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Friday, July 29, 2011

AICPIN FOR JUNE 2011

All-India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers on Base 2001=100 for the Month of June 2011

        All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of June, 2011 increased by 2 points and stood at 189 (one hundred & eighty nine) .
                             
                                During June, 2011, the index recorded increase of 8 points in Doom Dooma Tinsukia centre, 7 points in Rajkot centre, 5 points each in Puducherry, Varanasi, Guwahati and Chandigarh centres, 4 points in 7 centres, 3 points in 8 centres, 2 points in 19 centres and 1 point in 20 centres. The index decreased by 3 points in Ludhiana centre, 2 points in Nasik centre, 1 point in 6 centres, while in the remaining 10 centres the index remained stationary.
             
                                The maximum increase of 8 points  in  Doom Dooma Tinsukia centre is mainly on account of increase in the prices of Rice, Mustard Oil, Pork, Fish Fresh, Country Liquor, Firewood, etc. The increase of 7 points in Rajkot centre is due to increase in the prices of Rice, Groundnut Oil, Pure Ghee, Milk, Pan Finished, Cooking Gas, Petrol, Washing Soap, etc. The increase of 5 points in Puducherry, Varanasi, Guwahati and Chandigarh centres is due to increase in the prices of  Rice, Mustard Oil, Fish Fresh, Milk, Pure Ghee, Vegetable & Fruit items, Tea (Readymade), Tailoring Charges, etc. The decrease of 3 points in Ludhiana centre is the outcome of decrease in the prices of Wheat Atta, Vanaspati Ghee, Vegetable & Fruit items, etc. The decrease of 2 points in Nasik centre is due to decrease in the prices of Wheat, Chillies Green, Vegetable and Fruit items, Sugar, etc.
                                The indices in respect of the six major centres are as follows :

1. Ahmedabad
    181

2. Bangalore
    192

3. Chennai
    167

 4. Delhi
     172

5. Kolkata
    183

6. Mumbai
    189

                                The All-India (General) point to point rate of inflation for the month of June, 2011 is 8.62% as compared to 8.72% in May, 2011. Inflation based on Food Index is 6.91% in June, 2011 as compared to 7.61% in May, 2011.
                             
                                The CPI-IW for July, 2011 will be released on the last working day of the next month, i.e. 30th August, 2011.
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Assured Career Progression (ACP) Scheme for Railway servants - AIRF

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. PC.V/2006/PNM/AIRF/1
New Delhi, dated 27-7-2011

The General Secretary,
A.I .R.F.,
4, State Entry Road,
New Delhi-110055

Sub: PNM/AIRF Item No. 12/2006 - Assured Career Progression (ACP) Scheme for Railway servants - Clarification regarding procedure in respect of selection posts.

Ret: Minutes of the meeting held with the Board on 21-22 December 2010

   With reference to the above, the undersigned is directed to state that the matter has already been examined and it was advised earlier vide Board’s letter of even number dated 23-11-2009 that the earlier ACP Scheme (of October 1999) envisaged fulfillment of normal promotion norms such as bench mark, trade test, departmental exam, seniority-cum-fitness, etc., for grant of financial upgradation. Howaver, the Modified ACP Scheme, which has superseded the earlier ACP Scheme and effective from 1.9.2008,
prescribes that financial upgradation would be subject to fitness in the hierarchy of the Grade Pay within the PB-I. Thereafter, the benchmark of ‘Good’ till the Grade Pay of Rs.6600 in PB-3 end the benchmark of 'Very GOOd’ to the Grade Pay of Rs.7600 and above would be applicable for financial upgradation. As such, the MACPS criteria for upgradation are different from the ACP Scheme.

   Further, vide Board’s letter dated 28.12.2010 (RBE 188/2010). It has been clarified that where the financial upgradation under the MACPS also happens to be in the promotional grade and benchmark for promotion is lower than the benchmark for granting the benefits under MACPS, the benchmark for promotion shall apply to MACPS also.

Yours faithfully,
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For Secretary, Railway Board

Source:AIRF

Cabinet approves the Lokpal Bill, 2011

The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal for the enactment of a new legislation in the form of the Lokpal Bill, 2011. The Bill provides for the establishment of the institution of Lokpal to inquire into allegations of corruption against certain public functionaries and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

The Bill envisages setting up the institution of Lokpal consisting of Chairperson and eight Members with the stipulation that half of the Members shall be Judicial Members. It will have its own Investigation Wing and Prosecution Wing with such officers and staff as are necessary to carry out its functions.

The Lokpal shall inquire into allegations of corruption made in respect of Prime Minister, after he has demitted office; a Minister of the Union; a Member of Parliament; any Group 'A' officer or equivalent; Chairperson or member or officer equivalent to Group 'A' in any body/ Board/ corporation/ authority/ company/ society/ trust/ autonomous body established by an Act of Parliament or wholly or partly financed or controlled by the Central Government; any director, manager, secretary or other officer of a society or association of persons or trust wholly or partly financed or aided by the Government or in receipt of any donations from the public and whose annual income exceeds such amount as the Central Government may by notification specify. However, the organisations created for religious purposes and receiving public donations would be outside the purview of Lokpal.

The Lokpal shall not require sanction or approval under Section 197 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 or Section 19 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, in cases where prosecution is proposed. The Lokpal will also have powers to attach the property of corrupt public servants acquired through corrupt means

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Encashment of Leave on Average Pay (LAP) while availing Privilege Pass / PTO - Clarification regarding.

PC VI No.266
RBE No.95/2011

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. F(E)III/2008/LE1/1
New Delhi, dated: 22.06.2011.

The General Managers/FA&CAOs,
All Zonal Railways/Production Units,
(As per Mailing List).

Subject:- Encashment of Leave on Average Pay (LAP) while availing Privilege Pass / PTO - Clarification regarding.

   References have been received in this office from some quarters seeking clarification as to whether Railway employees can avail encashment of leave in terms of Rule 540-A/R-I, 1985 Edition
while proceeding on leave other than on LAP and Casual Leave.

   2. The matter has been examined in consultation with the Department of Personnel & Training, the nodal department of the Government in the matter, and it is clarified that in order to claim encashment of LAP while availing Privilege Pass/PTO, in terms of the provisions contained in Rule 540-A/R-l, 1985 Edition and as modifled/clariflĂ©d from time to time, Railway employees are required to avail leave, including casual leave. Holidays, including Restricted Holidays, do not come within the ambit of the definition of leave for the aforesaid purpose.

   3. Please acknowledge receipt.

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(Sunil Bhardwaj)
Deputy Director Finance (Estt)III,
Railway Board.

Source: AIRF

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

PENSION ENQUIRY SYSTEM LAUNCHED BY DEFENCE ACCOUNT DEPT

The Defence Accounts Department is developed Two Software to serve Pensioners

CONTROLLER GENERAL OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS
Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt - 110 010

   The Defence Accounts Department is pleased to inform our esteemed pensioners that following two software have been developed, installed and made operational in all 61 DPDOs across the country. The details of services are as follows:


1) SUVIGYA

   It is a pension enquiry system wherein pensioners can know their entitlement of pension by providing certain minimum basic information.

2) AASHRAYA

   This is a web enabled pension disbursement system developed to serve pensioners with promptness & accuracy both in matter of disbursement and grievance redressal .

   New facility for sending Monthly Statement of Pension from DPDOs has been launched. Our esteemed pensioners can provide the E-mail address and/or Mobile Number for receiving their Monthly Statement of Pension through E-mail and/or SMS.

Click the below link to view complete details
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Result of Written Part of NDA & Naval Academy Exam (I) 2011 Announced

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced the results of written part of the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I) 2011 held by the UPSC in April 2011. Interviews will be held by the Services Selection Board of the Ministry of Defence for admission to Army, Navy and Air Force Wings of the National Defence Academy for the 127th Course and Naval Academy for the 89th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) commencing from December 30, 2011.

The candidature of all the candidates whose roll numbers are shown in the list is provisional.  In accordance with the conditions of their admission to the examination, they are required to submit original certificates of Age and Educational Qualification direct to the “Additional Directorate General of Recruiting, Adjutant General’s Branch, Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Army), West Block No-III, R.K.Puram, New Delhi.” The candidates must not send the original certificates to the UPSC. The mark-sheets of the candidates, who have qualified, shall be available on the Commission’s website within fifteen (15) days from the date of publication of the final result (after concluding SSB interviews) and will remain available on the website for a period of sixty (60) days.

Candidates may obtain any information/clarification during working hours in person or over telephone No.011-23385271, 011-23381125 and 011-23098543. The result is available on PIB website i.e www.pib.nic.in and also on the UPSC website i.e.www.upsc.gov.in.

Click here to see result

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

How to claim refund while filing income tax return

Have you failed to reporting some tax saving investment to your employer or did you make the investment after submitting your investment declaration to the employer? Then there is a possibility of you being eligible for a tax refund. "Atax refund could be due to the following: tax deduction at source at a rate higher than the actual tax payable; wrong (ie, higher) estimation of income while computing advance tax liability; not reporting all investments to the employer while the employer deducts taxes on salary; and claim of exemption in tax returns," says Sonu Iyer, tax partner, Ernst & Young.

