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Friday, December 30, 2011

AICPIN FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2011

All-India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers on Base 2001=100 for the Month of November 2011
             All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of November, 2011 increased by 1 point and stood at 199 (one hundred & ninety nine) .

                   During November, 2011, the index recorded maximum increase of 12 points in Mysore centre, 5 points each in Madurai and Puducherry centres, 4 points in Coimbatore centre, 3 points in 2 centres, 2 points in 14 centres, 1 point in 11 centres. The index decreased by 5 points in Lucknow centre, 4 points in Faridabad centre, 3 points in 4 centres, 2 points in 10 centres and 1 point in 15 centres, while in the remaining 16 centres the index remained stationary.

                           The maximum increase of 12 points in Mysore centre is mainly on account of increase in the prices of Rice, Wheat, Arhar Dal, Groundnut Oil, Garlic, Vegetable items, Clothing items, Flower/Flower Garlands, etc. The increase of 5 points in Madurai centres is mainly due to increase in the prices of Goat Meat, Poultry (Chicken), Fish Fresh, Eggs (Hen), Tamarind, Vegetable & Fruit items, Coffee Powder, Flower/Flower Garlands, Washing Soap, Washing Charges, etc. In Puducherry centre the increase of 5 points is the outcome of increase in the prices of Rice, Goat Meat, Fish Fresh, Vegetable items, Tea (Readymade), Firewood, etc. The increase of 4 points in Coimbatore centre is due to increase in the prices of  Goat Meat, Eggs (Hen), Onion, Vegetable items, Bidi, Cigarette, Medicine (Allopathic), Hair Oil, Cinema Charges, etc. The decrease of 5 points in Lucknow centre is mainly due to decrease in the prices of Vegetable Items, Primary School Fee and Primary School Books, etc. The decrease of 4 points in Faridabad centre is due to decrease in the prices of Wheat Atta, Pure Ghee, Garlic, Ginger, Vegetable & Fruit items, Electricity Charges, etc.

                The indices in respect of the six major centres are as follows :
1. Ahmedabad
192

 2. Bangalore
200

3. Chennai
180

4. Delhi
182

5. Kolkata
189

6. Mumbai
201

                The point to point rate of inflation based on CPI-IW(General) for the month of November, 2011 is 9.34% as compared to 9.39% in October, 2011. Inflation based on Food Index is 7.61% in November, 2011 as compared to 8.72% in October, 2011.
       
                The CPI-IW for December, 2011 will be released on the last working day of the next month, i.e. 31st January, 2012.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Extension of Risk Allowance till 31.12.2011.

No.21012/01/2008-Estt.(Allowance)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, December 28, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Extension of Risk Allowance till 31.12.2011.

   The undersigned is directed to refer this Department’s OM No.21012/01/2008- Estt.(AL) dated 19.07.2011 vide which payment of Risk Allowance was extended till 31.12.2011. Extension of Risk Allowance for a further period of six months beyond 31.12.2011 has been considered and it has been decided that Risk Allowance may be continued at the existing rates for a further period of six months upto 30.06.2012 or till such time Risk Insurance Scheme is implemented. whichever is earlier.

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(Zoya C.B.)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

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Monday, December 26, 2011

AAKASH TABLET PC FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS.

Aakash Tablet PC is mini laptop or tablet pc introduced by Human Resource Development Minister, Kapil Sibal. Aakash tablet PC is world ‘s first low price tablet pc which made for students and teachers and government will pay 50% subsidy on each purchase of product. It is manufacture by DataWind, UK and developed by IIT Rajasthan and datawind company.

Government ordered 1,00,000 pc tablet which will 10000 delivered to IIT Rajasthan and 90,000 tablet will be distribution for other institution and market. It is not available in market for sale. After three or four month after, will launch in market for sale. The cost of Aakash tablet PC will be Rs. 1100 to Rs. 1500 for students and Rs. 2250 to Rs. 2999.
Aakash tablet pc has many features and specification which make it best device. This tablet work on Android 2.2 operating system with 7 inch touch screen display, 256 MB ram, 2 GB hard drive which expendable to 32 GB by micro MMC and 2-3 hour battery backup. This device support various document, video and audio formats and also compatible for Internet browser and wi-fi connectivity.

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EMPLOYEES PROVIDENT FUND (EPF) RATES FOR 2012

Three EPF rates and a dilemma awaiting finance minister Pranab Mukherjee
Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee will have a tough task on his hands when the three different recommendations for this year's employees' provident fund (EPF) rate reach his desk. The PF office has few reliable numbers about its liabilities or income.That will make it difficult for the finance minister to choose between the three recommended EPF rates of 8.25%, 8.5% and 9.5%.

With crucial state polls on the horizon, Mukherjee will not want to be the bearer of bad news to 6.16 crore workers about a rate cut in the EPF when bank deposits are delivering close to 10% returns.

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India is yet to clear the PF office's accounts, forcing its board to skip the deadline for presenting its accounts to Parliament for the first time in 60 years. The CAG's draft report bluntly says that EPFO's book-keeping systems violate accounting standards and do not conform with the format specified by the government.

That the PF office has failed to meet the commitments it made to the finance ministry over last year's EPF rate decision, won't help. Mukherjee's ministry had questioned the veracity of EPF accounts when the PF office 'discovered' a surplus of 1,733 crore and recommended a 9.5% PF rate.

The finance ministry agreed to the 9.5% rate on the condition that the PF office update all member accounts within six months and ensure there is no shortfall in income. On both counts, the EPFO has failed to deliver.

Nearly 4.85 crore accounts were still to be updated on November 22, as per EPFO's submissions to its board's finance committee last week. More damning is the admission that it had made a huge 5.7% error in its income estimates for 2010-11 that led to an eventual income shortfall of 854 crore. Given that it now manages a corpus of 4,66,000 crore, an error of this magnitude is alarming. With interest payments promised at 9.5%, the PF office ended up with a 510 crore deficit on its 2010-11 operations - which it will now be forced to fund from its income for 2011-12.

This accounting fiasco may have forced EPFO to recommend a 1.25% cut in the EPF rate so that it doesn't end up with more contingent liabilities. But there are other pressure points it will find hard to explain when the finance minister reviews its state of affairs and the minutes of the EPFO board's finance committee. EPFO officials had hoped to boost income for 2011-12 with a decision to stop interest credits from April 2011 on old inoperative accounts, where no fresh contributions have come for three years or more. They had hoped to use the savings from these accounts to fund a higher EPF rate for the year.

But now the PF office is neither aware of how much money remains in such inoperative accounts, nor is it clear if the decision to cease interest payments is lawful.

"The amendment regarding not giving interest on inoperative accounts may be subject to judicial scrutiny which may have an adverse effect on liability," officials told their board's finance committee, explaining why interest savings on such accounts cannot be ascertained or used to pay other employees.

The panel was also informed that there are about 125,000 firms whose accounts have never been updated since the date they were brought under the EPF net. Accounts of another 43,000 firms haven't been migrated to the current accounting system of the EPFO. Together, they add up to 25.4% of the 6.6 lakh firms under the EPFO. The interest liabilities that remain to be credited to these accounts, the EPFO cannot assess.

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Reservation for Other Backward Classes in Civil Posts and Services under the Govt. of India — Sub-quota for Minority Communities.

MOST IMMEDIATE

No.41018/2/2011-Estt. (Res.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi- 110001
Dated the 22nd December, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Reservation for Other Backward Classes in Civil Posts and Services under the Govt. of India — Sub-quota for Minority Communities.

   The undersigned is directed to invite attention to this Department’s O.M. No.36012/22/93-Estt.(SCT) dated 8th September, 1993 regarding reservation for Other Backward Classes in civil posts and services under the Government of India.

   2. The Government of India had set up the National Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities to suggest criteria for the identification of the socially and economically backward sections amongst Religious and Linguistic Minorities and to recommend measures for their welfare, including reservation in Government employment. The Commission submitted its report to the Government on l0th May, 2007. wherein it had, inter-alia, recommended creation of a sub-quota for minorities from within the reservation of 27% available to OBCs, in Government employment.

   3. The Government have carefully considered the above recommendation and it has been decided to carve out a sub-quota of 4.5% for minorities, as detined under Section 2 (c) of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992, from within the 27% reservation for OBCs as notified by the aforesaid O.M. The castes / communities of the said minorities which are included in the Central list of OBCs, notified state-wise from time to time by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, shall be covered by the said sub-quota.

   4. Similar instructions in respect of public sector undertakings and financial institutions including public sector banks will be issued by the Department of Public Enterprises and by the Ministry of Finance respectively.

