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Saturday, 28 February 2015

Meeting with 7th Pay Commission and DoPT on 25.2.2015 – Confederation publishes brief resume of the discussions

Meeting with 7th Pay Commission and DoPT on 25.2.2015 – Confederation publishes brief resume of the discussions

Meeting with Chairman 7th Pay Commission & Discussion with Govt. on NJCA Strike Charter of Demands – 25.02.2015 – Com. K. K. N. Kutty (President), Com. M. S. Raja (Working President) & Com. M. Krishnan (Secretary General) attended both the meetings on behalf of Confederation.

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001
No. NC-JCM/2015/S.C
February 26, 2015
Dear Comrade

The Standing Committee of the Staff Side, National Council has interaction with the 7th CPC on 25th Feb. 2015 followed by the Standing Committee meeting of National Council (JCM) with the Secretary DOPT in the afternoon. The meeting with the Secretary Personnel came as a result of the decisions that we have conveyed for organizing March to Parliament and other programmes, culminate as a pre pretretory meaure for an indefinite strike. The agenda for discussion with the Secretary Personnel was, therefore, the charter of demands (10 points) we had submitted to the Government after the National Convention of all Central Government Employees Organizations on 11th December, 2014. The response from the Government undoubtedly establish the fact that ultimately they have taken note of the growing discontentment of the Central Government employees manifested through various programmes we have jointly carried out by this time. We, therefore, earnestly request the affiliates and leaders of various organizations at the field formations to intensify the ongoing programmes to compel the Government to settle our demands. We give hereunder a brief resume of the discussions we had with the Pay Commission and the Secretary Personnel, which is indicative of the reflections of both the entities.

Meeting with the Pay Commission:
The Chairman informed of his inability to take a final decision on the question of merger of DA and Interim relief as the Government has not referred this matter to them and further stated that this Govt. can take decisions on the two issues, without any report from the CPC. He added that the memoranda received from the staff Side on these two issues had been forwarded to the Government. He wanted the staff side to take up the matter with the Government and assured that on receipt of the reference from the Government they would consider the matter without any loss of time. However, they indicated that the Commission would strive to submit their report to the Government within the stipulated time frame and therefore, the question of Interim relief, in his opinion should not arise at all. The Staff side requested him to appreciate the fact that the matter concerning merger of DA and interim relief has been raised by them not on account of the possible delay on the part of the Pay Commission but emanated from the fact that the erosion in the real value of wages of the Central Government has been eroded during the period drastically.

On Oral Evidence:
The methodology to be adopted by the 7th CPC in the matter was discussed at length. It was ultimately decided that the Staff Side after considering the viewpoints expressed by the CPC will draw out a plan both for the National Council Staff Side and for the organizations at the Departmental levels. The scheduled date for meetings with the Pay Commission will be finalized after Holi festival i.e. 5th March, 2015. The Staff Side will discuss the matter and will submit its consensus view to the Commission soon in this regard. In any case, the staff side would require the following information immediately at its office.
1. Name of the organization which has submitted its memorandum to CPC with date of submission.
2. Underwhich Ministry the Department function
3. Whether the organization is recognized or not
4. The number of employees, whom the organization represents
5. The total – Group C and Group B Non Gazetted – strength of the concerned Department.
Inclusion of GDS
The Chairman assured that he would go through the Supreme Court Judgment in the matter. However, fie added that the inclusion or otherwise of the GDS within the purview of the 7th CPC is the prerogative of the Government and except making its opinion clear on the subject he might not be able to do anything further in the matter.

Standing Committee meeting with Secretary Personnel: There had been no tangible result in the discussions. The impression gained was that the staff side was invited to show that the dialogue continues, However, we give here under the response of the Government in respect of the issues subjected for discussion. The rest of the issues in the charter will be discussed later on at another meeting, for which the date has not been indicated.

1. Interim relief, Merger of DA, Date of effect, Inclusion of GDS in the ambit of 7th CPC; Settlement of anomalies; The views expressed by the official on each of the above items are as under
a). Interim relief is normally given if there is an apprehension of abnormal delay. Government has been informed by the 7th CPC that they would adhere to the time schedule.
b). DA merger: Since the Pay Commission would be submitting its report soon, the question of merger of DA would automatically be in-built in their recommendation.
c). It is the prerogative of the CPC to recommend the date of effect. Govt.’s role will come only after the recommendations are received.
d). GDS: Govt. has not considered the GDS as Civil Servants. However, the latest recommendation received from the Postal Department in the matter is said to be under the consideration of the Govt.
e). The National Anomaly committee will meet again shortly and the resolution on agreed items would be expedited.
2. FDI and Privatization of Railways and Defense factories and Corporatization of Postal: The Staff Side was advised to take up the issue at a higher level as the issues raised were said to be policy matters.

3. No ban on recruitment.: The official Side clarified that the Govt. has not instituted any ban on recruitment. There is only ban on creation of posts. However, for operational posts, exemption has been provided in compelling situation.

4. Scrap PFRDA Act.: The official side will look into the letter received from the Railway and Defence Ministers. The scrapping of the Act was said to be not within the scope of discussion. The Joint Secretary Financial Services explained the various provisions of the Act and as to how the contributory pension scheme would be beneficial to the subscribers. The Staff Side requested the Government to make it optional that anybody who feels that the new scheme would be beneficial would opt for it and others will have the opportunity to opt out and adopt the old defined benefit scheme scheme of Pension.

5. Closure of Medical Stores Depots and Printing and Stationery Departments : It was categorically cleared by the Govt that there had been no decision to close down the Printing Presses and Stationery Department. In view of the new situation in which all Departments are permitted to purchase the requisite stationery items from the market, the Urban Development Ministry has suggested certain modernization and restructuring the of Stationery Department. The Govt. was prepared to discuss the details thereof and arrive at an amicable settlement, acceptable to the Staff Side. The official side expressed willingness to discuss the matter with the staff Side of the concerned Department along with the 3 (three) members of the standing Committee. In respect of Medical store depots also, the official side clarified that the department would not be closed down and no employee will be retrenched. They also wanted the staff side to meet and discuss the issue with them to clear the doubts and suspicion in the matter.

6. Active Functioning of JCM : The Government will convene the meeting of the National Council soon. the convening of the Departmental Councils would be taken up with the concerned Departmental heads. The delay in the grant of recognition may be brought to the notice of the Department of Personnel for corrective action at their end

7. Compassionate Appointment : Government will consider lifting of the ceiling of 5% but no assurance was held out. The other issues in the charter will be subjected to discussion later on.
With Greetings
Yours fraternally,
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Shiv Gopal Mishra
Convenor
Source: Confederation
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AICPIN for Jan 2015 : CPI-IW Base Year 2001=100 for the month of January 2015 released by Labour Bureau

AICPIN for Jan 2015 : CPI-IW Base Year 2001=100 for the month of January 2015 released by Labour Bureau
One of the most expected statistics amongst Central Govt employees and Pensioners for the purpose of additional Dearness Allowance calculation has been released by Labour Bureau today on its official portal.
The index of CPI-IW for the month of January 2015 is increased by one point and stands at 254. After a long time, the index is moved from the existing point of 253.
All India Consumer Price Index for the month of Jan 2015 is used for the first step of additional dearness allowance calculation which will be effect from July 2015 to all Central Govt employees and Pensioners.
Central Govt employees
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Friday, 27 February 2015

Government Employees to Stage Stir on March 2 Seeking Interim Relief

Government Employees to Stage Stir on March 2 Seeking Interim Relief

PUDUCHERRY: The Confederation of Pondicherry State Government Employees Associations has urged the Central government to announce an interim relief and merger of Dearness Allowance with the basic pay.
Confederation honorary president, C H Balamohanan, told reporters that the BJP-led Central government is yet announce the interim relief for the employees ahead of the implementations of the recommendations made by the pay commission.

The Seventh pay commission which was set up on January 1, 2014 by the previous Congress government will take at least 18 to 24 months to submit the final recommendations. In the meantime, the government should have announced the interim relief with retrospective effect, but steps were not taken in this direction, Balamohanan said.

Meanwhile, the Confederation honorary president, Balamohanan added that steps were not taken to merge the Dearness Allowance (DA) with the basic pay as in the last announcement, it was 7 per cent hike, taking it to 107 per cent of basic pay.

The Confederation honorary president also informed that on March 2, a dharna will be held in front of Head Post Office by the activists of the confederation and will hand over memorandum consisting of charter of demands to the Chief Secretary.

He added that the representatives of the confederation will take part in the parliament march on April 28 pressing the central government for the implementation of the pay commission recommendations.

Meanwhile, it may be noted that the Union Territory of Puducheryy has 25,000 government employees, who are having the same service conditions as that of the Central Government.

Read at: The New Indian Express
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Outcome of the meeting with 7th Pay Commission on 25.2.2015 – AIRF

Outcome of the meeting with 7th Pay Commission on 25.2.2015 – AIRF

A.I.R.F.
All India Railwaymen’s Federation
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi – 110055
No.AIRF/60
Dated: February 24, 2015
The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,

Dear Comrades,

Sub: Feedback of meeting with Seventh Pay Commission on 25.02.2015

Today, We met pay commission and demanded for interim report on merger of DA and Interim relief.
The pay commission told us that it has no such reference from Government and wanted us to demand the same from central government. However they agreed to write DO letter to Government of India in respect of our demands.

