Thursday, 16 March 2017

No proposal to raise age limit for single women in central government jobs: Centre

No proposal to raise age limit for single women in central government jobs: Centre


New Delhi: There is no proposal with the central government to increase the maximum age limit for single unmarried women to 25 years for government jobs, Rajya Sabha was informed today.

In a written reply, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Jitendra Singh said a provision for relaxation of age up to 35 years (up to 40 years for the members of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) for the widows, divorced and women judicially separated from from their husbands already exists for group "C" jobs.

"No proposal for raising the maximum age limit for single unmarried women to 35 years is under consideration in the Department of Personnel and Training," the Minister said.


GST council clears state GST laws, likely to roll out by July 1

GST council clears state GST laws, likely to roll out by July 1

GST council clears state GST laws

New Delhi: GST council moved yet another step closer to implement the country's biggest tax reform possibly from July after the Centre and states agreed on a draft law that will enable states and union territories to impose the Goods and Services Tax (GST), all the five enabling draft bills stand approved to enable a likely rollout of the new indirect tax regime.

The panel, headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and comprising representatives of all States, at its last meeting approved the final draft of Central GST (C-GST) and Integrated GST (I-GST) laws.

The GST?council also agreeing on capping the cess on sin (tobacco products) and luxury goods has been capped at 15 per cent, Jaitley said after the meeting.

"Capping of cess has been done. These are not actual, but, ceiling is kept higher to give a marginal headspace," he said.

"The supporting GST laws will now be taken to the Cabinet and then to Parliament for approval," he said.

Jaitley also said the government was hopeful that GST could be "tentatively" implemented from July.

The GST Council would meet on March 31 for framing of rules for Goods and Service Tax regime, Jaitley said, adding that tax rates for various goods and services would be taken up after framing of rules.

After March 31, the Council will take up the exercise of fitment of various commodities in the GST tax slabs - 5 %, 12%, 15%  and 28%, he added.

The officials have already started the fitment process, which will be put up for discussion and approval before the Council.

Press Statement regarding Nationwide One Day Strike today (16.3.2017) - Confederation

Press Statement regarding Nationwide One Day Strike today (16.3.2017) - Confederation

A press statement regarding Nationwide One Day Strike today (16.3.2017) published by the General Secretary of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers.

Dated 16th March 2017

About thirteen (13) lakhs Central Government employees went on nationwide one day strike today (16.03.2017) as per the call of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers. The Strike was organized to protest against the betrayal of the Group of Cabinet Ministers of NDA Government by not honoring the assurances given to the National Joint Council of Action on 30th June 2016. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitely and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has assured that a High Level Committee will be appointed to negotiate and settle the issues arising out of 7th Pay Commission inducing increase in Minimum pay, Fitment formula, Allowances etc. within a period of four months. Based on this assurance the Federations had deferred the proposed indefinite strike from 11th July 2016. Even after a lapse of eight months the assurances are not fulfilled.

Government issued orders to deal with the strike threatening imposition of break-in Service, suspension and dismissal in addition to dies-non. Employees participated in the strike defying such orders.

In Postal department about five Lakhs employees participated in the strike. INTUC Federation also jointed the strike in Postal. All RMS Offices and major post offices remained closed. Income Tax deparment the strike was total in all states as both employees and officers went on strike. Employees of Audit and Accounts department Civil Accounts, Ground Water Board, Botanical Survey Of India, Postal Accounts Survey Of India, Atomic Energy, Indian Space Research Printing and Stationery, Indian Bureau of Mines, Geological Survey of India, AGMARK, Central Government Health Scheme, Medical Stores depot, Film Institute Of India, Indian Council of Medical Research, Customs and Central Excise, Central Food Laboratory, Census, Defence Accounts and various other autonomous and scientific Research institutions participated in the nation wide strike.

 Strike was total in Kerala, West Bengal, Tamilnadu, Odisha, Telangana, Chattisgarh, Assam, North Eastern states including Tripura, Jharkhand, Karnataka and Maharashtra. 70 to 80% participation in Andhra, Punjab, Gujarat, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, 60 to 70% in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, 40 to 50% in Delhi and Rajasthan 30% in Himachal.

Solidarity demonstrations were conducted by All India State Government Employees Federation, BSNL Employees Unions, Central Pensioners organisations, All India Defence Employees Federation and many other organizations.

The National Secretariat of the Confederation thanked and Congratulated the employees who made the nationwide strike a resounding success.
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10,000 vacancies in KVs to be filled up this year: Govt

10,000 vacancies in KVs to be filled up this year: Govt

New Delhi: The government will fill up over 10,000 vacant posts in various Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) in the country this academic year, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said today.

