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Saturday 20 December 2014

Result of Direct Recruitment of PA/SA for the year 2013-2014 - West Bengal Circle

Government decides to pay 8.75% interest on PF for 2014-2015

Over five crore provident fund subscribers governed by the EPFO will get 8.75 per cent interest on their deposits for the current fiscal. 
The Finance Ministry has ratified the rate for 2014-15, after a decision was taken to retain the interest payout at this level by the Central Board of Trustees of the Employees'Provident Fund Organisation, sources said. 
As per the practice, EPFO trustees' decision gets implemented after the concurrence of the Finance Ministry. 
Following the ratification by the Finance Ministry, the decision would now be notified by the Labour Ministry as also by the Income Tax Department.

Friday 19 December 2014

No reduction in retirement age

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
18-December-2014 13:10 IST
No reduction in retirement age

There is no proposal under consideration of Government to reduce the retirement age from 60 to 58 years for its employees.

The retirement age for Central Government employees was revised from 58 to 60 years in 1997 on the basis of recommendations of the 5th Central Pay Commission.

The Centre’s total wages and salaries bill for its employees for the year 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 is Rs. 85,963.50 crore, Rs. 92,264.88 crore and Rs. 1,04,759.71 crore, respectively.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to Sardar Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Dr. T Subbarami Reddy and Smt. Ambika Soni in Rajya Sabha, today.

Thursday 18 December 2014

7th Pay Commission scheduled to visit Kolkata & Andaman – An official website of 7th Central Pay Commission published an another schedule a visit Kolkata and Andaman Nicobar Islands on 4 to 6 Jan and 8 to 10 Jan 2015 respectively.
Commission’s visit to Kolkata and Andaman & Nicobar Islands
The Commission, headed by its Chairman, Justice Shri A. K. Mathur, proposes to visit Kolkata from 04th to 06th January 2015 and Andaman & Nicobar from 08th to 10th January 2015. The Commission would like to invite various entities/associations/federations representing any/all categories of employees covered by the terms of reference of the Commission to present their views.
Your request for a meeting with the Commission may be sent through e-mail to the Secretary, 7th Central Pay Commission at The memorandum already submitted by the requesting entity may also be sent as an attachment with this e-mail.
The last date for receiving request for meeting is 31st December 2014 (1700 hours).

Wednesday 10 December 2014

Transfer/Posting/Promotion & Allotment in PS Gr B cadre

Vide CO Memo No SFA/P-11/XXVII dated 08.12.2014

Name of the officer
Allotted/Posted on /transfer /promotion
Ranjit Kr Halder
ADSP-II , RO , Siliguri
Kolkata Region
Tapas Mallick
ASP(SAS) Mail , CO
ADPS (PG) , CO      ( HQ Region)
Noten Ch Sahoo
NB & Sikkim Region
Nazmul Haque Chowdhury
ASP , Dinajpur Dn
NB & Sikkim Region
Chandana Chattopadhyay
ASP , North Kol Dn attached to BO , Kolkata GPO
Superintendent , CSD , Kolkata ( HQ Region)

Monday 8 December 2014


Sukanya Samriddhi Account Rules,2014.

To view the Gazette notification, please CLICK HERE.

Promotion of Multi Tasking Staff: Rajya Sabha Q&A

ANSWERED ON  04.12.2014
Promotion of Multi Tasking Staff
Will the Minister of PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS be pleased to satate :-
(a) whether it is a fact that the Grade-III employees of the Multi Tasking Staff (MTS) are not being promoted and they are getting demoralized on this account;
(b) if so, since how many years, the Grade-III employees in the MTS have not got promotion; and
(c) whether it is also a fact that some of the posts of the Grade-III employees are being abolished by Government every year and if so, the details thereof?
Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office. (DR. JITENDRA SINGH)
(a) & (b): As per the provisions of the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 this Department, frames/lays down guidelines/instructions on promotion which are implemented by various Ministries/Departments with whom the facts of the case/details of officers are available. Further, promotion to a post is made as per the provisions of the Statutory Recruitment Rules applicable to the post. Ministries/Departments are delegated with the powers for making the Recruitment Rules for making promotions to the Group ‘C’ posts. No such centralizeddata is maintained in this Department. 
(c): This Department has not issued any instructions in this regard. 

