Monday, February 28, 2011

No filing of tax returns if salary is only income -BUDGET 2011-2012

New Delhi, Feb 28 (PTI) In a big relief from cumbersome tax filing process for the salaried class, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today proposed to exempt them from filing tax returns unless they have other sources of income.

The government will be issuing a notification exempting 'classes of persons' from the requirement of furnishing income tax returns, said the Memorandum to the Finance Bill 2011.

The decision, which will come into effect from June 1, 2011, will reduce the compliance burden on small taxpayers, it added.

Salaried taxpayers who do not have other sources of income and whose incomes are subject to Tax Deduction at Source (TDS) will be excluded from filing returns.

"Therefore, in cases where there is no other source of income, filing of a return is duplication of existing information," the Memorandum said.


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Union Budget 2011-12 Highlights

·         Critical institutional reforms set pace for double-digit growth

·         Scaled up flow of resources infuses dynamism in rural economy

·         GDP estimated to have grown at 8.6% in 2010-11

·         Exports grown by 9.6%, imports by 17.6% in April-January 2010-11 over corresponding period last year

·         Indian economy expected to grow at 9%  in 2011-12.

·         Five-fold strategy to deal with black money.   Group of Ministers to suggest ways for tackling

·          Public Debt Management Agency of India Bill to come up next financial year

·         Direct Tax Code (DTC) to be effective from April 01, 2012

·         Phased move towards direct transfer cash subsidy to BPL people for better delivery of kerosene, LPG and fertilizer mooted

·         Rs.40,000 crore to be raised through disinvestment in 2011-12

·         FDI policy to be liberalized further

·         SEBI registered mutual funds permitted to accept subscription from foreign investors who meet KYC requirement

·         FII limit for investment in corporate bonds in infrastructure sector raised

·         Additional banking license to private sector players proposed

·         Rs.6000 crore to be provided in 2011-12 for maintaining minimum Tier I Capital to Risk Weighted Asset Ratio (CRAR) of 8% in public sector banks

·         Rs.500 crore to be provided to regional rural banks to maintain 9% CRAR
·         India Microfinance Equity Fund of Rs.100 crore to be created by SIDBI

·         Rs. 500 crore Women SHG Development Fund to be created

·         Micro Small and Medium Enterprises  MSME gets boost as Rs. 5000 crore provided to SIDBI  and Rs.3000 crore to NABARD

·         Existing housing loan limit enhanced to Rs.25 lakh for dwelling units

·         Provision under Rural housing Fund enhanced to Rs.3000 crore

·         Allocation under Rashtirya Krishi Vikas yojna (RKVY) increased to Rs.7860 crore

·         Allocation of Rs.300 crore to promote 60000 pulses villages in rainfed areas

·         Rs. 300 crore vegetable initiative to achieve competitive prices

·         Rs.300 crore to promote higher production of nutri-cereals

·         Rs.300 crore to promote animal based protein

·         Rs.300 crore Accelerated Fodder Development Programme to benefit farmers in 25000 villages

·         Credit flow to farmers raised from Rs.3,75,000 crore to Rs.4,75,000 crore

·         Rs.10,000 crore for NABARD’s Short Term Rural Credit Fund for 2011-12

·         15 more mega food parks during 2011-12

·         National food security bill to be introduced this year

·         Capital investment in storage capacity to be eligible for viability gap funding

·          23.3% increase in allocation for infrastructure

·         Tax-free bonds of Rs.30,000 crore proposed by government undertakings

·         Environmental concerns relating to infrastructure projects to  be considered  by Group of Ministers

·         National Mission for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles to be launched

·         7 Mega clusters for leather products to be set up

·         Allocation for social sector increased by 17% amounting to 36.4% of total plan allocation

·         Bharat Nirman allocation increased by Rs.10,000 crore

·         Rural broadband connectivity to all 2.5 lakh panchayats in three years.

·         Bill to amend Indian Stamp Act to introduce.   Rs.300 crore scheme for modernization stamp and registration administration

·         Significant increase in remuneration of Angawadi workers  and helpers

·         Allocation for education increased by24%.  Rs.21,000 crore allocated for Sarv Shikshya Abhiyan registering an increase of 40%

·         1500 institute of higher learning to be  connected by March 2012 with Knowledge Knowledge Network.

·         National Innovation Council set up.   Additional Rs.500 crore for National Skill Development Fund

·         Plan allocation for health stepped up by20%

·         Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme liberalized further

·         Rs.200 crore for Green India Mission

·         Rs.200 crore for cleaning of rivers

·         Rs.8000 crore provided for development needs of J&K

·         10 lakhs Aadhaar(UID)  numbers to be generated everyday from 1st October

·         Fiscal deficit kept at 4.6% of GDP for 2011-12

·         Income Tax exemption limit for general category in individual tax payers enhanced from Rs.1,60,000 to Rs.1,80,000

·         Qualifying age for senior citizens lowered to 60; senior citizen above 80 year to get Rs.5,00,000 IT exemption

·         Surcharge on corporate lowered to 5%

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AICPIN for the month of Jan-2011

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

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

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

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

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

1. Ahmedabad – 183
2. Bangalore – 196
3. Chennai – 172
4. Delhi – 173
5. Kolkata – 180
6. Mumbai – 187

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

Source: PIB
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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Issues discussed at the National Anomaly Committee on 15.02.2011.

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Dated: 25.02.2011

Dear Comrade,

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

With greetings,
Yours fraternally,

K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Raise income tax exemption limit to Rs 3 lakh: Survey

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

“In view of the unprecedented inflation particularly the food inflation, the government must increase the personal income tax exemption limit from the existing Rs 1.6 lakh to at least Rs 3 lakh to give adequate relief to the larger sections of the society, added the majority of the CEOs,” the pre-Budget survey said.
The Budget 2011-12 would be unveiled by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on February 28. At present, income up to Rs 1.6 lakh is exempted from tax for individuals. For women and senior citizens, the limit is Rs 1.9 lakh and Rs 2.4 lakh, respectively.

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

The survey further said that due to continuous elevated inflation and high commodity prices across globe, there is a strong case for continuation of stimulus package so that the growth momentum is not spiked.
It was a pre-Budget expectations survey conducted under the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) with participation from its 1,000 CEOs. Inflation, particularly food inflation, has been a concern for both the government and the common man. For past the few months, food prices are at high levels.

