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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

DEARNESS ALLOWANCE (DA) JULY 2013= 90%?

All central government employees are very eager to know about DA July 2013.Because DA is the most important allowance to maintain extra expenses in their day to day life.Recent days living a normal life is very difficult.Prices of all essential commodities are going high.So Dearness Allowance is the only remedy for CG Employees to fight against price rise.

Any how DA is calculated complete based on arithmatical  calculation.AICPIN released by Labour bureau is required  to calculate DA.Labour bureau already released the data for January,February,March,April,May and June that is 221,223,224,226,228,231 respectively.

The formula for calculating da is

DEARNESS ALLOWANCE=(avg of AICPIN for past 12 months-115.76)*100/115.76

DEARNESS ALLLOWANCE JULY 2013 IS 90%

MONTH  AICPIN  AVG 12 MONTHS %DA 
  JANUARY  221  211.15  82
  FEBRUARY  223  213.25  84
  MARCH  224  215.17  85
  APRIL  226  216.92  87
  MAY  228  218.75  88
  JUNE  231  220.42  90 Expected

The official announcement by the Government for eligible DA JULY 2013 may be expected in SEPTEMBER THIRD WEEK 2013.

Extension of RTI web portal for online filing of RTI application-DOPT

No.1/1/2013-112 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training 
North Block, New Delhi 
Dated: 30/07/2013 
OFFICE MEMORANDUM 

Subject:   Extension of RTI web portal for online filing of RTI application.

In continuation of this Department's O.M. of even number dated 22/04/2013, it is intimated that the facility of RTI online web portal has been extended to 37 Ministries/Departments of Government of India, so far (list enclosed). It is planned to extend this facility to all the remaining Ministries/Departments of Government of India by mid August, 2013. This facility is presently not proposed to be extended for field offices/ attached/ subordinate offices.

2.  It is again requested that training to all the CPIOs and First Appellate Authorities (FAAs) may be provided by the concemed Ministry/Department, through the officials trained by DoPT/NIC. If required, further training can be provided by DoPT/NIC, on the request of the concerned Ministry/Department. User name/password to all the CPIOs and FAAs are to be provided by RTI Nodal Officers of the concerned Ministry/Department. It is imperative that the RTI Nodal Officers update the details of CPIOs/FAAs in the system and issue user name and password to them at the earliest.

3.  The contents of this OM may be brought to the notice of all concerned.

sd/-
(Sandeep Jain) 
Director 

All the Ministries/Departments of the Government of India (except in the list enclosed) 
Copy to: 
1. Union Public Service Commission, Lok Sabha Secretariat, Rajya Sabha Secretariat, Cabinet 
Secretariat, Central Vigilance Commission, President's Secretariat, Vice-President's Secretariat, 
Prime Minister's Office, Planning Commission, Election Commission. 
2. Central Information Commission. 
3. Staff Selection Commission, CGO Complex, New Delhi 
4. 0/o the Comptroller & Auditor General of India, 10, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi. 


LIST OF MINISTRIES/DEPARTMENTS TO WHOM RTI ONLINE WEB PORTAL 
FACILITY HAS BEEN EXTENDED 

1. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE RESEARCH & EDUCATION
2. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE & COOPERATION
3. DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL HUSBABNDRY, DAIRYING & FISHERIES
4. DEPARTMENT OF AYUSH
5. DEPARTMENT OF CHEMICALS & PETROCHEMICALS
6. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
7. DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS
8. DEPARTMENT OF DISINVESTMENT
9. DEPARTMENT OF FOOD & PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION
10.DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL POLICY & PROMOTION
11.DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL & TRAINING
12.DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ENTERPRISES
13.MINISTRY OF CULTURE
14.MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
15.MINISTRY OF FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRIES
16.MINISTRY OF HEALTH & FAMILY WELFARE
17.MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS
18.MINISTRY OF INFORMATION & BROADCASTING
19.MINISTRY OF PANCHAYATI RAJ
20. MINISTRY OF POWER
21.MINISTRY OF ROAD TRNSPORT & HIGHWAYS
22.MINISTRY OF STEEL
23. PRESICENT SECRETARIAT
24.VICE-PRESIDENT SECRETARIAT
25. MINISTRY OF WATER RESOURCES
26. UNION PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
27. DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
28. DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
29.DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH AFFAIRS
30. MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT & FORESTS
31. DEPARTMENT OF HEAVY INDUSTRY
32. MINISTRY OF TOURISM
33. MINISTRY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE & EMPOWERMENT
34. MINISTRY OF SHIPPING
35.MINISTRY OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS
36. PLANNING COMMISSION
37. DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS & PG

Source: www.persmin.nic.in


DEARNESS ALLOWANCE (DA) JULY 2013-AICPIN FOR JUNE.

Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) June 2013

According to a press release issued today by the Labour Bureau, Ministry of Labour & Employment the All-India CPI-IW for June, 2013 rose by 3 points and pegged at 231 (two hundred and thirty one). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by 1.32 per cent between May and June compared with 0.97 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing 2.98 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Fish Fresh, Eggs (Hen), Poultry (Chicken), Milk, Onion, Ginger, Chillies Green, Potato, Tomato & other Vegetables, Tea Leaf, Tea (Readymade), Bidi, Cigarette, Electricity Charges, Doctor’s fee, Medicine (Allopathic), Petrol, etc. are responsible for the rise in index. However, this was compensated by Wheat, Groundnut Oil and Mustard Oil putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 11.06 per cent for June, 2013 as compared to 10.68 per cent for the previous month and 10.05 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 14.86 per cent against 13.24 per cent of the previous month and 10.45 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Pune, Bhilai and Guntur recorded the highest increase of 8 points each followed by Jalpaiguri, Asansol, Mumbai, Bokaro, Siliguri and Kanpur (7 points each) and Warrangal and Vijaywada (6 points each). Among others, 5 points rise was registered in 9 centres, 4 points in 8 centres, 3 points in 12 centres, 2 points in 15 centres, and 1 point in 14 centres. On the contrary, a decline of 1 point each was recorded in Amritsar and Coimbatore centres. Rest of the 7 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 39 centres are above All-India Index and other 38 centres’ indices are below national average. The index of Bhilwara centre remained at par with all-India index.

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of July, 2013 will be released on Friday, 30 August, 2013. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureau.gov.in.

Source:pib

Monday, July 29, 2013

Why You Can Bank on India Post

Of the 26 aspirants who want to set up a bank, the government arm, India Post, appears to be best placed to fulfil the objective of financial inclusion. The Reserve Bank of India has said new banks will have to set up at least three branches in villages with a population of less than 10,000 for each branch they establish in other areas.

Unlike what many believe, a Post Bank of India (PBI) will be a completely new entity with no legacies of a government department and very little to do with its parent, except using some of its network. It will have an independent board and just two members from the government, one from the finance ministry and another from the department of post.

Geographically, the India Post network beats the entire banking system in the country. The ubiquitous mail carrier is present in more than 1,55,000 locations in India, 90 percent of them in villages. On an average, a post office serves an area of a little over 21 sq km and a population of 7,175, much lower than the RBI norm. In terms of experience with collecting deposits, the crucial left hand side of a bank balance sheet, again the department is unmatched. It manages over Rs 6 lakh crore in savings deposits and offers several financial services such as pensions schemes, insurance, recurring deposits and remittances.

That said, one of the crucial areas in which the department is short in experience is credit; the bread and butter for a bank.

To be sure, the idea of a PBI has been around for nearly 15 years as leaps in modern communications technology gradually made the snail mail unattractive and obsolete. On July 14, India Post shut down its 162-year-old telegraph service.

