Monday, February 28, 2011

All india Consumer Price index Numbers for industrial workers on base 2001=100 for the month of January, 2011


   All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of January, 2011 increased by 3 points and stood at 188 (one hundred and eighty eight).

   During January, 2011, the index recorded an increase of 11 points each in Bhopal and Jamshedpur centres, 10 points each in Amritsar, Bangalore and Chandigarh centres, 8 points in Haldia centre, 7 points each in Nasik, Kodarma and Ghaziabad centres, 6 points in 2 centres, 5 points in 4 centres, 4 points in 12 centres, 3 points in 15 centres, 2 points in 8 centres and 1 point in 7 centres. The index decreased by 4 points in Godavarikhani centre, 1 point in 9 centres, while in the remaining 11 centres the index remained stationary.

   The maximum increase of 11 points each in Bhopal and Jamshedpur centres is mainly on account of Housing Index and increase in the prices of Rice, Wheat Atta, Milk, Goat Meat, Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, Petrol, etc. The increase of 10 points in Amritsar, Banglore and Chandigarh centres is due to Housing Index and increase in the prices of Rice, Wheat, Wheat Atta, Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, Electricity Charges, Petrol, etc. The increase of 8 points in Haldia centre is due to Housing Index and increase in the prices of Eggs, Onion, etc. However, the decrease of 4 points in Godavarikhani centre is the outcome of decrease in the prices of Rice, Vegetable & Fruit items, etc.

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



1


Ahmedabad


183


2


Bangalore


196


3


Chennai


172


4


Delhi


173


5


Kolkata


180


6


Mumbai


187

   The All-India (General) point to point rate of inflation for the month of January, 2011 is 9.30% as compared to 9.47% in December, 2010. Inflation based on Food Index is 10.22% in January, 2011 as compared to 7.98% in December, 2010.

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Union Budget 2011-12 Highlights


· Critical institutional reforms set pace for double-digit growth
· Scaled up flow of resources infuses dynamism in rural economy
· GDP estimated to have grown at 8.6% in 2010-11
· Exports grown by 9.6%, imports by 17.6% in April-January 2010-11 over corresponding period last year
· Indian economy expected to grow at 9% in 2011-12.
· Five-fold strategy to deal with black money. Group of Ministers to suggest ways for tackling corruption
· Public Debt Management Agency of India Bill to come up next financial year
· Direct Tax Code (DTC) to be effective from April 01, 2012
· Phased move towards direct transfer cash subsidy to BPL people for better delivery of kerosene, LPG and fertilizer mooted
· Rs.40,000 crore to be raised through disinvestment in 2011-12
· FDI policy to be liberalized further
· SEBI registered mutual funds permitted to accept subscription from foreign investors who meet KYC requirement
· FII limit for investment in corporate bonds in infrastructure sector raised
· Additional banking license to private sector players proposed
· Rs.6000 crore to be provided in 2011-12 for maintaining minimum Tier I Capital to Risk Weighted Asset Ratio (CRAR) of 8% in public sector banks
· Rs.500 crore to be provided to regional rural banks to maintain 9% CRAR
· India Microfinance Equity Fund of Rs.100 crore to be created by SIDBI
· Rs. 500 crore Women SHG Development Fund to be created
· Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSME gets boost as Rs. 5000 crore provided to SIDBI and Rs.3000 crore to NABARD
· Existing housing loan limit enhanced to Rs.25 lakh for dwelling units
· Provision under Rural housing Fund enhanced to Rs.3000 crore
· Allocation under Rashtirya Krishi Vikas yojna (RKVY) increased to Rs.7860 crore
· Allocation of Rs.300 crore to promote 60000 pulses villages in rainfed areas
· Rs. 300 crore vegetable initiative to achieve competitive prices
· Rs.300 crore to promote higher production of nutri-cereals
· Rs.300 crore to promote animal based protein
· Rs.300 crore Accelerated Fodder Development Programme to benefit farmers in 25000 villages
· Credit flow to farmers raised from Rs.3,75,000 crore to Rs.4,75,000 crore
· Rs.10,000 crore for NABARD’s Short Term Rural Credit Fund for 2011-12
· 15 more mega food parks during 2011-12
· National food security bill to be introduced this year
· Capital investment in storage capacity to be eligible for viability gap funding
· 23.3% increase in allocation for infrastructure
· Tax-free bonds of Rs.30,000 crore proposed by government undertakings
· Environmental concerns relating to infrastructure projects to be considered by Group of Ministers
· National Mission for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles to be launched
· 7 Mega clusters for leather products to be set up
· Allocation for social sector increased by 17% amounting to 36.4% of total plan allocation
· Bharat Nirman allocation increased by Rs.10,000 crore
· Rural broadband connectivity to all 2.5 lakh panchayats in three years.
· Bill to amend Indian Stamp Act to introduce. Rs.300 crore scheme for modernization stamp and registration administration
· Significant increase in remuneration of Angawadi workers and helpers
· Allocation for education increased by24%. Rs.21,000 crore allocated for Sarv Shikshya Abhiyan registering an increase of 40%
· 1500 institute of higher learning to be connected by March 2012 with Knowledge Knowledge Network.
· National Innovation Council set up. Additional Rs.500 crore for National Skill Development Fund
· Plan allocation for health stepped up by20%
· Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme liberalized further
· Rs.200 crore for Green India Mission
· Rs.200 crore for cleaning of rivers
· Rs.8000 crore provided for development needs of J&K
· 10 lakhs Aadhaar(UID) numbers to be generated everyday from 1st October
· Fiscal deficit kept at 4.6% of GDP for 2011-12
· Income Tax exemption limit for general category in individual tax payers enhanced from Rs.1,60,000 to Rs.1,80,000
· Qualifying age for senior citizens lowered to 60; senior citizen above 80 year to get Rs.5,00,000 IT exemption
· Surcharge on corporate lowered to 5%

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Boost to Housing Sector Finance


   Various steps have been taken in this year’s union budget to give a boost to housing sector finance. The existing scheme of interest subvention of 1% on housing loans has been liberalized by extending it to housing loan upto Rs. 15 lakh where the cost of the house does not exceed Rs. 25 lakh from the present limit of Rs. 10 lakh and Rs. 20 lakh respectively.

   On account of increase in prices of residential properties in urban areas, it has been proposed to enhance the existing housing loan limit from Rs. 20 lakh to Rs. 25 lakh for dwelling units under priority sector lending.

   To provide housing finance to targeted groups in rural areas at competitive rates, the budget proposes to enhance the provision under Rural Housing Funds to Rs. 3000 crore from the existing Rs.2000 crore.

   The Union Finance Minister Sh. Pranab Mukherjee while presenting this year’s budget has also proposed the creation of a Mortgage Risk Guarantee Fund under Rajiv Awas Yojana. This would guarantee housing loans taken by Economically Weaker Sections and Low Income Group households and enhance their credit worthiness.

   To prevent frauds in loan cases involving multiple lending from different banks on the same immovable property, the Government has facilitated setting up of Central Electronic registry under the SARFAESI Act, 2002. This Registry will become operational by March 31, 2011.