They informed us that Pay Commission will submit its report within stipulated time to Government. They proposed to us to send small groups from various departments for submission of their demands to them and asked JCM to make small groups to discuss important items in JCM memorandum for which we have agreed.
Yours sincerely,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary
Source: NRMU
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Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme – Some private hospitals have withdrawn their services from ECHS

Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme – Some private hospitals have withdrawn their services from ECHS

Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme

There have been no specific complaints regarding misuse of funds. However, there are some complaints about lack of funds allocated to the ECHS.

The budget allocated at Budget Estimate stage was less than projected estimate and additional funds were allocated at Revised Estimate (RE) stage.

The shortfall of medicines is not directly related to lack of funds and it is attributed to procedure involved in procurement of medicines. Some private hospitals have withdrawn their services from ECHS due to various reasons including low rates, delay in clearance of bills etc.

The steps taken by the Government to improve health care under ECHS include sanction of additional manpower to ECHS polyclinics, revision of remuneration, bringing all 28 Regional Centres under online billing mode for timely processing and payment of medical bills of empanelled facilities, upgrading ECHS Card, empanelment of more medical facilities etc.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri B.V. Naik in Lok Sabha today.
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Reservation period has been extended from 60 days to 120 days – “Operation five minutes” Scheme

Reservation period has been extended from 60 days to 120 days – “Operation five minutes” Scheme

Railway passengers soon will be able to book your rail ticket four months in advance instead of two months at present.

In his Railway budget speech in Lok Sabha, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday said advance reservation period has been extended from 60 days at present to 120 days to check the rising menace of touts.

Asked when the decision will be implemented, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha told reporters later that it would come into force in the next fortnight. Incidentally, the advance reservation period earlier was 120 days but was reduced to 60 days about two years back, a step the railways had then said was initiated to also check the tout menace.

Member Traffic Ajay Shukla said advancing the reservation period once again to 120 days would discourage the touts as it involves more cancellation charges.

Mr. Prabhu announced introduction of ‘operation five minutes’ scheme under which ticketless passengers can get regular tickets within five minutes of entering station.

Provision of modified ‘hot buttons’, coin vending machines and ‘single destination teller windows’ will drastically reduce the transaction time, the Minister said.

For the differently-abled travellers, a special initiative is also being launched whereby they can purchase concessional e-tickets after one-time registration. It is also proposed to work towards developing a multilingual e-ticketing portal.

“We will move towards crediting all refunds through the banking system,” the Minister said.

Read more at “The Hindu”
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Paramilitary Allowance/Special Pay to the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF)

Proposal to grant Paramilitary Allowance/Special Pay to the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel at par with the Army: Lok Sabha Q&A

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS
LOK SABHA
STARRED QUESTION NO 15
 ANSWERED ON 24.02.2015

   PARAMILITARY ALLOWANCE SPECIAL PAY FOR CAPF

15 . Nishank Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal
Kishore Shri Kaushal

Will the Minister of HOME AFFAIRS be pleased to state:-

(a) whether suggestions have been received from various quarters to grant Paramilitary Allowance/Special Pay to the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel at par with the Army, if so, the details and the present status thereof;
(b) the financial benefits envisaged for such personnel;
(c) whether the Government is also considering other benefits/facilities for the CAPF personnel on the lines of Defence Forces; and
(d) if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS (SHRI KIREN RIJIJU)
(a) to (d): A statement is laid on the Table of the House.
STATEMENT IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (d) OF LOK SABHA STARRED QUESTION No.15 FOR 24.02.2015

(a) : A proposal has been received from BSF for sanction of Para Military Service Pay (PMSP) to BSF personnel at par with Army personnel. This proposal has been referred to the 7th Central Pay Commission vide MHA OM dated 05.11.2014.

(b) : The rate of Para Military Service Pay requested is @ Rs.2,000/- pm to Personnel Below Officer Rank (PBOR) and Rs.6,000/- pm to officers up to DIG rank, based on the rates of Military Service Pay.

(c) & (d) : Besides PMSP, another proposal for 20 days’ Casual Leave to Officers and 30 days for Other Ranks in CAPFs, in a calendar year, at par with Army has also been referred to the 7th Central Pay Commission vide MHA OM dated 17.10.2014.
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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Highlights of Railway Budget 2015

Highlights of Railway Budget 2015

The key themes of the Budget were in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiatives – Swachch Bharat Mission, Make in India and Digital India.

1 The most-expected part about this year’s Railway Budget – there is no increase in passsenger rail fares.

2 Rs.8.5 lakh crore will be invested in Railways in next 5 years.

3 ‘Operation 5 mins’, wherein passengers travellling unreserved can purchase a ticket in 5 minutes.

4 Bio toilets and airplane-type vaccum toilets in trains.

5 Surveillance cameras in select coaches and ladies compartments for women’s safety without compromising on privacy.

6 Rail tickets can now be booked 120 days in advance.

7 Speed on nine railway corridors to go up to 200 km per hour.

8 Wi-Fi in more stations, mobile phone charging facilities in all train compartments.

9 Facility of online booking of wheelchair for senior citizens.

10 Satellite railway terminals in major cities.

11 Centrally managed Rail Display Network is expected to be introduced in over 2K stations over the next 2 years.

12 All india 24/7 helpline – 138 from March 2015 ; Toll free No.182 for security.

13 917 road under-bridges and over-bridges to be constructed to replace 3,438 railway crossings; at a cost of Rs. 6,581 crore.

14 Four Railway Research Centres to start in four universities.

15 Details about new trains and increased frequency will be announced later in this session of Parliament after review.
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Railway Budget 2015: No hike in Railway Passenger Fares

No hike in Railway Passenger Fares
  • Plan Outlay proposed Rs. 1,00,011 crore, increased by 52%
  • Allocation for passenger amenities up by 67%
  • Railways to become prime mover of Indian Economy, Five years action plan proposed
  • Rail Budget seeks resource mobilization for higher investment
  • Thrust on measurable and sustainable improvement in passenger experience and to make Rail a safer means of travel
  • Hot buttons, coin vending machines for railway tickets within 5 minutes, e-catering to select meals from an array of choices
  • 200 more stations to come under Adarsh Station scheme; Wi – Fi to be provided at B category stations
  • 24X7 helplines for attending passenger problems and security related complaints
  • For the safety of women passengers surveillance cameras in suburban coaches
  • More General class coaches will be added in identified trains.
  • The speed of nine railway corridors will be increased to 160 and 200 kmph
  • Train Protection Warning System and Train Collision Avoidance System to be installed on select routes
  • 77 new projects covering 9,400 km of doubling/tripling/quadrupling works proposed
  • A new department for keeping stations and trains clean under Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
Railway Budget presented today in Parliament proposed measures to make Indian Railways prime mover of Indian Economy once again. It seeks resource mobilization for higher investment, decongestion of heavy haul routes and speeding of trains and project delivery, better passenger amenities and safety, and to make railways a preferred mode of transport for masses. Presenting the Budget in Parliament, Railway Minister, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that all critical initiatives proposed will be pursued in mission mode.
The Budget proposals have set four goals to transform Indian Railways over next five years which are- a sustainable and measurable improvement in customer experience, make rail a safer means of travel, expansion of capacity substantially , modernization of infrastructure and finally to make railways financially self-sustainable. To achieve these goals the budget proposes five drivers which include adopting a medium-term perspective plan consisting of White Paper, a Vision-2030 document and a five year action plan. Building Partnerships with key stakeholders for long term financing and overseas technology, improving last mile connectivity, expanding fleet of rolling stock and modernization of station infrastructure are included in these drivers. Railways will also leverage additional resources; envisages investment of Rs. 8.5 lakh crore in next five years.

Revamping management practices, systems, processes, and re-tooling of human resources will be taken up by the Railways to achieve targeted operating ratio for 2015-16 at 88.5%. Fast decision making, tight accountability, improved management information systems and better training and development of human resource will also be part of the action plan to achieve the goals.

In order to make travel on Indian Railways a happy experience, the Budget has given thrust on Cleanliness and proposes a new department for keeping stations and trains clean under Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. New toilets will be built at 650 additional stations; online booking of disposable bed rolls will be made available. 24X7 helpline number 138;toll-free number 182 for security related complaints have also been proposed in the budget.

In order to make ticketing more passenger friendly the Budget proposes “operation five minutes” for issuing unreserved tickets, hot buttons, coin vending machines, concessional e-tickets for differently abled travelers, for booking tickets a multi-lingual e-portal will be developed. Crediting of refunds through banks and unreserved tickets on Smart phones will be available. Proliferation of automatic ticket vending machines with smart cards and currency options, integrated ticketing system on the lines of rail-cum-road tickets, Defence Travel System developed for elimination of Warrants have also been proposed in the Budget.
The Budget has proposed e-catering to select meals from an array of choices. Ordering food through IRCTC website at the time of booking of tickets; integrating best food chains into this project; setting up of Base Kitchens in specified divisions to be run by reputed agencies for serving quality food and expansion of water vending machines will be taken up.

