Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amended Act, 2016
Though the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, 1988 has been on the statute book since more than 28 years, the same could not be made operational because of certain inherent defects. With a view to providing effective regime for prohibition of benami transactions, the said Act was amended through the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amended Act, 2016. The amended law empowers the specified authorities to provisionally attach benami properties which can eventually be confiscated. Besides, if a person is found guilty of offence of benami transaction by the competent court, he shall be punishable with rigorous imprisonment for a term not less than one year but which may extend to 7 years and shall also be liable to fine which may extend to 25% of the fair market value of the property.
The Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act, 2016 came into effect from1st November, 2016. Several benami transactions have been identified since the coming into effect of the amended law. Show cause notices for provisional attachment of benami properties have been issued in 140 cases involving properties of the value of about Rs. 200 crore. Out of these, provisional attachment has already been effected in 124 cases. The benami properties attached include deposits in bank accounts and immovable properties.
The Government has put in place empowered institutions for efficient implementation of the amended law. In exercise of powers conferred under sub-section (2) of section 28 read with section 59 of the amended Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act, 1988, vide Notification No. SO 3290E, dated 25.10.2016 the Central Government has notified specified Income-tax authorities to act as Initiating Officer, Approving Authority and Administrator in respect of benami transactions. Further, vide Notification No. SO 3288E, dated 25.10.2016, the Adjudicating Authority has been notified
This was stated by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
Report on pay hike of teachers
Minister of State for HRD Shri Mahendra Nath Pandey said in a written reply in Parliament on 23rd March 2017 that he Pay review Committee constituted by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for pay revision of academic staff of Universities and Colleges has submitted its report and the same is under consideration of the Central Government. The modalities to implement the revised scales in State Universities will be decided after approval of Central Cabinet in this regard.
More than 9.5 lakhs women avail benefit under the Maternity Benefit Programme during 2014-15 and 2015-16
More than 9.5 lakhs women avail benefit under the Maternity Benefit Programme during 2014-15 and 2015-16
Scheme to be implemented on a Pan India basis w.e.f. 01.01.2017
The Maternity Benefit Programme is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme being implemented through the State Governments/UT Administrations. The Ministry issues guidelines for implementation of the Programme, releases funds in the prescribed cost sharing ratio and monitors implementation of the scheme. Whenever, any incident of non-payment of benefits under the Programme is brought to the notice of the Ministry, the concerned State Government/UT Administration is requested to take necessary action in this regard. Adequate fund have been placed at the disposal of States/UTs for providing maternity benefit to the eligible beneficiaries.
Earlier this scheme was implemented in selected 53 districts of the country, the Government has approved pan-India Implementation of Maternity Benefit Programme to cover all the districts of the country with effect from 01.01.2017. Year-wise details of funds allotted to the scheme are as under:
(Rupees in Crore)
* For implementation of Maternity Benefit Programme.
Details of funds released under the Maternity Benefit Programme during 2011-12 to 2016-17 (Up to 06.03.2017) and number of beneficiaries across the country is as follows:
|Funds Released (Rs. In Crores)||293.83||82.57||232.05||343.13||233.46|
|No. Of States not reported data of beneficiaries||4||0||3||8||10|
This information was given by Minister of State for Women & Child Development, Smt Krishna Raj in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.
Implementation of creamy layer criteria
In case of recommendation of name of a candidate by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for service allocation, the candidate is considered for allocation to one of those services by the Government for which he has indicated his preference subject to fulfilment of other conditions like Medical fitness, eligibility for availing reservation as per Civil Services Examination Rules and extant instructions on the subject. Further, vacancies reserved for Other Backward Classes (OBC) candidates are filled by the candidates eligible for availing OBC (Non Creamy Layer) reservation.
The Supreme Court of India in the Indra Sawhney judgement referred to ‘creamy’ layer as those sections or identified groups among the backward classes who are excluded from the purview of reservation. Further, the criterion for determining creamy layer amongst OBCs is provided in the Schedule to the OM dated 08.09.1993. For Category VI of the aforesaid Schedule, wherein Income/Wealth Test for determination of creamy layer has been prescribed, the income ceiling is revised from time to time. The current income ceiling for that purpose is Rs 6 Lakh per annum, as stipulated in DoPT OM dated 27.05.2013.
This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Devender Goud T. in the Rajya Sabha today.
Information under RTI Act
No data is centrally maintained either by Government or Central Information Commission (CIC) in respect of cases wherein the information under RTI Act has not been provided to the applicants.
CIC adjudicates the second appeals and complaints received in the Commission. The Right to Information Act, 2005 provides for imposition of penalty by CIC against the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO), in pursuance of section 20 of the RTI Act. As per the information furnished by CIC, the amount of penalty imposed on such CPIOs for the last three years is as under:
Right to Information (RTI) Act 2005 mandates timely response to citizen’s request for information in order to promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority.
