Monday, June 30, 2014

Expected Dearness Allowance for July 2014 : AICPIN for the Month of May 2014.

No. 5/1/2014- CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU

`CLEREMONT’, SHIMLA-171004
DATED: the 30th June, 2014

Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) – May, 2014

The All-India CPI-IW for May, 2014 increased by 2 points and pegged at 244 (two hundred and forty four). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by 0.83 per cent between April, 2014 and May, 2014 when compared with the rise of 0.88 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing 1.65 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Coconut Oil, Fish Fresh, Poultry, Milk, Onion, Vegetables & Fruits, Sugar, Cigarette, Electricity Charges, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was restricted to some extent by Petrol putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 7.02 per cent for May, 2014 as compared to 7.08 per cent for the previous month and 10.68 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 7.66 per cent against 7.76 per cent of the previous month and 13.24 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Coimbatore recorded the maximum increase of 9 points followed by Bhavnagar (7 points) and Amritsar, Mercara and Tiruchirapally (6 points each). Among others, 5 points rise was registered in 7 centres, 4 points in 11 centres, 3 points in 13 centres, 2 points in 11 centres and 1 point in 10 centres. On the contrary, a decline of 5 points was reported in Giridih, 4 points in Chhindwara, 3 points in 2 centres, 2 points in 1 centre and I point in 7 centres. Indices of remaining 9 centres observed no change.

The indices of 35 centres are above and other 41 centres are below national average. The index of Vishakhapathnam and Chandigarh is at par with all-India index.

The next index of CPI-1W for the month of June, 2014 will be released on Thursday, 31 July, 2014. The same will also be available on the office website WWW.labourbureau.gov. in.

Sd/-
S.S.NEGI
DIRECTOR

Source:http://labourbureau.nic.in/Press_IW_MAY2014.pdf
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Shri Narendra Singh Tomar Launches Online PF Code Allotment System

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment 

The Union Minister for Steel, Mines and Labour & Employment, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar has launched the online registration system for allotment of Provident Fund Code Number, which can be used by establishments in New Delhi today. On the occasion, he said that his Government was committed to provide better services to stakeholders. He congratulated the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) for achieving one of the tasks given by him regarding provision of this facility. He hoped that EPFO will also achieve other tasks assigned to it for first 100 days, including the allocation of Universal Account Number to the members of the fund. 

On the occasion, the Union Minister of State, Shri Vishnu Deo Sai said that this facility will make the establishment registration system easy and transparent. The Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Smt. Gauri Kumar was also present on the occasion. 

It was observed that earlier establishments which had to take a PF code number were required to make a physical application and submit the same at the PF office concerned. This sometimes led to avoidable delays in getting the code number. With the introduction of the new facility, such establishments can register themselves online through a link provided in the Organisation’s website. All the necessary instructions for filling up of the form and checklist have been provided online. On successful completion of the registration process, the PF code number will be allotted online after verification of the PAN number entered by the applicant within a day. This is also done by the system without manual intervention. A dashboard will be provided on the website to track the status of applications. 

The adoption of this new process would drastically cut short the time required for getting code number and it is a part of the commitment of the Organisation to be more responsive to the needs of the stakeholders by utilizing technology. This is also expected to address the criticism that establishments face many hurdles and bureaucratic delays in starting their businesses in the country and therefore this initiative would help in establishing a business-friendly and pro-compliance environment. 

Source: PIB
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MEDICAL AID – New Health Insurance Scheme, 2014 for Pensioners (including spouse) / Family Pensioners through the United India Insurance Company Limited, Chennai – Implementation – Orders – Issued.

Government of Tamil Nadu 
2014 
FINANCE [Pension] DEPARTMENT 
G.O.Ms.No.171, Dated 26th June 2014. 
(Jaya, Aani-12, Thiruvalluvar Aandu-2045) 

ABSTRACT 

MEDICAL AID – New Health Insurance Scheme, 2014 for Pensioners (including spouse) / Family Pensioners – Provision of Health Care Assistance to the Pensioners (including spouse) / Family Pensioners through the United India Insurance Company Limited, Chennai – Implementation – Orders – Issued. 

Read:- 


ORDER: 

In the Government Order read above, orders have been issued for launching a New Health Insurance Scheme, 2014 to provide health care assistance to the Pensioners (including spouse) / Family Pensioners on a CASHLESS basis, with provision to avail assistance upto rupees two lakh for a block period of four years and to implement the scheme through the Director of Treasuries and Accounts, Chennai after selection of a suitable Public Sector Health Insurance Company through National Competitive Bidding. 

 2. Based on the Government Order read above, the Secretary to Government (Expenditure), Finance (Pension) Department was nominated as Tender Inviting Authority and Tender Accepting Authority. The Commissioner of Treasuries and Accounts and the Director of Medical and Rural Health Services were also nominated as Members of the Committee for selection of a Public Sector Health Insurance Company through National Competitive Bidding. Accordingly, the Tender Inviting Authority has called for Open Tender by issue of Notice Inviting Tender on 24.01.2014. The Tender Accepting Committee, on 18-02-2014, has recommended to select the United India Insurance Company Limited, Chennai to implement the New Health Insurance Scheme, 2014 for Pensioners (including Spouse)/Family Pensioners. 

