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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Period for applying LTC advance

LTC advance – 65 days before the proposed date of outward journey

Period for applying LTC advance

A Government servant can draw the Leave Travel Concession advance 65 days before the proposed date of outward journey.

Indian Railways has fixed the advance reservation period as 120 days excluding the date of journey w.e.f. 01.04.2015 for all long distance mail/express trains as well as Shatabdi Express trains.

The issue of any change in instructions relating to drawal of advance for LTC has to be decided keeping in view all factors including changes made by the Railways, as well as financial implications.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Kiranmay Nanda in the Rajya Sabha today.

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NFIR Filling up the posts of Loco Inspectors.

NFIR Filling up the posts of Loco Inspectors.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No. 2014/M(L)/467/3 Pt
New Delhi, dated 20.07.2015
Chief Mechanical Engineers,
All Indian Railways.

SUB: Filling up the posts of Loco Inspectors.

While reviewing the running staff and supervisors’ position, it is observed that about 27% of Loco Inspectors (LIs) are lying vacant as on 01.04.2015. Railways which are having vacancies more than IR average of 26.3%, are ECR (52.3%), NCR (39.1%), WR (33.1%), NFR (33.0%) and NR (29.2%).

As the vacancies of LIs are adversely affecting the smooth train operation in Zonal Railways, it is advised that all Zonal Railways should take necessary action expeditiously for filling up of the vacancies of LIs and Should submit a report on action taken in this regard, to this office by 17.08.2015.
(Vivek Kumar)
Exec. Director Mech. Engg. (Tr.)
Railway Board
Source: NFIR
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Purchase of Car through CSD – Discontinuing Centralised Car Sanction Process

Purchase of Car through CSD – Discontinuing Centralised Car Sanction Process

Centralised Car Sanction by CS Dte on behalf of the QMG is being discontinued with effect from 20 Jul 2015 and individual will process the car sanction through the CSD Depots as hither- to- fore prior to Jan 2012. The detailed order has been published by CS Dte on behalf of QMG.

DISCONTINUING CENTRALISED CAR SANCTION FOR PURCHASE OF CAR THROUGH CSD
Tele: 2309 3660
Integrated HQ of MOD (Army)
Quartermaster General’s Branch
Dy Dte Gen Canteen Services
Army Headquarters
Room No. 14A, L-1 Block,
Church Road, New Delhi- 110001
No. 96410/Q/DDGCS/
13th July 2015
To
All Head Quarters including OFB & KSB

DISCONTINUING CENTRALISED CAR SANCTION FOR PURCHASE OF CAR THROUGH CSD

1. Refer following letters:-
(a) This HQ letter No 96410/Q/DDGCS dated 15 Apr 2011.
(b) This HQ letter No 96410/Q/DDGCS dated 16 Jan 2012

2. Due to budgetary constraints, the car sanction was centralised in Jan 2012. However, due to the improved Budgetary allocations, the centralised Car Sanction by CS Dte on behalf of the QMG is being discontinued with effect from 20 Jul 2015. Individual(s) will process the car sanction through the CSD Depots as hither-to-fore prior to Jan 2012. The new indent form to be submitted to CSD Depot is att at Appx and also can be downloaded from www.csdindia.gov.in/www.indianarmy.nic.in. Guidelines for purchase of four wheeler from CSD is also enclosed.

3. The countersigning authorities and CSD Depots will exercise due diligence while scrutinising the documents to verify the authenticity of applicant and ensure that only eligible category avail this facility as enunciated vide our letter No 95286/SG/Q/DDGCS dated 29 Apr 2015 (Copy att). The onus of correctness of application will be on both applicant and countersigning authority to prevent any misuse/malpractice of this facility. Each application will be vetted by CSD Depot for orrectness in all respects. In case any malpractice/misuse is noticed, strict disciplinary action will be initiated.

4. This Letter be given vide publicity inculuding display in the notice boards in Station HQs Zila Sainik Boards and URCs for information of all concerned.
sd/-
(Vivek Siwach)
Lt Col
Joint Director
Canteen Services
for DDGCS
Source: http://csdindia.gov.in/

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Bonus Issue – Report on detailed discussions and conclusions of 46th ILC

Bonus Issue – Report on detailed discussions and conclusions of 46th ILC 

Removal of Conditions on payment Ceiling eligibility Limits, Decisions to pay Minimum Bonus without linking to loss when the performance indicator satisfy grant of bonus- The major conclusions emanating from the discussions in the committee are as follows:

The Conference committee on amendment of Bonus Act – Removal of Conditions on Payment Ceiling, Eligibility Limits. Decisions to pay Minimum Bonus without linking to loss when the performance indicator satisfy grant of bonus constituted to discuss the Agenda item No. 3 of 46th session of the Indian Labour Conference met under the chairmanship of Captain Abhimanyu, Minister of Labour, Govt. of Haryana. Shri Om Prakash Mittal, General Secretary, Laghu Udyog Bharti (LUB) and Ms. Meenakshi Gupta and Mr. B.B. Mallick, Joint Secretary, MoLE respectively were the Vice-Cheirman and Member Secretary of the Committee. The Committee had the representation of all the stake-holders (Workers’ Group, Employers’ Group and State Government).

