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Blog maintained by : P. R. Nair, Private Secretary to Post Master General, (Retired) Northern Region, Calicut, Kerala Circle (email-parambilmohan@gmail.com)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Clarification on Children Education Allowance:

Income Tax for assessment year 2011-12

                                                     PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU

New Delhi: Aashadh 02 , 1933
June 23, 2011

The Central Board of Direct Taxes has notified the scheme exempting salaried taxpayers with total income up to Rs.5 lakh from filing income tax return for assessment year 2011-12, which will be due on July 31, 2011.

Individuals having total income up to Rs.5,00,000 for FY 2010-11, after allowable deductions, consisting of salary from a single employer and interest income from deposits in a saving bank account up to Rs.10,000 are not required to file their income tax return. Such individuals must report their Permanent Account Number (PAN) and the entire income from bank interest to their employer, pay the entire tax by way of deduction of tax at source, and obtain a certificate of tax deduction in Form No.16.

Persons receiving salary from more than one employer, having income from sources other than salary and interest income from a savings bank account, or having refund claims shall not be covered under the scheme.

The scheme shall also not be applicable in cases wherein notices are issued for filing the income tax return under section 142(1) or section 148 or section 153A or section 153C of the Income Tax Act 1961.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Retirement from service.

Shri C. A. Nair
Shri C. Aravindakshan Nair, Stenographer Grade-I to Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Palakkad Division, Kerala Circle, who joined in the Postal Department on 24.02.1973, after completion of 38 years of tremendous service, is retiring from service on 30.06.2011.

                                         AIPSA, Kerala Circle wishes him a happy and peaceful retired life

Creation of a new grade of UDC (NFSG) and Stenographer Grade-D (NFSG)

No.20/49/2009-CS.II (8)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market,
New Delhi dated 22nd June, 2011


Subject: Creation of a new grade of UDC (NFSG) and Stenographer  Grade ‘D’ (NFSG) in CSCS and CSSS respectively.

It has been decided to create a grade of UDC ‘Non Functional Selection Grade’ (NFSG) in Central Secretariat Clerical Services (CSCS) cadre and Stenographer Grade ‘D’ (NFSG) in Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Services (CSSS) Cadre in the grade pay of Rs. 4,200/- in Pay Band-2 with immediate effect subject to the following conditions:

          (a)UDC5 of CSCS and Stenographers Grade ‘D’ of CSSS shall be eligible for placement in the Non Functional Selection Grade on completion of 5 years of approved service as UDC/Stenographer Grade ‘D’ subject to the condition that the total number in the grade will be restricted to 30% of the sanctioned strength (i.e.1104 in the grade of UDC and 385 in Steno Grade ‘D’).
         (b)The officials will be placed in the Non Functional Selection Grade as per the following procedure:
              i) Department of Personnel and Training (D0P&T) will issue a Zone of Consideration for placement of eligible officials in NFSG as per the Common Seniority List prepared and maintained by DoP&T in respect of UDCs of CSCS and Stenographers Grade ‘D’ of CSSS.
               ii) An internal Committee will be constituted by the Cadre Units to review the cases of officials for placement in the Non Functional Selection Grade and to make suitable recommendations.
               iii) The Committee shall consider the last 5 years ACRs/APARs of the officials. The Committee should satisfy itself that the overall performance of the official is “GOOD” in the last 5 years ACRs/APARs. Such officials would be considered suitable for placement in the ‘NFSG’.
               iv) There should be no adverse entries in any ACR/APAR. If there are any adverse entries, it should be clearly brought out in the minutes as to why the official has been proposed for Non Functional Selection Grade in spite of adverse entries. The minutes should also include a certificate that there is no other factor or aspect affecting the official which will disqualify him/her for grant of ‘Non — Functional Selection Grade’.
           v) SC/ST officials considered for placement in their turn to the ‘NFSG’ may be included in the Select List of ‘NFSG’ even if they do not fulfill the criteria as laid down in S.No. (iii) above, provided they are not found unfit by the Committee.

2.         This issues with the concurrence of Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance vide their U.O. No.10/1/2010-IC dated 14.6.2011.

(Rajiv Manjhi)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt of India

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A letter from Shri Ramalingam, PA, CVRDE, MOD, Avadi, Chennai and JCM-III DRDO Member.

Let me introduce myself that I am Ramalingam, PA working in CVRDE,MOD Avadi,Chennai and a JCM III DRDO Member. I am representing through my dept the demand for 4600 GP for the merged 5000-8000 to 5500-9000 and upgrade to 6500-10500 as on 1.1.06. As per the CCS(RP)Rules 2008 in the explanation note it was clearly stated that our grade pay pertains to 6500-10500 prerevised scale for the prerevised scale of 5000-8000,5500-9000 and 6500-10500 as on 1.1.2006. But the Field office Departments are not willing to implement except National Informatic Centre, CAT Stenographers. Through our Association viz All India DRDO Personal Staff Association(Recognised) we have asked the clarifications from Swamy's Publications regarding the applicability of GP 4600 GP as per the CCS(RP)Rules 2008. If nobody knows the people working in Swamys publications, we can expedite the clarifications from Swamy's Publications,Chennai.We have also received RTI reply from Ministry of Finance regarding the revised GP 4600 for merged and upgrade scale. MOF has attached the 13th NOv 2009 letter about the applicability of revised GP 4600. If we get the clarifications from Swamy Publications in our favour, we can refer this to Govt for revision of GP.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Child Care Leave in respect of Central Government Employees-reg.

