Friday, October 31, 2014

Expected DA from Jan 2015 – AICPIN for the month of September 2014

Expected DA from Jan 2015 – AICPIN for the month of September 2014

No.5/1/2014- CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU
‘CLEREMONT’, SHIMLA-171004:
Dated the 31st October, 2014
Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) – September, 2014

The All-India CPI-IW for September, 2014 remained stationary at 253 (two hundred and fifty three). On 1-month percentage change, it remained stalic between August, 2014 and September, 2014 when compared with the rise of 0.42 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest downward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (-) I .04 percentage points to the Lotal change. At item level, Fish Fresh, Poultry (Chicken). Chitlies Green. Ginger. Onion, Tomato, Brinal. French Beans. Lady’s Finger. Apple, Sugar, Medicine (Allopathie). Petrol. etc. are responsible for the decrease in index. However, this decrease was restricted to sore extent by Rice, Wheat Atta, Arhar Dal, Potato, Cauliflower. Tea (Readymade), Snack Saltish, Bidi, Cigarette, Electricity Charges, Cinema Charges, Toilet Soap. Tailoring charges. etc.. putting upward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-1W stood at 6.30 per cent tbr September, 2014 as compared to 6.75 per cent for the previous month and 10.70 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 6.46 per cent against 7.63 per cent ot’ the previous month and 13.36 per cent during the corresponding month of the pre ious year.

At centre level, Goa reported a decrease of 10 points followed by Nagpur (5 points). Among others, 4 points fall was observed in 6 centres. 3 points in 4 centres. 2 points in 9 centres and 1 point in 19 centres. On the contrary, Tripura recorded the maximum increase of 6 points followed by Lucknow & Jalpaiguri (4 points each) and Rourkela & Rangapara-Tezpur (3 points each). Among others, 2 points rise was registered in 8 centres and 1 point in 12 centres. Rest of the 13 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 37 centres are above and other 41 centres’ indices are below national average.

The next index of CPI-1W fut the month of October, 2014 will be released on Friday, 28 November. 2014.
The sanie will also be available on the office website www.labourbureau.gov.in
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(S.S.NEGI)
Director
Source: Labour Bureau

Inclusion of “Third Gender” as a category in the forms for the purpose of admission to educational institutions and other related records —reg.

Inclusion of “Third Gender” as a category in the forms for the purpose of admission to educational institutions and other related records —reg.

KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN (HQ)
18, Institutional Area, S.J. Marg, New Delhi-110016.
Tel.: 26858570 Fax 26514179
Website: www.lcusangathan.nic.in

F.No. 110331/01/2014/KVS(HQ)/Acad
Dated:28.10.2014
The Deputy Commissioner,
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan,
All Regional Offices and ZIETs.

Sub: Inclusion of “Third Gender” as a category in the forms for the purpose of admission to educational institutions and other related records —reg.
Madam/Sir,

In terms of Hon’ble Supreme Court in its judgement in writ petition (Civil) No. of 2013 National Legal Services Authority Ws Union of India and others delivered on 15/04/2014 declared in para-129.
1. Hijras, Eunuchs, apart from binary gender, be treated as “third gender” for the purpose of safeguarding their rights under Part III of our Constitution and the laws made by the Parliament and the State legislature.

2. Transgender persons’ right to decide their self-identified gender is also upheld and the Centre and State Governments are directed to grant legal recognition of their gender identity such as male, female or as third gender.

3. Directed Centre and State Governments to take steps to treat them as socially and educationally backward classes of citizens and extend all kinds of reservations in case of admission in educational institution and public appointments.

You are requested to disseminate the same to all the schools under your jurisdiction for inclusion of “Third Gender” in all forms/applications for the purpose of admission to Kendriya Vidyalayas w.e.f ensuing academic session 2015-16 where ever gender classification is envisaged.

