Thursday, July 28, 2011

Assured Career Progression (ACP) Scheme for Railway servants - Clarification regarding procedure in respect of selection posts

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. PC-V/2006/PNM/AIRF/I

New Delhi, dated 27-7-2011

The General Secretary
A.I.R.F.
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi- 110055

Sir,

     Sub: PNM/AIRF Item No. 12/2006- Assured Career Progression (ACP) Scheme for Railway servants - Clarification regarding procedure in respect of selection posts.

     Ref : Minutes of the meeting held with the Board on 21-22 December 2010.


            With reference to the above, the undersigned is directed to state that the matter has already been examined and it was advised earlier vide Board’s letter of even number dated 23-11-2009 that the earlier ACP Scheme (of October 1999) envisaged fulfillment of normal promotion norms such as bench mark, trade test, departmental exam, seniority-cum-fitness, etc., for grant of financial upgradation. However, the Modified ACP Scheme, which has superseded the earlier ACP Scheme and effective from 1.9.2008, prescribes that financial upgradation would be subject to fitness in the hierarchy of the Grade Pay with in the PB-1. Thereafter, the benchmark of ‘Good’ till the Grade Pay of Rs.6600 in PB-3 and the benchmark of ‘Very Good’ to the Grade Pay of Rs.7600 and above would be applicable for financial upgradation. As such, the MACPS criteria for upgradation are different from the ACP Scheme.


Further, vide Boards letter dated 28.12.2010 (RBE 188/2010), it has been clarified that where the financial upgradation under the MACPS also happens to be in the promotional grade and benchmark for promotion is lower than the benchmark for granting the benefits under MACPS, the benchmark for promotion shall apply to MACPS also


Yours faithfully,

sd/-
For Secretary, Railway Board

 

Source: AIRF
[http://airfindia.com/Orders_11/MACP%20Scheme_27.07.11.pdf]

ACP Scheme - Motormen of BCT Division – Clarification regarding

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. PC-V/2007/PNM/AIRF/I

New Delhi, dated 27-7-2011

The General Secretary
AIRF
4, State Entry Road,  New Delhi- 110055

Sir,

Sub: ACP Scheme - Motormen of BCT Division

Ref: PNM/AIRF Item No.16/2008


With reference to the Minutes of the meeting held on 21-22 December 2010, the undersigned is directed to state that the details of the rankers & other documents furnished by Western Railway indicate that the concerned employees have earned more than two promotions before being appointed as Motorman. Western Railway have also mentioned that the post of Motorman is filled by holding selection from the working Loco Pilots (Passenger & Goods) and only the remaining untitled posts of Motorman are filled through RRB. This clearly implies that the basic mode for filling the post of Motorman is through promotion by selection from amongst the eligible departmental candidates. Direct recruitment (through RRB) is only resorted to for filling unfilled vacancies.


Further, as per the extant instructions, an appointment to a post is treated as direct recruitment, only when the Recruitment Rules of that post provide that such posts be filled by direct recruitment only. However, if the Recruitment Rules of a post prescribe a promotion quota to be filled on the basis of LDCE (i.e. selection), such appointments will be treated as promotion for the purpose of ACPS. Therefore, only those railway employees who have been appointed as Motorman as per terms and condition as well as procedure applicable for direct recruitment can be granted the benefit of ACP. It is further submitted that the issue of grant of financial upgradation under ACP Scheme in respect of Motorman belonging to ranker’s stream is pending adjudication before Hon’ble Supreme Court in context of the case of R. M. Deshpande & Ors.


In view of the above, the demand to grant financial upgradation to all rankers (or left over cases) is not tenable as the same is contrary to the policy instructions on the subject.


Yours faithfully,

sd/-
For Secretary, Railway Board

Source: AIRF
[http://airfindia.com/Orders_11/ACP%20Scheme%20-%20Motormen%20of%20BCT_27.07.11.pdf]

 

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

“Rates of Daily Allowance on Tour" as per 6th CPC

“Rates of Daily Allowance on Tour"  -  Implementation of the Sixth Central Pay Commission

        “Rates of Daily Allowance on Tour" may be regulated either in accordance with the provisions of this Department's OM, dated 23.9.2008, or as per the old rates prevalent prior to the issue of the said OM, whichever is claimed by the employee.

The option to claim will be available as a complete package for a particular tour and not by taking part of either orders.

In other words, officers may choose to be governed either by orders, dated 23.9.2008 or dated or dated the 17th April, 1998, in regard to daily allowance on tour. Pay in the pay band for the purpose of regulation of Daily Allowance only would be as under :-


Pay range (as per OM)
Revised pay in the pay band
Rs. 16,400 and above Rs. 30,500 and above
Rs. 8,000 and above but less than Rs. 16,400 Rs. 15,000 and above but less than Rs. 30,500
Rs. 6,500 and above but less than Rs. 8,000 Rs. 12,500 and above but less than Rs. 15,000
Rs. 4,100 and above but less than Rs. 6,500 Rs. 8,000 and above but less than Rs. 12,500
Below Rs 4,100 Below Rs. 8,000

 

Rates of Daily Allowance as per the OM No.10/2/98-IC & 19030/2/97-E. IV dated 17.4.1998 published by Finance Ministry as follows...

When the Government servant stays in Government  / Public Sector Guest House or makes his own arrangements…

Pay range

 

(1)

Localities other than those mentioned in Columns (3), (4) and (5)

(2)

'B-1' Class cities and expensive localities listed below*

(3)

'A' Class cities and specially expensive localities listed below*

(4)

'A' Class cities

 

(5)


Rs. 16,400 and above

Rs.

135

Rs.

170

Rs.

210

Rs.

260

Rs. 8,000 and above but less than Rs. 16,400

120

150

185

230

Rs. 6500 and above but less than Rs. 8,000

105

130

160

200

Rs. 4,100 and above but less than Rs. 6,500

90

110

135

170

Below
Rs 4,100

55

70

85

105

 

When the Government servant in a hotel or other establishment providing boarding and / or lodging at Scheduled Tariffs...

Pay range

 

(1)

Localities other than those mentioned in Cloumn (3), (4) and (5)

(2)

'B-1' Class cities and expensive localities listed below*

(3)

'A' Class cities and specially expensive localities listed below*

(4)

'A' Class cities

(5)

Rs. 16,400 and above

Rs.

335

Rs.

425

Rs.

525

Rs.

