Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I&B Ministry Constitutes Expert Committee to Review Functioning of Prasar Bharti

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting 
29-January-2013 12:51 IST
I&B Ministry Constitutes Expert Committee to Review Functioning of Prasar Bharti
The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has constituted an Expert Committee for the purpose of reviewing the institutional frame work of Prasar Bharati including its relationship with Government, its continuing role as a public broadcaster and measures needed to ensure technical upgradation of the organization. The composition of the Expert Committee is as under:-

i) Sh. Sam Pitroda, Advisor to the Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure & Innovations - Chairman
ii) Smt. Asha Swaroop, IAS(Retd) and former Secretary to the Govt. of India - Member
iii) Dr. B.K. Gairola, Mission Director (e-Governance) - Member
iv) Sh. Shekhar Kapur, Member of the National Innovation Council - Member.
v) Prof. M.P. Gupta, IIT Delhi - Member
vi) Sh. Jitendra Shankar Mathur, Additional Secretary and nominated member on Prasar Bharati Board.
vii) Shri Jawhar Sircar, Chief Executive, Prasar Bharati - Member (Convenor)
The terms of reference of the Committee are as follows:-
To suggest measures to sustain, strengthen and amplify Prasar Bharati's role as a Public Broadcaster with special reference to its relationship with Government in the emerging context.
To review the status of implementation of the recommendations made by various committees that have undertaken study of Prasar Bharati, namely, the Sengupta committee, the Bakshi Committee and the Narayanamurthy committee and suggest a road map ahead for enhancing the reach and potential of Prasar Bharati.
To suggest measures to digitize the archival material in the possession of Doordarshan (DD) and All India Radio (AIR) including material from Independence Movement era, and develop enabling infrastructure, in the form of data digitalization systems, data centers and networks etc.
To suggest ways of using the new media to deliver digital content - both in broadcast mode (DTH) and in a demand-based mode (Free on social media like You-Tube, and on payment through IPTV).
To suggest a strategy for creating a network of domestic and overseas business partners for ensuring wider reach to a worldwide audience including creating an exclusive overseas service.
Any other statutory issue that the Committee may like to consider.

Dopt Orders 2013 : Requests for cadre clearance - procedure to be adopted reg.

No. 2/1/2013/CS-I (P)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training

2nd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market,
New Delhi. Dated the 17th January 2013.

Subject: Requests for cadre clearance - procedure to be adopted reg.

As Ministries/Departments are aware, CS.I Division, DoPT is the cadre controlling authority for CSS Officers. This Division grants cadre clearance to CSS officers of US and above level for applying lo deputation posts, foreign training and private foreign visits. This Department is also the competent authority to accept requests for voluntary retirement and resignation of US and above level officers.

2. This Department has devised formats for seeking cadre clearance and approvals for voluntary retirement / resignation. It has been observed that many times the requests for cadre clearance / approvals are received without furnishing information in the prescribed format. On several occasions it has been noticed that requests are not sent in original and only fax / photocopies are received, Further, Administrative Vigilance Division (AVD), DoPT is the Disciplinary Authority for US and above level officers of CSS. In view of this, vigilance clearance from AVD is necessary before considering requests of officers for cadre clearance for various purposes.

3. Hence forth, while seeking cadre clearance from CS.I Division in respect of US and above level officers of CSS, the following should be adhered to scrupulously:

(i) Requisite information complete in all respects should be furnished in the prescribed format - the formats are available on the website of this Department at http://persmin.nic.in /-> DoPT -> Central Secretariat -> CSS -> Forms;

(ii) Copy of the vacancy circular / advertisement / training circular should be forwarded, vigilance clearance form AVD.I Division of DoPT and a copy of the vigilance clearance should be enclosed with the request.

(iv) If the organization in which deputation is applied for is a Central Autonomous Organisation it should be clearly indicated whether the post applied for is exempt from the rule of immediate absorption in terms of D/o, P&PWs O.M. No.4/78/2006-P&PW(D) dated 31.10.2007;

(v) It should also be ensured that the officer concerned fulfils the eligibility conditions for the post applied for on deputation and completed the requisite 'cooling off' period on reversion from earlier deputation;

(vi) In case of voluntary retirement / resignation, approval of Secretary of the Department should be obtained and a copy of the note sheet containing the approval should be enclosed with the request for seeking approval.

2. CS.I Division will consider only such requests which are complete in all respects for grant of cadre clearance.

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(Utkaarsh R Tiwaari)
Director

Source: www.persmin.nic.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02csd/cadreclearance.pdf]

CBSE Call Centre Telephone and Mobile Phone Numbers...

CBSE In-House Call Centre : CBSE Call Centre Telephone and Mobile Phone Numbers...
 
Central Board of Secondary Education
(An Autonomous Organization under the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India)
Shiksha Kendra, 2, Community Centre, Preet Vihar, Delhi-110301
 
WELCOME TO CBSE IN-HOUSE CALL CENTRE
 
CBSE has set up a dedicated Call Centre for handling routine enquiries and grievances pertaining to  various  activities and functions of the Board. Students presently studying in various  CBSE  affiliated schools, candidates appearing in private examination,  pass out  students of CBSE Board, parents,  School management, new school seeking CBSE affiliation, awardees of CBSE scholarship schemes, aspirants and applicants for NEET, JEE, CTET, JNVST and general public can approach the CBSE  Call Centre for  obtaining  information  of the procedures/rules and regulations of various activities of the Board.

Through Telephone/Mobile phone one can  contact us on all workingweekdays between 9:30 am to 7 pm on the following telephone nos.
 
1800 118 002 [Toll Free]
011-22509257-58-59
011-22509256 [Tele-fax]
 
On all days 24x7 one can e-mail us giving details of his/her grievance/query along with contact number and details at:  
 
cbsecc@gmail.com
 
Through post one may contact us by sending a letter through Speed Post at:
 
Joint Secretary (Administration& Vigilance)
Central Board of Secondary Education [CBSE], Shiksha Kendra
2, Community Centre, Preet Vihar, Delhi-110301 INDIA
Source: www.cbse.nic.in

Employment News Weekly - Sales and Revenue

Employment News Weekly - Sales and Revenue

Employment News Weekly, one of the most leading weekly magazine in India to provide  an effective platform on job vacancies. Employment News is a Weekly journel and it is published simultaneously in three lanugaes of Hindi, English and Urdu. The weekly carries advertisements for job for Central, State and Public Sector Undertakings, Autonomous Bodies, Universities and other general recruitment bodies and mid level career promotion opportunities.

The number of copies of Employment News Weekly sold and revenue earnings for the last four years, are as under...
 
YearTotal No. of copies sold (Hindi, English & Urdu)Total revenue earned (Rupees in lakhs)
2008-092,00,11,8445765.85
2009-102,32,46,2007157.01()
2010-112,32,53,7995425.33
2011-122,20,70,7865426.73
 
(#) The addition in revenue earning was on account of clearance of outstanding dues by DAVP. Fluctua tion/decline in revenue earning is also caused by lowering of advertisement rates by DAVP.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Pensioners Portal Orders : Revised concordance table of the pre-1996, pre-2006 and post 2006 pay scales

Pensioners Portal Orders : Revised concordance table of the pre-1996, pre-2006 and post 2006 pay scales...
F.No.38/37/08-P&PW(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
3rd Floor lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi-110 003
Dated the 28th January. 2013
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Sub:- Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners — reg.
The undersigned is directed to say that in pursuance of Government’s decision on the recommendations of Sixth Central Pay Commission, orders were issued for revision of pension/family pensioners vide this Department’s OM No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 1 .9.2008. as amended from time to time.