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

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

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

Source: economictimes
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Friday, February 25, 2011

Railway Employees’ Welfare, Recruitment and Training

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

1.      Expand the scope of Liberalised Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for safety category staff by enhancing the existing criteria of grade pay from Rs. 1800/-  to Rs. 1900/-
2.      Considering the Indian family structure and values, extending medical facilities to both dependent father and mother of railway employees.
3.      Increasing the scholarship for the girl child of gangmen and group ‘D’ employees to Rs.1200 per month for higher education.
4.      Setting up of a Railway Vidyalaya Prabandhan Board (RVPB) to improve quality of education to children studying in 269 railway schools. The Board will draw up a plan for improving the physical and educational infrastructure of these schools to be implemented in a time frame of three years.
5.      To provide 20 Road Medical Vans in remote and inaccessible areas for railway employees for easy access to medical facilities.
6.      20 hostels for children of railway employees have been commissioned and another 20 would be set up next year.
7.      Undertaking of restructuring of all cadres in the Railways to afford adequate promotional opportunities to the officers and staff.
8.      Recruitment process has already been set in motion for filling the vacancies of about 1.75 lakh in Group ‘C’ and Group ‘D’ posts. Steps have also been taken to fill up about 13,000 posts in Railway Protection Force. These mega recruitment drives will cover the backlog of SC/ST and physically handicapped quota.
9.      For the first time, the Ministry is inducting 16,000 ex-servicemen by end of March 2011. More than 1200 ex-servicemen in Railway Protection Force are being recruited.
10.  A Training centre is proposed to be started at Kharagpur to enhance skills of frontline staff in dealing with the customers.  Multi-disciplinary training centres would be set up at Dharwad, Kolkata and Pune including an exclusive international centre at Agra. A new basic training centre at Kurseong is proposed to cater to the needs of North East Frontier Railway including Darjeeling-Himalayan Railway.

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Highlights of Railway Budget 2011-12

 No hike in passenger fare and freight rates.

Highest ever Plan outlay of Rs. 57, 630 crore proposed for Railways.

Rs. 9,583 crore provided for new lines.

1300 km new lines, 867 km doubling of lines and 1017 km gauge conversion targeted in 2011-12.

56 new Express Trains, 3 new Shatabdis and 9 Duronto trains to be introduced.

AC Double Decker services on Jaipur-Delhi and Ahmedabad-Mumbai routes.

New Super AC Class to be introduced.

A new portal for e-ticketing to be launched shortly.  Booking charges will be cheaper with a charge of only Rs. 10 for AC classes and Rs.5 for others.

Pan-India multi-purpose smart card “Go India” to be introduced.

236 more stations to be upgraded as Adarsh Stations.

47 additional suburban services in Mumbai and 50 new suburban services proposed for Kolkata.

Two new passenger terminals in Kerala and one each in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal proposed
Feasibility study to raise speed of passenger trains to 160-200 kmph to be undertaken.

A special package of two new trains and two projects for the States managing trouble free run of trains through out the year.

Anti Collision Devise (ACD) sanctioned to cover 8 zonal railways.

GPS Based ‘Fog Safe’ Device to be deployed.

All unmanned level crossing upto 3000 to be eliminated.

All India Security Help line on a single number set up.

All state capitals in the North-East except Sikkim to be connected by Rail in next seven years.

A Bridge Factory in J & K and a state-of-art Institute for Tunnel and Bridge Engineering is proposed at Jammu.

A Diesel Locomotive Centre will be set-up in Manipur.

A Centre of Excellence in Software at Darjeeling proposed under the aegis of CRIS.

Rail Industrial Parks at Jellingham and New Bongaigaon proposed.

Additional mechanized laundry units to be set up at Nagpur, Chandhigarh and Bhopal.

700 MW gas-based power plant to be set up at Thakurli in Maharashtra.

18,000 Wagons to be procured during 2011-12.

A scheme for socially desirable projects, ‘Pradhan Mantri Rail Vikas Yojana’ with Non-lapsable fund proposed.

10,000 shelter units proposed for track side dwellers in Mumbai, Sealdah, Siliguri, Tiruchirapalli on pilot basis.

Concession to physically handicapped persons to be extended on Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.

Concession of 50% to press correspondents with family increased to twice a year.

Senior Citizens concession to be hiked from 30 % to 40 %.

Medical facilities extended to dependent parents of the Railway employees.

Scholarship for Girl child of Group-D railway employees increased to Rs.1200 per month.

20 additional hostels for children of railway employees to be set up.

Recruitment for 1.75 lakh vacancies of Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ including to fill up backlog of SC/ST  initiated, 16,000 ex-servicemen to be inducted by March 2011.

A separate sports cadre to be created.

2011-12 declared ‘Year of Green Energy’ for Railways.

Freight loading of 993 MT and passenger growth of 6.4 % estimated for 2011-12.

Gross Traffic Receipts at Rs.1,06,239 crore, exceeding one lakh crore mark for the first time estimated.

Ordinary Working Expenses assessed at Rs. 73,650 crore.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Increase in Interest Rate on EPF

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

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

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Central Government Employees and Pensioners Health Insurance Scheme

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

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

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Prime Minister Shram Awards for 2009 Announced

The Ministry of Labour and Employment    today announced the Prime Minister’s Shram Awards for the year 2009 to be awarded to 61 workers employed in the Departmental Undertakings & Public Sector Undertakings of the Central and State Governments and Private Sector Units employing 500 or more workers in recognition of their distinguished performances, innovative abilities, outstanding contribution in the field of productivity and exhibition of exceptional courage and presence of mind.

This year, no nomination was found suitable for the presitigious Shram Ratna Award.    Ten nominations for the Shram Bhushan Award,  sixteen nominations for Shram Vir/Shram Veerangana and thirty five  nominations for Shram Shree/Shram Devi Awards have been selected. Even though, the total number of Shram Awards is 33, the number of workers receiving the Awards is 61 (Including 2 women), as some of the Awards have been shared by workers and/or  teams of workers consisting of more than one worker. These include 45 workers from the public sector and 16 workers from the private sector.


Total number of Shram Bhushan Award is four. It carries a cash award of Rs. 1,00,000/- and a ‘Sanad’. Eight nominations were found suitable for the Shram Bhushan Award. For the year 2009, the Shram Bhushan Awards  in respect of Public Sector undertakings are given to S/Shri Kalu Charan Moharana, Herman Toppo, Purnananda Kumar Barik, Surendra Nath Ray, Dusmanta Kumar Mekap, Dinabandhu Das and Kali Charnan Sahu, all from Rourkela Steel Plant, Rourkela, (Jointly) Shri Rajender Kumar Gupta, Badarpur Thermal Power Station, Badarpur, New Delhi and in respect of Private Sector, to Bhura Lal and Jagdish Chandra Jat both from  Hindustan Zinc Ltd., Debari, Udaipur.


Total number of Shram Vir/Shram Veerangana Awards is twelve. It carries a cash award of Rs. 60,000/- and a ‘Sanad’. No female worker from Public Sector and Private Sector was found suitable for Shram Veerangana Award. The Shram Vir awardees in respect of Public Sector Undertakings are S/Shri C. Ramadoss, Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Panangudi, Chennai, S/Shri Rajinder Singh, Poshram Thakur, Manish Pandya, Ismail Masih, Jeevan Kumar Sahu, All from  Bhilai Steel Plant,  Bhilai                  ( Jointly), S/Shri Udayanath Samasi Rourkela Steel Plant, Rourkela, R. Thiyagarajan, Salem Steel Plant, Salem, Ramadhar Gautam, Bharat Heavy Electrical Ltd, Ranipur, Haridwar,  Mohan Lal,  Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., Lucknow and in respect of private sector the awardees are S/Shri Dal Chand Lohar, Hindustan Zinc Ltd, Debari, Udaipur,  Keshao Shaligram Ingle,  Godrej & Boyce Mfg Co. Ltd, Mumbai, Girija Bhusan Pattanayak,  Tata Steel Ltd, Keonzhar, Orrissa,  Mahendra Kumar Soni, Hindustan Zinc Ltd, Debari, Udaipur, Shanta Ram Paraji Bhor,  Thyssenkrupp Industries India Pvt. Ltd, Pune, Shri Narayan Krishnacharya Pimple,  Kirloskar Pneumatic Co. Ltd, Pune.


