Monday, February 23, 2015

Prime Minister says Budget session of Parliament important as people look at it with lot of hopes

Prime Minister says Budget session of Parliament important as people look at it with lot of hopes
Says it is collective responsibility of all parties to ensure effective functioning of Parliament

PM assures leaders of several parties all their concerns will be discussed

Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu says broad consensus on Ordinances; Land concerns can be discussed

Several parties call for smooth functioning of Parliament at All Party Meet on Budget session

Leaders welcome Prime Minister’s statement on religious freedom

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has stressed on the importance of the Budget sesson of Parliament beginning February 23, 2015 saying that the people of the country look at the session with lot of hopes and expectations. He addressed the leaders of various parties in both the Houses of Parliament at a meeting convened by the Government for mutual consultations on the Budget session today.
Prime Minister said that it is the collective responsibility of all parties and leaders to enable the people fulfill their hopes and aspirations through proper functioning of both the Houses of Parliament. Shri Modi assured the leaders that all the issues and concerned raised by them will be discussed in an appropriate manner keeping in view their importance and priority. He expressed the hope that there would be a collective effort during the Budget session in the interest of the common man.
Prime Minister has attended the leaders’ meeting for over an hour and later had lunch along with all the leades.
In his opening remarks, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs gave detailes of the 44-item agenda of the Government for the Budget session including financial, legislative and non-legislative business. He said that of the six Ordinances to be converted into Acts of Parliament by April 5, 2015, there has been a broad consensus on five of them relating to Citizenship for Overseas Indians, Introduction of e-rikshaws, allocation of coal blocks and non-coal mines through open bidding. On the Insurance Ordinance, he said that further to the suggestion of opposition parties, a Select Committee of Rajya Sabha has been set up and the same had submitted its report which amounts to a broad view of the House and there is no reason for two views in the matter.
Shri Venkaiah Naidu said that the Government is willing to address concerns if any, on the Land Acquistion Ordinance. He noted : “Several state governments cutting across partyline have expressed difficulties in land acquisiton for development projects under the Act of 2013 and sought modifications. Subsequently, the central government sought to facilitate land acquistion for notified puposes like infrastructure and affordable housing projects etc., in an easy manner without compromising on the remuneration to be paid to farmers and rehabilitation measures to be taken up for displaced persons. The Government is ready to address apprehensions, if any in this regard’.
Shri Naidu further said at the all party meet : “I would like to assure you all that the government is always willing to sit with opposition to resolve any differences on any issue. I don’t think there is any issue that can’t be resolved if approached with open mind. What is required is the spirit of mutual cooperation in the true spirit of Parliamentary democracy. Let us collectively strive to build a conducive environment for effective functioning of Parliament during the Budget session’.
Over thirty leaders from both the Houses of Parliament expressed their views with most of them highlighting the need for smooth functioning of Parliament to enable discussion on all issues of concern both for the Government and the Opposition.
Several leaders have welcomed Prime Minister’s recent statement on religious freedom and justify to promote one’s religion and his call for respecting all religions.
Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Shri Mallikarjuna Kharge said, “Parliamentary democracy is all about deciding on issues through discusssion. Different parties will convey their views on Ordinances and other issues whenever taken up’.
Leader of Nationalist Congress Party Shri Sharad Pawar said, “Budget session is important and we need to ensure smooth functioning of Parliament.”
BJD leader Shri Bhartruhari Mahtab noted :”There has been undue focus on the Ordinaces in the media in general while it should have been on the Budget and economic issues. We need to focus on budget issues. We want both the Houses to function smoothly and decide on major issues. Efforts shall be made to move forward on important issues throgh rapproachment’.
Leaders of different parties from Tamil Nadu suggested that during the forthcoming visit of the Prime Minister to Sri Lanka, a conducive atmosphere may be created for protecting the justifys of Tamil fishermen and Tamils in Sri Lanka.
People’s representatives from Andhra Pradesh sought necessary action for fulfilling the assurances given to the state in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act including the Special Status and Special Package for the state. TRS leaders also spoke of the need for doing the needful for the state of Telangana.
Leaders from North-East suggested that they be given sufficient time in both the Houses putting aside the principle of time allocation based on numerical strength.
Issues suggested for discussion during the ensuing Budget session by leaders of different parties include: agrarian crisis, safety and security of women, espionage issue, communal harmony, free academic environment, passing on the benefit of declining international oil prices to public, Swine flu outbreak, Election reforms, price rise, natual calamities, development of North-East, reservation for women in legislatures etc.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu later said that the all pary meet concluded on a very positive note and thanked the leaders for their views and suggestions.
Source: PIB News

