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Friday, August 30, 2013

EXPECTED CENTRAL DA JANUARY 2014-AICPIN FOR THE MONTH OF JULY 2013

Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) July 2013

According to a press release issued today by the Labour Bureau, Ministry of Labour & Employment the All-India CPI-IW for July, 2013 rose by 4 points and pegged at 235 (two hundred and thirty five). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by 1.73 per cent between June and July compared with 1.92 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing 1.99 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Fish Fresh, Goat Meat, Milk, Onions, Chillies Green, Potato, Tomato & other Vegetables. Electricity Charges, Firewood, Bus Fare, Petrol, etc. are responsible for the rise in index. However, this was compensated to some extent by Groundnut Oil, Primary and secondary School Fees putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 10.85 per cent for July, 2013 as compared to 11.63 per cent for the previous month and 9.84 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 14.10 per cent against 14.86 per cent of the previous month and 11.27 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Giridih recorded the highest increase of 16 points each followed by Kodarma (11 points), Durgapur (10 points) and Jharia, Surat, Ghaziabad and Godavarikhani (9 points each). Among others, 8 points rise was registered in 7 centres, 7 points in 6 centres, 6 points in 10 centres, 5 points in 6 centres, 4 points in 7 centres, 3 points in 8 centres, 2 points in 6 centres, and 1 point in five centres. On the contrary, Faridabad reported a decline of 6 points followed by Madurai (5 points), Coonoor (3 points), Tiruchirapally (2 points) and 5 other centres by 1 point each. Rest of the 7 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 38 centres are above All-India Index and other 38 centres’ indices are below national average. The index of Jabalpur and Ghaziabad centre remained at par with all-India index.

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of August, 2013 will be released on Monday, 30 September, 2013. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureau.gov.in.

Source;pib

Grant of dual (Two) family pension from military as well as DSC.

OFFICE OF THE PR. CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSIONS)
RAUPADI GHAT, ALLAHABAD- 211014
Circular No. 513
Dated: 19.07.2013

Subject: Implementation of Government decision on the recommendations of the Committee on the issue related to Defence Service Personnel and Ex Servicemen – 2012 Grant of dual (Two) family pension from military as well as DSC.

Reference: This office Circular No. 504 dated 17.01.2013.

Consequent upon issue of Govt. of India, Ministry of Defence letter No. 10(17)/2012-D(Pen/Pol) dated 21.03.2013 (copy enclosed), the facility of dual or two family pension to the families of Armed Forces Pensioners who get second re-employment in Civil departments after getting retired / discharged from military service and were in receipt of ordinary family pension as circulated vide this office circular No. 504 dated 17/01/2013 is also applicable to the DSC Personnel. Thus, family pensioners of the DSC personnel are also covered in the ambit of the ibid letter.

2. In view of the above Govt. order, it is requested that the dual family pension claim in respect of DSC personnel may be forwarded to this office for necessary action at this end.

3. The provision of this circular shall be effective from 24th September 2012.

4. This circular has been uploaded on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.in for disseminating across the all concerned.

5. Please acknowledge receipt.

ACDA (P)
No. Gts/Tech/0167/XV 
Dated: 19.07.2013

Source: http://pcdapension.nic.in/6cpc/Circular-513.pdf

Grant of Family Pension to next eligible member in the family in the case of missing family pensioner -PCDA

O/o THE PR. CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSION)
RAUPADI GHAT, ALLAHABAD- 211014
Circular No 498
Dated: 08.08.2013

Subject: - Grant of Family Pension to next eligible member in the family in the case of missing family pensioner.

Reference: - This Office Circular No. 457 dated 1st April, 2011

A copy of Government of India, Ministry of Defence, Department of ExServicemen Welfare letter No. 1(1)/2012-D(Pension/Policy) dated 5th June, 2013 and Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions, Department of Pension & Pensioners’ welfare F.No.1/17/2010-P & PW(E) dated-02.01.2012 is reproduced as Annexure ‘A’ and Annexure ‘B’ respectively to this office circular.

2) As per provisions contained in above Govt letters, family pension will be admissible to next eligible member in the family in the case of missing family pensioner. Thus the provisions are made applicable to the families of Defence Service Personnel, mutatis mutandis. In view of above, it is requested that all such type of affected cases may please be reviewed and submitted to G-4 Section of this office accordingly.

3).The provision of this letter shall be effective from 2nd January, 2012. No arrear on this account shall be paid.

4).This circular has been uploaded on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.in for dissemination to all concerned.

No. Gts/Tech/0113/LXIII
Dated: 08-08-2013
ACDA (Pensions)

Source: http://pcdapension.nic.in/6cpc/Circular-498.pdf

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Risk Allowance to Central Government employees

No.21012/01/2010-Estt. (Allowance)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
Block No.IV, Old JNU Campus,
New Delhi, 26th August, 2013.
Office Memorandum

Subject: Risk Allowance to Central Government employees - clarification reg.

Reference in invited to this Department’s O.M. No.21012/01/2008-Estt.(Allowance) dated 18th June, 2012 wherein the grant of Risk Allowance was extended at the then existing rates beyond 30.06.2012 and upto 31.12.2012. Subsequently, vide this Department’s OM. No.21012/01/2010-Estt. (Allowance) dated October 18, 2012 the rates of Risk Allowance were revised with effect from 1st September, 2008, implying that grant of Risk Allowance would be at revised rates w.e.f. 1st September, 2008 onwards. Hence, there is no need for issuing separate instructions continuing payment of Risk Allowance beyond 31.12.2012.

This issues with the approval of Joint Secretary (Establishment).

sd/-
(S.G.Mulchandaney)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source :www.persmin.nic.in

Change in Selection Process for Appointment

  It has been approved in principle, to consider a few changes in the scheme of selection process for recruitment to the promotion quota of various cadres of All India Services.  As per the existing regulations, the assessment of the suitability of a candidate is made on the basis of his service records.  As per the revised scheme, it is proposed to assess the candidate on the basis of four components i.e. ‘Written Examination’, ‘Length of Service’, ‘Assessment of Performance Appraisal Reports’ and ‘Interviews’.

            The above decision was taken after consulting the State Governments and the concerned Cadre Controlling Authorities (CCAs i.e., the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Environment and Forest).  Further, to implement the scheme, necessary amendments in the concerned rules/regulations are necessary.  The State Governments & the CCAs concerned have been consulted on this aspect also.  The Central Government has received certain objections from different quarters, such as that the new scheme will be detrimental to the interests of senior state services officers, the officers belonging to the categories of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes; it would also undermine the element of experience viz-a-viz academic knowledge and would be against the larger public interest as the officers would prefer studying in place of doing public service, etc.   The inputs received in this regard from the State Governments and other quarters will be kept in view in firming up the regulations.

