Monday, 22 September 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
AIPEU GDS (NFPE) Circle Council meeting of A.P circle is being held in IMA Trust Building, Suryapet on 20th & 21st September 2014.
Com.R.Sivannarayana, All India President, AIPEU Gr.C inagurated the seesion. Com.P.Pandurangarao,, General Secretary, GDS (NFPE) invited as Chiefguest.
The Council meeting presided by Com.K.Manohar, Circle President, AIPEU GDS (NFPE).
Branch Divisional Secretaries and Representatives of the GDS (NFPE) union attended from 60 branches of the Circle.
GDS COURT CASE - NEXT HEARING ON 08-02-2015
GDS case came up for hearing in Delhi High Court on 19/09/2014.
Court adjourned the case for next hearing by 08-02-2015.
Govt. filed counter affidavit.
Additional reply statement will be filed by NFPE & AIPEU GDS (NFPE) shortly.
Additional reply statement will be filed by NFPE & AIPEU GDS (NFPE) shortly.
We hope that argument will start in the next sitting.
JCA LEADERS MEETING WHICH WAS SCHEDULED TO BE HELD WITH MEMBER (O) DEPARTMENT OF POSTS ON 18th SEPTEMBER 2014 HAS BEEN POSTPONED.
NEXT DATE WILL BE INTIMATED LATER.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Government considers closing some loss-making state firms like BSNL, MTNL, Air India
NEW DELHI: Government officials will meet on Tuesday to discuss proposals to shut down some loss-making state-owned companies, risking a conflict with powerful trade unions.
After two decades of halting privatisations, the central government still owns about 260 firms and thousands more at the state level, involved in activities ranging from generating nuclear power to making condoms.
Some of them, including Oil and Natural Gas Corporation and Steel Authority of India are successful, but there are dozens more that have been bleeding cash for decades and kept afloat by budgetary support each year.
On Tuesday, Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth has called a meeting of top officials to consider what to do with the 10 firms that make the biggest losses. They had a combined net loss of Rs 245 billion ($4 billion) in 2012/13.
The list includes Bharat Sanchar Nigam, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam, Air India, Hindustan Photofilms and Hindustan Fertilisers Corporation, according to a note prepared by the Department of Public Enterprises.
Officials at the department have drawn up proposals to close some.
They include Hindustan Photofilms, a company set up in 1960 to make film rolls and take on the likes of Kodak but declared a sick company in 1996 and recommended for closure by the department in 2003 on the grounds that it could not compete with private players.
The company, based in the southern town of Ottacamund in the Nilgiri hills, went to court and won a stay order on any further proceedings that could lead to its closure.
In 2010 the firm proposed a recovery plan but the government has been sitting on it, with no decision having been made since about the company's future. In the meantime the company's accumulated losses have piled up to 82.32 billion rupees, about 40 times its paid-up capital.
"There is no future for this company in the current environment. It is a fit case for winding down," said a government official at the Department of Public Enterprises, which is overseeing the privatisation of state firms. The official did not wish to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter.
The department will be making a presentation at Tuesday's meeting.
The government is also considering a proposal to wind down the watch-making division of HMT Machine Tool Limited after years of losses that have forced it to borrow from the government to pay wages.
Trade unions are opposed to any moves to shut down state firms and the Bharatiya Mazadoor Sangh (BMS), a body affiliated to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, said it would work with other unions to block the move.
"We are co-ordinating with all central trade unions on the matter. We are fortunate that all trade unions are on the same page when it comes to these issues," said Vrijesh Upadhyaya, general secretary of the BMS.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration, which took office in May pledging to reignite growth, has embarked on a cautious course of shedding stakes in state firms although it has eschewed big moves.
The government increased its privatisation target for its fiscal year 2014/15 budget to 630 billion rupees from the interim budget's target of 480 billion. The target is nearly four times larger than total government divestments in the past four years.
Officials said the government was also looking for ways to revive some of the sick companies through capital infusion, joint ventures and by bringing in new management.