Total number of Shram Shree/Shram Devi Awards is sixteen. It carries a cash award of Rs. 40,000/- and a ‘Sanad’. Two female workers from Public sector have been selected for Shram Devi Awards for this year. The Shram Shree/Shram Devi awardees in respect of Public Sector Undertakings are S/Shri Birendra Kumar, P.K. Yadav, Gaind Lal Sahu, Rishi Kumar, Sudama,  All from Bhilai Steel Plant,  Bhilai, (Jointly), S/Shri Y. Venkateswara Roy,  K. Gyaneshwar, A.B. Ganapathi,  All from Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd., Hyderabad (Jointly), Ram Naresh Singh,  Naval Dock Yard, Mumbai and Gummadi Srinivas, Naval Dock Yard, Visakhapatnam,  Ravindra Kumar Dhaneshwar, Rajendra Kumar, N.Anil Menon, Hemant kumar Mishra, Kevendra Sunder,   All from Bhilai Steel Plant, Bhilai  (Jointly),  Anil Kumar Jha, Indra Mallick, Pradeep Kumar Mishra, Manas Kumar Hota, K. Krushna Murthy Achary, All from Rourkela Steel Plant, Rourkela (Jointly), Subrata Bairagi,  Sadananda Tewari, Subrata Gupta, Rajib Misra, Arindam Adhikary, All from Durgapur Steel Plant (Jointly), Smt. Kandukuri Sai Lakshmi, Bharat Electronics Ltd., Hyderabad and Smt. Suman Srivastava, ITI Limited, Mankapur, Gonda, (UP). (One nomination in lieu of Shram Ratna).In respect of private sector the awardees are s/Shri Dinesh Kumar Singh, Hindalco Industries Ltd, Debashis Chakraborty, Tata Steel Ltd, Jamshedpur,  Peddinti Narayan Rao, Tata Steel Ltd., Jamshedpur, Shirish Babaji Sawant, Larsen & Toubro Ltd, Mumbai,  Anil Kumar, Tata Steel Ltd., Jameshpur, Amar Prasad Ghosh, Tata Steel Ltd., Jamshedpur Ram Anuj Nishad, Tata Steel Ltd., Jamshedpur and  Narayanan K, Apollo Tyres Ltd., Perambara, Kerala.

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Feedback on the 3rd meeting of the National Anomaly Committee

3rd meeting of the National Anomaly Committee was held yesterday, i.e. on 15th February, 2011 under the chairmanship of Secretary(P), DoPT(Government of India), wherein the following deliberations were made.

Though we know that no substantial relief has been given, but we hope for some outcome in the meetings likely to be held in future.

Two issues which are very important from our point of view - one is increment from January for those who falls between February and June was virtually rejected by the Ministry of Finance(Expenditure) but yesterday we again raised this issue, and after prolonged discussions, the Secretary, DoP&T had agreed to review the matter. An indication has also been given that if Staff Side agrees for one time exemption, then the issue can be resolved.

We also raised the issue of MACP Scheme, particularly abolition of GP Rs.2000. The Jt. Secretary(Estt.) stated that we would hold another round of discussions before finalizing the issues related to MACP Scheme.

During my opening remarks, though it was out of agenda, I raised the issue of early finalization of items of Departmental Anomaly Committee which are pending with the MoF(Exp). I stated that the Departmental Anomaly Committee of Railways had sent unanimous recommendations on various items to MoF(Exp.). More than nine months have passed and these issues are still pending with the MoF and the Railwaymen are feeling lot of frustration and therefore these need immediate redressal.

Though orders for Cadre Restructuring have been issued by the DoP&T vide O.M.No.35034/9/2010-Estt.(D) dated 10th February, 2011, we raised the issue that Matching Savings is not possible in the case of Railways. The President/AIRF and Secretary, NC/JCM(Staff Side) also emphasized on the issue and stated that in the Safety Categories, Railways cannot give Matching Savings. Therefore, for Cadre Restructuring, Matching Savings should not be insisted upon. It has been agreed by the Jt.Secretary(Pers.) that if reference comes from the Railways, that would be considered favorable.

Apart from the above issues, we also discussed agenda items which were not discussed so far in the National Anomaly Committee.

Item No.11: Grant revised allowances w.e.f. 1.1.2006 - Staff Side will give list of allowances. Thereafter, it will be discussed.

Item No.12 & 13: Transport Allowance - Staff Side will supply details. Thereafter, it will be examined.
Item No.14: Revision of existing allowances which are to be withdrawn and replaced by new schemes - If Insurance Scheme is not finalized within six months in consultation with the Staff Side, Risk Allowance and Patient Care Allowance will be doubled.

Item No.20: Daily Allowance on tour: - Orders have been issued for Geological Survey of India and Ground Water Board.

Item No.28: - Grant of GP Rs.5400 in PB-2 for Astt. Accounts/Audit Officers - Will be taken-up separately with the Jt. Secretary(Pers.) and Estt.

Item No.29 and 30: Revision of Base Index for DA and Benchmark in AICPIN Scheme for grant of DA/DR w.e.f. 1.1.2006 on CPC VI level pay/pension restructuring - Staff Side will give list which will be examined by the Jt. Secretary(Pers.)

Item No.31: Child Care Leave in respect of Central Government Women Employees as a result of Sixth Pay Commission report - It will be looked into for Defence Employees.

Item No.37: Waiver of recovery of higher DA/DR drawn during the period from 1.1.2006 to 31.8.2006 - Not Agreed.

Item No.38: Anomaly in fixing grade pay -Deferred.

Item No.39: Anomaly due to not applying uniformly the multiplication factor of 1.86 in fixing the minimum pay in all the revised pay bands applying different - Unresolved.

Item No.40: Grant of notional increment as may be due on the first day of July following the superannuation/death in service for computation of emoluments/average emoluments for pensioner benefits - Not Anomaly.

Item No.41: Fixation of pay on promotion to a post carrying the same grade pay - Staff Side stated that the issue of Additional Allowance to the Running Staff has been raised. Where it has been emphasized that since DA has already been given on Additional Allowance, other benefits should also be given on Additional Allowance to give proper relief to the Running Staff. For other categories, e.g. ASM to SM in the same grade pay or MCM to JE in the same grade pay since their responsibility increases, therefore, in all fairness, and increment must be given while fixing pay. Official Side asked the Railways to submit the list, so that decision can be taken. Staff Side mentioned that since this issue belongs to Railways only, therefore, powers should be delegated to the Railways as has been done earlier. Official Side mentioned that since the issue has already under reference to National Anomaly Committee, Railways will be asked to submit the list. Thereafter, decision will be taken at an earliest.

Item No.43: Anomaly in the pay scale/pay band and grade pay of Library Information Assistants - Already finalized.

Item No.44 : Before the 6th Pay Commission, there were 3 HAG scales of pay - Under review.

Item No.45: Anomaly in pension of those in receipt of stagnation increments in pre-revised pay scales - Official Side agreed to consider the cases where someone had stagnated beyond one year in the pre-revised scale.

