Monday, January 31, 2011

All India Consumer Price index Numbers for Industrial Workers on base 2001=100 for the Month of December, 2010

All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of  December, 2010 increased by 3 points and stood at 185 (one hundred and eighty five).

            During December, 2010, the index recorded an increase of 9 points in Quilon centre, 8 points in Guntur centre, 7 points each in Tiruchirapally, Vadodara and Belgaum centres, 6 points in 4 centres, 5 points in 6 centres, 4 points in 10 centres, 3 points in 16 centres, 2 points in 15 centres and 1 point in 8 centres. The index decreased by 2 points each in Kodarma and Tripura centres, 1 point each in Durgapur, Ranchi Hatia and Ludhiana centres, while in the remaining 9 centres the index remained stationary.

            The maximum increase of 9 points in Quilon centre is mainly on account of increase in the prices of Rice, Coconut Oil, Fish Fresh, Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, Tea (Readymade), Firewood, etc. The increase of 8 points in Guntur centre is due to increase in the prices of Rice, Groundnut Oil, Onion, Tamarind, Vegetable & Fruit items, etc. The increase of 7 points each in Tiruchirapally, Vadodara and Belgaum centres is due to increase in the prices of Rice, Wheat, Jowar, Goat Meat, Eggs (Hen), Onion, Vegetable items, Sugar, Petrol, etc. However, the decrease of 2 points each in Kodarma and Tripura centres is due to decrease in the prices of Rice, Wheat Atta, Vegetable items, etc. and the decrease of 1 point each in  Durgapur, Ranchi Hatia and Ludhiana centres is due to decrease in the prices of Rice, Wheat Atta, Vegetable items, etc.

            The indices in respect of the six major centres are as follows :

1. Ahmedabad

2. Bangalore

3. Chennai

4. Delhi

5. Kolkata

6. Mumbai

            The All-India (General) point to point rate of inflation for the month of December, 2010 is 9.47% as compared to 8.33% in November, 2010. Inflation based on Food Index is 7.98% in December, 2010 as compared to 5.35% in November, 2010.


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Cadre Review of Central Secretariat Stenographers' Service (CSSS).

No. 20/51/2009-CS.II
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, New Delhi
Dated: 27th January, 2011.


Subject: Cadre Review of Central Secretariat Stenographers' Service (CSSS).

The Government has undertaken cadre review of central secretariat stenographers' service (CSSS) in view of stagnation prevailing in various grades of CSSS and has, inter-alia, taken the following decisions:

i) Creation of additional 25 posts of senior principal private secretary (Sr. PPS).
ii) Creation of additional 625 posts of principal private secretary (PPS).
iii) Up-gradation of 400 posts of Persoanl Assistant (PA) to private secretary (PS) grade.
iv) Filling up all resultant vacancies in the PS grade due to up gradation and creation of posts in Sr. PPS grade and 625 posts in PPS grade by Promotion, through seniority Quota, as a one time measure.
vi) Filling up all existing direct recruitment vacancies in the PA grade and fresh vacancies percolating to the PA grade , due to creation of 25 posts in Sr. PPS grade and 625 posts in PPS grade, only by promotion, through seniority quota, as a one time measure.

2. Necessary notification relating to amendment to the CSSS Rules 2010 will be issued separately.

Rajiv Manjhi
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India, 
Tel: 24622365

      All Cadre Units of CSSS
(Joint Secretary in charge of Administration)

Summer trials this year of upgraded indigenous battle tank

Within a year of the government approving a project for an upgraded indigenous main battle tank (MBT), India's defence research agency has readied a Mark II version that will undergo summer and winter trials this year.
The defence ministry had last May given its nod to the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to develop the Arjun MkII MBT which would have enhanced features over the first lot of 124 tanks that have been delivered to the army over the last two years.
"The Arjun MkII tanks will go for summer trials this year and later for winter trials at the end of 2011," a defence ministry official said here today.
The army is already operating two regiments of Arjun tanks in the western sector and has placed an order for an additional 124 - two regiments - of the 58-tonne tanks from the Avadi-based manufacturer, Heavy Vehicles Factory.
The army gained confidence in operating the Arjun tanks, despite the initial hesitation, after the first two regiments were pitted against the Russian-built T-90 MBTs early last year in comparative trials in the desert terrain.
The Arjuns, army officers said, had outsmarted the T-90s in all the parameters set for the trials and had prompted the army top brass to admit that the tank was one of the best they had operated.
The Arjun MkII will have about a dozen changes from the first lot, being armed with missile firing capability through a laser homing device.
Though the missile system had been tested on the MkI version of the tank about five years ago, it did not form part of the final design of the initial 124 delivered to the army, and nor will it be mounted on the second lot of 124, ministry officials said.
The system, they said, would have a range of about eight kms, within which it could destroy enemy tanks after homing on to the target using a laser.
Other modifications include better explosive-reactive armour for the tank to protect it from enemy missiles and rockets, improving the sighting facility to provide it a wider view of the battlefield, including night vision capability, and a better communication system.


Friday, January 28, 2011

Eight tax saving secrets you should know

The Income Tax Act 1961 is a voluminous piece of legislation. Taxmann Publications’ latest edition of the Act runs into 1,125 pages. It’s enough to intimidate even the most diligent law student and tax expert, leave alone ordinary taxpayers. But hidden away in the 300-odd sections and 14 schedules are clauses that can benefit ordinary taxpayers-provided they know how to claim those benefit.

ET Wealth spoke to a range of tax experts to glean information on little-known tax benefits you may be entitled to. Here are eight deductions that can help you save tax over and above the tax saving investments you make during the year.

1. Use losses in stocks to cut tax

Can you gain from the short-term losses you made on stocks? Yes, says the Income Tax Act. If you have made any long-term capital gains from sale of property, gold or debt funds, you can set them off against short-term capital losses made on stocks and bring down your tax liability. “Short term capital losses can be set off against both shortterm capital gains as well as taxable long-term capital gains,” says Sandeep Shanbhag, director of Wonderland Consultants, a Mumbai-based tax planning and financial consultancy. This can be especially useful for someone who has booked profits on gold ETFs and physical gold this year. Suppose you have sold a property and made a long-term capital gain of Rs 30 lakh after indexation.

At 20%, the tax payable on this long-term capital gain is Rs 6 lakh. However, if you have also sold some junk stocks during the year and made a short-term loss of Rs 3 lakh, you can set this off against the gains from the property. Then the gain from the property will get reduced to only Rs 27 lakh and the tax payable will be Rs 5.4 lakh. However, the law makes a distinction here. One cannot set off short-term gains from stocks against long-term capital losses from the other assets. “Long term capital losses can only be set off against taxable long-term capital gains,” says Shanbhag.

How much tax can you save: Setting off a short-term loss of Rs 3 lakh against longterm gains can help you save Rs 60,000.

Proof required: Keep record of your equity trading account statement with details of the transactions that resulted in losses.

2. Get deduction for rent even without HRA

House rent can account for as much as 40-50% of the total household expense. That’s why the house rent allowance is exempt from tax to a certain limit. But what if your salary does not include an HRA component or you are a self-employed professional or businessman? Under Section 80GG, you can claim deduction of the rent paid even if you don’t get HRA. “Not many people are aware of this deduction,” says chartered accountant Mehul Sheth. But there are stiff conditions to be met. The least of the following three can be claimed as deduction: rent paid less 10% of total income; or Rs 2,000 a month; or 25% of total income. Also, the taxpayer should not be drawing any HRA or any housing benefit.