Hand-held terminals to Travelling Ticket Examiners (TTEs) for verification of passengers will now be provided for verification of passengers, possibility of extending facility of SMS on mobiles as a valid proof of travel for PRS tickets will be explored. A centrally managed Railway Display Network in over 2000 stations in next two years will be included besides “SMS Alert” service to inform passengers in advance of the updated arrival/departure time of trains at starting or destination stations.
For the safety of women passengers surveillance cameras will be provided on a pilot basis in selected mainline coaches and ladies’ compartments of suburban coaches.

The Railways will also take up a project for introducing on-board entertainment on select Shatabdi trains; Mobile phone charging facilities will be provided in general class coaches & will be increased in sleeper class coaches.

Now, 200 more stations to come under Adarsh Station scheme; Wi – Fi to be provided at B category stations; facility of self-operated lockers will be available at stations. Passenger capacity in identified trains will be augmented; more General class coaches will be added in identified trains. The Railways has also approached NID to design user friendly ladders for climbing upper berths. It has also proposed more quota of lower berths for senior citizens. TTEs will now be instructed to help senior citizens, pregnant women and differently-abled persons in obtaining lower berths; middle bay of coaches to be reserved for women and senior citizen. Provision of Rs. 120 crore has been made for Lifts and escalator; newly manufactured coaches will now be Braille enabled; building wider entrances for the ease of differently-abled passengers; allocation for passenger amenities up by 67%.

The Railways has proposed to revamp its station development policy completely and simplifies process for faster development by inviting open bids. It has proposed to develop 10 Satellite Railway terminals in major cities with twin purpose of decongesting the city and providing services to suburban passengers.

Seventy seven projects covering 9,400 km of doubling/tripling/quadrupling works along with electrification, covering almost all States, at a cost of Rs. 96,182 crore will be taken up. Traffic facility works a top priority with outlay of Rs. 2374 crore have been proposed. In order to accelerate the pace of Railway electrification, 6,608 route kilometres will be sanctioned for 2015-16, an increase of 1330% over the previous year.
As per the Budget proposal, the speed of 9 railway corridors will be increased from existing 110 and 130 kmph to 160 and 200 kmph respectively so that inter-metro journeys like Delhi-Kolkata and Delhi-Mumbai can be completed overnight. Average speed of freight trains in empty and loaded conditions, will be enhanced to 100 kmph for empty freight trains and 75 kmph for loaded trains.

Declaring safety of paramount importance for Railways, an action plan has been proposed for accident prone areas. The Budget also proposes 970 ROB/RUBs and other safety-related works to eliminate 3438 level crossings at a total expense of Rs. 6,581 crore, 2600% higher than the previous year. Train Protection Warning System and Train Collision Avoidance System will be installed on select routes at the earliest.
The Budget proposes constituting an innovation council called “Kayakalp” for business re-engineering and introducing a spirit of innovation in Railways besides setting up of Technology portal to invite innovative technological solutions. Four Railway Research Centers in select universities for fundamental research have also been proposed besides ‘Malaviya Chair’ for Railway Technology at IIT (BHU), Varanasi.

PPP cell of Railways will be revamped to make it result oriented, “Foreign Rail Technology Cooperation scheme” will be launched. Joint ventures will be set up with States for focused project development, resource mobilization, land acquisition, project implementation and monitoring of critical rail projects. In order to meet the requirements of new lines JVs will also be set up with major public sector customers.
Rail Budget has also proposed Coastal Connectivity Program in partnership with ports for Nargol, Chharra, Dighi, Rewas and Tuna. Besides this, projects worth Rs 2500 crore will be taken up through BOT/ Annuity route. These include Wardha- Nagpur 3rd line, Kazipet-Vijaywada 3rd line, Bhadrak –Nargundi 3rd line and Bhuj- Nalia Gauge Conversion.

In order to make Indian Railways more environment friendly, 100 DEMUs will be enabled for dual fuel – CNG and diesel. Locomotives running on LNG are also currently under development. Noise levels of locos to be at par with international norms; concerns related to wildlife to be addressed.

As a part of its social initiatives, now Rail stations and training centers will be made available for skill development. Incredible Rail for Incredible India will be launched and training of auto-rickshaw and taxi-operators as tourist-guides on the model of Konkan Railway will be taken up for tourism promotion. IRCTC will work on promoting the Gandhi circuit to attract tourists to mark the occasion of 100 years of the return of Mahatma Gandhi to India from South Africa. Kisan Yatra, a special travel scheme for farmers for farming & marketing technique centres has also been proposed.

According to Budget Estimates, Plan Outlay for 2015-16 has been proposed to Rs 1,00,011 crore, an increase of 52% over RE 2014-15 plan size. Out of this 41.6% resources will come from Central Government support while 17.8 % will be generated from internal resources.

– PIB
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Extension Ad-hoc Recognition of Service Association of Employees of Non-Statutory Departmental Canteens/Tiffin Rooms of Central Government Offices under CCS(RSA) Rules, 1993 – regarding

Extension Ad-hoc Recognition of Service Association of Employees of Non-Statutory Departmental Canteens/Tiffin Rooms of Central Government Offices under CCS(RSA) Rules, 1993 – regarding

No.27/1/2007 -Dir(C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
*****
Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market,
New Delhi, dated 26 February, 2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

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

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even No. Dated 03.09.2013 wherein ad-hoc recognition to All India Central Government Canteen Employees and Workers Association was granted for period of one year subject to verification through check-off-system within this period, It has been decided by competent authority to extend ad-hoc recognition given to All India Central Government Canteen Employees and Workers Associations for further period of one year 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.
(Pratima Tyagi)
Director(Canteens)
To
1 All Ministries/Departments of Government of India (As per Standard list).
2 All Nodal DDOs nominated by Ministries/Departments(as per standard list) with request to arrange to send the consolidated information regarding deduction of subscription of the employees to the All India Central Government Employees and Workers Association. Continuation of recognition is based on verification through check-off system, as such requisite information may please be furnished at an early date.
3, Departmental Canteens(as per list attached).
4 Sh. Jogesh Chandra Nayak, Secretary General, All India Central
Government Canteen Employees and Workers Association, AG.
Departmental Canteen, Office of AG. Orissa, Bhubaneswar.
5. Dir(JCA), DOPT, North Block, New Delhi.
6 Section Officer(Canteens), with 20 spare copies.

Order
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Introduction of SMS Alert in advance the updated arrival/departure time of trains

Introduction of SMS Alert in advance the updated arrival/departure time of trains

‘SMS Alert’ Service for Arrival/Departure Time of Trains

The Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has said that it is proposed to introduce an “SMS Alert” service to inform passengers in advance the updated arrival/departure time of trains at starting or destination stations. Similarly SMS alert would be sent 15/30 minutes in advance of arrival of the train at the destination.

Presenting the Railway Budget 2015-16 in Parliament today Shri Prabhu said, a centrally managed Railway Display Network is expected to be introduced in over 2,000 stations over the next two years which will aid in providing information on train arrival/departure, reservations, general and emergency messages and also any other information of interest to citizens. This facility will promote “Digital India Campaign” and also unlock huge advertising revenue potential.
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Validity of Self Attested Documents

Validity of Self Attested Documents

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

26-February-2015 13:49 IST
Validity of Self Attested Documents

It is a constant endeavour of the Government to simplify procedures by introduction of self certification. For this, all Central Ministries / Departments as well as State Government / UTs have been requested to review the existing requirement in this regard and make provision for self certification, wherever possible. Response from 25 States / UTs has been received indicating action taken by them.

Different organizations prescribe different criteria for attestation, subject to statutory and legal provisions. As per its mandate, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances has been requesting them to adopt self-certification, wherever possible, as a measure of administrative reform.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Narendra Kumar Kashyap in the Rajya Sabha today.
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JCM Staff Side Meeting with 7th Pay Commission – Discussion about DA Merger and Interim Relief

Discussion about DA Merger and Interim Relief - JCM Staff Side Meeting with 7th Pay Commission

The JCM Staff Side delegation met the Chairman, Seventh Central Pay Commission, 25/02/2015 at 11:00 hrs. The detailed report as follows…
NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI . 110055

No.IV/NFIR/7th CPC/Corres/Pt.V
Dated 25/02/2015
Sub: JCM Staff Side Meeting with the Chairman, 7th CPC.
 
The JCM Staff Side delegation met the Chairman, Seventh Central Pay Commission, 25/02/2015 at 11:00 hrs. The following issues were raised :-
 
i. Merger of DA with Pay and grant of Interim Relief :-
The JCM Staff Side insisted that the Pay Commission should consider Staff Side memorandum submitted in the month of June 2014 and recommend DA merger. The Chairman, 7th CPC replied that there is no communication from the Government of India to give interim report on DA merger demand. After discussion, the Chairman 7th CPC has decided to send D.O. letter to the Government today conveying the strong protest of Staff Side/JCM.
With regard to grant of Interim Relief, the Chairman heard the point of view of the Staff Side JCM that it is only “provisional payment in view of market situation and urged upon the Commission to send suo-moto recommendation to the Government.
ii. Allotment of time slots for explaining the case of Central Government Employees as well ‘ Departments like Railways, Postal, Defence (Civil side) etc.,
The Chairman suggested that small committees may be constituted by the Staff Side for meeting the Pay Commission for deliberations and enough time will be given. He also said that the Memorandums given by JCM, Federations/Unions/Associations have been gone into by the Pay Commission fully. He further said that VII CPC will meet the teams from each department and hear their proposals.
 
