Sunday, September 29, 2013

Train Ticket Booking Authorised Agent List - IRCTC

Train Ticket Booking Authorised Agent List - IRCTC
IRCTC Authorised Agents
Ticket booking authorisation has been given as follows across the country, Indian Railways Authorised Agents –3, Authorised Air Travel Agents-5, State Govt Schemes-12, GSAs in Abroad –10, IRCTC Authorised Agents of Public Sector-3, Internet Cafe / Internet Chain of Stores-32, Services Scheme (B2B Scheme)-29, OTA Scheme (B2C Scheme)-6. The detailed list of agents as given under…
Indian Railways Authorised Agents :-
1. RTSA (Rail Travel Services Agents)
2. Town Booking Agency (TBA)
3. City Booking Agency

Authorised Air Travel Agents -:
1) International Air Transport Association (IATA)
2) Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI)
3)  Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI)
4) Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO)
5) Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI)
State Govt Schemes :-
1. e Seva (Andhra Pradesh Govt.)
2. E – Mitra (Rajasthan Govt.)
3. Manipur Electronics Development Corp.Ltd (Manipur)
4. Samadhan Samiti, Indore (Govt. of Madhya Pradesh)
5. Community Information centre, Sivasagar (Govt. of Assam)
6. 3i Infotech (Haryana)
7. Bangalore One (Karnataka Govt.)
8. National Level Service Agency (Kerala Govt)
9. E-Suvidha, Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh))
10. Sukhamani Society Citizens Services, Kapurthala (Punjab)
11. Suwidha society (Nawansahar/ Punjab)
12. Sukmani Society for citizen services, Muktsar (Punjab)13. District Magistrate (Lokvani), Bareilly
GSAs in Abroad :-
1. Orient Paradise (GSA Nepal)
2. Rex Travels (GSA Nepal)
3. Sharjah National Travel & Tourist Agents (GSA, UAE)
4. Jetmal choice Travel Pvt. Ltd.(GSA, Singapore)
5. Florida World Wide Travels (GSA, Thailand)
6. Golden Holiday & Travel Company (GSA, Kenya)
7. GILL International Travel (GSA, Canada)
8. Jaya Ganga Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd (Nepal)
9. Flight Raja Travel Service (Bangladesh)
10. Hemas Travels Pvt. Ltd. (Sri-Lanka)
IRCTC Authorised Agents of Public Sector : –
1. IOCL (Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.)
2. BPCL (Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd.)
3. HPCL (Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd.)
Internet Cafe / Internet Chain of Stores :-
1. Aarvy Online Stores P. Ltd., Hyderabad (Contact No. 040- 65974744/45)
2. Alankit Technologies Ltd., New Delhi (Contact No. 011- 42541771/3)
3. Axon Pixel Pvt Ltd., Delhi (Contact No. 011- 47065788)
4. BSS Information Technology Mission (Contact No. 0471- 2335852)
5. Compark E Services Pvt. Ltd., Ghaziabad (Contact No. 0120-3102206/09212244769)
6. Customer Needz India P. Ltd., Bangalore (Contact No. 080- 42848484)
7. Done Card Utility Ltd, Mumbai (Contact No. 022-66846684)8. Easy Bill, New Delhi (Contact No- 011- 30818888)
9. Encore Digitech Pvt. Ltd, Kolkata (Contact No. 033- 22263871/22657424)
10. G I Technology Ltd., Chennai (Contact No. 044-42886000)
11. Grameen Sanchar Society, Kolkata (Contact No. 033-23577075)
12. Hope All Infoline, New Delhi (Contact No. 011- 22446622)
13. Hughes Communications India Ltd., Gurgaon (Contact No. 0124-3072500)
14. ITZ Cash Card Ltd, New Delhi (Contact No. 011- 27106129/27184608)
15. M/s Neptune Travels India Pvt. Ltd , Bangalore (Contact no- 080 41786200) (Formerly
16. Oxigen Services (India) Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon (Contact No. 0124- 4153888)
17. PC Training Institute, New Delhi (Contact No. 011- 47591477/88)
18. Paul Merchants (Contact No. 0172-5041786/5025090)
19. Pay Point India Network Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai (Contact No. 022- 28604343)
20. RMS E Services India Pvt. Ltd (Contact No. 040- 23544124)
21. Shanti Multiple Services, Lucknow (Contact No. 0522- 4026021/4026512)
22. SIFY Technologies Ltd, Chennai (Toll Free No- 18603458888)
23. Sugal & Damani Utility Services Pvt. Ltd. (Payworld), New Delhi
(Contact No. 011- 43758800/28753882)
24. Travel Port Holidays (I) P. Ltd., Mumbai (Contact No. 022- 26748000)
25. Virmati Software and Telecommunication Ltd., Ahmedabad (Contact No. 079- 26733161/62/63)
26. Suvidhaa Infoserve, Mumbai (Contact No. 022-67159999/ Toll Free No. 1800225225
27. OSS Retailer Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai (Contact No. 022 66846684)
28. Flight Raja Travels Pvt Ltd. Bangalore (Contact No. -080-40433000)
29. Travis Internet Pvt. Ltd , Mumbai (Contact no. 022 32166459)
30. Poona Auto & Miniature Bulb Industries, Bareilly (Contact No. 0581-2588870)
31. MOS Utility Pvt. Ltd. Mumbai (Contact No. 022- 42383838)
32. Fourwings International Travels Pvt. Ltd. Mangalore (Contact No. 0824- 2440531/32/34)Web
Services Scheme (B2B Scheme) :-
1. Akbar Online Booking Co. Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai (Contact No. 022- 40996000)
2. Bangalore One, Bangalore
3. Bird Group Technologies P. Ltd. (Contact No 011-46092654,30616651)
4. Done Card Utility Ltd, Mumbai (Contact No. 022-66846684)
5. Flight Raja Travels Pvt Ltd. Bangalore (Contact No. -080-40433000)
6. GMG Associates (Muthoot Travelsmart), Cochin (Contact No. 0484- 4028774/75/76/77)
7. G I Technology Ltd., Chennai (Contact No- 044-42886000)
8. Gisil (Indepay), New Delhi (Contact No. 0124-4671700)
9. Hughes Communications India Ltd., Gurgaon (Contact No. 0124-3072500)
10. ITZ Cash Card Ltd, New Delhi (Contact No. 011-27106129/27184608)
11. Neptune Travels India Pvt. Ltd , Bangalore (Contact no- 080 41786200) (Formerly
12. OSS Retailer Pvt. Ltd. Mumbai (Contact no. 022-66846684)
13. Oxigen Services (India) Pvt. Ltd, Gurgaon (Contact No. 0124-4153888)
14. SREI Sahaj E-Village, Kolkata (Contact No. – 033-39873548)
15. Sugal & Damani Utility Services Pvt. Ltd. (Payworld), New Delhi (Contact No. 011-43758800/28753882
16. Suvidhaa Infoserve, Mumbai (Contact No. 022-67159999/ Toll Free No. 1800225225)
17. Tata Teleservices Ltd., Mumbai (Contact No. – 022-66671414)
18. Travel Boutique, New Delhi (Contact No- 011-41646222)
19. Virmati Software and Telecommunication Ltd., Ahmedabad (Contact No. 079- 26733161/62/63)
20. Pay Point India Network Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai (Contact No. 022- 28604343)
21. Pinelabs Pvt. Ltd., Noida (Contact No. 0120-4174000)
22. Spring Travels Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi (Contact No. 011-40404040)
23. Clear Trip Travel Services P. Ltd., Mumbai (Contact No. 022-41300300)
24. Make My Trip India Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon (Contact No. 0124-4395000)
25. Easy Trip Planners Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi (Contact No. 011-43030303/43131313)26. Suvidha Starnet Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi (Contact No.011-43310000)
27. Yatra Online Pvt. Ltd. (Contact No. 09871800800)
28. Easy Bill, New Delhi (Contact No- 011- 30818888)
29. Compark E Services Pvt. Ltd., Ghaziabad (Contact No. 0120-3102206/09212244769)
OTA Scheme (B2C Scheme) :-
1. Clear Trip Travel Services P. Ltd.
2. Ezeego1 Travel & Tours Ltd
3. Make My Trip India Pvt. Ltd.
4. Thomas Cook India Ltd
5. Yatra Online Pvt. Ltd.
6. G I Technology Ltd
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd.
9th Floor, Bank of Baroda Building,
16, Parliament Street, New Delhi 110001.
Telephone: 011-23311263 / 264 extn. 155 & 144
e-mail id:
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Supreme Court gives voters right to reject all candidates