2. It has been decided that the pension of pre-2006 pensioners as revised w.e.f. 1.1.2006 in terms of para 4.1 or para 4.2 of the aforesaid OM dated 1.9.2008. as amended from time to time, would be further stepped up to 50% of the sum of minimum of pay in the pay band and the grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from which the pensioner had retired, as arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the Ministry of Finance. Department of Expenditure OM No.1/1/2008-IC dated 30th August, 2008. In the case of HAG and above scales, this will be 50% of the minimum of the pay in the revised pay scale arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the above-referred OM dated 30.8.2008 of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure.
3. The normal family pension in respect of pre-2006 pensioners/family pensioners as revised w.e.f. 1.1.2006 in terms of para 4.1 or para 4.2 of the aforesaid OM dated 1.9.2008 would also be further stepped up to 30% of thc sum of minimum of pay in the pay band and the grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale in which the Government servant had retired, as arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the Ministry of Finance. Department of Expenditure OM No.1/1/2008-IC dated 30th August. 2008. In the case of HAG and above scales. this will be 30% of the minimum of the pay in the revised pay scale arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the above OM dated 30.8.2008 of Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure).
4. A revised concordance table (Annexure) of the pre-1996, pre-2006 and post 2006 pay scales/pay bands indicating the pension/family pension (at ordinary rates) payable under the above provisions is enclosed to facilitate payment of revised pension/family pension.
5. The pension so arrived ai in accordance with para 2 above and indicated in Col. 9 of Annexure will be reduced pro-rata, where the pensioner had less than the maximum required service for full pension as per rule 49 of the CCS (Pension) Rules,1972 as applicable before 1.1.2006 and in no case it will be less than Rs.3.500/- p.m.
6. The family pension at enhanced rates (under sub rule (3)(a) of Rule 54 of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972) of pre-2006 pensioners/family pensioners revised w.e.f. 1.1.2006 in terms of para 4.1 or this Department’s OM No.1/3/2011-P&PW(E) dated 25.5.2012 would be further stepped up in the following manner:
(I) In the case of Government servants who died while in service before 1.1.2006 and in respect of whom enhanced family pension is applicable from the date of approval by the Government, i.e. 24.9.2012, the enhanced family pension will be stepped up to 50% of the sum of minimum of pay in the pay band and the grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale in which the Government servant had died, as arrived at with reference to the fument tables annexed to the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure OM No.1/1/2008-IC dated 30th August. 2008. In the case of HAG and above scales, this will be 50% of the minimum of the pay in the revised pay scale arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the above-referred OM dated 30.8.2008 of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure.
(ii) In the case of a pensioner who retired before 1.I.2006 and in respect of whom enhanced family pension is applicable from the date of approval by the Government. i.e. 24.9.2012, the enhanced family pension will be stepped up to the amount of pension as revised in terms of para 2 read with para 5 above. In case the pensioner has died before from the date of approval by the Government, i.e. 24.9.2012, the pension will be revised notionally in terms of para 2 read with para 5 above. The amount of revised enhanced family pension will, however, not be less than the amount of family pension at ordinary rates as revised in terms of para 3 above.
7. In case the pension consolidated pension/family pension/enhanced family pension calculated as per para 4.1 of OM No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 1.9.2008 is higher than the pension/family pension calculated in the manner indicated above, the same (higher consolidated pension/family pension) will continue to be treated as basic pension/family pension.
8. All other conditions as given in OM No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 1.9.2008, as amended from time to time shall remain unchanged.
9. These orders will take effect from the date of approval by the Government, i.e. 24.9.2012. There will be no change in the amount of revised pension/family pension paid during the period 1.1.2006 and 23.9.2012, and, therefore, no arrears will be payable on account of these orders for that period.
10. In their application to the persons belonging to the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
11. All the Ministries/Departments are requested to bring the contents fo these orders to the notice of Controller of Accounts/Pay and Accounts Officers and Attached and subordinate Offices under them on a top priority basis. All pension disbursing offices are also to prominently display these orders on their notice boards for the benefit of pensioners.
12. Hindi version will follow.
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(Tripti P.Ghosh)
Director
Source: www.pensionersportal.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/sixthcpc_280113.pdf]

CGHS Rates 2013 : A revised list of package rates applicable under CGHS Kolkata

CGHS Rates 2013 : A revised list of package rates applicable under CGHS Kolkata 

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued a new updated revised package rates for all investigations applicable under CGHS Kolkata, Pensioners and existing employees of Central Government are requested to download the rate list and keep in their computer and mobile also. The rates are given as NABL and Non NABL Imagin centres.


The rate list has been provided with the titles of treatment such as Dental, Pulmonary, Osteology, Neurosciences, Gastro and Hepatobiliary, Genitourinary, Endocrinology, Radio-Isotope Therapy etc., the total number of 490 investigation names are available in the list.

Please click the link to get the CGHS rate list of Kolkata...

Check list for sending proposals to DOPT for framing/amendment of Recruitment Rules

No.AB.14017/37/2012-Estt (RR) (6943)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
Room No.215-A/II, North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 28th January, 2013

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Check list for sending proposals to DOPT for framing/amendment of Recruitment Rules.

The undersigned is directed to state that instructions on framing / amendment of Recruitment Rules prescribe that the proposal for framing / amendment Recruitment Rules for Groups ‘A’ & ‘B’ posts /services as approved by the Administrative Ministry / Departments should be referred to this Department in certain format (viz Annexure I to III) and accompanied with other documents / information, for consideration of this Department. It has been noticed that the proposals sent by the Ministry / Department are not complete in all respects and this Department has to return the proposal seeking further information/documents/clarification for considering the proposal. Further, this Department has taken a decision that proposals for framing/amendment/revision of RRs shall now be processed on-line only and after freezing the proposal by this Department, the physical file will be accepted for concurrence.

2. In order to facilitate easy and early concurrence on proposal for framing / amendment of Recruitment Rules, a check list to be used while sending such proposals to this Department is enclosed. It is requested that all proposals for frarning / amendment Recruitment Rules, being sent to this Department on file, must invariably accompany this Check list duly filled in.
3. Hindi Version will follow.
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(Mukta Goel)
Director(Estt-I)
DOPT OM No. AB.14017/37/2012-Estt(RR)(6943) Dated 28.1.2013

