Fresh empanelment of private hospitals and diagnostic centres and revision of package rates applicable under CGHS MUMBAI, DEHRADUN AND JAIPUR


No; S.11011/23/2009-CGHS D.II/Hospital Celll Part IX
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare 
Department of Health & Family Welfare

Maulana Azad Road, Nirman Bhawan
New Delhi 110 108 dated the 23rd February 2012.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject :   Fresh empanelment of private hospitals and diagnostic centres and revision of package rates applicable under CGHS MUMBAI, DEHRADUN AND JAIPUR.

The undersigned is directed to invite reference to this Ministry’s Office Memoranda of even number dated the 8th December 2010, 19th January 2011 and 14.11 .2011 vide which continuous Empanelment  scheme has been initiated under CGI-IS. MUMBAI, DEHRADUN AND JAIPUR. For treating CGHS beneficiaries The CGHS rates applicable have already been notified and are available on CGHS website Three rates were notified, one for super-speciality hospitals   the second for hospitals that were accredited with the NABH and the third for hospitals not accredited with the NABH.

2. The undersigned is directed to enclose further list of hosp4tals and diagnostic centres , under the categories mentioned in the application for continuous empanelment and tender document that have conveyed their acceptance of the CGHS rates notified under different CGHS Cities and have signed the Memorandum of Agreement with CGHS and have also furnished the appropriate performance bank guarantee These hospitals and diagnostic centres are now taken as included in the list of approved hospitals for empanelment under CGHS, MUMBAI, DEHRADUN AND JAIPUR. It has now been decided that in the list of hospitals and diagnostic centres enclosed, and have now been approved under the fresh empanelment procedure and have now signed the fresh Memorandum of Agreement and
submitted the appropriate performance guarantee will be eligible to treat CGHS beneficiaries arid charge at the revised rates with effect from the date of issue of this Office Memorandum. The empanelment shall be for a period of one year or till next empanelment, whichever Is earlier.

4. This Office Memorandum and the rates applicable under CGHS for hospitals and diagnostic centres can be downloaded from the website of CGHS. http://msotransparent nic/ cghsnew/index asp

[Jai Prakash]
Under Secretary to Government of India



source-http://msotransparent.nic.in/cghsnew/index.asp



S.no
Name of the hospitals/diagnostic centres 
Empanelled for
WhetherNABH/NABL accredited
Whether already empanelled and service empanelled for
GENERAL  PURPOSE
1
Bombay Hospital  & Medical Research  Centre, 12, New Marine Lines, Mumbai-400020.Tel.No.022-088323
General Purpose
          No
No
SPECIALITY  (SELECTIVE)
2
Shah Life Line Hospital and Heart Institute Pvt. Ltd.,Geeta Nagar Phase-VII, Mira Bhayandar Road Near Flyover Bridge, Mira Road, East Thane-401107.Tel.No.022-28131125.
Urology-including Dialysis and Lithotripsy and Neurosurgery
No
No
DENTAL CARE CENTRE
3
Surana Sethia Hospital and Research Centre, Suman Nagar, Sion  Trombay Road,Chembur,Mumbai-400071.Tel.No.022-25299006
Dental Care Centre
N/R
No
DIAGNOSTIC AND IMAGING CENTRE
4
Dr. Vaidy’s Laboratory, Satyam Apartments, Near Telephone Exchange, Mahatma Gandhi  Road, Naupada  Thane (West), Thane-400604.Tel.No.022-61513200
Laboratory Services
No
No
5
Surana Sethia Hospital And Research Centre, Suman Nagar, Sion  Trombay Road, Chembur, Mumbai-400071.Tel.No.022-25299006
Ct-Sean, Ultra Sound, Color Doppler, X-Ray Only
No
Yes
6
Surana Hospital & Research Centre ,  Tank Road, Next To Sky Walk Tower, Near Orlem Church, End Of Shanker Lane,Mumbai-400064.Tel.No.022-28022121
Ultra Sound Only
No
No


1.LIST OF HOSPITAL /DIAGNOSTIC CENTRES EMPANELLED CATEGORY WISE:
DEHRADUN

S.No
Name Of The Hospital /Diagnostic Centre
Empanelled For
Whether NABH/NABL accredited