About five to six years ago, the Administrative Staff College of India prepared a report on turning the post office into a bank. It was more wishful thinking than a concrete business plan. It had proposed turning all post offices into bank branches. “That would have required about Rs 62,000 crore in capital and Rs 2 lakh crore in priority sector lending,” says Ashvin Parekh, Partner and National Industry Leader, Global Financial Services, Ernst & Young. RBI norms require all new banks to comply with reserve requirements from start.

The RBI and the finance ministry had also raised concerns about the department’s credit capability. It was clear that turning the entire network into a bank was a non-starter.

According to the plan prepared by Ernst & Young, India Post will become PBI’s banking correspondent. PBI, which will start with just 40 branches, will use the post office infrastructure but very frugally. In the beginning, it is only looking at a small, Rs 5,000 crore bank. That also means the government will not have to shell out huge amounts of capital. Anyway, the bank will need to bring in new shareholders and sell equity to the public for a stock market listing, as per RBI norms.

The bank can also leverage the technology backbone that is being put in place. The department has a Rs 4500 crore allocation in the 12th Plan for technology upgradation. Of that budget, Rs 1,200 crore will go only into financial services, including a core banking software, Infosys’ Finacle.

Carefully done, the PBI can be a game-changer in rural areas. It has a great brand recall and in many villages of India, the postman is a popular person. In fact, it can go one step ahead and even play a role in financial literacy in villages.

Courtesy:http://forbesindia.com/article/special/why-you-can-bank-on-india-post/35671/1#ixzz2aOhTT1tb

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

New rules of filing tax returns

The tax authorities have introduced several new guidelines for filing returns this year. Find out how these changes are likely to impact you.

First they made it compulsory for businesses to e-file their tax returns. Then they made it mandatory for taxpayers with incomes of over 10 lakh to take the online route. This year, the income tax authorities have cast a wider net and made e-filing compulsory if your taxable income is above 5 lakh a year.

The lowered threshold represents one of the key changes in the tax filing rules this year. Some of these are mere tweaks, such as mentioning your bank's IFSC number, instead of the MICR code, in the return. However, some of these variations are tectonic, such as the mandatory e-filing for incomes above 5 lakh a year. In the following pages, ET Wealth explains the new rules and how they will affect the way you file your tax return this year.

E-filing tax returns 

E-filing of tax returns has grown tenfold since its introduction in 2006. Less than 8% of the 3.37 crore taxpayers efiled their returns in 2007-8 . Last year, 45% of the 5 crore taxpayers took the online route. That's a big jump and the figure is expected to go up significantly this year.

The change has spawned a massive opportunity for tax e-filing portals. These websites charge individual taxpayers between 200 and 4,000 for uploading their tax returns. You can also do it for free on the official website of the Income Tax Department. However, private tax filing portals hand-hold the taxpayer through the process. They guide you while filling the form and even correct you if you make a mistake.

Filing tax returns online is easy. The average taxpayer won't take more than 30-40 minutes to enter all the details and upload the return. However, the average taxpayer also harbours several misconceptions about e-filing . Mumbai-based Harshad Doshi has fallen in and out of love with online filing during the past three-four years. Doshi started e-filing in 2008, but when he got a scrutiny notice in 2010, he was advised by a relative to desist from the online route. The next year, he reverted to physical returns, but still got a notice . This year, Doshi has no choice but to e-file his returns because his annual income is above 5 lakh. "I have realised that one can get a tax notice, irrespective of whether one files his return online or offline," he says wryly.

He's right. Tax returns are picked up for scrutiny through a computerassisted selection procedure that has no human intervention. If the computer detects certain discrepancies in the return, it raises the red flag and the individual gets a notice. In fact, there is a greater probability that a return filed offline will get picked up for scrutiny . The information in your physical return is ultimately fed to the computer by operators. A typing error at this stage can introduce a discrepancy in the return, leading to a notice being sent to you.

This problem can be avoided when you file online because the chances of going wrong are lesser. The e-filing portals further reduce the risk of errors by calculating the tax as you fill in the form. Some e-filing companies , such as Taxspanner, even verify your return for a small fee. If you are ready to shell out 200, the portal will check if you have entered correct information and alert you when you are going wrong. Tax professionals go through your return form, tallying the numbers and cross-checking the information before it is uploaded.

Choose the right form 

The online filing data reveals that more than 32% of the 2 crore individual taxpayers used the basic ITR 1, also known as Sahaj, to file their returns last year. Only 11% used the more complicated ITR 2. These statistics indicate that a lot of taxpayers who should have used ITR 2 filed their returns using the simpler Sahaj form. The income level does not matter; what is important is the source of income. For instance , if one had made capital gains or earned rent from more than one house, he should have used ITR 2.

Whether the popularity of ITR 1 was out of ignorance or a deliberate attempt to conceal income is not clear. However, the government has now changed the rules to capture a better picture of the income of taxpayers. If you received more than 5,000 tax-exempt income during 2012-13 , you will have to use the ITR 2 for filing your return this year. Exempt income includes tax-free sources of income, such as the interest on PPF, tax-free bonds and dividends (see table). Also, a taxpayer is is not supposed to use ITR 1 if he has foreign assets or has claimed tax relief under any double taxation avoidance treaty.

Experts are divided over the interpretation of exempt income in this regard. "This change will have a big impact on the salaried taxpayers because HRA, LTA or conveyance allowance are commonly availed of by most of them," warns Kuldip Kumar, executive director of PriceWaterhouse Coopers. This effectively means that a vast majority of salaried taxpayers will have to use ITR 2 this year. Even if they don't claim HRA exemption, they get LTA, or at least 800 conveyance allowance per month, which is tax free. However, other experts believe that the 5,000 limit for exempt income does not include HRA, LTA and other allowances that a taxpayer receives from an employer as part of the salary package. More clarity is needed on this aspect. The stress on disclosure demonstrates the tax department's resolve to plug the leakages in tax collection. The direct tax collection of 5.58 lakh crore in 2012-13 fell short of the revised target by 7,000 crore. Addressing a meeting of tax officials in May, Finance Minister P Chidambaram exhorted them to "target non-filers and stop-filers to widen the tax base" . Almost 12.5 lakh such "non-compliant" taxpayers have been identified by the Central Board of Direct Taxes, and almost 2 lakh notices are already on their way. The taxpayers who have not filed or stopped filing would do well to take heed of the warning . If you have not filed your return for last year as well, you can do so now. A return filed after the due date is a delayed return. If you file your delayed return before you get a notice, you have a better chance of getting away lightly. The taxman will not take you to task for not filing your returns, just give you a mild rap for waking up late.

Automatic choice for e-filers 

For some online tax filers, choosing the right form is not an issue. "A taxpayer has to just enter what he has earned under different heads of income and the portal automatically chooses the applicable form," says Sudhir Kaushik, co-founder and CFO of Taxspanner.com. For instance, if the person has only income from salary and no exempt income, his return will be filed using ITR 1, but if he made some capital gains, has rental income from more than one house or his exempt income exceeds 5,000, ITR 2 will have to be used.

However, taxpayers who upload their returns through the official Income Tax Department website will have to be more careful about the form they use. Delhi-based Kuldip Kaushik used the ITR 1 last year, but since he had dividend income of over 5,000 for the year 2012-13 , he will have to use ITR 2 this year.

If a taxpayer uses the wrong form and the mistake is discovered by the tax authorities, the return may be rejected . Every year, thousands of defective returns are sent back to taxpayers. A defective return is not an earth shattering matter. If you get a notice, you will have to file a revised return within 15 days. If you meet the deadline, the return is treated as valid. Get delayed and your return will become invalid and you will have to file afresh.

"If you discover on your own that you have made a mistake in the return or used the incorrect form, you can file a revised return to rectify the mistake ," says Vineet Agrawal, director KPMG. Your new return will overule the previous one if the assessment has not been completed.