Besides, he or his spouse or minor child should not own a house in the city where he stays and he should not be claiming tax benefits for some other self-occupied house. Whew. Incidentally, if you are living in your parents’ house, you can pay rent to them. If your parent has no other income or pays a lower tax, this can bring down your tax liability significantly. However, the rent will be taxable as the income of the parent after a 30% standard deduction. This means, you can pay a senior citizen parent up to Rs 3.43 lakh a year.

How much tax can you save: Given the stiff conditions, one can’t claim more than Rs 2,000 as deduction per month under Sec 80GG. But this can bring down your tax by Rs 7,400 a year in the highest tax bracket.

Proof required: Taxpayer has to submit a declaration on form 10-BA that he is paying rent and not receiving HRA.

3. Pay lower tax if someone is ill

The treatment of a chronic illness can be a drain on the finances of a taxpayer. That’s why the Income tax Act allows a taxpayer to claim a deduction of Rs 40,000 if he has a dependent who suffers from any of the ailments specified under Section 80DDB. “The deduction is higher at Rs 60,000 if the patient is a senior citizen,” says chartered accountant Paras Savla. The diseases include, neurological diseases (including dementia, dystonia musculorum deformans, motor neuron disease, ataxia, chorea, hemiballismus, aphasia and Parkinson’s disease), malignant cancers, full-blown AIDS, chronic kidney failure and haematological disorders (haemophilia and thalassaemia). Dependents can include spouse, children, parents and siblings. However, there are a few conditions.

The patient should be wholly or mainly dependent on the taxpayer and should not have separately claimed deduction for the disability. If the amount spent is reimbursed by the employer or an insurance company, there is no deduction. If the taxpayer gets a partial reimbursement of the expenses, the balance can be claimed as deduction.

How much tax can you save: If a dependent is a patient, the taxpayer’s liability comes down by 12,360 in the highest income bracket. If the patient is a senior citizen, the tax is lower by Rs 18,540.

Proof required: One needs a certificate of the illness from a specialist in a government hospital.

4. Claim benefits for your political affiliations

Can you lower your tax if you have political connections? Apparently you can. Any amount contributed to a recognized political party can be claimed as a deduction under Section 80GGC (80GGB for corporates). “This is a new deduction and was introduced in April 2010. The donation can also be made to the electoral trust which works for the purpose of conducting elections,” says Sheth. Interestingly, unlike other deductions, there is no ceiling on the amount that can be claimed as a deduction. Of course, the deduction is available only if the donation went into the party coffers.

Cash given to individuals doesn’t count. Other donations also get you tax benefits. Under Section 80G, donations to charitable organizations get deduction ranging from 50% to 100%. It’s a good idea to know how much deduction would be available before you write a cheque. However, There is a ceiling to the deduction a taxpayer can claim in a year. “The quantum of deduction is limited to 10% of the gross total income of the donor,” says Tapati Ghose, partner at Deloitte Haskins & Sells. Also, only cash donations are taken into account. Food, clothes and medicines do not qualify.

How much tax can you save: In the highest tax bracket, a donation of Rs 1 lakh to a political party can bring down your tax by Rs 30,900.

Proof required: You must have a stamped receipt of the payment from the political party.

5. Use education loan to lower tax

The rising cost of higher education is forcing people to borrow money to pay the fee of their children’s professional courses. The taxman is sympathetic and offers a deduction that can lower the cost of the loan. The interest paid on an education loan is fully deductible from taxable income under Section 80E. Till a few years back, this deduction was available only to the borrower. Now, even a parent or a spouse can avail of it. What’s more, this now includes loans taken for vocational courses. “If a parent or legal guardian takes the loan, he can claim deduction for the interest paid for up to eight successive years, starting from the year in which the interest is first paid,” says Shanbhag.

However, loans taken for siblings and other relatives do not qualify. Also, the lender must be a recognised financial institution; loans from employers or individuals do not count.

How much tax can you save: If you take a Rs 10 lakh education loan at 10% interest for 8 years, you can save Rs 1.41 lakh in tax in the highest tax bracket. This will bring down the effective cost of the loan to 7% per annum.

Proof required: Loan statement from lender.

6. Disabilities can be tax savers

There are other signs to suggest that the taxman is not the heartless Scrooge he is often made out to be. If a taxpayer suffers from a disability, he can claim deduction of Rs 75,000 under Sec 80U. If he has a disabled dependent, he can claim the deduction under Sec 80DD. Disability includes blindness, low vision, leprosy, hearing impairment, loco-motor disability, mental retardation and mental illness and deduction is available only if the impairment is at least 40%. If the disability is severe (80% or above), the deduction is Rs 1 lakh a year. The dependant could include the taxpayer’s spouse, children, parents and even siblings.

Incidentally, the deduction is offered as a lump sum and does not depend on the actual amount that the taxpayer may spend on himself or on the disabled dependent. However, the disabled person should be wholly or mainly dependent on the taxpayer for maintenance, and should not have claimed deduction for the disability under Section 80U separately.

How much tax can you save: A deduction of Rs 75,000 can cut tax by Rs 23,175 in the highest tax bracket. In case of severe disability, the tax is lower by Rs 30,900.

Proof required: A certificate of disability from a civil surgeon or the chief medical officer of a government hospital.

7. Take unlimited deduction for your second home loan

When it comes to buying a second house, the taxman can be very encouraging. Under Section 24b, one can claim deduction of up to Rs 1.5 lakh a lakh for interest paid on a home loan. But if the taxpayer buys a second house through another home loan and gives it on rent, the entire interest paid on the home loan during a given year can be claimed as a deduction. As Savla says, “If you have more than one house, any one is deemed to be rented out. So the interest income on the home loan for that house can be claimed entirely for deduction, provided the rental income or a deemed income is charged to tax.”

How much tax can you save: If you have taken a home loan of Rs 50 lakh at 9.5% for 20 years, your interest payment in the first year will be Rs 4.7 lakh and you can save tax up to Rs 1.09 lakh.

Proof required: Loan account statement from your lender

8. Claim HRA as well as home loan benefits

But you can claim both house rent allowance (HRA) exemption as well as the tax benefits on the interest paid on a home loan. Many organizations do not allow employees to claim both benefits. Their logic is that HRA is exempt if you are paying rent and home loan benefits apply only for a self-occupied house. You can’t be doing both at the same time. But this is a gray area in the Income Tax Act. “In legal terms, silence signifies approval.

In other words, the Act need not expressly allow something. The lack of express disallowance also signifies intention of approval,” says Shanbhag. So given this, HRA and interest on home loan are two separate provisions and claiming one of them as a deduction does not influence the other. As Shanbhag puts it, “The taxpayer may own any number of flats, either in the same city that he works in or anywhere else in the whole of India or for that matter abroad, but that in no way influences the HRA deduction that he is entitled to.”

There are many such examples in the tax laws. Let’s take for instance, Section 80C (PPF, NSC, ELSS etc.) and Section 80D (medical insurance premium). “Everyone will agree that both Section 80C and Section 80D can be separately claimed. But does it expressly say so anywhere?” asks Shanbhag.

How much tax can you save: In the highest tax bracket, a deduction for Rs 1.5 lakh will bring down your tax by Rs 46,350.

Proof required: Loan account statement from your lender

Source:economic times

How much tax do infra bonds really save?

The IDFC Infrastructure Bonds issue joins five other issues this financial year. A similar issue by Rural Electrification Corporation is already open. By investing in these products, taxpayers can claim a deduction of up to Rs 20,000 under Section 80CCF. This is above the Rs 1 lakh invested under Section 80C. While you save tax, your real returns may not be as high or precise as those being projected by some brokers. So before you rush to invest in the issue, here are a few points to ponder.