 This was stated by Shri V. Narayanasamy, Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office in written reply to a question by Dr. Chandan Mitra today.
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KSD/SAMIR/sk

Annexure A

SUMMARY OF THE AFFIDAVIT BY THE GOVERNMENT

    The salient features of the affidavit are as under:

a.       Non Interference in Investigation

Non-interference in investigation of CBI in PC Act offence cases is already provided in the DSPE Act.

b.                  Appointment of Director, CBI

Appointment of  Director CBI by the President on the recommendation of a Committee consisting of Prime Minister as Chairperson, Leader of Opposition in the House of People as Member and the Chief Justice of India or a Judge of the Supreme Court nominated by him as Member.

c.                   Removal of Director, CBI

Removal of Director CBI, only by order of the President on grounds of proved misbehavior and incapacity after the Central Vigilance Commission on a reference made to it by the President has reported that the Director is guilty based on an inquiry conducted in accordance with the AIS Rules in this regard.

d.                  Director, CBI as member of Selection Committee

Induction of Director CBI as full-fledged member in the Selection Committee for recommending selection of officers of CBI of the level of SP and above.

e.                   Superintendence on Non-PC Act offences

Superintendence of the Delhi Special Police Establishment for all cases (other than Prevention of Corruption Act offences whose superintendence is with Central Vigilance Commission) has been in the Central Government, with a rider that while exercising the powers of superintendence, the Central Government shall not exercise powers in such a manner so as to require the Delhi Special Police Establishment to investigate or dispose of any case in a particular manner.

f.        Timeline for prosecution of officers under Section 6(A) of DSPE Act

On the required approval of the Central Government before conducting inquiry or investigation against officers of JS level or above under Section 6(A) of DSPE Act, it has been provided that the Central Government shall take a final decision within a period of 3 months and an order declining such request would contain reasons in support thereof.

g.       Appointment of Director (Prosecution)

Director of Prosecution is to be selected based on the recommendation of the Selection Committee, headed by the Central Vigilance Commissioner with Secretary DoPT, Secretary MHA, and Secretary Department of Legal Affairs as members and Director CBI as member convener. The categories of persons who shall be eligible for appointment, apart from cadre officers of the Ministry of Law & Justice, would include a person who has been in practice as an advocate for not less than 15 years and has been designated as a senior advocate. Powers and functions of the Director of Prosecution have been delineated.

h.                   Institutional accountability of CBI

Establishment of an Accountability Commission has been proposed to ensure institutional accountability of CBI.  The Commission will consist of three whole time Members, to be appointed by the President, from amongst the  retired judges of the Supreme Court or the High Court with the senior most judge as the Chairperson of the Commission and the CVC as an ex-officio Member. The salary and allowances and the other terms and conditions would be as may be prescribed by the Government. The jurisdiction, functions and powers of the Commission have been detailed. The Commission would entertain and inquire into allegations of misbehavior, incapacity, impropriety or irregularity on the part of officers and staff of DSPE. However the complainant has to approach the Director in the first instance.

i.         Financial Autonomy:

                  Apart from functional autonomy to CBI, the financial powers of the Director shall be equivalent to the powers exercisable by the Director General of Central Reserve Police Force.

      j.       In accordance with Cabinet`s approval the Central Government shall introduced a Bill containing the necessary amendments in Parliament and the same shall be moved in accordance with Parliamentary procedure

 Source:pib

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Clarification regarding grant of CCL and other related benefits

No.A-24020/01/2013-SS.I 
Government of India/Bharat Sarkar 
Ministry of Labour & Employment/Shram Aur Rozgar Mantraylya 
Social Security Division/Samajik Surakasha Prabhag

Shram Shakti Bhawan, New Delhi. 
Dated the 30th July’ 2013

To,
The Director General,
ESI Corporation,
Panchdeep Bhawan,
CIG Marg,
NEW DELHI 110002.

Subject: Clarification regarding grant of CCL and other related benefits - reg.

Sir,
   I am directed to refer to ESIC’s letter bearing No. A-40/11/5/2012-E.III dated 27.05.2013 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the matter has been examined in consultation with Department of Personnel and Training.

   The DOPT has observed that the Second child has been given away in adoption and the female government servant is no longer having the custody or legal right of such child. In case, she has not availed CCL and other related benefits in respect of her second child, the said woman is entitled to CCL and other related benefits for the third Child (second surviving child in this case).

   ESIC is, therefore, requested to take appropriate administrative decision in the matter.

Yours’ faithfully,
Sd/- 
(SUBHASH KUMAR) 
Under Secretary

Source:http://www.esic.nic.in/CIRCULARS/cir_EIII_22.08.pdf

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Holiday to be observed in Central Government offices during the year 2014.

Office of the CGDA
Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt - 10

No. AN/III/3011/Vol-XXXII
Dated 22.08.2013

(Through CGDA Mail Server)

To
All PCsDA / PCA (Fys) PIFAs
CsDA /CsFA (Fys) / IFAs/RTCs

Subject :- Holiday to be observed in Central Government offices during the year 2014.

   A copy of Government of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Personnel and Training, New Delhi F. No.12/5/2013-JCA-2 dated 11.07.2013 on the subject mentioned above is enclosed for information, guidance and necessary action.

   2. The instructions contained in Para 2, 3.1 & 3.2 may be adhered to strictly while deciding the Holidays in respect of offices located outside Delhi/New Delhi. The list of Holidays shall be in consonance with the Notification of DOP&T and should not be deviated. As regards, offices located at Delhi/New Delhi, the holidays and Restricted Holidays as notified in Annexure I & II respectively to the above mentioned OM dated 11.07.2013 will be observed.

   3. While endorsing a copy of the Part II Office Order notifying Holidays and Restricted Holidays, it is requested that a copy of Part II Office Order may please be sent to this HQrs Office separately.

   This issues with the approval of Jt. CGDA (AN).

Sd/-
(S C Gupta)
For CGDA

Source:http://www.cgda.nic.in/circulars/holiday_list_2014.pdf

Dental Clinics in CGHS Dispensaries

The dental services in CGHS Delhi have been outsourced in 13 Wellness Centres (5 under Central Zone and 8 under South Zone) for 22 dental procedures. The location wise details are at Annexure-A.

The details of payment made to the service provider in respect of these clinics from the starting of the services till July, 2013 are at Annexure-B.

No specific complaint has been reported about such irregularities committed by the dental clinics in connivance of some officers. However deficiency in services has been reported from the beneficiaries. An Inspection Committee has been constituted for regular inspection of the dental units to ensure proper delivery of services as per the terms and conditions of the agreement.

ANNEXURE –A

Details of CGHS Wellness Centers where the Dental Care Services have been outsourced

                                 Central  Zone : New Delhi

S. No.         Wellness Centres Name                                    Address

1.     Dr. Z.H. Road (D44)                   CGHS Dispensary Building, Dr. Z.H. Road,
                                                                New Delhi.

2.    Chitra Gupta Road (D51)             CGHS Dispensary Building, Near Aram Bagh,
                                                               New Delhi.

3.    Aliganj, Lodhi Road -I (D9)           CGHS Dispensary Building, Near Lodhi Road,
                                                               New Delhi.