A letter No.51-3/2009-SPB.II dated 15th June 2011 from Government of India, Ministry of Communications & IT, Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi.

Subject: Introduction of Child Care Leave (CCL) in respect of Central Government Employees.


I am directed to refer to the Department of Personnel & Training's OM No.13018/2/2008-Estt.(L) dated 11..9.2008 followed by clarifications issued by them from time to time vide their OMs dated 29.9.2008, 18.11.2008, 2.12.2008, 7.9.2010 and 30.12.2010 on the subject mentioned above and to say that it may be ensured that the cases of grant of child care leave are promptly dealt with as per the instructions of Government of India issued vide above referred Office Memoranda.

The said Office Memoranda can be downloaded from the website of Department of Personnel & Training i.e. www.persmin.nic.in for further reference.

Yours faithfully,
(B.P. Sridevi) 
Director (Staff)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Re-classification of Saharanpur as 'Y' class City for the purpose of HRA.

No. 2(14)/2010-E.II(B) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Finance 
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, 15th June, 2011.
Subject:- Re-classification of Saharanpur as “Y” class city for the purpose of House Rent Allowance – regarding.
   The undersigned is directed to invite attention to this Ministry’s O.M. No.2(21)/E.II(B)/2004 dated 18.11.2004 & O.M. No.2(13)/2008-E.II(B) dated 29.08.2008 regarding re-classification of cities on the basis of the population figures of 2001 census for the purpose of HRA to the Central Government employees and to say that the Government of Uttar Pradesh vide their Notification No.2176/9-7-09-53J/1998 dated 01.10.2009 reconstituted the area of Saharanpur (M.B.) by adding certain areas within its Municipal limits and renamed it as Saharanpur Municipal Corporation, which resulted in an increase in population of ‘Saharanpur Municipal Corporation’ to qualify it for classification as ‘Y’ class city for the purpose of House Rent Allowance to the Central Government employees.
   2. The President is, accordingly, pleased to decide that Saharanpur city (within its Municipal limits) shall stand re-classified as “Y” class city for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance to the Central Government employees posted there.
    3. These orders shall be effective from 1st June, 2011.
   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. In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.
(Anil Sharma) 
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A letter from Shri E. Sukumaran, State Secretary, AIPSA, Kerala Circle.

We have been continuously requesting all Stenographers working in Central Govt. Departments to unite and come under one umbrella. But unfortunately there was no response. In Kerala, we Stenographers have already formed (2 Yrs back) one committee named Confederation of subordinate oFFICES Central Govt. Stenographers Association. But of course due to non-cooperation from some States it is now not so active. 

We should not forget that the above confederation was active and had submitted detaled memorandum to Chairman 6th CPC at the appropriate time. 
As suggested by Mr.Chakroborthy my Association also requests all concerned to form association in their respective States and send their progress report/suggestions through this BLOG OR else you can contact Acting State Secretary of Kerala Mr.Harisudan- whose tel No. is 09446010980  e.Mail. harisuthan@rediffmail.com)

Mob: 09447624644

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A letter from Shri S. Chakraborty, Stenographer, Indian Railways

Myself S.Chakraborty, working in Indian Railways and now posted in Guwahati. I am also GS of Railway Stenographer Association, after recommendation and accepted by the Govt. we have been submitted memorandums for the Stenographer, as CPC clearly recommended that the Steno-III will be as EA in the pre-revised scale 6500-106500 now in GP- 4200, 9300-34800/- even Govt. also accepted but till date nothing output for this category. Me persons of affiliated associations but they asked the matter is under consideration. Myself also written RTI's to my railways they transferred it to MoF to DOPT it is learned from the RTI replied by the DOPT that the case of EA as recommended by the CPC is under proposal and nothing finalised and DOPT is only for CSSS cases not only other departments. 

It is near about 3 years that CPC implemented, why the Steno-III case is under process till now? As we only a small employee in Govt. offices, so there is no one to guide or protest for this negligencies. At present the Steno-III is working like as a PS even they are posted with SAG/SG ranked officer where only PS are posted as per rule.

All my steno friends are eagerly waiting the orders as per CPC report. 

I on behalf of N.F.Railway Stenographer Association request you to kindly give details as you collect for the Steno-III and other Steno cases, and what action taken from your side it also intimated. I think all Steno cadre from every department,ministry now unite and do needful for this matter.

Your favourable reply awaited.

Thanking you,

S. Chakraborty,

Monday, June 13, 2011

Anomalies in financial upgradation under the MACP Scheme-Clarifications.

Promotion of Personal Assistant (PA) of CSSS to the Private Secretary (PS) Grade of CSSS on ad-hoc basis- reg.