Most companies require employees to declare at the beginning of the financial year their proposed investments for tax exemptions/deductions. House rent and leave travel allowances are the common exemptions that can be claimed, while interest on housing loan, investments in PPF, NSC, ELSS, life insurance premiums, home loan principal repayment, stamp duty/registration fee, and long-term infrastructure bonds come under common deductions. Other deductions include medical insurance premium (section 80D), interest on education loan (section 80E), maintenance of disabled dependent (section 80DD), etc.

"Some employees fail to make the declaration, while some may give the details but fail to provide the relevant documentary proof within the time frame prescribed by the employer. In either case, employees can claim tax exemptions/deductions only while filing tax returns.

This results in a tax refund," says Vaibhav Sankla executive director, Adroit Tax Services. "The deduction on interest on the housing loan, based on the provisional certificate obtained from the housing finance company/bank during the financial year, is reflected inForm 16. For FY 2010-11, since the rates were on the rise, the final certificate would show a higher amount of interest for those who took loan on a variable rate. This, too, can be a reason for a tax refund claim," Sankla says. In the case of retired individuals/senior citizens, banks deduct income-tax at source if they fail to furnish declaration in Form 15G/15H for non-deduction of tax on their interest income. Further, ifPAN is not provided, the deduction rate goes up to 20% from 10%.

For non-residents, banks often deduct taxes at 30.9% (or lower as per India's tax treaty with the country they reside in) on the interest earned by NRO accounts. Even tenants of non-resident landlords deduct income tax at 30.9% on the rent paid. Most nonresidents fall in either the 0% or 10% tax slab as their Indian income is limited. This means, nonresidents often claim refund of the excess tax deducted.

Some individuals pay advance tax on the capital gains they expect during the year. This can be adjusted against any capital loss they may incur later in the year. The amount of capital gain could also be lower due to indexation, deductions u/s 54/54EC/54F, incorrect cost calculation etc.

ELIGIBILITY FOR REFUND 

"Taxpayers should first calculate their final tax liability in accord-inance with the tax slabs applicable to them. If the total tax liability is less than the taxes paid or deducted during the year, they would be eligible for a tax refund," says Vineet Agarwal, director - tax and regulatory services, KPMG. Ensure tax exemptions and/or deductions are mentioned correctly. In the case of a home loan, for instance, ensure the amount on the final certificate from the housing finance company is the same as in the provisional certificate you submitted to the employer.

CALCULATING REFUND 

"For calculating refund, you have to calculate taxes on income after applying the applicable income tax rates. Once you arrive at the total tax payable, deduct all the tax deducted at source and advance taxes and self assessment tax paid (if any). The balance (if negative) is the refund amount," Iyer adds.

REJECTION OF TAX REFUND 

The most common reason is incorrect calculation of tax payable by the taxpayer. "Refund can also be rejected if the amount shown as TDS in the returns does not match with the details in the database of the income-tax department," Agarwal of KPMG says. If you have mentioned the PAN or assessment year wrongly, then, unless corrective action is taken, the refund claim will be rejected.

TRACKING REFUND 

If you filed returns online, visit tin.tin.nsdl.com/oltas/refundstatuslogin. html to know the refund status. Enter your PAN, select the assessment year and click submit to get the details. You can also send an email to itro@sbi.co.in or refunds@i ncometaxindia.gov.in for refund related queries. If you have filed the returns through a chartered accountant, you can check the refund status by contacting theSBI helpdesk or the aaykar sampark. It would be advisable to follow up with the assessing officer of the jurisdiction where the return was filed to get the correct status.

PROCESSING TIME FOR REFUND 

E-filing results in quicker refunds. "Taxpayers should mention the correct bank account number if they want the refund cheque to be deposited in their account. If a taxpayer wants the refund directly credited to the bank account, then he/she should provide the MICR of the bank's branch as well," Sankla says. If you opt to receive the refund by way of cheque, ensure that you mention your permanent address in the tax return form. Else, in case you change the address before receiving the refund, the refund cheque would be returned undelivered to the I-T department. If the cheque is invalid/expired by the time it reaches you, intimate the jurisdictional office and send the cheque back to the refund banker for re-issue.

In cases of e-filing, the refund is received within two to seven months. For offline returns, it often takes anywhere between one and two years. In case you haven't received your tax refund, file an application with the grievance cell or the income-tax ombudsman. "The taxpayer should visit the tax office for follow-up action on the refund and enquire about the reasons for it not being processed. The taxpayer may also approach the assessing officer ('AO') concerned, with necessary documents. However, if no action is taken by the AO, the taxpayer can write to the jurisdictional chief commissioner with copies of the letter/s written to the assessing officer and with a copy of the tax return filed," says Agarwal.


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JOINT CONVENTION OF UNIONS ON PFRDA BILL

     A Joint convention of unions consisting Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, All India State Government Employees Federation, All India Defence Employees Federation, BSNL Employees Union, School Teachers Federation of India, All India Federation of University and College Teachers Organizations and Organizations of Railways Workers was held at MPCU Shah Auditorium, Shri Delhi Gujarati Samaj., Raj Niwas Marg, Civil Lines, New Delhi on 22.07.2011.

The convention was presided over by a joint presidium of Coms. S.K. Vyas(Confederation)R.G. Karnik (AISGEF), P.R.Memon (Railways), V.A.N. Namboodri (BSNL) Ashok Kumar Burman(AIFUCTO) and Sardar Singh (Defence). In the beginning Com. Sukomal Sen (AISGEF) put written detailed draft declaration to be adopted at National Convention and elaborately discussed all the issues which will adversely affect the interests of workers and employees after enactment of the PFRDA Bill by the parliament.

 If once authority is formed it will also interfere in the existing pension scheme.com. Basudev Acharya M.P., CPI(M)  Parliamentary Party leader in Lok Sabha elaborated discussed about PFRDA Bill and told as to how the Left MPs resisted and prevented the move of UPA-I Government  who wanted to introduce this Bill.But after withdrawal of support from the Government on nuclear bill issue , the Government accelerated the speed of neoliberal economic policies.

 After coming back in power the congress lead UPA-2 Government has introduced the PFRDA Bill again in Lok Sabha with the help of main opposition party B.J.P. When a Vote of division was demanded by us. Com. Tapan Sen General Secretary CITU stated the new pension scheme is totally Fraud as the assurance given by the Government will never be fulfilled.

            Other main speakers on the subject were Coms. Ashok Kumar Burman S/G, AIFUCTO, Shiv Gopal Mishra S/G AIRF, Muthusundram G/S AISGEF, D. Biswas (BEA), Shyam Sunder (Pensioners Federation), Sardar Singh (AIDEF), P.Abhimanyu(BSNL), Elangobin (DREU), Rajenderan (School Teachers Association),Com. M.K.Pandhe , Senior Veteran Leader CITU also expressed his views on PFRDA Bill and appealed to all to launch extensive campaign to mobilize  and unite the entire working class to oppose and defeat the bill.

            `Com. M. Krishnan Secretary General NFPE stated that new pension scheme is nothing but gambling by the Government. He cited the examples how the amount of pension of U.S. employees became zero after recession and bankruptey of finance and insurance Companies there. He assured that NFPE will launch all agitational programmes to be decided by the unions and fight tooth and nail the PFRDA Bill.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Extension of Risk Allowance till 31.12.2011.

No.21012/01/2008-Estt.(Allowance) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training 
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New Delhi, dated 19 th July, 2011.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM 

Subject:- Extension of Risk Allowance till 31.12.2011. 

The undersigned is directed to refer this Department's OM No. 21012/01/2008-Estt.(AL) dated 25.01.2011 vide which payment of Risk  Allowance was extended till 30.6.2011. Extension of Risk Allowance for a further period of six months beyond 30.6.2011 has been considered and it has been decided that Risk Allowance may be continued for a further period of six months upto 31.12.2011 or till such time Risk Insurance Scheme is implemented, whichever is earlier. All the Ministries/Departments are requested to ensure implementation of Risk Insurance Scheme before 31.12.2011. 

( Zoya C.B. ) 
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India 
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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Revision of pension/family pension under rules 40 and 41.

No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi-110003

Dated the 22nd July, 2011.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub:- Revision of pension/family pension in respect of the pensioners who were in receipt of compulsory retirement pension and compassionate allowance under Rules 40 and 41 of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972

   The undersigned is directed say that in accordance with para 4.2 of this Department’s OM. No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 1.9.2008, the revised pension of pre-2006 pensioners shall, in no case, be lower than fifty percent of the minimum of the pay in the pay band plus the grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from which the pensioner had retired. In the case of HAG+ and above scales, this will be fifty percent of the minimum of the revised pay scale.


   2. Doubts have been raised in regard to the applicability of the above provision in the case of revision of pension/family pension in respect of the pensioners who were in receipt of compulsory retirement pension and compassionate allowance under Rules 40 and 41 of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972. The matter has been examined in the light of the instructions/orders issued after Fifth Central Pay Commission for revision of pension/family pension in such cases. It was clarified in this Department’s OM. No.45/86/97-P&PW(A) dated 25.3.2004 that the provisions of OM. dated 17.12.1998 relating to stepping up of pension to 50% of the minimum of the revised scale of pay as on 1.1 .96 of the post held by the pensioner at the time of retirement shall not be applicable in case of compulsory retirement pension and compassionate allowance.

   3. It has now been decided that the benefit of para 4.2 of this Department's OM. No. 38/37/08 P&PW(A) dated 1.9.2008 [as clarified vide OM No. 38/37/08- P&PW(A) (pt.l) dated 3.10.2008] will not be applicable in the case of revision of pension/family pension in respect of the pensioners who were in receipt of compulsory retirement pension and compassionate allowance under Rules 40 and
41 of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972.

