Upgradation the grade pay of LDC & UDC: AIAMS writes explanatory letter to NAC & other Sister Association
ALL INDIA ASSOCIATION ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF (NG)
MINISTRY OF STATISTICS & PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION
GOVERNMENT ON INDIA
NSSO (FOD), Hall No. 201 & 205, Vijay Stumbh,
Zone I, Maharana Pratap Nagar,
Sub: Revision of Grade Pay of LDC to Rs. 2400/ and that of UDC to Rs. 2800/-request for your personal intervention for getting a favorable decision.
At the outset I would like to introduce me as TKR Pillai, General Secretary, All India Association of Administrative Staff (Non Gazetted), Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation, Government of India. This Association had written a letter to the Hon’ble Prime Minister to apprise him of the pathetic conditions of LDC & UDC working in the Central Government Offices and request his office’s intervention on the matter (Copy enclosed in annexure 2 to VIII). While taking action on the said letter DoPT has identified the LDC/UDC issue as anomaly and the case has been sent to JCA for action (copy enclosed in annexure I).
Earlier, the matter was raised in the National Executive Meeting of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers by the undersigned and according to a decision taken in the meeting Shri S.K. Vyas, President Confederation and Member National JCM & NAC had put up the item in the National Anomaly Committee. Unfortunately, this most important issue has not been taken up for discussion in the forum so far.
1. Why the LDC & UDC case become anomaly?
Sixth Pay Commission has denied an appropriate pay structure to the LDC & UDC of Government of India Offices in the light of raising the academic and technical qualification and responsibilities assigned. The officials in these cadres are initiating the official work and made responsible for smooth functioning of the offices, have been granted a simple replacement grade pays. In fact the Grade Pay granted to the post of LDC is only Rs.1900 which is just Rs.100 more than the grade pay of MTS, i.e. Rs.1800/-. In the mean time the academic & technical qualifications to get selected to the post of LDC have been raised. On the other hand, the Pay Commission has recommended the merger of various group D posts and upgraded their grade pay from Rs. 1400 to Rs.1800 and also given them additional benefit of 3 MACPs to the merged posts. Moreover, all the pre-revised pay scales above UDC -from Accountant to Assistant Administrative Officer- have been merged and granted Rs. 4200 -4600 grade pay.
1.1 Duties/responsibilities assigned to the LDCs in the Non CSCS office:
As per the Staff Selection Commission notification Lower Division Clerks are entrusted with routine nature of work, for example registration of Dak, maintenance of section diary, file register, file movement register, indexing and recording of files, typing, comparing, dispatch, preparation of arrears and other statements etc.
Whereas in practice, most of the Non CSCS office (where total staff strength is not more than 100) has been allocated with average one Administrative Officer, 1-2 Assistants, two UDC and 3 to 4 LDC.
(A) And in a normal Non CSCS office, it has 5-6 major sections which could only be allocated to UDC & above as per the DoPT guide lines, viz.
(i) Accounts Section-I (where, various payments are processed and released, Income Tax, Budget, NPS, monthly Expenditure Statement, reconciliation are done),
(ii) Store & purchase Section,
(iii) Establishment Section (where service records, leave and other personal matters are processed),
(iv) Bill Section, where various kind Bills have been scrutinized for passing etc.
(v) RTI, Court Cases, handling of Audit Para etc.
(B) In addition there are other sections viz.
(i)Accounts/Cash Section-II(to Assist the Accounts Section I in discharging their day to day duties, disbursement of cash and maintenance of related registers, cheque books, postage stamps etc), (ii)Dispatch & Diary, (iii)loans & Advance, (iv)typing, maintenance of library, file register, file movement register, indexing and recording of files, comparing, preparation of arrears and other statements etc.
Since the number of UDCs sanctioned is much lesser than the actual requirement, LDCs are posted in the major section as given under ‘A’ above. Thus in contrary to the nature of duties of LDC as given in the DoPT manual as well as the Staff Selection notification the quality and quantity of work done by the LDC & UDCs are much higher in these offices. The officers are only taking decision on the file put up by the LDCs/UDC on all the matters.
1.2 Position in Indian Railways:
In Railways also, the Junior Clerk & Senior Clerk are even used to allocate the duties identified for the post of OS-II/Head Clerk and made them responsible for the area of work assigned. Junior clerks are allocated route administrative matters/independent section wherein noting drafting, typing in computer etc are involved. The young, dynamic persons with reasonable academic and technical qualification join on the post of Junior Clerk are capable to take up any kind of assignment and the administration identifies the capabilities of these young chaps and allocates work with higher responsibilities accordingly. Some instances of work allocated to them are as follows –
(1) Preparation of staff muster roll and sending it for salary payment to staff. (2) Issue of Pass/PTO/MCTO etc. (3) Dealing with Railway Quarters & House Rent Allowance case. (4) Issue of Medical card/Identity card etc. (5) Keeping up date knowledge of Railway Establishment Serials/Rulings. (6) Matters related with training, Joining, Transfer, Promotion, Retirement etc. (7) Monitoring of Stock & Non-stock, Requisitions related to Store section and Rolling stock section. (8) Ensuring all the records related to Stores & Establishment Section. (9) Monitoring & processing of challans, Condemnation. (10) Dealing with cases related to PNM Items, D&A cases, Court cases, Inspection Notes, Theft Cases, IOD Cases, & Stock verification (11) Different works of technical data entry and computer related work
1.3 Data Entry Operator (DEO) & LDC
In accordance with the recommendation of 6th Pay Commission, Government India has raised the academic qualification from Matriculation to 12th class pass or equivalent and technical qualification of typing from manual typewriter to sophisticated computer for getting selected to the post of LDC through Staff Selection Commission. It is to be noted that typing on computer is far different from the typing on typewriter because for typing on computer one should have the knowledge of the operation of computer for which one required to undergo a computer diploma programme.
The academic qualifications required for both LDC & DEO are the same i.e. 12th class pass or equivalent. As regards the technical qualification the candidate appearing for the post of LDC requires 10500 KDPH/9000 KDPH English and Hindi typing respectively on computer whereas the candidate appearing the DEO requires 8,000 KDPH on Computer. But the grade pay granted/fixed for the post of LDC is 1900 and the same for DEO is 2400. Moreover, the DEO has only to entry the readymade data given to them whereas the LDCs have to create data/draft letters and then to type on computer, putting up the matter through file note with justification with the support of rules and procedure. Thus LDC does more work in qualitatively and quantitative terms with less grade pay than that of the DEO.
1.4 LDC & MTS
Even though the raising of academic qualification of MTS from 8th Standard to Matriculation, duties prescribed for the earlier Group D and the present MTS are the same.
Whereas the academic & technical qualification of the LDC have been upgraded and assigned heavy responsibilities on them by the office concerned. Majority of the persons selected for the post are graduates and even post graduates and qualified to handle any kind of assignment. The job profile of the post has undergone significant changes after introduction of modernization in Government offices. Now, computers have taken the place of typewriters.
