Sunday, October 31, 2010

CBSE new publication on Engineering Graphics

Central Board of Secondary Education
(An autonomous Organisation under the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of  India)
‘Shiksha Sadan’, 17-Rouse Avenue, New Delhi – 110 002

CBSE/ACADEMIC/CIRCULAR/2010/ 26.10.2010                      Circular No.70

All Heads of Institutions
Affiliated to the Board

Subject : CBSE new publication on Engineering Graphics – reg.

Dear Principal,

In our continuous endeavour in improving the quality of education and connecting
to the latest trends, CBSE has recently revised the syllabus of Engineering Drawing and
changed its name to Engineering Graphics with the introduction of Computer Aided
Designing (CAD) in the syllabus.

CBSE is also in the process of preparation of text books of Engineering Graphics
for Classes XI and XII. Class XI text book is ready and will be available in CBSE
publication stores from the 1st week of October, 2010. Class XII text book is in the
process of development. Sincerest efforts are being made to make the Class XII text
book available to the students by November, 2010.

You are requested to disseminate the information to all concerned.

Yours faithfully,
(Dr. Srijata Das)
Education Officer

Source:CBSE
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It's black day for government staff

It's black day for government staff

Over 19 lakh state government employees across Maharashtra have decided, as a mark of protest, to wear black today.

They are angry because the state governmenmt has denied them dearness allowance (DA). The state finance department recently issued a government resolution (GR), stating that the DA would be payable from November 1 instead of July 1, as was originally promised by the central government.

Since the employees would get even November's DA in December, effectively, the state has denied them the arrears on five months' DA, employees say. Upset, the State Government Employee Confederation have decided to launch a statewide protest against the government's failure by declaring October 30 as a black day.

The union has instructed all government employees to wear black. The employees will then hold a dharna at Mantralaya during lunch hours.

The Assistant General Secretary for the employees union, Sunil Joshi, said, "Each of us had to bear a loss of around Rs 5,000. We are holding a state wide agitation." To make it worse, while the state government employees are being refused what is rightfully theirs, the BMC employees are getting a Diwali bonus of Rs 6,000 each.

Joshi said that "If the state government doesn't listen to them, we will be forced to call for a strike that will include primary school teachers, non-teaching staff and other employees." State finance minister Sunil Tatkare could not be contacted.


Source: Mid-day
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Circular from Confederation of Central Government Employees


Circular No 20/2010
Dated: 30th Oct. 2010

Dear Comrade,

The National Secretariat of the Confederation met today as per the notice issued. The following agenda items were discussed. The decisions taken on each item are as under


Item No.1. Review of participation of CGE in 7th September, Strike. Detailed reports on the participation of employees in the strike action were presented to the house by the representatives of various affiliates and State Committees of the Confederation. Reports received at the CHQ were also gone through. It was apparent from the reports that the participation in the strike action could have been much better had certain steps been taken at the appropriate time by the affiliates and the State Committees. It was also noted that wherever the State Committees of the Confederation were in existence and had taken initiative to mobilise the employees, the strike had been very successful. It was also evident from the discussion that wherever the affiliates had taken serious steps ,the strike participation had been very good. The best performance was reported by the Income tax Employees Federation, All India RMS and MMS employees Union and the All India Groundwater Board Employees Association. It was therefore decided that the State Committees must convene a meeting in which the leaders of all affiliates unions of that State (up to the Branch/Unit level) and the strike participation discussed in the presence of the National leadership. The Sectt.(CHQ) will indicate the schedule for such meetings.


Item No.2 Finalisation of the dharna programme at different State Capitals to protest against the victimisations of employees of the IA & AD. Wherever it was not implemented.

At the instance of the Secretary General All India Audit and Accounts Association, it was decided to defer the implementation of this programme for some time.


Item No.3. Finalisation of charter of demands (common to CGEs) and progamme of actions thereon.

Various issues were discussed which have arisen from the very retrograde recommendations and objectionable implementation of them by the Government. Though the issues have been taken up in the National Anomaly committee and at the National Counil, the meeting felt that no positive outcome should be expected thereof. The house also felt that the large number of anomalies created by the 6th CPC can only be rectified by a total wage revision. Taking this view into account, it was proposed that we should demand a fresh revision of wage structure with effect from 1.1.2011 for the 6th CPC tenure would complete the 5 year period on that date. Since the Government has conceded to effect wage revision in the case of PSU employees after every five years, the meeting felt that this demand is appropriate. The meeting also noted that by 1.1.2011, the D.A component in the wages would exceed 50% . The meeting therefore decided that a comprehensive charter should be adopted at the next meeting of the National Council of the Confederation.



Item No. 4 and 5 were deferred for discussion at the National Council.(Subscription from affiliates and adhoc bonus)



6. Affiliation application: In the case of Bureau of Mines Safety, Dhanbad, the meeting asked the Sectt. to depute a representative to go to Dharnbad and hold discussions with all concerned and submit a report to the Sectt. for taking further decision in the matter In respect of Survey of India, Com. President informed the house that he along with the Secretary General had been to Dehradun sometime back and it was decided that all organisations in the Survey of India including the newly formed Topographical employees association will form a Co-ordination Committee and the same will seek affiliation with the confederation. The meeting decided to request all organisations in the Survey of India to constitute the Co-ordination Committee. The meeting decided to grant affiliation to the Association of Lakshadweep employees. The meeting also decided to depute one of the Sectt. members to go over to A&N Islands with a view to revive the functioning of the State Committee of the Confederation.



Item No. 7. Venue and date of next Council meeting. It was decided to hold the National Council at Mumbai on Ist December, 2010 for which a separate notice is being issued.



