Saturday, January 31, 2015

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More Autonomy to be Given in Decision Making to DPSUs and OFBs for Better Performance: Parrikar

The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar today said MoD would be bringing about major changes in the Defence Procurement Procedure and the Defence Production Policy to provide greater autonomy to the Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) and Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) units for their expansion and diversification.

Addressing the Consultative Committee attached to his Ministry, here, he said, we need to delegate powers to DPSUs to enable them to take decisions so that they improve the serviceability of the platforms available to the Armed Forces. “Every machine in operation is like adding an additional equipment. DPSUs will be provided support but they must think like a commercial organisation”, he said.

Referring to the Make in India Procedure in Defence, Shri Parrikar said it needs further improvement. Defence industry in India is a unique industry where the only customer is the Services.

The Meeting discussed in detail the performance of the 41 Ordnance factories and 9 DPSUs.

Taking part in the discussions, Members of Parliament wanted to know whether the Government has drawn up a clear roadmap to reduce Defence imports. Some members felt that there was a concerted campaign to denigrate the public sector and to promote the private sector. They felt that unlike consumer products, the design and development of defence product has a long gestation and the contribution of DPSUs has to be appreciated in that light.

They expressed the view that the private sector must be promoted in a big way, but not at the cost of the public sector.

Members of Parliament who attended the meeting included Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Shri Raj Kumar Singh, Shri Anil Shirole, Prof. Saugata Roy, Shri P Nagarajan, Shri Kirti Vardhan Singh, Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Shri VP Singh Badnore, Dr. Mahendra Prasad, Shri Veer Singh, Shri TK Rangarajan, Shri Bhupender Yadav, Shri HK Dua and Ms Ambika Soni.

The Defence Secretary Shri RK Mathur, Secretary Defence Production Shri G Mohan Kumar, Secretary, ESW, Shri PD Meena also attended the meeting.


Friday, January 30, 2015

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No. 5/1/2014- CPI


DATED: the 30th January, 2015

Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) – December, 2014

The All-India CPI-IW for December, 2014 remained stationary at 253 (two hundred and fifty three). On 1-month percentage change, it remained static between November, 2014 and December, 2014 when compared with the decrease of (-) 1.65 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest downward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (-) 1.09 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Coconut Oil, Poultry (Chicken), Chillies Green, Ginger, Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, Sugar, Petrol, etc. are responsible for the decrease in index. However, this decrease was restricted to some extent by Rice, Wheat, Wheat Atta, Arhar Dal, Masur Dal, Moong Dal, Mustard Oil, Fish Fresh,. Goat Meat, Eggs (Hen), Dairy Milk, Milk (Cow & Buffalo), Tea (Readymade), Cigarette, Electricity Charges, Firewood, E.S.I. Contribution, Cable Charges, Private Tuition Fee, Taxi Fare, Barber Charges, Flower/Flower Garlands, etc., putting upward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 5.86 per cent for December, 2014 as compared to 4.12 per cent for the previous month and 9.13 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 5.73 per cent against 2.56 per cent of the previous month and 11.49 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Kodarma reported a maximum decrease of 12 points followed by Ranchi Hatia (7 points), Tripura (6 points) and Varanasi & Agra (5 points each). Among others, 4 points fall was observed in 5 centres, 3 points in 4 centres, 2 points in 18 centres and 1 point in 16 centres. On the contrary, Bhilwara & Tiruchirapally recorded maximum increase of 5 points each followed by Mumbai & Puduchery (3 points each). Among others, 2 points rise was registered in 5 centres and 1 point in 9 centres. Rest of the 12 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 38 centres are below and other 39 centres’ indices are above national average. The index of Varanasi centre remained at par with all-India index.

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of January, 2015 will be released on Friday, 27 February, 2015. The same will also be available on the office website


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Clarification Regarding GPF & Pension Benefits to Casual Labour with temporary status regularised after 1.1.2004

No. 49014/2/2014-Estt(C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi.
Dated the 29th January,2015.


Subject: GPF & Pension Benefits to Casual Labour with temporary status regularised after 1.1.2004 —regarding.

The undersigned is directed to say that following the issue of this Department's O.M. No. Dated 26.04.2004, the status of admissibility of pensionary benefits to CL-TS regularised after 1.1.2004 has been a subject of litigation in a number of court cases being contested by various Ministries/Department.

2. In order to take a view on the above issue and in view of the court rulings, it is requested that all Ministries/Departments may furnish the details of Casual Labour with temporary status (CL-TS) regularised after 1.1.2004 in the enclosed proforma latest by 07.02.2015.

3. The particulars of CL-TS yet to be regularised called for vide this Department's O.M No. Dated 16.10.2014 may also be sent urgently, if not already sent.

(J. A. Vaidyanathan)


Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Exam, 2014

Union Public Service Commission will be conducting Personality Test/Interview for the Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination 2014 at Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110069 w.e.f. 9th February to 13th February, 2015.  The Commission has uploaded the e-Summon letter for Interview/Personality Test on its website (  The candidates are advised to download their e-Summon letter alongwith all its enclosures and take a printout thereof.  The candidates will have to produce the printout of their e-Summon letter at the allotted venue.  In case the photograph is not visible or available on the e-summon letter, candidates are advised to carry identical photographs for verification alongwith proof of identity such as Identity Card, Voter Identity Card, Driving License, Passport etc. to the venue of the Personality Test/Interview. No paper Summon Letter will be issued for this Personality Test/Interview by the Commission.

            In case of any discrepancy, the candidate may contact UPSC Facilitation Counter in person or on Tel. Nos. 23381125, 23098543 and 23385271.


Thursday, January 29, 2015


Medical bill rising, ministry plans to shift to health insurance scheme for central govt employees.

The health ministry has moved a proposal for ending the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) in its current form and moving to an insurance-based scheme — the Central Government Employees and Pensioners Health Insurance Scheme (CGEPHIS) — in an apparent attempt to cut costs.

Instead of the government directly paying the medical bills of CGHS beneficiaries, the new scheme will be implemented through insurance companies registered with the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority and selected through bidding.

Currently, under CGHS, government employees pay Rs 6,000 annually as fixed medical allowance (FMA). The new FMA for beneficiaries is yet to be calculated. While the government’s actual financial commitment will depend on bids and the new FMA, the ministry is working on a presumptive figure of Rs 14,000 per family, which works out to approximately Rs 1,000 crore annually.

The scheme will cover medical expenses up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year. Beyond that, the insurer will have to get clearance from the nodal agency on a case to case basis. An additional sum insured of Rs 10 crore in each of the four zones will be provided by the insurer as buffer for such cases. The CGHS in its present form does not have any annual cap, but each procedure has a prescribed maximum limit for reimbursement. While a note for the Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) was circulated last year, a fresh proposal incorporating inputs from various departments including the DoPT, erstwhile Planning Commission and Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has been sent to the finance pision of the health ministry.

While existing employees can choose between CGHS and CGEPHIS, the new scheme will be made compulsory for new employees.

Sources in the health ministry said the proposal dates back to 2011, when the committee of secretaries gave its in-principle approval.  The proposal was revived after the NDA government took charge. Former Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, however, was opposed to the idea. According to sources, Vardhan was of the opinion that the change would actually mean a higher burden on the exchequer. The annual CGHS bill has increased in the past few years, rising from Rs 987.75 crore in 2008-09 to Rs 1755.62 crore in 2013-14. The average expenditure per beneficiary adds up to Rs 4,787 (which means about Rs 23,000 for a family of five) — Rs 11,955 for pensioners and Rs 2,096 for serving employees.

The total number of CGHS beneficiaries is 36,67,765. Besides serving and retired government employees, this includes former vice-presidents, former prime ministers, MPs and former MPs, sitting and retired judges of the Supreme Court, PIB accredited journalists, railway board employees, Delhi Police personnel in Delhi and employees and pensioners of 60 autonomous/ statutory bodies.

