Wednesday, June 30, 2010


CVC for changes in law to nail corrupt babus

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) wants changes in Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) for speedy investigation and trial of corrupt public servants.

Besides seeking more special trial courts, the apex anti-corruption watchdog has asked the government to relook the legal and statutory powers it has for initiating probe against corrupt officials that would help in the speedy disposal of corruption cases.

"There is a need to amend the Prevention of Corruption Act and Section 197 of CrPC to enable faster sanction from authorities concerned to speed up inquiry and the judicial process," Chief Vigilance Commissioner Pratyush Sinha told a news agency.

Sinha also said, "We have requested the government to increase the number of special courts to speed up the trials under the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act." At present an estimated 40 special courts have been set up for the trial of cases under the PCA.

"There are certain types of cases where disciplinary authorities are reluctant to give accord in time to take necessary action against corrupt employees. There is a need of taking a fresh look into some legal and statutory powers given to us," he added.

As per the provision, the Central Vigilance Commission has to inform a panel led by the Cabinet Secretary before initiating inquiries against officers of the rank of joint secretary and above in the Central government.

The CVC said government departments must use information technology enabled services including floating tenders for procurement and in recruitment to keep at bay human interference.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Education ministers of several states today expressed their reservations against raising the retirement age of college and university teachers to 65 and demanded the superannuation issue be delinked from the composite package offered by the Centre to the states.

The Sixth Pay Revision for university and college teachers says the retirement age should be raised from 60 to 65.
The human resources development (HRD) ministry had asked state governments to implement the revised pay package and said it would provide 80% of the additional cost for a specific period to be borne by them for implementing the package.
The ministers, however, said since education is on the concurrent list, they should not be forced to implement the decision to raise the superannuation age as part of the package.
"We should have a system to reclaim the best teachers but superannuation issue should be left to the state as it is on the concurrent list," said Kerala education minister MA Baby, a view seconded by Uttar Pradesh education minister Rakesh Dhar Tripathi.
Baby said a consensus has to be built up before arriving at such a decision.
Raising her objection, Haryana education minister Geeta Bhukkal said "similar demands would be raised by employees of other sectors if such a decision is implemented."
When Rajasthan education minister raised fears about the fate of the younger generation should such a move is implemented, HRD minister Kapil Sibal objected to it saying "we would need 32,000 colleges by 2020. Therefore, there should not be any apprehension about its impact on the younger generation."
Sibal said raising the retirement age was taken to popularise the teaching profession. "I have taken your concerns (the ministers) into account and would convey them to the government," he said.
Madhya Pradesh is the only state which has raised the retirement age to 65.
West Bengal Education Sudarshan Roychaudhury said the superannuation issue should not be linked with the 80% reimbursement provided by the Centre to the states.

Monday, June 21, 2010



On 25th May 2010 ,a news on LTC to Jammu Kashmir published in website. Now DOP&T issued an Office Memorandum dated 18-6-2010, which enables all Central Government Employees to go to Jammu Kashmir by Air availing LTC.

According to the Office Memorandum dated 18-6-2010, it has been decided by the Government to permit Government employees to travel by air to J&K as per the following Scheme:-

(i) All officers/employees of Government of India will be allowed to avail LTC to visit J&K against conversion of one block of their Home Town LTC.

(ii) Officers/employees of Government of India entitled to travel by air can avail this LTC in their entitled class.

(iii) All other employees of Government of India can travel by air in economy class from Delhi and Amritsar to any place in J&K by any airlines subject to their entitlement being limited to LTC-80 fares of Air India. Journey from their place of posting up to Delhi Amritsar will have to be undertaken as per their entitlement.

(iv) Restriction of air travel only by Air India on LTC to other places shall continue to remain in force.

(v) This scheme shall be effective from the date of issuance..


Sunday, June 20, 2010


Risk Allowance Extended

The Staff side National council JCM demanded in the recently held National Council JCM meeting, as per the recommendation of the 6th CPC, all the allowances to be doubled. Regarding the Risk Allowance, they insisted that The Risk Insurance Scheme should be implemented at the earliest, until then the Risk Allowance too should be doubled till such time the Risk Insurance Scheme is introduced.

