Monday, August 26, 2013

Digital Signatures Under Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO)

Digital Signatures Under Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO)

The Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has not made it mandatory for all employers with more than 1000 workers to send their digital signatures to the EPFO.

However, Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is implementing the facility for online claim settlement in respect of transfer claims. This facility is optional and the claims can either be filed on line or through physical form. The system will be made operative after digital signature of willing employer or his representative is registered with EPFO. Necessary communication to this effect has already been sent to all employers and the process of registration of digital signature has also begun.

The electronic challan return (ECR) filed by employers show that the number of employees employed by an establishment changes from month to month. However, an analysis of ECR between February, 2013 to June, 2013 suggests that out of 7,43,045 enrolled establishment under Employees’ Provident Fund & Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952, 5232 establishment reported more than 1000 contributing members.

Registration of digital signature with EPFO is not mandatory. However, field offices of EPFO have been instructed to make maximum efforts to obtain digital signatures of the employers or their re-presentatives.

This information was given by Minister of State for Labour & Employment Shri Kodikunnil Suresh in the Lok Sabha today in reply to a written question.

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Source: PIB

No Scholarships in Kendriya Vidyalayas: Govt reply in Rajya Sabha

No Scholarships in Kendriya Vidyalayas: Govt reply in Rajya Sabha

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF  HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-1742
ANSWERED ON-26.08.2013

Scholarships in Kendriya Vidyalayas

1742 . SHRI FAGGAN SINGH KULASTE

(a) whether Government provides scholarships to students belonging to Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes in Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs);
(b) if not, the reasons therefor;
(c) whether there is a provision of giving admission to the wards of Government or non-Government employees in all KVs; and
(d) if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT (DR. SHASHI THAROOR)

(a) & (b) No, Sir. There is no scholarship scheme for the students belonging to any specific category as the Kendriya Vidyalayas are substantially supported by the Government, due to which the fee structure of these Vidyalayas is much lower as compared to other schools.

(c) & (d) Yes, Sir. The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan has laid down the following priorities in granting admissions under the Civil/Defence Sector:-

(i) Children of transferable and non-transferable Central Government employees including ex-servicemen. This will also include children of foreign national officials, who come on deputation or transfer to India on invitation by the Govt. of India.

(ii) Children of transferable and non-transferable employees of Autonomous Bodies/Public Sector Undertakings/Institute of Higher Learning of the Government of India.

(iii) Children of transferable and non-transferable State Government employees.

(iv) Children of transferable and non-transferable employees of Autonomous Bodies / Public Sector Undertakings/Institute of Higher Learning of the State Governments.

(v) Children from any other category including the children of foreign nationals who are located in India due to their work or for any personal reasons. They would be considered only in case there are no Indian Nationals waitlisted for admission.

Source: Rajya Sabha

23rd meeting of the SCOVA to be held on 20th September, 2013 in New Delhi

23rd meeting of the SCOVA to be held on 20th September, 2013 in New Delhi

F. No. 42/6/2013-P&PW(G)

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi- 110003
Date: - 26th August, 2013

To,
All the Pensioners Associations under present SCOVA.

Subject: 23rd meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) under the Chairmanship of Hon'ble MOS (PP) to be held on 20th September, 2013 in New Delhi.

- Intimation regarding VENUE and TIME.


Sir,
In continuation to this Department's letter of even No. dated 26th July, 2013 regarding holding of 23rd meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) under the Chairmanship of Hon'ble MOS (PP), the venue, date and time of the meeting is indicated below.

Venue : Committee Room - A,
Ground Floor,
Vigyan Bhawan Annexe,
Maulana Azad Road,
New Delhi 110 011
(Near Nirman Bhawan)

Date: 20th September, 2013.

Time: 4.00 PM

3.Because of the consideration of space, only one representative may attend the above said meeting.

4.Only one outstation member will be paid TA/DA and local members will be paid conveyance charges in accordance with the rules/instructions. Outstation members will be paid TA/DA as per their last entitlement on retirement. Therefore, members are requested to bring copy of PPOfor determining the entitlement of their TA/DA claims.

5.This Department looks forward to your participation in the meeting.

