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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Central government employees to file assets details by December 31

Central government employees to file assets details by December 31

New Delhi: All central government employees have to file the details of their assets and liabilities along with that of their spouses and dependent children as mandated under the Lokpal Act by December 31, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

As per the rules notified under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act in July this year, every public servant who has filed declarations, information and annual returns of property under the provisions of the rules applicable to such public servants shall file the revised declarations as on August 1 to the competent authority on or before September 15.

The provision of the said rules has subsequently been amended by which the time limit for furnishing of such information or return by public servants has been extended till December 31, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh said in a written reply.

The declarations under the Lokpal Act are in addition to similar ones filed by the employees under various services rules.

All Group A, B and C employees are supposed to file a declaration under the new rules. There are about 26 lakh employees in these three categories, as per latest government data.

The Personnel Ministry has also issued new forms for filing these returns which have fields for mentioning details of cash in hand, bank deposits, investment in bonds, debentures, shares and units in companies or mutual funds, insurance policies, provident fund, personal loans and advance given to any person or entity, among others.

The employees need to declare motor vehicles, aircraft, yachts or ships, gold and silver jewellery and bullion possessed by them, their spouses and dependent children.

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Salient Features of each of the Scheme under Shramev Jayate Programme: Lok Sabha Q&A

Salient Features of each of the Scheme under Shramev Jayate Programme: Lok Sabha Q&A

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 178
ANSWERED ON 24.11.2014
SHRAMEV JAYATE PROGRAMME
178 . Scindia Shri Jyotiraditya Madhavrao, Galla Shri Jayadev
Will the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:-
(a)whether the Government has recently launched a number of schemes under Shramev Jayate Programme;
(b)if so, the details thereof along with the salient features of each of the schemes under the programme;
(c)the reaction of the labour trade unions to such schemes/programmes;
(d)whether the said initiative includes any scheme for skilled labour; and
(e)if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE (IC) FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT (SHRI BANDARU DATTATREYA)
(a): Yes, Madam.
(b): The details of the schemes launched and their salient features are as per Annexure.
(c): No such reaction has been received.
(d) & (e): Apprentice Protsahan Yojana and Recognition of Prior Learning for Construction Workers aim at preparing skilled work force and upskilling the existing workforce. Details are given in Annexure.

Annexure
Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Shramev Jayate Karyakram
SHRAM SUVIDHA PORTAL IN CENTRAL SPHERE FOR EASE OF COMPLIANCE AND SELF-CERTIFICATION

To create a conducive environment for industrial development

To be operative in 4 central organizations : Chief Labour Commissioner, Directorate General of Mines Safety, Employee Provident Fund Organization and Employees’ State Insurance Corporation

Allotment of Unique Labour Identification Number (LIN) to 6-7 lakh Units
Online registration of Units

Filing of self-certified and simplified Single Online Return by the industry for 16 labour laws
Timely redressal of grievances through the portal

Complete database at one place to add to informed policy process
TRANSPARENT LABOUR INSPECTION SCHEME IN CENTRAL SPHERE FOR RANDOM SELECTION OF UNITS FOR INSPECTION
A computerized list of inspections to be generated randomly based on pre-determined objective criteria
Serious matters to be covered under the mandatory inspection list

Complaints based inspections to be determined centrally after examination based on data and evidence
Mandatory uploading of Inspection Reports within 72 hours

Check on the arbitrariness in compliance mechanism
PORTABILITY THROUGH UNIVERSAL ACCOUNT NUMBER (UAN) FOR EMPLOYEES PROVIDENT FUND
Digitization of complete database of more than 4 crore EPF subsribers and allotment of UAN to each of them
UAN is being seeded with Bank account and Aadhar Card and other KYC details for financial inclusion
Portability of the Social Security Benefits through UAN to the labour of organized sector across jobs and geographic areas
EPF account of employee to be updated monthly and at the same time he will be informed though SMS
Direct access to their EPF accounts and will also enable them to consolidate all their previous accounts
EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF REVAMPED REASHTIYA SWASTHYA SIMA YOJNA (RSBY) FOR THE LABOUR IN UNORGANIZED SECTOR
93% of workers in unorganized sector RSBY revamped to ensure enhanced quality and access to services
Strengthened grievance redressal mechanism

Improved IT architecture for better access of services and monitoring of outcomes for beneficiaries
Linking the enrollment for the RSBY scheme with opening/seeding of Bank Account and allotment/seeding of Aadhar Card for financial inclusion

Wellness check for preventive care introduced for the first time

Constructive workers and beneficiary across different welfare cess are covered

Introduction of convergence of social security schemes namely Aam Admi Bima Yojna and National Old Age Pension Scheme on RSBY smart card through improved IT framework
APPRENTICE PROTSAHAN YOJANA

A vision to have more than 20 lakh apprentice in next few years against present number of 2.9 lakh
A major initiative to revamp the Apprenticeship Scheme in India after extensive consultation with industry and states

Four components of this initiative are:

