Wednesday, 21 January 2015

High Court has justified the retirement age 58 years for government employees

High Court has justified the retirement age 58 years for government employees

In a landmark decision High Court has judged that there is no harm in reducing the retirement age from 60 to 58 years, please read in detail:-





Awareness Programme Under Pensioners’ Portal

Awareness Programme Under Pensioners’ Portal

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
21-January, 2015

The Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions is implementing a web based mission mode project on pensions namely Pensioner’s Portal under the National e-Governance Plan. The Department has also started initiative called SANKALP for channelizing the experience and skill of Pensioners towards meaningful social activities.

The Department is proposing to conduct the next such Awareness Programme for Pensioners in Aizwal, Mizoram at Assam Rifles Cinema Hall on February 05,2015. The meeting will be chaired by Secretary (P,AR&PG).

The basic objective of the project is to facilitate redressal of Pensioners’ Grievances as also to provide information and guidance to pensioners on various pension and retirement related matters. User Ministries/Departments, Pensioners, Banks, Controller General of Accounts (CGA), Central Pension Accounting Office (CPAO), Post Offices etc. are the stakeholders in this venture aimed at welfare of the Pensioners.

With a view to providing know how about the operational aspects of this Portal and the Grievances Redressal Mechanism in particular, the Department of Pensions is conducting Awareness Programmes at different locations in the country.

Source: PIB

MEMORANDUM SUBMITTED TO HONABLE MINISTER FOR RAILWAYS

MEMORANDUM SUBMITTED TO SHRI SURESH PRABHAKAR PRABHU, HONABLE MINISTER FOR RAILWAYS, ON HIS VISIT TO SOUTH CENTRAL RAILWAY, SECUNDERABAD ON 19-01-2015.

Respected Sir,
We welcome you on your maiden visit to the Headquarters of South Central Railway. South Central Railway is one of the best productive Railway out of all the 17 Zones and year by year it is increasing its earnings through freight and passenger traffic beyond the targets fixed by the Railway Board. Under the dynamic leadership of Shri P.K.Srivastava, General Manager, & his team of officers, it is increasing the productivity with disciplined staff who are straining their nerves every movement and bringing laurels from the Railway Ministry.

The following important issues are brought to your kind notice for favourable consideration:

1. WITHDRAW THE DECISIONS OF FDIs AND PPP ON INDIAN RAILWAYS AND SAVE THE INDIAN RAILWAYS.

Indian Railways having more than 64000 Kms. with running of 12,670 Passenger Trains and 7421 freight trains and carrying nearly 24 million passengers and 3 million Tonnes of freight traffic daily. It is the back bone for supply of essential commodities to the masses of this country. Indian Railways is doing great service to the poorest of the poor in the country with reasonable fares from one end to the other end of this country.
The Government’s decision to set up dedicated Freight Corridors and Bullet Trains under FDI is causing a lot of anxiety among the Railwaymen as the Railways will lose its entity as carrier of the poorest of the poor. The recent decision of introduction of Yatri Ticket Suvidha Kendra (YTSK) under PPP is a wrong step and it will lead to malpractices in the Reservation System.

It is a proven fact, that, dependency on the Foreign Capital is the prime cause for the South East Asian Economic Crisis in the year 1997, when the workers and their families in these countries were affected badly.
Government’s decision in the year 1991 to open the economy completely to outside market did not yield any result. Because of Government of India’s contribution, no bad effect was felt on Indian Railways whereas the other countries suffered huge economic crisis in the year 2008.

In view of the above, your kind self is requested to advise the Government to withdraw the 100% FDI and PPP decision on Indian Railways and save the Railways and Save the Nation.

2. EXEMPTION OF RAILWAY EMPLOYEES FROM OPERATION OF THE NEW PENSION SCHEME W.E.F.1-1-2004.

Indian Railways, on the orders of the Government of India have introduced New Pension Scheme for all its workforce appointed on or after 1-1-2004. The New Pension Scheme has withdrawn the social security cover given to the Railway employees which was in vogue prior to 1-1-2004 under Railway Service (Pension) Rules 1993.

