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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Grant of age concession to the Persons with Disabilities for direct recruitment to civil posts/services under the Central Government – Dopt Orders

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA  
Dept. of Per. & Trg., O.M.F.No15012/1/2003-Estt.(D), dated 29.6.2015
Subject: Grant of age concession to the Persons with Disabilities suffering from (a) blindness or ow vision, (b) hearing impairment and (c) locomotor disability or cerebral palsy for direct recruitment to civil posts/services under the Central Government.
The undersigned is directed to say that the following age concessions have been provided to physically handicapped persons for recruitment under the Central Government:

(i) Provision of ten years concession in upper age limit for Group C and D posts filled through employment exchanges issued vide O.M.No.15012/6/77-Estt.(D) dated 28.1.1978;
(ii) Provision of five years’ concession in upper age limit (10 years for SC/ST, 8 years for OBC) for recruitment to Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ posts otherwise than through Open Competitive Examination issued vide O.M.No.15012/5/92-Estt.(D) dated 27.7.1995; and
(iii) Provision of ten years concession in upper age limit (15 years for SC/ST, 13 years for OBC) for recruitment to Group A, B, C and D Civil Posts/Services filled through Open Competitive Examination issued vide O.M.No.43019/28/86-Estt.(D) dated 1.2.1999.
2. The question of prescribing uniform age-concession for direct recruitment to all Civil Posts/Services under the Central Government has since been examined and in supersession of the OMs referred to at (i), (ii) and (iii) above, the following has been decided:
Age relaxation of 10 years (15 years for SC/ST and 13 years for OBC candidates) in upper age limit shall be allowed to persons suffering from (a) blindness or low vision, (b) hearing impairment and (c) locomotor disability or cerebral palsy in case of direct recruitment to all civil posts/services under the Central Government identified suitable to be held by persons with such disabilities, subject to the condition that maximum age of the applicant on the crucial date shall not exceed 56 years.
(ii) The age concession to the persons with disabilities shall be admissible irrespective of the fact whether the post is reserved for person with disabilities or not, provided the post is identified suitable for the relevant category of disability. This provision will not apply to the Civil Services Examination, in respect of which the List of Services Identified suitable for Physically Disabled Category along with’ the Physical Requirements and Functional Classifications is notified separately.
(iii) Relaxation of age limit would be permissible to such persons who have a minimum of 40% disability.
(iv) The definitions of above categories of disabilities, for the purpose of age relaxation, will be same as given in this Department’s O.M. No. 36035/3/2004-Estt(Reservation) dated 29th December 2005.
(v) If a person with disability is entitled to age concession by virtue of being a Central Government employee, concession to him/her will be admissible either as a ‘person with disability’ or as a ‘Central Government employee’ whichever may be more beneficial to him/her. This provision will not apply to the Civil Services Examination, which is governed by the Civil Services Examination Rules, published annually.
(vi) Provisions of this O.M. will not be applicable to a post/service for which other specific provision regarding age relaxation is made by notification.
3. The Ministries/Departments are advised to ensure invariably that while sending the requisition to the UPSC/SSC and other recruitment agencies for direct recruitment posts by selection, they should clearly mention in the requisition the category of person(s) with disabilities suitable for the post(s) in question. No change or modification in identified post(s) for physically disabled persons with respect to an Examination, intimated after the Notification of that Examination, shall be acceptable.
4. These instructions come into effect from the date of their issue.

Employment News Weekly Report – Recruitment in Railways and RBI

Employment News has uploaded another fresh list of vacancies in Central Government Sector for Indian job seekers.
 
1. Railway Recruitment Board
Name of Post –Junior Engineer, Depot Material Superintendent, Chemical & Metallurgical Assistant, Sr. Section Engineer and Chief Depot Material Superintendent.
No. of Vacancies – Over 2000
Last Date – 26.07.2015
2. Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai
Name of Post – Professor cum Principal, Assistant Professor, Technical Officer, Officer-in-charge etc.
No. of Vacancies – 22
Last Date – 03.07.2015

3. Reserve Bank of India
Name of Post – Assistants
No. of Vacancies – 504
Last Date – 03.07.2015
4. Central University of Jammu, J&K
Name of Post-Finance Officer, Librarian, Deputy Librarian, Public, Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, etc.
No. of Vacancies – 39
Last Date –15.07.2015
5. National Technical Research Organisation
Name of Post – Scientist ‘G’, Chief Engineer, Deputy Director of Accounts, Assistant Director of Accounts, Accounts Officer, Technical Officer, etc.
No. of Vacancies – 159
Last Date–before 45 days from the date of publication
6. Janki Devi Memorial College, Delhi
Name of Post– Assistant Professor
No. of Vacancies – 54
Last Date–within 21 days from the date of publication.
Source : www.employmentnews.gov.in

