Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Republic Day Special
Subhash Chandra Bose is one of the few heroes in the history of India who left the deepest impression on the minds of the people f India within a short span of his charismatic life. He was born on January, 23, 1897 at Cuttack in Orissa.
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose occupies a unique position in the history of India’s struggle for independence. Although he was a member of the Congress, Bose took a different path in his struggle for Indian independence. 23rd, January was his 114th birth anniversary and he still remains largely unforgotten today.
Subhash was an indefatigable fighter for democracy within the Congress.  Mahatma Gandhi loved Subhash and Subhash had the highest respect for him. Gandhi called him “Dare-all Leader”.
Though Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru have garnered much of the credit for successful culmination of the great Indian Freedom Struggle, the contribution of Netaji is no less, by any means. He began his political career in Calcutta and soon became the leader of the left wing of the Indian National Congress.
Bose was elected President of the Indian National Congress in 1938-39, but resigned from the post following ideological conflicts with Mahatma Gandhi. Netaji believed that Gandhiji’s way of non-violence may not be sufficient to secure India’s independence and advocated aggressive resistance.
Over a span of 20 years, Netaji Bose was incarcerated eleven times by the British, either in India or in Rangoon (Burma). During the mid 1930s, the British exiled him from India to Europe, where he championed India’s cause and aspiration of self-rule before gatherings and conferences. In 1941, he escaped and fled to Germany. In 1943, he headed in Singapore, a Japanese sponsored ‘provisional government of India’ and revived the Indian National Army (INA), which was formed initially under Captain Mohan Singh in 1942, immediately after the fall of Singapore in December that year.
The provisional government of the Azad Hind was recognized by Japan on 23rd October 1943, and was also recognized by Germany, Way, Manchuko, Philippines, Burma, National China, Hungry and Croatia.
On 8th November 1943, Netaji announced in a press release that the return of the Andamans to the Indians would be the first territory to be liberated from the British yoke.
The Azad Hind Fauj (INA)
Finally, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose raised the flag of Indian independence and established his headquarters at Port Blair, on December 30, 1943 and declared the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, the first Indian Territory freed from the British rule. (Read more here)

A proclamation was issued at Singapore by the provisional government of India, under the signatures of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose as the Head of State, Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, who took the oath of allegiance to India in the following words:
"In the name of God, I take this sacred oath that to liberate India and the thirty eight crores of my countrymen I, Subhash Chandra Bose, will continue this sacred war of freedom until the last breath of my life. I shall always remain a servant of India and look after the welfare of the 38 crores of Indian brothers and sisters. This shall be for me my highest duty. Even after winning freedom, I will always be prepared to shed the last drop of my blood for the preservation of India’s freedom."
At the outbreak of the Second World War, Netaji visited Germany and met up with Hitler and other Italian and Japanese leaders. He sought their assistance in the fight for India's freedom. Netaji declared open war against the British rulers of India.
Netaji with Hitler
The Indian National Army (INA) fought shoulder to shoulder against the allied forces in Burma and eastern front of India and had confronted the colonial forces up to Imphal (Manipur). With the help from Germany and active support from Japan, they shook the very foundation of the British Empire. However, defeat of Japan and Germany in the World War II, forced INA to retreat and it, unfortunately, could not achieve its ultimate objective of a Free India.
Gandhi once paid his tribute to Bose in the following words: “The greatest and the lasting act of Netaji was that he abolished all distinctions of caste and class. He was Indian first and last. What is more, he fired all under him with the same zeal so that they forgot in his presence all distinctions and acted as one man.”As the circumstances surrounding the death of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose remains shrouded in mystery, official documents declassified by the government say the revolutionary leader was a victim of an air crash on August 18, 1945 over Taiwan (Formosa). He was then only forty-eight years old.
No Indian could believe the shocking news. The nation still refuses to believe that their true idol of patriotism, Netaji, is no more. On his 114th Birth Anniversary, various organizations, educational institutions, youth clubs other than the Andaman & Nicobar Administration, organized befitting programs at various places in different islands, paying tributes to the great hero. The 40th Subhash Mela has been organized at Bakultala, Middle Andaman and Havelock Island, to mark the occasion.
Statue of Netaji at Marina Park, Port Blair
Today, on the occasion of India’s 62nd Republic Day, it is time to recognize the grand truth: First, it was the Fall of Singapore in 1942, not the Quit India Movement that was the beginning of the end of the British Empire; and finally, it was Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose before anyone else who was responsible for India’s freedom in 1947.
Salute to Netaji!
Happy and Proud 62nd Republic Day!
by.srinath vashisth.andaman & nicobar.

