April 09, 2012

History of Dearness Allowance

Dearness Allowance
Dearness Allowance is compensatory part of wages. In India, DA is being paid since theSecond World War. During the War, DA became payable at various rates. It became payable as a result of different costs of living in different cities not known to each other.
Originally, it was the textile industry in Bombay which introduced DA scheme firstly under the bipartite settlement and subsequently they took the shape of arbitration, adjudication and finally, after knocking at the doors of industrial courts, got into awards, which is how in India DA scheme started.
In other parts of the world too DA was paid depending upon the rise in the cost of consumer goods prices. Within 5-10 years, the system of DA became a common system throughout the world but the basic principles remained the same.
In most parts of the world, though not everywhere, common platform DA became payable though not on the same rates.
Ultimately, the question of  DA became a subject-matter of the Supreme Court. The court initially laid down general principles for fixation of DA grant and the link with cost of living index.
Slowly and gradually, Supreme Court gave effect to DA in terms of rise in the cost of living,higher prices and higher cost of living. This gave rise in the whole country for Consumer Price Index which is linked with rise in index in different cities in the country.

Bombay was found to be the most expensive city in the country and sometimes even in the world. It moves from time to time and so the atmosphere with it.  At different times, each sphere had different price level which is recorded regularly on price index. Each price index is differently numbered  and differently marked in each state.
In our country, this price index as Bombay Price Index, Delhi Price Index, Kolkata Price Index, Ahmedabad Price Index etc., and prices of each number in each city are differently made and known. This is preliminary of DA.
The issue of DA has gone much ahead and now it is paid according to the standard of each city in the country. With passing of time and cost of living four decades and now covers almost all end more miserable as a result of which every wage fixing authority had to view its point to the phenomenon and fortunately in our country the Government which is the biggest and model employer had to take cognizance of this fact and went on appointing pay commissions one after another after a lapse of  five to  7 years and each pay commission gave thorough consideration to the problem of Dearness Allowance.
Each pay commission not only increased dearness allowance of the Central Government employees  and gave higher and higher benefits under the improved schemes. On the chapter on Dearness Allowance (DA), the fourth pay commission for the Central Government employees said that the “Dearness allowance which is being paid at present is in the nature of a compensatory payment to employees for erosion in the real value of their salaries resulting from price rise.
The Commission also recommended that on the price levt rising above the 12-monthly average of 27mployees in the organised sector. Accordingly, it has emerged as an important area of pay administration having financial, economic and administrative implications.
Over the years, there have been many changes in the policy for payment of dearness allowance, particularly with regard to coverage of employees, percentage of neutralisation for different categories, periodicity of payment, etc.
The rates of dearness allowance provided a neutralisation of about 95 per cent on the lowest pay and the neutralisation percentage went on declining for higher pay levels so that m respect of the employees drawing pay between Rs.1600/- and 2250/- per month it worked out to about 30 per cent or less.
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Government decided on three occasions to treat part of dearness allowance as dearness pay for certain purposes more particularly to provide relief in the matter of death-cum-retirement benefits to retiring employees.
The state governments also compensate their employees for price rise in the form of dearness allowance, which is granted by them more or less on the same pattern as followed by the central government, since the pay scales of state government employees are linked to different index levels, the actual rates of dearness allowance paid by them are different from those payable to central government employees.
“We are also of the view that the compensation should provide full neutralisation of price rise to employees drawing basic pay upto Rs.3500/-, 75 per cent to those getting basic pay between Rs.3501/- and 6000/- and 65 per cent to those getting basic pay above Rs.6000/-subject to marginal adjustments. This compensation may continue to be shown as a distinct element of remuneration.
“We have recommended that compensation for price rise should be sanctioned twice a year. This would ensure that there would be no uncertainty in the minds of government employees in regard to the periodicity of grant of compensation. We realise that there may be situations when government may not find it possible to sanction the compensation for price rise according to the scheme recommended by us. We are of the view that in such situations, the restraint, if any, should apply to the entire organised sector including central government employees.”
Fifth Pay Commission also said Dearness Allowance (DA) is a compensatory payment to the employees for the erosion in the real value of their salaries, resulting from price increase. While the First and Second CPC’s suggested payment of DA at flat  rates for employees in different pay scales for different levels of Consumer Price Index (CPI): the 3rd and 4th CPC’s while linking DA to both the CPI and pay- scales, recommended DA as a percentage of the basic pay. While DA was made payable automatically by the first CPC once a specific level of Consumer Price Index was attained, the 2nd CPC did not favour automatic sliding scale adjustments and recommended that the Government should review the position and consider the case for an increase in DA, each time the index increased by 10 points.
