Friday, August 24, 2012

PROVIDING SOCIAL SECURITY TO CONTRACTUAL LABOUR
                 The Contract Labour are engaged in the industrial sector  by the Government and Private establishments  as per their terms of contract and requirement and   no centralized data is maintained. However, the estimated number of contract labour  engaged by licenced contractors  in central sphere including the industrial sector in  the last three years is as under:
Year
No. of contract labour covered by such licences
2009-10
13.73lakhs
2010-11
14.89 lakhs
2011-12*
13.07 lakhs
* Provisional
                Engagement of  contract labourers is regulated under   the Contract  Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act,  As far as the security  in term of  wages and other service conditions is concerned,  as per the  Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Central Rules, 1971 , the wages of the contract labour shall not be less than the rates prescribed under  Minimum Wages Act, 1948 and in cases where  the contract worker perform  the same or similar kind of work as the workmen directly employed  by the principal employer of the establishment, the wage rates, holidays , hours of work and other conditions of service  shall be the same as applicable to the workmen directly employed by the principal employer doing the same or similar kind of work.    The liability to ensure payment of wages and other benefits is primarily that of the contractor and, in case of default, that of the principal employer. 
                 In the central sphere, the Complaints are received in the field offices of Chief Labour Commissioner(Central) Organization under the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970, Minimum Wages Act, 1948 and by   other laws applicable on contract labour which are investigated and action is taken. Social security aspects of contract workers under Employees Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provision Act, 1952 and Employees State Insurance Act 1948 are enforced by the Employees Provident Fund organization and Employees State Insurance Corporation respectively provided the establishments in which outsourced workers are working are covered under the said Acts.  Central Government hasalso prohibited employment of contract labour in various establishments in central sphere through 84 Notifications issued from time to time under the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970. To safeguard the interests of the contract labour further in term of wages and social security, a proposal to amend the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970 is under consideration of the Government.
                The Union Labour & Employment Minister Shri Mallikarjun Kharge gave this information in a written reply  in  Rajya Sabha today.
Source : PIB, August 22, 2012


                                               
           IPO EXAMINATION 2012
(MOST URGENT)
CONDUCTING OF LIMITED DEPARTMENTAL COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION FOR PROMOTION TO THE CADRE OF INSPECTOR POSTS (66.66%) DEPARTMENTAL QUOTA FOR THE YEAR 2012. {RE-SCHEDULED}
  
Sub: Conducting of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for promotion to the cadre of Inspector Posts (66.66%) Departmental quota for the year, 2012.
D.G. Posts No. A-34012/07/2012-DE Dated 22nd August, 2012.
I am directed to invite kind attention to this office letter No. dated 07.06.2012 wherein a notification was issued for Conducting of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for promotion to the cadre of Inspector Posts for the year 2012 on 8th & 9th September 2012.
2.         The Competent Authority has now ordered to re-schedule and hold the above examination on 15th & 16th September, 2012 to the following timings:
Date of examination
Paper Nos.
Time
15th September,2012
Paper-I
10.00 A.M. to 01.00 P.M.
15th September,2012
Paper-II
02.00 P.M. to 05.00 P.M.
16th September,2012
Paper-III
10.00 A.M. to 01.00 P.M.
16th September,2012
Paper-IV
02.00 P.M. to 05.00 P.M
3.         This may be circulated to all concerned. There will be no change in other terms and conditions, issued in this office letter of even no. dated 07.06.2012.
4.         This issues with the approval of Competent Authority.
                                                                        Sd/-
(K. Rameswara Rao)
Assistant Director General(DE


