Railways to Run ‘Bharat Tirth’ Trains Across the Country from Next Month

 In a bid to promote tourism in the country and also to emphasize our ‘Unity in Diversity’, the Indian Railways will be launching 16 different circuits of ‘Bharat Tirth’ touching all the important destinations across the country from next month. The objective of Indian Railways in running ‘Bharat Tirth’ Trains is to provide a comfortable, affordable and memorable experience to the customers of different segments.

In her speech, while presenting the Railway Budget 2010-11, the Minister of Railways, Mamata Banerjee has stated that Railways would launch special tourist trains called ‘Bharat Tirth’ connecting popular tourist sites in different parts of the country – from the Himalayas to Kanyakumari, from Dwarka to Vindhya Parbat, from Ajmer Sharief to Gangasagar and from Madurai to Patna Sahib. 

The itineraries are so designed that the Bharat Tirth trains would be taken to the rail heads nearest to the tourist destination from where tourists would visit the places of tourist importance. The road journey for sightseeing is organized in comfortable buses and tour escorts accompany them in trains as well as buses. 

Modified Flexible Complementing Scheme for Scientists based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission

No. AB-14017/37/2008-Estt(RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, the 10thSeptember, 2010


Subject:    Modified Flexible Complementing Scheme for Scientists based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission

            A Flexible Complementing Scheme (FCS) for scientists is in position in some of the scientific Ministries/Departments of the Government of India and the same is presently governed by the guidelines issued by this Department under O.M. No.2/41/97-PIC dated the 9th November, 1998. There is also in position a separate, merit based promotion scheme in the DRDO and the Departments of Atomic Energy and Space. The Sixth Central Pay Commission (6th CPC) has examined these schemes in detail and observed that various time-bound promotion schemes may be necessary for scientific organizations as the morale of the scientists has to be kept high in order to keep them motivated and to stop the flight of talent from Government organizations involved in research and scientific activities. In this context, the 6th CPC has recommended that the existing scheme of FCS with necessary modifications has to be continued for R&D professionals in all S&T organizations, and the merit based promotion scheme in the Departments of Atomic Energy, Space and DRDO would also need to be persisted with. The Commission has, however, recommended certain features to be incorporated in the existing schemes of FCS and merit based promotion scheme so as to make them more relevant to the context.

2. The recommendations of the Commission have been examined in detail in the context of FCS and a revised comprehensive scheme is enclosed for immediate necessary action by all concerned Ministries and Departments. All the Ministries / departments shall initiate action for review of the provisions of the Flexible Complementing Scheme and amend the provisions of relevant recruitment rules so that the scheme is brought in conformity with the decision / guidelines being conveyed vide this Office Memorandum. Assessment of Scientists from 01.01.2011 shallbe done accordingly.

3. The Ministries/Departments may bring the Scheme to the notice of concerned autonomous Organizations under their control for being placed before their respective Governing Bodies.

4. Hindi version will follow.

(Smita Kumar)

Now, easier for women to avail child care leave

The UPA government has relaxed norms for child care leave for its women employees, in a move that may help improve gender balance in the male-dominated government jobs. 

According to new rules, women employees can now avail two years (730 days) of the child care leave (CCL) even if they have earned leaves left. 

So far, mothers on government rolls could avail full 730 days of the CCL during their entire service for taking care of up to two children -- whether for rearing or to look after any of their needs like examination, sickness etc -- only if they had no earned leave to their credit. 

Many of the women employees and their associations resented the linkage between the CCL and earned leave. 

The change will come into force from September 1, 2008. 

Interestingly, while the new rule has taken care of grievance of women employees, many in the government feel that the CCL should be extended to single parents among male employees as well. 

According to the new rules, the CCL will be treated like an earned leave and can be availed of by women with children aged less than 18 years. In the case of those, who have physically challenged children, the rule has been relaxedtill 22 years. 

The CCL can be granted to a probationer under extreme situations -- and only if the sanctioning authority is fully satisfied, and the period for which the leave is sanctioned during probation is minimal. 

The rules had also clarified that the leave may not be granted in more than three spells in a calendar year, and not more than 15 days at a time.
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Aligning Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Norms with the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs today approved revision of the existing norms of the SSA programme to conform with the RTE Act (Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act). 

The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) Programme, a major flagship programme of the Government of India to universalize elementary education in the country, will be the main vehicle for the implementation of the RTE Act. 

The revisions are as follows: 

(i) Revision of SSA norms, including provisions for teachers and classrooms, support for academic supervision, research, evaluation and monitoring, opening of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs) to bring them in conformity with the provisions of the RTE Act and implement the combined RTE-SSA programme. New norms under SSA for uniforms, transportation costs and residential schools to implement the combined RTE-SSA programme have also been included. 

(ii) Revision of the funding pattern for the combined RTE-SSA programme between the Centre and the States in the ratio of 65:35 for all States/ UTs; in the case of eight States of NER the existing sharing pattern of 90:10 would however be continue. 

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