Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Doctors boycott work in Bihar hospitals


Health services were partially affected across the state with about 2600 government doctors boycotting work for 24 hours from 6 a.m today in protest against the killing of their colleague by prisoners at Gopalganj jail on Sunday night.

Doctors under the banner of Bihar State Health Services Association (BSHSA) today protested against the shocking incident of a doctor being brutally beaten up by seven prisoners in a district jail in Gopalganj here resulting in his death.

"The strike is total. Doctors turned up at the hospitals but boycotted their work," BSHSA General Secretary Ajay Kumar said.

Although the general and emergency wards of the government hospital in Gopalganj wore a deserted look, police officials claimed that the strike was only "partial.
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All India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers on base 2001=100 for the Month of April, 2011


All India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers on base 2001=100 for the Month of April, 2011
            All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of April, 2011 increased by 1 point and stood at 186 (one hundred & eighty six) .
            
             During April, 2011, the index recorded increase of 6 points in Chhindwara centre, 5 points in Jharia centre, 4 points each in Nagpur, Kodarma, Ajmer,  Giridih, Angul Talcher and Belgaum centres, 3 points in 8 centres, 2 points in 13 centres and 1 point in 21 centres. The index decreased by 4 points in Tiruchirapally centre, 3 points in Darjeeling centre, 2 points each in Salem and Hubli Dharwar  centres, 1 point in 6 centres, while in the remaining 18 centres the index remained stationary.

            The maximum increase of 6 points  in  Chhindwara centre is mainly on account of increase in the prices of Goat Meat, Country Liquor, Refined Liquor, Firewood, Doctors’ Fee, etc. The increase of 5 points in Jharia centre is due to increase in the prices of Rice, Milk, Vegetable & Fruit items, Soft Coke, Clothing items, etc. The increase of 4 points each in Nagpur, Kodarma, Ajmer,  Giridih, Angul Talcher and Belgaum centres is due to increase in the prices of Rice, Jowar, Milk, Chillies Dry, Vegetable & Fruit items, Firewood, Ornament Glass, etc. The decrease of 4 points in Tiruchirapally centre is the outcome of decrease in the prices of Rice, Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, Flower/Flower Garlands, etc. The decrease of 3 points in Darjeeling centre is due to decrease in the prices of Wheat Atta, Mustard Oil, Turmeric Powder, Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, etc.
            The indices in respect of the six major centres are as follows :

1. Ahmedabad  180
2. Bangalore     190
3. Chennai        164
4. Delhi             172
5. Kolkata        180
6. Mumbai        184

            The All-India (General) point to point rate of inflation for the month of April, 2011 is 9.41% as compared to 8.82% in March, 2010. Inflation based on Food Index is 8.24% in April, 2011 as compared to 8.29% in March, 2011.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Expected Dearness Allowance from July-2011


Apart from annual increment, which falls in 1st July every year, all the Government Employees are very much excited to know the rate of Dearness Allowance from 1st July 2011.The reason for their excitement to know the D.A from July 2011 is quite simple. Though the Annual Increment also brings some adequate amount of money to their pay package, they feel no excitement in it. Because every body knows and is sure that they will get 3% of their Pay in the pay band and Grade Pay as the Increment of every year and they make it counted. But as for as D.A is concerned nobody knows what will be the rate of increase in Dearness Allowance, as the AICPI Number for the Industrial Workers for the month of June 2011 will be announced probably on 31st July 2011.The amount of increase in Dearness Allowance will make their pay packet big. Unexpected increase in salary will decrease their expected financial burdens. This is the reason many of us curiously searching for the prediction over Dearness Allowance.

AICPIN-IW for the past three months have been already announced by Labour Bureau, Department Statistics, Government of India in its Web site. According to it AICPIN-IW for the month of January 2011 is 188, Febraury 2011-185 and March 2011 is 185. AICPIN-IW for the remaining three months ie April, May and June 2011 have yet to be announced. So this is not the right time to answer correctly to the question of what will be the Dearness Allowance from July 2011? But as per the past 9 months average of monthly All India Consumer Price Index (IW) with the base year 2001=100, we can expect that the hike in Dearness Allowance from July 2011 will be around 6% to 7%

Many of our viewers frequently asking about the rate of Dearness Allowance for the particular year from 1996 to 2011.For their reference the rate of Dearness Allowance from the year 1996 to 2011 has been given below

After 6CPC

1st Jan 2011 – 51%
1st July 2010 – 45%
1st Jan 2010 – 35%
1st July 2009 – 27%
1st Jan 2009 – 22%
1st July 2008 – 16%
1st Jan 2008 – 12%
1st July 2007 – 9%
1st Jan 2007 – 6%
1st July 2006 – 2%
1st Jan 2006 – 0

Before 6CPC

1st Jan 2009
1st July 2008 – 54%
1st Jan 2008 – 47%
1st Jul 2007 – 41%
1st Jan 2007 – 35%
1st Jul 2006 – 29%
1st Jan 2006 – 24%
1st Jul 2005 – 21%
1st Jan 2005 – 17%
1st Jul 2004 – 14%
1st Apr 2004 (DA Merger) 11%
1st Jan 2004 – 61%
1st Jul 2003 – 59%
1st Jan 2003 – 55%
1st Jul 2002 – 52%
1st Jan 2002 – 49%
1st Jul 2001 – 45%
1st Jan 2001 – 43%
1st Jul 2000 – 41%
1st Jan 2000 – 38%
1st Jul 1999 – 37%
1st Jan 1999 – 32%
1st Jul 1998 – 22%
1st Jan 1998 – 16%
1st Jul 1997 – 13%
1st Jan 1997 – 8%
1st Jul 1996 – 4%
1st Jan 1996 –0

source:gservants.com

Saturday, May 28, 2011

RBI asks banks to reimburse failed ATM transactions in 7 days


The Reserve Bank on Friday directed banks to reimburse customers for amounts wrongfully debited from their accounts in failed ATM transactions within seven days of an account holder’s complaint or else pay a Rs 100 per day compensation.

"The time limit for resolution of customer complaints by the issuing banks shall stand reduced from 12 working days to seven working days from the date of receipt of customer complaint," the RBI said in a notification. 
  
Failure to re-credit the amount within seven working days will require the issuing bank to pay a compensation of Rs 100 per day, it said. 
  
Earlier, banks were required to reimburse customers for amounts wrongfully debited from their accounts in failed ATM transactions within 12 days. 
  
The RBI further said that all customers are entitled to receive such compensation for delays only if a claim is lodged with the issuing bank within 30 days of the date of transaction. 
  
The directive shall be come into effect from 1st July, 2011. 
  
The central bank instructed the issuing bank and the acquiring bank to settle failed ATM transaction disputes through the ATM system provider only. 
  
"No bilateral settlement arrangement outside the dispute resolution mechanism available with the system provided is possible," RBI said. 
  
This measure is intended to reduce instances of disputes in payment of compensation between the issuing and acquiring banks, it added.

SOURCE-DDNEWS

Delhi govt to appoint 9,000 teachers, set up 12 schools


Delhi government has decided to appoint 9,000 teachers and set up 12 new schools across the city to enhance educational facilities for effective implementation of the Right to Education Act.

The government has also identified 10 more sites for setting up of new schools besides deciding to enhance existing infrastructure in over 50 schools.

Additional Education Director Sunita Shukla said that to augment educational infrastructure the department has constructed 529 new rooms in existing schools in 2010-11 for proper implementation of the RTE Act. The Act makes it mandatory for government to provide free education till class VIII.