Order No.33/2015-S.II dated 23/26.06.2015 of Prasar Bharati


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Verification of membership

The last date for submission of authorization letters by the Union has been fixed as on or before 06.07.2015
 

News from AIPSA HQ


 Sub: Final Meeting with Seventh Central Pay Commission — June 9. 2015 -reg.
             Responding to the invitation received from the Vllth CPC, the JCM (Staff Side) delegation met the Pay Commission this day 09th June 2015 and deliberated again in detail on the following issues:-
(a) Minimum wage  (15th ILC norms/Dr. Achroyed Formula for determining minimum wage as proposed in the JCM Staff Side Memorandum),
(b) Rate of increment.
(c) Fitmen Formula,
(d) Qualification related Pay Scales,
(e) Pay parity for common categories. (Here our Stenographers cadre included & discussed)
(I) Date of effect of revised Pay Structure and allowances etc.
,(g) Upward revision of Ex-gratia to the families of employees killed in the course of performing duties,
(h) Parity in pension for eliminating the discrimination,
(i) Rectification of MACPS aberrations,
(j) Grant of increment to those retiring on 30th June and 31st December of the year.
             Various other issues were also discussed with the VII CPC today. While the response of the Pay Commission by and large has been satisfactory on many points mentioned above, the revised pay structure/allowances is likely to be recommended to be given effect from January 1st, 2016. With today’s discussions in the final meeting with VII CPC, the deliberations by the JCM Staff Side got concluded.
 
            It is expected that the VIIth CPC would submit its report to the Government by the end of August 2015
Note from Shri E. Murugadas, G.S. AIPSA: 

I have talked to Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary J(Staff Side), National Council/JCM on 8.6.2015 and briefed our case of parity and he wholeheartedly agreed to inlude this and finally discussed with the official side as above at item no.(e). Here, I would like to inform all the members from the discussion our Comrade Shri Mishra had with the official side that we will get parity in the 7 CPC undoubtedly. 

2. When I am writing this, I am very sorry to inform you all that I am in the hospital for taking treatment for my spinal problem and Doctor advised me to take full rest not to touch computer/mobile. Bear with me the inconvenience caused to you all in communication. With special permission of the Doctor I came to a browsing centre I am doing this with much pain. 

3. Regarding Cadre Resrtructuring, I assure you all that the same will be finalised shortly on a positive way. I have directed Mr. Amit Datta, AGS of W.B. Circle to liaise with Dte in this regard.
4. Regarding DPC for PS/Sr PS, it is learnt that it will be convened shortly. 
 

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Income Tax for Premature Provident Fund withdrawal of more than Rs.30,000

The Government has announced that income tax will be imposed if, at the time of premature withdrawal, the Provident Fund amount is in excess of Rs.30,000.
Finance Minister brought a new provision in his budget that allows for TDS on Provident Fund withdrawal before five years of continuous service. When calculating the period of continuous service of five years, the previous employment can also be included. The intention of this at promoting long-term savings. The amendment will come into force from June 2015.

“Taxes will be imposed if, at the time of closing or transferring the PF account, the amount is in excess of Rs.30,000, and, if the employee has been employed in the current job for less than five years. Tax rebates are applicable. In order to claim tax exemption, the person has to submit a copy of his/her PAN card and Forms 15G and 15H, accompanied by a signed and filled up Form 19.
“Failing to do so will attract maximum taxes of up to 34.61%. If the forms are submitted, only 10% taxes will be deducted. Taxes will not be imposed if an old PF account is being converted to a new PF account. If the employee has served for more than five years, then, at the time of closing his account, no taxes will be imposed.
“The PF amount will also not be taxed if the employee is unwell, if the company has closed down, if the employment contract comes to an end, or if the employee loses employment for reasons that cannot be attributed to him/her.”
Source: CGEN.in

Monday, June 08, 2015

Central Government to Raise Bonus Limits from Rs.3500 to Rs.4500

The Government has decided to raise the upper limit for the annual bonus that is being given to Central Government employees all over the country.
Payment of Bonus (Amendment) ordinance 2007 according to which section 12 of the payment of Bonus Act 1965 had been amended raising the ceiling for calculation purpose from salary of 2500/- P.M. to Rs.3500/-P.M. w.e.f. 01.04.2006. And also amended the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 to raise the eligibility limit for payment of bonus from the salary or wage of Rs. 3500/- per month to Rs. 10000/- per month.