Friday 5 December 2014

Central government launches special deposit scheme for the girl child

To help channelise small savings, government has launched a special deposit scheme for girl child -- Sukanya Samriddhi Account-- which can be opened in banks and post offices and half of the funds can be withdrawn for her higher education and marriage.
While the scheme has been notified by the government, the special interest rate applicable to it would be determined later. Under the scheme, an account can be opened in the name of a girl child up to the age of 10 years.
The scheme would mature on completion of 21 years from the date of opening of the account, and deposits can be made till completion of 14 years. The account can be transferred anywhere in India if the girl child shifts to a place other than the city or locality where the account stands.
Further, 50% of the deposit could be withdrawn for the purpose of higher education and marriage of the girl child after she attains 18 years of age, said the notification.
"The account shall be opened and operated by the natural or legal guardian of a girl child till the girl child in whose name the account has been opened, attains the age of 10 years," it added. After attaining age of 10 years, the account holder can herself operate the account.
In the event of death of the account holder, the account would be closed immediately, and the balance at the credit of the account would be paid along with interest till the month preceding the month of premature closure of the account. The scheme is aimed at garnering small savings and channelising them for development of infrastructure.
Recently, the government has relaunched the Kisan Vikas Patra, in which the invested money doubles in 100 months, with the objective of increasing domestic savings.


About 15000 Postal Employees marched to Parliament today under the banner of Postal Joint Council of Action (NFPE, FNPO, AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) & NUGDS). Employees from all the 22 circles participated in the historic march with colorful banners, flags and caps shouting slogans against the negative attitude of the Government towards the demands of the Postal Employees. Grant of Civil Servant Status to Gramin Dak Sevaks and inclusion in 7th CPC, Merger of DA and grant of interim relief to all employees, scrap new pension scheme, Revision of wages of casual, Part-time contingent employees, implementation of cadre Restructuring committee report, settle 39 point charter of demands are the main demands raised in the Parliament March.
The rally was inaugurated by Com. A. K. Padmanabhan, All India President, CITU. Shri. M. Raghavaiyya (General Secretary, NFIR & Leader JCM National Council). Com. Shiv Gopal Mishra (General Secretary, AIRF & Secretary JCM National Council), Com. S. K. Vyas, Advisor, Confederation, Com. M. Krishnan (Ex-Secretary General, NFPE & Secretary General, Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers) Com. R. N. Parashar (Secretary General, NFPE) Shri D. Theagarajan (Secretary General, FNPO), Com. M. S. Raja (Secretary General, Audit & Accounts Employees Association), Com. Vrigu Bhattacharjee (Secretary General, Civil Accounts Employees Association), Com. K. Raghavendran (Ex-Secretary General, NFPE) addressed the rally. Com. Girirraj Singh (President, NFPE) Com. T. N. Rahate (President, FNPO) presided. General Secretaries of all affiliated unions/Associations of NFPE, FNPO and General Secretaries of AIPEU-GDs (NFPE), NUGDS have lead the March to Parliament. Postal Joint Council of Action declared nationwide indefinite strike from 6th May 2015. If the Government is not ready to settle the demands before that date. The date of the strike was fixed as 6th May, taking into consideration the fact that the JCM National Council National Convention to be held on 11th December will be declaring series of agitational programmes during the month of February, March and April 2015.

Thursday 4 December 2014

Labour Reforms

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment

03-December-2014 17:27 IST

Labour Reforms
The Minister Of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, Shri Bandaru Dattatreya has said that Labour Laws reform is a continuous process in order to bring them in tune with the emerging needs of the economy after tri-partite consultations amongst Government, Employers’ and Employees’ Organizations. The Ministry of Labour & Employment is actively engaged in addressing the issue of simplifying and codifying the Labour Laws and for ensuring ease of compliance to promote an enabling business environment. While undertaking such reforms, the overall interests of Labour like wages, employment, social security, working environment, health and safety etc. are duly addressed keeping in view the requirements of the Indian Industry to make it efficient and Internationally competitive.  

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today, Shri Bandaru Dattatreya said that the Ministry has also developed a single unified Web Portal for On-line Registration of Units, Reporting of Inspections, submissions of Annual returns and Redressal of Grievances. The Portal facilitates ease of reporting at one place for various Labour Laws by a single On-line annual Return, consolidate information of Labour inspections and its enforcement thereby enhancing transparency in Labour Inspections.

Wednesday 3 December 2014

Filing Assets and Liabilities

Filing Assets and Liabilities

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

03-December-2014 13:44 IST

Filing Assets and Liabilities
Section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 mandates that every public servant (as defined in the Act, which includes Ministers, Members of Parliament, Government employees, employees of statutory bodies, PSUs, etc.) shall make a declaration of his assets and liabilities as well of his spouse and dependent children in the manner as provided by or under the said Act. In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) read with clause (k) and clause (l) of sub-section (2) of section 59 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 (1 of 2014), read with section 44 and section 45 of the said Act, the Central Government has notified the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014 in the official Gazette on 14th July, 2014, which, inter alia, contain the forms in which such information/return is required to be filed.

