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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Dearness Allowance: Centre to survey spending patters of working class to finalise CPI numbers.

Dearness Allowance: Centre to survey spending patters of working class to finalise CPI numbers.

Centre to survey spending patterns of working class

In a bid to understand the spending patterns and living conditions of working class, the Centre has decided to conduct a survey of workers’ family income and expenditure.

The survey, which will be conducted by the National Sample Survey Organisation, a Government of India body, will be used to finalise consumer price index (CPI) numbers for the working class. The CPI is the base for deciding dearness allowances (DA) of the working class.

“The Working Class Family Income and Exemption Survey-2015 will cover workers engaged in seven organised sectors of employment-registered factories, mines, plantations, ports & docks, public motor transport undertakings, electricity generating and distributing establishments, and railways,” an official from NSSO told Deccan Herald.

The survey will be conducted in 88 centres spreading across 28 states and union territories including Delhi, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. The survey will be conducted in eight places in Karnataka — Bengaluru, Belagavi, Chikkamagaluru, Davangere-Harihar, Hubballi-Dharwad, Kodagu, Mysuru and Mangaluru.

Read more at: Deccan Herald
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Tatkal Booking Timings Change – Online Booking Passengers Pleased

Tatkal Booking Timings Change – Online Booking Passengers Pleased

Revision of Tatkal Timings – Passengers are happy with the steps taken by the Railways?

There is now a reduction in the jamming of the IRCTC website that occurred because AC and Second Class passengers were trying, at the same time, to book tatkal tickets online. It has therefore now become easier for passengers to book second class tickets on the internet.

Nearly 15000 tickets are being booked through IRCTC website at tatkal hours. The huge traffic will be diverted into two segments such as AC and Non AC.

Timings for the Railway Tatkal ticket booking have been changed from 15th June 2015. Previously the booking under Tatkal Scheme opens at 10.00 hrs on the previous day of journey from train originating station for all classes. According to the new schedule, booking for the AC coaches will open at 10 AM and ticket bookings for the other non AC classes are open at 11 AM.

And one more important decision taken by the Railway Board is completely debarred from booking tickets during the first thirty minutes of opening of booking for all authorized IRCTC Agents.

Generally the total number of seats of a train are divided into various quotas. Such as General Quota, Tatkal Quota, Ladies Quota and Pooled Quota. These quotas will differ for different trains.

30% of the total available Berths on a train are allocated for Tatkal Quota, and 10% are set aside for sitting tickets. Approximately 2 seats will be allocated in each coach for Ladies Quota. And nearly 8% of seats reserved for Pooled Quota. In AC Coaches, 16 tickets for each 3-tier AC coach and 10 tickets of 2-tier AC coaches are also being allocated for the online tatkal booking.

Accommodation reserved not only for Ladies, also Sr. Citizen and Pregnant Women. Accommodation of six berths in sleeper class of all the trains is earmarked for exclusive use of lady passengers. In addition to this a combined quota of 2 lower berths is earmarked in sleeper class, AC 3-Tier and AC 2-Tier classes for Sr. Citizens, Female passengers 45 years of age and above traveling alone and pregnant women in all trains. Pregnant women will be required to submit a certificate of pregnancy certified by one registered Medical Practitioner at the time of booking against the quota.

So totally 40% tickets are being set aside for quota reservations. With more than 80% of the population preferring to travel in second class, it becomes a moral duty of the Government to give due importance to it.
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Pay Commission report to be filed by late June

Pay Commission report to be filed by late June

Even as tenure of the State Pay Commission is drawing to a close on June 30, the Commission is keeping itself on its toes to submit the report in time. The date has not been finalised yet in view of the impending by-election in Aruvikkara.

Since the Commission, headed by Justice C.N. Ramachandran Nair, was unable to take decisions on certain crucial issues, the report carries only recommendations on pay scale and pension of the employees.

The members of the commission had earlier sought to extend the deadline to include recommendations covering all the issues. However, the Justice Ramachandran, and other members of the Commission, K.V. Thomas and T.V. George reached a consensus to file the report in time.

Read more at Manoramaonline
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Government servants carry important responsibility: Jayant Sinha

Government servants carry important responsibility: Jayant Sinha

Bhopal: Union Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha has said that government servants carry important responsibility of public welfare that can be met efficiently through able decision making, quality work and giving results in less time.

Sinha was speaking on ‘Economic Reforms and Public Servants’ at Noronha memorial lecture series at RCVP Noronha Academy of Administration and Management here yesterday, an official statement said.
He said that Madhya Pradeshs progress in various sectors during the last 10 years proved that efficient government servants gave better results while working in tandem with capable political leadership.
A new beginning of economic reforms has been made in the state while the pace of development was also picking up gradually.

Pointing out that minimum government and maximum governance was the key to public welfare, Sinha said that every government servant could give development the shape of a movement by following this principle.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan were also votaries of this principle, he added.