Item No. 46 and 49 - Disparity in pay scales and status of officers in stenographers cadre and Anomalies in the matter of pay scales of stenographers - Will be examined.

Item No.50: Anomalies in the pay scales of official language staff - Since the issue of Rajbhasha Staff has been sent to Ministry of Finance(Exp.) Official Side agreed to send its approval at an earliest.

Item No.51: Assigning higher grade pay of Rs.4600 to Administrative Officer Gr.III and Private Secretary in Subordinate Offices - Resolved.

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Recruitment Rules Group ‘C’ posts in Pay Band I with Grade Pay of Rs. 1800

AB 1401 7/6/2009-Estt(RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

New Delhi, the  17thFebruary,2011


Subject: Recruitment Rules Group ‘C’  posts in Pay Band I with Grade Pay of Rs. 1800 (pre-revised Group D posts).

Reference  is  invited to OM  of  even  number dated 30th Apri1,2010  circulating Model Recruitment Rules  for Group C posts in  Pb-1 with Grade Pay of Rs.1800.  In this Department’s OM dated  12th May,2010, Ministries/Departments  were  requested  to  intimate  their  requirements for non-technical Group ‘C’ posts  PB-1  Grade Pay  of  Rs1800  to  SSC immediately  so  that  Commission could initiate action  for  recruitment.  However, several  Ministries/Departments  are  yet  to notify the revised Recruitment Rules as per the Model Recruitment Rules circulated by  DOPT even though the vacancies  in Group C, PB-1  Grade Pay Rs.1800  have  been communicated by  them to the co9ncerned Regional Office of Staff Selection Commission.  In  view of the ensuing examination to  be  conducted  by  Staff  Selection Commission for the  Multi-Tasking  Staff, DOPT has issued  Umbrella Notification  No.AB 140 171612009-Estt(RR)  dated  gth February, 2011 for regulating the educational and other qualifications for direct recruits for  the posts which were  in  Group D scale prior to the implementation of  Sixth Central Pay Commission and have been placed in Group C in PB-1, GP Rs.1800.  The  Umbrella Notification  has been  circulated  to  all the Ministries/ Departments of Government  of India also.

2.  It is, however, reiterated that all the Ministries/Departments will initiate action on priority basis for revising the Recruitment Rules circulated by this Department.

(Smita Kumar)
Director (E. 1)
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

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

No. 36027/1/2011-Estt.(Res.) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Personnel and Training 
North Block, New Delhi 
Dated the:-  15 th February, 2011 
Office Memorandum 

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

The undersigned is directed to say that as per instructions contained in this Department's O.M.No.43011/10/2002-Estt.(Res.) dated 19.12.2003 and  O.M.  No  360351312004-Estt.(Res.)  dated 29.12.2005, each Ministry/Department is required to send following reports to this
Department by  31.3.2011 :-

(i)  SC/ST/OBC  Report-I regarding  representation of  SCs, STs, and OBCs in services as on 1.1.20 1 1 ;

(ii)  SC/ST/OBC  Report-I1  regarding  representation of  SCs, STs,  OBCs in  various  grades of organized  Group 'A' services as on 1.1.20 1 1;

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

(iv)  PWD  Report-I1 regarding  appointments persons  with disabilities during the year 2010.

2.  The performance prescribed for above reports are enclosed for ready  reference.  It is request that the  reports may  be  sent to this Department by  stipulated date &by  31.3.20 11.  While collecting information  from the  attached/subordinate  offices, the concerned offices  may  be advised  not  to  send  information direct  to  this Department.  The  concerned  Ministry/Department  should consolidate  the information  in  respect of entire  Ministry /Department including the information  in respect  of the Attached
and Subordinate Office, and send such consolidated information to this Department.

3.  The  Ministries/department  should  ensure that  the  reports sent to this Department contain consolidated information in respect of  the  concerned  Ministry/department  and its Attached and Subordinate Offices  but  not  in  respect of Pubic Sector Undertaking, Statutory, statutory, semi-Government  and Autonomous Bodies.  Since the  information called for relates to persons and not to posts, the posts, which are lying vacant, should not  be  taken into account. Persons  on  deputation should  be included  in  the establishment  of  borrowing Ministry/Department/Office  and not  in  the establishment  of their parent office. Persons permanent  in  one grade  but  officiating  or holding temporary appointment in a higher grade should be shown in the  figures relating to the class of service in  which the higher grade concerned  is included. It may  also  be  noted that figures in respect  of  Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes  and  Persons  with  Disabilities have  to  include  persons appointed by reservation as well as appointed on their own merit.
Sharad Kumar Srivastava
Under Secretary (Res.) 
Te1:- 230921 10
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011


 Discussed Agenda Points published in the website of the  confederation of central govt employees by Secretary General com K.K.N. Kutty.

The third meeting of the National Anomaly Committee was  held on 15/02/2011. The following items were taken up for discussion.  No final decision on any item could be arrived at.  It was more or less an exercise to understand the points of view of both sides on these items. We shall in our next communication indicate the outcome of discussion on each item.

                Item Nos. 11, 12&13, 14, 20, 28,29&30, 31,37, 38,39, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 46, 49, 50 and 51.

                During the discussion the Staff brought to the notice of the official side that the issues pertaining to the employees of Andaman  and Nicobar islands, which were taken out of the agenda on the plea that the same would be discussed separately by a Committee to be set up by the Andaman Administration have not been settled.  The NGO Association of A & N Islands have brought to the notice of the staff side that the A & N Administration has not taken any steps to resolve the problems even though similar issues pertaining  to the employees of Pondicherry and Delhi were settled.  The Official side has promised to take up the issue with the concerned in the Home Ministry to ensure that the issues are addressed expeditiously.

                The official side has in the Action Taken State has indicated their inability to concede the demand raised by the Staff Side on the following two issues.

(a)    Grant of increment in the case of employees whose increment falls between Feb and June. 2006.

(b)   Fixing the pay of the promotees on par with the Direct recruits.

Though these issues were not discussed, the Staff Side has said that a resolution to them are urgently needed .

The official side has requested the Staff Side to indicate the items on which further discussions are needed; further details are required; and alternative suggestions could be made  within 10 days so that the next and final meeting of the Committee could be convened before 31st March, 2011.  It was also decided that the sub-committee of the MACP related issued will meet once again and their report submitted to the NAC .


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Tuesday, February 15, 2011


  The general practice that is in progress across the globe is eight hours work per day.Work hours exceeding 8 hours per day  is calculated as over time and is been generally given likewise.

   If one comes to work from Monday to Friday but absent himself on Saturday,the over time calculated generally for Saturday  would not be given to him.. This is generally in practice .  The reason is that he has not come to work  on that day,as a result overtime has not been performed by  him.

  In some other factories there is a process  in practice known as ''attendance bonus ''.If one attends his work without taking leave even for one day, he can avail  this bonus . Practically even this process can be accepted  to an extent only. But comrades, in central government   factories to say in particular ordinance  factories the overtime practice cannot be practically accepted by any one.

