Saturday, August 3, 2013

7CPC: Seventh Pay Commission and Pending promotions of over 3 lakh employees: NFIR demonstrate in run-up to meeting on strike

7CPC: Seventh Pay Commission and Pending promotions of over 3 lakh employees: NFIR demonstrate in run-up to meeting on strike
Railwaymen demonstrate in run-up to meeting on strike: TOI

AHMEDABAD: A two-day meeting of the All India Working Committee of the National Federation of Indian Railwaymen will be held from August 7. The working committee will decide on the date for taking a secret ballot vote to go on strike. The employees are protesting against delays in appointing the Seventh Pay Commission and promotions of over 3 lakh employees, among other issues.

A large number of railway employees held demonstrations across the state. In Ahmedabad, the demonstrations were led by J G Mahurkar, general secretary, WR Mazdoor Sangh. "The issue of the Seventh Pay Commission and the implementation of the cadre-restructuring report for promotions have been pending with the railways and finance ministry for over two years. It's time the government takes action," said Mahurkar. They also demanded that the New Pension Scheme be scrapped and guaranteed pensions be given to railwaymen who have joined since April 1, 2004.

On June 24, the steering committee of the National Federation of Indian Railwaymen and Western Railway Mazdoor Sangh had taken the decision to conduct a strike ballot and paralyze operations if these demands were not met within the next three months. The union leader has demanded entry pay of Rs 42,000 for station masters. He further said that the railway ministry should rectify the anomalies of the Sixth Pay Commission, which are harming the operating staff and trackmen.

Mahurkar also demanded that the ministry increase the fixed medical allowance from Rs 300 to Rs 1,000 for pensioners.

Source: TOI

Retirement Age 62 – Cabinet's decision to increase retirement age has been postponed, might be decided on 15th August

 Retirement Age 62 – Cabinet decision to increase retirement age deferred

Cabinet decision to increase retirement age deferred

The government may make the announcement in the Prime Minister’s 15 August address…

A proposal to increase the retirement age of government employees from 60 to 62 years came to the Cabinet on Thursday but a decision was deferred. The government might make the announcement in the Prime Minister’s Independence Day address, his last before general elections in 2014. The ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions has proposed an increase in retirement age of government employees from 60 to 62 years, top sources confirmed.

There are around five million central government employees in India. The previous occassion the government raised the retirement age of central government employees was in 1998, from 58 to 60 years. The move is meant to ease the financial burden on the government in terms of its pension liabilities, sources said.

The retirement age of professors in all central universities was recently raised to 65 years. D L Sachdev, national secretary of the All India Trade Union Congress, said his union was totally against the increase of the retirement age beyond 60. It would hurt the youth, especially when the government is doing nothing to create jobs for them, Sachdev said.

Congress-affiliated Indian National Trade Union Congress national president Sanjeeva Reddy said his union had been demanding increase in the retirement age to 62 years and would welcome it.

Minister for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions V Narayanaswami had ruled out an increase in the retirement age to a question in Parliament in the winter session this year. An official in the ministry, when asked, refused to speak about it.

Source : www.business-standard.com
[http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/cabinet-decision-to-increase-retirement-age-deferred-113080201034_1.html]

Dearness Relief to Bank Pensioner for the period August 2013 to January 2014

 Dearness Relief to Bank Pensioner for the period August 2013 to January 2014

Indian Banks' Association
HR & INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
No.CIR/HR&IR176/D/G2/2013-2014/7589
August 1, 2013

Designated Officers of all Member Banks
which are parties to the Bipartite Settlement on Pension

Dear Sirs,

Dearness Relief payable to Pensioners for the period August 2013 to January 2014

The confirmed All India Average Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers (Base 1960=100) for the quarter ended June, 2013 are as follows:-
April 2013    5158.65
May 2013    5204.31
June 2013    5272.78
In terms of Regulation 37 of Bank Employees' Pension Regulations, 1995 dearness relief is payable to pensioners at rates specified in Appendix II to the Regulations.
Pending amendments to Pension Regulations, Banks may pay on ad hoc basis, the dearness relief payable to pensioners for the period August 2013 to January 2014 as per Annexure.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
K UNNIKRISHNAN
DY. CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Source: http://www.iba.org.in/Documents/scan0014.pdf

