Thursday, March 31, 2011

All India Consumer Price Index Numbers(AICPIN) for Industrial Workers on Base 2001=100 for The Month of February, 2011

       All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of  February, 2011 decreased by 3 points and stood at 185 (one hundred and eighty five).
            During February, 2011, the index recorded decrease of 9 points in Bangalore centre, 8 points in Warrangal centre, 7 points in Coimbatore centre, 6 points in 4 centres, 5 points in 12 centres, 4 points in 8 centres, 3 points in 13 centres, 2 points in 19 centres and 1 point in 9 centres. The index increased by 2 points each in Quilon, Jalandhar and Munger Jamalpur centres, 1 point each in Darjeeling and Sholapur centres, while in the remaining 5 centres the index remained stationary.
                 The maximum decrease of 9 points  in  Bangalore centre is mainly on account of decrease in the prices of Rice, Wheat, Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, Flower/Flower Garlands, etc. The decrease of 8 points in Warrangal centre is due to decrease in the prices of Rice, Eggs (Hen), Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, etc. The decrease of 7 points in Coimbatore centre is due to decrease in the prices of Rice, Eggs (Hen), Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, Flower/Flower Garlands, etc. The increase of 2 points in Quilon, Jalandhar and Munger Jamalpur centres is the outcome of increase in the prices of Rice, Wheat, Wheat Atta, Firewood, Washing Soap, Electricity Charges,  etc. whereas, the increase of 1 point in Darjeeling and Sholapur centres is due to increase in the prices of Rice, Wheat, Wheat Atta, Mustard Oil, Repair Charges, 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 February, 2011 is 8.82% as compared to 9.30% in January, 2011. Inflation based on Food Index is 7.65% in February, 2011 as compared to 10.22% in January, 2011.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011


The   following allowances are to be increased with effect from 01.01.2011.

1. Children Education Assistance & Reimbursement of Tuition Fee
Rs.12,000   (Per Year - Per Child) - Rs.15,000   (Per Year - Per Child)
DOPT 12011/03/2008-Estt.(Allowance) 2.9.2008

2. Advances for purchase of Bicycle Advacne, Warm clothing Advance, Festival Advance, Natural Calamity Advance
Rs.3,000 - Rs.3,750
Fin.Min. No.12(1)E.II(A)/2008 7.10.2008

3. Special Compensatory Hill Area Allowance
Rs.600 / Rs.480    -  Rs.750 / Rs.600
Fin.Min.4(2)/2008-E.II (B) 29.8.2008

4. Special CompensatoryScheduled / Tribal Area Allowance
Rs.400 / Rs.240-  Rs.500 / Rs.300
Fin.Min. 17(1)/2008-E.II (B) 29.8.2008

5. Project Allowance
Rs.1,500 / Rs.1,000 - Rs.1,875 / Rs.1,250
Fin.Min. 29.8.2008

6. Special Compensatory (Remote Locality) Allowance
Rs.2,600 / Rs.2,100/ Rs.1,500 / Rs.400 -- Rs.3,250 / Rs.2,625/ Rs.1,875 / Rs.500
Fin.Min. 3(1)/2008-E.II(B) 29.8.2008

7. Cycle Maintenance Allowance
Rs.60 (Per month) - Rs.75 (Per month)
Fin.Min. 19039/3/2008-E.IV 29.8.2008

8. Mileage for road journey all components of daily allowance on tour, rate of transportation of personal effects.
Rs.500 / Rs.300 / Rs.200 / Rs.150 / Rs.100 -    Rs.625 / Rs.375 / Rs.250 / Rs.190 / Rs.125
Fin.Min.19030/3/2008-E.V 23.9.2008

9. Rates of Conveyance Allowance under SR-25
Rs.370 / Rs.480 / Rs.640 / Rs.750 / Rs.850 - Rs.470 / Rs.600 / Rs.800 / Rs.940 / Rs.1,070
Fin.Min.19039/2/2008-E.IV 23.9.2008

10. Washing Allowance
Rs.60 - Rs.75
Fin.Min.14/3/2008-JCA 11.9.2008

11. Split Duty Allowance
Rs.200 - Rs.250
Fin.Min.9(11)/2008-E.II (B) 29.8.2008

12. Spl. Allowance for Child Care for Women with Disabilities and Education Allowance for disabled children
Rs.1,000 per month-  Rs.1,250 per month
DOPT12011/04/2008-Estt.(Allowance) 11.9.2008

13. Cash Handling Allowance
Rs.600 / Rs.500 / Rs.400 / Rs.300 / Rs.150 -  Rs.750 / Rs.625 / Rs.500 / Rs.375 / Rs.190
DOPT4/6/2008-Estt.(Pay.II) 1.10.2008

14. Risk Allowance
DOPT21012/1/2008-Estt.(Allowance) 12.3.2009

15. Postgraduate Allowance
Rs.1,000 / Rs.600-   Rs.1,250 / Rs.750
Min.of HohfwA.45012/4/2008-CHS.V 16.4.2009

16. Desk Allowance
Rs.600 -   Rs.750
DOPT 1/10/2009-PIC 17.4.2009

17. Bad Climate Allowance
Rs.400 / Rs.240 -  Rs.500 / Rs.300
Fin.Min.1/10/2008-E.II(B) 29.8.2008


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Postal employees threaten to go on indefinite strike

All India Postal Employees Union - postmen, MSE and group "D" staff- has threatened to go on an indefinite nationwide strike in support of their demands.

