Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Launch of Sukanya Samruddhi Account’ along with BBBP on Jan 22 by PM.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015, Chandigarh:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch an ambitious project ‘Sukanya Samruddhi Account’ alongside ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’ scheme from Panipat on January 22.
The scheme will address the gender imbalance and discrimination by creating a positive environment in favour of the girl child.
An official spokesman for Haryana Government said today. As per the salient features of ‘Sukanya Samruddhi Account’ scheme of the Union Government, the account can be opened from the birth of the girl child till she attains the age of 10.
A girl child who has attained the age of 10 years, one year prior to notification will also be eligible. The account can be opened by an amount of Rs 1000 and in a financial year investment ceiling is Rs 1.5 lakh.
The investments floor in a financial year is Rs 1000.
The exemption on investments made under the scheme will also be eligible for exemption under 80C of Income Tax Act, 1961.
Similarly, issue of making interest income and withdrawal exempt from taxation can be done by Department of Revenue (DoR) through legislative amendments. The matter is under examination of DoR.
The interest rate will be 75 bps over 10 years’ g-sec rate. This will be notified by the government annually based on existing yields. For Current Financial Year, this works out to 9.1 per cent. For sake of simplicity manner of calculation of interest will be similar to Public Provident Fund (PPF).
Contextually, this is one of the highest rates of interest rate offered by government on small savings scheme. The child can close the account earliest at the age of 21 years with option of keeping the account till marriage the spokesman added.
Source : Day & Night News.
SUKANYA SAMRIDDHI ACCOUNT RULES, 2014
NOTIFICATION NO. GSR 863(E) [F.NO.2/3/2014.NS-II], DATED 2-12-2014
In exercise of the powers conferred by section 15 of the Government Savings Banks Act, 1873 (5 of 1873), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules, namely:—
Short title and commencement
1. (1) These rules may be called the Sukanya Samriddhi Account Rules, 2014.
(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publications in the Official Gazette.
2. In these rules, unless the context otherwise require,—
(a) 'account' means an account opened by a depositor in accordance with the provisions of these rules;
(b) 'Act' means the Government Savings Banks Act, 1873 (5 of 1873) ;
(c) 'deposit' means the money deposited by the depositor in an account under the rules;
(d) 'Depositor' means an individual who - on behalf of a minor girl child of whom he or she is the guardian, deposits money in an account under the rules;
(e) 'post office' means any post office in India doing savings bank work and authorised to open an account under these rules;
(f) 'Bank' means any branch of a commercial bank authorised by the Central Government to open an account under these rules;
(g) 'Year' means financial year i.e. 1st April to 31st March;
(h) 'Interest rate' means the rate as may be declared by the Government on yearly basis to be applicable on accounts opened under these rules;
(i) Words and expressions used herein and not defined but defined in the Post Office Savings Bank General Rules, 1981 shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in those rules.
Application of Post Office Savings Bank General Rules, 1981 and the Post Office Savings Account Rules, 1981
3. The provisions of the Post Office Savings Bank General Rules, 1981 and the Post Office Savings Account Rules, 1981 may be applied in relation to matters for which no provision has been made in these rules.
Opening of Account
4. (1) The account may be opened by the natural or legal guardian in the name of a girl child from the birth of the girl child till she attains the age of ten years and any girl child, who had attained the age of ten years, one year prior to the commencement of these rules, shall also be eligible for opening of the account under these rules.
(2) A depositor may open and operate only one account in the name of a girl child under these rules.
(3) Birth certificate of a girl child in whose name the account is opened shall be submitted by the guardian at the time of opening of the account in post office or bank along with other documents relating to identity and residence proof of the depositor.
(4) Natural or legal guardian of a girl child shall be allowed to open the account for two girl children only:
Provided that the natural or legal guardian of the girl child shall be allowed to open third account in the event of birth of twin girls as second birth or if the first birth itself results into three girl children, on production of a certificate to this effect from the competent medical authorities where the birth of such twin or triple girl children takes place.
