Railway Employees Cadre Restructuring meeting is scheduled to be held on 20.9.2011 and 21.9.2011


After the implementation of 6 CPC  recommendations with effect from 01-01-2006, subsequently cadre re structuring proposals in all the Departments would have been worked out for implementation well before.If sources are to be believed,very few Departments only asked the Federations of unions to come out with cadre review proposals for discussion.As for as settling the issues related to government servants,the railway federations are doing well comparing to the other federations. Now the General Secretaries of AIRF and NFIR are invited by railway board to attend  the meeting of Cadre Restructuring Committee,which is scheduled to be held on 20.9.2011 and 21.9.2011

AIRF News

Railway Employees Cadre Restructuring meeting is scheduled to be held on 20.9.2011 and 21.9.2011

The Railway Board has informed to the General Secretaries of AIRF and NFIR that the meeting of Cadre Restructuring Committee will be held on 20.09.2011 and 21.09.2011 at 1500 hrs in the Committee Room, 3rd Floor, Rail Bhawan, New Delhi. Board also requested to them to attend alongwith thier nominated member

source:gservants.com

Central Civil Services (Leave) (Fourth Amendment) Rules. 2011 for Child Care Leave


CCS (Leave) (Fourth Amendment) Rules, 2011.

[TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF INDIA. EXTRAORDINARY.

PART II. SECTION-3, SUB-SECTION (i)]

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

Notification

New Delhi, the 27th August. 2011.

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

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

2. For rule 43-Col the Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972. the following rule shall be substituted, namely:—

43—C(I). Subject to the provisions of this rule, a woman Government servant may be granted child care leave by an authority competent to grant leave for a maximum period of 730 days during her entire service for taking care of her two eldest surviving children. whether for rearing or for looking after any of their needs, such as education, sickness and the like.

(2) For the purposes of sub—rule (I). “child” means

(a) a child below the age of eighteen years: or

(b) a child below the age of twenty—two years with a minimum disability of forty per cent as specified in the Government of India in Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment’s Notification No.16-18/97-NI.I. dated the 1st June. 2001.

(3) Grant of child care leave to a woman Government servant under sub-rule (I) shall he subject to the following conditions namely:

(i) it shall not he granted for more than three spells in a calendar year:

(ii) it shall not he granted for a period less than fifteen days at a time: and

(iii) it shall not ordinarily be granted during the probation period except in case of certain extreme situations where the leave sanctioning authority is satisfied about the need of child care leave to the probationer. Provided that the period for which such leave is sanctioned is minimal.

(4) During the period of child care leave, the woman Government servant shall be paid leave salary equal to the pay drawn immediately before proceeding on leave.

(5) Child care leave may he combined with leave of any other kind.

(6) Notwithstanding the requirement of production of medical certificate contained in sub-rule (I) of rule 30 or sub-rule (I) of rule 31, leave of the kind due and admissible (including commuted Leave not exceeding sixty days and Leave Not Due) upto a maximum of one year, if applied for, be granted in continuation with child care leave granted under sub-rule (1).

(7) Child care leave shall not he debited against the leave account.

[F.No. 13018/4/2011-Estt.(L)

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(Mamta Kundra)
Joint Secretary to the Government of India

Source: www.persmin.nic.in

[http://circulars.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/13018_4_2011-Estt.-Leave-27082011.pdf]

DEARNESS ALLOWANCE TO BE PAID FROM JULY-2011 TO ALL CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES IS 58%


DEARNESS ALLOWANCE  TO BE PAID FROM JULY-2011 TO ALL CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES IS 58%

The Union Cabinet committee  today decided to Enhance the Rate of Dearness Allowance by 7% to all the Central Government employees.

Dearness Allowance (DA) will be enhanced from 51% to 58% w.e.f.July -2011.

Release of additional installment of dearness allowance for this year to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief to Pensioners from July-2011 is to compensate the price hike of essential commodities.

