Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Enhancements in the rate of various allowances by 25% as a result of enhancement of D.A. w.e.f. 1.1.2011.

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
18, Institutional Area
Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg
New Delhi-110016

F.No. 110239/51/2/2011 /KVS (Budget)
Dated: 20.01.12

The Dy.Commissioner
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
All Regional Offices.

Subject:- Enhancements in the rate of various allowances by 25% as a result of enhancement of D.A. w.e.f. 1.1.2011.

Madam/Sir’,

   In accordance with the recommendation of VIth CPC the rates of various allowances/advances admissible to different categories of employees will be automatically increased by 25%, whenever Dearness Allowance payable on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%..

   Accordingly approval of the competent authority of KVS is hereby conveyed for enhancement of such allowance & advances w.e.f. 1.1.2011.

Yours faithfully,
(S.Muthusivamr)
Asstt. Commissioner(Fin.)

Source:kvs
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AICPIN for the month of December 2011

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

               All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of December, 2011 decreased by 2 points and stood at 197 (one hundred & ninety seven) .

                                During December, 2011, the index recorded maximum decrease of 8 points each in Ghaziabad and Jamshedpur centres, 7 points each in Mysore, Bokaro and Ranchi Hatia centres, 6 points  in 3 centres, 5 points in 3 centres, 4 points in 6 centres, 3 points in 11 centres, 2 points in 18 centres and 1 point in 17 centres. The index increased by 6 points in Coonoor centre, 4 points in Chennai centre, 3 points in Mercara centre, 2 points in 3 centres and 1 point in 2 centres, while in the remaining 7 centres the index remained stationary.
       
                               The maximum decrease of 8 points in Ghaziabad and Jamshedpur centres is mainly on account of decrease in the prices of Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, Primary and Middle  School Fee and Books, etc. The decrease of 7 points in Mysore, Bokaro and Ranchi Hatia centres is mainly due to decrease in the prices of Rice Wheat, Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, Primary and Middle School Fee and Books, Petrol, etc. The increase of 6 points in Coonoor centre is mainly due to increase in the prices of Rice, Maida, Suji, Dairy Milk, Milk (Cow), Tamarind, Tea (Readymade), Sugar, Sweater, Medicine (Allopathic), Medicine (Homeopathic), Bus Fare, Barber Charges, etc. The increase of 4 points in Chennai centre is due to increase in the prices of Dairy Milk, Tea (Readymade), Cigarette, E.S.I. Contribution, Bus Fare, Flower/Flower Garlands, etc.
       

                           The indices in respect of the six major centres are as follows :

1. Ahmedabad
190

 2. Bangalore
199

3. Chennai
184

4. Delhi
182

5. Kolkata
185

6. Mumbai
199
       
                             The point to point rate of inflation based on CPI-IW(General) for the month of December, 2011 is 6.49% as compared to 9.34% in November, 2011. Inflation based on Food Index dipped to the level of 1.97% in December, 2011 as compared to 7.61% in November, 2011.
       
                            The CPI-IW for January, 2012 will be released on the last working day of the next month, i.e. 29th February, 2012.

Source:pib
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Monday, January 30, 2012

Clarification regarding Relaxation for travel by air to visit NER/J&K against All India LTC.

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

AN/XIV/14162/VIth CPC/Circular/Vol-IV
Dated: 27/01/2012.

To,
All PCsDA/CsDA
(Through CGDA Mail Server)

Sub:- Clarification regarding Relaxation for travel by air to visit NER/J&K against All India LTC.

   Reference is invited to this HQrs. office circular of even no. dated 28.12.2011 on the above subject.

   2. In this connection, DOP&T have further clarified vide their OM No 31011/8/2010-Estt.(A) dated 18th January 2012 that a Government employee can avail All India LTC to visit J&K by air and those who are not entitled to travel by air may be allowed to travel by air to a city in the J&K from Delhi or Amritsar. Journey upto Delhi/Amritsar will have to be taken as per their entitlement. Also a Government employee can avail All India LTC to visit NER by air and those who are not entitled to travel by air may be allowed to travel by air to a city in the NER from Guwahati or Kolkata. Journey upto Guwahati/Kolkata will have to be taken as per their entitlement.”

   This is for your information, guidance and necessary action please.

   Please acknowledge receipt.

Sd/-
(R.K. Bhatt)
For CGDA

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Shri Kapil Sibal Launches Teacher Education Website and Journal “Voices of Teachers and Teacher Educators”

Shri Kapil Sibal, the Union Minister for Human Resource Development launched a Web Journal – “Voices of Teachers and Teacher Educators”,  here today.  Also present were Secretary School Education and Literacy, Smt. Anshu Vaish and other senior officers.

The Department of School Education and Literacy (MHRD) has initiated a new project for revamping Teacher education. The Teacher Education Bureau of the MHRD, had two meetings at Calcutta and New Delhi, covering all the states to create awareness about the revised TE project, where the states came up with the idea that they should have a Teacher Education Journal for highlighting the activities as well as innovations going on in the field of Teacher Education and other developments such as the new scheme for Teacher Education. The professionals present there from TISS; Jamia Millia Islamia; Vidya Bhawan Society and Homi Bhaba Centre for Science Education, took up the responsibility, for the same, to bring out four quarterly issues.

The first web based issue has been brought out.  It contains articles on Institutes of Advanced Studies in Education (IASEs), Colleges of Teacher Education (CTEs) and District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs); State Curriculum Reforms; Professional Development of Teachers in the States; Issues around DIETs; Teacher Training Management system in UP as well as the revised Government of India Scheme for revamping Teacher Education.

The Journal “Voices of Teachers and Teacher Educators” is an in house professional effort of the teacher educators. The inaugural web based issue was edited by Prof Janaki Rajan from Jamia Millia Islamia and Dr Hriday Kant Dewan from the Vidya Bhawan Society. The next issue will be edited by the professionals from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Thereafter it will be brought out on a quarterly basis by the experts from Jamia Millia Islamia; TISS; Vidya Bhawan Society and Azim Premji Foundation.

The Teacher Education Bureau has prepared a comprehensive website: www.teindia.nic.in for creating greater awareness on the issue of teacher education and to facilitate the effective implementation of the scheme.

The site provides detailed guidelines about the scheme; all reports on teacher education; review of the teacher education projects as well as research reports on the same.

It has all the Acts and Regulations on Teacher Education. In addition there is detailed information on National Curriculum Framework 2005 as well as the National Curriculum Framework 2009 and Model Curriculum for D.El. Ed; B. Ed; M.Ed studies, to guide the states in implementing the scheme.

There is detailed information on the revised teacher Education Scheme and what the states are expected to do to effectively implement the same.

Source:pib
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Sunday, January 29, 2012

EPFO may fix minimum pension at Rs 1,000 at Feb 22 meeting

Retirement fund body EPFO is likely to fix the minimum pension for its subscribers at Rs 1,000 per month at the scheduled meeting the Central Board of Trustees (CBT) on February 22.

"The CBT will take a call on the proposal to fix minimum pension at Rs 1,000 per month for its subscribers in a meeting scheduled on February 22," a source said.

The meeting of CBT, the apex decision making body of the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation's (EPFO) had earlier in December deferred the decision on the matter.

Although the agenda for the meeting is yet to be finalised, sources said, the issue would come up for discussion.

According to EPFO data, as of March 31, 2010, there are 35 lakh pensioners subscribed to the retirement fund body, of which 14 lakh persons get a monthly pension of less than Rs 500.

The number of EPFO pensioners getting a monthly pension of Rs 1,000 is 7 lakh. The data reveals that there are cases where pensioners are getting a monthly pension as low as Rs 12 and Rs 38.

Although representatives of employers and employees have agreed on fixing the minimum pension at Rs 1,000 per month, there is no decision on the means of raising the additional fund requirement.

As per estimates, the decision will require an additional contribution of 0.63 per cent of subscribers' basic pay and dearness allowance.

The hike in contribution will be over-and-above the 8.33 per cent contributed by employers toward the pension account of employees, as well as the 1.16 per cent provided by the government under the scheme.

Source:ET
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Friday, January 27, 2012

Stepping up of pay of PAs of CSSS in case of ACP followed by ad-hoc promotion.

No.5/16/2009-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-110003.
25th January, 2012.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Stepping up of pay of PAs of CSSS in case of ACP followed by ad-hoc promotion.