650

Rs. 8,000 and above but less than
Rs. 16,400

225

330

405

505

Rs. 6500 and above but less than
Rs. 8,000

200

250

305

380

Rs. 4,100 and
above but less than
Rs. 6,500

130

160

195

245

Below
Rs 4,100

65

85

100

125

The intention is to allow hotel rates of D.A. if a Government servant stays in any establishment registered / licensed as a hotel.

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O.M. F.No.19030/3/2008-E.IV dated 23.9.2008

O.M. No.19030/3/2008-E.IV., dated 22.1.2009

New website launched and Online registration for Central Government Holiday Homes and Touring Officers Hostel

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M/o URBAN DEVELOPMENT,
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

IMPORTANT NOTICE


Holiday Homes and Touring Officers Hostel
(Launch Date : 01-August-2011)

This site is getting ready for use. Online registration and other services at this website will be available from 01-August-2011. Through this website, from 1st August 2011 onwards you will be able to register for new applications and see the status of applications registered in previous version.

click here to get the website

 

Source: http://holidayhomes.nic.in/

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Heavy Industries Minister meets Employees’ Unions of HMT

Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises

Heavy Industries Minister meets Employees’ Unions of HMT

         The Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri Praful Patel today met with the representatives of the employees’ Unions of the Hindustan Machine Tools Limited (HMT), here today. The Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Prof. K.V. Thomas and the Minister for HUPA and Culture Kumari Selja were also present on the occasion. The Ministers heard out the grievances of the employees which related to implementation of pay revision and enhancement in the retirement age from 58 to 60 years.

The Union representatives were informed that the matter has been receiving the attention of the Government - because of the non revision of pay, large scale attribution of employees has taken place specially in core and critical areas. Further, there has been no induction of new talent because of the low pay packages. This has also led to an anomaly by which senior officers were drawing pay less than that of the junior workers. This anomaly can be removed only through implementation of the 1997 pay revision.

It may be recalled that the HMT group of companies are loss making and are not able to generate internal resources to bar the cost of pay revision. Further, as per DPE guidelines, retirement age of employees can be enhanced from 58 to 60 years only in respect of companies which have been making profit in the preceding three years.

The Minister assured the employees that the Ministry would provide full support and build a strong case for the Cabinet approval to 1997 pay revision as well as to change the DPE guidelines for loss making PSUs to enhance the retirement age. The Minister also called for assurance from the Unions for strong commitment to turn around the company.

Source: PIB

Emoluments reckoned for calculating retirement / death benefits of staff working in the Construction Organisations — Railway Board order

RBE No. 85/2011


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)

MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)

(RAILWAY BOARD)


No. F(E)III/2007/PN/I4

New Delhi, dated: 09.06.2011.


The GMs/FA&CAOs,

All Zonal Railways &Production Units.,
(As per mailing list)


Subject: Emoluments reckoned for calculating retirement / death benefits of staff working in the Construction Organisations — PNM/NFIR Item No.3/2008 and PNM/AIRF Item No.7/2009.


The Staff side, in the PNM forum has requested for withdrawal of the instructions contained in this office letter of even number dated 19.8.2010 regarding reckoning of emoluments for calculating retirement/death benefits of staff working in the Construction Organisations.


2. The matter has been reconsidered in detail by the Board and it has now been held that the instructions contained in para 1 of this office letter No.E(NG)/70 SR 6/43 dated 13.3.1972, which provide that the benefit of one grade higher shall not be taken into consideration for any purpose Including eligibility for selection to Class II posts, is limited in its scope for selection to Class Il posts, seniority benefits etc., and does not have applicability to reckoning of emoluments for calculating retirement/death benefits of staff working in the Construction Organisations. As such, it has been decided by the Board that the basic pay drawn by an employee on adhoc promotion in the Construction Organisations shall be reckoned as pay in terms of clause (i) of Rule 1303 [(F.R.9)(21)(a)(i)] of Indian Railways Establishment Code Vol.-II/1987 Edition for the purpose of reckoning of emoluments In terms of Rule 49 of the Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993. Consequently, the instructions contained in this office letter of even number dated 19.8.2010 may be treated as withdrawn. Cases decided prior to 19.8.2010 need not be reopened.


3. Please acknowledge receipt.


sd/-
(S.SREERM)
Joint Director Finance(Estt.),

Railway Board.


Source: www.indianrailways.gov.in
[http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/finance/downloads/2011/RBE%2085%20of%202011.pdf]

Mobility of pensionable personnel between Central Government / Central Autonomous Bodies and State Government — clarification

RBE No.103/2011

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)

MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)

(RAILWAY BOARD)


No. F(E)III/2005/PN1/35

New Delhi, dated: 07-07-2011


The GMs/FA&CAOs,

All Zonal Railways & Production Units.

(As per mailing list)


Subject: Mobility of pensionable personnel between Central Government / Central Autonomous Bodies and State Government — clarification regarding.

 

In terms of the instructions contained in para (iii) of this office letter of even number dated 26-9-2005, which is based on Department of Pension &
Pensioners’ Welfare (DOP&PW)s O.M. No.28/30/2004-P&PW(B) dated 26.7.2005, all the employees who entered in to Railway service / Central
Government service or the service of an Autonomous Body set up by Central Government on or before 31-12-2003 and who were governed by the old pension scheme under the Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993/Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules,1972 and who submit technical resignation on or after 1.1.2004, to take up a new appointment under State Government, will be eligible for grant of pro-rata pensionary benefits for the period of Railway/Central Government or Central Autonomous Body service, on the lines as provided in Rule 53 of the Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993 or Rule 37 of Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules,1972, as the case may be, and related orders.


2. Subsequently, DOP&PW, vide their O.M. No 28/30/2004-P&PW(B) dated 28-10-2009, circulated vide this office letter of even number dated 4-11-2009, modified their earlier instructions dated 26-7-2005. inter-alia, allowing the continuance of mobility of Government servants/Autonomous Body employees appointed on or before 31-12-2003 and who were governed by the old non-contributory Pension scheme of their respective Governments/organizations in order to provide for the continuance of pensionary benefits based on combined service in accordance with CCS (Pension) Rules,. 1972/Railway Services(Pension) Rules, 1993, between State and Central Government provided the employees were appointed in the State Govt(s) on or before 31-12-2003 and covered under the old pension scheme, similar to CCS(Pension)Rules, 1972.


