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Monday, August 31, 2015

Employment News



  1.  Bhilai Steel Plant, SAIL
    Name of Post – Attendant cum Technician (Trainee), Operator Cum Technician (Trainee & Boiler Operation). 
    No. of Vacancies – 482
    Last Date – 09.09.2015
  2. National Institute of Solar Energy, Gurgaon. Name of Posts –Deputy Director General, Director, etc.
    No. of Vacancies - 40
    Last Date – Within Six Weeks
  3. National Highways Authority of India.Name of Posts – Deputy General Manager (Tech).
    No. of Vacancies – 35
    Date- 28.09.2015
  4. Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, Secunderabad. Name of Posts – LDC and Store Keeper.
    No. of Vacancies –29
    Last Date – -Within 30 days
  5. Nehru University, New Delhi. Name of Post –Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor.
    No. of Vacancies -20
    Last Date: – Within one month
  6. National Building Construction Corporation Limited, New Delhi. Name of Post –Jr. Engineer (Civil) and Jr. Hindi Translator.
    No. of Vacancies –21
    Last Date – 09.10.2015
Source : http://employmentnews.gov.in/

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE 2016)

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE 2016) Examination Notification


Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE 2016) Examination Notification Out : Indian Institute of Science (IISC) Organizing Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE 2016) Examination scheduled to be held between 30th January 2016 and 7th February 2016 (Only Saturdays and Sundays). The Online Registration start from 1st September 2015 and the Registration close on1st October 2015.

GATE 2016 exam for Admission to Postgraduate Courses (Master's and Doctoral) with MHRD and other Government Scholarships/Assistantships in Engineering/Technology/Architecture / Science are open to those who qualify in GATE. The GATE Score also valid for some Government Public Sector Units (PSU) Recruitment.

Educational Qualifications:
(A) Bachelor's degree holders in Engineering/ Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after Diploma in Engineering/Technology) and those who are in the final year of such programs.
(B) Bachelor's degree holders of Architecture (Five years course) and those who are in the final year of such programs
(C) Bachelor's degree holders of Four-year program in Science (B.S.) and those who are in the final year of such programs.
(D) Master's degree holders in any branch of Science / Mathematics / Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in the final year of such programs.
(E) Holders of Four-year Integrated Master's degree (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/ Technology and those in the second or higher year of such programs.
(F) Holders of Five-year Integrated Master's degree or Dual Degree in Engineering / Technology and those in the fourth or higher year of such programs.
(G) Holders of Five-year integrated M.Sc. or Five year integrated B.Sc./M.Sc. degree and those in the final year of such programs.
(H) Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognized by UPSC/AICTE as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech. Those who have completed section A of AMIE or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.

GATE 2016 Exam: The Examinations for all the papers will be conducted as Computer Based Tests only. The Date of exam Between 30th January 2016 and 7th February 2016 (On Saturdays and Sundays). The exact schedule will be given on the GATE 2016 website.

ValidityThe GATE 2016 Score will be valid for 03 Years Only from the date of announcement of Reults (from 19th March 2016).

Application Fee: ₹ 750/- for the SC / ST / PwD category candidates; ₹ 750 for women candidates; ₹ 1500 for all other candidates. The application fee has to be paid only online either through e-challan or through net banking.

How To Apply: All candidates must apply Online from 01/09/2015 (Tuesday) to 01/10/2015 (Thursday).

Important Dates:
Online Application Starting Date : September 1, 2015 (Tuesday)
Last Date for Submission of Online Application through Website : October 1, 2015 (Thursday)
Last Date for Request for Change in the Choice of Examination City via GOAPS login :      November 20, 2015 (Friday)
Availability of Admit Card : December 17, 2015 (Thursday)
Online Examination (Forenoon: 9.00 AM to 12.00 Noon, Afternoon: 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM) : January 30 to February 07, 2016 (On Saturdays and Sundays only)
Announcement of Results : March 19, 2016 (Saturday)

Anti-Corruption Branch probing Government Employees’ LTC scam

Anti-Corruption Branch probing govt. employees’ LTC scam


The Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) is investigating an alleged scam related to the purported manipulation of official procedures, large scale forgery of documents and the inflation of financial figures pertaining to travel allowances granted to government employees on a routine basis.