Thursday, January 20, 2011


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   Mobile number portability scheme started from 20-01-2011. same is inaugurated by prime minister of India
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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Living with the Sea

Man has always been fascinated by power and beauty. He finds it both a challenge and an opportunity; challenge to tame the powerful and opportunity, to conquer the beauty. And oceans and seas across the world offer both.

Naturally, since time immemorial, large water bodies have always attracted mankind in various ways. Oceans and seafronts with vast expanse of water spread across the horizons – all the more so. Ferocious waves breaking over distant rocks with a roar, turning the shore white with foam and spreading a fine mist in the air around, is a thrilling scene to behold.

The gentle ripples whispering sweet nothings in the ears of scurrying hermit crabs in golden sandy beaches is an equally enchanting and refreshing experience. Seashores, waves and beaches have always excited and stimulated the poets, authors and painters to contribute exquisite pieces to their respective fields of creativity.

Oceans and deep seas have their own share of mysteries, myths, legends and parables – be it the mermaids, fire-spitting dragons, sea-demons, water spouts, whirl-pools baffling underwater currents or the scientific puzzles like the Bermuda Triangle. There are also the enticing lagoons, the captivating mangrove lined creeks beaconing the nature lovers.

Mangrove lined creek near Baratang Island (South Andaman)

Water sports have acquired their own dimensions over the years – adventure sports, more so. Wind surfing, yachting, kayaking and trans-oceanic expeditions have always allured the brave and courageous people. These events test the courage, endurance and spirit of adventure of the enthusiasts.

Swimming, the oldest water sport has lost much of its charm. Yet it is the first brush with water and that too physical and intimate one. It remains and will always remain man’s primary engagement with water.

Water Sports for tourists at Aberdeen Water Sports Complex, Port Blair

Sea or for that matter an ocean is not all about Cleopatra’s beauty or Wordsworth’s poetry or Michelangelo’s paintings. It is much more substantial. There is an entire universe out there in the sea – much more exciting and breathtaking. A whole world of plants and animals, the corals, the weeds etc. add life and colour to the mystery of the sea.

It is a major source of food for the teeming millions and so far, just about 2% of the seafood resources have been exploited. Various species of fish, sea-weeds and other organisms make a substantial contribution to manufacture of drugs and medicines. Fossil fuel and precious mineral-nodules hold a great promise to meet our future demands.

It is not for nothing that tens of thousands of people rush to waterfronts to get themselves refreshed and rejuvenated. The entire economy of small coastal and island nations depends entirely on tourism. Fishery is the mainstay of another dozens of nations providing direct or indirect employment to millions of people.

But for all the bounties we receive from the sea, what do we give it in return?

We pollute its crystal clear water, jeopardizing plant and animal lives, corals and sea-weeds. We spill millions of tons of crude oil when a super tanker bursts. We discharge all the filth into it. But it still bears all the torture with magnanimity and forgiveness.

Sea is, however, not a dead entity. It not only has a body but a soul, as well. It has sentiments, feelings and ego as any human being. It breathes, laughs, cries and demonstrates all the human sentiments. It feels hurt, injured, neglected and insulted when the people who depend on it for their very survival and sustenance ignore it continuously. It also needs love, respect and caring like any living being.

It can get furious, vindictive and utterly destructive when people fail to understand its displeasure and hurt; again, as we all do. And it did get furious – on December 26, 2004, 6 years ago from now.

Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, Port Blair battling with Tsunami at 7 a.m., on 26th, Dec, 2004

One can surmise the fate of this victim of the Tsunami of 26th December, 2004

There is no gainsaying the fact that we have been neglecting the sea for much too long – to our own peril. In fact, we have been taking it for granted as a benign, compassionate and benevolent provider of sustenance. We took it that we did not owe it anything in return. Not even the necessity of understanding it.

