Wednesday, August 20, 2014

MEMORANDUM SUBMITTED TO THE SEVENTH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION BY THE NON-GAZETTED GOVERNMENT OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION, ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS

GENERAL

1. 1 RESTORATION OF ANDAMAN SPECIAL ALLOWANCE AT PREVIOUS RATES AND ENHANCEMENT OF COMPENSATORY ALLOWANCE

Consequent on the implementation of the 4th Central Pay Commission recommendations, the hard earned Andaman Special Allowance/Pay has been arbitrarily withdrawn along with Compensatory Allowance and in its place Special Compensatory Allowance has been introduced on slab basis which has resulted in great financial loss to the government employees and workers working in the islands.

 The Andaman Special Pay was granted for the first time in 1945 at the rate of 33 1/3 % of basic pay to all employees of Andaman and Nicobar Administration, irrespective of their area of recruitment. This special Pay was paid for the unhealthiness of this place under FR 9(25) (c). Although the Ministry of Home Affairs vide their letter No. 4-22/49-AN DATED 22.1.1951 dis-continued this, subsequently the same was sanctioned to one and all irrespective of their area of recruitment and domicile, changing the nomenclature as Special Allowance.

In addition to Special Pay/Allowance, a Compensatory Allowance at the rate of 7 1⁄2 % was sanctioned in the year 1962 which was subsequently enhanced to 12 1⁄2 % from October, 1973, as a result of additional high cost of living in these islands.

The 4th, 5th and 6th Central Pay Commissions, in the name of bringing uniformity in the grant of Allowance, recommended a slab rate of Special Compensatory Allowance, in lieu of Andaman Special Allowance and Compensatory Allowance, which was most unjustifiable. There is no justification, whatsoever, to discontinue with the Special Allowance at the rate ranging from 20% to 30% and Compensatory Allowance at 12 1⁄2 % already enjoyed by the government employees of these islands which were granted after protracted truggles. Grant of Special Compensatory Allowance, on slab basis, can in no way compensate the hard-earned Andaman Special Allowance and Compensatory Allowance aforesaid. On the one hand the Special Allowance and Compensatory Allowance have been clubbed together and on the other, the allowances granted earlier on percentage basis on basic pay have been changed to slab system which amounts to perpetual loss to the employees and is a sheer injustice.

 The Seventh Central Pay Commission may kindly like to recommend restoration of Andaman Special Allowance and Compensatory Allowance at the rates as existed prior to 1.1.1986 for the government employees working in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

1.2 GRANT OF HOUSE RENT ALLOWANCE AT PAR WITH Y CLASS CITY THROUGHOUT THE ISLANDS.

The entire union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands are treated as Y class city for the purpose of daily allowance to government servants who undertake official tours to various islands. This was sanctioned by the Govt.of India due to high cost of living prevalent in this territory. Recently, the Government of India has announced that Port Blair city will be treated as Y Class city for the purpose of HRA.

Further, there is a recommendation of the Fifth Central Pay Commission that cities/towns which are tourist centers may be declared as high class cities irrespective of population, in view of high cost of living in tourist centers. The entire Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a tourist center, as such the entire union territory has to be treated as Y Class city. The Association demands that the Seventh Central Pay Commission may consider it and the entire union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands may be treated as Y Class city for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance considering the exorbitant rent for private residential accommodation prevailing in the entire union territory of A & N Islands.


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ceiling of children education allowance and the details of institutions admissible for the same

MINISTRY OF FINANCE
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1363
ANSWERED ON 18.07.2014
CHILDREN EDUCATION ALLOWANCE
1363 . Shri RAJESH RANJAN (PAPPU YADAV), RANJEET RANJAN

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:-

(a) the existing ceiling of children education allowance and the details of institutions admissible for the same;

(b) whether any change is proposed to be made in the same; and

(c) if so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF FINANCE(SHRI ARUN JAITLEY)

(a) It has been informed by the Department of Personnel and Training that the annual ceiling limit for reimbursement of Children Education Allowance (CEA) is 18,000/- per child. The Hostel Subsidy shall be 4,500/- per month per child. The annual ceiling for reimbursement of CEA for disabled children of Government employees is 36,000/- per annum per child and the rates of Hostel Subsidy for disabled children of Government employees is 9,000/- per child per month. These revisions are applicable with effect from 1st January, 2014. The reimbursement is admissible for the children studying in institutions affiliated to any Board or recognised institution, whether in receipt of Government aid or not, recognised by the Central or State Government or Union Territory Administration or by University or a recognised educational authority having jurisdiction over the area where the institution is situated.

