Distribution and collection of phone bills of BSNL through line staff

(A Government of India Enterprise) 
Corporate Office (Revenue Management Branch - CFA) 
2nd floor, Room No. 216, Eastern Court, Janpath, 
NEW DELHI-110 001


    All Heads of Telecom Circles/Metro Telephone Districts
    Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited.


dated: 24-06-2011.

Subject: Distribution and collection of phone bills of BSNL through line staff.

    Kind reference is invited to this office letter of even No. dated 12-09-2008 through which the approval of Competent Authority was conveyed for allowing line staff to collect and distribute phone bills of BSNL on the incentive rate of  Rs.2/- (Two) per bill for delivery and Rs.3/- (Three) per bill for collection, on certain terms and conditions as indicated therein.

    The instructions contained in the letter mentioned above are hereby re-iterated for wide circulation in all the SSAs of your Circle, so that the benefit of the scheme is availed off by maximum members of the line staff. 

    Moreover, it has been desired to have monthly reports on achievement made through the scheme from all Circles (SSA wise), for the ensuing three months i.e., July, August and September 2011. It is requested to ensure that the reports for these three months are sent to this office positively by 15th on the month following the month of report in the format given below.

       (G. P. Verma) 
GM (Finance) CFA

Government Launches Drive to fill up Vacant Posts of SCs/STs/OBCs/PWDs

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Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Government Launches Drive to fill up Vacant Posts of SCs/STs/OBCs/PWDs

The Government has launched a drive to fulfil the backlog vacancies of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and OBCs and Persons with Disabilities.

This is following a review of the vacancy position in these categories by the Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension, Shri V.Narayansamy recently. All Ministries/Departments have been directed to fill up all the vacant posts in these categories by March 31, 2012.

The Government has been concerned about non-filling up of large number of backlog vacancies reserved for SCs/STs/OBCs/PWDs. Therefore, two Special Recruitment Drives – one for SCs, STs and OBCs another for PWDs were launched in 2008 and 2009 respectively.

The Drives enabled various offices to fill up about 26750 backlog vacancies but large number of such vacancies are remaining to be filled up.

Source: PIB

Non-Functional upgradation for Officers of Organized Group ‘A’ Services in PB-3 and PB-4

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

New Delhi, the 1th July,2011

Office Memorandum

Subject:- Non-Functional upgradation for Officers of Organized Group ‘A’ Services in PB-3 and PB-4

A reference is invited to this Department 0M No.AB.14017/64/2008-Estt.(RR) dated 24.04.09 on the above subject. The details of batch of the officers belonging to the Indian Administrative Service who have been posted at the Centre in the various grades of PB-3. PB-4 and HAG was last circulated in this Department 0M of even No.dated 04.01.2011.
2. The details of the lAS officers who have been subsequently posted in the Centre in the various grades as well as the date of posting of the first officer belonging to the batch is annexed. Necessary action may be taken for grant of higher scale for the Officers belonging to batches of Organized Group A Services that are senior by two year or more and have not so far been promoted to that particular grade in accordance with the provisions of this Department’s 0M No.AB.14017/64/2008-Estt.(RR) dated 24.4.2009

3. Hindi version will follow.

(Smita Kumur) 
Director (Estt.I)

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Sixth Central Pay Commission’s recommendations amendment of Service Rules

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

Dated 8th July,2011


Subject- Sixth Central Pay Commission’s recommendations amendment of Service Rules – regarding

           This Department in 0M No AB14017/61/2008-Estt(RR) dated 24.3.2009 issued the guidelines for amendment of Service Rules/Recruitment Rules for incorporating the changes arising out of 6th CPC recommendations. Separately the revised eligibility conditions for SAG & HAG level for members of Organized Group A Services have been issued in this Department OMs dated 15.12.09 (Non-Technical) and 18.01.2011(Engineering Services). The provisions with regard to grant of functional scale of Rs.14300-18300 (pre-revised) to the SEs and equivalent in respect of Engineering Services prescribed in 0M dated 29.12.2010 also refers. Instructions for grant of NFU as per 6th CPC recommendations have been issued in 0M dated 24.4.09

2.       As the Recruitment Rules/Service Rules are required to be amended after incorporating the above instructions, all the Ministries/Departments/Cadre Controlling Authorities of Organized Group ‘A’ Services may take immediate necessary action for notification of Service Rules positively by 31.3.2012 in consultation with DOPT/UPSC & Ministry of Law.

3.        Hindi version will follow.

(Smita Kumar) 
Director (Estt. I) 
Tel. 2309 2479

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Single Window web Interface – “The Indian Railway web Portal” - Launched for the Benefit of Multiple Rail users

Ministry of Railways

Single Window web Interface – “The Indian Railway web Portal” - Launched for the Benefit of Multiple Rail users 
E-Ticket on Mobile Phone now Possible through new Web Portal Facilitating Travel by Merely Displaying SMS Without Ticket Printout 
No Travel Agents Allowed to use New Web Portal to Facilitate Convenient Booking by Normal Passengers 

In a milestone measure undertaken by Ministry of Railways for the benefit of   rail users, a comprehensive Indian Railway Web Portal with the URL www.indianrailways.gov.in has been launched with a view to consolidate all the services and information onto a single window web-interface for the public.   This comprehensive omnibus single window web interface will be for the entire Rail User community of India whether they are Passenger Service, Freight Service or Parcel Service Customers.

