Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Housing Schemes by CGEWHO

Housing Schemes by CGEWHO 
As reported by CGEWHO, housing Schemes under the organization to provide houses to Central Government Employees in different parts of the country are as under: -

Housing projects where construction
is in progress are:
Housing projects
under planning are:

i. Chennai (Ph-II);
ii. Mohali (Ph-I);
iii. Bhubaneswar (Ph-I);
iv. Meerut (Ph-I);
v. Kolkata(Ph-II);
vi. Bhubaneswar(Ph-II);
vii. Mohali (Ph-II)
i. Vishakapatnam;
ii. Meerut (Ph-II);
iii. Greater Noida;
iv. Chennai (Ph-III);
v. Mohali (SAS Nagar)
As reported by CGEWHO Schemes are planned after conducting a demand survey and thereafter making attempts to acquire land from State Government Authorities. In case of non-availability of land from State Government Authorities, housing schemes are planned as turnkey projects wherein land is also provided by the construction agency.

Hence no definite time frame can be planned for such housing schemes. Allotment of houses under each Scheme is made to eligible applicants after the draw. The specific allocation of dwelling unit number in a particular project is made at the time of the completion of the project. Allotment has been made in the following housing schemes:
Schemes Time Schedule
i. Chennai (Ph-II);
ii. Mohali (Ph-I);
iii. Bhubaneswar (Ph-I);
iv. Meerut (Ph-I);
v. Kolkata (Ph-II);
vi. Bhubaneswar (Ph-II); and
vii. Mohali (Ph-II);
Within three months after
formal closure of the scheme,
allotment has been made
in all the schemes.
CGEWHO housing Schemes are initially planned with an anticipation of getting the processes completed as per estimates and plan.

However, prior permission has to be obtained from statutory municipal and development authorities and No Objection Certificates from related state departments like fire, airport, environment etc. before commencement of construction. Even after the completion of the works, the requisite completion/occupancy certificate from the statutory authorities and subsequent service connections viz. electricity, water, sewage etc. also get delayed which are beyond the control of CGEWHO. 
This was stated by Shri Ajay Maken, Minister of Housing & Poverty Alleviation in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

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IT Department Urges Taxpayers to Pay all Self- Assessment Tax Dues by 31ST March

IT Department Urges Taxpayers to Pay all Self- Assessment Tax Dues by 31ST March

The Income-tax Act requires that the tax payable on the returned income after taking into account prepaid taxes, should be paid before furnishing the return. An analysis of returns filed electronically in the current Financial Year (2012-13) reveals that nearly 73,388 taxpayers have defaulted on such payments aggregating to Rs. 3,859 crore.

Income-tax Department urges all taxpayers who have filed their returns in the current financial year and have defaulted on payment of self-assessment tax of any amount, to immediately come forward and pay the due taxes before 31st March, 2013. Further, any taxpayer who files his return in the future, and on self-assessment indicates a certain amount of tax payable, should pay such tax while filing the return.

Filing a return without paying the admitted amount of tax that is payable will render such taxpayer an ‘assessee in default’ under the provisions of the Income-tax Act. Such taxpayers who default in payment of self-assessment tax may invite penal consequences.

Guidelines for New Mobile Connections

Guidelines for New Mobile Connections

Department of Telecom (DoT) has issued revised instructions to Cellular Mobile Telephone Service and Unified Access Services Licensees vide letter dated 09.08.2012 on verification of Mobile Subscribers after review of existing instructions. New instructions are aimed at improving customer verification compliance. These instructions inter-alia prescribe the following:

(i) A passport size photograph should be pasted on the Customer Acquisition Form (CAF) and the documents as proof of identity and proof of address of the subscriber should be attached with the CAF.

(ii) The person at the Point of Sale has to get the CAF duly filled and signed (in case of illiterate person thumb impression) by the subscriber with date. The authorized person at PoS has to record in the CAF that he has seen the subscriber and matched the photograph attached on the CAF with the subscriber and verified his copies of documents of proof of address and proof of identity attached with the CAF with the original and has to put his signature on the CAF & all attached documents.