Making the legal framework friendly to both, industry and youth. The necessary Bill amending the The Apprentices Act, 1961 was placed and passed in Lok Sabha on 14.8.2014

Enhancing the rate of stipend and indexing it to minimum wages of semi skilled workers. Notification issued
Apprentice Protsahan Yojana to support mainly manufacturing units and other establishments by reimbursing 50% of the stipend paid to apprentices during first two years of their training

Basic training curricula being restructured on scientific principles to make it more effective, and MSMEs to be supported financially by permitting this component in government funded SDI scheme

The Apprentice Protsahan Yojana will support one lakh apprentices during the period up to March 2017
RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL)
Construction sector is third biggest employer after agriculture and manufacturing. Contributes more than 10% of the jobs in India

It employs about 4.2 crore workers and contributes 6.67% of GDP

86% of workers have no skills and productivity level is low

A national Scheme “Recognition of Prior Learning of Construction Workers” being launched by Ministry of Labour & Employment after extensive consultation with industry by utilizing the cess funds collected from construction projects

Construction sites to be designated as Testing Centres

Skill gaps if any, to be made up by giving gap training of about 15 days

Wage compensation for attending training classes and assessment

NCVT certification
TRAINING ON MODERN CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES WITH CERTIFICATION BY NCVT IN CONSULTATION WITH CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES
With the initiatives like 100 smart cities. Housing for all by 2011, construction sector is set to grow at rapid rate

It is estimated that about 8.3 crores persons would be employed in the sector by year 2022
New projects demand workforce trained in modern construction technologies to meet the international norms in construction

Several new courses introduced
 

VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION CENTRES FOR HANDICAPPED
According to Census 2011, there were 2.68 crore Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) out of which 1.7 crore are unemployed
Vocational rehabilitation support to PwDs through 21 Vocational Rehabilitation Centres for Handicapped (VRCs) across the country
Focus on honing the strength of individual PwDs to make them employable through capacity building and last mile orientation
Knowledge Partnership MOU between MoLW and TATA SONS to incorporate best practices and policy interventions for enhancing diversity and inclusiveness in India’s workforce
Major efforts are on for widening and deepening association with industry in order to increase the impact and enlarge footprint of VRCs. Some of the institutions that have partnered with VRCs include National Handicap Finance Development Corporation, National Trust, PSUs like ONGC, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Yum Foods, Bank of America, Sarthak, etc
Some of these centres are also being developed as Model Career Centres for PwDs
 
NATIONAL BRAND AMBASSADORS OF VACATIONAL TRAINNING
Only 10% of our workforce has got formal or informal technical training. Only one fourth of this is formally trained
In South Korea, Japan, Germany, the percentage of workforce having received skills training is 96,80 and 75 respectively
We need to rapidly expand certificate level vocational training if we have to succeed in our mission of ‘Make in India’. Also we need to attract youth to vocational training
Vocational training has given excellent technicians, mechanics, entrepreneurs and professional leaders. Manufacturing sector is reservoir of this success
We are showcasing and felicitating such successful ITI graduates as National Brand Ambassadors of Vocational Training

FLEXI MOU
Presently, a total of 123 NCVT courses designed and developed by Mentor Councils having representation from industry, academia, Champion ITI and DGE&T mentors and expert courses/trade are conducted at about 11, 500 it is New policy of Flexi MOU has been launched in July 2014 to ensure that, in addition, customized courses with NCVT certification are available to meet the need of local industry
Under this MoU, any industry can conduct NCVT certified training programme in partnership with ITI or other vocational training provider to meet specific skill requirement of the company
Industry to ensure minimum 80% employment

Several leading industry players such as Flipkart, Raymonds, Labournet, GIPCL, Cadilla have signed MOUs and many other are under finalization

SKILL AWARDEES

The Ministry of labour conducts competitions to foster the healthy spirit of competitiveness among the trainee Craftsmen/Apprentices

All India Skill Competition for Craftsmen among trainees admitted under Craftsmen Training Scheme (CTS), is conducted once in a year

All India Competition for Apprentices among trainees admitted under Apprenticeship Training Scheme (ATS) is conducted twice every year

First ever initiative to recognize the awardees at National Level and release of first ever souvenir containing the list of winners of different segments in latest All India Competition for Craftsmen, held in January, 2014 and All India Competition for Apprentices held in May, 2014


Source: loksabha.nic.in
Annexure:http://164.100.47.132/Annexture_New/lsq16/3/au178.htm
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SCOVA meeting with Standing Groups including National Council (Staff Side) JCM

Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) meeting with Standing Groups including National Council (Staff Side) JCM will be scheduled to be held in the January, 2015.

F. No. 42/39/2014-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003
Date: 24th Nov, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : 26th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) scheduled to be held in the month of January, 2015 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP).

The 26th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) of the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare is scheduled to be held in the January, 2015. The details of the date, time and venue of the meeting will follow. The meeting will be chaired by the Hon’ble Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Pubic Grievances & Pensions.