Dubbed the Leave Travel Concession (LTC) scam by a whistle-blower, who happens to be a government employee himself, the alleged swindle is feared to have been in motion across the country for several decades and is understood to have been kept under wraps by government officials in collusion with dubious travel agents.

According to the complaint, the scam entails the purchase of cheap air tickets from government-run carrier Air India by travel agents well in advance of a trip, enticing government employees with packages including hotel accommodation and sightseeing at probable tourist destinations across India and making his or her parent department pay for both travel and accommodation expenses with the help of forged air tickets. Government employees are entitled only to the first, not the second.

“Government employees – both at the Centre and State levels – are entitled to LTC-80 and LTC allowances every two to three years; LTC-80 tickets, if procured directly from Air India, are relatively more expensive than fixed normal tickets because they are valid for a year,” the whistle-blower, whose identity is being withheld deliberately, stated in his complaint.

“That is where the agents come in. They entice government employees not to buy their tickets directly from the carrier, but settle for the tickets that they have already procured in advance, usually in electronic format, in lieu of which the agent provides freebies such as accommodation, and other add-ons which the employee should ideally pay instead of the tax payer or the exchequer,” the complainant further stated.
 
What follows, according to the complainant, is the manipulation of the price of the air ticket – which is refundable to the government employee under LTC by his or her parent department – to include both the travelling and accommodation expenditure incurred with the help of basic editing software over a computer.

The amount so arrived at, the complainant said, is more or less similar to the amount that would have been generated in the course of purchasing bona fide travel tickets under the LTC or LTC-80 schemes.

An ACB source said the department had written to several public sector undertakings and government units requesting them to get the travel bills claimed by their employees verified from Air India.

An Air India source confirmed the carrier had received several such requests from government departments seeking details about the veracity of the ticket fares claimed by their employees over the last three months.

Source : The Hindu

Indian Railways begins online Recruitment Examination

Indian Railways begins On-Line Recruitment Examination



Taking a new leap forward, Railway Recruitment Board are organizing Pan-India On-line (Computer Based) recruitment examination, for the first time, for 3273 vacancies of Senior Section Engineers and Junior Engineers from 26th August to 4th September, 2015. Applications for this examination were also called Online. Around 18 lakh candidates have applied for this mega On-line (Computer Based) examination. Sharp increase in vacancy to candidate ratio indicates wide popularity and acceptance of On-line mode. 

This new format is expected to enhance objectivity, transparency and credibility of Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) exams significantly. This examination is being conducted in 242 cities all over India including far off locations in North East and J&K. 

The on-line system is very user friendly and fool-proof, taking care of all the checks and balances. The system allows the candidate to navigate from one question to another with utmost ease and can also be read/attempted in the respective regional languages.

File your Income Tax Returns today (31.08.2015)

Today is last date ( 31/08/2015 ) for Income Tax return submission



        ​​​Due date for filing returns of income-tax and wealth tax for the assessment year 2015-16 for all assessees other than - (a) Company; or (b) A person other than company whose books of account are required to be audited; or (c) A working partner of a firm whose accounts are required to be audited; or (d) Assessee who is required to furnish a report under section 92E​.

Website Link for Online efilling : https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/

Strike on 2nd Sep, 2015



Strike on 2nd Sep, 2015: Govt assured on Bonus enhancement, Wages formula and Union agreed to reconsider the proposed strike:

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
27-August-2015 21:05 IST

Inter Ministerial Committee Holds Wider Consultations with Trade Unions on Charter of Demands Appeals to Reconsider Proposed Call for Strike in View of Discussions

The Second meeting of Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) continued discussion on 12 Demands Charter of Trade Unions for the second day here today in continuation of discussions held yesterday. The Committee comprises Shri Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister, Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, MoS(IC) Labour and Employment, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, MOS(IC) Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Jitendra Singh, MoS DOPT, and Shri Piyush Goel, MoS (IC),Power. During the discussions Trade Unions expressed concern and asked for clarifications on their demands. Addressing their concerns and expectations, the Finance Minister explained policies on which the Government is working and assured that the Government is committed to welfare of labour. Underlining the importance of role of Trade Unions, Shri Jaitely assured the Central Trade Unions that all labour laws reforms will be done with due discussions and tripartite consultations.