3. Arising out of the modified provisions as stated in para 2 above, a question has been raised as to whether the provisions of continuance of mobility of employees for the purpose of pensionary benefits based on combined services also applicable in the case of pensionable Central Government employees/pensionable railway employees governed by the old pension scheme under the CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972/Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993, who join State Governments on or after 1.1.2004 after submitting technical resignation from Central Government/Railway service. The matter has been examined in consultation with the DOP&PW, who have clarified that the instructions contained in their O.M. dated 28-10-2009 (circulated vide this office letter of even number dated 4-11-2009) do not specifically cover the Central Government employees leaving the Central Government service and joining the State Government for the purpose of benefits of combined service for pensionary benefits under the State Government. In terms of DOP&PW’s further clarification, in case the provision for giving the benefit of combined service has been made by the State Governments in their rules, such pensionable railway employees may become eligible for combined service benefits for pension purposes. However, a permanent Railway Servant governed by the Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993, joining the State Governments free to seek pension/pensionary benefits as per the provision contained in this office letter of even number dated 26-9-2005, as explained in para Iabove.


4. Please acknowledge receipt.


sd/-

(SUNIL BHARDWAJ)

Deputy Director Finance(Estt..)III,

Railway Board.

Source : www.indianrailways.gov.in

http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/finance/downloads/2011/RBE%20103%20of%202011.pdf

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Encashment of Leave on Average Pay (LAP) while availing Privilege Pass/ PTO in Railways - Clarification

PC VI No.266
RBE No.95/2011


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

No. F(E)III/2008/LE1/1

New Delhi, dated: 22-06-2011.


The General Managers/FA&CAOs,

All Zonal Railways/Production Units

(As per Mailing List).


Subject: Encashment of Leave on Average Pay (LAP) while availing Privilege Pass/ PTO - Clarification regarding.

+ + ++ +

 

References have been received in this office from some quarters seeking clarification as to whether Railway employees can avail encashment of leave in terms of Rule 540-A/R-I, 1985 Edition while proceeding on leave other than on LAP and Casual Leave.


2. The matter has been examined in consultation with the Department of Personnel & Training the nodal department of the Government in the matter, and it is clarified that in order to claim encashment of LAP while availing Privilege Pass/PTO, in terms of the provisions contained in Rule 540-A/R-l, 1985 Edition and as modified/clarified from time to time, Railway employees are required to avail leave, including casual leave. Holidays including Restricted Holidays, do not come within the ambit of the definition of leave for the aforesaid purpose.


3. Please acknowledge receipt.

sd/-
(Sunil Bhardwaj)

Deputy Director Finance (Estt)III
Railway Board.

 

Source document from: www.indianrailways.gov.in
[http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/finance/downloads/2011/RBE%2095%20pf%202011.pdf]

 

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ACR dossiers of Private Secretaries of reserved category of CSSS of Select List Year 2005 - reg.

MOST IMMEDIATE

TIME BOUND


No.3/1/2011-CS-ll(A)

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions

(Department of Personnel and Training)


3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market,

New Delhi — 110 003.

Dated the 22nd July, 2011


OFFICE MEMORANDUM


Subject: - ACR dossiers of Private Secretaries of reserved category of CSSS of Select List Year 2005 - reg.


            The undersigned is directed to say that in connection with ad hoc promotion to the grade of PPS, the ACR dossiers (containing APARs upto 2009-2010) of Private Secretaries of reserved category of CSSS for the Select List Year 2005 are required urgently. The cadre units are, therefore, requested to send the complete ACR dossiers of the such PSs, their vigilance clearance and major/minor penalty report for the last 10 years.


2.         The Cadre units are also requested to examine/complete the ACRs of the above-mentioned CSSS officers in terms of the procedure laid down in this Department’s OM No. 21011/1/2010-Estt. (A) dated 13.4.2010 (copy enclosed) with regard to below benchmark ACRs and forward the ACR dossiers after ensuring they are complete in all respect and to send these ACRs only through the dealing hands so that the same can be verified for any inaccuracy.


sd/-

(Kiran Vasudeva)

Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

 

Source document from : www.persmin.nic.in

[http://persmin.gov.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02csd/PAreserve.pdf]

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CENTRE ISSUES DRAFT GUIDELINES FOR PROCUREMENT OF AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR CGHS


CENTRE ISSUES DRAFT GUIDELINES FOR PROCUREMENT OF AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR CGHS

            The Central government has issued a set of draft guidelines for procurement of ayurvedic medicines for the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS). The procurement shall be done through rate contract (RC) and normal validity of RC will be for a period of two years, which may be extended for a period of six months in one instance and upto a period of one more year on the discretion of the ministry.

The procurement of medicines will be recommended by a provisioning committee and shall be approved by the ministry. A panel of medical inspection committee shall be constituted, comprising of three members each for two years with two months tenure will be prepared and approval for the same will be obtained from the director CGHS to compare the bulk supply of medicines in two phase.

According to the draft the ayurvedic medicines that are manufactured by Indian Medicines Pharmaceutical Corporation Limited (IMPCL) may be procured without inviting tender or rate enquiry at rates finalised by the cost and account branch of Department of Expenditure/Ministry of Finance. However this is applicable only if IMPCL provides barcode for their list of manufacturing medicines from next financial year.

Apart from getting ayurvedic medicines from IMPCL, CGHS will also procure medicines from open market through tendering process by following two bid procedure. These medicines would be generic medicines that are not in the list of medicines being produced by IMPCL or medicines which are certified by the IMPCL having not produced for the period and proprietary medicines as per approved CGHS formulary under disease category.

The draft mentions that the procurement of the medicines shall also be done through approved local chemists if a formulary medicine is not available in the store dispensaries, units or hospitals and even the medicines of equal therapeutic value is is not available in the existing formulary.

It has been notified that the medicines shall be procured only from the firm that has a manufacturing unit with an average annual turnover of rupees 50 lakh per year for three years. Interested firm should be able to pay Rs 25,000 and performance security of Rs 50,000 EMD for a period of four to five months and performance security for a period of three years. The firm should possess for the last three years the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certificate issued under Schedule T of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940 rules there under in force. The draft specifies that all the firms catering should be able to provide barcode system for the selected medicines on the label and packaging unit.

“Procurement of ayurvedic medicines for CGHS, Delhi will be made as per annual provisioning worked out on the pattern of daily patients attendance rate (DPAR) formula and annual demand submitted by the hospitals. The provisioning of classical and patent proprietary medicines of IMPCL and other firms will be made on the assumption of the last three years,” the draft states.

It states that the first preference for the procurement of the medicines shall go to IMPCL. However the draft clarifies that CGHS may procure medicines which are not supplied by the IMPCL from state government or co-operative pharmacies provided they are willing to supply medicines on CGHS rate contract. It states that the ratio of 60:40 in terms of value in classical and propriety medicines will be maintained in the CGHS procurement.

