Friday, October 28, 2011





►Reservation in promotion Treatment of SC/ST candidates promoted on their             own               merit.


            The undersigned is directed to refer to this Departments O.M.No.36028/17/2001-Estt. (Res.) dated 11th July, 2002 which clarified that SC/ST candidates appointed by promotion on their own merit and not owing to reservation or relaxation of qualifications will be adjusted against un-reserved points of the reservation roster and not against reserved points. It was subsequently clarified by this Department's O.M. No.36028/17/2001-Estt. (Res.) dated 31.1 .2005 that the above referred O.M. took effect from 11.07.2002 and that concept of own merit did not apply to the promotions made by non-selection method.

2.         Central Administration Tribunal, Madras Bench in O.A. No.900/2005 [S. Ka√Ćugasalamoorthy v/s. Union of India & Others] has set aside the O.M. No.36028/17/2001-Estt. (Res.) dated 31.1.2005 and held that when a person is selected on the basis of his own seniority, the scope of considering and counting him against quota reserved for SCs does not arise. The High Court of judicature at Madras in the matter of UO1 v/s.S. Kalugasalamoorthy [WP No.15926/2007) has upheld the decision of the Central Administrative Tribunal.

3.         The matter has been examined in the light of the above referred judgments and it has been decided to with draw O.M. No. 36028/17/2001-Estt. (Res.) dated 31.1.2005 referred to above. It s clarified that SC/ST candidates appointed by promotion on their own merit and seniority and not owing to reservation or relaxation of qualifications will be adjusted against unreserved points of reservation roster, irrespective of the fact whether the promotion is made by selection method or non-selection method. These orders will take effect from 2.7.1997. the date on which post based reservation was introduced.

4.         These instructions may he brought to the notice of all concerned.




Sub: Administrative Control over Speed Post Centres/Sorting Hubs.

D.G.Posts No. 6-5/2011-D Dated 20-10-2011

            The matter relating to the administrative control over Speed Post Centres/Sorting Hubs falling under existing Postal or RMS division was raised by the staff side and was under consideration of this Directorate.

            It has been decided that the issues of administrative control over Speed Post Centres/Sorting hubs in terms of placing under the administrative jurisdiction of Senior Superintendent/Superintendent of a Postal or RMS Division of a Postal or RMs Division maybe decided by the CPMG concerned taking into account local needs, administrative convenience and effective monitoring






             AP-200, Assam-25, Bihar-200, Chhattisgarh-50, Delhi-500, Gujarat-100, HP-100, Haryana-300, J&K-50, Jharkhand-50, Karnataka-50, Kerala-50, MP-200, Maharashtra-100, North East-25, Orrisa-50, Punjab-300, Rajasthan-400, Tamil Nadu-200, U.P.-1000, Uttarakhand-50, West Bengal-500


            Please ensure cent percent participation from the Circles concerned.




Monday, October 24, 2011




No.13015/1/2011-Estt. ( Leave)

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel. P.O. and Pensions

(Department of Personnel & Training)


New Delhi. the 19th October, 2011




Sub: Commuted Leave to a Government Servant who has opted out of CGHS facilities and is availing the medical facility provided by the employer of his / her spouse - clarification.


            This Department has been receiving references from various Ministries Departments seeking clarification regarding admissibility of Commuted Leave on the basis of medical certificates issued by Hospitals/Medical Practitioners approved by the employer of the spouse in cases where the concerned employee has been allowed to avail such facilities from the employer of the spouse. The matter has been considered in the light of clarification given by the Ministries of Health and Family Welfare. It is clarified that leave on medical grounds may be allowed on the basis of certificates issued by Hospitals / Medical Practitioners approved by the employer of the spouse in such cases. Hindi version will follow.


sd/- (Zoya C.B.) Under Secretary

to Government of India

Source: www.persmin.nic.in


CIRCULAR NO. 20  Dated 20th October,2011



Movement against PFRDA Bill;


