Thursday, September 30, 2010

DECLARATION OF HOLIDAY ON 14th OCTOBER-2010(14-10-2010) ON THE OCCASION OF CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE COMMON WEALTH GAMES-2010

NO. 12/7/2009-JCA-2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances 8s Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 30& September, 20 10.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Declaration of holiday under Negotiable Instrument Act for Central
Government Of'fices, including Central Public Sector Undertakings,
located in Gurgaon, Faridabad, NOIDA and Ghaziabad on the 14th
October, 2010 on the occasion of Closing Ceremony of the
Commonwealth Games-2010.

In continuation of this Departments 0.M of even No. dated 7/7/2010, it
has further been decided to declare Thursday, the 14th October 2010, as a
Holiday for Central Government Offices, including Central Public Sector
Undertakings, located in Gurgaon, Faridabad, NOIDA and Ghaziabad on the
occasion of Closing Ceremony of the ~ommonwealthG ames - 2010.
2. The above holiday is also being notified in exercise of the powers conferred
by Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 188 1 (26 of 188 1).
3. Central Government Offices, including Central Public Sector Undertakings,
located in Gurgaon, Faridabad, NOIDA and Ghaziabad may bring the above
decision to the notice of all concerned.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Dinesh Kapila
Director
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Finance Ministry to soon announce tax exemption on 9.5% PF(provident fund) returns

The Finance Ministry is believed to have agreed to modify its notification for exempting from tax the entire 9.5 per cent interest on provident fund deposits for 2010-11, and will soon announce the good news for EPFO's six crore depositors.

"The Finance Ministry will soon revise the notification brought out on August 26, for giving exemption on returns on provident fund deposits up to 9.5 per cent (rate of return) for this fiscal", an official source said.

The new notification would be out in next 10 days as the ministry has already initiated the process of revising the earlier notification, the source said.

The Finance Ministry had on August 26 -- before the Central Board of Trustees of the EPFO recommended the interest rate hike to 9.
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LATEST EMPANELMENT OF PRIVATE HOSPITALS AND REVISION OF PACKAGE RATES UNDER CGHS CHENNAI

No: S.11011/23/2009-CGHS D.II/Hospital Cell (PartVI)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
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Maulana Azad Road, Nirman Bhawan
New Delhi 110108 dated the 16th September, 2010

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:    Fresh empanelment of private hospitals and revision of package rates applicable under CGHS, Chennai – Clarifications regarding

    The undersigned is directed to invite reference to the Office Memorandum, of even number dated the 17th August, 2010, on the above subject, vide which inter alia revised package rates applicable under CGHS, Chennai were also notified and to state that 1st September, 2010, was intimated as the date from which new rates would become operational. This was done on the presumption that hospital short listed for empanelment under CGHS Chennai would have signed the Memorandum of Agreement with the CGHS by then. It has, however, been observed that only a few hospitals have submitted the Memorandum of Agreement to CGHS. It, therefore, follows that the new rates will become effective only after the hospitals, short listed to be empanelled including the existing empanelled hospitals on the basis of response to the tender floated by the CGHS, have signed the Memorandum of Agreement with the CGHS, Chennai, and such hospitals are notified.

2.    After the issue of the above referred Office Memorandum of 17th August, 2010, CGHS has received requests for clarification as to whether they will be categorized as “super-specialty hospitals” and that they can charge rates fixed for Super-specialty hospitals. It is clarified that the entitlement of hospitals to super-specialty rates will not be because they perceive themselves to be super-specialty hospitals, but subject to their fulfilling the eligibility conditions in the tender document for being classified as super-specialty hospitals. The qualifications as mentioned in the tender document, to be eligible for qualifying under different categories of hospitals, are stated below.

“A. CATEGORIES OF HOSPITALS

CGHS would consider the following categories of hospitals for empanelment :

i. General purpose hospitals having 200 or more beds with the following specialties :

General Medicine, General surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Orthopedics(excluding Joint Replacement), ICU and Critical Care units, ENT and Ophthalmology, (Dental specialties- desirable), and facilities for Radiology and in house diagnostic facilities and Blood Bank.

ii. Specialty hospitals (specialties list given below) Hospitals having less than 200 bed can apply as a specialty hospital –provided they have at least 50 beds earmarked for each specialty applied for with at least 30 additional beds. Thus under this category a single specialty hospital would have at least 80 beds. However, under this category a maximum of three specialties is allowed.

 Cardiology , Cardiovascular and Cardiothoracic surgery
 Urology - including Dialysis and Lithotripsy
 Orthopedic- Surgery – including arthroscopic surgery and Joint Replacement
 Endoscope surgery
 Neurosurgery

iii. Super-specialty Hospitals- with 300 or more beds with treatment facilities in at least three of following Super Specialties in addition to Cardiology& Cardio-thoracic Surgery and Specialized Orthopedic Treatment facilities that include Joint Replacement surgery:

• Nephrology & Urology incl. Renal Transplantation
• Endocrinology
• Neurosurgery
• Gastro-enterology & GI –Surgery incl. Liver Transplantation
• Oncology – (Surgery, Chemotherapy & Radiotherapy)

iii. Cancer hospitals having minimum of 100 beds and all treatment facilities for cancer including radio-therapy (approved by BARC / AERB).

iv. Specialty Eye Centres

v. Dental Clinics

vi. Private hospitals already on the panel of CGHS subject to their fulfilling their relevant eligibility criteria.

B. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

i. The Hospitals must fulfill the requirements of one of the categories of hospitals indicated at (A) above

ii. The hospitals that are not already empanelled by CGHS must be accredited by National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Health Care providers (NABH) or its equivalent such as Joint Commission International(JCI) of USA , ACHS of Australia or by any other accreditation body approved by International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua). Must have obtained entry level pre-accreditation from NABH at the time of submission of bid. Such hospitals would however have to obtain final accreditation from NABH by 31 August 2010 failing which they shall be removed from CGHS panel.

iii. Hospitals already on the panel of CGHS must be NABH accredited or equivalent accreditation such as Joint Commission International(JCI) of USA, ACHS of Australia or by any other accreditation body approved by International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua).

or
should have obtained entry level pre-accreditation from NABH.

or
must have applied for NABH accreditation in pursuance of letter No. Misc. 4006 / 2009/ CGHS/ Comp. Cell dated 12th May 2009.

iv. In house diagnostic laboratory of the hospital must be accredited by National Accreditation Board for Testing & Calibration Laboratories (NABL).
or
must have applied for NABL accreditation.”

3.        Accordingly, a list of hospitals which have qualified for being short-listed for empanelment under CGHS Delhi under different categories, is annexed.

4.        The hospitals in the list enclosed are requested, if not done earlier, to submit their acceptance of the rates already notified vide Office Memorandum No. S. 11011/23/2009-CGHS D. II /Hospital Cell (Part VI) dated 17th August 2010 and sign the Memorandum of Agreement on or before 25th September, 2010, failing which action will be initiated to take them off the list of hospitals short listed for empanelment.


[R Ravi]
Director

To
MS of all hospitals short listed for empanelment

No: S.11011/23/2009-CGHS D.II/Hospital Cell (Part VI) – ANNEXURE

LIST OF CATEGORY WISE HOSPITALS ELIGIBLE FOR EMPANELMENT UNDER CGHS, CHENNAI
General Purpose 
 1  Milt Hospitals  General Purpose incl .Jt replacement
 2 Sugam HospitalGeneral Purpose incl .Jt replacement
3   K.J. Hospital Pvt Ltd  Geneal Purpose
 4  CSI Kalyani General Hospital  General purpose incl, Cardiology &Cardiovascular Surgery and Jt. Replacement
 5  National Hospital   General purpose incl. Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery
 6  Sri devi Hospital  General purpose incl. Jt.replacement.
 SPECIALITY (SELECTIVE)
 Soundarapandian Bone And Joint Hospital 
 SUPER SPECIALITY
 1  Apollo Hospitals, Chennai   Super Speciality
 2  Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre  Super Speciality
 CANCER HOSPITAL
 EYE CARE Centres
 1  Prems eyeclinic
 2  Vasaneyecarehospitalannagar
 Dr Agarwals Eye Hospital Ltd
 DENTAL CLINICS
 1  Dr Sethurajan Dental And Maxillofacial Centre
 2  Sriram Dental Clinic
 3   Dr ramyas Cosmetic Dental Clinic
 4  Aridhra Dental Clinic


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DEARNESS ALLOWANCE APPLICABLE w.e.f.1.7.2010.TO CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES AND CENTRAL AUTONOMOUS BODIES TO DRAW THEIR PAY IN THE PRE REVISED SCALE AS PER 5th CPC

No. 1(3)/2008-EII(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
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New Delhi, the 29th September, 2010
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject:- Rates of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 1.7.2010 to the employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised scale as per 5th CPC.

