Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Special Trains to Clear Holi Rush

Special Trains to Clear Holi Rush

Indian Railways have made elaborate arrangements to clear extra rush of traffic for Holi festival. More than 360 trips of special trains have been planned to handle the rush during the Holi festival period. These special trains have been planned over approximately 17 different popular routes to clear extra rush of traffic.
Out of the Holi specials planned, 4 trains are unreserved, 3 are fully air-conditioned and 8 are provided with superfast status. The Holi specials are connecting important stations such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Jammu Tawi, Jaipur, Guwahati, Lucknow, Pune, Gorakhpur, Patna, Dibrugarh, Banaras, Darbhanga, Barauni, Barelli, Secundrabad etc. Extra coaches will also be attached to regular trains to the extent operationally feasible.

The Zonal Railways and the Divisional Railways have made action plans for the convenience of the passengers during this rush period. Checking squads are being deployed at reservation offices; inspections are being strengthened to prevent misuse of tickets etc. Special arrangements are being made to make regular announcements about additional coaches, special trains etc at stations.

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Enhancement of Fees for Kendriya Vidyalayas

Enhancement of Fees for Kendriya Vidyalayas
The scheme of Kendriya Vidyalayas was approved in November, 1962 by the Govt. of India to provide uninterrupted education to the wards of transferable Central Government employees. Starting with the taking over of 20 Regimental Schools as Central Schools or Kendriya Vidyalayas during the academic year 1963-64 the Schools have now expanded to a network of 1087 schools all over the country and 3 schools abroad. This phenomenal growth is mainly due to the quality education provided by Kendriya Vidyalayas and ceaseless efforts put in by the employees of KVS. On 15th December, 1965 KVS was registered as a society under the Societies Registration Act. KVS is functioning under the Ministry of Human Resource Development and is financed by Government of India.
 

As of now Kendriya Vidyalayas have been catering to the schooling needs of the children of transferable Central Govt. employees including Defence and Para – Military personnel, children of employees of other Government undertakings and Autonomous Bodies as also of the floating population and others. Kendriya Vidyalayas are maintaining School Fund account to which all the moneys received in the form of Govt. grants and Tuition Fees received from the students are credited. In addition, Vidyalayas are also maintaining Vidyalaya Vikas Nidhi which came into existence after merging the then Pupil Fund, Maintenance & Development fund and Science Fund. Collection towards Computer Fund is also credited into VVN Account which is to be spent exclusively for computer education consumables, remuneration of computer instructors etc. Vidyalaya Vikas Nidhi is thus administered for the development of the School and overall welfare of the student community.
 
Activities at present covered under V.V.N. are mainly grouped as under:-
 
1. Annual Repairs & Maintenance etc: It includes repair & maintenance of School Building (Civil and Electricals), compound wall, Internal roads, furniture maintenance of Sports facilities and campus, Gardening & maintenance of School Park.
 
2. Classroom Facilities: Purchase, repair & maintenance of classroom furniture & fixtures, purchase and maintenance of Lab. Equipment including consumables as also the upkeep of laboratories, Purchase, maintenance and development of facilities such as library, academic facilities and infrastructure facilities, Vidyalaya magazine and student diary, Procurement, maintenance and development of Computer and Computer related technology including e-mail, inter net for students.
 
3. Student Activity and Welfare: Expenditure on Games and Sports, Scouts and Guides, Adventure/ Mountaineering/ Trekking, SUPW activities, Audio-visual activities, Pupils Societies, School Day Celebration, Conduct of Examination, School Day Celebration, Entertainment on Special occasion, Medical/Sanitation, Employment of workers on Part Time basis and any other expenditure for the benefit of the students/vidyalaya.
 