The union has been demanding appointment of staffs, implementation of proper pension scheme, opposing the idea of one delivery point and one post office system of the government, Union General Secretary M Krishnan told reporters here today.

The members of the union would launch a demonstration infront of the Dak Bhawan, New Delhi to apprise the demands, Krishnan said.

Meanwhile, he said the union would also submit its memorandum to the government.

"We have been demanding for years now but nobody is listening. The postal employees are worst sufferer in the present situation," he added.

"The staff strength has been reduced considerably while the work load has been increasing day by day.


Monday, March 28, 2011

Special Class Railway Apprentices Exam, 2011-UPSC

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will hold the Special Class Railway Apprentices’ Examination, 2011 on July 31, 2011 for recruitment to the Special Class Apprentices in the Mechanical Department of Indian Railways. The examination will be held at various centres across the country.

Candidates can apply Online using the link Detailed instructions for filling up on line applications are available on the website.

All Online applications can be filled up to April 25, 2011 till 11.59 p.m. after which the link will be disabled. The Candidates are strongly advised to apply Online well in time without waiting for last date for submission of Online application.

Candidates, who wish to apply off-line, must apply in the Common Application Form devised by the Commission for its examinations, which can be purchased from the designated Head Post Offices/Post Offices (specified in Appendix-III of the Notice published in Employment News/Rozgar Samachar dated 26.3.2011) throughout the country.

The last date for all offline applications to reach UPSC, either by hand or by Post/Speed Post or by Courier is April 25, 2011. However, in respect of candidates residing abroad or in certain remote specified areas, the last date for receipt of application by post/speed post only (not by hand or by courier) is May 2, 2011.

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

For details regarding eligibility conditions, syllabus and scheme of the examination, centers of examination, guidelines for filling up application form etc. aspirants must consult the detailed notice of the examination published in the Employment News/Rozgar Samachar dated March 26, 2011. They can also visit UPSC website

In case of any guidance/information/clarification regarding their applications, candidature etc. candidates can contact UPSC’s Facilitation Counter near gate ‘C’ of its campus in person or over telephone no.011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543 during working hours.


Saturday, March 26, 2011


No.20/87/2010-CS.l I
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi-3,
Dated, the 22nd March, 2011


Subject: - Finalization of Common Seniority List (CSL) in the Grade of LDC of CSCS for the Select List years 1996 to 2002 -reg

   The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 10th January, 2011 on the above subject circulating the Common Seniority List of LDCs for the Select List year 1996-2002.

   2. Some of the cadre units have forwarded representations which relate to corrections regarding names and date of birth of LDC and the same have been carried out in the list. On the basis of the information received from cadre units, individuals and also on reverifying the senionty lists of the cadres, the order of placement of some of the officials has been revised. ln view of above, the revised seniority list of LDCs for the Select List year I 996 and 2002 are circulated herewith for information. The cadre units are requested to invariably mention the CSL number in future correspondence relating to the seniority List of LDCs for the Select List years 1996 & 2002. Accordingly the Common Seniority List of LDCs for the Select List years 1996 and 2002 have been finalized and may be seen on the website of this Department i.e.

Central Services Wing
CS Division
Central Secretariat Clerical Service
Common Seniority List

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

click here to view seniority list

Friday, March 25, 2011


No. 1(2)/2011 – E-II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, the 24th March,  2011


Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government Employees  – Revised Rates  effectives from 1.1.2011

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s office Memorandum No. 1(6)/2010-E-II(B) Dated 22nd September, 2010 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the president is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government Employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 45 % to 51% with effect from 1st January, 2011.
The provisions contained in paras 3, 4 and 5 of this Ministry’s O.M No. 1 (3) /2008-E-II(B) dated 29th August, 2008 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.
The additional installment of Dearness payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all Central Government Employees.
The payment of arrears of Dearness Allowance for the months of January and February, 2011 shall not be made before the date of disbursement of salary of March, 2011.
In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue after consultation with the controller and Auditor General of India.
These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the  defense services Estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defense Service Estimates. In regard to Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Railways, respectively.

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

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Annual Reports regarding Representation of SCs, STs, OBCs and Persons with Disabilities in the Central Government Services as on 1.1.2011.

Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, dated the 18th March., 2011

Office Memorandum

Subject :-       Annual Reports regarding Representation of SCs, STs, OBCs and Persons with Disabilities in the Central Government Services as on 1.1.2011.

      The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's O.M.of even number dated 15th January, 2011 on the above subject,whereby each Ministry/Department was required to submit the following reports to this Department by 31.3.2011.       (i)      SC/ST/OBC Report-1 regarding representation of SCs, STs and OBCs in Services as on 1.1.2011;

      (ii)      SC/ST/OBC Report-I1 regarding representation of SCs, STs, OBCs in various grades of organized Group 'A' Services as on 1.1.2011;

      (iii)      Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Report-1 regarding representation of persons with disabilities in Services as on 1.1.2011; and

      (iv)      PWD Report-I1 regarding appointments of persons with disabilities during the year 2010.