The Defence Forces as well as Paramilitary forces under Ministry of Home Affairs have been kept out of the purview of New Pension Scheme introduced w.e.f. 1-1-2004 and they are continued Old Pension Scheme. On the request of All India Railwaymen’s Federation, the then Hon’ble Minister for Railways, Shri Mallikarjun Kharge wrote to Shri P.Chidambaram, the then Hon’ble Minister of Finance on 29-3-2014 for exemption to Railway employees from operation of NPS and take necessary approval from the Cabinet and communicate the same to the Railwaymen. He pleaded for exemption from NPS for the Railway employees on consideration of special, riskier and onerous nature of duties which are resulting in heavy death toll among Railway employees on duty.

So far, no decision is taken by the Ministry of Finance and the matter is still pending with the Ministry of Finance.

Your kind self is therefore requested to apprise the present Hon’ble Minister of Finance and take up the issue in the Cabinet and secure exemption for the Railway employees from the purview of New Pension Scheme w.e.f. 1-1-2004, duly bringing them under old Pension Scheme.

3. FILLING UP OF VACANCIES IN THE GROUP’C’ & GROUP ‘D’ CATEGORIES BY LOCAL CANDIDATES THROUGH RRBs / RRCs.

At present, as per the policy laid down by the Government of India, any Indian National can apply for the Central Government Jobs irrespective of his being resident of any state, which rule is causing unrest among the unemployed youth of a particular area, as they are not able to get employment in their local area/state. Article 16(1) of the Constitution of India provides for equal opportunity for employment /recruitment to all citizens of India.

Due to lakhs of applications received for filling up of vacancies on Indian Railways, it is becoming very difficult for the RRBs / RRCs to fill up the vacancies in time and nearly 2 lakhs vacancies exist at any time on Indian Railways.

To avoid hardship in filling up of the vacancies and also to provide job opportunities for the local unemployed youth, you are requested to take appropriate action and issue instructions to fill up the vacancies from the unemployed youth belonging to the particular states which are in the jurisdiction of the particular zone.

4. NON REDRESSAL OF CHARTER OF DEMANDS

The problems of Railwaymen like Filling up of vacancies, Creation of additional posts to commensurate with the additional work load arisen out of introduction of New Trains, New Lines, Electrification, Opening of New Electric Locosheds/Diesel sheds/Workshops, Removal of anomalies arisen out of implementation of VI CPC recommendations, Problems created in implementation of MACP Scheme, LARSGESS, Demand of recruitment of wards of Railwaymen, Grievances of Loco and Traffic Running Staff, Operating Staff, Commercial, ECRCs and Ticket Checking staff, Technical and Artisan staff, C&W Staff, Electrical Staff, A.C.Staff, P.Way staff, Staff of Bridge and Works in Civil Engineering Department, Signal and Telecommunication Staff, Medical and Paramedical staff, Health and Sanitary staff, Stores Department Staff, Ministerial Staff, Accounts Staff, Drawing Staff, Stenographers, EDP Staff, Rajbhasha Staff, Absorption of Quasi Administrative Staff in railways, Engagement of Course Completed Act Apprentices in the Railways etc. are pending with the Railway Ministry for redressal.

Even though several rounds of discussions were held with the Railway Board by the All India Railwaymen’s Federation, no tangible results are forthcoming, which is creating unrest among the Railway employees.
You are therefore requested to impress the Full Board to hold negotiations with AIRF in a time bound programme and redress the grievances, so as to motivate the staff to achieve better productivity.

5. STAFF AMENITY PROGRAMMES – PROVISION OF FUNDS In every Railway Budget, the grant given for maintenance of Railway quarters and Staff Amenity Programmes are reduced in the name of non-availability of sufficient funds.

Due to non-availability of funds, the repairs to the Railway Quarters, drains, water facilities etc. are not properly carried out, which is causing lot of hardship to the employees residing in the Staff Quarters.
In the same manner, due to non-provision of adequate funds for medical facilities and also appointment of regular Doctors, Paramedical Staff, the services are getting deteriorated leading to loss of man hours due to regular health problems to staff.

