Friday, March 27, 2015

7th CPC Meeting of National Council JCM Staff Side about DA Merger, Interim Relief

Feedback of the meeting of NC JCM Staff Side with 7th CPC

No.NC/JCM/2015

Dated: March 25, 2014

Dear Comrades,

The 7th CPC had asked the JCM Staff Side to present their case before the Commission for wage revision on 23rd and 24th March 2015. Accordingly, the Standing Committee of the Staff Side met on 22nd March and again 23rd March 2015. The presentation was made on 23rd and 24th March 2015 before the Commission.

We have discussed the memorandum, chapter wise and the Commission made a very patient hearing and interacted with us seeking clarifications on certain matters. It is not possible to provide a detailed account of the discussions. However, we are to inform you that we came out of the discussion with a very good impression and satisfaction.

1. The Commission will adopt Minimum Wage Concept(Dr. Aykhrod Formula) as the principle of wage determination. They will however, collect the retail rates of the commodities that go into the basket.

2. We have pleaded for the adoption of the best international practices while fixing the highest salary.

3. On the demands for Interim Relief and Merger of DA, the Commission finally said that those can only be considered if Terms of Reference are amended.

4. The Commission agreed that there had been reduction in the sanctioned strength and working strength over the years despite the increased workload.

5. They have also noted that there was substantial reduction in percentage terms of the expenses on salary and wages over the years.

6. The Commission enquired, as to how multiplication factor of 3.7 was arrived at. The same was explained in detail.

7. Fitment Formula and the demand on Fixation of Pay on Promotion, were appreciated as the rationale was explained.

8. Date of effect: No commitment or comment was made by the Commission. The Staff Side explained, as to how they compromised by shifting the date from. 01.01.2011 to 01.01.2014.

9. The institution of Special Pay, especially in the wake of de-layering was explained.

10. Common Categories: We have requested the upgradation and amalgamation of the cadres of LDC with UDC and the need for bringing about parity in pay scales of the Subordinate Offices with the Central Secretariat. The problems of Staff Car Drivers were also elaborated. The contractorisation and casualisation at lower level positions and the consequent exploitation of the labour were discussed at length. The Commission has made a proposal to do away with the contractorisation/casualisation. Staff side will discuss the proposal and will send its views to the Commission in due course.

11. Classification of Posts: Our proposal has not been found favour.

12. GDS: While sympathizing with the Staff Side, the Commission wanted them to approach the Government with a view to amend the Terms of Reference.

13. Allowances and Advances: Detailed discussions were held on HRA, CCA, Transport Allowance, CEA and Special Allowance for personnel posted at North East Region. Chapters dealing with the facilities was also discussed at length, including compassionate appointment. On holidays, we have requested to include May Day in the list of holidays. The background of observance of May Day was enquired by the Commission and explained.

14. Pension and Retirement Benefit – NPS: Commission stated categorically that NPS being an Act of Parliament, they will not make any comment thereon.

Pension Computation: The rationale of 67% was explained and appreciated.

Minimum Pension: our demand for 2/3rd of the Minimum Wage was also explained.

Parity in pension of past and present pensioners was fully explained, linked with one rank -one pension scheme for Defence Personnel. We have pleaded that Civilian Pensioners should not be discriminated against. Demand for Additional Pension for both Pensioners and Family Pensioners was explained. All matters concerning Family Pension were also discussed. So also, gratuity to be computed in accordance with the Gratuity Act.

There was good response for the demands from the Commission.

Restoration of commuted value of pension: The Commission will enquire the views of the Government as to what is their objection to the demand.

Medical facilities for pensioners and discrimination between Pensioners in CGHS area and CCS(MA) Area as also the Postal Pensioners was brought home including the higher Fixed Medical Allowance for ESI persons.

Certain clarifications/elucidations have been asked for by the Commission. To provide such clarifications, another meeting with the Commission might be held after the Commission’s interaction with other organizations. The Staff Side may meet the Commission after their interaction with the other organizations are over.

With greetings,

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary/Staff Side NC JCM

Source:http://ncjcmstaffside.com/
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POSTAL DEPARTMENT JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION

POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
FEDERATION OF NATIONAL POSTAL ORGANISATIONS
ALL INDIA POSTAL EMPLOYEES UNION, GDS (NFPE)
NATIONAL UNION GDS

No. PJCA/2015

Dated: 26th March , 2015

CIRCULAR

To
All Office Bearers of both the Federations.
All General Secretaries
All Circle/Divisional and Branch Secretaries.