The revised rates of Dearness Allowance from 1.7.2011 to 31.8.2011 may be paid in cash as arrears and for the month of September 2011 may be disbursed with the salary.

The enhancement of Dearness Allowance is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission.

Government Order from Finance Department will be published very soon.


Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (ad-hoc bonus) to Central Government Employees for the year 2010-11


Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (ad-hoc bonus) to Central Government Employees for the year 2010-11

Finance Ministry has published an Office Memorandum (No.7/24/2007 /E.III(A)  dated 13th September, 2011) in its website regarding that grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (ad-hoc bonus) to Central Government Employees for the year 2010-11. Non-PLB for the year 2010-11 granted equivalent to 30 days emoluments to the Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ and all non-gazetted employees in Group ‘B’.

The calculation ceiling of Rs.3500 will remain unchanged.

The benefit will be admissible subject to the following terms and conditions as follows…

Only those employees who were in service on 31.3.2011 and have rendered at least six months of continous service during the year 2010-11.

To calculate bonus for one day, the average emoluments in a year will be divided by 30.4 (average number of days in a month). This will thereafter be multiplied by the number of days of bonus granted. For example, Non-PLB for thirty days would work out to Rs.3500 x 30 / 30.4 = Rs.3453.95 (rounded off to Rs.3454).

The casual labour who have worked in offices following a 6 days week for at lest 240 days for each year for 3 years or more (incase of 5 days in a week, 206 days in each year for 3 years or more).

To calculate the bonus for casual labur will be Rs.1200 x 30 / 30.4 = Rs.1184.21 (rounded off to Rs.1184).

All payments will be rounded off to the nearest rupee.

For more details pl. visit www.finmin.nic.in
(Ref: http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/notification

/bonus/bonus2011.pdf)

source:cgstaffnews

Employees of Autonomous Bodies to get Ad-hoc Bonus


Employees of Autonomous Bodies to get Ad-hoc Bonus

Earlier the Central Government has announced to grant of Non-productivity Linked Bonus (Ad-hoc bonus) to Central Government Employees for the year 2010-11. Now it may be extended with some terms and conditions to the employees of Autonomous Bodies.

An important another office memorandum[No.7/24/2006 E-III (A)] issued by the Finance Ministry today related to Non-PLB (Ad-hoc bonus). The Government has decided that the Non-Productivity Linked Bouns (Ad-hoc) may be extended to the employees of autonomous bodies, party and fully funded by the Central Government.

The detailed order is availble in the Finance Ministry website (www.finmin.nic.in).

Minister promises for 78 days bonus for Railway employees


Railways is planning to give Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) equivalent to 78 days' wages to its 12 lakh employees.

In this connection, Railway Minister Mr.Dinesh Trivedi assured in a meeting with federations that 78 days’ productivity-linked bonus (PLB) would be given to employees in the grade pay ranging from Rs 1,800 to Rs 4,600.

The sanction of Bonus would result in additional burden of Rs 600-700 crore for Railways.

During previous year, Railway employees were granted bonus for 77 days. Out of total employees of 13.26 lakh railway employees, around 1.26 lakh employees will not be covered by productivity linked bonus on account of ceiling of pay received.

It is estimated that if PLB is granted as per the above calculations, the maximum amount of bonus an employee can get will be around Rs.8900 as the maxium bonus that can be sanctioned for 30 days is fixed at Rs.3500 in the bonus Act.

M Raghavaiah, General Secretary of National Federation of Indian Railwaymen, said, "We had demanded 80 days bonus this year because Railways have carried more loadings than last year. Loadings have gone up from the 876 million tonnes (MT) in 2010 to 924 MT till March 2011."

The union leader has also added that "It is true that Railways' financial position is not good. But its employees should not be deprived of their due because of that. We have suggested passenger fare hike to improve finances."

Source: Business Today


DA increase of 7% likely to be approved by Cabinet


The Cabinet may on Thursday raise dearness allowance (DA) for central government employees and dearness relief (DR) for pensioners by 7 percentage points to 58% of the basic pay/pension.