CHECK LIST FOR THE MINISTRIES / DEPARTMENTS FOR SENDING PROPOSALS TO DOPT FOR FRAMING/AMENDING OF RECRUITMENT RULES
   
1. Check list enclosed YES/NO/NA
2. Whether the proposal related to Group ‘A’ or ‘B’ posts YES/NO/NA
3. Whether there is any deviation from the guidelines on RRs in regard to the proposal related to Group ‘C’ posts YES/NO/NA
4. For RRs to be considered on line in case of the proposal related to Group ‘A’ or ‘B’ posts (excluding Service Rules):- YES/NO/NA
(a) Whether the Annexure I and Annexure II or Annexure III has been filled up completely YES/NO/NA
(b) Whether Hierarchy chart has been filled up YES/NO/NA
(c) Whether the contact details of the officer forwarding the proposal has been given YES/NO/NA
5. For RRs to be considered in file in case of the proposal related to Group ‘A’ or ‘B’ posts (excluding Service Rules): YES/NO/NA
(a) Whether the proposal has been sent on-line to DOPT YES/NO/NA
(b) Whether the proposal has been freezed by DOPT for sending the same on file YES/NO/NA
(c) If the proposal sent on-line has been freezed, the copy of report in regard to Schedule (Annexure-I) and Annexure II or Annexure III, as the case may be, enclosed YES/NO/NA
6. For Service Rules: YES/NO/NA
(a) Schedule (Annexure-I) enclosed YES/NO/NA
(b) Annexure II, if it is case of framing of RRs, enclosed YES/NO/NA
(c) If yes, whether annexure-II is signed YES/NO/NA
(d) Annexure III, if it is a case of amendment of RRs, enclosed YES/NO/NA
(e) If yes, whether annexure-III is signed YES/NO/NA
7. In case post created or upgraded, order furnished YES/NO/NA
8. IEn case post re-designated, order furnished YES/NO/NA
9. In case of addition or abolition of posts, the Order sanctioning additional / new posts or abolition of posts enclosed. YES/NO/NA
10. Duties of posts furnished YES/NO/NA
11. Hierarchy of chart along with pay band & Grade pay and method of recruitment furnished (both existing & proposed) YES/NO/NA
12. Whether initial constitution clause, where the RRs are framed for the first time and there are officer already holding the posts on regular basis, inserted YES/NO/NA
13. Whether the method of recruitment, prescribed by UPSC as one time method of recruitment in absence of RRs of post(s), intimated YES/NO/NA
DOPT OM No. AB.14017/37/2012-Estt (RR)(6943) dated 28 .1.2013
14. Whether promotion proposed YES/NO/NA
15. If yes, whether Recruitment Rules for feeder posts enclosed YES/NO/NA
16. Whether other promotional channel available to feeder post YES/NO/NA
17. Whether successful completion of mandatory training in the relevant field included as a criteria for promotion to be considered by DPC YES/NO/NA
18. Whether Deputation has been proposed YES/NO/NA
19. 1f yes, the field of Deputation is as per guidelines YES/NO/NA
20. Whether short term contract also included YES/NO/NA
21. Whether provision for Armed Forces Personnel made YES/NO/NA
22. If yes, whether ranks of Armed Forces Personnel indicated YES/NO/NA
23. Whether composite method has been proposed YES/NO/NA
24. 1f yes, whether there is only I feeder grade post against 1 post in the higher grade. YES/NO/NA
25. Whether Direct Recruitment has been proposed YES/NO/NA
26. If yes, whether further promotional avenues available to direct recruits YES/NO/NA
27. Whether Age limit for direct recruits prescribed is in order YES/NO/NA
28. Whether provision for filling short term vacancies made in Recruitment Rules when Direct Recruitment is the only method proposed YES/NO/NA
29. Whether period of experience proposed is in order YES/NO/NA
30. Whether Educational Qualifications for direct recruits apply to promotees (for Scientific and Technical posts in Senior Time Scales and above. YES/NO/NA
31. n case Educational Qualifications for direct recruits are proposed to be modified and are to be applied to promotees, whether safeguards provided for existing incumbents YES/NO/NA
32. Whether standard note in relevant columns (No.6, 7, 10 & 11 of the Schedule i.e. Annexure I) enclosed YES/NO/NA
33. Composition of separate Departmental Promotional Committee for promotion and or confirmation intimated YES/NO/NA
34. Whether the composition of DPC includes minimum number of officers and UPSC has been associated wherever prescribed YES/NO/NA
35. In case of amendment, whether copy of existing Recruitment Rules furnished. YES/NO/NA
36. Whether reasons for amendments specified YES/NO/NA
37. In case of framing of RRs, Order for creation of posts enclosed. YES/NO/NA

Source: www.persmin.nic.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/14017_37_2012-Estt.RR-28012013.pdf]

Extension of time limit for filing claims of verification of membership - Labour Ministry

Labour Ministry issued notice regarding the verification of Membership of Central Trade Union Organisation - Extension of time limit for filing claims of verification of membership - regarding.

NOTICE

EXTENSION OF TIME LIMIT FOR FILING CLAIMS OF VERIFICATION OF 
MEMBERSHIP OF CENTRAL TRADE UNION ORGANISATIONS
In continuation of Advertisement dated 1.11.2012 regarding Verification of Membership of Central Trade Union Organisations  the Standing Committee for General Verification under the auspices of the Ministry of Labour and Employment constituted for consultation on General Verification in respect of Central Trade Union Organisations has  arrived at a unanimous decision in its 6th Meeting held on 21st December, 2012 to extend the time limit for filing the claims by CTUOs by 2 months i.e. from 31st January,2013 to 31st March, 2013.
Accordingly, the concerned CTUOs may now file their claims by 31st March, 2013.
(Chandra Prakash)
Joint Secretary to Govt. of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
NOTICE

VERIFICATION OF MEMBERSHIP OF CENTRAL TRADE UNION
ORGANISATION
Government of India, Ministry of Labour & Employment has decided to conduct fresh general verification of membership of trade unions affiliated to Central Trade Union Organisations with date of reckoning as 31st December,2011 for the purpose of determining the representation of Central Trade Union Organisations on international and national conferences, committees, councils etc.
It has been decided in consultation with the Standing Committee on General Verification that those trade union organizations whose affiliates have at least a combined verified membership of 8 lacs and unions registered in at least 8 States with membership presence in at least 8 industries as on 31.12.2011, would be recognized by the Government as Central Trade Union Organisation. A Central Trade Union Organisation which fulfils these conditions, should submit to the Chief Labour Commissioner (Central), Shram Shakti Bhawan, New Delhi by 31.01.2013 at the latest, the particulars of its affiliated trade unions in the prescribed form which is available with the Office of Chief Labour Commissioner(Central).  The process of  verification would be initiated after such organization has furnished full information in this regard and has made out  a case that it meets the above stipulations.
(Chandra Prakash)
Joint Secretary to Govt. of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment.
Source: www.labour.nic.in

Sunday, January 27, 2013

CGHS News : Hospitals and Diagnostic Centres for Providing Medical Facilities to the UGC pensioners w.e.f. March, 2012

Hospitals/Diagnostic Centres for Providing Medical Facilities to the UGC pensioners w.e.f. March, 2012


List of Hospitals/Diagnostic Centres which have Signed Agreement for Providing Medical Facilities to the UGC pensioners w.e.f. March, 2012

S.No. -  NAME OF HOSPITAL 
1. N.K. Dental Hospital,
B-5, Divya Mall,11 Greater Kailash Colony,
Opp. Petrol Pump, Near Apex Mall
Lal Kothi, Tonk Road, Jaipur – 302 015

2. Lall Eye Care Center,
New Railway Road,  Gurgaon,( Haryana)

3. Vinayak Hospital,
NH-I,  Sector-27,  Atta , Noida – 201 301 (U.P.)

4. Muskan Dental Care,
11/26,West Patel Nagar, New Delhi – 110 008

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Revision of rates of stipend to apprentices and trainees on Railways

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

S.No. PC-VI/310
No. PC-V/2008/PS/1(Stipend)

RBE No.04/2013
New Delhi, dated 18.01.2013

The General Managers,
All Indian Railways & Production Units
(As per mailing list)

Sub: Revision of rates of stipend to apprentices and trainees on Railways.
Consequent upon the revision of training period from 12 weeks to 12 months (52 weeks) for the Jr. Engineer Mechanical Department, item No. 28 of the Schedule of Board’s letter of even number dated 15-12-2008 stands modified.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Secret Ballot Elections for the purpose of recognition of Unions / Federations

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
SBC/Union Elections/2012/2.
New Delhi, dated 18.01.2013
To
Chief Personnel Officer
Open Line Railways and Metro Kolkatta
Sub: Secret Ballot Elections for the purpose of recognition of Unions / Federations.
Further to letter of even number dated 11.12.12, it had been informed that a Committee had been constituted under the Chairmanship of Shri R.R.Jaruhar, Retd. Member Engineering, Railway Board, for framing modalities and related activities, in connection with above referred subject.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Nomination of Liaison Officer and Setting up of Cell in each Ministry / Department for enforcement of orders of reservations in posts and services of the Central Government

No.43011/153/2010-Estt.(Res.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
North Block, New Delhi-110001.
Dated the 4th January, 2013.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject:-Nomination of Liaison Officer and Setting up of Cell in each Ministry / Department for enforcement of orders of reservations in posts and services of the Central Government.
The undersigned is directed to say that the instructions have been issued by the Department of Personnel and Training from time to time for nomination of Liaison Officers, their roles, duties & responsibilities and setting up of a Special Reservation Cell in each Ministry / Department under the direct control of the Liaison Officer for enforcement of orders of reservation in posts and services of the Central Government.

