Thursday, June 03, 2010


The “Central Government Health Scheme” (CGHS) provides comprehensive health care facilities for the Central Govt. employees and pensioners and their dependents residing in CGHS covered cities.
Started in New Delhi in 1954, Central Govt. Health Scheme is now in operation in Allahabad ,Ahemdabad ,Bangalore , Bhubhaneshwar ,Bhopal ,Chandigarh , Chennai ,Delhi , Dehradun ,Guwahati , Hyderabad , Jaipur , Jabalpur , Kanpur , Kolkatta , Lucknow , Meerut , Mumbai , Nagpur , Patna , Pune , Ranchi , Shillong , Trivandrum and Jammu.
The Central Govt. Health Scheme provides comprehensive health care to the CGHS Beneficiaries in India. The medical facilities are provided through Wellness Centres(previously referred to as CGHS Dispensaries) /polyclinics under Allopathic, Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Sidha and Homeopathic systems of medicines.

v 248 allopathic dispensaries, 19 polyclinics.78 Ayush dispensary/ units

v 3 Yoga Centres

v 65 Laboratories

v 17 Dental Units
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All India Consumer Price Index Numbers (AICPIN)for Industrial Workers on base 2001=100 for the month of February, 2010

All India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers on base 2001=100 for the month of February, 2010

1. All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of February, 2010 decreased by 2 points and stood at 170 (one hundred and seventy).
2. During February, 2010, the index recorded a decrease of 5 points each in Sholapur, Ludhiana, Kodarma and Chhindwara centres, 4 points each in RanchiHatia and Jharia centres, 3 points in 14 centres, 2 points in 14 centres and 1 point in 17 centres. The index increased by 1 point in 6 centres, 2 points in 2 centres, 3 points each in Guwahati, Siliguri and Raniganj centres and 5 points in LabacSilchar centre, while in the remaining 15 centres the index remained stationary.
3. The maximum decrease of 5 points each in Sholapur, Ludhiana, Kodarma and Chhindwara centres is mainly on account of decrease in the prices of Rice, Wheat, Wheat Atta, Arhar Dal, Masur Dal, Groundnut Oil, Onion, Vegetable items, Sugar, etc. The decrease of 4 points each in Ranchi Hatia and Jharia centres is mainly due to decrease in the prices of Wheat, Wheat Atta, Arhar Dal, Masur Dal, Onion, Vegetable items, Sugar, etc. However, the increase of 5 points in LabacSilchar centre is mainly due to increase in the prices of Rice, Fish Fresh, Fish Dry, Potato, Tea Leaf, Pan Leaf, Firewood, etc. The increase of 3 points each inGuwahati, Siliguri and Raniganj centres is due to increase in the prices of Rice, Wheat Atta, Goat Meat, Poultry (Chicken), Milk, Pan Leaf, etc..
4. The indices in respect of the six major centres are as follows :
1. Ahmedabad1644. Delhi157
2. Bangalore1755. Kolkata166
3. Chennai1576. Mumbai168

5. The point to point rate of inflation for the month of February, 2010 is 14.86% as compared to 16.22% in January, 2010
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National Anomaly Committee Meeting-NFIR Report

Staff Side Leader of National Anomaly Committee Sri. M.Raghavaiah has explained the outcome of the second anomaly committee meeting briefly to the General Secretaries of affiliated unions of National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR), in his website

The full text as reported by the Leader (Staff side), National Anomaly committee, in his website, is reproduced below...


dated 27.3.2010

The General Secretaries of
affiliated Unions of NFIR.

Dear brothers,

Sub:- National Anomaly Committee Meeting held at North Block, New Delhi on 27.3.2010


Conclusions on important issues pertaining to Anomalies as a result of discussions in to-day’s meeting are mentioned below:-

1.Anomaly due to postponement of increment in the case of those whose increment has fallen from February to June, 2006:-:

After discussions, it was agreed to issue orders for rectifying the anomaly. We have suggested that in all those cases the annual increment may be pre-dated to 1.1.2006. We are hopeful that order as demanded will be issued.

2. Various aberrations in the Modified Assured Career Progressive Scheme (MACPS):-

The Chairman of the National Anomaly Committee has decided to constitute a Joint Committee to deal all such aberrations and submit its report for the Government to take decision. Very soon a Joint Committee will be constituted. Affiliates are free to furnish the deficiencies of the scheme to NFIR immediately.

3. Junior drawing higher pay than the Senior :-

The Chairman has advised Railways to collect data and furnish to DOPT and Ministry of Finance for taking appropriate corrective steps.