Yours faithfully,
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(Sujasha Choudhury)
Dy. Secretary (P)

Source: http://pensionersportal.gov.in

Demands of Staff of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas: Rajya Sabha Q&A

Demands of Staff of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas: Rajya Sabha Q&A

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF  HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
RAJYA SABHA

STARRED QUESTION NO-237

ANSWERED ON-26.08.2013

Demands of Staff of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas

237 . SHRI MOTILAL VORA

a) the details of demands put forward by teaching and non-teaching staff of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas;

(b) the date from which the demands of the representatives of various staff associations of these vidyalayas would be considered in a time-bound manner and by when this process would be completed; and

(c) the reasons for not considering their demands so far?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT (SHRI M.M. PALLAM RAJU)

(a)&(b) The teaching and non-teaching staff of some of the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) had proceeded on strike with effect from 6.02.2013 for fulfillment of various demands relating to their service conditions. The studies of the students were seriously disrupted due to this strike close to the annual examinations and it was of serious concern to the Government as Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas have been set up to enable talented students from rural areas to progress at faster pace to compete with their urban counterpart on an equal footing. After detailed discussions with the representatives of various Staff Association of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, the strike was called off with effect from 15.2.2013 with an assurance to the employees for a sympathetic consideration of all the genuine demands. A list of 23 demands put forward by teaching and non-teaching staff of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas is annexed.

2. The major demand of the employees was for introduction of Pension-cum-GPF Scheme under Pension Rule 1972 for the employees recruited before 1.1.2004. For this inter-ministerial consultations have already been started and are presently at an advanced stage. Some demands related to service conditions like up-gradation of pay scales, sanction of additional posts, some allowances and other miscellaneous demands relating to day to day working conditions of the JNVs.

3. Detailed discussions have already been held by the Ministry and the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti with the representatives of the employees. Several demands require consideration by different Ministries/Department of Government of India and Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS). 15 of the 23 demands have already been settled.

(c) Does not arise.
Source: Rajya Sabha Q&A

Advanced increments on completion of Ph.Ds

Advanced increments on completion of Ph.Ds

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF  HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-1734
ANSWERED ON-26.08.2013

Advanced increments on completion of Ph. Ds

1734 . SHRI ALOK TIWARI
ARVIND KUMAR SINGH

(a) whether Government has granted three advanced increments for Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Professors in Central universities on completion of their Ph.Ds;
(b) if so, the details thereof;
(c) whether this facility is not being extended to Librarians, Physical Directors etc. posted in Central Universities like Jamia Milia Islamia and BHU;
(d) if so, the reasons therefor; and
(e) the steps Government would take to grant three increments to Librarians, Physical Directors etc.?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

(DR. SHASHI THAROOR)

(a) & (b) : Yes, Sir. As per the University Grants Commission (UGC) Regulations, 2010 on the subject, those teachers who complete their Ph.D. Degree while in service are entitled to 3 non-compounded advance increments if such a Ph.D. is in the discipline of employment and has been awarded by a University complying with the process prescribed by UGC for enrolment, course work, evaluation etc.

(c) to (e) : As MHRD has been informed by UGC, the benefit of three non-compounded advance increments has been extended to the Assistant Librarian / College Librarians but not to the Assistant / College Director of Physical Education of all the Central Universities including the Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) and the Banaras Hindu University (BHU). However, as reported by JMI, the requests for the grant of advance increments to some of the Assistant Librarians could not be acceded to as they acquired their Ph.D. degrees prior to the notification of UGC Regulations, 2010.

Source: Rajya Sabha Q&A

Reservation of employees in central universities

Reservation of employees in central universities

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF  HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-1733
ANSWERED ON-26.08.2013

Reservation of employees in central universities

1733 . SHRI FAGGAN SINGH KULASTE

(a) the number of central universities operating in the country and whether the employees belonging to Scheduled Castes/Tribes have been selected on the basis of reservation ratio in these universities;
(b) if so, the details of such central universities and the percentage of reservation given therein, university-wise;
(c) whether admission into these universities to the students of Scheduled Castes/Tribes is given on the basis of reservation; and
(d) the number of such students admitted during the last five years?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
(DR. SHASHI THAROOR)

(a)&(b): There are 40 Central Universities (CUs) under the purview of this Ministry. The CUs follow the Government’s reservation policy for the Scheduled Castes (SC) and the Scheduled Tribes (ST) in teaching and Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ non-teaching posts and State Government’s reservation policy for remaining non-teaching posts. The CU-wise percentage of SCs and STs, in teaching and non-teaching posts, is given in the Annexure.

(c): The Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admissions) Act, 2006 provides for 15%, 7.5% and 27% reservation for the admission of SC, ST and OBC students, respectively, subject to exemptions provided in the Act. Some of the CUs have achieved their specified quota of reservation in admission, while others have not.
(d): The year-wise number of SC/ST students admitted in the CUs is as under:

Year
Students Admitted
SCs
STs
2008-09
44907
45119
2009-10
48746
55729
2010-11
57041
45585
2011-12
59096
52659
2012-13
57240
52350

Source: Rajya Sabha Q&A

PFRDA Orders - Portability of PRAN – NPS Lite/Swavalamban to NPS – All Citizen Model and other sectors

PFRDA Orders - Portability of PRAN – NPS Lite/Swavalamban to NPS – All Citizen Model and other sectors

Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority
CIRCULAR

PFRDA/2013/13 /PDEX/08

20th August 2013

Subject: Portability of PRAN – NPS Lite/Swavalamban to NPS – All Citizen Model and other sectors