You are requested to secure adequate funds for the medical services, Staff Quarters and Staff Amenities to help the Railwaymen and their families. You are also requested to issue a policy decision to regularize the Contract Paramedical Staff duly holding required examination by the concerned departments.

6. EXTENDING THE FACILITY OF INCLUSION OF PARENTS IN THE PRIVILEGE AND POST RETIREMENT PASSES AND FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT.

An assurance was given by the then Hon’ble Minister for Railways for including the parents of the serving/retired employees in the Privilege Passes/Post Retirement Passes and also for medical facilities.
Your kind self is requested to issue necessary instructions to the concerned officials in this regard.

7..IMPARTING TECHNICAL TRAINING TO WARDS OF RAILWAYMEN:

Railwaymen work round the clock and in all weather conditions throughout the Country irrespective of availibility of minimum facilities like housing, Education, Medical and Recreation. Their Children are deprived of Good Education, Medical and Recreation facilities due to their parents working in remote villages, forests and border areas. They are also subjected to periodical and administrative transfers to other stations for operational convinence at the cost of their Children Education, medical and other facilities.

Hon”ble Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modiji desire that the youth of this country should be imparted Technical Training by providing Apprentice Training. Railways has got lot of facilities forgiving Apprentice training in Production Units, Workshops, Electrical/Diesel sheds, C&W Depots, Yards and Stations. Necessary orders may please be issued to Rly.

Management to give Apprentice training to the wards of Railwaymen and absorb them in group D vacancies.

8.Appointment in Railways to Licenced Porters, Quasi-administration staff.
Previously Railways absorbed Licenced Porters and Quasi Administration staff in Group D jobs. Similar orders may please be issued to help the poor licenced porters & quasi administrative in group D vacancies .

9.Provision of Super Speciality Hospital at Vijayawada , the new Capital of Residual Andhra Pradesh:
New Capital is built up for Andhra Pradesh State near Vijayawada . Railway services will increase from Vijayawada Junction and Railway Employees strength will also increase.
We request you to sanction in the ensuing budget Super Speciality Railway Hospital to Vijayawada.

10. Provision of POH workshop for Eletrical Locos at Kazipet:
S.C. Railway is housing large number of Eletrical Locos at ELS/LGD, ELS/KZJ & ELS/BZA. A New Eletrical locoshed is coming up at Guntakal . For POH Electrical Engines there is urgent need to sanction POH workshop at Kazipet which is situated in central place of S.C. Railway. You are requested to sanction the same in the ensuing budget.

11. Withdraw matching savings clause for creation of new posts for New trains, New lines etc.:
Railway Board imposed unrealistic clause of MATCHING SAVINGS for creation of New Posts which are necessary for manning New Trains introduced, New lines brought into system, New Electrification etc. Due to non availability of funds in the saving Bank new posts required to maintain safety and amenities to passenger services are not created.. All General Managers & Federations voiced their protest against this clause but Railway Board insists on the same against safety and public amenities.
You are requested to issue necessary instructions to withdraw the matching saving clause for creation of new posts.

12. Removal of ceiling on Productivity Bonus:
Railway Employees are paid PLB during DASARA FESTIVAL. Even though the number of Days Bonus is increasing they are not getting minimum wages as PLB due to the ceiling of Rs.3500/- for month. The minimum wage is Rs.7000/-(Rs.5200 + Rs.1800/- GP) for Group D in Railways. They are not paid at least minimum of Pay per month as Bonus. You are requested to recommend Cabinet for amending Bonus Act to remove the ceiling Limit.
Thanking you,
With kind regards, Yours faithfully,
(Ch.SANKARA RAO)
GENERAL SECRETARY

http://www.airfindia.com/AIRF%202015/Memorandum%20SCRMU%20to%20MR.pdf

Annual Medical Examination for the Group ‘A’ officers of CCS / posts of age 40 years and above: DoPT Order

Annual Medical Examination for the Group ‘A’ officers of Central Civil Services/posts of age 40 years and above.
 