Responding to this, the JCM Staff Side has agreed to make out the proposal for the purpose of facilitating the Pay Commission to hear the views/submissions of the Federations/Unior/Associations. The deliberations may commence somewhere after 15th March, 2015. Staff Side JCM will prepare time schedule proposal and send to Pay Commission accordingly.
 
iii. Gramin Dak Sewaks – The case was explained. The Pay Commission was suggested that the copy of Supreme Court Judgment may be made available for examination.
On behalf of NFIR S/Shri M.Raghavaiah (JCM Staff Side/Leader), Guman Singh, R.P.Bhatnagar and B.C. Sharma have participated in the meeting.
sd/-
(Dr M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR
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NPS – Simplification of Withdrawal process and Documentary requirement for the Government subscriber

Simplification of Withdrawal process and Documentary requirement  for the Government subscriber: PFRDA’s Instructions

PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
PFRDA/2015/07/EXIT/02
25 th February, 2015
To,
All Govt depts./PAO’s/PrAO’S/DDO’S/DTO’S & CRA
Dear Sir/ Madam,
SUB: Simplification of Withdrawal process – Documentary requirements 
Currently, the following documents are required to be submitted by the subscribers for processing a withdrawal request by CRA / NPS Trust for various types of withdrawals and which are common across all the sectors of National Pension System.

1. Original PRAN Card or In the absence of PRAN card, notarized affidavit

2. Photo ID proof*

3. Address proof of the Claimant*

4. Cancelled cheque (containing claimant’s Name, Bank Account Number and IFS  Code) or Bank Certificate
* If a document contains both identification and address for compliance with KYC requirements, it would be sufficient for processing the withdrawals. Ex: Passport,Aadhar, Driving license, Ration card etc.
Additionally, the following documents are asked for exits arising out of death of the subscriber

5. Death certificate in original issued by local authorities

6. Legal Heir Certificate/Succession Certificate as applicable in case if nominationis not registered by the subscriber

However, feedback has been received at various meetings conducted by PFRDA with Government officials, subscribers and other stakeholders that the burden of documentation is too heavy and needs to be reduced for a smooth operation of the system. The Authority based on the feedback and also upon reexamination of the procedural requirements at various levels and has decided to simplify the documentary requirements for the Government subscriber sector to begin with. However, the long run goal is to minimise the documentary requirements for all sectors.

The following are the revised requirements for the Government sector subscriber for the Exit and withdrawal requests submitted to CRA / NPS Trust:

1. KYC documents, Bank Passbook/cancelled cheque/bank certificate and Name mis-match certification: The certification provided by the PAO/PrAO/DDO/DTO that
  • the KYC requirements of proper identification of the subscriber has been done (as per Annexure I)
  • that the name as provided in the withdrawal application form be accepted as final.
  • Bank account details as provided in the application form be accepted as final.
Would be accepted and claims dealt accordingly.

2. Nomination – If already existing in CRA system – there is no further requirement to fill in the details, unless the subscriber wishes to change the nomination already provided

3. Original PRAN card or In the absence of PRAN card, notarized affidavit: Not required to be submitted henceforth.

4. Death certificate – Copy of the death certificate duly attested by the concerned PAO/PrAO/DDO/DTO with a specific certification that it is a true copy of the original death certificate and such certificate shall be dated and subscribed by such officer with his name, title and seal of office would be accepted as adequate for the purpose of establishing the death of the subscriber.
Yours faithfully,
Sd/-
Venkateswarlu Peri
General Manager
ANNEXURE I
1. KYC CERTIFICATION
Certified that Shri/Smt …………. Son/Wife of Shri …………………, who is an employee of (office address) ……………. from (date) ……. and is at present holding the post of ……………….. and his/her identity is certified as provided in the NPS withdrawal application form along with the address as provided.
Further, the name and Bank account details as provided in the withdrawal application form by the subscriber shall be accepted as final.
Date ……………..
Name, Designation, Address & Tel No
Of the certifying officer
Source: http://pfrda.org.in/MyAuth/Admin/showimg.cshtml?ID=583
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DOPT has invited NC JCM Staff Side for a meeting on the issues raised in Charter of Demands

DOPT has invited NC JCM Staff Side for a meeting on the issues raised in Charter of Demands.

Meeting to be held on 25/2/2015 under the Chairmanship of Secretary (P) – Order sent to all Secretaries
G.I., Dep. of Per. & Trg., O.M.F.N0.3/1/2015-JCA, dated 23.2.2015

Subject: Meeting to be held on 25/2/2015 under the Chairmanship of Secretary (P).

This is in continuation of this Department’s letter of even no. dated 20th February, 2015 forwarding therewith the letter No. NC/JCM/2015 dated 11/2/2015 received from Staff Side, NC (JCM). A copy of the Charter of Demands received vide their letter dated. 2nd February is also enclosed.

2. In this connection, I would like to inform you that a meeting is scheduled to be held on 25/2/2015 at 2.30 PM in Room No. 190, Ministry of Personnel & Training, North Block under the chairman ship of Secretary (Personnel) to discuss the issues raised in Charter of demands of Staff Side NC(JCM).

3, Kindly make it convenient to attend the meeting.

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Meeting of the NC (JCM) Staff side under the Chairmanship of Secretary, DOPT on 25/2/2015 at 2:30 p.m – Order sent to all Staff Side Members of NC JCM

G.I., Dep. of Per. & Trg., O.M.F.No.3/ 1/2015-JCA, dated 20.2.2015

Subject: Meeting of the NC (JCM) Staff side under the Chairmanship of Secretary, DOPT on 25/2/2015 at 2:30 p.m. – regarding.

This is with reference to your letter No. NC/JCM/2015 dated 11/2/2015 and 16/2/2015 enclosing therein a copy of Charter of Demands.

2. In this connection, I am directed to inform you that a meeting, under the chairmanship of Secretary (DOPT), is scheduled to be held on 25/2/2015 to discuss the issues raised in the Charter of demands. The meeting will be held at 2.30 PM in Room No. 190, Department of Personnel & Training, North Block
3. Kindly make it convenient to attend the meeting.

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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL & TRAINING
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
NORTH BLOCK, NEW DELHI-110001
D.O.No.4/3/2009-JCA
Dated 17th February, 2015
Dear sir/Madam

Kindly refer to D.O. letter of even number dated 23rd July, 2012 regarding holding of meetings of Departmental Councils regularly with a view to making effective use of Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) Scheme. Secretary, DoPT had also vide his d.o letter of even number dated 3rd December, 2012 & 26th September, 2013 requested to promote this interaction more proactively through regular meetings of Departmental/Office Councils under your Ministry/Department.

2. The JCM Scheme provides for Departmental Councils at the level of individual Ministries/Departments including their attached and subordinate offices and instructions have been issued by this . Department from time to time for making effective use of the JCM scheme. The Staff Side of JCM however has been remonstrating that regular dialogue with the Staff Side through the mechanism of Departmental Councils at Ministry/Department level is not happening frequently. You would kindly appreciate that this is essential as it helps in resolving differences and stimulates an atmosphere of trust.

3. It is therefore requested that the Departmental Councils should be constituted in those Ministries/Departments where they have not been constituted and where they are already in existence, the meetings of the Departmental Councils should be held more frequently to resolve Staff Side grievances.
Yours sincerely
sd/-
(Mamta Kundra)
Authority : www.persmin.gov.in
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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Pre-Rail Budget Meeting of the Railway Federations with Hon’ble MoSR

Pre-Rail Budget Meeting of the Railway Federations with Hon’ble MoSR

No.AIRF/60
Dated: February 23, 2015
The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,
Dear Comrades,

Sub: Pre-Rail Budget Meeting of the Railway Federations with Hon’ble MoSR

Today Presidents and General Secretaries/Secretary Generals of all the Recognized Federations of the Railwaymen met Hon’ble MoSR and handed him over following significant suggestions for including the same in the forthcoming Rail Budget 2015-16:-

The government is concerned about the safety and welfare of its workers and officers, serving round-the-clock to transport passengers and freight from one end to other end of the country.
The following burning issues may be considered favourably:-

