Saturday, August 31, 2013

Tamilnadu issued revised order for pension as per Supreme Court order

The long-awaited government order announcing the revised pension for State government employees has finally arrived.
The State government has issued the order pertaining to revision in the pension for those employees who retired between June 1, 1988 and December 31, 1995 based on the Fourth Tamil Nadu Pay Commission pay scales. This follows orders passed by the Supreme Court of India directing the State government to implement the revision in January this year.

Work at home or flexible working hours for women ?

House panel moots flexible working hours for women

Observing that the percentage of women employees in government organisations is far from satisfactory, a Parliamentary panel on Friday recommended flexible work timings for women.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Govt. clarifies it's stand about merger of D.A. and 7th pay Commission

The 6th pay comission had recommended not to merge 50 per cent of Dearness Allowance (DA) for government employees with their basic pay, Parliament was informed today. 

"The  6th pay comission had recommended not to merge Dearness Allowance with basic pay at any stage," Minister of State for Finance Mr N.N.. Meena said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. 

Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) July 2013

According to a press release issued today by the Labour Bureau, Ministry of Labour & Employment the All-India CPI-IW for July, 2013 rose by 4 points and pegged at 235 (two hundred and thirty five). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by 1.73 per cent between June and July compared with 1.92 per cent between the same two months a year ago. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

BSNL salary will be equal to MTNL in 2017

Govt to bring parity between pay scales of MTNL, BSNL

The Government has decided to bring parity between the pay scales of employees at Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd with their counterparts in Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. This will be done at the time of next wage revision in 2017.
At present, MTNL workers get higher pay compared to BSNL employees.

Kerala to pay advance salary of September for Onam

Update on 30.08.2013 : Limit enhanced to 50%
Click here to view the order
Kerala Govt. has sanctioned 25% of salary in advance to it's employees for the month of September 2013 on account of Onam festival. The amount will be disbursed to the willing employees between 11 and 13 of September and will be adjusted towards normal salary payment at the end of the month.

CBEC cadre review : After secretaries approval, what next?

The CBEC cadre review proposal has been approved by the committee of secretaries. Now the question is "will it pass through the 'Group of Ministers' and finally be approved by the cabinet ?" The CBDT cadre review followed this way. But sources indicated that as the committee of secretaries did not made any major change in the proposal, it is not required to go to the 'Group of Ministers'. The cabinet note is likely to be prepared within a couple of days and the file will be sent for cabinet approval. It is expected that the proposal will be cleared by the cabinet by 13th September.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Secretaries approved CBEC cadre review

Committee of Secretaries finally approves 
CBEC Cadre Review - 
14 Apex Grade posts approved; 38 HAG+ & 100 HAG , 
340 SAG,
  2118 posts approved for promotion from 
Group B to Group A
Detailed information will be provided later on.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Will West Bengal release D.A. before the festive season ?

West Bengal state employees are eagerly waiting for announcement of fresh installment of Dearness Allowance. At present the employees are getting 52% of D.A. with effect from 01.01.2013. The central employees and almost all state Govt. employees are being paid @80% from 01.01.2013. The central Govt. is going to announce fresh installment of Dearness Allowance @10% from 01.07.2013 next month. With this, the difference will be 38% and it will be hard to digest by the state employees. Already considerable protest for D.A. is mounting up. Rumors in the corridor of power is that, the state Govt. will announce fresh installment of D.A. before the festive season. Let us wait and see whether it comes true !  

Saturday, August 24, 2013

SAIL wage talk finished inconclusive

A meeting between SAIL management and workers' representatives to discuss issues related wage revision for non-executives ended inconclusive today. 

The meet that lasted nearly five hours failed to arrive at a decision, dashing hopes of 85,000 employees for an early resolution on revision of in basic pay and DA.

Friday, August 23, 2013

SAIL wage revision likely to be settled on saturday

The issue of wage revision at SAIL, pending for over 18 months, is expected to be settled this week, benefitting around 85,000 non-executives with at least 15 percent hike in basic and dearness allowances.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

CBI to probe fake LTC claims of Govt./PSU employees

The CBI has been called in by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) to investigate a widespread racket in claims of LTC involving central government and public sector employees as well as travel agents.The CBI, which was asked on August 16 by CVC to carry out a criminal investigation, is likely to question dozens of such employees. Large sums are said to have been siphoned out of the government by producing fake Air India tickets and boarding passes (the only airline that government and PSU employees are allowed to use for LTC).

