Thursday, February 28, 2013



No. 5/1/2013-CPI 
DATED: the 28th February, 2013
Press Release
Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) – January, 2013
The All-India CPI-IW for January, 2013 rose by 2 points and pegged at 221 (two hundred and twenty one). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by 0.91 per cent between December and January compared with 0.51 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest upward contribution to the change in current index came from Housing Group which increased by 3.53 per cent, contributing 1.28 percentage points to the total change. This was followed by Miscellaneous and Food groups with 0.74 and 0.26 per cent increase respectively contributing 0.32 and 0.28 percentage points to the change. At item level, largest upward pressure came from Rice, Wheat & Wheat Atta, Groundnut Oil, Eggs (Hen), Fish Fresh, Goat Meat, Poultry (Chicken), Onion, Tea (Readymade), Firewood, Auto Rickshaw Charges, Bus Fare, Rail Fare, etc. However, this was compensated by Arhar Dal, Potato, Tomato, Other Green Vegetables, Sugar, Electricity Charges and Flower/Flower Garlands by putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 11.62 per cent for January, 2013 as compated to 11.17 per cent for the previous month and 5.32 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 14.08 per cent against 13.53 per cent of the previous month and 0.49 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Durgapur recorded the largest increase of 18 points followed by Jharia (10 points), Godavarikhani (9 points), Goa and Surat (8 points each), and Chandigarh (6 points). Among others, 5 point rise was registered in 3 centres, 4 points in 6 centre, 3 points in 12 centres, 2 points in 13 centres and 1 point in 11 centres. On the contrary. Labac-Silchar and Mariani-Jorhat centres reported a decline of 2 points each. The indices of Jalandhar, Rourkela, Sholapur and Kolkata were also declined by 1 point each. Rest of the 21 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 39 centres are above All-India Index and other 38 centres’ indices are below national average. The index of Mysore centre was at par with all-India index.
The next index of CPI-IW for the month of February, 2013 will be released on Thursday, 28 March, 2013. The same will also be available on the office website
(S.S. NEGI) 

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Regarding tests investigations at private hospitals/diagnostic laboratories / imaging centres empanelled under CGHS.

S-11045/40 /2012/CGHS/ITEC/CGHS (P)
Government of India
Ministry of Health &, Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated the 22nd February, 2013

Subject: Regarding tests investigations at private hospitals/diagnostic laboratories / imaging centres empanelled under CGHS.

The undersigned is directed to refer to the Office Memorandum of even no. dated 1st January, 2013 [click here] on the above subject wherein it has been provided under Para 3 that the serving government employees / CGHS beneficiaries shall submit medical prescription in original while claiming reimbursement of expenses incurred on diagnostic tests and investigations, from their office. Keeping in view the inconvenience and difficulties faced by the serving employees / CGHS beneficiaries in submission of prescription in original, it has been decided to relax the above condition and to allow a self attested photocopy of the medical prescription to claim reimbursement of medical expenses incurred on getting diagnostic tests / investigations carried out from a CGHS empanelled hospital / diagnostic laboratory / imaging centre on a valid prescription issued by a CGHS Medical Officer / Govt. Specialist, without a permission letter issued from the Department concerned.

2. The Serving beneficiaries will not require any permission from their Department for getting the diagnostic tests / investigations carried out in a CGHS empanelled private hospital /diagnostic laboratory / imaging centre in respect of investigations for which CGHS rates are available. They will get the prescribed tests done on payment basis and claim reimbursement from their Office. However, the serving employees of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare are eligible for credit facility from the CGHS empanelled private hospitals / diagnostic laboratories and imaging centres in terms of this Ministry's OM No. Rec.1- 008/Gr./CGHS/Delhi/CGHS (P) dated 10.06.2008.

3. The medical prescription issued by a CGHS Medical Officer / Government Specialist prescribing diagnostic tests / investigations shall be treated as valid for a single use within a period of two weeks from the date of prescription. However the medical prescription shall remain valid beyond two weeks for undertaking diagnostic tests / investigations if specifically prescribed by the CGHS doctor / Government Specialist about the date or period by which the prescribed tests are to be conducted for a routine check up or follow up treatment. The medical prescription would require revalidation or issue of a fresh prescription from the prescribing CGHS doctor/Government Specialist for getting the prescribed tests done after expiry of the validity period of two weeks or as prescribed by the CGHS doctor / Govt Specialist, as the case may be.

Deputy Secretary to the Government of India


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IITs Entrance
The Council of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), after discussions with various stakeholders, including the IITs, has decided to hold the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) in two parts viz JEE-Main and JEE-Advanced, for admission to the uder-graduate programmes in engineering, from the academic year of 2013-14.

It was decided that only the top 150,000 candidates (including all categories) based on performance in JEE-Main will qualify to appear in the JEE-Advanced. Admissions to IITs will be based only on category-wise All India Rank (AIR) in JEE-Advanced, subject to the condition that such candidates are in the top 20 percentile of successful candidates in class XII examination conducted by their Boards in applicable categories.

The Information Brochures for both, ie, JEE-Main and JEE-Advanced 2013 are in the public domain.

This was stated by the Minister of State, HRD, Dr. Shashi Tharoor in Lok Sabha today in a written reply on conduct of common entrance examination for admission to IITs.


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Benefit under Section 80-D of the Income Tax Act for CGHS Extended to Similar Schemes of the Central Government and State Governments

The Finance Bill 2013 proposes extension of benefits under Section 80-D of the Income Tax Act to such schemes of the Central Govt and State Govts that are similar to Central Govt. Health Scheme(CGHS). Presenting the Union Budget in the Lok Sabha today, the Finance Minister Shri P.Chidambaram said that contributions made to CGHS are eligible for deduction under Section 80-D of the Income Tax Act and he is proposing to extend the same benefit to similar schemes of the Central Govt and State Govt. The Finance Minister also announced that deductions made to the National Children’s Fund will now be eligible for 100% deduction.


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Relief for Taxpayers in the Bracket of Rs.2 Lakh to 5 Lakh Tax Credit of Rs.2000 to Every Person with Total Income upto 5 Lakh

The Finance Bill 2013-14 proposes a relief of Rs.2000 to every person who has a total income upto Rs.5 lakh in a financial year. Presenting the Union Budget in the Lok Sabha today, the Finance Minister Shri P.Chidambaram said that 1.80 crore taxpayers are expected to benefit to the value of Rs.3600 crore on account of this proposal of tax credit of Rs.2000. He further said that the current slabs were introduced only last year. Hence, there is no case to revise either the slabs or the rates. However, he proposed to give some relief to the taxpayers in the first bracket of Rs.2 lakh to Rs.5 lakh.


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Highlights of the Budget-2013-2014

Highlights of the Budget

The Union Budget for 2013-14 aims at higher growth rate leading to inclusive and sustainable development as ‘mool mantra’.

