Saturday, August 30, 2014

EXPECTED DEARNESS ALLOWANCE FOR JANUARY 2015 : AICPIN FOR THE MONTH OF JULY 2014.

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

`CLEREMONT', SHIMLA-171004 
DATED: the 29th August, 2014

Press Release 

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

The All-India CPI-IW for July, 2014 increased by 6 points and pegged at 252 (two hundred and fifty two). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by 2.44 per cent between June, 2014 and July, 2014 when compared with the rise of 1.73 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 4.42 percentage points to the total change. The House Rent index further accentuated the overall index by 1.08 percentage points. At item level, Rice, Eggs, Milk, Onion, Chillies Green, Tomato, Potato and other Vegetables & Fruits, Sugar, Tea (Readymade), Pan Finished, Doctors' Fee, College Fee, Petrol, Rail Fare, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was restricted to some extent by Wheat, Soft Coke, Medicine (Allopathic), etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 7.23 per cent for July, 2014 as compared to 6.49 per cent for the previous month and 10.85 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 8.11 per cent against 5.88 per cent of the previous month and 14.10 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Nagpur recorded the maximum increase of 12 points followed by Ludhiana (10 points). Among others, 9 points rise was observed in 7 centres, 8 points in 3 centres, 7 points in 9 centres, 6 points in 23 centres, 5 points in 14 centres, 4 points in 10 centres, 3 points in 4 centres, 2 points in 4 centres and I point in 2 centres.

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

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of August, 2014 will be released on Tuesday, 30 September, 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_Note_eng_july2014.pdf
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Confederation writes to Finance Ministry regarding Transport Allowance at Faridabad Gurgaon, Ghaziabad & Noida at par with Delhi rates.

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi – 110001
Website: WWW. Confederationhq.blogspot.com
Email: Confederationhq@yahoo.co.in

Patron                                                 President                                                     Secretary General
S.K.Vyas                                         K.K.N.Kutty                                                       M.Krishnan
09868244035                                   09811048303                                                  09447068125

Ref: Conf/Genl/2014

Dated – 26.08.2014

To
The Secretary
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi – 110001

Sub: Regulation of Transport Allowance at Faridabad Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Nodia at par with Delhi rates.

Sir,
Your kind attention is invited to the OM No. 21(8)2010-E-II (B) dated 01.08.2012 of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure regarding regulation of Transport Allowance at Faridabad, Gurgaon, Ghziabad and Noida wherein instructions have been issued to regulate the Transport Allowance at the rates applicable to ‘Other Cities’ i.e other than 13 classified cities as per the condition laid down in OM no. 21(2)/2008-E-II (B) dated 29.08.2008. Issuance of the OM has created panics among the employees posted at these cities. Immediate action is required to be taken to avoid implementation of the OM.

In this connection following points are brought to your kind notice —

1. Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure had issued OM 2(4)-E.II (B)/65 dated 05.11.1974 vide which special dispensation was given to Faridabad at Delhi rates in respect of CCA & HRA.

2. 5th Central Pay Commission had made recommendations to grant of transport allowance to Central Government employees to compensate the cost incurred on commuting between the place of residence and the place of duty. Transport allowance was implemented vide 0M No. — 1(13)97-E-II (B) dated 03.10.1997, according to which, transport allowance was to be regulated on the basis of classification of cities for the purpose of CCA. Para 3.1 of said order is reproduced below-

The cities referred to as ‘A’ and ‘A-1’ in these orders shall be the same as those classified as such for the purpose of Compensatory (City) Allowance (CCA) in terms of the orders issued separately regulating grant of CCA to the Central Government employees.

3. Vide para 4.2 8, 6th CPC had recommended abolition of CCA and increased the rates of transport allowance subsuming the element of CCA. The abolition of CCA was compensated by increasing the rates of transport allowance.

4. Faridabad has been given the status of A-1 city (as being part of the Urban Agglomerate of Delhi at par with NOIDA, Ghaziabad and Gurgan etc.) since 1974 for the purposes of HRA & CCA and since August, 1997 for the purpose of transport allowance as given above. These facilities are being extended to the Central Government employees/officers posted at Faridabad accordingly.

5. It may further be noted that, Ministry of Finance, vide No. 21 (2)/2008-E.ll dated 29.08.2008 has classified 13 cities as A-I/A which, inter-alia, includes Delhi (UA). Delhi (Urban Agglomerate) includes Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida & Gurgaon. As such, the rates of Transport Allowance admissible for the City of Delhi, automatically stands extended to the other constituents of the Urban Agglomerate.

6. If rate of the transport allowance is reduced the rate payable to other cities, employees posted at Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida & Gurgaon will be deceived from the benefit given by the 6th CPC by subsuming the element of CCA in transport allowance as they were being paid CCA at Delhi rates.

7. In view of the above, it reveals that the transport allowance was being regulated on the basis of classification of cities for the purpose of CCA and payment of transport allowance at Delhi rates, to the employees posted at Faridabad is fully justified. This stands already concluded by the orders and judgments of the Hon’ble CAT Principal Bench, New Delhi (copy enclosed for ready reference) as given below-

1) OA No. 483/2005, Judgment dated 16.09.2005.

2) OA No. 2441/2005, Judgment dated 02.08,2006

3) RA No. 296/2010, Judgment dated 14.01.2011.

4) OA No. 368/2011, Judgment dated 21.07.2011.

5) OA no. 459/2011, Judgment dated 05.08.2011.

6) CP No. 302/2011, Judgment dated 30.03.2011.

8. These judgments squarely covers this issue wherein the Hon’ble CAT, Principal Bench, New Delhi had upheld the payment of Transport Allowance at par with Delhi (UA) and the said judgments were accepted by the Government and duly implemented. It appears that the Department of Expenditure has not noticed the above judicial pronouncement and issued the clarification vide OM dated 1” August, 2012, which seem to be in contravention of the directions of the Hon’ble CAT.

It is therefore, requested to kindly take cognizance of the facts and particularly the binding judgments of the Hon’bel CAT, New Delhi as mentioned above to withdraw the latest instructions issued vide ID No. 21 (8)/2010-E-II(B) dated 01.08.2012 for reducing the Transport Allowance on par with “Other Cities”.

An early action ¡n this regard is highly solicited.

DA: as above

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-
(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General

Source:http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/2014/08/confederation-writes-to-ministry-of.html
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Fixation of pay of State Government Employees on their appointment in Central Government, subsequent to implementation of CCS (RP) Rules, 2008.

No. 12/1/2009-Estt (Pay-I)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi the 28th August, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Fixation of pay of State Government Employees on their appointment in Central Government, subsequent to implementation of CCS (RP) Rules, 2008.

The undersigned is directed to say that the method of fixation of pay of State Government employees on their appointment under the Central Government has been spelt out in this Department’s OM No. 12/l/94-Estt(Pay-I) dated 24 March, 1994, 3rd January, 1996 and OM NO. 13/2/99-Estt (Pay-I) dated 18.6.2001.

