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Regional language teachers in Kendriya Vidyalayas

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF  HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-1265

ANSWERED ON-21.07.2014

Regional language teachers in Kendriya Vidyalayas

1265 . SHRI KALPATARU DAS

(a) whether, as per the policy of Government, each Kendriya Vidyalaya(KV) in the country is required to be provided with teachers to impart education in the State''s regional language;

(b) whether all the KVs in Odisha have since been covered under the above facility;

(c) if so, the details thereof; and

(d) the action plan of Government to cover the left-out KVs in this State with the above facility?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
(SMT. SMRITI ZUBIN IRANI)

(a) No, Sir. However, a provision exists in Education Code for Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) at Article 112 which is follows:

“Additional arrangement for teaching of the regional language/mother tongue shall be made, provided a minimum of 15 or more students are willing to opt for the same. For this, part-time contractual teachers shall be appointed after obtaining sanction of the Deputy Commissioner. Teaching of these regional languages will be introduced from class VI and will continue up to class VIII and where need be in class IX and X also. The teaching will be during school hours for about two to three periods per week. The teaching of regional language/mother tongue shall be stopped at the end of February each year.”

(b) No, Sir. However, provision of the Education Code described in (a) above is followed in all schools.

(c) & (d) Do not arise.

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Creation of an extensive database in respect of all the Government Functionaries in the Ministries at Central/State/ Local Bodies level.

No.79/18/2012-Adm.I
Government of India
Ministry of Labour and Employment
Labour Bureau

SCO 28-31,Sector 17-A,
Chandigarh -160017

Dated: 21.07.2014.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Creation of an extensive database in respect of all the Government Functionaries in the Ministries at Central/State/ Local Bodies level.

Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has decided to create a data base in respect of the functionaries under the administrative control of Ministries/Department including attached/subordinate/field offices to enable the Government to have better co-ordination among its different tiers of governance. Accordingly, Adm.I Section, Ministry of Labour & Employment has requested to forward data containing the names/addresses/telephone no./e-mail address along with other relevant information in respect of Officers/officials working in Labour Bureau in the prescribed enclosed proforma. Hence, all the Divisional Heads of the Bureau are requested to collect and send the data base in the prescribed proforma in respect of each official working under his control to the undersigned latest by 23-07-2014 positively so that a consolidated data maybe sent to Ministry by 25-07-2014.

This may please be treated as Most Urgent.

Sd/-
(Sunil Chaudhry)
Director

Source:http://labourbureau.nic.in/OO_Cir_Address_July2014.pdf

IT exemption limit for working women

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-174

ANSWERED ON-08.07.2014

IT exemption limit for working women
174 . Smt. Wansuk Syiem

(a) whether Government proposes to raise the IT exemption limit for working women as an incentive for saving and economic security;

(b) whether there is also a proposal to reduce the age for tax exemption for senior citizens to 60 years from the present 65 years; and

(c) if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE: (SHRIMATI NIRMALA SITHARAMAN)

(a) Any such proposal can be considered only during the Annual Budgetary exercise. The Budgetary exercise for the year 2014-2015 is currently under progress. Government’s response in this regard shall be reflected in the Finance (No.2) Bill, 2014.

(b) The age for providing higher basic limit of exemption to senior citizens under the Income –tax Act, 1961 is already 60 years.

(c) Nil, in view of (a) and (b) above.

Source: http://rajyasabha.nic.in/

Implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Defence 

Implementation of One Rank One Pension  (OROP) 

The principle of One Rank One Pension for the Armed Forces has been accepted by the Government. The modalities for implementation were discussed with various stakeholders and are presently under consideration of the Government. It will be implemented once the modalities are approved by the Government. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri C. P. Narayanan in Rajya Sabha today. 

FDI in the Defence Sector

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Defence 

FDI in the Defence Sector 

In May 2001, the Defence Industry sector, which was hitherto reserved for the public sector, was opened upto 100% for Indian private sector participation with FDI permissible upto 26%, both subject to licensing to enable private sector industry to participate in defence production within the country. However, wherever FDI beyond 26% is likely to result in access to modern and state-of-the-art technology in the country, decisions can be taken to allow higher FDI on a case-to-case basis with the approval of Cabinet Committee on Security. In the Union Budget 2014-15, it has been announced that the composite cap of foreign exchange is being raised to 49% with full Indian management and control through the FIPB route for defence sector. FDI is one of the route through which the domestic industry can strengthen its capabilities required to produce within the country different equipment / weapon systems / platforms required for defence. 

As per the FDI Policy, the FDI in defence sector is through FIPB route and / or with approval of Government. Further, there are adequate provisions in Government’s Policy to ensure that the role of DRDO and India’s indigenous defence production programme are not compromised and / or minimized. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in a written reply to Shri Sukhendu Sekhar Roy in Rajya Sabha today. 

Shortage of Officers and Personnel in Army

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Defence 

Shortage of Officers and Personnel in Army 

Shortage of officers in Army as on 01.01.2014 is 8455 (17.77%). In Other Ranks, there is a nominal shortfall of 16597 (1.44%) as on 01.04.2014. 

To mitigate any adverse impact on the functioning of the Army, appropriate measures have been undertaken including internal adjustments. 