The last hike in DA was in March when the government increased it by 6 percentage points. The Cabinet is expected to take a decision in this regard on Thursday, sources said. The Cabinet is also expected to clear a proposal for giving productivity linked bonus to Railway employees for the year 2010-11, sources added.

With the proposed DA hike, the basic pay of the central government employees (or pensioners as the case may be) would go up by 36% over a two-year period. The hikes will be implemented from July 1, 2011. The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both DA and DR increase between January 2009 and January 2011 is estimated to have crossed Rs 16,000 crore. The measure is set to provide relief to a total of around 5 million central government employees and around 4 million pensioners.

The change in DA, which is linked to the consumer price index, has lead to a further change in other allowance structure since rate breached the 50% of basic pay mark in March. For instance, payments like conveyance allowance and children’s education allowance have also gone up by 25%. This hike is in accordance to the formula given in the sixth pay commission report which says: “The rates of these allowances will be increased by 25% every time the DA payable on revised pay scales goes up by 50%.” As a result, there will also be an increase in the special compensatory allowance for the central government employees posted in remote areas such as the north-east and Jammu & Kashmir. Their special allowance also goes up by 25% the moment the 50% trigger was breached. The increased DA and DR are expected to help the households of central government employees and pensioners who are already exposed high inflation.

The Cabinet is also expected to clear the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor project being implemented in collaboration with Japan at Thursday’s meeting. The project was conceived five years ago and envisages setting up of industrial corridor along the Delhi-Mumbai stretch. It will comprise seven new cities, nine industrial parks, three ports, six airports and a 1,483 km high-speed rail and road line will be developed as a trading hub. The States covered by the project include Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

The Cabinet will also take up for consideration the national manufacturing policy that aims at raising contribution of manufacturing in GDP from 16% to 26% by 2025 and creating 100 million jobs in next 10 years. Manufacturing sector contributes over 80% to the overall industrial production.

Source: The Financial Express


Herbal Care Product for Leucoderma Launched by DRDO


Herbal Care Product for Leucoderma Launched by DRDO

Lukoskin, a herbal product for Leucoderma developed by DRDO, was launched by Dr. W. Selvamurthy, Distinguished Scientist & Chief Controller Research & Development (Life Science & International Cooperation) in New Delhi, yesterday. The product will be a boon for the patients of Leucoderma and is backed by extensive R&D work by the scientists of Defence Institute of Bio-energy Research (DIBER) (formerly Defence Agricultural Research Laboratory), Haldwani. DIBER, a DRDO laboratory has carried out extensive work in the area of medicinal plant and is also engaged in R&D in generating bio-energy solutions for energy security. The product, Lukoskin, was developed under the leadership of Dr Narender Kumar, Ex Director DARL and his team. Special efforts in the development of this herbal product were made by Dr. P.S. Rawat, ex Head, Herbal Medicine Division and Dr. H.K. Pandey, Scientist presently heading Phyto-Chemistry Division at Pithoragarh. The herbal product will be available in the form of ointment and oral liquid. Dr. Zakwan Ahmed, Director – DIBER, Haldwani and Dr G Ilavazhagan, Director – Life Sciences have pursued the case to bring the product into the market and render much needed service to mankind. This herbal product would be a new hope and boon to the vitiligo affected person. Under the leadership and guidance of Dr. W. Selvamurthy, the ‘Transfer of Technology’ has been granted to the AIMIL Pharmaceuticals (India) Ltd., New Delhi to manufacture and market this research product based on their technological and marketing credentials.

