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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

PREPARE FOR INDEFINITE POSTAL STRIKE FROM 2015 MAY 6TH. GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS DO NOT WANT SEPEREATE GDS COMMITTEE

SEPERATE COMMITTEE (WHETHER JUDICIAL OR BUREAUCRATIC) 
IS A WASTE AND FARCE.

Ø    2.76 lakhsGDS do not want a separate GDS Committee.

Ø    2.76 lakhs GDS want inclusion of GDS in the 7th CPC.

Ø    NFPE & AIPEU-GDS(NFPE) demanding inclusion of GDS in 7th CPC.

Ø    FNPO & NUGDS demanding inclusion of GDS in 7th CPC.

Ø    Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers demanding inclusion of GDS in 7th CPC.

Ø    JCM National Council (staff side) organisations including Railway & Defense Federations demanding inclusion of GDS in 7th CPC.

BUT RECOGNISED GDS UNION OF SHRI.MAHADEVAIAH IS DEMANDING SEPARTE COMMITTEE FOR GDS

*      Hon’ble Supreme Court stated that GDS are Civil Servants and they are Central Govt. Employees.

*      Justice Singhal, Chairman 4th PC stated GDS are Civil Servants and they are Central Govt. Employees.

*      Justice Charanjit Jalwar stated that GDS are Civil Servants and they are Central Govt. Employees.

*      Talwar Committee recommended to the Govt. that GDS should be included in Pay Commission and no separate committee should be appointed in future.

*      Govt. appointed 7th Pay Commission for Central Govt. Employees.

*      NFPE & AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) says GDS are part of Central Govt. Employees and they should be included in 7th CPC itself.

*      Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers says that GDS are part of Central Govt. Employees and they should be incuded in 7th CPC itself.

*      JCM National Council (staff side) orgisastions including Railway & Defence Federations says GDS are part of Central Govt. Employees and they should be included in 7th CPC itself.

*      BUT RECOGNISED GDS UNION OF SHRI. MAHADEVAIAH ACCEPTED THE GOVT. STAND THAT GDS ARE NOT PART OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES AND HENCE HE IS DEMANDING SEPERATE COMMITTEE FOR GDS.  HE DON’T WANT GDS TO BE INCLUDED IN 7TH CPC.  HIS MAIN DEMAND IN THE CHARTER OF DEMANDS IS SEPERATE COMMITTEE FOR GDS .

*      NFPE & AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) declared joint indefinite strike under the banner of JCA from 2015 May 6th for inclusion of GDS in 7th CPC.

*      FNPO & NUGDS also declared joint indefinite strike under the banner of JCA from 2015 May 6th for inclusion of GDS in 7th CPC.

&     Confederation, Railways & Defence Federations organised joint National Convention of entire JCM staff side orgnisations and decided to organise massive Parliament March in April 2015 to declare indefinite strike of entire Central Govt. Employees.  Inclusion of GDS in 7th CPC is included in the charter of demands as number one demand.

RECOGNISED GDS UNION OF SHRI MAHADEVAIAH DON’T WANT JOINT STRIKE OF GDS & REGULAR EMPLOYEES.  HE ALWAYS DECLARES FRAGMENTED STRIKE TO TORPEDO THE UNITY OF GDS AND REGULR EMPLOYEES.  HE IS DESPERATELY TRYING TO RETAIN HIS CONTROL OVER GDS.  HE HAS WRITTEN TO THE GOVT. NOT TO ALLOW NFPE & FNPO TO DISCUSS GDS ISSUES.  GOVT. ALSO WANTS TO DIVIDE GDS AND REGULAR EMPLOYEES SO THAT THEY CAN EASILY DENY THE LEGITIMATE DEMANDS OF THE GDS INCLUDING CIVIL SERVANT STATUS AND ALL BENEFITS OF REGULAR EMPLOYEES.

LET US ORGANISE JOINT INDEFINITE STRIKE OF FIVE LAKHS GDS & REGULAR EMPLOYEES FROM 2015 MAY 6TH UNDER THE BANNER OF POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION (NFPE, FNPO, AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) & NUGDS) DEMANDING INCLUSION OF GDS IN 7TH CPC & GRANT OF ALL BENEFITS OF REGULAR EMPLOYEES TO GDS ALSO.
RECOGNISED GDS UNION OF MAHADEVAIAH IS AGAINST FILING CASE IN SUPREME COURT  for grant of Civil Servant status and all benefits of regular employees to GDS.  NFPE & AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) has filed a Writ Petition in Supreme Court and after the preliminary hearing Supreme Court transferred the case to Delhi High Court.  The next hearing of the case in Delhi High Court is on 4th February, 2015.

But Shri. Mahadevaiah had filed a case in the Karnataka High Court for his own benefit requesting to grant Foreign Service benefits to him.  (Writ Petition No.24106/2005 (S.CAT).
 
When he has filed Writ Petition in High Court for his own benefit it is perfectly alright, but when NFPE & AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) filed case in Supreme Court for the benefit of 2.76 lakhs GDS he is ridiculing it and opposing it.

P.PANDURANGA RAO                                                          R.N.PARASHAR
General Secretry.                                                                  Secretary General,
AIPEU-GDS(NFPE)                                                                NFPE.

Source:http://nfpe.blogspot.in/

Subramanian Swamy raises One-Rank One-Pension with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar

Seeking justice for ex-servicemen, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy today met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and raised the issue of one-rank one-pension, PTI News reported today.

 He brought up the fact that the implementation of same-rank same-pension was one of the major planks on which BJP built its pitch to ex-servicemen. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised this during his speech at Bhiwani in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

One-rank, one-pension means soldiers of the same rank and the same length of service get the same pension, irrespective of their retirement date. For an example, a sepoy who retired in 1995 would get the same amount of pension as the one who retired in 1996.

According to Swamy, Parrikar told him that he is seized of the matter and is closely studying the issue with a view to finding a solution to the satisfaction of ex-servicemen, reports said.

The Defence Minister assured Swamy that an announcement on the issue of one-rank one-pension is expected to be made by the time of the Budget presentation in February next year.

The decision to implement the scheme was first announced by former Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the UPA government's interim Budget in February this year. Chidambaram had allocated Rs500 crore for it.

The NDA government had allocated Rs1,000 crore for the scheme in its July Budget this year.

Besides one-rank one-pension scheme, Swamy also brought to Parrikar's notice some strategic issues regarding China's defence capacity.

Source:http://www.moneylife.in/article/subramanian-swamy-raises-one-rank-one-pension-with-defence-minister-manohar-parrikar/39913.html

Constitution of a Committee for Cadre Restructuring of the Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Service (CSSS).

No. 15/1/2014-CSJI(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel &Training
Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi – 110 003.
Dated the 29th December 2014

ORDER

Subject:-Constitution of a Committee for Cadre Restructuring of the Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Service (CSSS).

A Committee for the cadre restructuring of the Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Service with the following composition and terms of reference is constituted:

Composition: -
(i)     Establishment  Officer  & Special  Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training : Chairman
(ii)    Joint Secretary (CS), Department of Personnel & Training: Member
(iii)  Joint Secretary (Pers.), Department of Expenditure : Member
(iv)   Director (CS-II) , Department of Personnel & Training      Member Secretary

Terms of Reference:-

(i)        To review the structure of CSSS cadre so as to harmonise the functional requirements with the career expectations of its members.

(ii)      To assess the magnitude of stagnation in various grades of CSSS and suggest remedial measures – both short term and long term – to reduce promotional blocks and at the same time prevent gaps from building up.

(iii)    To suggest measures to enhance the effectiveness of service and capacity building of its members.

(iv)     To take into view the suggestions of the stakeholders, viz. participating Ministries, Associations and members of the service for cadre review.

(v)      To review the entitlement of stenographic assistance to various category of officers of Government of India.