Dearness Relief to Bank Employees for the period August, 2013 to January, 2014 to surviving pre 1.1.1986 retirees of banks who are in receipt of Ex-gratia

Dearness Relief to Bank Employees for the period August, 2013 to January, 2014 to surviving pre 1.1.1986 retirees of banks who are in receipt of Ex-gratia

Indian Banks' Association

HR & INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
No.CIR/FIR&1R176/D/G2/2013-14/7588
August 1, 2013
Designated Officers of all Nationalised Banks and
Associate Banks of State Bank of India

Dear Sirs,

Dearness Relief payable for the period August, 2013 to January, 2014 to surviving pre 1.1.1986 retirees of banks who are in receipt of Ex-gratia

As per the directive contained in the Government of India, Ministry of Finance Department of Economic Affairs (Banking Division) letter F.No.11/3/92-IR dated 26th November, 1998, the Dearness Relief payable to surviving pre 1.1.1986 retirees of banks for the period August 2013 to January 2014 will be as under :

PeriodApplicable
CPI
Average
Amount of
Ex-gratia
per month
Rate of
Dearness
Relief
Amount of
Dearness Relief
per month
Total Ex-gratia
amount
including
Dearness Relief
per month

Rs.%Rs.Rs.
August 2013
to
January 2014
5211300771.8423162616

sd/-
K UNNIKRISHNAN
DY. CHIEF EXECUTIVE


Source: http://www.iba.org.in/Documents/scan0013.pdf

Dearness Allowance for Bank Employees: 88.95% for the month of August, September & October 2013

Dearness Allowance for Bank Employees: 88.95% for the month of August, September & October 2013

Indian Banks' Association
HR & INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
No.CIR/HR&IR/76/D/2013-14/7581

1st August, 2013
All Members of the Association (Designated Officers)

Dear Sirs,

Dearness Allowance for Workmen and Officer Employees in banks for the months of August, September & October 2013 under IX BPS/Joint Note dt. 27.4.10

The confirmed All India Average Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers (Base1960-100) for the quarter ended June 2013 are as follows:-

April 2013-    5158.65
May 2013-    5204.31
June 2013    -    5272.78
Consequently, dearness allowance to employees is payable for 593 slabs for the period August, September & October 2013 i.e. an increase of 32 slabs over the current level.

In terms of clause 7 of the 9th Bipartite Settlement dated 27.04.2010 and clause 3 of the Joint Note dated 27.04.2010, the rate of dearness allowance payable to workmen and officer employees for the months of August, September & October 2013 shall be 88.95% of 'pay'. While arriving at dearness allowance payable, decimals from third place may please be ignored.

We advise banks to pay the difference between the old and revised salary and allowances to officers on an ad hoc basis, pending amendments to Officers' Service Regulations.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(K. Unnikrishnan)
Deputy Chief Executive
Source: http://www.iba.org.in/Documents/scan0002.pdf

Amendment to the Right to Information Act, 2005

Amendment to the Right to Information Act, 2005

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

02-August-2013 14:41 IST

Amendment to the Right to Information Act, 2005

The Union Cabinet has approved introduction of a Bill in the coming session of the Parliament to amend the Right to Information Act, 2005, to exclude the political parties from the definition of Public authority for the purpose of the Act.

The Central Information Commission (CIC) in its decision dated 03.06.2013, has held that the political parties, namely, AICC/INC, BJP, CPI(M), CPI, NCP, and BSP are public authorities under Section 2(h) of the RTI Act. While deciding that the said political parties are public authorities, the CIC has relied mainly on the grounds that there is substantial (indirect) financing of political parties by the Central Government and they perform public duty.