4. Health Insurance Scheme recommended by VI CPC – Implementation of the recommendations:-

The Chairman has assured that without prior consultations, the scheme shall not be finalised and allowances such as Risk Allowance, Patient Care Allowance etc. will continue till the final decision is taken.

5. VI CPC pay fixation – Grant of another option to the staff:-

The Chairman said that the proposal for delegation of powers is under process and very soon this will be finalised.

6. Revision of medical allowance to the Pensioners :-

Under consideration. The issue is now before the Committee of the Secretaries. The Chairman has assured to see that processing is speeded up.

7. Denial of increment due to absence without pay:-

We have explained the grave implications of the Government’s. decision and demanded that the increment should be granted when the employee has put in six months qualifying service in a year. It was agreed to consider and rectify the anomalous situation.

Yours fraternally,
(M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

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Retired employees to get medical reimbursement: Court

NEW DELHI - Ruling that all government employees, even those retired, are entitled for medical reimbursement, the Delhi High Court Tuesday asked the Delhi government to pay the medical bills of a man who retired from a government enterprise in 2002.
Justice Kailash Gambhir asked the government to pay the medical expenses of Suraj Bhan and said: The state has a constitutional obligation to bear the medical expenses of government employees while in service and also after they are retired. Clearly in the present case by taking a very inhuman approach, these officials have denied the grant of medical reimbursement to the petitioner forcing him to approach this court.
Bhan had approached court seeking reimbursement of his medical bills.
In 2003, following a circular issued by the government, Bhan got enrolled for the medical scheme and paid the premium on regular basis though he had retired a year earlier. In 2007, a new scheme was introduced, but he was not aware of it.
Bhan was suffering from asthma and was under treatment at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital from July 3 to July 9, 2004. When he moved an application for reimbursement of Rs.33,654 towards hospital bills it was rejected by the employment officer as Bhan was not part of the 2007 scheme.
It is quite shocking that despite various directions from the courts, the government in utter defiance of the law has taken a position that the pensioner is not entitled to the grant of medical reimbursement since he did not opt to become a member of the said health scheme after his retirement, the court said and imposed a law suit cost of Rs.10,000 on the government.
The government said that since Bhan had not opted for the new scheme in 2007, he was not entitled to reimbursement.
The scheme is prospective in nature and the same would be effective once an employee becomes a member of the scheme and not otherwise, counsel for the government said
It is a settled legal position that a government employee during his life time or after his retirement is entitled to get the benefit of medical facilities and no fetters can be placed on his rights on the pretext that he has not opted to become a member of the scheme or had paid the requisite subscription after having undergone the operation or any other medical treatment, the court said.
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Revised pay structure of the Pharmacists Cadre

(Railway Board)
S. No. PC-VI/195

No.PC-Vl/2009/I/RSRP/10 RBE No. 47 /2010
New Delhi, dated 30 .3 .2010
The GMs/CAOs(R),

All Indian Railways & Production Units
(As per mailing list)
Subject: Revised pay structure of the Pharmacists Cadre.
While approving the Report of the Sixth Central Pay Commission, the Government referred the matter related to the pay scale of Pharmacists to a Fast Track Committee.

2. Based on the decision of the Government, on the recommendations of the Fast Track Committee, Ministry of Railways with the approval of the President have decided the following pay structure for the posts of Pharmacists cadre on the Railways w.e.f. 1.1.2006:‑

3. Consequent upon the implementation of the above pay structure, promotion from Pharmacist (Entry Grade) to the next higher grade of Pharmacist (Non-functional Grade) having grade pay of Rs.420 will be delinked from vacancies and will become non-functional and time-bound.

4. The posts of Chief Pharmacist in the pre-revised scale of Rs.6500-10500 will be placed in Grade Pay Rs.4600 in terms of Board’s letter No.PC-VI/2009/I/RSRP/8 dated 22.12.2009. Further, as stipulated in note 2 under schedule circulated vide Annexure `B’ of Board’s letter No.PC-VI/2008/I/RSRP/1 dated 11.09.2008 in case a post already existed in the pre-revised scale of Rs.7450-11500, the posts being upgraded from the scale of Rs.6500-10500 should be merged with the post in the scale of Rs.7450-11500.

5. This issues in consultation with Establishment, Management Services and Health Directorates and concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.
Director, Pay Commission-II
Railway Board.
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Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 1.1.2010.