NEW DELHI: In a landmark judgement on Friday, the Supreme Court for the first time allowed voters to cast negative vote by pressing a button saying none of the candidates is worthy of his vote. (Highlights)
The SC asked the Election Commission to provide None Of The Above (NOTA) button on EVMs and ballot papers.
The apex court said the right to vote and the right to say NOTA are both part of basic right of voters.
"When a large number of voters will press NOTA button, it will force political parties to choose better candidates. Negative voting would lead to systemic change in polls," the apex bench observed.
The bench also observed that implementation of NOTA option was akin to 'abstain option' given to MPs and MLAs during voting in respective houses.
The SC directed the EC to start implementing NOTA button on EVMs forthwith in a phased manner and asked the Centre to render all assistance.
A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam said that negative voting would foster purity and vibrancy of elections and ensure wide participation as people who are not satisfied with the candidates in the fray would also turn up to express their opinion rejecting contestants.
The bench noted that the concept of negative voting is prevalent in 13 countries and even in India, parliamentarians are given an option to press the button for abstaining while voting takes place in the House.
The court said right to reject candidates in elections is part of fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression given by the Constitution to Indian citizens.
It said that democracy is all about choice and significance of right of citizens to cast negative voting is massive.
With the concept of negative voting, the voters who are dissatisfied with the candidates in the fray would turn up in large number to express their opinion which would put unscrupulous elements and impersonators out of the polls, it said.
The bench, while reading out the operative portion of the judgement, did not throw light on a situation in case the votes cast under no option head outnumber the votes got by the candidates.
It said that secrecy of votes cast under the no option category must be maintained by the Election Commission.
The court passed the order on a PIL filed by an NGO, People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) which had submitted that voters be given the right to negative voting.
Agreeing with the NGO's plea, the bench passed the path-breaking verdict and introduced the concept of negative voting in the election process, saying that it would further empower the voters in exercising their franchise.
The latest verdict is part of series of judgements passed by the apex court on the election process.
Earlier, the apex court had restrained people in custody from contesting elections.
The apex court has also ruled that MPs and MLAs would stand disqualified after being convicted of serious crimes. The government has brought an ordinance seeking to negate the court's judgement striking down a provision in the electoral law that protected convicted lawmakers from immediate disqualification.
A two-judge bench of the apex court had felt that the issue on negative voting needed to be adjudicated by a larger bench as there were certain doubts over the interpretation of the ruling passed by a Constitution Bench in the Kuldip Nayar Vs Union of India case relating to a voter's right.
Under the existing provisions of Section 49(O) of the Representation of People Act, a voter who after coming to a polling booth does not want to cast his vote, has to inform the presiding officer of his intention not to vote, who in turn would make an entry in the relevant rule book after taking the signature of the said elector.
According to the PUCL, Section 49(O) was violative of the constitutional provisions guaranteed under Article 19(1)(a) (Freedom of Speech and Expression) and Article 21 (Right to Liberty) and violated the concept of secret ballot.
(With inputs from PTI)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