The political parties are registered with the Election Commission under the provisions of section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. Under this section any small group of persons, if they so desire, can be registered as a political party by making a simple declaration under sub-section (5) of section 29A.
With reference to the political parties, detailed provisions exist in the Representation of the People Act, 1951 which provides for dissemination of information relating to political parties, candidates and donations. The said Act, inter alia, provides for –

•    Registration with the Election Commission of associations and bodies as political parties (section 29A)
•    Political parties entitled to accept contribution (section 29B)
•    Declaration of donation received by the political parties (section 29C)
•    Declaration of assets and liabilities (section 75A)
•    Account of election expenses and maximum thereof (section 77)
•    Lodging of account with the district election officer (section 78)
•    Penalty for filing false affidavit etc. (section 125A)
The above provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 indicate that there are sufficient provisions in the Act to deal with each and every aspect of financing, its declaration and punishment for filing false affidavit and all such information is made available to the public through the website of the Election Commission.

Under section 13A of the Income-tax Act, 1961, the political parties claiming exemption from tax are required to file their return of income before the due date before the tax authorities along with audited accounts; and form 24A prescribed under section 29C of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 read with Rule 85B of the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 declaring the list of persons making donations to the political parties exceeding 20,000/- rupees.

As per section 138 of the Income-tax Act, any information with the Income-tax Department would be ordinarily held confidential, but can be made public, if in the judgment of the Commissioner of Income-tax, it serves public purpose.
Under section 10A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, for failure to lodge the account of election expenses as per the requirement of law, the defaulting candidate may be disqualified by the Election Commission for three years from the date of the order of disqualification.

Section 29C of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, provides that each political party shall submit report to the Election Commission (before filing its income-tax return) regarding all contributions in excess of 20000/- rupees received by it in a financial year and failure to submit this report will deprive them of the tax benefit. Further, the candidates are required to file affidavit along with their nomination papers giving the annual income of the candidate and filing of false affidavit attract punishment for furnishing wrong information.
The RTI Act was enacted to provide for an effective framework for effectuating the right of information recognised under Article 19 of the Constitution. The RTI Act was enacted to ensure greater and more effective access to information by making the Freedom of Information Act, 2002 more progressive, participatory and meaningful.

The definition of public authority given in clause (h) of section 2 of the RTI Act is well defined to include only such authority or body constituted by or under the Constitution or by any law made by Parliament which is substantially financed directly or indirectly by funds provided by the appropriate Government. The political parties do not fall within the parameters of the definition of public authority given in the RTI Act, as they are only registered and recognised under the RP Act, 1951.

Source : PIB News

Employment News : Vacancies in Clerical Cadre - Direct Recruitment quota

Employment News : Vacancies in Clerical Cadre - Direct Recruitment quota

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)
(RAILWAY BOARD)
RBE No-74 /2013.
No. E (NG)-II/91/RR-1/20
New Delhi, Dated 29.7.2013

The General Manager (P),
All Zonal Railways/Production Units, CORE/AlIahabad,
MTP/Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, CAO (R), DMW/Patiala, COFMOW/New Delhi,
Director General, RDSO/Lucknow, RSC/Vadora,
Director, IRISE/Secundrabad, IRICEN/Pune, IRIEEN/Nasik &
IRJM&EE/Jamalpur and Chairmen/Railway Recruitment Boards.
Managing Director/Konkan Railway Corporation Limited.

Sub: Vacancies in Clerical Cadre - Direct Recruitment quota.

