Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Date : 24.8.2016

Placement of Pharmacists in the Entry Grade Pay of Rs. 4200/- (NFG) on completion of 2 years service in GP Rs. 2800/-
NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110 055
Affiliated to :
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)
No. I/2/Part III
Dated: 22/08/2016
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi
Dear Sir,
Sub: Placement of Pharmacists in the Entry Grade Pay of Rs. 4200/- (NFG) on completion of 2 years service in GP Rs. 2800/-.
Ref: (i) Railway Board’s letter No. PC-VI/2010/IR-N/2 dated 19/11/2010.
(ii) NFIR’s letter No. III/UPRMS/Pt. II dated 15/01/2014.
Federation desires to remind the Railway Board that on a reference from NFIR with regard to incorrect placement of Pharmacist in GP 2800/- and their continuance for further two years before placing them in GP 4200/- (PB-2) despite the fact that these incumbents had already rendered two years or more service in the pre- revised scale of pay Rs. 4500-7000, the Railway Board vide letter No. PC-VI/2010/IR-N/2 dated 19/11/2010 had issued a clarification to the Zonal Railways to the effect that the services rendered by Pharmacist in the pre- revised scale Rs. 4500-7000 should be counted as service in GP 2800/- for being placed in NFG of Pharmacist in GP 4200/- + Pay Band-II. Federation is constrained to mention that these instructions of the Board are not being followed scrupulously by various zones causing hardships to the Pharmacists.
In this connection, NFIR vide letter No. III/UPRMS/Pt. II dated 15/01/2014 brought to the notice of Board a case of Shri Sushil Kumar, Pharmacist working in Bikaner Division of N.W. Railway who came on inter railway transfer from West Central Railway where he was in receipt of GP 4200/- (PB-2). Federation vide its letter dated 15/01/2014 cited under reference invited Board’s attention the irregularity committed by the Bikaner Division by depressing the Grade Pay and emoluments of Shri Sushil Kumar. Federation also contended that the action of Bikaner Division is unjustified and violative of Board’s instructions dated 19/11/2010 as the employee had already completed two years service while working on West Central Railway and was eligible to GP 4200/- (PB-2) which is personal to him as NFG. A period of more than 1 ½ years has passed, unfortunately, instructions have not been issued to the North Western Railway. Copy of NFIR’s letter dated 15/01/2014, referred to above, is again enclosed for ready reference.
The Federation has come to know yet another similar nature of case on Central Railway, Nagpur Division where Shri Shailendra C. Ramteke, Pharmacist whose emoluments also have been depressed by the Nagpur Division though the employee had already rendered two years service in pre-revised scale of Pay Rs. 4500-7000 before his promotion to Rs. 5000-8000 on 03/01/2007.
NFIR, therefore, once again requests the Railway Board to issue clarification to North Western and Central Railways to rectify the deficiencies and to abide by Board’s instructions dated 19/11/2010 so that the concerned staff are not put to financial hardships.
A copy of the instructions issued may be endorsed to the Federation.
Yours faithfully,
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(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR
Date : 24.8.2016

Simultaneous action of prosecution and initiation of departmental proceedings - CCS(CCA) Rules: DoPT OM F.No. 11012/6/2007-Estt (A-III) dated 21st July, 2016:-


F.No. 11012/6/2007-Estt (A-III)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment A-III Desk

North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated: 21st July, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Simultaneous action of prosecution and initiation of departmental proceedings.

The undersigned is directed to refer to the Department of Personnel and Training OM of even number dated the 18th August, 2007 on the above subject and to say that in a recent case, Ajay Kumar Choudhary vs Union Of India Through Its Secretary & Anr, Civil Appeal No. 1912 of 2015, (JT 2015 (2) SC 487), 2015(2) SCALE, the Apex Court has directed that the currency of a Suspension Order should not extend beyond three months if within this period a Memorandum of Charges / Charge sheet is not served on the delinquent officer / employee;

2. It is noticed that in many cases charge sheets are not issued despite clear prima facie evidence of misconduct on the ground that the matter is under investigation by an investigating agency like Central Bureau of Investigation. In the aforesaid judgement the Hon’ble Court has also superseded the direction of the Central Vigilance Commission that pending a criminal investigation, departmental proceedings are to be held in abeyance.

