Tuesday, July 31, 2012

CBDT Relaxes Compulsory E-Filing of Return of Income for Assessment Year 2012-13 - for Representative Assessees of Non-Residents and in the Case of Private Discretionary Trusts


Rule 12 of the Income-tax Rules, 1962 mandates that an individual or Hindu undivided family, if his or its total income or the total income in respect of which he is or it is assessable under the Act, during the previous year, exceeds ten lakh rupees, shall furnish the return electronically for the assessment year 2012-13 and subsequent assessment years.

It has been brought to the notice of the Board that the agents of non-residents, within the meaning of section 160(1) (i) of the Income –tax Act, are facing difficulties in electronically furnishing the returns of non-residents. This is because there may be more than one agent of the non-resident in India for different transactions or a person in India may be an agent of more than one non-resident. Such situations are not covered by the existing e-filing software which functions on the principle of one assessee-one PAN-one return.

It has also been brought to the notice of the Board that ‘private discretionary trusts’ having total income exceeding ten lakh rupees are facing problems in filing their return of income electronically in cases where they are filing their return in the status of an individual. This is because status of a private discretionary trust has been held in law as that of an ‘individual’. The existing e-filing software does not accept the return of a private discretionary trust in the status of an ‘individual’.

Accordingly it has been decided by the Board that:

(i) it will not be mandatory for agents of non-residents, within the meaning of section 160(1) (i) of the Income –tax Act, if his or its total income exceeds ten lakh rupees, to electronically furnish the return of income of non-residents for assessment year 2012-13;

(ii) it will not be mandatory for ‘private discretionary trusts’, if its total income exceeds ten lakh rupees, to electronically furnish the return of income for assessment year 2012-13.

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Due Date of E-Filing of Income Tax Returns for Assessment Year 2012-13 Extended up to 31st August, 2012


On consideration of the reports of disturbance of general life caused due to failure of power and further in consideration of the fact that the e-filing of returns for a specified category of individuals and HUF has been made mandatory, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), in exercise of powers conferred under section 119 of the Income Tax Act, 1961, has extended the ‘due date’ of filing of returns of income for the Assessment Year 2012-13 to 31st August 2012. This has been done in respect of assesses who are liable to file such returns by 31st July 2012 as per provisions of section 139 of Income Tax Act, 1961 .

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AICPIN FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE 2012


All-India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers on Base 2001=100 for the Month of June 2012

       All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of June, 2012 increased by 2 points and stood at 208 (two hundred eight).
       
          During June, 2012, the index recorded maximum increase of 8 points each in Mercara and Godavarikhani centres, 7 points in Puducherry centre, 5 points in Madurai, Howrah, Chennai, Lucknow and Warrangal centres, 4 points in 7 centres, 3 points in 13 centres, 2 points in 11 centres, 1 point in 18 centres. The index decreased by 2 points each in Ludhiana and Mysore centres and 1 point in 5 centres, while in the remaining 14 centres the index remained stationary.
       
          The maximum increase of 8 points in Mercara centre is mainly due to increase in the prices of Rice, Poultry (Chicken), Tea (Readymade), Coffee (Readymade), Bidi, Refined Liquor, Firewood, Cinema Charges, Bus Fare, etc. In Godawarikhani centre this increase of 8 points is mainly due to increase in the prices of  Rice, Arhar Dal, Moong Dal, Groundnut Oil, Vegetable & Fruit items, Firewood, Petrol, Toilet Soap, etc. The increase of 7 points in Puducherry centre is due to increase in the prices of Rice, Arhar Dal, Poultry (Chicken), Fish Fresh, Fish Dry, Eggs (Hen), Vegetable & Fruit items, Cigarette, Cinema Charges, Petrol, Tailoring Charges, etc. The increase of 5 points in Madurai, Howrah, Chennai, Lucknow and Warrangal centres is due to increase in the prices of Rice, Arhar Dal, Poultry (Chicken), Fish Fresh, Eggs (Hen), Vegetable & Fruit items, Petrol, Tailoring Charges, etc. The decrease of 2 points in Ludhiana centres  is mainly due to decrease in the prices of Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, Firewood, etc. and the decrease of 2 points in Mysore is due to decrease in the prices of Rice, Vegetable & Fruit items, etc.
          The indices in respect of the six major centres are as follows :
1. Ahmedabad
205

2. Bengluru
211

3. Chennai
197

4. Delhi
188

5. Kolkata
200

6. Mumbai
212

          The point to point rate of inflation based on CPI-IW(General) for the month of June, 2012 is 10.05% as compared to 10.16% in May, 2012. Inflation based on Food Index declined to 10.45% in June, 2012 from 10.61% in May, 2012.
       
          The CPI-IW for July, 2012 will be released on the last working day of the next month, i.e. 31st August, 2012.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

UPSC Geologist’s Exam, 2011 Written Part Result Announced


   The result of the written part of the Geologist’s Examination, 2011 has been announced.  The written test was held by the  UPSC in December, 2011.    The candidature of these candidates is provisional subject to their being found eligible in all respects.  The candidates would be required to produce the original certificates in support of their claims relating to age, educational qualifications, community, physical disability etc. at the time of the Personality Test.  They are, therefore, advised to keep the said certificates ready.

           In accordance with the Rules of examination all these candidates are required to fill up the Detailed Application Form (D.A.F.) which is available on the Commission’s Website http://www.upsc.gov.in. All the qualified candidates are required to fill up the DAF and submit the same ON LINE.  The DAF will be available on the website of the Commission till 10.08.2012. Important instructions regarding filling up of the DAF and submitting the same ONLINE to the Commission are also available on the website.  The candidates who have been declared successful have to first get themselves registered on the relevant page of the website before filling up the ONLINE Detailed Application Form.  The qualified candidates are further advised to refer to the Rules of the Geologist’s Examination, 2011 published in the Gazette of India, dated 20.08.2011, which is also available on the website of the Commission.

          After submitting the DAF duly filled in ONLINE, the candidates are required to take out a print out of the finally submitted DAF separately and will have to send the printed copy of the DAF duly signed (by the candidate) alongwith all relevant documents to the Under Secretary (Geologist’s), Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110069, so as to reach the Commission’s Office latest by 16.08.2012.  The envelope containing the print out of the DAF submitted ONLINE should be superscribed “DAF for Geologist’s Examination, 2011.” It can also be delivered at UPSC by hand till 16.08.2012 (5.00 P.M.).

         Interview of candidates who have qualified for the Personality Test are likely to be commenced in the last week of August, 2012.  The exact date of interview will, however, be intimated to the candidates through Interview letter & e-mail.  Roll Number wise Interview Schedule will also be made available on Commission’s Website in due course. The candidates are also advised to check their e-mail for further information.
     
        No request for change in the date and time of the Personality Test intimated to the candidates will be entertained under any circumstances.

       The mark-sheets of candidates who have not qualified, will be put on the Commission’s Website within 15 days from the date of publication of the final result (after conducting Personality Test) and will remain available on the Website  for a period of 60 days.

       The result is available on PIB website i.e. www.pib.nic.in and on the U.P.S.C.’s Website http://www.upsc.gov.in.

        The candidates can access the marks-sheets after keying in their Roll Numbers and date of birth.  The printed/hard copies of the marks-sheet would, however, be issued by UPSC to candidates based on specific request accompanied by a self addressed stamped envelope.  Candidates desirous of obtaining printed/hard copies of the marks sheets should make the request within thirty days of the display of the marks on the Commission’s Website, beyond which such requests would not be entertained.

       Union Public Service Commission have a Facilitation Counter at its campus.  Candidate may obtain any information/clarification regarding their examination/result on working days between 10.00 A.M. to 5.00 P.M. in person or over telephone Nos.(011)-23385271/23381125/23098543 from this counter.

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Civil Services (Prelim) Exam, 2012 Result Announced


 The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced the result of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2012 held on 20.5.2012.
       