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IT Initiatives: E-Filing and E-Payment of Taxes, Web-based facility for tax Payers to track Resolution of Refunds


IT Initiatives: E-Filing and E-Payment of Taxes, Web-based facility for tax Payers to track Resolution of Refunds
CBDT to Set up Eight more Aaykar Seva Kendras in 2011-12

   Various tax initiatives have been taken in the Union Budget 2011-12 for efficient tax administration. Presenting the Budget in the Lok Sabha, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee highlighted the initiatives including e-filing and e-payment of taxes, adoption of ‘Sevottam’ concept by CBEC and CBDT, web based facility for tax payers track the resolution of refunds and credit for pre-paid taxes and augmentation of processing capacity.

   The on-line preparation and e-filing of income tax returns, e-payment of taxes through 32 agency banks, ECS facility for electronic clearing of refunds directly in taxpayers’ bank accounts and electronic filing of TDS returns are now available throughout the country.

   The ‘Sevottam’ concept has been adopted by both Boards i.e. CBDT and CBEC. The pilot projects of Aaykar Seva Kendras (ASKs) under CBDT have come of age. CBDT will commission eight more such centres this year. In 2011-12, another fifty ASKs will be set up across the country. CBEC has also launched a similar initiative and four of their pilot projects have been commissioned.

   The Centralized Processing Centre (CPC) at Bengaluru has increased its daily processing capacity from 20,000 to 1.5 lakh returns in 2010-11. Two more CPCs will become operational in Manesar and Pune by May 2011 and a fourth CPC will come up in Kolkata in 2011-12.

   The electronic filing of tax deduction at source (TDS) statements has stabilized and soon there will be provision for salary tax payers to not file income tax returns as their tax liability is being discharged by their employer through TDS.

   As a measure to increase the level of service CBDT will provide a web-based facility to enable tax payers to report and track the resolution of the refunds and credit for pre-paid taxes.

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Exemption Limit for Individual Tax Payers Raised to Rs.1,80,000


Exemption Limit for Individual Tax Payers Raised to Rs.1,80,000
Qualifying age for Senior Citizens Lowered to 60 Years
Senior Citizens above 80 Years to Get Exemption upto Rs. 5,00,000

   The exemption limit for the general category of individual tax payers has been enhanced to Rs. 1,80,000 from Rs. 1,60,000 in the General Budget 2011-12, presented by the Union Finance Minister, Shri Pranab Mukherjee in the Lok Sabha today. The measure will provide a uniform tax relief of Rs. 2,000 to every tax payer of this category, besides moving closer to Direct Tax Code (DTC) rates.

   Qualifying age for Senior Citizens has been reduced from 65 years to 60 years and exemption limit for Senior Citizens has been enhanced from Rs. 2,40,000 to Rs. 2,50,000. A new category of Very Senior Citizens, 80 years and above, has been created who will be eligible for a higher exemption limit of Rs. 5,00,000.

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Eligibility for Pension Under Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme to be Reduced to 60 Years


Hike in Pension for Those Who are 80 Years Old

   Under the on-going Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme for Below Poverty Line (BPL) beneficiaries, the eligibility for pension will now be reduced to 60 years from 65 years at present.

   This was announced by the the Union Finance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee while presenting the Union Budget 2011-12 in the Lok Sabha today.

   He also announced that the pension amount is being raised from Rs. 200 at present to Rs. 500 per month for those who are 80 years and above.

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National Anomaly Committee meeting discussion points





   As indicated in our circular letter No.3, we give hereunder the decisions taken on each of the items discussed at the National Anomaly Committee meeting held on 15th Feb. 2011.

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

Item No.11.
The Staff side has agreed to specify the items of allowance which requires to be given effect to from 1.1.2006.

Item No.12. & 13.
Revision of Transport allowance:
The Staff side is to give a comparative statement indicating the rate of Transport allowance given to various categories to substantiate their demand for having a uniform rate for all Govt. officials.

Item No.14.
Risk and Patient Care allowance to be doubled.
The Government will bring about the Insurance scheme in consultation with the Staff Side within six months. If the scheme is not implemented by that time, these allowances will be doubled.

Item No. 20.
Quantification of daily allowance in case not able to present the bill The Department of Expenditure will examine the issue further in the light of the discussion and will convey their final decision in the next neeting.

Item No. 28.
Assigning grade pay in PB 3 for Accounts officers.
This will be discussed with the Staff Side separately.

Item No. 31.
Child Care leave:
Revised orders have been issued. The demand of the Staff Side that the discretionary powers to grant or otherwise or restrict the number of days presently given to the authorities must be dispensed with will be discussed at the next meeting of the Committee.

Item No. 37.
Waiver of recovery of higher DA drawing between 1.1.2006 and 1.08.2008.
Not agreed to.

Item No. 38 and 39.
Anomaly in fixation of Grade Pay and Pay Bands: will be further discussed at the next meeting.

Item No. 40.
Grant of Notional increment for those who retire in June. Not accepted.

Item No.41.
Grant of promotional increment for those promoted in the same PB and Grade Pay.
The Official side stated that to decide whether the two grades have distinct functions is the prerogative of the concerned Ministry/Department. If they so decide, the promotional increment would be granted. But in that case, the same will be treated as a promotion and will count as such for the purpose of MACP.

Item No. 42.
MACP issue.
The same will be discussed in the sub committee once again.

Item No.43.
Anomaly in HAG scale of pay:
Not discussed being a Group A issue. But the issue has been reported to have been settled and orders issued.

Item No. 44.
Anomaly in Library Information Assistant:
Will be further discussed at the next meeting.

Item No. 45.
Anomaly in fixation of pension for those in receipt of stagnation increment/ In the light of the court judgment, the item will be discussed further in the next meeting.

Item No. 46.& 49 & 51
Parity for Stenographers in the filed and Central Sectt.
The demand for grant of grade pay of Rs. 4600 for those in the pay scale of 6500-10,500 has already been settled and orders issues. The question of Grant of Grade pay of Rs. 5400 after completion of three years for those in the pay scale of 7500-12000 will be examined if not already extended.

Item No. 48.
Restoration of commutation value of pension after 12 years.
Not agreed upon. The Staff side has asked for the basis on which the demand has been rejected.

Item No. 50/
Disparity in the pay scale of official language staff.
The Staff side has agreed to provide a copy of the Court order in the matter.

Item No. 52 and 53.
Andaman Nicobar Items:
The Official side will report in the next meeting of the development on these issues.



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Issue of pensioner CGHS Cards to Central Government servants before retirement.



Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Nirman Bhawan, Maulana Azad Road
New Delhi 110 108

No: 37-1/2009-C & P/CGHS (P)             Date: February 23, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Issue of pensioner CGHS Cards to Central Government servants before retirement.

