Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Expected da july 2016-AICPIN APRIL RELEASED

No. 5/112016- CPI

DATED: 31st May, 2016

Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) — April, 2016

The All-India CPI-IW for April, 2016 increased by 3 points and pegged at 271 (two hundred and seventy one). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by (+) 1.12 per cent between March, 2016 and April, 2016 when compared with the increase of (+) 0.79 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The maximum upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (+) 2.65 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Wheat, Arhar Dal, Gram Dal, Masur Dal, Urd Dal, Groundnut Oil, Poultry (Chicken), Milk, Chillies Dry, Chillies Green, Potato, Tomato, Seasonal Vegetables and Fruits. Tea (Readymade), Sugar, Doctors’ Fee, Petrol, Tailoring Charges, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was checked by Rice, Fish Fresh, Garlic, Onion, Soft Coke, Flower/Flower Garlands, etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 5.86 per cent for April, 2016 as compared to 5.51 per cent for the previous month and 5.79 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 7.55 per cent against 6.16 per cent of the previous month and 5.30 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Rourkela reported the maximum increase of 10 points followed by Goa (8 points), Angul-Talcher, Rangapara-Tezpur, Warrangai, Sholapur and Varanasi (7 points each). Among others, 6 points increase was observed in 3 centres, 5 points in 10 centres, 4 points in 15 centres, 3 points in 11 centres, 2 points in 11 centres and 1 point in 11 centres. On the contrary, Quilon recorded a maximum decrease of 5 points followed by Madurai (3 points), Salem and Rajkot (2 points each) and Tiruchirapally and Ghaziabad (1 point each). Rest of the 4 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 35 centres are above All-India Index and other 41 centres’ indices are below national average. The indices of Vishakhapatnam and Ludhiana centres remained at par with All-India Index.

The next issue of CPI-IW for the month of May, 2016 will be released on Thursday, 30th June, 2016. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureaunew.gov.in.

Source : http://labourbureau.nic.in/Press_CPI_IW_APR_2016_EH.pdf

Prepare for struggle on 7th CPC issues-CONFEDERATION

                The Staff side had demand of minimum wage of Rs 26000/- & fitment formula of 3.71. Against this the 7th CPC had recommended minimum wage of Rs 18000/- & fitment formula of 2.57. The 7th CPC recommendations has provided only at 14% wage hike at Group “C” level it is only ranging from Rs 2240/- to  Rs  3500/- increase per month, and at Group “B” level ranging from Rs 4000/- to   Rs 6500/- increase per month. This increase is lowest by any pay commission, hence vast changes are required as the prices of essential commodities have gone up and also the inflation rate has gone up.  

There are various reports on 7th Central Pay commission on the media reports on minimum wage of Rs 21000/- & fitment formula of 3.00, (which is at 34% wage hike against the 14% wage hike recommended by the 7th CPC).  These reports are totally wrong and not true, these reports divert the Central Government Employees from the struggle path. Now it’s clear from the meeting of the staff side leaders with the Cabinet Secretary that there will likely hood of the slight increase in minimum wage, but not be any  changes in the fitment formula. This is against the Staff side demand of minimum wage of Rs 26000/- & fitment formula of 3.71.

Secondly there is no change in allowances expect HRA that too its rates are reduced by the 7th CPC and also many allowances have been withdrawn. This is saving for the Government.
Comrades it is the time to struggle, we should educate the members and prepare for struggle, so that we should get at least 50 % wage hike without allowances, as allowances are not taken into pension benefit.

Only struggle will get us benefit. Please don’t believe on rumours. Now it is now or never.  Serve strike notice on 9th June 2016.

Comradely yours
General Secretary


Prime Minister approves retirement age of doctors of Central Health Services to 65 years

Will empower the Government to strengthen the healthcare sector in the country: J P Nadda

The Prime Minister today approved the proposal of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for enhancing the age of superannuation of all doctors of the Central Health Service to 65 years with effect from 31st May 2016.

This will enable the Government to retain experienced doctors for a longer period, and to provide better services in its public health facilities, particularly to the poorest, who are entirely dependent on public facilities.

Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Shri J P Nadda stated that this step will empower the Government to strengthen the healthcare sector in the country. It will help in providing additional doctors in the health pool of the country, he added. This will strengthen the efforts of the Ministry in conceptualising and rolling out various people-oriented schemes which l need the services of doctors in implementing them, Shri Nadda stated.


Monday, May 30, 2016


Comparison of 7th Pay Commission and 6th CPC Pay excluding HRA

NFIR has compared 7th Pay Commission pay and 6th CPC pay excluding revision in HRA. It has concluded that at lower levels only marginal increase in pay has been provided by 7th Pay Commission and that for certain levels no increase or negative increase in pay has been recommended by 7th Pay Commission

Comparison of 7th Pay Commission and 6th CPC Pay excluding HRA – NFIR provides data that shows that increase in pay by way of revision pay proposed by 7th pay commission from the Level 1 to 6 is marginal and from Level 7 there is no increase

During  discussions  with the Hon’ble  MR and the Board (CRB,  FC,  MS) on 23rd December 2015, the NFIR  General Secretary  has expressed that there is all-round  unhappiness on 7th CPC recommendations as in many cases the ‘Take  Home Pay’  is either very marginal  or less than  what  is  received  by the  employee  now.

The  Federation  also  disputed  the estimated financial  implications  (Rs.28,500 crores)  and said that the estimated  expenditure  has been exaggerated.  It was also brought to the notice of the MR the retrograde recommendations  of 7th CPC,  while the case of Railway employees  of various categories  was not dealt adequately and the Railway  Ministry  has unfortunately  not apprised the inadequacies of Grades Pay and Pay Band of 6th CPC to the Chairman,  7th CPC.

Table–II  indicates  6th  CPC minimum pay in GP+  Pay Band without  HRA.

Table-II  (a)  gives 7th CPC  minimum  pay  without   HRA  (staff  in occupation   of Railway quarters are not entitled for HRA).

[A comparison  of Table-II with Table-II (a) shows minus  ‘Take  Home Pay’   for employees of Level- I  to Level-6 of Pay Matrix and equally  marginal  increase to those  in Level-7,  8 & 9 of Pay Matrix. Again  in Level- 10 the ‘Take  Home  Pay’  will be less than the present amount. Overall position  will be either “minus” or “marginal increase”.  The Income Tax deduction would further worsen.]
Click to view the table
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Settlement of the long pending issues and appropriate recommendations on 7th CPC related matters: AICCEA

All India Civil Accounts Employees Association

All India Civil Accounts Employees Association Category -II
Zonal Accounts Office, CBDT,
Sanjuan Towers, Old Railway Station Road Cochin- 682018

No: AICAEA/HQ/A-2/2016/ 517-558
Dated: 27th May, 2016

Shri M.J.Joseph,
Controller General of Accounts,
Ministry of Finance,
Department of Expenditure,
Loknayak Bhawan,
Khan Market,
New Delhi - 110003

Subject: - Settlement of the long pending issues and appropriate recommendations on 7th CPC related matters- regarding


We have been directed to refer our letter No: AICAEA/HQ/A-2/2016/417 dated 17th April, 2016 on the subject mentioned above and state that the employees are totally aggrieved for non-settlement of their grievances for more than one and a half years.