·        Finance Minister makes three promises: to women, youth and the poor.
·        Nirbhaya Fund to empower women and to keep them safe and secure.
·        Proposal to set up India’s first Women’s Bank as a public sector bank.
·        Rs. 1,000 crore for skill development of ten lakh youth to enhance their employability and productivity.
·        Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) Scheme to be rolled out throughout the country during the term of UPA Government.
·        Fiscal Deficit for 2013-14 is pegged at 4.8 percent of GDP. The Revenue Deficit will be 3.3 percent for the same period.
·        Plan Expenditure placed at Rs. 5,55,322 crore. It is 33.3 percent of the total expenditure while Non Plan Expenditure is estimated at Rs. 11,09,975 crore. The plan expenditure in 2013-14 will be 29.4 percent more than the RE of the current year i.e. 2012-13.
·        Substantial rise in allocation to the social sector.  Allocation for Rural Development Ministry raised by 46 percent to Rs. 80,194 crore.
·        The target for farm credit for 2013-14 has been set at Rs. 7,00,000 crore against Rs. 5,75,000 crore during the current year.
·        Rs. 10,000 crore earmarked for National Food Security towards the incremental cost.
·        Education gets Rs. 65,867 crore, an increase of 17 percent over RE for 2012-13.
·        ICDS gets Rs. 17,700 crore. This is 11.7 percent more than the current year.
·        Drinking water and sanitation will receive Rs. 15,260 crore. Rs. 1,400 crore is being provided for setting up water purification plants to cover arsenic and fluoride affected rural areas.
·        Health and Family Welfare Ministry has been allotted Rs. 37,330 crore. National Health Mission will get Rs. 21,239 crore which represents 24.3 percent over the RE.
·        The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission  (JNNURM) will receive Rs. 14,873 crore as against RE of Rs. 7,383 crore in the current year.
·        Defence has been allocated Rs. 2,03,672 crore.
·        Rs. 3,511 crore have been earmarked to Minority Affairs Ministry, 60 percent higher than RE for 2012-13.
·        The Government will encourage Infrastructure Debt Fund (IDF) and allow some institutions to raise tax free bonds upto Rs. 50,000 crore which is 100 percent more than the current year.
·        India Infrastructure Finance Corporation (IIFC), in partnership with ADB will help infrastructure companies to access bond market to tap long term funds.
·        Income limit under Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme (RGESS) will be raised from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 12 lakh.
·        First home loan from a bank or housing finance corporation upto Rs. 25 lakh entitled to additional deduction of interest upto Rs. 1 lakh.
·        Proposal to launch Inflation Indexed Bonds or Inflation Indexed National Security Certificates to protect savings from inflation.
·        On oil and gas exploration policy, the Budget proposes to move from the present profit sharing mechanism to revenue sharing. Natural gas pricing policy will be reviewed.
·        On coal, the Budget proposes adoption of a policy of pooled pricing.
·        Benefits or preferences enjoyed by MSME to continue upto three years after they grow out of this category.
·        Refinancing capacity of SIDBI raised to Rs. 10,000 crore.
·        Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS) for textile to continue in 12th Plan with an investment target of Rs. 1,51,000 crore.
·        Rs. 14,000 crore will be provided to public sector banks for capital infusion in 2013-14.
·        A grant of Rs. 100 crore each has been made to 4 institutions of excellence including Aligarh Muslim University, Banaras Hindu University, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati and Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH).
·        New taxes to yield Rs. 18,000 crore.
·        A surcharge of 10 percent on persons (other than companies) whose taxable income exceeds Rs.1 crore have been levied.
·        Tobacco products, SUVs and Mobile Phones to cost more.
·        Relief of Rs. 2000 for the tax payers in the first bracket of 2 to 5 lakhs.
·        ‘Voluntary Compliance Encouragement Scheme’ launched for recovering service tax dues.
·        Rs. 9,000 crore earmarked as the first installment of balance of CST compensations to different States/UTs.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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48 hour two day General Strike: Confederation communication and Press Statement


NEW DELHI-110027
PH:011 25105324CEN
Conf/23/2013 Dated: 25.2.2013

Dear Comrade,
                                     The 48 hour two day General Strike

                The two days strike, for which the call was given by the Joint Platform of Trade Unions in the country through the National Convention held at New Delhi on 4th September, 2012 was a tremendous success.  Not only the workers in the country but also common people supported the strike action in many States.  It is estimated by the Central Trade Unions that more than 10 crore workers might have participated in the strike.   In other words more than 50 crore people of the country supported the action.  The overwhelming response in the mightiest strike action  ever of the Indian working Class is indicative of the growing anger against the economic policies pursued by the Government.  There had been constant and continuous increase in the prices of basic needs of the common people i.e. food items, gas, diesel, gas, coal electricity etc. in the last two years.  The inflation in the economy continued unabated despite the assurance held out by the rulers, as a matter of course. to contain it.

Every decision of the UPA II Government has fuelled the inflation in the economy and consequent rise in prices of all essential commodities.  Despite the lathi charge and arrest of the workers in certain parts of the country, the strike had been by far peaceful.  Leader  of the Haryana Roadways Corporation affiliated to AITUC was killed in Ambala Transport Depot in a tragic incident when the Transport authorities decided to take a bus from the depot against the opposition of the workers. Most of the State Governments especially the TMC led West Bengal State Govt. Did their best to suppress the strike action without success.  

All vital sectors viz. Bank, Insurance, Central and State Government offices, Industrial Establishments, Ports and Docks, Surface Transport except Railways and Airlines, Power  etc. remained paralysed.  The Central Government employees on the call of the Confederation of CGE and workers responded magnificently.  There had been apprehension of the extent of participation in the two day strike action especially after the one day strike on 12.12.2012 on the 15 point charter of demands.  The report we have received at the CHQ proves that the apprehension was totally misplaced and the number of employees who participated in the 20th and 21st Feb. 2013 was more than we could elicit on 12th December. 2012.  No doubt in some of the organisation, the strike participation on comparison with 12th December, was less.  But this has been more than made up by the other organisation who could improve their position of participation on 20th and 21st.  We append hereunder the Press Statement we issued on 21st Feb. on the basis of the reports we have received through telephone and SMS.

The unprecedented participation of workers in the strike had been the manifestation of the people's resentment  to the economic policies of the Government which has virtually made the poor poorer and the rich richer. They have asserted in no uncertain terms that these policies must be reversed at all cost for India to remain a sovereign republic.  The recent decisions of the Government to allow FDI in Pension, and increase FDI foray  in the Banking and Insurance Sector will bring back the country to serfdom.  The struggle will have to continue and the campaign against the policies must pick up further momentum in the months to come.

There had been continuous propaganda by the Government through electronic media that the Government employees do not have the right to strike and not only "dies non" but disciplinary action will also be taken against the striking employees.  It has been proved on a number of occasions that the vindictive actions will be resorted to by the Government when the unity is disrupted and the strike participation for one reason or other dwindle.  The greatest safeguard against such barbarous  and vindictive actions is to preserve our unity and determination and tread the path of struggle with cent per cent participation.  Campaign amongst the mass of the employees to bring home the pernicious impact of the economic policies in the day to day life and standard of living is a pre-requisite for the success of the strike action.  Wherever, this has been done,  it has paid rich dividends.

We must review the two day strike action as soon as possible.  Since the Conference of the Confederation  is due in the month of April, it may not be possible to convene the National Executive meeting immediately.   We are planning to meet in the Sectt. and in order to enable us to conduct a proper review,  we need the following information both from the State Committees and the Central HQrs of the affiliated Association.  The format is given in the annexure to this communication.  Kindly ensure that the reports are sent to us by 10th March, 2013.