Source:http://ayurbhishak.wordpress.com/2010/06/23/%E2%99%A3-centre-issues-draft-guidelines-for-procurement-of-ayurvedic-medicines-for-cghs/

Financial upgradation under Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) Scheme to Departmental Canteen Employees of AFHQ/1SOs on completion of 10/20 years of regular service in the grade…

IMNIEDIATE/BY HAND

No.A/43021/MACP/Canteen/Clerk & Others/CAO/P-2


MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

(Office of the JS(Trg) & CAO)


Subject: First/Second Financial upgradation under Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) Scheme to Departmental Canteen Employees of AFHQ/1SOs on completion of 10/20 years of regular service in the grade.


In terms of instructions issued by DOP&T vide O.M. No.35034/3/2008-Estt.(D) dated 19 May 2009 and further clarifications dated 16 Nov. 09 & 09 Sep. 2010 on the subject mentioned above, the Competent Authority has approved the grant of
First & Second Financial Upqradation(s) (as the case may be) to Departmental Canteen employees from the Grade Pay of Rs.1800/- in PB-I to the Grade Pays of Rs.1900!- & Rs.2000/- respectively in PB-I. as the case may be. with effect from the date shown against the officials mentioned at Annexure ‘A’ to this note.


2. The above financial upgradation shall be purely personal to the official and shall have no relevance to his Seniority position. As such, there shall be no additional financial upgradation for the senior official on the ground that the junior official in the  grade has got higher pay/grade pay under the MACP Scheme.


3. The pay of the officials concerned shall be fixed under the provision of FR22(I)a(1). They can exercise their option for pay fixation either from date of financial upgradation or from next annual increment viz. 1 July of the year. The pay and the date of increment would be fixed in accordance with clarification No.2 of the Department of Expenditure G.M. 1/1/2008-IC, dated 13/09/08. Further, the benefit of pay fixation available at the time of regular promotion shall also be allowed at the time   of financial upgradation under the Scheme. Therefore, the pay shall be raised by 3% of the total pay in the pay band and grade pay drawn before such upgradation. There shall, however, be no further fixation of pay at the time of regular promotion if it is in the same grade pay as granted under MACPS. However, at the time of actual promotion if it happens to be in a post carrying higher grade pay than that is available under MACPS, no pay fixation would be available and only difference of grade pay would be made available.


4. If a regular promotion has been offered but was refused by the employee before becoming entitled to a financial upgradation, no financial upgradation shall be allowed, since an employee is not deemed to have stagnated due to lack of opportunities. If, however, financial upgradation has been allowed due to stagnation and the employees subsequently refuse the promotion, it shall not be a ground to disallow the financial upgradation. He will, however, not be eligible to be considered for further financial upgradatlon till he agrees to be considered for promotion again and the next financial upgradation shall also be deferred to the extent of period of debarment due to refusal for promotion.

5. The above up-gradations will be further subject to the terms and conditions issued by DOP&T OM from time to time on the subject of Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme.

 

Sd/-

(Rajesh Tiwan)

SAO, CAOIP-2

19th Aprl 2011

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Source file from www.caomod.nic.in
[http://caomod.nic.in/00/Promotions/Canteen.pdf]

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IMPLEMENTATION OF MODIFIED ASSURED CAREER PROGRESSION SCHEME (MACP) – CLARIFICATIONS ON CONSTITUTION OF DIVISIONAL SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

IMPLEMENTATION OF MODIFIED ASSURED CAREER PROGRESSION SCHEME (MACP) – CLARIFICATIONS ON CONSTITUTION OF DIVISIONAL SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

D.G. Posts No. 4-7/(MACPS)/2009-PCC   Dated 30th June,2011

            This has the reference to the Directorate letter of even No. dated 01.09.2010 vide which constitution of the Scrutiny Committee was prescribed at Divisional levels for scrutinizing the confidential reports of Postmen, PA/SAs & other Group `C` staff for the proceeding 5 years and grade the ACRs on basis of entries made by the reporting officer in it. The Committee so constituted were required to complete the exercise of grading the performance of the officials within a period of one month from the date of issue of the said order. It was clearly provided that the findings of the Committee shall require acceptance of the DPS/Regional PMG concerned and that the exercise was a one time exercise only.

2.        Service Unions have represented to the Department that the Committee has not been met and contended that the officials are not benefitted at all by its constitution. In the light of the representation made by service unions, it has accordingly been decided to make the purpose of constitution of Scrutiny Committee clear to all concerned.

3.         Hence, it is clarified that the process of communication of APAR`s (earlier ACR's) for regular promotion is equally applicable for consideration of financial ugradation under MACPS. As per existing provisions, complete APAR is required to be communicated to the official concerned from reporting year 2008-09 onward. Where an employee is to be considered for promotion in a future DPC and his ACRs prior to the period 2008-09 reckonable for assessment of his fitness in such future DPC contain final grading which are below the benchmark for next promotion, the concerned employee is to be given an opportunity to represent within 15 days of its communication before such ACRs are placed before DPC. Keeping in view the practice of writing ACRs in the Department to constitute Scrutiny Committee to scrutinize the grading based on the entries in the ACRs where there was no adverse entry exclusively for the purpose of grant of financial upgradation under MACPS. In other cases, where there was an adverse entry in the ACRs prior to reporting year 2008-09, the process of communication of the same was to be applied & representation decided in accordance with the existing provisions.

