Friday, May 31, 2013

MEETING OF THE REPRESENTATIVES OF STAFF SIDE NATIONAL COUNCIL WITH SECRETARY, PENSION AR & PG ON PENSIONARY MATTERS.

A meeting of the representatives of Staff Side National Council with Secretary, Pension AR & PG on pensionary matters was held on 28.5.2013. Staff Side was represented by S/ Shri S.G. Mishra and Rakhal Das Gupta (AIRF), Guman Singh (NFIR) and K.K.N.kutty and S.K.Vyas (Confederation)
Old Items
The following issues have been discussed
1. Ex-gratia Payment to SRPF / CPF beneficiaries who had voluntarily retired or medically invalidated. It has been decided to implement the Kerala High Court judgment in general and extend the benefit of exgratia payment to the meager number of pre 1986 optees who retired voluntarily or on medical invalidation after rendering 20 years of service. The enabling orders are to be issued shortly.
2. Raising quantum of ex-gratia to CPF retirees on lines of SRPF.
In respect of SRPF retirees of the Railways, the rate of ex-gratia was raised from Rs. 600/- pm to Rs. 750/- pm to Rs. 3000pm with effect from 1.11.2006. The Govt. have now decided to revise the rate of exgratia in respect of CPF retirees at the above rates I. e. Rs. 750/- to Rs. 3000/- pm w.e.f. 1.11.2006.
3. Issue of Revised PPOs in favour of Pre 2006 retirees and others.
 In the case Civilian departments about 4 lakhs of cases reported pending on 1.8.2012, now only 1.30 lakhs are pending and these would also be cleared by 30.6.2013. In the case of Railways total pendency in August 2012 was 10.8 lakhs which has been brought down to 5.54 lakhs. Now when it has been decided that revised PPOs may be issued suo mottu by the Railway authorities, the entire pending is targeted to be cleared by 30th September 2013.In the case of Defence civilians, action is being taken to issue all pending PPOs by 30.9.2013.
4. Fixation of revised pension by multiplying pre-revised 1/3rd pension (in  respect of PSU absorbees) by a factor of 2.26.In the case the speaking order issued by the Govt. on 26.11.2012 that no further increase in pension of absorbee pensioners would be allowed has been challenged in CAT Hyderabad and the Tribunal has passed orders on 24.4. 2013. This order is under examination.
5. Commutation of Pension.
The Govt. have not agreed to reduce the period of 15 years to 11 years for restoration even in the cases where commutation has been paid at the rates prescribed in the New Table. The Govt. wanted that the matter may be raised before 7th pay commission.
6. Family pension to divorced / widowed / unmarried daughters –nomination for life time arrears by the family pension in respect of his / her daughter. This has not been agreed to.

7. Non payment of arrears of pension on account of Revision of pension w.e.f. 1.1.2006 in case of pensioner of Chandrapur. Now these arrears have been disbursed by all Banks.
New Items.
I. Equitable Gratuity  under Rule 50 of Pension Rules, 1972.
As recommended by IV CPC the following rates of Death Gratuity had been provided for :-
1. Less than one year 2 times emoluments
2.One year or more but less Then 5 years 6 times of emoluments
3. 5 Years or more but less than 20 years 12 times emoluments
4.20 years or more half of emoluments for every completed
six monthly period of qualifying service
subject to maximum of 33 times of emoluments
Staff Side suggested the following amendment in Sl. No. 3 above which may be split as under :-
a) Five years or more 12 times the emoluments but less than 11 years.
b) 11 years or more but less than 20 years 20 times of emoluments
The Govt. has not agreed and have suggested that the matter may be raised before the next Pay Commission.
II.Extension of CS (MA) Rules, 1944 to Central Government Pensioners.
The Health Ministry has agreed to extend CS (MA) Rules, 1944 to Pensioners. In many cases which had gone to Court, it has been ruled that pensioners are entitled to full reimbursement of medical expenses incurred by them as per CS (MA) Rules 1944 which are applicable in the case of serving employees. The Department of Expenditure has not agreed to implement the above decision. The pensioners have to wait till the Medical Insurance Scheme is introduced.
III. Grant of modified parity with reference to the Revised Pay Scale corresponding to pre revised Pay Scale of the post from which an employee had retired. The Govt. cited the decision of Supreme Court in K.S. Krishna Swamy Vs UOI (C.A. no.3173-3174/2006 and 3188-3190/2006). According to this the benefit of up-gradation of post subsequent to their retirement would not be admissible to pre 1996 / pre 2006 retirees.
The Staff Side pointed out that the result of this clarification is that a retiree is now being compared with the pay scale of an employee two stages lower and subordinate to the post from which an employee has retired. If V I V CPCs have consciously upgraded certain posts it is established that pay scales granted for these posts were in adequate and only therefore the up-gradation has been recommended by them. On what ground the benefit of up-gradation even in determining the modified parity be denied to them when it is established that they retired from a pay scale which were inadequate.
However Govt. did not agree to reconsider this matter.
The meeting ended with a vote of thanks.
Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Choose your cuppa coffee carefully