No. 21011/1/2009-Estt (A)- Part.
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block, New Delhi, 15th January, 2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub:- Annual Medical Examination for the Group ‘A’ officers of Central Civil Services/posts of age 40 years and above.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even number dated 1st February, 2012 and 20th March, 2013 on the above subject whereby the scheme of Annual Medical Examination in respect of Group ‘A’ officers of Central Civil Services/posts of age 40 years and above had been circulated in consultation with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. In this OM, the regime of medical tests to be conducted, the package rates applicable and the list of 26 Hospitals which had agreed to conduct the Annual Medical Examination under the Scheme were prescribed. Subsequently, vide OM of even number dated 20th March, 2013, full address of the 26 Hospitals in Delhi/NCR circulated with OM dated 1s t February, 2012, was notified. ( Available and downloadable from the website of this Department – http://persmin. nic.in => OMs & Orders => Establishment).

2. In OM No.21011/1/2009-Estt (A) Part dated 2e March, 2013, the list of empanelled Hospitals in the areas other than Delhi NCR as provided by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare vide their OM No.A.17020/1/2010-MS dated 28th December, 2012, was attached.

3. The matter regarding empanelment of hospitals for the required Medical Examination was again taken up by this Department with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

4. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare vide O.M No.S.11045/36/2012-CGHS(HEC) dated 1st October, 2014 have conyed the details of fresh empanelment of private Health Care Organisations (HCO) and revision of package rates applicable under CGHS Delhi & NCR which are valid for two years. This OM dated 1st October, 2014 can be downloaded from their website www.mohfw.nic.in\eghsnew\index.asp. With this OM dated 1st October, 2014, a list of approved Private Health Care Organisation (HC0s), which are empanelled under CGHS in Delhi/NCR area, has also been enclosed.

5. In accordance with Para 3(M) of the agreement entered into by the Ministry of Health & FW with these Hospitals (copy enclosed with their above mentioned O.M No.S.11045/36/2012- CGHS(HEC) dated 1st October, 2014), it has been made obligatory for these Hospitals to conduct Annual Medical Examination as per the prescribed format and approved rates .The agreement has provided that these empanelled Hospitals shall agree for conducting all investigations/diagnostic tests/consultation etc. of the Central Civil Service Group “A” officer of above 40 years of age and other categories of CGHS beneficiaries as specified by Government from time to time as per the prescribed protocol, subject to the condition that the hospital shall not charge more than Rs.2000/- for conducting the prescribed medical examination of the male officers and Rs.2200/- for female officers of Central Government who come to the hospital/institution with the requisite permission letter from their Department/Ministry/ Competent Authority. Accordingly, Group “A” officers of Central Civil Services/Posts of age of 40 years and above can have the required Annual Medical Examination conducted by the Hospitals listed with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare’s above referred No.S.11045/36/2012-CGHS(HEC) dated 1sst October, 2014 referred in para 4 above.

6. In non-CGHS areas, the number of hospitals empanelled under CS (MA) Rules, 1944 being relatively lower ,the different departments/offices may identify one or more hospital locally and refer their Group ‘A’ officers to such hospital for annual medical examination as per the prescribed schedule and rate i.e. Rs. 2000/- for men and Rs. 2200/- for women officers. State Government hospitals or semi-Govt./Public Sector Undertaking’s(PSU) hospitals may also be contacted for the purpose accordingly.
(Prem Chand)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Source/View/Download: www.persmin.nic.in

Election Holidays 2015 – Closing of Central Government Offices in connection with general elections to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2015: DoPT Order

Election Holidays 2015 – Closing of Central Government Offices in connection with general elections to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2015: DoPT Order

F.No. 12/7/2014-JCA2
Government of India,
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 19th January, 2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Closing of Central Government Offices in connection with general elections to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2015.

The undersigned is directed to say that in connection with the general election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, to be held on 7th February, 2015, the following guidelines, already issued by DOPT vide OM No. 12/ 14/99-JCA dated 1oth October 2001, have to be followed for closing of the Central Government Offices including Industrial Establishments in NCT of Delhi.

(i) The relevant offices / organizations shall remain closed in the notified areas where general elections to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, scheduled to be conducted.

