Thursday, March 5, 2015

Grant of Family Pension and gratuity to the eligible member of the family of an employee/pensioner/family pensioner reported missing-consolidated instructions regarding.

OFFICE OF THE PR. CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSIONS)
DRAUPADI GHAT, ALLAHABAD- 211014
Circular No. 538
Dated: 06.02.2015.

Subject: - Grant of Family Pension and gratuity to the eligible member of the family of an employee/pensioner/family pensioner reported missing-consolidated instructions regarding.


Reference: - This office Circular No. 498 dated 08.08.2013.

A copy of Govt. of India, Ministry of Defence letter No 1(1)/2010-D(Pension/Policy) dated 23.12.2014 is reproduced wherein it has now been decided to issue consolidated instructions in supersession of previous instructions by various Govt. letters as mentioned in Para-1 of ibid Govt. letter regarding grant of family pension to the eligible members of family of the Armed Forces Personnel/Pensioner/Family pensioner reported missing and whose whereabouts are not known.  It includes those kidnapped by insurgents /terrorists but does not include those who disappear after committing frauds Icrime/desertion etc.

2. In the case of a missing Armed Forces Personnel/ Pensioner/Family pensioner, the family can apply for the grant of family pension, amount of salary due, leave encashment due and the amount of DSOP/AFPP fund and gratuity (whatever has not already been received) to the IHQ / Record Office concerned, where the officers and JCOs/ORs in Army and equivalent in Navy and Air Force, had last served, six month after lodging of police report. The family pension and/or retirement gratuity may be sanctioned by the respective Pension Sanctioning Authorities (PSAs) after observing the following formalities:-

(i) The family must lodge a report with the concerned Police station and obtain a report from the police that the Armed Forces Personnel/ Pensioner/ Family pensioner has not been traced despite all efforts made by them. The report may be a First Information Report or any other report such as a Daily Diary/General Diary Entry, filed by the Police authorities concerned, as per the practice prevalent in the state/ UT.

(ii) An Indemnity Bond should be taken from the nominee/dependents of the Armed Forces Personnel/ Pensioner /Family pensioner that all the payments will be adjusted against the payments due to the Armed Forces Personnel/Pensioner /Family pensioner in case she/he appears on the scene and makes any claim.

3. In the case of a missing Armed Forces Personnel, the family pension, at the ordinary or enhanced rate, as applicable, will accrue from the expiry of leave or the date upto which pay and allowances have been paid or the date of the police report, whichever is later. In the case of a missing pensioner/family pensioner, it will accrue from the date of the police report or from the date immediately succeeding the date till which pension/family pension had been paid, whichever is later.

4. The retirement gratuity will be paid to the family within three months of the date of application. In case of any delay, the interest shall be paid at the applicable rates and responsibility for delay shall be fixed. The difference between the death gratuity and retirement gratuity shall be payable after the death of the employee is conclusively established or on the expiry of the period of seven years from the date of the police report.

5- Before sanctioning the payment of gratuity, Service HQrs/ Record Office will assess all Government dues outstanding against the employee/pensioner and affect their recovery in accordance with instruction in force.

6. The amount of salary due, leave encashment due and the amount of DSOP/AFPP fund will be paid to the family in the first instance as per the nominations made by the Armed Forces Personnel/ Pensioner on filing of a Police report and submission of an indemnity bond as indicated above.

7- The benefits to be sanctioned to the family/nominee of the missing Armed Forces Personnel/ Pensioner will be based on and regulated by the emoluments drawn by him/her as on the last date he/she was on duty including authorised periods of leave.

8. Formats of separate Indemnity Bonds to be used in the case of missing Armed Forces Personnel, missing pensioners and missing family pensioners are available at the official website of PCDA (Pensions) Allahabad i.e. www.pcdapensionnic.in.

9- This circular has been uploaded on PCDA (P) website wwwpcdapensionnicin to disseminate the Defence pensioners and PDAs.

No. Grants/Techlo113-LXVI
Dated:- 06.02.2015
(A.K. Nigam)
ACDA (P)

Source:http://pcdapension.nic.in/6cpc/Circular-538.pdf
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Payment of Death Gratuity to a minor-regarding.

RBE No. 077 12015

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No. F(E)-III/2008/PN1/12
New Delhi. Dated: 29 .01 .2015.
The GMsIFA&CAOs,
All Indian RailwaysIProduction Units/DSO.
(As per mailing list)

Subject: Payment of Death Gratuity to a minor-regarding.