  • Maintenance/repair cost of more than 60% over-aged staff quarters has gone considerably higher. As such, present allotment of budget for maintenance of railway quarters may be increased by 30%. Please take steps to improve the condition of the Drivers/Guards Running Rooms, Barracks, TTEs Rest Rooms, Subordinate Rest Houses also.
  • Smart Card Medical Facilities are requested to be extended to all the Railwaymen.
  • Vacancies of Safety Category posts may be filled-up in the larger interest of safe-rail operation.
  • Scope of the LARSGESS for Safety Categories, which has been found to be very useful, may be extended to all Group `C’ categories.
  • The government proposes to introduce “House and Education for all”. For this purpose, vacant railway land at various stations may be utilized, and the Ministry of Urban Development be approached to construct houses for the Railwaymen, and easy home loans may be provided through the Banks and Railway Schemes.
  • The government has decided to open Medical and Engineering Colleges, Universities for the children of its workforce. The same may be extended to the Railwaymen as well.
  • The government is concerned about the welfare of the Railwaymen and their families and dependants. Parents of the Railwaymen may be granted Railway Pass and Medical facilities.
  • Quasi-administrative staff, working in the Federation/Union Offices, who are availing Railway Pass and Medical facilities may kindly be absorbed in the Railways.
  • As the then Hon’ble Minister for Railways has already written a letter to the then Hon’ble Finance Minister to implement Old Pension Scheme in place of National Pension Scheme(NPS), and for that it has also been written that financial provisions will be made by the Railways itself. Therefore, it is requested that provisions for the same should be made in this Rail Budget.
  • Repealing of RPF Amendment Act, 2001 should be implemented to give powers to the RPF.
  • Railway Federations and Associations have been expressing their concern on outsourcing and FDI in the Railways. This has been considered by the government, and the Hon’ble Prime Minister has already announced that there is no intention for privatization of the Indian Railways. Keeping in view prevailing cordial industrial relations, it is requested to re-call the instructions of the government on FDI in the Indian Railways.
Yours faithfully,
(Shiva Gopal Mishara)
General Secretary
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NFIR’s 55 Point Charter of Demands Including DA Merger, Interim Relief and Scrap NPS

NFIR’s 55 Point Charter of Demands Including DA Merger, Interim Relief and Scrap NPS

1. Withdraw FDI, PPP in Railways – Stop Out Sourcing, Contractorisation and Privatization.

2. Scrap New Pension Scheme in Railways and restore liberalised pension scheme.

3. DA merger with pay with retrospective effect and payment of Interim Relief to Central Government employees (serving and retired).

4. Calculation and payment of Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) on actual wages.

5. Transport Allowance be exempted from the purview of Income Tax.

6. Increase contribution to Group Insurance Scheme (GIS) by atleast 10-times for all Government employees.

7. Merge Technician-II with Technician-1 with Grade Pay Rs.2800/- (PB-I) in Railways.

8. Revise entry grade pay of Station Masters as Rs.4200/- in PB-2.

9. Replacement of Grade Pay Rs.4600/- with Rs.4800/- (PB-2) w.e.f. 01/01/2006.

10. Revise upwardly the kilometrage rates of Running Staff w.e.f. 01/01/2006 – Settle Running Staff issues as per agreement dated 7th February, 2014.

11. Implement agreement for Up-gradation of Apex Group ‘C’ posts to Group ‘B’ Gazetted in Railways.

12. Allotment of higher Grade Pay to the Loco Pilots and Guards.

13. Count Temporary status Casual Labour Service in full as qualifying service for retirement and other purposes.

14. Allot entry Grade Pay of Rs.5400/- to the Group ‘B’ Gazetted staff.

15. LARSGESS be extended to GP Rs. 2400/- and above.

16. Track patrolling – Support man provision be complied with.

17. Rectify MACPS anomalies.

18. Rectify Sixth CPC anomalies.

19. Enhance Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs.500/- p.m. to not less than Rs.2000/- p.m., for all retired employees.

20. Extend special privileges and facilities for Women employees for their empowerment.

21. Ensure full implementation of the report of Joint Committee for career growth of Track Maintainers.

22. Abolish 12/- Hours duty in Railways – Introduce 8 hours duty roster for Running and Safety categories staff. Classify Running Staff working high speed trains as “Intensive” – NFIR’s proposals on the recommendations of High Power Committee (R&S) be considered for reaching negotiated settlement.

23. Remove hardships being faced by Train Controllers.

24. Reduce Duty Hours of Nursing Staff, thus honour Government’s decision.

25. Create ticket checking staff posts for manning trains.

26. Casual Labour acquired temporary status prior to 01/01/2004 should be covered under Liberalised Pension Scheme.

27. Implement norms approved by Railway Board and sanction new posts of SSE/JE (Signal), ESM, Helper (Signal) etc.

28. Amend Rules for providing employment to Wards of Employees.

29. Provide quality Health care to employees, their families besides retired employees.

30. Fill vacancies of Doctors, Para Medical Staff and provide Super specialists in all Railway Hospitals — enhance superannuation age of Railway Doctors.

31. Cover all Railway employees under Incentive Scheme in Workshops, PUs etc., wherever not covered.

32. Grant parity in Pay Structure for Stenographers in Railways at par with CSS/RBSS.

33. Training Allowance should be revised to 30% of pay in all Training Centres/Schools.

34. Implement agreement on stepping up of pay of Loco Inspectors.

35. Review SPAD definition – Prevent harassment and victimisation of Running and safety categories staff.

36. Make upward revision of Income Tax exemption limit in the case of running staff.

37. Running Rooms should be improved, air-conditioned and upgraded on priority.

38. Grant Project incentive allowance to the staff working in projects on Indian Railways.

39. Negotiating foras of PNM, DC/JCM & NC/JCM should be made effective for resolving issues speedily – Implement agreements reached in PNM, DC/JCM & special meetings etc., immediately.

40. Ensure creation of posts in safety/operational/public image categories for manning new services and maintaining new assets without linking to matching surrender.

41. Grant Daily Allowance to Staff Car Drivers.

42. Absorb quasi administrative units/offices staff against posts in GP Rs. 1800/- PB-1.

43. Induct Course Completed Act Apprentice against vacancies.

44. Ensure quality Uniform to all employees and supply of quality protective gears — concede NFIR’s proposals.

45. Grant Patient Care Allowance to all para-medical staff.

46. Provision of single woman Hostel facility at all Divisional Headquarters and important stations.

47. Setting up of a multi-disciplinary training institute for imparting training in rail related electronic technologies for the wards of Railway Employees.

48. Extension of medical facilities to the dependent parents of railway employees.

49. Liberalize compassionate appointment provisions.

50. Remove restrictions on payment of Children Education Allowance/Hostel subsidy.

51. Allot adequate funds for maintenance of Railway Quarters as well as construction of new quarters.

52. Introduce warning/ Hooter system to prevent deaths of Track Maintainers etc., while on duty.

53. Grant Study leave with attendant incentives liberally o the employees for pursuing higher studies.

54. Enhance Night Patrolling Allowance for Track Maintainers.

55. Allot Pay Band-4 to Junior Administrative Grade Officers in Railways.
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Amendment to Central Civil Service (Leave) Rules, 1972 – Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 (PWD Act, 1995)-regarding

No.18017/1/2014-Estt(L)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, the 25th February, 2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Amendment to Central Civil Service (Leave) Rules, 1972 – Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 (PWD Act, 1995)-regarding

The Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972 were amended vide the Department of Personnel and Training Notification No. 13026/1/2002-Estt(L) dated the 15/16thJanuary, 2004 consequent to the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 (PWD Act, 1995) which came into force from 7thFebruary, 1996.

2. Section 47 of the PWD Act, 1995 provides that services of no employee can be terminated nor can he be reduced in rank in case the employee has acquired a disability during his service. The first proviso to the Section 47 lays down that if such an employee is not suitable for the post he was holding, he could be shifted to some other post.

However, his pay and service benefits would be protected. The second proviso provides that if it is not possible to adjust such an employee against any post, he would be kept on a supernumerary post until a suitable post is available or he attains the age of superannuation, whichever is earlier. Further, the Clause (2) of Section 47 provides that no promotion shall be denied to a person merely on ground of his disability. In Kunal Singh v. Union of India, [2003] 4 SCC 524, Hon’ble Supreme Court has observed that the very frame and contents of Section 47 of the PWD Act, 1995 clearly indicate its mandatory nature.

3. The issues relating to leave or absence of Government servants who have acquired a disability while in service are required to be dealt with in the light of the provisions of the Section 47 of Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. The case of a disabled government servant who is declared fit to resume duty but who may not able to perform the duties of the post he was holding earlier may be dealt with as per the first proviso to Section 47 of the PWD Act, 1995. The second proviso shall apply if it is not possible to adjust him against any existing post. In all such cases, the Government servant so adjusted shall be entitled to the pay scale and other service benefits attached to the post he was holding.

4. A disabled Government servant who is not fit to return to duty shall be adjusted as per second proviso to the Section 47 mentioned above, until he is declared fit to resume duty or attains the age of superannuation whichever is earlier, with the same pay scale and service benefits. On being declared fit for resuming duty, the Government servant who is not fit for the post he is holding, may be adjusted as per the first proviso to Section 47.

5. Leave applied on medical certificate in connection with disability should not be refused or revoked without reference to a Medical Authority, whose advice shall be binding. The ceiling on maximum permissible leave laid down in Rule 12 may not be applied to leave on medical certificate applied in connection with the disability. Any leave debited for the period after a Government servant is declared incapacitated shall be remitted back into his/her leave account.

