Friday, November 28, 2014

7th Pay Commission's visit to Jodhpur

The Commission, headed by its Chairman, Justice Shri A. K. Mathur, proposes to visit Jodhpur from 12th to 15th December, 2014. The Commission would like to invite various entities/associations/federations representing any/all categories of employees covered by the terms of reference of the Commission to present their views.
Your request for a meeting with the Commission may be sent through e-mail to the Secretary, 7th Central Pay Commission at secy-7cpc@nic.in. The memorandum already submitted by the requesting entity may also be sent as an attachment with this e-mail.
The last date for receiving request for meeting is 8th December 2014 (1700 hours).

Source:http://7cpc.india.gov.in/news07.html

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REDUCING CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT AGE FROM 60 TO 58-FINANCIAL EXPRESS

Age before duty: Babus to retire at 58 instead of 60

The move that comes at a time when the Seventh Pay Commission is mulling another sharp boost to the pay structure of the Centre’s 5-million-strong workforce is also aimed at creating the requisite space for lateral entry of technically qualified professionals into the government, official sources told FE.

The retirement age was last revised in 1998, when the then NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee raised it from 58 to 60 years. The last UPA government had reportedly considered enhancing the retirement age further to 62 just before the general elections, but dropped the move.

The superannuation age was increased from 55 to 58 way back in 1962.

The total wage and salaries bill of the central government, excluding PSUs but including the railways, rose sharply between 2008 and 2010 due to the revised pay scales (along with payment of arrears) implemented as per the Sixth Pay Commission’s proposals.

The wage bill rose from Rs 1.09 lakh crore in 2007-08 to Rs 1.4 lakh crore in 2008-09, and further to Rs 1.7 lakh crore in 2009-10, before the growth moderated to Rs 1.84 lakh crore in 2010-11. The government spent Rs 2.54 lakh crore in wages and salaries in 2013-14. The railways (with 1.4 million employees), defence (civil), home affairs, India Post and revenue account for more than 80% of the total spending of the Centre on pays and allowances.

Thanks to successive pay commissions, the salaries and other emoluments of government employees have, on average, more than doubled in every decade since independence even though lack of sufficient performance incentives is still considered to be a drawback.

A merger of 50% of the dearness allowance with the basic salary, likely to be part of the Seventh Pay Commission’s award, which is to implemented from 2016, is expected to hike the Centre’s wage bill by a third and strain its fiscal situation. In February this year, the government hiked DA to 100%, from 90%, benefiting both its employees and 3 million pensioners.

The Centre’s expenditure on pension stood at Rs 74,076 crore in 2013-14 and the estimate for the current fiscal is Rs 81,983 crore. However, growth in the outgo on pension is expected to moderate due to the National Pension System based on the concept of defined contribution, launched in January 2004. The NPS has been accepted by large sections of central government employees and most state governments have shifted their employees to the new system.

According to Madan Sabnavis, chief economist at CARE Ratings, reducing the retirement age will give the government an opportunity to outsource more jobs, including by bringing in people as temporary consultants, who will then have to be paid only a fixed salary but not pension or provident fund. Their salary component will then show up as administrative costs, rather than as wage bill.

The finance ministry is weighing the pros and cons of the proposal to cut the retirement age. The move, sources said, is also in line with the BJP’s manifesto, which had promised to rationalise and converge ministries, departments and other arms of the government, open up government to draw expertise from industry, academia and society and tap the services of the youth in particular to contribute to governance.

Source:http://www.financialexpress.com/article/industry/jobs/age-before-duty-babus-to-retire-at-58-instead-of-60/
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Reservation for disabled

The Central Government administers the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. State Governments are, however, mainly responsible for implementation of the provisions of the Act. They have been advised to take measures for implementation of the Act in true spirit from time to time.

