Thursday, 27 November 2014

MACP on Promotial Hierarchy - Organisational/Financial support to defend the SLP

MACP on Promotial Hierarchy - Organisational/Financial support to defend the SLP

MACP ON PROMOTIONAL HIERARCHY- ORGANISATIONAL/ FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO DEFEND THE SLP-REGARDING

The extended meeting of the Steering Committee of MACP on Promotional Hierarchy held on 15/11/2014 has decided to write letters to all Gazetted Non Gazetted Employees’ Federations/Associations of all Ministries, seeking organizational/financial support in defence of the SLP against granting of MACP on promotional hierarchy, filed by the Central Government.

But we could not reach several of the Staff Associations/Federations, face MACP problems due to non availability of proper contact address/e-mail id/telephone number.

A letter inviting all Officers/Staff Associations who are not in contact of this steering committee is given below: All Federations/Associations are requested to send their contact address/telephone number/e-mail id etc immediately so that their name may also be incorporated in the list of steering committee. All Associations/readers are requested to co-operate.

-TKR Pillai
Convener
Mob No. 09425372172
e-mail: aiams08@gmail.com


STEERING COMMITTEE-
MACP ON PROMOTIONAL HIERARCHY
C/o All India CPWD Engineers Association,
Room No. B-003, Indra Prastha Bhawan,
ITO, New Delhi, dated 23/11/2014
e-mail: pillai_tkr@rediffmail.com,aiams08@gmail.com


To,

            The President/General Secretary,
            All India Officers/Staff Associations affected with MACP

    Sub:    Defeating the illogical and anti employee MACP scheme in the Supreme Court- seeking co operation of the all Federations/Associations-regarding.


Dear sir,

You are aware that various benches of the Central Administrative Tribunals and High courts pronounced verdicts in favour of financial upgradation under MACP Scheme on Promotional hierarchy on the petitions of Central Government Employees in various Departments. In the Principle Bench of CAT itself, more than half dozen cases have been decided in favour of granting financial upgradation under MACP Scheme on promotional hierarchy. But the Government of India has not implemented these orders citing one or other reasons. Moreover, Government has filed 4 SLPs against these verdicts in respect of the applicants, namely, Shri V Mohanan Nair of CAT Ernakulam, Shri Babu Ram, Smt Reeta Devi and Shri Dhirender Singh of CAT Chandigarh, at Supreme Court. Since the outcome of the SLP filed will affect all Central Government Employees, a steering committee consisting of representatives of Gazetted/Non Gazetted Staff of various Departments of Government of India was constituted on 25/09/2014. Thereafter two meetings of the steering committee were held on 27th September and 2nd October 2014 in which decision for intervening in the SLP filed in the Supreme Court was taken.

In order to expand the activities of the steering committee, an extended meeting of the committee was convened at Indra Prastha Bhawan, New Delhi on 15/11/2014 in which 55 persons representing 30 Associations of various Ministries participated. Moreover, around 10 Associations whose representatives who had not participated in the meeting have assured to abide the decision taken in the meeting, copy of the minutes is posted elsewhere in this web site.

While addressing the meeting Shri SK Vyas, Advisor, Confederation has suggested that MACP is a matter covering all Central Government Employees and as such it will be better if National JCM (Staff side)becomes an intervener of the case and the meeting has accepted the suggestion. Shri Vyas has further suggested that all the Unions/Associations including Unions in the Railways, Defense, Postal and Income tax, Audit & Accounts Association should be asked to give contribution to meet the legal and other expenses of the case. Accordingly, the meeting decided to send letters to all major Federations/Associations as well the Secretary JCM (Staff Side).

According to Supreme Court web site posting, the SLP of Shri Mohanan Nair is listed for hearing on 08th January 2015 and all the other three SLPs have been connected with this case. The extended meeting of the steering committee unanimously decided to engage lawyers to intervene in the SLP.The committee has decided to collect Rs. 15 lakhs to meet the immediate expenses in connection with intervention in the case etc. It was also decided to prepare a list of Federations/Associations from whom the contribution has to be collected.

In view of the above, this steering committee seeks your support both organizationally and financially to strengthen the united efforts to get a favourable verdict from the Supreme Court through legal means.

I, on behalf of the Steering Committee, request you to kindly extend your helping hand so that we may be able to defeat the illogical and anti employee MACP scheme in Supreme Court.
Please send a two line letter in confirmation of receipt of this letter.


Yours Sincerely

(TKR Pillai)
Convener
Mob: 09425372172

Source: http://aiamshq.blogspot.in/2014/11/macp-on-promotional-hierarchy-financial.html

No plan to launch housing scheme for EPFO members: Government

No plan to launch housing scheme for EPFO members: Government

 New Delhi, Nov 26:

Retirement fund body EPFO has no plans to launch a housing scheme for its over five crore subscribers on additional contribution by its members, Parliament was informed today.

“No Sir,” Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha on a question whether Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has chalked out a scheme for providing housing to its subscribers on additional contribution.

The idea to provide housing by EPFO on additional contribution 10 per cent of subscribers’ basic wages was mooted earlier this year by Labour Minister Oscar Fernandes during a function of the body in January.