4. Some of the Circle have also sought certain clarifications over the issue and the same are clarified as under:-

Ser Issue Clarification
1 Whether the Divisional Scrutiny Committee has to just arrive at the average grading based on the grading given during the last 5 years to ease the work of the Screening Committee so that the Screening Committee can easily decide the cases fit or unfit based on average grading or the Committee has to go through all the entries, reassess the performance and award fresh grading ignoring the earlier grading given by the reporting officer/reviewing officer if found necessary ? Scrutiny Committee ordered to constitute was required to re-assess the grading of each year based ion all the entries made in the confidential reports of the preceding 5 years prior to reporting period 2008-09 & grade the performance as `Average`, `Good`, `Very Good` etc. as a onetime exercise. Fitness for the purpose of conferment of financial upgradation under MACP based on reassessed grading of the Scrutiny Committee was to be adjudged by the Screening Committee only after acceptance of such finding by the authority mentioned in Para 7 of order dated 01-09.2010 on constitution of the Scrutiny Committee issued by this Directorate
2 Whether the Divisional Scrutiny Committee can change the grading given by the reporting officer without receiving representation from the official/without disposal of representation /without intimating the initiated officer and whether such revision can be taken as authenticated for further reference. This office is of the view that the benchmark assigned by the reporting officer cannot be changed by the Committee Grading given by the Scrutiny Committee after reassessing the ACR was required to be recorded separately without making a change in the grading given by the reporting officer/reviewing officer available on the original confidential reports. The finding of the Committee one being accepted by the authority in Para 7 was to be taken as authenticated for the only purpose of financial upgradation under MACPS
3 Whether the Scrutiny Committee has to carry out the scrutiny/grading of all the officials or has to carry out the grading of only those officials who are due for MACP during the year? Scrutiny Committee was required to reassess the entries of the preceding 5 years ACRTs prior to the reporting period 2008-09 in respect of all the officials covered by the orders in the light of the new system of communicating the entries in the APAR effective from reporting period 2008-09 initiated after 01 Apr 2009.
4 As the formation of the Scrutiny Committee is one time measure, whether Committee has to meet every year in the beginning and carry out the grading work in advance to facilitate the Scrutiny Committee to award financial upgradation under MACP Since entries in APAR for reporting year 2008-09 onwards are prescribed to be communicated to the officials reported upon and representation made against the adverse entries/grading made, if any is to be decided by the competent authority & final grading is to be arrived at, no further scrutiny of the APAR would be involved. Hence the answer to this part is negative.

 

5.       In the light of the foregoing , it may please be ensured that where Screening Committee`s have not already met and completed the exercise the same may be got completed within one month and a division wise compliance on the completion of this exercise be sent to this office by 31st Jul 2011. In cases where the exercise has completed and the officials have not been benefitted by the above despite the fact that there was no adverse entry in the ACRs scrutinized, the process of communication ACR`s may at once be initiated and representations called for within 15 days of such communication and such representations be decided by the officer superior to the reporting officer/reviewing officer. Thereafter, Screening Committee may be constituted for consideration of grant of financial upgradation under MACPS, wherever justified and status thereof may also be reflected separately for each Division in the report to be submitted by 31.07.2011.

6.      This issues with the approval of competent authority.

 

Source: NFPE

Monday, July 25, 2011

Extension of Risk Allowance till 31.12.2011


No.21012/01/2008-Estt.(Allowance)

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, PG. & Pensions

Department of Personnel & Training

*****


New Delhi, dated 19th July, 2011.


OFFICE MEMORANDUM


Subject:- Extension of Risk Allowance till 31.12.2011.


             The undersigned is directed to refer this Department’s OM No.21012/0l/2008-Estt.(AL) dated 25-01-2011 vide which payment of Risk Allowance was extended till 30-06-2011. Extension of Risk Allowance for a further period of six months beyond 30-06-2011 has been considered and it has been decided that Risk Allowance may be continued for a further period of six months upto 31-12-2011 or till such time Risk Insurance Scheme is implemented, whichever is earlier. All the Ministries/Departments are requested to ensure implementation of Risk Insurance Scheme before 31-12-2011.


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(Zoya C.B.)

Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

 

Source: www.persmin.nic.in

[http://persmin.gov.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/21012_01_2008-Estt.-Allowance-19072011.pdf]

Click here to get the OM No.21012/0l/2008-Estt.(AL) dated 25-01-2011

 

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CPI a better indicator of inflation than WPI: Subbarao

CPI a better indicator of inflation than WPI: Subbarao
Press Trust of India, July 5, 2011, (Mumbai)

           Reserve Bank of India Governor D Subbarao today said consumer price index (CPI) works better than  wholesale price index (WPI) in capturing market dynamics and arriving at a more realistic inflation forecast.

"Conceptually, the CPI is a better indicator of demand side pressures than the WPI and there is no denying that  consumer prices better reflect demand side pressures than wholesale prices," Subbarao said at the RBI's 5th Statistical  day celebrations at the Mint Road office.     

Elaborating it, the Governor said a sustained rise in wholesale prices either results in an eventual increase in  prices by retailers or a squeeze in their margins.

But if the demand is strong, retailers may exercise  pricing power and pass on the increase in wholesale prices to consumers. In case demand is weak, retailers will be forced to  partly absorb the increase in wholesale prices in their margins, he said.

However, defending the WPI usage in the apex bank's  inflation forecast, Subbarao said, "Given the limited efficacy of monetary policy to deal with food and fuel inflation, and the limits on using core CPI inflation measures, we have  focussed our attention on non-food manufactured products  inflation as an indicator of demand-side pressures in the economy."

He admitted that there was some merit in the criticism of RBI's inflation forecasts, which has been going off the  mark, but pointed out that the bank has "opted for WPI over CPI as a second best choice for a number of reasons, first and  most importantly, we do not have a single CPI that is  representative of the whole country.     

"Until recently we had four, and currently we have three CPIs representing different segments of the population," he  said, pointing out that while WPI is computed on an all-India  basis, while CPIs are constructed for specific centres and then aggregated to an all-India index.      

"Secondly, WPI is available with a shorter lag than the CPIs. Third, WPI has a broader coverage than the CPIs in terms of the number of commodities, quotations, inclusion of non-agricultural products and tradeable items," he said.

Noting that Wholesale Price inflation has been revised  upwards, sometimes sharply, in last many months, he said the RBI accordingly revised upwards many a times its inflation  forecasts during the fiscal ended March 31, 2011.     

While it is true that commodity prices influence the  non-food manufactured products component of WPI, it is also  true that the pass-through effect from higher commodity prices  to WPI depends critically upon underlying demand conditions in  the economy, he argued.      

"For inflation assessment, RBI looks at all the measures of inflation, both overall and disaggregated components, in  conjunction with other economic and financial indicators. In  the context of monetary policy formulation, it is important to have a robust primary measure of inflation at the national  level," he said.

In this direction, the compilation and dissemination of  CPI (urban), CPI (rural) and CPI for the country by CSO is an  important step forward, but the long time series data, especially for the back period are not available for these new  indices making them unsuitable for policy analysis, he said.      

Stating the RBI has been left to double-guess inflation  numbers, he said sharp variance in the data supply had led to a systematic under-prediction of inflation numbers by the apex bank last year. He called for a need to make efforts to  ensure the quantum and frequency of revisions reduced.

Blaming the sharp rise in oil and commodity prices,  lower-than-expected decline in food prices despite a normal  monsoon, erroneous signals from IIP data, and the more than  expected upward revisions to the past inflation data, as the factors that led to the inflation miscalculation, Subbarao admitted that generally, private inflation forecasts came much  closer to what was ultimately reported for last fiscal year.

