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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

No Government Jobs for Smokers

No Government Jobs for Smokers
 
Rajasthan State Government has announced that government jobs wouldn’t be given to those who smoke or consume tobacco. Only non-smokers and non-tobacco users will be given employment in state government services.

BJP, under the leadership of Chief Minister Vasundara Raje, is currently in power in Rajasthan. The government had issued employment ads to fill up 182 vacancies in its Commercial Tax Department. A new condition has been imposed on applicants – they should be non-smokers and refrain from using tobacco. Those with these habits would be considered unfit for the posts.

Those looking for state government jobs in Rajasthan will have to henceforth give in writing that they neither smoke nor use tobacco products. The signed written assurance will have to accompany their job applications. The Government has said that the move is part of its ambitious plans to make Rajasthan a smoke-free state, with special emphasis on the fact that all the government employees must remain free from this habit.
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No need to submit Boarding Pass alongwith settlement of T.A. Claims – Dopt Instructions on 7.10.2014

No need to submit Boarding Pass along with settlement of T.A. Claims – Dopt Instructions on 7.10.2014

F.No. G-14019/2/13-Cash
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated : 7th October, 2014
CIRCULAR

Subject : Non submission of Boarding Pass for settlement of T.A. Claims

Difficulties have been expressed by various quarters in production of original boarding passes along with T.A. Claims from time to time. The matter has been considered and it has been decided with the approval of the competent authority that in order to simplify the procedure of settlement of T.A. Claims, the condition of submission of Boarding Pass alongwith settlement of T.A. claim is dispensed with.

2. However, the officer concerned, preferring Travelling Allowance, will have to attach an undertaking along with T.A. claims that the journey, as mentioned therein, has actually been performed by him/her. Other requirements, as per the established procedures will continue to be followed.

3. Notwithstanding above, in case of extreme doubt, the controlling officer may be asked to verify the genuineness of the claim.

4. Air tickets should be purchased only from the authorized travel agent of this Deptt. i.e. M/s Balmer Lawrie & Co. Ltd and at the cheapest rates after comparing the available fare from the websites of travel agents of repute. If cheaper rates are available directly from Air India, the same can also be bought.

5. The frequent flyer reward points from Air India may only be redeemed for the official tours of the Deptt.

6. This issues with the approval of Secretary (P).
(Shri Prakash)
Director (Admn.)
Source:www.persmin.gov.in
(http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02adm/G-14019_2_13-Cash-07102014.pdf)
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Railway Helpline Number 1322 – Printing on the reverse of the ticket

Printing of Railway Helpline Number 1322 on the reverse of the ticket

Ministry of Railways have released a helpline number 1322 to report unsavoury situations during journey. In order to publicise the above mentioned number, Board desires that the text “Railway Helpline No.1322″ may be got printed at the reverse side of the PRS us well as UTS tickets.

IRCTC may also make necessary arrangements to ensure printing of the above mentioned text on the hard copies as well as SMS of e-tickets. 
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Amendment in Relaxation of Upper Age Limit for Recruitment to Central Civil Services and posts – Dopt Orders

Relaxation of Upper Age Limit for Recruitment to Central Civil Services and posts Amendment Rules,2014.

EXPLANATORY NOTE 

The Central Government has decided to extend the age relaxation to all persons who had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu and Kashmir during the period from the 1st day of January, 1980 to the 31st day of December, 1989 for a further period of two years beyond 31st December, 2013.

2. It is clarified that nobody’s interest will be adversely affected by the retrospective effect being given to the rules.
[TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF INDIA, EXTRAORDINARY,
PART-II, SECTION 3, SUB-SECTION (i)]
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel. Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

New Delhi, dated the 30th September, 2014

G.S.R. ————-(E) – In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 309 and clause (5) of article 148 of the Constitution and after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India in relation to the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, the President hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Residents of the State of Jammu and Kashmir (Relaxation of Upper Age Limit for Recruitment to Central Civil Services and posts) Rules, 1997, namely:-

1. (1) These rules may be called the Residents of the State of Jammu and Kashmir (Relaxation of Upper Age Limit for Recruitment to Ccntral Civil Services and posts) Amendment Rules, 2014.