This they felt was necessary as allowing an automatic increase, each time prices rise, without going into the reasons for price rise, would tend to fuel inflation because of a wage-price spiral. Price increase, fuelled by a fall in production levels or due to hike in indirect taxes should not merit compensation.
The absence of a precise scheme of DA revision, however, resulted in a situation where two high-powered bodies had to be appointed in the intervening  period between the 2nd and the 3rd CPC for the payment of DA because of the continuing upward trend of prices.
As a result, the 3rd CPC partially reversed the recommendations of the 2nd CPC by making DA payment automatic each time the CPI rose by 8 points over the index of 200, up to the level of 272. DA until the 2nd CPC had been imagined to be a temporary expedient and was intended to deal with the phenomenon of a temporary rise in prices. It was precisely for these reasons that the pay structure then had to have three separate components:basic pay, dearness pay and dearness allowance. While basic and dearness pay represented the irreversible components, DA represented the component which could be reversed in the case of a price fall.
“We have received several demands on Dearness Allowance. These range from uniform neutralization at all levels, to an alternative Consumer Price  Index and the use of a monthly. 3-monthly or 6-monthlv average instead of a 12- monthly average of CPI.
The merger of DA with basic pay when it comes to be 25% of the basic, pay and the exemption of DA from tax are some other demands.
“It has been strongly urged that a uniform neutralisation of DA at 100% should be given to employees at all levels. We see merit in this demand.
The erosion in the real value of salary at the highest level, has been the most severe, beginning from 1949 followed by other Group A officers down the line. In contrast, a comparison of the index of real earnings for the peon between 1949 and 1996 shows that the peon was more than fully neutralized for inflation and was in real terms paid 53% more than his salary in 1949. The Secretary on the other hand was not even paid full neutralization for inflation and consequently his real salary has eroded to the extent of 72% as compared to the position in 1949.
“Accordingly we, recommend that inflation neutralization be made uniform @ 100% at all levels.”
So far as the newspaper industry is concerned, it normally followed the patterns of Central Pay commissions from time to time. Scheme of DA in the newspaper industry  is as per recommendations of the wage boards. During the last four wage boards, dearness allans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: justify;"> In the month ly: Verdana, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: justify;"> Dearness allowance through successive Central Pay Commissions
The Sixth Central Pay Commission (CPC) has devoted fourth chapter of the report to the subject of Dearness Allowance (DA) payable to government servants. The sanction of Dearness Allowance is at present based on calculated six monthly increase in the All India Consumer Price Index (Industrial Workers) (AICPI-IW) with base year 1982=100.
At the time when the scales granted by Fifth CPC came into existence (1st Jan.1996) this index stood at 306.03. Fifth CPC started with calculation of DA @ 0%, from 1st Jan.1996 .
In the month of April 2004 the rate at which DA was admissible had crossed the figure of50% and therefore based on recommendations of the Fifth CPC 50% DA was merged in the basic pay .
This addition to basic pay was known as Dearness Pay.
Thereafter every increase in DA was calculated on (Basic Pay + Dearness Pay). It has been observed that since after the merger of dearness pay with basic pay the base for calculation of increase in AICPI was not changed the neutralization in cost of living was presently being done at a rate higher than 100%.
The Pay Commission has pointed out that the present method of calculation for increase in cost of living takes into account the price rise in a group of identified commodities. It has compared the relative merits of “chain based” and “fixed base” methods of calculation of estimated growth in cost of living.
The AICPI as stated above is based on the increase in cost of a basket of identified commodities. In the fixed base method the calculations are based on the assumption that consumer would adjust his consumption needs in relation to increase or decrease in prices of the constituent commodities.
The chain based method takes into account the possibilities of change in consumption pattern due to availability of wider range of consumption goods and the improvement in the quality thereof due to economic growth. The latter methodology has been considered to be more relevant in today’s economic scenario. However the basic data for the pattern of consumption in respect of several essential commodities would have to be compiled through a detailed all India survey if this methodology is to be adopted .
The previous Pay Commissions had different views on this matter. The Fourth CPC favoured evolution of a separate index for calculation of cost of living for the government servants. The Fifth CPC however felt that such index would also suffer from imbalances since consumption patterns of various categories of employees would be different.
The Sixth CPC has suggested a sample survey through National Statistical Commission for evolving an index based on consumption pattern of government employees.
Till this exercise is completed the present methodology of calculating the increase in cost of living and calculation of DA would continue.