This is for information and necessary action at your end.
Yours faithfully,
(Dr. V. Vijaylakshmi)
Joint Commissioner(Acad.)
Source: http://kvsangathan.nic.in/CircularsDocs/CIR-ACAD-30-10-14.PDF

JCM STAFF SIDE UNITY SHOULD BE FOR STRUGGLE

EDITORIAL POSTAL CRUSADER NOVEMBER-2014
JCM STAFF SIDE UNITY SHOULD BE FOR STRUGGLE

History of Central Government Employees reveals that Government has taken undue advantage to deny the justified demands of the Central Government Employees, whenever there was disunity among the JCM staff side organizations. On the contrary, whenever staffside stood solidly united the Government was compelled to concede the legitimate justifys of the employees to a great extent.

After Fifth Pay Commission recommendations, the JCM National council staffside submitted to Government a common charter of demands for modifications of the recommendations of the Pay Commission, which included upward revision of fitment formula and removal of certain glaring anomalies. When Government refused to concede it , notice for indefinite strike was given and finally the Government had to appoint a high-power Group of Ministers Committee under the chairmanship of then Home Minister Shri.Indrajith Gupta and negotiated with the staffside. In the negotiations also the staffside took a united uncompromising stand which ultimately resulted in Government accepting the demand for 40% fitment formula and some other important demands.

Unfortunately, when the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations were submitted to Government, the JCM National Council Staffside miserably failed to take such a firm and united stand and no serious agitational programme was conducted demanding modification of the retrograde recommendations. Instead the dominant leadership of JCM staffside took a compromising stand and depended only on negotiated settlement , without mobilizing the entire rank and file membership behind the demands. Ultimately Government took advantage of this weakness of the leadership and unilaterally announced the implementation of the 6th CPC recommendations, without conceding majority of the genuine demands raised by the staffside during negotiations. Faulty formula adopted for calculation of Need Based Minimum Wage , glaring disparity in fitment and fixation formula between lower level officials and Group- A officers, unscientific pay band and grade pay system and serious anomalies arising out of it , MACP anomalies everything remained as such which could not be settled even after seven years.

Again , when the Government announced the New Contributory Pension Scheme with effect from 01.01.2004 for the new entrants in Central Government Services without any consultation with the JCM National Council Staffside, the dominant leadership of the JCM staffside did not protest and kept silent. This has emboldened the Government to go ahead with the implementation of the neo-liberal pension reforms.
Had the entire JCM Staffside including Railways, Defence and Confederation taken a united stand to oppose the New Pension Scheme and given call for serious agitational programmes including indefinite strike the Government would not have dared to implement the NPS. Of course , Confederation of Central Government Employees and workers opposed the New Pension Scheme and has gone to the extent of conducting one day strike. JCM leadership raised the demand for roll-back of NPS after a very long time and by that time Government succeeded in fully implementing the scheme.

Confederation of Central Government Employees and workers has always stood for unity among the Central Government Employees .When confederation submitted a 15 point charter to the UPA Government in 2011 demanding appointment of 7 th CPC , 5 year wage revision , Merger of 50% DA, Inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks under 7th CPC etc, the other major organizations in the JCM were not ready to raise the demands in 2011. Finally confederation was forced to go it alone and conducted series of agitational programmes including Parliament March, one day strike and two days strike. Of course, the lonely struggle conducted by confederation represented the mood of the entirety of Central Government Employees and ultimately the Government was compelled to announce constitution of 7th CPC in the month of September 2013.

Now NDA Government which came to power after General Election has rejected all the main demands of the Central Government Employees which includes merger of DA , Interim Relief , Date of effect from 01.01.2014 , inclusion of GDS in the terms of reference of 7th CPC ,scrapping of New Pension Scheme etc. Further Government declared 100% FDI in Railways and Defence. Public Private Partnership in Railways was also announced in Railway budget. More than five lakhs posts are lying vacant in various Departments out of which about 2.5 lakhs vacancies are in Railways alone. The UPA Government has unilaterally announced the terms of reference of the 7th CPC rejecting the draft proposal submitted by JCM staffside. The memorandum submitted by JCM staffside to the NDA Government for grant of merger of DA and Interim Relief also was totally neglected. The JCM Staffside leadership could not do anything and the employees are suffering. In fact the JCM staffside has become a laughing stock among the employees and its credibility in the eyes of the employees has eroded like anything.