   Central Government servants on their retirement from service are entitled to CGHS facility, if they retire from office Ministries / Departments / Offices covered by CGHS. For availing CGHS facility, if eligible, after retirement from service, pensioners are required to fill up the requisite form and deposit the appropriate amount [lump sum amount equivalent to one year’s contribution for availing CGHS facility for one year (which can be extended on an annual basis on payment of the appropriate contribution as applicable at the time of renewal) or pay in lump sum equivalent to ten years’ contribution for availing CGHS facility with life-time validity). The process of issuing of pensioner CGHS cards starts only after the Government servant retires from service and only after the Pension Pay Order (PPO) and Last Pay Certificate (LPC) are issued by the Ministry / Department / Office. The completion of the formalities takes two to three months, which puts pensioners in a problematic condition for getting treatment from the date on which they retire from service and the time when a pensioner CGHS card is issued to them.

   2. The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has received representations from retired Central Government servants and from officials due for retirement within the next few months with the request that the policy regarding issue of pensioner CGHS cards be simplified so that they are in a position to get the pensioner CGHS card a day after their retirement from service.

   3. The matter has been examined by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in consultation with CGHS and it has been decided that the following course of action will be taken in respect of officials who are entitled to avail CGHS facility after his / her retirement from Government service:

(i) All Ministries / Departments will, alongwith pension papers, give the application for issue of pensioner CGHS cards to the official three months before the due date for retirement of the official;

(ii) The official, if he / she is interested in availing CGHS facility after his / her retirement, will:

a. Fill up the form for issue of pensioner’s card;

b. affix stamp sized photographs of the family members entitled to avail CGHS facility in the proforma for issue of pensioner’s card;

c. enclose Demand Draft / Pay Order for the appropriate amount with reference to his / her decision to get CGHS card with life-time validity (the amount will be equal to ten years’ contribution) or with validity for one year (the amount will be equal to one year’s contribution). For obtaining the card in Delhi, the Demand Draft / Pay Order will have to be made payable to “Pay & Accounts Officer (CGHS), payable at Delhi” and for obtaining card in a CGHS city outside Delhi, the Demand Draft / Pay Order will have to be made payable to “Additional Director or Joint Director (as the case may be) of the CGHS city, payable in that city”;

(iii) The Ministry / Department will add a certificate of pay, grade pay, etc., drawn by the applicant to the application form and also mention the entitlement of ward (Private ward / Semi-Private Ward / General Ward) at the time of retirement of the official;

(iv) The Ministry / Department will forward the application complete in all respects to the Additional Director in the concerned CGHS city after verifying the particulars furnished by the applicant six weeks before the date of retirement of the official;

(v) CGHS pensioner cell in the concerned CGHS city will initiate action to get the pensioner card prepared;

(vi) The validity of the pensioner card will start from a date after the last day of service of the official;

(vii) If the beneficiary, while in service, has been issued plastic card, then the beneficiary identification number (Ben ID No.) will not be changed at the time of preparation of pensioner card and the same Ben ID number will be carried forward in the pensioner card;

(viii) The pensioner card will be handed over to the retired official only after the date of superannuation / retirement from service; and

(ix) Before the pensioner CGHS card is issued to the beneficiary, the plastic CGHS cards issued to all the members of the family will be surrendered

4. All Ministries / Departments are requested to give wide publicity to the contents of these instructions.

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(R.Ravi)
Director

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Highlights of Railway Budget 2011-12

                                                                     

  • No hike in passenger fare and freight rates.
  • Highest ever Plan outlay of Rs. 57, 630 crore proposed for Railways.
  • Rs. 9,583 crore provided for new lines.
  • 1300 km new lines, 867 km doubling of lines and 1017 km gauge conversion targeted in 2011-12.
  • 56 new Express Trains, 3 new Shatabdis and 9 Duronto trains to be introduced.
  • AC Double Decker services on Jaipur-Delhi and Ahmedabad-Mumbai routes.
  • New Super AC Class to be introduced.
  • A new portal for e-ticketing to be launched shortly. Booking charges will be cheaper with a charge of only Rs. 10 for AC classes and Rs.5 for others.
  • Pan-India multi-purpose smart card “Go India” to be introduced.
  • 236 more stations to be upgraded as Adarsh Stations.
  • 47 additional suburban services in Mumbai and 50 new suburban services proposed for Kolkata.
  • Two new passenger terminals in Kerala and one each in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal proposed.
  • Feasibility study to raise speed of passenger trains to 160-200 kmph to be undertaken.
  • A special package of two new trains and two projects for the States managing trouble free run of trains through out the year.
  • Anti Collision Devise (ACD) sanctioned to cover 8 zonal railways.
  • GPS Based ‘Fog Safe’ Device to be deployed.
  • All unmanned level crossing upto 3000 to be eliminated.
  • All India Security Help line on a single number set up.
  • All state capitals in the North-East except Sikkim to be connected by Rail in next seven years.
  • A Bridge Factory in J & K and a state-of-art Institute for Tunnel and Bridge Engineering is proposed at Jammu.
  • A Diesel Locomotive Centre will be set-up in Manipur.
  • A Centre of Excellence in Software at Darjeeling proposed under the aegis of CRIS.
  • Rail Industrial Parks at Jellingham and New Bongaigaon proposed.
  • Additional mechanized laundry units to be set up at Nagpur, Chandhigarh and Bhopal.
  • 700 MW gas-based power plant to be set up at Thakurli in Maharashtra.
  • 18,000 Wagons to be procured during 2011-12.
  • A scheme for socially desirable projects, ‘Pradhan Mantri Rail Vikas Yojana’ with Non-lapsable fund proposed.
  • 10,000 shelter units proposed for track side dwellers in Mumbai, Sealdah, Siliguri, Tiruchirapalli on pilot basis.
  • Concession to physically handicapped persons to be extended on Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.
  • Concession of 50% to press correspondents with family increased to twice a year.
  • Senior Citizens concession to be hiked from 30 % to 40 %.
  • Medical facilities extended to dependent parents of the Railway employees.
  • Scholarship for Girl child of Group-D railway employees increased to Rs.1200 per month.
  • 20 additional hostels for children of railway employees to be set up.
  • Recruitment for 1.75 lakh vacancies of Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ including to fill up backlog of SC/ST initiated, 16,000 ex-servicemen to be inducted by March 2011.
  • A separate sports cadre to be created.
  • 2011-12 declared ‘Year of Green Energy’ for Railways.
  • Freight loading of 993 MT and passenger growth of 6.4 % estimated for 2011-12.
  • Gross Traffic Receipts at Rs.1,06,239 crore, exceeding one lakh crore mark for the first time estimated.
  • Ordinary Working Expenses assessed at Rs. 73,650 crore.
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Friday, February 25, 2011

New Initiatives to Expand Rail-Based Industries


   The Minister for Railways, Mamata Banerjee, has proposed some new initiatives to further expand rail-based industries in the Railway budget speech for 2011-12.

   In Jammu & Kashmir, the Minister proposed to set up a Bridge Factory. She said the prestigious Jammu Kashmir rail link project involves a large number of bridges and her Ministry proposes to dedicate an industry for the people of J&K. The Minister said this industry will help in developing ancillary industries leading to employment generation in the area. Mamata. Banerjee also proposed to set up a state-of-the-art Institute for Tunnel and Bridge Engineering at Jammu.