   The undersigned is directed to say that the issue of senior PAs of CSSS who got their ACP followed by ad-hoc promotion prior to 1.1.2006 and are drawing less pay than PAs of CSSS who got their ACP and ad-hoc promotion after 1.1.2006 has been receiving attention. The Note 7 below Rule 7 of CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 provides that “where in the fixation of pay under sub-rule (1), the pay of Government servant, who, in the existing scale was drawing immediately before the 1st day of January, 2006 more pay than another Government servant junior to him in the same cadre, gets fixed in the revised pay band at a stage lower than that of such junior, his pay shall be stepped upto the same stage in the revised pay band as that of the junior.

   2. It has now been decided in consultation with the Department of Expenditure vide their I.D. Note No.18/11/2010-Legal (Pt. File)-Voll dated 29.12.2011 that the senior PAs of CSSS who got their ACP followed by ad-hoc promotion prior to 1.1.2006 and are drawing less pay than PAs of CSSS who got their ACP and ad-hoc promotion after 1.1.2006, may be allowed stepping up of pay subject to the fulfilment of the following conditions:-

   (i) Both the junior and the senior Government servants should belong to the same cadre and the posts in which they have been promoted/financially upgraded should be identical in the same cadre.

   (ii) The pie-revised scale of pay and the revised grade pay of the lower and higher posts in which they are entitled to draw pay should be identical.

   (iii) The senior Government servants should have been drawing equal or more pay than the junior before receiving ACP/ad-hoc promotion.

   (iv) The stipulations as contained in DOPT’s O.M. No.4/7/92-Estt.(Pay-I) dated 4.11.1993 along with revision of pay scales may be observed while granting such a stepping up of pay.

   3. It may be noted that this stepping up of pay is being allowed as a special dispensation. This special dispensation shall not be applicable to other cases of ACP/ad-hoc promotion which are not affected by the revision of pay scales consequent upon the implementation of the recommendations of the 6th CPC

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

Source:www.persmin.nic.in
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Directorate of Estates takes various initiatives to streamline government accommodation

Directorate of Estates in the Ministry of Urban Development has been mandated the job of providing official residential accommodation to officers working in eligible offices. With a view to augment availability of residential accommodation of higher types, the following pro-active initiative have been taken by Directorate Estates over the last one year.

The Government is conscious of the acute shortage of residential accommodation to its officers in Delhi. Towards this, New Moti Bagh Residential project has been completed under PPP mode by NBCC. This has provided much relief to the senior officers of the Government. The Government is in advance stage of considering and approving another PPP project for re-development of East Kidwai Nagar. In the East Kidwai Nagar, it is proposed to develop another 4747 units of Government residential accommodation, with majority of accommodation in lower types i.e. Tye-IV and below. In addition to this, the Government is also constructing houses on the DDU Marg.

It was seen that on many occasions the officials who were allotted flats were not vacating houses on transfer/retirement. This was further adding to the scarcity in allotting flats to the eligible officials. The Ministry of Urban Development (Directorate of Estates) is taking action to ensure eviction of unauthorized occupants from Government flats/houses. During the calendar year 2011, 815 unauthorized occupants were evicted.

During the period from January to December, 2011, a total of 520 allotments were cancelled on account of subletting against 306 cancellations in the year 2010. The cancellation of allotment is being pursued to ensure vacation of the house. Already 350 houses have been got vacated till December, 2011.

During the period January to December, 2011, an amount of about Rs.4.70 crores have been recovered on account of damages i.e. penal rent on account of unauthorized occupation. It is mentioned that earlier, while sending notices for recovery of outstanding dues, a notice was also sent to the family members of late Smt. Indrani Devi showing an outstanding dues of Rs.1.98 crores. On further examination of documents, it has been established that House No.6. Krishna Menon Marg was vacated on 30.11.2002 by the family members of late Smt. Indrani Devi and, therefore, the demand notice for Rs.1.98 crores has been withdrawn.

Source:pib
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Monday, January 23, 2012

Early Closure of Office in connection with Republic Day Parade and Beating Retreat Ceremony during 2012.

Most Immediate

No.F.16/10/2011-JCA 2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

North Block, New Delhi
Dated 23 January, 2012.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Early Closure of Office in connection with Republic Day Parade and Beating Retreat Ceremony during 2012.

   The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's O.M. of even number dated 20th December, 2011 on the subject cited above. It has been decided that the Government Offices located in MEA building on Maulana Azad Road and NDMC Tower, Palika Kendra also would be closed early at 13.00 Hours on 25th January, 2012 (Wednesday) and 12.00 Noon on 29th January, 2012 (Sunday).

   2. Hindi version will follow.

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(Mukta Goel)
Director
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EMPLOYMENT NEWS -JOB HIGHLIGHTS

Job Highlights (21 JANUARY 2012- 27 JANUARY 2012)

1 Employees’ State Insurance Corporation, Andhra Pradesh requires Upper Division Clerks and Multi-Tasking Staff.

2 Employees’ State Insurance Corporation, Jaipur requires Upper Division Clerks.

3 Military Engineer Services, Headquarters Chief Engineer South Western Command invites applications for various posts.

4 Military Engineer Services, Chief Engineer Headquarters Northern Command requires Store Keeper-II, Peons, Civil Motor Drivers, Chowkidars, Safaiwala and Mate.

5 NTRC Limited, New Delhi requires Graduates Engineers.
Andhra Bank Saifabed, Hyderabad requires Probationary Officers.

6 Reserve Bank of India, Chennai requires Security Guards in Class –IV Cadre.

7 Himachal Gramin Bank requires Officers Middle Management (Scale-II), Officer Junior Management (Scale-I) and Office Assistants.

8 High Explosives Factory Khadki invites applications for various Group ‘C’ posts.

9 Ordnance Factory, Muradnagar invites applications for various posts.

10 Ordnance Factory, Itarasi requires Store Keepers, Fireman and Durwan.

11 Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited, Chennai requires Graduate Executive Trainees.

12 Central Industrial Security Force requires Constables (Tradesmen) under Special recruitment drive for Ex-Servicemen- 2012.

13 Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force requires Sub-Inspector (Overseer)

14 Metal and Steel Factory Ishapore requires Group ‘C’ posts in Semi-Skilled Grade

Source:employment news
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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Now, book railway ticket through mobile phone

Passengers can now book railway ticket through mobile phone. Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a public sector undertaking, under the ministry of railway, is offering the service of booking e-ticket through mobile phones.

Joint general manager (public relations), IRCTC, Pradeep Kundu told TOI that it would help the passengers to book their railway tickets through their mobile phones. The passengers are not required to show the printout of the ticket as the virtual message in the mobile phone or the laptop would be treated at par with printout of the e-ticket.

After initial registration and downloading of suitable software on the mobile handset with Internet facility, it will be easy for the mobile users to book a reserve ticket through mobile phones.

After booking, the passenger will receive a reservation message with full details of the ticket, including PNR, train No, date of journey, class etc. This virtual message would be treated at par with the printout of the e-ticket which at present is taken out by the passengers and is known as Electronic Reservation Slip (ERS). Hence, with the virtual message, passengers would not be required to take a printout of e-ticket to be carried with them. Showing the reservation message of the confirmed ticket on the mobile phone during travel will be sufficient.

The detailed procedure of booking through mobile is available on the IRCTC website called www.irctc.co.in.

Application software has to be downloaded on the mobile handset. This software is provided by the respective service provider firms viz., NGPAY, PLAYMATE and ATOM. The application can be downloaded from IRCTC website and also from various associates of IRCTC viz. NGPAY, ATOM, Paymate. IRCTC is likely to launch its mobile application shortly and the software will be downloadable from www.irctc.co.in

These mobile applications are functional on most of the GPRS/browser-based mobile phones, from basic model to high end ones.

Internet is required on mobile phones to book tickets through mobile.

The passenger has to register at the time of first transaction and thereafter book the ticket using his ID and password.

The customer is charged ticket fare, IRCTC service charge and agent service charge (Rs10 & Rs20 per class of tickets) and applicable payment gateway charges.

The service charge is similar to e-tickets (Rs10 for SL class and Rs20 for higher classes).

Source:TOI
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Friday, January 20, 2012

CHILD CARE LEAVE (CCL) FOR WEST BENGAL GOVT EMPLOYEES

   The cabinet today cleared “childcare leave” of two years for female government employees.

   The leave can be taken till a child turns 18 years. This is different from maternity leave. The employees will get their full salary during this period.

   “The leave can be availed of before a child attains the age of 18. We have cleared this proposal and it will benefit women employed by the state government,” industries minister Partha Chatterjee said at Writers’ Buildings.