5. (1) The account may be opened with an initial deposit of one thousand rupees and thereafter any amount in multiple of one hundred rupees may be deposited subject to the condition that a minimum of one thousand rupees shall be deposited in a financial year but the total money deposited in an account on a single occasion or on multiple occasions shall not exceed one lakh fifty thousand rupees in a financial year.
(2) Deposits in an account may be made till completion of fourteen years, from the date of opening of the account.
(3) An irregular account where minimum amount as specified in sub-rule (1) has not been deposited may be regularised on payment of a penalty of fifty rupees per year along with the said minimum specified subscription for the year (s) of default any time till the account completes fourteen years.
Mode of Deposit
6. (1) The deposit in the account opened under these rules may be made—
(a) in cash; or
(b) by cheque or demand draft drawn in favour of the postmaster of the concerned post office or the Manager of the concerned bank where the account stands and an endorsement on the back of such instrument shall be made and signed by the depositor indicating name of the account holder and account number in which the deposit is to be credited.
(2) Where deposit is made by cheque or demand draft, the date of encashment of the cheque or demand draft shall be the date of credit to the account.
Interest on deposit
7. (1) Interest at the rate, to be notified by the Government, compounded yearly shall be credited to the account till the account completes fourteen years.
(2) In case of account holder opting for monthly interest, the same shall be calculated on the balance in the account on completed thousands, in the balance which shall be paid to the account holder and the remaining amount in fraction of thousand will continue to earn interest at the prevailing rate.
Operation of account
8. (1) The account shall be opened and operated by the natural or legal guardian of a girl child till the girl child in whose name the account has been opened, attains the age of ten years.
(2) On attaining age of ten years, the account holder that is the girl child may herself operate the account, however, deposit in the account may be made by the guardian or any other person or authority.
Premature closure of account
9. (1) In the event of death of the account holder, the account shall be closed immediately on production of death certificate issued by the competent authority, and the balance at the credit of the account shall be paid along with interest till the month preceding the month of premature closure of the account , to the guardian of the account holder.
(2) Where the Central Government is satisfied that operation or continuation of the account is causing undue hardship to the account holder, it may, by order, for reasons to be recorded in writing, allow pre-mature closure of the account only in cases of extreme compassionate grounds such as medical support in life-threatening diseases, death, etc.
10. (1) On opening an account, the depositor shall be given a pass book bearing the date of birth of the girl child, date of opening of account, account number, name and address of the account holder and the amount deposited.
(2) The pass book shall be presented to the post office or bank, as the case may be, at the time of depositing money in the account and receiving payment of interest and also at the time of final closure of the account on maturity.
Transfer of account
11. The account may be transferred anywhere in India if the girl child in whose name the account stands shifts to a place other than the city or locality where the account stands.
12. (1) To meet the financial requirements of the account holder for the purpose of higher education and marriage, withdrawal up to fifty per cent. of the balance at the credit, at the end of preceding financial year shall be allowed.
(2) The withdrawal referred to in sub-rule (1) shall be allowed only when the account holder girl child attains the age of eighteen years.
Closure on maturity
13. (1) The account shall mature on completion of twenty-one years from the date of opening of the account :
Provided that where the marriage of the account holder takes place before completion of such period of twenty-one years, the operation of the account shall not be permitted beyond the date of her marriage :
Provided further that where the account is closed under the first proviso, the account holder shall have to give an affidavit to the effect that she is not less than eighteen years of age as on the date of closing of account.
(2) On maturity, the balance including interest outstanding in the account shall be payable to the account holder on production of withdrawal slip along with the pass book.
(3) If the account is not closed in accordance with the provisions of sub-rule (1), interest as per the provisions of rule 7 shall be payable on the balance in the account till final closure of the account.
