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Saturday, 30 April 2016

Parliamentary committee recommends 100% salary hike for MPs

A parliamentary committee headed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament (MP) Yogi Adityanath has recommended a 100 percent increase in the salaries and other allowances of MPs.

The proposal recommends salaries of MPs to be increased to Rs. 1 lakh from the current Rs. 50,000 a month, and the monthly constituency allowance to be raised from Rs. 45,000 to Rs. 90,000. The total compensation package of an MP is expected to double to Rs. 2,80,000, according to NDTV.


MPs from various parties have come together to endorse the recommendation for increase in salaries. They have said that they deserve the hike — recommended before the report of the seventh pay commission that would increase salaries of government employees is implemented this summer — for their "good conduct."

"The terminology of 'salary' for MPs is completely misleading and erroneous; it gives a very limited picture. It does not take into consideration the ample non-monetised benefits such as free travel for a companion on air and railways, the prime locality housing they get in the capital, the medical benefits, etc ," Professor Jagdeep Chhokar (formerly Director IIM Ahmedabad) of Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) told Business Standard in October 2015.

The last hike in the salary of MPs happened in 2010, when it was increased from Rs. 16,000 to Rs. 50,000 per month. MPs receive a daily allowance for attending parliament, which was then increased to Rs.2,000 from Rs.1,000. Their constituency allowance was increased to Rs.45,000 per month from Rs.20,000 and office expenses (for staff, stationery and postage) to Rs.45,000 per month from Rs.20,000. Also, pension for former MPs was raised to Rs.20,000 per month from Rs.8,000.

"A parliamentary committee which decides on the salary and allowance of MPs had given a report which has been suppressed due to media pressure," Naresh Agrawal of the Samajwadi Party (SP), who had brought up the salary hike in the Rajya Sabha on Monday, was quoted as saying by NDTV. Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, also came out in support of the SP MP.

MR Madhavan, president and co-founder of PRS Legislative Research — a public policy research institution — told Business Standard in October 2015, that even though MPs should be paid well there needs to be transparency and accommodation in Lutyen's Delhi "needs to be done away with." Instead, he said, lawmakers should be given a housing allowance. The same conflict, Madhavan had surmised in a PRS report, lies in MPs deciding their own salaries, which is a conflict of interest.

Source : IBT
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Medical claims worth Rs 56 lakh yet to be settled, says RTI info

Reimbursement of medical claims amounting to Rs 56,08,228 has been lying pending for Bathinda district since 2013-14 to March 31, 2016, under the Central and state governments’ Employees State Insurance Scheme.

Approaching both Centre and the state government for the immediate release of the claims, the data of which he collected through the RTI Act, social activist Sadhu Ram Kusla has written letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. He has also demanded that officials who caused the delay in the release of the money to settle the claims must also be brought to book.

Kusla said despite the fact that the PM had taken note of the delay in settlement of medical claims and had directed the Secretary, Labour and Employment Department, GoI, to look into the matter, officials forwarded the matter to the Senior State Medical Commissioner, Chandigarh, who then forwarded it to dispensaries in Bathinda.

The social worker further stated that there were four dispensaries in the district. Of these, while dispensary No. 1 is yet to settle claims worth Rs 13,15,066 for 2015-16, claims worth Rs 85,815 have been pending with the dispensary No. 2 for 2014-15 and worth Rs 2,05,341 for 2015-16. Dispensary No. 3 is yet to clear claims to the tune of Rs 6,46,566 for 2014-15 and Rs 1,54,726 for 2015-16.

The dispensary located in Lehra Mohabbat is yet to dispense medical claims under the scheme to the tune of Rs 3,65,544 for 2013-14, Rs 9,30,009 for 2014-15 and Rs 19,05,161 for 2015-16.

Expressing grief over the state of affairs, Kusla said under the ESI Scheme those working at factories, construction sites and other trades for meagre salaries are covered and the state government is responsible for clearing their medical claims but the state government has turned a blind eye towards the welfare of those belonging to poor financial background.

Holding the state government, Health and Family Welfare Department and senior State Medical Commissioner responsible for the tardy pace of settling the claims, the social activist said these were the figures for only Bathinda district and if one were to collect similar data for the entire district, the results would be shocking.


Source : TribuneIndia
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Friday, 29 April 2016

Special benefit in cases of death and disability in service & Revision of Disability Pension/Family pension of Pre-2006 disability pensioners/ Family Pensioners



No.45/3/2008-P&PW (F)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel,Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-110003.
Dated the 29th April, 2016.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Special benefit in cases of death and disability in service— Revision of Disability Pension/Family pension of Pre-2006 disability pensioners/ Family Pensioners—regarding.