Whether Already Empanelled And Services Empanelled For
DIAGNOSTIC AND IMAGING CENTRE

1
Dr.Ahuja’s Pathology & Imaging Centre, 7-B, Astley Hall, Dehradun, Tel.No.135-2659700
Laboratory Services & Imaging Services (CT Scan, Mammography, Ultra Sound, Color Doppler And Bone Densitometry.
No
Yes For Diagnostic Centre (Clinical Pathology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Mammography, USG/Colour Doppler.
1.LIST OF HOSPITALS/DIAGNOSTIC CENTRES EMPANELLED CATEGORY WISE:
JAIPUR

S.No
Name Of The Hospitals/Diagnostic Centre
Empanelled For
Whether NABH/NABL accredited
Whether Already Empanelled And Services Empanelled For
EXCLUSIVELY CANCER HOSPITAL



1
Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital And Research Centre, Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg, Jaipur-302017.Tel.No.0141-2700107
Exclusive Cancer Hospital
 No
Yes


West Bengal Govt. Order on child care leave


Government of West Bengal
Finance Department
Audit Branch

No: 1364-F(P) Kolkata, the 15th February, 2012.

MEMORANDUM

Consequent upon recommendation of the Fifth State Pay Commission for introduction of ‘Child Care Leave’ in favour of female State Government Employees, the matter has been under consideration of the Government for some time past.

After careful consideration of the matter, the undersigned is directed by order of the Governor to say that the Female Govt. employees having minor children may be granted Child Care Leave [CCL] by an authority competent to grant leave, for a maximum period of two years (i.e. 730 days) during their entire service period for taking care of upto two children upto 18 years of their age whether for rearing or to look after any of their needs like examination, sickness etc. subject to the following conditions.

i. During the period of such leave, the female employees shall be paid leave salary equal to the pay drawn immediately before proceeding on leave.

ii. It may not be granted in more than 3 (three) spells in a calendar year.

iii. It may not be granted for less than 15 days in a spell.

iv. Child Care Leave shall not be debited against the leave account.

v. It may be combined with Leave of the kind due and admissible.

vi. Child Care Leave should not ordinarily be granted during the Probation period except in case of certain extreme situations where the leave sanctioning authority is fully satisfied about the need of Child Care Leave to the probationer. It may also be ensured that the period for which such leave is sanctioned during probation is minimal.

vii. Other terms and conditions as applicable to sanctioning Earned Leave shall be applicable in the matter of sanctioning Child Care Leave.

viii. An account for the purpose shall have to be maintained under proper attestation by the leave sanctioning authority.

2. This order shall take effect from 1st January, 2012.

3. Formal amendments in the relevant rules of the West Bengal Service Rules will be made in due course

Sd/-
A.K. Das
Joint Secretary to the
Government of West Bengal,
Finance Department

Children Education Allowance-Frequently Asked Questions



The Department of Personnel and Training,(DOP&T), has been issuing clarification regarding Children Education Allowance time to time. The  FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) and replies for the same relating to Children Education Allowance payable to Central Government Employees are given below

                              CHILDREN EDUCATION ALLOWANCE

                                   FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS   

(1). Whether CEA is admissible to a Government Servant who ceases to be in service due to retirement, discharge, dismissal or removal from service in the course of an academic year ?

CEA/hostel subsidy shall be admissible till the end of the academic year in which the Government servant ceased to be in service due to retirement, discharge, dismissal or removal from service in the course of an academic year.


The payment shall be made by the office in which the Govt. servant worked prior to these events and will be regulated by the other conditions laid down under CEA scheme.

(2). Whether Children of a Government servant who dies while in service are still eligible for reimbursement under the new CEA scheme?