During the 5th Pay Commission, pay scale S-1 to S-4 were granted to the group D posts and pay scale S-5 was granted to LDC i.e. one step above than the pay scale of the Group D posts which never crossed over the pay scale of LDC. In the 6th Pay Commission the pay band of MTS (formerly group D), LDC & UDC are same and Grade pay of LDC is 1900/ and that of MTS through MACP is 2400/.
2. Massive support from web sites publishes Central Government Employees’ issues:
Meanwhile, various web sites which are exclusively publish the issues of the Government Employees’ have given enormous support on the upgradation of the grade pay of the LDC & UDC and published all important correspondence in this connection. Hundreds of LDC and UDCs and other central Government employees registered their comments in support of the issue in these web sites.
3. Upgradation of the Grade Pay of LDC/UDC by the Rajasthan/Punjab/.Himachal Pradesh & Haryana Governments:
Rajasthan government had set up Shri Govind Sharma committee to study the upgradation of the grade pay of LDC & UDC. Following a very positive recommendation from the Committee the Rajasthan Government has raised the grade pay of LDC and UDC from the Rs. 1900 & 2400 to 2400 and 2,800 respectively. Also the names of posts ‘Lower Division Clerk’ and ‘Upper Division Clerk’ have been changed as ‘Clerk grade-II’ and ‘Clerk grade-I’ respectively. Similarly, the Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana Government have reportedly upgraded the grade pay of LDC & UDC.
Sir, while taking up this issue, I have got tremendous response from LDC UDC as well as other sections of the various central Government Departments including Railways and Defense. Dozens of phone calls, e-mail and letter through post are being received on daily basis in support of the demand.
Each and every one who has written me had emphasized that Government of India Offices especially the subordinate offices are functioning smoothly virtually due to the fact that LDCs & UDCs are shouldering heavy responsibilities. But the Pay Commission has not considered equal pay for the work done by them. This has been a demoralizing effect on the already desperate young and talented cadre in the Government offices.
From the above it is evident that the upgradation of the grade pay of LDC & UDCs is a genuine issue. We, therefore, justifiably request you to put a case for revision of Grade Pay of LDC to Rs. 2400/ and that of UDC to Rs. 2800/. It is to be noted that cases of several cadres in the Administrative branch were considered and favorable decision was taken by the 6th CPC but the case of LDC & UDC were left out. The LDC and the UDC also deserve higher grade pays than the present one, to commensurate with the qualifications and assignments attached to these posts after the implementation of the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission.
I conclude this letter with two comments among the hundreds of comments written in favour on various web sites as follows.
(1) “Whether letter sent to the DOPT regarding the upgradation of grade pay of LDC and UDC will be considered or not. We are poor LDC and UDC. Nobody has time to understand us. Everybody tries to have best of comforts, income and all other facilities to the higher class of employees. The lower levels of employees are doing hard works. Among them there will be graduates and postgraduates along with few numbers of SSLC or Plus Two or pre-degree qualified. But whatever may be the qualification of the higher class, whether SSLC or PDC or Plus Two, there is no problem. Everybody will get enough. But in the case of LDC and UDC they have to suffer a lot- A lot of financial burden. Try to make awareness among the high powered DOPT about our problems”.
(2) “Many many thanks for your kind efforts taken for the betterment of the Clerical Staff working in the Sub-ordinate Offices of the Govt. of India. The GOI’s stepmother treatment towards the Clerical Staff working in the Sub-ordinate Offices must be stopped. There should be parity between the CSCS & the Clerical Staff working in the Sub-ordinate Offices of the Ministry. We have seen that the Govt. has wisely protected the CSCS by implementing NFSG Scheme & Cadre Restructure after the VIth CPC. But the same procedure has not been extended to Sub-ordinate services. Once again many many thanks Sir.”
In view of the above, we seek your kind personal intervention for getting a favorable decision to revise the GP at Rs. 2400/ and 2800/ respectively to LDC & UDC.
Encl: As above
Mob. No. 09425372172
INTUC Resolution on Merger of 50% DA with Pay
Merger of 50% DA With Pay
The 30th Plenary Session of Indian National Trade Union Congress INTUC was held in Raipur from 06.09.2013 to 09.09.2013. There are 4 solutions, which are considered to be very important are adopted in this Conference. One of the four main resolution is Merger of 50% DA with Pay for central government employees. So the INTUC urges the central government to consider the demand and accord sanction for merging 50% DA with pay. The Resolution On Merger Of 50% DA With Pay which has been adopted in 30th Plenary Session of INTUC held in Raipur from 6-9-2013 to 9-9-2013 is given below
Resolution On Merger Of 50% DA With Pay
The Wage structure revision for Central Government employees had been enquired into by the successive pay Commission appointed by the Government of India during the past decades and gave their reports. The Government had considered the reports and decided for implementation with certain changes and improvements.
The previous pay Commissions (3rd,4th,5thand 6th ) have ,by and large, covered the aspects of the principle of wage determination . But however the job contents, remuneration commensuration with the nature of duties and responsibilities have not been taken into consideration by the pay Commissions while determining the revised pay structure, consequently the railway men have been put into disadvantage.
The 5th CPC had recommended that the DA must be merged with pay and treated as pay for computing all allowance as and when the percentage of dearness compensation exceeds 50%. Accordingly even before the setting up of 6th CPC, the DA of 50% was merged with pay.
Presently, the dearness compensation is 80% as on 1st January, 2013, while the DA had crossed 50% of pay as on 1st January, 2011.The demand for merger of DA to partially compensate the erosion in the real wages was first mooted by the Gadgil Committee in the 2nd pay Commission period. The 3rd CPC had recommended such merger when the cost of living Index crosses over 272 points i.e. 72 points over and above the base index adopted for the pay revision. In other words, the recommendation of the 3rd CPC was to merge the DA when it crossed 36%. The Government in the national Council JCM at the time of negotiation had initially agreed to merge 60% DA and later the whole of the DA before the 4th CPC was set up. The 5th CPC had merged 98% of DA with pay.
As the DA already stood at 80% of Pay and another installment is expected to be granted w.e.f. July, 2013 which may cross 90%,it is necessary that the Government takes steps to merge 50%DA with pay for all purposes for the year 2013 for ensuring compensation to the erosion of value of real wage of government employees.
The Plenary Session of INTUC therefore urges upon the Government of India to consider the demand and accord sanction for merging DA component i.e. 50% of DA with pay for all purposes.
Identification of Pensioners Associations under the Pensioners’ Portal
Government of India
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market, New Delhi
Identification of Pensioners Associations under the Pensioners’ Portal – A Mission Mode Project under NeGP.
A Mission Mode Project Pensioners’ Portal, under NeGP entrusted to Department of P&PW aims at the welfare of Central Civil Pensioners across the country. Its specific objective is to facilitate redressal of Pensioners grievances and provide detailed information, guidance etc. on pension and other retirement related matters through various stake holders. The project envisages inter-alia association of registered Pensioners Associations of Central Government Employees and other welfare organizations in the implementation process.
Under the above project this Department has already identified 30 Pensioners Associations on the basis of the following criteria. These Associations are given one time hardware/software and Grant-in-Aid up to Rs.75,000/- per annum to participate in the implementation of the scheme to defray expenses on certain approved components such as telephone/internet connection, stationary etc.