Various measures have been taken on an ongoing basis to reduce shortages in the officers’ cadre. Vigorous campaigns have been launched to attract the talented youth to join the Armed Forces. The service conditions of the officers joining through Short Service Commission (SSC) have been made attractive. The tenure of SSC officers has been increased from 10 years to 14 years. The implementation of recommendations of the VI Central Pay Commission with substantial improvement in the pay structure of officers of Armed Forces has also made the Services more attractive. 

Army has undertaken sustained image projection campaign to create awareness among the youth on the advantages of taking up a challenging and satisfying career. Awareness campaigns, participation in career fairs and exhibitions, advertisements in print and electronic media, motivational lectures in schools, colleges are some of the measures in this direction. 

All the above mentioned measures have resulted in gradual improvement in the last five years with shortage of officers reducing from 26% in 2010 to 17.77% in 2014. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in a written reply to Shri Naresh Agrawal in Rajya Sabha today. 

Special Recruitment Drive for Tribals in Armed Forces

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Defence 

Special Recruitment Drive for Tribals in Armed Forces 

Officers in the Armed Forces are selected primarily through All India open competition. 

Recruitment of Other Ranks (ORs) in Army is carried out through Open Recruitment Rally System being conducted regularly throughout the country. Efforts are made to cover entire country including remote and tribal areas. In Navy, regular recruitment drives are undertaken, covering all States / regions for recruitment of sailors. Recruitment of Airmen in Air Force is on all India basis through scheduled selection tests. In addition, recruitment rallies are also conducted in different parts of the country including tribal areas to provide opportunity to youth from these areas to join the Armed Forces. 

Recruitment of youth, including from tribal areas across the country is an ongoing process. The recruitment data for a particular region, religion, tribe, caste or creed is not maintained. 

Government has approved setting up of additional seven Service Selection Boards (SSBs) (2 for Army, 3 for Navy and 2 for Air Force) for selection of officers. At present, there is no proposal to open any new recruitment centre / SSB in Jharkhand. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in a written reply to Shri Dhiraj Prasad Sahu in Rajya Sabha today. 

Revised Rules for Declaration of Assets by Public Servants Under Provisions of the Lokpal Act

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 

Revised Rules for Declaration of Assets by Public Servants Under Provisions of the Lokpal Act 

The Central Government has notified fresh rules for the public servants to furnish information and annual return containing declaration of assets and liabilities. Under the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014 every public servant shall made a declaration of his/her assets and liabilities in the specified formats as on the 31st day of March every year to the competent authority on or before of 31st day of July of that year. 

Making an exception for the current year the notification stipulates that public servants who have filed declarations, information and annual return of property under the prevailing rules shall file the revised declaration, information or annual returns as on August 1, 2014 on or before September 15, 2014. However, employees may be exempted by the competent authority for reasons recorded in writing from declaring assets if its value does not exceed 4 months basic pay or rupees two lakhs, whichever is higher. 

Detailed notification dated July 14, 2014 and formats are available on the website of the Department of Personnel & Training with the link: - http://persmin.nic.in/Lokpal_HomePage_New.asp. 

Budget Expenditure on SC/OBC

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment 

Budget Expenditure on SC/OBC 

As informed by the Planning Commission, it has issued guidelines on scheduled Castes Sub Plan (SCSP) in the year 2006, to Central Ministries/ Departments with the basic objective to channelize the flow of outlays and benefits from the general sectors in the plan of central Ministries / Departments for the development of Scheduled Castes at least in proportion to their population both in physical and financial terms. The objective of the SCSP is to bridge the gap between Scheduled Castes and others through accelerating the development of Schemduled Castes. 

No such proposal in respect of other Backward Classes is under consideration of the Government. 

The Planning Commission had set up a Task force in June, 2010, to review the operational difficulties in implementation of SCSP. The Task Force had, inter-alia, recommended differential earmarking of funds under SCSP by central Ministries/Departments. To give effect to the strategy for effective implementation of SCSP adopted in the 12th Five Year Plan, an Inter-Ministerial Committee was constituted by the Planning Commission during 2013, which inter-alia, has recommended certain modification in the implementation of SCSP guidelines. Based on these recommendations, the Planning Commission has issued letter to all the Central Ministries/Departments, identified for earmarking outlays for SCSP, to inter-alia estimate gaps, prioritise development needs of the SCs and orient the Schemes to bridge the gaps. The Schemes designed under SCSP should yield direct and quantifiable benefits to SC individuals, SC household and SC habitations. The funds so earmarked shall be non-divertible. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Sudarshan Bhagat in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today. 

Increasing minimum pension under PF pension optees

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-834
ANSWERED ON-16.07.2014

Increasing minimum pension under PF pension optees

834 . Shri T.K. Rangarajan

(a)whether there is any proposal to increase the minimum pension of Provident Fund (PF) pension optees and if so, by what amount;

(b)whether it would be retrospective;

(c)by when the proposal would be implemented; and

(d)the number of subscribers going to be benefited as on date?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE FOR STEEL, MINES, LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT 
(SHRI VISHNU DEO SAI)

(a): Yes, Sir. The minimum pension shall be of Rs. 1000/- per month to member and widow(er) pensioners under Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995 for the financial year 2014-15.

(b) & (c): The details are being worked out.

(d): The number of persons expected to be benefited under Employees’ Pension Scheme, 95 from this notification is 28 lakh (approximately).

Source:http://rajyasabha.nic.in/

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