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Friday, March 30, 2012

CCS (Leave) (Amendment) Rules 2012.

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
New Delhi. the 29th March, 2012.


GSR.......(E) .... In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 309 read with clause (5) of article 148 of the Constitution and after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India in relation to the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, the President hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972, namely:-

I. (i) These rules may be called the Central Civil Services (Leave) (Amendment) Rules, 2012.
(2) They shall come into force on the date of the├Čr publication in the Official Gazette.
2. In the Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972, for rule 12, the following rule shall be substituted, namely:-
“12.(I) No Government Servant shall be granted leave of any kind for a continuous period exceeding five years.
(2) Unless the President, in view of the exceptional circumstances of the case, otherwise determines, a Government servant who remains absent from duty for a continuous period exceeding five years other than on foreign service, with or without leave, shall be deemed to have resigned from the Government service :
Provided that a reasonable opportunity to explain the reasons for such absence shall be givne to that Government servant before provisions of sub-rule (2) are invoked”.
(Mamta Kundra)
Joint Secretary to the Government of India

Monday, March 26, 2012

Cabinet approved 7% hike in Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 01.01.2012

Union Cabinet has approved 7% hike in dearness allowance to Central Government employees and Pensioners.  Union Cabinet approved a proposal to hike additional dearness allowance by 7% for Central Government staff and Pensioners.  The hike is to be effective from 01.01.2012.  The dearness allowance and dearness relief for Central Government serving employees and Pensioners will increase from 58% of basic emoluments to 65% w.e.f. 01.01.2012.

Representation to the Secretary, DOPT, New Delhi submitted by Confederation of All India Central Government Stenographers Association (CAICGSA)

Dated 23rd March -2012
The Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training
Government of India
Room No.112, North Block
New Delhi-110001

Respected Sir,

Sub : Pay parity for Stenographers working in non-secretariat offices with - Central Secretariat Stenographers Services and change of nomenclature - reg.
Ref:- Our letter dated 19th December 2011 (Copy enclosed for ready ref. pls)

In continuation of my letter dated 19th December 2011, I on behalf of the Members of the Confederation of All India Central Government Stenographers Associations (Stenographers working in non-secretariat Central Government Offices) request your goodself to kindly consider our genuine demands of pay parity with the Central Secretariat Stenographers under the Principle of “equal pay for equal work” with reasons and justifications.

It is pertinent to note that the modes of recruitment of the Stenographers are one and the same in Subordinate as well as in Central Secretariat Services. It is through a common competitive examination conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), Govt of India, on an All India basis. The pay scale is the same for Secretariat and non-Secretariat service at entry grade. Further it is nowhere mentioned in the notice issued by SSC at the time of recruitment that the pay structure will be fixed at different scales of pay depending on the place of posting i.e. Central Secretariat or Subordinate offices.

The VI CPC, recommended full parity of scales of Subordinate Stenographers with CSSS, but the same has not been given effect in the right sprit and will. This adds more injustice to the already injured Stenographers’ category working in Subordinate units. However, few Departments in subordinate Services were extended the benefit of Central Secretariat parity.

Being “COMMON CATEGORY” fixing different Pay Scales based on the place of work is against the principle of ‘Equal pay for Equal work’. Sir, as you will kindly observe, the present monetary difference is a negligible one for the Department to cause justice – but it will boost the morale of this hard working people.

We request your goodself to kindly bestow your active consideration and grace on the above issue without further delay, removing the grievance.


In addition to the above submissions, we request that the Cadre of Stenographers be restructured with new nomenclature, which is already recommended by the VI CPC. The duties of Stenographers demands change of nomenclature:-

a) Duties relating to Departmental Promotion Committees till the preparation of minutes of the DPC;
b) Maintenance of Confidential Reports of all the Officials ;
c) Attending to Advisory Committee and other important Meetings attached to the respective
department with follow up action regarding action proposed and collection of implementation reports to be put up to the next meeting;
d) Assisting in Departmental enquiries/Assisting in Court/ CBI cases relating to administrative and other matters.

The Stenographers are actually working as the Assistants to the Sr. Executives in their respective Departments and shouldering half of their official burdens besides the routine nature of duties. Hence, the nomenclature of Stenographers may kindly be changed as follows.

Existing Grades                                 New Nomenclature sought for
Steno Grade-II (Entry Grade)               Executive Assistant
Private Secretary                                  Executive Secretary
Sr.Private Secretary                             Sr.Executive Secretary
PPS (now in CSS only)                        Prncipal Executive Secretary/Officer

CAICGSA on behalf of the Stenographers working in various Central Government Departments in Subordinate Services, most fervently pray to your good self to favourably consider our legitimate demand and cause to issue orders effecting Central Secretariat parity with effect from 01.1.2006 immediately and extend natural justice.

We shall be grateful for your affirmative response.

Thanking you immensely,

Yours faithfully,
(M. Harisuthan)
Secretary General, CAICGSA

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Rate of interest for purchase of conveyances during 2011-2012.

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Economics Affairs
New Delhi, the 19th March, 2012


Subject : Advances to Government Servants - Rate of interest for purchase of conveyances during 2011-2012.

