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Friday, 11 March 2016

EPFO settles 104.38 lakh claims in the current fiscal CBT, EPF recommended 8.8% rate of interest for the year 2015-16

EPFO settles 104.38 lakh claims in the current fiscal CBT, EPF recommended 8.8% rate of interest for the year 2015-16

Simplified Pension Claim Form 10D (UAN) and single page Pension Payment Order (PPO) under Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995 unveiled

New Delhi: While taking stock of the performance of EPFO in the month of February 2016, Dr V.P. Joy, the newly appointed Central P.F. Commissioner, noted that for the period April 2015 to February 2016, EPFO settled 104.38 lakh claims. Out of these 40% were settled within 3 days and 78% within 10 days. 96% of the claims were settled within the stipulated 20 day period.

During the month, 211th meeting of the Central Board of Trustees, EPF was held at Chennai. The Board deliberated on the rate of interest for the financial year 2015-16 and recommended 8.80% interest on the PF balances in members’ accounts. Last year, the rate of interest was 8.75%.

A Simplified Pension Claim Form 10D (UAN) and single page Pension Payment Order (PPO) under the Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995 was also unveiled by the Union Labour & Employment Minister (Independent charge) at the conclusion of the Board meeting. The single page PPO format is simple and more comprehensible to members / pensioners. This attempt is towards the rationalization and simplification of forms in line with the initiatives of the Government. At present, the simplified 10D-UAN claim form is meant to be used only by a member who has an activated Universal Account Number. Other pre-requisites are filing of details in Form 11(New), Aadhaar Number and Bank Account details in the UAN portal. The nominations with Aadhaar numbers should also be available in the UAN portal. Through this Form, service to a member can be done directly without any requirement of attestation by the employer. Both the simplified PPO format and claim form will be implemented from 01.04.2016.

In order to boost the process of seeding the Universal Account Number (UAN) with KYC (eg. PAN, bank account details, Aadhar) that enables enhanced services from EPFO, an “Incentive Scheme” has been launched for the employers. Under this scheme a claim refund of upto 10% of administrative charges payable to EPFO can be claimed upon completing specified tasks (furnishing member information and digitally authenticated KYC details). The Scheme shall be in operation for one year, beginning 1st January 2016 to 31st December, 2016.

The age of superannuation in EPF Scheme, 1952 was also revised from erstwhile 55 years to 58 years to align it with the age of superannuation in Pension Scheme (EPS 1995).

The month of February 2016 saw EPFO redressing more than 20,000 grievances leaving only 3,083 grievances pending. This translates into 82% of these grievances remaining pending for less than 7 days.

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State-wise details of ex-servicemen (ESM) as on 31.12.2015: Welfare of Ex-Servicemen

State-wise details of ex-servicemen (ESM) as on 31.12.2015: Welfare of Ex-Servicemen

Welfare of Ex-Servicemen 
State-wise details of ex-servicemen (ESM) in the country as on 31.12.2015 is as under:
Andaman & Nicobar 25 Maharashtra 172314
Andhra Pradesh 58331 Manipur 7157
Arunachal Pradesh 557 Meghalaya 2423
Assam 34911 Mizoram 5858
Bihar 100437 Nagaland 2462
Chandigarh 10082 Odisha 35500
Chhattisgarh 5412 Puducherry 1706
Delhi 45426 Punjab 284401
Goa 2099 Rajasthan 170109
Gujarat 26299 Sikkim 1078
Haryana 280988 Tamil Nadu 123817
Himachal Pradesh 109697 Telangana 30427
Jammu & Kashmir 73575 Tripura 2573
Jharkhand 22848 Uttar Pradesh 348642
Karnataka 74225 Uttarakhand 122649
Kerala 169563 West Bengal 77835
Madhya Pradesh 44393

TOTAL: 2447819

Details of schemes being implemented for welfare, rehabilitation and resettlement of ESM is as under:

TRAINING PROGRAMMES
Officers’ Training:
  • 24 Weeks Management Courses at IIMs and other reputed B-Schools
  • Modular management courses like Project Finance, Academic Institutions, Supply Chain, Retail, Six Sigma, Seafaring etc.
  • Newly introduced courses for 2015-16 like Strategic Retail Management, Human Resource Management(HRM), Facility, Transition, Export and Import, Event Management etc, Corporate Social Responsibility and Jet Transition.
Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs)/Other (OR) and Equivalents’ Training at Institutes:
  • Security, Fire & Industrial Safety, Computer & Information Technology including ‘O’ Level, Hospitality, Tourism, Agriculture based, Business Management, Modular Management, Vocational & Technical, Medical & Healthcare, Library & Information Science, Legal Assistant etc
  • Newly introduced courses for 2015-16 like Logistics & Transport Management, Retailing & Showroom, Corporate Office, Material Management, Marine Engineering etc.
Courses at Regimental Centres:
  •  At least two courses are planned every month at all the Regimental Centres to provide variety of courses to the retirees on pension drill.
RE-EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Reservation in Government Jobs:

The Central Government has provided for the following reservation for ESM for vacancies in the posts to be filled by direct recruitment:-
  • 10% in Group ‘C’ posts and 20% in Group ‘D’ posts. In addition 4.5% reservation in each category is meant for Disabled Soldiers and Widows/ Dependents.
  • 14.5% in Group ‘C’ and 24.5% Group ‘D’ posts in Public Sector Undertakings and Nationalized Banks.
  • 10% posts upto Assistant Commandants in Paramilitary Forces.
  • 100 % in Defence Security Corps.
Placement Assistance through DGR:

Directorate General Resettlement (DGR) sponsors Ex-Servicemen (Officers) to various Government organizations, Public Sector Undertakings, Corporate Houses, Private Sector, Central Para Military Forces etc based on their requisition for re-employment of ESM. The DGR sponsored ESM are re-employed by the requisitioning agencies after due process of selection by them.

DGR sponsored security schemes:

SCHEMES OF SELF EMPLOYMENT
Schemes for Officers only:
  • ESM Coal Loading and Transportation Scheme.
  • Allotment of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited /Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Company Owned Company Operated Outlets PAN India.
  • Management of CNG Station by Ex-Servicemen (O) in National Capital Region.
Schemes for all:
  • Coal Tipper Attachment Scheme.
  • Allotment of Army Surplus Vehicles
  • Allotment of Regular LPG Distributorship Scheme under ‘Government Personnel’ Category
  • Allotment of Oil Product Agencies Under 8 % Defence Quota
  • Allotment of LPG Agency Under Rajiv Gandhi Gramin LPG Vitran Yojna.
Schemes for JCOs/OR Only:
  • Allotment of Mother Dairy Milk Booths and Fruit & Vegetable (SAFAL) Shops in NCR.
  • Allotment of Milk Shops of Gopaljee Dairy Pvt. Ltd. in Delhi/Noida.
  • Allotment of KIOSKS/Retail outlet of Gopaljee Farm Fresh in Faridabad/NCR.
DETAILS OF BENEFITS GIVEN TO ESM AND THEIR FAMILIES IN THE COUNTRY
  • Financial assistance for treatment of identified serious diseases
  • Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme
  • Financial support to institutions involved in rehabilitation of ESM
  • Modified Scooter Grant
  • Tool Kit of Ex-Servicemen Technicians
  • Benefits given from Armed Forces Flag Day
Grants
Amount (in Rs)
Penury Grant (65 Years and above) (Non-Pensioners upto Havaldar Rank)
1,000/-pm (Life time)
Education Grant (upto two children) Boys/Girls upto Graduation
Widows for PG
1,000/-pm
Officer Cadet Grant (for Cadets of NDA only) (Pensioner/Non-Pensioner upto Havaldar Rank)
1,000/-pm
Disabled Children Grant (Pensioner/Non-Pensioner upto Havaldar Rank)
1,000/-pm
House Repair Grant (Pensioner/Non-Pensioner upto Havaldar Rank)
20,000/-
Daughter’s Marriage Grant (upto 2 daughters)
(Pensioner/Non-Pensioner upto Havaldar Rank)
16,000/-
Widow Re-Marriage Grant (Pensioner/Non-Pensioner upto Havaldar Rank)
Funeral Grant (Pensioner/Non-Pensioner upto Havaldar Rank)
5,000/-
Medical Treatment (Non-Pensioner upto Havaldar Rank)
30,000/- (Max)
Orphan Grant (Pensioner/Non-Pensioner all ranks)
Daughters of Ex-Servicemen till she is married.
One Son of Ex-Servicemen upto 21 years of age.
1,000/-pm
Vocational Training Grant for Widows (Pensioner/Non-Pensioner upto Havaldar Rank)
20,000/-
(One Time)