   According to government sources, the leave can be taken at one go or in phases. Each phase can’t be less than 15 days.

   The Union government had introduced the facility in 2008. At present, state government employees are entitled to four months of maternity leave.

Courtesy: Thetelegraph

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

EMPLOYMENT NEWS -JOB HIGHLIGHTS

Job Highlights (14 JANUARY 2012- 20 JANUARY 2012)


1 Union Public Service Commission invites applications for various posts.

2 Employees’ State Insurance Corporation, New Delhi requires Specialists Grade –II.

3 Employees’ State Insurance Corporation, New Delhi requires Staff Nurses, Radiographers, 4 Laboratory Assistants, Nursing Orderly, Dresser, Dialysis Technicians, Library Assistants etc.

4 Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, New Delhi requires DGM, AGM and Accountant.

5 State Bank of India invites applications for appointment in Clerical Cadre posts.

6 Staff Selection Commission notifies Junior Engineers (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Quality Surveying and Contract) Examination, 2012.

7 Ordnance Factory, Muradnagar requires Durwan.

8 Indian Coast Guard invites applications from Men and Women to become officers in Indian Coast Guard-02/2012 Batch.

9 Manipur University requires Professors and Associate Professors.

10 DSC Records, Kannur (Kerala) requires Peon (MTS)

11 Steel Authority of India Limited, Burnpur requires X-Ray Technician Trainee Pharmacists (Trainee), Optometrician (Trainee), Audiometrician (Trainee), Physiotherapists (Female) (Trainee), Staff Nurse (Male and Female) (Trainee) and ECG, Echo and Colour Doppler Tech (Trainee).

12 Engineers India Limited, New Delhi requires Professionals in various fields.

Courtesy:employment news
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Continuance of ad-hoc appointments in PA Grade of CSSS

No.5/11/2006-CS-II(C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
Department of Personnel and Training

3rd floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, 
Khan Market, New Delhi -110003 
Dated 12th JAN, 2012
13 JAN 2012
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Continuance of ad-hoc appointments in PA Grade of CSSS— regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 6th July, 2011 whereby Cadre Units were permitted to continue the ad-hoc appointments in the PA Grade of CSSS upto 31.12.2011 and to say that the continuation of the ad-hoc appointments in the PA Grade made by the Cadre Units have been reviewed in this Department. Since availability of regular PAs through normal modes of recruitment prescribed under the CSSS Rules may take some time, it has been decided that the period of ad-hoc appointments of those PAs who have already been working as PAs on ad-hoc basis may be extended upto 30th June 2012 or till regular PAs become available, whichever is earlier.

2. Hindi version will follow.

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

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Re-imbursement of rent to Government servants

No. 2(25)/2004-E.II(B) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Finance 
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, 15th December, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:-Re-imbursement of rent to Government servants during their stay in State Bhavans/Guest Houses run by State Governments/Autonomous Organisations, etc.

The undersigned is directed to invite reference to this Ministry’s O.M. No. 2(39)/94-E.II(B) dated 27.10.1994 and subsequent O.M. of even number dated 19.08.2004 on the subject mentioned above. It has been represented to this Ministry that the officials, who are posted to the Centre and temporarily stay in State Bhavans/Guest Houses run by the State Govts./autonomous organizations, face hardship due to non-reimbursement of the amount of the rent paid by them equal to 10% of their basic pay.

2. The matter has been considered and it has been decided that, in supersession of the instructions as contained in the O.Ms referred to above, the officials who are posted to the Centre and temporarily stay in State Bhavans/Guest Houses run by the State Govts./autonomous organizations, may be reimbursed the amount of rent paid by them or the HRA admissible to them, whichever is less, subject to fulfilment of the following conditions:

(a) the official has applied for accommodation of his entitlement, subject to exception of cities as specified in para 4(a)(ii) of O.M. No.2(37)-E.II(B)/64 dated 27.11.1965 as amended from time to time but has not been allotted residential accommodation by the Government:

(b) the concerned Guest House should be located at the place of posting of the official: and

(c) the official must have stayed in State Bhavans Guest Houses run by the State Govt./autonomous organization and submit rent receipts in support of payment of rent.

3. The amount paid as rent in excess of admissible HRA. if any, will have to be borne by the official concerned on his own.

4. These orders shall be effective from the date of issue.

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

6. Hindi version is attached.

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(Anil Sharma) 
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

REVISION OF QUALIFICATION PAY FOR CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES

F.No.7/30/2011-E.III(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, the 13th January, 2012

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

SUBJECT:- Enhancement in the rate of Qualification Pay from Rs.60/- to Rs.120/- per month consequent upon the revision of scales of pay on the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s O.M.No. 9(7)-E.III (A)/98 dated 5th August, 1999 regarding the rate of qualification pay of Rs.60/- p.m. to the Auditors/Accountants in the Indian Audit & Accounts Department and certain other organized accounts cadres and the Clerks Grade II in the Railway Accounts Department. The matter regarding revision of the rate of this qualification pay consequent to revision of scales of pay on the basis of recommendations of the Sixth CPC has been under consideration of the Government for sometime past. The President has now been pleased to decide that the rate of qualification pay may be enhanced from  Rs.60/- to  Rs.120/- p.m. with effect from the date an individual elects to draw pay in the revised scale of pay under CCS (RP) Rules, 2008.

2. The qualification pay shall continue to be treated as part of the pay for the purpose of fixation of pay on promotion to the next higher post.

3. In so far as persons serving in the Indian Audit & Accounts Department are concerned, these orders have been issued after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

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(Manab Ray)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

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Cabinet clears proposal to filling SC, ST vacancies in central government

 Ahead of elections in five states, the Union Cabinet today cleared a proposal to fill pending vacancies in Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe categories in the central government, a move that will benefit around 50,000 people.

The proposal, discussed and approved in the Cabinet meeting held here this morning, comes soon after the government decision to allow 4.5 per cent reservation to the minorities within the OBC quota.

Sources said a cabinet note circulated earlier stated that the government had failed to fill up SC/ST vacancies in the central government. The last such effort was made in 2008 when the government had launched a special recruitment drive for these categories.

Though implementation of this decision will be possible only after the polls are over as the code of conduct is in force, its announcement is apparently aimed at sending a signal to dalits and tribals in poll-bound states, especially Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Uttarakhand.

Both UP and Punjab have sizable dalit population and the Congress has been trying hard to woo them. Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has tried to influence the dalit votebank and wean them away from Mayawati-led BSP.

The decision comes close on the heels of the earlier government move to give reservation to minorities. This was seen as a move to win over Muslims in Uttar Pradesh.

Courtesy:ET
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Central staffers will have to pay lifetime tax for vehicles

 Thousands of central government employees, including armed forces personnel, residing in Karnataka and owning motor vehicles will now have to pay lifetime tax (LTT) for their vehicles.

The employees had been granted exemption from paying LTT when buying new vehicles in the state or bringing them from other states on the ground that they could be transferred out of Karnataka anytime. These motorists had to pay an annual tax to RTO.

However, a new rule that took effect on January 1 has withdrawn this exemption partially. While those central government employees bringing in their vehicles from other states need to pay only annual tax as earlier, those already in Karnataka will have to pay LTT for vehicles they have already purchased here or going to buy in future.

Courtesy:TOI
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Monday, January 16, 2012

Controller General of Defence Accounts, 
Ulan Batar Road, PaIam, Delhi Cantt-110010

AN/XIV/14162/VIth CPC/Circular/VoI-IV
Dated: 28/12/2011

To,

All PCsDA/CsDA
(Through CGDA Mail Server)

Sub: Clarification regarding Relaxation for travel by air to visit J&K against All India LTC.

The following doubts regarding admissibility of LTC claim on account of air travel to NER/J&K against all India LTC availed by a Government servant (being non entitled to travel by Air) whose HQrs. Office and home town is the same was taken up with DoP&T for clarification:

(i) Whether an individual who is not entitled to Home Town Concession (due to his HQrs and home town being same) can convert his All India LTC to
visit NER/J&K, and,

(Ii) Whether he will be allowed to travel by air to NER/J&K on conversion of his All India LTC (being non-entitled to travel by air) or not, in terms of
the guidelines laid down In GoI, D0P&T OM No. 31011/4/2007-Estt(A) dated 02.05.2008 and OM No. 31011/2/2003-Estt.(A-IV) dated 18.06.2010.

