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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Revision of Pension under PF Scheme

The pension on fixed rates is provided to the employees retiring under the Provident Fund (PF) scheme.

The Central Government had constituted an Expert Committee for reviewing the Employees Pension Scheme, 1995 entirely including revision of Pension. The Expert Committee submitted its report to the Central Government on 5th August, 2010 and the recommendations of the Committee were placed before the Central Board of Trustees, Employees’ Provident Fund [CBT (EPF)] for consideration on 15th September, 2010. The CBT (EPF) directed that the report be first considered by the Pension Implementation Committee (PIC). The PIC has since finalized its report and sent it to Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation for placing it before the CBT (EPF) for taking a final decision in the matter.

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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Friday, November 25, 2011

Written Part Result of NDA & Naval Academy Exam (Ii) 2011 Announced

The Union Public Service Commission has announced the results of written part of the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (II) 2011 held by the UPSC in August 2011. Interviews will be held by the Services Selection Board of the Ministry of Defence for admission to Army, Navy and Air Force Wings of the National Defence Academy for the 128thCourse and Naval Academy for the 90th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) commencing from June 30, 2012.

The candidature of all the candidates whose roll numbers are shown in the list is provisional.  In accordance with the conditions of their admission to the examination, they are required to produce original certificates of Age and Educational Qualification at the time of Services Selection Board (SSB) interview.  The candidates must not send the original certificates to the UPSC. The mark-sheets of the candidates, who have qualified, shall be available on the Commission’s website within fifteen days(after concluding SSB Interviews) and will remain available on the website for a period of sixty(60) days.

Candidates may obtain any information/clarification during working hours in person or over telephone No.011-23385271, 011-23381125 and 011-23098543. The result is available on PIB website i.e www.pib.nic.in and also on the UPSC website i.e. www.upsc.gov.in.

Click here to see NDA Result on the Merit Basis

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Pending Vigilance Certificate/Major-Minor Penalty Certificate & APAR Certificate for preparation of panel of PPS

Most Immediate

No.5/26/2010-CS.II
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, New Delhi
Dated the 23rd November, 2011.

Office Memorandum

Subject:- Pending Vigilance Certificate/Major-Minor Penalty Certificate & APAR Certificate for preparation of panel of PPS for the Select List year, 2010 - reg.

   Reference is invited to this Deptt’s OMs of even number dated 11/8/2011, 23/9/2011, 24/10/2011 & 2/11/2011 wherein cadre units were requested to send the Vigilance Clearance & Major/Minor penalty certificate for the last 10 years in respect of PPS (ad-hoc)/PSs who are likely to be in the zone of consideration for regular promotion to the grade of PPS for the select List Year 2010. Cadre Units/Individuals concerned were also requested to certify that the APAR/ACR for the year 2008-2009 has been seen by the concerned officer and the officer has nothing to represent against the final grading given by the Reporting Officer.

   2. Despite above mentioned reminders and lapse of considerable time, some of the cadre units/individuals, as per the enclosed Annexure, are yet to furnish the information, which is required to be forwarded to UPSC for preparation of panel of PPS for SL year 2010. All cadres units/concerned individuals are, therefore, requested to send the requisite information and also contact the retired officers for obtaining the APAR certificate urgently and latest by 25th November 2011 to this Department, failing which this Department would be constraint to forward the proposal to UPSC excluding names of the officers mentioned in the Annexure.

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(Rajiv Manjhi)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt of India
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Post office savings,PPF to fetch better returns from Dec 1

PPF account holders, small depositors and persons keeping money in the schemes operated by post offices, will get higher rate of return from December 1, 2011.

The government today notified increase in interest rates on public provident fund (PPF) to 8.6 per cent from 8 per cent now, and also raised ceiling on annual contributions to the fund to Rs one lakh from Rs 70,000.

Interest rates on savings account in post offices would also go up to 4 per cent from 3.5 per cent at present. Similarly, interest rates on deposits of other maturities too would be raised from December.

Further, the sale of Kisan Vikas Patras (KVP) will be discontinued from November 30. There was an apprehension about KVP, which was kind of a bearer instrument, that it was used for money laundering.

In addition, the maturity period of monthly investment schemes (MIS) and national savings certificates would be reduced from six to five years.

MIS would earn an interest of 8.2 per cent, but accounts opened on/after December 1 would not be entitled for bonus.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Reforms in Teachers Education

The Government and the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) have held extensive consultations with the State Governments, Universities and other stakeholders for initiating reforms in the teacher education system in the country, and have received suggestions for revision in the Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Teacher Education, teacher qualification norms, development of a national framework on teacher education, amendments in the NCTE Regulations on recognition norms and procedures, development of syllabus and curriculum and evaluation procedure for various teacher education courses, etc. Several initiatives have been taken for reforming the teacher education system, including development of a new National Curriculum Framework on Teacher Education, development of ‘model’ syllabus for various teacher education courses, laying down minimum qualifications for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher in class I-VIII, initiating the process of revision of the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Teacher Education, development of strategies for training of untrained teachers, etc.

The reform initiatives have received positive response from the State Governments, Universities, examination Boards and other stakeholders.

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

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Result of NDA & Naval Academy Exam (I) 2011 Announced

 The Union Public Service Commission has announced the results of National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Exam (I) 2011 on the basis of the results of written examination held by UPSC in April 2011 and the interviews held by the Services Selection Board of the Ministry of Defence. The examination was held for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force Wings of National Defence Academy for the 127th Course and Naval Academy for the  89th  Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) commencing from 30th December, 2011.

            The list contains names of 580 candidates. There are some common candidates in the three lists for Army/Navy, Air Force and Naval Academy.  The number of vacancies as intimated by the Government of India is 335 (195 for the Army, 039 for the Navy, 066 for the Air Force and 035 for the Naval Academy for the 89th (INAC).

