A useful blog for Government Employees on news updates of 7th pay commission, Dearness Allowance, DOPT Orders, CGHS, CSD, LTC, HRA, Pensioners, Railway orders and other relevant informations

Monday, 30 May 2016

Filing your Income Tax Returns? Don’t forget to claim tax relief on arrears

Don't Forger to Claim Tax Relief from your Arrears

BENGALURU: It is bonanza year for government employees. Around 16 lakh ex-servicemen have received the first installment of the one-rank-one-pension payouts along with another fifty-two lakh retired pensioners from central government service who would benefit from the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. Although, technically, they have earned the money years back, the pension and pay hikes will be credited as lump sum to their bank accounts only now. This could mean a huge tax bill. There is, however, an escape route which most are not aware of. As per tax rules, if you have received any portion of your salary or pension in arrears or in advance, you are allowed tax relief under section 89(1) . 
The intention of the relief is to save you from any additional tax burden due to delay in receiving your earnings . "The relief protects the taxpayer from paying a higher tax. In many cases, the individual might have moved up in the tax slab and should definitely not be penalised with higher taxes because he received his income late," says Archit Gupta, founder and CEO, ClearTax.in. Not many people understand how arrears should be taxed as the calculations are a bit complicated.
While you are claiming relief under Section 89(1) do not forget to fill Form 10E. It is is mandatory to file to be eligible to make the claim. "Taxpayers who have claimed relief under section 89(1) in the previous years but had not filed Form 10E have received letters from the department stating the relief was not allowed as Form 10E was not furnished," says Gupta. Good thing is that Form 10E can be easily filed and submitted online under e-file, other than ITR section. 

ELEMENT: Calculating tax relief on arrears correctly. 

Step 1: Calculate tax payable on the total income, including arrears for the year in which it is received 

Step 2: Calculate tax payable on the total income, excluding arrears for the year in which it is received 

Step 3: Calculate difference between tax liability in Step 1 and Step 2 

Step 4: Calculate tax payable on the total income, including arrears for the year o which the arrears relate 

Step 5: Calculate tax payable on the total income, excluding arrears for the year o which the arrears relate 

Step 6: Calculate difference between tax liability in Step 4 and Step 5 

Step 7: Subtract the tax difference you arrived at at Step 6 from Step 3. The excess amount is the tax relief you can claim. 

Sources: With inputs from EconomicTimes  &  ClearTax.in 

No allocations for 7th pay commission in J&K: Drabu

The State Government is unlikely to implement the 7th pay commission recommendations with Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu on Monday revealing that no budgetary allocation has been made for implementation of the recommendation.
“While I am happy to be able to release the dues of employees in time, I must share with this House that I have not been able to make provisions for implementation of the impending 7th Pay Commission Award,” said Drabu while presenting the budget in the State Assembly. 

He said J&K’s existing resource position doesn’t permit him to make budgetary allocations for implementation of the recommendations. 

“Also, what is staring us in the face is the possibility of having to make provisions for the estimated 61,000 casual and other workers,” Drabu said.

The Finance Minister said successive Governments have implemented the recommendations of previous Pay Commissions much to the detriment of the financial health of the State as he suggested to the House to debate the “ramifications” of implementations of the Commissions’ suggestions.

Source : Greater Kashmir

53rd State conference of the Kerala NGO Union.

The 53rd State conference of the Kerala NGO Union concluded here on Monday evening with a mega procession taken out through Malappuram town. Hundreds of government employees holding red flags marched through the town, assuring that they would work effectively for a corruption-free and people-friendly civil service.

Hundreds of people watched the march from roadside as the employees moved in order from Kottappadi to Municipal Town Hall, Uphill.

Inaugurating a public meeting after the march, Karshaka Thozhilali Union all-India general secretary A. Vijayaraghavan said that Oommen Chandy lost chief ministership and Opposition leadership because of corruption. Mr. Vijayaraghavan said that the Central government was going hand in glove with big tax evaders even when the country was facing a major financial crisis. He called upon the government employees to support the State government to address the problems of common people.

Communist Party of India (CPI) State secretary Kanam Rajendran, Transport Minister A.K. Sasindran, and NGO Union general secretary T.C. Mathukutty spoke. NGO Union president P.H. Ismail presided. Organising committee chairman Paloli Mohammedkutty welcomed the gathering.

General convener A.K. Krishna Pradeep proposed a vote of thanks.

Source : The Hindu

5 Lakh+ Employees to go on leave demanding higher salaries

More than five lakh employees of karnataka state Government are set to go on authorised leave

BENGALURU: More than five lakh employees of the state government are set to go on an authorised leave on June 2, demanding higher salaries.Karnataka State Government Employee’s Association President B P Manjegowda said the disparity between the Centre’s and State’s pay scales had widened over the years.

“The Central government employees have rejected the 23.5 per cent increase recommended by the 7th Pay Commission and a committee is looking into it now. Even with that increase, the difference in salaries between a D group employee of the State and Centre would be 111.33 per cent,” Manje Gowda said. He said they were demanding the state give DA (Daily Allowance) which was equivalent to that given by the Centre.

Karnataka State Government Employees Association, Hubballi unit, has said all its employees will remain absent from work on June 2, demanding increase in salaries and benefits. Around 6,000 staff of 63 departments in Hubballi would boycott work on June 2, said its president SB Patil. He said the Centre is likely to implement the 7th pay commission recommendations but the state government is not doing so.

