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Divestment: Some profitable PSUs too may be put on the block

The government may include some profitable Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) -- which are not of much strategic importance -- in the the list of entities targeted for disinvestment in 2018, along with sick and loss-making units, a top official has said.

The government was so far focussed on strategic sale of sick and loss-making CPSEs.

Fearing ‘reprisals’, many employees de-activate social media accounts

A Facebook user wrote on his timeline: “Take a lot of curd friends. It is very healthy. What else do I post…..? Gosh.”

The government diktat curbing use of social media by its employees forced many employees on Wednesday to de-activate their social media accounts.

Fear reprisals, several employees deactivated their original accounts and created fake ones while some refrained from writing political posts on Facebook and Twitter.

No Political Views On Social Media: Jammu And Kashmir Government To Employees

The government has added a sub-rule in the Jammu and Kashmir Government Employees Conduct rules which states that no government employee shall engage in any criminal, dishonest, immoral or notoriously disgraceful conduct on social media which may be prejudicial to the government.

Airing political views on personal social media accounts may now land Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) government employees in trouble.

Govt issues fresh norms on model conduct for PSU employees

The Centre has issued a fresh set of norms to govern the conduct of central PSU employees, which bars them from political activities and criticising government policies or actions.

The rules will impact over 12 lakh employees working in state-owned firms.

The 'Consolidated Model Conduct, Discipline and Appeal Rules for CPSEs' also prescribes that employees must not accept any gifts refrain from consuming any intoxicating drink or drug in a public place, not appear in a public place in a state of intoxication, or use any intoxicating drink or drug to excess.

7th Pay Commission: Minimum Pay of Govt Employees is Below What's Needed to Keep a Family Out of Poverty

In last 18 months there is no confirmed news about the hike in minimum wage under 7th Pay Commission except a large number of media organisations have speculated the issue. According to a report, the central government employees’ minimum pay has been below what’s needed to keep a family of four out of poverty since 2016. It’s also well shy of the peak of its buying power almost one-fourth of ten years ago.

Many believe that it’s now time to raise the minimum pay which is currently Rs 18,000 per month.


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