7th Pay panel formed, Retirement age may go up 62 yrs

The award of the seventh pay commission will be implemented from the beginning of 2016 and will benefit nearly 3 million pensioners. But since state governments generally match central wages, the actual beneficiary list stands at over 11 million employees and pensioners.
The national capital, home to a vast majority of central government employees, is headed for elections this November. And so are four other states, followed by the general elections sometime early next year. This, more than anything else, explains the central government's hurry to promise its employees higher wages.
The award of the seventh pay commission will be implemented from the beginning of 2016 and will benefit nearly 3 million pensioners. But since state governments generally match central wages, the actual beneficiary list stands at over 11 million employees and pensioners. The fact that this award is one more in a long list of expenditure-heavy pre-election programmes, will mean several consequences for India's finances. Back of envelope calculations suggest that even if the increments in the 6th pay commission were to be matched, the centre's wage bill could rise by up to Rs 1 lakh crore in 2016.
But on the other hand, this payout will spark a surge in consumption starting that year. Why? The sixth pay commission award amounted to around 0.5 percent of GDP and a tidy sum was handed out as arrears in the start of 2008. That extra spending power meant that the ensuing slowdown was mitigated to some extent. This could play out again in 2016.
Meanwhile, CNBC TV18 learns that the proposal to extend the retirement age of central government employees by two years has received fresh impetus. A decision on this could be taken within a week or two, and would be the second major populist decision by the UPA to woo the urban middle class and the powerful government employee mass in Indian society.
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nna Salai, Mylapore post offices get ISO certification

The post offices were granted the certification as they followed norms for transactions specified in the citizen’s charter.

These post offices were chosen as they followed the norms for transactions like following a specific time limit given for various transactions such as booking of registered articles and insured parcels, money orders, speed posts and savings certificates.

Two post offices in the city have been accorded ISO certification for providing quality services.
The head post offices on Anna Salai and Mylapore were granted the certificates under the service quality management systems in accordance with IS 15700: 2005. They were among the five post offices that were granted the certification. The other post offices were those in Tiruchirapalli, R.S. Puram in Coimbatore and Palayamkottai.
Mervin Alexander, postmaster general, Chennai city region said that the certification provided by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is valid for three years.
These head post offices were chosen for ISO certification as they followed the norms for transactions specified in the citizen’s charter.
The norms include following a specific time limit given for various transactions such as booking of registered articles and insured parcels, money orders, speed posts and savings certificates. The post offices also delivered postal articles on time.
They also made other improvements to the services provided including creating a postal forum consisting of residents, an internal audit of the quality of services on a regular basis and feedback forms for customers.
“We are now planning to ensure such quality of service is in place at other head post offices too, in order to obtain ISO certification,” Mr. Alexander said.
Source : The Hindu

Supreme Court of India to be Allotted A Customized Pin Code Tomorrow

Department of Posts also to Launch Locality Based Online Pin Code Search Directory of Delhi

The Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, will allot a ‘Customized Pin Code’ to the Supreme Court of India here tomorrow. This dedicated Pin Code of the Supreme Court will be ‘110 201’. Chief Justice of India, Shri Justice P. Sathasivam and Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications & Information Technology, will be present on the occasion at the Supreme Court of India. 
Postal Index Number (PIN) or PIN Code is a 6 digit code of Post Office numbering used by India Post. The PIN was introduced on August 15, 1972. There are 9 PIN regions in the country. The first 8 are geographical regions and the digit 9 is reserved for the Army Postal Service. The first digit indicates one of the regions. The first 2 digits together indicate the sub region or one of the postal circles. The first 3 digits together indicate a sorting / revenue district. The last 3 digits refer to the delivery Post Office. 
The Department of Posts will also launch ‘Locality Based Online Pin Code Search Directory’ of Delhi on this occasion tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2014 - Dopt order

F.No. 12/5/2013-JCA-2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 11th June, 2013

Subject : Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2014.

It has been decided that the holidays as specified in the Annexure-I to this O.M. will be observed in all the Administrative Offices of the Central Government located at Delhi/New Delhi during the year 2014. In addition, each employee will also be allowed to avail himself/herself of any two holidays to be chosen by him/her out of the list of Restricted Holidays inAnnexure-II.
2. Central Government Administrative Offices located outside Delhi / New Delhi shall observe the following holidays compulsorily in addition to three holidays as per para 3.1 below:


3.1. In addition to the above 14 Compulsory holidays mentioned in para 2, three holidays shall be decided from the list indicated below by the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee in the State Capitals, if necessary, in consultation with Coordination Committees at other places in the State. The finallist applicable uniformly to all Central Government offices within the concerned State shall be notified accordingly and no change can be carried out thereafter. It is also clarified that no change is permissible in regard to festivals and dates as indicated.

2. HOLI 
9. ONAM 

3.2 No substitute holiday should be allowed if any of the festival holidays initially declared subsequently happens to fall on a weekly off or any other non-working day or in the event of more than one festivals falling on the same day.

4. The list of Restricted Holidays appended to this O.M. is meant for Central Government Offices located in Delhi / New Delhi. The Coordination Committees at the State Capitals may draw up separate list of Restricted Holidays keeping in view the occasions of local importance but the 9 occasions left over, after choosing the 3 variable holidays in para 3.1 above, are to be included in the list of restricted holidays.

5.1 For offices in Delhi / New Delhi, any change in the date of holidays in respect of Idu’l Fitr, Idu’l Zuha, Muharram and Id-e-Milad, if necessary, depending upon sighting of the Moon, would be declared by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions after ascertaining the position from the Govt. of NCT of Delhi (DCP, Special Branch, Delhi Police).

5.2 For offices outside Delhi / New Delhi, the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committees at the State Capitals are authorised to change the date of holiday, if necessary, based on the decision of the concerned State Governments / Union Territories, in respect of Idu’l Fitr, Idu’l Zuha, Muharram and Id-e-Milad.

5.3 It may happen that the change of date of the above occasions has to be declared at a very short notice. In such a situation, announcement could be made through P.I.B. /T.V. / A.I.R. / Newspapers and the Heads of Departments/ Offices of the Central Government may take action accordìng to such an announcement without waiting for a formal order about the change of date.

6. During 2014, Diwali (Deepavali) falls on Thursday, October 23, 2014 (Kartika 01). In certain States, the practice is to celebrate the occasion a day in advance, i.e., on "Narakachaturdasi Day". In view of this, there is no objection if holiday on account of Deepavali is observed on "Naraka Chaturdasi Day" (in place of Deepavali Day) for the Central Government Offices in a State if in that State, that day alone is declared as a compulsory holiday for Diwali for the offices of the State Government.

7. Central Government Organisations which include industrial, commercial and trading establishments would observe up to 16 holidays in a year including three national holidays viz. Republic Day, Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, as compulsory holidays. The remaining holidays / occasions may be determined by such establishments / organisations themselves for the year 2014, subject to para 3.2 above.

8. Union Territory Administrations shall decide the list of holidays in terms of instructions issued in this regard by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

9. In respect of Indian Missions abroad, the number of holidays may be notified in accordance with the instructions contained in this Department’s O.M.No. 12/5/2002-JCA dated 17th December, 2002. In other words, they will have the option to select only 13(Thirteen) holidays of their own after including in the list, three National Holidays and Mahavir Jayanti included in the list of compulsory holidays and falling on day of weekly off.

10. In respect of Banks, the holidays shall be regulated in terms of the extant instructions issued by the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance.

