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Friday, 19 June 2015

Yoga Day 21.6.2015 (Sunday) : No Compulsory Attendance for CG Employees

Yoga Day 21.6.2015 (Sunday) : No Compulsory Attendance for CG Employees

Celebration of International Yoga Day on 21st June, 2015 : Last year, on October 2, which is a national holiday, all the Central Government employees were made to come to work in order to participate in the Swachh Bharat campaign, launched by Modi.

But this time, invitation issued for only higher officials to participate in the function of Mass Yoga Demonstration at New Delhi on 21.6.2015 (Sunday).

Minister for AYUSH Shripad Naik said that there were some opposition by some bodies or individuals on two issues – ‘surya namaskar’ and pronouncing ‘Om’ during the beginning of the event.

We have not made it compulsory. Those who want to say om can do it. Those who do not want to, if they want to take the name of their own god, they can take that. There is no compulsion,”.
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One time permission for change over from CPF to GPF Scheme for teaching and non-teaching staff of KVS

One time permission for change over from CPF to GPF Scheme for teaching and non-teaching staff of KVS
KENDRIYA VIDVAlAYA SANGATHAN
18-INSTITUTIONAL AREA,
SHAHEED JEET SINGH MARG,
NEW DELHI -110016

F.No. 110125/2015/KVS/CPF to GPF /GR.KVS/928
Dated: 15/6/15
Shri M. Krishnan,
Secretary General,
Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers,

1st Floor, North Avenue, P.O. Building ,
New Delhi – 110001.
Subject: Conversion from CPF to GPF.

Sir,
I am to refer to your letter no. KVS/2013-2015 dated 29.04.2015 addressed to the Secretary, MHRD on the captioned subject and to inform you that the matter regarding one time permission for change over from CPF to GPF Scheme for teaching and non-teaching staff of KVS was considered by MHRD in consultation with Department of Expenditure. The Ministry of HRD vide their letter No. F.3-14/2012-UT-2 dated 7th April, 2015 has informed that the Department of Expenditure after examining the proposal has inter-alia observed as under:

“The employees of Kendirya Vidyalaya Sasngathan who were in service as on 1.1.1986 and decided to opt for CPF made a conscious decision knowing well that the option once exercised is final. Grant of one more option to such CPF subscribers in KVS could have repercussion elsewhere with such an option having to be extended to all other CPF beneficiaries as well whose number is quite substantial.

In view of the above position, the proposal for grant of one time permission for changing from CPF to GPF cum Pension Scheme for teaching and non-teaching staff of KVS is not agreed to.”
Hence, it is not possible to accept your request accordingly.
Yours faithfully,
(Govind Kumar)
Finance Officer
Source: Confederation
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OROP Scheme – VK Singh says the Centre is certainly committed to implement

OROP Scheme – VK Singh says the Centre is certainly committed to implement

“For more than four days now, the relay fast protests by the ex-servicemen have been on in New Delhi demanding the immediate implementation of the OROP scheme.”

All over the country, in 20 cities, the relay fast protests by ex-servicemen, seeking the immediate implementation of the One Rank One Pension scheme have entered its fourth day.

Meanwhile, the Central Minister, VK Singh, who was in Hyderabad yesterday, has told the PTI news agency that the OROP scheme will definitely be implemented.

Minister of State for External Affairs General VK Singh, “I’m very confident that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will definitely fulfill all his promises. Steps are on to implement the scheme. Some confusion regarding the calculations has to be sorted out. The Modi government will very soon address the needs of the ex-servicemen. Please do not lose hope,” he added.

According to sources, the United Front of Ex-Servicemen has told a leading newspaper announced yesterday that the OROP scheme will be announced in another few days.

The ex-servicemen have managed to draw the attention of the entire country and the media to their cause through the protest. But they are still waiting for a sign from the Government that their demands have been heard.

Source: 7thpaycommissionnews.in
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Eligible Service under Employees pension Scheme – EPFO issues Notification

Eligible Service under Employees pension Scheme – EPFO issues Notification to amend Employees Pension Scheme 1995

EPFO has issued a letter regarding Amendments to the Employees pension Scheme 1995 – Issue of Gazette Notification No.G.S.R.226(E) dated 26.03.2015 and G.S.R.227 (E) dated 26.03.2015

EMPLOYEES PROVIDENT FUND ORGANISATION
(Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India)
Bhavishya Nidhi Bhawan, 14, Bhikaiji Cama Place, New Delhi – 110 006.

No: Pension/Actuarial/18(2)2008/                                                                                      Date: 12-Jun-15
Web circulation
To,
All Additional Central Commissioners (Zones)
All Regional Commissioners – I ( In – charge of Regions)
All Regional Commissioner – II (In – charge of SROs)
Subject: Amendments to the Employees pension Scheme 1995 – Issue of Gazette Notification No.G.S.R.226(E) dated 26.03.2015 and G.S.R.227 (E) dated 26.03.2015

Sir,

Please find enclosed the following two Gazette Notifications published in the Gazette of India Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, sub – section (i) amending provisions of the Employees pension Scheme 1995.