(vi)     To examine any issue as referred to it by the cadre controlling authority of CSSS,

2.  The secretarial assistance to the committee would be provided by the CS-II Division

3.  This has the approval of Hon'ble Minister of State for Personnel

(Kameshwar Mishra)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02csd/cadrereviewcommittee.pdf

Ownership of Indian Railways to Remain with the Government: Suresh Prabhu

Railways Initiates Process of Delegating Powers to Field Functioneries

General Managers Urged to Utilize Full Potential to Deliver Best Service to the People

General Managers’ Conference Held

The Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that there are several expectations from various stake holders of Indian Railways and called upon General Managers to live up to those expectations. The Minister pointed out that there is a need to benchmark our performance so that our full potential is utilized to deliver the best services to the people. The Minister stated this while addressing the conference of General Managers of all Zonal Railways and Production Units which was held here today. The Minister said that he is bringing out a white paper which will provide the vision and help formulate the road map to take Railways forward.
The Railway Minister again reiterated that Railways will not be privatized and the ownership of it will always remain with the Government.  He said that we need funds to invest in various pending projects and future projects. Vigorous efforts are being made to mobilize investments in Railways Sector. Capacity augmentations is another important area which needs attention as we have to decongest highly dense traffic routes through double line, triple line or more lines, besides creating new railway connectivity. Shri Prabhu said that Railways will also have to modernize its rolling stocks, signaling system, safety operations etc.  The Minister pointed out that he has already initiated the process of delegating powers to field functionaries like General Managers, Divisional Railways Managers and Station Managers but with that comes responsibilities also on the field functionaries to deliver.
 Referring to the cleanliness, the Minister said that an integrated approach is required to address this important aspect of passenger amenities. He said that mechanized laundries have improved quality of linen supplied in the trains and we have to set up more such laundries to cover the entire railway network. The Minister also pointed out that sustained efforts also need to be made to improve quality of food being served at railway stations and in trains and for this, base kitchen with quality monitoring should be set up. He also called upon General Managers to complete energy audit ordered by him earlier so that we can conserve and optimize energy consumptions in Railways. Similarly, we need to do water audit for its optimum utilization. Expressing his concern for the unfortunate and tragic accidents at unmanned level crossings, Shri Prabhu said that General Managers should think of new and innovative methods to reduce such accidents and make railway operations safer. In this connection the Railway Minister informed that ISRO is helping Indian Railways using Geospatial Technologies.
Shri Prabhu also said that he has written letters to Members of Parliament requesting them to use MPLAD funds for railway works for the benefit of the passengers. He also called upon General Managers to pay due attention to the requests made by the elected representatives on behalf of public. There is a need to save precious railway land from unauthorized encroachment and at the same time take measures to recover encroached land. The Railway Minister said that he is newest member in this vast railway family and he is proud of railway personnel for their dedication, sincerity and ability to deliver. He called upon railway unions and railway administration to work together for the betterment of Indian railways and the nation.
            In his address, Minister of State Shri Manoj Sinha said that it is the duty of railway administration to fulfill the expectations of railway users and we have to constantly work to improve the image of Indian Railway. Shri Sinha also emphasized on being consistent for ensuring best result. He said that we have to work as a unified railway system ensuring best coordination among all railways zones and railway divisions.
In the beginning Chairman, Railway Board, Shri Arunendra Kumar outlined the agenda of the Conference and presented action plan for the General Managers. The agenda of the meeting included;  Vision for Indian Railways in the next five years with short term & long term targets, Improving productivity, Safety, Global benchmarking of Railway services for customers and Improvement in Rolling Stock.
The Conference was attended by all Railway Board Members, the General Managers of Zonal Railways and Production Units and National Representatives of the Railway Employees Unions.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0


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Dr. Jitendra Singh felicitates outstanding employees of DoPT

Encourages other Government Offices to follow this best practice in governance

Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Dr. Jitendra Singh today felicitated the outstanding employees of he Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) under his Ministry. The employees were selected on the basis of their performance under “Award of the Month” introduced by DoPT recently.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Jitendra Singh said the award is meant to accord and acknowledge, besides giving recognition and respect to the employees of the level of Under Secretary and below who toil day and night for the Ministry but whose work often goes unnoticed and unacknowledged.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the DoPT being the nodal Ministry responsible for experimenting, evolving and developing new concepts to improve the personnel management and performance, it is part of its agenda to constantly recommend ‘best practices’ in governance. The concept of non monetary award of the month for an employee of the level of Under Secretary or below will, therefore, set an example for other Ministries and Departments also to follow, he added.

Referring to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s emphasis on good governance, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the employees at the lowest rung of administration are the key to good governance. And even though they may not be the visible face of the Ministry, it is actually their hard work and diligence which adds glory to the face of the Ministry presented by the senior-most officials and the Minister himself. By felicitating junior colleagues, therefore, he was in fact felicitating his own self, he observed.

The DoPT employees felicitated by the Minister included Office Assistants Shri Ankur Agarwal and Shri Prateek Malhotra, Section Officers Shri Ashish Chatterjee, Shri R.K. Nagpal and Shri S.K. Mishra, Under Secretaries Shri M.P. Rama Rao, Shri S.S. Shukla, Shri Debabrata Das and Shri Anil Tripathi.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Fixation of pay on appointment from one ex-cadre post to another ex-cadre post.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No. E(P & A)-II/2004/PP-9
New Delhi, dated /11/2014.
The General Manager,
All Indian Railways/Production Units.

Sub.: Fixation of pay on appointment from one ex-cadre post to another ex-cadre post.

Ref.: PNM AIRF Item No. 8/2008.

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen have raised the issue regarding fixation of pay on appointment from one ex-cadre post to another ex-cadre post. The issue was discussed in the PNM Meeting and it has been decided to re-iterate the provisions of para 4 of Board’s letter No. E(P&A)II-85/PP-24 dated 31-12-1985 in this respect. Para 4 of Board’s letter No. E(P&A)-II-85/PP-24 dated 31/12/1985 states as follows:

“The matter has been carefully considered and the President is pleased to decide that on appointment to a second or subsequent ex-cadre post in a higher pay scale than that of the previous ex-cadre post, the pay may be fixed with reference to the pay drawn in the cadre post and if the pay so fixed happens to be less than the pay drawn in the previous ex-cadre post, the difference may be allowed as personal pay to be absorbed in future increases in pay. This is subject to the condition that on both the occasions the employee should have opted to draw pay in the scales of pay attached to the ex-cadre posts”.

Therefore, it is re-iterated that instructions contained in Board’s letter dated 31/12/1985 and as further clarified from one ex-cadre post to another ex-cadre post.

The above has consent of Finance Dte. of Railway Board.
(K. Shankar)
Director, E(P&A),
Railway Board
Source: http://www.airfindia.com/Orders%202014/Fixation%20of%20Pay%20on%20appointment_20.11.2014.pdf

Monday, December 29, 2014

Why Indian Railwaymen are heading towards strike?

Dear Comrades,

The 90th Annual Convention of All India Railwaymen’s Federation, that was organized by South Western Railway Mazdoor Union at Hubli (Karnataka) has been historic because of its decent arrangement is to be super historic due to the unanimous decision of “Indefinite Strike” in the said National Convention. This historic convention held at Hubli from 18-19 November, 2014 does all the heights presence welcome, rally, meals and with great zeal etc. At the same time the meaningful and point to point debate on the report of the General Secretary and the Resolution placed in this convention paved the way to intensify the struggle with the clarion call of “Indefinite Strike”.

The proven Capitalistic image of present Government was well known to all of us but nobody could predict that there would be so rapid attack on the interest of Labour. In the present situation owing to amendment in Labour Laws in the interest of capitalist, dis-investment of public sector undertaking, Non implementation of Old Pension Scheme replacing New Pension Scheme, non merger of Dearness Allowance in pay, denial of Interim Relief, Permitting 100% and 49% FDI respectively in Railways, Defence, Production and Insurance sectors, the Labour movement is left with no alternative than to “EITHER DO OR DIE”. The High Power Committee constituted for Restructuring of Railway under the Chairmanship of Dr. Bibek Debroy has been formed with the intension of Privatization of Indian Railways. Under this circumstance let us awake before it is too late and struggle is only alternative for survival of social security & dignity of labour. To implement the Resolution of 90th Annual Convention of AIRF, we have to forge broad-based unity for ground preparation of “Indefinite Strike” that will prove to be a historical landmark.

Let us make it a grand success.

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)

Grant of Special Allowance @ Rs.1000/-p.m. to staff of Cash & Pay Department-RAILWAY BOARD

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

RBE No. 144/2014.

No. E(P&A)I-2011/SP-1/AC-1

New Delhi, dated 16.12.2014.

The General Managers,
All Indian Railways and Production Units.

Sub: Grant of Special Allowance @ Rs.1000/-p.m. to staff of Cash & Pay Department (Senior Cashier/Head Shroff) on their posting as Accounts Stock Verifiers in GP Rs. 4200/- on passing Appendix IV -A (IREM) Examination.

Attention is invited to Railway Board’s letter No. 2000/AC-II/20/23 (Vole) dated 16.09.2009 vide which surplus staff of Cash and Pay department working in GP Rs. 2400/- and upto Rs. 4200/v i.e. Jr. Cashiers/ Sr. Shroffs (PB-1 Rs. 5200-20200/GP Rs. 2400/-) and Sr.Cashiers/ Hd. Shroffs (PB-2 Rs. 9300-34800/ GP Rs. 4200/-) were allowed to be considered for the post of Account Stock Verifiers subject to Non-availability of Account Assistants and Jr. Account Assistants.

2. One of the Zonal railways has made a reference for extending the benefit of Special Allowance @ Rs.1000/-p.m. to Accounts Stock Verifiers, coming from Cash & Pay Department (Senior Cashier/Head Shroff) on the same analogy as has been allowed to Accounts Assistants after their becoming Accounts Stock Verifiers. The matter has been examined and it has now been decided to extend the benefit of Special Allowance @ Rs. 1000/-p.m. to those Accounts Stock Verifiers (PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 with GP 4200/-), who are coming from the category of Senior Cashiers/ Head Shroffs (PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 with GP 4200/-) of Cash & Pay Department on passing Appendix IV -A (IREM) Examination.