Good for saving tax:

IDFC bonds have a tenure of ten years and offer 8% interest on both the annual payout and cumulative options. The effective rate of return rises if you account for tax savings. The higher the tax bracket, the more the tax-saving potential. That means taxpayers in the 30% tax bracket will earn marginally higher returns than those falling in the 10% tax bracket.

If the company buys back the bonds after the lock-in of five years, the effective return would be 12.1%. This is higher than what most fixed income instruments will offer.

Don't believe in projections:

Your broker might try to lure you with calculations that show spectacular returns of up to 17-18% in case of a buyback of the bonds by the company after five years. Such a high rate looks probable only because there is a flaw in the assumptions. But the real rate of return is revealed when you crunch the numbers. First, to project high returns, it is taken for granted that the investor falls in the top tax bracket.

Now, considering tax savings of Rs 6,180 (30.9% of Rs 20,000), the actual investment drops to Rs 13,820 (Rs 20,000–Rs 6,180). The rate of return on this (using the concept of internal rate of return), considering the 8% earned every year for 5 years and the buyback at Rs 20,000, works out to about 18%. The problem with this figure, however, is that it assumes that the interest earned is tax-free, which is not the case. It also assumes that the interest earned every year is reinvested at 18% for the remaining tenure.

Also, the interest further earned on the reinvested amount is assumed to be tax-free, which again is incorrect. When accounted for all this, the effective return declines to about 12% —assuming that the interest is reinvested at 8% and the interest earned on the reinvested amount is taxed at 30.9%.

Remember buyback dates:

Both issues offer a buyback option to investors after the five-year lock in. It is best to exit at the first opportunity and reinvest the proceeds in other, more lucrative options. If you miss the window that opens for a specified period, the company may not buy your bonds. However, you can still sell them.

The bonds will be listed on major exchanges and you can sell them like any other security in the secondary debt market. Keep in mind that it is not easy for retail investors to find buyers in the secondary bond market.

The average transaction size is in crores of rupees. Imagine how much interest your Rs 20,000 bonds will earn. Add to that issues about capital gains that will crop up if you sell in the secondary market.

What is required:

A self-attested copy of the PAN card has to be enclosed with the application form. A demat account is not necessary because these bonds are in physical form as well. Of course, if you own a demat account, it is better to apply in the demat form.

Source:economic times

Extension of Risk Allowance till 30.06.2011.

No.21012/01/2008-Estt. (Allowance)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, dt.25th January, 2011.


Subject:- Extension of Risk Allowance till 30.06.2011.

The undersigned is directed to refer this Department’s OM No.21012/01/2008-Estt.(AL) dated 13.10.2010 vide which payment of Risk Allowance was extended till 31.12.2010. Extension of Risk Allowance for a further period of six months beyond 31.12.2010 has been considered and it has been decided that Risk Allowance may be continued for a further period of six months upto 30.06.201 1 or till such time Risk Insurance Scheme is implemented, whichever is earlier. All the MinistriesDepartments are requested to ensure implementation of Risk Insurance Scheme before 30.06.2011. No further extension will considered thereafter.

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

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CBT nod last hitch in EPFO funds flowing into corp bonds

NEW DELHI: The employee's provident fund organisation is considering a proposal to broaden the basket of private securities it can invest in, a move that could breathe life into the stagnant corporate bond market.

The proposal will be taken up by the central board of trustees (CBT) of the EPFO next month. CBT is the top decision-making body of the fund that manages over 5,00,000 crore on behalf of workers in the organised sector.

Last year the EPFO had included bonds of LIC Housing Finance and Infrastructure Leasing and Finance Company in the basket of eligible securities. Investment was allowed only in bonds of those private companies where a minimum 26% of shares are held by the government or public sector units.

The proposal is part of the new guidelines suggested by the EPFO for eligibility of private entities and is based on a paper submitted by rating agency Crisil in the CBT meeting last month. It will be taken up at the CBT meeting on February 15.

"There is a need to invest in more private companies and get higher yields while ensuring sufficient security of the bonds," a labour ministry official said.

Trade unions, however, are not in support of the move. They maintain EPFO should stick to the safety of government bonds.

"The EPFO cannot put workers' money in jeopardy for the sake of higher returns," said DL Sachdev, secretary of All India Trade Union Congress and a member of CBT.

The finance ministry has been trying to persuade the EPFO to invest in equities for higher returns.

"The nominal returns of, say 8.5% (from current investments), when coupled with over 8% rate of inflation, result in negative real returns," financial services secretary R Gopalan said in a recent letter to labour secretary PC Chaturvedi.

The EPFO has been declaring 8.5% return for many years but it has recommended a higher 9.5% rate for the current year, having discovered about 1,700 crore in its interest suspense account. The fund is under pressure to show better returns.

As per the proposal, private entities with a net worth of 5,000 crore or more, dual AAA rating by two rating agencies and dividend-paying record for the last 10 years are eligible for receiving EPFO investment.

The maximum tenure of such investment should not exceed 10 years and all investment in the private sector bonds should be secured.

The Crisil report said no bond rated AAA by it has defaulted or moved below the AA category in its history of 23 years.

The default experience, spanning 22 years, of private sector AAA-rated entities has been as good as that of the public sector AAA-rated entities, the rating agency said, justifying its recommendations.

The AAA is the highest rating, indicating the ability of a company to repay its debt. AA rating is a notch below AAA rating, but indicates that the company is sound enough to discharge its debt obligations.

The CBT will also consider raising the maximum limit for investment from 25% of the net worth to 40% since these limits have been nearly exhausted in eligible companies.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Ad-hoc promotion of UDCs of SL-2002 & 2003 to Assistant Grade -reg.

No.4/6/2010-CS.l I
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel,Public Grievances and Pensions
Departmenl of Personnel & Training.

Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi- 110 003.
Dated, the 21st January, 2011.


Subject: Ad-hoc promotion of UDCs of SL-2002 & 2003 to Assistant Grade -reg.

     The undersigned is directed to convey the decision of the competent authority to further promote the UDCs of CSCS of Select List Year 2002 and 2003 to Assistants Grade of CSS on ad-hoc basis upto 30/06/2011 or until further orders or till regular Assistants become available through the normal channels of recruitment as prescribed under the CSS Rules. whichever is earlier. All those officials who are eligible for promotion may he promoted on us is where is basis i..c., where they are presently working as UDC, subject to availability of vacancies. ln Cadre Units where eligible UDCs arc in excess than the available vacancies in the Grade of Assistant. the name and full details of such junior-most UDCs, who have been found fit by the DPC, but could not he accommodated in the Cadre Units, may he forwarded to this Department for their posting in the Cadrc Units where vacancies are available.

     2. The eligible officials, as per the above scheme of things, may be appointed as Assistants on ad-hoc basis, initially for the period upto 30/06/2011 after assessing their suitability fof promotion by screening the records, i.e., (ACRs of the officers by the appointing authority and also after ensuring that vigilancc case is either pending or being contemplated against the official. The ad-hoc promotion/appointment is subject to following conditions: -

i) the ad-hoc appointment shall not confer on the appointees any right to continue in the grade indefinitely or for inclusion in the Select List or to claim seniority in the Assistants’ Grade of CSS:

ii) ad-hoc appointments may be terminated at any point of time without giving any reason there fore;

iii the appointment on ad-hoc basis will take effect from the date of taking over the chargc of the post of Assistant of CSS.

iv) that the ad-hoc appointment in Assistant Grade would he continued only if they attend and qualify the mandatory training as and when nominated by CS. I (Training) Section of this Department failing which their ad-hoc appointment would be terminated.