The undersigned is directed to say that the pension of pensioners/family pensioners who were drawing pension/family pension as on 1.1.2006 under the CCS(EOP) Rules was to be revised in accordance with Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare OM No.38/37/2008-P&P&W(A) dated 1.9.2008. Accordingly, instructions were issued vide this Department OM of even number dated 30th September, 2010 for extension of benefits of modified parity to past pensioners for revision of disability pension/family pension covered under CCS(EOP) Rules.

2. Orders were issued vide this Departments OM No.38/37/2008-P&PW(A) dated 28th January, 2013 for further stepping up of normal pension/family pension to 50%/30% of the sum of minimum pay in the pay band and grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scales from which the pensioner had retired, as arrived at with reference to the fitment table annexed to the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure OM No.1/1/2008-IC dated 30th August 2008. It was decided to extend this benefit to pre-2006 disability pensioner/family pensioner covered under the Central Civil Services (Extraordinary Pension) Rules vide this Departments OM of even number dated 20.11.2014.

3. Orders have been issued vide this Departments OM No.38/37/2008-P&PVV(A) dated 30.7.2015 to revise the pension/family pension of all pre-2006 pensioners/family pensioners in accordance with this Departments OM No.38/37/2008-P&PW(A) dated 28.1.2013 with effect from 1.1.2006 instead of 24.09.2012. Accordingly, it has been decided that the benefit of revision of disability pension/extra-ordinary family pension in terms of this Departments OM of even number dated 20.11.2014 would also be applicable w.e.f. 01.01.2006 instead of 24.09.2012.

4. All other terms and conditions in the O.M. dated 3.2.2000, as amended vide O.M. No.45/3/2008-P&PW (F) dated 18.11. 2008, 30.09.2010 and 20.11.2014 shall remain unchanged.

5. This issues with the concurrence of the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, vide their I.D Note No.1(5)/EV/2012, dated 23.02.2016.

6. All Ministries/Departments are requested to bring the contents of these orders to the notice of controller of Accounts/Pay and Accounts Officers and Attached and subordinate Offices under them on a top priority basis. All Pension disbursing officers are also advised to prominently display these orders on their notice boards for the benefits of disability pensioners/Family pensioners.

7. Hindi version will follow.

-Sd/--          
(Sujasha Choudhury)
Deputy Secretary
Tele:24635979
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Sanction of Ex-India leave / NOC for proceeding abroad

Government of India
Ministry Of Defence
Office of the controller General of Defence Accounts
Ulan Batar Road,Palam, Delhi Cantt.

IMPORTANT CIRCULAR

No:AN-I/1351/4/XXVI/NOC
Date: 28.04.2016


To,
All PCsDA/CsDA & equivalent
(through CGDA Website)


Subject: Sanction of Ex-India leave/NOC for proceeding abroad


The undersigned is directed to intimate that the competent authority has decided that henceforth the instructions/proforma prescribed in the following communications/document will be followed/utilized as regards handling of requests for NOC for proceeding abroad and grant of Ex-India leave to the officers and staff of the Department.

(i) DOP&T OM.F.No.11013/8/2015-Estt. AQ-III dated 27-07-2015 prescribing proforma for taking prior permission by the Government Servants for PRIVATE VISITS abroad and the time-limit prescribed for dealing with such requests

(ii) An undertaking in terms of Para 297 of O.M.Part.I, to be furnished by the Government Servants who intend to proceed on PRIVATE VISITS abroad.

(iii) DOP&T OM.F.No.11013/7/2004-Estt.(A) dated 1st September, 2008 regarding approval of leave for proceeding abroad by the leave sanctioning authority.

2. It is requested to regulate the requests for prior permission for proceeding abroad received from the officers and staff of the Department in light of above instructions. The requests being forwarded to this HQRs office, in above regard, should be as per above formats only.

3. All PCsDA/CsDA and equivalents are requested to bring these instructions to the notice of all officers and staff serving under their control (including those on proforma strength) for information, guidance and further necessary action.

4. It is also enjoined upon all concerned that while forwarding the requests in above regard, it should be ensured that the instructions in the above cited communications are strictly adhered to so as to avoid delay in processing of the applications.