(2) They shall be deemed to have come into force with effect from the 1st day of January, 2014.

2. In the Residents of the State of Jarnnlu and Kashmir (Relaxation of Upper Age Limit for Recruitment to Central Civil Services and posts) Rules, 1997, in rule 1, in sub-rule (3), for the
figures “2013”, the figures “2015” shall be substituted.
[F.No.15012/1/2014-Estt(D)]
sd/-
(Mamta Kundra)
Joint Secretary to the Government of India

Source: www.persmin.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/15012_1_2014-Estt-D.pdf]
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Biometric Attendance System on wall mounted terminals

Biometric Attendance System on wall mounted terminals

How to mark Attendance using the common biometric attendance system on wall mounted terminals
To get your Attendance ID, register online at attendance.gov.in. The Attendance ID will be generated from you Aadhaar number, the 6 digit number will be generated based on the last 6 or first 6 digits of your Aadhaar number. The attendance ID will only be active to mark attendance only when your Aadhaar information is verified by UIDAI and activated by you Nodal officer.

Attendance ID has been sent by SMS to your registered Mobile Number.

Enter your 6-digit Attendance ID on Screen

A Red light will start to glow on Finger Print Scanner

Now put any one of your fingers on the Finger Print Scanner

DO NOT move your finger on scanner otherwise finger prints will not be properly scanned

DO NOT Press very hard on Finger Print Scanner

Once the screen shows “Authenticating, Please Wait”. Remove your finger from the scanner
A pop-up screen will show your Photo and Attendance Type as “Opening” for the first time you mark the attendance for that day

If Attendance Type is “Closing” then it will be counted as OUT Time. However, OUT time would be the LAST “Closing” time marked by you. Any “Closing” time in-between “Opening” time and Last “Closing” time would be ignored

If, you see a CROSS instead of your photo, then some ERROR has occurred while marking attendance.
You will be able to mark your attendance in any bio-metric terminal installed in various Central Government buildings

You can also mark your attendance in any of finger print devices, which have been connected on Windows 7 or Windows OS. Presently client attendance software is not available for MAC OS

If you are having difficulty in marking attendance-using fingerprints scanning devices, please try marking your attendance through Iris Device, which may be available with NIC In-charge in your organization.
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Views/Comments on Revision of Recruitment Rules – BPMS

Views/Comments on Revision of Recruitment Rules – BPMS

BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH
(AN ALL INDIA FEDERATION OF DEFENCE WORKERS)
(AN INDUSTRIAL UNIT OF B.M.S.)
(RECOGNISED BY MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, GOVT. OF INDIA)

Views/Comments on Revision of Recruitment Rules

Dear friends,

Various Recruitment Rules are being revised/framed and we have to offer our comments/views. Now Army Ordnance Corps has asked the views on RR of Chargeman. Draft RR states that 80% of vacant posts may be filled up by promotion from Highly Skilled Gr-I in GP 2800/- having 06 yrs qualifying service and 20% may be filled up by Direct Recruitment.

In such circumstances, what will happen to Master Craftsman. Whether MCM should be a dead end post or MCM should be promoted to Chargeman (now both are having same Grade Pay Rs. 4200). What will be the effect on the Grade Pay of MCM & Chrageman, if MCM becomes the feeder post for Chargeman. Whether the posts of Chargeman should be filled up by adjustment from transfer of equivalent post (i.e. MCM).

Today, we do not know whether various Directorates/Hqrs of MOD will accept the proposal of Ministry of Defence (ID No.11(5)/2009/D(Civ-I), dated 23.01.2013) which states that the Master Craftsman in the PB-2 plus GP 4200/- may be promoted to the post of JWM/JTO/Foreman in the PB-2 plus GP 4600/-. Hence, kindly send your valuable suggestions to this federation BPMS.

MUKESH SINGH
Secretary
Source: BPMS
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U.P. Government’s Stunning Orders – Unmarried Government Employees to Give Written Assurance on not Accepting Dowry

U.P. Government’s Stunning Orders – Unmarried Government Employees to Give Written Assurance on not Accepting Dowry

On September 30, 2014, the Uttar Pradesh State Government had issued an order and had sent it to all the Government departments for immediate implementation. The order states that all unmarried employees of the state government shall give in writing that they would neither demand nor give dowry.