Here’s a guide to common coffee drinks and the calories they pack
 
Forgo the cream, try developing a taste for unsweetened, zero-calorie black coffee
Forgo the cream, try developing a taste for unsweetened, zero-calorie black coffee
A study published in May last year in the New England Journal of Medicine suggested that frequent coffee drinkers live longer. Apparently, they have a lower risk of dying from diseases like diabetes, heart disease, etc., compared to those who drink little coffee or none at all—a good 10-15% lower.
That’s great news for coffee enthusiasts. But when experts talk about coffee being good for health (it also helps bring down blood pressure), they are usually talking about a standard cup of coffee with little milk and very little sugar, if at all. They are definitely not talking about the supersized, sweet-as-the-devil mugs filled to the brim with milk foam and cream—what we down on a regular basis at cafés.
“The Italians and the French love their coffee and have a cup with almost every meal and still don’t gain weight,” says Jyothi Setlur, a consulting nutritionist based in Bangalore. “But that’s because they are drinking espresso shots, pure black coffee with no milk or sugar. Most nations with a culture of coffee drinking look down on big cups of milky stuff, full of saturated fats from milk foam and cream, and high on calorific sugar. “It is not coffee itself, but the way you have it that determines the amount of calories in a cup of coffee. Which is why with coffee I believe in keeping it simple and basic; no unnecessary additives for me,” says coffee expert Sahil Jatana, founder-partner of the Mumbai-based Caffeinated Solutions Llp(www.thecoffeecoach.in).
Try to develop a taste for unsweetened black coffee; it is almost a zero-calorie health drink. But like anything else, drink in moderation, because too much caffeine in your system does not help either. One cup of coffee gives anything between 65-150mg of caffeine, depending on the way it is brewed. “Caffeine causes the heart to pump faster and breathing to quicken; it is also a diuretic, and can be addictive,” Setlur says. “At lower levels, it makes one alert and energetic but too much consumption leads to jitteriness and nervousness, upset stomach and headaches. So stick to two-three cups of coffee a day (200-300mg of caffeine), to stay within accepted limits.”
If you take your coffee with milk and sugar, slowly reduce the amount you put of both. Skip the sweetener too, and forget the whipped cream please—you can reduce almost 80 calories with this one change.
Our panel of experts, Setlur, Jatana and Mumbai-based Kunal Ross of Theindianbean.com, an online coffee venture that sells single-estate filter coffee, deconstructs the common coffees so you can choose your next cup wisely.
Cappuccino
Cappuccino is an Italian coffee drink prepared with espresso, hot milk and steamed-milk froth. The layer of foam on top is ideally one-third of the content of the cup, approximately 150-180ml in the standard size available at coffee shops.
Calorie meter: Depends largely on two things: the amount of sugar and the type of milk (skimmed or full cream). For a standard-size cup, the calorie count is 75-150 calories without sugar.
Latte
Latte (short for “caffè-latte”) is a longer drink, with more milk, and varying amount of foam.
Calorie meter: Typically served in a 240ml mug, the calorie count can be 120-180 calories without sugar, depending on the type of milk used.
Espresso
An espresso is one small and strong shot of coffee, and is the cup of choice for coffee connoisseurs since it is the purest form of the drink, brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans.
Making a good espresso—from freshly roasted beans ground on the spot and pulled with the right amount of water at the right temperature—is an art that is difficult to master. Most coffee shops will serve you from a machine, which is not the best, but good for the sake of consistency.
Calorie meter: Served in a demitasse, a small 80-100ml cup, it has 2-5 calories minus sugar.
Caffè Americano
This coffee is prepared by adding hot water to espresso, giving it a strength similar to, but flavour different from, regular drip coffee.
Calorie meter: Usually served in a 240-300ml mug, it has 2-8 calories minus sugar.
Café mocha
Espresso, milk and added chocolate, typically in the form of sweet cocoa powder, although a lot of people (and cafés) use chocolate syrup instead.
Calorie meter: Typically served in a 240ml mug, this has 175-250 calories without added sugar. When served with whipped cream, the calorie count can shoot up to 400 per cup.
Frappé
Usually made with a shot of espresso, four spoons of vanilla ice cream and milk.
Calorie meter: A typical serving is 250-300ml in a tall glass, with or without ice. This is more dessert than coffee, 180-250 calories at the least.
Filter coffee
This one is a sweet milky coffee made from dark roasted coffee beans (70–80%) and chicory (20–30%), and is especially popular in the southern states. It is prepared by using a decoction made using a south Indian filter and adding hot and sweetened milk.
Calorie meter: Sipped from a 100-120ml tumbler, it has 130-180 calories depending on the amount of sugar added (usually 1 teaspoon) and whether the milk used is skimmed or full cream.
Note: All the calories are indicative and may change with the method of preparation.
The additives
The extras that make our coffee add to the calorie count*
Cream: 30-45 calories
Whole milk: 9 calories
Skimmed milk: 6 calories
Soy milk: 8 calories
Sugar: 48 calories
Whipped cream (half-cup): 75 calories
Chocolate syrup: 54 calories
Coffee creamer: 30 calories
Ice cream (1 scoop): 130-170 calories
Sugar syrup: 85 calories
Chocolate sauce: 15-45 calories
*Calories are per teaspoon of additive, unless otherwise mentioned.
—Jyothi Setlur, consulting nutritionist, Bangalore.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