If a Government servant dies while in service, the Children Education Allowance or hostel subsidy shall be admissible in respect of his/her children subject to observance of other conditions for its grant provided the wife/husband of the deceased is not employed in service of the Central Govt., State Government, Autonomous Body, PSU, Semi-Government Organization such as Municipality, Post Trust Authority or any other organization partly or fully funded by the Central Govt/State Governments. In such cases the CEA/Hostel Subsidy shall be payable to the children till such time the employee would have actually received the same, subject to the condition that other terms and conditions are fulfilled. The payment shall be made by the office in which the Govt. servant was working prior to his death and will be regulated by the other condition laid down under CEA Scheme

3) Whether any upper age limit of the children has been prescribed for ciaming CEA?

Whether CEA can be allowed in case of children studying through “Correspondence or Distance Learning”? If so the age limit prescribed for the same. The upper age limit for disabled children has been set at the age of 22 years. In the case of other children the age limit will now be 20 years or till the time of passing 12th class which ever is earlier. Cases where reimbursement have been already made, in respect of children above this age may not be reopened. It has also been decided that CEA may henceforth be allowed in case of children studying through “Correspondence or Distance Learning” 5ubject to other condition prescribed

4) What is the definition of the terms ‘two sets 0f uniform’ which occur in para1(e) of our O.M. dated 2.9.08. What is the definition of ‘one set of shoes’?

It is clarified that ‘one set of shoes’ would mean one pair of shoes and ‘two sets of uniform’ would mean two sets of uniform prescribed by the school in which the child is studying. A set of uniform will include all items of clothing prescribed for a day, as uniform by the school. Reimbursement may be allowed for two sets of such uniform irrespective of the colours /winter/ summer/ PT uniform

(5) What is the definition of ‘station’ for the purpose of hostel subsidy ?

It is clarified that for the purpose of hosted subsidy, station would be demarcated by the first three digits of the PIN Code of the area where the Government Servant is posed and/or residing’. ‘The first three digits of the PIN Code indicate a Revenue District

(6) Whether fee paid to organizations/institutions other than the school or fee paid to private tutors for purposes mentioned in para 1(e) of the OM dated 2.9.2008 is reimbursable?

No. It is clarified that the term ‘fee’ contained in the para 1(e) of the OM dated 2.9.2008 would mean the fee charted by the school directly from the student

7. Whether Reimbursement of Children Education Allowance (CEA) for 3rd child is permissible if CEA has not been claimed for 1st and or 2nd child. As per OM dated 2.9.2008 CEA is admissible for two school going children. Does it mean any two school going children?

As per OM No. 12011/03/2008- Estt.(AL) dated 11 .11.2008, Children Education Allowance would be admissible for more than two children in case the number of children exceeds two as a result of the second child birth resulting in twins or multiple birth. This implies that the CEA will be admissible only in the cases of two eldest surviving children and CEA for third or subsequent child will only be permissible if there is a case of multiple birth at the time of second child birth. Further, reimbursement of CEA for the 3rd child is admissible in case of failure of sterilization operation.


8. What are the fee that are reimbursable? Whether Development Fees, Annual Charges, Transportation fees are reimbursable? Reimbursement towards purchase of school bag, water bottle, uniform, shoes and stationary is admissible?

As per OM No.12011/03/2008-Estt (AL) dated 2.9.2008, tuition fee, admission fee, laboratory fee, special fee charged for agriculture, electronics, music or any other subject, fee charged for practical work, fee paid for the use of any aid or appliances by the child, library fee, games/sports fee and fee for extra-curricular activities are reimbursable subject to the condition that the aforementioned fee are charged by the school directly from the student. Besides, reimbursement for purchase of one set of text books and notebooks, two sets of uniforms prescribed by the school in which the child is studying, one pair of shoes, in an academic year are reimbursable. Uniform include all items of clothing prescribed for a day, as uniform by the school, irrespective of colours/winter/summer/PT uniforms.

i) Whether Children Education Allowance would be admissible beyond two children due to failure of sterilization operation.

The re-imbursement of Children Education Allowance is admissible only for the first child born after failure of sterilization operation.

(ii) whether the admissible amount per annum per child (annual ceiling of Rs.15000/-) on account of CEA can be reimbursed in fill in the first quarter of the financial/academic year itself.

i) It is clarified that a Government servant is allowed to get 50% of the total amount subject to the overall annual ceiling in the first quarter and the remaining amount in third and or fourth quarter. Frontloading of the entire amount in the first and second is not allowed.