3. In the subsequent paras the position as regards the following issues has been clarified:
(i)Issue of charge sheet against an officer against whom an investigating agency is conducting investigation or against whom a charge sheet has been filed in a court,
(ii) Effect of acquittal in a criminal case on departmental inquiry
(iii)Action where an employee convicted by a court files an appeal in a higher court

Issue of charge sheet against an officer against whom an investigating agency is conducting investigation or against whom a charge sheet has been filed in a court

4. It has been reaffirmed in a catena of cases that there is no bar in law for initiation of simultaneous criminal and departmental proceedings on the same set of allegations. In State of Rajasthan vs. B.K. Meena & Ors. (1996) 6 SCC 417 = AIR 1997 SC 13 = 1997 (1) LLJ 746 (SC), the Hon’ble Supreme Court has emphasised the need for initiating departmental proceedings in such cases in these words:

It must be remembered that interests of administration demand that the undesirable elements are thrown out and any charge of misdemeanor is enquired into promptly. “The disciplinary proceedings are meant not really to punish the guilty but to keep the administrative machinery unsullied by getting rid of bad elements. The interest of the delinquent officer also lies in a prompt conclusion of the disciplinary proceedings. If he is not guilty of the charges, his honour should be vindicated at the earliest possible moment and if he is guilty, he should be dealt with promptly according to law. It is not also in the interest of administration that persons accused of serious misdemeanor should be continued in office indefinitely, i.e., for long periods awaiting the result of criminal proceedings.

5. In Capt. M. Paul Anthony vs. Bharat Gold Mines Ltd. & Anr; , (1999) 3 SCC 679, the Supreme Court has observed that departmental proceedings and proceedings in a criminal case can proceed simultaneously as there is no bar in their being conducted simultaneously, though separately.

Effect of acquittal in a criminal case on departmental inquiry

6. The question as to what is to be done in the case of acquittal in a criminal case has been answered by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in RP. Kapur vs. Union of India & Anr. AIR 1964 SC 787 (a five Judge bench judgement) as follows:
If the trial of the criminal charge results in conviction, disciplinary proceedings are bound to follow against the public servant so convicted. Even in case Of acquittal proceedings may follow where the acquittal is other than honourable.

7. The issue was explained in the following words by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the following words in Ajit Kumar Nag v G M, (PJ), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., (2005) 7 SCC 764:
Acquittal by a criminal court would not debar an employer from exercising power in accordance with Rules and Regulations in force. The two proceedings criminal and departmental are entirely different. They operate in different fields and have different objectives. Whereas the object of criminal trial is to inflict appropriate punishment on offender, the purpose of enquiry proceedings is to deal with the delinquent departmentally and to impose penalty in accordance with service Rules. In a criminal trial, incriminating statement made by the accused in certain circumstances or before certain officers is totally inadmissible in evidence. Such strict rules of evidence and procedure would not apply to departmental proceedings. The degree of proof which is necessary to order a conviction is different from the degree of proof necessary to record the commission of delinquency. The rule relating to appreciation of evidence in the two proceedings is also not similar. In criminal law, burden of proof is on the prosecution and unless the prosecution is able to prove the guilt of the accused beyond reasonable doubt', he cannot be convicted by a court of law. In departmental enquiry, on the other hand, penalty can be imposed on the delinquent officer on a finding recorded on the basis of 'preponderance of probability'. Acquittal of the appellant by a Judicial Magistrate, therefore, does not ipso facto absolve him from the liability under the disciplinary jurisdiction of the Corporation.