3. This Special Allowance will not be counted for fixation of pay on promotion as this allowance is for arduous job of Stock Verification.

4. This Special Allowance will also not be counted for DA, HRA and other Pensionary purposes.

5. These orders will be effective from the date of issue of this Order.

6. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

7. Kindly acknowledge receipt.

(K. Shankar)
Director Estt. (P&A),
Railway Board.

Source:http://www.nrmu.net/2014/grant-special-allowance-rs-1000p-m-staff-cash-pay-department/

Lokpal : Central govt employees now need to declare details of foreign accounts

All Central government employees will now have to declare details of deposits in foreign bank accounts which includes those of their spouses and children, as per the new rules notified under the Lokpal Act.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has notified a new form for the employees to declare details of their assets and liabilities, along with that of their spouse and dependent children, which is mandatory under the Lokpal Act. "Details of deposits in foreign bank(s) to be given separately," the notification said. The new form has been issued after concerns were raised by some employees regarding putting details of their assets and liabilities in public domain. However, the government is still mulling whether such details should be made available to public, official sources said.

The employees will also have to inform separately in case of any investments of over Rs 2 lakh made in movable assets, insurance, bonds, shares and mutual funds in the new form. "Investment above Rs 2 lakh to be reported individually. Investments below Rs 2 lakh may be reported together," it said. Earlier, the limit was Rs 1 lakh. In the latest form, employees need to declare expensive furniture, fixtures, antiques, paintings and electronic equipment also.

As per the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Second Amendment Rules, 2014, a public servant shall file the returns of his assets and liabilities, including that of his spouse and dependent family members, for the current fiscal by April 30, 2015. As per rules, all Group A, B and C employees need to declare such details as on March 31 every year on or before July 31 of that year. For the current year, the last date for filing these returns was September 15, which was later extended to December-end and now till April next year.

The declarations under the Lokpal Act are in addition to similar ones filed by the employees under various services rules. The DoPT has simplified the format for making such declarations which was issued in July and notified the new one on Friday. The government has done away with the fields including name of bank or financial institutions in which employees or their family members accounts are operated. Now the employees need to mention amount (cash and bank balance) only. In earlier form, employees were supposed to give details of motor vehicles, aircraft, yacht or ships. Whereas, in the new format, they need to give necessary details of motor vehicles only. There are about 26,29,913 employees in Group A ,B and C, as per the government's latest data.

Source:http://echoofindia.com/new-delhi-lokpal-central-govt-employees-now-need-declare-details-foreign-accounts-74722

Clarification regarding verification of genuineness of Castes/Communities belonging to SC/ST,OBC

RBE No.130/2014
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No. 2014-E(SCT)I/31/1
New Delhi Dated 27.11.2014
The General Manager(P),
All Zonal Railways and Production Units,
The CAO, DMW, Patiala,
The DG, RDSO.

Sub:- Clarification regarding verification of genuineness of Castes/Communities belonging to Scheduled Casts, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes from the Scheduled/Central Lists and Gazette Notifications issued by Government of India.

Some of the Zonal Railways have expressed difficulty and sought clarification regarding verification of genuineness of a caste/community belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes if the same is not included in the existing lists of these communities issued from time to time by this office.

2. In this connection, it is clarified that whenever an addition or deletion to the existing list of SCs/STs and OBCs is done by Government of India through Gazette Notifications, the same becomes binding on all the concerned irrespective of the fact that the same has been circulated by this office or not.

3. Further, verification of genuineness of Castes/Communities belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes may also be done through their respective Lists available online at the links given below:-
(i) http://socialjustice.nic.in/sclist.php (List of SCs)
(ii) http://www.tribal.nic.in/Content/scheduledtribes.aspx (List of STs)
(iii) http://socialjustice.nic.in/policiesacts4.php or
(iv) http://ncbc.nic.in/User_Panel/CentralListStateView.aspx (Central List of OBCs)

The above may please be brought to the notice of all the concerned so as to avoid unwanted reference to this office. However, if some doubts/confusion still persists in the matter, the'same be referred to this office for clarification.

(K. Mal)
Exec. Director, Estt.(Res.)
Railway Board.

Source:  http://www.airfindia.com/Orders%202014/RBE%20138_2014.pdf
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‘One rank, one pension’ scheme before next Budget: Parrikar

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said the ‘one rank, one pension’ policy would be implemented in the defence forces before the next Budget.

“One rank, one pension policy will be implemented. We are right now working on its detailing,” Parrikar said. The implementation has lot of financial implications which are being worked out, he said.

“It has a lot of financial implications. Details would be available only once we work it out,” Parrikar said.

‘One rank, one pension’ policy means soldiers of the same rank and same length of service get the same pension irrespective of their retirement date. Parrikar said the announcement to implement the policy was made in the last Budget.

“Now we will have to implement it. I have kept a target that it will be implemented before the next Budget. My effort is to ensure that it should be implemented as soon as possible. My target is that it should not wait for the next Budget,” he said.

Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha recently, the Congress had accused the government of delaying the implementation of the scheme. The OROP had been announced in the Interim Budget in February, but was yet to be implemented, Congress MP from Rohtak, Deepender Hooda, said in Parliament.

Deepender Hooda accused the bureaucracy of trying to dilute the original meaning of OROP as defined by the Koshiyari Committee, which was the petition committee of the Rajya Sabha. Hooda had asked the government to come out and announce the implementation of OROP. — PTI

Source: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-12-26/news/57420372_1_manohar-parrikar-last-budget-same-pension-irrespective

Declaration of assets by Public Servants under Lokpal-LATEST DOPT ORDER

MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(Department of Personnel and Training)

ORDER
New Delhi, the 26th December, 2014

S.O. 3272(E).- Whereas the Central Government, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 62 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 (1 of 2014) (hereinafter referred to as the said Act), made the Lokpal and Lokayuktas (Removal of Difficulties) Order, 2014 (hereinafter referred to as the said Order) with effect from the 15th February. 2014 for the purpose of carrying out modifications and amendments in all existing rules regulating the filing of property returns and making of declaration of assets by public servants so as to bring them in conformity with the provisions of the said Act. within a period not exceeding one hundred and eighty days from the date on which the provisions of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 came into force, i.e., the 16th January, 2014;

And whereas, the central Government initiated the process of modifications and amendments of all existing rules dealing with the subject matter of filing of annual returns and making of declaration of assets by public servants in consultation with various authorities, such as, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, the Election Commission, the Lok Sabha Secretariat, the Rajya Sabha Secretariat, the Ministry of Law and Justice (Department of Legal Affairs and Legislative Department), the Department of Financial Services, the Department of Public Enterprises and the State Governments;

And whereas, the comments and suggestions received from above said authorities had been under consideration of the Central Government and the completion of the procedure of finalising the rules under the said Act was likely to take some more time and the process of harmonisation of the existing rules with the provisions of the said Act and the rules made thereunder was taking time beyond the period notified under the said Order, and, therefore, the Central  Government amended the said Order on 14th July, 2014, extending the said period of one hundred and eighty days to a period of two hundred and seventy days;

And whereas, the Central Government, after consulting the Ministries/Departments. including the Department of Financial Services, the Department of Public Enterprises, the Ministry of Law and Justice and the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, made the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014 (hereinafter referred to as the said rules), in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) read with clause (k) and clause (l) of sub-section (2) of section 59 read with section 44 and section 45 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, and notified the said rules on 14th July, 2014, prescribing therein the forms in which information and annual returns are to be filed by every public servant;

And whereas, the Central Government forwarded the Copies of the notification containing the said rules to all Ministries and Departments of the Central Government requesting them to take the follow-up action in terms of the said rules. and for ensuring compliance with the said rules by all officers and staff in the respective Ministries, Departments and organisations and public sector undertakings under their control;

And whereas. the Central Government also forwarded the copies of the notification containing the said rules to the Chief Secretaries of all State Governments and Union territories, requesting them to take the follow-up action in terms of the said rules requiring all officers of the All India Services working in connection with the affairs of the State Governments and the officers and staff working in various organisations and public sector undertakings under their control so as to ensure due compliance with the said rules by all of them;

And whereas, concerns and apprehensions were raised by some Ministries and Departments, Organisations and individuals about the posting of every information provided by the public servant on public domain and the complexities involved in posting such details in the prescribed formats and also about exacerbation of vulnerabilities of the public servants after filing such details. specifically of movable property and their publication on the websites of respective Ministries and Departments giving rise to the apprehension of the safety and security of the members particularly children of the public servant;

And whereas, keeping in view the genuine concerns and apprehensions aforesaid, the Central Government constituted a Committee on 28th August, 2014 to simplify the forms and the process in which public servants shall make declaration of assets and liabilities as required under the said Act and the rules made thereunder and the Committee was required to examine the forms prescribed under the said rules and suggest changes therein as may be considered necessary within a period of forty-five days;

