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Friday, December 2, 2011

Lokpal Panel makes Group C employee out of its jurisdiction

After agreeing to inclusion of Group C government employees within the ambit of Lokpal, the standing committee on law and justice examining the bill recommended its exclusion from the proposed ombudsman's jurisdiction. The lokpal will have no control over Group C staff, who account for 60% of central government bureaucrats. Singhvi said, "It has been decided to bring Group C employees under the Ce....
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hometown LTC can be now converted into LTC to Northeast destinations.

The Union tourism ministry has renewed air travel concessions for central government employees to attract tourists to the Northeast. An official statement issued here today by the tourism ministry said the government has relaxed Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988, to enable the central government employees to travel by air to the Northeast. According to the proposal, grou....
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Home / Vehicle loans to be costlier / Pre-payment penalty to go / Subsidy up to 15L on home loans

With the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) hiking the repo rate by 25 basis points, the home loans and vehicle loans are set to attract higher interest rates. The measure was taken by RBI to counter rising prices. The impact of a 25 basis points increase on EMIs for home and auto loans will be Rs 16 per lakh. So if you take a loan for Rs 10 lakh for 15 years tenure at 11.5% interest you were paying an E....
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

SBT Staff Union calls for withdrawal of PFRDA Bill

The three-day national conference of the State Bank of Travancore Staff Union, which ended here on Monday, in a resolution urged the Union government to withdraw the Provident Fund Regulation and Development Authority (PFRDA) Bill-2011 for participatory pension scheme to government employees.It said if the Bill was passed, government employees who joined service after 2004 would not be eligible fo....
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Friday, October 7, 2011

Empanelment of Private Hospitals / Laboratories -Rates - CGHS Clarification

If CGHS rate is not available for any procedure / investigation / category (say super-specialty) in any CGHS covered city, the CGHS rate notified for such procedure / investigation / category for the nearest CGHS city or the rate notified under CGHS, Delhi, whichever is lower shall be applicable as CGHS rate for such procedure / investigation / category for that city.....
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Employees cannot refuse official accommodation to claim HRA : Mumbai HC

The HC has ruled that house rent allowance (HRA) is not a right. A division bench of Justice B P Dharmadhikari and Justice A P Bhangale ruled that a government employee not staying in the quarters despite its availability can be disentitled from claiming the special allowance. The Nagpur has surplus government accommodation. It is one of the few cities where the central government employee, w....
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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Know the EMI

Home loan, Car loan... Lot of loans to avail. Lot of advertising about the EMI rates. But how much have you understood about the EMI? - its equated monthly installment, EMI. So what is this EMI and how is it calculated?
What is an EMI?
The EMI stands for equated monthly installment, or the EMI, is the amount of money we have to pay month;y to the bank or the to the lender towards clearing the loan.
EMI payments are made every month, for the entire tenure of the loan, till the outstanding amount is completely repaid.
EMI break-up
The EMI that we pay are broken in compone…

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Dearness Allowance likely to be increased by 7%

AICPIN (All-India Average Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers) for the month of June has been announced and it stands atat 189. The Dearness allowance for Central Government employees and pensioners will be enhanced by 7% from July 2011. This makes the total DA ......


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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

New Pension Scheme for railway employees challenged

The new pension scheme introduced by the Union Government for railway employees has been challenged in the Madras Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal.

An employee of the southern railway and Dakshin Railway Employees Union (DREU) have challenged the scheme terming it unconstitutional and invalid.

According to the new scheme, employees appointed on or after 01.01.2004 in the Railways would be governed by the new pension scheme which would be governed by 'Pension Fund Regulatory Development Authority' which would function under the overall control of Ministry of Finance. According to the new scheme, 10% of Pay and DA of an employee would be deducted and an equal amount would be contributed by the central government. 

The entire pension scheme is being authorized through various executive orders, which cannot be done to govern the retirement benefits of government employees which has to be in tune with Articles 41 to 43 of the Constitution, alleges the application. The notifications issued by the government constituting PFRDA dated 10.10.2003 and 14.11.2008 are unconstitutional, as they have not been issued by the President of India and authenticated as required under Article 77 of the Constitution and the ordnance sanctioning this also lapsed in 2005, which renders the entire process without authority of law alleges DREU in its application.

