Thursday, June 30, 2011

Update on Central D.A. from July 2011 based on latest AICPIN of May 2011

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 7% D.A. almost certain.
All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of May, 2011 increased by 1 point and stood at 187.
Calculating the last 12 months average it is almost certain that Central employees are likely to get 7 % Dearness Allowance with effect from 1st July 2011.
It may only decrease to 6% if the AICPIN is dramatically reduced to 180 and can only increase to 8% if the number shot up to 195 for June 2011. (As possibilities of both the situations are very remote, we can safely predict that D.A. will be 7% and will amount to 58% with effect from July 2011.)
The index no. for Jan, Feb, Mar & Apr 2011 was 188, 185, 185 and 186 respectively.

W.B school teaching/non teaching staff : maternity leave increased, G.O. issued.

Enhancement of the limit of Maternity Leave for the Teaching and Non-Teaching Female Employees of all Recognized Secondary Schools

View the Govt. Order

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan is going through restructuring process

Restructuring in various cadre of this organization is under process. Recently three sub committees have been constituted for this purpose.
The details may be viewed here.

CMs pledge support to mediapersons stir for wage boards

Several Chief Ministers cutting across party lines came out in support of mediapersons' demand for immediate notification of Majithia wage boards and promised to take up their case strongly with the Centre.

Mediapersons hold dharna for wage board notification

New Delhi, Jun 28 (PTI) Several political parties today pledged their support to journalists and non-journalists who observed a day-long dharna across the country to protest "delay" in notification of wage boards for them and promised to raise the issue in Parliament.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Retirement age hike to be challenged by Karnataka govt

Karnataka government has decided to file a writ petition challenging High Court’s order to increase the retirement age of lecturers from 62 to 65 years. The HC has ordered to increase the retirement age of lecturers and professors who are appointed on UGC scales.
Higher education minister V S Acharya said the government will move the division bench with a writ petition challenging the single bench's directive.  The minister has said that all the government employees retirement age is fixed (60 years) in the state and it cannot be changed for a particular profession.
"Since lecturers and professors are also state government employees, their retirement age cannot be increased in isolation,'' said Acharya.

College teachers on UGC pay scale to retire at 65 years : Karnataka High Court

The college teachers on the University Grants Commission (UGC) pay scale had reasons to be delighted with the Karnataka High Court on Wednesday. The court held that their age of retirement will have to be enhanced to 65 as per the UGC Regulations, 2010.
While quashing the State government's orders, which had fixed retirement age between 60 and 62, the High Court said that “the denial of the enhancement of the age of superannuation to teachers, working in the government and aided, affiliated colleges, drawing UGC scale of pay, are repugnant to the UGC Act and the Regulations and hence is void.”

Monday, June 27, 2011

Children Educational Allowance : Recent clarification.

A doubt is raised from the very inception of the scheme is "whether  the  admissible  amount  per annum per child (annual ceiling of Rs.15000/-)  on  account of CEA  can be reimbursed  in  full   in  the first quarter of the financial/academic year itself."
DOPT has clarified the issue as under :

It  is  clarified  that a  Government servant is allowed  to  get 50% of the total  amount subject  to the  overall annual  ceiling in the first quarter  and the remaining amount in third and or fourth  quarter. Frontloading  of  the entire  amount  in the  first and  second is not allowed. 
(ii)  A Government servant  can claim  full amount subject  to  the annual ceiling  of  Rs.15000/-  in  the last quarter. 
View the Original Clarification Dated 17th June 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011

Only Income from Salary and Bank Interest ? Tax return not to be filed.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) yesterday notified that salaried individuals having a total income up to Rs 5 lakh after allowable deductions, including salary from one employer and interest income from deposits in a savings bank account of up to Rs 10,000, need not file income tax returns.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

UDCs and Stenographers in Secretarial Service to get Rs 4200 Grade Pay

Creation of new Grade of UDC (NFSG) and Stenographer Grade D (NFSG) in CSCS and CSSS resp.
"It has been decided to create a grade of UDC Non Functional Selection Grade (NFSG) in CSS and Stenographers Grade D Non Functional Selection Grade (NFSG) in Central Secretariat Service with Grade Pay of Rs 4200 in Pay Band 2 with immediate effect subject to following conditions...."
View the Orders with conditions

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Central Govt. Employees' Health Insurance Scheme : An Update.

Insurers get second chance to bid for CGHS project

Insurance companies will get another opportunity to bid for the Union government’s ambitious health insurance project, ‘Central Government Employees and Pensioners Health Insurance Scheme’.
The health ministry had earlier nullified last year’s bidding process due to changes in the terms and conditions of the proposed scheme.

West Bengal employees to get salary under e_payment latest by September 2011

It has been decided that the scheme shall be implemented in all State GOvt. Offices for all category of employees by September, 2011.
View the Office Memorandum.

Air India to pay less salary, Salary of May on 28th June.