Item No.8. Any other matter with the permission of the Chair. At the request of Com. P.V. Ramachandran, the house decided that the Confederation should demand that those cadres which were included in the JCM scheme at the inception (Since they were Group C employees then)should continue to be the categories eligible to participate in the JCM irrespective of the new classification ordered by the Department of Personnel from time to time.

The house also decided to take up the matter of inclusion of all Audit employees including Railway Audit employees to be covered by the CGHS scheme as before.


With greetings,

Yours fraternally,
K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General.

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Timely confirmation in various Central Civil Services- issue of guidelines by DOPT

No.1801/1/12010-Estt. (C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel. Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
*************

New Delhi 110001
Dated: August 30,2010


OFFICE MEMORANDUM

SUBJECT: Timely confirmation in various Central Civil Services- issue of guidelines.


The undersigned is directed to say that the Supreme Court in its judgement on 8.7.2010 in civil appeal No.596 of 2007 (appeal of Khazia Mohameed Muzammil vls State of Karnataka & Anr.) examined the contention of automatic/deemed confirmation after the expiry of the probation period. After examining the various judgements, the Apex Court were of the considered opinion as to what view has to be taken would depend upon the facts of a given case and the relevant ruler in force.


2. In para 22 of the judgement, the Apex Court observed as follows:-

"Before we part with this file, it is required of this Court to notice and declare that the concerned authorities have failed to act expeditiously and in accordance with the spirit of the relevant rules. Rule 5(2) of 1977 Rules has used the expression 'as soon as possible' which clearly shows the intent of the rule framers explicitly implying urgency and in any case applicability of the concept of reasonable time which would help in minimizing the litigation arising from such similar cases. May be, strictly speaking, this may not be true in the case of the appellant but generally every step should be taken which would avoid bias or arbitrariness in administrative matters. no matter, which is the authority concerned including the High Court itself. Long back in the case of Shiv Kumar Sharma v/s Haryana State Electricity Board(1988) Supp. SCC 669] this Court had the occasion to notice that due to delay in recording satisfactory completion of probation period where juniors were promoted, the action of the authority was arbitrary and it resulted in infliction of even double punishment. The Court held as under:


'While there is some necessity for appointing a person in government service on probation for a particular period, there may not be any need for confirmation of that officer after the completion of the probation period. If during the period a government servant is found to be unsuitable, his services may be terminated. On the other hand. if he is found to be suitable, he would be allowed to continue in service. The archaic rule of confirmation, still in force, gives a scope to the executive authorities to act arbitrarily or malafide giving rise to unnecessary litigations. It is high time that the Government and other authorities should think over the matter and relieve the government servants of becoming victims of arbitrary actions.'


We reiterate this principle with respect and approval and hope that all the authorities concerned should take care that timely actions are taken in comity to the Rules governing the service and every attempt is made to avoid prejudicial results against the employee/probationer. It is expected of the Courts to pass orders which would help in minimizing the litigation arising from such similar cases. Timely action by the authority concerned would ensure implementation of rule of fair play on the one hand and serve greater ends of justice on the other. It would also boost the element of greater understanding and improving the employer employee relationship in all branches of the States and its instrumentalities."


3. In this Ministry's O.M.No.I8011/186-Estt(D) dated 28.3.1988 (copy enclosed), instructions have already been issued to the effect that confirmation will be made only once in service in the entry grade, but for some exceptions specified therein. Instructions on timely action to confirm or extend the probation have also been issued vide O.M. No.18011/2/98-Estt.(C) dated 28.8.1998. Seniority has also been delinked from confirmation in the O.M.No.20011/5/90-Estt.(D) dated 4.11.92.


4. The above directions of the Apex Court are brought to the notice of all Ministries/Departments for ensuring compliance of the above instructions.


s/d
(Mamta Kundra)
Joint Secretary to the Govt. of India


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Saturday, October 30, 2010

DISTANCE&E LEARNING PROGRAMME(DELPGE) FOR CENTRAL GOVT STAFF--IGNOU

A new course for government employees in the country was launched Thursday by the Indira Gandhi National Open University ( IGNOU) and the training division of department of personnel and training (DoPT), an official said.
The new programme is called ‘Distance and E-Learning Programme for Government Employees’ (DELPGE) for which a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between IGNOU and the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and the DoPT.

‘The main objective of DELPGE is to increase the availability and flexibility of options open to employees for enhancing their knowledge and skills in order to improve the functioning of government organisations and the delivery of services to the public,’ said an official of the IGNOU.

The programme includes a masters programme in distance and e-learning, post-graduate advanced diploma, post-graduate diploma and diploma programmes in the subject, among others.

Open to central government employees working in ministries, departments, attached offices and the faculty members of state apex training institutions, the number of seats for each programme is 50.

IGNOU is one of the world’s largest open universities which provides education to 1.5 million students.

Source : sify.com
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Rajasthan government employees to get ad-hoc bonus equivalent to 30 days

An office memorandum(No.F.6(5)FD(Rules) / 2009) has been published by the Government of Rajasthan on 26 October 2010 regarding the ad-hoc bonus to state government employees for the year 2009=10.


The state government employees may be granted ad-hoc bonus equivalent to 30 days emoluments for the financial year 2009-10.


Only non gazetted employees who were in service on 31.03.2010 and continued to be in service on 01.04.2010, were drawing pay in the pay scale below 8000-13500 / Grade pay of Rs.5400/-.


The purpose of calculation of ad-hoc bonus the maximum amount of emoluments will be restricted to Rs.3500 per month.


Emoluments means, Basic Pay, Personal Pay, Deputation Allowance and Dearness Allowance but will not include other allowances such as house rent allowance, compensatory allowance etc.


The amount of ad-hoc bonus payable shall be computed assuming the month of 31 days.


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Railways to come out with 'smart card'

Railways to come out with 'smart card'


New Delhi, Oct 27 (PTI) Railways will come out with a 'smart card' for rail users shortly.