   4. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) vide their U.O. No 152/EV/2011 dated 30.6.2011.

   5. In so far as persons belonging to the Indian Audit & Accounts Departments, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

   6. Hindi version will follow.

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(Tripti P Ghosh)
Director

Source;www.persmin.gov.in

Defence Civilian Medical Aid Fund (DCMAF)

Office of the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (CC)
Cariappa Road, Lucknow- 226002

IMPORTANT CIRCULAR

No. AN/V/CIRCULAR 
Dated: 06/06/2011

To
The CDA(RTC)
The IFA (CC) Lucknow
All Sub Offices in Main Office Lucknow
MI SAOs/AOs in MO., Lucknow

Sub:- Defence Civilian Medical Aid Fund (DCMAF)

   A copy of HQrs office DO No. AN/VII/7089/DCMAF/11 dated 23.05.2011 for awareness of Defence Civilian Medical Aid Fund (DCMAF),
 which provides financial assistance to the members in case they or their dependents suffer from certain specified ailments is circulated herewith for further necessary action.

   2. Further, the salient features of the DCMAF are enclosed for kind information and for giving wide publicity amongst the Officers and Staff for subscribing to the fund. The Annual/Lifetime membership fee is negligible and is based on the Grade Pay of an employee in a particular Pay Bond.

   3. Receipt of this circular may please be acknowledged.

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(Sandeep Thakur)
Dy. CDA (AN)

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Promotion of Steno Grade ‘D’ of CSSS to the Personal Assistant (PA) Grade of CSSS on ad-hoc basis.

No.5/3/2011-CS-II(C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market,
New Delhi-110003.
Date: the 19th July 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Promotion of Steno Grade ‘D’ of CSSS to the Personal Assistant (PA) Grade of CSSS on ad-hoc basis.

   The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 4.5.2011 on the subject mentioned above and to say that all the Cadre Units were requested to furnish the details of DPC recommendation and vigilance clearance in respect of all eligible Steno Grade ‘D’ found fit by the DPC in the ascending order of their incumbency as per the zone prescribed for adhoc promotion.


   2. On the basis of information received from the Cadre Units, the competent authority has decided to nominate the Steno Grade ‘D’ (whose details are indicated in Annexure-I), for appointment to the grade of PA of CSSS on ad-hoc basis to other Cadre Units.

   3. In order to ensure that officers are given exposure to working in different Ministries/ Departments, they are allowed to give three options of Cadre Units, in compliance with the consolidated instructions regarding Rotation Transfer Policy (issued vide this Department O.M. No. 13/1/2009-CS.II dated 15.7.2011). Cadre Units concerned are, therefore, requested that the information in the enclosed proforma (Annexure-II) may be forwarded to this Department latest by 22.7.2011. In case the requisite information is not received by the stipulated date, it would be presumed that the official concerned has no option to furnish and this Department
will make nomination as per availability of vacancy.

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(Kiran Vasudeva)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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Annual Returns about representation of SCs, STs, OBCs and Persons with Disabilities-DOPT

No. 36027/1/2010-Estt(Res)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated 20th July, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub:- Annual Returns about representation of SCs, STs, OBCs and Persons with Disabilities in Services - Meeting of the Liaison Officers of the Ministries / Departments.

   The Parliamentary Committee on the welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes has expressed concern over non-submission of above referred returns in time by some Ministries / Departments.
The Cabinet Secretariat has also taken note of this issue. It has been decided to hold a meeting of the Liaison Officers of the Ministries / Departments, which have not sent the reports for the years 2009 and / or 2010 so far, on 27.7.2011 at 2.30 PM in Room No. 190, lst Floor, North Block New Delhi.

   2. It is requested that the Liaison Officer of the Ministry / Department may attend the meeting.

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(Sharad Kumar Srivastava)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

OUTSTATION ALLOWANCE (OSA) FOR RMS STAFF- REVISION OF RATES THEREOF

 No. D.G. Posts No. 28.2/2010-D dated 19.7.2011

            The outstation allowance payable to the RMS Staff was last revised vide Directorate Memo no. 50-1/98-D dated 08.03.1999 and was under consideration at this Directorate  for further revision in the wake of revised DA rates recommended by the 6th Central Pay Commission.

2.         It has been decided to revise upwards the Outstation Allowance payable to the RMS Staff for a period of absence on duty from their headquarters exceeding six hours at the following rates:

i)          Multi task Staff (Gr. D)  Rs. 27.50
ii)         Mail Guard                   Rs.27.50
iii)        Head Mail Guard          Rs.29.70
iv)        Sorting Assistants        Rs.29.70
v)         LSG SA                        Rs.31.50

FOR EVERY SIX HOURS OR PART THEREOF

3.         The revised Outstation allowance rates would be applicable with restrospective effect from 01.09.2008.

4.         This issues with the concurrence of IFW vide Diary No. 64/FA/11/CS dated 15.07.2011 and approval of Secretary (Posts)

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Project ‘SANGAM’ for Defence Pensioners Launched

Controller General of Defenc Accounts (CGDA) Shri Nand Kishore recently launched a software project ‘SANGAM’ for defence pensioners in a function at its headquarters at Delhi Cantonment. Speaking on this occasion, Controller General of Defence Accounts mentioned that the project ‘SANGAM’ will provide useful Management Information System (MIS) to the financial planners in the Ministry of Defence.

Project ‘SANGAM’ is a software which will facilitate issuance of corrigendum pension payment orders. This will address the demand from the ex-servicemen for issue of individual corrigendum pension payment order consequent to implementation of recommendations of Sixth Central Pay Commission (6th CPC).

This software project is one step forward from the project ‘SUVIGYA’ which was launched in October last year on the occasion of Defence Account Department Day and is very popular among defence pensioners.

The pension payment orders to be issued using ‘SANGAM’ software will be a special corrigendum pension payment system which will contain all the basic details of original pension payment order. It will also have details of family pension, disability pension and any other type of pension available to a pensioner. The new corrigendum pension payment order is unique in the sense that it gives new ID to each pensioner which will be helpful in readily accessing all data relating to a pensioner.

There are about 18 lakh defence pensioners who will be benefitted with the launch of project ‘SANGAM’ in the long run. It will also help in grievance redressal of pensioners with regard to the correctness of payment of pension.

The software has been developed in house by a team of officers from IT wing of Controller General of Defence Accounts, headed by Shri Murli Krishnan, Sr ACGDA (IT).

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

FRESH EMPANELMENT OF PRIVATE HOSPITALS UNDER CGHS, BENGALURU, CHANDIGARH, HYDERABAD, KOLKATA, AHMEDABAD AND PUNE.

Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi 110 108
No:S.110011/23/2009-CGHS D.II/Hospital Cell (Part IX)

Dated, the 5th July. 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Fresh empanelment of private hospitals under CGHS, BENGALURU, CHANDIGARH, HYDERABAD, KOLKATA, AHMEDABAD AND PUNE.

   The undersigned is directed to state that CGHS had initiated action for empanelment of private hospitals under CGHS, under Continuous Empanelment Scheme, which was notified vide Office Memorandum of even
number dated 8th December, 2010.

   2. The undersigned is directed to enclose a further list of hospitals, under the categories mentioned in the document that have conveyed their acceptance of the CGHS rates in various cities announced and placed on CGHS website and have signed the Memorandum of Agreement with CGHS and have also furnished the appropriate performance bank guarantee. These hospitals are also taken as included in the list of approved hospitals for empanelment under CGHS, BENGALURU, CHANDIGARH, HYDERABAD, KOLKATA, AHMEDABAD AND PUNE.

   3. It has now been decided that in the list of hospitals enclosed, which have been now approved under the fresh empanelment procedure, and have now signed the fresh Memorandum of Agreement and submitted the appropriate performance guarantee will be eligible to treat CGHS beneficiaries at revised rates with effect from the date of issue of letter.

   A copy of this Office Memorandum and CGHS rates for different cities are available at web site http://msotransparent. nic. in/cqhsnew/index.asp

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[R. Ravi]
Director
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Fresh empanelment of Diagnostic Laboratories and Imaging Centres under CGHS, Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai.

No: S. 11011/23/2009-CGHS D. II/Hospital Cell
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
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Maulana Azad Road, Nirman Bhawan
New Delhi 110 108 dated the 15th July 2011.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Fresh empanelment of Diagnostic Laboratories and Imaging Centres under CGHS, Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai.



   The undersigned is directed to state that CGHS had initiated action for fresh empanelment of private Diagnostic Laboratories / Imaging Centres under CGHS, Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai and also for the revision of package rates (which were fixed in 2007), to be paid to diagnostic centres, by floating tender for the same. On the basis of the responses received rates for various procedures / treatments have been arrived at and have been uploaded in the website of CGHS: www.mohfw.nic.in/cghsnew\index.asp and can be downloaded.

   2. The undersigned is directed to enclose a list of Diagnostic Laboratories and Imaging Centres that have conveyed their acceptance of the CGHS rates announced for different cities and have signed the Memorandum of Agreement with CGHS and have also furnished the appropriate performance bank guarantee. These Diagnostic Laboratories and Imaging Centres are now taken as included in the list of approved list for empanelment under CGHS, Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai. However, empanelment of Imaging centres is provisional subject to recommendation for empanel merit by QCI after inspection.

