NPS returns for government and private employees


The New Pension Scheme for private citizens, who were allowed to join since May 2009, gave better returns than the one for government employees, which started from 2004 onwards. For most fund managers, it was the corporate bond and government securities that gave more returns than equities. On an average, the returns for private accounts were around 11% for 2010-11, which is less than one percentage point less than what NPS offered to private citizens in 2009-10.

While Kotak Mahindra Pension Fund gave the highest return in equities, SBI Pension Funds gave the highest returns in corporate bonds. UTI Pension Fund gave the highest returns in government securities. For central government employees, the NPS has a return ranging between 8.05% to 8.45%, which is less than the 9.5% given by Employees Provident Fund Organisation. Interestingly, the returns for state government employees were more than for the central government, which were between..

9.88-11.34%. For private citizens, up to 50% of their corpus can be invested in equities and the rest in government securities and corporate bonds. For government citizens, only up to 15% of the total corpus is allowed to be invested in equities..

source:The Financial Express


All India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers on base 2001=100 for the Month of April, 2011


All India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers on base 2001=100 for the Month of April, 2011
            All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of April, 2011 increased by 1 point and stood at 186 (one hundred & eighty six) .
            During April, 2011, the index recorded increase of 6 points in Chhindwara centre, 5 points in Jharia centre, 4 points each in Nagpur, Kodarma, Ajmer,  Giridih, Angul Talcher and Belgaum centres, 3 points in 8 centres, 2 points in 13 centres and 1 point in 21 centres. The index decreased by 4 points in Tiruchirapally centre, 3 points in Darjeeling centre, 2 points each in Salem and Hubli Dharwar  centres, 1 point in 6 centres, while in the remaining 18 centres the index remained stationary.
            The maximum increase of 6 points  in  Chhindwara centre is mainly on account of increase in the prices of Goat Meat, Country Liquor, Refined Liquor, Firewood, Doctors’ Fee, etc. The increase of 5 points in Jharia centre is due to increase in the prices of Rice, Milk, Vegetable & Fruit items, Soft Coke, Clothing items, etc. The increase of 4 points each in Nagpur, Kodarma, Ajmer,  Giridih, Angul Talcher and Belgaum centres is due to increase in the prices of Rice, Jowar, Milk, Chillies Dry, Vegetable & Fruit items, Firewood, Ornament Glass, etc. The decrease of 4 points in Tiruchirapally centre is the outcome of decrease in the prices of Rice, Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, Flower/Flower Garlands, etc. The decrease of 3 points in Darjeeling centre is due to decrease in the prices of Wheat Atta, Mustard Oil, Turmeric Powder, Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, etc.
            The indices in respect of the six major centres are as follows :

1. Ahmedabad   180
 2. Bangalore     190
3. Chennai        164
4. Delhi             172
5. Kolkata        180
6. Mumbai       184

            The All-India (General) point to point rate of inflation for the month of April, 2011 is 9.41% as compared to 8.82% in March, 2010. Inflation based on Food Index is 8.24% in April, 2011 as compared to 8.29% in March, 2011.

Expected Dearness Allowance from July-2011


Apart from annual increment, which falls in 1st July every year, all the Government Employees are very much excited to know the rate of Dearness Allowance from 1st July 2011.The reason for their excitement to know the D.A from July 2011 is quite simple. Though the Annual Increment also brings some adequate amount of money to their pay package, they feel no excitement in it. Because every body knows and is sure that they will get 3% of their Pay in the pay band and Grade Pay as the Increment of every year and they make it counted. But as for as D.A is concerned nobody knows what will be the rate of increase in Dearness Allowance, as the AICPI Number for the Industrial Workers for the month of June 2011 will be announced probably on 31st July 2011.The amount of increase in Dearness Allowance will make their pay packet big. Unexpected increase in salary will decrease their expected financial burdens. This is the reason many of us curiously searching for the prediction over Dearness Allowance.

AICPIN-IW for the past three months have been already announced by Labour Bureau, Department Statistics, Government of India in its Web site. According to it AICPIN-IW for the month of January 2011 is 188, Febraury 2011-185 and March 2011 is 185. AICPIN-IW for the remaining three months ie April, May and June 2011 have yet to be announced. So this is not the right time to answer correctly to the question of what will be the Dearness Allowance from July 2011? But as per the past 9 months average of monthly All India Consumer Price Index (IW) with the base year 2001=100, we can expect that the hike in Dearness Allowance from July 2011 will be around 6% to 7%

Double benefit for salaried class


Deduction for contribution to the National Pension Scheme in the hands of the employer and exclusion of such contributions in computing exemption for Sec 80C is a morale booster for employer and employee.

The New Pension Scheme (NPS) was introduced by the Union Government in 2003. According to the new scheme, employees appointed on or after January 1, 2004 will contribute 10 per cent of their Pay and Dearness Allowance to the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority under the Ministry of Finance. An equal amount will be contributed by the Centre. The scheme is mandatory for Government employees, but optional for other citizens of India. NPS merely declared that tax benefits would be applicable as per the Income Tax Act 1961 as amended from time to time.

THE NEW SECTION 36(1)

The Finance Act, 2011 has inserted a new Section 36 (1)(iva) with effect from assessment year 2012-13 to provide that an assessee will get a deduction in respect of contribution towards a pension scheme referred in Section 80CCD of the Act on account of an employee up to 10 per cent of the salary of the employee in the previous year. For this purpose, ‘salary’ includes DA, if the terms of ‘employment’ so provide, but excludes all other allowances and perquisites.

Currently, contribution made by an employer towards a recognised provident fund, an approved superannuation fund or an approved gratuity fund is allowable as a deduction from business income under Section 36, subject to certain limits.

However contribution made by an employer to the NPS is not allowed as a deduction. The newly inserted clause provides that any sum paid by the assessee as an employer by way of contribution towards the pension scheme on account of an employee to the extent it does not exceed 10 per cent of the salary of the employee in the previous year, shall be allowed as deduction in computing the income under the head ‘Profits and gains of business or profession’.

No doubt, such deduction would have been available under Section 37. The matter, however, is placed beyond doubt by the new Section. It should, however, be noted that deduction would be available only upon actual payment. The term ‘employee’ will include all employees including Director-employees. The limit of 10 per cent will apply to each employee individually. The Finance Act has also amended Section 40A (9) for this purpose.

LIMITS ON DEDUCTION

Section 80CCE provides that the aggregate amount of deduction under Section 80CCC and 80CCD shall not exceed Rs 1 lakh. The Finance Act, 2011 provides that contribution made by the Central Government or any other employer to NPS shall be excluded while computing the limit of Rs 1,00,000. The contribution by the employee to the NPS will be subject to the limit of Rs 1,00,000.

At the same time, deduction in respect of contributions by the Central Government or any other employer to NPS available under Section 80CCD (2) will not be subject to the limit specified in Section 80CCE. This provides a leeway for employees to seek a restructuring of the pay. Employers may be willing to include the contribution to the NPS in the pay package and claim 10 per cent of the salary as deduction. Depending on the pay scales, such restructuring may offer a benefit to both the employer and the employee.