Noting that the revision of the basket for CPI series lags that of the WPI series, he said though last year when the WPI series was revised to the base of 2004-05, the existing  CPIs continue with the old base-- for CPI-RL (rural labourers)   (1986-87), CPI-AL (agri labourers )(1986-87) and CPI-IW  (industrial workers) (2001), making them ill-equipped to  capture the price behaviour caused by the rapid structural changes in the economy. 

Pointing out that the changes in the weights for manufactured products are not substantial even in the revised  WPI base year, he said there is a tilt in the weights towards non-food manufactured products reflecting changes in the   production pattern over the decade.

Some key economic data widely used elsewhere, such as  regular retail sales data, as well as those on employment and  housing sales, are not regularly compiled in the country, leading the inflation numbers half baked or non-representative  of the actual demand and price movements in the economy.

Pointing out that the more critical data on WPI inflation  also have been subject to large revisions, he said, "the initial estimates of WPI inflation were 8.2 percent for  January '11 and 8.3 percent for February'11. (But) both these  numbers were substantially revised upwards by 120 bps each.

"Often, it is not clear if the revisions are occasioned  by one-off factors or systemic factors. Nevertheless, each  time we have to make an assessment of the inflation situation,  we are left to double-guessing how the provisional number might be revised," Subbarao said.

"But if the provisional data that we feed into the  econometric model is off-track and does not exhibit any systematic pattern, our projections of inflation too gets off-track," he concluded.

 

Read more at: http://profit.ndtv.com/news/show/cpi-a-better-indicator-of-inflation-than-wpi-subbarao-163001?cp

Saturday, July 23, 2011

DEFENCE CIVLIANS MEDICAL AID FUND - SALIENT FEATURES

 

DEFENCE CIVLIANS MEDICAL AID FUND
MINISTR OF DEFENCE

SALIENT FEATURES :-

1. CONSTITUTION:
The Fund was established in 1953 as Defence Civilians Welfare (TB, Cancer & Leprosy) Fund. Presently it is known as Defence Civilians Medical Aid Fund ( DCMAF). It is a Society registered w.e.I. 31.011977 under Societies Registration Act 1860.

2. OBJECTS:
The Fund provides financial assistance to members in case they or their dependents suffer from specified ailments.

3. MEMBERSHIP :
The membership of the Fund is open on voluntary basis lo all civilian employees whether industrial or non- industrial paid from Civil Estimates or Defence Services Estimates. The present membership of the Fund is about 2,15,677.

4. RATES OF SUBSCRIPTION :
The existing rates are as under:

Grade Pay

Annual  Membership

Full Service Membership

IS to PB-I
Rs. 60/-
Rs. 400/-
PB-2
Rs. 100/-
Rs. 600/-
PB-3
Rs. 200/-
Rs. 800/-
PB-4
Rs. 400/-
Rs. 1000/-

5. GOVERNING BODY :-

The Fund is managed by a Managing Committee constituted as under:-

Defence Secretary – Chairman

Additional Secretary (A) – Sr.Vice-Chairman

Joint Secretary (Training) & CAO - Vice-Chairman

Deputy Chief Adm inistrative Officer – Hony. Secretary
(Training, Coord & Welfare)

CODA, AG, Air Officer-in-Charge, Personnel, Air HQ, – Members

SPD (Civ), Naval HQ, Director of Personnel, DRDO,

DGOS, DGEME, DG (Pers) E-in-C’s Branch, DOQA,

DGOF, DOAFMS, DOMS ( Army, Navy, Air ),

Addi. DGAFMS (MR), Joint Secretary (E), MOD,

Director —in — Charge of Welfare in CAO’s Office,

A Civilian Rep from AFHQ / ¡SOs, Indian National

Defence Workers Federation, Kanpur, All India

Defence Employees Federation, Kirkee, Pune,

Bhartiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh, Kanpur

and Labour Welfare Commissioner from Ord Fys.

6. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE :
Executive Committee consists of undermentioned officers:

Joint Secretary (Training) & CAO – Chairman

AddI. DGAFMS(MR) – Member

Dy. CAO (TCW) – Hony. Secretary

7. FINANCIAL POSITION OF THE FUND AS ON 28th FEB 2011 (APPROX)

In Fixed Deposits Rs. 7.80,00,000/-

In Saving Banks Rs. 23,24,759/-

8. EXISTING BENEFITS PROVIDED BY THE FUND

(A) NUTRITIOUS DIET ALLOWANCE

TB & Leprosy  – Rs.l000/- per month

Cancer  -  Rs. 1500/- per month

Anaeniia During Pregnancy & – Rs.800/- per month

Lactating Mother

Burn Injuries  -  Rs.150/- per week

(B) AFTER CARE ALLOWANCE :-

TB & Leprosy  – Rs.800/- per month

Cancer   -  Rs. 1500/- per month

(C) DIALYSIS ALLOWANCE  -  Rs. I 000/-per moth

(D) SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCE

For TB, Cancer & Leprosy, Paralytic -  Rs. 100/- per day
Stroke, Accidental Injury

(E) RE-IMBURSEMENT OF COST
FOR MAJOR OPERATIONS – upto Rs. 15000/- of disallowed amount
For Coronary By-Pass Surgery, Valve Replacement, Renal Transplantation;
Joint Replacement with Surgery,amount Implantation of Pace – Makers,
Implantation of Sterns

(F) ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

For Procuring Blood for Transfusions  -  Rs.600/-per transfusion

For Cataract Operations with Implantation of
Intra-Ocular Lens, Purchase of Wheel Chairs,Tricycles for Physically Handicapped, Prosthesis for Burn Injuries  – Rs. 5000/-

For Purchase of Artificial Limbs  -  Rs. 3000/-

For Purchase of Support Shoes (Calipers)  – Rs. 2000/-

For Hearing Aid  -  Rs. 1500/-

For Purchase of Crutches, Neck Band for
Cervical Spondylitis  -  Rs. 1000/-

(G) EX-GRATIA GRANTS

(I) To the members

In case of loss of two limbs/eyes -   Rs. 15000/-

In case of loss of one limb/eye  - Rs. 10000/-

(II) To the family of members

If member dies due to Accident, TB, Cancer & Leprosy and Heart ailments for which  Member availed assistance from the Fund earlier Rs. 50000/-

BSNL launches Special Tariff Plans for Paramilitary Jawans

BSNL launches Special Tariff Plans for Paramilitary Jawans

           Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited ( BSNL ), India’s largest integrated telecom service provider has launched Special Tariff Plans for Paramilitary Forces serving the nation. With these special tariff plans, BSNL endeavours to benefit over 9 lakh Paramilitary jawans . The two plans launched are the Paramilitary Plan and the Officer Plan for the jawans & officers respectively.
 