And whereas, the exercise of reviewing the existing rules relating to various services and posts with the provisions of the said Act and the rules made thereunder, the process of completion of follow-up action by various Ministries and Departments of the Central Government and the State Governments and the exercise of simplification of forms and the process in which public servants shall make declarations of assets and liabilities, was likely to take time beyond the period of two hundred and seventy days as specified in the said Order (as amended by the Order, dated 14th July, 2014), it had become necessary to extend the said period of two hundred and seventy days and, accordingly, the Central Government amended the said Order on 8th September, 2014. extending the said period of two hundred and seventy days to a period of three hundred and sixty days for the purposes of section 44 of the said Act;

And whereas, the Committee constituted by the Central Government on 28th August, 2014 to simplify the farms and the process in which public servants shall make declaration of assets and liabilities as required under the said Act and the rules made thereunder, submitted its first Report to the Government on 1st October, 2014, wherein the Committee suggested simplification of form prescribed for submission of statement regarding movable assets and the form prescribed for submission of statement regarding debts and liabilities by public servants, under the aforesaid rules;

And whereas, the processing of necessary amendments to the aforesaid rules so as to incorporate the revised forms for filing statement regarding movable properties and the statement regarding debts and liabilities and the circulation of the revised formats, after their due notification in the Official Gazette, to all Ministries and Departments of the Central Government and the Chief Secretaries of all State Governments and Union territory administrations and the further process of follow-up action in terms of the said rules requiring all officers of the All India Services working in a connection with the affairs of the State Governments and the Offices and Staff working in various Organisations and Public Sector Undertakings under their control so as to ensure due compliance with the revised rules by all of them, is a time consuming process and as such the said process cannot be completed within the limit of three hundred and sixty days as contemplated in the principal order as amended by the order dated 8th September, 2014;

And whereas, Central Government has decided to amend the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, to address various deficiencies noticed in the said Act and, in that context, a need has also been felt to amend the provisions of section 44 of the said Act so as to harmonise the provisions of the said section with the relevant provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 and rules framed thereunder, the All India Services Act, 1951 and rules framed thereunder, the rules framed by the Central Government in pursuance of article 148 and article 309 of the Constitution and also various statutes setting up autonomous bodies and Public Sector Undertakings and the rules framed thereunder;

And whereas, the introduction of a Bill to amend the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, and its passing by Parliament and enforcement is also likely to take time; and hence it has become necessary to extend the said period of three hundred and sixty days to a period of eighteen months and the Central Government has accordingly decided to extend the period to complete this process;

New. therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 62 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 (l of 2014). the Central Government hereby makes the following amendment further to amend the Lokpal and Lokayuktas (Removal of Difficulties) Order, 2014, namely-

In the said Order, in paragraph 2, in sub-paragraph (1), for the words “within a period not exceeding three hundred and sixty days”, the words “within a period not exceeding eighteen months” shall be substituted.

[F No. 407/ 12/2014-AVD-1V(B) l]
JISHNU BARUA, Jt. Secy.

Note : The Lokpal and Lokayuktas (Removal of Difficulties) Order, 2014 was published in the Gazette of India Extraordinary, vide notification number 8.0. 409(E), dated 15th February, 2014 and amended by Order, dated 14th July, 2014 published vide notification number 8.0. 1840(E) dated lSth July, 2014; and by Order dated 8th September. 2014 published vide notification number 8.0. 225605) dated 81h September, 2014.

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02ser/removaldifficultyorder.pdf
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Friday, December 26, 2014

Extension of last date for filing of revised returns by public servants-DOPT ORDER

No. 407/12/2014-AVD-IV(B)
Bharat Sarkar/Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

New Delhi, the 25th December, 2014

Office Memorandum

Subject: Declaration of Assets and Liabilities by public servants under section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 extension of last date for filing of revised returns by public servants who have filed property returns under the existing service rules - regarding

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s D.O. letter of even No. dated 8th September, 2014 regarding the furnishing of information relating to assets and liabilities by public servants under section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 and forwarding therewith copies of the Central Government’s notifications dated 8‘h September, 2014 containing
(a) amendment to the Lokpal & Lokayuktas (Removal of Difficulties) Order, 2014, for the purpose of extending the time limit for carrying out necessary changes in the relevant rules relating to different services from “two hundred and seventy days” to “three hundred and sixty days”, from the date on which the Act came into force, i.e., 16th January, 2014; and

(b)the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Amendment Rules, 2014, extending the time limit for filing of revised returns by all public servants from 15th September, 2014 to 31st December, 2014
2. In this regard, the undersigned is directed to convey that the last date for filing of revised returns by public servants under the rules indicated in para 1 (b) above has been extended by a period of four months, i.e., from 31st December, 2014 to 30th April, 2015. Formal amendments to the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014 and to the Lokpal & Lokayuktas (Removal of Difficulties) Order, 2014 are being notified separately. The formats for submission of statements regarding movable properties (Form-II) and for submission of statements regarding debts and liabilities (Form-IV) under the said rules are also being revised and will be notified as part of the amendments to the aforesaid rules. They will also be uploaded on the website of this Department, i.e., http://persminnic.in/DOPTasp.

3. All Ministries/Departments and cadre authorities are requested to kindly issue orders towards ensuring compliance with the revised Rules by all officers and staff in the respective Ministry/Department/ Organisations/PSUS under their control, within the revised time-limit mentioned therein.

(Jishnu Barua)
Joint Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02ser/lokpalassets.pdf


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Introduction of Single Window System in Railway Board for receiving disciplinary cases of non gazetted Railway Servants.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. E( D&A) 2008 RG 6-29

dated 23.12.2014

The General Manager ( P),
All Indian Railways and Production Units etc.,

Sub: Introduction of Single Window System in Railway Board for receiving disciplinary cases of non gazetted Railway Servants.

Please refer to Board’s letter of even no. dated 4.8.2009 wherein the attention of the Railways was invited to the issue of pendency of disciplinary cases for prolonged periods which results in unnecessary hardship to the Railway servants, especially the retired Railway servants, whose pensionary benefits are withheld due to non finalization of the disciplinary cases.

1.1 It was emphasized therein that disciplinary cases may be finalized speedily, for which Railways may develop a monitoring mechanism both at headquarters and division/workshop levels to avoid unnecessary delays. Further, a checklist was circulated to avoid back references of cases and consequent delays. It is, however, noticed that many Railways are still sending the disciplinary cases to Board’s office without complete documents. While in some cases the checklist s not sent at all, in other cases it not filled in properly leaving out vital information. This creates difficulty in scrutiny and verification of the records in Railway Board’s office leading to prolonged and avoidable correspondences with the Railways resulting in further delay.

2. With a view to expedite scrutiny of disciplinary cases in the Railway Board, it has been decided that a Single Window System be implemented for receipt of the disciplinary cases of non-gazetted Railway Servants in Railway Board’s office, as per the revised checklist, enclosed herewith. The cases should be accompanied with the check list, duly filled in, and signed by Group ‘A’ officer of the Personnel Department of the Railway headquarters.

3. Under the Single Window System, a gazetted officer of the Personnel Department of the Railway headquarter will be required to personally hand over the disciplinary cases of non-gazetted Railway Servants with all the relevant documents/records in E(D&A) branch, Room No.359-F (Third Floor), Rail Bhavan with prior appointment on Telephone Nos.011 23303959, 030-43959 (Rly), 011-23303276 and 030-43276 (Rly) on any working day

4. The cases received from the zonal Railways/Production Units etc. would initially be scrutinized on receipt at the Single Window, in terms of information provided in the check list. Only such cases which are complete as per the check list would be accepted for further detailed scrutiny and examination incomplete cases shall be returned to the bearer, pointing out the deficiencies A List of Do’s and Dont’s is also enclosed for guidance The Single Window System shall come in force from 01.01.2015. Zonal Railways/Production Units etc. may therefore send all the disciplinary cases n respect of nongazetted railway servants to the Railway Board’s office only in accordance with Single Window System, The Single Window System will also be applicable for those disciplinary cases of non-gazetted Railway servants which have been referred back to the concerned Railway/Production Unit due to incomplete documents/information/clarification etc.

5. It is reiterated that:

(a) Disciplinary cases of non-gazetted Railway servants received in Board’s office after 01 01 2015 will not be accepted unless sent as per the Single Window System.

(b) The checklist should be filled in properly and signed by a Group ‘A’ officer of Personnel Department of Railway HQ.

(c) The cases should be handed over personal y at the Single Window by a gazetted officer of Personnel Department of Railway HQ to facilitate attestation of any document, if required.