                With greetings and once again conveying our sincere gratitude and congratulations to all the affiliates, State Committees and the Active workers and leaders who made the strike a magnificent success.

                With greetings and once again conveying our sincere gratitude and congratulations to all the affiliates, State Committees and the Active workers and leaders who made the strike a magnificent success.
Yours fraternally,

K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General

NEW DELHI-110027
PH:011 25105324


About 8 lakhs Central Government employees took part in the 48 hour (two day)  general strike yesterday and today organised by the Indian working class as per the call of the Joint platform of 11 Central Trade Unions of the country.  Besides 5 lakh Defence Civilian employees are also reported to have participated in this historic action.

The Strike was total and cent per cent in Income tax and Postal departments.  The participation ranged from 60 to 90% in other Government of India organisations except in the Central Secretariat.  As per the report, the strike was total in Assam, Tripura, West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and 60 to 70% in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and partial in other States.
In Delhi, the Income tax and RMS offices of the Postal Department virtually remained closed.  Not a single employee reported for duty in these offices.  Many offices of the Civil Accounts and Post offices in Delhi also did not function on these two days.

Many establishments of Printing and Stationery, Indian Bureau of Mines, Geological Survey of India, Medical Depots, Customs, Ground Water Board, ISRO, Directorate of Marketing Inspection, Civil Accounts, Central Public Works Department remained closed throughout the country on both the days.

The National Secretariat of the Confederation places on record its sincere gratitude and appreciation of the efforts undertaken by the State/Branch level leaders to make this historic action of the Indian working class a resounding success by eliciting the total participation of the Central Government employees.  The success of the two days strike action will no doubt embolden the employees and workers to chalk out intensified action programme including indefinite strike action to compel the Govt. to rescind the anti people economic policies pursued since 1991.

K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General.

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Highlights of Railway Budget 2013-14

·        67 new Express trains to be introduced
·        26 new passenger services, 8 DEMU services and 5 MEMU services to be introduced
·        Run of 57 trains to be extended
·        Frequency of 24 trains to be increased
·        First AC EMU rake to be introduced  on Mumbai suburban network in 2013-14
·        72 additional services to be introduced in Mumbai and 18 in Kolkata
·        Rake length increased from 9 cars to 12 cars for 80 services in Kolkata and 30 services in Chennai
·        500 km new lines, 750 km doubling, 450 km gauge conversion targeted in 2013-14

·        First ever rail link to connect Arunachal Pradesh
·        Some Railway related activities to come under MGNREGA
·        For the first time 347 ongoing projects identified as priority projects with the committed funding

·        Highest ever plan outlay of Rs. 63,363 crore
·        Loan of Rs. 3000 crore repaid fully.
·         A new fund-Debt Service Fund set up to meet committed liabilities.
·        Freight loading of 1047 MT, 40 MT more than 2012-13
·        Passenger growth 5.2% in 2013-14
·        Gross Traffic Receipts – Rs. 1,43,742 crore i.e. an increase of 18,062 crore over RE, 2012-13
·        Dividend payment estimated at Rs. 6,249 crore
·        Operating Ratio to be 87.8% in 2013-14

·        Supplementary charges for super fast trains, reservation fee, clerkage charge, cancellation charge and tatkal charge marginally increased
·        Fuel Adjustment Component linked revision for freight tariff to be implemented from 1st April 2013
·        Enhanced reservation fee abolished
·        Elimination of 10797 Level Crossings (LC) during the 12th Plan and no addition of new LCs henceforth
·        Introduction of 160/200 kmph Self Propelled Accident Relief Trains
·        ‘Aadhar’ to be used for various passenger and staff related services
·        Internet ticketing from 0030 hours to 2330 hours
·        E-ticketing through mobile phones
·        Project of SMS alerts to passengers providing updates on reservation status
·        Next –Gen e-ticketing system to be rolled out : capable of handling 7200 tickets per minute against 2000 now,  1.20 lakh users simultaneously against 40,000 now
·        Introduction of executive lounge at 7 more stations: Bilaspur, Visakhapatnam, Patna, Nagpur, Agra, Jaipur and Bengaluru
·        Introduction of ‘Azadi Express’ to connect places associated with freedom movement
·        Four companies of women RPF personnel set up and another 8 to be set up to strengthen the security of rain passengers, especially women passengers
·        10% RPF vacancies being reserved for women
·        1.52 lakh vacancies being filled up this year out of which 47000 vacancies have been earmarked for weaker sections and physically challenged
·        Railways to impart skills to the youth in railway related trades in 25 locations
·        Provision of portable fire extinguishers in Guard-cum-Brake Vans, AC Coaches and Pantry Cars in all trains
·        Pilot project on select trains to facilitate passengers to contact on board staff through SMS/phone call/e-mail for coach cleanliness and real time feedback
·        Provision of announcement facility and electronic display boards in trains
·        Providing free Wi-Fi facilities on several trains
·        Upgrading 60 stations as Adarsh Stations in addition to 980 already selected
·        Introduction of an ‘Anubhuti’ coach in select trains to provide excellent ambience and latest facilities and services
·        179 escalators and 400 lifts at A-1 and other major stations to be installed facilitating elderly and differently-abled
·         Affixing Braille stickers with layout of coaches including toilets, provision of wheel chairs and battery operated vehicles at more stations and making coaches wheel-chair friendly
·        Centralized Catering Services Monitoring Cell set up with a toll free number (1800 111 321)
·        Complimentary card passes to recipients of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna & Dhyan Chand Awards to be valid for travel by 1st Class/2nd AC
·        Complimentary card passes to Olympic Medalists and Dronacharya Awardees for travel in Rajdhani/Shatabadi Trains
·        Travel by Duronoto Trains permitted on all card passes issued to sportspersons having facility of travel by Rajdhani/Shatabadi Trains
·        Facility of complimentary card passes valid in 1st class/2nd AC extended to parents of posthumous unmarried awardees of Mahavir Chakra, Vir Chakra, Kirti Chakra, Shaurya Chakra, President’s Police Medal for Gallantry and policy medal for Gallantry
·         Policy Gallantry awardees to be granted one complimentary pass every year for travel along with one companion in 2nd AC in Rajdhani/Shatabadi Trains
·        Passes for freedom fighters to be renewed once in three years instead of every year.
·        Setting up of six more Rail Neer bottling plants at Vijayawada, Nagpur, Lalitpur, Bilaspur, Jaipur and Ahmedabad
·        Setting up of a multi-disciplinary training institute at Nagpur for training in rail related electronics technologies
·        Setting up of a centralized training institute at Secunderabad--Indian Railways Institute of Financial Management
·        Five fellowships in national universities to be instituted to motivate students to study and undertake research on Railway related issues at M.Phil and Ph.D. levels
·        Fund allocation for staff quarters enhanced to Rs. 300 crore
·        Provision of hostel facilities for single women railway employees at all divisional headquarters
·        Provision of water closets and air conditioners in the locomotive cabs to avoid stress being faced by loco pilots



Recommendations from UPSC

No request was received from the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) regarding delinking of schedule languages from its scheme of examination. However, Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT) had forwarded to this Ministry for comments, the recommendations of the High Level Standing Committee which had been appointed by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in July, 2009 to examine the modalities for implementing the recommendations of the Parliamentary Resolution of 1968. According to the Resolution, languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution and English shall be permitted as alternative media for the All India and higher Central Services examination after ascertaining the views of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on the future scheme of the examinations, the procedural aspects and the timing etc.