The candidature of these candidates is provisional. In accordance with the Rules of the Examination, all these candidates have to apply again in the Detailed Application Form (DAF), which would be  available on the website of the Union Public Service Commission www.upsc.gov.inHYPERLINK "http://www.upsc.gov.in/". All the qualified candidates are advised to fill up the DAF and submit the same ONLINE for admission to the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2012 to be held from 05.10.2012. The DAF will be available on the website of the Commission from 1st August, 2012 till 11.59 PM on 21/08/2012.  Important instructions regarding filling up of the DAF and submitting the same ONLINE to the Commission would also be available on the website. The candidates who have been declared successful have to first get themselves registered on the relevant page of the website before filling up the ONLINE Detailed Application Form. The qualified candidates are further advised to refer to the Rules of the Civil Services Examination, 2012 published in the gazette of India (Extraordinary) of Department of Personnel and Training notification dated 04.2.2012, which is also available on the website of the Commission.

          After submitting the DAF duly filled in ONLINE, the candidates are required to take out a print out of the finally submitted DAF separately and will have to send the printed copy of the DAF duly signed by the candidates alongwith all relevant documents including the prescribed fees, wherever applicable as enclosures addressed to the Under Secretary [CS(M)],  Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110069, so as to reach the Commission`s Office latest by 27/08/2012. The envelope containing the print out of the DAF submitted ONLINE should be superscribed “Application for Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2012”. It can also be delivered at Union Public Service Commission counter by hand till 27/08/2012 (5.00 P.M).   It may be noted that mere submission of application form does not, ipso facto, confer on any right for admission to the Main Examination.     The admission certificate alongwith the time table of the Main Examination will be issued to the eligible candidates 2-3 weeks before the commencement of the examination.   Changes, if any, in the postal address after submission of the DAF may be communicated to the Commission at once.

         The Union Public Service Commission have a Facilitation Counter near the Examination Hall Building in its Campus.  Candidates may obtain any information/clarification regarding their result of the above mentioned examination on all working days between 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM, in person or on Tel. No. 011-23385271, 011-23098543 or 011-23381125 from this Facilitation Counter.  Candidates can also obtain information regarding their result by accessing Union Public Service Commission Website www.upsc.gov.in.  The  result of Roll Nos.253465 has been withheld.

Result is available on PIB website i.e www.pib.nic.in and also on the U.P.S.C. website i.e. www.upsc.gov.in.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Out of turn promotion for sportspersons.


F.No.14034/1/ 2012-Estt. (D) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
(Department of Personnel & Training)

North Block, New Delhi 
Dated the 26th July, 2012. 

 
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Out of turn promotion for sportspersons.

   The undersigned is directed to say that the scheme for appointment  of meritorious sports persons under Government is contained in this  Department O.M. No. 14015/ 1/78-Estt. (D) dated the 4th August, 1980 as amended from time to time. This Department has been receiving requests  for grant of out of turn promotion to sportspersons employed under various Ministries/Departments. The demand for grant of out of turn promotion for excellence in sports events has been considered by the Government and it has been decided to allow a maximum of three out of turn promotions to a sportsperson/ Coach for excellence in sports events as per provisions of the enclosed scheme.

2.  This may be brought to the notice of all concerned for information and necessary action. A copy of the order allowing out of turn promotion to sportspersons may be endorsed to this Department.

sd/- 
(Mukta Goel) 
Director
Department of Personnel & Training 
Establishment D

SUBJECT : SCHEME FOR OUT OF TURN PROMOTION FOR SPORTSPERSONS

1.  OBJECT:

   To promote a sportsperson for excellence in sports events by upgradation of  the post personal to the sportsperson. Such a post will continue to be upgraded in higher grade till it is vacated by the sportsperson either by his/her subsequent promotion, resignation or on retirement.

2.  TO WHOM APPLICABLE

   The scheme is applicable to all Central Government Civilian Employees and Central Services except Railways Services and services under the control of the Department of Atomic Energy, the erstwhile Department of Electronics, the Department of Space and the Scientific and Technical Services under the Department of Defence Research and Development.

3.  PERFORMANCE TO BE REWARDED BY OUT OF TURN PROMOTION

   The medal winning performance in sports events to be eligible for out of tum promotion will be restricted to regular disciplines of

i. Olympic Games,
ii. Commonwealth Games,
iii. Asian Games
iv. World Championships and
v. Record breaking medal winning performance in National Games conducted by Indian Olympic Association in the regular disciplines of Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and World Championships.

   The Scheme will also cover differently abled sportspersons for equivalent events/games organized for them.
 
4.  NUMBER OF OUT OF TURN PROMOTION TO BE ALLOWED

   A maximum of three out of turn promotion in the entire service career, subject to following conditions can be allowed to sportspersons for excellence in International/National Sports events:

A.  EXCELLENCE IN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS EVENTS.

   i. A sportsperson winning Gold, Silver or Bronze or more than one medal in Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and World Championships in a particular year will be eligible only for one out of turn promotion in that year.

   ii. Only the medal winning performance in aforesaid sports events will be considered for out of turn promotion. If a sportsperson or more than one sportspersons while competing in a discipline in  Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and World Championships, does not win a medal but gives better performance than the previous national record in the discipline then no out of turn promotion will be allowed.
 
   iii. In case of a team event, a sportsperson will qualify for out of tum promotion only if he has played at least 50% of the matches in the same event. Reserve player, if any, shall not be entitled for any out of tum promotion.

   iv. An out of turn promotion be considered for performance as a Coach if he/she has trained a sportsperson or a team which goes on to win a medal in any of the international Games/Championships mentioned in para (i) above. A Coach who is a Government employee will be considered for out of tum promotion even if the sportsperson(s) he/she has trained is not a  Government Servant provided he has already intimated his/her office the name of sportsperson(s) or team which have been receiving training from him. In case more than one Coach has trained a sportsperson or a team which eventually wins a medal then only the main Coach, subject to other conditions will be considered for out of turn promotion.

   v. The number of out of turn promotions allowed to a Coach will be capped at two with a gap of four years. However, the total number of out of turn promotions allowed to a Coach will not exceed three in the entire career including those given to him/her in the past for performance as a
sportsperson.

B.  EXCELLENCE IN NATIONAL SPORTS EVENTS

   In case of National Games conducted by Indian Olympic Association record breaking medal winning performance in an individual discipline would be considered for one out of turn promotion during the entire service career. In case more than one sportsperson gives better performance than the existing national record in the discipline in the same National Games, then all sportspersons winning medals shall be considered for one out of tum promotion.

5. VACANCY

   As out of tum promotion to sportsperson is to be allowed by upgradation of post personal to the sportsperson, no separate post will be created for grant of out of turn promotion to a Sportsperson/Coach. Such a post will continue to be upgraded in higher grade till it is vacated by the sportsperson either by his/her subsequent promotion, resignation or on retirement. No out-of-turn promotion shall be granted during the probation period. The out of turn promotion will be granted only in the hierarchy of the post and no level jumping will be allowed.

6. COMPOSITION OF THE DPC

   Out of turn promotion would be allowed on regular basis only. The procedure for regular promotion including vigilance clearance should be followed while considering the cases for out of turn promotion. The composition of DPC for grant of out of turn promotion to the sportsperson will be same as that prescribed in the statutory recruitment rules applicable to the post to which promotion is being made.

7. RELAXATION IN QUALIFYING/ELIGIBILITY SERVICE REQUIRED FOR PROMOTION

   The appointing authority for the post prescribed in the relevant recruitment rules shall be competent authority for grant of relaxation from requirement of completing the qualifying service(residency period in the feeder grade), educational qualification, completion of pre-promotion training or any other condition that may be prescribed in the statutory recruitment rules applicable to the promotional post. This shall have prior approval of the Secretary concerned in case of the Ministry/Department and the Head of the organisation in the case of attached and   subordinate offices.

8. TIME LIMIT FOR OUT OF TURN PROMOTION

   The entitlement of a sportsperson for out of turn promotion may be processed within a period of three months from the date of occurrence of event which entitles him/her for out of turn promotion. It will be responsibility of the concerned administrative Ministry/Department to consider a sportsperson for out of turn promotion within the prescribed time limit.
 
9. DATE FROM WHICH PROMOTION WILL BE EFFECTIVE
 
   The out of turn promotion will be effective from the date of conclusion of event.
 
10  FIXATION OF SENIORITY

   A sportsperson/Coach appointed to a post/Grade by grant of out of turn promotion in relaxation of provisions of statutory recruitment rules applicable to the post/Grade, will be assigned seniority below all the regular personnel appointed(recruited/promoted) in that particular year.
 