"We have decided to set up 12 new schools and sites for another 10 schools have been identified," she told reporters here.

The government has already enhanced infrastucture in 127 schools as part of a project called Roopantar.

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National Pension Scheme gives mixed bag of returns


In a year when Employees’ Provident Fund gave a 9.5 per cent return and an over 8 per cent inflation rate ate into much of people’s income, the New Pension Scheme gave a mixed bag of results. Rising interest rates and volatile stock markets have impacted its returns in 2010-11 but, since inception, the NPS has managed to do better.

The performance review of fund managers for 2010-11 by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority has revealed that NPS for private citizens has managed to give higher returns than NPS for government employees.

Central government employees in NPS earned a return of 8.05 per cent to 8.45 per cent, much below the weighted average of 9.7 per cent in 2009-10. While UTI gave the highest return of 8.45 per cent, SBI gave the lowest return of 8.05 per cent. However, returns for state government employees in NPS was much higher, which ranged between 11.34 per cent and 9.88 per cent.

“It is about timing your investments as well as exposure to instruments,” said a PFRDA official. Central government employees who joined the service after 2004 are mandated to be part of NPS, which allows up to 15 per cent of the total corpus to be invested in equities, while the rest in corporate debt and government securities.

Private citizens, who were allowed to join the scheme from May 2009 can invest 50 per cent of their portfolio in equities and the rest in government securities and corporate bonds via one of the six fund managers — UTI Retirement Solutions, SBI, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, Reliance Capital, IDFC AMC and Kotak Mahindra AMC.

Surprisingly, it is not equities but corporate bonds that was the top performer in the past one year.

“Equities have been the most volatile in the past one year, so corporate bonds and G-secs have given a higher return,” said Balram Bhagat, CEO, UTI Retirement Solutions, which was the top performing fund manager for NPS for central government, state government and the low cost NPS Lite.

The fund managers gave returns between 8.05 per cent (SBI) to 11.89 per cent (Kotak) for equities, which was a tad higher than the average return of 11.14 per cent from Nifty and 10.94 per cent from the Sensex. Equities as a class of investment, however, has given as high as a 17.85 per cent (ICICI) return since NPS was launched two years ago.

However, the usually staid and low-risk, low-return bonds and securities proved to be the dark horse, although PFRDA officials said that high interest rate regime has hit bond yields. Corporate bond yielded returns varying between 12.66 per cent (SBI) and 6.26 per cent (IDFC). G-secs have also given handsome returns. While UTI gave 12.52 percent, SBI gave 12.25 per cent. The lowest performer was IDFC with a return of 6.97 per cent in 2010-11.

PFRDA officials however cautioned that returns would be higher over a period of time as NPS corpus grows. The total corpus for central government employees is Rs 6,400 crore and for those of state is Rs 1,200 crore. The private sector contributed Rs 80 crore to the scheme.

source: Indian Express

Friday, May 27, 2011

Adhoc service cannot be counted for seniority: HC


The Himachal Pradesh High Court today dismissed an appeal by a promoted Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSP) for counting their service as officiating DSPs for the purpose of seniority and upheld the decision of the single Bench which had disallowed the plea.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Kuldip Singh said the "Departmental Promotion Committee only assesses the merit of candidates and unless and until the appointing authority accepts the recommendation of the DPC and issues order of appointment, the persons recommended by the DPC do not get any right of seniority based on that recommendation".

Strengthening Implementation of the Right to Information Act, 2005


N0.4/10/2011-IR
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
….

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 18th May 2011,

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Strengthening Implementation of the Right to Information Act, 2005.

Central Chief Information Commissioner has made a reference to the Cabinet Secretary making several suggestions for effective implementation of the Right to Information Act, 2005. It has been decided in consultation with the Cabinet Secretariat that following actions shall be undertaken by all
Ministries/Departments/Attached Offices, PSUs of Central Government to Strengthen the implementation of the RTI Act:

a) In the Annual reports of the Central Ministries/Departments and other attached/subordinate offices PSUs, a separate chapter shall be included regarding implementation of the RTI Act in their respective offices. This chapter should detail the number of RTI applications received and disposed off during the year, including number of cases in which the information was denied. In addition to the above, efforts made to improve the implementation of the Act in their respective offices, including any innovative measures that have been undertaken, should also be listed. This is to be ensured for Annual reports for the year 201 1-12 onwards.

b) Each Ministry/Department should organize atleast a half day training programme for all CPIOs/Appellate Authorities (AAs) every year to sensitize them about their role in implementation of the RTI Act. The concerned Ministries/Deuartrnents shall ensure that similar programmes are organized for all CPIOs/AAs of all attached/subordinate offices and PSUs under their control as well.

c) All public authorities who have a web site shall publish the details of monthly receipts and disposal of RTI applications on the websites. This should be implemented within 10 days of the close of the month. Ministries/Departments would ensure that these instructions are communicated to their attached/subordinate offices as well as PSUs immediately. Monthly reporting on the above pattern should begin latest by 10th July, 2011 for the month of June, 2011 and thereafter continue on a regular basis.

2. All the Ministries/Departments are requested to take action as above and also to ensure that these instructions are communicated to their attached and subordinate offices PSUs for compliance.

CK.G.Verma
Director

Laying of Annual Reports of the Central Information Commission before the Houses of Parliament


No.4/8/2011-IR 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi 
Dated: 20th May, 2011

OFFICE MEMORADUM

Subject: Laying of Annual Reports of the Central Information Commission before the Houses of Parliament.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Section 25 of the Right to Information Act, 2005 which provides that the Central Information Commission shall prepare a report on the implementation of the provisions of the Act each year, which the Central Government would lay before each House of Parliament. Each Ministry/Department is responsible to ensure that necessary information in relation to preparation of the Report is sent to the Central Information Commission by all public authorities within its jurisdiction in time. The Central Information Commission has developed a web based system through which the public authorities may upload the Annual Return on the website of the Commission direct. The software developed by the Commission is known as the RTI Annual Report Information System which is accessible on the website www.cic.gov.in. The information has to be posted on quarterly basis.

2. It has been observed that a number of public authorities do not upload the Annual Return in time on the system. It results in the delay of the preparation of the Annual Report and consequently in laying the Report before the Houses of the Parliament.

3. All the Ministries/Departments are requested to ensure that the quarterly returns of all public authorities under their jurisdiction is uploaded on the Annual Report Information System referred to above in time every year. The final Return for the year should be uploaded latest by the 15th April of the subsequent financial year. The public authorities who have not uploaded their final returns in respect of the year 2010-11 may upload the same on the website latest by 30th June, 2011.

4. It has also been brought to the notice of this Department that some Ministries/Departments have not registered all the public authorities under their jurisdiction with the Central Information Commission. It results into non-inclusion of the complete information in the Annuai Report. All the Ministries / Departments are requested to ensure that all public authorities under their jurisdiction are registered with the Commission and they all post requisite information on the website referred to above regularly.