ARE YOU READY? It’s time to file your income tax returns (ITR). What you need is a good checklist. Here is one

Dating advice: charm thetaxman

ZoomBookmarkARE YOU READY? It’s time to file your income tax returns (ITR). What you need is a good checklist. Here is one
HT walks you through the maze make it easier for you
FILE PHOTOPeople queue up to file their tax returns. With e-filing expanding, the crowd is set to shrink.
DATES TO REMEMBER Individual Income Tax
July 31, 2013: Due date for filing return of income for the financial year 2012-13
March 31, 2014: Last date for filing the ITR for 2012-13 (assessment year 2013-14), with a penalty of R5,000
INCOME FROM SALARY
If you have no income apart from your salary, you need these:
Form 16: This is a financial statement from your employer(s) that lists details of your income and taxes paid on it during the year.
Form 12 BA: This is given to employees whose salary packages include holiday and credit card expenses.
Pension certificate: If you receive pension, you need to keep the pension certificate issued by your bank.
HOUSE PROPERTY
Home loan certificate: If you have a home loan, your bank gives you a statement and certificate with details of principal and interest rate payments. Keep this handy along with receipts of taxes paid on the property.
Rental income: If you have rented out your property, keep a statement of rental income ready.
OTHER INCOME
Form 16A: If you earn additional income, say interest on bank deposits, or fees from professional services rendered, Form 16A details such income, other than your salary, on which tax has been deducted at source (TDS). Don't forget to collect TDS statements from all organisations from which you would have such TDS income.
DEDUCTIBLE INSTRUMENTS
In your ITR form, you will need to give details of deductions you have claimed by investing in various tax savings instruments such as life insurance premiums, PPF, NSCs, health insurance etc. claimed under various sections of the IT Act such as 80C, 80CCC, 80CCD, 80D, 80G and 80E.
NUMBERS THAT YOU NEED
Permanent Account Number: Your identity at the tax department
Bank account number: Give this only if you are expecting a refund
MICR code: The 9-digit number at the bottom of cheque leaves, next to the cheque number, enables the IT department to credit any tax refund directly to your bank account.
CAPITAL GAINS
You will need to give details in the ITR form of capital gains made from investments in assets.
FORMS
ITR 1 (SAHAJ) to 4S (SUGAM): Individual/ Hindu undivided Family assessees.
ITR 5: Partnership firms, association of persons and body of individuals ITR 6: Companies ITR 7: Trusts, political parties etc.
HOW TO E-FILE
Option 1: Fill Return Offline and Upload XML 1.Download the applicable ITR from 2. Fill it online 3.Generate an XML format file and save it on desktop 4. Register on e-filing website using your PAN 5.Log in to the portal 6. Go to section called "E-file Income Tax Return" and Upload your duly filled return form
Option 2: Prepare and submit your ITR online 1. Register on e-filing website using your PAN 2. Log in to portal 3. Go to “E-file Income Tax Return.” 4. Prepare return and submit online

Monday, May 20, 2013

Breaking News -BPS

Agreeing to the request of S.C.Maheshwari Secy. Genl BPS.  Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra Genl. Secy AIRF agreed to include the issue of raising FMA to Rs 1200/PM in AIRF Agenda items for the forthcoming meeting with Secretary(Pension).

AIRF supports 'Bharat Pensioners Samaj' by taking up Pensioners following issues which were hitherto being raised by BPS- Thanks to Com Shiv Gopal Mishra Genl Secy. AIRF

AIRF supports 'Bharat Pensioners Samaj' by taking up Pensioners following issues  which were hitherto being raised by BPS- Thanks to Com Shiv Gopal Mishra  Genl Secy. AIRF

ALL INDIA RAILWAYMEN'S FEDERATION
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi-110055 INDIA

No.AIRF/NC/JCM(GC)(Pension)

May 18, 2013

The Secretary,
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare,
Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market,
New Delhi-110003

Dear Sir,
Sub: Agenda items

We are sending herewith 08 agenda items on pensionary matters for discussing the same in the forthcoming meeting with the Secretary( Pension).

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

Item No.1
Sub: Less payment of pension to pre-96 and pre-2006 retirees
It has been noted that the employees drawing pay scale of Rs.1400-2300 in V CPC were allotted pay scale of Rs.5000-8000 in V CPC, and subsequently they were placed in scale Rs.9300-34800 in PB-2 with Grade Pay of Rs.4200. But it is surprising that, pre-1996 retirees have been placed in PB-I pay scale Rs.5200-20200 with Grade Pay of Rs.2800.

