Disabled-Friendly Offices


Disabled-Friendly Offices

As per Section 46 of the Persons with Disability (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, the appropriate Governments and the local authorities shall, within the limits of their economic capacity and development, provide for – (i) ramps in public buildings; (ii) adaptation of toilets for wheel chair users; (iii) braille symbols and auditory signals in elevators or lifts; and (iv) ramps in hospitals, primary health centres and other medical care and rehabilitation institutions. The Government endeavors to make public dealing offices accessible as mandated by Law. 

The Delhi Division of Ministry of Urban Development had notified the amended Building Bye-Laws, 1983 vide No. K-12016/5/79/DDIA/VA1B Vol. ix (pt), dated 28th August, 2002, to ensure that the public buildings, which were erected in Delhi provided barrier free environment to Persons with Disabilities. These Building Bye-laws for barrier-free built environment in public buildings has been circulated to all the States and Union Territories for incorporation in the municipal building Bye-laws. So far, 28 States have informed that they have modified their building bye-laws. 

The Ministry provides financial assistance to State Governments and various organisations /institutions run and supported by Central or State Governments under the Scheme for Implementation of Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 (SIPDA) for making public buildings and websites accessible. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri D.Napoleon in the Lok Sabha today. 

Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2011


Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2011

            The Union Public Service Commission will be conducting the Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2011 at 41 Centres throughout the country on 18.09.2011 (Sunday).  Admission Certificates to the candidates have been dispatched.  Letters of rejection to the candidates stating reason(s) for rejection have also been issued.  If any applicant has not received any of the above mentioned communication, he/she may contact UPSC Facilitation Counter on Telephone Nos.011-23385271, 011-23381125, or 011-23098543 on working days.  The candidates can also send FAX Message on Fax No. 011-23387310.

            Information regarding venue of the examination is also available at the Union Public Service Commission’s website at http://www.upsc.gov.in.  The eligible candidates who have not received the Admission Certificates may download the “Venue Information” from the above mentioned website and use is for appearing in the examination.  The candidates intending to appear in the examination using downloaded “Venue Information” are advised to carry three identical photographs (each photograph for each session), otherwise they may not be allowed to take the examination.  They should also carry proof of their identity such as Identity card, Election Identity Card, Driving License etc. to the venue of Examination.

Review of Industrial Relations


Review of Industrial Relations

Review/updation of Labour Laws is an ongoing process and changes in Labour Laws are effected after detailed consultations with the social partners as and when a need is felt and with a view to harmonize the industrial relations in the interests of all Stakeholders. 

Recently, the Government of India has amended the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 vide Industrial Disputes (Amendment) Act, 2010 and the Plantations Labour Act, and 1951 vide the Plantation Labour (Amendment) Act, 2010 after series of tripartite consultations with stakeholders. 

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment Shri Mallikarjun Kharge gave this information in reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 

Consultative Committee Meeting for Labour and Employment Emphasises for better Medical Services by ESIC


Consultative Committee Meeting for Labour and Employment Emphasises for better Medical Services by ESIC

        A meeting of the Consultative Committee attached to the Ministry of Labour & Employment was held under the chairmanship of Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Union Minister of Labour and Employment in New Delhi today . The agenda for discussion was the functioning of the Directorate General of Employees’ State Insurance Corporation. 

   At the outset Shri Kharge while highlighting the role of ESIC in providing Medical Health care to employees working in the organized sector across the country emphasized upon the expansion of Corporations coverage area in boosting up the medical care and cash benefits in the contingencies of sickness, maternity, disablement and death due to employment injury. He said the current year being the Golden Jubilee year of the foundation of ESIC it is imperative that all out efforts be made to enhance the preventive, curative and rehabilitative services under the ESIC run medical Schemes. 

During the meeting a presentation was made by the Director General of ESIC Shri C.S. Kedar. He said so far the ESIC has insured 1.53 crore persons of which 0.26 crore are women. Currently there are 5.95 crore ESIC beneficiaries and there 4.06 lakh factories/establishments in the country. The ESIC coverage is in 29 States/UTs with 51 ROs, SROs and Divisional Offices and 797 branch/pay offices. 

Shri Kedar said during the current year up to 1st July 2011ESIC schemes have been implemented in 38 area covering 0.77 lakh employees of the targeted 1.88 lakh employees in 52 areas. 

It was informed in the meeting that due to several constraints the old dues pending amounts to Rs.1368.36 crore and it is due to the non-traceability of employer and, inadequacy of the assets of the employer and stayed by the courts. It was also informed that the majority of medical infrastructure is provided by the State governments which is upto 95 per cent. Of the total 1404 dispensary the State government possesses 1368 dispensary by the ESI run only in the country. Similarly of the 149 hospital the ESIC share is 32, the expenditure on medical care between ESIC and the State government is in the ratio of 7 is to 1. The medical expenditure in 2010-11 worth to the tune of Rs.2124 crore during the current year it is expected to Rs 3583 crore. The ESIC has also allocated Rs.305 crore for super speciality treatment during the current financial year. 