3. After careful consideration, the tender has been awarded to the United India Insurance Company Limited, Chennai and the said Company has since entered into an agreement with the Government of Tamil Nadu for implementation of the New Health Insurance Scheme, 2014 for Pensioners (including Spouse) / Family Pensioners for a block period of four years from 1-7-2014 to 30-6-2018. This scheme shall also be administered through a Third Party Administrator under the control of United India Insurance Company Limited, Chennai. The payment of premium shall be regulated as per the terms and conditions of the agreement between the Insurance Company and Government of Tamil Nadu. 

4. The Government also direct that the implementation of the New Health Insurance Scheme, 2014 for Pensioners (including spouse) / Family Pensioners shall be administered by the Director of Treasuries and Accounts, Chennai-600 015. The implementation procedure outlined in Annexure-I to this order shall be adopted. 

5. The Pensioners / Family Pensioners shall uniformly subscribe a sum of Rs.150/- per month to the New Health Insurance Scheme, 2014. The subscriptions recovered from the Pensioners / Family Pensioners shall be credited into the following Revenue Receipt Head of Account. 
“0075.00. OTHER MISCELLANEOUS GENERAL SERVICES
800. Other Receipts
BY. Subscription from Pensioners / Family
Pensioners towards New Health Insurance
Scheme (NHIS), 2014.
 [D.P.C. 0075 00 800 BY 0004]”
6. The Government of Tamil Nadu shall pay the insurance premium along with the service tax to the Insurance Company on behalf of all the Pensioners / Family Pensioners as per the terms and conditions of the agreement entered into by the Government with the Insurance Company through the Director of Treasuries and Accounts. The expenditure on payment of insurance premium including service tax shall be debited to the following Head of Account under Demand No.50. Pension and Other Retirement Benefits: 
“2075.00. MISCELLANEOUS GENERAL SERVICES
 800. Other Expenditure
I. Non-Plan
 IJ. New Health Insurance Scheme, 2014 for
Pensioners / Family Pensioners.
 10. Contributions.
 2. Insurance Premium
 [D.P.C. 2075 00 800 IJ 1022]”

7. The Director of Treasuries and Accounts, Chennai shall be the estimating, reconciling and controlling authority for the head of accounts opened in this order. The Director of Treasuries and Accounts, Chennai shall open the above Head of Accounts in their books of accounts. 

8. The Director of Treasuries and Accounts shall send proposals to Government for sanction of release of insurance premium including service tax payable to the Insurance Company from time to time as per the terms and conditions of the agreement. 

9. The Director of Treasuries and Accounts, Chennai shall submit annual report to the Government in the month of July every year. 
 
(BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR) 
 
K.SHANMUGAM 
PRINCIPAL SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT. 

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

DoPT Circular 2014: Amendment of Fundamental Rules/Service Rules.

No.997012/2014-Estt (Pay)
Government of India
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment (Pay) Division
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the.26th June, 2014

CIRCULAR

It is brought to notice that any amendment of Fundamental Rules / Service Rules is required to be made with the approval of President under powers vested by Article 309 of the Constitution. It is clarified that FR 22(l)(a)(1) continues to exist.

2. Similarly, the Rule 2(2)(vii) of CCS (RP) Rules, 2008 has not been deleted as in the case of FR 22(l)(a)(1) above.

3. Hence. the mode of pay fixation as provided for in FR 22(1)(a)(1) continues to apply in respect of cases in the pre-revised scales. Also, the Rule 2(2)(vii) of CCS (RP) Rules 2008 read with OM No.3/13/2008-Estt(Payell) dated 11th November, 2008, continues to apply in cases of pay fixation of reemployed persons.

Sd/-
(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Director (Pay)

Source: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/997012_2014-Estt_Pay.pdf
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Railway Board Order 2014: Revision in the rates of Kilometreage Allowance and Allowance in lieu of Kilometeage (ALK) with effect from 01.01.2014

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD
S.No. PC-VI:343
RBE No. 65/2014
No. E(P&A)II-2005/RS-34
New Delhi 24.06.2014

The General Managers/CAOs.
All Indian Railways & Production Units etc.

Sub: Revision in the rates of Kilometreage Allowance and Allowance in lieu of Kilometeage (ALK) with effect from 01.01.2014

In terms of Board's letter of even no dated 28.6.2012.  The rates of Kilometreage Allowance (per 100 kms.) and Allowance in lieu of ALK (per 160 kms.), which were laid down Board's letter No. E(P&A)-II/2005/Rs.34 dated 26.12.2008, were increased by 25% with effect from 01.01.2011 consequent upon increase in the rate of DA to 51%. 

2.  Subsequent to enhancement in the rages of Dearness Allowance to 100% w.e.f. 01.01.2014, the matter has been examined and it has been decided by Board that the rates of Kilometreage Allowance (per 100 kms) and Allowance in lieu of ALK (per 160 kms) shall increase by a further 25% w.e.f. 01.01.2014 over the rates laid down vide Board's letter No. E(P&A)-II-2005/Rs.34 dated 26.12.2008.

3.  The other terms and conditions for admissibility of Kilometreage Allowance / Allowance in lieu of Kilometreage shall remain unchanged.