Review of the implementation of the provisions of RTI Act is an ongoing process. There have been constant efforts on part of the Government to streamline and strengthen the existing mechanisms for successful and effective implementation of the RTI Act.
Government has taken several steps to strengthen the regime of RTI Act, which inter-alia include the following:
i. RTI Online Portal (https://rtionline.gov.in) was launched in August, 2013 by D/o Personnel and Training. As on 17.03.2017, 1840 Central Public Authorities have been aligned to it making it convenient for citizens to file RTI requests and First Appeals through on-line.
ii. The Government has conducted training and capacity building programs for Public Information Officers and First Appellate Authorities through State Government Training Institutes for effective implementation of the RTI Act.
iii. Ministries/Departments and other Public Authorities are proactively working towards suo-motu disclosure and more information is put on their websites so as to reduce the need for filing RTI applications.
This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Raju Shetty in the Lok Sabha today.
Committee on Rank and Pay Parity
The Government has set up a three member Committee of Officers to look into Equivalence between Service Officers and Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (AFHQ CS) officers.
The Committee is likely to submit its findings by 31st March 2017.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Rajeev Chandra Sekhar in Rajya Sabha today.
Payment of Wages by cheque or crediting to bank accounts
The present wage limit for applicability of the provisions of the Payment of Wages Act, 1936 is Rs. 18,000/- per month. The Act has been amended by Payment of Wages (Amendment) Act, 2017 (effective from 28.12.2016) to enable the employers to pay wages to their employees by (a) cash or (b) cheque or (c) crediting to their bank account. The amendment in the Act also enables the appropriate Government to specify the industrial or other establishment, by notification in the Official Gazette, which shall pay to every person employed in such industrial or other establishment, the wages only by cheque or by crediting in his bank account.
This information was given by Shri BandaruDattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment,in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.
Parliamentary Panel for shifting fiscal year to January-December
New Delhi: India should shift to the January – December financial year by ending the decades old tradition of April – March fiscal introduced by the British, a Parliamentary Panel said today.
The present system was adopted by the Government of India in 1867 principally to align the Indian financial year with that of the British government. Prior to 1867, the financial year in India used to commence on May 1 and end on April 30 of the following year.
Criticising the Finance Ministry for “hastening” the exercise of Budget presentation, the Standing Committee on Finance, chaired by Congress MP M Veerappa Moily, said “greater preparation and adequate groundwork should have been made” before preponing Budget by a month.
“The Committee would thus expect a more thorough exercise next year onwards. Keeping in view the above constraints, the Committee would suggest that the financial year may also be correspondingly shifted to calendar year and the budget date be further advanced correspondingly,” it said.
It concurred with the government’s decision to advance budget date to end financial business of the government before March 31 so that the respective ministries are able to spend their allocated money from the beginning of the financial year.
Ending the decades old practice of presenting Union Budget on the last working day of February, the government presented the Budget for 2017-18 on February 1.
“The Committee, however, finds that shifting the Budget by one month leads to non-availability of comparative data for almost a quarter and in the process the utilisation of funds, achievement of physical and financial targets cannot be determined,” the report said.
The government had last year appointed a high-level committee to study the feasibility of shifting financial year to January 1 from the current practice of starting the fiscal from April 1. The panel submitted its report to the Finance Minister in December.
A Niti Aayog panel, headed by its member Bibek Debroy, had also reportedly favoured following the calendar year as the financial year.
A change in financial year would require amendments in various statutes and changes in tax laws during the transitional period.
The Standing Committee also highlighted “inconsistencies” in budget allocation and occurrence of wide variations between the budget estimates and actuals of various departments.
Giving instances of inconsistent budgeting and recurring occurrences of wide variation between the budget estimates, revised estimates and actuals, it said the budgetary exercise should have been done with greater due diligence.
“The Committee would once again urge that the standard rules and guidelines may be strictly applied and if required, objective parameters may be devised for this purpose so as to avoid inconsistencies and mismatch in their estimates in future and put forth realistic and need based demands,” it said.
Press Statement regarding Nationwide One Day Strike today (16.3.2017) – Confederation
A press statement regarding Nationwide One Day Strike today (16.3.2017) published by the General Secretary of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers.