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

CBEC cadre review update

It is learnt from sources that the Committee of Secretaries will meet on 27th August to discuss the Cadre review proposal of Customs and Central Excise. After being cleared by the committee, it will go to cabinet for final clearance. As the F.M. assured about early discussion in the cabinet, it is expected that Secretaries will approve it soon.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

No move to hike central retirement age : PTI

 There is raging speculation that the Centre may raise the retirement age of its staff but top sources say there is no such move.
"There is no such plan to raise the retirement age to 62 from 60 years," a reliable source in the government said. 

Madhya Pradesh considering retirement age hike, J & K employees called strike

Madhya Pradesh to follow Chhattisgarh way ?
Madhya Pradesh government would consider raising the retirement age of state Govt. employees from the current 60 years to 62, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said. “We will consider the matter,” Chouhan told PTI recently when asked whether the issue was under consideration of the state government, in view of the Chhattisgarh government recently increasing the age of retirement to 62 years from 60 for its employees.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Likely salary of Bank Officers, Clerks and Substaffs after 10th BPS

A popular website for bankers has published a likely chart of salary for Bank employees after 10th bipartite. The website has proven itself as a genuine, unbiased forum for the bankers and most of it's prediction has proven correct in the past. Mr Rajesh Goyal has done a laborious research to derive the likely chart for all bankers. The website desires to spread the news for the benefit of bank employees and we took the opportunity to inform it to our viewers.
As per the estimated chart (The links are provided below), the officers will get an increase in Basic Pay and D.A to the tune of Rs 6930 to Rs 24662, depending upon their existing scale of pay. The Clerks will be benefited between Rs 3375 and Rs 11,887. Substaffs will get a hike in the range of Rs 2736 to Rs 6730.
Click here the detailed chart for Officers
Click here for the detailed chart for Clerk and Substaff
It may be remembered that it is only an estimation of increase and other allowances do not form part of this calculation.

Friday, August 16, 2013

W.B. school teachers' general transfer to be started soon

General transfer for West Bengal school teachers is all set to begin. Most likely it will be implemented by Nov/Dec this year. Governor has accorded assent to the bill and the necessary gazette notification has also been published. SSC Chairman Mr C.R. Mondal informed media that the proposal has been sent to school education dept. and after Govt. endorsement, it will be operational. It is also informed by sources that female teachers and those with child under 10 years of age will be given priority for transfer.
View the Gazette Notification

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Himachal Pradesh employees get 8% D.A. on I Day

On the occasion of State Level 67th Independence Day celebration, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh announced 8 percent Additional Dearness Allowance to  the employees and pensioners of the State Government. It will be implemented with immediate effect.
View the full details of announcements in "The New Himachal".

Chhattisgarh increased retirement age of state employees

Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister Raman Singh today announced his government's decision to increase the retirement age for its employees from 60 to 62 years and pay a paddy bonus of Rs 270 per quintal to the farmers every year.
"The benefit of the enhanced age of retirement made effective from the current month, would be extended to the employees of all Municipal Corporations, boards, state government undertakings and panchayats," Dr Singh announced during his Independence Day addressat the Police Parade Ground here.

No mention of retirement age in I Day speech

Despite wide speculation and media reports PM's Independence Day address from Red Fort did not include anything about hike in the retirement age of Central Govt. employees. Millions of Govt. employees all over the country was looking for this announcement but they will certainly wait for some more time to get their desire fulfilled.
View the PM's I Day speech

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Central workers expecting hike in retirement age, waiting for PM's I Day speech

As per the latest media report, DOPT has finalized the draft proposal in this regard on Monday. The Prime Minister is likely to announce the increase in retirement age for central employees on hie Independence Day speech before the election in five states to be announced most probably in the next month.
One lakh ten thousand central employees retire every year and this move can certainly provide some financial relief to the Govt. as the retirement dues can be held back for two more years.
So central employees are keeping their finger crossed and eagerly waiting for the PM's speech.
Source : An article published in Dainik Bhaskar

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Details of discussion between IBA and UFBU leaders on 12.08.2013

Detail as per UFBU furnished here under for information:

"Another round of bipartite talks took place today(12.08.13) in Mumbai between IBA and UFBU on our demands for wage revision. IBA was represented by their Negotiating Committee led by its Chairman Shri T M Bhasin. UFBU was represented by all our nine constituent unions. The meeting condoled the death of Com. R J Sridharan, Chairman, AIBOA, who was in the negotiating committee till 9th Bipartite Wage Revision.

Monday, August 12, 2013

IBA meeting with UFBU leaders on 12.08.2013 on 10th BPS

IBA HELD TALKS WITH UNION TODAY 12.08.2013- AGREED FOR DATE OF EFFECT 01.11.2012 - MERGER OF DA 4440 points (60.15%) - 
No percentage of increase offered by IBA.
Next date of meeting is not announced.
Click here for details

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Comparative study of bank and central employees salary

Following comparison is published in by Mr V. Subramanian.