   The hours exceeding  44 3/4 hrs in a week is only taken in to account as over time. In an emergency situation if one takes leave even for one single day in a week, the remaining ot hours done by him becomes single.If one stays and works beyond 8 hrs in a office or industry the exceeding hrs should definitely  be calculated as over time.So  if he takes leave on that same week the extra hrs done by him previosely  is not taken in to consideration as ot  hours. Why  is it so?
This age old process  is still being put in practice.Why is this continuing?We still don't understand.
Employees are frustrated of this occurence.Peace of mind is lost as one  is in a condition to come to work even if there arises a emergency.On precious  occasions the employees are not able to spend quality time with their family members.
If one come to work, his mind is boggled with thoughts of his home.If he is on leave at home unnecessarily he wields his angriness those at home thinking about his financial loss.
Taking leave and losing joy one takes the different path of mental agony and stress leading to heart related problems,diabetes,blood pressure event at an early age of 40.
Why can't this pitiful situation be cleared?What are the reactions put by the Federations regarding these issues?
Can these people live lives like their comrades in other industries?
If trade unions destroy these barriers definitely they may face some problems.But in the long run, future generation will praise for that.
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New Delhi, Feb 15 (PTI) Finance Ministry is likely to give green signal to payment of 9.5 per cent interest rate on provident fund deposits during 2010-11, a senior government official said today.

"We can get ratification on 9.5 per cent for the fiscal from Finance Ministry any moment before March 31, 2011", Labour Secretary P C Chaturvedi said.

He was speaking to reporters ahead of the meeting of the Central Board of Trustees (CBT), the highest policy making body of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).

Although CBT, which is headed by labour minister, had decided to give a higher return of 9.5 per cent on provident fund deposits for 2010-11, the Finance Ministry had expressed its reservation on the move.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Non-relieving of CSS officers under transfer on Rotational Transfer or on Promotion

No.21/1/2011-CS. I (P)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated the 14th February, 2011

Subject: Non-relieving of CSS officers under transfer on Rotational Transfer or on Promotion — reg.

This has reference to the notification NO.1/8/09-CS.I (P) dated 17.9.2010 amending Rule 19 of CSS Rules 2009 prescribing the time limit of 45 days within which CSS officers under transfer, either on Rotational Transfer or on promotion, must be relieved of their duties in their present Ministries/Departments. It was also laid down in the CSS (Amendment) Rules 2010 that if an officer is not relieved within forty-five days or such further period as referred to in sub-rule (1). the officer shall be deemed’ to have been relieved by the cadre-unit in which he is working and thereafter the officer shall not be entitled to draw any salary and allowances for the period of such overstay from the cadre unit from where the cadre officer was transferred.

2. It is noticed that some of the Ministries/Departments are not complying with the provision of the amended Rule 19 of CSS of 2010 on the pretext that references have been made by them to this Department against the transfer orders.

3. While every effort is made to immediately reply to the aforesaid references against transfers, it is sometimes not possible to do so due to a large number of such references being received in DOP&T.

4 Mere references being made to DOP&T against such transfer/promotion orders by some cadre units cannot be taken as a plea for non-implementation of DOP&T’s orders within the prescribed time limit. It is, therefore, once again reiterated that in case a reply from this Department. extending the time limit for relieving of the officer is not received, the Ministries/Departments must relieve the concerned officers within the original time limit.

5 This may please be noted for strict compliance by all Ministries/Departments.

6.This issues with the approval of secretary(P)

(M.C. Luther)
Director (CS.I )
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  Department of Posts is going to introduce Banking service through Post Offices. All post offices will also work as Post Banks. ATMs will also be introduced along with Postal Banks.

            Department of post is going to launch post bank and prepaid card scheme very shortly all the regional heads of all circles have been directed to personally identify and expedite the manner of installation of ATM,s in Head post offices. RBI approval and License is awaited. As part of core banking process all existing accounts are now updated in computers. The circle heads are frequently stressed to complete the signature scanning of all A/c holders as early as possible. A centralized server possibly at Ghaziabad is proposed to be constituted which will automatically extract data from all HO & SO as when the counter clerk enters a transaction. The role Of SBCO will be minimized. The preservation of records at all HOs will be considerably reduced.

            Under Prepaid card scheme which is to be launched in collaboration with banks,. all expenses are to be borne by banks. Cards will be issued to customers who have Savings account only and later expanded to other customers. With help of card one can withdraw money in POs/ Any ATM/make purchase in any merchant outlets. A minimum charge will be levied for each operation. Minimum load is Rs 1000 maximum reload to card is Rs50000. Maximum withdrawal is 10000 per day and only four times can a card be used in a single given day.

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Friday, February 11, 2011


NEW DELHI-110 016

F.11029-16/2009-KVSHQ (Admn.I)-168

Date: 09.02.2011


Subject: – Adoption of Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for the employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan at par with Central Government Civilian Employees.

The matter pertaining to adoption of Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for the teaching and non-teaching employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, at par with Central Government Civilian Employees, was under examination with the Ministry of HRD.

2. The approval of the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India, as conveyed vide their letter No.F.3-18/2010 UT-2 dated 20th January, 2011, is communicated for adoption subject to the following conditions:

MACP Scheme is extended to the Non-academic (non-teaching) Group ‘B’ &’C’ employees of KVS.
The guidelines issued by the Department of Personnel & Training vide O.M. No.35034/3/2008-Estt (D) dated the 19th May, 2009, shall apply mutatis mutandis. (Annexure I).
This scheme is in supersession of the previous ACP Scheme and clarifications issued thereunder and will be applicable w.e.f. 01.09.2008.
The MACPS envisages merely placement in the immediate next higher grade pay in the hierarchy of the recommended revised pav bands and grade pay as given in Section I, part A of the first schedule of the CCS (Revised Pay ) Rules,2008. Thus the pay band and grade pay at the time of financial up-gradation under the MACPS to the Non-academic (non-teaching) Group ‘B’ &’C’. employees of KVS will be given as per Annexure II.
To make the MACP Scheme operational, the competent authorities shall ensure the conduct of first screening committee within one month from the date of issue of the OM and all eligible cases should be cleared within two months.

The screening committee shall be headed by a Chairman and will consist of at least three members who shall be not below the rank of Under Secretary (i.e. pay band 3 with grade pay of Rs.6600/-), of which one member shall be belonging to SC/ST/Minority community. The recommendations of the screening committee shall be placed before the appointing authority for approval.

This issues with the approval of the commissioner, KVS.