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

2. The above instructions may be brought to the notice of all concerned.
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(K. Kipgen)
Director (JCA)
Source document : www.persmin.gov.in

Joint Memorandum including DA Merger and 5 Lakh IT Exemption

Central Trade Unions submits Joint Memorandum including DA Merger and 5 Lakh IT Exemption to Finance Minister
CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS SUBMITS JOINT MEMORANDUM TO FINANCE MINISTER
17th January 2015
The Hon’ble Minister of Finance, Govt. of India,
North Block, New Delhi

Dear Sir,
We thank you for inviting the central trade unions representing the working people in the country in both organized and unorganized sector for this pre-budget consultation.

In the previous pre-budget consultation meeting with you held on 6th June 2014, we urged upon you to please consider a directional change in the economic policy regime from that pursued during the previous government which, you have also admitted, had landed the country’s economy in a bad situation. In fact, we had articulated our views and proposals on that premise. But we like to submit candidly that our proposals did not receive a positive response and the economic policies followed the same trajectory and made situation worse for the mass of the people during the intervening period.

Sir, the Mid Term Economic Analysis (2014-15) by Govt of India itself admitted that for the period under review despite increase in GDP growth rate, and a much bigger increase in profit of the corporate sector and big business lobby, the wages for the working people who actually create the GDP in both rural and urban areas plunged on the average. Overall standard of living of people deteriorated and unemployment situation in the country has not improved in the least. Much more jobs were lost owing to closure/lockout, retrenchment than created during the intervening period. And in the midst of such situation, the Govt has already decided to cut already budgeted expenditure in the social sector such as MNREGA, Health, Education etc which we strongly deplore. Such a phenomenon warranted serious reconsideration on directional change in the economic policy regime and we again urge you for the same.

We express our serious concern and dismay over the manner the Govt have been pushing various major economic policy related decisions through promulgation of Ordinances. At least eight Ordinances were promulgated during last eight months of the new Govt. We record our determined opposition to such practice of Ordinance route of governance. In particular we also oppose the Ordinance on coal sector, insurance sector and on Land Acquisition Act and want you to please take note of the rousing opposition and struggles by the workers and the farmers against such disastrous exercises. We demand all such Ordinances should be withdrawn forthwith.

We wish that our candid observations, considered views and concrete proposals are taken in the justify spirit and responded with all seriousness and given appropriate reflections in the ensuing budget 2014-15.
Our proposals:

Some of these specific proposals have time and again been placed by us in various policy making fora including the earlier pre-budget consultations. However, we would like to reiterate them, urging your positive response:

Take effective measures to arrest the spiraling price rise and to contain inflation; Ban speculative forward trading in commodities; Universalise and strengthen the Public Distribution System; Ensure proper check on hoarding; Rationalise, with a view to reduce the burden on people, the tax/duty/cess on petroleum products.
There must be massive investment in the infrastructure in order to stimulate the economy for job creation. The Mid Term Economic Analysis(2014-15) published by Govt of India has clearly mentioned about the failure of the PPP experiments in infrastructure development and opined for public investment. It is our considered view that the Public sector should take the leading role in this regard. The plan & non-plan expenditure should be increased in the budget to stimulate jobs creation and guarantee consistent income to people.

Minimum wage linked to Consumer Price Index must be guaranteed to all workers, taking into consideration the recommendations of the 15th Indian Labour Conference as enriched by Apex Court of the country as reiterated in 44th ILC in 2012. In any case, it should not be less than Rs.15,000/- p.m.

FDI should not be allowed in crucial sectors like defence production, telecommunications, Railways, financial sector, retail trade, education, health and media.

The public sector units played a crucial role during the year of severe contraction of private capital investment immediately following the outbreak of global financial crisis. PSUs should be strengthened and expanded. Disinvestment of shares of profit making public sector units should be stopped forthwith. Budgetary support should be given for revival of potentially viable Sick CPSUs
In view of huge joblosses and mounting unemployment problem, the ban on recruitment in Govt. deptts, PSUs and autonomous institutions (including recent Finance Ministry’s instruction to abolish those posts not filled for one year) should be lifted as recommended by 43rdSession of Indian Labour Conference.
Condition of surrender of posts in govt. departments and PSUs should be scrapped and new posts be created keeping in view the new work and increased workload.