Dated 16th March 2017
About thirteen (13) lakhs Central Government employees went on nationwide one day strike today (16.03.2017) as per the call of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers. The Strike was organized to protest against the betrayal of the Group of Cabinet Ministers of NDA Government by not honoring the assurances given to the National Joint Council of Action on 30th June 2016. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitely and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has assured that a High Level Committee will be appointed to negotiate and settle the issues arising out of 7th Pay Commission inducing increase in Minimum pay, Fitment formula, Allowances etc. within a period of four months. Based on this assurance the Federations had deferred the proposed indefinite strike from 11th July 2016. Even after a lapse of eight months the assurances are not fulfilled.
Government issued orders to deal with the strike threatening imposition of break-in Service, suspension and dismissal in addition to dies-non. Employees participated in the strike defying such orders.
In Postal department about five Lakhs employees participated in the strike. INTUC Federation also jointed the strike in Postal. All RMS Offices and major post offices remained closed. Income Tax
deparment the strike was total in all states as both employees and officers went on strike. Employees of Audit and Accounts department Civil Accounts, Ground Water Board, Botanical Survey Of India, Postal Accounts Survey Of India, Atomic Energy, Indian Space Research Printing and Stationery, Indian Bureau of Mines, Geological Survey of India, AGMARK, Central Government Health Scheme, Medical Stores depot, Film Institute Of India, Indian Council of Medical Research, Customs and Central Excise, Central Food Laboratory, Census, Defence Accounts and various other autonomous and scientific Research institutions participated in the nation wide strike.
Strike was total in Kerala, West Bengal, Tamilnadu, Odisha, Telangana, Chattisgarh, Assam, North Eastern states including Tripura, Jharkhand, Karnataka and Maharashtra. 70 to 80% participation in Andhra, Punjab, Gujarat, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, 60 to 70% in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, 40 to 50% in Delhi and Rajasthan 30% in Himachal.
Solidarity demonstrations were conducted by All India State Government Employees Federation, BSNL Employees Unions, Central Pensioners organisations, All India Defence Employees Federation and many other organizations.
The National Secretariat of the Confederation thanked and Congratulated the employees who made the nationwide strike a resounding success.
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Government Press Release on recent attack on security forces at Sukma, Chhattisgarh on March 11, 2017
Govt Press Release on recent attack on security forces at Sukma, Chhattisgarh on March 11, 2017
Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
14-March-2017 12:56 IST
Text of statement of Union Home Minister regarding recent attack on security forces at Sukma, Chhattisgarh
Following is the text of statement of the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha today regarding recent attack on security forces at Sukma, Chhattisgarh on March 11, 2017:
On March 11, 2017 two companies of CRPF at Bheji in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh were providing security cover for road construction on Bheji-Gorkha-Injiram Axis. Around 0853 hrs, when this party reached a forested area close to Bankupara village, armed Left Wing Extremists ambushed them with heavy firing and simultaneous use of IED blasts. In this incident, unfortunately 12 personnel were martyred and 02 were seriously injured. The condition of injured personnel is stable and they are out of danger. 13 weapons and 02 Wireless Sets were taken away by the Left Wing Extremists. Names of the martyrs and injured are as follows:
Names of the Martyrs
|2.||ASI||Hira Vallabh Bhatt|
|5.||CT||Mangesh Bal Pandey|
|6.||CT||Rampal Singh Yadav|
|8.||CT||Nand Kumar Athram|
|9.||CT||Satish Chand Verma|
|12||HC||Jagdish Prasad Vishnoi|
Names of the Injured
|2.||CT||Mohd Saleem Sagal|
I express my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families of the personnel who have lost their lives and I would like to say firmly that the entire nation is with them in their hour of grief. The nation will always remember their sacrifices. The injured personnel will be provided with the best possible treatment available. On behalf of the entire house, I pray for their health and wellbeing.
The unprecedented success of the Security Forces of late has led to evident uneasiness among the Left Wing Extremist Groups. The Forces have achieved tremendous success during 2016 in all LWE affected States and particularly in Chhattisgarh where 135 LWE cadres were eliminated, 779 arrested and 1198 surrendered. The number of violent incidents in Chhattisgarh also dropped by 15% from 466 in 2015 to 395 in 2016. Improved efficacy of the Security Forces is evident from the following indicators
(a) The number of Left Wing Extremists killed increased by 150% (89 in 2015 to 222 in 2016) in 2016.
(b) Surrenders and arrests registered a combined increase of 47% over 2015 (2238 to 3282).
(c) Only 03 weapons were lost by the SFs in 2016 as against 15 in 2015.
(d) 67% of Encounters/Exchange of Fire resulted in neutralization of LWE cadres as against only 36% in 2015.
(e) Sustained operations by the Security Forces ensured that South Bastar districts, considered to be the nucleus of LWE strength witnessed a considerable fall in violence in 2016 (252 incidents as against 326 in 2015).