6. For a government servant who is unable to submit an application or medical certificate on account of disability, an  application/medical certificate submitted by a family member may be accepted. The provisions relating to examination of  disabled Government servants and the Medical Authorities competent to issue such certificates are also being amended.

7. Necessary amendments to the Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972 are being notified separately.

(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Director
Tel: 23093176
Source: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/18017_1_2014-Estt.L-25022015.pdf
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Amendment in Article 108 of the Education Code for Kendriya Vidyalayas

Amendment in Article 108 of the Education Code for Kendriya Vidyalayas

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
(Min.of HRD,Deptt. Of Education, Govt.of India)
18-Institutional Area
Shaheed jeet singh Marg
110016/New Delhi – 110016
F.11016/01/2013-15/KVS(HQ)/Acad/ASC/ATR
Dated:21-01-2015
Office Memorandum

Subject: Amendment in Article 108 of the Education Code for Kendriya Vidyalayas.

Board of Governors of KVS in its 100th meeting held on 10-12-2014 has ratified the recommendations of 42nd Academic Advisory Committee (AAC) meeting held on 26-11-2014 on Amendment in Article 108 of the Education Code for Kendriya Vidyalayas.

The Amendment are as under:-

Existing provision 


A. Classes I to II
(1) Hindi (2) Engilsh (3) Mathematics (4) Art of Healthy and productive living
A.Classes III to V
Scholastic Subjects:
(1) Hindi (2) English (3) Mathematics (4) Environmental Studies
Non – Scholastic Subjects:
(5) Work Experience
(6) Art (7) Physical Education/Games (8) Music (Computer Awareness programme as a part of work experience shall be provided from class III onwards if, facilities are available.)
Amended Provision


A. Classes I to V
(1) Hindi (2) English
(3) Mathematics
(4) Environmental Studies


Co Scholastic Subjects:-
(5) Art Education (6) Work Education (7) Health and physical Education (8) ICT skills
*Art Education includes Music, Drawing Dance & Drama.
C. Calsses VI to VIII 

Scholastic Subjects:(1) Sanskrit (2) Hindi (3) English (4) Mathematics (5) General Science (6) Social Studies
Non Scholastic Subjects:
(7) SUPW (8) Art Education (9) Health and Physical Education
B. Classes Vi to VIII 

Scholastic Subjects:(1)Hindi (2) English (3) Third Language – Sanskrit (4) Mathematics (5) Science (6) Social Science
Co Scholastic Subjects:
(7) Work Education (8) Art Education (9) Health and physical Education including Yoga (10) ICT Skills
* Art Education includes Music, Drawing, Dance & Drams.
D. Classes IX and X 

Scholastic Subjects:(1) & (2) Any two languages out of Sanskrit, Hindi and English (3) Mathematics
(4) Science and Technology
(5) Information Technology
(6) Socience (Computer literacy/Education as a part of work experience)
C. Classes IX and X:

Scholastic Subjects:
(1) & (2) Any two languages out of Sanskrit, Hindi and English (3) Mathematics
(4) Science 5) Social Science
Co Scholastic Subjects:-
(6) Work Education (7) Art Education (8) Health and physical Education including yoga (9) ICT Skills
* Vocational Subjects, if any, as per CBSE Guidelines.
** Art Education includes Music, Drawing Dance & Drame.
E. Calsses XI and XIII Science Group:

Compulsory: Core language (English or Hindi or Sanskrit), SUPW, General Studies


Elective: Any four of the following: (i) physics (ii) Chemistry (iii) Biology (iv)Mathematics (v) informatics practices (vi) Computer Science (vii) Multimedia & Web Technology (viii) Economics (ix) language other than that offered as compulsory core languae (x) Biotechnology
D. Classes XI and XIII Science Stream:

Core Subjecs: English, Hindi,Sanskrit (Any One or two*)


Elective: (Any four or three*) out of the following:
(i) Physics (ii) Chemistry (iii) Biology (iv) Mathematics (V) Computer Science (VI) Informatics Practices (VII)Economics (ix) language other than that offered as compulsory core language (x) Biotechnology
* Total: Core +Elective – 05 Subjects (CBSE guidelines to be followed)
II Commerce Gorup:Compulsory: Core language (Snskrit or English or Hindi) SUPW, General Studies. Elective: Any four of the following (i) Accountancy (ii) Business Studies (iii) Economics (iv) Mathematics (v) Geography (vi) Informatics practices (vii) Computer Science (viii) Multimedia & Web Technology (ix) language other than that offered as compulsory core language. II Commerce Stream:Core Sunjects: English, Hindi, Sanskrit (Any one ot two*) Elective: (An four or three*) out of the following:
(i) Accountancy (ii) Business Studies (iii) Economics (iv) Mathematics (v) Geography (vi) Informatics practices (vii) Computer Science (viii) Multimedia & Web Technology (ix) language other than that offered as compulsory core language.
* Total: Core +Elective = 05 Subjects (CBSE guidelines to be followed)
III Humanities Group:
Compulsory: Core language (Sanskrit or Hindi or English), SUPW, General Studies.
Elective: Any four of the following
(i) History (ii) Geography (iii) Economics (iv) Mathematics (v) language other than that offered as compulsory core language (vi) Multimedia & Web Technology (vii) Informatics practices.
Note: Students may offer any subject as prescribed by the CBSE provided 15 or more students opt for the same. However, a student can also opt for any other subject (s) other than the above, even if the number of students is less than 15, provided he/she makes his/her own arrangements for study. This applies for both compulsory and elective subjects.
III Humanities Stream:
Core Subjects: English, Hindi, Sanskrit (any one or two*)
Elective: (Any four or three*) out of the following:

(i) History (ii) Geography (iii) Economics (iv) Mathematics (v) language other than that offered as compulsory core language (vi) Multimedia & Web Technology (vii)Informatics practices (viii) Political science (ix) Sociology
* Total: Core +Elective =05 Subjects (CBSW Guidelines to be followed)
Co Scholastic subjects for all streams: 
i) Work Education
ii) Health and physical Education including yoga
iii)General studies/life skills Education/Values Education/Gender Sensitivity
Note: Students may offer any subject as prescribed by the CBSE an arrangement of contractual teacher can be made by KV provided 15 or more students opt for the same. However, a student can also opt for any other subject(s) other than the above (Subject to CBSE guidelines), even if the number of students is less than 15, provided he/she makes his/her own arrangements for study. This applies for both core and elective subjects.

Yours faithfully
Sd/-
(Dr.V.Vijayalakshmi)
Joint Commissioner(Acad)
Source: http://kvsangathan.nic.in/CircularsDocs/CIR-ACAD-23-02-15.PDf
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Schemes for development of sports

Schemes for development of sports

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the details of the existing schemes of the Department of Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports for the development of sports in the country are as follows:

(i) “Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan” (RGKA), a centrally sponsored scheme introduced in 2014-15 in place of erstwhile Panchayat Yuva Krida aur Khel Abhiyan, aims at construction of Integrated Sports Complexes in all block panchayats of the country in a phased manner and providing access to organized sports competitions at block, district, state and national levels.

(ii) Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme, introduced in 2010-11, envisages development of playfields by the State Governments through Playfield Associations, coach development programme through Central and State Governments, creation of infrastructure including laying of artificial turfs for hockey, football and athletics, and construction of multi-purpose hall. Under the Scheme, State Governments, local civic bodies, schools, colleges, universities and sports control boards are eligible for assistance.

(iii) Scheme of Assistance to National Sports Federations (NSFs) for conduct of National Championships at Senior, Junior, Sub-Junior level for men and women, conduct of international tournaments in India, participation of sportspersons in international sports competitions, organizing coaching camps, engagement of foreign coaches, and procurement of sports equipments.

(iv) National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) for various activities including giving assistance to elite athletes, who are medal prospects for their customized and tailor-made training and competition exposure.

(v) Scheme of Human Resource Development in Sports focusses on developing human resources in sports sciences and sports medicine for the overall development of sports and games in the country. The scheme also provides assistance to coaches and referees / judges to upgrade knowledge / accreditation level and assistance for participation in and conduct of seminars in India, etc.

(vi) Scheme of Special Cash Awards for Winners of medals in international sports events and their coaches.

(vii) Scheme of Pension to Meritorious Sportspersons after they retire from active sports career with the objective of providing them financial security and incentivizing sporting achievements.

(viii) Scheme of National Sports Awards, viz, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Awards, Dronacharya Awards, Dhyanchand Awards for honouring them for their achievements and contributions as sportspersons and coaches.

(ix) National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons for providing lump sum financial assistance to sportspersons now living in indigent conditions for their medical treatment etc.

(x) Scheme of Sports & Games for Persons with Disabilities for broad-basing of sports among differently-abled sportspersons by way of conduct of training for community coaches, conduct of sports competitions and providing assistance to schools/institutes having differently-abled sportspersons on their rolls for procurement of sports equipments and engagement of coaches on contract basis.
Details of the schemes of Sports Authority of India (SAI) for development of sports in the country are as under:
(i) National Sports Talent Contest (NSTC): The main objective of the scheme is to identify gifted and talented sportspersons among school children in the age group of 8-14 years.