“There are more than 10,000 vacant posts in KVs across the country. …We are going to fill up all vacant posts this academic year,” Javadekar said during Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha.

The recruitment process for filling up of 6,206 vacancies of teaching staff of KVs through direct recruitment has already been initiated and written exams were conducted in December last year, he said.

After the recruitment process is over, the recruited teachers will be posted in various KVs.

“In addition, action has also been initiated for filling up of another 4,473 posts through Limited Departmental Examination (LDE) with the recruiting agency CBSE,” he noted.

On vacant posts in KVs particulary located in Andhra Pradesh, the Minister said there are total 31 KVs functioning in the state and vacant teaching posts there were about 449.

Filling up of vacancies is a continues process and action is taken from time to time as per the provisions of the relevant recruitment rules, he added.

Replying to a supplementary query on the salary of contractual teachers, the Minister said that all three categories of teachers get the same pay scale and the government is now trying to employ permanent staff.

On opening of new KVs, the Minister said the government is trying to establish more such schools to provide quality education. The cabinet had yesterday approved opening up of 35 KVs.

The proposals for opening new KVs are considered only if sponsored by the Centre or state governments committing resources for setting up of these schools.

The Centre has received proposals for setting up of two new KVs in Prakasam district in Andhra Pradesh and they were found to be feasible, the minister added.


EPF Members to Withdraw upto 90 % Fund for Purchase of House

EPF Members to Withdraw upto 90 % Fund for Purchase of House

EPF Scheme

Government to Amend EPF Scheme, 1952 to Enable EPF Members to Withdraw upto 90 Percent Fund for Purchase of House

The Government has taken a decision for modification in the Employees’ Provident Funds (EPF) Scheme, 1952 to add a new paragraph 68 BD under which a member of Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF), being a member of a co-operative society or a housing society having at least 10 members of EPF, can withdraw upto 90 per cent from the Fund for purchase of dwelling house/flat or construction of dwelling house/acquisition of site. Monthly installments for repayments of any outstanding payments or interest may also be paid from the amount standing to the credit of the member, to the Government/housing agency/primary lending agency or banks concerned.

The total number of Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) member accounts as on 31.03.2016, as per Annual Report for 2015-16, is 17.14 crore. On an average, contributions have been received in respect of 3.76 crore members during the year 2015-16. The withdrawal facility from the Provident Fund (PF) account under the Scheme will be available to only those PF members who fulfill the conditions prescribed.

This information was given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.


Cabinet approves setting up of 50 new Kendriya Vidyalayas in the country under Civil / Defence Sector

Cabinet approves setting up of 50 new Kendriya Vidyalayas in the country under Civil / Defence Sector

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs,chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the proposal for opening of 50 new KendriyaVidyalayas (KVs) under Civil / Defence Sector in the country keeping in view the high demand for these schools for their quality of education and excellent results.

The total project cost based on KendriyaVidyalayaSangathan (KVS) norms for the proposed 50 new KVs is Rs.1160 crore.

New KVs will be opened from classes I to V for which 650 regular posts shall be created in all 50 KendriyaVidyalayas. The school grows every year with addition of one more higher class and, when the school grows upto class XII and becomes a full fledged school with two sections in each class, there shall be a requirement of about 4000 regular posts of various categories i.e., about 2900 teaching posts and about 1100 non-teaching posts. These new KVs when fully functional will provide quality education to approximately 50,000 students in addition to the approximately 12 lakh students already studying in present KVs.

The new KVs will address the educational needs of eligible students with high quality standards and will play a role of pace-setting educational institutions in the districts concerned.


The main objective of KVS is to cater to the educational needs of children of transferable Central Government employees including Defence and Para-military personnel by providing a common programme of education. There are at present 1142 functional KendriyaVidyalayas under the KVS including three abroad at Moscow, Kathmandu and Tehran.

The KendriyaVidyalayas are considered as model schools in the country in terms of physical infrastructure, teaching resources, curriculum and academic performance. KendriyaVidyalayas as pace setting schools have consistently turned out excellent academic performance as is evident from the Board Results of Class X and XII exams conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).


Amendments to All India Service (Discipline & Appeals) Rules, 1969- Guidelines regarding adherence to timelines for Departmental Proceedings

Amendments to All India Service (Discipline & Appeals) Rules, 1969- Guidelines regarding adherence to timelines for Departmental Proceedings

File No.106/7/2015-AVD.I(Part)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

New Delhi, Dated 15th March, 2017

1. The Chief Secretaries of All the State Governments / Union Territories
2. All the Cadre Controlling Authorities (as per standard list).

