Steps to End Contract Jobs System



The issue of employing contract labour is governed by the provisions of the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970. The establishment employing contract labour has to abide by the provisions of the said Act. Section 10(1) of the Act authorizes the appropriate Government to prohibit employment of contract labour in any process, operation or other work in any establishment after consulting the Central Advisory Contract Labour Board (CACLB)/ State Advisory Contract Labour Board (SACLB). The appropriate Government under the Act examines the cases of specific establishment(s) brought before it and after following the procedure, where conditions laid down under Section 10(2) of the Act are satisfied, prohibits the employment of contract labour by issuing notification. Thereafter, that specific establishment can not employ contract labour in the job mentioned in the notification. 

There is no proposal with the Government to end the system of contract jobs and outsourcing. 

This information was given by Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Minister for Labour And Employment in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 

Enhancement of Pension Under EPS, 1995



The Central Government constituted an Expert Committee for review of the Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995. The Expert Committee considered the various demands of pensioners including enhancement of pension under the Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995. The Expert Committee has submitted its report to the Central Government on 05.08.2010 and recommendations are presently under examination/consideration of the Central Board of Trustees of the Employees Provident Fund Organization.

This information was given by Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Minister for Labour And Employment in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 

Insurance Scheme for Teachers



The Planning Commission has acknowledged that school teachers are important stakeholders in our country’s development and intimated that the proposal to introduce a life-insurance-cum-endowment scheme for school teachers is under examination in the Planning Commission. Proposal for health insurance for the school teachers has not been sent by HRD Ministry to the Planning Commission.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Human Resource Development Smt. D. Purandeswari, in a written reply to a question, in the Lok Sabha today. 

Modernisation of Post Offices



                 The Department of Posts has decided to improve the Look and Feel of its post offices through Project Arrow. The project has been launched with the objective of modernising departmental post offices across the country in a phased manner with an aim to make visible, tangible and noteworthy difference in post office operations. It aims at comprehensive improvement of the core operations of the post office as well as the ambience in which postal transactions are undertaken.

 The IT Modernization Project Phase II of India Post under XIth plan envisages computerization of all the non-computerized Post Offices in the country (Departmental single handed Post Offices) and all Extra departmental Post Offices phased over the financial years 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13.

The number of Post Offices modernized in 2008-09 and 2009-10 are:

2008-09 -           45 post offices were computerized, computer hardware was upgraded in 1847 post offices and 500 post offices were modernized under Project Arrow.

2009-10 -           2920 post offices were computerized, computer hardware was upgraded in 92 post offices and 500 post offices were modernized under Project Arrow.

            Total investment to be made on modernization in 2010-2011 and 2011-12 are:

2010-11-            Rs. 209.76 crores has been allocated for computerization of post offices at the RE stage and `84 crores has been allocated for modernization of post offices under Project Arrow.

2011-12 -           Rs. 626.41 crores has been earmarked for computerisation of post offices             and Rs. 9 lakh for carrying out internal review of selected post offices already covered under Project Arrow.

The Department has diversified its activities to utilise its network by introducing services like selling of passport forms in identified post offices, accepting of utilities bills in the post offices, providing railway reservation facilities etc.

            The Department has also tied-up with various Government departments to provide social security services especially in rural areas and with financial institutions to sell their product through post offices like :



(i)   National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS)-for disbursement of wages to NREGS beneficiaries through Post Office Savings Bank accounts. 

(ii)   Collection of Rural Price Index Data 

(iii) Payment of Old age pension- through Post Office Savings accounts in Bihar, Chattisgarh, Delhi, Jharkhand, M.P., Maharashtra, North-East and Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh  and through money order in Karnataka, Kerala, M.P., Maharashtra, N.E., Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu , Uttarakhand, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. 

(iv) Sale of gold coins by tying-up with Reliance Money Limited.

(v)   On Line Acceptance of RTI Applications.

(vi) Provision of New Pension Scheme through Post Offices.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology, Shri Sachin Pilot in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. 

The Government has planned to revamp recruitment procedure for security forces


Revamping Recruitment Procedure for Security Forces 

. In order to ensure smooth conduct of recruitment in future, applications from the aspirants would be invited first, instead of conducting recruitment on rally system. Further, only a limited number of candidates would be called for in a day for appearing in the selection process, i.e., Physical Efficiency Test/Physical Standard Test and medical Examination etc. Apart from this adequate safety measures will also be taken at the recruitment centres to avoid chaos and harassment of the aspirants. A circular order has also been issued by the Government to the Directors General of Central Para Military Forces on the precautions which need to be taken while organizing recruitment rallies. This will also prevent large number of candidates gathering in small cities. 

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Shri Gurudas Kamat in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today. 

INTEREST FREE ADVANCE OF RS.27000 I- FROM THE VVN FOR PROCUREMENT OF LAPTOPS TO THE TEACHERS IN KVS.


KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN
18, INSTITUTIONAL AREA,
SHAHEED JEET SINGH MARG,
NEW DELHI – 110016

F. No. 110240/(3)/FC/20 10-KVS(HQ)/Budget                        Dated 18th Feb.,2011

The Assistant Commissioner/Director
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan,
All Regional Offices/ZIETs

Sub: INTEREST FREE ADVANCE OF RS.27000 I- FROM THE VVN FOR PROCUREMENT OF LAPTOPS TO THE TEACHERS IN KVS.

