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Decision on LPG cylinders this week

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Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 21
Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily today said the Cabinet was likely to consider increasing the quota of subsidised cooking gas cylinders to 12 from nine per household this week.
"After our vice-president Rahul Gandhi said nine cylinders are not enough, I have moved a Cabinet note to increase the quota to 12. I think the Cabinet is likely to consider the proposal this week," Moily said.

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7th Pay Commission – DAPWA Charter of Demands

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7TH PAY COMMISSION – DEFENCE ACCOUNTS PENSIONERS ASSOCIATION CHARTER OF DEMANDS

Defence Accounts Pensioners Welfare Association (Regd.)
7th Central Pay Commission - DAPWA – CHARTER OF DEMANDS
It is now three months that the Government announced setting up of the Seventh Central Pay Commission. The names of the Chairperson and members as well as the terms of reference (ToR) are yet to be announced. 
The fourth, fifth and sixth Central Pay Commission’s recommendations were implemented as follows: 4th CPC 1.1.1986; 5th CPC 1.1.1996; 6th CPC 1.1.2006
The average time taken by a Pay Commission to submit its recommendations has been about two years. Accordingly, allowing about two years for the 7th CPC to submit its report, the recommendations are likely to be implemented with effect from 1.1.2006.
CHARTER OF DEMANDS
A study has established that 6th CPC based increase in pension has not been uniform for all pay scales as compared to the scales of 5 CPC. It has been observed that at the lower level, the increase in pension has been much lower. In respect of PB-1, the increase in pension was 1.86% over 5th CPC scales (5200 is 1.86% of 2750 the lowest of corresponding 5th CPC scale), in case of PB-2 the situation is same (1.86%), whereas in the case of PB-4, it is 2,6%, and in higher scales HAG, it ranges minimum 3% and more. We seek equitable and uniform increase in all cases.
Pension calculation formula should be simple & uniform. It should be directly related to last pay drawn with simple equation such as 50% of last basic pay plus DR and family pension 30% of last basic pay plus DR. For pre 2016 pensioners notional pay fixation should be done & there should be common multiplication factor for all the pensioners.
1. Merger of 50% DR with basic pension w.e.f 1st Jan 2014. Presently DR is 90% and from 1st Jan, 14 is expected to be above 10%.
2. We seek full parity between past and future retirees. Any improvement in service conditions introduced for serving employees, such as full pension at 10/20 years service must be extended to past pensioners/retirees.
2. We seek Old age pension to start from the age of 65 years, as is the case in Punjab and some other states and additional pension should be granted on yearly basis instead of five years.
3. The rates of pension should be minimum 60% of last pay drawn, and that of Family pension
4. The distinction between organized cadres and others must be done away with. All employees of central Govt. must be treated equally, and any incentive, such as NFU must be extended to all similarly placed personnel.
5. Pensioners must be provided with adequate Medical facilities by providing medical insurance cover and enlarging the coverage of private empanelled hospitals and by appointing medical specialists. If need be retired medical specialists may be appointed in CGHS Dispensaries.
6. Defence civilian pensioners must be extended CSD canteen facilities which they enjoy during their service tenure.
7. LTC Facility be provided to the pensioners on the pattern of Punjab Government rules.
8. Enhanced of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) from present Rs.300 to Rs.2500. There can’t be & must not be allowed discrimination between different two sets of pensioners (pensioners ofLabour Ministry are being Paid Rs 2000.
9. Income tax exemption limit should be raised to Rs.5lacs for sr. citizen pensioners.
10. Enhanced family should be paid for 10 years even in the case of death after retirement.
Note: This has since been unanimously passed in Monthly meeting of DAPWA held on 1st Dec, 2013.

