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Monday, October 31, 2011

AICPIN FOR SEPTEMBER 2011

All India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers on Base 2001=100 for The Month of September, 2011

                        All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of September, 2011 increased by 3 points and stood at 197 (one hundred & ninety seven) .

                                During September, 2011, the index recorded maximum increase of 5 points each in Darjeeling and Rourkela centres, 4 points  each in Mysore, Ernakulam, Bokaro, Delhi, Quilon, Mumbai, Indore and Yamunanagar centres, 3 points in 13 centres, 2 points in 21 centres and 1 point in 24 centres. The index decreased by 2 points in Giridih centre, 1 point  each in Bhilwara and Monger Jamalpur centres while in the remaining 7 centres the index remained stationary.

                              The maximum increase of 5 points in Darjeeling  centre is mainly on account of increase in the prices of Milk (Cow), Onion, Garlic, Chillies Green, Vegetable & Fruit items, Tea Leaf, Sugar, Firewood, etc. The increase of 5 points in Rourkela centre is mainly due to increase in the prices of Rice, Fish Fresh, Milk (Cow), Onion, Vegetable items, Snack Saltish, Firewood, Kerosene Oil, etc. The increase of 4 points each in Mysore, Ernakulam, Bokaro, Delhi, Quilon, Mumbai, Indore and Yamunanagar centres is due to increase in the prices of Milk, Groundnut Oil, Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, Electricity Charges, Bus Fare, Petrol, etc. The decrease of 2 points in Giridih centre is the outcome of decrease in the prices of Arhar Dal, Vegetable & Fruit items, etc. The decrease of 1 point in Bhilwara  centre is due to decrease in the prices of Wheat, Vegetable items, etc. In Munger Jamalpur centre this decrease is due to decrease in the prices of Masur Dal, Vegetable items, Secondary Fee, etc.

                            The indices in respect of the six major centres are as follows :
1. Ahmedabad
193

2. Bangalore
197

3. Chennai
175

 4. Delhi
182

5. Kolkata
193

6. Mumbai
199

                           The All-India (General) point to point rate of inflation for the month of September, 2011 is 10.06% as compared to 8.99% in August, 2011. Inflation based on Food Index is 8.29% in September, 2011 as compared to 7.33% in August, 2011.
   
                          The CPI-IW for October, 2011 will be released on the last working day of the next month, i.e. 30th November, 2011.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

BSNL plans to trim landline operations, cut jobs

State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) plans to sharply scale down the manpower strength of its beleaguered landline business, which accounts for nearly 65% of its 2.77 lakh-strong workforce, in one of the boldest moves to transform the loss-making telco into a nimble, profit-making organisation.

"Poor revenues coupled with a steep reduction in the number of landline connections over the past three years from some 34 million to under 25 million has made a sizeable number of positions and functions in the consumer fixed access (CFA) division redundant. A review of the manpower requirement is underway, but we are yet to take a call on which positions to retain and which to abolish," a top company executive with direct knowledge of the development told ET.

At present, BSNL is doing an internal assessment of whether its loss-making landline business justifies the existence of innumerable phone mechanics, telecom technical assistants, regular mazdoors and junior telecom officers who collectively number more than a whopping 1.5 lakh on its rolls.

The number of staff functions in the CFA business is directly linked to the number of active landlines. But the growing instances of people surrendering their landlines has induced BSNL's senior management to consider outsourcing a host of activities, including operations & maintenance.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Air India pilots warn of a strike to protest delayed PLI payment

A section of Air India pilots today warned of an agitation to press their demand for immediate payment of salary and incentives, pending for the last few months, and issues pertaining to their career progression.

However, a decision on whether they would go on a strike or adopt a different mode of agitation would be taken only the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) members complete voting on the ballot at their general body meeting in Mumbai by this evening, IPG sources said.

The IPG represents about 300 pilots of the pre-merger Air India, while about 1400 pilots of the erstwhile Indian Airlines owe allegiance to the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), who are also protesting on same issues.

However, the ICPA would not be joining their IPG colleagues in their protest action, at least at this stage, the sources said.

Besides the delay in payment of PLI (productivity-linked incentives), the IPG sources said the Air India management was deciding on issues relating to their career progression and promotions which was under the jurisdiction of the Justice Dharmadhikari Committee that is going into the entire gamut of HR issues relating to the merger of the two state-run carriers.

The sources said by taking decisions "relating to our career progression, the management is pre-empting the outcome of the Dharmadhikari panel which is yet to submit its report."

The issues on which IPG is protesting also include training of pilots for the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, whose induction in Air India is likely to start by the end of this year.

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Stepping up of pay of senior PAs of CSSS on their regular promotion with reference to their junior.

No.5/16/2009-CS-II(C)
Government of India
Ministiy of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-110003.
Date: 27th October, 2011.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Stepping up of pay of senior PAs of CSSS on their regular promotion with reference to their junior.

   The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 31.5.2011 vide which stepping up of pay of senior PAs of CSSS appointed/promoted prior to 1.1.2006 and drawing less pay than PAs of CSSS promoted after 1.1.2006 was allowed by this Department.

   2. The issue regarding anomalies in pay that have arisen to CSSS officers who have got ACP before 1.1.2006 followed by the regular promotion after 1.1.2006 due to different mode of pay fixation issued by the Department of Expenditure vide their U.O. note No.10/1/2009-IC dated 14.12.2009 has been examined in consultation with the Department of Expenditure. It has been decided that PAs of CSSS who were allowed ACP before 1.1.2006 but who were promoted as PAs in CSSS after 1.1.2006 may be allowed stepping up of pay on such regular promotion with reference to their junior who were promoted after 1.1.2006 subject to the condition that the senior was receiving more pay than junior before such ACPs.

(Kiran Vasudeva)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

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Special Class Railway Apprentices’ Exam to be held on January 29 -UPSC

The Union Public Service Commission will hold the Special Class Railway Apprentices’ Examination, 2012 on 29th January, 2012 for recruitment to the Special Class Apprentices in the Mechanical Department of Indian Railways. The examination will be held at various centers across the country.
Candidates are required to apply only through online mode. No other mode for submission of application is allowed. For details regarding eligibility conditions, the syllabus and scheme of the examination, centres of examination, guidelines for filling up application form etc. aspirants must consult the Detailed Notice of the examination published in the Employment News/Rozgar Samachar dated 22nd October, 2011 or the UPSC website : http://www.upsc.gov.in.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Extension of the term of ad-hoc promotion of Private Secretary as Principal Private Secretary (PPS) of CSSS-reg.

