Thursday, July 31, 2014

Expected DA July 2014 completed with hike of 7 % : AICPIN for the month of June 2014

Expected DA July 2014 completed with hike of 7 % : AICPIN for the month of June 2014
Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) June, 2014
No.5/1/2014-CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU
‘CLEREMONT’, SHIMLA-171004
DATED: the 31st July, 2014
Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) June, 2014

The All-India CPI-IW for June, 2014 increased by 2 points and pegged at 246 (two hundred and forty six). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by 0.82 per cent between May, 2014 and June, 2014 when compared with the rise of 1.32 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing 1.37 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Fish Fresh, Goat Meat, Poultry Chicken, Milk, Onion, Potato, Tomato and other vegetables, Sugar, Cigarette, Electricity Charges, Bus Fare, Barber & Tailoring Charges, Toilet Soap, etc. are responsible for the increase in index.

However, this increase was restricted to some extent by Wheat & Wheat Atta, Edible Oils, Fruits, Soft Coke, Medicine (Allopathic), etc., putting downward pressure on the index. The year-on-year intlation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 6.49 per cent for June, 2014 as compared to 7.02 per cent for the previous month and 11.06 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 5.88 per cent against 7.66 per cent of the previous month and 14.86 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Goa, Mudurai. Vishakhapathnarn. Bengluru and Kodarma recorded the maximum increase of 6 points each followed by Ahmedabad and Hubli Dharwar (5 points each). Among others, 4 points rise was observed in 8 centres, 3 points in 11 centres, 2 points in 16 centres and 1 point in another 16 centres. On the contrary, a decline of 8 points was reported in Giridih, 2 points each in Yamunanagar  and Sholapur, and 1 point in 5 centres. Indices of remaining 12 centres experienced no change. The indices of 36 centres are above and other 42 centres are below national average.

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of July, 2014 will be released on Friday, 29 August, 2014. The same will also be available, on the office website www.labourbureau.gov. in.

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(SEGI)
DIRECTOR
Source: http://labourbureau.nic.in/Press_Note_eng_jun2014.pdf

Amendment in Factories Act to permit women employees in night shift

Amendment in Factories Act to permit women employees in night shift

While answering to a question in Parliament yesterday, Minister Vishnu Deo said that a proposal for amendment in the Factories Act, 1948 is under active consideration of the government.

In a written reply he said, amendment of Section 66 of the Act relating to permission for employment of women for night work for a factory or group or class or description of factories with adequate safeguards for safety and provision of transportation till the doorstep of their residence.


Amendment of Sections 64 and 65 of the Act to enhance the limit of overtime hours from the present limit of 50 hours per quarter to 100 hours per quarter. The amendment also proposes this limit to be increased to a maximum of 125 hours per quarter in public interest with the approval of State Government.

Presently only the State Governments are empowered to make rules under the Factories Act. It is now proposed to empower the Central Government also to make rules under the Act on some of the important provisions.

Merger of D.A. and provision of Interim Relief : BPMS Memorandum to 7th Pay Commission

Merger of D.A. and provision of Interim Relief : BPMS Memorandum to 7th Pay Commission

Merger of D.A. and provision of Interim Relief
It is strongly recommended that whenever DA cross the 50% mark, it should be merged with the basic Pay and all perquisites be given after adding the merged portion of DA.

It also recommended that in the eventuality of DA crossing the 100% mark with Pay commission recommendations awaiting, then a system should be evolved for automatic merger of the DA and also grant of Interim Relief at 10% of the revised emoluments.

BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH
(AN ALL INDIA FEDRATION OF DEFENCE WORKERS)

No. BPMS/7CPC/226 A (8/3/L)
Dated: 30/07/2014
To
The Member-Secretary,
7th Central Pay Commission,
Chatrapati Shivaji Bhawan,
1st Floor, B-14/1, Qutab Institutional Area,
New Delhi – 110016

Sub :- Submission of Memorandum.

Dear Madam,
We have for reference your notification inviting memorandum from stakeholders expressing their views/opinions/comments on the various terms of references to the commission.

In this context, being a responsible stakeholder, we are hereby submitting our detailed Memorandum for your kind consideration.

We also desire to depose oral evidence for the Commission, if and when called upon to do so, and shall be glad to provide any further clarification and/or information as may be needed/called upon by the Commission.

Kindly acknowledge receipt.

Thanking You,
Yours Truly,
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(M. P. SINGH)
General Secretary
Click to view complete memorandum

Source: BPMS

NFIR’s Memorandum to Seventh Central Pay Commission – Including Proposed Pay Structure

NFIR’s Memorandum to Seventh Central Pay Commission – Including Proposed Pay Structure

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen

FOREWORD

The demand for setting up of “VII Central Pay Commission” raised by NFIR and consistent struggles by the employees in support of it, had compelled the Central Government to issue Notification vide No. 1/1/2013-E.III (A) dated 28th February 2014, constituting 7th CPC under the Chairmanship of Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur.

Thereafter, NFIR received communication from VII CPC seeking memorandum. Accordingly, this Memorandum has been drafted and finalized after lengthy discussions with Federation office Bearers and representatives of affiliated Unions.

Preparation of comprehensive and exhaustive Memorandum relating to duties, responsibilities, complexities, accountability, pay structures granted from time to time and finalizing the proposed pay structure and allowances etc., to be placed before 7th CPC covering all categories of railway employees was a gigantic task which has however been accomplished due to the co-operation and assistance extended by our office bearers and members.

Marathon Sessions commenced from June, 4, 2014 onwards in association with hundreds of Cadre as well staff and the inputs provided on job profiles of each category have contributed a lot for the preparation of this massive Memorandum. During the lengthy deliberations, NFIR Office Bearers have taken part effectively and assisted the team members for preparation of cogent draft, which has been finalized after vetting more than once. Entire NFIR Secretariat has contributed a lot by working overtime continuously during the process of shaping memorandum within the time schedule. They deserve special compliments for their devotion throughout the period of 55 days from June 4, 2014.

Every attempt has been made to bring out in the memorandum, the intricacies of the Railways working, complex nature of duties combined with risk factors besides the fact that due justice was not done by previous Pay Commissions to the rail work force to facilitate VII CPC to consider all these aspects.

I am confident that the Railway Employees would feel satisfied of the material placed in the Memorandum and equally pay structures and allowances etc., proposed for consideration of 7th CpC.

I welcome comments, observations and views of the readers which may be useful for taking further action.