                We send herewith copy of the letter from the Convenor of the Steering Committee, which of course  is self explanatory.  The  Steering Committee as you know came into existence as per the decision taken at the National Convention held at New Delhi to launch programmes of action against the proposed PRFDA Bill.  In order to establish mass contact with the public at large to elicit their support for the eventual struggles ahead, the convention had decided to organise a  mass signature campaign.  The campaign was to be unleashed in all States after organising State Convention; March to the Governor's office etc.  The draft for the signature campaign had also been circulated to be got printed by the respective affiliates/state Committees.  The signature campaign was meant to elicit the support of the people for our demand that the Government scraps the bill which has been presented to the Parliament for deliberation and adoption.  We hope that the petition on which signatures are to be obtained might have been got printed and circulated amongst mass of the employees.  We request you to monitor the progress in this regard as we have decided to obtain at least 10 million signatures in the petition to be submitted to the Honourable Speaker on 25th November, 2011.  Needles it is to emphasise that without obtaining the support of the people the struggle against the bill might be difficult to succeed.


                The programme slated for 25th November is to organise a massive procession and rally before the Parliament and submit the petition with 10 million signatures to the Honourable Speaker, Lok Sabha.  The demonstration must be massive, massive and magnificient enough to receive the requisite attention of the media and the public as also to elicit the attention of the Honourable members of the Parliament.  We must take efforts to bring to the kind notice of the honourable members of Parliament of the need to compel the Government to withdraw the ill advised Bill or the same is voted out.  To ensure that, a powerful and strong movement has to be brought about outside the Parliament.  We must bring to the notice of our members the fact that once the bill is made into law by the Parliament, it would open the gates for sever attack on the present  defined benefit pension scheme. The Govt. Will be armed with the powers to tinker with the existing pension affecting adversely the entitlement of pension of the serving employees and Pensioners.  Our members who are recruited after. 1.1.2004 have already been excluded from the pension benefit by the Government through an executive fiat.  It is our bounden duty to fight for them and ensure that they are covered by the defined benefit pension scheme.


                The signature campaign and the March to Parliament, if organised with dedication will raise the public opinion against the bill and will pave the way for it annulment.  We appeal to you to do everything possible to make the programme of 25th November, 2011 a grand success and ensure that the old age security in the form of pension of Govt. Employees is not allowed to be snatched away to benefit the rich corporate houses and stock market manipulators.  The Steering Committee has decided to organise a two hour demonstration at all work-spots on the date on which the Parliament takes the bill for consideration.  We expect the bill to come up for deliberation in the ensuing winter session of the Parliament.


                With greetings and with the fervent belief that you will intensify the mobilisation for making the signature campaign and march to Parliament programme slated for 25th November, 2011 greatly successful by the participation of the largest number of Central Govt. Employees. 







CIRCULAR No. 21 Dated 23rd October, 2011


Dear Comrades,


            The National Secretariat of the Confederation met at Bangalore yesterday, ie 22nd October 2011. Due to indisposition, Com KKN Kutty, Secretary General could not attend the meeting. Com SK Vyas, President, presided.


            The meeting reviewed i) the preparations for the signature campaign and the March to Parliament on 25th November 2011 and ii) the implementation of calls given by the Confederation on the Charter of Demands. The assessment of the meeting is given below.


1.        The Signature campaign on the memorandum to be submitted to the Prime Minister has picked up, but there is a need to constant monitoring so that the target is completed by 15th November 2011. The meeting, therefore, decided to entrust the charge to the Secretariat members as given below.


1. Tamil Nadu/Pondichery-Coms.K Ragavendran,

                             Mani Achari & M Duraipandian,

2. Karnataka – Com Seethalakshmi

3. Andhra Pradesh – Com SK Vyas

4. Mumbai – Coms. RP Singh & KV Jayaraj

5. Rest of Maharashtra - Com Ashok Salunkhe

                                        & PK Das

6. Orissa& Assam – Com N Somaiah

7. Uttar Pradesh – Coms Giriraj Singh

                              & M. S. Raja

8. Madhya Pradesh – Com I. S. Dabas

9. Delhi – Com V Bhattacharjee

10. Bihar & WB – Com Piyush Roy

11. Chhattisgarh – Com M. S. Raja

12. Gujarat – Com M. S. Raja

13. Punjab & Haryana – Com RN Parashar

14. NE Region – Com. Piyush Roy


2.         We will be able to meet the target of the mobilisation of 10000 for the March to Parliament on 25th November 2011.