At an impressive programme jointly organized by Eastern Railway and Kolkata Metro Railway  yesterday at Kolkata, former Union Railway Minister and presently the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee launched this unique public friendly facility.  Minister of State for Railways, Shri Mukul Roy was among those specially present on this occasion.  The other activities inaugurated at this function included Automatic Fare Collection & Passenger Control  System (AFC & PC)  gates at all Kolkata Metro  Stations. 
Indian Railway Web Portal has following components:

1. Hosting the existing websites of Railway Board, all the Zonal Railways, Production Units onto the portal. 
2. Creation of uniform Web address system of all the Railway Websites 
3. Tracking facility for freight trains running and Parcels status by customers 
4. Journey planner with user-friendly functionalities. 
5. E-ticket functionality dedicated for normal passengers.  
6. Facility to book retiring rooms for any station. 
7. Mobile phone based ticket booking in which passenger need not print his/her ticket but carry the display ticket sent to his/her mobile phone through SMS. 
8. Web and SMS based Complaints and Suggestions Management System for all Railway customers 

The e-ticketing module of the Indian Railway Web Portal is expected be the most sought after facility by the normal passenger.  The e-ticketing operations of IRCTC on its website shall also continue in parallel. In the additional facility of e-ticketing provided by IR Web Portal, no travel agents have been allowed so that normal passengers can have ease of booking during peak hours.

The Portal will broadly provide e-ticketing on the Internet (booking and cancellation) and e-ticketing on mobile phone (booking and cancellation).

Individual users choosing to use the e-ticketing facility shall be required to register himself/herself for the first time for this purpose after submitting the mandatory details and shall be provided a unique user ID.  This registration will be free of charge.  Thereafter he can avail the services of Booking and Cancellation of e-tickets.  He can take a printout of the e-ticket which is known as Electronic Reservation Slip (ERS).

Individual users desirous of utilizing the facility of booking e-ticket on mobile phone ( which is being named as m-ticket), having requisite internet facility can do so by downloading the mobile ticketing application on the mobile phone from the IR Portal, using the URL sent in SMS.  On completion of booking and payment formalities, a SMS containing the ticket details will be sent to user which is referred to as Mobile Reservation Message – (MRM).  The cost of MRM from IR Web Portal shall be borne by Indian Railways.  Such passengers need not require to carry a print out of the ticket and instead display the SMS (namely MRM).  Similarly a Screen-shot of the e-ticket displayed through laptops/palmtops (referred as Virtual Reservation Message – VRM) will also be construed as e-ticket and such passenger also need not take a print out of the e-ticket and instead display the Screen-shot on their laptops/palmtops. 

It is mandatory that at least one passenger booked on the e-ticket/m-ticket carry at least one of the following eight proofs of identity (in original ) : 
Ø Voter Photo Identity Card issued by Election Commission of India. 
Ø  Passport. 
Ø  PAN Card issued by Income Tax Department. 
Ø  Driving License issued by RTO. 
Ø  Photo Identity card issued by Central/State Government. 
Ø  Student Identity Card with photograph issued by recognized school/college for their students. 
Ø  Nationalized Bank Passbook with photograph. 
Ø  Credit Cards issued by Banks with laminated photograph
ERS/MRM/VRM along with any one of the eight prescribed ID proofs in original and the indication of the passenger(s)’ name(s) in the Reservation Chart will entitle the passenger(s) to travel.

ERS/MRM/VRM along with one of the eight prescribed proofs of Identity in original will also authorize the passenger to enter the platform on the day of journey and he/she will not be required to purchase platform ticket.  ERS/MRM along with original ID proof will be required to be produced on demand by Ticket Checking Staff on the platform.

The facility of booking e-tickets through IR Web Portal will be available from 00.30   hours to 23.30 hours daily.  The booking for a particular train shall be permitted up to the time of preparation of reservation charts.

A maximum of eight PNRs per user ID per month shall be permissible.  The passengers can book seats/berths on the e-ticket on the web portal against General quota/Tatkal quota/Ladies quota/Senior Citizen Quota.  No concessions, except Senior Citizen concession, will be allowed on e-tickets.  No Group Booking shall be permissible on e-ticketing through Indian Railway Web Portal.

The service charges levied by the Railways will be Rs. 5/- per ticket for Sleeper Class (SL) and Second Sitting (2S) classes and Rs. 10/- per ticket for all other Reserved Classes.

The detailed procedure of cancellation and refund has also been mentioned in the IR Web Portal.

The detailed commercial circular of Ministry of Railway on this introduction of e-ticketing and ticketing through mobile phone on IR Web Portal can be seen in www.indianrailways.gov.in

Source : PIB

Post Office Savings Accounts to be taxed from current fiscal

The government has decided to levy tax on the interest obtained on Post Office savings schemes from the current financial year.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes ( CBDT )) has brought out a notification in this regard recently, which stipulates that any interest earned beyond Rs 3,500 (in case of individual accounts) and Rs 7,000 (in case of joint accounts) will be taxable from the running fiscal.