4.    Kali Bari (D 76)                    CGHS Dispensary Building, Kali Bari Marg,
                                                                   DIZ Area,   New Delhi.

5.    CGHS Dispensary Chanakyapuri              CGHS Dispensary Chanakyapuri,
                                                                               New Delhi.



                                 South Zone: New Delhi

S. No.              Wellness Centres Name                 Address

1.       Sadiq Nagar (D63)                            CGHS Dispensary Building ,
                                                                               Behind Siri Fort Road,
                                                                             Near G.K.-I, New Delhi.

2.     SriniwasPuri                                     CGHS Dispensary Building,
                                                                Sriniwaspuri,   New Delhi

3.    PushpVihar (D78)                            A-B/125, 126, 127 – Sector –IV,
                                                                 PushpVihar,    New Delhi.

4.     R.K. Puram-V (57)                     CGHS Dispensary Building,
                                                           Sector-XII,  R.K. Puram.

5.    Moti Bagh (D 16)                        CGHS Dispensary Building
                                                            near Begum Zaidi Market,                                                                                                      Moti Bagh,  New Delhi.

6.     Kidwai Nagar (D 12)                CGHS Dispensary Building,
                                                           61-63, Kidwai Nagar.

7.      Kalkaji. I (D42)                       CGHS Maternity Centre &
                                                           Dispensary, Kalkaji.

8.    Faridabad (D70)                       CGHS Dispensary Building,
                                                           NH-4, Faridabad.

                                                                                                                                                ANNEXURE –B

Details of Expenditure of Outsourced Dental Units in CGHS Delhi

                                                                                                  (Figures in Rs)

Sr. No.          Month           Central Zone        South Zone                Total

1                  Oct-11              448956                      -                    448956

2.                Nov-11             497881                       -                   497881

3.               Dec-11              4043711                     -                   4043711

4.             Jan-12                      -                            -                          -

5.             Feb-12                      -                           -                          -

6.             Mar-12              176163                        -                    176163

7.            Apr-12                1179142                2586424             3765566

8.           May-12                13006909                   -                    13006909

9.           Jun-12                  1303705                5290870              6594575

10.         Jul-12                   484770                  1928530             2413300

11.        Aug-12                3552947                 7443269             10996216

12.        Sep-12                2663951                  941197              3605148

13.        Oct-12                2425373                       -                   2425373

14.        Nov-12              3272900                        -                    3272900

15.        Dec-12              2359883                        -                    2359883

16.        Jan-13               1740479                  2075111             3815590

17.       Feb-13               298461                    2490650             2789111

18.        Mar-13             6519138                 14361771            20880909

19.       Apr-13              2582860                  2586424              5169284

20.        May-13            5579933                 3251084               8831017

21.          Jun-13            2628854                 12823634           15452488

22.        Jul-13             4296128                    7420154           11716282

This information was given by the Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha yesterday.
Source:pib

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Monday, August 26, 2013

WHAT HAPPENED TO CGEPHIS?

We don't know what happened to CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND PENSIONERS HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME (CGEPHIS) which is one of the most useful scheme for the central govt employees and pensioners. In this regard  the last meeting held on 14/7/2010 with staff side members of national council (JCM)in the committee room of ministry of health and family welfare.

In that meeting deputy secretary(medical services) informed nearly 16000 responses they received for willing to join the scheme. Even though, Around 50 lakh employees were capable to enter the scheme,but the responses was very less.Most of the employees belong to group C .How many of them having computer to respond through an email?

I am sure that till this  date most of the central govt employees don't know about this scheme.At the same time all trade unions agitated from the beginning itself ,as they found some unacceptable points in the scheme.Whenever govt introducing new schemes definitely there will be some points to reduce the responsibility of the govt.Because of that only we should not refuse the scheme.It is necessary to discuss with govt to withdraw or modify the particular points.

Most of the central government staffs and pensioners are not utilizing the CGHS facility as they are not staying in or around CGHS covered areas.In recent days medical expenses reaches a new high.A middle class employee can't bear the expenses.Also in  CGHS  we can't get full reimbursement.In non CGHS areas pensioners get only 300 rupees as FIXED MEDICAL ALLOWANCE(FMA).Is this enough to face the medical expenses of the old age people?

So all Federations and Associations urge the government to implement the CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND PENSIONERS HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME (CGEPHIS).To get positive view about the scheme you may follow the points  given below.

1  Include OPD with prescribed medicines and investigations within the coverage amount  of 500000

2  GOVERNMENT must  pay the premium for first three years

3  Set very low premium amount

4  Make CGEPHIS compulsory for all CENTRAL  GOVT  EMPLOYEES.

5  RECEIVE LETTERS FROM THOSE WHO DOES NOT WANT TO JOIN THIS SCHEME.

6 Once again give wide publicity in all english and regional newspapers.

7   Get feed back from email and sms

8  Often discuss about this with trade unions.Without their support the scheme cannot succeed.

9  ALL Federations must explain about this scheme to their concern employees and get feed back from them.

S.Ravi


Grant of scooter / Motor cycle advances 2013 - 14

PRINCIPAL CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS 
107, LOWER AGRAM ROAD, AGRAM POST, BANGALORE-560007

CIRCULAR

NO. AN/II/1831/MC
DTD: 24th June 2013


To:
1) All Sections in Main Office
2) All Sub-Offices under PCDA Bangalore
3) All HAL (DAD) Offioes

SUB: Grant of scooter / Motor cycle advances 2013 - 14

   It is proposed to prepare a fresh panel of applicants for scooter / Motor cycle advance for the year 2013-14. All those Officers / Staff eligible as per conditions given below and are desirous of applying may be advised to submit their applications in the prescribed Proforma alongwith Invoice / Estimates from the authorised dealer.

   1) i) For Scooter/Motorcycle/Moped: All those Staff / Officers whose pay in the Pay band of Rs.8560/- or more for Scooter / Motor Cycle / Moped advances.

   ii) All those Staff whose pay in the pay band of Rs.8560/- or less can apply for Moped advance only.

   2) Such of those officers / staff who had applied earlier but have not been sanctioned Scooter / Motor Cycle /Moped advance are also required to submit fresh applications. In-complete applications received will not be entertained.

   3) Individuals who fulfill the conditions of Rule 17 of GFR Pt-II only have to apply for Scooter / Motorcycle advance.

   4) Individuals seeking to purchase IInd hand vehicle should clearly mention the same in their application, and consent note of the seller with Vehicle No and cost should be enclosed.

   5) The advance for purchase of scooter / motorcycle is subject to availability of funds.

   6) The contents of this circular may please be brought to the notice of all staff members and their applications forwarded immediately, so as to reach this office on or before 10/07/2013 positively.

   7) Applications only in respect of eligible persons may be forwarded to this office duly recommended by the Head of the Office.

   Please acknowledge receipt.

Sd/- 
ACDA (AN)

Source:http://www.pcdablr.gov.in/circular/adv-comp-scor.pdf

GRANT OF COMPUTER ADVANCE – 2012-13.

