Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Employment News Weekly Updates Job Highlights in the Latest Issue ( 30th Aug – 05th Sep 2014 )

Name of Post- Sr. Technical Assistant, Technical Assistant etc.
No. of Post-36
Last Date-26.09.2014

Name of Post- Draughtsman grade-1, Scientific Assistant, Research Assistant, Jr. Cartographic Assistant. 
No. of Post-53
Last Date-25.09.2014

Name of Post- Graduate Trainees
No. of Post-745

Name of Post- Tradesman Mate
No. of Post-548
Last Date-14.09.2014

Name of Post- Experienced Refinery Professionals, Chartered Accountants Medical Official Officers etc.
No. of Post-85
Last Date-16.09.2014

Name of Post- General Workman-B (Chemical, Mechanical, Trainee etc).
No. of Post-71
Last Date-15.09.2014

II. Details of More job Vacancies & Editorial content can be seen in Employment News Issue dated-30 August to 05 September 2014.

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Bye election to be schedule on 13th September, 2014, the West Bengal Govt. to declare as a public holiday


No- 4507- F(P2)
 Dated- 29-08-2014


In connection with bye-elections to 124-Basirhat Dakshin and 162- Chowrangee Assembly Constituencies scheduled to be held on 13-09-2014 (Saturday), the undersigned is directed to declare the day of polling i.e 13th September, 2014 as a public holiday under section 25 of the N.I Act 1881 for the offices including educational institutions located within the extent of the aforementioned Assembly Constituencies. As per directive of the Election Commission of India, the day of dispatch i.e the day before the poll day (12-09-2014) may be declared as local holiday for the educational institutions located within the Assembly Constituency, if the day of dispatch happens to be a teaching day for those institutions.

The undersigned is further directed to say that the State Government employees who are ordinarily residents and bonafide electors of the Constituency where poll will be held may be given opportunity to exercise their franchise on the day of poll in the following manner.

i) The State Government employees who are ordinarily residents and bonafide electors of the Constituency where poll will be held but serve in an office where the date of poll is not a holiday, may be given the opportunity to exercise their franchise on that day if applied for writing by way of sanctioning late arrival in office or early departure there form or a short absence owing to exigencies of public service.

ii) The State Government employees who are residents and bonafide electors of the Constituency where poll will be held but serve in an office where the date of poll is not a holiday and located at such distance that it will not be possible for them to exercise their franchise without absenting themselves from their duties, may be allowed special casual leave on that day, if applied for in writing.

iii) The undersigned is further directed to say that in the event of re-poll the State Government Employees who are ordinarily residents and bonafide electors of the polling station(s) where re-poll will be held may be given opportunity to exercise their franchise on the day of re-poll in the manner detailed in clause(i) and (ii) above.

A.K. Das
O.S.D & E.O Joint secretary to the
Government of West Bengal

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Special Festival Allowance to the employees of Public Sector Undertakings for 2013-14 - Orders issued.


Public Sector Undertakings - Special Festival Allowance to the employees of Public Sector Undertakings for 2013-14 - Orders issued.


Dated,Thiruvananthapuram, 28/08/2014

 1. G.O. (Ms) No. 462 /2013/Fin, dated 11.09.2013
2. G.O. (P) No. 101 /2014/LBR. dated 22.08.2014
3. G.O. (P) No. 367 /2014/Fin, dated 25 .08.2014


Government are pleased to order that Special Festival Allowance @ of Rs.2200/- will be paid to the following categories of employees working in the Public Sector Undertakings provided no other type of payment (cash/kind) is made to them in lieu of bonus.

i. Employees of PSUs exempted from payment of bonus in the initial year of establishment of the unit and

ii. Employees in service and drawing salary above Rs. 10,000 per month as on 31/03/2014

iii. All regular employees who are in service on the date of issue of this order and who joined duty before 4th Onam of 2014 (09/09/2014)

Those who were retired or even relieved from service on or before 31.03.2014 and had put in six months continuous service during the financial year 2013-14 will also be eligible for Special Festival Allowance provided they are otherwise eligible for the same as per this order.

It is further ordered that no additional payment in any other form or name shall be made to the above categories of employees for whom Special Festival Allowance alone is admissible. The Chief Executives of the PSUs Concerned will be held Personally responsible for any such payments and the amount so paid will be recovered from them treating it as their personal liability.