NEW DELHI
JULY 28, 2014

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(M.RAGHAVAIAH)
GENERAL SECRETARY
Download NFIR’s Memorandum to 7th CPC

Source: NFIR

BPS supplementary memorandum to 7th CPC-With 100% rise in DA/DR the ratio between minimum maximum pension has reached 1:25.7

BPS supplementary memorandum to 7th CPC-With 100% rise in DA/DR the ratio between minimum maximum pension has reached 1: 25.7

 No. SG/BPS/Supli. memo/7CPC/2
Dated : 30. 07.2014
Supplementary Memorandum to 7th CPC
Discrimination  & Disparities caused by 6th CPC

(With 100% rise in DA/DR  the ratio between minimum maximum pension has reached  1: 25.7)

1. Widening of disparity in income & wealth due to Minimum Maximum Salary Ratio raised to 1:12: The minimum maximum salary ratio which had come down to 1:8 in 1996(Para 2.2.16 sixth CPC report)  which in conformity with  preamble to Constitution  should have further gone down, but was increased to 1:12 by the sixth CPC, overlooking the spirit of Indian constitutions. As pension is directly proportionate to Salary widening of minimum maximum salary ratio created vast disparity in income & wealth of highest & lowest paid . Minimum guaranteed Pension is 50% of the revised basic salary. As is clear from Para 2.1.12 to 2.1.15 of 6th CPC recommendations, while drawing comparison of Group A civil service officers’ pay packages  with that of  Public & private Sectors, VI th CPC did not accounted for service security , powers enjoyed & the latent benefits. This resulted in recommendation of disproportionate package at highest level, raising   minimum maximum salary ratio to 1:12. Consequestly with 100% rise in DA/DR  the ratio between minimum maximum pension has reached  1: 25.7causing Vast disparity in income & wealth of lowest & highest paid in civil services (Minimum salary Rs 7000 & Max. Rs 90000 of cab. Secy . Lowest Pension with DR =Rs 7000 & highest Pension with DR Rs 180000/)


 and causing Vast disparity in income & wealth of lowest & highest paid in civil services (Minimum salary Rs 7000 & Max. Rs 90000 of cab. Secy) .  Pensioners at lower levels especially those corresponding to S4 to S23 pre-revised 5th CPC Scales have been  discriminated against & are the worst hit. We appeal to the commission to bring back minimum maximum Salary ratio to 1996 level i.e. 1: 8

 2. Discrimination in Parity between past and present Pensioners & within pre 2006 group of Pensioners:
In India there already exist complete parity in pension for judges of Supreme Court, High Courts, Comptroller and audit General of India(Para 137.11 of 5th CPC report) , Cab Secy & Appex Scale of 80000/. Complete  parity  has also been conceded for defence forces through OROP and to great extent  to  Scales 24 to 32 (pre-revised Vth CPC Scales) i.e. PB 4, HAG & HAG + who  are now nearer  full parity  through  varied multiplication factor  adopted by 6th CPC  & minimum guaranteed pension formula. As their revised Basic pay in pay Band 4,HAG & HAG+ revised Scales of 6th CPC is much higher (2.44 to 3.37 times) than the pre revised maximum  Basic Salary. Varied multiplication factor has also created inequality within pre2006 Pensioners group. Definitely remaining Pensioners too belong to the same category of citizens & cannot be discriminated against.

     The V CPC  had observed in para 137.13 of their report that “while it is desirable to grant complete parity to all past pensioners irrespective of date of retirement, this may not be feasible straightaway as the financial implications would be considerable.  The process of bridging the gap in pensions of past and present pensioners has already been set in motion by the IV CPC. This process of attainment of reasonable parity needs to be continued so as to achieve complete parity over a period of time”.  The recommendation made in para 137.14 of their report had been accepted and implemented by the government.  While the process had to be continued further, this was not continued on the plea that VI CPC did not recommend the same (though 6th CPC did not recommend separate Scales for S,31 & 32 &33 but were given) VIth CPC going against the spirit of constitution & accepted norms of 5th CPC instead of bridging the widening gap, increased it by adopting a varying multiplication factor from 1.86 at lower levels i.e S7to S23(pre-revised 5th CPC scale) to 3.37 (S 31/HAG+Scale) at the higher level as brought out in the attached table . This resulted in denial of equal treatment within the homogenous group of  pre-1.1.2006 pensioners which  needs to be rectified retrospectively, ensuring equal rise in pension to all, through common multiplication factor.We appeal to the commission to recommend full parity to all past pensioners.  The country is on the path of registering phenomenal progress, with economy is looking up & fiscal deficit set to reduce to 3.6 by the time commissions report is expected to be out. Govt. is considering pegging-up pension of former MPs by 75%. OROP for defence, improvement in EPS 95 beneficiaries has been conceded, Parity in pension for Supreme Court, High Court Judges , CAG, Cab Secy. & apex Scale(S 33pre-revised scale) exist. Pensioners corresponding to PB4 (S24 to S29), HAG (S 30) & HAG+ (S31-32) Scales are very close to parity. Thus Pensioners corresponding to other pre revised scales & Pay Bands should not be discriminated against.

3. Anomaly  in assigning Grade pay:  
6th CPC vide their  Para 11.4 recommended: All the employees belonging to Groups ‘A’, ‘B’ , ‘C’ & ‘D’to be placed in distinct running pay bands {means one pay band each for Group C, B & 2 BP for group   ‘A’ (Para 2.2.8 of 6th CPC report). Group D stands merged with Group C } Every post, barring that of Secretary/equivalent and Cabinet Secretary/equivalent to have a distinct grade pay attached to it. Grade pay (being a fixed amount attached to each post in the hierarchy) to determine the status of a post with (apart from the two apex scales of Secretary/equivalent and Cabinet Secretary/equivalent that do not carry any grade pay) a senior post being given higher grade pay.  Its very clear from the above that Grade Pay is indicative of the status of the post as such it needs to be assigned according to the post from which the pensioner retired & not according to the scale from which he/she retired. But In implementation of modified parity injustice has been done to several sections of pre 2006 pensioners who retired from the posts held during IV CPC and V CPC period.  This happened mainly due to denial of modified parity as per corresponding Grade Pay of the post.  This has resulted in those who retired from the same posts & same length of service prior to revision falling behind their counterparts who retired from service after revision.  Some categories of staff suffered downgrading.  To illustrate the point, it is submitted that a Group ‘B’ Gazetted officer who retired in IV CPC scale on or before 31.12.95  has been  equated to a non-gazetted senior supervisor .  With grade pay of Rs.4200 w.e.f., 1.1.2006 indicating his status as Group C non- Gazetted . This puts a question mark on the very concept of GP & need rectification retrospectively. We suggest that modified  parity  may be implemented as per the post from which the pensioner retired.
Same fitment formula for absorbed BSNL pensioners
BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) was carved out of DoT and the employees working in Department of Telecom were enmasse transferred to BSNL on optional basis.  Before formation of BSNL, there were several rounds of discussion with unions.  It was agreed to extend the retirement benefits on combined service in accordance with CCS Pension Rules 1972.  The Government of India agreed to pay pension/family pension from ‘Consolidated fund’.  Accordingly Rule 37-A was incorporated in CCS Pension Rules 1972 which was published in Government Gazette on 30/9/2000.

The employees of DoT were absorbed in BSNL in the year 2002 but with retrospective effect from 1/10/2000.  Their pay scales were also revised from CDA pattern to IDA pattern retrospectively from 1/10/2000 with industrial dearness allowance.  The employees who retired from BSNL after 1/10/2000 have rendered their maximum service in Department of Telecom.  Most of them have served in DoT for more than 30 years.  Most of the 6th CPC recommendations like Gratuity, Enhanced Pension, Age-related additional pension, Minimum/Maximum pension etc. were made applicable for those BSNL retirees.  The Government of India is honouring its commitment of paying pension from the Consolidated fund.  Infact those who retired from BSNL after 1/10/2000 are actually BSNL retirees but Government Pensioners.