On the side of initiative it was told that ESIC has decided to set up Medical Education projects all over the country to ensure availability of medical and para-medical manpower for its large infrastructure, upgrade its infrastructure, improve the quality of medical care services, provide comprehensive services under one roof, 06 post-graduate Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (PGIMSRs) have been commissioned, ESIC Dental College, Rohini Delhi started from academic session 2010-11 with 50 annual BDS intake and 18 medical colleges are proposed to be set up. 

Expressing satisfaction on the efforts of ESIC as well as the Ministry of Labour and Employment the members emphasised the need to upscale the efficiency and quality of services provided by the ESICs in the medical care areas. They also emphasised to improve the standard of services provided by the ESI of that the workers could be asked to prefer the ESI services rather than to go for treatment in the private sector. It was highlighted by the members that the quality of education provided by the private medical college being below standard efforts should be made to establish high class education in the medical field by the ESIC. 

The members participated in the meeting were S/Shri Gurudas Das Gupta, Badriram Jhakar, Kamlesh Paswan, Ramsunder Das and Anandrao Vithoba Adsul. Besides Secretary Labour Shri Prabhat C.Chaturvedi, and other senior officials of the Ministry were present in the meeting. 

Mark-II Version of Arjun Tank


Mark-II Version of Arjun Tank

Limited technical trials with some major and minor improvements on Main Battle Tank (MBT) Arjun Mark-I, as part of MBT Arjun Mark-II, have been carried out by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in the deserts of Rajasthan.

Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has cleared the proposal for placement of indent for 124 Nos. of MBT Arjun Mark-II on Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF), Avadi, Chennai. Placement of indent by the Army on Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) is being further processed. 

The likely estimated cost of each MBT Arjun Mark-II with ail major/minor improvements will be approximately Rs.37 crore. 

The first batch of MBT Arjun Mark-II is likely to be productionised by 2015. This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri Naveen Jindal in Lok Sabha today. 

Improvement in Railways’ Catering Services


Improvement in Railways’ Catering Services

Due to intensive monitoring and supervision of Railways, the number of complaints reported in catering have reduced substantially by 48 per cent since September 2010 upto July 2011, in comparison to the corresponding period of last year after the transfer of catering activities to Zonal Railways from Indian Railways Catering and Tourism (IRCTC). During this period, about 24164 inspections have been carried out by Zonal Railways for the improvement of catering services. 

A system is in place on the Zonal Railways in which the Supervisors and officers periodically inspect the catering establishments, and also interact with the passengers on the trains to obtain a first hand knowledge of deficiencies observed with feed back from passengers. Zonal Railways proactively take corrective action on the deficiencies and irregularities found during inspections. For providing hot and fresh food in important trains like Rajdhani/Duronto Express train, a pantry car is attached to the train which has the facility to keep food fresh through deep freeze/refrigeration equipment, and to serve food hot they have food warmers and hot cases. This facility is also available in the pantry cars attached to a few important Mail/Express train. 

For other trains, Train Side Vending (TSV) facility is being gradually extended to provide satisfactory catering service to passengers. Policy guidelines for the arrangement for TSV to provide good quality hygienic food to passengers in the trains, in which pantry cars are not provided, have been issued to the Zonal Railways. Railways have also planned to construct and operate base kitchens at nominated points to provide hot and fresh food to the passengers. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Bharatsinh Solanki in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today. 

Anganwadi Workers Training Centres


Anganwadi Workers Training Centres

There are a total of 498 AWTCs operational as on 30 June 2011 in States/UTs. The Minister of State (I/C) for Women & Child Development Smt. Krishna Tirath revealed in Lok Sabha today that two proposals to open 10 new AWTCs - 6 in Assam and 4 in Jharkhand, have been received in May, 2011. 

In reply to a question she said that the number of Anganwadi Workers to be trained every year is proposed by the States/UTs in their Annual State Training Action Plans (STRAPs). During the current financial year, 2,87,778 Anganwadi Workers and 2,18,098 Anganwadi Helpers are proposed to be trained through the existing AWTCs. 

The Minister stated that in order to ensure effective functioning of the AWTCs, regular visits are made by the State Government officials as well as the faculty from the National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD) to monitor and inspect these centres. Also, State Governments undertake periodic review meetings with the AWTCs to review the progress of the training courses against the targets approved under the STRAPs. 

Railways take Steps to Prevent Misuse of Tatkal Scheme


Railways take Steps to Prevent Misuse of Tatkal Scheme

With a view to reduce the scope for misuse of Tatkal scheme, the following steps have been taken:- 

i) Access to Tatkal booking on all days and normal booking on the opening g day of reservation through e-tickets by the Travel Agents/Web-service agents/Web Agents of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has been disabled between 0800 a.m. and 09.00 a.m. 

ii) It has been made mandatory to produce any one of the prescribed identity cards (in original) during the journey by any one of the passengers booked on a Tatkal ticket. 

iii) Instructions have also been issued that Senior Divisional Commercial Managers/Divisional Commercial Managers should conduct regular inspections of Reservation offices and also personally inspect passenger Reservation System (PRS) offices during the opening hours and take immediate steps to check the routing activities. 