The High Court of judicature at Bombay in PIL No. 106 No. 2010 titled National Confederation for the Development of Disabled Vs. UOI in its judgment dated 04.12.2013 held that the benefits of reservation to persons with disabilities in the matter of promotion to posts in the Indian Administrative Services should be applicable w.e.f. 29.12.2005, the date on which the consolidated instructions for persons with disabilities were issued. The Government filed an SLP against this Judgment in the Supreme Court, which was dismissed on 12.09.2014.

As the implementation of the judgment of the High Court of Bombay has administratively wider ramifications, the Government (Department of Personnel & Training) has filed a review petition before High Court of Bombay. The matter is subjudice.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha here today.

Source:pib
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Upgradation of Railways’ E-Ticketing System

In order to improve the efficiency of the website for booking of e-tickets, a new State-of-the-Art Data Centre has been set up by Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation. Further, the e-ticketing system has been upgraded with the launch of the NextGeneration E-ticketing System (NGeT). This new e-ticketing system has an enhanced capacity of booking 7200 tickets in a minute as against the capacity of 2000 tickets per minute of the old system. In the new system 1,20,000 concurrent users can login at a time and simultaneously book e-tickets against the earlier capacity of 40,000 concurrent users at a time.

However, some instances of unsuccessful transactions have been reported on account of reasons such as non-availability of the choice of berth, network failure at the bank’s end, etc. All such cases are examined and necessary remedial action is taken.

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

Source:pib
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Committee on Restructuring of Railways

Ministry of Railways have constituted a committee on 22.09.2014 with a tenure of one year for “Mobilization of resources for major Railway projects and Re-structuring of Railways, Ministry & Railway Board” under the chairmanship of Dr. Bibek Debroy. The terms of reference of the committee are:

1. Re-organising and re-structuring the Board and subsequently the department so that policy making and operations are separated, the department does not work in silos, policy making focuses on long term and medium term planning issues and operations focuses on day to day functioning of the organisation.

2. Promote exchange of officers between the Railways and other departments.

3. Estimate financial needs of the Railways and ensure appropriate frameworks and policies are in place to raise resources, both internally and from outside the Government, to enable Railways to meet the demands of the future.

4. Examine and suggest modalities for implementing the existing Cabinet decisions on setting up a Rail Tariff Authority and give recommendations.

The committee has been interacting with a cross section of Railwaymen including Railway Unions and other stakeholders and suitable action on the recommendations can be considered on submission of the report of the committee.

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

Source:pib
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Showcasing of commendable work done during Service

A concept paper to create a platform for retiring employees to showcase significant achievements during their service period has been approved and uploaded on Department’s website. This would also create a database of useful suggestions and information. Once this facility is eventually created, retiring employees will be able to submit their outstanding achievements online.

This was stated by Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions in a written reply to Dr. T. Subbarami Reddy in Rajya Sabha today.

Source:pib
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Formation of SC/ST Employees’ Welfare Organisation in CPSU

Only 43 SC/ST Employees’ Welfare Organizations have been formed in 9 out of 32 Central Public Sector Undertakings, under the administrative control of Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises. These organizations have been duly registered and bye-laws governing their function are duly approved. The details of these organizations is given in the Annexure attached.

This information was given today by Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Shri G.M. Siddeshwara in a written reply to Rajya Sabha question.

Source:pib
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Extension in Retirement Age of Scientists

The Government has received any proposals to enhance the retirement age of scientists to 62 from the present age of 60 years. The issue is under consideration of a Committee.

This information was given today by Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan in a written reply to Lok Sabha question.

Source:pib
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

AADHAR Enabled Bio-metric Attendance System-DOPT ORDER

No: 11013/9/2014- Estt (A-III)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, dated 21st November 2014.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Introduction of AADHAR Enabled Bio-metric Attendance System

It has been decided to use an AADHAR Enabled Bio-metric Attendance System (AEBAS) in all offices of the Central Government, including attached/ sub-ordinate Offices, in India. The system will be installed in the offices located in Delhi/ New Delhi by 31st December 2014. In other places this may be installed by 26th January 2015

2. The equipment will be procured by the Ministries/ Departments as per specifications of DeitY on DGS&D Rate Contract from authorized vendors. The expenditure will be met by the Ministries/ Departments concerned under their O.E. The manual system of attendance may be phased out accordingly.