Their pension was calculated on the basis of last 10 months average emoluments for those who retired prior to 1/1/2006 and 50% of last pay drawn or last 10 months average whichever is beneficial for those who retired after 1/1/2006 as per 6th CPC recommendations and they are getting industrial dearness allowance every three months.  Their pension was revised w.e.f. 1/1/2007 on the basis of pay revision effected from 1/1/2007 for serving employees in BSNL.  The pay revision from 1/1/2007 for BSNL employees was implemented on the basis of recommendations of Second Pay Revision Committee for Public Sector Employees headed by Justice Jagannath Rao.  But for those who retired from BSNL after 1/1/2006, the recommendations of 6th CPC, like 50% of last pay drawn as pension, Minimum pension of Rs.3500/- Enhanced family pension for 10 years for those who died in harness etc. were implemented from 1/1/2006 onwards.  This duality should be put an end to.

The absorbed employees in BSNL from DoT are covered under CCS Pension Rules 1972.  Explanation under sub-rule 8 of Rule 37-A of CCS Pension Rules 1972 states “The amount of pension/family pension of the absorbed employee on retirement or on death from Public Sector undertaking shall be calculated in the same way as calculated in the case of a Central Government servant, retiring or dying on the same day”.

The Department of telecom vide its O.M.No.40-13/2002-PEN.(T) dated 15/1/2003 clarified the following doubts:-

Doubt 3 – What will be the emoluments for determining the retirement Gratuity/Death Gratuity on IDA pay scales?

Clarification – As per Rule 50 (5) of CCS (Pension) Rules, the emoluments for the purpose of Gratuity admissible shall be reckoned in accordance with Rule 33, provided that if the emoluments of the Government servant have been reduced during the last 10 months of his service, otherwise than as a penalty, average emoluments as referred to in Rule 34 shall be treated as emoluments.

Doubt 4 – Whether the minimum pension of Rs.1275 p.m. as well as maximum pension of Rs.15000 p.m. (i.e., 50% of average emoluments in all cases) as applicable in the CDA pay scale is also to be applicable in IDA pay scales?

Clarification – The ceiling minimum and maximum pension as existing in CCS (Pension) Rules shall continue unless specifically approved otherwise by the Government.

Doubt 5 – Whether commutation of pension as applicable at 40% (maximum) on CDA pay scale is also to be applicable in IDA pay scales?

Clarification – Yes.

     Hence they should be considered as Government Pensioners.  6th Pay Commission’s recommendations were made applicable to them except the fitment formula.  We request that the fitment formula recommended by 7th CPC, be made applicable to them also.  The only difference may be, it would be in IDA Pay and IDR instead of CDA Pay and CDR.  Sub-rule 10 of Rule 37-A of CCS Pension Rules 1972 states “In addition to pension or family pension, as the case may be, the employees who opted for combined service shall also be eligible to Dearness Relief as per industrial dearness Allowance pattern”.  Further, as per the Apex Court judgement, Pay and DA/DR should be on IDA pattern only after 1980.

     The commission is requested to consider this demand, applying the same fitment formula to absorbed BSNL pensioners on par with Central Government Pensioners, without changing the IDA pattern, positively and recommend to the Government accordingly.

Additional new benefits sought :

1.   Children’s educational allowance and hostel subsidy:
These benefits need to be extended mutatis mutandis to children of retired and deceased employees.  The death or retirement of an employee should not make any difference in the above regard.  Many retired employees have school and college going children because of late marriages.

2.   Festival advance or grant:
Festival advance equivalent to one month’s basic pension/family pension to be recovered in 12 equal  monthly installments will not only  help the pensioner to celebrate at least one festival in a year with children and grand children giving them gifts etc., on the occasion but also serve as an interest free advance.  Alternatively, they should be granted a substantial amount every year as festival grant.

3.   Secondary Family Pension to dependent unmarried son up to 28 years of age:
This may kindly be considered as recruitment age for certain posts under central government is presently 28 years.  Marriage of a dependent son should not be a bar for this benefit as marriage does not make any difference to the financial position unlike in the case of a married daughter.

4.   Secondary family pension to dependent widowed/divorced daughter:
It is now being restricted only to those daughters who become divorced or widowed during the life time of deceased employee/pensioner/family pensioner.  This restriction is contrary to the very purpose for and the spirit with which this benefit was conceived.  The idea is that an unmarried/widowed daughter should not be left in the lurch and exposed to undue financial hardship after the death of the parents with no other support.  The commission are therefore requested to remove the above restriction.

5.   Secondary family pension to dependent widowed daughter-in-law:
The responsibility of widowed daughter-in -law and her minor children devolves on the pensioner/family pensioner after son’s death. It is a cause of great anxiety and worry for the pensioner/family pensioner having dependent widowed daughter-in-law.  Though dependent widowed daughters of pensioners/family pensioners are extended the above benefit, in many cases they don’t have parents drawing pension/family pension.  Even otherwise, the primary reasonability of looking after them is that of the father-in-law as he cannot leave them to their fate after the death of the son.  As such the above benefit will go a long way in helping such hapless widows and their minor children.  Such cases will be very few and do not entail much financial burden to the exchequer.  This issue has earlier been raised in the SCOVA.  Matter needs to be considered from a humanitarian angle in the context of Indian family system.

6.   Physically handicapped allowance:
This is granted to PH employees while in service.  This needs to be continued even after their retirement also.

7.   Financial assistance to pensioners:
Pensioners irrespective of age have to be provided with bank loans at concessional rates of interest to meet expenditure on children’s higher education, marriages of daughters and construction/purchase of dwelling units.

8.   Running of old age homes: All Central government departments should run old age homes for their retired employees with attached medical facilities.  Railways should run such homes for their retired employees.

9.   Transport Allowance:
The phenomenal increase in the cost of transport needs no proof.  Pensioners perforce have to spend considerable amounts towards transport.  They have to attend to their day to day needs either themselves or by engaging someone for the purpose in view of the nuclear family system.  The traffic not only in big cities and towns but also in smaller places has been growing by leaps and bounds.  It is difficult for pensioners to venture out alone and they need a companion to go to hospitals and dispensaries or to attend social functions.  As such, transport allowance in one form or another has to be granted to pensioners.  The Commission are requested to consider the demand sympathetically’.

Source: http://scm-bps.blogspot.in/2014/07/bps-supplementary-memorandum-to-7th-cpc.html

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Committee has formed to examine the issues of Incremental Pay in Piece Work System

Committee has formed to examine the issues of Incremental Pay in Piece Work System

A Committee has formed to examine the issues of Incremental Pay in Piece Work System in Ordnance Factories.

The main issue of overtime for Piece workers beyond 44 3/4 Hrs and upto 48 Hrs in a week under departmental rules.

The order is reproduced as under…

ORDER

No.834/PWR/A/A
dated 21st July 2014

Sub: Committee to examine the issue of payment of incremental pay to peice workers for working beyond 44 3/4 hrs and upto 48 hrs in a week under departmental rules.

A committee is hereby constituted with the following officers and staff side members to examine the issue of payment of incremental pay to piece workers for working beyond 44 3/4 hrs and upto 48 hrs in a week.