The Left Wing Extremists have suffered unprecedented losses in 2016. They have admitted so, openly in their documents and statements. They will continue to attempt such incidents to restore the flagging morale of their cadres. I believe that our brave soldiers and officers will continue to respond with a firm resolve and contribute whole heartedly towards elimination of Left Wing Extremism.
However there is a need for introspection on this incident. I have directed the DG, CRPF to conduct a detailed enquiry into the incident so that the lapses that led to the incident can be identified which will reduce the possibility of repetition of such incidents in the future.
I visited Chhattisgarh to pay my homage to the martyrs and met the two injured personnel on the day of the incident itself. Arrangements were made to ensure that mortal remains reach their respective families. Loss of life can in no way be compensated by money, however, the next of kin of the martyred CRPF personnel will be provided Rs 35 lacs as ex-gratia from the Central Government, Rs 20 lacs from the Risk Fund of CRPF and Rs 01 lac from the CRPF Welfare Fund. They will also get Rs 25 lacs as insurance benefits and Rs 03 lacs as ex-gratia from the Chhattisgarh Government. The next of kin will also be provided full salary till the age of superannuation of the personnel martyred under the Liberalized Pensionary Award (LPA).
I assure the house that the Government is committed to providing all support to the CAPF in order to prepare them for their tasks. In the same way the Government is also committed to supporting the States for training, capacity building, provision of CAPF battalions as required and intelligence sharing.
I would like to assure the nation through this house that we will not let Left Wing Extremists succeed in misleading the people and depriving parts of the country from the benefits of development.
I once again pay my homage to the martyred personnel and express heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. I assure the house that their sacrifices will not go in vain.
6-month limit to complete graft enquiries against babus
New Delhi: The government has decided to fix six-month deadline for completion of corruption enquiries against IAS and IPS officers among others.
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has finalised draft rules to put a time limit for each stage of the enquiries to ensure expeditious disposal of corruption cases.
“The Inquiring Authority should conclude the inquiry and submit his report within a period of six months,” the draft rules said.
However, this period can be extended for a further period of six months after recording reasons of the Inquiring Authority in this regard, it said.
At present, there are no rules that define time limit for conducting corruption enquiries.
As per the government proposal, officers will get copy of articles of charges from the disciplinary authority and they should give their response mandatorily within 15 days.
In cases, where a disciplinary authority decides to consult Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in the matter involving a delinquent officer, its advice need to be shared with such charged employee.
The UPSC conducts civil service examination to select officers for various services including Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) and it is consulted by authorities concerned before acting against a civil servant.
The government servant will be given 15 days to submit his representation on receipt of such advice from the Commission.
All ministries have been asked to share their comments on the proposed changes in the rules, which if comes into force will be applicable to IAS, IFS and IPS officers and those belonging to other civil services.
AIBEA: ALL INDIA BANK EMPLOYEES’ ASSOCIATION
CIRCULAR No. 28/5/2017/5
TO ALL UNITS AND MEMBERS:
Government issues Gazette Notification
On closure of Associate Banks and
Merger with SBI w.e.f. 1st April, 2017.
Protecting our members in the Associate Banks – need of the hour
Clarion call from AIBEA’s All India SBI Emp. Association
Our units and members are aware of our prolonged and principled opposition to the process of consolidation and merger of Associate Banks with SBI. There have been innumerable struggles and strike actions on this issue in the last more than a decade. Especially, when there were attempts to close the remaining 5 Associate Banks for merger with SBI, there have been very intensified agitations and progrmames. Our units and members in the Associate Banks have also led many struggles including number of strike actions.
There have been nationwide campaign on this issue because the move to close down the Associate Banks was totally unwarranted, rather there was a genuine need to delink these Banks from SBI and make them autonomous. For a long time, these Banks have been subjugated to the total whims of SBI and hence the real growth of the Associate Banks was in fact thwarted. Many Banks which were smaller in size than these Associate Bank have grown much bigger now. But our demand for delinking Associate Banks from SBI was deliberately ignored and played down by the successive Governments.
However, in the name of Banking sector reforms, privatisation and consolidation have continued to be their agenda and as a part of it, the Associate Banks have been their target. Making SBI a global player has been their fanciful idea notwithstanding the fact that it is neither prudent nor required for Indian situation. Ignoring all our viewpoints, opposition of various political parties, etc. the Government has gone ahead with their decision and after giving final Cabinet clearance few days ago, have now notified the merger with SBI w.e.f. 1st April, 2017.
With this development and reality, the need has now arisen to take all efforts to protect the interests of our membership in the Associate Banks. AIBEA’s union in SBI: Our units are aware that already we have our union in SBI viz. ALL INDIA STATE BANK OF INDIA EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION.
