Wednesday, December 20, 2017

FDI in Defence

FDI in Defence

As per current Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy in defence sector notified by Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce & Industry vide Press Note No.5 (2016 Series), FDI upto 49% is allowed under automatic route and beyond 49% through Government route wherever it is likely to result in access to modern technology or for other reasons to be recorded.  Further, FDI in defence is subject to industrial licence under Industries (Development & Regulation) Act, 1951 and manufacturing of Small Arms and Ammunition under the Arms Act, 1959.

In so far as joint venture in the defence sector with more than 74 per cent FDI is concerned, no such proposal has been approved by the Government.

This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri AP Jithender Reddy in Lok Sabha today.

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Cabinet approves extension of term of the Commission to examine the issue of sub-categorization of Other Backward Classes

Cabinet approves extension of term of the Commission to examine the issue of sub-categorization of Other Backward Classes

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the extension of term of the Commission to examine the issue of sub-categorization of Other Backward Classes, by twelve weeks i.e. upto 2nd April, 2018.  The extension of tenure will enable the Commission to submit a comprehensive report on the issue of sub-categorization of OBCs, after consultation with various stakeholders.


The Commission was constituted under article 340 of the Constitution with the approval of President on 2nd October, 2017 and it was stipulated that it would submit its report within twelve weeks from the assumption of charge by the Chairperson.

Background:

The Commission, headed by Justice (Retd.) Smt. G. Rohini commenced functioning- on 11th October, 2017 and has since interacted with all the Stats/UTs having reservation for OBCs, and the State Backward Classes Commissions. The Commission has requisitioned data from 197 Higher Education Institutions regarding admission of OBCs to higher education courses during the last three years and has also sought data regarding recruitment of OBC persons in Government jobs during the last three years in Government Departments, Public Sector Banks and Financial Institutions as well as in the CPSEs, with a view to determine the inequitable distribution of benefits of reservation among the castes/communities included in the Centre List of Other Backward Classes.

Keeping in view the voluminous data involved and the time required for its analysis to prepare a comprehensive report, the Commission had sought extension of its term by twelve weeks.

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Cabinet approves conferment of Central Group 'A' Service and Cadre Review of Group 'A' Executive Officers of Sashastra Seema Bal

Cabinet approves conferment of Central Group 'A' Service and Cadre Review of Group 'A' Executive Officers of Sashastra Seema Bal

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved conferment of Central Group 'A' Service and Cadre. Review of Group 'A' Executive Officers of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) with net creation of 19 posts of various ranks from Assistant Commandant to Inspector General ranks to enhance the operational and administrative capabilities of SSB.

Increase of existing structure of Group 'A' posts from 1253 to 1272 posts are as follows:
  1. Increase of 2 posts of Inspector General (SAG level).  
  2. Net increase of 11 posts of DIG /Commandant (JAG level)
  3. Increase of 2 posts of DC (STS level).           
  4. Increase of 4 posts of AC (JTS level).
Background:

The SSB was set up in 1963 to inculcate a sense of security, promoting national awareness and security consciousness in the border population. After transfer to MHA in 2001, it has been entrusted to guard Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan Borders. SSB also deployed in LWE affected areas and Counter Intelligence/Operations duties in Jammu & Kashmir and Assam. The present sanctioned strength of the Force is 96,093 having 73 Bns (including 2 NDRF Battalions). Earlier augmentation-cum-structuring exercises were taken in 2005, 2010 and 2011.

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Allocation of Postal Circle for appointment as Postal Assistant / Sorting Assistant on the basis of Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination, 2015 conducted by SSC

Allocation of Postal Circle for appointment as Postal Assistant / Sorting Assistant on the basis of Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination, 2015 conducted by SSC

No. 04-02/2017-SPBJ
Government of India
Ministry of Communication
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi- 110001
Dated 18.12.2017
[Allocation of Postal Circles]
To,
All selected candidates of Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination, 2015 recommended for appointment to the posts of Postal Assistant / Sorting Assistant in Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications

Subject: Allocation of Postal Circle for appointment as Postal Assistant / Sorting Assistant on the basis of Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination, 2015 conducted by SSC.

Madam/Sir,
Attention is invited to Department of Posts letter No. 04-02/2017-SPBI (Pt) dated 27.09.2017 read with corrigendum dated 29.09.2017 wherein candidates recommended by Staff Selection Commission (SSC), on the basis of Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination, 2015 (CIISL 2015) for appointment as Postal Assistant / Sorting Assistant. were advised to submit their preference / option for allocation of Postal Circles by email and Speed Post / Register Post.