Proper allocation of funds be made for interim relief of 20% and 100% DA merge with basic pay and allowances including neutralization percentage be paid on merged DA in view of 7th CPC to all Govt. employees. Similarly, 100% DA of PSU employees be also merged with basic pay.

The scope of MGNREGA be extended to agriculture operations and urban areas as well and employment for minimum period of 200 days with guaranteed statutory wage be provided, as unanimously recommended by 43rd Session of Indian Labour Conference. The drastic cut already inflicted on the MNREGA allocation should be restored.

The massive workforce engaged in ICDS, Mid-day meal scheme, Vidya volunteers, Guest Teachers, Siksha Mitra, the workers engaged in the Accredited Social Health Activities (ASHA) and other schemes be regularized. No to privatization of centrally funded schemes. Universalisation of ICDS be done as per Supreme Court directions by making adequate budgetary allocations.

Steps be taken for removal of all restrictive provisions based on poverty line in respect of eligibility coverage of the schemes under the Unorganised Workers Social Security Act 2008 and allocation of adequate resources for the National Fund for Unorganised Workers to provide for Social Security to all unorganized workers including the contract/casual and migrant workers in line with the recommendations of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour and also the 43rd Session of Indian Labour Conference.

Remunerative Prices should be ensured for the agricultural produce and Govt. investment public investment in agriculture sector must be substantially augmented as a proportion of GDP and total budgetary expenditure. It should also be ensured that benefits of the increase reach the small, marginal and medium cultivators only;

Budgetary provision should be made for providing essential services including housing, public transport, sanitation, water, schools, crèche health care etc. to workers in the new emerging industrial areas. Working women’s hostels should be set up where there is a concentration of women workers.
Requisite budgetary support for addressing crisis in traditional sectors like Jute, Textiles, Plantation, Handloom, Carpet and Coir etc.

Budgetary provision for elementary education should be increased, particularly in the context of the implementation of the ‘justify to Education’ as this is the most effective tool to combat child labour.
The system of computation of Consumer Price Index should be reviewed as the present index is causing heavy financial loss to the workers.

Income Tax exemption ceiling for the salaried persons should be raised to Rs.5 lakh per annum
and fringe benefits like housing, medical and educational facilities and running allowances, Railways Running Staff and a staff in other deptts should be exempted from the income tax net in totality.
Threshold limit of 20 employees in EPF Scheme be brought down to 10 as recommended by CBT-EPF. Pension benefits under EPS unilaterally withdrawn by the Govt. should be restored. Govt. and Employers contribution be increased to allow sustainability of Employees Pension Scheme and for provision of minimum pension of Rs.3000/- p.m.

New Pension Scheme be withdrawn and newly recruited employees of central and state govts on or after 1.1.2004 be covered under Old Pension Scheme;

Demand for Dearness Allowance merger by Central Govt. and PSUs employees be accepted and adequate allocation of fund for this be made in the budget;

All interests and social security of the domestic workers to be statutorily protected on the lines of the ILO Convention on domestic workers.

The Cess Management of the construction workers is the responsibility of the Finance Ministry under the Act and the several irregularities found in collection of cess be rectified as well as their proper utilization must be ensured.

In regard to resource mobilization, we would like to emphasize the following:

A progressive taxation system should be put in place to ensure taxing the rich and the affluent sections who have the capacity to pay at a higher degree. The corporate service sector, traders, wholesale business, private hospitals and institutions etc. should be brought under broader and higher tax net. Increase taxes on luxury goods and reduce indirect taxes on essential commodities as at present the overwhelming majority of the populations are subjected to Indirect taxes that constitute 86% of the revenue.

Concrete steps must be taken to recover huge accumulated unpaid tax arrears which has already crossed more than Rs.5 lakh crore on direct and corporate tax account alone, and has been increasing at a geometric proportion. Such huge tax-evasion over and above the liberal tax concessions already given in the last two budgets should not be allowed to continue.