Now the DOP&T issued an Office Memorandum Yester day regarding Risk Allowance, and it has been decided with the approval of Ministry of Finance to extend payment of Risk Allowance up to 30.9.2010 or till such time the Risk Insurance Scheme is introduced, whichever is earlier. All the Ministries/Depts. are requested to ensure implementation of Risk Insurance Scheme before 30.9.2010. No further extension will be considered thereafter

Saturday, June 19, 2010


Excercise Your EyesWe all know how important it is to keep our bodies fit by doing things like going to the gym, jogging, and swimming. But, did you know that you can exercise your eyes as well?

Eye exercising will keep your eyes healthy and help minimize eyestrain. Here are some easy to follow steps and tips to exercise your eyes and keep them healthy!

* Palming Exercise - Sit comfortably on a chair. Rub your hands together until they feel warm. Close your eyes and cover them lightly with your cupped palms. Avoid applying pressure on your eyeballs. Place your palms so that the nose remains uncovered, and the eyes remain behind the slight hollow of the palms. Make sure that no light rays enter the eyes, and leave no gaps between fingers or between the edge of the palms and the nose. You may still see other lingering traces of colors. Imagine deep blackness and focus on the blackness. Take deep breaths slowly and evenly, while thinking of some happy incident; or visualize a distant scene. After your eyes see nothing but blackness, remove your palms from your eyes. Repeat the palming for 3 minutes or more.
* Close your eyes tightly for 3-5 seconds, then open them for 3-5 seconds. Repeat this 7 or 8 times.
* Close your eyes and massage them with circular movements of your fingers for 1-2 minutes. Make sure you press very lightly; otherwise, you could hurt your eyes.
* Press three fingers of each hand against your upper eyelids, and hold them there for 1-2 seconds, then release. Repeat 5 times.
* Sit and relax. Roll your eyes clockwise, then counter-clockwise. Repeat 5 times, and blink in between each time.
* Focusing Exercises – Sit about 6 inches (150 mm) from the window. Make a mark on the glass at your eye level (a small sticker, black or red, would be perfect). Look through this mark and focus on something far away for 10-15 seconds; then focus on the mark again.
* Hold a pencil in front of you at arm’s length. Move your arm slowly to your nose, and follow the pencil with your eyes until you can keep it in focus. Repeat 10 times.
* Look in front of you at the opposite wall and pretend that you are writing with your eyes, without turning your head. It may seem difficult at first, but with a bit of practice it is really fun. The bigger the letters, the better the effect.
* Imagine that you are standing in front of a really big clock. Look at the middle of the clock. Then look at any hour mark, without turning your head. Look back at the center. Then look at another hour mark. Do this at least 12 times. You can also do this exercise with your eyes closed.
* Focus on a distant object (over 150 feet or 50 m away) for several seconds and slowly refocus your eyes on a nearby object (less than 30 feet or 10 m away) that’s in the same direction. Focus for several seconds and go back to the distant object. Do this 5 times.
* Focus on an object in the distance (as far as possible) with a low contrasting background. Do this for a few minutes every half hour or so. This does not improve your vision, nor does any other technique. It can, however, maintain your best eyesight level during the day and prevent significant further vision deterioration.
* Make up and down eye movements starting from up to to down. Do this 8 times. Then do the side to side eye movement, starting from left to right. Repeat this 8 times. Make sure not to add pressure to your eyes! It only worsen your vision!


* It’s more important to do the exercises regularly than to do them for a long time. Even 30-60 seconds of eye movement every hour is very helpful. For example, when your computer takes its sweet time to do something, most people just stare at the poor thing and waste the time, but you can make a few circles with your eyes. Even the first day you do this, you should notice that, when you finish working, your eyes aren’t as tired as usual.
* Taking short breaks from near work (e.g. staring at a computer monitor) to stare out to the distance also relieves some strain.
* Palming is a good method to help your eyes feel better. You close your eyes and put your palms over them, this will rest your eyes.
* Blink the eyes many times.
* Splash your eyes with cold water repeatedly when feasible, and especially when your eyes are straight.