11. PAY FIXATION

   The pay on out of turn promotion of sportsperson will be fixed as in the case of regular promotion.
 
12. UTILISATION OF SERVICES OF SPORTSPERSON
 
   As far as possible the services of the sportspersons, should be utilised for sports related activities after their active sports career is over, whether it is coaching or other technical areas.

13. POWER TO RELAX

   Prior approval of DoP&T is required to be obtained to relax any of the provisions of this scheme.


 
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Review of three years time limit for making compassionate appointment.


F.No.14014/3/2011-Estt. (D) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
(Department of Personnel & Training)

North Block, New Delhi 
Dated the 26th July, 2012.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Review of three years time limit for making compassionate appointment.

   The primary objective of scheme for compassionate appointment circulated vide O.M. No. 14014/6/94-Estt(D) dated 09.10.1998 is to provide immediate assistance to relieve the dependent family of the deceased or medically retired Government servant from financial destitution i.e. penurious condition. The Hon’ble Supreme Court in its judgment dated 05.04.2011 in Civil Appeal No. 2206 of 2006 filed by Local Administration Department vs. M. Selvanayagam @ Kumaravelu has observed that “an appointment made many years after the death of the employee or without due consideration of the financial resources available to his/her dependents and the financial deprivation caused to the dependents as a result of his death, simply because the claimant happened to be one of the dependents of the deceased employee would be directly in conflict with Articles 14 & 16 of the Constitution and hence, quite bad and illegal. In dealing with cases of compassionate appointment, it is imperative to keep this vital aspect in mind”.

   2. This Department’s O.M. No. 14014/6/1994-Estt. (D) dated 09.10.1998 provided that Ministries/Departments can consider requests for compassionate appointment even where the death or retirement on medical grounds of a Government servant took place long back, say five years or so. While considering such belated requests it was, however, to be kept in view that the concept of compassionate appointment is largely related to the need for immediate assistance to the family of the Government servant in order to relieve it from economic distress. The very fact that the family has been able to manage somehow all these years should normally be taken as adequate proof that the family had some dependable means of subsistence. Therefore, examination of such cases call for a great deal of circumspection. The decision to make appointment on compassionate grounds in such cases was to be taken only at the level of the Secretary of the Department/Ministry concerned.

   3. Subsequently vide this Department’s O.M. No. 14014/19/2002-Estt. (D) dated 5th May, 2003 a time limit of three years time was prescribed for considering cases of compassionate appointment. Keeping in view the Hon’ble High Court Allahabad judgment dated 07.05.2010 in Civil Misc. Writ Petition No. 13102 of 2010, the issue has been re-examined in consultation with Ministry of Law. It has been decided to withdraw the instructions contained in the O.M. dated 05.05.2003.

   4. The cases of compassionate appointment may be regulated in terms of instructions issued vide O.M. dated 09.10.1998 as amended from time to time. The onus of examining the penurious condition of the dependent family will rest with the authority making compassionate appointment.

sd/- 
(Mukta God) 
Director (E-I)

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Additional increment under proviso to Rule 10 of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008.


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA 
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS 
(Railway Board)

S.No.PC-VI/296 
No.PC-VI/2010/1/6/2
RBE No. 83/2012
New Delhi, dated 18.07.2012.

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

Sub:- Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 - Clarification regarding proviso under Rule 10.

Ref: Railway Board’s Notification GSR 643(E) dated 04.9.2008 and letter No.PC-VI/2008/1/RSRP/1 dated 11.02.2009 and No.PC-VI/2010/1/RSRP/3 dated 23.04.2010.

   References have been received from some of the Railways seeking clarification regarding computation of the period of one year for which pay was drawn at the maximum of the pre-revised scale towards admissibility of additional increment under proviso to Rule 10 of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008.

   2. The matter has been examined and it is clarified that the increment in question will be admissible to all those employees who were stagnating at the maximum of their pay scale for more than one year as on 01.01.2006 including those who were in receipt of stagnation increment(s). It is also clarified that the one year period is to be reckoned w.e.f. the date of drawal of pay at the maximum of scale and not from the date of drawal of stagnation increment.

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


(HARI KRISHAN) 
Director, Pay Commission-II 
Railway Board.

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Engagement of retired Railway doctors as Contract Medical Practitioners (CMPs).

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

No.2008/E(GR)II/1/1                      New Delhi Dated 16/7/2012
                                                                                         
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways and
Production Units.

Sub: Engagement of retired Railway doctors as Contract Medical Practitioners (CMPs).

   To meet the shortage of doctors in Indian Railway Medical service, doctors from open market are engaged as Contract Medical Practitioners (CMPs). Such engagements are made for a maximum period of 8 terms with each term of engagement not being of more than one year and for each term contract being entered afresh. However, it has been observed that despite this scheme being in existence, there is still acute shortage of doctors in Indian Railway Medical Service because of high rate of attrition among CMPs and lack of sufficient response from doctors from open market for engagement as CMP.

   Ministry of Railways have considered the matter and in order to meet the shortage of doctors it has been decided that in addition to the scheme of engagement of Medical Practitioners from open market as CMPs, retired Railway doctors upto the age of 65 years shall also be engaged as Contract Medical Practitioners against existing regular vacancies on a fixed remuneration of  ` 46,000/- p.m. (subject to the condition that remuneration + pension drawn by retired Railway doctor should not exceed the last pay drawn). Such engagement of retired Railway doctors as CMPs shall be for a maximum of two terms of one year each and for each term of one year a fresh contract shall be entered.

   The engagement of retired Railway doctors shall be made by inviting application to fill up the vacancies by way of open advertisement in the leading Newspapers as well as over Indian Railways Website. The screening of the applicants for engagement as CMPs shall be made by a Committee of three Senior Administrative Grade Officers (of whom one each shall be from Medical and Personnel Departments). The engagement of CMPs based on the recommendations of the Committee shall be made with the personal approval of General Manager in consultation with FA&CAO.

   The terms and conditions of the contract with retired Railway doctors for engagement as Contract Medical Practitioners are enclosed. Since these terms and conditions are not exhaustive, Railways are advised to seek the guidelines from Ministry of Railways wherever required.

  The above scheme of engagement of retired Railway doctors as Contract Medical Practitioners shall be valid for a period of 3 years from the date of issue of this notification. It shall be reviewed thereafter.

   This issues in consultation with Health Directorate of Ministry of Railways and concurrence of Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways.

   Please acknowledge receipt.

(Rashmi Chowdhary) 
Exe.Director Estt. 
Railway Board


Terms and conditions of the contract of retired Railway doctors engaged as Contract 
Medical Practitioners.

   1. The contract shall be entered into for a period of one year or less from the date of entering into the contract, Period of contract shall not be extendable on any grounds. However, the Railway administration shall reserve the right to enter into fresh contract with the retired
Railway doctor for another term.

   2. The engagement shall purely be on contract basis for a period of one year or till the regular incumbent joins or attaining the age of 65 years whichever is earlier.

   3. The retired Railway doctor engaged as Contract Medical Practitioner shall not have any claim or right for his/her continuity in service or automatic extension of the term of contract.

  4. During the validity of the contract, the CMP shall be at liberty to terminate the contract for betterment of his/her career or on any other grounds by giving 15 days notice to the Railways. The contract can also be terminated by the Railways at any time during the contract by giving 15 days notice without assigning any reasons whatsoever. Contract shall also be terminated if the CMP is found to be mentally or physically incapacitated.

   5. The CMP shall undergo a medical examination, before the contract is entered into, for his/her fitness to perform the work awarded to him/her.

   6. At the time of entering into contract, the CMP shall produce original certificates for proof of his/her date of birth and educational qualifications.

   7. Normally Sundays and National Holidays shall be off and in addition., authorized absence without detriment to the terms shall be allowed at the rate of two days per month to be availed any time during the contract to the extent earned by the CMP till such time.

   This facility shall be available to the CMP subject to fulfillment of conditions stipulated in clause
12 and 13 of the terms and conditions. Any CMP leaving his place of work on leave of absence/national holidays should obtain prior permission of the controlling authority.