5. This issues with the approval of the CGDA.

-Sd/--    
(S.C.Bansal)
ACGDA (AN)

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Railway Minister announces passenger friendly services

Railway Minister announces two more passenger friendly services namely (i) Cancellation of PRS counter tickets through IRCTC website and 139 (ii) Acceptance of International Debit and Credit Cards for payment for e-ticketing through IRCTC website 

    Working on the fast track to implement Rail Budget Announcements of 2016-17 ranging from improving passenger amenities to infrastructure development, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhkar Prabhu in a programme held today i.e. 29.04.2016 at Rail Bhawan inaugurated two very important budget announcements of (i) Cancellation of PRS counter tickets through IRCTC website and 139(IVRS & SMS) and (ii) Acceptance of International Debit and Credit Cards for payment for e-ticketing through IRCTC website.  Shri Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Railway was specially present to grace the occasion.  Chairman, Railway Board, Shri A.K. Mittal, Member Traffic, Railway Board, Shri Mohd. Jamshed and other Board Members were present on the occasion. 
Speaking on the occasion about these services, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, said that the Indian Railways is the second largest commercial organization of the world which has lot of challenges before it becomes of world standard. He said that Railways is a big organization and its some areas need complete revamping and  thus multiple strategies need to adopted and implemented to improve in all spheres. He said that Railways income generation and expenditure needs to be accounted closely so that there can be best use of the public money. He said that Railways principal source of revenue is freight and passenger fares which is 2/3 and 1/3 respectively and thus Railways’ development in all respect depends solely on the improvement of its both these services. He said that the service of Cancellation of PRS counter tickets through IRCTC website & 139 and Acceptance of International Debit and Credit Cards for payment for e-ticketing through IRCTC website is a step towards digital technology which will reduce cash handling. He assured more passenger friendly services in the coming time. 

 Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha said that development of Railways is not a single-handed task and thus concerted efforts are necessary which railway personnel are doing day and day out. In a very short span of time of around two months, as many as 8 budget announcements have been fully implemented by the Railway Ministry which has been possible by the mechanised system.  
Salient Features Of the Schemes Launched : -

Acceptance of International Debit and Credit Cards for payment for e-ticketing through IRCTC website

Purpose:

Ø      At present, only American Express International Credit Cards are accepted at IRCTC portal through American Express (AMEX) Payment Gateway.  Other International Cards are not accepted for payments as on date.

Ø      IRCTC will now permit other International Credit/Debit Cards issued outside India also for booking of e-tickets through IRCTC website.  These International Credit/Debit Cards will be used for payment through the payment gateway provided by M/s.Atom Technologies.

Conditions:

Ø      4% of transaction value (inclusive taxes as applicable) shall be levied for each transaction through the International Credit/Debit Cards. 
Ø      This payment option is available only when ticket is booked at least 2 days in advance of journey date.
Ø      This payment option is not available for booking of “Tatkal” or “Premium Tatkal” quota tickets.
Ø      This payment option is not available for booking of tickets in “Premium trains”.

Process:

Ø      Select the “International Cards powered by Atom” payment option present under ‘Payment Gateway/Credit Card’ category at payment page.
Ø      Input all the mandatory details for payment at the Gateway page, such as Card Number, Name, Expiry, CVV, Bank Name, mobile number, e-mail and address.
Ø      After submission of all the details, ticket will be booked in case of successful payment response received from the Bank/Payment Gateway.

Benefits:

Ø      Acceptance of all International Credit/Debit Cards will fulfil the longstanding demand of foreign tourists as they will be able to book e-tickets directly and will no longer depend on other Agencies for this purpose. 
Cancellation of PRS counter tickets through
IRCTC website and through 139 (IVRS and SMS)


Purpose:

To facilitate passengers having confirmed PRS counter tickets to cancel the ticket within the permitted time limit under Refund Rule 2015.  PRS counter tickets can be cancelled through:

(i)  IRCTC website (www.irctc.co.in) or

(ii) 139

The permissible refundable amount shall be collected only at the journey commencing station or nearby satellite PRS locations defined by Zonal Railway within the prescribed time limit.

Facility Available only for Fully confirmed system tickets:

·         In normal circumstances only and not in case of late running of trains/cancellation of trains etc.,

·         Where the mobile number has been given at the time of booking the ticket.

·         Upto 4 hours before the scheduled departure of the train.

Collection of Refund Amount

·         Refund of fare amount shall be collected only at the journey commencing station or nearby satellite PRS locations defined by Zonal Railway as under:-

          (a) During first two hours of the opening of PRS counters on the next day for the tickets for the trains whose scheduled departure time is (i) between 1801 hours and 0600 hours.