Addressing the gathering, Fernandes who was also heading the EPFO trustee’s board had said, “EPFO can deduct extra 10 per cent of their basic wages over the mandatory contribution of 12 per cent made by them at present. The money can be used to provide them housing facility.”

The Minister had also said, “Most of the workers throughout their working life live in rented accommodation and their entire saving on retirement is spent on purchasing a house.”

At present, all workers covered under the EPFO schemes, pay 12 per cent of their basic wages toward PF contribution every month. The basic wages include basic pay and dearness allowance.

Read more at Hindu Businessline

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

LATEST LTC 80 FARE LIST-2014

LATEST LTC 80 FARE LIST-2014

Note:

a). Above Charges are applicable per coupon.
In case of ‘non-refundable, Basic Fare and Airline Fuel Charge will be forfeited.

b).LTC Tickets: Change/Refund Fee will be as applicable for highest Business or Economy Class fare

c).Armed Forces and related discounts : Change/ Refund Fee applicable for highest economy class fare. All categories of Armed Forces, Paramilitary Forces, General Reserve Engineering Forces, War Disables Officers, War Widows and Gallantry Award Tickets under RBD Y to H)

d)The refund rules applicable to Link Fares on all RBDs are as under:

(A) Originating point:

1. Tickets issued on fares under: RBDs U to K
a) Refund  – Permitted up to 1 hr before scheduled  departure  of the flight against  a Refund  Fee of – Rs. 1053 /- coupon. 
b) Refund of No-show ticket: Non Refundable(Basic fare + Airline Fuel Charge)

2) Tickets  issued on fares under: RBDs S & T

(a) Refund – Permitted up to 1 hr before scheduled departure of the flight against a Refund Fee of - Rs.1579/- per coupon.

b) Refund of No-show ticket: Non Refundable(Basic fare + Airline Fuel Charge)

(B) Intermediate Point :
In case of completion of part itinerary,  a passenger  desirous  of claiming refund will be allowed to do so after deducting the applicable  fare on booked RBD, for the sector travelled  along with the applicable  Refund  Fee. Not permitted for RBDs S & T.

(C) In cases of Flight Disruptions:
(a) Alternate  arrangements are made by the Airline- No Refund

(b)Passenger is taken back to the point of origin by the first available  service- Full amount to be refunded.

(c)Own arrangement for the cancelled sector is made by the passenger(s): Refund of Basic fare of the cancelled sector in respective RBD (Airline Fuel Charge to be retained) along with unutilized non-airline taxes, if any.

e). No Re-validation or Cancellation Fee applicable on Infant Tickets.

5 Applicable Fares as on 3rd Nov ‘ 14

6 These fares are subject to Change without prior notice

Click the below link to view the LTC 80 FARES
http://www.airindia.in/Images/pdf/WebFares.pdf

Extension in Retirement Age of Scientists

 Extension in Retirement Age of Scientists

The Government has received any proposals to enhance the retirement age of scientists to 62 from the present age of 60 years. The issue is under consideration of a Committee.

This information was given today by Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan in a written reply to Lok Sabha question.

Source: PIB

Central government employees to file assets details by December 31

Central government employees to file assets details by December 31

New Delhi: All central government employees have to file the details of their assets and liabilities along with that of their spouses and dependent children as mandated under the Lokpal Act by December 31, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

As per the rules notified under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act in July this year, every public servant who has filed declarations, information and annual returns of property under the provisions of the rules applicable to such public servants shall file the revised declarations as on August 1 to the competent authority on or before September 15.

The provision of the said rules has subsequently been amended by which the time limit for furnishing of such information or return by public servants has been extended till December 31, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh said in a written reply.

The declarations under the Lokpal Act are in addition to similar ones filed by the employees under various services rules.

All Group A, B and C employees are supposed to file a declaration under the new rules. There are about 26 lakh employees in these three categories, as per latest government data.

The Personnel Ministry has also issued new forms for filing these returns which have fields for mentioning details of cash in hand, bank deposits, investment in bonds, debentures, shares and units in companies or mutual funds, insurance policies, provident fund, personal loans and advance given to any person or entity, among others.

The employees need to declare motor vehicles, aircraft, yachts or ships, gold and silver jewellery and bullion possessed by them, their spouses and dependent children.

PTI

Salient Features of each of the Scheme under Shramev Jayate Programme: Lok Sabha Q&A

Salient Features of each of the Scheme under Shramev Jayate Programme: Lok Sabha Q&A

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 178
ANSWERED ON 24.11.2014
SHRAMEV JAYATE PROGRAMME
178 . Scindia Shri Jyotiraditya Madhavrao, Galla Shri Jayadev
Will the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:-
(a)whether the Government has recently launched a number of schemes under Shramev Jayate Programme;
(b)if so, the details thereof along with the salient features of each of the schemes under the programme;
(c)the reaction of the labour trade unions to such schemes/programmes;
(d)whether the said initiative includes any scheme for skilled labour; and
(e)if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE (IC) FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT (SHRI BANDARU DATTATREYA)

(a): Yes, Madam.
(b): The details of the schemes launched and their salient features are as per Annexure.
(c): No such reaction has been received.
(d) & (e): Apprentice Protsahan Yojana and Recognition of Prior Learning for Construction Workers aim at preparing skilled work force and upskilling the existing workforce. Details are given in Annexure.
Annexure
Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Shramev Jayate Karyakram
SHRAM SUVIDHA PORTAL IN CENTRAL SPHERE FOR EASE OF COMPLIANCE AND SELF-CERTIFICATION