2. The D0P&T has clarified vide its OM No. 31011/8/2010-Estt.(A) dated 21st December 2011 that “a Government employee can avail All India LTC to visit J&K by air and those who are not entitled to travel by air may be allowed to travel by air to a city in the J&K from Delhi or Amritsar. And journey upto Delhi/Amritsar will have to be taken as per their entitlement.”

This is for your information, guidance and necessary action please.

Please acknowledge receipt.

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(R.K. Bhatt)
For CGDA
Source:cgda
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IIT for rain, shockproof Aakash 2 tablets, Datawind disagrees

Maker of world's cheapest laptop Datawind has declined IIT Rajasthan's new test criterion such as shock and water resistance for Aakash 2 tablets saying these features will make the world's cheapest tablet cost over $1000, defeating its purpose of its price advantage.

"We are hopeful that the IIT will reconsider its new test specifications," says Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO of Datawind. ET has learnt that the Ministry of Human Resource and Development has called for a meeting on Tuesday, to be chaired by a special secretary Ashok Thakur, to sort the issues between IIT Rajasthan and Datawind.

The new test criterion proposed by IIT Rajasthan for Aakash 2 includes tablets which can operate at -20 degrees, can withstand sudden and steep drops, and be waterproof in heavy rains.

"The features of Aakash cannot be compared to rugged military tablets which may cost over $1500. US military specifications for an educational tablet will not make sense for Indian students," Tuli added.

The IIT Rajasthan's new test criterion for Aakash 2 include conditions like water resistance whereby a unit of Aakash tablet should be working, when placed in a rain chamber supplying rain at a rate of no less than 4 inches per hour. Tuli said such test criterion may result in a tablet costing over Rs 1 lakh.

An MHRD official told ET that the Ministry was keen on making the cheap tablets reach all 220 million students, and problems if any would be sorted out. Tuli also told ET his company was excited by the tablet, commercial bookings of which have crossed 21 lakh units.

IIT Rajasthan refused to comment on the story. IIT Rajasthan is responsible for procuring the Aakash tablets, for Rs 2276 each, under the billion dollar National Mission on Education, run by the MHRD. The first 5-year phase of the mission is ending in March 2012, and funds allocated have to be spent or reverted back to the government by the deadline.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Combined Defence Services Examination (I) – 2012 -UPSC

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will be conducting   Combined Defence  Services Examination (I) – 2012  on 12th February, 2012 (Sunday)  at  41 Centers all over India as per notification dated 29th October, 2011. The Commission has introduced the facility of generating e-Admit Card (Admission Certificate) for this Examination for convenience of candidates. The candidates can download their Admission Certificate from the Union Public Service Commission website www.upsc.gov.in.  Candidates are advised to take the printout of the Admission Certificate and produce the same for appearing at the allotted venue for this examination. No paper Admission Certificate will be sent by post.


In case the photograph is not printed/available on the e-Admit Card (Admission Certificate), candidates are advised to carry three (3) photographs (one identical photograph for each session) alongwith  proof of identity such as Identity Card or Voter Identity Card or Passport or Driving License and printout of e-Admit Card (Admission Certificate) at the venue of the Examination.

Source:pib
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Revision of PPOs of pre-2006 family pensioners

No.1/20/ 2011-P&PW(E)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, public Grievances & Pension
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market,
New Delhi, the 16th December, 2011.

Office Memorandum

Sub:- Revision of PPOs of pre-2006 family pensioners – meeting chaired by Secretary (Pension) on 3/11/11 – a model advertisement – regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM. of even number, dated 15th November and 22nd November, 2011 circulating the minutes of the meeting concerning revision of Pension Payment Orders (PPOs) in respect of pre-2006 Pensioners, which was chaired by Secretary (Pension) on 3/11/11. It was decided, vide para 9 of the minutes, that the Department of Pension and PW would bring out a model advertisement spelling out the utility of the revision of PPO to the individual pensioner/family pensioner, which may be used by administrative Ministries/ Departments for eliciting responses from the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to them. It was also agreed that the advertisement shall also be posted on the web-site of respective Ministry/ Department.

2. In pursuance of the minutes as indicated above, a copy each of Hindi and English versions of the model advertisement is enclosed. It is requested that the administrative Ministries/ Departments may consider publishing the advertisement in the leading newspapers in English and Indian languages so that maximum number of pensioners/family pensioners come to know about the , benefits of getting their PPOs revised. It may also be ensured that the text of the advertisement is posted on the web-site of the Ministry/Department concerned.

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(K.K.Mittal)
Director

Source: DOP&PW
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Preparation of Draft Common Seniority List of UDCs for the Select List Year 2007-regarding.

No. 20/5/2011-CS-II (B)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated: 10th January, 2012

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: - Preparation of Draft Common Seniority List of UDCs for the Select List Year 2007-regarding.

   The undersigned is directed to say that Common Seniority List of UDCs of CSCS for the Select List Year 2007 is being finalized in terms of Rule 11(3) read with Regulation of 2 of Third Schedule of CSCS Rules, 1962.

   2. The Cadre units are requested to circulate the list among the officials concerned inviting objection/representation, if any, with regard to any factual inaccuracy and the order of placement in the list, which may be forwarded alongwith the comments of the cadre units to this Department for appropriate action. Cadre units are also requested to verify the correctness of the particulars such as date of birth, date of regular appointment to the grade, rank number (in case of officials appointed on the basis of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination) etc. of the officials in the list. If any name has been left out inadvertently, it may be brought to the notice of this Department with relevant details. The draft CSL may be seen/downloaded on the website of this Department i.e.

www.http://persmin.nic. in
Department of Personnel & Training
Central Secretariat
Central Secretariat Clerical Service (CSCS)
Common Seniority List (CSL)

   3. Cadre unites are requested that factual inaccuracies/deficiencies, if any, in the Draft CSL of UDC of CSCS for the year 2007 may be brought to the notice of this Department immediately but not later than 10.02.2012. If nothing is heard from any cadre by 10.02.2012 it will be presumed that there is no factual inaccuracy in the CSL and it will be finalized accordingly.

End:- Draft CSL.

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

Source: www.persmin.nic.in
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EPFO may reduce interest on PF deposits to 8.6% for 2011-12

Retirement fund body EPFO may lower the interest rate on deposits to 8.6 per cent for over 4.7 crore subscribers for 2011-12 to match it with the rate of public provident fund (PPF) scheme.

The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) had provided 9.5 per cent interest rate to its subscribers for 2010-11 after it found Rs 1,731 crore surplus in its books of account.

"The Labour Ministry will soon be sending a note to the Finance Ministry, recommending 8.6 per cent rate of interest on provident fund deposits to EPFO subscribers for this fiscal as provided under PPF scheme", a source privy to the development said.

The source said the ministry wants bring the EPFO's rate of return on par with the PPF rate.

According to the EPFO's income projections, if the body provides 8.25 per cent interest for 2011-12, it would leave a deficit of a Rs 24 lakh. It had further pointed out that an 8.5 per cent rate of return would translate into a deficit of Rs 526.44 crore.

But, the Labour Ministry may factor in estimation error, which could spare around Rs 400 crore. This amount would be sufficient to pay an additional 0.25 per cent over the projected 8.25 per cent rate of return this fiscal.

Moreover, the source said that about Rs 15,000 crore is lying in inoperative accounts which has been invested and is yielding returns. EPFO has not yet decided whether the return on these accounts would be distributed among live accounts.

Inoperative accounts are those accounts that have not received any contribution for 36 months or more. EPFO had stopped payment of interest to such accounts from April 1, 2011.

Last month, EPFO's trustees had failed to decide on the interest rate for the current fiscal following sharp differences among them on the issue and had sought the Finance Ministry's intervention.

While the EPFO had suggested payment of interest at the rate of 8.25 per cent for 2011-12, the trade union members insisted it should be 9.5 per cent. The representatives of employers wanted the interest rate to be fixed at 8.5 per cent.

The EPFO's apex decision making body, Central Board of Trustee (CBT), had sent the three scenarios to Labour Ministry for further recommendation to the Finance Ministry.

As per the practice, the CBT takes final call on the issue and seeks Finance Ministry's concurrence on it.