   8. Expenses on outstation journeys connected with the contracted works shall be borne by the
Railway. Duty passes shall be issued by the Railways for the purpose of journey in the line of jurisdiction of the Health Unit where the CMP renders service and to the Divisional Headquarters and the CMP shall be paid a fixed rate of Daily allowance, i.e., Rs.400/- (Rupees four hundred only) per day during such journey. This will be subject to fulfillment of other provisions pertaining to Daily Allowance prescribed in Indian Railway Establishment Code, Vol.II

   9. In the event of unauthorised absence of Contract Medical Practitioner from duty or absence from duty for a period exceeding the period stipulated in the contract, there shall be proportionate deduction from remuneration.

   10. The retired Railway doctors engaged as CMPs may be provided with Railway accommodation at places where ear-marked Railway accommodation for Railway doctors is vacant/available after meeting the residential requirement of the serving Railway officers. In case Railway accommodation is provided to the Contract Medical Practitioner, an amount equivalent to HRA payable to a fresh entrant to Group ‘A’ Jr. Scale and licence fee of the Railway accommodation so provided shall be deducted from the monthly remuneration payable to the Contract Medical Practitioner.

   11. No Railway privilege passes/PTOs shall be admissible to retired Railway doctors engaged as CMPs in his/her capacity of Contract Medical practitioner.

   12. The CMP shall be governed in respect of matter not referred to in these terms and conditions by any orders/amendments to the terms of the contract issued by the Ministry of Railways from time to time.

   13. The CMP shall attend to all normal tasks which any medical practitioner is conventionally doing. He/she will also attend to emergencies and accidents.

   14. No Financial or Administrative powers shall be vested in retired Railway doctors engaged as CMPs.

   15. The CMP shall also not be entitled to any benefit like Provident Fund, Pension, gratuity, Non-Practicing Allowance, medical facilities, seniority, promotion, etc. or any other benefits available to the Railway servants appointed on regular basis.

   16. Only a fixed consolidated remuneration of `.46,000/- shall be payable to the retired Railway doctor engaged as CMP. No Dearness Allowance and any other Allowance which are admissible to regular Railway servants shall be admissible.

   17. The retired Railway doctor engaged as CMP shall be on full time appointment of the Railways and shall not accept any other appointment, paid or otherwise and shall not engage himself/herself in a private practice of any kind during the period of contract.

   18. The CMP shall not perform administrative work like pre-employment or periodical medical examinations, sanction of leave to Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ staff and certification with respect to food items considered unfit for human consumption, etc. However. the CMP shall be allowed to permit Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ staff casual leave if sought, for 3 days or less at a stretch.

   19. The CMP shall not make medical recommendation of any kind referred to in paras 559 to 564 of Indian Railway Medical Manual (IRMM). 2000.

   20. The CMP will not have any financial powers. However, he/she may operate the imprest account in accordance with the guidelines contained in the IRMM. However, the cash vouchers in such cases shall be got countersigned by an authorised Railway Medical Officer. No cash imprest account shall be recouped unless the proposal is countersigned by an Indian Railway Medical Service Officer.

   21. The CMP shall not initiate/review/accept the annual confidential reports of Group C Railway employees. However, he/she on request, prepare and present the performance  report of the staff.

   22. The CMP shall not indent or condermn/recommend for condemnation any tools and plants.
plants.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Central Govt Staff to march to Parliament “CONSTITUTE 7th PAY COMMISSION”

The Confederation of Central Government Employees will take out a march to Parliament on July 26, demanding constitution of the Seventh Pay Commission and dismantling of the new pension scheme.

Talking to reporters in Chennai, general secretary of the Confederation M. Duraipandian said though the Centre had trumpeted that the Sixth Pay Commission had increased the salary of the employees by 28 to 40 per cent, increase in petrol prices and hike in the price of essential commodities had proved that salary hike was not adequate.

“CONSTITUTE 7TH PAY COMMISSION”

“The only way out is constitution of the Seventh Pay Commission. Many private sector companies in Tamil Nadu revise the salaries of their employees once in four months. In transport sector it is done in every three years. The insurance sector has seen revision of pay nine times. We need pay revision once in five years,” he said.

Bleak future

Mr. Duraipandian said the new pension scheme was against the interest of the employees as the government had plans to invest the money in the share market and it would create bleak future.

Source:The hindu
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IPS Limited Competitive Exam, 2012 Written Part Result Announed


   The results of written part of Indian Police Service Limited Competitive (IPSLC) Examination, 2012 has been announced.  The written test was held by the  UPSC from 20th May, 2012 to 22nd May 2012. The candidature of all the candidates  whose Roll Numbers are shown in the list is Provisional, subject to their being found eligible in all respects and also subject to final outcome of the court cases pending hearing in various High Courts / Benches of CAT in case of candidates admitted to the written examination in pursuance to Court’s / Tribunal’s interim orders.  The candidates will be required to produce the original certificates in support of their claims pertaining to age, educational qualifications, community etc. at the time of the Personality Test.  They are, therefore, advised to keep the said prescribed certificates ready.   The tentative date for Personality Test is from 06.08.2012.   The Personality Test schedule will also be uploaded on the Commission’s Website.

            The Ministry of Home Affairs will intimate the candidates about the date, time & venue of the Medical Examination to be conducted by them.

            Candidates are advised to intimate change in their address, if any, to the Secretary, UPSC through letter or Fax immediately to facilitate delivery of summon letters to them promptly.  The FAX No. for the purpose is 011–23387310.

            The Mark-sheets of candidates who have not qualified, will be put on the Commission’s Website within 15 days from the date of publication of the final result (after conducting Personality Test) and will remain available on the Website for a period of 60 days.

Following is the list of candidates who have qualified for the interview/personality test:-

Source:pib
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Government Offices around Parliament House to Remain Closed in the First Half Tomorrow


In view of the Swearing-in Ceremony of the President-elect in the Central Hall of Parliament at 11.30 AM tomorrow, and traffic restrictions around Parliament House, it has been decided that the Government offices located in the buildings in and around North Block / South Block would remain closed for the First Half tomorrow. (Wednesday). The buildings thus covered include South Block, North Block, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament House, Rail Bhavan, Krishi Bhavan, Udyog Bhavan and the hutments around Parliament House.

Source:pib

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Income Tax Department Starts Two More Taxpayer Friendly Initiatives : ‘Register for Home Visit’ and ‘Online Tax Help’


In order to make the Income Tax Return filing experience even more convenient, the Income Tax Department has started two more taxpayer friendly initiatives ‘Register for Home Visit’ and ‘Online Tax Help’. To avail these facilities, a taxpayer must visit the website www.trpscheme.com and take help of trained professionals either online or at their homes. The taxpayer can choose between ‘online help’ or ‘home visit’.

On choosing the option of online tax help, the taxpayer can fill in his tax related query along with his contact details. The online query will be resolved by tax experts through Email or Phone within 24 hours.

The taxpayers who choose to register for home visit, will be asked to indicate in short the help required by them and a convenient date and time when the Tax Return Preparer (TRP) can visit them for assistance. The help desk will forward the query of the taxpayer to the nearest available TRP and fix the appointment telephonically. The TRP will then visit the taxpayer and render assistance. The facility is aimed to facilitate taxpayers in filing their return and thereby reducing their cost of compliance. The TRPs are allowed to collect fee from the taxpayers as per the TRP notification subject to a maximum of Rs. 250 per return preparation. The facility for home visit by TRPs has been presently made available in few cities such as Bangalore, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Patna. The facility would be extended to more cities during the next phase.

The TRP scheme call center 1800-10-23738 may be called for further information regarding these initiatives.

The Tax Return Preparer Scheme is an initiative of the Income Tax Department to help small and marginal tax payers in filing of their Income Tax Returns. This Scheme is applicable to individual and HUF tax payers who can take assistance of TRPs in preparation and filing of their Income Tax Returns. The TRPs are self employed graduates who are trained by the Income Tax Department for filing of Income Tax Returns as well as quarterly TDS statements. The TRPs are authorized to collect nominal charges of Rs. 250 or less from the tax payers for preparing their Income Tax Returns. The Department also pays incentive to the TRPs for preparing of returns of tax payers which is a percentage of the total tax paid as per the returns prepared by the TRP subject to a maximum of Rs. 1000/-.

Source:pib

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Sanctioned Strength, incumbency, vacancy in the grade of UDCs of CSCS


No.12/4/2011-CS.ll(B) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training

Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi — 110 003 
Dated, 20th July, 2012

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject. Sanctioned Strength, incumbency, vacancy in the grade of UDCs of CSCS —reg.