The Employees Provident Fund Organisation has within its fold 4.72 crore subscribers. They get interest income of 9.5 per cent on PF deposits for 2010-11. There is also a move to increase the rate of interest .

WAIVER FOR PF INTEREST

In this context, the decision of the Income-Tax Department to grant an exemption from tax on the interest income on PF deposits will come as double bonanza for the subscribers.

Deduction for contribution to the NPS in the hands of the employer and the exclusion of such contributions in the hands of the employees in computing the exemption under Section 80C will mean a morale booster for the employer and the employee.

A caveat will be in order. The NPS has been challenged before the Central Administration Tribunal, as unconstitutional and inequitable by the Dakshin Railway Employees Union. The challenge is to the mandatory nature of the NPS in the case of government employees.

There is apparent discrimination between those who joined service before January 1, 2004 and those who joined later. The matter is pending before CAT

source:Business Line

RBI asks banks to reimburse failed ATM transactions in 7 days


The Reserve Bank on Friday directed banks to reimburse customers for amounts wrongfully debited from their accounts in failed ATM transactions within seven days of an account holder’s complaint or else pay a Rs 100 per day compensation.

"The time limit for resolution of customer complaints by the issuing banks shall stand reduced from 12 working days to seven working days from the date of receipt of customer complaint," the RBI said in a notification. 
  
Failure to re-credit the amount within seven working days will require the issuing bank to pay a compensation of Rs 100 per day, it said. 
  
Earlier, banks were required to reimburse customers for amounts wrongfully debited from their accounts in failed ATM transactions within 12 days. 
  
The RBI further said that all customers are entitled to receive such compensation for delays only if a claim is lodged with the issuing bank within 30 days of the date of transaction. 
  
The directive shall be come into effect from 1st July, 2011. 
  
The central bank instructed the issuing bank and the acquiring bank to settle failed ATM transaction disputes through the ATM system provider only. 
  
"No bilateral settlement arrangement outside the dispute resolution mechanism available with the system provided is possible," RBI said. 
  
This measure is intended to reduce instances of disputes in payment of compensation between the issuing and acquiring banks, it added.

SOURCE-DDNEWS


National Pension Scheme gives mixed bag of returns


In a year when Employees’ Provident Fund gave a 9.5 per cent return and an over 8 per cent inflation rate ate into much of people’s income, the New Pension Scheme gave a mixed bag of results. Rising interest rates and volatile stock markets have impacted its returns in 2010-11 but, since inception, the NPS has managed to do better.

The performance review of fund managers for 2010-11 by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority has revealed that NPS for private citizens has managed to give higher returns than NPS for government employees.

Central government employees in NPS earned a return of 8.05 per cent to 8.45 per cent, much below the weighted average of 9.7 per cent in 2009-10. While UTI gave the highest return of 8.45 per cent, SBI gave the lowest return of 8.05 per cent. However, returns for state government employees in NPS was much higher, which ranged between 11.34 per cent and 9.88 per cent.

“It is about timing your investments as well as exposure to instruments,” said a PFRDA official. Central government employees who joined the service after 2004 are mandated to be part of NPS, which allows up to 15 per cent of the total corpus to be invested in equities, while the rest in corporate debt and government securities.

Private citizens, who were allowed to join the scheme from May 2009 can invest 50 per cent of their portfolio in equities and the rest in government securities and corporate bonds via one of the six fund managers — UTI Retirement Solutions, SBI, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, Reliance Capital, IDFC AMC and Kotak Mahindra AMC.

Surprisingly, it is not equities but corporate bonds that was the top performer in the past one year.

“Equities have been the most volatile in the past one year, so corporate bonds and G-secs have given a higher return,” said Balram Bhagat, CEO, UTI Retirement Solutions, which was the top performing fund manager for NPS for central government, state government and the low cost NPS Lite.

The fund managers gave returns between 8.05 per cent (SBI) to 11.89 per cent (Kotak) for equities, which was a tad higher than the average return of 11.14 per cent from Nifty and 10.94 per cent from the Sensex. Equities as a class of investment, however, has given as high as a 17.85 per cent (ICICI) return since NPS was launched two years ago.

However, the usually staid and low-risk, low-return bonds and securities proved to be the dark horse, although PFRDA officials said that high interest rate regime has hit bond yields. Corporate bond yielded returns varying between 12.66 per cent (SBI) and 6.26 per cent (IDFC). G-secs have also given handsome returns. While UTI gave 12.52 percent, SBI gave 12.25 per cent. The lowest performer was IDFC with a return of 6.97 per cent in 2010-11.

PFRDA officials however cautioned that returns would be higher over a period of time as NPS corpus grows. The total corpus for central government employees is Rs 6,400 crore and for those of state is Rs 1,200 crore. The private sector contributed Rs 80 crore to the scheme.
source:Indian Express

Strengthening Implementation of the Right to Information Act, 2005


N0.4/10/2011-IR
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
….

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 18th May 2011,

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Strengthening Implementation of the Right to Information Act, 2005.

Central Chief Information Commissioner has made a reference to the Cabinet Secretary making several suggestions for effective implementation of the Right to Information Act, 2005. It has been decided in consultation with the Cabinet Secretariat that following actions shall be undertaken by all
Ministries/Departments/Attached Offices, PSUs of Central Government to Strengthen the implementation of the RTI Act:

a) In the Annual reports of the Central Ministries/Departments and other attached/subordinate offices PSUs, a separate chapter shall be included regarding implementation of the RTI Act in their respective offices. This chapter should detail the number of RTI applications received and disposed off during the year, including number of cases in which the information was denied. In addition to the above, efforts made to improve the implementation of the Act in their respective offices, including any innovative measures that have been undertaken, should also be listed. This is to be ensured for Annual reports for the year 201 1-12 onwards.

b) Each Ministry/Department should organize atleast a half day training programme for all CPIOs/Appellate Authorities (AAs) every year to sensitize them about their role in implementation of the RTI Act. The concerned Ministries/Deuartrnents shall ensure that similar programmes are organized for all CPIOs/AAs of all attached/subordinate offices and PSUs under their control as well.

c) All public authorities who have a web site shall publish the details of monthly receipts and disposal of RTI applications on the websites. This should be implemented within 10 days of the close of the month. Ministries/Departments would ensure that these instructions are communicated to their attached/subordinate offices as well as PSUs immediately. Monthly reporting on the above pattern should begin latest by 10th July, 2011 for the month of June, 2011 and thereafter continue on a regular basis.

2. All the Ministries/Departments are requested to take action as above and also to ensure that these instructions are communicated to their attached and subordinate offices PSUs for compliance.