Source:ET
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Monday, January 9, 2012

Individual Plastic Cards to CGHS beneficiaries

Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Nirman Bhawan, Maulana Azad Road
New Delhi 110 108

No. S 11012/3/2011- CGHS (P)
 Dated: the 29th December, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub:- Issue of Individual Plastic Cards to CGHS beneficiaries – regarding

   The undersigned is directed to invite reference to this Ministry’s O.M No. Misc.6024/2007/CGHS (HQ)/CGHS(P) dated 30th December, 2009 wherein guidelines on issue of individual Plastic cards to each CGHS beneficiary (serving and retired) were issued. In order to further streamline the issue of CGHS Plastic Cards, the guidelines are revised as follows:-

NEW PROCEDURE FOR ISSUE OF CGHS CARDS IN DELHI & NCR

(A) SERVING EMPLOYEES


   1. CGHS Cards shall be issued only to the eligible Central Government employees and such class of persons as may be decided by the Government whose place of residence is situated within the coverage area of CGHS.
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CCS (Leave) (Fifth Amendment) Rules, 2011.

[TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF INDIA, EXTRAORDINARY, PART II, SECTION 3, SUB-SECTION (i)]

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

Notification

New Delhi, the, 27.12.2011.

   G.S.R.... In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 302 read with clause (5) of article 148 of the Constitution and after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India in relation to the persons serving in the Indian Audit Accounts Department, the President hereby make the following rules further to amend the Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972, namely :-

   1. (1) These rules may be called the Central Civil Services (Leave) (Fifth Amendment) Rules, 2011.

      (2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication on the Official Gazette.

   2. In the First Schedule to the Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972, against Sl.No. (I) in column 2 after the words "Seamen's Sick Leave" the words "Paternity Leave, Child Adoption Leave, Paternity Leave for Child Adoption and Child Care Leave" shall be inserted.

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(Mamta Kundra)
Joint Secretary
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DISCUSSION IN THE JCM NATIONAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE MEETING

Secretary General of  CCGEW    Com K.K.N. KUTTY  has published a letter in his website regarding NATIONAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE MEETING. CGE PORTAL reproduce the same for your information.


Conf/01/2012 Dated: 07.01.2012

Dear Comrades

A brief on the outcome of the meeting of the National Anomaly Committee held on 5th January 2012 is given below.

With greetings
Yours fraternally

KKN Kutty
Secretary General



BRIEF ON THE DISCUSSIONS HELD IN ANOMALY COMMITTEE MEETING

            The IV meeting of the National Anomaly Committee was held on 5.1.2012. The meeting was chaired by Shri Mishra Secretary DOP&T.

            The Chairman welcomed all members of Official and Staff Side and expressed New Year Greetings while making his introductory remarks.

            The Leader Staff Side also welcomed the Chairman and gave new year's Greetings. The following issues were raised by him and by other Staff Side Members:-

            Meeting of the National Council and other forums should be convened as often as possible and at least once in four months.

            The issue relating to increment should be resolved in this meeting.

            Issues relating to MACP may be allowed to be settled departmentally.

            The 2 (actually 11) items which have not as yet been included in the agenda should be included and discussed by arranging another meeting.

            The meeting of the National Council which has not met for about 2 years may soon be convened.

            Issues relating to Loco Drivers (not getting any benefit of MACP) should be discussed and resolved on priority basis.

            Several decisions taken in the Railway Departmental Anomaly Committee have been referred to Department of Expenditure long time back, but these have not been disposed of. This may be expedited.

            The following agenda items were then discussed on the basis of Status Note given by the Official Side:-

Items No. 1 to 4 & 5 (iii) - Anomaly in fixation of pay band in case of merger of pay scales.

            The Staff side reiterated that since the pre-revised scales 5000-8000 [S9]; 5500-9000 [S10]; 6500-9500[S11]; and 6500-10500[S12] were merged and all are given the benefit of placement in the new Grade Pay 4200 equivalent to pre-revised 6500-10500 scale, the starting of the Pay Band 2 cannot be computed on the minimum of the erstwhile S9 Scale of Pay viz., Rs.5000/-. In fact the commencement point of the Pay Band 2 should be at Rs.12090/- based on the minimum of S12 scale [6500X1.86 = 12090] instead of Rs.9300/- computed by multiplying Rs.5000/- by 1.86.

            The Official Side however insisted that what has been recommended by the Commission is correct in terms of the above principle stated by the Commission; this was not acceptable to the Staff Side.    

            The official side then stated that this item may be further discussed in the next meeting.

Item No 5 (i) and 34 & 35 - Reopening of the option for fixation of pay on promotion.

            The Staff Side pointed out that the orders reopening the option up to 31.12.2010 was received in the lowest formations late & therefore all persons could not exercise the reopening option and therefore it should be extended up to 31.12.12. Defense Staff Side also raised the issue of not allowing this option to those who have been promoted to Master Craftsman upgraded post as because final orders have been issued late.

            The official side agreed to refer these matters to DOPT, which would be considered and decided.

Item No. 5 (iii) - Special Allowance & Qualifying Pay.

            The Staff Side pointed out that special qualifying pay may have been treated as allowance but it is treated as pay for purpose of fixation of pay on promotion to higher post. The result is that senior employees who have been promoted during the period 1.1.2006 to 31.8.2008 get the benefit of pre-revised qualification pay when they have been promoted whereas the junior employees promoted on or after 1.9.2008 have been granted the benefit of doubled qualification pay and therefore the seniors are getting fixed at lower stage.

            The official Side agreed to look into this matter

Item No.5 (iv) - Anomaly in fixation of pay between Direct Recruits & Promotees.

            The Staff Side pointed out that in terms of FR 22 no person who is promoted should be fixed below the minimum of the Pay Scale of the higher post and as the system of Pay Bands have been introduced clubbing several posts, the Commission has devised a formula for fixing the entry pay (which is always the minimum) for fresh recruits. That being the case all promotes have to be fixed not below the said minimum i.e. the entry pay of the fresh recruit for each grade pay.

            Official side insisted that what they have ordered i.e. stepping up the pay of promotes to the post subject to certain conditions is more than enough and if there are certain difficulties, these may be referred to be considered.

            The Staff Side however insisted that all the conditionalities may be withdrawn and all Promotees may be fixed at the entry pay of that post for the direct recruitee if there is a quota for direct recruitment in that post irrespective of any new recruitee has joined the post or not

            The official side stated that the matter may be discussed in the next meeting.

Item No (v) - Date of Next Increment.

            The Staff Side urged for grant of one increment in pre revised pay scale on 1.1.2006 as one time measure in respect of all those whose next increment would be between 1.2.2006 to 30.6.2006 and then re-fixing them in the revised pay band and to grant next increment on 1.7.2006. This is only as a one-time measure and we would not demand similar treatment in respect of others.

           The official side then agreed to the above formulation.

Item No 5 (vii) - Temporary Status casual labourers.

            The Staff Side pointed out that as per the scheme of Temporary Status, these employees have been granted the pre-revised minimum of Rs.2550-3200 applicable to the lowest post with the benefit of annual increment etc. Therefore so far as pay scale are concerned they are being treated as regular employees. They have to be granted the Grade Pay of Rs.1800 and fixed at Rs.7000 with effect from 1.1.2006 if they are already matriculates and if not they should be given the training and then fixed at Rs.7000 with grade pay of Rs.1800 w.e.f. 1.1.2006.

            The official side noted this demand and assured consideration.

Item No.11 - Grant of Revised Allowance w.e.f. 1.1.2006.

            After discussion it was indicated that the issue may be discussed further in the next meeting before recording a disagreement if necessary.

Item No 12& 13 - Transport Allowance.

            The Staff Side pointed out that the calculations desired by the official side are already available in item no. 13. It has been pointed out that Transport Allowance at the rate of Rs. 3200 granted to those in PB-3 of grade pay Rs.5400 and above is 2.9 times of their pre-revised TA+CCA which was Rs.1100. The Transport Allowance in respect of Grade Pay of Rs.4600 & 4200 has been revised to Rs.1600 which is only 2.28 times of the pre-revised TA+CCA amounting to Rs.700/-.

            The demand was that the raise granted in respect of grade pay of Rs.4600 & 4200 should also be 2.9.times of Rs.700 which would work out to Rs.2030.

            The official side stated that this is a new demand and cannot be treated as anomaly.

            The Staff Side then stated that this item would be included in the agenda of the National Council

Item No.14 - Revision of the existing allowance which are to be replaced by new schemes.

            In the last meeting it was stated that if within six months the new schemes are not finalized and introduced, the rates of these allowance like risk Allowance & Patient Care Allowance would be doubled.

            The official side agreed to take a decision in this matter within a month's time i.e. latest by 5.2.2012.

Item No.15, 16, 17 - Parity in pension.



            In Para 5.1.47, the VI CPC has stated that in order to maintain the existing modified parity between present and future retirees it will be necessary to allow same fitment benefit as is being recommended for existing employees.