(iii) The mobile connection is to be activated only after the requirement of filling up CAF and copies of documentary proof as per requirement have been fulfilled by the customer and the subscriber details have been updated in the subscriber database of the Licensee and the employee of licensee has verified the same.

(iv) After activation of SIM also the subscriber is to be tele-verified by the Licensee.

As far as retailers are concerned, they are contractors of the licensees and these instructions are not addressed to the retailers.

The detailed instructions dated 09.08.2012 are available at DoT website at http://www.dot.gov.in/as/2012/DOC181012.pdf

In these instructions, apart from the penalties prescribed in other instructions issued form time to time, the following additional provisions of penalty have inter-alia been made in these instructions:

(i) In case, the Licensee fails to intimate about the disconnection to TERM Cell within 7 days of disconnection, a penalty of Rs. 3000/- per connection per week or part thereof shall be levied.

(ii) If it is detected that the number was not actually disconnected on or before the date of confirmation/disconnection, then a penalty @ Rs. 1000 per day from the date of intimation to the Licensee to the date of actual disconnection shall be levied in addition to the penalty for non-disconnection.

The following provisions have inter-alia been re-iterated in these instructions regarding point of sale/ franchisees in case of forged document cases:

(i) Police complaint/ FIR shall be lodged by the Point of Sale (PoS)/Franchisee against the subscriber in case forged documents are submitted by the subscriber and originals are also forged.

(ii) Licensee shall lodge FIR/ Complaint against the subscriber and Franchisee/PoS in case of failure of PoS/Franchisee in lodging complaint/FIR against subscriber.

(iii) The Licensee shall lodge the compliant / FIR against the Franchisee/ point of sale and financial penalty shall also be imposed in case forgery has been done by point of sale/ franchisee.

(iv) In case action as above is not taken by the Licensee or Licensee itself is involved in forgery, Telecom Enforcement Resource & Monitoring (TERM) Cell of DoT shall lodge Complaint/ FIR against Licensee. Penalty shall also be imposed on all such forged cases.

(v) Where it is found that the act of issuing connections was done by PoS using the document of some other subscriber or any person, or the documents were forged by the franchisee/PoS, the concerned PoS/franchisee may be terminated by the Licensee in addition to lodging of complaint / FIR against it. Other Licensees shall also terminate/ not appoint any such PoS.

In the new instructions, some additional safeguards have been made in the interest of national security. There does not seem any provision leading to undue hardship to consumers.

This information was given by Shri Milind Deora, Minister of State for C&IT in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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Shortage of Houses for Government Employees

Shortage of Houses for Government Employees
 
Union Minister for Urban Development Shri Kamal Nath has said that there is shortage of accommodation for Central Government employees in cities like, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai.  The position is comfortable at other stations.
 
He said in a reply to a question in Lok Sabha today that the following initiatives have been taken to increase availability of houses:-

(i) Construction of residential and office/commercial accommodation at Ghitorini Delhi;
 
(ii) Redevelopment of old Government colonies, namely, East Kidwai Nagar, Netaji Nagar, Srinivaspuri, Mohammadpur, Kasturba Nagar, Thyagaraja Nagar and Sarojani Nagar in Delhi for utilizing the maximum available floor area ratio (FAR);
 
(iii) Acquiring 96 flats of various categories in the Common Wealth Games Village, New Delhi; and
 
(iv)Construction of 130 units of Type-V and Type-VI categories at Hyderabad Estate, Mumbai by demolishing 48 Type-VI flats which have been declared dangerous and meanwhile hiring  50 flats equivalent to Type-VI category to instantly meet the deficiency caused by demolition of existing flats.
 