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: 31st March 2010
Subject : Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 1.1.2010.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No. 42/12/2009-P&PW(G) dated 23.9.2009 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief payable to Central Government pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 27% to 35% w.e.f. 1st January, 2010.
2. These orders apply to (i) All Civilian Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners (ii) The Armed Forces Pensioners, Civilian Pensioners paid out of the Defence Service Estimates, (iii) All India Service Pensioners (iv) Railway Pensioners and (v) The Burma Civilian pensioners/family pensioners and pensioners/families of displaced Government pensioners from Pakistan, who are Indian Nationals but receiving pension on behalf of Government of Pakistan, who are in receipt of ad-hoc ex-gratia allowance of Rs. 3500/- p.m. in terms of this Department’s OM No. 23/1/97-P&PW(B) dated 23.2.1998 read with this Department’s OM No. 23/3/2008-P&PW(B) dated 15.9.2008.
3. Central Government Employees who had drawn lumpsum amount on absorption in a PSU/Autonomous body and have become eligible to restoration of 1/3`d commuted portion of pension as well as revision of the restored amount in terms of this Department’s OM No. 4/59/97-P&PW (D) dated 14.07.1998 will also be entitled to the payment of DR @ 35% w.e.f. 1.1.2010 on full pension i.e. the revised pension which the absorbed employee would have received on the date of restoration had he not drawn lumpsum payment on absorption and Dearness Pension subject to fulfillment of the conditions laid down in para 5 of the O.M. dated 14.07.98. In this connection, instructions contained in this Department’s OM No.4/29/99-P&PW (D) dated. 12.7.2000 refers.
4. Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.
5. Other provisions governing grant of DR in respect of employed family pensioners and re-employed Central Government Pensioners will be regulated in accordance with the provisions contained in this Department’s OM No. 45/73/97-P&PW (G) dated 2.7.1999 as amended vide this Department’s OM No. F. No. 38/88/2008-P&PW(G) dated 9th July, 2009.The provisions relating to regulation of DR where pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension will remain unchanged.
6. In the case of retired Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, necessary orders will be issued by the Department of Justice separately.
7. It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities, including the nationalized banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual case.
8. The offices of Accountant General and Authorised Public Sector Banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc. on the basis of above instructions without waiting for any further instructions from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India in view of letter No. 528-TA, I1/34-80-II dated 23/04/1981 of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India addressed to all Accountant Generals and Reserve Bank of India Circular No. GANB No. 2958/GA-64
(ii) (CGL)/81 dated the 21St May, 1981 addressed to State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and all Nationalised Banks.

9. In their application to the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue in consultation with the C&AG

10. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their OM No. 1(4)/EV/2004 dated 31.3.2010.

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. What is Census? How is it useful?
The Indian Census is the most credible source of information on Demography (Population characteristics), Economic Activity, Literacy & Education, Housing & Household Amenities, Urbanization, Fertility and Mortality, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Language, Religion, Migration, Disability and many other socio-cultural and demographic data since 1872. Census 2011 will be the 15th National Census of the country. This is the only source of primary data at village, town and ward level. It provides valuable information for planning and formulation of polices for Central & State Governments and is widely used by National & International agencies, scholars, business people, industrialists, and many more. The delimitation/reservation of Constituencies - Parliamentary/Assembly/Panchayats and other Local Bodies is also done on the basis of the demographic data thrown up by the Census. Census is the basis for reviewing the country's progress in the past decade, monitoring the on-going schemes of the Government and most importantly, plan for the future. That is why the slogan of Census 2011 is "Our Census, Our Future".

B. What is the National Population Register? What is its use?
The NPR would be a Register of usual residents of the country. The NPR will be a comprehensive identity database that would help in better targeting of the benefits and services under the Government schemes/programmes, improve planning and help strengthen security of the country. This is being done for the first time in the country.

C. How will both these exercises be conducted?
The Census is a statutory exercise conducted under the provisions of the Census Act 1945 and Rules made there under. The NPR is being created under the provisions of the Citizenship Act and Rules.

Census Process:
The Census process involves visiting each and every household and gathering particulars by asking questions and filling up Census Forms. The information collected about individuals is kept absolutely confidential. In fact this information is not accessible even to Courts of law. After the field work is over the forms are transported to data processing centres located at 15 cities across the country. The data processing will be done using sophisticated software called Intelligent Character Recognition Software (ICR). This technology was pioneered by India in Census 2001 has become the benchmark for Censuses all around the globe. This involves the scanning of the Census Forms at high speed and extracting the data automatically using computer software. This revolutionary technology has enabled the processing of the voluminous data in a very short time and saving a huge amount of manual labour and cost.