With daily free talk time for 20 minutes on any two BSNL numbers, jawans can talk with their own family, anywhere in country under the Paramilitary Plan. The facility is also free of cost while on roaming. Other than that the Paramilitary Plan offers Reduced Calling charges @ 0.20 P/ min on any two BSNL numbers; be it mobile or landline. Another plan in the offing is Reduced Calling charges @ 0.30 P/ min on any one BSNL number to talk with a relative, anywhere in the country. The Paramilitary Plan is available both on 2G and 3G along with reduced video calling charges @ 0.70 P/ min.
 
Apart from this, an economical plan has been launched with Fixed Monthly Charges of Rs.99 (Tax Inclusive), where one can enjoy Per Second Pulse and tariff beyond freebies @ 1 Paisa / Sec. Out of Rs.99 of Fixed Monthly Charges, apart from facilities mentioned above, the jawans can also avail additional talk time worth Rs.75/- per month. For control on expenditure, BSNL has also launched a pre-paid plan, whereby jawans can recharge their mobiles using by vouchers.
 
Under the Officers Plan, serving officers can avail unlimited free calls to any BSNL numbers within a circle and 500 free SMS, both local & national. Besides this, they can avail 1500 minutes / month free STD calls on any BSNL numbers. This also includes 300 minutes of free I/C roaming call and 200 minutes of free O/G roaming call. The other features of the plan include per minute pulse, free night calling on one’s own network, unlimited free GPRS in Home LSA, STD calls @ 0.40 P / min, video calls @ 0.70 P / min. All this comes at a fixed monthly charge of Rs.425 + Taxes.
 
Speaking on the Special Tariif Plan launched for Armed Forces Personnel, Shri R. K. Upadhyay, Chairman & Managing Director, BSNL said, “ BSNL has always endeavored to provide the most competitive plans for all its customers. We at BSNL wanted to treat our jawans & officers serving our nation with some smart yet easy-on-the-pocket kind of schemes. The special tariff plan has been launched with an aim to bring a large number of these jawans & officers to actively use and experience our entire bouquet.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Revision of pension/family pension in respect of the pensioners who were in receipt of compulsory retirement pension and compassionate allowance under Rules 40 and 41 of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972

No.38/37/08-P&PW(A)

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare


Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi-110003

Dated the 22nd July, 2011


OFFICE MEMORANDUM


Sub : Revision of pension/family pension in respect of the pensioners who were in receipt of compulsory retirement pension and compassionate allowance under Rules 40 and 41 of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972.

The undersigned is directed say that in accordance with para 4.2 of this Departments O.M. No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 1.9.2008, the revised pension of pre-2006 pensioners shall, in no case. be lower than fifty percent of the minimum of the pay in the pay band plus the grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from which the pensioner had retired In the case of HAG+ and above scales, this will be fifty percent of the minimum of the revised pay scale.


2 . Doubts have been raised in regard to the applicability of the above provision in the case of revision of pension/family pension in respect of the pensioners who were in receipt of compulsory retirement pension and compassionate allowance under Rules 40 and 41 of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972. The matter has been examined in the light of the instructions/orders issued after Fifth Central Pay Commission for revision of pension/family pension in such cases. It was clarified in this Department’s O.M No 45/86/97-P&PW(A) dated 25-3-2004 that the provisions of O.M. dated 17-12-1998 relating to stepping up of pension to 50% of the minimum of the revised scale of pay as on 1-1-96 of the post held by the pensioner at the time of retirement shall not be applicable in case of compulsory retirement pension and compassionate allowance.


3. It has now been decided that the benefit of para 4.2 of this Departments O.M. No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 1-9-2008 [as clarified vide O.M. No, 38/37/08-P&PW(A) (pt.l) dated 3-10-2008] will not be applicable in the case of revision of pension/family pension in respect of the pensioners who were in receipt of compulsory retirement pension and compassionate allowance under Rules 40 and 41 of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972.


4. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) vide their U.O. No. 152/EV/2011 dated 30.6.2011.

5 In so far as persons belonging to the Indian Audit & Accounts Departments, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller 8 Auditor General of India.


6. Hindi version will follow.


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(Tripti P. Ghosh)

Director

Source: www.pensionersportal.gov.in

[http://persmin.gov.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/383708PPW_A22072011.pdf]

OBSERVANCE OF "DEMANDS DAY" BY IRTSA UNITS ALL OVER INDIA

OBSERVANCE OF "DEMANDS DAY" BY IRTSA UNITS ALL OVER INDIA

 
DEMONSTRATION & GATE MEETINGS HELD RESOLUTION OF DEMANDS ADOPTED & SENT TO ALL CONCERNED
      

Units of IRTSA all over India, observed “Demands Day” by wearing Demand Badges, holding rallies, demonstration & gate meetings and adopting
resolution of demands – which were later sent to all concerned – at the Railway Board, Zonal and local levels. The action was spread over different days in the third week of June, starting from 20th June, 2011 onwards – as per directive of CEC IRTSA and as per local conditions. 

Main demands of the Association included removal of anomalies of Sixth Pay Commission, Grade Pay of Rs.5400 to SSE, CMS, CDMS with Group B (Gazetted Status), grade Pay of Rs.4800 to JES, CMA II & DMS, Incentive or Honorarium to Technical Supervisors & Staff for additional turn-over due to additional workload, new trains and assets, early merger of DA and revision of wages every year for Central Government employees – as in Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs).