In addition, the following two safeguards already exist in the Tatkal Scheme:- 

Tatkal Refund Rules are stringent to reduce chances of its misuse

. • Change of name facility is not available under the Scheme. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Bharatsinh Solanki in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today. 

Railway Mail Service


Railway Mail Service

The Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology, Shri Sachin Pilot today informed Lok Sabha in written reply to a question that the Department has a well-established procedure and mechanism for settlement of the grievances of its employees. Personal grievances of the employees are addressed by the administrative units concerned on the basis of receipt of such representations. There is a system of regular meetings with the service unions at Divisional, Regional and Circle Levels for redressal of operational grievances. Periodic meetings also take place at the Directorate level with the national representatives of the Unions to discuss operational issues. 

The department takes requisite action with respect to employees grievances based on the representations and through the regular meetings. 

The Department of Posts does not issue Railway Pass for RMS employees/families. Department of Posts provides a metal token to the RMS employees traveling in the trains for the purpose of carriage of mail as a proof of identity. 

Non-Payment of Salaries to Employees of Hindustan Shipyard Ltd.


Non-Payment of Salaries to Employees of Hindustan Shipyard Ltd.

Government has already transferred Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL), which was earlier under the Ministry of Shipping to the Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence by way of amendment of the Allocation of Business Rules on 23rd February 2010. 

Rs.5l.43 crores approximately is due as arrears upto April, 2011 towards pay revision w.e.f. 1.1.2009. The revised salaries are being paid from May, 2011. 

HSL is not in a healthy financial situation. As on 31.3.2011 this Shipyard has accumulated losses of Rs.930.10 crores and the negative net worth of Rs.628.01 crores. In the wage revision settlement entered into with the Union by the Management of HSL, it was agreed that payment of arrears on account of revision will be made based on the improvement in the financial position of the Company. 

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

Permission for Joining Private Sector


Permission for Joining Private Sector

There is no cooling off period applicable to officers after retirement for seeking permission to take up employment in the private sector. In accordance with sub rule (1) of Rule 10 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972, if a pensioner who held a Group ‘A’ post at time of retirement, wishes to accept any commercial employment before expiry of one year of retirement, he/she is required to obtain previous sanction of the Government. Similar provision also exists for All India Service Officers in Rule 26 of AIS (DCRB) Rules, 1958. The data on the number of requests received from retired officers seeking such permission is not centrally maintained. 

In granting or rejecting permission to such an applicant, the competent authority shall have regard to the factors mentioned in sub-rule (3) of Rule 10 of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 and Sub-Rule (3) of Rule 26 of AIS (DCRB) Rules, 1958 as the case may be. 

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Shri V. Narayanasamy in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 

Punishment for Corrupt Officials


Punishment for Corrupt Officials
  

                        The Government is considering a set of proposals to cut the time taken to penalise delinquent Government officials including sacking of officials found to be involved in corruption.
The Government had appointed a three member Committee of Experts  to examine and suggest measures to expedite the process involved in  Disciplinary/Vigilance Proceedings.  The Committee has made a number of recommendations aimed at reducing time taken in conducting and concluding disciplinary proceedings against government servants.  In its Report, the Committee has recommended :

·        Creation of panels  of Inquiry Officers from amongst both serving and retired government servants and enhancement of remuneration for conducting inquiries;

·        Prescribing a time limit of two months for completion of minor penalty disciplinary inquiries and 12 months for major penalty disciplinary inquiries;

·        Dispensing with second stage consultation with CVC;

·        Dispensing with consultation with UPSC in minor penalty disciplinary cases;

·        Setting up of Vigilance Commissions with statutory status in the States;

·        Introduction of Plea-Bargaining in major penalty disciplinary inquiries;

·        Major penalty of compulsory retirement to include cut in pension/gratuity;

·        Amendment of Article 311 of the Constitution to provide for dismissal from service on charges of corrupt practices after beginning of trial in a competent court;


The Report of Committee is under examination.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Shri V. Narayanasamy in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

Awareness about Schemes for SC/OBCS


Awareness about Schemes for SC/OBCS

Various steps are taken by the Ministry to disseminate information about its Schemes to its target groups. It includes:-

i)    Advertisements in the newspapers for: 
a)    spreading information about various schemes of the Ministry; 
b)    inviting applications from the eligible students under the Scheme of “National Overseas Scholarship for SC etc. candidates”; 
c)    inviting applications from the implementing agencies under the Scheme of “Free Coaching for SC and OBC students”;

ii)    placing the information about the Schemes on the website of the Ministry; and 
iii) broadcasting the requisite information through Ministry’s weekly Radio Programme “Sanwarti jayein jeewan ki raahein”.

Centrally-sponsored schemes e.g. Post Matric Scholarship Scheme for SC students, Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme for the Children of those Engaged in ‘Unclean’ Occupations and Babu Jagjivan Ram Chhatravas Yojana for SC students are implemented through the State Governments/UT administrations, who are also expected to give wide publicity to these schemes.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri D. Napoleon in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today

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SPECIALISED TREATMENT FOR SERVICE PERSONEL AND THEIR FAMILIES FROM CIVIL SOURCES


0028/Spl Treat/DGAFMS/DG-3A/1393/11/2011/D (Med)

Govt of India 
Ministry of Defence 
NewDelhi—110001 .