NPR Process:
Details such as Name, Date of Birth, Sex, Present Address, Permanent Address, Names of Father, Mother and Spouse etc will be gathered by visiting each and every household. All usual residents will be eligible to be included irrespective of their Nationality. Each and every household will be given an Acknowledgement Slip at the time of enumeration. The data will then be entered into computers in the local language of the State as well as in English. Once this database has been created, biometrics such as photograph, 10 fingerprints and probably Iris information will be added for all persons aged 15 years and above. This will be done by arranging camps at every village and at the ward level in every town. Each household will be required to bring the Acknowledgement Slip to such camps. Those who miss these camps will be given the opportunity to present themselves at permanent NPR Centres to be set up at the Tehsil/Town level. In the next step, data will be printed out and displayed at prominent places within the village and ward for the public to see. Objections will be sought and registered at this stage. Each of these objections will then be enquired into by the local Revenue Department Officer and a proper disposal given in writing. Persons aggrieved by such order have a right of appeal to the Tehsildar and then to the District Collector. Once this process is over, the lists will be placed in the Gram Sabha in villages and the Ward Committee in towns. Claims and Objections will be received at this stage also and dealt with in the same manner described above. The Gram Sabha/Ward Committee has to give its clearance or objection within a fixed period of time after which it will be deemed that the lists have been cleared. The lists thus authenticated will then be sent to the Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI) for de-duplication and issue of UID Numbers. All duplicates will be eliminated at this stage based on comparison of biometrics. Unique ID numbers will also be generated for every person. The cleaned database along with the UID Number will then be sent back to the Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India (ORG&CCI) and would form the National Population Register. As the UID system works on the basis of biometric de-duplication, in the case of persons of age 15 years and above (for whom biometrics is available), the UID Number will be available for each individual. For those below the age of 15 years (for whom biometrics is not available), the UID Number will be linked to the parent or guardian.

D. Will an Identity Card be given?
The National Population Register would have the data of every person enumerated during the Census operations irrespective of age. It would also have the biometric data and UID Number of every person of age 15 years and above. National Identity Cards will be given in a phased manner to all usual residents by the Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India. The issue of Cards will be done in Coastal Villages to start with. After this the coastal Towns will be covered and so on till the entire country is covered.

E. Who will collect the Information?
Government servants duly appointed as Enumerators will visit each and every house and collect the information required. They will carry an Identity Card as well as an Appointment Letter. In case of need you may ask them to show these documents. The local Tahsildar can also be contacted in this regard.

F. What information will be collected?
Two Forms will be canvassed in each household. The first relates to the Houselisting and Housing Census. In this, 35 questions relating to Building material, Use of Houses, Drinking water, Availability and type of latrines, Electricity, possession of assets etc. will be canvassed.
The second form relates to the National Population Register. In this the following will be canvassed:

* Name of the Person
* Gender
* Date of Birth
* Place of Birth
* Marital Status
* Name of Father
* Name of Mother
* Name of Spouse
* Present Address
* Duration of stay at Present Address
* Permanent Address
* Occupation
* Nationality as Declared
* Educational Qualification
* Relationship to Head of family

G. Will my Information be disclosed to anybody?
All information collected under the Census is confidential and will not be shared with any agency - Government or private. Certain information collected under the NPR will be published in the local areas for public scrutiny and invitation of objections. This is in the nature of the electoral roll or the telephone directory. After the NPR has been finalised, the database will be used only within the Government.

H. How will I know that Census is being conducted?
The dates on which Census is being conducted in various States/Union Territories is given below:

Date of commencement States /UTs
1st April New Delhi (NDMC area), West Bengal, Assam, A & N Islands, Goa, Meghalaya
7th April Kerala, Lakshadweep, Orissa, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim
15th April Karnataka, Arunachal, Chandigarh
21st April Gujarat, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu
26th April Tripura, Andhra Pradesh
1st May Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Punjab, Uttaranchal, Maharashtra
7th May Madhya Pradesh
15th May J & K, Manipur, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh
1st June Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Himachal Pradesh (non synchronous), Nagaland
Not finalised Bihar, Jharkhand

Advertisements will be published in local Newspapers and in the radio/electronic media. Apart from this, the Census enumerators will be visiting your house in person. They will be affixing small Census stickers on the doorway of houses in which Census has been completed. These will indicate that they have commenced operations in your area.

I. Whom do I contact in case my house is not covered?
The local Tehsildar/Ward Officer of your area is the designated officer. In case of need you can also contact the Collector/DC/DM of your District or the Commissioner of your Town. You can also intimate us over e mail or contact us over the toll free number given in this website.

