DARPG to soon launch improved grievance redress System –Chavan









       The Annual Conference of Secretaries of Administrative Reforms Departments of States/UTs began this morning. Organised by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), this is the second such Conference. The theme for this year’s conference is “Outcome Oriented Civil Service”. Shri Prithiraj Chavan, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and PMO inaugurated the Conference. In his address, the Minister said that the annual Conference had been mooted to provide a national platform to improve public service delivery system and also to make it transparent and effective. Outcome oriented civil service is central in this regard and the Conference would help promote this as the Centre and the States representatives deliberate issues across the board. The Minister urged the States to focus their attention on the recommendations of the Administrative Reforms Commission implement them wherever possible. He expressed confidence that a definite progress could be made in this regard in a specific timeframe.


           Shri Chavan informed that DARPG will be launching a improved public governance redressal system shortly. E-governance will be substantially rolled out in all government departments very soon, he added. The Minister said that reforms in governance have been among the focus areas of UPA Government and administrative reforms are an integral part of this. Shri Chavan said that Results Framework Documents (RFD) is a new initiative launched by the Government under which targets are set for the delivery of those involved in the Service Delivery System at various levels, and objective parameters are defined to assess the achievements. The Centre has implemented RFD in 62 departments and it is hoped that in States and UTs also it will be rolled out soon.


       Secretary, DARPG, Shri R.C. Mishra in his welcome address outlined the need for sustained reforms in administration. He said that administrative reforms are high among our priorities for ensuring effective, just and honest governance for developmental momentum in achieving the millennium achievement goals. The thrust areas in governance reform are transparency, a strong mechanism for accountability and efficient delivery of public services. Also there is a need to enhance the productivity of civil services by providing an appropriate work environment. Shri Mishra called for a new work culture in the civil services that would be citizen-centric rather than procedure oriented.


         He said that a new paradigm has emerged with the growing desire for a quality service on the part of citizenry calling for an active and focused engagement of government to make services work. Shri Mishra said, DARPG has forwarded the accepted recommendations of the ARC reports to the State Governments and UTs for implementation. The interest of good governance would be served if the States/UTs take proactive measures to implement the accepted recommendations. He felt that increased degree of engagement by the Stats/UTs is needed to further consolidate and sustain the momentum of reforms in the public administration and governance. Shri Mishra stressed the need for coordination in efforts between Centre and the States/UTs so that various practical models of replication of the innovative practices can be evolved.


           In the first plenary session, a panel discussion on `Outcome Oriented Civil Service – Way Ahead’ was held. The panelists for the session were Secretary, DARPG, Shri R.C. Misra, Deputy CAG Dr. A,K. Banerjee and Advisor ISRO, Shri S. K. Das. The second plenary focused on the implementation of ARC recommendations in respect of the 12th Report – Citizen – Centric Administration. In the third session, presentations were made by the Secretaries of AR Departments of the states highlighting the reforms undertaken by the states.


            The Conference aims to create a national platform to share experience of the states in the field of reforms/initiatives undertaken by the departments of Administrative Reforms in the state/union territories to improve public service delivery, make the administration effective, transparent, accountable and citizen-friendly. It will also provide a forum for the A R departments of the States/UTs to highlight the challenges faced by them and their expectations from the Department of AR &PG, Government of India.

BHEL Pays All-Time High Equity Dividend




              A cheque of nearly Rs.408 Crore towards the final dividend for the year 2009-10 on the equity (67.72%) held by the Government of India, was presented here today to Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh, Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises by Shri B.P. Rao, Chairman and Managing Director, BHEL. Sh. Arun Yadav, Minister of State for Heavy Industries, Sh. Saurabh Chandra, Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor and Industry and Sh. Rajiv Bansal, Joint Secretary, Department of Heavy Industry were present on the occasion. 


            With a final dividend payout of 123%, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has paid an equity dividend of 233% on the enhanced equity capital post-bonus for fiscal 2009-10, as against 170% paid in the year before. This includes an interim dividend of 110% paid earlier. At Rs.1,141 Crore, this is the highest-ever dividend paid by the company so far. 


          In fiscal 2009-10, BHEL further built on the growth momentum achieved in the year before, with a top line growth of 22% and an all-time high Turnover of Rs.34,154 Crore. The company also recorded a quantum jump of 37% in its Net Profit which was also the highest-ever at Rs.4,311 Crore. 


               The company secured orders worth Rs.59,037 Crore in domestic and international markets. With an order book position of over Rs.1,44,000 Crore - the highest-ever both in physical as well as financial terms, at the close of the financial year, the company expects to achieve robust growth in 2010-11 and beyond.

Payment of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees - Revised rates effective from 01.07.2010

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

RBE.No. 139/2010
New Delhi, dated 22.9.2010.

S.No.PC-VI/227
No.PC-VI/2008/1/7/2/1

The GMs/CAO (R),
All Indian Railways/Production Units
(as per Mailing List)


Subject :    Payment of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees - Revised rates effective from 01.07.2010.
  
      Please refer to this ministry"s letter to even number dated 26.03.2010 (S.No PC-VI/194, RBE No 45/2010) on the subject mentioned above. The President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Railway employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 35% to 45% with effect from 1st July 2010.

2.      The provisions contained in paras 3,4 & 5 of this Ministry"s letter of even number dated 09.09.2008 (S.No. PC -VI/3. RBE No 106/2008) shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

3.      The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all railway employees.The arrears may be charged to the salary bill for September 2010 and no honorarium is payable for preparing separate bill for this purpose.

4.      The issues with the concurrence of the finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

s/d
(Hari Krishan)
Director Pay Commission II
Railway Board

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