Thursday, November 27, 2014

MACP on Promotial Hierarchy - Organisational/Financial support to defend the SLP

MACP on Promotial Hierarchy - Organisational/Financial support to defend the SLP

MACP ON PROMOTIONAL HIERARCHY- ORGANISATIONAL/ FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO DEFEND THE SLP-REGARDING

The extended meeting of the Steering Committee of MACP on Promotional Hierarchy held on 15/11/2014 has decided to write letters to all Gazetted Non Gazetted Employees’ Federations/Associations of all Ministries, seeking organizational/financial support in defence of the SLP against granting of MACP on promotional hierarchy, filed by the Central Government.

But we could not reach several of the Staff Associations/Federations, face MACP problems due to non availability of proper contact address/e-mail id/telephone number.

A letter inviting all Officers/Staff Associations who are not in contact of this steering committee is given below: All Federations/Associations are requested to send their contact address/telephone number/e-mail id etc immediately so that their name may also be incorporated in the list of steering committee. All Associations/readers are requested to co-operate.


-TKR Pillai
Convener
Mob No. 09425372172
e-mail: aiams08@gmail.com


STEERING COMMITTEE-
MACP ON PROMOTIONAL HIERARCHY
C/o All India CPWD Engineers Association,
Room No. B-003, Indra Prastha Bhawan,
ITO, New Delhi, dated 23/11/2014
e-mail: pillai_tkr@rediffmail.com,aiams08@gmail.com
To,

            The President/General Secretary,
            All India Officers/Staff Associations affected with MACP

    Sub:    Defeating the illogical and anti employee MACP scheme in the Supreme Court- seeking co operation of the all Federations/Associations-regarding.


Dear sir,

You are aware that various benches of the Central Administrative Tribunals and High courts pronounced verdicts in favour of financial upgradation under MACP Scheme on Promotional hierarchy on the petitions of Central Government Employees in various Departments. In the Principle Bench of CAT itself, more than half dozen cases have been decided in favour of granting financial upgradation under MACP Scheme on promotional hierarchy. But the Government of India has not implemented these orders citing one or other reasons. Moreover, Government has filed 4 SLPs against these verdicts in respect of the applicants, namely, Shri V Mohanan Nair of CAT Ernakulam, Shri Babu Ram, Smt Reeta Devi and Shri Dhirender Singh of CAT Chandigarh, at Supreme Court. Since the outcome of the SLP filed will affect all Central Government Employees, a steering committee consisting of representatives of Gazetted/Non Gazetted Staff of various Departments of Government of India was constituted on 25/09/2014. Thereafter two meetings of the steering committee were held on 27th September and 2nd October 2014 in which decision for intervening in the SLP filed in the Supreme Court was taken.

In order to expand the activities of the steering committee, an extended meeting of the committee was convened at Indra Prastha Bhawan, New Delhi on 15/11/2014 in which 55 persons representing 30 Associations of various Ministries participated. Moreover, around 10 Associations whose representatives who had not participated in the meeting have assured to abide the decision taken in the meeting, copy of the minutes is posted elsewhere in this web site.

While addressing the meeting Shri SK Vyas, Advisor, Confederation has suggested that MACP is a matter covering all Central Government Employees and as such it will be better if National JCM (Staff side)becomes an intervener of the case and the meeting has accepted the suggestion. Shri Vyas has further suggested that all the Unions/Associations including Unions in the Railways, Defense, Postal and Income tax, Audit & Accounts Association should be asked to give contribution to meet the legal and other expenses of the case. Accordingly, the meeting decided to send letters to all major Federations/Associations as well the Secretary JCM (Staff Side).

According to Supreme Court web site posting, the SLP of Shri Mohanan Nair is listed for hearing on 08th January 2015 and all the other three SLPs have been connected with this case. The extended meeting of the steering committee unanimously decided to engage lawyers to intervene in the SLP.The committee has decided to collect Rs. 15 lakhs to meet the immediate expenses in connection with intervention in the case etc. It was also decided to prepare a list of Federations/Associations from whom the contribution has to be collected.

In view of the above, this steering committee seeks your support both organizationally and financially to strengthen the united efforts to get a favourable verdict from the Supreme Court through legal means.

I, on behalf of the Steering Committee, request you to kindly extend your helping hand so that we may be able to defeat the illogical and anti employee MACP scheme in Supreme Court.
Please send a two line letter in confirmation of receipt of this letter.

Yours Sincerely

(TKR Pillai)
Convener
Mob: 09425372172

Source: http://aiamshq.blogspot.in/2014/11/macp-on-promotional-hierarchy-financial.html

No plan to launch housing scheme for EPFO members: Government

No plan to launch housing scheme for EPFO members: Government
 New Delhi, Nov 26:

Retirement fund body EPFO has no plans to launch a housing scheme for its over five crore subscribers on additional contribution by its members, Parliament was informed today.

“No Sir,” Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha on a question whether Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has chalked out a scheme for providing housing to its subscribers on additional contribution.

The idea to provide housing by EPFO on additional contribution 10 per cent of subscribers’ basic wages was mooted earlier this year by Labour Minister Oscar Fernandes during a function of the body in January.


Addressing the gathering, Fernandes who was also heading the EPFO trustee’s board had said, “EPFO can deduct extra 10 per cent of their basic wages over the mandatory contribution of 12 per cent made by them at present. The money can be used to provide them housing facility.”

The Minister had also said, “Most of the workers throughout their working life live in rented accommodation and their entire saving on retirement is spent on purchasing a house.”