(K.G. Verma) 
Director



Source: www.persmin.nic.in

REGULAR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYMENT IN MAJOR MINISTRIES


CENSUS OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES 
(AS ON 31st March, 2006)

REGULAR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYMENT IN MAJOR MINISTRIES AS ON 31ST MARCH, 2006



1. Railways =  14,12,435 (45.32%)

2. Home Affairs =  6,91,814 (22.20%)

3. Defence (Civilian) = 3,53,741(11.35%)

4. Communications & IT = 2,41,618 (7.75%)

5. Finance = 1,12,700 (3.62%)

6. Others  = 3,04,029 (9.76%)

TOTAL  = 31,16,337 (100%)

The Ministry of Railways has a major share (45.32%) of the total regular Central Government employees followed by Ministries of Home Affairs (22.20%), Defence (civilian) (11.35%), Communications & IT (7.75%) and Finance (3.62%).

These five Ministries taken together accounted for 90% of the total Central Government employment. The residual employment (about 10%) was shared by all the remaining Ministries/Departments of the Central Government.



HIGHLIGHTS

(1). As per the result of Census Enquiries, the total regular employment under Central Government as on 31st March, 2006  was 31.16 lakh as against 31.64 lakh  on 31st March, 2004.  The employment has, thus, recorded a decline of 1.52% in 2006 over 2004.

(2). Employment in Ministry of Railways was the highest (45.32%) followed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (22.20%), Defence civilian (11.35%), Communications & IT (7.75%) and Finance (3.62%).  Other Ministries/Departments collectively shared the rest of 9.76% of the total Central Government regular employment.

(3). Out of 31.16 lakh regular employees, 3.20 lakh were women.  The proportion of women in the total employment shows an increasing trend.  It is 10.28% in 2006 against 7.53% in 2001 and 9.68% in 2004 and thereby indicating empowerment of women.

(4). About 96% of regular Central Government employees were Non-Gazetted.  The overall ratio of Gazetted to Non-Gazetted employees was 1:22.  In Ministry of Railways, ratio, however, was 1:116.

(5). Amongst regular Central Government employees,  57.80% were holding Group-‘C’ posts and 30.62% were in Group-‘D’ posts.  8.63% were holding Group-‘B’ posts whereas employees holding Group –‘A’ posts were only 2.95%.

(6). About 21.13% of the regular Central Government employees were found to be in pay range of Rs. 3500-4499/- and only 0.47% employees were in highest bracket of pay range with drawing basic pay of Rs. 18,400/- & above.

(7). Amongst regular Central Government employees,  15.66% were working at offices located in ‘A-1’ class cities, 11.10% in ‘A’ class cities, 4.61% in B-I class cities and 15.31% in B-2 class cities. The percentage of employees in ‘C’ class and other unclassified cities was 53.32%.

(8). Amongst  States and Union Territory Administrations, the highest number of regular Central Government employees was in the State of West Bengal (11.23%) followed by Uttar Pradesh (9.97%), Maharashtra (9.65%), Delhi (6.61%), Andhra Pradesh (6.44%) and Tamil Nadu (4.66%).  In remaining States/U.Ts the proportion was less than 4%.



Source: CGStaffnews

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Are you producing teachers or rowdy elements? SC


Taking strong exception to their unruly behaviour, the Supreme Court today wondered whether teachers' training institutes in Haryana are producing "thugs, wrestlers and rowdy elements" to intimidate the authorities against conducting inspections of their colleges.

"Are you producing wrestlers, boxers or musclemen and thugs or teachers"? a vacation bench comprising Justices G S Singhvi and C K Prasad asked the counsel representing some of the colleges.

The bench made the remarks while expressing anguish over an incident in which a mob of about 100 persons, including students, had barged into the NCTE Chairman's office in New Delhi and created a ruckus to oppose inspection of their premises.
source:pti

Central Sector Scholarship Scheme for College and University


Central Sector Scholarship Scheme for College and University 

To provide financial assistance to meritorious students from weaker section for pursing higher studies and professional courses, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has started Central Sector Scholarship Scheme for college and University Students. From the academic year 2010-11, the eligibility criteria has been revised from 80 percent to 80th percentile in the relevant stream for a particular Board of Examination, in class XII of 10+2 or equivalent. Students, whose parent’s income is less than Rs.4.50 lakh per annum, pursuing higher studies or professional courses from recognized institutions as regular candidates, are eligible under this scheme. There will also be reservation as per Reservation Policy of the Government, subject to internal earmarking. At present, reservations for the various categories are as follows: SCs-15%, STs-71/2%, OBCs-27% and horizontally 3% for physically Handicapped in all the categories. The income-ceiling is Rs.4.5 lakh per annum. 

Increase Fare Concession to Men Senior Citizen and to Reduce Age Limit for Women Senior Citizen


Railways Issues Notification to Increase Fare Concession to Men Senior Citizen and to Reduce Age Limit for Women Senior Citizen 

The New Facility to be Effective from 1st June, 2011
As per existing provisions, senior citizens of minimum 60 years are eligible for concession in the basic fares of Mail/Express trains and all inclusive fares of Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi trains. The element of concession is 30 per cent for men senior citizens and 50 per cent for women senior citizens. 

As announced by Minister of Railways in Budget speech for 2011-12 on 25th February, 2011, it has been decided to reduce the minimum age for availing concession from 60 years to 58 years in case for women senior citizens. However, the element of concession will continue to remain at 50 per cent. 

It has also been decided to increase the element of concession in case of men senior citizens from 30 per cent to 40 per cent. The minimum age will, however, continue to be 60 years in case of men. 

There will be no change in other terms and conditions. 

The concession will be admissible on tickets purchased on and after 01.06.2011. In case of tickets already issued for travel on & after 01.06.2011, refund of difference of fares will not be admissible. 

Extending Concession to Orthopaedically Handicapped/Paraplegic Persons in Rajdhani and Shatabdi Trains


Ministry of Railways Issues Notification for Extending Concession to Orthopaedically Handicapped/Paraplegic Persons in Rajdhani and Shatabdi Trains 

The New Facility to be Effective from 1st June, 2011
Ministry of Railways has issued a notification for extending the concession in Rail fares admissible to Orthopaedically/paraplegic persons in Rajdhani/Shatadbi trains also. This comes as a follow up to the announcement made in Railways Minister’s Budget speech for 2011-12 on 25th February, 2011. 

Accordingly, Orthopaedically handicapped/paraplegic persons who cannot travel without the assistance of escort are eligible for 25 per cent concession in 3-AC & AC Chair Car in all inclusive fares of Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains. The same concession will also be admissible to one escort accompanying the concerned handicapped person. 

There is no change in other terms and conditions. 

The concession will be effective on tickets purchased on or after 01.06.2011. In case of tickets already issued for travel on & after 01.06.2011 refund or difference of fares will not be admissible. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Track your PF account on web in 3 months


A circular was issued on May 24, asking all regional offices to complete updating of 2008-09 accounts by May 31, and that of 2009-10 by June 30, say reports.
There is some good news for more than 47mn subscribers to the Central Government's Employee Provident Fund scheme. You will soon be able to keep a close tab on your PF account on the Internet, according to reports.

The Employees' Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) has reportedly posted the details of the accounts' status of all its 120 offices on its website.

A circular was issued on May 24, asking all regional offices to complete updating of 2008-09 accounts by May 31, and that of 2009-10 by June 30, say reports.

The EPFO's move to put in place a software for updating accounts annually across its 120 offices will help it meet the Finance Ministry's goal of updating all pending accounts by September.

In March this year, the Finance Ministry had approved the 9.5% interest rate announced by the EPFO for its 47.2mn subscribers for FY 2010-11 on the condition that it would update the pending accounts within six months.

The EPFO has updated 28.7mn accounts since then, according to reports.