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7th Pay Commission to be constituted soon

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7TH PAY COMMISSION TO BE CONSTITUTED SOON – FINANCE MINISTRY IS WORKING OUT A CABINET PROPOSAL FOR CONSTITUTION OF THE 7TH PAY COMMISSION

The central government is likely to constitute the 7th Pay Commission for revising the salariesof its over 50 lakh employees before the start of process of next general elections due in May, 2014.
“The finance ministry is working out a Cabinet proposal for constitution of the 7th Pay Commission which could be taken up for consideration in the next couple of weeks,” a source said.
According to information available, the government’s intention to constitute 7th Pay Commission before going for polls is clear as it has made provision of Rs 3.5 crore in the second supplementary demands for grants in this regard which was approved by Parliament in the just concluded Winter Session. Earlier in September this year, finance minister P Chidambaram had announced that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has approved setting up of the 7th Pay Commission.
According to the announcement, the commission will be mandated to submit its report in two years time and its recommendations would be implemented from January 1, 2016. However, after that announcement, no formal proposal was put up before the Union Cabinet for constitution of the commission.
As per the practice, the commission is headed by a former Supreme Court Judge and its other members would include experts and officials.
Meanwhile, the government is also believed to have approved fixing minimum pension of Rs 1,000 per month under the Employees’ Pension Scheme 1995 (EPS-95) run by retirement fund body Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO). The government is also understood to have cleared maximum basic wage ceiling of Rs 15,000 per month for deduction of Provident Fund from existing Rs 6,500 per month for private sector workers, in general, covered under schemes run by EPFO.

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Fixed Medical Allowance to Defence civilians

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OFFICE OF THE PR. CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSIONS)
DRAUPADI GHAT, ALLAHABAD- 211014
Circular No. 117
Dated: 16 /01/2014
Subject: Grant of fixed medical allowance to Defence civilians who are residing in area not covered under CGHS.
Reference: This office circular No. 03 dated 30-03-1999.
Please refer to this office circular No. 03 dated 30.03.1999 under which Min. of PPG & P, Deptt of P & PW OM No. 45/57/97-P & PW (C) letters dated 24.08.1998 and 30.12.1998 were circulated for implementation of Govt. decision. As per P & PW OM dated 30.12.1998,pensioners who adopted Fixed Medical Allowance or medical facilities under CGHS or corresponding health scheme in accordance to P & PW OM No. 45/57/97-P & PW (C) dated 19.12.1997 circulated under this office circular no. G1/C/195/Vol-I/Tech dated 25.02.1998, can change their option once in the life time. As per existing procedure for change in option, pensioners submit their option to their PDA and PDAs take action accordingly.
In this context, it has been decided that pensioners who had originally opted for medical facilities under CGHS or corresponding health scheme may desire to change their option to draw Fixed Medical Allowance, in such cases Fixed Medical Allowance will be authorized by this office from the date of option, through Corr. PPO.
For issue of Corr. PPO, pensioners are required to submit their application withrevised option (Specimen enclosed as annexure-A) to this office, duly supported with a certificate from PDA to the effect that above named pensioner has not opted for Fixed Medical Allowance (specimen of the certificate enclosed as Annexure-B).
In cases where pensioners have originally opted for Fixed Medical Allowance and now want to avail medical facilities, they will submit their revised option to their PDA and after receipt ofrevised option PDA will stop the payment of Fixed Medical Allowance from the following month of the receipt of the revised option and issue a certificate for stoppage of Fixed Medical Allowance.

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RENT – CLARIFICATION REGARDING TDS UNDER CHAPTER XVII-B ON SERVICE TAX SECTION 194-I OF THE INCOME-TAX ACT, 1961 - DEDUCTION OF TAX AT SOURCE -

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COMPONENT COMPRISED OF PAYMENTS MADE TO RESIDENTS
CIRCULAR NO. 1/2014 [F.NO.275/59/2012-IT(B)], DATED 13-1-2014
The Board had issued a Circular No.4/2008 dated 28-04-2008 wherein it was clarified that taxis to be deducted at source under section 194-I of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (hereafter referred to as ‘the Act’), on the amount of rent paid/payable without including the service tax component.  Representations/letters has been received seeking clarification whether such principle can be extended to other provisions of the Act also.
2.  Attention of CBDT has also been drawn to the judgement of the Hon’ble Rajasthan High Court dated 1-7-2013, in the case of CIT (TDS) Jaipur v. Rajasthan Urban Infrastructure (Income-tax Appeal No.235, 222, 238 and 239/2011), holding that if as per the terms of the agreement between the payer and the payee, the amount of service tax is to be paid separately and was not included in the fees for professional services or technical services, no TDS is required to be made on the service tax component u/s 194J of the Act.
3. The matter has been examined afresh. In exercise of the powers conferred under section 119 of the Act, the Board has decided that wherever in terms of the agreement/contract between the payer and the payee, the service tax component comprised in the amount payable to a resident is indicated separately, tax shall be deducted at source under Chapter XVII-B of the Act on the amount paid/payable without including such service tax component.
4. This circular may be brought to the notice of all officer for compliance.