Employees who refuse to give the declarations have been warned that they would risk losing their jobs. District Supervisor and Advisor, Usha Tiwari has said that the prospective grooms shall not be allowed to accept any form of cheques, fixed deposits even in their brides’ names, or expensive gifts.

It is to be noted that Central Government employees are already prohibited from demanding or accepting dowry. According to the CSS (Conduct) Rules, the employees are to inform the Government of any expensive gift received at the time of marriage.

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Outcome of JCM meeting with Secretary (Pension) held on 25.9.2014

Bharat Pensioners Samaj (BPS) has uploaded the details of the meeting held on 25.9.2014 on pensionary matters…

JCM (on Pension matters)

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of the Secretary (Pension) at Lok Nayak Bhawan on 25.9.2014. On behalf of the Staff Side, the following comrades attended.

Com. Shiv Copal Mishra, General Secretary. AIRF.
Com. Rahal Dasgupta, President. AIRF.
Com. S.K. Vyas, Advisor, Confederation of CGE and Workers.
Corn KKN. Kutty, President. Confederation of CGE and Workers
Com. Srikumar, General Secretary. All lndia Defence Employees Federation.
After the introduction of the members of both official and staff side. the Action taken Statement placed by the official Side of the meeting held on 4.2.2014 was taken up for discussion

1. Abnormal delay in the issue of revised PPO to Pre 2007 pensioners/family pensioners.

It was reported that about 26000 PPO of pre 1990 and 10.000 cases of pre-2006 retirees are still awaiting the issuance of revised PPO. It was reported that the main reason for the delay is the non availability of records in the case of pensioners. The Staff side demanded the supply of Department wise break up of the figures to enable them to take up the issue with the concerned department. This was agreed to. The Staff side further stated that the issue should not be viewed from the statistics angle and the official side must appreciate that in the case of pre 1990 cases. the pension remains unrevised for about 20 to 25 years. It may be that some of the retires/family pensioners might have expired during this period. The staff side also requested the official side to appreciate the agony and difficulties of these pensioners. The lack of availability of records should not be taken as an excuse. After some further discussion, it was agreed that by the end of 2014, all pending cases would be cleared. In the case of Railways, the pendency is about 25000 and in the case of Defence the reported figure was 85,000. It was however noted that serious efforts have been made by both the Ministries to bring down the number of pending cases drastically.

2. Revision of commutation table.

The proposal of the official side was to refer the matter to the 7th CPC. which the start Side objected as unreasonable and bereft of any purpose The Staff Side pointed out that the 6th CPC had devised the new commutation table whereby the commutation benefit had been drastically reduced. When there had been a reduction in the commutation benefit, the tenancy period of commutation ought to have been reduced. The 6th CPC has gone on records to state that the period must remain 15 years as there will have to be sufficient room for cross subsidisation. The Staff Side pointed out that when the commutation time was fixed at 15 years long time back, the mortality rate was much higher than it was today and there, there had been no justification for the recommendations made by the 6th CPC. They also pointed out that the official side in an earlier meeting had agreed to refer the matter to an expert committee and subject their recommendation to discussion with the Staff Side. The 6th CPC was not an expert body on this matter and they had to depend upon a professional agency. The Staff Side for this reason objected to the Official Side proposal. The Chairman, after due consideration wanted the Finance Ministry to appoint an expert committee and refer the issue to that committee to consider the demand in the light of the interest rate, morality rate, life expectancy etc.

3. Equitable gratuity under Rule 50 of Pension Rules.

The suggestion made by the Staff Side was to change the slab system by introducing a slab upto 11 years and another upto 20 years. Taking into account the fact that the last slab system was introduced on the basis of the recommendations of the 5th CPC. the issue might be referred to the 7th CPC. The Department of Pension has already referred the same to the 7th CPC and the Staff side has been assured to be supplied with a copy thereof.

NEW ITEMS:

(A) Increase in Family Pension:
The demand of the Staff Side was agreed to be specifically referred to the 7th CPC.