18th Jul 2011 .

To.

The Director General Armed Forces Medical Services 
New Delhi-110001

Sub – SPECIALISED TREATMENT FOR SERVICE PERSONEL AND THEIR FAMILIES FROM CIVIL SOURCES

Sir,

I am directed to say that the President is pleased to extend the provision of Ministry of Defence letter No 20028/DGAFMS/DG-3A11348/D (Med) dated 28 Mar 1988 as amended from time to time and last extended vide Govt of India Ministry of Defence letter No 20028/Spl Treat)DGAFMS/DG-3A/331/09/D (Med) dated 31 Mar 2009 for a further period of two years wet 01 Apr 2011 with partial modification as explained in para-2 below.

2. However, as facilities many procedures now exist in certain Armed Forces hosipital the facility for availing specialized treatment for Cardiology and Renal Transplant procedures will 
only be recommended on case-to-case basis as follows.

(a) Advanced Cardiovascular Treatment: – Recommendations of consultant/ Senior Advisor Cardiothoracic Surgery who will obtain concurrence of Sr Consultant (Surgery) office of DGAFMS telephonically if necessary. The recommendation should be pre- facto, however in emergency conditions, justitiabie post-facto recommendation may be obtained.

(b) Advanced Renal Transplant Treatment: – Recommendations of consultant/ Senior Advisor. Urology who will obtain concurrence of Sr Consultant (Surgery) office of DGAFMS telephonically if necessary. The recommendation should be pre-facto,however in emergency conditions, justifiable post-facto recommendation may be obtained

3, This issue with the concurrence of Defence/Finance vide their LJO.No 344/AG/PD/11 dated 06/07/2011

Yours Faithfully 
(Kulwant Rana) 
Under Secretary to the Govt of India

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CHECK YOUR PENSION ENTITLEMENT


CHECK YOUR  PENSION ENTITLEMENT

(updated as on 16 August 2011)

Introduction

1. We all believe in the system and expect that justice will be done to us. However  your presumption that your bank is paying you correct pension, may not be in your best  financial interests. Experience indicates that Banks are frequently doing the mistake of  paying lower rates of pension vis a vis authorisation to many pensioners due to poor  understanding of defence pension provisions by their staff. Therefore it is a must for  every pensioner to know his/her correct entitlement of pension.

  
2. The pensioners, who have retired on or after 01-01-06, generally do not have any problem in getting their correct pension. The CDAs  in their case have issued Pension Payment Order (PPO) as per the new provisions of VI CPC. For these pensioners the banks have no option, but to pay the pension as specified by the CDA in the PPO.  However, the story is different for pre 01-01-06 retirees.

3. Considering the large volume of pre-2006 pensioners (25 lacs Appx), the CDAs have expressed their inability to issue a revised PPO as per VI CPC entitlement.  The Govt has therefore issued orders to Pension Disbursing Agencies (Banks, Treasury Offices etc) to calculate the revised pension as per VI CPC) and pay the same to the pre-2006 pensioners directly.   Govt has issued instructions to banks (with necessary reference tables) for calculating and releasing the revised pension.  Efforts are on at the highest level to ensure that revised PPOs are issued for pre-2006 pensioners also, by he CDAs in near future.  However it is linked to digitalisation of past records and data capture of pre-2006 pensioners on a large scale by CGDA and could take some time. Therefore as on date, it is only banks who will decide the post VI CPC revision of pension, for pre-2006 pensioners

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Central govt employee gets post-retirement benefits at age of 91


The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the central government to provide its 91-year-old former employee some of the post-retirement benefits that he had been unable to avail due to lack of information.

Justice S Muralidhar ordered the government to provide former Indian Railways employee KSR Chari the benefits of railway pension and family pension scheme that he had been unable to avail due to a communication gap.

The court was hearing Mr Chari's petition in which he alleged that he had been unable to avail the benefits of the scheme due to lack of proper communication by his first employer State Railway Coal department, which he joined in 1942, to his second employer the National Coal Development Corp (NCDC).

"In conclusion, this court would like to take judicial notice of the fact that with rising inflation and spiralling prices of basic commodities, the life of the elderly in our country is becoming increasingly difficult," the court said.

With every passing day they feel the pinch of rising prices whether it is food, provisions, transport or health care, it said.

The court said the provident fund amount that some of the retired employees got after many years of dedicated service, was meagre by today's rates of income. Moreover, the rates of return on the lump sum amounts had drastically reduced over the years.

"The elderly cannot risk investing their precious savings in the volatile and uncertain share market. Had some of them opted for pension, they would have a better level of sustenance. It is not surprising then that those who gave the best of their productive lives for the progress of the country and the betterment of our lives justifiably feel that they are being treated unfairly and that the Government owes them more," said the court in its 12-page order.

"The lives of the elderly in our country are becoming increasingly difficult. For a majority of retired government servants, the social security cover, if it can be called that, is palpably inadequate to ensure them a decent living," said the court, ordering the government to provide Chari the two post-retirement benefits for railway employees.

