Archive for December, 2010

North Eastern Railway Gorakhpur, U.P. has Published an Employment Notice for filling up of 4708 Group ‘D’ Posts in North Eastern Railway and DLW/Varanasi.

North Eastern Railway Gorakhpur, U.P. has Published an Employment Notice for filling up of 4708 Group ‘D’ Posts in North Eastern Railway and DLW/Varanasi.

North Eastern Railway Gorakhpur Invites application for following Group ‘D’ Posts-

1. Group – D / DLW

  • Helper Khalasi
  • TOTAL : 128 Posts

2. Coupling Khalasi (Optg.)

  • L-C Porter (Optg.)
  • Box Porter (Optg.)
  • L.C. Porter (Optg.)
  • Kantawala/Shunt Man (Optg.)

TOTAL : 572 Posts

3. Gate Man (Optg.)

  • Helper/Trolleyman (Sig.)
  • TOTAL : 34 Posts

4. Hamal (Comml.)

  • Hamal (Comml.)
  • Helper Khalasi (Mech.)
  • Helper (Elect.)
  • Helper (Elect. TRD)
  • Helper (Mech.)
  • Helper Khalasi (Elect.)
  • Helper (Tele.)
  • Helper (Sig.) Diesel Khalasi (D. Shed)

TOTAL : 1188 posts

5. Trackman/Gangman (Eng.)

  • Trackman/Gangman (Eng.)
  • Trackman/Gangman (Eng.)

TOTAL : 1953 posts

6. Helper – II (Mech.)

  • Helper – II (Elect.)
  • Helper – II (Mech.)
  • Peon (Optg.)
  • Running Room (Bearer)
  • Helper Khalasi (Depo)
  • Khalasi (Elect.)
  • Helper-II (Bridge)
  • Helper (Signal)
  • Helper (Bridge Workshop)

TOTAL : 687 Posts

7. Safaiwala (Comml.)

  • Safaiwala (Medical)
  • Safaiwala (Medical)
  • Safaiwala (Mech.)
  • Safaiwala (Comml.)
  • Safaiwala (Depo)
  • Safaiwala (Mech.)

TOTAL : 146 Posts

Age : 18 to 33 years and will be reckoned as on 01.01.2011

Qualification : Minimum 10th pass or ITI or equivalent. Those candidates who are appearing in and/or awaiting results of final examination of class 10th are not eligible. Academic qualification must be from recognized Educational Institution/Board, otherwise candidature will be rejected.

Pay-Scale : Pay Band 1 of Rs. 5200-20200 with grade pay Rs. 1800.

Examination Fee : The Examination fee for unreserved and OBC candidates is Rs 40/- . Candidates belonging to SC/ST/ Women/ Minority Community and Economically Weaker Section and PH category are exempted from payment of examination fees 5.2 The Examination fee should be paid in the form of Account Payee Demand Draft from any Nationalised Bank or Indian Postal Order from any Post Office drawn in favour of ‘Asstt. Personnel Officer (Recruitment), RRC, N .E.Railway and payable at Gorakhpur. Validity of Bank Draft/Pay order should be of at least six months.

Closing Date: 12.02.2011

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Maharashtra Minister’s Salary hike from 29,000/- to 67,000/- per month with annual burden of 55crore it is apart from MLA/MLC’s Salary. Whereas state’s debt is 1,91,000 crore, yearly interest paying on debt is 16,000 crore. Already CommonMan in Maharashtra paying more taxes compare to other state

Maharashtra State ministers and MLAs to get hefty salary hike

Chief minister Chavan has proposed a substantial hike in salaries and perks for himself, the deputy chief minister, ministers, ministers of state, presiding officers, opposition leaders and legislators.
"The cabinet has approved the proposal. Once it is brought to the notice of both Houses, an official circular will be promulgated to give effect to the cabinet decision," a senior Congress minister said.
The minister said there was no doubt that the CM and cabinet members were entitled to a furnished bungalow and adequate secretarial staff, but their pay packages were meager compared to the private sector and bureaucracy. "Look at the salary packages of bureaucrats and the IPS top-brass . A fresh IAS or IPS officer draws a monthly salary of Rs 40,000-45,000, whereas the CM’s monthly salary is less than Rs 30,000," he said.
New pay burden will be Rupees 55 crore
They too get furnished accommodation like cabinet members, but their monthly salaries, particularly after implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission, were satisfactory.
The minister admitted that at a time when the state’s debt burden had crossed the Rs 1.91 lakh crore mark, and when it was paying well over Rs 16,000 crore per year as interest on loans, Chavan’s decision was bound to attract huge criticism . "It’s a fact that we are enhancing salaries when the state is passing through an economic crisis, but the salary hike is inevitable," he said.
The cabinet member said that while the annual burden on the state exchequer towards the salaries and allowances of ministers was Rs 35 crore, with the revised pay package, it will be Rs 55 crore. "Compared to the Plan size and non-planned expenditure of the state, the amount is meager," he said.
Chavan has proposed an increase in basis salary, and the telephone, daily meeting and conveyance allowances from Rs 29,000 per month to Rs 67,000. "Compared to the status of a cabinet member, it’s meagre," he said.
Source : The Times of India