   Mamata Banerjee said as per her announcement to set up a Coach Factory at Singur, land has not been made available by the State Government. However, the Minister said several landowners have volunteered to sell their land directly to the Railways. In order to fulfill the commitment, the Minister said she proposes to set up a metro coach factory on the land purchased from willing sellers at Singur/adjacent Polba.

   Regarding the Northeast, the Minister said Imphal, the capital of Manipur, will soon be connected to the railway network. As an advance planning, the Ministry proposes to set up a diesel locomotive centre in Manipur. Mamata Banerjee also announced proposal to open a Centre of Excellence in software at Darjeeling under the aegis of Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS).

   The Minister also proposed to set up two more wagon units under Joint Venture/Public Private Partnership mode, one each Kolar and Alappuzha, Kerala and one more at Buniadpur. Mamata Banerjee also proposed to pursue a joint venture between Railways and a partner to set up a manufacturing industry for the indigenous production of large on-track machines at Uluberia. She also proposed to set up a new track machine POH facility at the same place.

   The Minister also announced setting up of a “Rail Industrial Park” at Jellingham. She said the proposed Park will be a cluster of diverse industrial units whose output will be consumed by the Railways. The Park will initially focus on high volume safety and vital components. The Minister said with this, the country shall make a beginning towards creating a global hub in India for the Railway industry. She said a unit to manufacture car steel bogies and couplers through a joint venture between Burn Standard Co. Ltd and SAIL has already been initiated in this Park. She also proposes to set up a Rail Industrial Park at New Bongaigaon.

   To meet the electrical energy requirement of Railways which is growing rapidly with the expansion of the rail infrastructure and traffic, the Minister proposed to set up a 700 MW gas-based power plant at Thakurli in Maharashtra, depending upon the fuel being made available at economic cost. She said a captive thermal power plant of 1000 MW at Nabinagar is at an advance stage of construction. A second thermal power plant of 1,320 MW capacity at Adra is in process of being set up.

   The Railway Minister also proposed to set up more mechanized laundries for improving the quality of linen in trains at Nagpur, Chandigarh and Bhopal, in addition to Wadibunder, Tikiyapara, Kamakhya, Secunderabad, Kacheguda, Indore, Lucknow, Banaras, Samastipur, Sealdah, Tatanagar, Danapur, Bikaner, Bilaspur, Durg, Hatia, Chennai, Mumbai and Ahmedabad, where they are commissioned or are being set up. She said proposals for laundries at Vishakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar, Puri, Gwalior, Manduadih, Gorakhpur, Lucknow, New Jalpaiguri, Jammu, Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Tirupati, Ernakulum, Thiruvananthapuram, Hubli, Bengaluru, Yashwantpur, Jabalpur, Allahabad, Mau, Amethi and Kota are also under examination.

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Railway Employees’ Welfare, Recruitment and Training




   The Minister for Railways, Mamata Banerjee announced a number of measures for the welfare of Railway employees in her budget speech in Parliament today. They are as follows:-

1. Expand the scope of Liberalised Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for safety category staff by enhancing the existing criteria of grade pay from Rs. 1800/- to Rs. 1900/-

2. Considering the Indian family structure and values, extending medical facilities to both dependent father and mother of railway employees.

3. Increasing the scholarship for the girl child of gangmen and group ‘D’ employees to Rs.1200 per month for higher education.

4. Setting up of a Railway Vidyalaya Prabandhan Board (RVPB) to improve quality of education to children studying in 269 railway schools. The Board will draw up a plan for improving the physical and educational infrastructure of these schools to be implemented in a time frame of three years.

5. To provide 20 Road Medical Vans in remote and inaccessible areas for railway employees for easy access to medical facilities.

6. 20 hostels for children of railway employees have been commissioned and another 20 would be set up next year.

7. Undertaking of restructuring of all cadres in the Railways to afford adequate promotional opportunities to the officers and staff.

8. Recruitment process has already been set in motion for filling the vacancies of about 1.75 lakh in Group ‘C’ and Group ‘D’ posts. Steps have also been taken to fill up about 13,000 posts in Railway Protection Force. These mega recruitment drives will cover the backlog of SC/ST and physically handicapped quota.

9. For the first time, the Ministry is inducting 16,000 ex-servicemen by end of March 2011. More than 1200 ex-servicemen in Railway Protection Force are being recruited.

10. A Training centre is proposed to be started at Kharagpur to enhance skills of frontline staff in dealing with the customers. Multi-disciplinary training centres would be set up at Dharwad, Kolkata and Pune including an exclusive international centre at Agra. A new basic training centre at Kurseong is proposed to cater to the needs of North East Frontier Railway including Darjeeling-Himalayan Railway.

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First Coach From the New Coach Factory at Rae Bareli to be Turned Out in Next Three Months




   The Minister for Railways, Mamata Banerjee has informed the Parliament today that work on the new coach factory at Rae Bareli is progressing rapidly now. The Minister said the first coach is expected to be turned out from the new plant within the next three months.

   Mamata Banerjee said work of setting up of a large number of rail-based factories/manufacturing projects are at different stages of progress and implementation. The works at New Jalpaiguri, Adra, Jellingham and Kulti have been taken up in collaboration with different PSUs.

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Raise income tax exemption limit to Rs 3 lakh: Survey




   NEW DELHI: The government must increase the personal income tax exemption limit to at least Rs 3 lakh from Rs 1.6 lakh at present in the upcoming Budget for giving relief to taxpayers from high inflation, majority of CEOs surveyed by industry body Assocham has said.

   "In view of the unprecedented inflation particularly the food inflation, the government must increase the personal income tax exemption limit from the existing Rs 1.6 lakh to at least Rs 3 lakh to give adequate relief to the larger sections of the society, added the majority of the CEOs," the pre-Budget survey said.

   The Budget 2011-12 would be unveiled by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on February 28. At present, income up to Rs 1.6 lakh is exempted from tax for individuals. For women and senior citizens, the limit is Rs 1.9 lakh and Rs 2.4 lakh, respectively.

   However, under the the Direct Taxes Code (DTC) Bill which was introduced in Parliament last year, the I-T exemption limit is Rs 2 lakh. The DTC is expected to replace the 50-year old Income Tax Act from April, 2012.

   The survey further said that due to continuous elevated inflation and high commodity prices across globe, there is a strong case for continuation of stimulus package so that the growth momentum is not spiked.

   It was a pre-Budget expectations survey conducted under the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) with participation from its 1,000 CEOs. Inflation, particularly food inflation, has been a concern for both the government and the common man. For past the few months, food prices are at high levels.

   The WPI inflation for December rose to 8.43 per cent, from 7.48 per cent in the previous month. Food inflation, based on wholesale prices, rose to 17.05 per cent for the week ended January 22, on account of escalating vegetable prices, particularly, onions. It was at 15.57 per cent in the previous week.

   Around 84 per cent of the CEOs belonging to large, micro, small and medium enterprises polled in the survey held that stimulus package for textiles, gems & jewellery, construction and real estate, cement and steel, among others, should continue for the next fiscal.

   Besides, majority of the CEOs also pressed for larger and faster disinvestment in public sector undertakings, proceeds of which should partly be to fund infrastructure augmentation in PPP projects to help India grow and achieve intended growth rate of close to 9 per cent in next 2-3 years.