8. The judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in GM. Tank vs State of Gujarat (2006) 5 SCC 446 has reaffirmed the principles laid down in RP. Kapur (supra). In G.M. Tank case, Court observed that there was not an iota of evidence against the appellant to hold that he was . guilty. As the criminal case and the departmental proceedings were based on identical set of facts and evidence, the Court set aside the penalty imposed in the departmental inquiry also.

9. Ratio in the GM. Tank judgement should not be misconstrued to mean that no departmental proceedings are permissible in all cases of acquittal or that in such cases the penalty already imposed would have to be set aside. What the Hon’ble Court has held that is no departmental inquiry would be permissible when the evidence clearly establishes that no charge against the Government servant may be made out.

Action where an employee convicted by a court files an appeal in a higher court
10. In many cases Government servants who have been found guilty by lower courts and have filed appeals in higher courts represent for reinstatement/ setting aside the penalty imposed under Rule 19(i) of the CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965. In such cases, the following observations of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in KC. Sareen vs C.B.I., Chandigarh, 2001 (6) SCC 584 are to be kept in view:

When a public servant was found guilty of corruption after a judicial adjudicatory process conducted by a court of law, judiciousness demands that he should be treated as corrupt until he is exonerated by a superior court. The mere fact that an appellate or revisional forum has decided to entertain his challenge and to go into the issues and findings ‘made against Such public servants once again should not even temporarily absolve him from such findings. If such a public servant becomes entitled to hold public office and to continue to do official acts until he is judicially absolved from such findings by reason of suspension of the order of conviction it is public interest which suffers and sometimes even irreparably. When a public servant who is convicted of corruption is allowed to continue to hold public office it impair the morale of the other persons manning such office, and consequently that would erode the already shrunk confidence of the people in such public institutions besides demoralising the other honest public servants who would either be the colleagues or subordinates of the convicted person. If honest public servants are compelled to take orders from proclaimed corrupt officers on account of the suspension of the Conviction the fall out would be one of shaking the system itself.

11. Thus action against a convicted Government servant should be taken straight away under Rule 19(1). An appeal against the conviction or even a stay on the sentence will have no effect unless the conviction itself is stayed.

12. In View of the law laid down in various judgements, including the ones quoted above, in cases of serious charges of ' misconduct, particularly involving moral turpitude, the Ministries / Departments should keep the following points in view to take prompt action:

(i) All incriminating documents should be seized promptly to avoid their tempering or destruction of evidence.
(ii) Particular care needs to be taken for retention of copies of such documents while handing over the same to an investigating agency. These documents may be attested after comparison with the originals.
(iii) In case the documents have been filed in a court, certified copies of documents may be obtained.
(iv) Documents and other evidence must be examined to see whether any misconduct, including favour, harassment, negligence or violation of rules/ instructions has been committed. If there is a prima facie evidence of misconduct, charge sheet under the appropriate rule must be issued.
(v) Court judgements should be promptly acted upon:
(a) in cases of conviction action is to be taken under Rule 19(i) of the CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965;
(b) in cases of acquittal also, if the Court has not acquitted the accused honourably, charge sheet may be issued;
(c) an acquittal on technical grounds or where a benefit of doubt has been given to the accused will have no effect on a penalty imposed under CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965, as while in a criminal trial the charge has to be proved beyond reasonable doubt, in the departmental inquiry the standard of evidence is preponderance of probability.

(vi) An appeal by the accused against conviction, but where the conviction has not been overturned /stayed, will have no effect on action taken under Rule 19(i) of the Co8 (CCA) Rules, 1965, even if Court has directed stay/ suspension of the sentence.
13. All Ministries / Departments are requested to bring the above guidelines to the notice of all concerned officials for compliance.

14. Hindi version follows.

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(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Director (E)
Date : 24.8.2016

Corrupt employees suspension can’t continue beyond 90 days


New Delhi: The suspension of government employees accused of corruption cannot continue beyond 90 days, the Centre said today.