          (b) Upto 4 hours after the scheduled departure of the train during the working hours of PRS counters/current counters/special counters where cancellation is permitted round the clock on the  tickets for the trains whose scheduled departure time is (i) between 0601 hours and 1800 hours.

(c) No refund of amount would be given after the above mentioned prescribed time limit.

Benefits:

Apart from cancellation across PRS counter, the passengers having confirmed PRS counter ticket can cancel the same within the prescribed time limit as per Refund Rule 2015 as under:-

(i). Through IRCTC website (www.irctc.co.in) (Steps how to cancel confirmed PRS counter ticket is placed at Annexure-I) or

(ii) Through 139 (Steps how to cancel confirmed PRS counter ticket is placed at Annexure-II)



CANCELLATION THROUGH IRCTC WEBSITE:              (Annexure-I)

* A new page will be given on IRCTC website (www.irctc.co.in) without any login ID for purpose of cancellation of PRS counter tickets.

* Passenger will be asked to enter the PNR number & Train number along with captcha.

* The details entered by passenger shall be validated and an OTP will be sent to the passenger to his mobile number given at the time of booking the ticket. The OTP received on the mobile will be entered by the passenger in the web page and it will be validated by the system.

* After receiving the confirmation OTP number from the passenger, full cancellation of PNR will be done and PNR will be marked as Cancelled but not refunded in the system. Seat/berth will be released and would be made available for booking both at PRS & IRCTC Website. Refund amount due will also be displayed to the passenger on the website.

* An SMS will be sent to the passenger with PNR and fare details - ”Your ticket has been cancelled. PNR, xxxxxx, Amt,xxxxx. Refund of fare amount shall be collected only at the journey commencing station or nearby satellite PRS locations as per the notified time”.

* All the Privilege/Duty pass/PTOs/complimentary pass tickets shall be allowed to be cancelled through website or through 139.

* All types of PNRs including i-tickets (after printing) and system tickets booked across counter/post office/YTSK/Go India terminals/Bank terminals etc.’ will be allowed to be  cancelled on website except the following:

(a). Circular Journey tickets and onwards tickets booked against CJT.

(b). Foreign tourists PNRs against which berth allotment has been done

(c). ATAS generated new PNR

(d). Duplicate ticket.

(e). Cluster ticket and pre-bought ticket.



CANCELLATION THROUGH 139:                                 (Annexure-II)

Rail Ticket booked through Railway Reservation counter can be cancelled through Railway Enquiry 139.  Service will be available on 139:

(a).  IVR with Agent Assistance
(b). SMS Service

(a). Cancel through 139 using IVR(Agent Assistance)

(i). Customer will call on 139 and select Option ‘6’ from IVR main menu.

(ii). IVR will ask whether it is Counter Ticket or E- Ticket. Press 1 for Counter Ticket or Press 2 for E-Ticket.

(iii). In case customer selects E-Ticket option, IVR will play a message “Currently ticket booked through Railway Reservation Counter only can be cancelled through 139. Press 8 to go back to main menu”

1.      Once customer selects Counter Ticket option, call will be transferred to agent for cancellation.

2.      Agent will ask the following information from customer to process the cancellation.

a.      PNR Number

b.      Train Number

3.      Agent will retrieve ticket information from the server and confirm it with the customer.

4.      After ticket details confirmation, agent will click on “Generate OTP” button to generate the OTP. System will validate the calling number of customer with the number mentioned in ticket details from the system.

5.      If mobile number validation fails, agent will advise the customer to call from the same number mentioned at the time of booking the ticket. If number is successfully validated, OTP will be delivered on passenger’s mobile number which he would convey to agent.

6.      Agent will enter OTP on CRM and will click “Submit” button to process the cancellation. Ticket will be cancelled and refundable amount will be display on agent screen. Agent will communicate the same refundable amount to customer.

7.      Customer has to collect the permissible refundable amount across the PRS counter within the prescribed time limit.


(b) Cancellation through SMS to 139:

(i). User has to send PNR Number & Train Number to 139 in the syntax given below:

CANCEL<PNR Number><Train Number> to 139

Example: CANCEL 2303529769 12420
           
(ii). User will get below response from 139 after mobile number verification:

“Dear User, We have received cancellation request against PNR number 2303529769, OTP against this request is 123456. To confirm ticket cancellation send SMS OTP 123456 to 139.

(iii). User has to send OTP number received back to 139 for second level of confirmation.

