Discrepancies in One Rank One Pension Scheme

            A Committee was constituted under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary to look into the issue of One Rank One Pension and other related matters. After considering all aspects of the issue, the Committee did not find it administratively feasible to recommend One Rank One Pension, as such. However, several other recommendations to substantially improve pensionary benefits of Personnel Below Officer Rank (PBOR) and Commissioned officers have been made, which have been accepted by the Government:-

 (i) Inclusion of Classification Allowance for PBOR from Jan 01, 2006.

(ii) Removal of linkage of full pension with 33 years from Jan 01, 2006.

(iii) Revision of Lt Gen Pension after carving out a separate pay scale for them.

(iv) Bringing parity between pension of pre and post October 10, 1997 PBOR pensioners. (v) Further improving PBOR pensions based on award of GOM, 2006.

(vi) Broadbanding of percentage of disability/war injury pension for pre Jan 01, 1996 disability/war injury pensioners.

(vii) Removal of cap on war injury element of pension in the case of disabled pensioners belonging to Category ‘E’. Recommendations at (i) and (ii) stand implemented by issue of Government letter dated October 30, 2009.

     This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri MM Pallam Raju in a written reply to Smt Sushma Swaraj and others in Lok Sabha today.

Regional Labour Commissioners

Thirty three (33) Regional Labour Commissioners (Central) [RLC(C)], 05 at Chief Labour Commissioner (C) Headquarter, and the other twenty eight (28) in the field offices, have been appointed to look into among other works, the complaints received from registered trade unions in various public sector undertaking for which Central Government is the appropriate Government. These Regional Labour Commissioners (Central) are assisted by 56 Assistant Labour Commissioners (Central) and 162 Labour Enforcement Officers (Central) for looking into cases arising in Central Sphere in the country. Moreover, Deputy Chief Labour Commissioners (Central), have been advised from time to time to liquidate the pendency of Industrial Disputes/Complaints. As there has been no substantial increase in the pending cases, the present strength of the above mentioned machinery is considered sufficient presently.

Reduction in call rates

BSNL has recently offered “one paise per second plan” and “all@49 plan” under 2G prepaid mobile services which are either cheaper or competitive to the tariff offered by private operators. MTNL is continuously introducing new tariff plans keeping in view the various factors including the market conditions. This reply was given by Shri Gurudas Kamat, Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology in Lok Sabha today.

Special Recruitment Drive to fill up the backlog reserved vacancies for Persons with Disabilities

SPECIAL RECRUITMENT DRIVE FOR PWD MOST IMMEDIATE TIME BOUND No.36038/2/2008-Estt.(Res.) Government of lndia Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Department of Personnel and Training North Block,New Delhi Dated the 7 th Novemb er, 2009 OFFICE MEMORANDUM Subject : Special Recruitment Drive to fill up the backlog reserved vacancies for Persons with Disabilities. The undersigned is directed to invite attention to this Department's OM of even number dated idh December. 2008 whereby a Special Recruitment Drive was launched to fill up the backlog reserved vacancies of the persons with disabilities. The OM stipulated that reservation and backlog reserved vacancies would be determined on the basis of vacancies arising in the establishment in accordance with the instructions contained in this Department's O.M. No. 36035/3/2004-Estt(Res) dated 29.12.2005. However, the High Court of Delhi in W.P.(C) No.l5828/2006[National Federation of the Blind Vs. UOI & Ors.] held that reservation to persons with disabilities should be calculated on the basis of the strength of the establishment and passed orders for computing the quota and backlog of reservation as per their directions. This Department, subsequently filed a Special Leave Petition (No. 7541 / 2009 ) in the Supreme Court challenging the order of the Hon'ble High Court, and without prejudice to the outcome of SLP, issued OM No. 36012/23/2009- Estt.(Res.) dated 4.5.2009 requesting all the Ministries / Departments etc. to implement the order of the High Court. Since the principles on the basis of which the Special Recruitment Drive dated 10.12.2008 was launched were not in line with the orders of the High Court, the Drive could not be continued after the decision of the High Court. 2. The Supreme Court vide their interim order dated 6.1 1.2009 in SLP No.7541/2009 (Union of lndia & Others Vs. National Federation of Blind) stayed the directions of the High Court and reaffirmed the interim order passed by it on 31.8.2009 whereby the Union of lndia was directed to file a detailed status report regarding the extent to which the posts had been identified and filled up and also indicating the steps taken to fill up the vacancies that had arisen after the commencement of the 1996 Act. Pending final decision of the Supreme Court, reservation for persons with disabilities shall now be determined and implemented in accordance with this Department's O.M. dated 29.12.2005. 3. Keeping all aspects in view, it has been decided to launch a fresh Special Recruitment Drive to fill up the backlog reserved vacancies of persons with disabilities existing as on 15.11.2009 CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL DETAIL

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