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Monday, February 23, 2015

EPFO planning medical benefits for its pensioners via ESIC

EPFO is planning to provide medical benefits under its pension scheme through the Employees' State Insurance Corporation, a move which would immediately benefit around 46 lakh pensioners. ..........

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Income Tax Expectations: Here's What India Wants

A survey carried out by industry body Assocham has found that a majority of salaried employees want Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to increase the income tax exemption in the forthcoming Budget. ......

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Govt may make LTC yearly, covering hotel expences

In order to give boost to the tourism sector, the Budget for 2015-16 is likely to expand the scope of LTA and LTC by including hotel and other expenses besides travel for the purpose of tax benefit. ............

Govt. may reintroduce direct recruitment of LDC

The government of India is mulling reintroduction of direct recruitment in the lower division clerk (LDC) grade, as recommended by the third committee on cadre restructuring of the Central Secretariat Service (CSS).  ....
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DoPT issues OM for granting MACP benefits in time

This Department on the recommendation of Sixth Central Pay Commission in Para 6.1.15 of its report and in supersession of previous Assured Career Progression Scheme, videO.M. No. 35034/3/2008-Estt.(D) dated 19.05.2009 introduced the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for the Central Government Civilian Employees ......

SC limits suspension of govt employees

A government employee can't be kept suspended for more than three months if not formally informed about the charges, the Supreme Court said Monday. ...

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Railway constitutes committee for formulation of new PLB formula

Ministry of Railways have constituted a Committee of Additional Members vide Board’s Letter No.ERB-I/2014/23/15 dt.21.3.2014 for evolving a new formula for productivity Linked Bonus on Indian Railways Keeping in view the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission and the views of the Ministry of Finance. ......
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Budget '15 : IT slabs can be rejigged, chances for limit hike & 10% upto 10 lakhs - Global consultancy EY

Amarpal S. Chadha of Global consultancy EY said that the firm believes there is room for Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to raise the basic income tax exemption limit in his first full-year Budget presentation on February 28.......

Inflation dips into negative at -0.39%

January wholesale price index inflation drops to negative 0.39 percent from 0.11 percent in December. Food articles index was down 0.6 percent (M-o-M) while Fuel & Power group index was down 2.5 percent (M-o-M). ......

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EPFO Pension Scheme - proposal to hike age limit

The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation's trustees in a meeting on Thursday will consider a proposal to raise the age limit from 58 to 60 years for vesting of pension under the Employees' Pension Scheme (EPS-95). ........

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

NMC demands hike in income tax exemption limit to Rs 5 lakh.

"We urged Union Finance Minister to raise the Income Tax exemption limit to Rs five lakh," National Mazdoor Conference (NMC) President Subash Shastri said.  .......
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Proposal to cut EPFO representation dropped

The labour ministry has retracted a proposal to reduce trade union and industry representation in the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), a move that some believe highlights an attempt to “listen to people’s voice” following the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s rout in the Delhi assembly election. .......
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Promotion of UDCs of CSCS to the Assistant’s Grade of CSS on Ad-hoc basis

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Departments O.M. No. No.1211/2011-CS.I( (B) dated 27th January 2015 wherein a list of 1552 officials was circulated. Compliance report was also sought from the cadre units with regard to their inclusion .......
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OROP : Improvement in Pension of JCO/OR retired/discharged/invalided before 1.1.2006

Implementation of Government decision on the recommendations of the Committee of Secretaries 2012 on the issues related to Defence Service Personnel and Ex-Servicemen - Improvement in Pension of JCO/OR retired / discharged /invalided out of service prior to 1.1.2006. ......

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NFIR appeals for joining in the All India Satyagraha on February 26

NFIR has appealed to all affiliated Unions to participate in joint action including sectoral struggle and Satyagraha on 26th February, 2015. The affiliates may interact with INTUC leaders and cadre  ......
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

BJP defeat - Is employee wrath one of the reason?