In AIRF’s opinion, this is discrimination with the employees retired before 1.1.1996.

Necessary action, therefore, needs to be taken in the matter urgently.

Item No.2
Sub: Provision of HRA for PensionerslFamily Pensioners
A Government Servant while in service is paid either House Rent Allowance or government accommodation. After retirement he is left with no facility of government accommodation or House Rent Allowance. As such, a pensioner has to pay a major part of his pension as a rent for accommodation. On account of high prices of residential houses, it is not possible for a retired employee to purchase even a small house out of his retirement dues.

AIRF, therefore, requests that, some provision, for payment of HRA to Pensioners/Family Pensioners, should be made to enable them to spend their retirement life comfortably.

Item No.3
Sub: Increase in Family Pension
A government employee gets pension @ 50%of his Basic Pay after retirement, which is considered sufficient to meet the expenses on day-to-day requirement of the family such as food, clothes etc., but after the demise of pensioner, only 30% pension is admissible as Family Pension to his widow. As such, the family gets 40% less pension in comparison to the pension admissible to the employee. It is understood that, after the demise of pensioner, the expenses are not reduced by 50%, which is perhaps the base of fixing Family Pension. Moreover. besides expenses on food, there are some other miscellaneous expenses, which cannot be overlooked. In the circumstances, the existing provision of 30% pension to the family of deceased pensioner is inadequate for survival.

AIRF is, therefore, of the view that the Family Pension should be increased at least from 30% to 40%.

Item No.4
Sub: Arbitrary orders denying revision of Pension and Family Pension in favour of the pensioners who were in receipt of Compulsory Retirement Pension and Compassionate Allowance under Rules 40 and 41 of the Central Civil Services(Pension) Rules, 1972
In terms of rule 40 & 41 of Central Civil Services(Pension) Rules, 1972, Compulsory Retirement Pension and Compassionate Allowance are sanctioned. Such Compulsory Retirement Pension and Compassionate Allowance, whenever sanctioned, are revised at par with other pensioners. But DOP&PW’s O.M. No.38/37/08—P&PW(A) dated 03.10.2008 has stated that, there should not be any revision on the Compulsory Retirement Pension and Compassionate Allowance. This order will adversely affect the living standard of the such retired employee.

AIRF, therefore, urges upon that, this order may please be called back and the revision, already undertaken, should be allowed to stay.

Item No.5
Sub: Revision of PPO in favour of Pensioners/Family Pensioners
Ministry of PPG&P(Departrnent of Pension) vide Para 11 of F. No. 38/ 37/08-P&PW(A) dated 01.09.2008 has issued order that revised PPO should be suo-moto issued by the pension sanctioning authority. This has been revised vide PPG&PW’s subsequent F. No.38/37/08—P&PW(A) Pt. I dated 14.10.2008 stipulating that the disbursing authority should furnish calculation in respect of revision of Pension/Family Pension to the pension sanctioning authority, and on receipt of the same, pension sanctioning authority would revise the PPO in favour of pensioner/family pensioner.

This order has created utter confusion and the same was raised in the ordinary meeting of the NCIJCM, held on 15.05.2010, when it was assured that the matter would be sorted out early. Unfortunately, after lapse of long 18 months, the matter could not be sorted out, resulting in, large number of pensioners/family pensioners of pre 01.01.2006 could not get the revised PPO.

AIRF, therefore, urges that, necessary action may be taken to issue revise PPO to the Pensioners/Family Pensioners of pre 01.01.2006 retirees.

Item No.6
Sub: Fixation of pension of pre-2006 retirees in terms of VI CPC pay scales
AIRF feels that the pension of pre-2006 retirees should be fixed on the basis of corresponding pay stage in new Pay Band plus Grade Pay of their last pay drawn in pay scale held by them at the time of their retirement.

In this regard, the Hon’ble CAT, New Delhi vide its judgement dated 01.11.2011 in OA Nos.0655/2010, 3079/2009, 306/2010 and 0507/2010 have given the direction to fix the pension of pre-2006 retirees as stated above.

AIRF understood that, instead of Implementing the judgernent of the CAT, DoP&PW had challenged the judgement before the Hon’ble High Court, New Delhi.

AIRF, therefore, requests, that the DoP&PW, instead of fighting against Hon’ble CAT’s orders, may consider the justified demand in the interest of the pre-2006 retirees.

Item No.7
Sub: Restoration of commuted portion of pension
Presently, there is a provision for restoration of commuted portion of pension after 15 years. On an average, a small number of pensioners attain the age of 75 years. As such, most of the pensioners are deprived of the benefit of restoration of pension.

AIRF, therefore, requests that the period of 15 years may be reduced to 12 years so that some more pensioners could get the benefit of restoration of commuted portion of pension.