(b) There is no such proposal.

(c) In view of reply to (b) above, the Question does not arise.

Source:Loksabha
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Female bank staffers may soon get transfers of their choice

 NEW DELHI: Female employees of public sector banks will soon be entitled to a major benefit of getting transfers of their choice.

The Finance Ministry has asked the banks to formulate women-friendly transfer policies so that they can get transfers at places where their husbands are working or parents are living.

 The Department of Financial Services, sources said, has asked Public Sector Banks (PSBs) to formulate transfer and posting polices in such way so as to minimise "hardship" of women employees.

"...it has been decided to accommodate as far as possible placement/transfer of married employees, on her request, at a place where her husband is stationed or as near as possible to that place or vice versa," said a communication of the Department to head to PSBs.

In case of unmarried female employees, the banks have been asked to accommodate them "at a place where their parents" are stationed or as near as possible.

While giving directions to PSBs, the Department said it has come to its notice that female employees, both married and unmarried, "when place/ transfered away from their husband or parents...to distant locations face a genuine hardship or develop a feeling of insecurity".

There are 27 PSBs, including the latest Bharatiya Mahila Bank. Of the nearly 8 lakh employees in PSBs, about 2.5 lakh are females. The PSBs have been asked to frame the policy in this regard with the approval of their Board and "take immediate action for implementation and compliance".

Also, they have been asked to consider pending requests under the new guidelines.

Source:Economic times
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Women in Government Service - Recommendations of Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee

Women in Government Service

In order to encourage the women to join Government service, they are provided some special facilities as maternity leave, child care leave, child adoption leave, special allowance to women with disability, provision of crèche facility, posting of husband and wife at the same station, special priority in allotment of residential accommodation, provision for protection of women from acts of sexual harassment, age relaxation for appointment to widows, divorced woman and woman judicially separated from their husbands and who are not remarried, special dispensation for woman officers of All India Services of North East cadre, change of Cadre in case of marriage of All India Service Officer and exemption from payment of fee for examinations conducted by the Union Public Service Commission and Staff Selection Commission.

As per the recommendations of the 62nd Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee, publicity to encourage women to prefer/join Government Service is being given. There is a provision for age relaxation for appointment in Government service for Widows, divorced Women and Women judicially separated from husbands and not re-married upto 35 years for posts of Group C filled through Staff Selection Commission/Employment Exchange (upto 40 years for members of Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes).

Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Dr. Jitendra Singh gave this information in Rajya Sabha today in a written reply to a question by Shri T.K. Rangarajan and Shrimati Gundu Sudharani.

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Service Allocation To Candidates Recommended By UPSC Based On The Civil Services Examination-2013-DOPT

Service allocation to the recommended candidates by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on the basis of Civil Services Examination (CSE), 2013 to lAS, IFS, IPS and Central Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ Services has been made and uploaded by the Department of Personnel and Training (D0PT), Government of India in its website on 14.08.20 14.

Service allocation to the candidates is done after taking into consideration the rank obtained, preference of service indicated, status of medical fitness (I.e. fit for all services, ‘fit’ for only technical/non-technical services, temporarily unfit or ‘unfit’ for all services etc), category of the candidate (i.e. Un-Reserved (UR)/Scheduled Caste(SC)IScheduled Tribe(ST)/Other Backward class(OBC)/Physically Handicapped(PH)), vacancy available in a particular service at his/her turn, meeting of Physical Requirement (PR) and Functional Classification (FC) criteria by the PH category candidates etc.

The General Merit (GM) candidates who have qualified without availing of any relaxation admissible to their respective categories (OBC, SC & ST) are first considered for allocation for service against the unreserved vacancy (UR). But in case they get service of their higher preference they are allocated such service in their own category. Allocation to candidates under OBC category against vacancy reserved is done only after satisfying the fact that the candidate falls in the non-creamy layer segment. First, service allocation to Physically Handicapped (PH) candidates is done against the vacancy available in the relevant sub-category (i.e. Visually Impaired (Vl)/Hearing Impaired (HI)/ Locomotor Disability and Cerebral Palsy (LDCP)) as per their rank, findings of medical board, meeting PR&FC requirements, at their turn. Thereafter, service allocation to rest of the candidates other than PH category is finalized.