Power to relax
14. Where the Central Government is satisfied that the operation of any provision of these rules causes undue hardship to the account holder or account holders, it may, by order and for reasons to be recorded in writing, relax the requirements of that provision in a manner not inconsistent with the provisions of the Act.
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Sunday, January 18, 2015
F. No. 11013/3/2014-Estt.(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi — 110001
Dated January 16 , 2015
Subject: Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964 — Filing of annual Immovable Property Returns – regarding
The undersigned is directed to state that as per various notifications issued by this Department, relating to the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Returns of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, the public servant who has filed declaration, information and annual returns of property under the provision of the rules applicable to such public servant, should file the declaration, information and return indicating his/her assets and liabilities, as on 01.08.2014, to the competent authority on or before, 30.04.2015. The notifications are available on the Department’s website at http://persmin.gov.in/Lokpal HomePage From CCIS.asp.
2. The Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964, are being amended to align them with the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013. Presently, as per the Rule 18(1)(ii) of the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964, every Government servant belonging to any service or holding any post included in Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ is required to submit an annual return regarding the immovable property inherited/owned/ acquired/ held on lease or mortgage either in his own name or in the name of any family member or in the name of any other person.
3. It has, inter-alia, been clarified by this Department vide Office Memorandum No. 407/12/2014-AVD-IV(B) dated 13.01.2015 that the requirement of filing returns regarding assets and liabilities under the Lokpal Act is in addition to, and not in supersession of the requirement of filing similar returns under the existing Conduct Rules. In view of this, all Government Servants may be directed as follows:
(i) The annual Immovable Property Return, as on 31.12.2014, under the existing CCS(Conduct) Rules, 1964 is required to be filed on or before 31.01.2015;
(ii) The first return under the Lokpal Act (as on 01.08.2014) should be filed on or before 30.04.2015; and
(iii) The next annual return under the Lokpal Act, for the year ending 31.03.2015 should be filed on or before 31.07.2015.
4. It is, therefore, requested that all concerned may be suitably advised to file the Immovable Property Returns (IPRs) and the return under the Lokpal Act as per the dates indicated above, Further, in accordance with the instruction contained in this Department’s Office Memorandum No. 11013/3/2011-Estt.A dated 11.04.2011, IPRs (to be submitted by 31 st January of each year) shall be placed in public domain by 31 st March of that year. A compliance report in respect of the IPRs filed by Group ‘A’ Officers of the Central Civil Services, as on 31.01.2015, may please be furnished to this Department by 30.04.2015.
5. Similar action may kindly be taken by the authorities controlling services not covered by the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964.
6. Hindi version will follow.
Source document from : www.persmin.gov.in
1. Pay scales are calculated on the basis of pay drawn pay in pay band + GP + 100% DA by employee as on 01-01-2014.
2. 7th CPC report should be implemented w.e.f. 01-01-2014.
3. Scrap New Pension Scheme and cover all employees under Old Pension and Family Pension Scheme.
4. JCM has proposed minimum wage for MTS (Skilled) Rs.26,000 p.m.
5. Ratio of minimum and maximum wage should be 1:8.
6. General formula for determination of pay scale based on minimum living wage demanded for MTS is pay in PB+GP x 3.7
7. Annual rate of increment @ 5% of the pay.
8. Fixation of pay on promotion = 2 increments and difference of pay between present and promotional posts (minimum Rs.3000).
9. The pay structure demanded is as under:-
Existing Proposed (in Rs.)