Leucoderma or vitiligo is an idiopathic acquired disorder of skin. Patients with vitiligo develop white spots in the skin with varying size and location. The world wide incidence of leucoderma has been reported 1-2%. In India, its incidence is around 4-5% in some parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat it is very high more than 5-8%. This skin disorder is considered as social stigma in our country and people confuse it with leprosy. The affected individuals are always remain in constant depression with the feeling of being socially outcast. There are many existing remedies of this disorder viz., allopathic, surgical and adjunctive. None of the therapies has satisfactorily cure of this disease. Secondly, these are either costly or single component based, with very low level of efficacy and develop blister, edema, irritation in the skin with the result most of the patients discontinue the treatment. The scientists of DIBER (DRDO) have therefore focused on the causes of disease (aetiology) and researched out a comprehensive formulation for the management of leucoderma from Himalayan herbs by exhaustive scientific studies led to the establishment of the safety and efficiency of the product which extends the benefits on all fronts with very good efficiency. Clinically, the product is quite effective and helps not only in restoring the normal complexion in the affected area but also relieves the affected ones from mental stress, emotional and psychological trauma and thereby, enhancing the confidence and efficiency. 

The product was launched by Dr. W Selvamurthy in the presence of Dr. Narender Kumar, Dr. Zakwan Ahmed, Dr. G Ilavazhagan, Mr. KK Sharma, Managing Director, AIMIL Pharmaceuticals and senior officials of DRDO and AIMIL Pharmaceuticals.

Voluntary Retirement by CRPF Personnel


Voluntary Retirement by CRPF Personnel


The details of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Personnel who took voluntary retirement during 2009-2010 are as under:- 
  
Number of Personnel took voluntary retirement 
2009     -    3587 
2010     -    2812 
  
Generally, the CAPF personnel have cited personal/domestic problems as reasons for seeking voluntary retirement. 
  
            Following steps have been taken by the Government to deal with the situation:- 
  
i.Implementing a transparent leave policy; 
ii. Regular interaction, both formal and informal, among commanders, officers and troops; 
iii. Revamping of grievances redressal machinery; 
iv.  Provision of basic amenities/facilities for troops and their families; 
v. Better medical facilities for troops and their families; 
vi.   Increased Risk, Hardship and other allowances; 
vii.  Provision of STD telephone facilities to the troops to facilitate being in touch with their family members and to reduce tension in the remote locations; 
viii.Yoga Classes for better stress management; 
ix.   Recreational and sports facilities etc.; 
x.   Central Police Centeen facilities to the troops and their families ; etc. 
  
   This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Shri Jitendra Singh,  in written reply to a question in the Rajya  Sabha today.

Railway Recruitment Policy


Railway Recruitment Policy
Functioning of Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) has been reviewed in October 2009 and instructions for streamlining the working of Railway Recruitment Boards have already been issued in order to make the system of recruitment more transparent and fair. Under the new methodology, examination for the particular post will be held on the same date simultaneously by all the Railway Recruitment Boards and in addition to Hindi, Urdu and English, the question papers shall be set in local languages listed in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India falling within the jurisdiction of that Railway Recruitment Board. Fee for Railway Recruitment examinations has also been waived for women candidates, minorities candidates and candidates belonging to economically backward classes having annual family income of less than Rs. 50,000/- 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri K. H. Muniyappa in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. 

Guidelines to Streamline Pension Payment Issued; Banks Advised to Formulate Pension Friendly Measures


Guidelines to Streamline Pension Payment Issued; Banks Advised to Formulate Pension Friendly Measures

Guidelines regarding dealing with pension related matters have been issued by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) vide their circular dated 1.10.2008. These guidelines, inter-alia, stipulate that to streamline pension payment arranged in banks, it would be necessary to establish and operationalise the Central Pension Processing Centers (CPPCs) at an early date. The arrangement of disbursement of pension through the CPPCs would entail following advantages:

A centralized pension cell in a bank would be in a position to; (a) focus exclusively on pension matters; (b) acquire expertise in payment and calculation matters; (c) interact as a single window with the Government Departments; and (d) ensure accuracy and speedy payments every month and thus avoid innumerable complaints from the pensioner.