2.      It is requested that the aforesaid reports may kindly be furnished to this Department urgently and latest by 31.3.2011.

(Sharad Kumar Srivastava)
Under Secretary(Res.)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Govt approves 6 pc hike in (DA)dearness allowance

 New Delhi, Mar 22 (PTI) In a bid to provide relief from high inflation, the government today increased dearness allowance (DA) by 6 per cent to 51 per cent, benefiting over 50 lakh central government employees and 38 lakh pensioners.

"The decision to hike DA was taken by the Union Cabinet at its meeting here," a Union minister said.

The combined impact of the hike will be Rs 5,715.90 crore per annum. However in the next financial year, the burden on the exchequer would be Rs 6,668.52 crore after the additional 6 per cent DA payout is factored in from January 1 to March 31 this year.

The increased DA, which will be effective from January 1, is provided to government staff and pensioners to compensate them for rising prices.

Presently, the DA is paid at 45 per cent of basic pay.



Nearly 50 lakh central government employees and 38 lakh pensioners can look forward to a 6% increase in their dearness allowance with the Union Cabinet scheduled to consider the proposal on Tuesday.

If the move is approved, the dearness allowance, which is linked to the consumer price index, will rise from 45% currently to 51%, triggering a further change in the allowance structure. For instance, payments like conveyance allowance and children's education allowance will also increase by 25%.

Further, special compensatory allowance for those posted in remote areas such as the north-east and Jammu & Kashmir as central government employees in these areas are entitled to a Special Compensatory Allowance. Their special allowance goes up by 25% the moment the 50% trigger is breached.

While the move will provide some relief to government employees and pensioners whose salaries and pension are usually revised once a decade, the increase will cost the exchequer Rs 1,500 crore annually. Households have been combating high inflation, which in recent weeks was led by rising fruit and vegetable prices. Wholesale price index-based inflation is expected to be around 8% at the end of March.

Sources said the additional installment of DA will be released with effect from January this year. Typically, the increase takes place in two installments effective January 1 and July 1.


Monday, March 21, 2011

Incentive scheme for Central staff to be announced shortly

The incentives will be initially paid out of cost savings made by the department in that fiscal year

The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government has finally decided to implement the Performance Related Incentive Scheme (PRIS) recommended by the Sixth Pay Commission for all Central government employees. An announcement is expected in the next couple of days, government sources told The Hindu. Those government employees who make the cut will start earning their incentives in 2012.

A Committee of Secretaries (COS) chaired by Cabinet Secretary K. M. Chandrasekhar approved the broad contours of the PRIS on March 8, and asked the Department of Expenditure and Performance Management Division, Cabinet Secretariat, to work out guidelines to implement the scheme. Members of the COS included Finance Secretary Sushma Nath, who was also member-secretary of the Commission.

Any department, to qualify for financial incentives, will have to get a performance rating of 70 per cent or more on its Results-Framework Document (RFD) and implement a bio-metric access control system in its offices. As suggested by the Commission, the incentives will be initially paid out of cost savings made by the department in that fiscal year and hence there will be no additional burden on the exchequer for implementing the PRIS, government sources said. Initially, for every rupee saved by the department, it will allow to distribute up to 15 paise depending on its performance.

The PRIS will cover all employees of the department. While incentives paid to the Secretaries will depend entirely on departmental performance reflected in the RFD, incentives paid to Joint Secretaries will depend on a weighted average of their division's performance and departmental performance. Incentives for junior employees will depend primarily on their individual performance.

However, all employees will need to go through a rigorous performance appraisal system consistent with the RFD evaluation methodology.

Indeed, incentives will start rolling out only after a department has prepared two rounds of robust RFDs, so as to truly capture departmental performance. Given that 2010-11 was the first year for implementation of 12-month RFDs, performance incentives will be paid from 2012-13 to employees who make the cut.

The decision to implement the PRIS comes in the wake of the Prime Minister's Performance Monitoring and Evaluation System (PMES) for government departments that was approved in September 2009.

Interestingly, of the departments that have gone through the exercise, there have been some notable exceptions including the Ministries of Home, Finance, Defence, External Affairs, and the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).


This has led to objections from officials of other Ministries: the feeling is that these key ministries and departments influence the work of other departments, and unless they, too, are brought under the scanner, the RFD will be redundant and unproductive.

The view from the Cabinet Secretariat is that the Prime Minister did not keep any department out of the ambit of the evaluation process, but it was felt that it would be better to implement it in phases for practical, operational reasons.

The original idea was to cover all 84 ministries and departments - it started with 59 departments in the last quarter of 2009-10, and currently covers 62 departments.

Source:The hindu

Nomination of Steno Grade ‘C’ for inclusion in the Select List of Steno Grade ‘A&B’ (Merged)

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003,
Dated : the16th March 2011


Subject: Nomination of Steno Grade ‘C’ for inclusion in the Select List of Steno Grade ‘A&B’ (Merged) of CSSS for the Select List Year 2009 under the Zoning Scheme for Seniority Quota (SQ).