To create a conducive environment for industrial development
To be operative in 4 central organizations : Chief Labour Commissioner, Directorate General of Mines Safety, Employee Provident Fund Organization and Employees’ State Insurance Corporation
Allotment of Unique Labour Identification Number (LIN) to 6-7 lakh Units
Online registration of Units
Filing of self-certified and simplified Single Online Return by the industry for 16 labour laws
Timely redressal of grievances through the portal
Complete database at one place to add to informed policy process
TRANSPARENT LABOUR INSPECTION SCHEME IN CENTRAL SPHERE FOR RANDOM SELECTION OF UNITS FOR INSPECTION
A computerized list of inspections to be generated randomly based on pre-determined objective criteria
Serious matters to be covered under the mandatory inspection list
Complaints based inspections to be determined centrally after examination based on data and evidence
Mandatory uploading of Inspection Reports within 72 hours
Check on the arbitrariness in compliance mechanism
PORTABILITY THROUGH UNIVERSAL ACCOUNT NUMBER (UAN) FOR EMPLOYEES PROVIDENT FUND
Digitization of complete database of more than 4 crore EPF subsribers and allotment of UAN to each of them
UAN is being seeded with Bank account and Aadhar Card and other KYC details for financial inclusion
Portability of the Social Security Benefits through UAN to the labour of organized sector across jobs and geographic areas
EPF account of employee to be updated monthly and at the same time he will be informed though SMS
Direct access to their EPF accounts and will also enable them to consolidate all their previous accounts
EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF REVAMPED REASHTIYA SWASTHYA SIMA YOJNA (RSBY) FOR THE LABOUR IN UNORGANIZED SECTOR
93% of workers in unorganized sector RSBY revamped to ensure enhanced quality and access to services
Strengthened grievance redressal mechanism
Improved IT architecture for better access of services and monitoring of outcomes for beneficiaries
Linking the enrollment for the RSBY scheme with opening/seeding of Bank Account and allotment/seeding of Aadhar Card for financial inclusion
Wellness check for preventive care introduced for the first time
Constructive workers and beneficiary across different welfare cess are covered
Introduction of convergence of social security schemes namely Aam Admi Bima Yojna and National Old Age Pension Scheme on RSBY smart card through improved IT framework
APPRENTICE PROTSAHAN YOJANA
A vision to have more than 20 lakh apprentice in next few years against present number of 2.9 lakh
A major initiative to revamp the Apprenticeship Scheme in India after extensive consultation with industry and states


Four components of this initiative are:
Making the legal framework friendly to both, industry and youth. The necessary Bill amending the The Apprentices Act, 1961 was placed and passed in Lok Sabha on 14.8.2014
Enhancing the rate of stipend and indexing it to minimum wages of semi skilled workers. Notification issued
Apprentice Protsahan Yojana to support mainly manufacturing units and other establishments by reimbursing 50% of the stipend paid to apprentices during first two years of their training
Basic training curricula being restructured on scientific principles to make it more effective, and MSMEs to be supported financially by permitting this component in government funded SDI scheme
The Apprentice Protsahan Yojana will support one lakh apprentices during the period up to March 2017
RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL)
Construction sector is third biggest employer after agriculture and manufacturing. Contributes more than 10% of the jobs in India
It employs about 4.2 crore workers and contributes 6.67% of GDP
86% of workers have no skills and productivity level is low
A national Scheme “Recognition of Prior Learning of Construction Workers” being launched by Ministry of Labour & Employment after extensive consultation with industry by utilizing the cess funds collected from construction projects
Construction sites to be designated as Testing Centres
Skill gaps if any, to be made up by giving gap training of about 15 days
Wage compensation for attending training classes and assessment
NCVT certification
TRAINING ON MODERN CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES WITH CERTIFICATION BY NCVT IN CONSULTATION WITH CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES
With the initiatives like 100 smart cities. Housing for all by 2011, construction sector is set to grow at rapid rate
It is estimated that about 8.3 crores persons would be employed in the sector by year 2022
New projects demand workforce trained in modern construction technologies to meet the international norms in construction
Several new courses introduced
 

VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION CENTRES FOR HANDICAPPED
According to Census 2011, there were 2.68 crore Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) out of which 1.7 crore are unemployed
Vocational rehabilitation support to PwDs through 21 Vocational Rehabilitation Centres for Handicapped (VRCs) across the country
Focus on honing the strength of individual PwDs to make them employable through capacity building and last mile orientation
Knowledge Partnership MOU between MoLW and TATA SONS to incorporate best practices and policy interventions for enhancing diversity and inclusiveness in India’s workforce
Major efforts are on for widening and deepening association with industry in order to increase the impact and enlarge footprint of VRCs. Some of the institutions that have partnered with VRCs include National Handicap Finance Development Corporation, National Trust, PSUs like ONGC, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Yum Foods, Bank of America, Sarthak, etc
Some of these centres are also being developed as Model Career Centres for PwDs
 