2. All the Pensioners Associations under SCOVA are requested to kindly provide the following requisite information through fax as well as E-mail :
(a) Suggest fresh items/issues, if any, for inclusion in the agenda to be discussed for the proposed meeting. Kindly do not send those agenda items which have already been discussed in the previous SCOVA meetings and on which final decision/action has already been taken. Your response in this regard may please be sent to this Department so as to reach the undersigned latest by 10th December, 2014 to enable us to finalize the agenda items. Minutes of the meetings and Action Taken Reports of the previous SCOVA meetings are available on the website of this Department – www.pensionersportal.gov.in

(b) Because of the consideration of space, only one representative of your organization may attend the above said meeting. Confirmation of participation and the name of the participant may kindly be intimated in advance to the undersigned by fax/e-mail.
3. Outstation members will be paid TA/DA and local members will be paid conveyance charges in accordance with the rules/instructions.

4. This Department looks forward to your participation in the meeting.
sd/-
(Charanjit Taneja)
Under Secretary
Source: http://pensionersportal.gov.in/
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One Rank-One Pension (OROP) formula has since been implemented or not..? Question raised today in Parliament

One Rank-One Pension (OROP) formula has since been implemented or not..? Question raised today in Parliament

Whether Government’s decision to grant pension to the retired personnel of the Defence Forces as per “One Rank-One Pension (OROP)” formula has since been implemented

If not, the reasons for the delay; and

By when this scheme is likely to be implemented? these questions asked by the Hon’ble Member Shri Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa in Parliament today and the Minister of Defence Shri Manohar Parrikar replied as follows…

“The principle of One Rank One Pension for the Armed Forces has been accepted by the Government. The modalities for implementation were discussed with various stakeholders and are presently under consideration of the Government. It will be implemented once the modalities are approved by the Government”.
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SWACHH BHARAT KOSH OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES

Finance Ministry issued operational guidelines for the scheme of Swachh Bharat, these rules are into force with immediate effect…

SWACHH BHARAT KOSH OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES
 
1. Short Title and Commencement: 
These will be called Swachh Bharat Kosh Operational Guidelines, 2014 and will come into force with immediate effect.

2. Objective of Setting-up the Fund (Kosh):
Individuals and philanthropists have expressed interest in contributing to efforts to achieve the objective of Clean India (Swachh Bharat) by the year 2019. The Swachh Bharat Kosh has been set up to facilitate channelization of philanthropic contributions and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds towards this cause.

3. Governing Council:
The Swachh Bharat Kosh (henceforth called Kosh) would be administered by a Governing Council chaired by Secretary, Department of Expenditure. Other Permanent members will be Secretary (Planning), Secretary (Drinking Water and Sanitation), Secretary (Urban Development), Secretary (Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation), Secretary (Rural Development), Secretary (Panchayati Raj) and Secretary (School Education and Literacy). Departmental Secretaries from Tourism, Culture or any other department would be invited as and when their  proposals are being deliberated.

4. Secretariat:
The Governing Council would be assisted by a division to be set up in the     Department of Expenditure, which will serve as its secretariat, headed by an
Administrator, at the Joint Secretary level.

5. Bank Account & Receipt of Contribution:
 
a) Contributions from companies and philanthropists shall be received in a single bank account opened in the State Bank of India, Central Secretariat Branch, North Block, New Delhi. The bank account will be operated jointly by the Administrator and the Chief Controller of Accounts, Ministry of Finance.
 
b) Donations into the Kosh may be made through online payments through net banking, or by debit and credit cards or Cheque/Demand Draft.
 
c) The donor would receive an automated, digitally signed receipt of the contributions. Besides, the following mode of acknowledgement with regard to receipt of donations will be adopted:

http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/swachhbharat/SWK_Operational_Guidelines2014.pdf
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CGHS Hospitals under surveillance by the aegis of CGHS Officer to check irregularities including exploitation of patients

CGHS Hospitals under surveillance by the aegis of CGHS Officer to check irregularities including exploitation of patients

While replying to a question in Parliament today, Minster of Health & Family Welfare Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda said that to ensure that the terms and conditions of the Memorandum of Agreement are followed scrupulously by the empanelled hospitals, a monitoring cell under the aegis of a senior officer of CGHS has been established to check irregularities including exploitation of patients”,

Treatment by CGHS empanelled hospitals in emergency cases

Recently, the Government has amended the terms and conditions for empanelment of private hospital under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS). Now, the hospitals are empanelled as a whole, meaning that all facilities available in the hospital would be provided to CGHS beneficiaries. Disease – specific empanelment has now been stopped.

To ensure that the terms and conditions of the Memorandum of Agreement are followed scrupulously by the empanelled hospitals, a monitoring cell under the aegis of a senior officer of CGHS has been established to check irregularities including exploitation of patients. There are provisions in the MoA including issue of Show Cause Notice, issue of warning, recovery of amount charged illegally from the beneficiaries, also confiscation of part or whole of PBG (Performance Bank Guarantee), and ultimately removal from the CGHS list, that can be resorted to in appropriate cases
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