In this connection, it is pertinent to mention that the Fifth CPC had also recommended to reduce this period to 12 years.

Item No.8
Sub: Enhancement of age related to additional basic pension
There has been a demand from certain Pensioners Associations! Bharat Pensioners Samaj on the issue of enhancement of pension on attaining the age of 65, 70, 75 and 80 and so on by 5% every time.

Presently, age related enhancement in pension is admissible to the pensioners having 80 years of age completed.

As all are well aware that, a handful pensioners survive up to the age of 80 years. As such, majority of pensioners are unable to get the benefit of enhanced pension.

AIRF, therefore, requests the government to take a positive view to reduce minimum age limit from 80 to 65 years for giving the benefit of enhanced pension.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

PM’s address at 45th session of the Indian Labour Conference

PM’s address at 45th session of the Indian Labour Conference
Following is the text of the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh’s address at the 45th session of the Indian Labour Conference in New Delhi today:

“Let me begin by emphasizing that this is a very important conference that deliberates issues of critical importance to our workers and industry, and therefore to our economy and society at large. I feel happy that as Prime Minister I have participated in all Sessions of the Indian Labour Conference that have taken place since 2005, except the one in 2009 which I could not attend due to ill-health. As you begin proceedings in this 45th Session of the Conference, I compliment you on your past achievements and extend my best wishes for your efforts in the future. It is also my hope that this Session will build further upon the rich legacy of the earlier Sessions.

Before I proceed further, let me also state that our Government has paid very serious attention to the issues that Trade Unions have raised from time to time. The recent two-day strike by Trade Unions focused on a number of issues relating to the welfare not only of the working-classes but also the people at large. These include demands on which there can be no disagreement. For example, demands for concrete measures for containing inflation, for generation of employment opportunities, for strict implementation of labour laws, are unexceptionable. There can however be differences on the best ways of fulfilling these demands and we are willing to engage constructively with the Trade Unions in this regard.

Some other demands raised by the Trade Unions are already under an advanced stage of consideration by the Government. These include issues like universal social security cover for workers in both the organized and unorganized sectors and creation of a National Social Security Fund, fixing a National Floor Level Minimum Wage and provision of minimum pension of Rs. 1000 per month under the Employees’ Pension Scheme. In fact, the Cabinet has already approved amendments to the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 to provide for a statutory National Floor Level Minimum Wage.

The third set of demands relates to issues on which further dialogue with Trade Union leaders appears necessary, including tripartite discussions. We have set up a Group of Ministers under the Finance Minister to go into the whole gamut of demands raised by the Trade Unions and I am confident that soon you will see some forward movement on these demands.

I believe that many of the demands of the Trade Unions reflect the concern that our growth and progress should be inclusive and should particularly benefit the under-privileged sections of our society. This is a concern that has been very dear to our Government. We believe that providing our people with productive employment opportunities is the best way of achieving this objective.

According to some available data, we created 20 million additional job opportunities during the period 2004-05 and 2009-10. The unemployment rate came down from 8.3% to 6.6% during the same period. This period suffered from one of the worst global meltdowns in history and most of the countries, developed and developing, have registered increases in their unemployment rates while we were still able to create additional jobs. Employment in the organized sector registered a growth of more than 9% from 26.5 million in 2005 to 29 million in 2011. It is heartening to note that women employed in the organized sector have also registered a growth of about 19% during the same period.

Our Government has also made serious efforts in implementing various employment generation programmes such as Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), National Rural Livelihood Mission, Swarnajayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojna and Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme. There has been an increase in allocations of these schemes over the years which have provided employment opportunities to a large number of men and women, particularly persons belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes. MGNREGA has been particularly helpful in reducing inter-State migration of labour, eliminating bonded labour and raising the purchasing power of the rural households. Women participation under the scheme has been more than 48%. It is also heartening to note that rural women are increasingly going for self-employment opportunities in ever increasing numbers. Out of a total of 44.32 lakh Self-Help Groups in our country, 30.21 lakh are exclusively for women which accounts for more than 68%. We propose to continue this effort in future as well.

Clearly, skill development is crucial to our efforts for providing decent employment opportunities to our large and growing young population. A skilled workforce is also a pre-requisite for the achievement of our objective of rapid and inclusive growth. Therefore, we have laid special emphasis on skill development.

Our aim is to skill 5 crore people by the end of the 12th Five Year Plan. This will not only help in generating good quality employment but will also provide Industry with the skilled workforce they need to expand and modernize their operations. During the last five years, the number of Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in the country has doubled from about 5000 to about 10000. About 1700 Government ITIs have been modernized. Another 3000 ITIs, 5000 Skill Development Centres and 27 Advanced Training Institutes are proposed to be set up during the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17). The Modular Employable Skills (MES) programme of the Ministry of Labour & Employment provides short duration courses to prospective trainees using both Government and private infrastructure. It is an attempt towards increasing employment in the unorganized sector at a rapid pace.