CK.G.Verma
Director

REGULAR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYMENT IN MAJOR MINISTRIES


CENSUS OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES 
(AS ON 31st March, 2006)

REGULAR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYMENT IN MAJOR MINISTRIES AS ON 31ST MARCH, 2006



1. Railways =  14,12,435 (45.32%)

2. Home Affairs =  6,91,814 (22.20%)

3. Defence (Civilian) = 3,53,741(11.35%)

4. Communications & IT = 2,41,618 (7.75%)

5. Finance = 1,12,700 (3.62%)

6. Others  = 3,04,029 (9.76%)

TOTAL  = 31,16,337 (100%)

The Ministry of Railways has a major share (45.32%) of the total regular Central Government employees followed by Ministries of Home Affairs (22.20%), Defence (civilian) (11.35%), Communications & IT (7.75%) and Finance (3.62%).

These five Ministries taken together accounted for 90% of the total Central Government employment. The residual employment (about 10%) was shared by all the remaining Ministries/Departments of the Central Government.



HIGHLIGHTS

(1). As per the result of Census Enquiries, the total regular employment under Central Government as on 31st March, 2006  was 31.16 lakh as against 31.64 lakh  on 31st March, 2004.  The employment has, thus, recorded a decline of 1.52% in 2006 over 2004.

(2). Employment in Ministry of Railways was the highest (45.32%) followed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (22.20%), Defence civilian (11.35%), Communications & IT (7.75%) and Finance (3.62%).  Other Ministries/Departments collectively shared the rest of 9.76% of the total Central Government regular employment.

(3). Out of 31.16 lakh regular employees, 3.20 lakh were women.  The proportion of women in the total employment shows an increasing trend.  It is 10.28% in 2006 against 7.53% in 2001 and 9.68% in 2004 and thereby indicating empowerment of women.

(4). About 96% of regular Central Government employees were Non-Gazetted.  The overall ratio of Gazetted to Non-Gazetted employees was 1:22.  In Ministry of Railways, ratio, however, was 1:116.

(5). Amongst regular Central Government employees,  57.80% were holding Group-‘C’ posts and 30.62% were in Group-‘D’ posts.  8.63% were holding Group-‘B’ posts whereas employees holding Group –‘A’ posts were only 2.95%.

(6). About 21.13% of the regular Central Government employees were found to be in pay range of Rs. 3500-4499/- and only 0.47% employees were in highest bracket of pay range with drawing basic pay of Rs. 18,400/- & above.

(7). Amongst regular Central Government employees,  15.66% were working at offices located in ‘A-1’ class cities, 11.10% in ‘A’ class cities, 4.61% in B-I class cities and 15.31% in B-2 class cities. The percentage of employees in ‘C’ class and other unclassified cities was 53.32%.

(8). Amongst  States and Union Territory Administrations, the highest number of regular Central Government employees was in the State of West Bengal (11.23%) followed by Uttar Pradesh (9.97%), Maharashtra (9.65%), Delhi (6.61%), Andhra Pradesh (6.44%) and Tamil Nadu (4.66%).  In remaining States/U.Ts the proportion was less than 4%.



Source: CGStaffnews

Laying of Annual Reports of the Central Information Commission before the Houses of Parliament


No.4/8/2011-IR 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi 
Dated: 20th May, 2011

OFFICE MEMORADUM

Subject: Laying of Annual Reports of the Central Information Commission before the Houses of Parliament.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Section 25 of the Right to Information Act, 2005 which provides that the Central Information Commission shall prepare a report on the implementation of the provisions of the Act each year, which the Central Government would lay before each House of Parliament. Each Ministry/Department is responsible to ensure that necessary information in relation to preparation of the Report is sent to the Central Information Commission by all public authorities within its jurisdiction in time. The Central Information Commission has developed a web based system through which the public authorities may upload the Annual Return on the website of the Commission direct. The software developed by the Commission is known as the RTI Annual Report Information System which is accessible on the website www.cic.gov.in. The information has to be posted on quarterly basis.

2. It has been observed that a number of public authorities do not upload the Annual Return in time on the system. It results in the delay of the preparation of the Annual Report and consequently in laying the Report before the Houses of the Parliament.

3. All the Ministries/Departments are requested to ensure that the quarterly returns of all public authorities under their jurisdiction is uploaded on the Annual Report Information System referred to above in time every year. The final Return for the year should be uploaded latest by the 15th April of the subsequent financial year. The public authorities who have not uploaded their final returns in respect of the year 2010-11 may upload the same on the website latest by 30th June, 2011.

4. It has also been brought to the notice of this Department that some Ministries/Departments have not registered all the public authorities under their jurisdiction with the Central Information Commission. It results into non-inclusion of the complete information in the Annuai Report. All the Ministries / Departments are requested to ensure that all public authorities under their jurisdiction are registered with the Commission and they all post requisite information on the website referred to above regularly.

(K.G. Verma) 
Director



Source: www.persmin.nic.in

Extending Concession to Orthopaedically Handicapped/Paraplegic Persons in Rajdhani and Shatabdi Trains


Ministry of Railways Issues Notification for Extending Concession to Orthopaedically Handicapped/Paraplegic Persons in Rajdhani and Shatabdi Trains 

The New Facility to be Effective from 1st June, 2011
Ministry of Railways has issued a notification for extending the concession in Rail fares admissible to Orthopaedically/paraplegic persons in Rajdhani/Shatadbi trains also. This comes as a follow up to the announcement made in Railways Minister’s Budget speech for 2011-12 on 25th February, 2011. 

Accordingly, Orthopaedically handicapped/paraplegic persons who cannot travel without the assistance of escort are eligible for 25 per cent concession in 3-AC & AC Chair Car in all inclusive fares of Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains. The same concession will also be admissible to one escort accompanying the concerned handicapped person. 

There is no change in other terms and conditions. 

The concession will be effective on tickets purchased on or after 01.06.2011. In case of tickets already issued for travel on & after 01.06.2011 refund or difference of fares will not be admissible. 

Track your PF account on web in 3 months


A circular was issued on May 24, asking all regional offices to complete updating of 2008-09 accounts by May 31, and that of 2009-10 by June 30, say reports.

There is some good news for more than 47mn subscribers to the Central Government's Employee Provident Fund scheme. You will soon be able to keep a close tab on your PF account on the Internet, according to reports.

The Employees' Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) has reportedly posted the details of the accounts' status of all its 120 offices on its website.

A circular was issued on May 24, asking all regional offices to complete updating of 2008-09 accounts by May 31, and that of 2009-10 by June 30, say reports.

The EPFO's move to put in place a software for updating accounts annually across its 120 offices will help it meet the Finance Ministry's goal of updating all pending accounts by September.

In March this year, the Finance Ministry had approved the 9.5% interest rate announced by the EPFO for its 47.2mn subscribers for FY 2010-11 on the condition that it would update the pending accounts within six months.

The EPFO has updated 28.7mn accounts since then, according to reports.

The EPFO handles a corpus of about Rs. 3.5 lakh crore annually.

source:indiainfoline

Maintenance and preparation of Annual Performance Appraisal Reports- communication of all entries for fairness and transparency in public administration


No.21011/1/2005-Estt.A(Pt.II) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
(Department of Personnel & Training)

North Block. New Delhi 
Dated the 19th May, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Maintenance and preparation of Annual Performance Appraisal Reports- communication of all entries for fairness and transparency in public administration.