   The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 17/8/2010 wherein the range of seniority for promotion from Steno Grade ‘C’ to Steno Grade ‘A&B’ (Merged) of CSSS for the Select List Year 2009 has been laid down and to say that on the basis of information furnished by all the cadre units, it has been decided to make the nomination of Steno Grade ‘C’ whose names appear in the Annexure to this O.M. in the order of their seniority for appointment/promotion to Stenographers Grade “A&B’ (Merged) of CSSS under the Zoning Scheme on their inclusion in Select List 2009 (SQ).

   2. The services of officers concerned may be obtained form the cadres concerned immediately provided they are clear form vigilance angle.

   3. It is requested that urgent action may be taken to appoint/promote these officers to Steno Grade ‘A&B’ (Merged) of CSSS against the Select List 2009 (SQ). All the cadre units are requested to relieve their officers immediately for better cadre management of CSSS. No request for retention will be entertained as cadre allocation has been made on the basis of vacancies reported for Seniority quota by the respective cadre units. A copy of the appointment / promotion order issued in this regard by the cadre unit duly indicating the CSL number of the officers may be forwarded to this Department immediately.

   4. Attention is also invited to this Department’s O.M.No. 16/1/79-CS.I dated 3.9.83 in which it has been stated that incase a person included in the Select List and nominated to some other cadre, does not move out within 45 days from the date of issue of nomination orders by this Department, such a person would be debarred from promotion for 3 years by the cadre where he/she is working as Steno Grade ‘C’. This may please be specifically brought to the notice of all concerned. These instructions regarding debarment will not apply to those officers retiring within the next two years from the date of issue of nomination orders by this Department. However, if they have to avail of regular promotion in Steno Gr. ‘A&B’ (Merged) of CSSS through SQ for the Select List Year-2009, they have to join the cadre to which they have been nominated.

   5. The unfilled vacancies of ST category may be carried forward to the Select List Year 2010 since sufficient number of ST candidates are not available in the Central Panel (zone of promotion) for Select List Year 2009.

   6. This O.M. is available on the website of this Department viz Central Services Wing CS Division CSSS Promotion (Regular) Steno Gr ‘C’ to ‘A&B’ (Merged).

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

original copy

Declaration of Holiday on 14th April, 2011- Birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.-DOPT

Most immediate
F. N0.12/2/2011-JCA-2 
Government of  India 
Ministry of  Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
(Department of  Personnel & Training) 
North Block, New  Delhi 
Dated the 21st March. 2011. 

Subject: Declaration of Holiday on 14th April, 2011- Birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.

It  has  been decided to declare Thursday, the  14th April  2011, as  a  Closed  Holiday on account of  the  birthday  of  Dr.  B.R.  Ambedkar, for all Central Government Offices including  Industrial Establishments
throughout  India.

2.   The above holiday is  also being notified in exercise of  the powers conferred  by  Section 25  of  the Negotiable Instruments Act,  1881 (26 of 1881).

3.  All  Ministries/Departrnents  of  Government  of  India  may  bring the  above decision to the  notice of  all concerned.

 (Dinesh  Kapila)
Director to the Government of India 
  2309  2589 

Friday, March 18, 2011

Declaration of rate of interest on EPF interest for the year 2010-11.

Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment

Shram Shakti Bhawan, Rafi Marg,
New Delhi, dated the 17th March, 2011.


The Central Provident Fund Commissioner,
Employees Provident Fund Organisation,
Bhavishya Nidhi Bhawan,
Bhikaiji Cama Place,
New Delhi

Subject:- Declaration of rate of interest on EPF interest for the year 2010-11.


   The undersigned is directed to refer to CPFC’s U0 Note No.Invst.l/3(2)/133/1011/ROI/205 dated 13-10-2010 on the subject mentioned above and to convey the approval of the Central Government under para 60(1) of the Employees’ Provident Funds Scheme, 1952 to crediting of interest @ 9.5% for the year 2010-11 to the account of each member of the Scheme on the condition that the 4.72 crore Member accounts should be updated within a period of six months and if any shortfall in Interest Suspense Account is noticed, then the same should be adjusted in the interest rate to be fixed for the next year (2011-12).

   2. You are, therefore, requested to take necessary action accordingly under intimation to the Ministry.

Yours faithfully,
(S.D. Xavier)
Under Secretary to Govt. of India


Government approves 9.5% interest on PF deposits for 2010-11

The finance ministry on Thursday approved higher interest rate of 9.5 per cent to over 4.7 crore depositors with the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) for 2010-11.

   The EPFO had been paying 8.5 per cent interest on PF deposits since 2005-06.

   In September last year, it had recommended an increase in interest rate to 9.5 per cent for 2010-11 after discovering Rs 1,731 crore surplus in their books of accounts.

   "The finance ministry has ratified 9.5 per cent rate of return on PF deposits for 2010-11. We have received a notification in this regard," Central Provident Fund Commissioner Samirendra Chatterjee told the news agency.

   Chatterjee further added that "our calculations regarding Rs 1,731 crore surplus in the interest suspense account were found correct by the finance ministry and so they approved this higher rate of return".

   The finance ministry's approval is subject to the condition that any shortfall on account of payment of 9.5 per cent rate of return would be met by making adjustments in the interest rate in 2011-12.

   Chatterjee, however, said that there would be no need for making any adjustment in the next fiscal as "EPFO calculations are correct regarding the discovery of a surplus of Rs 1,731 crore in the interest suspense account."