At present, all workers covered under the EPFO schemes, pay 12 per cent of their basic wages toward PF contribution every month. The basic wages include basic pay and dearness allowance.

Read more at Hindu Businessline

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Central government employees to file assets details by December 31

Central government employees to file assets details by December 31

New Delhi: All central government employees have to file the details of their assets and liabilities along with that of their spouses and dependent children as mandated under the Lokpal Act by December 31, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

As per the rules notified under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act in July this year, every public servant who has filed declarations, information and annual returns of property under the provisions of the rules applicable to such public servants shall file the revised declarations as on August 1 to the competent authority on or before September 15.

The provision of the said rules has subsequently been amended by which the time limit for furnishing of such information or return by public servants has been extended till December 31, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh said in a written reply.

The declarations under the Lokpal Act are in addition to similar ones filed by the employees under various services rules.

All Group A, B and C employees are supposed to file a declaration under the new rules. There are about 26 lakh employees in these three categories, as per latest government data.

The Personnel Ministry has also issued new forms for filing these returns which have fields for mentioning details of cash in hand, bank deposits, investment in bonds, debentures, shares and units in companies or mutual funds, insurance policies, provident fund, personal loans and advance given to any person or entity, among others.

The employees need to declare motor vehicles, aircraft, yachts or ships, gold and silver jewellery and bullion possessed by them, their spouses and dependent children.

PTI

Salient Features of each of the Scheme under Shramev Jayate Programme: Lok Sabha Q&A

Salient Features of each of the Scheme under Shramev Jayate Programme: Lok Sabha Q&A

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 178
ANSWERED ON 24.11.2014
SHRAMEV JAYATE PROGRAMME
178 . Scindia Shri Jyotiraditya Madhavrao, Galla Shri Jayadev
Will the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:-
(a)whether the Government has recently launched a number of schemes under Shramev Jayate Programme;
(b)if so, the details thereof along with the salient features of each of the schemes under the programme;
(c)the reaction of the labour trade unions to such schemes/programmes;
(d)whether the said initiative includes any scheme for skilled labour; and
(e)if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE (IC) FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT (SHRI BANDARU DATTATREYA)

(a): Yes, Madam.
(b): The details of the schemes launched and their salient features are as per Annexure.
(c): No such reaction has been received.
(d) & (e): Apprentice Protsahan Yojana and Recognition of Prior Learning for Construction Workers aim at preparing skilled work force and upskilling the existing workforce. Details are given in Annexure.
Annexure
Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Shramev Jayate Karyakram
SHRAM SUVIDHA PORTAL IN CENTRAL SPHERE FOR EASE OF COMPLIANCE AND SELF-CERTIFICATION

To create a conducive environment for industrial development

To be operative in 4 central organizations : Chief Labour Commissioner, Directorate General of Mines Safety, Employee Provident Fund Organization and Employees’ State Insurance Corporation
Allotment of Unique Labour Identification Number (LIN) to 6-7 lakh Units

Online registration of Units

Filing of self-certified and simplified Single Online Return by the industry for 16 labour laws
Timely redressal of grievances through the portal
Complete database at one place to add to informed policy process
TRANSPARENT LABOUR INSPECTION SCHEME IN CENTRAL SPHERE FOR RANDOM SELECTION OF UNITS FOR INSPECTION
A computerized list of inspections to be generated randomly based on pre-determined objective criteria
Serious matters to be covered under the mandatory inspection list

Complaints based inspections to be determined centrally after examination based on data and evidence
Mandatory uploading of Inspection Reports within 72 hours

Check on the arbitrariness in compliance mechanism
PORTABILITY THROUGH UNIVERSAL ACCOUNT NUMBER (UAN) FOR EMPLOYEES PROVIDENT FUND
Digitization of complete database of more than 4 crore EPF subsribers and allotment of UAN to each of them

UAN is being seeded with Bank account and Aadhar Card and other KYC details for financial inclusion
Portability of the Social Security Benefits through UAN to the labour of organized sector across jobs and geographic areas

EPF account of employee to be updated monthly and at the same time he will be informed though SMS
Direct access to their EPF accounts and will also enable them to consolidate all their previous accounts
EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF REVAMPED REASHTIYA SWASTHYA SIMA YOJNA (RSBY) FOR THE LABOUR IN UNORGANIZED SECTOR
93% of workers in unorganized sector RSBY revamped to ensure enhanced quality and access to services
Strengthened grievance redressal mechanism

Improved IT architecture for better access of services and monitoring of outcomes for beneficiaries
Linking the enrollment for the RSBY scheme with opening/seeding of Bank Account and allotment/seeding of Aadhar Card for financial inclusion

Wellness check for preventive care introduced for the first time

Constructive workers and beneficiary across different welfare cess are covered

Introduction of convergence of social security schemes namely Aam Admi Bima Yojna and National Old Age Pension Scheme on RSBY smart card through improved IT framework
APPRENTICE PROTSAHAN YOJANA
A vision to have more than 20 lakh apprentice in next few years against present number of 2.9 lakh
A major initiative to revamp the Apprenticeship Scheme in India after extensive consultation with industry and states

Four components of this initiative are:

Making the legal framework friendly to both, industry and youth. The necessary Bill amending the The Apprentices Act, 1961 was placed and passed in Lok Sabha on 14.8.2014

Enhancing the rate of stipend and indexing it to minimum wages of semi skilled workers. Notification issued
Apprentice Protsahan Yojana to support mainly manufacturing units and other establishments by reimbursing 50% of the stipend paid to apprentices during first two years of their training