UPSC has recommended names of 1122 candidates who had successfully cleared the CSE 2013. Service allocation has been done in respect of 981 candidates. Out of 98lcandidates allocated to various services, allocation to some of the candidates has been kept provisional because they have a chance for up-gradation to a better service as per their preference due to non-receipt of medical status or lack of confirmation of creamy layer status in respect of candidates above them in rank. After such medical reports and OBC status are finalized, provisional allocation may be confirmed with or without up-gradation.

In respect of the remaining 141 candidates service allocation has not been done due to following reasons. Some candidates have indicated preference only for limited number of services. As per rules they may be allocated to a service only after service allocation has been done to all candidate from the main as well as the reserve list is complete. OBC status of some candidates is under verification. Candidature of some candidates has been kept as provisional by UPSC due to non-submission of some essential documents by them. In respect of some candidates their medical examination is not final. These candidates would be considered for service allocation after verification of their status. Candidature of some candidates has been cancelled due to non completion of medical examination despite ample opportunities, non-verification of OBC status, non-fulfillment of physical requirement, functional classification of the service to which they were entitled to be allocated in (PH) category.

While every effort is being made to resolve the issues for clearing provisional allocation in time bound manner, the candidates are instructed to get the pending medical examination completed immediately without any further delay.

The candidates are hereby informed that the specific reasons for their non-allocation of service are being uploaded in the DoPT’s site, which can be accessed through the web authentication code provided to the candidates.

Source:www,persmin.nic.in
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Cab Secy tells Secys to crack whip on ‘habitual latecomers’

Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth has asked Secretaries of all central departments to intensify the crackdown on government employees who are found to be “habitually late” in reaching office. Seth, in his July 31 missive, has specifically cited concerns expressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard.

Stating that the onus lies on the Secretaries to make the staff more work-oriented, the letter says that Modi has taken cognizance of some official reports which say that there has been no visible improvement in the ambience of the workplaces while “some officials have been habitually coming late” to work.

“In some departments, the ministers have noticed the laxity in this regard. The PM has expressed concern over these reports,” says the letter.

The government is waiting for the success of its drive to make its employees punctual, which can happen on “continued perseverance by every employee,” it says. Cautioning the Secretaries against any “slippages” in this regard, Seth has asked them to review the situation on a sustained basis.

At a meeting with the Secretaries in June also, Seth had emphasised the need to ensure punctuality and attendance.

Two Secretary level officers told The Indian Express that a Joint Secretary level officer has been informally deputed in each ministry to keep a check on attendance. Though the letter does not spell out the punitive action in case of continued poor attendance, it is learnt that the defaulters may have to take compulsory leave.

Source:http://indianexpress.com/article/india/politics/cab-secy-tells-secys-to-crack-whip-on-habitual-latecomers/
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CONFEDERATION DECLARES NATIONWIDE AGITATIONAL PROGRAMMES

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS

 Ref: Circular No. 18
Dated – 17.08.2014

To

All CHQ office Bearers
All Affiliated organizations
All State C-O-Cs

CONFEDERATION DECLARES NATIONWIDE AGITATIONAL PROGRAMMES

Dear Comrades,

The National Sectt. of the Confederaton met at New Delhi on 11.08.2014 to consider the follow up action required in the matter of some of the pressing issues on which Confederation had organized series of agitational programmes prior to the commencement of the Election process of the 16th Lok Sabha. The CHQ has received reports from various affiliaties to the effect that they have all endorsed the common memorandum, the Confederation had submitted to the 7th CPC. Most of the affiliates have emailed copies of the respective memorandum to the CHQ. Those who have not sent copies are requested to do so without further loss of time. This will enable the Confederation to write to the 7th CPC to provide an opportunity to these organisations to tender oral evidence to explain and elucidate their submissions in the memorandum.

The meeting noted that there has been only negative response from the Government on the issues of Interim Relief and merger of DA. We have already sent to you a copy of our letter addressed to the Seretary, Staff Side, JCM National Council, (Com. Shivgopal Mishra) which is yet to be responded. The meeting considered the following issues as important, the pursuance of which must not brook any delay, especially in the background that the 7th CPC has formally written to the Government asking it to indicate the course of action required to be taken on the memorandum of the staff side on Interim Relief and marger of DA.