Moreover, large numbers of the issues that were discussed in the meeting held between the official side of CGA office and the National Executive of All India Civil Accounts employees Association under your Chairpersonship on 6th November 2015 are yet to be settled. Further, it was stated in the said meeting that the

“Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure has returned the Cadre Review proposal of Group ‘B’ & ‘C’ cadres of CCAS with the remarks that proposal may be re-examined in terms of instructions contained in their O.M. NO. 5(3)/E.III/97 dated 07.01.1999 and No. 7(1)/E.Coord/2014 dated 29.10.2014. DoE has also informed that the revision of pay in respect of Civil Accounts Employees will not be done in isolation and the same may be viewed and examined in the larger context of Organized Accounts Service as a whole. Therefore, the matter will be examined by DoE, MoF, in a holistic manner keeping in view the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission as well. The Association was therefore asked to wait for the 7th Pay Commission recommendation and the decision of the Government.”

But, we would like to bring the following facts to your kind information -

1. Pending implementation of 7CPC recommendations, the Ministry of Finance has accorded approval to the Cadre Review proposals of the Department of Posts.

2. The C&AG has made his recommendations to the Government for cadre review/ cadre restructuring/ amendments in the Recruitment Rules.

Hence, in view of these facts and as per the DOPT instructions, cadre review of the Gr. B & C employees of Civil Accounts Employees, which should have been done much earlier and before the cadre review of the Gr “A” cadres of Civil Accounts organization was done in 2012-13, needs to be initiated immediately in consultation with the Associations.

Apart from the above, the employees and officers of Civil Accounts organization are yet to learn about the recommendations given by the Controller General of Accounts to the Empowered Committee constituted by the Government for implementing the recommendations of 7CPC.

Therefore, for the purpose of review of the status of the issues discussed on 6th November 20159 (including the issue of Cadre Review) and to be appraised about the recommendations given by the Controller General of Accounts to the Empowered Committee constituted, our National Executive Members wish to meet you on 10th June 2016. We shall be thankful if you kindly accept our proposal and make it convenient to meet us on the proposed date. Time of the meeting may kindly be intimated to us at an early date please.

It may kindly be noted that the issues for discussion in the meeting will be the items forwarded by us through our letter dated 17th April, 2016.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully

Secretary General
All India Civil Accounts Employees
Association Category II
Secretary General 
All India Civil Accounts Employees 

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Latest Development on 7th CPC recommendations – Confederation

National Joint Council of Action
4, State Entry Road New Delhi-110055
Ph: 011-23365912, 23343493, Fax: 23363167
Dated May 27, 2016
All Constituent Organisations,
National Council(JCM)

Dear Comrades,

As there had been no response from the Government to our communication dated 2nd May, 2016, we decided to seek an appointment with the Cabinet Secretary. Accordingly a delegation consisting of the following members of the NJCA met Cabinet Secretary, Shrl P.K. Sinha on 26. May 2016.

Com. Shiva Gopal Misra Com.
Guman Singh
Corn. K.K.N. Rutty

From the discussions, it appears that, the Empowered Committee has made up their mind to recommend to the Government a slight increase in the Minimum Wage. No indication was however given as to the consequential revision of the Fitment Formula and Pay Matrix. There had also not been any hint about the need to restore the percentage of the HRA, which the 7th CPC has recommended for reduction. On Advances and Allowances, abolished, the Government might be advised to setup a committee to go into the matter and make suggestions. In the matter of the New Contributory Pension Scheme also, the Government might refer the demand to a committee.

On the question of pension benefit to the retired personnel, who are covered by the defined benefit pension scheme, the Cabinet secretary indicated that, both the Department of Pension and Defence Ministry were of the firm view that the first option recommended by the 7th CPC to bring about the parity with the past pensioners being infeasible and impracticable (due to the non-availability of the requisite records) might not be accepted and acted upon.

Surprised over this development, the delegation requested for an official formal meeting of the Standing Committee so that the considered views of the Staff Side could be presented. The delegation informed to the Cabinet Secretary that, non-acceptance of the recommendation of the 7th CPC in the case of pensioners will be extremely disappointing for them and will give rise to avoidable discontent. The Cabinet Secretary suggested to the Staff Side to reach out to the Department of Pension and Ministry of Defence in’ the matter. So far he is concemed; he is an open minded on this subject, provided it is workable.

The National JCA will meet on 3rd June 2016 at New Delhi to consider these developments and take appropriate decision.

Source : http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

Friday, May 27, 2016

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Life insurance needs to be treated at par with NPS to achieve public policy goals

Pension products from the life insurance stable should also be included in the 80 CCD(2) window in line with NPS to qualify for additional tax deduction .

Life insurance: An attempt to build a pensioned society through only the National Pension System (NPS) is a good strategy but this approach should be widened to include other pension products to make it more attractive by removing the service tax from all pension products and not just NPS.

One of the key budgetary announcements this year from an insurance perspective was to bring down service tax on single premium annuities from 3.5% to 1.4%. This certainly will bring down the cost of such policies, the benefits of which can be enjoyed by life insurance customers.

Service Tax Parity

An attempt to build a pensioned society through only the National Pension System (NPS) is a good strategy but this approach should be widened to include other pension products to make it more attractive by removing the service tax from all pension products and not just NPS.

The Finance Minister has brought about disparity between the life insurance pension products and other pension products like NPS and EPF. In the absence of a widespread social security system in the country, the life insurance sector can play a critical role in building a pensioned society through its vast reach and having over 30 crore existing customers. Given the substantial reach of Insurance companies, the agenda of future social and financial security can be quickly implemented by leveraging the existing insurance base.

It would not be out of place to request for a similar service tax treatment in line with NPS. This can go a long way in supplementing the Government’s intent to promote pension and annuity across the nation.

There is therefore a strong case for the removal of the service tax component from all IRDAI approved life insurers who provide pension and annuity products in line with the NPS.

Special Tax Deduction limit for all pension plans.