Basic training curricula being restructured on scientific principles to make it more effective, and MSMEs to be supported financially by permitting this component in government funded SDI scheme

The Apprentice Protsahan Yojana will support one lakh apprentices during the period up to March 2017
RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL)
Construction sector is third biggest employer after agriculture and manufacturing. Contributes more than 10% of the jobs in India

It employs about 4.2 crore workers and contributes 6.67% of GDP

86% of workers have no skills and productivity level is low

A national Scheme “Recognition of Prior Learning of Construction Workers” being launched by Ministry of Labour & Employment after extensive consultation with industry by utilizing the cess funds collected from construction projects

Construction sites to be designated as Testing Centres
Skill gaps if any, to be made up by giving gap training of about 15 days
Wage compensation for attending training classes and assessment
NCVT certification
TRAINING ON MODERN CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES WITH CERTIFICATION BY NCVT IN CONSULTATION WITH CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES
With the initiatives like 100 smart cities. Housing for all by 2011, construction sector is set to grow at rapid rate

It is estimated that about 8.3 crores persons would be employed in the sector by year 2022
New projects demand workforce trained in modern construction technologies to meet the international norms in construction

Several new courses introduced

VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION CENTRES FOR HANDICAPPED

According to Census 2011, there were 2.68 crore Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) out of which 1.7 crore are unemployed

Vocational rehabilitation support to PwDs through 21 Vocational Rehabilitation Centres for Handicapped (VRCs) across the country

Focus on honing the strength of individual PwDs to make them employable through capacity building and last mile orientation

Knowledge Partnership MOU between MoLW and TATA SONS to incorporate best practices and policy interventions for enhancing diversity and inclusiveness in India’s workforce

Major efforts are on for widening and deepening association with industry in order to increase the impact and enlarge footprint of VRCs. Some of the institutions that have partnered with VRCs include National Handicap Finance Development Corporation, National Trust, PSUs like ONGC, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Yum Foods, Bank of America, Sarthak, etc

Some of these centres are also being developed as Model Career Centres for PwDs

NATIONAL BRAND AMBASSADORS OF VACATIONAL TRAINNING

Only 10% of our workforce has got formal or informal technical training. Only one fourth of this is formally trained

In South Korea, Japan, Germany, the percentage of workforce having received skills training is 96,80 and 75 respectively

We need to rapidly expand certificate level vocational training if we have to succeed in our mission of ‘Make in India’. Also we need to attract youth to vocational training

Vocational training has given excellent technicians, mechanics, entrepreneurs and professional leaders. Manufacturing sector is reservoir of this success

We are showcasing and felicitating such successful ITI graduates as National Brand Ambassadors of Vocational Training

FLEXI MOU
Presently, a total of 123 NCVT courses designed and developed by Mentor Councils having representation from industry, academia, Champion ITI and DGE&T mentors and expert courses/trade are conducted at about 11, 500 it is New policy of Flexi MOU has been launched in July 2014 to ensure that, in addition, customized courses with NCVT certification are available to meet the need of local industry

Under this MoU, any industry can conduct NCVT certified training programme in partnership with ITI or other vocational training provider to meet specific skill requirement of the company

Industry to ensure minimum 80% employment

Several leading industry players such as Flipkart, Raymonds, Labournet, GIPCL, Cadilla have signed MOUs and many other are under finalization

SKILL AWARDEES

The Ministry of labour conducts competitions to foster the healthy spirit of competitiveness among the trainee Craftsmen/Apprentices

All India Skill Competition for Craftsmen among trainees admitted under Craftsmen Training Scheme (CTS), is conducted once in a year

All India Competition for Apprentices among trainees admitted under Apprenticeship Training Scheme (ATS) is conducted twice every year

First ever initiative to recognize the awardees at National Level and release of first ever souvenir containing the list of winners of different segments in latest All India Competition for Craftsmen, held in January, 2014 and All India Competition for Apprentices held in May, 2014

Source: loksabha.nic.in
Annexure:http://164.100.47.132/Annexture_New/lsq16/3/au178.htm

SCOVA meeting with Standing Groups including National Council (Staff Side) JCM

Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) meeting with Standing Groups including National Council (Staff Side) JCM will be scheduled to be held in the January, 2015.

F. No. 42/39/2014-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: 24th Nov, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : 26th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) scheduled to be held in the month of January, 2015 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP).

The 26th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) of the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare is scheduled to be held in the January, 2015. The details of the date, time and venue of the meeting will follow. The meeting will be chaired by the Hon’ble Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Pubic Grievances & Pensions.

2. All the Pensioners Associations under SCOVA are requested to kindly provide the following requisite information through fax as well as E-mail :
(a) Suggest fresh items/issues, if any, for inclusion in the agenda to be discussed for the proposed meeting. Kindly do not send those agenda items which have already been discussed in the previous SCOVA meetings and on which final decision/action has already been taken. Your response in this regard may please be sent to this Department so as to reach the undersigned latest by 10th December, 2014 to enable us to finalize the agenda items. Minutes of the meetings and Action Taken Reports of the previous SCOVA meetings are available on the website of this Department – www.pensionersportal.gov.in

(b) Because of the consideration of space, only one representative of your organization may attend the above said meeting. Confirmation of participation and the name of the participant may kindly be intimated in advance to the undersigned by fax/e-mail.
3. Outstation members will be paid TA/DA and local members will be paid conveyance charges in accordance with the rules/instructions.

