It has come to the notice of this office that orders for releasing Dearness Relief on IDA pension are not being regularly received in various offices of CCA, resulting in delay in payment of Dearness Relief to pensioners. 

2.       The matter has been considered in this office and it has been decided that CCAs may download these orders from DPE Website and act accordingly. These orders are available under the url http://dpe.nic.in/newgl/glch4bindex1.htm.



s/d
(S.P.Singh)
Director (Estt.)

Trade union rally throws traffic out of gear in Delhi


A massive rally by trade unions demanding a change in economic and labour policies today threw traffic out of gear in the national capital causing inconvenience to a large number of people.

Traffic on roads leading to Connaught Place and Parliament Street was badly affected from 11 am as portions of main streets like Ashoka Road were closed for vehicular movement.

Vehicles were choc-a-bloc on Feroze Shah Road, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Madhavrao Scindia Road and Minto Road besides others. Parliament Street was closed from Patel Chowk towards Jantar Mantar.

Connaught Place, JLN Marg, Tilak Marg, Rajghat, Mandi House, Delhi Gate, Asaf Ali Marg, Netaji Subash Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Mathura Road, Bara Khamba and Sikandara Road were the other areas which saw massive traffic jams.

To reduce traffic congestion, goods vehicles were diverted at various points. Depending on traffic conditions, buses and private vehicles were also diverted.
pti

Friday, February 18, 2011

Recruitment Rules Group 'C' posts in Pay Band I with Grade Pay of Rs. 1800 (pre-revised Group D posts).


AB 1401 7/6/2009-Estt(RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
---
New Delhi, the  17thFebruary,2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Recruitment Rules Group 'C'  posts in Pay Band I with Grade Pay of Rs. 1800 (pre-revised Group D posts).

Reference  is  invited to OM  of  even  number dated 30th Apri1,2010  circulating Model Recruitment Rules  for Group C posts in  Pb-1 with Grade Pay of Rs.1800.  In this Department's OM dated  12th  May,2010, Ministries/Departments  were  requested  to  intimate  their  requirements for non-technical Group 'C' posts  PB-1  Grade Pay  of  Rs1800  to  SSC immediately  so  that  Commission could initiate action  for  recruitment.  However, several  Ministries/Departments  are  yet  to notify the revised Recruitment Rules as per the Model Recruitment Rules circulated by  DOPT even though the vacancies  in Group C, PB-1  Grade Pay Rs.1800  have  been communicated by  them to the co9ncerned Regional Office of Staff Selection Commission.  In  view of the ensuing examination to  be  conducted  by  Staff  Selection Commission for the  Multi-Tasking  Staff, DOPT has issued  Umbrella Notification  No.AB 140 171612009-Estt(RR)  dated  gth February, 2011 for regulating the educational and other qualifications for direct recruits for  the posts which were  in  Group D scale prior to the implementation of  Sixth Central Pay Commission and have been placed in Group C in PB-1, GP Rs.1800.  The  Umbrella Notification  has been  circulated  to  all the Ministries/ Departments of Government  of India also.

2.  It is, however, reiterated that all the Ministries/Departments will initiate action on priority basis for revising the Recruitment Rules circulated by this Department.

(Smita Kumar)
Director (E. 1)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Will the Retirement age of central government employees go up from 60 to 62?


As we heard every time before the budget session of parliament, this time also a rumor about raising the retirement age of central government employees from 60 to 62  spreading here and there among the central government employees. May be the officers at the verge of retirement be happy about this rumor. Otherwise there is no reason to be happy about this rumor.. As India is having 51% of people below the age of 25 years , it is not a good news to millions of jobless people. Sources close to the trade union movements and Federations told that there is no such proposal with the government since none of the workers federations have demanded it.

In 2009, The Manmohan Singh government was serious in weighing the pros and cons of increasing the retirement age for government employees from 60 to 62 years.That time it was believed that the finance ministry had prepared a detailed note on the issue and sent it to the prime minister's office (PMO)  But the government shelved the idea, largely because of fears that a higher retirement age would adversely impact employment generation and create resentment in the bureaucracy because of blocked promotional avenues. At that time, it was the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) that was asked by the PMO to study the issue and prepare a report.

The BJP led National Democratic Alliance government had raised the retirement age from 58 to 60, in 1998, a move that benefitted 90,000 government servants and 50,000 defence personnel. At the time, the logic was: the retirement of 140,000 employees would have cost Rs 5,200 crore whereas paying salaries cost only Rs 1,493 crore.

