Grievances of Personnel


The Hon’ble Supreme Court vide its order dated 15.11.2010 has directed the Central Government to set up a Commission, named the Armed Forces Grievances Redressed Commission to address the grievances of both serving and retired armed forces personnel. The matter is presently under examination.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri SS Ramasubba and Shri Asaduddin Owaisi in Lok Sabha today. 

Bill on Protection of Women against Sexual Harassment at Work Place


The Government introduced ‘The Protection of Women against Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill, 2010’ in Lok Sabha on 07.12.2010 with the object to provide protection to women against sexual harassment at all workplaces both in the public and private sector, whether organised or unorganised and for the prevention and redressal of complaints of sexual harassment. Women who are employed as well as those who enter the workplace as clients, customers or apprentices besides the students and research scholars in colleges and universities and patients in hospitals are sought to be covered under the proposed legislation. However, domestic workers working at home are not covered. 

The National Commission for Women (NCW) suggested a draft Bill after holding consultations with various stake holders. In the draft Bill, provisions for constitution of Internal Complaints Committees, Local Complaints Committees dispute resolution prior to inquiry, maintenance of confidentiality etc. have been proposed. The important recommendations of the NCW have been incorporated in the Bill. 

The NCW recommended covering domestic workers under the proposed legislation. However, the Government has decided to exclude domestic workers from the definition of employee as it may be difficult to enforce the provisions of the Bill within the privacy of homes and it may be more practical for them to take recourse to the provisions under criminal law. 

This information was given by Smt. Krishna Tirath, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Women and Child Development in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 
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Recruitment of staff from open market in Pay Band-1 of Rs.5200-20200 having Grade Pay of Rs.1800/-.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. E (NG)-II/2009/RR-1/10/Pt.                                                       New Delhi, Dated: 09.12.2010.

The General Manager (P),
All Zonal Railways/Production Units.

Sub: Recruitment of staff from open market in Pay Band-1 of Rs.5200-20200 having Grade Pay of Rs.1800/-.

Attention is invited to instructions contained in para 3(vi) of Board’s letter No. PCVI/2008/I/3/1, dated 29.10.2008 (RBE No.160/2008), interalia stating that the instructions regarding minimum educational qualification for fresh recruitment to Railway services in PB-1 Grade Pay Rs.1800 (erstwhile Group ‘D’ posts) would be issued separately by the Establishment Directorate.

2. The Ministry of Railways have decided that henceforth minimum educational qualification for recruitment in Pay Band-1 of Rs. 5,200-20,200 having Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- will be 10th pass or ITI or equivalent. These instructions will be applicable for all future recruitment henceforth against direct recruitment quota through all modes.

3. As regards the ongoing recruitment exercises presently under way on Central Railway, Eastern Railway, East Coast Railway, East Central Railway, Northeast Frontier Railway, North Eastern Railway, North Central Railway, Southern Railway, South Western Railway and West Central Railway, the same will adhere to the prescribed minimum qualification of 8th pass as laid down vide letter No. E (NG)II/98/RR-1/107 dated 4.12.1998 (RBE No. 277/98).

4. All Railways are directed to initiate the recruitment process immediately to fill up current vacancies including anticipated vacancies for the next two years as well as resultant vacancies owing to promotion of staff to higher grades etc., excluding the vacancies worked out on the basis of prescribed percentage against ex-servicemen quota for which separate recruitment is in progress, with the revised minimum qualification of 10th pass or ITI or equivalent. Railways may also ensure filling up of Physically Handicapped quota including backlog vacancies in this recruitment exercise.

5. The Railways mentioned in Para 3 above should also initiate recruitment to fill up the vacancies accrued beyond the vacancies already notified for which recruitment is in progress.

6. All Railways should initiate the process by way of issue of notification in the national and local dailies, etc. by 15th December, 2010, positively. Candidates may be given two months time to submit their applications and candidates from Andaman & Nicobar, Lakshadweep Islands etc. will be given 15 days extra as per extant rules in response to the above notification.

7. It has further been decided that written examination will be held on the same day simultaneously by all the railways. Similarly Physically Efficiency Test (PET) will also be held during the same period simultaneously by all the Railways. These instructions should be prominently mentioned in the notification.

8. The format of application should be limited to a single page only A draft format of application form is enclosed herewith for necessary action which may be modified suitably depending on the local requirements.