It has asked secretaries of all departments to ensure that charge sheets against such employees are issued within three months time.

It should also be ensured that disciplinary proceedings are initiated as far as practicable in cases where an investigating agency is seized of the matter or criminal proceedings have been launched against such employees, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said in an order.

Citing a Supreme Court verdict, the DoPT said it has been decided that where a government servant is placed under suspension, “the order of suspension should not extend beyond three months, if within this period the chargesheet is not served to the charged officer”.

As such, it should be ensured that the charge sheet is issued before expiry of 90 days from the date of suspension, it said.

“As the suspension will lapse in case this time line is not adhered to, a close watch needs to be kept at all levels to ensure that charge sheets are issued in time,” the DoPT said in the order to all the secretaries.

The apex court while hearing a case has held that the currency of a suspension order should not extend beyond three months if within this period the Memorandum of Charges or chargesheet is not served on the delinquent officer or employee.

If the Memorandum of Charges or chargesheet is served a reasoned order must be passed for the extension of the suspension, it has said.

PTI
Date : 24.8.2016

7th Pay Commission – Second meeting on Allowances on 01.09.2016


Second Meeting of the Committee constituted to examine the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission regarding Allowances.


7th Pay Commission – Second meeting on Allowances on 01.09.2016 will be held at Room No. 72 North Block, New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Finance Secretary and Secretary (Expenditure) Committee will seek views of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA).

No.11-1/2016-IC
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
Department of Expenditure
(Implementation Cell)

Room No.216, Hotel Ashok,
Chankyapuri, New Delhi,
Dated :22/23.08.2016

To
Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary, National Council (Staff Side), JCM
13C, Feroz Shah Road,
New Delhi.
Subject: Second Meeting of the Committee constituted to examine the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission regarding Allowances.


Sir,
I am directed to inform that the 2nd Meeting of the Committee on Allowances will be hedl on 01st September, 2016 at 3.00 PM in Room No.72, North Block, New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Finance Secretary & Secretary (Expenditure).

2. I am further directed to inform that the Committee on Allowances has desired to meet the representatives of the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) in the aforesaid meeting to obtain their views on the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission relating to allowances.

3. You are, therefore, requested to attend the aforesaid meeting with their members of Standing Committee of National Council Staff Side (JCM). The names of the members attending the meeting may please be sent on or before 29th August, 2016 to the undersigned so that necessary arrangements can be made.

Yours sincerely,
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(Abhay N.Sahay)
Under Secretary (IC-7th CPC)

Source: AIRF
Date : 24.8.2016

KYC Norms for India Post Payment Bank


Just a few months before the new crop of payment banks start their operations, their chiefs are a worried lot.

The banking regulator's ask in terms of meeting the Know Your Customer (KYC) norms has put them at par with traditional banks, and firms are concerned that the preference for "paper-based" KYC will be a cost-intensive and time-consuming exercise — and therefore a major impediment to the growth of the new age banks. 