It has been decided that all our units and members in SBT, SBM, SBBJ, SBH and SBP will be affiliated to this union and thus we will have a stronger AISBIEA with nearly 50,000 members all over the country under the banner of AIBEA. It will be the biggest bankwise Union under the banner of AIBEA.
AISBIEA is shortly meeting to decide on all further steps to consolidate our organisation in the changed scenario after the merger with SBI and to take all steps to protect the interests of our members in the Associate Banks so that no injustice will be done to our members in any manner consequent to the merger.
TamilNadu Teachers Eligibility Test 2017 : Notification and Syllabus
GOVERNMENT OF TAMIL NADU
TEACHERS RECRUITMENT BOARD
TAMILNADU TEACHERS ELIGIBILITY TEST (TNTET) – 2017
Date : 24-02-2017
Applications are invited for Teacher Eligibility Test, Paper I and Paper II for the year 2017 from the eligible candidates in Tamil Nadu. One of the essential qualifications for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher in any of the schools referred to clause (n) of section 2 of the RTE Act is that he/she should pass the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) which will be conducted by the appropriate Government.
The State Government has designated the Teachers Recruitment Board as the Nodal Agency for conducting Teacher Eligibility Test and recruitment of Teachers as per G.O. (Ms) No. 181, School Education (C2) Department, Dated 15.11.2011.
1. Schedule of Dates:
|Sale of Application||06.03.2017 to 22.03.2017||9 am to 5 pm|
|Last Date for Receipt of Application Form||23.03.2017||by 5 pm|
|Written Examination:Paper I Paper II||29.04.201730.04.2017||10 am to 1 pm10 am to 1 pm|
2. Eligibility to Write TET Paper I:
Candidates should possess the following prescribed qualifications to write the Teacher Eligibility Test Paper I.
a. Candidates who have passed Higher Secondary Course (10+2 Pattern) and Diploma in Teacher Education / Diploma in Elementary Education (Regarding the Candidates who have passed D.T.Ed., from States other than Tamil Nadu, their certificate should be evaluated before Certificate Verification) from a Recognized Teacher Training Institute / DIET and seeking an appointment as Secondary Grade Teacher for classes I to V (except Visually Impaired Candidates) can write Paper I.
b. Candidates appearing for the Final Year Examination of D.E.Ed. during the current Academic Year (2016–2017) are also permitted to appear for Paper I in the Teacher Eligibility Test. Such Candidates should successfully complete the course in the current Academic Year (2016-2017) itself and should produce D.E.Ed., Certificate during Certificate Verification; otherwise they shall not be considered for the current year Government recruitment process. However they will be issued with TET certificate after producing D.E.Ed., Diploma Certificate.
c. Visually impaired candidates are not eligible to write Paper I.
3. Eligibility to Write TET Paper II:
Candidates should possess the following prescribed qualifications to write the Teacher Eligibility Test Paper II:
a. Candidates who have passed a Bachelor’s Degree (B.A. /B.Sc. / B.Litt.) with Tamil, English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, History and Geography as major subjects in their Degree course or a Degree with any one of the equivalent subjects (Regarding equivalent subjects, Government orders issued prior to the date of this notification alone will be considered) from a Recognized University under 10+2+3 Pattern and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (B.Ed.) from a Recognized University and seeking an appointment as Graduate Teacher can write Paper II. The candidates with B.Lit., (Tamil) degree should possess either B.Ed. or D.T.Ed. or TPT.
b. Candidates appearing for the Final Year Examination of B.Ed. during the current Academic Year (2016 – 2017) are also permitted to appear for Paper II in Teacher Eligibility Test. Such Candidates should successfully complete the course in the current Academic Year (2016-2017) itself and should produce B.Ed., Certificate during Certificate Verification; otherwise they shall not be considered for the current year Government recruitment process. However they will be issued with TET certificate after producing B.Ed., Degree Certificate.
Note: For further details refer Prospectus and TRB’s official website www.trb.tn.nic.in
Disbursement of salary for the month of February 2017 on 27th February 2017 on account of nation-wide bank strike on 28th February 2017.
Government of India
Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure
Controller General of Accounts
Mahalekha Niyantrak Bhawan,
E-Block, GPO Complex, INA. New Delhi-110023
Tel: 24665384, Fax: 24649365 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dated 23rd February 2017
Subject: Disbursement of salary for the month of February 2017 on 27th February 2017 on account of nation-wide bank strike on 28th February 2017.
The United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) has given a nationwide strike call on 28th February, 2017. Banks are likely to remain closed on that day and even files for the e-payment of salary for the month of February 2017 which is due for 28th February, 2017 may not get processed resulting in salary of Central Government employees not being disbursed on 28th February 2017.