         The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM. of even No dated 31
stmarch,2010 revising the Deafness Allowance w.e.f. 1.1.2010 in respect of employees of Central Government and Autonomous Bodies who continue to draw their pay and allowances in the pre-revised scales of pay as per 5th Central Pay Commission.

2       The rates of Dearness Allowance admissible to the above categories of employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous bodies shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 87% to 103% w.e.f. 1.7.2010. All other conditions as laid down in the O.M.dated 3
rd October, 2008 will continue to apply.

3       The contents of this Office Memorandum may also be brought to the notice of the organizations under the administrative control of the Ministries/Departments which have adopted the Central Government scales of pay.

(Y.P.Sehgal )
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India


Hindi Version will follow... 

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

GRANT OF TA/DA/ AND SPECIAL ALLOWANCE FOR WARDENS/DEANS/Asst WARDENS

F.No.1-1/2010-TS.1
Government of India
M i n i s t r y of Human Resource Development
Department of Higher Education
Technical Section - I *****
Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated :23rd September,2010.
The Director,
Indian Institute of Technology,
Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Khargapur, Madras, Guwahati, Roorkee,
Bhubaneswar, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Indore, Jodhpur, Mandi
Patna, Ropar

Sir,
Iam hereby directed to inform you that after due consideration
the Ministry has taken the following decisions with regard to grant of
TA/DA and payment of special allowance :-

A   Grant of special allowance. Dy. Directors/Wardens etc.

Keeping in view the Special Allowance of Rs.4000/- prescribed
for Pro- Vice Chancellor, Ministry has suggested vide it is letter dated
9th March,2010 that the Dy. Directors may be paid a monthly special
allowance of Rs.4000/- per month. Accordingly, it has been felt that
the honorarium for Deans, Wardens etc. may be suitably revised
keeping in view the existing norms. Accordingly, honorarium/special
allowances in respect of Dy. Directors, Deans, Wardens etc. will be as
under:-

---------  Existing  Proposed revision 
 Dy.Director  Rs.1000/-pm  Rs.4000/-pm
 Deans  Rs.900/-pm  Rs.3500/-pm
 Wardens  Rs.800/-pm  Rs.2500/-pm
 Assoc/Asst Wardens  Rs.500/-pm  Rs.2000/-pm

B. Eligibility for TA/DA with reference to Academic Grade

The recommendation with regard to the question of equivalence
of Academic Grade Pay with Grade Pay for the purpose of determining
the eligibility for TA/DA and other benefits also requires a re-look.
Even though acadehic grade pay has been fixed slightly at a higher
level than the grade pay fixed for similar grade of Central Government
employees, the entitlement for TA/DA and other allowances would be
governed by the provision of the CCS (RP) Rules,2008 as per the
TNDA entitlement for corresponding Grade Pay. Accordingly, the
following mapping of academic grade pay with grade pay is required to
be followed for the purpose of determining eligibility for TA/DA and
other allowances:

 S.No Academic Grade Pay  Equalent Grade Pay for TA/DA/Other Allowances 
 1   Rs.6000 & Rs.7000  Rs.6600
 2  Rs.8000  Rs.7600
 3  Rs.9000  Rs.8700
 4  Rs.9500  Rs.8900
 5  Rs.10000/10500  Rs.10000     
C   HAG scale of Rs .67000/-79000/-

A new HAG scale of Rs.67,000-79,000 has been introduced in
place of Grade Pay of Rs.12,000/-. Accordingly, the Grade Pay of
Rs.12,000/- does not any more exist .
The conditions for moving to the new HAG scale will remain
exactly the same as the movement from AGP of Rs.10,500/-to AGP of
Rs.12,000/-. Further, as indicated in this Ministry's letter of even
number, dated 18.8.2010, this will have prospective effect from the
date of issue of orders regarding revision of scales of pay, i.e.
18.8.2009.
This issues with the approval of Secretary (HE).
Yours faithfully

(Pratima Dikshit -
Director
copy for information to IFD/ TS.11
to CMIS with request that the letter may be uploaded in the
Ministry's website.
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Date of Filing Income Tax Returns for ay 2010-11 Extended Till 15th October, 2010

The Central Board of Direct Taxes have extended the due date of filing income tax returns for the assessment year 2010-11 from 30th September 2010 up to 15th October 2010. The due date has been extended in view of disturbance to general life caused by floods. Accordingly, the due date for obtaining tax audit report u/s 44AB also stands extended to 15th October 2010.

The due date of 30th September 2010 is prescribed for corporate taxpayers, taxpayers whose accounts are subject to tax audit u/s 44AB of the Income Tax Act 1961 or audit under any other law, and working partners of firm the accounts of which are liable to tax audit or audit under any other law.

The due date for the state of Jammu and Kashmir shall, however, remain 30th November 2010 as extended earlier.

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Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2011

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will hold the Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2011 on February 13, 2011 for admission to Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy for the Courses commencing in January 2012 and Officers Training Academy, Chennai for the Courses (Men and Women) commencing in April, 2012.

For details regarding the eligibility conditions, syllabus and scheme of the examination, centers of examination, guidelines for filling up application form etc. aspirants must consult the detailed notice of the examination published in the Employment News/Rozgar Samachar dated September 25, 2010. Details are also available on UPSC website i.e.http://www.upsc.gov.in.

Candidates can apply Online using the link www.upsconline.nic.in. Details instructions for filling up on line applications are available on the website.

Candidates, who wish to apply off-line, must apply in the Common Application Form devised by the Commission for its examinations, which can be purchased from the designated Head Post Offices/Post Offices (specified in Appendix-III of the notice) throughout the country.

In case of any difficulty in obtaining application forms from the designated HPOs/Pos, the candidates should contact the concerned Post Master or UPSC’s “FORMS SUPPLY MONITORING CELL” over Telephone no.011-23389366/Fax No.011-23387310.

The last date for all offline applications to reach UPSC, either by hand or by Post/Speed Post or by Courier is October 25, 2010. However, in respect of candidates residing abroad or in certain remote areas specified in the Notice, the last date for receipt of application by post/speed post only (not by hand or by courier) is November 01, 2010.

All Online applications can be filled up to October 25, 2010 till 11.59 p.m. after which the link will be disabled.

In case of any guidance/information/clarification regarding their application, candidature etc. candidates can contact UPSC’s Facilitation Counter in person or over Telephone No.011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543 during working hours.
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NEW PENSION SCHEME (NPS)--OPERATINALS GUIDE LINES

The Government of India has approved the Operational Guidelines for the Swavalamban Scheme which was announced in the Finance Minister’s Budget speech of 2010-11. The Scheme is applicable to all citizens in the unorganised sector who join the New Pension Scheme (NPS) subject to their meeting the eligibility criteria. Under this Scheme, Central Government will contribute Rs.1000 per year to each NPS account opened in the year 2010-11 and for the next 3 years, i.e., 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14. To be eligible, a person will have to make a minimum contribution of Rs. 1000 and maximum contribution of Rs.12000 per annum, for both Tier-I and Tier-II accounts taken together.


2. In recognition of their faith in the NPS, all NPS accounts opened in the year 2009-10 will also be entitled to the benefit of Swavalamban, subject to fulfillment of the eligibility criteria. A person will have the option to join the NPS as an individual as per the existing scheme or through the CRA Lite approved by PFRDA. The exit from the Swavalamban Scheme would be on the same terms and conditions on which exit from Tier-I account of NPS is permitted and will be subject to the condition that the minimum pension out of the accumulated pension wealth would be Rs. 1000 per month, in accordance with the provisions of Operational Guidelines.

3. The Scheme will be funded by grants from the Government of India.


The scheme will be called Swavalamban Yojana. It will be applicable to all citizens in the unorganised sector who join the New Pension System (NPS) administered by the Interim Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA).