Revised rates of fees w.e.f. 01.04.2013
 
The scope of activities through the Vidyalaya Vikas Nidhi of the Kendriya Vidyalayas is enlarged in a geometrical progression day by day and the existing financial resources are inadequate to meet such new activities. In order to augment financial resources to meet additional requirement of funds, the VVN Contribution and Computer Fund is now revised with effect from 01.04.2013 as per details given below:-
 
Class
Existing fees per month (in Rupees)
Revised fees per month (in Rupees)
 
Tuition Fees
Computer Fund
(Class – III & above)
VVN
Contribution
Tuition
Fees
Computer Fund
(Class – III & above)
VVN
Contribution
I-VIIINil50240Nil100500
IX-X200 (Boys)50240200 (Boys)100500
XI-XII
Commerce & Humanities 
300 (Boys)50/100240300 (Boys)100/150*500
XI-XII
Science
400 (Boys)50/100300400 (Boys)100/150*500
 
Computer fund @ Rs. 150/- will be charged from the students who opt Computer Science/IP as an elective subject.
 
At present Government employees (whose wards constitute approximately 73% of total students enrolment) are entitled for reimbursement of fees @ Rs. 1250/- per month per child. Therefore, there shall be no burden on the parents as entire amount of revised fee will be reimbursable to them from their Office/Department concerned.
 
Remianing 27% of the school children are falling under the private categoroy (Vth category). Out of the 27%, 12% of the children are exempted from the payment of fees. However, even after the fee hike the fees charged by Kendriya Vidyalayas will be less than the prevailing fees charged by the private/ public schools in the country.
 
Causes for enhancement of fees and utilization of additional funds:-
 
(i) To provide for creation of ICT-enable class rooms in the Vidyalayas to modernize the teaching-learning environment as mandated through ICT policy of Govt of India which has further been stressed upon by the CBSE calling its affiliated institutions for conversion of at least one class room in each class into IT-enabled smart E-Class rooms, to begin with and increase the said infrastructure in a phased manner.
 
(ii) To provide for creation of corpus at RO/Hqrs level for meeting the infrastructural (building/sports etc.) requirements of the KVs as a whole by way of regular contribution in the form of remittance as certain percentage of the total collection of VVN fee. The existing contribution payable by the Vidyalayas to KVS RO Deposit Account, Regional Sports Control Board Account and National Sports Control Board Account at rate of 5%, 3% and 2% respectively will remain unchanged. In addition to the above a separate contribution of 20% will have to be remitted by all Kendriya Vidyalayas quarterly from the VVN collection to KVS (HQ) through their Regional Offices. Such contributions will be utilized by the KVS (HQ) towards major maintenance/ repairs and construction of additional class rooms/ laboratories/ playgrounds/ auditorium etc. for the existing Vidyalayas. This contribution may not be utilized for construction of school buildings/ staff quarters for the newly sanctioned Vidyalayas for which financial support is provided by Govt.
 
(iii) To provide for creation of suitable infrastructure for Language Labs etc.
 
(iv) To provide for suitable operational requirements of Fire safety.
 
(v) To meet the additional requirement toward the payment of salary to contractual teachers. In fact the rates for Payment to contractual teachers have been increased substantially which may cause a considerable financial burden on the VVN fund of the Vidyalayas.
 
(vi) Exemption from payment of any fee from 25% of students enrolled under RTE Act. This is likely to have multiplying effect by every year in the total strength of the school as such it is likely to lessen the VVN generation.
 
(vii) Apart from the exemption granted to RTE students, there is a provision of re-imbursement of Rs.4500/- per child per annum towards books, transportation, uniforms etc of the same lot of RTE students which is likely to cause considerable amount from VVN fund and hence requiring raising of fee, although the same may be got recouped from the Govt. but with no certainty as of now.
 
(viii) Exemption to BPL category students, single girl child students, disabled/challenged students etc have financial bearing on the collection of VVN for whom the expenditure is done by the Vidyalaya on holistic activities in normal course.
 
(ix) Revision of Minimum Wages by Govt. of Delhi/ respective states mandating the payment of enhance wages to the contractual staff employed for Security services, Conservancy services and horticulture/beautification activities of the Vidyalay.
 