The SIT constituted for unearthing black money must deliver visible result which is yet to be seen. Effective measures should be taken to unearth huge accumulation of black money in the economy including the huge unaccounted money in tax heavens abroad and within the country. Finance Minister should make provisions to bring back the illicit flows from India which are at present more than twice the current external debt of US $ 230 billion. This money should be directed towards providing social security.
Concrete measures be expedited for recovering the NPAs of the banking system which is on the increasing trend again from the willfully defaulting corporate and business houses. By making provision in Banking Regulations Act, CMDs and Executives to be made accountable for creation of NPAs.
Tax on Long term capital gains to be introduced; so also higher taxes on the security transactions to be levied.

The rate of wealth tax, corporate tax, gift tax etc. to be expanded and enhanced.

ITES, outsourcing sector, Educational Institutions and Health Services etc. run on commercial basis should be brought under Service Tax net. Govt.

Small saving instruments under postal and other agencies be encouraged by incentivizing commission agents of these scheme

OUR SERIOUS CONCERN:

We would like to express our strong resentment that the previous Govt. failed to positively respond to the collective voice of the Central Trade Unions on the very important issues concerning the working people of India, both organized and unorganized, consistently repeated in the form of a ‘10 point charter’ backed by several collective nationwide programmes. We expect that this Govt. will take initiative to discuss these issues with the Central Trade Unions in order to find a solution.

We also express our opposition to the so called Banking Reforms encouraging private sector/capitalists banking at the cost of public sector banks which saved the economy to an extent during the last global financial meltdown. We also oppose increase in limit of FDI and disinvestment of equity in insurance sector and FDI in pension. We strongly oppose the FDI in Defence and Retail Sector. Several such measures against the working men and women in this country including anti workers proposals contained in the New Manufacturing Policy have our strong opposition, as in our experience these kinds of measures have helped the growth of only a small section of the capitalists while the larger sections of the working population continue to be marginalized and impoverished.

We also oppose the hectic measures of changing labour laws in the name of labour reform both by the central and the state governments which are basically aimed at legitimizing ongoing widespread violations by the employers’ class and also throw out overwhelming majority of the workforce of the purview of the labour laws themselves at the total mercy of the employers.

POST BUDGET MEETING WITH TRADE UNIONS

Successive Finance Ministers have agreed to hold post budget meetings / consultations with the central trade unions. However, it has not been materialized except for one occasion. We understand such meetings did take place with the Corporate Associations/Employers Federations. We would like to importunate upon you to arrange such post budget meeting with trade unions also.
With regards,
Yours sincerely,
Brijesh Upadhyay-BMS S Q Jama- INTUC, Harbhajan Singh Sidhu-HMS, D L Sachdeva-AITUC
Tapan Sen-CITU, R K Sharma-AIUTUC,  S P Tewari-TUCC,  Monali-SEWA,  Santosh Roy-AICCTU
Ashok Ghosh-UCTU, Shanmugan-LPF
Source: http://aiamshq.blogspot.in/

One Rank One Pension – IESM announces Maha Rally on 1.2.2015 at Jantar Mantar

One Rank One Pension – IESM announces Maha Rally on 1.2.2015 at Jantar Mantar

Message from RDOA is reproduced below:

AGITATION ON 01 FEB 2015
‘Retired Defence Officers’ Association is against the agitation proposed by IESM on 01 Feb 2015 and will not participate in it.
 President/Secretary, RDOA

09871351203, 09818039172

Source: RDOA Blog

Finmin Orders Jan 2015 – Foreign tours, Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG and Sukanya Samridhhi Account

Finmin Orders Jan 2015 – Foreign tours, Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG and Sukanya Samridhhi Account

The Finance Ministry has issued some important orders today on its portal, the same is reproduced and given below for your kind information…

1. Foreign tours/travels as part of Training Programmes — approval of Screening Committee of Secretaries (SCOS).

2. Direct Benefit Transfer / Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG (DBTL) — payment of Commission to Banks.

3. Launch of scheme for Girl Child named “Sukanya Samridhhi Account’ by Hon’ble Prime Minister

No. 7(1)IE.Coord/2014
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi
25th November 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Foreign tours/travels as part of Training Programmes — approval of Screening Committee of Secretaries (SCOS).