2. The question of fixation of pay in cases of appointment from State Govt. to Central Govt. consequent upon revision of pay scales on acceptance of the recommendations of the VI Central Pay Commission in the revised pay structure has been considered in consultation with the Department of Expenditure and the President is pleased to decide that in cases of appointment of State Government employees in Central Government on or after 1.1.2006, pay will be fixed in the following manner:-  

(a)        Where the State Government has revised the Pay scales of their employees on the pattern of VI Central Pay Commission at the base index of 115.76 as per AICPI (IW) 2001 series w.e.f. 1.1.2006 the pay of these State Government employees on their appointment under the Central Government would be fixed as follows:

(i) When the appointment is to a post carrying higher Grade Pay, one increment equal to 3% of the sum of the pay in the existing grade pay will be computed and rounded off to the next multiple of 10. This will then be added to the existing pay in the pay band. The grade pay corresponding to the higher post will thereafter be granted in addition to this pay in the pay band. In cases where the appointment involves change in pay band also, the same methodology will be followed. However, if the pay in the pay band after adding the increment is less than the minimum of the higher pay band to which the appointment is taking place, pay in the pay band will be stepped up to such minimum.

(ii)        Where the appointment is to a post involving identical Grade Pay, the individual shall continue to draw the same pay.

(b)        Where the State Government have revised the pay scales of their employees after 1.1.2006 beyond the base index of 115.76 as per AICPI (IW) 2001 series, basic pay of the employees is to be determined first in the Central Scale by reducing the element of DA, ADA, IR etc. granted by the State Government after 1.1.2006 (beyond the base index of 115.76 as per AICPI (IW) 2001 series) and thereafter the pay would be fixed as provided in the clause (i) &(ii) under sub.-para (a) above.

(c) Where the state Government have either not revised or revised the pay scale of their employees on or after 1.1.2006 below the base index of 115.76 as per AICPI (IW) 2001 series, basic pay of these employees shall be determined first in the Central scale, by adding the element of D.A. ADA upto base index of 115.76 as per AICPI (IW) 2001 series granted by the State Government and thereafter their pay would be ' fixed as provided in the clause (i) &(ii) under sub-para (a) above.

3. These orders are applicable to employees of the State Government and local bodies under the State including Emergency Divisional Accountants/Divisional Accountants/ local bodies under the State Government appointed under Central Government on or after 1.1.2006.

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

5. Hindi version will follow.

Sd/-
(Mukesh chaturvedi)
Director (Pay)

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/12_1_2009-Estt-Pay-1.pdf
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REGARDING CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATION, 2005

Subject:- REGARDING CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATION, 2005

An assurance was made by Minister of State (MOS), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievences and Pensions in Parliament on 04.08.2014 as under:

"Candidates, who appeared in Civil Services Examination, 2011, may be given one more attempt in 2015."

In pursuance to the above assurance given in the parliament by Hon'ble MOS (PP), the Government has decided as under:

"The candiates, who appeared in Civil Services Examination (CSE), 2011, will be given one additional attempt in CSE, 2015. details will be notified through CSE Rules, 2015 in due course".

Source:http://persmin.gov.in/AIS1/Docs/CSE-2015.pdf
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Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 – Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servants for each year – regarding

F.No.11013/3/2014-Estt.(A)
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment Division

North Block, New Delhi
Dated August 25 , 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 – Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servants for each year – regarding

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s Circular of even no. dated 23.07.2014 the subject mentioned above requesting all Ministries/ Departments to bring the provisions of the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014, to the notice of all concerned for compliance. It is again requested that necessary directions may be issued in this regard urgently so that the declarations/information/returns from every public servant are received on or before the 15th day of September 2014 as stipulated in the said Rules. It is reiterated that the definition of public servant covers all Group A, B and C employees,

2. In this regard it is also clarified that the public servants who either failed or were not required to file the annual declarations as per the applicable rules [eg. Group C’ Government servants covered under CCS(Conduct) rules, 1964] are also required to file the stipulated declaration/ information/return within time.

3. Hindi version will follow. ,

Sd/-
(J. A. Vaidyanathan)
Director (E)

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/11013_3_2014-Estt-A_25082014.pdf

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PF Interest Rate Retained at 8.75 Per Cent for 2014-15

     The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) on Tuesday announced a rate of interest of 8.75 per cent on provident fund deposits for the current fiscal year (2014-15), a move which would benefit its over five crore subscribers across the country.

The decision to retain the interest rate at 8.75 per cent was taken at a meeting of the Central Board of Trustees – the apex decision making body of EPFO – chaired by Labour Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in Delhi.

“EPFO will provide 8.75 per cent rate of interest on PF deposits for 2014-15,” Mr Tomar told reporters after the meeting.

As per practice, the decision by retirement fund body EPFO’s trustees would be implemented after the concurrence of the Finance Ministry.

“The benefit under the Employees’ Deposit Linked Insurance (EDLI) Scheme would be increased to a maximum sum assured of Rs. 3.6 lakh from existing Rs. 1.56 lakh,” said K K Jalan, EPFO’s Central Provident Fund Commissioner.

The sum assured under EDLI is provided in proportion to monthly wage ceiling which is Rs. 6,500 at present. It would be enhanced to Rs. 15,000 per month soon.

Senior Labour Ministry officials present in the meeting apprised the board that the notification regarding enhancement of wage ceiling has been sent to press after Law Ministry’s clearance and will be reality soon.

They also said that the notification providing minimum monthly pension entitlement of Rs. 1,000 under the Employees’ Pension Scheme run by EPFO will also be notified simultaneously. After notification, around 28 lakh pensioners getting less than Rs. 1,000 per month would immediately benefit.

At present, all those employees with basic wages of up to Rs. 6,500 per month at the time of joining can become members of EPFO schemes. Now with increase in wage ceiling around 50 lakh more workers are expected to come under the ambit of EPFO.

The minister also revealed that the board has decided to appoint credit rating agency CRISIL as consultant for the third time to engage new fund managers and evaluate their performance for three-year term beginning April 1, 2015.

After Crisil is appointed as consultant, it would take at least three months to appoint fund managers for EPFO.

According to an official statement, the proposed pattern of investment by Finance Ministry was discussed by the CBT during the meeting and the board was not in favour of investing in equities and exchange traded funds (ETFs).

It was decided to recommend for making the pattern more flexible to further increase the percentage of investment in government securities.

The board also discussed the feasibility of deployment of funds in AAA rated Central/state public sector undertakings. Without giving details about specific proposals, the Labour Minister said that board decided to set up a PSU cell within its Investment Monitoring Cell (IMC) to negotiate with primary issuers (of bonds) on behalf of all fund managers.

State-run NTPC has made a proposal seeking an EPFO investment of Rs. 10,000 crore in its secured non-convertible bonds under a long term agreement from 2014-15.

The trustees also decided to go in for short term (not exceeding 15 days) borrowing of funds for participation in primary auction of securities.

This move is expected to result in EPFO getting to invest in securities at more profitable rates. The funds would be borrowed by means of CBLO, corporate term repo and other such instruments for participation in primary auction of government securities and corporate bonds.

The board decided to constitute a sub-committee for construction and contract workers. The committee shall examine the various issues regarding the coverage of employees engaged in this sector and shall recommend strategies to widen the coverage and enrollment in this area.

The board was told that SBI has reduced its service charges for collecting PF contribution to Rs. 1.80 per Rs. 1,000 for net based transaction and Rs. 2.40 per Rs. 1,000 for physical transaction form the existing uniform rate of Rs. 3.