Investments in NPS have been given a special tax deduction of up to Rs 50,000 under section 80 CC(D) of the Income Tax Act, which puts it at a vantage position in comparison to pension products in the life insurance sector. The Finance Minister should consider including all pension products and not just NPS in this exclusive limit of tax exemption.

Pension products from the life insurance stable should also be included in the 80 CCD(2) window in line with NPS to qualify for additional tax deduction . In the same vein, annuitants who receive the annuity income in their advanced years should also be able to receive tax free income in their hands.

Level playing in tax free withdrawal limit

There is a further regulatory gap with regards to the Life Insurance plans and the NPS. As per the budgetary announcements, 40% of the corpus of NPS will be exempted from tax obligations. The corresponding amount with regards to pension products of the life insurance sector stands at 33% as per IRDAI regulations. Pension products of this sector should be brought at par with the NPS by making 40% of the corpus tax free.

Separated tax limit for protection and long-term savings products

Finally, in a country that is short of social security and has a crying need to ensure protection and financial inclusion of its countrymen, there is a need for life insurance to be given its due importance as an instrument that can achieve public policy goals. Hence, we do believe that a separate window over and above Section 80C of the Income Tax Act should be created to the tune of Rs 1.5 lakh for protection and long-term saving instruments. Alternatively, a separate window for pure life risk policies, akin to health insurance, should be created.

In addition, the current regulation allows tax deduction only in cases where sum assured is 10 times that of annual premium. This puts additional cost burden on people in higher age bracket. It would be a good idea to align Income Tax regulations to IRDAI product regulations which allow minimum sum assured multiple of 7x in case life insured is above 45 years of age. Or Income Tax regulations may totally do away with sum assured multiple requirement and tax exemption criteria could simply be the policy tenure of 10 years or more.

Life Insurance industry can play a critical role in creating a secure and pensioned society. It is time the Finance minister gives a boost to the industry by providing tax benefits.

 The author is senior director and chief financial officer, Max Life Insurance

Read at  http://www.financialexpress.com/article/personal-finance/life-insurance-needs-to-be-treated-at-par-with-nps-to-achieve-public-policy-goals/267644/

CGHS doctors’ protest

Nagpur: Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) doctors as well as the resident doctors of all the Government Medical Colleges (GMCs) in the state protested in different forms against the lowering of the non-practicing allowance (NPA) by the Central Pay Commission by wearing black ribbons on Thursday.

The NPA for the CGHS doctors is being brought down by from 25% to 20% while that of the resident doctors under bond period is being lowered from 30 to 25%.

The resident doctors in all the 14 medical colleges of state also wore black ribbons to register their protest.

Read at  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/CGHS-doctors-protest/articleshow/52457365.cms

Retirement age of govt doctors to be raised to 65: Modi

Citing shortage of doctors, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced raising the age of retirement of government doctors to 65 years and said the Union Cabinet will give its nod to the decision this week.

In a rally to observe the second anniversary of his government, Modi said there is a need for more doctors across the country but it was not possible to fill the gap in two years of his government.

The decision will cover all government doctors whether serving under states or the central dispensation, he said.

“There is a shortage of doctors. In government hospitals, their retirement is 60 years in some states, 62 in some others. If adequate number of medical institutes were there, then we would have more doctors and would not feel the shortage. It is difficult to make doctors in two years but poor families cannot be forced to live without doctors.

“Therefore from Uttar Pradesh, I want to announce this to my countrymen that this week our government’s Cabinet will take a decision and the retirement age of our doctors, whether in states or government of India, would be made 65 years instead of 60 or 62,” he said.

It will allow doctors to serve patients and provide education for a longer period, he said, adding that his government is also working fast to have more medical colleges to have more doctors in the field.

Plea to serve poor pregnant women

Modi’s announcement came after he appealed to doctors to serve poor pregnant women for free on each ninth day of every month, saying it will contribute to his government’s efforts to deal with illness among the poor.

If one crore families can give up on LPG subsidy, then Modi said he is sure that doctors can serve poor expectant women for 12 days in a year, he said.

Read at  http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/policy/retirement-age-of-govt-doctors-to-be-raised-to-65-modi/article8650559.ece
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Govt likely to table the 7th pay commission report before Cabinet next month; notification to come soon​​

New Delhi: Central government employees can expect to get some good news trickling in from government sources towards the end of June.

As per reports, the Finance Ministry is likely to table the 7th Pay Commission report to the Cabinet for approval in the last week of June.

The 7th pay panel headed by AK Mathur had recommended the minimum salary for central government employees at Rs 18,000 and maximum salary at Rs 2,50,000. As employees protested against the wage hike calling it the "lowest ever" raise, the government set up the Empowered Committee of Secretaries group to review the AK Mathur-panel's recommendations.

The Empowered Committee of Secretaries on the Seventh Central Pay Commission is expected to soon wrap up its report on the remuneration of government employees.

Sources added that even the Prime Minister's Office is keen on a favourable pay hike for the central government employees, so the panel is likely to recommend a minimum salary at Rs 24,000 and the highest salary at Rs 2,70,000.

Sources added that the government is exploring options for meeting the additional payout over and above what was recommended by the 7th pay panel. The payout could be substantial with salary hike and arrears adding up to a Rs 1.02 lakh crore burden on government finances.

Report add that once the report moves from the table of the empowered group of committee to the cabinet, there is no reason why the cabinet would inordinately delay it.

The Finance Ministry is keen that higher salaries reach government employees just before the festive season starting mid-August, as spurt in consumption during the festive period will have a domino effect on the economy.

 Read at http://zeenews.india.com/business/news/economy/govt-likely-to-table-the-7th-pay-commission-report-before-cabinet-next-month-notification-to-come-soon_1889272.html

Thursday, May 26, 2016


Central govt staff stir over ‘pay anomalies’ from June 9

 KKN Kutty, national president of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, today said the employees of the Central government would stage a demonstration from June 9 onwards in case the “shortcomings in the seventh pay commission recommendations” were not rectified.

Kutty, while talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the All India Trade Union Education Camp 2016 in Dehradun, said the seventh pay commission had recommended Rs 18,000 per month as minimum wage whereas it should be Rs 26,000 per month. “Thirty five to 40 per cent positions are vacant in the Central government departments which must be filled at the earliest,” he said while criticising the government for its outsourcing policy.

“Several issues are there which should be resolved. We have asked the Centre to hold talks with us before June 9, otherwise we will be forced to launch an agitation,” he said. He said it was wrong to link government employees with corruption. “It is in society and there should be a mechanism to check it,” he asserted.

Earlier, while addressing the All India Trade Union Education Camp 2016, Kutty called upon the Central government employees to work unitedly towards ensuring justice for them.