"We are negotiating with SBI for issuing smart card for rail passengers," said Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee today at the economic editors' conference here.


It will be a composite card which can be utilised in metro, suburban and passenger trains. The card can be utilised for e-ticketing also.


However, a railway official said, "The modalities are being worked out for the smart card which will be the first of its kind by the railways. We are in discussion with other stakeholders to make it a composite all-purpose card."


Mamata also announced that all passenger trains including suburban trains will have toilet facilities.
Currently, suburban trains do not have toilets.


"Every suburban train will have toilet for which test has been carried out already. There will also be facilities for handicapped passengers," she said.


Source: PTI
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Friday, October 29, 2010

Government of Rajasthan issued order for Dearness Allowance to State Government Employees.

Those state employees whose pay had not been revised for different reasons or who had exercised an option to continue in the pay scales as contained in the Rajasthan Civil Services (Revised Pay Scales) Rules,
1998.


Out of 61% dearness allowance sanctioned vide Finance Department order No.F.7(1)FD(Rules)/98 dated 28.02.2004, 50% dearness allowance has been treated as dearness allowance pay w.e.f.01.07.2004 as per
this department order No.F.6(3)FD(Rules)/2004 dated 24.05.2004.


Dearness Allowance @ 87% as indicated in item (2) of this department order No.6(1)FD(Rules)/08 dated 23.04.2010, payable on the total of Basci Pay plus Dearness Pay is revised to 103% with effect from
01.07.2010.


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CENTRAL VIGILANCE COMMISSION Disposed of 1079 Cases in September 2010

Major Penalty Proceedings Recommened against 86 Officers

The Central Vigilance Commission disposed of 1079 cases during September 2010 referred to it for advice. Of these, 755 complaints were sent for necessary action/ATR whereas 60 complaints were sent for investigation and report. No action was required on 154 complaints.

The Commission advised imposition of major penalty against 86 officers including 27 from Ministry of Railways, 13 from Canara Bank, 11 from Department of Telecommunications, 8 from Central Board of Excise & Customs, 6 from State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur, 4 from Delhi Development Authority and 3 from Employees Provident Fund Organization. Remaining 14 cases pertained to different departments of the Government of India and PSUs.

On the Commission’s recommendations, the competent authorities issued sanctions for prosecution against 56 officers.

Recoveries to the tune of Rs.15.22 crore were effected after Commission conducted technical examination of some departments.

Source:pbi
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NPS--Two-thirds of States yet to remit pension scheme contributions--PFRDA


Finance Ministry calls meet on November 1 to address issue.

Arun S.

New Delhi, Oct. 27

Two-thirds of the State Governments and a couple of Union Territories have not remitted the pension contributions of their new employees to Bank of India, which is the trustee bank for the accumulated monies under the New Pension Scheme (NPS), sources in the Finance Ministry and the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority told Business Line.

This is despite all these Governments signing up for the NPS as early as 2003. The NPS covers all Government employees. Their pension entitlement is based on their own ‘defined contributions' with a matching amount from the Government concerned.

The employees will, therefore, not be able to get pension benefits that their fund would have entitled them to earn, had the contributions been invested in the instruments which they had asked for.

Lackadaisical approach

Due to the lackadaisical approach of these Governments, the trustee bank is unable to accumulate the contributions and transfer these to Pension Fund Managers such as SBI, UTI and LIC, who, in turn, would invest the money in equity or debt instruments.

The investment portfolio depends on the choice exercised by the States/UTs. (This could include investment pattern notified by the Finance Ministry and the subscriber's risk appetite.)

However, the employees will certainly have a claim to demand returns on the contributions to their pension account retrospectively (from the date of signing up) till their date of retirement/superannuation and that too, at the average rate (currently 12-14 per cent) earned by NPS funds, the sources claimed.

Liability strain

They added that the liability on this account would have to be borne by the State Governments themselves.

“This increasing liability can put a strain on the finances of these Governments. In fact, the difficulty in paying up a huge amount is one of the reasons why these Governments are delaying the completion of formalities,” an official said.

In other words, on the date when an employee demands the returns on his/her pension amount as per the NPS rate of return on a compounded basis, the State Government concerned will have to either pay up or face litigation, the sources pointed out.

A worried Finance Ministry has taken serious note of the failure of these states/UTs and its fiscal implications. The Ministry has called a meeting with the States on November 1 to address the issue, the sources said.

However, five States — Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Haryana (interestingly, all but Haryana, being run by non-Congress Governments) — have completed all the formalities after joining the NPS including uploading of the contributions.

Among the big States that have not completed the formalities, including making remittances, are Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. They have not signed the contract with the NPS Trust and the Central Recordkeeping Agency. They have neither set up a Nodal Office nor registered its subscribers. They have also not uploaded and remitted the contributions.

Andhra Pradesh has registered 58,195 subscribers, but has uploaded the contributions and made remittances of just six of them. Karnataka has registered 73,898 subscribers, and has completed most of the formalities, but it has uploaded and remitted their contributions only from January 19.


But Karnataka had joined the NPS from as early as April 1, 2006 and has not uploaded the contributions from that date till January 19, 2010.

The total registered NPS subscribers from the 26 States and UTs is 4,03,819. States such as Kerala, West Bengal, Tripura and Sikkim are yet to join NPS.

arun.s@thehindu.co.in

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RTI Logo & Portal Launched


RTI Logo & Portal Launched

The Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Shri Prithviraj Chavan launched the Logo on RTI and the RTI portal today in the presence of Shri. A N. Tiwari, ChiefInformation Commission and Shri. Shantanu Consul, Secretary, DoPT.

It is a simple and iconic logo depicting a sheet of paper with information on it, and the public authority – providing the information. This represents people’s empowerment through transfer and accountability in Governance. The logo’s shape and structure make it easy to remember, recall and replicate with minimal distortion.

