Cabinet clears Women's Reservation Bill

             Government tonight cleared the Women's Reservation Bill, which seeks to provide 33 per cent reservation to women in Lok Sabha and state assemblies but has been hanging fire for last over a decade due to lack of political consensus.

           A meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gave its approval to the Bill, which has already been introduced in the Rajya Sabha and was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice, and Personnel.

       The Committee which gave its report in December last had recommended passage of the Bill in its present form and suggested that the issue should not be left to the discretion of political parties.


Ban on issue of unilateral guidelines /instruction in violation of established rules and procedures.

                                                           NO. 27/8/2007-EO(SM.11)

                                                               Government of lndia
                                                    Department of Personnel 8 Training
                                                     Office of Establishment Office
                                                      New Delhi, the15 February, 2010

Subject : Ban on issue of unilateral guidelines/instructions concerning methods of recruitment and service conditions by Ministries in violation of established rules and procedures.

                     The undersigned is directed to refer to this secretariat OM of even number dated 28.12.2007 on the subject cited above.
              2. It has been observed that the instructions contained therein barring the cadre authorities from issue of unilateral guidelines are not being followed properly and it has been noticed that Administration instructions/orders regarding service condition and entitlements of officers of AIS are being issued without concurrence of the DOP8T or of the Department of Expenditure.

           3. It is reiterated that the ACC has viewed with concern such instances of  Ministries issuing unilateral guidelines in violation of established procedures and rules and decided that henceforth no Ministry/Department shall issue any guideline/instruction in respect of the methods of recruitment and the conditions of service of any of the Central Services (except those exempted under the Allocation of Business Rules) or the All lndia Services without following the provisions of Government of lndia (Allocation of Business Rules), 1961 and the Government of lndia (Transaction of Business) Rules, 1961. If any Ministry/Department resorts to such action. the relevant order issued by it will be treated as non-est and the Department of Personnel and Training shall be  authorized to declare the same as null and void as and when it comes to its notice. -
                                                                            ( P. K. Misra )
                                               Establishment Officer 8 Special Secretary to the Govt of lndia
source :DOP&T

CBSE to launch courses on unconventional subjects

                CBSE is planning to launch acedemic as well as vocational courses on a number of new and unconventional subjects like Food and Beverage Services, the Lok Sabha was informed today.

            Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development D Purandeswari in a written reply said the Central Board of Secondary Education has planned to launch an academic course as well as vocational courses on Food and Beverage Services, Food Production, Media Studies and Appreciation.

           These projects are to be implemented on a pilot basis at plus 2 level in selected schools. Sources said the schemes could then be extended to a large number of CBSE schools, if they are found giving satisfactory results.

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