Another speaker, Venkatesh Ramakrishnan, said the liberalisation policies followed by the rise of communalism in the country had adversely affected the working class. He said the Central government employees were facing challenging times as they were being neglected.

Read at http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/uttarakhand/community/central-govt-staff-stir-over-pay-anomalies-from-june-9/241524.html

Instructions for applicants applying for General Pool residential accommodation (GPRA) under Lady Officers’ Pool.

No.12035/10/84-Pol.II (Vol. II)
Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Directorate of Estates

Nirman Bhawan,
New Delhi-110 108.

Dated the 5th May, 2016


Subject:Instructions for applicants applying for General Pool residential accommodation (GPRA) under Lady Officers’ Pool.

As per the provisions of SR 317-B-8 of the Allotment of Government Residences (General Pool in Delhi) Rules, 1963, ‘Lady Officers Pool’ is maintained separately for allotment of GPRA to married lady officers and single lady officers in the ratio of 2:1.`Married lady officer’ means a lady officer whose marriage is subsisting and who is not judicially separated from her husband. All other women employees fall in single lady
officer category.

2. But, it has been observed in many cases that at the time of applying in DE-II Form, a single lady officer apply under single lady category but after marriage of her, do not update her status in DE-II Form and gets accommodation in single lady officer category despite being married. This allotment violates the existing provisions of theAllotment of Government Residences (General Pool in Delhi) Rules, 1963.

3. Therefore, it is to inform that the following instructions should be followed strictly by the applicants applying under Lady Officers Pool and also by the Nodal Officer of the office of the applicant:-

a) The personal information furnished in DE-II Form by a woman employee has to be verified by the office of the applicant as to whether the employee is married or single at the time of submission of the Form as well as at the
time of acceptance of allotment of GPRA.

b) A single lady officer should update her records in DE-II Form as soon as she gets married and she will be included in the waiting list of married Lady Officers for the eligible type of accommodation and will get allotment of GPRA from married Lady Officer quota only. In case, a Lady Officer is found to have suppressed information of her marriage and gets an allotment of GPRA from single Lady Officer quota, the allotment shall be cancelled and appropriate action shall be taken as per rules.

(Swarnali Banerjee)
Deputy Director of Estates (Policy)
(2306 2505)


7 TH PAY NEWS-Government expenditurer on CG employees and actual impact on government finances-Confederation

          There are various reports in the media about the impact of the 7th CPC recommendations on the common man and the government resources at large, the reports suggest that additional amount of    Rs  one lakh crores of public money has been spent for implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations for 35 lakhs central Government employees, Perhaps the strongest criticism of Pay Commission awards is that they play havoc with government finances and also  state government demand support to implement the 7th CPC recommendations. At the aggregate level, these concerns are somewhat exaggerated and which is totally wrong.

Let us examine the 7th CPC report vide para no 3.65 and 3.66 and the website of Government of India Ministry of Finance Department of Expenditure Pay Research Unit for Brochure on Pay and Allowances of Central Government Civilian Employees visit website :

The 7th CPC report para number 3.65 and 3.66

3.65 The total expenditure on pay and allowances for civil personnel of Central Government in the recent years is brought out in Table 9.

Table 9: Expenditure on Pay and Allowances


Amount(Rs crore )
51,664 80
As a percent of GDP  

The Commission has obtained details of expenditure from each ministry/department for up to FY 2012-13. Of the total expenditure on pay and allowances of Rs 1,29,599 crore for the financial year 2012-13.

3.66 The expenditure per capita on pay and allowances for Civil Central Government personnel for FY 2012-13 was Rs 3.92  lakh per annum i.e Rs  32666/- per month.

Add 35% DA for the period 1/4/2013 to 1/1/2016 average salary of Civil Central Government personnel as on 1/1/2016 at 125% DA which works around  Rs 37500/- per month (Rs 4.50 lakhs per annum ) without 7th CPC recommendations . ie Rs  1.57,000 crores
Add average 16% wage increase due to 7th CPC which works out to Rs 43500/- per month Rs  5.22 lakhs per annum) with 7th CPC  implementation .

Total Expenditure for 35 lakhs for Civil Central Government personnel for FY 2016-17 is around Rs 1,83,000 crores In respect of pensions expenditure for 55 lakhs pensioners amount is around  Rs 81,000/ crores as on 1/1/2016. which is against the revenue  receipts of Rs 19 lakh crores. The percentage of revenue receipt and wages is just around 13 % of the total revenue is spent on the wages and pension for the Central Government personnel. In fact it is just at 1.3 % of the GDP.

 This clearly shows that that the increase in impact for the government of India finances is just  below additional Rs  25,000/- crores not additional Rs 1,00,000/- crores as per the media reports.  

The 7th CPC recommendations’ impact need not give jitters to the government because the rise in government wages will amount to only 0.4 per cent of GDP.

One more aspect is that technically, the recommendations of a Central Pay Commission are only for Central Government employees and States are not bound to follow suit. Indeed, up to the 1980s, States constituted their own Pay Commissions and prescribed their own pay scales, based upon their fiscal capacity.

Let us not be carried over by the media or press reports, hence we should educate each and every employee for struggle and so that a decent wage hike is achieved.                                
                                          Comradely yours

                                          General Secretary       


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Hyundai Motor India announces special offer for central government employees

The customers will get a benefit of Rs 7,000 on Grand i10 and Xcent and Rs 5,000 on i10 and Eon in addition to the existing promotional offers.

NEW DELHI: Hyundai Motor India on Tuesday has announced 20 Years Celebration offer exclusively for Central Government Employees. The customers will get a benefit of Rs 7,000 on Grand i10 and Xcent and Rs 5,000 on i10 and Eon in addition to the existing promotional offers. The Central Government Employees are significant prospective customers for Hyundai across urban and rural India.

Rakesh Srivastava, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, HMIL, said, "Pride of India celebration offer is especially for the Central Government Employees who value Hyundai as a tried and trusted brand with very strong customer affinity. With this initiative, Hyundai aspires to increase its engagement towards becoming the lifetime partners of Central Government Employees."

This promotional offer will be supported by Hyundai Motor India's large sales and service network in the country with 449 dealers to support the sales and 1163 Service Points to fulfill service requirements of customers. The pre-owned certified car dealerships of Hyundai Motor India, 'H-Promise' has a wide presence of 386 dealerships across India.

The company recently conducted 'Mega Experience Hyundai Program' which will let Hyundai customers to experience the services and product. It will provide free 18 point check-up conducted at locations like, malls, residential societies, parking lots and petrol pumps.