Incase if the decision is finally taken, it will only be the third time the government will have raised the retirement age. Jawaharlal Nehru was the first prime minister to have increased the age of superannuation from 55 to 58 following the 1962 war with China. The Atal Bihari Vajpayee government did it a second time in 1998.
 source:vinmoney

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Points Discussed in Third Anomaly Committee Meeting

                The Secretary General of Confederation of Central Government Employees and One of the member of National Anomaly Committee Sri.K.K.N.Kutty has briefed about the out come of the recently held Meeting of National Anomaly committee,in his blog today.

               According to him,
 
           The third meeting of the National Anomaly Committee was  held on 15/02/2011. The following items were taken up for discussion.  No final decision on any item could be arrived at.  It was more or less an exercise to understand the points of view of both sides on these items. We shall in our next communication indicate the outcome of discussion on each item.
 

                Item Nos. 11, 12&13, 14, 20, 28,29&30, 31,37, 38,39, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 46, 49, 50 and 51.

               
                During the discussion the Staff brought to the notice of the official side that the issues pertaining to the employees of Andaman  and Nicobar islands, which were taken out of the agenda on the plea that the same would be discussed separately by a Committee to be set up by the Andaman Administration have not been settled.  The NGO Association of A & N Islands have brought to the notice of the staff side that the A & N Administration has not taken any steps to resolve the problems even though similar issues pertaining  to the employees of Pondicherry and Delhi were settled.  The Official side has promised to take up the issue with the concerned in the Home Ministry to ensure that the issues are addressed expeditiously.

                The official side has in the Action Taken State has indicated their inability to concede the demand raised by the Staff Side on the following two issues.

(a)    Grant of increment in the case of employees whose increment falls between Feb and June. 2006.

(b)   Fixing the pay of the promotees on par with the Direct recruits.

Though these issues were not discussed, the Staff Side has said that a resolution to them are urgently needed . 

The official side has requested the Staff Side to indicate the items on which further discussions are needed; further details are required; and alternative suggestions could be made  within 10 days so that the next and final meeting of the Committee could be convened before 31st March, 2011.  It was also decided that the sub-committee of the MACP related issued will meet once again and their report submitted to the NAC 

source:confederationhq. 
 

Tamil Nadu Revised Scales of Pay, 2009 – Revision of scale of pay of Teachers – Fixation of pay of Teachers in the Selection Grade / Special Grade – Clarification


Finance(Pay Cell) Department
Secretariat,
Chennai – 600 009.
Letter No. 7013 / Pay Cell / 2011--1, dated:  07--02--2011

From
Thiru M. Padmanabhan, B.Com.,
Additional Secretary to Government.

To
The Director of School Education / Director of 
     Elementary Education, Chennai-6.
The Director of Treasuries and Accounts, Chennai-15.
The Accountant General (A&E), Chennai-18.
The Accountant General (Audit), Chennai-18.
All Treasury Officers / Sub-Treasury Officers.
All Pay and Accounts Officers.
The Pension Pay Officer, Chennai-6.

Sir,

Sub: Tamil Nadu Revised Scales of Pay, 2009 – Revision of scale of pay of Teachers – Fixation of pay of Teachers in the Selection Grade / Special Grade – Clarification – Regarding.

Ref: 1. G.O.Ms.No.234, Finance (PC) Department, dated: 1—6--2009.
2. G.O.Ms.No.235, Finance (PC) Department, dated: 1--6--2009.
3. Government Letter No.41530 / Pay Cell / 2009--1, Finance
Department,  dated: 28—07--2009.
4. Government Letter No.63305 / Pay Cell / 2010--1  & 2, Finance
Department, dated: 8--11--2010.
5. Government Letter No.63305 / Pay Cell / 2010--5, Finance
Department, dated: 30--11--2010
6. G.O.Ms.No.23, Finance (PC) Department, dated:12--01--2011.
7. Representation from the Tamilaga  Asiriyar Kootani, dated: 
27--01--2011.
 
 ******
 I am to invite your attention to the references cited.

 2. In the reference fourth and fifth cited, necessary instructions have been issued regarding fixation of pay of employees in Selection Grade / Special Grade scales of pay duly indicating the Selection Grade / Special Grade scales of pay based on the revision granted to the Ordinary  Grade  scales of pay for  certain posts  based on the recommendations of the One Man Commission.  In the said instructions, it was also informed that the revised Selection Grade /Special Grade scales of pay indicated in Annexure-I of the reference fourth cited is admissible only in cases where the scales of pay of Ordinary Grade posts were revised based on the recommendations of One Man Commission and subsequent Government Orders.


 3.  In the reference sixth cited among others, orders have been issued revising the scales of pay of B.T.Teachers, P.G.Teachers, Head Master, Primary School,  Head Master of Middle School and Head Master, Higher Secondary School / District Education Officers notionally with effect from 1-1-2006 and with monetary benefit from 1-1-2011.