2. It is reiterated that in each Ministry/Department/Attached and Subordinate Office, the Deputy Secretary in charge of administration (or any other officer at least of the rank of Deputy Secretary) should be designated as a Liaison Officer in respect of matters relating to the representation of the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Persons with Disabilities. Similarly, instructions provide for nomination of separate Liaison Officer in Ministries/ Departments in respect of matters relating to the representation of the Other Backward Classes.
3. The provisions about Liaison Officer, his role, responsibilities, control etc. and setting up of reservation cell is contained in Annexure.
4. All Ministries / Departments are requested to bring the contents of this O.M. to the notice of all the attached and subordinate offices under their control and also ensure that the cells are set up expeditiously in the Ministry / Department and in Attached / Subordinate offices under administrative control of Heads of Department.
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(Sharad Kumar Srivastava)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
ANNEXURE
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE LIAISON OFFICER:
The Liaison Officer is especially responsible for:
(i) Ensuring due compliance by the subordinate appointing authorities with the orders and instructions pertaining to the reservation of vacancies in favour of the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the Persons with Disabilities / the Other Backward Classes and other benefits admissible to them.
(ii) Ensuring timely submission of SC/ST/OBC and PwD Reports / and II by each appointment authority in the Ministry / Department concerned and ensuring scrutiny and consolidation of the above reports in respect of all establishments and services in and under the control of the Ministry/Department and sending the consolidated reports in the prescribed proforma to the Department of Personnel & Training.
(iii) The Liaison officers have to endorse the non-availability of an SC/ST/OBC Officer for being associated in the DPC before actually convening the DPC. Therefore, it will be one of the duties of the Liaison Officers to acquaint themselves well in time about the dates of various DPCs which will be held in future. He should have with him a ready list of officers of various levels belonging to SC/ST of a few sister Departments / Ministries so that whenever requirement arises, an SC/ST officer of appropriate level consistent with the level of the other members of the DPC and the level of appointment for which a DPC is proposed to be convened, can always be associated as a member. Such a list may be prepared by the Liaison Officers by informally consulting the administrative wing of other Ministries/Departments.
(iv) Ensuring that while making a reference to the Department of Personnel and Training and to the National Commission for Scheduled Castes/the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes for de-reservation of reserved vacancies, full details in support of the proposal for de reservation are given.
(v) Ensuring the extension of necessary assistance to the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and the 
National Commission for Scheduled Tribes in the investigation of complaints received by the Commission, in regard to service matters and in the collection of information for their annual reports.
(vi) Conducting annual inspection of the reservation registers/rosters maintained in the Ministry/Department/Offices under the control of the Ministry/Department with a view to ensuring proper implementation of the reservation orders.
(vii) Acting as Liaison Officer between the Ministry/Department and the Department of Personnel & Training for supply of other information, answering questions and queries and clearing doubts in regard to matters covered by the reservation orders.
RESERVATION CELL:
2. Each Ministry/Department is required to set up a Special Reservation Cell within the Ministry/Department under the direct control of the Liaison Officer to assist the Liaison Officer in discharging of his duties effectively.
PRIVILE. GES OF THE LIAISON OFFICER:
3. Cases of negligence or lapse in the matter of following the reservation and other orders relating to the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, the Persons with Disabilities and the Other Backward Classes coming to the light through the inspections carried out by the Liaison Officer or otherwise, should be reported / submitted by him to the Secretary/Additional Secretary to the Government of India in the respective Ministry / Department or to the Head of the Department in respect of offices under the Heads of Department, as the case may be. The concerned Secretary/Additional Secretary/Head of the Department shall pass necessary orders on such reports to ensure strict compliance of the reservation orders by the appointing authority concerned.
LIAISON OFFICERS IN PSUs etc.
4. Each Public Sector Undertaking, Statutory and Semi Government Body, Autonomous Body / Institution including Municipal Corporations, Co-operative Institutions, Universities, Voluntary Agencies receiving grants in aid from the Government connected with appointment and promotion of the SC/ST candidates should appoint Liaison Officer in the same manner as is existing in the Ministries/Departments.
SPAN OF CONTROL OF LIAISON OFFICER OF MINISTRIES / DEPARTMENTS:
5. The Liaison Officer of a Ministry/Department has to act as Liaison Officer in respéct of the matters relating to the representation of Scheduled Castes/Schedule Tribes/PWDs and OBCs in all establishments and services under the administrative control of the Ministry /Department. The instructions issued by the Department of Public Enterprises provide that each undertaking shall have Liaison Officer with functions similar to that of the Liaison Officer in Ministry/Department. The appointment of Liaison Officer in the undertaking does not, however, dilute or alter or curtail the responsibilities of the Liaison Officer of the administrative Ministry / Department in regard to implementation of reservation policy in the Undertaking. Liaison Officers of the Ministries!/Departments have special responsibility to monitor implementation of reservation in their attached & subordinate offices, Autonomous Bodies, PSUs under the administrative control of the concerned Ministry/Department and Voluntary Agencies which are getting substantial grant-in-aid from the Government of India. In order to ensure due compliance of the reservation orders of the Government, the Liaison Officers may periodically visit inspect the offices/organizations under them. They should ensure that reservation roster for SCs/STs/OBCs/PHs have been maintained properly and there is no gap in the entries made in the rosters, Liaison Officers should carry out their duties in relation to reservation by calling for the records from them and by convening the meetings of the officer of such organizations who are responsible for ensuring reservation in organizations under their control. If Liaison Officers of Ministries/Departments notice that there is flouting of reservation instructions by any officers or complaint against any officer of harassment or deliberate manipulating things to damage the interests of the weaker sections they should feel free to report such lapses to the Secretary / Additional Secretary of the Ministry/Department concerned without fear & hesitation of hierarchical disobedience.
Source: www.persmin.nic.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02adm/43011_153_2010-Estt.Res.-04012013.pdf]

Recommendations of the Committee of Experts on Disciplinary &Vigilance Inquiries (Hota Committee)

No.372/3/2007-AVD-III (Vol. 10)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi.
24th January, 2013
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Recommendations of the Committee of Experts on Disciplinary &Vigilance Inquiries (Hota Committee).