It is expected that this reduction in rates shall result in substantial savings to the tune of around Rs. 100 crore per annum for the retirement fund body.

Source:http://goo.gl/ffMSrV
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UPGRADATION OF LDC & UDC- A STEP FORWARD

BORDER ROAD ORGANISATION (BRO) SUBMITS THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB & HARYANA, CHANDIGARH THAT “...organisation accepts the position that the Government is considering the same since more than last one year and yet no decision has been taken”.

SHRI ABHIMANYU KUMAR & 58 OTHER LDCS OF BORDER ROAD ORGANISATION FILED A CASE FOR UPGRADATION OF GRADE PAY LDC FROM 1900 TO 2400 IN PUNJAB & HARYANA HIGH COURT CHANDIGARH - CWP NO. 14193/2014. COPY OF THE INTRIM ORDER ISSUED BY THE COURT IS GIVEN BELOW:
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Negation of the promises – Granting Interim Relief/Merger of DA, LTC by Air and Exemption of Income Tax

Income Tax, Granting of IR/Merger of DA, Cancellation of LTC by air for low class employees and Installation of Biometric punching machine

Negation of the promises

Top leaders of the present Central Government had showered promises to the working class, especially the Central Government Employees during General Election. The promises including exemption of Income Tax limit up to 5 lakhs and many other assurances appeared to have more than 80% Government Employees in favour of them. But today we see the blatant negations of the promises made by them.
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Brief on Preliminary meeting with 7th CPC held on 21st Aug-2014 in New Delhi .

The meeting was held in the office of 7th CPC in New Delhi at 12.25 to 13.25 Hrs. and it was chaired by chairman/7th CPC. Members of the commission and directors were also present. All office bearers of NE were invited for meeting of office bearers in New Delhi and to attend the meeting with CPC.

The following office bearers of IOFGOA could reach New Delhi and attended the meeting.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Advance - Onam Advance to Kerala Government Employees

GOVERNMENT OF KERALA
Abstract

Advance - Onam Advance to Government Employees, Part-time Contingent Employees, NMR workers, Grass Cutters and other categories of employees for 2014 - Sanctioned - Orders Issued.
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Grant of Dearness Allowance to the employees of the Himachal Pradesh Government w.e.f. 01.01.2014.

Fin(C)-B(7)-2/ 2006
Government of Himachal Pradesh
Finance (Regulations) Department

Dated Shimla-171002, the 23 August, 2014.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of Dearness Allowance to the employees of the State Government w.e.f. 01.01.2014.

In continuation of this Department’s OM of even number dated the 22nd February, 2014, the Governor, Himachal Pradesh, is pleased to enhance Dearness Allowance from the existing rate of 90% to 100% with effect from 01.01.2014 in respect of the employees of the State Government.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Issue of medicines / reimbursement of expenditure on investigations / treatment procedures / implants and other medical devices under CGHS- regarding

No.2-2/2014/CGHS HQ/PPT/CGHS(P)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated: the 25th August, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Issue of medicines / reimbursement of expenditure on investigations / treatment procedures / implants and other medical devices under CGHS- regarding
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Night Duty Allowance in sixth pay commission – CAT Mumbai Order

OA No.2017/2014
CENTRAL ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNAL BOMBAY BENCH, MUMBAI
ORIGINAL APPLICATION NO:- 2017/2014 DATED THIS Friday THE 17th DAY OF January, 2014.

CORAM:-HON’BLE SMT. CHAMELI MAJUMDAR, MEMBER (J)

All Employees of Ordnance Factory Ambajhari, Nagpur 440 021

(1598 Applicants name list attached )

. … Applicants
(By Advocate Shri Shaikh Ayyub)
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Next Visit of the 7th CPC Chairman to Leh/Srinagar

The Commission has, in its first phase of interaction, been seeking the views of various stakeholders on its terms of reference. To this end, meetings have been held in Delhi with various organisations and heads of various agencies.

In its second phase of interaction, the Commission plans to hold meetings in different parts of the country to facilitate stakeholders staying in various areas to present their views personally before the Commission and ensure larger representation. This exercise is being undertaken to enable the Commission to get a firsthand impression about the functioning and the condition of service prevailing in different parts of the country.
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Important points of 7th CPC was held at Bangalore meeting on 24th August 2014

Confederation of Central Government 
Employees and Workers
Karnataka State

The meeting with CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS of 7th Central Pay Commission was held at Bangalore 0n 24th August 2014 for about 50 minutes. Overall the meeting was on positive note.

The following members of COC Karnataka participated in the meeting.
Com S. Radhakrishna President of COC Karnataka - ( Representing department AG’s)
Com Juliana Vincent Vice President of COC Karnataka - (Representing department Survey of India).
Com P.S.Prasad General Secretary of COC Karnataka - (Representing department Central Ground Water Board.)
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Revision of Ceiling for payment of Bonus in the Bonus Act 1965

All India Railwaymen's Federation
(Estd. 1924)

 4. STATE ENTRY ROAD.
NEW DELHI-110055
INDIA

No.AIRF/387
 Dated: August 23, 2014

Shri Sadananda Gowda,
Honble Minister for Railways,
Rail Bhawan,
New Delhi

Respected Sir,

Sub: Revision of Ceiling for payment of Bonus in the Bonus Act 1965

The Payment of Bonus Act 1965 was amended in the year 2007. This Act was called as Payment of Bonus
(Amendment) Act, 2007.
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Revision of rates in case of Group ‘C’ Paramedical Staff engaged on contract basis

All India Railwaymen's Federation
(Estd. 1924)

4, State Entry Road,
New Delhi-110055
INDIA

No.AIRF/101
 Dated: August 22, 2014

The Director General
(Railway Health Services),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Sub: Revision of rates in case of Group ‘C’ Paramedical Staff engaged on contract basis

As you are aware that substantial number of Paramedical Staff in Group ‘C’ are now being engaged on contract basis in almost all the Zonal and Divisional Railway Hospitals as also in the Health Units on the Indian Railways.
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Payment of Interim Relief and Merger of Dearness Allowance with Pay.

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
 for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi -110001

21/08/2014

The Hon’ble Chairman,
7th Central Pay Commission
Chatrapati Shivaji Bhawan,
1st Floor, B-14/A, Qutab Institutional Area,
New Delhi -110016

Respected Sir,

Reg : Payment of Interim Relief and Merger of Dearness Allowance with Pay.
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Payment of Productivity Linked Bonus to the Railwaymen for the year 2013-14

All India Railwaymen’s Federation
(Estd. 1924)

No.AIRF/387(252)
Dated: August 21, 2014

Hon’ble Minister for Railways,
Ministry of Railways,
Rail Bhawan,
New Delhi

Respected Sir,

Sub: Payment of Productivity Linked Bonus to the Railwaymen for the year 2013-14

Pooja Festivals are approaching very fast, but unfortunately uptill now, Railway Ministry has not given any proposal to us for the Productivity Linked Bonus(PLB) to the Railwaymen for the year 2013-14.
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Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS) in the Central Government offices located at New Delhi: ICAR Order

Indian Council of Agricultural Research
Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi

F.No. Admin-8(3)/2014-WS

Dated 12th August, 2014

CIRCULAR

A decision has been taken to introduce Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS) in the Central Government offices located at New Delhi. The purpose of this system is to enable an employee with an Aadhaar Number, to register his/her attendance in the offices through Biometric Authentication. For this purpose Authentication Tablets/Desktop Authentication devices will be installed in each offices of the Central Ministries/Departments.
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Aadhaar based Biometric Attendance System in Central Government Offices

The sarkari babu will have to make every minute count.

