Wednesday, 18 July 2018
GDS COURT CASE ON “CIVIL SERVANT STATUS” FILED BY NFPE & AIPEU-GDS POSTED FOR NEXT HEARING ON 12-09-2018.
ORDER OF THE CAT PRINCIPAL BENCH & THE COPY OF THE APPLICATION FILED BY DEPARTMENT IS PUBLISHED HERE UNDER.
CLICK HERE for the copy of the application filed by the Department on 04.07.2018
Saturday, 14 July 2018
Friday, 13 July 2018
Thursday, 12 July 2018
11.07.2018 - A rolling reform process that started in Doha, and continued in Istanbul, is reshaping the Universal Postal Union for the 21st Century. The reform initiative reaches a crucial point in September in Addis Ababa at only the UN Specialized Agency’s second Extraordinary Congress.
FOUR YEARS OF LABOUR LAWS REFORMS
BJP Lead NDA Govt. has completed four years. In these four years in the name of reforms and ease of doing business, so many labour laws have been amended.
Just after coming in power NDA govt. proposed four labour codes, consolidating 44 labour laws. But during these four years none of the labour code was presented in the parliament. Only wages act 2017 was presented in Parliament. This act will replace 4 laws i.e. minimum wages act, wages payment act, Equal wages act and Bonus act . Besides this two more code bills are also under process one related to social security and another related to job and profession.
But without getting these bills passed by the Parliament, Govt. has implemented some of the amendments. First attack on workers was unleashed by amending factories act. According to amendment the no. of workers was increased from 10 to 20 for the factories run by power and 20 to 40 run without power. Thus about 70% factories were put outside the purview of factories act and the workers working in these factories were deprived from protection of these laws. After amendment of 2015, the employer has been permitted to call the women workers to work in night shift. Third amendment was made in 2016 and according to this the limit of over time has been enhanced from 50 hours to 100 hours for heavy work it is 115 hours and for the work of public interest it is increased as 125 hours. So in the name of public interest, the employer has been given power to compel the worker to work on overtime for 125 hours in a quarter.
Second big attack was made under National Employability Mission under which the worker can be engaged as apprentice in the place of permanent or contract worker and he will be paid minimum stipend and can be engaged for three years which was 6 months earlier. Thus so many industrialists who are retrenching the permanent workers and engaging new workers on apprentice.
Third big attack now has come in the form of fixed term employment. In so many sectors this govt. has introduced fixed term employment in place of permanent job, and an impression has been created that all statutory benefits will be provided to the workers engaged under this. But what will be the fate of workers after that fixed term is not decided. The period of fixed term has also been left to the industrialists. They will decide as to for how much period worker is to be engaged. For such type of workers engaged under fixed term, the EPF contribution will be deposited by the Govt. This incentive given by the Govt. proves that the fixed term employment will be for three years only. After fixed term what will be the position of unemployment has been ignored by the Govt.
Thus the present Govt. making all amendments in labour sector for the benefit of industrialists and corporate in the name of ease of doing business and the rights of workers are being snatched slowly slowly and our country is moving ahead towards slavery system or bonded labour system again which was defeated by consistent struggle of workers.
INTEREST BEARING ADVANCES / SEVENTH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION ON HOUSE BUILDING ADVANCE – ENHANCEMENT IN PAST CASES REGARDING.
Government of India
Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs
Government of India
Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi,
Dated . 29.06.2018.
Dated . 29.06.2018.
Subjec : Interest bearing advances / Seventh Central Pay commission recommendation on House Building Advance – enhancement in past cases regarding.
The undersigned is directed to invite attention to this Ministry’s OM No. I-17011/11(4)/2016-H.III dated 09.11.2017 on the above-mentioned subject and to say that it has been decided in consultation with Ministry of Finance to make the aforesaid orders applicable with effect from 1st January, 2016. Accordingly, it has been decided that an enhancement of House Building Advance, if applied for, would be granted to government employee for an amount equivalent to the difference between the previously sanctioned amount and the new eligible amount determined on the basis of basic pay as per 7th CPC, in past cases, where HBA was sanctioned on or after 01.01.2016 but before 09.11.2017 subject to complying following conditions:
a) The Government employee 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 Advance 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 OM No I-1701/1/11(4)/2016-H.III dated 09.11.2017. 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 will be at 8.50% from the financial year 2017-18 onwards. This will be reviewed every three years to be notified in consultation with Ministry of Finance. However, the new rate of interest would be chargeable only on collective amount that would remain outstanding on grant of enhancement of HBA. i.e., the unpaid portion of previously sanctioned HBA plus the 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. 25 lakhs for the purpose of construction/ purchase of new house/ flat and Rs. 10 lakhs for expansion of existing house/ flat would remain unchanged. In other words, the sum total of previously, sanctioned House Building Advance and the enhancement granted under these orders cannot exceed the aforesaid limits. In any case, not more than one enhancement is admissible to a Government employee.
3. The applications for enhanced House Building Advance should be submitted within six months from the date of issue of this order.
4. Ministries/ Departments with branch offices in the far-flung areas are be advised to give wider publicity to these orders through modern communication means so that there is no occasion for any representation for extending the time limit of six months on the grounds of late receipt of these orders.
5. This issues in supersession of all the earlier orders on the subject.
(Shailendra Vikra Singh)