There being banks holidays on account of Maha Shivaratri (24th February, 2017) at many places, 4th Saturday (25th February, 2017) and Sunday (26th February, 2017), Hence, salary e-payment files processed on PFMS/COMPACT should be uploaded today i.e. 23rd February, 2017 with NPB of 27th February, 2017. If such files have already been uploaded with NPB of 28th February, 2017 the same also would need to be changed to facilitate payment of salaries on 27th February, 2017.
All Ministries/Departments are requested to take necessary action to upload their salary payments e-files latest by 23rd February, 2017 with NPB of 27th February, 2017 so that salary to the Central Government employees are paid in time.
All accredited banks are also requested to follow the above directions and release the salary for the month of February 2017 on 27th February 2017.
(Neeraj Kumar Sharma)
Dy.Controller General of Accounts(RBD)
Government launches free anti-virus for PC, mobile phones
New Delhi: The IT Ministry today launched botnet cleaning and anti-malware analysis centre for Rs 90 crore to provide free anti-virus to computers and mobile phones for removing malicious softwares
“I would like ISPs (Internet Service Provider) to encourage their consumers to come on board, there is a free service available. Come and use it in the event some malware has sneaked in to the system,” IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said at the launch of Botnet Cleaning and Malware Analysis Centre.
The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert-In) will collect data of infected systems and send it to ISPs and banks. These ISPs and banks will identify the user and provide them the link of the centre, launched in name of Cyber Swachhta Kendra.
The user will be able to download anti-virus or anti-malware tools to disinfect their devices.
“The project has budget outlay of Rs 90 crore spread over period of 5 years,” CertIn Director General Sanjay Bahl said.
As of now 58 ISPs and 13 banks have come on board to use this system.
The ministry also launched M-Kavach for security and anti-theft solution for mobile phones, USB Pratirodh to ensure only authorised person is able to access pen drive and AppSamvid for identifying genuine applications at the time of installations on computers.
The minister directed Cert-In to also set up National Cyber Coordination Centre (NCCC) by June.
The government has approved Rs 900 crore for NCCC which will monitor and handle cyber attacks on Indian internet space in real time.
“Safety and security is integral. As the Prime Minister said cyber threat is akin to bloodless war. I don’t have slightest doubt cyber security is not only going to be big area of Digital Swachh Bharat but also going to be big area of digital growth, digital employment and digital commerce,” Prasad said.
To encourage startups in the field of cyber security, the minister announced that government has reduced testing fee for their product by half.
At present Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification (STQC), a division under the Ministry of Electronics and IT, charges testing fee in the range of Rs 8-10 lakh per case but startups in the field of cyber security will need to pay only around 4-5 lakhs.
To strengthen cyber security ecosystem in the country, Prasad said that CERTs will be set up at state level as well and 10 more STQC testing facilities will set up.
Ministry of Health instructs all hospitals to buy only Khadi products
New Delhi: Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) which has, in the last six months, bagged large orders from several public and private sector companies since the Narendra Modi government came to power, has bagged the largest ever order from the Ministry Of Health on February 16, 2017.
According to the order issued by the Ministry of Health, its 23 Central Government hospitals and Medical research institutions across the country, such as AIIMS, NIMHANS and others, will buy Khadi products only. The 46 Khadi products which are approved by the Ministry ranges from bed sheets, abdomen sheets , dressing towels, surgeon gown , surgical patient gown to soaps , Khadi phenyl and herbal shampoo. The total procurement cost of these items will be over Rs. 150 crore. The items will be supplied by KVIC over a period of seven to eight months times as per the individual requirements.
“Ministry of Health adopting Khadi for hospitals and staff is a significant symbol of Khadi being the most natural and organic skin friendly fabric. The Prime Minister’s vision and support in promoting Khadi on ever newer horizons is a matter of great pride to KVIC,” said KVIC Chairman, VK Saxena.
A list of 45 items has been circulated for the exclusive use of hospitals and autonomous institutes associated with the health ministry. The list was finalised based on the recommendation of a committee set up by the Ministry after Saxena met Health Minister J.P. Nadda in November 2016.
Last year, the sale of Khadi products was at Rs 1,510 crore and is projected to grow by 35 percent in the current financial year. Sales have boomed over the last few years as the government has pushed Khadi.
On October 2, 2016, KVIC launched ‘Khadi Institutions Registration and Certification Sewa’ (KIRCS), an online portal for registration of new Khadi institutions and for bringing more and more people to join Khadi activities in the rural areas. This has reduced time taken for registration of a new Khadi institution from three years to just 45 days.
Draft Recruitment Rules for the Post of Multi Tasking Staff in Staff Selection Commission.
Draft Recruitment Rules for the post of Multi Tasking Staff in Staff
Selection Commission are attached herewith for perusal of all concerned.