Views of earlier Pay Commissions
Successive Pay Commissions have made changes to the DA formula, suggesting their own methodology for determining the quantum and frequency.
Fifth CPC recommendations
The Fifth Central Pay Commission recommended uniform neutralization of DA at 100% to employees at all levels; conversion of DA into Dearness Pay each time the CPI increases by 50% over the base index with Dearness Pay counting for all purposes including retirement benefits; and Dearness Allowance including Dearness Pay being paid net of tax. The Commission did not favour the option of employing separate indices for each category of employee because of the sheer impracticality of the task and, therefore, recommended using the 12 monthly average of All India CPI (IW) with base 1982 for calculating DA.
The Government of India presently calculates the level of inflation for purposes of grant of dearness allowance to Central Government Employees on the basis of the All India Consumer Price index Number for Industrial Workers (1982=100) (AICPI). The twelve monthly average of the AICPI (1982 base) as on 1st January and 1st July of each year is used for calculating the Dearness Allowance (DA). Increase in DA is calculated with reference to the AICPI (IW) average (base 1982=100), as on 1st January 1996 of 306.33. The compensation for price rise is admissible twice a year i.e. on 1st January and 1st July of each year. Only the whole number component of the percentage increase in prices is adopted for estimation of DA. The Government merged 50% of the DA with basic pay w.e.f. 1.4.04 and the dearness allowance continued to be calculated with reference to the AICPI (IW) average as on 1st January 1996 of 306.33 without changing the base consequent to the merger.
Accordingly, DA at following rates was sanctioned by the Government from 1.7.04 till 1.7.07:-
As a consequence, salaries of Government employees are being neutralized more than hundred per cent.Demands made In the demands made before the Commission, it has been suggested that the existing DA formula continue with the following modifications:-
• Instead of revising the DA once in six months, it should be revised once in three months.
• The principle laid down by the 5th CPC for merger of 50% of DA with the Pay as DP should be modified to 25% to remove distortions in the pay structures.
• DA should be paid net of taxes on the same line as recommended by the 5th CPC to make the concept of 100% neutralization somewhat meaningful.
Determining the level of inflation methodology While considering the issue of the quantum of DA admissible, the Commission considered at length the procedure for estimation of inflation. Presently, inflation as determined by the AICPI (IW), is estimated using the Laspeyere’s Fixed base methodology. The inflation index 6using this methodology captures the cost of buying a basket of goods (fixed in the base year) at current prices relative to the cost of buying the same basket of goods at base year prices. Economic theory postulates that, generally, if the price of a commodity rises vis-à-vis other goods, the consumer adjusts his consumption basket to buy less of the goods the prices of which have increased relatively and more of those goods the prices of which have fallen relatively. This envisaged shift in consumption pattern should be considered for calculating inflation. A ‘chainbase index’ captures the inflation taking into account the changes in quantities purchased consequent upon changes in the relative prices. Moreover, it also considers new products in the consumers’ basket as well as quality of the existing products improving every year. Therefore, inflation captured using ‘Chain-base’ technique would generally tend to be lower than the ‘Laspeyre’s price index’. [Under certain circumstances, however, the chain-base index could be higher than the Laspeyer’s index, i.e. if there is an increase in the price of basic items, which are necessities, having low substitutability and which form a sizeable chunk of the consumption basket. The increase in prices of such goods would result in less than proportionate reduction in quantity, thereby translating into higher expenditure in value terms. Therefore, the weightage (calculated in terms of percentage value of total consumption expenditure) attributed to these items in the construction of the composite price index would increase. This would result in the chain base price index being higher than the price index estimated using the fixed base technique.
Analysis  India is on the growth path. Growth leads to wider choice with enlarged availability of substitutes. Such availability of substitutes would impact the price-demand relationship. Given this backdrop, the feasibility of developing chain base index was explored by the Commission. It was observed from the Reports of the National Sample Survey Organization on Consumer Expenditure Survey, that while expenditure data in value terms was generated through the survey, its breakup in terms of quantity and price was available only for a few items under food, clothing, bedding, etc. Data on durables consumed poses a problem as consumption of individual items is very infrequent and reporting irregular. This issue gets compounded when aggregation is attempted at the All India level.
Recommendation on chain base index
The feasibility of developing a Chain based index is dependent on the availability of time series data on both prices and the corresponding quantities demanded of each item. While there is merit in developing a chain based index for capturing inflation, this would be feasible only if the Consumer Expenditure Survey generates time series data, on both quantity consumed as well as value of expenditure for fairly large list of items in the consumption basket providing the possibility of substitution over short time span.