(B) Cashless and hassle- free treatment in recognised hospital.

The Official side agreed to ensure that the pensioners are not put to any difficulty in the matter by the recognised hospitals. When the stafi’ side pointed out that the Health Ministry had not been paying the dues to the recognised hospital and that has led to the denial of cashless facility, the Health Ministry denied the same. The Staff side wanted the Health Ministry officials to immediately convene a meeting as the last meeting has been held more two years back. The Health Ministry has decided to look into the matter and explore the possibility of convening such a meeting within a month’s time.

(c) Finalisation of family pension cases within a specified period.

The official side pointed out that the procedure has been simplified and liberalised. The Staff Side pointed out that the delay is caused more by the attitude than on any factual deficiency. They. therefore. suggested for the introduction of a provisional family pension scheme as is the case with the pension for those who face inquiry proceedings They suggested the grant of 75% of the family pension immediately on receipt of application and the rest after the scrutiny of the claim. They also asked for a time frame for finalisation of the claim in as much as the applications must be disposed of within three months.

The meeting was concluded with a vote of thanks to the Chair.

Source: www.scm-bps.blogspot.in
[http://scm-bps.blogspot.in/2014/10/jcmpension-matters.html]
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Pre 2006 Pensioner’s Arrears from 01.01.2006: Law Ministry’s advise to DoP & PW

Pre 2006 Pensioner’s Arrears from 01.01.2006: Law Ministry’s advise to DoP & PW

Ministry of Law & Justice
Department of Legal Affairs
Dy. No.1295/LS/2014
F. No. 38/77-A/09-P&PW (Vol.II)

D/o Pension & Pensioners Welfare has referred this file to examine on the following issues:

(i) The Curative Petition filed in respect of OA No. 655/2010WP(C) No. 1535/2012/SLP (c) No. 23055/2013/Review Petition No. 2492/13 has been dismissed by a Five Member Bench of the Hon’ble Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of India. Therefore, we may implement the CAT/High-Court order in respect of petitioners only subject to acceptance of this option by the CAT, Principal Bench in the pending Contempt Petition. The implementation of CAT order will be subject to the clarification sought from the CAT and mentioned in Para 2 above.

(ii) We may implement the CAT order in respect of all pre-2006 pensioners subject to the final outcome of the pending SLP No. 36148-50/2013.

(iii) Although the Curative Petition has been dismissed. we may await the outcome of SLP No. 36148-50/2013 before deciding on the question of implementation of CAT order, subject to acceptance of this option by the CAT, Principal Bench in the pending Contempt Petition.

2. It is the case of Department of Pension that the order dated 1/11/2011 (Flag B) passed by CAT in OA No.655/2010 in the case of Central Government SAG Pensioners’ Association v/s UOI and Ors. had acquired its finality consequent to dismissal of Writ Petition (C) No.1535/2012 titled as Union of India and Anr. v/s Central Government SAG Pensioners’ Association and Ors. by the High Court vide its order dated 29/412013 (Flag F). dismissal of SLP No.23055/2013 by the Apex Court on 29/7/2013 (Flag G). dismissal of Review Petition No.2492/2013 by the Apex Court on 12/11/2013 and dismissal of Curative Petition (C) No.126/2013 by the Apex Court vide its order dated 30/4/2014 (Flag K). In these circumstances it is stated that order of tribunal passed in OA No.655/2010 in the case of Central Government SAG Pensioners’ Association (SUPRA) acquires its finality. It is also mentioned in the reference note that a Contempt Petition for implementation of CAT order dated 1/11/2011 is pending before the tribunal and is fixed for 15/5/2014.

3. In other matters wherein the Deprtment have filed SLPs before the Apex Court against the orders of the tribunal and the High Court and those SLPs are still pending and the Hon’ble Supreme Court had recorded the statement given by the Counsel of Respondents that ‘they shall not precipitate the matter by filing contempt proceedings either before the High Court or before the Tribunal’ in its order dated 19/11/2013 (Flag I). In these circumstances there is no possibility for filing any contempt against the Department.