In view of the discussions held in conducive and cordial atmosphere, the IMC appealed to Trade Unions to reconsider the proposed call for strike on 2nd September, 2015.The Trade Unions have agreed to consider the appeal.

In view of the suggestions given by Central Trade Unions in the meetings held on 19th July, 26th August and 27th August, 2015, the Government assured the following :

1. Appropriate legislation for making formula based minimum wages mandatory and applicable to all employees across the country.

2. For the purposes of bonus the wage eligibility limit and calculation ceiling would be appropriately revised. Earlier in 2006-07 the calculation ceiling was decided at Rs.3500/- and eligibility limit was wage of Rs.10,000/- per month which is proposed to be revised to Rs.7,000 and Rs.21,000 respectively.

3. The Government is expanding the coverage of social security and working out ways to include construction workers, Aanganwari workers ,ASHA workers and Mid Day Meal workers.

4. Regarding contract workers the Government assured that they will be guaranteed minimum wages. Moreover, the Government is working out ways so that workers of industries will get sector specific minimum wages.

5. Government has already enhanced minimum pension for EPFO members and every pensioner gets minimum pension of Rs.1000/- per month perpetually.

6. Labour laws reforms will be based on tripartite consultations as already stated by the Prime Minister. The States are also being advised to follow the tripartite process.

7. For strict adherence to labour law enforcement, advisory has been issued to the State/UT Governments and strict monitoring has been initiated by Central Government.

8. For employment generation Mudra Yojana, Make in India, Skill India and National Career Service Portal initiatives have been taken.

9. Abolition of interviews for all primary jobs which do not require any special knowledge/expertise, is being done for transparency and expediting the process of recruitment.

10. Inflation is lowest in the last many years excepting two items onion and pulses. Government is taking necessary steps to contain the higher prices of these two commodities also.

It was further clarified that there is no ban on filling up of vacancies in Government jobs and all concerned Departments are taking necessary action to fill-up these vacancies. It was further assured that the Government is committed to job security, wages security and social security to the workers. The issue of equal wages for equal work for contract workers is an issue requiring wider consultations and a committee will be constituted, if required.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Wish you a Happy Onam


Special Counters to file I-T Returns; for the next 5 days at Income Tax Office

Special Counters to file I-T Returns; for the next 5 days at Income Tax Office
“Special counters have been opened at Chennai’s Income Tax Office in order to handle the last minute rush. These counters will function for the next five days starting August 27”. Special counters to file Income Tax returns already opened in New Delhi being open including Saturdays and Sundays. Now, special counters have been opened at the Income tax office in Chennai Nungambakkam to enable the general public to file their tax returns. These counters will start functioning from Thursday (August 27), until August 31. Taxpayers within the limits of Chennai can file the tax returns between 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM on all days, including Saturdays and Sundays. Those with taxable incomes of less than Rs.5 lakhs per annum and pensioners can file their returns. Online method of paying taxes : Those within the limits of Tambaram can file their tax returns at the Tambaram Income Tax Office. Details and information regarding the office at which the returns have to be filed are available on www.incometax.gov.in. Taxpayers must provide details including PAN Card number, bank account number, IFSC Code and their mobile phone numbers. Those with income over Rs.5 lakhs and those seeing refunds shall necessarily file the returns online for the Financial Years 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Extension of the term of the 7th Central Pay Commission

Extension of the term of the 7th Central Pay Commission
Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Cabinet
Date: 26.08.2015
Extension of the term of the 7th Central Pay Commission
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for the extension of the term of the 7th Central Pay Commission by four months up to 31.12.2015.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Issue of Pensioners Identity Cards-reg.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
  Department of  P & PW, O.M.No. 41/21/2000-P&PW(D), dated 12-8-2015
Subject : Issue of Pensioners’ Identity Card to pensioners.
The undersigned is directed to say that the instructions were issued by this Department vide O.M. No.41/21/2000-P&PW(D) dated 16/11/2000 for issue of Identity Cards to Central Government pensioners. These instructions were reiterated/clarified vide this Department’s OMs of even number dated 30.4.2013 and 25.7.2013. It has been observed that various Departments/Offices are either not issuing pensioners Identity Card to the retired employees or the Identity Cards are not in the format prescribed vide this Department’s OM dated 25.7.2013.