Further banks have also been advised to formulate following pensioner friendly measures:-


(i) Consequent on establishment of the CPPCs, pension payment branch would not have any pension related papers and therefore would not be able to settle pensioners’ complaint directly. Banks should evolve a system so that the pensioners have a regular forum for interaction and settlement of grievances;

(ii) At locations outside the CPPC there should be designated nodal Officers for pension related complaints who should be easily accessible to the pensioners and who should hold regular meetings at different locations in their jurisdiction on the lines of Pension Adalat:

(iii) Each bank should establish a toll-fee dedicated pension-line manned by trained persons with access to the database to answer queries, note-down and redress complaints, etc;

(iv) Bank’s internal inspections of its branches should include specific points such as, delays in the start of pension, payments of Dearness Relief, correctness of pension/ family pension etc;

(v) Nodal Officer/ Inspection Officers should randomly contact the pensioners who visit the branch during inspection and check on the quality of service provided or any problem faced by the pensioners;

(vi) Regular training sessions for bank personal dealing with pension maters may be organized in consultation with the concerned Government Department.

Further, the Government advises all Public Sector Banks to attend to the issues concerning pensioners on priority. As and when any grievance of a pensioner is received, the matter is taken up with the concerned bank for expeditious and effective redressal of the same.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Finance Shri Namo Narain Meena in a written reply to a question raised in Rajya Sabha 

Fixation of pay under restructuring of cadre of Artisan staff in Defence Establishment as per modification of recommendations of 6 CPC


Important Circular

Office of the Principal Controller of Accounts (Fys)

10-A, SK Bose Road, Kolkata: 700001

No. Pay/Tech-II/04/2011/15

26/08/2011

To

1) All Controllers of Finance and Accounts ( Fys)

2) All Br. A.Os

Sub:- Fixation of pay under restructuring of cadre of Artisan staff in Defence Establishment as per modification of recommendations of 6 CPC

After restructuring of cadre of Artisan staff vide MoD letters No. 11(5)/2009-D(Civ-I) dated 14-06-2010 and 01-12-2010 references have been received from various Branch Accounts Offices regarding fixation of pay. Following clarification may be noted for compliance:

Issues      and       Clarifications

A: How pay will be fixed

  • In respect of skilled workers under RPR’08 w.e.f. 01/01/2006 due to restructuring.
  • On promotion from Skilled to Highly Skilled after 01/01/2006
  • Pay of Skilled workers is to be fixed in PB-I as per the fitment table for the scale of Rs.3050 – 4590 and Grade Pay of Rs.1900/- is to be allowed.
  • Promotional benefit in the form of increment @ 3% shall be given on Band Pay and Grade Pay of Rs.1900/- on promotion to the grade of Highly Skilled-II after 01/01/2006, in addition HS-II Grade Pay of Rs.2400/- is to be allowed.


B : How pay will be fixed in respect of the individuals who have become HS-II w.e.f. 01/0112006 due to restructuring.

  • Pay, which they were drawing as Highly Skilled would be the pay of HS-II and that pay would have to be revised under RPR 2008 in PB-I as per the fitment table for Rs.4000-6000. In addition they will be allowed Grade Pay of Rs.2400/- w.e.f. 01/01/2006.
  • This placement would not count for the purpose of ACP/MACP as per MoD order dated 20.06.2011.


C : How pay will be fixed in respect of the individuals who have become HS-I w.e.f. 01/01/2006 due to restructuring.