This Department now intends to identify about 20 more Pensioners Associations in a phased manner i.e. 10 Pensioners Associations during 2013-14 and further 10 Pensioners Associations during 2014-15 from various States. Preference will however be given to Central Government Pensioners Associations from the unrepresented States, which are Himachal Pradesh, Goa, North Eastern State (except Assam) and Union Territories, looking after the welfare of Civil/Railways/Defence pensioners. The Central Government Pensioners Associations desirous of getting identified under the Pensioners Portal may send their details as indicated below alongwith copies of relevant documents with reference to above criteria alongwith a write up on their vision/ plan to work towards welfare of Central Government Pensioners to Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare at the address given above within 30 days from date of publication of advertisement in newspapers. Super scribing – “Identification under Pensioners Portal”
(a) Name of Pensioners’ Association with Address etc.
(b) Date of Registration/ incorporation
(c) MOA& rules, if any
(d) Objectives of the Association
(e) Sources of funding
(f) Total membership of the Association
(g) Audited Accounts for last 3 years
(h) Annual Activities Report for last 3 years
(i) Publication/journal details
(j) Composition of General Body
(k) No of General Body Meetings held
(1) Premises (whether hired or owned) by the Association
(m) Infra-structural details
(n) With whom the Association interact frequently
(Tripti P. Ghosh)
New Pension Bill, PFRDA Bill, 2011: Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)
Frequently asked questions about the new Pension Bill, PFRDA Bill, 2011, are given below.
1. What does the new pension law do?
The PFRDA Bill, 2011, (proposed to be enacted as a law) provides for the establishment of an Authority to promote old age income security by establishing, developing and regulating pension funds, to protect the interests of subscribers to schemes of pension funds and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
An Interim Authority has already been created vide Govt Resolution dated October 10, 2003, and November 14, 2008, and is fully functional. The passage of the bill will confer statutory status to the Interim PFRDA to develop and regulate National Pension System (NPS) earlier known as New Pension Scheme.
2. What is NPS ?
The National Pension System reflects (NPS) Government’s effort to find sustainable solutions to the problem of providing adequate retirement income.
The NPS is an easily accessible, low cost, tax-efficient, flexible and portable retirement savings account. Under the NPS, the individual contributes to his retirement account and also his employer can also co-contribute for the social security/welfare of the individual.
The NPS is designed on Defined contribution basis wherein the subscriber contributes to his account, there is no defined benefit that would be available at the time of exit from the system and the accumulated wealth depends on the contributions made and the income generated from investment of such wealth.
Eventual pension wealth is based on the level of contributions made over the years, the charges (administrative and fund management) deducted from the funds and the returns achieved by the investment fund (pension fund managers) used over a period of time during the accumulation phase in the NPS.
The greater the value of the contributions made, the greater the investments achieved, the longer the term over which the fund accumulates and the lower the charges deducted, the larger would be the eventual benefit of the accumulated pension wealth likely to be.
3. Why should one subscribe to a pension fund?
Pension ensures that a person has steady and adequate financial security during his old age, even after he has retired from employment or his earning capacity has extinguished/decreased.
4. What does the pension bill propose?
The PFRDA shall administer the NPS for subscriber’s interest in accordance with the provisions of the PFRDA Act and the rules and regulations framed thereunder. The Authority has the mandate to regulate all other pension funds (other than the NPS) which are not regulated by any other enactment.
5. Is it compulsory?
The NPS is compulsory in respect of persons appointed to public services in connection with the affairs of the Union, or to All-India Services, on or after 1-1-2004. It is also compulsory in case of employees of Central Autonomous bodies.
The NPS is also applicable in respect of employees of various state governments and its autonomous bodies, who have joined the NPS and in respect of whom, such state governments have extended the NPS based on the notifications issued by such states.
The NPS is voluntarily extended to the citizens of India w.e.f May, 2009, who may choose to be covered under the NPS. The NPS has also been extended to various corporates, who may choose to provide the scheme to their employees on a voluntary basis.
6. When was it first introduced?
The PFRDA Bill 2005 was introduced in Lok Sabha in March, 2005, but could not be considered and passed due to dissolution of 14th Lok Sabha. Earlier, the PFRDA Ordinance 2004 was promulgated on December 29, 2004, which lapsed on April 7, 2005.
7. Can one decide how much on ones savings should go into stocks and how much in debt?
Presently, in respect of government employees, the investment choice in asset class E (Equities), asset Class C (Corporate Debts) and Asset Class G (Government Securities) is in accordance with investment pattern contained in Ministry of Finance notification No. F. No. 5 (88)/2006 –PR.— dated August14, 2008. For others different schemes are applicable based on the choice exercised by the subscriber.
8. If stock prices crash, will pension be affected?
The rate of return and NAV (Net Asset Value) of the subscriber will be susceptible to market risk.
9. Can one choose the stocks in which pension fund will put the money?
Pension Fund Managers based on their expertise will choose the stocks for investing the collective monies of the subscriber (under full disclosure to the NPS Trust). However, individual subscriber will not have the option of choosing a particular stock.
10. Can one withdraw money whenever one wants or only after one retires?
The subscriber can exit from the NPS and withdraw the accumulated pension wealth in the following manner and no other exits or withdrawals are permitted presently:
a. Upon attainment of age of 60 years : At least 40% of the accumulated pension wealth of the subscriber needs to be utilized for purchase of an annuity providing for the monthly pension of the subscriber and the balance is paid as a lump sum payment to the subscriber.
b. Upon Death (irrespective of cause) : The entire accumulated pension wealth (100%) would be paid to the nominee / legal heir of the subscriber and there would not be any purchase of annuity/monthly pension.
c. Exit from the NPS before attainment of age of 60 years (irrespective of cause): At least 80% of the accumulated pension wealth of the subscriber needs to be utilized for purchase of an annuity providing for the monthly pension of the subscriber and the balance is paid as a lump sum payment to the subscriber.
11. Can it help the industry?
The industry can benefit by the availability of long term funds under the NPS, which may be deployed to build infrastructure. The industry can also provide the NPS as an important social security scheme to the employees serving in such industries.
VRS applied officer should take decisions of sensitive nature with approval of next higher authority: CBDT
An officer who has submitted, his/her application for voluntary retirement from service (VRS) should take decisions of sensitive nature, if any, with the approval of next higher authority. – CBDT
No. C-29016/43/2013 -Ad.VI(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
(Central Board of Direct Taxes)
New Delhi, the 6th September, 2013
It has come to the notice of the CBDT that the officers, even after giving notice for VRS, continue to take decisions of sensitive nature. The Centeral Vigilance Commission(CVC) has taken a serios view of this practice. It is, therefore, decided by the Board that an officer who has submitted, his/her application for voluntary retirement from service (VRS) should take decisions of sensitive nature, if any, with the approval of next higher authority.
2. This issues with the approval of Chairperson, CBDT.
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Govt to hike DA by 10%; benefit 80 lakh employees and pensioners
New Delhi: Ahead of festival season, Central Government will this month announce a hike in dearness allowance to 90 percent from existing 80 percent, benefiting about 50 lakh central employees and 30 lakh pensioners.