CHARTER OF DEMANDS
1.      Merger of DA with pay for all employees with effect from 01.01.2014 including Gramin Dak sewaks and pensioners.

2.      Grant of Interim Relief to all employees including Gramin Dak Sewaks and Pensioners.

3.      Inclusion of Gramind Dak sevaks under the purview of 7th Central pay Commission.

4.      Scrap PFRDA Act and grant of statutory pension to all.

5.      Date of effect of 7th CPC recommendations should be 01.01.2014.

6.      Regularisation and revision of wages of casual laboures and contract workers.

7.      Removal of 5% condition for compassionate appointments.

8.      Fill up al vacant posts and creation of new posts wherever justified.

9.      Stop downsizing, outsourcing, contractorisation and privatisation of Government functions.

10.  Grant Productivity linked Bonus to all without ceiling; compute Bonus as weighted average of PLB for those not covered by PLB agreement.

11.  Revise OTA and NDA and implement arbitration awards.

The meeting also considered the policy perception of the new Government in the light of the administrative price hike in petroleum products, the proposals in the Railway and General Budget, the steep hike in the freight and passenger fares of Railways, the decision to hike FDI in Defence Production, Railway Infrastructure and Insurance sectors, disinvestment of public sector including nationalized banks and have come to the inescapable conclusion that under Narendra Modi dispensation, the neo-liberal policies, as expected, will only be intensified and the promised “Achche Din” is for the Corporate giants of the country. The last session of the Parliament witnessed the determination of the NDA Government in changing the labour laws on the lines of the enactment made by Rajasthan Government of Vasundhara Raje Scindhia by virtue of which in almost 90% of the manufacturing units in India, the employers are permitted to indulge in hire and fire policy, for the existing regulations will be dispensed with.

The meeting came to the decision that the confederation must organise serious and prolonged campaign, preferably in unison with the Railway and Defence Federations. We will pursue our consultation with those Federations to reach a common approach in the matter. Since it might take some more time, the meeting decided to pursue the demands through a demonstrative programme.

11th September 2014       -      Submission of the Charter of Demands along with a brief Note to all heads of offices by arranging demonstration in front of all offices; the branch level/district/divisional/state level leaders will explain the demands especially the memorandums on interim relief, DA merger and GDS issues.
19th September 2014       -      Dharna between 10 AM to 3 PM at all important state/districts/divisional centres.
25th September 2014       -      Dharna between 10 AM to 3 PM at New Delhi with participation of the leaders of all affiliates and the members working in the city of Delhi (at a central place-to be decided by the Confederation Delhi State committee).

Confederation office Bearers will meet again at Delhi on 26.09.2014, 5 PM to decide further course of action. Confederation will bring out pamphlets and bulletins to explain various issues like minimum wage, DA, Bonus, GDS problems  etc. shortly as part of an education campaign. The detailed campaign programe to be undertaken after Diwali festival will be intimated later.

Comradely yours,

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General

Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Benefit of reservation to Ex-servicemen, who applies for various examinations/vacancies before joining civil posts/ services in the Government job on civil side.

No.36034/1/2014-Estt.(Res.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Pubic Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 14th August, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Benefit of reservation to Ex-servicemen, who applies for various examinations/vacancies before joining civil posts/ services in the Government job on civil side.

In terms of this Department’s Notification No.39016/10/79-Estt(C) dated 15th December, 1979 as amended from time to time and which was last amended vide Notification No. 36034/1/2006-Estt (Res) dated 4th October, 2012, the benefit of reservation to ex-servicemen is available at ten per cent of the vacancies in Group C posts and twenty per cent of the vacancies in Group D posts in all the Central Civil Services and posts. Benefit of reservation is also extended at ten per cent of the vacancies in the posts upto of the level of Assistant Commandant in all para-military forces to be filled by direct recruitment.