1. Shri Rajiv Gupta, Member/TS – Chairman
2. Shri V.Ravindran, DDG/Finance – Member
3. Shri A.K.Nayak, DDG/Admin – Member
4. Smt. Arti C.Srivastava, Dir/Admin – Member – Secretary
5. Shri Avra Ghosh, Addl. C of A(Fys) – Member
6. Representative of AIDEF – Member
7. Representative of INDWF – Member
8. Representative of BPMS – Member

2. Terms of reference for the committee will be as follows…

(i) The committee will examine the circumstances which to the decision to stop payment of incremental element of pay as part of piece workers payment for overtime working during 3 1/4 hr (per week) / 1 hr (per day) upto 48 hrs a week or 9 hrs a day.

(ii) The committee will examine the admissibility of incremental pay for the said 3 1/4 hrs within the framework of existing peicework scheme.

(iii) The committee may explore the possibility of payment of incremental pay for the said 3 1/4 hrs as a new element to the existing scheme.

3. The committee will submit its report by 4th August, 2014.

4. This issues with the approval of DGOF & Chariman/OFB.

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Member/Per
Source: INDWF

Soon, a 75% hike in monthly pension for ex-mps- Will the govt. adopt similar attitude to revise Pension of C.G & State Govt pensioners?

Soon, a 75% hike in monthly pension for ex-mps- Will the govt. adopt similar attitude to revise Pension of C.G & State Govt pensioners?
Soon, a 75% hike in monthly pension for ex-mps
NEW DELHI: Former MPs, whose pensions were last revised in 2009, may now see a hefty hike in their retirement benefits. Government sources told HT that the monthly pension for exMPs is likely to go up to Rs.35,000 a month from Rs.20,000 a month — a 75% hike.

A major breakthrough in pensions for ex-MPs came under the first NDA government, led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee when they introduced pension for all MPs irrespective of their tenure. Earlier, only MPs who had completed a 5-year term were entitled to post-retirement benefits.

The Modi government is also set to increase the rate of additional pension for each completed year in excess of five years. The centre is considering additional pension of Rs.2,000 per month instead of the current rate of Rs.1,500.

In other words, if a parliamentarian has served for seven years, he or she will get monthly four thousand additional pension on the top of his basic pension of Rs.35,000.

Sitting MPs, who have received routine hikes to keep up with inflation, currently get a salary of Rs.50,000 per month. The additional perks and allowances include Rs.45,000 per month as constituency allowance, Rs.2,000 daily if he attends parliament and Rs.30,000 for secretarial assistance, among other things.

Parliament’s nod is required to enhance the former MPs’ pension. Government sources added that the legal amendments will be brought in the winter session after inter-ministerial consultations.

In sync with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s thrust on welfare of women, the definition of “dependents” for family pension will also include divorced or widowed daughters of former MPs.

The government is also mulling the option of providing family pension for a much longer period of time after the MPs demise.

The pension for former MPs was introduced during the tenure of Indira Gandhi — Rs.3,000 per month — but only for those who completed a term in Parliament.

In 2009, UPA government enhanced it to Rs.20,000 per month.

Source: www.hindustantimes.com

Ceiling Rates for reimbursement of the cost of Cardiac pacemaker, AICD, Combo-device, Rotablator and Aortic Stent Graft to beneficiaries of CGHS/CS(MA) Rules

Ceiling Rates for reimbursement of the cost of Cardiac pacemaker, AICD, Combo-device, Rotablator and Aortic Stent Graft to beneficiaries of CGHS/CS(MA) Rules


No: 12034/02/2014/Misc/-CGHS D.III
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
CGHS(P)


 Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated the 22th July, 2014.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Ceiling Rates for reimbursement of the cost of Cardiac pacemaker, AICD, Combo-device, Rotablator and Aortic Stent Graft to beneficiaries of CGHS/CS(MA) Rules.

With reference to the above mentioned subject the undersigned is directed to draw attention to the Office Memoranda No. S-11011/7/95-CGHS(P) dated 12/6/1996 and 26-164/98-R&H/CGHS/CGHS(P) dated 22/11/1999 vide which ceiling rates and guidelines were prescribed for various types of Pacemakers, Rotablator and AICD and to state that while the ceiling rates for coronary stents have been revised from time to time separately the rates and guidelines for pacemakers , Rotablator and AICD were not revised. The matter has been examined by the Ministry and it has been decided to revise the ceiling rates (incl. of all taxes) for these devices as per the details given below:

1 Single Chamber Cardiac Pacemaker without rate response - Rs.34,840/-
2 Single Chamber Cardiac Pacemaker with rate respose Rs.44,928/-
3 Daul Chambers Cardiac Pacemaker Rs.83,200/-
4 Bi-Ventricular Pacemaker (CRT-P) Rs.1,95,000/-
5 Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (Single Camber) (ICD/AICD-Single Chamber) Rs. 1,75,786/-
6 Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (Daul Camber) (ICD/AICD-Daul Chamber) Rs.3,75,000/-
7 Combo Device (CRT-D) Rs.4,90,000/-
8 Aortic Stent Graft (expandable bifurcated and including delivery system) Rs.4,40,960/-
9 Rotablator with advance Rs.49,920/-
10 Rotablator Burr Rs.23,920/-



2. Permission for the above mentioned implants shall be granted on the basis of advice of Govt. cardiologist by CMO in-charge / Additional Director / Joint Director, CGHS in case of pensioners, former Governors, former Vice-Presidents, ex-MPs, Freedom Fighters, etc., by Rajya Sabha / Lok Sabha Secretariat as the case may be in case of sitting Members of Parliament and by the concerned Ministry / Department / Organization in case of serving Government employees, serving employees and pensioners of autonomous bodies covered under CGHS. The reimbursement shall be limited to the ceiling rate or actual rate, whichever may be less.

3. The Warranty terms and conditions as specified by the manufacturer shall be applicable in case of replacement of a device.

4. In case of requests for replacement of a device, a copy of the details of the earlier device as well as a copy of terms and conditions of Warranty shall be enclosed along with the advice of Govt. specialist.

5. A copy of the device ‘ID No Sticker‘ and a copy of terms of warranty shall be enclosed along with the bill of device for reimbursement.

6. In case of implantation of any of the devices in emergency, reimbursement shall be subject to ex-post facto approval by Addl. Director/Joint Director, CGHS of city, in consultation with experts, if necessary.

7. These orders are in supersession of earlier guidelines and ceiling rates issued in this regard.

8. The rates shall be valid for a period of two years or till further revision, whichever may be earlier.

9. This issues with the concurrence of Integrated Finance Division vide CD No C 756 dated 14/07/2014.


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(Ravi Kant)
Under Secretary to Government of India


Source: http://msotransparent.nic.in/writereaddata/cghsdata/mainlinkfile/File714.pdf

7th Pay Commission Chairman proposes to visit Bengaluru between 25th and 27th August 2014

7th Pay Commission Chairman proposes to visit Bengaluru between 25th and 27th August 2014
Visit Bengaluru between 25th to 27th August 2014
The commission has, in its first phase of interaction, been seeking the views of various stakeholders on its terms of reference. To this end, meetings have been held in Delhi with various organisations and heads of various agencies.