OTP <OTP received on Passenger Mobile Number> to 139

Example: OTP 123456

User will get below response from 139:

“Dear User, Your ticket with PNR number 2303529769 has been cancelled, refundable amount is Rs. ----.”

(iv) Passenger has to collect the permissible refundable amount within prescribed time limit across the PRS counter.

Source  : PIB
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Indian Railways Withdraws Busy Season Charges

Indian Railways Withdraws Busy Season Charges 


Ministry of Railways has decided to withdraw Busy Season Charge levied on all commodities loaded in Covered Stock for two months. This will be applicable from 1st May 2016 to 30th June 2016. This was announced by the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu in a programme today. 

BACKGROUNDER : 

In the Railway Budget for 2016-17,it was declared that a review of tariff policy would be undertaken to evolve a competitive rate structure vis-à-vis other modes, permit multi point loading / unloading and apply differentiated tariffs to increase utilization of alternate routes. It was also stated that the current tariff structure of IR has led to out-pricing of our services in the freight market. 

Keeping in view the above commitment made in the Railway Budget, the following initiatives have already been taken: 

1) Allowing Two-point/ Multi point/ Mini Rake loading in all kinds of covered wagons. Earlier there was a restriction on BCN wagons. 

2) Minimum distance for Mini Rakes was increased from 400kms to 600kms. 

3) Automatic Freight Rebate Scheme in Traditional Empty Flow Direction has been extended. 

4) Port Congestion Charge (10% of Base Freight) has been withdrawn. 

5) Scheme to attract Merry-go-round System traffic has been introduced. 

6) Guidelines for traffic on IR for Coastal Shipping for Iron Ore for Domestic consumption has been allowed. 

Further, in line with the Budget announcement to rationalise the tariff structure, it was decided to review Busy Season Charge of 15%. Industry, various trade associations and field officials have been representing that due to fall in Diesel prices, there has been sharp decline in road rates in the last few years, which has made rail freight highly uncompetitive for customers. In view of the same, after review, it has been decided to withdraw Busy Season Charge levied on all commodities loaded in Covered Stock for two months. This will be applicable from 1st May 2016 to 30th June 2016. As per our existing policy, this charge is not levied during the Lean Season i.e. 1st July to 30th September, which implies that BSC will not be levied effectively till 30th September 2016. 

There will be a reduction of 15% in the Basic freight due to withdrawal of BSC. 

Generally, Cement,Fertilizers and Foodgrains are loaded in Jumbo rakes. Out of these commodities the rail co-efficient of Cement has fallen substantially during the previous years from 50% to 40% and its demand is also highly price elastic and sensitive. 

It is expected that by this policy initiative of withdrawal of Busy Season Charge, there would be a likely increase in loading by around 6-7MT, which will more than compensate the financial loss due withdrawal of this surcharge). 

Source : PIB
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Foreign Investment in Defence Sector

Foreign Investment in Defence Sector 


Several MOUs / Agreements have been signed between Indian and foreign companies for setting up joint ventures. However, the actual flow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) takes time to mature. From August 2014 to February 2016, a total amount of Rs. 112.35 lakhs has come into the country as FDI in defence sector. 

Ministry of Defence has neither entered into nor is there any proposal at present to enter into any framework agreement with Israel for supply of arms, military equipment and / or technology transfers in the defence sector. However, Government has entered into contracts with Israeli firms for supply of defence equipment with Transfer of Technology or work-share arrangements. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri SP Muddahanume Gowda and Shri CS Putta Raju in Lok Sabha today. 

Source : PIB
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Thursday, 28 April 2016

08 JRF Vacancies in Centre for Fire, Explosive and Environment Safety, DRDO

Centre for Fire, Explosive and Environment Safety
Defence Research & Development Organisation
Ministry of DefenceBrig. S. K. Mazumdar Marg: Delhi-110054


Following Fellowships are available initially for a period of two years (extendable as per rules) at a monthly stipend of Rs. 25000/- (House Rent Allowance is also admissible as per rules). Applications are invited from candidates possessing below mentioned qualifications:-


Type of Fellowship
No of Posts
Subject/ Discipline & Educational Qualifications
Junior Research Fellow
2
Chemistry
Post Graduate Degree in Chemistry in first division with NET/GATE qualification.
1
Instrumentation & Control
Graduate Degree in Instrumentation & Control (B.E./B. Tech) in first division with NET/GATE.
2
Physics
Post Graduate Degree in Physics with specialization in Electronics/spectros-copy in first division with NET qualification.
1
Electronics
Graduate Degree in Electronics Engineering or Electronic & Communication (B.E./B. Tech) in first division with NET/GATE.
1
Mechanical Engineering
Graduate Degree in Mechanical Engineering (B.E./B. Tech) in first division with NET/GATE.
1
Chemical Engineering
Graduate Degree in Chemical Engineering (B.E./B. Tech) in first division with NET/GATE.