PRINCIPAL CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS
107, LOWER AGRAM ROAD, AGRAM POST, BANGALORE-560007

NO. AN/II/1832/Comp.Adv
DTD: 24th June 2013

To:
1) All Sections in Main Office
2) All Sub-Offices under PCDA Bangalore
3) All HAL (DAD) Offices

SUB: GRANT OF COMPUTER ADVANCE – 2012-13.

It is proposed to prepare a fresh panel of applicants for Computer advance for the year 2013-14. All those Officers / Staff who are eligible as per conditions given below and are desirous of applying may be advised to submit their applications in the Prescribed Proforma alongwith Invoice / estimates from the authorised dealer.

1) All those Staff / Officers whose Pay in the Pay-Band of Rs.8560/­- or more can apply fur Computer advance.

2) Such of those Officers / Staff who had applied earlier, but have Not been sanctioned Computer advance are also required to submit Fresh applications. In-complete applications received will not be Entertained

3) Individuals who fulfill the conditions of Rule 17 (ii) & Rule 21(5) Of GFR Pt-II only have to apply for Computer advance.

4) The advance for purchase of Computer is subject to availability of Funds.

5) The contents of the Circular may please be brought to the notice of All staff members and their applications forwarded immediately, so as to reach this office on or before 10th July 2013 positively.

6) Applications only in respect of eligible persons may be forwarded to this office duly recommended by the Head of the Office.

Please acknowledge receipt.

sd/-
ACDA(AN)

Source:http://www.pcdablr.gov.in/circular/adv-comp-scor.pdf


Digital Signatures Under EPFO

The Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has not made it mandatory for all employers with more than 1000 workers to send their digital signatures to the EPFO.

However, Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is implementing the facility for online claim settlement in respect of transfer claims. This facility is optional and the claims can either be filed on line or through physical form. The system will be made operative after digital signature of willing employer or his representative is registered with EPFO. Necessary communication to this effect has already been sent to all employers and the process of registration of digital signature has also begun.

The electronic challan return (ECR) filed by employers show that the number of employees employed by an establishment changes from month to month. However, an analysis of ECR between February, 2013 to June, 2013 suggests that out of 7,43,045 enrolled establishment under Employees’ Provident Fund & Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952, 5232 establishment reported more than 1000 contributing members.

Registration of digital signature with EPFO is not mandatory. However, field offices of EPFO have been instructed to make maximum efforts to obtain digital signatures of the employers or their re-presentatives.

This information was given by Minister of State for Labour & Employment Shri Kodikunnil Suresh in the Lok Sabha today in reply to a written question.
Source:pib

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Wage revision in Defence PSUs

No proposal for wage revision is pending in Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL), Mazagon Dock Ltd. (MDL); Mishra Dhatu Nigam Ltd. (MIDHANI); Bharat Dynamics Ltd. (BDL); Goa Shipyard Ltd. (GSL); Hindustan Shipyard Ltd. (HSL) and BEML Ltd. (BEML). The position regarding the remaining two Defence Public Sector Undertakings is as under:-

In Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) and Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd. (GRSE), wage revision of workmen is due with effect from 01.01.2012. The recognised unions have submitted their charter of demands for the wage revision. Keeping in view the guidelines notified by the Department of Public Enterprises on 13th June, 2013, the negotiations with the unions will be concluded and settlement reached, in due course.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri Jitendra Singh in a written reply to Shri Purnmasi Ram in Lok Sabha today.

Source:pib

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Demand for new National Pay Commission(7th CPC)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF  RAILWAYS
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-1704
ANSWERED ON-23.08.2013
Demand for new National Pay Commission

Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to satate :-

1704 . SHRI D. RAJA

(a) whether it is a fact that all Railway trade unions have threatened to go on a general strike if their demand for a new National Pay Commission is not announced within a period of four months; and

(b) if so, the details thereof and Government’s reaction thereto?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(SHRI KOTLA JAYA SURYA PRAKASH REDDY)

(a) and (b): There are two recognized staff Federations on Railways. Both the Federations have made numerous demands concerning various service matters of railway employees like pay and allowances, promotion and pension. While one of the Federations have indicated that if their grievances are not resolved in a time bound programme, the Federation would be compelled to conduct strike ballot as a first step. The other Federation have decided to give a time of four months to the Government for satisfactorily settling their demands failing which the Federation will be compelled to give call for ‘Indefinite Strike’ on Railways. One of the demands of both the Federations is regarding setting up of VIIth Central Pay Commission. Since constitution of Central Pay Commission is a subject matter of Ministry of Finance, the same has been referred to that Ministry.
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Source :http://164.100.47.4/newrsquestion/ShowQn.aspx

Retina Treatment

According to All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, anti-Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (anti-VEGF) injection often remain the mainstay of treatment for blinding retinal disorders like Diabetic Macular Edema (EME), wet age related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Retinal Vein Occlusion etc. The vision of the patients suffering with these diseases and related disorders, improves by giving anti VEGF injection, namely injection Lucentis, injection Avastin or injection Macugen, which may need to be repeated for optimal treatment. Use of the anti VEGF injection for treatment of retinal diseases has been approved by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), which is the regulatory body for introduction of new drugs.

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi informed that it is not true that repeated injection causes visual loss. However, it may actually improve the vision of the patient. Rarely, in less than 0.1-0.2% eyes, infection within the eye could occur, which is then effectively managed by the Ophthalmologist concerned. These injections are expensive, but with CGHS,ECHS (Armed Forces) and other Government and semi-autonomous bodies, complete reimbursement is provided to the suffering patients. Also patients with health insurance get it reimbursed from the Insurance Company.

This information was given by the Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare ShriGhulamNabi Azadin written reply to a question in the LokSabha yesterday.

Source:pib


Service Provided by CGHS

This Ministry has been receiving complaints/grievances in respect of the following major aspects.

1.Administrative:- Misbehavior by medical and paramedical staff, Shortage of staff,  Punctuality etc.

2. Technical:- Delay in settlement of medical reimbursement claims (MRCs),  Supply of substitute medicines instead of the prescribed by the Govt. specialists, Delay in supply of indented medicines, etc.

3. Related to empanelled hospitals:
 Denial of credit facility, Misbehavior of hospital doctors/staff, overcharging, etc.

4. Related to Internet accessibility
Disruption in services due to breakdown in internet connectivity,  etc.

To redress the grievances/complaints, the following steps have been taken:

Administrative:-Instructions have been issued to the doctors /para-medical staff working in CGHS to be polite and courteous in their behaviour with the patients. In specific cases transfers have also been made and disciplinary actions initiated. Contractual doctors are appointed to meet the requirement of Medical Officers. Regular inspections are carried out.

Technical:-The time limit for clearance of MRC bills has been fixed. CGHS doctors are advised to prescribe generic medicines to the maximum extent. The indented medicines are supplied through various local chemists to avoid the delay.