20/31/2010-CS-II(A)(Pt.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
Department of Personnel & Training

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market,
New Delhi-110003,
Dated the 2lst October, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Extension of the term of ad-hoc promotion of Private Secretary as Principal Private Secretary (PPS) of CSSS-reg.

   The undersigned is directed to refer to this Deptt’s OM of even number dt. 27.04.2011 & 13.07.2011 and Order No. 3/1/2011-CS-II(A) dt. 29.03.2011 & 30.05.2011 and to say that the position regarding continuation of ad-hoc promotions in the grade of PPS has been reviewed and it has been decided to extend further the term of those officers, who have been appointed as PPS on ad-hoc basis on their promotion, upto 31.03.2012 or till regular PPSs become available or until further orders whichever is earlier.


   2. The continuation of ad-hoc promotion of these officers beyond 30.09.2011 to the post of PPS is purely ad-hoc in nature and shall not confer any right on them to continue in the posts indefinitely or to claim seniority in the grade of PPS of CSSS.

(Kiran Vasudeva)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Commuted Leave to a Government Servant who has opted out of CGHS facilities and is availing the medical facility provided by the employer of his/ her spouse - clarification

No.13015 /1/2011-Estt. ( Leave)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

New Delhi, the 19th October, 2011

Office Memorandum

Sub:- Commuted Leave to a Government Servant who has opted out of CGHS facilities and is availing the medical facility provided by the employer of his/ her spouse - clarification

   This Department has been receiving references from various Ministries/ Departments seeking clarification regarding admissibility of Commuted Leave on the basis of medical certificates issued by Hospitals/ Medical Practitioners approved by the employer of the spouse in cases where the concerned employee has been allowed to avail such facilities from the employer of the spouse. The matter has been considered in the light of clarification given by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It is clarified that leave on medical grounds may be allowed on the basis of certificates issued by Hospitals/ Medical Practitioners approved by the employer of the spouse in such cases.

Hindi version will follow.

(Zoya C.B.)
Under Secretary to Government of India

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Grant of Child Care Leave to Civilian Female Industrial Employees of Defence Establishments.

No.12012/2/2009-Estt.(L)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, the 20th October, 2011.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Grant of Child Care Leave to Civilian Female Industrial Employees of Defence Establishments.

   The undersigned is directed to state that the matter regarding extension of the benefit of Child Care Leave to civilian industrial employees working in Defence Establishments at par with the Non industrial Central Government employees covered by the CCS (Leave) Rules, 1972 has been under consideration of this Department. It has been decided in consultation with the Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) to extend the benefit of Child Care Leave to civilian female industrial employees working in Defence Establishments at par with the non industrial Central Government employees covered by the CCS (Leave) Rules. 1972 subject to the conditions provided in rule 43-C of the CCS (Leave) Rules, 1972, as amended from time to time.

   These orders shall take effect from the date of issue.

   Hindi version will follow

(Zoya C.B.)
Under Secretary to Government of India

ORDER COPY

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Railways Take Measures to Prevent Misuse of ‘Tatkal’ Scheme

In order to prevent misuse of ‘Tatkal’ Scheme of reserving train tickets, Indian Railways have taken following measures:-

With a view to reduce the chances of misuse of e-ticketing facility by IRCTC agent, Indian Railways has decided to stop Quick Book Option and cash card booking between 8 AM to 9 AM. Further, individual users are permitted to book only two tickets between 8 AM to 9 AM.

Access to ‘Tatkal’ booking to the agents booking through internet has been denied during the opening hours of reservation in the morning between 8 AM to 9 AM.

The provision of carrying one of the eight prescribed identity cards by any one of the passengers booked on ‘Tatkal’ ticket, introduced from 11th February 2011 to prevent transfer of ‘Tatkal’ tickets.

Facility of change of name is not permissible on ‘Tatkal’ tickets.

Regular checks are conducted by senior officials at Reservation Offices particularly during opening hours in the morning to check the activities of touts and other unscrupulous elements.

The load of IRCTC’s server has been augmented to ensure easy accessibility to passengers booking tickets through internet.

Refund rules have been made stringent to discourage frivolous and proxy bookings.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

DEARNESS ALLOWANCE (DA) RATES AS PER 5th CPC FOR CG EMPLOYEES

No. 1(3)/2008-EII (B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, the 17th October, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Rates of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 01.07.2011 to the employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre revised scale as per 5th CPC.

   The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even No. dated 3lst March, 2011 revising the Dearness Allowance w.e.f.1.1.2011 in respect of employees of Central Government and Autonomous Bodies who continue to draw their pay and allowances in the pre-revised scales of pay as per 5th Central Pay Commission.

   2 The rates of Dearness Allowance admissible to the above categories of employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous bodies shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 115% to 127% w.e.f. 01.07.2011. All other conditions as laid down in the O.M.of even number dated 3rd October, 2008 will continue to apply.

   3 The contents of this Office Memorandum may also be brought to the notice of the organizations under the administrative control of the Ministries/Departments which have adopted the Central Government scales of pay.

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(Anil Sharma)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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Revision of pension of pre-1996 and pre-2006 retired employees of scale Rs.6500-10500 w.r.t. Grade Pay of Rs.4600/-.

RBE No.141/2011

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. F(E)III/2008/PN1/12 New
Delhi, Dated:10.10.2011.

The GMs/FA&CAOs,
All Indian Railways/Production Units.
(As per mailing list)

Subject: Revision of pension of pre-1996 and pre-2006 retired employees of scale Rs.6500-10500 w.r.t. Grade Pay of Rs.4600/-.

   A doubt has been raised by one of the Zonal Railways as to whether pension/family pension of pre-2006 retirees, who retired from the pre-revised scale of Rs.6500-10500, will be stepped up w.r.t. Grade Pay of Rs. 4600 in the light of the decision of Department of Expenditure vide their O.M. No. 1/1/2008- IC dated 13th November,2009 w.e.f.1.1.2006
to grant revised Grade Pay of Rs. 4600 in lieu of Rs. 4200 to those who were in pre-revised pay scale of Rs.6500-10500.