The court imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 each on the coal and mines ministry and NCDC for objecting to Chari's plea that he had come to the court after a gap of several decades after retirement.

Central govt employee gets post-retirement benefits at age of 91


Read more at: http://www.ndtv.com/article/cities/central-govt-employee-gets-post-retirement-benefits-at-age-of-91-128504&cp&cp

Updating Records of Records of Trade Union Membership


Ministry of Labour & Employment

Updating Records of Records of Trade Union Membership

The Union Labour & Employment Minister Shri Mallikarjun Kharge has informed the Rajya Sabha the general verification of membership of Trade Unions affiliated to Central Trade Union Organizations(CTUOs) was last done with date of reckoning as 31.12.2002 and state-wise as well as industry-wise result was notified by this Ministry vide order dated 11.1.2008.

The registration of Trade Unions is done by the respective Registrars of the Trade Unions of the State Governments and the registered Trade Unions are required to submit annual Statutory Returns to the Registrars of Trade unions of the State Governments. The membership data is not required to be routed to the Ministry under the Trade Unions Act, 1926 and, hence, not maintained centrally.

Section 28 (4) of the Trade Unions Act, 1926 provides for examination of the documents relating to annual returns submitted by the Trade Unions, by the Registrar or any officer authorized by him.

The process of fresh general verification of Trade Unions affiliated to Central Trade Union Organizations has already commenced. This is a lengthy and time consuming process. So far, two meetings of the Standing Committee on general verification, comprising representatives from various Central Trade Union organizations have been held under the chairmanship of Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) and the date of reckoning for fresh general verification unanimously decided as 31.12.2011.

The Minister was replying to a written question in the Rajya Sabha today.

Source: PIB

Level ‘A’ Training Programme at ISTM for U.D.Cs with 5 years’approved service in the grade (29/08/2011 to 23/09/2011)


No.08/02/2011 -CS.l(Trg)-Vol.II
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
CS.I Training

Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated the I2th August, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Level ‘A’ Training Programme at ISTM for U.D.Cs with 5 years’approved service in the grade (29/08/2011 to 23/09/2011).

           The undersigned is directed to inform that UDCs/adhoc Assistants, whose names are given in Annexure I, have been nominated for the Level ‘A’ Training Programme conducted by ISTM w.e.f. 29/08/2011 to 23/09/2011. It is requested that these officials may be relieved of their duties, subject to vigilance clearance and advised to report to Shri Ranjan Kumar Director(Co-ordinator) ISTM, Administrative Block, JNU Campus (Old), New Delhi-110067 at 9 A.M. on 29th August, 2011.

2.      The performance of the officials in the training, as evaluated and reported by ISTM thereof, may be added In their APARs. No request for withdrawal of nomination either from the Ministry/Department or the officer concerned shall be entertained by this Department or the Institute. As the training of the officials and successful completion is necessary for promotion/regularization, the Cadre Units are requested to ensure that the officials nominated to the above programme are relieved in time.

3.       As the aforesaid training includes study tour, officers nominated above may be advised to draw necessary TA/DA advance of Rs.12,000/- each from their respective Ministry/Department. This amount may be released in Cash only and the same shall be collected by ISTM from the participating officials.

4.      Confirmation with regard to the participation of the officials along with their respective bio-data (Annexure-II) may please be sent by 23rd August. 2011 to Shri Ranjan Kumar, Deputy Director (Co-ordinator), ISTM, New Delhi, with a copy to the undersigned. Shri Ranjan Kumar, Deputy Director(Co-ordinator) ISTM is accessible on phone No. 26175590 (0).

sd/- 
(V.Srinivasaragavan ) 
Under Secretary to Government of India

Source: www.persmin.nic.in
[http://circulars.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02csd/LevA29811.pdf]

Backlog Training Programme for U.D.Cs/Assistants at ISTM for the period 05/09/2011 to 16/09/2011


Most Immediate

No.08/11/2011 -CSI(T)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi
Dated the 12th August, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Backlog Training Programme for U.D.Cs/Assistants at ISTM for the period 05/09/2011 to 16/09/2011.

The undersigned is directed to inform that UDCs upgraded to the post of Assistant, whose names are given in Annexure I, have been nominated for the above mentioned Backlog Training Programme. This training is being conducted by ISTM w.e.f. 05/09/2011 to 16/09/2011. It is requested that these officials may be relieved of their duties, subject to vigilance clearance and advised to report to Shri R. K. Kundi, Deputy Director(Co-ordinator) ISTM, Administrative Block, JNU Campus (Old), New Delhi-110067 at 9 A.M. on 5th September, 2011.

2. The performance of the officials in the training will be evaluated and the reports there of be added in their APARs. No request for withdrawal of nomination either from the Ministry/Department or the officer concerned shall be entertained by this Department or the Institute. As the training of the officials and successful completion is necessary for regularization/promotion, the Cadre Units are requested to ensure that the officials nominated to the above programme are relieved in time.

3. As the aforesaid training includes study tour, officers nominated above may be advised to draw necessary TA/DA advance of Rs. 12,000/-  each from their respective Ministry/Department. This amount may be released in Cash only.