4. Having exhausted all the possible available remedies. the Govt. is left with no other alternative but to implement the order passed by the CAT, which has been upheld by the highest Court of the land. In so far as the pending SLPs are concerned, there may not be any objection in awaiting the final outcome of the cases before taking a final decision.
May kindly see.
(R.S. Verrma)
Deputy Legal Adviser
08.05.2014
JS & LA (Shri. D. Bhardwaj)
Source: www.scm-bps.blogspot.in
[http://scm-bps.blogspot.in/2014/10/law-ministry-never-advised-dop-pw-to.html]
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Why are ex-servicemen disillusioned with successive governments?

Why are ex-servicemen disillusioned with successive govts?

Ex-servicemen have protested to PM Modi that his government too has failed to fulfil the promise of ‘one rank, one pension’ –OROP that was part of his party’s poll campaign and a definite promise to our veteran soldiers. Embarrassingly, for the BJP government, ex-servicemen plan a rally to ask why this government has yet to issue an order demand OROP

The long-standing demand of ex-servicemen for ‘one rank, one pension’ (OROP) was accepted by the Indian government in February 2014 with the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram making an announcement in this regard in the Interim Budget. The next government led by Narendra Modi too accepted the demand for OROP in the Parliament. While both the governments stated that ‘money or funding is not an issue’, there still is no order issued for implementing OROP.

“The Defence Veteran community is disillusioned with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, and particularly with Prime Minister Modi. We believed Modi to be a man of his word and commitment, and would implement the OROP. Remember, OROP was agreed to not only by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, but also by Modi-led NDA government. The issue was discussed in two successive budgets, with government promising of providing funds (Paison ki Problem Nahin Hai) needed, on the floor of Parliament. However, it is with a sense of betrayal that the Veteran Community still awaits implementation orders for OROP, despite passage of over six months of its passage in Parliament,” Cdr Ravindra Waman Pathak (Retd).

India’s defence budget is in the region of $46 billion or about Rs3 lakh crore. The OROP would cost 1.3% or Rs4,000 crore of the defence budget. China’s defence budget size is $126 billion i.e. more than Rs8 lakh crore. Manpower wise, India has 13.25 lakh active military personnel and 21.43 lakh active reserves compared with China’s 22.85 lakh active military personnel and 23 lakh active reserves.

Cdr Pathak is also member of the Governing Body and Pension Cell of Indian Ex Servicemen Movement. He said, “If the implementation orders are not yet out, we wonder when the money would land up in one’s bank account, given the snail’s pace of the Controller General of Defence Accounts, working leisurely under the Ministry of Defence. How many more aging veterans would pass on/ die, before seeing their dues in their Bank?”

Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM) is also organising a rally at Nagpur on 12 October 2014, to express their disappointment with the Government’s delay.

Earlier in February 2014, slamming the “delay” by UPA in granting ‘one-rank, one-pension’ for ex-servicemen, Narendra Modi had accused Congress of playing “fraud” with the armed forces. “The government, which is sitting in Delhi has always been playing a farce with the Armed Forces. Before this also, a number of times, the Finance Minister of Congress had made announcements about One Rank One Pension (OROP) but never fulfilled it. Even this time since I am repeatedly talking about it, they have announced it but this is a “fraud” (dhokha) with you. Had Congress party been honest, they had the chance to it in 10 budgets from 2004 to 2014. But they did not do it,” Modi had said.

The ‘deeply hurt, bruised and wounded conscience of ex-servicemen of India’s Armed Forces’, expressed their anguish towards the bureaucracy, which they feel is responsible for the step-motherly treatment meted out to defense forces. The veterans, in an letter sent to PM Modi, say, “It is this specially empowered bureaucracy which, without even a shred of any commensurate knowledge, over the past 67 years, has mastered and honed the craft of repeatedly hurting the pride and morale of the soldiers’ justify from the Chiefs to the sepoy. ‘Jai Jawan’ is handy only at crunch time or prior to elections, where after the Armed Forces are routinely relegated to the status of a ‘necessary evil’ type heavy baggage that the nation, perforce, has to be burdened with. This bureaucracy has been successful in contouring the political thought process in the same mould.”