PB-1 GP Rs.1800 - 26,000
PB-1 GP Rs.1900 - 33,000
PB-1 GP Rs.2000 - 33,000
PB-1 GP Rs. 2400 - 46,000
PB-1 GP Rs.2800 - 46,000
PB-2 GP Rs.4200 - 56,000
PB-2 GP Rs.4600 - 74,000
PB-2 GP Rs.4800 - 74,000
PB-2 GP Rs.5400 - 78,000
PB-3 GP 5400 - 88,000
PB-3 GP 6600 - 1,02,000
PB-3 GP 7600 - 1,20,000
PB-4 GP 8900 - 1,48,000
P4-4 GP 10000 - 1,62,000
HAG - 1,93,000
Apex Scale - 2,13,000
Cabinet Secretary - 2,40,000
10. Dearness Allowances on the basis of 12 monthly average of CPI, Payment on 1st Jan and 1st July every year.
11. Overtime Allowances on the basis of total Pay+DA+Full TA.
12 Liabilities of all Government dues of persons died in harness be waived.
13. Transfer Policy – Group `C and `D Staff should not be transferred. DoPT should issue clear cut guideline as per 5th CPC recommendation. Govt. should from a Transfer Policy in each department for transferring on mutual basis on promotion. Any order issued in violation of policy framed be cancelled by head of department on representation.
14. Transport Allowance –
X Class Cities Y Class Cities
Pay up to Rs.75,000 Rs.7500 + DA Rs.3750 + DA
Pay above Rs.75,000 Rs.6500 + DA Rs.3500 + DA
13. Deputation Allowance double the rates and should be paid 10% of the pay at same station and 20% of the pay at outside station.
14. Classification of the post should be executive and non-executive instead of present Group A, B, C.
15. Special Pay which was replaced with SPL/Allowance by 4th CPC be bring back to curtail pay scales.
16. Scrap downsizing, outsourcing and contracting of govt. jobs.
17. Regularize all casual labour and count their entire service after first two year, as a regular service for pension and all other benefits. They should not be thrown out by engaging contractors workers.
18. The present MACPs Scheme be replaced by giving five promotion after completion of 8, 15, 21, 26 and 30 year of service with benefits of stepping up of pay with junior.
19. PLB being bilateral agreement, it should be out of 7th CPC perview.
20. Housing facility:-
(a) To achieve 70% houses in Delhi and 40% in all other towns to take lease accommodation and allot to the govt. employees.
(b) Land and building acquired by it department may be used for constructing houses for govt. employees.
21. House Building Allowance :-
(a) Simplify the procedure of HBA
(b) Entitle to purchase second and used houses
22. Common Category – Equal Pay for similar nature of work be provided.
23. CP appointment – remove ceiling of 5% and give appointment within Three months.
24. Traveling Allowance:-
‘A1’ and ‘A’ Class Cities Other Cities
A. Executives Rs.5000+DA per day Rs.3500+DA per day
B. Non-Executives Rs.4000+DA per day Rs.2500+DA per day
25. Composite Transfer Grant :-
Executive Class 6000 kg by Goods Train/ Rate per km by road 8 Wheeler Wagon Rs.50+DA(Rs.1 per kg and single container per km)
Non-Executive Class 3000 kg – do – -do-
26. Children Education Allowance should be allowed up to Graduate, Post Graduate, and all Professional Courses. Allow any two children for Children Education Allowance.
27. Fixation of pay on promotion – two increments in feeder grade with minimum
benefit of Rs.3000.
28. House Rent Allowance
X Class Cities 60%
Other Classified Cities 40%
Unclassified Locations 20%
29. City Allowance
`X’ Class Cities `Y’ Class Cities
A. Pay up to Rs.50,000 10% 5%
B. Pay above Rs.50,000 6% minimum Rs 5000 3% minimum Rs.2500
30. Patient Care Allowance to all para-medical and staff working in hospitals.
31. All allowances to be increased by three times.
32. NE Region benefits – Payment of Special Duty Allowance @ 37.5 of pay.
33. Training:- Sufficient budget for in-service training.
34. Leave Entitlement
(i) Increase Casual Leave 08 to 12 days & 10 days to 15 days.
(ii) Declare May Day as National Holiday
(iii) In case of Hospital Leave, remove the ceiling of maximum 24 months leave and 120 days full payment and remaining half payment.
(iv) Allow accumulation of 400 days Earned Leave
(v) Allow encashment of 50% leave while in service at the credit after 20 years Qualifying Service.