3.         The NE members-in-charge may ensure that the convention is completed by 15th November 2011 in all such stations where it is yet not over.

4.      On programmes on Charter Demands formulated by National Council of Confederation at its Mumbai meeting it was felt that the momentum is yet to pick up, even though programmes have been carried out in majority of stations.


            It was therefore decided to convene the National Council (ie Secretariat members, Chief Executives of affiliates and General Secretaries of State COCs) of Confederation to chalk out future course of action including date for one day strike, in pursuance of the decisions of the Mumbai National Council meeting.


            The National Council meeting will be held on 16th December 2011 at Kochi, Kerala. Notice would be issued separately.


5.   Com Krishnan, General Secretary, Kerala – where 6-5 lakh signature has already been collected under the banner of Steering Committee – will give brief note on their activity which shall be a model for other COCs to follow.


            The Karnataka State Committee of Confederation had organised a well attended Convention on charter of demands in the afternoon session.










Wednesday, October 19, 2011



            Paving way for over 1.5 lakh post offices to offer banking and insurance services, especially in the hinterland, the government will soon make amendments to 'The Indian Post Office Act, 1898'


            "The draft amendment bill to make necessary changes in 'The Indian Post Office Act, 1898' has been circulated by the Department of Post for enabling post offices to enter banking and insurance sector," a source privy to the development said.


            He further said, "The Planning Commission is vetting the proposal to convert post offices across the nation into full fledged banks and provide insurance service." Besides mail service, post offices in the country have broadly confined their business to offer financial services like savings bank, postal life insurance, pension payments and money transfer services.


            The Department of Posts (DoP), which has the largest reach in the country, has diversified in recent times with providing facilities like rail reservation and telephone recharge coupons, but this move will substantially improve its basket of services.


            The government, according to the source, wants to completely give a new dimension to the way post offices do business in the country and this Bill is a step towards that goal.With this initiative, the Department of Post (DoP) wants to tap the vast rural market with modern banking facilities through post offices.


            "We want to commercialise the department. We will seek a licence from the RBI to convert all our post offices into banks," Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal had recently said.The lack of modern banking facilities in rural areas and dependence of villagers on informal sector for their credit requirements have prompted the government to work on financial inclusion by way of setting up 'postal banks'.


            "The State Bank of India can't build branches all over India, but there are post offices across India. The branches are already there, so infrastructure expenditure is not required. So you can actually give banking facilities at relatively lower costs, which would be extremely beneficial to people," he had said.


            This will also pave the way for the DoP to offer ATM services and debit cards to its customers.


Courtesy: http://www.indianexpress.com





            Union Minister of Labour & Employment Shri Mallikarjun Kharge has emphasized the need to speedily implement programmes for harnessing its 'demographic dividend' of estimated youth population of 51 crore persons by 2016 in the age group of 15-35. Addressing the 44th Session of Labour Standing Committee here in New Delhi today the minister said if not done so the same may turn into a liability.


            Shri Kharge said a well-structured mechanism has evolved with the establishment of the Indian Labour Conference, the Standing Labour Committee and various other tripartite bodies to deal with issues such as minimum wages, social security benefits, education, training, safety and health. Initiatives like MGNREGA, Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna, Right to Education, Food Security measures and Right to Information have provided a proper foundation for development for our disadvantaged countrymen. Improving the living and working conditions of our workmen has always been the cornerstone of our Government policy. These measures under taken by Government of India have been appreciated at various fora world over, including the G-20 Labour Ministerial, which I attended recently.