Check your TDS details 

Before you sit down to file your returns this year, spend a few minutes to check whether the tax you paid for last year has been correctly credited to your name. The Form 26AS has details of the tax deducted on behalf of the taxpayer and can be easily checked online. Noida-based Brijendra Singh wishes he had done so last year. The former army officer got a tax notice because of a clerical error by his bank. The TDS paid on his income from fixed deposits was credited to another PAN by mistake. Though he was eventually given credit for his TDS, Singh is not taking any chances this year. He has diligently matched all his TDS details with his Form 26AS online.

Checking your tax credit details online is child's play if you have a Net banking account with any of the 35 banks that offer this facility. Otherwise you can go to the official website of the Income Tax Department and click on 'View Your Tax Credit' . First-time users will have to register but it takes less than five minutes before you can log on and view your details. "It is necessary that taxpayers check their TDS when they file their returns," says Kuldip Kumar of PwC.

Forms seek more information 

If salaried people are feeling jittery about using the more detailed ITR 2, imagine what partners in firms and businessmen are going though. In an attempt to dig deeper for undisclosed income, the government has made it mandatory for partners, professionals and businessmen with an income of over 25 lakh to furnish details of their assets and liabilities. There is a new 'Schedule AL' in the ITR 3 and ITR 4. If the taxpayer's income exceeds 25 lakh during the year, he will have to declare his assets and liabilities.

Source:TOI


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Issue of Identity Cards to Central Govt. Pensioners

No.41/21/2000-P&PW (D)
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES & PENSIONS
(DEPARTMENT OF PENSION & PENSIONERS' WELFARE)
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
New Delhi-110 003.
Dated the 25th July, 2013
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub:- Issue of Identity Cards to Central Govt. Pensioners —reg.
pen
The undersigned is directed to say that instructions were issued vide this Department OM No.41/21/2000 dated 16/11/2000 for issue of Identity Cards to Central Govt. Pensioners. These instructions have been reiterated vide this Department's letter of even number dated 30th April, 2013.

2. Clarifications have been sought by various Departments/ Associations/ pensioners in regard to issue of Identity Card to Pensioners'. The matter has been examined and the position / clarifications are as under:

 (i) Whether National Emblem or Ashoka Chakra is to be printed on Pensioners' Identity Card to facilitate their entry into the Government Buildings. The pensioners are retired Government servants. The Identity Card only establishes the identity of the person and it does not confer any right on the pensioner to enter into a security zone. Therefore, it would not be necessary to have the National Emblem on their Identity Cards. 
 (ii) Whether Pensioners' Identity Card can be issued to retired employees covered under NPS.  The concerned Ministries / Departments may issue Pensioners' Identity Card (PIC) to retired NPS employees. A revised format for Pensioners' Identity Card, for pensioners retiring under Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules 1972 (or other corresponding rules) is at Annexure I. A format for Pensioners' Identity Card for pensioners retiring under New Pension System is at Annexure II.
 (iii) Issue of Pensioners' Identity Card (PIC) to absorbee /pro rata pensioners.  Instructions issued by this Department cover only the retired/retiring Central Government employees. On permanent absorption in a PSU , the employee severe their connections with the Government and are treated as employees of the PSU in which they are absorbed. Such absorbees generally do not require frequent interaction with the Ministry/Department where they were working prior to their permanent absorption. Therefore there is no justification for issuing Identity Card to PSU absorbees.
 (iv) Issue of Pensioners' Identity Card to Retired All India Service Officers.  The pensioners' Identity Card is issued by the Department in which the employee last worked. Therefore, in the case of IAS officer retiring while on Central deputation, the Identity Card may be issued by concerned Ministry / Department. In case of officer retiring from State Government, the Identity Card may be issued by the concerned State Government.
. .
(Harjit Singh)
Dy. Secretary (PW)

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/ICARD_250713.pdf

23rd meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) -DPPW

F. No. 42/6/2013-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, 
Khan Market, New Delhi - 110003 
Date: 26th July, 2013

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : 23rd meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) scheduled to be held in the month of September, 2013 under the Chairmanship of Honible MOS (PP).

The 23rd meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) of the Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare is scheduled to be held shortly. The details of the date, time and venue of the meeting will follow. The meeting will be chaired by the Hon'ble Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Pubic Grievances & Pensions.

2. All the Pensioners Associations under SCOVA are requested to kindly provide the following requisite information through fax as well as E-mail :

(a) Suggest fresh items/issues, if any, for inclusion in the agenda to be discussed for the proposed meeting. Kindly do not send those agenda items which have already been discussed in the previous SCOVA meetings and on which final decision/action has already been taken. Your response in this regard may please be sent to this Department so as to reach the undersigned latest by 8th August, 2013 to enable us to finalize the agenda items. Minutes of the meetings and Action Taken Reports of the previous SCOVA meetings are available on the webs ite of this Department - www.pensionersportal.gov.in
(b) Because of the consideration of space, only one representative of your organization may attend the above said meeting. Confirmation of participation and the name of the participant may kindly be intimated in advance to the undersigned by fax/e-mail.

3. Outstation members will be paid TA/DA and local members will be paid conveyance charges in accordance with the rules/instructions.

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

sd/-
(Sujasha Choudhury)
Dy. Secretary ,(P)

To
Standing Group (5 Associations)

(i)  National Council (Staff Side) JCM,
13-C, Ferozshah Road,
New Delhi -110001

(ii) All India Retired Railwaymen's Federation,
Block 303, Railway Colony High School,
Chilkaliguda, Secunderabad -
500025, Andhra Pradesh.

(iii) All India Federation of Pensioners Association,
G-2, Soundarya, New No. 51, Old No. 22,
Kavarai Street, Saidapet West,
Chennai 600015,
Tamilnadu.

(iv) Bharat Pensioners' Samaj,
Post Box No. 3303,
Jangpura P.O.,
New Delhi - 110 014.

(v) Air Force Association,
Air Force Station,
Race Course Camp,
New Delhi - 110 003.

Rotating Group ( 10 Associations)
(i) Disabled War Veterans (India),
B6/6, DLF City, Phase I,
Gurgaon,
Haryana - 122002.

(ii) Association of Retired Officers of IA&ID,
H. No. 2154,
Sector 38-C,
Chandigarh - 160038

(iii) All India Central Government
Pensioners Association,
EP-233, Naya Bazar,
Jalandhar City, Punjab 144001

(iv) Karnataka Posts and Telecommunications Pensioners Association,
1397, 23rd Main,
Banashankari 2nd Stage,
Bengaiuru - 560070

(v) Co-ordination Committee of Central Government Pensioners' Association,
68-B, K. G. Bose Road,
Mangafa Lane, Kolkata,
West Bengal - 700020

(vi) All India Central Government Pensioners' Association,
355, Ganga Mandir,
Cuttak,
Orissa - 753001

(vii) Central Government Pensioners' Association,
"Pension Kendra", II Floor,
Capital Towers, Patturaickal in.,
Thrissur - 680022,
Kerala.

(viii) Central Government Pensioners Welfare Association,
Jammu Olympic Association Building, Parade,
Jammu (J&K) - 180 001

(ix) Ali India Organisation of Pensioners Kanpur,
120/469, Lajpat Nagar, Kanpur,
Uttar Pradesh - 208005

(x) All India Central Government
Pensioners' Association,
1785, Sadashivpeth, Phadkeshankul, Near Pune, Vidyarthi Griha,
Pune - 411030
(Maharashtra)

Source: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/SCOVA_260713.pdf

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Extension of the period of retention of Railway accommodation at the previous place of posting in favour of officers/staff posted to ECR & NWR.

Government of India/Bharat Sarkar 
Ministry of Railways/Rail Mantralaya 
Railway Board
R.B.E No. 61/2013
No.E(G)2009 QR-1-2
New Delhi, Dated: 01.07.2013
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways and
Production Units (others as per standard list)

Sub: Extension of the period of retention of Railway accommodation at the previous place of posting in favour of officers/staff posted to ECR & NWR.