The EPFO handles a corpus of about Rs. 3.5 lakh crore annually.


Maintenance and preparation of Annual Performance Appraisal Reports- communication of all entries for fairness and transparency in public administration


No.21011/1/2005-Estt.A(Pt.II) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
(Department of Personnel & Training)

North Block. New Delhi 
Dated the 19th May, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Maintenance and preparation of Annual Performance Appraisal Reports- communication of all entries for fairness and transparency in public administration.

The undersigned is directed to draw attention of the Ministries/Departments to this Departments OM No.21011/1/2005-Estt.(A)(Pt.II) dated 14.5.2009 by which the system of communicating the entries in the APAR from the reporting period 2008-09 onwards for representation if any was introduced. The Competent Authority to consider the representation shall decide the matter objectively based on the material placed before him within a period of 30 days from the date of the receipt of the representation The Competent Authority after due consideration may reject the representation or may accept or modify the APAR accordingly. In this Department's OM of even number dated 13.4.2010. it was further decided that if an employee is to be considered for promotion in a future DPC and his ACRs prior to the period 2008-09 which would be reckonable for assessment of his fitness in such future DPCs contain final grading which are below the benchmark for his next promotion, before such ACRs are placed before the DPC, the concerned employee will be given a copy of the relevant ACR for his representation. if any, within 15 days of such communication. It may be noted that only below benchmark ACR for the period relevant to promotion need be sent. This OM dated 13.4.2010 specifically provided that in case of upgradation of the final grading given in the APAR. specific reasons therefor may also be given in the order of the Competent Authority Since the provisions of the above OM dated 13.4.2010 are applicable only for future DPCs where the recommendations will be implemented prospectively from the date of assuming charge of the higher appointment, the provisions will not be applicable to retired officers.

2. The UPSC has brought to the notice of this Department that in the DPCs being held under the aegis of the Commission, orders of the Competent Authority do not contain specific reasons for such upgradation in a number of cases. Such orders cannot be termed as disposed off in a quasi-judicial manner as laid down in the aforesaid OM dated 13.4 2010. Grading an officer below the bench mark by the DPC in such cases on the ground of upgradation being without giving sufficient reasons is prone to avoidable representations.

3. In order that the DPC proceedings are held on schedule and without any necessity to over look the decisions given by the Competent Authority while upgrading the grading in the APAR without specific reasons and justifications, all Ministries/Departments are requested to kindly bring to the notice of the Competent Authority while forwarding the representation against remarks in the APAR that the authority may decide on the representation in an objective manner within 30 days of receipt of the representation and give specific reasons in case of upgradation of the final grading given In the APAR as per provisions contained in this Department’s aforesaid OM dated 13.4.2010.

(C.A. Subramanlan) 
Director


Source:  www.persmin.gov.in

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Encashment of Leave to be granted to Government Servants on their appointment in Central Public Enterprises


NO. 14028/3/2011 -Estt(L)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
* * * *

New Delhi, the 24" May, 2011 .

Office Memorandum

Subject : Encashment of Leave to be granted to Government Servants on their appointment in Central Public Enterprises
...
The undersigned is directed to state that this Department has been receiving references from various Ministries/ Departments seeking clarification regarding the entitlement to leave encashment on appointment of Government Servants in Central Public Enterprises.

2. As per DoPT OM No. 2801615/85-Estt.(C) dated 3 1/1/1986, appointment o f an officer in a Central Public Enterprise after acceptance of his technical resignation from Government is treated as immediate absorption. As per the terms and conditions contained in this OM, a Central Government Servant taking appointment in the Central Public Enterprises on Immediate Absorption basis was entitled to encashment of Earned Leave to his credit at the time of acceptance of his resignation from Government Service, subject to a limit of 180 days. Half Pay Leave stood forfeited. (The limit of Earned Leave which could be thus encashed was later raised to 300 days).

3. It i s clarified that a s per rule 39-D of the CCS (Leave) Rules, 1972, the calculation of leave encashment in case of permanent absorption in Public Sector Undertaking/Autonomous Body wholly or substantially owned or controlled by the Central/State Government will be as per ml c 39(2)(b) which has been amended vide Notification GSR 170 dated 1/12/2009 to read as under:-

The cash equivalent of leave salary under Clause (a) shall be calculated as follows and shall be payable in one lumpsum as a one-time settlement -

Cash equivalent for
earned leave
= Pay admissible on
the date of
retirement plus
Dearness
Allowance
admissible on that
date/
3 0
* Number of days of
unutilized earned
leave at credit
subiect to the total
of earned leave and
Half Pay Leave at
credit not
exceeding 300
days.
cash payment in lieu
of Half Pay
Leave
component
= Half Pay Leave
salary admissible
on the date of
retirement plus
Dearness
Allowance
admissible on that date/30
* Number of days of
Half Pay Leave at
credit subject to the
total of Earned
Leave and Half Pay
Leave at credit not
exceeding 300 days

No commutation of Half Pay Leave shall be permissible to make up the shortfall in Earned Leave.

4. All Ministries/Departments may note for further action accordingly.

5. Hindi version will follow.

(Zoya C.B.)
Under Secretary to the Government o f India
source:DOPT

Conclusion of Special Recruitment Drive launched for filling up the backlog reserved vacancies of Persons with Disabilities


No.36038/2/2008-Estt.(Res.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
* * * * * *

North Block, New Delhi
Dated : 19th May 20 11

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Conclusion of Special Recruitment Drive launched for filling up the backlog reserved vacancies of Persons with Disabilities.
* * *
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even number dated 27.1 1.2009 whereby a Special Recruitment Drive for filling up the backlog reserved vacancies of SCs, S T s and OBCs was launched. It was stipulated that all the backlog vacancies existing in the Ministries/ Departments and its Attached Offices/Subordinate Offices/Public Sector  Undertakings/Autonomous Bodies etc. a s on 1 5.1 1.2009 shall be filled u p by 15.7.2010. It could, however, not happen. The Drive was, therefore, extended upto 3oth June 201 1 vide O M of even no. dated 04.01.2011 and all t h e Ministries/Departments were requested to make concerted efforts to fill up the backlog reserved vacancies which had remained unfilled till then during the extended period of the Drive.

2. In view of the fact that the drive would conclude on 30.06.2011, it is requested that earnest efforts be made to f i l l u p all the identified backlog
vacancies by the said date.

3 . All Ministries/Departments are requested to submit the progress of the drive to this Department, in proforma already prescribed earlier, in respect of the Ministry/Department and all its attached subordinate offices and autonomous/public sector undertakings by 20.07.2011 .

4 . It may be noted that progress of the drive is to be submitted to the Cabinet immediately on completion of the drive and a s such it would be important that complete and up to date information is sent to this Department by the above date so that correct progress may be reported to the Cabinet, for which Ministry/Department would be responsible.

(K.G.Verma)
Director
Tel: 23092158


Brief CV of Cabinet Secretary Designate Ajit K. Seth

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Shri Ajit Kumar Seth, IAS (UP: 74) Secretary (Coordination & Public Grievances), Cabinet Secretariat, as the next Cabinet Secretary with effect from 14.06.2011 for a period of two years or till further orders, whichever is earlier; and also his appointment as OSD in the Cabinet Secretariat with effect from the date of his assumption of charge to 13th June, 201, in the rank and pay of Secretary.