4. This Department looks forward to your participation in the meeting.
sd/-
(Charanjit Taneja)
Under Secretary
Source: http://pensionersportal.gov.in/

One Rank-One Pension (OROP) formula has since been implemented or not..? Question raised today in Parliament

One Rank-One Pension (OROP) formula has since been implemented or not..? Question raised today in Parliament

Whether Government’s decision to grant pension to the retired personnel of the Defence Forces as per “One Rank-One Pension (OROP)” formula has since been implemented

If not, the reasons for the delay; and

By when this scheme is likely to be implemented? these questions asked by the Hon’ble Member Shri Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa in Parliament today and the Minister of Defence Shri Manohar Parrikar replied as follows…

“The principle of One Rank One Pension for the Armed Forces has been accepted by the Government. The modalities for implementation were discussed with various stakeholders and are presently under consideration of the Government. It will be implemented once the modalities are approved by the Government”.

SWACHH BHARAT KOSH OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES

Finance Ministry issued operational guidelines for the scheme of Swachh Bharat, these rules are into force with immediate effect…

SWACHH BHARAT KOSH OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES
 
1. Short Title and Commencement: 
These will be called Swachh Bharat Kosh Operational Guidelines, 2014 and will come into force with immediate effect.

2. Objective of Setting-up the Fund (Kosh):
Individuals and philanthropists have expressed interest in contributing to efforts to achieve the objective of Clean India (Swachh Bharat) by the year 2019. The Swachh Bharat Kosh has been set up to facilitate channelization of philanthropic contributions and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds towards this cause.

3. Governing Council:
The Swachh Bharat Kosh (henceforth called Kosh) would be administered by a Governing Council chaired by Secretary, Department of Expenditure. Other Permanent members will be Secretary (Planning), Secretary (Drinking Water and Sanitation), Secretary (Urban Development), Secretary (Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation), Secretary (Rural Development), Secretary (Panchayati Raj) and Secretary (School Education and Literacy). Departmental Secretaries from Tourism, Culture or any other department would be invited as and when their proposals are being deliberated.

4. Secretariat:
The Governing Council would be assisted by a division to be set up in the     Department of Expenditure, which will serve as its secretariat, headed by an
Administrator, at the Joint Secretary level.

5. Bank Account & Receipt of Contribution: 
a) Contributions from companies and philanthropists shall be received in a single bank account opened in the State Bank of India, Central Secretariat Branch, North Block, New Delhi. The bank account will be operated jointly by the Administrator and the Chief Controller of Accounts, Ministry of Finance.
 
b) Donations into the Kosh may be made through online payments through net banking, or by debit and credit cards or Cheque/Demand Draft.
 
c) The donor would receive an automated, digitally signed receipt of the contributions. Besides, the following mode of acknowledgement with regard to receipt of donations will be adopted.
http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/swachhbharat/SWK_Operational_Guidelines2014.pdf

CGHS Hospitals under surveillance by the aegis of CGHS Officer to check irregularities including exploitation of patients

CGHS Hospitals under surveillance by the aegis of CGHS Officer to check irregularities including exploitation of patients

While replying to a question in Parliament today, Minster of Health & Family Welfare Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda said that to ensure that the terms and conditions of the Memorandum of Agreement are followed scrupulously by the empanelled hospitals, a monitoring cell under the aegis of a senior officer of CGHS has been established to check irregularities including exploitation of patients”,

Treatment by CGHS empanelled hospitals in emergency cases

Recently, the Government has amended the terms and conditions for empanelment of private hospital under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS). Now, the hospitals are empanelled as a whole, meaning that all facilities available in the hospital would be provided to CGHS beneficiaries. Disease – specific empanelment has now been stopped.

To ensure that the terms and conditions of the Memorandum of Agreement are followed scrupulously by the empanelled hospitals, a monitoring cell under the aegis of a senior officer of CGHS has been established to check irregularities including exploitation of patients. There are provisions in the MoA including issue of Show Cause Notice, issue of warning, recovery of amount charged illegally from the beneficiaries, also confiscation of part or whole of PBG (Performance Bank Guarantee), and ultimately removal from the CGHS list, that can be resorted to in appropriate cases

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Employees Pension Scheme: Details of subscribers and amount distributed

Employees Pension Scheme: Details of subscribers and amount distributed

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 139
ANSWERED ON 24.11.2014
SUBSCRIBERS UNDER EPS

139 . Antony Shri Anto

Will the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:-
(a) whether the Government has any record regarding the number of subscribers under the Employees` Pension Scheme (EPS) in the country;


(b)if so, the details thereof, State/UT-wise; and

(c)the details of the amount distributed under EPS during each of the last three years and the current year, State/UT-wise?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE (IC) FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT (SHRI BANDARU DATTATREYA)

(a) & (b): Yes, Madam. The State/UT-wise details of membership of Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995 are at Annex-I.

(c): The State/UT-wise details of amount distributed under Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995 during the last three years and current year (upto June, 2014) are at Annex–II.