   The finance ministry has also asked the EPFO to update its subscriber accounts within the next six months.

   EPFO's apex decision making body-the Central Board of Trustees (CBT)- in September last year had decided to provide 9.5 rate of return on retirement savings in 2010-11 after it found a surplus of Rs 1,731 crore.

   Refusing to ratify the said rate of return, the finance ministry had earlier argued that the surplus shown by the ministry was not real after CAG report has called the EPFOs so called surplus unverifiable.

   According to sources, the finance ministry approved 9.5 per cent interest after the intervention by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Record note on the meeting of Joint Committee on MACP held on 15.03.2011.

            The third meeting of joint committee on MACP was held today i.e 15.03.2011. This meeting was held at the specific request by the Secretary Staff Side, National Council JCM to review the decision taken in the earlier meetings in which all items had been discussed.

Item Nos. 1,3,8,9 and 29: Grant of financial up-gradation in the promotional hierarchy instead of grade pay hierarchy under MACP Scheme

            The Staff Side pressed this demand on the ground that the ACP 1999 had become a service condition in respect of all those who were in service as on 31st August 2008. The MACP Scheme being less advantageous could not be imposed upon them. They stated that to resolve this anomaly, the first 2 ACPs may be continued in the promotional hierarchy to be granted after 12 and 24 years of service from the date of induction, the third ACP on completion of 30 years service may be in the grade pay hierarchy. The official Side did not agree with this proposal. The Staff Side then pointed out that the introduction of MACP Scheme in grade pay hierarchy 10, 20, 30 years of service from the date of induction will result that certain cadres would be placed in the grade pay which are not sanctioned in the structure of the departments and therefore it can not be treated as career progression at all.   The official Side wanted the particulars of those cadres which are going to face this problem, so that they could consider how to overcome such anomalies. The Staff Side agreed to provide the necessary information and departments concerned may also be asked to provide such information.

Item Nos. 2, 10 and 48:

            The Staff Side also pressed for introducing MACP Scheme with effect from 1.1.2006 so that those who did not get any benefit under old ACP could atleast get the MACP scheme benefit before their retirement during the period from 1.1.2006 to 31.8.2008. The Official Side stated that this item has been closed and concluded and can not be allowed to be opened / reviewed. The Staff Side then stated that they would like to raise this issue in the meeting of National Anomaly Committee as the joint Committee on MACP Scheme is sub committee of the National Anomaly Committee. The Official Side stated that this may be raised as afresh item in the National Anomaly Committee.

            The Staff Side also wanted that the option to choose ACP or MACP should be given to the individual employees and not the Department. The Official Side also did not agree to reopen this issue which has been concluded in the last meeting.

Item No. 57: Ignoring the placement of Artisans of Ministry of Defence from HS grade II to HS grade I for the purpose of MACP Scheme.

The Staff Side pointed out that this restructuring by keeping 50% of Artisans in the HS grade I and placing 50% in the HS grade II was by way of placement and therefore it could not be treated as promotion. The Staff Side cited Supreme Court ruling to this effect. However the Official Side did not agree with this. The case of restructuring in IA & AD in 1984 and in organized accounts were also cited in which it was clearly stated that those who are in the higher grade would be treated as placement only those who are promoted later on against vacancies would be treated as promotion. The official Side view was that only in those cases where the entire cadre is placed in the higher pay scale it would not be treated as promotion. This matter will also have to be raised in the meeting of National Anomaly Committee.

Items Nos. 11, 15, 22, 39, 47 and 51: Promotion in identical Grade Pay.

            The decision that the normal promotions are in the same grade pay, they cannot be ignored for purpose off MACP Scheme and the specific cases would be examined separately.

Item Nos. 12, 30 and 49: Employees appointed limited competitive examination from lower to higher post may treated as direct recruits in the higher post ignoring the service in the lower posts.

            The matter is still being considered with reference to old ACP scheme clarification.
Item Nos. 13, 32, 38, 44, 50 and 58: Counting of old service in the new establishments for the purpose off MACP. And Item Nos. 21, 27, and 28: Benchmark for financial up gradation under MACP.

            Orders have been issued on 1.11.2010.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Amendment of the Apprenticeship Act

The Government is considering to amend the Apprentices Act, 1961 in consultation with all concerned Ministries. One of the amendments proposed relates to reserving 50 per cent of direct recruitment posts for trained Trade, Graduate, Technician and Technician (Vocational) apprentices who have been trained under the Apprentices Act, 1961 in the same establishment. Based on the views of the concerned ministries the proposal of amendment of the Apprentices Act will be processed further.

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


Tuesday, March 15, 2011


The sub committee constituted by the National Anomaly Committee to
look into the issues concerning the MACP is scheduled to meet on 15th
March, 2011. Com. S.K. Vyas, President, Confederation will attend the
meeting as a member of the Committee.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Procedure to be observed by the Departmental Promotion Committees (DPCs) -DOPT

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated :11.03.2011


Subject : Procedure to be observed by the Departmental Promotion Committees (DPCs) – Model Calendar for DPCs and related matters – Regarding.