Shri Ajit Seth has been Secretary (Coordination) in the Cabinet Secretariat, since January 2009. Shri Seth is from the 1974 batch of the IAS and belongs to the Uttar Pradesh Cadre. He did his B.Sc (Hons.) and M.Sc. in Chemistry from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi and also M. Phil in Life Sciences from the Jawaharlal Nehru University. He subsequently also obtained a Master’s Degree in Development Finance from the University of Birmingham. Shri Seth has served in different capacities in the Government of India as well as in the States. For 5 years he was Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. 

Earlier in the 1980s Shri Seth served in the Ministry of Commerce and he served for over 3 years as First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations at Geneva, Switzerland. 

While in the state in Uttar Pradesh, Shri Seth served as Principal Secretary (Rural Development), Principal Secretary (Vigilance) and Secretary (Home and Confidential) besides stints in Industries and Cooperatives Departments. He also served as Divisional Commissioner of Kumaon Division in Nainital and District Magistrate of Mainpuri and Lucknow districts. 
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Grant of Overtime Allowance to Railway employees consequent upon revision of pay scales and allowances - date of effect.


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(Raiway Board)

S.No.PC-VI/260  RBE No.72 / 2011
No.PC-V/2008/A/O/3(OTA)                                                                       New Delhi, dated 20/05/2011

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 - date of effect.

         The issue of revising the date of effect of OTA w.e.f. 01.01.2006 instead of 01.9.2008 (as communciated vide para 3 of Board's letter of even number dated 17.2.2010), as demanded vide item no.24/2010 in DC/JCM, has been considered by the Board. It has been decided to revise the date of effect of OTA as 01.01.2006. It is however clarified that the basic pay and DA element for the purpose of OTA shall be revised w.e.f.01.01.2006 and other elements constituting emolument for the purpose of OTA viz. HRA and Tarnsport Allowance etc. shall be taken into account at revised rates w.e.f.01.09.2008 as per the Sixth CPC recommendations.

2. This has the approval of Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways.

3. Hindi version will follow.

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(N.P.singh)
Deputy Director. Pay Commission-V
Raiway Board.

Source:    AIRF

Monday, May 23, 2011

10 % increase in lateral entry seats for engineering courses in PUDUCHERRY


The number of lateral entry seats for engineering courses will be increased by 10 per cent for 2011-2012. Officials at the Centralised Admissions Committee (CENTAC) told The Hindu on Sunday that the increase was owing to the implementation of new AICTE norms.

According to the officials, up to the current academic year, it was statutory for all colleges - private and government - to allot a certain number of seats, equal to 10 per cent of the sanctioned first year intake, for lateral entry.

This is now being increased to 20 per cent.

Total seats

Officials said this hike would translate into a total of about 600 seats for students, who wish to apply for lateral entry.

However, among the total lateral entry seats, the allocation through CENTAC would be about 300.

The notification for the implementation of new norms would be issued in a “day or two,” they said.

Medical seats

Meanwhile, sources in the government said negotiations with private medical colleges, to arrive at the total number of seats to be allocated under government quota, have been delayed as the Minister for Higher Education is yet to be appointed.

The negotiations would begin once the entire Cabinet is in place as any decision has to be approved by it before implementation
source:The Hindu

Applications invited for coaching in Group-I


The A.P. Study Circle is inviting applications from deserving BC, SC and ST candidates for free training for APPSC Group-I Mains exam by the Andhra Pradesh BC Study Circle, a press release said on Saturday.

Candidates from Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Nalgonda, Medak and Mahabubnagar districts with parents' annual income below Rs. One lakh and who qualified in the Prelims are eligible for applying.

They should submit the caste and income certificates issued by respective tehsildars, educational certificates and two passport size photographs along with the filled-in application forms, said the press note.

The forms should be submitted to the Director, A.P.Study Circle for Backward Classes, Nimboli Adda, Kachiguda, Hyderabad- 500027 on or before June 4.

Preference will be given to those who had got trained by the AP Study Circle for Prelims.

For more details, one may contact 040-24651178.
source:The Hindu

Grant of Extension of service of Scientists beyond the age of superannuation - Issue of instructions regarding.


No.26012/8/2011-Estt. (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block, New Delhi,
Dated the 16th May, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:  Grant of Extension of service of Scientists beyond the age of superannuation - Issue of instructions regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Department of Personnel & Taining O.M. No.26012/6/2002-Estt.(A) dated 9.12.2002 (copy enclosed) on the subject mentioned above laying down the criteria for considering cases of extension of service of Scientists in terms of proviso to FR 56(d) and to state that the guidelines for extension of service of eminent scientists of international stature beyond 62 years have been further reviewed as a need has been felt for a rigorous Peer gruop screening by an inter disciplinary Committee of experts.

2. Departmental Peer Review Committee (DPRCs) headed by the Secretary of the Scientific Departments are constituted by the DOP&T with the approval of Prime Minister for a term of 2 years to consider the cases of extenstion of service of scientists beyond 60 years and upto 62 years.

3. It has now been decided with the approval of Prime Minister that the existing/reconstituted Departmental Peer Review Committee shall also do the first stage secreening of Scientists for their entension beyond 62 years of age and thereafter the DPRCs' recommendations will be placed before the Committee under the Cabinet Secretary provided that the DPRCs' have atleast two outside experts aprt from Secretary(Personnel & Training). The DPRCs must give detailed justification for such extension based on merits of the case, the international stature of the person recommended and also indicate whether this will block promotion opportunities of others in the Department. Such recommendations of the DPRCs for extension of service of Scientists beyond 62 years will be sent ot the Establishment Division of the Department of Personnel & Training for placing the cases before the Committee under Cabinet Secretary. Only such cases recommended by the Committee under Cabinet Secretary will be processed further for approval of ACC through the office of the Establishment Officer. Cases of extension of service of Scientists beyond 60 years and up to 62 years recommended by DPRC will continue to be sent directly to the office of Establishment Officer in DOP&T as at present.

4. All proposals for extension of service of Scientists beyond 62 years in terms of the 3rd proviso to FR 56(d) may, therefore, be processed keeping in view the above guidelines in addition to the cretieria stipulated in the OM dated 9.12.1220.

(P.Prabhakaran)
Director (E)

Source  : www.persmin.gov.in

Transfers for 41 IPS officers in Maharashtra


Maharashtra government today effected the transfers of 41 IPS officers, including that of Additional DG (Establishment) Satyapal Singh and Additional CP (West Zone Mumbai) Amitabh Gupta.

Singh will take up his new posting as Additional DG (Law and Order), while Gupta has been promoted as Special Inspector General (IG) Training and special squad in Mumbai.

Rashmi Shukla, who was earlier Special IG training and special squad, has been promoted as Joint Commissioner of state Intelligence.

R N Wagh, who held the post of Joint CP, Special Branch, has been promoted as Additional DG (Anti Corruption Bureau).

Vishwas Nangre Patil, who was Superintendent of Police Thane rural, has been posted as Additional CP (West Zone Mumbai) in place of Amitabh Gupta.

Rajvardhan, who was awaiting appointment, has been promoted as Additional CP (Economic Offences).
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Govt trashes proposal to increase babus’ retirement age


Govt trashes proposal to increase babus’ retirement age

A government committee has rejected a proposal to increase the retirement age of government servants from 60 to 62. The decision is likely to impact over one lakh central government employees and 50,000 defence personnel on the verge of retirement. The proposal — which could have meant saving Rs4,000 crore in this fiscal — was rejected as the government wants a younger bureaucracy.