3. If any of the eligible officers is on deputation, he/she may be given the option to be reverted within one month to avail of the promotion.

4. All the Cadre Units arc requested to take necessary action in this regard as the whole process may be completed on top priority basis within a period of one month. A copy of the appointment order may be endorsed to this Department. Thereafter, a report indicating the name and details of the UDCs who have been appointed/promoted to the post of Assistant on ad-hoc basis may be sent to this Department in the prescribed proforma enclosed with this OM, by 28.02.2011. A list of those UDCs who have not been found fit, with reasons therefore, may also be furnished to this Department.

Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Model RRs for Stenographer posts in non-Secretariat Organizations.

NO. AB-14017/8/2010-Estt (RR)
Government of lndia
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
New Delhi
Dated the 24th January , 2011


Subject:- Model RRs for Stenographer posts in non-Secretariat Organizations.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even
number dated 1oth March, 2010 forwarding copy of the Model Recruitment Rules for Stenographers Grade II post in Non-Secretariat Organizations. The Model RRs for the posts of Stenographer Grade I, Private Secretary, Senior Private Secretary (Group B posts) have been reviewed in the light of 6Ih CPC recommendations on revision of pay scales, instructions issued by this Department, etc. Accordingly, the revised Model Recruitment Rules for the same applicable to the Stenographers in Non-Secretariat Organizations which are not part of the CSSS / RBSSS / IFS / AFHQSS or any other organized headquarter services are enclosed as Annexure to this Office Memorandum.

2. Ministries I Departments may review the existing rules and notify the revised rules conforming to the Model Recruitment Rules. These may also be forwarded to all autonomous/statutory bodies for adoption. The Ministry of Home Affairs are also requested to forward these Model RRs to the UT Administrations for appropriate action.

3. Hindi version will follow.



Entitlement of Pass facilites under MACPS -Clarification reg.

S.No.PC-VI/245 No.PC-V/2009/ACP/2
RBE No.5/2011 New Delhi, dated 12-01-2011
The General Managers
All Zonal Rai1ways & PUs

Sub:- Entitlement of Pass facilites under MACPS -Clarification reg.

Ref:- Board’s letter of even number dated 10-06-2009
The issue regarding the entitlement of privilege and other passes in case of employees who have been granted financial upgradation under the MACP Scheme has been under consideration.

In terms of Para 16 of Annexure of Board’s letter referred to above, financial upgradation under the MACP Scheme is personal to the incumbent and entitles the employee to certain benefits which are linked to the pay drawn by the employee. Hence, the benefit of Passes/PTOs Corresponding to the next higher Grade Pay granted under the MACP Scheme will be available to the employee. It is also reiterated that the grant of financial upgradation under the MACP Scheme does not entail any change in the designation, classification and status of an employee. Accordingly, the benefits related to higher status inherent in the higher Pay Band and / or Grade Pay is not avaialble to such an employee who has been granted higher Grade Pay under the MACP Scheme.

3. This issue with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Rai1ways.

4. Hindi version is enclosed.

Dy. Director, Pay Commission – V
Railway Board

Clarification regarding reimbursement of Ambulance charges to CGHS beneficiaries-

No: S.4924/2010/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 17th January 2011

Sublect: Clarification regarding reimbursement of Ambulance charges to CGHS beneficiaries-

The undersigned is directed to refer to the subject mentioned above and to state that this Ministry has been receiving several representations seeking clarifications regarding Ambulance charges to CGHS beneficiaries.
2. It is accordingly clarified that expenditure incurred on engagement of Ambulance by CGHS beneficiaries, comprising both serving Govt. employees and pensioners is reimbursable provided that:
(i) The doctor treating the patient certifies in writing that conveyance of patient by any other mode would definitely endanger the patient’s life or would grossly aggravate his / her condition and
(ii) That the journey is undertaken within the same city.
3. This issues with the concurrence of IED vide Dy. No. 4888/Dt.11.O1.2011 of the office of the AS&FA, Min., of Health &Family Welfare.
[Jai Prakash]
Under Secretary to Government of India

Ceiling for reimbursement of special Nursing and Ayah/Attendant charges to the employees covered under CS(MA) Rules,1944.

No.S. 14025/8/20 10-MS
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
313, ‘D’Wing. Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi— 110108
Dated 18th January,2011.

Subject: Ceiling for reimbursement of special Nursing and Ayah/Attendant charges to the employees covered under CS(MA) Rules,1944.

The undersigned is directed to invite reference to this Ministry’s CM No.S.14025/74/86- MS dated 30.10.1991 wherein an arrangement for reimbursement for special nursing has been made which stipulates that the amount of such reimbursement is limited to the amount which is in excess of 25% of the pay of the Government servant. Keeping in view the increase in pay and allowances and wages of nurses and ayah/attendants and in order to simplify the existing procedure, it has been decided to fix ceiling rates of special nurse and ayah/attendant for reimbursement to CS(MA) beneficiaries.

2. The Ceiling rates for such reimbursement to CS(MA) beneficiary would be as follows:

Special Nurse – Rs 150/- per shift of 12 hours.

Ayah/Attendant – Rs 75/- per shift of 12 hours

3. The reimbursement of special charges for nurse and ayah/attendant at above rates is subject to the condition that for such purpose a certificate from the medical officer in-charge of the case in the hospital and countersigned by the medical superintendent of the hospital should be produced in the prescribed form as enclosed at annexure.

4 This order will be effective from the date of issue

5. This issues with the concurrence of IFD vide Dy. No. C-2200 dated 05/01/2011.

(Sanjay Pant)
Under Secretary to the Government of India.
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Friday, January 21, 2011

Updation of Common Seniority List (CSL) of Steno Grade ‘D’ of CSSS upto Select List Years 1994 as on 1.7.2010.


No. 6/1/2011-CS-1I(C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi- 110003.
Dated, the 11th January, 2011.


Subject: Updation of Common Seniority List (CSL) of Steno Grade ‘D’ of CSSS upto Select List Years 1994 as on 1.7.2010.

     The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. No.20/23/2005-CS.II dated 28.7.2006 circulating therewith the Final Common Seniority List of Steno Grade ‘D’ upto the Select List Year 1994,
which is also available on the website of this Ministry and to say that the CSL of Steno Grade ‘D’ upto the SL year 1994 was circulated way back in 2006 and many Steno Grade ‘D’ in this list may have been promoted as PA under the SQ or LDCE quota, some may have left the service due to other
reasons. As such, there is a need to update the CSL upto the SL year 1994 as on 1.7.2010.

     2. All the Cadre Units are requested to furnish in the Annexure to this O.M., the details as on 1.7.2010, of all Steno Grade ‘D’ who had appeared in the CSL of Steno Grade ‘D’ circulated vide this Department’s O.M. dated 28.7.2006 and who have been promoted as PA/PS on regular basis or who have left the service due to other reasons so that their names may be deleted from the CSL, Cadre Units are requested to ensure that the requisite information is furnished to this Department by .31.1.2011 without any delay

(G.S. Pundir)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Tele: 24654020

Re-engagement of retired staff on daily remuneration basis in exigencies of service.

RBE No.O7/2O


No. E(NG)I1/2010/RC-4/6
New Delhi, dated:13.01.2011

The General Manager (P)
All Indian Railways
(As per standard mailing list)

Sub: Re-engagement of ratired staff on daily remuneration basis in exigencies of service.