In its second phase of interaction, the Commission plans to hold meetings in different parts of the country to facilitate stakeholders staying in various areas to present their views personally before the Commission and ensure larger representation. This exercise is being undertaken to enable the Commission to get a firsthand impression about the functioning and the condition of service prevailing in different parts of the country.

Accordingly, the Commission, headed by its Chairman, Justice Shri A. K. Mathur, proposes to visit Bengaluru between 25th August and 27th August 2014. The Commission would like to invite various entities/associations/federations representing any/all categories of employees covered by the terms of Reference of the Commission to present their views.

Your request for a meeting with the Commission may be sent through e-mail to the Secretary, 7th Central Pay Commission at secy-7cpc@nic.in . The memorandum already submitted by the requesting entity may also be sent as an attachment with this e-mail. An early response in this regard would facilitate proper scheduling of the meetings.

Source: http://7cpc.india.gov.in/

July 31 is the Last Date to File the Income Tax Returns

July 31 is the Last Date to File the Income Tax Returns

July 31 is the last date to file the tax returns for individuals. Here are some information that might be useful for filing tax returns:

Should those with income below the taxable limits also file the tax returns?
Individuals with separate income and Pan card need not file tax returns. But, it is better if they do it. This is especially true if they are investing in real estate or gold. It will be very useful for tax assessments in future.

Should we file the tax returns only through auditors?
If you are very thorough with the income tax regulations and have a good grasp over the filing procedures, then you can file the returns yourselves. If your annual income is over Rs. 1 Crore, then your returns have to be audited by a qualified auditor before filing. The last date for filing audited returns is September 30. Failing to file the returns could attract a penalty of 0.5% of your total income or Rs. 1.5 lakhs, whichever is lesser.

Procedure for filing tax returns if you are living in smaller towns:
You can find out the ward that you belong to by logging in at the income tax department website, http://incometaxindia.gov.in/ . Those returns that have not been audited can be filed by filling up the relevant forms. The returns can be filed online too. If your income tax account is maintained online, then you will have to file your returns online too. It is preferable to file the returns online. You will get your tax reimbursements without any hassles if you choose to file online.

Can I make the tax payments now and file the returns later?
If tax returns for the Financial Year 2013-14 are filed after July 31, how much penalty will it attract? You can file delayed tax returns for up to one year. But, you will have to pay penalties under Section 234A. The minimum amount for failure to pay taxes in the given Financial Year is Rs. 5000. You will be exempted from paying the penalty if you could give valid and acceptable reasons for your failure to pay the taxes on time.

Monday, July 28, 2014

CONFEDERATION SUBMITTED THE COMMON MEMORANDUM FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF 7TH PAY COMMISSION

MEMORANDUM SUBMITTED BY CONFEDERATION TO 7TH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES & WORKERS

1st Floor, North Avenue Post office Building, New Delhi – 110001
(Central Head Quarters)
Website: confederationhq.blogspot.com
E mail: confederationhq@gmail.com

No. CONF/7th CPC/Memorandum
Dated: 28th July, 2014
To
The Member Secretary,
7th Central Pay Commission,
PO Box No. 4599, Hauz Khas Post Office
New Delhi – 110016

Madam,

Sub :- Memorandum to the 7th Central Pay Commission on issues common to All Central Government Employees - Submission of -

On behalf of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, we submit the memorandum for the consideration of the Commission.

The staff side, National council, JCM vide their letter in NC-JCM-2014/7th CPC dated 30th June 2014 have submitted a memorandum in respect of issues common to all Central Government Employees. We are in agreement with the views canvassed therein and endorse the same fully.

As indicated in detail in the introductory Chapter, we have made certain additions to elucidate the views and contentions in respect of some matters and added a paragraph on certain other issues under the Chapter Miscellaneous. We request that the 7th CPC may consider our submissions and make appropriate recommendations to the Government.

Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(M. KRISHNAN)
Secretary General
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DA MERGER & INTERIM RELIEF - CONFEDERATION WRITES TO SECRETARY JCM STAFF SIDE, NATIONAL COUNCIL

DA MERGER & INTERIM RELIEF - CONFEDERATION WRITES TO SECRETARY JCM STAFF SIDE, NATIONAL COUNCIL

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
Central Headquarters
1st floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001.

Dated : 23.07.2014
Com. Shiv Gopal Misra,
Secretary,
Staff Side, National Council, JCM
13 C Feroze Shah Road,
New Delhi. 110 001.

Dear Comrade,
Sub: Memorandum of Interim Relief and merger of Dearness allowance.

The National Secretariat of the Confederation of Central Government employees and workers places on record its appreciation over the efforts of the Staff Side, JCM, National Council in preparing and submitting the memorandum to the 7th Central Pay Commission, which has received the widest acceptance and admiration of the Central Government employees. Since the last date for submitting the Department-specific memorandum has been got extended by your efforts uptill 31st July, 2014, the first phase of our endeavour and interaction with the 7th CPC will come to a conclusion in a few days’ time.

I have been directed by the National Secretariat of the Confederation which met on 17th July, 2014 to solicit your kind reference to the memorandum submitted by the Staff Side on behalf of all Federations, Unions, Associations on Interim Relief and merger of Dearness allowance. We are of the view that the Staff Side, in pursuance of the said memorandum, must seek an audience with the Pay Commission immediately to know the course of action the Commission would like to take in the matter. We must also seek an appointment with the honourable Finance Minister thereafter so as to ensure that a decision on our demands is taken by the Government without any further delay. We hope we need not emphasise the fact that the Central Government employees do expect financial benefit on this score as the erosion in the real value of wages as on date is phenomenal.

We shall be grateful if you will indicate to us your line of approach in the matter.

Thanking you and with greetings,

Yours fraternally,
M. Krishnan
Secretary General.
Copy to
1.Com. Raghaviah, Leader Staff Side, National Council, JCM
2. Com. Srikumar, Secretary General, All India Defence Employees Federation.

Source: Confederation

OROP Latest News: A high level meeting was taken up by Defence Minister on July 16, 2014

OROP Latest News: A high level meeting was taken up by Defence Minister on July 16, 2014

 Whether OROP for ex-servicemen? Hindustan Times Article by Mandeep Singh Bajwa reported that a high level meeting was taken by the defence minister on July 16.  Some contents of the said news is reproduced below:

The demand for one rank one pension (OROP) was accepted by the previous government and a provision of Rs. 500 crore was made in the interim budget. The new government, stating its intention to implement the demand many times, has also provided for it in the regular budget. However, veterans are nowhere near getting the enhanced pensions envisaged. What is the current status on OROP?

A high-level meeting was taken by the defence minister on July 16 to thrash out issues with Service Chiefs, staff of Services headquarters and the top brass of the defence ministry, including defence accounts and the department of ex-servicemen’s welfare attending.

Also present were the representatives of four major ex-servicemen’s organisations to give inputs and plead their case. Regrettably, the meeting was inconclusive. A deadlock was created over the most basic issue, the very definition of OROP between bureaucrats of the MOD on one side and the uniformed fraternity plus the veterans on the other. The defence minister stated that the Koshiyari Committee’s definition of OROP might not be acceptable to the government now. His remark to veterans to lower their expectations reveals the stand of the government on the issue, causing consternation among them.