In the last five years the RTI regime has heralded a regime of transparency and accountability and strengthened the democratic structure of the country. Success stories of citizens using the RTI Act abound. The Act has achieved great success in empowering the citizens of India. However it was felt that the core values of the RTI regime – Empowerment, Transparency and Accountability- need to be given a shape in the form of a logo. The logo would be displayed at all public authorities and will be used in various communications related to RTI.

The Right to Information Portal – A Gateway on RTI – was also formally launched on this occasion. The portal is one stop knowledge bank for information seekers, information providers, trainers, Information Commissions, students and academicians. It provides for a digital library, discussion fora, e- newsletter and a blog. Latest judgments of the High Courts andInformation Commissions; reports, articles, guides, manuals, handbooks for various stakeholders; online certificate course are also available on this portal. There is facility for stakeholders to interact through dedicated and open discussion forum and register as resource persons. The web URL for the Portal is www.rtigateway.org.in.



Source: PIB
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All India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers on Base 2001=100 for the Month of September, 2010


All India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers on Base 2001=100 for the Month of September, 2010


All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of September, 2010 increased by 1 point and stood at 179 (one hundred and seventynine).


During September, 2010, the index recorded an increase of 6 points each in Darjeeling, Durgapur and Jalpaiguri centres, 5 points each in Siliguri and Delhi centres, 4 points each in Angul Talcher, Rajkot and Belgaum centres, 3 points in 12 centres, 2 points in 13 centres and 1 point in 24 centres. The index decreased by 3 points in Bhopal centre, 2 points in 4 centres and 1 point in 4 centres, while in the remaining 12 centres the index remained stationary.


The maximum increase of 6 points in Darjeeling, Durgapur and Jalpaiguri centres is mainly on account of increase in the prices of Rice, Wheat Atta, Vegetable items, Electricity Charges, etc. The increase of 5 points in Siliguri and Delhi centres is due to increase in the prices of Rice, Wheat, Wheat Atta, Onion, Vegetable items, etc. The increase of 4 points in Angul Talcher, Rajkot and Belgaum centres is due to increase in the prices of Rice, Wheat, Goat Meat, Onion, Vegetable items, Tea (Readymade), etc. However, the decrease of 3 points in Bhopal centre is due to decrease in the prices of Rice, Wheat, Goat Meat, Arhar Dal, Vegetable items, etc.


The indices in respect of the six major centres are as follows:

1. Ahmedabad – 176

2. Bangalore – 185

3. Chennai – 162

4. Delhi – 169

5. Kolkata – 176

6. Mumbai – 178


The point to point rate of inflation for the month of September, 2010 is 9.82% as compared to 9.88% in August, 2010.


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Enhacement in the rate of Fixed Medical Allowance, payable to the serving as well as retired employees of the EPFO for outdoor medical treatment


EMPLOYEES' PROVIDENT FUND ORGANISATION
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT, GOVT.OF INDIA
HEAD QUARTERS
Bhavishya Nidhi Bhawan
14-BHIKAJI CAMA PLACE, NEW DELHI - 110066
www.efpindia.gov.in : www.epfindia.nic.in


File No. HRM-V/12(1)2003/FMA/Vol-II

Dated: 11 Jan 2010



To

All Addl. Central P.F. Commissioners (Zones)
Director NATRSS
All Regional P.F. Commissioner (I) In-Charge of the Regions,
All Officers in-Charge(ZTIs)
RPFC(ASD) Head Office
RPFC(NDC)


Subject: Enhacement in the rate of Fixed Medical Allowance, payable to the serving as well as retired employees of the EPFO for outdoor medical treatment - regarding.


Sir,
I am directed to convey the approval of the 67th Executive Committee, held on 4.12.2009, CBT EPF for enhancement of the Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) from Rs.600/- p.m. (Rupees Six hundred only) to

Rs.1200/- p.m.(Rupees one thousand two hundred only). This enhancement will be effective from 1st January, 2009 and subject to the following conditions.

(i) The enhancement of fixed medical allowance will be available to serving emplyees and pensioers (including family pensiners) of the Employees Provident Fund Organization. The serving employees of the

Organization who are in the Head Office at New Delhi and Regional/Sub Regional Office at Delhi and at stations which are coverd by the Central Government Health Scheme will not be eligible for Fixed Medical

Allowance. AS soon as any employees is convered by Central Government Health Scheme, the fixed medical allowance admissible to him/her shall be stopped.

(ii) If two or more members of family are working in the EPF Organisation, only one of them will be eligible for the facility of fixed medical allowance.

(iii) In the case of an emplyee whose wife/husband spouse is an employee of a Government or any other organization (including private Firm/Office) he/she will be required to give an undertaking that his/her

spouse is not availing of medical facilities in cash, if any granted by their respective employees.

(iv) The Fixed Medical Allowance will be in lieu of the medical facility available for outdoor treatment under the Central Services (Medical Attendance) Rules, 1944 as adopted by the EPF Organisation for its own

emplyees and pensioners.



Yours faithfully
s/d
(V.P.Ramaiah)
Additional Central Provident Fund Commissioner (HR)





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Merger and upgradation of the posts of LDC and UDC and granting of Rs. 2800/ grade pay - Demanded by AIAMS(Group C)


Demanded by All India Association of Ministerial Staff (Group C), Merger and upgradation of the posts of LDC and UDC and granting of Rs. 2800/ grade pay, Merger of the Posts of Office Superintendent & AO and granting of Rs. 4800 grade pay and Upgradation of the grade pay of Assistant to Rs. 4600/.
Giving membership to the ‘Group C’ Staff & submission of individual Consents-Regarding.