(ii) Army Boys Sports Companies (ABSC) is implemented in collaboration with the Army. Children in the age group of 8-16 years are imparted scientific training to achieve excellence at national and international levels. The scheme also provides job opportunities in the Indian Army. Similar arrangements are proposed to be made in Central Para-military forces.

(iii) Special Area Games (SAG): This Scheme follows an area-specific approach to scout and nurture talent for modern competitive games and sports from tribal, rural, coastal and hilly areas of the country. The main objective of the scheme is to train talented and meritorious sportspersons in the age group of 12-18 years.

(iv) SAI Training Centres (STC): Under this scheme, talented youth in the age group of 12-18 years are given the option to join the scheme on residential or non-residential basis.

(v) Centres of Excellence (COE): The main objective of this scheme is to identify and train outstanding sportspersons who are medal prospects for the country in international competitions.
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, allocation of funds to various National Sports Federations towards participation of sportspersons and teams in international sports events, conduct of international tournaments in India, conduct of National Championship, organizing of National Coaching Camps is done in acordance with the Annual Calender of Training and Competition (ACTCs) finalized in consultation with NSFs. Details of grants released to National Sports Federations, sports discipline-wise during last one year are given in Annexure. For other schemes of the Department of Sports, Sports discipline-wise expenditure is not maintained.

Click here to see Annexure.
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Meeting with 7th Pay Commission on 25.02.2015 – Memorandum including Minimum Wages, Retirement Benefits, Allowances

Meeting with 7th Pay Commission on 25.02.2015 – Memorandum including Minimum Wages, Retirement Benefits, Allowances
AIRF
All India Railwaymen’s Federation
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi – 110055
No.AIRF/60
Dated- February 24, 2015
The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,
Dear Comrades,

Sub: Meeting with Seventh Pay Commission on 25.02.2015

Seventh Central Pay Commission is going to hold a meeting with Staff Side Members of NC JCM on 25th February 2015 at 11.00 am in the Conference Room, 1st Floor B­14/A, Chatrapati Shivaji Bhawan, Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi.

Main agenda of the meeting will be on the memorandum submitted to 7th Pay Commission by JCM, Fixation of minimum wages, Retirement benefits and allowances paid to the central government employees. Feedback of the meeting will be intimated soon after.
Yours sincerely,
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(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary
Source: AIRF
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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Implementation of One Rank One Pension Scheme – Defence Minister replied in Parliament

Implementation of One Rank One Pension Scheme

The principle of One Rank One Pension for the Armed Forces has been accepted by the Government. The modalities for implementation have been discussed with various stakeholders and are presently under consideration of the Government. It will be implemented once the modalities are approved by the Government.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Avinash Rai Khannain Rajya Sabha today.
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FDI in Defence Sector – Introduction of FDI in the defence sector

FDI in Defence Sector – Introduction of FDI in the defence sector

FDI in Defence Sector

The Government vide Press Note 7 of 2014 Series dated 26.08.2014 has notified revised FDI Policy in defence Sector, according to which FDI upto 49% is allowed in the sector through Government route and above 49% through approval of Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on case-to-case basis, wherever it is likely to result in access to modern and state-of-the-art technology in the country. Further, FDI in Defence Sector is subject to obtaining Industrial Licence under the IDR Act, 1951.

The introduction of FDI in the defence sector will not pose any threat as some of the major conditions governing Licensing in Defence Sector are as follows:
(a) The management of the company / partnership firm owning the Industrial Licence should be in Indian hands with majority representation on the Board as well as the Chief Executive of the Company / partnership firm being Resident Indians. This condition is, however, not applicable to cases of foreign investment above 49%.

(b) Adequate safety and security procedures would need to be put in place by the licensee. The Indian Licensed Defence Companies (ILDC) shall comply with the security guidelines applicable to them as per security instructions / architectures prescribed in “Security Manual for Licence Defence Industries” available at www.ddpmod.gov.in based on their categorization. Some of the important guidelines of the Security Manual includes External Security Audit of the ILDCs by Intelligence Agencies once in two years and Cyber Security Audit by CERT-IN empanelled Auditors once every year.

(c) The licensable defence items as mentioned in the license, produced by the private manufacturers will be primarily sold to the Ministry of Defence. These items may also be sold to other Government entities under the control of the Ministry of Home Affairs, State Governments, Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and other valid Defence Licensed Companies without prior approval of Department of Defence Production (DDP). However, for sale of the items to any other entity, the licensee shall take prior permission from DDP, Ministry of Defence.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Naresh Agrawal in Rajya Sabha today.
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Malpractices in Recruitment of Soldiers

Malpractices in Recruitment of Soldiers

From time to time Defence Civilian employees have been raising the demands that they should be granted Field Area allowance and Modified Field Area allowance as applicable to the service Personnel and for providing other allowances like Aeronautical Technical Allowance, Airworthiness Certificate Allowance, Flight Charge Certificate Allowance etc. at par with technical defence personnel. It has not been found feasible to accept these demands as the job requirements and service conditions of Service Personnel and Defence Civilian employees are totally different.

Complaints relating to alleged irregularities / malpractices in recruitment of soldiers have been received from time to time. In cases of complaints of involvement of touts, FIRs, where applicable, have been lodged. During the last three years (2012 to till date), three cases of involvement of Service Personnel were found. Court of Inquiry has been instituted in one case; preliminary investigation has been ordered in another case and in third, the CBI has registered a case.

Proactive measures have been taken on a continuous basis to streamline the recruitment process. These include deployment of vigilance teams, involving police and Government intelligence sources, introducing additional checks and balances in documentation procedure, online verification of documents where feasible, conducting awareness campaigns against falling prey to touts, in-house printing of Question Papers to obviate leakage.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Dr. T.N. Seemain Rajya Sabha today.
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National Commission for Ex-Servicemen – Setting up of Veterans Commission

National Commission for Ex-Servicemen – Setting up of Veterans Commission

Setting up of Veterans Commission

In pursuance of Hon’ble President’s statement made in the joint session of parliament on 9th June, 2014 regarding Government’s decision to appoint a Veteran Commission, the National Commission for Ex-Servicemen Bill, 2015 has been drafted in order to set up the National Commission for Ex-Servicemen. The comments of Department of Legislative Affairs have been obtained on the Bill and the follow-up action is being taken in accordance with the guidelines / procedure laid down for legislative proposals to set up such Bodies. No funds have been allocated for setting up of the Commission during the year 2014-15

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri Rao Inderjit Singhin a written reply to Shri Rajeev Chandrasekharin Rajya Sabha today.
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New Pension Scheme in Railways may be scrapped

New Pension Scheme in Railways may be scrapped

New Pension Scheme in Railways may be scrapped, It is expected that Railway Minister may announce this during his budget speech. If this happens this will be a great news for young railway employees who have been appointed after 01.01.2004. Please read this news paper report published in dainik jagran:-

new pension scheme

Source: http://www.govemployees.in
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IBA Official Minutes of meeting dated 23.02.2015 for 10th Bipartite Wage Revision – Bank Wage Revision from 01.11.2012

Indian Banks’Association
Minutes of the discussions held on 23rd February 2015 between IBA representing 
Management of banks which are parties to the Bipartite settlement and 
Workmen Unions and Officers Associations on wage revision
Discussions were held between the Indian Banks’Association representing Managements of banks and the authorized representatives of Workmen Unions and Officers Associations on wage revision for officers in banks. After holding several rounds of discussions, the parties have mutually agreed as under:
  1. The wage revision will be effective from 1.11.2012
  2. The annual wage increase in salary and allowances @ 15% which works out to Rs.4725 crores on salary slip components.
  3. The new scales will be constructed after merging dearness allowance corresponding 4440 points as on November 2011, which works out to 60.15% and adding a load factor of 2% on Basic pay plus Dearness Allowance as on 31st March 2012 amounting to around Rs.597 crores.
  4. Distribution of annual wage increase between workmen unions and Officers Associations will be worked separately based on breakup of establishment expenses as on 31-3-2012.
  5. Every second and fourth Saturday of the month will be a holiday and the other Saturdays will be full working days.
  6. All other issues of the Managements and Unions/Associations discussed during the process of negotiation will be settled to the mutual satisfaction.
  7. The parties will meet on mutually convenient dated to draw out a detailed Bipartite Settlement/Joint Note on the various issues on which consensus positions have been reached. The parties will endeavour to finalise the Bipartite Settlement/Joint Note within a period of ninety days from the date of this minutes.
Signed at Mumbai on 23rd February 2015

FOR MANAGEMENT FOR OFFICER’S ASSOCIATIONS/ WORKMEN UNIONS


T M Bhasin All India Bank Officer’s Confederation


V R Iyer All India bank Officers Association


Arundhati Bhattacharya Indian National Bank Officers Congress


Rajeev Rishi National Organisation of Bank Officers

Source Image by http://banknewskumar.blogspot.in/
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MoU Signed Between Indian Army and State Bank of India on the Defence Salary Package

MoU Signed Between Indian Army and State Bank of India on the Defence Salary Package

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
23-February-2015
MoU Signed Between Indian Army and State Bank of India
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Indian Army and State Bank of India (SBI) on the Defence Salary Package on 23 Feb 2015. The signing in ceremony was chaired by the Adjutant General, Lt Gen Rakesh Sharma and was attended by top dignitaries of SBI Bank, headed by Dr Vaidyan MG, Dy MD (Retail Strategy).