Dear Comrades,

P.J.C.A. MEETING

As decided earlier PJCA meeting was held at NFPE office, 1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building New Delhi-110 001 on 24.03.2015. at 2 P.M The meeting was Presided over by Shri. D.Theagarajan, Chairman, PJCA and Secretary General FNPO.

The meeting attended by both Secretary Generals and General Secretaries of both the Federations.

Before commencement of meeting homage was paid to Com. S.K. Vyas, a Veteran & legendry leader of Central Government Employees & Pensioners Trade Union Movement by observing one minute silence.

In the meeting Com. R.N. Parashar, Secretary PJCA and Secretary General NFPE presented the position of action and development on the 40 points Strike Charter of demands after PJCA meeting with Secretary (P) on 05.02.2015.

All General Secretaries presented their views and after a detailed discussion, the following decisions were taken:

1. Disagreement was recorded on items No. 1,2,11,12,13,14,15,16,21, 25,27, 30, 31,33,34, 35,36,37, and 40 of PJCA Strike Charter of demand as the progress is not being noticed on all these items. Secretary (P) will be addressed to settle these issues as per the assurance given in meeting on 05.02.2015.

2. Due to some unavoidable circumstances the date of Dharna in front of Dak Bhawan, New Delhi by All India leaders of both Federations is rescheduled as 29th April-2015 instead of 15th April.

3, Notice for Indefinite Strike to be organized from 06th May 2015 will be served to the Secretary, Department of Posts, New Delhi on 06th April-2015. All Circle /Divisional and Branch Secretaries will also submit Strike Notice at all levels by organizing demonstrations in front of all important offices.

4 Campaign programme by All India Leaders of both the Federations affiliated unions has been finalized and it will be completed between 05th April to 15th April, 2015 to mobilize entire rank and file. All concerned will fix the dates in consultation with Circle leadership and conduct the programme to mobilize maximum employees to participate in Parliament March to be conducted on 28th April 2015 under banner of National Council JCM and to make them ready for the Indefinite strike from 06th May 2015 onwards . (Campaign programme is enclosed)

5. Next Meeting of PJCA will be held on 29th April, 2015 on the day of Dharna by All India leaders in front of Dak Bhawan, New Delhi.

MEETING WITH PAY COMMISSION

1, Meeting of NFPE leaders with 7th Central Pay Commission was held on 25th March, 2015 at Pay Commissions Office at Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhawan Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi. Secretary General NFPE and all General Secretaries participated in the meeting and presented the issues very nicely submitted in the memorandums. Chairman and members appeared courteous and co-operative with positive attitude.

GDS issues were also discussed by Secretary General NFPE and Com. P. Panduranga Rao General Secretary, GDS (NFPE) and Memorandum on GDS issue was also presented again to Chairman 7th CPC by General Secretary GDS (NFPE) . Chairman assured all possible help to this most exploited and deprived section of Postal Workers within his capacity.

2. Meeting of FNPO leaders was also held with 7th CPC on 26th March 2015 at CPC office at New Delhi. Secretary General & all General Secretaries presented the issues effectively and Pay Commission was also of positive views on most of the items. FNPO & NUGDS also discussed GDS related issues to Pay Commission and submitted memorandum.

D. THEAGARAJAN  R.                                                                                  N. PARASHAR
Secretary General, FNPO                                                                     Secretary General NFPE

Source: http://nfpe.blogspot.in/
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Revised Timings for CGHS Wellness Centres - CGHS Order 2015.

No: S.11030/55/2012-CGHS(P)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare

Maulana Azad Road, Nirman Bhawan
New Delhi 110 108
Dated the 24 March, 2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Revised Timings for CGHS Wellness Centres

The undersigned is directed to refer to the OM of even no. dated 26th March, 2013 vide which the revised timings of 8.00 AM to 3.00 PM in the CGHS Wellness Centres were enforced w.e.f. 1st April, 2013. This Ministry has received representations from association of doctors of CGHS (All India G.D.M.O. Association) and other sections of CGHS beneficiaries for change in duty hours/ timings of the Wellness Centres. In this regard, after due consideration, it has been decided to further revise the timings of CGHS Wellness Centres from the current timings of 8.00 AM to 3.00 PM to the revised timings of 7.30 AM to 2.00 PM as per the following details :

1. The CGHS Wellness Centres will be functional from 7.30 AM to 2.00 PM without a lunch break, on a trial basis for three months w.e.f. 1st April, 2015.