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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Some of the important demands of AIRF which need to be included in the Rail Budget 2011-2012

All India Railwaymen's Federation
Dated  Feb 1 2011
Respected Mamata Di,

Sub: Some of the important demands of AIRF which need to be included in the Rail Budget  2011-2012

We are very much thankful to you that you have always taken-up the issues of AIRF through Rail Budget as well as administrative orders in favour of Railway employees, their children and Rail users.
Recently, orders on New Pass Rules have created history and have given lots of motivation to the Railwaymen as well as satisfaction to their families. In your last Rail Budget, you had made lots of emphasis for the education of children of Railway employees by establishing Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas, Technical Institutes, Engineering Colleges, Nursing Schools, Medical Colleges etc. We have observed that implementation of these schemes has been much slower and not keeping the pace according to your desire to implement the projects quickly.
For better implementation and quick execution of these projects as well as to keep proper and continuous
monitoring, a Railway Education Board should be set up on the lines of RRB, which should have some
autonomous powers for implementation, execution, training etc.
As we have already mentioned and congratulated you for a bold decision for giving facility of one  pass to Railway employees working in GP Rs.1800, 1900, 2000 and 2400, making them entitlement to travel in AC 3-Tier along with their families.
Railwaymen have always had a pinch in their heart that they can not take their old aged parents on their Privilege Passes. Name of their mother is included in their Pass after expiry of father. This erroneous
fact is very shocking and now the Railwaymen have a ray of hope from you that they can take their father
and mother on their Privilege Passes. We know that this decision can only be possible only from you.
We also compliment you for the decision, taken for the employment of the wards of Railway
employees on their seeking voluntary retirement under new name Safety Related Retirement Scheme  -
LARSGESS for the employees working in GP Rs.1800 of Safety Categories. This scheme has become so
popular among the Railwaymen, that many a staff, who feel that they are not able to perform well, have
sought voluntary retirement. Undoubtedly, this will facilitate the Railways in improving the productivity and
efficiency because of the induction of the young blood in the Railways. At the same time, this scheme
needs expansion to higher grade pay because it has been observed that there are many employees working in higher grade pay are also not performing well and are eager to take voluntary retirement.
Extension of this scheme will definitely give sense of security to Railwaymen because of employment to
their wards. On the one hand, it will improve productivity and efficiency of the Railways, on the other hand,
it will reduce financial burden on the Railways to a great extent because newly appointed wards of Railway
employees will be drawing much less salary than their parents.
We know that you have expressed concern about the dilapidated condition of Railway quarters and
poor upkeep of Railway Colonies and staff quarters, we have a suggestion that, if Maintenance Allowance
for whitewash and petty repairs is provided to the allottees of Railway quarters, it will give them lots of
satisfaction and lot of money, which is really wasted on the name of maintenance, can also be saved.
With kind regards!

Your's sincerely
Shiva Gopal Mishra
General Secretary

Railways Re-Introduces the need for Carrying Identity Proof During ‘Tatkal’ ticket Travel from tomorrow

In view of the complaints received in recent past regarding alleged irregularities in Tatkal scheme, Ministry of Railways has decided to re-introduce the need for carrying Identity Proof in original during the course of journey. This provision will come into effect from tomorrow i.e. 11th February 2011.

Any one of the passenger/passengers who will be travelling on Tatkal ticket will be required to produce one of the following eight Identity Proofs in original during the course of journey.

1. Voter Photo Identity Card issued by Election Commission of India
2. Passport
3. PAN Card issued by Income Tax Department
4. Driving Licence issued by RTO
5. Photo Identity Card issued by Central/State Government
6. Student Identity Card with photograph issued by recognized School/College for their students
7. Nationalised Bank Passbook with photograph and
8. Credit Cards issued by Banks with laminated photograph
9. However, no Identity proof is required to be produced at the reservation counter while getting the Tatkal ticket booked.

Any one of the passenger/passengers will be required to produce Identity proof in original for checking by ticket checking staff during the course of journey, failing which, all the passenger/passengers travelling on the said ticket will be treated as travelling without ticket and will be charged excess fare and penalty as per rules.

The Ministry of Railways has constantly been taking steps to make Tatkal scheme attractive and passenger friendly and useful for genuine travelers requiring traveling at short notice. Earlier, the advance reservation period under Tatkal scheme was reduced from five days to two days excluding the date of journey with effect from 1st August 2009. Next, the Tatkal charges were also reduced from 1st October 2009. Moreover, Tatkal tickets were also issued for actual distance of travel instead of end to end. In another move to remove the difficulties faced by ordinary common users in accessing the Railway website for booking Tatkal tickets and ordinary tickets over internet in the first hour of the booking on the opening day, the Ministry of Railways has decided to bar travel agents, web-service agents/web agents of IRCTC from accessing the website during that period i.e. from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011


No.S.11011/23/2009-CGHS D.II/Hospital Cell(Part I)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare

                                                         Maulana Azad Road, Nirman Bhawan
                                           New Delhi 110 108 dated the 7th February2011


Subject:        Referral of CGHS beneficiaries to empanelled Super-Specialty     Hospitals

            With reference to the subject mentioned above, the undersigned is directed to state that several representations have been received from CGHS beneficiaries regarding problems faced by them in obtaining permission to undergo treatment at Super-Specialty hospitals. The matter has been reviewed and it has now been decided to simplify the procedure for obtaining treatment from CGHS empanelled super-specialty hospitals .Attention is drawn to para 6.2 of office memorandum of even number dated 17th August 2010 wherein it was stated that

            "CGHS beneficiaries have, so far, been the option to get themselves treated in any hospital of their choice. However, in view of the increased outgo on getting treatment in super-specialty hospitals, it has now been decided that CGHS beneficiaries desirous of getting treated in super-specialty hospitals, in non-emergency conditions, prior approval of the concerned Additional Director, CGHS would have to be obtained".

The above mentioned procedure is modified to read as follows:

            "CGHS beneficiaries have, so far, been the option to get themselves treated in any hospital of their choice. However, in view of the increased outgo on getting treatment in super-specialty hospitals, it has now been decided that CGHS beneficiaries desirous of getting treated in super-specialty hospitals, in non-emergency conditions, prior approval of the concerned Chief Medical Officer-in-Charge, of the CGHS Wellness Centre would have to be obtained."

                                                                         {Tel: 23063483}
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TRAI Reviews Implementation of Mobile Number Portability Over 17 Lakh Requests Received for Porting Mobile Number

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recently reviewed the status of Mobile Number Portability. About 17.11 lakh subscribers have submitted their requests to different service providers for porting their mobile number as per the reported data, till 5th February, 2011. Out of these requests, around 2.29 lakh pertains to Haryana Service area wherein MNP was implemented earlier. In rest of the country, in Zone-I (Northern & Western Region) maximum number of requests have been received in Gujarat (1.67 lakhs) followed by Rajasthan (1.44 lakhs) whereas in MNP Zone-II (Southern & Eastern Region) maximum number of requests have been received in Karnataka (1.16 lakh) followed by Tamilnadu service area (1.14 lakh).

It may be recalled that the facility of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) was introduced on a pilot basis in the service area of Haryana on 25th November 2010. After successful trial, it was introduced all over the country from 20th Jan 2011. TRAI is constantly monitoring the implementation of MNP in the country. Based on the complaints and feedback received, TRAI has instructed the service providers to strictly comply with the provisions of MNP Regulations.

It has been noted that certain port-in requests were rejected by the service providers. The major reasons for rejections are - incorrect Unique Porting Code submitted by subscriber in the porting form, non-completion of 90 days from the date of activation of mobile number, existing contractual obligation and non-payment of outstanding bill.

Subscribers are required to be careful on the below mentioned aspects of MNP:

- Incorrect Unique Porting Code submitted by subscriber in the porting form:

Unique Porting Code is a 8 digit code generated by the Donor operator when a subscriber sends an SMS to 1900. First two characters of the Unique Porting Code are Alphabets (denoting the service provider code and service area code) and remaining 6 digits are numerical characters except numeric ‘0’ (zero).