Related to empanelled hospitals: Penalty is imposed and suitable action is initiated against the erring empanelled private hospitals.

Related to Internet accessibility: -Medical Officers have been instructed not to stop to provide the consultation/treatment in case of failure of internet connection.

Apart from the above, SMS Alert system has been introduced aiming at bringing transparency in delivery of services as major initiative. Redressal Committees have also been formed by CGHS.

The allocation of financial resources is based on the evaluation of specific requirements/demands projected by the CGHS units and availability of resources.

This information was given by the Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare ShriGhulamNabi Azadin written reply to a question in the LokSabha yesterday.

Source:pib

Treatment from CGHS Empanelled Hospitals

As per the existing guidelines, a CGHS beneficiary is required to obtain permission from his administrative Department / Office or CMO in charge (in case of pensioner beneficiary) to avail medical treatment in a CGHS empanelled private hospital. However, in case of emergency he can go to any hospital whether empanelled or not, to avail medical treatment. This provision is necessary to ensure proper medical treatment of a CGHS beneficiary in consultation with the Government specialists. This is also a measure of ‘checks and balances’ to ensure financial propriety and optimum utilization of public money.

This Ministry has been receiving representations from the individuals; Pensioners Associations etc. to allow the CGHS beneficiaries to take treatment from the CGHS empanelled private hospitals without obtaining the requisite permission. However, their requests have not been acceded to as the present referral system is considered necessary in the interest of the beneficiaries and it is also necessary as a check and balance measure to ensure financial propriety.

CGHS is already providing comprehensive and hassle free healthcare services to its beneficiaries through its large network of Wellness Centres and empanelled private hospitals and diagnostic /imaging centres. With a view to further simplify and liberalize the procedures in CGHS to make its services more hassle free, the requirement of mandatory permission for undertaking diagnostic tests and investigations has been done away with w.e.f. 1st January, 2013. In addition, ‘Continuous Empanelment Scheme’ has also been revived at all CGHS locations to empanel more number of eligible private hospitals to enhance accessibility and availability of medical services to the beneficiaries in a hassle free manner.

This information was given by the Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare ShriGhulamNabi Azadin written reply to a question in the LokSabha yesterday.

Source:pib

Dental Clinics in CGHS Dispensaries

 The dental services in CGHS Delhi have been outsourced in 13 Wellness centres (5 under Central Zone and 8 under South Zone) for 22 dental procedures. The location wise details are at Annexure-A.

The details of payments made to the service provider in respect of these clinics from the starting of the services till July, 2013 are at Annexure-B.
 
No specific complaint has been reported about irregularities committed by the dental clinics in connivance of CGHS officials. However, deficiency in services has been reported from the beneficiaries. An Inspection Committee has been constituted for regular inspection of the dental units to ensure proper delivery of services as per the terms and conditions of the agreement.
 
This information was given by the Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare ShriGhulamNabi Azadin written reply to a question in the LokSabha yesterday.
Source:pib

Friday, August 23, 2013

Computerised Passenger Reservation System

Computerised Passenger Reservation System facility is available at 3139 locations, out of which 2378 are at railway stations. Sanctioning of locations for Computerised Passenger Reservation System is a continuous process. Locations are sanctioned as per policy at stations where reservation related workload is at least 100 transactions per day or at District Headquarters, important hill stations/tourist & pilgrimages centres post offices on the basis of proposals received from Public/Public representatives and the Zonal Railways.

Additionally, as per budget announcement of 2009-10, each Member of Parliament was also invited to recommend a location for passenger reservation facility.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

Source:pib

Thursday, August 22, 2013

No proposal to raise retirement age of Central Govt employees to 62 years: Narayanasamy

New Delhi: Putting to rest any speculation that the Centre might raise the retirement age of its staff, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions V Narayanasamy said on Thursday that there was no such proposal on the anvil.

Narayasansamy was quoted by reports as saying, “There is no proposal to raise retirement age of central govt employees to 62 years.”

There are about 50 lakh central government employees working in various departments including the Railways across the country.

Recent media reports had claimed that the Ministry of Personnel was working on a proposal to increase the age of service by two years as part of government's plan to defer payouts in the form of pensions and other payments to check fiscal deficit.

It was also speculated that the move may be timed ahead of Lok Sabha elections.

Sources in the Ministry said raising retirement age requires a detailed consultation with all stake holders and discussion with the Finance Ministry. Without the Finance Ministry's nod, the matter cannot be processed, they said.

The retirement age for a majority of central government employees is 60 years. However, the age for retirement in case of teachers and scientists is 62 years.

Chhattisgarh government has recently increased the age of retirement to 62 years from 60 for its employees.

The age of superannuation varies in state governments with majority of them keeping it at 60 years.

The Centre had in 1998 raised the retirement age of central government employees to 60 from 58 years.

Source:http://zeenews.india.com/news/nation/no-proposal-to-raise-retirement-age-of-central-govt-employees-narayanasamy_870886.html

Grant of Transport Allowance at double the normal rates to the employees disabled due to accident on duty or off duty-NFIR

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI - 110 055
Affiliated to :
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF)

No.II/28/Pt.IV
Dated: 21/08/2013
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Grant of Transport Allowance at double the normal rates to the employees disabled due to accident on duty or off duty - reg.

Ref:       (i) NFIR's letter No.II/28/Pt.IV dated 23/06/2012 and 07/07/2012.
     (ii) Railway Board's letter No.PC-V/2010/A/TA/1 dated 20/06/2012.
 (iii) NFIR's letter No.II/28/Pt.IV dated 07/06/2013.

Federation vide its letter No.II/28/Pt.IV dated 23/06/2012 followed by another letter dated 07/07/2012 has provided the details of specific case, unfortunately no reply has been received from the Railway Board despite reminder dated 07/06/2013, perhaps the issue has not been finalised even after lapse of over one year's period.

NFIR, therefore, once again requests the Railway Board to decide the case and also issue instructions to the General Managers of the Zones & Productions Units for allowing Transport Allowance at double the rates of normal rate to the disabled railway employees at an early date. Federation may be apprised of the outcome.

Yours faithfully,
(M.Ragavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: http://www.nfirindia.org/Index.aspx

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Death of government employee does not entitle family for job: Supreme Court

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has held that death of a government employee in harness does not entitle the family to claim compassionate employment and the person seeking appointment must possess the eligibility for the post.

A bench of justices B S Chauhan and S A Bobde also said that the competent authority should examine the financial condition of family of the deceased and job should be offered to the eligible family member only if it is satisfied that they would not be able to cope up with the crisis.

"Mere death of a government employee in harness does not entitle the family to claim compassionate employment.

"The competent authority has to examine the financial condition of the family of the deceased employee and it is only if it is satisfied that without providing employment, the family will not be able to meet the crisis, that a job is to be offered to the eligible member of the family. More so, the person claiming such appointment must possess required eligibility for the post," it said.

The bench allowed an appeal filed by MGB Gramin Bank which had challenged a 2010 judgement of the Rajasthan High Court by which one Chakrawarti Singh, son of a deceased Bank employee, was directed to be appointed under a scheme of compassionate employment.