  • Before 01/01/2006 HS-I and HS-II were merged into one single grade i.e. H.S.(Pay Scale: 4000- 6000) As per MoD order No.11 (5)/2009-D (Civ -I) dated 14/06/2010 HS worker have been divided into HS-II (Grade Pay of Rs.2400/-) and HS-I (Grade Pay of Rs.2800/-) w.e.f. 01/01/2006. Movement from HS-II (4000-6000) to HS-I (4500- 7000) is a promotion.
  • Since SRO 11E dated 28/08/2009 has split up HS workers into HS-II (4000-6000) and HS-I (4500- 7000) w.e.f. 01.01.2006 and the movement from HS to HS-I has been treated as promotion as per MoD No. dated 14.06.2010. it is viewed that promotional benefit under pre-revised scale of pay i.e. from 4000-6000 to the notional scale of 4500-7000 is not to be allowed.
  • The pay will be fixed under RPR’08 as per fitment table corresponding to pre revised scale of 4000- 6000/- and thereafter, promotional benefit in the form of increment @ 3% shall be given on pay in the Band pay and Grade Pay of Rs.2400/- on promotion to the grade of Highly Skilled-I on or after 01/01/2006. The Grade Pay of HS-I i.e. Rs.2800/- is to be given.


D : How pay of H.S already holding the post of MCM prior to 01.01.2006 will be fixed on 01 .01 .2006 due to restructuring.

  • Their pay would be fixed as per Note 2A below Rule 7 of CCS RP Rule,2008 i.e. by multiplying the existing basic pay as on 01.01.2006 by a factor of 1.86 and rounding off to the next multiple of Rs. 10/-. If the minimum of the Pay Band-2 is more than the amount arrived at as per above, the pay shall be fixed at the minimum of the PB-2. The Grade Pay corresponding to the post of MCM i.e. 4200/- in PB-2 will also be allowed.


E : Whether Bunching increment benefit as per Min. Defence notification F.No.11(1)/2008/D(Civ-I) dated 09/09/2008, has to be given to the employees who were drawing pay between Rs.4500/- to Rs.5000/- as on 01/01/2006 since they will be fixed at the minimum of the pay band of RS.9300/-

  • Benefit of bunching increment may be considered as per provisions laid down below Rule 7 (A) (ii) notification of CCS (RP) Rules 2008.


F: Whether on IE who was placed to MCM before 1-1-2006 and promoted to MCM on 1-1-2006 is eligible for 3rd MACP with grade pay of Rs.4600 after 30 years on the plea that he was granted only two up-gradations in his entire service i.e. skilled to H.S. and H.S. to MCM.

  • Yes. Such MCM is eligible for 3 MACP with GP 4600 after 30 years of service if found otherwise eligible, as they got two promotions prior to 01/01/2006 ie. Skilled to HS and HS to MCM. But those IEs who were not placed to MCM before 1 -1-2006 are not eligible for 3 MACP because such persons have got or shall get promotion from skilled to H.S. II, from HS-II to H.S-I and H.S I to MCM. So, there is no scope for 3rd MACP up-gradation.


2. However, it is opined that in all aforesaid cases, the individuals may submit their options for fixation of pay as mentioned in MoD order dated 14/06/2010 and arrear may be calculated based on option of the individuals.

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Jt. C. of A. (Fys)

source-http://www.pcafys.nic.in

Banks told to avoid pre-payment levy on home loans


The Government has advised Public Sector Banks (PSBs) to avoid pre-payment charges of two per cent on borrowers who repaid their housing loan amount taken ‘out of their own funds’.

In the event of imposition of any pre-payment charges on housing loans, the amount needed to be ‘reasonable, transparent and not out of line with the average cost of providing these services’, Minister of State for Finance Namo Narain Meena said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

He said following the Finance Ministry’s directive issued in May 2010 to PSBs, Indian Banks Association and National Housing Bank, the PSBs had reported that by and large they did not levy any pre-payment charges when the amount was paid by borrowers from their own sources.

‘In general, own funds means funds generated through ‘own sources’ and not through borrowings by any lender,’ he told the House, adding that prepayment of loan by a borrower could take place on account of takeover of the loan by other lender or out of their own sources. In the first case the borrower often got their existing loan refinanced by other lender if the interest rate was lower and attractive.