The fraud complaint

The HRD ministry and sections of the academic community were temporarily preoccupied with a complaint the government received from a body claiming to represent SC/ST employees at the University Grants Commission (UGC) , alleging discrimination by Commission chairman Ved Prakash. But the complaint, it has now been discovered, was fake. The body that sent it doesn’t exist, the UGC’s SC/ST employees’ association has certified. The sender also refused to divulge his identity to the government. A case of attempted malice against the Chairman?

Academics compete with netas for that ‘one more chance’

Politicians, it appears, aren’t alone in keeping their ambitions intact with age. IIT Directors, too, love second terms — even though some believe that a proper reading of the IIT Act — that governs the Institutes — does not allow repeats. After MS Ananth (second term at IIT Madras), Sanjay Dhande (second term at IIT Kanpur) and Gautam Barua (second term at IIT Guwahati), it is the turn of IIT Delhi Director Surendra Prasad to pitch for a second term. The qualification requirements for the post state that applicants should preferably be aged below 60. Prasad — caretaker director at present — is over 60. But that has not stopped him from applying for a second term.

The case of the missing file 

After a file on the Cabinet decision of 1991 — regarding government accounts — went missing, neither the Cabinet Secretariat nor the Finance Ministry — which mooted the proposal — had any clue. Eventually, the Central Information Commission had to intervene and ask the government to locate the file and provide the requisite information to the RTI applicant.


Source: The Hindustan Times



Saturday, May 21, 2011

Rates of Night Duty Allowance w.e.f. 1-1-2011


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA 
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS 
( RAILWAY BOARD)

No.E(P&A)II-2011/HW-2                  

RBE No.67/2011

New Delhi, dated 16/5/2011.

The General Managers/CAOs,
All Indian Railways & Prod. Units etc,
(As per mailing lists No.1 & 11).

Subject: Rates of Night Duty Allowance w.e.f. 1-1-2011.

   Consequent to sanction of an additional instalment of Dearnes Allowance vide this Ministry’s letter No.PC-Vl/2008/1/7/2/1 dated 25.03.2011, the President is pleased to decide that the rates of Night Duty Allowance, as notified vide Annexures ‘A’ and ‘B’ of Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-2010/HW-4 dated 27-10-2010 stand revised with effect fron 01-01-2011 as indicated at Annexure ‘A’ in respect of Continuous’. ‘Intensive’,‘Excluded categories and workshop employees, and as indicated at Annexure ‘B’ in respect of Essentially intermittent’ categories.

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

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(Salim Md. Ahmed) 
Deputy Director/E(P&A)III, 
Railway Board.

Railway Board-orders –details-http://www.airfindia.com/

Re-classification of cities/towns for grant of House Rent Allowance (HRA) to Railway employees


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA 
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS 
(RAILWAY BOARD)

S.NO.PC-Vl/258                                                                                      RBE No.66/2011

No.E(P&A)ll-2008/HRA.10                                                   New Delhi, dated 16-5-2011.

The General Managers/CAOs,
All Indian Railways & Prod.Units etc.
(as per mailing lists No.1 & II).

Subject: Decision of the Government on the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission relating to re-classification of cities/towns for grant of House Rent Allowance (HRA) to Railway employees.

   Attention is invited to para 6 of Board’s letter of even number dated 12.9.2008 on the above mentioned subject, vide which the special dispensation for grant of HRA has been allowed to continue to (i) Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida & Gurgaon at "X” class city rates and (ii) Jalandhar Cantt. Shillong, Goa & Port Blair at "Y" class city rates and to state that the special dispensation allowed to Panchkula for grant of HRA at par with Chandigarh vide Board’s letter No. E(P&A)ll-2003/HRA-6 dated 19.8.2003, shall also continue.

   2. In this context, it is also clarified that any other similar special dispensation allowed by the Railway Board in the past in respect of other cities or grant of HRA at higher rates and not specifically mentioned in Board’s letter of even no. dated 12.9.2008. shall continue to apply, if the same has not been superceded/dispensed with or the existing classification of such city has not been revised to higher classification on account of the population criteria, vide Board’s letter of even no.dated 12.9.2008.

   3. These orders shall be effective from lst.September, 2008.

   4. All other conditions governing grant of HRA under existing orders shall continue to apply.

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

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(Salim Md. Ahmed) 
Deputy Director/E(P&A)lll, 
Railway Board.

ORIGINAL PDF-http://www.airfindia.com/Orders_11/HRA_16.05.11.pdf

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Tamil Nadu Leave Rules – Maternity Leave – Enhancement of Maternity Leave to 180 days – Orders – Issued.


Tamil Nadu Leave Rules – Maternity Leave – Enhancement of Maternity Leave to 180 days – Orders – Issued
PERSONNEL AND ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS (FR.III) DEPARTMENT

G.O.(Ms) No.51                                                                                  Dated: 16.05.2011

Read:

(1) G.O.(Ms) No.279, Personnel and Administrative Reforms (FR.II) Department, dated 11.03.1980.

(2) G.O.(Ms) No.138, Personnel and Administrative Reforms (FR.III) Department, dated 26.02.1983.

(3) G.O.(Ms) No.237, Personnel and Administrative Reforms (FR.III) Department, dated 29.06.1993.

ORDER:-

   In the Government Order 1st read above, the Maternity Leave admissible to married women Government Servants was enhanced to 90 days which may be spread over from the pre-confinement rest to post-confinement recuperation at the option of the Government Employee. It was also ordered therein that the Maternity Leave will not be admissible to women Government Servants with more than three children. Further, in the Government Order 2nd read above, necessary amendments to Rule 101(a) of the Fundamental Rules were issued, based on the executive orders issued in the Government Order 1st read above. Based on the recommendation of the Tamil Nadu third pay commission and on par with Central Government Employees, orders were issued in the Government Order 3rd read above to the effect that a woman Government Servant with less than two surviving children be allowed Maternity Leave for a period of 90 days from the date of its commencement.

   2. The Government after careful consideration direct that the Maternity Leave admissible to married women Government Servants which is 90 days at present be enhanced to 180 days which may be spread over from the pre-confinement rest to post-confinement recuperation at the option of the woman Government Servant. The Maternity Leave will be admissible to married women Government Servants with less than two surviving Children.

   3. Necessary amendments to Fundamental Rules will be issued separately.

(BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR)

R. KANNAN 
PRINCIPAL SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT

original order-http://www.tn.gov.in/gosdb/gorders/par/par_e_51_2011.pdf

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Govt mulling PF interest rate hike


Govt mulling PF interest rate hike

Bangalore, May 16 (PTI) Union Minister for Labour and Employment M Mallikarjun Kharge today said the government was looking at further hiking the interest rate on Provident Fund from the present 9.5 per cent.

"We are contemplating further increasing the interest rate on Provident Fund from the present 9.5 per cent. The interest rate on EPF (Employees Provident Fund) was increased to 9.5 per cent recently.

"This time also we want to give more to the employees. We are working towards it", he said while inaugurating the Southern Zonal Office of Director General of Mines Safety here.

Kharge also said the Ministry was bringing in 32 amendments to the Mines Safety Act formulated in 1952 wherein a number of stringent steps would be introduced for the safety of mine workers.

"The steps include increasing the penalty for violating mines safety norms from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1 lakh.

Source: PTI

CAT to Railways:Pay family pension, death gratuity


CAT to Railways:Pay family pension, death gratuity

Chennai, Apr 30 (PTI) The Central Administrative Tribunal has given an interim order directing the Railways to pay gratuity and family pension to the families of those employees who died after joining service on or after January 1, 2004.

