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Airport employees' strike called off

A planned nationwide two-day strike by 15,000 airport employees from Thursday midnight has been called off after the government agreed to discuss their grievances, a Civil Aviation Ministry spokesperson said. "The strike, called by the employees of the Airports Authority of India (AAI), has been called off," the official said. The Airports Authority Employees` Union (AAEU) called for the strike to protest alleged retrenchment of temporary staff, forceful transfer of around 4,000 employees from Delhi and Mumbai airports to other smaller airports and compulsory retirement schemes. Source:

New Pension Scheme for all Indian Citizens from May First

All citizens of the country will be able to avail of pension facility from tomorrow, with the interim pension regulator Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) confirming the scheduled launch of the mega pension plan in a statement today. "The necessary infrastructure for the rollout of New Pension System (NPS) is now ready and it will be available to all citizens of India from May 1, 2009," PFRDA said. Tier-I of NPS constituting non-withdrawable pension account will become operational from tomorrow and Tier-II (withdrawable account) of the NPS account will become operational in about six months. Pension fund managers will manage three separate schemes, each investing in a different asset class. These asset classes are equity, government securities and credit risk-bearing fixed income instruments. "On the basis of recommendations of the NPS Trust and on advice from the government, it has been decided that investment by an NPS participant in equity

SC sets up panel for enhanced pay to lower courts judges

Supreme Court sets up panel for enhanced pay to lower courts judges The Supreme Court today constituted a one-man committee headed by senior advocate E Padmanabham to make recommendations for increase in pay scales and allowances for judges of the lower judiciary.A bench of Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and P Sathasivam said the committee would submit its report to the court by July 28, so that appropriate orders could be passed on it. The bench passed the direction while dealing with an application moved by the All India Judges Association seeking enhanced pay structure to junior civil judges, senior civil judges, district judges (entry level), district judges (selection grade) and district judges (super time selection grade. According to the Association, the enhanced pay structures had become necessary in terms of the Justice Shetty Committee recommendations (first national judicial pay commission) that the salary structures of these judges be revised upward whenever the salaries

CITU Urges The Government to Settle The Demands Of The Airport Employees

The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) extends its full support and solidarity to the strike call by the Airports Authority Employees Union against the arbitrary mass scale transfer of its Delhi and Mumbai based employees and other pending issues. CITU regrets to note that Airports Authority of India (AAI) management is blatantly violating the spirit of the Tripartite Committee deliberations inspite of assurance by the Government during privatization of Mumbai and Delhi Airport to protect the interest of AAI employees through the Tripartite Committee. CITU calls upon the Government to advise AAI to immediately rescind the arbitrary transfer orders as well as to initiate negotiation in Tripartite Committee to settle the genuine demands of employees of AAI in order to ensure industrial peace and harmony. Source:

Airports Authority of Iindia employees may go on strike from 1st May

Essential services at major airports across the country may be affected from May one, with Airports Authority of India (AAI) employees on Monday threatening to go on an indefinite strike alleging that the management was "transferring" staffers from Delhi and Mumbai airports. Of the about 4,000 AAI employees at Delhi and Mumbai, around 3,000 have declined to join the GMR-led Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) and the GVK-led Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), who are operating the airports after they were privatised in 2006, as job security was not guaranteed to them by the private operators. About 1,000 employees at these airports have either taken VRS or accepted transfers. "From May 1, no employees will join their work place at the airports across the nation, as the management has turned a deaf ear to our demands of not to transfer the AAI employees of Delhi and Mumbai airports to other centres," M K Ghoshal, General Secretary Airports Aut