It is in this background , eventhough belatedly , the JCM National Council Staffside has decided to organize a National Convention at New Delhi on 11th December 2014 , to discuss and finalise its strategy to combat the above humiliation meted out by the Government . Better late than never. The decision is well received by the entire Central Government Employees and they are eagerly waiting for the outcome of the convention.
NFPE firmly believes that if the present unity among the JCM staffside organizations is not channelized for building up united struggle including indefinite strike of entire Central Government Employees the National Convention will become a futile exercise and an eye-wash to cool down the growing discontentment among the employees. This shall not happen. We firmly believe in the slogan raised by our late legendary leader Com K.G.Bose- i.e “UNITY FOR STRUGGLE AND STRUGGLE FOR UNITY”. Such a stand alone can restore the lost glory of the fighting potential of the Central Government Employees and also shall regain the lost faith of employees in the JCM staffside leadership. We cannot be a party to any compromise on the genuine and justified demands of the workers. Let us hope that the JCM staffside leadership shall rise up to the occasion.

Source: National Federation of Postal Employees
[http://nfpe.blogspot.in/2014/10/editorial-postal-crusadernovember-2014.html]

Expenditure Management – Economy Measures and Rationalisation of Expenditure Dated 29th October, 2014

Expenditure Management – Economy Measures and Rationalisation of Expenditure Dated 29th October, 2014:-
No.7(1)/E.Coord.l2014
Government of India
Ministry of Finance Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi, October, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Expenditure Management – Economy Measures and Rationalisation of Expenditure.

Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure has been ‘” issuing austerity instructions from time to time with a view to containing non-developmental expenditure and releasing of additional resources for priority schemes. The last set of instructions was issued on is” September 2013 after passing of the Union Budget. Such measures are intended at promoting fiscal discipline, without restricting the operational efficiency of the Government. In the context of the current fiscal situation, there is a need to continue to rationalise expenditure and optimize available resources. With this objective, the following measures for fiscal prudence and economy will come into immediate effect:-

2.1 Cut in Non-Plan expenditure:
For the year 2014-15, every Ministry / Department shall effect a mandatory 10% cut in non-Plan expenditure excluding interest payment, repayment of debt, Defence capital, salaries, pension and Finance Commission grants to the States. No re-appropriation of funds to augment the Non-Plan heads of expenditure on which cuts have been imposed shall be allowed during the current fiscal year.

2.2 Seminars and Conferences:
(i) Utmost economy shall be observed in organizing conferences/ Seminars/workshops. Only such conferences, workshops, seminars, etc. which are absolutely essential, should be held wherein also a 10% cut on budgetary allocations (whether Plan or Non-Plan) shall be effected.
(ii) Holding of exhibitions/fairs/seminars/conferences abroad is strongly discouraged except in the case of exhibitions for trade promotion.
(iii) There will be a ban on holding of meetings and conferences at five star hotels except in case of bilateral/multilateral official engagements to be held at the level of Minister-in-Charge or Administrative Secretary, with foreign Governments or international bodies of which India is a Member. The Administrative Secretaries are advised to exercise utmost discretion in holding such meetings in 5-Star hotels keeping in mind the need to observe utmost economy in expenditure.

2.3 Purchase of vehicles:
Purchase of new vehicles to meet the operational requirement of Defence Forces, Central Paramilitary Forces & security related organizations are permitted. Ban on purchase of other vehicles (including staff cars) will continue except against condemnation.

2.4 Domestic and International Travel:
(i) Travel expenditure {both Domestic Travel Expenses (DTE) and Foreign Travel Expenses(FTE)} should be regulated so as to ensure that each Ministry remains within the allocated budget for the same after taking into account the mandatory 10% cut under DTE/FTE (Plan as well as Non-Plan). Re-appropriation! augmentation proposals on this account would not be approved.
(ii)While officers are entitled to vanous classes of air travel depending on seniority, utmost economy would need to be observed while exercising the choice keeping the limitations of budget in mind. However, there would be no bookings in First Class.”
(iii) Facility of Video Conferencing may be used effectively. All extant instructions on foreign travel may be scrupulously followed.
(iv) In all cases of air travel the lowest air fare tickets available for entitled class are to be purchased! procured. No companion free ticket on domestic/ international travel is to be availed of.