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List of Super Speciality Hospitals in Coimbatore, Chennai and other Tamilnadu regions...

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List of Super Speciality Hospitals in Coimbatore, Chennai and other Tamilnadu regions...

Medical Benefit Super speciality treatment
For super speciality treatment such as open heart surgery, neuro surgery, bone marrow transplant, kidney transplant or specialised investigations like CAT scan, MRI angiography etc. referral arrangements are available with the reputed hospitals of the country. The total cost of such treatment, diagnostic facilities or surgical intervention is borne by the ESI Scheme.
Medical Benefit Super specialty treatment 
List of hospitals in Coimbatore, Chennai and other Tamilnadu regions where ESI Beneficiaries can avail Super speciality treatment

Hospitals in Coimbatore
1. Lalitha Hospital, Cross Cut Road, Coimbatore
2. The Eye Foundation, RS Puram,Coimbatore
3. Sheela Clinic, East Power House Road, Coimbatore
4. Kongunadu Hospital Private Ltd, Tatabad, Coimbatore
5. KG Hospital, Coimbatore
6. PSG Hospital, Coimbatore
7. Kovai Medical Centre and Hospital, Avinashi Road, Coimbatore
8. Sri Ramakrishna Hospital, Coimbatore 


Other Hospitals in Tamilnadu Region
1. Appollo Hospital, Greams Road, Chennai
2. Mahatma Eye Hospital, Thiruchirapalli
3. Miot Hospital, Manapakkam, Chennai
4. Prem's Eye Clinic, Bazaar Road,Saidapet, Chennai-15
5. Sugam Hospital, T.H.Road, Chennai-19
6. AG Eye Hospital, Puthur, Trichy
7. Harvey Health Care Limited, TTK Road, Chennai
8. Bejan Singh Eye Hospital, Nagercoil
9. The Institute of Orthopaedic Research and Accident Surgery, Madurai
10. Dr. J. Mathias Hospital, Nagercoil
11. Sooriya Hospital, Chennai.
12. Dr. Agarwals Eye Hospitals Ltd., Cathedral Road, Chennai-86
13. Vizhiagam Eye Hospital, Sivaganga
14. Shanmuga Hospitals and Salem Cancer Institute, Salem
15. Sri Kavery Medical Centre(TRichy) Pvt Ltd. Trichy
16. Joseph Eye Hospital, Trichy
17. Meenakshi Mission Hospital and Research Centre, Madurai
18. Madras Medical Mission, Chennai
19. Kidney Care Centre, Madurai Road, Tirunelveli
20. Quality Care Hospital, Ellis Road, Madurai
21. Sri Ramachandra Hospital, Porur, Chennai
22. Maruti Hospital, Tennur, Trichi-17
23. Appollo Hospital, KK Nagar, Madurai
24. Mani Hospital (P) Ltd. Theni

Source : www.esicoimbatore.org
[http://www.esicoimbatore.org/benefits/super_speciality_hospitals.htm]

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BSNL rates go high | சத்தமில்லாமல் உயர்ந்தது பி.எஸ்.என்.எல்., கட்டணம் Dinamalar

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BSNL rates go high | சத்தமில்லாமல் உயர்ந்தது பி.எஸ்.என்.எல்., கட்டணம் Dinamalar

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Agni-IV missile successfully test fired