   2. This issue has been examined in consultation with Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, and it is clarified that pre-2006 retired employees who were in the pre-revised scale of Rs.6500-10500 are not entitled for stepping up of their pension and family pension with reference to the revised Grade Pay Rs.4600/-

   3. Please acknowledge receipt.

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( S.Sreeram)
Joint Director Finance(Estt.),
Railway Board.

Source:AIRF
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Revised pay limits for entitlement of School Pass, School Card Pass and Residential Card Pass.

RBE No. 145/2011

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. E(W) 2008/PS 5-1/38
New Delhi, dated: 13.10.2011.

The General Managers,
All Zonal Railways & Production Units, etc.

Sub: Revised pay limits for entitlement of School Pass, School Card Pass and Residential Card Pass.

   Consequent upon revision of Pay Scales on the basis of decision of the Government on the recommendations of 6th Central Pay Commission, the question of revision of existing entitlements to ‘School Pass’, ‘School Card Pass’ and ‘Residential Card Pass’ under the Railway Servants (Pass) Rules,1986 (Second Edition, 1993)
has been under Consideration of this Ministry.

   2. The matter has been examined and in exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to Article 309 of the Constitution the President is pleased to direct that the pay limits for entitlements to ‘School Pass’, ‘School Card Pass’ and ‘Residential Card Pass’ be revised as per Advance Correction Slip No. 69 attached.

   2.1 In all other respects, the existing provisions of the Railway Servants (Pass) Rules, 1986 (Second Edition, 1993), as amended from time to time shall Continue to apply.

   3. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

   4. Please acknowledge receipt.

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(Debasis Mazumdar)
Joint Director Estt. (Welfare)
Railway Board.

Source:AIRF
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Monday, October 17, 2011

EPFO set to announce 9% interest for FY12 on lower withdrawal, high rate regime

Employees' provident fund accounts are likely to earn at least 9% return in 2011-12 as a combination of lower-than expected outflow from inoperative accounts and a high interest regime is prompting the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), the body that manages EPF accounts in the country, to consider announcing a higherthan-normal rate of return for the second year in a row.

Amid opposition from the Finance Ministry, the EPFO had announced a 9.5% rate of interest for 2010-2011, which was more than 8.5% it had offered in the previous five years. This was supposed to be a one-off offer as the EPFO had discovered an additional Rs 1,700 crore lying in its suspense account.

A government official said an interest rate of 9% or higher was a distinct possibility for the next year as well. "The continuous rise in interest rates and the low levels of claims made from inoperative account has resulted in a situation where the government could comfortably declare a 9% or higher return on PF deposits," said the official.

The EPFO, which manages over 4.7 crore EPF accounts, fixes the annual interest rate on provident fund savings before a fiscal begins so that the dues of those who retire during the course of the year can be settled.

The Central Board of Trustees (CBT), the highest decision-making body of the EPFO, is likely to meet soon to decide the interest rate for the next fiscal and also to take a call on whether interest on in-operative accounts should be distributed amongst operational account holders.

"The issue will be placed before the trustees. The chances of the CBT taking a favourable decision is high as the ultimate objective of the fund is to maximise yields for subscribers," the official said. The CBT consists of representatives of trade unions and employers' bodies and is headed by the labour minister. The EPFO manages more than Rs 3 lakh crore of PF deposits of employees in the organised sector, covering all establishments employing more than 20 workers.

Employers are obligated to deduct 12% of the basic salary of their employees every month and deposit this to the PF account of each employee. They are also required to make a matching contribution to each employee's account. The bigger organisations can manage these funds in-house under strict watch of the EPFO and have to match the returns declared by it.

In a clean-up exercise last year, the EPFO had said it would stop paying interest on inoperative accounts - ones that have remained idle for three continuous years - to encourage subscribers to withdraw funds or merge them with operative accounts. However, despite a heavily advertised campaign, not many subscribers have come forward to settle these idle accounts that have a balance of nearly Rs 15,000 crore.

The EPFO does not expect more than Rs 5,000 crore outflow from these accounts. This would mean that an additional interest earning of about Rs 900 crore from the remaining Rs 10,000 crore would be free to be distributed among subscribers with operational accounts. "It would allow EPFO to give an additional 0.5%interest," the official said.

In addition, the near 1% rise in interest rates on government securities will also fetch higher returns on the incremental inflows and amount that is reinvested from maturing investments. "Although most of the investments made by the EPFO are long term in nature, the fresh deposits and the matured investments that are invested will earn more returns resulting in an estimated 8.75% overall yield," the official said.
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Friday, October 14, 2011

Closing of Central Government Offices in connection with elections to Lok Sabha / State Assembly / Panchayat / Municipalities / Corporation or other Local Bodies -regarding

No. 12/14/99-JCA
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, P.G. & PENSIONS
(DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL & TRAINING)
NORTH BLOCK, NEW DELHI


NEW DELHI, The 10 th OCTOBER, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub : Closing of Central Government Offices in connection with elections to Lok Sabha / State Assembly / Panchayat / Municipalities / Corporation or other Local Bodies -regarding

   In modification of these instructions contained in this Department’s OM No.12/4/86-JCA dated 9th March, 1987, the undersigned is directed to say that the following guidelines are prescribed for future for closing of Central Government Offices including industrial establishments in connection with the elections indicated above.

   (i) The relevant organizations shall remain closed in the notified areas where general elections to Lok Sabha
or State Legislative Assembly are scheduled to be conducted.

   (ii) In connection with bye-election to Lok Sabha / State Assembly, only such of the employees who are bona-fide voters in the relevant constituency should be granted special casual leave on the day of polling Special Casual leave may also be granted to an employee who is ordinarily a resident of a constituency and registered as a voter but employed in any Central Government Organization / Industrial Establishment locate outside the constituency having a general / bye-election.

   (iii) In connection with local body elections, viz., Panchayat/Corporation / Municipality, the Government employees who are bona-fide voters and desire to exercise their franchise should be offered reasonable facility, subject to normal exigencies of services, either by coming late to office or being allowed to leave office early or a short absence on that day.