Upper Age Limit:- 28 years 

Last date :  21 days from the date of Advt




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Pilot Project to Enlist Ex-Servicemen as Teachers

Pilot Project to Enlist Ex-Servicemen as Teachers 


The Central Government is working on a pilot programme ‘Vidyanjali’ to involve retired teachers, retired government officials including retired defence personnel, retired professionals, people from Indian diaspora and women who are home makers to volunteer for co-scholastic activities in schools. These volunteers will not be replacement for regular teachers and will not be involved in formal teaching. In a meeting of State Education Ministers held on February 08th, 2016 by the Ministry of HRD, nineteen States/UTs had expressed willingness to participate in this programme on pilot basis. 

Teachers of Government and aided schools undergo annual in service training for professional development which is supported under Centrally sponsored schemes of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA). 

This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani today in a written reply to a Rajya Sabha question. 

Source : PIB
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Reservation in promotion

Reservation in promotion 


Extant instructions of DoPT provide that reservation in promotion by non-selection method is available to SCs and STs in all Groups i.e. Group A, B, C & D. In case of promotion by selection method, reservation is available to SCs and STs upto lowest rung of Group A. There is no reservation in promotion by selection within Group A. Reservation in posts by promotion under the existing scheme is applicable in which the element of direct recruitment, if any, does not exceed 75%. 

In accordance with Supreme Court judgment dated 15.07.2014, results of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination 1996 for Section Officer grade were revised by UPSC. Appellants, who were declared successful in the modified results of SO LDCE 1996, were included in SOSL 1996 by this Department. Later the benefit was extended to similarly placed SC/ST officers who were declared qualified in the modified results of SO LDCE 1996. On their inclusion in SOSL 1996, these officers have become eligible for consideration for promotion to the next grade (Under Secretary) on completion of eight years of approved service in SO grade i.e. they become eligible for consideration in USSL 2004 onwards subject to the size of the zone. A proposal for review of USSLs 2004 and 2005 has been forwarded to UPSC in which these officers have been included in the zone. 

This was stated by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Ronald Sapa Tlau in the Rajya Sabha today

Source : PIB
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Review of performance of public servants

Review of performance of public servants 


The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions is aware that review of performance of public servants occurs only after attaining age of 50 years or completion of 30 years of service. As per Fundamental Rule (FR) 56 (j): 

“The Appropriate Authority shall, if it is in the opinion that it is in the public interest so to do, have the absolute right to retire any Government servant by giving him notice of not less than three months in writing or three months’ pay and allowances in lieu of such notice: 

If he is in Group ‘A’ or Group ‘B’ service or post in a substantive, quasi-permanent or temporary capacity and had entered Government service before attaining the age of 35 years, after he has attained the age of 50 years. 

(i) in any other case after he has attained the age of fifty-five years”. 

(ii) In addition, as per Rule 48 of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972, at any time after a Government servant has completed thirty years' qualifying service, he may be required by the appointing authority to retire in the public interest, and in the case of such retirement the Government servant shall be entitled to a retiring pension provided that the appointing authority may also give a notice in writing to a Government servant at least three months before the date on which he is required to retire in the public interest or three months' pay and allowances in lieu of such notice. 

Further, as per Rule 16(3) (amended) of the All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958, the Central Government may, in consultation with the State Government concerned, require a Member of the Service to retire from Service in public interest, after giving such Member at least three month's previous notice in writing or three month's pay and allowances in lieu of such notice, - 

after the review when such Member completes 15 years of qualifying Service; or 

(i) after the review when such Member completes 25 years of qualifying Service or attains the age of 50 years, as the case may be; or 

(ii) if the review referred to in (i) or (ii) above has not been conducted, after the review at any other time as the Central Government deems fit in respect of such Member. 

(iii) The above provisions have been reiterated from time to time and recently vide DoPT’s O.M. No. 25013/02/2005-AIS-II dated 28.06.2012 and 03.08.2015, and O.M. No. 25013/1/2013-Estt.A-IV dated 11.09.2015. 

Disciplinary cases are conducted as per prescribed procedures. Normally, the details and monitoring of disciplinary cases is to be done by the respective cadre authorities. The Central Government has also from time to time been stressing on the need to complete disciplinary cases expeditiously and monitoring the same. 