The result of Medical Examination of candidates has not been taken into account in preparing the merit list. The candidature of all the candidates is provisional.

Candidates may obtain any information/clarification during working hours in person or over telephone No.011-23385271, 011-23381125 and 011-23098543. The result is available on PIB website i.e www.pib.nic.in and also on the UPSC website i.e. www.upsc.gov.in.  However, marks of the candidates will be available on the website after 30 days from the date of declaration of final results.


Click here to see result on merit basis

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Appointment on Fake Caste Certificates

As per information received from various Ministries/ Departments etc. 1832 appointments were allegedly secured on the basis of fake/false caste certificates, details of which, along with the action taken thereon. The Central Government had requested Ministries/Departments etc. to give information about appointments made on the basis of fake/ false caste certificates on 28.01.2010.

The Government instructions provide that an appointing authority should verify the caste status of SC/ST/OBC candidates at the time of initial appointment. They also provide that if a person has secured appointment on the basis of a false certificate, he should not be retained in service. In addition, the Government may also prosecute such a person.

Chief Secretaries of States/Union Territories have been requested to issue instructions to the District Magistrates/District Collectors/Deputy Commissioners of the districts to the effect that when asked to verify the veracity etc. of caste certificates, they should ensure at their own level that veracity of the caste/community certificate referred to the district authorities is verified and reported to the appointing authority within one month of receipt of request from such authority. In order to rule out collusion between candidates holding false/forged certificate and employees at the district level or sub-district level, disciplinary proceedings maybe initiated against officers who default in timely verification of caste status in such cases or issue false certificates.

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

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Job Highlights in Employment News

Job Highlights (19 NOVEMBER 2011 - 25 NOVEMBER 2011)

1. Staff Selection Commission (Western Region) invites applications for various posts.

2. Rajasthan Gramin Bank, Alwar requires Officers Middle Management (Scale-II), Officer Junior Management (Scale-I) and Office Assistants.

3. Rewa Sidhi Gramin Bank invites applications for appointment as Officer MMG Scale-III, Officer MMG Scale-II, Officer JMG Scale-I and Office Assistants.

4. Parliament of India invites applications for various posts.

5. CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur requires Scientists and Senior Scientist.

6. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, Jagdishpur requires Junior Workers in Ceramic Trade.

7. Employees’ State Insurance Corporation, New Delhi requires Professors and Associate Professors.

8. Employees’ State Insurance Corporation PGIMSR and Model Hospital, Bangalore requires Para-Medical Staff.

9. East Coast Railway invites applications for recruitment against Sports Quota.

10. Central University of Bihar invites applications for appointment on non-teaching posts-Group ’A’.

11. Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, Bhavnagar requires Scientists.

12.Hindustan Organic Chemicals Limited, Kochi invites applications for various posts.

13. The Indian Navy invites applications from unmarried male candidates to joint the prestigious Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala 10+2 Cadet (B.Tech) Entry Scheme.

Source: Employmentnews
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Monday, November 21, 2011

FRESH EMPANELMENT OF PRIVATE HOSPITALS AND DIAGNOSTIC CENTRES AND REVISION OF PACKAGE RATES APPLICABLE UNDER CGHS BANGALORE, BHOPAL, KANPUR, JABALPUR, MUMBAI, HYDERABAD, DELHI AND PUNE.

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 16th November, 2011.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Fresh empanelment of private hospitals and diagnostic centres and revision of package rates applicable under CGHS BANGALORE, BHOPAL, KANPUR, JABALPUR, MUMBAI, HYDERABAD, DELHI AND PUNE.

   The undersigned is directed to invite reference to this Ministry’s Office Memoranda of even number dated the 8th December 2010 and the l9th January 2011 vide which continuous empanelment scheme has been initiated under CGHS, BANGALORE, BHOPAL, KANPUR, JABALPUR, MUMBAI, HYDERABAD, DELHI AND PUNE for treating CGHS beneficiaries. The CGHS rates applicable have already been notified and are available on CGHS website. Three rates were notified, one for super-specialty hospitals, the second for hospitals that were accredited with the NABH and the third for hospitals not accredited with the NABH.

   2. The undersigned is directed to enclose further list of hospitals and diagnostic centres, under the categories mentioned in the application for continuous empanelment and tender document that have conveyed their acceptance of the CGHS rates notified under different CGHS Cities and have signed the Memorandum of Agreement with CGHS and have also furnished the appropriate performance bank guarantee. These hospitals and diagnostic centres are now taken as included in the list of approved hospitals for empanelment under CGHS, BANGALORE, BHOPAL, KANPUR, JABALPUR, MUMBAI, HYDERABAD, DELHI AND PUNE.

   3. It has now been decided that in the list of hospitals and diagnostic centres enclosed, and have now been approved under the fresh empanelment procedure and have now signed the fresh Memorandum of Agreement and submitted the appropriate performance guarantee will be eligible to treat CGHS beneficiaries and charge at the revised rates with effect from the date of issue of this Office Memorandum. The empanelment shall be for a period of one year or till next empanelment, whichever is earlier.

   4. This Office Memorandum and the rates applicable under CGHS for hospitals and diagnostic centres can be downloaded from the website of CGHS, http://msotransparent.nic.in/cghsnew/index.asp

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[Jai Prakash]
Under Secretary to Government of India

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Changes in Tatkal booking from Nov 21

The new Tatkal booking scheme in which the train reservation period has been reduced to one day from two days will come into effect from Monday.

Besides, other changes to facilitate availability of Tatkal scheme to bonafide passengers will be applicable from that day as part of the measures decided by railways to prevent misuse of the facility.

