Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Menstruation Benefits to Central Government Women Employees


Menstruation Benefits to Central Government Women Employees

There is no such proposal for grant of any menstrual leave or introduction of any legislation in this regard. However, under the centrally sponsored scheme of Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), activities such as adolescent health awareness programme for girls, provision of separate toilet blocks for girls as part of schools and installation of incinerator machine and sanitary napkin & vending machine for girls at schools and girl’s hostels are undertaken for general hygiene management. National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has developed syllabus on health and physical education for classes I-XII as a follow up of National Curriculum Framework, 2005, which provides adequate space for menstrual hygiene.

Ministry of Health and family Welfare is implementing the scheme for Promotion of Menstrual Hygiene for Adolescent Girls residing primarily in rural areas of the country. Adolescent girls are provided with sanitary napkins at subsidized rates by Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA’s) within the community and through the platform of Government and Government aided school. Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has also developed National Guidelines on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) which aims to support all adolescent girls and women.

The above information was given by Union Minister of State for Women and Child Development Dr.Virendra Kumar in a written reply in Lok Sabha on 9.2.2018.

Age Limit for National Pension System (NPS)


Age Limit for National Pension System (NPS)

Vide PFRDA (Exits and Withdrawals from National Pension System) Second Amendment Regulations, 2017, dated 6th October, 2017, the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has permitted any Indian citizen who is in the age group of 18-65 years to join the National Pension System (NPS) on voluntary basis. As informed by PFRDA, a total of 1056 persons between the ages of 60-65 years have joined up to 31st January, 2018.

IBA Invites UFBU for Negotiations on Wage Revision fixed on 21.2.2018


IBA Invites UFBU for Negotiations on Wage Revision fixed on 21.2.2018
Date:09.02.2018
Central Office:
R-8/38 Raj Nagar
Ghaziabad (U.P.)
Camp Office:
Punjab National Bank
Preet Vihar, Delhi-92
Ph. /Fax No: 0120-4136800 Mobile (G.S.): 9818562336
E-mail: aipnbsf@yahoo.co.in Website: www.aipnbsf.org
Circular No. 2/2018

TO ALL MEMBERS

Dear Comrades.
• UFBU MEETING HELD ON 6TH FEBRUARY 2018
• UFBU DECIDES ALL INDIA STRIKE ON 15TH MARCH 2018
• IBA INVITES UFBU FOR NEGOTIATIONS ON 21ST FEBRUARY 2018

We reproduce hereunder the Circular No. UFBU/2018/01 Dated the 9th February 2018 issued by Com. Sanjeev K. Bandlish, Convenor, United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), for information of all affiliates and members.

With revolutionary greetings,
Yours Comradely,
(R. K. SHARMA)
GENERAL SECRETARY

In the background of virtual silence on the part of IBA to hold negotiations with UFBU on our current demands for revision of wages and services conditions, a meeting of UFBU was held at Mumbai on the 6th February 2018.

Delay in wage revision: The meeting was concerned to note that for the past three months, IBA has not held any meeting with us on our demands for wage revision despite assuring us in the meeting held in October, 2017 that shortly another meeting would be held when the IBA would make their offer. So far, there has been no response. Department of Financial Services of Government of India has also been communicating to all the Banks and IBA to conclude the settlement without delay. Even this has been ignored. Regrettably, when we took up the matter with the Government to intervene to expedite the settlement, there was no response. Hence, it was decided after due deliberations that agitational programmes including strike actions have to be resorted to.

Strike call: Accordingly, it was decided to give the call for All India Strike on the 15th March 2018 preceded by other protest programmes like deputation to Chairperson IBA, demonstrations, mass rallies, Badge wearing, Dharna, etc.

IBA invites UFBU for Talks: After our taking the decision on the 6th February 2018, we have been informed by the IBA vide their letter dated the 7th February 2018 that the next round of negotiations on our demands for wage revision has been fixed for the 21st February 2018.

In view of this, we shall take part in the negotiations on 21.02.2018 to impress upon the IBA to expedite the settlement. Looking to their response in the meeting on 21st February 2018, UFBU will meet immediately thereafter and take the decision about our agitational programme and strike call.

Continued attacks on Banking Sector - Mass signature Campaign : Further to our successful protest strike on 22.08.2017 and the massive Morcha to Parliament on 15.09.2017, it was decided to undertake mass signature campaign in the Petition to Speaker of Lok Sabha to seek the support of the people to our demands. Already the draft Mass Petition has been circulated to units. The meeting observed that the units are in the process of collecting signatures from the general public and the response is encouraging.

It was decided to complete the campaign by the end of March 2018 so that the Mass Petitions can be handed over to the Speaker of Lok Sabha in the first week of April, 2018 before the conclusion of the current Budget Session.

Source: http://aipnbsf.org

Circular inviting nominations of officers from Indian Administrative Service and Group 'A' Services for posts under Central Staffing Scheme and for the posts of Chief Vigilance Officers for the year 2018


Circular inviting nominations of officers from Indian Administrative Service and Group 'A' Services for posts under Central Staffing Scheme and for the posts of Chief Vigilance Officers for the year 2018
F.No. 32/2018-EO (MM.II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi.
Dated the 12.02.2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Sub: Circular inviting nominations of officers from Indian Administrative Service and Group 'A' Services for posts under Central Staffing Scheme and for the posts of Chief Vigilance Officers for the year 2018 - reg

In continuation of this Department's D.O. letters of even number and No. 33/2017- EO(MM-II both dated 11.12.2017, the undersigned is directed to say that while forwarding the application of officers applying for both CSS and CVO posts, Cadre Controlling Authorities may provide a set of attested copies of the APAR for the last five years along with the original APAR  dossier of the applicant.