Paytm payment bank's CEO Shinjini Kumar told ET that the industry is very "aggrieved" with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) asking all entities to adhere to the centralised KYC system instead of just relying on the Aadhaar-based eKYC for payment banks. "We are grappling with that problem right now and we are talking to different people. We are hoping that there will be some understanding. Anyway our accounts are capped at Rs 1,00,000. There should be no reason why eKYC should not be the only way to do KYC. It is also digital and more authentic."
Chiefs of Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank, Sudhakar Ramasubramanian and Vodafone M-pesa payments bank Suresh Sethi also aired similar concerns to ET. They argue that payment banks do not have the same manpower to collect paper-based KYC like traditional banks and given that they are capped at a balance Rs 1,00,000, they do not share the same amount of risk. While RBI had earlier accepted eKYC as a means for customer authentication at the time of opening accounts, the new norms mandate a common KYC across all financial services entities for which detailed KYC is required to be collected and uploaded as a paper form to a central KYC repository — Central Registry of Securitisation Asset Reconstruction and Security Interest of India, or CERSAI.
The idea is to streamline the KYC process and avoid duplication of KYC for customers at multiple agencies. But, for payment banks to be cast under the same net, it means that instead of just relying on the biometric based eKYC they will have to collect more details of their customers and upload them to the central registry. Sudhakar who is the CEO (designate), of Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank said that in the case of payment banks a phased approach towards KYC will be better received since the whole idea behind the payment banks is towards financial inclusion.
"If we have too many restrictions for someone who keeps Rs 5,000 in the account, it could prevent many of the unbanked from experiencing the benefits of financial services. KYC norms can be applied in a layered manner as the customer's balance and transactions increase," he said.
Digital KYC will help ease the "entry barrier" for such people along with being a more authentic means of KYC than a physical KYC. "Currently, over 90% of all retail transactions are through cash in the country, if these transactions have to be converted into the electronic format, banking will have to be relived from some of these troubles," he added.
Source : The Economic Times
Date : 24.8.2016

GDS Online Selection procedure



Date : 24.8.2016

Training period will be counted for MACP...Dept issued corrigendum as the matter taken up by G.S NAPE C only...a big achievement by NAPE Gr- c and thanks to Sri.D.Kishan Rao  sir..




Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Date : 24.8.2016

Powerpoint on India Post Payments Bank

Date : 24.8.2016

7th Central Pay Commission – Allowances expected in Oct. 2016
7th Pay Commission: Government employees likely to get revised allowances from October
New Delhi: Central government employees are expected to see new allowances structure starting October.
As per media reports quoting sources in Finance Ministry, Finance Secretary committee is expected to submit its report by September, which is expected to be implemented soon thereafter.
In view of the strong protest staged by the representatives of Employee Associations and other stakeholders, government decided that recommendations on allowances, other than Dearness Allowance, will be examined by a Committee comprising Finance Secretary as Chairman and Secretaries of Home Affairs, Defence, Health and Family Welfare, Personnel & Training, Posts and Chairman, Railway Board as Members before taking a final decision.
To the disappointment of government employees, the Justice A K Mathur panel had recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others.
The Committee was to submit its report within four months. This Committee has been constituted on 22.07.2016 and the first meeting of the Committee has been held on 04.08.2016.
The recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission cover 48 lakh Central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners.
Source : zeenews
Date : 24.8.2016

Instructions regarding timely issue of Charge-sheet – Dopt Orders on 23.8.2016

Instructions regarding timely issue of Charge-sheet – Dopt Orders on 23.8.2016
F.No.11012/04/2016-Estt.(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment A-III Desk
North Block, New Delhi — 110001
Dated August 23, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965 – instructions regarding timely issue of Charge-sheet – regarding.
The undersigned is directed to refer to DoP&T’s O.M. No.11012/17/2013-Estt.A-III dated 3rd July, 2015 on the above mentioned subject and to say that in a recent case, Ajay Kumar Choudhary vs Union of India Civil Appeal No. 1912 of 2015 dated 16/02/2015, the Apex Court has directed as follows:
“14 We, therefore, direct that the currency of a Suspension Order should not extend beyond three months if within this period the Memorandum of Charges/Chargesheet is not served on the delinquent officer/employee; if the Memorandum of Charges/Charge sheet is served a reasoned order must be passed for the extension of the suspension. As in the case in hand, the Government is free to transfer the concerned person to any Department in any of its offices within or outside the State so as to sever any local or personal contact that he may have and which he may misuse for obstructing the investigation against him. The Government may also prohibit him from contacting any person, or handling records and documents till the stage of his having to prepare his defence Furthermore, the direction of the Central Vigilance Commission that pending a criminal investigation departmental proceedings are to be held in abeyance stands superseded in view of the stand adopted by us.”
2. In compliance of the above judgement, it has been decided that where a Government servant: is placed under suspension, the order of suspension should not extend beyond three months, if within this period the charge-sheet is not served to the charged officer. As such, it should be ensured that the charge sheet is issued before expiry of 90 days from the date of suspension. As the suspension will lapse in case this time line is not adhered to, a close watch needs to be kept at all levels to ensure that charge sheets are issued in time.
3. It should also be ensured that disciplinary proceedings are initiated as far as practicable in cases where an investigating agency is seized of the matter or criminal proceedings have been launched. Clarifications in this regard have already been issued vide O.M. No. 11012/6/2007-Estt.A-Ill dated 21.07.2016.
4. All Ministries/ Departments/Offices’ are requested to bring the above guidelines to the notice of all Disciplinary Authorities under their control.
5. Hindi version will follow.
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(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Director (E)
Authority: www.persmin.gov.in
Date : 24.8.2016