New Website of National Pension System Trust Launched; To Provide Proper and Effective Information Dissemination to the Stakeholders and Provide Ease of Access to Various Beneficiaries Under NPS

New Website of National Pension System Trust Launched; To Provide Proper and Effective Information Dissemination to the Stakeholders and Provide Ease of Access to Various Beneficiaries Under NPS

            The National Pension System Trust has been set-up and constituted by Pension Fund Regulatory Development Authority (PFRDA) for taking care of the assets and funds under the National Pension System (NPS) in the interest of the beneficiaries (subscribers).

The National Pension System Trust has launched its new website here today.. The website was launched by Shri G. N. Bajpai, Chairman & Trustee of the Board of NPS Trust. The website is aimed to provide proper and effective information dissemination to the stakeholders and provide ease of access to various beneficiaries under NPS.


Promotion of Under Secretaries of CSS to the Grade of DS on ad-hoc basis- Furnishing of personal information thereof

Promotion of Under Secretaries of CSS to the Grade of DS on ad-hoc basis- Furnishing of personal information thereof

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi -110003
Dated the 23rd February, 2015.
Subject: Promotion of Grade-I (Under Secretary) officers of CSS to the Selection Grade (Deputy Secretary) on ad-hoc basis – Furnishing of personal information thereof.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even number dated 13.02.2015 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the revised vacancy position in the grades of DS/Director of CSS as on 01.03.2015 is given in Annex. I.

2. It has since been decided that the officers presently posted in Group ‘A’ Ministries/Departments may opt for posting in the same Group. However, on posting to a Ministry/Department in Group ‘A’ the tenure will be counted afresh for five/four years as the case may be. However, this option will not be available to officers currently posted in Group ‘B’ to remain in Group ‘B’.

3. The officers concerned are requested to furnish their fresh options as per revised vacancy position/policy by 24.02.2015 through fax number given below or personally. If any officer is not exercising option he/she may submit an undertaking by 24.02.2015 for posting in any Ministry/Department as may be decided by the competent authority.

4. Ministries/Departments concerned are also requested to ascertain the vigilance status of the officers afresh to enable relieving of the officers to avail promotion immediately on issue of orders by this Department

(Biswajit Banerjee)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Telefax: 24629413
1.Officers concerned
2. Ministries/Departments concerned
Tentative vacancies in DS/Director grade as on 01.03.2015
Group A

S.No Ministry/Deptt Vacancy Retention Net Vacancy
1 Animal Hus. & Dairying 1 0 1
2 Home 1 0 1
3 Labour 1 0 1
4 WCD 1 0 1
5 DOPT 3 1 2

Total 7

Group B

S.No Ministry/Deptt Vacancy Retention Net Vacancy
1 Economic Affairs 2 1 1
2 Food & PO 1 1 0
3 HRD 2 2 0
4 Petroleum & NG 1 0 1
5 Power 1 0 1
6 Revenue 1 0 1
7 Urban Development 1 1 0
8 Steel 1 0 1

Total 10


Clarification by Railway Board: Reckoning of 30% pay element for the purpose of payment towards leave encashment upto 10 days to running staff

Clarification by Railway Board: Reckoning of 30% pay element for the purpose of payment towards leave encashment upto 10 days to running staff

RBE No. 10 /2015.
New Delhi, dated 12.02.2015.
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways & Prod. Units etc.
(As per mailing lists No.I&II).
Sub: Reckoning of 30% pay element for the purpose of payment towards leave encashment upto 10 days to running staff.