Creation of Posts
(i) There will be a ban on creation of Plan and Non-Plan posts.
(ii) Posts that have remained vacant for more than a year are not to be revived except under very rare and unavoidable circumstances and after seeking clearance of Department of Expenditure.

3. Observance of discipline in fiscal transfers to States, Public Sector Undertakings and Autonomous Bodies at Central/ State/Local level:

3.1 Release of Grant-in-aid shall be strictly as per provisions contained in GFRs and in Department of Expenditure’s OM No.7(1)/E.Coord/2012 dated 14.ll.2012.

3.2 Ministries/Departments shall not transfer funds under any Plan schemes in relaxation of conditions attached to such transfers (such as matching funding).

3.3 The State Governments are required to furnish monthly returns of Plan expenditure – Central, Centrally Sponsored or State Plan – to respective Ministries/Departments along with a report on amounts ouistanding in their Public Account in respect of Central and Centrally Sponsored Schemes. This requirement may be scrupulously enforced.

3.4 The Chief Controller of Accounts must ensure compliance with the above as part ofpre-payment scrutiny.

4. Balanced Pace of Expenditure:
4.1 As per extant instructions, not more than one-third (33%) of the Budget Estimates may be spent in the last quarter of the financial year. Besides, the stipulation that during the month of March the expenditure should be limited to 15% of the Budget Estimates is reiterated. It may be emphasized here that the restriction of 33% and 15% expenditure ceiling is to be enforced both scheme-wise as well as for the Demands for Grant as a whole, subject to RE ceilings. Ministries/ Departments which are covered by the Monthly Expenditure Plan (MEP) may ensure that the MEP is followed strictly.
The State Governments are required to furnish monthly returns of Plan expenditure – Central, Centrally Sponsored or State Plan – to respective Ministries/Departments along with a report on amounts outstanding in their Public Account in respect of Central and Centrally Sponsored Schemes. This requirement may be scrupulously enforced.

4.2 It is also considered desirable that in the last month of the year payments may be made- only for the goods and services actually procured and for reimbursement of expenditure already incurred. Hence, no amount should be released in advance (in the last month) with the exception of the following:

(i) Advance payments to contractors under terms of duly executed contracts so that Government would not renege on its legal or contractual obligations.

(ii) Any loans or advances to Government servants etc. or private individuals as a measure of relief and rehabilitation as per service conditions or on compassionate grounds.

(iii) Any other exceptional case with the approval of the Financial Advisor. However, a list of such cases may be sent by the FA to the Department of Expenditure by so” April of the following year for information.
4.3 Rush of expenditure on procurement should be avoided during the last quarter of the fiscal year and in particular the last month of the year so as to ensure that all procedures are complied with and there is no infructuous or wasteful expenditure. FAs are advised to specially monitor this aspect during their reviews.

5. No fresh financial commitments should be made on items which are not provided for in the budget approved by the Parliament.

6. These instructions would also be applicable to autonomous bodies funded by Government of India.

7. Compliance
Secretaries of the Ministries / Departments, being the Chief Accounting Authorities as per Rule 64 of GFR, shall be fully charged with the responsibility of ensuring compliance of the measures outlined above. Financial Advisors shall assist the respective Departments in securing compliance with these measures and also submit an overall report to the Minister-in-Charge and to the Ministry of Finance on a quarterly basis regarding various actions taken on these measures / guidelines.
(Ratan P.Watal)
Secretary(Expenditure)
Source: www.finmin.nic.in
[http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/notification/emre/Austerityinstructions2014.pdf]

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Extension of validity of empanelment of All Health Care Organizations empanelled under CGHS cities outside Delhi/NCR

 Extension of validity of empanelment of All Health Care Organizations empanelled under CGHS cities outside Delhi/NCR upto 16th November, 2014: CGHS Order

F.No: S.11045/36/2012/CGHS (HEC) (Pt.)
Government of India
Directorate General Of Central Govt. Health Scheme

Maulana Azad Road, Nirman Bhawan
New Delhi 110108, dated the 30th October, 2014
OFFICE ORDER

    Subject: Regarding extension of validity of empanelment of All Health Care Organizations empanelled under CGHS cities outside Delhi/NCR.