Central Secretariat Clerical service consists of the grades of Upper Division Clerics (UDCs) and Lower Division Clerics (LDCs). Overall sanctioned strength of UDCs and LDCs is 3681 and 2252 respectively. Both the grades are, however, decentralized.

2, In pursuance to the recommendation of the Cadre Restructuring Committee of CSS, it was decided by the Cabinet in 2003 to discontinue direct recruitment of LDCs. The necessary order in this regard was issued on 20.4.2005 through which direct recruitment to the post of LDCs in CSCS was discontinued. All the Cadre Units of CSCS were requested to issue the necessary orders for abolition of all the vacant posts in the LDC grade of CSCS as on 3.10.2003, falling under direct recruitment quota (80% on the basis of competitive examination held by the SSC and 5% on the basis of selection made by the SSC from amongst outstanding sportsmen) As regards, the posts falling vacant on and after 3.10.2003, 85% of all such vacant posts were to be abolished in
each select list year.

3. Though the cadres of UDCs and LDCs are decentralized, the overall control of the cadre lies with this department. However, the updated data about the sanctioned strength, incumbency position, vacancy etc. are not readily available with the department. It need not be emphasized that the said data is of utmost importance for formulation and implementation of any policy or plan with respect to the cadres

4. In view of the above, the Cadre Units are requested to furnish the necessary details about the sanctioned strength, incumbency positron, vacancy in the grade of UDCs as on 1.7.2012 as under :-


Name of the     Sanctioned     In position   Incumbency    Remarks(Strategy
Cadre unit           strenth                                               for filling up the
                                                                                   vacancies
                                                                               
                       
5. The Cadre Units are further requested to furnish the details as mentioned in para 4 above on half yearly basis i.e. as on 1st January and 1st July of the year.


(Kameshwar Mis ra)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

SOURCE:www.persmin.nic.in
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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Stepping up of pay of the promotee senior with direct recruited junior appointed on or after 01.01.2006


KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN(HQ),
18, INSTITUTIONAL AREA SHAH EED JEET SINGH MARG,
NEW DELHI-110016
F.110239/58/2008/ KVS (Budget)                                     Dated  20/7/2012


The Dy. Commissioner
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
All Regional Offices

Subject: Stepping up of pay of the promotee senior with direct recruited junior appointed on or after 01.01.2006

Sir,
This is regarding stepping of pay of promotee senior with reference to direct recruited junior appointed after 01.01.2006.
1. The issue was examined in this office and referred to Ministry of HRD for clarification. Ministry of HRD vide letter No.F.3-43/2008/UT.2 dated 20th March 2009 has clarified that the stepping up of pay of the promotee senior with direct recruited junior appointed on or after 01.01.2006 may be agreed to subject to fulfilment of the following conditions:
(a) Stepping up the basic pay of seniors under the above provision can be claimed only in the case of those cadres which have an element of direct recruitment and In cases where a directly recruited junior is actually drawing more basic pay than the seniors. In such cases, the basis pay of the seniors will be stepped up with reference to the basic pay of the junior.
(b) Using the above provision, Government servants cannot claim stepping up their revised basic py with reference to entry pay in the revised pay structure for direct recruits appointed on or after 1.1.2006 as laid down in Section II of Part A of First Schedule to the CCS (RP) Rules, 2008, if their cadre does not have an element of direct recruitment, or in cases were no junior is drawing basic pay higher than them.
(C) Stepping up of pay of the seniors in accordance with the above provision shall not be applicable in cases where direct recruits have been granted advance increments at the time of recruitment.
The issues prevailing in the region may be decided as per above clarifications.
Yours faithfully
(M.Arumugam)
Joint.Commissioner (Fin)
Source: www.kvsangathan.nic.in

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

EMPLOYMENT NEWS JOB HIGH LIGHTS


Job Highlights  (21 Jul - 27 Jul 2012)

1  Sashastra Seema Bal requires 1524 Constable (Tradesmen). Last Date : 09.08.2012.

2 Sashastra Seema Bal requires 244 Sub- Inspector (Pioneer), Head Constable (Electrician) and Head Constable (Workshop). Last Date: 31.08.2012

3 Sashatra Seema Bal invites applications for recruitment of 158 Para-Medical Staff. Last Date: 31.08.2012

4 Intelligence Bureau requires 750 Assistant Central Intelligence Officer Grade II/Executive. Last Date : 30 days after publication.

5 Union Bank of India requires 598 Specialist Officer. Last Date of online Application : 31.07.2012

6 Western Railway requires 111 Commercial Clerk, Goods Guard, Junior Clerk-cum-Typist, Stenographer, Technician, Ticket Examiner etc. Last Date: 23.07.2012.

7 Eastern Railway requires 223 Technician Grade-III, TR Trains Clerk, Commercial Clerk and Chief Law Assistant. Last Date : 06.08.2012.

8 Ordnance Clothing Factory, Avadi requires 216 Tailor, Fitter, Electrician Carpenter etc. Last Date : 21 days after publication.

9 Integrated Headquarter of Ministry of Defence (Navy) requires 116 Draftsman Grade-III Group C. Last Date : 30 days after publication.

10 Indian Oil requires 101 non-executive personnel. Last Date : 27.08.2012.

Source:www.employmentnews.gov.in
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Friday, July 20, 2012

Exemption of Salaried Employees from Requirement of Filing of Returns for Assessment Year 2012-13


Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) vide its Notification No. 9/2012 dated 17th February, 2012 has exempted salaried employees from the requirement of filing the returns for assessment year 2012-13. The exemption is applicable only if all the following conditions are fulfilled:-

Employee has earned only salary income and income from savings bank account and the annual interest earned from savings bank account is less than Rs. 10 thousand.

The total Income of the employee does not exceed Rs. 5 Lakh (Total Income means Gross Total Income Less deductions under Chapter VIA).

The Employee has reported his PAN to the employer.

Employee has reported his income from interest on savings bank account to employer.

Employee has received Form 16 from his employer.

Total Tax Liability of employee has been paid off by employer by way of TDS and employer has deposited TDS with central government.

Employee has no refund claim.

Employee has received salary only from one employer.

Employee has not received any Notice from Income Tax Department for filing of Income Tax return.

Source:pib

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Relaxation of condition relating to enhancement of age of superannuation of teachers in state institutions consequent of the implementation of the revised pay scales on the basis of 6lh Pay Commission recommendations


The Cabinet today approved the proposal to relax the condition of enhancement of age of superannuation of teachers to 65 in state institutions for the implementation of the revised pay scales on the basis of 6lh Pay Commission recommendations and become eligible for receiving Central share of 80% of the arrear payment.

It also decided that reimbursement of 80% of the Central share of the arrears be paid in 2-3 instalments to those States who have already made the payment and submitted their proposals for reimbursements to the Central Government.

The decision of Cabinet is expected to provide relief to teachers in State institutions with the payment of arrears. It will also benefit State Governments, who will be able to make the arrear payment in instalments and also claim reimbursements simultaneously.

Background:

Following the revision of pay scales of Central Government employees on the recommendation of the 6ifl Pay Commission, the pay scales of teachers and other equivalent cadres was revised and age of superannuation was enhanced to 65 in December 2008. The scheme of revised pay scales was essentially for teachers in Central Educational Institutions. However, provisions of the Scheme could be made applicable by State Governments, to Universities and Colleges coming under the purview of the State Governments, provided the State Governments adopt and implement the scheme as a composite scheme, including the enhanced age of superannuation.

The Central Government decided to provide financial assistance to the extent of 80% as reimbursement to those State Governments, which may opt for these revised pay scales for the period 1.1 2006 to 31.3.2010 The remaining 20% was to be met by the State Government from its own resources. The Central assistance was subject to the condition relating to the enhancement of the age of superannuation of university and college teachers to 65 years.

Many State Governments had requested the Central Government to waive the condition relating to enhancement of age of superannuation of teachers to 65 years as they were finding it difficult to accept the condition relating to enhancement of age of superannuation and the condition that the State Governments should first disburse the arrears and then seek reimbursement from Central Government to the extent of 80% of these arrears.

Source:PIB

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Representation of various categories at higher positions in the Central Government.