   5. These orders will have effect from 1st January, 2012 and the O.M. No. 36012/22/93-Estt. (SCT), dated 8th September, 1993 stands modified to the above extent.

6. The Hindi version of the O.M. follows.

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(Sharad Kumar Srivastava)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Early Closure of Offices in connection with Republic Day Parade and Beating Retreat Ceremony during 2012.

No.16/10/2011-JCA 2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances ad Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 20th December, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Early Closure of Offices in connection with Republic Day Parade and Beating Retreat Ceremony during 2012.

   In connection with arrangements for the Republic Day Parade and Beating Retreat Ceremony, 2012, it has been decided that the Government offices located in the buildings indicated in Annexure-I would be closed early at 13:00 hrs. on 25th January, 2012 (Wednesday) and buildings indicated in Annexure-II would be closed early at 12:00 Noon on 29th January, 2012 (Sunday).

2. Hindi version will follow.

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(Ashok Kumar)
Deputy Secretary (JCA)

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Fire Audit of Private Hospitals / Diagnostic Laboratories / Imaging Centres empanelled under CGHS

No: S.11011/23/2009-CGHS D. II/Hospital Cell (Part IX)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare

Maulana Azad Road, Nirman Bhawan
New Delhi 110 108 dated the 13th December 2011.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Fire Audit of Private Hospitals / Diagnostic Laboratories / Imaging Centres empanelled under CGHS

   With reference to the above mentioned subject the undersigned is directed to state that in view of the recent fire accident in a private hospital in Kolkata, it is considered necessary to review the fire safety measures undertaken by the Private Hospitals / Diagnostic Laboratories / Imaging Centres empanelled under CGHS.


   2. Accordingly Private Hospitals / Diagnostic Laboratories / Imaging Centres empanelled under CGHS are requested that;

   i. A copy of N.O.C. issued / renewed by the concerned Fire Department may be submitted to Addl.Director / Joint Director of CGHS concerned.

   ii. Fire safety provisions installed at the Institution to deal with Fire Accidents may be reviewed immediately in consultation with Fire Department and gaps seen may be plugged.

   iii. Steps / Drills may be put in place to prevent Leakage of Radiation in case of centres dealing with Radio-active isotopes.

   iv. Nodal officers / persons may be identified and specific responsibility fixed for each of them to take necessary action in case of Fire Accident

    v. The identified staff may be got trained accordingly in consultation with Fire Department.

   vi. Necessary mock drills may also be organized periodically to see that systems respond in time in case of disaster.

   3. You are requested to take necessary time bound action in this regard under intimation to Director, CGHS.

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(V.P.Singh)
Deputy Secretary to Government of India

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Preparation of Common Seniority List (CSL) in the Grade of LDC of CSCS

DRAFT
No.20/87/2010-CS.II-(Vol.II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-110003,
Dated: the 2lst December, 2011.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: - Preparation of Common Seniority List (CSL) in the Grade of LDC of CSCS for the Select List years 2003 to 2008 - reg.

   The undersigned is directed to say that the Common Seniority List (CSL) of LDCs of CSCS for the Select List Years 2003 to 2008 is being finalized in terms of Section 6 of the Central Secretariat Clerical Service (Preparation of Common Seniority Lists) Regulations, 1971.


   2. The Cadre Units are requested to circulate the list among the LDCs concerned under their administrative control inviting objections/representations, if any, with regard to any factual inaccuracy and the order of placement in the list. Cadre units are also requested to verify the correctness of the particulars such as date of birth, date of regular appointment to the grade, rank number (in the case of LDCEs) of the officials in the list. If any name has been left out inadvertently, it may be brought to the notice of this Department with relevant details of his placement in the CSL. It has been noticed that the cadre units are simply forwarding the objections/representations of the officials without examining the same. The cadre units are, therefore, requested that the objections/representations may be examined by the cadre units and in case any of doubt, the same may be forwarded to this Department for clarification with their comments. The draft CSL may be seen/downloaded from the website of this Department by clicking the followings:-

www.http://persmin.nic.in
Department of Personnel & Training
Central Secretariat
Central Secretariat Clerical Service (CSCS)
Common Seniority List (CSL)

   3. The Cadre Units are, therefore requested to consolidate and forward factual inaccuracies/deficiencies, if any, in the draft CSL of LDCs of CSCS for the Years 2003 to 2008 to this Department latest by 15.01.2012. If nothing is heard from any cadre units by 15.01.2012, it will be presumed that there is no factual inaccuracy in the CSL and it will be finalized accordingly. Objections/representations received after 15.01.2012 will not be entertained. It is also requested that a copy of the latest Cadre Seniority List of LDCs of CSCS for the Select List Year upto 20ll may also be forwarded to this Department.

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(J. Minz)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Pension scheme to offer 8.6% assured return option

The government has secured the support of BJP on the bill to reform the pension sector by agreeing to the main opposition's demand that the scheme offer a minimum assured return and foreign investment be capped at 26%.

The new pension scheme (NPS) will offer an option for an assured return of 8.6% for investments in government bonds, while subscribers willing to take a higher degree of risk can look at other choices, where their contributions are invested in a mix of private and government placements.

An understanding over the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) Bill was arrived at at a meeting on Monday between finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and BJP leaders L K Advani, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Yashwant Sinha in Parliament. However, no consensus was possible with regard to the Companies Bill.

This is the second occasion on which the government and BJP have cooperated on the PFRDA Bill that seeks to give statutory cover to the NPS in force since 2003. The bill was introduced in Parliament in the face of Left resistance with BJP's backing and now its prospects of passage seem bright and it may be moved on Wednesday.

The terms of the deal are on the lines of the recommendations of the parliamentary finance standing committee that did not agree with the Centre's proposal that foreign investment in pension funds be raised to 49%, and also called for an assured rate of return, arguing that senior citizens should be given security on their investment.

The panel was also critical about the mediocre performance of the fund so far and the relatively low number of subscribers. While the government looked uncertain about the bill last week, Mukherjee's renewed bid for an agreement has borne fruit. BJP also seems prepared to be more accommodative towards Mukherjee, who the party feels is not needlessly combative towards the opposition.

Passage of the pension bill will be an important gain for the government after the reverses it has suffered over reform initiatives like FDI in multi-brand retail apart from the finance standing committee turning down proposed changes in the banking laws that would have given private investors voting rights equal to their investment.

On the Companies Bill, UPA conceded BJP's demand for allowing Limited Liability Partnership that would enable a group comprising only professionals from a category like chartered accountants or company secretaries to form their own company.

But the government has proposed so many changes to the bill - already scrutinized by a House panel - that it is now looking very different.


The government has secured the support of BJP on the bill to reform the pension sector by agreeing to the main opposition's demand that the scheme offer a minimum assured return and foreign investment be capped at 26%.

The new pension scheme (NPS) will offer an option for an assured return of 8.6% for investments in government bonds, while subscribers willing to take a higher degree of risk can look at other choices, where their contributions are invested in a mix of private and government placements.

An understanding over the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) Bill was arrived at at a meeting on Monday between finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and BJP leaders L K Advani, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Yashwant Sinha in Parliament. However, no consensus was possible with regard to the Companies Bill.

This is the second occasion on which the government and BJP have cooperated on the PFRDA Bill that seeks to give statutory cover to the NPS in force since 2003. The bill was introduced in Parliament in the face of Left resistance with BJP's backing and now its prospects of passage seem bright and it may be moved on Wednesday.

The terms of the deal are on the lines of the recommendations of the parliamentary finance standing committee that did not agree with the Centre's proposal that foreign investment in pension funds be raised to 49%, and also called for an assured rate of return, arguing that senior citizens should be given security on their investment.

The panel was also critical about the mediocre performance of the fund so far and the relatively low number of subscribers. While the government looked uncertain about the bill last week, Mukherjee's renewed bid for an agreement has borne fruit. BJP also seems prepared to be more accommodative towards Mukherjee, who the party feels is not needlessly combative towards the opposition.

Passage of the pension bill will be an important gain for the government after the reverses it has suffered over reform initiatives like FDI in multi-brand retail apart from the finance standing committee turning down proposed changes in the banking laws that would have given private investors voting rights equal to their investment.

On the Companies Bill, UPA conceded BJP's demand for allowing Limited Liability Partnership that would enable a group comprising only professionals from a category like chartered accountants or company secretaries to form their own company.

But the government has proposed so many changes to the bill - already scrutinized by a House panel - that it is now looking very different.