A copy ' of the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DOP&PW)’s OM No.7/3/2013-P&W(F) dated 02/12/2014 on the above subject is enclosed for information and compliance. These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also.

2. The instruction enhancing the ceiling limit of gratuity from Rs. 5000/- to Rs.10,000/- in such cases was issued vide Board’s letter No. F(E)III/88/PN1/42 dated 20.10.1989.

3. Please acknowledge receipt.

D.A.: As above

(AMITABH JOSHI)
Deputy Director Finance (Estt.)III,
Railway Board.

Payment of Death Gratuity to a minor – Clarification by Pensioners Portal

Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/finance/FE-III/2015/RBE_07.pdf
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Unions demand pay revision, oppose FDI in railway and defence sectors

Members of various trade unions, including Southern Railway Mazdoor Union (SRMU), All India Defence Employees Federation, and Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers (CCGEW), staged a demonstration in front of the collectorate here on Monday in support of their 36-point charter of demands.

Their demands, among other things, included implementation of the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission with effect from January 2014, withdrawal of the proposal for allowing foreign direct investment in Railway and Defence sectors, repealing the ban on recruitment and creation of new posts, and repealing the contract and outsourcing system of employment in public sector undertakings.

S.Veerasekaran, assistant general secretary of SRMU (GOC) and convenor of the Joint Action Committee, wanted scrapping of new pension scheme and lifting of ceiling on bonus. P.Pazhanivel, divisional secretary, SRMU, S.P.Senthil, treasurer, All India Railwaymen Federation (GOC), and G.Balachandran, general secretary, OFT Employees Union, said that this was the first phase of the three-pronged struggle announced by the National Joint Action Committee. In the second phase, agitations would be held at all the State headquarters between March 23 and April 11. The third and final phase of the agitation would culminate with a rally in New Delhi on April 28.

Source:http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/unions-demand-pay-revision-oppose-fdi-in-railway-and-defence-sectors/article6953533.ece

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Central Government staff demand early implementation of wage revision

Members of the Joint Council of Action South Zone which represents employees from the Railway, Defence, Postal and other Central Government departments organised a protest meeting near the Collectorate premises here on Monday.

More than 300 members of various associations, including Southern Railway Mazdoor Union (SRMU), All India Defence Employees’ Federation (AIDEF) and National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE), participated in the protest meeting. Zonal president Raja Sridhar and divisional secretary J.M. Rafiq addressed the meeting.

The members also submitted a petition at the Collectorate along with a copy of the demands adopted by the National Convention of the Central Government Employees in December 2014.

In their 37-point charter of demands, the employees asked for the implementation of wage revision for Central government employees, which should be done once in every five years.

‘No privatisation’

They also demanded that no privatisation or Foreign Direct Investment should be allowed in railways and defence establishments, and opposed corporatisation of postal services.

Among other things, they also opposed outsourcing and privatisation of governmental functions and asked the government to withdraw the proposed move to close down printing presses.

Stating that many residential quarters needed renovation, the employees urged the Central government to carry out repairs, not to compel staff to stay in inhabitable quarters, and pay house rent allowance.

Source:http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/central-government-staff-demand-early-implementation-of-wage-revision/article6954017.ece
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Increase the advance reservation period from 60 days to 120 days (excluding the date of journey) w.e.f. 01.04.2015.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (Bharat Sarkar)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (Rail Mantralaya)
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No. 2007/TG-1120/P
New Delhi, dated 27.02.2015
Chief Commercial Managers,
All Zonal Railways.
(COMMERCIAL CIRCULAR NO. 11 OF 2015)

Sub: Time limit for Advance Reservations.

It has been decided to increase the advance reservation period from 60 days to 120 days (excluding the date of journey) w.e.f. 01.04.2015. CRIS will make necessary changes in the software for this purpose under intimation to all Zonal Railways as well as Board’s office.

2. There will be no change in case of certain day time Express Trains like Taj Express, Gomti Express, special trains, etc. where lower time limits for advance reservations are at present in force. There will also be no change in case of the limit of 3 60 days for foreign tourists.

3. Board desire that the above change may be given wide publicity well in advance of its implementation. Suitable instructions to all concerned may be issued to ensure smooth change-over to the new time limit.