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Fresh empanelment of private hospitals and revision of Room Rent applicable under CGHS

No: S.11011/23/2009-CGHS D.II/Hospital Cell (Part I)

Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare

Maulana Azad Road, Nirman Bhawan
New Delhi 110 108 dated the 16th November , 2010


Subject:     Fresh empanelment of private hospitals and revision of Room Rent applicable under CGHS.

        The undersigned is directed to state that CGHS had initiated action for fresh empanelment of private hospitals under CGHS and also for the revision of package rates (which were fixed in 2006-07), to be paid to hospitals, by floating tender for the same. On the basis of the responses received package rates for various procedures / treatments have been arrived at and have been uploaded in the website of\cghsnew\index.asp and can be downloaded.

2.        “Package Rate” shall mean and include lump sum cost of inpatient treatment / day care / diagnostic procedure for which a CGHS beneficiary has been permitted by the competent authority or for treatment under emergency from the time of admission to the time of discharge including (but not limited to) –
(i) Registration charges,
(ii) Admission charges,
(iii) Accommodation charges including patients diet,
(iv) Operation charges,
(v) Injection charges,
(vi) Dressing charges,
(vii) Doctor / consultant visit charges,
(viii) ICU / ICCU charges,
(ix) Monitoring charges,
(x) Transfusion charges,
(xi) Anesthesia charges,
(xii) Operation theatre charges,
(xiii) Procedural charges / surgeon’s fee,
(xiv) Cost of surgical disposables and all sundries used during hospitalization,
(xv) Cost of medicines,
(xvi) Related routine and essential investigations,
(xvii) Physiotherapy charges etc.
(xviii) Nursing care and charges for its services.

(b)         Cost of Implants / stents / grafts is reimbursable in addition to package rates as per CGHS ceiling rates for Implants / stents / grafts or as per actual, in case there is no CGHS prescribed ceiling rates.

(c)         Treatment charges for new born baby are separately reimbursable in addition to delivery charges for mother.

d)         The hospitals empanel led under CGHS shall not charge more than the package rates / rates.

2.2         Package rates envisage upto a maximum duration of indoor treatment as follows:

                12 days for Specialised (Super Specialties) treatment;
                7 days for other Major Surgeries;
                3 days for Laparoscopic surgeries / normal deliveries; and
                1 day for day car e / Minor (OPD) surgeries.

2.3         However, there are certain procedures where there is no prescribed package rate under CGHS. Similarly, there are medical emergencies where the treatment is mainly conservative. The admissible amount in such cases is calculated item wise, room rent, procedures, investigation , etc., .

        Therefore , it has now been decided to revise the rates applicable for room rent (Accommodation Charges) for different categories of wards as given below:
                General ward -Rs.1000/- per day
                Semi-private ward -Rs. 2000/ – per day
                Private ward -Rs.3000/- per day

3.         CGHS beneficiaries are entitled to facilities of private, semi-private or general ward depending on their basic pay / pension. The entitlement is as follows:-

S. No.

Basic Pay (without the inclusion of grade pay)



Upto Rs. 13,950/-

General Ward


Between Rs.13,951/ – and Rs.19,530/-



Rs. 19,540/- and above

Private Ward

4.2         This issues with the concurrence of Internal Finance Division in the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, vide Dy. No: AS & FA / 3932 /2010 dated the 8th November , 2010.

        The revised rates will come into effect from the date of issue of this Office Memorandum.

        A copy of this Office Memorandum along with rate list and a copy of MOA are placed on the internet at

[R Ravi ]
[Tel: 2306 3483]


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Self Propelled Accident Relief Train

 Self Propelled Accident Relief Train

In most of the countries in the unfortunate event of Railway accident, relief and rescue work is not spearheaded by Railway organization but by civil authorities as in case of road accidents. However, on Indian Railways, because of the historical reasons all the rescue and relief work is carried over by Railways. Indian Railways has an established system for such a disaster response for over a century and half. ART, i.e. Accident Relief Train is one such important component for restoration of the Railway working.