Read at http://auto.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/industry/hyundai-motor-india-announces-special-offer-for-central-government-employees/52418796
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KV admissions to go online from 2017-18

‘It will be a convenient option for parents’

With increasing demand for admissions to Kendriya Vidyalaya schools, the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) has decided take the admission process online across the country from 2017-18.

Santosh Kumar Mall, Commissioner, KVS, who was in the city recently, said for the coming academic year, a pilot was conducted in Delhi where they called for online applications. He said that they had received 1.16 lakh applications for 8,760 seats.

Mr. Mall said the online application system will be a “convenient option” for parents as it would avoid long queues in front of schools. “It will also ensure transparency and eliminate the scope for manipulation in registration,” he said.

In Bengaluru region — which consists of 50 KV schools in Karnataka and Goa — the number of applications registered for the 2016-17 academic year was 29,117 for 5,000 seats, which is six times the demand. In some instances, the demand was nearly 22 times the number of seats. The highest number of applications was received in Malleswaram, with 2,657 forms for 120 seats.

Owing to the high demand, many KV principals in the city said that the general public are unable to get admissions to KV. “The only way they can get a seat is under the RTE quota, if they are eligible, or under the Member of Parliament quota and girl child quota. This is because we have to give preference to other categories such as Central government employees, Central government autonomous bodies, and State government employees,” a principal said.

In many schools, the State government employees themselves are unable to obtain a seat because of the demand, she said.

Online system will avoid long queues in front of schools. It will also ensure transparency and eliminate the scope for manipulation in registrationSantosh Kumar Mall,Commissioner, KVS


“Exemption from NEET (UG) for States only for a year” -PIB

Shri J P Nadda: Ordinances on NEET (UG) give it firm statutory support and backing to bring in transparency in examinations

“Lakhs of students stand benefitted through the Ordinances”

“Exemption from NEET (UG) for States only for a year”

Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Shri J P Nadda stated here today that The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 and The Dentists (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 are being promulgated to amend the Indian Medical Council Act 1956 and Dentists Act, 1948 respectively to provide for a uniform entrance examination for Undergraduate and Post Graduate admissions with a proviso that for UG admission for the year 2016-17 only, the State Govt. seats (both in Govt. and Private Medical Colleges) shall be exempt from the purview of NEET regulations if the State Government so opts.

Elaborating further, the Health Minister stated that NEET is being implemented from the current year itself for all UG admissions in all private institution in respect of their seats. The first phase has been conducted on 1st May 2016, and the second phase shall be held on 24th July, 2016, the Minister said. Only State Government seats in Government Medical Colleges and State Government seats in private institutions will have exemption (if the state Government concerned so opts) for the current year. He added that as the States of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry do not conduct an examination for entrance in its Medical and Dental Colleges, and instead admit students on the basis of marks obtained at Class XII examinations for their State Govt. seats, admissions in these States for the current year only, shall be as per present procedure being adopted by these two States.

Shri Nadda categorically clarified that the management quota seats shall be filled by the respective private colleges/associations of colleges and/or private universities/deemed universities through the NEET UG-2016 examination only, in all the States even for this year. He also said that from next year starting with PG examination in December 2016, NEET will fully apply without any exemption.

“The purpose of the Ordinances is to provide a firm statutory status to the concept of Uniform Entrance Examination for all undergraduate and post graduate admissions in Medical/Dental Colleges while providing a relaxation to the State Governments in relation to only UG admissions for this year [2016-17] in view of their difficulties”, stated Shri Nadda. He stated that the necessity of promulgating the Ordinances arose since the Hon. Supreme Court is in vacation presently and both Houses of the Parliament had adjourned sine-die by 13th May 2016. He further added that six States and one UT are already participating in the NEET this year, and the Ordinances will allow them as well as any other State which so opts to fill up their State Govt. seats from NEET for 2016-17 UG admissions.

The Union Health Minister said that the exemption to the State Governments from NEET is only for a year. This was strongly requested by the States at the meeting of the State Health Ministers held on 16th May 2016 where they cited the following reasons:

(i) State level examinations for admissions have already been conducted and students will have to appear for a second examination.

(ii) State examinations are also conducted in regional languages. It would be unfair to make all students take the examination in English/ Hindi, particularly when only two months are left for NEET phase II.

(iii) The syllabi for the State level examinations are different from the All India PMT, which is going to be the basis for NEET phase II examination.

The Health Minister added that the same was endorsed in the all-party meeting earlier this month where almost all parties reiterated that while they were all in –principle in favour of holding NEET, it would be prudent and in the larger interest of lakhs of students to allow the State Governments to continue with their existing procedures for filling up of UG seats for 2016-17 in respect to State Government seats.

The Ordinances address these concerns expressed by States and representatives of Political Parties, Shri Nadda pointed out. He added that it was the Government of India that had approached the Hon. Supreme Court in the matter with the Review Petition and strongly reiterated that the Government stands committed to NEET.


Monday, May 23, 2016


7th Pay Commission on pay and pension: Pensioners to gain the most at 23.63%

7th Pay Commission on pay and pension: Once the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission are implemented, the biggest gainers will be pensioners.

 While the 7th Pay Commission pay scale increase of serving employees is 16%, pensioners will see a 23.63% rise. However, the big gain per se is in allowances, which rise by as much as 63%. Here is an elaboration of the 7th Pay Commission pension recommendations:

Going by the numbers, pension payments could well be the next time-bomb. Based on the 7th Pay Commission data, already pension payments account for a third of the government’s wage bill. That is going to rise sharply over the next 10 years. It is driven by the fact that 9.48 lakh employees accounting for 29% of the 30.32 lakh employees on the rolls now are in the 50-60-year band. By this time in 10 years, that means the government will need to pay for an additional million pensioners. So, the pension bill will continue to rise – with better health, most people live almost 20 years after retirement.

The Urban Development Ministry will see the sharpest fall (61.3%) followed by the Department of Posts (41.6%). However, the Indian Railways will account for half of the retirees (4.94 lakh). Despite the 37.5% fall in employees, the Indian Railways will still have 9.22 lakh employees if no new ones are hired.