   Keeping in view the acute shortage of staff in various categories of posts owing to various reasons and consequent hampering of the Railway’s services, Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) have decided to permit General Managers to re-engage retired employees with the following conditions:

     1. Railway should issuo necessary notificatioi for such re-engagement by giving wide publicity through open advertisement so that all may get equal opportunity.

     2. Re-engaged employees should not have been covered under the Safety Related Retirement Scheme/Liberalized Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for Safety Staff (LARSGESS).

     3. While engaging such staff, medical fitness of the appropriate category should be obtained from the designated authorities.

     4. Suitabitity/Competency of the staff should also be adjudged before Engaging and the issue of their safety record should be addressed.

     5. Maximum age limit or such re-engagement shall be 62 years end this limit shall not be exceeded in case of any retired railway employees during the period of re-engagement.

     6. While engaging such staff and assigning duties to them, it must be ensured that safety and other operational requirements are adequately addressed.

     7. Remuneration to such staff be made as stipulated vide this Ministry's letter No. E(NG)II/2007/RC-4/CORE/1 dated 11.12.2009 (in each and ever case of engagement of retired employee, the daily allowances plus full pension should not exceed the last pay drawn).

     8. The scheme will be valid up to December 2011. This may be terminated if adequate staff become available.

This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways (Railway Board).

Jt. Director (N)IT
Railway Board


Combined Defence Services Exam (I) – 2011-UPSC

The Union Public Service Commission will be conducting the Combined Defence Services Examination (I) – 2011 at 41 Centres throughout the country on 13/2/2011 (Sunday). Admission Certificates to the candidates have been dispatched. Letters of rejection to the candidates stating reason(s) for rejection have also been issued. If any applicant who has not received either the Admission Certificate or the Rejection Letter, may contact the UPSC Facilitation Counter on Telephone Nos. 011-23385271, 011-23381125, & 011-23098543 and 011-23387402 during working hours. The candidates can also send message on FAX No. 011-23387310. The candidates may also get “Venue Information” through Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) of the Commission by dialing 011-23387310. Information regarding ‘Venues of Examination’ is also available on Union Public Service Commission’s Website


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Employees oppose privatization bid

GUWAHATI/JORHAT: Employees of the Life Insurance Corporation of India on Wednesday staged a demonstration against the government's policy of raising foreign direct investment in the corporation.

The agitating employees said the Centre was now going to imple-ment the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2008 and the LIC (Amendment) Bill, 2009, after neo-liberal economic policies.

They added that this implementation would rise foreign direct in-vestment to 49 per cent from the current 26 per cent in the insurance sector. "We started the strike against government's move to raise FDI in the insurance sector. The bills have been mooted by the UPA government at the behest of the private insurers," said Bha-bendra Kumar Kalita, general secretary of the employee's association of LICI here.

The association members said they would also launch a national campaign against the raising of FDI in the sector.
In Jorhat, the division insurance employees' association members said the Centre should stop the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) and General In-surance Corporation (GIC) privatization process at the earliest.

Addressing a press conference in Jorhat, Dhrubajyoti Boruah, president and Dwipen Kakoti, the general secretary of the organi-zation, said, "We have been protesting the privatization of LIC and GIC for the greater interest of more than a lakh insurance employees. Although the Centre had made announcement that they may take steps for privatization of the two insurance companies, we strongly op-posed this decision and sought its withdrawal."
The association members added, "For growth of the Indian economy, role played by public insurance companies is significant as they contribute an important share in the country's economy."

Drawing a comparison between the public and private insurance companies working in the country, they said, "From 2005 to 2009, a total of 36 private insurance companies invested Rs 5,850.5 crore while the public insurance companies invested Rs. 51,252.9 crore."


PM Launches Countrywide Mobile Number Portability

PM Launches Countrywide Mobile Number Portability
Keep the Number Change the Service Provider
Telecommunications a key Tool for SOCIO Economic Transformation: PM

The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh launched Mobile Number Portability (MNP) Service in the country here today by making inaugural call to Shri Kapil Sibal, the Union Minister of Communications & IT from a ported number. Congratulating the Telecom Sector for the introduction of MNP and for being the fastest growing telecom market in the world, the Prime Minister said that the MNP is a shining example of how our telecommunications services have helped to widen human choices in a very important area of nation’s economic activity. Telecommunications provide a key tool for socio-economic transformation of our rural areas, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Kapil Sibal said that though India has introduced Mobile Number Portability relatively late vis-à-vis other developed countries but at the same time it has done so by adopting latest technologies and methodology. India has now joined the band wagon of advanced countries like USA, UK, China etc. in providing the MNP. He further stated that seeing the size of the country, number of subscribers & their growth rate and the number of operators per Licensed Service Area, there will be hardly any country with a network of so much complexity where MNP has been implemented.

Implementation of MNP will not only give wider choices to the Indian subscribers but will also compel Service providers to offer innovative, affordable and competitive Tariff plans for the benefit of the masses

. He also said that commitment made at the time of pilot launching in Haryana in Nov’2010 has been kept today because of single minded efforts of all concerned. Congratulating engineers for the great job done, he said that making solution for the complex situation was possible only because of them.

Mobile Number Portability (MNP) Service will allow subscribers to retain their existing Mobile Telephone Number even when they switch from one access service provider to another irrespective of mobile technology or from one technology to another technology of the same or any other access service provider within the same service area.

The MNP Service was initially launched in Haryana Licensed Service Area on 25.11.2010 which served as a pilot and helped resolve all problems in the countrywide implementation. Subsequently, a phase-wise migration plan of networks in all the other Service Areas was worked out by DOT in coordination with Service Providers. During the migration process, validation of technical parameters was carried out for successful and smooth migration of the networks of various Service Areas. Technical migration activity has been completed as planned on 19.01.2011 which has completed the ground work for commencement of MNP Service on a commercial basis from 20.01.2011.

In his welcome address, Shri Sachin Pilot, the Minister of State for Communications & IT, said that after launch of MNP subscribers can change service providers keeping the same number. This is both threat and opportunity for the service providers.

The Secretary (DoT), Shri R. Chandrashekhar said on the occasion that the countrywide launch of MNP marks a watershed in the history of the telecom sector in India. Competition is set to intensify both on cost and quality making customer the king. He thanked the Prime Minister for making 750 million Indian subscribers the king.

From today mobile subscribers in all service areas across the country have the choice of selecting their telecom service provider within the Licensed Service Area without changing their number provided a minimum period of 90 days has elapsed after subscription to the mobile service of the current service provider. For availing this facility the subscriber has to generate a unique porting code (UPC) by sending an SMS (PORT Mobile number) to 1900. With this UPC, the subscriber has to do all the formalities of registering as a new subscriber and present the UPC to the new service provider. In J&K, the pre-paid subscriber shall call to 1900 and get the UPC from the operator.

90 days time is required to be completed with the existing service provider before applying for porting. Porting has to be completed within 7 working days except for J&K, Assam and North East Service Areas where 15 days time has been prescribed. TRAI has put a ceiling of Rs. 19/- on porting charges which the new service provider may collect from the subscriber. Post-paid subscribers before making the porting request, have to make sure that their last bill has been paid failing which the request for change to a new service provider shall be rejected. In the case of pre-paid subscriber any balance amount left will not be carried forward when the number is transferred to the new service provider.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011


The biggest asset for a central govt employees is General Provident Fund(GPF).There is a saying that droplets of water in duration of time forms the ocean.

Similarly the amount saved every month elaborates itself to a huge amount at the time of one's retirement thus arising in shoulder as a friend making his life prosperous.