   2. The employees detailed on election duty may also be permitted to remain away from their normal duties on polling day (s) as also on the days required for performing journeys which might be undertaken in order to perform such election duty.

   The above instructions may be brought to the notice of all concerned.

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(Ranbir Singh)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

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Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2011 -UPSC

 Union Public Service Commission will be conducting Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2011 at 19 Centres from 29.10.2011.  Admission certificates to all eligible candidates have already been issued. Letters of rejection citing the ground (s) for rejection have also been sent.  If any applicant has not received either of the above communications, he/she may contact UPSC Facilitation Counter in person or on Tel. Nos.23381125, 23098543and 23385271.

            Information regarding venue of Examination is also available on Union Public Service Commission’s Website at http://www.upsc.gov.in.  The eligible candidates who have not received the Admission Certificates may downloaded the “Venue Information” from the above mentioned website and use it for appearing in the examination.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Dispensing with second stage consultation with the CVC in disciplinary cases

No.372/19/2011-AVD-III(Pt.I) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi the 26th September, 2011.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Dispensing with second stage consultation with the CVC in disciplinary cases.

The Government had constituted a Group of Ministers (GoM), on 6th January, 2011 with the approval of the Prime Minister to consider measures that can be taken by the Government to tackle corruption. One of the terms of reference (ToR) of the GoM was to consider and advise on “Fast tracking of all cases of public servants accused of corruption ‘. The GoM, while considering this (T0R) also considered certain important recommendations of the Hota Committee (Committee of Experts to review the procedure of Disciplinary/Vigilance Inquiries and recommended measures for their expeditious disposal) and decided that second stage consultation with CVC in disciplinary matters may be dispensed with. However, in those cases where consultation with UPSC is not required as per extant rules/instructions, the second stage consultation with CVC should continue.

The above recommendation of the GoM has been accepted by the Government with the approval of the Prime Minister. All Ministries/Departments are, therefore, advised to strictly adhere to the new procedure with immediate effect.

The Central Vigilance Commission has been separately requested to amend its Vigilance Manual and other relevant instructions accordingly.

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(V.M. Rathnam)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

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Strengthening of Vigilance set-up in Ministries/Departments

No.372/19/2011-AVD-III(Pt.I) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi the 26th September, 2011.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Strengthening of Vigilance set-up in Ministries/Departments.

The Government had constituted a Group of Ministers (GoM), on 6th January, 2011 with the approval of the Prime Minister to consider measures that can be taken by the Government to tackle corruption. One of the terms of reference (ToR) of the GoM was to consider and advise on ‘Fast tracking of all cases of public servants accused of corruption “. The GoM, while considering this (ToR) also considered certain important recommendations of the Hota Committee (Committee of Experts to review the procedure of Disciplinary/Vigilance Inquiries and recommended measures for their expeditious disposal) has made a recommendation that vigilance administration of the Central Ministries/Departments may be strengthened.

This recommendation of the GoM has been accepted by the Government. Accordingly, and all Ministries/Departments are advised to strengthen their vigilance administration with requisite manpower with a view to ensuring expeditious disposal of disciplinary cases. The Ministries/Departments may, where appropriate, consider setting up of a monitoring cell to review and monitor the progress of all pending Disciplinary Inquiries on a day-to-day basis, with a view to ensuring their timely conclusion.


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(V.M.Rathnam) 
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Updated Version of Centralized Pension Grievance Redressal and Monitoring System for Better Services to The Pensioners

The Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare has been implementing a web based Mission Mode Project namely “Pensioners’ Portal” under the National e-Governance Plan since March, 2007. Under the same the Department has Centralized Pension Grievance Redressal and Monitoring System (CPENGRAMS) vide which the pension related grievances of various Ministries are forwarded to the respective Ministries/Department for early redressal.

The Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare with the help of NIC has developed an updated version of CPENGRAMS, which is based on integration of the data base of Centralized Public Grievances Redressal and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS), under the administrative control of Department of AR&PG and the CPENGRAMS, administered by Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare. Under the updated version the pension related grievances will be combined with other grievances and therefore receipt from multiple sources will not be there for the Ministries/Departments. This will also facilitate disposal of grievances for all Ministries/Departments who can now log on to CPGRAMS and look into the pension grievances. Earlier they had to log on to CPENGRAMS & CPGRAMS separately.

To make all the Departments/Ministries/Orgainisations aware of this updated version, this Department organised a function here today, which was addressed by Shri V. Narayanasamy, Minister of State (PP) for Home Affairs. He stressed the need of sensitizing the officers involved in the process of grievance redressal to avoid any hardship to pensioners. On this occasion NIC also made a presentation of the updated version before the audience. Nodal Officers from approximately 99 Ministries/ Departments/ Organisations attached to the work relating to pensioners’ grievances redressal mechanism attended the ceremony.

Source:pib

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Prime Minister’s Shram Awards


The Prime Minister’s Shram Awards for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010 will be presented by the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on 13.10.2011 at 05.00 PM here in Vigyan Bhawan New Delhi. Union Minister of Labour & Employment Shri Mallikarjun Kharge will be present on the occasion.

The awards are given to workmen who have distinguished record of performance, devotion to duty of a high order, specific contribution in the field of productivity, proven innovative abilities, presence of mind and exceptional courage. The awards are given to those workmen also who have risked their lives or made supreme sacrifice of laying down their lives in the conscientious discharge of their duties.

His/her performance should have resulted in any or some of the followings:-

Ø Improving productivity;

Ø Workers who have made outstanding contribution in the field of productivity, safety and who have also shown innovative ability of high order;

Ø Increasing the efficiency of the organization;

Ø Innovations and improvements that bring about saving in materials including fuel, power and explosive;

Ø Improvement in the utilization of plant and equipment;

Ø Improvement in quality/safety of products for users;

Ø Better utilisation of waste or scrap material & Conservation of resources;

Ø Substitution of indigenous process/material for imported one

The Prime Minister’s Shram Awards were instituted in the year 1985, for the workers, in recognition o their outstanding contribution towards production, and for showing exemplary zeal and enthusiasm in discharge of their duties, in the Public Sector and who have distinguished record of performance, devotion to duty of a high order, specific contribution in the field of , productivity, proven innovative abilities, presence of mind and exceptional courage and also to the workmen who have made supreme sacrifice of laying down their lives in the conscientious discharge of their duties. The awards were extended to Private Sector Employing 500 or more workers in their establishments in the year 2004. The Awards are presented to the workmen (as defined in the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947) and engaged in manufacturing and productive processes and whose performance is assessable.