J. How do I ensure that the information given by me is being correctly entered?
The NPR form has to be signed by you. In case you require, ask the Enumerator to read it out to you and then affix your signature/thumb impression. In any case do ascertain that the details are correctly entered.

K. Do I need to show any documents to the enumerator?
The enumerator will take down all particulars as given by you. You are not required to show any proof. However, be cautioned that it is expected that you will provide correct and authentic information. You are also signing to this effect. The provision of false information can invite penalties under the Census and Citizenship Acts.

L. What is the Link between NPR and Unique ID Authority of India (UIDAI)?
The data collected in the NPR will be subjected to de-duplication by the UIDAI. After de-duplication, the UIDAI will issue a UID Number. This UID Number will be part of the NPR and the NPR Cards will bear this UID Number. The maintenance of the NPR database and updating subsequently will be done by the Office of Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India

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Govt to hire retired employees for Census 2011

Hit by a shortage of officers, the government has decided to hire its retired employees to contribute in the conduct of the mammoth Census exercise covering 1.2 billion residents spread over 35 states and Union Territories

The government has floated 695 temporary posts to be filled by retired central and state government employees in the ranks of Joint Director (Census operations) up to the level of data entry operators to function under the office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India

The retired employees will be hired on temporary basis, for six months, which can be extended, with an approximate salary (with additional travelling and dearness allowance) in the range of Rs 26,000 to Rs 12,000 in various ranks.

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Order to revise house rent rule

A husb- and and a wife who are government employees are both entitled to house rent allowance if one of them is posted a “reasonable distance” away from the other, Calcutta High Court has said.

The government now offers the allowance to either the husband or the wife if the distance between their workplaces is less than 250km.

But the court today ask- ed the government to redraw the house rent allowance policy using a “reasonable dis- tance” instead of 250km as the cut-off.

The matter came up during the hearing of a case moved by a Murshidabad teacher whose husband works for the railways in Calcutta.

Since Shukla Das’s hus-band stays 225km from her school in Kandi, she is not entitled to her house rent allowance, according to the rule that came into effect following a circular issued in October 2007. “She stays in a rented house at Purandarpur but she doesn’t get any rent allowance as her husband is already getting it,” said her lawyer Kaushik Chanda.

Das welcomed the order. “I had repeatedly told the authorities that I deserved the allowance but nothing happened. So, I moved court earlier this month.”

Opposing the petition, government lawyer Kamalesh Jha had said: “Fixing the house rent allowance for government employees is an administrative decision and the court should not interfere in the matter.”

However, Justice Biswanath Somadder said: “As the transport system and infrastructure in our country are not so developed that an employee can travel 450km a day to attend his/her place of work and return home, the government should fix a reasonable distance from home to the workplace if it wants to give house rent to only one of them.”

Before the 2007 circular, all state government employees were entitled to house rent allowance.

“When the government realised that working couples were drawing double house rent but sharing the same accommodation, it adopted the existing policy. But the 250km norm was impractical,” said Chanda.

Source : The Telegraph India
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Guidelines for fixation of pay

Government of India
Department of Personnel & Training
Estt (Pay-I) Section.
New Delhi dated the 30Th March, 2010
Subject: Guidelines for fixation of pay of candidates working in Public Sector Undertakings etc., recommended for appointment by the Commission by the method of recruitment by selection – regarding.
Reference is invited to this Department’s OMs No. 1211/88-Pay-I dated 7.8.89 and 1211196-Pay-I dated 10.7.98, whereby guidelines for fixation of pay of candidates working in Public Sector Undertakings etc., recommended for appointment by the Commission by the method of recruitment by selection through interview only, were issued.

2. Subsequent to the implementation of the recommendations ofthe 6th CPC and the issue of CCS(RP) Rules 2008, the system of Running PayBands and Grade Pays has been introduced. Accordingly, in partial modification of this Department’s OM dated 7.8.89 and 10.7.98 referred toabove, the method of pay fixation in respect of those appointed on or after1.1.2006 will be as under:

“In case of candidates working in Public Sector Undertakings, Universities, Semi-Government Institutions or Autonomous Bodies, who are appointed as direct recruits on or after 1.1.2006 on selection through interview by a properly constituted agency including Departmental Authorities making recruitment directly, their initial pay may be fixed by granting them the Grade Pay attached to the post. Further, their pay in the Pay Band may be fixed at a stage so that the pay in the Pay Band +Grade Pay and DA as admissible in the government, protects the pay +DA already being drawn by them in their parent organisations. The pay in the Pay Band fixed under this formulation will not be fixed at a stage lower than Entry Pay in the Revised Pay Structure (corresponding to the Grade Pay applicable to the post) for direct recruits on or after 1.1.2006 as notified vide Section II, Part A of First Schedule to CCS(RP) Rules, 2008. The pay in the Pay Band fixed under this formulation will not exceed Rs. 67000, the maximum of the Pay Band PB-4.”