The undersigned is directed to draw attention of the Ministries/Departments to this Departments OM No.21011/1/2005-Estt.(A)(Pt.II) dated 14.5.2009 by which the system of communicating the entries in the APAR from the reporting period 2008-09 onwards for representation if any was introduced. The Competent Authority to consider the representation shall decide the matter objectively based on the material placed before him within a period of 30 days from the date of the receipt of the representation The Competent Authority after due consideration may reject the representation or may accept or modify the APAR accordingly. In this Department's OM of even number dated 13.4.2010. it was further decided that if an employee is to be considered for promotion in a future DPC and his ACRs prior to the period 2008-09 which would be reckonable for assessment of his fitness in such future DPCs contain final grading which are below the benchmark for his next promotion, before such ACRs are placed before the DPC, the concerned employee will be given a copy of the relevant ACR for his representation. if any, within 15 days of such communication. It may be noted that only below benchmark ACR for the period relevant to promotion need be sent. This OM dated 13.4.2010 specifically provided that in case of upgradation of the final grading given in the APAR. specific reasons therefor may also be given in the order of the Competent Authority Since the provisions of the above OM dated 13.4.2010 are applicable only for future DPCs where the recommendations will be implemented prospectively from the date of assuming charge of the higher appointment, the provisions will not be applicable to retired officers.

2. The UPSC has brought to the notice of this Department that in the DPCs being held under the aegis of the Commission, orders of the Competent Authority do not contain specific reasons for such upgradation in a number of cases. Such orders cannot be termed as disposed off in a quasi-judicial manner as laid down in the aforesaid OM dated 13.4 2010. Grading an officer below the bench mark by the DPC in such cases on the ground of upgradation being without giving sufficient reasons is prone to avoidable representations.

3. In order that the DPC proceedings are held on schedule and without any necessity to over look the decisions given by the Competent Authority while upgrading the grading in the APAR without specific reasons and justifications, all Ministries/Departments are requested to kindly bring to the notice of the Competent Authority while forwarding the representation against remarks in the APAR that the authority may decide on the representation in an objective manner within 30 days of receipt of the representation and give specific reasons in case of upgradation of the final grading given In the APAR as per provisions contained in this Department’s aforesaid OM dated 13.4.2010.

(C.A. Subramanlan) 
Director

 Source: www.persmin.gov.in

Conclusion of Special Recruitment Drive launched for filling up the backlog reserved vacancies of Persons with Disabilities


No.36038/2/2008-Estt.(Res.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
* * * * * *

North Block, New Delhi
Dated : 19th May 20 11

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Conclusion of Special Recruitment Drive launched for filling up the backlog reserved vacancies of Persons with Disabilities.
* * *
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even number dated 27.1 1.2009 whereby a Special Recruitment Drive for filling up the backlog reserved vacancies of SCs, S T s and OBCs was launched. It was stipulated that all the backlog vacancies existing in the Ministries/ Departments and its Attached Offices/Subordinate Offices/Public Sector  Undertakings/Autonomous Bodies etc. a s on 1 5.1 1.2009 shall be filled u p by 15.7.2010. It could, however, not happen. The Drive was, therefore, extended upto 3oth June 201 1 vide O M of even no. dated 04.01.2011 and all t h e Ministries/Departments were requested to make concerted efforts to fill up the backlog reserved vacancies which had remained unfilled till then during the extended period of the Drive.

2. In view of the fact that the drive would conclude on 30.06.2011, it is requested that earnest efforts be made to f i l l u p all the identified backlog
vacancies by the said date.

3 . All Ministries/Departments are requested to submit the progress of the drive to this Department, in proforma already prescribed earlier, in respect of the Ministry/Department and all its attached subordinate offices and autonomous/public sector undertakings by 20.07.2011 .

4 . It may be noted that progress of the drive is to be submitted to the Cabinet immediately on completion of the drive and a s such it would be important that complete and up to date information is sent to this Department by the above date so that correct progress may be reported to the Cabinet, for which Ministry/Department would be responsible.

(K.G.Verma)
Director
Tel: 23092158

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Encashment of Leave to be granted to Government Servants on their appointment in Central Public Enterprises

NO. 14028/3/2011 -Estt(L)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

New Delhi, the 24" May, 2011 .

Office Memorandum

Subject : Encashment of Leave to be granted to Government Servants on their appointment in Central Public Enterprises

The undersigned is directed to state that this Department has been receiving references from various Ministries/Departments seeking clarification regarding the entitlement to leave encashment on appointment
of Government Servants in Central Public Enterprises.

2. As per DoPT OM No. 2801615/85-Estt.(C) dated 3 1/1/1986, appointment o f an officer in a Central Public Enterprise after acceptance of his technical resignation from Government is treated as immediate absorption. As per the terms and conditions contained in this OM, a Central Government Servant taking appointment in the Central Public Enterprises on Immediate Absorption basis was entitled to encashment of
Earned Leave to his credit at the time of acceptance of his resignation from Government Service, subject to a limit of 180 days. Half Pay Leave stood forfeited. (The limit of Earned Leave which could be thus encashed was later raised to 300 days).

3. It i s clarified that a s per rule 39-D of the CCS (Leave) Rules, 1972, the calculation of leave encashment in case of permanent absorption in Public Sector Undertaking/Autonomous Body wholly or substantially owned or controlled by the Central/State Government will be as per ml c 39(2)(b) which has been amended vide Notification GSR 170 dated 1/12/2009 to read as under:-

The cash equivalent of leave salary under Clause (a) shall be calculated as follows and shall be payable in one lumpsum as a one-time settlement -

Cash equivalent for
earned leave
= Pay admissible on
the date of
retirement plus
Dearness
Allowance
admissible on that
date/
3 0
* Number of days of
unutilized earned
leave at credit
subiect to the total
of earned leave and
Half Pay Leave at
credit not
exceeding 300
days.
cash payment in lieu
of Half Pay
Leave
component
= Half Pay Leave
salary admissible
on the date of
retirement plus
Dearness
Allowance
admissible on that date/30
* Number of days of
Half Pay Leave at
credit subject to the
total of Earned
Leave and Half Pay
Leave at credit not
exceeding 300 days

No commutation of Half Pay Leave shall be permissible to make up the shortfall in Earned Leave.

4. All Ministries/Departments may note for further action accordingly.

5. Hindi version will follow.

(Zoya C.B.)
Under Secretary to the Government o f India
source:DOP&T

Grant of Overtime Allowance to Railway employees consequent upon revision of pay scales and allowances - date of effect


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(Raiway Board)

S.No.PC-VI/260  RBE No.72 / 2011
No.PC-V/2008/A/O/3(OTA)                                                                       New Delhi, dated 20/05/2011

The General Managers
All Indian Railways and Production Units
(as per mailing list)

Sub: Grant of Overtime Allowance to Railway employees consequent upon revision of pay scales and allowances - date of effect.