Under CGEPHIS, the OPD needs will be met by the FMA. While the CGHS covers only 25 cities, the new scheme will be pan-India. This would automatically increase the financial commitment. All diseases, including pre-existing ones, will be covered, and in case of transplants, the expenses incurred for the donor or processing of cadaver organ will also be covered. Interestingly, the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana, which was run by the labour ministry so far, will be under the health ministry from April 1, as it moves from an insurance-based scheme to a trust-based scheme.
Source: The Indian Express

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Clarification Regarding Purchase of air tickets from authorized travel agents

Controller General of Defence Accounts,
Ulan Batar Road, Palam , Delhi Cantt-110010

Dated: 27/01/2015

All PCsDA/CsDAleav
(through CGDA Mail Server)

Subject: Purchase of air tickets from authorized travel agents – Reg

Of late, this HQrs office has been receiving requests from officers / staff of this department to relax the guidelines laid down under DoP&T OM dated and take up their case for according regularization sanction Ministry.

2. In this connection, it is intimated that Ministry of Finance had granted time relaxation to the guidelines on air travel to purchase air tickets from authorized travel agents to officials who had undertaken air journey before 24.08.2011.However, Ministry while granting such sanction had clarified that journeys undertaken after the specified date i.e 24.08.2011 will not be considered for granting regularization sanction.

3. Inspite of clear instruction issued by this HQrs from time to time to adhere to the guidelines laid down in DoP&T OM dated 16.9.2010, receipt of requests from officers/staff through Controllers for condonation of non compliance to these instructions is not understood. In this regard, a recent circular bearing No. AN/XIV/ 19015/Govt orders/2014 dated 25/05/2014 also refers vide which content of DoP&T OM No. 31011/4/2014-Estt (A.IV) dated 19/06/2014 has been circulated stressing on the fact that the employees may be made aware of the modes in which air tickets are to be booked so as to avoid breach of any LTC rules.

4. In view of the foregoing, it is enjoined upon all, that the contents of this circular may be brought to the notice of all concerned to ensure strict compliancy and adherence.


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Introduction of AADHAR enabled bio-metric attendance system-DOPT

F. No. 11013/9/2014-Estt.A-III
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Estt.A-III Desk
North Block, New Delhi.
Dated:28th January, 2015


Sub: Introduction of AADHAR enabled bio-metric attendance system.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Secretary, DEITY’s DO letter no. SSD/DeitY/BAS/2014-74 dated 23.12.2014 (copy enclosed), observing that in many offices there is a large difference between the number of registered employees and the number of employees marking their attendance in the Biometric attendance system (BAS). The Secretaries of all Ministries / Departments have been requested to issue directions to all employees to mark their attendance in BAS Portal on regular basis.

2. As per the Guidelines issued vide O.M. No. 11013/9/2014-Estt.A-III dated 21.11.2014, it has been decided to use an AADHAR Enabled Bio-metric Attendance System (AEBAS) in all offices of the Central Government, including attached / subordinate Offices, in India. All employees are, therefore, required to register themselves in the system and mark their attendance. Instructions already exist for dealing with cases of late attendance/ unauthorized absence, which may be followed.

3. It is requested that necessary directions may be issued to all employees to mark their attendance in BAS portal on regular basis.

(J.A. Vaidyanathan)
Director (Establishment)

Source :

Wednesday, January 28, 2015



Central Organisation ECHS
Adjutant General Branch
Integrated HQ of MoD (Army)
Maude Lines
Delhi Cantt-110010
Bl49761/AG/ECHS/ Policy
19 Jan 2015


1. Ref
(a) GOl/MoD letter No 24(8)/ 03/ US(WE)/ D(Res) dated 19 Dec 03.
(b) Cent Org ECHS Letter No B/49773/AG/ECHS dated 05 Apr 04.
(c) CGHS OM No 81 101 1/ 4/ 2014-CGHS(P) dated 05 Mar 14.

2. The issue of medical equipment prescribed for ECHS members is governed by GOI/MoD letter under reference 1(a). The procedure for issue has been implemented vide Central Org ECHS letter under reference 1(b). MH& FW OM No 24-2/ 96/R&H/CGHS/ Part-ll CGHS(P) dt 26 Jun 01 governs the type of equipment to be issued and its ceiling rates. This OM has been updated by CGHS OM under reference 1(c). However, this OM has authorized additional types of equipment without formulating the prescription criteria for the same. The matter has been considered by this Central Org in consultation with O/o DGAFMS and Consultant, Respiratory Medicine. AH R&R and this implementation letter is being issued suitably modified to cater for the needs and procedures of ECHS and its members.

3. The following guidelines have been framed for issue of Oxygen Concentrator/BlPAP/CPAP etc. to ECHS beneficiaries:

(a) The items will be procured by Polyclinic and issued to beneficiary as per procedure and conditions outlined in Central Org letter under reference 1(b)

(b) Statement of case should be accompanied with the relevant Proforma for the machine, duly filled up by the treating physician (specimen copy of Proforma attached). The treating physician should carefully read the laid down guidelines before filling up the respective columns of the Proforma. Actual value of the parameters mentioned in Proforma should invariably be entered and complete basic investigation reports must be attached.

(c) The maximum ceiling limit for procurement will be as following:

(i) Oxygen Concentrator Rs. 60,000/-
(ii) CPAP Rs. 50,000/-
(iii) Bi-level CPAP Rs. 80.000/-
(iv) Bi-level Ventilatory system Rs.1,20.000/-

(d) The above ceiling limits include cost of maintenance with spare parts for a period of five years. Humidifiers, if prescribed should be an integral part of the PAP system rather than being supplied separately.

4. Reimbursement is NOT permitted as of date. Instr for reimbursement are being issued separately. This office letter No B/ 49761/AG/ ECHS/ Policy dated 27 Jan14 maybe treated as cancelled.

5. These instructions and rates shall take effect from the date of issue of this letter. This letter is issued with approval of competent authority empowered vide GOI/Mod letter No.22(1)/ 01/ US(WE)/ D(Res) dated 30 Dec 02 amended vide GOI/Mod letter No.22(1)/ 01/ US(WE)/ D(Res) dated 29May 03.

Encl: 1. Proforma for prescription
2. Notes to Prescribers

(Vijay Anand)
Dir (Med)

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Clarification Regarding Travel by Premium Trains on LTC

No. 31011/ 2/ 2015-Estt.(A-IV)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated: 27th January, 2015

Subject: Travel by Premium Trains on LTC- Clarification reg.

The undersigned is directed to say that several references are received by this Department from various Ministry/ Departments seeking clarification regarding admissibility of travel by Premium Trains run by Indian Railways while availing of LTC.

2.   The matter has been examined in consultation with Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance and it has been decided that travel by Premium Trains is not permissible on LTC. Hence, the fare charged by the Indian Railways for the journey(s) performed by Premium trains shall not be reimbursable for the purpose of LTC. Cases where LTC travel in such Premium Trains has already been undertaken by the Central Government Employees, the train fare may be reimbursed restricting it to the admissible normal fare for the entitled class of train travel or the actual fare paid, whichever is less.

(B. Bandyopadhyay)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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Brief summary of the meeting of AIRF and Minister for Railways

All India Railwaymen’s Federation
(Estd. 1924)


Dated: January 24, 2015

The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,
Dear Comrades,

Sub: Brief of the meeting held with Hon’ble Minister for Railways

Yesterday I met Hon’ble Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, and had discussion on various issues, right from 14:00 to 14:45 hrs.

Once again I tried my level best that the FDI should not be brought in the Railways.

I also expressed my fear that, by taking lot of money, there will be over-capitalization, and since we do not have commercial viable projects, it will be difficult to pay back the liabilities to the investors. Though Hon’ble MR has assured that there will not be any privatization in the Railways, he was still of the view that, for expansion of the railway network, money is required. He also told that, he is trying to take interest-free repayable loan for 35-40 years from the countries, like Australia, China, Japan, Canada or the World Bank.