(J.Srinivasan)
Director (MM)
Source: DoPT

DoPT: Inviting proposals from Institutions for One Week In-service Training (IST) programme during 2018-19


DoPT: Inviting proposals from Institutions for One Week In-service Training (IST) programme during 2018-19
No.12017/01/2018-TNP(S)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
[Training Division]
Block-4, Old JNU Campus
New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi-67
Dated: February 13,2018
To,
The Training Institutions (To be uploaded on DoPT's website)

Sub: One Week In-service Training (IST) programme for Officers of All India Service (IAS, IPS & IFoS), officers working under the Central Staffing Scheme, officers of Central Secretariat Service (CSS) and officers of Central Secretariat Stenographer Service (CSSS) (DS/Sr.PPS and above level): Inviting proposals from Institutions for In-Service Training during 2018-19.

Sir/Madam,
In continuation of this Department's circular of even number, dated January 9, 2018, I am directed to intimate that the last date for receipt of proposals from the training institutions for the above mentioned programme has been extended to March 10,2018 instead of February 9,2018, as notified earlier.

2. All training institutes willing to conduct the above mentioned training programme are requested to send their proposals to DoPT, Training Division on or before March 10,2018.

3. The copy of the earlier circular dated January 9,2018 giving all the details of the programme is enclosed for ready reference. This circular can also be downloaded from DoPT's website. [http://dopt.gov.in/--About Us ---Circulars]

4. Those institutions which have already applied to DoPT in response to its circular of even number dated January 9,2018 need not apply in response to this circular.
(Biswajit Banerjee)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Source: DoPT

Government of India makes Amendments in Small Savings Act

Small-Savings-Act


Ministry of Finance
Government of India makes Amendments in Small Savings Act

Proposes merger of Government Savings Certificates Act, 1959 and Public Provident Fund Act, 1968 with the Government Savings Banks Act, 1873;

All existing protections have been retained while consolidating PPF Act under the proposed Government Savings Promotion Act.​ ​

Posted On: 13 FEB 2018
The Government gives highest priority to the interest of small savers, especially savings for the benefit of girl child, the senior citizens and the regular savers who form the backbone of our country’s savings architecture. In order to remove existing ambiguities due to multiple Acts and rules for Small Saving Schemes and further strengthen the objective of "Minimum Government, Maximum Governance", Government of India has proposed merger of Government Savings Certificates Act, 1959 and Public Provident Fund Act, 1968 with the Government Savings Banks Act, 1873. With a single act, relevant provisions of the Government Savings Certificates (NSC) Act, 1959 and the Public Provident Fund Act, 1968 would stand subsumed in the new amended Act without compromising on any of the functional provision of the existing Act.

 All existing protections have been retained while consolidating PPF Act under the proposed Government Savings Promotion Act. No existing benefits to depositors are proposed to be taken away through this process. The main objective in proposing a common Act is to make implementation easier for the depositors as they need not go through different rules and Acts for understanding the provision of various small saving schemes, and also to introduce certain flexibilities for the investors.

However, concerns have been raised from different corners and also by print and social media that the Government aims to bring down the protection against the attachment of Public Provident Fund Account under any decree or order of any court in respect of any debt or liability incurred by the depositors. It is made clear that there is no proposal to withdraw the said provision and the existing and future depositors will continue to enjoy protection from the attachment under the amended umbrella Act as well.

Apart from ensuring existing benefits, certain new benefits to the depositors have been proposed under the bill. These are:
  • As per PPF Act, the PPF account can’t be closed prematurely before completion of five financial years. If depositor wants to close PPF account before five years in exigencies, he can’t close the account. To make provisions for premature closure easier in respect of all schemes, provisions could now be made through specific scheme notification. The benefits of premature closure of Small Savings Schemes may now be introduced to deal with medical emergencies, higher education needs, etc.
  • Investment in Small Savings Schemes can be made by Guardian on behalf of minor(s) under the provisions made in the proposed bill Guardian may also be given associated rights and responsibilities.
  • There was no clear provision earlier regarding deposit by minors in the existing Acts. The provision has been made now to promote culture of savings among children.
  • There were no clear provisions in all the three Acts for the operation of accounts in the name of physically infirm and differently abled persons. Provisions in this regard have now been made.
  • As per existing provisions of the Acts, if depositor dies and nomination exists, the outstanding balances will be paid to nominee(s). Whereas, Hon’ble Supreme Court in its judgement stated that nominee(s) is merely empowered to collect the amounts as Trustee for the benefit of legal heirs. It was creating disputes between the provisions of the Acts and verdict of Supreme Court. Hence, right of nominees have now been more clearly defined.
  • In the existing Acts, there is no provision for nomination with regard to account opened in the name of minor. Further, existing Acts say that if account holder dies and there is no nomination and amount is more than prescribed limit, the amount shall be paid to legal heirs.  In this case, the guardian has to obtain succession certificate. To remove this inconvenience, provisions for nomination with regard to account opened in the name of minors have been incorporated. Further the provision has been made that if the minor dies and there is no nomination, the balances shall be paid to guardian.
  • The existing Acts are silent about grievance redressal. The amended Act allows the Government to put in place mechanism for redressal of grievances and for amicable and expeditious settlement of disputes relating to Small Savings.
  • The above provisions which are proposed to be incorporated in the amended Act will add to the flexibility in operation of the Account under Small Savings Schemes.

Apart from offering higher interest rates compared to bank deposits, some of the small savings schemes also enjoy income tax benefits. No change in interest rate or tax policy on small savings scheme is being made through this amendment.


Apprehension that certain Small Savings Schemes would be closed is also without basis.

PIB

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