Government servants of Madhya Pradesh can present an example before the country through good governance, economic reforms and speedy development works, said Sinha.

TKB
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Revision of time limit for submission of final claims reimbursement of medical expenses under CS(MA) rules, 1944 – regarding.

Revision of time limit for submission of final claims reimbursement of medical expenses under CS(MA) rules, 1944 – regarding.

No. S. 14025/19/2015-MS
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Nirman Bhagavan, New Delhi
Dated : 27th May, 2015.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Revision of time limit for submission of final claims reimbursement of medical expenses under CS(MA) rules, 1944 – regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to OM No. F. 29-40/68-MA dated 15.10.1968 in which it was laid down that submission of final claims for reimbursement of medical expenses of Central Government servants in respect of a particular spell of illness should ordinarily be preferred within 3 months from the date of completion of treatment.

2. A representation was received from National Council (Staff Side) to extend the time limit for submission of such medical bills from 3 months to 6 months. The matter was examined in the Ministry and it has been decided that the period of 3 month s for submission of medical claims be revised to 6 months. Henceforth, only the cases in which the bills are submitted after 6 months from the date of completion of medical treatment/discharge of the patient from the hospital are required to be taken up for condonation. The power of condonation of such delays and other terms and conditions would be same as enumerated in the OM No.S.14025/8/99/-MS dated 25.05.1999.

3. The issue with the approval of the competent authority.
(Sunil Kumar Gupta)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Source : mohfw.nic.in
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One Rank One Pension – Ex-servicemen launch nationwide stir

One Rank One Pension – Ex-servicemen launch nationwide stir
Ex-servicemen have launched a series of protests all over the country demanding the implementation of the One Rank One Pension scheme. A massive relay hunger strike began in New Delhi.
In select cities around the country, ex-servicemen gathered in huge numbers to express their dissatisfaction against the government.

Ex-servicemen are being given pension depending on the year of their retirement, their ranks, and the number of years that they had served. Soldiers who had retired before 1996 continue to get very low pensions compared to those who had retired after 1996, leading to a great dissatisfaction among those who belong to the former category. A senior officer who had retired before 1996 draws lesser pension than his junior officers who had retired after 1996. Despite the fact that budgetary allocations were made to resolve this issue, nothing was done.

In addition to Delhi, similar protests are also on in Bihar, Jalandar, and Bengaluru.
Latest updates on Protest over OROP delay…

One Rank One Pension likely ahead of Bihar polls – PTI
The long-pending ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) scheme for ex-servicemen is likely to be rolled out ahead of the Assembly polls in Bihar later this year, top government sources indicated on Tuesday.
The government is working out the modalities for OROP and the announcement will be made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, they said. (Click to continue…)

THE SOLDIER’S justify – WHY THE ARGUMENTS AGAINST THE ONE RANK ONE PENSION ARE MISLEADING – Times of India
Third Pay Commission, which brought military salaries in line with civil services. It set us down the road to the current fight over one-rank-one-pension (OROP) by military veterans.
Sixth Pay Commission granted what bureaucrats call “nonfunctional upgrade“(NFU) to officers in all-India Group A services.This is a sort of ’pay-romotion’ allowing them to draw higher pay than their rank under certain conditions. Almost all civil servants benefit from this while defence services officers do not. As lawyer Navdeep Singh points out, NFU is a sort of “OROP by backdoor for civil servants“. (Click to continue...)

One Rank One Pension row: Ex-servicemen begin indefinite hunger strike at Jantar Mantar – Zee News
In an extreme step taken to ratchet up the pressure on the government, the ex-servicemen reportedly signed a ‘petition in blood’ and announced to hand it over to President Pranab Mukherjee and PM Narendra Modi. (Click to continue...)

FINANCE, DEFENCE MINISTRIES GET TO WORK ON MILITARY PENSIONS OVERHAUL – By Shishir Gupta and Gaurav Choudhury – Hindustan Times
The finance and defence ministries are working towards hammering out a consensus formula on the proposed retirement benefits. The finance ministry, sources said, has pointed out that a way needs to be found out to fund the payouts, which are likely to increase every year given the definition of OROP.
The finance ministry was inclined to refer the matter to the Seventh Pay Commission headed by Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur to recommend the most appropriate method and roadmap for implementing OROP, sources said.(Click to continue...)
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INDWF: Discussion Points of National Anomaly Committee Meeting held on 9.6.2015

INDWF: Discussion Points of National Anomaly Committee Meeting held on 9.6.2015

The National Anomaly Committee Meeting was held on 9.6.2015 under the Chairmanship of Joint Secretary(E) DOP&T alongwith Joint Secretary(Pers), Dept. of Expenditure, M of Finance and JS DOP&T (Pers) with the staff side members of National Council JCM Standing Committee from 15.00 Hrs to 17.00 Hrs on the agenda already submitted. The undersigned being the Member Standing Committee of JCM NC also attended the meeting.

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

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