I handed him over a copy of representation, containing suggestions for Rail Budget 2015-16, not to introduce FDI in the Indian Railways, implementation of various Welfare Schemes announced by the then Hon’ble Minister for Railways, viz. establishing of Medical Colleges and opening of Nursing Colleges and Central Schools and Technical Institutions, “Own Your House Scheme” and provision of Mobile Medical Van for treatment of Railway Staff and their families posted on roadside station, extension of scope of the LARSGESS, improvement in the condition of Railway Colonies, Roads and Running/Rest Rooms, improvement in medical facilities, filling up of Safety Category Posts, extension of facilities of Privilege/Complimentary Passes to both the parents of the Railwaymen,replacement of National Pension Scheme(NPS) with “Old Guaranteed Pension Scheme, absorption of quasi-administrative staff in the Railways, provision of proper infrastructure and manpower while introducing new trains, implementation of recommendations of High Power Committee, appointed by the Ministry of Railways, under the chairmanship of Shri D.P. Tripathi, to review duty hours of the Running and other Safety related categories of staff and also provision of proper Pathway for the Trackmen for performing their duties efficiently and safely.

I also handed him over a copy of our suggestions to increase productivity of the Indian Railways as also copies of our letters handed over to High Level Railway Restructuring Committee, constituted under the chairmanship of Shri Bibek Debroy and High Level Committee, constituted to identify the factors, issues and avenues for improving financial health of the Indian Railways, under the chairmanship of Shri D.K. Mittal.

Chairman, Railway Board was also present during course of meeting, and the Hon’ble MR told him that, the important issues raised by the Federation(AIRF) for inclusion in Rail Budget 2015-16 should be kept in view, particularly provision of proper budget for maintenance of Railway Colonies.

He also promised for better and proper communication with the organized labour in all the times to come, and also instructed the CRB to ask the MS to regularly have meetings with the federations in the committee.

Comradely yours,

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)


Govt. planning to corporatise ordnance factories

The plan is to initially corporatise about 10 ordnance factories and turn them into Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) to make them more accountable and increase their capabilities, sources in Defence Ministry said.

Those under consideration are the cloth making and equipment factories in the Kanpur belt. A note on this matter has already been circulated in the highest echelons of the government and the proposal is likely to get the government nod by April, the sources added.

These factories are into manufacturing personnel clothing, parachute material, small arms, metallurgical equipment, shells and other such equipment.

The move comes close on the heels of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar promising a major overhaul of the DRDO and defence production units.

This is not for the first time though that corporatisation of ordnance factories is being considered. In the UPA I regime too, the government mooted such a proposal in accordance with the recommendations of the Vijay Kelkar committee towards increasing self-reliance in defence preparedness. However, the proposal did not go through due to opposition from trade unions.

In the blog of the Indian National Defence Workers Federation, its General Secretary, R. Srinivasan has stated that in a meeting with the Chairman, Ordnance Factories Board (OFB) at Kolkata, they learnt that the government was against further expansion of the ordnance equipment factories.

Mr. Parrikar had asked the OFB Chairman to focus on core-competency areas namely ammunition, hardware, armoured vehicles and artillery and in future ordnance factories have to compete with other firms for supplying equipment to the armed forces.

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Clarification on Revision of Investment Guidelines for NPS Scheme issued on 29.01.2014

Date: 22nd Jan. 2015
All Pension Funds,
Subject: Clarification on Revision of Investment Guidelines for NPS Scheme issued on 29.01.2014

This is with reference to the Circular No. PFRDA/2014/02/PFM/1 for Revision of Investment Guidelines for NPS Schemes issued by PFRDA on 29.01.2014.

2. Pursuant to above mentioned circular, the Pension Funds were expected to realign their portfolios in accordance with the revised guidelines.

3. However in the interest of the subscribers the following was stipulated in clause 5.

“Pension Funds to ensure that the interest of the subscribers is safeguarded and that they should not incur any loss while exiting the existing investments to comply with the revised guidelines. However, all future investments should be made strictly in compliance with the above guidelines’

4. It is to clarify that the above clause was only intended to protect the subscriber any loss on exiting any existing security merely to comply with revised investment pattern

5. However this does not imply that Pension Funds cannot exit from existing investments at a loss, if it is so required as a measure of portfolio management by the Pension Funds within the parameters of their internal Investment Management/Risk Management/ Stop loss policy and within the overall framework of guidelines issued by PFRDA.

6. A case in the point is when there is downgrade of any security, it is for the Pension Funds to determine the point of exit from it. The guidelines do not bar any such exit even if there is a loss, if the exit is so determined by the policy of Pension Funds within the overall framework of PFRDA guidelines.

Sumeet Maur Kapoor
(General Manager)

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Remuneration payable to Full Time Casual Labour (Other than Temporary Status)/Part Time Casual Labour/Workers engaged on contingency basis.

No. 2-53/201 l-PCC
Government of India
Ministry of Communication & IT
Department of Posts
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi- 110001
Dated: 22 Jan 2015


Sub:- Remuneration payable to Full Time Casual Labour (Other than Temporary Status)/Part Time Casual Labour/Workers engaged on contingency basis.

The issue of remuneration payable to Full Time Casual Labourers (Other than Temporary Status) and Part Time Casual Labourers has been under consideration of the Department for quite some time. The matter has been examined in consultation with the Nodal Ministries/Departments and it has been decided, that the remuneration payable to casual labourers would be as under:-

(i) The wages of Full Time Casual Labourers (Other than Temporary Status) would be calculated at the minimum of Pay Band-1 (Rs. 5200-20200) i.e. Rs.5200 plus a Grade Pay of Rs. 1300/- and Dearness Allowance as admissible from time to time. In addition, the benefit of merger of 50% of dearness allowance would also be admissible in terms of DoPT OM No. 49014/5/2004-Estt (C) dated 31.05.2004.

(ii) So far as Part Time Casual Labourers are concerned, their wages would be calculated on pro-rata basis, in terms of hours of duty put in, with respect to the minimum of Pay Band-1 (Rs. 5200-20200) i.e. Rs.5200 plus a Grade Pay of Rs. 1300/- and Dearness Allowance as admissible from time to time. In addition, the benefit of merger of 50% of dearness allowance would also be admissible in terms of DoPT OM No. 49014/5/2004-Estt (C) dated 31.05.2004.

2. The revision as aforesaid in sub paras (i) to (ii) will take effect from 01.01.2006.

3. For the Full Time Casual Labourers covered by Para 1(v) of DoPT OM No. 49014/2/86 Estt. (C) dated 07.06.1988 i.e. the full time casual labourers, who are engaged to perform work different from the work performed by regular employee, will continue to be remunerated based on the minimum wages prescribed by Central or State Government, Whichever is higher.

4. This issues with concurrence of Integrated Finance Wing Vide Diary No.343/FA/2015/CS dated 22.01.2015. MA,

(Surendra Kumar)
Asstt. Director General


Monday, January 26, 2015


Shortage of staff in the grades of Assistants and Section Officers-modification to the channel of submission till staff position improves

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievences and Pensions,
Department of Personnel and Tarining
CS.I Division

2nd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-110003
dated 23.1.2015

Subject: Shortage of staff in the grades of Assistants and Section Officers-modification to the channel of submission till staff position improves regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to the various requests received from Ministries/Departments for posting of officers in the grades of Assistant and Section Officer and to say that as on date about 2500 vacancies exist in the Assistants grade alone. The vacancies could not be filled up on account of litigation relating to Combined Graduate Level Examination-2013, The CGLE-2013 has to be conducted again and its results are expected shortly. Selected candidates would be first required to undergo the Foundational Training and only thereafter, they could be nominated to Ministries/Departments. In view of this, it would take few more months before DR Assistants could be posted.

The same procedure will be followed in respect of Assistants recruited through CGLE-2014 for which Tier-I of the examination has already been conducted. In the meanwhile, vacancies in the grade of Assistant will continue to remain. As regards. SO grade, the position has improved considerably and this Department will shortly issue the zone for promotion against seniority quota for the Select List year 2014. The remaining vacancies will also be filled up once UPSC declares results of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination-2014.

