Efforts to retain best talent in Government health sector

            As per information available, number of doctors in various hospitals/medical institutions, who resigned during the last three years and current year is indicated at Annexure. These doctors either sought voluntary retirement or resigned on personal grounds.

         In order to retain the best talent in the Government sector, following steps have been taken:-

(1) Age of superannuation of Teaching Specialists has been enhanced from 62 to 65 years,

(2) Age of superannuation of Non-Teaching and Public Health Specialist has been enhanced from 60 to 62 years, and

(3) The Dynamic Assured Career Progression Scheme has been extended upto Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) posts under which promotion of Central Health Service (CHS) officers up to Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) level are made on time bound basis and without linkage to vacancies.

(4) As per the 6th Pay Commission, there is an improvement in the pay scales and remuneration of doctors.

      Nearly 102 Doctors  took Voluntary Retirement or Resigned during 3 years and the current year

          This information was given by Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

Features of 3G Technology

             3G technology supports increased data communication. They allow high speed data transfer of at least 144kbps, mobile Internet access, entertainment, and triple-play converged communications services which are not possible in 2G systems.

          BSNL and MTNL are the operators who presently offer 3G telephony. As per the guidelines issued on 1/8/2008 and certain amendments on 11/9/2008 for auction of 3G, one block shall be allocated to MTNL in Delhi and Mumbai/Metro service Areas and BSNL in other Service Areas at a price equal to the highest bid in the respective service area. The decision has also been taken to allot one block of 5 MHz 3G spectrum to BSNL/MTNL at a matching price to be determined through auction.Allotment of spectrum is subject to its availability and is in the domain of this Ministry.

            This reply was given by Shri Gurudas Kamat, Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in Rajya Sabha

Decision to introduce Civil Services Bill pending

                The Government has drafted a Civil Services Bill, which envisages to provide a statutory basis for the regulation of the Civil Services in India, to regulate the appointment and conditions of the service of Civil Servants, to lay down the fundamental values of Civil Services, the Civil Services Code of Ethics, Civil Service Management Code, to establish a Civil Services Authority for facilitating review and to develop Civil Services as a professional, neutral, merit based and accountable instrument for promoting good governance and better delivery of services to citizens.

       A final decision to introduce the Bill has not yet been taken.

          This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Shri Prithviraj Chavan in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha

Functioning of RTI set up

An independent study, on the basis of a sample survey has pointed out that 12% of the women and 26% of men were aware of RTI Act. The study has also pointed out that more than 75% of the citizens were dissatisfied with the quality of information provided to them. The information in this regard is, however, not centrally maintained.

A Budget Estimate of Rs. 14.16 crore has been made under the Centrally Sponsored Plan Scheme on “Strengthening, Capacity Building and Awareness Generation for effective implementation of the RTI” for the year 2009-10. The Scheme is being implemented, inter alia, through State Information Commissions, State Administrative Training Institutes and Central Government Agencies.

Till 11.12.2009, a sum of about Rs. 3.63 crore has been spent. Financial proposals for utilizing additional funds are under examination/approval.

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Shri Prithviraj Chavan in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha

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