2. The CGHS Wellness Centres in New Delhi which are currently functional for 24 hours, will continue to function as usual in shifts.

3. The new timings will be applicable to all CGHS Wellness Centres in all CGHS cities across the country

4. The new timings would also apply to the AYUSH dispensaries / units under CGHS all over the country.

The new timings for CGHS Wellness Centres will be effective from 1st April, 2015 on a trial basis for three months. Further decision in the matter will be taken after considering feedback to this change.

This issues with the approval of Minister of Health and Family Welfare.

Sd/-
[Bindu Tewari]
Director CGHS(P)

Source: http://msotransparent.nic.in/writereaddata/cghsdata/mainlinkfile/File960.pdf
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tamil Nadu Revised Scales of Pay Rules, 1989 — Selection Grade/ Special Grade scales of pay in the revised pay scales – Revised orders – Issued.

ABSTRACT

Tamil Nadu Revised Scales of Pay Rules, 1989 — Selection Grade/ Special Grade scales of pay in the revised pay scales – Revised orders – Issued.

FINANCE (CMPC) DEPARTMENT

G.O.Ms.No.62

Dated:09-03-2015.
Maasi-25,
Thiruvalluvar Aandu, 2046.

Read:

1. G.O.Ms.No.210, P&AR(S) Department, dated: 11-03-1987.
2. G.0.Ms.No.666, Finance (PC) Department, dated: 27-6-1989.
3. G.O.Ms.No.304, finance (PC) Department, dated: 28-3-1990.
4. G.O.Ms.No.216, Finance (PC) Department, dated: 22-3-1993.

ORDER:

In the Government Order third read above, orders were issued re-introducing

the Selection Grade/ Special Grade scales of pay and indicating the same in the annexure appended therein. It has also been ordered therein that the Selection Grade/Special Grade scales of pay should be restricted to the level of first level and second level promotion posts scales of pay.

2) Subsequently, the Tamil Nadu Administrative Tribunal in O.A.No.1625 of 1991 setting aside the entire para-4 of the Government Order third read above. Consequently, necessary fresh orders were issued to protect certain special categories in the matter of award of Selection Grade/ Special Grade scales of pay like Office Assistants in all departments and Secondary Grade Teachers in School Education Department.

3) Consequent on the issue of the above Government Order, the following deviations have been brought to the notice of Government:–

a) The spirit of the Government Order is to award Selection Grade/ Special Grade to the Secondary Grade Teachers by counting the services rendered prior to 1-6-1988 on identical scales of pay. But the services rendered beyond 1-6-1988 on lower scales of pay has also been taken into account which is against the general guidelines issued by Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department on award of Selection Grade/ Special Grade.

b) In respect of awarding of Selection Grade/ Special Grade in High Schools I Higher Secondary Schools in the post of Secondary Grade Teacher, the services were counted and they were granted the scale of pay applicable to the promotion post of Primary School Headmaster, even though there is no scope for all the Secondary Grade Teachers to become Primary School Headmaster.

c) The Special Teachers and Physical Education Teachers who do not form part of a feeder category to the post of Primary School Headmaster have also been granted the scale of pay of Primary School Headmaster without considering the financial implications due to Judgement Orders and on wrong misconception of the orders issued in the Government Order third read above.

4) Subsequent Pay Commissions have been implemented with effect from 1-1-1996 and 1-1-2006 and the scales of pay of Secondary Grade Teacher and Primary School Headmaster are fixed on two different pay scales are as follows:-

Pre-revised scale of
pay (01-01-1996)
Revised scale of pay
(01-01-2006)
Rs.
Rs.
Secondary Grade Teacher     
4500-7000      
5200-20200 + Grade Pay of Rs.2800
Headmaster Primary School  
5300-8300
9300-34800 + Grade Pay of Rs.4300
 As such, the services rendered in the post of Secondary Grade Teacher on a lower scale of pay cannot be counted for awarding Selection Grade/ Special Grade in the higher post of Primary School Headmaster on or after 01-01-1996.