2. Vide this Department’s O.M. No. 36034/27/84-Estt.(SCT) dated 02.05.1985, it was decided that once an ex-serviceman has joined the Government job on civil side after availing of the benefits given to him as an ex-serviceman for his re-employment, his ex-serviceman status for the purpose of re-employment in Government would cease. It was also decided that on his joining the civil employment, he would be deemed to be a civil employee and would accordingly be entitled to only such of the benefits like relaxation of age etc. as admissible to civil employees in the normal course. Vide this Department’s O.M. No. 36034/21/87-Estt.(SCT) dated 07.11.1989, it was clarified that the instructions of 02.05.1985 shall not apply to those ex-servicemen who have been re-employed or are re-employed by private companies/autonomous bodies/ public sector undertakings/ government offices on casual/contract/temporary ad-hoc basis and who can be removed from such service at any time by their employer concerned.

3. An ex-serviceman at the time of his release or discharge from the armed forces normally applies for more than one vacancy, but in case he/she joins any civil employment due to early declaration of results/selection, he/she is ,not entitled for the benefit of reservation for ex-servicemen for subsequent employment. It has been brought to the notice of this Department that the aforesaid instructions are affecting the chances of ex-servicemen in the case of direct recruitment for subsequent suitable employment.

4. The matter has, therefore, been considered in consultation with Department of Ex-servicemen, Ministry of Defence. It has now been decided that if an ex-serviceman applies for various vacancies before joining any civil employment, he/she can avail of the benefit of reservation as ex-serviceman for any subsequent employment. However, to avail of this benefit, an ex-serviceman as soon as he/she joins any civil employment, should give self-declaration/undertaking to the concerned employer about the date-wise details of application for various vacancies for which he/she had applied for before joining the initial civil employment. Further, this benefit wou’d be available only in respect of vacancies which are filled on direct recruitment and wherever reservation is applicable to the ex-servicemen.

5.The above Orders shall take effect from the date of issue of this Office Memorandum.

6.All the Ministries/Departments are requested to bring the above instructions to the notice of all appointing authorities under their control, for information and compliance.

sd/-
(G. Srinivasan)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Source: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02adm/36034_1_2014-Estt.Res-14082014.pdf

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Simplification of pension procedure-submission of undertaking by retiring Government servant along with pension papers

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CENTRAL PENSION ACCOUNTING OFFICE
TRIKOOT-II, BHIKHAJI CAMA PLACE,
NEW DELHI-110066
CPAO/Tech/Simplification/2014-15/241-351
08.08.2014
Office Memorandum

Sub: Simplification of pension procedure-submission of undertaking by retiring Government servant along with pension papers

“The Scheme for Payment of pensions to Central Government Civil Pensioners through Authorized Banks" issued by CP/-Xo provides for an undertaking of recovery of overpayment to be submitted by the retiring Government servant,-‘pensioner to the pension disbursing bank before commencement of pension. Delayed submission of this undertaking has been a main reason in crediting the first payment of pension to the pensioners account.

In order to simplify the pension procedure and consequent upon the delinking of commencement of pension with the first time identification of the pensioner by bank, the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has approved the submission of undertaking by the retiring Government servant along with pension papers before his retirement.

Now. the required undertaking may be obtained by the Head of Office from the retiring Goventment servant along with Form 5 and other documents before his retirement and forwarded the same to Pay and Accounts Office along with pension case for onward transmission ‘to bank through CPAO. The undertaking shall be addressed to the Branch Manager of the Pension Account Holding Branch and in the prescribed format (copy enclosed)

These instructions were earlier issued by Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare vide their OM dated 7th May, 2014 and CPAO vide its OM dated 28th May. 2014 (available on CPAOs‘ website). But it has been noticed that Head of the Offices and Pay and Accounts Offices are not even aware of these instructions so far. Consequently, these instructions are not being implemented and the main reason of delay in first credit of pension by the banks still persists.  This is a matter of great concern.

Therefore. all Pr. CCAs/CCAs/CAs are requested to issue directions to their PAOs for complying with the OM No. CPAO/Tech/Simplification/2014-15/52 dated-28.05.2014 and to ensure that all pension cases received from Head of Offices are supported with undertaking of recovery of overpayment and the same is invariably forwarded to CPAO as a part of PPO booklet for onward transmission to CPPC of the bank. All authorization sections in CPAO have already been directed not to accept any pension case for authorization of pension payment received without the undertaking.