The issue of revising the date of effect of OTA w.e.f. 01.01.2006 instead of 01.9.2008 (as communciated vide para 3 of Board's letter of even number dated 17.2.2010), as demanded vide item no.24/2010 in DC/JCM, has been considered by the Board. It has been decided to revise the date of effect of OTA as 01.01.2006. It is however clarified that the basic pay and DA element for the purpose of OTA shall be revised w.e.f.01.01.2006 and other elements constituting emolument for the purpose of OTA viz. HRA and Tarnsport Allowance etc. shall be taken into account at revised rates w.e.f.01.09.2008 as per the Sixth CPC recommendations.

2. This has the approval of Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways.

3. Hindi version will follow.

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(N.P.singh)
Deputy Director. Pay Commission-V
Raiway Board.

Source:    AIRF

10 % increase in lateral entry seats for engineering courses in Puducherry


The number of lateral entry seats for engineering courses will be increased by 10 per cent for 2011-2012. Officials at the Centralised Admissions Committee (CENTAC) told The Hindu on Sunday that the increase was owing to the implementation of new AICTE norms.

According to the officials, up to the current academic year, it was statutory for all colleges - private and government - to allot a certain number of seats, equal to 10 per cent of the sanctioned first year intake, for lateral entry.

This is now being increased to 20 per cent.

Total seats

Officials said this hike would translate into a total of about 600 seats for students, who wish to apply for lateral entry.

However, among the total lateral entry seats, the allocation through CENTAC would be about 300.

The notification for the implementation of new norms would be issued in a “day or two,” they said.

Medical seats

Meanwhile, sources in the government said negotiations with private medical colleges, to arrive at the total number of seats to be allocated under government quota, have been delayed as the Minister for Higher Education is yet to be appointed.

The negotiations would begin once the entire Cabinet is in place as any decision has to be approved by it before implementation

source:The Hindu

Grant of Extension of service of Scientists beyond the age of superannuation


No.26012/8/2011-Estt. (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block, New Delhi,
Dated the 16th May, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:  Grant of Extension of service of Scientists beyond the age of superannuation - Issue of instructions regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Department of Personnel & Taining O.M. No.26012/6/2002-Estt.(A) dated 9.12.2002 (copy enclosed) on the subject mentioned above laying down the criteria for considering cases of extension of service of Scientists in terms of proviso to FR 56(d) and to state that the guidelines for extension of service of eminent scientists of international stature beyond 62 years have been further reviewed as a need has been felt for a rigorous Peer gruop screening by an inter disciplinary Committee of experts.

2. Departmental Peer Review Committee (DPRCs) headed by the Secretary of the Scientific Departments are constituted by the DOP&T with the approval of Prime Minister for a term of 2 years to consider the cases of extenstion of service of scientists beyond 60 years and upto 62 years.

3. It has now been decided with the approval of Prime Minister that the existing/reconstituted Departmental Peer Review Committee shall also do the first stage secreening of Scientists for their entension beyond 62 years of age and thereafter the DPRCs' recommendations will be placed before the Committee under the Cabinet Secretary provided that the DPRCs' have atleast two outside experts aprt from Secretary(Personnel & Training). The DPRCs must give detailed justification for such extension based on merits of the case, the international stature of the person recommended and also indicate whether this will block promotion opportunities of others in the Department. Such recommendations of the DPRCs for extension of service of Scientists beyond 62 years will be sent ot the Establishment Division of the Department of Personnel & Training for placing the cases before the Committee under Cabinet Secretary. Only such cases recommended by the Committee under Cabinet Secretary will be processed further for approval of ACC through the office of the Establishment Officer. Cases of extension of service of Scientists beyond 60 years and up to 62 years recommended by DPRC will continue to be sent directly to the office of Establishment Officer in DOP&T as at present.

4. All proposals for extension of service of Scientists beyond 62 years in terms of the 3rd proviso to FR 56(d) may, therefore, be processed keeping in view the above guidelines in addition to the cretieria stipulated in the OM dated 9.12.1220.

(P.Prabhakaran)
Director (E)

Source document from : www.persmin.gov.in

Govt trashes proposal to increase babus’ retirement age


Govt trashes proposal to increase babus’ retirement age

A government committee has rejected a proposal to increase the retirement age of government servants from 60 to 62. The decision is likely to impact over one lakh central government employees and 50,000 defence personnel on the verge of retirement. The proposal — which could have meant saving Rs4,000 crore in this fiscal — was rejected as the government wants a younger bureaucracy.

The fraud complaint

The HRD ministry and sections of the academic community were temporarily preoccupied with a complaint the government received from a body claiming to represent SC/ST employees at the University Grants Commission (UGC) , alleging discrimination by Commission chairman Ved Prakash. But the complaint, it has now been discovered, was fake. The body that sent it doesn’t exist, the UGC’s SC/ST employees’ association has certified. The sender also refused to divulge his identity to the government. A case of attempted malice against the Chairman?

Academics compete with netas for that ‘one more chance’

Politicians, it appears, aren’t alone in keeping their ambitions intact with age. IIT Directors, too, love second terms — even though some believe that a proper reading of the IIT Act — that governs the Institutes — does not allow repeats. After MS Ananth (second term at IIT Madras), Sanjay Dhande (second term at IIT Kanpur) and Gautam Barua (second term at IIT Guwahati), it is the turn of IIT Delhi Director Surendra Prasad to pitch for a second term. The qualification requirements for the post state that applicants should preferably be aged below 60. Prasad — caretaker director at present — is over 60. But that has not stopped him from applying for a second term.

The case of the missing file 

After a file on the Cabinet decision of 1991 — regarding government accounts — went missing, neither the Cabinet Secretariat nor the Finance Ministry — which mooted the proposal — had any clue. Eventually, the Central Information Commission had to intervene and ask the government to locate the file and provide the requisite information to the RTI applicant.


Source: The Hindustan Times



Rates of Night Duty Allowance w.e.f. 1-1-2011


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA 
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS 
( RAILWAY BOARD)

No.E(P&A)II-2011/HW-2                  

RBE No.67/2011

New Delhi, dated 16/5/2011.

The General Managers/CAOs,
All Indian Railways & Prod. Units etc,
(As per mailing lists No.1 & 11).

Subject: Rates of Night Duty Allowance w.e.f. 1-1-2011.


   Consequent to sanction of an additional instalment of Dearnes Allowance vide this Ministry’s letter No.PC-Vl/2008/1/7/2/1 dated 25.03.2011, the President is pleased to decide that the rates of Night Duty Allowance, as notified vide Annexures ‘A’ and ‘B’ of Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-2010/HW-4 dated 27-10-2010 stand revised with effect fron 01-01-2011 as indicated at Annexure ‘A’ in respect of Continuous’. ‘Intensive’,‘Excluded categories and workshop employees, and as indicated at Annexure ‘B’ in respect of Essentially intermittent’ categories.

   2. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

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(Salim Md. Ahmed) 
Deputy Director/E(P&A)III, 
Railway Board.