Source;http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/personal-finance/tax-savers/tax-news/raise-income-tax-exemption-limit-to-rs-3-lakh-survey/articleshow/7435651.cms
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Social Security Schemes of India Like Employees’ State Insurance Scheme, Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana Among the Best in the World –Mallikarjun Kharge




   Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Minister of Labour & Employment has said that the ESI Scheme is one of the best Social Security Schemes in the world. The Minister today inaugurated the celebrations of Diamond Jubilee Year of the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation as it entered its 60th year of existence. The ESI Corporation is celebrating the Diamond Jubilee year from 24th February, 2011 to February, 2012. During this year-long celebration, special emphasis will be laid upon bringing more and more workers under the integrated social security of ESI Scheme. Shri Kharge also called for co-operation from the States for better running of the Schemes. In his inaugural speech Shri Mallikarjun Kharge announced a series of new initiatives. ESIC has planned to strengthen primary health services by putting up one Medical Kit in each Dispensary containing the basic equipments like Blood Pressure measuring instrument, Glucometer, Nebulizer etc. To extend and strengthen preventive, promotive and other out-reach activities, one Mobile Wellness Van will be provided in each ESIC Hospital during the Diamond Jubilee Year. The first Wellness Van was flagged off by the Minister from Okhala ESIC Hospital by remote control.

   In co-ordination with the State Governments one ESI Dispensary each in the States will be upgraded by the ESI Corporation as Model Dispensary cum Diagnostic Centre. Shri Kharge unveiled the model of the Dispensary cum Diagnostic Centre at the inauguration of the Diamond Jubilee Year of ESIC, in New Delhi today. A book titled “6 Decades of Inspiring Hope” depicting the rich history of ESIC since 1952 was also released by the Minister. Shri Kharge presented the letters of Permission issued by Medical Council of India, to the Director General, ESIC for running Post-Graduate courses in 5 ESI Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences & Research at Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai. Shri Prabhat C. Chaturvedi, Secretary, Labour & Employment, released the Revenue Manual of ESIC on the occasion while Shri Ravi Mathur, Addl. Secretary L&E released the Calendar of Activities for the Diamond Jubilee Year of ESIC.

   Dr. C.S. Kedar, Director General, ESIC in his welcome address pronounced commitments of the Corporation towards the stakeholders to be fulfilled by the end of the Diamond Jubilee Year. These commitments have the sole objective of better services and reaching out to the stakeholders. The Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948 was the first major legislation in Independent India for providing comprehensive Social Security to the workers in the organized sector. Today, ESIC infrastructure has increased many folds with 1486 Dispensaries/AYUSH Units and 145 ESI Hospitals. Presently, ESI Medical Care institutions are treating more than 4.5 crores of patients annually. Under ESI Scheme, an amount of Rs. 1626.93 crores was spent on Medical care and Rs. 426.93 crores was disbursed as benefits, in cash, in 2009-10. ESIC is going for a yearlong special drive for covering more & more workers under the Social Security cover of ESI Scheme.

   Following is the text of the Speech of Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Union Minister of Labour & Employment at the Inaugural function of ESIC Diamond Jubilee Year: On this day in the year 1952, the then Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru inaugurated the ESI Scheme at Kanpur. The venue was the Brijender Swarup Park and Pandit ji addressed a 70,000 strong gathering in Hindi. In his inaugural address he said:

   (Quote)— “The Scheme which I am inaugurating today is a step in the right direction. However, I would like to add that we should not become complacent. We should not be fearful of any dangers but the situation in this world is that there are wild animals in the guise of human beings whom we have to confront.” (Unquote)

   I am truly delighted to be here at this inaugural function of the Diamond Jubilee Year of the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation. I convey my good wishes to each and every member of ESI family on this very auspicious and happy occasion. I also compliment the Members of the Corporation, officers and officials of ESIC & ESIS for the high level of professionalism that they have inculcated over the years. No praise would be enough for the stellar role they play in delivering much needed social security to India’s vast workforce.

   The ESI Corporation has been at the forefront in providing integrated healthcare and social security to India’s workers and their families under ESI Scheme. While inaugurating the Scheme in 1952, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru stated that the Scheme which he was inaugurating was a novel scheme. The Scheme was launched from Kanpur and Delhi simultaneously and since then it attracted a few thousand workers within a few days. There is impressive growth in the number of beneficiaries, from 25,000 in 1952 to over 55.5 million today. This bears complete testimony not only to the growing demand for these services, but also to the quality, delivery and reach of the services. ESIC is one of the premier social security organizations in the world today and this is a matter of great pride for all of us.

   ESIC has made a mark in the social security sector and is aspiring to be at the very top spot in terms of excellence, professionalism and quality, predictability of service and, above all, reliability and integrity. I would like to see the day when the world looks up to ESIC as a model of delivery of integrated social security for the workforce. I do believe that the day is not far off.

   ESIC has enriched our nation by keeping its vast workforce in good health and spirit. ESIC now has a rich history of 60 years. The Corporation has grown from strength to strength and over the years established a brand image for itself. To deliver even better services, the Corporation has taken steps towards improvement in its medical care service delivery, upgrading its facilities and a highly ambitious IT Roll out project. The organization has also decided to enter in the field of Medical Education as this will result in upgradation of the hospital infrastructure and ultimately benefit the members of the ESI Scheme. I am confident that the coming years of the Corporation will be even more productive and ground-breaking in the service of the people of our great country.

   Technical excellence and compliance with high ethical standards are prerequisite for sustaining the growth and development of any profession. ESIC has been pro-active in aligning its social security agenda with the challenges of rapid globalization. I am glad that the ESIC has made continuous improvements not only in the services and facilities, but also in the efficiency of service delivery.

   I am happy to launch the yearlong Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. It is a pleasure to note that on this occasion, ESIC is not resting on its laurels but is going ahead with renewed vigour to deliver firm commitments to the stakeholders. It is very satisfying to note that the Corporation will endeavour for more and more coverage of the workers under the umbrella of Social Security during this year. To enhance the satisfaction of stakeholders, ESIC shall make all efforts in further improving the medical care at the primary level by upgrading the Medical infrastructure at the Dispensary level and through Dispensaries added with diagnostic facilities. To promote preventive health care Mobile Wellness Van will be deployed.

   The efforts of the Corporation for introduction of Medical Education have borne fruits. Post graduate courses have already commenced in 5 disciplines at the PGIMSR Rajaji Nagar in Bangalore and in the current year they will commence in ESIC Hospitals at Basaidarapur Delhi, K.K. Nagar Chennai, Andheri East & MGM Hospital Mumbai.

   Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has exhorted us all to work hard for the welfare of our brothers and sisters:

   (Quote) “We in India face diverse challenges on many fronts. We live in an era of rising expectations. We live in an era of multiple contestations. But we are no longer fatalists. We no longer see our destiny as pre-ordained. The youth of today are taking their destiny into their hands and are seeking to shape their future. In my childhood, I lived in a village without potable water, without electricity, without a school or hospital. But we had faith in our future and that motivated us. We walked miles to go to school. We studied in the dim light of an oil lamp and I therefore, know what it is like to be a poor in a country as big as ours. Today, the percentage of our population that lives in those conditions is much lower than it was at our independence. But the absolute numbers are still very large and that is an unacceptable preposition. Millions of our citizens are still deprived and we cannot rest content if that situation is not ameliorating. Every day is a test for millions of underprivileged children, men and women in our country.” (Unquote)

   On this auspicious occasion of the inaugural ceremony of the Diamond Jubilee Year celebrations of ESIC, it would be most appropriate for all Officers, staff and other stakeholders to reiterate their commitment to the cause of excellence, ethical conduct, highest standards of professional uprightness and work with dedication & devotion. I once again applaud ESIC and all of you on this occasion. The organization has served our country with great distinction in the last six decades. I sincerely believe that the best is yet to come. I wish ESIC and all those connected with it, all success in your effort to achieve high level of distinction. My best wishes for the ensuing Diamond Jubilee Year. JAI HIND

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Disposal of RTI Cases



   The average monthly receipt and disposal of appeals/complaints by the Central Information Commission was 2300 and 1965 respectively during January to December, 2010. 15,476 appeals/complaints were pending in the Commission as on 31.01.2011.

   The Commission has launched a Special Drive to dispose of appeals/complaints which are pending for more than 3 months.

   As per the provisions of the RTI Act, 2005, the Central Information Commission shall consist of the Chief Information Commissioner and such number of Central Information Commissioners, not exceeding ten, as may be deemed necessary. The Government takes decision about the number of Information Commissioners to be appointed in the Central Information Commission from time to time. No decision has been taken to increase the number of Information Commissioners.

   This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Shri V.Narayanasamy in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Trade unions' rally to protest against price rise




   An estimated 1.5 lakh workers affiliated to various trade unions joined a march to Parliament on Wednesday, protesting against high food prices, unemployment and demanding a social security fund for unorganised workers.

   Members of the Indian National Trade Union Congress , a Congress-affiliated trade union, joined other trade unions, in a rare display of unity. Intuc’s move was remarkable as it marched against the policies of a government led by the party it is affiliated to. Intuc leaders have maintained that they were protesting the increased hardships faced by workers. Traffic in many of Delhi’s key roads were blocked as long lines of workers carrying flags and shouting slogans snaked through. Protesters started their march from different points in the city and converged at Parliament Street.

   "I’m a Congress MP, but I will not waver from joining this movement in defence of the rights of the workers particularly when policies of the government is hurting interests of the people," Intuc president G Sanjeeva Reddy said.

   All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta said Reddy had faced pressure from the government and his party to back away from the rally and credit was due to him for not succumbing to it. "We will intensify the movement if the government does not relent," Dasgupta said.

   Even Centre for Indian Trade Unions and Hind Mazdoor Sabha participated in the march.

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INTEREST FREE ADVANCE OF RS.27000/- FROM THE VVN FOR PROCUREMENT OF LAPTOPS TO THE TEACHERS IN KVS





KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN
18, INSTITUTIONAL AREA,
SHAHEED JEET SINGH MARG,
NEW DELHI – 110016


F. No. 110240/(3)/FC/20 10-KVS(HQ)/Budget
Dated 18th February, 2011


The Assistant Commissioner/Director
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan,
All Regional Offices/ZIETs


Subject: INTEREST FREE ADVANCE OF RS.27000/- FROM THE VVN FOR PROCUREMENT OF LAPTOPS TO THE TEACHERS IN KVS.

Sir/Madam,

   Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan has been taking various measures to encourage use of computers and ICT methods in the teaching and learning process in Kendriya Vidyalayas. Efforts were made in the past to provide suitable training to the teachers both internally through In-service programmes and externally with the collaboration of other agencies like Intel, Microsoft & Oracle. Some of the teachers have procured PCs/Laptops on their own and some of them regularly seek advances / withdrawals from their PF account for this purpose. However, many teachers have expressed a need for institutional support for procurement of Laptops to be used as an aid in their curricular transactions in the KVs.

   It has also been observed during routine inspections by the officers of the Regional Office that a large number of teachers do effectively use digital technology in their curricular transactions. The primary teachers (PRTs) use computers extensively on a regular basis. The multimedia facility available in the digital technology not only helps them to make their classes attractive but also contributes in making the learning of their students effective. Moreover, with the emphasis on activity based teaching — learning, these primary teachers prepare a large number of worksheets for their regular use in the classrooms, using the inputs from online and offline resources. The Trained Graduate Teachers (TGTs) who teach the secondary classes use digital technology for the two fold purpose of computer aided teaching/learning (CAT/CAL) and for carrying out student projects. The Post Graduate Teachers (PGTs) use digital technology with a focus to enrich their content and also search for various assessment items to be used in their classes.

   Therefore, in order to encourage more and more teachers use computers extensively in their regular curricular transactions, the Finance Committee of KVS recommended for approval of BOG for grant of interest free advance of Rs. 27000/- with an overall ceiling limit of Rs. 5 crore per annum from WN. BOG in its meeting held on 03.11.2010 approved the proposal for its implementation. This scheme will be implemented at the Regional level with each region is empowered to sanction interest free advance upto a total of Rs. 27 lakh for all applicants put together. For any sanction over and above Rs. 27 lakh, the Asstt. Commissioner of the Region has to get the approval of the KVS (HQ). Other detailed guidelines of the scheme is hereby forwarded for its implementation.


Yours faithfully,
(O.M. PRABHAKARAN)
JT.COMMISSIONER (Admn.)

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Enhancement of Pension Under EPS, 1995


   The Central Government constituted an Expert Committee for review of the Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995. The Expert Committee considered the various demands of pensioners including enhancement of pension under the Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995. The Expert Committee has submitted its report to the Central Government on 05.08.2010 and recommendations are presently under examination/consideration of the Central Board of Trustees of the Employees Provident Fund Organization.

   This information was given by Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Minister for Labour And Employment in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Increase in Interest Rate on EPF



   For the financial year 2010-2011, 9.5% rate of interest on EPF has been recommended by the Central Board of Trustees, Employees’ Provident Fund [CBT(EPF)] in the 190th meeting held on 15.09.2010 based on the funds available in the interest suspense account. The Ministry of Labour & Employment has forwarded the recommendation of CBT to the Ministry of Finance (Department of Financial Services) for approval.

   This information was given by Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Minister for Labour And Employment in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Insurance Scheme for Teachers


  The Planning Commission has acknowledged that school teachers are important stakeholders in our country’s development and intimated that the proposal to introduce a life-insurance-cum-endowment scheme for school teachers is under examination in the Planning Commission. Proposal for health insurance for the school teachers has not been sent by HRD Ministry to the Planning Commission.

  This information was given by the Minister of State for Human Resource Development Smt. D. Purandeswari, in a written reply to a question, in the Lok Sabha today.

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Modernisation of Post Offices




   The Department of Posts has decided to improve the Look and Feel of its post offices through Project Arrow. The project has been launched with the objective of modernising departmental post offices across the country in a phased manner with an aim to make visible, tangible and noteworthy difference in post office operations. It aims at comprehensive improvement of the core operations of the post office as well as the ambience in which postal transactions are undertaken.