The political executive as well as the people of this country must realise that OROP is not a concession but is meant to offset restricted terms of service to soldiers wherein they are retired at a very young age. Here, the definition set by the Koshiyari Committee must prevail in that OROP implies that uniform pension be paid to Armed Forces personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement, and any future enhancement in the rates of pension to be automatically passed on to past pensioners. It is significant that this explanation had already been accepted by the government. My take is that the government needs to show political will and make good on its promises.

Source: Hindustan Times

DoPT launches e-service record system for government employees

DoPT launches e-service record system for government employees

 With the objective to promote a paperless regime and better human resource management, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has launched an e-service record book portal for government employees.

“Under the personnel information management system of e-office, the DoPT has extended the facility to its employees to view their service book online. All the other ministries have been advised to extend the facility to the civilian employees working under them,” said an official.

Earlier documented in paper files, the service record provides information on various portfolios and posts held by a particular government employee.

“In future, it would also prove to be of great assistance in an efficient management of human resource. The system can facilitate work allocation based on the skills and experiences of the employees under consideration for a particular post or department,” said the official, adding that the priority is to pick the best and suitable candidate for better output.The DoPT has also launched a Basic Leadership Skills Module for Central Secretariat Services officers at the Institute of Secretariat Training and Management. The module is expected to equip civil servants with the skills that help them function efficiently in a complex and challenging environment.


“All levels of civil service need to be trained in leadership skills so that they impart their duties effectively,” said the official.

The Department plans to introduce similar modules for mid-level and advanced leadership skill development.

A Learning Resource Centre has also been set up with a mandate to identify and adopt the leading national and international practices in the field of training techniques and technologies to strengthen the Trainers Development Programme, to develop a cadre of high quality trainers.

“This would reduce the financial burden otherwise incurred on foreign trips often undertaken by government functionaries for skill training,” said the official. Both the training activities have been supported by the UNDP, under the Strengthening the Human Resource Management for Civil Services Project.

Source: http://www.thehindu.com

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Income Tax Structure further needs to simplified – Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman

Income Tax Structure further needs to simplified – Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman

Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Finance said that tax structure needs to be further simplified so that it is easy for tax payers to comply and pay off the tax due from them. She said that the citizens want to become lawful compliant rather than tax evaders.

Ms Sitharaman was delivering the Valedictory Address at the conclusion of the two-day Annual Conference of Principal Chief Commissioners, Principal Director Generals, Chief Commissioners and Director Generals of Income Tax here today. She hoped that the delebrations of the two-day Conference would be helpful to the senior officers in handling various tax related issues and in reducing tax litigation and strengthening of grievance redressal mechanism.

Earlier Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Finance released a Handbook on ‘Effective Handling of Cases before Settlement Commission’.

The Valedictory Address was also attended by Shri Shaktikant Das, Revenue Secretary, Chairman and Members of CBDT and senior officers of the Revenue Department among others.

Earlier, Shri R.K. Tiwari, Chairman CBDT gave details of the two day deliberations of the 30th Annual Conference of Principal Chief Commissioners, Principal Director Generals, Chief Commissioners and Director Generals of Income Tax two-day and its major highlights. He assured that the officers of the Department will make all out efforts to achieve their respective targets in a transparent and fair manner.

He also said that the deliberations during the Annual Conference were very fruitful and would help the officers in dealing with various day to day tax related matters in an effective manner

Fraudulent claim of Leave Travel concession – Disciplinary proceedings are initiated against the Government servant as per existing rules

Fraudulent claim of Leave Travel concession – Disciplinary proceedings are initiated against the Government servant as per existing rules…

While answering to a question in Lok Sabha on 16th July 2014 about misuse in availing Leave Travel Concession by the Central Government employees, Dopt Minister said that the “Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) had received a letter from Central Vigilance Commissioner addressed to Cabinet Secretary regarding irregularities and misuse in availing Leave Travel Concession (LTC) by the public servants in the Central Government, its Public Enterprises (PSEs) and Public Sector Banks, in violation of the guidelines.

The matter is being investigated by CBI.

Government of India formulates the policies and schemes keeping in mind the various service requirements of the employees and their welfare. Various Ministries/Departments & other agencies of the Government of India are responsible for the proper implementation of these policies. These policies are reviewed from time to time and also amended when situation demands.

In case of Leave Travel concession if any fraudulent claim is made, the irregularities are looked into in terms of Rule 16 of the CCS(LTC) Rules, 1988 and disciplinary proceedings are initiated against the Government servant on the charge of preferring a fraudulent claim which may result in imposition of the any of the penalties specified in Rule 11 of CCS (Classification, Control and Appeal Rules), 1965. If found guilty, the Government servant shall not be allowed the next two or more sets of LTC in addition to the sets already withheld during the pendency of the disciplinary proceedings”.

Source: CGEN.in

Saturday, July 26, 2014

MyGov is an innovative platform to build a partnership between Citizens and Government…

MyGov is an innovative platform to build a partnership between Citizens and Government…

MyGov is an innovative platform to build a partnership between Citizens and Government with the help of technology for growth and development of India. Through this platform, the Government aims to encourage Citizen Participation towards Good Governance by seeking their ideas, suggestions and grass roots level contribution. Citizens can participate in this unique initiative of nation building and for the very first time in the history of this country, citizens from across India will come together to share their expert thoughts, ideas and suggestions with the Government in areas related to various policies, programs, schemes etc. MyGov will empower citizens to work hand in hand with the Government.

Public can register on mygov.nic.in to participate. Getting credit points by posting views on Discussions, completing Tasks that you volunteer for, and sharing ideas and view points of others on social media. Incentives based on credit points will be announced in the future. Periodically, select volunteers/achievers can get to meet and present their views directly to the Hon’ble PM of India.

Moreover, MyGov platform gives you an opportunity to help in nation building.

Comparative study on the pay scales of LDC & UDCs of Kerala State and Central Government

Comparative study on the pay scales of LDC & UDCs of Kerala State and Central Government

LDC-UDC ISSUE:

The comments of Shri George Antony, Kalpakkam on the Memorandum submitted to the 7th Pay Commission by this Association is given below: Shri Antony has made a comparative study on the pay scales of LDC & UDCs of Kerala State and Central Government wherein it has seen that the LDC/UDC posted in Central Government are being paid much less pay than the pay of LDC/UDC of Kerala State.


All our friends are requested to send useful material in support of the demands put up by us to the 7th CPC to this Association so that the same may be used during oral evidence.

TKR Pillai

I have gone through your memorandum to 7th CPC. After analyzing the past pay commissions and various state government pay commissions, I have observed some facts which I would like to share with you. This may be useful for your meeting with 7th CPC in the nearby future. The observations are listed below for your consideration.

1) There is a general conception that central gov. employee’s pay is more than state gov. employee’s pay. But this is not true in many cases.
Kerala gov. employee’s pay is more than central gov. employee’s pay in many equivalent posts like LDC, UDC etc.

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Special Feature of 2014’s Central Budget: Own house for all by 2022

Special Feature of 2014’s Central Budget: Own house for all by 2022

The new Government at the Centre has sworn to ensure that by 2022, each and everyone has a house of their own. The government plans to make this possible by increasing the tax exemptions given to house loans. The Government also plans to encourage youngsters to own houses.