4. Please acknowledge the receipt.

-sd-
(Dr. .K. Ahirwar)
Director Traffic Commercial (G)
Railway Board

Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/traffic_comm/Comm-Cir-2015/CC_11_2015.pdf
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7th Pay Commission invited the Standing council members of National Council of JCM – INDWF

INTUC
INDIAN NATIONAL DEFENCE WORKERS FEDERATION
R.Srinivasan
General Secretary

INDWF/Circular/012/2015
Date: 25/2/2015
To
All Affiliated of INDWF

Dear Colleagues,

VII Central Pay Commission invited the Standing council members of National Council of JCM for submission of oral evidence on the JCM/Common memorandum submitted by the National Council constituents to the commission on Pay and Allowances, Pay determination, Minimum and Maximum Pay, Pensionery benefits, Commutations, Revision of Pension for Pensioners etc on 25/2/2015 at 11.00 Hrs.

The Standing Committee members attendted the meeting with the 7th Central Pay Commission from 11.00 Hrs ti 12.30 Hrs and the details are given as under :

1. At the outset Leader and Secretary Staff Side raised the issues that 6th CPC Chairman invited the Standing Committee NC(JCM) for oral evidence on 17th, 18th and 19th April, 2008 on the common memorandum submitted by the National Council Consituents. Therefore, we need minimum three days to supplement and give oral evidence to the VII CPC and one day for Retirement benefits.

a. Determination Pay and Minimum Pay as well as Maximum Pay

b. Pay and Allowances

c. Special Benefits on particular categories

d. Terminal and Retirement Benefits etc.

After receiving the names and dates for discussion we shall be able to allot time for discussion on those matters mentioned in the memorandum.

2. We have demanded that sufficient time to be given to the Federation to present their respective Ministries/Departments specific problems particularly Railways, Defence, Postal, Health Ministry where the issues are different from each other. Chairman agreed to give time after requestes from the respective Federations.

3. Regarding merger of DA and Granting of interim report on granting Interim Relief as per our request, Chairman said that this has not been included in the Terms of reference. However, we have insisted upon that the erosion of pay due to increase in prices and inflation the DA has crossed more than 100%, therefore merger of DA is important and Interim Relief should be granted. Chairman 7th CPC said there is no mention in the Terms of Reference and there are directives from Government on this issue. However, he assured that he will write a DO letter to the Government whether 7th CPC can consider to recommend and submit an Interim Report on this matter.

The National Council JCM agreed to submit the names of members and dates for further discussion on the memorandum after having internal discussions among us and also approach the Government of India to give directives to 7th CPC for submitting an Interim Relief on merger of DA and Interim Relief for both employees and pensioners.

The meeting ended after the above discussions.

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

Source:http://indwf.blogspot.in/
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Reimbursement of Subsidy Amount to LPG Consumers

The Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply today that Government has not withdrawn the subsidy being given to the domestic LPG customers. It has introduced the Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG (DBTL) scheme, namely, ‘PAHAL’. Under the Scheme, LPG consumers joining the scheme, will get the LPG cylinders at market price and will receive LPG subsidy (as per their entitlement) directly into their bank accounts.

The scheme was launched in 54 districts on 15.11.2014 and in rest of country on 01.01.2015. On joining the scheme every LPG consumer is at present entitled for a Permanent Advance (PA) of Rs 568/-, which is provided in addition to the prevalent subsidy on the date of delivery of each subsidized cylinder. This is to enable a LPG consumer buy the first cylinder under the scheme which is delivered at market determined price. All LPG consumers who have not joined the scheme, are given a grace period of three months from the date of launch to join the scheme. During grace period such consumers will get LPG as per their entitlement at subsidized price. Additionally, a period of three months beyond grace period known as parking period is given to LPG consumers for joining the scheme. During parking period such consumers will get cylinders as per their entitlement at market price and subsidy will be kept parked with OMCs. This parked subsidy would be released to consumer as soon as consumer joins the scheme. However, if a consumer joins the scheme after parking period, the parked subsidy would lapse and consumer will get subsidy from prospective date only.

The scheme is aimed to transfer the subsidy benefit directly to beneficiary and curb diversion/black marketing of LPG cylinders.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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Backlog Vacancies

As per data collected till 31.12.2014, during the period 1.4.2012 to 31.12.2014, 19,676 backlog reserved vacancies of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes were filled up in Central Government Departments/attached and subordinate offices, Banks etc.