Benefits under the Scheme
Under the scheme, Government will contribute Rs. 1000 per year to each NPS account opened in the year 2010-11 and for the next three years, that is, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14. The benefit will be available only to persons who join the NPS with a minimum contribution of Rs. 1,000 and maximum contribution of Rs. 12,000 per annum.

Definitions:
Unorganised sector: For the purpose of this scheme, a person will be deemed to belong to the unorganised sector if that person:
is not in regular employment of the Central or a state government, or an autonomous body/ public sector undertaking of the Central or state government having employer assisted retirement benefit scheme, or
is not covered by a social security scheme under any of the following laws:
Employees’ Provident Fund and miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952
The Coal Mines Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1948
The Seamen’s Provident Fund Act, 1966
The Assam Tea Plantations Provident Fund and Pension Fund Scheme Act, 1955
The Jammu and Kashmir Employees’ Provident Fund Act, 1961


All other definitions as given in the NPS offer document will apply to the terms used in this scheme.

Eligibility:
The scheme will be applicable to all persons in the unorganised sector subject to the condition that the benefit of Central Government contribution will be available only to those persons whose contribution to NPS is minimum Rs.1,000 and maximum Rs. 12,000 per annum, for both Tier I and II taken together, provided that the person makes a minimum contribution of Rs. 1000 per annum to his Tier I NPS account.

As a special case and in recognition of their faith in the NPS, all NPS accounts opened in 2009-10 will be entitled to the benefit of Government contribution under this scheme as if they were opened as new accounts in 2010-11 subject to the condition that they fulfill all the eligibility criteria prescribed under these guidelines.

Funding
The scheme will be funded by grants from Government of India. The grants would be given such that monthly payment in the subscriber account would be possible.
Operation

A person will have the option to join the NPS as an individual as per the existing scheme or through the CRA Lite approved by PFRDA.

At the time of joining the NPS the subscriber will have to declare whether he/she falls within the definition of unorganised sector as defined in para 3 above and would also declare that his contribution would range between Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 12,000 per annum. If subsequent to opening the NPS account it is found that the subscriber has made a false declaration about his eligibility for the benefits under this scheme or has been wrongly given the benefit of government contribution under this scheme for whatsoever reason, the entire government contribution will be deducted along with penal interest as may be specified from time to time.

If the status of the subscriber changes to ineligible after joining the NPS, he/she should immediately declare so and the benefit of government contribution will not accrue to the subscriber’s account after the date on which the subscriber becomes ineligible.

At the end of each financial year the CRA will, by 7th April of the following year, send to the PFRDA details of the NPS accounts opened during the year, showing separately the number of eligible NPS accounts in which the subscriber’s contribution has been between Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 12,000. CRA will also send these details with individual PRAN to the Trustee Bank.

The exit from the Swavalamban Scheme would be on the same terms and conditions on which exit from Tier-I account of NPS is permitted, that is, exit at age 60 with 40% minimum annuitisation of pension wealth and exit before age 60 with 80% minimum annuitisation of pension wealth.

However, the exit would be subject to the overriding condition that the amount of pension wealth to be annuitised should be sufficient to yield a minimum amount of Rs. 1,000 per month. If the annuitised pension wealth does not yield an amount of Rs. 1,000 per month, the percentage of pension wealth to be annuitised would be increased so that the pension amount becomes Rs. 1,000 per month, failing which the entire pension wealth would be subject to annuitisation. This minimumpension ceiling may be revised from time to time.”

Miscellaneous
12. PFRDA may permit members of an existing pension scheme to migrate to NPS under such terms and conditions as may be approved by the Government.

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EXPECTED PL BONUS FOR RAILWAY EMPLOYEES

General secy of AIRF Com;ShivaGopal Mishra has written a letter in his web site regarding PL BONUS.In this letter he mentioned that According to existing PLB formula there should be minimum increase of two days than the last year which will come to 77 days.All railway employees are eagerly expecting the announcement from the RAILWAY MINISTRY.
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Tribunal comes to the aid of missing soldier's widow

 Slamming the Army for not taking care of the family of a soldier who has been missing for the last 22 years, the Armed Forces Tribunal today asked it to grant pension to the wife of the jawan after holding an inquiry to ascertain whether he was dead.

In her petition, the missing soldier's wife Koyal Devi had urged the Tribunal to ask the Army to hold a fresh Court of Inquiry (CoI) for considering the status of her husband and decide on her appeal for getting family pension and gratuity.

In its reply, the Army said the jawan was declared a deserter and as per Army rules, a CoI was held after completion of period of more than 10 years from the date of desertion, in which he was dismissed from service.
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Punjab govt to appoint 7,654 teachers

 The Punjab government today announced that it will soon issue appointment letters to over 7000 teachers in the state.

The Punjab education department will appoint 7,654 master cadre lecturers and vocational teachers within 15 days, state education minister Upinderjit Kaur said here.

Kaur announced that the department would recruit 3,624 elementary trained teachers and said an advertisement in this regard will be published soon in the newspapers.

Following the vacation of stay orders on recruitment of the teachers by Punjab and Haryana High court on September 23, education department will be issuing appointment letters, she said. Earlier a teacher's body moved the High Court seeking regularisation of their posts.

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EPFO to take up tax on PF interest income with FinMin

Retirement fund manager EPFO today sought tax exemption on the entire 9.5 per cent interest that provident fund subscribers earn and would request the Finance Ministry for necessary action.

"We will take up the matter with the Finance Minister through Labour Ministry to get the issue resolved", said Central Provident Fund Commissioner Samirendra Chatterjee when asked whether the interest on provident fund above 8.5 per cent would be taxed.

His comments come in the midst of reports that the additional one per cent interest that the trustees have decided to give for 2010-11 would be taxed in view of the Finance Ministry's notification.

The Finance Ministry had on August 26 -- before the Central Board of Trustees of the EPFO recommended the interest rate hike for the current fiscal -- came out with a notification that said the returns up to 8.

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Haryana Govt announces 10% DA for employees

 Haryana government today enhanced the rate of Dearness Allowance (DA) payable to its employees from existing 35 per cent to 45 per cent, a decision that would cost the exchequer Rs 576 crore per year.

The DA would be given in cash with effect from July 1 this year, an official spokesman said here today.

He said the 10 per cent increase had been made in DA on the pattern of Government of India employees.

He said the grant of higher DA would entail a burden of Rs 576 crore on state exchequer annually. During the current financial year, the liabilities from July, 2010, to February, 2011, would be of Rs 384 crore, he added.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

REVISED RATE OF DEARNESS RELIEF TO CENTRAL GOVERNMENT PENSIONERS/FAMILY PENSIONERS FROM 1st JULY 2010(01-07-2010)

F. No. 42/18/2010-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: 27th September, 2010


OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:     Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners Revised rate effective from 1.7.2010.

        The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No. 42/18/2010-P&PW(G) dated 31.3.2010 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief payable to Central Government pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 35% to 45% w.e.f. July, 2010.

2.         These orders apply to (i) All Civilian Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners (ii) The Armed Forces Pensioners, Civilian Pensioners paid out of the Defence Service Estimates, (iii) All India Service Pensioners (iv) Railway Pensioners and (v) The Burma Civilian pensioners/famiiy pensioners and pensioners/families of displaced Government pensioners from Pakistan, who are Indian Nationals but receiving pension on behalf of Government of Pakistan, who are in receipt of ad-hoc ex-gratia allowance of Rs. 3500/- p.m. in terms of this Department’s OM No. 23/1/97-P&PW(B) dated 23.2.1998 read with this Department’s OM No. 23/3/2008-P&PW(B) dated 15.9.2008.

3.         Central Government Employees who had drawn Iumpsum amount on absorption in a PSU/Autonomous body and have become eligible to restoration of1/3 rd commuted portion of pension as well as revision of the restored amount in terms of this Department‘s OM No. 4/59/97-P&PW (D) dated 14.07.1998 will also be entitled to the payment of DR 45% w.e.f. 1.7.2010 on full pension i.e. the revised pension which the absorbed employee would have received on the date of restoration had he not drawn Iumpsum payment on absorption and Dearness Pension subject to fulfillment of the conditions laid down in para 5 ofthe O.M. dated 14.07.98. In this connection, instructions contained in this Department’s OM (D) dated. 12.7.2000 refers.

4.         Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.