4.  This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

5.  Please acknowledge receipt

Sd/-
(K. Shankar)
Director, Estt.(P&A)
Railway Board

Source: AIRF
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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to Introduce Pension Scheme for its Executives

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Defence 

Based on the guidelines issued by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) and approved by the Ministry of Defence, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is introducing a Defined Contribution Pension Scheme for its executives who retired from January 1, 2007 onwards. In line with this, Mr. V.M. Chamola, Director (HR), Dr. A.K Mishra, Director (Finance) and Mr Ashok Tandon, Executive Director (Company Secretary) HAL jointly signed the ‘Trust Deed’ to form the “HAL Executives Defined Contribution Pension Trust” in presence of Dr. R.K. Tyagi, Chairman, HAL and Trustees of the Pension Fund, here in Bangalore today. 

“Implementing the pension scheme will boost the financial security of the retired executives and infuses confidence to the serving HAL officer fraternity, said Dr. R.K. Tyagi, Chairman HAL, during the “Trust Deed” signing event. 

The scheme would benefit around 2000 executives already retired from January 1, 2007 and 9,800 serving executives of the Company. HAL would contribute 7% of the Basic Pay plus Dearness Allowance drawn by each executive from January 1, 2007 onwards to fund the Scheme. Executives can also make voluntary contribution to the Scheme. M/s LIC of India would manage the Corpus Fund. 

Pension payable on retirement would depend on the Corpus accrued in the individual’s account. For payment of Pension, Annuity will be purchased from approved Annuity Service Providers. The Scheme would facilitate improving the Social Security status of executives on their retirement. 

Source: PIB
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Railway Board Order 2014: Committee to formulate a comprehensive transfer policy from lowest level up to various posts in Board.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

No. ERB-I/2014/23/27
New Delhi, dated 26.6.2014

ORDER

Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) have decided to constitute a Committee of officers representing each stream under the Chairmanship of Member Staff with Secretary to Board as co-Chairman to formulate a Comprehensive transfer policy starting from the lowest level up to various posts in Board. The Committee will consist of the following Members:-

i) Director General (RHS), Railway Board

ii) Director General (RPF), Railway Board

ill) Addl. Member (Traffic), Railway Board

iv) Addl. Member (PU), Railway Board

v) Addl. Member (L), Railway Board

vi) Addl. Member (CE), Railway Board

vii) Addl. Member (Signal), Railway Board

viii) Addl. Member (Budget), Railway Board

ix) Addl. Member (Planning), Railway Board

x) Addl. Member/Staff (now Adviser/Staff), Railway Board

xi) Adviser (Stores), Railway Board

2. The Terms of reference of the Committee will be as under:-

i) Comprehensive transfer policy to be formulated;

ii) Minimum tenure and maximum period for each level be defined;

iii) Maximum number of years an officer can stay in one location/city;

iv) Rotation of officer to various Zones in Railways to have Pan-India exposure;

v) Compulsory shifting after maximum period of stay;

vi) Prescribing minimum number of experience in divisions for posting as DRM and minimum experience in number of Zones for GM posts as well as posts in Railway Board;

vii) Examining the possibility of not posting the officer to the native divisions, if desired not to be posted to native zones;

viii) Streamlining the feeder cadre for each level of promotion and cadre management;

ix) Any other references to be made by Chairman and Members of the Board; and

x) Any references to be made by Minister of State for Railways and Minister for Railways.

3. The Headquarter of the Committee will be at New Delhi.

4. The Chairman, Co-Chairman and Members of the Committee will be eligible to draw TA/DA, as per extant rules.

Sd/-
(K. Krishnan)
Joint Secretary
Railway Board

Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/irpersonel/Promotion_Posting/ERB-1/Committee_260614.PDF
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Friday, June 27, 2014

Salaried women to get higher income tax exemption in the Budget 2014

God news for salaried women! Narendra Modi Government is considering higher income tax exemption limit for women in the budget for 2014-15.

Finance minister Arun Jaitley is restructuring tax slabs and is thus set to approve a proposal to raise the tax exemption limit to  Rs 3 lakh from existing Rs 2 lakh.

The Modi government will ease the tax burden on the middle class and impose a higher tax on the super rich in its first Budget to be presented by Union finance minister Arun Jaitley next month.

According to the proposal, under consideration of the new government, there would also be a tax on the super- rich bracket, comprising those earning Rs 10 crore or more of 35 per cent. This category would be above the  Rs 1 crore, class which currently pays an effective tax of 33 per cent inclusive of a surcharge that the earlier government had introduced.

India's tax regime is being overhauled by Finance minster  

Women  will be offered a higher tax relief —the threshold income below which individuals are not liable to pay taxes—for women could be fixed at between Rs. 3,25,000 to Rs. 3,50,000.

 Rs. 1 lakh annual tax deduction allowed under Section 80C of the Income-tax Act has not kept pace with the rising inflation and needs revision.

a separate deduction of at least Rs 1 lakh per year specifically for education  is being considered

Exemption on home loans:  To reduce the burden on households for the interest paid on housing loan for a self-occupied house property a deduction of up to Rs 1.5 lakh is allowed. It can be increased to Rs 5 lakh per year.

Moreover, a proposal to reduce the age for tax exemption for senior citizens to 60 years from 65 years is also under consideration.

EXISTING TAX STRUCTURE

Income of less than Rs. 2 lakh a year are exempt from paying taxes.