Government constituted a Committee in July 2013 under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment to make an in depth analysis of the reasons for backlog of filling up of reserved vacancies and suggest measures to enhance the employability of reserved category candidates. The Committee submitted its report in May, 2014. Subsequent to the receipt of the recommendations of the Committee, the matter has been examined by this Department. Time bound action has been finalized and intimated to all concerned Departments/ Ministries on 20.11.2014 for implementation. The Action Plan includes study of reasons for non-filling of backlog reserved vacancies; review of prescribed standards, if required; conducting Special Recruitment Drive and conducting pre-recruitment training programmes.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Shri Ravneet Singh, Shri Sankar Prasad Datta and Shri S.P. Muddahanume Gowda in the Lok Sabha today.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0

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Amendment of CCS Rules for Persons with Disabilities

The Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) has issued a fresh set of Instructions to all Ministries/Departments granting relaxation in the Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972 for Disabled employees. In an Office Memorandum dated February 25, 2015, the DoPT has reiterated that the disabled employees will be entitled to pay, promotion and other service benefits even if they cannot be taken back to the post they were holding or are adjusted or kept waiting until a suitable vacancy arises.

The medical leave on account of disability will not be subject to ceiling under Rule 12 and any leave debited for the period after a Government servant is declared incapacitated shall be remitted back into his/her leave account.

The leave applied on medical certificate in connection with disability cannot also be refused or revoked without reference to a Medical Authority, whose advice shall be binding. Leave will also be granted even if the Government servant’s family member submits an application/medical certificate in case the employee is unable to do so on account of the disability.

The services of an employee can neither be terminated nor reduced in rank in case the employee has acquired a disability during his service. Any disabled employee who is not fit to return to duty shall be shifted to some other post. If that is not possible, the disabled employee shall be kept on a supernumerary post until a suitable post is available or he attains superannuation. Besides, no promotion shall be denied to a person simply on ground of his/her disability.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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CBSE for Increasing Awareness Among Students and Communities on Gender Issues

Administration of Educational Institutions falls under the State Governments/UT Administration including prevention of violence and sexual abuse. No centralized data is maintained by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. However, the Central Board of Secondary Education has published an educator manual for gender sensitivity pedagogy and introduced an elective course ‘Human Rights and Gender Studies’ for classes XI and XII.  The CBSE has also developed publicity material to sensitize children and communities. Further, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has also written to all the State Governments in January, 2013 to ensure gender sensitization by emphasizing that curriculum and text books be re-examined and improved upon for gender positive materials; at least a 2-3 day gender module be conducted with all teachers during the Annual in-service Training programmes; school monitoring systems to incorporate a check list of such gender sensitive parameters that promote gender sensitivity in class room transaction [activities] and school extra curricular activities; include training in self defence for girls and physical education classes starting from upper primary classes.
This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Lok Sabha question.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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CBSE Offers Counselling Services

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) offers counselling services to students and parents of the CBSE affiliated schools to help them deal with examination and result related stress. The CBSE Counselling Service is a community outreach programme which is provided free of cost through Telephonic Counselling, Online Counselling and Question Answer Columns in National Newspapers. The tele-counselling service is provided by the Principals and trained School Counsellors at the time of preparation of examinations during February-April and at the time of declaration of results during May-June. Students and parents can dial a toll free number from any part of the country which gives centralized access to CBSE helpline.

This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Lok Sabha question.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

SEVENTH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION(7th CPC) LIKELY TO SUBMIT REPORT IN OCTOBER 2015-LIVE MINT NEWS

The Seventh Pay Commission will submit its report by October 2015

After 14th Finance Commission, 7th pay panel’s report looms 

Finance ministry fears that its revenue will be affected in 2016-17 as it has to absorb new pay panel recommendations

New Delhi: After the recommendations of the Fourteenth Finance Commission (FFC) forced the government to reduce its plan expenditure in the 2015-16 budget, the Union finance ministry fears its revenues will remain constrained in 2016-17 as well since it has to absorb the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission (SPC) in that year.

“The 7th Pay Commission impact may have to be absorbed in 2016-17. The phase of consolidation, extended by one year, will also be spanning out in this period. Thus, in the medium-term framework, the fiscal position will continue to be stressed,” the finance ministry said in the macroeconomic framework statement laid before Parliament along with the budget on Saturday.

The government appointed the Seventh Pay Commission on 28 February 2014 under chairman justice Ashok Kumar Mathur with a timeline of 18 months to make its recommendations. Though the deadline for submitting the report ends in August this year, the Seventh Pay Commission is likely to seek extension till October.

The Sixth Pay Commission which was constituted in October 2006 had submitted its report in March 2008.

As a result of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, pay and allowances of the Union government employees more than doubled between 2007-08 and 2011-12—from Rs.74,647 crore to Rs.166,792 crore, according to the Fourteenth Finance Commission estimates.