Singh's father, who was working as a Class III employee with the Bank, had died on April 19, 2006 while in harness. Singh had applied for compassionate appointment on May 12, 2006.

The bench set aside the judgements of the High Court, saying, "The reasoning given by the single judge as well as by the division bench is not sustainable in the eyes of law."

It also said that "an ameliorating relief should not be taken as opening an alternative mode of recruitment to public employment".
The bench said compassionate employment cannot be claimed as a "matter of right, as it is not a vested right".

It also said that every appointment to public office must be made by strictly adhering to the mandatory requirements of Articles 14 and 16 of the Constitution.

"An exception by providing employment on compassionate grounds has been carved out in order to remove the financial constraints on the bereaved family, which has lost its bread earner," the bench said.

The Bank had said during pendency of Singh's application, a new scheme dated June 12, 2006 came into force with effect from October 6, 2006 which provided that all applications pending on the date of commencement of the scheme shall be considered for grant of ex-gratia payment to the family instead of compassionate appointment.

This contention was rejected by the High Court which said the cause of action, i.e death of the employee, had arisen prior to the commencement of the new scheme and, therefore, the case was to be considered as per the then existing scheme which provided for compassionate appointment and not for grant of ex-gratia payment.

Source:ET

Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and Prime Minister’s Office Shri V Narayansamy Launches RTI Online Web Portal

Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and Prime Minister’s Office Shri V Narayanasamy has said that rtionline web portal is another milestone in the regime of RTI that will further promote participation of our citizens in the process of governance and policy making decisions of the Government.Speaking at the launch of the portal in New Delhi today he said though presently this facility has been provided to Central Ministries, DoPT will consider extending this facility to the subordinate and attached offices of Central Government also. The Minister also appealed to the State Governments to consider developing similar facility of filing online RTI applications. Referring to the RTI Act as one of the biggest achievements of our democracy, Shri Narayansamy said that it has empowered the citizenry in an unprecedented manner to participate in nation building by promoting transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority.

The rtionline web portal has been developed by National Informatics Centre (NIC) at the initiative of Department of Personnel and Training. The url of this portal is https://rtionline.gov.in.

This is a facility for the Indian Citizens to file RTI applications online and first appeals and also to make online payment of RTI fees. The prescribed fees can be paid through Internet banking of State Bank of India and its associate banks as well as by Credit/Debit cards of Visa/Master, through the payment gateway of SBI linked to this site.This facility is available for all the Ministries/Departments of Govt. of India.

This system provides for online reply of RTI applications/ first appeals, though reply could be sent by regular post also. This system works as RTI MIS also. The details of RTI applications received through post could also be entered into this system. The citizens can also check the real time status of their RTI applications/first appeals filed online.

Source:pib

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Aadhaar Card as Address Proof

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has notified that the Aadhaar Card is a valid proof for opening of a bank account under the Know Your Customer (KYC) scheme.

RBI vide its circular dated 28.09.2011 has advised banks to accept the Aadhar letter issued by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as an officially valid document for opening bank accounts without any limitations applicable to small accounts. Further, the RBI has also advised the banks vide its circular dated 10.12.2012 that if the address provided by the account holder is the same as that on Aadhaar letter, it may be accepted as a proof of both identity and address.

This was stated by Shri Namo Narain Meena, MoS in the Ministry of Finance in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.

Source:pib

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Govt mulls extending retirement age; may save Rs 7000cr.

In an attempt that may save of Rs 7,000 crore to the exchequer, the Centre is believed to be mulling extending the retirement age of government officials, reports CNBC-TV18’s Siddharth Zarabi. The move follows the suite of the Delhi State Government which extended the services of retiring officials by two years.

There is strong political rationale for the same. Delhi becomes the second state after Chhattisgarh to extend the service by two years. This is not an increase in the retirement age which is statutorily at 60 years. It is only an extension, which can hypothetically be revoked at any point of time.

Also read: Here’s why and how you should plan your retirement

However, there is also a fiscal rationale which will be of a greater impact. A total of around 3.45 million central staff estimated in the current year. If this were to be deferred, two savings accrue.

One is the pension head. Assuming 10 percent of this number retiring over the next two years, the current year savings alone would be Rs 7,000 crore on account of pension liabilities.

Gratuity could also be calculated at an average age of service of 33 years. It is completely hard to estimate as it is linked to various variables including the retirement profile within the central government. It is very different from the private sector.

The other side is that if you were to extend services by two years, one is not just saving but also paying their existing employees along with the allowances, which are increased every six months. It will add to the total wage bill, which is around Rs 1, 21,000 crore for the centre in the current financial year.

The total financial trade off could be just a few thousand crore but the larger significance is the politics. It will be explained as a fiscal measure as the government is also scrimping around to save every penny. However, the political impact including in a state like Delhi will perhaps be very visible in favour of the ruling establishment.
Source:Moneycontrol.com

Computerization in Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED  QUESTION NO 1691
ANSWERED ON   16.08.2013
COMPUTERIZATION IN CGHS

1691 . Shri RAJAGOPAL LAGADAPATI

Will the Minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE  be pleased to state:-


(a) whether all the allopathy and AYUSH dispensaries/hospitals under Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) in the country have been Computerized

(b) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor, dispensary/hospital wise;

(c) the time by which the remaining dispensaries/hospitals are likely to be computerized;

(d) whether the beneficiaries can avail the facilities of CGHS from anywhere in the country;

(e) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor; and

(f) the corrective steps taken/being taken by the Government in this regard?
ANSWER



THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE (SHRI GHULAM NABI AZAD)

(a) to (c): All allopathic dispensaries in the country except the one in Jammu have been computerized. 26 out of 32 AYUSH dispensaries/units in Delhi NCR have been computerized. AYUSH dispensaries / units in outside cities have not been computerized. 19 P & T dispensaries in 12 cities, which have been taken over recently by CGHS w.e.f. 01.08.2013, are also not computerized. The 4 CGHS hospitals (all in Delhi) have also not been computerized. No time frame can be given at this stage.

The reasons for non- computerizations:-

# Allopathic and AYUSH dispensaries outside Delhi NCR and CGHS hospitals were not included when the current computerization process was initiated.

# 6 AYUSH dispensaries in Delhi NCR- two Ayurvedic dispensaries/units at Kidwai Nagar and Gurgaon are under shifting. Computers in two Unani dispensaries/units at Naraina and South Avenue have not become functional for want of pharmacists. Two other units, i.e., Ayurvedic dispensary/unit at R.K. Puram, Sector- 12 and Unani dispensary/unit at Shahdara require some additional infrastructure/work for computerization.

(d) to (f): After computerization, the CGHS dispensaries are web connected and beneficiaries can avail medical consultation and medicines from any CGHS Wellness Centre/Dispensary across the country.

Source: http://164.100.47.132/LssNew/psearch/QResult15.aspx?qref=143251

Updation of EPF Accounts

The members’ accounts of Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) for the previous year are updated by 30th September of the following year.

