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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Dearness Allowance for Central Government Employees Hiked

The Union Cabinet today decided to release an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners w.e.f. 1.7.2010 representing an increase of 10% over the existing rate of 35% of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise.
The increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission.
The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief will be of the order of Rs. 9303.2 crore per annum and Rs. 6202.1 crore in the financial year 2010-2011 (for a period of 8 months from July,2010 to February, 2011).

Dearness Allowance announcement likely tomorrow

Dearness Allowance announcement likely tomorrow after the cabinet meeting...
The much awaited official announcement of the additional Dearness Allowance for Central Government Employees and Pensioners is expected to be announced tomorrow after the cabinet meeting.
Sources said that cabinet to be announced tomorrow, the additional enhanced Dearness Allowance effective from July, 2010 is 10% and the total of 45%.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New series of WPI from today

Government will launch a new series of wholesale price index (WPI) with 2004-05 as base from Tuesday. At present, 1993-94 is used as base year to calculate WPI. The new series of WPI will have 676 items as against 435 items in the previous series. Consumer items widely used by the middle class like ice-cream, mineral water, flowers, microwave oven, washing machine, gold and silver will be reflected in the new series of WPI.
''This would give better picture of the price variation," a senior official said. Readymade food, computer stationary, refrigerators, dish antenna, VCD, petroleum products and computers will also be part of the new series.
Under primary article group of the new WPI, there will be 102 items against existing 98, while fuel and power category will remain static at 19. In the new series, there will be 555 items of manufactured products compared to 318 items at present, the official said.
At the same time, weight of manufactured products will go up to 64.97% compared to 63.75%, while that of primary articles group, including food, will come down to 20.12%, against 22.02% at present. The new series would accompany inflation numbers with old base year (1993-94) as well for comparison, the official added.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Flexible Complementing Scheme (FCS) for scientists in DRDO, ATOMIC & SPACE

A Flexible Complementing Scheme (FCS) for scientists is in position in some of the scientific Ministries/Departments of the Government of India and the same is presently governed by the guidelines issued by this Department under O.M. No.2/41/97-PIC dated the 9th November, 1998. There is also in position a separate, merit based promotion scheme in the DRDO and the Departments of Atomic Energy and Space. The Sixth Central Pay Commission (6th CPC) has examined these schemes in detail and observed that various time-bound promotion schemes may be necessary for scientific organizations as the morale of the scientists has to be kept high in order to keep them motivated and to stop the flight of talent from Government organizations involved in research and scientific activities. In this context, the 6th CPC has recommended that the existing scheme of FCS with necessary modifications has to be continued for R&D professionals in all S&T organizations, and the merit based promotion scheme in the Departments of Atomic Energy, Space and DRDO would also need to be persisted with. The Commission has, however, recommended certain features to be incorporated in the existing schemes of FCS and merit based promotion scheme so as to make them more relevant to the context.
2. The recommendations of the Commission have been examined in detail in the context of FCS and a revised comprehensive scheme is enclosed for immediate necessary action by all concerned Ministries and Departments. All the Ministries / departments shall initiate action for review of the provisions of the Flexible Complementing Scheme and amend the provisions of relevant recruitment rules so that the scheme is brought in conformity with the decision / guidelines being conveyed vide this Office Memorandum. Assessment of Scientists from 01.01.2011 shallbe done accordingly.
3. The Ministries/Departments may bring the Scheme to the notice of concerned autonomous Organizations under their control for being placed before their respective Governing Bodies.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Health insurance scheme for govt employees on anvil

The government has formulated a scheme that will allow its employees to choose between a health insurance plan provided by an insurer or that from state-run Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS).
At present, the Central government employees are covered under the CHGS scheme, being operated by the health ministry.
"The scheme is already formulated...It will open the choice for government servants," G C Chaturvedi, Additional Secretary in the Finance Ministry told news agency.
The new scheme, which will be placed before the Union Cabinet for approval soon, will immediately benefit at least three lakh Central government employees, he said.
The new scheme, Chaturvedi said, will be more beneficial to the employees who are posted at places where there are no CGHS dispensaries or they are far away from the place of posting.
CGHS dispensaries and hospitals are located only in 26 places in the country.
"Those who are residing outside CGHS dispensaries areas will immediately opt for it... There are over three lakh employees which will immediately opt for it, others will take some time," Chaturvedi said.
The government had earlier appointed a inter-ministerial committee to work out a health insurance scheme to supplement the CGHS scheme to provide better coverage to its employees.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Govt cannot refuse NOC to employee on technical grounds: CAT

Government cannot refuse to give no objection certificate (NOC) to an employee on "vexatious technical grounds" if no public interest was involved, the Central Administrative Tribunal has said.
"Denial to grant NOC is not sustainable as it is not the case of Ministry of Defence that there is a shortage of officers and the applicant's departure would be greatly inconvenient...Neither public interest is pleaded nor could it be established," a bench of CAT, comprising Chairman V K Bali and Vice Chairman L K Joshi, said.
The tribunal passed the order on a plea filed by Satyam, Assistant Medical Officer working with the Ordnance Factory Hospital, which had rejected her application seeking permission to appear in an interview for the post of Insurance Medical Officer in Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC).
The Ministry had rejected Satyam's request on the ground that the last date of submission of application was over.
"The only claim of the Ministry is that the application was not submitted before the expiry of time for its submission to ESIC. This is merely a vexatious technical objection," the tribunal said.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Bank officers not to join tomorrow''s nation-wide stir

Banking operations are not likely to be totally affected by tomorrow''s strike called by central trade unions, as officers from the State Bank of India as also from other banks, will not join the strike.
"Bank officers will not join the general strike call given by central trade unions tomorrow," All India State Bank Officers'' Federation and All India Bank Officers'' Confederation General Secretary G D Nadaf said in a statement here.
The officers federation would, however, extend "fraternal support" to the striking workers, he said.
According to him, only two bank unions - the All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) and Bank Employees Federation of India (BEFI) - are participating in tomorrow''s strike.
Tomorrow''s strike has been called by central trade unions like INTUC, AITUC, CITU, HMS, HMKP, UTUC and various industry-wise federations covering banks, insurance, oil, coal, defence, civil aviation, Port Trusts, public sector companies, Central and State Government employees, taxis and auto rickshaws, anganwadi unions and domestic workers unions, among others.
The strike has been called to protest against price rise, massive job losses in the name of recession, violations of labour laws and disinvestment in public sector units, among others. .

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Government staff to go on strike on September 7

Government employees and workers affiliated to different unions and groups will go on a nation-wide strike on September 7 to protest against various issues related to vacancies, inflation, pay scales as per the Sixth Pay Commission, among others.

A statement released by the Confederation of the Central Government Employees and Workers, Pune, has said that all central government employees, defence employees, bank and insurance employees, zilla parishad workers will join the strike.

A statement released by the confederation on Friday demanded that privatisation be stopped, vacant seats in every government department be filled up, manpower crunch be dealt with, limit on the bonus package be removed, etc.

The All India Defence Employees Federation, the All India Railway Federation, the Indian National Trade Union Congress, the Centre of Trade Union, the Hind Mazdoor Sabha, the Bank Employees Federation of India, the Maharashtra State Electricity Works Federation, the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited employees union have also agreed in principle to join the strike.