No.4/2/2011-CS.II (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated the 8th June 2011
Subject:- Promotion of Personal Assistant (PA) of CSSS to the Private Secretary (PS) Grade of CSSS on ad-hoc basis- reg.
   The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even No. dated 31.3.2011 & 13.4.2011 on the subject mentioned above.
   2. All the Cadre Units were requested to promote the eligible PAs within the zone prescribed to the Grade of Private Secretary on adhoc basis to the extent of number of vacancies allocated to their Cadre Units as indicated in Annexure-I of this Department OM of even number dated 31.3.2011 and 13.4.2011. The Cadre Units were also requested to forward the recommendations of the DPC in respect of the remaining eligible PAs in the prescribed zone, who are clear from vigilance angle and cannot be promoted within the Cadre Unit due to lack of vacancies , to this Division while retaining the officials with the least incumbency.
   3. Accordingly, based on the information received so far from the Cadre Units, the Competent Authority has decided to nominate the PAs whose names are given in the Annexure-I to this OM and post them to the Cadre Units indicated against their names for their promotion to the Grade of PS of CSSS on adhoc basis after having been found ‘fit’ by the DPC and clear from vigilance angle.
   4. The ad-hoc appointment of these officials shall take effect from the date they assume charge of the post of PS in the respective Cadre Units. The ad-hoc appointment shall not confer on the appointees any right to continue in the grade indefinitely or for inclusion in the Select List of PS for regular appointment or to claim seniority in the PS Grade of CSSS.The period of adhoc promotion would be upto 30.9.2011 or till the regular Private Secretaries become available, whichever is earlier.
   5. It is also noted that in some Cadres Units like MHA, eligible PAs with maximum incumbency have been promoted and retained within the Cadres Units and the names of eligible PAs with minimum incumbency have been furnished to this Department for their allocation to other Cadres Units which is not in conformity with this Department OM of even number dated 13.4.2011 ibid. It has, therefore, been decided to transfer such adhoc Private Secretaries from the Cadre Units concerned to the Cadre Units indicated against their names given in the Annexure II. Accordingly, MHA is requested to
       1) relieve the transferred adhoc Private Secretaries as shown in the Annexure —II of their duties to join the cadre concerned immediately under intimation to this Department.
       2) The remaining PA’s with minimum incumbency may be promoted to the grade PS of CSSS on adhoc basis . A copy of their promotion orders may be forwarded to this Department immediately.
   6. The Cadre units are also requested that all the PAs who have been nominated to other cadre on their adhoc promotion to the Grade of PS of CSSS may be relieved immediately. A copy of the relieving/promotion Orders issued by Cadres concerned may be forwarded to this Department immediately.
(Kiran Vasudeva)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Friday, June 03, 2011

9 Post Offices in Chennai to get ATMs

10 lakh Postal Savings Bank account-holders are expected to benefit Chennai GPO is one of Post Offices where the Postal Department will set up an ATM.  CHENNAI: The Department of Posts will soon set up Automated Teller Machines (ATM) in Chennai GPO and eight Head Post Offices in the City and surrounding areas for its Savings Bank customers.  Officials of the Postal Department said that steps are being taken to earmark sites measuring 80 sq. ft. at the Post Offices. The eight HPOs are: Anna Road, T.Nagar, Mylapore, St.Thomas Mount, Park Town, Ambattur, Avadi Camp and Tambaram.  Post Master General (Chennai City Region) M. S. Ramanujam said that measures are under way to computerize the transactions of the Savings account as part of the Department's move to provide Core Banking solutions. The Civil Work for establishing the ATMs would begin in about two months. Customers would be able to make use of the facilities by the end of the current fiscal.  Nearly 10 lakh account holders in the nine Post Offices are expected to benefit from the 24-hour ATM facilities. Once the facility is in place, customers need not spend time waiting at the counters to withdraw cash. With the Postal Banking Services popular among senior citizens, the ATMs would be immensely beneficial to them.  This would also help in cutting down the transaction cost for the Department. The Department of Posts is in the process of floating tender seeking bids from ATM equipment suppliers as the facility is being introduced in various Postal Circles in many States.  Officials of the Postal Department said that the ATMs to be installed in the HPOs could also be eventually used by the customers who hold accounts with Banks. The facilities would be governed by the guidelines prescribed by the Reserve Bank of India.  Such ATM facilities would be set up in the nearly 100 head Post Offices across the State. The Department also plans to extend the service in other Post Offices across Tamil Nadu in a phased manner depending on the customer response, the officials added.
Source: The Hindu.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Income Tax Returns 2011-12 - PTI news.

New Delhi, May 31 (PTI) - As many as 85 lakh salaried tax payers with an annual income of up to Rs 5 lakh will not have to file income-tax return from now onwards, a Finance Ministry official said.
"No income-tax returns would be required for salaried persons earning up to Rs 5 lakh per annum. We would notify this in first week of June," outgoing Chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes Sudhir Chandra told reporters here.The scheme would be applicable from assessment year 2011-12 onwards. This means that the salaried persons eligible under the scheme would not have to file returns for the financial year 2010-11 in 2011-12 (assessment year). However, such tax payers would have to file return if they want to claim refunds, Chandra said.