4. A doubt has now been raised as to whether the guidelines issued in the reference fourth and fifth cited regarding fixation of pay of employees in the Selection Grade / Special Grade scales of pay is also applicable to the teachers consequent on the revision of scale of pay ordered in the G.O 6th  cited.  I am directed to clarify that the Teachers whose Ordinary Grade scales of pay have been revised in the G.O. 6th cited are also entitled for revision of Selection Grade / Special Grade scales  of pay as indicated in Annexure-I of the reference 4th  cited and also as indicated in  the reference 5th cited subject to the guidelines and conditions stipulated therein.  Further, I am also to inform that the Teachers whose scales of pay have been revised in the G.O 6th  cited are also entitled to exercise re-option,  if advantageous within 3 months from the date of issue of the above G.O as clarified in the reference 3rd cited.  In the case of Teachers who have exercised original option to fix their pay in the revised scale of pay on 1-1-2006 and now exercise re-option at a later date beyond 1-1-2006, then in such cases, the pay fixing authorities are requested to fix the pay of the individuals according to the revised option after obtaining a declaration from the individual to the effect that the excess payment paid to them by way of arrears (including Interim Arrears) may be recovered from the arrears to be paid,  if any or from their  salary and in one lumpsum from the DCRG in case of retirement whichever is earlier.

                                                                             Yours faithfully,
                                                                                s/d
                                                          for Additional Secretary to Government.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Kashmiri migrant teachers meet Sonia with grievances


Peeved at Delhi Government not regularising their services, a group of Kashmiri migrant teachers today approached UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi requesting her to intervene in the issue.

Around 300 Kashmiri migrant teachers, working in various Delhi Government schools on contractual basis for the last 20 years, have been demanding regularisation of their services and salary on a par with regular teachers.

A group of the teachers' representatives along with officials of S K Foundation, which has been fighting for the teachers' cause, requested Gandhi to impress upon Delhi Government to concede their demands.

The Kashmiri Pandit teachers on contract currently draw monthly salary in the range of Rs 8,000 to Rs 13,000 against the pay package of Rs 32,000 to Rs 40,000 for regular teachers.

Medical students, resident doctors protest fee hike


Resident doctors and thousands of medical students of government-run medical colleges today observed a day-long protest against the latest fee hike.

Maharashtra state cabinet had recently approved a more than two-fold increase in the fees for MBBS and other courses in the government colleges.

Around 5,000 doctors of Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) and about 15,000 medical students wore black bands or black dresses to vent their protest.

Fee for the MBBS course has been increased from the existing Rs 18,000 to Rs 45,000 per year from the next academic year. MARD said the hike will affect the poor students badly.

The hike will also hit the students of Ayurveda and Dental colleges, MARD secretary Dr Pankaj Nalawade said here.

According to state minister for medical education Vijaykumar Gavit, the increased fees would not be applicable to existing medical students.



EPFO decided 9.5 pc interest on PF and not to invest in stock markets




EPFO for 9.5 pc interest on PF; not to invest in bourses 

The EPFO on Tuesday stuck to its decision that about 4.71 crore subscribers of the pension fund should get one per cent increase in interest on their deposits for 2010-11, pegging the rate of interest at 9.5 per cent. 

The Central Board of Trustees of the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) also decided not to invest in stock markets. 

After a two-hour meeting of the CBT, Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge expressed hope the finance ministry will shortly give its concurrence to the proposal. 

"I hope that after we answered all clarifications, they (Finance Ministry) will approve it (9.5 per cent interest rate for 2010-11)," he told reporters on the finance ministry's reservation on 9.5 per cent recommended by the Central Board of Trustees of Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) in September last. 

"As far as 9.5 per cent interest (2010-11) is concerned, the Finance Ministry had sought some clarifications. Those clarifications have been sent by Labour Secretary to the Finance Ministry," Kharge added. 

Downplaying the ongoing tussle between the two ministries over hiking the interest rates on PF deposits, Kharge said there was "no tussle between the two ministries over giving 9.5 per cent interest rate." 

"These are just consultations between the two ministries. They had certain queries and when we satisfy them. They will definitely approve it," Labour Secretary P C Chaturvedi later explained. 

Although CBT, which is headed by labour minister, had decided to give a higher return of 9.5 per cent on provident fund deposits for 2010-11, the Finance Ministry had expressed its opposition to the move. 

Following discovery of Rs 1,731.57 crore in suspense account, the EPFO trustees favoured raising the rate of interest on provident fund deposits to 9.5 per cent for its 4.71 crore subscribers from 8.5 per cent which is being paid by EPFO since 2005-06. 

The decision, however, did not find favour with the Finance Ministry which argued that there was no real surplus. 