Children Education Allowance (CEA) - Clarification



Children Education Allowance (CEA) - Clarification


Date : 23.8.2016

Clarification on admissibility of Transport Allowance in the eases where the officers are drawing Grade Pay of Rs.10,000/- in PB-4

Clarification on admissibility of Transport Allowance in the eases where the officers are drawing Grade Pay of Rs.10,000/- in PB-4
No. 21(2)/2016-E.II(B)
Government of India Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, 19th August, 2016.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject:- Clarification on admissibility of Transport Allowance in the eases where the officers are drawing Grade Pay of Rs.10,000/- in PB-4 – regarding.
Reference is invited to this Department’s Office Memorandum No.21(2)/2008-E.11(B) dated 29.08.2008. Para `3′ of the O.M. stipulates that Officers drawing Grade Pay of Rs.10,000/- & above and those in the HAG+ Scale, who are entitled to the use of official car in terms of Department of Expenditure (DoE) O.M. No. 20(5)/E.II(A)/93 dated 28.01.1994, shall be given the option to avail themselves of the existing facility or to draw the Transport Allowance at the rate of Rs.7,000/- p.m. plus Dearness Allowance thereon.
2. Several references have been received in this Department seeking clarification on the admissibility of Transport Allowance to officers drawing Grade Pay Rs.10,000/- under Dynamic ACP Scheme or NFU Scheme. A few cases have also been filed in the Courts in this regard. Hon’ble Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Principal Bench, New Delhi, in Order dated 13.05.2014 in U.A. No.4062/2013 filed by Shri Radhacharan Shakiya & Others V/s Union of India & Others, held that the Applicants were not entitled to draw Transport Allowance @ Rs.7,000/- pm. plus DA thereon. The said order of the Tribunal has also been upheld by Hon’ble High Court of Delhi in their Order dated 03.09.2014 passed in Writ Petition (Civil) No. 3445/2014, filed by Shri Radhacharan Shakiya & Others,
3. Accordingly, it is clarified that the officers, who are not entitled for the use of official car for commuting between residence to office and back, in terms of DoE’s OM 20(5)/E-II(A)193 dated 28.01.1994, are not eligible to opt for drawal of Transport Allowance @ Rs.7000/- p.m. + DA thereon, in terms of DoE O.M. No.21(2)/2008-E.II(B) dated 29.08.2008, even though they are drawing Grade Pay of Rs.10,000/- in PB-4 under Dynamic ACP Scheme or under the scheme of Non-Functional Upgradation (NFU).
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(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India
Source : finmin.nic.in
Date : 23.8.2016

SB Aptitude Test

Date : 23.8.2016

Access to gmail to be stopped in Sify network from Sept'2016

Date : 23.8.2016

7th Pay Commission effect? Coal India workers demand Rs.18,000 minimum monthly salary, to join September 2 strike.