Regarding the Ministry advising private and foreign banks to follow suit, Mr Meena said in terms of the RBI guidelines granting greater functional autonomy to scheduled commercial banks, freedom had been given to them on ‘all operational matters pertaining to banking transactions’. UNI

Reservation for Ex-Servicemen


Reservation for Ex-Servicemen

There is no provision for earmarking of posts exclusively for ex- servicemen therefore the data on the actual number of reserved posts and unfilled vacancies earmarked for the Ex-servicemen are not maintained. However, percentagewise reservations ranging from 10 to 24.5% of the total available vacancies in Group C & D posts in Government jobs and Public Sector Undertakings have been provided for the willing and eligible Ex- servicemen.

It is the responsibility of concerned organization to fill the vacant posts. However the government endeavours to explore every possible avenue for increasing employment opportunities for the Ex-servicemen through various initiatives including trainings and awareness programmes. Moreover, the State Governments have also been advised to fill up the vacancies reserved for Ex-servicemen expeditiously. Since the Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare has no mandate to monitor the job reservations for Ex-servicemen, the matter has been taken up with Cabinet Secretariat in consultation with Department of Personnel & Training to empower Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare to monitor the same through appropriate changes in relevant rules. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri MM Pallam Raju in a written reply to Shri Ananth Kumar and Shri Devji M. Patel in Lok Sabha 

Himachal Pradesh HC seeks progress over implementation of reservation for disabled


Himachal Pradesh HC seeks progress over implementation of reservation for disabled

2.9.2011 (UNI) The High Court of Himachal Pradesh today directed the Director (Elementary Education) to file an affidavit as to whether the policy of reservation for physically challenged persons has been implemented in the Directorate of Elementary Education. 

It has also directed to file affidavit as to how many persons have so far been appointed against three per cent quota available to the physically challenged persons under the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. 

The orders of the Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Rajiv Sharma came on a petition taken up suo moto by the Court on the letter of one Mehar Singh working as a part time water carrier in a government school. 

The petitioner stated that many employees appointed after him had been regularised, but he was left out by the department. 

The Court also directed the Director (Elementary Education) to state as to why the petitioner was not granted the benefit of eservation in respect of three per cent quota available to the physically challenged persons since the petitioner was a blind person. 

The Court fixed next date for hearing on October 17. UNI

Delhi HC reserves order on whether tax at source can be deducted from Third Party Administrator


Delhi HC reserves order on whether tax at source can be deducted from Third Party Administrator

2.9.2011 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today reserved its order on the petition filed by TPA (Third Party Administrator) challenging the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT)'s decision for asking them to deduct tax at source from the patients who get cashless treatment under the Medical Insurance Policy scheme. 

The TPAs are bodies acting on behalf of the insurance companies in connection with the settlement of medical insurance policies issued by them. 

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjeev Khanna after hearing the arguments from both sides reserved its order. 

Senior advocates S Ganesh, Yasobant Das, Amol Sinha and Anshuman Jain appearing for TPA Vipul Medicorp and others argued that the hospitals are exempted from Tax Deduction at Source (TDS )under section 194J of IT Act as they come under the business income category. 

The TDS is only applicable on individuals and professionals, and the Income Tax under this category cannot be charged from hospitals, Mr Ganesh argued. 

Mr Kamal Sahani, appearing on behalf of the CBDT, argued that the hospitals render professional medical services, therefore, they come under the professional income and TDS can be charged from them. 

Mr Ganesh, however, argued that any payment made by the TPAs to the insurance companies includes overwhelming large amount of bill which includes number of items like room rent, sale of medicines, use of equipment such as ventilator, oxygen tank, food charges, diagnostics which cannot by any process of logic and reason ever be considered to be fees for professional services. 

The entire amount paid to the hospital bill is covered under business income and cannot be treated as professional fees,' the petitioners argued. UNI

Armed Forces Tribunal has directed the government to constitute an expert committee


Armed Forces Tribunal

The Armed Forces Tribunal has directed the government to constitute an expert committee to look into the issue relating to pension of ex-servicemen with less than 15 years of service in the armed forces.

