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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Issue of instructions on Reservation for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in services under the Government of India.

No.36011/6/2010-Estt. (Res.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

North Block,
New Delhi- 110001
Dated the 26′th July. 2010.

  • Subject:- Issue of instructions on Reservation for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in services under the Government of India.

         The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 25/6/2010 whereby a draft O.M. containing consolidated instructions on Reservation for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in services under the Central Government was posted on this Department’s website for soliciting suggestations thereon by 12.7.2010. Several letters have been received requesting to extend the date for sending suggestions/ comments. The matter has been considered and it has been decided to extend the time period for sending comments upto 25.8.2010.

2.     All concerned are informed that comments/ suggestions on the draft OM, if any, may be sent to the undersigned by 25.8.2010 positively.

(KG. Verma)
Director

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Pension fund allocations up 38%

The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has allocated Rs 5,100 crore to pension fund managers this year, 38% more than last year’s Rs 3,700 crore.

“This is because of the high number of subscribers, which is at 9.9 lakh currently,” Rani Nair, executive director of PFRDA said.

The corpus mainly comprises contribution of central and state government employees. “Around Rs 5,000 crore is from the government and the rest comes from unorganised sector,” said Nair.

The corpus under the New Pension System (NPS), introduced in 2004, is allocated to three fund managers —- SBI Pension Funds, LIC Pension Fund and UTI Retirement Solutions —- which started investment operations in April 2008.

The highest allocation this year has gone to LIC Pension Fund (35%), followed by SBI Pension Funds (33%) and UTI Retirement Solutions (32%).

“We follow a method of allocating on the basis of pervious year’s performance. Marginally, they (LIC Pension) were better than the others,” said Yogesh Agarwal, chairman, PFRDA.

LIC Pension Fund was allotted 29% last year and 5% a year before that.

“We have more than 10% of our investments in the equity markets, which gave good returns as the markets revived last year. Other than that, our investments in government securities..,” said Hari Sadhak, chief executive officer, LIC Pension Fund.

While investing, fund managers need to adhere to PFRDA guidelines, which state that not more than 55% is to be invested in government securities, 40% in corporate bonds, 15% in equity and 5% in money markets. “Depending upon the market situation, we keep changing our portfolio,” said Sadhak.

As on July 17, 2010, SBI Pension Funds had a net asset value (NAV) of Rs 13.2430 for central government employees. LIC Pension Fund posted NAV of Rs 12.8277 for central government and Rs 11.1602 for state government employees.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Teachers may get 2-yr leave for child care

If all goes well, the higher education female teachers in the state will get two years paid child care leave.

Also, for the first time the female teachers would get 180 days adoption leave on the lines of maternity leave in case they adopt a baby. The male teachers would also get 15 days paternity adoption leave. A provision of special casual leave to undergo sterilisation operation under family welfare programme will also be available to the teachers.

These provisions are part of the new regulations on service conditions issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The new regulations have increased the maternity leave from 135 days to 180 days, which can be available twice in the entire career. There is also a provision of paid leave in case of miscarriage including abortion.

However, what has been widely appreciated by the teachers is the provision of child care leave in which women teachers may be granted leave up to two years for taking care of their minor children. The leave can be availed once in the entire service period. Such a provision is already in place for Central government employees. Further, the new UGC regulations also include 180 days leave for the female teachers on adopting a child below one years of age. Male teachers would get 15 days paternity leave on adopting a child. However, the adoption leave would be allowed to childless teachers or those having only one child.

The new regulations have reduced the casual leave from 14 days to eight but have made a provision of special casual leave of ten days. This leave can be availed by the teachers for conducting examination of a university/public service commission/board of examination or other similar bodies/institutions and to inspect academic institutions attached to a statutory board. This leave would also be allowed for undergoing sterilisation operation — six days for men and 14 days for women.

Further, there is a provision of duty leave of maximum 30 days in an academic year which might be granted for attending conferences, congresses, symposia and seminars on behalf of the institution, delivering lectures in institutions and universities on invitation, working in another Indian or foreign university, any other agency, institution or organisation, when so deputed by the university among other things. Besides, study leave, sabbatical leave and earned leave will also be available as earlier.

The higher education department is studying the new regulations and has assured to take a decision soon. The move will benefit over 15,000 teachers, including over 4,000 female teachers, in UP. Teachers have welcomed the new UGC regulations on leave.

“It’s good that the UGC has recognised the importance of child care in a family. Many women had to leave their careers midway for raising children. But now managing career and family would be easy for women teachers,” said Sanyukta Shukla, a teacher.