ANNEX-I
No. of Subscribers under the Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995

STATE/UTSubscribers as on 31.3.2014
Andhra Pradesh( including Telangana)10657225
Bihar356826
Chhattisgarh589276
Delhi11350265
Goa1168601
Gujarat (including Daman & Diu)7481829
Haryana6195965
Himachal Pradesh1012158
Jharkhand942549
Karnataka14907011
Kerala (including Lakshadweep)2110682
Madhya Pradesh2913492
Maharashtra23468307
North East Region427558
Odisha2191814
Punjab (including Chandigarh)5135813
Rajasthan1178766
Tamil Nadu (including Puducherry)16622517
Uttar Pradesh1917405
Uttrakhand1117299
West Bengal(including Andaman & Nicobar Islands)4483143
TOTAL116228501



ANNEX-II

Details of amount disbursed under Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995 during the last three years and current year (up to June, 2014)

(Rs. in Crores)
 
STATE/UT2011-122012-132013-142014-15
Upto June 2014 
(Provisional)
Andhra Pradesh (including Telangana)651.96747.80880.70176.66
Bihar102.99162.08201.4932.09
Chhattisgarh90.3796.07118.227.39
Delhi420.16475.94528.98139.53
Goa33.8536.8947.805.82
Gujarat (including Daman & Diu)488.95550.39660.71114.15
Haryana275.80358.21422.2484.34
Himachal Pradesh47.9256.9772.6214.90
Jharkhand188.86162.64184.1241.13
Karnataka815.20934.001121.52275.53
Kerala (including Lakshadweep)334.88365.38424.00111.21
Madhya Pradesh200.06222.75259.1364.33
Maharashtra1529.711966.832214.95435.20
North East Region63.3669.1078.6510.99
Odisha126.13147.93194.7244.70
Punjab (including Chandigarh)229.65253.17313.1965.27
Rajasthan176.27201.95237.6257.33
Tamil Nadu (including Puducherry)841.091032.761552.27275.37
Uttar Pradesh496.21561.10636.4662.95
Uttrakhand68.6884.81108.1829.39
West Bengal (including Andaman & Nicobar Islands)457.41551.77642.7593.57
TOTAL7639.519038.5410900.322140.83

Source: Loksabha.nic.in

Coverage under Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO)

Coverage under Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO): Lok Sabha Q&A


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 154
ANSWERED ON   24.11.2014

COVERAGE UNDER EPFO

154 . Mahadik Shri Dhananjay Bhimrao, Gavit Dr. Heena Vijaykumar
Patil Shri Vijaysinh Mohite, Satav Shri Rajeev Shankarrao, Sule Smt. Supriya Sadanand

Will the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:-

(a)whether a large number of workers from the construction sector as well as contract employees are not covered under the Employees` Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO);



(b)if so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor;

(c)whether workers from these sectors were unable to retrieve their savings with EPFO due to frequent job changes; and if so, the quantum of amount lying with EPFO as inoperative;

(d)whether the EPFO has constituted any committee to bring in more workers including workers from these sectors and if so, whether the committee has submitted its reports; and

(e)if so, the action taken thereon along with various other steps taken by the Government for the benefit of workers under EPFO?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE (IC) FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT (SHRI BANDARU DATTATREYA)

(a) & (b): The Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 is applicable to 187 categories of industries and classes of establishments where 20 or more persons are working. Government has notified a Schedule Head - “Building & Construction Industry” vide GSR No. 1069 dated 11.10.1980.

There is no distinction between regular and contract workers under the Act. The workers whether regular or contractual working in the covered establishments are enrolled as EPF members.

(c): There are instances came to the notice of EPFO where the workers of these sectors face difficulties while retrieving their savings with EPFO due to frequent job changes. As per the unaudited Annual Account of the Organization for the year 2013-14, Rs. 27,448.54 Crore is lying in Inoperative Account.

(d) & (e): The Central Board of Trustees, EPF decided in their 204th meeting held on 26.08.2014 to constitute two non-statutory Sub-Committees, one for Construction Workers and the other for the Contract Workers with the terms of reference that these sub-committees will suggest mechanism to the Central Board so that coverage of both construction and contract workers can be increased. These sub-committees were constituted on 15.10.2014. The sub-committees met separately on 31.10.2014 and made some recommendations which are to be placed before the next meeting of the Central Board for consideration. Besides, EPFO have taken the following steps for benefits of workers:-
i. The process of allotting Universal Account Number has already started which will result in portability of the accounts.

ii. For transfer of accumulations on job/location change, provision for online transfer of accumulations has been put in place.

iii. Provision has been made in the Official website which will help the members to access their PF accounts online.
Source: Lok Sabha

Amendment to Minimum Wages Act: Govt. statement in Lok Sabha

Amendment to Minimum Wages Act: Govt. statement in Lok Sabha


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
LOK SABHA
STARRED QUESTION NO 6
ANSWERED ON 24.11.2014

AMENDMENT TO MINIMUM WAGES ACT

6 . Sampath Shri AnirudhanWill the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:-

(a)whether suggestions have been received from various quarters to amend the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 and if so, the details thereof;



(b)whether the amendment proposes to cover all the employment sectors and increase penal provisions; and

(c)if so, the details thereof ?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE (IC) FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT (SHRI BANDARU DATTATREYA)

(a) to (c): A statement is laid on the Table of the House.

STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (c) OF THE LOK SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO. 6 FOR 24.11.2014 BY DR. A. SAMPATH REGARDING “AMENDMENT TO MINIMUM WAGES ACT”.

(a) to (c): Yes, Madam. Major Central Trade Unions had raised demands to ensure universal coverage irrespective of the schedules and fixation of statutory minimum wage at not less than Rs.10,000/- linked with cost price index on 04.09.2012. Further, the demand to fix minimum wages not less than Rs.15,000/- per month was placed before the Government by these trade unions on 06.06.2014 and 24.06.2014.

Proposals for amendment to the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 were put on the website of the Ministry of Labour and Employment on 17.06.2014 for public consultation. The proposals inter-alia include universal coverage to all the employments by removing the restriction of 1000 or more workers for an employment to come within the purview of Minimum Wages Act, making National Floor Level Minimum Wage (NFLMW) statutory and enhancement of penal provisions by increasing the fine prescribed for contravention of certain provision of the Act from Rs.500/- to Rs.5,000/- on first conviction and with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or with fine of not less than Rs.5,000/- extending up to Rs.10,000/- in the case of second or subsequent conviction under the Act.