   3. In order that CGHS beneficiaries get treatment from well maintained and run diagnostic centres, it has been decided to have differential rates of reimbursements, as per details given in the enclosed rates list. The principle followed for the differential package rates being:

   (i) where L-1 rates were arrived at on the basis of rates quoted by non-NABL accredited diagnostic centre, NABL accredited diagnostic centres will be entitled to reimbursement of certain percentage of additional amount over and above the L-1 rates; and

   (ii) where L- I rates were arrived at on the basis of rates quoted by NABL accredited diagnostic centres, then non-NABL accredited diagnostic centres would be entitled to an amount lower by certain percentage than the reimbursement made to NABL accredited diagnostic centres at L-1 rates.

   (iii) NABL accreditation is not required for Imaging Centres and therefore, rates prescribed for NABL accredited labs are applicable for Imaging Centres.

   4. A diagnostic centre empanelled under CGHS, whose normal rates for treatment procedure / test are lower than the CGHS package rates shall charge as per the rates charged by them for that procedure / treatment from a non-CGHS beneficiary and will furnish a certificate to the effect that the rates charged from CGHS beneficiaries are not more than the rates charged by them from non-CGHS beneficiaries.

   5. In case of non-emergencies, the beneficiary shall have the option of availing specific treatment / investigation from any of the empanelled diagnostic centre of his / her choice (provided the diagnostic centre is empanelled for that treatment procedure / test), after the same has been advised by CGHS / other Government Specialist / CMO in-charge and permission is obtained from the competent authority.

   6. Permission for treatment is granted by CMO in-charge / Additional Director / Joint Director, CGHS in case of pensioners, former Governors, former Vice Presidents, ex-MPs, Freedom Fighters, etc., and by Rajya Sabha / Lok Sabha Secretariat as the case may be in case of sifting Members of Parliament, concerned
Ministry / Department / Organisation in case of serving Government employees, serving employees and pensioners of autonomous bodies covered under CGHS.

   7. The empanelled diagnostic centres shall honour permission letter issued by competent authority and provide treatment / investigation facilities as specified in the permission letter.

   8. Diagnostic centres shall provide credit facility to the following categories of CGHS beneficiaries (including dependant family members, whose names are entered on CGHS Card) on production of valid permission letter:

• Members of Parliament;
• Pensioners of Central Government drawing pension from central estimates;
• former Vice-presidents, Former Governors and former Prime Ministers;
• Ex-Members of Parliament;
• Freedom Fighters;
• serving CGHS employees;
• serving employees of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (including attached / subordinate offices under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare); and
• such other categories of CGHS cardholders as notified by the Government.

   9.1 Bills should be submitted to the Office of the Rajya Sabha Secretariat / Lok Sabha Secretariat in case of sitting Members of Parliament and to Additional Director, COHS. Bengaluru, in case of other beneficiaries enlisted above, once in a month.

   9.2 Diagnostic centres shall extend credit facility to the above categories of CGHS beneficiaries under emergency / with prior permission irrespective of the CGHS city where they are registered and send the bill to Additional Director, CGHS.

   9.3 Bills of serving employees of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and the employees if attached / subordinate offices under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare will be sent directly to the office / officer which / who referred the patients to the diagnostic centre.

   9.4.1 In case of emergencies empanelled diagnostic centres shall not demand payment from CGHS beneficiaries on production of valid CGHS card, issued by competent authority of any CGHS City.

   9.5 Reimbursement in case of pensioners, former Governors, former Vice Presidents, ex-MPs, Freedom Fighters, etc., is made by CGHS and by Rajya Sabha Secretariat/ Lok Sabha Secretariat in case of sitting Members of Parliament and by concerned Ministry / Department/ Organisation in case of serving Government
employees, serving employees and pensioners of autonomous bodies covered under CGHS.

   9.6 Serving Central Government employees and their dependent family members not covered by the CGHS will not be denied treatment at package rates if they approach the diagnostic centres with a proper referral letter from the Ministry / Department in which they are working, after verifying the genuineness of the employee by production of his / her valid identify card issued by the appropriate authority.

   9.7 Serving Central Government employees and their dependent family members not covered by the CGHS will not be denied treatment at package rates if they approach the diagnostic centres in emergency condition to the patient. The treatment will given after verifying the genuineness of the employee by production of his / her valid identify card issued by the appropriate authority.

   10. In case of treatment taken in emergency in any non-empanelled private diagnostic centres, reimbursement shall be considered by competent authority at CGHS prescribed packages/ rates only.

   11. Any legal liability arising out of such services, responsibility solely rests on the diagnostic centre and shall be dealt with by the concerned empanelled diagnostic centre themselves.

   12. This Office Memorandum supercedes all earlier instructions relating to empanelment of diagnostic centres for Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai.

   13. Diagnostic Laboratories, who have not been NABL Accredited and have only applied for NABL Accreditation (being on the panel of CGHS at the time of submission of tender) shall however, be removed from the list of approved Diagnostic Laboratories, if they fail to obtain NABH Accreditation within six months from the date of issue of this Office Memorandum.

   14.. It has now been decided that In the list of Diagnostic Laboratories / Imaging Centres enclosed, which have been now approved under the fresh empanelment procedure, and have now signed the fresh Memorandum of Agreement and submitted the appropriate performance guarantee will be eligible to treat CGHS beneficiaries at revised rates with effect from the date of issue of this Office Memorandum.

   15. The empanelment shall be for a period of two years or till the next empanelment of hospitals and diagnostic centres, whichever is earlier.

   16. This Office Memorandum along with rates for diagnostic laboratories and Imaging Centres under CGHS in Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai can be downloaded from the website of CGHS, http://msotransparent.nic.in/cghsnew/index.asp

(R.Ravi)
Director

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Promotion of Personal Assistant (PA) of CSSS to the Private Secretary (PS) Grade of CSSS on ad-hoc basis- reg.

No.4/2/2011-CS.II (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated the l9th July 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Promotion of Personal Assistant (PA) of CSSS to the Private Secretary (PS) Grade of CSSS on ad-hoc basis- reg.

   The undersigned is directed to say that vide this Department’s OM of even number dated 31.3.2011 & 13.4.2011 on the subject mentioned above, all the Cadre Units were requested to promote and retain the eligible PAs with least incumbency within the zone prescribed to the Grade of PS on adhoc basis to the extent of vacancies available. Cadres Units were also requested to forward the recommendations of the DPC in respect of the remaining eligible PAs with maximum incumbency in the prescribed zone, who are clear from vigilance angle and cannot be promoted within the Cadre Units to this Division
.

   2. On the basis of information received from the Cadre Units, the competent authority has decided to nominate the PAs (details indicated in Annexure-I), for appointment to the grade of PS of CSSS on ad-hoc basis to other Cadre Units.

   3. In order to ensure that officers are given exposure to working in different Ministries/Departments, they are allowed to give three options of Cadre Units, in compliance with the consolidated instructions regarding Rotation Transfer Policy (issued vide this Department O.M. No. 13/1/2009-CS.II dated 15.7.2011). Cadre Units concerned are, therefore, requested that the information in the enclosed proforma (Annexure - II) may be forwarded to this Department latest by 22.7.2011. In case -the requisite information is not received by the stipulated date, it would be presumed that the official concerned has no option to furnish and this Department will make nomination as per availability of vacancy.

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(Kiran Vasudeva)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Rotational Transfer Policy (RTP) applicable to Central Secretariat stenographers’

No.13/1/2009-CS II
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions,
Department of Personnel & Training

Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market,
New Delhi, dated the 15th July, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Rotational Transfer Policy (RTP) applicable to Central Secretariat stenographers’ Service personnel - consolidated instructions - regarding

   In supersession of the instructions contained in OMs of even number dated 21.7.2009, 02.03.2010 and 30.07.2010 on the subject mentioned above, it has been decided that the tenure of a CSSS personnel in a particular cadre unit/Ministry/Department shall be 10 years. However, normally, an officer will be posted outside the cadre unit/Ministry/Department only upon promotion.

   2. In order to ensure that officers are given exposure to working in different Ministries/Departments, he/she would be allowed to give three options (Cadre unit in case of posting upto the level of PS and Ministries/Departments in case of PPS onwards), whenever he/she is liable to be transferred out under the said policy. An effort would be made to accommodate their options to the extent possible subject to seniority and availability of vacancies.

   3. An officer, who is otherwise liable to be transferred outside the Cadre unit/Ministry/Department as per the above policy, may not be transferred under the following circumstances:

   (a) If the officer has less than 2 years of service left to superannuate, he or she will not be transferred provided there is a vacancy available in that grade in the concerned Ministry/Department.

   (b) If the officer is superannuating within a period of 6 months and there is no vacancy available in that cadre unit, he/ she shall be given personal upgradation in the same cadre unit by keeping a vacancy in abeyance for the period in some other cadre unit.

   (c) If a CSSS officer is posted with Secretary to the Government of India, he/she may be allowed to continue there provided a written request is received by the Secretary concerned in this regard. Such extended stay would be allowed uptill 3 months after the date of superannuation of the Secretary concerned. No further extension would be allowed.