This was stated by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Vivek Gupta in the Rajya Sabha today. 

Source : PIB
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Digital Textbooks for Reducing Burden of Bags

Digital Textbooks for Reducing Burden of Bags 


The Central Government has taken various steps to reduce curriculum load on the basis of recommendations of the report “Learning without Burden” of the National Advisory Committee chaired by Prof. Yashpal. The National Curriculum Framework (NCF-2005) brought a shift in the teaching learning paradigm by focusing on child centered; process oriented; constructivist approach which discourages memorization and rote learning. Based on this, the National Council of Educational Research and Training has developed revised syllabi and textbooks and States have also revised their syllabi and textbooks accordingly so as to reduce the burden on children. Further, in the 63rd meeting of Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) held on 19th August, 2015, the issue of lightening the burden of school children was discussed with all States/UTs. 

E-Pathshala was launched during the National Conference on ICT in School Education held on 7th November, 2015. It is a platform developed by National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for showcasing and disseminating all educational e-resources including textbooks, audio and video material, periodicals and a variety of other print and non-print materials. The platform addresses the dual challenge of reaching out to a diverse clientele and bridging the digital divide (geographical, socio-cultural and linguistic), offering comparable quality of e-contents and ensuring its free access at every time and every place. Students, teachers, educators and parents can access e-books through multiple technology platforms i.e. mobile phones and tablets and on web through laptops and desktops. 

This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani today in a written reply to a Rajya Sabha question. 

Source : PIB
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Linking Promotion of Teachers to Performance of Students

Linking Promotion of Teachers to Performance of Students 


There is no such proposal at present to link promotion of teachers to performance of students. Recruitment and service conditions of teachers are in the domain of State Governments/UT Administrations. However, The Central Government has a scheme of National Award to teachers to recognize good performance of teachers across the country. School enrolment campaigns are launched by States at the start of the school academic year for awareness generation to enrol out-of-school children in schools and to reach out hitherto un-reached children in remote areas, working children, girls, children belonging to SC and ST communities, and children in difficult circumstances. 

The performance of students is related to multiple factors including school and home environment. The Central Government has taken various steps to ensure teacher accountability in government and aided schools. 

. The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has developed Performance Indicators for Elementary Education (PINDICS) to track teacher performance and attendance in Government schools. PINDICS have been shared with State Governments/UTs to assess teacher’s performance. 

Additionally, teachers attendance is being monitored by States/UTs through School Management Committees/School Management Development Committees/ Block Resource Centres/Clusters Resource Centres and in some cases by installing bio-metric attendance system etc. 

The Central Government has launched the ‘Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching’ in December, 2014 with a vision to comprehensively address all issues related to teachers, teaching, teacher preparation, professional development, curriculum design, research in pedagogy and developing effective pedagogy. 

As per the mandate of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009, Government of India has notified the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) as the Academic Authority at the national level for teacher education and qualification. NCTE has prescribed teacher qualifications for various levels. It has also made it mandatory that all persons holding teacher qualifications as laid down by the NCTE must also pass a teacher eligibility test (TET).These two steps by NCTE are widely seen as efforts to improve the standards of teaching with eventual positive impact on quality of education. 

This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani today in a written reply to a Rajya Sabha question. 

Source : PIB


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Central Trade Unions strike on 29 th Apr against the finance ministry's decision on the EPF interest rate

All central trade unions, except for the BJP-aligned Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, have given a call for a nationwide protest on Friday against the finance ministry's decision on the EPF interest rate.

The ministry decided to ratify 8.7 percent interest rate on Employees Provident Fund for 2015-16 fiscal, which is lower than 8.8 percent decided by the retirement fund body Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).

"Trade unions across the country will protest tomorrow (Friday) against the government's decision to give approval to 8.7 per cent EPF interest rate. We want it to be 8.8 percent as recommended by Central Board of Trustees (CBT). I raised this issue in the Rajya Sabha today (Thursday)," said Tapan Kumar Sen, a trade unionist and CPI-M member of parliament. 

"Ultimately, there will be a nationwide strike in September on many other issues," he added.

Meanwhile, Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya on Thursday said he will discuss the issue with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley soon.

A statement by All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) said: "This is for information that the Delhi units of Central Trade Unions, that is, AITUC, INTUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, SEWA, AICCTU, UTUC, LPF and MEC have decided to organise jointly a protest dharna on April 29 against the finance minister for reducing the EPF interest rate, ignoring an unanimous decision of the tripartite CBT."