9. Instructions contained in letter No. E (NG)II/96/RR-1/62/Vol.II dated 08.12.2010 regarding waiver of fee for women, minority communities and economically weaker sections will apply.

10. All General Managers are to ensure that Railway Recruitment Cells (RRCs) are strengthened sufficiently by providing accommodation, equipment, vehicles, security, manpower, etc., so that the recruitment process is completed smoothly without any problem.

(R. Mukundan)
Executive Director Estt.(N)
Railway Board

Special benefits in cases of death and disability in service - payment of disability pension/family pension - relaxation of qualifying service

 No. 33/5/2009-P&PW (F)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioner's Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,

Khan Market, New Delhi-II 0003
Dated the 10th December, 2010

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Special benefits in cases of death and disability in service - payment of disability pension/family pension - relaxation of qualifying service

The undersigned is directed to say that the scales of disability pension admissible under CCS (EOP) Rules were laid down in para 3 of Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare's O.M. No.45/22/97-P&PW(C) dated 3.2.2000. The said O.M. dated 3.2.2000 was modified vide Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare's O.M. No.45/3/2008- P&PW (F) dated 18-11-2008.

2. The service element of the disability pension under Categories 'B' and 'C' of this Departments' O.M. No.45/22/97-P&PW(C) dated 3.2.2000 is regulated by the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 and CCS (EOP) Rules, according to which only service gratuity is admissible to Government servants with less than 10 years qualifying service and pension is admissible for qualifying service of 10 years or more. The matter has been reviewed by the Government considering the hardships being faced by the disabled Govt. servants who have less than 10 years qualifying service at the time of discharge and it has been decided that the disability pension of Govt. servants who are discharged from Govt. service will be regulated as under:

Disability Pension - for cases covered under categories 'B' and 'C'

(1) Disability pension comprising a service element equal to the retiring pension (@50% of the emoluments or average emoluments received during the last 10 months, whichever is more beneficial to the Government servant) and gratuity admissible under the CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972, plus disability element equal
to 30% of basic pay, for 100% disability. There shall be no condition of minimum qualifying service for earning service element. No service gratuity would be admissible. The condition of minimum of qualifying service of 5 years for payment of gratuity would continue to be admissible/applicable in accordance with Rule 50 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972.

(2) For disability less than 100%, disability element of disability pension shall be reduced proportionately. In cases of disability pension where permanent disability is not less than 60%, the disability pension (i.e. total of service element plus disability element) shall not be less than 60% of the reckonable emoluments last drawn subject to a minimum of Rs. 7000/- per month.

Disability pension - For cases covered under Category 'D'

(I) Disability pension comprising a service element equal to the retiring pension (@50% of the emoluments or average emoluments received during the last 10 months, whichever is more beneficial to the Govt. servant) and gratuity to which the employee would have been entitled to on the basis of his pay on the date of invalidation but counting service up to the date on which he would have retired in the normal course and disability element equal in amount to normal family pension subject to the condition that the aggregate of the service and disability element shall not be less than 80% of the pay last drawn, for 100% disability. There shall be no condition of minimum qualifying service for earning service element. No service gratuity would be admissible

(2)For lower percentage of disability, the disability element shall be proportionately lower as at present subject to the broad banding of percentage of disability as in OM dated 3/2/2000.

Disability pension - For cases covered under Category 'E'

(1) Disability pension comprising a service element equal to the retiring pension (@50% of the emoluments or average emoluments received during the last 10 months, whichever is more beneficial to the Govt. servant) and gratuity to which the employee would have been entitled to on the basis of his pay on the date of invalidation but counting service up to the date on which he would have retired in the normal course and disability element equal to pay last drawn.

There shall be no condition of minimum qualifying service for earning service elements. No service gratuity would be admissible.

The condition that the aggregate of the service and disability elements shall not exceed the pay last drawn for 100% disability - stands withdrawn w.e.f.1.7.2009.

(2) For lower percentage of disability, the disability element shall be proportionately lower as at present subject to the broad banding of percentage of disability as in OM dated 3.2.2000.

3. Other terms and conditions in the CCS (EOP) Rules and Liberalized Pensionary Awards Scheme which are not specifically modified by these orders shall continue to remain operative.

4. These orders will be effective from 01.01.2006.

5. This issues with the concurrence of the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their U.O. NO.515/EV/201 0 dated 26.10.2010.

6. In so far as persons belonging to the Indian Audit & Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

 Sd/-
 (Tripti P Ghosh)
Director
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