The recommendations of the said Committee are enclosed in Annexure. The Ministry of Home Affairs had agreed with the recommendations.

Recommendations of the High Level Committee appointed by the Union Public Service Commission

(i) The language adopted by the UPSC for conducting its examination should be based on their growth in the higher educational system and the inclusion of a language in the Eighth Schedule should not be the only basis for its adoption by the UPSC in its All India and Higher Central Services Examinations.

(ii) All candidates should have the option to write Civil Services Examination either in Hindi or English.

(iii) The candidates in the Civil Services Examination should be allowed to write their papers (other than the Indian Language and English Compulsory Papers) in any of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution provided the candidate has had her/his graduation in that particular language medium of examination.

(iv) In the interest of maintaining the equality and standards of examination conducted by UPSC, a minimum number of 25 (twenty five) candidates will be required for conducting examination in any one language.

(v) Considering the dynamics of growth of languages in the higher education system, UPSC may review the above policy after a gap of three years.

This was stated by Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs Shri RPN Singh in Lok Sabha today.



Recruitment Guidelines for the Central Public Sector Enterprises

The Government has said that the demand for restricting recruitment of Artisans from the local candidates or for providing reservation to the locals was received by the Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises through BHEL in December 2010. Giving this information in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Praful Patel, Minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, said that the matter was examined in consultation with the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) and it was observed that recruitments in the Central Public Sector Enterprises are governed by DPE guidelines which do not allow such facility for the locals. Therefore, such a demand could not be agreed to, Shri Patel said.



Restriction on Issue of Cheques from Saving Bank Accounts

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued a Master Circular dated 02.07.2012 on ‘Customer Service in Banks’ which, inter-alia, provides that banks may issue cheque books with larger number of leaves (20 or 25) if a customer demands the same and also ensure that adequate stocks of such cheque books (20 / 25 leaves) are maintained with all the branches to meet the requirements of the customers.

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


Monday, February 25, 2013

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EPFO may decide to pay 8.5% rate for 2012-13 today

EPFO’s trustees are likely to decide on Monday the payment of 8.5 per cent interest to its over five crore subscribers on their PF deposits for 2012-13, higher than 8.25 per cent provided in the previous financial year.

“... 8.5 per cent rate of interest for the year 2012-13 is feasible,” said a note prepared by the EPFO which was considered by its advisory body Finance and Investment Committee (FIC) on February 15. According to the EPFO’s estimates, payment of 8.6 per cent interest rate would result in a deficit of Rs 240.49 crore whereas 8.5 per cent rate of return on PF deposits for current fiscal would leave a surplus of Rs 4.13 crore.

“The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation’s (EPFO) apex decision making by the Central Board of Trustees (CBT) is scheduled on meet on Monday where they may take up the issue of interest rate payment for the current financial year”, a source said.

In FIC meeting held on February 15, union leaders refused to discuss the issue regarding payment of interest in the current financial year.

This was because the agenda note for the issue was not provided well in advance to them, sources said.

They added the note was tabled during the meeting. They said the EPFO's estimates would now be directly tabled before CBT meeting scheduled on February 25, for final approval.

The notification on interest rate is issued by the government after concurrence with the finance ministry.

Although EPFO announces interest rate at the beginning of the year, there has been a delay this time.

Trade unions have been pressing for an early meeting of the CBT to decide on the interest rate for the current financial year.

EPFO had paid 8.25 per cent interest to its subscribers for 2011-12, lower than the 9.5 per cent disbursed in 2010-11.

Source:Business standard


Counting of former service in respect of employees covered under New Pension Scheme:


Circular No. 103.
Dated :8th February 2013 
(All Heads of Department under Ministry of Defence)

Subject: Counting of former service in respect of employees covered under New Pension Scheme.

As per existing practice Audit Report for counting of former service in respect of Defence Civilian Employees covered under old pension scheme is being rendered by the Office of the PCDA (P) Allahabad. However, consequent upon introduction of New pension scheme w.e.f. 01-01-2004, this office has stopped rendering audit report for counting of former service in r/o employees covered under New pension scheme. Now, it has been decided that this office will continue to Render Audit report to those employees who are covered under New Pension scheme till finalization of NPS Rules.

2. Therefore it is advised to forward affected cases as well as returned cases to render Audit Report.

Dated: 8th February 2013

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Revision of pension of Pre-2006 pensioners: PCDA Order


Circular No.102.
Dated: 11th February 2013. 
The Treasury Officer

Subject: Revision of pension of Pre-2006 pensioners - reg.

Reference: This office Important Circulars No. 57 bearing no. GI/C/0198/VOL-I/Tech dated 17-09-2008, 62 bearing no. GI/C/0198/VOI-II/Tech dated 12-11-2008 and Circular no. 96 bearing no. GI/C/0198/VOL-IV/Tech dated 04-12-2012.

Attention of all pension disbursing authorities is invited to above cited circulars wherein instructions had been issued for implementation of GOI, Ministry of P,PG and pensions, Deptt of P&PW OM No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A,) dated 01 September 2008 and that Ministry OM.No. 1/3/2011-P&PW (E) dated 25-05-2012. Now, GOI, Ministry of P,PG and pension, Dept of P&PW have further issued orders under their OM No. 38/37/08 P&PW (A) dated 28-01-2013, a copy of which is enclosed for immediate implementation.

2. According to current orders, pension of pre-2006 pensioners as revised w.e.f. 01- 01-2006 in terms of para 4.1 or para 4.2 of the OM dated 01-09-2008 as amended from time to time would be further stepped up to 50% of the sum of minimum of pay in pay band and the grade pay corresponding to the pre- revised pay scale from which the pensioner had retired, as arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the Min of Fin, Deptt of Expenditure OM No. 1/1/2008 - IC dated 30-08-2008. In case of HAG and above scales, this will be 50% of the minimum of the pay in the revised pay scale arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the above referred OM dated 30-08-2008 of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure.

3. The normal family pension of pre-2006 pensioners as revised w.e.f. 01-01-2006 in terms of para 4.1 or para 4.2 of the OM dated 01-09-2008 as amended from time to time would be further stepped up to 30% of the sum of minimum of pay in pay band and the grade pay corresponding to the pre- revised pay scale from which the Government servant had retired, as arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the Min of Fin, Deptt of Expenditure OM No. 1/1/2008 - IC dated 30-08-2008. In case of HAG and above scales, this will be 50% of the minimum of the pay in the revised pay scale arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the above referred OM dated 30-08-2008 of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure.

4. A revised concordance table ( Annexure ) of the pre - 1996, pre-2006 and post 2006 pay scales/pay bands indicating the pension/family pension (at ordinary rates) payable under the above provisions is enclosed to facilitate payment of revised pension/family pension.

5. The pension so arrived at in accordance with para 2 above and indicated in col.9 of Annexure will be reduced/prorata where the pensioner had less than the maximum required service ( 33 years ) for full pension and in no case it will be less than Rs. 3500/- p.m.