Recommendations of the VI CPC - Decision relating to grant of PCO allowance

Government of India Ministry of Railways Railway Board PC-VI No. 100 RBE No. 68 109 New Delhi dated 23.04.2009 No.E(P&A)I-2008/SP-1/WS-4 The General Managers All Indian Railways and PUs. Dated: 24th March, 2009 Subject : Recommendations of the VI Central Pay Commission - Decision relating to grantof PCO Allowance to staff of Production Control Organisation. Ref: Board's letter of even number dated 6.2.09. With reference to Board's above quoted letter, a doubt has been raised by some of the Associationsas to whether Junior Engineers I & II drawing grade pay Rs. 4200 will be covered by the instructionscontained in Board's letter dt. 6.2.2009 for payment of P.C.O. Allowance @ 15%. 2. It is clarified that PCO Allowance may continue to be paid @ 15% to non-supervisory staff and JE-I & II drawing grade pay upto Rs.4200 and @ 7.5 % to SEs and SSEs drawing grade pay fo Rs.4600 3. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of

Revision of the rates of Desk Allowance - Recommendations of the VI Central Pay Commission

No.1/10/2009-PIC Government of India Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Department of Personnel & Training New Delhi dated 17.04.2009 OFFICE MEMORANDUM Subject : Revision of the rates of Desk Allowance - Recommendations of the VI Central Pay Commission Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the implementation of the recommendations of theSixth Central Pay Commission, the President is pleased to double the existing rates of Desk Allowance prescribed vide this Department's OM No. 2/24/97-PIC dated the 16th October 2000, from Rs.300 per month to Rs. 600 per month.The rates of the allowance will be increased by 25% every time the DA payable on revised pay scales qoes up by 50%. The other conditions laid down in the above said OM of this Department dated 16th October 2000 will remain unchanged. The revised rates will be effective form 1st September 2008. (Rita Mathur) Director

Unification of Date of Retirement for Keral State Government Employees...

Kerala Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac said the March 31 unified retirement date introduced for State Government Employees and Teachers as part of the administrative reforms in the 2009-10 state budget. And also said the decision would not affect their grade, increment or pension benefits. Nor it would affect recruitment to entry-level posts. Kearal government employees retire from service on the afternoon of the last day of the month in which he attains the age of 55 years. The teaching Staff also retires at 55 years but they are allowed to continue till the last day of the month in which the academic year end. However, those teachers who attain the age of superannuation in April, May and June are not allowed to continue for the next academic year. All Government Employees and Teachers who attain the age of 55 years during the course of the financial year will continue in service till the end of that financial year. The date of retirement of Government Employees and Teachers wil

Clarification regarding Initial pay of a promoted officer appointed by selection

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Personnel and Training) Notification New Delhi, the 15th April, 2009. G.S.R.253 (E). - In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 3 of the All India Service Act, 1951(61 of 1951), the Central Government after consultation with the Governments of the States concerned, hereby makesthe following rules further to amend the Indain Administrative Service (Pay) Rules, 2007, namely:- These rules may be called the Indian Administrative Service (Pay) Amendment Rules, 2009. Continue reading...

Pay Protection - Transfer under commpassionate ground

CENTRAL ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNAL MADRAS BENCH P R E S E N T The Hon'ble Mr.R.Ganesan, Administrative Member AND The Hon'ble Mr.K.Elango, Judicial Member 1. Union of India rep. by Secretary, Ministry of Defence Department of Defence Production New Delhi - 110 001. 2.The Chairman Ordnance Factories Board 10-A Auckland Road ........................ Respondents in both the OAs Kolkatta - 700 001. 3.The Senior General Manager Heavy Vehicles Factory Avadi Chennai 600 054. 4.The General Manager Cordite Factory ........................... 4th respondent in OA 414/2006 Aravankadu Nilgris. Counsel for the applicant................. M/s. Paul and Paul in both the OAs. Counsel for the respondents............. Mr.R.Priyakumar in both the OAs. (Order pronounced by the Hon'ble Mr.R.Ganesan, Administrative Member) The applicants in O.A.Nos.414 and 416/2006 working in Heavy Vehicles Factory, Avadi, Chennai have sought the following reliefs: O.A.No.414/2006 a) f

Special Recruitment Drive to fill up the backlog reserved vacancies for PERSONS with DISABLITIES...