2. At the very outset, the chairman of the committee welcomed all the representatives. He observed that the issue of bonus has been pending for long.

He expressed the hope that all the partners would understand and appreciate the position of each other and give recommendations keeping in the view the larger national interest. The Vice-Chairman also welcomed all the Members. Thereafter, the Member Secretary introduced the subject. The agenda has following 3 issues:-
(i) Removal of calculation ceiling;
(ii) Removal of Eligibility Limit; and
(iii) Decisions to pay Minimum Bonus without Linking to loss when the performance indicator satisfy grant of bonus.
3. It was mentioned that last revision in the limits (Calculation Ceiling – Rs. 3500 and Eligibility Limit-RS. 10,000) was done in 2007 based on the recommendations of the 41st ILC.

4. The committee had very intense detailed discussions on all the aspects of the Agenda Item no. 3.
(i) The Trade Unions were of the view that all the ceilings under the payment of Bonus Act. 1965 i.e. eligibility ceiling, calculation ceiling and maximum percent of bonus payable need to be removed. They further expressed that they would like to reiterate the stand taken by them in the tripartite meeting held on 20 October, 2014.

(ii) The Employers, representatives were of the view that total removal of various ceilings may lead to spurt in industrial relation issues. They observed that while making any change in the payment of Bonus Act, 1965 productivity of the workers and paying capacity of the employers have to be taken into account. They further observed that they are not in favour of indexation of cost of living for the purpose of ceiling and bonus calculation. The term ‘Employee’ should be substituted by the term ‘workman’ as defined under the industrial disputes Act. The present system of prescribing limits both for eligibility and calculation should be retained.

(iii) The State Government representatives were of the view that minimum, limit of bonus (8.33%) may continue. Regarding limits with regard to calculation and payment ceiling it was stated that they had no comments to offer. They further observed that distinction between statutory bonus and productivity linked bonus is quite relevant in this regard.

(iv) The State Government representatives also suggested that the central Government may consider notifying the limits for eligibility of bonus and calculation of bonus through and administrative process based on tripartite mechanism rather then legislative process every time. Appropriate amendment to the payment of Bonus Act, 1965 may have to be carried out accordingly.
Labour laws Amendments proposed/ done by central or State Governments Conclusions of the committee are as follows:-

1. The committee reiterates historical role of tripartite mechanism functioning in the country before any enactment/ amendment of labour laws.

2. Any labour law amendments/ enactment should take into account three purpose namely:
(i) justify and welfare of workers;
(ii) Sustainability of enterprises and job creation; and
(iii) Industrial peace.
3. The labour laws need to be relooked and updated in a time bound manner.

4. Committee recommends that the overall exercise of the labour law amendments should be discussed in the tripartite forum and the broad and specific proposals should also be discussed in tripartite meetings.

Recommendations of committee on “Employment and Employment Generation” of 46 the Indian Labour conference (ILC) are as follows:-
1. The committee noted that the recommendations of 43rd to 45th ILC on Employment & Employability need to be fully implemented.

2. Recognising the employment potential in micro and small industry, especially in rural areas, an effective single-window system be established to promoted agro-based and micro & small industries with facility like concessional finance etc. A system for centralized marketing of products manufactured by these industries can also be developed.

3. Enhance the outlays and threshold for public employment generation programmes in both rural and urban areas.

4. Fill up vacant posts in Central Government, State Governments and Public Sector Undertakings in a time bound manner.

5. Reiterate the necessity for publishing quarterly employment and unemployment data.

6. With Central and State Government moving to on-line systems for employment exchanges there is a need for capacity building of Employment Exchanges officers for their revised roles under National Career Service (NCS). Need for integration of Central and State IT initiatives to avoid duplication.

7. Utilization of idle capacity in Vocational and Educational Institutions and closed/ sick industry for demand responsive training.

8. Enhance and expand areas for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) with effective assessment.

9. Enhance number and improve quality of assessors for vocational training and consider including ITI faculty for assessments.

10. To identify labour-intensive industries and new areas where jobs can be created like renewable energy and reusable resources etc. and providing employment liked training.

11. Evolve strategies for increasing female workforce participation in both public and private employment.
Source: PIB News
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Sanction of Prosecution of Government Officials

Sanction of prosecution of government officials

It is stated that total 100,10 & 9 requests have been received against IAS officers, CSS officers & CBI Gr ‘A’ officers respectively.