2. The matter has been reviewed in this Department. It has been decided that apart from the details already prescribed, the Pensioners Identity Card should include the Aadhaar Number of the pensioner (if available). Accordingly, a revised format for the pensioners Identity Card is enclosed (Annexure-I and Annexure-11).
3. Further, the following specifications are laid down for the pensioners Identity Card to be issued by the Departments/Offices from which the pensioner retired:
(i) The Pensioners Identity card should be in the prescribed format.
(ii) The Identity Card should be of the standard size of 8.5 cm x 5.5 cm.
(iii) The Pensioners Identity Card should be printed (and not hand written) on good quality paper of 125 GSM or equivalent.
(iv) The Identity Card would be got laminated by the Department/Office before handing it over to the pensioner.
4. All Departments in the Government of India are requested to issue suitable instructions to the Offices under their control to invariably issue Identity Card to the pensioners in accordance with the instructions issued by this Department.
Authority: http://pensionersportal.gov.in/

Monday, August 10, 2015

Reclassification/upgradation of cities/towns on the basis of Census 2011 for the purpose of HRA to Central Government Employees

Reclassification/upgradation of cities/town on the basis of Census 2011 for the purpose of House Rent Allowance to Central Government Employees - orders issued - Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure-

To view the orders, please click on the following link:-

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-wP-wD6y6EQaks4em5QRjg1cGc/view?usp=sharing

Grant of Transport Allowance to Central Government Employees-reg.

G.I., Min. of Finance, Dep. of Exp. O.M.No.21(2)/2015-E.II(B), dated 6.8.2015
Subject:- Grant of Transport Allowance to Central Government employees
Reference is invited to Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure O.M. No.21(2)/2008-E.II(B) dated 29th August 2008 regarding grant of Transport Allowance to Central Government employees, consequent upon implementation of the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission (6th CPC).
2. The Government has since considered the re-classification of cities/towns/localities as per Census-2011 (population criteria) for the purpose of Transport Allowance. Accordingly, the President is pleased to decide the revised classification of cities, towns and localities, for the purpose of grant of Transport Allowance at higher rates to Central Government employees, as per Annexure-1.
Therefore, the table below Para ‘1’ of O.M. dated 29.08.2008 stands partially modified as under :-
The revised classification of cities/towns/localities for the purpose of grant of Transport Allowance shall take effect from 1st April, 2015.
4. The orders will apply to all civilian employees of the Central Government. The orders will also be applicable to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates. In respect of Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees, separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Railways, respectively.
5. All other conditions mentioned in Department of Expenditure O.M. No.21(2)/2008-E.II(B) dated 29.08.2008 shall remained unchanged.
6. In so far as the persons working in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, this Order issues in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
Authority: www.finmin.nic.in

Duties of Stenographer


Senior P.A.(Gazetted) with Heads of Circles/Regions

o  Taking dictation in shorthand and its transcription.
o  Fixing up of appointments.
o  Screening the telephone calls and the visitors in a tactful manner.
o  Keeping an accurate list of engagements, meetings etc. and reminding the officer sufficiently in advance for keeping them up.
o  Maintaining in proper order the papers required to be retained by the Officer.
o  Keeping a note of the movement of files passed by the Officer and other officers, if necessary.
o  Destroying by burning the stenographic record of the confidential and secret letters after they have been typed and issued.
o  Carrying out the corrections to the Officer’s reference books.
o  Maintenance of CR dossiers and attending to related matters.
o  Relieving the boss of much of his routine work and generally assisting him in such a manner as he may direct.
Stenographer Gr.II (with Director of Postal Services)