As per the decision, the restriction period for agents is being extended from one hour to two hours (8 am to 10 am) and there will be no refund on confirmed Tatkal tickets except during cancellation of trains and late running of trains.

"It was necessary to make changes in Tatkal scheme as there were many complaints against Tatkal bookings. We had to take some steps to prevent its misuse. All these changes will be effective within a week," Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi had said earlier while announcing the changes in the system.

Tatkal reservation period was reduced from 48 hours to 24 hours to prevent its misuse by unscrupulous elements who resort to speculative booking.

Tatkal tickets will be sold only on production of the identity proof and there shall be only four passengers per PNR for Tatkal tickets.

According to the changed system, no duplicate Tatkal tickets shall be issued now and it would be done only in exceptional cases on payment of full fare including Tatkal charges.

Cameras will be installed at the ticket counters to maintain a stricter vigilance.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination, 2011 -RESULT ANNOUNCED- UPSC

Written Part Result of SCRA Exam, 2011 Announced

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced the results of the written part of the Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination, 2011 held by U.P.S.C. in July 2011 the candidates with the under mentioned Roll Numbers have qualified for Interview/Personality Test.

The candidature of these candidates is PROVISIONAL subject to their being found eligible in all respects.  The candidates would be required to produce the original qualifications, community, physical disability etc. at the time of the Personality Test.  They are, therefore, advised to keep the said certificates ready.

All the qualified candidates are required to fill up the Detailed Application Forms (D.A.F.), available on the Commission’s Website http://www.upsc.gov.in, and submit the same ON LINE. The DAF will be available on the website of the Commission till 30.11.2011. Important instructions regarding filling up of the DAF and submitting the same ON LINE to the Commission are also available on the website.

Interview of candidates who have qualified for the Personality Test are tentatively scheduled to be held during the last week of December, 2011.  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 http://www.upsc.gov.in in due course.

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

“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.

UPSC has a “Facilitation Counter” in its campus where Candidates can obtain any information / clarification regarding their examinations / recruitments during working hours in person or over telephone Nos. 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098543. Result is also  available on  U.P.S.C. website i.e. www.upsc.gov.in.

Roll Nos. of successful candidates are as under:
RESULTS
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Brochure on Reservation for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in Services.

36011/1/2011 -Estt(Res)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated l7th November, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub:- Brochure on Reservation for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in Services.

   The undersigned is directed to say that an updated ‘Brochure on Reservation for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in Services of the Government of India has been posted on this Department’s website www.persmin.nic.in.

   2. It may be recalled that the Government had introduced post based reservation vide this Department’s OM NO. 36012/2/96-Estt(Res) dated 2.7.1997. The OM, however, did not prescribe formats of registers for maintaining reservation on the basis of revised instructions, which have now been prescribed by the Brochure. Part I of the Brochure contains all the provisions on the subject, including reservation registers / reservation roster registers, in a simple and easy to understand style and is complete in itself. Nevertheless, relevant Office Memoranda in Part II thereof may be referred to in case of any doubt.

(Sharad Kumar Srivastava)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

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CENTRAL GOVT APPROVED CHANGES IN PFRDA BILL

Cabinet nod for 26% FDI in pension sector
 The Cabinet on Wednesday approved changes in the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) Bill, which will also pave the way for 26% foreign investment in pension fund management companies, officials said.

The PFRDA bill, which has been pending for long, is now expected to be taken up for approval in the Winter Session of Parliament starting on November 22. Officials said the Cabinet decided there would be no guarantee of assured returns on pension fund schemes. Earlier, the government had released contours of the bill but had side-stepped the issue of foreign investment limit in the sector to avoid any controversy. Even now, the FDI limit will not form part of the bill but will be included in the revised regulations.

Several policymakers and experts had backed the idea of allowing 26% FDI in pension fund management companies, similar to the foreign investment norms in the insurance sector. "The government is of the view that FDI cap in the pension (sector) should be at 26%, at par with the insurance sector. However, it would like to retain the flexibility of changing the cap of FDI as and when required and that is why it has not been kept as part of the bill," an official said.

The legislation, which was introduced in the Lok Sabha on March 24, was sent to the Standing Committee. It was examined by a panel headed by former finance minister Yashwant Sinha. The panel had asked the government to set the FDI cap in the legislation and had suggested providing minimum returns to pension fund subscribers.

Officials said the government has also rejected the suggestion for providing greater flexibility to subscribers to withdraw funds from their accounts. "The flexibility of withdrawals from funds under the pension scheme, however, would be tightened. It would be allowed only in case of genuine needs... It would be considered when the need is critical. It will not be allowed for frivolous reasons," the official said.

The government upheld the panel's suggestion for greater participation of employees and stakeholders in the Pension Advisory Committee. The PFRDA Bill, if approved, will also pave the way for conferring statutory backing to the authority for promotional, developmental and regulatory functions in the pension fund sector. The UPA government has lined up several key legislations for the Winter Session and has reached out to the Opposition parties for their support in getting them approved.

The Manmohan Singh-led government has been on the back foot after a string of scandals emerged since last year. The government expects to get the key bills approved, which would help dispel doubts about its ability to move ahead with reforms. The UPA government has also been trying to raise FDI limit in the insurance sector to 49% from the existing 26% but has met with resistance from Opposition parties. The move has been pending in Parliament for several years now. The National Pension Scheme, launched in January 2004, has nearly 24 lakh subscribers, mostly those employed by the federal government. Employees Provident Fund Organisation subscribers get 9.5% return on their savings.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

GRANT OF HARD AREA ALLOWANCE TO THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

No. 12(4)/2008-E.II (B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, O9th November, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of Hard Area Allowance to the Central Government employees posted  in the Islands of UT of Lakshadweep other than Kavarati & Agati.