Ref: Board’s letter No.E(G)2009 QR1-2 dated 24.05.12.

The issue of permitting the Railway Officers/Staff posted in the ECR and NWR to retain Railway quarters at their previous place of posting beyond 31.03.13 has been considered by the Board.

2. In exercise of its powers to make reasonable relaxations in public interest for a class/group of employees, in all or any of the existing provisions regarding house allotment/retention, the Board has decided that permission for retention of Railway accommodation at the previous place of posting in favour of officers/staff posted to LCR and NWR be further extended upto 3 1.03.2014.

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

4. Please acknowledge receipt.

sd/- 
(S.K.Panda) 
Dy. Dir.Estt.(Genl.)

Govt to relax norms for PSU employees to join NPS

 The government is considering relaxing norms to enable PSU employees to join the National Pension Scheme and a Cabinet note in this regard is likely to be moved soon, interim pension regulator PFRDA said on Wednesday.

“We have taken up this matter with the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) Secretary and he has prepared a note which he would be soon taking to the cabinet,” Pension Fund and Regulatory Development Authority (PFRDA) Chairman Yogesh Agarwal said in New Delhi.

Under the existing guidelines, if an employee of central public sector undertakings (CPSUs) does not have a minimum 15 years of services, he or she cannot join National Pension Scheme (NPS), Mr. Agarwal said on the sidelines of a seminar titled “Financial Consumer Protection” here.

“Even with the government employees earlier, the instruction was if you do not have 20 years of services, you can’t have pension. When the govt notified the guidelines for NPS they did away with the criteria,” he said.

Talking about NPS Swavalamban, he said, it is a financial inclusion product operationalised by PFRDA.

There has been an overwhelming demand for the product launched in 2010, with a CAGR of 90 per cent in the three years of operation, more than 50 per cent of the eligible subscribers being below the age of 40, he said.

The scheme, with 72 per cent of the subscribers being women, has managed to bridge the supply gap in the unorganised sector for a long term defined contribution pension scheme, he added.

Mr. Agarwal also said that PFRDA has a strong consumer protection mechanism.

“It is evident from the fact that we receive very few complaints. In order to have real consumer protection, we need to introduce features in the product design itself which could prevent mis-selling,” he said.

He further said that improving financial inclusion with adequate consumer protection requires a multi—stakeholder framework of consumer, financial institutions, industry, regulators and government.

Source:http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/govt-to-relax-norms-for-psu-employees-to-join-nps/article4948792.ece

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

CONFEDERATION DECIDES TO TAKE STRIKE BALLOT FOR INDEFINITE STRIKE

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
(CENTRAL HEAD QUARTERS)
1st Floor, North Avenue Post office Building, New Delhi – 110001






Circular No. 2/2013                                                         Dated – 23.07.2013

NATIONAL SECRETARIAT MEETING
22.07.2013 – NEW DELHI

CONFEDERATION DECIDES TO TAKE STRIKE BALLOT FOR INDEFINITE STRIKE

Dear Comrades,

The first meeting of the National Secretariat of the Confederation was held at New Delhi on 22.07.2013. Com. K. K. N. Kutty, National President, presided. The following office bearers were present:

Com. S. K. Vyas (Advisor), Com. K. K. N. Kutty (President), Com. M. S. Raja (Working President), Com. Giriraj Singh (Vice President), Com. M. Durai Pandian (Vice President), Com. N. Somaiah (Vice President), Com. M. Krishnan (Secretary General), Com. K. V. Jayaraj (Asst Secretary), Com. Pijush Roy (Asst. Secretary) Com. Ishwar Singh Dabas (Asst. Secretary), Com. Vrigu Bhattacharjee (Financial Secretary), Com. G. Mani Achari (Org. Secretary) Com. R. P. Singh (Org. Secretary) Com. Arup Chatterjee (Org. Secretary).

The following office bearers applied for leave/expressed their inability to attend:

Com. R. N. Parashar (Asst. Secretary) Com. C. P. Sobhana (Org. Secretary) Com. Venkata Subramanian (Org. Secretary), Com. K. P. Rajagopal (Secretary)

The following office bearers could not reach due to train late/cancellation:

Com. T. Narasimhan (Vice President), Com. B. Krishna Gaud (Asst. Secretary), Com. Nilesh D. Nasare (Org. Secretary) Com. P. Suresh (Org. Secretary) Com. V. Nageswara Rao (Org. Secretary), Com. T. Satyanarayana (Org. Secretary), Com. T. K. R. Pillai (Auditor).

The following comrades were absent:

Com. Ashok B. Salunke (Vice President), Com. Ashok Kumar Kanojia (Org Secretary) Com. R. Seethalakshmi (Org. Secretary), Com. Y. Purohit (Org. Secretary).

Before Commencement the meeting paid homage to Late Com. Samar Mukherjee, Ex-MP and Veteran Parliamentarian by observing two minutes silence.

Com. S. K. Vyas, Advisor, in his opening remarks, explained the background of events which led to the formation of a Joint Council of Action of Railway (AIRF) Defence (AIDEF) and Confederation and also pointed out its weaknesses and limitations. He stressed the need to further strengthen the unity. He opined that on the 15 point charter of demands, Confederation must conduct its own independent campaign and agitational programmes. If the Railway and defence Federations come forward for serious agitational programmes including indefinite strike we must join such campaign and strike action.

Com. K. Raghavendran, Ex-Working President, Confederation also addressed the meeting. Thereafter discussion on all agenda items took place.

The following are the main highlights and decision of the National Secretariat meeting

1.      Review of 24th National Conference held at Kolkata from 4th to 6th May 2013

Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General made a brief presentation of the Conference proceedings, which was approved by the house after discussion.

2.      15 Pointes charter of demands and future course of action.

The meeting decided to organize independent campaign and agitational programmes culminating in indefinite strike. The specific decisions were:
(i) To organize state level joint strike conventions of C-o-C with the participation of all affiliated unions/Associations/Federations during the month of August 2013. Whereever the C-O-C functioning is not satisfactory or has no participation of district units, efforts must be taken to revamp the committee.
(ii)  To organize mass Relay dharna at different places in all important stations during the first week of September 2013 (from 02.09.2013 to 07.09.2013).
(iii)To conduct nationwide strike ballot during the last week of September 2013 (On 25, 26 and 27th September) Model of the ballot will be sent later.
(iv)To convene the Central Working Committee/Central Executive committee meetings of all affiliated unions/Associations/Federations before the 1st week of October 2013. All India Office Bearers of the Confederation may be invited to attend the meeting.

3.      Joint programme of AIRF, AIDEF and Confederation:
It was decided to make all out effort to further strengthen the Joint council of action (JCA) and also to launch serious agitational programmes culminating in indefinite strike before December 2013.

4.      Formation of State Committees and District Committees
It was decided to reorganize the COCs which are defunct or not functioning satisfactorily. This is to be done when the state level strike campaign conventions are organized. Participation of representatives of all affiliates should be ensured in the conventions.

5.      Conducting of All India Mahila Convention of the Confederation.
It was decided to conduct two day’s All India Mahila Convention at New Delhi in the 3rd week of October 2013. C-O-C Delhi has agreed to host the Mahila Convention. Delegate fee shall be Rs.600/- per delegate. Participation of maximum number of Lady comrades from all states/affiliates should be ensured.

6.      Organising Trade Union Education Camp:
It was decided to hold the Trade Union Education Camp at Mumbai in November/December 2013. Number of participants shall be 150 (maximum). Delegate fee Rs. 600/- per delegate Postal, ITEF, Audit & Accounts and Atomic Energy delegates accommodation shall be arranged by their respective Federations. C-O-C Mumbai shall function as the Reception committee. Date and Venue will be intimated later.