3. The conditions for admissibility of pay protection shall be the same as stipulated in this Department’s OMs dated 7.8.89 and 10.7.98 referred to above.

4. In so far as persons serving in the India Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued with the concurrence of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

5. These orders will be applicable w.e.f. 1.1.2006
(Rita Mather)
Director (Pay
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Over 17,000 employees to be involved in census in JK

Over 17,000 employees will be involved in collecting data for the census in the Kashmir valley.

As many as 14,298 numerators, 2,383 supervisors and 372 master trainers are being deployed on duty to complete the census 2011 in the valley, Census Director Farooq Ahmad said.

He said that census work will commence from May 15 in accessible areas, the job will be taken up in snowbound areas from July 16, he added.

Meanwhile, with a view to create a comprehensive identity data base in the valley, a high level meeting of all Deputy Commissioners of the valley was held here today with Divisional Commissioner Naseem Lanker in chair.
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CBSE to go global this week

New Delhi, Mar 29 (PTI) In an ambitious plan to go global, India's premier education board CBSE has decided to set up CBSE International (CBSEI) which would offer a new curriculum and also affiliate schools from foreign countries.
The CBSEI will be launched on Thursday when the board would affiliate 25 schools from Gulf countries, where there is a large concentration of Indian population. Each school has about 9,000 students
Schools in Oman, UAE, Qatar and Singapore have evinced interest in joining the CBSEI and principals of these schools met HRD Minister Kapil Sibal in this regard today.

These 25 schools, already affiliated to CBSE, will be re-affiliated to the new global wing, CBSE Chairman Vineet Joshi said, adding that the CBSEI will not only focus on Indian diaspora but also attract students from those countries.
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The abbreriations used in the Manual may be read as follows :

The abbreriations used in the Manual may be read as follows :
A.G.Accountant General.
C.A.M.Civil Accounts Manual.
C.B.D.T.Central Board of Direct Taxes.
C.B.E.C.Central Board of Excise & Customs.
C.C.S. Central Civil Services.
C.G.A.(R&P) Rules Central Government Account (Receipts & Payments) Rules 1983.
C.G.E.G.I.S. Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme.
C.S. Rs. Civil Service Regulations.
C.T. Rs. Central Treasury Rules.
D.C.R.G. Death-cum-Retirement Gratuity.
D.D.O. Drawing and Disbursing Officer.
E.B. Efficiency Bar.
F.Rs. Fundamental Rules.
G.F. Rs. General Financial Rules.
G.O. Gazetted Officer.
G.P.F. General Provident Fund.
H.B.A. House Building Advance.
L.P.C. Last Pay Certificate.
L.T.C.Leave Travel Concession.
O.M.Office Memorandum.
P.A.O.Pay and Accounts Office/Officer.
P.P.O. Pension Payment Order.
R.B.I. Reserve Bank of India.
S.B.I. State Bank of India.
S.Rs.Supplementary Rules.
T.A.Travelling Allowance.
T.OTreasury Officer.
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BSNL workers stage dharna

The joint forum of BSNL unions and associations of executives and non-executives staged a dharna in front of the telephone exchange here on Friday.

The forum said that it was against disinvestment and privatisation of BSNL. BSNL was planning to give voluntary retirement to one lakh employees, which was wrong. The forum was also against outsourcing of services. It demanded immediate procurement of mobile lines and pension revision. Convener of the forum Shashidhar Golla was present.

source -THE HINDU

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DA | Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government Employees – Revised Rates effective from 1.1.2010.

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, the 26th March, 2010.


Subject:- Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government Employees – Revised Rates effective from 1.1.2010.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s Office Memorandum No.1(6)/2009-E-II(B) dated 18th September, 2009 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees shall be enhanced form the existing rate of 27% to 35% with effect from 1st January, 2010.

2. The provisions contained in paras 3, 4 and 5 of this Ministry’s O.M. No.1(3)/2008-E-II (B) dated 29th August, 2008 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

3. The additional instalment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all Central Government employees.

4. The payment of arrears of Dearness Allowance for the month of January and February, 2010 shall not be made before the date of disbursement of salary for March, 2010.

5. These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates. In regard to Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.