There were several requests from NPS Lite/Swavalamban subscribers seeking porting of their PRANs from NPS Lite/Swavalamban to the All Citizen Model of NPS(UOS). PFRDA after examining the matter has approved the shifting/porting of NPS/Lite/Swavalamban accounts to NPS-All Citizen model and other Sectors through an Inter platform shift process which is detailed as below:

1. The subscriber has to submit the following documents to the new nodal office (POP/PAO/DDO etc) who in turn will process the application and forward the document to CRA.

a. Duly filled in Inter platform shift (IPTR-1) form along with the duly filled in registration form of the sector to which he wishes to migrate

b. Submit the PRAN already issued and in absence of PRAN has to provide a notorised affidavit as to the reasons for non-submission.

2. CRA upon receipt of request would initiate the process for creation of new Permanent Retirement Account (PRA) with new PRAN for the subscriber on the target platform and disable the earlier PRAN of the subscriber in the system. The earlier/old PRAN would not be allotted to anybody else in the system. Also, the earlier record would be tagged to the new account for audit trail as well as for knowing information like if the subscriber has availed Swavalamban benefit under the earlier PRAN or not etc.

3. CRA would issue necessary instructions for monetization of the accumulated corpus in the old/earlier PRAN and also necessary instructions for crediting of such accumulated corpus received upon monetization into the new PRAN account. The entire activity would be a controlled activity from CRA end.

4. There would not be any requirement of providing KYC documents once again by the subscriber, if the same have been submitted/collated at the time of subscriber registration under NPS already and the address provided in the new registration for is matching with that of existing record. If there is any change in the address from the existing NPS account address proof need to be submitted afresh. The CRA would tag the KYC documents to the new PRAN and ensure that all the required details are available.

5. CRA would print and dispatch the PRAN card directly to the subscriber/aggregator as the case may be and CRA would not be charging any extra charges for the same.

Subscribers intending to shift their PRAN from NPS Lite/Swavalamban to All Citizen Model and other sectors may approach the new/intended contribution uploading office (POP/PAO/DDO etc) for doing the needful on the matter. The format for Inter platform shift (IPTR-1) form is being attached along with the circular.
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Venkateswarlu Peri
General Manager
Source: www.pfrda.org.in
[http://pfrda.org.in/writereaddata/linkimages/Circular%20on%20Inter%20platfrom%20Shifting837264889.pdf]

Eligibility criteria for Motor Car, Motorcycle, Scooter and Moped Advances

Eligibility criteria for Motor Car, Motorcycle, Scooter and Moped Advances
Eligibility criteria for Motor Car Advance : Employees drawing Pay in the Pay Band Rs.19,530 or more are eligible for the grant f the advance.

Motorcycle, Scooter and Moped : Pay in the pay band of Rs.8560 or more and advances for purchase of Bicycle and Warm Clothing(Grade pay not exceed Rs.2800) are being treated as interest advances from 7.10.2008.

PRINCIPAL CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS
107, LOWER AGRAM ROAD, AGRAM POST, BANGALORE-560007

CIRCULAR

NO. AN/II/1831/MC
DTD: 24th June 2013

To:
1) All Sections in Main Office
2) All Sub-Offices under PCDA Bangalore
3) All HAL (DAD) Offioes

SUB: Grant of scooter / Motor cycle advances 2013 - 14

It is proposed to prepare a fresh panel of applicants for scooter / Motor cycle advance for the year 2013-14. All those Officers / Staff eligible as per conditions given below and are desirous of applying may be advised to submit their applications in the prescribed Proforma alongwith Invoice / Estimates from the authorised dealer.

1) i) For Scooter/Motorcycle/Moped: All those Staff / Officers whose pay in the Pay band of Rs.8560/- or more for Scooter / Motor Cycle / Moped advances.

ii) All those Staff whose pay in the pay band of Rs.8560/- or less can apply for Moped advance only.

2) Such of those officers / staff who had applied earlier but have not been sanctioned Scooter / Motor Cycle /Moped advance are also required to submit fresh applications. In-complete applications received will not be entertained.

3) Individuals who fulfill the conditions of Rule 17 of GFR Pt-II only have to apply for Scooter / Motorcycle advance.

4) Individuals seeking to purchase IInd hand vehicle should clearly mention the same in their application, and consent note of the seller with Vehicle No and cost should be enclosed.

5) The advance for purchase of scooter / motorcycle is subject to availability of funds.

6) The contents of this circular may please be brought to the notice of all staff members and their applications forwarded immediately, so as to reach this office on or before 10/07/2013 positively.

7) Applications only in respect of eligible persons may be forwarded to this office duly recommended by the Head of the Office.

