Friday, August 31, 2012

Punjab Govt withdraws LTC facility for one year

Chandigarh, Aug 31 (PTI) With Punjab reeling under financial crisis, the state government has temporarily withdrawn leave travel concession (LTC) facility for its employees for one year as part of its austerity measures.
The facility has been withdrawn with effect from tomorrow, officials said.
The decision would not be applicable on the employees going to retire during this period.

Presently, the state government is facing a debt to the tune of around Rs 75,000 crore.

AICPIN for July 2012 - 4 point increased

Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) July 2012
The All-India CPI-IW rose by 4 points and pegged at 212 (two hundred and twelve).
On 1-month percentage change, it increased by 1.92 per cent between June and July compared with 2.12 per cent between the same two months a year ago. 
The largest upward contributions to the change in current index came from food prices which rose by 2.38 per cent, contributing 2.44 percentage points to the total change. The largest upward pressure came from Rice, Arhar Dal, Green-chilly, Onion, vegetables, mainly Potato and Tomato, and Sugar. This was, however, partially offset by downward contributions from French Bean, Brinjal, and Poultry (Chicken).

House rent which increased by 2.96 per cent, contributed 1.05 percentage points to the overall change. The change was reported during the 21st round of Repeat House Rent Survey conducted from January to June, 2012 to capture the change in expenditure incurred on rent by industrial workers. The increase in the current round was mainly on account of annual increment awarded to the salaried persons under centre/state sphere as well as the rise in rent reported from private dwellings.

The largest downward contributions to the change in current index came from Transport and Communication with a decline of 0.99 per cent, contributing 0.09 percentage points to the total change. The main downward pressure came from Petrol as an effect of fall in price notified w.e.f. July 24, 2012.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 9.84 per cent for July, 2012 (over July, 2011) as compared to 10.05 per cent for the previous month and 8.43 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 11.27 per cent against 10.45 per cent of the previous month and 6.25 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, largest increase of 18 points has been recorded in Durgapur followed by Ranchi-Hatia (10 points), Vijaywada and Jabalpur (9 points each), Goa and Faridabad (8 points each), Bhilai (7 points) and Hubli-Dharwar, H.P., Tiruchirapally and Delhi (6 points each). Among others, 18 centres have recorded rise of 5 points followed by 4 points in 15 centres, 3 points in 13 centres, 2 points in another 13 centres and 1 point in 4 centres. Howrah was the only centre which reported decline in index of 1 point. Rest of 3 centre’s indices remained stationary.

There are in all 26 centres whose indices are at par or above All-India Index and rest of 52 centres have indices lower than national average.

Update on Kendriya Vidyalaya : 5 days week

Comments of KVS : The proposal for introduction 5 days week on KVs was discussed in KVS Academic Advisory Committee in detail. The Committee did not approve the proposal, keeping in view the Right to Education Act-2009 which stipulates additional working hours for the teachers. As such five days week was not found suitable at this moment.
Decision /Recommendation : In view of implementation of RTE 2009 is The not possible at present. However, the matter regarding working hours is already sub-judice. The President AIKVTA informed that there are so many other institutions who are observing 05 days week. The Chairperson, JCM directed him to submit the details with supporting documents of such institutions who are imparting the school education, observing 05 days week as in the matter of teaching staff.

Air India Abolishes Productivity Linked Incentives (PLI)

In view of the acceptance of the Justice Dharmadhikari Committee Report on pay and wage rationalization of Air India by the Union Civil Aviation Minister Shri Ajit Singh, it has been decided to discontinue payment of Productivity Linked Incentives (PLI) to the employees of Air India w.e.f.1st July, 2012. From 1st July, 2012 onward, employees of Air India shall be paid salary and allowances as per the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) guidelines.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Kendriya Vidyalayas likely to introduce five days' week

Over a million Kendriya Vidyalaya students across the country could soon enjoy an extended weekend as authorities are mulling over cutting their working days and making schooling a five-day affair.

Govt. employees to get performance linked incentive

The Government has proposed to give performance-based initiatives to its employees to boost their efficiency and productivity
"Government of India has accepted in principle the recommendation of the Sixth Pay Commission for introduction of a Performance Related Incentive Scheme (PRIS) in the form of pecuniary benefit over and above regular salary, based on the targeted performance and performance parameters, out of the Non-Plan budgetary savings, for the Central Government employees," Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy told Lok Sabha in a written reply.

Madhya Pradesh issued order for D.A. increase @7%

M.P. has enhanced D.A. for state Govt. employees @7% w.e.f 1st August 2012 and accordingly  issued order.
Click here to view the Order

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Defence pay anomaly committee submitted report

Pay and Pension Matters of Personnel
The committee chaired by Cabinet Secretary is comprised of Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister; Defence Secretary; Secretary, Department of Expenditure; Secretary, Department of Ex- Servicemen`s Welfare and Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training. Consequent to change in charge of the then Secretary, Department of Expenditure to Department of Revenue, Secretary, Department of Revenue has also been co-opted as a Member of the Committee. Chief of Naval Staff & Chairman, Chiefs of the Staff Committee made a presentation to the Committee. The Committee further interacted with all the Service Chiefs (Chief of Naval Staff & Chairman, Chiefs of the Staff Committee; Chief of Air Staff and Chief of Army Staff). The recommendations of the Committee have been submitted to the Prime Minister.