Source : Indian Express

Sunday, 29 May 2016

NMC urges FM to allot separate wage head for each deptt

JAMMU, May 29: National Mazdoor Conference (NMC) today urged Finance Minister, Haseeb Drabu to allot separate wage head for each department for regular disbursement of wages to 61,000 daily wagers and earmarked special funds for implementing the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission and announcement in this regard be made in the current year’s budget to be presented in the State Assembly, tomorrow.

Addressing a largely attended NMC workers meet here, Subhash Shastri, NMC president, pointed out that these daily wagers had not been paid their wages for the last 4-5 years causing lot of hardships to them.

“It is strange that the daily wagers were neither regularized by the previous regime nor paid their legitimate wages for years together,” said Shastri. This inhuman approach on the part of previous regime has been discriminatory towards the daily rated workers who have suffered a long, he added.
Appreciating the pro-working class approach of Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti and the Finance Minister, Shastri hoped that the long-pending demands of daily wagers would be met in the ensuing budget session.

He appealed Government to create separate wage head in the meantime, particularly in the PWD, PHE, PDD and Irrigation and Flood Control Department, for regular disbursal of wages to the daily wagers. “This interim measure will go a long way to redress their grievances in the first instance,” Shastri said.

He also urged him to release the pending installment of 6 percent DA in favour of employees and pensioners adding that it will help the employees and pensioners to address their financial hardships in view of escalating inflation and price index.


Saturday, 28 May 2016

Station Workshop EME Vadodara Recruitment - 10 Vacancies

Station Workshop EME Vadodara Recruitment - 2016

Station Workshop EME Vadodara Recruitment - 10 Vacancies for the post of

S. No.Name of PostNo. of VacanciesCandidates with the following disabilities may also apply
a.Armament Mechanic1OL, HH
b.Barber2OL, HH
c.Instrument Mechanic (HS-II)1OL, OA, BL
d.Multi Tasking Staff (MTS)4OL, OA, HH, LV,B
e.Vehicle Mechanic (Motor Vehicle) (Skilled)1OL, LV, HH
f.Washerman1OL, OA, HH, LV, B

Pay Scale : 

S. No.Name of PostPay BandPay ScaleGrade Pay
a.Armament MechanicPB- 1Rs. 5200-20200Rs. 2400
b.BarberPB-1Rs. 5200-20200Rs. 1800
c.Instrument Mechanic (HS-II)PB-1Rs. 5200-20200Rs. 2400
d.Multi Tasking Staff (MTS)PB-1Rs. 5200-20200Rs. 1800
e.Vehicle Mechanic (Motor Vehicle) (Skilled)PB-1Rs. 5200-20200Rs. 1900
f.WashermanPB-1Rs. 5200-20200Rs. 1800

Essential Qualification : 

S. No.Name of PostEssential Qualifications
a.Armament MechanicPass in 10+2 with a certificate from a recognised Industrial Training Institute in the Fitter trade OR 
Armed Forces Personnel or Ex-Servicemen from the appropriate trade and minimum at grade I.
b.BarberMatriculation pass or equivalent from recognised Board with proficiency in Barber's trade job.
c.Instrument Mechanic (HS-II)Pass in 10+2 with a certificate from a recognised Industrial Training Institute in 'Instrument Mechanic' trade OR 
Armed Forces Personnel or Ex-Servicemen from the appropriate trade and minimum at grade I.
d.Multi Tasking Staff (MTS)Matriculation pass or equivalent from a recognized Board
e.Vehicle Mechanic (Motor Vehicle) (Skilled)ITI certificate from a recognized Industrial Training Institute in 'Motor Mechanic' trade OR Armed Forces Personnel or Ex-Servicemen from the appropriate trade and minimum at grade I.
f.Washerman(i) Matriculation Pass or equivalent from recognised Board
(ii) Must be able to wash the military/civilian clothes thoroughly well

Age Limit : 

 18 to 25 years.

Last Date  :

21 days from the date of advt (Date of Advt 28 May 2016- 03 Jun 2016)

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Bank retirees seek revision in pension

BHUBANESWAR: Resentment is brewing among retired bank employees due to the apathetic attitude of several bank managements and the Government in resolving pension related issues.

The bank retirees alleged that the pension scheme was introduced in banking industry in 1995 in line with Central Government Civil Services Pension Rules.

However, there has been no revision of basic pension in banking industry unlike in other sectors.

General Secretary of All Odisha Bank Retirees' Federation (AOBRF) Niranjan Mishra pointed out that while general manager of a bank who retired in 1995 is getting basic pension of `9,400, a subordinate Class IV staff retired in 2015 is provided a basic pension of `12,100.

"Though the Government implemented the one rank-one pension to retirees in defence sector, the same is not being considered for bank employees despite repeated missives," he alleged.

The bank retirees said though the Supreme Court has already ruled that revision of basic pension should be done simultaneously with pay revision of existing employees, neither the Indian Banks' Association (IBA) nor the Government is honouring the ruling.

Mishra said the discrimination is also evident in providing family pension. While Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and Government employees are getting 30 per cent of the last 10 months' average salary of pensioner, the rate of family pension in banking industry is only 15 per cent. This apart, bank retirees are also getting less dearness allowance (DA) than the pensioners in other sectors. "There is blatant violation of pension regulations in the banking industry. The employees who get compulsory retirement or resign after minimum eligible period of getting pension are also deprived of the same," he claimed.