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s Office Memorandum of even number dated 4th December, 2012 (copy enclosed. Link : http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02ser/372 _3_2007-AVD-III-VolA-04122012.pdf) and to say that the report on action taken in pursuance of DoP&Ts OMs mentioned therein is still awaited from your Ministry/Department. It is, therefore, requested that the same may please be expedited (ignore if already sent).
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(N.Raja)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India
Source: www.persmin.nic.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02ser/372_3_2007-AVD-III-Vol.10A-24012013.pdf]

Railways Launches Toll Free Helpline Number for Catering Related Complaints

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Railways 
23-January-2013 20:25 IST
Railways Launches Toll Free Helpline Number for Catering Related Complaints 
The Ministry of Railways has set up a central monitoring cell with the toll free number i.e. 1800-111-321 for the convenience of railway users to register their complaints regarding railways’ catering services like food quality, over charging etc., both at railway stations and in running trains. Announcing this, here today, the Minister of Railways, Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal said that this facility is available all seven days from 7 A.M. to 10 P.M. when during this time generally the food is served to the passengers. 

The Minister said that as soon as the complaint is registered, all possible actions will be taken on real time basis to address that complaint. This facility has started functioning, he added.

No specific time frame can be given for introduction of the New Health Insurance Scheme

No specific time frame can be given for introduction of New Health Insurance Scheme for CG Employees and Pensioners...
Central Government has a proposal to introduce a new Health Insurance Scheme for the CGHS beneficiaries, is there any time frame to implement the scheme to Central Government employees and Pensioners..?
The below answer was given by the Minister of Health and Family Welfare Shri.Ghulam Nabi Azad to the question above mentioned in the Lok Sabha as follows...

"It has been a constant endeavour of the Government to improve the health care facilities for the Central Government employees and pensioners under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) and Central Services (Medical Attendance) Rules, 1944. In addition, Government has mooted a proposal for introduction of a Health Insurance Scheme for the Central Government employees and pensioners with special focus on Non-CGHS areas. 
Proposals were invited from the Insurance companies in March, 2010. However, it was subsequently decided to initiate the process afresh after obtaining the approval of Planning Commission and inclusion of the scheme in the 12th Five Year Plan (FYP). No specific time frame can be given for introduction of the health insurance Scheme".

Indian Railways New Fare List 2013 : Revision in Passenger Fares w.e.f. 22.01.2013

Railway Board Commercial Circular : "In the case of tickets already issued at pre-revised rates, it should be ensured that the difference in fares and other charges on or after 22.01.2013 will be recovered either by TTEs on the trains or by the Booking/Reservation Offices before the commencement of journey by passengers".

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

COMMERCIAL CIRCULAR NO. 6 OF 2013
No.TCII/2910/2012.
The General Managers (Comml.),
All Zonal Railways.
New Delhi, dated II .01. 2013.
Sub : Revision in Passenger Fares w.e.f. 22.01.2013.
Ministry of Railways have decided to revise Passenger Fares w.e.f. 22.01.2013. Details of the fare revision are as under :-

S.No.ClassIncrease in Fare per Passenger Kilo Meter (PKM)Minimum distance for charge
i.
Second Class Ordinary (Suburban)
02 Paise
No Change 
(Existing - 10 Kms)
ii.
Second Class Ordinary (Non-Suburban)
03 Paise
No Change 
(Existing - 10 Kms)
iii.
Second Class (Mail/Express)
04 Paise
50 Kms
iv.
Sleeper Class
06 Paise
No Change 
(Existing - 200 Kms)
v.
AC Chair Car
10 Paise
150 Kms
vi.
AC 3 - Tier
10 Paise
300 Kms
vii.
First Class
03 Paise
No Change 
(Existing - 100 Kms)
viii.
AC 2 - Tier
06 Paise
No Change 
(Existing - 300 Kms)
ix.
AC First Class
10 Paise
No Change 
(Existing - 300 Kms)

2. Minimum Fare: The Minimum fare chargeable will be Rs. 5.
3. Development Charge: On the revised basic fares which shall become effective from 22.01.2013, development charge shall not be liveable.
4. Rounding off of Fares:
(i) Fares of all classes except Second Class Ordinary (Suburban):- Chargeable Fares, as obtained after adding Miscellaneous Charges like Reservation Fee, Supplementary charge for Superfast trains, Catering Charge, Service Tax etc. To the Basic Fare, will be rounded off to the next higher multiple of Rs. 5.
(ii) Second Class (Suburban) Fares:- Chargeable Fares for Second Class Suburban passengers as obtained after adding applicable miscellaneous charges like MUTP Surcharge etc. (as and where application) TO THE Basic Fare, will be rounded off to the next higher multiple of five rupees, except that in cases where  either ‘1’ or ‘6’ comes up as the last digit (i.e. in unit’s place) it will be rounded off to the immediately lower multiple of Rs. 5, i.e. Rs. 11.00, Rs. 21.00, Rs. 31.00 etc. would respectively become Rs. 10.00, Rs. 20.00, Rs. 30.00 etc. and Rs. 6.00, Rs. 16.00, Rs. 26.00 etc. would respectively become Rs. 5.00, Rs. 15.00 and Rs. 25.00 etc. and Fare values ending in Rs. 2, Rs. 3 or Rs. 4 would be getting rounded off to Rs. 5 and those ending in Rs. 7, Rs. 8, or Rs. 9 to Rs. 10 and so on and so forth.
5. It is also decided that the existing fares of train services like Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Garib Rath, Jan Shatabdi, Duronto, Rajya Rani and Yuva Expresses will similarly be revised to the extent of the proposed increase in class-wise fares.
6. As per earlier circular of Railway Board dated 26.12.2012, as a special case to facilitate the passengers of Muhakumbh Mela it has been decided if any passenger purchases an unreserved reverse ticket through UTS from any station on Indian Railways for journey to any one of the 12 stations in Allabhbad region serving Mahakumbh Mela and back the reverse ticket will be allowed to be booked upto 15 days in advance excluding the day of journey subject to levy of Mela Surcharge as per extant instructions.  In this case also the difference of fare will be collected on board in the trains in case tickets are booked in advance and before 22.01.2013 in respect of above.
7. Other Charges:- There is no change in charges for reservation fee etc. Such charges, wherever applicable, which shall continue to be levied additionally.   However, the second class superfast Surcharge shall be rounded off to Rs. 10/-.
8. The changes in fares as above shall come into force w.e.f. 22.01.2013.
9. Service tax will be levied as applicable as per instructions issued in this regard.
10. Instructions issued earlier that in the case of Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi/Duronto Express trains, the concession wherever admissible and in child fare also, it will be granted only in the basic fares and that all other charges (Catering, Reservation Supplementary charges like Superfast Surcharge, Enhanced Charges, Service Tax (if any) etc.) shall be collected in full.  This will be applicable from 01.04.2013 as per the said instructions issued vide Borad's letter No.TCII/2941/11/Policy dated 26.10.2012 (C.C. No.66 of 2012).
11. The General Secretary, IRCA has been requested to print and supply the revised Passenger Fare Tables.
12. Each Railway will ensure that the requisite number of copies of revised Passenger Fare Tables are collected from the General Secretary, I.R.C.A. and distributed to the concerned staff well in advance of 22.02.2013.
13. The revised fares will also apply to tickets issued in advance for journeys to commence on or after 22.01.2013.  Until new tickets are printed, old printed card tickets will be issued after having necessary corrections in fares made on them in advance.  Such alterations by the staff would be made preferably by stamp or in ink. A suitable notice in the Press should be given by the Railways advising that till such time new tickets are printed and made available, the existing tickets with alterations in fares on them would be issued.
14. In the case of tickets already issued at pre-revised rates, it should be ensured that the difference in fares and other charges on or after 22.01.2013 will be recovered either by TTEs on the trains or by the Booking/Reservation Offices before the commencement of journey by passengers. Commercial Inspectors and TIAs should visit all important stations and ensure that fares and other charges are levied and tickets issued as per the revised rates. Commercial Officers should also make surprise checks at stations and ensure that the fares and other charges aer levied with effect from 22.01.2013 at the revised rates. The Fare List displayed to the public at stations should be revised and corrected showing the new fares with effect from 22.01.2013.
15. These changes which are required to be carried out in manual ticketing system and in PRS, UTS, etc., should be ensured.
16. Special arrangements should be made to ensure that necessary instructions and the revised Passenger Fare Tables reach the staff well in time. Steps should also be taken ensure that the staff fully understand these changes and implement them properly.
17. This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways.
18. The receipt of this letter may be acknowledged. Also please check these instructions on the Indian Railways 'website - www.indianrailways.gov.in.
19. Zonal Railways should arrange wide publicity to the revision in fares and fares table w.e.f. 22.01.2013 and related instructions through the press media and through notifications and announcements at stations.
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(Dr.Monica Agnihotri)
Director Passenger Marketing
Railway Baord
Source: www.indianrail.gov.in