This Unique Porting Code should be filled in the Porting form without any error. Before submitting the porting request, subscribers should match the actual Unique Porting Code received by SMS, with the Unique Porting Code they have entered in the porting form so that there is no chance of any error.

- Non-completion of 90 days:

The subscriber is eligible for porting only if he has completed 90 days from the activation of the existing mobile connection or last porting date of mobile number which ever is applicable. The subscribers may ensure the same before applying for porting.

- Subsisting contractual obligations:

The Donor operator can reject a porting request if there are subsisting contractual obligations in respect of which an exit clause has been provided in the subscriber agreement but the subscriber has not complied with such exit clause.

- Non-payment of out standing bill

Donor Operator can reject a porting request if there are outstanding payments due from the subscriber by way of pending bill or bills, as the case may be before the date of application for porting. Therefore subscribers must ensure that their last bill is fully paid before applying for porting. They should also attach a copy of the paid bill receipt while applying for porting.

In order to avoid rejections of their porting requests, subscribers are advised to read the eligibility conditions carefully before submitting a porting request.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Rate of calculating entitlement to Earned Leave (E.L) and Half Pay Leave (HPL).

No. 13026/1/2010-Estt. ( Leave)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

New Delhi, the 7th February, 2011

Office Memorandum

Sub: Rate of calculating entitlement to Earned Leave (E.L) and Half Pay Leave (HPL).

The undersigned is directed to say that matter regarding entitlement of a Government servant, who dies while in service, to Earned Leave under Rule 27(2)(b) and Half Pay Leave Rule 29 (2)(c) of the CCS (Leave) Rules 1972 has been under consideration of this Department.

2. At present rule 27 (2)(b) says ‘when a Government servant is removed or dismissed from service or dies while in service, credit is allowed at the rate of 2 1/2 days per completed calendar month up to the end of the calendar month preceding the calendar month in which he is removed or dismissed from service or dies in service.’

Similarly Rule 29 (c) says ‘When a Government servant is removed or dismissed from service or dies while in service, credit of half pay leave shall be allowed at the rate of 5/3 days per completed calendar month up to the end of the calendar month preceding the calendar month in which he is removed or dismissed from service or dies in service.’

3. These rules adversely affect cases where the death of a serving Government Servant occurs on the last day of the month as the day of death is treated as his last working day. Clause (b) of sub rule (2) of rule 27 and clause (c) of sub-rule (2) of rule 29 of the CCS Leave Rules is modified as under :-

Rule 27 (2) (b) ‘When a Government servant is removed or dismissed from service, credit is allowed at the rate of 2 1/2 days per completed calendar month up to the end of the calendar month preceding the calendar month in which he is removed or dismissed from service. When a Government Servant dies, while in service, credit of Earned Leave shall be allowed at the rate of 2 1/2 days per completed month of service up to the date of death of the Government Servant.’

Rule 29 (2)(c) ‘When a Government servant is removed or dismissed from service. credit of Half Pay Leave shall be allowed at the rate of 5/3 days per completed calendar month up to the end of the calendar month preceding the calendar month in which he is removed or dismissed from service. When a Government Servant dies while in service, credit of Half Pay Leave shall be allowed at the rate of 5/3 days per completed month of service up to the date of death of the Government Servant.’

4. These orders take effect from the date of issue.

5. So far as persons serving in the Indian Audit & Accounts Departments are concerned, these orders are being issued after consultation with the C&AG of India.

6. Hindi version will follow.

(Zoya C. B.)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

office memorandum
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Government of India
Ministry of Communication & IT
Department of Posts
New Delhi, Dated the 13.01.2011


              All Heads of Postal Circle

Subject: - Counting of adhoc services rendered by Reserve Trained Pool (RTP) PAs/SAs                   for promotion.

            I am directed to enclose herewith a copy of letter No.P/1-1/AIC, dated 29.12.2010 addressed to Hon'ble MOS (C&IT) (K) by the General Secretary, All India Postal Employees Union Group 'C', New Delhi on the above subject.

2.         It may be stated that Department of Posts had introduced a scheme in the yea1983 to enable candidates from the Reserve Training Pool (RTP) of Postal Assistants (PAs)/Sorting Assistants (SAs) to opt for service in Army Postal Service (APS). After having been brought on the RTP, they were appointed for a short period as PA/SA on adhoc basis and then deputed to the APS. The RTP candidates deputed to APS were eligible to get the benefit of regular appointment in the Civil Post from the date their immediate junior was appointed on a regular basis in the Civil Post. RTP scheme has since been abolished w.e.f 04.03.86.

            Hon'ble Supreme Court in C.A. No. 5739 of 2005 in the case of UOI Vs. Shri. Mathivanan vide their judgment dated 09.06.2006 had held that adhoc service rendered in APS should be counted for the purpose of grant of financial upgradation under TBOP scheme. Keeping in view the Apex court's decision in M. Mathivanan's case and the fact that TBOP is not to be granted on the basis of seniority it was decided to extend the benefit of the Apex court's order to similarly placed serving officials vide Directorate's letter No. 93-25/2003-SPB-II dated 26.07.2010.

            The Service Association in their letter under reference has stated that existing regular PAs/SAs who were earlier retained in the RTP and appointed on ad-hoc basis in the Circles had approached Hon'ble CAT and their adhoc service has been counted as regular service for all purposes. Thus, they have demanded to extend the same benefit to similarly placed persons. In this connection, the circles are requested to furnish the following:
(a)   No. of officials retained by the Circle under RTP scheme and the after appointed as PA/SA on ad-hoc basis.

(b)   No. of such ad-hoc officials who were thereafter appointed as PA/SA on regularbasis and (i) retained in the Circles as such and (ii) deputed in APS.

(c)   Whether any of such PA/SA appointed after rendering ad-hoc service andregularized and retained in the Circle itself has approached Hon'ble CAT for regularization of their ad-hoc service?

(d)   If so, number of such PA/SA regularized may be intimated and

(e)    Copies of the Court's orders, CO order implementing these court orders along with letter number of Directorate under which approval has been obtained by the Circle for implementation of the Court's orders may be furnished to the Directorate.

Encl: As above
                                                                     Yours faithfully,
                                                                      (Suran Bhan)
                                                      Asstt. Director General (SPN

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Revised travel entitlements of gazetted officers on duty passes, privilege passes and post retirement complimentary passes.

RBE No.I8 /2011

No. E(W)2008/PS 5-1/38
New Delhi, the 3d February, 2011

The General Managers
All Zonal Railways and
Production Units.

Sub: Revised travel entitlements of gazetted officers on duty passes, privilege passes and post retirement complimentary passes.

     Consequent upon revision of Pay Scales on the basis of decision of the Government on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission, the question of revision of existing entitlements for travel on duty passes, privilege passes/PTOs and post-reitrement complimentary passes in the case of gazetted officers has been under consideration of this Ministry.

2. The matter has been examined and the President is pleased to decide that the entitlements of different categones of gazetted officers for travel on (i) duty and (ii)privilege passes/PTOs and post retirement complimentary passes shall be as per Annexure-1 and 2 respectively.

3. In all other respects, the extant provisions of the Railway Servants (Pass) Rules,1986 (Second Edition, 1993) will continue to apply.