(vi) National Holiday Allowance (NHA) – Minimum one day salary and eligibility criteria to be removed for all Non Executive Staff.
(vii) Permit encashment of Half Pay Leave.
(viii) Increase Maternity Leave to 240 days to female employees & increase 30 days Paternity Leave to male employees.
35. LTC – Leave Travel Concession
(a) Permission to travel by air within and outside the NE Region.
(b) To increase the periodicity once in a two year.
(c) One visit outside country in a lifetime
36. Income Tax:
(i) Allow 30% standard deduction to salaried employees.
(ii) Exempt all allowances.
(iii) Raise the ceiling limit as under:
(a) General – 2 Lakh to 5 Lakh
(b) Sr. Citizen – 2.5 Lakh to 7 Lakh
(c) Sr. Citizen above 80 years of age – 5 Lakh to 10 Lakh
(iv) No Income Tax on pension and family pension and Dearness Relief.
35. (a) Effective grievance handling machinery for all non-executive staff.
(b) Spot settlement
(c) Maintain schedule of three meetings in a year
(d) Department Council be revived at all levels
(e) Arbitration Award be implemented within six month, if not be discussed with Staff Side before rejection for finding out some modified form of agreement.
36. Appoint Arbitrator for shorting all pending anomalies of the 6th CPC.
37. Date of Increment – 1st January and 1st July every year. In case of employees retiring on 31st December and 30th June, they should be given one increment on last day of service, i.e. 31st December and 30th June, and their retirements benefits should be calculated by adding the same.
38. General Insurance: Active Insurance Scheme covering risk upto Rs. 7,50,000/- to Non Executive & Rs. 3,50,000/- to Skilled staff by monthly contribution of Rs. 750/- & Rs. 350/- respectively.
39. Point to point fixation of pay.
40. Extra benefits to Women employees (i) 30% reservation for women.
(ii) Posting of husband and wife at same station.
(iii) One month special rest for chronic disease
(iv) Conversion of Child Care Leave into Family Care Leave
(v) Flexi time
Existing ceiling of 16 ½ months be removed and Gratuity be paid @ half month salary for every year of qualifying service.
Remove ceiling limit of Rs.10 Lakh for Gratuity.
(i) Pension @ 67% of Last Pay Drawn (LPD) instead of 50% presently.
(ii) Pension after 10 years of qualifying service in case of resignation.
(iii) Increase pension age-based as under:
65 years – 70% of LPD
70 years – 75% of LPD
75 years – 80% of LPD
80 years – 85% of LPD
85 years – 90% of LPD
90 years – 100% of LPD
(iv) Parity of pension to retirees before 1.1.2006.
(v) Enhanced family pension should be same in case of death in harness and normal death.
(vi) After 10 years, family pension should be 50% of LPD.
(vii) Family pension to son upto the age of 28 years looking to the recruitment age.
(viii) Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) @ Rs.2500/- per month.
(ix) Extend medical facilities to parents also.
(x) HRA to pensioners.
(xi) Improvement in ex-gratia pension to CPF/SRPF retirees up to 1/3rd of full pension.
Source: NC JCM Staff Side
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
முதன்மை கடவுளான சூரியனுக்கு நன்றி சொல்லும் விழா.
இது ஒரு நான்கு நாள் விழா.
நாள் : மார்கழி மாதத்தின் கடைசி நாள் முதல் தை மாதத்தின் மூன்று நாட்கள் வரை.
January 14th to 16th.
முதல் நாள் : போகி பண்டிகை
மார்கழி மாதத்தின் கடைசி நாள்.
பழையன எரித்தலும் புதியன புகுதலும்.
பஞ்சாப் ல் லோஹ்ரி (LOHRI) மற்றும் அஸ்ஸாம் ல் மக்ஹ பீகு ( Magh Bihu ) / போகலி பிகு (Bhogali Bihu )
இரண்டாம் நாள் : தை பொங்கல்
இன்று தான் சூரியன் தனது ஆறு மாத பாதையை தட்சிணாயனம்-ல் இருந்து உத்தராயணம்-ல் மாற்றுகிறார்.