The bank retirees have warned to intensify their agitation and organise relay hunger strike in New Delhi during the winter session of the Parliament if the Government and IBA fail to fulfil their demands.

While the Reserve Bank of India and Government employees are getting 30 per cent of the last 10 months’ average salary of pensioner, the rate of family pension in banking industry is only 15 per cent

Niranjan Mishra, General Secy, AOBRF

Source : Indian Express

Mamta announces 10 % Interim Relief to State Govt Employees

Kolkata: After coming to power for the second time, the Mamata Banerjee led government on Friday announced a grant of interim relief to state government employees amounting to 10 percent of their band pay.

"In our first cabinet meeting, we have decided to provide a grant of interim relief to state government employees amounting to ten percent of the band pay drawn by them," said state Finance Minister Amit Mitra.

"This will be effective from July and will cover state employees, teachers, local government employees and pensioners," he said.

"The interim relief is small in nature but the net impact to the state exchequer will be around Rs.3,000 crore," said Banerjee.

The difference in dearness allowance for state employees compared to their central counterparts stands at 50 percent.

Banerjee had announced a 10 percent hike in dearness allowance for the state employees from January reducing the difference to 44 percent. Later in March, the centre hiked the allowance by another six percent.

The government in its first stint had announced the Sixth Pay Commission to review the pay structure of state government employees.

Source : Zee News

All India ex-servicemen association demands abolition of AFT benches

All India ex-servicemen association demands abolition of AFT benches

The All India Ex-servicemen Welfare Association has demanded the abolition of Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) benches functioning in various part of the country, including its principal bench at New Delhi, on the plea that these have failed to provide relief to defence services litigants and are instead acting in favour of the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The association’s chairman, Bhim Sen Sehgal, has written to the President, Prime Minister and the defence minister saying that the instead of providing help to the defence services litigants, AFT has done immense damage to the cause of justice to defence personnel, ex-servicemen, pensioners, war widows and disabled soldiers. According to Sehgal, a practising advocate at the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the AFT, retired Generals, who constitute the members of the bench have are not acting fairly for the reason that the AFT benches are functioning directly under the MoD instead of Ministry of Law and Justice.

“These institutions have become source of re-employment for retired Judges as well Retired Lt Generals and Major Generals who cannot act against the government,” said Sehgal. He added that latest representation with regard to abolition of AFT in absence of corrective measures has been acknowledge by office of the Prime Minister.

“How can justice be expected from retired defence officers who were, till some months ago, a part of the same system? The AFT was created in terms of judgement of the Supreme Court where it was directed that the Tribunal should be manned by ‘civilians’ and not from people associated with defence. The AFT should be a temple of justice, not a post-retirement home for facilities and salary,” the association chairman said.

He added that the AFT should only be manned by sitting judges or legal luminaries and not by retired military officers since all orders by the AFT are to be passed against the military and defence establishment. “In fact, in certain cases it is a mockery of justice, for example, in case of criminal appeal in death sentences, the appeal of a civilian goes to a division bench of two sitting judges of a High Court while in AFT it goes to a retired judge of a High Court who is sitting with a retired military officer. Can a retired military officer comment on legality of death sentence or other complicated legal issues? he questioned.

The association was also pointed out that the AFT has not been given any power of civil contempt which is available to all similar tribunals, such as the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT). In its representation, the association has said that the MoD and defence services continue to ignore AFT decisions and there is no power to punish them. Most of the judgments/orders of the AFT given since its formation have not been implemented till date by the defence services, the association claims.

Another point of discontent among the litigants is that the AFT Act does not provide any appeal to any forum expect the Supreme Court only limited to cases where there is a ‘point of law of general public importance’. “AFT hence is the first and last court for petitioners. It is also well known that litigants cannot afford to approach Supreme Court due to prohibitive costs of litigation involved in the apex court. Please compare this to civilian employees who can approach the high court within their own states which is totally affordable for them and within reach and then they can further approach the Supreme Court if still dissatisfied,” said Sehgal.

7th Pay Commission: Central Govt Employees Confederation want 7CPC implementation soon

Central Govt Employees Confederation want 7CPC implementation soon

New Delhi, May 27: With a new development coming almost everyday on the Seventh Pay Commission, the central government employees are getting more ardent day by day.

Demanding fast implementation of the seventh pay commission recommendations, in Thiruvananthapuram, the Central Government Employees' Confederation has said that the same should be implemented speedily.

According to a The Hindu report, "A press note issued here said the recommendations of the pay commission, which are beneficial to 50 lakh Central government employees and 30 lakh pensioners, ought to have been implemented with effect from January 1, 2016."

The recommendations, which have come after a gap of 10 years, should be implemented immediately with necessary amendments, the confederation further said in the press release.

Earlier, the central government employees had also said that they are planning to strike work on July 11 so that they get higher wages and allowances under the 7th Pay Commission.


Friday, 27 May 2016

Central Ordnance Depot Jabalpur Recruitment 2016: 117 vacancies

Central Ordnance Depot, Jabalpur recruitment 2016. 117 Vacancies fpr LDC, Fireman, Cook, Mate, MTS, Tailor, Vendor, Uphoister, turnner, Material Assistant vacancies. Interested can apply. 