It said the surplus shown by the EPFO arose because all subscribers' accounts were not updated. 

In a recent letter of 29th January, the Labour Ministry argued the EPFO is not asking for any government support for the extra returns to the salaried workers. 

It is their money which has earned returns. 

The Finance Ministry's objections were based on a report by Comptroller and Auditor General which suggested that there was no surplus with the EFFO's interest suspense account. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Non-relieving of CSS officers under transfer on Rotational Transfer or on Promotion


No.21/1/2011-CS. I (P)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated the 14TH February, 2011
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Non-relieving of CSS officers under transfer on Rotational Transfer or on Promotion — reg.

This has reference to the notification NO.1/8/09-CS.I (P) dated 17.9.2010 amending Rule 19 of CSS Rules 2009 prescribing the time limit of 45 days within which CSS officers under transfer, either on Rotational Transfer or on promotion, must be relieved of their duties in their present Ministries/Departments. It was also laid down in the CSS (Amendment) Rules 2010 that if an officer is not relieved within forty-five days or such further period as referred to in sub-rule (1). the officer shall be deemed’ to have been relieved by the cadre-unit in which he is working and thereafter the officer shall not be entitled to draw any salary and allowances for the period of such overstay from the cadre unit from where the cadre officer was transferred.
2. It is noticed that some of the Ministries/Departments are not complying with the provision of the amended Rule 19 of CSS of 2010 on the pretext that references have been made by them to this Department against the transfer orders.
3. While every effort is made to immediately reply to the aforesaid references against transfers, it is sometimes not possible to do so due to a large number of such references being received in DOP&T.
4 Mere references being made to DOP&T against such transfer/promotion orders by some cadre units cannot be taken as a plea for non-implementation of DOP&T’s orders within the prescribed time limit. It is, therefore, once again reiterated that in case a reply from this Department. extending the time limit for relieving of the officer is not received, the Ministries/Departments must relieve the concerned officers within the original time limit.
5 This may please be noted for strict compliance by all Ministries/Departments.
6.This issues with the approval of secretary(p)

(M.C. Luther)
Director (CS.I )

JK Govt invokes ESMA against striking employees


Jammu and Kashmir government today invoked the Essential Service Maintenance Act (ESMA) against its Public Health Engineering department employees who are to begin a strike from tomorrow demanding higher wages.

"The government declared the strike call given by a section of Public Health Engineering (PHE) employees from February 15, 2011 as illegal and repugnant to the public interest. It has decided to invoke sections of ESMA against the employees to ensure that people do not suffer on account of the strike", an official spokesman said here.

A section of PHE employees has decided to go on strike for 72 hours from February 15 to press for the implementation of their demands.


Friday, February 11, 2011

Removal of income ceiling limit of Rs. 3500/-per month


KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN 
18, INSTITUTIONAL AREA, 
SHAHEED JEET SINGH MARG 
NEW DELHI 110 602

No. F. 110240/(6)/2009-KVS(HQ)(Budget)

Dated: 21.01.2011

The Assistant Commissioners,
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan,
All Regional Offices.

Subject: Removal of income ceiling limit of Rs. 3500/-per month

Sir/Madam,

The matter regarding removal of income ceiling limit of Rs.3500/-per month for granting exemption of Tuition Fees and Vidyalaya Vikas Nidhi to the wards of parents holding current BPL Card was placed before the BOG which approved the removal of the income ceiling limit of Rs. 3500/- per month for granting exemption of Tuition Fees and VVN in its meeting held on 3rd Nov.,2010 with the condition that the claimant should produce the valid BPL card issued by the Competent Authority of the State Government.

You are requested to circulate these instructions to all Kendriya Vidyalayas functioning under your jurisdiction to implement the decision w.e.f 1.1.2011.

Yours faithfully,
s/d
(K.Arumugam) 
Dy. Commissioner (Fin)

Adoption of Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for the employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan at par with Central Government Civilian Employees.


KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN 
18 INSTITUTIONAL AREA 
SHAHEED JEET SINGH MARG 
NEW DELHI-110 016

F.11029-16/2009-KVSHQ (Admn.I)-168

Date: 09.02.2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM



Subject: – Adoption of Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for the employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan at par with Central Government Civilian Employees.

The matter pertaining to adoption of Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for the teaching and non-teaching employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, at par with Central Government Civilian Employees, was under examination with the Ministry of HRD.

2. The approval of the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India, as conveyed vide their letter No.F.3-18/2010 UT-2 dated 20th January, 2011, is communicated for adoption subject to the following conditions:

*MACP Scheme is extended to the Non-academic (non-teaching) Group ‘B’ &’C’ employees of KVS.