Update : Salary of May on 28th June.
New Delhi, Jun 21 (PTI) After a delay of about three weeks, about 30,000 employees of troubled Air India would get their salaries next Tuesday for the month of May, an airline official said today.

High court ultimatum to Gujarat government on pay revision of judicial officers and employees

The Gujarat High Court Monday issued a final ultimatum to the state government to comply by July 4 with a Supreme Court directive and recommendations of the Shetty Commission on revised pay scales for judicial officers and Class III and IV employees working in the judiciary.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Karnataka set up panel to revise pay of State government staff

Five-member committee given nine months to submit report 
The pay revision exercise will cover about 11 lakh employees
Salaries of State government staff were last revised in 2006
There is some good news for State Government employees as the government has constituted a five-member Official Pay Committee on Wednesday for revising their pay scales.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Wage board: Employees to hold nationwide dharna on June 28

Workers of newspapers and news agencies will hold dharnas across the country on June 28 to protest against the "delay" in notification of wage boards for them.
The decision to hold day-long dharnas on June 28 was taken at an emergency meeting of Confederation of Newspaper and News Agency Employees' Organisations (CNNAEO).

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Kerala introduces performance evaluation system

Thiruvananthapuram, Jun 16 (PTI) Kerala could register tremendous progress through the newly introduced performance monitoring and evaluation system, a senior official said today.
Kerala was the third state to adapt the system launched by the Centre in September 2005. Punjab and Maharashtra had earlier implemented the system, Central secretariat Secretary Performance Management, Prajapathi Trivedi, said.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

WB teachers' maternity leave increased to 180 days.

Madhya Shiksha Parshad has enhanced the maternity leave of school teachers to 180 days with effect from 01.01.2011. Earlier they were supposed to get 135 days of maternity leave. Parshad chairman Mr Anjan Sengupta informed reporters about the new notification. Now West Bengal teachers will be getting maternity leave at par with the state and central employees. 
View the G.O.

Guj. Govt. pulled up for inaction on pay revision of judicial officers

The Gujarat High Court Tuesday pulled up the state government for its failure to follow a Supreme Court directive with respect to pay revision for judicial officers in the state as per the recommendations of the sixth pay commission.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

West Bengal employees increment will not require any order henceforth.

Order for increment vide no.5760-F(P) dt.07.06.2011
The Governor is pleased to direct that existing system of issuance of increment order by the Head of Offices shall henceforth be done away with and the DDO shall grant annual increment on the 1st day of July every year to all regular employees and officers unless in exceptional cases where it has been withheld or stopped and make a suitable entry in the service book.
View the Original Order. 

Air India restructuring plan to come up before GoM for approval

New Delhi, Jun 14 (PTI) Ailing Air India's turnaround plan, including restructuring of its massive debt, would come up before a Group of Ministers for approval in a few weeks.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Coal India wage revision due in July

Given inflationary pressures, Coal India will have to raise wages. This is due in July. In FY11, wage costs accounted for over 50% of total expenditure.
Assuming a conservative average hike of 15%, operating margins can then erode by 600 basis points. The company faced a similar problem last year and had to reduce its manpower by 13,000.
Coal India's stock price rose 30% in the last three months. After the announcement of March 2011 quarter results, the stock price vaulted 4% to Rs390. This price factors in all the positives leaving little room for further upside.

Journalists warn agitation if new wage not notified within 16th June.

Bhopal, Jun 10 (PTI) : Agitated over the delay in the notification of Majithia Wage Board recommendations, members of the fourth estate here today protested against the Centre.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

PMO to bring Majithia wage board recommendations before Cabinet

The Prime Minister’s Office would take steps to bring recommendations of the wage board for journalists and non-journalists for approval before the Union Cabinet, Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said here today.
“I have already got comments from all the Ministries and I have submitted them to the PMO. The PMO will definitely take action and bring it (the issue) before the Cabinet,” Mr. Kharge said when asked about the status of the Justice G.R. Majithia wage board for newspaper industry employees.
The recommendations were submitted to the government on December 31 last year.
The employees have been on the path of agitation protesting the delay in implementing the proposals.
Source : PTI.

700 cases of pension delay of W.B. school teachers pending in High Court.

Over 700 cases of non-payment of pension to schoolteachers are pending with Calcutta High Court, some for as long as 18 years.
On June 2, Mamata Banerjee had announced that the government would pay “provisional pension” to teachers within 30 days of retirement till the final settlement of dues was completed. The decision includes all schoolteachers who are yet to get pension.
The high court had directed school education authorities on several occasions to disburse pension arrears but the Left Front government failed to act on most orders because of “the lackadaisical approach of the school managements or the district inspectors of schools”.
Government sources said nearly 30,000 teachers who had retired after 2006 were yet to receive pension and other post-retirement benefits. The reason, the sources said, was the failure of the Left government to fix the teachers’ pension amounts in line with their enhanced salaries under the Fifth Pay Commission.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

West Bengal to recruit 46,000 primary teachers

Kolkata, Jun 8 (PTI) The West Bengal government today decided to recruit 46,000 primary teachers to improve the school education system, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

WB college teachers may get revised salary soon, IIT for Darjeeling on the way.