For this single most reason was the scheme of  GPF has been implemented.
In reality other than a few most of the central government employees do not let the GPF amount to be saved to its fullest.When there arises a situation for them to be rendered financially the immediate thought  that flashes across their mind is GPF.

Not only for the above reasons, but also to finance for the purchase of Luxury items and for touring places during holidays GPF has been blatantly utilized.During the young and middle age of one's life the important of GPF is not known to them or to say they are ignorant of it.

When the years have rolled by and one attains his retirement age only a meagre amount would be left in his GPF.This situation has happened in many people's life.
Central govt employees should averted unnecessary spending of  money in his youth to get huge amount for his retirement stage.

Dearness Allowance and increment of 3% received in a year  should be saved and utilized when there arises a immediate need financially
Hence central govt employees consider General Provident Fund as their biggest asset and safe guard it would definitely gives a safe and secure future.

Qualifying service for promotion to SAG/HAG Grades in Organised Group 'A' Engineering Services- regarding

NO. AB.1401716112008-Estt. (RR)IPt.
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
New Delhi
Dated 18th January  2011

Subject:- Qualifying service for promotion to SAG/HAG Grades in Organised Group 'A' Engineering Services- regarding

This Department vide OM of even No. dated 15.12.2009 had issued guidelines for amendment of Service Rules for incorporating the eligibility requirements for promotion to SAG and HAG level in Organized Group A Services.

The matter has been examined in respect of the Organized Engineering Services where the functional JAG is at Grade Pay of Rs.87001- and the eligibility requirement for SAG level is 3 years in the JAG grade. Accordingly for promotion to SAG (PB 4 Grade Pay Rs.100001-) level in Organized Engineering Services, the eligibility requirement shall be "Officers in the grade of Superintending Engineer and equivalent (PB 4 Grade Pay of Rs. 87W/-) with 3 years regular service in the grade or
ofticers in the grade of Superintending Engineer/equivalent with 17 years regular service in Group A posts in the service out of which at least 1 year of regular service should be in the PB-4 Grade Pay of Rs.

For promotion to HAG ( Rs 67000-790001-) level, the eligibility requirement shall be " Officers in the SAG ( PB-4 Grade Pay Rs. 10000/-) with 3 years' regular service in the grade OR Ofticers with 25 years' regular service in Group 'A' posts in the service out of which atleast 1 year' regular service should be in the SAG." The cadre controlling authorities of the various Organized Group A.

Engineering Services may initiate action for appropriate amendments in the Service Rules.

Hindi version will follow.

All cadre controlling authorities of Organized Group 'A' Services

Dinesh kapila
office memorandum

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Teachers in Punjab to be posted near their residence

MOHALI: In a move which would benefit newly appointed teachers, Punjab government on Monday decided to allot their posting at stations near to their residence.

State education minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan, while interacting with media at Punjab School Education Board in Mohali said, "We have decided to allot the nearest stations to newly appointed employees as we have received several complaints during the appointment of ETT teachers."

He added that the state government had also decided to give free bicycles to girls above class IX.

The minister said that the state government would also provide 100% furniture to all schools in the state so that, no student sits on the ground and 50% had already been provided. Keeping in mind Punjab government's priority to strengthen the state's education system, it will be for the first time that a state advisory board for education would be formed. This will involve educationists from the primary level to higher education.


Monday, January 17, 2011

Early Closure of Offices in connection with Republic Day Parade


N0.16/12/2010-JCA 2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 11th January, 2011


Sub: Early Closure of Offices in connection with Republic Day Parade and Beating Retreat Ceremony during 2011.

In connection with arrangements for the Republic Day Parade and Beating Retreat Ceremony, 2011, it has been decided that the Government offices located in the buildings indicated in Annexure-I would be closed early at 13:00 hrs. on 25th January, 2011 (Tuesday) and in buildings indicated in Annexure-I1 would be closed early at 12:OO Noon on 29th January, 2011 (Saturday).

2. Hindi version will follow.

(Dinesh Kapila)
Director (JCA)
Tel :2309 2589

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Extracts of provisions in F.R. 56 – Retirement Rules

Extracts of provisions in F.R. 56
F.R. 56(a) Except as otherwise provided in this rule, every Government servant shall retire from service on the afternoon of the last day of the month in which he attains the age of sixty years:

Provided that a Government servant whose date of birth is the first of a month shall retire from service on the afternoon of the last day of the preceding month on attaining the age of sixty years.

Provided further that a Government servant who has attained the age of fifty-eight years on or before the first day of May, 1998 and is on extension in service, shall retire from the service on expiry of his extended period of service.

Or on the expiry of any further extension in service granted by the Central Government in public interest, provided that no such extension in service shall be granted beyond the age of 60 years.

(b) A workman who is governed by these rules shall retire from service on the afternoon of the last day of the month in which he attains the age of sixty years.

(bb) The age of superannuation in respect of specialists included in the Teaching, Non-Teaching and Public Health Sub-cadres of Central Health Service shall be 62 years.

“Provided that for the specialist included in the Teaching sub-cadres of the Central Health Service who are engaged only in teaching activities and not occupying administrative positions, the age of superannuation shall be sixty-five years:

provided further that such specialist of the Teaching Sub-cadres of Central Health Service who are occupying administrative positions shall have the option of seeking appointment to the teaching positions in case they wish to continue in service up to sixty-five years.”

(bbb) The age of superannuation in respect of nursing teaching faculty with M.Sc in Nursing in the Central Government Nursing Institutions shall be 65 years subject to the condition that they continue to function as faculty members after the age of 60 years.

(c) Deleted.
(cc) Deleted

(d) No Government servant shall be granted extension in service beyond the age of retirement of sixty years:

Provided that a Government servant dealing with budget work or working as a full-time member of a Committee which is to be wound up within a short period of time may be granted extension of service for a period not exceeding three months in public interest;

Provided further that a specialist in medical or scientific fields may be granted extension of service up to the age of sixty-two years, if such extension is in public interest and the grounds for such extension are recorded in writing:

Provided also that an eminent scientist of international stature may be granted extension of service up to the age of 64 years, if such extension is in public interest and the grounds for such extension are recorded in writing.

Provided also that the Central Government may, if considers necessary in public interest so to do, give extension in service to the Defence Secretary, Foreign Secretary, Home Secretary, Director, Intelligence Bureau, Secretary, Research and Analysis Wing and Director, Central Bureau of Investigation in the Central Government for such period or periods as it may deem proper on a case-to-case basis, subject to the condition that the total term of such Secretaries or Directors, as the case may be, who are given such extension in service under this rule, does not exceed two years.

Provided also that notwithstanding anything contained in the fifth proviso, the Central Government may, if considers it necessary, in public interest, so to do, give an extension in service for a further period not exceeding three months beyond the said period of two years to the Home Secretary and the Defence Secretary.

Provided also that, the Central Government may, if considered necessary in public interest so to do, give extension of service to the Secretary, Department of Space and the Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy, for such period or periods as it may deem proper subject to a maximum age of 66 years.

Provided also that the Appropriate Authority shall have the right to terminate the extension of service before the expiry of such extension by giving a notice in writing of not less than three months in the case of a permanent or a quasi-permanent Government servant, or, of one month in the case of a temporary Government servant, or pay and allowances in lieu of such notice.


Friday, January 14, 2011

FM holds Pre Budget Consultations with Different Trade Union Groups

Union Finance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee held a meeting with Trade Unions’ Group to get their inputs for General Budget 2011-12, here today. This was the third meeting in the series of pre-Budget consultations held by Finance Minister with the stakeholders of different sectors. First meeting was held on Friday, the 7th January, 2011 with the stakeholders of agriculture sector and the second meeting in the series was held yesterday with captains of Indian industry.