5.         Other provisions governing grant of DR in respect of employed family pensioners and re­empIoyed Central Government Pensloners will be regulated in accordance with the provisions contained in this Department’s OM No. 45/73/97-P&PW (G) dated 2.7.1999 as amended vide this Department’s OM No. F. No. 38/88/2008-P&PW(G) dated 9th July, 2009. The provisions relating to regulation of DR where pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension will remain unchanged.

6.         In the case of retired Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, necessary orders will be issued by the Department of Justice separately.

7.         It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities, including the nationalized banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual case.

8.         The offices of Accountant General and Authorised Public Sector Banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc. on the basis of above instructions without waiting for any further instructions from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India in view of letter No. 528-TA, II/34-80-II dated 23/04/1981 of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India addressed to all Accountant Generals and Reserve Bank of India Circular No. GANB No.2958/GA-64 (ii) (CGL)/81 dated the 21st May, 1981 addressed to State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and all Nationalised Banks.

9.         In their application to the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue in consultation with the C&AG.

10.         This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure víde their OM No. 1(4)/EV/2004 dated 24th September, 2010.

s/d
( V.K Wadhwa )
Under Secretary to the Government of India

OFFICE MEMORANDUM
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CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES AND PENSIONERS FACE UNCERTAINITY BECAUSE OF CGHS DISPENSARY SHIFTING

CGHS Dispensary Shifting - 20,000 beneficiaries face uncertainty
Chandigarh, September 25 Over 20,000 beneficiaries of the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) in the region could be deprived of health care facilities until and unless either the Union Health Ministry takes urgent steps to find an alternative place to shift its lone dispensary in Sector 45 or the UT administration shelves its plan to evict them from there.

The CGHS dispensary, the only one in the northern region (up Delhi), which caters to Central Government employees and retired personnel working or settled in Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir, faces eviction notice from the Administration and is presently functioning on an extended deadline. The initial deadline expired in June and the Administration has given six additional months to the CGHS to make alternative arrangements.

However, nothing much has been done till date and if the things continue at the same pace and the Administration doesn’t extend the deadline, the CGHS beneficiaries could be heading for trouble, vis-a-vis their health care.

Confirming the Administration’s move, SC Anand, Additional Director, CGHS, Chandigarh, said, the UT administration had served an eviction notice for June, but after the intervention of some members of the coordination committee of the Central Government Pensioners Association, the deadline was extended till December.

He said the building where the dispensary was located was taken on rent from the Administration in 2002.

Anand said though they had identified some alternative sites for shifting the dispensary, the approval was yet to come from the Administration. “If any of the given sites is approved in time, the work can be started and the deadline met,” he said. Else they would face the dilemma of what to do post-December, he added.

On the other hand, UT health officials say they need the site for converting it into standalone “labour rooms” for encouraging institutional deliveries in and around Sector 45. Though the reason may sound plausible, a senior official could not explain why this particular site was required when the Administration has many alternatives with it.

Central Government employees and pensioners are obviously concerned about these developments and feel that rather than just indulging in “babugiri” of issuing notices, the Administration should offer alternatives. “If the lone wellness centre is closed, the elderly pensioners will be at loss,” said one of the members of the pensioners’ committee.

Interestingly, most of the Central Government pensioners registered at the CGHS dispensary in Sector 45 are from Chandigarh and are not covered by any other health care scheme. In case the dispensary goes non-functional, they will be deprived of medical facilities, maintains another member of the coordination committee.

Source:  The Tribune
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2 nd MEETING OF MACP COMMITTEE.--IMPORTANT ISSUES TAKEN UP BY THE STAFF SIDE.

Secretary General of Confederation of Central Government Employees &Workers Com .K.K.N.Kutty has written a letter regarding MODIFIED ASSURE CAREER PROGRESSION SCHEME ( MACP).We reproduce the same to your views.


Conf/19/2010
Dated: 26th September, 2010
Dear Comrade,

            The 2nd meeting of the MACP Committee was held on 15th September, 2010.  The meeting was chaired by the Joint Secretary (Estt.) Department of Personnel and Training. We give hereunder a brief resume of the discussions on various issues taken up by the Staff Side.

1.      Item No. 1, 9 and  29,46: The demand was to provide for Grade Pay of the next promotional post under MACP as was given in the old ACP Scheme.  This has not been agreed to.

2.      Item No.3. Option for each individual employee either to retain the old ACP scheme or to switch over to MACP.  It was only agreed by the DOPT that they may consider giving option to the Department and not to the individual employee to retrain old ACP Scheme in respect of either the entire establishment of that Department or for a specific category or cadre of the employees of that Department. They also added that they may instruct the Administrative department to undertake restructuring of the cadres in consultation with the Staff Side which would secure quicker promotion.

3.      Item No. 8. Anomaly in respect of Junior Engineers of CPWD. The Official side agreed that CPWD may ask for option to retain the old ACP in respect of Junior Engineers which will be considered.

4.      Item No. 2, 10 and 48.  The Scheme of MACP to be implemented with effect from 1.1.2006.  Not agreed to.

5.      Item No. 7.Grant of financial up-gradation under ACP between 1.1.2006 to 31.8.2008 in respect of employees who have opted the revised Pay Band Grade Pay System with effect from 1.1.2006. Agreed to.

6.      Item No. 4 and 26. Applicability of MACP scheme to Group D employees placed in the grade pay of Rs. 1800 in PB1. along with the benefit of 3% increment in each stage of up-gradation.  Covered by the clarification already issued by the Department of personnel ( See their website)

7.      Item No. 5 and 23.  Counting of 50% of service rendered by a casual labourer with temporary status for reckoning the 10, 20 and 30 years of service for the purpose of MACP.  They will examine the court ruling in this regard according which the entire casual service should count for the purpose of MACP.

8.      Item No. 6. Supervised staff placed in higher grade pay than their supervisor.  The item has been transferred to the National Anomaly Committee for discussion.

9.      Item No.11 and 47. In the Railways and some other departments, promotion continues to be given in the merged pay scales, since these have not been functionally merged. It was demanded that in such promotion increment at the rate of 3% may be granted.  The Official side has agreed to consider such cases, if taken up by the respective departments.

10.  Item No. 15, 22, 39 and 51.These would be considered in the Anomaly Committee of Railways.

11.  Item No. 12, 30 and 49. Those selected under LDCE/GBCE schemes may be treated as directly recruited personnel as was done in the case of old ACP scheme.  The Official side agreed to look into it.

12.  Item Nos. 13, 16. 24 , 50 and 58.  It was pointed out that under old ACP scheme in case of an employee who were reverted from higher post to lower post at this request ( to enable him to get transfer to another recruiting unit) the service rendered by him in the higher post was counted for the benefit of ACP.  This should be extended to the MACP as well. The Official side agreed to issue necessary clarification in this regard.

13.  Item No.14.  A departmental employee who has been appointed to a higher grade by virtue of his being selected in a Direct Recruitment Examination the ten, twenty and thirty years of service for the purpose of MACP to be reckoned from the date of such appointment.  Necessary clarificatory order has been issued by the DOPT. ( Please see their website)

14.  Item No. 16. The service rendered by an employee who had resigned may be counted if he is given re-employment for the purpose of MACP. The Official side wanted this item to be processed separately.

15.  Item No. 17. The service rendered prior to removal or dismissal should count if he is reinstated on appeal or by Courts.  The Official side stated that the past service will be considered if so ordered by the Court or the Appellate Authorities.


16.  Item No. 36. The service rendered in a State Government/Statutory body /PSU before appointment in the Central Govt. to be counted for MACP. Not agreed to.

17.  Item No. 37 and 38. Counting the probation period for the purpose of MACP. This is counted as per the scheme

18.  Item No. 42. Application of MACP to a surplus hand redeployed to lower post.  This is covered under the scheme.

19.  Item No. 18 and 54. A person de-categorised on medical grounds to be treated as a fresh appointee. It was not agreed to .

20.  Item No. 41. The service rendered in higher grade who have been redeployed in the lower post on medical de-categorised on medical grounds may be counted under the MACP. The official side agreed to reiterate Railway Board's order issued in the year 2005.

21.  Item No. 19, 33 and 53. Stepping up benefit to seniors when the juniors get higher pay on account of financial up-gradation.  The Supreme Court has given such an order. The Official side will examine this issue and the copy of the Supreme Court's order may be furnished to them.