“As a ratio of GDP, it jumped from a little over 0.9% in 2007-08 to 1.2% in 2008-09 and about 1.4% in 2009-10 on account of both pay revision and payment of arrears. However, it moderated to little over 1% in 2012-13,” the Finance Commission said.

The recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission were implemented by states with a delay mainly between 2009-10 and 2011-12, with “significant expenditure outgo” in arrears on both pay and pension counts, the FFC said.

The FFC said that while the finance ministry projects an increase in pension payments by 8.7% in 2015-16, a 30% increase is expected in 2016-17 on account of the impact of the Seventh Pay Commission, followed by an annual growth rate of 8% in subsequent years.

However, it maintained that given the variations across states and the lack of knowledge about the probable design and quantum of award of the Seventh Pay Commission, it is neither feasible, nor practicable, to arrive at any reasonable forecast of the impact of the pay revision on the Union government or the states. “Further, any attempt to fix a number in this regard, within the ambit of our recommendations, carries the unavoidable risk of raising undue expectations,” added the Finance Commission.

A senior Pay Commission official, speaking under condition of anonymity, said its recommendations will surely have significant impact on the revenues of the central government. “The 14th Finance Commission was at a disadvantage since it did not have the benefit of the recommendations of the Pay Commission unlike its predecessors,” he added.

N.R. Bhanumurthy, professor at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, said the FFC has tried to factor in the impact of the recommendations of the SPC on the central government expenses. “The FFC report shows the capital outlay of the central government will dip in 2016-17 to 1.4% of GDP from 1.64% a year ago due to the implementation of the Pay Commission recommendation before it starts rising to 2.9% of GDP by 2019-20,” he added.

The FFC said that all states had asked it to provide a cushion for the pay revision likely during the award period. The FFC advocated for a consultative mechanism between the centre and states, through a forum such as the Inter-State Council, to evolve a national policy for salaries and emoluments.

The FFC also recommended that pay commissions be designated as Pay and Productivity Commissions, with a clear mandate to recommend measures to improve productivity of employees, in conjunction with pay revisions. “We recommend the linking of pay with productivity, with a simultaneous focus on technology, skills and incentives. We urge that, in future, additional remuneration be linked to increase in productivity,” it said.

The Pay Commission official quoted earlier said it has been mandated to recommend incentive schemes to reward excellence in productivity, performance and integrity, which it will do. “Though previous Pay Commissions have talked about linking pay with productivity, the earlier governments have not accepted such recommendations. Since this government has shown strong political will, we hope they will accept our recommendations,” he added.

Source:http://www.livemint.com/Politics/EdlBeERuG0zXD2Jb3Knq2L/After-14th-Finance-Commission-7th-pay-panels-report-looms.html
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Monday, March 2, 2015

‘Go India’ Smart Card for Train Tickets

‘Go-India’ smart card scheme has been launched on pilot basis on two sectors i.e. New Delhi-Mumbai and New Delhi-Howrah. At present, the Go-India smart card enables passengers to pay for reserved and unreserved tickets. The smart card can be used at nominated Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS)/Passenger Reservation System (PRS) counters and at Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVMs) on these two sectors for issuing tickets. The salient features of the Go-India smart card are as under:
·         Initially, the card can be get issued by paying minimum Rs.70/- where passenger will get Rs.20/- balance. After that, card can be recharged for Rs.20/- or in multiple of Rs.50/- upto Rs. 5000/-.
·         Maximum limit on Go-India smart card is Rs.10,000/-.
·         Go-India smart card has life time validity. In case of no usage in six months from the date of last transaction, smart card will be temporarily deactivated which can be activated again by paying Rs.50/- as activation fee.
            The scheme is intended to reduce the transaction time at the booking counters for the convenience of passengers as it facilitates cashless transaction.
           
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:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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No Proposal to Privatize Airports

Presently, there is no proposal to privatize airports in the country. However, based on the recommendations of Task Force on Financing Plan for Airports during 12th Five Year Plan period, set up by erstwhile Planning Commission, Government of India has initiated the process for undertaking operation, management and development of Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Jaipur airports through Public Private Partnership (PPP). Airports Authority of India (AAI) has issued Request for Qualification documents on December 30, last year. The Government has asked AAI management to evolve a mechanism for protection of the interests of the employees deployed at the above four airports.

In order to improve efficiency and transparency, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has framed a draft Civil Aviation Policy which provides, inter-alia, listing of AAI and Pawan Hans Helicopter Ltd. in the Stock Exchanges.

This information was given by Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0

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