            He said Skills and knowledge are the driving forces of economic growth and social development. Quality employment and appropriate skilling of the work force are the major challenges before us. We need to create a huge infrastructure for skill training and certification. Imparting training to the informal sector and keeping pace with the demands of the industry is equally important. He said we have arranged resources for upgradation of all our Government ITIs. Most of these ventures have been undertaken through Public Private Partnership and we have also received enthusiastic response from the State Governments. Our next major initiative is going to be the establishment of new ITIs and Skill Development Centers. Another significant step undertaken is Skill Development Initiative under which informal workers will be trained in short term courses certified under Modular Employable Skills framework. This will be especially helpful for the school dropouts and unskilled workers. Till now, curriculum for 1200 courses has been developed. Government is also focusing on sectors like construction, real estate, tourism, Small and Medium Enterprises, transport, etc., which are labour intensive. The minister said Special attention is being given to the 'Gender dimension' and 'Employability by increasing IT literacy'. Our Mission Mode Project for upgradation of Employment Exchanges is going to be one of the most important E-Governance initiatives.


            Referring to the earlier discussions on the rationalization of Labour Laws in the past in the meetings of National Commission on Labour, State Labour Minister Conference, Indian Labour Conference, etc the Minister said the National Commission on Enterprises in the Unorganized Sector (NCEUS) has also reiterated that there is need to formulate a National Labour Code in the form of basic law which should lay down a floor of substantive labour rights or standards such as Minimum Wages, Maximum Hours of Work, Minimum standards of safety and health at workplace and so on. Also, 'Recognition' of trade unions is and Verification of the membership of trade unions are the issues gaining a lot of importance in the Industrial Establishments. He said the present system of verification like secret ballot, check off, etc., needs to be closely examined further for evolving an improved system which is more transparent and brings out the proper representation.


            On the demand of Trade Unions to amend the Contract Labour Act, 1970 to provide for automatic absorption of contract labour in the event of prohibition of employment of contract labour and opposition by the employers' organizations Shri Kharge said his ministry has been making efforts to protect the interests of all stakeholders and try to extend the same benefits to contract workers which are otherwise available to permanent workers. He expressed the hope that present Session of Standing Labour Committee will be quite productive and will lead to selection of Agenda items for the next Indian Labour Conference which are relevant and touch upon the core issues related to the 'World of Work'. The views of the various stakeholders present in the meeting will act as precious inputs for facilitating Government's decision making for formulation of Schemes and bringing in important legislation.


            The detailed the agenda for to days meeting included five items, namely-(i) Verification of membership of Trade Unions (ii) Improvements in the working conditions of Contract Labour (iii) Ratification of ILO Core Conventions (iv) Enhancing employability and employment and (v) Rationalization of Labour Laws.


            During the meeting 3 vice chairman were selected. They are Shri C.K. Sajinarayanan (Workers representative), Shri Shyam Bang (Employers representative) and Shri Shibu Baby John, Minister of Labour, Government of Kerala (State Governments representatives).The State Minister of Labours Participating in the session were: Shri Janardan Singh 'Sigriwal' from Bihar, Shri Chandra Shakher Sahu from Chattisgarh, Shri Rama Kant Goswami from Delhi, Pndit Shiv Charan Lal Shrma From Hariyana, Shri P. Parijat Singh from Manipur, Shri B.N Bachegowda from Karnataka, Shri Shibhu Baby John from Kerala and Shri Manik Dey from Tripura.


            The Central Ministries participating in the meeting were Agriculture & Cooperation, Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Coal, Commerce, Economic Affairs, Environment & Forests, Financial Services, Heavy Industries, Health & Family Welfare, Home Affairs (Inter State Council), Industrial Policy & Promotion, Khadi and Small and Medium Enterprises, Mines, Overseas Indian Affairs, Petroleum & Natural Gas, Planning Commission, Posts, Power, Public Enterprises, Railways, Revenue, Road Transport & Highways, Rural Development, Social Justice & Empowerment, Steel Telecommunications, Textiles, Urban Development and Women & Child Development. From Employers Group Council of Indian Employers, All India Manufacturers' Organization, Laghu Udhyog Bharati, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Confederation of Indian Industry, The Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India. From Workers Group Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Indian National Trade Union Congress, All India Trade Union Congress, Hind Mazdoor Sabha, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, All India United Trade Union Centre, Trade Union Co-ordination Centre (TUCC), Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA), All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), Labour Progressive Federation (LPF), United Trades Union Congress (UTUC) and National Front of Indian Trade Unions –Dhanbad (NFITU-DHN).