Earning between Rs. 2 lakh and Rs. 5 lakh annually are taxed at 10%,

Between Rs. 5 lakh and Rs. 10 lakh at 20%

Earning more than Rs. 10 lakh pays a tax of 30%.

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CGHS Order 2014:Issue of medicines to CGHS beneficiaries at the time of discharge from empanelled private hospitals - regarding.

No. S 11011/09/2014 - CGHS (HEC) / CGHS (P)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health and Family Welfare
CGHS (Policy) Division
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated: the 20th June, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub:- Issue of medicines to CGHS beneficiaries at the time of discharge from empanelled private hospitals - regarding;

With reference to the above mentioned subject, the undersigned is directed to state that this Ministry has been receiving representations regarding difficulties being faced by CGHS beneficiaries in getting medicines immediately after discharge from empanelled private hospitals.

2. The matter has been examined in the Ministry and with a view to alleviate the inconvenience to CGHS beneficiaries in getting medicines immediately after discharge from empanelled private hospitals, it has been decided that CGHS beneficiaries who had taken inpatient medical treatment from a CGHS empanelled private hospital will be issued medicines from the treating private hospital at the time of discharge, for a period upto seven (7) days. The hospital will raise bill for the medicines separately and submit it alongwith the hospital bill for inpatient treatment, to CGHS for reimbursement in case of pensioner beneficiaries who are entitled to avail cashless medical treatment at the hospital.

3. in case of serving CGHS beneficiaries, if the treatment is provided by the hospital on credit basis (in deserving cases), they may raise bills for medicines supplied to the patient for post hospitalization period (upto 7 days after discharge), and claim reimbursement from the department / office concerned alongwith the hospital bill for inpatient treatment. In other cases, where the inpatient treatment is provided to serving CGHS beneficiaries on payment basis, the empanelled private hospital will supply medicines for upto 7 days period on payment basis, for which employee can claim reimbursement from his/her office. However, it will be upto the serving CGHS beneficiary to purchase the prescribed medicines from the hospital at the time of discharge (for upto 7 days) or get it from a CGHS dispensary, as may be convenient to him.

4. The above facility will however, be subject to the following conditions:

(i) Only essential medicines in generic form for continuity of treatment will be issued by the hospital.

(ii) No Nutritional supplements, tonic, cough syrup, vitamins, injections will be issued by the hospital. These are not allowed.

(iii) No non-drug items / equipments / appliances will be issued.

(iv) Total cost of such medicines issued by the hospital must not exceed Rs. 2000/- in any case.

5. This Office Memorandum shall come into force from the date of issue.

6. This issues with the concurrence of IFD vide FTS no. 88285 dt. 13/6/2014

Sd/-
(V. P. SINGH)
Director

Source:http://msotransparent.nic.in/writereaddata/cghsdata/mainlinkfile/File705.pdf
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CGHS Order 2014: Regarding extension of validity of empanelment of All Health Care Organizations empanelled under CGHS.

No: S.11045 /36 /2012 / CGHS (HEC) (Pt)
Government of India
Directorate General of Central Govt. Health Scheme

Maulana Azad Road, Nirman Bhawan
New Delhi 110108, dated the 24th June, 2014

OFFICE ORDER

Subject: Regarding extension of validity of empanelment of All Health Care Organizations empanelled under CGHS.

Attention is drawn to the Office Memorandum issued earlier extending validity of empanelment of all health care organizations under CGHS till 30th June, 2014.

2. It has now been decided to extend the validity of empanelment of all health care organizations already empanelled under CGHS, for a further period of one month i.e. till 31st July, 2014 or till finalization of next empanelment process, whichever is earlier on same terms and conditions as defined in OM on which they were empanelled earlier.

Sd/-
[Dr. (Mrs.) Sharda Verma]
Director (CGHS)

Source: http://msotransparent.nic.in/writereaddata/cghsdata/mainlinkfile/File706.pdf
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Best Practices / New Initiatives introduced by the DOPT to boost morale and effective functioning of the employees of the Department - Regarding

No. I-28011 /46/2014-Coord 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, P. G. & Pensions 
(Department of Personnel & Training) 
North Block, New Delhi 
Dated: 18th June 2014 
OFFICE MEMORANDUM 

Sub: Best Practices / New Initiatives introduced by the Department of Personnel & Training to boost morale and effective functioning of the employees of the Department - Regarding: 

During the year 2013-2014, the Department of Personnel & Training has introduced the following new initiatives to boost the morale of its employees and to give a fillip to their effective functioning: 

SI. No.                                                             New Initiatives / Best Practices 
1.          CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE & 

2.          EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH 
Realizing that recognition of meritorious performance of employees is a critical tool in human resource management, a new non-monetary incentive in the form of an annual award of "Certificate of Excellence" to recognize the contribution of its meritorious employees of the level of Under Secretary and below has been introduced. This initiative was circulated to all Ministries/Departments vide O.M. No. A-37011/1/2013-Ad.l, dated 18th December 2013 (copy enclosed). 

Subsequently, another monthly non-monetary incentive was introduced wherein one employee from across all categories of employees of the level of Under Secretary & below was to be designated as 'Employee of the Month'. The awardee is given a certificate and his photograph is displayed under the relevant link in the intra-Departmental (employee) Portal of the Department. 

