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Govt agrees to most of the armed forces' pay hike demands

While rejecting uniform grade pay for military officers on par with their civilian counterparts, the government seems to have more or less agreed to the other three demands of armed forces over their new revised pay scales. The "decision'' of the three-member ministerial committee, headed by foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee, is to be officially announced in the next few days. Sources, however, said there were indications the government had given the go-ahead to the elevation of Lt-Colonel rank officers to a higher pay scale; placement of a majority of Lt-Generals in the new "higher administrative grade-plus'' with police DGPs; and restoration of the reduction in pension for jawans. The government, however, has apparently rejected the fourth "core demand'' of granting uniform grade pay to officers of armed forces on par with civilian officers, said sources. As reported earlier by TOI, the armed forces blame "bureaucratic subversion'&…

New HBA policy being delayed

The economic downturn seems to be delaying the announcement of a new home loan policy for Central Government employees as recommended by the Sixth Central Pay Commission (CPC). Known as the house building assistance (HBA), it’s a key interest-bearing advance given by the government to its employees to construct/acquire house/flats of their own. The HBA is given to all permanent employees, members of All India Services (IAS, IPS & IFS) deputed to the Central government, public sector undertakings (PSUs) under control of the Centre, international organisations, autonomous bodies etc. The advance is to assist acquiring a plot and constructing a house thereon, building a new house on a plot already owned singly or jointly with spouse, enlarging living accommodation in a house, purchase of a ready built house/flat etc. According to existing rules, the cost of the house (excluding cost of land) should not exceed 134 times the basic pay (and dearness pay taken together) subject to a m…

Hyundai extends discount scheme for govt employees till Dec

The country's second largest car maker Hyundai Motor India today said it has extended the discount scheme for government and public-sector units employees till December this year on account of 
encouraging response from the consumers.  "We value the government employees and are pleased with the tremendous response that we have received from them. We have extended the scheme so that more and more government employees can be benefited," Hyundai Motor India Senior Vice President (Marketing and Sales) Arvind Saxena said in a statement. Under the scheme, special pricing and attractive finance options are available to enable the government employees and this would be in addition to the full benefit of the reduction in CENVAT by four per cent. This scheme, applicable to the entire product range of Hyundai, would also include exchange bonus of up to Rs 20,000. The company would offer a total discount between Rs 22,200 and Rs 46,660 on various Hyundai cars, the statement said.…

Govt panel for sacking of babus if found unfit after 20 yrs service

In an attempt to make bureaucracy accountable, a radical system of assessment has been mooted by an official panel allowing government servants to be sacked after 20 years of service if they are found unfit to continue.
The Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) headed by senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily recommended unprecedented and far-reaching changes in the service rules of government servants and suggested two intensive reviews to make civil servants accountable. The first of its kind report in 150 years suggests far-reaching recommendations, including removal of non performing bureaucrats and perhaps even a formal degree in public policy. The report on 'Refurbishing of Personnel Administration' said the first review at 14 years would primarily serve the purpose of intimating to the public servant about his or her strengths and shortcomings, while the second review at 20 years would mainly serve to assess the fitness of the officer for further continuation in ser…