This is also due to the fact that there has been no real move to reduce the government employee base over the years. While there are 33 lakh employees now it was 32.74 lakh in 2006 and 32.31 lakh in 2010. The only relief from the pension bomb will come when those employed after 2004 come to retirement age. These people are covered under the National Pension Scheme where the pensions they receive will depend on the payout they make while being employed. However, these employees will reach the retirement age a good 30 years from now. Check out 7th Pay Commission on pay and pension quick calculator below:
 Employees (in lakh)In 50-60- yr group% share
Defence (civil)3.981.5137.94%
Urban devp0.310.1961.29%
Atomic energy0.320.1134.38%
Accts & audit0.480.1633.33%



7th Pay Commission Latest News – 27% Increase Expected As Against 14.29% Recommended

7th Pay Commission Latest News – 27% increase expected as against 14.29% recommended by 7th CPC – Increase in Minimum pay expected now is Rs. 20,000 in the place of Rs. 18000 recommended by 7th Pay Commission

In addition to revision of minimum entry pay and multiplication factor, staff side has been demanding revision of annual increment from 3% to 5%, and reconsider 7th Pay Commission’s proposal to abolish various allowances

Recent developments regarding implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations indicate that Govt may consider some of the demands of Staff Side, JCM such as minimum pay and multiplication factor etc., relating revision of Pay Central Government Employees.

7th Pay Commission has recommended that minimum Basic Pay of Central Government Employees which is Rs. 7000 presently to be increased to Rs. 18,000. This works out to 14.29 % increase when taking in to account the dearness allowance of 125% with effect from 1st January 2016.

As far as existing employees are concerned 7th CPC has recommended that their present basic pay has to be mulitiplied by 2.57, to arrive at new new basic pay as on 1st January 2016. This new basic pay is 14.22% more than the existing one.

Multiplication Factor as per 7th Pay Commission Report:

Multiplication Factor
Existing Basic Pay (Pay in pay band + Grade Pay 1
Existing Basic Pay with DA 2.25
7CPC recommended Basic Pay 2.57
(Net increase = 14.22%)

Since the implementation of 6th Pay Commission recommendations provided an increase of 30% to 40% in the pay of Employees, pay hike of 14.22% proposed by 7th Pay Commission was termed by Staff Side, JCM as very meagre and retrograde.

In this background, now it is disclosed by reliable sources that Empowered Committee formed by the Govt to process the 7CPC recommendations is considering the staff side’s demand to revise the minimum pay to Rs. 26,000. Minister of State for Finance has also promised to consider the demands of staff side for revising the minimum and multiplication factor, favourably.

It is learnt that Govt may persuade Staff Side to settle with the minimum pay of 20,000 and multiplication factor of 2.86. This is 27% more than present pay. As a result Net increase in Basic Pay will be 27%

In addition to revision of minimum entry pay and multiplication factor, staff side has been demanding for revision of annual increment from 3% to 5%.


India Post payments bank will be functional by March 17

Prasad Reacting to a query, he said these institutions will offer third party services like insurance products, mutual funds, banking instruments and a variety of financial instruments

 India Post's payments bank will start functioning from March 2017 and serve as a wider platform to implement financial inclusion programmes, IT & Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. "We are going to start the postal payments bank by March 2017.

Very soon we will go to the Cabinet and postal payments bank will become operational from March 2017," Prasad told reporters here.

He said the proposed India Post payments bank will have immense potential to sell third party product and services.

About 50 companies, including some from abroad, are keen to partner with postal department for the payments bank, like World Bank, Citi from America, Barclay's from England, he said. Reacting to a query, he said these institutions will offer third party services like insurance products, mutual funds, banking instruments and a variety of financial instruments.

 Asked on the interest shown by these institutions, the minister said, "...that board will decide, I'm only saying value addition of postal department it is attracting so much global attention." "...they will decide how much to give them.

 It is a call they will take," he said. The payments bank of postal department will become a big platform of financial inclusion, Prasad said. "We are going to invest about Rs 800 crore -- Rs 400 crore will be invested by the department and the remaining amount will be equity part (mobilised as equity)," he said. "Postal department has the widest network in India.

We have 1,54,939 post offices in the country, out of that 25,560 are departmental post offices and 1,29,379 are branch post offices," he said. "Under (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi, we have decided to re-energise the postal department for India's growth and financial inclusion," he further said.

 In August 2015, the RBI had given in-principle approval to 11 entities to start payments bank, including the postal department. The approval is valid for 18 months and all the entities are required to submit a detailed business plan after which they shall be given the final nod. Tags  India Post's payments Ravi Shankar Prasad mutual funds

Read more at: http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/economy/india-post-payments-bank-will-be-functional-by-march-17-prasad_6717841.html?utm_source=ref_article

Secy panel on 7th CPC to have key meeting on June 11; salary hikes unlikely to come in July

The Empowered Committee of Secretaries (CoS) headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha processing the report of the Seventh Central Pay Commission is expected to meet on June 11 to finally wrap up its report on the remuneration of government employees.

It is reported that the secretaries panel will finally hear out all the stakeholders, including the Central ministries and Departments, and finalise its report, which will be handed over to the government on June 30.

Sources added that even the Prime Minister's Office is keen on a favourable pay hike for the central government employees, so the panel is likely to recommend a minimum salary at Rs 24,000 and the highest salary at Rs 2,70,000.

The 7th pay panel headed by AK Mathur had recommended the minimum salary at Rs 18,000 and maximum salary at Rs 2,50,000.

Sources added that the government is exploring options for meeting the additional payout over and above what was recommended by the 7th pay panel. The payout could be substantial with salary hike and arrears adding up to a Rs 1.02 lakh crore burden on government finances.

However, it seems that the government employees will have to wait more for the salary hike. Once the report moves from the table of the empowered group of committee to the cabinet, it is likely to take another month before the notification on pay hike will eventually come.

Even the Finance Ministry is keen that higher salaries reach government employees just before the festive season starting mid-August, as spurt in consumption during the festive period will have a domino effect on the economy.

Read at: http://zeenews.india.com/business/news/economy/secy-panel-on-7th-cpc-to-have-key-meeting-on-june-11-salary-hikes-unlikely-to-come-in-july_1887933.html

Saturday, May 21, 2016


TS Govt permits transfer of Govt employees on spouse grounds

Hyderabad: The Telangana Government on Saturday accorded permissions for Inter Local Cadre transfer of government employees on spouse grounds.

“It has come to the notice of the Government that a good number of State Government employees whose spouses are working in different places in the State Government, Local Bodies, Public Sector under takings, are facing lot of inconvenience and misery due to their dislocation of families, as their working places are far away from each other,” Chief Secretary Dr. Rajiv Sharma said in the GO. MS. No. 182 issued on Saturday.

“Government, after careful examination of the entire issue in detail and as a matter of policy, hereby decide and accord permission to the Secretary to Government of the Administrative Department to transfer the employees working in the State Government, whose spouses are working in Central Government, State Government, Local Bodies, State Level Public Sector Undertakings, from one local cadre to another or within the same local cadre, as the case may be, on spouse grounds, provided there shall be clear vacancy in the respective post and they shall be assigned last rank in seniority in the respective post in the latter local cadre treating it as a request transfer, not entitled to TTA and DA, subject to other conditions and orders issued from time to time in this regard by the Government,” said the Chief Secretary.