In order to achieve our ambitious targets, the skilling efforts of both the Central and the State Governments need to be supplemented by the private sector. Furthermore, skills need to be closely matched with emerging job requirements. This calls for setting up of national standards for skill formation benchmarked to global standards, development of appropriate curriculum design for specific skills and formation of new assessment and certifying bodies besides strengthening the existing ones.

The National Skill Development Corporation has been established for promoting private sector efforts in the area of skill development. In addition, the Government has recently taken the decision to set up the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) to anchor and operationalize the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) which should play a vital role in transforming the quality of training in our country. The NSDA will also endeavor to bridge the social, regional, gender and economic divides in processes of skill development.

I have no doubt that with active participation of the industry, the Trade Unions and the Government, we will be able to achieve more effective outcomes in improving the employability of our youth and thus pave the way for generating decent employment opportunities for them commensurate with their rising aspirations. This is the task to which I commit our country.

Ever since the UPA Government came to power in 2004, we have endeavoured to work for the welfare of workers. When I look back at what I had said when I addressed the 40th Session of this Conference in 2005, I feel a sense of satisfaction that we have delivered substantially on the promises we had made at that time. I had at that time spoken about the need for a new deal to the working people, the need for ensuring the welfare and well being of all workers, particularly those in the unorganized sector, and the legislation that was under consideration in this regard. I am happy that we have achieved good results in these areas, though I would be the first one to recognize that there is much that still needs to be done.

We launched the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) in 2008 to provide for smart card based hospitalization facilities for workers in the unorganized sector. We have been expanding the reach of the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) to cover larger numbers of workers in the informal sector. Under this scheme, 3.41 crore smart cards have been issued so far. The RSBY now covers additional categories of workers including construction workers, street vendors, domestic workers and even beneficiaries of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme.

Our Government enacted the Unorganized Workers Social Security Act, 2008 for the benefit of the workers in the informal sector.

We have increased the eligibility limit under the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 from Rs 3500 per month to Rs 10000 per month. The medical bonus payable under the Maternity Benefit Act of 1961 has also been enhanced. We have also enhanced the period of unemployment allowance to retrenched workers from 6 months to 1 year under the Rajiv Gandhi Shramik Kalyan Yojana.

The National Policy on Safety, Health and Environment and the National Policy on HIV and AIDS in the World of Work were put in place in the year 2009.

We have taken proactive steps for elimination of child labour. Our Government has taken a decision to amend the Child Labour Prohibition & Regulation Act, 1986 to ban all child labour below 14 years to enable our children to exercise their right to education. I am happy that the number of children working as labourers in our country has decreased by 45% from 90.75 lakh in 2004-05 to 49.84 lakh in year 2009-10. We now need to ensure that this is brought down further.

A number of Bills have been introduced for amending Acts such as the Labour Laws (Exemption from Furnishing Returns and Maintaining Registers by Certain Establishments) Act, 1988, the Mines Act, 1952 and the Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979. Besides, a number of amendments in labour laws are at various stages of consideration.

The Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Act was amended in the year 2010 to cover factories employing 10 or more workers, instead of the earlier threshold of 20. The wage ceiling for coverage of employees has been enhanced from Rupees 10,000 to Rs.15,000 per month. The number of establishments covered has increased to 5.80 lakh till the end of 2011-12 from 3.94 lakh in year 2008-09. Twenty seven ESIC hospitals are being modernized and four have already been upgraded. Five new ESIC hospitals were commissioned in 2011-12. Insured persons are now being issued Smart Cards and super specialty treatment facilities have been extended to them. The ESIC organization has undertaken a massive computerization project for more effective delivery of benefits to the insured persons.

Modernization initiatives in the Employees Provident Fund Organization have resulted in 25% increase in the settlement of claims as compared to the previous year. The Status of all Provident Fund Accounts is now available online along with SMS alerts for important account information. Payment is now possible through National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT).

There are certain vulnerable groups of workers that need our special attention. I would urge this Conference to focus particularly on the well being and welfare of migrant workers, domestic workers and those working in unsafe conditions. These groups not only need special legislative support but also a more effective implementation of the existing laws that have been made for their protection and wellbeing. We need to bring in the best international practices for bringing about improvements in their working conditions.

The Government of India, Industry, Trade Unions and State Governments need to work in partnership to strengthen our society, our economy and our country. I would like to take today's opportunity to reaffirm our Government's firm commitment to building such a partnership. We are all aware that our economy is going through difficult circumstances and our growth is not what we would like it to be. Even as the Government works for reversing this situation and I am confident, we can do so and we will do it, we need the cooperation of both Captains of Industry and our Trade Unions. In the recent months we have taken a number of steps to boost investment, encourage enterprise and improve business sentiment. We have paid special attention to the need for removing bottlenecks that hamper new industrial activity. I would urge you all Captains of Industry and Trade Union leaders to help us in making a success of these efforts. I wish your deliberations all success.”