Steps being taken to provide better opportunities to ESM are as under :-
  • dissemination of information on Directorate General Resettlement (DGR) website regarding Open Competitive Examination for various posts, dates and syllabus etc.
  • signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) to conduct job fairs by Corporate Sectors to provide additional employment opportunities to ESM.
  • hosting of job portal by DGR wherein ESM can upload their Bio-data and corporate/other sectors can approach them and pick as per their requirement.
  • organizing ESM Job Fairs Pan India to provide an interface between Corporate & ESM.
  • regular interaction with corporate houses to generate employment opportunities to ESM.
  • Provision of opportunities to ESM through the corporate bodies like TATA Motors, AMAZON.com etc.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Rajeshbhai Chudasama in Lok Sabha today.

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Safety of Women Passengers in Railways

Safety of Women Passengers in Railways

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Policing on Railways being a State subject, prevention of crime, registration of cases, their investigation and maintenance of law and order in Railway premises as well as on running trains are the statutory responsibility of the State Governments, which they discharge through Government Railway Police (GRP). However, Railway Protection Force (RPF) supplements the efforts of the GRP to provide security to passengers including women.

The following measures are being taken by Railways for safety and security of passengers including women passengers in trains:
1. On vulnerable and identified routes/ sections, 2300 trains (on an average) are escorted by Railway Protection Force daily, in addition to 2200 trains escorted by Government Railway Police of different States daily.

2. The ladies special trains running in Metropolitan cities are being escorted by lady RPF constables.

3. The ladies compartments in sub-urban trains running in metropolitan cities are being escorted by RPF and GRP. Staff deployment is made during late night and early morning in such trains to ensure proper security to the lady passengers.
4. RPF holds regular coordination meetings with State Police at all levels to ensure proper registration and investigation of crime by GRP.
At present, Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras have been provided at about 311 railway stations over Indian Railways. In addition, CCTV cameras have also been installed on trial basis, in a few coaches of some of the trains.

Security has been identified as one of the priority areas for strengthening and upgradation. Measures initiated to strengthen security of women commuters include operationalization of 182 All India Security Helpline, development of security App over some of the zonal Railways, prosecution of offenders under relevant sections of Indian Railways, surveillance in station premises through CCTV etc.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 11.03.2016 (Friday).

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Khadi on Fridays for Central Government employees?

Khadi on Fridays for Central Government employees?

According to unconfirmed sources, the Centre is giving serious thoughts about making Khadi-wearing compulsory for its employees on Fridays. News continues to flow non-stop about Central Government employees and their offices the past few days. Recently, an order was issued making it mandatory to hoist the national flag atop the Kendriya Vidyalaya school buildings all over the country, everyday.

There are now plans of making the Central Government employees wear Khadi once every week, preferably on Fridays. All the Central Government employees – starting from the top bosses right down to the entry-level staff, will be asked to wear Khadi once a week. Saxena, the director of Khadi Gram Udyog, said that he was planning to discuss this possibility with the government soon. He however added that it wouldn’t be made mandatory, and will be left to the discretion of the employees.

According to sources, the officer also said that the sale of Khadi will increase tremendously if all the Central Government employees come forward to buy at least one dress and hoped that the employees wouldn’t oppose this.
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