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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Commemorative postage stamps on "BEAUTIFUL INDIA"

2 commemorative postage stamps of denominations Rs 15 each on "BEAUTIFUL INDIA" were issued by India Post on 15.08.2017


Commemorative postage stamps on "Caves of Meghalaya"

4 commemorative postage stamps of denominations Rs 5 each on "Caves of Meghalaya" were issued by India Post on 15.08.2017.




Recommendations of the 7th CPC - implementation of decisions relating to Special Allowance for child care for women with disabilities.

Recommendations of the 7th CPC - Implementation of decision relating to the grant of Children Education Allowance.

Implementation of Governments decision on the recommendations of the 7th CPC - Abolishing Desk Allowance - Reg.

AIIMS to abolish charges on cheaper diagnostic procedures

New Delhi, Aug 16 (PTI) The countrys premier medical institute is planning to do away with charges on diagnostic procedures like blood tests, ultrasound and X-rays, among others which cost less than Rs 500.

A committee headed by Dr Anoop Saraya, HOD of Gastroenterology at AIIMS, constituted to review the user fee charges at the hospital have submitted its report in this regard.

The committee has recommended that private ward charges should be increased to Rs 3,000 and Rs 5,000 per day to make up for the loss as their rates are cheaper than semi-private ward charges in corporate hospitals that can be accessed by Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) employees.

"It is recommended that charges on low cost investigations/interventions (below Rs 500 per test) should be eliminated," Saraya said in his report.

"We are planning to remove user charges for tests and procedures which cost less than Rs 500," a senior AIIMS official said.

As far as increasing the rates of the tests on the basis of income is concerned, the committee said there are challenges of means testing and errors of inclusion and exclusion associated with identifying the economically weaker sections of society, and recommended that a differential fee arrangement should not implemented.

"As a result it would be very difficult to provide equitable services to all economic sections of the society through a differential fee arrangement.

"Out-of-pocket payment at the point of care is the most important reason why health care expenses turn catastrophic for all health care users," the committee said in its report.

Around 10,000 people visit the out-patient department every day and at any given time, more than 2,000 patients are admitted to the hospital.

AIIMS currently generates Rs 101 crore from user charges which include OPD charges, diagnostic tests in various departments, radiology charges, in-patient care and room rentals. 
The cost of many routine tests at AIIMS is Rs 10 to Rs 25. PTI PLB KUN.
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7th Pay Commission: Retired government employees to get more constant attendant allowance

New Delhi:The constant attendant allowance given to a retired government employee has increased to Rs6,750 per month from the existing Rs4,500, states an official order issued recently. The move to increase the allowance comes after the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission.

The allowance is sanctioned if, in the opinion of a competent medical authority, a 100% disabled retired employee needs the services of a constant attendant for at least three months.
Accordingly, the allowance has been hiked from Rs4,500 to Rs6,750 per month, said the order issued by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. 

The order will be applicable from 1 July 2017, it said. The constant attendant allowance is paid in addition to the disability pension.
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Commemorative postage stamps on "1942 FREEDOM MOVEMENT"

8 commemorative postage stamps of denominations Rs 5 each on "1942 FREEDOM MOVEMENT" were issued by India Post on 09.08.2017.


Strengthening of administration - Periodical Review under FR 56 (i) and Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972- Composition of Representation Committee and nomination of the two members by Cabinet Secretary

PSU, Central government officers’ forum to protest privatization

CHENNAI: Members of the All India Public Sector And Central Government Officers' Confederation, representing nearly 13 lakh officers across the country, will launch a nationwide agitation "to safeguard the public sector from merger and privatisation", the confederation has said.

On Saturday, members met in Chennai for their first conference, in which representatives of officers' associations of various sectors such as banking, telecom, oil, railways, defence, pharma, Central Excise, insurance and CPWD shared their concerns on steps taken by the BJP-led Centre to privatise Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and enterprises.

The statement added that the committee "was unanimous in opposing" the roadmap laid by the government "at the behest of NITI Aayog, Banks Board Bureau and the RBI to weaken and then privatise the Public Sector Organisations".