            The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry's O.M. No.12(1)/E-II(B)/03 dt. 01-03-2004 on grant of Hard Area allowance to Central Govt. employees posted in Nicobar Group of Islands w.e.f. 01-04-2004 and subsequent O.M. No.12(4)/2008-E.II(B), dated 29th August 2008, extending this allowance to all central Government employees posted in Minicoy in Lakshadweep @ 25% of (basic pay + NPA, where applicable), w.e.f. 01-09-2008 which was accepted by the Govt. based on the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission and to say that the proposal to also extend Hard Area Allowance in Islands other than Minicoy of UT of Lakshadweep has been under consideration of the Government for some time.

2.         The President is now pleased to decide that Central Government employees posted in Kiltan, Andrott, Kalpeni, Chetlat, Kadmat, Amini and Bithra Islands of Lakshadweep shall be paid Hard Area Allowance @ 15% of (basic pay + NPA, where applicable), on the existing terms & conditions.

3.         These order shall take effect from the date of issue.

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

5. Hindi version Is attached.

( Madhulika P.Sukul)
Joint Secretary to the Government of India

Combined Defence Services Exam(I) 2011 Results Announced-UPSC

 The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced the final results of Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2011 held in February 2011 and SSB interviews held by Service Selection Board of the Ministry of Defence for admission to (i) 132nd Course of Indian Military Academy-Dehradun (ii) Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala and (iii) 191st Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (Pre-Flying) Training Course. There are some common candidates in the three lists for various courses.

The number of vacancies as indicated by the Government is 250 for Indian Military Academy (including 32 vacancies reserved for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Army Wing) holders), 40 for Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala (2 for Hydro/38 for Executive General Service) (including 06 vacancies reserved for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Naval Wing) holders) and 32 for Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (Pre-flying) Training Course.

The result of Medical Examination of candidates have not been taken into account in preparing the merit list. Verification of date of birth and educational qualifications of these candidates is still under process by the Army Headquarters. The candidature of all these candidates are, therefore, provisional on this score. Candidates are requested to forward their certificates, in original, in support of Date of Birth/Educational Qualification etc., certificates claimed by them, alongwith Photostat attested copies thereof to Army Headquarters/Naval Headquarters/Air Headquarters, as per their choice. In case, there is any change of address, the candidates are advised to promptly intimate directly to the Army Headquarters/Naval Headquarters/Air Headquarters.

UPSC has a “Facilitation Counter” in its campus where Candidates can obtain any information / clarification regarding their examinations / recruitments during working hours in person or over telephone Nos. 23385271 / 23381125 / 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.

click here to see Result in order of merit
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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Delhi govt sanctions 13,000 posts of teachers

Delhi government has sanctioned creation of about 13,000 new posts of teachers for schools run by it besides planning to set up more schools for effective implementation of the Right To Education Act.

This was announced by Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely while launching a year-long 'Shiksha Ka Haq Abhiyan' campaign to create awareness about the RTE Act which provides for free and compulsory education to all children between age of 6 and 14 years.

Launcing the campaign, he said Delhi government has approved the Delhi Right of children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules 2011 and the same will soon be notified in the Gazette for full implentation of provisions of RTE Act.

Lovely said government plans to set up more schools in the city to cater to growing needs and for effective implementation of the RTE Act.

He said the plan is to make available one school for classes between one to five within a radius of one kilometer and in case of students in classes of VI to VIII a school would be established within a radius of three kms.

He said no child would be denied admission in Delhi. Lovely said all government and government-aided schools would will have a school management committee to prepare school development plan which will assess class-wise enrolment, requirement of teachers as well as infrastructure.

Courtesy:ET

Interest rates on post office saving schemes increased

In a bonanza to millions of small savers, the government today increased interest rates on deposit schemes offered by post offices, like savings account, Monthly Income Scheme and Public Provident Fund.

While post office savings accounts (POSA) will fetch 4 per cent interest, up from 3.5 per cent, the Monthly Income Scheme (MIS) and the Public Provident Fund (PPF) will earn an interest of 8.2 per cent and 8.6 per cent respectively, a government release said.

The maximum increase is in the one-year fixed deposits-- from 6.25 per cent to 7.7 per cent. The interest rate on other time maturities has been hiked as well.

The new rates will be applicable from the date of notification which will be announced soon.

The decision to hike interest rates, which is in line with the recommendations of Shyamala Gopinath Committee, will make small savings schemes more attractive and returns would be in sync with market rates.

The government, however, decided to discontinue the Kisan Vikas Patras (KVPs) and lowered the maturity period for MIS and NSCs to five years from existing six years.

It also introduced the National Savings Scheme (NSC) with 10-year maturity.

The annual investment ceiling in PPF savings has been increased to Rs one lakh from the present limit of Rs 70,000, but it would be costlier to obtain loans from the savings under as lending rate has been doubled to two per cent.

The government has scraped five per cent bonus on MIS and has also done away with commission for agents on PPF and Senior Citizens Savings Schemes.

Source:ET
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Friday, November 11, 2011

Railway Minister Announces Fresh Measures to Prevent Misuse of Tatkal Travel Scheme

The Minister of Railways Shri Dinesh Trivedi at a press conference here today said that several measures are proposed to be implemented in the next one week or so with a view to prevent misuse of Tatkal scheme by agents/unscrupulous elements by the activities during opening hours of the reservation counters:. These measures announced by him are as follows:-

                                            i.      The advance reservation period of Tatkal scheme should be reduced from two days at present to one day excluding the day of journey from the train originating station.  For example, if train is to depart from the originating station on the second of the month, the Tatkal quota for that particular train shall open at 0800 hours on the first of the month.