Indian Railways has the provision of Accident Relief Trains at all the important stations to carry out rescue, relief and restoration work during natural calamities/accidents/unusual incidents. This is one of the unique characteristics of Indian Railways because nowhere in the world the relief, rescue and the restoration work is carried out by the Railway organization. In other countries, the responsibility of such work is borne by the civil administration. Indian Railways as consistently strived hard to improve and upgrade the Accident Relief Trains or the ART, which plays a major role in such operations.

The Accident Relief Train (ART) for Mumbai area of Mumbai Central Division of Western Railway is located at Diesel Loco Shed Bandra. It is mainly used for speedy restoration of traffic in Mumbai suburban area from Churchgate to Virar after an emergency or an unusual incident. Besides this, it is also utilized for restoration of railway working upto Palghar in case of emergency.

The ART is located Diesel Loco Shed Bandra since the days of steam traction. During the steam traction period, the ART was equipped with heavy mechanical screw jacks and water hydraulic jacks. Later in July 1993, the mechanical screw jacks and water hydraulic jacks were replaced by modern light weight hydraulic rerailing equipment supplied by a German Company.

Present Status:

Previously the Accident Relief Train was powered by locomotives brought from line in case of accidents/ derailments. Due to this, a little more time was required for the departure of ART from the shed. This problem was solved by using the modern technology and making the ART self propelled in June 2001. The self propelled ART was manufactured and supplied indigenously by Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala.

Presently ART BA has one self propelled Accident Relief Train consisting of two coaches carrying one set of rerailing equipments and one truncated ART consisting of five Nos. of wagons/coaches/BFR carrying one additional set of rerailing equipment and permanent way materials required for restoration of damaged track of approximate two k.m length.

Other Major Features:

  • Communication:- ART is equipped with all modern advanced technology for better communication facility, such as walkie talkie, group mobile and satellite phone.
  • Training and Preparedness:- SPART is taken out for weekly trial on every Saturday and full scale Mock trail is regularly carried out for staff preparedness.
  • Inflatable Rescue Air Bags:- SPART is equipped with inflatable rescue Air Bags imported from Holland. It is a very useful life saving device. These bags are extremely useful in case of passenger train accidents as it is worked with 6 kg/cm² of air pressure which is given by compressor. It inflates very quickly and takes a load of 130 tonnes. It only requires 1” ground clearance and can lift several tones with the touch of a button. It is primarily used in low insertion situations with heavy weight needed to be lifted in rescue of passengers.
  • Hydraulic Rescue Equipment:- It consists of hydraulic cutters, spreaders and hand operated tools for cutting of coaches for rescue of passengers trapped inside the coaches in case of an accident.
  • Under water cutting equipment:- Also Known as petrogen, is able to cut under water iron and steel in case of accident in under water.
  • Inflatable tower lights:- One of the most innovative rescue equipment is inflatable tower lights. It is a light weight, portable and glare free illumination system, which is ideally used for meeting any illumination requirement whenever there is an accident or an emergency situation.
  • Inflatable tent:- These are very special type of tents, used in remote areas, for giving shelter to the affected passengers. It can be inflated and erected at the site of accident within 10 minutes. These tents are so strong that they can sustain extreme weather conditions.
  • Self contained breathing apparatus:- The ART contains a self contained breathing apparatus. It is a device which is worn by rescue workers and fire fighters for breathing air in immediate danger to life. This apparatus has basically three main components i.e. a high pressure tank, a pressure regulator valve, and an inhaling connection (mouth piece, mouth mask or face mask).

Remarkable achievements of ART Bandra:

  • ART played a major role in restoring of about one k.m of railway track which was completely washed away due to flood at Palghar in February 2005. ART staff worked round the clock under heavy rains continuously till the restoration of the railway track.
  • On 10.10.2005 ART even played a major role outside the railway premises by placing back the airplane VT-SID -737 (SAHARA AIRLINES) which was off shot from the main runway at Santacruz Domestic Airport during takeoff.
  • On 11.07.2006, the entire nation was rocked by serial bomb blasts in Mumbai local trains. ART played a vital role in restoring the railway traffic within shortest possible period.