Six blinds describe an elephant. One touched its trunk and said that elephant looks like an anaconda, another touched its ear and said elephant look like a big wild leaf, another touched its leg and said elephant look like a pillar, and one touched its belly and said elephant look like a big basket and so on, this is an old story.
The report of Fast Track Committee resemble the story. The members of FTC analyzed the grievances of Loco Running Staff of Indian Railway and their report, a laughable piece of literature, bereft of any intelligible perception.
Our apprehension become true. The intention behind the constitution of FTC by the Railway Board is not to resolve the grievances, but a gimmick to silence the agitating workers. And our contention that the serpent of the Railway management will dilly dally with management and they are not an impartial authority to adjudicate the dispute between workers and management. That recall our memory of the sordid Mayor’s court of the yonder century in which the judges were uncles, fathers and in-laws of the rapist, there justice derailed, citizens suffered tortured and humiliated.
No obligation to the Constitution, no respect to the Parliament, nor they hear the Minister or the Parliamentarians, Workers are considered as slaves, that is the Railway Board. “Abolish the Railway Board” said Rakesh Mohan that is apt and intelligible. That is good for the country and people. White elephant be burned alive, that is the necessity of time.
The members of FTC washed their hands like the Peelathose in the Bible and crucified the entire workers. In regards to the Grade Pay, they said ‘the issue regarding Grade Pay and additional allowance to running staff is one the agenda of departmental anomaly committee’ and simply concluded that ‘appropriate references may be made to the Ministry of Finance’. This is not redressal of grievances but washing their hands also escape themselves of their responsibility and obligation to workers.
In regard to the grievances on running allowance, they took shield of the suggestion of VIth CPC that allowances be doubled and Railway Board in fact doubled the allowance.
Running allowance cannot be termed as mere allowance, to be doubled as suggested by the VIth CPC. 30% of it, is pay of the running staff and rest is traveling allowance. Travelling allowance raised to more than three times against the suggestion of VIth CPC, the Pay of Officers also raised to more than double. That being the position why not the Running allowance be raised appropriately. Confine it to double the rate is not prudence. Prudence dictate a different solution. When the entire government employees enjoy the 3.4 times hike in traveling allowance, why the running staff are deprived of the benefits.
The members of FTC said doubling of rate is a package. It is not a package, but it is pick pocket the poor workers.
The finding of the committee that the depression in pay was eroded after pay commission, is not the factual position. Pay element was in fact not allowed to running staff as a depression factor. It was a still born of RAC – 2002. Even for an argument we see that the depression in pay not been eroded but increased after VIth CPC. The highest pay band and Grade pay for group C should be compared with the pay of Loco Pilot (Mail) to assess the depression factor. The entry pay for Grade of Rs.5400/- stands at Rs. 15,600/- but Loco Pilot (Mail)’s Pay stands at Rs. 9300/-. The conclusion of the committee is that there is no depression of pay of running staff to be seen in this perception.
The President of India decided to allow 30% of pay as pay element through running allowance. But Railway Board nullifies it by changing the formulae to arrive at the rate. It is nothing but squandering the bowl of poor workers.
The just demands of motormen for ALP / single handed allowance or ACP / MACP or separate mode of computation of mileage ensuring 300 km per day have been mercilessly dealt with. All their long pending grievances thrown to dust bin.
In regard to duty hours, the committee as well as the Railway Board simply disregard the assurance given by the Government in Parliament on 14.08.1973, that the running staff need not work for more that 10 hours from Sign ON to Sign OFF. It shows that the Railway Board have no obligation towards the constitution of India, to the Parliament, to the Government of India, and behave like an entity by themselves. No respect towards Parliamentary standing committee, who recommended to reduce duty hours to 8 hours nor they respect the assurance of Government of India in the national JCM on 15.02.2006 that HOER will be referred before a ‘Judicial Review Committee’.
These constitutional authorities, the Parliament and the Government of India are being treated as scarecrow. On the Railway Board, Rakesh Mohan is right. Abolish the Railway Board and save the country and the people.
There will not be any sleep for us. React strongly as best as could. Let the Government intervene and settle our grievances. Join together and fight against a tyrant; ‘the Railway Board’.