   In order to ensure that opportunity of working with a Secretry to Government of India is available to more officers, it has also been decided that a CSSS officer can work in the office of Secretary maximum for a period of 10 years and this would be ensured by the concerned Ministry/Department/Cadre Units while posting an official in the office of the Secretary to the Government of India. However, this condition will not apply in case of Sr.PPS/PSOs as normally there is only one such post available in any Ministry/Department.

   (d) PMO, Cabinet Secretariat and offices of Attorney General and Solicitor General of India would be exempted from the above policy.

   4. It has also been decided that if an officer of CSSS is not relieved within 45 days of the transfer order or such period, if any, allowed by the Department of Personnel and Training, the officer shall deemed to have been relieved by the Cadre unit/Ministry/Department in which he/she has been working and thereafter, the officer shall not be entitled to draw any salary and allowances for the period of such overstay from the Ministry/Department from where the officer was transferred.

   5. This policy would come into effect for all promotions/transfers effectiv after 1st July, 2011. However, orders which have already been issued as per previous policy prior to the above date will not be altered and will need to be implemented.

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(Rajeev kapoor)
Joint Secretary to the Government of India
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Friday, July 15, 2011

Parents of KV students can check scores online

Now children studying in Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) will not be able to hide their internal assessment marks from their parents as a software was introduced by the KV schools of Chandigarh region for the same purpose on Thursday. Also KV teachers from anywhere in the country will be able to see the lesson plans of their counterparts and incorporate each others ideas for the betterment of students.

Commissioner of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) Avinash Dikshit, on Thursday, launched the Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) automation software and Electronic Continuous Teaching Learning Tool (e-CTLT).

Both the softwares have been developed by KVS, Chandigarh region (Punjab, Haryana, Himachal and Chandigarh). CCE has been developed for automatic generation of complete results for easy evaluation. The e-CTLT software enables teachers to precisely equip themselves with assignments and plan various activities for children. Also this software enables teachers to interact with their counterparts anywhere in the country.

e-CTLT will help teachers to keep a track of their lesson plans and enable them to interact with their counterparts, which will enrich the teaching- learning process, said Dikshit. And CCE automation software will save their time and meet all the requirements of teachers in tabulating the assessment reports using information and communication technology (ICT) which follows the CBSE guidelines, he added.

This software will be helpful to both teachers and parents. CCE will be like a website on which accounts of all the students will be made and maintained by the teachers.

The parents will be given a code which will enable them to view their wards progress report online.

It will also lessen the work load of teachers and save time as they will not have to convert marks into grades or take out the percentage considering the software is designed in a way that it will do the conversion of marks itself once the marks have been uploaded.

Source:TOI
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

SBI, 4 others shortlisted to manage PF funds

EPFO's advisory body FIC on Thursday shortlisted five entities --ICICI  Securities, Reliance Capital , HSBC Asset Management Company, SBI and ICICI Prudential -- for managing its corpus of Rs 3.5 lakh crore (Rs 3.5 trillion)
The recommendation of the EPFO's Financial Advisory Committee will be placed before the Central Board of Trustees for final approval later in the day, sources said.

The suggestions of the FIC is usually accepted by the Employees Provident Fund Organisation's highest decision making body CBT which is headed by the labour minister.

As many as ten companies had shown interest in managing the corpus of the EPFO.
While clearing five names, the FIC rejected the bids of Kotak Mahindra AMC, Securities Trading Corporation of India, UTI AMC, Birla Sun Life AMC and Franklin Templeton AMC.

Among those companies approved by the FIC, ICICI Securities quoted the lowest rate of 3 paise per annum for managing Rs 10,000, sources said.

Reliance Capital quoted a rate of 4 paise per annum for managing Rs 10,000, HSBC AMC 36 paise, ICICI-Prudential 96 paise and SBI Re 1.

The EPFO had appointed multiple fund managers for the first time in July, 2008 for earning better rate of return on deposits for its 4.72 crore subscribers.

Before that, SBI was the sole fund manager for the retirement fund body since its inception in 1952.

Source:rediff.com
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination, 2011

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will be conducting the Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination, 2011 at 41 Centres throughout the country on 31.07.2011 (Sunday). Admission Certificates to the candidates have been dispatched. Letters of rejection citing the reason(s) for rejection have also been issued. If any applicant has not received any of the above communications, he/she may contact UPSC Facilitation Counter on Telephone numbers 011-23381125, 011-23385271 and 011-23098543 on working days between 10.00 A.M. and 5.00 P.M. The Candidates may also get “Venue information” through Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) of the Commission by dialing 011-23074458. The Candidates may also send FAX Messages on Fax number 011-23387310. Information on venues of the examination is also available at Union Public Service Commission’s website http://www.upsc.gov.in.

Source:pib
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

UPSC aspirants can now choose Indian languages for interview

 The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has informed the Bombay high court that candidates, who opt for an Indian language medium (other than Hindi) for the written Civil Services exam, can henceforth either choose the same Indian language, English or Hindi for the interview.

Similarly, even those candidates, who give the main exam in English, can now choose English, Hindi or any other Indian language for the interview, opted by them for the compulsory Indian language paper in the written part of the test, UPSC said, in an affidavit, recently.

The affidavit was submitted in response to a PIL filed by IAS aspirant Chittaranjan Kumar, challenging the existing rule that requires a candidate to give the interview in English, if he had appeared for the main examination in that language.

The candidates, who are, as per the present policy, exempted from the compulsory Indian language paper, will have to appear for the interview in English or Hindi only, the affidavit said, adding that these were the recommendations submitted by an expert committee, formed specially to look into the issue.

The recommendations had been accepted by the UPSC and forwarded to the Government with a request to send comments or observations. After hearing from the government, the UPSC would incorporate the necessary changes and implement them, the court was told.

Accordingly, Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice GS Godbole disposed of the petition.

Kumar, who appeared for the written part of the 2008 civil services examination in English, wanted to give the interview in Hindi.

Earlier, the High Court had approved the committee of experts appointed by the UPSC to review the impugned rule and file a report by June 23.

The PIL argued that if the existing rule is changed, the candidates appearing for Civil Services examination shall get an opportunity to speak in their own language in which they feel comfortable at the time of interview and thus score more marks in the oral test.

This way, students from the grassroots level will grab more seats by securing higher rank and break the tradition of elites getting into the civil service, the PIL argued.

The PIL contended that impugned rule was pro-rich and anti-poor. It said the interviewers should judge a candidate on the basis of his or her personality and not on the basis of speaking English.

The existing rule violates fundamental rights under the constitution and is also against public policy of the nation, the PIL argued.

Source:TOI
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NPS in a mess as governments fail to ensure employee participation

Dhirendra Kumar, CEO, Value Research

The New Pension Scheme (NPS), which should have become an important part of the country's savings landscape, is dead, at least for the time being. This, more or less, is what a government committee set up to examine the NPS is saying.

The recommendations of the 'Committee to Review Implementation of Informal Sector Pension', (the Bajpai committee on NPS reforms) have been put up on the website of the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA ), inviting comments.

The part of the report that has attracted the most attention is the recommendation that a 0.5% commission should be paid for selling NPS. While this itself is a huge departure from the original structure, it is actually not the most important part of what has been said.

In a cogent and lucidly-written report, the committee has said that practically everything about the current design of the NPS is flawed. No one is willing to buy it and no one is trying to sell it. Almost all the money that has flown into the NPS comes from government employees who are part of it. We've been hearing recently that only about Rs 100 crore has come into the NPS by choice.

However, the report reveals that even this sum is almost entirely due to two corporates shifting their pension system to the NPS. Direct participation by end-users is close to zero. In other words, the NPS has been a complete failure.

There's one aspect that hasn't attracted any comment, and that is the failure of the governments - both state and central - to properly implement the government employees part of the NPS. The way it was supposed to work was that government employees under the NPS were to have an account which they would be able to monitor and watch grow.

Starting 2004, these investments - with their equity allocations - would have given superb returns that would have been far superior to the plain fixed-income ones. What's more important, we would have had about 12 lakh (the report's number) government employees who would have had the personal experience of growing their future wealth through the NPS.

This never happened and the implementation of the NPS is in complete mess. The money wasn't invested for years after 2004. Government employees don't have personal accounts with the NPS's CRA (central record-keeping agency). They don't have any first-hand information of how the investments done in their name is being managed. They don't know what is being earned, they don't know which fund manager is doing well and whose performance is poor.

The extent of the mess is borne out by the fact that this committee was unable to discover how many employees are covered by the NPS and whether all those who have joined government jobs since 2004 are indeed part of the NPS or if their pension deductions are in some limbo somewhere.

Here's a statement from the report that should shock you: "...it is not yet clear (on the basis of PRANs registered) whether all the central government employees who have joined service after January 1, 2004, have become NPS members. There is no concrete evidence or any authorized government document to back this up, but going purely by the number of investors and the headcount of new appointments, there seems to be a gap. These people could have been the satisfied seed population around whom the NPS could have grown. Sure, there are a lot of genuine issues with the NPS's current structure and the committee's recommendations cover them extensively.

It's refreshing to read a clear recognition of the fact that financial products have to be sold actively and that the banks are going to sell what makes them money and not what is in the best interests of their customers. At the end of the day, it's hard to avoid the conclusion that whether as a pension mechanism or as a discretionary savings vehicle, the NPS's launch-to-mess trajectory has been short and rapid."

Source:ET
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Monday, July 11, 2011

BEd compulsory for teachers.