MAIN DEMANDS

1.  Recognition of IRTSA

2.  Grade Pay of Rs 4800 to JEs, CMA & DMS. 

3.  Grade Pay of Rs 5400 SSE, CMS, CDMS

4.  Pre-revised Scale of Rs.7450-11500 to CMA-I

5.  Upgrading of adequate % of posts to Group ‘B’ 

6.  Incentive / PCO Allowance to C & M, Drawing, Design, IT (EDP) & Store Engrs. & other left out Shops

7.  Incentive/Honorarium for Technical Staff & Technical Sups./ Engrs. in Sheds & Open Line. 

8.  Removal of drawbacks in MACPS.

9.  Counting of Training Period for MACPS.

10.  Entitlement of all types of passes as per revised pay limits.

11.  Withdrawal of uniform date of Increment.

12.  Parity in fixation of pay of promotees & direct recruits.

13.  Revision of stipend to GP 4200 of trainee JEs w.e.f. 1.1.2006.

14.  Uniform training period of one year for JEs of Mechanical Department

15.  Exemption of all Allowances from Income Tax

 

Courtesy : Voice of Rail Engineers

Individuals having income not exceeding Rs. 5 lakhs from salary or pension - not required to file IT Returns

Individuals having income not exceeding Rs. 5 lakhs from salary or pension - not required to file IT Returns

Govt. has exempted the following class of persons, from the requirement of furnishing a return of income for the assessment year 2011-12,  (Vide
NOTIFICATION NO. 36/2011 [F. NO. 142/09/2011 (TPL)], DATED 23-6-2011):

1. Class of Persons: An Individual whose total income for the relevant assessment year does not exceed five lakh rupees and consists of only income chargeable to income-tax under the following head,—
(A)  "Salaries"; (B)  "Income from other sources", by way of interest from a savings account in a bank, not exceeding ten thousand rupees.

2. Conditions: The individual referred to in para 1 : 
(i)  has reported to his employer his Permanent Account Number (PAN);

(ii)  has reported to his employer, the incomes mentioned in sub-para (B) of para 1 and the employer has deducted the tax thereon;

(iii)  has received a certificate of tax deduction in Form 16 from his employer which mentions the PAN, details of income and the tax deducted at source and deposited to the credit of the Central Govt;

(iv)  has discharged his total tax liability for the assessment year through tax deduction at source and its deposit by the employer to the Central Government;

(v)  has no claim of refund of taxes due to him for the income of the assessment year; and

(vi)  has received salary from only one employer for the assessment year.

3. The exemption from the requirement of furnishing a return of income-tax shall not be available where a notice has been issued for filing a return of income for the assessment year.

 

Courtesy : Voice of Rail Engineers

F & Qs About Nuclear Power



F & Qs About Nuclear Power
Backgrounder

Can a Chernobyl type accident take place in Indian Nuclear Power Plants?
Nuclear power has a very good safety record for a period spanning more than three decades. The Three Mile Island (TMI) accident in March, 1979 and the Chernobyl accident in April, 1986, Have raised apprehensions in the minds of the public all over the world. In the case of TMI, no radiation injury had occured to any member of the Public. In fact all the safety systems had worked as designed and no radioactivity was released to the atmosphere. At chernobyl, 31 people died and they are all plant personnel. However, it must be recognised that the Chernobyl accident occured due to the negligence of operaters who violated the safety procedures. Besides, the Chernobyl reactor is a totally different type. It employed Graphite as a moderator. Graphite is a form of carbon and its combustible property contributed to explosion in the reactor core. Such a sequence of events in the Nuclear plants is not possible and explosion in the core is ruled out as it is cooled and moderated by heavy water. Adequate safety features in the plant are provided to ensure  its safe operation. Paramount importance is given in setting up of nuclear power installations, to the safety of operating staff, public and environment. Safety experts and regulatory personnel are associated at all --- missioning and operation of nuclear power plants. Thus Chernobyl type accident is ruled out in Indian Nuclear Power Plants.

What is India’s 3-Phase Nuclear Power Programme?
In view of the limited fossil fuel availability with the country, the relevance of Nuclear Power in meeting the short and long term needs of our energy was recognised right at the initial stage. From the very beginning, as a long term strategy, the Nuclear Power Programme formulated by Dr. Homi Bhabha embarked on the three stage nuclear power programme, linking the fuel cycle of Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR) and Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR) for Judicious utilisation  of our limited reserves of Uranium and vast Thorium reserves. The emphasis of the programme was self-reliance and thorium utilisation as a long term objective. The PHWR was chosen due to extensive research and development facilities covering diverse areas for supporting technology absorption.
The 3-stage of our Nuclear Power Programme are :
·         Stage-I : envisages, construction of Natural Uranium, Heavy Water Moderated and Cooled Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs). Spent fuel from these reactors is reprocessed to obtain Plutonium.
·         Stage-II : evisages, construction of Fast Breeder Reactors (FBRs) fuelled by Plutonium produced in stage-I. These reactors would also breed U-233 from Thorium.
·         Stage-III : would comprise power reactors using U-233 / Thorium as fuel.

What are India’s available energy resources?
India's available energy resources are shown in the following table :
Identified Energy Reserves
Coal
186
billion tonnes
Lignite
5,060
million tonnes
Crude Oil
728
million tonnes
Natural Gas
686
billion Cu-m
Uranium
78,000
tonnes
Thorium
3,63,000
tonnes
Hydro
84,000
MW at 60 % PLF
Renewables
Biomass
6000
MWe
Wind, Solar etc.
20,000
MWe


How is environment surrounding Nuclear Plant is monitored?
This is done by the Environmental Survey Laboratory (ESL) set up well before starting the operation of the plant. The ESL collects data on forest, flora and fauna, marine products, food and air etc., to set up base level data on their quality prior to commencement of the operation of the plant. Samples are drawn and regularly analysed to ascertain the status on a continuos basis. The ESL functions independent of plant authorities and the data collected is checked by the regulatory authorities for control purposes.


Source : PIB

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DA & DR ORDERS - EXPECTED DA STATUS
Effective DatesAdditional DA Total DA DA OrdersDR Orders5th CPC
1.1.2006 0-DA/DR
1.7.2006 2%2%29.08.2008DA/DR
1.1.2007 4%6%29.08.2008DA/DR
1.7.2007 3%9%29.08.2008DA/DR
1.1.2008 3%12%29.08.2008DA/DR
1.7.2008 4%16%29.08.2008DA/DR
1.1.2009 6%22%13.03.200927.03.2009DA/DR
1.7.2009 5%27%18.09.200929.09.2009DA/DR
1.1.2010 8%35%26.03.201031.03.2010DA/DR
1.7.2010 10%45%22.09.201029.09.2010DA/DR
1.1.2011 6%51%24.03.201129.03.2011DA/DR
1.7.2011 7%58%03.09.2011 05.10.2011DA/DR
1.1.2012 7%65%03.04.2012 04.04.2012DA/DR
1.7.2012 7%72%28.09.2012 25.10.2012DA/DR
1.1.2013 8%80%25.04.2013 02.05.2013DA/DR
1.7.2013 10%90%25.09.2013 03.10.2013DA/DR
1.1.2014 10%100%27.03.201409.04.2014DA/DR
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