*The guidelines issued by the Department of Personnel & Training vide O.M. No.35034/3/2008-Estt (D) dated the 19th May, 2009, shall apply mutatis mutandis. (Annexure I).

*This scheme is in supersession of the previous ACP Scheme and clarifications issued thereunder and will be applicable w.e.f. 01.09.2008.

*The MACPS envisages merely placement in the immediate next higher grade pay in the hierarchy of the recommended revised pav bands and grade pay as given in Section I, part A of the first schedule of the CCS (Revised Pay ) Rules,2008. Thus the pay band and grade pay at the time of financial up-gradation under the MACPS to the Non-academic (non-teaching) Group ‘B’ &’C’. employees of KVS will be given as per Annexure II.

*To make the MACP Scheme operational, the competent authorities shall ensure the conduct of first screening committee within one month from the date of issue of the OM and all eligible cases should be cleared within two months.

*The screening committee shall be headed by a Chairman and will consist of at least three members who shall be not below the rank of Under Secretary (i.e. pay band 3 with grade pay of Rs.6600/-), of which one member shall be belonging to SC/ST/Minority community. The recommendations of the screening committee shall be placed before the appointing authority for approval.

This issues with the approval of the commissioner, KVS.



(DR.E.PRABHAKAR) 
DY.COMMISSIONER (PERS)

Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (ad-hoc bonus) to non-teaching employees-clarification thereof:


F.No.125-8/2003-04/KVS (Budget)

Dated: 27.01.2011

The Asstt.Commissioner/Director
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
All Regional Offices.ZIETs,

Subject: Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (ad-hoc bonus) to non-teaching employees-clarification thereof:

Sir/Madam,

I am directed to refer to this office letter of even no. dated 30.9.2010 regarding payment of Bonus to Group `C’ & `D’ and `B’ employees for the year 2009-10 and to state that all non-teaching employees with Grade Pay of less than Rs.4800/- in KVS may be allowed to draw bonus for the year 2009-10. This issue with the approval of Commissioner, KVS

You are directed to take necessary action accordingly and to communicate these instructions to all the Kendriya Vidyalaya’s under your jurisdictions.

http://kvsangathan.nic.in/(S(rsh1shndkpkymxrk0ssimu55))/cir-actt-28-01-11.PDF

Yours faithfully,
s/d
(K.Arumugam)
Dy. Commissioner (Fin

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Educational and other qualification for the post in Group ‘C’ in Pay Band 1 (Rs. 5200-20200) plus Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- in the Central Civil Services and Civil Posts


A Notification has been issued by DOP&T on 8-2-2011 regarding the Recruitment Rules  regulating the educational and other qualifications for direct recruits for the posts which were in Group ‘D’ Scales prior to the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission and have been placed in Group ‘C’ in Pay Band 1 (Rs. 5200-20200) plus Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- in the Central Civil Services and Civil Posts in connection with the affairs of the Union

(TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF INDIA, EXTRAORDINARY, PART 11, SECTION 3, SUB-SECTION (i))
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, dated 8th February, 2011

G.S.R.- In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 309
and clause (5) of article 148 of the Constitution, and after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India in relation to the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, the President hereby makes the following rules regulating the educational and other qualifications for direct recruits for the posts which were in Group ‘D’ Scales prior to the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission and have been placed in Group ‘C’ in Pay Band 1 (Rs. 5200-20200) plus Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- in the Central Civil Services and Civil Posts in connection with the affairs of the Union, namely:-
1. Short title and commencement.-
(1) These rules may be called the Central Civii Services and Civil Posts, Group ‘C’ posts in Pay Band 1 (Rs. 5200-20200) plus Grade Pay Rs. 1800/- (Educational and other Qualifications for Direct Recruitment) Rules, 2011.
(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.
2. Application.- These rules shall apply to ail posts which were in Group ‘D’ Scales (including the posts of Record Keepers in Group ‘C’ in Indian Audit and Accounts Department) prior to the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission and have been placed in Group ‘C’ in Pay Band 1 (Rs. 5200- 20200) plus Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- in the Central Civii Services and Civil Posts under the Central Government and the Indian Audit and Accounts Department.
3. Educational and other qualifications.- Notwithstanding anything contained in any recruitment rules relating to the Group ‘D’ posts including the posts of Record Keepers in Group ‘C’ in Indian Audit and Accounts Department) prior to the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission, the educational and other qualifications required for persons to be eligible to be appointed to Group ‘C’ posts in Pay Band 1 Rs. 5200-20200 plus Grade Pay Rs. 1800/- by the method of direct recruitment shall be as under, namely:
“Matriculation pass or equivalent from a recognised Board or
Industrial Training institute pass Certificate from a recognised institute”.