7.      Publication of journal
Decided to publish a monthly journal. Name of the journal shall be “CONFEDERATION NEWS” (subject to availability at RNI) Editorial Board shall consist of Com. S. K. Vyas (Advisor) Com. K. K. N. Kutty (President) Com. M. S. Raja (Working President) Com. M .Krishnan (Secretary General) com. K. P. Rajagopal (Secretary) and Com. Vrigu Bhattacharjee (Financial Secretary).

8.      Financial Review:
Financial Secretary shall present the actual picture in the next meeting. Meanwhile letters should be sent to all affiliated unions to remit the arrears of quota immediately.

9.      Letter from ITEF and reply
A letter received from Secretary General, ITEF and the reply given, regarding the election of new office bearers of the Confederation was presented in the meeting by the Secretary General, Confederation. It was decided to send an appeal letter to the ITEF requesting them to resolve the issue amicably.

10.  Affiliation to new organizations:
The application for affiliation received from the following two organisations was considered and it is decided to grant affiliation subject to their accepting the terms & conditions for affiliation.
(i)     Indian School of Mines Karmachari Sangh, Dhanbad.
(ii)   Song and Drama Division Employees Associations, New Delhi

11.  National Convention of Central Trade Unions on 6th August 2013.
The available National Secretariat members/leaders at Delhi will attend the convention on 6th.

President, Com. K. K. N. Kutty in his concluding remarks, briefed decisions taken in the meeting. The meeting ended at 5 PM.

IMPLEMENT THE DECISIONS

All office Bearers, State Committees, other C-O-Cs and Affiliated Unions/ Associations/ Federations are requested to implement the above mentioned decisions of the National Secretariat meeting, WITHOUT FAIL.

This may be treated as most urgent/important,

Fraternally yours,

                                                                                             
(K. K. N. Kutty)                                                                                     (M. Krishnan)
President                                                                                             Secretary General

Mob: 09811048303            
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Delegation of power to relax the educational qualification for appointment in the personal staff of Union Ministers — regarding

No.8/14/2013-CS-II(C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-110 003
Dated: the 23rd July, 2013
OFFICE MEMORANDUM 

Subject: Delegation of power to relax the educational qualification for appointment in the personal staff of Union Ministers — regarding

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Deptt's O.M.No.8/5/98-CS-II dated 23.10.2001 wherein it is clarified that 'the educational/skill qualification for personal staff of Ministers should be similar to the corresponding/comparable posts in the Government and as per the directions of Hon'ble Prime Minister, there will be no relaxation in the educational and skill qualification for the personal staff of Ministers.

2. This Department had been receiving many references from various Ministries/ Departments for appointment of officials in the personal staff of Ministers in relaxation of prescribed educational qualification. In order to curb the delay in appointment of persons in the personal staff of Ministers seeking relaxation of educational qualification, the matter has been re-examined and it has been decided with the approval of Hontle Prime Minister to delegate the power for relaxation of educational qualification for appointment of officials in personal staff of Union Ministers as under:-

(i) The power to relax the educational qualification for appointment as Peon in the personal staff of Union Minister is delegated to the respective Ministry.

(ii) The power to relax the educational qualification for appointment to posts other than Peon in the personal staff of Union Ministers has been delegated to Cabinet Secretary.

3. As regards para 2(1) above, it is clarified that the Ministries/Departments are required to submit the proposal to this Department (CS-II Division) for seeking relaxation of educational qualification for appointment of officials to posts other than the post of Peon in the personal staff of Union Ministers for obtaining concurrence of Cabinet Secretary.

 4. All the Ministries/Departments are requested to take the above mentioned guidelines into consideration before forwarding any proposal for appointment of officials in the personal staff of Ministers.

5. Hindi version will follow
sd/-
(Vandana Sharma) 
Director (CS-II) 

Source: www.persmin.nic.in

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Special IT Return Receipt Counters for Salaried Tax Payers With Income Upto Rs. 5 Lakh

         The CBDT has, vide notification dated 1-05-2013, made E-filing of Return compulsory for Assessment Year 2013-14 for persons having total assessable income exceeding Five lakh rupees.

            The CBDT vide its earlier notifications had exempted salaried employees having total income upto Rs. 5 lakhs including income from other sources upto Rs. 10,000/- from the requirement of filing return of income for assessment year 2011-12 and 2012-13 respectively. The exemption was available only for the assessment year 2011-12 and 2012-13. The exemption was giving considering ‘paper filing of returns’ and their ‘processing through manual entry’ on system.

            However, this year the facility for online filing of returns has been made user-friendly with the advantage of pre-filled return forms. These E-filed forms also get electronically processed at the central processing centre in a speedy manner. Hence, the exemption provided during the last two years is not being extended for assessment year 2013-14. Taxpayers are encouraged to file their returns electronically. E-filing is an easy, fast and secure method of filing of income tax return. Moreover, Digital signature is not mandatory for these taxpayers and they can transmit the data in the return electronically by downloading ITRs, or by online filing and thereafter submit the verification of the return in From ITR-V acknowledgement after signature to Central Processing Centre. The processing for E-filed returns is faster.

            From 25th July to 31st July 2013 (Except 27th and 28th July being holidays), Special Return Receipt Counters (FOR SALARIED TAX PAYERS) will operate at Pratayakshar Bhawan, Civic Centre, Minto Road, New Delhi this year. (Instead of Pragati Maidan and Mayur Bhavan as were done in the past).

            The special counters have been set up jurisdiction wise as follows:

·         For CIT-XIV Charge (Govt. Salary) at ‘B’ Block, Ground Floor in Civil Centre,
·         For CIV-XV Charge (PSUs/Schools/Colleges/Bank Salary) at ‘C’ Block, Ground Floor in Civic Centre,
·         For CIT-XVI Charge (Private Salary) at ‘C’ Block, Ground Floor in Civil Centre,
·         In addition special counters separately will function at ‘B’ and ‘C’ Block in Civic Centre for Senior Citizens and Differently abled persons.

            As Returns of Income above Rs. 5 lakhs have to be e-filed online mandatorily, the same will not be received at any of these special counters. Only paper return of income upto 5 lakhs can be filed at these counters. Other facilities like Helpdesk, Tax Return Preparers (TRPs), UTI/NSDL counters, Bank, tax payment facility, PAN facilitation counter etc. Will be also available at Civic Centre, New Delhi during the same period.
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Grant of Family Pension and Gratuity to the eligible member of the family of any employee/pensioner

Family pension is payable to the family of a Government employee or pensioner after his death. Difficulties in payment arise when a Government Servant or pensioner goes missing. Clarificatory instructions have recently been issued by the Central Government for payment of benefits in such cases.

According to these instructions, the family must lodge a report with the concerned police station and obtain a report from the police, that the employee or pensioner or family pensioner has not been traced despite all efforts made by them.

The report may be a First Information Report or any other report such as a Daily Diary or General Diary Entry.

The family can apply for the grant of family pension, amount of salary due, leave encashment due and the amount of GPF and gratuity (whatever has not already been received) to the Head of Office of the organisation where the employee or pensioner had last served, six months after lodging of police report.

The amount of salary due, leave encashment due and the amount of GPF will be paid to the family in the first instance as per the nominations made by the employee or pensioner on filling of a police report and submission of an indemnity bond.

Detailed instructions are available at Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare’s website www.persmin.nic.in.

Source:pib

Payment of Arrears of family pension

In case of death of a pensioner, all money payable to the pensioner on account of pension are payable to the nominee of the deceased pensioner. In the absence of any valid nomination made by the pensioner, the arrears of his/her pension are paid to the legal heir. However, dependants of some pensioners expressed difficulties in obtaining the legal heir-ship certificates and represented that the necessity of production of legal heir-ship certificates may be waived where the amount of arrears payable is small.