The Narendra Modi government has ordered that an Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS) be implemented in all central government offices.

A circular issued to all central government offices in the capital today has also asked employees, of all ranks, to submit their contact details (email ID, residential address, telephone and personal mobile phone numbers) to the department of personnel and training that is with the Prime Minister’s Office.

Delhi police are already building a databank containing the cellphone number, email ID, name, rank and “personal number” and of every city cop, from constable to commissioner, on the orders of the PMO. A letter from the home ministry on August 5 had asked for such a databank, which will also include the municipality in which the cop lives. “All the station house officers are on the job,” an officer said.

The circular issued today does not give a date from which the new attendance system will be implemented. It says “Aadhaar number is mandatory to register attendance”.

At least one state — Jharkhand — has begun implementing the AEBAS. But a central government order means the system will have to be adopted across the country.

The system will be implemented in the capital first and then in all central offices outside New Delhi. The order is binding on all employees, including those in the armed forces.

To implement the system, all offices will have to install fingerprint scanners with Wi-fi Internet. The objective of the system, sources said, is “to check absenteeism and measure the time an employee spends in office and the time he or she checks in and checks out”.

Similar systems have been implemented in many corporate offices, both in the private and the public sector, though they are not based on Aadhaar, the card issued to citizens by the Unique Identification Authority of India that was headed by Nandan Nilekani and created by the UPA II government of Manmohan Singh in 2009.

The system will also seek to ensure that employees cannot backdate attendance or mark attendance for someone else.

On July 1, Nilekani had met Modi and finance and defence minister Arun Jaitley and given a presentation on the Aadhaar scheme that impressed the new regime.

Police clueless

Delhi police have been left befuddled by the message from the PMO asking for the databank.

“This is unprecedented. We are not clear about the objective behind it,” a senior officer said in private.

“It seems the PMO is going to be the new control room for everything: it will keep a tab on all government officials including the police,” conjectured an IPS official posted in the home ministry.

The Delhi police, who claim to be the world’s largest metropolitan force with their 80,000 personnel including nearly 50,000 constables, have thrown themselves into the massive exercise.

Delhi’s is the only police force in the country that is under the Union home ministry’s direct control. Police sources said the directive came in the form of a ministry letter dated August 5.

Additional deputy commissioner Mahesh Batra then wrote to all the zonal deputy commissioners to help prepare the databank.

“May kindly direct the concerned to collect the same from every employee under your control and feed the information by August 13,” says the letter, dated August 11, of which The Telegraph has a copy.

“There will not be an extension of this date, being time-bound requirement by Prime Minister’s Office….”

Not surprisingly, the deadline has been missed. A senior officer said the task would be completed by the end of this month.

Source: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1140821/jsp/nation/story_18743020.jsp#.U_dYZsWSzRo
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Public Provident Fund Limit Increased to Rs 1.5 Lakh – Finmin Notification

[TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF INDIA, EXTRAORDINARY, PART II, SECTION 3, SUB SECTION (i) ]
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
(Department of Economic Affairs)

Notification

New Delhi, the 13th August, 2014

G.S.R. (E). – In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (4) of section 3 of the Public Provident Fund Act, 1968 (23 of 1968), the Central Government hereby makes the following further amendments to the Public Provident Fund Scheme, 1968, namely :-

1  (1) This Scheme may be called the Public Provident Fund (Amendment) Scheme 2014.
     
(2) It shall come into force from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette

2 . In the Public Provident Fund Scheme, 1968. -

(i) in paragraph 3, in sub-paragraph (1), for the letters and figures ‘Rs.1.00,000, the letters and figures Rs.1.50,000 shall be substituted

(ii) In Form-A, in paragraph (iv), for the letters and figures ‘Rs.1,00,000”, the letters and figures “Rs.1.50.000” shall be substituted.

[F.No. 1/2/2014-NS.II]

Sd/-
(DR.RAJAT BHRGAVA)
JOINT SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT INDIA

Source:http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_eco_affairs/budget/PPF_amendment_scheme2014.pdf
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Recruitment of Stenographers Grade ‘D’ in CSSS through Stenographers Grade ‘C’ & ‘D’ Examination, 2013

No.6/4/2014-CS-II(C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-110 003.
Date: 21st  August, 2014.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Recruitment of Stenographers Grade ‘D’ in CSSS through Stenographers Grade ‘C’ & ‘D’ Examination, 2013 conducted by Staff Selection Commission (SSC) - nomination of qualified candidates - reg.

The undersigned is directed to say that based on the results of the Stenographers Grade ‘C’ & ‘D’ Examination-2013, the Staff Selection Commission recommended 157 candidates for appointment as Steno Grade D’ in CSSS. The examination dossiers of aforesaid 157 (General -52, SC-20, ST-17,OBC-68) candidates have been received in this Department for appointment to the Stenographer Grade ‘D’ of CSSS for the Select List Year-2013. Accordingly, they are nominated to the different Cadre Units of CSSS as listed in the Annexure to this O.M. in the order of their merit for appointment as Steno Grade ‘D’ of CSSS.

2. Since these candidates have neither been medically examined nor have their character and antecedents been verified, the Cadre Units are requested to complete their pre-appointment formalities before they are actually appointed as Steno Grade ‘D’ latest by 20th September, 2014.

3. In accordance with ‘Instructions for the candidates’ relating to this Examination, qualified candidates are required to submit their original certificates for verification to the authority who will give them the Offer of appointment. The appointing authorities may, therefore, call for the original certificates and check the relevant particulars from then regarding date of birth, educational qualifications, claims for OBC/SC/ST/Ex- servicemen/PH and claim in respect of age relaxation. If any discrepancy is found in any particular case, the SSC may be informed accordingly and copy of the same may also be endorsed to this Department.

4. In pursuance of the instructions contained in para 2.5 of the brochure regarding reservation in service for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes circulated with the Ministry of Home Affairs O.M.No.1/2/61-SCT (I) dated 27th April, 1962, the responsibility for verification of the claims of the SC/ST/OBC candidates is that of the appointing authority. The candidates may, accordingly, be offered appointments provisionally subject to their furnishing the prescribed caste certificate in the prescribed form within a reasonable time, which should be verified by the appointing authority.

5. In cases where the candidates are already employed in the Government offices, the Offer of appointment may be sent to them through their respective offices. There is no need for the Cadre Units to endorse copies of Offer of Appointment, verification of character and antecedents, etc. to this Department. However, as soon as a candidate is taken on the strength of the Ministries/Departments after completion of pre-appointment formalities, a copy of his/her Office Order indicating the date of his/her joining the duty may be intimated along with his/her roll number and rank number to this Department.

6. The Offer of appointment should be sent only by Registered Post. If the postal authorities return the letter undelivered, the letter along with the envelope containing remarks by the postal authorities should be retained for record. In such cases, a copy of the Offer of appointment should be sent to the permanent address of the candidate, if it is different from that of the initial mailing address.