By Order of the Governor

Additional Secretary (Finance)

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Government to increase dearness allowance to 107%, up from 100%

Government is likely to approve a hike in dearness allowance (DA) to 107 per cent from the existing 100 per cent, benefiting around 30 lakh Centre's employees and its 50 lakh pensioners including dependents. 

"The average rate of retail inflation for industrial workers from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 works out to be 7.25 per cent. Thus the Central government will hike dearness allowance for it employees by 7 per cent," an official said. 

He said the Finance Ministry will now put a Cabinet proposal for approval of 7 per cent DA hike from July 1 this year as the revised Consumer Price Index-Industrial Workers data for June was released by Labour Ministry yesterday. 

With increase in DA, the pensioners will also gain as the benefit provided to them as dearness relief will be hiked to 107 per cent of basic pay. 

The previous UPA government had increased DA to 100 per cent from 90 per cent with effect from January 1st, 2014, on February 28 on the basis of  agreed formula for revision of the allowance. 

However, the central government employees' union is not very enthused by the 7 per cent hike in the dearness allowance as their long pending demand of merger of DA with basic pay has not been given heed by 7th Pay Commission and the government. 

"The erosion of value of wages is unbearable at 50 per cent dearness allowance. Now it will be 107 per cent. It is high time to merge DA with basic pay to provide relief to employees," Confederation of Central Government Employees' President K K  N Kutty told PTI. 

"We had summited our memorandum in this regard to 7th Pay Commission. They forwarded it to Central Government. We have apprised about the issue to the newly elected NDA government. But no decision has been taken so far," he said. 

With merger of DA with basic pay, the salary and allowances paid in proportion of basic pay are increased. As per earlier practise DA was merged with basic pay once it breached 50 per cent mark. But 6th Pay Commission has disallowed that. 

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FAQs on Biometric Attendance System (BAS)

Q.1 How does an organisation start Biometric Attendance System (BAS) for their employees?

Ans: Please submit details of the nodal officer and upload a signed request by the head of the department on attendance.gov.in portal. System would send OTP to the mobile number/email id of the nodal officer which needs to be entered again on the portal for verification. Back-end administrator would then check the details of the organisation submitted and make the organisation active by assigning it a unique sub-domain which will be the first name of the website. Nodal officer will then be sent an email by the system giving username (which will be the sub-domain name assigned to the organisation) and a password.

Q.2 Steps to be done by the nodal officer to start registration of employees

Ans: Nodal officer would need to login on attendance.gov.in with the user name and password sent on completion of step 1 and then create master list of locations of their offices, designation of their offices and divisions/units/groups within their organisation.

Q.3 How does employee start registering on the portal ?

Ans. After nodal officer completes step 1 & 2, employee can start registering on-line either at attendance.gov.in by submitting their details along with their Aadhaar number.

Q.4 What are steps of verification of employees?

Ans.Nodal Officer would need to verify details submitted by the employee including whether Aadhaar number entered by the employee belongs to them. After completing of the above verifications, employee would be informed by SMS/Email that his registration process is completed on the attendance.gov.in is completed.

Q.5 Whether an employee will be able to mark his attendance on any Biometric Attendance System (BAS) terminal installed in any Government Building

Ans. Yes, this will be possible as employee database for all central Government employees will be maintained centrally with a unique 6 digit id provided for every Government employee (based on the last 6 or first 6 digits of his/her Aadhaar number whichever is available in the system). The dashboard reports would be able show the location/building from where an employee has marked his attendance.

Q.6 How will an employee mark attendance if he/she is not having Aadhaar number ?

Ans. Aadhhar number is essential for registering an employee in AEBAS. Government employees who are not having Aadhaar number can enrol themselves for Aadhaar numbers in the special camps which are being held by UIDAI in various Government Buildings or permanent enrolment centres of UIDAI in Delhi as per details available at the link below as given:


Single point of contact for arranging Aadhaar enrollment facility at Bhawans is as per details given below.

Shri Suman Kumar,
ADG, Regional office, UIDAI, Delhi
Phone : 23481111
Email: suman[at]uidai[dot]net[dot]in

Q.7 Is network connectivity essential for marking attendance

Ans. Yes, as it is an online attendance system. Network connectivity will be essential for marking attendance. Therefore, two types of connectivity are being planned with each attendance terminal; one wi-fi connectivity on NICNET/broadband and other sim based GSM connectivity in the tablet.