If any vacancy reserved for any category of disability cannot be filled due to non-availability of a suitable person with that disability or for any other suffcient reason, such vacancy is not filled and is carried forward as a 'backlog reserved vacancy' to the subsequent recruitment year. In the subsequent recruitment year, the 'backlog reserved vacancy' is treated as reserved for the caregory of disability for which it was kept reserved in the initial year of recruitment and filled as such. However, if a suitable person with that disability is not available in the subsequent recruitment also, it may be filled by interchange among the three categories of disabilities, failing which by appointment of a person other than a person with disability. It may, thus, be seen that if a vacancy is earmarked reserved for any category of disability and a suitable person with that disability is not available to fill it up in the initial year of recruitment, it becomes a 'backl

Sixth Central Pay Commission's recommendations - revision of pay scales - amendment of Service Rules / Recruitment Rules - DoP&T Order

No. AB.14017/61/2008-Estt. (RR) Government of India Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions Department of Personnel and Training New Delhi Dated: 24th March, 2009 OFFICE MEMORANDUM Subject : Sixth Central Pay Commission's recommendations - revision of pay scales - amendment of Service Rules / Recruitment Rules The recommendations of 6th CPC have been considered by the Government and the CCS (Revised Pay) Rules2008 have since been notified on 29th August, 2008. Consequently, in palce of the pre-revised pay scales, the revised pay structure comprising the Pay Band and Grade Pay / Pay Scales has come into effect. Some of thepre-revised pay scales have been merged and some others are upgraded / likely to be upgraded. In the light of these, it has been decided that the following consequential steps to amend the existing Service Rules / Recruitment Rules shall be undertaken on a priority basis: (i) Substituting the existing scales by the Grade Pay

Delhi Govt asks private schools to follow rules in hiking fee

Delhi Govt asks private schools to follow rules in hiking fee... In the wake of widespread protest against fee hike by private schools, Delhi Government today cautioned them not to effect any increase in fee without following the laid down procedures. Delhi Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said the schools could hike fee only after getting due approval from the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) meeting Lovely said this when a delegation of All India Parents Association met him to discuss the fee hike issue. He further clarified that parents may ask the school authorities to hold a PTA meeting in case schools arereluctant to convene it. "The city Government has already made its stand crystal clear by issuing detailed advertisements in leading newspapers,” . Lovely said. The Minister said the schools have been directed to convene meeting of the PTA and decide issue of fee hike in a transparent manner explaining exact position of their balance sheet. Source: Zee Ne

Need for Bank Branches / ATMs to be made accessible to persons with disabilities

RBI / 2008-09/441 RPCD.CO.RRB.BC.No.97/03.05.90-A/2008-09 April 21, 2009 All Regional Rural Banks Dear Sir, Need for Bank Branches / ATMs to be made accessible to persons with disabilities We have been receiving several suggestions including from Government of India to make bank branches and ATMs easily accessible to persons with disability by providing ramps so that wheel chair users can access them and the height of the machine is also appropriate for them. Further we have also been receiving suggestions for installing speaking software and key pads with letters in Braille to facilitate use by persons with visual impairment. 2. We have examined the above suggestions and RRBs are advised to take necessary steps to provide all existing ATMs / future ATMs with ramps so that wheel chair users / persons with disabilities can easily access them and also make arrangements in such a way that the height of the ATM does not create an impediment in its use by a wheelchair user. Regi

TATA NANO Car: Now Booking through Post Offices

Tata has an exclusive tie-up with Indian Post Offices to manage and simplify the booking process. Now you can purchase booking forms for TATA NANO Car @ Rs. 300/- from selected Post Offices. Customers, who have purchased the application forms, can submit the loan application forms along with required documents to the identified Post Offices, where the forms will be examined and forwarded to the company for further processing... Booking forms for TATA NANO Car can be purchased from the Head Post Offices / General Post Offices in the following identified locations... Branch Region State Branch Status AGRA NORTH UP AHMEDABAD WEST Gujrat ALLAHABAD NORTH