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SBI union rejects new wage pact, demand separate revision

The All-India State Bank Officers Federation (AISBOF) today rejected the proposed 17.5 per cent wage hike and pension benefits and demanded a separate wage revision for them. "We do not agree with the proposed salary hike for bank employees. The SBI employees demand that the increase should be at par with the salary of the Central government employees," AISBOF vice-president SK Haldar said here. The Indian Banks Association (IBA) and United Federation of Banking Unions (UFBU) representing nine bank employee associations had agreed to the wage hike and pension benefits after a prolonged discussion in Mumbai yesterday. Haldar, who was here to attend the zonal conference of the SBI Officers Association, said AISBOF will decide its future course of action on Tuesday. The three lakh SBI employees are ready for an indefinite strike to demand a separate wage revision at par with Central government employees, he added.

Encashment of earned leave alongwith LTC -Clarification

NO. 1402812/2009-Estt.(L)
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training2nd Floor, Loknayak Bhavan, Khan Market
New Delhi, the 24th November, 2009OFFICE MEMORANDUMSubject:- Encashment of earned leave alongwith LTC -ClarificationThe undersigned is directed to refer to DOP&T 0.M.No.310111412008-Estt.(A), dated 23rd September, 2008 allowing encashment of earned leave alongwith LTC and to say that various references are being received from MinistriesIDepartments with regard to the applicability of Rule 38-A of the CCS (Leave) Rules, 1972 to the Central Govt. employees. In this regard it is clarified that(1) Central Govt. employees governed by CCS (Leave) Rules, 1972 who are entitled to LTC but opt for the facility of LTC provided to their spouses employed in PSUslCorporationlAutonomous Bodies etc. and(2) Central Govt. employees governed by CCS (Leave) Rules, 1972 who are otherwise not entitled to LTC, on acc…

Pre-97 RBI staffers may get less pension from next yr

For the 4,000-odd people who retired from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) before 1997 and are now in their 70s, the new year will not start on a happy note as they will see their pensions reduced from January.This is because of a government order that RBI has no power to update pension of its employees. This has been a bone of contention between the government and the central bank for the past one year. In 2003, RBI increased the pension of those who retired before 1997 by an administrative circular. The revision was based on pay drawn in 10 months prior to the retirement on a notional basis.However, in October last year, in an internal circular, the central bank said, “as advised by government of India,” the updated pension scheme is withdrawn with immediate effect.Protesting the move, the pensioners moved the Bombay High Court, which said they could represent to the government, which could dispose of the representation by a speaking order. The court said if the government order went…

Pay fixation on grant of non-functional scale to section officers of CSS

Regarding introuduction of Non Functional scale of RS 8000-275-13500 to section officers of central Secratariate Service (CSS) and to say that the matter relating to pay fixation on grant of non-functional scale to Section Officers of CSS subsequent to implementation of CCS (Revised Pay) Ruls, 2008 has been considered in the Departmental of Personnel and Training in consultation with the Department of Expenditure.
It has been clarified by Estt.(Pay) Division vide their U.O. No. 5/2/09- Estt.( Pay-I) dated 17/09/09 that at the time of grant of non-functional upgradation to Section Officers belonging to CSS, their pay fixation may be done under Rule 13 of CCs (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 ie, they should be granted one increment @ 3% of their basic pay and to the figure so arrived at, the difference in grade pay [Rs. 5400 - Rs 4800 = Rs. 600] should be added. Further this dispensation may be implemented w.e.f 1-1-2006.…

Pay scale of Pharmacists - Recommendation of the Fast Track Committee

While approving the Report of the Sixth Central Pay Commission, the Government referred the matter related to the demandsmade in regard to pay scales of certain common category posts of Pharmacists was one of the items referred to the Committee. The recommendation of the Fast Track Committee regarding the pay scales of the common category posts of Pharmacists has sincebeen reveived. The Committee has recommended that the entry grade of Pharmacists in Central Government should remain at grade pay of Rs.2800 in the pay band PB-1. However, on completion of 2 years service in the entry grade, all the incumbents should be granted non-functional upgradation to the next higher grade having grade pay of Rs.4200 in the pay band PB-1

The recommendation of the Fast Track Committee regarding the pay scale of Pharmacists has been considered by the Government and it has benn decided to accept the same. Accordingly, the following pay structure is approved for the common category posts of Pharmacis…

Token strike by Navodaya Vidyalaya staff

For the first time in the 23- year history of Navodaya Vidyalayas, over 20,000 employees of 576 Vidyalayas spread across the country resorted to a nation-wide token strike on Monday in protest against the Central Government’s alleged reluctance in implementing pension scheme. All the employees, including the principals of the Vidyalayas, particiapted in the day-long strike.Raising the demand for a pension scheme, they launched an agitation on November 2. Over 6,000 employees took part in a Parliament march taken out on November 9. But following the government’s alleged neglect of their demand, the employees under the banner of the Joint Action Committee of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samithi Employees Association has decided to resort to a token strike. Central steering committee member T.P.Mani and other office-bearers of the action committee, Mary P.Mani, Muralidharan Nair and K.N.Shaji, said that they had intimated the government of their decision to launch an indefinite strike from Decembe…

GOWO (Government Officials’ Welfare Organisation) to provide affordable housing.