Please acknowledge receipt.
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ACDA (AN)
Source : www.pcdablr.gov.in
[http://www.pcdablr.gov.in/circular/adv-comp-scor.pdf]

DCMAF - Revision of nutritious dietary allowance to Lactating female members and spouses of the male members

DCMAF - Revision of nutritious dietary allowance to Lactating female members and spouses of the male members
 DCMAF - Revision of nutritious dietary allowance to Lactating female members and spouses of the male members has been reduced from Rs. 3,200/- for four months (@ Rs.800/- per month) to Rs. 2,800/- for four months (@ Rs. 700/- per month).

As per the decision taken in the 57th Annual meeting of the Managing Committee of Defence Civilians Medical Aid Fund (DCMAF), the additional subscription also to be paid per year, till the subscription rates are revised.
Important Circular

Controller General of Defence Accounts
Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt — 110 010

No. AN/VII/7089/DCMAF
Dated: 20.08.2013
To,
The PCDA/CDA
The PCA (Fys) Kolkata
The CFA (Fys)
AN-IV Section (Local)

Sub:- Revision in subscription rates etc.

A copy of Ministry of Defence, Defence Civilians Medical Aid Fund Circular No. F-192/Vol-V/DCMAF dated 17th July 2013 on the above subject is forwarded herewith for your information and necessary action.

2. It is requested that the contents of this letter may be widely disseminated for information of all members/employees under your administrative control.

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(S C Gupta)
For CGDA
Tel : 011-23011185
No.F-192/Vol-V/DCMAF

Defence Civilians Medical Aid Fund (DCMAF)
Ministry of Defence
Room No. PC - 1, B-Block
Dalhousie Road, New Delhi-110011

17th July 2013
To
Heads of All Defence Units/Estts
All Labour Welfare Commissioners

The 57th Annual meeting of the Managing Committee of Defence Civilians Medical Aid Fund (DCMAF) was held on 28th June 2013 under the Chairmanship of the Defence Secretary. The following decisions were taken in the meeting:

(i) Members be requested to pay additional Rs.20/- per member per year, till the subscription rates are revised;

(ii) The amount of nutritious dietary allowance to Lactating female members and spouses of the male members has been reduced from Rs. 3,200/- for four months (@ Rs.800/- per month) to Rs. 2,800/- for four months (@ Rs. 700/- per month);

(iii) All members must apply for the ‘Lactating Mother’ allowance alongwith the Birth Certificate within two months from the date of delivery and Unit / Estts must submit the request to DCMAF within another one month. Delayed cases beyond this period will not be entertained’;

(iv) 'Accidental Ex-gratia’ Grant to the dependents of the member on duty has been stopped as the family of the deceased employee is entitled to get the same from the Govt under ‘Worksman Compensation Act'.

4. The above provisions will be effective for compliance from 01st August 2013.

5. It is requested that the contents of this letter may be widely disseminated for information of all members/employees under your administrative control.

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(Poonam Goila)
Dy CAO (DCW) &
Hony Secretary/DCMAF
Source: www.cgda.nic.in
[http://cgda.nic.in/circulars/rev_subscr.pdf]

PCDA Orders - Eligibility criteria for Computer Advance

PCDA Orders - Eligibility criteria for Computer Advance

PRINCIPAL CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS
107, LOWER AGRAM ROAD, AGRAM POST, BANGALORE-560007

NO. AN/II/1832/Comp.Adv
DTD: 24th June 2013

To:
1) All Sections in Main Office
2) All Sub-Offices under PCDA Bangalore
3) All HAL (DAD) Offices

SUB: GRANT OF COMPUTER ADVANCE - 2012-13.

It is proposed to prepare a fresh panel of applicants for Computer advance for the year 2013-14. All those Officers / Staff who are eligible as per conditions given below and are desirous of applying may be advised to submit their applications in the Prescribed Proforma alongwith Invoice / estimates from the authorised dealer.

1) All those Staff / Officers whose Pay in the Pay-Band of Rs.8560/­- or more can apply fur Computer advance.

2) Such of those Officers / Staff who had applied earlier, but have Not been sanctioned Computer advance are also required to submit Fresh applications. In-complete applications received will not be Entertained

3) Individuals who fulfill the conditions of Rule 17 (ii) & Rule 21(5) Of GFR Pt-II only have to apply for Computer advance.

4) The advance for purchase of Computer is subject to availability of Funds.

5) The contents of the Circular may please be brought to the notice of All staff members and their applications forwarded immediately, so as to reach this office on or before 10th July 2013 positively.

6) Applications only in respect of eligible persons may be forwarded to this office duly recommended by the Head of the Office.

Please acknowledge receipt.
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ACDA(AN)
Source : www.pcdablr.gov.in
[http://www.pcdablr.gov.in/circular/adv-comp-scor.pdf]

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