The Government may explore this possibility. In the meantime, the Government should keep revising the base year in the existing fixed base index method as frequently as feasible.
Use of AICPI (IW) for estimation of DA
Presently, the estimation of DA for Central Government Employees is based on the movements in the AICPI (IW) (1982=100). The Fourth Central Pay Commission, while considering the issue of suitability of the AICPI, opined that the Government should examine whether a more suitable index could be prepared for Government employees taking into account their consumption pattern and other relevant factors. This recommendation was based on the view that the AICPI does not truly represent the consumption pattern of all central Government employees. On the other hand, the Fifth Central Pay Commission took the view that consumption patterns of Group A,B,C,D employees within Government are 7bound to be different due to different income levels and hence a suitable index based on consumption pattern for Government employees as recommended by the Fourth Central Pay Commission is likely to suffer from the same set of problems which the AICPI(IW) suffers.
The Fifth Central Pay Commission opined that even though the option of employing separate indices for each category of employees did exist, it was devoid of merit because of the sheer impracticality of the task as well as needless suspicion such an arrangement was likely to arouse between various groups. Therefore, they recommended that the AICPI (IW) should continue to be the index used for calculating DA for Government employees.
The Fifth Central Pay Commission, observed that for the purpose of estimation of AICPI (IW) by Labour Bureau, the coverage of ‘Industrial Workers’ extended to 70 selected centres in seven sectors namely Factories, Mines, Plantations, Railways, Public Motor Transport Undertakings , Electricity Generation and Distribution Establishments, and Ports and Docks.
A Working Class family was defined as one where one of the members worked as a manual worker in any of the seven sectors and which derived one half or more of its income through manual work defined on the basis of classification of occupations and jobs involving sufficient physical labour but at the same time not requiring much of educational background in the field of general, scientific, technical and other areas.
The Fifth Central Pay Commission also observed that in the Family Living Survey, which is the basis for estimation of the AICPI (IW), the design of the monthly family income classes is open ended, ranging from ‘less than Rs.750’ to ‘Rs.5000 and above’. The Working Class family Income and Expenditure Survey (1999-2000) for Delhi points to the fact that 53% of the families fall in the income class ‘less than Rs.5000 per month’, which is less than the minimum earning of a Government employee in Delhi. This implies that a composite price index generated from this survey may not adequately represent the price index for Government employees. This is because consumption pattern of the Government employees vis-à-vis the ‘Working Class Family’ sample selected in the Family Living Survey would be considerably different. Recommendation  The Government of India has set up the National Statistical Commission to serve as a nodal and empowered body for all statistical activities of the country; to evolve, monitor and enforce statistical priorities and standards and to ensure statistical coordination among different agencies involved. The Commission is mandated to evolve standard statistical concepts, definitions, classification and methodologies in different areas of statistics and lay down national quality standards on those statistics. The Commission is of the view that the National Statistical Commission may be asked to explore the possibility of a specific survey covering Government employees exclusively, so as to construct a consumption basket representative of Government employees and formulate a separate index. Meanwhile, the Government may continue to use  the AICPI (IW) for estimating the DA, subject to the modifications proposed in the subsequent paras.
Revision of Base of AICPI (IW) for calculation of DA
The Fifth CPC had adopted the AICPI (IW) using the 1982 series for estimation of DA. The Government has developed a new series with base 2001, with effect from January 2006. It ispossible to generate the back data series with base 2001, with the help of the stipulated linking factor of 4.63. The 2001 series has an extended coverage of 78 centers compared to the 70 centers in the 1982 series. The weightage emerging from the series with 2001 base, being recent, is more representative of the current consumption basket.  The Commission, therefore, recommends that the AICPI (IW) with base 2001 may, henceforth, be used for the purpose of calculating DA till it gets revised. As mentioned earlier, the base year should be revised as frequently as feasible. The Commission also looked into the weightages assigned 8to various components of consumption and the manner in which the Labour Bureau conducts the survey. The examination has revealed a direct correlation in the movement of the price index for housing and the movement of the HRA rates of Government employees. If a representative sample is used for construction of the price index for housing, there should not be such a direct correlation keeping in view the fact that for industrial workers, the escalation in rental should not be so steep for various obvious reasons. Since housing has a large weightage in AICPI (IW), there is a possibility of substantial distortion in DA calculations.
The Commission recommends that the Government take expeditious steps to rectify these noticed distortions in the construction of the current AICPI (IW) series. The National Statistical Commission may also take these factors into consideration while evolving a separate index for Government employees.