Low-cost housing projects will be introduced through the National Housing Banks. This will enable people of the economically weaker sections living in the cities to build their own houses. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has announced that the Government has set aside Rs. 4000 Crores in the 2014-15 budget. In order to further strengthen it, the Government plans to invite foreign investment in this area. The Government is also ready to explore other options.

Jaitley has also announced that the Government is giving serious thoughts about bringing the slum rehabilitation programme under the Corporate Social Responsibility umbrella. This is in order to increase the participation of the private sector in this area. Loans to construct houses in villages are being given under the various rural housing development schemes. The National Housing Board has allocated Rs. 8,000 Crores in 2014-15 to boost these rural housing schemes.

Representation of Bank and Insurance Employees regarding their salaries, pension and other emoluments

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
25-July-2014 17:41 IST
Representation of Bank and Insurance Employees

The Government has received representation/memorandum from employees of nationalized banks and Government Insurance Companies regarding their salaries, pension and other emoluments due to the employees/officers.

The wage revision exercise in respect of employees of PSBs is undertaken through a bipartite negotiation process between Indian Banks’ Association (IBA), representing management of banks who have mandated it to negotiate on their behalf and the Unions/Associations of bank employees. The last meeting between IBA and Unions/Associations took place on 13.6.2014.

In respect of the current wage revision of insurance companies, Central Government has already requested Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) and General Insurers’ (Public Sector) Association of India (GIPSA), coordination body of four public sector general insurance companies and General Insurance Corporation (GIC) to start wage revision consultation with their employee’s unions/associations.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Finance, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

Source: PIB

State-wise number of Nursing Institutions and Admission Capacity as on 31stMarch 2014

Annexure – I
State-wise number of Nursing Institutions and Admission Capacity as on 31stMarch 2014

S. No. States GNM B.Sc.
Number of Institutions Admissioncapacity Number of Institutions Admissioncapacity
1 Andaman & Nicobar 1 20 0 0
2 Andhra Pradesh 263 11579 230 11911
3 Arunachal Pradesh 3 70 0 0
4 Assam 26 698 8 420
5 Bihar 15 676 4 160
6 Chandigarh 0 0 2 95
7 Chattisgarh 46 1645 66 2990
8 Dadra & Nagar Haveli 1 20 1 40
9 Delhi 18 725 11 575
10 Goa 1 50 3 180
11 Gujarat 99 3970 46 2100
12 Haryana 69 2830 30 1365
13 Himachal Pradesh 34 1320 16 690
14 Jammu & Kashmir 14 585 5 260
15 Jharkhand 23 825 6 270
16 Karnataka 532 24512 334 18240
17 Kerala 209 6544 128 6950
18 Madhya Pradesh 295 11535 124 5970
19 Maharashtra 221 6614 95 4275
20 Manipur 12 360 6 240
21 Meghalaya 7 195 2 90
22 Mizoram 5 140 2 65
23 Nagaland 3 90 1 40
24 Orissa 63 2500 15 740
25 Pondicherry 5 150 14 955
26 Punjab 215 10383 94 4520
27 Rajasthan 173 8160 140 6156
28 Sikkim 2 80 2 160
29 Tamilnadu 205 6145 169 9570
30 Tripura 5 210 4 180
31 Uttar Pradesh 219 10100 56 2620
32 Uttaranchal 18 620 9 450
33 West Bengal 63 2503 18 915

Grand Total 2865 115854 1641 83192

Annexure – II
Sl.No. State ANM Schools (Districts) GNM Schools (Districts)
1 Andhra Pradesh Narsapuram Tirupathi


Vijaywada Eluru


Kakinada Ongole



Karimnagar
2 Arunachal Pradesh Lohit U.Subansiri


Tawang East Siang (Pasighat)