Comments of stakeholders, if any, may please be sent to this Department on or
before 15.03.2017 at the address Section Officer, Estt.(B.I), Department of
Personnel & Training, Room No.215-C, North Block, New Delhi. A soft copy of
the comments may also be sent to this Department at selvakumar.m13nic.in .
[ TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF INDIA, PART II, SECTION 3,
SUB-SECTION (i) ]
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
New Delhi, the
G. S .R In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to Article 309 of the Constitution and in accordance with DOPT O.M.No. AB.14017/6/2009- Estt.(RR) dated 30.4.2010 and in supersession of the Staff Selection Commission (Group ‘D’ posts) Recruitment Rules, 1978; Staff Selection Commission (Examination Work Attendant) Recruitment Rules, 1989 and Staff Selection Commission (Senior Gestetner Operator and Senior Peon) Recruitment Rules, 1996 notified on 31.05.1980, 09.10.1989 and 04.10.1996 respectively, the President hereby makes the following rules regulating the method of recruitment to the post of Multi Tasking Staff
(Group ‘C’) in the Staff Selection Commission, namely :-
1. Short title and commencement:- These rules may be called the Staff Selection Commission Group ‘C’
“Multi Tasking Staff’ Recruitment Rules, 2017.
They shall come into force from the date of their publication in the Official
2. Number of Posts, Classification and Scale of pay :- The number of posts,
its classification and the Pay Level in Pay Matrix attached thereto shall be
as specified in Column 2 to 4 of the Schedule annexed to these rules.
3. Method of recruitment, age limit and other Qualifications, etc.:- The
method of recruitment to the said post, age limit, qualification and other
matters relating to thereto shall be as specified in column 5 to 13 of the
4. Disqualification:- No person,
(a) Who has entered into or contracted a marriage with a person having
a spouse living, or
(b) Who, having a spouse living, has entered into or contracted a
marriage with any person,
shall be eligible for appointment to the said post.
Provided that the Central Government may, if satisfied, that such marriage
is permissible under the personal law applicable to such person and the
other party to the marriage and that there are other grounds for so doing,
exempts any person from the operation of this rule.
5. Power to relax :- Where the Central Government is of the opinion that it
is necessary or expedient to do so, it may, by order, and for reasons to be
recorded in writing, relax any of the provisions of these rules with respect
to any class or category of persons.
6. Saving:- Nothing in these rules shall affect reservations, relaxations of
age limit and other concessions required to be provided for the Scheduled
Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, Ex-Servicemen or any
other special category of persons in accordance with the orders issued by
the Central Government from time to time in this regard.
Reserve Bank: Limit on Cash Withdrawals from SB Accounts raised to Rs.50, 000 per week
Reserve Bank today announced that the cash withdrawal limits on savings bank account to be raised to Rs 50,000 per week from the existing limit of Rs.24,000 from Feb 20.
And also the limits on cash withdrawals from savings bank account would be removed from March 13.
Removal of limits on withdrawal of cash from Saving Bank Accounts
DCM (Plg) 3107/10.27.00/2016-17
February 08, 2017
Dear Madam / Sir,
Removal of limits on withdrawal of cash from Saving Bank Accounts
Please refer to our circular DCM (Plg) 2905/10.27.00/2016-17 dated January 30, 2017 on the captioned subject.
2. In the wake of withdrawal of Specified Bank Notes (SBNs) since November 09, 2016 Reserve Bank had placed certain limits on cash withdrawals from Savings / Current / Cash credit /Overdraft accounts and withdrawals through ATMs. On a review of the pace of remonetisation, Reserve Bank partially restored status quo ante by removing the restrictions on cash withdrawals from Current / Cash credit / Overdraft accounts and ATMs effective January 31, 2017 and February 01, 2017 respectively. However, the limits on cash withdrawal from Savings Bank accounts continued to be in place.
3. In line with the pace of remonetisation, it has now been decided to remove the restrictions on cash withdrawals from Saving Bank accounts (including accounts opened under PMJDY) in a two step process as under:
Effective February 20, 2017, the limits on cash withdrawals from the Savings Bank accounts will be enhanced to ? 50,000 per week (from the current limit of ? 24,000 per week); and
Effective March 13, 2017, there will be no limits on cash withdrawals from Savings Bank accounts.
4. Please acknowledge receipt.
(P Vijaya Kumar)
Chief General Manager
Upgradation of Employment Exchanges
As per information received from the States, at present 978 employment exchanges are functioning in the country.