source:cgstaffnews

Smart Tips To Avoid Credit Card Frauds S

As the technology for making life comfortable progressed, so did fraudulent techniques to trick credit card holders. No matter how safe your wallet is, fraudsters find ways to use your credit cards without your knowledge. This may be because somewhere, at some point of time, you were not careful with your credit card details. 

The following are a few steps to ensure you do not fall prey to tricksters:


Avoid sharing card information 
One of the most common ways for credit card scammers is calling up the cardholder as a customer service representative, and extracting confidential details. It is important to be extremely cautious while giving out your credit card number or any other confidential data over the phone. A bank or financial institution never initiates calls asking for such information. Provide your credit card details only if absolutely necessary on calls that you have initiated to bank authorities or the helpline number given on the back of your card. 

Keep credit cards at safe locations 

Store your credit cards in your wallet or purse, which ensures that it remains close to your body, and cannot be snatched away easily. It is also safer to carry only a couple of credit cards rather than multiple ones while shopping. After paying for the purchase, make sure you put the card back immediately. 

Use credit cards safely on the Internet :
Since the number of online shoppers is increasing rapidly, scammers have moved online to trap cardholders. Avoid clicking on random links that require your credit card information. These links might seem genuine, but are actually known as phishing, which is an illegal way of obtaining sensitive information. Also keep in mind that credit card companies and financial institutions never ask for such details online. In addition, ensure that you check the web address while logging in to your bank or credit card account: the page should start with ‘https’ and not ‘http’. 

Be an alert customer:
Do not ignore your detailed credit card bill every month. Check for any inconsistencies, inexplicable charges or transactions, and report the same to your credit card company. In case of theft or fraud, report the event immediately in order to avoid paying for the transactions made on the card. 

Fraudsters are continuously finding new ways to trick you. The only way to avoid such tricks is to be watchful and take utmost care of your credit cards. 

Source: HDFC Bank

Track your Train’s Location on the Indian Railways Website FR

The new train enquiry website of Indian Railways offers the live running status of trains and you can also track the location of trains online.
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The Indian Railways operates nearly 11,000 trains everyday and you can use their website –trainenquiry.com – to know the current running status of any train. You can either enter the the name of the train, or the train number if you remember it, and the system will tell you whether that particular train is delayed or running on time.


That’s good to know but where exactly is your train?
CRIS, the IT wing of Indian Railways, is beta testing an improved and clutter-free version of the Train Enquiry website that is far more useful than the existing one. The new website will not only provide the running status of trains but will also help you track the exact location of trains across the country.

There are plenty of new features to appreciate about the new website. You no longer have to remember train numbers – just enter any two station names (like Delhi to Hyderabad) and it will bring all the trains available on that route. The Indian Railways website is using AJAX probably for the first time and thus you get search results as you type which is very handy.
Once you spot your train in the search results, you can learn about the train’s departure time at the previous two stations that the train has crossed, how far are the next two stations on the route and what’s the expected time of arrival at these stops. All these details will help you better plan your visit to the station.
The new website should go live in the next few weeks but if you would like to try it right now, go trainenquiry.com/searchtrain.aspx and choose the New Look option. It’s still in beta so you may encounter a few bugs but great effort overall.
The website is not exactly mobile-friendly at this time but you get the details on a mobile as well. Also, I think it would be more useful if the same information could be visually presented on aGoogle Map. Thank you Sunil Bajpai.