Under both the initiatives, nominations of eligible employees would be called for from all Wings of the Department and the work performance and outcomes achieved by such employees would be examined by a Committee Of Joint Secretaries in DoPT. The same Committee would meet once every month to assess the nominations received from various Wings to recommend award of 'Employee of the Month'. 

3. APPOINTMENT OF MENTORS FOR THE EMPLOYEES JOINING DoPT 
A process of mentoring of each 'newcomer' in the Department with a view to sensitize the incumbent about the Department and dealing with court cases, RFD, Parliamentary matters, etc., has been introduced in the Department. The mentoring process is for a period of six months. The mentor is to be an officer two levels above the incumbent. 

4. EMPLOYEES' INTERACTION WITH MOS (PP) AND SENIOR OFFICERS IN OPEN HOUSE SYSTEM 
An 'Open House' interaction of the Group 'B' (Non-Gazetted) employees and above was organized in October, 2013 which provided a platform to these employees to interact directly with MOS (PP) and other Senior Officers of the Department. 

5. APPOINTMENT OF GRIEVANCE REDRESSAL OFFICERS IN EACH DIVISION 
In each Division, two Grievance Redressal Officers (GRO) have been appointed at US/DS/Director level to redress the grievances of the employees of inter-personal nature. 

6. INSTALLATION OF 'IDEA BOXES' IN THE DEPARTMENT FOR SOLICITING 'OUT OF THE BOX' SOLUTIONS TO VARIOUS ISSUES 
The Department has installed 'Idea Boxes' to receive the innovative ideas from the employees to improve the functioning of the Department and to create a conducive work culture. 

7. TRAINING OF THE EMPLOYEES WITH SPECIFIC FOCUS ON DEPARTMENT RELATED FUNCTIONS 
A training plan for the employees at the level of Under Secretary & below (and equivalent) of DoPT has been chalked out in consultation with ISTM. The duration of the Training Programme is one week, inclusive of a field visit outside Delhi. 

8. RETREAT FOR OFFICERS OF THE LEVEL OF DS AND ABOVE IN THE DEPARTMENT 
The Department organized a two-day Retreat at LBSNAA, Mussoorie in October 2013 for the officers at the level of DS I Director & above in the Department. The objective of the Retreat was to discuss the stakeholders' perception about the Department and develop an action plan to positively change the orientation of the Department towards service delivery. 

9. INTRODUCTION OF INTERNSHIP SCHEME IN THE DEPARTMENT. 
The Department has introduced an 'Internship Scheme' under which applications are invited from students to work on selected topics relating to the functions of the Department. The duration of the internship is two months and they are given a stipend of Rs.10,000/- per month and a Certificate on successful completion of the internship and submission of report. The interns are selected by the Committee of Joint Secretaries. 

2.  The Ministries / Departments of the Government of India may consider adopting the above initiatives as a Human Resource Management Tool to motivate the industrious employees.

Sd/- 
(Shri Prakash) 
Director (A) 

Source: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02adm/I-28011_46_2014-Coord.pdf
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

DoPT Order 2014: Grant of Honorarium to Inquiry Officers (IO)/ Presenting Officers (PO).

No. 142/15/2010-AVD.I
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated 23th June, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of Honorarium to Inquiry Officers (IO)/ Presenting Officers (PO).

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's OM of even number dated 31.7.2012 laying down the rates of honorarium payable to Inquiry Officer/ Presenting Officer for holding departmental proceedings.

2. It has been brought to the notice of this Department that the condition mentioned in para 2.1 of the said OM, was in conflict with the provisions of FR 46 B which limits the maximum amount payable as honorarium to an individual in a financial year to Rs. 5,000/- creating confusion whether the same was within the delegated powers of the Ministry.

3. The matter has been considered and it is clarified that the honorarium payable to IO/ Presenting Officer for conducting inquiry in departmental proceedings would be outside the purview of the general delegation under FR 46 B.

4. This issues with the concurrence of Department of Expenditure vide their I.D. No. 14/4/2009-E.II[B] dated 16.5.2014.

Sd/-
(G.Srinivasan)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02ser/142_15_2010-AVD-1_23062014.pdf
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Andhra Pradesh Government Employees Retirement age Raised 58 to 60 years

The Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Monday passed a Bill raising the retirement age of government employees from 58 to 60 years.

Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, who moved the Andhra Pradesh Public Employment (Regulation of age of superannuation) Amendment Bill, said the government had taken into account various factors, including the increased life expectancy, for raising the retirement age.

There was a significant improvement in the average life expectancy as compared to 1984. As per the World Health Organisation, the global average life expectancy in the year 2009 was 68 while it was 65 years in India.

The Central government raised the retirement age of its employees from 58 to 60 years in 1998, Mr. Naidu said.

Stating that his government was employment friendly, Mr. Naidu said it was proposed to avail the services of senior employees in view of their experience and expertise especially after bifurcation of the State.

He pointed out how doctors spent years studying and if they were to retire at 58 years it would be a loss to the government.

Holiday
Referring to the agitation of employees against bifurcation of the State, the Chief Minister announced that the agitation period would be treated as holiday. He further assured provision of housing and health insurance scheme for both working and retired employees.

For the jobless youth, Mr. Naidu assured unemployment allowance of Rs. 2,000 per month.

Source:http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/retirement-age-for-ap-govt-staff-is-now-60/article6142590.ece
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Revision of Forms under the General Provident Fund (Central Services) Rules, 1960 and Contributory Provident Fund Rules (India), 1962 - regarding.

