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Saturday, 25 February 2017

Gratuity payment ceiling to double to Rs 20 lakh; Unions support government decision


Gratuity payment ceiling to double to Rs 20 lakh; Unions support government decision

The employees of organised sector can now be allowed to withdraw up to Rs 20 lakh from their gratuity fund. In a meeting between the labour ministry and representatives from states, employees and employers on Thursday, the decision reached to the consensus.

The central trade unions have also agreed on doubling gratuity amount ceiling as an interim measure in a tripartite meeting on the proposed amendment to Payment of Gratuity Act conducted today by the Labour Ministry.

The unions demanded the removal of conditions asking to have at least 10 employees in an establishment and minimum five years of service for payment of gratuity.

"While accepting the maximum payment limit of Rs 20 lakh as an interim measure, the unions demanded that the ceilings/ limit with respect to number of employees and years of service should be removed," the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) said in a statement.

It said, "The central trade unions have been urging the government that the ceiling in the amount of gratuity should be removed."

At present, as per the Payment of Gratuity Act, an employee is required to do minimum service of five years to become eligible for gratuity amount. Moreover, the Act applies to those establishments where the number of employees is not less than 10.

The statement said the application of amended provision regarding maximum amount should be made effective from January 1, 2016 as done in the case of central government employees.
Besides that rate of 15 days wages for each completed year of service be raised to 30 days wages, the unions demanded.

The proposed amendment to the Payment of Gratuity Act as circulated by the government along with the letter dated February 15, 2017 only deals with enhancing the ceiling of maximum amount under Section 4(3) of the Act from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh, the unions said.

They pointed out during the meeting that the proposed amendment is being brought to bring the maximum ceiling amount to Rs 20 lakh in line with recommendation of 7th Central Pay Commission as accepted by the government.

The relevant amendment for central government employees was notified on July 25, 2016 and the enhanced amount ceiling was made effective from January 1, 2016.

The unions are of the view that the delay of 8 months for employees covered under the Payment of Gratuity Act should not result in adversely affecting the interest of the concerned employees.

The employers as well as state representatives also agreed to the proposal of raising the amount of gratuity to Rs 20 lakh, it said.

(With inputs from PTI)
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PFRDA eyes training 64,500 employees to create mass awareness on NPS, APY


PFRDA eyes training 64,500 employees to create mass awareness on NPS, APY

NEW DELHI: Pension regulator PFRDA has appointed IL&FS Skill Development Corporation to train 64,500 government employees and other stakeholders on various aspects of flagship schemes NPS and APY.

The training institute has been appointed to create mass awareness and impart training on National Pension System (NPS) and Atal Pension Yojna (APY) to the employees of Points of Presence, APY service providers, and corporates of North-West zone.

Nodal officers of central and state governments and those at state autonomous bodies too would be trained, said Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA).

"It is intended to have at least 50-60 participants in each session of 3-4 hours duration and conduct approximately 1,610 training sessions and train 64,500 participants in the NW zone over the next 12 months," PFRDA said while notifying the training institute.

Participants from Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Punjab, Haryana, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chandigarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli would be imparted training on various aspects of the two flagship social security programmes.

As on January 17, the overall number of NPS and APY subscribers stood at 1.42 crore, with Asset Under Management (AUM) of Rs 1.61 lakh crore. APY, which guarantees a monthly pension of Rs 1,000 - Rs 5,000, has about 43 lakh subscribers.

As on January 17, the overall number of NPS and APY subscribers stood at 1.42 crore, with Asset Under Management (AUM) of Rs 1.61 lakh crore. APY, which guarantees a monthly pension of Rs 1,000 - Rs 5,000, has about 43 lakh subscribers.
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Gratuity payment ceiling to double to Rs 20 lakh; Unions support government decision


Gratuity payment ceiling to double to Rs 20 lakh; Unions support government decision

The employees of organised sector can now be allowed to withdraw up to Rs 20 lakh from their gratuity fund. In a meeting between the labour ministry and representatives from states, employees and employers on Thursday, the decision reached to the consensus.

The central trade unions have also agreed on doubling gratuity amount ceiling as an interim measure in a tripartite meeting on the proposed amendment to Payment of Gratuity Act conducted today by the Labour Ministry.

The unions demanded the removal of conditions asking to have at least 10 employees in an establishment and minimum five years of service for payment of gratuity.

"While accepting the maximum payment limit of Rs 20 lakh as an interim measure, the unions demanded that the ceilings/ limit with respect to number of employees and years of service should be removed," the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) said in a statement.

It said, "The central trade unions have been urging the government that the ceiling in the amount of gratuity should be removed."

At present, as per the Payment of Gratuity Act, an employee is required to do minimum service of five years to become eligible for gratuity amount. Moreover, the Act applies to those establishments where the number of employees is not less than 10.

The statement said the application of amended provision regarding maximum amount should be made effective from January 1, 2016 as done in the case of central government employees.
Besides that rate of 15 days wages for each completed year of service be raised to 30 days wages, the unions demanded.

The proposed amendment to the Payment of Gratuity Act as circulated by the government along with the letter dated February 15, 2017 only deals with enhancing the ceiling of maximum amount under Section 4(3) of the Act from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh, the unions said.

They pointed out during the meeting that the proposed amendment is being brought to bring the maximum ceiling amount to Rs 20 lakh in line with recommendation of 7th Central Pay Commission as accepted by the government.

The relevant amendment for central government employees was notified on July 25, 2016 and the enhanced amount ceiling was made effective from January 1, 2016.

The unions are of the view that the delay of 8 months for employees covered under the Payment of Gratuity Act should not result in adversely affecting the interest of the concerned employees.