There are examples galore to substantiate my point. Though surrounded by water all around, apart from gazing at the sea from the safety of shores, we have done precious little to go near it, touch it, feel it and roll with its waves. It would have enabled us to get a feel of the varying moods of the sea expressed through the temperature, ‘charge’ and the churnings at a given moment.

Humanity is engaged in a self destructive pursuit of material comfort, power and status to the exclusion of everything else. Attempts to explore and understand Mother Nature is no more a virtue. No wonder, we have lost the basic knowledge that such lowly creatures as rats, snakes and monkeys possess, leave aside tribes. The result is there for everyone to see. The tribes that were farthest from civilization, as also the animals, sustained the least or no loss of life.

A Jarawa woman showing her catch

Until a couple of decades back, fishing and hunting were the hobbies, nay a craze of a large number of local inhabitants of all hues in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. But gradually everyone gave it up and the present generation hardly knows anything about it.

Swimming used to be a regular event on Sundays and holidays at the Aberdeen Jetty in Port Blair, but now hardly any crowd is seen on such days. Even if children gather there to take a jump into the water and learn swimming on their own, they are shooed away. It is a matter of shame that most of the people in these islands of ours do not know proper swimming. Even those who know it, know it imperfectly that would not take them far in a crisis.

Our sports-persons participate in national and international events of rowing, canoeing and kayaking but in annual sports and athletic meets there are no water sports events. Such rudimentary event as swimming fails to get a place in the scheme of things. Although, with a little effort, water sports like rowing, canoeing, kayaking, yachting, para-sailing, water ski, pedal boating etc. can be promoted easily. It makes a good business sense too.

The Lt. Governor, his officers and the Member of Parliament with the Commonwealth Games baton, earlier this year

My head goes down in shame when I see people in the mainland of our country engaged in rowing and pedal-boating in lakes and we, with water all around us, do not have a rowing club. And, how many people in the islands can handle a sail boat?

A faint attempt was made by some interested people a couple of years ago, to get swimming included in the school curriculum. But obviously, it is gathering dust somewhere in the files of the lackadaisical administration, which is handled by the bureaucrats posted mostly only for a tenure of a couple of years on transferable basis by the Centre at New Delhi. Hence, the listlessness in the implementation of long term policies, the modus operandi of which is long-winded.

To add to the ill fate of the islanders, a flock of renowned NGOs like Oxfam, Save the Children, Action Aid, West Bengal Voluntary Health Association, Butterfly, Prayas and the rest, who ‘ventured to work’ for the welfare of the tsunami affected islanders of Andaman & Nicobar Islands after the fiasco of 26 December 2004, are also yet to contemplate working in the field of inculcating the fundamental protocol of living by the sea.

ICDS Centers built by the NGO, Save the Children at Car Nicobar

In the worst Chilean tsunami in 1960 spawned by a magnitude 9.5 earthquake, the loss of life was 3,500, simply because the people knew and understood the sea. We are installing Tsunami Monitoring & Warning Systems in a big way. But let that not deceive us into complacence.

Even if a Warning System were in place, I doubt if Southern Group of Islands could have been saved. Tsunami had hit within ten minutes of the massive tremor felt by the people there. There was simply not enough response time. In case an earthquake in Great Nicobar or Diglipur or Barren Island spawns a tsunami, there would simply not be sufficient time to avert a catastrophe.

Extensive awareness campaign and individual preparedness to face a tsunami and; the skill, in case someone is caught in a killer wave, would only save lives. In such a moment of crisis, it boils down to individual life and the individuals would have to prepare themselves to face it: Government efforts notwithstanding.

Today is yet another very significant day in the history of the great Indian Freedom Movement. These exemplary islands that once reverberated with the footsteps of the daring freedom-fighters, are today celebrating the 67th Anniversary of the hoisting of the National Tri-color for the first time on the Indian soil by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

It was on this day i.e. December 30, 1943, that one of the greatest freedom fighters in the history of modern India, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose had hoisted the National Flag for the first time at the Gymkhana Ground, Port Blair, the current capital of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, declaring the Islands, the first Indian Territory freed from the British rule.