The new pension scheme, which is mandatory to government employees curtails them from exercising any option said V. Daniel, a Helper in Southern Railway. According to the New Pension Scheme, any citizen of India can join the Scheme and they can choose their Fund Managers or opt for different schemes whereas no such option is available to government servants.

The application also raised serious apprehension over the way in which their funds are being exposed to market risk and they cite the risk clause in the offer document of the NPS which says that "there are no guarantee on investments and investments involve risks such as trading volumes, settlement risk, liquidity risk, default risk, including possible loss of principal'. The application also cited the statement of PFRDA Chairman that pension fund managers regulated by PFRDA are not giving minimum guarantee on returns in their products.

Besides seeking quashing of the notification and grant retiral benefits to all employees on par with those who joined prior to January 1994, the application sought an interim injunction against the notification and also to release family pension and gratuity to certain employees who died after the introduction of the new scheme.

The matter came up before the Madras Bench of the CAT comprising Members K. Elango and R. Satapathy. Counsel R. Vaigai advanced arguments on behalf of the DREU and highlighted how the funds of the employees are being entrusted with private players and are subjected to undue risks. She also apprised the Bench that the government as an employer cannot transfer its funds to a private player and expect him to discharge government's obligation. 

After hearing the arguments on behalf of the applicant and of the central government, the Bench ordered interim relief directing the railway authorities to offer gratuity and family pension to all employees who joined after January 2004 within four weeks from the date of application and posted the matter for June 1.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Meeting of National Anomaly Committee will be held on 15th Febraury 2011

The secretary general of Confedration of Central Government Employees Sri.K.K.N.Kutty has informed  in his blog that the meeting of National Anomaly Committee will be held on 15th Febraury 2011. Hence it is believed that many issues will be sorted out in this meeting itself since the expectation is very high over the out come of this meeting.

It is expected that the  issue of Granting one increment to the employees whose increment date falls between February to June in the year of 2006, as a one time measure will  be finalized in this meeting.

Anomaly in fixation of pay between direct recruits and  promotee  is also to be settled in this meeting

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Benefits for Employees in Kashmir extended

The Government have extended the special package for the employees posted in Kashmir by an year. Central government employees will continue to receive the additional benifits, like additional HRA and other assistance, for another year till December 31, 2011. The special package of concessions and incentives was earlier supposed to come to an end on December 31 last.
Under the package, these employees will get additional house rent allowance (HRA) and other concessions. They have an option to move their families to a place of their choice in India at government expense.
They will also get travelling allowances for the families allowed as admissible in permanent transfer, including transportation, payment for packing etc.
Besides, the department concerned will make arrangements for stay, security and transportation to place of work for the employees. The employees posted to the Kashmir Valley, who do not wish to move their families to a selected place of residence, will get a daily allowance of Rs 101 for each day of attendance. This will be in addition to the transport allowance, which the employee is otherwise eligible for. Messing allowance to be paid to the employees at a uniform rate of Rs 151 daily by all departments, or in lieu messing arrangements to be made by the departments themselves.
The slightly higher rate of allowances adopted by the Department of Telecom and Posts will be continued as a special case by the Department of Personnel in consultation with the Ministry of Finance.
The employees migrated from the Valley are accommodated to the extent possible in the available vacancies under the respective ministries or departments in offices located outside but adjacent in the national capital.
Pensioners of the Valley, who are unable to draw their monthly pensions through either public sector banks or treasuries from which they were receiving their pensions, would be given pensions outside the Valley where they have settled, in relaxation of relevant provisions.
The package of concessions or facilities will be admissible in the Valley comprising of six districts -- Anantnag, Baramulla, Budgam, Kupwara, Pulwama and Srinagar.
The benefit of additional HRA under the package shall be admissible to all Central government employees posted to the Valley irrespective of whether they are natives of Kashmir Valley and if they choose to move their families anywhere in India, subject to the conditions governing the grant of these allowances.
The facilities of messing allowance and per day allowance will also be allowed to natives of Kashmir Valley.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Yashwant Sonawane

We salute Additional District Collector Yashwant Sonawane who laid his life while on duty during raids to uncover illegal hoarding of kerosene and petrol.