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EMPLOYMENT NEWS -JOB HIGHLIGHTS

Job Highlights (17 DECEMBER 2011 - 23 DECEMBER 2011)

1 Container Corporation of India Limited, New Delhi requires Sr. Assistant (Technical), Assistant Supervisor (Civil) and Stenographer Grade-I.

2 Dayal Singh Collage, New Delhi requires Assistant Professors/Lecturers.

3 Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore requires Scientific Officers/C. Technical Officer/C and Scientific Assistant/B.

4 Bhabha Atomic Research Centre requires Technical Officers (E), Medical Officer, Technical Officers (C) and Station Officer (A).

5 North Eastern Railway requires Medical Practitioner (CMP) Specialist/Doctors.

6 Security Paper Mill, Hoshangabad requires Jr. Data Entry Operators-cum-Office Assistants and Workman.

7 Jharkhand Public Service Commission, Ranchi requires Professors.

8 Central Public Works Department, New Delhi invites applications for recruitment of Group ‘C’ and Group ‘D’ posts.

9 New Mangalore Port Trust requires Pilot, JE Gr. ‘I’, Driver, Sarang Gr. ‘II’, Fireman etc.

10 Small Arms Factory, Kanpur invites applications for Group ‘C’ posts.

11 Vehicle Factory, Jabalpur invites applications for recruitment of Group ‘C’ posts of Semi-Skilled Grade.

12 Ordnance Equipment Factory, Kanpur requires Durwans.

13 Indian Navy invites applications from unmarried Male candidates for enrolment as Sailors for Artificer Apprentice (AA)-132 Batch.

Source:www.employmentnews.gov.in
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Special Class Railway Apprentices Exam, 2012

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will be conducting the Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination, 2012 at 41 Centres throughout the country on 29.01.2012 (Sunday). The Commission has introduced the facility of generating e-Admission Certificate for this Examination for convenience of candidates. The candidates can down load their Admission Certificates from the UPSC website www.upsc.gov.in. Candidates are advised to take the printout of the Admission Certificate and produce the same for appearing at the allotted venue for this examination.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

SENIORITY: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

1.         From which date the various provisions of consolidated instructions on seniority applicable?

            Unless specifically, otherwise provided against each instruction, the said instructions are effective from the date of the relevant O.M.by which they were issued, prospectively.

2          To whom the instructions on seniority issued vide DOP&T's O.M.No.20011/1/2008- Estt.(D) dated 10.11.2010 are applicable?        

            The instructions on seniority issued vide DOP&T's O.M.No.20011/1/2008-Estt.(D)dated 11.11.2010 are applicable in determination of seniority of the Government servants in Central Civil Services and Civil Posts except such Services and Posts for which separate principles have already been issued or may be issued by the Government

3          Whether the instructions on seniority issued by DOP&T are applicable to
PSUs/Autonomous Bodies/Banks etc.?

            No. The seniority of the officers working in PSUs/autonomous bodies/ organisations /banks are governed by regulations/instructions issued by concerned Administrative Department/ PSUs/banks etc.

4          How the seniority of all direct recruits is determined?      

            The seniority of direct recruit is in the order of merit in which they are selected for appointment on the recommendations of UPSC or other selecting authority. The
persons appointed as a result of  earlier selection being senior to those appointed on subsequent selection. O.M.No.20011/1/2008-Estt.(D)dated 11.11.2010

5          Whether the seniority of direct recruits is determined by the date of confirmation? 

            No. The relative seniority of direct recruits that used to be determined earlier according to date of confirmation and not original order of merit (in cases where confirmation was in an order different from order of merit indicated at the time of their appointment) has been discontinued with effect from  4.11.1992.  O.M. No. 20011/5/90-Estt. (D) dated 04.11.1992

6. How will the inter-se seniority be fixed if a direct recruit officer joins late ?

            Seniority in such cases will be determined according to O.M. No.
9/23/71-Estt.(D) dated 06.06.1978 and O.M. No.35015/2/93-Estt.(D) Dated 09.08.1995

7          How seniority of candidates of two different panels is determined, in case both the panels are received on the same date?

            The seniority of candidates of two different panels received on the  same date is determined by the following procedure:

(i) Chronology of recommendation letter;

(ii) Where the date of recommendation letter is same, chronology of Interview Board
reports and

(iii) Where both (i) and (ii) are also same, then the chronology of requisition made by the respective Ministries/Departments. O.M. No. 20011/1/2008-Estt.(D) dated 11.11.2010

8          How seniority of candidat is determined in case two results of recruitment  through examination are announced for selection to same grade or post within the same year.     

            The seniority of the candidates will be determined as per date of publication/announcement of result. The candidate of the result announced earlier shall be senior to the candidate of the result announced later.

9          How the seniority of the promotee officer is determined?

            The inter-se seniority of a officer promoted on the basis of the recommendation of a DPC either by selection or non-selection method as per due procedure, shall be determined as in the feeder grade from which they are promoted. O.M. No. 20011/1/2008-Estt.(D)  dated 11.11.2010

10        How seniority of a promote officer is determined in cases where more than one feeder grade is prescribed for promotion to the higher grade and specific quotas are given?

            In such cases, the officer in each grade assess a fit by the Departmental Promotion Committee shall be interpolated in the ratio prescribed in each grade
in the Recruitment Rules for the post, for the purpose of determination of seniority(principle of rota quota).

11        Is a SC/ST Government servant promoted by virtue of rule of reservation entitled to consequential seniority?

            Yes. A SC/ST Government servant on promotion by virtue of rule of reservation roster will be entitled for consequential seniority. O.M. No. 22011/1/2001-Estt.(D) 21.01.2002

12        Can a General/OBC category Government servant promoted through a later DPC regain his seniority of the feeder grade on promotion to higher grade?

            No. A General/OBC category officer promoted through a later DPC will be placed junior to the SC/ST category Government servant promoted through earlier
DPC even though by virtue of rule of reservation. O.M. No. 22011/1/2001-Estt.(D)
21.01.2002

13        What is co-relation between seniority in a grade and reservation roster for other grade? OR Whether a candidate is placed in the seniority list of a grade,
as per his position in the reservation roster or viceversa?

            There is no co-relation between seniority in a grade and the reservation roster for the said grade. Seniority of an officer is determined as per order of merit given by UPSC or selecting authority or panel of promotion given by DPC. A reservation
roster/points are meant only for identifying the vacancy that goes to a particular category of officer

14        How the relative seniority of direct recruit and promotee is determined?        

            The relative seniority of direct recruit and promotee is determined according to rotation of vacancies between available direct recruits and promotees which is based on quota of vacancies reserved for direct recruitment and promotion respectively in the recruitment rules. O.M. No. 35014/2/80-Estt.(D) dated 07.02.1986

15        How year of availability in regard to determination of relative seniority of direct
recruits and promotee is determined?

            The year of availability, both in case of direct recruit as well as promotee, for the purpose of rotation and fixation of seniority is  actual date of appointment after
declaration of result/selection and completion of pre-recruitment formalities, as prescribed. The  year of availability is a vacancy year in which a candidate of a
particular batch of selected direct recruitment or an officer of a particular batch of promotee joins the post/service. O.M. No. 22011/1/2006-Estt.(D) dated 03.03.2008

16        Is a candidate appointed against the carry forward vacancy of earlier recruitment year, allow the seniority of the year in which the vacancy arose?      

            No. The seniority of direct recruits and promotees is delinked from the vacancy and year of vacancy.  O.M. No. 35014/2/80-Estt.(D) Dated 07.02.1986

17        What is the starting point in the recruitment roster for the  purpose of inter-se seniority of officers through direct recruitment, promotion, absorption etc.

            The starting point in the recruitment roster for the purpose of inter-se seniority of officers through direct recruitment, promotion, absorption etc. will be as per provisions contained DOP&T's O.M.No.28011/6/76- Estt.(D) dated 24th June, 1978.

18        How the seniority of an Officer absorbed after being on deputation or absorbed directly without being on deputation determined?    

            The seniority of an Officer absorbed after being on deputation or absorbed directly without being on deputation, If he has been holding already (on the date of
absorption) the same or equivalent grade on regular basis in his parent department, is determined from the date he has been holding  the post on deputation or the date
from which he has been appointed on a regular basis to the same or equivalent grade in his parent department whichever is earlier. The fixation of seniority in aforesaid manner, however, will not effect any regular promotion to the next higher grade made prior to the date of such absorption.  O.M. No. 22011/1/2000-Estt.(D) Dated 27.03.2001

19        How seniority of two or more surplus employees of a particular grade in an office determined in the event of their simultaneous selection for re-deployment in another office?  
   