No.36027/2/2012-Estt(Res) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training 
North Block, New Delhi 
Dated  19th  July, 2012 
OFFICE MEMORANDUM 
Sub: Representation of various categories at higher positions in the 
Central Government.

The Parliamentary Committees on "Welfare of Scheduled Castes,
Scheduled Tribes" and "Welfare of Other Backward Classes" are deliberating on
the issue of representation of SCs, STs and OBCs at higher positions in the
Central Government. The Committees have asked DOPT to furnish details of
officers holding senior positions in the Central Government. Such type of
information as well as information about Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and
persons belonging to minority community is also sought for through various
Parliament Questions.
2.  In view of the above, it has been decided to collect the said information in
the Central Government. All Ministries /Departments are, therefore, requested to
furnish the detail of officers at higher positions in the enclosed prescribed proforma
to this Department latest by 31" July, 2012.

(Sharad  ar Srivastarva) 
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India 
Tel. Fax No. 2309 2110 

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

NATIONAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE MEETING GIST OF DISCUSSIONS AND DECITIONS


Confederation Secretary General com K.k.N.kutty has published a circular regarding national anomaly committee discussions and desitions  in his website.CGEPortal reproduce the same for your views

NATIONAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE MEETING
GIST OF DISCUSSIONS
                The 4th meeting of the National Anomaly Committee was held on 5th January, 2012.  All the items could not be discussed on that day.  The meeting was postponed and the same was held today on 17th July, 2012.  The gist of discussions and decisions are given hereunder.

Item No.1. Pay band of the merged pay scales: The demand to reconstruct the pay band in respect of merged pay scales (S8 to S10) by multiplying the minimum of the highest pay scales (6500-10,500) with 1.86 by virtue of which the pay band will commence with Rs. 12100 instead of 9300 is not agreed and as per the scheme disagreement has been recorded.


Item No.2. Extending the date for exercise of option:  Extending the date for exercise of option to come to the new pay scale as also to the next increment date on promotion was discussed at length.  While the official side will agree to reopen the promotional cases where such change of option becomes necessary on account of an unforeseen event, the question of extending the date in general will have to be examined.  The case of necessity to change the option once exercised in view of the recent order on increment was raised by the Staff Side. The Official side agreed to issue a clarificatory order.

Item No. 3. Special allowance and qualification pay: Order has been issued in respect of Auditors. In respect of SAS passed hands necessary orders will be issued shortly.

Item No.4. Fixation of pay of Promotees at the level of entry  pay of Direct recruitees: The official side agreed to consider grant of entry pay in all such cases, wherever the RR provides for direct recruitment.

Item No.5. Date of next increment:  Orders have already been issued. Item is treated as settled.

Item No. 6. Grant of minimum pay of Rs. 5200 +1800 to temporary status employees:  Orders issued.

Item No. 7. Grant of revised allowance with effect from 1.1.2006:  The item has been withdrawn after discussion.

Item No. 8. Transport allowance:  The revision of transport allowance was not agreed upon.  However, taking a percentage of the TA representing the CCA submerged for the purpose of OTA and grant of a portion of the TA in respect of persons on tour for more than one month at a stretch will be considered.

Item No. 9.  Doubling the Existing risk and patient care allowance:  The matter has been submitted to the Cabinet for its approval and orders are likely to be issued shortly. The Staff side raised the issue of doubling the daily allowance on tour. The Official side agreed to examine this matter also.

Item No. 10. Parity in Pension to pre 2006 retirees:  The matter is sub-judice. Therefore it could not be discussed.

Item No.11. Commutation of pension: The difference in the application of commutation table between the pre-2008 and post 2008 retirees was discussed.  It has been agreed that the difference would be quantified with reference to certain cases as an example.  If it has no huge financial implication on the post 2008 retirees, the Govt. may consider the acceptance of the demand of the Staff.
Restoration of commuted value of pension after 12 years instead of 15years would be considered in the light of the Supreme Court judgement of 1996, a copy of which would be made available to the Staff Side.

Item No.12. Grant of Rs.  5400/- to the Assistant Accounts and Audit Officers: To be discussed with the JS(per)/JS(E) separately. The date of the meeting will be fixed soon.

Item No.13. Revision base index for DA: The Staff Side will be provided with the computation made by the 6th CPC in the matter and on the basis of the same the issue will be discussed further.

Item No.14. Child Care leave: Orders issued. Item treated as settled.

Item No.15. Income criterion for dependency of parents:  The item is dropped after discussion.

Item No. 16. Revision of Grade Pay fixation: After discussion, the item has been dropped.

Item No. 17. Reconstruction of Pay bands: dropped.

Item No. 18. Fixation of pay on promotion to the post carrying same grade pay and PB:  Agreed to grant one increment to the holders of post with higher pre-revised pay scale.

Item No. 19. All MACP items: will be discussed further in the subcommittee on 27th July, 2012.

Item No.20. Anomaly in the grade pay of Library information Assistants: The official side will consider the  issue in consultation with the Ministry of Culture and take appropriate decision before the next meeting.

Item No.21. Anomaly in pension of those in receipt of stagnation increments in the pre revised scales of pay: The inclusion of stagnation increment for the purpose of fixation of pay in respect of the persons retired between 2006 and 2008, if not done, will be examined and suitable orders issued.

Item No.22. Anomaly in the pay scales of Stenographers of field offices with reference to Central Secretariat:  It was pointed out that Senior PS in the field offices were on identical pay scale of PPS  of the Central Secretariat and therefore, they must be granted grade pay of Rs. 5400 in PB3.   They have agreed to grant Grade pay of Rs. 5400 in PB.2 applicable to the field offices if not already done.  In respect of parity with Central Sectt, the proposal of Railway Board will be expeditiously examined by the Finance Ministry and suitable orders issued.

Item No.23.Date of Annual increment in EOL cases: Orders were issued earlier and the matter is treated as settled. The Staff Side raised the issue of denial of encashment of earned leave and half pay leave for industrial employees.  The official side agreed to issue clarificatory orders in the matter.

Item No. 24. Parity of PB and Grade pay for Official language personnel with the Central Sectt:  The official side said that orders have already been issued.  Wherever, the same is not implemented or different decision taken, the same may be brought to the notice of the Department of Expenditure for appropriate decision.  The proposal sent by the Railway Board will be considered separately.  
     
With greetings,
Yours fraternally,
Sd/-
K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General.
           
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Special Recruitment Drives for filling up backlog reserved vacancies for SC/ST/OBC and Persons with Disabilities


MOST IMMEDIATE/
OUT TODAY
No.36038/1/2008-Estt.(Res) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Personnel and Training 

North Block, New Delhi, 
Dated the 13th July, 2012

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Special Recruitment Drives for filling up backlog reserved vacancies for SC/ST/OBC and Persons with Disabilities : Notice of meeting.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s Office Memorandum of even number dated 9th April. 2012, 10th May, 2012 and D.0 reminder of even number dated 31st May, 2012 whereby It was requested that all the Ministries/Departments may send the final progress report of the subject Drive as on 31.02.2012 by 30th April, 2012 which was later extended to 21st May, 2012.

2. The final progress report of the Drive as on 31.03.2012 is still awaited from your Ministry/Department. The information is urgently required to apprise the Cabinet about the final outcome of the Drive.

3. It has been decided to hold a meeting under the chairmanship of JS (AT&.A) to discuss the issue on 19.07.2012 at 2:30/3:30/4:30 P.M. in Room No. 119 of North Block New Delhi.

4. It is request that an officer not below the rank of Deputy Secretary be deputed to attend the meeting and he may also bring the final progress reports of the Drives of the Ministry/Department, it is also informed that in case no progress report is received by 21stJuly, 2012, a NIL report be furnished to the Cabinet in respect of your Department.