(NO. No.AB-14017/6/2009-Estt (RR)

Mamta Kundra
Joint Secretary

Referral of CGHS beneficiaries to empanelled Super-Specialty Hospitals


No.S.11011/23/2009-CGHS D.II/Hospital Cell(Part I)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
******************
Maulana Azad Road, Nirman Bhawan
New Delhi 110 108 dated the 7th February 2011
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:     Referral of CGHS beneficiaries to empanelled Super-Specialty Hospitals

With reference to the subject mentioned above, the undersigned is directed to state that several representations have been received from CGHS beneficiaries regarding problems faced by them in obtaining permission to undergo treatment at Super-Specialty hospitals. The matter has been reviewed and it has now been decided to simplify the procedure for obtaining treatment from CGHS empanelled super-specialty hospitals .Attention is drawn to para 6.2 of office memorandum of even number dated 17th August 2010 wherein it was stated that
“CGHS beneficiaries have, so far, been the option to get themselves treated in any hospital of their choice. However, in view of the increased outgo on getting treatment in super-specialty hospitals, it has now been decided that CGHS beneficiaries desirous of getting treated in super-specialty hospitals, in non-emergency conditions, prior approval of the concerned Additional Director, CGHS would have to be obtained”.
The above mentioned procedure is modified to read as follows:
“CGHS beneficiaries have, so far, been the option to get themselves treated in any hospital of their choice. However, in view of the increased outgo on getting treatment in super-specialty hospitals, it has now been decided that CGHS beneficiaries desirous of getting treated in super-specialty hospitals, in non-emergency conditions, prior approval of the concerned Chief Medical Officer-in-Charge, of the CGHS Wellness Centre would have to be obtained.”

Sd/-
(R.Ravi)
Director

Review of Cadre structuring


No.35034/9/2010-Estt.(D) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
(Department of Personnel & Training) 
Establishment (D)

North Block, New Delhi 
Dated: l0th February, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Review of Cadre structuring– Regarding

In pursuance of the decision taken in the 2nd meeting of the National Anomaly Committee held on 27.03.2010, a Joint Committee to examine the anomalies pertaining to the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) was constituted vide Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT)’s O.M. No.11/1/2010-JCA dated 03.05.2010.

2. The issue of providing an option to organisations/cadres to have a choice for the benefits under the earlier ACPS or the MACPS was also discussed in the meeting of the Joint Committee. While the issue would require further deliberations, it is reiterated that MACPS (as was the case with the ACPS) is a fall back option in the event of promotions not taking place. Cadre structure needs to be reviewed periodically to harmonise the functional needs of the organisation and career progression of 
employees. Accordingly, all concerned are advised to review the cadre structure in a time bound manner with a view to mitigate problem of stagnation.

3. All Ministries/Departments may give wide circulation to the contents of this O.M. for guidance and appropriate action in the matter.

4. Hindi version will follow.

s/d 
(Smita Kumar) 
Director (Estt.I) 
Tel. No.23092479

Tamil Nadu Revised Scales of Pay, 2009 – Revision of scale of pay of Teachers – Fixation of pay of Teachers in the Selection Grade / Special Grade – Clarification


Finance(Pay Cell) Department 
Secretariat, 
Chennai – 600 009.

Letter No. 7013/Pay Cell/ 2011–1, dated: 07–02–2011

From
Thiru M. Padmanabhan, B.Com.,
Additional Secretary to Government.

Sir,

Sub: Tamil Nadu Revised Scales of Pay, 2009 – Revision of scale of pay of Teachers – Fixation of pay of Teachers in the Selection Grade / Special Grade – Clarification – Regarding.

Ref:
1. G.O.Ms.No.234, Finance (PC) Department, dated: 1-6-2009.
2. G.O.Ms.No.235, Finance (PC) Department, dated: 1-6-2009.
3. Government Letter No.41530 / Pay Cell / 2009-1, Finance Department, dated: 28—07–2009.
4. Government Letter No.63305 / Pay Cell / 2010–1 & 2, Finance Department, dated: 8–11–2010.
5. Government Letter No.63305 / Pay Cell / 2010–5, Finance Department, dated: 30–11–2010
6. G.O.Ms.No.23, Finance (PC) Department, dated:12–01–2011.
7. Representation from the Tamilaga Nadu Asiriyar Kootani, dated: 27–01–2011.

******

I am to invite your attention to the references cited.

2. In the reference fourth and fifth cited, necessary instructions have been issued regarding fixation of pay of employees in Selection Grade / Special Grade scales of pay duly indicating the Selection Grade / Special Grade scales of pay based on the revision granted to the Ordinary Grade scales of pay for certain posts based on the recommendations of the One Man Commission. In the said instructions, it was also informed that the revised Selection Grade /Special Grade scales of pay indicated in Annexure-I of the reference fourth cited is admissible only in cases where the scales of pay of Ordinary Grade posts were revised based on the recommendations of One Man Commission and subsequent Government Orders.