   The IT Modernization Project Phase II of India Post under XIth plan envisages computerization of all the non-computerized Post Offices in the country (Departmental single handed Post Offices) and all Extra departmental Post Offices phased over the financial years 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13.

   The number of Post Offices modernized in 2008-09 and 2009-10 are:

   2008-09 - 45 post offices were computerized, computer hardware was upgraded in 1847 post offices and 500 post offices were modernized under Project Arrow.

   2009-10 - 2920 post offices were computerized, computer hardware was upgraded in 92 post offices and 500 post offices were modernized under Project Arrow.

   Total investment to be made on modernization in 2010-2011 and 2011-12 are:

   2010-11- Rs. 209.76 crores has been allocated for computerization of post offices at the RE stage and `84 crores has been allocated for modernization of post offices under Project Arrow.

   2011-12 - Rs. 626.41 crores has been earmarked for computerisation of post offices and Rs. 9 lakh for carrying out internal review of selected post offices already covered under Project Arrow.

   The Department has diversified its activities to utilise its network by introducing services like selling of passport forms in identified post offices, accepting of utilities bills in the post offices, providing railway reservation facilities etc.

   The Department has also tied-up with various Government departments to provide social security services especially in rural areas and with financial institutions to sell their product through post offices like :



   (i) National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS)-for disbursement of wages to NREGS beneficiaries through Post Office Savings Bank accounts.

(ii) Collection of Rural Price Index Data

(iii) Payment of Old age pension- through Post Office Savings accounts in Bihar, Chattisgarh, Delhi, Jharkhand, M.P., Maharashtra, North-East and Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and through money order in Karnataka, Kerala, M.P., Maharashtra, N.E., Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu , Uttarakhand, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

(iv) Sale of gold coins by tying-up with Reliance Money Limited.

(v) On Line Acceptance of RTI Applications.

(vi) Provision of New Pension Scheme through Post Offices.

   This information was given by the Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology, Shri Sachin Pilot in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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Swavalamban Pension Scheme

     To encourage the workers of unorganized sector to voluntarily save for their retirement and to lower the cost of operations of the New Pension System (NPS) for such subscribers, the Central Government announced a co-contributory pension scheme ‘Swavalamban’ in the Union Budget 2010-11. The Government of India (GOI) will contribute a sum of Rs. 1,000 to each eligible NPS subscriber who contributes a minimum of Rs. 1,000 and maximum Rs. 12,000 per annum under the Swavalamban Scheme. The GoI contribution has been announced for the current year and the next three years i.e. upto the year 2013-14. The Government has targeted to cover around 10 lakh subscribers each during the 4 years of the Scheme, totaling to around 40 lakh subscribers. The Swavalamban Scheme has been launched on 26.09.2010 and workers of unorganized sector from any part of the country can join this Scheme. The Interim Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has been mandated by the Government to implement the Swavalamban Scheme all over the country.

     In response to the appeal of the Finance Minister in his Budget Speech 2010-11, the State Governments of Haryana and Karnataka have also announced a co-contributory scheme for some specified occupational groups in the un-organised sectors, wherein a sum of Rs. 1,200 per annum will be contributed by these State Governments to the accounts of eligible subscribers of the respective state, over and above the contribution of the Central Government and the individual subscribers.

     This information was given by the Minister of State for Finance, Shri Namo Narain Meena in written reply to a question raised in Rajya Sabha Yesterday.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Central Government Employees and Pensioners Health Insurance Scheme




     The Central Government is contemplating introduction of a health insurance scheme for the central government employees and pensioners on pan – India basis, in consultation with other concerned Ministries/Departments. However, no time frame can be given at this stage for its introduction.

     This information was given by Minister of Health & Family Welfare Sh. Ghulam Nabi Azad in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Raising of upper age limit in case of entitlement of Privilege Passes/ PTOs for dependent sons


No.AIRF/82               Dated: February 11, 2011

The Secretary(E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi     Attn: Shri A.K. Nigam, Adviser(IR), Railway Board

Dear Sir,

Sub: Raising of upper age limit in case of entitlement of Privilege Passes/PTOs for dependent sons

     The upper age limit prescribed by the Railway Board for the entitlement of Privilege Passes/PTOs in case of dependent son, if he is not a student of a bonafide institute, is 21-year at present.

     In the present circumstances, in case the son of an employee completes his graduation up to the age of 21-year and does not pursue further higher education on account of one reason or the other, he is deprived of Privilege Passs/PTOs issued to his father, whereas the son, while looking for a job, has to travel more and more in search of proper job/employment for which he has to appear either in written test or viva-voce at different places, thereby he remains in urgent need of Passes/PTOs.

     It would, therefore, be in the fitness of things that the upper age limit for the entitlement of Privilege Passes/PTOs in case of dependent son may be raised up to the age of 25-year irrespective of the fact whether he is a student of any bonafide institute or not as the age of 25-year is permissible age for receipt of Family Pension by a son if he is unemployed.

     Necessary amendments in the Pass Rules are, therefore, needed to be affected.

     An early action in the matter is solicited.

Yours faithfully,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

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Indian Forest Service Exam, 2010 Result Announced


     The Union Service Public Commission (UPSC) has announced the result of the Indian Forest Service Examination held in July 2010. The list in order of merit contains names of 85 candidates, including 35 belonging to Other Backward Classes, 15 to the Scheduled Castes and 07 to the Scheduled Tribes.

     The appointment to the Service will be made by the Government according to the number of vacancies available. The number of vacancies intimated by the Government is 85 (Eighty Five).

     The candidature of eighteen candidates with Roll No. 2523, 2705, 3493, 9473, 15550, 16810, 18039, 18442, 21140, 22740, 26325, 29133, 32502, 34265, 35924, 37805, 38772 & 38928 is provisional.

     UPSC has a “Facilitation Counter” near Examination Hall in its campus. Candidates can obtain any information / clarification during working days in person or over telephone Nos.23385271 /23381125/23098543. The Result will also be available on the UPSC web site, i.e. http://www.upsc.gov.in within next few days.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Sanction of conveyance allowance to the differently abled employees — extension to employees of PSUs/Boards — Reg.


Thlru. R. Thiagarajan, l.A.S.,                                          
Special Secretary to Government                 
               
 Finance (BPE) Department,
 Secretariat,
Chennal — 600 009

Letter No. 7677/ BPE / 2011 / Dated: 15.02.2011

To
The Chief Executive Officers of all
State Public Sector Undertakings / Boards

Sir,
Sub: Sanction of conveyance allowance to the differently abled employees — extension to employees of PSUs/Boards — Reg.