In such cases a provision had been made in 1985 for Payment of Lifetime Arrears of Pension on the basis of any documentary proof regarding the relationship and heir-ship of the claimant if the gross amount of arrears does not exceed Rs.25,000. If the gross amount did not exceed Rs.5,000 and case represented no peculiar features, the Accounts Officer was authorised to make the payment on his own authority.

The Government has further looked into the matter and decided to increase the limits of Rs.5000 and Rs.25000 to Rs.50,000 and Rs.2,50,000 respectively.

At present in the event of death of a family pensioner, the right to receive any arrears of family pension automatically passes on to the eligible member of the family next in line. Where there is no member in the family who is eligible to receive family pension after the death of the family pensioner, the payment of arrears of family pension is made on the basis of succession certificate. Now, it has also been decided that the payment of arrears of family pension up to Rs.2,50,000 may be made where no member of family is eligible to receive family pension.

Detailed instructions are available at Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare’s website www.persmin.nic.in.

PIB

Monday, July 22, 2013

GOVERNMENT ALLOTS RS 1,300 CR TO POST BANK

NEW DELHI: The expenditure department has decided to sanction Rs 1,300 crore to the proposed Post Bank of India to meet its capital requirements even as the department of financial services (DFS) - the wing in the finance ministry that deals with state-run banks and their policies - chose to stay away from the  issue.
         The proposal's backing by the expenditure finance commission and its subsequent green light by finance minister       P Chidambaram is seen as the official go-ahead by the finance ministry, ignoring the DFS's stance. The DFS position is seen as the first instance of the agency not backing the Post Bank's plan, which officers in the department have privately mocked at
         "They think they can use the postal deposit model for their banking foray. Nothing in their plan seems to be clear. Banking isn't easy," said an officer, who did not wish to be identified. In fact, a strong Post Bank is seen to be the biggest challenge to existing public sector banks, including State Bank of India, which controls 70% of the banking business in the country. SBI, the largest lender, has a little less than 15,000 branches, while there are over 1.5 lakh post offices across the country.

         Although Post Bank does not intend to open a bank branch in each post office, the plan is to use postmen to meet the financial inclusion goal. Secretary (posts) P Gopinath refused to speak to TOI despite several attempts.

According to the plan, Post Bank will have 50 branches in the first year, which will be increased to 150 by the fifth year. The branches will be located in select Head Post Offices in Tier-1-4 centres and select Sub-Post Offices in Tier-5-6 centres.

         To meet RBI norms, the postal department proposes to set up a new entity - Post Bank of India - that will have an independent board and separate operations. Apart from independent directors, the board will have representatives from the finance ministry and the postal department. Separate recruitment has been planned to have specialist bankers.

        While converting the entire postal network would have meant a capital requirement of over Rs 60,000 crore, by setting up a special entity, the fund requirement has been reduced. This, officers said, will also help create a more focused strategy.
Source : THE TIMES OF INDIA  dated 22/07/2013
Courtesy:NFPE



Grant of Special Incentive Allowance for non-executive staff in CBI.

F.No.20710112011-AVD-II (Pt.III) 
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training 
North Block, New Delhi 
Dated: 22nd July, 2013 
To
The Director
Central Bureau of Investigation
CGO Complex, New Delhi

Subject: Grant of Special Incentive Allowance for non-executive staff in CBI.
In partial modification of this Department's letter of even number dated 04.10.2011 and pursuant to Calcutta High Court's order dated 28.02.2013 in Contempt Petition No.50912012 in WPCT No 11812008 filed by Shri Kishalay Mukherjee and Others, approval of the competent authority is hereby conveyed for payment of Special Incentive Allowance to Non-Executive Staffs in CBI @ 15% of Basic Pay w.e.f. 20.12.2006.

2. The expenditure incurred will be met from the sanctioned budget grant of CBI under the relevant head of account in the current financial year 2013-14.

3. This issues with the approval of Department of Expenditure's ID No.115764/E-III(A)/12013 dated 02.07.2013 and concurrence of IFD/MHA vide DY. No.411/Fin-III/13 dated 22.07.2013.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Rajiv Jain)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source: www.persmin nic.in

Sunday, July 21, 2013

RAISING RETIREMENT AGE TO 60

Punjab govt mulls raising retirement age to 60
The Punjab government is considering raising the retirement age of its employees to 60. The proposal is likely to go up before the cabinet on July 23.

The salary, wages and pension bills are eating up a bulk of the state's revenue receipts. The primary motive behind suggesting increasing the superannuation age is containing the fast deteriorating fiscal health, even if temporarily. By the decision, the cash-strapped government hopes to save about Rs. 1,000 crore a year.

If the retirement age is not increased, the government has to release post-retirement benefits running into multiple-crore rupees a year. "The increase proposal is under active consideration of the government," a top government source has confirmed. The finance department has cleared the proposal after consent from deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa.

The lukewarm response from the employees to the government's decision in September 2012 to offer a year's reemployment to all people retiring at the age of 58 has necessitated the move to up the age to 60 on union government the pattern.

In September 2012, the government had declined the finance department proposal to increase the retirement age from 58 to 60. Many employees, however, did not take the re-employment option and the government's hope of saving about Rs. 1,000 crore was dashed.

The fiscal health is so precarious that every month, the government battles the overdraft problem. It borrows from market to meet its committed liabilities such as salary and pension, while the employees await long overdue instalments of dearness allowance (DA).
Source:http://www.hindustantimes.com/Punjab/Chandigarh/Punjab-govt-mulls-raising-retirement-age-to-60/SP-Article1-1094724.aspx


Friday, July 19, 2013

Award of Certificate of Excellence to the meritorious employees of Department of Personnel & Training.

Shri V.Narayanasamy, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions presented “Certificate of Excellence” to thirty three employees of the Department of Personnel and Training for their services during the year 2012-13 in New Delhi. Speaking on this occasion, he said that since the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions is also entrusted with the responsibility of implementing the recommendations of the Second Administrative Reforms Commission, this initiative of recognizing the work of meritorious employees is a right step towards reforms in human resource management.  The Minister also emphasized the need for capacity building of the employees working in DoP&T and suggested organization of training programmes on priority in accordance with the work requirement.

Recognition of meritorious performance of Government employees is a critical management tool to encourage such employees and also to motivate all the employees to emulate their example.  

            Department of Personnel & Training has, for the first time, introduced a new non–monetary incentive scheme from this year in the form of award of ‘Certificate of Excellence’ to recognize the contribution of its meritorious employees of the level of Multi Tasking Staff to Under Secretary.  This certificate recognizes the dedication to work, excellence in performance and outcome achieved during the year 2012–2013.

            Heads of various Divisions of the Department of Personnel & Training were requested to suggest the names for this award.  A Committee of Joint Secretaries examined work performance and outcome achieved during the year and recommended the names of thirty three employees out of six hundred and sixteen employees of the Department for award of the Certificate of Excellence for the year 2012–2013.
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Guidelines on Awareness Generation and Capacity building components of the Centrally Sponsored Scheme on “Improving Transparency and Accountability in government

F. No 1/6/2012 -IR
Ministry of Personnel, PG and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training,
North Block, New Delhi-110001
Dated 18th July, 2013
Office Memorandum

Subject: Guidelines on Awareness Generation and Capacity building components of the Centrally Sponsored Scheme on “Improving Transparency and Accountability in government through effective implementation of Right to Information Act” for the year 201 3-2014 to 2015-2016

1.0 Introduction
The Right to Information Act was enacted in 2005 to further the objectives of making the governance more transparent and accountable. In the last 7 years, an elaborate institutional mechanism, including setting up of information Commissions, designation of large number of officers as CPlOs/ SPIOs and Appellate Authorities and laying down of detailed guidelines and instructions for dealing with RTI requests, has been set up, in line with the mandate of the Act, to ensure that the right of information is exercised freely and with ease.