11. Hindi version will follow.

(Ashok Kumar)
Deputy Secretary (JCA)

Encl.: Lists of holidays




Saka Date
1Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad
(Birthday of Prophet Mohammad)
January 14Pausha 24Tuesday
2Republic DayJanuary 26Magha 06Sunday
3HoliMarch 17Phalguna 26Monday
4Ram NavamiApril 08Chaitra 18Tuesday
5Mahavir JayantiApril 13Chaitra 23Sunday
6Good FridayApril 18Chaitra 28Friday
7Buddha PrunimaMay 14Vaisakha 24Wednesday
8Idu'l FitrJuly 29Sravana 07Tuesday
9Independence DayAugust 15Sravana 24Friday
10JanamashtamiAugust 18Sravana 27Monday
11Mahatma Gandhi's BirthdayOctober 02Asvina 10Thursday
12DussehraOctober 03Asvina 11Friday
13Idu'l Zuha (Bakrid)October 06Asvina 14Monday
14Diwali (Deepavali)October 23Kartika 01Thursday
15MuharramNovember 04Kartika 13Tuesday
16Guru Nanak's BirthdayNovember 06Kartika 15Thursday
17Christmas DayDecember 25Pausa 04Thursday



Saka Date
1New Year's DayJanuary 01Pausa 11Wednesday
2Guru Gobind Singh's BirthdayJanuary 07Pausha 17Tuesday
3Makar SankrantiJanuary 14Pausa 24Tuesday
4PongalJanuary 14Pausa 24Tuesday
5Basanta PanchamiFeb 04Magha 15Tuesday
6Guru Ravidas' BirthdayFeb 14Magha 25Friday
7Shivaji JayanthiFeb19Magha 30Wednesday
8Swami Dayananda Saraswati JayantiFeb24Phalguna 05Monday
9Maha ShivaratriFeb27Phalguna 08Thursday
10Holika DahanMarch 16Phalguna 25Sunday
11Chaitra Sukladi / Gudi Padava / Ugadi / Cheti ChandMarch 31Chaitra 10Monday
12Vaisakhi/vishu/MasadiApril 14Chaitra 24Monday
13Vaisakhadi (Bengal)/Bahag Bihu (Assam)April 15Chaitra 25Tuesday
14Ester SundayApril 20Chaitra 30Sunday
15Guru Rabindranath's BirthdayMay 09Vaisakha 19Friday
16Hazarat Ali's BirthdayMay 13Vaisakha 23Tuesday
17Rath YatraJune 29Ashadha 08Sunday
18Jamat-UI-VidaJuly 25Sravana 03Friday
19Raksha BandhanAugust 10Sravana 19Sunday
20Parsi New Year's dayAugust 18Sravana 27Monday
21Vinayaka ChaturthiAugust 29Bhadra 07Friday
22OnamSep 07Bhadra 16Sunday
23Dussehra (Maha Saptami (Additional)October 01Asvina 09Wednesday
24Dussehra (Maha Astami) (Additional)October 02Asvina 10Thursday
25Dussehra (Maha Navami)October 03Asvina 11Friday
26Maharishi Valmiki's BirthdayOctober 08Asvina 16Wednesday
27Karaka Chaturdasi (Karva Chouth)October 11Asvina 19Saturday
28Deepavali (South India)October 22Asvina 30Wednesday
29Narak ChaturdasiOctober 22Asvina 30Wednesday
30Govardhan PujaOctober 24Kartika 02Friday
31Bhai DujOctober 25Kartika 03Saturday
32Pratihar Sashthi or Surya Sashthi (Chhat Puja)October 29Kartika 07Wednesday
33Guru Teg Bahadur's Martyrdom DayNov 24Agrahayana 03Monday
34Christmas EveDec 24Pausa 03Wednesday

7th Pay Commission - Central Government approved to constitute 7th CPC to Central Government Employees

7th Pay Commission - Central Government approved to constitute 7th CPC to Central Government Employees...

Government announces Seventh Pay Commission for central employees

NEW DELHI: Ahead of elections, the government on Wednesday announced constitution of the Seventh Pay Commission, which will go into the salaries, allowances and pensions of about 80 lakh of its employees and pensioners.

"Prime Minister Manmohan Singh approved the constitution of the 7th Pay Commission. Its recommendations are likely to be implemented with effect from January 1, 2016", finance minister P Chidambaram said in a statement.

The setting up of the Commission, whose recommendations will benefit about 50 lakh central government employees, including those in defence and railways, and about 30 lakh pensioners, comes ahead of the assembly elections in 5 states in November and the general elections next year.

The government constitutes Pay Commission almost every ten years to revise the pay scales of its employees and often these are adopted by states after some modification.

As the Commission takes about two years to prepare its recommendations, the award of the seventh pay panel is likely to be implemented from January 1, 2016, Chidambaram said.

The Sixth Pay Commission was implemented from January 1, 2006, fifth from January 1, 1996 and fourth from January 1, 1986.

The names of the chairperson and members of the 7th Pay Commission and its terms of reference will be finalized shortly after consultation with major stakeholders, Chidambaram said.


Finmin Orders - Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees - Revised Rates effective from 01.07.2013

Finmin Orders 2013 - Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees - Revised Rates effective from 01.07.2013

No.1-8/2013-E-II (B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 25th September, 2013.


Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees - Revised Rates effective from 1.7.2013.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s Office Memorandum No.1(2)/2013-E-II (B) dated 25th April, 2013 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 80% to 90% with effect from 1st July. 2013.

2. The provisions contained in paras 3, 4 and 5 of this Ministry’s O.M. No.1(3)/2008-E-II(B) dated 29th August, 2008 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

3. The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all Central Government employees.

4. These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates. In regard to Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees, separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.

5. In so far as the employees working serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued with the concurrence of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

6. The Hindi version of this O.M. is also issued.

(Kishori Raman Sharma)
Under Secretary to the Government of India


Saturday, September 21, 2013

My Stamp

My Stamp.

Salient Features :
  • "My Stamp" is the brand name for personalized sheets of Commemorative Postage Stamps of India Post.
  • The personalization is achieved by printing a thumb nail photograph of the customers' images and logos of Institutions or images of artwork, heritage buildings famous tourist places, historical cities, wildlife or other animals and birds, etc. alongside the selected Commemorative Postage Stamps.
  • Customer will be fully responsible for his/her Soft Copy/Hard Copy photograph quality. The customer will also be responsible for any issues of propriety of the image brought by him for printing on "My Stamp" sheets, including copy right issues. The customer is required to be present in person with his/her subjects, Photograph in hard/soft copy.
    Note: For issue of "My Stamp" and individual, the photograph of any one not present personally will not be entertained for "My Stamp".
  • To get personalized "My Stamp", the customers will have to fill in the form indicating choice of stamps from the available stamp sheetlets and to deposit Rs. 300/- along with his/her colour photo (with white background) clicked or provide the same in hard/soft copy.
  • My Stamp requires only ID proofs issued by any State or Central Govt. Departments. A sheet of 'My stamp' contains 12 Postage Stamps.
  • Applications for 'My Stamp' from corporate customers will also be considered. The application alongwith Order Form needs to be submitted by an authorized signatory. A minimum quality of 500 sheets will be mandatory for corporate customers. Images or Logo of the corporate organizations can be printed alongside the stamp.
  • The customer may request for "Mt Stamp" to be delivered by post. It may be delivered by Registered post of Speed post. The delivery charges will be borne by the customer.
    Note: The Department of Post is not responsible for any technical fault and delivery delay due to technical fault or shortage of stock.
  • The Stamps will be available at Philatelic Bureaux, Anna Road Head Post Office, Chennai - 600 002.
  • For more information about the procedure and other details, the customers may contact, Karimnagar Head Post Office.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

ew Pension Bill, PFRDA Bill, 2011: Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

 1. What does the new pension law do?
  •   The PFRDA Bill, 2011, (proposed to be enacted as a law) provides for the establishment of an Authority to promote old age income security by establishing, developing and regulating pension funds, to protect the interests of subscribers to schemes of pension funds and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
    An Interim Authority has already been created vide Govt Resolution dated October 10, 2003, and November 14, 2008, and is fully functional. The passage of the bill will confer statutory status to the Interim PFRDA to develop and regulate National Pension System (NPS) earlier known as New Pension Scheme.