2. The undersigned is directed to circulate herewith the vacancy position in the grades of Assistant and SO as per Annexure. It may be seen that the combined strength of officers in-position in these grades in almost all the Ministries/Departments is more than the sanctioned strength of Assistants. Ministries)/Departments may reconcile the data and inform this Department if there is any discrepancy. They may also reconcile the actual position of officers in these grades with the data in the web based cadre management system. Till vacancies in the grade of Assistants are filled up, as advised earlier, Ministries/Departments may suitably adjust the channel of submission at SO/Assistant levels, keeping in view Chapter 6 of e-Office procedure i.e. Assistants and SOs may submit files directly to  Under Secretary.

3. Cooperation of Ministries/ Departments is requested till the position in the grade of Assistants is improved.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

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Bank Unions meet Jayant Sinha to press for early wage revision

A section of public sector bank employees unions yesterday met Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha to press for early wage revision.

A meeting comes two day after the unions deferred their four-day strike that was to begin today as Indian Banks' Association (IBA) assured that wage issue will be resolved by the first week of February.

National Organisation of Bank Workers and National Organisation of Bank Officers, under the leadership of Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh .(BMS), met Sinha and submitted the memorandum on the demands of the bank employees, said a statement by the unions.

In a representation to Sinha, it said honest negotiations which could break any stalemate. There was a rise of 17.5 per cent (Rs 4,816.00 crore) on total establishment expenses during the last 9th Bi-partite settlement.

"We request you to kindly intervene and advise IBA to keep above at least the level of last wage revision. If our demand of 19.5 per cent on pay slip component is considered, it may cost (Rs 6,143 crore). So far IBA has offered only Rs 3,937 crore and gap is Rs 2,206 crore," it said

Banking Service Recruitment Board (BSRB) should be reconstituted and all the recruitments in banks must be channelised through BSRB and state or region wise. Working of the IBPS is neither satisfactory nor transparent, it suggested.

Besides, minimum qulification for the post of clerk should be 12th pass instead of graduation. This will bring down the rate of exodus and after 5-6 years of service and banks can get trained and loyal officers, it recommended.

Delegation was represented by Pawan Kumar, Virender Kumar from BMS, Ashwani Rana and Manmohan Gupta from NOBW, S U Deshpandey and Bhale Rao from NOBO.


Friday, January 23, 2015

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Saurabh Malik, Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, January 20

The Punjab and Haryana High Court today ruled that the decision to enhance the employees’ retirement age from 58 to 60 by the previous Congress government led by Bhupinder Singh Hooda was an attempt to garner votes just before the Assembly elections; and was not an honest decision.

The scathing observations on the previous government’s conduct came as Justice Tejinder Singh Dhindsa upheld the Khattar government’s decision of reducing the age from 60 to 58.

Justice Dhindsa ruled: “The timing of such decision cannot be lost on this court. The state Assembly elections were around the corner. The Model Code of Conduct was on the verge of being imposed. The decision to enhance the age of retirement and that too in derogation of the relevant rule can only be seen as an attempt to garner a particular vote bank…

“This court would have no hesitation in holding that the action of the state government in reversing the earlier decision of enhancing the age of retirement from 58 years to 60 years by terming the same to be not honest is well founded”, he said.

The Hooda Government had last year increased the retirement age of the employees by two years to 60, shortly before the October 15 Assembly election.

Lashing out at the previous regime, the Khattar Government had claimed that the decision was taken to gain political mileage.

In an affidavit submitted before the high court, the government had claimed that the decision was “not honest” and was taken even though no such demand or representation was received from any association or union of Haryana Government employees.

The affidavit by Secretary to Haryana Government D Suresh said the Council of Ministers on its own decided that the age was to be increased. The issue was not even placed before the Finance Department for consideration, it was added.

The ruling came on a bunch of petitions by Baljit Kaur and other employees. Among other things, they had raised questions on the legality of council of ministers to take such decisions.

The petitioners argued that the council of ministers, headed by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, was unconstitutional as it lacked required minimum numbers. The petitioners claimed that the total strength of council of ministers was 10, including the Chief Minister. But, in terms of Article 164(1-A) of the Constitution, the number of ministers, including the Chief Minister, was not to be less than 12.

Dealing one by one with the issues raised by the petitioners, Justice Dhindsa asserted the provisions of Article 164 (1-A) were mandatory to the extent that the strength of the council of ministers, including the Chief Minister, was not to exceed 15 per cent of the total Members of the Legislative Assembly. It was not with regard to a minimum number of ministers.

Justice Dhindsa added the decision contained in the instructions dated August 26, 2014, for enhancing the age of superannuation from 58 years to 60 years “would not acquire the character of a statutory rule”. “Such executive instructions cannot be accepted to be a statutory amendment of the existing Rule governing the age of retirement….. Accordingly, it is held that there is no right that had come to vest in the petitioners to continue in service till the age of 60 years on the strength of instructions, which are in derogation of the relevant statutory rule.

Justice Tejinder Singh Dhindsa asserted that the relationship between the government and its employees was not “like an ordinary contract of service between a master and servant”. Once appointed to a post or office, an employee’s rights and obligations were determined by the statute, which may be framed by the government.

Justice Dhindsa added that the language of the relevant rule was “clear and unambiguous”. “Every government employee shall retire upon attaining 58 years of age and must not be retained in service thereafter except in exceptional circumstances. Such rule has not been amended till date”.

“This court does not find any infirmity in the decision of the state government in reducing the age of retirement of the petitioners from 60 years to 58 years,” Justice Dhindsa concluded.

The state Assembly elections were around the corner. The Model Code of Conduct was on the verge of being imposed. The decision to enhance the age of retirement and that too in derogation of the relevant rule can only be seen as an attempt to garner a particular vote bank…. — HC Bench

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3-year bank FDs may get tax exemption-ET

The government may consider the demand of banks to make fixed deposits for three years and more tax-free instead of the five-year lock-in period at present, providing these lenders a level-playing field with mutual funds and tax-free bonds that have been weaning away a large chunk of investors.

Indicating this possibility, officials said bank executives and heads of financial institutions also requested finance minister Arun Jaitley in a pre-budget meeting to consider separate tax slabs for corporate entities on the lines of different tax slabs for individuals.

"The view from the pre-budget meeting is that FDs of lower maturity should be considered for tax benefits," said a person present in the meeting.

Bankers say this will discourage people from opting for other instruments like mutual funds, which have a lock-in period of three years. The terms of schemes eligible for tax rebate under Section 80 C are not uniform; while public provident fund has a lock-in period of 15 years, it is six years in the case of national savings certificate and three years in equitylinked savings schemes (ELSS).

"Largely, it will bring flexibility to people in terms of lock-in and lower lock-in will make it (the sum invested) available after three years," said Suresh Sadagopan, founder of Ladder 7 Financial Advisories. "This will bring bank FD in direct competition with ELSS."

Financial saving as a percentage of gross domestic saving fell to 7.1% in 2012-13 from 7.2% in the previous year. Gross domestic saving fell to 30.1% from 31.3% during this period.

At present, investment up to Rs 1.5 lakh in certain instruments including various post office schemes, public provident fund, bank deposit, life insurance and principal paid on housing loan is eligible for a tax rebate.


Thursday, January 22, 2015


Combined Defence Services Examination (I) – 2015 -UPSC

Union Public Service Commission will be conducting the Combined Defence Services Examination (I) -2015 on 15/02/2015 (Sunday) at 41 Centres all over India as per notification dated November 08, 2014.  e-Admission Certificates are available on the Union Public Service Commission web-site Candidates are advised to download and check their e-Admission Certificates carefully and bring discrepancy, if any, to the notice of the Commission immediately.  Rejection Letters citing the ground(s) for rejection have been issued through e-mails and also put on Commission’s web-site  In case any difficulty faced by the candidates in downloading e-Admission Certificates, they may contact the UPSC Facilitation Counter on Telephone Nos.  011-23385271, 011-23381125 & 011-23098543 on any working days between 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM.  The candidates can also send FAX message on FAX No. 011-23387310.  No Admission Certificate will be sent by post.

 In case the photograph is not printed clear on the e-Admission Certificates,  candidates are advised to carry three (3) photographs (one identical photograph for each session) alongwith proof of Identity such as Aadhar Card or Identity Card or Voter Identity Card or Passport or Driving License and printout of e-Admission Certificate at the venue of the Examination.