All the nominations received through the Administrative Ministries/State Governments in the case of Departmental undertakings of the Central and State Government and Central and State Public Sector Undertakings and that of Private Sector through their National Associations/Chambers are scrutinized and graded by a Technical committee. The Technical Committee is chaired by an eminent personality in the field of technology with representatives from employers Organizations, Central Trade Unions, experts from the Scientific/Technical Institutions of repute and DGFASLI. The Technical Committee makes recommendations for various categories of awards to the Screening Committee. The Screening Committee under the Chairmanship of Secretary Labour & Employment considers the recommendation of Technical Committee and makes the final recommendations for approval by the Hon’ble Prime minister.

The Prime Minister’s Shram Awards are announced on the eve of Republic Day/Independence Day. The Awards for the years 2008,2009, 2010 were announced 15.8. 2010, 18.2.2011 & and 5.7.2011 respectively.

Following are the categories of the Prime Minister’s Shram Awards :-

SHRAM RATNA

This is the highest Award (one in number) among the Shram Awards and carries a cash award of Rs. 2,00,000/- along with a ‘Sanad’.

SHRAM BUSHAN

Total number of Shram Bhushan Award is four. It carries a cash award of Rs. 1,00,000/- and ‘Sanad’. The total number of awardees from Public Sectors is 02, 08 and 09 during the years 2008, 2009, 2010 respectively. And the number of awardees from Private Sector is 2, 2 and 3 during 2008, 2009 and 2010 respectively.

SHRAM VIR/VEERANGANA

Total number of Shram Vir /Shram Veerangana Awards is twelve. It carries a cash award of Rs. 60,000/- and a ‘Sanad’. The total number of awardees from Public Sector is 11, 10 and 30 and from Private Sector is 6 ,6 and 8 during the years 2008,2009 and 2010 respectively.

SHRAM SHREE/ DEVI

Total number of Shram Shree/Shram Devi Awards is sixteen. It carries a cash award of Rs. 40,000/- and a ‘Sanad’. The total number of awardees from Public Sector is 22, 27 and 18 and from Private Sector it is 08,08 and 08 during the years 2008,2009 and 2010 respectively.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Recruitment of Stenographers Grade ‘D in CSSS through Stenographers Grade ‘C’ & 'D' Examination, 2010

No.5/22/2010-CS-II(C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-110 003.
Date: 7th October, 2011.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Recruitment of Stenographers Grade ‘D in CSSS through Stenographers Grade ‘C’ & 'D' Examination, 2010 conducted by Staff Selection Commission (SSC) - nomination of qualified candidates reg.

   The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 20th September, 2011 on the subject noted above vide which the nomination of 385 candidates of Stenographer Grade ‘D’ of CSSS for the Select List Year 2010 was issued by this Department. The examination dossiers in respect of 09 more candidates for appointment as Steno Grade ‘D’ in CSSS have been received from SSC. Accordingly, they are nominated to the different Cadre Units of CSSS as listed in the Annexure to this Department’s O.M. in the order of their merit for appointment as Steno Grade ‘D’ of CSSS.

   2. Since these candidates have neither been medically examined nor have their character and antecedents been verified, the Cadre Units are requested to complete their pre-appointment formalities before they are actually appointed as Steno Grade ‘D’ latest by 31.10.2011

   3. In accordance with ‘Instructions for the candidates’ relating to this Examination, qualified candidates are required to submit their original certificates (or verification to the authority who will give them the Offer of appointment. The appointing authorities may, therefore, call for the original certificates and check the relevant particulars from them regarding date of birth, educational qualifications, claims for OBC/SC/ST/Exservicemen/PH and claim in respect of age relaxation. If any discrepancy is found in any particular case, the SSC may also be informed about it with a copy to this Department.

   4. In pursuance of the instructions contained in para 2.5 of the brochure regarding reservation in service for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes circulated with the Ministry of Home Affairs O.M.NO.1/2/61-SCT (I) dated 27th April, 1962, the responsibility for verification of the claims of the SC/ST/OBC candidates is that of the appointing authority. The candidates may, accordingly, be offered appointments provisionally subject to their furnishing the prescribed caste certificate in the prescribed form within a reasonable time, which should be verified by the appointing authority.

   5. In cases where the candidates are already employed in the Government offices, the Offer of appointment may be sent to them through their respective offices. Copies of Offer of appointment issued to them may kindly be forwarded to this Department and the Staff Selection Commission. The date of their joining the duty may also be intimated along with their roll number and rank number to this Department and Staff Selection Commission as soon as possible.

   6. The Offers of appointment should be sent only by Registered Post. If the postal authorities return the letters undelivered, the letters along with the envelopes containing remarks by the postal authorities should be retained for record. In such cases a copy of the offer of appointment should be sent to the permanent address of the candidates, if it is different from that of the initial mailing address. The dossiers of such candidates should be returned to the SSC only if the second letter is also returned undelivered under intimation to this Department.

   7. At least five weeks time from the date of issue of the Offer of appointment should be given to a candidate to respond to the Offer of appointment. A registered reminder may be sent immediately after the expiry of five weeks time, if necessary. If the candidate does not join duty within 3 months from the date of first letter, his candidature may be cancelled However, if the candidate further makes a request for extension of joining time and on consideration by the Cadre Unit it is decided to grant him/her extension beyond 3 months, he may be asked to join within stipulated time and he may also be informed that on joining the post his seniority would be depressed as per provision made in DP&T O.M. No. 9/23/71-EStt.(D) dated 6.6.78 as amended vide O.M. No.35015/2/93-Estt(B) dated 9.8.1995.

   8. The dossiers of candidates are forwarded herewith and these should be retained, on their appointment in the Ministry/Department /Office, as part of their Service Book. It may specially be noted that the dossier shall be deemed to be authentic only if the photograph of the candidate in the dossier is EMBOSSED with the special stamp of the SSC. Before taking any further action, it may please be ensured that the photograph of the candidate in the dossier is duly embossed and in case any discrepancy is noticed, the matter may be referred to the SSC without any delay.