2. Postal Circles have been allocated to 5054 candidates, whose dossiers have been received from different regions of SSC, as per the criteria stipulated in aforesaid lefter dated 27.09.2017. Postal Circle allotted to these 5054 candidates can be seen in the enclosed document in the order of Rank in the CHSL 2015.

3. Dossiers of the candidates are being sent to Postal Circle concerned for initiating the process of appointment. The candidates are advised that further correspondence, if any, may be made with the Postal Circle concerned.
Encl: As above
Yours faithfully.
(Satya N Dash)
Assistant Director General (SPN)
Copy To: GM (CEPT), Mysore for uploading on the India Post website

Download the List of PWD candidates for the post of PA/SA on the basis of CHSL (10+2) Examination, 2015

Minimum rates of wages and variable dearness allowance w.e.f. 01.10.2017: Railway Board Order RBE No. 178/2017

Minimum rates of wages and variable dearness allowance w.e.f. 01.10.2017: Railway Board Order RBE No. 178/2017
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD
RBE No. 178/2017
No. 2016/E (LL)/AT/MW/1
New Delhi dated: 07.12.2017
The General Managers, Zonal Railways, Production Units.
Metro Railway, Kolkata, CORE, Allahabad
The General Managers,(Construction), All Indian Railways
The Director General, RDSO, Lucknow
The DG/Railway Staff College, Vadodara
The Directors, IRICEN, IRIEEN, IRISET, IRIMEE, IRITM
The CAO, COFMOW, Tilak Bridge, New Delhi
The CAO, Rail Coach Factory / Raebareli, Kishan Ganj, Delhi-7
The CAO, Rail Wheel Plant, Bela

Sub: Minimum rates of wages and variable dearness allowance w.e.f. 01.10.2017.

A copy each of Orders No.(i) 1/13(7)/2017-LS.II, (ii) 1/l3/(6)/2017-LS.II, (iii) 1/13/(5)2017-LS.II, (iv) 1/13/(4)/2017-LS.II (v) 1/13/(3)2017-LS.II and (vi) 1/13(1)/2017-LS-II dated 06.10.2017 revising the rates of variable dearness allowance for contract workers engaged in (i) Loading and unloading in goods sheds, parcel offices of Railways, and other goods - sheds, godowns, warehouses and other similar employments (ii) Watch and Ward (Without arms) (iii) Employment of sweeping and cleaning excluding activities prohibited under the Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993 (iv) Stone mines (v) Construction or Maintenance of Roads or runways or in Building Operations including Laying Down Underground electric, wireless, Radio, Television, Telephone, Telegraph and Overseas Communication Cables and Similar other Underground cabling work, Electric lines, Water supply lines and Sewerage Pipe Lines and (vi) Agriculture respectively is sent herewith for information and strict compliance. The rates are applicable w.e.f. 01.10.2017.

2. Railways, being Principal Employer are required to ensure that the contractors are complying with the provisions of the Contract Labour (R&A) Act, 1970 and Minimum wages Act, 1948 strictly and arranging prescribed minimum wages to the contract labourers.

3. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways.
Please acknowledge receipt.
(Manju)
Jt. Director Establishment (LL)
D.A.: As above (18 pages)

Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in

Change of date of birth of members of Employees Pension Scheme 1995

Change of date of birth of members of Employees Pension Scheme 1995

Employees Provident Fund Organisation
Ministry of Labour & Employment. Government of India
Bhavishya Nidhi Bhawan
Bhikaiji Cama Place. New Delhi 110066

No. Pension-l/Instructions/Guidelines/2017/20825
Date. 12 DEC 2017
To
All ACCs (Zonal Offices)
All Regional P.F. Commissioner(In-charge of Regions).

Sub: Change of Date of Birth of Employees Pension Fund Members- reg.
Ref: (i) Head Office letter No. pension-3/8/OR/l/2005/69869 dated 12.12.2006
(ii) Head Office letter No. Pension-I/Instructions/Guidelines/2006/l 1900 dated 07.10.2006
(iii) Head Office letter No. Pension-II/Instructions/Guidelines/2016-17/33314 dated 10.03.2017
(iv) Head Office letter No. Pension-l/Instructions/Guidelines/2017/8351 dated 07.08.2017
(v) Head Office letter No. Pension-I/Instructions/Guidelines/2017/11518 dated 04.09.2017

Sir.
Please refer to this office circulars cited under reference. Further it is to inform that in the meeting on fraud analysis and management in EPFO held on 08.12.2017 at Head Office it was decided to follow the following process for change of date of birth of members of Employees Pension Scheme 1995-
(i) In case the correction required in date of birth is upto plus or minus one year, Aadhaar will be accepted as a valid document for date of birth.