6. In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller and Audit General of India.

(R. Prem Anand)

Under Secretary to the Government of India

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Government is aware of the unemployment problem of youth. In order to improve the employability of the youth, Ministry of Labour & Employment is implementing the following major schemes for skill enhancement:

Craftsmen Training Scheme (CTS)

Apprenticeship Training Scheme (ATS)

Skill Development Initiative through Modular Employable Skills.

Aforesaid schemes have training capacity of about 1.87 million persons per annum. Besides, 17 other ministries are also providing skill training in the areas of skill concerning their jurisdictions.

For enhancing employability & capacity building of youth, Sub-Committee of National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) on ‘Norms & Courses’ has recommended to introduce a subject tilted “Life Skills” in all Industrial Training Institutes / Centres (ITIs/ITCs). The course on Life Skills includes the following modules: Communication Skills, English Proficiency, Basic Computer literacy, Entrepreneurial Development Skills, Quality Management Tools and Occupational Safety and Health.

The Union Cabinet approved “National Policy on Skill Development” on 23rd February 2009. The policy is a guiding document for implementation of various skill development programmes in the country.

The National Skill Development Policy seeks to:
  • increase capacity and capability of the existing system to ensure equitable access to all,
  • promote lifelong learning, maintain quality and relevance according to the changing requirements,
  • create effective convergence between school education, various skill development efforts of Government and between Government and private sector,
  • enhance capacity of institutions for planning, quality assurance and involvement of stakeholders,
  • create institutional mechanisms for research development, quality assurance, etc. and
  • finally to increase participation of all stakeholders to mobilise adequate financial, physical and intellectual resources.

Shri Harish Rawat Minister of State for Labour And Employment gave this information in reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha
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Govt employees can travel first class from April 1

New Delhi, Mar 24 With signs of economic revival becoming more pronounced, the government has relaxed the austerity drive undertaken last year and from April 1, government employees will be allowed to fly first class.

"The matter has been reviewed and it has been decided that with effect from April 1, 2010, travel on government account by air, both domestic and international may take place by the entitled class," an official statement said.

Last September, in the midst of the global financial crisis, the government had directed its employees not to fly first class on government account, irrespective of their entitlement, and fly economy for all domestic travels.

However, the government has not relaxed the austerity directive in case of Leave Travel Concession (LTC).

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Govt agrees to up EDLI scheme benefit to Rs 1 lakh

New Delhi, Mar 24 (PTI) The labour ministry has accepted a proposal to raise the ceiling of benefit under the Employees Deposit-Linked Insurance (EDLI) Scheme from Rs 60,000 to Rs 1 lakh, a move that would help over 4.71 crore EPFO subscribers.

"The labour ministry has written to the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) for increasing the benefit under the EDLI Scheme from Rs 60,000 to Rs 1 lakh," an official told PTI here today.

"The ministry has also asked the EPFO to place the matter before its apex body Central Board of Trustees for making the necessary amendments in the scheme," the source said, adding, "the matter would be placed before the EPFO trustees at the April 9."

Under the existing scheme, an EPFO subscriber gets insurance cover and gets benefit of up to Rs 60,000 in case he/she dies before superannuation

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Bharat Dynamics limited (BDL) Recruitment for the post Deputy Managers, Assistant Managers & Junior Managers Vacancies

Bharat Dynamics limited (BDL), A government of India Enterprise, Kanchanbagh, Hyderabad Online Applications are Invited in Bharat Dynamics Limited for the following posts: Deputy Managers, Assistant Managers and Junior Managers.
The Advertisement 2010-1 open from 27/03/2010.

Deputy Manager/ Assistant manager (Grade -III/II)

* Microwave & Radar Engg – 06 Posts
* Electronics (Project Management) – 06 Posts
* Mechanical (Project Management) – 06 Posts
* Deputy Manager/ Asst. Manager (IMM), Grade-III/II – 10 Posts
* Deputy Manager/ Asst. Manager (Finance), Grade-III/II – 08 Posts
* Deputy Manager/ Asst. Manager (P&A), Grade-III/II: 02 Posts

Assistant Manager, Grade-II

* Mechanical (Component) – 02 Posts
* Mechanical (R&D) – 02 Posts
* Electronics (R&D) – 06 Posts
* Computer (R&D) – 02 Posts

Junior Manager Grade-I

* Commercial – 01 Post
* P&A – 01 Post
* Official language – 01 Post

Last Date : Online Application 27.03.2010 to 15.04.2010

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Govt signs pact with Apollo for dialysis clinic

New Delhi, Mar 23 (PTI) The Government has signed an agreement with the prestigious Apollo Hospital to set up a Hemodialysis unit in the city where its employees can avail state-of-the-art dialysis facility.

