Govt employees can travel first class from April 1

                      With signs of economic revival becoming more pronounced, the government has relaxed the austerity drive undertaken last year and from April 1, government employees will be allowed to fly first class.

                 "The matter has been reviewed and it has been decided that with effect from April 1, 2010, travel on government account by air, both domestic and international may take place by the entitled class," an official statement said.

                  Last September, in the midst of the global financial crisis, the government had directed its employees not to fly first class on government account, irrespective of their entitlement, and fly economy for all domestic travels.

                However, the government has not relaxed the austerity directive in case of Leave Travel Concession (LTC).

Govt agrees to up EDLI scheme benefit to Rs 1 lakh

                   The labour ministry has accepted a proposal to raise the ceiling of benefit under the Employees Deposit-Linked Insurance (EDLI) Scheme from Rs 60,000 to Rs 1 lakh, a move that would help over 4.71 crore EPFO subscribers.

            "The labour ministry has written to the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) for increasing the benefit under the EDLI Scheme from Rs 60,000 to Rs 1 lakh," an official told PTI here today.

            "The ministry has also asked the EPFO to place the matter before its apex body Central Board of Trustees for making the necessary amendments in the scheme," the source said, adding, "the matter would be placed before the EPFO trustees at the April 9."

           Under the existing scheme, an EPFO subscriber gets insurance cover and gets benefit of up to Rs 60,000 in case he/she dies before superannuation

'Govt employee has fundamental right to be considered for promotion'

             The Supreme Court has ruled that a Government employee has a fundamental right to be considered for promotion and it is mandatory for the Centre and States to carry out cadre review of eligible officers for promotion to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).

            "The right of eligible employees to be considered for promotion is virtually a part of their fundamental right guaranteed under Article 16(Equality of opportunity in matter of public employment) of the Constitution," a bench comprising Justices R V Raveendran and A K Ganguly held in a recent judgement.

            The apex court passed the judgement while directing the Centre and the UP Government to consider the promotion of two State cadre officers-Hemraj Singh Chauhan and Ramnawal Singh to the IAS.

           "We hold that the statutory duty which is cast on the State Government and the Central Government to undertake the cadre review exercise every five years is ordinarily mandatory subject to exceptions which may be justified in the facts of a given case," the bench said.

Source: Indian Express

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