6. Further, it has also been decided that:-

(i) In case of Govt. servants who died while in service before 01-01-2006 and in respect of whom enhanced family pension is applicable from. 24-09-2012 the enhanced family pension will be stepped up to 50% of the sum of minimum of pay in the pay band and the grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale in which the Govt. servant had died, as arrived at with reference to the fitment table annexed to the Fin of Finance OM dated 30-08-2008 & in case of HAG and above scales this will be 50% of the minimum of the pay in revised pay scale arrived at with reference to the fitment table annexed to the OM dated 30-08-2008.

(ii) In the case of a pensioner who retired before 01-01-2006 and in respect of whom enhanced family pension is applicable from the date of approval by the Government, i.e. 24-09-2012, the enhanced family pension will be stepped up to the amount of pension as 2 revised in terms of para 2 read with para 5 above. In case the pensioner has died before 24-09-2012, the pension will be revised notionally in terms of para 2 read with para 5 above. The amount of revised enhanced family pension will, however, not be less than the amount of family pension at ordinary rates as revised in terms of Para 3 above.

7. In case the pension consolidated pension/family pension/enhanced family pension calculated as per Para 4.1 of OM No. 38/37/08-P&PW (A) dated 01-09-2008 is higher than the pension/family pension calculated in the manner indicated above, the same ( higher consolidated pension/family pension ) will continue to be treated as basic pension/family pension.

8. These orders will take effect from 24-09-2012. There will be no change in the amount of revised pension/family pension paid during the period 01-01-2006 and 23-09- 2012, and, therefore, no arrears will be payable on account of these orders for that period.

9. All pension disbursing authorities are therefore, requested to revise the pension/family pension in affected cases in terms of Govt. OM dated 28-01-2013. Payment made w.e.f. 24-09-2012 will be adjusted against the arrears now being paid and these cases may be reflected in the monthly account sent to this office as 'change item'.

10. Where the PDAs are in doubt in regulating the payment of revised pension/family pension under these orders, the cases with full details of pensioner/family pensioners and PPO No: etc may be referred to Audit Section of this office for advice and further action.

Dated: 11th February 2013.


Sunday, February 24, 2013

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Advance increments granted to Stenographers of Subordinate Offices on qualifying speed test in shorthand at 100/120 w.p.m. reg.

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
Dated: 18/02/201.3
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi
Dear Sir,

Sub : Advance increments granted to Stenographers of Subordinate Offices on qualifying speed test in shorthand at 100/120 w.p.m. regarding.

The NFIR is in receipt of an O.M.No.1/1/2010-Estt.(Pay-I) dated 6th December, 2012 issued by the Department of Personnel & Training.

The Department of Personnel & Training have issued revised instructions for grant of Advance increments to the Stenographers working in Subordinate Offices on qualifying speed test in shorthand @ 100 / 120 w.p.m. consequent to implementation of the recommendations of 6th Central Pay Commission, A copy of the O.M. is enclosed,

NFIR requests that corresponding instructions in favour of Stenographers working on the Zonal Railways and Production Units may please be issued by the Railway Board at the earliest.

DA/As above

Yours faithfully,
General Secretary


Saturday, February 23, 2013

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Revision of PPO of pre-2006 'pensioners/family pensioners - (i) even if age/date of birth of spouse is not available, (ii) model advertisement for use by Ministries/Departments - regarding.

No. 1/20/2011 P&PW (E)  
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions 
Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare 
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, 
Khan Market, New Delhi 
Dated: 28th January, 2013 

Sub: Revision of PPO of pre-2006 'pensioners/family pensioners - (i) even if age/date of birth of spouse is not available, (ii) model advertisement for use by Ministries/Departments - regarding. 

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's OM of even number, dated 16.12.2011, 2.11.2012 and 14.11.2012 and OM No. 1/23/2012-P&PW(E), dated 13.09.2012 and 27.09.2012 on an extremely important issue, Le. revision of the Pension Payment Order (PPOs) of pensioners/family pensioners who retired/died before 2006. The revision has to be done on priority because the pensioners are suffering harassment due to non-revision of their PPOs.  .

2.  A number of initiatives were taken in the last quarter of 2012 such as allowing change in date of birth of spouse, use of certain documents for revision of PPOs, inclusion of present postal address and mobile and telephone number in the life certificate and use of e-scroll for extracting information from banks' database. In order to further streamline the process, it has been decided to allow revision of PPOs even in those cases where date of birth/age of spouse is not given in the PPO or this information is not available in the office records. Such PPOs may be revised again when age/date of birth becomes available. It has also decided that only live cases in which pension/family pension is being disbursed will be included in the pendency statement of the Central Pension Accounting Office (CPAO) and for this purpose e-scroll alone will be relied upon by the CPAO.

3.  A copy of the advertisement previously circulated to all Ministries/Departments vide this Department's OM of even number, dated 16.12.2011 for use by them for eliciting information from pensioners/family pensioners is enclosed. It is requested that the advertisement may be posted on the website and if desired get it published in the leading. News Papers.

(Sujasha Choudhury) 
Deputy Secretary 


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Budget 2013: 7 expectations of the salaried class

7 tax amendments you can expect in Budget 2013

Although the Budget document outlines the government's planned revenue and expenditure, tax remains the most important aspect for the common man. Tax proposals are announced at the fag end of the Budget speech, keeping millions on tenterhooks. According to a survey by Assocham, a majority of salaried people want Finance Minister P. Chidambaram to raise the exemption limit on income-tax and increase deductions under various allowances so that they are left with more purchasing power.

Exemption limit on income-tax: Over 89 per cent of the respondents said that the slab of tax free income has not moved up in line with real inflation. The current basic exemption limit of Rs. 2 lakh should be increased to at least Rs. 3 lakh, while the limit for women should go up to Rs. 3.5 lakh. This will increase the purchasing power of individuals and stimulate demand.

Medical re-imbursement limit: With increasing healthcare costs, the existing tax free limit of Rs. 15,000 should be increased to Rs. 50,000, 89 per cent of the respondents said.

Transportation allowance: Currently, this is tax-free to the extent of Rs. 800 per month. This limit was fixed more than a decade ago, and definitely needs to be revised upwards to at least Rs. 3,000 per month, given the rising commuting costs across the country, according to the survey.

Interest on home loan: The deduction limit for payment of interest (on self-occupied property) has remained constant at Rs. 1.5 lakh since 2001. Since then, property prices have gone through the roof, increasing the quantum of home loan. An increase in the exemption limit to Rs. 2.5 lakh will be a welcome change, the survey found.

Investments under Section 80C: This IT Act provides a deduction of Rs. 1 lakh for certain investments. The provision helps people in making forced savings that helps them in the future. A common man expects this limit to be increased to Rs. 2 lakh with a sub-limit of Rs. 50,000 exclusively for insurance and pension.
Infrastructure bonds: Over 82 per cent respondents favoured the restoration of infrastructure bonds, considering that the government needs massive funds for the development of the infrastructure sector and also the lock-in period should be restricted to five years.

Pension: Over 71 per cent of the respondents demanded that the national pension system (NPS) be brought under the EEE (exempt-exempt-exempt) as against EET (exempt-exempt-tax) at present. This means that investors get a tax exemption at all the three stages of investment, appreciation and withdrawal.