Source: Lok Sabha.nic.in

Monday, November 24, 2014

Air India LTC Fares w.e.f. 3rd November 2014

Air India LTC Fares w.e.f. 3rd November 2014


TABLE V- LTC Fares


S No SECTOR & V.V
HLTC        (Economy Class) DLTC        (Executive  Class) Airline Fuel Charge



Base Fare Base Fare
1 Agartala Guwahati 4831 10140 1850
2 Agartala Kolkata 3891 8506 1850
3 Agartala Silchar 4401
1850
4 Agatti Bengaluru 10691
1850
5 Agatti Chennai 10646
2150
6 Agatti Kochi 8571
1850
7 Agatti Kozhikode 7471
1850
8 Agra Delhi 5681 15327 1850

9
Agra Khajuraho 3891 8506 1850
10 Agra Varanasi 4946 12951 1850
11 Agra Mumbai 8571
2950
12 Ahmedabad Chennai 7426 26186 2950
13 Ahmedabad Delhi 6000 15502 2150
14 Ahmedabad Hyderabad 7076 19532 2150
15 Ahmedabad Mumbai 4351 13425 1850
16 Aizawl Guwahati 5351
1850
17 Aizawl Imphal 4466 7337 1850
18 Aizawl Kolkata 4626 11108 1850
19 Allahabad Delhi 6541
1850
20 Allahabad Kanpur 4751
1850
21 Allahabad Mumbai 9401
2950
22 Amritsar Delhi 4366 12436 1850
23 Aurangabad Delhi 8801 21747 2150
24 Aurangabad Mumbai 4451 10133 1850
25 Bagdogra Delhi 9716 21024 2950
26 Bagdogra Guwahati 4536 8398 1850
27 Bagdogra Kolkata 5436 13188 1850
28 Bengaluru Chennai 4701 10691 1850
29 Bengaluru Delhi 9901 28985 3650
30 Bengaluru Goa 5151 13297 1850
31 Bengaluru Hyderabad 5451 14823 1850
32 Bengaluru Kochi 4501 10907 1850
33 Bengaluru Kolkata 9701 30799 3650
34 Bengaluru Mangalore 4936
1850
35 Bengaluru Mumbai 6851 16356 2150
36 Bengaluru Pune 6184 16506 1850
37 Bengaluru Tirupati 5221
1850
38 Bengaluru Trivandrum 5451 12473 1850
39 Bhopal Delhi 4801 14856 1850
40 Bhopal Indore 4281 8625 1850
41 Bhopal Mumbai 5356 15560 1850
42 Bhubaneshwar Chennai 8291 17520 2950
43 Bhubaneshwar Delhi 9001 27424 2950
44 Bhubaneshwar Kolkata 5406 11764 1850
45 Bhubaneshwar Mumbai 9401 29518 2950
46 Bhubaneshwar Port Blair 11216
2950
47 Bhuj Mumbai 6541
1850
48 Chandigarh Delhi 4301 10534 1850
49 Chandigarh Mumbai 8836 26295 2950
50 Chennai Coimbatore 4251 12166 1850
51 Chennai Delhi 8456 28474 3650
52 Chennai Goa 6311 16217 1850
53 Chennai Hyderabad 4451 13732 1850
54 Chennai Kochi 5251 14630 1850
55 Chennai Kolkata 8566 27543 2950
56 Chennai Madurai 4251 11801 1850
57 Chennai Mumbai 8571 18623 2950
58 Chennai Pune 7851 21017 2150
59 Chennai Portblair 9411 24229 2950
60 Chennai Trivandrum 5601 14637 1850
61 Chennai Vishakhapatnam 4801 14673 1850
62 Coimbatore Delhi 9751 32763 3650
63 Coimbatore Kozhikode 4451 6739 1850
64 Coimbatore Mumbai 8001 18331 2950
65 Dehradun Delhi 5221 13980 1850
66 Dehli Dharamsala 4821
1850
67 Delhi Gaya 6851 19532 2150
68 Delhi Goa 8821 25860 3650
69 Delhi Guwahati 9811 24988 3650
70 Delhi Gwalior 5051 9977 1850
71 Delhi Hyderabad 8401 25748 2950
72 Delhi Imphal 9081 27248 3650
73 Delhi Indore 4851 15867 1850
74 Delhi Jabalpur 6401
1850
75 Delhi Jaipur 3551 8815 1850
76 Delhi Jammu 4401 13181 1850
77 Delhi Jodhpur 5706 14290 1850
78 Delhi Kanpur 5701
1850
79 Delhi Khajuraho 5651 15108 1850
80 Delhi Kochi 12351 37731 3650
81 Delhi Kolkata 9061 24251 2950
82 Delhi Kozhikode 10051 32763 3650
83 Delhi Kullu 6301
1850
84 Delhi Leh 5501 15141 1850
85 Delhi Lucknow 4821 12505 1850
86 Delhi Ludhiana 4351
1850
87 Delhi Mangalore 9901 29248 3650
88 Delhi Mumbai 8951 22740 2950
89 Delhi Pantnagar 4301
1850
90 Delhi Nagpur 7171 17336 2150
91 Delhi Pathankot 5101
1850
92 Delhi Patna 7151 17265 2150
93 Delhi Port Blair 21516
3650
94 Delhi Pune 9401 28208 2950
95 Delhi Raipur 7851 22112 2150
96 Delhi Ranchi 8811 20732 2950