6. Please acknowledge receipt.

DA: Check list and list of Do’s & Don’ts

(Rajiv Kishore)
Executive Director ( ERP)
Railway Board

Source:http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/establishment/E_D%26A/DA_Rules/Single_Window_System.PDF

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LTC 80 for non entitled Government Servants-Q&A IN RAJYA SABHA

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
RAJYA SABHA
QUESTION NO 2907
ANSWERED ON 18.12.2014

LTC 80 for non entitled Government Servants

2907 SHRIMATI BIMLA KASHYAP SOOD
Will the Minister of PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS be pleased to satate :-

(a) whether travel by air under LTC 80 fare is allowed to non-entitled Government Servants in certain sectors;

(b) if so, whether they are permitted to travel by air from their headquarters, if not, the reasons therefor;

(c) whether split journey from headquarters to Kolkata, Chennai, or Bhubaneswar by train in entitled class and thereafter by air in economy class from Air India burden more on the exchequer than the direct flight through flexi fare from Air India; and


(d) whether Government proposes to allow such employees to travel by air from headquarters in economy class on flexi fare by Air India?

ANSWER

Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office. (DR. JITENDRA SINGH)

(a): Yes, Sir.

(b): Government servants not entitled to travel by air may be permitted to travel by air in Economy class in the following sectors between:

(i) Kolkata/Guwahati and any place in NER

(ii) Kolkata/Chennai/Bhubaneswar and Port Blair

(iii) Delhi/Amritsar and anyplace in J&K

(c): It is not possible to quantify in exact terms as this would depend on multiple factors like distance between the Headquarters and Kolkata/Chennai/Bhubaneswar, entitlement of class of journey by train, i.e. II Tier AC or III Tier AC etc.

(d): There is no such proposal at present.

Source: Rajyasbha.nic.in



Grant of Family Pension and gratuity to the eligible member of the family of an employee/pensioner/family pensioner reported missing

No. 1(1)/2010-D(Pension/Policy)
Government of India,
Ministry of Defence.
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare

New Delhi, the 23 December

To
The Chief of the Army Staff,
The Chief of the Naval Staff,
The Chief of the Air Staff,

Subject : Grant of Family Pension and gratuity to the eligible member of the family of an employee/pensioner/family pensioner reported missing- consolidated instructions regarding.

Sir,

The Provisions for grant of Ordinary family pension and DCRG to the eligible members of families of the deceased Armed Forces Personnel/Pensioners are contained in AI 51/80 and AI 8/S/70 as modified from the time to time. The instructions regarding grant of family pension and gratuity to the eligible member of the Family of an Armed Forces Personnel/Pensioner reported missing have been issued vide this Ministry’s letter No 12(16)86/D (Pen/Ser) dated 03.06.1988 and No 12(16)/86/ D(Pen/Ser) dated 23.03.1992. Clarifications/ amendments in this regard have also been issued vide letter No. 12(16)/85/D (Pen/Ser) dated 26.08.1993, letter No.1(1)/2010/D (Pen/Pol) dated 15.02.2011 and MoD letter No. 1(1)/2012/D (Pen/Pol) dated 05.06.2013.

2. It has now been decided to issue consolidated instructions in supersession of previous instructions as mentioned above regarding grant of family pension to the eligible members of family of the Armed Forces Personnel / Pensioner/ family pensioner reported missing and whose whereabouts are not known. It includes those kidnapped by insurgents/terrorists but does not include those who disappear after committing frauds/crime/desertion etc.

3. In the case of a missing Armed Forces Personnel/pensioner/family pensioner, the family can apply for the grant of family pension, amount of salary due, leave encashment due and the amount of DSOP/AFPP fund and gratuity (whatever has not already been received) to the IHQ/Record office concerned, where the officers and JCOs/Ors in Army and equivalent in Navy and Air Force, had last served, six months after lodging of police report. The family pension and/ or retirement gratuity may be sanctioned by the respective Pension Sanctioning Authority’s (PSAs) after observing the following formalities:-

(i) The family must lodge a report with the concerned Police station and obtain a report from the police, that the Armed Forces Personnel/Pensioner/ family pensioner has not been traced despite all efforts made by them. The report may be a First Information report or any other report such as a Daily Diary / General Diary Entry, filled by the Police authorities concerned, as per the practice prevalent in the state /UT.

(ii) An indemnity bond should be taken from the nominee/dependents of the Armed Forces Personnel / pensioner / family pensioner that all the payments will be adjusted against the payments due to the Armed Forces Personnel/Pensioner / family pensioner in case she/he appears on the scene and makes any claim.

4. In the case of a missing Armed Forces Personnel, the family pension, at the ordinary or enhanced rate, as applicable, will accrue from the expiry of leave or the date up to which pay and allowances have been paid or the date of the police report, whichever is later. In the case of a missing pensioner/family pensioner, it will accrue from the date of the police report or from the date immediately succeeding the date till which pension/family pension had been paid, whichever is later.

5. The retirement gratuity will be paid to the family within three months of the date of application. In case of any delay, the interest shall be paid at the applicable rates and responsibility for delay shall be fixed. The difference between the death gratuity and retirement shall be payable after the death of the employee is conclusively established or on the expiry of the period of seven years from the date of the police report.

6. Before sanctioning the payment of gratuity, Service HQrs/ Records office will assess all Government dues outstanding against the employee/pensioner and affect their recovery in accordance with instruction in force.

7. The amount of salary due, leave encashment due and amount of DSOP/AFPP fund will be paid to the family in the first instance as per the nominations made by the Armed Forces Personnel / Pensioner on filing of police report and submission of an indemnity bond as indicated above.

8. The benefits to be sanctioned to the family/ nominee of the missing Armed Forces Personnel / pensioner will be based on and regulated as per the emoluments drawn by him/her as on the last date he/she was on duty including authorized periods of leave.

9. Formats of separate Indemnity Bonds to be used in the case of missing Armed Forces Personnel, missing pensioners and missing family pensioners are available at the official website of PCDA (Pension) Allahabad.

10. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Defence (Finance) vide their ID No. 10(3)/2010/Fin/Pen dated 08/12/2014.

11. Hindi version will follow.

sd/-
(Prem Parkash)
Under Secretary (Pension/Policy)

Source: http://www.desw.gov.in/sites/upload_files/desw/files/pdf/1%281%292010-D%28Pension-Policy%29.pdf

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

One time relaxation in Rules for leave encashment during service -Railway Board

RBE No. 141/2014

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No. F(E)111/2008/LE-1/1
New Delhi, Dated: 15.12.2014
The GMs/FA&CAOs,
All Zonal Rallways/Pus,
(As per Mailing List).

Subject: One time relaxation in Rules for leave encashment during service – Permission for leave encashment to Railway Employees who have failed to avail leave encashment during the previous blocks.

Representations have been received in this office to allow leave encashment to Railway employees who have failed to avail the benefit during the previous blocks despite availing Pass/PTO and leave during a block on the ground that the concept of block period was new for the Railway employees and it was introduced during the 2nd block period resulting in some of the employees failing to apply for the same due to various reasons.

2. The matter has been sympathetically considered by Board and it has been agreed to allow leave encashment to the employees who have failed to avail the same during the previous block period (first three block periods) despite fulfilling the condition of availing of Pass/PTO and leave during the block, as one time exemption, with the condition that leave encashment will be made at the rate of pay applicable at the time of availing of leave, subject to fulfillment of the conditions as laid down in Railway Board’s letter of even Nos. dated 29.10.2008 and 11.06.2009, as applicable on the day of leave availed, with the approval of leave sanctioning authority.

3. The above relaxation is made as one time measure and the employees have to apply for the same along with the proof of grant of leave and pass during the block period within four months from the date of issue of this letter.

4. It is reiterated that it is a one-time relaxation and in future including the current block no claim from a retrospective date shall be entertained. All the claims for leave encashment should be done with prior approval of the competent authority as per the block system of Leave encashment.

5. This issues with the approval of Board (MS & FC).

(Amitabh Joshi)
Deputy Director Finance(Estt.)III,
Railway Board

Source:http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/finance/FE-III/2014/F(E)-2008-LE-1-1_15-12-2014.pdf

Special Class Railway Apprentices’ Examination, 2015

The Union Public Service Commission will be conducting the Special Class Railway Apprentices’ Examination, 2015 on 18.01.2015 at various centres all over India as per notification.  The e-Admit Cards have been made available on the Commission’s website http://www.upsc.gov.in.  Candidates are advised to download and check their e-admit cards carefully and bring discrepancy, if any, to the notice of the Commission immediately.  Rejection letters citing the ground(s) for rejection have been issued through e-mails and also put on the Union Public Service Commission’s website http://www.upsc.gov.in.  In case any difficulty is faced by the candidates in downloading their e-admit cards, they may contact the UPSC Facilitation Counter on Telephone Nos. 011-23385271, 011-23381125 and 011-23098543 on any working day between 10.00 AM and 5.00 PM.  The candidates can also send Fax message on Fax No. 011-23387310.  No  Admit Card will be sent by post.

In case the photograph is not printed clear on the e-admit cards, candidates are advised to carry three (3) photographs (one identical photograph for each session) along with proof of identity such as Identity Card or Voter Identity Card or Passport or Driving License and printout of e-admit card at the venue of the Examination.

*****

MOBILE PHONES BANNED

THE CANDIDATES BRINGING MOBILE PHONES WITH THEM WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ENTRY IN THE EXAMINATION PREMISES.