Revised list of Kow your customer (KYC) documents required fer both entry and exit under National Pension System (NPS)

Circular
PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
PFRDA/2O13/1 /PDEX/25 
Date: 11/01/2013
To,
All POPs/Aggregators/CRA/Others
Subct: Revised list of Kow your customer (KYC) documents required fer both entry and exit under National Pension System (NPS).
Attention of all stakeholders is invited to the illustrative list of documents acceptable as proof of identity and address in terms of the KYC requirements and as provided in the offer document of National Pension System.

Basing on the revised guidelines on obligations under PMLA, 2002 as amended by Prevention of Money Laundering (Amendment) Act. 2009 and in order to bring In uniformity and align the KYC documents required for opening of accounts under NPS with those required by other financial sector institutions, it has been decided to replace the existing KYC document list with a new set of documents as provided in Annexure I for both entry and exit under National Pension System(NPS).
Annexure I referred above is being attached herewith for information and use of all The new KYC norms as per this circular will come into effect from 10/02/2013.
The above guidelines will be applicable for all variants of National Pension System.
The circular has also been placed on PFRDA website at http://ww.pfrda.org.in
Yours Faithfully
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Venkateswarlu Peri
General Manager
Source: www.npscra.nsdl.co.in
[https://www.npscra.nsdl.co.in/download/Revised-list-of-KYC-documents-required-for-NPS.pdf]

Consolidated Instructions on compassionate appointment — regarding

F.No.14014/02/2012-Estt. (D) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
(Department of Personnel & Training)
North Block, 
New Delhi 
Dated the 16th  January, 2013
OFFICE MEMORANDUM 
Subject:-  Consolidated Instructions on compassionate appointment  — regarding. 
The undersigned is directed to invite attention to this Department's O.M. No.14014/6/94-Estt(D) dated 09.10.1998 vide which Scheme for "Compassionate Appointment under Central Government" was issued. Subsequently a number of instructions on compassionate appointments under the Central Government have been issued. 

The content of important/relevant O.Ms and orders on the subject have been further consolidated for the facility of reference and guidance and are being made available on this Department's website www.persmin.nic.in  in the dynamic form (OMs & Orders>Establishment>(A) Administration (III) Concessions in appointment (a) compassionate appointment). This may be brought to the notice of all concerned for information, guidance and necessary action.
2.  Hindi version will follow.
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(Virender Singh)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Read more about the OM...
Source: www.persmin.nic.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/14014_02_2012_Estt_D_16Jan2013.pdf]

Streamlining the procedure for collecting on-line data/information — Notice of the meeting

No.43011/297/2010-Estt.(Res.) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Personnel and Training 
***** 
North Block, New Delhi 
Dated 11th  January, 2013 
OFFICE MEMORANDUM 
Subject: Streamlining the procedure for collecting on-line data / information  - Notice of the meeting
This Department had been collecting annual data about representation of SCs, STs, OBCs and Persons with Disabilities in Central Government Services as on 1st  January of each year. Vide Office Memoranda of even number dated 15th  October, 2012 and 5th  November, 2012 all the Ministries/Departments were apprised that the government has decided to collect the aforesaid data 'on line'. For the purpose, URL www.rrcps.nic.in  was created and every Ministry/Department was given a user name and the login password to the URL and it was requested that the data of representation of SCs, STs and OBCs and Persons with Disabilities as on 1st  January, 2012 may be filled up 'on line' on trial basis. 

2. It has been found that most of the Ministries/Departments have not even created their profile. Some Ministries/Departments have initiated the data entry but the data has not been successfully sent it to this Department. 
3. The data of annual representation of SCs, STs, OBCs, and Persons with Disabilities as on 1.1.2013 is also due and is required to be submitted by Ministries/Departments on-line only. 
To facilitate and to smoothen the process of on-line submission of data on-line, this Department is organizing workshops on the following dates, to help the Ministries/Departments in filling up the data:- 
(i) 22nd January, 2013 (for Ministries/Departments at Annexure A) 
(ii) 23rd  January, 2013 (for Ministries/Departments at Annexure B) 
(iii) 24th  January, 2013 (for Ministries/Departments at Annexure C) 
(iv) 28th  January, 2012 (for Ministries/Departments at Annexure D) 
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(Sharad Kumar Srivastava) 
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Source: www.persmin.nic.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02adm/43011_297_2010-Estt-Res.pdf]

Holiday Homes Online Booking : Acceptance and depositing of Bank Draft/Pay Order in the Government account on account of booking charges of holiday homes by different Booking Authorities

File No. D-11028/23/82-Regions (Vol.II)
Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Directorate of Estates
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated 17-01-2013
Office Memorandum
Subject: Acceptance and depositing of Bank Draft/Pay Order in the Government account on account of booking charges of holiday homes by different Booking Authorities.
Booking of rooms/suits of holiday home at Shimla, Agra, etc.is made by different booking authorities (i.e. EM, Kolkata’ AEM’ Chennai and AEM, Nagpur) but demand draft/pay order is received in the name of Assistant Estate Manager, Shimla or Assistant Director of Estates (Cash), New Delhi as the case may be. After confirmation of booking of holiday home, the demand draft/pay order received by the aforesaid booking authorities is then sent to AEM, Shimla or Assistant Director of Estates (Regions), New Delhi for deposit in the Government account. Such practice takes considerable time in actual realisation of revenue to the Government.

2. Recently, RBI has reduced the validity period of Bank Draft/Pay Order/Cheque from six months to three months. After reducing the validity period of draft/pay order/cheque by RBI, it has now become more difficult to realise the revenue suitably through the practice being adopted as mentioned at first para above.
3. It has now been decided with the approval of Directorate of Estates that following change in respect of above matter would come into effect with immediate effect:
(i) EM/AEM, Kolkata; AEM, Chennai and AEM, Nagpur will accept the bank draft/pay order towards booking charges of holiday homes/guest houses in favour of the concerned booking authority itself who is looking after the booking and not in favour of other authorities and O/o concerned booking authority will itself deposit the booking charges ¡n the Government account.
(ii) NIC will modify the online booking application form in respect of rooms/suits of holiday homes/guest houses at the disposal of EM/AEM, Kolkata; AEM, Chennai and AEM, Nagpur accordingly.
4. AIl prospective applicants are also advised to note the above changes and to ensure the correctness of bank draft/pay order in favour of appropriate authority. Failure to comply with the above changed norms will lead to rejection of booking request.
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(N.S. Chauhan)
Assistant Director of Estates (Regions)
Source: www.holidayhomes.nic.in
[http://holidayhomes.nic.in/WriteReadData/Circulars/18AccepAndDepo.pdf]

