Archive for April, 2010

Promotion of CSS officers as Directors

April 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel&;Training(CS-I-D Section)

Lok NayakBhawan,
than MarketNew Delhi, 
April 29, 2010

Consequent upon his inclusion in the Senior Selection Grade (Director) Select
List of CSS for theyear 2009, Shri Virender Kapoor, Selection Grade (Deputy
Secretary) officer of CSS, presently working inthe Department of Biotechnology
is hereby promoted as Director of CSS on regular basis with effectfrom the date
of assumption of charge of the post of Director in that Department on or after

C. Luther
Deputy Secretary to the Govt of IndiaTel/Fax.24629411


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NBEF signs the negotiation (9th BPS for Banks) under protest…..

April 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Indian National Bank Employees’ Federation
(A Banking Wing of INTUC)
Dr. G. Sanjeeva Reddy – M.P.
Subhash S. Sawant
General Secretary
INBEF/GS/SSS/2010/26 April 27, 2010


The Chairman Indian Banker’s Association World Trade Centre Complex, Centre 1,
6th floor, Cuffe Parade,Mumbai 400 005.

Dear Sir,

Reg: Pension cost sharing amongst existing employees.

Ref: MOU dated 25th February, 2008 and Record Note of the Discussions held on
27th Nov. 2009 Between IBA and UFBU.

This has reference to your letter No.HR&IR/MV/76/90/155 dated 21st April 2010
inviting us to sign the 9th Bipartite settlement on 27-04-2010. We would like to
draw your attention to the discussions held on 16th April, 2010 in consonance to
the modalities signed on 27-11-2009 that interalia stipulates – “30% (Rs.1800.54
crores) by all the employees who are in service of the banks as on the date of
the Memorandum of Settlement/Joint Note to be signed between the parties in this
regard. This amount will be recovered from the arrears payable on wage
revision.”, you had informed us that all employees who are in service shall have
to pay 1.6 times of the revised pay as on 01-11-2007.
To our utter surprise just on the eve of the signing agreement for which the
entire workforce serving in the industry are eagerly awaiting, you have violated
from the understanding reached earlier and now insisting upon us to agree that
only the CPF optees shall have to bear the entire burden of 1800.54 crores by
contributing 2.8 times of their pay as on 01-11-2007 in lieu of 1.6 times that
was agreed upon.
This is a major deviation from the earlier understanding as our organisation
could have submitted alternate proposal on 27-11-2009 for the benefit of the
employees to which we have been deprived of.
Further since 01-04-2008 quite a large number of employees have retired from
service for whom you have decided to recover 56% in addition to the Bank’s
contribution that they will be surrendering for opting pension. This will
definitely jeopardize the interest of both the serving and retired employees as
the very basis of actuarists calculation will undergo a change.
In view of the above we would like to submit that we are signing the 9th
Bipartite settlement under protest without prejudice to our rights to maintain
the sanctity of the understanding reached earlier.

Thanking you,

Yours sincerely,
Subhash S Sawant
General Secretary
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May Day Message of the Union Labour Minister

April 30, 2010 Leave a comment

The Union Minister for Labour & Employment, Shri Mallikarjun Kharge has extended
his greetings and best wishes to workers all over the country on the occasion of
May Day 2010. In his Message, the Minister highlighted several important
measures taken by the Government for improving the working conditions and
welfare of the working class. The following is the text of his “May Day

“1st of May happens to be the International Labour Day which represents both the
contribution and sacrifice made by the working class. I extend to workers all
over the country my warmest greetings and best wishes. This day reminds us that
if the stakeholders such as workers, employers, Governments and the Civil
Society cooperate , we can lay a solid foundation for nation-building.