The CBDT-- which is the administrative authority of the Income Tax Department-- has issued the notification to all the tax collection ranges across the country for implementation.

Taxpayers will have to reflect this investment on their income tax returns.

"Taxpayers who now invest in the post office saving accounts schemes will now have to show the interest earned on this scheme while filing their income tax returns. Interest upto Rs 3,500, in case of single accounts and and Rs 7,000 in case of joint accounts, is exempted," a senior I-T official said.

The Assessing Officer (AO) will compute the tax on the interest earned, beyond the exemption limit, accordingly, he said.

The current interest rates for Post Office savings deposits is 3.5 per cent per annum.

The minimum investment limit in this scheme is Rs 50 while the maximum limit is Rs one lakh for an individual account and Rs 2 lakh in case of a joint account.

Source: The Economic Times

Amendment of the Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979

Ministry of Labour & Employment

Amendment of the Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979

The Union Cabinet today gave its approval to amend the title of the Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979 to ‘Inter State Migrant Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979’ by introducing a Bill, namely the Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2011 (Appendix-III) (page 6 to 7) in the ensuing session of Parliament.

The Act provides for regulating the employment of inter-state migrant workmen and their conditions of service.

The Act will become gender neutral by amending its title and replacing the word ‘workman and workmen’ by the words ‘worker and workers’ respectively.


The system of employment of inter-state migrant labour is an exploitative one. To safeguard the interests of migrant workers, the Government enacted the Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979. The Task Force constituted for amendment of labour laws concerning women and children, recommended that the title of the Act may be changed in order to make it gender neutral. This recommendation of the Task Force has been accepted and amendment in the title of the Act changing it as ‘the Inter-State Migrant Worker (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979 has been proposed.

Source: PIB


F. No. 6/9/2010-CS-I(S) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training

2nd Floor. Lok Nayak Bhavan, 
Khan Market, New Delhi-i 10003

Dated the 6th July, 2011


Subject: Promotion of Assistant in the grade of Section Officer of CSS on ad- hoc basis — Extension thereof.

            The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No. 6/9/2010-CS-I(S) dated 11.11.2010 and 07.04.2011 on the captioned subject. wherein cadre authorities were allowed to continue the ad-hoc promotion in the grade of Section Officer upto 30.06.2011.

2.   As the availability of regular Section Officers may take some more time, it has now been decided to extend the period of ad-hoc promotion in SO grade. beyond 30.06.2011 upto 30.09.2011 subject to the following conditions:

     (i) The period of ad-hoc promotion would be upto 30.09.2011 or till the regular Section Officers are made available, whichever is earlier.

     (ii) The ad-hoc appointment shall not confer on the appointees any right to continue in the grade indefinitely or for inclusion in the Select List of Section Officers for regular appointment or to claim seniority in the Section Officers grade of CSS.

     (iii) Ad-hoc appointment would Continue till regular candidates in Section Officer Grade are available either through Seniority quota or Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LDCE). In the event of the ad-hoc appointees not qualifying for regular appointment in either of these two categories, they shall be reverted to the Assistants’ Grade on availability of such regular officers from the date the regular Section Officers join duty in their respective Cadre Units allotted to them by this Department.

     (iv) No fresh ad-hoc promotion should be made in the grade of Section Officer.

(K.Suresh Kumar) 
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

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DoPT to train over 100 officials on handling RTI pleas

DoPT to train over 100 officials on handling RTI pleas

NEW DELHI: In order to deal better with growing intra-departmental RTI queries, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has decided to train its over 100 officials on different matters related to Right to Information Act.

DoPT, which acts as a nodal agency to oversee implementation of the transparency law, has decided to train a total of 104 Central Public Information Officers and Appellate Authorities.

The decision was taken after some of its CPIOs complained of difficulties in dealing with RTI applications. Officials said that some of its information officers were reprimanded by Central Information Commission for improperly disposing of certain pleas.

"We have called special trainers for a day-long workshop on July 6. They will answer all the queries related to RTI," a DoPT official said.

He said that 52 CPIOs and their appellate authorities have been chosen for the training and they have been asked to send their queries in advance to save time and ensure proper resolution.

According to official data, about 370 complaints related to Ministry of Personnel , Public Grievances and Pensions are pending with the CIC.

DoPT is also planning to conduct such training for CPIOs of other central government departments too.

Source: Economic Times

Inclusion of CBI, NATGRID and NIA in Second Schedule of RTI Act

(Department of Personnel and Training)


New Delhi, the 9th June, 2011

G.S.R. 442(E).— In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of Section 24 of the Right to Information Act, 2005 (22 of 2005), the Central Government hereby makes the following further amendments in the Second Schedule to the said Act, namely :—

In the Second Schedule to the Right to Information Act, 2005, after serial number 22 and the entry relating thereto, the following serial numbers and entries shall be added, namely

“23. Central Bureau of Investigation,

24. National Investigation Agency,

25. National Intelligence Grid.”.


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