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Friday, December 19, 2014

Government decides to pay 8.75% interest on PF for 2014-15

Over five crore provident fund subscribers governed by the EPFO will get 8.75 per cent interest on their deposits for the current fiscal. 

The Finance Ministry has ratified the rate for 2014-15, after a decision was taken to retain the interest payout at this level by the Central Board of Trustees of the Employees'Provident Fund Organisation, sources said. 

As per the practice, EPFO trustees' decision gets implemented after the concurrence of the Finance Ministry. 

Following the ratification by the Finance Ministry, the decision would now be notified by the Labour Ministry as also by the Income Tax Department.

Source:-The Economic Times

CGHS Wellness Centres

The cleaning work (housekeeping) has been outsourced in the CGHS due to vacant posts of Safaiwala. The outsourcing has been done pursuant to DoPT guidelines that no further recruitment to Group D posts would be done w.e.f. April 2010. 

In view of the overcrowding in certain CGHS wellness centres elderly beneficiaries may have to wait to meet the doctors and collect medicines. 

CGHS has already issued guidelines that elderly beneficiaries will be provided privileged access to medical facilities at the dispensaries in order to minimize the waiting time of the elderly patients. 

The CGHS dispensary proposed at Najafgarh is yet to be handed over to CGHS by the Delhi Police authority who has constructed the building in the premises of the Police Training School, Jhadoda Kalan. This is a temporary accommodation for the CGHS wellness centre till a permanent premise is built in Najafgarh area. 

The Health Minister, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today. 


Antibiotic Content in Chicken Meat

As per the available information, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a non-government organization, had released a laboratory study on antibiotics in chicken on 30.07.2014. CSE tested 70 chicken samples collected from Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR). Three tissues viz. muscle, liver and kidney from these samples were tested for the presence of six antibiotics commonly used in poultry such as Oxytetracycline, chlortetracycline, doxycyclines, enrofloxacin, ciprofloxacin and neomycin. 

Out of 70 samples, 40 percent samples were tested positive for different antibiotics. Residues of more than one antibiotic were found in 17 per cent samples. Antibiotics were found in all three tissues tested. Liver samples contained the maximum level of antibiotics, followed by muscle and kidney tissue. Neomycin was not detected. 

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare vide GSR 28(E) dated 17th January, 2012 has amended Drugs and Cosmetic Rules, 1945 making it mandatory that the container of medicine for the treatment of food producing animals shall be labelled with the withdrawal period of the drug for the species on which it is intended to be used. State Drugs Licensing Authority are empowered under the provisions of Drugs and Cosmetic Act, 1940 and Rules, 1945 thereunder to take action in case of violation of these requirements. Accordingly, animal products should not be used before the withdrawal period of the drug is over. 

The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries had issued advisories on 03.06.2014 and 02.12.2014 to all States and UTs for judicious use of antibiotics in treatment of food producing animals and also stopping the use of antibiotics in animal feed. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan in the Rajya Sabha today. 


Periodicity of Establishment review of Divisional Office, Postal Store Depot and RLO

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CO issued order to cease writing of Confidential Report through Sub-Divisional Heads and other IPs/ASPs on RPLI Proposals submitted by Direct Agents

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CO Letter to Unit Heads

CO reply to Circle Secretary

PRESS NOTE (Retirement Age)

Attention of the Government has been drawn to some news items appearing in a section of the press regarding proposal of the Central Government to reduce the retirement age of Central Government employees from 60 years to 58 years. 

It is clarified that Government has no proposal to reduce the age of Central Government employees from 60 years to 58 years.


Swachh Bharat Mission

The Government of India has launched “Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban)” on 2nd October, 2014 with the following objectives:- 

(i) Eliminate open defecation, 

(ii) Conversion of insanitary toilets to pour flush toilets, 

(iii) Eradication of manual scavenging, 

(iv) 100% collection and scientific processing/disposal reuse/recycle of Municipal Solid Waste, 

(v) To bring about a behavioral change in people regarding healthy sanitation practices, 

(vi) Generate awareness among the citizens about sanitation and its linkages with public health. 

(vii) Strengthening of urban local bodies to design, execute and operate systems, 

(viii) To create enabling environment for private sector participation in Capital Expenditure and Operation & Maintenance (O&M) costs. 

The Mission has following components:- 

(i) Construction of Household Toilets, 

(ii) Community and Public Toilets, 

(iii) Solid Waste Management, 

(iv) Information, Education & Communication (IEC) and Public Awareness, 

(v) Capacity Building and Administrative & Office Expenses (A&OE). 

The total cost estimate for the Mission is Rs. 62,009 crore, out of which the Central Government’s contribution amounts to Rs.14,623 crore. The funding pattern between the Central Government and the State Government/ Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) is 75%:25%(90% : 10% for North Eastern and special category states). The gap in financing of the aforesaid components could be met by the beneficiary contribution, private funding, funds with private companies under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the Swachh Bharat Kosh of the Ministry of Finance. Various awareness campaigns have already been initiated at all levels to create awareness and people’s participation in the Mission. State Government/Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) will undertake infrastructure work as per mission guidelines. The guidelines are being finalized. No funds have been released so far, under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban). 

Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) also play a strategic role in creating awareness and imparting hygiene education among the local population. Initiatives under Information, Education and Communication (IEC) which have been taken up to improve rural participation in the SBM (Gramin) include enhancing the budget for IEC activities, implementation of Sanitation and Hygiene Advocacy and Communication Strategy Framework (2012-17), which provides a framework to States to develop State-specific Action Plans for rolling out of advocacy and communication activities related to the Programme; involvement of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Village Level Motivators (Swachhata Doots/Sanitation Managers), field functionaries like Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA), Anganwadi Workers, School Teachers, and Bharat Nirman Volunteers to carry out field level activities. SBM (G) also has a provision for ‘Social Audit’ for continuous and comprehensive public vigilance of the programme. 

This information was given by the Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu in a written reply to Shri Pravesh Hashmi in the Rajya Sabha on 18/12/2014. 


Officers belonging to SC/ST/OBC in All India Services

The total number of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS) officers in Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Classes (OBC) is as follows:


*Direct Recruits, as on 12.12.2014
#Direct Recruits, as on 01.01.2014
$Direct Recruits, as on 01.01.2014

The reservation of SC, ST and OBC in IAS, IPS and IFoS is in accordance with the policy of the Government, which prescribed for 15%, 7.5% and 27% reservation for these categories, respectively.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to Shri Ramdas Athawale in Rajya Sabha, on 18/12/2014.


No reduction in retirement age

There is no proposal under consideration of Government to reduce the retirement age from 60 to 58 years for its employees. 

The retirement age for Central Government employees was revised from 58 to 60 years in 1997 on the basis of recommendations of the 5th Central Pay Commission. 

The Centre’s total wages and salaries bill for its employees for the year 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 is Rs. 85,963.50 crore, Rs. 92,264.88 crore and Rs. 1,04,759.71 crore, respectively. 

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to Sardar Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Dr. T Subbarami Reddy and Smt. Ambika Soni in Rajya Sabha, on 18/12/2014.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Transfer and Posting in ASP Cadre in Odisha Circle

The following transfer and posting in ASP cadre has been issued vide C.O. Memo No. ST/24-15(2)/2013 dated 18/12/2014.

1.   Shri L.N. Mishra, ASP-I, NSH, Bhubaneswar is transferred and posted as ASP(HQ), Puri Division, Puri.

2.   Shri P.N.Pattnaik, ASP(Printing), PSD, Bhubaneswar is transferred and posted as ASP(I/C), Bhadrak Central Sub-Division, Bhadrak.