According to official source, dearness allowance hike will be 10 percent and would be effective from July 1, this year.
The sources further said the exact amount of dearness allowance, as a proportion of basic pay, works out to over 90 percent after factoring in the revised all India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) for June.
According to revised data released on August 30, retail inflation for factory workers for June stood at 11.63 percent, higher than provisional estimate of 11.06 percent for the month released on July 31.
Sources said that since the revised estimate for the month of June is available, the Finance Ministry would soon prepare a proposal for the purpose for seeking Union Cabinet nod.
They further said the proposal will be moved this month.
There would be a double digit hike in DA after about three years. It was last in September, 2010, that the government had announced a hike of 10 percent to be given with effect from July 1, 2010.
DA was hiked to 80 percent from 72 percent in April, 2013, effective from January 1, this year.
As per the practice, the government uses CPI-IW data for past 12 month or a year to arrive at a number for the purpose of any DA hike. Thus, the retail inflation for industrial workers between July, 2012 to June 2013 will be used to take a final decision.
Source : PTI News
Allotment of General Pool office as well as residential accommodation to the Debt Recovery Tribunals (DRT’s) & Recovery Appellate Tribunals (DRATs)
Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
(Policy I Section)
Nirman Bhawan,New Delhi.
Dated the 30th August,2013.
Subject: Grant of eligibility for allotment of General Pool office as well as residential accommodation to the Debt Recovery Tribunals (DRT’s) and Debt Recovery Appellate Tribunals (DRATs) – Reg.
In continuation to this Directorate’s OMs of even number dated 28.9.2007, 16.10.2007, 16.11.2007, 14.12.2010, 27.4.2012 and 25.10.2012 whereby eligibility for allotment of General Pool accommodation, office as well as residential, was granted to Debt Recovery Tribunals (DRTs) and Debt Recovery Appellate Tribunals DRATs) at Delhi and outstations (where General Pool accommodation exists) till 21.02.2013, the undersigned is directed to state that the issue of extending the eligibility has been considered by the Competent Authority and it has been decided to extend the eligibility status of DRTs and DRATs for allotment of General Pool office and residential accommodation, at locations except Delhi and Mumbai where such accommodation is available beyond 21.02.2013 and till such time alternative arrangements are made for providing residential accommodation to them on the recommendations of the Group of Ministers constituted to consider and examine all issues relating to uniformity of retirement age, conditions relating to the tenure of the appointment/re-appointment and provisions concerning residential and office accommodation for quasi judicial/regulatory bodies/tribunals, etc. Eligibility code allotted earlier to DRTs and DRATs will remain same. Accordingly the allotment of General Pool residential accommodation to the staff of DRTs and DRATs at stations other than Delhi and Mumbai may be regularized by charging normal license fee.
Deputy Director of Estates(Policy)
Temporary Employees joined before Jan, 2004 and regularised in NPS will eligible for Pension & GPF: CAT
Central Administrative Tribunal relief on pension for 16 Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research employees
Chennai: The Madras bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal has directed the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam, to provide GPF and other benefits under Central civil service (pension) rules 1972 to 16 employees absorbed as temporary workers in 1999.
In a petition, K. Punniyakoti of Kalpakkam and 15 others prayed for a direction to the Central government and IGCAR to extend to them the benefit of pension under the old government pension scheme.
The petitioners contended that they were granted temporary status in 1999. On September 9, 2008, they were appointed as casual labourers in the grade of ‘helper A’.
As per the order, 50 per cent of the service rendered under temporary status would be counted for retirement benefits.
After rendering three years of continuous service after conferment of temporary status, the casual labourers would be treated on a par with group D employees for the purpose of contribution to general provident fund.
They were appointed in temporary category and subsequently regularised between May 2005 and November 2005.
Meanwhile, the government introduced the new pension scheme in April 2004 and the employees who joined service after January 1, 2004 were to be be covered under the new scheme.
In its reply, IGCAR argued that the employees who joined service after January 1, 2004 would be governed by the new pension scheme.
Employees who joined service prior to January 1, 2004 were governed by the general provident fund/contributory provident fund as per the Central civil service (pension) rules 1972.
The judicial member of the bench, B. Venkateswara Rao directed IGCAR to apply provisions of the Central civil service (pension) rules 1972 in respect of the employees and extend benefit under GPF rules. The bench also directed IGCAR to deduct monthly subscription regularly without interruption. The order is to be complied with within two months.
DOPT ORDERS – Successful completion of mandatory CSS Training Programmes – Clarification regarding
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Dlehi,
Dated 5th September 2013
Subject : Successful completion of mandatory CSS Training Programmes – Clarification regarding.
Mandatory training for CSS officers under CSS-CTP is in place vide O.M. No.4/11/2005-CSI dated 15th December, 2006, O.M. No.1/1/2009-CSI(Trg.) dated 24th February, 2010 and OM No.8/11/201000CSI(Trg.) dated 5th April, 2010 in accordance to the eligibility criteria for purposes of promotion etc., as prescribed under the CSS Rules, 2009 and relevant Regulations / Notifications.
2. The issue of failure to complete the mandatory training under CSS-CTP has been examined in this Department. It has been decided with the approval of the competent authority that the participant who fail to qualify the written/theory component of the mandatory training, shall be given a maximum of two more opportunities by the ISTM for clearing the exam. However, there will be no further opportunity for clearing the ‘general assessment’ or ‘field component’ of the tests/assignments viz., study-tour and no further facility for classroom inputs etc., would be provided. Moreover, these additional two opportunities for clearing the written component of the training programme would require such officers to take the appropriate leave from their controlling Ministries/Departments for appearing in the subsequent supplementary exams.
3. All the Ministries/Departments may bring the above stipulations under CSS-CTP to the notice of all the officers of the Central Secretariat Service in their respective Ministries/Departments.
Under Secretary to Government of India
Medical facilities for in-patient treatment and post-operative follow-up treatment to ECHS beneficiaries residing in districts not covered by ECHS
No. 22D (09)12013/US (WE)/D (Res)
Govornment of India
Deptt of Ex-Servicemen Welfare
Ministry of Defence
Dated the 21st August, 2013
The Chief of the Army Staff
The Chief of the Naval Staff
The Chief of the Air Staff
Subject:- Medical facilities for in-patient treatment and post-operative follow-up treatment to ECHS beneficiaries residing in districts not covered by ECHS.
1, The undersigned is directed to invite attention to Govt. of India, Ministry of Defence letter No. 24(48)/03/US(WE)D(Res) dated 19th December, 2003 and to state that keeping in view, the difficulties being faced by the ECHS beneficiaries residing in districts not covered by ECHS it has now been decided to liberalise the ECHS Rules as follows to enable them to avail medical facilities for in-patient treatment and post- operative follow-up treatment-
(i) ECHS beneficiaries who are holding a valid ECHS Card and are residing in districts not covered by ECHS shall be eligible to obtain treatment from Govt. (Central/State/Local Self Government) hospitals and submit the medical re-imbursement claim to the ECHS Polyclinic (i.e. they can avail the treatment without obtaining referral from Polyclinic located outside their district),
(ii) Re-imbursement shall be limited to the CGHS rates applicable to the nearest ECHS Polyclinic and as per the ceiling rates and ward entitlements or as per actuals whichever is lower.