                                          ii.      There shall be no refund on confirmed Tatkal tickets subject to the exceptions such as cancellation of trains, late running of trains, etc.  This is proposed on account of the following reasons :-

        Advance reservation period of Tatkal is very short i.e. approximately one day.  It is expected that the passenger would have a firm programme of travel before booking the Tatkal ticket.

·        To prevent misuse of Tatkal ticket by unscrupulous elements by resorting to speculative booking.

                                        iii.      No duplicate Tatkal tickets shall be issued. Duplicate Tatkal tickets shall be issued only in exceptional cases on payment of full fare including Tatkal charges.

                                        iv.      Tatkal tickets shall be sold only on production of one of the eight prescribed Identity cards as proof of identity.  For this purpose, a self attested photo copy of the identity card on which the passenger(s) proposes to travel shall be attached to the requisition slip.  The details of the identity proof shall be captured by the system and indicated on the reserved tickets as well on the chart. It will not be mandatory for the passengers to go to the counter to book the Tatkal ticket, however, the proof will have to be sent in the aforementioned manner.  During the journey, the passenger will have to produce original proof of identity indicated on the ticket. In future, when AADHAAR is operational, the issue of Tatkal tickets will be linked to AADHAAR.

                                          v.      Agents / RTSAs shall be restricted from the booking Tatkal tickets at the counters between 0800 hrs. and 1000 hrs. This restriction shall be enforced through frequent inspection at the counters. The agents both web service agents and web agents shall also be restricted from booking Tatkal tickets on the internet between 0800 hrs. and 1000 hrs.

                                        vi.      Even for internet booking for Tatkal tickets, the passenger shall enter the identity proof type and number, which is to be used for travel.  These details shall be printed on the ERS as well as the chart for Tatkal tickets.

                                      vii.      There shall be only four passengers per PNR for Tatkal tickets.

                                    viii.      The web services agents of IRCTC will be permitted to book only one Tatkal ticket per train per day on the internet.

                                        ix.      Cameras will be installed at the ticket counters for maintaining stricter surveillance.

Source:pib
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EPF dues have priority over secured creditors’ debt: SC

 In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court has ruled that from now on, recovery of employees' provident fund (EPF) dues from a company under liquidation would get priority over repaying loans to secured creditors.

A bench of Justices G S Singhvi and H L Dattu said though Parliament, while inserting Section 529A in the Companies Act in 1985, did not declare workmen's dues as first charge, given the provisions of EPF Act, it could not be interpreted that secured creditors would get priority over provident fund obligations of the employer.

However, the apex court bench clarified that other dues of employees cannot get precedence over debt of secured creditors once the employees' provident fund commitments are met.

Source:TOI
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Revision of Pension of pre and post-1986 pensioners/family pensioners-DP&PW

No.45/86/97-P&PW (A)-Part-III
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi 110 003

Dated 9th November, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:-Implementation of Governments decision on the recommendations of the 5th Central Pay Commission — Revision of Pension of pre and post-1986 pensioners/family pensioners etc — Consideration of application for revision of pension/family pension.

   The undersigned is directed to refer to this Departments OM of even number dated 21.12. 2006 wherein the date of submission of applications for revision of pension/family pension w.e f 1.1.1996 of pre-1986 pensioners/family pensioners in terms of this Departments O M No.45/86/97-P&PW(A)-Part III dated 10.02 1998 was extended up to 31.12.2007. It was also decided to extend the date of submission of applications for revision of pension/family pension w.e.f. 1 1.1996 of pre-1996 pensioners/family pensioners with reference to this Department’s OM No. 45/86/97- P&PW(A)-Part IV dated 08.05.1998 read with OM dated 30.9.1998 and dated 17.12 1998 for submission of applications by the pensioners/family pensioners covered under these OMs up to 31.12.2007

   2. In spite of extension of deadline for submission of application from time to time, there may be a few pensioners/family pensioners who could not submit application for revision of pension/family pension w,e.f 1.1.1996 under the above mentioned orders Some pensioner associations have requested for extending the date for submission of applications beyond 31.12.2007 in such cases. The matter was discussed in the 20th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) It has now been decided that in case any pre-1996 pensioner/family pensioner submits an application for revision of pension/family pension in terms of the orders mentioned in para 1 above the same may be considered and pension/family pension may be revised w.e.f. 1.1.1996 without insisting on any deadline for this purpose.

   3 Ministry of Agriculture etc. are requested to bring the contents of these orders to the notice of heads of Departments/Controller of Accounts. Pay and Accounts Officer and attached and Subordinate Offices under them on top priority basis All Pension Disbursing Authorities are also advised to prominently display these orders on their notice boards for the benefit of the pensioners/family pensioners.

(Harjit Singh)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source: www.circulars.nic.in
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Revision of PPOs of pre—2006 family pensioners-DP&PW

No.1/20/2011 -P&PW(E)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare

Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market,
New Delhi, the lst November, 2011.

Office Memorandum

Sub:- Revision of PPOs of pre—2006 family pensioners — regarding.

   The undersigned is directed to refer to Secretary (Pension)’s d.o. letter No.42/68/2009-P&PW(G), dated the 25th May, 2011 and 8th June, 2011 concerning revision of Pension Payment Orders (PPOs) in respect of pre-2006 Pensioners consequent to implementation of 6th CPC recommendations.

   2. It is heartening to learn from replied received the Ministries/ Departments that they are responsive to the needs of Pensioners/Family Pensioners. In the mean while, Central Pension Accounting Office (CPAO) has issued an advertisement, which has been published in the Newspapers on 3rd September, 2011, requesting pre-2006 pensioners/family pensioners to provide prescribed information to the Head of the Department/Office concerned for issue of revised PPOs. In another advertisement published on 15th and l6th September, CPAO has circulated its toll-free telephone number 1800-11-77-88 for registration of grievances. Therefore, all the Ministries/ Departments are requested to seize the opportunity and revise the pre-2006 PPOs at the earliest possible.