Various Components
of Monthly Pay
Central Govt. Staff
(in Pay Band –1)
Sub-staff in Banks
Central Govt. Staff
(in Pay Band – 2)
Clerical staff
in Banks
Basic Pay
Grade Pay
Special Pay (at the minimum for bank staff)
Dearness Allowance
Education Allowance
(maximum for 2 children)
Transport Allowance
(600+90% DA)
(1,600+90% DA)

Staff Welfare/Provisions
Gross Monthly salary
The full article may be viewed by clicking the link of the relevant website, provided at the beginning of this post.
Mr Dhiman Sarkar, a Central Govt. employee has suggested some correction in the above mentioned comparison chart. Click here to view his data.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

W.B. publishes result for teachers recruitment (School Service Commission)


Majithia wage board : hearing posted on 10th September

The Supreme Court on Tuesday posted for final hearing on September 10 a batch of petitions filed by newspaper managements challenging the Justice Majithia wage board recommendations for journalists and non-journalists.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

SC to hear Majithia wage board matter today

 The Supreme Court on Tuesday is slated to hear the challenge to the recommendations of the latest Wage Board, which revised substantially upwards the wages of both journalists and non-journalists, as also the constitutional validity of the Working Journalists & Other Newspaper Employees (conditions of service) and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1955, under which Wage Boards are constituted by the government.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

PTI confirms Central D.A. from July'13 @10%, announcement likely next month

New Delhi, Aug 4 (PTI) Government is likely to announce a hike in dearness allowance to 90 per cent from existing 80 per cent in September, benefiting about 50 lakh central employees and 30 lakh pensioners ahead of the festival season.

According to official sources, the preliminary assessment suggests that dearness allowance hike will be in the range of 10-11 per cent and would be effective from July 1 this year.
Source : PTI

Retirement age hike announcement on I Day ?

Retirement Age 62 – Cabinet decision to increase retirement age deferred
The government may make the announcement in the Prime Minister’s 15 August address…
A proposal to increase the retirement age of government employees from 60 to 62 years came to the Cabinet on Thursday but a decision was deferred. The government might make the announcement in the Prime Minister’s Independence Day address, his last before general elections in 2014. The ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions has proposed an increase in retirement age of government employees from 60 to 62 years, top sources confirmed.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

IBA released circular for Bank employees' and pensioners' D.A. from August'13

IBA issued circular for increase of D.A. for bank officers and employees for August, September and October 2013. As informed earlier, employees will get 32 slabs increase in D.A. from 1st Aug'13.
View the IBA circular
IBA also issued circular for Dearness Relief payable to bank pensioners for the period of Aug'13 to Jan'14. Pensioners retired after 1.11.2007 will get D.R @ 88.95% of basic pension. Those retired after 01.11.2002 and before 1.11.2007 will get D.R. @131.40% of basic pension.
Click here for the IBA circular for full details

Friday, August 2, 2013

Bank 10th bipartite : Next meeting on 12th Aug'13

Update on 12.08.2013 : Click Here
As per information,the  Meeting of the IBA Negotiating Committee with United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) on Charter of Demands for Xth Bi-Partite Settlement is fixed on 12th August 2013 at 11-00 Mumbai. 
News courtesy Mr Mohan P. 

Pre 2006 pensioners to get arrears from 01.01.2006

The Supreme Court has dismissed the SLP (Civil) 23055/2013 filed by Union of India against Delhi High Court judgement in pre-2006 pensioners casein WP 1535/2012 upholding the CAT PB judgement and Delhi High Court judgement. The above SLP came up for hearing on 29/7/2013 and the apex court dismissed the SLP on the same day. Pensioners will now get arrears w.e.f. 1/1/2006 if their revised pension was fixed at less than 50% percent of the minimum of the pay in the pay band including grade pay thereon in the revised scale corresponding  to the pre-revised pay scale from which the pensioner has retired.

UPON hearing counsel the Court made the following order :“We are not inclined to interfere with the order passed by the High Court. Consequently, the special leave petitions are dismissed. However, the petitioners are at liberty to raise all points before the Tribunal as and when the appeal”.
More details can be obtained from gconnect, another popular website.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Examination Fee can be reimbursed in Children Education Allowance

DOPT has issued an office memorandum allowing Examination Fee as part of reimbursable expenses under Children Education Allowance with effect from current academic year.
Click here to view the O.M. dated 31.07.2013

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