Railway Board-orders
source:http://www.airfindia.com/f

Re-classification of cities/towns for grant of House Rent Allowance (HRA) to Railway employees


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA 
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS 
(RAILWAY BOARD)

S.NO.PC-Vl/258                                                                                          RBE No.66/2011

No.E(P&A)ll-2008/HRA.10                                                            New Delhi, dated 16-5-2011.

The General Managers/CAOs,
All Indian Railways & Prod.Units etc.
(as per mailing lists No.1 & II).

Subject: Decision of the Government on the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission relating to re-classification of cities/towns for grant of House Rent Allowance (HRA) to Railway employees.

   Attention is invited to para 6 of Board’s letter of even number dated 12.9.2008 on the above mentioned subject, vide which the special dispensation for grant of HRA has been allowed to continue to (i) Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida & Gurgaon at "X” class city rates and (ii) Jalandhar Cantt. Shillong, Goa & Port Blair at "Y" class city rates and to state that the special dispensation allowed to Panchkula for grant of HRA at par with Chandigarh vide Board’s letter No. E(P&A)ll-2003/HRA-6 dated 19.8.2003, shall also continue.

   2. In this context, it is also clarified that any other similar special dispensation allowed by the Railway Board in the past in respect of other cities or grant of HRA at higher rates and not specifically mentioned in Board’s letter of even no. dated 12.9.2008. shall continue to apply, if the same has not been superceded/dispensed with or the existing classification of such city has not been revised to higher classification on account of the population criteria, vide Board’s letter of even no.dated 12.9.2008.

   3. These orders shall be effective from lst.September, 2008.

   4. All other conditions governing grant of HRA under existing orders shall continue to apply.

   5. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Raiways

sd/- 
(Salim Md. Ahmed) 
Deputy Director/E(P&A)lll, 
Railway Board.

source-http://www.airfindia.com/

Central staff seek seventh Pay Commission



Central staff seek seventh Pay Commission

Hyderabad, May 16: Stating that central government employees were not happy with the recommendations of the 6th pay commission, SK Vyas, president of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers (CCGEW), demanded constitution of 7th pay commission to resolve problems of employees. He was speaking at a state-level convention of CCGEW here on Sunday.

KKN Kutti, secretary general of CCGEW was also present.

Source: siasat

Nominations Invited for PM’s awards for Excellence in Public Administration


Nominations Invited for PM’s awards for Excellence in Public Administration

The Government of India has instituted ‘Prime Minister’s Awards for excellence in Public Administration’ to acknowledge, recognize and reward the extraordinary and innovative work done by officers of the Central and State Governments. All officers of Central and State Governments individually or as a group or as organizations are eligible for consideration. Nominations are now being invited for the year 2010-11 under the scheme. The last date for receipt of nominations is July 15, 2011 in the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions. The salient features of the scheme as well as operational guidelines are as under:

a) Nomination should strictly adhere to the guidelines of the Scheme and the eligibility criteria be specifically complied with. 
b) Self nominations are not accepted. 
c) In respect of nominations from States, the State Governments will constitute State level committees to shortlist their nominations and verify the facts before forwarding the nominations to the Central Government. 
d) Nominations should generally be encouraged. However, nominating authorities and State-level committees are requested to forward/short-list nominations only if the initiative(s)/accomplishments(s) concerned is/are truly innovative, extra-ordinary, outstanding, exemplary and/or exceptional in nature. In other words, nominations should rank as exceptional on qualitative as well as quantitative measures for the achieved outcomes/results. 
e) Nominating authorities should ensure that no vigilance case/enquiry is pending against the officer/s nominated. Overall performance of the officer/officers should also be considered while forwarding the nomination. 
f) Central Government Departments, Ministries, State Governments, NGOs and other stakeholders can be nominating authorities. 
g) Where the nomination is in respect of a group of individuals, it should be ensured that names of all the nominees concerned are explicitly stated. 
h) Nomination should be submitted in the Form prescribed. 

Detailed guidelines are available on the Department’s website: www.darpg.nic.in. While sending nominations, the concerned should go through the guidelines meticulously so as to ensure speedy and efficient processing of the nominations. 

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Govt mulling PF interest rate hike


Govt mulling PF interest rate hike

Bangalore, May 16 (PTI) Union Minister for Labour and Employment M Mallikarjun Kharge today said the government was looking at further hiking the interest rate on Provident Fund from the present 9.5 per cent.

"We are contemplating further increasing the interest rate on Provident Fund from the present 9.5 per cent. The interest rate on EPF (Employees Provident Fund) was increased to 9.5 per cent recently.

"This time also we want to give more to the employees. We are working towards it", he said while inaugurating the Southern Zonal Office of Director General of Mines Safety here.

Kharge also said the Ministry was bringing in 32 amendments to the Mines Safety Act formulated in 1952 wherein a number of stringent steps would be introduced for the safety of mine workers.

"The steps include increasing the penalty for violating mines safety norms from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1 lakh.

Source: PTI

: Level ‘A’ Training Programme at ISTM for U.D.Cs with 5 years’ approved service in the grade (06/06/2011 to 01/07/2011)


Most Immediate
No.08/02/2011-CS.I(Trg)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
CS.I Training

Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated the 16th May, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Level ‘A’ Training Programme at ISTM for U.D.Cs with 5 years’ approved service in the grade (06/06/2011 to 01/07/2011).

The undersigned is directed to inform that UDCs, whose names are given in Annexure I, have been nominated for the Level ‘A’ Training Programme conducted by ISTM w.e.f. 06/06/2011 to 01/07/2011. It is requested that these officials may be relieved of their duties, subject to vigilance clearance and advised to report to Shri AJK Menon, Assistant Director(Co-ordinator) ISTM, Administrative Block, JNU Campus (Old), New Delhi-110067 at 9 A.M. on 6th June. 2011.

2. The performance of the officials in the training, as evaluated and reported by 1STM thereof, may be added in their APARs. No request for withdrawal of nomination either from the Ministry/Department or the officer concerned shall be entertained by this Department or the Institute. As the training of the officials and successful completion is necessary for promotion / regularization, the Cadre Units are requested to ensure that the officials nominated to the above programme are relieved in time.

3. As the aforesaid training includes study tour, officers nominated above may be advised to draw necessary TA/DA advance of Rs. 12,000/- each from their respective Ministry/Department. This amount may be released in Cash only.

4. Confirmation with regard to the participation of the officials along with their respective bio-data (Annexure-II) may please be sent by 25th May, 2011 to Shri AJK Menon, Assistant Director (Co-ordinator), ISTM, New Delhi, with a copy to the undersigned. Shri AJK Menon, Assistant Director(Co-ordinator) ISTM is accessible on phone No.26165593 (0).

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( Vidyadhar Jha )
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Source: www.persmin.gov.in

CAT to Railways:Pay family pension, death gratuity


CAT to Railways:Pay family pension, death gratuity

Chennai, Apr 30 (PTI) The Central Administrative Tribunal has given an interim order directing the Railways to pay gratuity and family pension to the families of those employees who died after joining service on or after January 1, 2004.

It also directed payment of extraordinary pension or invalid pension to all employees who joined service on or after that date.