o  Taking dictation in shorthand and its transcription.
o  Fixing up of appointments.
o  Screening the telephone calls and the visitors in a tactful manner.
o  Keeping an accurate list of engagements, meetings etc. and reminding the officer sufficiently in advance for keeping them up.
o  Maintaining in proper order the papers required to be retained by the Officer.
o  Keeping a note of the movement of files passed by the Officer and other officers, if necessary.
o  Destroying by burning the stenographic record of the confidential and secret letters after they have been typed and issued.
o  Carrying out the corrections to the Officer’s reference books.
o  Maintenance of CR dossiers and attending to related matters.
o  Relieving the superior of much of his routine work and assisting him in the manner he directs.
Stenographer Grade-III
(In the Circle Office)

o  Receiving the telephone calls.
o  Taking dictation of inspections/visits of divisional heads and of minutes of meetings with Unions.
o  Maintenance of CR dossiers and attending the matters connected therewith.
o  Maintaining in proper order the papers required to be retained by the Officer
Stenographer Grade III (In the divisional office)

o  Receiving the telephone calls.
o  Taking dictation of inspections/visits of divisional heads and of minutes of meetings with Unions.
o  Maintenance of CR dossiers and attending to matters connected therewith.
o  Maintaining in proper order the papers required to be retained by the Officer.

Friday, August 07, 2015

FACILITIES TO DIFFERENTLY ABLED AT GOVERNMENT OFFICES

The Department of Personnel and Training has informed that as per information submitted on-line by 71 Departments/Ministries, as on 01.01.2013, there were 9341 number of persons with disabilities who were employed in the Departments/Ministries of the Central Government.  State/UT-wise information is not compiled.
As per section 46 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, the appropriate Governments and the local authorities are required to provide for-
 (a) ramps in public buildings;
(b) adaptation of toilets for wheel chair users; 
(c)  braille symbols and auditory signals in elevators or lifts;
(d) ramps in hospitals, primary health centers and other medical care and rehabilitation institutions.
All the Ministries/Departments have been requested to comply with this provision. The Ministry of Railways provides concessional fare for various classes of persons with disabilities as under:
 S.No.
Category of Persons
Percentage of Concession
1
Orthopaedically Handicapped/Paraplegic persons who cannot travel without escort –for any purpose
  • 75% in 2nd , Sleeper, 1st Class, 3AC, AC chair Car
  • 50% in 1AC and 2AC
  • 25% in 3AC & AC Chair Car of Rajdhani/Shatabdi trains
  • 50% in Monthly Season Ticket & Quarterly Season Ticket
  • One escort is also eligible for same element of concession
2
Mentally retarded persons who cannot travel without escort- for any purpose.
3
Blind persons travelling alone or with an escort- for any purpose
4
Deaf & Dumb persons (both afflictions together in the same person) travelling alone or with an escort- for any purpose.
· 50% in 2nd , Sleeper and 1st Class
· 50% in Monthly Season Ticket & Quarterly Season Ticket
· One escort is also eligible for same element of concession.
Similarly, State Governments have their own schemes for providing concessional fare for persons with disabilities while travelling by the buses owned by State transport undertakings.
As per Section 33 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, every appropriate Government are required to  appoint in every establishment such percentage of vacancies not less than three per cent for persons or class of persons with disability of which one per cent each is reserved for persons suffering from blindness or low vision; (ii) hearing impairment; (iii) locomotor disability or cerebral palsy, in the posts identified for each disability.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.
 Source: PIB Release, 04.08.2015

Post Office ATM Service-FAQ



Right To Information

Government of India has started a RTI online web portal whereby Right to Information (RTI) applications can be filed online by Indian citizens, including those who are living abroad. The detailed procedure in filing of on-line RTI application is as under:
            An Indian citizen can file RTI application online through RTI online web-portal, having Uniform Resource Locator (url) www.rtionline.gov.in. The prescribed fee for RTI application can also be paid online through a payment gateway of State Bank of India by way of internet banking of State Bank of India and its associate banks and by using Rupay card, debit/credit cards of Master/Visa. This facility at present is available for 431 Public authorities of Government of India.
            All the States have been requested vide this Department’s letter dated 3rd December, 2013 to explore the feasibility of implementing online RTI in their respective States. National Informatics Centre (NIC) has been requested to provide technical support such as software and source code to the State Governments who desire to replicate the web portal for online filing of RTI applications at state level.
            This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Jyotiraditya M. Scindia and Adv. Joice George in the Lok Sabha today.
Source : PIB