The BJP seems to have invited the wrath of central government employees living in the national capital with some of its non-populist measures.  The forceful implementation of the in and out timings .......
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RBI Governor pushes for raising IT savings limit beyond 1.5 lakh

Days ahead of the Budget, Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan today pitched for increasing the tax exemption limit on financial investments by individuals from Rs 1.5 lakh a year. ......
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BSNL pensioners assn demands 7th CPC from January 2014

The All India BSNL Pensioners Welfare Association urged the Centre to implement the Seventh Pay Commission report with effect from January 1, 2014. .........

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

MHA proposes to 7th CPC for pay on par with Army for the CAPF

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has proposed to the Seventh Pay Commission a  special pay and better leave structure for the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) who are deployed for counter-insurgency operations across the country.  This move if accepted,  will benefit over nine lakh paramilitary personnel. On average a constable will get ........
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Conduct rules amendment - Prevention of sexual harassment at workplace

Following the promulgation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 [SHWW(PPR) Act] and notification of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Rules, 2013 [SHWW(PPR) Rules] on 09.12.2013., the Government has recently, on 19.11.2014, notified the amendments to Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules 1964 and Classification, Control and Appeal Rules, 1965.  ....
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‘One rank, one pension’ proposal this week : Defence Minnister

As retried veterans of the armed forces converge on the national capital to protest non-implementation of the “one rank-one pension” (OROP) scheme on Sunday, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said the modalities will be finalised by next week and the file .....
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Move to replace CGHS with insurance-based scheme

The health ministry has moved a proposal for ending the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) in its current form and moving to an insurance-based scheme — the Central Government Employees and Pensioners Health Insurance Scheme (CGEPHIS) — in an apparent attempt to cut costs. ......
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Performance is the mantra. Govt. shifts non-performing secretaries

The Narendra Modi government on Saturday effected another bureaucratic reshuffle, transferring six secretaries.

Among the officials shifted were Urban Development Secretary Shankar Agarwal and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Secretary Anita Agnihotri. .......

CPI-IW for December' 14 announced. Unchanged since Aug. 113% DA from January 2013

The All-India CPI-IW (AI CPI-IW) for the month of December has been released by the Labour Bureau, Government of India. The index remained unchanged for the fifth consecutive month since August and remains ....
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Interim relief and DA merger refused, assures 7th CPC implementation in time

Government would have to bear burden of Rs. 10000 crore rupees in case deaness allowance of central government employees is merged and till the implementation of seventh pay commission report government will neither give interim relief nor merge dearness allowance in basic pay for central government employees.  .......
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AIRF publishes brief on meeting with Railway Minister

I also expressed my fear that, by taking lot of money, there will be over-capitalization, and since we do not have commercial viable projects, it will be difficult to pay back the liabilities to the investors. Though Hon’ble MR has assured that there will not be any privatization in the Railways, he was still of the view that, for expansion of the railway network, money is  .........
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More than 300 FCI labours earns more than 4 lakh a month - double the salary of MD

Owing to an incentive system and the widely used proxy labour, lowly workers in the Food Corporation of India (FCI) are earning a handsome salary of up to Rs 4 lakh a month, more than double the pay its chairman-cum-managing director is getting. .....

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Central Government Offices in Delhi to remain closed on February 7

The undersigned is directed to say that in connection with the general election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, to be held on 7“I February, 2015, the following guidelines, already issued by DOPT vide OM No. 12/ 14/99-JCA dated 1oth October 2001, have to be followed for closing of the Central Government Offices including Industrial ........
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Punjab and Haryana HC rules favoring reducing retirement age



The Punjab and Haryana High Court today ruled that the decision to enhance the employees’ retirement age from 58 to 60 by the previous Congress government led by Bhupinder Singh Hooda was an attempt to garner votes just before the Assembly elections; and was not an honest decision. ...

DoPT publishes guidelines for educational qualifications and experience for recruitment

Department of Personnel & Training vide 0M. No. AB. 14017/48/2010- Estt (RR) dated 31st December, 2010 have issued Guidelines on framing/amendment/relaxation of Recruitment Rules and Service Rules. .....