Uploading of Notified Recruitment Rules of various posts under each Ministry/Department

G.I., Dept. of Per. & Trg., O.M.No.AB-14017/61/2008-Estt.(RR), dated 27.2.2015

Subject : Uploading of Notified Recruitment Rules of various posts under each Ministry/Department.

It has come to the notice of this Department that  Ministries/Departments are not uploading the notified Recruitment Rules of various posts in the Ministry Department on their official website. To bring greater transparency and to allow the prospective government employees to have an informed decision regarding their career prospects, all the Ministries/Departments are requested to upload the notified Recruitment Rules of various posts under their Ministry/Department by 15th March, 2015. They are also advised to issue suitable instructions to the Subordinate Offices and Attached Offices under their Administrative Control to upload the notified Recruitment Rules of various posts on their respective official websites.

2. All the Ministries/Departments are requested to send compliance of the aforesaid instructions before 31st March, 2015.

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Postal Network Spread Across the Country to be Used for Increasing Access to Formal Financial System

Postal Network Spread Across the Country to be Used for Increasing Access to Formal Financial System

The Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitely presenting the Union Budget 2015-16, here today, said that the government is committed to increasing access of the people to the formal financial system. In this context, Government proposes to utilize the vast Postal network with nearly 1,54,000 points of presence spread across the villages of the country . The Minister hoped that the Postal Department will make its proposed Payments Bank venture successful so that it contributes further to the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana.

Shri Jaitley said that to bring parity in regulation of Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) with other financial institutions in matters relating to recovery, it is proposed that NBFCs registered with RBI and having asset size of Rs. 500 crore and above will b considered for notifications as ‘Financial Institution’ In terms of the SARFAESI Act, 2002.

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Employees Under the Employees Provident Fund(EPF) to be Provided two Options

Employees Under the Employees Provident Fund(EPF) to be Provided two Options

The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley has announced that with respect to Employees Provident Fund (EPF), the employee needs to be provided two options. Firstly, the employee may opt for EPF or the New Pension Scheme (NPS). Secondly, for employees below a certain threshold of monthly income, contribution to EPF should be optional, without affecting or reducing the employer’s contribution. He said, with respect to ESI, the employee should have the option of choosing either ESI or a Health Insurance product, recognized by the Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA).

The Finance Minister announced that he intends to bring amending legislation in this regard, after stakeholders’ consultation.

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Meeting with 7th Pay Commission and DoPT on 25.2.2015 – Confederation publishes brief resume of the discussions

Meeting with 7th Pay Commission and DoPT on 25.2.2015 – Confederation publishes brief resume of the discussions

Meeting with Chairman 7th Pay Commission & Discussion with Govt. on NJCA Strike Charter of Demands – 25.02.2015 – Com. K. K. N. Kutty (President), Com. M. S. Raja (Working President) & Com. M. Krishnan (Secretary General) attended both the meetings on behalf of Confederation.

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary

Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001

No. NC-JCM/2015/S.C

February 26, 2015

Dear Comrade

The Standing Committee of the Staff Side, National Council has interaction with the 7th CPC on 25th Feb. 2015 followed by the Standing Committee meeting of National Council (JCM) with the Secretary DOPT in the afternoon. The meeting with the Secretary Personnel came as a result of the decisions that we have conveyed for organizing March to Parliament and other programmes, culminate as a pre pretretory meaure for an indefinite strike. The agenda for discussion with the Secretary Personnel was, therefore, the charter of demands (10 points) we had submitted to the Government after the National Convention of all Central Government Employees Organizations on 11th December, 2014. The response from the Government undoubtedly establish the fact that ultimately they have taken note of the growing discontentment of the Central Government employees manifested through various programmes we have jointly carried out by this time. We, therefore, earnestly request the affiliates and leaders of various organizations at the field formations to intensify the ongoing programmes to compel the Government to settle our demands. We give hereunder a brief resume of the discussions we had with the Pay Commission and the Secretary Personnel, which is indicative of the reflections of both the entities.