To further strengthen the RTL regime, a centrally sponsored scheme was launched in 2008 with the primary objective of creating awareness and for training of officers, both in central and state governments. This scheme was sanctioned for 2 years. A new scheme titled ‘Improving transparency and accountability in government through effective implementation of Right to Information Act” was approved for the remaining two years of the 11th Plan period (2010-11 and 2011-12). Guidelines for sanction and release of funds to SICs and ATIs for two components of the scheme namely awareness generation and capacity building’ were issued vide O.M. No.11612010-IR dated 16.8.2010. Almost all the ATIs availed of the grants given by this Department for the various activities under the components of awareness generation and capacity building.
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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Updation of service books and its inspection by each employee

EMPLOYEES' PROVIDENT FUND ORGANISATION
(MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT. GOVT. OF INDIA)
BHAVISHYA NIDHI BHAWAN, BHIKAJI CAMA PLACE. NEW DELHI-110066

No. HRM/RPFC/PA/CPFC Meeting/2013
Dated: 15.07.2013
17 JUL 2013

Subject.: Updation of service books and its inspection by each employee.

You are aware that under SR 199 every step in the career of an official / officer should be recorded in the service book and each entry is attested by the Head of the Office / officer so authorized to ensure accuracy in the entries.

2. Further, under SR 202 the updated service book is required to be shown to official / officer every year. The government servant after ensuring the accuracies of each entry affixes his / her signature.

3. In view of the above, it is requested to carry out an exercise towards updation of service book and its mandatory inspection by respective employees. The head of the offices maintaining the service books of employees must. give a certificate that Service hooks of all employees in his office has been updated and the signatures of respective employees have been obtained in the service book.

4. This exercise needs to be completed by 15.08.2013.

(This issues with the approval of ACC(HR))
Yours faithfully
(UDAYBAXI)
(REGIONAL P.F. COMMISSIONER(HRM)
Source: http://www.epfindia.com/Circulars/Y2013-14/HRM_UpdtSerBook_7493.pdf#sthash.Q7Dhsp8k.dpuf

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Implementation of the approved Restructuring of the Income Tax Department

DIRECTORATE OF INCOME TAX
(Human Resource Development)
Central Board of Direct Taxes
Department of Revenue
Government of India
T. Jena, IRS
Director General of Income Tax (HRD)
D.O F. No. HRD/CM/102/3/2009-10/(Pt)/ 1224 to 1230
Dated: 15th July,2013
C.R.I.-13/1(Core Comm.): Corr.No.10

Dear
Sub:- Implementation of the approved Restructuring of the Income Tax Department

The Sub-Committees for implementation of the approved cadre restructuring of the Income Tax Department are functional in nature, with each committee addressing a specific task and area of action. They will interact with the field formations and the offices of the CBDT to gather necessary data and information, obtain inputs of all stakeholders/and after analysing the same, will make their recommendations to the Core Committee, which will thereafter submit the same to the Board for its consideration. The Chairman of each Sub-committee, who is invariably of CCIT rank, can co-opt more members for specific activities, specialist inputs) or to make the consultations more broad-based and inclusive.

Therefore, to make the deliberations of the Sub-committee more inclusive, I am directed to request the Chairmen of the seven Sub-committees to co-opt one representative each of the IRS Association, ITGOA and ITEF after consulting the respective Presidents of the said Associations. However, the Chairmen of the Sub-committees must ensure that no member of the Associations is co-opted to more than one Sub-committee.
Yours
( T. Jena)

Source: http://www.incometaxindia.gov.in/archive/BreakingNews_DeptOrder_16072013.pdf#sthash.7LeHFk3e.dpuf

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Temporary stoppage of allotment of Guest House at Bangalore-HOLIDAY HOMES

NOTICE/MOST IMMDIATE
No. D-1 I016/66/2013-Regions
Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Directorate of Estates
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi 
Dated 15.07.2013
Office Memorandum 

Subject: Temporary stoppage of allotment of Guest House at Bangalore.

The Visveswaryia Central Government Guest House/Touring Officer's Hostel at Bangalore is to be under renovation and the work of renovation will take approximately two months. Accordingly, booking of Guest House at Bangalore is being temporarily stopped for two months w.e.f. 01.08.2013 to 30.09.2013 or till further clarifications whichever is earlier. Application for booking for the aforesaid period will not be entertained by the booking authority.
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(N.S. Chauhan)
Assistant Director of Estates (Regions)

Source: http://holidayhomes.nic.in/WriteReadData/Circulars/26Bangalore.PDF

Let the postman turn banker: India Post deserves to get a bank licence

India Post wants to own a bank. This is a great idea. In one stroke, this can ensure that millions more will get access to formal credit, in one of the most under-banked countries of the world.

The biggest advantage for India Post, among the most enduring institutions set up by the British, is its huge network and customer base. Compared to roughly 1,00,000 commercial and rural bank branches in India, there are 1,55,000 post offices, a majority in rural and semi-urban areas. As a collector of small savings, it has experience in taking deposits — about Rs 6 lakh crore at last count — but not in lending. A bank licence for only India Post would mean that the network of bank branches would more than double in one stroke.

India Post also fits the bill on other counts: a long track record of integrity and, most important — with one post office for every four villages — a massive presence in rural India, where the RBI wants 25 per cent of all branches to be located. Forget microfinance companies, even compared to government-owned banks, the postal bank's cost structure, if it assigns some banking duties to postmen, will be lower.

India Post wants the government to sanction around Rs 1,300 crore for capital adequacy and to hire more people. It should get the money. The RBI wants new banks to be set up through a wholly-owned non-operative financial holding company. So, the postal bank will need to be corporatised. It should run on sound commercial principles and at arm's length from political masters.

Post offices in countries like Germany and Japan have successfully offered banking services. There is no reason why it cannot be done here. Many post offices are already computerised. These machines should be upgraded with banking software. A bank, trusted by local communities, will also make it easier to implement the direct transfer scheme.

All that needs to be done is to give a mobile device, a micro ATM, to the postman who can double up as a banking correspondent. The RBI needs to think innovatively about inclusive banking and spreading the reach of formal credit where there is none, now.

Source:ET

DIRECT RECRUITMENT OF POSTAL ASSISTANT/SORTING ASSISTANT (PA/SA) 2013-SHORT LISTED CANDIDATES FOR PAPER II.

National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Exam (II), 2013 -UPSC

      The Union Public Service Commission will be conducting the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (II), 2013 at different venues located in 41 Centres throughout the country on 11-08-2013 (Sunday).  The e-Admit Cards for the candidates have been uploaded on the Commission’s Web-site http://www.upsc.gov.in
.  which may be down loaded.  Letters of rejection to the candidates stating reason(s) for rejection have also already been sent through e-mail provided by the candidates.  If any applicant is not able to down load his e-Admit Card, he may contact UPSC.  Facilitation Counter on Tel No. 011-23385271, 011-23381125 or 011-23098543 between (10.00 A.M. to 5.00 P.M.) on working days during working hours.  The candidates may also  send fax message on Fax No.011-23387310.  The candidates may not that no paper admit card will be issued by post.

            The candidates may note that, in case the photograph is not printed or available on the e-Admit Card, they may carry two identical(2) photographs  (one photograph for each session) alongwith proof of identity such as identity Card etc. and printout of e-Admit Card to the venue of the Examination to secure admission in the Examination.
           
            Candidates are advised to check their e-mail in case they have sent any representation.
           
Source:PIB

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Scanning of ACRs/ APARs from the year 2000-2001 onwards in respect of all the three services of Central Secretariat viz. CSS, CSSS and CSCS reg.