(x) Providing of Medical facilities to the student community has been inducted by the KVS in the form of engagement of Doctors and Nurses on daily basis which is costing the VVN account of the Vidyalaya for Rs.42500/- per month (Rs. 1000+700=Rs.1700×25 days). This additional burden of regular expenditure needs to be compensated by way of raising the fee structure.
 
(xi) The KVS has approved the installation of Generator sets in the Vidyalayas out of VVN fund but the same has not been implemented in most of the schools due to paucity of funds which may get realized from the revenue generated through proposed fee hike.
 
(xii) Accidental compensation to the children while school hours.
 
(xiii) The provision of engagement of following categories has added to the additional expenditure to VVN account:
 
  • a.) Engagement of German teachers.
  • b.) Engagement of Data Entry Operators for ministerial works.
  • c.) Engagement of Counselors.
  • d.) Engagement of sub-staff against vacant posts/fire-fighting compliance/Generator set operator etc.
  • e.) Increased number of skilled staff viz sports coaches, dance, music, craft teachers etc.

 
(xiv) Above all, the substantial cost escalation in expenditure on all the items of expenditure warrants the fee revision to maintain the present status of the Kendriya Vidyalayas. To illustrate a few:
 
  • a.) Considerable enhancement in cost of annual Maintenance & Repair/Petty construction activities of Vidyalaya buildings.
  • b.) Cost escalation in Furniture items, Lab consumables, Sports goods, Examination related activities, pupil society items etc.
  • c.) Cost escalation in Electricity/Water charges, property tax, telephone expenses etc.
  • d.) Hike in stationery items viz computer cartridges, AMCs, printing papers, photocopies etc.

 
Source: www.kvsangathan.nic.in
[http://kvsangathan.nic.in/CircularsDocs/cir-actt-18-03-13.pdf]

Revision of Computer Fund and Vidyalaya Vikas Nidh (VVN) Contribution w.e.f. 1-4-2013

Revision of Computer Fund and Vidyalaya Vikas Nidh (VVN) Contribution w.e.f. 1-4-2013
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
18, Institutional Area Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg
New Delhi-16
F.110240/04/2013/KVS (Budget)
Dated: 19-03-2013
The Deputy Commissioner,
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan,
All Regional Offices.

Subject: Revision of Computer Fund and VVN Contribution w.e.f. 1-4-2013
 
Madam/Sir,
I am to invite your attention to the subject cited above and to state that a proposal for enhancement of Vidyalaya Vikas Nidhi and Computer Fund was placed before the 94th meeting of BOG of KVS held on 28th December 2012. Further as per the directions of Board the matter was placed before the Hon’ble HRM & Chairman of KVS for his kind approval. The Hon’ble HRM & Chairman of KVS has approved the proposed enhancement of fees viz Computer fund and VVN contribution as per the details given below:-

Class
Existing fees per month
(in Rupees)
Revised fees per month
(in Rupees)
 
Tuition
Fees
Computer Fund
(Class – III & above)
VVN
Contribution
Tuition
Fees
Computer Fund
(Class – III & above)
VVN
Contribution
I-VIII
Nil
50
240
Nil
100
500
IX-X
200
(Boys)
50
240
200 (Boys)
100
500
XI-XII
Commerce & Humanities 
300
(Boys)
50/100
240
300 (Boys)
100/150*
500
XI-XII
Science
400
(Boys)
50/100
300
400 (Boys)
100/150*
500
*For students opting Computer Science/IP as an elective
 
2.) With the issue of this letter, the provisions of Articles 59, 66 and 67A of the Accounts Code stand amended. The revised fee structure & amendment to Articles 59, 66 and 67A of the Accounts Code be circulated among all the Vidyalayas of your Region for timely implementation. The details of various exempted categories from the payment of fees is enclosed in the form of Annexure – A. It has also been decided that such exemptions will not be available to children of Govt. employees to whom the facility of reimbursement of such expenses from their departments is available.
 
