Dopt Minister replied in Parliament about 5 Day Week for Central government offices
The Dopt Minister said in a written reply, there is no proposal to change 5-Day Week for Central government offices.
As per media news, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Shri.Jitendra Singh today replied to a question in Lok Sabha, whether the Central Government plans to change the five days per week working for central government employees.
He clarified that Central Government has no such proposal to change five days per week working for central government offices and also no proposal to hike earned leave and casual leave being granted to the Central government employees.
Dopt Orders on Consolidated instructions on Probation / Confirmation in Central Services
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
North Block, New Deli
Dated the 21st July, 2014
Subject: Consolidated instructions on Probation/Confirmation in Central Services – regarding.
The undersigned is directed to say that this Department has been issuing Instructions!/guidelines from time to time laying down principles to be followed in probation / confrimation of persons appointed to service and posts in Central Government. All such instructions issued till date have been consolidated under easily comprehensible headings for the facility of reference and placed as Annexure to this O.M. The number said date of the original O.M’s has been referred in the relevant instructions for easy reference in the context. All Ministries / Departments are requested to bring the above guidelines to the notice of all concerned.
2. There may be posts in various where the norms specified in the Recruitment Rules are different from those prescribed in the Annexure. In such cases, the norms specified In those Recruitment Rules shall prevail.
3. Hindi version will follow.
List of Holidays for Central Government offices 2015
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 6th June, 2014
Subject: Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2015.
It has been decided that the holidays as specified in the Annexure – I to this O.M. will be observed in all the Administrative Offices of the Central Government located at Delhi/New Delhi during the year 2015. In addition, each employee will also be allowed to avail himself/herself of any two holidays to be chosen by him/her out of the list of Restricted Holidays in Annexure – II.
2. Central Government Administrative Offices located outside Delhi / New Delhi shall observe the following holidays compulsorily in addition to three holidays as per para 3.1 below:
1. REPUBLIC DAY
2. INDEPENDENCE DAY
3. MAHATMA GANDHI’S BIRTHDAY
4. BUDDHA PURNIMA
5. CHRISTMAS DAY
6. DUSSEHRA (VIJAY DASHMI)
7. DIWALI (DEEPAVALI)
8. GOOD FRIDAY
9. GURU NANAK’S BIRTHDAY
to. IDU’L FITR
11. IDU’L ZUHA
12. MAHAVIR JAYANTI
14. PROPHET MOHAMMAD’S BIRTHDAY (ID-E-MILAD)
3.1. In addition to the above 14 Compulsory holidays mentioned in para 2, three holidays shall be decided from the list indicated below by the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee in the State Capitals, if necessary, in consultation with Coordination Committees at other places in the State. The final list applicable uniformly to all Central Government offices within the concerned State shall be notified accordingly and no change can be carried out thereafter. It is also clarified that no change is permissible in regard to festivals and dates as indicated.
1. AN ADDITIONAL DAY FOR DUSSEHRA
3. JANAMASHTAMI (VAISHNAVI)
4. RAM NAVAMI
5. MAHA SHIVRATRI
6. GANESH CHATURTHI / VINAYAK CHATURTHI
7. MAKAR SANICARANTI
8. RATH YATRA
11. SRI PANCHAMI / BASANT PANCHAMI
12. VISHU/ VAISAKHI / VAISAKHADI / BHAG BIHU / MASHADI UGADI / CHAITRA SUKLADI / CHETI CHAND / GUDI PADAVA 1ST NAVRATRA / NAUROZ/CHHATH POOJA/ KARVA CHAUTH.
3.2 No substitute holiday should be allowed if any of the festival holidays initially declared subsequently happens to fall on a weekly off or any other non-working day or in the event of more than one festival falling on the same day.
4. The list of Restricted Holidays appended to this O.M. is meant for Central Government Offices located in Delhi / New Delhi. The Coordination Committees at the State Capitals may draw up separate list of Restricted Holidays keeping in view the occasions of local importance but the 9 occasions left over, after choosing the 3 variable holidays in para 3.1 above, are to be included in the list of restricted holidays.