 OVER  RS. 750 CR LYING IN INACTIVE POST OFFICE SAVING  ACCOUNTS : GOVERNMENT.
         The government today said around Rs 752 crore is lying as unclaimed deposits in more than 2.49 crore inactive savings accounts in post offices.
        "Rs 752,44,57,414.03 is the amount lying in all inactive (silent) accounts as on March 31, 2011 in 2,49,59,446 accounts," Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.
        West Bengal led the tally of unclaimed deposits with over Rs 107 crore lying in 20.16 lakh accounts, followed by Tamil Nadu (Rs 105.87 crore in 62.72 lakh accounts) and Uttar Pradesh (Rs 68.61 crore in 21.74 lakh accounts).
        "The depositor of such account can activate the account at any time by transaction. Notices are issued every year to the account holder of such accounts who are not maintaining minimum balance. Special drives are launched to re-activate such accounts by issuing notices and giving information through electronic media," Sibal said.
       Responding to another query, Sibal said 79,604 complaints for non-delivery of Registered Letters, 41,794 for Speed Post and 8,257 related to Parcels were received in the April-June, 2012 period.
       "Of these, 73,077 complaints for registered post, 38,154 for Speed Post and 6,147 for Parcels were addressed. As on June 30, 2012, 6,527 complaint cases of Registered Letters, 3,640 cases of Speed Post and 2,110 cases of Parcels are pending," Sibal said.
       The major reason for the pendency are involvement of more than one postal circle/state in processing the complaints, time taken in making detailed inquiry or investigation and non-submission of the required details by the complainant in some cases, he added.
       The Minister added that during 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12, departmental action has been initiated in 1,287 cases against postal employees and penalties have been imposed in 1,157 cases for non-delivery and loss of articles etc.
       In a separate reply, Minister of State for Communications and IT Sachin Pilot said the Department of Posts' (DoP) volume as well as revenue from speed post has continuously increased over the years.
        "The volume of Speed Post has increased from 21.14 crore in 2008-09 to 24.08 crore in 2009-10, 27.45 crore in 2010-11 to 39.19 crore in 2011-12," Pilot said.
        Revenues from speed posts have also grown from Rs 515 crore in 2008-09 to Rs 614 crore in 2009-10, Rs 749 crore in 2010-11 and Rs 900 crore in 2011-12, he added.
Source : The Economic Times, August 22, 2012
CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS EMPLOYEE’S PENSION FUND
         An amount of Rs. 14,767.47 crore (as per unaudited Balance Sheet of 2011-12) has been received as contribution in Employees’ Pension Fund for the financial year ending on 31.3.2012.
        An amount of Rs. 1,62,980.04 crore is balance in Employees’ Pension Fund Contribution Account as on 31.3.2012.
        The whole amount of Employees’ Pension Fund stands invested. Rs. 57,087.01 crores is invested in Public Account and balance is invested in securities.
        As per the unaudited Balance Sheet of the year 2011-12, total interest income of the investment of Employees Pension Fund for the year ended March 2012 is Rs.13,315.79 crore. The average rate of interest on Public Account is 8.5% and on investment in securities is 8.27%.
        The Union Labour & Employment Minister Shri Mallikarjun Kharge gave this information in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.
Source : PIB, August 22, 2012
REGULATION OF COURIER COMPANIES
The performance of private courier companies has not been the subject of any study by the Department of Posts.
Department of Posts does not have any regulatory and monitoring mechanism for private courier companies and their services.
This was stated by Shri Sachin Pilot, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology in response to a written question in Lok Sabha today.
DELAY IN DELIVERY OF DAK
Complaints regarding delay in delivery or any other service failure in respect of postal articles including speed post letters, money orders and registered posts are received from time to time. A statement of complaints received, settled and settlement percentage with respect to speed post letters, money orders and registered post for the last three years, i.e., for 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 is given in Annexure- I, Annexure-II and Annexure- III.
The volume as well as revenue of Speed Post has continuously increased over the years.  The figures for the last four financial years are as follows:
Speed Post
2008-09
2009-10
2010-11
2011-12
Volume (in Crore)
21.14
24.08
27.45
39.19
Revenue (Rs. in Crore)
515
614
749
900
In general, mails do not remain unsorted in Regional Sorting Centres except for exceptional situations like natural calamities or civil disturbances.
The Department carries out establishment reviews of Post Offices and Sorting Centres periodically as per set norms and timelines to provide justified staff for delivery and sorting. Shortages in manpower requirement are met by redeployment or by engaging outsourced workforce or through overtime till regular recruitment is done.
For faster processing of mails in sorting centres, Automated Mail Processing Centres have been set up at four metropolitan cities. To improve delivery services some measures that have been taken in the recent past include rationalization of country’s entire mail network, introduction of mechanized delivery and training to delivery staff to improve their performance.(PIB 22.08.12)

NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGES
                Since the local conditions vary widely across the States, it is not feasible to have a uniform minimum wage for the whole country. The concept of National Floor Level Minimum Wage (NFLMW) was mooted on the basis of the recommendations of the National Commission on Rural Labour (NCRL) in 1991 with a view to have a uniform wage structure and to reduce the disparity in minimum wages across the country. Keeping in view the recommendation of NCRL and taking into account the rise in price indices, the NFLMW was initially fixed at Rs.35/- per day in 1996. The same has been revised from time to time and presently it is Rs.115/- w.e.f. 1.4.2011.
Since NFLMW is a non-statutory measure, all the States/UT Governments have been requested that in none of the scheduled employments, the minimum wages should be less than the NFLMW. At present, there is a proposal to amend the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 to make the NFLMW statutory.
                A statement showing the range of minimum rates of wages for unskilled workers state-wise as available is annexed.
                Disparity in rates of minimum wages in various regions of the country is inevitable.  This is due to wide differences in socio-economic and agro-climatic conditions, prices of essential commodities, paying capacity, productivity and local conditions influencing the wage rate.  The regional disparity in minimum wages is also attributed to the fact that labour is in the concurrent list under the Constitution and both the Central and State Governments are the appropriate Governments to fix, revise and enforce minimum wages in scheduled employments in their respective jurisdictions.
            
                The Union Labour & Employment Minister Shri Mallikarjun Kharge gave this information in a written reply  in Rajya  Sabha today.
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RANGE OF MINIMUM WAGES FOR UNSKILLED WORKERS IN DIFFERENT STATES/UNION TERRITORIES.


Sl.No.
States/Union Territories
Range of Minimum Wage for Unskilled Workers (In Rs. Per day)
Central Sphere*
162.00 - 270.00
State Sphere
1
Andhra Pradesh*
69.00 -231.71
2
Arunachal Pradesh
134.62 - 153.85
3
Assam*
100.42
4
Bihar*
138.00 - 144.00
5
Chhattisgarh*
104.60 - 151.04
6
Goa
150.00 - 157.00
7
Gujarat*
100.00-181.80
8
Haryana*
186.42
9
Himachal Pradesh
120.00
10
Jammu & Kashmir
110.00
11
Jharkhand*
127.00-145.54
12
Karnataka*
130.08-220.73
13
Kerala*
85.20 - 353.00
14
Madhya Pradesh*
146.49 - 174.80
15
Maharashtra*
100.00 -248.15
16
Manipur
122.10
17
Meghalaya
100.00
18
Mizoram
132.00
19
Nagaland
80.00
20
Orissa*
92.50
21
Punjab*
154.46
22
Rajasthan*
135.00-166.46
23
Sikkim
130.00
24
Tamil Nadu*
88.29 - 222.35
25
Tripura
65.77 - 130.00
26
Uttar Pradesh*
100.00 - 171.20
27
Uttarakhand*
98.67 - 200.77
28
West Bengal*
112.50 -169.30
29
A & N Islands*
212.00 - 242.000
30
Chandigarh*
219.23
31
Dadra & Nagar Haveli*
156.20
32
Daman & Diu*
143.60
33
Delhi*
270.00
34
Lakshadweep*
200.00
35
Puducherry
100.00 - 205.00
* = The  system of VDA is in vogue.
11 States/UTs have no VDA

(Release ID :86505) PIB 22.08.2012