3. In the reference sixth cited among others, orders have been issued revising the scales of pay of B.T.Teachers, P.G.Teachers, Head Master, Primary School, Head Master of Middle School and Head Master, Higher Secondary School / District Education Officers notionally with effect from 1-1-2006 and with monetary benefit from 1-1-2011.

4. A doubt has now been raised as to whether the guidelines issued in the reference fourth and fifth cited regarding fixation of pay of employees in the Selection Grade / Special Grade scales of pay is also applicable to the teachers consequent on the revision of scale of pay ordered in the G.O 6th cited. I am directed to clarify that the Teachers whose Ordinary Grade scales of pay have been revised in the G.O. 6th cited are also entitled for revision of Selection Grade / Special Grade scales of pay as indicated in Annexure-I of the reference 4th cited and also as indicated in the reference 5th cited subject to the guidelines and conditions stipulated therein. Further, I am also to inform that the Teachers whose scales of pay have been revised in the G.O 6th cited are also entitled to exercise re-option, if advantageous within 3 months from the date of issue of the above G.O as clarified in the reference 3rd cited. In the case of Teacher who have exercised original option to fix their pay in the revised scale of pay on 1-1-2006 and now exercise re-option at a later date beyond 1-1-2006, then in such cases, the pay fixing authorities are requested to fix the pay of the individuals according to the revised option after obtaining a declaration from the individual to the effect that the excess payment paid to them by way of arrears (including Interim Arrears) may be recovered from the arrears to be paid, if any or from their salary and in one lumpsum from the DCRG in case of retirement whichever is earlier.

Yours faithfully,

for Additional Secretary to Government

Railways Re-Introduces the need for Carrying Identity Proof During ‘Tatkal’ ticket Travel from tomorrow



In view of the complaints received in recent past regarding alleged irregularities in Tatkal scheme, Ministry of Railways has decided to re-introduce the need for carrying Identity Proof in original during the course of journey. This provision will come into effect from tomorrow i.e. 11th February 2011.

Any one of the passenger/passengers who will be travelling on Tatkal ticket will be required to produce one of the following eight Identity Proofs in original during the course of journey.

1. Voter Photo Identity Card issued by Election Commission of India
2. Passport
3. PAN Card issued by Income Tax Department
4. Driving Licence issued by RTO
5. Photo Identity Card issued by Central/State Government
6. Student Identity Card with photograph issued by recognized School/College for their students
7. Nationalised Bank Passbook with photograph and
8. Credit Cards issued by Banks with laminated photograph
9. However, no Identity proof is required to be produced at the reservation counter while getting the Tatkal ticket booked.

Any one of the passenger/passengers will be required to produce Identity proof in original for checking by ticket checking staff during the course of journey, failing which, all the passenger/passengers travelling on the said ticket will be treated as travelling without ticket and will be charged excess fare and penalty as per rules.

The Ministry of Railways has constantly been taking steps to make Tatkal scheme attractive and passenger friendly and useful for genuine travelers requiring traveling at short notice. Earlier, the advance reservation period under Tatkal scheme was reduced from five days to two days excluding the date of journey with effect from 1st August 2009. Next, the Tatkal charges were also reduced from 1st October 2009. Moreover, Tatkal tickets were also issued for actual distance of travel instead of end to end. In another move to remove the difficulties faced by ordinary common users in accessing the Railway website for booking Tatkal tickets and ordinary tickets over internet in the first hour of the booking on the opening day, the Ministry of Railways has decided to bar travel agents, web-service agents/web agents of IRCTC from accessing the website during that period i.e. from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Rate of calculating entitlement to Earned Leave (E.L) and Half Pay Leave (HPL).


No.13026 /1/2010-Estt. ( Leave)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
***
New Dlehi, the 7th Februay, 2011
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub:    Rate of calculating entitlement to Earned Leave (E.L) and Half Pay Leave (HPL).

The undersigned is directed to say that matter regarding entitlement of a Government servant, who dies while in service, to Earned Leave under Rule 27(2)(b) and Half Pay Leave Rule 29 (2) (c) of the CCS (Leave) Rules 1972 has been under consideration of this Department.

2.       At present rule 27 (2) (b) says ‘when a Government servant is removed or dismissed from service or dies while in service, credit is allowed at the rate of 2 1/2 days per completed calendar month up to the end of the calendar month preceding the calendar month in which he is removed or dismissed from service or dies in service.’