It also directed payment of extraordinary pension or invalid pension to all employees who joined service on or after that date.

The Madras Bench of the CAT, comprising members K Elango and R Satapathy, gave the order following applications filed by Dakshin Railway Employees Union and a Southern Railway employee challenging the new pension scheme which has withdrawn the defined pension, family pension, invalid pension, gratuity and PF hitherto available to all Railway employees.
The Union represents Group C and D employees of Southern Railway Under the Ministry of Railways.

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Level ‘A’ Training Programme at ISTM for U.D.Cs with 5 years’ approved service in the grade (06/06/2011 to 01/07/2011).


Most Immediate
No.08/02/2011-CS.I(Trg)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
CS.I Training
Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated the 16th May, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Level ‘A’ Training Programme at ISTM for U.D.Cs with 5 years’ approved service in the grade (06/06/2011 to 01/07/2011).

The undersigned is directed to inform that UDCs, whose names are given in Annexure I, have been nominated for the Level ‘A’ Training Programme conducted by ISTM w.e.f. 06/06/2011 to 01/07/2011. It is requested that these officials may be relieved of their duties, subject to vigilance clearance and advised to report to Shri AJK Menon, Assistant Director(Co-ordinator) ISTM, Administrative Block, JNU Campus (Old), New Delhi-110067 at 9 A.M. on 6th June. 2011.

2. The performance of the officials in the training, as evaluated and reported by 1STM thereof, may be added in their APARs. No request for withdrawal of nomination either from the Ministry/Department or the officer concerned shall be entertained by this Department or the Institute. As the training of the officials and successful completion is necessary for promotion / regularization, the Cadre Units are requested to ensure that the officials nominated to the above programme are relieved in time.

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

4. Confirmation with regard to the participation of the officials along with their respective bio-data (Annexure-II) may please be sent by 25th May, 2011 to Shri AJK Menon, Assistant Director (Co-ordinator), ISTM, New Delhi, with a copy to the undersigned. Shri AJK Menon, Assistant Director(Co-ordinator) ISTM is accessible on phone No.26165593 (0).

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( Vidyadhar Jha )
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Source: www.persmin.gov.in

CAT to Railways:Pay family pension, death gratuity


CAT to Railways:Pay family pension, death gratuity

Chennai, Apr 30 (PTI) The Central Administrative Tribunal has given an interim order directing the Railways to pay gratuity and family pension to the families of those employees who died after joining service on or after January 1, 2004.

It also directed payment of extraordinary pension or invalid pension to all employees who joined service on or after that date.

The Madras Bench of the CAT, comprising members K Elango and R Satapathy, gave the order following applications filed by Dakshin Railway Employees Union and a Southern Railway employee challenging the new pension scheme which has withdrawn the defined pension, family pension, invalid pension, gratuity and PF hitherto available to all Railway employees.
The Union represents Group C and D employees of Southern Railway Under the Ministry of Railways.

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

No recovery for Coop-society dues from DCRG--CAT


No recovery for Coop-society dues from DCRG

CENTRAL ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNAL, ERNAKULAM BENCH 
Original Application No. 457 of 2009 Tuesday, this the 05th day of April, 2011 

CORAM: Hon'ble Mr. K. George Joseph, 
Administrative Member M. Nagammal, aged 65 years, W/o. Maran, Door No. 579, Jeevanadham Road, Kallukkadai Medu, Pudumai Colony, Erode-638 001. ..... 
Applicant (By Advocate - Mr. T.C.G. Swamy) Versus 

1. Union of India, represented by the General Manager, Southern Railway, Headquarters Office, Park Town, Chennai-3. 
2. The Senior Divisional Personnel Officer, Southern Railway, Palghat Division, Palghat. .....
Respondents (By Advocate - Mr. Sunil Jacob Jose) 

This application having been heard on 16.03.2011, the Tribunal on 05.04.11 delivered the following: 
ORDER 
Hon'ble Mr. K. George Joseph, Administrative Member 

The applicant is a widow, the only person eligible to receive all the death benefits of her son, late Jaganathan, who died on 05.11.2005 in an accident while working in the Railway service. She was issued with a pension calculation sheet dated 18.04.2006 as at Annexure A-5 showing the amount of DCRG as Rs. 1,15,479/-. 

But she was paid only about Rs. 50,000/-. Aggrieved, she has filed this O.A for the following reliefs : 

(a) Direct the respondents to pay the death Gratuity as sanctioned in Annexure A-5 and all other death benefits liable to be paid to the applicant consequent upon the demise of her son late Jaganathan with interest calculated at the rate of 12% per annum from 01.06.2006 till the date of full and final settlement of the same; 

(b) Award costs and incidental to this application; 

(c) Pass such other orders or directions as deemed just, fit and necessary in the facts and circumstances of the case. 

2. The applicant contended that the respondents are bound to pay the entire DCRG amount as indicated in A-5 and other death benefits. Non- feasance on the part of the respondents to pay the same is arbitrary and contrary to law. 3. The respondents contested the O.A. In their reply, they submitted that late Jaganathan was a habitual absentee who was removed from service twice in his career for unauthorised absence, but later reinstated in service treating the intervening period as Extra Ordinary leave. On innumerable occasions, he was on unauthorised absence. Even though his span of service extended from 1983 to 2005, his actual qualifying service after deducting the Extra Ordinary Leave for unauthorised absence which are counted as non-qualifying service, comes to 16 years only, based on which the DCRG amount is Rs. 65988/- only. From the above amount, a sum of Rs. 13255/- is to be recovered towards Railway dues which consists of funeral advance, electrical energy, rent and overpayment of pay and further an amount of Rs. 25758/- is to be recovered towards dues to Southern Railway Employees Co-Operative Credit Society, Trichy. Thus, the total amount to be recovered comes to Rs. 39013/-. Afterdeducting the same, the net amount payable towards DCRG comes to Rs.26975/- and the same was paid alongwith other settlement dues amounting to Rs. 26356/-. Based on a wrong notion that the late employee had got qualifying service of 21 years, his DCRG was assessed as Rs. 1,15,479/-. On verification, the qualifying service was found to be only 16 years. Accordingly, his DCRG was estimated as Rs. 65988/-. By an oversight the earlier proposed amount of Rs. 1,15,479/- towards DCRG was left out to be deleted in Annexure A-5. The applicant has no right to claim any additional amount other than what is legally due to her. The O.A is liable to be dismissed. 

3. In the rejoinder filed by the applicant, it was submitted that the applicant is not responsible for the mistake alleged to have been committed by the respondents. The period of service not specifically shown as non qualifying in the service records with the acknowledgement of the railway servant concerned cannot be treated as non-qualifying service. The respondents have not shown how they can make the recovery in respect of electrical energy, rent, overpayment of pay and dues towards the Southern Railway Employees Co-Operative Credit Society in the absence of statutory empowerment of respondents to do so. 

4. In the reply to the rejoinder, the respondents submitted that the inadvertent omission on the part of the respondents in making necessary corrections in Annexure A-5 will not give the applicant any added advantage for claiming additional benefits other than what is legally due to her. Rule 15 of the Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993, authorizes recovery of dues from DCRG. 