However, the orders would not be applicable to the posts in the offices located in GHMC / HMDA limits. However, the employees working in GHMC/HMDA limits can be transferred to the offices located outside GHMC/HMDA limits, on spouse grounds.

All the Departments of Secretariat / Heads of Departments / District Collectors have been directed to take necessary action accordingly and ensure that the above orders are followed scrupulously. (INN)

Read at http://www.siasat.com/news/ts-govt-permits-transfer-govt-employees-spouse-grounds-961137/
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7th Pay Comm: Govt doctors threaten to go on strike against 7CPC recommendations; want better salary

The Pay Commission may soon be implemented but before that everyone wants their demands to be met in regards with the allowances and wages.

If reports are to be believed then, the doctors working in government hospitals in Delhi may go on strike if the Modi government does not meet their demands in connection with the seventh pay commission.

"Government is deciding our pay scale, and does not even bother to listen to our demands. They do not even give us appropriate representation in the committee.

While no doctor likes to go on strike, we will do exactly so if the existing recommendations of the 7th Pay commission are given a go ahead," Dr Pankaj Solanki, President, Federation of resident doctors association(FORDA) was quoted as saying in a ZeeNews report.

The report further adds, "FORDA is a body of 15000 resident doctors in the capital, and have said that government doctors from other organisations and states have shown their inclination towards the strike opposing the recommendations of the seventh pay commission." Doctors have said that either their demands be met by the end of or they will go on an indefinite strike.

Earlier, the central government employees had also said that they are planning to strike work on July 11 so that they get higher wages and allowances under the 7th Pay Commission.

The central government employees lead by the National Council (Staff Side) Joint Consultative Machinery have also said that they will not accept unilateral decision on salary hikes under the seventh Pay Commission and would like to have more say in the way their monthly salaries and allowances are shaped up by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries. OneIndia News

Read more at: http://www.oneindia.com/india/7th-pay-commission-modi-govt-doctors-threaten-strike-for-higher-salary-allowances-2105441.html

Seventh Pay Commission: Euphoric Modi govt to give final nod to 'increment'; notification soon

 As high voltage State Assembly polls have ended now, Government is all set to implement the recommendations of Seventh Pay Commission.

 Reportedly, Modi Government which is euphoric after party's victory in Assam and its good show in Kerala, looks in full mood to handover increased payout to Government staff anytime soon.

 It is being believed that as model code of conduct is no longer a barrier in the way of implementing salary increment, Government could issue notification in the first week of June.

Sources say that all the formalities regarding the implementation process will be done after a Cabinet meet which will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon.

A website quoting Finance Ministry sources writes, "the BJP led central government is now in a pleasant mood, accordingly it may announce better pay package that recommended by Pay Commission to central government employees".

Reportedly, Modi Government will give 25-30 per cent increment to Central Government employees, Sources say that increment will be handed over in July while arrears from January till that date will be paid in August.

Read more at: http://www.oneindia.com/india/7th-pay-commission-poll-victory-modi-govt-nod-increment-notification-2105480.html

Friday, May 20, 2016

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Cadre restructuring proposal finalised in postal dept-NFPE


It has been informed by Shri Ashutosh Tripathi, Member(P), Postal Services Board , Department of Posts that Cadre Restructuring Proposal which was agreed and finalized by the Department of Posts  after several  rounds of discussions with Unions has been  approved by the Finance Ministry and it  will be implemented soon.

        This is one of the great achievements of Unions as this has been done for the first time in Postal Department.

(R.N. Prashar)
Secretary General

Thursday, May 19, 2016


7TH CPC NEWS-Meeting with Cabinet Secretary-NJCA

National Joint Council of Action
Dated May 17 2016

All constituent organisations
National Council (JCM)

Dear Comrades

Sub:Meeting with Cabinet Secretary

 On 5th May, 2016 Mr.Shiva Gopal Mishra met the Cabinet Secretary, Government of India, and once again draw his attention towards NC JCM’s letter (No.NC/JCM/2016 dated: May 2, 2016), a copy of the said letter was also handed over to him.

During discussion Mr. Mishra also mentioned about the anguish of the Central Government employees because of inordinate delay in implementation of VII CPC recommendations and also their anxiety about enhancement in Minimum Wage as well as Multiplying Factor etc.

Mr. Mishra also demanded a meeting with the Staff Side, NC/JCM on all the issues raised by the Staff Side, NC/JCM and demanded that, views of the Official Side should also be made known to the Staff Side.

The Cabinet Secretary agreed to hold a meeting with some of the Secretaries, particularly with the Secretary(Exp.), Secretary, DoP&T and whosoever is required, particularly for discussion.

It has been assumed that, a Cabinet Note is being prepared and is likely to be submitted to the Cabinet, Government of India, very shortly. Mr. Mishra is not very sure that, the demands raised by the Staff Side, NC/JCM have been incorporated in that Cabinet Note.

In these circumstances Mr. Mishra called a meeting of the NJCA and discuss about the strategy and future course of action, particularly in regard to Strike Notice on 9th June, 2016 and “Indefinite Strike” from 11th July, 2016.

The meeting of the NJCA will be held on 3rd June, 2016 at 16:00 hrs. in JCM Office. 13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi.

Hope, all members of the NJCA will make it convenient to attend the meeting

Comradely yours

Shiva Gopal Mishra


Woman using surrogate gets 180-day maternity leave, courtesy tribunal

Even as the Centre mulls a proposal to extend maternity leave benefit to surrogates and commissioning mothers, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has set a precedence by approving 180-day maternity leave to a commissioning mother to enable her to bond with her newborn.

A commissioning mother is a woman who uses a surrogate to bear a child. There is no provision in India at present for any kind of child-care leave for surrogate or commissioning mothers.

In April, the department of personnel and training (DoPT) had proposed that 180 days may be granted as maternity leave to surrogate as well as commissioning mothers, in case either or both of them are government servants.

“The commissioning mother also requires time to bond with her child and take care of him/ her, hence she will also become eligible for child-care leave,” the proposed rules stated.

While the rules are yet to become a law, surrogates and commissioning mothers often have to take the fight to courts to get maternity leave benefits.

A nurse working in a government hospital in Delhi was forced to move the tribunal when her application for child-care leave to tend to her baby born out of surrogacy was rejected.

The woman got married in 2005 but due to certain health issues, she was unable to give birth. In 2014, she entered into a gestational surrogacy agreement with a woman to bear a child by using the in vitro fertilisation (IVF) methodology.