5) Persons who are not entitled to get the benefit of higher Selection Grade/ Special Grade scales of pay applicable to Primary School Headmaster such as Secondary Grade Teachers in High Schools I Higher Secondary Schools as well as Special Teachers I Physical Education Teachers filed writ petitions in the Hon’ble High Court seeking legal remedies. In all such cases the court has passed favourable orders. It is observed that such orders were passed on the following grounds:–

(i) Counter Affidavits were not filed properly resulting in ex-party orders passed by the Hon’ble High Court.

(ii) Appeals were not filed in time.

(iii) Consultation of Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department, Finance

Department and Law Department for filing effective counter affidavits .

(iv) Delays in filing of Writ Appeals or Special Leave Petitions resulted confirmation of the orders of the Hon’ble High Court.

(v) Such court orders have been implemented and the undue benefits have been extended to the Secondary Grade Teachers as well as Special Teachers I Physical Education Teachers, consequent on filing of contempt petitions without examining the merits of individual cases which has caused a huge financial commitment to the State Exchequer running to several crores of rupees.

6) As per the general orders in vogue, as ordered in the Government Order first read above, the services rendered on identical and as well as higher scales of pay in the lower post can alone be taken into account for awarding Selection Grade/ Special Grade in the promotion post and no dispensation can be made in respect of any Government employee including Teachers for award of Selection Grade/ Special Grade due to misinterpretation of the orders issued in the Government Order fourth read above. Government have therefore decided to issue necessary amendment to the said Government Order to regulate the grant of Selection Grade/ Special Grade scales of pay of the employees including Teachers to avoid re-opening of settled issues.

7) Accordingly, the following amendment is issued to para-3 (ii) of the Government Order fourth read above:–

(1) In respect of Secondary Grade Teachers in High Schools I Higher Secondary Schools there is no promotion post for them. Whereas, there is a promotion post for the Secondary Grade Teachers in Primary Schools viz. Primary School Headmaster which envisages the restrictive proviso in para–4 of G.0.Ms.No.304, Finance (PC) Department, dated: 28-3-1990. As a measure of uniformity in the Selection Grade/ Special Grade scales of pay of Secondary Grade Teachers Government directed that the Secondary Grade Teachers in all schools be made eligible for the Selection Grade/ Special Grade scales of pay as indicated in the Annexure-1 to the Government Order third read above.

(2) The Selection Grade/ Special Grade scales of pay indicated in the Annexure-1 to the G.O.Ms.No.304, Finance (Pay Cell) Department, dated: 28-3-1990 is applicable for the Fifth Tamil Nadu Pay Commission period only i.e. from 1-6-1988 to 31-12-1995. As such, the benefit of Selection Grade/ Special Grade scales of pay as contemplated in para-3 (ii) of G.O. Ms.No.216, Finance (Pay Cell) Department, dated: 22-3-1993 shall be made applicable only to the cases of Secondary Grade Teachers and other employees who were awarded Selection Grade/ Special Grade between 1-6-1988 and 31-12-1995 and the same cannot be extended beyond this date as subsequent Pay Commission revisions were implemented with effect from 1-1-1996 and 1-1-2006 respectively on par with the counterparts in Government of India.

Source:http://cms.tn.gov.in/sites/default/files/gos/fin_e_62_2015.pdf
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Revision of Special Allowance and Cash Handling Allowance as a result of enhancement of Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 1.1.2014.

No. 4/6/2008-Esft. (Pay II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi
dated the 24th March, 2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Revision of Special Allowance and Cash Handling Allowance as a result of enhancement of Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 1.1.2014

References are being received from various Ministries with regard to the amount of Special Allowance and Cash Handling Allowance admissible consequent upon enhancement of Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees @ 100% w.e.f. 1st January, 2014 announced vide Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure O.M. No.1/1/2014-E-II (B) dated 27th March, 2014.

2. This Departments O.M. 4/6/2008-Est(Pay II) dated 1.10.2008 provides that the rates of Special Allowance and Cash Handling Allowance will be increased by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance payable on revised pay scales goes up by 50%.