7. At least five weeks time from the date of issue of the Offer of appointment should be given to a candidate to respond to the Offer of appointment. A registered reminder may be sent immediately after the expiry of five weeks time, if necessary. If the candidate does not join duty within 3 months from the date of first letter, his candidature may be cancelled. However, if the candidate further makes a request for extension of joining time and on consideration by the Cadre Unit, it is decided to grant him/her extension beyond 3 months, he/she may be asked to join within the stipulated time and he/she may also be informed that on joining the post his/her seniority would be determined as per provision made in DOP&T O.M. No. 9/23/71-Estt.(D) dated 6.6.78 as amended vide O.M. No.35015/2/93-Estt(B) dated 9.8.1995.

8. The dossiers of candidates are forwarded herewith and these should be retained, on their appointment, in the Ministry/Department/Office, as part of their Service Book. It may specially be noted that the dossier shall be deemed to be authentic only if the photograph of the candidate in the dossier is EMBOSSED with the special stamp of the SSC. Before taking any further action, it may please be ensured that the photograph of the candidate in the dossier is duly embossed and in case any discrepancy is noticed, the matter may be referred to the SSC without any delay.

9. If any candidate fails to report for duty or there is no response or the Offer is declined, after a registered reminder, the Offer of appointment should formally be cancelled and the candidate be informed accordingly. The dossiers of such candidates should be returned thereafter to the Staff Selection Commission directly under intimation to this Department after placing a copy each of the Offer of appointment, reminder thereof and the cancellation memo, in the respective dossier. The dossier(s) should be returned under the signature of the officer to whom the same were sent in your office. He/She should also sign the list of dossier(s) which is/are returned with the letter.

10. These Steno Grade D’ would be nominated for induction training in the ISTM shortly. The dates of the induction training programme would be intimated to all the Cadre Units in due course. All the Cadre Units shall relieve their Stenographers Grade ‘D’ for the induction training programme at the ISTM as and when they are nominated.

11. All Cadre Units of CSSS are requested to ensure that in case some staff have been outsourced for stenographic assistance by showing the vacancies of Steno Grade D’, the same may be reduced proportionately keeping in view the number of Steno Grade ‘D’ nominated to the respective Cadre Units. The Financial Advisers of all the Cadre Units are also requested to ensure that outsourced stenographic assistance is proportionately reduced as the nominated Steno Grade ‘D’ join in the Cadre Unit.

Sd/-
(Kameshwar Mishra)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02csd/sdr.pdf
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

GRANT MACP ON PROMOTIONAL HIERARCHY - CAT PRINCIPLE BENCH, NEW DELHI

CAT PRINCIPLE BENCH, NEW DELHI DIRECTS UNION OF INDIA TO GRANT MACP ON PROMOTIONAL HIERARCHY TO PPOs OF DIRECTORATE OF PLANT PROTECTION GRANT OF MACP ON PROMOTIONAL HIERARCHY:

CAT PRINCIPLE BENCH, NEW DELHI DIRECTS UNION OF INDIA TO GRANT MACP ON PROMOTIONAL HIERARCHY TO PPOs OF DIRECTORATE OF PLANT PROTECTION, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND COOPERATION, FARIDABAD. THE CASE WAS FILED BY SHRI K S SHARMA, PPO (E)& Ors VIDE OA NO. 2548/2014, MA No. 2167/2014.

A copy of the judgement given below:

ORDER (ORAL)

Mr. G. George Paracken, Member (J) :-

 The applicant has filed this OA seeking the following reliefs :-

(a) to declare the action of the respondents in not granting the scale of Rs.15600-39100 (PB-3) with Grade Pay of Rs.5400 & 6600 as illegal and arbitrary.

     To direct the respondents to grant scale of Rs.15600-39100 with Grade Pay of Rs.5400 & 6600 attached to the promotional posts, as 2nd & 3rd financial upgradation to the applicants under MACP from due date with all arrears of pay.

     To declare the OM/MACP dated 19.05.2009 as unconstitutional to the extent the same deny the next  promotional scale attached to the promotional post as 1st, 2nd & 3rd financial upgradation as illegal, arbitrary and unjustified and issue appropriate consequential directions.

     To allow the O.A. with costs.

     Pass such other direction or directions order or orders as this Hon ble Tribunal may deem fit and proper to meet the ends of justice.

2. According to the learned counsel for applicants, this case is squarely covered by an order of this Tribunal  dated 26.11.2012 in OA No.904/2012 Sanjay Kumar Vs. Secretary, Ministry of Defence and Ors.  The operative part of the said order reads as under :-

4. We have heard the learned counsel for the parties.  The issue raised in the OA has already been considered by the Chandigarh Bench of this Tribunal in OA No.1038/CH/2010- Rajpal son of Shri Tilak Ram Versus Union of India and others.

5. In the aforesaid OA, the applicant was working as Photocopier and he was already given 1st Financial Upgradation under the ACP Scheme. According to the applicant, his pay had been wrongly fixed in pay band-1 with grade pay of Rs.2400/- on grant of 2nd Financial Upgradation under the MACP Scheme.  This Tribunal held that the applicant therein was entitled for the 2nd Financial Upgradation in the next hierarchy of posts and not in the next grade pay. The posts of Photocopier and that of LDC/Hindi Typist being isolated posts, not having any promotional avenues, the Chandigarh Bench of the Tribunal made the following observations:-

11. We have heard the learned counsel for the parties and considered the documents on record.

12. There is no dispute that the applicant is holding the post of Photocopier, which is an isolated post, having no  avenues for promotion.  It is also not disputed that the post held by the applicant had been declared equivalent to the post of LDC/Hindi Typist etc. by the Tribunal as well as the High Court by judicial pronouncements in matters of grant of ACP, which have attained finality and stands implemented also.     Accordingly, applicant was granted Ist ACP (under the old ACP) w.e.f. 9.8.99 in the pay scale of Rs. 4000-6000.  

13. It has also been settled that the ACP would be  granted on completion of the required years of service in the hierarchy of posts for the posts of LDC/Hindi Typists, and not in the next higher scale in the recommended scales.   The same principle would have to be applicable  in regard to grant of MACP to the applicant.   The only difference is that while  in case of ACP two financial upgradations were granted  on completion of 12 and 24 years of service, in case of MACP, three upgradations on intervals of 10, 20 and 30 years of service.  

14.         The respondents have placed reliance on para 13 of the MACPS, which reads as under:


13. Existing time-bound promotion scheme, including insitu promotion scheme, Staff Car Driver Scheme or any other kind of promotion scheme existing for a particular category of employees in a Ministry/Department or its offices, may continue to be operational for the concerned category of employees if it is decided by the concerned administrative authorities to retain such Schemes, after necessary consultations or they may switch-over to the MACPS.  However, these Schemes shall not run concurrently with the MACPS.

Reliance has further been placed on  decision  taken  in the second meeting of the Joint Committee on MACPS held under the Chairmanship of the joint Secretary  DoPT was circulated.   Item No.3 of the Agenda for the said meeting reads as under:

The MACP Scheme provides for placement in the immediate next higher grade pay in the hierarchy of the recommended revised pay bands and grade pay after 10,20 and 30 years of service.  On the other hand the earlier ACP Scheme provided for placement to higher pay scale of the next promotion post in the hierarchy of the pay scale after 12 and 24 years of service taken from date of induction in service.