This information was given by Minister of Defence Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri M.B.Rajesh and others in Lok Sabha today (27.08.2012)

Source : PIB

78.2% IDA fixation and NE 12 pay scale approved by BSNL Board

Both the 78.2% IDA fixation, as well as the NE 12 pay scale, have been approved in the Board of Directors meeting, that took place today(28.08.2012). The 78.2% IDA fixation issue will now go for the approval of the DOT, which we will try to get as early as possible.  

Madhya Pradesh announces 7% D.A., Other benefits

BHOPAL: Barely a fortnight after enhancing travel facilities and extending air travel to state government employees, the M.P. government announced another bonanza of 7% to its employees. The DA would be paid with effect from August 1, 2012.

Monday, August 27, 2012

SBI plans to keep branches open on Sundays

State Bank of India may have its branches open on Sundays to help improve efficiency, a top bank official has said.
“Possibly we would like to see Sunday working which would increase the time available for doing banking and increase the business,” Bank Chairman Pratip Chaudhuri told analysts on a conference call organised by the brokerage Edelweiss Securities.

NMC demands 50% D.A. merger for Central and State employees

National Mazdoor Conference today(26/08/2012) demanded merger of 50 per cent Dearness Allowance of central and state government employees and pensioners into their basic pay and pension. “We demand merger of 50 per cent DA of central and state government employees and pensioners into their basic pay and pension at the next union cabinet meeting,” NMC president Subash Shastri told reporters here. He also demanded a national pay policy and setting up of a new pay commission which would cover both central and state government employees. “The salaried class are facing a lot of economic hardship due to high inflation and price rise and the release of DA would be a genuine measure to provide some relief to them,” he said.
Source: PTI

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Higher education teachers to get arrears, central agrees to share it's part

In a relief to teachers, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has issued a letter to all state governments, stating that it has now decided to de-link the condition of increasing the retirement age of teachers and payment of the Centre’s share of arrears to the states, based on Sixth Pay Commission recommendations.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

West Bengal to disburse Ropa 09 arrears in September

West Bengal Govt. has decided to pay the final installment of arrears to State Govt. employees and employees of state undertakings, boards, corporations, state aided organizations etc. in the month of September.
View the O.M. for State Govt. employees

Bank staff on 2-day strike; services paralysed

Employees of public sector banks have gone on two-day nationwide strike on Wednesday opposing banking sector reforms and outsourcing of non-core activities, affecting operations.

Several private sector banks, foreign banks and ATMs, however, continued to operate normally.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

India to celebrate Eid tomorrow

Barring Kerala and few other cities in South, Indian Muslims across the country will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Monday. The decision was taken by various Moon sighting committees after they failed to receive any confirmed report of Moon sighting on Saturday.

Kerala announced Ad Hoc Bonus and special festival allowance

Kerala announced Ad Hoc bonus and Special Festival Allowance for its' employees.
View the Order

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Bank unions plan strike on August 22-23

A section of public sector bank employees plan to go on a two-day strike on August 22-23 to protest the proposed reforms in the banking sector and outsourcing of jobs.
The United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) has decided to go on nation-wide strike on August 22-23, the union said in a statement.
UFBU is the umbrella organisation of five employee unions and four officer unions of state-run banks in the country.
The Chief Labour Commissioner has called the bank union on August 21 for a conciliation meeting on strike notice, the statement added.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Details of benefit for the employees by MP Govt. as I Day gift

Accepting recommendations of Agrawal Pay Commission, the State Government has given Independence Day gift to government employees by revising rates of house rent allowance, free residential facility, conveyance allowance, vehicle/transport allowance, Reserved Area allowance and non-professional allowance. Besides, the State Government has also accepted the recommendation about calculation of pension as per Central Government’s index.

7% D.A. for Himachal employees, other benefits

Chief Minister announced release of 7 percent Dearness Allowance to the State Employees and Pensioners in the State due from January, 2012. This will put an additional burden of Rs. 350 crore on State exchequer.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Independence Day bonanza for MP Govt. employees

The State Government has decided to give an Independence Day bonanza to its employees by revising the rates of house rent allowance, conveyance allowance, vehicle/ transport allowance, reserved area allowance and non-professional allowance. It will also give them free housing facility.

PM assures prompt action on defence pay anomaly

PM assures prompt action regarding the main demand of OROP for retired armymen in his I day speech.
On the pay and pension anomaly issues raised by the armed forces, the Prime Minister said the government will take "prompt action" after receiving recommendations of a high- level committee set up in this regard.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Congress promised to implement pay commission for Gujarat employees

Gujarat Congress today promised sops for government employees, including implementation of 6th Pay Commission report and setting up of a special Gujarat Administrative Tribunal (GAT), if voted back to power in coming assembly elections.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Kerala to pay salary and pension early for "Onam"

Govt. of Kerala has issued order for early payment of salary and pension to Govt. employee and pensioners on account of "Onam Festival".
Govt. employees will get the salary on 16, 17 and 18th August.
Pension will be disbursed on 16th and 17th August.
View the Order

Friday, August 10, 2012

Ex soldiers NOT likely to get "One rank one pension"

 The Prime Minister-appointed pay panel is unlikely to accept the ex-servicemen's demand of One Rank One Pension (OROP). Sources say that the government could agree to modified parity. The committee which is still to submit its report to the Prime Minister has already met the three service chiefs.