“In sheer desperation, post numerous appeals to the political leadership, they (the defense veterans) collected at Jantar Mantar, the newly baptized Mecca of protests, to, virtually, beg for One Rank One Pension -OROP. This was seen in the same light as any other ‘rag tag’ event of Indian street protests. No one listened to them and none cared. Now, more confused, they returned their medals to the President of India, the supreme commander of the Indian Armed Forces. These medals, which they were decorated with during their uniformed tenures, were symbols of their selfless service, dignity, valour and pride. Not one word from the supreme commander. Some pension increase was doled out about a year ago, again, in the name of OROP but miles off the target. Actual OROP was a resounding NO by the bureaucrats and, consequently, the government. The beleaguered lot appealed to the courts for various acts of omissions. However, their legitimate arrears, despite having been ordered for payment, by the courts, continue to be denied by the government whose attorneys are filing away plea after repeated plea to reverse or stall these orders against the normal alibi of ‘what about civilians’?,” they said.

“Then, came the first budget of the new government. The Finance Minister, also doubling as the Defence Minister, presented his budget to an over- expectant nation that wanted to hear the loud echoes of your election rallies in the financial roadmap to India’s ‘achhe din’. What came out was, mostly, routine and safe bets, as if all your ‘bold steps to be taken’ had been hijacked, once again and obviously, by the bureaucrats. The FM did proclaim sanctioning of the OROP, finally, with a layout of Rs1,000 crore. This was not even one fourth of the requisite amount. Thus, the UPA II’s gambit was almost repeated. This was stunning, unbelievable but true. Again, no formal government orders about the implementation.”

“Parting with this miniscule component of GDP for OROP will not only rebuild pride and morale of this vital and national human resource but will send a positive signal to the entire edifice of Indian armed forces which is required to remain rock solid for the non-negotiable unity and integrity of India. Lastly, I wish to submit that if you think that OROP would severely dent India’s economy and the ‘steel frame’, please inform the ESMs in clear terms and as a finality. At least they would start breathing and stop chasing an Indian mirage,” the letter sent to PM Modi said.
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Will the 7th CPC Submit an Interim Report to the Government?

Will the 7th Pay Commission Submit an Interim Report to the Government?

Is there any likelihood that the 7th Pay Commission will submit an interim report to the Central Government?
The Commission was formed and its Terms of Reference were given in February 2014. The Commission is supposed to submit an interim report if the Government asks for it. But, it is highly unlikely that the Government would.

The Commission can voluntarily submit an interim report to the Centre. But it also looks as if they wouldn’t. With only 18 months to submit its recommendations, the Commission has its hand full. That being the case, it is highly unlikely that it would volunteer to submit a report.

But, there is always a chance that the employee federations and unions could pressurize the 7th Pay Commission into submitting a report. With almost 8 months having passed since the Commission was constituted, there is a chance that the Commission could submit an interim report detailing its findings and suggestions.

Informed circles say that in issues were the Government cannot directly intervene, it could seek the Commission’s recommendations. There is a general expectation that the much anticipated DA Merger and interim relief could be granted.

Source: CG Staff News
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Central Government Employees Participate in Nationwide Cleaning Programme of Offices, Schools, Railway Stations

Central Government Employees Participate in Nationwide Cleaning Programme of Offices, Schools, Railway Stations

Foundation was laid today to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign, which he had announced during his Independence Day speech. All over the country, at the same time, government offices, schools, and railway stations were cleaned as part of this programme. Central Government employees and school students participated in it. The scheme will continue for the next five years.
After taking charge as Prime Minister, as part of his social welfare plans, Narendra Modi has been inviting people’s opinion on various issues through the internet. During his Independence Day speech, he sought for their opinion on removing the current commissions and setting up of new organizations. Opinion was also sought on the Clean India campaign.

Cleaning up the country is one of his ambitious dreams. If India becomes clean, it would easily be among the top 50 tourist destinations of the world. He believes that India could be transformed into an example for other countries to emulate. By giving importance to cleanliness and civic amenities, he believes that in addition to encouraging tourism, it would also bring in economic development. These were the reasons for his launching the ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign’.