   9. If any candidate fails to report for duty or there is no response or the offer is declined, after a registered reminder, the Offer of appointment should formally be cancelled and the candidate be informed accordingly. The dossiers of such candidates should be returned thereafter to the Staff Selection Commission directly under intimation to this Department after placing a copy each of the Offer of appointments reminder thereof and the cancellation memo, in the respective dossier. The dossier(s) should be returned under the signature of the officer to whom the same were sent in your office. He/She should also sign the list of dossier(s) which is/are returned with the letter.

   10. These Steno Grade ‘D’ would be nominated for induction training in the ISTM shortly. The dates of the induction training programme would be intimated to all the Cadre Units in due course. All the Cadre Units shall relieve these Stenographers Grade ‘D’ for the induction training programme in the ISTM as and when they are nominated.

   11. All Cadre Units of CSSS are requested to ensure that in case some staff have been outsourced for stenographic assistance by showing the vacancies of Steno Grade ‘D’, the same may be reduced proportionately keeping in view the number of Steno Grade ‘D’ nominated to the respective Cadre Units. The Financial Advisers of all the Cadre Units are also requested to ensure that outsourced stenographic assistance is proportionately reduced as the nominated Steno. Grade ‘D’ join in the Cadre Unit.

(J.Minz)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Empanelment of private hospitals and Diagnostic Laboratories and Imaging Centres under CGHS- Clarification — regarding rates

No: S.11011/23/2009-CGHS D. II/Hospital Cell (Part IX)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health&Family Welfare

Maulana Azad Road, Nirman Bhawan
New Delhi 110 108 dated the September 30, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Empanelment of private hospitals and Diagnostic Laboratories and Imaging Centres under CGHS- Clarification — regarding rates

   With reference to the above mentioned subject the undersigned is directed to draw attention to the CGHS rates notified in 2010 / 2011 applicable to empanelled hospitals and Diagnostic Laboratories and Imaging Centres in Various CGHS cities and to state that in response to the several representations received by this Ministry seeking clarifications regarding CGHS rates applicable, it has now been decided to clarify as under:-

   1. If CGHS rate is not available for any procedure / investigation / category (say super-specialty) in any CGHS covered city , the CGHS rate notified for such procedure / investigation / category for the nearest CGHS city or the rate notified under CGHS, Delhi , whichever is lower shall be applicable as CGHS rate for such procedure / investigation / category for that city.

   2. Since NABL Accreditation for in-house laboratories of hospitals has been made optional, rates prescribed for NABL Accredited laboratories shall be applicable for the in-house laboratories of hospitals, for the investigations under taken for in-patients.

   3. It has also been clarified that for any day care procedure requiring short admission — a few hours to one day — accommodation charge for one day as per entitlement shall be applicable, provided the patient has been admitted in a room as per his/her entitlement. The other terms and conditions shall remain unchanged.

   Issues with the concurrence of Finance Division , Min of Health & Family Welfare vide Dy No G1500 dated 27.09.2011.

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[Jai Prakash]
Under Secretary to Government of India

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Grant of Special Allowance for child care for women with disability.

No.12011/04/2008-Estt.(AL)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

New Delhi, dated 26th September, 2011.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:-Grant of Special Allowance for child care for women with disability.

   The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. No.12011/04/ 2008-Estt.(AL) dated 11th September, 2008 on the above subject and to state that this Department has been receiving references from various Departments seeking further clarifications. The doubts raised are clarified as under:

 Whether the women employees with
disabilities shall be entitled for allowance
at double the rates for multiple births
at the time of first child birth?
 No. In case of multiple births
at the time of first child birth,
 the woman employee shall not be
 entitled to this allowance at
 double the rates for multiple births.
 ii) Whether the allowance would be
admissible for the 3rd child in case first
 two children i.e. if the first child
 (or for that matter the 2’ child)
 expires before the attaining the
 age of two years?

 It is clarified that the grant of Special
Allowance for child care for women
 with disabilities is admissible for two
years from the birth of the child
so long as the woman employee
 does not have more than two surviving children.


Hindi version will follow.


(Vibha G. Mishra)
Director

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DEARNESS RELIEF (DR) TO CG PENSIONERS/FAMILY PENSIONERS FROM JULY 2011

F. No. 42/15/2011-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 : 5th October, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners — Revised rate effective from 1.7.2011.

   The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s 0M No. 42/15/2011-P&Pw(G) dated 29th March, 2011 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief (DR) payable to Central Government pensioners/ family pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 51% to 58% w.e.f. 1st July, 2011.

   2. These orders apply to (i) All Civilian Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners (ii) The Armed Forces Pensioners, Civilian Pensioners paid Out of the Defence Service Estimates, (iii) All India Service Pensioners (iv) Railway Pensioners and (y) The Burma Civilian pensioners/family pensioners and pensioners/families of displaced Government pensioners from Pakistan, who are Indian Nationals but receiving pension on behalf of Government of Pakistan and are in receipt of ad-hoc ex-gratia allowance of Rs. 3500/- p.m. in terms of this Department’s 0M No. 23/1/97-P&PW(B) dated 23.2.1998
read with this Department’s 0M No. 23/3/2008-P&Pw(B) dated 15.9.2008.

   3. Central Government Employees who had drawn lump sum amount on absorption in a PSU/Autonomous body and have become eligible to restoration of 1/3rd commuted portion of pension as well as revision of the restored amount in terms of this Department’s 0M No. 4/59/97-P&pw (D) dated 14.07.1998 will also be entitled to the payment of DR @ 58% w.e.f. 1.7.2011 on full pension i.e. the revised pension which the absorbed employee would have received on the date of restoration had he not drawn lump sum payment on absorption and Dearness Pension subject to fulfillment of the conditions laid down in para 5 of the 0.M. dated 14.07,98. In this connection, instructions contained in this Department’s 0M No.4/29/99-P&pw (D) dated. 12.7.2000 refer.

   4. Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.