Attention is invited to Board’s letter of even number dated 15.6.2010 (RBE No.88/2010) on the above subject, where in instructions had been issued for extending the currency of instructions contained in RBE No.210/1991 pertaining to freezing of 25% of the vacancies falling within the direct recruitment quota in the category of Clerks in Pay Band-I of Rs.5200-20200 (Grade Pay: Rs.1900) and in Senior Clerks in Pay Band-I of Rs.5200-20200 (Grade Pay: Rs.2800) and 20% in the category of Junior Accounts Assistant in Pay Rand-I of Rs.5200-20200 (Grade pay: Rs.2800) and Accounts Clerk in Pay Band-I of Rs.5200-20200 (Grade Pay : Rs.1900). The question of continuance of the above freeze orders has been considered by the Board and it has been decided to extend the currency of the instructions mentioned for a further period up to 31.12.2013. Rest of the vacancies may be filled up after reviewing the requirement of clerical staff.

2. In this regard, Board also desire that the Railways and Production Units should furnish information regarding the sanctioned strength of Junior Clerk, Senior Clerk, Junior Accounts Assistant and Accounts Clerk as on 1.4.92 and as on 1.1.2013 as well as their views with respect to continuance or otherwise of such a freeze order for future in the said categories of staff.

3. The instructions will be effective from the date of expiry of earlier freeze order i.e.01.01.2013.

4. It has also come to the notice of this Ministry that the instructions on this freeze order is being interpreted by certain railway establishments in the manner as if there is total ban to till up the posts in question. It is clarified that these instructions only limit percentage of recruitment and should not be construed as complete ban. Remaining posts may, therefore, be filled up by the Railways in terms of instructions on the subject.
Please acknowledge receipt.

(Hindi version will follow.)
29.7.2013
(Harsha Dass)
Director Estt. (N) -II
Railway Board
Source : www.indianrailways.gov.in
[http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/establishment/ENG-II/Rbe_74_010813.pdf]

KVS Orders - Examination of membership for the proposed association “Kendriya Vidyalaya Democratic Teacher’s Association” (KVDTA) + reg.

KVS Orders - Examination of membership for the proposed association “Kendriya Vidyalaya Democratic Teacher’s Association” (KVDTA) + reg.

KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN
18, Institutional Area, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg,
New Delhi 110 016
F.11083-3/2012-KVS HQ (Admn.-I)
Dated : 01-08-2013
The Deputy Commissioner
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
All Regional Offices

Sub: Examination of membership for the proposed association “Kendriya Vidyalaya Democratic Teacher’s Association” (KVDTA) —reg.

Sir/Madam,

I am to refer to the subject noted above and to inform you to that Ms.G.Renuka Devi, General Secretary, Kendriya Vídyalaya Democratic Teachers Association (KVDTA) has applied for recognition of Kendriya Vidyalaya Democratic Teachers Association (KVDTA).

You are therefore, requested to authorize the Principals of Kendriya Vidyalayas in your Region under intimation to this office as well as the aforesaid applicant to obtain the consent of the teachers who desires to be the members of Kendriya Vidyalaya Democratic Teachers Association (KVDTA) as per letter of authoriztion mentioned in Annexure-'B’ Appendix-XLLII(A) of Education Code for Kendriya Vidyalayas and deduct the subscription @ Rs. 120/- from the pay bill of September, 2013, positively.

The amount deducted on this account may be retained in the Vidyalyas account till further instructions are issued from this office. Point No. 8 of Appendix - XLII(A) (Annexure-A) of Education Code for Kendriya Vidyalayas may please be referred to. Further DDO of Kendriya Vidyalayas be directed to furnish the data to Regional Offices in Annexure-F of the said Appendix of the Education Code for KVs.

Further more, you are requested to send the compiled record of membership of this proposed association i.e. kendriya Vidyalaya Democratic Teachers Assocation (KVDTA) in the prescribed proforma enclosed herewith to this office Iatet by 15.10.2013 through E-mail followed by hard copy positively so that further appropriate action for recognition of association may be taken,.

These instructions may please be kindly be adhered to strictly.
Yours faithfully
sd/-
(Dr.E.Prabhakar)
Joint Commissioner (Pers.)