The grand scheme was launched today, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, all across the country. Narendra Modi personally launched the campaign at Delhi’s Valmiki Basti. Campaign to clean up the road outside the house where Gandhiji lived has also started. Modi picked up the broom and began sweeping the area. Following him, other officials and ministers too picked up the brooms and began cleaning up. More than 31 lakh Central Government employees all over the country participated in the ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign. They also took the pledge to clean up the nation. It was also announced that awareness campaigns will also be conducted simultaneously.

Prime Minister Modi has said that the scheme could be successfully implemented by cleaning up the residences, work places, roads, bus stands, railway stations and water bodies. Early in the morning, he paid a visit to Rajghat memorial to offer his respects to Gandhiji. Modi requested the participation of all Indians to clean up the country.

Source: CG Staff News
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Demands for DA Merger & Interim Relief strengthen – NC JCM Staff Side emergency meeting on October 12

Demands for DA Merger & Interim Relief strengthen Once again…NC JCM Staff Side emergency meeting on October 12

National Council JCM Staff Side meeting will be held on 12th October 2014 to discuss and finalise future course of action on major demands of DA Merger, Interim Relief and Date of effect of 7th CPC.

The responsibility of Trade Unions and Federations is to ensure that the demands and anticipation of the employees are fulfilled. Demands for DA Merger are being raised for more than 3 years now, ever since Dearness Allowance crossed 50% (01.01.2011).

Previously, when Dearness Allowance crossed 50%, on April 1, 2004 it was added to the basic pay, during the Fifth Pay Commission.

All over the country, employees are demanding that DA be added to the basic pay once again in 6th CPC which is crossed 50%. Sensing this, all the Central Government Employees Federations and Unions began negotiating with the Government in various levels. When the Centre refused, a number of protests were held across the nation. Confederation successfully conducted a 2-day long total strike including for this demand.
Despite the fact that the demand occupied prominent position in a number of protests, there was an expectation that decision in this regard would be made during the final cabinet meeting of the previous government, which was held on February 28, 2014. Most of the Employees Federations had withdrawn their protests, trusting the assurance of the then government. But when no such announcement was made, there was an immense sense of disappointment.

Then there were expectations that the new government at the Centre would fulfil this demand. There are no signs of the important demands being granted.

In order to draw the attention of the Government to their demands, the National Council JCM (Staff Side) is going to meet on 12.10.2014. The meeting assumes prominence because all the National Council JCM Staff Side members are going to participate in it. Merger of Dearness Allowance, Payment of Interim Relief, and Declaration of 01.01.2014 as the date of effect of the recommendations of the 7th CPC are the important demands of the meeting. Plan of action will also be drawn on how to make the Centre accept these demands.
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Proposed Pay Structure for Pharmacists in 7th Pay Commission – IHPA

Proposed Pay Structure for Pharmacists in 7th Pay Commission – IHPA

Indian Hospital Pharmacists Association presented proposed pay scale to 7th Central Pay Commission
While in a meeting with 7th Central Pay Commission in Bangalore on 24th August 2014, the IHPA presented a memorandum including proposed pay scale for pharmacists.

Qualification of the pharmacists : AICTE Technical Cadre
Pharm.D – 6 years
Bachelors – 4 years
Diploma – 2 years (after 10+2 in Science)
in Pharmaceutical Science with 500 hours of internship and certification as “Registered Pharmacist” by State/Central Pharmacy Council.

Proposed entry pay scale to Pharmacists category with justification

As on date above 50% of incumbents of Pharmacists are with qualifications of four years degree / six years post graduation for which Entry Pay Scale on par to other technical holder in GP 4600 in present terms are to be extended uniformly to all Pharmacists irrespective of their qualifications.
Request to 7th Pay Commission

This IHPA requests the 7th CPC to extend justice to the category of Pharmacists by extension of entry level pay scale in Grade Pay Rs.4600 in PB-2 in present terms as requested and parity in time bound promotions duly considering our submissions as also submitted in our memorandum to the 7th CPC dated 21st May 2014. 
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Cabinet approves release of an additional instalment of DA to Central Government employees and DR to Pensioners, due from 1.1.2019

Cabinet approves release of an additional instalment of DA to Central Government employees and DR to Pensioners, due from 1.1.2019   ...

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