Bhopal,
Dated: 11/10/10

Dear members,
As has already informed that letters (regarding the recognition status of the Association and membership to the Assistants), sent to the Regions by the FOD are not based on the facts. Our Association is still recognized one. Further, our request for the inclusion of the Assistant as members of the Association is under consideration of the Ministry. You are aware that all Ministries except Ministry of Statistics of the Government had accepted all Non-Gazetted Staff in their Department as members of the Association working under JCM Scheme. Income Tax Inspectors with 4600/ grade pay are members of the Association recognized under JCM Scheme. Thus denial of membership for the Assistants with 4200 grade pay is not justified.


Meanwhile, the Association of the erstwhile group D in the name of All India Association Group C Staff (not recognized so far) has been trying to fetch Ministerial Staff to their fold. Despite of all efforts they have no succeeded in their mission so far. This is due to the reason that the Ministerial Staff know our Association through relentless struggles achieved several things for the betterment of the service conditions, promotion etc of the Ministerial Staff so far. In the year 1993 when our Association is formed Ministerial Staff were retiring on the post of UDC. Now the situation is improved. Retirement of every Ministerial Staff on 5400/ grade pay is our aim and we work accordingly.


At present we are at work with three important issues. (1) Merger of the Posts of Office Superintendent & AO and granting of Rs. 4800 grade pay. (2) Upgradation of the grade pay of Assistant to Rs. 4600/. (3) Merger and upgradation of the posts of LDC and UDC and granting of Rs. 2800/ grade pay. You have already seen the efforts made by us to achieve the aforesaid demands so far from our letters etc. All the correspondence made in this respect can be seen in our web site.


Since the erstwhile group D has been brought under group C folder by the CPC, there is a chance to accept our demand for a single Association for all Non Gazetted cadres by the Ministry. Thus we want to bring all erstwhile group D staff (now group C) to our fold to strengthwen the Association & keeping it in the first position. Further, from our past experience, I am sure that we can handle the issues of the group C (erstwhile group D) effectively so that they may get a better service condition and promotion channel in the days to come.


Thus all unit Secretaries/members of the Association are requested to please obtain the individual consents of the Group C staff in annexure B and forward the same, duly certified by the Unit Secretary, to the HO immediately. A copy of the Individual Consents alongwith Annexure A may please be forwarded to this Association Hqrs. Since I am on long leave following an accident, the letters may please be sent in my Residential Address i.e. 74/11, Govind Apartment, Govind Garden, Govindpura, Bhopal-462023.
This may be treated as most urgent.


With warm regards
Yours Sincerely
(TKR Pillai)
General Secretary


Courtesy : All India Association of Ministerial Staff (Group C)
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CGHS HELPLINE

CGHS HELPLINE

Beneficiaries can contact the Helpline by phone or e-mail for


Any information about CGHS including Medical Claims

Any Grievance or Complaint


CGHS Helpline operates on all working days from 9:30 A.M. to 5:30 PM.


Tel : 011-66667777 and "155224" NEW


e-mail helpline-cghs@nic.in
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Railways to Formulate New Policy to Promote Sports –Mamata Railway Minister gives away Cash Awards to Railway Sports Persons who Won Medals in CWG-2010

Railways to Formulate New Policy to Promote Sports –Mamata Railway Minister gives away Cash Awards to Railway Sports Persons who Won Medals in CWG-2010


The Minister of Railways, Mamata Banerjee felicitated Railway players who won medals for India in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games, Delhi 2010 (CWG-2010), here today. She presented them with a shawl, a memento and the cheque of the award amount. Railway sports persons won 25 Medals for India which include 13 Gold medals, 3 Silver Medals and 9 Bronze medals in CWG-2010. The medal winners were given special Minister’s Award amount and the awards amount of Railway Sports Promotion Board. The Minister’s special awards were Rs. 10 lakh for Gold Medal winner, Rs. 6 lakh for Silver Medal winner and Rs. 4 lakh for Bronze Medal winner. These awards were in addition to the awards given by Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB). The awards of the RSPB were Rs. 5 lakh for Gold, Rs. 3 lakh for Silver and Rs. 2 lakh for Bronze and a promotion/increment in the Railway service.


In her address to the gathering during the felicitation function, the Railway Minister directed Railway Board to formulate a new Policy which will further promote the cause of sports and games so that Railways is able to produce many more talented sports persons who will bring glory to the nation. She said that the new policy should be formulated in such a way so that it provides sufficient encouragement, incentive, better career prospects and better professional and practical support to Railway players. She said that new policy should include incentives for railway coaches also and the provision for best professional facilities to railway sports persons. The Minister emphasized that Railways will not be found wanting in providing adequate support to its players in all respects.


She said that the Railway Ministry is committed to the promotion of the sports in the country through RSPB and will intensify its efforts so that its players bring medals for India in the next Olympics as well. She said that the Ministry will prepare a plan of action for the next Olympics after identifying ten sports discipline for this purpose. She said that the Railway players will be provided all kinds of facilities right from infrastructure to modern equipment to best coaching so that their performance is improved in all national and international events. She said that the Railway sports players are bringing glory and laurels to the nation and hence it is the duty of the Railways to take care of their genuine needs and demands so that they can concentrate effectively in their respective sports and games.


Referring to the tragic accident which happened last week in which Archery Coach Mr. Lenin who belonged to South Central Railway, was killed, the Railway Minister expressed profound grief over the tragedy and conveyed her deep condolences to the bereaved family. She said that en ex-gratia payment of Rs. 5 lakh will be given to the next of the kin of the deceased and Railway will also like to offer a job to his wife if she is willing to work.


The Minister of State for Railways, Shri E.Ahamed who was especially present on the occasion also congratulated the medal winners of Railways.


On this occasion, Chairman, Railway Board, Shri Vivek Sahai said that the tradition of encouraging sports in the Railways is very old and this will continue. Shri Sahai said that Railway sports persons in the CWG-2010 brought one third of Gold Medals won by India.