5. In the additional rejoinder filed by the applicant, it was submitted that arbitrarily reducing the qualifying service as ascertained in Annexure A-5 without giving due notice is unsustainable. In Para 1234 of the Indian Railway Administration and Finance, it is stipulated that the signature of the employees governed by Pension Rules is to be obtained in the service book in token of their having inspected the service books. The recovery as stated by the respondents is impermissible in the absence of any statutory provision. 

6. I have heard Mr. T.C. Govindaswamy, the learned counsel for the applicant and Mr. Sunil Jacob Jose, the learned SCGSC, appearing for the respondents and perused the records. 

7. Late Jaganathan was an employee governed by the Pension Rules. As per Para 1234 of the Indian Railway Administration and Finance, it is the duty of every Head of Office to initiate action to show the service book to the railway servants governed by pension rules under his administrative control every year and to obtain their signatures therein in token of their having inspected the service books. As per the say of the respondents, late Jaganathan was a habitual absentee. He was removed from service twice in his career for unauthorised absence. Afterwards, considering his appeal he was reinstated in service duly treating the intervening period as Extra Ordinary Leave. Other than Extra Ordinary Leave granted on medical certificates, the appointing authority at the time of granting Extra Ordinary Leave may allow the period of that leave to count as qualifying service if such leave is granted to a Railway servant due to his inability to join or rejoin duty on account of civil commotion or for prosecuting higher scientific or technical studies as per Rule 36 of Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993. Therefore, in the case of late Jaganathan, the respondents are justified in not counting his Extra Ordinary Leave for the purpose of pensionary benefits. It is true that his service book does not contain the signature of late Jaganathan in token of his having inspected it. This is a technical infirmity. The respondents have been magnanimous in reinstating a habitual absentee in service on two occasions. If the service book was not inspected by the employee, the blame should be shared by the employee also. The technical infirmity of not having employee's signature in the service book cannot legitimize counting of unauthorised absence as qualifying service for the purpose of pensionary benefits. The respondents have every right to correct an inadvertent error in calculating the qualifying service of late Jaganathan. The initial error on the part of the respondents will not confer an enforceable right on the applicant to claim additional benefits other than what is legally due to her. 

8. The relevant part of Rules 15(2) and 15(4)(ii) of Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993, read as follows : "15(2) : The railway or Government dues as ascertained and assessed, which remain outstanding till the date of retirement or death of the railway servant, shall be adjusted against the amount of the retirement gratuity or death gratuity or terminal gratuity and recovery of the dues against the retiring railway servant shall be regulated in accordance with the provisions of sub-rule (4)." "15(4) (ii) : .......It is permissible to make recovery of Government dues from the retirement, death, terminal or service gratuity even without obtaining his consent, or without obtaining the consent of the members of his family in the case of a deceased railway servant." 

9. As per the above rules, any advance, overpayment of pay and allowance, house rent, dues pertaining to Railway accommodation etc. can be recovered from the DCRG of the employee concerned without obtaining his consent. Therefore, the respondents are justified in making recovery of Rs. 13255/- from the DCRG amount of Rs. 65988/-. However, as per 15(3)(c) of the Pension Rules, the amounts payable by a railway servant to Consumer Co-Operative Societies, Consumer Credit Societies and the autonomous organisation may be recovered from the retirement gratuity which has become payable to the retiring railway servant provided he gives his consent for doing so in writing to the administration. In the instant case, the respondents have no case that late Jaganathan had given his consent for recovering the amount payable by him to Southern Railway Employees Co-Operative Credit Society, Trichy. There is no justification or legal basis for recovering the amount of Rs. 25758/- from the DCRG amount of late Jaganathan. The amount unauthorisedly recovered by the respondents towards dues to Southern Railway Employees Co-Operative Credit Society, Trichy, is to be refunded to the applicant. Accordingly, the O.A. is allowed to the extent indicated below. 

10. The respondents are directed to pay the applicant an amount of Rs. 25758/- which was recovered unauthorisedly towards dues to Southern Railway Employees Co-Operative Credit Society, Trichy, within a period of 60 days from the date of receipt of a copy of this order. 

11. No order as to costs. 

(Dated, the 05th April, 2011) 
(K. GEORGE JOSEPH) ADMINISTRATIVE MEMBER


Source: Postalinfo

Friday, May 13, 2011

Demand for city classification, wage fixation


The committee has to go into issue of wage fixation including parity with and HRA drawn by central government employees based on city classification decided by union governmen 

The state government, despite repeated assurances including those given by CM, is yet to set up a wage committee for its employees. The committee has to go into issue of wage fixation including parity with and HRA drawn by central government employees based on city classification decided by union government. To draw attention of the government to this demand, the state government employees are holding district level conventions. The convention in DK will be held here on May 29. 

Interestingly, Mangalore City Corporation at its monthly meeting on September 30, 2008, had unanimously adopted a resolution urging the state government to change the city's status from C to B2. Mangalore presently enjoys B2 status on its city compensatory allowance (CCA), and C status on its house rent allowance (HRA) parameters and this was as per the revision carried out based on the results of the earlier census carried out in 2001. 

Status of Indian cities comprises of two ranking systems used by the Union government to allocate compensatory allowances to its employees in cities in the country. The list classifies cities based on two parameters CCA, further divided into categories A1, A, B1 and B2, and HRA further divided into A1, A, B1, B-2 and C categories. This classification was initially based on the recommendations of 5th Pay Commission of India (1997). 

At present, state government employees working in C category cities get 10% of basic salary as HRA if working in district headquarters and 6% HRA in the taluks. Central government employees in C category city on the other hand get 20% HRA in district HQ and 10% in taluks. The state government has upgraded city classification of Mysore and Hubli-Dharwad from C to B2 and is yet to do so for 14 major towns across Karnataka including Mangalore. 

H Sanjeeva, president of DK unit of Karnataka State Government Employees Association told TOI that central government employees in DK and other B2 cities in the state are getting revised HRA (20% and 10%) since 2007. They have received arrears as the revision was made applicable from January 1, 2006. "If the state government ratifies the status of 14 cities including that of Mangalore from C to B2, we too would get 20% as HRA," he noted. 

source:Times of India

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Punjab scraps exams after ETT paper leak


The Punjab Government today scrapped the ongoing Elementary Teachers Training (ETT) examinations, that had commenced on April 29, following paper leak.

Punjab Education Minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan ordered scrapping of the papers, an official release said here.

The Minister took the step after someone brought to his notice that ETT question papers were available to some candidates much before the scheduled examination time.

The release said the Minister had noticed that the question paper of ETT exam to be held on May 11 at 2 pm was available with some students in the morning itself.

Similarly, the question paper of examination to be held today in the afternoon was available with the students hours before its commencement.

Sekhwan has asked Sanjay Popli, Additional Secretary Education, to hold an inquiry into the whole episode and register criminal case against those found guilty.


RCF employees put off stir after talks with Management


Agitating employees of Rail Coach Factory (RCF) here today decided to defer their agitation after the management assured them of strict action against a doctor accused of molesting an RCF employee's daughter.

The workers staged a day-long dharna in front of administrative complex in protest against the alleged failure of the management to take action against the doctor against whom the police have registered a criminal case on the complaint of the victim.

A meeting of representatives of staff council and union leaders was held with RCF General Manager K K Saxena, Staff Council Joint Secretary Saravjit Singh told reporters.

He said the union leaders have agreed to give one week to the management for taking strict action against Sandeep Mehta for his alleged indecent behaviour.

He said the GM also agreed to complete the inquiry of the fact finding committee within five days.


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