Encl: - As above
sd/-
(Suman Bala)
Chief Controller (Pensions)

SPECIMEN LETTER OF UNDERTAKING BY THE PENSIONER
Date_________
To

The Branch Manager
_________________________________ (Bank)
_________________________________ (Branch & address)

Dear Sir,
Payment of pension under A/C No._____________ through your Bank.

In consideration of your having, at my request, agreed to make payment of pension due to me every month by credit to my account with you. I the undersigned agree and undertake to refund or make good any amount to which I am not entitled or any amount which may be credited to my account in excess of the amount to which I am or would be entitled. I further hereby undertake and agree to bind myself and my heirs, successor, executors and administrators to indemnify the bank from and against any loss, suffered or incurred by the bank in so crediting my pension to my account under the scheme and to forthwith pay the same to the bank and also irrevocably authorise the bank to recover the amount due by debit to my said account or any other account! deposits belonging to me in the possession of the bank.


Yours faithfully,

Signature:__________________
Name:_____________________
Address:___________________
Witnesses:
(1) Signature:___________  (2) Signature:_____________________
Name:________________                Name: _______________________
Address: ______________           Address: ______________________
Date: _________________            Date:_________________________

Source:http://cpao.nic.in/pdf/cpao_tech_simplification_2014-15_241_351.pdf



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Grant of HRA/Transport Allowance at enhanced rates to the Central Government employees as per Census 2011

No.9(10)/2012-E-II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, 30th July 2014

To
The Secretary General,
(Shri.M.Krishnan)
Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers,
1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building,
New Delhi – 110001.

Subject: Grant of HRA/Transport Allowance at enhanced rates to the Central Government employees as per Census 2011 – regarding.

Sir,
I am directed to refer to your letter Ref. No.Confdn./GENL/2014 dated 28.04.2014 on the above mentioned subject and to say that consequent on the Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner publishing the Report of Census-2011, action for re-classification of cities/towns based on Census-2011 for the purpose of grant of HRA / Transport Allowance to Central Government Employees, has already been initiated in this Department.

2. However, completion of the process is likely to take time.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(A.Bhattacharya)
Under Secretary to the Government of India


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Highlights of Prime Minister’s Address on Independence Day

1. Dear countrymen, on this auspicious occasion of Independence Day, many good wishes from the Prime Servant of India. I am here amidst you not as a Prime Minister but as the Prime Servant.

2. I bow to all freedom fighters who sacrificed and dedicated their lives for country’s independence.

3. Independence Day is an occasion to take a pledge for the welfare of all those who are down trodden, poor, exploited and oppressed and to do something for them.

4. Every action should be tested on the yardstick of national interest. If we resolve to live a life like that, the festival of Independence may become an inspiration to take India to new heights.

5. This country has been built not by the rulers but by farmers, workers, mothers and sisters, youth, sages and saints, teachers, scientists and social workers.

6. A child hailing from a small town and belonging to a poor family is today having the good fortune of bowing before India’s tricolour from the ramparts of the Red Fort. It is the power of India’s democracy and priceless blessing given by the authors of the Indian constitution. I bow to them.

7. All Prime Ministers of the country have contributed to the progress of the country after independence. Likewise, all Governments of the country as well as state Governments have also contributed.

8. Let us move together, think together, resolve together and unitedly take the country forward.125 crore countrymen have taken the country forward with this credo.

9. We are not among those who function on the strength of majority. We want to move forward on a strong base of consensus.

10. I also greet all Members of Parliament and all political parties from the ramparts of the Red Fort with pride. We ended the Parliament session yesterday with an important experiment of taking the nation forward with strong consensus.
11. When I had an insider’s view after coming to Delhi, it looked as if dozens of parallel Governments were running within the Government, each with its own fiefdom. I witnessed conflict and scattering. I have begun an attempt to make the Government an organic unit.

12. The machine called Government or establishment is to be made sharper and swifter for fulfilling aspirations of the people.

13. Right from a peon to the Cabinet Secretary everybody is capable. Everybody has power and experience. I want to harness their power and use it to speed up national welfare. I will certainly do it.

14. Our great leaders won freedom, do we not have a duty towards the India of their dreams, and don’t we have a national character. A time has come to think seriously over these issues.

15. Should 125 crore countrymen not have a mantra to ensure that their every step is in national interest.

16. Everything is not for self. Some things are also for the nation. One should rise above the self-interest and think about the national interest.