(i) Notification No.G.S.R. 226 (E) dated 26.03.2015 amending paragraph 9 and the explanation therein by substituting the words “actual service” with the words “contributory Service”. This notification comes into force on the date of its notification.
(ii) Notification No.G.S.R. 227 (E) dated 26.03.2015, which extends “Table C”. This notification comes into force from the 1st day of September, 2014.

2. Necessary changes in the application software to incorporate the above amendments are being taken with the IS Division. In the meantime, offices may undertake a manual check for the eligible service conditions.

3. This is for information and necessary action.
Yours faithfully,
(Chandramauli Chakraborty)
Additional Central Commissioner – II (Pension)
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Write ups regarding experience submitted by a few retiring CG employees and uploaded in the Anbhav portal

Write ups regarding experience submitted by a few retiring CG employees and uploaded in the Anbhav portal

G.I., Dept. of Per. & Trg., O.M.No.21/13/2015-CS.I (P), dated 19.6.2015

Subject: – “Anubhav”- showcasing outstanding work done during service – submission of details by the retiring employees regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM. of number dated 19th March 2015 and 13th April, 2015 on the subject mentioned above.

2. Write ups regarding experience/outstanding contribution submitted by a few retiring employees of CSS/CSSS uploaded in the “Anubhav” portal are still to be published. HoO and HoD of the Ministries/Departments concerned are requested to kindly scrutinize the pending write-ups for acceptance/publication at the earliest.

Authority : www.persmin.gov.in

Click to view the order
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Anomalies in Grade Pay between Ministerial Staff of MES, AFHQ & CSS: Indefinite Fast at the PM Office on 4th July, 2015

Anomalies in Grade Pay between Ministerial Staff of MES, AFHQ & CSS: Indefinite Fast at the PM Office on 4th July, 2015

All India MES Admin Cadre and Ministerial Staff Association has planned an indefinite fast at the Official Residence of PM of India on 04.07.2015.  The details about the cause for the fasting is represented before the PM.
ALL INDIA M.E.S. ADMIN CADRE AND
MINISTERIAL STAFF ASSOCIATION
(RECOGNISED BY GOVT. OF INDIA, MIN OF DEF)

AIMESAC&MSA,/ CHQ /2015
30 May 2015
Shri Narendra Modi Ji,
Honble Prime Minister of India,
South Block, New Delhi-11001

INDEFINITE FAST AT THE OFFICIAL RESIDENCE OF PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA ON 04TH IULY 2015 ON ACCOUNT OF ANOMALIES IN GRADE PAY BETWEEN MINISTERIAL STAFF OF MES AND MINISTERIAL STAFF OF AFHQ AND CENTRE SECRETARIAT SERVICES UNDER PR 2008