3) The revised fees structure mentioned above take effect from 01.04.2013.
 
Receipt of this letter and action taken for its circulation may be intimated to this office within a fortnight.
 
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(M. Arumugam)
Joint Commissioner (Fin.)
 
ANNEXURE - A
 
A Category wise exemption from the payment of Tuition fee, VVN and Computer Fund

Category
Tuition fees
Computer Fund
VVN Contribution
Girls students from class I - XIIExempted No Exemption
SC & ST StudentsExempted No Exemption
Children of KVS employeesExempted No Exemption
Children of officers and men of armed forces and Paramilitary personnel killed or disabled during the hostilities 1962;1965;1971 and 1999 and as well as to the children of Defence Personnel of Indian Peace Keeping Force(IPKF) in Srilanka and personnel of armed forces killed or disabled in “Operation Meghdoot” in Seachen area and “Operation Vijay” in Kargil. x The said concession of exemption from payment of tuition fee, (VVN and Computer fund) is also extended to the children of Armed Forces and Para Military Forces personnel whose parents were killed/declared missing or permanently disabled during any counter insurgency operation in India or abroad. Provided the children produce the certificate granted by the concerned Ministry.ExemptedNo ExemptionExempted
Children of parents, who are living below poverty line, up to two children and having BPL cardExempted Exempted
Disabled students. (Subject to the condition laid down in KVS Letter No.F125-19/2007-08/KVS (Budget) dt.15.10.2009).Exempted Exempted
All girl students from classes VI to XII who happen to be the only child of their parents (w.e.f. 01.01.2006 from VVN & Computer Fund.)ExemptedExemptedExempted
Emergency Assistance to the studentsExemption of VVN for one academic session is allowed


Note :-
1. Exemption of various types of fees mentioned above will not be allowed hence forth to the children of Govt. employees as they are getting reimbursement from their departments.

2. Kendriya Vidyalayas under project sector are authorized to implement their own differential fee structure vide KVS Letter No. 6-1/91-KVS (Budget) dt.11.11.1999.


Source : www.kvsangathan.nic.in
[http://kvsangathan.nic.in/GeneralDocuments/ann-19-03-13.pdf]

Opening of CBEC Offices during the Last Week of March, 2013

Opening of CBEC Offices during the Last Week of March, 2013

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
19-March-2013 17:57 IST

Opening of Offices during the Last Week of March, 2013.

Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has decided to keep open its field formation offices on 29th, 30th & 31st March 2013 as a trade facilitation measure and as part of revenue collection exercise. All the field formations have also been directed to issue trade notices for the information of the trade.


Department of Financial Services has also been requested to issue instructions to have the banks open for longer hours on 26th, 28th and 30th March 2013 and open for at least half day on 27th and 29th (Gazetted holidays) and on 31st March (Sunday) .

Central Government Health Scheme : New Rates for Undergoing Angioplasty

Central Government Health Scheme : New Rates for Undergoing Angioplasty

Central Government Health Scheme - New revised package rates for Coronary Angioplasty under CGHS:

New Rates for Undergoing Angioplasty

The Government has revised the CGHS package rates for coronary angioplasty and angioplasty with balloon w.e.f. 7/2/2013 as per the following details:

Coronary Angioplasty and Angioplasty with Balloon

Coronary Angioplasty -  Rs. 50,000/-
Coronary Angioplasty with Balloon -  Rs. 55,000/-
 
All the empanelled private hospitals have not discontinued to provide angioplasty treatment to CGHS beneficiaries. However, ‘3’ hospitals in Delhi & NCR have  filed Writ Petitions in Hon’ble High Court of Delhi against the revised rates.

Meanwhile, the continuous empanelment scheme has been revived on 14th February, 2013 to empanel more number of eligible private hospitals under CGHS to provide inpatient healthcare facilities to CGHS beneficiaries.

This information was given by the Minister for Health & Family Welfare ShriGhulamNabi Azad in written reply to a question in the RajyaSabha today.

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