//COPY// Source: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com
Saturday, 6 September 2014
Friday, September 6, 2014
Issue of medicines/reimbursement of expenditure on investigation/treatment procedures/implant and other medical devide under CGHS - regarding
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LOK PAL AND LOKAYUKTA ACT: GOVT. MAY WITHHOLD CASH, JEWELIERY DETAILS IN PUBLIC DOMAIN
NEW DELHI: In what could bring relief to nearly five million Central government employees, the Narendra Modi government has decided to amend the Lokpal and the Lokayukta Act to give itself a statutory power to withhold certain information from the public.
All Central staff, as per the latest order of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), have to declare their assets and liabilities, both movable and immovable, as well as those of their spouses and dependents latest by September 15. All these information would then be put up by the respective ministries on their website accessible to everyone.
A number of representations received by the government from officials expressed fear that putting details of movable assets such as jewellery and cash in hand and bank would pose a security threat to them and their dependents, leave their children vulnerable to kidnapping and ransom demands. For instance, an official said he has put all savings in general provident fund which has accumulated to Rs 75 lakhs over a period of time. Putting this information in the public domain would leave him and his family members vulnerable.
Sources said the amendments proposed only gives the government the statutory power to withhold information related to officials' movable assets only, such as his cash in hand or bank and jewellery owned by him or his family members. The government will not be empowered to hold back information on immovable assets: house or land owned by him.
The amendment also makes it clear that it will have no impact on the current asset declaration guidelines. The officials will have to continue declaring all their assets - movable and immovable as per the previous directive. Only difference the proposed amendment will make is to ensure certain information is not made public.
The DoPT is working on the proposed amendment and has already taken a view from the law ministry to bring in the required changes. Any fresh amendment will not impact the current declaration deadline of September 15 which is applicable for all employees.
Once these declarations are received by the government, it is for the respective ministries to put them up on its website accessible to all, except those related to the movable assets for which an amendment is required to implement it.
PRESS NEWS: TIMES OF INDIA
Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister of Communications & IT and Law & Justice, met 13 Probationers of the 2013 batch of the Indian Postal Service at Sanchar Bhawan on 4th September 2014. Secretary, Department of Posts and Director, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai National Postal Academy were also present during the interaction.
While addressing the Probationers, the Hon’ble Minister highlighted the need to expose the young officers to the latest developments and emerging trends in the postal and logistics sectors. The Minister also highlighted the Digital India project of the Government of India to make broadband facility available in every village across the country. This would drive up e-Commerce business in villages. With its unparalleled rural reach, India Post would be best suited to offer delivery services to e-Commerce players. The Post Office can also become a focal point for delivering not only Government services but also e-services to the people as in e-service centres, apart from commercially remunerative services for corporate/private players including conducting market surveys, information dissemination, promoting digital literacy etc.
New Delhi, Sep 4, 2014, (PTI):
The Centre is considering a move to drop mandatory police verification of candidates selected for government jobs and may accept self-attestation certificates from them.
The issue of omitting the need of police verification of people getting selected for government jobs and applying for passports is under consideration of the Ministry of Home Affairs, official sources said.
The MHA is likely take a view of state governments and other stakeholders in the matter, they said.
A concept note on the matter by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions also favoured replacement of police verification in various works including for the purpose of issuance of passport and for government jobs.
It needs to be considered if this can be eliminated as (i) the police check is only about any criminal cases for which the persons concerned do provide necessary declarations and remain liable for false declaration; (ii) the police report is perfunctory as it covers the last place of residence only; (iii) in any case, neighbours' affirmation appears to have little meaning, the note says.
As part of its effort to reform the public service delivery system and bridging the governance deficit, the Centre is promoting self attestation in place of notarised affidavits for a big chunk of government-related work.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently sought minimum use of affidavits and a shift to self-certification, so as to benefit the common man.
"In a citizen-friendly initiative, all ministries and departments of the union government, and all state governments, have been asked to make provision for self-certification of documents in place of affidavits.
"The requirement of attestation by gazetted officer is also sought to be replaced by self-certification by the citizen," the Prime Minister's Office has said in a release.
The 12th report--'citizen centric administration-the heart of governance'--of the second Administrative Reforms Commission has also suggested simplifying procedures for self-certification provision