                                    MOBILE PHONES BANNED
(a)    Mobile Phones, Pagers or any other communication devices are not allowed inside the premises, where UPSC Examination is being conducted.  Any infringement of these instructions shall entail disciplinary action including ban from future examination.

(b)   Candidates are advised in their own interest not to bring any of the banned items including mobile phones/pagers to the venue of the examination, as arrangements for safekeeping can not be assured.


What not to do for tax exemptions, deductions to stay

The Income tax Act, 1961 (the Act),  provides for certain deductions and exemptions that are available upon the fulfilment of certain conditions. However, to ensure that such benefits don’t encourage short-term investments, the provisions also have conditions for withdrawal of the deductions/exemptions claimed earlier. Here are some key deductions/exemptions that may be reversed for non-fulfilment of the prescribed conditions.

PF withdrawals within 5 years. An employee’s contribution to PF is eligible for deduction up to R1.5 lakh per tax year. However, if the amount is withdrawn before five years of continuous service (except when service is terminated due to employee’s ill health or by contraction or discontinuance of employer’s business or for reasons beyond the employee’s control), the deduction claimed stands withdrawn. In such a case, the contribution would become taxable in the year of withdrawal. Even employer’s contribution, together with the accrued interest thereon, which was exempt earlier, would become taxable as ‘profits in lieu of salary’ and the interest on the employee’s contribution would get taxed as ‘Income from other sources’.

Selling a house bought on loan within five years. If an individual sells a house acquired with a home loan within five years from the end of the tax year in which the possession is obtained then, upon such sale, the deduction under Section 80C towards principal repayment of the house property (to the extent claimed in earlier years) would be taxable in the year of sale. However, the deduction for interest claimed on the housing loan would not be withdrawn.
Discontinuance of a life cover within two years. The premiums paid towards a life insurance policy are eligible for deduction under Section 80C. However, if the policy is discontinued within two years, the deductions claimed in earlier tax years would become taxable in the year in which the policy is discontinued.

Non-fulfilment of conditions for LTCG exemption. Under the Act, gains on sale of certain long-term capital assets may be claimed as exempt by investing them towards acquisition of another prescribed asset. The asset(s) needs to be acquired within the time prescribed. The amount unutilised towards the acquisition of the prescribed asset(s) needs to be deposited in a Capital Gains Account Scheme within the due date of filing the return or the date of filing the return, whichever is earlier. If the amount so parked in the aforementioned scheme is not utilised within the prescribed time towards acquisition of the prescribed asset, the unutilised amount would become liable to capital gains tax at the end of the specified period.

Further, if the asset so acquired is sold within three years from the date of purchase, then, for the purpose of computing capital gains in respect of the new asset, the cost of the asset will be reduced to the extent of capital gains claimed as exempt.

The non-fulfilment of conditions for claiming deduction/exemption need to be reported in the return for the tax year, and tax thereon needs to be paid. The taxpayer could invite penalty if the same is not disclosed in the return.

By Divya Baweja
The writer is partner with Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP. With inputs from Ajay Nahata, manager with Deloitte Haskins & Sells. The views expressed are personal

Annual Medical Examination for the Group ‘A’ officers of Central Civil Services/posts of age 40 years and above.

No. 21011/1/2009-Estt (A)- Part.
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block, New Delhi, 15th January, 2015


Sub:- Annual Medical Examination for the Group ‘A’ officers of Central Civil Services/posts of age 40 years and above.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even number dated 1st February, 2012 and 20th March, 2013 on the above subject whereby the scheme of Annual Medical Examination in respect of Group ‘A’ officers of Central Civil Services/posts of age 40 years and above had been circulated in consultation with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. In this OM, the regime of medical tests to be conducted, the package rates applicable and the list of 26 Hospitals which had agreed to conduct the Annual Medical Examination under the Scheme were prescribed. Subsequently, vide OM of even number dated 20th March, 2013, full address of the 26 Hospitals in Delhi/NCR circulated with OM dated 1s t February, 2012, was notified. ( Available and downloadable from the website of this Department – http://persmin. => OMs & Orders => Establishment).

2. In OM No.21011/1/2009-Estt (A) Part dated 2e March, 2013, the list of empanelled Hospitals in the areas other than Delhi NCR as provided by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare vide their OM No.A.17020/1/2010-MS dated 28th December, 2012, was attached.

3. The matter regarding empanelment of hospitals for the required Medical Examination was again taken up by this Department with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

4. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare vide O.M No.S.11045/36/2012-CGHS(HEC) dated 1st October, 2014 have conyed the details of fresh empanelment of private Health Care Organisations (HCO) and revision of package rates applicable under CGHS Delhi & NCR which are valid for two years. This OM dated 1st October, 2014 can be downloaded from their website\eghsnew\index.asp. With this OM dated 1st October, 2014, a list of approved Private Health Care Organisation (HC0s), which are empanelled under CGHS in Delhi/NCR area, has also been enclosed.

5. In accordance with Para 3(M) of the agreement entered into by the Ministry of Health & FW with these Hospitals (copy enclosed with their above mentioned O.M No.S.11045/36/2012- CGHS(HEC) dated 1st October, 2014), it has been made obligatory for these Hospitals to conduct Annual Medical Examination as per the prescribed format and approved rates .The agreement has provided that these empanelled Hospitals shall agree for conducting all investigations/diagnostic tests/consultation etc. of the Central Civil Service Group “A” officer of above 40 years of age
and other categories of CGHS beneficiaries as specified by Government from time to time as per the prescribed protocol, subject to the condition that the hospital shall not charge more than Rs.2000/- for conducting the prescribed medical examination of the male officers and Rs.2200/- for female officers of Central Government who come to the hospital/institution with the requisite permission letter from their Department/Ministry/ Competent Authority. Accordingly, Group “A” officers of Central Civil Services/Posts of age of 40 years and above can have the required Annual Medical Examination conducted by the Hospitals listed with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare’s above referred No.S.11045/36/2012-CGHS(HEC) dated 1sst October, 2014 referred in para 4 above.

6. In non-CGHS areas, the number of hospitals empanelled under CS (MA) Rules, 1944 being relatively lower ,the different departments/offices may identify one or more hospital locally and refer their Group ‘A’ officers to such hospital for annual medical examination as per the prescribed schedule and rate i.e. Rs. 2000/- for men and Rs. 2200/- for women officers. State Government hospitals or semi-Govt./Public Sector Undertaking’s(PSU) hospitals may also be contacted for the purpose accordingly.

(Prem Chand)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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Awareness Programme Under Pensioners’ Portal

The Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions is implementing a web based mission mode project on pensions namely Pensioner’s Portal under the National e-Governance Plan. The Department has also started initiative called SANKALP for channelizing the experience and skill of Pensioners towards meaningful social activities.

The Department is proposing to conduct the next such Awareness Programme for Pensioners in Aizwal, Mizoram at Assam Rifles Cinema Hall on February 05,2015. The meeting will be chaired by Secretary (P,AR&PG).

The basic objective of the project is to facilitate redressal of Pensioners’ Grievances as also to provide information and guidance to pensioners on various pension and retirement related matters. User Ministries/Departments, Pensioners, Banks, Controller General of Accounts (CGA), Central Pension Accounting Office (CPAO), Post Offices etc. are the stakeholders in this venture aimed at welfare of the Pensioners.

With a view to providing know how about the operational aspects of this Portal and the Grievances Redressal Mechanism in particular, the Department of Pensions is conducting Awareness Programmes at different locations in the country.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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Guidelines for Educational Qualifications and Experience for framing/ amendment of Recruitment Rules-DOPT

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel P.G.& Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 20.1.2015

Subject: - Guidelines for Educational Qualifications and Experience for framing/ amendment of Recruitment Rules.

Department of Personnel & Training vide O.M. No. AB.14017/ 48/ 2010-Estt (RR) dated 3lst December, 2010 have issued Guidelines on framing/ amendment/ relaxation of Recruitment Rules and Service Rules.