NATIONAL BRAND AMBASSADORS OF VACATIONAL TRAINNING
Only 10% of our workforce has got formal or informal technical training. Only one fourth of this is formally trained
In South Korea, Japan, Germany, the percentage of workforce having received skills training is 96,80 and 75 respectively
We need to rapidly expand certificate level vocational training if we have to succeed in our mission of ‘Make in India’. Also we need to attract youth to vocational training
Vocational training has given excellent technicians, mechanics, entrepreneurs and professional leaders. Manufacturing sector is reservoir of this success
We are showcasing and felicitating such successful ITI graduates as National Brand Ambassadors of Vocational Training


FLEXI MOU
Presently, a total of 123 NCVT courses designed and developed by Mentor Councils having representation from industry, academia, Champion ITI and DGE&T mentors and expert courses/trade are conducted at about 11, 500 it is New policy of Flexi MOU has been launched in July 2014 to ensure that, in addition, customized courses with NCVT certification are available to meet the need of local industry
Under this MoU, any industry can conduct NCVT certified training programme in partnership with ITI or other vocational training provider to meet specific skill requirement of the company
Industry to ensure minimum 80% employment
Several leading industry players such as Flipkart, Raymonds, Labournet, GIPCL, Cadilla have signed MOUs and many other are under finalization


SKILL AWARDEES

The Ministry of labour conducts competitions to foster the healthy spirit of competitiveness among the trainee Craftsmen/Apprentices

All India Skill Competition for Craftsmen among trainees admitted under Craftsmen Training Scheme (CTS), is conducted once in a year

All India Competition for Apprentices among trainees admitted under Apprenticeship Training Scheme (ATS) is conducted twice every year

First ever initiative to recognize the awardees at National Level and release of first ever souvenir containing the list of winners of different segments in latest All India Competition for Craftsmen, held in January, 2014 and All India Competition for Apprentices held in May, 2014

Source: loksabha.nic.in
Annexure:http://164.100.47.132/Annexture_New/lsq16/3/au178.htm

SCOVA meeting with Standing Groups including National Council (Staff Side) JCM

Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) meeting with Standing Groups including National Council (Staff Side) JCM will be scheduled to be held in the January, 2015.

F. No. 42/39/2014-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: 24th Nov, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : 26th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) scheduled to be held in the month of January, 2015 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP).

The 26th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) of the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare is scheduled to be held in the January, 2015. 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 10th December, 2014 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 website 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/-
(Charanjit Taneja)
Under Secretary
Source: http://pensionersportal.gov.in/

SWACHH BHARAT KOSH OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES

Finance Ministry issued operational guidelines for the scheme of Swachh Bharat, these rules are into force with immediate effect…

SWACHH BHARAT KOSH OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES
 
1. Short Title and Commencement: 
These will be called Swachh Bharat Kosh Operational Guidelines, 2014 and will come into force with immediate effect.

2. Objective of Setting-up the Fund (Kosh):
Individuals and philanthropists have expressed interest in contributing to efforts to achieve the objective of Clean India (Swachh Bharat) by the year 2019. The Swachh Bharat Kosh has been set up to facilitate channelization of philanthropic contributions and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds towards this cause.

3. Governing Council:
The Swachh Bharat Kosh (henceforth called Kosh) would be administered by a Governing Council chaired by Secretary, Department of Expenditure. Other Permanent members will be Secretary (Planning), Secretary (Drinking Water and Sanitation), Secretary (Urban Development), Secretary (Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation), Secretary (Rural Development), Secretary (Panchayati Raj) and Secretary (School Education and Literacy). Departmental Secretaries from Tourism, Culture or any other department would be invited as and when their proposals are being deliberated.

4. Secretariat:
The Governing Council would be assisted by a division to be set up in the     Department of Expenditure, which will serve as its secretariat, headed by an
Administrator, at the Joint Secretary level.

5. Bank Account & Receipt of Contribution:

a) Contributions from companies and philanthropists shall be received in a single bank account opened in the State Bank of India, Central Secretariat Branch, North Block, New Delhi. The bank account will be operated jointly by the Administrator and the Chief Controller of Accounts, Ministry of Finance.
 
b) Donations into the Kosh may be made through online payments through net banking, or by debit and credit cards or Cheque/Demand Draft.

c) The donor would receive an automated, digitally signed receipt of the contributions. Besides, the following mode of acknowledgement with regard to receipt of donations will be adopted:

http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/swachhbharat/SWK_Operational_Guidelines2014.pdf

One Rank-One Pension (OROP) formula has since been implemented or not..? Question raised today in Parliament

One Rank-One Pension (OROP) formula has since been implemented or not..? Question raised today in Parliament

Whether Government’s decision to grant pension to the retired personnel of the Defence Forces as per “One Rank-One Pension (OROP)” formula has since been implemented

If not, the reasons for the delay; and

By when this scheme is likely to be implemented? these questions asked by the Hon’ble Member Shri Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa in Parliament today and the Minister of Defence Shri Manohar Parrikar replied as follows…

“The principle of One Rank One Pension for the Armed Forces has been accepted by the Government. The modalities for implementation were discussed with various stakeholders and are presently under consideration of the Government. It will be implemented once the modalities are approved by the Government”.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Coverage under Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO)

Coverage under Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO): Lok Sabha Q&A


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 154
ANSWERED ON   24.11.2014