Courtesy : systemassistant.blogspot.in
Source : saparavur&dheeru24k

LIMITED TRANSFER FACILITY TO GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS – CLARIFICATION THEREOF.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS & IT
DEPARTMENT OF POSTS :: (GDS Section)
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Dehil – 110 001
No.19-10/2004-GDS(Part) Dated:19 Mar 2012
To
Chief Postmaster General
Kerala Circle
Thiruvananthapuram – 695 033
Sub:-LIMITED TRANSFER FACILITY TO GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS – CLARIFICATION THEREOF.
This has a reference to your office letter No.ST/120/RLGS/IX, dated 27th Jan 2012 regarding issue of clarification on competent authority empowered to allow limited transfer facility to the Gramin Dak Sevaks in the light of revised instructions concerning powers & functions of Chief Postmaster General/Postmaster General (Region) issued under this Directorate letter No.33-1/88-PE-II dated 05th Dec 1989 read with para 4 of this Directorate letter No.19-10/2004-GDS dated 17th Jul 2006, para 5 of letter No.19-10/2004-GDS (Part) dated 21-07-2010 and in particular the judgement of the Hon’ble CAT, Ernakulam Bench dated 16th Feb 2009 in OA No.286/2008 wherein it was held that the request of the applicant should not have been considered and rejected by the lower functionary.
2. The issue has been examined in this Directorate. As a matter of fact, the issue of extending limited transfer facility to GDS was considered by the Postal Services Board in its 3rd meeting held on 29-06-2006 & it did not agree with the proposal vesting the power for this purpose with the Head of the Region instead approved the proposal restricting the vesting of power only with the HoC. It was thus made clear in para 4 of this Directorate letter No.19-10/2004-GDS dated 17-07-2006 that “power in this regard will vest with the Heads of Circles who will decide each individual case on merit keeping in view the aforementioned criteria and standard of “public interest”. Following recommendations made by Shri RS Nataraja Murti Committee, the issue was considered for certain modifications in this Directorate & it was made clear in para 5 of this Directorate letter No.19-10/2004-GDS (Part) dated 21-07-2010 that “the Heads of Circles are requested to keep the above modifications in view while deciding the case of transfer application of Gramin Dak Sevaks”.
3. In view of the foregoing, I am directed to clarify that the power for the purpose vests only with the HoC & the lower functionaries including Regional PMG are not empowered to consider and reject the requests even in cases where such requests are not covered under the terms and conditions of limited transfer facility. Thereby, the role of the lower functionaries is restricted to receive, verify details and forward such cases with recommendations for consideration of the empowered authority and finally conveying the decision of the empowered authority. Further this facility as extended under this Directorate letter No.19-10/2004-GDS dated 17th Jul 2006 & further modified under this Directorate letter No.19-10/2004-GDS(Part) dated 21st Jul 2010 holds good under GDS (Conduct and Engagement) Rules, 2011.
This may be brought to the notice of all concerned for strict compliance.
Sd/- (Surender Kumar)Assistant Director General (GDS/PCC
source:aiperu koraputdivision

Banks to work full day this Saturday

In view of three holidays this week, public sector banks have been directed to function the whole day on Saturday, April 7. The Finance Ministry has asked all public sector banks to to function the whole day instead of working half-day, official sources said. Usually, banks are open for the public between 10 am and 1 pm on Saturdays.
The Finance Ministry has asked all public sector banks to to function the whole day on this saturday.
Confirming the development, a senior official of Indian Bank said the Finance Ministry has issued a circular in this regard. Banks were closed for public dealing on Monday. They will remain closed on April 5 on account of Mahavir Jayanti and again on Good Friday on April 6. In effect, banks are closed for public dealings for three days this week.

According to the official, lenders are taking adequate measures to ensure that cash withdrawals from ATMs are not hit during the holidays. “However, transactions through bank branches cannot take place in these two days,” the official added. “There would not be much of activity on the corporate front either as they are also likely to observe holidays,” the official added.

POSTAL DEPARTMENT PLANS 1000 ATMS IN 6 STATES










The Department of Post (DoP) is on a technology upgrade drive. The department plans to set up 1,000 automated teller machines (ATMs) across six states —Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu — as part of its ongoing modernisation drive, said Manjula Parasher, secretary, posts.
“We will start execution of our modern technology programme across six circles by the end of this year,” said Parasher. “This will help in people getting core banking facility etc. We plan to have 1,000 ATMs in a phased manner. The process for this will start by the year-end.”