            In this case, inter-se seniority in particular grade, on re-deployment in the latter office, would be the same as it was in the previous office. O.M. No. 9/22/68-Estt. (D) Dated 06.02.1969

20        How seniority of a reemployed officer determined?          

            For determination of seniority of re-employed officer is treated as direct recruit. Where Recruitment Rules of the post against which appointment is being made prescribed re-employment as a distinct mode of recruitment .then the inter-se seniority of persons so re-employed shall be determined in accordance with order of selection. The relative seniority of persons so re-employed in relation to direct recruits and promotees shall be determined: Where the Recruitment Rules prescribes specific quota for each of the categories (direct recruitment, promotion and reemployment) then seniority is determined on the basis of rotation of vacancies based on the said quota. In other cases, on the basis of chronology selection. O.M. No. 20011/3/80-Estt(D) Dated 16.06.1980

21        How the seniority of a meritorious sports person appointed in relaxation of
Recruitment Rules determined?          

            Where sportsmen are recruited through the Employment Exchange or by direct
advertisement and are considered along with other general category candidates, they may be assigned seniority in the order in which they are placed in the panel for
selection. Where recruitment to a post is through a selection made by the Staff Selection Commission, whether by the competitive examination or otherwise, the
sportsmen recruited in the department themselves should be placed en bloc junior to those who have already been recommended by the Staff Selection Commission. The inter se-seniority of sportsmen will be in the order of selection. O.M.No.14015/1/76-Estt.(D) dated 4.8.1980

22        How the seniority of a person appointed on compassionate grounds is determined?       

            A person appointed on compassionate ground in a particular year is placed at the bottom of all the candidates recruited/appointed through direct recruitment, promotion etc. in that year, irrespective of date of joining of candidate on compassionate  appointment. O.M. No. 20011/1/2008-Estt.(D) dated 11.11.2010

23        How seniority of persons selected for appointment to different posts in the same grade requiring different  qualification determined?

            The seniority of persons selected for appointment to different posts in the same grade requiring different qualifications is determined as per provisions of para 4.9 of O.M. No. 20011/1/2008-Estt.(D) dated 11.11.2010

(Smita Kumar)
Director (E.I)
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Monday, December 19, 2011

ESI Centres

There are 790 ESI Centres in the country including Madhya Pradesh.

The availability of medical equipments and medicines in ESI Hospitals in the country is generally satisfactory. However, there are vacancies of doctors in ESI Hospitals. There are no separate sanctioned posts of lady doctors.

Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has taken several steps for revamping and modernization of ESI Hospitals and dispensaries to provide better health services. The various steps taken are as under:

1. Hospital Development Committees have been constituted in all ESI Hospitals and have been given adequate administrative and financial powers for taking decisions for improvement in medical care facilities.

2. ESIC has under taken modernization & upgradation of hospitals and providing modern equipments for diagnostic and clinical services.

3. To facilitate early sanction of equipments for hospitals, Senior State Medical Commissioners/State Medical Commissioners, ESIC at State level have been delegated powers to sanction equipments up to Rs.25 lacs per unit.

4. For ensuring regular supply of medicines, ESIC formulates rate contracts for allopathic and Ayurvedic drugs and the same are sent to all the State Government for procurement of medicines.

5. ESI Corporation is grading its hospitals and dispensaries by reputed organizations. Further action has been initiated for getting ISO certification in respect of hospitals and dispensaries.

6. The expenditure on super specialty treatment is totally borne by ESI Corporation outside the ceiling since 01.08.2008 and ESIC has entered into tie up arrangement with reputed Government/private hospitals for super-specialty services and is providing cashless and hassle-free services to the ESI beneficiaries.

7. Besides, ESI Corporation has under taken a project for starting medical colleges, nursing colleges, dental colleges and training school for other para medical staff in ESIC /ESI Hospitals.

8. ESIC has appointed part-time specialist/super specialists directly in State ESI Hospitals to ensure that proper services are available to ESI beneficiaries. The total expenditure on this is borne by ESI Corporation. ESI Corporation is already running one 50-bedded hospital in Ujjain along with 2 dispensaries and one Branch Office.

This information was given by the Minister of Labour and Employment Shri Mallikarjun Kharge in reply in reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha today.

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Smart Cards under Health Insurance Scheme

The Government launched the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY)  for BPL families (a unit of five) in unorganized sector on 01.10.2007. The scheme providing for smart card based cashless health insurance cover of Rs. 30,000/- per family per annum on a family floater basis became operational from 01.04.2008. More than 2.54 crore families have been covered under the scheme as on 30.11.2011.  As per BPL survey, 2002, there are about 6 crore estimated  BPL families (a unit of five) in unorganised sector. The experience shows that only about 60% of BPL families become available for enrolment.  As such about 3.6 crore BPL families are to be covered under the scheme. It is the endeavour of the government to cover all such families by 2012-13.

             A statement showing State-wise number of smart cards issued and number of districts covered under RSBY is at Annexure-I.  A Statement showing state-wise and year-wise funds released is at Annexure-II and state-wise number of beneficiaries is at Annexure-III.

                 This information was given by the Minister of Labour and Employment Shri   Mallikarjun Kharge  in reply in reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha today.

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Workers Right

State Governments are the ‘appropriate Government’ for most of the big industrial houses in the private sector and hence, they do not fall within the ambit of the Central Government for implementation of Labour laws. However, adequate provisions exist under the various Labour laws to safeguard the interests of workers. Registration of Trade Unions is done by the Registrar of Trade Unions of respective State Governments. The Ministry has not received any complaints regarding violation of the Labour laws in Establishments or Industries falling under the Central Sphere.

The Ministry has not received any complaints of such strain on the workers nor any specific study has been conducted on this issue. However, adequate safeguards exist under various Labour Laws to protect the interests of workers and to take care of their health, safety and welfare.

This information was given by the Minister of Labour and Employment Shri Mallikarjun Kharge in reply in reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha today.

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Medical Insurance plan for central govt Employees

Govt mulling insurance plan for central govt officials
Government on Friday said it was contemplating introduction of a health insurance scheme for central
government employees and pensioners on a pan India basis.

In reply to a question in Lok Sabha, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said the scheme would be an alternative to the existing CGHS scheme.

"The proposal is to make this scheme voluntary and contributory for serving employees and pensioners. However, it is proposed to be made compulsory for new entrants in Government service," Azad said.

Replying to another question, he said the government was also considering a plan to construct a super speciality wing in the campus of Safdarjung Hospital.

"A detailed project report for the construction of a 360 bedded super speciality wing in the campus of the Safdarjung Hospital has been received," Azad said.

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Friday, December 16, 2011

F.A.Q ON CHILD CARE LEAVE

Q   Who are entitled for Child Care Leave?

A    Child Care Leave can be granted to women employees having minor children below the age of 18 years, for a maximum period of 2 years (i.e. 730 days) during their entire service, for taking care of up to two children whether for rearing or to look after any of their needs like examination, sickness etc. Child Care Leave shall not be admissible if the child is eighteen years of age or older.

Q   Am I eligible to draw Salary for the period for which Child Care leave is availed?

A    During the period of such leave, the women employees shall be paid leave salary equal to the pay drawn immediately before proceeding on leave.

Q     Whether CCL can be debited against any other type of Leave admissible to the employee?

A      Child Care Leave shall not be debited against the leave account. Child Care Leave may also be allowed for the third year as leave not due (without production of medical certificate).

Q   Whether Child Care Leave can be combined with any other leave?

A      It may be combined with leave of the kind due and admissible.

Q   Whether Child Care Leave is applicable for third child?

A       No. CCL is not applicable to third Child.

Q     How to maintain Child Care Leave account?

A      The leave account for child care leave shall be maintained in the proforma prescribed by Govt, and it shall be kept along with the Service Book of the Government servant concerned.

Q     Whether CCL can be claimed as a matter of right?

A      The intention of the Pay Commission in recommending Child Care Leave for women employees was to facilitate women employees to take care of their children at the time of need. However, this does not mean that CCL should disrupt the functioning of Central Government offices. The nature of this leave was envisaged to be the same as that of earned leave.

Q   Whether we can prefix or suffix Saturdays, Sundays, and Gazetted holidays?

A      As in the case of Earned Leave, we can prefix or suffix Saturdays, Sundays, and Gazetted holidays with the Child Care Leave.

Q   Should we have any Earned Leave in Credit for the purpose of taking Child Care Leave?