          Having so recognised the maintenance of parity between the present and future retirees, the Commission has not extended the following liberalization benefits.

-          Full pension after completion of 10/20 years of qualifying service

-          Last pay drawn for determination of pension if it is more advantageous than the average emoluments and

-          50% of Grade Pay as against 40% of pre-revised basic pension

            Benefit of these liberalisations may be extended to present pensioners w.e.f. 1.1.2006 (we do not want arrears) so that parity between present and future retirees is ensured as desired by the VI CPC.

            The official side suggested that the matter may be discussed in the next meeting and disagreement if necessary will then be recorded.

            The Staff Side also pointed out the latest judgment of full bench of Principal Bench of Central Administrative Tribunal according to which the clarificatory orders issued by Department of Pension dated 30th October 2008 for determining the modified parity has been quashed and Government has been directed to grant 50% /30% of sum of minimum pay in the pay band and grade pay of the corresponding pay scale of the post from which the employee had retired and re-fix the pension / family pension with effect from 1.1.2006 and pay arrears.

            The official side stated that the Judgment is being considered and decision would be soon taken.

Item No. 20 - Daily Allowance on Tour.

            The Staff Side insisted that rates of daily allowance may be doubled if the present system of reimbursement on the basis of actual expenditure on conveyance, boarding and lodging etc. are not suitable / practicable in the case of employees who go on tour to places where there are no such hotels / restaurants and the Auto drivers do not issue the receipts.

            They also pointed out that when all allowances have been doubled and the Railway has also already doubled the rate of daily allowance on tour, why the Government should insist that DA should be at the pre-revised rates which are quite inadequate to meet the expenses on conveyance, boarding and lodging.

The matter was deferred to be discussed in the next meeting.

Item No. 24, 25, 26 - Commutation of pension.

            The Staff Side demand is that option of Commutation had been given when a person retires. The commutation was allowed in terms of pension then fixed on the basis of pre-revised pay etc on the day following the date of retirement and in terms of the Table then in force

            If as a result of revision of pay and consequent revision of pension, additional amount of commutation arose the table which was applicable on date of retirement will have to be operated.

            The New Table which has come in to force on or after 1.9.2008 cannot be made applicable in determination of additional commutation value which Table was not in existence on date of retirement.

            The official side deferred this item for next meeting and to consider recording of disagreement if need be only in that meeting.

Item No. 28 - Grant of Grade Pay of Rs. 5400 in PB-2 for Asstt. Accounts/Audit Officer.

            In the last meeting it was agreed that this and other connected issues would be discussed separately outside this forum by the Jt. Secretary (Estt.) & Jt. Secretary (Pers) with the Staff Side.

            Though a detailed note has been sent to the above officers, no meeting has been fixed to discuss the note.

            It was stated that a meeting would soon be fixed

            As there was no time, it was decided that next meeting of the National Anomaly Committee may be fixed soon and before the Budget session of Parliament commences.

Courtesy:confederationhq.blogspot
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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Grant of family pension to next eligible member in the family in the case of missing family pensioners.

F.No.1/17/2010-P&PW(E)
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
Desk (E)

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi — 03,
Dated the 2nd January, 2012

Office Memorandum

Sub:- Grant of family pension to next eligible member in the family in the case of missing family pensioners.

   The undersigned is directed to state that as per extant instructions of the Government, conditional provisions have been made in the case of a missing employee/pensioner, as a measure of social security, to cut short the period of 7 years, as given in Sections 107 and 108 of Indian Evidence Act, 1872, after which the presumption of a missing person being no longer alive may be raised, and enable the family pensioner to receive family pension after a period of six months from the date of filing FIR. However, there is no such provision in the case of a missing family pensioner that the next eligible member of the family of the employee/pensioner may be granted family pension.

   2. The Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare has been receiving requests to issue a clarification whether family pension to eligible child/ children of a family pensioner who has been declared missing can be granted.

   3. The matter has been considered in this Department in consultation with the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance. It has been decided to make similar provisions to mitigate the hardships of the family caused by the deprivation of its rightful family pension as a consequence of disappearance of the family pensioner. The administrative Departments/ Ministries may grant family pension to the next eligible member in the family subject to fulfilment of conditions as prescribed from time to time for dealing with the cases of missing employees/pensioners.

   4. The Indemnity Bond prescribed for missing pensioners has been suitably modified to include the name and relationship of the next eligible family member as well as the deceased employee/pensioner and the missing family pensioner(s).

   5. These provisions would also be applicable in case a person, who is eligible for family pension, goes missing before the family pension is actually sanctioned to him/her. In such cases, family pension will be sanctioned to the next eligible person.

   6. This issues with the concurrence of Department of Expenditure vide their ID No.380/E.V/2011, dated 22.11.2011.

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(K.K. Mittal)
Director

Source:circulars.nic.in
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Friday, January 6, 2012

Feedback on the 4 th meeting of the National Anomaly Committee

General Secretary of  AIRF Com Shiva Gopal Mishra has published a letter in his website regarding feed back of  NATIONAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE meeting.CGE PORTAL reproduce the same for your information

Dear Comrades,

Sub: Feedback on the 4 th meeting of the National Anomaly Committee
The 4th meeting of the National Anomaly Committee was held today in North Block, New Delhi, wherein
the following decisions were arrived:-

Item Nos.1 to 4(along with item No.5(iii): Anomaly in pay fixation in case of merger of various pay scales

The matter is under review.

Item No.5(i)(along with items No.34 and 35): Re-opening of option for fixation of pay on promotion 

Resolved.

Item No.5(ii): Special Allowance and qualification pay 

Resolved

Item No.5(iv): Anomaly in fixation of pay between Direct Recruits and Promotees 
The Official Side have asked references from various ministries. 

The matter will be expedited within two months time.

Item No.5(v): Date of Next Increment 

Annual increment falls between 1st February 2006 and 1stJune 2006, first increment will be
granted on January 2006 on V CPC rates and the second will be granted on July 2006 on VI CPC rates as one time measure.

Item No.5(vi): Deduction of tax from salary 

Dropped

Item No.6 & 7: Benefit on promotion/fixation of pay on promotion

Closed

Item No.8: Re-fixation of pension/family pension 

Settled

Item No.9: Anomaly in pension for Government Servants who retired/died in harness between 1.1.2006 and 1.9.2008

Settled

Item No.10: Commutation of pension 

Settled

Item No.11: Grant revised allowances w.e.f. 1.1.2006

Not Agreed

Item No.12 & 13: Transport Allowance – 
Re-fixation in rates

Referred to the National Council(JCM).

Item No.14: Revision of existing allowances – Patient Care Allowance, Risk Allowance etc.  

The Official Side have asked one month time.

Item No.15, 16 & 17: Parity in pension 

The case is sub-judice and court decision is being examined.

Item No.18: Anomaly in pension to those retiring within first 9 months of 2006 not fully rectified 

Settled

Item No.19: Revision of pension of those who retired during the period 1.1.2006 to 1.9.2008

Settled

Item No.20: Daily Allowance on tour

The matter will be discussed next time.

Item No.21: 50% of revised pay band + grade pay not correctly determined

Covered with items No.15, 16 and 17.

Item No.22: Revision of pension of those who are receiving two pensions

Settled

Item No.24, 25 & 26: Commutation of pension 

Not Agreed.

Item No.27: Constant Attendance Allowance

Settled

Item No.28: Grant of grade pay of Rs.5400 in PB-2 for Asstt. Accounts/Audit Officers

Will be discussed in a separate meeting.

Due to paucity of time, rest items could not be discussed, and the same will be discussed in the next meeting.
Besides the above, issues relating to removal of GP Rs.2000 while granting MACP, GP Rs.4800 to apex level supervisors, implementation of unanimous recommendations of Departmental  Anomalies Committees (Railways) (pending with MoF(Deptt. of Exp.), benefit of increment on  promotion to the staff promoted in the same grade pay, particularly the issues relating to Running Staff, promotion from MCM to JE, Goods Pilot to Passenger and Mail/ Express, Goods Guard to Passenger and Mail/Express, as well as other categories where promotion in the same grade pay, MACP to Pharmacist, merger of Technician II with I, etc.etc. were also raised by us and demanded immediate solution of the same.  

Yours fraternally
Shiva Gopal Mishra 
General Secretary
Source:AIRF
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GOVT AGREED TO GIVE ONE INCREMENT -NATIONAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE

The Government has agreed in the Anomaly Committee meeting to grant one increment on 1.1.2006 in the pre-revised scale of pay for all those whose increment falls between 1st Feb and 30th June 2006. This is applicable only for those who were in service as on 1.1.2006. They will draw their next increment in the new Pay Band on 1st July 2006.