97 Delhi Srinagar 6201 13370 1850
98 Delhi Surat 9101 20819 2150
99 Delhi Tirupati 9016 23756 3650
100 Delhi Trivandrum 12156 37731 3650
101 Delhi Udaipur 5786 15382 1850
102 Delhi Vadodra 7051 19853 2150
103 Delhi Varanasi 5681 15327 1850
104 Delhi Vijayawada 8566 26202 2950
105 Delhi Vishakhapatnam 10401 30218 2950
106 Dibrugarh Dimapur 3251 5106 1850
107 Dibrugarh Guwahati 4801
1850
108 Dibrugarh Kolkata 7401 14776 2150
109 Dibrugarh Lilabari 4051
1850
110 Dimapur Guwahati 4701
1850
111 Dimapur Imphal 4401
1850
112 Dimapur Kolkata 6101 13822 1850
113 Dimapur Shillong 4101
1850
114 Gaya Kolkata 4501 11744 1850
115 Gaya Varanasi 4851 9518 1850
116 Goa Kochi 5001 15159 1850
117 Goa Hyderabad 5251 13657 1850
118 Goa Mumbai 5321 11232 1850
119 Goa Pune 4536 8874 1850
120 Goa Srinagar 12351 38431 3650
121 Guwahati Imphal 4901 9498 1850
122 Guwahati Jorhat 3736
1850
123 Guwahati Kolkata 5076 11465 1850
124 Guwahati Lilabari 5151
1850
125 Guwahati Silchar 5251
1850
126 Guwahati Tezpur 4436
1850
127 Gwalior Mumbai 8401 19551 2150
128 Hyderabad Kolkata 9696 24985 2950
129 Hyderabad Mumbai 5251 14980 1850
130 Hyderabad Pune 5231 14265 1850
131 Hyderabad Tirupati 4656 12571 1850
132 Hyderabad Varanasi 8811 21806 2950
133 Hyderabad Vijayawada 5051 10655 1850
134 Hyderabad Vishakhapatnam 4946 12951 1850
135 Imphal Kolkata 4281 11680 1850
136 Imphal Silchar 4601
1850
137 Indore Mumbai 4481 12637 1850
138 Jaipur Mumbai 7851 18794 2150
139 Jammu Leh 4886 9069 1850
140 Jammu Srinagar 4403 6998 1850
141 Jamnagar Mumbai 5181 12400 1850
142 Jodhpur Mumbai 7686 18670 2150
143 Jodhpur Udaipur 4231 8724 1850
144 Jorhat Kolkata 4976
1850
145 Jorhat Tezpur 4136
1850
146 Kanpur Kolkata 7401
2150
147 Khajuraho Varanasi 4936 12681 1850
148 Kochi Kozhikode 3501 7283 1850
149 Kochi Madurai 4301
1850
150 Kochi Mumbai 8401 21634 2950
151 Kochi Trivandrum 4301 8326 1850
152 Kolkata Kochi 10051
3650
153 Kolkata Lilabari 7800
2150
154 Kolkata Mumbai 8486 23558 3650
155 Kolkata Patna 5706
1850
156 Kolkata Port Blair 11071 26781 2950
157 Kolkata Ranchi 4536
1850
158 Kolkata Shillong 5481
1850
159 Kolkata Silchar 5001 11085 1850
160 Kolkata Tezpur 5151
1850
161 Kozhikode Chennai 5151
1850
162 Kozhikode Kolkata 8456
3650
163 Kozhikode Mumbai 9100 16513 2150
164 Kozhikode Trivandrum 4391
1850
165 Kullu Pathankot 4001
1850
166 Leh Srinagar 4603 8283 1850
167 Lilabari Tezpur 3881
1850
168 Lucknow Mumbai 8051 24985 2950
169 Lucknow Varanasi 4626 9607 1850
170 Ludhiana Pathankot 4201
1850
171 Madurai Mumbai 7851 23657 2950
172 Mangalore Mumbai 6086 15761 1850
173 Mumbai Nagpur 5001 15159 1850
174 Mumbai Raipur 9500 20692 2150
175 Mumbai Rajkot 5281 12473 1850
176 Mumbai Ranchi 9751 22813 2950
177 Mumbai Srinagar 9016 23756 3650
178 Mumbai Trivandrum 10201 23901 2950
179 Mumbai Udaipur 4786 15407 1850
180 Mumbai Varanasi 9696 24511 2950
181 Mumbai Vishakhapatnam 9101 24872 2950
182 Patna Ranchi 4603
1850
183 Raipur Bhubaneshwar 4281 9977 1850
184 Raipur Nagpur 5181 12660 1850
185 Raipur Vishakhapatnam 4251 11606 1850
186 Shillong Jorhat 4551
1850
187 Silchar Tezpur 4101
1850
188 Vishakhapatnam Bhubaneshwar 5321 10518 1850


TABLE  – VI                                           
Islanders Fares

Sector & v.v
One Way Return Airline Fuel Charge


Fare Basis Fare Basis


UEIXZ URTIXZ
Port Blair Kolkata 5016 8632 2950
Port Blair Chennai 4816 8272 2950

Note : Above fares are valid for sale in Port Blair  only against  Identity Card.