The employers as well as state representatives also agreed to the proposal of raising the amount of gratuity to Rs 20 lakh, it said.

(With inputs from PTI)
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Revised Subscription Rates of RELHS as per Pay Matrix of 7th CPC

Revised Subscription Rates of RELHS as per Pay Matrix of 7th CPC

The Railway Board has decided to revise the subscription raes of Railway Employees Liberalized Health Scheme (RELHS)as per the Pay Matrix Level recommended by the 7th Pay Commission.

Following the subscription calculation method of CGHS for Central Government Employees and Pensioners, the Railway Board has now decided and published the revised subscription rates for all the group of Railway employees through its official portal.

On 9th January, 2017 the Health Ministry published the new rates of monthly subscription for availing the CGHS facility. The Central Government Pensioners have an option to get their CGHS Pensioners Card by either making CGHS contribution on an annual basis (12 Months) or by making contribution for 10 years for life time validity.

The rate of contribution to join RELHS shall be last month's basic pay drawn or the subscription rate indicated in the above table at different levels as per the 7th Pay Commission whichever is lower.

Pay Matrix LevelSubscription Rate to Join RELHS (in Rs.)
Level 1 (Grade Pay 1800)30,000
Level 2 (Grade Pay 1900)30,000
Level 3 (Grade Pay 2000)30,000
Level 4 (Grade Pay 2400)30,000
Level 5 (Grade Pay 2800)30,000
Level 6 (Grade Pay 4200)54,000
Level 7 (Grade Pay 4600)78,000
Level 8 (Grade Pay 4800)78,000
Level 9 (Grade Pay 5400)78,000
Level 10 (Grade Pay 5400)78,000
Level 11 (Grade Pay 6600)78,000
Level 12 and Above1,20,000

The revised rate of subscription as above shall be applicable to those railway employees who shall be retiring and joining RELHS on or after the date of issue of this letter(23.2.2017). Those who have already retired and are not member of RELHS shall be governed by the rules which were prevalent at the time of their retirement
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Friday, 24 February 2017

To check overstay, Centre cuts deputation allowance of bureaucrats


To check overstay, Centre cuts deputation allowance of bureaucrats

Bureaucrats on central deputation abroad and within the country will not get deputation allowance beyond five years of such tenure

Norms allow a maximum of seven-year, in break-up of five plus two years in usual cases, central deputation term for officers to work outside their state cadre or abroad.

The admissibility of deputation (duty) allowance would be up to the fifth year, if the deputationist has opted to draw such monetary benefit, an order issued recently by the Personnel Ministry said.

The decision has been taken to check overstay of central deputation period by officers including those in Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others, officials said.
The move comes after the government noticed a few cases where officers central deputation tenure was being extended, mainly while they were working abroad, by ministries concerned beyond the maximum period of seven years citing "exigencies", they said.

The Personnel Ministry has already issued a directive to warn officers that they may lose their job for overstaying on foreign posting.

In case of deputation within the same station, the allowance will be paid at the rate of 5 per cent of basic pay subject to a maximum of Rs 2,000 per month; and in other cases, it will be payable at the rate of 10 per cent of the employee's basic pay subject to a maximum of Rs 4,000 per month.

PTI
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NFIR: Comprehensive transfer policy - exemption from 5 years condition


NFIR: Comprehensive transfer policy - exemption from 5 years condition

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI - 110055
Affiliated to :
Indian NationalTrade Union Congress (INTUC)
lnternational Transport Workers' Federation (ITF)
Dated: 23/02/2017
No. II/14/Part VII
Shri Suresh Prabhu,
Honoble Minister for Railways,
Rail Mantrlaya,
Rail Bhavan,
New Delhi

Respected Sir,
Sub: Comprehensive transfer policy - exemption from 5 years condition-reg.
Ref: (i) Railway Board's letter No. E(NG)I-2005/TR/20 dated,10/02/2016.
(ii) NFIR's letter No. II/14/Part VII dated 21st Feb 2017.

At the outset, NFIR thanks the Railway Ministry for granting exemption from 5 years minimum service condition to consider the request transfers in the following situations vide Railway Board's letter dated 10/02/2016.

(a) Transfers sought on mutual exchange basis,
(b) Transfers sought on spouse ground,
(c) Railway servants who are care-givers to a disabled child and
(d) Physically handicapped Railway servants.

The Federation brings to your kind notice that the Defence Forces Personnel after having served for safeguarding the Nation's Borders for decades, have retired and thereafter they are being recruited through Railway Recruitment Boards/Railway Recruitment Cells in the Railways. These Personnel during their service in the Defence Forces were far away from their families for decades. After recruitment in Railwals also, they are away from their family members and children due to their postings at different places. Consequently, they are facing lot of hardships in managing two establishments. Their case therefore, deserves to be considered by relaxing 5 years minimum service condition, so that they can seek transfer nearer to their place of residence and can peacefully perform their duties while leading family life.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Hon'ble MR to kindly accord approval for relaxing minimum 5 years service condition in the case of former Defence Forces Personnel re-employed in Railways also to enable them to go on transfer nearer to their places and join their families. A copy of Federation's letter dated 21st Feb 2017 on the subject, already sent to Railway Board is also enclosed.
Yours sincerly,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
DA,/As above
Source: NFIR
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TamilNadu Teachers Eligibility Test 2017 : Notification and Syllabus


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 22.03.20179 am to 5 pm
Last Date for Receipt of Application Form23.03.2017by 5 pm
Written Examination:Paper I Paper II29.04.201730.04.201710 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
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Authority: http://trb.tn.nic.in
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