West Siang Naharlagun (Papampure)
3 Assam Baksa Bongaigaon


Udalguri


Chirang


Kamrup
4 Bihar Aurangabad Banka


Jamui Buxar


Kaimur (Bhabhua) Jehanabad


Khagaria Saran


Lakhisarai Seikhpur


Nawada Vaishali


Sheohar Kishanganj


Siwan Purnia


Supaul Sasaram


Darbanga Madhepur


Arwal West Champaran


Araria Katihar



Saharsa
5 Chattisgarh Bijapur Dantewada


Kawardha Janjgir-Champa


Narayanpur Kanker


Baster Korba


Bilaspur Korea



Mahasamund
6 Gujarat Ahmedabad Anand


Jamnagar Bhavnagar


Patan Kheda


Valsad Porbander


Tapi
7 Haryana Chakhri(Dadri) Palwal


Revari Mewat



Kurukshetra
8 Himachal Pradesh Kullu Nahan


Solan Chamba



Mandi
9 Jammu & Kashmir Bandipora Budgam


Kargil Gangerbal


Kishtwar Kulgam


Ramban Pulwama


Bhadarwah Reasi


Billawar Samba


Ananthnag Shopian


Thanmandi Udhampur


Surankote Leh


Thathri Kathua


Kokarnag Doda


Khan Sahib Rajouri


Avantipura


Handwara
10 Jharkhand Chatra Gumla


Godda Latehar


Khunti Saraikela


Garwa Hazaribagh


Ramgarh Palamu



Ranchi



Jamtara
11 Madhya Pradesh Annupur Mandsour


Alirajpur Dewas


Ashoknagar


Burhanpur


Dindori


Harda


Neemuch


Rewa


Shajapur


Sheopur


Singrauli


Umaria
12 Maharashtra Pusad Gadchieouli


Washim Washim


Sindhudurg Nandurbar



Ratnagiri



Sindhudurg



Bhandara



Amravati



Gondia
13 Manipur Nil Bishnupur



Chandel



Senapati



Tamenglong



Thoubal



Ukhrul
14 Meghalaya Nil East Garo Hills



Ri Bhoi



South Garo Hills



West Khasi Hills
15 Mizoram Lawngtlai Champhai


Mammit Kolasib


Aizwal Saiha



Serchhip
16 Nagaland Zunheboto Mon


Kohima Phek


Mokokchung Tuensang
17 Orissa Boudh Nabrangpur


Subarnapur Kalahandi


Gajapati Sundergarh


Raigada Khandhernal


Malkangiri Dhenkanal
18 Puducherry Mahe Karaikal


Yanam
19 Punjab Kapurthala Rupnagar



Bhatinda



Gurdaspur



Sangrur



Patiala
20 Rajasthan Pratapgarh Baran


Alwar Bikaner


Udaipur Nagour



Jhunjhun



Chittorgarh
21 Sikkim East Sikkim Nil


West Sikkim
22 Tamil Nadu Namakkal Nil


Theni


Shiv ganga
23 Tripura West Tripura Nil
24 Uttarkhand Bageshwar Haridwar


Champawat Nainital


Rudraprayag Roorkhi


Uttar kashi


Haldwani
25 Uttar Pradesh Auraiya Ambedkar Nagar


Balrampur Bundaun


Bulandshahar Farrukhabad


Chandauli Firozabad


Mahamaya Nagar Hardoi


Jyotiba Phule Nagar Jalaun


Kanpur Dehat Kannauj


Kanshiram Mahoba


Kaushambi Siddharth Nagar


Kusinagar Unnao


Lalitpur Kheri


Maharajganj Mainpuri


Sant Kabir Nagar Faizabad


Sant Ravidas Nagar Rampur


Sharavasti Balia


Sonbhadra Gonda


Amethi Morarabad


Fatehpur Sikri Jhansi


Sambhal Barabanki


Etah Aligarh


Mau Raibrali


Jounpur Etawa


Sultanpur Ghazipur
26 West Bengal Utari Dinajpur Ghatal


Chanchal Barasat


Nadia Maldha


South Paragnas Jangirpur



West Madinpur



Hawrah



Kolkata N



N. Paragnas
Total 125 133

Above annexures was attached with reply of undermentioned Lok Sabha Question:-

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1238

ANSWERED ON 18.07.2014
NURSING INSTITUTIONS

1238 . Shri CHANDRAKANT BHAURAO KHAIRE
Will the Minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:-
(a) the number of nursing schools and colleges in the country along with their admission capacity, number of seats therein, State/UT-wise;
(b) the steps taken/proposed to be taken by the Government to open new nursing educational institutions in the country, location and State/UT-wise;
(c) whether the Government has received a number of proposals from the States/UTs for setting up/upgradation of nursing institutions;
(d) if so, the details thereof along with the proposals cleared and still pending for clearance indicating the reasons for their pendency during each of the last three years and the current year, State/UT-wise; and
(e) the fresh measures being taken by the Government for standardization of nursing education and meet the shortage of nurses in the country?
ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE (DR. HARSH VARDHAN)

(a): The number of nursing schools and colleges in the country is enclosed at Annexure – I. [as above]
(b) to (d): Under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Strengthening/ upgradation of Nursing Services (ANM/GNM), the Government has sanctioned certain districts in various States for opening of Auxillary Nurse Midwife (ANM)/General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) Institutes, as per statement at Annexure – II [as above]. Opening of Institutes under the said scheme depends on proposals received from the States as per the scheme guidelines.

(e): INC has taken a number of steps which include revision of syllabus for various courses, development of Ph.D., Nursing Curriculum, establishment of national curriculum for Ph.D. (Nursing), development of quality assurance model, framing for syllabus for different speciality nursing programme etc. The norms for opening of new courses and nursing institutions have been relaxed by the Indian Nursing Council.

Source: Loksabha Q&A Annexure:
http://164.100.47.132/Annexture_New/lsq16/2/au1238.htm

Friday, July 25, 2014

Details of the pension schemes being run by the Central Government

Details of the pension schemes being run by the Central Government

Under National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) administered by Ministry of Rural Development, central assistance is provided only to old aged, widows, disabled persons and bereaved families on death of primary bread winner belonging to Below Poverty Line households irrespective of their caste category. The schemes are implemented both in urban and rural areas.

At present the scheme of NSAP comprises of 5 schemes applicable to BPL persons which are as follows:-
i. Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS)

ii. Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme (IGNWPS)

iii. Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme (IGNDPS)

iv. National Family Benefit Pension (NFBS)

v. Annapurna Scheme.
The details of these 5 schemes along with the amount of assistance provided is enclosed as Annexure.

Assistance under the schemes of NSAP is provided to all persons who are Below Poverty Line including Scheduled Castes. The details of number of persons belonging to Scheduled Caste benefited under the schemes of NSAP is not available, as this information is not obtained/reported by States.

A Task Force constituted under the Chairmanship of Member Planning Commission, considered all the issues, demands and suggestions relating to social assistance/ security, received from various quarters and submitted its report in March, 2013, inter-alia, recommending expanding scope of coverage and increasing the quantum of pension. Further action has been initiated to process the recommendations of the Task Force.


ANNEXURE

Eligibility criteria and the amount of assistance underthe schemes of National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP)

Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS): Central assistance of Rs. 200/- per month is provided to persons in the age group of 60-79 years and Rs. 500/- per month to persons of 80 years and above.

Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme (IGNWPS): Under the scheme, Central assistance @ Rs. 300/- per month is provided to widows in the age-group of 40-79 years. On reaching the age of 80 years, the beneficiary is shifted to IGNOAPS to get enhanced assistance of Rs.500/- per month.

Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme (IGNDPS): Under the scheme Central assistance @ Rs. 300/- per month is provided to persons aged 18-79 years with severe and multiple disabilities. On reaching the age of 80 years, the beneficiary is shifted to IGNOAPS to get enhanced assistance of Rs. 500/- per month.

National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS): Under the scheme a BPL household is entitled to lump sum amount of money on the death of primary breadwinner aged between 18 and 59 years. The amount of assistance is Rs. 20,000/-

Annapurna: Under the scheme, 10 kg of food grains per month are provided free of cost to those senior citizens who, though eligible, are not receiving old age pension.

The above information was submitted as a written reply to a question in Parliament on 22nd July 2014 by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Sudarshan Bhagat.

Source: CGEN.in

Dopt orders on submission of Assets and Liabilities Declaration under Lokpal & Lokayuktas Act 2013 by Public Servants

Dopt orders on submission of Assets and Liabilities Declaration under Lokpal & Lokayuktas Act 2013 by Public Servants

As per the said Act and the Rules framed thereunder, every public servant shall file declarations, information or return, as the case may be regarding his assets and liabilities as on the 31st day of March every year, to the competent authority, on or before the 31st day of July of that year. This is an important difference from the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules 1964 and may kindly be noted.

F. No. 11013/3/2014-Estt(A)
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment Division
North Block, New Delhi
Dated July 23,2014

Subject: The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 – Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servants for each year and placing the same in public domain on the websites of the Ministries/ Departments.

The undersigned is directed to refer to the subject mentioned above and to say that the Government has notified the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014 under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act. 2013. on 14.07.2014. The same is available on this Department’s website at http://persmin.nic.in/Lokpal_Homepage_New.asp.

2. As per the said Act and the Rules framed thereunder, every public servant shall file declarations. information or return. as the case may be regarding his assets and liabilities as on the 31st day of March every year, to the competent authority, on or before the 31st day of July of that year. It may be noted that as per Section 2(1)(o) of the Act, “Public Servant” means a person referred to in clauses (a) to (h) of sub-section (1) of section 14 of the Act but does not include a public servant in respect of whom the jurisdiction is exercisable by any court or other authority under the Army Act, 1950. the Air Force kt, 1950, the Navy Act. 1957 and the Coast Guard Act. 1978 or the procedure is applicable to such public servant under those Acts.

3. It may also be noted that the definition of public servant covers all Central Government servants (Groups A, B and C). Therefore, all Central Government servants are required to file the declaration. This is an important difference from the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules 1964 and may kindly be noted.

4. As per these Rules, the public servants who have filed declarations, information and annual returns of property under the provisions of the rules applicable to such public servants shall file the revised declarations. information or as the case may be, annual returns as on the 1st day of August, 2014, to the competent authority on or before the 15th day of September. 2014. All Ministries/Departments are accordingly. requested to please bring the provisions of the Public Servants (furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014 to the notice of all concerned for compliance.

5. Formal amendment to the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules 1964 will be made in due course.

6. Hindi version will follow

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(J.W Vaidyanathan)
Director (E)
Source: www.persmin.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/11013_3_2014-Estt-A_23072014.pdf]

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