The conference resolved to demand for a common forum for PSUs to settle the issues of uniform pay revision, among other issues, and to reach out to the public through the 'Peoples Parliament for Unity and Development' programme.
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1.    Filling up of all vacant posts in all cadres of Department of Posts i.e. PA, SA, Postmen, Mailguard, Mailmen, MTS, PACO, PASBCO, Postal Accounts and GDS.

2.    Implementation of positive recommendations of GDS committee Report. Grant of Civil Servant status to GDS

3.    Membership verification of GDS and declaration of result of regular employees membership verification.

4.    Stop all types of harassment and victimization in the name of new schemes and technology induction and under contributory negligence factor and Trade Union victimization.

5.    Payment of Revised wages and arrears to the casual, part-time, contingent employees and daily rated mazdoors as per 6th& 7th CPC and settle other issues of casual labourers.

6.    Stop Privatization, Contractorization and outsourcing.

7.    Implement cadre Restructuring for leftout categories i.e. RMS, MMS, PACO, PASBCO, Postmaster Cadre Postal Accounts etc. and accept the modifications suggested by Federation before implementation of cadre restructuring in Postal Group ‘C’.

8.    Provision of CGHS facilities to Postal Pensioners also as recommended by 7th CPC.

9.    Withdraw NPS (Contributory Pension Scheme). Guarantee 50% of last pay drawn as minimum pension.

10. Implement five days week working for operative staff in the Postal department.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Happy Independence Day, 2017

Happy Janmastami

Bill to fix minimum wage for unorganised sector introduced in Lok Sabha

NEW DELHI: The Code on Wages Bill that seeks to fix a national minimum wage for all categories of over 40 crore unorganised sector workers and provide a fixed timeline for their payment -- in some cases only through electronic means or cheque -- was introduced in the Lok Sabha today. 

The Code provides for the government to determine the minimum wages every five years using factors like skills required for the job, arduousness of work, geographical location of work place and other aspects. 

Such wages are to be fixed on recommendation of panels comprising an equal number of representatives of employers and employees, and independent persons, according to the Code on Wages, 2017, Bill. 

Under this, the government will fix the number of hours of work that would include a day of rest every seven days. The payment for work on a day of rest will not be less than overtime rate. 

Introducing the Bill, Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said 'The Code on Wages' Bill will consolidate and amend the laws relating to wages and bonus. 

The Bill seeks to amalgamate four laws -- the Payment of Wages Act 1936, the Minimum Wages Act 1948, the Payment of Bonus Act 1965 and the Equal Remuneration Act 1976.

"It is for simplification, rationalisation and making it less cumbersome. No way workers' right is being infringed... It is going to bring in a historical change in the wages for workers and universal minimum wages will be implemented for the first time in India," Dattatreya said. 

The Bill will help generate employment and attract entrepreneurs, he said, adding that there are 44 labour laws which are being clubbed in four codes and the Bill introduced today deals with the code on wages. 

"40 crore unorganised sector workers can avail of the universal minimum wage. The Bill has a very large perspective. As far as workers' right is concerned, it is in no way exploitation of workers," Dattatreya said. 

As N K Premachandran (RSP) opposed the introduction of the Bill in such a short notice, the government sought to assuage the concerns, saying the Bill is being only introduced and discussion will take place later. 

The Code stipulates that  the wages are to be paid in coin or currency notes or by cheque or through digital or electronic mode or by crediting the wages in the bank account of the employee and the government may specify industrial or other establishment where the salary will be paid only through cheque or digital mode. 

Daily wages have to be paid at the end of the shift while the weekly ones on the last working day of the week. Workers engaged in fortnightly employment will get wages before the end of the week. Workers engaged in fortnightly employment will get wages before the end of the second day after the end of the working period. 

For the monthly earner, the payment will have to be made before the expiry of the seventh day of the succeeding month. 

Where an employee is removed or dismissed from service as also when he or she resigns, the wages payable shall be paid within two working days. 

The Code provides employers with authority to make deductions from the wages only in case of fines imposed, absence from duty, damage or loss of goods expressly entrusted with the employee custody, housing accommodation and amenities and services. 

A bonus at the rate of 8.3 per cent of wage earned or Rs 100, whichever is higher, will be paid. 

Any employer paying to any employee less than the amount due in wages or bonus or any other dues will be punishable with a fine of up to Rs 50,000, the Code said. 