Central Government employees are regularly given Productivity Linked Bonus(PLB). Each department announces its bonus days in the month of September. But, since there was an upper limit, only small amounts were given as bonuses. CG Employees Federations all over the country were demanding that the limits should be raised.
News have surfaced that decisions in this regard were made during a recent meeting held with group of ministers. According to unconfirmed sources, the upper limit has been raised by Rs.1000 from Rs.3500 to Rs.4500.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Promotion and posting in the Grade of Member, Postal Services Board, Indian Postal Service, Group 'A' and posting of a Member, Postal Services Board.



Post Offices as Vehicles for Financial Inclusion


         
Union Minister Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad today said he expects Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to grant payment license to proposed Post Bank of India by July. He said the network of 1,54,000 Post Offices (including 1,30,000 rural Post Offices) equipped with payment bank facility will bring new revolution.

On proposed Post Bank of India for which permission is pending with Reserve Bank of India, Union Minister said, “by July/August the payment bank license is ought to be given. We have 1,54,000 Post Offices. With opening of payment bank there will be new financial revolution. We have 1.5 lakh service sectors involved. We want our 1.30 lakh rural Post Offices also to be covered under this network.”

Briefing about one year achievements of his department Shri Prasad said, “In last one year 27,215 Post Offices are networked into one national unit through computers. Money transfer etc facilities are available through this network. 1,30,000 solar powered handheld bio-metric devices to be provided to rural Post Offices. ”

“In previous year there were 4 ATMs, in this year 115 ATMs are installed. Core banking solution availability is up from 236 to 2590 Post Offices in one year.”

“E-commerce cash on delivery revenue has been up from Rs 100 crore to Rs 500 crore in a year. Parcel revenues grew by 37% this year from 2% decline in previous year. 28 new parcel centers are established to boost e-commerce.”

“CAG report laid in parliament on May 2015 highlights that Speed Post service is better than private couriers. The survey was conducted in 8 states before this conclusion.”

Monday, June 01, 2015

Revision of the classification/upgradation certain cities/towns on the basis of Census-2011 for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance and Transport Allowance to Central Government employees

Revision of the classification/upgradation certain cities/towns on the basis of Census-2011 for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance and Transport Allowance to Central Government employees
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval to the proposal of the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure for reclassification/upgradation of certain cities/towns on the basis of Census-2011, for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance (HRA) and Transport Allowance to Central Government employees.
On the basis of the final population figures of Census-2011, two cities have qualified for being upgraded from ‘Y’ class to ‘X’ class and 21 cities have qualified for being upgraded from ‘Z’ to ‘Y’ class for the purpose of HRA. Six cities have qualified for being upgraded from “Other Places” to specified higher class for the purpose of Transport Allowance.
The revised classification of cities shall take effect from 01.04.2014. The impact on the exchequer on account of upgradation of 29 cities, would be approx. Rs.128 crore for the year 2014-15.
Background: HRA and Transport Allowance are admissible to Central Government employees depending upon employees’ Basic Pay (including NPA where applicable)/Grade Pay and the classification of the city/town where they are posted. The existing classification of cities/towns in different classes viz. ‘X’, ‘Y’ and ‘Z’ for the purpose of HRA and 13 specified cities classified earlier as ‘A-1’/ ‘A’ and “Other Places” for the purpose of Transport Allowance, is as per the criterion recommended by the 6th Central Pay Commission. The existing qualifying limits of population for classification for HRA purpose is 50 lakhs & above for ‘X’, 5 – 50 lakhs for ‘Y’ and below 5 lakhs for ‘Z’ class city. Transport allowance is payable at ‘higher rates’ in 13 specified cities classified earlier as ‘A-1′ / ‘A’ (that is those cities having population of 20 lakhs & above) and at ‘lower rates’ in all other places.
The classification of cities/towns for this purpose is revised on the basis of their population as reflected in the decennial census report. The existing classification of various cities/towns is based on 2001 Census figures. The criterion of population for this purpose has been followed as recommended by the Central Pay Commissions.
Cities/towns to be upgraded on the basis of census-2011 for grant of House Rent Allowance
Cities to be upgraded/re-classified as “X”
Ahmadabad(UA)
Pune (UA)
Cities to be upgraded/re-classified as “Y”
Nellore (UA)
Gurgaon (UA)
Bokaro Steel City (UA)
Gulbarga (UA)
Thrissur (UA)
Malappuram (UA)
Kannur(UA)
Kollam (UA)
Ujjain (M. Coprn.)
Vasai-Virar City (M. Corpn.)
Malegaon (UA)
Nanded-Waghala (M.Corp.)
Sangli (UA)
Raurkela (UA)
Ajmer (UA)
Erode (UA)
Noida (CT)
Firozabad (NPP)
Jhansi (UA)
Siliguri (UA)
Durgapur (UA)
Cities/towns to be upgraded on the basis of census-2011 for grant of Transport Allowance
Cities to be added for higher rates of Transport Allowance (i.e. which have population of more than 20 lakh to qualify for earlier classification as “A-1”/ “A” as stipulated in O.M. No. 21(2)/2008-E.II(B) dated 29.8.2008):
Patna (UA)
Kochi (UA)
Indore (UA)
Coimbatore (UA)
Ghaziabad (UA)
 