No. 20/4/2014-P&PW(F)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
June 19, 2014

Office Memorandum

Sub: Revision of Forms under the General Provident Fund (Central Services) Rules, 1960 and Contributory Provident Fund Rules (India), 1962 - regarding.

The undersigned is directed to state that the Department of Pension &PW has been in the process of reviewing Forms for Pensionary/retirement benefits and Nominations under the various Rules administered by this Department for some time. 

2. The Forms under the CCS (Pension) Rules, CCS (Commutation of Pension) Rules and Payment of Arrears of Pension (Nomination) Rules have been amended and notified in the Gazette of India (Extraordinary), which are available on this department’s website www.persmin.nic.in.

3. The Forms under the General Provident Fund Rules and Contributory Provident Fund Rules have been looked into and the revised Forms are enclosed hereto.

4. It is re-emphasized that there is no provision under the rules for an application by the employee for payment of final Payment/transfer of balance on retirement or discharge or dismissal or permanent transfer outside the Govt. The Head of Office shall take necessary action in Form 1 in such cases without asking the Government servant to apply for the same.

In all other cases of withdrawal from the General/Contributory Provident Fund, the subscriber shall apply in Form 4. Head of Office will also ensure that such payment/transfers be made on time. There should be no additional liability on the Government on account of interest payment.

5. The Forms have been re-designed so that the Drawing and Disbursing Officer, the Head of Office and any other authority concerned in terms of the rules may record their remarks on the Forms and no separate noting in the note sheet is required, except in special cases warranting an examination of the facts of the case etc.

6. All Ministries/Departments are requested to give wide publicity to these Forms and instruct the authorities concerned to use these forms henceforth.

Sd/-
(Tripti P.Ghosh)
Director

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/PPWF_240614.pdf
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The retirement issue is to be handled with social mindset – says Dr. Jitendra Singh

MoS (Personnel) Dr. Jitendra Singh addresses pre-retirement counseling programme 
The retirement issue is to be handled with social mindset – says Dr. Jitendra Singh 

The Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare conducted a pre-retirement counseling for retirees here today. Addressing the concluding session the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the issue of retirement is to be handled with social mindset. The MoS stated that the society should feel good about it. He stated that the issue is too large to handle by the government itself and hoped that social organization should come forward to help.

The Department of Pensions has institutionalised regular conduct of pre-retirement Counseling workshops. These workshops target retiring personnel two to two-and-a-half years before the retirement date. Topics covered are (i) Formalities to be covered for timely payment of retirement dues (ii) Financial planning for the amounts received at retirement (iii) Preparation of Will (iv) CGHS facilities after retirement and (v) Post-retirement opportunities through Sankalp.

The “Sankalp’ programme has been initiated by the Department towards this end and a web portal of the same name has also been launched. Pensioners, Pensioner Associations and NGOs can register on the website http//www.pensionersportal.gov.in/sankalp.

Recognising the fact that a retiring government employee is very often unprepared to face the fact that he may be without a daily routine and a meaningful existence the day after he retires, the Government is looking for ways to engage the retired employees in meaningful social work.  
        
There are approximately 40,000 fresh retirees every year from the Central Government Civil establishments alone. This number could be close to 1,00,000  including defense, railways, posts and telecom. In addition there is a pool of around 50 lakh existing pensioners. This group of personnel can, by and large, offer greater maturity, experience and stability. With improved living conditions and the best of medical facilities, most of these retiring government employees would be capable of putting in a good 5-7 years of active service. Further, the financial requirements are by and large taken care of by the regular monthly pension payments which are also inflation indexed. What that hurts is a sense of not being wanted anymore and the lack of a daily routine.

Realising the potential of such a large section of experienced, capable and productive workforce, the Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare has conceptualised such pre-retirement counseling sessions for retirees. This serves as a platform for exchange of information between retiring employees and voluntary or other organisations working towards building society looking for expertise, skill and maturity which can be offered by these retired government servants. The forum will serve to facilitate matching of broad parameters of geographical location and basic skills/ expertise required/ available. Both employees and organisations will have to register on to this portal.

Another possibility is to bring together groups of like-minded pensioners /Pensioners’ Associations and the ministries which are looking for concurrent audit or evaluation of development schemes being implemented all over the country.

The stakeholders identified for the project are:

Supply side:
a)   Pensioners
b)   Pensioners Associations identified by the Department involved in pensioners welfare Demand side:
a)   Organisations involved in Social welfare projects
b)   Government Departments having Social welfare schemes
c)   Indian Institute of Corporate affairs for CSR activities
d)   Corporate-Public and Private with CSR funds

PIB
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Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination, 2014

              Union Public Service Commission will be conducting the Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination 2014 all over India on Sunday, the 13.07.2014.  The Commission has uploaded the e-Admit Cards for the examination for the convenience of the admitted candidates (Reasons/grounds for rejection of application in respect of rejected candidate are also uploaded) on its website (http://www.upsc gov.in).  The candidates are advised to download their e-Admit Cards for the examination and take a printout thereof.  The admitted candidates will have to produce the printout of their e-Admit Cards at the allotted venue for appearing in the specified examination.  In case the photograph is not visible or available on the e-Admit Cards, candidates are advised to carry identical photographs (one photograph for each session) alongwith proof of Identity such as Identity Card or Voter Identity Card or Passport or Driving License and the printout of e-Admit Card at the venue of the examination.  No paper Admit Card will be issued for this examination by the Commission. 