3. The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) will provide the technical guidance for installing the system. The equipment already procured by DeitY have a built in AMC of three years. The Ministries/ departments may ensure that the equipment being procured by them have similar provision.

4. Biometric attendance system is only an enabling platform. There is no change in the instructions relating to office hours, late attendance etc. which will continue to apply. As per extant instructions, (contained in DoPT O.M. No: 28034/8/75- Estt-A dated 04-07-1975; No:28034/10/75-Estt-A dated 27-08-1975; No: 28034/3/82 —Estt-A dated 05-03-1982) half—a-day’s Casual Leave should be debited for each day of late attendance, but late attendance upto an hour, on not more than two occasions in a month, and for justifiable reasons may be condoned by the competent authority. In addition to debiting Casual Leave (or Earned Leave, when no CL is available). Disciplinary action may also be taken against government servants who are habitually late. Early leaving is also to be treated in the same manner as late coming.

5. These orders come into force with immediate effect.

6. All Ministries/ Departments are requested to bring this to the notice of all concerned.

(J.A Vaidyanathan)
Director (Establishment)

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/11013-9-2014-Estt-A-3.pdf
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LATEST LTC 80 FARE LIST-2014

Click the below link to view the LTC 80 FARES
http://www.airindia.in/Images/pdf/WebFares.pdf

Note:

a). Above Charges are applicable per coupon.
In case of ‘non-refundable, Basic Fare and Airline Fuel Charge will be forfeited.

b).LTC Tickets: Change/Refund Fee will be as applicable for highest Business or Economy Class fare

c).Armed Forces and related discounts : Change/ Refund Fee applicable for highest economy class fare. All categories of Armed Forces, Paramilitary Forces, General Reserve Engineering Forces, War Disables Officers, War Widows and Gallantry Award Tickets under RBD Y to H)

d)The refund rules applicable to Link Fares on all RBDs are as under:

(A) Originating point:
1. Tickets issued on fares under: RBDs U to K
a) Refund  – Permitted up to 1 hr before scheduled  departure  of the flight against  a Refund  Fee of – Rs. 1053 /- coupon.
b) Refund of No-show ticket: Non Refundable(Basic fare + Airline Fuel Charge)
2) Tickets  issued on fares under: RBDs S & T
(a) Refund – Permitted up to 1 hr before scheduled departure of the flight against a Refund Fee of - Rs.1579/- per coupon.
b) Refund of No-show ticket: Non Refundable(Basic fare + Airline Fuel Charge)

(B) Intermediate Point :
In case of completion of part itinerary,  a passenger  desirous  of claiming refund will be allowed to do so after deducting the applicable  fare on booked RBD, for the sector travelled  along with the applicable  Refund  Fee. Not permitted for RBDs S & T.

(C) In cases of Flight Disruptions:
(a) Alternate  arrangements are made by the Airline- No Refund
(b)Passenger is taken back to the point of origin by the first available  service- Full amount to be refunded.
(c)Own arrangement for the cancelled sector is made by the passenger(s): Refund of Basic fare of the cancelled sector in respective RBD (Airline Fuel Charge to be retained) along with unutilized non-airline taxes, if any.
e). No Re-validation or Cancellation Fee applicable on Infant Tickets.

5 Applicable Fares as on 3rd Nov ‘ 14

6 These fares are subject to Change without prior notice

Source: AIR INDIA

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Delhi HC refuses to stay functioning of Seventh Pay Commission

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday declined to stay the functioning of the Seventh Pay Commission while hearing a plea that challenged a notification on inclusion of a former IAS officer as a member of the panel.