மேலும் ஜோதிட சாஸ்திரத்தில் சூரியன் 10 இடமான மகரத்தில் பிரவேசிக்கிறார்.
இது தமிழர்களின் முக்கியமான திருவிழாவாகும்.
இது உலகமெங்கும் உள்ள தமிழர்களால் கொண்டாடப்படுகிறது. குறிப்பாக, தமிழ்நாடு, புதுச்சேரி, இலங்கை, மொரிஷியஸ் மற்றும் பல.
பொங்கல் என்றல் என்ன ? பொங்கி வருவது.
சூரிய உதயத்திற்கு முன்பாக மண் அடுப்பில், மண் பாத்திரத்தில் பொங்கல் வைத்து அது பொங்கும் பொது பொங்கலோ பொங்கல் என்று சொல்ல வேண்டும். பொங்கல் பொங்குவது போல நம் வாழ்வும் செழிக்க வேண்டும் என்பது.
மேலும் தை பிறந்தால் வழி பிறக்கும்.
இது சுமார் ஆயிரம் ஆண்டு கால பழமையான விழாவாகும், சோழர் காலம் முதல்.
மகர சங்கராந்தி ஆக வட இந்தியா முழுவதும் கொண்டாடப்படுகிறது.
மூன்றாம் நாள் : மாட்டு பொங்கல்
உழவர்களின் வாழ்வில் மாடு, எருது, கன்றுகளின் பங்கு மிக மிக முக்கியமானது. இவற்றிக்கு நன்றி தெரிவிக்கும் விழாவாகும்.
இவை அனைத்தையும் நன்றாக அலங்கரித்து, கொம்புகளுக்கு பெயிண்ட் அடித்து, மாலை அணிவித்து, குங்குமம் இட்டு, பூஜை செய்வார்கள். மேலும் அதற்க்கு வெண் பொங்கல், வெல்லம், பழம், தேன் கொடுப்பார்கள்.
மேலும் இவற்றிக்கு கற்பூரம் காட்டி, மூன்று முறை வலம்வருவார்கள். இது திர்ஷ்டி ஆகும்.
தென் தமிழ்நாட்டில் ஜல்லிக்கட்டு உலக பிரசித்தமானது.
காணு பிடி : பெண்கள் பறவைகளுக்கு உணவளித்து, தாங்கள், தங்களது உடன் பிறந்தோர், குடும்பம் அனைவரும் நலமாக இருக்க பிரார்த்தனை செய்வார்கள். வித விதமான அரிசிகள், வேகவைத்த காய்கறிகள், பழம், சக்கரை பொங்கல், இஞ்சி ஆகியவற்றை வாழை இலையில் வைத்து காகத்திற்கு படைத்து வரவழைப்பார்கள்.
இது ஆந்திராவில் முக்கனுமா (Mukkanuma) என்று அழைக்கப்படுகிறது
நான்காம் நாள் : காணும் பொங்கல்.
இது குடும்பங்கள் ஒன்று சேரும் விழா.
அனைவரும் தங்களுது சொந்தங்களின் வீடுகளுக்கு செல்வார்கள்.
அண்ணன்கள் தங்களுது தங்கைகளுக்கு அன்பு பரிசு அளிக்கும் விழா.
முதலாளிகள் தங்களுது தொழிலாளர்களுக்கு பரிசு, துணி, பணம் வழங்குவார்கள்.
நகரங்களில் பொது இடங்களுக்கு செல்வார்கள் குறிப்பாக, பார்க், பீச், கோவில்.
நண்பர்கள் மற்றும் குடும்பத்தார்க்கும் இனிய உளங்கனிந்த பொங்கல் நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்.
இன்று போல் என்றும் செழிப்பாக இருக்க வாழ்த்துக்கள்.