2. What is NPS ?
  •   The National Pension System reflects (NPS) Government’s effort to find sustainable solutions to the problem of providing adequate retirement income.
  • The NPS is an easily accessible, low cost, tax-efficient, flexible and portable retirement savings account. Under the NPS, the individual contributes to his retirement account and also his employer can also co-contribute for the social security/welfare of the individual.
  • The NPS is designed on Defined contribution basis wherein the subscriber contributes to his account, there is no defined benefit that would be available at the time of exit from the system and the accumulated wealth depends on the contributions made and the income generated from investment of such wealth.
  • Eventual pension wealth is based on the level of contributions made over the years, the charges (administrative and fund management) deducted from the funds and the returns achieved by the investment fund (pension fund managers) used over a period of time during the accumulation phase in the NPS.
  • The greater the value of the contributions made, the greater the investments achieved, the longer the term over which the fund accumulates and the lower the charges deducted, the larger would be the eventual benefit of the accumulated pension wealth likely to be.
3. Why should one subscribe to a pension fund?
  •   Pension ensures that a person has steady and adequate financial security during his old age, even after he has retired from employment or his earning capacity has extinguished/decreased.
4. What does the pension bill propose?
  •   The PFRDA shall administer the NPS for subscriber’s interest in accordance with the provisions of the PFRDA Act and the rules and regulations framed thereunder. The Authority has the mandate to regulate all other pension funds (other than the NPS) which are not regulated by any other enactment.
5. Is it compulsory?
  •   The NPS is compulsory in respect of persons appointed to public services in connection with the affairs of the Union, or to All-India Services, on or after 1-1-2004. It is also compulsory in case of employees of Central Autonomous bodies.
  • The NPS is also applicable in respect of employees of various state governments and its autonomous bodies, who have joined the NPS and in respect of whom, such state governments have extended the NPS based on the notifications issued by such states.
  • The NPS is voluntarily extended to the citizens of India w.e.f May, 2009, who may choose to be covered under the NPS. The NPS has also been extended to various corporates, who may choose to provide the scheme to their employees on a voluntary basis.
6. When was it first introduced?
  •   The PFRDA Bill 2005 was introduced in Lok Sabha in March, 2005, but could not be considered and passed due to dissolution of 14th Lok Sabha. Earlier, the PFRDA Ordinance 2004 was promulgated on December 29, 2004, which lapsed on April 7, 2005.
7. Can one decide how much on ones savings should go into stocks and how much in debt?
  •   Presently, in respect of government employees, the investment choice in asset class E (Equities), asset Class C (Corporate Debts) and Asset Class G (Government Securities) is in accordance with investment pattern contained in Ministry of Finance notification No. F. No. 5 (88)/2006 –PR.— dated August14,  2008. For others different schemes are applicable based on the choice exercised by the subscriber.
8. If stock prices crash, will pension be affected?
  •   The rate of return and NAV (Net Asset Value) of the subscriber will be susceptible to market risk.
9. Can one choose the stocks in which pension fund will put the money?
  •   Pension Fund Managers based on their expertise will choose the stocks for investing the collective monies of the subscriber (under full disclosure to the NPS Trust). However, individual subscriber will not have the option of choosing a particular stock.
10. Can one withdraw money whenever one wants or only after one retires?
  •   The subscriber can exit from the NPS and withdraw the accumulated pension wealth in the following manner and no other exits or withdrawals are permitted presently:
    • a. Upon attainment of age of 60 years   : At least 40% of the accumulated pension wealth of the subscriber needs to be utilized for purchase of an annuity providing for the monthly pension of the subscriber and the balance is paid as a lump sum payment to the subscriber.
    • b. Upon Death (irrespective of cause)   : The entire accumulated pension wealth (100%) would be paid to the nominee / legal heir of the subscriber and there would not be any purchase of annuity/monthly pension.
    • c. Exit from the NPS before attainment of age of 60 years (irrespective of cause):   At least 80% of the accumulated pension wealth of the subscriber needs to be utilized for purchase of an annuity providing for the monthly pension of the subscriber and the balance is paid as a lump sum payment to the subscriber.
11. Can it help the industry?
  •   The industry can benefit by the availability of long term funds under the NPS, which may be deployed to build infrastructure. The industry can also provide the  NPS as an important social security scheme to the employees serving in such industries.

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Temporary Employees joined before Jan, 2004 and regularised in NPS will eligible for Pension & GPF: CAT

Ce­­n­tral Administrative Tri­bunal relief on pension for 16 In­di­ra Gandhi Centre for Ato­mic Research employees
Chennai: The Madras bench of the Ce­­n­tral Administrative Tri­bunal has directed the In­di­ra Gandhi Centre for Ato­mic Research (IGCAR), Kal­pakkam, to provide GPF and other benefits under Central civil service (pension) rules 1972 to 16 employees absorbed as temporary workers in 1999.
In a petition, K. Punni­yakoti of Kalpakkam and 15 others prayed for a direction to the Central government and IGCAR to extend to them the benefit of pension under the old government pension scheme.
The petitioners contended that they were granted temporary status in 1999. On September 9, 2008, they were appointed as casual labourers in the grade of ‘helper A’.
As per the order, 50 per cent of the service rendered under temporary status would be counted for retirement benefits.
After rendering three years of continuous service after conferment of temporary status, the casual labourers would be treated on a par with group D employees for the purpose of contribution to general provident fund.
They were appointed in temporary category and subsequently regularised between May 2005 and November 2005.
Meanwhile, the government introduced the new pension scheme in Ap­ril 2004 and the employees who joined service after January 1, 2004 were to be be covered under the new scheme.
In its reply, IGCAR argued that the employees who joined service after January 1, 2004 would be governed by the new pension scheme.
Employees who joined service prior to January 1, 2004 were governed by the general provident fund /contributory provident fund as per the Central civil service (pension) rules 1972.
The judicial member of the bench, B. Venkateswara Rao directed IGCAR to apply provisions of the Central civil service (pension) rules 1972 in respect of the employees and extend benefit under GPF rules. The bench also directed IGCAR to deduct monthly subscription regularly without interruption. The order is to be complied with within two months.