The undersigned is directed to invite reference to the Department of Personnel and Training Office Memorandum No.22011/5/86-Estt(D) dated 10.04.1989 containing consolidated instructions on DPCs. These instructions inter-alia provide that the DPC’s should be convened at regular intervals (by laying down a time-schedule for this purpose) to draw panels which could be utilised for making promotions against the vacancies occurring during the course of a year. This enjoins upon the concerned authorities to initiate action to fill up the existing as well as anticipated vacancies well in advance of the expiry of the previous panel by collecting relevant documents like Seniority List, Annual Confidential Reports (ACRs), etc. for placing before the DPCs.

2. The above instructions have been reiterated vide this Department’s O.M. No.22011/9/98-Estt.(D) dated 8.9.1998. In these instructions, it has been further stated that delays in promotions result in considerable frustrations amongst the officers, thereby adversely affecting their morale and overall productivity. As a remedial measure, it has been suggested that all Ministries/Departments provide for a time schedule for convening DPCs. A time schedule for convening DPCs was prescribed with the objective of ensuring that the prepared panel is utilized as and when the vacancy arises during the course of the vacancy year. It has been prescribed that in all cases requiring approval of ACC, administrative action for convening DPCs is initiated at least 81/2 months before the commencement of vacancy year and that DPCs are held at least 4 months before the commencement of the vacancy year. In other cases where approval of ACC is not required, it has been prescribed that DPCs should be held at least two months before the commencement of the vacancy year. A model calendar was also prescribed for DPCs. It was expected that this time frame will be followed in letter and spirit for all DPCs.

3 . Instances have come to the notice of this Department where DPCs are not being held in advance of the vacancy year as per the prescribed schedule. Delays in holding DPCs not only affect the manpower planning in various Ministries/Departments, but also impede the career progression across the Board. Administrative delays in holding of DPCs have been viewed adversely by the Courts and is the main reason for litigation before CAT and various High Courts.

4. Non-adherence to time frame of DPCs is a matter of serious concern to the Government. Hence, all concerned cadre controlling authorities are once again counselled to ensure strict adherence to the model calendar for the DPCs as circulated vide this Department’s O.M. dated 8.9.1998. Wherever DPCs are yet to be held for the vacancies arising in the year 2011-2012, the same may be completed by 31.3.2011 and for future vacancy years, the time frame referred to in Para 2 above may be strictly complied with.

5. All Ministries/Departments are also advised to immediately nominate an officer of the level of Joint Secretary as the designated authority for ensuring timely holding of DPCs and to certify adherence to the model calendar for all DPCs in the Ministries / Departments.

6. Hindi version will follow.

(Smita Kumar)
Director (Establishment-I)

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Central Government Employees and Pensioners Health Insurance Scheme

The Central Government is contemplating introduction of a health insurance scheme for the central government employees and pensioners in consultation with other concerned Ministries/Departments. The proposal is to make this Scheme on voluntary cum contributory basis for serving employees & pensioners except for new joinees in respect of whom it is proposed to be on mandatory cum contributory basis. No time frame can be given at this stage for its introduction.

This information was given by Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Sh. Ghulam Nabi Azad in reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.


Thursday, March 10, 2011


 Dearness Allowance (DA) from January 2011 , is likely to be announced today.So central Govt staff will get 6% additional DA.Hence DA will reach (45%+6%) 51%.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Babus retirement age set to go up

The top two officials in the state administration, chief secretary, Mr S.V. Prasad, and the director-general of police, Mr K. Aravinda Rao, will benefit from the Centre’s decision to set the retirement age for civil servants at 62 years from the present 60 years. Mr Aravinda Rao was due to retire in June and the chief secretary in September.

Sources told this newspaper that the Cabinet subcommittee of the Union government gave its nod for enhancing the retirement age, and orders amending the service rules are expected much before the retirement of the two officials. The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, was keen to enhance the retirement age of bureaucrats.

Sources said that though the proposal is ready for implementation, there will be a few months’ delay because the government wants to make Mr Pulok Chatterjee the new Cabinet secretary at the Centre and prefers to wait for bureaucrats senior to him to retire before it makes the announcement.

Mr Chatterjee had earlier worked with the UPA chairperson, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, and is considered a natural choice to take over from the incumbent Mr K.M. Chandrasekhar. “There are a few bureaucrats senior to Mr Chatterjee and the Centre will wait for their retirement in April,” explained a senior official.

Back here in the state, the government will be keen to retain the services of Mr Prasad and Mr Aravinda Rao who have proved to be assets when the state is passing through turbulent times. The former chief minister, Mr K. Rosaiah, appointed the two officials to the top posts and his successor Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy did not make any changes. Another senior bureaucrat, Ms Janaki Kondapi, will also benefit from the change in the new retirement age as she is due for retirement in the next few months.


Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Combined Defence Services Exam 2010 Results Announced -UPSC

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced the final results of Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2010.  A total of 391 candidates have finally qualified. Of these 315 have qualified for admission to the Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai for 93rd Short Service Commission Course (for Men); and 76 have qualified for 7th Short Service Commission Women (Non-Technical) Course, commencing in April, 2011. The list of 93rd  Short Service Commission Course (for Men) also includes the names of the candidates who were recommended earlier on the basis of the result of the same examination for admission to the Indian Military Academy-Dehradun/Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala and Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (Pre-Flying) Training Course(s).