    COVERAGE UNDER EPFO

154 . Mahadik Shri Dhananjay Bhimrao, Gavit Dr. Heena Vijaykumar
Patil Shri Vijaysinh Mohite, Satav Shri Rajeev Shankarrao, Sule Smt. Supriya Sadanand

Will the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:-

(a)whether a large number of workers from the construction sector as well as contract employees are not covered under the Employees` Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO);



(b)if so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor;

(c)whether workers from these sectors were unable to retrieve their savings with EPFO due to frequent job changes; and if so, the quantum of amount lying with EPFO as inoperative;

(d)whether the EPFO has constituted any committee to bring in more workers including workers from these sectors and if so, whether the committee has submitted its reports; and

(e)if so, the action taken thereon along with various other steps taken by the Government for the benefit of workers under EPFO?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE (IC) FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT (SHRI BANDARU DATTATREYA)

(a) & (b): The Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 is applicable to 187 categories of industries and classes of establishments where 20 or more persons are working. Government has notified a Schedule Head - “Building & Construction Industry” vide GSR No. 1069 dated 11.10.1980.

There is no distinction between regular and contract workers under the Act. The workers whether regular or contractual working in the covered establishments are enrolled as EPF members.

(c): There are instances came to the notice of EPFO where the workers of these sectors face difficulties while retrieving their savings with EPFO due to frequent job changes. As per the unaudited Annual Account of the Organization for the year 2013-14, Rs. 27,448.54 Crore is lying in Inoperative Account.

(d) & (e): The Central Board of Trustees, EPF decided in their 204th meeting held on 26.08.2014 to constitute two non-statutory Sub-Committees, one for Construction Workers and the other for the Contract Workers with the terms of reference that these sub-committees will suggest mechanism to the Central Board so that coverage of both construction and contract workers can be increased. These sub-committees were constituted on 15.10.2014. The sub-committees met separately on 31.10.2014 and made some recommendations which are to be placed before the next meeting of the Central Board for consideration. Besides, EPFO have taken the following steps for benefits of workers:-

i. The process of allotting Universal Account Number has already started which will result in portability of the accounts.

ii. For transfer of accumulations on job/location change, provision for online transfer of accumulations has been put in place.

iii. Provision has been made in the Official website which will help the members to access their PF accounts online.

Source: Lok Sabha

Employees Pension Scheme: Details of subscribers and amount distributed

Employees Pension Scheme: Details of subscribers and amount distributed

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 139
ANSWERED ON 24.11.2014
SUBSCRIBERS UNDER EPS
139 . Antony Shri Anto

Will the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the Government has any record regarding the number of subscribers under the Employees` Pension Scheme (EPS) in the country;

(b)if so, the details thereof, State/UT-wise; and

(c)the details of the amount distributed under EPS during each of the last three years and the current year, State/UT-wise?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE (IC) FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT (SHRI BANDARU DATTATREYA)

(a) & (b): Yes, Madam. The State/UT-wise details of membership of Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995 are at Annex-I.

(c): The State/UT-wise details of amount distributed under Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995 during the last three years and current year (upto June, 2014) are at Annex–II.
 
ANNEX-I
No. of Subscribers under the Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995

STATE/UTSubscribers as on 31.3.2014
Andhra Pradesh( including Telangana)10657225
Bihar356826
Chhattisgarh589276
Delhi11350265
Goa1168601
Gujarat (including Daman & Diu)7481829
Haryana6195965
Himachal Pradesh1012158
Jharkhand942549
Karnataka14907011
Kerala (including Lakshadweep)2110682
Madhya Pradesh2913492
Maharashtra23468307
North East Region427558
Odisha2191814
Punjab (including Chandigarh)5135813
Rajasthan1178766
Tamil Nadu (including Puducherry)16622517
Uttar Pradesh1917405
Uttrakhand1117299
West Bengal(including Andaman & Nicobar Islands)4483143
TOTAL116228501


ANNEX-II
 
Details of amount disbursed under Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995 during the last three years and current year (up to June, 2014)

(Rs. in Crores)
 
STATE/UT2011-122012-132013-142014-15
Upto June 2014 
(Provisional)
Andhra Pradesh (including Telangana)651.96747.80880.70176.66
Bihar102.99162.08201.4932.09
Chhattisgarh90.3796.07118.227.39
Delhi420.16475.94528.98139.53
Goa33.8536.8947.805.82
Gujarat (including Daman & Diu)488.95550.39660.71114.15
Haryana275.80358.21422.2484.34
Himachal Pradesh47.9256.9772.6214.90
Jharkhand188.86162.64184.1241.13
Karnataka815.20934.001121.52275.53
Kerala (including Lakshadweep)334.88365.38424.00111.21
Madhya Pradesh200.06222.75259.1364.33
Maharashtra1529.711966.832214.95435.20
North East Region63.3669.1078.6510.99
Odisha126.13147.93194.7244.70
Punjab (including Chandigarh)229.65253.17313.1965.27
Rajasthan176.27201.95237.6257.33
Tamil Nadu (including Puducherry)841.091032.761552.27275.37
Uttar Pradesh496.21561.10636.4662.95
Uttrakhand68.6884.81108.1829.39
West Bengal (including Andaman & Nicobar Islands)457.41551.77642.7593.57
TOTAL7639.519038.5410900.322140.83

Source: Loksabha.nic.in

Amendment to Minimum Wages Act: Govt. statement in Lok Sabha

Amendment to Minimum Wages Act: Govt. statement in Lok Sabha

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
LOK SABHA
STARRED QUESTION NO 6
ANSWERED ON 24.11.2014

    AMENDMENT TO MINIMUM WAGES ACT

6 . Sampath Shri AnirudhanWill the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:-

(a)whether suggestions have been received from various quarters to amend the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 and if so, the details thereof;

(b)whether the amendment proposes to cover all the employment sectors and increase penal provisions; and

(c)if so, the details thereof ?
ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE (IC) FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT (SHRI BANDARU DATTATREYA)

(a) to (c): A statement is laid on the Table of the House.

STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (c) OF THE LOK SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO. 6 FOR 24.11.2014 BY DR. A. SAMPATH REGARDING “AMENDMENT TO MINIMUM WAGES ACT”.

(a) to (c): Yes, Madam. Major Central Trade Unions had raised demands to ensure universal coverage irrespective of the schedules and fixation of statutory minimum wage at not less than Rs.10,000/- linked with cost price index on 04.09.2012. Further, the demand to fix minimum wages not less than Rs.15,000/- per month was placed before the Government by these trade unions on 06.06.2014 and 24.06.2014.

Proposals for amendment to the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 were put on the website of the Ministry of Labour and Employment on 17.06.2014 for public consultation. The proposals inter-alia include universal coverage to all the employments by removing the restriction of 1000 or more workers for an employment to come within the purview of Minimum Wages Act, making National Floor Level Minimum Wage (NFLMW) statutory and enhancement of penal provisions by increasing the fine prescribed for contravention of certain provision of the Act from Rs.500/- to Rs.5,000/- on first conviction and with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or with fine of not less than Rs.5,000/- extending up to Rs.10,000/- in the case of second or subsequent conviction under the Act.

Source: Lok Sabha.nic.in

Monday, 24 November 2014

Air India LTC Fares w.e.f. 3rd November 2014

Air India LTC Fares w.e.f. 3rd November 2014

TABLE V- LTC Fares
S NoSECTOR & V.V HLTC        (Economy Class)DLTC        (Executive  Class)Airline Fuel Charge
   Base FareBase Fare 
1AgartalaGuwahati4831101401850
2AgartalaKolkata389185061850
3AgartalaSilchar4401 1850
4AgattiBengaluru10691 1850
5AgattiChennai10646 2150
6AgattiKochi8571 1850
7AgattiKozhikode7471 1850
8AgraDelhi5681153271850
9AgraKhajuraho389185061850
10AgraVaranasi4946129511850
11AgraMumbai8571 2950
12AhmedabadChennai7426261862950
13AhmedabadDelhi6000155022150
14AhmedabadHyderabad7076195322150
15AhmedabadMumbai4351134251850
16AizawlGuwahati5351 1850
17AizawlImphal446673371850
18AizawlKolkata4626111081850
19AllahabadDelhi6541 1850
20AllahabadKanpur4751 1850
21AllahabadMumbai9401 2950
22AmritsarDelhi4366124361850
23AurangabadDelhi8801217472150
24AurangabadMumbai4451101331850
25BagdograDelhi9716210242950
26BagdograGuwahati453683981850
27BagdograKolkata5436131881850
28BengaluruChennai4701106911850
29BengaluruDelhi9901289853650
30BengaluruGoa5151132971850
31BengaluruHyderabad5451148231850
32BengaluruKochi4501109071850
33BengaluruKolkata9701307993650
34BengaluruMangalore4936 1850
35BengaluruMumbai6851163562150
36BengaluruPune6184165061850
37BengaluruTirupati5221 1850
38BengaluruTrivandrum5451124731850
39BhopalDelhi4801148561850
40BhopalIndore428186251850
41BhopalMumbai5356155601850
42BhubaneshwarChennai8291175202950
43BhubaneshwarDelhi9001274242950
44BhubaneshwarKolkata5406117641850
45BhubaneshwarMumbai9401295182950
46BhubaneshwarPort Blair11216 2950
47BhujMumbai6541 1850
48ChandigarhDelhi4301105341850
49ChandigarhMumbai8836262952950
50ChennaiCoimbatore4251121661850
51ChennaiDelhi8456284743650
52ChennaiGoa6311162171850
53ChennaiHyderabad4451137321850
54ChennaiKochi5251146301850
55ChennaiKolkata8566275432950
56ChennaiMadurai4251118011850
57ChennaiMumbai8571186232950
58ChennaiPune7851210172150
59ChennaiPortblair9411242292950
60ChennaiTrivandrum5601146371850
61ChennaiVishakhapatnam4801146731850
62CoimbatoreDelhi9751327633650
63CoimbatoreKozhikode445167391850
64CoimbatoreMumbai8001183312950
65DehradunDelhi5221139801850
66DehliDharamsala4821 1850
67DelhiGaya6851195322150
68DelhiGoa8821258603650
69DelhiGuwahati9811249883650