5.1 For offices in Delhi / New Delhi, any change in the date of holidays in respect of Idu’l Fitr, Idu’l Zuha, Muharram and Id-e-Milad, if necessary, depending upon sighting of the Moon, would be declared by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions after ascertaining the position from the Govt. of NCT of Delhi (DCP, Special Branch, Delhi Police).
5.2 For offices outside Delhi / New Delhi, the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committees at the State Capitals are authorised to change the date of holiday, if necessary, based on the decision of the concerned State Governments / Union Territories, in respect of Idu’l Fitr, Idu’l Zuha, Muharram and Id-e-Milad.
5.3 It may happen that the change of date of the above occasions has to be declared at a very short notice. In such a situation, announcement could be made through P.I.B./T.V. /A.I.R. / Newspapers and the Heads of Department / Offices of the Central Government may take action according to such an announcement without waiting for a formal order, about
6. During 2015, Diwali (Deepavali) falls on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 (Kartika 20). In certain States, the practice is to celebrate the occasion a day in advance, i.e., on “Narakachaturdasi Day”. In view of this, there is no objection if holiday on account of Deepavali is observed on “Naraka Chaturdasi Day (in place of Deepavali Day) for the Central Government Offices in a State if in that State that day alone is declared as a compulsory holiday for Diwali for the offices of the State Government.
7. Central Government Organisations which include industrial, commercial and trading establishments would observe upto 16 holidays in a year including three national holidays viz. Republic Day, Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, as compulsory holidays The remaining holidays / occasions may be determined by such establishments / organisations themselves for the year 2015, subject to para 3.2 above.
8. Union Territory Administrations shall decide the list of holidays in terms of instructions issued in this regard by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
9. In respect of Indian Missions abroad, the number of holidays may be notified in accordance with the instructions contained in this Department’s O.M. No.12/5/2002-JCA dated 17th December, 2002. In other words, they will have the option to select 9(Nine) holidays of their own only after including in the list, three National Holidays and Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad, Rama Navami, Id-ul-Fitr, Janamashtami and Muharram included in the list of compulsory holidays and falling on day of weekly off.
10. In respect of Banks, the holidays shall be regulated in terms of the extant instructions issued by the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance.
11. Hindi version will follow.
Encl.: Lists of holidays
Deputy Secretary (JCA)
Ph: 2309 2589
Original PDF: List of Holidays 2015
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3% Reservation in Allotment of Land to Physically Handicapped
Allotment of Land to Physically Handicapped
3% reservation in allotment of the shops/stalls is provided by the Directorate of Estates, Ministry of Urban Development, for physically handicapped persons. As per Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) policy, 5% shops/stalls are reserved for the persons with disabilities as defined in Section 2 of Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) (PwD) Act, 1995. Shops are allotted at Reserve Price through computerized draw of lots by the DDA.
Office of Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities has stated that it has not received any complaint regarding non-formulation of schemes for preferential allotment of land at concessional rates to disabled persons for setting up business, houses, etc., in Delhi during the last three years.
However, in 2003, Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities on the basis of a complaint received in 1999, vide order dated 27/06/2003 directed DDA to frame scheme in favour of Persons with Disabilities for preferential allotment of houses/land at concessional rate. Accordingly on 19.04.2004, DDA framed the existing policy for preferential allotment of houses/land to persons with disabilities.
Further on 09.10.2006, the Ministry of Urban Development (Delhi Division) reviewed the said policy of DDA and framed the existing policy for preferential allotment of houses/land to persons with disabilities in terms of Section 43 of the PwD Act, 1995.
Regarding the details of complaints received by Commissioner (Disability), Delhi, the information is not centrally maintained by this Ministry.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Sudarshan Bhagat in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.
