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Friday, November 27, 2015

Inviting suggestions for improving the format of e-service book

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Two days proposed Strike on 1st and 2nd December, 2015 by National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE) deferred

The proposed two days strike  to be held on  1st and 2nd December, 2015 by the National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE)  has been deferred.   
However the NFPE will now sit on Two days hunger fast in front of Dak Bhawan, New Delhi on 1st and 2nd December, 2015 and will also go on one day Mass hunger fast in front of all CPMG / PMG and Divisional Offices on 11th December, 2015. 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Govt to hike minimum wages to boost economy: Labour Secy

New Delhi, Nov 26 (PTI) The government will enhance minimum wages and make it mandatory across the country to boost demand of goods and services for pushing economic growth and creating jobs, Labour Secretary Shankar Aggarwal today said.

"We will create a law to give certain minimum wages across the country in all trades and not only in scheduled employments (as per existing law)," Aggarwal said while addressing at a conference organised by CII here.

He further said, "We will increase the wages under Minimum Wage Act so that workers have decent wages aligned with inflation and have some money to buy goods and services." 

Aggarwal is of the view that the economic growth can be boosted by creating jobs and for that there is need of creating demand of goods and services for increasing manufacturing and other economic activities.

"For creating jobs, we need to create demand for goods and services. But it would happen only when there is money in the pocket of buyers," he said.

In the present scenario, labour is under the concurrent list of the constitution. The centre as well as the states fix minimum wages for skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workers in their jurisdiction.

Trade unions have been demanding for a minimum wage of Rs 15,000 per month across the board which should be applicable in the entire country.

Labour Ministry is now mulling an amendment to Minimum Wage Act to fix a mandatory minimum level of wages applicable across the country for all categories of workers, which will be aligned with inflation and sufficiency to create demand for goods and services.

Aggarwal also said that the government will very soon cover all workers under various social security schemes.

Speaking at the same event, International Labour Organisation Director (India) Panudda Boonpala said labour law reforms is a huge and complex task.

She added, dialogue as well as collective bargaining is the way out for going ahead with massive labour law reforms.

Ad-hoc Promotion to JTS Gr-A Cadre and Posting thereof

The following PS Group-B Officers are promoted to JTS Gr-A Cadre on temporary and adhoc basis and allotted Regions/posted against the post as mentioned below vide Circle Office Memo No.ST/2-34(3)/2015 dated 24-11-2015:-

Sl No
Name of Officer
Present place of posting
Allotted to the Region
Posted on adhoc Promotion
Satyabadi Biswal
AD(FS/TO/PMU), CO, Bhubaneswar
Bhubaneswar HQ
SSRM, RMS ‘N’ Division, Cuttack-753001
N.K. Samal
Superintendent, CSD, Bhubaneswar-751007
Bhubaneswar HQ
Manager, Postal Printing Press, Bhubaneswar-751010

Transfer and Posting in PS Group-B Cadre

The following transfer and posting order in PS Group-B cadree has been issued vide C.O. Order No. ST/2-34(3)/2015 dated 24/11/2015.

Sl No
Name of the Officer S/Shri
Present place of Posting
Posted on transfer
Jumbel Munda
Manager, Postal Printing Press, Bhubaneswar on adhoc basis
Superintendent, CSD, Bhubaneswar-751007

Revised Foreign Postage Rate w.e.f 01-12-2015

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CHQ News....

GS and CHQ Treasurer are visiting Directorate to discuss cadre restructuring issue on 26th and 27th November 2015. 

Government mulls proposal to raise maternity leave to 26 weeks

Government is considering a proposal to increase the maternity leave for working women from the existing 12 weeks to 26 weeks. The proposal also talks of providing 12 weeks of maternity leave to commissioning mothers -- who use surrogates to bear a child -- as well as for working women adopting a baby. 

Labour ministry held a tripartite meeting with trade unions and employers for discussing the draft amendment bill to extend maternity leave benefits to natural, commissioning and adopting mothers. As per Maternity Benefit Act, 1961, a working woman, at present, is entitled to 12 weeks of maternity leave out of which six weeks are before the expected date of delivery. Women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi had proposed increasing maternity leave 28 weeks and has held discussions with the labour minister on the issue. 