The DoP has selected five major technology companies for five of its technology advancement projects.It has issued a Letter of Intent to Infosys for two projects including rural system and financial services integration; Tata Consultancy Services for change management; Sify for network integration and Reliance Communications Infrastructure for data centre.
The department plans to start execution of some of these projects by end of this year across six states on a pilot basis.It has already received approval for Rs 1,877 crore to be spent across these projects over a period of two years and will seek additional funds when the need arises.“Funds of Rs 1,877 crore have been approved,” said Parasher. “We will go ahead with that. We may need more money because implementation in some of the cases may last over six-nine years.”The department will computerise all of its 1.6 lakh post offices across the country by 2013 with over 24,000 department post offices already computerised by March.
250 computerised post offices in J-K
With an aim of providing better services to the people, the DoP has decided to computerise at least 250 post offices in Jammu and Kashmir during the current year. “During this year, the department has taken the ambitious plan of computerising 250 post offices and modernising them to make them relevant,” said John Samuel, chief postmaster general, J&K Circle. PTI/Srinagar
Source : http://www.hindustantimes.com

Enrolments for Aadhaar in Phase-II set to begin this month

The UIDAI is all set to begin its second phase of enrolments for Aadhaar for 40 crore residents in April 2012. A National Level Workshop for Ecosystem partners including Registrars, Enrolment Agencies and other partners were launched at Vigyan Bhavan today.

 Enrolment for Aadhaar is expected to begin gradually across the country and UIDAI hopes to cover 40 crore residents in the coming 2 years with the active support and involvement of its eco-system partners. The Cabinet Committee on UIDAI had approved the continuation of Aadhaar enrolments by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) through multiple Registrars for an additional 40 crore
residents in January, this year. On this occasion Chairman, UIDAI, Shri Nandan Nilekani encouraged and asked the eco-system partners to actively participate in the next phase of Aadhaar enrolment, in line with the refresh strategy. The DG & MD, UIDAI, Shri RS Sharma highlighted some of the key lessons of the first phase of Aadhaar enrolment and showed the path for the next phase. The workshop was organised to take stock of various aspects of enrolments of Phase I (20 crore residents) and share with the Registrars and other partners, the "refresh strategy" before embarking on the second phase of enrolments. Some of the highlights of the ‘Refresh Strategy’ that were discussed during the workshop were-continuation of enrolment through multi-registrars, sweep approach to cover maximum number of residents of district/State, review of master data for pin code validation, amongst others, identification and training of Verifiers/Introducers by Registrars, on-line appointments for enrolments, setting up of Permanent enrolment stations at District/Taluk level in States/UTs that have covered majority of their population, development of enrolment plans by Registrars and Enrolment Agencies etc. The day long workshop was anchored by Shri Anil Khachi, DDG, UIDAI and he requested the Registrars to launch special social inclusion drives to cover marginalised sections of society

STUDY MATERIAL FOR PO/RMS ACCOUNTANT EXAMINATION

An Official drawing band pay of Rs 9120 plus grade pay  of Rs 2400 in pay band 1 from 01.01.2010  is promoted on 01.03.2010 to a post in a pay band 2 with grade pay of Rs  4200/-  He opts for fixation from the date of his increment .
Calculate his pay in the promoted post

Pay  on 01.03.2010
Rs  9120 +2400
On promotion  he will draw Rs  9120 + Grade Pay  of Rs  4200  from  01.03.2010

Pay  on 01.07.2010
     9120

Grade pay in the lower Post
    2400


  11520

    Increment due on 01.07.2010 (  3 %)
    350          ( 11520*3/100)

                Total
    11870

Add One increment  on  promotion   3 %
    360     (11870*3/100)

(9120+350+360) +2400
12230

Pay on refixation  from  01.07.2010
9830+4200= 14030

by S Jayachandran -9961464279

Orders for hiking DA from 58% to 65% w.e.f 1st Jan 2012 issued

The Ministry of Finance has issued the order for enhancing Dearness Allowance from 58% to 65% with effect from 1st January 2012.
The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all Central Government Employees.
These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from 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.
In respect of Central Government Pensioners and family pensioners also separate orders will be issued by Government.

NO.1 (1)/2012-E-II (B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi the 3rd April 2012
Office Memorandum
Subject : Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees – Revised Rates effective from 1.1.2012
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s Office Memorandum No: 1(14)/2011-E-II (B) dated 3rd Octover, 2011, 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 58% to 65% with effect from 1st January, 2012.
2. The provisions contained in paras 3, 4, 5 of the 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 instalment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all Central Government Employees.
4. These orders shall also apply to civilian employees paid from the defence services estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to the relvant head of the Defence Estimates. In regard to Armed foces personnel and Railway employees separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministyr of Railways respectively.
5. In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue in consulation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
sd/-
(Anil Sharma)
Under Secretary

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