A    There was a condition envisaged in the Office Memorandum relevant to Child Care Leave to the effect that CCL can be availed only if the employee concerned has no Earned Leave at her credit. However, this condition was withdrawn by the Government and as such there is no need for having EL in credit to avail CCL.

Q     Whether CCL can be availed without prior sanction?

A Under no circumstances can any employee proceed on CCL without prior approval of the Leave sanctioning authority.

Q     Can we avail CCL for the children who are not dependents?

A       The Child Care Leave would be permitted only if the child is dependent on the Government servant.

Q     Is there any other conditions apart from the total number of holidays and the age of the child?

A    The Conditions regarding spell of CCL, imposed upon by the Government are that it may not be granted in more than 3 spells in a calendar year and that CCL may not be granted for less than 15 days.

Further, CCL should not ordinarily be granted during the probation period except in case of certain extreme situations where the leave sanctioning authority is fully satisfied about the need of Child Care Leave to the probationer. It may also be ensured that the period for which this leave is sanctioned during probation is minimal.

Q     Whether Earned Leave availed for any purpose can be converted into Child Care Leave? How should applications where the purpose of availing leave has been indicated as 'Urgent Work' but the applicant claims to have utilized the leave for taking care of the needs of the child, be treated?

A      Child Care Leave is sanctioned to women employees having minor children, for rearing or for looking after their needs like examination, sickness etc. Hence Earned Leave availed specifically for this purpose only should be converted.

Q   Whether all Earned Leave availed irrespective of 'number of days i.e. less than 15 days, and number of spells can be converted? In cases where the CCL spills over to the next year: for example 30 days CCL from 27th December, whether the Leave should be treated as one spell or two spells'?

A    No. As the instructions contained in the OM dared 7.9.2010 has been given retrospective effect, all the conditions specified in the OM would have to be fulfilled for conversion of the Earned Leave into Child Care Leave. In cases where the leave spills over to the next year, it may be treated as one spell against the year in which the leave commences.

Q     Whether those who have availed Child Care Leave for more than 3 spells with less than 15 days can avail further Child C31.e Leave for the remaining period of the current year'?

A      No. As per the OM of even number dated 7.9.2010, Child Care Leave may not be granted in more than 3 spells. Hence CCL may not be allowed more than 3 times irrespective of the number of days or times Child Care Leave has been availed earlier.

Q Whether LTC can be availed during Child Care Leave?

A    LTC cannot be availed during Child Care Leave as Child Care Leave is granted for the specific purpose of taking care of a minor child for rearing or for looking after any other needs of the child during examination, sickness etc.

Q   Whether Child Care Leave is applicable to All India Services?

A    Yes. Child Care Leave is applicable to employees under All India Services.

          With regard to the documents for family pension, including certificate of income, required to be submitted by a claimant member of family (other than spouse) along with application form (Form 14), PPO and death certificate after the death of a pensioner/family pensioner, the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare has clarified that the claims submitted by a claimant member of family (other than spouse) for family pension after the death of a pensioner/family pensioner, in Form 14 and supported by the death certificate and PPO of the pensioner/family pensioner, may be processed in consultation with the Pay and Accounts Officer, who is the custodian of the pension file which contains all relevant Forms and information of the pensioner. In a very rare case where the name of the claimant member is not available in the records of the Head of Office as well as the Pay & Accounts Officer concerned and the claimant member also fails to submit a copy of PPO or Form 3 containing 'Details of Family submitted earlier by the deceased employee/pensioner, the certificates prescribed at serial number 9(v) of Form 14 may be accepted. In addition to these certificates, PAN Card, Matriculation Certificate, Passport. CGHS Card, Driving License Voter's ID card and Aadhar Number may also be accepted. Acceptance of voter's ID card and Aadhar Number is subject to the condition that the pensioner/family pensioner certifies that he/she is not a matriculate and he/she does not have any of the documents mentioned in Form 14 or above Apart from these documents, the Ministries/Departments may accept any other document submitted by the claimant, which may be relied upon and which establishes the relationship of the claimant with the pensioner and/or contains his/her date of birth.

          The applicant has also to prove that no other surviving member in the family, who may have a prior entitlement for family pension is eligible. For this purpose, the above and/or any other documents, such as marriage/death/income certificates of the other members which may be essential in a given situation may be used.

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Written Exam Result for CDS Exam (II), 2011 Announced

                The Union Service Public Commission (UPSC) has announced the results of the Combined Defence Services Examination (II) 2011 held in September, 2011. 10120 candidates have qualified for being interviewed by the Service Selection Board of the Ministry of Defence, for admission to (i) Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 133rd Course commencing in July, 2012 (ii) Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala Course commencing in July, 2012 (iii) Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (Pre-Flying) Training Course for 192nd F(P) Course commencing in July, 2012 (iv) Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai  96th  SSC Course (for Men) commencing in October, 2012 and (v) Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai, 10th SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in October, 2012. The ratio of candidates shortlisted for the examination per vacancy is 19.4.

                The candidature of all the candidates is provisional.  In accordance with the conditions of the admission to the examination, they are required to submit the original certificates in support of age (Date of Birth), educational qualifications, NCC (C) (Army Wing/Senior Division Air Wing/Naval Wing) etc. claimed by them along with attested copies thereof, to Army Headquarters, A.G.’s Branch/Rtg./CDSE Entry, West Block III, Ground Floor, Wing No. I, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110066 in case of IMA/SSC as their first choice and to Naval Headquarters (R&R Section), Room No. 204, C-Wing, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi-110011 in case of Navy first choice, and to PO3 (A) Air Headquarters, ‘J’ Block, Room No. 17, Opp. Vayu Bhawan, Moti Lal Nehru Marg, New Delhi-110011 in case of Air Force first choice.  The original Certificates are to be submitted within two weeks of completion of the SSB Interview and not later than May 13, 2012 (1st August, 2012 in case of SSC only).  The candidates must not send the original Certificates to the Union Public Service Commission.

                In case, there is any change of address, the candidates are advised to promptly intimate directly to the Army Headquarters/Naval Headquarters/Air Headquarters as per their first preference/choice.

                The Union Public Service Commission have a Facilitation Counter in its Campus where  Candidates can obtain any information/clarification regarding this examination during working hours in person or over telephone No. 011-23385271, 011-23381125 and 011-23098543.  Result is available on PIB website i.e www.pib.nic.in and also on the U.P.S.C. website i.e. www.upsc.gov.in.

                The marks-sheet of candidates who have not qualified will be put on the Commission’s website within 30 days from declaration/publication of the Final result of OTA Course (after conducting SSB Interview) and will remain available on the website for a period of 60 days.


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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Teacher Absenteeism

The Government conducted an independent Sample Survey on Students’ and Teachers’ Attendance in 2006-07 in twenty States. As per the findings of this survey, the average attendance rate of teachers was 81.7% at primary stage and 80.5% , at upper primary stage. An earlier study conducted by World Bank in 2003 reported the absence rate of teachers in primary schools at 25%.

Consistent efforts are made to improve attendance rate of teachers. The findings of the Sample Survey conducted in 2006-07 were shared with the States at various forums requesting them to take steps to monitor teachers’ and students’ attendance. Measures taken by the State Governments, inter alia, include close supervision of schools by Block and Cluster Resource Centres and Village Education Committees as also discouraging deployment of teachers for non-teaching work.

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE), Act, 2009 which has become operative with effect from 1st April 2010, provides that (a) no teacher shall be deployed for any non-educational purposes other than the decennial population census, disaster relief duties, or duties relating to elections to the local authority or the State Legislative Assemblies or Parliament and (b) teachers shall maintain regularity and punctuality in attending schools.

This information was given by Dr. D. Purandeswari, Minister of State for Human Resource in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New Pension Scheme

New Pension Scheme (NPS) is a defined contribution scheme, its pay out depends upon the amount of contribution and the growth on the investment over a period of time for an individual while defined benefit schemes pay out is defined and is based on salary and number of years in service etc. at the time of retirement of an individual.

At the time of normal retirement after attaining 60 years, the subscriber can withdraw 60% of the accumulated wealth and will be required to invest remaining 40% of the accumulated wealth to buy a life annuity from insurance company approved by Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA). The mandatory provision of annuitisation will be invested to buy life annuities as per various options available to him. The amount of annuity varies depending upon the option selected by him. Registration of ASPs (Annuity Service Providers) is under process and as soon as they get registered, other details will be made available.