With the government firm on setting a standardised qualification for teachers under the RTE Act, alternative schools, which are established in slums and remote rural areas catering to underprivileged children, are facing a new challenge. Teachers in these schools have been teaching for years without having the mandatory BEd degree.

"National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) has clearly specified the minimum qualifications for teachers in schools in 2001, as per the mandate under the National Council for Teacher Education Act, and also under the RTE Act, which state that all teachers appointed by the government/employing authority should be trained and have the minimum qualifications for different levels in school education — pre-primary , elementary, secondary etc. We want the teachers to be trained because we believe that trained teachers can perform better or at least to the minimum level of requirement. There are people who are gifted and also there are people who are not meant for teaching. Training them and keeping a record of them streamlines things," says SK Chauhan, research officer, NCTE.

And yet, we have alternative schools in rural areas where teachers have been teaching for years without a formal BEd degree. Stressing that alternate schools need not close because they are the institutes that promote education, Chauhan says, "Teachers of such schools also have the option of getting their degrees from a recognised university. Under provisions of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, states/union territories (UT) have to ensure training to teachers who do not have a formal degree over a period of five years. According to the system, if they don't have a minimum qualification, they cannot teach," says Chauhan.
Elaborating on the facility, Chauhan informs, "Every state and UT government has a centrally sponsored scheme - District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), besides other NCTE recognised institutions through which appointed, but untrained teachers can get formal training in two years' time, while working. For that, printed material is provided and contact classes are held. Teachers, who do not have a formal training, can avail of this scheme."

Source:toi

Sixth Central Pay Commissions recommendations - amendment of Service Rules - regarding

No. AB. 14017/61 /2008-Estt. (RR)/Pt.
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
New Delhi

Dated 8th July,2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Sixth Central Pay Commissions recommendations - amendment of Service Rules - regarding

   This Department in OM No.AB14017/61/2008-Estt(RR) dated 24.3.2009 issued the guidelines for amendment of Service Rules/Recruitment Rules for incorporating the changes arising out of 6th CPC recommendations. Separately the revised eligibility conditions for SAG & HAG level for members of Organized Group A Services have been issued in this Department OMs dated 15.12.09 (Non-Technical) and 18.01.2011 (Engineering Services). The provisions with regard to grant of functional scale of Rs. 14300-18300 (pie-revised) to the SEs and equivalent in respect of Engineering Services prescribed in OM dated 29.12.2010 also refers. Instructions for grant of NFU as per 6th CPC recommendations have been issued in OM dated 24.4.09

   2. As the Recruitment Rules/Service Rules are required to be amended after incorporating the above instructions, all the Ministries/Departments/Cadre Controlling Authorities of Organized Group ‘A’ Services may take immediate necessary action for notification of Service Rules positively by 31 .3.2012 in consultation with DOPT/UPSC & Ministry of Law.

   3. Hindi version will follow.

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(Smita Kumar)
Director (Estt. I)

Source:www.persmin.gov.in
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Government Launches Drive to fill up Vacant Posts of SCs/STs/OBCs/PWDs

The Government has launched a drive to fulfil the backlog vacancies of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and OBCs and Persons with Disabilities. This is following a review of the vacancy position in these categories by the Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension, Shri V. Narayansamy recently. All Ministries/Departments have been directed to fill up all the vacant posts in these categories by March 31, 2012.

The Government has been concerned about non-filling up of large number of backlog vacancies reserved for SCs/STs/OBCs/PWDs. Therefore, two Special Recruitment Drives – one for SCs, STs and OBCs another for PWDs were launched in 2008 and 2009 respectively. The Drives enabled various offices to fill up about 26750 backlog vacancies but large number of such vacancies are remaining to be filled up.

Source:pib
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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Checklist for exemption from filing IT returns

It's time to file your income tax returns for the year 2010-11. In the current year, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has exempted certain segments of taxpayers from filing tax returns. However, there are certain conditions attached in order to be eligible for the exemption. So, before deciding on not filing the income tax returns, you need to be aware of the conditions. You may also be required to file the income tax returns, even if the income is less than Rs 5 lakh.

According to the amendment, salaried individuals with a taxable income of less than Rs 5 lakh will not have to file income tax returns in the current assessment year. The finance ministry has issued a notification to this effect. This was announced by the finance minister in the Union Budget speech for 2011-12. As such, individuals with a total taxable salary income of less than Rs 5 lakhs in the financial year 2010-11, after allowing all deductions, will be exempt from filing tax returns this year.

Some conditions to be met:

Salary only source of income 

An employee will be required to declare his permanent account number (PAN) to his employer and obtain a certificate of tax deductions in Form No 16. Another condition is that an individual should not have any income from sources other than his salary. He should have earned income only in the form of salary and savings bank interest.

So, if you have income from fixed deposits, mutual funds, shares, property etc, you will be required to file the returns.

Single employer 

It is to be noted that the entire income of an individual must accrue from a single employer. In case an individual has changed jobs or worked in two or more jobs, he will have to file the IT returns even if his total salary income is below Rs 5 lakhs during the year.

No interest income over Rs 10K 

Another condition is the earnings from interest. In case a person has interest income of more than Rs 10,000 from his savings deposits, he cannot claim the exemption from filing returns. However, in case he has interest income of less than Rs 10,000, he will need to declare it to his employer and have the tax deducted, so as to be eligible for the exemption.

Not applicable in case of refund claim 

In case an individual wants to claim a refund, he will have to file the returns. There is no escaping from filing returns in case one has paid excess tax and wishes to claim a refund. The exemption will not be applicable in cases where notices are issued for filing the income tax returns under Section 142(1), Section 148, Section 153A or Section 153C of the Income Tax Act.

Not applicable in case of loss claim 

In case one has incurred some losses or has carried forward losses of any prior year, under any year, he will be required to file his returns before the due date. He cannot claim exemption. Else he will forfeit the right to carry forward the losses.

So, persons receiving salary from more than one employer, having income from sources other than salary and interest income from a savings bank account, or having refund claims will not be covered under the scheme. One should check these conditions first and then take the decision of not filing returns.

Source:ET
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Friday, July 08, 2011

Revision of Pension - Pre -96 and Pre -2006 retirees with reference to Corresponding pay scales.

NATIONAL COUNCIL (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi - 110001.

No.NC-JCM-2011/64
Date: 4th July 2011

The General Secretary,
A.I.R.F,
4, State Entry Road
NewDelhi - 110055

Sub:- Revision of Pension - Pre -96 and Pre -2006 retirees with reference to Corresponding pay scales.

Ref:- Your letter No. AIRF/44 (103) dated 27.4.2011

Dear Comrade,

   Pay Scale of Head Clerks prior to Vth CPC was Rs.1400-2300 (Rs.4500-7000 Vth CPC) Vth CPC upgraded this pay scale to (Rs. 1600-2660) (Rs. 5000-8000) w.e.f. 1.1.96.

   The Govt. have clarified that the pension of pre 1996 retirees is to be hiked with reference to the corresponding revised pay scale i.e. Rs. 4500-7000 to 50% of Rs. 4500 and not with reference to Rs. 5000-8000 which came in to force w.e.f. 1 .9.96.

   This matter has been taken to Supreme Court which held that the above clarification was valid.

   These very instructions have been reiterated by Railway Board vide their letter dated 18.3.2010.

   In view of the Supreme Court order there is nothing which can be done or would be achieved even if the matter is again taken up.

Yours fraternally,

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(Umraomal Purohit)
Secretary

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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Revision of consultation fees of AMAs

F.No.B.12012/03/2010-CGHS (P)
Government of India,
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi 
Dated: 6th June, 2011.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: –  Revision of consultation / visiting / injection fee of Authorized  Medical Attendants (AMAs) under CS (MA) Rules, 1944.

            The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry's O.M. No.S.14025/10/2001-MS, dated 31-12-2002 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the issue of further revision of consultation / visiting / injection fees of different categories of Medical Officers (Authorized Medical Attendants) appointed for the treatment of Central Government employees and their dependent family members covered under CS (MA) Rules, 1944 of various Ministry / Departments / States / Union Territories has been under consideration of this Ministry for sometime. It has now been decided to revise the same as indicated below:-

 Medical Postgraduate / Specialists  In Rs
   Consultation Fees
    First Consultation  100
 Subsequent Consultation  60
   Injection Fees
 Intramuscular / Subcutaneous
    Intravenous  20
  Medical Licentiates and Medical
Graduates (MBBS or equivalent)
 40
 Consultation Fees
  First Consultation  70
  Subsequent Consultation  40
   Injection Fees
    Intramuscular / Subcutaneous  20
    Intravenous40

2.            These orders will supersede the earlier orders issued on the subject from the date of issue.

3.         It is also clarified that now there are no separate charges for day and night  consultation, as these were prevailing earlier.

4.         This order will be effective from the date of issue.

5.         This issues with the concurrence of IFD vide Dy. No. C-2699, dated 3.3.2011.
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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

NPS needs overhaul to attract customers

NPS big investors may need to pay more; move to benefit small savers, incentivise sellers
Commission included in the price is the cause of mis-selling: D Swarup, FPSB
Bajpai committee report on retirement scheme for individuals likely by May-end: PFRDA
New Pension Scheme: Should you invest in the NPS?
NEW DELHI: The New Pension Scheme or NPS needs a massive overhaul to provide an effective social security cover for 90% of India's workforce that works in the informal sector. A committee headed by former Sebi Chairman GN Bajpai has recommended lower charges and fees as well as lower minimum contributions for the NPS to attract unorganised sector workers.