Subsequently, concerns and apprehensions were raised by several Ministries/Departments and other stakeholders, inter alia, about the complexity involved in furnishing the desired details in the forms prescribed under the Rules. Accordingly, the Government of India vide its order dated 28-08-2014, constituted a Committee to simplify the forms and the process in which public servants shall make declaration of assets and liabilities. The said Committee has submitted its First Report on 01-10-2014, recommending simplified formats for declaration of moveable property and for declaration of debts and other liabilities by public servants.

The Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014 have also been amended by a notification dated 8th September, 2014, by which the time limit, for furnishing of such information/return by public servants, has been extended till 31st December, 2014.

This was stated by Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to Shri Sudheer Gupta & others in the Lok Sabha today.

Tuesday 2 December 2014

Rajya Sabha Question No. 684 : Improvement in efficiency of postal services

ANSWERED ON  28.11.2014
Improvement in efficiency of postal services
 684  Shri A.U. Singh Deo
Will the Minister of COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to satate :-
(a) whether Government has proposed plans to improve efficiency of postal services, if so, the details thereof;
(b) whether Government is planning any Public Private Partnership model in postal services, if so, the details thereof;
(c) if not, the reasons therefor;
(d) whether there is any proposal to raise employment in postal services for rural areas, if so, the details thereof; and
(e) if not, the reasons therefor?


(a) Yes, Sir.
Performance of Post Offices is monitored on selected Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) on Mails, Savings Bank and Money Orders through a web based mechanism.
The Government has undertaken the following steps to improve efficiency of Postal Services by:
(i) Introduction of a Mail Network Optimization Project (MNOP), for consolidation and optimization of operational network.
(ii) Process redesigning at Speed Post Hubs and Intra Circle Hubs.
(iii) Strengthening of end –to-end online tracking system, resulting in increase in online tracking.
 (iv) Regular performance review of all Postal Circles.
(b) & (c) No Sir.
(d) & (e) There is no new proposal to raise fresh employment in postal services for Branch Post Offices situated in rural areas. In fact, whenever any vacancy arises in any Departmental cadre, irrespective of its location in rural area or urban area, the same is filled up as per the provisions of the Recruitment rules of that particular cadre. Till filling up of vacancy, the work of the post is managed by redistribution/combination of duties and temporary attachment of personnel from other Post offices etc.

There are sufficient numbers of sanctioned posts of Gramin Dak Sevak (GDS) employees in rural areas. In addition, the Department has recently directed for expeditious filling up of all vacant posts of Gramin Dak Sevak Branch Postmasters.

Monday 1 December 2014

Acquitted employee entitled to full pay for suspension: CAT

After an acquittal, an employee is entitled to full pay and allowances from his employer and the grounds of acquittal have no bearing on the matter, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has ruled

Aggrieved by the decision of telecom department to withhold his full pay and allowances on the plea that his acquittal was “on the benefit of doubt”, Mohinder Singh (61), a resident of Abohar, had moved the CAT seeking directions to treat his period of suspension of four years as “period spent on duty” thus entitling him to full pay and allowances.
Singh, before superannuation from BSNL on January 31, 2010 was employed in telephone exchange, Abohar, and had been suspended from December 12, 2002 to March 2, 2006 owing to pending graft case against him for allegedly demanding bribe for installing a telephone connection. He was acquitted in November 2005 as the prosecution failed to prove the allegations against him.

Following acquittal, his suspension was revoked and Singh joined duty.
In this case, the CAT has ordered the telecom department to grant full pay and allowance to Singh with 9% interest.
However, following the order of disciplinary authority of the department on December 8, 2011, Mohinder’s period of suspension was treated as period “not spent on duty” because his acquittal was based on “benefit of doubt” and “not on merits”.
The appellant authority dismissed Singh’s appeal following which he moved the tribunal.
Singh had sought quashing of the order and treating suspension as a period spent on duty and that he be granted full pay and allowances terming the order of the department as “misplaced”.
He had challenged the order of general manager telecom Punjab circle Ferozepure, chief general manager telecom and BSNL depriving him of full pay and allowances.
Agreeing with the contentions of Mohinder’s counsel Vikas Chatrath, the tribunal accepted, “An acquittal whether on benefit of doubt or otherwise should lead to the same consequences. Therefore, the applicant is entitled to full pay and allowances for period of suspension ordered only because of the criminal case.”

Source :  Hindustan Times