Attention is drawn to the Office Memorandum issued earlier extending validity of empanelment of all health care organizations under CGHS outside Delhi/NCR till 31st October, 2014.


2. It has now been decided to extend the validity of empanelment of all health care organizations already empanelled under CGHS outside DeIhi/NCR, for a further period of 16 days ie. till 16th November, 2014 or till finalization of next empanelment process city-wise. whichever is earlier on same terms and conditions as defined in OM by which they were empanelled earlier.
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[Dr. (Mrs.) Sharda Verma]
Director (CGHS)

Source: CGHS
[http://msotransparent.nic.in/writereaddata/cghsdata/mainlinkfile/File803.pdf]

Policy guidelines for Extension of tenure of Board level Incumbents where vigilance clearance is not available

Policy guidelines for Extension of tenure of Board level Incumbents where vigilance clearance is not available: DoPT's instructions


No.17(9)EO/2014-ACC
Government of India
Secretariat of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet
Department of Personnel & Training
Office of the Establishment Officer
North, Block, New Delhi
Dated : 30.10.2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Policy guidelines for Extension of tenure of Board level Incumbents where vigilance clearance is not available.


As per extant policy, in case the initial term of 05 years of a Board-level appointee come to an end prior to his/her date of superannuation, extension of his/her tenure upto the date of superannuation is considered with the approval of the ACC subject to his/her being free from vigilance angle and meeting the prescribed performance parameters. In terms of existing instructions, services of any Board-level appointee cannot be terminated on completion of his Initial term, if he/she is due for extension, without specific orders of the ACC. There are many cases, however, where vigilance clearance Is not given in time by CVC/concerned administrative Ministry/Department due to complaints/inquiries pending against the concerned officer.
2. The issue of extension of tenure of Board level incumbents has been examined and with the approval of the ACC, It has been decided to henceforth follow the following procedure In this regard :-

(I) As in the case of fresh appointments, in line with CVC’s instructions dated 31.08.2004, no cognizance should be taken of any complaint which Is received within 06 months prior to the terminal date of the approved tenure of Board-level appointees. This is Imperative as it has been frequently observed that there is a spate of allegations and complaints against Board-level officials whose cases become due for extension of tenure.

(II) The Department should take a conscious decision on whether to extend the term of a Board-level appointee at least one year In advance of the completion of his initial term so that adequate time Is available for the Department to obtain CVC clearance.

(III) Taking into account the vigilance status as on the date six months before the terminal date of initial appointment, the CVC may give its clearance within two months of receiving the reference in this regard from the Administrative Ministry, This limit of two months will Include time taken for back references, CBI references/inquiries, etc.

(IV) Even though complaints received after the cut-off date shall have no bearing upon the process of extension of tenure and would not prejudice the same, such complaints shall be dealt with as per the
normal procedure. Disregarding such complaints received after the cutoff date at the time of deciding upon extension of tenure may not be of any serious consequence as the appointment can always be terminated at a later date if the charges are substantiated on the basis of an inquiry.

(V) (a) In respect of the cases where CVC clearance has been delayed beyond the prescribed timelines, merely on account of procedural reasons, and where there is no denial of vigilance clearance, the case of extension could be processed without waiting any further,

(b) In respect of the cases where CVC clearance is awaited, and there are cases/complaints pending against the officer, the Ministry shell submit to ACC, a proposal for extension of tenure, at least two months prior to the officer’s approved tenure with:

(i) all available information in respect of the complaint;
(ii) material received from/sent to CVC, including enquiry report, if any, of the CVO of the Ministry;
(iii) the comments of the Ministry thereon.

3. All the Ministries/Departments are requested to strictly adhere to the time-line and procedural guidelines stipulated above for processing the proposals for extension of tenure of Board level appointees.
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(Anand Madhukar)
Director (ACC)

Source : www.persmin.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02eod/17_9_EO_2014_ACC.pdf]

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