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Agni-IV, the 4000 kms range Nuclear Capable Ballistic Missile was successfully launched at 1052 hrs on Monday from the wheeler island off the coast of Odisha.
India’s nuclear deterrence programme received a boost on Monday when its Agni-IV, a surface-to-surface missile with a range of about 4,000 km, was successfully test-fired from the Wheeler Island, off the Odisha coast. The Agni-IV is a strategic missile which can carry a nuclear warhead weighing one tonne. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), which developed the missile, did the test-firing. This was the third success in a row for Agni-IV. Its first success came in November 2011 and the second in Sepetmber 2012.
Avinash Chander, Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister and DRDO Director-General, said “the mission went off perfectly well” with Agni-IV reaching a height of about 850 km and achieving its full range of 4,000 km. The success “opens a new missile ready for induction” into the Army, he said.
A team from the Army “participated in the launch and was involved in all preparations for the launch,” he added. The missile would be handed over to the user now and its serial production would start.
Mr. Chander said the success had ramped up the nation's “deterrence to a higher level of preparedness and effectiveness.” The missile was fired from a road-mobile launcher. This meant it “can be moved anywhere in the country and this is its main strength.”
Radar stations at Port Blair, Chandipur, Balasore and Pardip tracked the missile’s entire trajectory including the terminal event, that is, the detonation of the warhead.
Asked whether the missile had a dummy warhead in this flight, Mr. Chander said it carried “the entire warhead minus the nuclear part.” Ravi Gupta, Director, Public Interface, DRDO, said the launch took place at 10.52 a.m. and the flight lasted about 20 minutes. The missile’s terminal event took place over the Indian Ocean.
Agni-IV is a two-stage missile. It weighs 17 tonnes and is 20 metres long. Senior officers from the Odisha Government watched the launch from the Wheeler Island. .
PTI adds:
“The state-of-the-art Ring Laser Gyros based high accuracy INS (INS) and Micro Navigation System(MINGS) complementing each other in redundant mode have been incorporated into the missile system in guidance mode,” DRDO sources said.
The sophisticated missile is lighter in weight and has two stages of solid propulsion. The payload, with a re—entry heat shield can withstand temperature of more than 3000 degree Celsius, a defence scientist said.

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Punjab cuts property tax, VAT on iron & steel

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Chandigarh, January 20
The Punjab cabinet today approved various sops for the urban voter. These include slashing the Value Added Tax on iron and steel goods and tobacco products, an insurance scheme for traders; and reducing property tax on residential properties.
The cabinet also extended the last date for seeking a rebate on property tax.
These steps come only a few months before the Lok Sabha polls. The BJP, SAD's coalition partner, has let it be known several times that property tax (even after it was watered down) had weaned away the urban voter from it.
The VAT step is aimed at reviving the iron and steel industry in the state, especially in Mandi Gobindgarh, where 155 units shut shop in just nine months last year because of anomalies in tax structure and shrinking profit margins.
Punjab cabinet, headed by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, cleared slashing VAT on iron and steel goods (except the CENVAT paid scrap) from 4.50% (with 10%surcharge), to 2.5% (plus the surcharge). Advance tax on scrap has also been cut from 4.5% to 2.5% (on which CENVAT is paid) and to just one percent (with 10 percent surcharge) on scrap brought from outside the state (including scrap bought from scrap dealers) on which CENVAT has not been paid.
The Cabinet also approved input tax credit in two stages, on the pattern of central excise, and fixed it at 2.5 percent.
The state government will take a hit of Rs 200 crore in its revenue.
The cabinet also approved withdrawal of enhanced SIN tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Over 1.86 lakh traders, having an annual turnover of less than Rs 1 crore, will also be covered by a accident and disability insurance (up to Rs 2 lakh), against fire (up to Rs 5 lakh) and health (up to Rs 50,000 and cashless insurance). The state government will incur an expenditure of Rs 25 crore on this. Businessmen, covered under any other social security scheme, would not be eligible for this.
The other decisions approved by the Cabinet include an exclusive court for NRIs, reduction in property tax on residential properties from 7.5 per cent to 3 per cent; and exemption to city bus service from all the motor vehicle taxes within the municipal corporation limits of the towns. It also paved the way for an ordinance empowering the Right to Service Commission to impose a penalty on the designated officers who fail to provide services within the stipulated time period.

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Wife has right to know husband’s salary: CIC

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Wife has right to know husband’s salary: CIC

New Delhi: Wives of government servants have a “right” to know salary particulars of their husbands and these details should also be made public by their offices as mandated under suo-moto disclosure clause of the RTI Act, the Central information Commission has held.

Information Commissioner M Sridhar Acharyulu said every spouse has a right to information about the salary particulars of the other especially for the purpose of maintenance.

“More so, wife has a right to know the salary particulars of the husband, who is an employee of the public authority,” he said.