   3. It has come to the notice of this Department that the family pensioners are a sufferers lot as the Banks have not revised the family pension in most of the cases and it is being paid either at the pre-revised rates or at the minimum rate of Rs.3500/- per month. Therefore, all Ministries/Departments and PAOs are requested to take up the matter of revision of famil pension as first priority.

(K.K. Mittal)
Director

office memorandum
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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Now, ratings for CBSE schools

 After colleges, it's now schools that will be rated for the facilities they provide. A quality assessment and accreditation scheme introduced by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will cover all aspects of a school's functioning, including curricular and co-curricular activities, infrastructure and so on.

The move will improve the quality of education in schools by providing them an incentive to improve their quality and help them in capacity building, say observers. "We strongly welcome the accreditation scheme as it will be a good benchmark to rate the quality of schools," said N Vijayan, principal and correspondent of the Zion Matriculation School.

"This will encourage healthy competition among schools to improve the quality of their infrastructure and instruction," he said.

Many parents welcome the move. "There is a need for an agency that will monitor whether schools are providing the quality of services that they promise the parents," says Manju Singh, a parent. "The regulatory body should conduct both announced and unannounced visits to the schools to ensure that they are worthy of the rating that they have been given," she adds.

However, there is a worry that higher rankings may make school admissions more difficult. "Today it is very difficult to gain admission to a good CBSE school in Chennai. When such a scheme comes into force, it will become almost impossible to get into a highly ranked school," says Singh. CBSE has prepared criteria for schools that want to get accredited. The accreditation will be first done on a pilot basis.

All CBSE-affiliated schools would be required to get themselves accredited within three to five years after the scheme comes into affect. An expert advisory committee will oversee the implementation of the scheme. The accreditation will be done by agencies other than CBSE, which will assess and accredit schools on the criteria and fees decided and approved by the board.

Courtesy:TOI
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Preparation of Panel for the Select List year, 2010 — regarding.

Most Immediate
No.5/26/2010-CS. II
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, New Delhi
Dated the 2nd November, 2011.

Office Memorandum

Subject:- Preparation of Panel for the Select List year, 2010 — regarding.

   The undersigned is directed to invite attention to this Deptt’s OMs of even number dated 11/8/2011, 23/9/2011 & 24/10/2011 wherein cadre units were requested to send the Vigilance Clearance & Major/Minor penalty certificate for the last 10 years in respect of PPS (Ad-hoc)/PSs who are likely to be considered in the zone of consideration for regular promotion to the grade of PPS for the select List Year 2010. Cadre Units/Individuals concerned were also requested to furnish a certificate certifying that the APAR/ACR for the year 2008-2009 has been seen by the concerned officer and the officer has nothing to represent against the final grading given by the Reporting Officer.

   2. Despite reminders and lapse of considerable time, some of the cadre units (list enclosed) are yet to fully furnish the required information, All the defaulting cadres units are, therefore, requested to send the requisite information urgently to this Department. The concerned Under Secretary may also be directed to attend a meeting in this regard on 4th November, 2011 at 3 P.M. at 2nd Floor, Conference Hall, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market, New Delhi.

(Rajiv Manjhi)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt of India

Source: www.persmin.nic.in
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Sunday, November 06, 2011

SBI officers call off nation-wide strike

The officers' union of State Bank of India (SBI) has called off a two-day nation-wide strike that was to begin on November 8 after the management conceded to some of their demands, a development that comes as a relief to over 14 crore customers of the bank.
   
"The strike has been deferred as understanding on certain issues has been reached with the management," All-India State Bank Officers Federation (AISBOF) General Secretary G D Nadaf said.
   
Keeping in mind the convenience of customers and reputation of the bank, the union decided to defer the two-day countrywide strike, he said, adding that dialogue with the management is still ongoing with respect to the remaining issues.
     
Nadaf claimed that the management has agreed to their demand for adequate compensation to officers working on holidays. The management has also given assurances on issues related to transfers and promotion of staff to officer cadre, he said.
   
The nation's largest lender, which has over 13.60 crore customers, has about 13,560 branches spread across the country.
   
On Saturday, SBI Chairman Pratip Chaudhuri had appealed to the union to withdraw the proposed strike.
   
"We expect and hope that the strike will be called off. We have not estimated our losses on account of the strike yet. More than the loss of money, it will damage the confidence of our customers," he had said.
   
Had the strike not called off, customers of the bank would have faced an outage of branch services for five days, beginning Sunday.
   
While Monday and Thursday are public holidays, banking operations would have been hit on Tuesday and Wednesday due to the strike called by the union.
PTI

Courtesy:Zee news

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BSNL likely to lose 1,600 top managers to telecom dept

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) could soon lose a sizeable chunk of its top managers at the circle-head level as a majority of its 44-odd chief general managers (CGMs) are likely to return to the Telecom Department (DoT).

The circle heads are 'Group A' ITS officers who have been in BSNL for more than a decade on deemed deputation from the DoT.

There are nearly 1,600 Indian Telecom Service (ITS) officers on deemed deputation in BSNL, in the rank of DGM, GM and CGM, who have been asked to take a call by November 4 on whether they wish to return to DoT or be absorbed in BSNL.

Barring a few, a majority of the CGMs are likely to dismiss the BSNL absorption call and opt for repatriation to DoT, a senior executive with direct knowledge of the matter told ET.

Fearing a potential emergency, the BSNL board is working overtime to have a back-up senior management team to ensure zero disruption. The repatriation exercise, however, will not impact BSNL's top deck as four directors and CMD have already been absorbed in the governmentowned telco.