Meeting with the Pay Commission:
The Chairman informed of his inability to take a final decision on the question of merger of DA and Interim relief as the Government has not referred this matter to them and further stated that this Govt. can take decisions on the two issues, without any report from the CPC. He added that the memoranda received from the staff Side on these two issues had been forwarded to the Government. He wanted the staff side to take up the matter with the Government and assured that on receipt of the reference from the Government they would consider the matter without any loss of time. However, they indicated that the Commission would strive to submit their report to the Government within the stipulated time frame and therefore, the question of Interim relief, in his opinion should not arise at all. The Staff side requested him to appreciate the fact that the matter concerning merger of DA and interim relief has been raised by them not on account of the possible delay on the part of the Pay Commission but emanated from the fact that the erosion in the real value of wages of the Central Government has been eroded during the period drastically.

On Oral Evidence:
The methodology to be adopted by the 7th CPC in the matter was discussed at length. It was ultimately decided that the Staff Side after considering the viewpoints expressed by the CPC will draw out a plan both for the National Council Staff Side and for the organizations at the Departmental levels. The scheduled date for meetings with the Pay Commission will be finalized after Holi festival i.e. 5th March, 2015. The Staff Side will discuss the matter and will submit its consensus view to the Commission soon in this regard. In any case, the staff side would require the following information immediately at its office.

1. Name of the organization which has submitted its memorandum to CPC with date of submission.
2. Underwhich Ministry the Department function
3. Whether the organization is recognized or not
4. The number of employees, whom the organization represents
5. The total – Group C and Group B Non Gazetted – strength of the concerned Department.

Inclusion of GDS
The Chairman assured that he would go through the Supreme Court Judgment in the matter. However, fie added that the inclusion or otherwise of the GDS within the purview of the 7th CPC is the prerogative of the Government and except making its opinion clear on the subject he might not be able to do anything further in the matter.

Standing Committee meeting with Secretary Personnel: There had been no tangible result in the discussions. The impression gained was that the staff side was invited to show that the dialogue continues, However, we give here under the response of the Government in respect of the issues subjected for discussion. The rest of the issues in the charter will be discussed later on at another meeting, for which the date has not been indicated.

1. Interim relief, Merger of DA, Date of effect, Inclusion of GDS in the ambit of 7th CPC; Settlement of anomalies; The views expressed by the official on each of the above items are as under

a). Interim relief is normally given if there is an apprehension of abnormal delay. Government has been informed by the 7th CPC that they would adhere to the time schedule.

b). DA merger: Since the Pay Commission would be submitting its report soon, the question of merger of DA would automatically be in-built in their recommendation.

c). It is the prerogative of the CPC to recommend the date of effect. Govt.’s role will come only after the recommendations are received.

d). GDS: Govt. has not considered the GDS as Civil Servants. However, the latest recommendation received from the Postal Department in the matter is said to be under the consideration of the Govt.

e). The National Anomaly committee will meet again shortly and the resolution on agreed items would be expedited.

2. FDI and Privatization of Railways and Defense factories and Corporatization of Postal: The Staff Side was advised to take up the issue at a higher level as the issues raised were said to be policy matters.

3. No ban on recruitment.: The official Side clarified that the Govt. has not instituted any ban on recruitment. There is only ban on creation of posts. However, for operational posts, exemption has been provided in compelling situation.

4. Scrap PFRDA Act.: The official side will look into the letter received from the Railway and Defence Ministers. The scrapping of the Act was said to be not within the scope of discussion. The Joint Secretary Financial Services explained the various provisions of the Act and as to how the contributory pension scheme would be beneficial to the subscribers. The Staff Side requested the Government to make it optional that anybody who feels that the new scheme would be beneficial would opt for it and others will have the opportunity to opt out and adopt the old defined benefit scheme scheme of Pension.