Raising the Retirement age of Soldiers below the rank of officers in Defence Forces
Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley submitted a report to a question in Lok Sabha on 18th July 2014 about the retirement age of soldiers below the rank of officers in Defence Forces. He said, there is presently no such proposal to increase the retirement age of soldiers below the rank of officers in the defence forces. And the details of the retirement age of various category of officers and soldiers in the defence forces (excluding Armed Forces Medical Services) at present, are as under:
||62 years or3 years of tenure whichever is earlier
||54 years or 34 years* of service or4 years of tenure whichever is earlier
||52 years or 30 years*of service
||52 years or 28 years*of service
||49 years or 26 years*of service
||49 years or 24 years*of service
||Sepoy Gp (X)
||42 years or 19 years*of service
||Sepoy Gp (Y)
||48 years or 22 years*of service
* Service limit includes extension of 2 years by screening.
Note 1: In all categories below officer ranks, age limit or service limit whichever occurs earlier is applicable for retirement. Note 2: Above information does not cover officers of certain specialised branches.
||62 years or3 years of tenure whichever is earlier
||Master Chief Petty Officer (MCPO) I and II
||Chief Petty Officer (CPO) and below
|Commodore/ Captain (Education)
|Lt. Commander and below
Retirement age of Airmen is 57 years. Retirement age for officers is as given below:
(i) Permanent Commissioned Officers:
|Air Chief Marshal
||62 years or 3 years of tenure whichever is earlier
|Air Vice Marshal
||(i) 56 years for Flying Branch
||(ii) 57 years for other branches
|Group Captain (Select)
||(i) 54 years for Flying Branch
||(ii) 57 years for other branches
|Wing Commander and Group Captain (Time Scale)
||(i) 52 years for Flying Branch.
||(ii) 54 years for Ground Duty Branches other than education and meteorological branches.
(iii) 57 years for Education and Meteoro-logical branches.
(ii) Branch Commissioned Officers: 57 years.
Various measures taken by the Government for the welfare of soldiers and officers include improvement in living and working conditions through provision of better infrastructure and facilities, additional family accommodation, facilities for movement of troops from border areas and liberalised leave policy, deployment of psychological counsellors for psychological counselling, provisions for medical and health care as per extant rules, provisions to address the educational needs of service personnel and their wards, Group Insurance Scheme, Canteen Stores Department (CSD) facilities, establishing a grievance redressal mechanism and Schemes / Programmes for pre and post retirement training, re-employment and self-employment of ex-servicemen etc.
Principle of One Rank One Pension for the Armed Forces has been accepted by the Government
The principle of One Rank One Pension for the Armed Forces has been accepted by the Government. The modalities for implementation were discussed with various stakeholders and are presently under consideration of the Government. It will be implemented once the modalities are approved by the Government.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri C. P. Narayanan in Rajya Sabha today.
Increase in the existing rates of Patient Care Allowance w.e.f. 01/01/2014 after 100% DA: Railway Board Order
Increase in the existing rates of Hospital Patient Care Allowance and Patient Care Allowance to eligible Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ (Non-Ministerial) Railway Employees working the Railway Hospitals and Health Units/Clinics, w.e.f. 01/01/2014.
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RBE No. 74
New Delhi, 14.07.2014
The General Managers/CAOs,
All Indian Railways and Production Units,
Sub.:- Increase in the existing rates of Hospital Patient Care Allowance and Patient Care Allowance to eligible Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ (Non-Ministerial) Railway Employees working the Railway Hospitals and Health Units/Clinics, w.e.f. 01/01/2014.
Attention is drawn to Board’s letter No. E(P&A)II-2013/AL-3 dated 20.2.2013 vide which the rates of Hospital Patient Care Allowance(HPCA) and Patient Care Allowance (PCA) to eligible Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ (Non-Ministerial) Railway Employees working in Railway Hospitals and Health Units/Clinics were revised w.e.f. 01/09/2008.
2. In order to dispel any doubts that may arise regarding increase of the rates after increase in the rate of Dearness Allowance by 50% and 100%, the following clarifications are being given:
(i) The rate of Dearness Allowance (DA) had crossed 50% w.e.f. 01/01/2011, therefore the rates of HPCA/PCA had increased by 25% ( on the rates effective on 01/09/2008) with effect from 01/01/2011.