The first MoU between SBI and the Indian Army was signed in 2011 and was valid for a period of three years. The revised MoU is tailor-made to suit the requirements of serving soldiers, pensioners and families. A number of additional facilities have been incorporated in the revised MoU after concerted efforts spanning over a year.

The basic features of the MoU include a number of free / concessional services like free drafts, free cheque books, free funds transfers to any bank in India through RTGS / NEFT, free ATM cards etc. The provision also includes the Nepal Express Remittance Scheme which enables instant fund transfers to Nepal for the benefit of the Nepali Domicile Gorkha Soldiers serving in the Indian Army.

Additional improved features are linking of the Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) to the Savings account instead of the debit card, enhancement of the PAI amounts, enhancement of the exemption percentage of margin money for house and car loans and waiving off of the processing charges on the loans. The revised MoU will benefit almost 19.5 lakh pensioners and 10 lakh serving personnel who hold Pay or Pension accounts with SBI and also provide them an opportunity to access modern banking facilities.

Col Rohan Anand, SM
PRO (Army)
PIB
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Second and fourth Saturdays will henceforth be holidays for banks. The remaining Saturdays in a month will be full working days

Second and fourth Saturdays will henceforth be holidays for banks. The remaining Saturdays in a month will be full working days

This was one of the agreements arrived at the meeting of the Indian Banks’ Association with associations of bank employees and staff in Mumbai on Monday.

The agreement, primarily settling the long pending negotiations over the wage revision, led to the United Forum of Banking Unions (UFBU) deferring its four day strike plan later this month.

“It is a balancing act,” UFBU (Andhra Pradesh and Telangana) Convenor VVSR Sarma told The Hindu about the agreement on the additional holidays. The influential body of the bank staffers was insisting that all Saturdays should be holidays.

By limiting it to two Saturdays and making other Saturdays full working day, the banks have ensured that the impact on the customers due to the additional holidays is less.

On the key wage revision component, Mr.Sarma said 15 per cent increase is what the IBA has agreed. The negotiations had hit a stalemate after the banks struck to 13 per cent, while the UFBU demanded 19 per cent. According to Mr.Sarma, the cost for the banks due to the 15 per cent hike that has been agreed works out to Rs.4,725 crore.

The agreement on the wage revision would be implemented with effect from November 1, 2012, he added.

Read at: The Hindu
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Bank Employees to get 15% increase in wages – Strike from 25th Feb called off – 10th Bipartite Wage Settlement

Bank Employees to get 15% increase in wages – Strike from 25th Feb called off – 10th Bipartite Wage Settlement
 PSU bank employee unions withdraw strike call, settle wages: Economic Times
NEW DELHI: Employee unions of public sector banks today withdrew their strike call following an agreement with the management on 15 per cent wage hike.

“In today’s talks, wage revision settled at 15 per cent with effect from November 2012,” United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) Convener M V Murali said.

The bank unions had threatened to go on 4-day nation-wide strike from February 25 demanding 19 per cent hike in wages. The wage hike was due from November 2012.

At a meeting today in Mumbai, PSU banks employee unions and bank management, Indian Banks’ Association (IBA), agreed on 15 per cent wage hike and entered into an agreement for it.

National Organisation of Bank Workers (NOBW) Vice President Ashwini Rana said: “We are not happy as our expectation was that bank staff would get what was given to them last time — 17.5 per cent increase in wages”.

The bank employees will now also get holidays on two Saturdays in a month.

“Long pending demand of holiday on second and fourth Saturdays for the bank employees have also been reached,” AIBEA General Secretary C H Venkatachalam said.

Last week, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had appealed to bank employee unions to call off their strike as talks were on for a revision of wages of employees.

The Minister said banks are already in negotiations with their unions and associations for wage settlement and “the bipartite negotiations in a cordial manner is the only available tool for settlement”.

The wage revision of public sector bank employees has been due since November 2012.

Earlier, unions had deferred one-day strike scheduled for January 7 as IBA improved the wage hike offer to 12.5 per cent from 11 per cent earlier.

There are 27 public sector banks in the country with a combined employee strength of about 8 lakh. There are about 50,000 branches of these banks across the country.

Read at Economic Times
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Monday, 23 February 2015

Prime Minister says Budget session of Parliament important as people look at it with lot of hopes

Prime Minister says Budget session of Parliament important as people look at it with lot of hopes
 Says it is collective responsibility of all parties to ensure effective functioning of Parliament
 
PM assures leaders of several parties all their concerns will be discussed
 
Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu says broad consensus on Ordinances; Land concerns can be discussed
 
Several parties call for smooth functioning of Parliament at All Party Meet on Budget session
 
Leaders welcome Prime Minister’s statement on religious freedom
 
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has stressed on the importance of the Budget sesson of Parliament beginning February 23, 2015 saying that the people of the country look at the session with lot of hopes and expectations. He addressed the leaders of various parties in both the Houses of Parliament at a meeting convened by the Government for mutual consultations on the Budget session today.
 
 
Prime Minister said that it is the collective responsibility of all parties and leaders to enable the people fulfill their hopes and aspirations through proper functioning of both the Houses of Parliament. Shri Modi assured the leaders that all the issues and concerned raised by them will be discussed in an appropriate manner keeping in view their importance and priority. He expressed the hope that there would be a collective effort during the Budget session in the interest of the common man.
 
 
Prime Minister has attended the leaders’ meeting for over an hour and later had lunch along with all the leades.
 
 
In his opening remarks, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs gave detailes of the 44-item agenda of the Government for the Budget session including financial, legislative and non-legislative business. He said that of the six Ordinances to be converted into Acts of Parliament by April 5, 2015, there has been a broad consensus on five of them relating to Citizenship for Overseas Indians, Introduction of e-rikshaws, allocation of coal blocks and non-coal mines through open bidding. On the Insurance Ordinance, he said that further to the suggestion of opposition parties, a Select Committee of Rajya Sabha has been set up and the same had submitted its report which amounts to a broad view of the House and there is no reason for two views in the matter.
 
 
Shri Venkaiah Naidu said that the Government is willing to address concerns if any, on the Land Acquistion Ordinance. He noted : “Several state governments cutting across partyline have expressed difficulties in land acquisiton for development projects under the Act of 2013 and sought modifications. Subsequently, the central government sought to facilitate land acquistion for notified puposes like infrastructure and affordable housing projects etc., in an easy manner without compromising on the remuneration to be paid to farmers and rehabilitation measures to be taken up for displaced persons. The Government is ready to address apprehensions, if any in this regard’.
 
 
Shri Naidu further said at the all party meet : “I would like to assure you all that the government is always willing to sit with opposition to resolve any differences on any issue. I don’t think there is any issue that can’t be resolved if approached with open mind. What is required is the spirit of mutual cooperation in the true spirit of Parliamentary democracy. Let us collectively strive to build a conducive environment for effective functioning of Parliament during the Budget session’.
 
 
Over thirty leaders from both the Houses of Parliament expressed their views with most of them highlighting the need for smooth functioning of Parliament to enable discussion on all issues of concern both for the Government and the Opposition.
 
 
Several leaders have welcomed Prime Minister’s recent statement on religious freedom and justify to promote one’s religion and his call for respecting all religions.
 
 
Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Shri Mallikarjuna Kharge said, “Parliamentary democracy is all about deciding on issues through discusssion. Different parties will convey their views on Ordinances and other issues whenever taken up’.
 
 
Leader of Nationalist Congress Party Shri Sharad Pawar said, “Budget session is important and we need to ensure smooth functioning of Parliament.”
 
 
BJD leader Shri Bhartruhari Mahtab noted :”There has been undue focus on the Ordinaces in the media in general while it should have been on the Budget and economic issues. We need to focus on budget issues. We want both the Houses to function smoothly and decide on major issues. Efforts shall be made to move forward on important issues throgh rapproachment’.
 
 
Leaders of different parties from Tamil Nadu suggested that during the forthcoming visit of the Prime Minister to Sri Lanka, a conducive atmosphere may be created for protecting the justifys of Tamil fishermen and Tamils in Sri Lanka.
 
 
People’s representatives from Andhra Pradesh sought necessary action for fulfilling the assurances given to the state in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act including the Special Status and Special Package for the state. TRS leaders also spoke of the need for doing the needful for the state of Telangana.
 
 
Leaders from North-East suggested that they be given sufficient time in both the Houses putting aside the principle of time allocation based on numerical strength.
 
 
Issues suggested for discussion during the ensuing Budget session by leaders of different parties include: agrarian crisis, safety and security of women, espionage issue, communal harmony, free academic environment, passing on the benefit of declining international oil prices to public, Swine flu outbreak, Election reforms, price rise, natual calamities, development of North-East, reservation for women in legislatures etc.
 
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu later said that the all pary meet concluded on a very positive note and thanked the leaders for their views and suggestions.
 
 
Source: PIB News
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