It is stated that total 66,8 & 6 requests were permitted during the period and prosecution was sanctioned against IAS officers, CSS officers & CBI Gr ‘A’ officers respectively. Year wise breakup is mentioned in the  table below:
  
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It is stated that all the aforesaid requests in which sanction for prosecution has been received are still under trial. Hence, there is no input for conviction, acquittal and discharge.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Avinash Pande in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Finance Ministry issued orders on upgradation of cities / towns on the basis of Census 2011 for the purpose of House Rent Allowance

Finance Ministry issued orders on upgradation of cities / towns on the basis of Census 2011 for the purpose of House Rent Allowance
The new and revised list of cities & towns has been declared by the Finance Ministry today for the purpose of House Rent Allowance on the basis of Census 2011.
House Rent Allowance to Central Government employees is now calculated on the basis of the population census of 2001. The cities and towns are classified as X, Y, and Z, based on their population. Employees in these towns are eligible for 30%, 20% and 10% House Rent Allowances respectively.

Population census is conducted once every ten years. The most recent census was held in 2011. Official information and findings of the Census was sent by the registrar General & Census Commissioner to the Finance Ministry a long time ago.

There is no denial in the fact that the Confederation of Central Government Employees has been constantly demanding this upgrading. The Confederation had, on 28.04.2014, sent a letter to the Finance Ministry. The letter said that even though the 2011 Census Report CD was received, there is no official announcement from the Government in this regard. The letter also demanded that a revised HRA and TA be implemented immediately in the reclassification of cities and towns on the basis of 2011 Census. On 30.07.2014, the Finance Ministry had, in reply to the mail, said that steps are being taken to implement the revised HRA and TA rates to the Central Government employees of these cities and towns.

Now, Finance Ministry issued orders on re-classification / upgradation of cities / towns on the basis of Census 2011 for the purpose of House Rent Allowance to Central Govt employees with effect from 1.4.2015.

G.I. Min. of Finance, Dept. of Exp. O.M.No.2/5/2014-E.II(B), dated 21.7.2015

Subject : Re-Classification / Upgradation of Cities / Towns on the basis of Census-2011 for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance (HRA) to Central Government employees.

Reference is invited to this Department’s O.M. No.2(13)/2008-E.II(B) dated 29.08.2008 relating to grant of House Rent Allowance (HRA) to Central Government employees on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission (CPC) whereby a list of cities / towns classified as “X”, “Y” and “Z” for the purpose of grant of HRA was enclosed as Annexure. The matter relating to re-classification of cities / towns on the basis of Census-2011 for the purpose of grant of HRA to Central Government employees has been considered by the Government.

2. The President is pleased to decide that in supersession of all the existing orders relating to classification of cities/towns for the purpose of grant of HRA to Central Government employees, cities/towns shall now be re-classified as “X”, “Y” and “Z” for the purpose of HRA as enumerated in the Annexure to these orders.

3. Consequent upon implementation of the recommendations of the 5th Central Pay Commission, certain cities / towns were placed in a lower classification as compared to their existing classification for HRA purpose, vide this Department’s O.M. No.2(30)/97-E.II(B) dated 03.10.97. However, these cities/towns were allowed to retain their existing higher classification, vide Para 3 thereof; and further extended vide O.M. No.2(21)/E.II(B)/2004 dated 16.03.2005 & O.M. No.2(13)/2008-E.II(B) dated 07.01.2009. As other cities / towns to which protection of retaining earlier higher classification was allowed, got upgraded during the intervening period and as on date only two cities i.e. Ajmer in Rajasthan and Durgapur in West Bengal were retaining such protection. Consequent upon upgradation of these two cities also on the basis of their population as per Census-2011, provisions contained in Para 3 of this Department’s O.M. No. 2(30)/97-E.II(B) dated 03.10.97 which Were allowed to further continue vide O.M. dated 16.03.2005 & 07.01.2009, stand withdrawn/discontinued.

4. Special orders allowing continuance of HRA at Delhi (‘X” class city) rates to Central Government employees posted at Faridabad, Ghaziabad, NOIDA and Gurgaon, at Jalandhar (“Y” class city) rates to Jalandhar Cantt., at “Y” class city rates to Shillong, Goa & Port Blair vide this Department’s O.M. No.2(13)/2008-E.II(B) dated 29.08.2008, and continuance of HRA at par with Chandigarh (“Y” class city) to Panchkula vide this Department’s O.M. No.2(13)/2008-E.II(B) dated 04.03.2011, shall continue to be applicable till the recommendations of 7th CPC are considered by the Government.

5. These orders shall take effect from 1st April, 2015.

6. The Orders will apply to all civilian employees of the Central Government. The orders will also be applicable to the civilian employees paid from the Defence services Estimates. In respect of Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees, separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Railways, respectively.

7. In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue in consultation with the comptroller & Auditor General of India.
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