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Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2012- Results of the Written Examination Announced

The UPSC has announced the results of the candidates who have qualified for Personality Test for selection to the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service and other Central Services (Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’). The UPSC had conducted the written exam of the Civil Services(Main), 2012 in October last year.

            Personality Test of these candidates will commence from 4th March, 2013. Personality Tests will be held in the Office of the Union Public Service Commission at Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110069. The date and time of Personality Test is being intimated to the qualified candidates individually. It will also be displayed on the Commission’s Website The candidates who do not receive communication regarding their Personality Test, should immediately contact the office of the Commission through letter or on Phone Nos. 011-23385271, 011-23381125, 011-23098543 or Fax No. 011-23387310, 011-23384472.

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

click here to see results

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Shortage Of Homoeopathic Doctors In CGHS

There are 39 posts of Homoeopathic Doctors currently lying vacant in Department of AYUSH including one post of Adviser and its break-up is as under:-

     CGHS-                                                                        28
{13 (Delhi/NCR) and 15(Outside Delhi)}

Department of AYUSH-                                                    11

            A proposal to fill up 27 posts of Homoeopathic Doctors has been sent to the Union Public Service Commission in August, 2012 under Single Window System.  As the remaining posts are required to be revived as per the extant instruction of the Central Government, the process has been initiated to revive these posts in consultation with the Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure).  In respect of Adviser (Homoeopathy), the UPSC held the DPC meeting on 04.10.2012 to fill up the post by promotion which, however, did not materialize due to the retirement of the recommended candidate.

            In order to  fill up the vacant posts of Homeopathic doctors, D/o AYUSH  has initiated the action as indicated above, however, CGHS appoints the retired  Homeopathic Doctors on contract basis  in order to meet the immediate requirement of Doctors for catering the medical needs to the CGHS beneficiaries and  to ensure smooth running of the CGHS dispensaries.  Interviews have already been held on 21st December, 2012 for contractual appointment on short term basis.

            The above information was given by the Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.


Friday, February 22, 2013

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Revision of Ceiling Rates and guidelines for various Coronary Stents for CGHS/CS(MA) beneficiaries

F.No. Misc.1002/2006/CGHS(R&H)/ CGHS(P)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
 Maulana Azad Road, Nirman Bhawan
New Delhi 110 108 dated the 21st February, 2013.


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

With reference to the above mentioned subject the undersigned is directed to draw attention to the Office Memorandum of even number dated 31.10.2011 and to state that ceiling rates for all DCGI approved Coronary Stents have been revised In super cession of the Office Memorandum of even No. dated 31.10.2011 of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare as per the ceiling rates mentioned below:

S. No.  Type of Coronary Stents   Ceiling Rate

 All DCGI and FDA
 approved Drug Eluting Stents
All DCGI and CE approved
 Drug Eluting Stents
All DCGI approved Drug
Eluting Stents


 (including Coated and other Stents)
All DCGI and FDA approved
All DCGI and CE approved
All DCGI approved


 Rs.10,000/- the rates were already notified
vide OM of even number dated 7tg February 2013

Reimbursement to beneficiaries /empanelled hospitals shall be allowed subject to the ceiling rates or actuals, whichever are lower.

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

3.            It is essential for the empanelled hospitals to quote the Batch number when a coronary/vascular stent of any type is implanted in the case of a CGHS/CS (MA) beneficiary and also enclose a copy of the relevant invoices pertaining to the procurement of the stents by the hospitals. In addition to this, the outer pouch of the Stent packet along with the sticker on it on which details of the stent are printed shalt also be enclosed with the medical bill for claiming reimbursement from the Govt. In case of treatment from a private non-empanelled hospital, where the treatment was taken in an emergency, it is the responsibility of the beneficiary to obtain the batch number 1 invoice and outer pouches of the stent(s) before the submission of the medical claim to CGHS/ concerned department, as the case may be.

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

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

6.            The revised rates and guidelines shall come into force from the date of issue and shall be in force till they are revised.

7.            This issues with the concurrence of Integrated Finance Division vide Note dated 20.12.2012 of AS&FA, Min. of H&FW.



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Permanent absorption of Central Government employees and employees of the Union Territories in the autonomous bodies of the Union Territories counting of service for pension.

No.28 (22)/84-P&PW
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare
New Delhi, the 4.2.1986

Subject: Permanent absorption of Central Government employees and employees of the Union Territories in the autonomous bodies of the Union Territories counting of service for pension.

The undersigned is directed to refer to the Department of Personnel & AR's (now Department of Pension and Pensioners' Welfare) O.M. No. 28/10/84-Pension Unit dated 29.8.84 down the provisions for regulating the cases of the Central Government employees going over to a Central autonomous; body or vice-versa for purpose of counting of past-service for pension in the new organisation, and to say that certain -Union Territory Administrations have sought clarification if the autonomous bodies of the UT's financed wholly or substantially by the UT Administrations can be treated at par with the autonomous bodies of the Central Government for the purpose of implementing the instructions contain in O.M. of 29.8.84 referred to above. In this context it has also been pointed out by the UT Administrations that there are similarities between the administrations of the UTs and the Central Government extending to the terms and conditions of employment of the staff of the UTs, their scales of pay, their governance by the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 etc. It has, therefore, been urged that the benefit available to the employees of the Central Government when absorbed in autonomous bodies wholly or substantially financed by the Central Government and vice versa for counting of past service for pension, should-also be extended to the employee of the UTs when absorbed in the autonomous bodies wholly or substantially ,financed by the Govts. of UTs and vice versa.

2. The matter has been examined by this Department in consultation with the Ministry of Finance (Department of Exp.) and the following, decisions have been taken:-

(a) Central Govt. employees moving to autonomous/statutory bodies of the Union Territory will also get the benefit of O.M. dated 29.8.1984.

(b) Employees of the Union Territory moving to the Central autonomous/statutory bodies or Autonomous Statutory Bodies of the same Union Territory will also be .entitled to the benefit of O.M. dated 29.8.1984.

3. In so far as persons serving in the Indian Audit & Accounts Department are concerned, these order are issued with the concurrence of the C&AG.

(Hazara Singh)
Dy. Secretary to the Government of India


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Withholding of 10% gratuity from the retiring Government servants — clarification regarding

No.20/16/1998-P&PW (F)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-110 003
Dated the 19th February 2013.


Subject: Withholding of 10% gratuity from the retiring Government servants — clarification regarding.

The undersigned is directed to say that this Department has been receiving representations from individuals and Pensioners Associations that Government Departments have been withholding 10% of the amount of gratuity from each retirees even when they had not been provided any Government accommodation.

2 The recovery and adjustment of Govt. dues from retirement gratuity is regulated under Rules 71 to 73 of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972. Rule (1) to (3) of Rule 72 ibid provide for recovery of actual amount of Govt. dues in respect of Govt. accommodation from pay & allowances before retirement and from Retirement Gratuity. Sub rule (5) of Rule 72 ibid stipulates that if, in any particular case, it is not possible for the Directorate of Estates to determine the outstanding licence fee, that Directorate shall inform the Head of Office that ten per cent of gratuity may be withheld pending receipt of further information. The withheld amount of gratuity is to be paid back to government servant immediately on production of ‘No Demand Certificate’ (NDC) from Dte of Estates. Thus, if no ‘Govt. dues’ in respect of Govt. accommodation are outstanding then the rules do not provide for withholding of any part of the gratuity on retirement of the Govt. servant. If no Government accommodation is allotted to a Government servant, in accordance with Dte of Estate’s OM No.18011/5/1990-Pol-III dated 12.10.2010, it is for the Administrative Ministry to issue an `NDC”.