22.  Item No.20. The Account Assistants in the Railways when appointed on qualifying the Appendix II Examination may be treated as a fresh appointee and his past service in the lower post be ignored. The Railway Board to process this case separately.

23.  Item No. 21.27 and 28.  The Bench mark of good for entitlement to MACP benefit in cases where promotion to the higher posts is on the basis of seniority cum fitness may be done away with. Agreed to examine and issue necessary clarification.

24.  Item No. 24, 40 and 45.  Counting of Training period. The induction training period would be counted.

25.  Item No. 25.  The incentive may be given as applicable to the grade pay granted under MACP. This may be considered by the Railways.

26.  Item No.31. Extension of MACP to Staff Car Drivers and other Drivers etc. The orders have been issued separately.

27.  Item No.34. Pay fixation on promotion subsequent to the grant of MACP with an increment. This was not accepted.

28.  Item No. 35. Notional classification for Central Government employees Insurance scheme for those with Grade Pay of Rs. 4200 to be treated as Group B and covered by the scheme for Group B. Not accepted.

29.  Item No.43. There are several illustrations given relating to Railway employees. These were not
discussed and each case was asked to be processed separately.

30.  Item No. 55. There are no provisions for grant of certain privileges/incentive on grant of MACP as was there in the old ACP scheme.  The Item may be considered by the Railway administration.

Due to some unavoidable circumstances, we  could not place this letter on our website immediately after the meeting.  We regret for the same.
 SOURCE;CCGEW
With greetings,
Yours fraternally,
Sd/-
K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General
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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Central government to consider making a universal retirement policy for all public servants--Neelendra Pandey

PIL on retirement age of civil servants

A PIL was filed in the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court today, seeking direction to extend the retirement age of officers of India Civil Services from 60 years to at least 65 years.

Neelendra Pandey, a local social worker, stated in his PIL that he is aggrieved with discrepancies in the retirement policy of different government services.

He said IAS, IPS and IFS officers retire at 60 years, while people of about 80 years and sometime even more continue as President, Prime Minister, Governor and Chief Minister, Minister and MLAs.

Professors and doctors of Central universities and institutions like AIIMS retire at 65 and primary school teachers retire at 62, Pandey said while terming the retirement policies as defective and challenging the same.

He requested the court to direct Central government to consider making a universal retirement policy for all public servants.

Source: PTI
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DEARNESS ALLOWANCE FROM 1st JULY 2010= 45%. ORDER ISSUED --TN GOVT

FINANCE (ALLOWANCES) DEPARTMENT
G.O. No.371, Dated 24th September 2010
(Purattasi 8, Thiruvalluvar Aandu 2041)

ALLOWANCES – Dearness Allowance – Enhanced Rate of Dearness Allowance from 1st July 2010 – Orders – Issued.

READ – the following papers:

1. G.O.Ms.No.96, Finance (Allowances) Department, dated 27th March 2010.
2. From the Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, New Delhi, Office Memorandum No. 1(6)/2010-E – II (B), dated 22.09.2010.

ORDER:

In the Government Order first read above, orders were issued sanctioning revised rate of Dearness Allowance to State Government employees as detailed below
Date from which payable 
Rate of Dearness Allowance
(per month) 
 1st January, 2010 35 per cent of Pay plus Grade Pay
2. The Government of India in its Office Memorandum second read above has now enhanced the Dearness Allowance to its employees from 35% to 45% with effect from 1st July, 2010.

3. Following the orders issued by the Government of India, the Government sanction the revised rate of Dearness Allowance to the State Government employees as indicated below:-
 Date from which payable Rate of Dearness Allowance
(per month)
 1st July, 2010  45 per cent of Pay plus Grade Pay
4. The Government also direct that the above increase in Dearness Allowance shall be paid in cash with effect from 01.07.2010.

5. The payment of arrears of Dearness Allowance for the months of July and August, 2010 shall not be made before the date of disbursement of salary of September, 2010. While working out the revised Dearness Allowance, fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to next higher rupee if such fraction is 50 paise and above and shall be ignored if it is less than 50 paise.

6. The Government also direct that the revised Dearness Allowance sanctioned above, shall be admissible to full time employees who are at present getting Dearness Allowance and paid from contingencies at fixed monthly rates. The revised rates of Dearness Allowance sanctioned in this order shall not be admissible to part time employees.

7. The revised Dearness Allowance sanctioned in this order shall also apply to the teaching and non-teaching staff working in aided educational institutions, employees under local bodies, employees governed by the University Grants Commission/All India Council for Technical Education scales of pay, the Teachers/Physical Directors/Librarians in Government and Aided Polytechnics and Special Diploma Institutions, Village Assistants in Revenue Department, Noon Meal Organisers, Child Welfare Organisers, Anganwadi Workers, Cooks, Helpers, Makhal Nala Paniyalar, Panchayat Assistants/Clerks in Village Panchayat under Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department.

8. The expenditure shall be debited to the detailed head of account `03. Dearness Allowance’ under the relevant sub-minor, sub-major and major heads of account.

9. The Treasury Officers / Pay and Accounts Officers are requested to make payment of the revised Dearness Allowance when bills are presented without waiting for the authorization from the Principal Accountant General (A&E) Tamil Nadu, Chennai-18.

(BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR)

K. SHANMUGAM
PRINCIPAL SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT


DA ORDER
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Saturday, September 25, 2010

10%DA hiked for government staff of Tamilnadu

Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Friday announced a 10 per cent hike in Dearness Allowance (DA) for government staff, teachers and pensioners. An official release stated that this government always increased the DA of its staff whenever the Central government employees got a hike. The Centre had hiked the DA for its staff from September 1. Likewise, the DA for State government staff, pensioners and family pensioners would be hiked from September 1, 2010 with retrospective effect.
source;The Hindu
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No SMS service to bank customers for transactions

Bank customers and equity trading account holders have stopped getting transaction alerts on their mobiles as the government has put a ban on bulk SMS service in wake of the pending judgement in the Ayodhya title suit.

In view of the Government of India directive to mobile operators, all bulk SMS messages have been banned in all service areas till further notice. The customers will not receive SMS alerts or messages during this period, ICICI Bank informed its customer through its website.

Usually, a bank customer of gets SMS alert for their transaction done through any mean either through ATM or internet.

At the same time, credit card transaction is reported to the individual customers within few minutes after the payment is made.

As a result of this, customers may not get information of fraudulent transaction taking place during the intervening period as the ban has been extended till September 30.

"We would advise you to exercise additional caution in your banking and credit card transactions," HDFC Bank informed its customers.

GSM lobby group COAI, today said it has requested the Telecom Department to relax the ban for certain essential services for the benefit of the subscribers.

"We have already written to DoT to relax the ban for essential services. We are yet to hear from them," said COAI Director General Rajan Mattews.

According to a senior official of Air2web, a mobile messaging service provider, alerts generated by bank is not being sent to customers as it is being treated as under bulk SMS category by mobile operators.

The alerts generated by bank is routed to mobile operators through middleware firm like Air2web which has about 35 banks as customers including State Bank of India, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Bank of Baroda, IDBI Bank and UCO Bank.

The ban has been imposed to prevent any rumour being spread to fan communal disturbance in the wake of verdict on the Ayodhya title suit scheduled on September 30.

"The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has today issued orders in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs to all Mobile Telecom Service Providers in the country that all bulk SMS and all bulk MMS messages shall remain banned in all service areas till September 30," the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology said in a statement today.

The order was issued to all mobile telecom service providers in the country for "banning all bulk SMSes and MMSes in all service areas with immediate effect till September 30".
source;Economic Times

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Celebrations cut short, extra 1% EPF interest to be taxed

The government’s surprise gift for workers isn’t much of a gift after all. The labour ministry has hiked the employees’ provident fund, or EPF, rate to 9.5%, but a finance ministry notification says that anything in excess of 8.5% will be taxed.

The labour ministry is, however, confident that the tax department will renotify the higher rate, as otherwise a lot of contentious issues will come up. Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge had declared a 9.5% bonanza on provident fund deposits on September 15 — marking a one percentage point increase in the rate from the 8.5% paid in the last five years.

But even before the EPF board met under Kharge, the Central Board of Direct Taxes had notified a tax-free PF rate of 8.5% for 2010-11 — effective from September 1. This means that the 1% extra income (or Rs 1,700 crore) that the labour ministry has projected as a gift to the workforce, would be fully taxable. This is the first time ever that income from provident fund would be taxable, if the tax department does not notify the higher rate.