4. Confirmation with regard to the participation of the officials along with their respective bio-data (Annexure-II) may please be sent by 24th August 2011 to Shri R. K. Kundi, Deputy Director (Co-ordinator), ISTM, New Delhi. with a copy to the undersigned. Shri R. K. Kundi, Dy. Director(Co-grinator) ISTM is accessible on phone No. 26185314(0).

sd/- 
(V.Srinivasaragavan )
Under Secretary to Government of India

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[http://circulars.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02csd/BkAsst5911.pdf]

Promotion of Personal Assistant (PA) of CSSS to the Private Secretary (PS) Grade of CSSS on ad-hoc basis


No.4/2/2011-CS.II (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

Lok Nayak Bhawan New Delhi
Dated the 12th August 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Promotion of Personal Assistant (PA) of CSSS to the Private Secretary (PS) Grade of CSSS on ad-hoc basis- reg.

In continuation of this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 8.6.2011 on the above mentioned subject, the undersigned is directed to say that on the basis of information received so far from the Cadre Units, the Competent Authority has decided to nominate the PAs whose names are given in the Annexure to this OM and post them to the Cadre Units indicated against their names for their promotion to the Grade of PS of CSSS on adhoc basis after having been found b'fit' by the DPC and clear from vigilance angle.

2. The ad-hoc appointment of these officials shall take effect from the date they assume charge of the post of PS in the respective Cadre Units. The adhoc appointment shall not confer on the appointees any right to continue in the grade indefinitely or for inclusion in the Select List of PS for regular appointment or to claim seniority in the PS Grade of CSSS. The period of adhoc promotion would be upto 30.9.2011 or till the regular Private Secretaries become available, whichever is earlier.

3. The Cadre Units are requested that the officers shown in the list at Annexure may be relieved, immediately so that they can take up their assignment as PS of CSSS on adhoc basis in the allocated Cadre Units. A copy of the relieving/promotion orders issued by Cadres concerned may be forwarded to this Department immediately.

4. Cadre Units are also requested to furnish full details of vacancy remaining unfilled as on 1.9.2011 in the PS Grade to this Department immediately, so that the same can be filled up by promotion on adhoc basis.

sd/-
(J.Minz) 
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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Transparency Officers in Ministry


Transparency Officers in Ministry

The Central Information Commission(CIC) vide its order dated 15.11.2010 has directed all the Ministries/Departments of Central Government that each Central Public Authority under its jurisdiction should designate a senior officer as Transparency Officer to, inter alia, overview the implementation of Section 4 obligation. The matter is under examination. 

Information Commissions have been set up under the RTI Act to ensure that the provisions of the Act are enforced. Information Commissions have powers to hear complaints under Section 18 and also to hear appeals against non-supply of information by the Public Authority under Section 19. Under Section 19(8) of the Act Information Commissions have the power to require Public Authority to take any such steps as may be necessary to secure compliance with the provisions of the Act and they may also impose penalties on the Public Information Officer as per provisions of Section 20. 

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Shri V.Narayanasamy in written reply to question in the Rajya Sabha today. 

Applications Received Under RTI ACT



As per the information available with Central Information Commission, 18,32,181 applications were filed before Central Public Authorities during the years 2007-08 to 2010-11. Out of these, information was supplied in 17,33,620 cases. 

Information about applications received and disposed of by public authorities of State Governments is not centrally maintained. 

A sum of Rs. 2,21,56,363/- was collected as fees from RTI applicants by Central Public Authorities over the period from 2007-08 to 2010-11. 

Central Information Commission may impose a penalty if a Public Information Officer, without any reasonable cause, refuses to accept an application or does not furnish information within specified time or malafidely denies information or gives incorrect, incomplete or misleading information. 

A sum of Rs.44,23,221/- was recovered as penalty from Central Public Information Officers over the period 2007-08 to 2010-11. 

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Shri V.Narayanasamy in written reply to question in the Rajya Sabha today. 

Fresh empanelment of private under CGHS, Delhi and HYDERABAD


Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi 110 108

No:S.110011/23/2009-CGHS D.II/Hospital Cell (Par IX)
Dated, the 5th August, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Fresh empanelment of private under CGHS, Delhi and HYDERABAD.

The undersigned is directed to state that CGHS had initiated action for empanelment of private hospitals under CGHS. under Continuous Empanelment Scheme,which was notified vide Office Memoranda of even number dated 8th December, 2010 and 19th January 2011.

2. The undersigned is directed to enclose a further list of hospitals, under the categories mentioned in the document, that have conveyed their acceptance of the CGHS rates in various cities announced and placed on CGHS website and have signed the Memorandum of Agreement with CGHS and have also furnished the appropriate performance bank guarantee. These hospitals are also taken as included in the list of approved hospitals for empanelment under CGHS, Delhi&NCR and Hyderabad.

3. It has now been decided that in the list of hospitals enclosed, which have been now approved under the fresh empanelment procedure, and have now signed the fresh Memorandum of Agreement and submitted the appropriate performance guarantee will be eligible to treat CGHS beneficiaries at revised rates with effect from the date of issue of letter.