Shri V.N.Tripathi, Member Staff, Railway Board, and President of RSPB, outlined the achievements of Railway players in CWG-2010


Present on the occasion, Railway Board Members, sports persons, coaches and other seniors officials of the Ministry of Railways.


The Indian Railways, winner of the first ‘Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar’ instituted by the Government of India, always takes lead in promoting sports in the country. Railways have sixteen Padamshree, three Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, five Dronacharya Sammaan, six Dhyanchand Sammaan and 134 Arjun Puraskar to its credit which have been awarded to its sports persons.

CWG-2010 Medal Winners of Indian Railways....

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Railways Resolve long Standing Wage Settlement Issue of Employees...


Railways Resolve long Standing Wage Settlement Issue of Employees of Two PSUs Namely M/s Braithwaite & M/s Burn Standard


Under the aegis of the Ministry of Railways, the long standing issue of implementation of the tripartite memorandum of settlement of wage revision of workers of M/s Braithwaite, Kolkata has been resolved. The wage revision will benefit about 350 employees and will be effective from 01.10.2010. It will effect an increase of 3500- 4000 per employee per month.


Similarly, under the aegis of the Ministry of Railways, the process of wage revision has been initiated at M/s Burn Standard, Kolkata. As in M/s Braithwaite, the revision in pay will also be effective for M/s Burn Standard from 01.10.2010. The management of M/s Burn Standard has been authorized to formalize a tripartite memorandum in this regard. The exercise is likely to benefit about 900 employees.


In addition, 8.33 per cent bonus amounting to ` 3500 has been paid to all eligible employees of M/s Braithwaite and M/s Burn Standard, numbering more than 1200.


Source: PTI
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Revised Scheme for grant of Cash Award to meritorious children of 10th/12th standard Board Examination-2009 of officers and staff of the Department-Reg

Directorate General of Human Resource Development
Customs & Central Excise, 5th Floor, ‘D’ Block, I P Bhawan, I P Estate,
New Delhi-110002.
____________________________________________________________________________

F.No. 712/170/HRD/WF-I/09

Dated the 30th September, 2010

To,

The Director General / Chief Commissioner (All)

…………………………………..……………………

The Commissioner / Additional Director General (All)

………………………………………………..

The CDR, CESTAT, New Delhi


Sir,

Subject:-Revised Scheme for grant of Cash Award to meritorious children of 10th/12th standard Board Examination-2009 of officers and staff of the Department-Reg


The applications received from field formations for grant of Cash Award to the children of departmental officials on the basis of their performance in the 10th & 12th Board Examination held in February/

March 2009 in response to the Cash Awards Scheme-2009 circulated by this office vide letter of even no. dated 10.03.2010 have been examined/ scrutinized by this office as per the Revised Cash Award Scheme-2009.


2. Please find enclosed herewith the following in respect of the Cash Award Scheme-09 the academic year 2008-09 i.e for Board Examination-2009 held in March/April, 2009:


· List of applicants found eligible for grant of Cash Award for Class 10th &12th Board Examination-2009 (Annexure- ‘A’).

· List of applicants found not eligible for grant of Cash Award for Class 10th & 12th Board Examination-2009 (Annexure- ‘B’).

· List of applications received for grant of Cash Award for Class 10th & 12th found with some deficiencies/ incomplete (Annexure- ‘C’).


2. The Jurisdictional Commissioners / Additional Director Generals / Directors arerequested to forward representations/ complete documents/ clarifications etc. of the departmental employees in respect of the applications found incomplete/ with some deficiencies and the applicants found in-eligible for grant of Cash Awards for 10th & 12th for the academic year 2008-09, as specified in

the remarks columns of the Annexure ‘B’ and Annexure ‘C’ as applicable, so as to reach this Directorate General latest by 31th October, 2010.


3. The individual Commissionates/ Directorates are being communicated in respect of the deficiencies separately, but it is solicited that they may act on the basis of the circular to forward representations/ complete documents/ clarifications etc. of the departmental employees in respect of the applications found incomplete/ with some deficiencies and the applicants found in-eligible for grant of Cash Awards for 10th & 12th for the academic year 2008-09, as specified in

the remarks columns of the Annexure ‘B’ and Annexure ‘C’ as applicable.


4. The process of examining / scrutinizing of the proposal for grant of Cash Awards to the children of departmental employees for 10th &

12th for the academic year 2008-09 stands complete.


Yours faithfully,

Encls: As above. (To view, click on the annexures

listed in blue color)

(Krishna A. Mishra)

Addl. Director General (I&W) &

Member- Secretary, Governing Body (W. Fund)
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J-K govt to pay arrears to employees



The Jammu and Kashmir Government has approved the payment of arrears to its employees on account of implementation of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission.


The Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday evening, approved the roadmap for settlement of the arrears, an official spokesman said.


According to the decision, the state government will mobilise its own resources to pay 50 per cent of the arrears while the Centre will be pursued to fund the balance amount, the spokesman said.


The arrears will be paid in varying number of installments and through the General Provident Fund for different categories of employees and which will have different lock-in periods, he said.


Class IV employees shall be paid in four equal annual installments of 25 per cent each starting from 2011-12, with a lock-in period of three years for each installment.


Class-III employees shall be paid in five equal annual installments of 20 per cent each starting from 2011-12 with a lock-in period of four years for each installment.


Class-II and Class-I employees shall be paid in six annual installments starting from 2011-12. The first five installments shall be of 15 per cent each whereas the last installment shall consist of the balance 25 per cent, with a lock-in period of five years for each installment.


Pensioners shall be paid their dues in cash in three to six annual installments beginning from 2011-12, in relation to their categorization in different age-groups, the spokesman said.


The payment of arrears was one of the major demands of the nearly five lake state government employees, who had gone on strike several times over the past two years.