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SH/NK/SKS
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013





International Network for Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) Asia Regional Office
Development, Welfare and Research Foundation (DWRF)
United Nations Information Centre (UNIC)

 Observed  International Day of Families on 15.05.2013 At UN Conference Hall, 55 Lodi Estate, New Delhi
SH. T.R.Meena IAS joint Secretary MOSJ was the chief Guest ; Er. S.C.Maheshwari Secy. General Bharat Pensioners Samaj with a team of 4 delegates participated in SEMINAR : Advancing Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

CASES OF PRE 2006 PENSIONERSS IN VARIOUS COURTS AGAINST WHICH JUDGEMENTS FOR GRANTING MODIFIED PARITY HAVE ALREADY BEEN RECEIVED AS ON 14.05.2013.-Courtesy M.L.Kanaujia


CASES OF PRE 2006 PENSIONERSS IN VARIOUS COURTS  AGAINST WHICH JUDGEMENTS  FOR GRANTING MODIFIED  PARITY  HAVE  ALREADY  BEEN  RECEIVED  AS ON  14.05.2013.-Courtesy M.L.Kanaujia
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HEARD BY
PETITION NO. & YEAR
LEAD PETITIONER
NEXT
DATE
FIXED
FOR
HEARING
REMARKS IN BRIEF
1
AFT-PB Delhi
OA 139/2009
Lt.Col.PK Kapur
DOJ
30.06.2010
Modified Parity case. OA  allowed.
2
AFT-PB Delhi
OA 24/2010
Lt.Com.AvtarSingh
DOJ
14.09.2010
Modified Parity case. OA  allowed.
3
AFT-PB Delhi
OA 270/2010
Sq.Ldr. V K  Jain 
DOJ
14.09.2010
Modified Parity case. OA  allowed.
4
AFT Chandigarh
OA 277/2010
Romesh Chand
DOJ
01.11.2010
Modified Parity case. OA  allowed.
5
AFT Chandigarh
OA 312/2010
OP Singh
DOJ
01.11.2010
Modified Parity case. OA  allowed.
6
AFT Chandigarh
OA 313/2010
MS Minhas
DOJ 01.11.2010

Modified Parity case. OA allowed.
7
AFT Chandigarh

OA 314/2010
YS Nijjar
DOJ
01.11.2010
Modified Parity case. OA allowed.
8
AFT Chandigarh

OA 325/2010
Dildar Singh Sahi
DOJ
01.11.2010
Modified Parity case. OA  allowed.
9
AFT Chandigarh

OA 326/2010
Gurlochan Singh
DOJ
01.11.2010
Modified Parity case. OA  allowed.
10
AFT Chandigarh

OA 327/2010
Gurmeet Singh
DOJ
01.11.2010
Modified Parity case. OA allowed.
11
AFT Chandigarh

OA 445/2010
Balwant Singh
DOJ
01.11.2010
Modified Parity case. OA allowed.
12
AFT Chandigarh

OA 476/2010
Karam Chand
DOJ
01.11.2010
Modified Parity case. OA allowed.
13
AFT Chandigarh

OA 257/2010
Jagdish Chandar
DOJ
25.11.2010
Modified Parity case. OA  allowed.
14
AFT Chandigarh

OA 409/2010
N Sud
DOJ
25.11.2010
Modified Parity case. OA  allowed.
15
AFT Chandigarh

OA 410/2010
HS Tonque
DOJ
25.11.2010
Modified Parity case. OA  allowed.
 16
AFT Chandigarh

OA 521/2010
GS Kang
DOJ
25.11.2010
Modified Parity case. OA allowed.
17
AFT Chandigarh

OA 522/2010
SS Matharu
DOJ
25.11.2010
Modified Parity case. OA allowed.
18
AFT Chandigarh

OA 346/2010

DOJ
25.11.2010
Modified Parity case. OA allowed.
19
CAT-PB Delhi
OA 306/2010
D L Vohra s29
DOJ
01.11.2011
Modified Parity case. OA allowed to refix pension in 3 months as per OM dt 29.08.08.

20
CAT-PB Delhi
OA 507/2010
PPS Gambhir s29
DOJ
01.11.2011
Modified Parity case. OA allowed to refix pension in 3 months as per OM dt 29.08.08.

 21
CAT-PB Delhi
OA 3079/2009
 s29 and s30 Pensioners Association
DOJ
01.11.2011
Modified Parity case. OA allowed to refix pension in 3 months as per OM dt 29.08.08.

 22
CAT-PB Delhi
OA 655/2010
s29 pen.Association
DOJ
01.11.2011
Modified Parity case. OA allowed to refix pension in 3 months as per OM dt 29.08.08.