(i) ECHS beneficiaries who are holding a valid ECHS card and are residing in districts not covered by ECHS shall be eligible to obtain post¬operative follow-up treatment from Govt. (Central/State/Local Self Government) hospitals in follow up cases of Renal Transplant Surgery Knee and Hip Joint Replacement, Cancer Treatment Neuro Surgery and Cardiac Surgery. However, prior permission (referral) is to be obtained from the OIC of nearest ECHS Polyclinic.
(ii) Permission shall be issued for 3 to 6 months at a time and may be extended based on medical requirement. Reimbursement for consultation, procedures and investigations shall be limited to CGHS rates applicable to the nearest ECHS polyclinic and as per the ceiling rates and ward entitlements or as per actuals ,whichever may be lower. OPD medicines shall be obtained from the concerned Polyclinic for a maximum period of 3 months at a time.
2. These order will come into effect from date of issue.
3. This issues with the concurrence of MoD (Finance) vide U.O. 1574/13/Fin/Pen dated 11th July, 2013.
( HK Mallick)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Shortage of Subordinate Staff in Central Government Department questioned in Lok Sabha
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1614
ANSWERED ON 16.08.2013
SHORTAGE OF SUBORDINATE STAFF
1614 . Shri GORAKH PRASAD JAISWAL
MANSUKHBHAI D. VASAVA
Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:-
(a) The details of extant guidelines and rules on the matter of filling up vacancies in Government Department;
(b) Whether the number of subordinate staff is decreasing vis-à-vis group A and B employees;
(c) If so, the details thereof for the last three years and the current year and the reaction of the Government thereto; and
(d) The steps taken or proposed to be taken to increase the strength of subordinate staff proportionately?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE (SHRI NAMO NARAIN MEENA)
(a) The vacancies in Central Government Departments are filled up as per extant Recruitment Rules/Service regulations.
(b) to (d) The number of Central Government employees depends on the functional requirement of different Ministries/Departments as determined from time to time. As per details available in this Ministry, the estimated number of regular Group A & B and Group C Central Government Civilian employees (including UT Administrations) as on 01.03.2010 was 271165 and 2860477 respectively. As on 01.03.2011, it was 292933 and 2856347 respectively, and as on 01.03.2012 it was 293167 and 2856615 respectively. All Ministries/ Departments are required to review their vacancies vis-à-vis the workload regularly and take necessary steps in the light of such reviews.
Finmin Orders : Disbursement of salary/wages/pension to the Central Government Employees in the State of Kerala for the month of September, 2013 on account of ONAM festival
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
Controller General of Accounts
Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi
Subject: Disbursement of salary/wages/pension to the Central Government Employees in the State of Kerala for the month of September, 2013 on account of ONAM festival.
In view of the ‘ONAM festival, the Government have decided that the salary of all Central Government employees in the State of Kerala for the month of September, 2013 may be drawn and disbursed by the Central Government offices (including Defence, Posts & Telecommunications) on 13th September, 2013.
2. The wages for September, 2013 of the industrial employees of Central Government serving in the State of Kerala may also be disbursed in advance on 13th September, 2013.
3. The pension for September, 2013 of all Central Government Pensioners in the State of Kerala may also be disbursed by Bank/PAOs on 13th September, 2013.
4. The salary/wages/pension so disbursed is to be treated as advance payments and will be subject to adjustment after the full months salary/wages/pension of each employee/pensioner is determined. The adjustment, if any, will be made without exception from the salary/wages/pension as the case may be from the month of September, 2013.
5. The concerned Ministries/Departments are requested to bring these instructions to the notice of their offices located in the State of Kerala for necessary action immediately.
6. Reserve Bank of India is requested to bring these instructions to the notice of all paying branches of all Banks located in the State of Kerala for necessary action immediately.
Jt. Controller General of Accounts
Dopt Orders 2013 – Modified Flexible Complementing Scheme – regarding qualifications for Scientists
No. AB.14017/44/ 2011-Estt. (RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Dated the 5h September, 2013
Subject: Modified Flexible Complementing Scheme – regarding qualifications for Scientists.
Reference is invited to the instructions on Modified Flexible Complementing Scheme for Scientists issued in this Department OM No. AB.14017/37/2008-Estt.(RR) dated 10th September, 2010 based on the recommendations of the 6th CPC. The guidelines prescribe the qualifications for Scientists as under :-
Scientists and Engineers
Persons who possess academic qualification of atleast Master’s Degree in Natural/Agricultural Sciences or Bachelors Degree in Engineering/Technology/Medicine and hold scientific posts defined in the guidelines.
2. References have been received in this Department seeking clarifications as to whether M.Sc. (Electronics) and M.Sc. (Applied Electronics) falls within the applicable qualifications of Modified FCS. The issue has been examined by this Department in consultation with Department of Science and Technology. It has been decided to include degrees of M.Sc (Electronics) and M.Sc. (Applied Electronics) as subjects under Engineering equivalent to Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering.
3. The Hindi version will follow.
Implementation of Income Tax Cadre Restructuring – process reaching completion
“The status of Implementation of the Restructuring of Cadre was reviewed by the Chairperson and Member(P&V), CBDT on September 04, 20113. It was observed that the work assigned to various Sub-Committees engaged in the process is nearing completion.” – CBDT. Contents of CBDT letter reproduced below:-
Government of India
Directorate of Income-tax
Human Resource Development
Central Board of Direct Taxes
ICADR Building, Plot No 6, Vacant Kunj Institutional Area Phase-II, New Delhi.
F.No. HRD/CM/102/1/2013-14/ 2028
Dated : 05.09.2013
All CCsIT/ DGsIT (CCA)
Sub: Implementation of Cadre Restructuring- ACRs/APARs of Officers and Officials in your region – reg.
With reference to F.No.HRD/CM/102/3/2009-10(Pt)/1102 dated 2 July, 2013, I am directed to inform that the status of Implementation of the Restructuring of Cadre was reviewed by the Chairperson and Member(P&V), CBDT on September 04, 20113. It was observed that the work assigned to various Sub-Committees engaged in the process is nearing completion which, In turn, would be able the Board to decide the key component of manpower deployment amongst various Regions and constituent Directorates/ Offices of the Department.
2. In this connection, I am directed to invite your kind attention to para 7 of the earlier cited letter dated July 2013 which, inter alia, emphasized the preparation of all Cadre Controlling Authorities to complete promotion to various grades/ post as soon as the deployment orders are issued. For this purpose, it was requested to take up the exercise of updating APARs of all employees at the earliest.
3. It is expected that necessary excercises in this regard would have been completed for updating of all ACRs till end of F.Y. 2011-12 in your Region. It is desired by the Chairperson that a communication indicating completion of updating of all APAR s upto 2011-12 is received from your Region by September 16, 2013 which may be routed through the Core Committee.
Addl DIT (HRD)
Steps for improvement in Railway Schools
Government of India
Ministry of Railways
New Delhi, dated: 12.08.2013
The General Manager(P),
All Indian Railways &
CLW & DLW
Sub: Steps for improvement in Railway Schools.