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Incentive increments for vocational teachers



Incentive increments for vocational teachers


VELLORE: The State government has sanctioned incentive increments to vocational teachers for the higher qualifications acquired by them during their service, as given to other categories of teachers.


The relevant government order No.240 of the School Education Department, dated August 18, 2010, follows a recommendation by the Director of School Education in the wake of the orders issued by the Madras High Court directing the government to grant incentive increments to vocational teachers, in various cases filed by the vocational teachers. The Madras High Court has in its order numbers 6273-6276/2005, dated December 2, 2008, stated “the writ petitions are allowed with a direction to sanction eligible incentive increments to the petitioners for acquiring higher qualifications. Necessary orders shall be passed in favour of the petitioners within a period of six weeks from the date of receipt of a copy of this order.”



As per the G.O., the Director of School Education has stated that while a pass in B.Ed. is a must for granting incentive increments to other categories of teachers, a pass in B.Ed. cannot be made conditional for eligibility for incentive increments for vocational teachers since B.Ed. is not insisted as a prescribed qualification for vocational teachers.



“However, vocational teachers who are eligible to pursue B.Ed. in various colleges and universities will be granted incentive increments only if they had acquired B.Ed. qualification. But, in the case of vocational teachers in engineering subjects who have an undergraduate (UG) degree or diploma, and who were not eligible for B.Ed., incentive increments can be granted if they had acquired a UG degree or postgraduate degree or diploma in the related subject.”



Vocational teachers in science, commerce and business who have acquired PG degrees in the related subjects would be given two advance increments as first incentive, and those who have M.Phil., Ph.D. or M.Ed. would get two more advance increments by way of second incentive.



In the case of engineering vocational teachers, those having UG engineering degrees or PG diploma in data processing (in the case of business machines and computer programming), or B.E. in Computer Science, Electronics and Communication Engineering or Electrical and Electronics Engineering, or B.Sc. computer science or one-year PG Diploma in Computer Applications (in the case of computer instructors) or DPT with one year practical experience (in the case of printing technology), DME with one year practical experience (in the case of auto mechanic) or DEE with one year practical experience (in the case of electrical motor rewinding) would get two advance increments for possessing PG Diploma, B.E. or M.E. as the case may be, and those having PG degrees, M.Phil. or Ph.D. would get two more advance increments.



The government has stated that the eligible vocational teachers could be given the incentive increments from the date of the G.O.



While welcoming the G.O., S.N. Janardhanan, State organising secretary of the Tamil Nadu Higher Secondary Vocational Commerce Teachers Association, has requested the government to make the incentive increments applicable from the date of regularisation of the services of the vocational teachers concerned or the date from which they were getting the monetary benefits for the regularised post, since many senior vocational teachers who had acquired the requisite qualifications even before 2008 and who have been promoted as PG assistants in the academic stream would not be able to get the benefit.



He wanted the incentive increments to be made applicable even to those who have acquired ‘cross major' higher qualifications, that is, in other subjects not related to the basic degree, on a par with other categories of teachers.



Source: The Hindu
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Incentive system for govt employees next year: Secy

Incentive system for govt employees next year: Secy

An incentive structure akin to one prevalent in private sector could soon be in place for government servants as well, building on the extensive performance review that is already underway for them, a top government official said.

“An incentive system is being worked upon as recommended by the sixth pay commission. It could be implemented by next year,” Prajapati Trivedi, secretary , performance management, said at the annual economic editors’ conference.

The incentives would be given out from the cost savings achieved by a bureaucrat in his role and will, therefore, not place an additional financial burden on the government, he explained. Besides, the extensive job performance parameters, these incentives would also depend on cost saving on account of reduction in the use of office stationary and savings in electricity consumption. Cabinet secretary K M Chandrashekhar has already written a letter to all secretaries to the government of India on their performance targets.

A mid-year review of the performance of government departments and officials is currently underway, that will give them fair idea of how each fares with respect to their agreed goals.

The government had put in place a performance monitoring and evaluation system following an announcement in this regard by the President in her address to both the houses of Parliament on June 4, 2009. The first evaluation was carried out last year which was limited to only three months of the fiscal.
The current year’s evaluation would be the first comprehensive exercise, which will be illustrated in a report card. This report card will be finalised by May 1 each year.

The new policy is designed on what is already in place in many countries. New Zealand, United Kingdom and USA carry out extensive performance reviews of their government departments.

The results framework document of each ministry or department will be put on its website to ensure stakeholder participation and transparency of the exercises . The concept is based on a paper prepared by the IIM, Ahmedabad.

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Dearness allowance to state govt employees


Dearness allowance to state govt employees


The officer in-charge has been directed to refer to this Department O.M. No. FIN/ROP/4/84 (Vol-I) dated 30th October, 2009 and to say that the Governor of Nagaland is pleased to grant Dearness Allowance/Additional Dearness Allowance with effect from 01.01.2010 and 01.07.2010 to the State Government employees at the following revised rates and subject to the following conditions:-


(i) Dearness Allowance for employees drawing: pay under ROP Rules. 2010:
With effect from 1.4.2010 to 30.6.2010 from the existing rate of 27% to 35% and w.e.f. 1.7.2010 from 35% to 45% of pay in the Pay Band including Grade Pay.


(ii) Dearness Allowance for employees drawing: pay under ROP Rules 1999:
With effect from 1.1.2010 to 30.6.2010 from the existing rate of 73% to 87% and w.e.f. 1.7.2010 from 87% to 103% of pay including Dearness Pay.
(iii) Additional Dearness Allowance for employees drawing: pay under ROP Rules, 1993 With effect from 1.1.2010 to 30.6.2010 from the existing rate of 333% to 371% and w.e.f. 1.7.2010 from 371% to 415% of pay.