Repeat offence  within five years will be punishable with imprisonment of 3 months or fine of up to Rs 1 lakh, or with both. 

The central government under the Code will fix the national minimum wage as also for different states or areas.

7th Pay Commission: Government quashes pay hike demand, disappointment for central government employees,New Delhi, August 11, 2017

Central government employees demanding an increase in minimum pay as per the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission, may be left disappointed.

Employee unions have been demanding that the minimum pay be hiked from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000. The government had earlier assured to look into this issue.

The employee unions have constantly demanded that the minimum pay should be hiked from Rs 18,000 to Rs. 26,00. The government, on its part had promised to look into the matter.


As per the reports, discussions were held in the National Anomaly Commission about the hike. However, the government has rejected the demand. 


Public Sector Units' employees have too made a similar demand in the past. However, the government is firm on its stand, and has declared that the PSU workforce cannot be compared to the central government employees.

After the 7th Pay Commission recommendations were cleared, Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley said, salaries of central government employees have to be respectable when compared to the private sector.
But, now with this news coming in, the employees will surely be disappointed.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Postal department launches massive ‘go green’ campaign

Vellore , August 10, 2017 00:36 IST

Nursing the environment: The campaign was launched near the Sathuvachari post office in Vellore district on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: C_VENKATACHALAPATHY

Asks all circles of the department to plant 1,000 saplings in the Vellore division

The Vellore Postal Division will be planting 1,000 saplings in its limits as part of a State-wide initiative by the Department of Posts, Tamil Nadu circle, to plant one lakh saplings. 

On Wednesday, K. Vijaya, superintendent of post offices, Vellore Postal Division, launched the initiative near the Sathuvachari post office. It was simultaneously launched at the Head Post Office on Anna Salai and post office at Gandhi Nagar.

Ambitious plans

“As part of an effort called ‘Go Green’, our directorate has asked all postal circles to take up tree plantation work. Accordingly, the chief postmaster general, Tamil Nadu circle, instructed all divisions to plant saplings,” she said.

A member of Rotary Club of Vellore Gems has agreed to donate the saplings. 

“On Wednesday, we planted 50 saplings. We have nearly 700 staff, and we will be giving one sapling to each. 

The remaining saplings will be planted on the premises of the department’s buildings such as the post offices at Sathuvachari, Gandhi Nagar, Head Post Office and postal quarters at Sathuvachari,” she added.

The saplings that will be planted included neem, ‘pungai’, ‘arasa maram’ and ‘naaval’ trees, officials said.
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No need for govt employees to visit bank to start pension: Government

NEW DELHI: There is no need for central government employees to visit banks to start pension as their copy of the Pension Payment Order (PPO) will be handed over to them at the time of retirement, the Personnel Ministry has said.

Citing existing rules in this regard, the ministry, in a recent order issued to all central government departments, has said, "The pensioner is no longer required to visit the bank to activate the first payment of pension."

The rules also provide for an undertaking to be submitted by the retiring government servants or pensioners to the disbursing banks before the commencement of their pensions.

After ascertaining that the bank's copy (of PPO) has been dispatched by the Central Pension Accounting Office, the pensioner's copy is to be handed over to him at the time of retirement along with other retirement dues, the order said.

An employee posted at a location away from the head of office, or who for any  other reasons feels that it would be more convenient to him to obtain his copy of the PPO from the bank, may inform the head of office of his option in writing while submitting his pension papers, it said.

In the recent past, many instances have come to the notice wherein the pensioner's copy of the PPO had not been handed over to him/her and instead had been sent to the bank and was lost in transit sometimes, thereby causing hardship to the pensioner, the order issued on August 1,  said. 

In view of these, all ministries/departments are once again requested to strictly follow the procedure henceforth and hand over the copy of the PPO to the pensioner at the time of retirement along with other retirement dues, except if the pensioner specifically requests for delivering his/her copy of the PPO through the bank, it said.

There are about 48 lakh central government employees and about 53 lakh pensioners.

The pension gets delayed either due to the delay in receipt of intimation by the pensioner that relevant papers have reached the bank or because of delay on the part of the pensioner in approaching the bank for submission of undertaking, the personnel ministry had said in one of its earlier orders.
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