3. All Ministries/Departments are therefore, again advised to take necessary action accordingly.

Sd/-
( A.K. Jain)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/4_6_2008-Estt.Pay-II-24032015.pdf
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7th pay commission calculators give imaginary answers

There is lot of calculators available in blogs and social media to calculate pay and allowance of 7th pay commission. People who saw these calculators wonder ‘did the 7th pay commission submit its Recommendation to the Government?’. OMG… When did the 7th pay commission submit its report to the central government? The Bapus started enquire about these calculators from everybody who are in Federations and Associations. Even they don’t know how the pay scales would be recommended by 7th pay commission? How much percentage of increase the 7th pay commission would recommend in its report? But calculators do keep coming in day to day basis. Does it worth to calculate our basic pay through this so called 7th pay commission calculators?

Everybody should understand that to review and recommend the revised pay scales for 30 Lakhs Central Government employees is not a joke. It is just more than serious business. The 7th pay commission comprises many Bureaucrats and many officials headed by renowned Supreme Court Judge, require more than 18 months’ time to interview hundreds of officials from Departments / Ministries and Representatives of Unions /Federations to get their views. The whole team of the 7th pay commission has to handle huge volumes of data to analyse the Service Condition and Socio Economic Conditions of the government servants before it start to recommend Pay and Allowance to entire community of the central government employees. The pay commission while recommending revision in pay and allowances has to take into account various factors like the economic conditions in the country, the resources of the Central Government and the global economic scenario as well as the impact upon the finances of the States, if the recommendations are adopted by them.

To recommend revised pay scales for 30Lakhs Central Government Employees is indeed an arduous Journey to perform. The 7th Pay commission, since its constitution, is doing commendable job. The Commission issued a Questionnaire and invited comments for their questionnaire invariably from government organizations, unions/ federations and from the Public also. Federations and Unions and Govt organization have been asked by the pay commission to submit the Memorandum to the commission.

The Seventh pay commission engaged with a variety of stakeholders, on issues which it has been mandated to cover, through series of Meetings from 16-6-2014. The Commission so far held 235 Meetings in 38 days from the Month of June 2014 to February 2015 with various Association/ Federations/Unions and Representatives of Ministries/ Departments. They have to go through all the inputs received from the above sources. All the Federations and Associations have been meeting with the 7th pay commission for the past eight months submitted their views and proposals to the commission. Since the federations, who knew their service conditions and department issues very well, have come across many pay commission, they would have discussed about their service condition and their departmental specific issues with 7th pay commission and discussed about their expectation over pay and allowances. So the only reliable source to tell anything about the Pay commission’s perspective is Pay commission officials or those who met with them. But none of them come forward to say anything about the views of 7th pay commission and never disclosed anything about the Pay Structure since they are not supposed to do so.

But so many 7th pay commission calculators keep coming in blogs. Did the Calculators do anything said above before it was made? Have these so called 7th pay commission calculators taken all the above factors in to the account before it was made? The Principles Applied for revising pay scales in each pay commission was entirely different. But, as for as sixth pay commission is concerned, the pay Structure itself was entirely different from previous Pay Structures of last 5 pay commissions. All the Unions, Associations and Federations have insisted 7th Pay Commission, through their memorandum, that the Running Pay Band and Grade Pay system to be dropped and Pre Revised Pay scale system to be adopted. So until now nobody knows what would be the principle to be adopted for revising pay scales for 7th pay commission? And what is the pay structure that 7th pay commission would recommend? In this context, “is it wise to calculate our 7th CPC basic pay through these premature calculators?” Hope it is not.

We assure our readers, we will keep updating you all the latest news about 7th pay commission and service related issues of central government employees. The pay commission is yet to submit its report. The stipulated time to submit its report is August 2015. But it is expected that the time may be extended and 7th pay commission would submit its report by the month of October 2015. Immediately after the 7th pay commission’s report is published by the central government, our gservants team will come up with simple and reliable 7th pay commission calculator for our readers to calculate the 7th CPC pay and allowances.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

ONE RANK ONE PENSION TO BE FINALISED IN APRIL AND PAYMENT WILL BE IN MAY

ONE RANK ONE PENSION TO BE FINALISED IN APRIL AND PAYMENT WILL BE IN MAY

One Rank One Pension to be finalised in April and payment will be in May – OROP arrears to be paid in 4 installments.

Hon’ble Defence Minister has assured to NEXCC’s representative that modalities will finalized by 1st week of April, 2015 & 1st Payment on 1st week of May, 2015. Arrears will be paid in 4 equal installments.

One Rank One Pension(OROP) latest Message from Shri Thaneswar Sen, Chairman, NEXCC.