Subject: Amendments to All India Service (Discipline & Appeals) Rules, 1969 - Guidelines regarding adherence to timelines for Departmental Proceedings.

Dear Sir / Madam,

Reference is invited to this Department's Notification dated 20.01.2017 vide which amendments were made to the All India Service (Discipline & Appeal) Rules, 1969 by providing specific time frames for different stages of the inquiry process.

2. The salient features of the amendments are:
i. Introduction of time frame in Rule 8(5) providing the Charged Officer (CO) a period of 30 days for submission of his representation on the chargesheet served on him. The period may be extended by another 30 days by the Disciplinary Authority (DA) for reasons to be recorded in writing. Under no circumstances, the extension shall exceed 90 days from the date of receipt of the Articles of Charge.

ii. Insertion of new Sub-rule 8(25) (a), (b) & (c) whereby the Inquiring Authority should conclude the inquiry and submit his report within six months from the date of appointment. Any further extension of time would be permissible, six months at a time with the approval of the DA or any authority authorised by the DA on his behalf for reasons to be recorded in writing by Inquiring Authority.

iii. Introduction of time frame of 15 days for submission of the representation by the charged officer on the advice of UPSC regarding quantum of penalty proposed. This period can be extended by 15 days by the DA for reasons to be recorded in writing. Under no circumstances, the extension shall exceed 45 days from the date of receipt of the Articles of Charge.
3. In view of the introduction of time frames as elaborated in paragraph 2, all the State Governments / Union Territories and Cadre Controlling Authorities are advised to adopt the following measures so that the time frames can be strictly adhered to and the inquiry process can be completed expeditiously.
i. All listed documents on the basis of which the proposed disciplinary proceeding is to be initiated must be in the custody of the DA.
ii. In case disciplinary proceedings are initiated simultaneously with criminal proceedings on the same set of charges, a copy of all the documents and files should be kept in the custody of the DA prior to handing over the records, in case the said records are to be submitted in a court of law. In this regard, CVC OM No. 3(v)/99/7 dated 6 th September, 1999 may be referred to.

iii. Care may be taken to ensure that all listed documents are provided to the charged officer along with the chargesheet to enable him to submit his representation within the stipulated time.

iv. The date of serving notice on the CO seeking his representation should be duly noted and acknowledgement of the same should be retained in records as well as communicated to the Central Government in case departmental proceedings are initiated by the Central Government as well as in the departmental proceedings forwarded to the Central Government for imposition of major penalties under rule 6.

v. The chargesheet / advice of UPSC served on the CO may clearly indicate that in the absence of a Statement of Defence or comments on the advice from the CO within the stipulated time frame as mentioned in Rule 8(5) and Rule 9(5) or a request from CO for extension of time, it would be assumed that the CO has no views to offer.

vi. During the course of inquiry, where the CO seeks additional documents, the JO may decide on the relevance of the documents so sought expeditiously. The JO may be advised to procure the permitted additional documents from the custodian Department I Ministry and supply copies of documents to CO within one month. In case of delays at the level of the Department / Ministry, the same may be brought to the notice of the DA by the JO to resolve the issue
expeditiously and DA should issue a non-availability certificate with regard to the documents which are not available.

vii. The time taken during the inquiry process may be regularly monitored and a register of all pending inquiries may be maintained. The JO should be advised to complete the inquiry within six months. However, if he is unable to do so for any good and sufficient reasons, he should make a request for extension in terms of new sub-rule 8 (25) to the DA well within the stipulated time frame. Every such extension must be approved by the DA before expiry of the six months time period.

viii. As per Rule 7 of the AIS (D&A) Rules, 1969, the Competent Authority is the State Government itself to institute proceedings if the act of omission was while the CO was serving in connection with the affairs of a State Government. Hence, the DA for granting extension for submitting the representation by the CO on the chargesheet [Rule 5 (b)] as well as extension of the inquiry for a further period of six months at a time [Rule 8 (25) (a)] is the State Government in all such cases.

ix. As per Rule 8 (22) (a) where a State Government on completion of the inquiry is of the opinion that a major penalty under Rule 6 is to be imposed on the member of service, the records are forwarded to the Central Government for imposition of the major penalties under Rule 6. In such cases, the Competent Authority for granting extension to the CO for submitting his representation on the advice of UPSC will be the Central Government.

x. The DA may authorise any authority subordinate to him to grant extension of time period as elaborated in paragraph 2 above on his behalf.

xi. The CCA / State Governments should appoint a Nodal Officer of the rank of Under Secretary, Government of India / UTs with contact details (mobile / e-mail / fax) for effective coordination between the Central and the State Governments.
Yours faithfully,
(Kavitha P manabhan)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
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