Details of Demand and Availability of General Pool Residential Accommodation in Delhi
 
Status as on 08-03-2013
House TypeStock in GPTotal Demand as on DateShortage/Surplus
(+) – Shortage
(-) - Surplus
1167221678866
2237163483211116
311723201898466
4534392903947
4S79231172325
5A14022148746
5B86022651405
6A7911457666
6B146305159
7181372191
8125254129
Total618019101729216

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No increase in Tuition Fee in KV Schools - Proposal to enhance VVN

No increase in Tuition Fee in KV Schools - Proposal to enhance VVN

The Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shri.Shashi Tharoor stated in the Parliament that there is no proposal to increase the tuition fee in Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs). However, there is a proposal to enhance the Vidyalaya Vikas Nidhi (VVN) contribution and the computer fund fee.

He replied to some supplementary questions regarding this subject, ' A total of 73% of the students in the KVs are the wards of Government employees (Central Government, State Government, Central Autonomous Bodies and State Autonomous Bodies) and they are eligible for reimbursement upto Rs.1250/- per month for each child under the Children Education Allowance scheme of the Government of India.

Pursuant to the implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act in the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) w.e.f. 1.4.2011, the students admitted under the provisions of the RTE Act are exempted from the payment of fees and provided reimbursement of expenditure incurred towards text books, note book, uniform and transportation.

The students belonging to families living below the poverty line category and studying in the KVs are exempted from payment of tuition fees and VVN fund contribution upto two children per family. In addition, there exists a provision to extend financial assistance to children who are in distress. There is also a provision to give concession to those students whose parents / guardians are not in a position to pay full tuition fee.

The following additional facilities may be provided to further improve the level of education in the KVs:-

(i) Establishment of e-classrooms.

(ii) Improvement in sports infrastructure.

(iii) Modernizations of Science laboratories, etc'.

Reservation in Promotion to Women Employees in Central Government services

Reservation in Promotion to Women Employees in Central Government services

Reservation in promotion or in services to women employees in Central Government services..?

The question has been raised by the member of Parliament Shri.Wakchaure Bhausabeb Rajaram, the concerned minister has replied that there is no proposal to give reservation to women in services or in promotion.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Shri. V. NARAYANASAMY said in the Parliament, 'women are provided equal opportunity in the matter of employment under the Government. Some special facilities like maternity benefit, child care leave, child adoption leave, crèche facility for children, posting of husband and wife at the same station as far as possible, special priority in allotment of residential accommodation etc. are provided to the women employees to encourage them to join Government service. However, at present, there is no proposal to give reservation to women in services or in promotion'.

Rashtriya Military Schools (RMS) and Sainik Schools in India

Military and Sainik Schools
 
At present, there are five Rashtriya Military Schools (RMS) and twenty four Sainik Schools under the Ministry of Defence in the country. Their state-wise location is enclosed as below.
 
At present there is no proposal to open any new RMS.

The Sainik Schools are set up on the request of concerned States subject to fulfillment of laid down criteria and not as a part of five year plan. Proposals have been received from the State Governments of Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh for setting up new Sainik Schools in Sambalpur, Sagar and Chittoor district respectively.
 
Rashtriya Military Schools are fully financed by the Central Government. To improve performance of these schools, various measures are regularly being taken such as the regular training of Principals, teachers and cadets under the guidance of professionals from institutions like National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) and National Council of Educational Research & Training (NCERT), etc.

S. No. STATENumber of Military Schools
1HIMACHAL PRADESHI
2KARNATAKA2
3RAJASTHAN2
Sainik Schools  
S. No. STATE Number of Sainik Schools
1ANDHRA PRADESH1
2ASSAM1
3BIHAR2
4CHHATTISGARHl
5GUJARAT1
6HARYANA2
7HIMACHAL PRADESH1
8JAMMLJ & KASHMIR1
9JHARKHAND1
10KARNATAKA2
11KERALA1
12MADHYA PRADESH1
13MAHARASHTRA1
14MANIPUR1
15NAGALAND1
16ORISSA1
17PUNJAB1
18RAJASTHAN1
19TAMIL NADU1
20UTTRAKHAND1
21WEST BENGAL1

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri Kamal Kishore "Commando"and others in Lok Sabha today.