Name of the post & No of vacancies :

LDC (Lower Division Clerk): 17 Vacancies
Fireman: 08 VacanciesCook: 02 VacanciesTMM (Mazdoor): 76 VacanciesTailor: 01 VacancyMTS (Messenger): 01 VacancyFemale Searcher: 01 VacancyVendor: 01 VacancyUphoister: 01 VacancyTunner: 01 VacancyMaterial Assistant: 08 Vacancies

For Lower Division Clerk (LDC) Position- Candidates must have passed 10+2 or equivalent examination from recognised board. Candidates should have minimum speed of 35 words per minute in English Typewriting on Computer or 30 words per minute in Hindi Typewriting on Computer.

For TMM (Mazdoor), MTS (Messenger), Fireman, Cook, Tailor, Female Searcher, Vendor Positions- Candidates must have passed matriculation or equivalent examination from recognised board.
For Turner, Upholster Positions- Candidates must have passed matriculation or equivalent examination from recognised board. Candidates should have ITI Certificate in Trade, or three year training, or experience of work in a government Workshop or a private firm of repute.

For Material Assistant Position- Candidates must be Graduate in any discipline from recognized university; or Diploma in Material Management; or Diploma in any engineering discipline from recognised institution.

Date of Publication of Advertisement in Employment News: 21-May-2016 to 27-May-2016

Last Date for Receipt of Application: Within 21 Days from Date of Publication of Advertisement in Employment News

Age limit :
For Material Assistant Post- Minimum 18 years and Maximum 27 years for general candidates.

For All Other Posts- Minimum 18 years and Maximum 25 years for general candidates.


Ordnance Factory Ambajhari Recruitment 2016 : 28 Vacancies

Ordnance Factory Ambajhari Indian Ordnance Factories, Ministry of Defence invites applications from eligible candidates for recruitment of Group C Posts as Store Keeper, Durwan, Lower Division Clerk, Cook (NIE, Canteen), and CMD (Ordinary Grade).

Name of the Post and No of Vacancies :
Store Keeper: 02 vacancies
Durwan: 20 vacancies
Cook (NIE): 03 vacancies
Cook (Canteen): 01 vacancy
CMD (Ordinary Grade): 02 vacancies

Sports Quota-
Lower Division Clerk: 02 vacancies
Store Keeper: 03 vacancies

Educational Qualification:
Store Keeper, Cook, CMD, Lower Division Clerk- Candidates must have passed Intermediate/ 10+2 examination, and have basic knowledge of computer application having O level certificate as per DOEACC.
Durwan- Candidates must have passed matriculation, and must be physically FIT and capable of performing strenuous duties.

Age Limit: Minimum 20 years and Maximum 27 years


Govt likely to table 7th pay commission report before Cabinet next month

New Delhi: Central government employees can expect to get some good news trickling in from government sources towards the end of June.

As per reports, the Finance Ministry is likely to table the 7th Pay Commission report to the Cabinet for approval in the last week of June.

The 7th pay panel headed by AK Mathur had recommended the minimum salary for central government employees at Rs 18,000 and maximum salary at Rs 2,50,000. As employees protested against the wage hike calling it the "lowest ever" raise, the government set up the Empowered Committee of Secretaries group to review the AK Mathur-panel's recommendations.

The Empowered Committee of Secretaries on the Seventh Central Pay Commission is expected to soon wrap up its report on the remuneration of government employees.

Sources added that even the Prime Minister's Office is keen on a favourable pay hike for the central government employees, so the panel is likely to recommend a minimum salary at Rs 24,000 and the highest salary at Rs 2,70,000.

Sources added that the government is exploring options for meeting the additional payout over and above what was recommended by the 7th pay panel. The payout could be substantial with salary hike and arrears adding up to a Rs 1.02 lakh crore burden on government finances.

Report add that once the report moves from the table of the empowered group of committee to the cabinet, there is no reason why the cabinet would inordinately delay it.

The Finance Ministry is keen that higher salaries reach government employees just before the festive season starting mid-August, as spurt in consumption during the festive period will have a domino effect on the economy.

Source : ZEE NEWS


Thursday, 26 May 2016

Kerela : 7th Pay Commission update

The Central Government Employees’ Confederation has called for steps to hasten the implementation of the seventh pay commission recommendations.

A press note issued here said the recommendations of the pay commission, which are beneficial to 50 lakh Central government employees and 30 lakh pensioners, ought to have been implemented with effect from January 1, 2016.

The recommendations, which have come after a gap of 10 years, should be implemented immediately with necessary amendments, the confederation said in the press release.

Source : The Hindu

Hike in minimum wage to Rs 12K not sufficient: Unions

Trade unions have opposed the government’s proposal to hike minimum wage for unskilled workers by up to 20 per cent to Rs 12,000 per month for Tier-I cities, saying it should be atleast Rs 15,000 in view of price rise.
The employees’ representative opposed government’s proposal during a meeting of Central Advisory Board held today. The board advises Centre as well as states on fixation of minimum wages.

Hike in minimum wage to Rs 12K not sufficient: UnionsAll India Trade Union Congress Secretary D L Sachdev suggested that the minimum wages for unskilled workers cannot be less than Rs 15,000 per month as demanded by the unions in view of price rise of commodities and essentials in the last few years.

“The government intends to increase minimum wage to Rs 12,000 per month from existing Rs 9,568 which represents a 20 per cent hike. We have opposed this proposal because there was not rationale behind this,” Sachdev told PTI.
“We have asked the government to prepare detailed note elaborating about the basis on which they have proposed this hike. They should tell us about the various parameters considered for that like like calorie intake and spending on education, health, lodging etc.”