Source:fnpo
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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Continuation of ad-hoc appointment in the grade of Assistant of CSS — regarding.

No.4/2/2006-CS-II
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi — 110 003.
Dated, the 29th December, 2011.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Continuation of ad-hoc appointment in the grade of Assistant of CSS — regarding.

   The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even number dated 20.06.2011 on the subject mentioned above, vide which Cadre Units were permitted to continue ad-hoc appointment in the grade of Assistant upto 31.12.2011. Further continuance of these appointments has been reviewed in this Department and it has been decided to extend the appointment of the remaining UDCs of Select List year 1993 and upto 2003 in case of General and SC candidates and upto Select List year 2005 in respect of ST candidates, as ad-hoc Assistant for a further period upto 30.06.2012 or till regular Assistants become available, whichever is earlier.

   2. Extension of the ad-hoc appointment would be continued only if the ad-hoc Assistants attend and qualify the mandatory Level ‘A’ training as and when nominated by CS.I (Training) Section of this Department, failing which their ad-hoc appointment would be terminated.

   3. Other terms and conditions mentioned in the relevant OMs will remain unchanged.

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

Source: www.persmin.nic.in
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OBCs demand increase in their quota limit

The Other Backward Classes (OBC) on Wednesday demanded an increase in their quota in the state services and educational institutes from the existing 21% to 27% as per their proportion in the population. The community also pushed for a quota in promotions for itself as is available to the Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) communities. Further, it was sought that the upper income limit for separating the "creamy layer" within the OBC be raised from the existing Rs 4.5 lakh per annum.

The demands were raised by the Congressmen at the party's OBC cell meeting that was attended by the ruling party president Chandrabhan, minister Jitendra Singh and chief minister Ashok Gehlot, among others. The chief minister once again lashed out at the social and employees' organisations that oppose quota in promotions. Gehlot stressed that the system of caste-based quota in jobs would continue irrespective of the parties that come to power. "Reservation will continue till the time everyone is equal. Organisations like Mission-72, Jago Party and Samta Andolan want to spoil the state's harmony," the chief minister said, addressing hundreds of Congressmen assembled at the party headquarters. PCC chief Chandrabhan termed the opposition BJP an anti-reservation party. "Till date it has never had a chief minister or a party president from the reserved category communities," he said.

Another demand was on setting up of the OBC welfare directorate and the OBC finance Corporation on the lines of such institutes existing in Madhya Pradesh for safeguarding the community's interests. The issue of ministers not informing the local Congress units about their official visits to districts also cropped up at the meeting.

Courtesy:TOI
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Clarification on Interest Rates on Small Savings Schemes

Ministry of Finance has clarified that although the rate of interest on small savings schemes will be aligned every year with rates of Government securities of similar maturity, with suitable spread, the rates are fixed and not floating so far as individual investments except PPF are concerned. This is in response to news items appearing in certain sections of the Press that the interest rates on small saving schemes, revised by the Government w.e.f. 1.12.2011, are floating rates, which will undergo change according to fluctuations in the yield on the Government securities.

It has been clarified that the rate prevailing at the time of investments will remain fixed and unchanged till the maturity of the investment. Any revisions in interest rates in subsequent years will only be applicable to the investments made in the relevant period. For instance, investment made in an instrument other than PPF on 1.12.2011 will remain valid till the maturity of that instrument, irrespective of revision of interest rate with effect from 1.4.2012. As regards PPF, the interest rate fixed every year will be applicable to all PPF accounts.

Source:pib
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Extension of ex-servicemen contributory health scheme facilities to Nepal domiciled Gorkhas

The Cabinet has approved the extension of Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) to Nepal Domiciled Gorkhas (NDGs) pensioners Ex-Service Men (ESM). The scheme will be optional for retired Ex-Servicemen NDG Pensioners. Only NDG Ex-servicemen pensioner (paid from Defence Estimates) are eligible for ECHS membership.

There are about 1 lakh ex-servicemen and 2.17 lakh dependents domiciled in Nepal who benefit from the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme, (ECHS). They are entitled for medical treatment under ECHS Scheme at Polyclinics, and ECHS empanelled civil hospitals in India. Emergency treatment in India under existing provisions is also available. Considering the practical difficulties being faced by NDG ESM in taking treatment, the Govt. has decided to provide medical facilities to them in Nepal itself. The facilities would be available on the same pattern as is available to Indian ESM residing in India.

Application forms can be collected from the nearest Station HQ of Army/Navy/Air Force in India or from Defence Attache at Kathmandu. Forms can also be down loaded from internet website www.indianarmy.nic.in/arecris.htm. War widows battle causalities and Pre 1996 retirees are exempted from payment of one time ECHS contribution. For others contribution will be as applicable in India in Indian Rupees. For NDGs staying in Nepal contribution can be deposited in India through the Military Receivable Order (MRQ) under existing provisions or deposited in the Indian Government treasury located at Embassy of India, Kathmandu. Persons retiring after the issue of this order will also exercise the option of deduction of contribution by the pension payment authority.

The submission of application forms for retired pensioners NDG ESM will be at the office of Assistant Military Attache (AMA) (ECHS), Embassy of India, Kathmandu supported by attested pension payment order, discharge certificate and proof of deposit of contribution. A Demand Draft for ECHS smart card at the rate of Rs 135/- per card in favour of Director, Regional Centre Lucknow will also have to be submitted. An affidavit with respect to dependency of parents/children as per existing practice in Nepal sworn before the Chief District Officers will be followed. Persons retiring after the issue of this order will submit application forms along with relevant documents through their Record Offices.

The application forms duly vetted by AMA (ECHS) Kathmandu will be forwarded to ECHS Regional Centre Lucknow.

AMA (ECHS), Embassy of India, Kathmandu will deal with matters related to ECHS in respect of pensioner NDG ESM at Nepal.

The present ECHS scheme provides comprehensive and quality health care benefits to pensioner ex-servicemen residing in India. Extending it to pensioner NDGs ex-servicemen in Nepal will meet a long outstanding need for providing health care to pensioner NDG ESM.

All other policies and procedures of ECHS which are applicable in India will also apply to pensioner Nepal Domiciled Gorkhas Ex-servicemen in Nepal.

Source:pib
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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Book Your Train Reservation Ticket While on Move through Mobile Phone

No Need to Carry Ticket Print-Out, Mere Display of Message on Mobile is Sufficient during Travel

To bring further convenience to the rail users, Indian Railways through Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Railway, has been offering the service of booking e-ticket over the mobile phone. After initial registration and downloading of suitable software on the mobile handset with internet facility, it will be quite easy for the mobile users to book a reserve ticket through their own mobile. After booking, the passenger will receive a reservation message with full details of the ticket including PNR, Train No, date of journey, class etc. This virtual message would be treated at par with the print-out of the e-ticket which at present is taken out by the passengers and is known as Electronic Reservation Slip (ERS).  Hence, with the virtual message, passengers would not be required to take a print-out of e-ticket to be carried with them. Showing the reservation message of the confirmed ticket on their mobile during travel will be sufficient. The detail procedure of booking through mobile which is also available on the IRCTC website namely www.irctc.co.in,   is as follows:-

·        Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) offers the service of booking electronic ticket (e-ticket) over the mobile to rail users.
·        IRCTC’s Mobile Rail Ticket booking services are based on the webservices model developed by IRCTC in order to enable the users of Mobile Phones to access the web based rail ticket reservation and enquiry services similar to www.irctc.co.in.
·        Application software has to be downloaded on to the mobile handset.  This software is provided by the respective service provider firms viz., NGPAY, PAYMATE and ATOM. The application can be downloaded from IRCTC website and also from various associates of IRCTC viz. NGPAY, ATOM, Paymate.  IRCTC is also likely to launch its mobile application shortly and the software will be downloadable from www.irctc.co.in.
·        These mobile applications are functional on most of the GPRS/Browser based mobile phones, from basic model to high end ones.
·        Internet is required on mobile phones to book tickets through mobile.
·        The Passenger has to register at the time of first transaction and thereafter book the ticket using his ID and password.
·        Whenever a passenger books a reserved ticket through Mobile phone, he will receive a message with full details of the ticket including PNR, Train No., date of journey, class, etc.  This virtual message would be treated at par with the print-out of the e-ticket which at present is taken out by the passengers and is known as Electronic Reservation Slip (ERS).  Hence, with this virtual message, passengers would not be required to have a printer with them to take a print-out of e-ticket to be carried with them.
·        The customer is charged ticket fare, IRCTC service charge and Agent service charge (Rs.10/- & Rs.20/- as per class of tickets) and applicable payment gateway charges.
·        The Service Charge is similar to e-tickets Rs.10/- for SL class and Rs.20/- for other higher class.
·        All the rules applicable to e-tickets are also applicable to the reserved tickets booked through Mobile phones except that in this case, the passenger can also show the virtual message received on mobile instead of carrying ERS.
·        More than a thousand users presently are availing this facility everyday.