15. Be that as it may, the principle enunciated and settled by the Tribunal/High Court for grant of ACP   cannot be changed and  the same principle would apply for grant of MACP to him. The only difference  is of number of years required to be completed.  We find no justification to take a different view in the matter

16.   For the foregoing reasons, the impugned order dated 9.8.2010, (Annexure A-1)qua the applicant, fixing his pay in PB-1 with grade pay of FR 2400/- under the second MACP,  and the order dated  10.8.2010 (Annexure A-2 ) are hereby quashed and set aside.  Consequently,  the respondents are directed to grant second financial   upgradation to the applicant   under the  MACPS   from  due date fixing  his pay  in the hierarchy of posts decided in his case earlier and to pay the resultant arrears without interest, within a period of 2 months from the date of receipt of a copy of this order.

17. The OA stands disposed of in the above terms.  No costs.
     

6. The respondents have challenged the aforesaid order before the Hon ble High Court of Punjab and Haryana at Chandigarh in CWP NO.19387/2011 decided on 19.10.2011. The Hon ble High Court of Punjab and Haryana at Chandigarh held that there was no infirmity in the aforesaid order passed by the Chandigarh Bench of this Tribunal. The relevant observations of the said order are extracted hereunder: 

Upon implementation of the 6th Central Pay Commission, the scale of Rs.3050-4590/- was kept in pay band-I, Rs.5,200-20,200/- with grade  pay of Rs.1,900/-, the scale of Rs.4,000-6,000/- was also kept in pay band-I with grade pay of Rs.2,400/- and the scale of Rs.5,500/-9,000/- was kept in pay band-II in pay scale of Rs.9,300-34,800/- with grace pay of Rs.4,200/- increased to Rs.4,600/-. In terms of MACP Scheme, respondent no.1 was granted the lower scale by keeping in pay band -I of Rs.5,200-20,200/- with grade pay of Rs.2,400/-.  This was done in terms of order dated 09.08.2010.  Accordingly, respondent No.1 approached the CAT contending that he is entitled to be granted the scale of Rs.5,500-9000/- towards the 2nd Financial Upgradation at par with the post of Hind Typist and LDC.  Such claim of respondent No.1 has been upheld by the CAT in the impugned order dated 31.05.2011.


7. In our considered view, the present OA is squarely covered by the aforesaid judgment of Chandigarh Bench, as upheld by the Hon ble High Court of Punjab and Haryana at Chandigarh. 

8. In fact, the respondents have wrongly interpreted the terms and conditions mentioned in the MACP Scheme, issued by the Deptt. of Personnel & Training, in the case of the applicants. By the said Scheme, the eligible government servants are to be placed in the immediate next higher grade pay in the hierarchy of the recommended revised pay bands and grade pay and not merely in the next higher scale of pay as per the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission.  In the hierarchy after the scale of UDC, the next scale is that of Assistant. Therefore, the respondents should have given the next higher grade pay and pay band attached to the next promotional post  in the hierarchy, namely, the Assistants carrying the pay scale of Rs.9300-34800 and the grade of Rs.4200/-.  

9. In view of the above position, this OA is allowed. The respondents are directed to grant scale of pay of Rs.9300-34,800/- with grade pay of Rs.4200/- attached to the said promotional post of Assistant/OS from the due date to the applicants.

10. The aforesaid directions shall be complied with within the period of two months from the date of receipt of a copy of this order, subject to the other conditions mentioned in the MACP Scheme.

 There shall be no order as to costs.

3.     He has also submitted that following the aforesaid order,  this Tribunal has passed similar orders in OA No.1493/2014 Indian Ordnance Factories Gazetted Officers Association through its President Shri Brajesh Kumar Singh & others Vs. UOI & Ors, OA No.988/2014 Shri Pradeep Kumar & Ors. Vs. Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting & Ors,, OA No.864/2014 Shri Om Prakash & Ors. Vs. Secretary (NCERT) & Ors., and OA No.203/2014 Narener Kumar, JE(Civil) Vs. Govt. of NCT of Delhi & Ors. He has further stated that the OA No.864/2014 (supra) has been challenged by the respondents therein before the Hon ble High Court of Delhi vide WP(C) No.3608/2014 but the same was dismissed vide order dated 14.07.2014.

4.   In view of the above position, we dispose of this OA at the admission stage itself with the direction to the respondents  to consider the case of the applicants in the light of the aforesaid orders. If their case is covered by them, they shall also be extended the same benefits under intimation to the applicants.  The aforesaid direction shall be complied with, within a period of two months from the date of receipt of a certified copy of this order.

5. For the sake of convenience of the Respondents, Registry is also directed to send a copy of this OA to them.  

      ( Shekhar Agarwal )                              (G. George Paracken)
            Member (A)                                              Member (J)

Source:http://aiamshq.blogspot.in/2014/08/cat-principle-bench-new-delhi-directs.html
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Grant of Study Leave to officers of Railway Medical service for prosecuting Post graduation course.

RBE No.84/2014
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. 2011/F(E)III/2(2)/3
New Delhi, Dated 3l.07.2014

The GMs/FA&CAOs
All Indian Railways/Production Units.
(as per mailing list)

Sub: Grant of Study Leave to officers of Railway Medical service for prosecuting Post graduation course.

In terms of Sub-rule 5(i) of Rule 1 of Study Leave Rules, as contained in Appendix-V of Indian Railway Establishment Code, Vol. I (1985 Edition) (Third Re-print Edition 2008), study leave may be granted to a Railway servant who has satisfactorily completed period of probation and has rendered not less than five years regular continuous service including the period of probation under the Government. A Railway Medical Service Officer who has been granted study leave for thirty-six months for acquiring post graduate qualification shall execute a bond to serve the railways for a period of five years after completion of the study course.

2. The question of grant of study leave to Railway Medical Service Officers after 2 years of regular service including the period of probation under the government for acquiring Post Graduate qualification instead of present provision of 5 years of regular continuous service has been considered by the Board. It has been decided that Study leave may be granted to Railway Medical Service Officer who has satisfactorily completed period of probation and has rendered not less than two years regular continuous service including the period of probation under the Government with the stipulation that they would have to execute a bond to serve for eight years in the Railways after completing their post graduation subject to fulfillment of all other conditions regarding grant of study leave issued from time to time.

3. These orders will be effective from the date of issue of this letter.

4. Hindi version is enclosed.

5. Please acknowledge receipt.

Sd/-
(AMITABH JOSHI)
Dy. Director Finance(Estt.)III
Railway Board

Source: NFIR

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Implementation of Revised Voluntary Retirement Scheme for Sick CPSEs Employees

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HEAVY INDUSTRIES AND PUBLIC ENTERPRISES
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1631
ANSWERED ON 21.07.2014

VRS FOR SICK CPSES EMPLOYEES

1631 . Smt. GEETHA KOTHAPALLI

Will the Minister of HEAVY INDUSTRIES AND PUBLIC ENTERPRISES be pleased to state:-

(a) the details of revised Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) being implemented is Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs);

(b) whether the Government proposes to implement a Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) for the workers of unviable or sick units of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) in the country including Hindustan Machine Tools (HMT) Unit in Hyderabad.