Source:pib

Proposal for improved Voluntary Retirement Scheme for Central Inland Water Transport Corporation Limited employees

 The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for an improved Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) for the employees of Central Inland Water Transport Corporation Limited (CIWTC) and disinvestment of CIWTC thereafter. The VRS currently in vogue in CIWTC is under the existing Central DA 1996/ Industrial DA 1997 is not attractive to employees and therefore does not evince much interest from the existing workforce of CIWTC.

The VRS benefit would be computed on 2006 pay scale for the employees covered under Central DA. For other category of employees, it would be based on 2007 Industrial DA linked pay scale. The improved VRS scheme would be opened for a period of three months from the date of its offer with a provision of extension by another one month. Necessary Grant-in-Aid from Government of India under Non-Plan would be given for this purpose.

Implementation of the improved VRS package would offer a better severance package to the employees of CIWTC. This would improve the prospects of finding an investor to either take over the assets or ensure viable commercial use of assets.

Source:pib

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

CAN’T RECOVER EXCESS SALARY PAID TO CLASS III, IV STAFF SUPREME COURT

NEW DELHI: Recovery of excess amount paid to Class-III and Class-IV employees due to employer's mistake is not permissible in law, the Supreme Court has ruled saying that it would cause extremely harsh consequences to them who are totally dependent on their wages to run their family.

The apex court said employees of lower rung service spend their entire earning in the upkeep and welfare of their family, and if such excess payment is allowed to be recovered from them, it would cause them far more hardship, than the reciprocal gains to the employer.

A bench of JS Khehar and Arun Mishra also directed that an employer cannot recover excess amount in case of a retired employee or one who is to retire within one year and where recovery process is initiated five years after excess payment.

"We are therefore satisfied in concluding, that such recovery from employees belonging to the lower rungs (i.e., Class-III and Class-IV - sometimes denoted as Group 'C' and Group 'D') of service, should not be subjected to the ordeal of any recovery, even though they were beneficiaries of receiving higher emoluments, than were due to them. Such recovery would be iniquitous and arbitrary and therefore would also breach the mandate contained in Article 14 of the Constitution," Justice Khehar, who wrote the judgment said.

It said that the employer's right to recover has to compared, with the effect of the recovery on the concerned employee and if the effect of the recovery from the employee would be, more unfair, more wrongful, more improper, and more unwarranted, than the corresponding right of the employer, which would then make it iniquitous and arbitrary, to effect the recovery.

"In such a situation, the employee's right would outbalance, and therefore eclipse, the right of the employer to recover," the bench said.

The bench passed the order on a petition filed by Punjab government challenging Punjab and Haryana high court order restraining it to recover the excess amount paid by mistake to numerous employees over the years.

It said we may, as a ready reference, summarize the following few situations, wherein recoveries by the employers, would be impermissible in law:

(i) Recovery from employees belonging to Class-III and Class-IV service (or Group 'C' and Group 'D' service).

(ii) Recovery from retired employees, or employees who are due to retire within one year, of the order of recovery.

(iii) Recovery from employees, when the excess payment has been made for a period in excess of five years, before the order of recovery is issued.

(iv) Recovery in cases where an employee has wrongfully been required to discharge duties of a higher post, and has been paid accordingly, even though he should have rightfully been required to work against an inferior post.

(v) In any other case, where the Court arrives at the conclusion, that recovery if made from the employee, would be iniquitous or harsh or arbitrary to such an extent, as would far outweigh the equitable balance of the employer's right to recover.

The court said a government employee is primarily dependent on his wages, and such deduction from salary should not be allowed which would make it difficult for the employee to provide for the needs of his family and any recovery must be done within five years.


In this case, the employees were given monetary benefits in excess of their entitlement due to a mistake committed by a concerned competent authority, in determining the emoluments payable to them.

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Constitutional Status to OBC Commission

A proposal to give constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes is in process in the Ministry.

The Parliamentary Committee for Welfare of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) has recommended for grant the constitutional status to NCBC, which is under consideration of the Government.

As per Section 11(1) of the NCBC Act, the Central Government may at any time, and shall, at the expiration of ten years from the coming into force of this Act and every succeeding period of ten years thereafter, undertake revision of the lists with a view to excluding from such lists those classes who have ceased to be backward classes or for including in such lists new backward classes.

As per terms of Clause 10 of Article 338 of the Constitution, National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) is empowered to look into the grievances related to Other Backward Classes.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

Source:pib
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Monday, December 22, 2014

New pension scheme for armed forces still on paper

Though the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has allocated Rs 1,000 crore for implementing the one rank-one pension scheme for defence personnel, a working group chaired by the Controller General of Defence Accounts has failed to provide a roadmap for scheme implementation.

Under the scheme, soldiers of the same rank and same tenure of service are entitled to get same pension, irrespective of the retirement dates. Prime Minister Narendra Modi ,in his first visit to the high altitude forward post of Siachen on Deepavali, had told the soldiers that the scheme was an “emotional subject” for him. He had chided the United Progressive Alliance regime for dragging the issue.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had promised the ex-servicemen the implementation of the scheme during Lok Sabha elections. A parliamentary standing committee on defence, headed by veteran BJP leader B C Khanduri, has suggested roping in an Indian Institute of Management for conducting a study to suggest measures for welfare of the ex-servicemen. The parliamentary panel, that scrutinised the defence ministry’s budget for 2014-2015, will submit its report on Monday.

Though a working group under the chairmanship of Controller General of Defence Accounts was constituted for examining a proposal submitted by the services, it failed to arrive at any consensus on the modalities.

The Defence Ministry has already missed the April deadline to implement the programme that would help attract youth to join forces.

Former finance minister P Chidambaram, in his interim budget presented before Parliament in February, had announced the decision to implement the scheme and allocated Rs 500 crore.

The budgetary allocation later was revised by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to Rs 1,000 core for this fiscal year.

The standing committee on defence is also believed to have expressed its displeasure with the Department of Ex-servicemen’s Welfare for being insensitive towards ex-servicemen.

The panel members were miffed to know that the department does not have a clear database of skilled servicemen though appreciated that the ministry was trying to reach out to corporate representative bodies for their employment.

Of the 34,364 retired personnel registered with directorate general of resettlement and its affiliates in states last year, only 14,320 got employment available for resettlement of former officers and ‘persons below officers rank’.

These personnel are recruited against quota earmarked for them but they do not get any seniority or salary drawn by them in armed forces.

The panel is learnt to have suggested that defence personnel’s seniority post recruitment in paramilitary forces should be protected.


Source:http://www.deccanherald.com/content/448927/pension-scheme-armed-forces-still.html

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Brief on the outcome of the meeting held today between Hon’ble Minister for Railways and the Federation

All India Railwaymen Federation
4, State Entry road,
New Delhi 110055

No.AIRF/525

Dated: December 18, 2014

The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,

Dear Comrades,

Sub: Brief on the outcome of the meeting held today between Hon’ble Minister for Railways and the Federations

Today a meeting was held between Hon’ble Minister for Railways and the Federations on the issue of Foreign Direct Investment(FDI) in Indian Railways, wherein MoSR, CRB, MS and ED(IR) were also present. AIRF was represented by its President and General Secretary, Com. Rakhal Das Gupta and Shiva Gopal Mishra.

At the outset, Hon’ble MR, while welcoming the federations, assured that there would be no privatization of any activity in the Railways. He also mentioned that, his system of working had been very transparent, and he would try that each and every issue must be discussed with the federations with full transparency.

He said that the Indian Railways are passing through economic crisis, and under these circumstances we have to invite private capital. He further said that he want to assure that private capital would be used for expansion of railway infrastructure, but all the activities, right from production, maintenance and operation, will be dealt by the Railwaymen only.

I as well as President/AIRF fully opposed FDI in the Railways, and said that, because of the propaganda, Railwaymen have been demoralized, and being safety categories, such propaganda of privatization of the Railways or Restructuring of the Railway Board and Ministry of Railways, bringing IASs in the Railway Management, will be proved counter-productive for the Railway System.

I also reminded the Hon’ble MR about his statement in the Parliament as well as today morning while inaugurating Bhatinda Shatabdi Express that he would create SPVs with the state governments and asked him to clarify, what is the purpose of such SPVs. He again made it clear that the state governments should be asked to reimburse the cost of such projects, but only money will be taken from them, and all the works, right from production, maintenance and operation, will be done by the Railwaymen only.

I also reminded the Hon’ble MR about the circular issued by the Ministry of Commerce & Heavy Industry, stating, in all the three sectors – production, maintenance and operation, 100% FDI will be allowed. He said that, he would have another round of meeting with the federations, after going through all the aspects, but assured that there would not be any harm to the existing Railway System. Hon’ble MR directed the CRB to explain them and give copies of the MoUs undertaken with 7-8 countries on various activities, right from high speed rail to establishing railway institutes. He also directed the Member Staff to constitute a committee, headed by the Member Staff, wherein Presidents and General Secretaries of both the federations will be a part, and directed him to have regular meetings and clarify them on all the relevant issues.