She applied for a 180-day maternity leave in June 2015 by duly enclosing all the requisite documents but her application was rejected. Meanwhile, a male child was born to the surrogate mother on June 10, 2015.

She went on earned leave from the next day for 51 days on the grounds that her newborn child needs care. The hospital, however, pointed out that she only had 18 earned leaves to her credit and directed her to apply for Extra Ordinary Leave (EOL) on private affairs for the remaining 33 days.

Even in the case of adoption, the Centre gives maternity leave benefit to the mothers to bond with the child, the tribunal noted.

It took into consideration various high court judgments, including a 2015 verdict of the Delhi high court where a commissioning mother was given equal footing in terms of child care leave with women who had children under normal circumstances.

Noting that the purpose of giving leave to the mother was proper bonding between the child and the parents, the tribunal quashed the order denying her 180-day maternity leave.

Read at  http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/woman-using-surrogate-gets-180-day-maternity-leave-courtesy-tribunal/story-TDkHLKctrrFMklwgRkQMMO.html

HC tells panel to advise govt on child care leave policy

The Bombay High Court has directed the State Coordination Committee to advise the Maharashtra government by July 10 on whether there should be provision for grant of special child care leave to its women employees following a plea by a woman who has a disabled child.

The direction was given by a Bench of Justices Abhay Oka and PD Naik recently on a plea filed by 34-year-old Deepika Sagar Nersekar, a stenographer in the court of small causes, who had sought child care leave citing Rule 43-C of the Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, though she is an employee of the State government.

The petitioner has an eight-year-old girl who has been suffering from Cerebral Palsy Diplegia since birth. She contended that a Central rule provides child care leave, but the State did not have such a provision and that it was the duty of the State Coordination Committee to advise the government accordingly but it had failed to do so.

The Central rule says a woman government servant, having minor children below the age of 18 and who has no earned leave to her credit, may be granted child care leave for maximum two years during the entire service period for taking care of up to two children.

The Bench ruled that if the State Coordination Committee is not in existence the same shall be forthwith constituted and this committee shall take appropriate decision expeditiously on or before June 30.

The Bench also asked the State to take a decision on the committee’s advice by August 16.

The court said if the State government does not grant such benefit, the interim relief granted to the petitioner on February 23 shall cease to operate with effect from September 1, and the petitioner shall resume duty immediately.

However, if the State decides to grant benefit of the special child care leave to such category of women government servants, then the case of the petitioner will be governed by the decision of the State. — PTI

Read at http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/hc-tells-panel-to-advise-govt-on-child-care-leave-policy/article8609766.ece
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Government mulls gratuity to employees under National Pension System

NEW DELHI: Government is considering a proposal to provide gratuity to its employees covered under National Pension System (NPS) on retirement, Parliament was informed today.

"As per the amendment, the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules are not applicable to the government employees appointed after December 31, 2003," said Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.

On introduction of NPS from January 1, 2004, the rules governing gratuity was changed, he said.

However, the benefit of death or retirement gratuity had been extended to the central government servants, covered by New Pension Scheme on provisional basis from May 5, 2009, he added.

"This was in respect of Central government employees covered by NPS in cases where a government servant is retired on invalidation not attributable to government duty, death in service not attributable to government duty; where government servant is discharged from service due to disease or injury attributable to duty and death in service," he said.

In another reply, Sinha said Pension Fund and Regulatory and Development Authority has decided to facilitate offering eNPS through validation of PAN card details and KYC confirmation from the bank for the bank account of an active users.

Replying to another question, he said there has been a reduction in amount of inflows on account of borrowing from overseas in the form of external commercial borrowings (ECBs) in the recent months.

Indian companies have raised USD 16.2 billion from ECBs between April-November period of the current fiscal as against USD 20.2 billion in the same period last fiscal.

RBI has issued a framework containing guidelines for issuance of rupee denominated bonds overseas in September, he said.

"Under the framework Indian corporates, body corporates Real Estate Investment Trusts and Infrastructure Investment Trusts can issue Rupee denominated bonds overseas up to a maximum of USD 750 million equivalent per annum under the automatic route," he added.

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Recognition of qualification obtained through Distance Education Mode – Acceptance for purpose of employment on the railways.

Government of India (Bharat Sarkar)
Ministry of Railways (Rail Mantralaya)
(Railway Board)

RBE No.50/2016
No. E (NG)-11/2010/RR-I/17
New Delhi. dated: 17.05.2016

The General Manager (P),
All Zonal Railways/Production Units, CORE/Allahabad,
MTP/Kolkata, Chennai. Mumbai,
CAO (R), DMW/Patiala, COFMOW/New Delhi, Director General,
RDSO/Lucknow & NAIR/Vadodra,
Director, IRISET/Secundrabad. IRICEN/Pune, IRIEEN/Nasik &
IRIM&EE/Jamalpur and Chairmen/Railway Recruitment Boards.

Sub: Recognition of qualification obtained through Distance Education Mode – Acceptance for purpose of employment on the railways.

Ref: Board’s Letter of even number dated 08/12/2011 (RBE No. 165/201 I) & 16/6/2015 (RBE No.67/2015), No.E(NG)ll/2001/RR-1145 dated 1417/2015 (RBE No.80/2015), No. E(NG)II/2001/RR-I/45/Pt. A dated 29/9/2015 (RBE No.118/2015) and No. E(NG)II/200 l/RR-1/20 dated 07112/2015 (RBE No.153/2015).

Vide letters under reference, instructions have been issued to Railways for non-acceptance of qualification obtained through distance learning mode for the purpose of employment on the Railways.

2. Department of Higher Education, M/o Human Resource Development notification No. F.6-1/2013-DL dated 10/6/2015 published in Gazette of India on 2517/2015 has decided that all the degrees/diplomas/certificates including technical education degrees/diplomas awarded through Open and Distance Learning mode of education by the Universities established by an Act of Parliament or State Legislature, Institutions Deemed to be Universities under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 and Institutions of National Importance declared under an Act of Parliament stand automatically recognized for the purpose of employment to posts and services under the Central Government provided they have been approved by the University Grants Commission.

3. Accordingly, it has now been decided by the Board that above instructions of M/o Human Resource Development be complied with for the purpose of employment to posts and services on the Railways.

4. Instructions contained in this letter will be effective from the date of issue of notification of M/o HRD i.e. 10/6/2015.

5. Cases finalized prior to issue of this letter need not be re-opened.

(Neeraj Kumar)
Director Estt. (N)-II
Railway Board

Source: http://www.airfindia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/RBE_50_2016.pdf