(c) if so, the details of such units of CPSEs where VRS has been or proposed to be implemented along with the cost and the funds made available /being made available for the purpose, CPSE wise; and

(d) the steps taken by the Government to impart training to the separated employees of CPSEs in order to equip them with income generating skills?

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR HEAVY INDSUTRIES AND PUBLIC ENTERPRISES (SHRI P. RADHAKRISHNAN)

(a): Revised Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) was introduced by the Government in May, 2000. The salient features of the revised VRS Policy are as under:

VRS in CPSEs that can sustain a VRS with their own Surplus Resources.

Enterprises, which are financially sound and can sustain VRS on their own, can frame their own schemes of VRS and make it attractive enough for employees to opt for it. They may offer as compensation upto 60 days salary (only Basic Pay + DA) for every completed year of service. However, such compensation will not exceed the salary for the balance period of service left.

VRS in Marginally Profit or loss Making and Sick and Unviable CPSEs

Marginally profit /loss making CPSEs as well as sick and unviable units may adopt either

(i) the Gujarat Model, under which the compensation is computed by allowing 35 days salary for every completed year of service and 25 days for each year of the balance service left until superannuating, subject to the condition that the compensation shall not exceed the sum of salary for the balance period left for superannuation

(ii) or the VRS package of Department of Heavy Industry (DHI model), under which ex-gratia payment equivalent to 45 days emoluments ( Pay + DA) for each completed year of service or the total emoluments for the balance period of service, whichever is less, is applicable.

The employees who have completed not less than 30 years of service will be eligible for a maximum of 60(sixty) months salary/ wage as compensation and this will be subject to an amount not exceeding the salary/wage for the balance period of service left.

(b) & (c): Implementation of the VRS Scheme in different categories of CPSEs, including unviable or sick units of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs), as per the provisions of revised VRS Scheme, is monitored by the administrative Ministries / Departments concerned. Presently, there is no proposal to implement Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) to the employees of units of HMT Group of Companies located in Hyderabad.

(d): Department of Public Enterprises is implementing Counselling, Retraining & Redeployment (CRR) Scheme to provide opportunities of redeployment through counselling and retraining to separated employees of CPSEs rendered surplus as a result of modernization, technology upgradation and manpower restructuring in CPSEs. The basic aim of the Scheme is to re-orient VRS optees through short duration training programmes to enable them to adjust to theirnew environment and adopt new vocations after their separation from CPSEs due to VRS/VSS or retrenchment due to closure / restructuring of the enterprise. The objective is to equip them with skill/expertise enabling them to be deployed in self-employment activities mainly.

Source : LOKSABHA
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Amendments in the rules for Civil Services Examination to be held by UPSC in 2014

MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(Department of Personnel and Training)

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 16th August, 2014

F. No. 13018/01/2014-ATS(I).— The Central Government hereby makes the following amendments in the rules for competitive examination—Civil Services Examination—to be held by the Union Public Service Commission in 2014 notified by the Government of India in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Personnel and Training) vide notification number 13018/01/2014-AIS (I), dated the 31st May, 2014 and published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part I, Section 1, dated the 19th June, 2014, namely:—

In Appendix I to the said notification,—

(i) in “SECTION I”, under the heading “PLAN OF EXAMINATION”, in paragraph 2, after the portion beginning with “The Preliminary Examination will consist of and ending with “set out in sub-section (A) of Section II”, the following shall be inserted, namely:—

“The merit on the basis of Preliminary Examination shall be drawn using aggregate marks obtained in Paper-I out of 200 and marks obtained in Paper-II out of 200 minus the total of the marks allocated to the questions on English Language Comprehension skills.”;

(ii) in “SECTION II”, under the heading “A. PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION”,—

(A)for the words and figures “The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each”, the words, letters and figures “The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory papers, of which Paper-I will be of 200 marks and Paper-II will be of 200 marks minus the total of the marks allocated to the questions on English Language Comprehension skills.” shall be substituted;

(B)in the Note, for clause (ii), the following clause shall be substituted, namely:—

“(iii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English However, questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level, which are printed in English only, shall not be evaluated for gradation or merit and therefore, need not be attempted by the candidates.”;

(iii) in “SECTION III”, under the heading “Part A-Preliminary Examination”,—

(A) for the sub-heading “Paper II-(200 marks) Duration: Two hours”, the following sub-heading shall be substituted, namely:—

“Paper II-(200 marks minus the total of the marks allocated to the questions on English Language Comprehension skills) Duration: Two hours”;

(B)for Note 1, the following note shall be substituted, namely:—

“Note 1: Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level, which are printed in English only, shall not be evaluated for gradation or merit and therefore, need not be attempted by the candidates.”

GAYATRI MISHRA, Director (AIS)

Note.—The principal notification number 13018/01/2014-AIS (I), dated the 31st May, 2014 was published in the Gazette of India, Part I, Section 1, dated the 19th June, 2014.

Source:http://persmin.gov.in/AIS1/Docs/Gazzettee-Amendment-CSE.pdf
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ceiling of children education allowance and the details - Finance Minister

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1363

ANSWERED ON 18.07.2014

CHILDREN EDUCATION ALLOWANCE

1363 . Shri RAJESH RANJAN (PAPPU YADAV), RANJEET RANJAN

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:-

(a) the existing ceiling of children education allowance and the details of institutions admissible for the same;

(b) whether any change is proposed to be made in the same; and

(c) if so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF FINANCE(SHRI ARUN JAITLEY)

(a) It has been informed by the Department of Personnel and Training that the annual ceiling limit for reimbursement of Children Education Allowance (CEA) is 18,000/- per child. The Hostel Subsidy shall be 4,500/- per month per child. The annual ceiling for reimbursement of CEA for disabled children of Government employees is 36,000/- per annum per child and the rates of Hostel Subsidy for disabled children of Government employees is 9,000/- per child per month. These revisions are applicable with effect from 1st January, 2014. The reimbursement is admissible for the children studying in institutions affiliated to any Board or recognised institution, whether in receipt of Government aid or not, recognised by the Central or State Government or Union Territory Administration or by University or a recognised educational authority having jurisdiction over the area where the institution is situated.

(b) There is no such proposal.

(c) In view of reply to (b) above, the Question does not arise.

Source: Loksabha
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Directorate of Estates - Introduction of Automated System of Allotment through eAwas

No.12035/16/2010-Pol.II
Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Directorate of Estates

Nirman Bhavan,
New Delhi — 110 108.
Dated the 12th August, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Introduction of Automated System of Allotment through eAwas in respect of 40 Type VII houses of Secretaries Pool [SG] in New Moti Bagh, New Delhi with effect from 1st September, 2014.