Indian Railways is running around 200 railway schools at present. These schools are catering to the educational needs of wards of railway performing duties at remote locations. However, it is observed for the past few years that there has been a gradual decline in the strength of railway wards in railway schools due to poor patronage of these schools. Due attention in maintenance and running of schools is also not being given. The poor performance of these schools may be attributed to poor management/negligence such as shortage of teachers, absence of basic facilities like toilets, library, laboratories etc.
ln order to improve the performance and thereby increase credibility and popularity of Railway schools and to make them more competitive with other private schools, Rairway Board has decided the following:-
(1) Railway schools should, be under the administrative control of CPOs. senior Dpos and SPos must inspect the schools regularly. on the Divisions, Annual Inspection of DRM must also include an inspection of at least one school by rotation.
(2) Where schools are upto class 10th and above, they should be affiliated with schools for all classes.
(3)Steps should be taken for periodic training of school teachers/Head Masters/principals through NCERT/SCERT etc.
Railways are advised to take appropriate steps to implement above initiatives and compliance of the same be reflected in the MCDO.
Merge 50% DR with basic pension,Constitute 7th CPC, provide representation to Pensioners in Rajya Sabha & Medical facilities to Pensioner-Sh S.S.Ramasubbu M.P writes to PM
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT – (LOK SABHA)
Indian National Congress,
72-V, Ambai Road, Alangulam,
Tirunelveli Dt., Tamil nadu – 627851, INDIA
Phone – 04633 – 270230
Mobile : 09440070147
Website : www.nellaimp.com
E-mail : email@example.com
Standing Committee on Science and Technology
Enviorment and Forest
Consultative Committee on Defence
JIPMER – Puduchery
8 August, 2013
Respected Prime Minister,
Subject : Request to consider the genuine grievances of Central Government Pensioners – Regarding.
Herewith, I am forwarding the representation submitted by All India Central Government Pensioner’s Association, New No. 3-F2, (Old No. 1/1A), Radhakrishnan Street, T.Nagar, Chennai-600017 on the above subject for your kind perusal.
The above Association was formed in January 1969 and presently its membership crossed 1250. The pensioners are facing with some genuine grievances and their Charter of Demands is enclosed. However, I am placing below their important long pending demands for your kind consideration :
i) Merger of 50% Dearness Relief with Basic Pension w.e.f. 1.1.2011
ii) Constitution of VII Central Pay Commission ;
iii) Representation of at least one pensioner’s representative in Rajya Sabha;
iv) To extend medical facilities to all pensioners by accepting the recommendations of VI Central Pay Commission.
Awaiting your early favourable action.
With warm regards,
Hon’ble Prime Minister
Government of India
Appointment and posting of General Managers, Members and Chairman in the Railway Board
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 2286
ANSWERED ON 22.08.2013
APPOINTMENTS IN RAILWAYS
2286 . Dr. RAMSHANKAR, RADHA MOHAN SINGH, D.B. CHANDRE GOWDA
P. JAYA PRADA NAHATA, NEERAJ SHEKHAR, YASHVIR SINGH
ARJUN RAM MEGHWAL, ASWAMEDH DEVI, SAUGATA RAY, S. R. JEYADURAL
Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state:-
(a) the details of eligibility criteria and the procedure being followed for appointment and posting of General Managers, Members and Chairman in the Railway Board;
(b) the number of cases in which the prescribed norms including the seniority factor were not followed strictly for the purpose during the last three years and the current year including the reasons therefor;
(c) the details of such vacant posts in Railway Board including the Zonal/Divisional Managers in the Railways as on date along with the reasons therefor and the time by which these are likely to be filled up;
(d) the present status of the investigation in the recent case of alleged irregularities in appointment to the post of Member in Railway Board; and
(e) the details of steps taken/being taken by the Railways to strictly follow the prescribed norms and ensure transparency in appointment and posting against various positions in Railway Board?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (SHRI ADHIR RANJAN CHOWDHURY)
(a): The posts of General Managers are filled up as per norms laid down for the same vide Resolution issued in 1986, as amended from time to time. The basic norms laid down are that officers belonging to the eight organized Group ‘A’ Railway Services are eligible for being considered for appointments to these posts and inter se seniority list of Senior Administrative Grade officers belonging to these services are drawn up for this purpose. Officers with 25 years of Group ‘A’ service and working in Senior Administrative Grade and above are considered. Only such officers are considered for empanelment and appointment who have a minimum residual service of two years.
The panels are made based on the recommendations of a high level Selection Committee comprising of Chairman, Railway Board, as Chairman and two other members one being Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training and the other being a Member of Railway Board nominated by Cabinet Secretary. The panels and specific appointments are made with the approval of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.
The posts of Members of Railway Board are filled up on the basis of Resolution issued in 1987, as amended from time to time. Officers to be considered for the posts of Members, should normally have a balance service of two years or more from the date of occurrence of the vacancy and should normally have worked for a period of one year as General Manager (Open Line). In case, relaxation of norms is involved, the senior most General Manager (Open Line) with reasonable long tenure, subject to a minimum of one year on the date of occurrence of the vacancy may be considered. For the post of Financial Commissioner (Railways), a General Manager belonging to IRAS cadre, and fulfilling the other requirements as above, is eligible for consideration. As for the post of Chairman, Railway Board, the officer should normally have a minimum tenure of two years as Member and/or Chairman, including at least one year as Chairman, Railway Board. The appointments to the posts of Chairman and Members of Railway Board are approved by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.
(b): Appointments have been made in accordance with the norms, after following due process and with the approval of the competent authority.
(c): As on date, there are twenty six posts of General Managers/equivalent on the Indian Railways. Out of these, seven posts are vacant. However, looking after arrangements have been made to ensure that the work of these posts does not suffer. Filling up of the vacant posts is a continuous process which involves processing and approvals at various levels of the Government.
As for the posts of Members/Chairman Railway Board, at present there are six posts of Members and one post of Chairman, Railway Board. Since regular incumbents have not been appointed to the posts of Chairman, Member Staff and Financial Commissioner (Railways), additional charge arrangements have been made to look after these posts. At present, Member Mechanical is looking after the work of Chairman with the approval of Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, Member Engineering is looking after the work of Member Staff with the approval of Minister of Railways and Additional Member (Budget) is looking after the work of Financial Commissioner with the approval of Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.
All the posts of Divisional Railway Managers are filled up and no post is lying vacant.
(d): After completion of investigation by CBI, charge sheet has been filed against Shri Mahesh Kumar, Member Staff, Railway Board and nine other private persons on 02.07.2013 under Section 120-B IPC read with Section 7, 8 & 12 of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
(e): The panels are formed strictly on the basis of rules and are approved by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. Specific appointments are also made with the approval of Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.