Historically, the tax-free PF rate notified by the income tax department has never been lower than the EPF rate declared for the year.

In recent years, while the EPF rate was at 8.50%, the ceiling was at 9.50%. This year, when the EPF rate has been hiked to 9.50%, the ceiling on tax free provident fund returns has been lowered to 8.50%. “The incremental PF return would be taxable in the hands of the worker. This has never happened before,” said Bhupendra Meel, associate vice president in charge of retirement trust solutions at AK Capital Services.

But levying the tax would be far from easy. The PF interest would be credited to workers’ accounts at the end of the year. The trust in charge of the PF would be responsible for deducting the applicable tax at that time.

Usually, the income tax department notifies a tax-free PF rate for the whole year. But this year, it’s only applicable from September 1. So the 9.5% provident fund return would be tax-free from April to August, but taxable thereafter. “For company-run trusts, this would be a headache — calculating the tax liability on 1% PF income for seven months,” said Amit Gopal, senior vice president at India Life Capital.

But the most acute problem will be faced by the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation – which manages 5 crore PF accounts.

Firstly, EPFO simply doesn’t have the systems in place to deduct tax at source. All PF account withdrawals before completing five years of service, are fully taxable, as per existing income tax rules. But the rule has never been implemented because of EPFO’s unreliable manual record-keeping systems.

Even if EPFO could deduct tax at source before crediting interest to members, the applicable income tax bracket would vary for its members. For every deduction made, it would also have to give workers a Form 16 statement.*

For an organization that doesn’t even give members annual account slips on time, mailing 5 crore ‘Form 16’ sheets would be physically impossible. Experts reckon the PF office could instead put the onus of paying the tax on employees filing their returns.
SOURCE;Economic Times
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Friday, September 24, 2010

UPSC HAS INTRODUCED ONLINE SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS FOR ALL ITS EXAMINATIONS

Now, you can just log on to apply for UPSC exams
: As part of its e-governance initiative, the union public service commission (UPSC) has introduced a system of online submission of applications for all its exams.

"Last year, the UPSC had introduced an online system on an experimental basis. As a result of the massive response, it will be regular future. We hope it will bring major relief for applicants,'' a senior official said.

Lakhs of students appear for more than a dozen exams being conducted by the UPSC. The most important is the UPSC civil services examination.

"The online system has its own advantages as it is the most convenient system of submitting application forms. When the the system has been accepted at an international level, how can the UPSC lag behind,'' he added.

The official said the system is completely hassle-free and UPSC has designed a system to provide prompt confirmation of acceptance. "A candidate can get a printout of his application form. Further, there is absolutely no scope for postal delay,'' he said.
SOURCE;The Times of India
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AIR INDIA-INDIAN AIRLINES-wants to re-negotiate wages

The cashstrapped Air India-Indian Airlines wants to renegotiate wages with its 35,000-odd employees and is looking for a clearance from the highest level of government through a more carefully worded cabinet note. Since the issue of wage reduction is a political hot issue, the note prepared for Rs 1,200-crore equity infusion into the carrier has opted for more careful term to re-open wage agreements with unions.

This note has been circulated to the planning commission and the finance ministry for their comments and a final version will be sent to the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs next month. "Earlier we were hoping for a 15% saving in the annual Rs 3,500 crore wage bill. Now there are no such targets. We just want political clearance from the highest quarters to renegotiate wages so that this move could be considered if all other moves to augment revenue and cut costs fall short of what's required to save the Maharaja," said sources.

Aviation minister Praful Patel recently ruled out any wage cut for AI employees. His logic: The move could cause great heartburn and outweigh any cost-saving it would otherwise achieve. AI chief Arvind Jadhav, whose strained relations with aviation ministry top brass are common knowledge and who is learnt to be reporting directly to higher authorities like the PMO, had also ruled out wage cuts in recent media interactions. "This move has become even tougher as the national carrier has hired a chief operating officer with an annual pay package of close to Rs 3 crore with Rs 2 crore as fixed pay and Rs 1.1 crore as variable . AI Express is also looking at hiring COOs at fancy pay packages. In such a situation , how can they justify cutting wages of others?" asked an airline insider.

However, senior ministry officials said wage cuts are last option that would be resorted when everything else fails. "An issue concerning AI is going to the highest level of government, the cabinet . So we will seek in-principle permission for some other things also but that does not mean we will do it," said an official.

The main issue of this note is to get clearance for pumping in an additional Rs 1,200 crore into the airline that had an equity base of Rs 145 crore. Last fiscal, the government had pumped in Rs 800 crore equity into the airline and the additional Rs 1,200 crore is the second tranche of the Rs 2,000 crore promised for the Maharaja.

SOURCE;The Times of India
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GUJARAT GOVERNMENT announces 10 % hike in state employees' DEARNESS ALLOWANCE( DA)

 The Gujarat government on Thursday announced 10 per cent increase in dearness allowance (DA) for its employees. The increased DA, effective from July 1, 2010, will mean the state employees will get 45 per cent over and above their pay scales as against the current 35 per cent, an official release said.

The state government has claimed that with this increase, the pay package of the state employees will be at par with that of Central government employees. "While the increased amount of salary after the new DA will be paid in cash from October 1, the arrears for three months - July to September - will be deposited in the employees' provident fund," the release said.

The decision will, however, mean an additional burden of Rs 795.61 crore for the state government annually. Of this, Rs 589.26 crore will go in paying the increased DA to the state employees, while the rest will go to pensioners.

It is not known if the state government had sought permission of the State Election Commission before announcing the increased DA. The electoral code of conduct is effective in most parts of Gujarat, as polls for municipal corporations are scheduled on October 10, and panchayats and municipalities will go to polls on October 21.

It is also not known why the state government did not consider announcing the DA hike before the elections to municipal corporations, municipalities and panchayats were announced.


Read more: Govt announces 10 per cent hike in state employees' DA - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Govt-announces-10-per-cent-hike-in-state-employees DA
source; Times of India
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I-T Returns Filing Date Extended to 30th November in J&K

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has extended the due date of filing of returns of income for the Assessment Year 2010-11 for all categories of cases in the State of Jammu & Kashmir to 30th November 2010. The decision was taken by the CBDT in exercise of powers conferred under section 119 of the Income Tax Act, 1961, considering the reports of disturbance of general life, caused due to the law and order problem in the State.

Accordingly, the date for obtaining and furnishing Tax Audit report u/s 44AB of the Income Tax Act is also extended to 30th November 2010.

SOURCE;PIB
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Thursday, September 23, 2010

REIMBURSEMENT OF EDUCATION ALLOWANCE FOR DISABLED CHILDREN OF RAILWAY EMPLOYEES DOUBLED(ie ; Rs24000 per annum)))

                                                                                                RBE No135/2010
                                                                                                     PC-VI -NO

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
Railway Board

New Delhi,dated 14.9.2010

No E(W)2008 ED-2/5
The General Manager(p)
All Indian Raiways&PUs

Sub:Special allowance for child care for women with disabilities and  education  allowance for  disabled  children of railway  employees recommendations of the VIth Central Pay Commission

1      In term of para 2 of Department of Personal&;Training(DOP&T)'s OM No  12011/04/2008-Estt(allowance) dated 11/9/2008 circulated on the Railways vide Board's letters of even number dated 13/10/2008 reimbursement  of education allowance for disabled children of railway employees was granted at the  double the normal rates prescribed i.e24,000/-per annum per child

2      The  matter  regarding admissibility  of  double the amount of the hostel subsidy for disabled children has been  under consideration in consultation  with DOP&T and it had been decided the hostel subsidy for disabled children of the railway employees shall be payable at the double rates i.e.6000/- per month per child subject to the  condition as stipulated in DOP&T's OM No 12011/03/2008-Estt (Allowance) dated 02/09/2008 circulated on the railways vide board's letter no E(W)2008/ED-2/4 dated 01/10/2008

  3    The issue with the concurrence of finance directorate of Ministry of Railways

(Debasis Mazumdar)
Joint Director Estt.(Welfare)
Railway Board

ORIGINAL COPY-AIRF
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PAYMENT OF DEARNESS ALLOWANCE TO RAILWAY EMPLOYEES FROM JULY 2010(1-7-2010)-ORDER ISSUED.