Source: www.kvsangathan.nic.in
[http://kvsangathan.nic.in/CircularsDocs/CIR-MISC-02-08-13.PDF]

CGHS Orders : Empanelment of private hospitals (including denial clinics and eye centres) and diagnostic centres under CGHS DELHI & NCR

CGHS Orders : Empanelment of private hospitals (including denial clinics and eye centres) and diagnostic centres under CGHS DELHI & NCR

No: S.11045/23/2013-CGHS D.II/HEC
Government of India
Directorate General of Central Government Health Scheme
Department of Health & Family Welfare

Bikaner House Hutments Shahjahan Road
New Delhi 110 108 dated the 1st Aug 2013

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Empanelment of private hospitals (including denial clinics and eye centres) and diagnostic centres under CGHS DELHI & NCR

The undersigned is directed to invite reference to the empanelment of hospitals under CGHS vide Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s Office Memorandum No:S.10111/23/2009-CGHS D.II/Hospital Cell (Part IX) dated 14.02.2013, vide which 'Continuous Empanelment Scheme’ for private hospitals (including dental clinics and eye centres), diagnostic laboratories and Imaging Centres under CGHS was revived with a view to empanel more health care institutions for CGHS beneficiaries. Accordingly, after following due process, a list of following hospitals (including dental clinics and eye centres), diagnostic centres and Imaging centres has been finalized as per terms and conditions laid down in the O.M. referred to above as well as signing of MOA and execution of performance Bank Guarantee by them signifying acceptance of terms and conditions of empanelment and rates notified by CGHS in 2010 & in O.M No.Misc.1002/2006/CGHS(R&H)/CGHS (P) dated 7/2/2013.

2. The hospitals (including dental clinics and eye centres), diagnostic laboratories and Imaging Centres, which find their names in the list of hospitals, diagnostic laboratories and Imaging Centres approved for empanelment under CGHS in Delhi & NCR are empanelled for a period of one year from the date of issue of this Office Memorandum or till next new empanelment, whichever is earlier.

3. This Office Memorandum and the rates applicable under CGHS for hospitals (including dental clinics and eye centre), diagnostic laboratories and Imaging Centres can be downloaded from the website of CGHS, http://msotransparent.nic.in./cghsnew/index.asp.
End: As above
sd/-
(Dr. Sharda Verma)
Additional Director CGHS (HQ)
Source : www.msotransparent.nic.in/cghsnew/index.asp
[http://msotransparent.nic.in/writereaddata/cghsdata/mainlinkfile/File607.pdf]

CGHS Orders - Regarding empanelment of Jain Neurological Centre, Jagriti Enclave, New Delhi under CGHS, Delhi

CGHS Orders - Regarding empanelment of Jain Neurological Centre, Jagriti Enclave, New Delhi under CGHS, Delhi
No: S.11011/03/2012-13/CGHS (HEC)
Government of India
Directorate General of Central Government Health Scheme

Maulana Azad Road, Nirman Bhawan,
New Delhi 110 108 dated the 26th July 2013

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Regarding empanelment of Jain Neurological Centre, Jagriti Enclave, New Delhi under CGHS, Delhi

With reference to the above mentioned matter the undersigned is directed to draw attention to the Office Memorandum of even number dated 18.12.2012 vide which Jain Neurological Centre, Jagriti Enclave Delhi was removed from the list of empanelled hospitals under CGHS, Delhi till further orders. In response to the representations received an inspection of Jain Neurological Centre, Jagriti Enclave was carried out on 23.5.2013 by a team of CGHS officers to as certain whether the deficiendes pointed out in the earlier inspection were rectified or not.

2. Based on the findings of the inspection report, empanelment of above hospital has been restored w.e.f 1.8.2013 till 31.3.2014 or till next empanelnent whichever is earlier for all available facilities on the same terms and conditions on which this hospital was empanelled under CGHS prior to 18.12.2012.

sd/-
[Dr. Sharda Verma]
Additional Director CGHS(HQ)
Source : www.msotransparent.nic.in/cghsnew/index.asp
[http://msotransparent.nic.in/writereaddata/cghsdata/mainlinkfile/File608.pdf]

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