Merger Of 50% DA With Pay : Resolution adopted in INTUC Conference

Merger Of 50% DA With Pay
The 30th Plenary Session of Indian National Trade Union Congress INTUC is being held in Raipur from 6-9-2013 to 9-9-2013 is concluded today. There are 4 Resolutions which are considered to be very important are adopted in this Conference.One of the four main resolution is Merger of 50% DA with Pay for central government employees. So the INTUC urges the central government to consider the demand and accord sanction for merging 50% DA with pay. The Resolution On Merger Of 50% DA With Pay which has been adopted in 30th Plenary Session of INTUC held in Raipur from 6-9-2013 to 9-9-2013 is given below
Resolution On Merger Of 50% DA With Pay
The Wage structure revision for Central Government employees had been enquired into by the successive pay Commission appointed by the Government of India during the past decades and gave their reports. The Government had considered the reports and decided for implementation with certain changes and improvements.
The previous pay Commissions (3rd,4th,5thand 6th ) have ,by and large, covered the aspects of the principle of wage determination . But however the job contents, remuneration commensuration with the nature of duties and responsibilities have not been taken into consideration by the pay Commissions while determining the revised pay structure, consequently the railway men have been put into disadvantage.
The 5th CPC had recommended that the DA must be merged with pay and treated as pay for computing all allowance as and when the percentage of dearness compensation exceeds 50%. Accordingly even before the setting up of 6th CPC, the DA of 50% was merged with pay.
Presently, the dearness compensation is 80% as on 1st January, 2013, while the DA had crossed 50% of pay as on 1st January, 2011.The demand for merger of DA to partially compensate the erosion in the real wages was first mooted by the Gadgil Committee in the 2nd pay Commission period. The 3rd CPC had recommended such merger when the cost of living Index crosses over 272 points i.e. 72 points over and above the base index adopted for the pay revision. In other words, the recommendation of the 3rd CPC was to merge the DA when it crossed 36%. The Government in the national Council JCM at the time of negotiation had initially agreed to merge 60% DA and later the whole of the DA before the 4th CPC was set up. The 5th CPC had merged 98%of DA with pay.
As the DA already stood at 80% of Pay and another installment is expected to be granted w.e.f. July, 2013 which may cross 90%,it is necessary that the Government takes steps to merge 50%DA with pay for all purposes for the year 2013 for ensuring compensation to the erosion of value of real wage of government employees.
The Plenary Session of INTUC therefore urges upon the Government of India to consider the demand and accord sanction for merging DA component i.e. 50% of DA with pay for all purposes.
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PFRDA is a reality now, will the real NPS follow?

At long last, after close to a decade of waiting in the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Bill (PFRDA) has been passed by Parliament. With this, the PFRDA gets statutory status. As far as the operation of the National Pension System (NPS) goes, this Bill doesn't change anything on the ground. The PFRDA has been in operation since 2003 and the NPS has come into existence during this time in bits and pieces.
The NPS has descended from thinking that began in the late 90s on creating a modern broad-based pension system for India. The progenitor of NPS was a report by a committee called the Old Age Social and Income Security Project set up by the Ministry of Social Justice in 1998 and headed by the first Sebi chairman, SA Dave. The two obvious drivers of the whole process were changing demographics and the large future liability that the central and state governments face in the old pension system.
That report was a remarkable achievement, more so for the time. It didn't just lay down the outline of what India's ideal pension system should be, but created a detailed blueprint of the system, from the capabilities that would be required from the information-handling back-end to the principles of investment management that should be followed and the way the scheme would be promoted and expanded to the unorganised sector. The report envisaged individual retirement accounts and account holders choosing between different 'styles' of investment schemes run by a set of pension fund managers. At the same time, it designed a framework within which extremely low-cost operations would be possible.
The recognition of equity as a desirable asset type for retirement savings and the emphasis on passive fund management for the same were huge steps forward. Today, as the PFRDA is about to get going, there are two ways of looking at things. If one remembers everything that the OASIS report contained and compares that to what has actually been achieved in the 14 long years (close to half the working life of the potential beneficiary!) that have gone past, then it's hard not feel a little depressed.
Back in 2003, when the PFRDA was first constituted, I wrote a long and enthusiastic cover story about the coming NPS revolution in Value Research's magazine. Yesterday, when I took out that story and re-read it, it really brought home the fact that NPS was yet to be created. In many key areas, NPS as it exists is not much more than a caricature of what had been recommended. In fund management, there is one single style, which has a token neither-here-nor-there 7 per cent equity assets. Some great ideas about fund managers competing with each other — and paying penalties for under performing in the 'safe' style — are thus rendered moot.
However, in the specific task of replacing the government's old pension system and thus limiting its future liability, NPS has obviously served its purpose. To make this part functioning, IT back-end has evidently been created and works. The NPS's hardest challenge is its extension beyond government employees and to the unorganised sector. Anyhow, whatever be the delays and the gaps, PFRDA and NPS now exist and will presumably move forward one way or the other.
The larger a proportion of the original OASIS vision it manages to implement, the better it will be. One potential pitfall is the nature of the PFRDA Bill. Like most Indian laws setting up regulators, this one, too, hands over the all rule-making to the regulator. Few of the desirable characteristics of the NPS are thus actually embedded in the law. Basically, the bill creates PFRDA and PFRDA creates and continues to nurture and grow a great pension system for all time to come. Hopefully.

Hon'ble Prime Minister releases stamp on Lala Jagat Narain

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