No.21/11/2010-CS.I (U)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions,
Department of Personnel & Training
2nd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated: 16th July, 2013
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Scanning of ACRs/ APARs from the year 2000-2001 onwards in respect of all the three services of Central Secretariat viz. CSS, CSSS and CSCS reg.

As Ministries/ Departments are aware this Department has launched Web Based Cadre Management System (WBCM) for the three services of Central Secretariat viz. Central Secretariat Service (CSS), Central Secretariat Stenographers Service (CSSS) and Central Secretariat Clerical Service (CSCS). The system is presently hosted in a test server at URL: http://10.21.145.125 which will be moved to NIC Server shortly and can be accessible from the entire network.

2. One of the components of the system is to link the scanned copies of the ACRs/APARs in the WBCM with a view to facilitate holding of DPCs and issue of Select Lists on time. There are a total of 23000 officers in all the three services. As this Department is centrally maintaining ACRs/APARS of US and above level officers it has already scanned ACRs/APARs in respect of 2000 officers of US and above level. Accordingly, we need to scan the ACRs/APARs of the remaining 21000 officers from all the Ministries/ Departments and link them to WBCM.

3. This Department has engaged M/s. Procurve Computer Systems Pvt. Limited for scanning of ACRs/APARs. The Company’s representatives will be visiting Ministries/ Departments to scan the ACRs/APARs of all the officers of CSS, CSSS and CSCS from the year 2000-2001 on wards and provide soft copies to CMC Ltd., Noida for linking them to the WBCM system.

4. All the Ministries/ Departments are therefore, requested extend necessary assistance to the representatives of M/s. Procurve Computer Systems Pvt. Limited for scanning of ACRs/APARs of all officers of three services of Central Secretariat i.e. CSS, CSSS and CSCS so that the task of scanning could be finished in a time bound manner. After scanning Ministry/ Department may please certify the no. of pages scanned by the firm so as to enable this Department to make payment of
the same.

sd/-
(V.Srinivasaragavan)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source : www.persmin.nic.in

Booking of Air Tickets through agents other than the ones authorized by the Government.

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

Circular

No. AT/IV/4462/LTC Claim
dated: 12/07/2013
To
All PCsDA/CsDA
PCoA (Fstrs) Kolkata

Sub: Booking of Air Tickets through agents other than the ones authorized by the Government.
Ref: GoI, Min of Finance, Dept of Expenditure OM No. 19024/1/2009-E IV dated:16th Sept' 2010.

Please find enclosed copy of MoD ID No. 3(3)/2013/D(Mov) dated: 24th June'2013 regarding the subject mentioned above. In this connection it has been advised by the MoD to follow the extent orders mentioned under reference to regulate claims of similar nature. This is for your information and necessary action please.

sd/-
(Upendra Kumar)
Accounts Officer (AT-IV)

Ministry of Defence
Q Division

Subject- AHQ's Proposal regarding one time relaxation of all pending TA/DA claims of Army Officers who travelled on air tickets purchased from private travel agents in violation of extant guidelines of the Ministry of Finance.

The aforesaid proposal was examined in consultation with Defence Finance and it has been directed by the Competent Authority that CGDA to follow extant rules in the matter.


(Rajkumar)
Director(Q)
MoD ID No. 3(3)/2013/1D(Mov) dated 24th June 2013

Source: http://cgda.nic.in/audit/ltcAirTicket120713.pdf

Monday, July 15, 2013

On-line collection of data on representation of SCs, STs and OBCs and Persons with Disabilities in Central Government Services.

No.36027/01/2013-Estt.(Res.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
*****

North Block New Delhi
Dated the 15th July, 2013

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: On-line collection of data on representation of SCs, STs and OBCs and Persons with Disabilities in Central Government Services.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s D.O. letter No.43011/297/2010-Est(Res.) dated the 3rd October, 2012 and subsequent reminders dated 15.10.2012, 5.11.2012 , 27.2.2013, 3.5.2013 and 2.7.2013 whereby it was requested for online submission of data in regard to the representation of SCs, STs, OBCs and Persons with Disabilities in Central Government services as on 1.1.2012 and as on 1.1.2013 through the URL “rrcps.nic.in”.

2. The requisite data has not yet been uploaded by your Ministry/Department. The on-line collection of data is significant for this Department in regard to observations of Parliamentary Committees and in monitoring the implementation of reservation policy for SCs/STs/OBCs and PwDs. Parliamentary Committee have emphasised the need for maintaining of updated data.

3. In case of any doubt/difficulty, it is requested that the officers/officials concerned may be deputed to visit this Department, Room No. 282, North Block, New Delhi or contact Ms. Anamika/Shri Birendra Nishad at Tel. No. 23093307.

4. It is requested that requisite data may be got uploaded in the URL latest by 31st July, 2013.

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

Source:www.persmin.nic.in

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Compilation of vacancies in the Personal Assistant (P A) grade of CSSS for the Select List Year-20 12.

No. 5/4/20 13-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.
Date: 15th July, 2013.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Compilation of vacancies in the Personal Assistant (P A) grade of CSSS for the Select List Year-20 12.

The undersigned is directed to say that this Department has been calculating the vacancies in the P A grade on centralised basis by preparing the Post Based ReservationRoster (PBRR) since SLY-201l. Since the period of SLY-2012 i.e. from 1.7.2012 to 30.6.2013 has been completed, the process of compilation of exact number of vacancies in the P A grade for the SL Y -2012 needs to be initiated. The vacancies arisen on account of retirement in the P A grade and promotion to the PS Grade will be assessed centrally by this Department for which post based reservation rosters (PBRRs) will be prepared in this Department. In order to calculate the exact number of vacancies in the P A grade for SL Y-2012 arisen due to other reasons such as deputation, resignation, pre-mature retirement, death, absorption, etc., additional information will be required from the Cadre Units of CSSS.

2. For compilation of this information, some proformae have been devised which are enclosed as Annexures I to VII to this O.M. As such, all Cadre Units are requested to furnish the requisite information properly in the prescribed Annexures to this Department positively by 5.8.2013 so as to enable this Department to prepare the PBRRs in respect of PA Grade and calculate the vacancies for the Select List Year 2012.

-sd-
(Kameshwar Mishra)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Friday, July 12, 2013

Guidelines on Air Travel on Official Tours / Leave Travel Concession (LTC) – reg.

No.19024/1/2012-E.IV 
Government of India 
Ministry of Finance 
Department of Expenditure
North Block. New Delhi 
Dated the 9th July, 2013

Office Memorandum

Subject: Guidelines on Air Travel on Official Tours / Leave Travel Concession (LTC) – reg.
Reference is invited to instructions issued by the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance from time-to-time regarding the procedure for booking of air tickets on Government account. As per existing procedure Government officials/offices can book the air tickets directly from Airlines (at Booking counters / Website of Airlines) and if needed, by utilizing the services of authorized agents. viz. M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company Limited (BLCL) and M/s Ashok Travels & Tours (ATT) [Department of Expenditure OM No.19024/1/2009-E.IV dated 16/09/2010 refers]. Air tickets for travel on LTC, to a limited extent, can also be get booked through Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation(IRCTC) [Department of Personnel & Training OM No. 31011/6/2002-Estt.(A) dated 02/12/2009 refers].

2. It has now been decided to include IRCTC as an authorized for the purpose of booking air tickets on Government account. Accordingly, if the services of a travel agent for booking air tickets on Government account is to be availed of, in addition to BLCL and ATT, the services of IRCTC can also be availed of.

3. All Ministries/Departments of the Government of India. etc. may accordingly bring these instructions to the notice of all concerned for strict compliance.

sd/- 
(Subhash Chand) 
Deputy Secretary of Government of India

Source: www.finmin.nic.in

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