In old pension scheme government pays pension after retirement as its liability while in NPS government co-contributes to employee during his service period to build up a corpus on which annuities will be paid.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Finance, Shri Namo Narain Meena in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Engineering Services (Exam), 2011 written part result announced

 The UPSC has announced the result of the written part of the Engineering Services Examination 2011, held in May, 2011.   A total of 2158 candidates have qualified which includes 87 physically handicapped category candidates.

            The candidature of all these candidates who have qualified for interview/personality test, is provisional subject to their being found eligible in all respects.  The candidates would be required to produce the original certificates in support of their claims relating to age, educational qualifications, community, physical disability etc. at the time of the Personality Test.  They are, therefore, advised to keep the said certificates ready.

Interview of candidates who have qualified for the Personality Test are likely to be held in the month of January & February, 2012.  The exact date of interview will, however, be intimated to the candidates through Interview Letter.  Roll Number wise Interview Schedule will also be made available on Commission’s Website by last week of December, 2011.

            No request for change in the date and time of the Personality Test intimated to the candidates will be entertained under any circumstances.

            In accordance with the Rules of examination all these candidates are required to fill up the Detailed Application Form (D.A.F.) which is available on the Commission’s Website http://www.upsc.gov.in.   All the qualified candidates are required to fill up the DAF and submit the same ON LINE.  The DAF will be available on the website of the Commission till 25.12.2011.  Important instructions regarding filling up of the DAF and submitting the same ONLINE to the Commission are also available on the website.  The candidates who have been declared successful have to first get themselves registered on the relevant page of the website before filling up the ONLINE Detailed Application Form.  The qualified candidates are further advised to refer to the Rules of the Engineering Services Examination, 2011 published in the gazette of India, dated 8.1.2011, which is also available on the website of the Commission.

            After submitting the DAF duly filled in ONLINE, the candidates are required to take out a print out of the finally submitted DAF separately and will have to send the printed copy of the DAF duly signed (by the candidate) alongwith all relevant documents to the Under Secretary (Engineering), Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110069, so as to reach the Commission’s Office latest by 29.12.2011.  The envelope containing the print out of the DAF submitted ONLINE should be superscribed “DAF for Engineering Services Examination, 2011.”  It can also be delivered at UPSC by hand till 29.12.2011 (5.00 P.M.).

       The mark-sheets of candidates who have not qualified, will be put on the Commission’s Website within 15 days from the date of publication of the final result (after conducting Personality Test) and will remain available on the Website  for a period of 60 days.

      The candidates can access the marks-sheets after keying in their Roll Numbers and date of birth.  The printed/hard copies of the marks-sheet would, however, be issued by UPSC to candidates based on specific request accompanied by a self addressed stamped envelope.  Candidates desirous of obtaining printed/hard copies of the marks sheets should make the request within thirty days of the display of the marks on the Commission’s Website, beyond which such requests would not be entertained.

      The result will also be available on the U.P.S.C.’s Website http://www.upsc.gov.in.

      Union Public Service Commission have a Facilitation Counter at its campus.  Candidate may obtain any information/clarification regarding their examination/result on working days between 10.00 A.M. to 5.00 P.M. in person or over telephone Nos.(011)-23385271/23381125/23098543 from this counter.

Roll numbers of candidates who have qualified for interview/personality test are as under:


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Monday, December 12, 2011

Interest Rate on PPF

The Provident Fund handled by the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation is known as Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF). Rate of interest on Employees’ Provident Fund for every year is recommended by the Central Board of Trustees, Employees’ Provident Fund on the basis of estimated interest income available and estimated liability on interest payment of the particular year. Assessment on above lines is made every year by the Central Board of Trustees, Employees’ Provident Fund before recommending rate of interest to the Government of India.

Actual details of expenditure for the year 2011-12 would be arrived only after updation of all the annual accounts of 2010-11.

Rate of interest for the year 2011-12 is to be recommended by the Central Board of Trustees, Employees’ Provident Fund based on both estimated interest income and estimated liability on interest payment to the Provident Fund members.

This information was given by the Minister of Labour and Employment Shri Mallikarjun Kharge in reply in reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha today.

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Dues on EPF Contribution

Hon’ble Supreme Court in its judgement dated 08.11.2011 in the matter of Employees’ Pension Fund Commissioner Vs. O.L. of Esskay Pharmaceuticals Limited and others, SLP (Civil) No. 7642, 7644, 7645 and 7646 of 2011 upheld the priority of dues under the Employees’ Provident Funds & Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 on the assets of a company under liquidation over all other dues including that of secured creditors under Section 529, 529A & 530 of the Companies Act.

The provision of priority of Employees’ Provident Fund dues is already available under Section 11(2) of the Employees’ Provident Funds & Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952. The order of Hon’ble Supreme Court is binding to all and requires no separate notification. However, the order of Hon’ble Supreme Court has been circulated to all the field offices of Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation for compliance.

The Government has not received any representation in this regard from employees.

This information was given by the Minister of Labour and Employment Shri Mallikarjun Kharge in reply in reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha today.

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Smart Cards Under Health Insurance Scheme

Under Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), smart card based cashless health insurance cover of Rs. 30000 per annum on a family floater basis is provided to BPL families ( a unit of five) in the unorganised sector. More than 2.54 crore BPL families have been covered as on 30.11.2011. Rajasthan had initially participated in the scheme, but lateron discontinued. However, the State Government has initiated the process for extension of RSBY to MNREGA, street vendors, domestic workers and beedi workers. Statement showing the State-wise number of smart cards issued is annexed.

As per BPL survey, 2002, there are about 6 crore estimated BPL families ( a unit of five) in unorganised sector. The experience shows that only about 60% of BPL families become available for enrolment. As such about 3.6 crore BPL families are to be covered under the scheme. It is the endeavor of the Government to cover all such families by 2012-13.

This information was given by the Minister of Labour and Employment Shri Mallikarjun Kharge in reply in reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha today.

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Personality Tests for SCRA Examintioin, 2011 -UPSC

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will be conducting Interviews/ Personality Tests for Special Class Railway Apprentices (SCRA) Examination, 2011 from 19.12.2011 to 21.12.2011 in the Commission’s Office at New Delhi. Summon letters for PT/Interview to all the eligible candidates are being issued. If any candidate has not received summon letter for PT/Interview, he/she may contact on Tel. No. 011-23386281 or can send message on Fax No. 011-23387310. He/ she may contact UPSC Facilitation Counter near Gate ‘C’ of its campus in person or over Telephone Nos. 011-23385271/ 011-23381125/ 011-23098543 on all working days. The schedule of Interviews/ Personality Tests will also be available on Union Public Service Commission Website at http://www.upsc.gov.in.

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

NO PROPOSAL TO DECLARE DA AS DEARNESS PAY

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA – MINISTRY OF FINANCE – LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 859 / ANSWERED ON 25.02.2011

DA OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

859 . Smt. P. JAYA PRADA NAHATA
NEERAJ SHEKHAR
YASHVIR SINGH

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether Government has plans to increase dearness allowance effective from January,2011 for Central Government employees with a rate that commensurates with the inflationary trends and plights of working class in the past few months;

(b) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefore;

(c) whether Government has any proposals to declare DA as Dearness Pay when it will cross 50 per cent, as it was done during the 5th Pay Commission;

(d) if so, the details thereof; and

(e) if not the reasons therefore?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF THE STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE (SHRI NAMO NARIAN MEENA)

(a)&fb): Increase in Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees with effect from January, 2011 will be worked out on basis of accepted formula which is based on the recommendation of 6th Central Pay Commission.

(ch(d) &(e): No proposal to declare DA as dearness pay, after DA crosses 50% is under consideration of the Government. The Sixth Pay Commission did not recommend merger of dearness allowance with Basic Pay at any stage. Government accepted this recommendation vide Government of India Resolution dated 29.8.2008.

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EPFO mulls Contribution Card for subscribers

  The retirement fund body EPFO's about 50 million subscribers may get 'Contribution Card', similar to a bank pass book, which shall have details of account and will be updated every month, from April next year.

At present, it is mandatory for the employer to prepare 'Contribution Cards' and update it every month as per the provisions of the Employees' Provident Fund Scheme 1952, but such cards are not provided to subscribers.

The proposal to provide Contribution Card to subscribers from April 1, 2012, will be discussed at the meeting of the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation's (EPFO) apex decision making body -- the Central Board of Trustees' (CBT) -- on December 23, a source said.

The card will also have additional information like date of birth, nomination and family details.

EPFO has proposed the CBT, headed by the Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge, implementation of this proposal from April 1, 2012.