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

45th Session of the Standing Labour Committee - Agenda Points for the 45th Indian Labour Conference

45th Session of the Standing Labour Committee 
Finalizes Agenda for the 45th Indian Labour Conference
           
‘Rapid economic growth’ coupled with ‘Safeguarding the rights of the workers’ will lay the foundation of our country’s development in a sustained manner. Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Minister of Labour and Employment, emphasized this while delivering his presidential address at the 45thsession of Standing Labour Committee here today at Vigyan Bhawan. He laid stress on the proactive measures to improve the situation of the workers in general and those of the vulnerable sections of the society in particular. According to him the concept of ‘Dignity of human labour’ and ‘Safeguarding the interest of our work-force’ should be the cornerstone of all our policies. He stated that active labour market policies and speedy Social Security coverage are the two basic requirements of our present day society. Shri Kharge said that one of the contemporary challenges is employment generation. In this regard MGNREGA has been able to provide income support and has contributed towards checking distress migration. Other employment generation programmes like National Rural Livelihood Mission, Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojna and Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme etc. have also contributed a lot towards providing livelihood security.
Labour and Employment Minister also spoke about various legislative steps taken by his Ministry for Labour Welfare in recent years. These are:-
·         Increase of wage ceiling in the Payment of Wages Act, 1936;
·         Amendments in the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 for speedy reconciliation and settlement of disputes;
·         Provision of reservation for OBC in the Apprenticeship Act, 1961;
·         Increase in Wage Ceiling in the Bonus Act;
·         Increase of Medical Bonus under the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961;
·         Increase in gratuity ceiling to Rs.10 Lakh.
Shri Kharge further stated that the process of amendment in the Mines Act, 1952 is in progress. Cabinet has approved amendments in the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, which will facilitate ratification of ILO Convention 138 and 182. He said that 94 % of our workforce is in the unorganized sector. This area requires relentless efforts and innovative indigenous solutions. Strategies for bringing improvement in this area should aim at improving Labour Legislation and Labour Administration. According to him extending organizational support and augmenting bargaining power of the unorganized workers should be a priority.
According to Labour and Employment Minister India faces a mammoth challenge in the area of skill training. Because of Government’s intense efforts we have been able to increase the number of  ITIs to more than 10,000 and improved the infrastructure of existing ITIs. Modular Employable Skill is one of the ambitious schemes of Ministry to address the employment needs of the unorganized sector. Government has been able to develop 1,422 short term courses for providing skills in a short span to a large number of people. Shri Kharge stated that 27 States/UTs are implementing RSBY and more than 3.35 crore smart cards have been issued. More than 46.75 lakh persons have availed hospitalization facilities.
Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Shri K. Suresh stated that Ministry of Labour and Employment is always guided by the spirit of tripartism and it works towards creation of harmonious relationship and conducive industrial environment. He further stated that we should ensure that labour-management relations in our countries must be marked by confrontation, cooperation and consensus, not confirmation. Any proactive step in this regard will act as a catalyst in sustaining our growth momentum which is also very essential to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, particularly poverty eradication.
The Standing Labour Committee finalized the following agenda for 45th Indian Labour Conference:
1.      Service conditions, wages and social security for various categories of workers employed in different Central Government and State Government schemes (Anganwadi, Mid-day meal, ASHA, Sarva-Shiksha Abhiyan and other schemes under various Ministers of Central Government.
2.      Social Security with special reference to Assured Pension with indexation for all workers including self-employed.
3.      Labour Law for micro and small enterprises
4.      Measures to improve employment and employability
Following Labour Ministers from various States attended this Session of the Standing Labour Committee:
1)  Shri Prithibi Majhi, Minister of Labour & Employment, Government of Assam;
2)  Shri Janardan Singh Sigriwal, Minister of Labour Resources Department, Government of Bihar;
3)  Sh. Chandra Shekhar Sahu, Minister of Labour Department, Govt. of Chhattisgarh;
4)  Pt. Shiv CharanLal Sharma, Labour & Employment Minister, Govt. of Haryana;
5)  Shri Abdul Gani Malik, Minister of Higher Education, Labour & Employment, Govt. of J&K;
6)  Shri Shibu Baby John, Labour Minister, Government of Kerala;
7) Shri Mangilal Garasia, Minister of State (Labour) Labour & Employment  Department, Govt. of   Rajasthan; and
8)  Shri Harish Chandra Durgapal, Minister of Labour & Employment, Uttrakhand.
The Central Ministries participating in the meeting were:
Agriculture & Cooperation, Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Coal, Commerce, Economic Affairs, Environment & Forests, Financial Services, Heavy Industries, Health & Family Welfare, Home Affairs (Inter State Council), Industrial Policy & Promotion, Khadi and Small and Medium Enterprises, Mines, Overseas Indian Affairs, Petroleum & Natural Gas, Planning Commission, Posts, Power, Public Enterprises, Railways, Revenue, Road Transport & Highways, Rural Development, Social Justice & Empowerment, Steel Telecommunications, Textiles, Urban Development and Women & Child Development.
From Employers Group following organizations attended the meeting:
Council of Indian Employers, All India Manufacturers’ Organization, LaghuUdhyogBharati, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Confederation of Indian Industry, The Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India.
From Workers Group following organizations attended the meeting:
BharatiyaMazdoorSangh, Indian National Trade Union Congress, All India Trade Union Congress, Hind MazdoorSabha, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, All India United Trade Union Centre, Trade Union Co-ordination Centre (TUCC), Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), Labour Progressive Federation (LPF), United Trades Union Congress (UTUC) and National Front of Indian Trade Unions –Dhanbad (NFITU-DHN).
Source: PIB

Monday, January 21, 2013

Minimum guaranteed pension to pre-2006 Commissioned Officers pensioners/family pensioners

No.1(11)/2012-D(Pen/Policy)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence,
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare

New Delhi, Dated 17th January 2013

To
The Chief of the Army Staff
The Chief of the Naval Staff
The Chief of the Air Staff


SUBJECT: Implementation of the Government decision on the recommendations of Committee on the issues related to Defence Service Personnel and Ex-Servicemen. 2012 - Minimum guaranteed pension to pre-2006 Commissioned Officers pensioners/family pensioners.

Sir,
The under signed is directed to refer to this Ministry's letter No. 17(4)/2008(1)/D(Pen/Policy) dated 11.11.2008 as amended, issued for implementation of Government decision on the recommendations of the Sixth CPC for revision of pension/family pension in respect of pre-2006 Armed Forces pensioners/family pensioners. As per provisions contained in Para 5 therein, with effect from 1.1.2006 revised pension and revised ordinary family pension of all pre-2006 Armed Forces pensioners/family pensioners determined in terms of fitment formula laid down in Para 4.1 of above said letter dated 11.11.2008, shall in no case be lower than fifty percent and thirty percentage respectively, of the minimum of the pay in the pay band plus the Grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised scale from which the pensioner had retired/discharged/invalided out/died including Military Service Pay and ‘X' Group pay, where applicable. Accordingly, rates of minimum guaranteed pension/ordinary family pension for Commissioned Officers were notified under Annexure-II (for pensioners of regular Commission), Annexure-IIA (for pensioners of Military Nursing Services), Annexure-IIB (for pensioners of Territorial Army) and Annexure-IIC (Post-1996 Emergency/Short Service Commission pensioners) of this Ministry’s letter No.17(3)/2010/D(Pen/Policy) dated 15.11.2010 and No 17(4)/2008(1)/D(Pen/Policy)-Vol. VI dated 18.1.2011. The minimum guaranteed pension / family pension in respect of pre-1996 Emergency/Short Service Commission pensioners has, however, been notified vide this Ministry’s letter No 1(1)/2007-D(Pen/Policy) dated 3.9.2009.