AFT Kochi passed an order on 4.4.2011 on the TA No.41/2010 of Ex-Servicemen Non-Pensioners Association directing the respondents i.e. UOI & Ors to have the above issue raised by the petitioners, considered by an Expert Committee. 

AFT`s order is at deliberative stage. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri MM Pallam Raju in a written reply to Shri M.B. Rajesh in Lok Sabha today. 

Committee did not find it feasible to recommend One Rank One Pension


One Rank One Pension

Pension improvement is an ongoing process. Considerable improvements have been made in the pensions of armed forces personnel.

A Committee was set up under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary to look into the issue of `One Rank One Pension and other related matters`. After considering all aspects of the matter, the Committee did not find it feasible to recommend One Rank One Pension. However, keeping in mind the spirit of the demand, several other recommendations to substantially improve pensionary benefits of Personnel Below Officer Rank (PBOR) and Commissioned Officers were made, which have been accepted by the Government and orders in implementation of all the recommendations have been issued. These are available at www.pcdapension.nic.in. Implementation of these orders has not only significantly reduced the gap between the past and the current pensioners but has also considerably improved the pension of ex-servicemen including disabled ex-servicemen. 

As per yearly statement of booking of Defence Pension Expenditure during year 2009-10 & 2010-11, the entire amount allotted for Defence Pension Expenditure has been booked in full and no amount is lying unspent. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri MM Pallam Raju in a written reply to Shri Jyoti Mirdha and others in Lok Sabha today. 

All-India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers on Base 2001=100 for the Month of July 2011


All-India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers on Base 2001=100 for the Month of July 2011 

                                All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of July, 2011 increased by 4 points and stood at 193 (one hundred & ninety three) . 
                               
                                During July, 2011, the index recorded maximum increase of 18 points in Bhilai centre, 15 points in Bokaro centre, 14 points in Haldia centre, 12 points in Jamshedpur centre, 8 points in 2 centres, 7 points in 6 centres, 6 points in 5 centres, 5 points in 11 centres, 4 points in 12 centres, 3 points in 17 centres, 2 points in 6 centres and 1 point in 10 centres. The index decreased by 2 points in Salem centre, 1 point each in Munkakkayam and Quilon centres, while in the remaining 2 centres the index remained stationary. 
                               
                                The maximum increase of 18 points  in  Bhilai centre is mainly on account of Housing Index and increase in the prices of Rice, Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, Cooking Gas etc. The increase of 15  points in Bokaro  centre is due to Housing Index and increase in the prices of Rice, Wheat, Mustard Oil, Vegetable & Fruit items, Firewood, Electricity Charges Soft Coke, Clothing items, Cinema Charges, etc. The increase of 14 points in Haldia centre is due to Housing Index and increase in the prices of Vegetable items, Cooking Gas, etc. The increase of 12 points in Jamshedpur centre is due to Housing Index and increase in the prices of Rice, Vegetable items, Cooking Gas, Soft Coke etc. The increase of 8 points in Monger Jamalpur and Surat centres is due to Housing Index and increase in the prices of  Arhar Dal, Groundnut Oil, Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, Cooking Gas, Firewood, Soft Coke, etc. The decrease of 2 points in Salem centre is the outcome of decrease in the prices of Rice, Arhar Dal, Poultry, Onion, Vegetable items, etc. The decrease of 1 point each in Munkakayam and Quilon centres is due to decrease in the prices of Rice, Coconut Oil, Onion, Vegetable and Fruit items, etc. 
                                The indices in respect of the six major centres are as follows :

1. Ahmedabad 188

2. Bangalore    194

3. Chennai      168

4. Delhi          178

5. Kolkata       186 
  
6. Mumbai     194 
  
                                The All-India (General) point to point rate of inflation for the month of July, 2011 is 8.43% as compared to 8.62% in June, 2011. Inflation based on Food Index is 6.25% in July, 2011 as compared to 6.91% in June, 2011. 
         
                                The CPI-IW for August, 2011 will be released on the last working day of the next month, i.e. 30th September, 2011

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