***A big Salute to Netaji!!! ***
The intrepid son of Mother India!

And the last but not the least: a word of experience in retrospect for the islanders of the world:–

The sea all around us is a genuine friend of ours. We are destined to live by its side and also enjoy its bounties. Let’s do it with its leave. It will be a relationship of mistrust if we live by it but not understand it. And: love it.

Friday, January 14, 2011


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Inter Railway transfer cases- streamlining

No.E(Rep)1-06Transfer/Misc/1                                             New Delhi, dated  07.01.2011
The Genera4 Managers/CAOs.
All Zonal Railways/PUs
Sub:- Inter Railway transfer cases- streamlining.
Ref:- Board’s letters of even number dt. 23.10.2006 & 25.08.2008
The Conditions regarding completion of minimum service for consideration of Inter Railway own request Transfer of Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ employees, imposed vide Board’s letters under reference, have been reviewed. ‘Board has decided to withdraw the said conditions of completing minimum service laid down in Board’s above quoted letters.
However, the system of putting transfer requests on web in the manner described in Board’s letters under reference be expedited and there should be conscious efforts from Zone Railway and PU administrations to consider request transfers in streamlined manner on regular basis so that the single largest reason for employees grievance is addressed in a regular manner.
Hindi version will follow.
(R.B.S. Negi)
Exec.Director Estt.
Railway Board

Saturday, January 8, 2011

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Revision of guidelines for framing / amendment / relaxation of Recruitment Rules

No. AB 14017/48/2010-Estt..(RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

New Delhi the 31st December, 2010


SUBJECT:     Revision of guidelines for framing / amendment / relaxation of Recruitment Rules.
      The undersigned is directed to state that instructions on framing / amendment of Recruitment Rules were issued in a consolidated form in this Department's OM No. AB. 14017/12/87-Estt.(RR) dated 18.3.1988. Subsequently, a number of orders and clarifications have been issued on the subject.

2. The existing instructions have been reviewed in consultation with WSC and consolidated in the form of "
Guidelines on framing / amendment / relaxation of recruitment rules", a copy of which is enclosed. The number and the date of original OM has been referred in the relevant instructions for easy reference to the context. The Guidelines on framing / amendment / relaxation of recruitment rules along with the relevant instructions and existing model RRs are available on the DoPT website * in the dynamic form of Handbook on Recruitment Rules, 2010. This Department would continue to update these instructions from time to time.

2.       Hindi version will follow.

(Smita Kumar)
Director (E-I)

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NO. 18011/1/2010-Estt.(C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block,New Delhi,
Dated the --


Subject :        Probation in various Central Civil Services.
       The undersigned is directed to say that the period of probation to be prescribed for different posts lservices in Central Government have been laid down in this Department’s O.M. No. F.44/1/59-Ests.(A) dated 15.4.1959 as amended from time to time. Although instructions exist to the effect that save for exceptional reasons probation should not be extended for more than a year and no employee should be kept on probation for more than double the normal period apart from instructions for timely action on completion of probationl confirmation, these are not invariably followed.

2. With a view to prevent Government servants from becoming possible victims of arbitrary actions or inordinate delay in considering completion of probationl confirmation, the existing instructions on provisions regarding probation in the service lrecruitment rules relating to Central Civil Services and Posts have been reviewed. It has now been decided that :-

(I)         If during the period of probation, a probationer has not undergone the requisite training course or passed the requisite
departmental examinations if anybrescribed or has not been on duty itraining for at least 75% of the probation period, the period of probation may be extended by such period or periods as may be necessary subject to the condition that the total period of probation does not exceed double the prescribed period of probation except in the cases mentioned in (ii) below:-

II)        the period of probation may be extended for such period as the Central Government may think fit in the circumstances of the case in respect of a probationer who is:

a)        under suspension;

b)        against whom disciplinary proceedings are pending; or

c)        against whom prosecution for criminal charge is pending.