Welcoming the representatives from different Trade Unions, the Finance Minister said in his opening remarks that growth in employment opportunities is vital for ensuring an inclusive development process and sought their policy suggestions to help the Government move rapidly in that direction. Shri Mukherjee said that one of the biggest challenge before our nation today is to find the correct balance between the need for economic growth, sustainability of our resources and natural habitats and the opportunities that need to be created for bringing the more disadvantaged and vulnerable section of people into the mainstream of the development process. He said that we also have to address the growing aspirations of young India. We need to have sustained higher economic growth with inclusive development, the Minister added.

Finance Minister Shri Mukherjee further said that to achieve that end, the Central Government has adopted a multi-pronged strategy focusing on rapid growth for reducing poverty and creating employment opportunities, improving access to essential services in health and education especially for the poor, and empowerment through education and skill development. He said that Schemes like the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA), Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, Bharat Nirman, Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission among others launched by the Government in the last few years have shown encouraging results in meeting some of the requirements of the disadvantaged sections of the society.

Shri Mukherjee said that while we have the advantage of having a young population, the realisation of the demographic dividend would depend on the growth of employment opportunities and on availability of the required skills in a healthy and educated labour force. He said that the Government recognises that without proper skill development, a burgeoning population could actually work to our disadvantage. The Finance Minister said that the National Skill Development Mission which comprises a comprehensive skill development programme covering the entire country has been launched and mandated to train 500 million skilled persons by the year 2022. This would help in meeting the industry requirements and in increasing the employability of our youth, the Minister added.

The Finance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee said that we have been making significant increase in our budgetary allocations for anti-poverty programmes, but these have to support the desired outcomes. We have to make a quantum improvement in the implementation of public welfare and development programmes, he said. Shri Mukherjee said that initiatives like the rolling out of unique identity numbers by the Unique Identification Authority of India will help in that regard.

Shri Mukherjee further said that on the employment front, the quarterly reports released by the Labour Bureau for July-September 2010 show a continuing upward trend. At the sectoral level, textile sector, IT / BPO industry, automobile industry and metal industry show an encouraging growth in employment, he added. The Minister said that a higher growth in employment has also been recorded in the export oriented units. Shri Mukherjee said that these are good signs that confirm that the post-crisis recovery of our economy has taken root.

Shri Mukherjee later invited the suggestions from the representatives of different Trade Union Groups for addressing the short and medium term concerns in our labour markets and in the rest of the economy.

After that the stakeholders from different trade unions gave their suggestions for consideration for General Budget 2011-12.

Source: PIB

Engineering Services Exam, 2011-UPSC

The Union Service Public Commission will hold the Engineering Services Examination, 2011 commencing from May 14, 2011. The examination will be held at various centers across the country.

For details regarding eligibility conditions, the syllabi 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 January 8, 2011 and also on UPSC website i.e.

The candidates are required to apply Online only using the link http:/  Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on this website.

The candidates residing in certain remote areas specified in Para 6 of the detailed notice published in Employment News/Rozgar Samachar dated January 8, 2011 have the option to apply Offline by using the Common Application Form devised by the Commission for its examinations, which can be purchased from the designated Head Post Offices/Post Offices throughout the country. In case of any difficulty in obtaining Application Forms from the designated HPOs/POs, the candidates should immediately contact the concerned Post Master or UPSC’s “Forms Supply Monitoring Cell” over Telephone No. 011-23389366/Fax No. 011-23387310.

All Offline applications, if any, received from candidates residing in normal areas/abroad shall be rejected by the Commission. The option of offline application is available only to candidates residing in specified remote areas.

 All Online applications can be filled up to February 7, 2011 till 11.59 p.m. after which the link will be disabled.

All offline applications must reach the “Controller of Examinations, Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110069” by Post/Speed Post only, on or before February 14, 2011.  No application will be received by hand or by courier.

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


India Post seeks actuarial consultant to weigh funds

NEW DELHI: India Post is set to appoint an actuarial consultant to value its various insurance funds, a move which forms precursor to bring its insurance business under control of sectoral regulator, insurance regulatory and development authority (Irda).

The postal department has called for proposals from qualified actuaries to value its insurance scheme funds such as, post office life insurance fund (POLIF) and rural post office life insurance fund (RPOIF). The POIF had around 40 lakh policies while RPOIF had around 135 lakh policies at the end of March 2010.

The department, which runs its postal life insurance (PLI) and rural postal life insurance (RPLI) schemes as an agency function of the finance ministry, earlier sought to set up a corporate entity to handle insurance schemes to give it autonomy in functioning. Irda regulations mandate every life and non-life insurer to appoint an actuary with life insurance businesses mandated to have a permanent official for the post.

According to the letter of invitation (LoI) issued by the department, the actuary will analyse various aspects of the funds including their expenses and premium income to certify the solvency of the funds. The consulting actuary will initially be appointed for a period of two years, which can be extended later by one more year.

Actuarial valuation are used to assess risk in the insurance and finance industries. For traditional life insurance, actuarial science focuses on analysis of mortality, production of life tables and application of compound interest to produce life insurance, annuities and endowment policies.

The department of posts have been lagging behind despite having a formidable distribution base of over 1.55 lakh post offices. The department has proposed to create a corporate entity to handle the schemes, a move that will liberate it to introduce innovative products that can compete with private players effectively.

The opinion of law ministry was also sought if Irda could take control over the department’s insurance business. As per provision of the LIC Act, PLI is a ‘scheme run by central government’ . Hence it is neither a company nor a body corporate , but is part of a department of the central government. On the contrary , Insurance Act defines an ‘insurer’ as any individual or un-incorporated body of individuals or body corporate incorporated under law.

Even as the debate on regulatory control of postal life insurance goes on, the department has requested for greater autonomy to its insurance schemes as it looks to expand its financial services business. “Corporatisation of the life insurance business will enable the postal department to compete with private insurance players on a level playing field,” said an official in the department, who asked not to be named.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Employees may not be able to challenge CAT judgement in SC directly

NEW DELHI: Bad news is in store for government employees contesting matters relating to their service conditions in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) as they may not be able to challenge the judgement in the Supreme Court.

Government employees not satisfied with CAT orders on their service matters will continue to appeal in High Courts as government’s plan to enable them approach the apex court directly has received a thumbs down from the top law officer.

Recently, the Department of Personnel had asked the Law Ministry whether the present system of CAT orders being challenged in High Courts be changed to fast track disposal of cases of government employees relating to their service conditions and employment rules.

The Law Ministry referred the matter to Attorney General Ghoolam Vahanvati who opined against the move saying a 1997 Supreme Court judgement on the issue should continued to be followed.

“As of now, the buck stops here (on the issue),” Law Minister M Veerappa Moily told PTI when asked to comment on Vahanvati’s opinion.
He said his ministry was trying to find a solution. “But I would not like to add anything more to it,” he added.

When the CAT was established in 1985 by an Act of Parliament, its rules clearly stated that its judgements on service related matters of state and central government employees can only be challenged in the apex court.
While the same rules is in operation even today, a 1997 Supreme Court ruling held that judicial review is the basic feature of the Constitution and a High Court’s power on judicial review cannot be taken away.

After the judgement, appeals against CAT rulings were entertained in High Courts.  “The Armed Forces Tribunal Act has been borrowed from CAT. Appeals against Tribunal’s orders can only be challenged in the Supreme Court. But in CAT’s case, it has become a three tier system…the entire purpose of CAT has been defeated,” said a CAT functionary.