Ernakulam, Central Committee


1. ZONAL CONVENTION OF SCR.WAS CONDUCTED ON 05.06.2010.At Tadikonda Ramulu Kalyan Mantapam. POORNANANDAMPET vijaywada. cheif guest and key note addressed by com.m.n.prasad. SG.AILRSA NEW DELHI.He has advised and alerted running staff ,to be ready for any kind of direct action, if fast track committee report goes against our expectation. com T.HANUMAIAH Jt.SG.translated the speech of SG. in telugu and tamil for mass conveniance. com v.k.kutty GS/SCR,com k.surya kumar. ZONAL PRESIDENT/SCR also adressed the gatherring. On behalf of GTL. DIV. com.Ganesh kumar kept DS/GTL.DIV.view since DS has not participated this convention . Resolution adapted about directing all branches and div. to conduct their branch/div. metting before end of june.2010.and advise their view/openion ,if report goes against,to CWC.Which will held at NEW DELHI ON 26/27.06.2010. gtl div RU. brach called their branch meetting on 09.06.2010,as per advice of ZONAL CONVEVTION. and unanimously passed resolution to replace acting cc/ic/RU.shri N.Armugam due to his anti-labour activities.copy was sent to DRM/GTL andSr.DEE/RU. This meeting waw adressed by com.H.G.R.RAO.ADS/GTL.DIV,com.P.V.R.DESAI.branch treasurer/RU,com. S.VADIVEL.Brach.secratory/RU.
AS per yearly program. RU branch houner thein efficient and hard working staff by awarding S.K.DHAR MEMORIAL AWART.with Rs.500/-cash to the following running staff of their deots on same day-


Pay hike for defense skilled workers

Government today raised their Grade Pay by partially amending Sixth Pay Commission recommendations implemented in 2008 and restructured the cadre.

The new pay structure in both industrial and non- industrial trades, usually called defence artisans, would be implemented with retrospective effect from January 1, 2006 .

Under the new pay scales, Skilled Artisans would be in the Pay Band-I and their Grade Pay would be Rs 1,900.

Highly Skilled Grade-II Artisans would also be bracketed under Pay Band-I, but their Grade Pay would stand at Rs 2,400.

Highly Skilled Grade I Artisans, who too would be under Pay Band-I, would receive a Grade Pay of Rs 2,800.
Master Craftsman under Pay Band-II would be paid a Grade Pay of Rs 4,200.
Wherever the grade structure in the Industrial as well as Non-Industrial trades is already existing in the ratio of 45:55, the erstwhile Skilled and Highly Skilled, and 25% of Highly Skilled in the grade of Master Craftsman, the following will apply:
1) 45% of the posts may be granted the pay scale of Skilled Worker (Grade pay of Rs. 1900 in the Pay Band PB-1).
2) 25% of remaining 55% may be granted the pay scale of Master Craftsman (Grade Pay of Rs. 4200 in the pay band PB-2);
3) The remaining posts may be divided in a ratio of 50:50 and redesignated as Highly Skilled Worker Grade-II (Grade Pay of Rs. 2400 in pay band PB-1) and Highly Skilled Worker Grade-1 (Grade pay of Rs. 2800 in pay band PB-1).
The placement of the individuals in the posts resulting from the restructuring shall be made w.e.f. 1.1.2006, in relaxation of the conditions, if any, i.e trade test etc. as one time measure. Highly Skilled Grade I shall be en-bloc senior to Highly Skilled Grade II.
The Post of Master Craftsman shall be part of the hierarchy and the placement of Highly Skilled Grade I in the grade of Master Craftsman will be treated as promotion.
In the case of Defence Establishments where there is no category of Skilled Workers and direct recruitment is made 100% at the level of Highly Skilled, the posts of Master Craftsman existing as on 1.1.2006 will be placed in PB-2 + GP-4200 and the remaining posts of Highly Skilled Workers may be bifurcated in HS-I and HS-II in the ratio of 50:50.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


sources-jhansi ki raani

ये है झांसी की रानी (jhansi ki rani)का असली चित्र.

झांसी की रानी लक्ष्मीबाई का यह एकमात्र फोटो है, जिसे कोलकाता में रहने वाले अंग्रेज फोटोग्राफर जॉनस्टोन एंड हॉटमैन द्वारा 1850 में ही खींचा गया था। यह फोटो अहमदाबाद निवासी चित्रकार अमित अंबालाल के संग्रह में मौजूद है।
The only photo of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi, which living in Calcutta in 1850 by the British photographer Ahugoman Jonstone and was pulled. This photo Ahmedabad resident artist Amit Ambalal exists in the collection.