3. As regards recovery in respect of ‘Govt. dues’ other than those pertaining to Govt. accommodation, the Head of Office is required to complete assessment of such dues eight months prior to the date of retirement [Rule 73(2)]. The actual amount of such dues and the dues which come to the notice subsequently and remaining outstanding are to be adjusted against the amount of retirement gratuity becoming payable to the Govt. servant on retirement. Thus, there is no provision for withholding any part of gratuity for the purpose of recovery of outstanding government dues other than those pertaining to government accommodation.

(Tripti P. Ghosh)


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Simplification of Pension Procedure- Amendment in para 15 and para 16 of "Scheme for payment of pensions to Central Govt. Civil Pensioners by Authorised Bank".

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
Central Pension Accounting Office
Trikoot-II, Bhikaji Cama Place
New Delhi.

Office Memorandum 

Subject: - Simplification of Pension Procedure- Amendment in para 15 and para 16 of "Scheme for payment of pensions to Central Govt. Civil Pensioners by Authorised Bank".

Attention is invited to the provisions contained in paras 15 and 16 of the Scheme Booklet regarding submission of life & other certificates and inter bank /intra bank transfer of pension Account.

2. Keeping in view the need to make the process of submission of certificates user friendly and in line with the technological advancement in the banking industry, it has been decided to allow pensioner/family pensioner to submit the life certificate as well as other certificates to any branch of the Bank through which his /her pension/family pension is being disbursed.

3. Further with the introduction of CBS and implementation of CPPC, the pensioner/family pensioner who is desirous of transferring his/her pension account from one branch to another branch (whether local or out station) of the same bank should has the option of putting in his/her request at either of the two branches instead of the present dispensation wherein transfer request is entertained only at the home branch. The transfer application will require mentioning both account numbers (in the old & new branch) with both branch contact details. The branch receiving the application will scan and register the same to CPPC. CPPC will coordinate the continuity of disbursement of monthly pension/family pension without any break.

4. All banks are hereby directed to follow the above procedural modifications in pension process and issue necessary instructions to all concerned accordingly.

5. This issues with the concurrence of Department of Pensions & Pensioners Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance.

(Vandana Sharma) 
Chief Controller (Pensions)



Payment of statutory dues, salary and wages in sick/loss making CPSEs under the Department of Heavy Industry

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs today approved the proposal for providing non-plan budgetary support of Rs.122.65 crore for liquidation of statutory dues (Provident Fund, Gratuity, Pension, Employees State Insurance and Bonus) and salary and wages from 1.4.2012 to 30.09.2012 in respect of nine Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) under the Department of Heavy Industry. The CPSEs are Hindustan Cables Ltd., HMT Ltd., HMT (Watches) Ltd., HMT (CW) Ltd., Nagaland Pulp & Papers Co. Ltd., Triveni Structurals Ltd., Tungbhadra Steel Products Ltd., Nepa Ltd. and HMT Bearings Ltd.

Revival of these companies is yet to be finalized except in the case of HMT Bearing Ltd, and Nagaland Pulp & Papers Co. Ltd. whose approved revival plan could not be implemented. Therefore, it was considered essential that the interim financial support from the Government be provided so that the operation of these companies may not be affected. Non-settlement of these liabilities has been causing serious hardship not only to the employees of the companies but also adversely affecting the day-to-day operation of the companies resulting in further deterioration of their performance.

Payment of outstanding dues of salary and wages would mitigate the hardships of the employees thereby motivating them for better output and would prepare them to achieve the goal of revival/restructuring of the company. In addition clearance of outstanding statutory dues (Provident Fund, Gratuity, Pension, Employees State Insurance) would result in fulfilment of statutory obligations.



Rationalisation of pay and allowance to licensed category of employees of Air India in line with Industry practice and standard over and above the DPE guidelines

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved that in addition to pay and allowances admissible under Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) Guidelines as recommended by Dharmadhikari Committee, flying allowance shall also be admissible to pilots at different rates as per their seniority. The pilots would also be paid lay over allowance and special allowance. The pilots flying wide body aircraft would also be admissible to wide body allowance. The aircraft maintenance engineers and technical officers would be admissible to a special allowance depending upon their grade, seniority and level of qualification like number of licences they may acquire to perform their specialised nature of duties.

Similarly, the cabin crew would also be paid, in addition to salary and allowances as per DPE Guidelines, flying allowance depending upon their seniority and slab seniority system being followed in Air India.

The CCEA has also approved that the rate of layover allowance shall be the same as is admissible under applicable Government of India Rules for daily allowance. Keeping in view the fact that the aviation sector is highly competitive and dynamic, it has also been approved that the management of Air India in future would periodically evaluate the pay, allowances and perks, based on prevalent market standard, of its licensed category employees after taking prior approval of Ministry of Civil Aviation.

Consequent upon merger of erstwhile Air India and Indian Airlines in 2007, various processes of the two airlines were to be integrated within 18-24 months of the merger. One of the significant areas of focus was the human resource integration of the two airlines. The Ministry of Civil Aviation constituted a committee of external experts under the Chairmanship of Justice (Retired) D.M.Dharmadhikari to address various human resources and industrial relations issues in the merged company. The Committee submitted its report on 31.12012, which was further examined by a 3-member Inter-Ministerial Committee, comprising of a representative each of Ministry of Civil Aviation, Department of Public Enterprises and an independent human resources expert, with a view to recommend a time schedule for its implementation. The Inter-Ministerial Committee submitted its report on 31.5.2012. An Implementation-cum-Anomaly Rectification Committee has been constituted in Air India to implement the recommendations of the Committee.

For the licensed category of employees of Air India, Dharmadhikari Committee has recommended implementation of the revised pay scales, as per Department of Public Enterprises Guidelines dated 26.11.2008, with effect from 01.04.2007, which is the effective date of merger of the two erstwhile airlines. In view of the fact that the maximum emoluments admissible as per DPE Guidelines to the licensed category employees like pilots, engineers, cabin crew etc would be considerably less than their counter parts in the aviation sector. The Dharmadhikari Committee has recommended payment of certain allowances to these categories so as to bring their emoluments close to the industry standards. Since these emoluments are not covered by the DPE Guidelines, Government`s approval was sought for payment of these allowances by Air India.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Government Initiatives on proposed Strike by the Central Trade Unions

As directed by the Prime Minister, senior Ministers in the Union Cabinet – Shri A.K. Antony, Defence Minister, Shri Sharad Pawar, Minister for Agriculture and Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Minister for Labour & Employment held a round of discussions with the representatives of the Central Trade Unions on the evening of 18th February to convey the serious intent of the Government to resolve the various issues raised in their charter of demands. The list of participants is at.