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
Railway Board
S.no PC-VI/227
No.PC-VI/2008/I/7/2/1
RBE No 139/2010
New Delhi,dated 22.9.2010
The GMs/CAO(R)
All Indian railways  &production units
(as per mailing list)

Sub;Payment of Dearness Allowance to railway employees-Revised rates effective from01-07-2010.

Please refer to this ministry"s letter to even  number dated 26.03.2010(S.No PC-VI/194 RBE No   45/2010)    on the subject mentioned above.The President is pleased to decide that the dearness allowance payable to railway employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 35%to 45% with effect from  1st July 2010

2.The provisions contained in paras3,4&5 of this Ministry"s letter of even number  dated 09.09.2008 (S No PC -VI/3.RBE No 106/2008) shall continue to be applicable  while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

3.The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all railway employees.The arrears may be charged to the salary bill for September 2010 and no honorarium is payable for preparing separate bill for this purpose.

4.The issues with the concurrence of the finance Directorate  of the  Ministry of Railways.
(Hari Krishan)
Director Pay Commission II
Railway Board
SOURCE;AIRF
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Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (ad-hoc bonus) to Central Government Employees for the year 2009-10

No.7/24/2007/E III (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
E III (A) Branch

New Delhi, the 22nd September, 2010.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: – Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (ad-hoc bonus) to Central Government Employees for the year 2009-10.

The undersigned is directed to convey the sanction of the President to the grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (Ad-hoc Bonus) equivalent to 30 days emoluments for the accounting year 2009-10 to the Central Government employees in Group `C’ and ‘D’ and all non-gazetted employees in Group `B’, who are not covered by any Productivity Linked Bonus Scheme. The calculation ceiling of Rs. 3500/- will remain unchanged. The payment will also be admissible to the Central Police and Para-military Personnel and Personnel of Armed Forces. The orders will be deemed to be extended to the employees of Union Territory Administration which follow the Central Government pattern of emoluments and are not covered by any other bonus or ex-gratia scheme.

2. The benefit will be admissible subject to the following terms and conditions:

(i) Only those employees who were in service on 31.3.2010 and have rendered at least six months of continuous service during the year 2009-10 will be eligible for payment under these orders. Pro-rata payment will be admissible to the eligible employees for period of continuous service during the year from six months to a full year, the eligibility period being taken in terms of number of months of service (rounded off to the nearest number of months).

(ii) The quantum of Non-PLB (ad-hoc bonus) will be worked out on the basis of average emoluments/calculation ceiling whichever is lower. To calculate Non-PLB (Ad-hoc bonus) for one day, the average emoluments in a year will be divided by 30.4(average number of days in a month). This will thereafter be multiplied by the number of days of bonus granted. To illustrate, taking the calculation ceiling of Rs. 3500 (where actual average emoluments exceed Rs. 3500), Non-PLB (Ad-hoc Bonus) for thirty days would work out to Rs.3500×30/30.4=Rs.3453.95 (rounded off to Rs.3454/-).

(iii) The casual labour who have worked in offices following a 6 days week for at least 240 days for each year for 3 years or more(206 days in each year for 3 years or more in the case of offices observing 5 days week), will be eligible for this Non-PLB (Ad-hoc Bonus) Payment. The amount of Non-PLB (ad-hoc bonus) payable. will be (Rs.1200×30/30.4 i.e.Rs.1184.21 (rounded off to Rs.1184/-). In cases where the actual emoluments fall below Rs.1200/- p.m., the amount will be calculated on actual monthly emoluments.

(iv) All payments under these orders will be rounded off to the nearest rupee.

(v) The clarificatory orders issued vide this Ministry’s OM No.F.14(1O) – E.Coord/88 dated 4.10.1988, as amended from time to time, would hold good.

3. The expenditure on this account will be debitable to the respective Heads to which the pay and allowances of these employees are debited.

4. The expenditure incurred on account of Non-PLB (Ad-hoc Bonus) is to be met from within the sanctioned budget provision of concerned Ministries/Departments for the current year.

5. In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

(RENU JAIN)
Director

OFFICE MEMORANDUM-BONUS

Grant of Non-Productivity linked Bonus (ad-hoc Bonus) to Central Government employees for the year 2009-2010-Extension of orders to Autonomous Bodies

No.7/22/2008-E-III(A)
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
(E.III-A Branch)
New Delhi,The 22nd September,2010
Subject: Grant of Non-Productivity linked Bonus (ad-hoc Bonus) to Central Government employees for the year 2009-2010-Extension of orders to Autonomous Bodies

Orders have been issued vide this Ministry’s Office Memorandum No.7/24/2007 E-III(A) dated 22-09-2009 authorizing 30 days emoluments as Non-PLB (as-hoc bonus) for the accounting year 2009-2010 to the central government employees not covered by the productivity Linked Bonus Schemes. The undersigned is directed to say that it has now been decided that the Non-PLB (Ad-hoc) bonus so admissible subject to the terms and conditions laid down in the aforesaid orders, may be extended to the employees of autonomous bodies, partly or fully funded by the Central Government which (i)follow the pattern of emoluments identical to that of the Central Government and(ii) do not have any bonus or ex-gratia or incentive scheme in operation

2. In case of doubt as to the operation of these orders the clarificatory orders,circulated vide this Ministry,s OM No.14(10) E-Coord/88 dated 4-10-88,as amended fromtime to time,may be kept in view,mutatis mutandis.

3. Any request for funding by the Government to meet the liability on account of Non-PLB (Ad-hoc Bonus ) in respect of various organizations would not be considered by the Ministries cicerned, having regard to the stipulation of aforesaid OM dated 22.09.2010 that the expenditure on Non-PLB (Ad-hoc Bonus) should be met from within the existing budgetary provisions of the respective organizations. While the Autonomous Bodies not funded by the Central Government may also adopt these orders in respect of their employees,no liability for funding will in any case lie on the Central Government on this account.

(Renu Jain)
Director
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PAYMENT OF DEARNESS ALLOWANCE(DA) TO CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES FROM 1st july 2010(1-7-2010)-FINANCE MINISTRY ORDER

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi,the 22nd September,2010
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:Payment of Dearness Allowance to Centrel Government employees-Revised rates effective from 1-7-2010

The undersigned is directed to refer to this ministry’s Office Memorandum No.1(3)/2009-E-II(B) dated 26th March.2010 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the president is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to central government employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 35% to 45% with effect from 1st July 2010.

2 . The provisions contained in paras 3,4 and 5 of this Office Memorandum No.1(3)/2008 29th August,2008 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders

3. The additional instalment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash ro all Central Government employees.

4.These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates.In regard to Armed Forces Personnel and railway employees separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.

5. In so far the persons serving in the Indian Audit an Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditot General of India.

(Anil Sharma)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Internet boosts banking

Diksha Dutta 

: The concept of touch and feel in handling money is gradually taking a back seat, courtesy the digitised form of banking. The recent times have seen a phenomenal interest by Indian consumers towards the banking and financial websites. Almost 19.7 million internet users in India visited business and finance sites in June this year, representing a 45% increase from the previous year, according to a study by comScore Media Metrix service.

With India emerging as a vibrant global financial centre, online finance is beginning to attract significantly more attention and drive more transactions than ever before in this market. Seeing this significant shift, Monish Shah, director, Deloitte India explains that the general level of financial literacy in India is increasing.

As financial products are getting complex, consumers are visiting banking and finance websites to seek more information. Another survey by Deloitte reveals that though the number of online transactions are increasing, most of the customers visit these websites to seek information. Only 27% of them are comfortable buying financial products online. Among all products offered, the most popular products bought online are credit cards followed by general insurance. Also, 60-70% customers across all age groups still prefer to take loans from branches. But undoubtedly online banking as a channel is becoming more favourable as 11-14% customers are willing to take loans online.

Though both the concepts go hand in hand, consumers have reacted differently to internet and mobile banking. Over the past two years, there have been only 5% registered users of mobile banking and only .05 % of the total are active users.

The growth of mobile banking in India is stagnant in India, unlike internet banking. And the reason is obvious. Shah from Deloitte says, “Online services are cheaper for banks as compared to mobile banking. In online banking-stakeholders are fewer, hence it is easy to get return on investment (ROI).” A mobile banking model involves coordination and integration among the telecom operators, banks and the regulations by RBI. This is not the case in internet banking- where bank takes the soul charge.