 Minutes of the Meeting of Steering Committee held on 15th October 2011


 The meeting, as scheduled, commenced at 11.30 am.


 The following were present.


 Com  Shiv Gopal Mishra, General Secretary, AIRF

   "     Sukomal Sen, Sr Vice President, AISGEF

   "     R Muthusundaram, Secretary General, AISGEF

   "     C Sreekumar, General Secretary, AIDEF

   "     SN Pathak, President, AIDEF

   "     SK Vyas, President, Confederation

   "     MS Raja, Secretary, Confederation

   "     VAN Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU


After detailed discussion the following decisions were taken.


1.         The signature campaign would continue upto 20th November 2011 but at the same time the units shall be directed by each participating organisation to intimate the number of signatures obtained upto 15th November to CHQs of the respective Federations.


            The signatures obtained shall be submitted on 25th November 2011.


            Memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister shall be signed by the leaders of all participating organisations in the Steering Committee and Members of Parliament and dignitaries and the same shall be submitted to Speaker, Lok Sabha with a forwarding letter with a request to transmit it to the PM for consideration of the Parliament.


2.         Each station has to communicate the number of participants in the March to Parliament by 15th November 2011.


            The organisations present in the meeting stated their mobilisation for the March as below:


                        1. AIDEF                        - ---   5000

                        2. CONFEDERATION  ---- 10000

                        3. BSNLEU                   ----    3000     

                        4. AIRF                          ----- 10000

                        5. AISGEF                    ----- 50000


            Also, 3000 pensioners are expected to join the March to Parliament.


5.         The Rally shall be from 11 am to 2 pm.


6.         Central Trade Union leaders & MPs shall be invited to address the rally.


8.         On the day the PFRDA bill is taken up for discussion, 2 hour demonstration shall be held in the work places/offices through out the country by the members of all the participating organisations.


9.         Delhi based leaders of the participating organisations will meet on 19th November 2011 at 12 noon at AIRF office. Local leaders of all participating organisations shall be invited to the meeting.


10.       The Steering Committee shall meet at 5 pm on 24th November 2011 at AIRF office.



No. 1(3)/2008-EII (B)

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, the 17th October, 2011




Subject- Rates of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 01.07.2011 to the employees              of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw          their pay in the pre-revised scale as per 5th CPC.


             The undersigned is directed to refer to this Departments O.M. of even No. dated 31st March, 2011 revising the Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 1.1.2011 in respect of employees of Central Government and Autonomous Bodies who continue to draw their pay and allowances in the pre-revised scales of pay as per 5th Central Pay Commission.


2.         The rates of Dearness Allowance admissible to the above categories of employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous bodies shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 115%  to 127%  w.e.f. 01.072011. All other conditions as laid down in the O.M.of even number dated 3rd October, 2008 will continue to apply.


3.         The contents of this Office Memorandum may also be brought to the notice of the organizations under the administrative control of the Ministries/Departments which have adopted the Central Government scales of pay.


(Anil Sharma)

Under Secretary to the Government of India



Government of India

Ministry of Communications & IT

(Establishment Division)

Dak Bhawan, New Delhi-110001

Dated 18th October, 2011




            All Chief Postmaster General

            All GMs (PAF) Director of Accounts (Postal)


Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) at revised                   rates w.e.f. 01.07.2011 onwards-reg.