Similarly Rule 29 (c) says ‘When a Government servant is removed or dismissed from service or dies while in service, credit of half pay leave shall be allowed at the rate of 5/3 days per completed calendar month up to the end of the calendar month preceding the calendar month in which he is removed or dismissed from service or dies in service.’

3.       These rules adversely affect cases where the death of a serving Government Servant occurs on the last day of the month as the day of death is treated as his last working day. Clause (b) of sub rule (2) of rule 27 and clause (c) of sub-rule (2) of rule 29 of the CCS Leave Rules is modified as under :-
Rule 27 (2) (b) ‘When a Government servant is removed or dismissed from service, credit is allowed at the rate of 2 1 /2 days per completed calendar month up to the end of the calendar month preceding the calendar month in which he is removed or dismissed from service. When a Government Servant dies, while in service, credit of Earned Leave shall be allowed at time rate of 2 1/2 days per completed month of service up to the date of death of the Government Servant.’ Rule 29 (2) (c) ‘When a Government servant is removed or dismissed from service, credit of Hall Pay Leave shall be allowed at the rate of 5/3 days per completed calendar month up to the end of the calendar month preceding the calendar month in which he is removed or dismissed from service. When a Government Servant dies while in service, credit of Half Pay Leave shall be allowed at the rate of 5/3 days per completed month of service up to the date of death of the Government Servant.’

4.      These orders take effect from the date of issue.

5.      So far as persons serving in the Indian Audit & Accounts Departments are concerned, these orders are being issued after consultation with the C&AG of India.

s/d
(Zoya C. B.)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
source:DOP&T

Get info on PF claim settlement online, mobile phones


Over 4.72 crore subscribers of EPFO will soon be able to track status of their claim settlement and account transfer online and also get updates on their mobile phones.

This will be possible as the entire data of the retirement fund manager EPFO will be digitalised by March-end.

"We have already completed the digitalisation of data at our 113 offices and the work in the remaining seven offices would be completed by the end of next month," Central Provident Fund Commissioner Samirendra Chatterjee told PTI.

"Once the digitalisation process is completed, the account transfer and money withdrawal claims' status could be done and tracked online by Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) subscribers on the mobile phone," he said.

Besides, the subscribers would be intimated via short mobile messages (SMS) about the status of their request for account transfer and claim settlement.

Census duty: HC gives partial relief to hospital staff


In a partial relief for the Wadia Hospital for Children and Wadia Maternity Hospital, the Bombay High Court today directed that only ten out of total 16 staff members would be summoned for the 15th National Census.

Division bench of Justices P B Majmudar and Amjad Sayed was hearing a petition filed by the hospital management stating that all the 16 staff members, including paramedics, clerks and technicians, have been summoned for Census duty.

"If the entire staff is working on Census, how will the hospitals function?" petitioner's lawyer Mihir Desai argued.

Advait Sethna, appearing for the central government, opposed the petition stating that the second phase of Census is to start from tomorrow and there is requirement of 600 enumerators.

The court however observed that there was a need to balance both Census and hospital obligations. "Even hospital work is important.

pti

Monday, February 7, 2011

State employees seek 6th pay commission salary


 Nearly 15,000 government employees in Dakshina Kannada district and their counterparts across the state will be absent from their respective offices from 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm on Wednesday. They would instead be holding meetings in front of the offices of the deputy commissioners and tahshildars at the respective district and taluk headquarters with an 11-point charter of demands for the government to consider on the eve of state budget. 

The state-wide meetings would not have a bearing for the general public. Also there would be no stoppage of services delivery to the people as the government employees have chosen their designated lunch hour time to hold the meetings. While the state government has already given them positive feelers about meeting some of their demands, the employees want to make sure that their voice is heard, especially since the state budget is to be presented later this month. 
H Sanjeeva, president of district unit of Karnataka State Government Employees Association told reporters on Monday that the main demand raised by the parent body of the association with the government is to ensure that the state government employees receive their salaries on par with central government employees. The central government employees are already drawing salaries as recommended by the sixth pay commission, Sanjeeva noted. 

The state government employees, he said, are currently getting salaries as mentioned in the fifth pay commission that is being paid to them from April 1, 2006. The neighboring states of TN, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh have implemented and even Kerala from April 1 would implement the 6th pay commission recommendations for their employees, he said, adding Karnataka would be last state to do so, as and when the government decides to do so for its employees. 

The other major discrimination, he said is with regard to house rent allowance (HRA). While central government employees receive 20 per cent of their basic as HRA, state government employees get 10 per cent. Even this was raised by one per cent from November last, he said, adding that the employees are not getting the benefits of a B2 category city bestowed on Mangalore as per 2000 census, which entitles them to higher HRA and other emoluments.

source:The Times of India 
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