The commissioner further said that the details about a government employee’s salary is no third party information and these have to be voluntarily disclosed under Section 4(1)(b)(x) of the RTI Act.

He said the salary paid to the public authority is sourced from the tax paid by the people in general and it has to be disclosed mandatorily under the RTI section.

“The information about the salary of employee or an officer of the same public authority cannot be considered as a third party information… Public authorities cannot reject such RTI applications about salary under the pretext of the third party information,” he held.

Acharyulu warned the Home Department of Delhi government that such denial of information will be wrongful and could incur penalty. The warning was in context of an application filed by Jyoti Seherawat seeking salary slip of her husband who is employed at the Home (General) department.

The information was denied as her husband gave in written to the department that such an information should not be provided to anyone.

Source : PTI

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Indian Bank Associations Circular: Strike Notice by UFBU on 20th and 21st January 2014 - Deferred

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HR & Industrial Relations

No.CIR/HR&IR/Q/2013-14/8684
January 17, 2014

Chief Executives of Member Banks
which are parties to the Bipartite Settlement

Dear Sirs,
Strike Notice by UFBU on 20th and 21st January 2014 - Deferred

Please refer to our Circular No.CIR/HR&IR/Q/2013-14/8576 dated 3rd January 2014 regarding the strike call given by the United Forum of Bank Employees (UFBU) on 20th and 21st January 2014.  In accordance with the submission in conciliation meeting held on 13.1.2014, we had convened meeting with the Unions / Associations on date. On being satisfied with the further improvement in offer in wage hike by IBA, the UFBU has decided to defer the strike schedule on 20th & 21st January 2014. 

Member banks may kindly take note of the above and convey suitably to all their establishments.

Yours faithfully,

PRABIR MOULIK
SENIOR ADVISOR

Source: www.iba.org.in
[http://www.iba.org.in/Documents/strikedeferred14012014.pdf]

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Main common demands of Bharat Pensioners Samaj

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After holding several conventions & conferences in different parts of the country & interacting with a wide range of Pensioners’ Association & stake holders, BPS has identified the following main common Issues/Demands to be presented to 7th CPC for redress:
1. Settle the anomalies of 6th CPC especially adoption of different multiplication factor in arriving at minimum of PB 1-4 & Scales HAG & HAG+:  Pay commissions upto to 5thCPC adopted a multiplication factor of 3.2 to 3.8 to arrive at the new scales compared to earlier scales but VI CPC adopted conversion factor of about 2.6 at the lowest where as it was about 3.6 at the highest scale. By this method Vth CPC’s established ratio 1:10.7 between the lowest scale and highest scale was disturbed by the VI CPC. Moreover going against the recommendations of 6th CPC Govt. pulled out S30, 31 & 32 from PB 4 and gave them higher scales of HAG & HAG+ which, caused serious disparity within the homogenous class of pensioners, wherein pre 2006 pensioners corresponding to pre revised scales of S30, 31, 32 could get full parity with post 2006 pensioners. But pensioners corresponding to lower scales were deprived of full parity, resulting in violation of Article 14 of the constitution. 7th CPC while recommending new pension revision formula should take care to rectify this disparity & inequality by restoring full parity for all pensioners
2. Amount of Pension: 
Honourable Supreme Court, in its landmark 5 judge Constitutional Bench judgment dated 17.12.1982 in the case D.S.Nakara v/s UOI, ruled:
“A pension scheme consistent with available resources must provide that the Pensioner would be able to live:
(I)                free from  want, with decency, independence and self respect and
(II)             At a standard equivalent at pre retirement level”.
As laid down in Para 127.9 of 5th CPC, the study done by Consultants to 5th CPC, TECS (Tata Economic Consultancy Services) recommended Pension to be 65% of the last drawn.
Bharat Pensioners Samaj demand 65% of the last drawn emoluments or 65% of last 10 months average emoluments, whichever is more beneficial, as pension & 40% as Family Pension subject to the condition that minimum pension shall not be less than 3500X3= 10500/- as there is three times increase in actual prices calculated by the 6th CPC and the current prices or Rs 3500 + DR as on 31.12.2015 + interim relief, if any + 50 percent fitment benefit. Or 65 % of the 7th CPC revised minimum Basic Salary of Central Govt. employees whichever is more beneficial.
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CSD PRICE LIST

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