            Consequent upon grant of another installment of Dearness allowance , with effect from 1st July, 2011 to the Central Government Employees vide Government of India , Ministry of Finance , Department of Expenditure, OM No. 1(14)/2011-E-II(B) dated 3rd October,2011, the Gramin Dak Sevaks(GSD) have also become entitled to the payment of dearness allowance on basic TRCA at the revised rate with effect from 01.07.2011. It has, therefore, been decided that the dearness allowance payable to the Gramin Dak Sevaks shall be enhances from the existing rate 51% to 58% on the basic Time Related Continuity Allowance with effect from the 1st July, 2011.


2.         The additional installment of dearness allowance payable under this order, shall be paid in cash to all Gramin Dak Sevaks. The payment of arrears of dearness allowance for the months of July to September, 2011, shall not be made before the date of disbursement of TRCA for the month of September, 2011.


3.         The expenditure on this account shall be debited to the Head" Salaries" the relevant head of account and should be met from the sanctioned grant.


4.         This issues with the concurrence of Integrated Wing vide their Dairy No. 123/FA/II/CS dated 18th October, 2011.



(Kalpana Rajsinghot)

Director  (Estt.)

Tele o11-23096036


Friday, October 7, 2011



F. No.42/15/2011-P&PW(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; 5th October, 2011




Subject: Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family      pensioners - Revised rate effective from 1.7.2011.


            The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's OM No. 42/15/2011-P&PW(G) dated 29th March, 2011 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief (DR) payable to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 51% to 58% w.e.f. 1st July, 2011.


2.         These orders apply to (i) All Civilian Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners (ii) The Armed Forces Pensioners, Civilian Pensioners paid out of the Defence Service Estimates, (iii) All India Service Pensioners (iv) Railway Pensioners and (V) The Burma Civilian pensioners/family pensioners and pensioners/families of displaced Government pensioners from Pakistan, who are Indian Nationals but receiving pension on behalf of Government of Pakistan and are in receipt of ad-hoc ex-gratia allowance of Rs. 3500/- p.m. In terms of this Department's OM No. 23/1/97-P&PW(B) dated 23.2.1998 read with this Department's OM No. 23/3/2008-P&PW(B) dated 15.9.2008.


3.         Central Government Employees who had drawn lumpsum amount on absorption In a PSU/Autonomous body and have become eligible to restoration of 1/3 commuted portion of pension as well as revision of the restored amount in terms of this Department's OM No.4/59/97-P&PW (D) dated 14.07.1998 will also be entitled to the payment of DR @ 58% w.e.f. 1.7.2011 on full pension i.e. the revised pension which the absorbed employee would have received on the date of restoration had he not drawn lumpsum payment on absorption and Dearness Pension subject to fulfillment of the conditions laid down in para 5 of the O.M. dated 14.07.98. in this connection, Instructions contained in this Department's OM No.4/29/99-P&PW (D) dated, 12.7.2000 refer.


4.         Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.


5.         Other provisions governing grant of DR In respect of employed family pensioners and re-employed Central Government Pensioners will be regulated in accordance with the provisions contained In this Department's OM No. 45/73/97-P&PW (G) dated 2.7.1999 as amended vide this Department's OM No. F. No. 38/88/2008-P&PW(G) dated 9th July, 2009. The provisions relating to regulation of DR where a pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension , will remain unchanged.


6.         In the case of retired Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, necessary orders will be issued by the Department of Justice separately.


7.         t will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities, including the nationalized banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual case.


8.         The offices of Accountant General and Authorised Public Sector Banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc. on the basis of these instructions without waiting for any further instructions from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India in view of letter No. 528-TA, 11/34-80-II dated 23/04/1981 of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India addressed to all Accountant Generals and Reserve Bank of India Circular No. GANB No. 2958/GA-64 (II) (CGL)/81 dated the 21st May, 1981 addressed to State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and all Nationalised Banks.


9.         In their application to the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders Issue after consultation with the C&AG.

10.       This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure conveyed vide their OM No. 1(4)/EV/2004 dated 5th October, 2011.


11. Hindi version will follow.



(S. P. Kakkar)

Under Secretary to

 the Government of India