Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A documentary on NOINO President's life

Rajya Sabha TV will broadcast a documentary on the life of Shri Prakash Javadekar, President, NOINO (also MP, Rajya Sabha) at 16.30 hrs today i.e. on 27th March 2013. Any one interested may please watch it. The film is of 24 minutes duration.

The film is also available on .

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


    A NOINO delegation consisting of  Shri Dattaraj Prabhukhanolkar, Resident Secretary, NOINO, Shri Suryakant Gawde, EC member, NOINO, WZ; met Chief(Personnel), Shri T. Mendiratta on 20th March, 2013 to discuss & follow-up pending issues. After taking up certain individual issues, we raised the following general issues:-

  1. Discussions on Charter of demands: - We asked about the current status of the issue and what initiatives management has taken in this regard to settle the wage revision at the earliest. We demanded immediate discussions. Chief replied that the management was waiting for a go-ahead from the Finance Ministry.
  2. One more pension option:- We once again took up this issue. Chief replied that management has taken up the issue several times with the Government. In the light of the continuous representations from NOINO, as also the fact that very few of the employees did not opt for the pension, the management would again take up this issue with the government soon.
  3. Information sharing meeting: - We pointed out that there was no information sharing meeting for more than two years & demanded that such meeting should be convened immediately. Chief said that such meeting would be convened in the near future.
  4. Anomaly after computer increment: - We once again raised this demand & reminded that SBI has settled this issue in 1996(i.e. 16 years back) by granting one more increment to all the affected employees. We strongly insisted that this matter be sorted out before the settlement of Charter. We pointed out that the anomaly was crystal clear & it was a clear case of injustice to the affected employees. Chief assured to look into the matter.
  5. Recruitment in Class III: - We once again raised this demand. We reiterated that the Class I Officers were under tremendous pressure due to lack of staff as they have to perform non-supervisory duties. We also demanded that the recruitment process should not be entrusted to outside agencies. Chief said that such recruitment was under active consideration.
  6. Sabbatical leave for women employees: - We reminded Chief about our demand for sabbatical leave for women employees & said that the banks had already introduced this leave from 1st April 2012. We demanded that this leave should be introduced at the earliest in LIC. Chief assured to look into the demand sympathetically.
  7. Revision in LTC rules and Encashment of LTC: - We repeated our demand to simplify LTC rules & allow LTC encashment. Chief replied that no such proposal for LTC encashment was under consideration.
  8. Petrol expenses re-imbursement: - We demanded once again for re-imbursement of petrol expenses. Chief said that no such proposal was under consideration as of now
  9. Technical allowances for Class I Officers having professional qualifications: - We once again raised this issue. Chief was positive on this issue & agreed to consider this demand.
Later we also again raised the issue of grant of Metro status to Pune city. Though till now there was no development in this matter, Chief (P) assured to look into the matter.

NOINO will continue to follow-up all the pending issues.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Subsidy in Group Mediclaim Scheme – NOINO’s one more demand accepted

      You all are well aware of the continuous efforts made by NOINO for the fulfilment of the just aspirations of the Class I Officers in particular. The diligent efforts & the rigorous follow-up which has been the USP of NOINO have started to give results & the last 5 to 6 years have seen a steady trickle of benefits & achievements for the Class I Officers which was a neglected Class before the formation of NOINO in 2002.

      The latest achievement is regarding the subsidy in Group Mediclaim premium. You may be aware that for all these years, the subsidy given to the Class I Officers in Group Mediclaim premium was 2/3rd of the premium whereas for all other classes it is 3/4th of the premium. Even retired employees (including retired Class I Officers) are given 3/4th subsidy. This was devoid of any logic. In terms of the amount, it may seem insignificant. However, it amounted to discrimination & hence NOINO was continuously taking up this matter with the management. The management saw reason in our argument & accepted our demand. The circular enhancing the subsidy is available at Jeevan Sanchar site ref:- CO/OS/Mediclaim/2012-13 dated 15th March 2013. We thank the management for accepting our demand.