70DelhiGwalior505199771850
71DelhiHyderabad8401257482950
72DelhiImphal9081272483650
73DelhiIndore4851158671850
74DelhiJabalpur6401 1850
75DelhiJaipur355188151850
76DelhiJammu4401131811850
77DelhiJodhpur5706142901850
78DelhiKanpur5701 1850
79DelhiKhajuraho5651151081850
80DelhiKochi12351377313650
81DelhiKolkata9061242512950
82DelhiKozhikode10051327633650
83DelhiKullu6301 1850
84DelhiLeh5501151411850
85DelhiLucknow4821125051850
86DelhiLudhiana4351 1850
87DelhiMangalore9901292483650
88DelhiMumbai8951227402950
89DelhiPantnagar4301 1850
90DelhiNagpur7171173362150
91DelhiPathankot5101 1850
92DelhiPatna7151172652150
93DelhiPort Blair21516 3650
94DelhiPune9401282082950
95DelhiRaipur7851221122150
96DelhiRanchi8811207322950
97DelhiSrinagar6201133701850
98DelhiSurat9101208192150
99DelhiTirupati9016237563650
100DelhiTrivandrum12156377313650
101DelhiUdaipur5786153821850
102DelhiVadodra7051198532150
103DelhiVaranasi5681153271850
104DelhiVijayawada8566262022950
105DelhiVishakhapatnam10401302182950
106DibrugarhDimapur325151061850
107DibrugarhGuwahati4801 1850
108DibrugarhKolkata7401147762150
109DibrugarhLilabari4051 1850
110DimapurGuwahati4701 1850
111DimapurImphal4401 1850
112DimapurKolkata6101138221850
113DimapurShillong4101 1850
114GayaKolkata4501117441850
115GayaVaranasi485195181850
116GoaKochi5001151591850
117GoaHyderabad5251136571850
118GoaMumbai5321112321850
119GoaPune453688741850
120GoaSrinagar12351384313650
121GuwahatiImphal490194981850
122GuwahatiJorhat3736 1850
123GuwahatiKolkata5076114651850
124GuwahatiLilabari5151 1850
125GuwahatiSilchar5251 1850
126GuwahatiTezpur4436 1850
127GwaliorMumbai8401195512150
128HyderabadKolkata9696249852950
129HyderabadMumbai5251149801850
130HyderabadPune5231142651850
131HyderabadTirupati4656125711850
132HyderabadVaranasi8811218062950
133HyderabadVijayawada5051106551850
134HyderabadVishakhapatnam4946129511850
135ImphalKolkata4281116801850
136ImphalSilchar4601 1850
137IndoreMumbai4481126371850
138JaipurMumbai7851187942150
139JammuLeh488690691850
140JammuSrinagar440369981850
141JamnagarMumbai5181124001850
142JodhpurMumbai7686186702150
143JodhpurUdaipur423187241850
144JorhatKolkata4976 1850
145JorhatTezpur4136 1850
146KanpurKolkata7401 2150
147KhajurahoVaranasi4936126811850
148KochiKozhikode350172831850
149KochiMadurai4301 1850
150KochiMumbai8401216342950
151KochiTrivandrum430183261850
152KolkataKochi10051 3650
153KolkataLilabari7800 2150
154KolkataMumbai8486235583650
155KolkataPatna5706 1850
156KolkataPort Blair11071267812950
157KolkataRanchi4536 1850
158KolkataShillong5481 1850
159KolkataSilchar5001110851850
160KolkataTezpur5151 1850
161KozhikodeChennai5151 1850
162KozhikodeKolkata8456 3650
163KozhikodeMumbai9100165132150
164KozhikodeTrivandrum4391 1850
165KulluPathankot4001 1850
166LehSrinagar460382831850
167LilabariTezpur3881 1850
168LucknowMumbai8051249852950
169LucknowVaranasi462696071850
170LudhianaPathankot4201 1850
171MaduraiMumbai7851236572950
172MangaloreMumbai6086157611850
173MumbaiNagpur5001151591850
174MumbaiRaipur9500206922150
175MumbaiRajkot5281124731850
176MumbaiRanchi9751228132950
177MumbaiSrinagar9016237563650
178MumbaiTrivandrum10201239012950
179MumbaiUdaipur4786154071850
180MumbaiVaranasi9696245112950
181MumbaiVishakhapatnam9101248722950
182PatnaRanchi4603 1850
183RaipurBhubaneshwar428199771850
184RaipurNagpur5181126601850
185RaipurVishakhapatnam4251116061850
186ShillongJorhat4551 1850
187SilcharTezpur4101 1850
188VishakhapatnamBhubaneshwar5321105181850

TABLE  – VI
Islanders Fares

Sector & v.v One WayReturnAirline Fuel Charge
  Fare BasisFare Basis 
  UEIXZURTIXZ 
Port BlairKolkata501686322950
Port BlairChennai481682722950
Note : Above fares are valid for sale in Port Blair  only against  Identity Card.