Sir/Madam,

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan has been taking various measures to encourage use of computers and ICT methods in the teaching and learning process in Kendriya Vidyalayas. Efforts were made in the past to provide suitable training to the teachers both internally through In-service programmes and externally with the collaboration of other agencies like Intel, Microsoft & Oracle. Some of the teachers have procured PCs/Laptops on their own and some of them regularly seek advances/withdrawals from their PF account for this purpose. However, many teachers have expressed a need for institutional support for procurement of Laptops to be used as an  aid in their curricular transactions in the KVs. It has also been observed during routine inspections by the officers of the Regional Office that a large number of teachers do effectively use digital technology in their curricular transactions. The primary teachers (PRTs) use computers extensively on a regular basis. The multimedia facility available in the digital technology not only helps them to make their classes attractive but also contributes in making the learning of their students effective.  Moreover, with the emphasis on activity based teaching — learning, these primary teachers prepare a large number of worksheets for their regular use in the classrooms, using the inputs from online and offline resources. The Trained Graduate Teachers (TGTs) who teach the secondary classes use digital technology for the two fold purpose of computer aided teaching/learning (CAT/CAL) and for
carrying out student projects. The Post Graduate Teachers (PGTs) use digital technology with a focus to enrich their content and also search for various assessment items to be used in their classes.

Therefore, in order to encourage more and more teachers use computers extensively in their regular curricular transactions, the Finance Committee of KVS recommended for approval of BOG for  grant of interest free advance of Rs. 27000/- with an overall ceiling limit of Rs. 5 crore per annum from WN. BOG in its meeting held on 03.11.2010 approved the proposal for its implementation.  This scheme will be implemented at the Regional level with each region is empowered to sanction interest free advance upto a total of Rs. 27 lakh for all applicants put together. For any sanction over
and above Rs. 27 lakh, the Asstt. Commissioner of the Region has to get the approval of the KVS (HQ). Other detailed guidelines of the scheme is hereby forwarded for its implementation.

Yours faithfully,
(O.M. PRABHAKARAN)
JT.COMMISSIONER (Admn.)

READ MORE DETAILS-http://kvsangathan.nic.in/circulars.htm

Performance-based incentive for Central Govt staff from next FY



Employees belonging to 62 of central government departments could may receive performance-based incentive, over and above their existing salaries, from as early as the next financial year. The incentive will be based on the department’s scorecard in meeting yearly targets committed by their respective secretaries and ministers as part of the results-framework documents (RFD) system.

The committee of secretaries looking into performance-based incentive for government employees is said to have already zeroed in on a formula that offers a secretary-level officer an incentive up to 40% of the basic salary, provided his department has met 100% RFD targets. A scorecard of 70% and less in meeting RFD targets would however attract zero incentive. However, no penalty will be imposed on the non-performing officers.

The secretaries’ panel, headed by the Cabinet secretary, has already completed three crucial meetings and is looking to finalise its recommendations in time to enable performance-linked salaries in the coming financial year.For a secretary-level officer, the incentive is proposed to be 15% of cost savings (budgeted expenditure minus actual expenditure) by the department multiplied by its composite score less 70, divided by 30.

The incentive will be higher with each passing year. In other words, secretary of a department that meets 100% RFD targets for a year would get 20% performance-based incentive in the first three years, 30% in the next three years and 40% between the sixth and ninth year. A 70% scorecard would however attract no incentive.

For a joint secretary, the incentive will be sum of 30% of departmental composite score and 70% of divisional composite score. Since the incentive will be paid from cost savings of the department resulting from improved performance, there will be no extra burden on the exchequer. The government, incidentally, is not in favour of penalising the non-performing officers.

The reasoning being that not getting any incentive, or absence of recognition, would be punishment enough for the under-performers. With the committee of secretaries also planning to lay down the condition that performance-linked incentive will accrue to only those departments that have submitted RFDs for two consecutive years, the key five departments of PMO , home, finance, defence, external affairs who are still not covered by the RFD system will not qualify for the incentive.
source The Economic Times

Releasing Industrial Dearness Relief using orders available on DPE Website


No. 36-04/2008-Pen(T)
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Telecommunications
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New Delhi, dated the 24th Nov, 2010

To All Controller / Joint Controller of Communications Accounts,
DoT Cell.



      Subject: Releasing Industrial Dearness Relief using orders available on DPE Website. 

          It has come to the notice of this office that orders for releasing Dearness Relief on IDA pension are not being regularly received in various offices of CCA, resulting in delay in payment of Dearness Relief to pensioners. 

2.       The matter has been considered in this office and it has been decided that CCAs may download these orders from DPE Website and act accordingly. These orders are available under the url http://dpe.nic.in/newgl/glch4bindex1.htm.



s/d
(S.P.Singh)
Director (Estt.)

Trade union rally throws traffic out of gear in Delhi


A massive rally by trade unions demanding a change in economic and labour policies today threw traffic out of gear in the national capital causing inconvenience to a large number of people.

Traffic on roads leading to Connaught Place and Parliament Street was badly affected from 11 am as portions of main streets like Ashoka Road were closed for vehicular movement.

Vehicles were choc-a-bloc on Feroze Shah Road, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Madhavrao Scindia Road and Minto Road besides others. Parliament Street was closed from Patel Chowk towards Jantar Mantar.

Connaught Place, JLN Marg, Tilak Marg, Rajghat, Mandi House, Delhi Gate, Asaf Ali Marg, Netaji Subash Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Mathura Road, Bara Khamba and Sikandara Road were the other areas which saw massive traffic jams.

To reduce traffic congestion, goods vehicles were diverted at various points. Depending on traffic conditions, buses and private vehicles were also diverted.
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