Sanjeev Patel, head and executive vice-president, direct banking channels, HDFC Bank agrees, “The transactions in mobile banking are relatively minuscule as compared to other established channels such as internet and ATM. Thus standalone costs for the mobile banking transactions are fairly high.” But analysts believe that pushing volume transactions both on online banking and mobile banking is the only way out for banks to derive revenues.

Nearly all of the top 10 most visited business or finance sites witnessed double-digit traffic growth in the past year as more Indians turned to the Web for financial information. ICICI Bank led as the top banking website in India with 4.7 million visitors, an increase of 40% from the previous year. HDFC Group followed as the second most visited site with 3.5 million visitors (up 58%) with the State Bank of India grabbing the third spot with nearly 3 million visitors (up 84%).

Further analysis of the most-visited online banks revealed that the top three received a significant portion of site traffic from markets outside of India . ICICI Bank saw 12.3 % of its traffic originate from other markets, with the US accounting for 5.4% of overall visitation to the site, the UK at 2.5% and Canada with 1.0%, leading as the three largest markets for visitation outside of India. HDFC Group received nearly 6% of its traffic from other markets (top three: US 1.5%, UK 0.7% and Singapore 0.3%). While State Bank of India received 6% of its traffic from other markets (top three: US 2.3%, UK 0.5% and Singapore 0.3%).

“With the top banks attracting a significant number of visitors from countries outside of India, these visitors, most likely non-resident Indians, represent an important segment for banks to address when developing and executing their digital strategies,” says Will Hodgman, comScore executive vice president for the Asia-Pacific region.

In the bigger picture, out of the total internet users in the US, online banking users constitute 50%, followed by 40% in Europe and less than 15% in India. The comScore survey reports that males accounted for 72% of visitors to the business/finance category, driving 78% of total page views and 78% of total minutes spent at the category, with the highest skews among males age 25-34. In June 2010, 19.7 million people age 15 and older visited a business/finance site from a home or work location in India , an increase of 45% from the previous year.

On the other hand, data from Deloitte reveals that the most frequent users of internet banking are customers earning less than 15 lakhs per annum. Customers with high income levels do not prefer internet banking. This could possibly be due to security concerns, low content quality of the bank’s website, preference for personal attention, etc.

Private banks fare much better than their PSU and foreign counterparts in terms of comfort level of their customers to use the bank’s website for utility bill payments. At an average, only 60% of total PSU bank customers are comfortable using this feature online as compared to 86% for private bank customers and 75% for foreign banks.

“With half of India’s online population visiting a business or finance-related site during the month, there is an opportunity to reach and engage financial consumers in a way that was not possible before,” concludes Hodgman. Thus, it is the right time for banks to explore and make online functions easier for consumers in the digitised world. This would further result in increased online transactions and higher revenues for the banks.
courtesy;Financial Express
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Employees prohibited to join political parties, asserts HC

The Madras High Court bench here has held that government employees could be prohibited from being members of political parties and it would not amount to denying their fundamental rights.

Dismissing a writ petition by an employee of Civil Supplies Department Justice S Nagamuthu said “such prohibition will come under the purview of reasonable restrictions imposed on the fundamental rights.”

Though a person could not be denied entry into government service on the sole ground that he was involved in active politics, he could not be allowed to continue it after taking up government jobs as it would not be in the interest of discipline or proper discharge of duties attached to the service.

“If any employee chooses to serve the nation by being a member of a political party, he can do so without continuing as a government servant. If he chooses to serve the nation as a government servant then he should forego his involvement in politics,” the judge said.
SOURCE;The Hindu
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RATE OF MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION AND INSURANCE COVER UNDER CGEGIS-1980

No.7(1)/EV/2008
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, Dated 10th September, 2010
Office Memorandum

Subject:    Rate of monthly subscription and insurance cover under CGEGIS-1980 for erstwhile Group ‘D’ employees placed in PB-1, Grade Pay Rs.1800/- and classified as Group ‘C’

The undersigned is directed to invite the attention of all Ministries/Departments of the Central Government to this Ministry’s O.M. No.F.7(5)-EV/89 dated 15th May, 1989 updating the Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme, 1980.

2.       The 6th Central Pay Commission in para 4.9.4. of its report has recommended that the rate of monthly subscription and the amount of insurance cover under the Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS) should be enhanced 6 times. The Commission has also recommended up-gradation of Group D in the Government with all existing Group D employees being upgraded and placed in the entry grade of Group C. Accordingly, no separate slab for Group D has been recommended.

3.       In view of the recommendations of 6th CPC, Department of Personnel & Training vide notification dated 9/4/2009 has classified the posts carrying the Grade Pay of 1800/- as Group C.
4.       Therefore, it has been decided to enhance the monthly subscription towards CGEGIS and insurance coverage to the erstwhile Group ‘D’ employees placed in PB-1 with Grade Pay of 1800 and classified as Group ‘C’, @ ‘30/- per month from 1st January of the next calendar year i.e. January, 2011.

(Manoj Sahay)
Director

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Filed Under:

Proposed introduction of Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) Scheme to the non-faculty Group 'A' officers of 1ITs.

F. NO.17-3/2010-TSI
Government of India
Ministry of Human Resource Development
Department of Higher Education
Technical Section -I

Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi
Dated: 9* September, 2010
The Director,
Indian Institute of Technology,
Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati, Roorkee,
Bhubaneswar, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Patna, Jodhpur, Ropar,
Indore. Mandi.

. Subject: Proposed introduction of Modified Assured Career
Progression (MACP) Scheme to the non-faculty Group 'A'
officers of 1ITs.

Sir,
The proposal for introduction of Modified Assured Career Progression
(MACP) Scheme to the non-teaching Group 'A' officers and extension
of the benefit of Dynamic Assured Career Progression (DACP)
Scheme to the Medical Doctors in IlTs have been considered in
consultation with the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure.

2. While, it has been agreed to extend the DACP Scheme to the
posts of Medical Doctors of the llTs as per the recommendation of the 6'h
Central Pay Commission, it has been advised that MACP Scheme may
be adopted in respect of the non-teaching Group 'A' officers.,of the
Institute, as enunciated in the Department of Personnel & Training OM
dated lgthMay, 2009inas any exception thereof will have repercussions
elsewhere. It has further been advised that if the promotional
avenues are to be created otherwise, the same can only be based on
functional requirements and vacancy linked.

3. This issues with the approval of the Ministry of Finance, (Department
of Expenditure), I.D. Note No. 809299 / J.S.(Pre) 1 2010, dated
06.09.2010.

Yours faithfully,
(Pratima Dikshit)
Director
Ph:No. 2338 6561


ORIGINAL COPY
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Relaxation in eligibility conditions to appear in SOs / Stenographers (Gr. B / Gr. I) Limited Departmental Competitive Examination, 2008 in the grade of Section Officer of CSS – Representations of DR Assistants belonging to 2002 and 2003 regarding.

No. 21/7/2010-CS-I(S)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

Lok Nayak Bhavan , Khan Market,
New Delhi, Dated the 17th September, 2010

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Relaxation in eligibility conditions to appear in SOs / Stenographers (Gr. B / Gr. I) Limited Departmental Competitive Examination, 2008 in the grade of Section Officer of CSS – Representations of DR Assistants belonging to 2002 and 2003 regarding.

The undersigned is directed to say that this Department has received many representations from DR Assistants belonging to 2002 and 2003 working in various Ministries / Departments for grant of relaxation in eligibility conditions to enable them to appear in SOS / Stenographers (Gr. B / Gr I) limited Departmental competitive examination, 2008 in the grade of Section Officer of CSS.

This matter has been examined in the Division and it has not been found possible by the competent authority to accede to the requests for relaxation of the eligibility conditions as laid down in the CSS, SO Grade (LDCE) Regulations 1964.

In terms of Rule 5 of this Department’s Notification No. 6/2/2010-CS-I(P) dated 28.08.2010, the final decision shall be that of the UPSC with regard to the acceptance of the eligibility or otherwise for admission to the aforesaid examination.

All Ministries / Departments are requested to bring the contents of this OM to the knowledge of all concerned Assistants, whose request have been forwarded to DOP&T (CS Division).

K Suresh Kumar
Under Secretary to the Government of India.
Telephone No. 24642705
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