Source: PIB News
 
 

Dopt Clarification on LTC - Eligibility of Home Town Concession- Frequently Asked Questions

G.I., Dept. of Per. & Trg., O.M.No. 31011/4/2007-Estt.(A-IV), dated 18.5.2015
Subject: Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988- Clarification regarding eligibility of Home Town Concession- Frequently Asked Questions.
The undersigned is directed to say that this Department receives a number of references from Government servants/ various Ministries/Departments seeking clarifications regarding the eligibility of Government employees in respect of Home Town LTC. The point of doubts raised and their clarifications are as under :-

S.No. / Query / Clarification
1. Whether the employees whose Headquarters/ Place of posting and Home Town are same, are eligible for Home Town LTC?

No. Government employees whose headquarters/place of posting and Home Town are one and the same are not eligible for Home Town LTC.

2. Whether the employees who are not eligible for Home Town LTC may avail the Special Concession scheme of conversion of Home Town LTC to travel to North East Region, allowed by DoPT's 31011/3/2014-Estt.A-IV 26.09.2014?

No. Employees whose Home Town & Headquarters are same are not eligible for Home town LTC and hence, the question of conversion of Home Town LTC to travel to these places under special concession scheme does not arise.

3. Whether the employees residing in cities / towns outside Delhi which fall under other states of National Capital Region (NCR) are eligible for Home Town Concession?

Yes, Cities/Towns which outside Delhi and fall in other states of NCR are not to be treated as Delhi Headquarters. Hence, the Government employees whose headquarters are Delhi and reside in cities/towns outside Delhi falling in other states of NCR, are eligible for Jammu & Kashmir & Andaman & Nicobar Islands as eligible for Home Town Concession.

Inclusion of Aadhaar (Unique Identification) number in Service Book of Government servants

G.I., Dept. of Per. & Trg., O.M.No.Z-20025/9/2014-Estt.(AL), dated 20.5.2015
Subject: Inclusion of Aadhaar (Unique Identification) number in Service Book of Government servants
The undersigned is directed to refer to Department of Personnel & Training’s O.M. of even number dated 3rd November, 2014. on the subject mentioned above, where all Ministries/Departments were requested to ensure that the service books of all employees have an entry of the employees’ Aadhaar number.

All Ministries/Departments of the Government of India are requested to intimate action taken in this regard and also the number of employees whose service books have been seeded with their respective Aadhaar number.

News from Confederation of Stenographers.

Today 26-5-2015, I contacted telephonically Shri.Jayant Sinha, Joint Secretary, VII CPC, who is controlling the Stenographers and other Group-C cases.  The telephonic discussion was cordial.  The Officer told me that the CPC after studying the memorandum submitted by the confederation and other Stenographers Associations decided to recommend full parity to Stenographers cadre.   He assured that  total parity with CSSS will be extended to all Stenographers in Subordinate Services also as our cases is felt to genuine.  Let us hope for the best.

M.Harisuthan
Secretary Genera

Postal Sports Board

Shri.M.Harisuthan, PA to SSPOs, Kollam Division, Kollam (Stenographer Grade-I) is selected as Member All India Postal Sports Board for the term 2015-17 by the Postal Directorate vide Directorate Letter No.2-01/2015-Wl&Sports dated 1-5-2015.  He will represent Kerala Postal Circle.  He will be the first Stenographer in Postal Department getting this opportunity.  He is the Secretary General of Confederation of All India Central Government Stenographers Association.