The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority or PFRDA had set up the Bajpai committee in August 2010 to diagnose the problems that had made the NPS a virtual nonstarter among private citizens since it was opened up in May 2009. The expert panel has also asked the pension fund regulator to offer better incentives for distributors and do away with restrictive norms for their appointment, to expand the scheme's reach.

The Bajpai panel has mooted lowering the minimum annual investment threshold from Rs 6,000 to Rs 1,000 to attract lowerend customers to join NPS. This, the panel pointed out, could also give NPS users a chance to avail of the Rs 1,000 annual contribution offered by the government under its Swavalamban scheme for the poor. The Bajpai committee has also suggested ad-valorem structure for distributors and said that PFRDA should look at appointing all categories of distribution agents to distribute NPS and evolve a regulatory framework to penalise mis-selling .

It has also asked the PFRDA to revise the annual maintenance charge of Rs 280 and commission fresh research into calculating the cost of NPS delivery. Further, the Bajpai report has suggested that PFRDA should tap the postal department's network and the reach of mobile phone operators to expand its accessibility for potential savers.

"It can engage with the postal department proactively to increase the number of branches selling NPS. Another option is to appoint the numerous mobile telecommunications service providers," suggested the report submitted to PFRDA chairman Yogesh Agarwal on Friday. The report said that the PFRDA should work out a comprehensive marketing action plan and a branding campaign to popularise its pension schemes. "Promotion of NPS should be a part of the national financial inclusion agenda," the report said.

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Minutes of the Fifth Review Meeting with cadre authorities on issues pertaining to CSS/CSSS/CSCS held on 24th June, 2011 - reg.

No.21/14/2010-CS.I(P) / Vol.II
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

Room No.209, 2nd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
New Delhi. The 4th July, 2011.

Subject :- Minutes of the Fifth Review Meeting with cadre authorities on issues pertaining to CSS/CSSS/CSCS held on 24th June, 2011 - reg.

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   The undersigned is directed to say that in order to strengthen the cadre management of Central Secretariat Service, Central Secretariat Stenographers Service and Central Secretariat Clerical Service, the fifth review meeting was held under the chairmanship of Joint Secretary (CS) on 24th June 2011 in North Block, New Delhi with all the cadre units.

   2. The minutes of the meeting have been uploaded on the website of the Department of Personnel & Training at www.persmin.nic.in -> CS Division -> CSS -> Miscellaneous Circulars. All the cadre units are requested to peruse the minutes and take necessary action accordingly.

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(Monica Bhatia)
Director (CS.I)
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Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

MINUTES OF THE FIFTH CADRE REVIEW MEETING WITH CADRE UNITS ON ISSUES PERTAINING TO CSS/CSSS/CSCS HELD ON 24TH JUNE 2011

   The Fifth Review Meeting with the cadre units on issues pertaining to CSS/CSSS/CSCS was held on 24th June 2011 under the chairmanship of Joint Secretary (CS) in Room No.119, North Block, New Delhi. The agenda items for the meeting are at Annexure-I. The list of participants is at Annexure-II.

   2. Welcoming the representatives from the Ministries/Departments, Director, CS.I, DOP&T initiated the discussion. The items on the agenda were taken up for discussion as under: -

Item No.1:- APAR completion of all CSS Officers for 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 and previous years and timely updating of APAR monitoring software by Nodal Officers

   Director (CS-I) observed that this issue was discussed in previous meetings as well. She mentioned that CS Division has been, from time to time, writing to the cadre units to complete the APARs of the CSS officers in time. The position of availability/non-availability of the APARs of CSS officers is also available in the APAR monitoring software. For the year 2009-10, 557 APARs in the grade of Under Secretary and 171 APARs in the grade of Deputy Secretary/Director are yet to be received in DOP&T. She also mentioned that the APAR software is not being used /updated by some of the cadre units. The problems being faced by the cadre units in this regard are not being brought to the notice of the DOP&T.

   JS (CS) expressed concern about the slow progress of completion of APARs. From the inputs furnished by the cadre units during the meeting it was observed that more than 50% of APARs for the year 2009-10 were pending. He impressed upon the cadre units the adverse implications of non-availability of APARs on the promotion of the officers. Also, for want of APARs, the officers are not nominated for the mandatory training. JS (CS) once again reiterated that the cadre units should make all out efforts to get the pending APARs completed urgently. Ministry of Agriculture & D/o Expenditure and some other cadre units assured that they would expedite the process of completion. All the cadre units were cautioned that in case promotion of any officer is held up owing to nona vailability of his APARs, the defaulting cadre unit would solely be responsible for the same.

It was decided that-

     (i) It is the responsibility of the Ministry/Department where an officer is posted at present, to get the pending APARs completed.

     (ii) D.O. letters would be issued to the Ministries/Departments along with the names of the officers whose APARs are pending.

     (iii) Instructions would be issued to the effect that if APAR of any officer for the year 2009-10 or years previous to that is not completed by 31st July, 2011, it should be treated as no APAR year for that officer.

Item No. 2:- Completion of CR Dossiers of Assistants/PAs who have appeared for Combined LDCE 2006, 2007 and 2008

   Director (CS-I) informed that the results of the written examination of SO/PS Combined Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for 2006, 2007 and 2008 had been declared. The UPSC has already asked for the completed CR Dossiers of the qualified candidates from the cadre units. The Ministries/Departments should now send the CR Dossiers of the successful candidates to the UPSC without any delay so that assessment of the ACRs could be completed and final results declared early.

   The representatives of the cadre units informed about the position of sending CR Dossiers of the qualified candidates to the UPSC. It was observed that the CR Dossiers were not complete in the case of a few Ministries/Departments. The representative of the Ministry of Coal mentioned that the CR Dossiers of six qualified candidates had not been sent to UPSC for want of vigilance clearance in respect of those candidates. It was clarified that their dossiers should not be held back for want of vigilance clearance which could be sent later.

   JS (CS) informed that the matter regarding assessment of the ACRs of the qualified candidates was reviewed with Secretary, UPSC on 23 June, 2011. The UPSC would not start the process of assessment if all the CR Dossiers were not received by them. He, therefore, urged the cadre units to send the CR Dossiers of the qualified candidates to UPSC urgently. Department of Expenditure was requested to expedite the dossiers as they had not sent the dossiers so far.

Item No.3:- Status of submission of Immovable Property Returns (IPRs) for 2009 and 2010

   Dir (CS-I) mentioned that non-submission of IPRs was discussed in the previous meeting. She informed that despite repeated persuasion there are several Ministries/Departments from where IPRs for the year 2009 & 2010 are still pending. In the grades of Under Secretary, Deputy Secretary and Director the number of defaulters for the years 2009 and 2010 are 262 and 258 respectively.

   JS (CS) observed that IPR has become a sensitive issue. There were several reports in the media about non-submission of IPRs by the central Government employees. While asking the cadre units to initiate stringent action against the defaulters, he requested them for expediting submission of the pending IPRs.

   Upon enquiry by the representative of the Department of Animal Husbandry about applicability of the requirement of submission of IPR by those who hold a Group B post on ad-hoc basis, it was mentioned that this would be clarified.

Item No. 4:- Surrendering of officers by Ministries to DOP&T

   JS(CS) observed that some Ministries/Departments surrender officials/officers posted in those Ministries to DOP&T, sometimes without any valid reasons or on grounds which are unacceptable, without even consulting CS Division before such surrender and ask for replacements. Such action on the part of the cadre units not only hampers smooth cadre management, but also puts the official/officer in difficulty in so far as drawal of pay and allowances are concerned. It becomes difficult for the DOP&T to accommodate such officers till they are posted to some other Ministry or Department. Transferring of non-performing officers to another Ministry does not address the core issue of non-performance of the officer. JS (CS) further observed that there are circumstances when a sympathetic view could be taken instead of surrendering an officer. He mentioned about a recent case where a Ministry has surrendered an officer to DOP&T on grounds which can be said to be inhuman and in that case the post has been transferred by the DOP&T from that Ministry to DOP&T to accommodate the officer. He asked the cadre units not to resort to such action unless there are extremely valid grounds. In such cases, necessary and appropriate action should first be taken against the erring official and then a request be made for transfer of the official. DOPT can then take a considered view of the matter.

It was decided that:-

     (i) If any Ministry/Department surrenders an officer/official to DOP&T without following the proper procedure, it would be presumed that the post stands surrendered to DOP&T along with the incumbent.

     (ii) A general circular would be issued to all the Ministries/Departments in this regard.

Item No. 5:- Collection of Data/information and vigilance status for Review DPC of the Select Lists 2003 to 2008 of the grade of Under Secretaries

   Regarding the proposal to hold review DPC of Under Secretary of CSS for the Select List years 2003 to 2008 against those vacancies, which had arisen on account of USs who were away from the cadre on deputation, study leave, long leave, taken voluntary retirement and ceased to be in service for any reasons etc., Director, CS.I reminded the cadre units that in spite of repeated persuasion, the requisite information in this regard has not been received from 14 Ministries/Departments. She urged the defaulting cadre units to expedite the same.

   Intervening, JS (CS) informed that due to the court case filed by Ms. Garima Singh, CS Division has not been able to make further regular promotions from the grade of Under Secretary to the grade of Deputy Secretary. He further informed that after the final judgement of Hon’ble CAT, Principal Bench, New Delhi, the relevant file has been referred to the Ministry of Law seeking their opinion. Further action would be taken depending on the opinion received from the Ministry of Law. Due to this, the mandatory training programme has also been affected.