Board have issued instructions vide letter No. F(E)III/2008/LE-I/I dated 29-10-2008 on encashment of leave while in service.
2. Some of the Zonal Railways had sought clarification whether 30% pay element is to be reckoned for the purpose of leave encashment upto 10 days of LAP to the running staff.
3. The matter has been considered by the Board and it is clarified that in the case of Running Staff, the calculation of leave encashment upto 10 days wil be done in the same manner as in the case of leave salary in terms of Rule 25(i)(k) of "The Rules for the payment of Running and other Allowances to the Running staff on Railways, 1981"

4. An illustration of the above is shown below:
(i) Basic Pay in general = Basic in Pay Band + Grade Pay = BP
(ii) Basic Pay of running staff = 130% of BP = (A)
(iii) DA rate in general = DA%
(iv) DA for running staff = DA% of (A) =(B)
(v) Leave encashment for 1 day = (A + B)/30

5. Other terms and conditions on encashment of leave will remain the same.

6. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

7. Please acknowledge receipt.

Railway Board


Confederation of Central Government Employees request for early implementation of seventh pay commission

Confederation of Central Government Employees request for early implementation of seventh pay commission
M. Duraipandian, State general secretary of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers sought the implementation of the seventh pay commission at the earliest.
While talking to the newsmen here on Saturday, he said it was a prerequisite that the employees should be provided with interim relief along with 50 percent merger of dearness allowance in salaries prior to approving any pay commission.
But even after a long period, the pay commission that was announced earlier by the central government has not yet been implemented.

Besides, Gramin Dak Sevaks numbering 2,65,000 across India should be brought under the much awaited seventh pay commission.
He said they had been working for almost 30 years for a meagre payment.
Moreover, the new and existing pension scheme should be scrapped and replaced with the old pension scheme. Since the launch of the new pension scheme, fund managers had not been appointed and the employees had been raising their doubts whether they could be entitled to avail such monetary benefits after their service period.
March to Parliament
To draw the government’s attention to fulfil these demands, the confederation members would stage a demonstration in front all district headquarter offices on March 2 and as the next step the confederation would stage a massive march towards the parliament in New Delhi on April 28, he said.
If these demands were not met, the employees would go on indefinite strike, which would be announced in July, he added.

Read at : The Hindu

Revision of rates for various treatment procedures under ECHS

Revision of rates for various treatment procedures under ECHS

Central Organisation, ECHS
Adjutant General's Branch
integrated Headquarters
Ministry of Qefence (Army)
Maude Line's
Delhi Cantt-110010
10 Feb 2015



1. Ref this office letter No B/49773/AG/ECHS/Rates/Policy dt 07 Oct 2014 and B/49773/AG/ECHS/Rates/Policy dt 19 Nov 2014

2. CGHS has revised the rates for various treatment procedures vide their OM No S-11011/48/2014-CGHS (HEC) dt 18 Feb 2015. The rates of under mentioned treatment procedures alongwith their CGHS code are as under:-