Respected Sir,

1. The All India MES Adm Cadre and Ministerial Staff Association avails this opportunity to convey your honour its best compliments Warm regards, while putting the following problems before the Honble Prime Minister of India.
(a) GRADE PAY OF OFFICE SUPDT/STENO IN MES :- From 1st CPC to 5th CPC there is historical pay parity of Office Supdt of MES and Assistant .of Central Secretariat and AFHQ, but during Sept 2006 the Govt has upgraded the pay scale from Rs. 5500-175-9000 to 6500-200-10500 of Assistant of Central Secretariats through back door vide DOPT letter No. 20/ 29/ 2006. CS-II dt. 25 Sept 2006 (copy enclosed). Thereafter the matter was raised in the department JCM meeting of Min of Defence during July 2007 and it was told in the department JCM meeting that the matter is being referred to 6th CPC. The 6th CPC vide Para 3.1.14,(copy enclosed) of its report has clearly stated that there should be pay parity between field and secretariat staff upto the level of Assistant. Accordingly the pay of Office Supdt of MES and Assistant of Central Secretariats and AFHQ was equal. Again the DoP&T vide its letter No. 7/7/2008/CS-1(A) dt. 21 Dec 2009 (copy enclosed) has upgraded the grade pay of Assistant of Central Secretariats and AFHQ from Rs. 4200/- to Rs. 4600/- on the request of some Service Associations and individual Officials and ignored the recommendation of the expert body ie. VIth CPC by not granting similar pay scale for similarly situated staff i.e. Office Supdt. of MES. Although, the Assistant of Central Secretariat remains in Delhi throughout their entire services whereas the office supdts of Military Engineers Service are posted from one place to another after regulars intervals of times. The office supdt of MES is serving in peace, filed and high altitude area shoulder to shoulder with combatants as well as in AFHQ (in E-in-C’s Branch, Integrated HQ MoD) (Army) across the table of Assistant of AFHQ for a very long time. It is further submitted that the’ charter of duties of office supdt of MES is larger than the charter of duties of Assistant of Central Secretariat and AFHQ. The copies of charter of duties of office supdt of MES and Assistant of AFHQ are enclosed for perusal please. Therefore it is requested to please upgrade the pay scale of Office Supdt of MES in pre-revised pay scale from Rs. 6500-10500 to Rs. 7450-225-11500 as already upgraded for the Assistant of Central Secretariat. and AFHQ.
b) GRADE PAY OF UDC STENO III OF MES :- Similarly the Govt of India has upgraded the grade pay of 30% UDCs/Steno D of Central Secretariats and AFHQ from Rs. 2400/ – to Rs. 4200/ – by giving them NFSG grade while ignoring the UDCs of MES, although the 6th CPC vide Para 3.1.14 of its report has stated that there should be pay parity between field and secretariat staff up to the level of Assistants. Therefore, it is requested that suitable instructions may please be issued to upgrade the grade pay of UDCs of MES from Rs. 2400/ – to Rs. 4200/ – w.e.f. 01.01.2008 as already upgraded for UDCs servicing in Central Secretariat & AFHQ by the Govt vide DOPT letter No. 20 / 49 / 2009-CS-II(B) dt. 22.06.2011 (copy enclosed).
2. The Association has, already approached to the following authorities on the above issues :-
(a) DG (Pers) E-in-C’s Branch vide letter No. ‘AIMESCCGDEA/Thu/2009 dt. 18.06.09 (copy’ enclosed) and discussed the issue in all the meetings held in E-in-C’s Branch but no action has been taken.
(b) Secretary Ministry of Defence vide letter No. AIMESCCGDEA/Wed/20011 dt. 30 Aug 2011 (copy enclosed).
(c) Defence Minister vide letter No. AIMESCCGDEA/Fri/2011 dt. 09 Sep 2011 (copy enclosed).
(d) Sh. Pranab Mukherjee, The then Hon’ble Finance Minister, Govt of India vide letter No. AIMESCGGDEA/Mon/2011 dt. 09.05.11 (copy enclosed).
(e) Dr. Man Mohan Singh the then Hon’ble Prime Minister of. India vide letter No. IMESCDEA/Mon/ZOI dt.12.09.2011 (copy enclosed)
(f) Sh Manohar Parrikar, Defence Minister vide letter No AIMESAC&MSA/CHQ/2015 dt 23 Mar 2015.
3. The above pay scales have been provided to the Assistant and UDCs serving in the Central Secretariat and AFHQ due to the influence of PMO office as revealed from the letter attached as Appendix ‘A’. Therefore, the Association is approaching to the Honble Prime Minister of India to give similar pay scales to the staff of Military Engineering Services under Ministry of Defence. If our above requests are not accepted by the Honble Prime Minister of India by 30th June 2015, then the members of this Association has left no other option except to sit on indefinite fast on 04th July 2015 at the official residence of Prime Minister of India in support of the demands of this Association.

With Warm Regards,
Yours faithfully,
(Braj Kishore)
General Secretary
(Jit Singh Sharma)
President

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Private companies in Railways: Debrai Committee Recommendations

Private companies in Railways: Debrai Committee Recommendations

“Roads are common for all. Keeping private players away from road transport services was impossible. But, until this day, railway tracks belong solely to the Government.”

Railway continues to be the best, safe and most economic means of transportation for the masses. Also undeniable is the fact that among the government-run organizations, Indian Railways are the only ones that are used by millions of Indians every day. Above 90% of Rail users of our country, who travel in general and sleeper classes, Railway Board should consider for them. The mere fact that the government is planning to privatize the railways is being criticized widely.

Everything that is run by private concerns – from buses to aeroplanes – cost more, according to 80% of the Indian population. You only need Rs.850 to travel all the way from New Delhi to Chennai. The fares are lower for senior citizens.

Traveling from Chennai to Nellore in a private bus would cost you Rs.1000. Depending on factors like weekends and festive occasions, the fares could be arbitrarily raised. The state and central government have failed to control these blatant violations. Amidst this chaos, the Debrai Committee is going to recommend that private companies be permitted to operate train services.

The Bibek Debrai Committee was constituted by Narendra Modi to streamline the functioning of Indian railway operations. The committee has submitted its report and recommendations to the government. The committee has suggested that private players be allowed to run trains and that private companies be permitted to manufacture railway bogies and engines.

There is no denial of the fact that some departments in the Indian Railways need serious reforms, it is saddening to see that all the recommendations are in favour of allowing private companies to enter this sector.

The following are some of the recommendations that have been welcomed:

The railways do not require separate accounts to be presented. An allocation of funds in the central budget is more than enough.
The number of zones and regions must be reduced.
The leaders and top management officials of these zones must be given enough powers to make some crucial decisions.
Each region should have some financial discretion.
Gazetted officers must be appointed as station masters of major railway stations.
Railway regulatory board must be constituted.

22% of the revenue generated by the railways is spent on pension. Instead, the committee has suggested that pension should be allocated from other funds, thereby easing the financial deficit of the railways. This has been welcomed by the railway labour unions.

Private telecom companies are making millions in profits, but BSNL is making losses. Similarly, if private companies are allowed to enter the railway sector, very soon, the government-owned trains will start incurring huge losses. The service offered by private companies might be good, but the fares will be phenomenal. Soon, this would make train journey unaffordable to the common man.

“Railways and the train tracks should always be owned by the Government alone. Please do not sell them away to private companies!”

Source: www.cgstaffnews.in
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