17. Parents ask a number of questions when a daughter goes out, but do they ever have the courage to ask their son about his friends or where is he going or why. After all a rapist is also someone’s son.

18. Nepal provides an example of youth laying down arms and taking to education. It can inspire the youth who have taken to violence, all over the world.

19. Even after independence we sometime face poison of casteism or communalism. How long will it continue and who is going to benefit from it?

20. I appeal to youth of the country that the poison of casteism, communalism or sectarianism is a hindrance to country’s progress. Think and try a ten years moratorium to get a society free of all these tensions.

21. In Commonwealth games our 64 sports persons won medals. These include 29 women. Let us be proud of these daughters.

22. There are two tracks in the country to move forward, good governance and development. We can progress only on these tracks.

23. Crores of families have mobile phones but not a bank account. We have to change this situation.

24. Those in Government service are not doing a job but a service, this feeling is to be renewed.

25. Just imagine, if 125 crore countrymen take a step forward the country will move 125 crore steps forward.

26. Who so ever will open an account under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana will be provided with a debit card and insurance worth Rs.One lakh.

27. We want to link poor people of the country with a bank account facility through Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana.

28. Our country is the youngest nation of the world. Skill development is our mission for development of the country.

29. I want to develop such youth who are job creators.

30. If we wish to provide maximum employment to youth we will have to promote manufacturing sector.

31. We have skill, talent and discipline and a will to perform. We want to give a collective opportunity to the world. ….Come, make in India, we have the strength, come to our country, I invite you.

32. A farmer serves the country by filling the granaries in the same way as a soldier defends the motherland. It is also a national service.

33. Youth should resolve that may be at a small level, they will make at least one article that the country imports, so that it may never need be imported in future.

34. Youth belonging to the IT profession have paved the way for establishing India’s new identity in the world.

35. Digital India is our dream for the nation. When I say ‘digital India’ it is not meant for the rich but for those who are poor.

36. If we move with the dream of electronic digital India and manufacturing of electronic goods and become self-reliant, it will be a major gain for the country.

37. There was a time when it was said that Railway unites the country. I say, today IT has the power to unite the country and its people.

38. We want to promote tourism. Tourism provides employment to the poorest of the poor. Even the small vendor, auto driver, chaat seller and tea stall owner earns from it. While talking of tea seller, I feel a degree of affinity.

39. Biggest obstruction to development of national character is the filth seen all around us. The first job in the government I did after coming here, was that of cleaning. People were surprised. Is it the job of a Prime Minister. But for me, it is a very big job.

40. If 125 crore countrymen decide not to ever spread filth, then no power in the world can make our village or town dirty.

41. Let us decide that in 2019 when we observe Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th anniversary, we will not let our village, city, country, school, colony,   temple, hospital and all other areas remain dirty. It is not Government’s job, it is to be done by public participation.

42. Presently, our mothers and sisters are forced to defecate in open. Do we like this and is not our responsibility to arrange for toilets at least?

43. I have to launch a Swachch Bharat campaign from 2nd October and we want to carry this forward within four years.

44. One task which I would like to begin today, is toilet in all schools of India and a separate toilet for girls. Only then the girls will not drop out of schools. I urge all Members of Parliament to use their MPLAD fund for construction of toilets in the schools for one year.

45. When we stand here on next 15th August, we should be confident that there is no school left in the country without separate toilets for boys and girls.

46. I today announce a scheme named after the Parliamentarians- ’Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana’.Every MP has to develop one village in his or her constituency into a model village under this scheme.

47. A Parliamentarian should develop two more villages before going for election after 2016 in the year 2019. After that every MP has to develop at least five villages during a five year tenure.

48. A complete blue print of Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana will be presented to all MPs and all State Governments by 11th October, Jayprakash Narayan’s Jayanti.

49. We will have to think about giving a new shape to the Planning Commission in order to utilise our federal structure as a heritage of development and better team work between the Centre and states.

50. Strengthen State Governments, federal structure, with new outlook, new body and soul and with new direction, we will create a new institution. Very soon this new institute will start working in place of Planning Commission.

51. India’s divine strength and spiritual heritage will play a major role in world’s welfare. These thoughts were expressed by Shri Aurobindo.

52. As Swami Vivekananda said that once again Mother India has awaken, my mother India will take her place as teacher of the world and every Indian will be a tool of global welfare.