The Ministry is implementing the National Career Service (NCS) Project as a plan scheme for transformation of the National Employment Service to provide a variety of employment related services like job matching, career counselling, vocational guidance, information on skill development courses, etc. These services are available online on the National Career Service Portal (www.ncs.gov.in) and supported by Call Centre/Helpdesk. The services under NCS are accessible from multiple delivery channels like NCS Portal, Employment Exchanges (Career Centres), Common Service Centre etc.
The NCS Project envisages setting up of 100 Model Career Centres (MCCs) in collaboration with States and other institutions to deliver employment services during the 12th Five Year Plan. The Government provides financial assistance to these centres upto Rs 50 lakh per centre based on the proposals and scheme guidelines. These model centres can be replicated by the States from their own resources. In addition, the NCS project has a component of interlinking of employment exchanges and provides part funding of upto Rs 8 lakhs per exchange to States for their upgradation. Based on the scheme guidelines and proposals received from the States, approvals have been accorded for release of funds to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
This information was given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is set to announce bi-monthly monetary policy review
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is set to announce bi-monthly monetary policy review on Wednesday.
A lot of predictions have been done by the analysts and experts on whether the central bank should maintain a status quo or cut the interest rates.
In the last monthly policy, held on December 7, the central bank had kept key rates unchanged amid the then on-going demonetisation exercise, which had led the whole country in cash crisis. That time, the analysts were expecting a rate cut, but the RBI Governor Urjit Patel gave ‘surprise’ buy not reducing the rates.
A Reuters poll last week, conducted before the government presented its annual budget, showed 28 of 46 participants expected the RBI on Wednesday to cut the repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.0%, its lowest since November 2010. Another two expected a 50 bps cut.
Here are the factors which will decide RBI’s decision
Consumer Price Inflation fell to a two-year low of 3.41% in December, which is below the RBI’s end-March 2017 target of 5% and medium-term target of 4%.
The fall in inflation has given enough room for the RBI to cut the rates. Commenting on the expectation from the central bank, Rishi Mehra, Co-Founder and Director of Wishfin (earlier known as Deal4loans) said, “We are expecting a 25 basis points reduction in the key policy rate – the repo rate – to 6 % on February 8 when the Governor Urjit Patel will unveil his third policy review. Since the last RBI policy, the CPI inflation has been to the downside both in the month of November and December, giving possibilities of meeting the 5% March 2017 CPI target. Having said that, the RBI had made it quite clear that it will work towards the achievement of the consumer price index inflation.”
Having similar view, HSBC in its report said, “We hold on to our expectation of a 25 basis points rate cut in February, but caution that this would likely bring the easing cycle to an end, given the pressures in the horizon implementation of the goods and services tax (GST) bill, rising oil prices, implementation of government employees housing allowance, and the challenging 4% CPI target for the medium term.”
Moreover, Nomura in its report said, “On the monetary policy front, with the government sticking to fiscal consolidation and headline CPI likely to undershoot the RBI’s March 2017 target of 5%, we are pencilling in a final 25 bps repo rate cut to 6% on February 8.”
Raghu Kumar, Director, Upstox, said, “In our view, RBI is expected to cut repo rate by 0.25 per cent at its policy review on Wednesday. This rate cut would be supported by the modest CPI inflation, which is expected to undershoot the March 2017 target set by RBI and the continued fiscal consolidation attempted in the Union Budget for FY2018.”
In the last policy meet, some experts were expecting RBI to look at the rate cut amid the demonetisation exercise to get a clear picture of the whole exercise.
Today, Bank of America Merill Lynch said to reverse the impact of the demonetisation drive to growth prospects, the Reserve Bank will cut rates tomorrow as well as in the April policy review.
“We continue to expect the RBI-MPC (monetary policy committee) to cut the rates by 0.25%t and in April with demonetisation hurting growth,” it said.
However, having the opposite view, Kavita Chacko, Senior Economist, said, “We do not expect a rate cut in this policy as the banks have already lowered interest rates following the inflow of deposits into the banking system following demonetisation.”
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during his Union Budget 2017 speech stated that the fiscal deficit aim for the next fiscal would be 3.2% instead of 3.%. Analysts believe that disinvestment targets is key if the government has to achieve this fiscal deficit target.
“The better than feared deficit target and commitment to fiscal consolidation will keep hopes of a RBI rate cut alive,” the Citigroup report said adding “the Budget reinforces our view of another 25 bps cut in repo rate”.
In the very beginning of the year, the banks had slashed its marginal cost of funds based lending rate in the range of 90 basis points – 75 basis points across all maturities.
The banks’ decision came in after they were flooded with liquidity post demonetisation. According to a Bloomberg report, this behaviour of banks has made it clear that they respond to liquidity triggers far more quickly than policy rate triggers.
So, for tomorrow like the analysts say it will be a “close call” for RBI on whether to hold the rates or reduce them.