5. Closure of Medical Stores Depots and Printing and Stationery Departments : It was categorically cleared by the Govt that there had been no decision to close down the Printing Presses and Stationery Department. In view of the new situation in which all Departments are permitted to purchase the requisite stationery items from the market, the Urban Development Ministry has suggested certain modernization and restructuring the of Stationery Department. The Govt. was prepared to discuss the details thereof and arrive at an amicable settlement, acceptable to the Staff Side. The official side expressed willingness to discuss the matter with the staff Side of the concerned Department along with the 3 (three) members of the standing Committee. In respect of Medical store depots also, the official side clarified that the department would not be closed down and no employee will be retrenched. They also wanted the staff side to meet and discuss the issue with them to clear the doubts and suspicion in the matter.

6. Active Functioning of JCM : The Government will convene the meeting of the National Council soon. the convening of the Departmental Councils would be taken up with the concerned Departmental heads. The delay in the grant of recognition may be brought to the notice of the Department of Personnel for corrective action at their end

7. Compassionate Appointment : Government will consider lifting of the ceiling of 5% but no assurance was held out. The other issues in the charter will be subjected to discussion later on.

With Greetings

Yours fraternally,
sd/-
Shiv Gopal Mishra
Convenor

Source: Confederation

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AICPIN for Jan 2015 : CPI-IW Base Year 2001=100 for the month of January 2015 released by Labour Bureau

AICPIN for Jan 2015 : CPI-IW Base Year 2001=100 for the month of January 2015 released by Labour Bureau

One of the most expected statistics amongst Central Govt employees and Pensioners for the purpose of additional Dearness Allowance calculation has been released by Labour Bureau today on its official portal.

The index of CPI-IW for the month of January 2015 is increased by one point and stands at 254. After a long time, the index is moved from the existing point of 253.

All India Consumer Price Index for the month of Jan 2015 is used for the first step of additional dearness allowance calculation which will be effect from July 2015 to all Central Govt employees and Pensioners.

Central Govt employees

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Government Employees to Stage Stir on March 2 Seeking Interim Relief and Merger of DA

Government Employees to Stage Stir on March 2 Seeking Interim Relief

PUDUCHERRY: The Confederation of Pondicherry State Government Employees Associations has urged the Central government to announce an interim relief and merger of Dearness Allowance with the basic pay.

Confederation honorary president, C H Balamohanan, told reporters that the BJP-led Central government is yet announce the interim relief for the employees ahead of the implementations of the recommendations made by the pay commission.

The Seventh pay commission which was set up on January 1, 2014 by the previous Congress government will take at least 18 to 24 months to submit the final recommendations. In the meantime, the government should have announced the interim relief with retrospective effect, but steps were not taken in this direction, Balamohanan said.

Meanwhile, the Confederation honorary president, Balamohanan added that steps were not taken to merge the Dearness Allowance (DA) with the basic pay as in the last announcement, it was 7 per cent hike, taking it to 107 per cent of basic pay.

The Confederation honorary president also informed that on March 2, a dharna will be held in front of Head Post Office by the activists of the confederation and will hand over memorandum consisting of charter of demands to the Chief Secretary.

He added that the representatives of the confederation will take part in the parliament march on April 28 pressing the central government for the implementation of the pay commission recommendations.

Meanwhile, it may be noted that the Union Territory of Puducheryy has 25,000 government employees, who are having the same service conditions as that of the Central Government.

Read at: The New Indian Express

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Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme – Some private hospitals have withdrawn their services from ECHS

Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme – Some private hospitals have withdrawn their services from ECHS

 

Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme

 

There have been no specific complaints regarding misuse of funds. However, there are some complaints about lack of funds allocated to the ECHS.

 

The budget allocated at Budget Estimate stage was less than projected estimate and additional funds were allocated at Revised Estimate (RE) stage.

 

The shortfall of medicines is not directly related to lack of funds and it is attributed to procedure involved in procurement of medicines. Some private hospitals have withdrawn their services from ECHS due to various reasons including low rates, delay in clearance of bills etc.

 

The steps taken by the Government to improve health care under ECHS include sanction of additional manpower to ECHS polyclinics, revision of remuneration, bringing all 28 Regional Centres under online billing mode for timely processing and payment of medical bills of empanelled facilities, upgrading ECHS Card, empanelment of more medical facilities etc.