TABLE  VII                                          
Remarks & Notings


1 a) RBD ‘Z’ is Advance Purchase fare in Business Class. Fare Basis is ‘ZAP’ with minimum 3 days advance purchase restriction.
SAP90, SAP60, TAPP30 , T30PP, TRT30, TAP14,TRT14,T14PP, TAP7, TRT7, T7PP,TAP2,TRT2 & T2PP Fares Levels are Advance Purchase Fares which are available for sale upto 90 days, 60 days, 30 days, 14 days, 7 days & 2 days respectively in advance  before schedule  date of departure of the flight.

b) *Some flights/sectors may not have the Advance  Purchase restrictions and *Some Sectors  are non-operating

c) 10% discount  on Mobile Application upto 28th Feb’15.

d) Special  group fares (GV fare )available  on select sectors.

2 Flight Routing

D- Direct flight to destination.
V- Via  Flight to Destination with stop/stops without change of aircraft
Link – Connecting Flight to Destination with a change of aircraft at a transit point

3 Taxes, Fee & Charges

a) In addition to the above fares, Passenger Service fee, Airport Development Fee (wherever applicable) and Service Tax would apply. Passenger Service fee is Rs. 233 except (a) Ex Jammu,Srinagar Leh where it is 207 (b) ex Kochi it is 225/-& ( c ) ex Delhi ,Mumbai,Chennai , Guwahati, Hyderabad, Bengaluru & Kolkata Rs.147/-

b) (a) User Development Fee (IN) ex Jaipur Rs. 150, Amritsar Rs. 150, Trichy Rs. 150, Vishakapatnam Rs. 150, Udaipur Rs. 150, Ahmedabad Rs. 124, Mangalore Rs. 150, Varanasi Rs. 150, Kolkata Rs.450. Chennai Rs. 187 , Ex Guwahati: Rs.352(1st Apr 14- 31st Mar 15), Rs.374 (1st Apr 15- 31st Mar 16) (b) UDF from Delhi( from 1st Apr 13- 31st  Jan ’15) : Distance upto 500 Km- Rs 276/- more than 500 Km- Rs 551/-  ( c ) UDF to Delhi( from 1st Apr 13- 31Jan ‘ 15) : Distance upto 500 Km- Rs 233/- more than 500 Km- Rs 466/- (d) UDF from Mumbai (Travel from 1st Apr 13 to 31st  Jan ‘ 15) Rs 308/- Ex Bengaluru: Rs.385(1st Jul 14- 31st Mar 15), Rs.344 (1st Apr 15- 31st Mar 16) (e) Airport Development Fee ( YM ) ex Delhi & ex Mumbai Rs. 113

c) Service Tax as applicable would be additional.

4 Fare Rules:

Fee for Refund/revalidation/re-issuance is levied as detailed under:effective 27th Apr’13



RBD Re-Issuance /Re-validation/ Refund Fee No-Show  Fee( within 1 hour of flight departure )
First Class F NIL (Till 1 hour before departure) Rs.1053
Business  class C, D &  J NIL (Till 1 hour before departure) Rs.1053


Re-Issuance /Re-validation No-Show  Fee/Refund Fee

Z Rs.1053(  Till 1 hour before departure) Rs.1579


Re-Issuance /Re-validation/ Refund Fee No-Show  Fee( within 1 hour flight departure )
Premium  Economy  Class P NIL (Till 1 hour before departure) Rs.1053
Economy  Class


Instant Purchase fares Y,B & M NIL (Till 1 hour before departure) Rs.1053
Instant Purchase fares H,K,Q,V,W,G,L & U Rs.1053(  Till 1 hour before departure) Non-Refundable
Instant & Apex Fares E, S &  T Rs.1579(  Till 1 hour before departure) Non-Refundable

(Penalty amount inclusive of service tax.)

Note:

a). Above Charges are applicable per coupon.
In case of ‘non-refundable, Basic Fare and Airline Fuel Charge will be forfeited.

b).LTC Tickets: Change/Refund Fee will be as applicable for highest Business or Economy Class fare

c).Armed Forces and related discounts : Change/ Refund Fee applicable for highest economy class fare. All categories of Armed Forces, Paramilitary Forces, General Reserve Engineering Forces, War Disables Officers, War Widows and Gallantry Award Tickets under RBD Y to H)

d)The refund rules applicable to Link Fares on all RBDs are as under:

(A) Originating point:
1. Tickets issued on fares under: RBDs U to K
a) Refund  – Permitted up to 1 hr before scheduled  departure  of the flight against  a Refund  Fee of – Rs. 1053 /- coupon.
b) Refund of No-show ticket: Non Refundable(Basic fare + Airline Fuel Charge)
2) Tickets  issued on fares under: RBDs S & T
(a) Refund – Permitted up to 1 hr before scheduled departure of the flight against a Refund Fee of - Rs.1579/- per coupon.
b) Refund of No-show ticket: Non Refundable(Basic fare + Airline Fuel Charge)

(B) Intermediate Point :
In case of completion of part itinerary,  a passenger  desirous  of claiming refund will be allowed to do so after deducting the applicable  fare on booked RBD, for the sector travelled  along with the applicable  Refund  Fee. Not permitted for RBDs S & T.

(C) In cases of Flight Disruptions:
(a) Alternate  arrangements are made by the Airline- No Refund
(b)Passenger is taken back to the point of origin by the first available  service- Full amount to be refunded.
(c)Own arrangement for the cancelled sector is made by the passenger(s): Refund of Basic fare of the cancelled sector in respective RBD (Airline Fuel Charge to be retained) along with unutilized non-airline taxes, if any.
e). No Re-validation or Cancellation Fee applicable on Infant Tickets.

5 Applicable Fares as on 3rd Nov ‘ 14

6 These fares are subject to Change without prior notice

Source: Airindia.com

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