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Steps for improvement in Railway Schools

Steps for improvement  in Railway Schools

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
Railway Board

No.E(W)2013/SC-2/24
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.

Source: NFIR
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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

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

S.S.RAMASUBBU, M.A.,

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT - (LOK SABHA)
Indian National Congress,
Tirunelveli.


72-V, Ambai Road, Alangulam,
Tirunelveli Dt., Tamil nadu - 627851, INDIA
Phone - 04633 - 270230
Mobile : 09440070147
Website  : www.nellaimp.com
E-mail : ramasubbu@nellaimp.com

Member :
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.

Namaskar,
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,


Yours sincerely,
sd/-
(S.S.Ramasubbu)
8.8.2013
Dr.Manmohan Singh,
Hon'ble Prime Minister
Government of India
New Delhi

Source: www.scm-bps.blogspot.in
[http://scm-bps.blogspot.in/2013/09/merge-50-dr-with-basic.html]
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Appointment and posting of General Managers, Members and Chairman in the Railway Board

Appointment and posting of General Managers, Members and Chairman in the Railway Board

Appointment and posting of General Managers, Members and Chairman in the Railway Board


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
LOK SABHA

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?



ANSWER

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.

Source: www.loksabha.nic.in
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Provide CSD canteen facility to Defence civilians-Writes Sh Gurudass Gupta MP to Minister for defence

Provide CSD canteen facility to Defence civilians-Writes Sh Gurudass Gupta MP to Minister for defence

GURUDAS DAS GUPTA
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT
(LOK SABHA)


35-36, D. D.U Marg
Avenue, New Delhi-110002
Tel. 23217320/23220264
Fax: 23222427
Mobile 9868180640

GENERAL SECRETARY
ALL INDIA TRADE UNION CONGRESS

Dated 20.6.2013
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.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,
sd/-
(Gurudas Das Gpta)

Source: www.scm-bps.blogspot.in
[http://scm-bps.blogspot.in/2013/09/provide-csd-canteen-facility-to-defence.html]
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Dearness Allowance linked to Consumer Price Index against inflation

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.
Comradely yours
(P.S.Prasad)
General Secretary
9480066620.
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 See website: http://mospi.nic.in/Mospi_New/upload/brochure_n_cpi18_feb11.pdf
 
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Key Points - Loksabha Passes Pension Bill

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.

Source: Central Government Staff News
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Dopt Orders - Recognition of Service Association of Employees of Non-Statutory Departmental Canteens/Tiffin Rooms of Central Government Offices under CCS (RSA) Rules 1993

Dopt Orders - Recognition of Service Association of Employees of Non-Statutory Departmental Canteens/Tiffin Rooms of Central Government Offices under CCS (RSA) Rules 1993


File No. 27/1/2007-Dir.(C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G & Training
Department of Personnel & Training

Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi- 110001
Dated 03/09/2013

Office Memorandum

Subject: Recognition of Service Association of Employees of Non-Statutory Departmental Canteens/Tiffin Rooms of Central Government Offices under CCS (RSA) Rules 1993.

The undersigned is directed to say that the matter regarding granting of recognition to the Associations representing Non-Statutory Departmental Canteens Employees has been under consideration of this Department for quite some time. The question of formation of separate Association of Canteen employees was earlier considered in 2003 and taking into account various factors, it was decided that there may not by separate Association exclusively for Canteen employees and they may be represented through Associations formed by other comparable categories of employees. This decision was circulated vide O.M No. 27/2/96-Dir.(C) dated 20.2.2003.

Subsequently, based on various representations received, and taking into account the fact that Canteen employees are a unique and distinct category of employees of Central Government, their cadre structure. pay and allowances and career prospects are also different from other Group 'C’ & 'D’ employees of the Secretariat & Attached/Subordinate Office, it was decided to invite applications from Associations/Unions of employees working in the Non-Statutory Departmental Canteens/Tiffin Rooms of Ministries/Departments/Offices etc of the Central Government who wish to seek recognition under CCS (RSA) Rules 1993. On the basis of application received for recognition and keeping in view the requisite criteria for recognition as stipulated in CCS (RSA) Rules, 1993 it has been decided by the competent authority to grant ad-hoc recognition to the following association subject to the condition that ad-hoc recognition would cease after one year if verification through check off system is not completed during the period.

"All India Central Government Canteen Employees & Workers Association".

sd/-
(PratimaTyagi)
Director (Canteens)

Source: www.persmin.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02adm/recognition0001.pdf]
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