2. Department of Personnel & Training now intends to issue Guidelines on prescribing Educational Qualifications and requisite experience in respect of various posts, Pay Band & Grade Pay/ Pay Scale for appointment by Direct Recruitment or deputation depending upon the nature of functions and duties. These Guidelines may be adopted by the Ministries Departments as guide while framing Recruitment Rules for various posts. A Draft OM to this effect is annexed herewith.

3. Ministries / Departments are, therefore, requested to offer their comments on the proposed O.M. positively by 20.2.2015.

(Mukta Goel)
Director (E- 1)

NO.AB-14017/ 27/2014-Estt,(RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel P.G.& Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: . .2015

Subject: - Guidelines for Educational Qualifications and Experience for framing/ amendment of Recruitment Rules.

Department of Personnel & Training vide O.M. No. AB.14017 / 48 / 2010-Estt (RR) dated 31at December, 2010 have issued Guidelines on framing/ amendment / relaxation of Recruitment Rules and Service Rules.

2. In continuation to the above, the following Guidelines on prescribing Educational Qualifications and requisite experience in respect of various posts, Pay Band & Grade Pay/ Pay Scale for appointment by Direct Recruitment or deputation depending upon the nature of functions and duties are being issued. These Guidelines may be adopted by the Ministries/ Departments as guide while framing Recruitment Rules for various posts.

 Pay Band &Grade Pay
 Pay Scale
Educational Qualification
 Period Experience
 Apex Scale
No specific qualifications or experience is required since these posts are the highest level posts and should be as per the nature of functions & duties of the post/ Services
 Doctorate or Masters Degree in Engineering/Technology/ Medicine
18 years
 GP Rs. 10000
 Master's Degree or Bachelor's Degree is EngineeringTechnology/ Medicine
 15 years
 GP Rs.8900
 Master's Degree or Bachelor's Degree in Engineering / Technology /Medicine
12 years

 GP Rs.8700
 Master's Degree or Bachelor's Degree in Engineering / Technology /Medicine
 12 years
 GP Rs.7600
 Master's Degree or Bachelor's Degree in Engineering / Technology /Medicine
 10 years
 GP Rs.6600
 Master's Degree or Bachelor's Degree in Engineering / Technology /Medicine
 7  years
5  years
 GP Rs.5400
 Master's Degree or Bachelor's Degree in Engineering / Technology /Medicine
 3 years
 GP Rs.4800
 Master's Degree or Bachelor's Degree in Engineering / Technology /Medicine
   2 years or Nil
 GP Rs.4600
 (a) Master's Degree equivalent to Engineering or Bachelor's Degree in Engineering/ Technology
(b) Bachelors' Degree/Master's Degree

3 years / 2 years
 GP Rs.4200
 (a) Master's Degree equivalent to Engineering or Bachelor's Degree in Engineering/ Technology

(b) Bachelors' Degree/Master's Degree
 2 years 

 Grade Pay Rs.2400 &2800
 Bachelors' Degree, OR
12th Pass with Diploma in relevant field
 Grade Pay Rs.1900 & 2000
 12th Pass
 Grade Pay Rs. 1800
 Matriculation or ITI

Note : Desirable qualification and the field of experience may be kept as per the requirement of the post. Further, the experience in the relevant field from Government / State Government /other recognized Institutions may be kept as per the nature & duties of the post.

3. The above guidelines may not be applicable in cases where specific Educational Qualifications and experience has been prescribed by Department of Expenditure (e.g. while creating the post etc), orders/ instructions issued by this Department. (viz. Model RRs, FCS guidelines, Notification for Group ‘C’ posts & LDC, etc.) or by other Ministries/ Departments (viz. AICTE/UGC norms under
1 D / 0 Higher Education). Further, these educations qualifications are not exhaustive but illustrative.

4. All the Ministries/ Departments are also advised that while revising/ framing the Recruitment Rules, they may prescribe that possession of IT Skills would be a mandatory requirement at the entry level in respect of all the Direct Recruitment. The level of IT skill may be prescribed keeping in view the duties level and responsibilities attached to the post. For promotion, it may be stipulated that promotions would be made subject to employees successfully completing the prescribed training course. The courses in IT skills would need to be developed keeping in view the functions, responsibility and the level of the post to which the promotions is being made.

(Mukta Goel)
Director (E- 1)


Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu addresses 30,000 CPWD employees through video-conferencing; first time in 160 years

Minister urges employees to change image of CPWD through a four pronged approach

Stresses on timely completion of projection, zero tolerance to corruption, transparency and accountability

Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu today reached out to all the 30,000 employees of the public sector construction major Central Public Works Department (CPWD), sharing his concerns over the functioning of the organization and urging them for a change over in the public perception about it. For the first time in the history of the 160 year old CPWD, Shri Naidu addressed all its employees at 33 locations in the country through video-conferencing and live web streaming.

Shri Venkaiah Naidu insisted that CPWD needs to achieve a makeover in its working and public perception through timely completion of projects, zero tolerance to corruption, transparency and accountability. During the interaction that lasted over an hour, Shri Naidu directed top brass and all the employees of CPWD to ensure:

1.Payments are made from April, 2015 to contractors only after social and third party audit of works costing more than Rs.5.00 cr;

2.Only Online payments by all the 274 divisions from April, 2015 which is now being done by half of them;

3.Introduction of Bio-metric attendance markers in all the circle and field units by December,2015; 4.All project managers to reside at the site of work;

5.All cases of pending promotions to be cleared by February this year.

Shri Venkaiah Naidu noted that Prime Minister’s suggestion of enhancing ‘Skills, Speed and Scale’ is most suited to CPWD given its scale of operations, skills required and speedy delivery of services and should be adopted forthwith to survive the growing competition.

The Minister noted that as a part of ongoing efforts to streamline functioning of CPWD all relevant information about 7,000 projects costing over Rs.30,000 cr has been placed in public domain. He assured the employees that CPWD and the Ministry would do the needful to create better working conditions of its employees.

Informing them that he will interact with all of them once in three months, Shri Naidu urged them to rise to the occasion collectively and assured them there would not be any interference in their working.

Shri Venkaiah Naidu interacted with senior officers and others from 15 locations seeking their views on working conditions, areas of improvement required, progress of various works, changed brought about during the last eight months etc.

Shri Shankar Aggarwal, Secretary(UD), Shri B.B.Bhatia, DG, CPWD, Shri Praveen Prakash, Joint Secretary, Ministry of UD and other senior officials participated in the interaction session.


Indian Railways Now Seeks Suggestions from Public for Increasing its Revenue and Related Subjects

Suresh Prabhu Appreciates & Thanks Public for their Overwhelming Response on Budget Related Suggestions Sought Earlier

Will Spare No Efforts to Make Railways A Veritable Engine of Growth: Suresh Prabhu

The Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has been emphasizing on the need to make Indian Railways citizen oriented, so that citizens can provide inputs on various aspects on railways to improve services in railways. It is also in line with the approach of Hon’ble Prime Minister on the matter of participative governance.

The Indian Railways seeks suggestions and ideas from the public for increasing its revenue and related subjects. Public can send their suggestions or ideas on Ministry of Railways’ official website i.e. on following issues;-

·                     Suggestions to increase revenue/new avenues streams for Indian Railways.
·                     Suggestions to reduce other expenditure over Indian Railways.
·                     Suggestions to reduce purchase cost of fuel.

In addition, the Indian Railways is already connecting with the people through its social media platforms namely Twitter, Facebook and YouTube with the common URL:@RailMinIndia, Citizens can also give their suggestions using these platforms.

Earlier, the Ministry of Railways has invited suggestions from the public for the forthcoming Railway Budget 2015-16. There has been an overwhelmingly response from the public and  several suggestions have been received on different subjects which included computerization, electrical, electrification of lines, finance, foot over bridges, freight, Infrastructure, innovative ideas and railway lines, Road Over/Under Bridges, crime prevention, safe running of trains/Disaster Management, tourism related services, new trains, extension of trains, augmentation of trains, frequency of trains, pantry cars & catering etc.

The Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has appreciated the public for their response and thanked them for their concern and cooperation. In a statement Shri Suresh Prabhu has said “I thank all of you for giving ideas on the website. I fully appreciate your desires to make the Railways better in the shortest possible time which is, in fact, my mission too.  However, any change that we need to put in, has to be calibrated, properly sequenced and implemented in a systematic manner. There definitely exist constraints of resources which are counterbalanced by the growing aspirations and rising expectations of the people at large.  I am fully cognizant of this.  Let me therefore recommit myself to this important nation building task and make the Railways rise to meet with the expectations of a large number of people.  This is the most urgent item on my agenda and I will spare no efforts in putting all our combined might for the Railways to become a veritable engine of growth.  For accomplishing this mammoth task, I count on the cooperation of all my 13 lakh colleagues of Indian Railways”.


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All India Defence employees Federation opposes corporatisation of Ordnance Factories

Survey No.81, Or.Babasahab Ambedkar Road. Khadki, Pune — 411003.
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All India Defence employees Federation opposes corporatisation of Ordnance Factories

AIDEF convey it, Stand to the Defence Minister Shri.Manohar Parrikar

It is seen from the media report that the Government is considering the proposal to corporatised the Ordnance Factories. The 4 lakhs Defence Civilian Employees and their trade Unions have opposed any move of the Govt in the past to corporatised the Ordnance Factories, which is not in the interest of National Security of the country. Moreover the experien. with various Public Sector Units and corporation reveal that ultimately it will result in Privatisation. The Ordnance Factories are captive industry established for manufacturing Military Equipments including Tanks, Arms, Ammunitions, Vehicles and other troop comforts, strategic uniforms etc. Therefore the Defence Production Ordnance Factories should be under the control of Government. In this regard there are written agreement with the Federations of the Defence Civilian Employees by the then Defence Ministers, including the then Defence Minister, now Hon’ble President of India Shri.Pranab Mukherjee, that Ordnance Factories would not be corporatised. A delegation of AIDEF met Defence Minister Shri.Manohar Parrikar on 1.1/2015 and conveyed the views of the employees that Ordnance Factories should not be privatised. The Ordnance Factories should not be privatised in view of the agreernent with the recognised Federations. The Defence Minister has assured that he will call a meeting of the 3 Federations after 15. of Feb. 2015 to discuss the entire issues until such time no decision would taken in this regard.

In the meantime the recognised Federations and Associations of Defence Civilian Employees are meeting on the 27, of Jan. 2015 to consider the development and the proposal of the Defence Ministry and to take further course of action to fight against any move of the Government to corporatise the most Stratigical Defence Industry, the 41 Ordnance Factories.

General Secretary

Central Trade Unions demanded directional change of economic policies

New Delhi, January 17, 2015
Pre-Budget Consultation with Finance Minister

We demand Govt to ensure ‘Ease of life and livelihood of the common people”, “not merely ease of doing business”—the central trade unions asserted in the prebudget consultation meeting with Finance Minister on 17th January 2015.

All the eleven central trade unions submitted joint memorandum  which basically underlined trade unions’ view and proposals for directional change in the pro-corporate pro-big-business  economic policy regime which landed the country’s economy into a mess in the process of last few decades. They spoke on one voice on the disastrous consequences even during the period under the new government at the centre, of such pro-corporate economic policy regime on the declining standard of living  of the common people and also on employment generation, downslide in wages, mass scale contractorisation etc.

CITU was represented in the meeting by its General Secretary, Tapan Sen. Sen reminded the Finance Minister that in the same pre-budget consultation meeting held on 6TH June 2014, trade unions urged upon reversal of the economic  policies followed by the UPA govt which according to Finance Minister himself, landed the country’s economy in the mess. He has many times made such comment both inside and outside Parliament.  But in the process of last eight months it became clear that  his government has been pursuing the same brand of policies more aggressively bulldozing the opinions of the common people, trade unions and various mass organization and  also bulldozing the Parliament through Ordinance route. He reminded the Minister that the Govt felt it emergency in promulgating Ordinances for denationalization of the coal industry, for tampering the Land Acquisition Act for the benefit of big corporates and land-mafias, But no emergency was felt for implementing the consensus tripartite recommendations of successive Indian Labour Conferences  for enhancing minimum wage to Rs 15000/- or giving the anganwadi, mid-day-meal, ASHA  and other scheme workers the right of minimum wage and social security benefit or ensuring same wage as regular workers for the contract workers for doing the same work. And while neglecting these issues involving millions of working people, slogans are being chanted “sabka saath –sabka vikash”

in the media particularly when in the span of last two years including eight months of NDA rule,  wage level in rural india has taken a drastic and dramatic plunge. During the same period, MNREGA expenditures declined by 3 and 36 per cent as per Mid Year Economic Analysis published by Govt. The same document expressed expectation of same trend of deceleration of wage to continue. Side by side, the urban wage-level is being suppressed to the level of hardly 2.5% of the total cost of production on the average. This is quite natural since the Govt is busy in promoting “ease of doing business” complementary to which creating severe un-ease and miseries in the lives and living of the working people. If these trend continues, the NDA Govt’s so called dream of all round development will remain a mere rhetoric being made by the Minister in public domain through media to deceive the people –that can never materialize in the face of aggravating poverty, decline in purchasing power of the common people and shrinkage of the domestic market making any investment unsustainable The Govt must the direction of its policies reversing its project of privatization, dismantling labour laws and frittering away natural resources.

Among the trade union leaders present in the meeting were Brijesh Upadhyay and Surendran (BMS), D L Sachdeva (AITUC), S Q Jama(INTUC), R K Sharma (AIUTUC), Shanmugan (LPF) Monali (SEWA), Ashok Ghosh (UTUC), S P Tewari (TUCC), Santosh Roy (AICCTU), S D  Tyagi(HMS).

The joint memorandum submitted by the Central Trade Unions is reproduced below.


17th January 2015
The Hon’ble Minister of Finance, Govt. of India,
North Block, New Delhi

Dear Sir,

We thank you for inviting the central trade unions representing the working people in the country in both organized and unorganized sector for this pre-budget consultation.

In the previous pre-budget consultation meeting with you held on 6th June 2014, we urged upon you to please consider a directional change in the economic policy regime from that pursued during the previous government which, you have also admitted, had landed the country’s economy in a bad situation. In fact, we had articulated our views and proposals on that premise. But we like to submit candidly that our proposals did not receive a positive response and the economic policies followed the same trajectory and made situation worse for the mass of the people during the intervening period.

Sir, the Mid Term Economic Analysis (2014-15) by Govt of India itself admitted that for the period under review despite increase in GDP growth rate, and a much bigger increase in profit of the corporate sector and big business lobby, the wages for the working people who actually create the GDP in both rural and urban areas plunged on the average. Overall standard of living of people deteriorated and unemployment situation in the country has not improved in the least. Much more jobs were lost owing to closure/lockout, retrenchment than created during the intervening period. And in the midst of such situation, the Govt has already decided to cut already budgeted expenditure in the social sector such as MNREGA, Health, Education etc which we strongly deplore.  Such a phenomenon warranted serious reconsideration on directional change in the economic policy regime and we again urge you for the same.

We express our serious concern and dismay over the manner the Govt have been pushing various major economic policy related decisions through promulgation of Ordinances. At least eight Ordinances were promulgated during last eight months of the new Govt. We record our determined opposition to such practice of Ordinance route of governance. In particular we also oppose the Ordinance on coal sector, insurance sector and on Land Acquisition Act and want you to please take note of the rousing opposition and struggles by the workers and the farmers against such disastrous exercises. We demand all such Ordinances should be withdrawn forthwith.

We wish that our candid observations, considered views and concrete proposals are taken in the right spirit and responded with all seriousness and given appropriate reflections in the ensuing budget 2014-15.

Our proposals:

Some of these specific proposals have time and again been placed by us in various policy making fora including the earlier pre-budget consultations. However, we would like to reiterate them, urging your positive response:

Take effective measures to arrest the spiraling price rise and to contain inflation; Ban speculative forward trading in commodities; Universalise and strengthen the Public Distribution System; Ensure proper check on hoarding; Rationalise, with a view to reduce the burden on people, the tax/duty/cess on petroleum products.