A copy of this Office Memorandum and CGHS rates for different cities are available at website http://msotransparent.nic.in/cghsnew/index.asp

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[Jai Prakash)
Under Secretary to Government of India

Click here to view the List of Empanelled Hospitals of Delhi and Hyderabad

Agreements of Ordnance Factories with MNCs for ToT


Agreements of Ordnance Factories with MNCs for ToT 

Ordnance Factory Board has been allowed to enter into agreement with Foreign Vendors for Transfer of Technology, in sequel to the Armed Forces procurement, on case to case basis. 

Present Strength of the Staff at the Ordnance Factories are not sufficient to meet the demands of the three Services of the Armed Forces. Government proposes to recruit more persons for the purpose. 

During financial year 2010-11, total 14,199 Nos. of staff have been inducted at various levels in Ordnance Factories. 

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

Showing ACR to Subordinate


Showing ACR to Subordinate 

The Government has issued instructions that with effect from the reporting period 2008-09, the full Annual Performance Assessment Report (APAR) (earlier known as ACR) after completion shall be communicated by the Section entrusted with the maintenance of APAR to the concerned officer. No instructions have been issued to merely show the APAR and obtain any certificate to this effect. 

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Shri V.Narayanasamy in written reply to question in the Lok Sabha today. 

Reservation for Minorities


Reservation for Minorities

The National Commission for Religious & Linguistic Minorities has, inter alia, recommended that 15 percent of posts in all cadres and grades under the Central and State Governments should be earmarked for minorities, of which 10 percent should be for Muslims and 5 percent for other minorities. The Commission has further stated that if it is not possible to give reservation as proposed above, 8.4 percent sub-quota may be earmarked for minorities (6 percent for Muslims and 2.4 percent for other minorities) within 27 percent OBC quota. The recommendation is under consideration of the Government. It is, however, not possible to fix time frame for taking a decision. 

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Shri V.Narayanasamy in written reply to question in the Lok Sabha today. 

Fresh empanelment of private Hospitals under CGHS. BENGALURU,CHANDIGARH, CHENNAI, HYDERABAD. JABALPUR. KANPUR, KOLKA TA AND MUMBAI


Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi 110 108

No:S.110011/23/2009-CGHS D.II/Hospital Cell (Part IX)
Dated, the 27th July, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Fresh empanelment of private Hospitals under CGHS. BENGALURU,CHANDIGARH, CHENNAI, HYDERABAD. JABALPUR. KANPUR, KOLKA TA AND MUMBAI

The undersigned is directed to state that CGHS had initiated action for empanelment of private hospitals under CGHS, under Continuous Empanelment Scheme, which was notified vide Office Memorandum of even number dated 8th December, 2010.

2. The undersigned is directed to enclose a further list of hospitals. under the categories mentioned in the document, that have conveyed their acceptance of the CGHS rates in various cities announced and placed on CGHS website and have signed the Memorandum of Agreement with CGHS and have also furnished the appropriate performance bank guarantee. These hospitals are also taken as included in the list of approved hospitals for empanelment under CGHS. Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jabalpur, Kanpur, Kolkata and Mumbai.

3. It has now been decided that in the list of hospitals enclosed, which have been now approved under the fresh empanelment procedure, and have now signed the fresh Memorandum of Agreement and submitted the appropriate performance guarantee will be eligible to treat CGHS beneficiaries at revised rates with effect from the date of issue of letter.

A copy of this Office Memorandum and CGHS rates for different cities are available at website http://msotransparent.nic.in/cghsnew/index.asp

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[Jai Prakash]
Under Secretary to Government of India

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No proposal to increase the Retirement Age of Central Government Servants

No proposal to increase the Retirement Age of Central Government Servants... 

        The Central Government clarified that there is no proposal to extend the retirement age of Central Government Employees. In Rajya Sabha, the Minister of State for Finance Namo Narain Meena told that the total number of Central Government Employees as on March, 2010 was 32.24 Lakh and “at present we have no idea to increase the retirement age of Central Government Employees from 60 to 62”.

Consideration of persons with disabilities for promotion against unreserved vacancies



No.36035/4/2010-Estt.(Res)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated 1st August 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Consideration of persons with disabilities for promotion against unreserved vacancies-reg.

       The undersigned is directed to say that representations have been received stating that some Ministries/Departments etc. do not consider the persons with disabilities for promotion to Group 'A’ and Group 'B’ posts, even if such posts are identified suitable for them, on the ground that there is no reservation for persons with disabilities in the matter of promotion to such posts. In this regard, attention is invited to para 6 of this Department’s OM No. 36035/3/2004-Estt.(Res) dated 29th December, 2005, which provides that a person with disability cannot be denied the right to compete for appointment against an unreserved vacancy in a post identified suitable for persons with disability of the relevant category. It is hereby clarified that if promotions are made to a Group ‘A’ or Group 'B’ post, which is identified suitable for persons with disability of a specific category, the persons with disability of relevant category in feeder grade, if any, shall be considered for promotion to the post by applying the same criterion as applicable to other persons.