(ii) The rate of Dearness Allowance (DA) has now been enhanced to 100% w.e.f. 01/01/2014. Therefore, the rates of HPCA/PCA shall again be increased by 25% (on the rates effective on 01/09/2008) with effect from 01/01/2014.
3. The other terms and conditions regarding admissibility of HPCA/PCA as contained in Board’s letter E(P&A)II-98/HW-6 dated 09/01/2008 and E(P&A)II-2013/AL-3 dated 20/02/2013 shall remain the same.
4. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.
5. Please acknowledge the receipt.
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Revised Rules for Declaration of Assets by Public Servants Under Provisions of the Lokpal Act
The Central Government has notified fresh rules for the public servants to furnish information and annual return containing declaration of assets and liabilities. Under the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014 every public servant shall made a declaration of his/her assets and liabilities in the specified formats as on the 31st day of March every year to the competent authority on or before of 31st day of July of that year.
Making an exception for the current year the notification stipulates that public servants who have filed declarations, information and annual return of property under the prevailing rules shall file the revised declaration, information or annual returns as on August 1, 2014 on or before September 15, 2014. However, employees may be exempted by the competent authority for reasons recorded in writing from declaring assets if its value does not exceed 4 months basic pay or rupees two lakhs, whichever is higher.
Detailed notification dated July 14, 2014 and formats are available on the website of the Department of Personnel & Training with the link: – http://persmin.nic.in/Lokpal_HomePage_New.asp
Incentives to Food Processing Units
The Ministry has launched a Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National Mission on Food Processing (NMFP) in 12th Plan (2012-17) through State/UT Governments. The mission has, interalia, one of the schemes namely scheme of Technology Upgradation/ Establishment/ Modernization of Food Processing Industries. Under the above scheme of the mission, all the eligible Small and Medium entrepreneurs interested to set up food processing units are provided financial assistance @25 per cent of the cost of Plant & Machinery and Technical Civil Works, subject to a maximum of Rs. 50 lakh in general areas; 33.33 per cent of the cost of Plant & Machinery and Technical Civil Works, subject to a maximum of Rs. 75 lakh in difficult areas (i.e. Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep) and Integrated Tribal Development Project (ITDP) areas; and 50 per cent of the cost of Plant & Machinery and Technical Civil Works, subject to a maximum of Rs.100 lakh for North-Eastern States including Sikkim.
The applications for the above scheme of the mission are received, sanctioned and funds are released by the respective State/UT Governments, for setting up of Food Processing Units in the country.
In addition, Government of India provides various tax incentives to the Food Processing Industries set up by Small and Medium entrepreneurs and their units in the country including Uttar Pradesh.
1. Income Tax:
1.1. Deduction of expenditure: These incentives are allowed for the following businesses for the investment made in the previous year and prior to commencement of its operations:
1.1.1. Businesses allowed 100% deduction:
(a) Setting up and operating a cold chain facility.
(b) Setting up and operating warehousing facility for storage of agricultural produce.
1.1.2. Businesses allowed 150% deduction (provided the taxpayer has commenced its business on or after 01.04.2012):
(a) Bee-keeping and production of honey and bees wax.
(b) Setting up and operating a warehousing facility for storage of sugar.
1.2. Deduction of Tax from profit: This tax incentive is available at the rate of 100% tax exemption for the first 5 years of operations. After 5 years, it is at the rate of 25% of the profits. However, in case of a company, rate of tax is 30% of profits, after 5 years of operations. This benefit is available only for ten years provided that such business had commenced with effect from 01.04.2001. This incentive is provided for new units in the business of processing, preservation & packaging of fruits or vegetables, meat & meat Products, poultry, marine or dairy products. However, in case of business relating to meat, meat products, poultry, marine products or dairy products, the above incentive is available to only those units who have started their production after 01.04.2009.