There must be massive investment in the infrastructure in order to stimulate the economy for job creation. The Mid Term Economic Analysis(2014-15) published by Govt of India has clearly mentioned about the failure of the PPP experiments in infrastructure development and opined for public investment. It is our considered view that the Public sector should take the leading role in this regard. The plan & non-plan expenditure should be increased in the budget to stimulate jobs creation and guarantee consistent income to people.

Minimum wage linked to Consumer Price Index must be guaranteed to all workers, taking into consideration the recommendations of the 15th Indian Labour Conference as enriched by Apex Court of the country as reiterated in 44th ILC in 2012. In any case, it should not be less than Rs.15,000/- p.m.

FDI should not be allowed in crucial sectors like defence production, telecommunications, Railways, financial sector, retail trade, education, health and media.

The public sector units played a crucial role during the year of severe contraction of private capital investment immediately following the outbreak of global financial crisis. PSUs should be strengthened and expanded. Disinvestment of shares of profit making public sector units should be stopped forthwith. Budgetary support should be given for revival of potentially viable Sick CPSUs
In view of huge joblosses and mounting unemployment problem, the ban on recruitment in Govt. deptts, PSUs and autonomous institutions (including recent Finance Ministry’s instruction to abolish those posts not filled for one year) should be lifted as recommended by 43rdSession of Indian Labour Conference. Condition of surrender of posts in govt. departments and PSUs should be scrapped and new posts be created keeping in view the new work and increased workload.

Proper allocation of funds be made for interim relief of 20% and 100% DA merge with basic pay and allowances including neutralization percentage be paid on merged DA in view of 7th CPC to all Govt. employees. Similarly, 100% DA of PSU employees be also merged with basic pay.

The scope of MGNREGA be extended to agriculture operations and urban areas as well and employment for minimum period of 200 days with guaranteed statutory wage be provided, as unanimously recommended by 43rd Session of Indian Labour Conference. The drastic cut already inflicted on the MNREGA allocation should be restored.

The massive workforce engaged in ICDS, Mid-day meal scheme, Vidya volunteers, Guest Teachers, Siksha Mitra, the workers engaged in the Accredited Social Health Activities (ASHA) and other schemes be regularized. No to privatization of centrally funded schemes. Universalisation of ICDS be done as per Supreme Court directions by making adequate budgetary allocations.

Steps be taken for removal of all restrictive provisions based on poverty line in respect of eligibility coverage of the schemes under the Unorganised Workers Social Security Act 2008 and allocation of adequate resources for the National Fund for Unorganised Workers to provide for Social Security to all unorganized workers including the contract/casual and migrant workers in line with the recommendations of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour and also the 43rd Session of Indian Labour Conference.

Remunerative Prices should be ensured for the agricultural produce and Govt. investment public investment in agriculture sector must be substantially augmented as a proportion of GDP and total budgetary expenditure. It should also be ensured that benefits of the increase reach the small, marginal and medium cultivators only;

Budgetary provision should be made for providing essential services including housing, public transport, sanitation, water, schools, crèche health care etc. to workers in the new emerging industrial areas. Working women’s hostels should be set up where there is a concentration of women workers.
Requisite budgetary support for addressing crisis in traditional sectors like Jute, Textiles, Plantation, Handloom, Carpet and Coir etc.

Budgetary provision for elementary education should be increased, particularly in the context of the implementation of the ‘Right to Education’ as this is the most effective tool to combat child labour.
The system of computation of Consumer Price Index should be reviewed as the present index is causing heavy financial loss to the workers.

Income Tax exemption ceiling for the salaried persons should be raised to Rs.5 lakh per annum and fringe benefits like housing, medical and educational facilities and running allowances, Railways Running Staff and a staff in other deptts should be exempted from the income tax net in totality.
Threshold limit of 20 employees in EPF Scheme be brought down to 10 as recommended by CBT-EPF. Pension benefits under EPS unilaterally withdrawn by the Govt. should be restored. Govt. and Employers contribution be increased to allow sustainability of Employees Pension Scheme and for provision of minimum pension of Rs.3000/- p.m.

New Pension Scheme be withdrawn and newly recruited employees of central and state govts on or after 1.1.2004 be covered under Old Pension Scheme;

Demand for Dearness Allowance merger by Central Govt. and PSUs employees be accepted and adequate allocation of fund for this be made in the budget;

All interests and social security of the domestic workers to be statutorily protected on the lines of the ILO Convention on domestic workers.

The Cess Management of the construction workers is the responsibility of the Finance Ministry under the Act and the several irregularities found in collection of cess be rectified as well as their proper utilization must be ensured.

In regard to resource mobilization, we would like to emphasize the following:

A progressive taxation system should be put in place to ensure taxing the rich and the affluent sections who have the capacity to pay at a higher degree. The corporate service sector, traders, wholesale business, private hospitals and institutions etc. should be brought under broader and higher tax net. Increase taxes on luxury goods and reduce indirect taxes on essential commodities as at present the overwhelming majority of the populations are subjected to Indirect taxes that constitute 86% of the revenue.

Concrete steps must be taken to recover huge accumulated unpaid tax arrears which has already crossed more than Rs.5 lakh crore on direct and corporate tax account alone, and has been increasing at a geometric proportion. Such huge tax-evasion over and above the liberal tax concessions already given in the last two budgets should not be allowed to continue.

The SIT constituted for unearthing black money must deliver visible result which is yet to be seen. Effective measures should be taken to unearth huge accumulation of black money in the economy including the huge unaccounted money in tax heavens abroad and within the country. Finance Minister should make provisions to bring back the illicit flows from India which are at present more than twice the current external debt of US $ 230 billion. This money should be directed towards providing social security.

Concrete measures be expedited for recovering the NPAs of the banking system which is on the increasing trend again from the willfully defaulting corporate and business houses. By making provision in Banking Regulations Act, CMDs and Executives to be made accountable for creation of NPAs.

Tax on Long term capital gains to be introduced; so also higher taxes on the security transactions to be levied.

The rate of wealth tax, corporate tax, gift tax etc. to be expanded and enhanced.

ITES, outsourcing sector, Educational Institutions and Health Services etc. run on commercial basis should be brought under Service Tax net. Govt.

Small saving instruments under postal and other agencies be encouraged by incentivizing  commission agents of these scheme


We would like to express our strong resentment that the previous Govt. failed to positively respond to the collective voice of the Central Trade Unions on the very important issues concerning the working people of India, both organized and unorganized, consistently repeated in the form of a ‘10 point charter’ backed by several collective nationwide programmes. We expect that this Govt. will take initiative to discuss these issues with the Central Trade Unions in order to find a solution.

We also express our opposition to the so called Banking Reforms encouraging private sector/capitalists banking at the cost of public sector banks which saved the economy to an extent during the last global financial meltdown. We also oppose increase in limit of FDI and disinvestment of equity in insurance sector and FDI in pension. We strongly oppose the FDI in Defence and Retail Sector. Several such measures against the working men and women in this country including anti workers proposals contained in the New Manufacturing Policy have our strong opposition, as in our experience these kinds of measures have helped the growth of only a small section of the capitalists while the larger sections of the working population continue to be marginalized and impoverished.

We also oppose the hectic measures of changing labour laws in the name of labour reform both by the central and the state governments which are basically aimed at legitimizing ongoing widespread violations by the employers’ class and also throw out overwhelming majority of the workforce of the purview of the labour laws themselves at the total mercy of the employers.


Successive Finance Ministers have agreed to hold post budget meetings / consultations with the central trade unions. However, it has not been materialized except for one occasion. We understand such meetings did take place with the Corporate Associations/Employers Federations. We would like to importunate upon you to arrange such post budget meeting with trade unions also.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,

Brijesh Upadhyay BMS  S Q Jama INTUC    Harbhajan Singh Sidhu HMS D L Sachdeva  AITUC       Tapan Sen CITU

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