I take this opportunity to point out that in the recent past the Government of
India has undertaken several important measures for improving the working
conditions and welfare of the working class. For providing social security
measures to unorganized sector workers, a new Act, namely the Unorganized
Workers’ Social Security Act, 2008 has been enacted. Simultaneously, a Health
Insurance Scheme for the poor titled ‘Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana’ (RSBY) has
become operational from 01.04.2008. Under the scheme, all the Below Poverty Line
(BPL) families would be issued smart cards to facilitate cashless transaction up
to Rs.30,000/- for seeking medical treatment. About 1.4 crore smart cards have
been issued so far.

In pursuance of Government’s commitment to eliminate child labour in hazardous
areas, the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) Scheme has been extended to
cover 271 districts. About 5.21 lakh children from special schools of NCLPs have
been mainstreamed into the formal education system. The focus is on creating
public awareness and effecting the economic rehabilitation of the families of
child labour by covering them under benefits of the schemes of various
Ministries / Departments.

Vocational Training with a view to creating a world-class skilled labour force
is being given maximum importance. Action has been initiated for the upgradation
of ITIs as Centres of Excellence. Under Skill Development Initiatives (SDI)
Scheme, short-term training courses based on Modular Employable Skills (MES)
framework for skill development for the school drop-outs and existing workers
especially in the informal sector have been developed. The National Skill
Development Policy has been announced.

A number of amendments have been carried out in the central labour laws. The
Workmen’s Compensation Act, 1923 was amended, inter-alia, to make it
gender-neutral . The amendment was notified on 23.12.2009 and was made effective
from 18.01.2010. The Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 was amended to cover teachers
in educational institutions in the Act. The amendment was notified on 31.12.2009
and was made effective from 01.07.1997. The Bills to amend the Plantation Labour
Act, 1951 to change the definition of ‘employer’, ‘family’, and ‘worker’ and
bring in safety provisions, the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 to change the
definition of appropriate government , enhance the wage ceiling from Rs.1600/-
to Rs.10,000/- per month to cover workmen in supervising capacity and the
Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948 to more effectively utilize the Employees’
State Insurance Corporation infrastructure to meet the medical insurance
requirements of the workforce in the unorganized sector have been introduced in
the Parliament.

Our Ministry lays a great deal of emphasis on the occupational safety and health
of workers. The National Policy on Safety, Health and Environment at Workplace
and the National Policy on HIV / AIDS and the World of Work have been announced.
The National Floor Level Minimum Wage has been increased from Rs.80/- to
Rs.100/- per day w.e.f.01.11.2009. In the Central Sphere , minimum rates of
wages were revised for workers in the Employment of ‘Construction’, ‘ loading
and unloading’ and ‘non-coal mining’ w.e.f 20.05.2009 in the range of Rs.120/-
to Rs.240/- per day for different categories of workers. The computerization
plan of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) is being implemented
with the help of NIC. Several new initiatives have been undertaken by Employees’
State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) to improve the quality of delivery of service
under ESI Scheme. New geographical areas are also being covered, an IT Roll Out
Plan is being implemented and Medical Education Projects are being taken up.

While reiterating that we would continuously pursue our efforts to promote the
welfare of workers, I once again convey my best wishes on this auspicious day”.

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Railway employees to switch over to CFLs to save power

April 30, 2010 Leave a comment

    The Ministry of Railway has awarded a contract through competitive bidding for
supply of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) free of cost to railway employees
residing in railway colonies. The cost of CFLs will be recovered by the firm
through Carbon Credits to be earned from the project. Railways will also earn 3
per cent carbon credits that accrue from the project. Under this project each
railway household will get up to a maximum of 4 CFLs in exchange for 4
Incandescent lamps (ICL). A 60 watt ICL will be replaced by 14 watt CFL and 100
watt ICL by 20 watt CFL.

    A light weight design of stainless steel coach has been acquired by Indian
Railways though a transfer of technology from M/s. Linke Haffman Bush (LHB).
Besides having a higher passenger capacity, it has also lighter in weight as
compared to conventional design coaches. This initiative has led to efficient
and optimized energy consumption for haulage of coaches/trains. Indian Railways
have indigenously manufactured about 900 such coaches so far.