The first indications of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) triggering demands for salary hike have begun in right earnest with Coal India Limited (CIL) workers set to join the general strike on September 2. Among the many demands include minimum monthly salary of Rs. 18,000, similar to the one proposed by the 7th CPC and accepted by the Central government employees.

CIL informed about the September 2 strike in a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Saturday morning. The coal workers will be joining other trade unions that have called for a general strike in which about five lakh bank employees are also likely to participate.

Of the 13 demands listed in the charter are hike in minimum monthly salary, halt to disinvestment of public sector undertakings, increased gratuity, discontinue the practice of recruiting people on contract basis and regularise employment of those hired on contractual terms.

"We have received a communication of strike notice dated 19th August 2016 for general strike on 2nd September 2016. Efforts are being made for conciliation process. If they resort to strike, it will affect production and dispatch of coal," CIL said in its filing with the BSE.

Some of the demands for which many industrial workers are going on strike are:

No privatisation, no further disinvestment and no strategic sale of nationalised coal sector

Immediate recruitment drive to fill vacant posts

Strict enforcement of all labour laws without any exception

Urgent measures for controlling prices

Minimum social security cover for all workers

Minimum wage of not less than Rs. 18,000 per month with provisions of indexation for unskilled workers

Assured enhanced pension of not less than Rs. 3,000 per month for the entire working population (including unorganised sector workers)

Stoppage of disinvestment in central/state public sector undertakings

Removal of all ceilings on payment and eligibility of bonus, provident fund and increase in quantum of gratuity.

The proposed Industrial Relations Code Bill 2015 seeks to give flexibility to companies employing up to 300 workers from obtaining government approval for retrenchment, lay off and closure. A Small Factories Bill is also seeking to exempt units with under 40 workers from 14 labour laws, according to PTI.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Date : 23.8.2016

Induction Training Period can be Taken for Counting Service for MACPs - Clarification


Clarification has been given by the office of Postmaster General, Hyderabad Region in connection with the question whether pre appointment period can be taken into account for calculating service for MACPs.

Following are the copy of original clarification given by the PMG Office and the letter given by SRM, RMS Z Division who sought this clarification.



Date : 22.8.2016

NITI Aayog: PM Narendra Modi reviews progress of key infrastructure sectors


The Prime Minister was briefed on plans and strategies to further ramp up solar energy production, including through rooftop generation.


Narendra Modi, Modi infrastructure, PM Modi infrastructure, PM Modi news, Modi news

Date : 22.8.2016

Issues relating to medical facility extended to retired employees
BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LIMITED
(A Govt. of India Enterprise)
Admn. Section
Corporate Office
Bharat Sanchar Bhawan
New Delhi
No. BSNL/Admn.1/15-18/16 (i)
Dated: August 10, 2016
To
All CGMs
Sub: Issues relating to medical facility extended to retired employees.
Various retired employees Associations have conveyed their difficulties in availing medical facility, like inordinate delays in settlement of their claims, non-availability of empaneled hospitals for cashless treatments on CGHS rates. Therefore, all Circle Heads are requested to ensure the following:
1. All the claims of retired employees are settled within one month from the date of receipt of the claim.
2. Sufficient number of CGHS approved hospitals are empanelled preferably on cashless basis. Where the hospitals are reluctant to extend cashless facility, atleast it is ensured that the services are extended on CGHS rates on cash payment.
3. Status of claims of retired employees may be informed to them whenever it is sought. List of emapnelled hospitals should also be made available to retired employees either on intranet portal or at the claim processing units.
Necessary instructions may be issued to all concerned in the Circle for adhering to the above guidelines. Action taken on the above issues may be intimated.
This issues with the approval of the Competent Authority.
(Raj Kumar)
Assistant General Manager (Admn.IV)
Tel. No. 23037719 Fax No. 23734260
Regd. & Corp. Office Bharat Sanchar Bhavan, HC Mathur Lane, Janpath, New Delhi 110 001
CIN U74899DL2000GOI107739
www.bsnl.co.in
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