TABLE  VII
Remarks & Notings


1 a) RBD ‘Z’ is Advance Purchase fare in Business Class. Fare Basis is ‘ZAP’ with minimum 3 days advance purchase restriction.
SAP90, SAP60, TAPP30 , T30PP, TRT30, TAP14,TRT14,T14PP, TAP7, TRT7, T7PP,TAP2,TRT2 & T2PP Fares Levels are Advance Purchase Fares which are available for sale upto 90 days, 60 days, 30 days, 14 days, 7 days & 2 days respectively in advance  before schedule  date of departure of the flight.
b) *Some flights/sectors may not have the Advance  Purchase restrictions and *Some Sectors  are non-operating
c) 10% discount  on Mobile Application upto 28th Feb’15.
d) Special  group fares (GV fare )available  on select sectors.
2 Flight Routing

D- Direct flight to destination.
V- Via  Flight to Destination with stop/stops without change of aircraft
Link – Connecting Flight to Destination with a change of aircraft at a transit point

3 Taxes, Fee & Charges
a) In addition to the above fares, Passenger Service fee, Airport Development Fee (wherever applicable) and Service Tax would apply. Passenger Service fee is Rs. 233 except (a) Ex Jammu,Srinagar Leh where it is 207 (b) ex Kochi it is 225/-& ( c ) ex Delhi ,Mumbai,Chennai , Guwahati, Hyderabad, Bengaluru & Kolkata Rs.147/-
b) (a) User Development Fee (IN) ex Jaipur Rs. 150, Amritsar Rs. 150, Trichy Rs. 150, Vishakapatnam Rs. 150, Udaipur Rs. 150, Ahmedabad Rs. 124, Mangalore Rs. 150, Varanasi Rs. 150, Kolkata Rs.450. Chennai Rs. 187 , Ex Guwahati: Rs.352(1st Apr 14- 31st Mar 15), Rs.374 (1st Apr 15- 31st Mar 16) (b) UDF from Delhi( from 1st Apr 13- 31st  Jan ’15) : Distance upto 500 Km- Rs 276/- more than 500 Km- Rs 551/-  ( c ) UDF to Delhi( from 1st Apr 13- 31Jan ‘ 15) : Distance upto 500 Km- Rs 233/- more than 500 Km- Rs 466/- (d) UDF from Mumbai (Travel from 1st Apr 13 to 31st  Jan ‘ 15) Rs 308/- Ex Bengaluru: Rs.385(1st Jul 14- 31st Mar 15), Rs.344 (1st Apr 15- 31st Mar 16) (e) Airport Development Fee ( YM ) ex Delhi & ex Mumbai Rs. 113
c) Service Tax as applicable would be additional.

4 Fare Rules:

Fee for Refund/revalidation/re-issuance is levied as detailed under:effective 27th Apr’13
 RBDRe-Issuance /Re-validation/ Refund FeeNo-Show  Fee( within 1 hour of flight departure )
First ClassFNIL (Till 1 hour before departure)Rs.1053
Business  classC, D &  JNIL (Till 1 hour before departure)Rs.1053
  Re-Issuance /Re-validationNo-Show  Fee/Refund Fee
 ZRs.1053(  Till 1 hour before departure)Rs.1579
  Re-Issuance /Re-validation/ Refund FeeNo-Show  Fee( within 1 hour flight departure )
Premium  Economy  ClassPNIL (Till 1 hour before departure)Rs.1053
Economy  Class   
Instant Purchase faresY,B & MNIL (Till 1 hour before departure)Rs.1053
Instant Purchase faresH,K,Q,V,W,G,L & URs.1053(  Till 1 hour before departure)Non-Refundable
Instant & Apex FaresE, S &  TRs.1579(  Till 1 hour before departure)Non-Refundable
(Penalty amount inclusive of service tax.)

Note:
a). Above Charges are applicable per coupon.
In case of ‘non-refundable, Basic Fare and Airline Fuel Charge will be forfeited.
b).LTC Tickets: Change/Refund Fee will be as applicable for highest Business or Economy Class fare
c).Armed Forces and related discounts : Change/ Refund Fee applicable for highest economy class fare. All categories of Armed Forces, Paramilitary Forces, General Reserve Engineering Forces, War Disables Officers, War Widows and Gallantry Award Tickets under RBD Y to H)

d)The refund rules applicable to Link Fares on all RBDs are as under:

(A) Originating point:
1. Tickets issued on fares under: RBDs U to K
a) Refund  – Permitted up to 1 hr before scheduled  departure  of the flight against  a Refund  Fee of – Rs. 1053 /- coupon.
b) Refund of No-show ticket: Non Refundable(Basic fare + Airline Fuel Charge)
2) Tickets  issued on fares under: RBDs S & T
(a) Refund – Permitted up to 1 hr before scheduled departure of the flight against a Refund Fee of - Rs.1579/- per coupon.
b) Refund of No-show ticket: Non Refundable(Basic fare + Airline Fuel Charge)

(B) Intermediate Point :
In case of completion of part itinerary,  a passenger  desirous  of claiming refund will be allowed to do so after deducting the applicable  fare on booked RBD, for the sector travelled  along with the applicable  Refund  Fee. Not permitted for RBDs S & T.

(C) In cases of Flight Disruptions:
(a) Alternate  arrangements are made by the Airline- No Refund
(b)Passenger is taken back to the point of origin by the first available  service- Full amount to be refunded.
(c)Own arrangement for the cancelled sector is made by the passenger(s): Refund of Basic fare of the cancelled sector in respective RBD (Airline Fuel Charge to be retained) along with unutilized non-airline taxes, if any.
e). No Re-validation or Cancellation Fee applicable on Infant Tickets.

5 Applicable Fares as on 3rd Nov ‘ 14

6 These fares are subject to Change without prior notice

Source: Airindia.com

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