Following is the date-wise list of efforts in recent times:-

1. 29.8.2012--- raised this issue in the meeting with ED(P) Shri M R Kumar.
2. 11.10.2012---raised this issue in the meeting with Managing Director, Shri Sushobhan Sarker.
3. 14.12.2012---raised this issue in the meeting with ED(P) Shri M R Kumar.
4. 28.12.2012---raised this issue in the massive rally at Yogakshema.

NOINO will continue to fight for the just demands of the Class I officers.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

NOINO’s 2 more demands acceded – Computer Advance & Prev. Health Check-up

NOINO has been continuously highlighting the plight of the Class I Officers & the huge pressures they are subjected to. It has been on the forefront in taking efforts for reducing these pressures & fulfilling the just aspirations of the officers. The continuous follow-up of the issues with the management, which is the hallmark of NOINO, has brought unprecedented success & succour to the officers. The realization of the two above demands, viz. Computer advance & Preventive Health Check-up are live examples of the same.

You are aware that NOINO was the first to submit a comprehensive charter of demands to the management on 23rd July 2012. The two demands which have been realized now were also included in the Charter of demands. They read as follows:--

Preventive Health Check-up: “ALL OFFICERS should be allowed reimbursement of fees for getting Executive Health Check-up every year up to age 45, every six months thereafter. There is an urgent need for upward revision in the scale of Fees reimbursable.”

Computer advance: “Full purchase price to be allowed. It should include all peripherals & should be free of any interest”.

Thereafter, the last (Extended) EC meeting of NOINO was held on 5th & 6th November 2012 at Dehradun. We had a re-think on all the pressing demands of the Class I officers. With this in mind, in the meeting we passed Resolutions on different issues which were pending for acceptance by the management. Two of the resolutions related to – 1. Resolution No. 6: Advance for purchase of Personal Computer, and 2. Resolution No. 7: Preventive Health Check-up. A copy each of above resolutions is attached, herewith, for your ready reference. Later during our meeting with management, we conveyed the resolutions to them and discussed the matters. On different more occasions also we raised the issues and discussed.

We are pleased to announce that above 2 demands have been accepted by the management. The revision in rules on “Advance for purchase of Computer/Laptop, iPad/Tablet” is almost the same as we had suggested vide our Resolution, while the revision in “Preventive Health Check-up Scheme” is quite low if compared to our suggestions, though they accepted our suggestion to extend it to all officers/employees.

We thank the management for acceding to our demands.

Full details of the revision are available in CO Personnel Circular Nos. CO/Per/ER-A/023/2013 dated 11/03/2013 and CO/PER/ER-A/026/2013 dated 12th March, 2013.

We shall continue to strive for further improvements in the revisions wherever required.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Lucknow Divisional Unit of NOINO formed

We are pleased to announce that Lucknow Divisional Unit of NOINO (under North Central Zone) was formed on 4th March 2013. A General Body meeting of members of NOINO Lucknow Division was called after office hours on Saturday, the 2nd March 2013. More than 30 officers attended the meeting and decided to form Divisional Unit. The names of office bearers were decided and kept pending for formal announcement on 4th March 2013 on the eve of visit of Organizing Secretary of NOINO, Shri Rajesh Dubey and Zonal President of NOINO NCZ, Shri Sudhakar Mishra. Both Central and Zonal office-bearers reached Lucknow on 3rd March itself and made formal announcement of the committee on 4th March during ‘Activists Meeting’. Following office-bearers were declared elected unanimously:

1.      President: Shri Y K Bhatnagar, Manager(EDMS), 09452296577,
2.       Vice President: Shri R K Rawat, ABM(S), BO – TransGomti, 09935473625, rk.rawat@lic...
3.       Divisional Secretary: Shri D P S Rathore, AO(CRM), 09415151469, d.rathore@lic...
4.       Organizing Secretary: Shri R K Tiwari, ABM(S), City Branch, 09415200619, rama.tiwari@lic...
5.      Treasurer: Shri G S L Srivastava, PG-I, DO, 09450958647,
6.      EC members:     Shri R K Agrawal
Shri Rajiv Shrivastava
Shri Shardendu Dwivedi
Shri O K Lal
Shri Santosh Shrivastava
Smt. Shahar Jamal

Later in the day (on 4th March), the entire committee met the Manager(P&IR) Shri Ashutosh Mishra (Sr DM was on official tour) in the presence of Shri Dubey and Shri Mishra. They informed about the formation of the Unit and introduced themselves.