There are 42 skilled and supervisory staff nominated for the ART. This staff is kept in readiness 24 hrs i.e. all the time for meeting any emergency. As soon as the information of any unusual/emergency is received, the ART moves out in about 30 minutes during day time and in about 45 minutes during the night time for rescue and restoration.

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All India Conference of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT): Commended for Speedy Disposal of Cases

All India Conference of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT)
Commended for Speedy Disposal of Cases

All India Conference of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) Opened Today CAT Commended for Speedy Disposal of Cases
The All India Conference of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) began here today. The Conference, which is being held in the Silver Jubilee year of the CAT, was inaugurated by Mr. Justice Altamas Kabir, a senior Judge of the Supreme Court and was presided over by Dr. M. Veerappa Moily, the Union Minister of Law & Justice. The Minister of State for Personnel, P.G. & Pensions, Shri V. Narayanasamy was also present on the occasion. The Inaugural Session was followed by in house discussion on the agenda items raised by the Members and the session was chaired by the Chairman, CAT, Justice V.K. Bali.
Speaking at the Inaugural Session, the Union Minister of Law & Justice Dr. Moily called upon for the change of attitude in our administrative governance to ensure that unnecessary and trivial service matters are not brought before the Tribunals and Courts. He said that we need to devise mechanism where the problems of the employees are sorted out in the administrative set up itself. To sort out these issues, he said, we need to do ‘out of the box thinking’. He said that the accountability, performance and output of the employees must be judged while handling their cases.
In his inaugural address, Mr. Justice Altamas Kabir applauded the Central Administrative Tribunal for disposing of the cases before it expeditiously and also commended it for the fact that most of its judgments have been upheld by the higher courts.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of State for Personnel, P.G. & Pensions, Shri V. Narayanasamy said that the pendency in the Tribunal is substantially low and the time period to dispose of cases is much less compared to higher courts. He said that the government is seriously thinking of ways and means to bring within the jurisdiction of the Central Administrative Tribunal many more Central Govt. organizations and institutions working. He said that so far we have brought 191 organizations within the ambit of the CAT, so that more Government employees would be in a position to get speedy justice for their grievances. If we can fulfill the infrastructure needs of CAT, even the PSUs and Public Sector Banking Institutions could be covered. He asked the CAT officials to send a proposal to Planning Commission stipulating their infrastructural needs and assured that his Ministry would make efforts to ensure that CAT’s requirements in this regard are fully met.
Shri Narayanasamy said that the historic RTI Act, 2005, has brought great transparency in governance. He said that we are taking further steps to improve RTI law to strengthen it to increase public disclosure, so that most of the information except national security and personal privacy related information would be in public domain.
In his Key note address, Mr. Justice G.S. Singhvi, Judge, Supreme Court of India emphasized on reforms in the Public Services Commissions of the States and said that persons of impeccable integrity should be holding positions in such Boards. He said the Government must ensure that the matters like gratuity and pension etc are resolved in-house and such matters should not reach the Tribunals or the Courts. He called for evolving departmental mechanism which can address the employees’ grievances and thus help reducing burden of courts in service matters.
The Chairman of the CAT, Mr. Justice V.K. Bali said that the about 200 institutions/organizations have been notified resulting into manifold increase in the work of the various Benches of the CAT. But despite quantitative increase in the work, the Tribunals across the country have kept pace with disposal, he said.
Justice Bali informed that at the Principal Bench, the disposal rate is 100%. On an average, 91% cases of the Principal Bench have been upheld in the High Court and the position with regard to other Benches not much different, he said. Justice Bali said that the Tribunal has performed well quantitatively and qualitatively.
Earlier Shri L.K. Joshi, Vice-Chairman of the Central Administrative Tribunal delivered the Welcome Address and later Vote of Thanks was proposed by Shri K.V. Sachidanandan, also Vice-Chairperson.
The Administrative Tribunals in India were set up in 1985 and function from 17 Benches across the country. These Tribunals are unique in the sense that the Members of these Tribunals are both from the Administrative as well as Judicial side. Each Division Bench comprises of a judicial & administrative Member. The Administrative Tribunals in India are different from the Tribunals functioning in some other countries as the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) here was set up solely with the purpose of dealing with the cases relating to the recruitment and conditions of service of persons appointed to public services and posts under the control of the Government and thereby, reducing the burden of the High Courts to that extent.
The Conference being held is an Annual Conference which is generally held on 1st Nov every year as this was the day the CAT was established. It is attended by all the Members of the CAT where agenda items brought up by the various Members and other issues being faced by the Tribunal are discussed and recommendations of the Conference are sent to the Government for action. This year is being celebrated as the ‘Silver Jubilee” year of the setting up of the CAT.