At a high level the overall solution has two main components.

(i) Front End System (to be installed at client user end)

(ii) Back End System (attendance servers to be hosted in NIC data centre with connectivity to UIDAI for real-time bio-metric authentication)

The Front End System would be a hardware device like Android tablet or a Desktop PC having client application. Once the user ID (6 digit unique number assigned to an employee) is entered, the application would prompt user to provide the biometric data through finger print/Iris scanner which will be sent through the network connectivity to the backend system.

The Back End System (also called the attendance server) would have functionalities to receive data from the client terminals and send it for real-time Aadhaar authentication. It would also have features for organisation/employee registration and preparing real-time attendance reports in dashboard.

It would be possible to see dashboard reports of each organisation by using sub-domain assigned to an organisation e.g.nic.attendance.gov.in

Q.8 No of bio-metric terminals required

Ans. Every employee will need to enter his 6 digit unique id on the touch screen of the tablet and then present his bio-metric (finger print/ iris) for authentication. This may initially take up to 30 seconds to 1 minute depending on number of attempts required. With some practice and training, the time for giving bio-metric attendance by each employee may reduce to less than 10 seconds.

Therefore one bio-metric terminal may be sufficient for about 30 to 40 employees during 30 minute peak load time. Assuming 50% to 70% employees will be coming to office during the peak timings, one bio-metric terminal can be planned for catering to every 50 employees in the department. Also, multiple machines will be put in the entry gate which can be commonly used by employees of different ministries/departments, waiting time in the queue will further reduce.

Q.9 Where to install tablet based terminals?

Ans. it is suggested to install multiple AEBAS terminals at the entry gates of the buildings where security is positioned round the clock.

Q.10 Where to install desktop based finger print devices?

Ans. it is suggested to install desktop finger print devices on Windows desktop PCs connected on LAN (NICNET) in the offices of JS and above and also with section officers for marking attendance of the employees working in the respective sections in order to avoid rush at the attendance terminals installed at the entry gates.

Q.11 Who would maintain the attendance terminals, connectivity and attendance software for desktop PCs?

Ans. It would be additional responsibility of FMS who are maintaining LAN/NICNET connectivity in the Bhawans under guidance and coordination of nicnet/network managers. Additional FMS are being proposed to be deployed at Bhawans under this project.

Q.12 Type of reports which will be available on dashboard

Ans. Some of the sample reports can be viewed at jharkhand.attendance.gov.in and deity.gov.in/attendance. Attendance software is being developed with assistance of UIDAI team. Please send your valuable feedback in improving the features and MIS reports of the attendance system software.

Q.13 Expected Role of NIC HoDs/Teams posted in Ministries/Departments

Ans. Deity/NIC/NICSI/UIDAI are the implementing agency for this project and the bio-metric attendance system will need to be made operational in every ministry/department as soon as attendance terminals are delivered which is expected soon. 

NIC HODs of the bhawan/ department/ministry or its attached/ subordinate office in consultation with nodal officer of that office will identify locations where attendance terminals are to be installed in the Bhawans.

Since, NICNET connectivity is the primary connectivity for running the AEBAS. NIC Bhawan network coordinators are requested to help in getting the power supply extended at those locations with help of local CPWD offices. NIC Bhawan network coordinators along with network team at NIC hqrs will also be responsible for extending LAN/alternate connectivity at the entry gates and install WI-FI access points/Attendance terminals.

NIC HODs posted in Ministries/Bhawans are requested to provide technical assistance to the Nodal officers in completing registration of all employees on the portal and provide handholding training/technical assistance in smooth installation/running of the attendance terminals. NIC HODs will also be keeping inventory of bio-metric terminals/devices installed in various locations in their Ministry/Department.

Q.14 Role of nodal officers in the ministries

Ans. Nodal officers will get the details of all employees entered on the portal and also organize special camps in their Bhawans with help of UIDAI regional office, Delhi for enrollment of employees not having Aadhaar numbers.
Nodal officers would also be responsible for creating masters of location, designation and divisions/groups within their organization.