            The candidates are advised to take a printout of the e-Admit Card well in advance to   avoid   last minute rush.  In the past, cases have   been noticed where some candidates have faced difficulty in accessing the server on the last day on account of server overload.

            In case of any discrepancy in the e-Admit Card, the same may be communicated to the Commission immediately to enable the Commission to take a decision in the matter.

            Candidates are also advised to bring Black Ball Point Pen to the examination hall for objective type paper.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ministry of Railway modifies the passenger fare revision circular in connection with Monthly Season Tickets (MST) and second class suburban fare

Ministry of Railway modifies the passenger fare revision circular in connection with Monthly Season Tickets (MST) and second class suburban fare 

The circular for revision of passenger fares issued by Ministry of Railways that was to come into effect from 25.6.2014 had among other things made a change in the way the fare for monthly season tickets (MSTs) was to be calculated.  In the existing system, the MST is 17-15 times the value of a single journey ticket for the same distance slab whereas the circular indicated that MSR fare would be now equivalent to 30 single journey fare for the same distance slab.  Inclusive of the 10% fare hike and 4.2% FAC, the new MST fares ranged 1.7 times to 3.5 times of the old MST fare.  Despite the fact that MSTs are highly subsidized,  Ministry of Railway has now decided to modify the fair revision circular and hence a decision has been taken to increase the cost of existing MST fare by only 14.2% inclusive of FAC, i.e., the Monthly Season Tickets for both suburban and non-suburban shall now be charged at 14.2% over  the  existing rates rounded off as per extant instructions.

Further in the second class ordinary suburban single journey fares, it was noticed that upto a distance of 80 kms, there was increase in 3 of the slabs only and because of rounding off, the increase was coming to more than 14.2%.  A view was therefore taken to avoid any hike in fares upto a distance of 80 kms.  Thus there is no change in fare for second class suburban travelers for a distance upto 80 kms.

In view of the above modifications, the revised fares in the unreserved segment shall come into force from 28.6.2014.  However, for reserved segment, the revised fares shall come into effect from 25.6.2014 as notified earlier.

A table depicting the above changes is enclosed. 

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25th meeting of the SCOVA under the Chairmanship of Hon'ble MOS (PP) to be held on 24th July, 2014 in Vigyan Bhawan Annexe, New Delhi.

F. No. 42/29/2014-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: 24th June, 2014

To,
All the Pensioners Associations under present SCOVA

Subject: 25th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) under the Chairmanship of Hon'ble MOS (PP) to be held on 24th July, 2014 in Vigyan Bhawan Annexe, New Delhi.

- Intimation regarding VENUE, DATE and TIME.

Sir/Madam
In continuation to this Department's OM of even no dated 5th June, 2014 regarding holding of the 25th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) under the Chairmanship of Hon'ble MOS(PP),the venue, date and time of the meeting is indicated below:

Venue:- Vigyan Bhawan Annexe
            Committee Room-A, Ground Floor
            Maulana Azad Road
            New Delhi-110011

Date:-   24th July, 2014

Time:-  11.00 AM.

2. It is requested that the name of the member nominated for the meeting may kindly be sent to this Department to the undersigned through fax/email (Fax/Email address given below) and also in the hard copy.

3. This Department looks forward to your participation in the meeting.

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-
(Sujasha Choudhury)
Dy. Secretary (P)

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/PPWG_240614.pdf
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7th CPC Proposed Pay Structure Under Discussion - NC JCM Staff Side.

National Council Joint Consultative Machinary Staff Side

PROPOSED PAY STRUCTURE UNDER DISCUSSION

PROPOSED PAY SCALES
OPTION No. 1
POST
IV CPC
V CPC
VI CPC
Ratio between the
minimum in 5th CPC
and the Proposed
Minimum wage. By considering gradual decrease in multiple factor to ensure rationale between lowest pay to highest as 1:8
NEW PAY SCALE W.R.TO THE PAY OF 5TH CPC
NEW PAY SCALE FOR ROUNDED TO 1000
MULTIPLE FACTOR FOR ROUNDED SCALE
NEW PAY SCALE AFTER MERGING
MULTIPLE FACTOR FOR NP SCALE AFTER MERGING
PB
Pay in PB
GP
Pay + GP