"In the meeting, it was unanimously decided that maternity leave for natural mothers should be extended from the existing 12 to 26 weeks," said a labour ministry official. The issue before the government is a complex one. While WCD ministry believes that extending leave for expecting mothers will directly benefit the new born child and positively impact nutritional levels, there are apprehensions that such long duration of leave might make a woman employee unemployable. 

"It is no secret that the company will have to pay for 26 weeks of absence of a woman employee. This may work against a woman employee and be a deterrent for companies in hiring women. The government needs to weigh in the pros and cons before it takes a considered decision,'' a senior official said. 

Another issue put by the unions was that of creches. "It was almost unanimous that there will be creches. The proposal was that firms with 30 women employees or with total of 50 employees will have creches. Also there can be option of a group of firms together opening a creche," RSS-affiliate BMS Zonal Organisation Secretary Pawan Singh said. 

"The proposal also included the point that mothers who bring their child to the creche will get 15 minutes of special leave before and after the lunch hour to take care of the child, he added. The government has closed the tripartite discussions on both the issues -- maternity leave and compensation -- and will move a note for inter-ministerial consultations. 

Source:-The Economic Times

I-T department launches PAN-based litigation management system

Aimed to reduce lengthy proceedings and time taken in litigation, the Income Tax department has activated a PAN-based online system which enables the taxman to access cases in their jurisdiction on a click, amongst a building database of over 5 lakh appeals and 1.50 lakh judgements. 

The new facility is part of the National Judicial Reference System (NJRS), an electronic repository of cases under the direct taxes category or income tax pending in legal forums like the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT), Authority for Advanced Ruling (AAR), various High Courts and the Supreme Court. 

"A new link has been activated recently in the NJRS which enables the Assessing Officer (AO) and his superiors to view appeals pertaining to their jurisdiction based on the Permanent Account Number (PAN). It is essential that the PAN number for each case is fed in the appeal to allow the system help the taxman. 

"The new measure will drastically cut down time in appeal and litigation management in the department," a senior official said. 

The tax department is on a spree to ensure more and more number of people and taxpayers in the country use the PAN card. It has recently launched a business application software which uses PAN to track all the transactions and financial records of an individual and entity across the country. 

Authorities working in the resource management wing of the NJRS database said the facility will also be made fully accessible for taxpayers in the near future so that they can check the status of their appeals on this portal. 

According to official records accessed by PTI, the database has over 1.5 lakh orders and judgements and data of over 5 lakh appeals (pending and disposed) of ITAT, HCs and the Supreme Court was hosted for use till now. 

"The database is being continuously enhanced and more and more records are being uploaded every day," officials said. 

A Central Processing Centre (CPC) for the NJRS has been established at Nashik in Maharashtra by the department. 

Officials had earlier said the NJRS "will function with the help of smart search facilities and flowcharts for tax officers engaged in litigation with the assesses or entity at various stages. 

"The portal will enable them to diligently monitor appeal dates, check cause lists and undertake research and analysis for strengthening their cases by taking reference from previous orders made by the courts in I-T cases," they had said. 

The system is the first of its kind in the country for comprehensive litigation management in any government department. 

According to a blueprint prepared in this regard, all cases under the Income Tax Act, 1961; Wealth Tax Act, 1957; Expenditure Tax Act, 1987; Interest Tax Act, 1974 and Gift Tax Act, 1958 will be compiled in the NJRS. 

The facility will be maintained by the National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL). 

Source:-The Economic Times

Modification in Allotment and Posting Order in ASP Cadre

In partial modification of C.O. Memo No.ST/24-15(1)/2012 dated 28-10-2015, Shri Debaraj Sethi on regular promotion to ASP Cadre is now allotted to Bhubaneswar HQ Region and posted as ASP(Bag), PSD, Bhubaneswar attached to Circle Office as Manager (BD) vide C.O. Memo even dated 24-11-2015.