On this occasion I also raised the issue of abolition of NPS while bringing Old Pension Scheme, and explained him that the earlier Hon’ble MR had written a letter to the then Finance Minister. The MS clarified him the issue. The MR assured that he would go through the subject matter and will also have discussion with the Finance Minister.

The issue of depleted condition of Railway quarters and poor medical facilities was also raised by us. Hon’ble MR further directed the CRB to give a note to the Financial Commissioner(Railways) to allocate sufficient funds to meet the requirements of maintenance of Railway colonies and medical facilities.

The CRB also raised the issue of PLB to Railwaymen, wherein he explained that, every year since last 3-4 years there used to be lots of troubles, and many times threat of stoppage of trains used to come from the federations. Now, the PM and FM have finally said, if there will not be any formula, then they will not allow PLB from the next year.

The CRB requested through the MR that the federations should co-operate them.

I, on behalf of AIRF, told him pointblank that the bilateral agreement, arrived at between the federations and Railway Ministry on 22.11.1979, is sacrosanct, therefore, there is no necessity to make any change in it. Even then, the CRB asked that, there have been lots of changes in the working pattern as well as weightage in the capital, which was opposed by both the federations.

Finally, Hon’ble MR said that, he do not want any discontentment among the Railwaymen, therefore, the MS should deal this issue separately within the committee, and in case there is any problem, he is ready to discuss the matter with him.

Hon’ble MR further said, it is just beginning, we want frequent dialogues with the federations, and in case if needed, he may visit federation offices and can discuss the issue there too.

The meeting was concluded in a very cordial manner with the hope that transparency, about whom the MR has talked, will be maintained, and anything will not be done which will jeopardize the Railway System by bringing FDI or Restructuring of the Railway Board and Ministry of Railways etc.

With fraternal greetings!

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(Shiv Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary)

Source : AIRF
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

NATIONAL COUNCIL (STAFF SIDE) JCM WRITES TO CABINET SECRETARY TO CONVENE NC JCM

National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001
E-Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com
No.NC/JCM/2014
Dated: December 16, 2014


Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary



The Cabinet Secretary,
(Government of India),
Cabinet Secretariat,
Rashtrapati Bhawan,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Functioning of Joint Consultative Machinery

Since assuming charge of Secretary(Staff Side), National Council(JCM), I have repeatedly demanded to convene a meeting of the National Council(JCM). It is, however, regretful to point out that, despite all out efforts made by me and requesting you in person to hold the meeting, no meeting of the NC/JCM has been convened till date.

It may be appreciated the Joint Consultative Machinery(JCM) at the National level, conceived as an effective Negotiating Forum, has virtually become defunct as no meeting of this forum has been held during the last four years, with the result that, a number of major grievances of the Central Government employees continue to remain unresolved, because of which they are badly agitated.

The procrastinated discussions in the National Anomaly Committee did not proceed to settle any tangible anomaly item. Even after reaching agreement, the government has refused to issue orders on some issues. This apart, the demands raised by the Staff Side for grant of Interim Relief and Merger of DA with Pay have been refused by the government. One of the vital segments of the Central Government Employees, i.e. Grameen Dak Sewaks of the Postal Department, are kept outside the ambit of the 7th CPC. Unilateral decisions were taken to induct FDI in the Railways, Privatize the Railway and Defence Production Units; closure of the Printing Presses, Publication and Stationery Departments; contractorise the medical store functions; corporatize the Postal Organization and outsource various governmental functions.

Under these circumstances, all the constituents of the National Council(JCM)(Staff Side) had to hold a “National Convention” on 11th December, 2014 in New Delhi, wherein after detailed deliberations and taking stock of the situation, a detailed programme of struggle has been chalked-out. In case there is no positive response from the Official Side, it will ultimately lead to indefinite strike.

A copy of the Declaration of the above-mentioned Convention is enclosed herewith, which is selfexplanatory. We do fervently hope that negotiation is possible even at this late stage and would therefore urge upon you to take concrete steps in that direction. We also hope that you will be able to appreciate that any decision of the government which affects the job security of the employees adversely need to be discussed and agreement reached at the JCM Forum.

I would, therefore, request you to personally intervene in the matter, being the Chairman of the National Council(JCM), so as to avoid serious unrest and disturbance to industrial peace in the Central Government Services and hold discussions with the Staff Side, NC/JCM on these vital issues at your earliest.

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(Shiva Gopal Mishra)

Encl: As above

Copy to : All Constituents of National Council(JCM), for information.


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Introduction of AADHAR Enabled Biometric Attendance System(AEBAS)

F.No.Dir(Hqrs.)/Ch(DT)/25(15)/2014/103
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes
Room No.155, North Block, New Delhi
Dated 16 December, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Introduction of AADHAR Enabled Biometric Attendance System(AEBAS) - reg.

The undersigned is directed to state. that the Government has decided to introduce Aadhar Enabled Biometric Attendance System(AEBAS) and has made employee's registration mandatory. The system enables an employee with an .Aadhar number to register his/her attendance (arrival/departure) in the office through Biometric authentication. The. Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY) is the nodal authority to liaise with all the Central Ministries/ Departments to ensure effective implementation of the system. The objective of the scheme and the steps required to he taken for its implementation have been given in detail in the Secretary, DeitY's letter dated 4.08.2014 (Copy enclosed). To begin with the system was introduced in all Central Government Offices located in Delhi and pursuant thereof instructions were issued to Pr.CCIT(CCA) Delhi and all attached Directorates vide OM of even number dated 09.9.2014 and 15.10.2014 to appoint nodal officers in respect of the offices under their administrative control and to ensure that all employees under them have been enrolled for Aadhar for implementation of the Aadhar based Biometric attendance System in their respective offices.

In this connection it is further stated that Department of Personnel &Training have since issued instructions for installation of AEBAS in all offices of the Central Government, including attached /subordinate offices all over India. The system will be installed in the offices located in Delhi/ New Delhi by 31st December, 2014. In other places this may be installed by 26th January, 2015.  A copy of the DOPT's OM No.11013/9/2014-Estt.(A-III) dated 21.11.2014 issued in this regard is enclosed.

Accordingly, all Pr.CCsIT (CCA) /Pr.DCsIT(CCA)/ CCsIT/DGsIT are requested to take immediate necessary steps for installation of die Aadhar Enabled Biometric Attendance System in the offices under their administrative control within the timelines prescribed in the DOPT's OM stated above and a report forwarded to this office for perusal of Chairperson CBDT by February 15,2015.

This issues with the approval of Chairperson,CBDT .

Encl. as above.(09 pages)

(Anil Uniyal)
Dir(Hqrs.) CBDT

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ONE INDIA NEWS-ONE RANK ONE PENSION -GOOD NEWS ON ITS WAY

 For many ex-servicemen the wait has been a long one. Their demand and fight for One Rank One Pension will become a reality soon. 

Sources tell OneIndia that the defence ministry is working over time to ensure that the same is implemented in quick time.

Manohar Parrikar, the defence minister of India was recently quoted as saying that the announcement of its implementation would be made in 4 to 8 weeks.

Significance of OROP 

It is an equal demand for pensions. If an officer has retired last year and there is an increase in the pensions the following year owing to enhancements by the pay commissions then it is implemented only prospectively. Basically if an officer has retired in 1990 in the current scenario he is not entitled for an enhanced pension if the same is implemented during the later years.


The argument has been that the pension for officers of the same rank should remain the same at all times. This the ex servicemen had demanded as the costs of living was going up and the hike in pensions should benefit all and not just those who have recently retired.

Red tape 

The government has time and again assured the ex servicemen that the OROP will be implemented. It was promised during the elections and even the Prime Minister had said that he was blessed to be the one implementing it.

However there are certain teething issues that the government is facing on this front. Several ex servicemen say that they have done the rounds of various offices several times. However there has never been any clear response. They also have stated several times that the government or the political class needs to step on the gas pedal to push this issue through.

Budgetary allocation 

Government sources say that the finance minister had already allocated Rs 1000 crore for the OROP. This itself is an indication that the government is committed to the cause. We agree there have been delays but work is on in full throttle now to dismantle all those bureaucratic hassles which had slowed down the process.

The government says that unlike the previous regime we will not just make announcements and then forget about it. There are 24 lakh pensioners and all of it has to be taken into consideration.

There was also a bit of a delay as when the government took over it had appointed one man to handle both defence and finance. However now with the new defence minister taking charge this issue is being exclusively looked into. All bureaucratic hassles have been wiped out and an exclusive team is working on it, sources in the ministry informed.

Source:http://www.oneindia.com/feature/one-rank-one-pension-good-news-on-its-way-1594149.html

Alteration of date of birth of a Government Servant — reiteration of the instructions.

F.No.19017/1/2014-Estt (A-IV)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated : 16th December, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Alteration of date of birth of a Government Servant — reiteration of the instructions.

Rule 56 of Fundamental Rules states that except as otherwise provided in the rule, every Government servant will retire from service on the afternoon of the last day of the month in which he attains the age of sixty years.