III)        Where a probationer who has completed the period of probation to the satisfaction of the Central Government is required to be confirmed, he shall be confirmed in the Service / Post at the end of his period of probation, having been completed satisfactorily. In such cases, where no order extending the probation period has been issued and no order of confirmation is issued within one year of completion of the prescribed period of probation, the probationer would be deemed to be confirmed in the service l

3.        In the Service/Recruitment Rules for all Central Civil Services and Posts, in addition to the period of probation, wherever prescribed. corresponding provisions, as in para 2 above, may be incorporated in consultation with this Department in the light of the above instructions.

4.         The Hindi Version of this O.M. will follow.

(P.Prabhakaran )

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Guidelines for Stepping up of pay of the promotee senior with direct recruite

Stepping up of pay of the promotee senior with direct recruited junior appointed on or after 01.01.2006
Copy of Directorate letter no 1-9/2010-PCC dated 05-01-2010 addressed to all Heads of circles

Subject: - Stepping up of pay of the promotee senior with direct recruited junior appointed on or after 01.01.2006

This is regarding stepping of pay of promote senior with reference to direct recruit junior appointed after 01.01.2006.

2. The issue was examined in this office and referred to Ministry of Finance for clarification. Ministry of Finance Department of Expenditure Legal Cell vide U.O. No. 18/28/2010-Legal dated 29.12.2010 has clarified that the stepping up of pay of the promote senior with direct recruited junior appointed on or after 01.01.2006 may be agreed to subject to fulfillment of the following conditions: -

(a) Stepping up of the basic pay of seniors can be claimed only in the case of those cadres which have an element of direct recruitment and in cases where a directly recruited junior is actually drawing more basic pay than the seniors. In such cases, the basic pay of the seniors will be stepped up with reference to the basic pay of the directly recruited junior provided they belong to the same seniority list for all purposes.

(b) Further, government servants cannot claim stepping up of their revised basic pay with reference to entry pay in the revised pay structure for direct recruits appointed on or after 01.01.2006 as laid down in Section II of part A of First Schedule to the CCS (RP) Rules, 2008, if their cadre does not have an element of direct recruitment or in cases where no junior is drawing basic pay higher than them.

(c) Stepping up of pay of the seniors in accordance with the present advice of this Department shall not be applicable in cases where direct recruits have been granted advance increment at the time of recruitment.

3. The issues prevailing in the Circle may be decided as per above clarifications.

(Surender Kumar)

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Friday, January 7, 2011


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Revised Pass Rules-2011

RBE No.03/2011
PC-VI No.244/2011
No. E(W)2008/PS 5-1/38 New Delhi, the 6th January ,2011
The General Managers, All Zonal railway and production Units.
Sub: Revised pay limits for entitlement of Passes/PTOs on the basis of Pay drawn in the Railway Services(Revised Pay) Rules,2008.
1. Consequent up on revision of Pay Scales on the basis of decision of the Government of India on the recommendations of the 6th Central pay Commission, the question of revision of existing entitlements to Passes/PTOs under the Railway Servants (Pass) Rules,1986 (second Edition,1993) has been under consideration of the Ministry.
2. The matter has been examined and the President is pleased to decide that the entitlements of Pass/PTOs in respect of railway servants drawing pay in the Railway Services (Revised Pay)Rules, 2008 shall be under :-
Type of Privilege Pass & Privilege Ticket Order
Type of Duty Pass
Group A & Group B (Gazetted)
Ist Class A Pass
Ist Class A Pass
Non Gazetted employees:-

(1) In Grade Pay Rs. 4200/- and above
Ist Class Pass
Ist Class Pass

(2) In Grade Pay Rs. 2800/-
IInd Class A Pass
IInd Class A Pass

(3) In Grade Pay Rs.1900/- and above but below Grade Pay Rs.2800/-
One IInd Class A Pass in a year, remaining passes and PTOs of Second/Sleeper class
IInd Class A Pass