(ii) In case the correction required in date of birth is more than one year. then in addition to Aadhaar. other valid documents will have to be submitted(viz.. matriculation certificate. certificate issued by Registrar (Birth). Passport etc). The concerned member should be intimated for submission of additional valid proof of birth in such cases while applying online/mobile/offline.

2. It is requested to strictly adhere to the aforementioned instructions.
[This issues with the approval of CPFC]
(R.M. VERMA)
Addl. Central P.F. Commissioner- I(Pension)
Source: epfindia.gov.in

BSNL - Clarification regarding date of effect of retirement in case of Voluntary Retirement

BSNL: Clarification regarding date of effect of retirement in case of Voluntary Retirement


BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LIMITED
(A Govt of India Enterprise)
BSNL Corporate Office
Pension Section, 5th floor,
Bharat Sanchar Bhawan
H.C. Mathur Lane, New Delhi-110001
No.31-13/2017-Pen(B)
Dated: 14/12/2017
To
All Heads of Circles/Telecom Districts/Regions/
Projects/Telecom Stores/ Telecom Factories
and other Administrative Offices
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.

Sub: Clarification regarding date of effect of retirement in case of Voluntary Retirement.

Sir,
I am directed to forward herewith a copy of letter No. 40-27/2017-Pen(T) dated- 04/12/2017 received from Under Secretary, DoT alongwith a copy of notification dated 21/ 12/2012 issued by DOP&PW.

2. DoT in their above referred letter has clarified that Rule 5 (2) of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 previously included a proviso as per which the date of retirement in case of a Government Servant who is retired prematurely or who retires voluntarily, shall be treated as a non-working day has been amended by DoP&PW and omitted the proviso with effect from 01/01/1996 by a notification dated 21/ 12/2012 issued by DOP&PW. Consequently, for all cases of retirement, the last day shall be treated as a working day.

3. Accordingly, the modifications issued by DOP&PW notified on 21/ 12/2012 may be considered while issuing orders of voluntary retirements.

Encls: A.A.
Yours faithfully,
(S.P. Bhatta)
Asstt. General Manager (Estt.I)
Source: www.bsnleuchq.com

Staff-Side NC(JCM) for discussion in the National Anomaly Committee - Comments of DOPT

Staff-Side NC(JCM) for discussion in the National Anomaly Committee - Comments of DOPT

JCM STAFF SIDE LETTER TO ANOMALY COMMITTEE
Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary

National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees
13C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi - 110001
E-Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com

No.NC-JCM-2017/7th CPC Anomaly
December 14, 2017
The Dy. Secretary-JCA,
Department of Personnel & Training,
North Block,
New Delhi

Sub: Items proposed by the Staff-Side NC(JCM) for discussion in the National Anomaly Committee - Comments of DOPT regarding

Ref:- Your letter No.11/2/216-JCA-I(pt) dated 30/10/2017

Dear Sir,

Kindly refer to your cited letter.

We are sending our comments on each of the items on which the official side has conveyed objection.

However, we request you to convene a meeting so that the Staff Side can meet, discuss and finalize the items. The containing correspondence in this matter will only delay convening the NAC meeting.

Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary

Source: Confederation

7th Central Pay Commission - Territorial Army Allowance.

7th Central Pay Commission - Territorial Army Allowance

No.20(1)/2017/D(GS-III)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
South Block, New Delhi
Dated the 21st September, 2017

To,
The Chief of the Army Staff

Subject : Implementation of the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission - Territorial Army Allowance.

Sir,
I am directed to say that consequent upon the acceptance of the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission and in supersession of the all existing orders issued on the subject from time to time, the President is pleased to decide that the Camp Allowance and TA Bounty applicable for Territorial Army shall be merged into a single allowances to be called Territorial Army Allowance and will be payable at the following rates:


Sl. No Category of Employees Amount (in Rs./annum)
1 Officers 2000
2 JCOs 1500
3 OR 1000

2. These rates shall automatically increase by 25%, each time the Dearness Allowance rises by 50%.

3. 100% of the amount of Territorial Army Allowance shall be granted for completing full training and 75% of the amount will be granted for completing more than 80% of the training.

3. These orders shall take effect from 01st July, 2017.
4. This letter issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Defence (Fin/AG/PD) vide their Dy No.410/AG/PD/2017 dated 11.09.2017
Yours faithfully,
(S. Gopal krishna)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Authority: https://mod.gov.in/

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