Be that as it may, all leave applications of senior BSNL officers in the rank of DGM and above, beyond November 7, have been cancelled to manage the transition effectively. An official BSNL memo dated November 2, a copy of which is with ET, does not give reasons for such blanket cancellation of leaves.

But two executives familiar with the matter said any fresh leave applications at this stage would entail further updates in the officers' service book records. In the run-up to the potential repatriation of ITS officers to DoT from November 8, BSNL is under strict instructions from the DoT to keep all service books fully updated.

BSNL leadership may reduce the total number of circle heads by clubbing key circles as part of a contingency plan. For instance, Tamil Nadu and Chennai circles may be clubbed and managed by one CGM.

At present, Chennai and Tamil Nadu have distinct circle heads. The same concept may hold for Bihar/Jharkhand, Uttarakhand/UP-West, Madhya Pradesh/Chhattisgarh, West Bengal & Andaman Nicobar Islands and Northeast I & II circles.

Courtesy:ET
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Saturday, November 05, 2011

Fresh empanelment of private hospitals and diagnostic centres and revision of package rates applicable 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 November, 2011.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Fresh empanelment of private hospitals and diagnostic centres and revision of package rates applicable under CGHS ALLAHABAD, BHUBANES WAR,BHOPAL, CHANDIGARH, CHENNAI, DEHRADUN, JABALPUR, JAIPUR, KANPUR,KOLKATA, MUMBAI, MEERUT, NAGPUR, PATNA HYDERABAD and PUNE.

   The undersigned is directed to invite reference to this Ministry’s Office Memoranda of even number dated the 8th December 2011, vide which continuous empanelment scheme has been initiated under CGHS, ALLAHABAD, BHUBANESWAR, BHOPAL, CHANDIGARH, CHENNAI, DEHRADUN, JABALPUR, JAIPUR, KANPUR, KOLKATA, MUMBAI, MEERUT, NAGPUR, PATNA, HYDERABAD and PUNE for treating CGHS beneficiaries. The CGHS rates applicable have already been notified and are available on CGHS website. Three rates were notified, one for super-speciality hospitals, the second for hospitals that were accredited with the NABH and the third for hospitals not accredited with the NABH.

   2. The undersigned is directed to enclose further list of hospitals and diagnostic centres , under the categories mentioned in the application for continuous empanelment and tender document that have conveyed their acceptance of the CGHS rates notified under different CGHS Cities and have signed the Memorandum of Agreement with CGHS and have also furnished the appropriate performance bank guarantee. These hospitals and diagnostic centres are now taken as included in the list of approved hospitals for empanelment under CGHS, ALLAHABAD, BHUBANESWAR, BHOPAL, CHANDIGARH, CHENNAI , DEHRADUN, JABALPUR, JAIPUR, KANPUR, KOLKATA, MUMBAI, MEERUT, NAGPUR, PATNA, HYDERABAD and PUNE.

4. It has now been decided that:

   (i) In the list of hospitals and diagnostic centres enclosed, and have now been approved under the fresh empanelment procedure and have now signed the fresh Memorandum of Agreement and submitted the appropriate performance guarantee will be eligible to treat CGHS beneficiaries and charge at the revised rates with effect from the date of issue of this Office Memorandum;

   (ii) Hospitals and Diagnostic centres that are presently on the panel of CGHS in ALLAHABAD, BHUBANESWAR, BHOPAL, CHANDIGARH, CHENNAI JABALPUR, JAIPUR, KANPUR, KOLKATA, MEERUT, NAGPUR, PATNA HYDERABAD AND PUNE which either did not apply in response to the fresh empanelment process initiated by the CGHS during the second half of 2009, or have not been approved by the CGHS under the fresh empanelment procedure would stand removed from the list of approved hospitals empanelled under CGHS in ALLAHABAD, BHUBANESWAR, BHOPAL, CHANDIGARH, CHENNAI, JABALPUR, JAIPUR, KANPUR, KOLKATA, MEERUT, NAGPUR, PATNA, HYDERABAD AND PUNE w.e.f. 15th November 2011 without any further notice.

   (iii) However the hospitals and diagnostic centres listed at Annexure —II shall continue to be on the panel of CGHS till further orders.

   5. This Office Memoranda and the rates applicable under CGHS for hospitals and diagnostic centres can be downloaded from the website of CGHS, http://msotransparent. nic. in/cghsnew/index.asp

[Jai Prakash]
Under Secretary to Government of India

Source:www.msotransparent.nic.in
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Thursday, November 03, 2011

CBSE to launch four new vocational courses

 To boost vocational education and to make it more scientific and market oriented, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is going to launch four new vocational subjects from 2012. The subjects to be taught from class XI onwards are logistics management, retail management, paramedic and design and will be modular and credit based. The certificate awarded will also specify the specific skill sets the students acquire.

According to CBSE, the new courses to be offered will be based on number of hours and divided over specific modules with each module carrying specific credits. Each module will offer a specific skill set so that even if out of seven modules a student completes four, he/she will have credits for those modules and would have acquired certain skill sets.

"The idea is to make it scientific. The number of hours for the vocational courses can be credited which would help in case a student wants to shift to another course," said CBSE chairman, Vineet Joshi. "Moreover, the new courses will be based on the standards set by the National Skill Development Corporation which is now working on national occupational standards in various areas, which means it is specifying jobs and the necessary corresponding skill sets required," Joshi said.

"The credits will also help these students if they go for higher studies to institutions where credit system is accepted and equivalent credits can be measured," said Joshi.

Meanwhile, according to sources from ministry for human resource development, CBSE will also launch a vocational course in IT from class IX as a pilot project in Haryana from 2012.