(ii) A Government servant can claim full amount subject to the annual ceiling of Rs.15000/- in the last quarter

9. Whether CEA has been increased by 25% as a result of enhancement of Dearness Allowances beyond 50%?


This Department’s OM No. 12011/03/2008-Esn.(AL) dated 2.9.2008 clearly indicates that the limits “would be automatically raised by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance on therevised pay structure goes up by 50%. There is no need for any separate order from this Department to effect enhancement of CEA as a result of increase in DA by 50%. However, O.M. NO. 12011/01/2011-Estt.(Allowance) dated 4th May, 2011, has been issued to clarify this further.

10. Whether CEA can be claimed for the child for the same class twice?


The reimbursement of CEA is not linked to the performance of the child in his class. Even if a child fails in a particular class, the reimbursement is permissible. However, if the child is admitted in the same class in another school, although the child has passed out of the same class in previous school or in the mid-session, CEA shall not be reimbursable.


11. Whether Hostel subsidy is reimbursable irrespective of transfer liability?


Hostel Subsidy is reimbursable to all Central Govt, employees for keeping their ward in the Hostel of a residential school away from the station in which the employee is posted or residing irrespective of any transfer liability

12. Whether the admissible amount on account of CEA can be reimbursed in full to a Govt. servant in the first quarter of the financial /academic year itself ?


A Govt. servant is allowed to get 50% of the total amount subject to the overall annual ceiling in the first quarter and the remaining amount in third and or fourth quarter. Front-loading of the entire amount in the first and second quarters is not allowed.

13 whether the Development Fee/Parents’ Contribution charged by the school/institution in lieu of tuition fee shall be reimbursed.?


The Government servant will have to certify to the effect that tuition fee has not been charged by the school/institution


14. Whether the Fee charged directly by the school/institution for catering to the special needs of the child with disabilities can be reimbursable?


Fee charged directly by the school/institution for catering to the special needs of the child with disabilities, duly certified by the school authorities, shall be reimbursed in addition to items mentioned in para 1(e) of O.M. dated 2-9-2008.


The school/institution shall be aided or approved by the Central/State Government/UT Administration or whose fees are approved by any of these authorities


14. Whether any age limit has been prescribed for reimbursement of CEA in respect of children studying in nursery classes?


There is no minimum age prescribed for reimbursement of CEA in respect ol children admitted in nursery classes. However, with regard to physically challenged children the minimum age of 5 (five) years has been prescribed. The maximum age for normal child is 20 years and for physically challenged children the maximum age is 22 years.

The upper age limit for disabled children has been set at the age of 22 years. In the case of other children the age limit will be 20 years or till the time of passing 12th class which ever is earlier. Cases where reimbursement have been already made in respect of children above this age may not be reopened.

The minimum age of 5 years, stipulated in O.M. No.12011/03/2008—Estt.(Allowance) dated 11th November, 2008, for disabled children, pursuing non-formal education or vocational training stands removed. Henceforth, there will be no minimum age for any child for claiming reimbursement of Children Education Allowance/Hostel Subsidy


15. Whether the school/Institution should be recognized?


The school/Institution has to be recognized by the Central or State Government or U’T administration or by University or a recognized educational authority having jurisdiction over the area where the institution is situated.


16. Whether CEA is payable for the children of Central Government employees and studying abroad, including children of citizens of Nepal/Bhutan but working in Government of India, and the children are studying in the schools in their native place, i.e., Nepal/Bhutan?


      The CEA is payable for the children of all Central Government employees including citizens of Nepal and Bhutan, who are employees of Government of India, and whose children are studying abroad. However, a certificate may be obtained from the Indian Mission abroad that the school is recognized by the educational authority having jurisdiction over the area where the institution is situated.


17. Whether CEA is admissible to Government Servant who ceases to be in Service due to retirement, discharge, dismissal or removal from service in the course of academic year?


CEA/hostel subsidy shall be admissible till the end of the academic year in which the Government Servant ceases to be in service due to retirement, discharge, dismissal or removal from service in the course of an academic year. The payment shall be made by the office in which the Government Servant worked prior to these events and will be regulated by the other conditions laid down under CEA Scheme.