All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the past four month have been published in Labour Bureau website. According to these results we can expect that July 2010 will witness at least 9% increase in Dearness Allowance That is from the Existing 35% to 44%

All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of April, 2010 remained stationary at 170 (one hundred and seventy).For the past three months from February 2010 to April 2010, the All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) remained stationary at 170.The consumer Price Index Number(CPI-IW) for the month of January 2010 was 172.and the CPI-IW for the month of May and June yet to be announced.

Hence it is very much earlier to predict the D.A hike for the period of July 2010 to December 2010.But it is expected that for the remaining two months (May and June) the CPI-IW Number will be at 170 to 171.If the official CPI-IW index published by Labour Bureau, Department of Statistics, goes along with our expectation for the remaining two months, then we can say that there will be at least 9% hike in Dearness Allowance from July 2010.


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Konark Sun Temple

Konark (or Konarak) is a small town in the state of Orissa, India, on the Bay of Bengal, sixty-five kilometres from Bhubaneswar.

Konark is the site of the 13th-century Sun Temple (also known as the Black Pagoda), built in black granite by King Narasimhadeva. The temple is one of the most important Brahman sanctuaries, and is a world heritage site. It takes the form of the chariot of Surya, the sun god, and is heavily decorated with stone carving. The temple is now partly in ruins, and a collection of its sculptures is housed in the Sun Temple Museum, which is run by the Archaeological Survey of India. The poet Rabindranath Tagore wrote of Konark: "here the language of stone surpasses the language of man". Konark is also home to an annual dance festival, held every December, devoted to classical Indian dance forms, including the traditional classical dance of Orissa, odissi.

Konark beach is a popular tourist destination, though the waters are deceptively calm. Its main attraction lies in its views of the temple.

Konark Sun Temple


Article Illegal occupant of govt premises not entitled to HRA: HC


The Delhi High Court has held that an employee in unauthorized occupation of the premises of the employer is not entitled to house rent allowance(HRA). "If the employees inspite of unauthorisedly occupying the accommodation of the employer are also held entitled to HRA, it would tantamount to allowing them to profiteer from the same which is not permissible," Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said.
The Court passed the order on a petition filed by Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) challenging the order of the Industrial Tribunal directing it to pay arrears of HRA to the employees from the date of their employment even though they were living unauthorisedly within the premises owned by the civic body.
While declining the plea of the employees, the court said HRA is not a part of salary but is a compensatory allowance paid in lieu of accommodation and is not to be used as a source of profit.
Interpreting the law applicable to government servants with respect to HRA, the court said, "HRA is not payable...if the government servant shares government accommodation allotted rent-free to another government servant or if the government servant resides in accommodation allotted to his/her parents/son/daughter by the central government, state government or if the spouse has been allotted accommodation at the same station."
It also allowed the MCD to evict the erring employees from the premises or recover rent or damages for use of accommodation if found out to be in excess of the HRA entitlement under the law.


FAST TRACK COMMITTEE submitted its report on dated 15.06.2010 ,which is a anti running motivated report. It will lead another depression among running staff i.e.all locopilots of Indian Railway.It is highly condemmable. Once upon a time,Gandhiji was thrown away from the train by britishes although he has valid ticket.His selfesteem was badly hurt.This proved to be a turning point in his life.He became EXTRA-ORDINARY from ORDINARY.Some time such blow to our selfesteem proves beneficial too,if we take them in right sprite. All LOCOPILOTS will take a lesson and choose a path for unity.


The central board of direct taxes has approved notification of TEN lakh rupees as the maximum amount ofgratuity entitled to exemption under sub-clause(10) of section 10 of the Income Tax act 1961.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


All india CWC of AILRSA started hunger fast in front of rail bhawan on 03 may 2010, GTL DIV, announcced branch wise aggitation on same day. RU. and NRE Branch organised a dharna in front of Sr.DEE/RU office and handed over a memorandam to Sr.DEE/RU. A meeting was called in GTL Branch,S.GANGADHARAN, R.BALRAMAIAH address the gathering and advised staff to unite for demands.


Indian Railway all set to start new scheme for it employee who take VR from service under the safety related retirement scheme, railway will provide employeement to one of the family member of the retiring employee. This scheme can be availed by an employee aged between 50-57 and employee under the safety catagory, who have complited minimum tenure of 20 year services.