Courtesy:TOI
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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2012 -UPSC

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will hold the Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2012 on February 12, 2012 for admission to Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy for the Courses commencing in January 2013 and Officers Training Academy, Chennai for the Courses (Men and Women) commencing in April, 2013.

Candidates are required to apply only through online mode. 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 October 29, 2011. Details are also available on UPSC website i.e .http://www.upsc.gov.in.

Source:pib
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Govt. Prepares Draft Bill on Citizens’ Right to Grievance Redress; Seeks Inputs from Stakeholders

A draft Citizens Right to Grievance Redress Bill 2011 has been prepared and put up in the public domain for suggestions/inputs from the stakeholders. This was informed by the MoS, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and PMO, Shri Narayanasamy in New Delhi today.  The Draft aims at creating institutionalize mechanism to ensure delivery of public services in a time bound manner and redressal of public grievances.

Key recommendations in the Draft Bill are:

1.    There will be a Citizens Charter, and a protocol will be put in place.
2.   Bill can be enacted as a central legislation under the concurrent list Item 8 (actionable wrongs) and can cover:
a.  Central Schemes and Central Government Departments
b.   Provide a Platform to States to make this a Grievance Redressal Mechanism for State Schemes and Departments
3.  Bill will incorporate the institution of Information and Facilitation Centre in all public authorities to ensure that Citizens can be facilitated and grievances are systematically recorded and tracked using telephone, sms, web etc.
4.                   First level Redress should be within concerned department as proposed. This should be done through a Grievance Redress Officer in each department
5.   The second level redress/ appeal will be at the level of Head of the Department of the public authority.
6. State Grievance Commissions should be set up as second level appellate authorities.

The Draft Bill can be accessed at the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances  website www.darpg.gov.in. All those interested can send their suggestions/comments/inputs within 21 days.

Source:pib
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REVISION OF CEILING RATES AND GUIDELINES FOR CGHS BENEFICIARIES

F No Misc.1002/2006/CGHS(R&H)/ CGHS(P)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health& Family Welfare

Maulana Azad Road, Nirman Bhawan
New Delhi 110 108 dated the 31 October 2011.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Revision of Ceiling Rates and guidelines for various Coronary /Vascular                          Stents for CGHSICS (MA) beneficiaries.

            In supersession of the Office Memorandum of even No dated 12.09.2007 of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare for the revised rates and guidelines for Coronary / Vascular Stents for reimbursement of CGHSICS(MA) beneficiaries, all DCGI approved Coronary / Vascular Stents are approved for reimbursement to CGHSICS(MA) beneficiaries as per the ceiling rates mentioned below

1. DRUG ELUTING CORONARY STENTS-

i. All DCGI and FDA approved Drug Eluting Stents – Rs. 65,000/-
ii. Ail DCGI and CE approved Drug Eluting Stents - Rs. 50000/-
iii All DCGI approved Drug Eluting Stents - – Rs 40000/-

2 BARE METAL CORONARY STENTS

i) STAINLESS STEEL STENTS – Rs.12000/-
ii) COBALT STENTS – Rs.20,000/.

a) All DCGI and FDA approved
b) Ail DCGI and CE approved – Rs. 18,000/-
c) All DCGI approved – Rs. 15,000/-

iii) COATED I OTHER STENTS – Rs. 25,000/-

3. BARE METAL VASCULAR (NON CORONARY ) STENTS

i) STAINLESS STEEL STENTS – Rs 20000/-
ii) COBALT STENTS – Rs 22,000/-
iii) NITINOL / OTHER STENTS – Rs 25,000!-

            Reimbursement to beneficiaries /empanelled hospitals shall be limited to ceiling rates or as per actuals, whichever is lower.

2.         Coronary Stents shall be permitted on the advice of Govt. Specialist, of which not more than two shall be of Drug Eluding Stents. Permission shall be granted as per the laid down procedure. If more than two drug eluding stents are implanted in an empanelled hospital and no written informed consent was obtained from the beneficiary that he / she would bear the difference in cost between the DES and Bare Metal Stent, arid the hospital has charged this amount from the beneficiary, the additional amount shall be deducted from the pending bills of hospitals and shall be paid to the beneficiary

3.         It is essential for the empanelled hospitals to quote the Batch number when a coronary/vascular stent of any type is implanted in the case of a CGHS/CS (MA) beneficiary and also enclose a copy of the relevant invoices pertaining to the procurement of the stents by the hospitals. In addition to this, the outer pouch of the Stent packet along with the sticker on it on which details of the stent are printed shall also be enclosed with the medical bill for claiming reimbursement from the Govt. In case of treatment from a private non-empanelled hospital, where the treatment was taken in an emergency, it is the responsibility of the beneficiary to obtain the batch number, invoice and outer pouches of the stent(s) before the submission of the medical claim to CGHSI concerned department, as the case may be.

4. The empanelled hospital shall submit a self certified undertaking that the hospital has not charged the CGHS / CS(MA) beneficiary more than the rate at which the stent has been procured by the hospital and in case of any detection and establishment that the hospital has overcharged the hospital shall be removed from the list of hospitals empanelled under CGHS without any further notice.

5.         UTI-TSL, while processing the hospital bills of coronary I vascular stents shall ensure that the hospitals have enclosed copies of the relevant invoices pertaining to the procurement of the stents by the hospitals and the outer pouch of the Stent packet along with the sticker on it on which details of the stent are printed and that the prescribed rates and the guidelines have been followed, before making provisional payments to the hospitals

6.         The revised rates and guidelines shall come into force from the date of issue and shall be in force for a period of one year or tilt they are revised, whichever may be earlier.

7.         This issues with the concurrence of Finance Division vide Dy. No 2979 dated 20.10.2011 of the office of AS&FA Min. of H&FW

(JAI PRAKASH)
UNDER SECRETARY TO
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
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