 

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri B.V. Naik in Lok Sabha today.

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Reservation period has been extended from 60 days to 120 days – “Operation five minutes” Scheme

Reservation period has been extended from 60 days to 120 days – “Operation five minutes” Scheme

 

Railway passengers soon will be able to book your rail ticket four months in advance instead of two months at present.

 

In his Railway budget speech in Lok Sabha, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday said advance reservation period has been extended from 60 days at present to 120 days to check the rising menace of touts.

 

Asked when the decision will be implemented, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha told reporters later that it would come into force in the next fortnight. Incidentally, the advance reservation period earlier was 120 days but was reduced to 60 days about two years back, a step the railways had then said was initiated to also check the tout menace.

 

Member Traffic Ajay Shukla said advancing the reservation period once again to 120 days would discourage the touts as it involves more cancellation charges.

 

Mr. Prabhu announced introduction of ‘operation five minutes’ scheme under which ticketless passengers can get regular tickets within five minutes of entering station.

 

Provision of modified ‘hot buttons’, coin vending machines and ‘single destination teller windows’ will drastically reduce the transaction time, the Minister said.

 

For the differently-abled travellers, a special initiative is also being launched whereby they can purchase concessional e-tickets after one-time registration. It is also proposed to work towards developing a multilingual e-ticketing portal.

 

“We will move towards crediting all refunds through the banking system,” the Minister said.

 

Read more at “The Hindu”

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Outcome of the meeting with 7th Pay Commission on 25.2.2015 – AIRF

Outcome of the meeting with 7th Pay Commission on 25.2.2015 – AIRF

A.I.R.F.
All India Railwaymen’s Federation
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi – 110055

No.AIRF/60

Dated: February 24, 2015

The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,

Dear Comrades,

Sub: Feedback of meeting with Seventh Pay Commission on 25.02.2015

Today, We met pay commission and demanded for interim report on merger of DA and Interim relief.

The pay commission told us that it has no such reference from Government and wanted us to demand the same from central government. However they agreed to write DO letter to Government of India in respect of our demands.

They informed us that Pay Commission will submit its report within stipulated time to Government. They proposed to us to send small groups from various departments for submission of their demands to them and asked JCM to make small groups to discuss important items in JCM memorandum for which we have agreed.

Yours sincerely,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

Source: NRMU

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Paramilitary Allowance/Special Pay to the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF)

Proposal to grant Paramilitary Allowance/Special Pay to the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel at par with the Army: Lok Sabha Q&A

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS
LOK SABHA

STARRED QUESTION NO 15

 ANSWERED ON 24.02.2015

   PARAMILITARY ALLOWANCE SPECIAL PAY FOR CAPF

15 . Nishank Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal
Kishore Shri Kaushal

Will the Minister of HOME AFFAIRS be pleased to state:-

(a) whether suggestions have been received from various quarters to grant Paramilitary Allowance/Special Pay to the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel at par with the Army, if so, the details and the present status thereof;

(b) the financial benefits envisaged for such personnel;

(c) whether the Government is also considering other benefits/facilities for the CAPF personnel on the lines of Defence Forces; and

(d) if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS (SHRI KIREN RIJIJU)

(a) to (d): A statement is laid on the Table of the House.

STATEMENT IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (d) OF LOK SABHA STARRED QUESTION No.15 FOR 24.02.2015

(a) : A proposal has been received from BSF for sanction of Para Military Service Pay (PMSP) to BSF personnel at par with Army personnel. This proposal has been referred to the 7th Central Pay Commission vide MHA OM dated 05.11.2014.

(b) : The rate of Para Military Service Pay requested is @ Rs.2,000/- pm to Personnel Below Officer Rank (PBOR) and Rs.6,000/- pm to officers up to DIG rank, based on the rates of Military Service Pay.

(c) & (d) : Besides PMSP, another proposal for 20 days’ Casual Leave to Officers and 30 days for Other Ranks in CAPFs, in a calendar year, at par with Army has also been referred to the 7th Central Pay Commission vide MHA OM dated 17.10.2014.

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