   5. Other provisions governing grant of DR in respect of employed family pensioners and re-employed Central Government Pensioners will be regulated in accordance with the provisions contained In this Department’s 0M No. 45/73/97-P&PW (G) dated 2.7.1999 as amended vide this Department’s 0M No. F. No. 38/88/2008-P&PW(G) dated 9th July, 2009. The provisions relating to regulation of DR where a pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension, will remain unchanged.

   6. In the case of retired Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, necessary orders will be issued by the Department of Justice separately.

   7. It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities, including the nationalized banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual case.

   8. The offices of Accountant General and Authorised Public Sector Banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc. on the basis of these instructions without waiting for any further instructions from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India in view of letter No. 528-TA, 11/34-80-II dated 23/04/1981 of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India addressed to all Accountant Generals and Reserve Bank of India Circular No. GANB No. 2958/GA-64 (ii) (CGL)/81 dated the 21st May, 1981 addressed to State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and all Nationalised Banks.

   9. In their application to the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the C&AG.

   10. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of expenditure conveyed vide their 0M No. 1(4)/EV/2004 dated 5th October, 2011.

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(S. P. Kakkar)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

India launches world’s cheapest tablet PC for students

Shri Kapil Sibal Launches ‘Aakash’, Low Cost Access Device
                Shri Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Human Resourced Development  launched   ‘Aakash’, a low cost  access cum computing device, here today. This device was also distributed among 500 children on the occasion.  Speaking on the occasion the Minister underlined that Aakash will help in eliminating digital illiteracy.  For this he also emphasized the need for having high quality study content to be made accessible to students.  He also called for support and partnership from all so that the device could cost further less, while praising the team which had worked towards the creation and production of this device.

Background on the Device

.   To ensure complete transparency and a level playing-field, the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NME-ICT) decided to task one of the IITs (IIT Rajasthan at Jodhpur) with the job of procuring and testing these devices based on the design and specifications that the Mission’s team had finalized.

IIT Rajasthan followed an open tender process.  A three-step process was followed to evaluate the bids that were received. First, a committee scanned all bids to check their eligibility based on the conditions specified in the tender. Eligible bids were then evaluated by a technical evaluation committee comprising of eminent academics and industry experts. Bids that were found technically suitable were then evaluated by a financial evaluation committee which then declared the lowest bidder. Following set government norms, a further negotiation was then held with the lowest bidder and a further discount obtained from them

On 22nd July, 2010 Shri Kapil Sibal,  had unveiled a device that was expected to cost “around US$ 35”. The lowest bidder quoted an ex-factory price of US$ 37.98 which was close to the cost mentioned by HRM. This cost that comprised of cost of components and material as well as manufacturing expenses. The final landed price of $49.98/unit (which translated to INR 2276 at the exchange rate at the time of the order) included taxes, levies, and charges like freight and insurance, servicing and documentation etc. The landed price also includes one-year free replacement warranty from the manufacturer

It needs to be mentioned that this price does not include any subsidy from the Government and is a price that has been arrived at following a commercial tender process.  The Government will also  be providing  price subsidy to the students on the price indicated in the earlier paragraph.    The device will be distributed to students through the institutions at which they are studying.

The development of this device has been done in India in a plant at Hyderabad. This unique device is meant for students across India. Using this device, and the connectivity also provided under this Mission, learners will be able to access all the thousands of items of content available on the Sakshat portal and other educational web-sites

Roadmap
This current phase was a pilot to procure 100,000 devices. This pilot helped in sorting out the production related issues. These devices are now being distributed to students all over the country so that they can be extensively tested in various climatic and usage conditions. The feedback obtained from the testing will form an input into the design of the next version of the device. This is important, as the numbers that the Mission needs to procure are very large.

To achieve this, the team of experts working on this project would be broad-based. The production capacities of Indian manufacturers would also have to be substantially expanded to meet production requirements of a few million devices within a six-month time frame

Broadly speaking, future efforts will move in two directions – to achieve the same functionality at a lower cost and to achieve added capabilities at the same cost

MHRD invites collaboration, ideas and inventions from the community of academics and experts and inventors to achieve the cherished goals.

Connectivity:
It is expected that 416 Universities and 20,000 colleges all over India will be connected under the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NME-ICT). The Mission pays for fiber connectivity for each University to connect to the nearest NKN node. The Mission has placed a consolidated order for connecting all Universities and Colleges to BSNL and about 80% of the Universities and Colleges have been connected already

Content Creation
The National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NME-ICT) has proposed 18 different line items for content creation. All content that is created under this Mission needs to meet the following criteria:

·         It should be related to education delivery.
·         It should involve faculty from different institutions
·         All IP (Intellectual Property) created under projects funded by this Mission will vest with MHRD
·         All content should be created using open-source software.
·         All content created under this Mission is for open access by all and cannot be charged for in any way


The National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NME-ICT) was launched by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, in February 2009 with a budget of Rs 4612 crore.  The National Mission on Education comprises of 48 different components structured broadly around building CONTENT, enabling ACCESS and developing LOW COST ACCESS cum COMPUTING DEVICES.


Aakash UbiSlate 7 Specifications
•         Hardware:
–        Processor: 366 Mhz with Graphics accelerator and HD Video processor
–        Memory (RAM): 256MB RAM / Storage (Internal): 2GB Flash
–        Storage (External): 2GB to 32GB Supported
–        Peripherals (USB2.0 ports, number):  1 Standard USB port
–        Audio out: 3.5mm jack / Audio in: 3.5mm jack
–        Display and Resolution: 7” display with 800x480 pixel resolution
–        Input Devices: Resistive touch screen
–        Connectivity and Networking: WiFi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g
–        Power and Battery: Up to 180 minutes on battery.  AC adapter 200-240 volt range.
•         Software:
–        OS: Android 2.2
–        Document Rendering
•         Supported Document formats: DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODT, ODP
•         PDF viewer, Text editor
–        Multimedia and Image Display
•         Image viewer supported formats: PNG, JPG, BMP and GIF
•         Supported audio formats: MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, WMA
•         Supported video formats: MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, FLV
–        Communication and Internet
•         Web browser - Standards Compliance:  xHTML 1.1 compliant, JavaScript 1.8 compliant
•         Separate application for online YouTube video
•         Safety and other standards compliance
–        CE certification / RoHS certification
Other: Additional Web Browser: UbiSurfer-Browser with compression/acceleration and IE8 rendering.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