Other initiatives undertaken by Railways to cut down energy consumption and
emission are:-

1. Use of energy efficient kits on diesel locomotives.

2. Trials with bio-diesel for Diesel Locomotives and CNG mixed with high speed
diesel in Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs).

3. Adoption of state of art high efficiency Insulated Gate Bipolar Electrical
Multiple Units (EMUs) that exploits regeneration to recover energy during
braking. This also reduces carbon emission as drawal of electricity is reduced.

4. Adoption of energy efficient light fittings and employing Clean Development
Mechanism to distribute CFLs free of cost to Railway employees residing in
Railway colonies, in replacement of incandescent lamps.

5. Generation of electricity through wind mills in wind rich areas. A pilot
project of 10.5 MW capacity has been successfully executed in Tamil Nadu for
supply of wind generated electricity to Integral Coach Factory (ICF) at Chennai.

6. Thrust on use of solar power and solar water heater particularly in running
rooms and hospitals. And

7. Use of stainless steel in wagon construction to reduce wagon weight.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways, Shri K.H.
Muniyappa in a written reply in Lok Sabha today

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Train 10 lakh apprentices every year – says Union Labour Minister

April 30, 2010 Leave a comment

   The Union Minister for Labour & Employment, Shri Mallikarjun Kharge has urged
the Industry to make concerted efforts to train at least 10 lakh apprentices
every year in all sectors of economy. He was addressing the 33rd Meeting of
newly constituted Central Apprenticeship Council (CAC), here today. The CAC is
an Apex Statutory Tripartite Advisory Body which advises the Government on
various aspects relating to formal apprenticeship in the country.

   Shri Kharge said 25,472 establishments were engaging trade apprentices at
present. For Graduate, Technician and Technician (Vocational) Apprentices
implemented by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, 99,372 seats were
located, out of which about 51% i.e. 50,394 were utilized. The Minister
expressed his dissatisfaction for not being able to utilize the Scheme and said
that we should cover at least one lakh establishments under the Scheme. He urged
the representatives of Industry, Trade Unions, State Governments and other
stake-holders to give highest priority to Apprenticeship Training and turn out
the most highly skilled technicians to meet future challenges.

    The Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Smt. D. Purandeswari, the
Vice Chairman of CAC, also spoke on this occasion. The day-long deliberation was
attended by the representatives of various Trade Unions and Industries from
across the country.

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Vacancies in Railways

April 30, 2010 Leave a comment

   There are 169813 vacancies in Railways as on 1st April 2009. A total number of
10395 posts of SCs and 12491 posts of STs were identified as lying vacant as on
1-11-2008 including in Group ‘A’. There are 1166 SC and 615 ST employees in
Group ‘A’ as on 31-3-2009.
    Streamlining of the working of Railway Recruitment Boards has been undertaken.
Under the new methodology, examination for a particular post will be held on the
same date simultaneously by all the Railway Recruitment Boards and in addition
to Hindi, Urdu and English, question papers shall be set in local languages.
    This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways, Shri E. Ahamed
in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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CRPF asked to pay rs five lakh compensation to woman

April 30, 2010 Leave a comment

    Chennai, Apr 29 The Madras High Court today directed the Central Reserve Police
Force to pay a compensation of Rs five lakh to a woman who was allegedly
harassed by CRPF police officials.
    Justice K Chandru directed the DGP CRPF, Delhi, and Additional Inspector General
CRPF, Avadi, to pay the amount within eight weeks to Alamelu Mangai who had
filed the petition seeking compensation.
   The petitioner submitted that she was married to a CRPF constable posted in
Tripura and was staying alone with her three children at the CRPF quarters in
Avadi for more than three years.
    She alleged that local police and CRPF personnel had abused her while she had
gone to attend a function with her children on January 23, 2004, at her
husband’s relative house

source- PTI

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