(4) Employees in Grade Pay Rs.1800/-
One IInd Class A Pass in a year, remaining passes and PTOs of Second/Sleeper class
Second / Sleeper Class Pass
Note: In terms of the extant instructions, the holder of IInd Class A pass shall be entitled to travel by AC 3 tier class in trains other than Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto Exp trains. IInd Class A Pass is of yellow colour.
3. In all other respects, the provisions of the Railway Servants (Pass) Rules, 1986 (Second Edition,1993) will apply.
4. The Railway employees who are already entitled to Ist Class Passes, shall continue to draw Ist class passes, irrespective of their eligibility in terms of these orders.
5. Necessary amendment to the Railway Servants (Pass) Rules, 1986 (Second Edition,1993 shall follow.
6. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways.
7. Receipt of this letter may please be acknowledged.
(Debasis Mazumdar)
Joint Director establishment (welfare)
Railway Board

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


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        The retirement fund manager employees provident fund organization would soon replace provident fund account number with unique identification number for better management efficiency.This move will allow the organization,  to transfer of a subscribers fund  in case of a job change and allow them to track their account on line.
     Given the lack of digitization at EPFO offices,it takes several month for a subscriber to get his provident fund money transfer from his old employer to the new.This force a large number of subscribers to withdraw the entire money in their account and go for a frees account with the new employer.
      The ongoing digitization project and the replacement of PF account number with UID would speed up the inter-organization transfer of PF money and could stop the subscriber from seeking a pre mature withdrawal.
       We are in the process of digitizing and inter connecting all our offices. We are planning to use unique Identification number as the subscribers account number after that,--said Lab-our secretary,Mr.P.C.Chaturvedi.According to him process could be completed by march-2012.EPFO plans to digitalis e the entire data in its regional and sub-offices by march this year,in-the first phase.All offices will be inter connected.

Interest bearing advances/Sixth Central Pay Commission recommendation on House Building Advance-enhancement in past cases-regarding

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Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
(Housing -III section)

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi.
Dated:- the 14th July, 2010


Subject:     Interest bearing advances/Sixth Central Pay Commission recommendation on House Building Advance-enhancement in past cases-regarding.
       The undersigned is directed to invite attention to this Ministry's O.M. No.I-17011/2(1)/2009-H.III dated 27th November, 2008 on the above subject and to say that it has been decided in consultations with Ministry of Finance to make the afore-said orders applicable with effect from 1st January, 2006. Accordingly, an enhancement of House Building Advance, if applied for, may be granted for an amount equivalent to the difference between the previously sanctioned amount and the new amount determined on the basis of pay in the pay band, in past cases, where HBA was sanctioned on or after 1-1-2006 but before 27-11-2008 subject to complying following conditions:-

(a)       The Government servant should not have drawn the entire amount of HBA sanctioned under earlier orders and /or where construction is not completed/full cost towards acquisition of house/flat is yet to be paid.

(b)       There will be no deviation from the approved plan of construction on the basis of which the original sanction of House Building Advacne was accorded. The revised cost of the original plan can, however, be considered for determining the additional amount, subject to the prescribed maximum limits.

(c)       Supplementary Mortgage Deed, Personal Bond and Sureties will be drawn and executed at the expense of the loanee.

(d)       The actual entitlement will be restricted to the repaying capacity computed on the basis of the formula laid down in this Ministry's O.M. No.I-17015/16/92-H.III. dated 17.10.2000. It should be ensured that the entire amount of advance with interest is recovered before retirement of the Government servant.

(e)       Rate of Interest: The rate of interest chargeable in such cases would be as per the slab applicable to the total sanctioned amount i.e. amount already sanctioned on or after 1-1-2006 but before 27.11.2008 plus the enhanced sanction. However, the new rate of interest would be chargeable only on collective amount that would remain outstanding on grant of enhancement so granted. Thus, the amount of HBA that has already been re-paid on old rates will not attract the fresh interest charges.

2.       However, the existing limit of maximum admissible amount of Rs.7.50 lakh for the purpose of construction/purchase of new house/flat and Rs.1.80 lakh would remain unchanged. In other words, the sum total of previously sanctioned HBA and the enhancement granted under these orders cannot exceed the aforesaid limits. In any case, not more than one enhancement is admissible to a Govt. employee.

3.       The applications for enhanced HBA should be submitted within six months from the date of issue of this order.

4.       Ministries/Departments whose branch offices are situated in the far flung areas like in case of Ministry of Defence, etc., are advised to give wider publicity to these orders through modern communication mean like facimile e-mail, web-sites etc. so that there is no occassion for any representation for extending the time limits of six months on the grounds of receiving these orders late.