He said while CAT usually disposes off a case  in six months, appeal in High Court often takes years.
“They pay Rs 50 as fee to move CAT, but they have to pay  thousands of rupees in High
Court…if the matter reaches Supreme Court, the time and cost involved is massive,” he said.



As the  DA cross 50% w.e.f. 1st January, 2011,  following allowances will be
increased by 25% - as per accepted recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission:

 TA / DA Rates on tour,

o Daily allowance on tour

o Mileage allowance for journeys performed by taxi / autorickshaw/scooter/cycle (as eligible)

 TA Rates on transfer  
o For journeys performed by taxi/auto-rickshaw/scooter/cycle (as eligible)
o Rates of transpiration of house holds on transfer

 National Holiday Allowance  
 Nursing Allowance, Uniform Allowance, Kit Maintenance Allowance & 
Washing Allowance
 Project allowance and Compensatory (construction/Survey) allowance.  
 Natural Calamity Advance.  
 Bi-Cycle, Warm Clothing & Table fan advance
8. Festival advance  
 Night Patrolling Allowance.  
 Special Allowance for child care for women with disabilities and Education 
Allowance for disabled children  
 Conveyance Allowance  
 Children Education Assistance and Reimbursement of Tuition fee.
(Compiled by K. V. Ramesh, Zonal Secretary ICF – IRTA)


Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Amid skyrocketing prices, central trade unions are all set to press the Finance Ministry for raising income tax exemption limit to Rs 3 lakh from existing Rs 1.6 lakh in the 2011-12 Budget, in their meeting scheduled for Wednesday.
Besides this, the unions would ask to universalise and strengthen public distribution system and rationalise tax, duty and cess on petroleum products, with a view to reduce burden on people.

"We have unanimously decided that all nine central trade unions would ask the Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to enhance income tax exemption limit to Rs 3 lakh," All India Trade Union Congress Secretary D L Sachdev said.

He said, "The common man is reeling under the price rise situation and would ask Mukerjee for universalising of PDS and rationalisation of taxes on petroleum products including petrol, diesel and cooking gas."

The unions are also expected to discuss the price rise situation with Mukherjee, particularly of petroleum products.

Food inflation crossed 18 per cent, after onion prices surged, coupled with tomato and milk. The government took certain steps like removing customs and countervailing duties, banning exports of onions, but the prices did not drastically come down.

The central trade unions, he said, would also ask the ministry to enlarge the ambit of Employees Provident Fund (EPF) scheme by reducing threshold limit of 20 employees to 10.

At present, only those private establishments which have 20 or more employees come under this EPF scheme. Reducing the threshold limit to 10 would help covering 45-50 lakh more workers under this mandatory social security scheme, he added.

The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation's apex body Central Board of Trustees have already approved the reduction in threshold limit to 10 long back. But this move is awaiting Finance Ministry's approval.

The union members would also press for making EPFO's Employee Pension scheme more sustainable, by fixing the minimum pension at Rs 1,000 per month. Besides this, they will also ask for restoring benefits pension withdrawal by workers under EPS.

They would express their reservations against allowing foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail and further disinvestment of public companies. They would also ask for not allowing industrial house in banking business.

The delegation of trade unions would include representatives from All India Trade Union Congress, Indian Trade Union Congress, Centre for Indian Trade Unions, Bhartiya Mazoor Sangh and Hind Mazoor Sabha.


Monday, January 10, 2011


CHILDREN EDUCATION ALLOWANCE (CEA)-It can be said to be foremost among the benefits given to Central Government Employees.For this we are very much in grate full  to the 6th CPC.Have made a few modifications Children Education Allowance would certainly be a very useful allowance for which there arises no doubt.

Granting CEA for school level or  first and second year in polytechnic slightly results in lapsing of its usage.It should be given up to the period of attaining a bachelor degree.Only on this basis education would be complete.

If there arises a situation when it would not be given so then education loan should be given similar to the House Building Advance.

It should be granted without any interest.

The way  of giving Rs 1000 ( i.e 12000 per year) is in practice at present,on the basis of producing the exact bill.

This should be modified of sanctioning the total amount eligible for a year to be granted without submission of bills.

In case a situation in which a government servant demises, the government by itself  should undertake the education expenses of his children.

Normally CEA is given to only first two children of a central govt employee.But he may have more than two children who may all  be intellectually different.Hence the CEA should be given any two children as he wish.

Parents (Central Govt Employee) of students who excel in education or sports should be rewarded by a special increment  or by any other means.

Likewise by making small changes in CEA, certainly it would be celebrated as a  super allowance by the employees.

The Federations of  central govt employees should concentrate in these obligations to be brought to the notice of the Central Government.

Education is the back bone of a  nation.Eminent citizen would be begotten by education alone.
Conclusively and certainly education is not only useful for the home.But also for the nation on the whole.

Model RRs for the post of Upper Division Clerk

NO. AB- 140 17/32/2009-Estt (RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
New Delhi

Dated 29th December, 2010


Subject:- Model RRs for the post of Upper Division Clerk

The Model RRs for the post of Upper Division Clerk issued in this Department OM No. AB 140 17173107-Estt.(RR) dated 18″ December, have been reviewed in the light of 6″ CPC recommendations on revision of pay scales, instructions issued by this Department, etc. Accordingly, the revised Model Recruitment Rules for the same are enclosed as Annexure to this Office Memorandum.

2. Ministries / Departments may review the existing rules and notify
the revised rules conforming to the Model Recruitment Rules. These may
also be forwarded to all autonomous/statutory bodies for adoption. The
Ministry of Home Affairs are also requested to forward these Model RRs
to the UT Administrations for appropriate action.

3. Hindi version will follow,

(Director Estt.I)

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Sunday, January 09, 2011

9th Pay Revision Commission–2010 report-Kerala government

Salient Features of the Revised Scale.

(i) The increase in incremental rates over a span varies from 2.72% to 2.09% with the maximum in the incremental stages of Rs.250/- and Rs.300/-.

(ii) The disparity ratio between the minimum and maximum basic pay in the revised pay structure has come down to 1:7.04 from 1:7.48 of the previous revision. This has been achieved despite the increase of the number of scales from 24 to 27.

(iii) By providing sufficient spans along with accelerated incremental rates, the possibility of stagnation of senior level officers has been minimized to a large extent
(iv) The existing internal relativity between scales have been ensured even on reducing the disparity ratio.

(v) The number of scales have been increased from the existing 24 to 27 inducting three new scales at higher level. This has been done mainly to accommodate certain categories of higher level officers in line Departments viz; with Senior level functionaries in the Government Secretariat.

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Friday, January 07, 2011


No. 35034/3/2008-Estt (D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
Establishment (D)

North Block, New Delhi
Dated : 24th December 2010


Subject: Modified Assured Career. Progression Scheme (MACPS) for the Central Government Civilian Employees – Extension of the benefits to Officers of HAG Scale of Rs.67,000-79,000/-.

Reference is invited to the Department of Personnel & Training’s O.M. of even number dated the 19th May, 2009, wherein the financial upgradation under the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) has been allowed upto the highest grade pay of Rs.12000 in the Pay Band 4. Consequent upon introduction of the new HAG scale of Rs.67,000-79,000 in replacement of Rs.37,400-67000 with grade pay of Rs.12000 in PB4, it is clarified that the benefits of financial upgradation under the MACPS shall be available to aforementioned HAG scale also.

2. All Ministries/Departments may give wide circulation to the contents of this O.M. for general guidance and appropriate action in the matter.

3. Hindi version would follow

(Smita Kumar)
Director (Estt.I)

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