(Sharad Kumar Srivastava)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source :www.persmin.nic.in

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NATIONAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE (NAC) FEEDBACK-AIRF


Feedback on NAC Meeting held on 17.07.2012.
Highlights of National Anomaly Committee meeting held on 17.07.2012
1. Promotee in same grade pay will get one extra increment.
2. Running staff issues for giving MACP & special increment will be resolved sympathetically & orders will be issued within a month as per commitment of Secy./NAC & DOPT chairman.
3. The supervisors of earlier APEX Grade i.e. 7450-11500 are very likely to get one special increment. The AIRF is doing all out efforts to get that increment w.e.f. 01.01.2006.
4. It has also been agreed that where there is Direct Recruitee in a cadre, promotee will get the basic pay @ par with Direct Recruitee in other words Promotee will not get less pay as compared to Direct Recruitee.
5. The MACP issue including removal of infructous Grade Pay Rs. 2000 were also discussed and separate meeting on MACP issues will be held on 27.07.2012.
6. The staf side also raised the issues of Librarians/Asstt. Librarians. The official side assured staff side for earlier consideration, after collecting data from Ministry of Culture which is nodal Ministry for this.
The staff side shown its anguish on non functional of JCM scheme due to which National Council is not being held since Feb. 2010. Meetings of anomalies committees are also not taking place frequently except Railways, Defence & P&T. The Departmental Anomaly Committees are either not constituted or non functional. Chairman National Anomaly Committee and Secy/DOPT assured that JCM scheme will be revived & NC meeting will take place after the Monsoon session of Parliament.
The details of other items will be followed soon...........

Source:AIRF


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Monday, July 16, 2012

Finalization of Common Seniority List of Personal Assistants -DOPT


No.4/7/2011-CS.II(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi-110003
Dated the 13th July 2012

OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject :- Finalization of Common Seniority List of Personal Assistants -
Select List Year upto 2009 as on 1-7-2011.
The undersigned is directed to circulate herewith updated Common
Seniority List of Personal Assistants of CSSS upto the Select List Year
2009. The Common Seniority List upto 2003 has been updated and
Common Seniority List for the Select List Year 2004 to 2009 has been
prepared on the basis of : (a) PAs of CSSS appointed against Seniority
Quota for the Select List 2004 -2009 and (b) PAs of CSSS appointed on
the basis of the results of PA Grade Limited Departmental Competitive
Examination 2004-2009 conducted by the SSC, by interpolating them in
the ratio of 1:1.
Some of the Cadres have forwarded representations which relate to
corrections regarding names and date of birth of Personal Assistants and
the same have been examined and corrections have been carried out in
the Common Seniority list. On the basis of the information received from
Cadres units, individuals and also on re-verifying the seniority lists of the
cadres, order of placement of some of the officials has been revised.
The list may be seen/downloaded on/from the website of this
Department:

http://www.persmin.nic.in
DOP&T
Central Secretariat
Central Secretariat Stenographers Service (CSSS) •-•
Common Seniority List —>
PA

(Kiran Vasudeva)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Tel. No.24654020

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Stabilization period of the RTI Call Centre and Portal-DOPT


No.1/41/2009-1R(Vol.11) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training 

North Block, New Delhi-110001 
Dated:13.7.2012 
NOTICE 
In para 2.2 of the RFP(Vol.III) of the project "RTI Call Centre and Portal" it
has been mentioned that the Stabilization period shall be for the 3 months from
the date of Go Live. Service Levels shall be operational post Stabilization period
of the project. This clause of RFP has been reconsidered and it has been
decided by the competent authority to revise the Stabilization period to 6 months
instead of 3 months and the service levels shall be operational after the
stabilization period of the project
.
(Santa Nair) 
Under Secretary(IR)
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Saturday, July 14, 2012

New Rates of room charges of Holiday Homes and Touring Officer Hostel

No.D-11028/23/82-Regions(Vol.II) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Urban Development 
Directorate of Estates

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi. 
Dated 10th July, 2012.

Office Memorandum

Subject: Rates of room charges of Holiday Homes and Touring Officer Hostel under M/O Urban Development- Revision thereof.

In supersession of this Directorate’s O.M. of even No. dated 30th January, 2012, the undersigned is directed to say that the rate of booking charges of rooms/suits in Holiday Homes, Touring Officers’ Hostels/Guest Houses under the control of Directorate of Estates have been revised with the approval of the Hon’ble Minister of Urban Development. The revised rate list on per day basis is enclosed for information and necessary action.

2. The revised rates shall be applicable from the date of issue of this O.M.

sd/- 
(R. N. Yadav) 
Deputy Director of Estates (Policy

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Govt constitutes Committee to look into pay and pension related issues of defence services personnel and ex-servicemen

The Government has decided to constitute a Committee, under the chairpersonship of Cabinet Secretary, to look into pay and pension related issues of relevance to defence services personnel and ex-servicemen. The other members of the Committee will be:

(i) Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister
(ii) Defence Secretary
(iii) Secretary, D/o Expenditure
(iv) Secretary, D/o Ex-Servicemen’s Welfare
(v) Secretary, D/o Personnel and Training

The Committee’s ‘terms of reference’ will be to look into the following issues relating to:

(i) Defence services personnel:
Common pay-scale for in-service JCOs/ORs
Initial pay-fixation of Lt. Col/Colonel and Brigadier/equivalent
Review and enhancement of grade pay
Placing of all Lts General in HAG+ scale
Grant of non-functional upgradation (NFU) to armed forces personnel

(ii) Ex-servicemen:
One-rank one-pension
Enhancement of family pension
Dual family pension
Family pension to mentally/physically challenged children of armed forces personnel on marriage

The Department of Expenditure will service the Committee. The Committee may co-opt any other member. The Committee will finalize its recommendations and submit its report to the Prime Minister by 8th August, 2012.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

AICPIN FAQ-5

21. What prices are used for items being supplied free to the working class ? 
 In case an item is supplied free to entire working class in a centre, zero price is used in the index. However, if a proportion of working class only gets an item free then a weighted
price, with proportions of working class getting the item free of cost and paying market price as weights, is utilized in the index. No attempt is made to estimate the prices of free items or
impute their weights to other items, as it will not reflect the real situation appropriately. In case an item was free during base period, its price relative is kept frozen at 100 if it is
supplied free now.

22. Which year is taken as a base year and how frequently it is changed?  
 It has been found by economists that Laspeyre’s Formula when used for an index series for a long period results in upward bias in the index. Further, changes in consumption
pattern over time necessitate revision of weighting diagrams at short intervals to the extent possible. But in India, working class family income and expenditure surveys are generally
conducted after an interval of 10 years, as it had not been feasible so far to conduct such surveys at the shorter interval. Normally, a year during which the family budget enquiry is
conducted or a period not very distant from survey period for which reliable price data are available is adopted as the base year. A period  affected by developments of serious nature 12
such as war is not adopted as the base year because it cannot be treated as a normal year economically.

23. How and at what intervals index is compiled? 
 Index is compiled and released every month with a time lag of about 4 weeks. The index is compiled using Laspeyre’s Formula given below:-

         E PnQn
     In= -----------*100-----1
        E  PoQo

               Pn
       E  (  ------*100)PoQo
               Po
-In    -------------------------------------2`
           PoQo
Where:
In = Index Number for current period.
Pn = Price for current period.
Po = Price for base period.
Qo = Quantity for base period.
 The weights once determined are kept fixed for life of the series but price relatives are worked out every month with the current prices collected and index moves with the
movement of prices. The index is compiled firstly at sub group level then at group level and lastly at the basket level, which is called general index. Various methodological issues
relating to compilation of indices are decided after consulting TAC.

24. How all India Index is compiled from centre indices? 
  An all-India index is worked out as a weighted average of 78 centre indices. The weight assigned to each centre is worked out as a proportion of the consumption of
expenditure of estimated number of families allocated to a centre in the State to sum total of all such expenditure over all centres in the country. For this purpose, each centre is presumed
to represent equal share of the working class families in a State. However, if the actual number of families in a centre exceeds the assumed share, its share is taken as the actual
number of families. For deriving the number of families in a State, the average daily employment in respect of the sectors covered for the survey is divided by the average number
of earners in the State. It may be mentioned here that with the change in number of centres in a state, change in average consumption expenditure and number of families represented by a
centre, centre-weights in all-India index are bound to be different in old and new series.

25. How new series of index numbers are linked with earlier series? 
 Normally, arithmetic method which involves ratio of the old series indices to the new series indices for the base period is utilised for working out the linking or conversion factor
of the two series. However, ratio method which involves average of the ratio of monthly indices of the two series for the base period has also been tried in the past and it gives similar
results as the arithmetic method. A period longer than base period or later than base period isnormally not preferred because it can affect continuity of two series. However, at times due
to administrative and operational difficulties the release of new series is inordinately delayed and in the meantime the old series is continued. In such cases, two series are linked using
ratio of averages of indices for the 12 months proceeding the month of introduction of new series. This latter approach was followed for linking 1982 series with 2001 series which was
introduced with January, 2006 index. Generally, the two series are linked as such, i.e., It may be added here that two series cannot be expected to show similar trends because of
differences in coverage, methodology, changes in consumption patterns over time, etc.