The 7th Pay Commission in its report has recommended Rs 18,000 minimum wages for central workers after factoring in various expenditures on food, clothing, rent, health and education.
“The unions does not support the recommendation of the commission because they are suggesting Rs 18,000 per month for skilled workers,” Sachdev said.


NRHM employees threaten state-level protest on June 7

NRHM employees threaten state-level protest on June 7

The employees of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) have threatened to stage a state-level protest in Chandigarh on June 7 if the government fails to pay heed to their long-pending demands.
The NRHM employees claimed to have submitted a memorandum to various government dignitaries in the last few days regarding their demands.

The employees have been demanding the release of their one-month salaries, and had observed a strike in favour of their demands. The employees were demanding regularisation of jobs, the implementation of increment sanctioned to them and were opposing the government’s decision to reduce their salaries.

NRHM employees threaten state-level protest on June 7Earlier, the state government had ordered, through a notification on August 3, 2015, the implementation of six per cent increment from August this year. But the employees went on strike demanding that increment should be given from April 2015. Later, these employees were annoyed after the government reduced their salaries.

Inderjit Singh Rana, state president, NRHM, said, “We will protest on June 7 if the government fails to release the salaries of the employees during the strike period. In a democratic country, everyone has a right to protest and we had staged a protest only after our salaries were reduced and our long-pending demands, including regularisation of jobs, were not heeded to by the government.”

In the month of March and April last year, the NRHM employees had gone on strike continuously regarding their demands. The services of Health Department were adversely affected during the strike including emergency services across the state. However, the state government did not pay their salary during the period of strike.

Under the NRHM, about 9,000 employees including a number of doctors are working in Punjab and were annoyed over the recent decision of the state government to reduce the salaries of the employees. Following the pressure created on the government because of the strike, the state government took the decision on reducing the salaries of employees.

Source : Tribune India


Doctors slam proposed allowance reduction

Aurangabad: The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) has criticised the recommendations of the seventh pay commission to decrease the non-practising allowance (NPA) from 25% to 20%.

Doctors slam proposed allowance reductionResident doctors in the state will wear black ribbons and organise a candle march on Thursday to protest against the Centre's proposal.

MARD secretary Ayudh Magdum said "Doctors will suffer a huge loss since their salary has not been hiked as promised. The hike is around 13% when should have been at least 23.75%." He added that the government's recommendations in the seventh pay commission, which will be applicable for 10 years, is against doctors.

MARD Vice-President Amit Lomte said the recommendations have come as a big setback to doctors who practise in a government set-up, despite lucrative offers from private sectors. "The cost of living and salary of all other professionals increase, but the government turns a blind eye towards the needs of the doctors, and expects them to stay on in government practice after creating hurdles," said Lomte.

Moreover, there has been a long-pending demand to increase the NPA to 40%. "The NPA has also been delinked from house rent allowance (HRA). As a result, the total NPA benefits decrease from Rs 13,388 to Rs 11,220, causing loss of Rs 2,186," said Mundada.

Mundada said doctors will continue their "fight for justice". "We will put forth our demands before the government which include increasing the NPA from 20% to 40%, and to include it as a part of the basic pay," he Mundada.He added that the association has also demanded that resident doctors across government institutions be given a common allowance and hazard pay against diseases contracted on the job.

Source : TOI


Wednesday, 25 May 2016

EPFO doubles insurance for subscribers to Rs 6 lakh

EPFO doubles insurance for subscribers to Rs 6 lakh

NEW DELHI:Government has finally enforced the decision of retirement fund body EPFO to almost double the maximum sum assured under its insurance scheme to Rs 6 lakh for its 4 crore subscribers. 

EPFO doubles insurance for subscribers to Rs 6 lakh In September, Employee Provident Fund Organisation's apex decision making body Central Board of Trustees (CBT) had decided to increase benefits under the Employees' Deposit Linked Insurance ( EDLI) scheme from Rs 3.6 lakh to Rs 6 lakh.However, the notification to amend the scheme could not be issued by Labour Ministry as it was stuck in the Law Ministry. 

"The notification to enhance EDLI amount has been issued. It (the maximum sum assured) has been enhanced from Rs 3.6 lakh to Rs 6 lakh," Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya told reporters after launching a modernisation plan for National Academy for Training & Research in Social Security (NATRSS). Besides, he said, the decision to provide 8.8 per cent rate of interest to over 4 crore EPFO subscribers for 2015-16 has also been notified. 

Some officials present on the occasion said however that they have not received the notification and are still settling the PF claims at 8.75 per cent for 2015-16. 

The minister was here at NATRSS to preside over a function where institute was renamed as Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya National Academy of Social Security ( PDUNASS). Under the modernisation plan, PDUNASS will be developed as an international centre of excellence in the area of social security administration. 

PDUNASS will also collaborate with bodies like International Social Security Association (ISSA) and International Labour Organisation (ILO) to encourage research in the field of social security. 

Given the pre-eminent position that India enjoys in SAARC, it is appropriate that India's foremost Social Security Organisation EPFO,  , takes a lead in fulfilling the training needs of the other constituent countries of SAARC, officials said. 

The minister announced that PDUNASS will be developed as an international centre of excellence in the area of Social Security Administration and Research. 

To begin with participation of officers from Social Security Agencies in the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) countries would be invited. 
Social Security Professionals from the BRICS group of countries would be associated for experience sharing and learnings. 

Collaboration with a reputed University will also be explored to lend academic support and recognition to the research related work done by PDUNASS. 