The undersigned is directed to invited attention to this Directorate OMs of even number dated 8.4.2010 and 24.8.2011 vide which Automated System of Allotment [ASA] was introduced in respect of higher types of accommodation i.e. Type IV(Special) to Type VI B [C-1]. It has now been decided to introduce the Automated System of Allotment in respect of 40 Type VII houses of Secretaries Pool in New Moti Bagh, New Delhi with effect from 1st September, 2014 as per the following norms:

i) With effect from 1st September, 2014 onwards only online applications will be accepted through e-Awas in respect of 40 Type VII houses of Secretaries Pool (SG) in New Moti Bagh, New Delhi [www. estates. nic. in]

ii) Every applicant will have to create an account in e-Awas and fill up the required application form by following the instructions on the screen. After completing the process online, the officers shall take out a print¬out of the application and get the same duly forwarded to the Directorate of Estates through their office. On receipt of hard copy of application duly forwarded by their office, the account of the Officer shall be activated by sending him/her a Registration Number (which will work as his/her ID) and a Password through SMS and/or email.

iii) Once the applicant has received his/her registration number and log-in password through SMS and/or email, then he/she will be able to operate his/her account and make required changes in his/her preferences/choices etc. as and when required online.

iv) Officers in the waiting list will have to indicate their option against specific houses online between 1st to 9th of every month and who do not exercise any option till 5.00 P.M. of the 9th day of the month will not be allotted any house.

v) Applicants may be able to revise/modify their choices/preferences for the houses any time between 1st day of a month to 9th day of a month upto 5.00 p.m.

vi) A separate waiting list will be prepared as per explanation to SR 317-B-5(f). The vacant houses available for allotment as on the last date of the month will be frozen and used for allotment through automated system of allotment.

vii) Automated allotments through Automated System of Allotment will be made on 10th day of every month. To begin with, the first allotment will be made on 10th September, 2014.

viii) Allotment of houses as per choices/preferences of applicant will be considered on 10th of each month only for those applicants whose accounts have been in activation in the preceding months.

ix) If an officer refuses to accept a house allotted to him/her in accordance with his/her choice, then he/she will be debarred for allotment for next three months.

Sd/-
(M. K. Sharma)
Deputy Director of Estates (Policy)

Source: http://estates.nic.in/WriteReadData/dlcirculars/Circulars20345.pdf
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Grant of MACP on Promotional Hierarchy - CAT Guwahati

GRANT OF MACP ON PROMOTIONAL HIERARCHY: CAT GUWAHATI DIRECTS UNION OF INDIA TO GRANT MACP ON PROMOTIONAL HIERARCHY TO ASSISTANT ENGINEERS OF CPWD. THE CASE WAS FILED BY SHRI NARAYAN KALITA AND 26 ASSISTANT ENGINEERS VIDE OA NO. 040/000052 OF 2014.

By citing the judgments delivered by the Principle CAT, Delhi & High Court Chandigarh on the subject the Hon’ble judges have observed that “ In our considered view the aforesaid judgement rendered by the Chandigarh Bench as upheld by the Hon’ble High Court of Punjab and Haryana as well as judgement passed by the CAT, Principle Bench. In view of the above the present OA is allowed. Respondents are directed to grant scale of pay (PB-3) of Rs. 15,600-39,100+ Grade Pay of Rs. 6600/ attached to the said promotional posts of Executive Engineer from due date to the applicants.

The aforesaid directions shall be complied with within a period of three months from the date of receipt of a copy of this order, subject to the other conditions mentioned in the MACP Scheme.”

Source:http://aiamshq.blogspot.in/2014/08/grant-of-macp-on-promotional-hierarchy_16.html
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Confederation declares Nationwide Agitational Programme

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi – 110001
Website: WWW. Confederationhq.blogspot.com
Email: Confederationhq@yahoo.co.in
Ref: CIRCULAR No.18
Dated - 17.08.2014
To
All CHQ Officers Bearers
All Affiliated Organizations
All State C-O-Cs

CONFEDERATION DECLARES NATIONWIDE AGITATIONAL PROGRAMMES

Dear Comrades,
The National Sectt. of the Confederaton met at New Delhi on 11.08.2014 to consider the follow up action required in the matter of some of the pressing issues on which Confederation had organized series of agitational programmes prior to the commencement of the Election process of the 16th Lok Sabha. The CHQ has received reports from various affiliaties to the effect that they have all endorsed the common memorandum, the Confederation had submitted to the 7th CPC. Most of the affiliates have emailed copies of the respective memorandum to the CHQ. Those who have not sent copies are requested to do so without further loss of time. This will enable the Confederation to write to the 7th CPC to provide an opportunity to these organisations to tender oral evidence to explain and elucidate their submissions in the memorandum.

The meeting noted that there has been only negative response from the Government on the issues of Interim Relief and merger of DA. We have already sent to you a copy of our letter addressed to the Seretary, Staff Side, JCM National Council, (Com. Shivgopal Mishra) which is yet to be responded. The meeting considered the following issues as important, the pursuance of which must not brook any delay, especially in the background that the 7th CPC has formally written to the Government asking it to indicate the course of action required to be taken on the memorandum of the staff side on Interim Relief and marger of DA.

CHARTER OF DEMANDS

1. Merger of DA with pay for all employees with effect from 01.01.2014 including Gramin Dak sewaks and pensioners.

2. Grant of Interim Relief to all employees including Gramin Dak Sewaks and Pensioners.

3. Inclusion of Gramind Dak sevaks under the purview of 7th Central pay Commission.

4. Scrap PFRDA Act and grant of statutory pension to all.

5. Date of effect of 7th CPC recommendations should be 01.01.2014.

6. Regularisation and revision of wages of casual laboures and contract workers.

7. Removal of 5% condition for compassionate appointments.

8. Fill up al vacant posts and creation of new posts wherever justified.

9. Stop downsizing, outsourcing, contractorisation and privatisation of Government functions.

10. Grant Productivity linked Bonus to all without ceiling; compute Bonus as weighted average of PLB for those not covered by PLB agreement.

11. Revise OTA and NDA and implement arbitration awards.

The meeting also considered the policy perception of the new Government in the light of the administrative price hike in petroleum products, the proposals in the Railway and General Budget, the steep hike in the freight and passenger fares of Railways, the decision to hike FDI in Defence Production, Railway Infrastructure and Insurance sectors, disinvestment of public sector including nationalized banks and have come to the inescapable conclusion that under Narendra Modi dispensation, the neo-liberal policies, as expected, will only be intensified and the promised “Achche Din” is for the Corporate giants of the country. The last session of the Parliament witnessed the determination of the NDA Government in changing the labour laws on the lines of the enactment made by Rajasthan Government of Vasundhara Raje Scindhia by virtue of which in almost 90% of the manufacturing units in India, the employers are permitted to indulge in hire and fire policy, for the existing regulations will be dispensed with.

The meeting came to the decision that the confederation must organise serious and prolonged campaign, preferably in unison with the Railway and Defence Federations. We will pursue our consultation with those Federations to reach a common approach in the matter. Since it might take some more time, the meeting decided to pursue the demands through a demonstrative programme.

11th September 2014 – Submission of the Charter of Demands along with a brief Note to all heads of offices by arranging demonstration in front of all offices; the branch level/district/divisional/state level leaders will explain the demands especially the memorandums on interim relief, DA merger and GDS issues.

19th September 2014 – Dharna between 10 AM to 3 PM at all important state/districts/divisional centres.

25th September 2014 – Dharna between 10 AM to 3 PM at New Delhi with participation of the leaders of all affiliates and the members working in the city of Delhi (at a central place-to be decided by the Confederation Delhi State committee).

Confederation office Bearers will meet again at Delhi on 26.09.2014, 5 PM to decide further course of action. Confederation will bring out pamphlets and bulletins to explain various issues like minimum wage, DA, Bonus, GDS problems etc. shortly as part of an education campaign. The detailed campaign programe to be undertaken after Diwali festival will be intimated later.

Comradely yours,

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General

Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/
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