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PFRDA Issues Revised Set of Guidelines


PFRDA Issues Revised Set of Guidelines for Registration of Pension Fund Managers to Manage National Pension System for the Non-Governmentand Private Sector

The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) today issued a revised set of guidelines for registration of Pension Fund Managers (PFMs) to manage the National Pension System (NPS) for the non-government and private sector.

The revised guidelines, available on PFRDA’s website www.pfrda.org.in, have done away with the earlier bidding process, wherein a pre-determined number of slots were bid for by the PFMs, and the fees charged by them for managing the pension funds had to be uniform for all players. The earlier process has now been replaced by a system which lays down the eligibility criteria for registration as PFMs, and all interested players desiring to enter the pension industry, can register as PFMs subject to their fulfilling the eligibility criteria. There is no limitation on the number of PFMs. Further, the PFMs are now allowed to prescribe their own fee charges, subject to an overall ceiling to be laid down by PFRDA. It is expected that this would provide for an economically viable business model for the PFMs attracting a fresh set of entrants into the pension industry, and the resultant competition would ensure market driven fee structures, which would work to the advantage of the pension subscribers.

The PFMs would also be expected to market the National Pension System (NPS) to the potential subscribers, deciding their own marketing and distribution channels as per their business perceptions.

It may be recalled that the NPS has not achieved any significant progress in the private sector, despite passage of considerable time, and these guidelines have been awaited by the industry for quite some time. The changes are as per the recommendations of the Bajpai Committee, set up by PFRDA to go into the reasons for the slow progress of NPS in the private sector. The final guidelines have been issued subsequent to intensive discussions with all stakeholders, including existing and potential Pension Fund Managers as also suggestions received from pension subscribers.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

AICPIN-FAQ 4

16. How frequently are prices collected and for which varieties?
 For each of the selected items, normally, one variety was selected for regular price collection on the presumption that it will reflect price trend of all the varieties of the item.
Efforts were made to fix variety in a detailed manner so that it could be easily identified by the price collector over time. Similarly, for each item a unit was fixed after consulting shopkeepers and local people who could represent majority transactions of the working class.
The list of items retained for price collection had been divided into 3 main categories, on the basis of frequency of price collection namely, weekly, monthly and six monthly. In the weekly price schedule items such as cereals, vegetables, oils, etc., are covered where prices are sensitive and vary frequently.
 Prices of items like cinema, furniture, utensils, household appliances, transport etc. are collected once in a month as their prices do not change very frequently. Prices of all types of clothing and footwear items covered are also collected once in a month for the same reason. The prices of items like house-rent, school/college fees, school/college books are collected once in six months/year. For all the items prices are collected on a fixed price collection day and time (in case of perishable items) every week/month. The day for this purpose had been fixed after considering the extent of transactions taken place on various days in the week and views of the State Governments.

17. How is it ensured that prices collected are reasonably correct?
   The State Government employees who are locally posted and normally belong to Department/Bureau of Economics and Statistics or Labour Department collect these prices 9 from the selected markets. For each market, a separate Price Collector has been appointed who does this job on part time basis and receives honorarium from Labour Bureau for this work. They have been provided detailed instructions in this regard. The middle rank officers of the State Governments under whom the Price Collectors work have normally been appointed as Price Supervisors for a group of markets. These Price Supervisors have been instructed to pay visits to the selected market to keep watch on work of Price Collectors and send his/her detailed monthly report directly to the Labour Bureau. Over and above this arrangement, Labour Bureau has posted field staff in its four Regional Offices at Ahmedabad,
Kanpur, Kolkata, Chennai and one sub-regional  office at Mumbai, who regularly visit the markets, guide the Price Collectors and Price Supervisors in price collection work, verify prices from the concerned shop-keepers and send their detailed reports to the Headquarter at Shimla. At the Headquarter, the prices received are examined for inter-period, inter-shop, inter-market and inter-centre variations. All doubtful points are referred to the field for verification and confirmation. Thus, it would be clear that three levels checking of the prices are done before finally adopting them. Moreover, prices are adjusted for quality as well as quantity variations with reference to the specifications fixed in base year before utilising them in the index. Prices for some essential items are also published in
the monthly publication of Labour Bureau, the Indian Labour Journal. In addition, it has been made known to the index users that they can visit Regional Office of the Labour Bureau for verifying the prices collected at any time. But the lists of shops from which prices are collected are not made known to the users so as to avoid non-cooperation of shop-keepers and industrial disputes of workers and employers on the prices collected. For the same reason, representatives of workers and employers are not associated in price collection work.
All methodological issues relating to utilisation of prices are invariably decided in consultation with the TAC of Government of India.
18. How are ration prices utilized in the index?
 There are two situations prevailing in the country at present. In some centres of West Bengal such as Kolkata, Howrah, Statutory rationing is in force i.e. the sale of ration items in the open market has been banned. In such cases, only ration prices are utilised in the index and no account is taken of unauthorised or black market prices. However, when supply of cereals through ration shops falls short of the requirement of an average family, corrective action as approved by TAC is applied which involves distributing the portion of weight of the item-corresponding to short-fall among all other food items pro-rata. 10 In many other centres, informal rationing is in force which implies that ration items
are available freely in the open market also, in such cases, so far Labour Bureau had been giving weight to the ration price on the basis of admissibility of supplies by rationing authorities but for the new series, the ration prices are weighted with the actual availability of the ration items in selected ration shops. This is an improvement over the old practice as it better reflects actual consumption of working class and supplies actually made available by the Government. For working out actual availability, opening balance at the beginning of the month is added to the quantity received during the month for each ration item and divided by number of units registered with the ration shop. This availability provides the weight for ration price and rest of the requirement of an average family provides weight for open market price. These weights are worked out at the shop level and then averaged to get market level weights.  For each market, separate weighted price is worked out for each ration item. These
prices are then averaged to get the centre-weighted prices for each ration item. No adjustment
is made in ration price for quality variations with open market price as it is not possible
because of involvement of subsidy element.

19. What is the procedure for compiling housing index?
 The practice under the old series on base 1960=100 was to revise the index for housing group twice in a year i.e., in January and July on the basis of half-yearly house rent survey conducted in the preceding half-year in respect of rented houses only. But housing index was being kept frozen at 100 in mining and plantation centres in view of predominantly free and owned houses there. However, in the subsequent series on base 1982=100 and 2001=100, actual rents of rented houses and comparable rents of owned houses are collected in the course of half-yearly house-rent surveys and zero rent issued for free houses. For compiling the housing index, three separate indices are compiled for free, rented and owned houses which are combined using weights, which are proportions of families residing in three categories of houses. For half-yearly house-rent survey, a sample of dwelling is drawn from the sample covered under the family budget enquiries and is normally kept fixed in the life of
the series. In no centre less than 84 dwellings have been selected for these surveys.  The housing index is compiled by Chain Base Method, in which rent movements are compared with the last six monthly periods and not with the base period as this method better takes care of depreciation aspect of housing. Expenditure incurred on minor repairs of the sample dwellings by the workers is also accounted for working out rent index. New houses are notincluded in the sample as it is felt that relative movement of rents in new houses is not going 11 to be different from that of old houses. Moreover, coverage of new houses in the sample canresult in operational problems.


20. Which prices are used for items available only in particular seasons?
 A particular fruit/vegetable is priced during the availability period only which is determined after studying the prices of two  to three years from different markets of the centre. For off-season months, the weight for  a particular item is distributed to the corresponding fruits/vegetables section in the months concerned. Therefore, in respect of fruits and vegetables the weighting pattern change every month, depending upon their availability and thus avoiding the need of estimating prices for the off-season months. This is also an improvement over the earlier practice where only such items were priced which were available throughout the year. For some other items like cold drinks, maize atta, umbrella, blanket etc., which are also sometimes not available throughout the year, no monthly pattern
has been prepared but the problem is dealt with in the same manner whenever the prices are
not available for these items.

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