The undersigned is directed to state that the rates of interest for advances sanctioned to the Government servants for purchase of conveyances during 2011-2012 i.e. from 1st April, 2011 to 31st March, 2012 are revised as under :-

Rate of interest per annum
(i) Advance for purchase of conveyance other than motor car (viz., motor cycle, scooter etc.) ... 9%
(ii) Advance for purchase of motor car  .... 11.5%
Under Secretary (Budget)

Interest rate on GPF - 8.6% w.e.f. 01.12.2011

F.NO. 5(1)-B(PD)/2011
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
(Department of Economic Affairs)
New Delhi, the 19th March, 2012


It is announced for general information that during the year 2011-2012, accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the General Provident Fund and other similar funds shall carry interest at the rate of  8% (Eight per cent) for the period from 1.4.2011 to 30.11.2011 and 8.6% (eight point six percent) with effect from 1.12.2011.

The funds concerned are:—
1. The General Provident Fund (Central Services).
2. The Contributory Provident Fund (India).
3. The All India Services Provident Fund.
4. The State Railway Provident Fund.
5. The General Provident Fund (Defence Services).
6. The Indian Ordnance Department Provident Fund.
7. The Indian Ordnance Factories Workmen’s Provident Fund.
8. The Indian Naval Dockyard Workmen’s Provident Fund.
9. The Defence Services Officers Provident Fund.
10. The Armed Forces Personnel Provident Fund.

(Brajendra Navnit)
Deputy Secretary (Budget)

CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 - Date of next increment.

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, the 19th March, 2012


Subject:— Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 — Date of next increment in the revised pay structure under Rule 10 of the CCS(RP) Rules, 2008.

In accordance with the provisions contained in Rule 10 of the CCS (RP) Rules, 2008, there will be a uniform date of annual increment, viz. 1st July of every year. Employees completing 6 months and above in the revised pay structure as on 1st of July will be eligible to be granted the increment. The first increment after fixation of pay on 1.1.2006 in the revised pay structure will be granted on 1.7.2006 for those employees for whom the date of next increment was between 1st July, 2006 to 1st January, 2007.

2. The Staff Side has represented on this issue and has requested that those employees who were due to get their annual increment between February to June during 2006 may be granted one increment on 01.01.2006 in the pre-revised scale.

3. On further consideration and in exercise of the powers available under CCS(RP) Rules, 2008, the President is pleased to decide that in relaxation of stipulation under Rule 10 of these Rules, those central government employees who were due to get their annual increment between February to June during 2006 may be granted one increment on 1.1 .2006 in the pre-revised pay scale as a one time measure and there after will get the next increment in the revised pay structure on 1.7.2006 as per Rule 10 of CCS(RP) Rules, 2008. The pay of the eligible employees may be re-fixed accordingly.

4, In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Account Department are concerned, these orders are issued in consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

(Renu Jani)

Monday, March 19, 2012

New Income Tax rates for 2012-13.

Exemption Limit for Individual Tax payers raised to Rs. 2 Lakh
Upper Limit of 20 Per Cent Tax Slab Raised to Rs. 10 Lakh
Deduction up to Rs.10,000 Proposed for Savings Bank Interest
Senior Citizens not having income from business exempted from Payment of Advance Tax
The exemption limit for the general category of individual tax payers has been enhanced to Rs.2,00,000 from Rs.1,80,000 in the General Budget 2012-13. This measure will provide tax relief upto Rs.2,000 to every taxpayer in this category.  The Finance Minister, introduced the DTC (Direct Taxes Code) rates for personal income tax, marking progress in the direction of movement towards DTC and GST (Goods and Services Tax).  It has also been proposed to raise the upper limit of 20 per cent tax slab from Rs.8 lakh to Rs.10 lakh. The proposed personal income tax slabs are:

Income upto Rs. 2 lakh - -  Nil
Income above Rs. 2 lakh and upto Rs. 5 lakh - - 10 per cent
Income above Rs. 5 lakh and upto Rs.10 lakh - - 20 per cent
Income above Rs. 10 lakh  - - 30 per cent

In another relief to the individual taxpayers, a deduction of upto Rs.10,000 has been proposed for interest from savings bank accounts. This would help a large number of small taxpayers with salary incomes upto Rs. 5 lakh and interest from savings bank accounts upto Rs.10,000 as they would not be required to file income tax returns.  It has also been proposed to allow deduction of Rs.5,000 for preventive health check up. For senior citizens not having income from business, it has been proposed to exempt them from payment of advance tax.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

March First and March Fast - article received from Shri E. Murugadas,CS TN Circle & Vice President (CHQ),AIPSA

March First Today.
Good Morning to all.
AIPSA – CHQ welcomes you all.
Have a successful month “March 2012”
Have a successful Target month “31st March 2012”
Budget announcements fall during the month of March 2012.
It is expected that the IT exemption may be hiked to 5 lakhs in the Budget 2012.
7% hike in DA w.e.f. 1.1.2012 will be announced in the month of March 2012.
One time increment order (Between February 2006 to June 2006) may be issued in the first week of March 2012.
March 8–International Women’s Day–BEST WISHES TO ALL WOMEN FOLK.
Our Association’s Special Best Wishes to the Hon’ble Secretary – Posts , Hon’ble Chief Postmaster-General, TN Circle and other Women Chief Postmasters General of other Circles.
March 14 – Presentation of Railway Budget.
March 16 – Presentation of Union Financial Budget.

E. Murugadas,
Circle Secretary,
AIPSA, T.N. /Vice President (CHQ)

Items for discussion with DG Psts

Item for meeting with DG Posts

Change of quarters.

Tips to Keep your Computer Running Smoothly

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