Provided that a Government servant whose date of birth is the first of a month shall retire from service on the afternoon of the last day of the preceding month on attaining the age of sixty years.

2.  As per Note 6 below the aforesaid Rule, the date of on which a Government servant attains the age of fifty-eight years or sixty years, as the case may be, shall be determined with reference to the date of birth declared by the Government servant at the time of appointment and accepted by the Appropriate Authority on production, as far as possible, of confirmatory documentary evidence such as High School or Higher Secondary or Secondary School Certificate or extracts from Birth Register. The date of birth so declared by the Government servant and accepted by the Appropriate Authority shall not be subject to any alteration except as specified in this note. An alteration of date of birth of a Government servant can be made, with the sanction of a Ministry or Department of the Central Government, or the Comptroller and Auditor-General in regard to persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, or an Administrator of a Union Territory under which the Government servant is serving, if —

(a) a request in this regard is made within five years of his entry into Government service;

(b) it is clearly established that a genuine bona fide mistake has occurred; and

(c) the date of birth so altered would not make him ineligible to appear in any School or University of Union Public Service Commission examination in which he had appeared, or for entry into Government service on the date on which he first appeared at such examination or on the date on which he entered Government service.

3. The Supreme Court of India in Civil Appeal No.502 of 1993 — Union of India Vs. Harnam Singh — Judgement dated 9th February, 1993 had observed that :
"Inordinate and unexplained delay or laches on the part of the respondent to seek the necessary correction would in any case have justified the refusal of relief to him. His inaction for all this period of about thirty five years from the date of joining service, therefore precludes him from showing that the entry of his date of birth in service record was not correct".

The observations of the Apex Court was also circulated to all Ministries and Departments of the Government of India vide OM No.19017/2/92-Estt.(A) dated 19-5-1993.

4. All the Ministries and Departments are requested to keep the above in view while processing cases of requests for changes of date of birth.

5. Hindi version follows.

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(B.Bandyopadhyay)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/19017_1_2014-Estt.A-IV-16122014.pdf
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Complaints of Sexual harassment of women at workplace show an increase

The number of complaints of sexual harassment of women at work place registered with National Commission for Women (NCW) during the last two years and current years shows an increasing trend. The no. of such complaints during the last three years and the current year is 170 in 2011, 167 in 2012, 249 in 2013 and 336 in 2014 upto (12/12/2014).

Safety of women in the country is of utmost priority for the Government. The Government is endeavouring to put in place effective mechanisms to provide safe environment for women. The Criminal Law (Amendment), Act 2013 has been enacted for making the punishment more stringent for offences like rape. Provision for increased penalty for gang rape and causing serious injury to the victim resulting her to remain in a vegetative state have been made. New offences like acid attack, sexual harassment, voyeurism and stalking, disrobing a woman have been incorporated in the Indian Penal Code. Certain changes have also been introduced in the Code Of Criminal Procedure (Cr.PC) and the Indian Evidence Act, like the recording of statement of the victim of rape and sexual assault by a woman police officer and provisions to ensure that the victims ( below the age of eighteen) is not confronted by the accused at the time of trial.

The Ministry of Women And Child Development has enacted the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 which covers all women, irrespective of their age or employment status and protect them against sexual harassment at workplace both in public and private sector, whether organized or unorganized.

The Ministry recognizes that incidence of crime against women cannot be controlled unless mindsets of people, in general, are made to change. The Government including NCW regularly conducts awareness creation among men and women in the society through workshops, seminars, street plays, Nariki Chaupals, Beti Janmotshav at the district level. In collaboration with the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Special (Mahila) Gram Sabhas have also been conducted. Further, advertisements in the press and electronic media educating people about issues of domestic violence, child sex ratio and child marriage etc also are being taken up. Platforms such as the International Women’s Day and the National Girl Child Day are used to create awareness on issues related to women and to bring to the centre stage issues such as sex selective abortions and child marriage. Through Sabla programme of this Ministry, adolescent girls in the age group of 11 to 18 years are imparted knowledge about their rights. Government has recently introduced the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao scheme addressing the issue of declining child sex ratio and discriminatory social construct against women.

This information was given by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in reply to a starred question in the Lok Sabha today.

Source:pib


CGHS Wellness Centres

The cleaning work (housekeeping) has been outsourced in the CGHS due to vacant posts of Safaiwala. The outsourcing has been done pursuant to DoPT guidelines that no further recruitment to Group D posts would be done w.e.f. April 2010.

In view of the overcrowding in certain CGHS wellness centres elderly beneficiaries may have to wait to meet the doctors and collect medicines.

CGHS has already issued guidelines that elderly beneficiaries will be provided privileged access to medical facilities at the dispensaries in order to minimize the waiting time of the elderly patients.

The CGHS dispensary proposed at Najafgarh is yet to be handed over to CGHS by the Delhi Police authority who has constructed the building in the premises of the Police Training School, Jhadoda Kalan. This is a temporary accommodation for the CGHS wellness centre till a permanent premise is built in Najafgarh area.

The Health Minister, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.

Source:pib




Medical Entrance Test

All India Pre-Medical/ Pre-Dental Entrance Test-2014are held in English or in Hindi. Candidates can opt for question paper either in English or in Hindi. However, previously, the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) -2013 for undergraduate medical courses was conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in six regional languages, viz. Gujarati, Bengali, Tamil, Marathi, Telugu and Assamese in addition to Hindi and English languages. The Hon’ble Supreme Court vide its judgment dated 18.07.2013 in NEET related cases quashed the implementation of NEET. The Central Government has filed a petition before the court to review its decision. As such the matter is sub-judice.

The Health Minister, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the LokSabha here today.

Source:pib

Defence Production Units

Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) consisting of 41 factories and 9 Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) with 40 production units in the country are involved in the production of defence items. Besides this, Government has issued 222 number of Licenses to 131 public / private sector companies till 31.10.2014 for manufacture of wide range of defence items. 46 licensed companies covering 72 licenses have so far reported commencement of production.

Over a three year period, i.e. 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13, about 69% of the total capital and revenue requirement of the services was met through indigenous procurement.

The total number of employees deployed in Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and 9 Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) as on 31.10.2014 is approximately 1.65 lakhs. The data on people employed in private sector is not maintained in the Department.

Data related to production by the private companies is not maintained in the Ministry. Department of Defence Production has issued No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to Private Exporters for export of Military Stores for an amount of Rs.286 crore during the year 2013-14. 29 private sector companies are having FDI varying up to 26%.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Dr. Subhash Bhamre and Shri Kirti Azad in Lok Sabha today.

Source:pib

Reservation in Private Sector

As per the Population Census Data published by Registrar General of India (RGI), gap in literacy rate between total population and Scheduled Castes (SCs) has been narrowing down. The gap which was 22.2% in 1981 has reduced to 6.9% in 2011. Similarly, the gap in Dropout Rate between total population and SCs for Classes I to X has also declined. The gap which was 11.3% in 2007-08 has declined to 6.7% in 2011-12. In case of percentage of persons below poverty line, the gap between SCs and Others (Non-SC/ST/OBC) has declined from 26.4% in 2004-05 to 16.0% for rural areas and from 24.5% in 2004-05 to 13.5% in 2011-12 for urban areas as per the data published by the Planning Commission.

In case of Other Backward Classes (OBCs), the gap in literacy rate in comparison to ‘Others’ (Non-SC/ST/OBC) has declined from 13.5% in 2004-05 to 10.5% in 2009-10 as per survey results published by National Sample Survey Office (NSSO). Similarly, in case of percentage of persons below poverty line, the gap between OBCs and ‘Others’ has declined from 12.7% in 2004-05 to 7.1% in 2011-12 for rural areas and 14.5% in 2004-05 to 7.2% in 2011-12 for urban areas, as per the data published by the Planning Commission.

For the STs, as per data published by RGI, gap in literacy rate between total population and STs has been narrowing down. The gap which was 27.22% in 1981 has reduced to 14.03% in 2011. In case of percentage of persons below poverty line, the gap between STs and ‘Others’ has declined from 35.2% in 2004-05 to 29.8% in 2011-12 for rural areas and 19.4% in 2004-05 to 15.9% in 2011-12 for urban areas, as per the data published by the Planning Commission.

There is thus an improvement in the economic and educational status of the SCs, STs and OBCs over a period of time.

At present no proposal for reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs in the private sector is under consideration of the Government. However, a high level Coordination Committee was constituted under the Chairmanship of Principal Secretary to Prime Minister in October 2006, to carry forward the dialogue with the Industry on Affirmative Action for SCs and STs. The Coordination Committee has been holding meetings with the apex Chambers from time to time. The Industry Associations viz. Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) have developed their respective Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC) for member companies wherein stress has been laid on equal opportunities in employment for all sections of society, removing bias in employment to disadvantaged sections of society, increasing employability of socially disadvantaged sections through skill upgradation, continuous training and providing scholarships.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha here today.

Source:pib

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