Justice Sudershan Kumar Misra also issued notice to the central government on the plea filed by retired members of the all India Services, central civil services and armed forces against the government's Feb 28 notification constituting the commission.

The petitioners argued that inclusion of a former Indian Administrative Service officer, Vivek Rae, in the four-member commission give rise to a "real likelihood of bias" on his part to give a favourable recommendation to the IAS.

The petition said: "The impugned resolution, by retaining the practice of including a member of the IAS as a member of the commission has given rise to a real likelihood of bias on the part of such member in favour of maintaining the status quo, under which the IAS enjoys a position of special privilege in respect of pay fixation."

Rae has a directed pecuniary interest in the recommendations of the commission, as it would also determine his pension and retirement benefits, alleged the plea.

The petitioners further questioned the practice of previous pay commissions providing an "edge" in pay scales to members of the IAS over other members of the AIS and other central civil services including India Forest Services (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS), and all other group A central services.

Source:http://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india/delhi-hc-refuses-to-stay-functioning-of-seventh-pay-commission-36404.html

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Teaching of Third Language in Kendriya Vidyalayas.

KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN
18, Institutional Area, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg
New Delhi 110 016

F.No.110332-07/2013/KVS(HQ)/Acad.

Dated the 18th November, 2014
To

The Deputy Commissioner
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
All Regions.

Subject: Teaching of Third Language in Kendriya Vidyalayas.

In pursuance Of the decisions taken in the 99th BOG meeting held on 27.10.2014 and in continuation of the Office Memorandum No.11029-10/2012/KVS(HQ)/Acad. Dated 11.11.2014, it has been felt necessary to issue clear instructions about how the Third Language would be taught to the students Of classes VI to VIII Who had been studying German language till now.

To facilitate the children to learn the Third Language, it has been decided on that this Third Language will be taught for such children with the syllabus of the first term of Class VI, even for those children in Class VII or VIII Who had taken German as the Third Language, so that the teaching learning starts for them right from the beginning and no stress is caused to them. To further facilitate these children, the grades obtained by the students for the earlier terms of learning German as a Third Language would be considered for finalizing the compilation of results for their totals in Third Language. Subsequent levels of teaching learning of this Third Language after the syllabus of first terms of Class VI, will also follow the same graded pattern so that there is minimum stress on children for which separate instructions will be issued. Formative Assessment (FA 3&4) is scheduled to start from week 3rd/4th of November, 2014. However, there will be no FA 3&4 for these students for the Third language. Their assessment and examination schedule for the Third language will be intimated subsequently.

Yours faithfully

Sd/-
(Dr. Shashi Kant)
Joint Commissioner (Trg.)

Source:http://www.kvsangathan.nic.in/GeneralDocuments/ann-18-11-14(8).pdf
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Monday, November 24, 2014

National Council (Staff Side) JCM for Central Government employees demanded and submitted a memorandum on Interim Relief and Merger of DA to the 7th CPC

INTUC
INDIAN NATIONAL DEFENCE WORKERS FEDERATION

INDWF/Circular/012/2014
Date : 17.11.2014
To
All Office Bearers and Working Committee Members,
INDWF

Sub: Holding of National Convention of the National Council (JCM) Staff Side – reg.

Ref: National Council (JCM) Staff Side circular No.NC.JCM/2014/SC Dated 25.10.2014

Dear Colleagues,

National Council (Staff Side) JCM for Central Government employees demanded and submitted a memorandum on Interim Relief and Merger of DA to the 7th CPC and also to the Ministry of Fiance. A reply has been received by the Secretary (Staff Side) National Council (JCM) from Ministry of Finance which is indicative of a refusal of both the demands. The 7th CPC have so far not communicated to us the decision they have taken on the memorandum submitted by the Staff Side, National Council (JCM).

The NDA Government has adopted the same plea made by the UPA II Government to reject our demands.