S-1
750-12-870-14-940
2550-2660-60-3200
5200-20200
5200
1800
7000
S-2
775-12-891-14-1025
2610-60-3150-65-3540
5200-20200
5200
1800
7000
S-2A
775-12-871-14-955-15-1030-20-1150
2610-60-2910-65-3300-70-4000
5200-20200
5200
1800
7000
S-3
800-15-1010-20-1150
2650-65-3300-70-4000
5200-20200
5360
1800
7160
S-4
825-15-900-20-1200
2750-70-3800-75-4400
5200-20200
5530
1800
7330
26000 / 2550 = 0.2
26010
26000
3.55
26000
3.55
S-5
950-20-1150-25-1500
3050-75-3950-80-4590
5200-20200
5880
1900
7780
3050 x 10.2
31110
31000
3.98
4.24
S-6
975-25-1150-30-1540, 975-25-1150-30-1660
3200-85-4900
5200-20200
6069
2000
8060
3200 x 10.2
32640
33000
4.09
33000
4.09
S-7
1200-30-1440-30-1800, 1200-30-1560-40-2040, 1320-30-1560-40-2040
4000-100-6000
5200-20200
5200
2400
9840
4000 x 10.2
40800
41000
4.166
41000
4.17
S-8
1350-30-1440-40-1800-50-2200; 1400-40-1800-50-2300
4500-125-7000
5200-20200
5200
2800
11170
4500 x 10.2
45900
46000
4.12
46000
4.12
S-9
1400-40-1600-50-2300-60-2600; 1600-50-2300-60-2660
5000-150-8000
9300-34800
9300
4200
13500
5000 x 10.2
51000
51000
3.77
4.15
S-10
1640-60-2600-75-2900
5500-175-9000
9300-34800
9300
4200
14430
5500 x 10.2
56100
56000
3.88
56000
3.88
S-11
2000-60-2120
6500-200-6900
9300-34800
9300
4200
16290
6500 x 10.2
66300
66300
4.05
4.05
S-12
2000-60-2300-75-3200; 2000-60-2300-75-3200-3500
6500-200-10500
9300-34800
9300
4600
16290
6500 x 10.1
65650
67000
4.05
66000
4.05
S-13
2375-75-3200-100-3500;  2375-75-3200-100-3500-125-3750
7450-225-11500
9300-34800
9300
4600
18460
7450 x 10.1
74500
74000
4.06
4.06
S-14
2500-4000
7500-250-12000
9300-34800
9300
4800
18750
7500 x 10.0
74250
74000
3.95
74000
3.95
S-15
2200-75-2800-100-4000
8000-275-13500
9300-34800
9300
5400
20280
8000 x 9.8
78400
78000
3.846
4.34
New Scale (Group A Entry)
2200-75-2800-100-4000
8000-275-13500
15600-39100
15600
5400
21000
8000 x 9.8
78400
78000
3.71
4.34
S-16
2630 fixed
9000
15600-39100
15600
5400
22140
9000 x 9.8
88200
88000
3.97
3.97
S-17
2630-75-2780
9000-275-9550
15600-39100
15600
5400
22140
9000 x 9.8
88200
88000
3.97
88000
3.97
S-18
3150-100-3350
10325-325-10975
15600-39100
15600
6600
25810
10325 x 9.6
99120
99000
3.83
3.96
S-19
3000-125-3625; 3000-100-3500-125-4500; 3000-100-3500-125-5000
10000-325-15200
15600-39100
15600
6600
25200
10000 x 9.6
96000
96000
3.809
4.09
S-20
3200-100-3700-125-4700
10650-325-15850
15600-39100
15600
6600
26410
10650 x 9.6
102240
102000
3.86
102000
3.86
S-21
3700-150-4450; 3700-125-700-150-5000
12000-375-16500
15600-39100
15600
7600
29920
12000 x 9.4
112800
113000
3.776
4.01
S-22
3950-125-4700-150-5000
12750-375-16500
15600-39100
15600
7600
31320
12750 x 9.4
119850
120000
3.83
3.83
S-23
3700-125-4950-150-5700
12000-375-18000
15600-39100
15600
7600
29920
12000 x 9.4
112800
113000
3.776
120000
S-24
41-125-4850-150-5300; 4500-150-5700
14300-400-18300
37400-67000
37400
8700
46100
14300 x 9.2
131560
132000
2.86
3.01
S-25
4800-150-5700
15100-400-18300
37400-67000
37400
8700
48390
15100 x 9.2
138920
139000
2.87
139000
2.87
S-26
5100-150-5700; 5100-150-6150; 5100-150-5700-200-6300
16400-450-20000
37400-67000
37400
8900
48590
16400 x 9.0
147600
148000
3.045
3.05
S-27
5100-150-6300-200-6700
16400-450-20900
37400-67000
37400
8900
48590
16400 x 9.0
147600
148000
3.045
148000
3.05
S-28
4500-150-5700-200-7300
14300-450-22400
37400-67000
37400
10000
47400
14300 x 8.8
125840
126000
2.658
3.41
S-29
5900-200-6700; 5900-200-7300
18400-500-22400
37400-67000
37400
10000
54700
18400 x 8.8
161920
162000
2.96
162000
2.96
S-30, HAG Scale
7300-100-7600
22400-525-24500
37400-67000
37400
12000
63850
22400 x 8.6
192640
193000
3.02
3.02
S-31, HAG+ Scale
7300-200-7500-250-8000
22400-600-26000
75500-80000
75500
0
75500
22400 x 8.6
192640
193000
2.556
193000
2.57
S-32 HAG+ Scale
7600; 7600-100-8000
24050-650-26000
75500-80000
75500
0
77765
24050 x 8.4
202020
202000
2.597
202000
2.60
S-33 Fixed Apex Scale
8000 fixed
26000 fixed
80000 fixed
80000
0
80000
26000 x 8.2
213200
213000
2.66
213000
2.66
S-33 Fixed Cab. Sec.
9000 fixed
30000 fixed
90000 fixed
90000
0
90000
30000 x 8
240000
240000
2.666
240000
2.67
Source: http://ncjcmstaffside.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Proposed-Pay-Struction-Under-Discussion-NC-JCM.pdf

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