Verification of employees data will also be done by the nodal officers of the department whereas QC team of UIDAI will be assisting in verification of Aadhhar data of employees.

You are welcome to send feedback and suggestions in help desk-attendance

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Recruitment to non-gazetted posts on the railways - Adherence to prescribed qualification in recruitment from open market regarding.


No. E (NG)-II/2005/RR-1/8.

New Delhi, dated 28/08/2014

The General Manager (P),
All Zonal Railways/ Production Units
Chairmen, Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBS)/Railway Recruitment Cells (RRCS)

Sub: Recruitment to non-gazetted posts on the railways - Adherence to prescribed qualification in recruitment from open market regarding.

Attention is invited to instructions contained in Board’s letter of even number dated 29/6/2006 which debar acceptance of allied/related qualification in lieu of the qualification prescribed by this Ministry and stipulates that candidate in possession of the qualification possessed in line with the extant instructions may only be considered for employment on the railways.

The above instructions were issued to streamline the already perturbed system of open market recruitment, wherein, candidates with similar qualification were being treated differently by different recruiting agencies leading to the matter open for litigation.

However, over a period of time it has been observed that recruiting agencies are seeking clarification from this Ministry on following accounts (i) recognition of institutions; (ii) recognition of courses from regulatory bodies, if any, or other nodal bodies; (iii) whether the course is offered through regular/ part-time/ distance learning/Membership of Association; (iv) duration of course; and (v) Equivalence.

Referring each and every issue to the nodal Departments/Ministries results in inordinate delay in finalizing candidature of candidates which further results in more complications viz. expiry of panels, candidates taking legal recourse etc.

Taking above things into consideration, instructions contained in letter dated 29/6/2006 ibid have been reviewed and it has been decided by the Board that empanelled candidates in possession of prescribed qualification from institutions run by Central Govemment/ State Govemment/ Bodies enacted by Act of Parliament or State Legislatures or recognized by Central Govemment/ State Govemment/ Bodies enacted by Act of Parliament or State Legislatures be allowed to join without further going into the issue of recognition. Validity or otherwise, of such recognition, if required, will be confirmed by the concerned recruiting agency, contacting directly to the Board/University or the Council as the case may be.

These guidelines do not affect in any way the instructions circulated vide letter No. E(NG)II/2010/RR-I/17 dated 08/12/2011.

Cases decided otherwise in the past need not be re-opened.

Please acknowledge receipt.

(Hindi version will follow)

(Ravi Shekhar)
Deputy Director Estt. (N)-II
Railway Board.

Source: AIRF
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Attendance of Govt. employees to be tracked online !

In what could be a revolutionary step towards monitoring and tracking the work of government officials, the NDA government has launched an “attendance website” to serve as a centralised database for all central government employees.

Though the website, attendance.gov.in, is still in the process of being developed, officials said it is expected to be modelled on the lines of similar websites of the Jharkhand government and the Department of Electronics and Information Technology.

To illustrate, the home page of the Jharkhand government’s attendance website gives the total number of employees present on the given day, along with graphical representations of “real-time attendance” and statistics on the percentage of people logging into office during different time slots, giving an idea of how many officials come to office during the designated timings. Further, a search for any registered employee yields complete details, along with the employee’s attendance/leave status.

Officials said the Centre’s website is likely to emulate most of these features and is expected to be as open to the public. “This level of open tracking takes transparency to another level, a key focus of this government,” said an official.

The Narendra Modi government had recently directed all central government offices to introduce Aadhaar-based biometric attendance systems. Officials said this website is the next step in that direction. The attendance record entered on the biometric devices in government offices will feed the data to this website, which will act as a centralised management information system (MIS) for attendance.

The database for all central government staff will be maintained centrally with a unique six digit ID provided for each employee, based on either the last six or first six digits of the Aadhaar number. Currently, the website has over 16,000 registered users, spread across 113 organisations. The maximum number of officials registered currently are from the Planning Commission. There are no active users or active devices yet.

For an organisation/ department to be registered, the nodal officers of that department will have to login to the website and create a master list of locations of their offices, designation of their offices and divisions/ units/ groups within their organisation. Following this, each employee can start registering online by submitting the relevant details along with Aadhaar numbers.

Source: http://goo.gl/JCt8D8
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