The representatives of the Central Trade Unions reiterated their demand for the Government to take concrete measures to contain price rise, to ensure employment generation, strict enforcement of labour laws, universal social security for unorganized and organized workers, stoppage of disinvestment in Central and State Public Sector Undertakings. Some of the issues raised by them also related to payment of minimum wages of Rs.10,000/-, abolition of contract labour, payment of equal wages and benefits to contract workers at par with regular workers, removal of all ceilings on payment and eligibility of bonus, provident fund, increasing the quantum of gratuity, assured pension for all, compulsory registration of trade unions within 45 days and immediate ratification of the ILO Convention No.87 and 98.

The Ministers explained to the representatives of the Central Trade Unions the various measures taken by the Government to control price-rise and contain inflation in the country. Particular attention was drawn to the huge food subsidy incurred by the Government to ensure availability of food grains to the poor at very concessional rates through the Public Distribution System. The Government’s efforts to pass the Food Security Bill in the Parliament will further increase the availability of subsidized food grains to the larger segments of the population and the Government is prepared to meet the extra burden on this account. The Government’s commitment to help the poor is also evident from the large amount of subsidy for fertilizers and fuel to ensure their supply at reasonable rate to the people.

The Government is also keen to introduce amendments to the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970, Minimum Wages Act, 1948 and various other labour laws to improve the conditions of the workers and to give them substantial relief. A National Employment Policy is going to be announced shortly to encourage higher employment to women, to promote skill development and inclusive growth. Some of these proposals are going to be discussed in the meetings of the Union Cabinet shortly. The Government has already approved the National Manufacturing Policy in November, 2011 which envisages the creation of 100 million jobs in the country by 2022.

The Ministers pointed out the huge loss to the economy in case the strike is resorted to by the Central Trade Unions. Apart from substantial production loss, the strike is also likely to cause inconvenience to the general public and loss of wages to the workers. In view of this, the Ministers appealed to the Central Trade Union Leaders to call off the strike.

At the end of the meeting, the representatives of the Central Trade Unions informed that they are going to discuss the proposal of the Government in a meeting on 19th Feb., 2013 and take further decision on the proposed strike.


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Government again Appeals to the Bank Employees not to join the Strike on February 20-21, 2013

The Central Government is disappointed to note that a section of the bank employees has decided to join the strike called by certain Trade Unions on February 20-21, 2013.

Prime Minister of India has made an appeal to the Trade Unions not to go strike. Government has also set-up a Group of Ministers to talk to the Trade Union leaders. So far as bank employees are concerned, there is really no reason at all to join the strike. None of the main points contained in the charter of demands has any connection with the bank employees. Banks provide employment to a large number of people and continue to recruit every year. Bank employees have social security cover. They hold regular jobs which carry attractive scales of pay. They receive bonus, PF and gratuity in accordance with applicable laws. They are entitled to pension.

In view of the above, the Government would once again appeal to the bank employees not to join the strike on February 20-21, 2013.


Monday, February 18, 2013

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Part II O.O.No. 732                                                    
Dated 13.02.2013


    In the implementation of financial up gradation under the MACP Scheme as introduced by the Govt. of India vide DOPT OM No 35034/3/2008 Estt (d) dated 19.05.2009 and further clarification received from HQrs Office New Delhi under their No AN/XI/11051/MACP/2009/Vol-I dated 22.07.2009, AN/XI/11051?MACP/2009/Vol-II dated 17.11.2009 and No. AN/XI/12240/MACP/2012/Vol-I dated 24.05.2012, individuals as per Annexure-A to this Part-II O.O. have been granted financial up gradation in the next higher grade pay as per details mentioned against their names.

    The attention of the individuals may be drawn to the clarification at Sl No 7 of Annexure-I to DOPT No 35034/3/2008 Estt (D) 19.05.2009 regarding exercising of option by the individual for fixation of pay for financial up gradation. The option may be exercised within a month.

    The financial up gradation so granted is merely placing the individuals in the next higher grade pay in the hierarchy of the recommended revised pay bands and grade pay as given in Section 1, Part-A of the first schedule of the CCS (Revised Pay) Rules 2008.

    No stepping of pay in the pay band or grade pay would be admissible with regard to junior getting more pay than the senior on account of pay fixation under MACP Scheme.

Authority:- Office Note No AN/IB/1378/MACPS dated 11.02.2013



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Grant of Night Duty Allowance on the basis of Actual Salary - Implementation of Courts Judgement.

Office of the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Central 
Command) Cariappa Road, Cantt., Lucknow, Pin Code – 226002


Speed Post

No. PT/3088/CGDA/Corr                                                                        

Date: 04/02/2013

All Sub Offices

Sub -: Grant of Night Duty Allowance on the basis of Actual Salary - Implementation of Courts Judgement.

Ref -:    HQrs Office Letter No. AT/II/2366/NDA-VIII dated 01/02/2013.

    The copy of HQrs Office Delhi Cantt. letter No. cited under reference on above subjects is forwarded herewith for your information and information required as per Para 2 of MOD/D (Civ-II) U.O Note bearing NO. 17(4)/2012/D (Civ-II) dated 04.01.2013 (Copy enclosed) may please be forwarded to this office with in 5 days i.e by 08.02.2013 by Fax as the same is required to be furnished to HQrs office on TOP PRIORITY.

Sr. Accounts Officers (PT)

Controller General of Defence Accounts 


Date 01/02/2013


Subject: Grant of Night Duty Allowance on the basis of Actual Salary-Implementation of Courts Judgement.

    Copy of MoD/D (Civ-II) U.O Note bearing I.D No. 17(4)/2012/D (Civ-II) dated 04/01/2013 is forwarded herewith. The issue may be examined and information required as per para-2 of ibid U.O. may please be forwarded to this HQrs office within 10 days by Fax at 011-25675485 as the same is to be furnished to MoD on Top Priority.

Most Immediate 
Court Matter

Ministry of Defence 
D (Civ-II)

Subject: Grant of Night Duty Allowance on the basis of Actual Salary – Implementation of Courts Judgements.

    The issue of payment of Night Duty Allowance based on actual salary instead of notional pay of Rs.2200/- is under consideration in the Ministry consequent of Courts judgments. Hon’ble CAT jodhpur has passed the following directions in OA No 34/2008 dated 5.11.2009:

   (i)    The Night Duty Allowance shall be paid to the applicants and the similarly situated persons on the basis of the actual salary after taking out the pay structure determinants like HRA etc., which have no actual relation to the work performed and on the basis of this pay, thus arrived at, Night Duty Allowance is payable to the applicants.

   (ii)    The applicants are entitled to such arrears as is applicable to them from April 2007 on the basis of actual pay thus arrived at without any interest if the amount is calculated and arrears paid to them from six months from the date of receipt of a copy of this order and thereafter with 6% interest.

   (iii)    The O.A is allowed to the extent as aforesaid. No order as to costs.

   2.     The following information is required to be submitted to Defence (Finance) for taking a conscious decision in the matter:

   (i)    No. of employees eligible for getting NDA with the break-up of Industrial or Non-Industrial employees; and

   (ii)    The financial implication if the proposal is implemented in favour of the petitioners only and (ii) all similarly placed personnel including the petitioners.

   3.    It is requested that the above information may be furnished to the Ministry in time bound manner

(M S Sharma) 
Under Secretary