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7th CPC News : SEVENTH PAY COMMISSION MUST BE SET UP FORTHWITH

7th CPC News : SEVENTH PAY COMMISSION MUST BE SET UP FORTHWITH

The recent statement of the Minister concerned in the Parliament, that the Govt does not propose to set up the seventh Pay Commission at this stage is most unjustified and frustrating for the Govt employees.

Fifth Pay Commission had recommended for a Pay Revision after every five years instead of the past practice to set it up after 10 to 13 years. But the Govt did not accept this recommendation.

The Fifth Pay Commission also recommended for Merger of DA after it crossed 50%. Govt accepted the same and belatedly implemented it from April 2004.

But the Sixth Pay Commission did not favour even the Merger of DA after it crossed 50% and the Govt obvious followed suit and did not Merge the same when it crossed 50% in 1-1-2011 - in spite of the demand by all concerned.

As such, the existing Pay and Pension structure have lost all the relevance and is continuously eroding due to heavy inflation and defective system of compilation of Price Index - which itself is out dated due to the changed economic scenario and requirements of the Industrial Worker of the Country.

All this makes it essential that the Seventh Pay Commission be set up early to compensate for the erosion of real wages and to remove the serious Anomalies of Sixth CPC Report - which the Govt and the Anomalies Committee have failed to address as well as to bridge the vast gap of wages between the Government employees and those of the Corporate Sector etc. all which are having a very demoralising effect amongst the Govt employees and Pensioners.

Er. HARCHANDAN SINGH
General Secretary, IRTSA

Source : www.rscws.com
[http://www.rscws.com/pdfdocs/Seventh_Pay_Commission_Must_Be-Set_Up.pdf]

Circular on replacing the existing facility of ‘Phased Withdrawal’ with ‘Deferred Withdrawal’


CIRCULAR


PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

PFRDA/ 2013/ 6/ PDEX /5
March 11th, 2013

To,
All POP’s, Aggregators, CRA, Central and State Governments,

Dear Sir/ Madam,

Sub: Circular on replacing the existing facility of ‘Phased Withdrawal’ with ‘Deferred Withdrawal’

Feedback is being received from various stakeholders that the subscribers be given a specific option to defer or time the entire lump sum withdrawal (max 60%) at the time of exit from National Pension System (NPS) rather than forcing them to choose a certain percentage (%) each and every year while choosing the existing ‘Phased withdrawal’ option, including the year in which they are exiting the system.

The matter has been examined by the Authority and it has been decided to replace the “Phased Withdrawal” option currently available with a “Deferred withdrawal” option whereby the subscriber can time the lump sum withdrawal allowed under NPS at the time of exit, with immediate effect.

Under the Deferred withdrawal facility, the subscribers at the time of exit from National Pension System (NPS) can exercise an option to defer the withdrawal of eligible lump sum withdrawal and stay invested in the NPS. However, it may be noted that no fresh contributions are accepted and also no partial withdrawals are allowed during such a period of deferment. The subscriber can withdraw the deferred lump sum amount at any time before attaining the age of 70 years by giving a withdrawal application or notice. If no such notice is given, the accumulated pension wealth would be automatically monetized and credited to his bank account upon attaining the age of 70 years.

This is for the information of all concerned. The circular also is being placed on PFRDA website at http://www.pfrda.org.in and CRA website at http://www.npscra.nsdl.co.in.

Yours faithfully,
Sd/-
Venkateswarlu Peri
General Manager

Source: www.pfrda.org.in
[http://pfrda.org.in/writereaddata/linkimages/Circular%20on%20Defered%20withdrawal6046678916.pdf]

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