2. In order to consider various issues on pension of Armed Forces personnel and Ex-Servicemen, the Government had constituted a Committee of Secretaries headed by Cabinet Secretary. The Committee in its Report have recommended that the minimum guaranteed pension/ordinary family pension of pre-2006 retiree Commissioned Officers pensioners/family pensioners should be determined with reference to minimum of the fitment table for the rank in the revised pay structure issued for implementation of recommendations of Sixth CPC instead of the minimum of the pay band.

3. The above recommendation of the Committee has been accepted by the Government and the President is pleased to decide that with effect from 24th September 2012 the minimum guaranteed pension and ordinary family pension in respect of pre-2006 Commissioned officers pensioners / family pensioners shall be determined as fifty and thirty percent respectively, of the minimum of the fitment table for the rank in the revised pay band as indicated under fitment tables annexed with SAI 2/S/2008 as amended and equivalent instructions for Navy / Air Force and SAI 4/S/2008, plus the Grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised scale from which the pensioner hod retired/discharged/invalided out/died including Military Service Pay, wherever applicable. It has also been decided that with effect from 24th September 2012 the minimum guaranteed pension and ordinary family pension in respect of pre-1996 EC/SSC pensioners / family pensioners shall be determined as fifty and thirty percent respectively, of the pay in the pay band corresponding to the pre-revised pay of Rs 10,500/- (in terms of Para 9(a)(i) of SAI 1/S/2008 as amended
and equivalent instructions for Navy / Air Force) plus the Grade pay of Rs. 5400 and Military Service Pay of Rs. 6000/-.

4. Accordingly, revised tables indicating minimum guaranteed pension/ordinary family pension has been annexed as Annexure-A (for pensioners of Regular Commission other than AMC/ADC/RVC), Annexure-C (for pensioners of TA), Annexure-B (for pensioners of AMC/ADC/RVC), Annexurc-C (for pensioners of TA), Annexure-D (for pensioners of MNS), Annexure-E (for pre-1996 EC/SSC pensioners), Annexure-F (for post-1996 EC/SSC pensioners) and Annexure-G (for post-1996 EC/SSC pensioners of AMC/ADC/RVC) to this letter. Pension Disbursing Authorities are hereby authorized to step up the pension / family pension of the affected pre-2006 pensioners where the existing pension being paid to the pensioners in terms of this Ministry’s above quoted letter dated 11.11.2008 as amended, is less than the rate of pension indicated in above said annexures. Necessary implementation instructions to all concerned shall be issued by Principal CDA (Pensions) Allahobad on receipt of these orders.

5. All other terms and conditions shall remain unchanged.

6. The provisions of this letter shall take effect from 24th September 2012 and no arrears shall be allowed for the past period.

7. This issues with the concurrence of Finance Division of this Ministry vide theirI D No. PC 1/10(12)/2012/FIN/PEN dated 10.01.2013

Hindi version will follow.

Your faithfully
sd/-
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Click here to the Annexures
Source: www.cgda.nic.in
[http://www.cgda.nic.in/audit/01_11_2012.pdf]

Pre 2006 Pensioners : Benefits of 6th CPC to pre 2006 Pensioners - reg.

Pre 2006 Pensioners : Benefits of 6th CPC to Pre 2006 Pensioners - reg.

Whether the Central Government employees, who retired before 2006 have been deprived off the benefits of Sixth Pay Commission as recommended by the Central Pay Commission..?

The Minister of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Shri.V.Narayanasamy answered in the Parliament to the question above quoted on 19th December 2012 as follows...

The orders for implementation of the recommendations of VIth Central Pay Commission for revision of pension of pre-2006 retirees were issued vide Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare OM No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 1.9.2008. As per para 4.1 of this OM, the pension/family pension of existing pre-2006 pensioners/family pensioners will be consolidated w.e.f. 1.1.2006 by adding together

(i) The existing pension/family pension

(ii) Dearness pension, where applicable

(iii) Dearness Relief @ 24% of basic pension/family pension plus dearness pension and

(iv) Fitment weightage @40% of the existing pension/family pension. In Para 4.2 of this OM, it is stated that fixation will be subject to the provision that the revised pension, in no case, shall be lower than fifty per cent of the minimum of the pay in the pay band plus the grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from which the pensioner had retired. These orders also provided for immediate payment of arrears on revision of pension by the pension disbursing banks. Subsequently, on some doubts being raised in this regard, Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare issued an OM No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 3.10.2008 and 14.10.2008 inter alia clarifying that the pension calculated at fifty per cent of the minimum of pay in the pay band plus grade pay under Para 4.2 of OM No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) would be calculated at the minimum of the pay in the pay band (irrespective of the pre-revised scale of pay) plus the grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale. The pension will be reduced pro rata, where the pensioner had less than the maximum required service for full pension as per rule 49 of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 as applicable on 1.1.2006 and in no case it will be less than Rs.3,500/-p.m.

Based on some petitions filed in the Central Administrative Tribunal by pre-2006 retirees, Hon’ble Tribunal held that the clarification issued vide OM No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 3.10.2008 and 14.10.2008 were not in conformity with the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission and the O.M. dated 1.9.2008. Central Administrative Tribunal directed to re-fix the pension of all pre-2006 retirees w.e.f. 1.1.2006, based on the resolution dated 29.08.2008 and in the light of the observations made in the judgement dated 1.11.2011 of the Hon’ble CAT.

The Government has filed a Writ Petition in Delhi High Court challenging the judgement dated 1.11.2011 of the Hon’ble CAT. The matter is subjudice.

Retirement age of Central Government Staffs

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Whether the Government proposes to increase the age of retirement of Government employees from 60 to 65..? and 

Whether various Departments of the Government has fixed different age limits for the purpose of retirement..? 

The Minister of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Shri.V.Narayanasamy said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha on 5th December 2012 as follows... 

"There is no such proposal at present. As per Fundamental Rule 56, except as otherwise provided in the Rule, every Government Servant shall retire from service on attaining the age of 60 years".

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Prescribed period of Ad-hoc service in Central Government...

Prescribed period of Ad-hoc service in Central Government Services…
The period prescribed for ad hoc service under the Central Government and rules laid down for making ad hoc service permanent…
The total period for which the appointment/promotion may be made, on adhoc basis, is limited to one year. In case there are compulsions for extending any adhoc appointment/promotion beyond one year, the approval of the Department of Personnel & Training has to be sought. Also, the Department of Personnel & Training has delegated powers to the administrative Ministries/Departments for appointing the officials of Group ‘C’ and erstwhile Group ‘D’ posts on ad-hoc basis upto a period of three years, in consideration of exigency of work.

As per the extant policy of the Government, all posts are to be filled in accordance with provisions of the applicable Recruitment Rules. Promotions/appointments on ad-hoc basis are resorted to in exceptional circumstances, to a post which cannot be kept vacant in consideration of its functional/operational requirement. Such ad-hoc appointees have to be replaced with regular incumbents, selected in accordance with procedure prescribed in the relevant applicable statutory Recruitment Rules, at the earliest. In view of this, there is no requirement of making ad-hoc service permanent.
The above information was submitted as a written reply to a question in the Parliament by the Minister Shri.V.Narayanasamy on 19th December 2012.

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