150 computers attacked by lock virus in Maharastra Mantralaya

150 computers attacked by lock virus in Maharastra Mantralaya

At least 150 computers of Mantralaya, headquarters of the Maharashtra government, were attacked by a malicious software known as Locky ransomware, which blocks access to computers. Officials said the attack targeted files from the revenue and public works departments but the damage was contained before it could spread. 

150 computers attacked by lock virus in Maharastra MantralayaThe government building uses over 5,300 computers. The government has now directed its employees to only use their official ID and not use private e-mail IDs such as Gmail or Yahoo. It has also decided to provide an advisory to employees to exercise caution while using pendrives and CDs procured without authenticating sources.

According to Principal Secretary, Information Technology, Vijay Kumar Gautam, “Whether it is the Government of India or Maharashtra government, there is a rule to operate on official ID. Why should the employees use private ID, while conducting the government work?” Maintaining that all central data of the entire government across departments was safe, he said, “The quick action taken by the IT department to detect the problems helped to save other systems from the virus attack.” However, the 150 computers will be subjected to forensic tests.

Gautam believes, “The Locky attack could be a case of mistaken identity. What could the hackers get from the state government?”


Cabinet gives approval for cadre review in Indian Postal Service

Cabinet gives ex-post facto approval to the cadre review of Indian Postal Service (IPoS)


Cabinet gives approval for cadre review in Indian Postal ServiceThe cadre review will enable the Department of Posts to meet the functional requirements and strengthening the cadre structure both in the headquarters and in the field on the basis of functional requirement, which will provide more avenues to earn review and respond effectively to the customer needs, reduce the existing stagnation and improve the career prospects of Indian Postal Service officers. 

The proposal will be implemented through measures that include creation of a post of DG(Postal Operations) in the Apex scale, creation of post of Additional DG(Coordination) in the HAG+ scale, one post in HAG level, 5 posts in SAG level and 4 posts at the JAG level, and also increase of 84 posts at JTS level by down-grading from STS and overall decreasing STS posts by 96 for adjustment of new posts proposed to be created, without any overall change in the total number of posts in the cadre. 

For undertaking the above exercise, necessary consultations on the CRC recommendations with Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions have been duly completed. The Department of Expenditure have conveyed their ‘no objection’ to the proposal. 

Source : PIB


Govt to offer incentives to young Start-ups: Dr Jitendra Singh

Govt to offer incentives to young Start-ups: Dr Jitendra Singh 

On the completion of two years of completion of the NDA Government, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said here that Government will offer incentives to young Start-ups and entrepreneurs. 

Addressing a meeting of the Department of Youth Affairs, Dr Jitendra Singh said that, since by coincidence he simultaneously holds the charge of both Northeast as well as Youth Affairs, he will try to coordinate between the two Ministries to supplement each other’s efforts for encouraging youth from all over the country to set up entrepreneurship in Northeast. Since Northeast has huge unexplored potential for organic products, he said, on behalf of the DoNER Ministry, it has been decided to create a “Venture Capital Fund” for any youth who decides to initiate an enterprise in that region. 

Dr Jitendra Singh recalled that during the launch of Start-up India initiative on 16th January, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced some of the most incredible incentives including the provision of exit period of 3 months during which a youngster will have the option to decide whether to go ahead or to switch over to other alternative option. In addition, Start-up India programme also provides for a tax holiday for initial period, he said and suggested that the Youth Affairs Ministry should hold country-wide awareness camps and workshops to make the youngsters aware of all these provisions. 

While the Ministry of DoNER will provide “Venture Capital Fund” for Startups venturing in Northeast, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the Department of Youth Affairs will provide added support through its establishments like Nehru Yuva Kendra and other youth centres. 

Dr Jitendra Singh said, the Department of Youth Affairs has assumed special significance in today’s 2016 India because more than 60% of country’s population is below the age of 35 years. The Start-up India Mission will be led by the youth of the country who will finally usher India into a world power in the next few years. 

Among those presented at the meeting held last evening were Union Secretary Youth Affairs, Rajiv Gupta and other senior officers of the Ministry. 


Strike demanding the implementation of 7th Pay Commission : KSGEA

7th CPC : Karnataka State Govt Staff Strike demanding its implementation

Members of the Karnataka State Government Employees’ Association (KSGEA) have threatened to strike work and stage a protest across the State on June 2 demanding implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations.

KSGEA president B.P. Manje Gowda said nearly two dozen States have implemented the Seventh Pay Commission but the Karnataka government has not taken a decision on bring pay scales on a par with Central government employees.

Nearly six lakh government employees would strike work and stage protests in their respective taluks and cities on June 2, he said.

Mr. Gowda insisted that the government, while enhancing the salary, should ensure that there is no disparity in the salaries of Central and State government employees.

Source : The Hindu

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

INSV Mhadei Sails to Mauritius with an all Women Crew

INSV Mhadei Sails to Mauritius with an all Women Crew 

Indian Naval Sailing Vessel Mhadei (INSV Mhadei) sailed from Goa with an all-women crew for a voyage to Port Louis, Mauritius today. The boat is being skippered by Lt Cdr Vartika Joshi (a Naval Constructor). This would be the first open-ocean voyage of the Navy’s all-women crew of Mhadei, who are currently training to undertake a circumnavigation of the globe in 2017. 