We wish to put on record the initiatives taken by Shri Rajesh Dubey and Shri Sudhakar Mishra in formation of the unit.

Our heartiest congratulations to the entire team of Lucknow Unit!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Strike news in news paper

Nagpur strike (20 & 21 February 2013) news in news paper

Talks in Bank postponed

Talks between IBA and Unions scheduled for today on wage-revision in Banks were postponed. Further date has not yet been given.

Lucknow Divisional Unit formed

NOINO Lucknow Divisional Unit was formed today. As per information received till now the following office-bearers were elected unanimously:

1.      President: Shri Y K Bhatnagar, Manager(EDMS), Mob.No.09452296577
2.      Divl Secretary: Shri D P S Rathore, AO(CRM), Mob.No.09415151469
3.      Treasurer: Shri G S L Srivastava, AAO(IT), Mob.No.09450958647

Further details are awaited. Our hearty congratulations to the entire team!

We wish to put on record the initiatives of Shri Rajesh Dubey, Organizing Secretary, NOINO and Shri Sudhakar Mishra, Zonal President, NOINO NCZ who camped there since yesterday and formed the committee during the meeting of officers held today.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

NOINO President raises wage-revision in Parliament

NOINO President Shri Prakash Javadekar, MP raised the issue of (LIC) wage-revision in Parliament yesterday i.e. on 1st March 2013. He was speaking on the need to create conducive atmosphere for the working classes who generate wealth for the nation. Salient points are reproduced below:

1.       He urged the Government to ensure implementation in letter and spirit the five aspects relating to workers spelt out by International Labour Organisation (ILO) – Dignity of Labour; Job and Wage Security; Equal Opportunity; Decent work; and Social Security.
2.       Wage revision is another major issue that is impacting the inflation-battered working class severely. Wage revision in Insurance and Banking Sector is pending. Being the President of LIC employees Union I can tell you that the timeframe of the last wage revision implementation ended in July 2012, however, the Management is not calling meeting for the new wage revision talks. In fact, the negotiation should have been held before the timeframe of last wage revision ended. Same is the case with the Banking Sector employees too, he said.
3.       Highlighting the predicament of the working class, whether in the organized or unorganised sector, he pointed out that the condition of the working class even in the organized sector is not conducive. Now most of the workers hired in the organized sector are on Contract and on wages that are much less than regular employees. Even Government and Public Sector organizations have started hiring workers on contract in the name of “outsourcing”.

‘There is an urgent need to implement the five principles spelt out by the ILO with regard to workers at the earliest…,’ he said.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Key Features of Budget 2013-2014

Kalangathu Kanda Vinaikkan Thulangkathu
Thookkang Kadinthu Seyal”
(What clearly eye discerns as right, with steadfast will
And mind unslumbering, that should man fulfil)
- Saint Tiruvalluvar

􀂉 Clarity in tax laws, a stable tax regime, a non-adversarial tax administration, a fair mechanism for dispute resolution and independent judiciary for greater assurance is underlying theme of tax proposals.
􀂉 Tax Administration Reforms Commission to be set up.
􀂉 In short term need to reclaim peak of 11.9 per cent of tax GDP ratio achieved in 2007-08.