4. Necessary amendment to the Railway Servants (Pass) Rules, 1986 (Second Edition,1993) shall follow.

5. The revised entitlements would take effect from 06-01-2011.

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

7. Hindi version will follow.

8. Receipt of this letter may please be acknowledged.

(Debasis Mazumdar)
Joint Director Establishment (Welfare)
Railway Board.
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AI again defers disbursement of January salary

Mumbai, Feb 7 (PTI) Citing cash crunch, Air India today delayed for the second time payment of salary to its 30,000 employees for the month of January.

The national carrier, which had earlier said that the salaries would be disbursed on February 10, now says that they will be paid on February 14.

"In supercession of earlier notification on the subject (salary for January 2011) will be disbursed on February 14 and not on February 10, as advised earlier," the airline said today.

Airline officials said that the delay was due to the critical financial position.

A January 31 notification had said that due to "critical financial position" it has been decided to delay the salary disbursement for the month of January 2011 to February 10.

The ailing national carrier, however, posted Rs 49.48 crore worth of operating surplus in December and Rs 21.66 crore in November.


Friday, February 4, 2011

Teachers have to do census duty

MUMBAI: Teachers of private aided and unaided schools across Maharashtra will have to participate from February 14 in census duty, except for those teaching Std X and XII, so that students' studies are not affected.

The Bombay high court, in an interim order on Thursday, observed: "The service of teachers will be called for before or after school hours so the working of schools is not paralyzed. However, between March 1 and March 5, 2011, the teachers may be called for extra time."

The Maharashtra government stated that they have issued orders for requisition of officers from local bodies at the district level.

Additional government pleader Vijay Patil informed the court that 43% requirement for census duty will be taken from local bodies and government departments, not just teachers.

A division bench of Justice P B Majmudar and Justice Amjad Sayed granted partial interim relief to the teachers of private unaided schools and aided minority schools while hearing petitions by the Unaided Schools' Forum and St Joseph's High School.

The petitioners had moved court last month seeking that their teachers be exempted from performing census duty as it clashed with exams. Teachers of aided, government or corporation schools have not been covered under the order.

Additional solicitor-general Darius Khambata and advocate Advait Sethna, representing the census authority and the centre, told the court that they would consider schedules of all schools and in case of difficulty, concessions would be granted.

The centre had moved an urgent application early this week seeking deletion of a line in an order passed by the HC on January 24.

The order had said that no coercive action should be taken against teachers of unaided and private schools who refused to participate in census duty.

The centre sought an urgent reprieve, stating that the HC order was affecting census duty. Khambata clarified that the government had not asked any particular school to send all its teachers for duty.

The petitioners' advocates, Mihir Desai and S C Naidu, argued school managements must decide which teachers to send, which was accepted by the court.

"They cannot ask me to send three Math teachers. I will decide who should be sent so that school work is not affected," Desai argued.

Khambata agreed with the petitioners' submissions and said the only condition was that those sent should be able to perform that duty.

Justice Majmudar remarked: "But send teachers who are able to perform the duty, or physical training (PT) teachers will start doing PT in the house (on duty)."

The court observed that the issue had to be sorted out to avoid future problems. "Otherwise, every 10 years, there will be similar petitions," Justice Majmudar remarked.

The petitions will now be taken up for final hearing on March 15.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Govt may hike Income Tax exemption limit

New Delhi, Feb 1 (PTI) Tax payers can expect some relief from high inflation in Budget 2011-12 as the government may raise the income tax exemption limit for individuals.
"Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is alive to the price situation and its impact on the common man," sources said, adding he would favourably consider the issue of hiking tax exemption limit.
Moreover, they said, as the government is committed to raise the income tax exemption limit from Rs 1.6 lakh per annum to Rs 2 lakh in line with the Direct Taxes Code (DTC) in 2012-13, tax payers could expect at least some relief in the upcoming Budget on February 28.
"The finance ministry would keep in mind the high inflation in the Budget. Since there is no dearness allowance for a vast section of the society, hike in income tax exemption limit is likely," a source told PTI.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme-1980 — Tables of Benefits.

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
Implementation Cell

New Delhi, the 31th January, 2011


Subject: Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme-1980 — Tables of Benefits for the savings fund for the period from 1.1.2011 to 31.12.2011.

     The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s O.M. No.7 (2)/EV/2009 dated 29th December, 2009 forwarding therewith Tables of Benefits under CGEGIS for the year 2010. New Tables of Benefits for the savings fund of the Scheme based on a subscription of Rs.10 per month from 1.1.1982 to 31.12.1989 and Rs.15 per month w.e.f. 1.1.1990 onwards have been prepared for the year 2011 and a copy of the table is enclosed. Another Table of Benefits for the savings fund based on a subscription of Rs.10 per month for those employees who had opted out of the revised rates of subscription w.e.f. 1.1.1990 have also been drawn up for the year 2011 and a copy of that table is also enclosed. The amounts in the Tables have been worked out on the basis of interest @ 10% per annum(compounded quarterly) for the period from 1.1.1982 to 3 1.12.1982, 11% per annum(compounded quarterly) w.e.f. 1.1.1983 to 31.12.1986, 12% per annum(compounded quarterly) w.e.f. 1.1.1987 to 31.12.2000, 11% per annum (compounded quarterly) w.e.f. 1.1.2001 to 31.12.2001, 9.5% per annum(compounded quarterly) w.e.f. 1.1.2002 to 31.12.2002, 9.0% per annum(compounded quarterly) w.e.f.1.1.2003 to 31.12.2003 and 8% per annum (compounded quarterly) w.e.f. 1.1.2004 onwards.The mortality rate under the Scheme has been taken as 3.75 per thousand per annum up to 31.12.1987 and 3.60 per thousand per annum thereafter in both the cases. While calculating the amount it has been assumed that the subscription has been recovered or will be recovered from the salary of the month in which a member ceases to be in service failing which it should be deducted from accumulated amounts payable.

     2. In its application to the employees of Indian Audit and Accounts Department this Office Memorandum issues in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.



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Encashment of Earned Leave to be granted to officers appointed on contract in various posts under the Central Government

No. 12016/5/2009-Estt(L) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel. P.G. and Pensions 
(Department of Personnel & Training)

New Delhi, the 31st January 2011

Office Memorandum

Sub: Encashment of Earned Leave to be granted to officers appointed on contract in various posts under the Central Government — reg.

The undersigned is directed to state that matter regarding allowing leave encashment, on termination of contract. to such officers who are appointed on contract basis after retirement; even within two years has been considered in consultation with Department of Expenditure. It has no been decided that encashment of Earned leave will be allowed to retired officers. appointed on contract basis after retirement even within the first two years. subject to the condition that the total number of days for which encashment is allowed on termination of contract together with the number of days of Earned Leave or Full Pay Leave for which encashment had already been allowed in previous appointments under the Government shall not exceed 300 days. The O.M. No.12016/2/99-Estt.(L) dated 12th July, 1999, stands modified to the extent mentioned above.

2. These orders take effect from the date of issue.

3. So far as persons serving in the Indian Audit & Accounts Departments are concerned, these orders are being issued after consultation with the C&AG of India

(Zoya C. B.) 
Under Secretary to Government of India


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