Source:pib

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NDA & Naval Academy Exam (I), 2012

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will hold the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I), 2012 on April 15, 2012, for admission to Army, Navy and Air force Wings of NDA for 129th Course and for the 91st Indian Naval Academy Course(INAC) commencing from December, 2012.

Candidates are required to apply only through online mode. No other mode is allowed for submission of application. For details regarding the eligibility conditions, syllabus and scheme of the examination, centers of examination, guidelines for filling up online application form etc. aspirants must refer to the detailed notice of the examination published in the Employment News/Rozgar Samachar dated December 31, 2011 or the UPSC website www.upsc.gov.in.

Source:pib
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Monday, January 2, 2012

PPF an attractive option for all categories of investors

For small investors, the Public Provident Fund (PPF) is one of the most trusted investment avenues. It is a 'must have' in the investment portfolio. The recent enhancement of limit and increase in interest rates has made this instrument even more attractive. The PPF offers safety, good returns, and tax savings . The interest earned on these deposits is taxfree.

In the present volatile situation, where many stocks and funds are yielding negative returns, it is better to invest your hardearned money in safer bets such as the PPF. Due to the recent increase in interest rates on small savings schemes, the biggest beneficiaries are PPF investors. The interest rate is being increased from eight to 8.6 percent.

Moreover, the investment limit is being increased from the present Rs 70,000 to Rs 1 lakh. For investors who do not want to take risks or dabble in the stock markets, the PPF is the best option. Although the PPF is a preferred option of conservative investors, in the present-day market scenario, even aggressive investors may like to opt for this avenue.

The interest rate will be announced in the beginning of every financial year. The tenure of a PPF account is 15 years. After the initial 15 years, you can keep extending the deposit for five years at a time. In case a person starts contributing Rs 1 lakh every year, he can build a tax-free corpus of about Rs 31 lakhs over 15 years, if the interest rate remains 8.6 percent.

Even considering a marginal decrease or increase in the interest rate (of say between 8-9 percent range) the corpus may vary between Rs 29 lakhs and Rs 32 lakhs. With the enhanced investment limit from Rs 70,000 to Rs 1 lakh, you can earn an additional tax-free interest of Rs 2,580. On an investment of Rs 1 lakh, you can get a tax deduction of Rs 30,000 (if you are in the 30 percent tax bracket). The interest earned will be 8.6 percent on Rs 1 lakh, i.e. Rs 8,600.

So, considering the tax benefit under Section 80C, the effective interest return translates to almost 12.29 percent, and fully secured. PPF is a voluntary contribution by an individual. On maturity, the proceeds received are tax-free . Being a statutory scheme of the central government, it is fully secured. The interest is compounded annually. The deposit can be in a lump sum or in convenient instalments , but not more than 12 instalments in a year.

An account in which no deposits are made is treated as a discontinued account. A discontinued account can be activated by paying the minimum deposit along with a default fee for each defaulted year. A PPF account can be opened by an individual or a minor through a guardian. Those who are contributing to the GPF Fund or EDF account can also open a PPF account. No age is prescribed for opening a PPF account.

There is a facility of withdrawal in the seventh year of the account, subject to a limit of 50 percent of the amount at credit, in the preceding three years. Thereafter, one withdrawal in every year is permissible . Premature closure of a PPF account is not permissible except in case of death.

Source;ET
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GUIDELINES / CRITERIA FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES FOR IN-VITRO FERTILISATION (IVF) TREATMENT TO CGHS BENEFICIARIES

Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi 110 108

No: Z.15025/5/201 1-CGHS III/CGHS (P)         Dated, 22 November, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Guidelines / Criteria for reimbursement of expenses for In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) treatment to CGHS beneficiaries and beneficiaries under Central Services (Medical Attendance) Rules. 1944.

            The undersigned is directed to say that the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has been receiving requests for providing clarifications as to whether the expenditure incurred on In-Vitro Fertilisation ((IVF) treatment is admissible under CGHS, and if so. whether any guidelines have been laid down for reimbursement of the expenses incurred on IVF treatment.

            (2) The matter has been examined by a Technical Committee of the Heads of Department of Gynaecology & Obstetrics of Government Medical institutions, and based on the recommendations of the Committee, the following guidelines are laid down for considering cases for reimbursement of expenses incurred on IVF treatment by CGHS beneficiaries and beneficiaries under Central Services (Medical Attendance) Rules, 1944:-
(I) Requests for IVF treatment will be considered only on the basis of advice tendered by the Head of Department of Gynaecology & Obstetrics of a Government Medical institution;

            (ii) Permission for IVF treatment to be undertaken may be given by the Head of Department in the Ministries / Departments on the recommendations of the Head of Department of Gynaecology & Obstetrics of a Government Medical institution;

            (iii) IVF procedure will be allowed in a Government Medical institution on the recommendations of the Head of Department of Gynaecology & Obstetrics of a Government Medical institution;

(iv)      IVF procedure may be allowed, on a case to case basis, in a private medical institution if the Institution is registered with the State / Central Government and has the necessary facilities including equipment and trained man power for carrying out the procedure. It is, however, mandatory to obtain the recommendations of the Head of Department of Gynaecology & Obstetrics of a Government Medical institution for permitting the procedure to be undertaken in a private institution;

(V)       There should be clear evidence of failure of conventional treatment before permitting IVF treatment procedure;
(vi)      The age of women undergoing IVF treatment procedure should be between 21 and 39 years
(vii)     The woman has to be married and living with her husband;
(viii)    The IVF treatment procedure will be allowed only in cases of infertility where the couple has no living issue
(ix)      Reimbursement of expenditure incurred on IVF procedure will be allowed upto a maximum of 3 (three) fresh cycles;
(X)       An amount not exceeding Rs.65,000/- (Rupees sixty five thousand only) per cycle or the actual cost, whichever is lower, will be allowed for reimbursement. This amount will be inclusive of the cost of drugs and disposables and monitoring cost during IVF procedures;

(x         i) As IVF treatment is a planned procedure, reimbursement cases can be considered by the Ministries / Departments only if prior approval was obtained by the beneficiary for undergoing the IVF treatment.

(xii)     There will be a onetime permission for availing IVF treatment consisting of three cycles in total, which would be admissible to the beneficiary. The concerned Ministry / Department shall obtain an undertaking from the applicant that he / she has not claimed the reimbursement earlier from the Government of India in the past and will not claim it in the future.
            These guidelines come into force from the date of issue of the Office Memorandum and reimbursement cases of IVF treatment undertaken after the issue of the Office Memorandum only can be considered by the Ministries / Departments.

4. This issues with the concurrence of Integrated Finance Division in the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, vide Dy. No.C.1747/IFD (Health)/2011 dated the 21stNovember,October, 2011

sd/-
[V.P. Singh]
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

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HEAVY VEHICLES FACTORY (HVF) WRITTEN TEST RESULTS DECLARED (SEMI-SKILLED )

Heavy Vehicle Factory, Avadi declared Trade-wise list of candidates selected for Trade Test based on the Written Test held on 27/11/2011

Blacksmith-50
Electrician -29
Examiner - Welder-5
Examiner - Machinist-13
Examiner - Fitter-19
Examiner - Fitter Electronics-7
Examiner - Electrician-9
Fitter-802
Fitter Electronics-40
Machinist-622
Painter-31
Welder-not available

1. THE ABOVE LIST IS PURELY PROVISIONAL AND IS SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION OF ORIGINAL CERTIFICATES AND OTHER CLAIMS MADE BY THE CANDIDATES IN THEIR APPLICATION FOR THE SUBJECT POST.

2. THE INCLUSION IN THIS LIST DOES NOT VEST UPON THE CANDIDATE ANY RIGHT FOR APPOINTMENT AT HVF, AVADI AT THIS STAGE.

3. SELECTED CANDIDATES SHALL BE INFORMED SEPARATELY ABOUT THE DETAILS OF TRADE-TEST.


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