Ref:
1. G.O.Ms.No.667, Finance, dt. 27.6.1989.
2. G.O.Ms.No.203, Fin (PC) dept. dt. 16.3.1993.
3. Govt. Lr. No. 1494/BPE/93-l/Dt. 14.9.1993
4. G.O.Ms.No.445, Fin (PC) Dept. dt. 31 .8.1998.
5. Govt. Lr.No. 2713/BPE/98/dt. 3.3.1999.
6. G.O.Ms.No. 236, Fin (PC) dept. dt.1.6.2009.
7. Govt. Lr.No. 37010/BPE/2009-1/dt. 14.7.2009.
8. G.O.Ms.No. 391, Fin (All) Dept. dl. 7.10.2010.
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     I am directed to state that the Government in the G.O. first cited have ordered for payment of conveyance allowance at 5% of Basic pay subject to a maximum of Rs.50/- p.m. to the blind and orthopaedically handicapped employees of State Government subject to conditions specified therein and in GO. second cited, orders have been issued enhancing the ceiling on Conveyance Allowance to the blind and orthopaedically handicapped employees of State Government from Rs. 50/- to Rs.75/-p.m. In the Government letter third cited, these orders were extended to the employees of State Public Sector Undertakings/Boards from the date of adoption of the G.O. by the Boards of Directors. In G.O. fourth cited, the above ceiling limit has been enhanced from Rs. 75/- to Rs. 150/- p.m. In the letter fifth cited, the above G.O. has been extended for adoption after placing the matter before the Board of Directors. In the G.O. sixth cited, among other things, the Conveyance Allowance to Orthopaedically handicapped employees has been doubled from Rs.150/- p.m. to Rs.300/- p.m. In Government letter seventh cited, it has been indicated, to place the above G.O. before the Board for adoption in respect of only those allowances which are being drawn by the employees of State Public Sector Undertakings/Boards. Now, in the G.O. eighth cited, the ceiling limit for differently abled persons has been enhanced from Rs. 300/- to Rs.1000/-. These orders have not been extended to the employees of Public Sector Undertakings / Boards.

     2. The Government after careful consideration of the matter direct that the orders issued in G.O. eighth cited be extended to the differently abled employees of your Corporation / Board after placing the matter before the Board of Directors. Considering the meagre percentage of differently abled employees in each State Public Sector Undertakings / Boards and less financial implication etc., and as a goodwill gesture towards such differently abled employees employed in State Public Sector Undertakings / Boards, the enhanced ceiling limit of Rs. 1000/- to such employees shall be given with effect from 1.10.2010 as ordered by Government for differently abled Government employees.

Yours faithfully,
-sd-
for Special Secretai to Government.

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Annual Reports regarding Representation of SCs. STs, OBCs and Persons with Disabilities in the Central Government Services as on 1.1.2011.


No. 36027/1/2011-Estt.(Res.)
(government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the:- 15th February, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Annual Reports regarding Representation of SCs. STs, OBCs and Persons with Disabilities in the Central Government Services as on 1.1.2011.

     The undersigned is directed to say that as per instructions contained in this Department’s O.M. No.4301 1/10/2002-Estt.(Res.) dated 19.12.2003 and O.M. No 36035/3/2004-Estt(Res.) dated 29.12.2005, each Ministry/Department is required to send following reports to this Department by 31.3.2011:-

(i) SC/ST/OIIC Report-I regarding representation of SCs, STs, and OBCs in services as on 1.1.2011;

(ii) SC/ST/OIIC Report-Il regarding representation of SCs, STs, OBCs in various grades of organized Group ‘A’ services as on 1.1.2011;

(iii) Persons with disabilities (PWD) Report-I regarding representation of persons with disabilities in services as on 1.1.2011; and

(iv) PWD Report-Il regarding appointments persons with disabilities during the year 2010.

     2. The proformae prescribed for above reports are enclosed for ready reference. It is request that the reports may be sent to this Department by stipulated date i.e. by 31.3.2011. While collecting information from the attached/Subordinate offices, the concerned offices may be advised not to send information direct to this Department. The concerned Ministry/Department should consolidate the information in respect of entire Ministry /Departmcnt including the information in respect of the Attached and Subordinate Office, and send such consolidated information to this Department.

     3. The Ministries/Department should ensure that the reports sent to this Department contain consolidated information in respect of the concerned Ministry/Department and its Attached and Subordinate Offices but in respect of Pubic Sector Undertaking, Statutory, statutory, semi-Government and Autonomous Bodies. Since the information called for relates to persons and not to posts, the posts, which are lying vacant, should not be taken into account. Persons on deputation should be included in the establishment of borrowing Ministry/Department/office and not in the establishment of their parent office. Persons permanent in one grade but officiating or holding temporary appointment in a higher grade should be shown in the figures relating to the class of service in which the higher grade concerned is included. It may also be noted that figures in respect of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and Persons with Disabilities have to include persons appointed by reservation as well as appointed on their own merit.

s/d
(sharad Kumar Srivastava)
Under Secretary (Res.)
Tel:- 23092110

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Performance-based incentive for Central Govt staff from next FY





     NEW DELHI: Employees of 62 central government departments could start earning a performance-based incentive, over and above their existing salaries, from as early as the next financial year. The incentive will be based on the department's scorecard in meeting yearly targets committed by their respective secretaries and ministers as part of the results-framework documents (RFD) system.

     The committee of secretaries looking into performance-based incentive for government employees is said to have already zeroed in on a formula that offers a secretary-level officer an incentive up to 40% of the basic salary, provided his department has met 100% RFD targets.

     A scorecard of 70% and less in meeting RFD targets would however attract zero incentive. However, no penalty will be imposed on the non-performing officers.

     The secretaries' panel, headed by the Cabinet secretary, has already completed three crucial meetings and is looking to finalise its recommendations in time to enable performance-linked salaries in the coming financial year.

     The corporatisation of government departments by linking babudom's salaries with their performance was recommended by successive Pay Commissions over the last 22 years. Starting with the Fourth Pay Commission , performance-linked incentive has been a recommendation of the Fifth and Sixth pay panel reports as well. However, in the absence of any credible benchmark for measuring a government officer's performance, the performance-based incentive proposal never got off the ground.

     With the 2010-11 RFD scorecards for 62 departments set to be finalised by May and brought into the public domain by June 2011 - incidentally, though the RFD scorecards for the three months of 2010 were never published, they are very much available - the committee of secretaries on performance-linked incentive is said to have worked out a formula to calculate the incentive for a secretary as well as the officials lower down. For a secretary-level officer, the incentive is proposed to be 15% of cost savings (budgeted expenditure minus actual expenditure) by the department multiplied by its composite score less 70, divided by 30.

     The incentive will be higher with each passing year. In other words, secretary of a department that meets 100% RFD targets for a year would get 20% performance-based incentive in the first three years, 30% in the next three years and 40% between the sixth and ninth year. A 70% scorecard would however attract no incentive.

     For a joint secretary, the incentive will be sum of 30% of departmental composite score and 70% of divisional composite score. Since the incentive will be paid from cost savings of the department resulting from improved performance, there will be no extra burden on the exchequer. The government, incidentally, is not in favour of penalising the non-performing officers.

     The reasoning being that not getting any incentive, or absence of recognition, would be punishment enough for the under-performers. With the committee of secretaries also planning to lay down the condition that performance-linked incentive will accrue to only those departments that have submitted RFDs for two consecutive years, the key five departments of PMO , home, finance, defence, external affairs who are still not covered by the RFD system will not qualify for the incentive.

Courtesy;economictimes
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