Message from Shri Thaneswar Sen, Chairman, NEXCC.

Shri Manohar Parikkar, Hon’ble Defence Minister, Government of India, met representative of our organization(NEXCC) led by ShriV.N.Mishra, Secretary General (as Chairman is indisposed).

Where 20/25 minutes cordial discussion had in connection with implementation One Rank One Pension(OROP). He has assured our delegation, that by 1st week of April,2015, modalities will be finalized & 1stpayment will be made on 1st week of May,2015. Arrears will be paid in 4 equal installments.

Considering the deferred assurance given by the Hon’bleDefence Minister, available Central Committee Member in Delhi, decided to defer our agitational programme on 6th& 7th April,2015. It is further to intimate that Central Executive Committee to a later date.

The representative also brought to the knowledge of the Hon’bleDefence Minister about the ECHS meeting scheduled to be held on 05th April, 2015,at New Delhi, also & Military Service Pay(MSP) anomalies, which he assured to look into.

Source:http://ex-sergeant.blogspot.in/
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Supreme Court Directs Govt. to Pay Minimum 50% of Scale of Pension.

In a bonanza to retired employees of the armed forces, the Supreme Court today directed the Centre to pay at least 50 per cent of the pay as pension to all of them as recommended by the 6th Central Pay Commission (CPC).

A Bench headed by Justice TS Thakur passed the order while dismissing about 50 appeals filed by the Centre challenging the rulings of various high courts and armed forces tribunals (AFTs). The HCs and AFTs had struck down the office memorandums (OMs) assessing the pension amount at less than 50 per cent for some categories of pensioners.

Appearing for the Centre, Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand had pleaded that payment of pension at 50 per cent or more would place an additional burden of Rs 1,500 crore. But the Bench said the pensioners were entitled to the CPC recommendations which had been accepted by the government.

They could not be denied of their dues just because some officials, who did not even have the authority to issue the OMs, had misinterpreted the recommendations, the Bench explained.

“We have already affirmed the orders of the HCs and AFTs” in a couple of cases earlier and there was no need for the Centre to come to the SC in each and every such case, the Bench said.

Today’s order should be implemented within four months extending the benefit to all those who were entitled to pension, irrespective of the fact whether they had gone to the AFT/court or not, the Bench clarified.

In one such case, the Delhi High Court had delivered its verdict on April 29, 2013, directing the Centre to ensure that pension was re-fixed at not lower than 50 per cent of the minimum of the pay in the band and the grade pay thereon. Arrears should be paid within two months and any delay would entail 9 per cent interest, it had ruled while dismissing a batch of Centre’s petitions. The HC had said it was in complete agreement with the reasoning of the Punjab and Haryana HC in similar cases.
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Friday, March 20, 2015

Scheme for Incentive to Parents of Girl Child

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare 

Scheme for Incentive to Parents of Girl Child 

The Government is not implementing / proposes to implement any scheme to provide incentives to the parents of girl child/ daughter in the country. However, ‘Jansankhya Sthirtha Kosh’ (an autonomous body under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) is providing financial benefits to the couples under the ‘Prerna Scheme’. The details of the Scheme are given below:-

Scheme: Prerna Strategy:

In order to help push up the age of marriage of girls and space the birth of children in the interest of health of young mothers and infants, Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh (National Population Stabilization Fund) - an autonomous body of the MoHFW, Govt. of India has launched PRERNA, a Responsible Parenthood Strategy in all districts of seven focus states namely Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Rajasthan.

The strategy recognizes and awards couples who have broken the stereotype of early marriage, early childbirth and repeated child birth and have helped change the mindsets of the community.
In order to become eligible for award under the scheme, the girl should have been married after 19 years of age and given birth to the first child after at least 2 years of marriage. The couple will get an award of Rs.10, 000/- if it is a Boy child or Rs.12, 000/- if it is a Girl child. If birth of the second child takes place after at least 3 years of the birth of first child and either parent voluntarily accept permanent method of family planning within one year of the birth of the second child, the couple will get an additional award of Rs.5,000/- (Boy child) / Rs.7,000/- (Girl child). The amount of award is given in the form of National Saving Certificate (NSC). The scheme is meant only for BPL families.