18. Whether Children of a Government Servant who dies while in service are still eligible for reimbursement under new CEA Scheme?


If a Government servant dies while in service the children education allowance or hostel subsidy shall be admissible in respect of his/her children subject to observance of other conditions for its grant provided the wife/husband of the deceased is not employed in service of the Central Government, State Government, Autonomous body, PSU, Semi government organization such Municipality, Port Trust authority or any other organization partly or fully funded by the Central government/State governments. In such cases the CEA/Hostel Subsidy shall be payable to the Children till such time the employee would have actually received the same, subject to the condition that other terms and conditions are fulfilled. The payment shall be made by the office in which the Government Servant was working prior to his death and will be regulated by the other conditions laid down under CEA Scheme.


19. Whether CEA can be allowed in case of Children studying through Correspondence or distance learning?


It has also been decided that CEA may henceforth be allowed in case of children studying through “Correspondence or Distance Learning” subject to other condition prescribed.


20. What is definition of the terms “two sets of uniform”?


“Two sets of Uniform” would mean two sets of uniform prescribed by the School in which the child is studying. As set of uniform will include all items of clothing prescribed for a day, as uniform by the School. Reimbursement may be allowed for two sets of such uniform irrespective of the colors/winter/summer/PT uniform.


21. What is definition of “One set of Shoes”?


“One set of shoes” would mean one pair of shoes.


22. What is definition of station for the purpose of hostel subsidy?


It is clarified that for the purpose of hostel subsidy, station would be demarcated by the first three digits of pin code of the area where the Government Servant is posted and/or residing. The first three digits of the PIN code indicate a Revenue District.


23. Whether fee paid to organisations/Institutions other than the school or fees paid to private tutors is reimbursable?


No. It is clarified that the term ‘fee’ contained in the para 1(e) of the OM dated 2.9.2008 would mean the fee charged by the School directly from the student

source:gservants.com

Children Education Allowance-latest DOP&T clarification


No.12011/07(ii)/2011-Estt.(AL)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
Department of Personnel and Training

New Delhi, 21-02-2012

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Children Education Allowance.

Subsequent to issue of Department of Personnel & Training’s O.M. No.12011/03/2008—Estt.(Allowance) dated 2nd September, 2008 and clarifications issued from time to time on the subject cited above, a number of references have been received on certain aspects of Children Education Allowance / Hostel Subsidy. After due consideration of the references, in consultation with the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, the following modifications/alterations are carried out with effect from the date of issue of this O.M. on pro-rata basis:

i. Development Fee/Parents’ Contribution charged by the school/institution in lieu of tuition fee shall be reimbursed. The Government servant will have to certify to the effect that tuition fee has not been charged by the school/institution.

ii. Fee charged directly by the school/institution for catering to the special needs of the child with disabilities, duly certified by the school authorities, shall be reimbursed in addition to items mentioned in para 1(e) of O.M. dated 2-9-2008. The school/institution shall be aided or approved by the Central/State Government/UT Administration or whose fees are approved by any of these authorities.

iii. The minimum age of 5 years, stipulated in O.M. No.12011/03/2008—Estt.(Allowance) dated 11th November, 2008, for disabled children, pursuing non-formal education or vocational training stands removed. Henceforth, there will be no minimum age for any child for claiming reimbursement of Children Education Allowance/Hostel Subsidy.

2. Cases where reimbursement has been made on the basis of earlier O.M, on the issues need not be reopened

The order for Granting one increment to the Central Government Employees may be issued in the first week of March 2012

Sources close to the DOP&T informed that the issue of granting one increment to the government servants, whose increment date falls between February 2006 and June 2006, has been forwarded to Finance Ministry for its approval. According to the sources, the Finance Ministry gave its approval to this proposal as agreed by the Government in the National Anomaly Committee.