Earlier, the body had worked out a proposal to provide pass books to certain category of subscribers engaged in unorganised sectors, like building and construction, and brick kiln.

However, EPFO did not implement the scheme fearing that it might face difficulties as labourers change jobs frequently.

EPFO had argued that "it will be difficult for a worker to continue with the pass book when he changes his employment from unorganised to organised sector."

In order to overcome the problem, the EPFO wants the trustees to consider a uniform scheme to cover all subscribers 4.72 crore.

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Friday, December 09, 2011

Conversion of Post Offices into Banks

Shri Sachin Pilot, the Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology informed Rajya Sabha today in a written reply that the Department of Posts has a proposal to look into the feasibility of setting up a post bank to provide full fledged banking facilities to the rural as well as urban masses in the country, which is still at a conceptual state. The reply further informed that 12,202 Department Post Offices have been provided with internet connectivity.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Minimum Pension to Workers Covered by EPFO

The recommendations of the Pension Implementation Committee (PIC) of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation to increase the minimum pension amount to Rs. 1000 per month is to be placed before Central Board of Trustees, Employees Provident Fund {(CBT(EPF)} in its ensuing meeting for its consideration.

The decision to increase minimum pension to Rs. 1000 per month as per actuarial valuation would require 0.63 per cent increase in the contribution in addition to the existing rate of employers contribution of 8.33 per cent. Any follow-up action would arise only after consideration by CBT (EPF).

The Union Labour & Employment Minister Shri Mallikarjun Kharge gave this information in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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Monday, December 05, 2011

Processing of files referred to DoP&T for advice/clarification - procedure to be followed.

F.No.20034/2/2010-Estt. (D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 30th November, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject :- Processing of files referred to DoP&T for advice/clarification - procedure to be followed.

   The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 13th August, 2010 (copy enclosed) prescribing procedure to be followed for processing of files referred to this Department for advice/clarification. Despite these instructions, a large number of references especially relating to Court Cases are being received without following the prescribed procedure.

   2. This Department has issued/placed on DoPT’s website (www.persmin.nic.in) revised instructions on personnel matters like timely completion of ACR, holding of DPC, amendment to Recruitment Rules etc. Implementation of time schedule prescribed in each of these instructions is likely to reduce procedural delays, thereby reducing grievances and litigations and also streamline manpower management. It has been observed that these instructions are not being implemented in true spirit thereby contributing to procedural delays/grievances and litigations.

   3. It has also been observed that the files relating to Court Cases are referred to this Department at the last moment leaving very little time for processing of the case. Most of the time, issues on which this Department’s advice is sought is not indicated clearly which add to further delays. All the Ministries/Departments are advised to follow the procedure prescribed in this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 13.08.2010 while referring the file to this Department for advice/clarifications. To facilitate processing of Court Cases, the following procedure should invariably be followed by all referring Departments/ Ministries. The referring note should invariably indicate:-

(i) brief history and fact of the case;

(ii) relief sought by petitioner/applicant;

(iii) Earlier advice/opinion of DOP&T/DOLA in the matter;

(iv) stand taken by Department before Court/CAT;

(v) Opinion of the Government Counsel on the Court/CAT order;

(vi) operative part of the judgement/direction;

(vii) action proposed to be taken by Department;

(viii) present rule position and specific point on which advice/ opinion of DoP&T is sought.

   4. Attention is also drawn to DOPT’s O.M. No. 20036/23/88-Estt.(D) dated 6th January, 1989 and Department of Expenditure’s O.M. No. 7(32)-E-III/92 dated 24th May, 1993 with respect to procedure to be followed while defending Government in Court cases. The proposals received after 31st December, 2011 which do not follow the procedure prescribed as above would not get adequate time for proper examination and the concerned Ministry/Department will be held responsible for delays resulting in adverse Court orders.

(Virender Singh)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source: www.persmin.nic.in
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Sunday, December 04, 2011

EPFO may fix minimum pension for members at Rs 1,000 per month

 Retirement fund body EPFO is mulling over fixation of the minimum pension for its subscribers at Rs 1,000 per month and the issue will be discussed by its trustees at their next meeting on December 23.

"The EPFO's apex decision-making body, the Central Board of Trustees headed by the Labour Minister, will take call on the proposal to fix minimum pension at Rs 1,000 per month for its subscribers in a meeting on December 23," a source privy to the development said.

According to EPFO data, as of March 31, 2010, there are 35 lakh pensioners subscribed to the retirement fund body, of which 14 lakh persons get a monthly pension of less than Rs 500.

The number of EPFO pensioners getting a monthly pension of Rs 1,000 is 7 lakh. The data reveals that there are cases where pensioners are getting a monthly pension as low as Rs 12 and Rs 38.

"In the present scenario, when the cost of living has gone up due to high inflation, the minimum pension should not be less than Rs 2,000 per month," suggested Hind Mazdoor Sabha Secretary A D Nagpal.

He pointed out, "Even the senior citizen pension ranges from Rs 400 to Rs 1,000 per month across the states without any contribution."

Although the representatives of employers and employees have agreed on fixing the minimum pension at Rs 1,000 per month, there is no decision on the means of raising the additional fund requirement.

As per estimates, the decision will require an additional contribution of 0.63 per cent of subscribers' basic pay and dearness allowance.

The hike in contribution will be over-and-above the 8.33 per cent contributed by employers toward the pension account of employees, as well as the 1.16 per cent provided by the government under the scheme.

If the government decides to bear the extra cost, then an amendment to the Employees' Pension Scheme (EPS) would be needed.

"It is possible trustees may decided on sharing of additional burden equally by government, employees and employers," a trustee said.

Furthermore, the CBT is likely to discuss the proposal to issue pass books to subscribers on the lines of banking services for certain categories of workers, particularly construction labourers.

The EPFO has subscriber base of over 4.71 crore and manages a corpus of Rs 3.5 lakh crore.

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Friday, December 02, 2011

National Pension Scheme offers investors a low-cost avenue to save for retirement

Does retirement planning mean simply putting surplus funds into a well-guarded piggy bank and never looking at it till one reaches the age of 60? How should an investor plan his/her retirement through regular investments or via cautious savings?

And the bigger question: why should I sacrifice today to fend for tomorrow? These are never-ending questions, with no definite answers. The key point to understand is that proactive investors can make judicious investment decisions throughout their life span to create a savings pool, which comes handy post retirement.

Irrespective of the lifestyle, work profile or financial commitments, it is imperative that an investor has a strong corpus to finance his/her post-retirement needs. Building such a corpus calls for meticulous planning on the part of investors, that, too, across their lifespan.

The National Pension Scheme (NPS) provides investors across age groups (18-55) a lowcost avenue to do financial planning. Under NPS, an investor can start with an amount of Rs 6,000 annually and at the same time take exposure to multiple asset classes. The scheme would invest via professional fund managers and also provide tax benefits.

The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) opened this scheme for the general public in 2009. Having been in existence for over two years, the performance so far reflects that NPS has delivered returns higher than traditional saving instruments like corporate bond funds and government securities funds.

If this performance continues over longer time frames, then it can help generate sizeable corpus for retirement savings. Such performance clearly indicates the usefulness of the scheme to generate higher inflation-adjusted returns for a safe and secure retired life.

NPS is a savings-cum-investment alternative, which gives investors the best of both worlds. While it offers investors flexibility in terms of the amount they wish to invest, it also gives them an opportunity to diversify investments into different streams. Investors, based on their risk-bearing capacity, have the discretion to allocate funds towards any of three asset classes . E (equity), C (corporate bond fund) and G (government securities fund).

The risk-return tradeoff is as follows: E - high risk and high returns; C - medium risk, moderate returns; G - low risk, low returns Investors can seek a choice of six fund managers to make their investments as well as switch across fund managers.

This ensures an element of competition between fund managers and helps the scheme generate market-linked returns. Investors can either choose the asset class/classes they want to invest in the desired proportion or choose the auto choice or lifecycle fund scheme by default.

Here, at the lowest entry age (18 years), the asset allocation would be 50% in E, 30% in C and 20% in G till the investor turns 35. The ratio of investment in E and C will then decrease annually, while the proportion of G will rise. At 55 years, G will account for 80% of the corpus, while the share of E and C will fall to 10% each.

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29 Central Ministries/Deptts to be covered under e-Office in 2011-12

V. Narayanasamy Inaugurates Workshop on e-Office
A Workshop on e-Office for Nodal Officers and project teams of implementing Ministries/Departmentswas held in New Delhi today. e-Office is a Mission Mode Project under the National e-Governance Plan which has been assigned to the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DAR&PG). The Workshop was organized by DAR&PG and NIC with the objective to sensitize the Nodal Officers and project teams of user Ministries/ Departments on e-Office implementation aspects.