Important Conditions:

1.      Couple must belong to BPL family
2.      Age of lady should not exceed 30 years
3.      The girl should have been married after 19 years
4.      First child birth after at least 2 years of marriage
5.      Second child birth after at least 3 years of the first child birth
6.      Either parent voluntarily accepts permanent method of family planning within one year of the second child birth
If above four (S.N. 1-4) conditions are fulfilled then payment of award:  
·         Rs. 10,000/- if boy child
·         Rs. 12,000/- if girl child
If all above six (S.N.1-6) conditions are fulfilled then payment of award:  
·         Rs. 15,000/- if both are boys 
·         Rs. 17,000/- if one boy & one girl child 
·         Rs. 19,000/- if both are girls

Certificates Required:

1.      BPL certificate of the couple
2.      Date of birth certificate of Mother (Schools/Board/Registrar of birth/death)
3.      Marriage Certificate of the couple (Registrar of marriages/appropriate govt. officer/delegated authorities)
4.      Birth Cert. of 1st child (Registrar / appropriate govt. officer registering births/death)
5.      Birth Cert. of 2nd child, if any. (Registrar / appropriate govt. officer registering births/death)
6.      Sterilization Certificate (NSV/LTT), if any, ( Govt. Hospital)
7.      Character Cert. (Gram Panchayat)
Note:  Photocopies of all relevant documents should be attested by a gazetted officer.

Check List for Administrators and Organizations Partnering JSK:

1.      The selection process should involve the community at all stages. However vital events like date of birth and sterilization etc have to be checked / certified through government sources only. The community should be satisfied about the selection and the selected couples should be worthy of being seen as Role Models for Responsible Parenthood.
2.      While identifying the eligible couples, there is a need to examine the reason for the girl’s marriage at 19 years. If the reason supports the girl’s health, education or skill learning then the selection is worthwhile. In case it was due to extraneous factors, the girl should not be included. It is very important that the PRERNA ‘Role models’ should inspire confidence and not create controversy.
3.      The upper age limit for eligible married women should be below 30 years. There is no age limit for the husband but younger is better.
4.      Care needs to be taken while selecting an eligible couple. The girl’s marriage should be 19 years (not 18) and the first child should be born when the mother’s age is more than 21 years. Likewise the second child should be born after a 3 years gap and there should be documentary evidence of sterilization after the second child.
5.      Marriage and Birth registration is compulsory. In case supporting documents are not available, proper certification regarding birth and marriage from authorized sources is necessary to claim the Award.
6.      The eligible couples should not have any criminal record which points to unsuitability.
7.      Payments are made in the form of a National Saving Certificate to be issued by the local post office and given by the Collector personally along with wide press coverage and messages about the health of the mother and health of the child. (JSK will supply material relevant to the district on request). JSK-Prerna Strategy 3
8.      The strategy can be implemented by NGO’s or Community level organizations or through Anganwadi workers, ANMs, ASHAs. Funds will be released after the couples are selected and documents have been checked by JSK.
9.      Rupees 500 per awardee couple will be paid to the organization that helped identify the couples and got the authentication done on the recommendation of the District Collector/CM&HO. This amount would be paid only at the award ceremony.
10.  The amount of award will be transferred in the dedicated bank account “JSK-PRERNA” opened in respective State Health Society, through cheque/electronic.
11.  Payment to Post Office would be through account payee cheque for purchasing National Saving Certificates (NSCs).
12.  The award ceremony should be organized within the month when award amount received.
13.  A team to be constituted by District Collector for verification of 10% of total cases and verified list sent to JSK.
14.  List of the beneficiaries to be counter signed by the District Collector after verification from CMO/CM&HO/Civil Surgeon.
15.  A verification certificate may be issued by the district collector office

Partners:

JSK seeks to implement its strategy in all districts of seven states namely Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh with different partners.  

The Health Minister, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.
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Wi-Fi Facilities in Moving Trains

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Railways 

Wi-Fi Facilities in Moving Trains 

As a pilot project, Wi-Fi in 12301/12302 Howrah-New Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express has been provided. Further, work for provision of Wi-Fi in 12957/12958 Ahmedabad Rajdhani Express, 12005/12006 Kalka Shatabdi Express and 12045/12046 Chandigarh Shatabdi Express has been taken up. 

For provision of reliable Wi-Fi in a moving train, currently Satellite Communication is the only technology available which is capital intensive and has high recurring cost in the form of Bandwidth rentals. In view of the above, no specific time period can be given at present. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today. 
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