Sr. No. CGHS Code Treatment Procedure Current Rate Revised Rates
Gynae & Obst
1 648 RVF Repair 140000 16100 18975 21821
2 1590 USG for Obstetrics –Anomalies scan 323 380 770 887
Nephrology & Urology
1 793 Epididymectomy 8000 9200 15938 18750
2 888 Lithotripsy Extra corporeal shock wave 19000 21850 19550 22483
3 746 Ureteric Catheterization 690 794 8278 10950
4 807 Kidney transplant (Related) 3500 4025 200000 230000
5 808 Kidney transplant (Unrelated including immunosuppressant therapy) 143000 164450 300000 345000
General Surgery
1 372 Secondary suture of wounds 290 334 3400 4000
2 390 Haemorrhoidectomy 2500 2875 20720 24375
3 391 Stappler Haemorrhoidectomy 4025 4629 38000 43700
4 393 Varicose vein surgery; Trendelenburg operation with suturing or ligation. 8625 9919 10000 11500
5 18 Catheterization 83 95 425 500
6 477 Fissure in Ano-Fissurectomy 5750 6613 13800 15870
7 506 Laparoscopic Paraumblical Hernia Repair 12580 14800 17500 20125
1 32 Pterygium Surgery 86 99 5500 6325
2 34 Conjunctival wound repair or exploration following blunt trauma 115 132 3300 3795
Imaging Investigations
1 150 CT-orbit and brain 173 199 1600 1840
2 991 Foramen magnum decompression for Chari Malformation 1100 1265 93750 107813
1 534 DVR 53000 60950 155422 178735

2. Reimbursement to beneficiaries/ empanelled hospitals shall be limited to ceiling rate or as per actuals, whichever is lower. The other terms and conditions as regards to CGHS package rates remain unchanged.

3. The revised rates shall come into force for ECHS from the date of issue and shall be in force till further orders and are applicable in all cities.

(Vijay Anand)
Dir (Med)


Income Tax Expectations - Assocham Survey: Here's What India Wants

Income Tax Expectations: Here's What India Wants

A survey carried out by industry body Assocham has found that a majority of salaried employees want Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to increase the income tax exemption in the forthcoming Budget.

A hike in income tax exemption from Rs. 2.5 lakh to Rs. 3 lakh will lead to savings of up to Rs. 5,000 for those who fall in the Rs. 2.5 lakh to Rs. 5 lakh tax bracket. Those in the Rs. 5 lakh to Rs. 10 lakh tax bracket will save up to Rs. 10,000, while those in the highest tax bracket can save up to Rs. 15,000.

Any increase in exemption in income tax would leave more money in the hands of people and will increase their purchasing power, Assocham said.

If Mr Jaitley hikes income tax exemption limit, it will be for the second time in two years that salaried employees will get a relief on taxes.

The other big expectation is about exemption on housing loans. 78 per cent of those surveyed want interest exemption on home loans to go up to Rs. 5 lakh from Rs. 2 lakh.

Property prices in the country have gone up sharply over the years and many individuals have to pay large amounts as interest for home loans. Exemption on interest on home loan was hiked by Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 2 lakh in the previous Budget.

A large number of respondents in the survey also voted for hiking exemption limit under section 80C of the Income Tax Act; the section makes investments worth Rs. 1.5 lakh on saving instruments such as fixed deposits, national saving certificates and public provident funds exempt from taxes.

"Hike in exemption limits will boost the savings rate in the Indian economy to 35 per cent of GDP from below 30 per cent currently," said Assocham secretary general D S Rawat.

88 per cent of respondents want the government to reduce the record-high duty on gold import. Import duty on gold was hiked to 10 per cent in 2013 when the economy was struggling with a high current account deficit and volatile rupee.

Nearly 82 per cent of the salaried class expects a separate deduction of Rs. 50,000 for the payment towards annuity or pension plans. Deduction of the amount paid towards annuity plans u/s 80CCC and NPS u/s 80CCD come under the threshold limit of section 80C currently.

Around 55 per cent of the survey respondents were between 25 and 29 year-old; 26 per cent fell between 30 and 39 years; 16 per cent were between 40 and 49 years. The survey was carried out among employees from 18 broad sectors, with maximum share contributed by employees from IT/ITes sector (17 per cent). It was conducted across Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Pune, Chandigarh, Dehradun, etc. About 500 salaried employees from the different sectors were covered by the survey from each city on an average.

Read at NDTV

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