The Madras Bench of the CAT, comprising members K Elango and R Satapathy, gave the order following applications filed by Dakshin Railway Employees Union and a Southern Railway employee challenging the new pension scheme which has withdrawn the defined pension, family pension, invalid pension, gratuity and PF hitherto available to all Railway employees.

The Union represents Group C and D employees of Southern Railway Under the Ministry of Railways.

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CAT to Railways:Pay family pension, death gratuity to the families of those employees who died after joining service on or after January 1, 2004.


CAT to Railways:Pay family pension, death gratuity

Chennai, Apr 30 (PTI) The Central Administrative Tribunal has given an interim order directing the Railways to pay gratuity and family pension to the families of those employees who died after joining service on or after January 1, 2004.

It also directed payment of extraordinary pension or invalid pension to all employees who joined service on or after that date.

The Madras Bench of the CAT, comprising members K Elango and R Satapathy, gave the order following applications filed by Dakshin Railway Employees Union and a Southern Railway employee challenging the new pension scheme which has withdrawn the defined pension, family pension, invalid pension, gratuity and PF hitherto available to all Railway employees.

The Union represents Group C and D employees of Southern Railway Under the Ministry of Railways.

Demand for city classification, wage fixation


 The state government, despite repeated assurances including those given by CM, is yet to set up a wage committee for its employees. The committee has to go into issue of wage fixation including parity with and HRA drawn by central government employees based on city classification decided by union government. To draw attention of the government to this demand, the state government employees are holding district level conventions. The convention in DK will be held here on May 29. 

Interestingly, Mangalore City Corporation at its monthly meeting on September 30, 2008, had unanimously adopted a resolution urging the state government to change the city's status from C to B2. Mangalore presently enjoys B2 status on its city compensatory allowance (CCA), and C status on its house rent allowance (HRA) parameters and this was as per the revision carried out based on the results of the earlier census carried out in 2001. 

Status of Indian cities comprises of two ranking systems used by the Union government to allocate compensatory allowances to its employees in cities in the country. The list classifies cities based on two parameters CCA, further divided into categories A1, A, B1 and B2, and HRA further divided into A1, A, B1, B-2 and C categories. This classification was initially based on the recommendations of 5th Pay Commission of India (1997). 

At present, state government employees working in C category cities get 10% of basic salary as HRA if working in district headquarters and 6% HRA in the taluks. Central government employees in C category city on the other hand get 20% HRA in district HQ and 10% in taluks. The state government has upgraded city classification of Mysore and Hubli-Dharwad from C to B2 and is yet to do so for 14 major towns across Karnataka including Mangalore. 

H Sanjeeva, president of DK unit of Karnataka State Government Employees Association told TOI that central government employees in DK and other B2 cities in the state are getting revised HRA (20% and 10%) since 2007. They have received arrears as the revision was made applicable from January 1, 2006. "If the state government ratifies the status of 14 cities including that of Mangalore from C to B2, we too would get 20% as HRA," he noted. 

source:Times of India

Study Leave for Fellowships offered by reputed Institute


No. 13023/2/2008-Estt(L) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training. 
*****

New Delhi, Dated the 11th May, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Study Leave for Fellowships offered by reputed Institutes.

*****
            The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M of even Number dated 18th November, 2010 on the above subject and to say that feed back on fellowships offered by reputed institutions which may be of benefit to their area of work is still awaited from various Ministries. Study leave is normally granted to a government servant for a course of study having direct and close connection with the sphere of his duty. However, it can also be granted for studies which may not be closely or directly connected with the work of a Government servant , but which are capable of widening his mind in a manner likely to improve his abilities as a civil servant and to equip him better to collaborate with those employed in other branches of the public service. Keeping in view the above spirit, this Department had allowed study leave to those selected for the award of Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship in relaxation of the rules. 
   
           This Department is examining the feasibility of bringing more fellowships under the purview of study leave, on the same terms and conditions as the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowships. All Ministries / Department are requested to provide relevant/ requisite inputs regarding fellowships offered by reputed institutions which may be of benefit to their area of work. It would be appreciated if the feed back is received by the undersigned by 20th May, 2011. The same may be mailed to the under signed as pads@nic.in. The comments provided earlier by the Department’s may once again be mailed. 


s/d 
(Vibha Govil Mishra) 
DEPUTY SECRETARY TO THE GOVT. OF INDIA


source: www.persmin.nic.in

Central Civil Services (Leave) (Amendment) Rules. 2011.


[TO BE PUBLISHED IN PART 11, SECTION-3, SUB-SECTION (i) O F THE GAZETTE O F INDIA]

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

New Delhi, the 12th May, 2011.

NOTIFICATION

   G.S.R. – In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 309 read with clause (5) of article 148 of the Constitution and after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India in relation to persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, the President hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972, namely: -

   1. (1) These rules may be called the Central Civil Services (Leave) (Amendment) Rules. 2011.

   (2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

   2. In the Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972, (hereinafter referred to as the said rules), in rule 27, in sub rule (2), for clause (b), the following clauses may be substituted, namely,-

   "(b) When a Government servant is removed or dismissed from service, credit of earned leave shall be allowed at the rate of two & half days per completed calendar month up to the end of the calendar month preceding the calendar month in which he is removed or dismissed from service;

   (c) When a Government Servant dies while in service, credit of earned leave shall be allowed at the rate of  21/2 & half days per completed month of service up to the date of death of the government  Servant."

   3. In the said rules, in rule 29, in sub-rule (2), for clause (c), the following clauses shall be substituted, namely,-

   "(c) When a Government servant is removed or dismissed from service, credit of half pay leave shall be allowed at the rate of 5/3 days per completed calendar month up to the end of the calendar month preceding the calendar month in which he is removed or dismissed from service;

   (ca) When a Government Servant dies while in service, credit of half pay leave shall be allowed at the rate of 5/3 days per completed month of service up to the date of death of the Government Servant."

[F. No.13026/1/2010-Estt.(L)]

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(Vibha Govil Mishra) 
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

   Foot note:-The principal rules were published vide number S.O.940, dated the 8th April, 1972 and was last amended vide notification G.S.R. 170 dated the 1st December, 2009.

Central Civil Services (Conduct) Amendment Rules, 2011.


(To be published In Part II Section 3, Sub-section(I) of the Gazette of India, 
Extraordinary)

 Government of India 
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBUC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS 
(Department of Personnel and Training)

New Delhi, the 9th May, 2011

NOTIFICATION

G.S.R.......(E).- In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article309 and clause (5) of article 148 of the Constitution and after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India relation to persons serving In the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, the President hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964, namely :-

1. (1) These rules my be called the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Amendment Rules, 2011.

(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2 In the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964, in rule 18. -

(a) for sub-rule (3), the following shall be substituted, namely :-

"(3) Where a Government servant enters into a transaction in respect of movable property either in his own name or in the name of the member of his family, he shall, within one month from the date of such transaction, report the same to the prescribed authority, it the value of such property exceeds two months’ basic pay of the Government servant:

       Provided that the previous sanction of the prescribed authority shall be obtained by the Government servant if any such transaction is with a person having official dealings with him’.