The Federations representing National Anomaly Committee approached the Government to issue the order very soon, since the decision of granting one increment to the govt servants was taken in the National Anomaly Committee on 5th January 2012. It is believed that the federations were informed that due to the ongoing Elections for state assemblies in some states, issuing order is delayed. As per the Election Schedule the elections for state assemblies for 5 States are commenced on 28-1-2012, and the 6th phase of U.P and Goa State assembly elections will be completed by 03-03-2012. So, keeping in view of the above, we can expect that the order for Granting one increment to the Central Government Employees may be issued in the first week of March 2012.

According to the decision which is agreed by government in National Anomaly Committee, the govt servants will be granted one increment in the pre revised 5 CPC scale on 01-01-2006, and then it will be multiplied by 1.86 and the pay in the Pay Band in the 6 CPC will be fixed accordingly.

Upper limit of Income Tax Exemption towards Interest on Housing Loan likely to be raised to Rs.3 lakh



An individual who is liable to pay income tax is presently granted a deduction of up to Rs. 1.5 lakh from the salary income for the interest paid on Housing Loan taken for self occupied housing property in an assessment year.

As per media reports on expected changes in Income tax regulations in the ensuing budget 2012, the present limit of Rs. 1.5 lakh for housing loan interest may be raised to Rs. 3 lakhs.

The Economic Times reports as follows


In a bid to boost housing sector credit, the government is contemplating to enhance income tax exemption for up to Rs 3 lakh paid as interest on housing loans in a year, from the existing limit of Rs 1.5 lakh.

The government is considering to raise the tax deduction limit for housing loan in the coming Budget, sources said The Budget is scheduled to be tabled on March 16. At present, a deduction of up to Rs 1.5 lakh is available from taxable income towards interest on loan taken for house. Besides, borrowers can enjoy exemption on payment of principal amount. However, it is part of exemption to savings capped at Rs 1 lakh per annum.

With the property prices and interest rates rising with each passing year, there is need to revise the limit, sources said.

In order to arrest the declining growth rate, the industry associations have demanded raising the tax limit ceiling for the housing loan.

According to Ficci Secretary General Rajiv Kumar the exemption should be harmonised with the rising interest rates and increased to at least Rs 2.5 lakh.

“We recommended that the existing tax deduction limit on income tax of an individual should be increased from the current level of Rs 2.5 lakh to at least Rs 5 lakh,” CII Director General Chandrajit Banerjee.

Of this, Rs 3 lakh should be towards interest payment to offset the impact of high interest rates, he said, adding the remaining Rs 2 lakh should be exclusively towards principal loan repayment as the present limit of Rs 1 lakh is already overcrowded with several other items.

Echoing views, Assocham and PHD chamber said that exemption limit need to be raised both for interest and principal.

As per the Direct Taxes Code, which would replace the decades old Income Tax Act, there is income tax exemption for up to Rs 1.5 lakh paid as interest on housing loans in a year.

Source: The Economic Times

Minimum Wages Act Coverage for all Employments


Key Recommendations of 44th Session of Indian Labour Conference

Minimum Wages Act Coverage for all Employments 
  
Raising The Wage Ceiling in the Employees Provident Fund, Enhancement of Pension Under Employees Pension Scheme 95, Portability of PF Account, Reduction in the Requirement of Minimum Continuous Service, Etc. 
  
Stress on Matching the Large Scale Skilling Targets with Creating Similar Number of Openings in the Area of Employment 
  
Maternity Leave Under the Maternity Benefit Act be Increased from the Present Level of 12 Weeks to 24 Weeks 
  
                Union Labour & Employment Minister Shri Mallikarjun Kharge today detailed about the recommendations made during the 44th  Indian Labour Conference concluded at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. Addressing the media persons he said this Session of the Indian Labour Conference had elaborate discussions on three agenda items - (i) Minimum Wages (ii) Social Security and (iii) Employability and Employment. 
  
The Conference was inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India.   The Conference was attended by Labour Ministers from 14 State Governments. All the major 12 Central Trade Union Organisations and 6 major employers’ organisation participated in the Conference.  Besides, senior officials from 23 Central Ministries and all State Governments/UTs attended the Conference.  The International Labour Organisation Experts based at Delhi were also present. 
  
Shri Kharge referred the Prime Minister inaugural address in which he emphasized the great importance that the UPA Government attaches to the promotion of healthy industrial relations and well being of our workforce.  
  