2. Service Tax:
2.1. Negative list: Service tax is not leviable on items contained in the negative list. These are services including processes carried out at an agricultural farm including tending, pruning, cutting, harvesting, drying, cleaning, trimming, sun drying, fumigating, curing, sorting, grading, cooling or bulk packaging and such operations which do not alter the essential characteristics of agricultural produce but make it only marketable for the primary market.
2.2. Exempted category: Exemption from Service Tax is allowed for following services:
(i) Construction, Erection, Commissioning or installation of original works pertaining to post-harvest storage infrastructure for agricultural produce including Cold storages for such purposes.
(ii) Mechanized Food grain handling system, machinery or equipment for units processing agricultural produce as food stuff excluding alcoholic beverages; and
(iii) Services provided by a goods transport agency by way of transportation of fruits, vegetables, eggs, milk, food grains or pulses in a goods carriage.
(iv) Services of Loading, unloading, packing, storage or warehousing of agricultural produce.
3. Customs Duty:
3.1. Government has provided following Project Import benefits:
(i) Projects for the installation of mechanized food grain handling systems and pallet racking systems in ‘Mandis’ and Warehouses for food grains and sugar;
(ii) Cold storage, cold room (including for farm level pre-cooling) or industrial projects for preservation, storage or processing of agricultural, apiary, horticultural, dairy, poultry, aquatic and marine produce and meat.
Consequently, all goods related to Food Processing, imported as part of the project, irrespective of their tariff classification, would be entitled to uniform assessment at concessional customs duty of 5% plus CVD as applicable.
3.2. Customs duty on Hazelnuts has been reduced from 30% to 10%.
3.3. Customs Duty on De-hulled Oat grains has been reduced from 30% to 15%.
4. Central Excise Duty:
In order to promote food processing industry, the Government has given following concessions in Central Excise Duty from time to time:
4.1. Food Products:
(i) Nil excise duty in milk, milk products (Chapter 4), vegetables (Chapter 7), nuts & fruits, fresh & dried (Chapter 8).
(ii) As against standard excise duty of 12%, Processed Fruits & Vegetables (Chapter 20) carries a merit rate of 2% without CENVAT or 6% with CENVAT.
(iii) Soya Milk Drinks, Flavoured Milk of Animal origin also carry a duty of 2% without CENVAT or 6% with CENVAT.
(iv) Excise duty on “Tapioca Starch manufactured and captively consumed within the factory of their production, in the manufacture of Tapioca Sago (Sabudana)” and excise duty on Tapioca Sago (Sabudana) has been reduced to nil in the Budget 2013-14.
4.2. Food Processing Machineries:
(i) All Refrigeration Machineries and parts used for installation of Cold storage, Cold room or Refrigerated Vehicle, for the preservation, storage , transport or processing of agricultural, apiary, horticultural, dairy, poultry, aquatic and marine produce and meat are exempted from Excise Duty.
(ii) Pasteurising, drying, evaporating, etc. machinery used in Dairy sector is exempted from Excise Duty.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.
Upgradation of the posts of Helper (Signal) & Helper (Telecom) to GP Rs. 1900/- facilitating promotion of qualified staff of GP Rs. 1800/-
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
New Delhi Dated: 07.07.2014
The General Secretary,
3, Chelmsford Road,
New Delhi – 110055
Sub: Upgradation of the posts of Helper (Signal) & Helper (Telecom) to GP Rs. 1900/- facilitating promotion of qualified staff of GP Rs. 1800/-
Undersigned is directed to refer to NFIR’s letter no. NFIR/VIth CPC/Main/10/ Pt. IX dated 11.06.2013 on the subject mentioned above. In this regard, it stated that existing pay structure/ allowances/ promotional avenues etc of various categories of Railway employees are based on the recommendations of 6th CPC as accepted by the Govt. of India. Ministry of Railways cannot make any unilateral change therein. Govt. of India has already set up a new Pay Commission viz. 7th CPC and the 7th CPC has already called for views/ suggestions/ memoranda etc from various stakeholders. The 7th Central Pay Commission would re-examine the pay scales of various categories of Railway employees afresh. As such, it would not be feasible to accept the demands at this juncture.
For Secretary Railway Board.