The number of vacancies as intimated by the Government for 93rd Short Service Commission Course (for Men) is 175 and for 7th Short Service Commission Women (Non-Technical) course is 18.

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

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

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Monday, March 07, 2011

Backlog of Vacancies Reserved for Persons with Disabilities

There was a backlog of 8335 vacancies reserved for Persons with Disabilities as on 15.11.2009 as per information received from 69 Ministries/Departments.

As per Section 2 of Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) (PWD) Act, 1995 "Disability" means- (i) Blindness; (ii) Low vision; (iii) Leprosy-cured; (iv) Hearing impairment; (v) Loco motor disability; (vi) Mental retardation and (vii) Mental illness.

As per Section 33 of the PWD Act, 1995, every appropriate Government shall appoint in every establishment such percentage of vacancies not less than three percent for persons or class of persons with disability of which one per cent, each shall be reserved for persons suffering from- (i) Blindness or low vision; (ii) Hearing impairment; (iii) Loco motor disability or cerebral palsy, in the posts identified for each disability.

As per Section 39 of the PWD Act, 1995, all Government educational institutions and other educational institutions receiving aid from the Government, shall reserve not less than three per cent seat for persons with disabilities.

Government has issued instructions that such persons should be provided reservation in all Groups of identified posts in the matter of direct recruitment and in Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ posts identified in the matter of promotion.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment Shri D. Napoleon in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.


Clarification regarding reimbursement of LTC-80 fare

F.No. 19024/1/2009-E.IV
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
E-IV Branch

New Delhi,  dated the 4th March, 2011


Subject: Clarification regarding reimbursement of LTC-80 fare.

   The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's O.M. No. 7(1)/E.Coord/2008 dated 4.12.2008 regarding restriction of the Air Travel on the LTC to Air India's LTC-80 fares with effect from 1st December,2008.

   2. References are being received in this Department seeking clarification for admissibility of LTC claims of Government officials in cases where the air fare paid for travel by Air India happens to be less than LTC-80 class of Air India. It is clarified that reimbursement of air fare lower than LTC-80 air fare of Air India will also be admissible for journeys performed by Air India under LTC as the intention is to ensure that the LTC claim should not in any case , exceed LTC-80 fare of Air India.

   3. It is further clarified that instructions issued by this Department on air travel from time to time continue to remain in force.

(A. Bhattacharya)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

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Friday, March 04, 2011

Relaxation in educational qualification for the recruitment of staff under LARSGESS Scheme and compassionate ground appointment

No.AIRF/64(45-A)                               Dated: March 1, 2011
The Secretary(E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi  

          Attn: Shri P.K. Sharma, Addl. Member Staff, Railway Board

Dear Sir,
Sub: Relaxation in educational qualification for the recruitment of staff under LARSGESS  Scheme and compassionate ground appointment
In reference to my earlier letter dated 4th January, 2011(photocopy enclosed), I have to say that I
have discussed this issue many a times with the CRB, MS as well as with you. I also raised this issue in the
GMs’ Conference in front of Hon’ble MR, when she advised the CRB and MS to review the issue.
Date fixed for compassionate ground appointment(slated as 31st March, 2011) is approaching  very
fast and we are getting frantic calls from our affiliates throughout the Indian Railways, what will happen
after 31 st March in the matter of recruitment qualification.
I have already explained at all levels that the Railways have its own system, where in many of the
jobs which deal with track maintenance, sweeping, cleaning, leading, loading etc. are totally based on
manual working and do not need much qualification as prescribed for the employees in GP Rs.1800.
We do agree that  some of the jobs which have lot of technological inputs like, Track Machine,
Electrical and Loco Sheds, where state-of-art technology is involved, need Matriculation/ITI qualification.
It would be in all appropriateness that the qualification for recruitment in GP of Rs.1800 should continue to be 8th class pass, otherwise large number of dependent will be deprived of getting jobs against compassionate ground appointment as well as LARSGESS Scheme.

An early and positive action in the matter is solicited.

   Yours faithfully,  
          (Shiva Gopal Mishra)    
             General Secretary

Issue of pensioner CGHS Cards to Central Government servants before retirement

Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Nirman Bhawan, Maulana Azad Road
New Delhi 110 108

No: 37-1/2009-C & P/CGHS (P)
Date: February 23, 2011


Subject: Issue of pensioner CGHS Cards to Central Government servants before retirement.

Central Government servants on their retirement from service are entitled to CGHS facility, if they retire from office Ministries / Departments / Offices covered by CGHS. For availing CGHS facility, if eligible, after retirement from service, pensioners are required to fill up the requisite form and deposit the appropriate amount [lump sum amount equivalent to one year’s contribution for availing CGHS facility for one year (which can be extended on an annual basis on payment of the appropriate contribution as applicable at the time of renewal) or pay in lump sum equivalent to ten years’ contribution for availing CGHS facility with life-time validity). The process of issuing of pensioner CGHS cards starts only after the Government servant retires from service and only after the Pension Pay Order (PPO) and Last Pay Certificate (LPC) are issued by the Ministry / Department / Office. The completion of the formalities takes two to three months, which puts pensioners in a problematic condition for getting treatment from the date on which they retire from service and the time when a pensioner CGHS card is issued to them.