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Recruitment of staff from open market in Pay Band-1 of Rs.5200-20200 having Grade Pay of Rs.1800/-.


No. E (NG)-II/2009/RR-1/10/Pt.                      New Delhi, Dated: 09.12.2010.

The General Manager (P),
All Zonal Railways/Production Units.

Sub: Recruitment of staff from open market in Pay Band-1 of Rs.5200-20200 having Grade Pay of Rs.1800/-.


     Attention is invited to instructions contained in para 3(vi) of Board’s letter No. PCVI/2008/I/3/1, dated 29.10.2008 (RBE No.160/2008), interalia stating that the instructions regarding minimum educational qualification for fresh recruitment to Railway services in PB-1 Grade Pay Rs.1800 (erstwhile Group ‘D’ posts) would be issued separately by the Establishment Directorate.

2.    The Ministry of Railways have decided that henceforth minimum educational qualification for recruitment in Pay Band-1 of Rs. 5,200-20,200 having Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- will be 10th pass or ITI or equivalent. These instructions will be applicable for all future recruitment henceforth against direct recruitment quota through all modes.

3.    As regards the ongoing recruitment exercises presently under way on Central Railway, Eastern Railway, East Coast Railway, East Central Railway, Northeast Frontier Railway, North Eastern Railway, North Central Railway, Southern Railway, South Western Railway and West Central Railway, the same will adhere to the prescribed minimum qualification of 8th pass as laid down vide letter No. E (NG)II/98/RR-1/107 dated 4.12.1998 (RBE No. 277/98).

4.    All Railways are directed to initiate the recruitment process immediately to fill up current vacancies including anticipated vacancies for the next two years as well as resultant vacancies owing to promotion of staff to higher grades etc., excluding the vacancies worked out on the basis of prescribed percentage against ex-servicemen quota for which separate recruitment is in progress, with the revised minimum qualification of 10th pass or ITI or equivalent. Railways may also ensure filling up of Physically Handicapped quota including backlog vacancies in this recruitment exercise.

5.    The Railways mentioned in Para 3 above should also initiate recruitment to fill up the vacancies accrued beyond the vacancies already notified for which recruitment is in progress.

6.    All Railways should initiate the process by way of issue of notification in the national and local dailies, etc. by 15th December, 2010, positively. Candidates may be given two months time to submit their applications and candidates from Andaman & Nicobar, Lakshadweep Islands etc. will be given 15 days extra as per extant rules in response to the above notification.

7.    It has further been decided that written examination will be held on the same day simultaneously by all the railways. Similarly Physically Efficiency Test (PET) will also be held during the same period simultaneously by all the Railways. These instructions should be prominently mentioned in the notification.

8.    The format of application should be limited to a single page only A draft format of application form is enclosed herewith for necessary action which may be modified suitably depending on the local requirements.

9.    Instructions contained in letter No. E (NG)II/96/RR-1/62/Vol.II dated 08.12.2010 regarding waiver of fee for women, minority communities and economically weaker sections will apply.

10.    All General Managers are to ensure that Railway Recruitment Cells (RRCs) are strengthened sufficiently by providing accommodation, equipment, vehicles, security, manpower, etc., so that the recruitment process is completed smoothly without any problem.

Encls,: As stated.

(R. Mukundan)
Executive Director Estt.(N)
Railway Board

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No Income tax on additional interest on EPF money

No tax on additional interest on EPF money (diff. of 9.5 and 8.5 %)

The additional quantum of interest on Employees Provident Fund deposits would be exempted from income tax, the LokSabha was informed today. The provident fund trustees had on September 15 decided to raise the EPF interest rate by 1% to 9.5 for 2010-11.

However as per income tax rules interest on EPF is exempted only upto 8.5 % only .so as per present rule though the interest payable is 9.5% but interest exempted is only 8.5% means additional 1 % is taxable in employee’s hand .But now in Lok sabha Govt has declared that in rate given in income tax for exemption for interest on EPF will also be increased to 9.5 %

"The matter has been discussed with Finance Ministry and they have informed that they will revise the notification to 9.5% once it is approved by the Government," Minister of State for Labour and Employment Harish Rawat said in a written reply. The decision taken by the Central Board of Trustees of EPF to raise the interest rate would benefit 4.71 crore employees in both public and private sectors.

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