Alliance Medicorp Limited (AML), a unit of of Apollo Hospitals Group, has signed a MoU with the Central Government to set up the 'CGHS-Apollo Dialysis' clinic.

"Apollo Hospitals Group is pleased to be associated with the Central Government to launch the first Dialysis Centre in Delhi. This Public-Private Partnership model can help bridge the gap and make world-class services available to CGHS Beneficiaries," Dr Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group, said.

"We are also exploring similar PPP opportunities with other state governments," he said.

The set up, which is expected to be functional by June this year, will come up at the CGHS Wellness Centre in Sadik Nagar.

source - PTI
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Govt rules out OBC quota in Women's Bill

Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily on Wednesday ruled out providing reservation for Other Backward Castes in the Women's Reservation Bill, saying data on OBCs is not available at the national level.

Moily said there would be no change in the bill compared to that passed in the Rajya Sabha and exuded confidence that it would get through the Lok Sabha also in April.

"There is no provision in the Constitution to provide for OBC reservation, particularly for political reservation, even though for employment and education, reservation is provided," he told reporters in Bangalore.

Moily said census on OBCs was not pursued since 1931. "So unless these data are available, it is not possible to pick up who's OBC and who's not OBC."

He opined that if Parliament passed the bill with amendment providing OBC quota in the women's legislation, the court would strike it down "from day one".

source - indian express

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'Govt employee has fundamental right to be considered for promotion'

The Supreme Court has ruled that a Government employee has a fundamental right to be considered for promotion and it is mandatory for the Centre and States to carry out cadre review of eligible officers for promotion to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).
"The right of eligible employees to be considered for promotion is virtually a part of their fundamental right guaranteed under Article 16(Equality of opportunity in matter of public employment) of the Constitution," a bench comprising Justices R V Raveendran and A K Ganguly held in a recent judgement.

The apex court passed the judgement while directing the Centre and the UP Government to consider the promotion of two State cadre officers-Hemraj Singh Chauhan and Ramnawal Singh to the IAS.

"We hold that the statutory duty which is cast on the State Government and the Central Government to undertake the cadre review exercise every five years is ordinarily mandatory subject to exceptions which may be justified in the facts of a given case," the bench said.

source-indian express
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Start Invest - DA Amount

Last week, the Union Cabinet provided relief to over five million central government employees by increasing the dearness allowance (DA) from 27 per cent to 35 per cent. It also increased the dearness relief (DR) for pensioners by 8 per cent.

These amounts will be paid to employees and pensioners with retrospective effect, from January 2010. DA is calculated as a percentage of basic salary; DR is a percentage of basic pension, based on the cost of living index.

Windfall gains are easier to dream about than manage. Here is some advice on using the money.

Clear or reduce liabilities: Start with retiring high-cost credit card dues and personal loans. Even if you can’t clear the entire debt in one go, start the process. Interest on credit card loans can be as high as 40-50 per cent a year and on personal loans between 12 per cent and 30 per cent. Govind Pathak, director, Acorn Wealth, said: "A home loan is the only one that can be continued because of the tax benefits it provides."

Purchase medical insurance: Even if you have a company-provided plan, it makes sense to have an additional policy "Take a health plan when you are between 40 and 50 so that it runs after your retirement too," added Pathak.

Start investing for a corpus: Use the amount to start investing through systematic investment plans of mutual funds. Even if you make a small start, savings over a long period can be substantial because of compounding of investments. Equity diversified funds should be the way to go. If it is a large sum, use the systematic transfer plan route. Anil Rego, CEO, Right Horizons, said: "Pensioners should invest to build an emergency kitty for medical purposes."

Debt is a good option: Those nearing retirement should opt for debt, as protecting the capital with stable returns is of prime importance. Use monthly income plans that work like debt-oriented balanced funds. These invest only 20 per cent of the money in equities.

Taxation: Homi Mistry, tax partner, Deloitte, Haskins and Sells, said: "The employer is liable to tax the employee at source at the time of making the payment. If arrears paid in a relevant year are not taxed in the earlier year, the employee will be taxed in the year the payment is made." Therefore, the government will deduct tax at source when the amount is paid in April.

For pensioners, the tax will depend on the total income, including the pension amount and income from other sources. Also, the exemption limit of Rs 2.4 lakh is available only to those above the age of 65. Not to forget that if the tax is deducted at source, it will be on the basis of the old tax slab.
Source : business-standard

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