(b) in Explanation I, an clause (1), in sub-clause (a), for the letters, figures and words "Rs.10,000, or one-sixth of the total annual emoluments received from Government, whichever as less", the words ‘two months’ basic pay of the Government servant, shall be substituted.

More details : www.persmin.gov.in

Departmental proceedings against Government servants - consultation with the Union Public Service Commission for advice.


N0.39035/0112011-Estt.(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

New Delhi,10th Ma y ,   2011 

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Departmental proceedings against Government servants - consultation  with  the Union Public Service Commission for advice. 

The undersigned is directed to say that this Department has been impressing upon various Ministries/Departments to complete  the disciplinary proceedings  by minimizing avoidable delays.  In para 3.11.10 of the 4th   report of the 2nd   ARC titled "Ethics  i n   governance",  it  has been observed from  a  sample study  that  the Administrative Departments take more than 213th  of the time taken  to  process the case under the  CCS(CCA)  Rules. In the sample  study, the Inquiry Officers were found to  be taking about  17% of the time  and the UPSC about 5% of the time to conclude their findings. This Department has issued OM No.39011/12/2009-Estt.(B) dated 14.9.2010 reiterating that the  requisite details in the  proforma to be sent to the UPSC are properly filled  up and sent with the relevant documents so that there does  not  arise occasion for  the  UPSC  to  make  a  back reference  to the Ministries/Departments for the deficiencies found by the Commission in the  papers sent to them. 

2.  The UPSC has brought to the notice of this Department that during the  year 2010-1 1 the Commission  had to  return the case to the  concerned Departments in more than  40%  of the  cases  on account  of  procedural/documentary deficiencies. A list of the common deficiencies observed  by the Commission i n  these cases are given in the Annexure. All Ministries/Departments are requested to ensure that the deficiencies indicated in the Annexure are not repeated in the proposals being sent to the UPSC for seeking its advice on disciplinary matters. 

3.  Attention of  Ministries/Departments is also drawn to  this Department's OM No.39011/12/2009 -Estt.(B) dated 16.11.2010 wherein it has been requested that in cases where  the  Courts  are being apprised of the time taken  in  finalizing  a disciplinary proceeding through affidavit, information in  regard to the  pendency of the matter before the UPSC may be correctly projected.  The average time taken by the Commission  in  tendering  advice  in  disciplinary proceedings  is  about  4 to 6 months. The Commission tender its advice in about 3 months in those cases where priority is  attached  due to direction of  Court.  In such  cases,  in  order to  expedite  scrutiny of the cases a single window system on pilot basis had been introduced in the  UPSC from September 2010  and  initially  9  Ministries/Departments were included in the single window system.  The Commission has now decided to extend the  single window  system  to  all other Ministries/Departments whose offices  are situated in Delhi for submission of disciplinary cases involving court cases. Under this system,  a  Ministry/Department  while  referring the disciplinary cases  to  the Commission for advice, is  required to authorize a representative, not below the level of Under Secretary, to  hand over the case to the designated officer i n  the UPSC, with  prior appointment.  The cases received from a Ministry/Department are initially scrutinized on the  spot,  i n  terms of information sought i n  the  Proforma  check  list issued by this Department.  Only cases which are complete as per the check list are accepted by the Commission for further scrutiny and examination. Incomplete cases are  returned at the  counter itself after pointing out the deficiencies.  In  UPSC, the case  records are  to  be  handed  over  to  the Under  Secretary(S-1),(Tel No.23387346/23098591-Ext.4342) i n  Room No.10-A located in the Annexure Building of  the Commission. The case records should explicitly indicate the status of the CAT/Court cases, the fact regarding the time limit for disposal of the case if any and extension sought for providing at  least  3-4  months  of  time to  the  Commission for disposal of the case. 

4.  All  Ministries/Departments are  requested to adhere to the above procedure for submission  of  disciplinary cases involving Court cases to the Commission through single window system. 

(C.A. Subramanian) 
Director 
All Ministries/Departments of Government of India. 


  ANNEXURE to OM No.39035/01/2011 -Estt.(B) dated 10" May. 2011 

1. The  documents  indicated  i n   proforma/checklist  not  duly referenced with page  number, folder name etc.

2. Vague  comments/information e.g.  ‘….’  o r  'do'  i n  the  proforma were  mentioned.

3. The documents were not original or duly authenticated.

4. Photocopies were signed in  black ink.

5. The exhibits and other documents were not legible.

6. Documents i n  regional language:-

(a) Translation not provided.
(b) Translation unauthenticated.

7. I n  case o f  retired CO, the information like last pay drawn, monthly pension and gratuity were not provided.  No specific information provided whether pension and/or gratuity i s  withheld or released.

8. Para-wise comments of the DA o n  the representation of the CO on IO Report were not part of the record.

9. Daily Order Sheets were not available for all the dates of hearing.

10. In  minor  penalty  cases,  the  Relied  Upon  Documents  (RUDs) referred i n  the statement of imputation were  not forwarded and not properly referenced.

11. The  column related to  general  examination  o f  the  CO  did  not clearly indicate the reference of related papers.

12. In case of disagreement of DA with 10  Report, a tentative note of disagreement was not forwarded to  the CO.

13. The  para-wise comments of the  DA  did  not  address the points raised by the CO i n  h i s  reply.

14. In case of pension cut proposals, the approval of President was not taken. The approval of the President in  all pension cut cases is  mandatory.

15. The  DA in  a large number of cases, expresses opinion regarding the quantum or penalty or amount of  pension cut to  be imposed on the CO.

16. Procedure  of  prescribed Complaints  Committee on  Sexual Harassment were not followed

Payment of Overtime Allowance in the revised pay to the employees of Defence Industrial Establishments governed by Factories Act,1948


No.18(5)/2008-D(Civ-II)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence

New Delhi,the 10th May 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Payment of Overtime Allowance in the revised pay to the employees of Defence Industrial Establishments governed by Factories Act,1948.

Consequent upon revision of pay structure as per the VI CPC recommendations, the matter regarding payment of OTA,as per revised pay to the employees of the Ddfence Industrial Establishments under 
Factories Act,1948 has been considered in consultation with the Ministry of  Labour & Employment and DOP&T.That Ministry have clarified that OTA is a statutory provision and it would be admissible to the employees covered under the  statutory provision of the Factories Act,1948 on the basis of revised wages with effect from the date the wages were revised.

2.OTA on the basis of revised wages after implementation of VI CPC recommendations, is subject to the conditions stipulated in this Ministry’s O.M No.14(1)/97/D(Civ-II) dated 1st July 1998.

3.This issues with the concurrence of Defence (Finance/AG/PB)vide their I.D No.133/AG/PB dated 18th April 2011 and after consultation with Ministry of Labour & Employment vide O.M.No.Z-16025/75/2009-ISH-II dated 14-01-2011.

s/d
(M.S.Sharma)
Under Secretary to the Government of India 

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