The workshop was inaugurated by Shri V. Narayanasamy, Minister of State, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and the PMO. On the occasion, the Minister also released a handbook titled ‘e-Office Framework – A way forward for the Government’. In his remarks Shri Narayanasamy said that e-government is the way out to ensure effective and faster public service delivery system to which the Government is committed.  This, he said, increases transparency and openness in the office working.  The Minister said that the Government is planning to bring Electronic Delivery of Services Bill to further facilitate and smooth transition towards e-office at all levels.

The Minister said that Central Ministries and Departments should be pioneer in implementing e-office project and whatever put extra effort to make it a reality at the earliest. The Minister felt that further improvements need to brought in e-office and e-governance projects.  Training at all levels has to be imparted so that the dream of paperless office can be realized.  With a view of ensure that implementation of e-office is not unduly delayed, the Minister suggested that a timeframe should be put in place.

Secretary, DAR&PG, Shri R.C. Misra in his remarks said that 27 mission mode projects are part of e-governance.  He said that the Department has plans to facilitate implementation of e-office in 12 Ministries during this financial year and in 29 Ministries for the next year.  By the end of the 12th Five Year Plan, all the Central Ministries and Departments are proposed to be covered under the e-office scheme.

DDG (NIC), Dr. Y.K. Sharma gave an overview of e-office applications.  He said that the Department is ready on infrastructure side and has a stable and robust technology available and is in Place to carry out the e-office implementation.

Two major components of e-office are:

i)  Moving files electronically which is known as e-file and

ii) other issues related to office management like budget management, personnel information system, knowledge management, leave management, tour management and messaging management etc.

The broad objectives of e-Office are:

·         Improve efficiency, consistency, quality and effectiveness of government responses

·         Reduce turnaround time and to meet the demands of the citizens’ charter

·         Establish transparency and accountability, and

·         Provide cost effective e-storage facility in an environment and eco-friendly manner

DARPG has also finalized the Central Secretariat Manual of e-Office Procedure (e-Manual) which enables working in an e-Office environment. The e-Manual is based on the existing Central Secretariat Manual of Office Procedure. The e-Manual will be circulated to all Ministries/ Departments soon.

In November 2010, DAR&PG had formulated and circulated Change Management strategy and Business Process Re-engineering framework, which will be useful to the Ministries/ Departments during implementation of e-Office.

NIC presented an online demonstration of e-Office application and clarified the queries of the officers of participating Ministries/ Departments. The workshop concluded successfully having achieved its objective of capacity building on e-Office.

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Thursday, December 01, 2011

Creation of New Grade NFSG for UDC

The Government has created a new grade Non-Functional Selection Grade (NFSG) for UDC in the grade pay of Rs. 4200/- in Pay Band-2 in Central Secretarial clerical Services (CSES). The pay of the employees of the State government is the subject matter of the State concerned and it is not in the purview of the Central Government to issue any instruction in this regard.

Till the year 1995, the Lower Division clerks (LDCs) for Delhi Administration/NCT of Delhi were recruited through Staff Selection Commission (SSC) as and when requisitioned by the Delhi Government along with other indenting organisations. Upper Division Clerk (UDC) in CSCS is a promotional post for LDC.

This was stated by Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and PMO Shri V. Narayanasamy in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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TAMILNADU govt increases DA for transport employees

State govt increases DA for transport employees

Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday announced a 7% hike in dearness allowance (DA) for transport corporation employees with effect from July one, 2011.

The decision will benefit more than one lakh employees in the eight government transport corporations. An official release said the DA for government employees, teachers and pensioners had been increased from 51% to 58% on a par with their central government counterparts in October.

So, chief minister J Jayalalithaa ordered that DA for the employees of state transport corporations also be enhanced. She said the arrears of enhanced DA would be paid in cash to the transport employees in one instalment.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

AICPIN FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 2011

All India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrialworkers on Base 2001=100 for the Month of October, 2011
All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of October, 2011 increased by 1 point and stood at 198 (one hundred & ninety eight) .

During October, 2011, the index recorded maximum increase of 8 points in Darjeeling centre, 7 points in Yamunanagar centre, 6 points each in Hyderabad and Tiruchirapally centres, 5 points in 5 centres, 4 points in 7 centres, 3 points in 14 centres, 2 points in 18 centres and 1 point in 19 centres. The index decreased by 3 points in Mysore centre, 2 points each in Ernakulam, Lucknow, Kolkata and Guwahati centres and 1 point in Mundakkayam centre, while in the remaining 5 centres the index remained stationary.

The maximum increase of 8 points in Darjeeling  centre is mainly on account of increase in the prices of Masur Dal, Mustard Oil, Garlic, Chillies Green, Vegetable items, Refined Liquor, Firewood, Kerosene Oil, Clothing & Footwear items, etc. The increase of 7 points in Yamunanagar centre is mainly due to increase in the prices of Rice, Wheat Atta, Poultry (Chicken), Fresh Milk, Pure Ghee, Vegetable & Fruit items, Firewood, Barber Charges, etc. The increase of 6 points in Hyderabad centre is due to increase in the prices of  Rice, Groundnut Oil, Goat Meat, Poultry (Chicken), Garlic, Tamarind, Vegetable & Fruit items, Tea (Readymade), Electricity Charges, Clothing & Footwear items, Medicine (Allopathic & Homeopathic), Petrol, Washing Soap, Tailoring Charges, etc. The increase of 6 points in Tiruchirapally centre is due to increase in the prices of  Rice, Fish Fresh, Garlic, Vegetable & Fruit items, Sugar, Flower/Flower Garlands, etc. The decrease of 3 points in Mysore centre is the outcome of decrease in the prices of Rice, Wheat, Onion, Kerosene Oil, Clothing items, etc. The decrease of 2 points each in Ernakulam, Lucknow, Kolkata and Guwahati centres is due to decrease in the prices of Rice, Wheat, Coconut Oil, Fish Fresh, Sugar, Kerosene oil, etc.
The indices in respect of the six major centres are as follows :

1. Ahmedabad
195

 2. Bangalore
198

3. Chennai
178

 4. Delhi
184

5. Kolkata
191

6. Mumbai
201

The All-India (General) point to point rate of inflation for the month of October, 2011 is 9.39% as compared to 10.06% in September, 2011. Inflation based on Food Index is 8.72% in October, 2011 as compared to 8.29% in September, 2011.

The CPI-IW for November, 2011 will be released on the last working day of the next month, i.e. 30th December, 2011.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Compassionate employment: HC relief for destitute

The Madurai bench of the Madras high court has come to the rescue of a destitute girl who has sought employment on compassionate grounds with the state transport corporation.

One S Mareeswari's father was working as conductor in the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation, Virudhunagar region, and after serving as permanent conductor for about 20 years, he died on 1995 due to an illness, leaving behind her, her mother and sister with 80% disability. Unfortunately, her mother also passed away the next year.

When her father died, Mareeswari was aged seven and studying in school. Under these circumstances, she and her sister were left in the lurch.

On seeing their plight, a friend of their family voluntarily came forward to take care of them.

As she was a minor then, she applied for compassionate appointment only in 2008. The transport corporation insisted that she produce proof such as community certificate and ration card in support of her candidature. But in view of the fact that the petitioner was not able to obtain ration card, community certificate and residential proof, she submitted affidavits issued by a notary public. However, she was not given compassionate appointment on the ground that she had failed to produce relevant documents. Hence, she petitioned the court.

In view of these difficulties faced by Mareeswari, her counsel R Ramasamy prayed to the court to issue a direction to the transport corporation to provide compassionate appointment to his client without insisting upon submission of ration card, community certificate or employment and property certificates.

He further said this was a special case where the petitioner, after the death of her parents, was being taken care of by a well-wisher as there was no other family friend to help her.

Allowing her petition, Justice T Raja directed the transport corporation to consider her case sympathetically without insisting upon other documents. Pointing out that since the legal heir certificate issued by the tahsildar in1997 certified that Mareeswari was the daughter of deceased Sundaram, and with her sister also giving a certificate relinquishing her right to claim compassionate appointment, the judge said, "There may not be any impediment for the transport corporation in considering her case."

Justice Raja further directed the transport corporation to provide compassionate appointment on the basis of the documents submitted by the petitioner earlier, within a period of eight weeks with an undertaking from the petitioner to produce all relevant documents within one year from the date of joining duty.

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