DA HIKE FROM JULY 2011 -TN GOVT EMPLOYEES

FINANCE (ALLOWANCES) DEPARTMENT
G.O.No.273,  Dated 3rd October 2011
(Puratasi 16,  Thiruvalluvar Aandu 2042)

ALLOWANCES – Dearness Allowance – Enhanced Rate of  Dearness
Allowance from 1st July 2011 – Orders – Issued.
READ - the following papers:

1. G.O.Ms.No.98, Finance (Allowances) Department, dated 28th March 2011.

2.  From the Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, New Delhi, Office
MemorandumNo.1 (14)/2011–E-II(B), dated  03.10.2011.
*****
ORDER:
In the Government Order first read above, orders were issued sanctioning revised rate of Dearness Allowance to State Government
employees as detailed below:-
Date from which
payable 
 Rate of Dearness Allowance
 (per month) 
 1st January
2011 
  51 per cent of Pay plus
Grade Pay

2. The Government of India in its Office Memorandum second read above has now enhanced the Dearness Allowance to its employees from 51% to 58% with effect from 1st July, 2011.

3. Following the orders issued by the Government of India, the Government sanction the revised rate of Dearness Allowance to the State Government employees as indicated below:-

 Date from which
payable 
Rate of Dearness Allowance
 (per month)  
 1st
 July,
2011 
   58 per cent of Pay plus
Grade Pay


4.  The Government also direct that the above increase in Dearness Allowance shall be paid in cash with effect from 01.07.2011.

5. The arrears of Dearness Allowance for the months of July, August and September 2011 shall be disbursed immediately.  While working out the revised Dearness Allowance, fraction of a rupee shall be
rounded off to next higher rupee if such fraction is 50 paise and above and shall be ignored if it is less than 50 paise.

6.  The Government also direct that the revised Dearness Allowance sanctioned above, shall be admissible to  full time employees who are at present getting Dearness Allowance and paid from
contingencies at fixed monthly rates.  The revised  rates of Dearness Allowance sanctioned in this order shall not be admissible to part time employees.

7.  The revised Dearness Allowance sanctioned in this order shall also apply to the teaching and non-teaching staff working in aided educational institutions, employees under local bodies, employees governed by the University Grants Commission/All India Council for Technical Education scales of pay, the Teachers/Physical
Directors/Librarians in Government and Aided Polytechnics and Special Diploma Institutions, Village Assistants in Revenue Department, Noon Meal Organisers, Child Welfare Organisers, Anganwadi Workers, Cooks, Helpers, Makkal Nala Paniyalar, Panchayat Assistants/Clerks in Village Panchayat under Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department.

8.  The expenditure shall be debited to the detailed head of account `03. Dearness Allowance' under the relevant sub-minor, submajor and major heads of account.

9.  The Treasury Officers / Pay and Accounts Officers shall make payment of the revised Dearness Allowance when bills are presented without waiting for the authorization from the Principal Accountant
General (A&E) Tamil Nadu, Chennai-18.
(BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR) 
K. SHANMUGAM 
PRINCIPAL SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT.


Source:TN GOVT ORDER
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Monday, October 3, 2011

REVISED DA RATES EFFECTIVE FROM JULY 2011-MINISTRY OF FINANCE

No. l(14)/2011-E-II (B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, the 3rd October, 2011.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees - Revised Rates effective from 1.7.2011.

   The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s Office Memorandum No. 1 (2)/2011-E-II(B) dated 24th March,2011 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 51% to 58% with effect from July, 2011.

   2 The provisions contained in paras 3, 4 and 5 of this Ministry’s O.M. No. 1 (3)/2008-E-II(B) dated 29th August, 2008 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

   3 The additional instalment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all Central Government employees.

   4 These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates. In regard to Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.

   5 In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

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(Anil Sharma)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

AICPIN FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST

All-India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers on Base 2001=100 for the month of August 2011

                All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of August, 2011 increased by 1 point and stood at 194 (one hundred & ninety four) .
       
                During August, 2011, the index recorded maximum increase of 9 points in Amritsar centre, 8 points  each in Bhilwara and Chindwara centres, 6 points in Kolkata centre, 5 points in Jharia centre, 4 points in 6 centres, 3 points in 7 centres, 2 points in 16 centres and 1 point in 16 centres. The index decreased by 3 points each in Giridih, Quilon and Kodarma centres, 2 points  in Rajkot centre, 1 point  in 9 centres while in the remaining 15 centres the index remained stationary.
 
                   The maximum increase of 9 points in Amritsar  centre is mainly on account of increase in the prices of Rice, Wheat Atta, Fresh Milk, Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, Tea (Readymade), Kerosene Oil, Electricity Charges, Medicine (Allopathic), etc. The increase of  8 points each in Bhilwara and Chindwara centres is due to  increase in the prices of  Wheat, Gram Dal, Groundnut Oil, Soyabeen Oil, Milk, Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, Tea (Readymade), Bidi, Firewood, Toilet Soap, etc. The increase of 6 points in Kolkata centre is due to increase in the prices of Rice, Wheat Atta, Fish Fresh, Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, Soft Coke, etc. The increase of 5 points in Jharia centre is due to increase in the prices of Rice, Mustard Oil, Fish Fresh, Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, Electricity Charges, Soft Coke etc.  The decrease of 3 points each in Giridih, Quilon and Kodarma centres is the outcome of decrease in the prices of Rice,Wheat Atta, Masur Dal, Turmeric Powder, Fish Fresh, Fire Wood, Soft Coke, etc. The decrease of 2 points  in Rajkot centre is due to decrease in the prices of Arhar Dal, Vegetable and Fruit items, etc.
       
                 The indices in respect of the six major centres are as follows :

1. Ahmedabad
191

2. Bangalore
194

3. Chennai
172

 4. Delhi
178

5. Kolkata
192

6. Mumbai
195

                  The All-India (General) point to point rate of inflation for the month of August, 2011 is 8.99% as compared to 8.43% in July, 2011. Inflation based on Food Index is 7.33% in August, 2011 as compared to 6.25% in July, 2011.
   
         The CPI-IW for September, 2011 will be released on the last working day of the next month, i.e. 31st October, 2011.

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