2. The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has received representations from retired Central Government servants and from officials due for retirement within the next few months with the request that the policy regarding issue of pensioner CGHS cards be simplified so that they are in a position to get the pensioner CGHS card a day after their retirement from service.

3. The matter has been examined by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in consultation with CGHS and it has been decided that the following course of action will be taken in respect of officials who are entitled to avail CGHS facility after his / her retirement from Government service:

(i) All Ministries / Departments will, alongwith pension papers, give the application for issue of pensioner CGHS cards to the official three months before the due date for retirement of the official;

(ii) The official, if he / she is interested in availing CGHS facility after his / her retirement, will:

a. Fill up the form for issue of pensioner’s card;

b. affix stamp sized photographs of the family members entitled to avail CGHS facility in the proforma for issue of pensioner’s card;

c. enclose Demand Draft I Pay Order for the appropriate amount with reference to his I her decision to get CGHS card with life-time validity (the amount will be equal to ten years’ contribution) or with validity for one year (the amount will be equal to one year’s contribution). For obtaining the card in Delhi, the Demand Draft I Pay Order will have to be made payable to “Pay & Accounts Officer (CGHS), payable at Delhi” and for obtaining card in a CGHS city outside Delhi, the Demand Draft I Pay Order will have to be made payable to “Additional Director or Joint Director (as the
case may be) of the CGHS city, payable in that city”;

(iii) The Ministry / Department will add a certificate of pay, grade pay, etc., drawn by the applicant to the application form and also mention the entitlement of ward (Private ward / Semi-Private Ward / General Ward) at the time of retirement of the official;

(iv) The Ministry / Department will forward the application complete in all respects to the Additional Director in the concerned CGHS city after verifying the particulars furnished by the applicant six weeks before the date of retirement of the official;

(v) CGHS pensioner cell in the concerned CGHS city will initiate action to get the pensioner card prepared;

(vi) The validity of the pensioner card will start from a date after the last day of service of the official;

(vii) If the beneficiary, while in service, has been issued plastic card, then the beneficiary identification number (Ben ID No.) will not be changed at the time of preparation of pensioner card and the same Ben ID number will be carried forward
in the pensioner card;

(viii) The pensioner card will be handed over to the retired official only after the date of superannuation / retirement from service; and

(ix) Before the pensioner CGHS card is issued to the beneficiary, the plastic CGHS cards issued to all the members of the family will be surrendered

4. All Ministries / Departments are requested to give wide publicity to the contents of these instructions.

[R Ravi]

Tags: CGHS, Pension

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Time-Limit for Disciplinary Action Against Govt. Servants

The Government had appointed a three member Committee of Experts to examine and suggest measures to expedite the process involved in Disciplinary/Vigilance Proceedings. In its Report, the Committee has recommended that a time limit of two months may be prescribed for completion of minor penalty disciplinary inquiries and 12 months for major penalty disciplinary inquiries. The report of the Committee is under examination. As part of preventive measures for checking corruption, it is imperative that Disciplinary Proceedings are completed in time, and delinquent officers are punished.

The matter related to amendment to the Article 311 of the constitution to remove the protection shield of Government servants is being examined by a Group of Ministers.

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



No. 6/8/2009-Estt (Pay-II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

Dated 1st   March, 2011


Subject: Overstay while on deputation.

Undersigned is directed to refer to this Departments OM of even number dated the 17th June, 2010 and to say that as per existing intructions no extension in deputation beyond the fifth year is allowed. Further, as per the OM No.14017/30/2006-Estt (RR) dated the 29th November, 2006, the deputationist officer is deemed to have been relieved on the date of expiry of the deputation period unless the competent authority has with requisite approvals, extended the period of deputation, in writing, prior to the date of its expiry. It is observed that despite these clear instructions, proposals for regularization of overstay of officers on deputation beyond the five year period continue to be received in the Department. It is reiterated that it will be the responsibility of the immediate superior officer to ensure that the deputationist does not overstay. In the event of the officer overstaying for any reason whatsoever, he/she is liable to disciplinary action and other adverse Civil/Service consequences which would include the period of unauthorised overstay not being counted for service for the purpose of pension and that any increment due during the period of unauthorized overstay being deferred with cumulative effect, till the date on which the officer rejoins his parent cadre.

2. All Ministries/Departments may please note that henceforth no ex-post facto approval for regularization of overstay on deputation would be allowed.

(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Acceptance of Recommendation of the Sixth Central Pay Commission relating to introduction of Child Care Leave.

Government of lndia 
Ministry of  Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Personnel and Training 
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New Delhi,  the 21 st February. 2011 
The Chief Secretaries
All the States/Union Territories
Subject:-.  Acceptance  of  Recommendation  of  the  Sixth Central  Pay
Commission relating to introduction of Child Care Leave.

Sir/ Madam,
In continuation of  this Department's letter of  even number dated 24'September, 2010  on  the  subject mentioned above:  I am  directed to  send herewith copy of the latest clarifications regarding Child Care Leave in respect of Central Government employees and state that the clarifications contained  in this Department's O.M. No. 13018/1/2010-Estt. (L) dated 30 th December .  2011) are also applicable to members of  the All lndia Services

Yours faithfully,
(Navneet Misra) 
Under Secretary to the Government of lndia