Action Plan to Check Corruption

In order to promote good governance in the country, the Central Vigilance Commission has formulated a draft “National Anti Corruption Strategy” (NACS), as a guiding policy document. The proposed Strategy aims at systematic and conscious reshaping of the country’s national integrity system. The draft Strategy recommends a set of action to be taken by the Government and a set of action by the political entities, judiciary, media, citizens, private sector and civil society organizations. This is an ongoing process. The Commission reviews the progress of implementation of its recommendations on annual basis. 

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha. 

Cadre Review for Bres (Civil Engg.)

         The officers and personnel from Army are posted to Border Roads Organisation (BRO) on Extra Regimental Employment (ERE) / tenure posting with the approval of Government from time to time.

            The Cabinet Committee on Security, during September 2006 had approved restoration of manpower strength of GREF (BRO) to the 2002 level of 42,646 and 151 new units were required to be raised in GREF (BRO) by March 2009. Against 151 new units sanctioned in restructuring of BRO in September 2006, 133 units have already been raised and balance 18 units are yet to be raised.

            After 1987-1988, the strength of BRES (Civil) cadre has substantially increased on restructuring of Border Roads Organisation approved by CCS in September, 2006 as per details given below:-
S/No Name of Post Strength before restructuring Strength after restructuring
(i) ADG(BR) 1 2
(ii) CE(Civ)/Brig 18 28
(iii) SE(Civ)/Col 90 146
(iv) EE (Civ) / Major 171 299
(v) AEE (Civ) / Capt 291 450

However considering the ensuing need of the organisation a fresh cadre review proposal of BRES (Civil) cadre is under process.
        
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to  Smt Kusum Rai in Rajya Sabha today.

Representations Regarding Non-Payment of Dues to Ex-Servicemen

A total number of 58540 complaints were received in the last 3 years out of which, 58268 have since been resolved. It is also ensured that the pensioner’s grievance is settled to his satisfaction.

Systemic improvement is a continuous process. The pension distribution is presently through 45000 branches of Public Sector Banks, 4 Private Sector Banks, 61 Defence Pension Disbursing Offices (DPDOs), 640 Treasuries, 2 Post Offices, 5 Pay & Accounts Offices (PAO). For the Armed Forces Pensioners residing in Nepal, disbursement is done through 3 Pension Payment Offices (PPOs). The present system adequately caters to the requirement. The Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare has also been closely monitoring the progress of implementation of 6th Central Pay Commission and Cabinet Secretary Committee’s recommendations. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri MM Pallam Raju in a written reply to Shri Shreegopal Vyas in Rajya Sabha today. 

Scholarship to Single Girl Child

Central Government has introduced a Post-Graduate Indira Gandhi Scholarship Scheme for Single Girl Child with the purpose of supporting higher education at PG level in non-professional subjects for any eligible girl who is the only child in her family. The Scheme was introduced from the academic year 2005-06. Duration of Scholarships is two years. Number of Scholarships given per year is 1200 and rate of scholarship is Rs. 2,000 per month (for 20 months).

The selection of candidates is made on the basis of recommendations of an Expert Committee following criteria is given below: 

(i) Should be the single child in the family. 
(ii) Admitted to Non-professional PG-1st year Degree course. 
(iii) Should be less than 30 years at the time of PG-1st year admission. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Human Resource Development Smt. D. Purandeswari, in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 

Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination, 2010


The Union Public Service Commission will be conducting the Special Class Railway Apprentices’ Examination, 2010 at 41 centres on 19.12.2010 (Sunday). Admission certificates to the candidates have been dispatched. Rejection Letters citing the ground(s) for rejection have also been dispatched. If any applicant has not received either the admission certificate or the rejection letter, he/she may contact UPSC Facilitation Counter on Tel. NO. 011-23385271, 011-23381125 and 011-23098543 on all working days between 10.00 A.M. to 05.00 P.M. The candidates can also send fax messages on Fax No.011-23387310. Information on venues of the examination is also available at Union Public Service Commission’s website http://www.upsc.gov.in.

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