(V.K. Gupta)
Deputy Financial Adviser

Monday, January 3, 2011

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Retirement age fixation is Govt's sole discretion: SC

Age of superannuation can be reduced or increased unilaterally at the discretion of the Government and courts cannot interfere with such decisions, the Supreme Court has ruled.

A three judge bench of Justices - J M Panchal, Deepak Verma and B Chauhan in a judgement quashed the interim orders of the Allahabad High Court which had directed the Mayawati Government to restore 62 years as the age of superannuation for Government pleaders (advocates).

The apex court agreed with the Government's view that fixing the age falls within the exclusive competence of the State authorities,and thus,the court should not interfere in such policy decisions,unless it was patently unconstitutional.

Citing the Constitutional Bench judgments in the Bishun Narain Misra vs the State of Uttar Pradesh (1965) case, the apex court said reducing the age of retirement could neither be invalid nor could be held to be retrospective as the said rule was a method adopted to tide over the difficult situation which could arise in public services.

"It is evident that even in government services where the terms and conditions of service are governed by the statutory provisions, the Legislature is competent to enhance or reduce the age of superannuation".

"In view of the above, it is beyond our imaginations as why such a course is not permissible for the appellant - State while fixing the age of working of the District Government Advocates," the bench observed.

In the instant case the High Court had stayed the operation of amended provisions of the U.P. Legal Remembrance Manual (L R Manual) which sought to reduce the retirement age from 62 to 60 years.

It had further directed the State Government to consider the applications for renewal of the all District Government Counsel whose term had already expired, resorting to the unamended provisions of the L.R. Manual and they be allowed to serve till they attain the age unto 62 years.

The High Court under no circumstance could direct the State authorities to consider the cases for renewal/extension under the provisions of the unamended L.R. i.e. non-existing provisions.

Such interim order tantamount to legislation by judicial orders,"Justice Chauhan writing the judgement observed. The apex court also recalled its earlier ruling in the Roshan Lal Tandon v. Union of India & Ors(1967)that emoluments of Government servants and terms of service".

"could be altered by the employer unilaterally for the reason that conditions of service are governed by statutory rules which can be unilaterally altered by the Government without the consent of the employee."

Source: DDI News

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All India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers on Base 2001=100 for the Month of November, 2010

All India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers on Base 2001=100 for the Month of November, 2010

All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of November, 2010 increased by 1 point and stood at 182 (one hundred and eighty two).

During November, 2010, the index recorded an increase of 6 points each in Siliguri, Jamshedpur, Tiruchirapally and Bhilai centers, 5 points each in Giridih, Coimbatore, Mariani Jorhat, Rourkela and Selam centers, 4 points in 4 centers, 3 points in 6 centers, 2 points in 13 centers and 1 point in 17 centers. The index decreased by 4 points in Ghaziabad center, 2 points in Agra center, 1 point in 11 centers, while in the remaining 16 centers the index remained stationary.

The maximum increase of 6 points each in Siliguri, Jamshedpur, Tiruchirapally and Bhilai centers is mainly on account of increase in the prices of Rice, Goat Meat, Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, Firewood, etc. The increase of 5 points each in Giridih, Coimbatore, Mariani Jorhat, Rourkela and Selam centers is due to increase in the prices of Rice, Mustard Oil, Goat Meat, Eggs (Hen), Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items etc. However, the decrease of 4 points in Ghaziabad center is due to decrease in the prices of Arhar Dal, Vegetable items, etc. and the decrease of 2 points in Agra centre is due to decrease in the prices of Urd Dal, Moong Dal, Vegetable items, etc.

The indices in respect of the six major centres are as follows :

1. Ahmedabad - 180

2. Bangalore - 183

3. Chennai - 165

4. Delhi - 168

5. Kolkata - 177

6. Mumbai - 182

The All-India (General) point to point rate of inflation for the month of November, 2010 is 8.33% as compared to 9.70% in October, 2010. Inflation based on Food Index is 5.35% in November, 2010 as compared to 7.73% in October, 2010.

Source: PIB