The following steps have been taken for updation of members’ accounts:

(i) In order to monitor the day-to-day progress of updation of members’ accounts, web based tool has been developed which allows timely corrective steps to liquidate the pendency at the earliest.

(ii) Employers have been encouraged to file return electronically for the period upto 2011-12 to save time for updation of accounts.

As on 31.03.2013, a total of 7.43 Lakh establishments and 12.96 crore members’ accounts are covered under the Employees’ Provident Fund & Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952.

The para 73 of the EPF Scheme, 1952 envisages to provide annual statement of accounts to the members. The progress of updation of members’ accounts is continuously monitored by the Officers-In-charge of the field offices as well as at Head Office of Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation.

This information was given by Minister of State for Labour & Employment Shri Kodikunnil Suresh in the Lok Sabha today in reply to a written question.

Source:pib

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Extension of EPF Scheme

A proposal for reducing threshold limit from 20 to 10 employees for coverage under Employees’ Provident Fund & Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 is under consideration of the Government.

This information was given by Minister of State for Labour & Employment Shri Kodikunnil Suresh in the Lok Sabha today in reply to a written question.

Source:pib

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Recommendations on EPS

An Expert Committee constituted by the Government to review the Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995, has, inter alia recommended either of the two options below:

(i) Introduction of Provident Fund-cum-Pension Annuity Scheme wherein pension is linked to accumulations of members in the Fund

or (ii) Modifications in the existing EPS, 95 such as:

increase in wage ceiling from Rs. 6500/- to Rs. 10,000/-;

provision of annual relief of 3%;

a minimum pension of Rs. 1000/- to all categories of pensioners; and

Following modifications in EPS, 1995 to offset the cost of above benefits as much as possible:

Pensionable Salary to be calculated as an average of last 3 years of service.

Withdrawal option to be deleted.

Bonus of 2 years to be disallowed

The age of superannuation to be raised to 60 years; and

The age for early pension to be raised to 55 years

Nominee pension to be disallowed.

The report of the Expert Committee was forwarded by the Government for consideration of Central Board of Trustees (CBT), Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF). The CBT, EPF considered this report in its 190th meeting held on 15.09.2010 and decided that the report be first considered by Pension Implementation Committee (PIC), a sub-Committee of Central Board of Trustees (CBT), Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF). The recommendation of the Expert Committee was considered by PIC, which inter-alia recommended that a minimum monthly pension under Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995 be increased to Rs. 1000/- per month as an interim measure. The recommendation of the PIC was considered by CBT, EPF. However, the discussion remained inconclusive. A proposal for providing minimum pension of Rs. 1000/- under EPS, 1995 is under consideration of the Government.

This information was given by Minister of State for Labour & Employment Shri Kodikunnil Suresh in the Lok Sabha today in reply to a written question.

Source:pib


Unit Run Canteens

    Demands from various forums have been received for implementation of Sixth Pay Commission recommendations in respect of URC employees, however, these recommendations have not been accepted as URC employees are not government employees.

The sales turnover and profit generated by CSD is as under:
(Rs. in Crore)
Year         FY 2011-2012                      FY 2012-2013

Sales        Rs.9746.59                            Rs.10245.35*
Profit        Rs.216.30                                Rs.219.34*
            *Unaudited figures.

As URC employees are not Government employees. They are given pay and allowances as per the rules regulating the terms and conditions of the services of the civilian employees of the URCs, issued by Army Headquarters. Consequent to Sixth Pay Commission, the basic pay of all categories has been increased by 50% w.e.f. 01.02.2009 and 15% w.e.f. 01.12.2009. Another 15% raise has been given w.e.f. 03.04.2013.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri Hukumdev Narayan Yadavin Lok Sabha today.

Source:pib

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Govt not considering to raise retirement age to 62 yrs

There is raging speculation that the Centre may raise the retirement age of its staff but top sources say there is no such move.

“There is no such plan to raise the retirement age to 62 from 60 years,” a reliable source in the Government said.

There are about 50 lakh Central Government employees working in various departments including the Railways across the country.

Recent media reports had claimed that the Ministry of Personnel was working on a proposal to increase the age of service by two years as part of Government’s plan to defer payouts in the form of pensions and other payments to check fiscal deficit.

It was also speculated that the move may be timed ahead of Lok Sabha elections.

Sources in the Ministry said raising retirement age requires a detailed consultation with all stake holders and discussion with the Finance Ministry. Without the Finance Ministry’s nod, the matter cannot be processed, they said.

The retirement age for a majority of Central Government employees is 60 years. However, the age for retirement in case of teachers and scientists is 62 years.

In a related development, Chhattisgarh Government has recently increased the age of retirement to 62 years from 60 for its employees.

The age of superannuation varies in State Governments with majority of them keeping it at 60 years.

The Centre had in 1998 raised the retirement age of Central Government employees to 60 from 58 years.

Source:http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/govt-not-considering-to-raise-retirement-age-to-62-yrs/article5034856.ece

Implementation of e-leave management system in DoT

No.30-1112012-Admn.I
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Telecommunications
Sanchar Bhavan, 20 Ashoka Road, New Delhi — 110 001
Dated: 15th July, 2013.

Sub: Implementation of e-leave management system.

IT Cell, DoT is requested to provide requisite guidelines/training to all officers/officials working in DoT(HQ) so that e-leave management system may be implemented completely. Requisite in-puts for this purpose have already been provided by Administration Wings to IT Cell. Staff of Admn. have also taken part in the training organized by IT Cell during month of June, 2013, however, being familiar with e-leave management system, mostly by Admn. Staff, does not serve the purpose of implementation of this system. IT Cell is, therefore, requested to organize training on c-leave management system for all employees of DoT (Hqrs).

sd/-
(Nirmala Dev) 
Under Secretary (Admn.II)

Copy to:
All employees of DoT(through Section/Branch/Division Head). It has been decided to implement e-leave management system, as such, in future, leave application will be accepted through e-leave management system only. It is, therefore, requested to contact NIC for providing login ID/password for use of e¬office/e-leave management system.

Source: http://www.dot.gov.in/sites/default/files/DOC160713.pdf

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Aadhaar enabled Know Your Customer process becomes paperless.

As a first of its kind service, the electronic Know Your Customer (e-KYC) service of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is transforming the entire KYC process by making it paperless, instantaneous, secure, economical and non-repudiable. The UIDAI expects its e-KYC service to enhance customer convenience and greatly increase business efficiency across sectors that require proof of identity and address to open customer accounts. Not only will this service streamline the process of on-boarding new customers but it will also simplify the process of linking existing customer accounts to their respective Aadhaar numbers in an easy yet secure manner.

The Ministry of Finance, Government of India, has already recognized e-KYC as a valid document for all financial services under the Prevention of Money Laundering (PML) Rules. The UIDAI is working with sector regulators for extending e-KYC to their respective sectors.