􀂉 Little room to give away tax revenues or raise tax rates in a constrained economy.
􀂉 No case to revise either the slabs or the rates of Personal Income Tax. Even a moderate increase in the threshold exemption will put hundreds of thousands of Tax Payers outside Tax Net.
􀂉 However, relief for Tax Payers in the first bracket of `2 lakhs to ` 5 lakhs. A tax credit of ` 2000 to every person with total income upto `5 lakhs.
􀂉 Surcharge of 10 percent on persons (other than companies) whose taxable income exceed ` 1 crore to augment revenues.
􀂉 Increase surcharge from 5 to 10 percent on domestic companies whose taxable income exceed ` 10 crore.
􀂉 In case of foreign companies who pay a higher rate of corporate tax, surcharge to increase from 2 to 5 percent, if the taxabale income exceeds ` 10 crore.
􀂉 In all other cases such as dividend distribution tax or tax on distributed income, current surcharge increased from 5 to 10 percent.
􀂉 Additional surcharges to be in force for only one year.
􀂉 Education cess to continue at 3 percent.
􀂉 Permissible premium rate increased from 10 percent to 15 percent of the sum assured by relaxing eligibility conditions of life insurance policies for persons suffering from disability and certain ailments.
􀂉 Contributions made to schemes of Central and State Governments similar to Central Government Health Scheme, eligible for section 80D of the Income tax Act.
􀂉 Donations made to National Children Fund eligible for 100 percent deduction.
􀂉 Investment allowance at the rate of 15 percent to manufacturing companies that invest more than ` 100 crore in plant and machinery during the period 1.4.2013 to 31.3.2015.
􀂉 ‘Eligible date’ for projects in the power sector to avail benefit under Section 80-IA extended from 31.3.2013 to 31.3.2014.
􀂉 Concessional rate of tax of 15 percent on dividend received by an Indian company from its foreign subsidiary proposed to continue for one more year.
􀂉 Securitisation Trust to be exempted from Income Tax. Tax to be levied at specified rates only at the time of distribution of income for companies, individual or HUF etc. No further tax on income received by investors from the Trust.
􀂉 Investor Protection Fund of depositories exempt from Income-tax in some cases.
􀂉 Parity in taxation between IDF-Mutual Fund and IDF-NBFC.
􀂉 A Category I AIF set up as Venture capital fund allowed pass through status under Income-tax Act.
􀂉 TDS at the rate of 1 percent on the value of the transfer of immovable properties where consideration exceeds ` 50 lakhs. Agricultural land to be exempted.
􀂉 A final withholding tax at the rate of 20 percent on profits distributed by unlisted companies to shareholders through buyback of shares.
􀂉 Proposal to increase the rate of tax on payments by way of royalty and fees for technical services to non-residents from 10 percent to 25 percent.
􀂉 Reductions made in rates of Securities Transaction Tax in respect of certain transaction.
􀂉 Proposal to introduce Commodity Transaction Tax (CTT) in a limited way. Agricultural commodities will be exempted.
􀂉 Modified provisions of GAAR will come into effect from 1.4.2016.
􀂉 Rules on Safe Harbour will be issued after examing the reports of the Rangachary Committee appointed to look into tax matters relating to Development Centres & IT Sector and Safe Harbour rules for a number of sectors.
􀂉 Fifth large tax payer unit to open at Kolkata shortly.
􀂉 A number of administrative measures such as extension of refund banker system to refund more than ` 50,000, technology based processing, extension of e-payment through more banks and expansion in the scope of annual information returns by Income-tax Department.