Instructions have been issued by this Department from time to time on the need to curtail expenditure on foreign travel. In recent months it has been observed that Ministries/Departments have been proposing Foreign Study Tours (FSTs) of large delegations of officers as a part of training programmes. In keeping with the Government’s drive on economy and rationalization of expenditure and to have an objective assessment of such FSTs, it has been decided that prior approval of the Screening Committee of Secretaries would be required for all FSTs of delegations exceeding 5 members (irrespective of level/rank of officers), where Government of India is funding such tours and which are part of career training programme(s)
or stand alone tours or otherwise.

2. This has the approval of Cabinet Secretary.
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(N. Radhakrishnan)
Director(E.Coord)

Direct Benefit Transfer / Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG (DBTL) — payment of Commission to Banks
F.No.32 (07)/PF-II/2011(VoI.II)
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
(PF-II Division)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: the 16th of January, 2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Direct Benefit Transfer / Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG (DBTL) — payment of Commission to Banks.

The issues relating to the payment of appropriate commission with respect to payments made under the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT)/Direct Benefit Transfer in LPG (DBTL) schemes of the Government have been under active consideration of the Government for some time. The matter has been examined in detail, and in supersession of earlier OMs issued in this regard, it has been decided that:

(i) For urban based DBT schemes like DBTL, the transaction cost may be paid at the NEFT rate as per the extant RBI circular or the APB rate as per the extant NPCI circular (as applicable). The ‘on us and “off-us distinction, wherever it exists, should be maintained on the basis of actuals.

(ii) For rural based DBT schemes like pensions, NREGA, pre-matric scholarship, maternity benefits etc. where a large number of transactions are likely to be through the Banking Correspondents, the transaction charges may be paid @ 1% subject to an upper limit of Rs.10 per transaction, in addition to what is required to be paid vide (I) above.

(iii) The transaction cost may be paid at the time of credit of benefit transfer into the accounts of beneficiaries from the same budget line from which the respective scheme funds / benefits are being transferred.

(iv) This OM will come into immediate effect and may be reviewed from time to time.

2. This issues with the approval of the Finance Minister.
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(Chittaranj Dash)
Director (PF. II)
Launch of scheme for Girl Child named “Sukanya Samridhhi Account’ by Hon’ble Prime Minister — rate of interest reg.
IMMEDIATE
F. No.2/3/2014.NS-II
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Departnìent of Economic Affairs

236, North Block, New Delhi-110001
Dated the 20th January, 2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Launch of scheme for Girl Child named “Sukanya Samridhhi Account’ by Hon’ble Prime Minister — rate of interest reg.

In compliance of announcement by Finance Minister in his Budget Speech 2014-15 the Government of India has introduced a new scheme named “Sukanya Samriddhi Account” vide Notification No.GSR No.863 (E) dated 2nd December, 2014. It has been decided to allow 9.1% rate of interest on investments in the scheme during the financial year 2014-15.

This has the approval of Union Finance Minister.
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Under Secretary to the Govt of India

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Dopt issued guidelines on prescribing Educational Qualifications and experience for recruitment of various post

Dopt issued guidelines on prescribing Educational Qualifications and experience for recruitment of various post

Guidelines on prescribing Educational Qualifications and requisite experience in respect of various posts, Pay Band & Grade Pay/ Pay Scale for appointment by Direct Recruitment

No.AB.14017/ 27/20 14-Estt.(RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel P.G.& Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 20.1.2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: – Guidelines for Educational Qualifications and experience for framing/amendment of Recruitment Rules.

Department of Personnel & Training vide 0M. No. AB. 14017/48/2010- Estt (RR) dated 31st December, 2010 have issued Guidelines on framing/amendment/relaxation of Recruitment Rules and Service Rules.

2. In continuation to the above, the following Guidelines on prescribing Educational Qualifications and requisite experience in respect of various posts, Pay Band & Grade Pay/ Pay Scale for appointment by Direct Recruitment or deputation depending upon the nature of functions and duties are being issued. These Guidelines may be adopted by the Ministries/ Departments as guide while framing Recruitment Rules for various posts. A draft OM to this effect is annexed herewith.

3. Ministries/ Departments are, therefore, requested to offer their comments on the proposed O.M positively by 20.2.2015
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(Mukta Goel)
Director (E-I)
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