Shri Kharge said   our huge unorganized sector poses great challenges in ensuring quality employment and extension social security coverage.  Minimum Wages are an important means of protecting the interest of the workers were not in the formal sector.  Our flagship health insurance scheme “Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana” has covered 2.5 crore Below Poverty Line families and this Scheme is being extended to cover other category of workers. 
                                                                                  
According to the minister the Conference Committee on “Minimum Wages” recommended that the Minimum Wages Act should cover all employments and thus facilitate India’s ratification of ILO’s Convention No.131.  There was convergence of views towards making National Minimum Wages and make it applicable to any employment irrespective of the number of workers engaged.  Objective suggestions were made for linking minimum wages with NSSO Consumer Expenditure Survey and inflation. 
  
Also the Conference Committee on “Social Security” had very focused discussion and came out with specific recommendations in the areas of raising the wage ceiling in the Employees Provident Fund, enhancement of pension under Employees Pension Scheme 95, portability of PF Account, reduction in the requirement of minimum continuous service, etc.   The Committee addressed the gender issues by recommending enhancement of maternity leave.  The MSME Sector and unorganized sector workers received special attention of the committee members.  Our Ministry’s RSBY Scheme has achieved a lot of success and various recommendations were received for bringing other category of workers under its coverage and adding other type of benefits in addition to the existing ones. 
  
Moreover, the Conference Committee on “Employability and Employment” recommendations laid stress on matching the large scale skilling targets with creating similar number of openings in the area of employment.  Labour intensive industries need to be promoted and protected.  The forthcoming National Employment Policy should be able to provide enabling framework for facilitating employment generation and decent work in the unorganized sector.  The Labour Market Information System should give real time information about skill requirements and skill availability. Other innovative suggestion were bringing the traditional skills under the certification system and involving MSMEs in skill development.  The road map for skilling 500 million persons by 2022 should be finalized in consultation with the tripartite partners. 
  
Shri Kharge said, this Session of the Conference carried forward the rich tradition of healthy social dialogue, spirit of accommodation and keeping interest of our workforce as the top most priority.   The tripartite partners have shown full concern to the important responsibility we have towards our country’s growth and safeguarding the basic interest of our workers.  We will be very closely following up with the implementation of policy solutions arrived at the Conference and the same will be reviewed in the meeting of the next Standing Labour Committee. 
  
  
                The Recommendations of the Conference Committee on Employability and Employment are: 
  
1.       Employment generation and Employability should be top agenda of the Govt. 
  
2.       Though lot of focus  is  being laid on training of 500 million persons by 2022, there is a need to take appropriate measures for creation of employment opportunities to offer the matching employment. 
  
3.       There is an urgent need to declare the National Employment  Policy in order to provide enabling framework for facilitating employment generation and decent working conditions for all. 
  
4.       Investment in labour intensive industries should be promoted and incentivised. 
  
5.       Labour Market Information System should be established to get skill requirement from the industry and available skills from the institutes. In this regard, employment exchanges may be modernized for providing virtual job market on real time basis. 
  
6.       Skill mapping should be done at the local level  and inventory of skill assets should be created. 
  
7.       ITIs should also focus on sectors beyond manufacturing and should concentrate on service sector. There is urgent need for quality assurance measures in training of ITIs and instructors. 
  
8.       Emphasis should be laid on development of infrastructure including storage, processing and marketing in rural areas and agro-based industries. 
  
9.       ITIs should focus more on popular trades keeping in view the requirement of the local industries. 
  
10.    Institutional arrangements  for providing training in traditional skills should be encouraged and may  brought under certification system. 
  
11.    Public awareness programme should be taken up, particularly in rural areas regarding the importance of skill development and certification of traditional skills.
  
12.    There should be functional and spatial integration of State and Central infrastructure and other available resources for optimal utilization of resources. 
  
13.    MSMEs should be encouraged and supported to participate in the skill development efforts. 
  
14.    Stipend of apprentices under the Apprentices Act should be enhanced. 
  
15.    Existing and new Centres of Excellence/Clusters in traditional crafts should be strengthened and provided support in terms of marketing, credit, new technology, etc. to promote self-employment. 
  