From the steps so far taken by the BJP Government, it is unambiguous that they would be pursuing the neo-liberal economic policies with much more intensity than even the UPA Government. Having got a clear majority in the Parliament, they would be able to push through necessary legislations to pursue reforms. The outsourcing of Railway functions, privatisation/Corporatisation of Defence manufacturing units, increased FDI inflow in various core sectors of economy, dismantling of the administrative price mechanism, de-nationalisation efforts in the Banking, Insurance and coal sectors and above all the adherence to New Contributory Pension Scheme are some of the bold anti-workers steps taken by the New Government.

The National Council (Staff Side) when they met during October, 2014 at New Delhi it was unanimous opinion to pursue the issues through organizational methods. Accordingly, it was decided to hold a NATIONAL CONVENTION, eliciting the participation of the representatives of all Service organisations participating in the JCM to discuss the emerging situation and decide upon future course of action. Incidentally, we must mention that the JCM conceived as a negotiating forum has been made in-effective by the Government over the years by not convening its meetings periodically.

It was decided that the National Council Convention will be held at

Venue : MPCU Shah Auditorium, Sree Gujarati Samaj, Raj Niwas Road, Civil lines (Opposite Civil lines Metro Station), Delhi
Date : 11th December, 2014 from 12 noon to 1600 hrs.

150 Delegates from Defence Federations (INDWF and AIDEF) are permitted to participate.

Around 75 Delegates from INDWF have to participate and therefore all the Office Bearers and Working Committee members are invited to participate in the convention. Those who are participating are required to intimate to the undersigned so that the Delegate Passes/Badges on their names will be arranged to participate in the convention.

Treat this as an important matter which will decide the issues of 7th CPC (merger of DA and IR) as well as present trend of the New Government on the future of Central Government Employees particulars about Defence Civilian Employees.

Yours Sincerely,
sd/-
(R.SRINIVASAN)
General Secretary

Source: INDWF

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Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2014

     The following are the lists, in order of merit of  238 candidates who have qualified on the basis of the results of the Combined Defence Services Examination (I)-2014 conducted by the Union Public Service Commission in February, 2014 and SSB interviews held by the Services Selection Board of the Ministry of Defence for admission to the 138th  Course of Indian Military Academy, Dehradun;  Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala  and Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (Pre-Flying) Training Course i.e. 197th  F(P) Course.

There are some common candidates in the three lists for various courses.

The number of vacancies, as intimated by the Government is 250 for Indian Military Academy [including 32 vacancies reserved for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Army Wing) holders], 40 for Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala -  [ Hydro/ Executive General Service] including 06 vacancies reserved  for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Naval Wing) holders] and 32 for Air Force Academy, Hyderabad.
 
The Commission had recommended 5480, 2855 and 614 as qualified in the written test for admission to the Indian Military Academy/ Indian Naval Academy  and Air Force Academy respectively. The number of candidates finally qualified are those after SSB testing conducted by Army Head Quarters.

The results of Medical examination have not been taken into account in preparing these lists.

Verification of date of birth and educational qualifications of these candidates is still under process by the Army Headquarters.  The candidature of all these candidates is, therefore, Provisional on this score.  Candidates are requested to forward their certificates, in original,  in support of Date of Birth/Educational  qualification etc., certificates claimed by them, along with Photostat attested copies thereof to Army Headquarters/Naval Headquarters/Air Headquarters, as per their first choice.

In case, there is any change of address, the candidates are advised to promptly intimate directly to the Army Headquarters/Naval Headquarters/Air Headquarters.

These  results will also be available on the UPSC website at http.//www.upsc.gov.in   However, marks of the candidates will be available on the website after completion of its complete process  i.e. after  declaration of final result of Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) for Combined Defence Services Examination (I)-2014.

For any further information, the candidates may contact  Facilitation Counter near Gate ‘C’  of the Commission’s Office, either in the person or on Telephone Nos. 011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543 between 10:00 Hours & 17:00 Hrs. on any working days.    

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Source:pib
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