The e-KYC service will extend the power and convenience of Aadhaar KYC to paperless transactions. Using the e-KYC service, residents can authorize the UIDAI to release their KYC data to a service provider. This authorization can either be done in person (through biometric authentication), or it can be done online (through OTP authentication). Upon successful authentication and consent of the resident, the UIDAI will provide the resident’s name, address, date of birth, gender, photograph, mobile number (if available), and email address (if available) to the service provider electronically.’


Salient features of the Aadhaar e-KYC service
1.     Paperless: The service is fully electronic, and document management can be eliminated;

2.     Consent based: The KYC data can only be provided upon authorization by the resident through Aadhaar authentication, thus protecting resident privacy;

3.     Eliminates Document Forgery: Elimination of photocopies of various documents that are currently stored in premises of various stakeholders reduces the risk of identity fraud and protects resident identity. In addition, since the e-KYC data is provided directly by UIDAI, there is no risk of forged documents;

4.     Inclusive: The fully paperless, electronic, low-cost aspects of e-KYC make it more inclusive, enabling financial inclusion;

5.     Secure and compliant with the IT Act: Both end-points of the data transfer are secured through the use of encryption and digital signature as per the Information Technology Act, 2000 making e-KYC document legally equivalent to paper documents. In addition, the use of encryption and digital signature ensures that no unauthorized parties in the middle can tamper or steal the data;

6.     Non-repudiable: The use of resident authentication for authorization, the affixing of a digital signature by the service provider originating the e-KYC request, and the affixing of a digital signature by UIDAI when providing the e-KYC data makes the entire transaction non-repudiable by all parties involved;

7.     Low cost: Elimination of paper verification, movement, and storage reduces the cost of KYC to a fraction of what it is today;

8.     Instantaneous: The service is fully automated, and KYC data is furnished in real-time, without any manual intervention;

9.     Machine Readable: Digitally signed electronic KYC data provided by UIDAI is machine readable, making it possible for the service provider to directly store it as the customer record in their database for purposes of service, audit, etc. without human intervention making the process low cost and error free; and

10.                        Regulation friendly: The service providers can provide a portal to the Ministry/Regulator for auditing all e-KYC requests.

Benefits of e-KYC

Resident Benefits

1.     http://1.id/The ID document is on person and thus there is no need to carry documents/Cards.

2.     No need to leave behind photo copies- possibility of ID theft eliminated.

3.     Inclusion through a digital ID for all.

4.     Instant gratification - no need to fetch ID documents, immediate on line authentication and service activation.

5.     Go Green- no paper, no wastage.

6.     Common ID for multiple purposes- government
benefits, travel, telecom, LPG and Financial Services.

7.     Consent Based release of ID resident in full control of sharing ID.

Benefits to Service providers

1.     No paper work- need for photo copy, preservation of physical copy and conversion to digital copy averted.

2.     Cost Saving from elimination of collecting and preserving paper copies.

3.     Improved Regulatory compliance- back end can monitor KYC fulfilment online.

4.     Security enhanced- point to point data transfer from UIDAI server to service provider server eliminates data and ID theft.

5.     Better sales conversion and customer satisfaction through on the spot ID verification and instant activation of services.

6.     Innovation- instant products like ready to use pre-paid cards, on the spot Insurance Policy and ready to use SIM cards.

Benefits to Regulators

1.     Standard KYC - Improved compliance with reduced front end discretion.

2.     Real time analytic through Portal based KYC and service monitoring.

3.     Expansion of authorised service provider domain supported by discretion free, digital KYC.

Aadhaar Factsheet

·         ‘Aadhaar’ is a 12 digit individual identification number which serves as a proof of identity and address, anywhere in India.

·        Any person, irrespective of his/her age or gender, who is an ordinary resident citizen of India, can enroll for Aadhaar free of cost and the unique Aadhaar number remains valid for life.

·        Aadhaar identifies individuals uniquely on the basis of their demographic information and biometrics. It gives individuals the means to clearly establish their identity to public and private agencies across the country.

·        The word ‘Aadhaar’ means foundation, therefore it is the base on which any delivery system can be built. Aadhaar can be used in any system which needs to establish the identity of a resident. Aadhaar can be used in the delivery of the following programs:

Food and Nutrition – Public Distribution System, Food Security, Mid Day Meals, Integrated Child Development Scheme

Employment – Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, Swarnajayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana, Indira Awaaz Yojana, Prime Minister’s Employment Guarantee Program

Education – Sarva Shikhsha Abhiyaan, Right to Education

Inclusion and Social Security – Janani Suraksha Yojana, Development of Primitive Tribe Groups, Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme

Healthcare – Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana, Janashri Bima Yojana, Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana

·        Other miscellaneous purposes including property transactions, voter ID, PAN card etc.

·        Under the DBT scheme, the entitled monetary benefits under the identified schemes are transferred directly to the bank account of the beneficiaries, which are linked with the Aadhaar number. However at present, since many beneficiaries are still to be provided the Aadhaar card, the benefits are deposited to the bank accounts even without the Aadhaar number.

·        Under DBT for LPG, all LPG consumers with Aadhaar numbers and whose bank accounts are linked to Aadhaar numbers are given an advance amount of Rs.435/- per cylinder booked, immediately on booking a cylinder.  While the LPG cylinders will be supplied at the market price, the subsidy amount will be credited automatically in their accounts.

·        Aadhaar is an important means of financial inclusion. With the Aadhaar card even poor people can easily establish their identity to banks for opening accounts. They can also carry it in the train journey as an identity proof.

·        With Aadhaar cards seeded to their bank accounts, rural residents will be able to transact electronically with each other as well as with individuals and firms outside the village. This will reduce their dependence on cash.

·        Once a general purpose Aadhaar enabled micropayment system is in place, a variety of other financial instruments such as micro credit, micro- insurance, micro-pensions and micro- mutual funds can be implemented on top of this payments system.

·        The Aadhaar number has the property of being a globally unique address for every resident of India, for life. This property makes it attractive to use Aadhaar as a payment address.

·        The Aadhaar e-KYC (Know your customer) service provides an instant, electronic proof of identity and proof of address along with date of birth and gender. In addition, it also provides the resident’s mobile number and email address to the service provider, which helps further streamline the process of service delivery

·        Digitally signed electronic KYC data provided by UIDAI is machine readable, making it possible for the service provider to directly store it as the customer record in their database for purposes of service, audit, etc. without human intervention making the process low cost and error free

·        The e-KYC service can be deployed for linking existing beneficiary records with Aadhaar numbers. Examples include linkage of existing Ration Cards, pension accounts, scholarships, etc. with Aadhaar. This has the twin benefit of achieving de-duplication and elimination of fakes and ghosts, while ensuring that the benefits reach the targeted beneficiaries. In cases where residents are applying for various Government-issued documents such as a Ration Card, Drivers’ license, Caste certificate, Passport, Birth certificate, etc., the e-KYC service can be used for efficient service delivery, based on quick and accurate identification of the person.

Source:pib

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