Govt. to introduce bill in parliament for SC/ST promotion quota

After repeated adjournments in the Rajya Sabha and turmoil in the Lok Sabha, the government today agreed to members' demand for bringing a Constitution amendment Bill for ensuring reservation in promotion of SCs and STs in government jobs.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

W.B. issued order for bonus, festival advance and exgratia to pensioners

As declared by the Chief Minister, the West Bengal Govt. has issued order for payment of bonus @Rs 2200/- to employees whose emoluments is upto Rs 22000/- p.m. This includes pay in the pay band, Grade Pay, D.A. and non practicing allowances (if any).
Muslim employees will get it before Eid and the others before Durga Puja.
View the Order
Govt has also issued order for payment of interest free festival advance upto a maximum of Rs 2000/-
View the order of Festival Advance
For the pensioners, Govt. has issued exgratia payment order @ Rs900/-
View the Order for Pensioner

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

IBA released D.A. for Aug/Sep/Oct'12 and Dearness Relief for Bank Pensioners from Aug'12 to Jan'13

IBA released circular effecting D.A. increase for the period of Aug/Sep/Oct'12 and Dearness Relief increase for the period of August 2012 to January 2013.
As expected, the hike for the staff is 40 slabs and the same hike , for current pensioners who retired after 1.11.2007
View the Circular for Staff
View the Circular for pensioners

NUBE prepared charter of demand for 10th BPS

National Union of Bank Employees has submitted charter of demand for 10th bipartite.President of this organization, Mr S. Srinivasan has provided a copy of the same. We hereby publish the same for your reference and valuable comments.
View the Demand

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Karnataka Govt. doctors resign em mass

Hundreds of doctors in government hospitals across the State put in their papers on Saturday in a move aimed at forcing the government to get district hospitals out of the jurisdiction of the medical education department. In 2006, several hospitals were handed over to the medical education department in an attempt to provide better facilities for medical courses,  meeting the norms of the Medical Council of India. 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Govt. refused to include defence representative in pay panel

The government has reportedly refused to accept the demand of the armed forces to allow military representation on the High Powered Committee, which has been formed to resolve the anomalies in the pension and benefits for the defence personnel.

Central employees and pensioners in Kerala to get early salary/pension for Onam

As per an OM issued by Government the Central Government Employee and Pensioners in the state of Kerala will get their Salary/Wages/Pension on 27th August for the month of August, 2012 on ONAM offer.

Friday, August 3, 2012

FinMin to remain open on this Saturday, Sunday

New Delhi, Aug 3 (PTI) Finance Ministry will work this weekend apparently reflecting the new Minister P Chidambaram's plans to quickly firm up measures to tackle the current economic situation.
It will be business as usual for the entire staff on Saturday and officers above joint secretary rank will attend office on Sunday.
P Chidambaram, considered a hard task master, took charge of the Finance Ministry on August 1 after a gap of about four years.

Child Care Leave extended to industrial employees

Extension of orders for grant of Child Care Leave to all Civilian Female Industrial Employees of the Central Government.
View the Order

West Bengal "commits" to pay D.A. in January 2013

West Bengal C.M. Ms Mamata Banerjee yesterday "committed" to release further installment of D.A. to the Govt. employees in January next year. Though she described it @7%, actually the next installment due is 6%.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

West Bengal to pay pay commission arrears, enhances bonus

Despite the pressure of over two lakh crore debt, the West Bengal government today announced it would clear 50 per cent of arrear payment to its employees after October 1 as per state's 5th Pay Commission recommendation. "The erstwhile Left Front government failed to give anything to employees despite the announcement of the pay commission. We gave 50 per cent arrears last year soon after we came to power, while the rest 50 per cent arrear will be given before Durgapuja this year," Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said. "This will result in a burden of about Rs 500 crore, but we are committed to clear the dues this year," the chief minister said after a discussion with Finance Minister Amit Mitra. The erstwhile LF government had announced the implementation of the 5th pay Commission recommendation effective from April 1, 2009. Simultaneously, announcing the festival ad-hoc bonus for the government employees and pensioners this year, Banerjee said that the festival bonus of Rs 2100 last year, both for Id-Ul-Fitr and Durgapuja, has been increased to Rs 2,500 this year. Festival bonus for pensioners has also been enhanced to Rs 900 this year from Rs 800 last year, she said. An instalment of 7 per cent arrear in DA would also be cleared by January next year, Banerjee said. The ceiling for the bonus has been raised to Rs 22,000 from Rs 20,000 last year. "This will entail an additional burden of Rs 450 crore on the state government," she said
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