53. Why shouldn’t all SAARC countries fight against poverty and defeat it.

54. I went to Bhutan and Nepal. Dignitaries from SAARC countries came to swearing in ceremony. This is a very good beginning. Definitely there will be good results.

55. I assure you, if you will work for twelve hour I will work for thirteen because I am not a Prime Minister but a Prime Servant. I have come with this government as a servant not as a ruler.

56. I felicitate country’s security forces, para military forces for protecting Mother India and for their determination and sacrifice.

 Source:pib
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Relaxation for Travel by Air to Visit to J&K and NER -CONFEDERATION

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi – 110001
Website: WWW. Confederationhq.blogspot.com
Email: Confederationhq@yahoo.co.in
Ref: Conf/LTC/J&K & NER
Dated – 07/08/2013

To
The Secretary
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi – 110001

Sir,
Sub: CCS(LTC) Rules – Relaxation for Travel by Air to Visit to J&K and NER – Reg.

Ref: 1) DOPT OM F.No. 31011/4/2007-Estt (A) dated 30/04/2012
         2) DOPT OM F.No. 31011/2/2003-Estt A IV dated 15/06/2012

A kind reference is invited on the above cited OMs :

     The Air Travels on Leave Travel Concession have been provided to Jammu & Kashmir and North Easter Region vide above OMs. The period prescribed for availing the facility of air travel on LTC to above places now expired.

It is requested to extend the facility of travel by air on LTC not only for exclusively encourage tourism to these regions but for the central servants to be motivated for visiting the finest places of our Indian soil.

Immediate positive response on this matter is highly appreciated.

With profound regards,
sd/-
(M.Krishnan)
Secretary General

Source: www.confederationhq.blogspot.in

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Extension of LTC facilities to Defence Industrial Employees.

Office of the Controller General of Defence Accounts,
Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt-110010

Circular
No.AT/IV/LTC/III
dated: 12/08/2014

To
All PCs DA/Cs DA
PCoA(Fys) Kolkata

Sub: Extension of LTC facilities to Defence Industrial Employees.

A reference was received from MES Employee’s Union Pune wherein a doubt has been raised that whether LTC claims on account of IRCTC packages are to be restricted to the shortest route from HQrs to the declared place of visit or the entire tour package is to be reimbursed.

2. The matter was referred to MoD for clarification. MoD D(Civ-II) in consultation with DoPT has clarified vide MoD ID No.1 1(1)/2013/D(Civ-II) dated:14.07.2014, that “reimbursement in such cases will be in accordance with Gol Decision (I) and GID (2) under Rule 13 of CCS (LTC) Rules 1988, whichever is applicable”.

3. Copy of the same is enclosed herewith for information and taking necessary action while admitting such claims.

sd/-
A.N.Das)
Jt.CGDA(AT-III)

Source: http://www.cgda.nic.in/audit/extension%20of%20ltc%20to%20defence%20Indust%20emp%20130814.pdf
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25th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP) to be held on 05” September, 2014 in New Delhi.

F. No. 42/29/2014-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003
Date: 12th Aug 2014
To,
All the Pensioners Associations under present SCOVA
Subject: 25th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP) to be held on 05” September, 2014 in New Delhi.

— Intimation regarding DATE and TIME.

Sir/Madam,
         In continuation to this Department’s 0M of even no dated 24th June, 2014 regarding holding of the 25th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies(SCOVA) under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP), the revised date and time of the meeting is indicated below:

Date:- 05th September, 2014,
Time:- 11.00 AM.

2. The Venue of the meeting will soon be intimated. Because of the consideration of space, only one representative may attend the above said meeting. It is requested that the name of the member nominated for the meeting may kindly be sent to this Department to the undersigned through fax/email (Fax/Email address given below) and also In the hard copy.

3. Only one outstation member will be paid TA/DA and local members will be paid conveyance charges in accordance with the rules/Instructions. Outstation members will be paid TA/DA as per their last entitlement on retirement. Therefore, members are requested to bring copy of PPO for determining the entitlement of TA/DA Claims.

4. This Department looks forward to your participation in the meeting.

Yours faithfully,

sd/-
(Sujasha Choudhiiy)
Dy. Secretary (P)

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/SCOVA_120814.pdf
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