“Provision for adoption leave will be of great help particularly for single women teachers who want to adopt babies. And, I hope state government will have no objection in accepting it as they do not amount to any financial burden on the state exchequer,” said Moulindu Mishra, Lucknow University Associated College Teachers’ Association.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Extension in the tenure of the National Anomaly Committee

No.11/2/2008-JCA
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
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New Delhi, the 1st July, 2010

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Extension in the tenure of the National Anomaly Committee.

The undersigned is directed to refer to para 5 of this Department’s O.M. of even number dated the 12th January, 2009 regarding setting up of Anomaly Committee to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of the Sixth Central Pay Commission’s recommendations and to state that it has been decided with the approval of the competent authority to extend the tenure of the National Anomaly Committee up to 31st March, 2011.

(Dinesh Kapila)
Director (JCA

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners in the pre-revised scale of 5th CPC w.e.f. 1.1.2010.

F. No. 42/18/2010-P&W(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,

Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003
Date: 29th June 2010

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners who are in receipt of provisional pension or pension in the pre-revised scale of 5th CPC w.e.f. 1.1.2010.

             In continuation to this Department’s OM No. 42/12/2009-P&PW(G) dated 17th November, 2009 sanctioning the Dearness Relief to those Central Government pensioners who are in receipt of provisional pension or pension in the pre-revised scales of 5th CPC, the President is pleased to grant the Dearness Relief to these Central Government pensioners as under :

(i) Those who are in receipt of provisional pension or pension in the pre revised scales of 5th CPC are entitled to Dearness Relief @ 87% w.e.f 1.1.2010.

(ii) The surviving CPF beneficiaries who have retired from service between the period 18.11.1960 to 31.12,1985 and are in receipt of ex-gratia @ Rs. 600/ p.m. w.e.f. 1.11.1997 under this Department’s OM No. 45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 are entitled to Dearness Relief @ 87% w.e.f. 1.1.2010.

2. The following categories of CPF beneficiaries who are in receipt of ex¬gratia payment in terms of this Department’s OM No. 45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 are entitled to DR @ 79% w.e.f. 1.1.2010.

(i) The widows and dependent children of the deceased CPF beneficiary who had retired from service prior to 1.1.1986 or who had died while in service prior to 1.1.1986 and are in receipt of Ex-gratia payment of Rs. 605/- p.m.

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ii) Central Government employees who had retired on CPF benefits before 8.11.1960 and are in receipt of Ex-gratia payment of Rs. 654/-, Rs. 659/-, Rs. 703/- and Rs. 965/-.

3. In their application to the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue in consultation with the C&AG.

4. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their UO No. 377/EV/2010 dated 28.6.2010.

(V. K. Wadhwa )
Under Secretary

All India Consumer Price Index Numbers For Industrial Workers On Base 2001=100 For The Month Of May, 2010

All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of May, 2010 increased by 2 points and stood at 172 (one hundred and seventy two).

During May, 2010, the index recorded an increase of 6 points inWarrangal centre, 5 points in Guntur centre, 4 points in Chennai centre, 3 points in 16 centres, 2 points in 17 centres and 1 point in 18 centres. The index decreased by 2 points each in Yamunanagar, Puducherry, Amritsar, Ajmer, Ghaziabad and Varanasi centres and 1 point in 6 centres, while in the remaining 12 centres the index remained stationary.

The maximum increase of 6 points in Warrangal centre is mainly on account of increase in the prices of Moong Dal, Groundnut Oil, Eggs (Hen),Chillies Green, Vegetable and Fruit items, Bidi, Bus Fare, Repair Charges, etc. The increase of 5 points in Guntur centre is due to increase in the prices of Rice, Arhar Dal, Urd Dal, Goat Meat, Vegetable and Fruit items, Firewood, etc. and the increase of 4 points in Chennai centre is due to increase in the prices of Rice, Arhar Dal, Urd Dal, Eggs (Hen), Tamarind, Vegetable and Fruit items, Tea (Readymade), etc. However, the decrease of 2 points each inYamunanagar, Puducherry, Amritsar, Ajmer, Ghaziabad and Varanasi centresis due to decrease in the prices of Rice, Wheat, Wheat Atta, Fish Fresh, Onion, Vegetable and Fruit items, etc.

The indices in respect of the six major centres are as follows :

1. Ahmedabad

165

 

4. Delhi

159

2. Bangalore

182

 

5. Kolkata

170

3. Chennai

160

 

6. Mumbai

169

The point to point rate of inflation for the month of May, 2010 is 13.91% as compared to 13.33% in April, 2010.