The crew comprising Lt P Swathi, Lt B Aishwarya, Lt Pratibha Jamwal, Lt Vijaya and Lt Payal Gupta would be undertaking this arduous voyage through rough seas and heavy weather, expected during the Monsoons, in the Arabian Sea. This is a training voyage to expose the young crew to weather that would be faced by them during the circumnavigation in 2017. 

All the women officers are keen sailors who took to the sport after joining the Indian Navy. The Skipper, Lt Cdr Vartika Joshi and Lt Swathi have been part of Mhadei crew on earlier voyages. The officers have undergone theoretical training in Navigation, Communication, Meteorology and Seamanship at the navy’s training schools in Kochi. Since then, the Officers have been training under Cdr Dilip Donde, India’s first Circumnavigator, who undertook his voyage on the same boat, in 2008-09. 

The all-women crew circumnavigation of the Globe would be undertaken on board the new sailing vessel of the Navy presently under-construction at M/s Aquarius Shipyard Pvt Ltd, Goa. The yet-to-be-named boat is expected to be delivered to the Navy by Feb 2017. The Navy is in the process of setting up an Ocean Sailing node at Goa to promote Ocean sailing and a spirit of adventure amongst young naval officers and sailors. Mhadei and her sister vessel would be based at this node in Goa. The exploits of this all-women crew on board Mhadei, alongwith accounts of their voyage and photographs, can be followed on the Facebook page ‘Mhadei’. The boat is expected to enter Port Louis on 11/12 Jun 16 and return to Goa by early Jul 16.

Source : PIB

Why one should file Nil Income Tax Return ?

What Is Nil Income Tax Return? Why one should file Nil Income Tax Return ?

Did you know that you can file a tax return even if your income for the year is below the taxable limit? If your taxable income is less than the threshold limit of Rs 2.5 lakh in a year, you are not mandated to file income tax return. But if you want to, you can file a nil return.

But you may wonder why get into the hassle of filing a tax return when you don't have to pay any taxes. There are certain benefits of filing tax returns that you may not be aware of.

1) To carry forward losses

The only condition to carry forward losses is that you have to file tax return on time. If you file your income-tax return after due date which is generally July 31 of the year, you will not be allowed to set off your capital losses against capital gains in a belated return.

For example, you have incurred a loss suppose on sale of equity shares. To carry forward these losses for future adjustment with capital gains you must file tax returns.

2) To claim TDS refund

If your bank has deducted tax deducted at source (TDS) on your interest income over Rs 10,000, despite the fact that your income is below the taxable limit, you can claim a refund only if you have filed a tax return. Also, in case your rental income is more than Rs 1.8 lakh in a year, your tenant is liable to deduct TDS. You will have to file a tax return for refund of TDS.

3) To show proof of your income

If you are applying for any kind of loan, most lenders ask for your income tax return of the past few years as a proof of income. Even if you are applying for a visa, foreign countries often ask for your income-tax return to know your financial position before issuing visa.

Source : NDTV

Disciplinary action for dereliction of duty by Central Government Employee(s)

Disciplinary action for dereliction of duty by Central Government Employee(s)

Government of India, Ministry of Defence dated January 7th 2015 ordered the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and the Director General of Defence Estates (DGDE) to open blocked roads in Cantonment, which were closed without following the statutory procedure and has asked for a compliance report within 30 days from the date of that letter.

It is almost over 16 months and neither the COAS nor the DGDE has implemented the above Ministry’s order to open the closed roads in Secunderabad Cantonment. 

If the above Order was not carried out by the Central Government Employee and that erred employee is an army personal then it amounts to disobedience and insubordination to his superior’s order in accordance with Section 40 & 41 of Indian Army Rules 1950. If it is a civil servant then it amounts to misconduct in accordance with the Rule 3 (1) laid down in the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules.

It is the earnest Endeavor of the present Central Government to ensure clean and efficient administration at all levels. The PM has already directed that wherever connivance, negligence, dereliction of duty of the Government employee is noticed, the Competent Authority shall take prompt action for such misconduct. 

You being the Competent Authority, May I request you what prompt disciplinary action against the erred employee (s)   was taken by your good office for their  non-compliance with the Ministry of Defence letter dated 7th January 2015 and for their dilatory tactics or willfully causing delays in disposal of the work assigned to them.

In the event you are yet to take action against the erred employee(s) you are requested to act immediately and confirm your action by not later than May 30th 2016, failing which, you will be held liable as a competent authority, for not taking action and necessary legal proceedings will be taken up at the appropriate forum at your costs.

It should be clearly understood at the highest level of the government that over 2.0 million civilians in Secunderabad Cantonment are put into great inconvenience, mental agony, waste of time & money due to erring of some central government employee.  

This is a notice served to you under the Section 80 of the Indian Civil Procedure Code.

Source : The Hans India

Telangana government lifts two-year-old ban on transfer of employees

HYDERABAD: The state government on Tuesday lifted the two-year-old ban on transfer of employees in government service and also gave green light to new appointments on compassionate grounds. The announcement came as a big relief to the government employees, who had been eagerly waiting for a decision in this regard right from the days of bifurcation.

However, the ban order will continue for state cadre employees, whose division is still pending with the CR Kamalanathan committee.

Telangana government lifts two-year-old ban on transfer of employeesAs the Kamalanathan committee has completed most of the work regarding division of employees, the government decided to lift the ban on transfer of staff in local, district, zonal and multi-zonal cadre posts, which fall entirely in Telangana State.