GOWO (Government Officials’ Welfare Organisation) is to provide low cost, mass & affordable housing measures to serving and retired government employees.Affordable Housing are available at:-
Gurgaon - 29.9 Lakhs All inclusive
Manali - 15 Lakhs
Ranikhet - Plots 5 Lakhs, bungalows - 9.9 lakhs onwards
Greater Noida - No VacancyMore at

New PSU bank staff to get NPS (New Pension Scheme)

All persons who join public sector banks on or after April 1, 2010 would come under the government’s new pension system (NPS). Public sector banks are set to hire 30,000-40,000 employees in the next two years, with about 35 per cent of the total staff set to retire by 2011. “All new recruits would come under the NPS, the move would also give a push to the new system,” a senior finance ministry official said on the condition of anonymity. Despite several incentives that were announced by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in the Union Budget, there have been few takers for the NPS. Trade unions have opposed the move to bring new employees under the NPS. “We are trying to find a solution,” CH Venkatachalam, general secretary, All India Bank Employees’ Association, told Hindustan Times. “We are holding talks with the government and the bank managements… to ensure that their rights are fully protected.” The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Bill needs to be reintroduced in …

No voluntary retirement can be allowed in absence of VRS: CAT

The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has held that a government employee cannot be granted voluntary retirement unless a scheme exists for the purpose.
"In the absence of any VRS, neither any request for voluntary retirement can be made by an employee nor any such request can be given effect to by any employer," the tribunal said.
The CAT, comprising members D P Sharma and N D Dayal, passed the order on the plea of M L Jain, Vice-President of Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) here, challenging the government's order to relieve him from service.
In its ruling, the tribunal ordered reinstatement of the officer and directed the government to give all his benefits, including arrears and salary.
Earlier, the government had transferred Jain to another city but he requested deferment of the order till the time of his daughter's marriage, a request which was pending.
Jain then opted for voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) but later withdrew …

Employee Provident Fund Organisation proposes salary cap rise to Rs 10,000

The Employee Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has sent a proposal to the labour ministry to increase the salary limit for paying employee provident fund (EPF) to Rs 10,000 from the current Rs 6,500.It has also proposed covering companies with a minimum of 10 employees under the Employee Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act (EPF & MP Act), 1952, against the present norm of a minimum of 20 employees.A source close to the development said: “The current norms in EPF & MP Act, 1952, results in millions of workers being left out of the EPFO regulations. Therefore, we have proposed to the government to raise the salary cap and to lower the limit on the worker count in an establishment to be covered by EPFO.”WIDER UMBRELLA* Current norms in EPF & MP Act, 1952, results in millions of workers being left out of the EPFO regulations* The organised labour sector comprises 300 million workers, of which only 40 million are covered under EPFO regulations* If the proposal is a…

14 tax-free incomes for FY 2009-10

In a few months' time the taxman will coming knocking on your door. However, he cannot tax you on the following 14 important items of income and receipts, as they are fully exempt from income tax and which a resident individual Indian assessee can use with profit for the purpose of tax planning.1. Agricultural incomeUnder the provisions of Section 10(1) of the Income Tax Act, agricultural income is fully exempt from income tax.However, for individuals or HUFs when agricultural income is in excess of Rs 5,000, it is aggregated with the total income for the purposes of computing tax on the total income in a manner which results into "no" tax on agricultural income but an increased income tax on the other income.2. Receipts from Hindu undivided family (HUF)Any sum received by an individual as a member of a Hindu undivided family, where the said sum has been paid out of the income of the family, or, in the case of an impartible estate, where such sum has been paid out of the…

Govt staff to shed grey, tired look for chic

There is a silent transformation in government offices these days. The faded and often wrinkled work uniforms worn by some government employees are now being replaced by classier corporate workwear, thanks to new cloth sourcing norms by the government’s purchase departments. The Central Vigilance Commission office, a central regulatory authority, which decides on the rules and regulations for the government’s tendering process, has asked all public sector units, armed forces and state-governed bodies to insist on “composite mills” in their tenders for procuring any kind of textiles. Simply put, only composite mills — a textile facility where weaving, spinning and processing is integrated and done under a single roof — can bid for textile-related tenders. The advantage of such mills is that since the three crucial stages of making textiles happens under single roof, quality is consistent even in large-scale production. Whereas, in the case of power looms the production capacities are n…

No Leave Travel Allowance For Employees Using Car For Transportation

Government has disclosed that it will not be sanctioning the Leave Travel Allowance for employees using cars, personal or taxi for transportation purposes. But there is an exemption for disabled employees or if any of the family members is disabled, who is the dependent of the employee.The central government employees can now avail LTA only by using Indian Railways or Air India and state transport corporation buses.According to the order from Department of Personnel, LTA will be sanctioned only for those journeys made in vehicles "operated by the government or any corporation in the public sector run by the Central government, state government or a local body".Even though the disabled have been exempted, medical certificate from the an experienced authority should be produced, along with the proof that the concerned person cannot use the mode specified by the government for travelling and the same can be only covered in car.Besides, such claim should not be more than the jou…