Provide CSD canteen facility to Defence civilians-Writes Sh Gurudass Gupta MP to Minister for defence
GURUDAS DAS GUPTA
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT
35-36, D. D.U Marg
Avenue, New Delhi-110002
ALL INDIA TRADE UNION CONGRESS
Dear Shri Antony,
I am enclosing a copy of the Ministry of Defence order on the Smart Card of Canteen Stores Depot to Retired Civilian Employees. There is persistent demand from Retired Civilian employees for availing canteen depot facilities. The demand has been pending since long, I shall be grateful if you kindly consider this demand with sympathy and favorably and agree to issue Smart Card of Canteen Stores Depot to Retired Civilian Employees so that they may also avail C&D facilities.
(Gurudas Das Gpta)
Dearness Allowance linked to Consumer Price Index against inflation
General Secretary of Confederation for Karnataka State Shri P.S.Prasad has written an article on his blog about the Consumer Price Index for the purpose of calculating Dearness allowance to Central Government employees and Pensioners…
The detailed report of article has been reproduced and given below for your information…
DA & CPI UNDER ATTACK
The Consumer Price Index is the main base for calculation of Dearness Allowance for the Central Government and State Government Employees and also the Industrial and Bank Employees.
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is calculated using following steps:
a) Market prices are collected for 252 items by the Officials of Department of Statics and Department of Posts. These prices of that item & place are sent to Central processing unit from 78 centres all over India ( which are enclosed for your reference).
b) The all India weights given the each category of items such as food 49.71%, housing 9.77 %, fuel 9.49% , footwear O.68%, transportation 7.5%, Medical 5.31%, Personnel care 2.92 % & Miscellaneous 26.31% total 100% . CPI points are determined using this all India weights and prices of the 252 items. (which are enclosed for your reference).
Now from the angle of Employees point of view following changes in all India weights should be brought.
a) Housing should be given as 15% instead of just 9.77 %.
b) Medical should be increased to 15% from 5.31 %.
c) The Miscellaneous items should be reduced to just 5% instead of 26.31 %
The prices have risen by over 200% in last 61/2 years, whereas the CPI has shown an increase from 115 points in Jan 2006 to 235 points in July 2013 that means an increase of 120 points and the actual DA is only 92%. There is fault in the calculation of CPI itself apart from present DA formula , as undue all India weights is given for some items such as miscellaneous items such as 26% whatever increase in prices of the food, fuel, transportation, housing are nullified by these 26% decrease in prices or marginal increase in miscellaneous items.
The Employees are not getting the right DA and thus they are not compensated by the real increase in prices which are used for daily needs.
A new series for the calculation of the Consumer Price Index is under preparation by the Government of India. For this purpose, Government has set up a Standing Tripartite Committee (STC) to advise the Government on issues pertaining to the Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (New Series).
There are two aspects in this move we should be doubly carefull.
1) There is vast difference between the real price increase and CPI thus an Employee is deprived of the real DA.
2) The Government of India is thinking that the CPI is bloated or wrong that has made burden on the financial burden on them hence it wants to reduce its expenditure by modifying the CPI as a result of this what DA we used to get 10% half yearly and this year by 20%, this can be avoided by next year, hence it is seriously considering the aspect of revising the All India weights of many items such as food which is at 59% to 30%. By this the whole CPI increase will be limited to just 8 to 9 points in a year rather than 25 points in a year by this we get only 3 to 4 % DA every six months rather than 10% DA which we are used to get due to high inflation and drastic rise in prices.
Now the statements issued by Government of India officials ie Reserve Bank Governor Shri D.Subbarao & Shri Kaushik Basu, Chief Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, which is enclosed indicate this stand. Instead of employees friendly CPI they want a Government of India friendly CPI.
The wages of CG employees are determined by principle of need based minimum wages as per table 2.21 of 6th CPC report where in only a few items are chosen rather than 252 items chosen by CPI.
I request one and all to be serious about this issue otherwise the Employees will suffer in a long run regarding wrong calculation of CPI and DA issue.
Please find enclosures ;
Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India has decided to prepare a new series of Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers.
For this purpose, Government has set up a Standing Tripartite Committee (STC) to advise the Government on issues pertaining to the Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (New Series).
The STC will go into details of various parameters that are taken into consideration for updation of the base year such as the weighting diagram. consumption basket, selection of centres, sample size of establishments for price collection etc.
Government has no specific information about the skilled/semi-skilled worker outsourced by the Central Government /State Governments through contractors not being paid as per the CPI.
However, the Contract Labour Act, 1970 inter-alia, contains provisions for payment of wages to these category of workers.
The contract workers are also entitled to receive minimum wages as notified by the appropriate Governments from time to time.
This information was given by Minister of State for Labour & Employment Shri Kodikurinil Suresh in the Lok Sabha today in reply to a written question.
MUMBAI: The new series of consumer price index (CPI) is not enough for a robust statistical analysis of prices, Reserve Bank Governor D Suhharao said on Friday.
He also said the new CPI has an excess focus on food prices, which has a 50% weight. House rents, which account for 10%, are also a cause for concern given doubts over the efficacy of the prices, he added.
“The new CPI has only 19 data points which is not sufficient for a statistically robust analysis,” Subbarao, who demits office on September 5, said while speaking at the Statistics Day conference at the RBI headquarters here.
Dearness allowance link brings retail inflation figures under cloud
SMRITI SETH, ET Bureau Jul 19, 2011. 0347am 1ST.
http:/Iarticles.econom ictimes.indiatim es.com/20 11-07-1 9/news129790925_1 _cpi-iwretail-inflation-wpi-ancl-cpi
NEW DELHI There could be a systemic over-estimation of the retail inflation as measured by the consumer price index for industrial workers, or CPI-1W, as it forms the basis for revision in the dearness allowance of central government employees.
This retail measure of inflation has generally shown a wide divergence with the widely followed wholesale price index (WPI) inflation. “Since the people who collect data for the CPI get their salaries indexed by the same index it actually feeds into some tendency to bloat that,” said Kaushik Basu, Chief Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance. The CPI-IW is compiled by the Labour Bureau and investigators are employed by state governments – directorate of economics and statistics – to collect the prices.
The index is used to decide the dearness allowance of central government employees, which creates the incentive for bloating up the index. ‘We have found a couple of items that occur in both the WPI and CPI collected by different agencies. We are now tracking these two to see it there is any bias in them. But there are no results as yet,” Basu said. “A team at the ministry of finance is looking at various aspects of inflation, this is one thing we are indeed looking at,” he said. The labour bureau has strongly denied any such possibility and insisted there was no form of manipulation whatsoever.
“Our system is fool proof, there are multiple levels of checks. There is no bias in the data collected,” said an official at the Labour Bureau. Even experts are skeptical of the possibility of such widespread coordination between all those involved in the process. “It may be true and there is an incentive to do that (unfairly bloat the CPI-IW), but one can’t say that without empirical prool “. said Arup Mura, labour and employment professor, IEG.
This needs a nexus, because unless all the officials coordinate it won’t be possible,” added Mitra. The CPI-IW and WPI have shown vastly diverging trends through the years. During 2009, when inflation rate as per the CPI-IW was actually rising above 11%, the WPI inflation rate was falling to negative rates.