Item No. 6:- Collection of ACRs/APARs and vigilance clearance in respect of Section Officers who are in the zone of consideration for promotion to the grade of Under Secretary on ad-hoc basis

   JS (CS) informed that it has not been possible to hold DPC for making regular promotion to the grade of Under Secretary in the aftermath of decision of Hon’ble CAT, Principal Bench, New Delhi in Ms. Garima Singh’s case. However, he added that CS Division is soon going to promote approximately 200 SOs of Select List 2003 to the grade of Under Secretary on ad-hoc basis to tide over the shortfall in the grade till the posts are filled on regular basis. He said that Ministries/ Departments would be informed shortly about the names of officers falling in the zone of consideration and that they would be requested to forward the APAR dossiers of such officers alongwith vigilance status to enable the CS Division to consider promoting on ad hoc basis. He requested the cadre units to inform at an early date the latest vacancy position in the grade of US.

Item No.7:- Updation of CSL of PAs

   DS (CS-II) informed that all cadre units were requested vide OM dated 31-1-2011 to furnish the details of all Steno Grade C whose names figured in the CSL of Steno Grade C circulated earlier and who had been promoted as PS on regular basis or who had left the service due to other reasons so that their names could be deleted from the CSL. He said that the requisite information was still awaited from 17 cadre units. He requested the representatives of defaulting cadre units to expedite the information for updating the CSL of PAs.

Item No.8:- Completion and forwarding of recommendations of DPCs for ad-hoc promotion of PAs to the grade of PS

   DS (CS.II) informed that orders for zone of ad-hoc promotion of PAs to the PS grade were issued vide OM dated 31-3-2011 and all the cadre units were requested to furnish the details of the DPCs in respect of those officials who are covered within the zone but could not be accommodated within the cadre for non-availability of vacancies by 1-5-2011. However, the requisite information was awaited from 16 cadre units. Some of the representatives of the defaulting cadre units informed that they had already sent the requisite information on the preceding day which was noted while representatives of the 13 cadre units (Corporate Affairs, Culture, Environment & Forests, Mines, Social Justice & Empowerment, Science & Technology, Secondary & Higher Education, Steel, Telecom, UPSC, Urban Development, Coal and Youth Affairs & Sports) assured that they would be sending the recommendations of DPC within a week.

Item No.9:- Completion and forwarding of recommendations of DPCs for ad-hoc promotion of Steno Grade ‘D’ to the grade of PA

   It was mentioned by OS (CS-II) that orders for zone of ad-hoc promotion of Steno Grade D to the grade of PA were issued vide OM dated 4/5/2011 and the Cadre Units were requested to furnish the details of DPCs recommendations in respect of all eligible Steno Grade D who are covered within the zone by 6/6/2011. He mentioned that the information is still awaited from 15 cadre units. The representatives present in the meeting informed the latest position in this regard from which it was observed that six Ministries had already sent the information. Others agreed to send the information by 30.6.2011.

Item No.10:- Non-relieving of Steno Grade ‘D’ on regular promotion as PA under the Select List 2005 to 2008

   DS (CS.ll) pointed out that in spite of the Select Lists of PA under SQ for 2005 and 2006 issued on 14/11/2008 and 5/1/2010 respectively and Select Lists of PA under SQ for 2007 and 2008 issued on 10/8/2010 and 30/8/2010 respectively, some cadre units had not yet relieved Stenos Grade ‘D’ who have been nominated to other cadre units on promotion as PA. He requested these cadre units to relieve their Steno Grade ‘D’ / PA( Ad-hoc) immediately for better cadre management of CSSS or issue the debarment orders in respect of those officials who are not willing to avail of their regular promotion. He read out the names of the officials who have not yet been relieved from the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation, Home Affairs, MSME, Defence, Commerce, Expenditure and Minority Affairs.. Representatives of these cadre units explained the position regarding their officials which was noted. The representative of MHA informed that the two officials have been debarred from promotion.

Item No.11:- Non-receipt of CR Dossier of PSs of Select List years 2001- 2004

   DS (CS.ll) informed that 7 Cadre Units (Water Resources, Power, Labour & Employment, Secondary & Higher Education, MHA, Finance and Coal) have not yet sent the CR Dossiers in respect of Private Secretaries. The representative from Labour & Employment informed that the CR Dossier of Shri G S Bindra has not been received from Road Transport and highways and it is understood that the Dossier is missing in that Ministry. He assured to send the available ACRs/APARs to DOP&T. The representative of Ministry of Coal informed that Shri D.K. Jain had already retired. Other defaulting cadre units were requested to send the CR dossiers without any further delay.

Item No.12:- Vigilance clearance and minor/major penalty certificate in respect of PSs

   DS (CS.Il) indicated that only 11 cadre units, namely, Planning Commission, Health & FW, Rural development, Fertilizers, Civil Aviation, UPSC, Coal, Telecom, Environment & Forests, Labour & Employment and Science & Technology have furnished information pertaining to vigilance clearance and minor/major penalty statement in respect of PSs. He requested the remaining cadre units to expedite the information.

Item No.13:- Information on promotion of UDCs of Select Lists 2002 and 2003 to the grade of Assistants (ad-hoc)

   DS (CS.ll) informed that the details of promotions of UDCs of SL 2002 and SL 2003 to the grade of Assistant (on ad-hoc basis) were ordered vide OM dated 21/1/2011. He mentioned that 6 cadre units, namely, Civil Aviation, Coal, Corporate Affairs, Posts, Rural Development and Youth Affairs & Sports have not yet furnished the complete information. The representatives from these Ministries except Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports informed that they had already sent the requisite information on preceding dates.

   3. Apart from the above agenda items, the following issues were also discussed: -

   (i) The representative of Ministry of Defence raised the issue of filling up of vacancies of Steno Grade ‘D’. Responding to this, JS (CS) mentioned that the vacancies of Steno Grade ‘D’ in most of the Ministries/Department are due to non-completion of the exercise of optimization of direct recruitment of civilian posts. The cadres were required to intimate only those vacancies in the Steno Grade ‘D’ which were approved by the Screening Committees. JS (CS) further observed that due to non-reporting of vacancies of Steno Grade ‘D’ accurately, DOP&T has not been able to make any recruitment to the grade. However, based on the rough estimates, 550 vacancies have been reported to SSC. The examination is over and results have been declared. Around 350 candidates have been recommended. Dossiers are yet to be received.

   (ii) The representative of MHA raised the issue of stepping of pay of Assistants and requested for issuing a clarification similar to the one as has been done in CSSS. JS (CS) explained that DOP&T has been pursuing the issue with the Department of Expenditure which has not agreed with DOP&T.

   (iii) The representative of MHA further raised the issue of common seniority list of Assistants of 2003. Director (CS.l) informed that the draft Common Seniority List of Assistant of 2003 is being issued shortly.

   (iv) Representative of Health Ministry sought clarification about the entitlement of stenographic assistance for the officers. This was clarified by DS (CS.lI) stating that there is no change in the entitlement.

   (v) JS (CS) asked cadre authorities that Rotational Transfers of Under Secretary done in January 2011 be implemented without further delay if not already done so far.

   (vi) JS (CS) informed representatives of the cadre units that directly recruited assistants would be posted in Ministries/Departments by end of August, 2011. Before duties are assigned to them, these new assistants should be imparted proper induction for the first 15 days about the working of different sections in the Ministry to enable them to become sensitized to the working in that Ministry.

   (vii) JS (CS) directed that since a representative of UPSC was not present in the meeting, a D.O. letter be written to the UPSC listing all the pending issues with them such as pending IPRs, pending APARs etc.

FIFTH MONTHLY CADRE REVIEW MEETING WITH THE CADRE UNITS ON ISSUES PERTAINING TO CSS/CSSS/CSCS ON 24TH JUNE 2011
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AGENDA

   i) APAR completion of all CSS Officers for 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 and previous years and timely updating of APAR monitoring software by Nodal Officers;

   ii) Completion of CR Dossiers of Assistants/PAs who have appeared for Combined LDCE 2006, 2007 and 2008;

   iii) Status of submission of Immovable Property Returns for 2009 and 2010;

   iv) Surrendering of officers by Ministries to DOP&T;

   v) Collection of Data/information and vigilance status for Review DPC of the Select Lists 2003 to 2008 of the grade of Under Secretaries;

   vi) Collection of ACRs/APARs and vigilance clearance in respect of Section Officers who are in the zone of consideration for promotion to the grade of Under Secretary on ad-hoc basis;

   vii) Updation of CSL of PAs;

   viii) Completion and forwarding of recommendations of DPCs for ad-hoc promotion of PAs to the grade of PS;

   ix) Completion and forwarding of recommendations of DPCs for ad-hoc promotion of Steno Grade ‘D’ to the grade of PA;

  x) Non-relieving of Steno Grade ‘D’ on regular promotion as PA under the Select List 2005 to 2008;

   xi) Non-receipt of CR Dossier of PSs of Select List years 2001-2004;

   xii) Vigilance clearance and minor/major penalty certificate in respect of PSs;

   xiii) Information on promotion of UDCs of Select Lists 2002 and 2003 to the grade of Assistants (ad-hoc);

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