Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Dearness Allowance: Centre to survey spending patters of working class to finalise CPI numbers

Dearness Allowance: Centre to survey spending patters of working class to finalise CPI numbers.

Centre to survey spending patterns of working class

In a bid to understand the spending patterns and living conditions of working class, the Centre has decided to conduct a survey of workers’ family income and expenditure.

The survey, which will be conducted by the National Sample Survey Organisation, a Government of India body, will be used to finalise consumer price index (CPI) numbers for the working class. The CPI is the base for deciding dearness allowances (DA) of the working class.

“The Working Class Family Income and Exemption Survey-2015 will cover workers engaged in seven organised sectors of employment-registered factories, mines, plantations, ports & docks, public motor transport undertakings, electricity generating and distributing establishments, and railways,” an official from NSSO told Deccan Herald.

The survey will be conducted in 88 centres spreading across 28 states and union territories including Delhi, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. The survey will be conducted in eight places in Karnataka — Bengaluru, Belagavi, Chikkamagaluru, Davangere-Harihar, Hubballi-Dharwad, Kodagu, Mysuru and Mangaluru.

Read more at: Deccan Herald

Railways to rationalise staff strength

Railways to rationalise staff strength

New Delhi: Railways has undertaken an exercise to rationalize the number of employees working in the state transporter and shortlisted four human resource audit companies for the task.

An HR audit company would be identified and entrusted with the task of studying the entire gazetted staff strength, said Railway Board Member (Staff) Pradeep Kumar here today.

Four companies shortlisted for this purpose are Earnst and Young, Deloitte, Price cooper waterhouse and KPMG.

The HR company will examine the Railways’ manpower given the technological development/changes in operational and maintenance practices and determine the optimal level of the staff strength in the coming years, Kumar said.

Currently railways employees 13.36 lakh gazetted and non-gazetted workers.
“We will also hire a reputed consultant to examine the strength in non-gazetted section to study the system and requirement and see if there is any extra flab,” he said.

The Railways will also take into account the international benchmarks before deciding on the issue, the Member (Staff) said.

On the Debroy Committee’s recommendation that railways should not involve in other activities such as running schools, hospitals and RPF, Kumar said “The committee has just given its report and we have to examine it.”

However, he added “there has to be a system to keep railways and its employees in good health. Eventually, to run the Railway system there has to be some agencies to do the job.”
Railways has also taken steps to conduct all examinations online as a fool-proof measures against malpractices.

He said as a major IT initiative, online applications were introduced in two recent exams for the posts of Senior Section Engineers and Junior Engineers (SSEs/JEs) and Para-Medical categories respectively to bring transparency and certainty into recruitment process.

As per the new system, the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) candidates can keep the question booklets. A pilot project of uploading of answer keys and cut-off marks was initiated in 2014-15, he said.
In the railway recruitment drive during 2014-15, examinations were conducted for 48,822 vacancies in 284 categories.


Revision of time limit for submission of final claims reimbursement of medical expenses under CS(MA) rules, 1944 – regarding.

No. S. 14025/19/2015-MS
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Nirman Bhagavan, New Delhi
Dated : 27th May, 2015.

Subject: Revision of time limit for submission of final claims reimbursement of medical expenses under CS(MA) rules, 1944 – regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to OM No. F. 29-40/68-MA dated 15.10.1968 in which it was laid down that submission of final claims for reimbursement of medical expenses of Central Government servants in respect of a particular spell of illness should ordinarily be preferred within 3 months from the date of completion of treatment.

2. A representation was received from National Council (Staff Side) to extend the time limit for submission of such medical bills from 3 months to 6 months. The matter was examined in the Ministry and it has been decided that the period of 3 month s for submission of medical claims be revised to 6 months. Henceforth, only the cases in which the bills are submitted after 6 months from the date of completion of medical treatment/discharge of the patient from the hospital are required to be taken up for condonation. The power of condonation of such delays and other terms and conditions would be same as enumerated in the OM No.S.14025/8/99/-MS dated 25.05.1999.

3. The issue with the approval of the competent authority.
(Sunil Kumar Gupta)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
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Pay Commission report to be filed by late June

Pay Commission report to be filed by late June

Even as tenure of the State Pay Commission is drawing to a close on June 30, the Commission is keeping itself on its toes to submit the report in time. The date has not been finalised yet in view of the impending by-election in Aruvikkara.

Since the Commission, headed by Justice C.N. Ramachandran Nair, was unable to take decisions on certain crucial issues, the report carries only recommendations on pay scale and pension of the employees.

The members of the commission had earlier sought to extend the deadline to include recommendations covering all the issues. However, the Justice Ramachandran, and other members of the Commission, K.V. Thomas and T.V. George reached a consensus to file the report in time.

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