"This protest from all central trade unions is to condemn such arrogant, anti-worker approach of the central government," it added.

Source  :Business Standards
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Station Workshop EME Kirkee recruitment 2016 - 04 vacancies for MTS, Cook & Mate

Station Workshop EME Kirkee recruitment 2016 - 04 vacancies for MTS, Cook & Mate 


Station Workshop EME Kirkee Recruitment 2016. Applications are invited for the post of Tradesman Mate, MTS &  Cook. Interested can apply for the post. Closing date is 04 weeks from the date of notification in Employment news paper.

Name of the post & Vacancy Positions : 

Post
Vacancies
UR
SC
ST
OBC
Total
Tradesman Mate
1


1
2
 Multi Tasking Staff (MTS)



1
1
 Cook



1
1


Educational Qualification : 

S. No.
Posts
Qualification & Experience
(a)
Trades man Mate
Matriculation Pass from recognized Board or equivalent
(b)
Cook
(a) Matriculation Pass from recognized Board or equivalent. (b) Diploma in cooking from any recognized Institute e.g. ITI/Vocational College etc.
(c)
Multi Tasking Staff (MTS)
(a) Matriculation Pass from recognized Board or equivalent. (b) Conversant with the duties of the respective trades with one year's experience in the trade.

Pay Scale : 
(a ) Rs. 5200-20200 + Grade Pay Rs. 1800/- for Trades Man Mate & MTS 
(b) Rs. 5200-20200 + Grade Pay Rs. 1900/- for Cook

 Age relaxation :-
(a) Government Servant - up to 35 years as per order/Instruction issued by the Central Government. 
(b) Ex-servicemen - Service rendered in Army, Navy and Air Force plus three years. 
(c) Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe - Five years for the vacancies reserved for the respective category. 
(d) Physically handicapped - Ten years (15 years for SC/ST and 13 years for OBC) for the vacancies reserved for this category.

Last Date :
 04 weeks from the date of notification in employment news paper
(Date of Notification : 23 Apr - 29 Apr 2016)

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Jhansi Cantonment Board recruitment - 09 Vacancies for Assistant Teacher

Online Applications are invited from the suitable candidates for the posts of Assistant Teachers in Cantonment Board, Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh)

Name of  the Post : Assistant Teacher
No Of Vacancies : 09 Posts
Pay Scale : 9300-34800  + GP 4200
Educational Qualification :
  1. B.Ed or BTC from a recognized University/ Institute. 
  2. Candidate must have passed TET/CTET conducted by the State / Central Govt.

Age Limit : 18 to 25 years
Last Date : 15 -05-2016
Online Application Link:  www.jcb.org.in.

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AAI Recruitment 2016 - 158 Manager and Jr Executive Posts

Airports Authority of India invites applications from the eligible candidates to apply ON-LINE through AAl's Website www.aai.aero for the following posts:-


Post Code
Name of post
No. of vacancies & reservation
Total
GEN
OBC

(NCL)*

sc

ST
PWD**
1
Manager
(Engg.-Civil)
67
32
18
10
4
02 OH 01 HH
2
Manager
(Engg.-Elect)
48
24
12
7
3
01 OH HH
3
Manager (Operations)
16
9
4
2
1
-
4
Manager (Commercial)
7
5
1
1
-
5
Junior Executive (Finance)
20
10
5
3
1
01 OH




Advt  No : 03/2016

 PAY SCALE (IDA):-

(a) Manager (E-3) :- Rs. 24900-3%-50500

(b) Junior Executive (E-1) :-Rs. 16400-3%-40500 EMOLUMENTS:

In addition to Basic pay, Dearness Allowance, Perks @ 46% of Basic pay, HRA and other benefits which include CPF, Gratuity, Social Security Schemes, Pension, Medical benefits etc. are admissible as per AAl rules.

The CTC per annum for the post of Manager would be around Rs. 10 lacs (approximately) and for the post of Junior Executive would be around Rs. 7 lacs (approximately).


Important Dates : 

Event
Date
Timing
Opening date for on-line registration of applications
25.04.2016
10.00 AM onwards
Closing date for completion of Step-I of online Registration
24.05.2016
Upto 18.00 hrs.
Last date for depositing examination fee at State Bank of India
27.05.2016
Banking business closing hours
Last date for completion of Step-ll of online Registration
01.06.2016
Upto 18.00 hrs.

Important Links : 
Official Website : www.aai.aero
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