Bengal higher education minister Bratya Basu today said he had submitted a proposal to Kapil Sibal to set up an IIT or an IIM in Darjeeling “for the people of the hills”. He has also urged the Centre to expedite the process of setting up 18 model colleges across the state.
Basu, who is in Delhi to attend a conference of higher education ministers and secretaries from across the country, told Star Ananda: “We had proposed to the Centre to set up either an IIT or an IIM in Darjeeling for the people of the hills… It was a very positive discussion and the HRD minister has agreed to consider our proposals.”
Sources close to Basu said he had also urged Sibal, the HRD minister, to release the Centre’s share of arrears to pay the college teachers their revised salaries under the Sixth Pay Commission.

Karnataka UGC scale : Minister assured to discuss in next cabinet meeting.

Nearly 13,000 lecturers at university, government and aided colleges await the implementation of the revised University Grants Commission(UGC) pay scale. 
The Human Resources Development (HRD) Ministry and the UGC had announced the revised pay scale for lecturers and professors in December, 2008. However, the State has delayed implementing the revised pay scale. 


Associate banks of of SBI are going to recruit around 5000 Probationary Officers.
View the detailed advertisement

PAY : Selected candidates will be on probation for a period of two years. They will draw a starting basic pay of Rs.14500/- in the scale of Rs.14500-600/7-18700-700/2-20100-800/7-25700 applicable to Junior Management Grade Scale I. They will also be eligible for D.A., H.R.A. & C.C.A. as per rules in force from time to time. At present, initial monthly emoluments of Probationary Officers, including D.A., H.R.A. and C.C.A., are approximately Rs. 23,520/- at Metropolitan centres.

No Pay Commission Arrear for Govt. employees ?

 The windfall government employees receive by way of pay commission award arrears may no longer be forthcoming. The government is examining a proposal to implement pay commission awards prospectively on the lines of finance commission awards, as large arrears throw the finances of both the Centre and states in disarray. 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Andhra Pradesh Pensioners’ dearness allowance hiked

The government of Andhra Pradesh has hiked dearness allowance of government pensioners with effect from January 1, 2011 by 5.136 % in addition to the present 24.824 with this the total percentage of dearness allowance has come up to 29.960 percent.
A GO. No 106 dated June 4, 2011 has been issued in this connection. The arrears of the dearness allowance from January to May 2011 will be paid along with the pension of June, on July 1.

Wage boards challenged in Supreme Court

The latest wage board recommendations for the newspaper industry as well as the legislation under which they have been constituted, has been recently challenged in the Supreme Court in a writ petition filed under Article 32 of the Constitution by ABP Pvt Ltd, publishers of leading dailies Anandabazar Patrika and the Telegraph.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

50,000 navy sailors to get faster promotions

The government has approved an assured career progression scheme for over 50,000 sailors of the Navy, which will help them to get faster promotions and increased salaries.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Recommendations of Majithia Wage Board before cabinet soon

Union Labour minister Mallikarjun Kharge today(3rd June) said that the recommendations of the Justice Majithia Wage Board will be forwarded to the cabinet "as early as possible".

West Bengal promised salary benefits and pension relief to teachers.

Mamata Banerjee today held out the promise of salary benefits and pension relief to the powerful schoolteachers’ lobby, going some way towards wooing a group that had been a pillar of support for the Left in Bengal.
The chief minister announced that all teachers in Bengal’s state-aided schools would be brought under the single umbrella of the school education department, a move that will benefit up to 1.68 lakh teachers and teaching degree holders.
She also declared that retired schoolteachers would now be paid a “provisional pension” till a final settlement was reached on their dues. This is expected to end the long wait for pension now forced on retired teachers, prompting many to move court for redress.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Update on CBEC cadre review and restructure.

FM cleared Cadre Restructuring file

F.M. cleared Cadre Restructuring file this evening (1st June,2011), Now the file is lying with Member (P&V) for preparation of cabinet note, after which it will go to different formations for clearance.

Source : Reliable source from All India Central Excise Inspectors' Association.

Majithia wage board for journalists : Should Govt. interfere in fixing salary ?

Muzzling The Media 

What better way to control the Press than to decide the salary of newspaper employees? How can a journalist write fearlessly against a government when he knows that it is this same government that decides his salary? Successive governments in India have found a simple way to try to control the Press: set up a statutory wage board for newspapers, fix unrealistically high wages enforceable under law.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Manipur Employees warns of launching indefinite cease work strike

Imphal, May 31 2011: A joint meeting of different associations held today resolved to launch an indefinite cease work strike if the government fails to translate their demands into work.
The meeting resolved to submit an ultimatum to the government at the earliest.

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