16.    Barriers should be removed from skilling and certification of illiterate and uneducated workers. 
  
17.    Entrepreneurship and self-employment should be encouraged by providing necessary support. 
  
18.    Existing employment in the unorganized sector should be safeguarded by assuring access to natural resources for those sectors dependent on them.  In order to increase their productivity, appropriate advanced tools and technology for traditional producers should be developed. 
  
19.    Skill development should be promoted among the women and differently-abled persons.  To increase participation of women in skill development, special measures should be taken. 
  
20.    Centres of Excellence should be established at the national and State levels  which  will produce world-class technicians. 
  
21.    National level consultation with all the stakeholders should be held immediately to finalize the road-map for preparing skill development plan leading to skilled force of 500 million persons by 2022. 
  
22.    Comprehensive steps should be taken to create environment for employment generation and protection. 
  
23.    Trainers should be trained in large numbers to meet growing requirement. 
  
                During the Conference a Committee was constituted to discuss Agenda Item No.(i) concerning Minimum Wages  and related issues. These issues, inter alia, include norms for fixation/revision of minimum rates of wages, Variable Dearness Allowance(VDA),  National Floor Level Minimum Wages etc. On the basis of detailed discussion, the following points emerged. 
  
1.  There was consensus that the Government may fix minimum wages as per the norms/ criteria recommended by the 15th ILC (1957) and the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court (Repttakos Co. Vs Workers’ Union) 1992.  The Government may take necessary steps accordingly. 
  
2. There was a broad consensus that the Minimum Wages Act should cover all   employments and the existing restriction for its applicability on the scheduled employments only should be deleted. This will also help India ratify ILO Convention No.131. 
  
3.  It was broadly agreed that there should be national minimum wages applicable to all employments throughout the country. 
  
4.There was broad agreement on the amendment proposals as listed out in Para 5(iv,  v & x). 
  
    5.  In respect of 5 (iv), it was pointed out that the payment  to the apprentices should   be treated differently from the other categories. 
  
    6.The Committee noted that at present there are 12 States/UTs who have not adopted  VDA. There was a broad consensus that all States/Uts should adopt VDA. 
  
    7. It was also recommended that the payment of minimum wages should be done through Banks/Post Offices etc. 
  
    8. As regards 5(vi), it was felt that the enforcing agencies should not be given the power of adjudication and, therefore, this proposal should be re-examined. 
  
    9. The proposal of paying different minimum wages in respect of same employment    either in the Centre or in the State should be done away with. 
  
          A Conference Committee was also constituted to discuss the agenda item No. (iii) i.e. “Social Security”.  On the basis of detailed discussions, the following points emerged :- 
  
(i)                      There was a broad-based consensus that the wage ceiling for the application of EPF Act be increased from the present level of Rs.6,500/- to Rs.10,000/- or Rs.15,000/- as already applicable for the ESI Corporation.  Similarly, the ceiling for workers covered under EPF Act be reduced from 20 to 10.  However, Laghu Udyog Bharati was not agreeable to this reduction in ceiling of number of workers. 
(ii)                    Minimum pension under the EPS 95 be increased to some floor level, which should not be less than Rs.1,000/-,  since a large number of workers receive pension which is less than that provided by the State Governments for elderly people which is normally in the range of Rs.400/- to Rs.1000/-. 
(iii)                  The PF Accounts be computerized urgently so that the workers are able to avail the facility of PF transfer and settlement immediately. Smart Cards like RSBY be issued to PF account holders. 
(iv)                   Minimum ceiling of 5 years of continuous service be reduced in case of gratuity and gratuity be made transferable in case of change of job by the employee. 
(v)                     The maternity leave under the Maternity Benefit Act be increased from the present level of 12 weeks to 24 weeks.  This increased maternity benefits be made available only upto two children, while the lower limit  be continued for more than two children. 
(vi)                   Accountability on the part of organizations implementing the social security schemes be fixed in order to ensure that the beneficiaries receive the deliverables in time.  Citizen Charters for these organizations be finalized early.

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