Since January 1, 2008 the rate of dearness allowance for central government employees has risen from 12% to 51%, an increase of 39 percentage points. According to a Patnaik, professor, NIPFP, the divergence can be explained by the difference in baskets used for both the indices. She dismissed the collectors’ bias theory, saying, “in a study, we found that the prices for a particular commodity reported under CPI is in line with other sources like the NCDEX, ministry of agriculture data. So evidence doesn’t suggest a bias,” said Patnaik.
CPI—AII India weights -2011
||Sub group/ Item
||Cereals and products
||Pulses and products
||Milk and milk products
||Oils and fats
||Egg, fish and meat
||Condiments and spices
||Non- alcoholic beverages
||Prepared meals etc
||Pan, tobacco and Intoxicants
||Food, beverages and tobacco
||Sub group/ Item
||Fuel and light
||Clothing and bedding
||Recreation and amusement
||Transport and communication
||Personal care and effects
From the above it is quite clear there is no weightage for rural housing & Miscellaneous weightage is much more than required.
Which is effecting DA calculation.
List of 252 Items
||rice 1 (other than PDS)
||rice 2 (other than PDS)
||muri / murmura
||wheat (loose) -other than PDS
||wheat(loose)- other than PDS
||wheat atta(other than PDS)
||suji / rawa
||jowar product (specify)
||ragi product (specify)
||other cereals (specify)
||grinding charges18 102011 arhar/ tur
||other pulses (specify)
||other pulse products(specify)
||coconut oil (edible)
||other edible oil(saffola/ sunflower etc.) specify
||goat meat / mutton
||milk (non-pasteurized -cow)
||other milk products (specify)
||other spices: like jeera
||other spices: like dhaniya
||cabbage61 107191 brinjal
||other leafy vegetables (specify)
||other fresh fruits (specify)
||coconut: green (tender)
||other beverages (specify)
||salted refreshments: specify
||salted refreshments: specify
||salted refreshments: specify
||prepared sweets: specify
||prepared sweets: specify
||prepared sweets: specify
||prepared sweets: specify
||jam / jelly
||other processed food (corn flakes etc) specify
||cigarettes (non- filtered)
||other tobacco products (specify)
||foreign liquor/refined liquor(Indian made)
||firewood and chips
||electricity (std. unit)
||kerosene (open market)
||LPG cylinder (domestic)
||other fuel (specify)
||cloth for shirt
||cloth for pyjama
||cloth for blouse
||cloth for coat (woolen)
||cloth for pant/trousers
||ready made pant/trousers/jeans
||ready made skirt/ frock(child 6-10 years)
||ready made top (ladies)
||ready made salwar suit
||sweater/ pullover (gents)
||sweater/ cardigan (ladies)
||clothing others (specify)
||mats & matting
||leather shoes (gents)
||leather shoes (children)
||leather sandals/chappals (gents)
||leather chappals (ladies)
||leather sandals/chappals (children)
||rubber/ PVC footwear (gents)
||rubber/ PVC footwear (ladies)
||other footwear (sports shoes etc.) specify
||other leather footwear (specify)
||pain killer tablet (allopathic)
||cough syrup: coscopin plus (above 8 years of age)
||vitamin B complex: tablet
||anti fever tab. (allopathic)
||anti biotic tab (allopathic)156 501016 cough syrup (homeopathic)
||X-ray(chest) Posterior to anterior view
||lipid profile test
||blood sugar (fasting & pp) test
||doctor’s fee (first consultation)
||hospital/nursing home charges
||other medical expenses (specify)
||primary (5th class) mathematics book
||primary (5th class) science book
||primary (5th class) local language book
||secondary (10th class) mathematics book
||secondary (10th class) social science book
||secondary (10th class) science book
||first year (B.A.) economics book
||first year ( B. Com) accountancy book
||first year (B.Sc.) mathematics book
||news paper : national
||copy/ note book
||tuition fees (fifth class)
||tuition fees (tenth class)
||tuition fees (first year graduation)
||private tutor fee (primary)
||private tutor fee (secondary)
||coaching (professional courses fee)
||other educational expenses (specify)
||cinema: new release (normal day)
||cricket bat (regular size)
||lawn tennis racket for beginner
||carrom board194 503025 playing cards
||hiring charges for CD/DVD video cassettes
||monthly charges for cable TV connection
||telephone charges: same operator
||mobile phone charges : same operator
||mobile phone charges : different operators
||lubricating oil/engine oil
||motor cycle (without accessories)
||scooter (without accessories) cost on road
||motor car (without accessories)
||tooth brush (adult)
||snow / cream
||other toilet articles: (freshener / perfume) specify
||tube light (without fitting)
||washing soap / detergent
||other washing requisite(brush/cleaner etc)
||mosquito repellant / insecticides
||other petty articles (broom etc.) specify
||domestic servant236 506121 miscellaneous expenses: photocopying charges
||other consumer services: driver (car)
||other consumer services: cleaner (car)
||other consumer services: cobbler(shoe repair)
||stainless steel (cooking pot)
||stainless steel (plate)
||hair cutting charges (gent)
||hair cutting charges (ladies)
||washerman / laundry
||tailoring charges for gents pant:
||tailoring charge for gents shirt:
||tailoring charges for ladies suit:
||tailoring charges for blouse:
Key Points – Loksabha Passes Pension Bill
The Lok Sabha today passed the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Bill 2011, which will open the doors for foreign investment in pension funds. The bill aims to create a regulator for the pension sector and extend the coverage of pension benefits to more people. The Pension Bill has been hanging fire since 2005 when it was first introduced in the Parliament. It was again reintroduced in 2011.
Features of New Pension Bill
1: The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Bill 2011 will give statutory powers Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) which was established in August 2003 as a regulator for the pension sector.
2: The bill allows 26% foreign direct investment (FDI) in the pension sector or such percentage as may be approved for the insurance sector, whichever is higher. At least one of the pension fund managers shall be from the public sector.
3: The subscriber seeking minimum assured returns shall be allowed to opt for investing their funds in such scheme providing minimum assured returns as may be notified by the authority.
4: Withdrawals will be permitted from the individual pension account subject to the conditions, such as, purpose, frequency and limits, as may be specified by the regulations.
5: This bill would also provide subscribers a wide choice to invest their funds including for assured returns by opting for government bonds etc as well as in other funds depending on their capacity to take risk.
6: The passage of the bill could see pure pension products coming into the market. At present most of the pure pension products available in the market are linked with insurance coverage.
7: In 2005, the government had earlier introduced a pension bill but it lapsed as the Lok Sabha’s term got over before the legislation could be passed.
8: The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Bill 2011 was reintroduced in the Lok Sabha in 2011 by the then finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and it was subsequently referred to a standing committee.
9: PFRDA’s National Pension System (NPS) was made mandatory for all new government recruits, except armed forces, joining after January 1, 2004.
10: The NPS was later opened up to all Indian citizens from 2009 on a voluntary basis.
11: The NPS allows its subscribers to invest in stock markets but there is a cap on equity investment. The NPS also offers subscribers the option of selecting the fund managers of their choice.
12: The pension bill could help channelize funds into building long-term assets for the country, including the infrastructure sector. The government wants to ease rules for insurance and pension sectors to allow them to invest in infrastructure, where it is seeking $1 trillion investment till 2017.
Courtesy : http://www.imyideas.com/