Indirect Taxes
􀂉 No change in the normal rates of 12 percent for excise duty and service tax.
􀂉 No change in the peak rate of basic customs duty of 10 perent for non-agricultural products.
􀂉 Period of concession available for specified part of electric and hybrid vehicles extended upto 31 March 2015.
􀂉 Duty on specified machinery for manufacture of leather and leather goods including footwear reduced from 7.5 to 5 percent.
􀂉 Duty on pre-forms precious and semi-precious stones reduced from 10 to 2 percent.
􀂉 Export duty on de-oiled rice bran oil cake withdrawn.
􀂉 Duty of 10 percent on export of unprocessed ilmenite and 5 percent on export on ungraded ilmenite.
􀂉 Concessions to air craft maintenaince, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry.
􀂉 Duty on Set Top Boxes increased from 5 to10 percent.
􀂉 Duty on raw silk increased from 5 to 15 percent.
􀂉 Duties on Steam Coal and Bituminous Coal equalised and 2 percent custom duty and 2 percent CVD levied on both kinds coal.
􀂉 Duty on imported luxury goods such as high end motor vehicles, motor cycles, yachts and similar vessels increased.
􀂉 Duty free gold limit increased to ` 50,000 in case of male passenger and `1,00,000
in case of a female passenger subject to conditions.
Excise duty
􀂉 Relief to readymade garment industry. In case of cotton, zero excise duty at fibre stage also. In case of spun yarn made of man made fibre, duty of 12 percent at the fibre stage.
􀂉 Handmade carpets and textile floor coverings of coir and jute totally exempted from excise duty.
􀂉 To provide relief to ship building industry, ships and vessels exempted from excise duty. No CVD on imported ships and vessels.
􀂉 Specific excise duty on cigarettes increased by about 18 percent. Similar increase on cigars, cheroots and cigarillos.
􀂉 Excise duty on SUVs increased from 27 to 30 percent. Not applicable for SUVs registered as taxies.
􀂉 Excise duty on marble increased from `30 per square meter to ` 60 per square meter.
􀂉 Proposals to levy 4 percent excise duty on silver manufactured from smelting zinc or lead.
􀂉 Duty on mobile phones priced at more than `2000 raised to 6 percent.
􀂉 MRP based assessment in respect of branded medicaments of Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy and bio-chemic systems of medicine to reduce valuation disputes.
Service Tax
􀂉 Maintain stability in tax regime.
􀂉 Vocational courses offered by institutes affiliated to the State Council of Vocational Training and testing activities in relation to agricultural produce also included in the negative list for service tax.
􀂉 Exemption of Service Tax on copyright on cinematography limited to films exhibited in cinema halls.
􀂉 Proposals to levy Service Tax on all air conditioned restaurant.
􀂉 For homes and flats with a carpet area of 2,000 sq.ft. or more or of a value of `1 crore or more, which are high-end constructions, where the component of services is greater, rate of abatement reduced from from 75 to 70 percent.
􀂉 Out of nearly 17 lakh registered assesses under Service Tax only 7 lakhs file returns regularly. Need to motivate them to file returns and pay tax dues. A onetime scheme called ‘Voluntary Compliance Encouragement Scheme’ proposed to be introduced. Defaulter may avail of the scheme on condition that he files truthful declaration of Service Tax dues since 1st October 2007.
􀂉 Tax proposals on Direct Taxes side estimated to yield to `13,300 crore and on the Indirect Tax side `4,700 crore.

Good and Services Tax
􀂉 A sum of ` 9,000 crore towards the first instalment of the balance of CST compensation provided in the budget.
􀂉 Work on draft GST Constitutional amendment bill and GST law expected to be taken forward.

􀂉 A multi-pronged approach to increase the penetration of insurance, both life and general, in the country.
􀂉 Number of proposals finalised, in consultation with IRDA such as empowering insurance companies to open branches in Tier-II cities and below without prior approval of IRDA, KYC of banks to be sufficient to acquire insurance policies, banks to be permitted to act as insurance brokers, banking correspondent allowed to sell micro-insurance products and achieving the goal of having an office of LIC and an office of at least one public sector general insurance company in towns with population of 10,000 or more.
􀂉 Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana to be extended to other categories such as rickshaw, auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers, sanitation workers, rag pickers and mine workers.
􀂉 A comprehensive social security package to be evolved for unorganised sector by facilitating convergence among different schemes.

Three promises
􀂉 Promises made to woman, youth and poor.
􀂙 We stand in solidarity with our girl children and women. And we pledge to do everything possible to empower them and to keep them safe and secure. A fund - “Nirbhaya Fund” - to be setup with Government contribution of ` 1,000 crore.
􀂙 Youth to be motivated to voluntarily join skill development programmes. National Skill Development Corporation to set the curriculum and standards for training in different skills. ` 1000 crore set apart for this scheme.
􀂙 To the poor of India direct benefit transfer scheme will be rolled out throughout the country during the term of the UPA Government with the motive “Äapka paisa aapke haath”.

LIC in Budget Highlight

All towns of India with a population of 10,000 or more will have an office of LIC. The Finance Minister proposes to achieve this goal by 31.3.2014.

Consumer Price Index

CP Index for January 2013 is 221. If it remains same for February and March 2013, the DA will rise by 17 slabs w.e.f. 1st May 2013.