23
CAT Ernakulam
OA 843/2010
S29 and s26
S.Parmasivan Pillai  &Ors.

24.11.2011
The  prayer was for modified parity and for counting of special pay for pension. OA allowed.
24
AFT-PB/Delhi
OAs 106 / 2009,76/ 2011 and 24/2011
Wg.Comm. V Tomar
& Ors. Vs. UOl
DOJ
07.12.2011
Modified parity case. OA allowed.
25
CAT Hydrabad
OA 568/2010
s29 pensioners Dr.Kotra & Ors.
DOJ
30.12.2011
Modified Parity case. OA allowed.
26
CAT Hydrabad
0A931/2010 Clubbed With OA 568/2010
s26 Pensioners.
DOJ
30.12.2011
Modified Parity case. OA allowed.
27
CAT-PB Delhi

OA 201/2010
M L Gulati s29 Vs UOI
DOJ
29.02.2012
 Modified parity case. OA allowed.
28
AFT-PB Delhi
OA 126 of 2011
Wg.Comm.KG Rao VsUOl
 DOJ 16.08.2012
Modified parity case. OA allowed.
29
AFT-PB Delhi
OA 289 of 2011
Lt.Col.BGV Kumar VsUOl
DOJ 16.08.2012
Modified parity case. OA allowed.


30
Pun. & Har. HC
CWP19641/2009
RK Agarwal (s29)Rtd.CEEs and XENs
DOJ
21.12.2012.

Modified Parity case. CWP allowed by the Hon.  P & H High Court
31
Pun. & Har. HC
CWP19642/
2009
Satish Bhalla (s29)
DOJ
21.12.2012.

Modified Parity case.   CWP allowed by the Hon. P & H High Court
32
Pun. & Har. HC
CWP3452/
2010
0 P Kapur (s29)
DOJ
21.12.2012.

Modified Parity case.   CWP allowed by the Hon. P & H High Court
33
Pun. & Har. HC
CWP12638/2010
M L Kansal (s29)
DOJ
21.12.2012.

Modified Parity case.   CWP allowed by the Hon. P & H High Court
34
Pun. & Har. HC
CWP20725/2010
RK Sehgal (s29)
DOJ
21.12.2012.

Modified Parity case.   CWP allowed by the Hon. P & H High Court
35
Pun. & Har. HC
CWP20726/2010
R K Bali (s29)
DOJ
21.12.2012.

Modified Parity case.   CWP allowed by the Hon. P & H High Court
36
Pun. & Har. HC
CWP20727/2010
B K Jain (s29)
DOJ
21.12.2012.

Modified Parity case. CWP allowed by the Hon.
P & H High Court
37
Pun. & Har. HC

CWP20753/2010


CK Gupta (s29)
DOJ
21.12.2012.

Modified Parity case. CWP allowed by the Hon.
P & H High Court
38
Delhi HC
WPCs
1535/2012, 2348/2012, 2349/2012 and 2350/2012
UOI Vs CG SAG s29 Pensioners Association and four other Respondents.
DOJ 29.04.2013

Modified Parity case. Hon.ble Court dismissed  all the four UOI Petitions  and upheld the Judgment of Hon.ble CAT-PB in OA Nos. 3079/2009, 306/2010, 507/2010 and 655/2010 dated 01.11.2011.




*
Modified Parity” means computation of revised pension of  pre 2006 pensioners on the basis of  Union Cabinet approved6 CPC Report Para 5.1.47, given in  item 12 of the GOI, Ministry of Personnel (DOP) Resolution No. No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated  29.8.2008, which lays down that “The fixation of pension will  be subject to the provision that the revised pension, in no case, shall be lower than fifty percent of the sum of the minimum of the pay in the pay band and the grade pay thereon corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from  the pensioner had retired (5.1.47). It may not be out of place to say that  instead of this formula, MOP(DOP) in collusion with MOF(DOE), with the approval of Minister of State, by   subsequent issue of   OM No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated  03.10.2008, to modify the revised pension computation for mula and to  mean that  “The pension calculated at 50% of the minimum of pay in the band plus grade pay would be calculated (i) at the minimum of the pay in the pay band (irrespective of the pre-revised scale of pay) plus the grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale.”. This modification meant  reduction in revised pension of  those  who retired  from higher pre revised pay scale but were clubbed together with lower pre revised scale, to create a pay band. This “modification” was not only  “unauthorized”  by the Union Cabinet but was also violative of Article 14 of  the Constitution of  India. The Govt. of  India, in face of so many litigations, vide MOP(DOP) OM dated 28.1.20.13, accepted its mistake and decided to correct the formula  of  revised pension as given in Resolution dated 29.8.2008 but prospectively i. e. from 24.9.2012  onwards but not  from  date of  implementation of  the 6 CPC Report i. e. 1.1.2006. Since the date of  effect is not 1.1.2006.  all the above Judgments  are yet to be COMPLIED AND HENCE  AND HENCE ATLEAST ONE CONTEMPT PETITION IS AT PRESENT UNDER CONSIDERATION OF  THE CAT–PB , NEW DELHI. 

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