The ban on state cadre posts and the posts in Secretariat, including heads of departments (HoDs) and state level officers, for which the process of final allocation between the states is completed by the Central government, has also been lifted.

Employees working in the posts for which the process of tentative allocation between the states is completed will also be eligible for transfer. These orders will not apply to the employees whose tentative allocation is under objection.

However, the orders said that the general ban on transfers imposed by the government in finance department shall remain unchanged.

The government also lifted the ban on compassionate appointment of eligible dependants of the deceased or medically invalidated employees in state cadre and to the posts in Secretariat and state level offices strictly adhering to the rules and instructions issued in this regard.

However, compassionate appointments will be made only in the cases where the employee has died or has been medically invalidated on or after June 2, 2014 and the person is allocated to the State of Telangana.

In case of dependants of employees who died before June 2, 2014, whose local status has been established as Telangana, the jobs will be provided on compassionate grounds. 


Central govt staff stir over ‘pay anomalies’ from June 9

Tribune News Service
Dehradun, May 24

KKN Kutty, national president of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, today said the employees of the Central government would stage a demonstration from June 9 onwards in case the “shortcomings in the seventh pay commission recommendations” were not rectified.

Central govt staff stir over ‘pay anomalies’ from June 9Kutty, while talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the All India Trade Union Education Camp 2016 in Dehradun, said the seventh pay commission had recommended Rs 18,000 per month as minimum wage whereas it should be Rs 26,000 per month. “Thirty five to 40 per cent positions are vacant in the Central government departments which must be filled at the earliest,” he said while criticising the government for its outsourcing policy.

“Several issues are there which should be resolved. We have asked the Centre to hold talks with us before June 9, otherwise we will be forced to launch an agitation,” he said. He said it was wrong to link government employees with corruption. “It is in society and there should be a mechanism to check it,” he asserted.

Earlier, while addressing the All India Trade Union Education Camp 2016, Kutty called upon the Central government employees to work unitedly towards ensuring justice for them.

Another speaker, Venkatesh Ramakrishnan, said the liberalisation policies followed by the rise of communalism in the country had adversely affected the working class. He said the Central government employees were facing challenging times as they were being neglected.

Source : Tribune India

Hyundai announces special offers for Central Government Employees

NEW DELHI: Hyundai Motor India on Tuesday has announced 20 Years Celebration offer exclusively for Central Government Employees. The customers will get a benefit of Rs 7,000 on Grand i10 and Xcent and Rs 5,000 on i10 and Eon in addition to the existing promotional offers. The Central Government Employees are significant prospective customers for Hyundai across urban and rural India. 

Rakesh Srivastava, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, HMIL, said, "Pride of India celebration offer is especially for the Central Government Employees who value Hyundai as a tried and trusted brand with very strong customer affinity. With this initiative, Hyundai aspires to increase its engagement towards becoming the lifetime partners of Central Government Employees." 

This promotional offer will be supported by Hyundai Motor India's large sales and service network in the country with 449 dealers to support the sales and 1163 Service Points to fulfill service requirements of customers. The pre-owned certified car dealerships of Hyundai Motor India, 'H-Promise' has a wide presence of 386 dealerships across India. 

The company recently conducted 'Mega Experience Hyundai Program' which will let Hyundai customers to experience the services and product. It will provide free 18 point check-up conducted at locations like, malls, residential societies, parking lots and petrol pumps.

Source : ETA

Delhi Development Authority Recruitment 2016

Delhi Development Authority  invites application to fill up various vacancies. Interested can apply. Last Date :14 .06.2016 .

Following are the details of vacancies:

SI. No.
Classification of Post
Pay Band/ Grade Pay
Mode of Recruitment
Dy. Director (Public Relations)
Group A
15,600-391007-+ Grade Pay of Rs. 6600/- (PB-3)
Single stage on-line examination followed by interview of shortlisted candidates
Dy. Director (Planning)
Group A
15,600-39100/-+ Grade Pay of Rs. 6600/- (PB-3)
Asstt. Director (Planning)
Group A
15,600-391007-+ Grade Pay of Rs. 5400/- (PB-3)
Asstt. Director (Ministerial)
Group B
9300 - 34800/-+Grade Pay of Rs. 4800/- (PB-2)
Assistant Accounts Officer
Group B
9300 - 34800/-+Grade Pay of Rs. 4800/- (PB-2)
Legal Assistant
Group B
9300 - 34800/-+Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/- (PB-2)
Assistant Section Officer (ASO) (Erstwhile Assistant)
Group B
9300 - 34800/-+Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/- (PB-2)
2 stage online examination followed by Computer Proficiency test
Section Officer (Horticulture)
Group B
9300 - 34800/-+Grade Pay of Rs. 4200/- (PB-2)
Single stage on-line examination
J. E. (Civil)
Group B
9300 - 34800/-+Grade Pay of Rs. 4200/- (PB-2)
J. E. (Electrical/ Mechanical)
Group B
9300 - 34800/-+Grade Pay of Rs. 4200/- (PB-2)
Junior Hindi Translator
Group B
9300 - 34800/-+Grade Pay of Rs. 4200/- (PB-2)
2 stage examination (Stage I online and Stage II conventional Type i.e. pen & paper method)
Stenographer Grade 'D'
Group C
5200 - 20200/-+Grade Pay of Rs.2400/-(PB-1)
Single Stage online examination followed by skill test
Group C
5200 - 20200/-+Grade Pay of Rs.2000/-(PB-1)
2 stage online examination

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