1. The term ‘Pay’ for the purpose of calculation of Dearness Allowance/Additional Dearness Allowance shall be the pay drawn in the prescribed scale of pay (including Dearness Pay in respect of employees drawing pay in the pay scale under ROP’99), stagnation increment(s) if any, and non­-practicing allowance but shall not include any other types of pay like special pay or personal pay etc.


2. The Dearness Allowance /Additional Dearness Allowance will continue to be a distinct element of remuneration and will not be treated as pay within the ambit of FR 9(21).


3. The amount of Dearness Allowance/Additional Dearness Allowance shall be round off to the nearest rupee. Fraction of 50 paise and above shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee and the fraction of less than 50paise shall be ignored.


4. These orders shall also apply to the employees appointed on contract against sanctioned posts, and drawing pay in identical scale applicable to the regular employees of the corresponding categories. But these orders shall not apply to the work-charged employees (whether on time scale of pay or on fixed daily/monthly wages) nor shall these orders apply to any other categories of employees on fixed monthly pay or on daily wages.


5. The whole of the arrears from 01.01.2010 to 31.10.2010 shall be credited to the respective GPF/CPF accounts of the employees concerned. Cash payment shall be made from November, 2010 salary onwards (that is, from the salaries of November, 2010 payable in December, 2010). No part of the arrears upto 31.10.2010 be paid in cash except in respect of those employees who have already retired from service, or have died or are due to RETIRE ON SUPERANNUATION on or before 28.02.2011. The Government servant who has not yet opened Provident Fund Account can be allowed to draw the arrears only after the Provident Fund Accounts are opened so that the arrears can be credited to their Provident Fund Accounts. Arrears of DA/ADA may have to be paid in cash in respect of those employees who are not required to subscribe to Provident Fund under the Rules applicable to them.


6. All heads of offices/DDOs are hereby instructed to carefully scrutinize all arrears DA/ AD A bills to ensure that ‘No Cash Payments’ are allowed except in respect of those who have already retired or died or are due to ‘Retire On Superannuation’ on or before 28.02.2011. All such bills must be clearly certified, to that effect, by the head of office/DDO concerned. In case of Government servant due to retire on superannuation, the exact date of retirement shall be recorded in each case. In case of gazetted officers claiming cash payment on account of being due for retirement on superannuation certificate to that effect indicating the exact date of retirement shall be recorded on the body of the bill. Treasury Officer shall personally ensure that no cash payment of arrears in respect of serving gazetted officers is allowed in the absence of such certificate.


7. In regard to the credit of arrear to the Contributory Provident Fund, there shall be no matching contribution by the Government.


8. The amount of arrears credited to the Provident Funds shall not be treated as accumulation for the purpose of temporary or Non-refundable withdrawals till 29.02.2012. While sanctioning temporary or Non-refundable withdrawals from Provident Funds, the sanctioning authority shall take care to EXCLUDE this lump sum credit till 29.02.2012. However, this condition shall not apply in case of final withdrawal form Provident Funds in respect of employees who have retired, died or have ceased to be in service otherwise.


9. The amount of arrear credited to Provident Funds under these orders shall earn interest at normal rate.


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6% discount on purchase of gold coins for government Employees


Special offer for festive season

0.5gm gold free for every 10 gm.

Gold coin purchased by Postal Dept.

Indian Post has launched a scheme for sale of branded Gold Coins of 99.99% purity. The scheme was launched in October 2008.

During 12th October to 31st December2010 in festival season, post office has come with a special offer of half a gram gold coin free for every 10 gram gold coins purchased from post office. India post is also offering 6% discount on purchase of gold coins of denomination in any quantity by government Employees. This scheme is benefited particularly to the central, state and retired Government Employees.

Indian Post in the association with World Gold Council sells 24 carat coins produced by Valcambi, Switzerland The scheme is specifically introduce for the bread earner who are very passionate about gold.

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Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners who are in receipt of provisional pension or pension in the pre-revised scale of 5th CPC w.e.f. 1.7.2010

F. No. 42/18/2010-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare


3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003
Date: 27th October, 2010


OFFICE MEMORANDUM


Subject : Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners who are in receipt of provisional pension or pension in the pre-revised scale of 5th CPC w.e.f. 1.7.2010.


In continuation to this Department’s OM No. 42/18/2010-P&PW(G) dated 29th June, 2010 sanctioning the Dearness Relief to those Central Government pensioners who are in receipt of provisional pension or pension in the pre-revised scales of 5th CPC, the President is pleased to grant the Dearness Relief to these Central Government pensioners as under :


(i) Those who are in receipt of provisional pension or pension in the pre revised scales of 5th CPC are entitled to Dearness Relief @ 103% w.e.f 1.7.2010.


(ii) The surviving CPF beneficiaries who have retired from service between the period 18.11.1960 to 31.12.1985 and are in receipt of ex-gratia @ Rs. 600/ p.m. w.e.f. 1.11.1997 under this Department’s OM No. 45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 are entitled to Dearness Relief @ 103% w.e.f. 1.7.2010.


2. The following categories of CPF beneficiaries who are in receipt of ex¬gratia payment in terms of this Department’s OM No. 45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 are entitled to DR @ 95% w.e.f. 1.7.2010.


(i) The widows and dependent children of the deceased CPF beneficiary who had retired from service prior to 1.1.1986 or who had died while in service prior to 1.1.1986 and are in receipt of Ex¬gratia payment of Rs. 605/- p.m.


(ii) Central Government employees who had retired on CPF benefits before 8.11.1960 and are in receipt of Ex-gratia payment of Rs. 654/-, Rs. 659/-, Rs. 703/- and Rs. 965/-.


3. Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee. In their application to the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue in consultation with the C&AG.


4. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their UO No. 1(4)/EV/2004 dated 12.10.2010.


(V.K.Wadhwa)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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