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(Sharad Kumar Srivatava)
Under Secretary to the Govt of India

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Implementation of One Rank One Pension


Implementation of One Rank One Pension

Improvement in pension is an ongoing process. Though the demand for One Rank One Pension (OROP) has been considered by various Committees in the past but it has not been found feasible to accept it. However, keeping in mind the spirit of the demand a Committee was set up under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary to look into the issue of OROP and other related matters, which submitted its report on 30.6.2009. The Committee made seven recommendations to substantially improve pensionary benefits of Personnel Below Officer Rank (PBOR) and Commissioned Officers, which have been accepted by the Government. Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, Ministry of Defence has accordingly issued orders in implementation of the same vide Government letters dated 30.10.2009, 19.1.2010, 20.1.2010 & 8.3.2010 which are also available on www.pcdapension.nic.in. These orders have substantially increased the pension of pre 2006 retirees. 

The yearly statement of booking of Defence Pension Expenditure during and up to the month of March ending (2009-2010 & 2010-2011) shows that the total amount allotted for Defence Pension Expenditure has been booked in full and no amount is lying unspent. Further as per the reports received from various pension disbursing authorities including Public Sector Banks/Private Sector Banks almost 98.5% cases requiring revision have been cleared. Only few cases are pending for revision, which are also being pursued for early settlement. 

The process of revision of pension is being monitored regularly by the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare (ESW), Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) and the Department of Financial Services. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri MM PAllam Raju in written reply to Shri K.E. Ismail in Rajya Sabha.
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Shortage of Officers in Armed Forces


Shortage of Officers in Armed Forces

The total number of men and women officers serving in the Indian Army is 35605 and 1020 respectilvely (excluding Army Medical Corps, Army Dental Corps and Military Nursing Services). At present, the shortfall in the number of officers in the Army is 11137. 

Government have allowed re-employment of retired Brigadiers against some staff/instructional/other appointments. The number of re-employed retired Brigadiers is limited to a maximum ten per cent of the authorised strength of the re-employed officers. 

The Government has been taking steps on a continuous and an ongoing basis to reduce shortage of officers. All officers including those in Short Service Commission (SSC) are now eligible to hold substantive rank of Captain, Major and Lieutenant Colonel after 2, 6 and 13 years of reckonable service respectively. The tenure of SSC officers has been increased from 10 years to 14 years. A total number of 750 posts of Lt. Colonel have been upgraded to Colonel towards implementation of AV Singh Committee Report (Phase-I). Further, 1,896 additional posts in the ranks of Colonel, Brigadier, Major General and Lieutenant General and their equivalents in the other two Services have been upgraded towards implementation of AV Singh Committee Report (Phase-II). The implementation of recommendations of the VI Central Pay Commission with substantial improvement in the pay structure of officers of Armed Forces has made the Services more attractive. 

The Armed Forces have also undertaken sustained image projection and publicity campaign to create awareness among the youth on the advantages of taking up a challenging and satisfying career. Awareness campaigns, participation in career fairs and exhibitions, advertisements in print and electronic media, motivational lectures in schools, colleges are also some of the other measures in this direction. The intake of officers, in Army, has shown a positive trend. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in separate written replies to Dr. T. Subbarami Reddy and Shrimati Vasanthi Stanley in Rajya Sabha. 

Expert Committee Report on Pilots, Engineers Examination System Accepted


Expert Committee Report on Pilots, Engineers Examination System Accepted 

The Government has accepted the report of the Expert Committee, which was set up to examine the current system of examination of pilots, engineers etc. 

The Expert Committee was constituted in March 2011 to examine the current system of examination of pilots, engineers etc., and make recommendations to make examination system secure, credible and efficient and in line with modern and best practices. The committee was formed as a follow up to the statement made by Minister for Civil Aviation in the Rajya Sabha on 15.03.2011. 

The Committee submitted its report to the Government on 15th July, 2011. The Committee has made 12 recommendations. 6 of these relate to examination system, 5 to licensing and 1 for Development of comprehensive system for licensing. 

DGCA has been asked to take action for implementing the recommendations of the Committee. 

Inclusion of names of members of family in the PPO and proof of age for additional quantum of family pension - requirement of certificates


 F.No.1/19/11-P&PW(E)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated: 03.08.2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Inclusion of names of members of family in the PPO and proof of age for additional quantum of family pension - requirement of certificates etc. — regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. No.1/6/2008-P&PW(E), dated 22.06.10 and No. 1/21/91-P&PW(E), dated 20.01.93, regarding intimation of names of eligible family members by the pensioner or the spouse to the Head of Office for inclusion in the Pension Payment Order (PPO). It has been clarified in the O.M dated 22.06.10 that in cases where the pensioner or his/ her spouse has expired, the widowed or divorced or unmarried daughter  / parents / dependent disabled children / disabled siblings can themselves intimate such details to the pension sanctioning authority, who can process such cases if sufficient proof of entitlement is produced by the claimant and all other conditions for grant of family pension are fulfilled.

2. Attention is also invited to this Department’s O.M. No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 21.05.09, wherein detailed instructions regarding admissibility of documents as proof of date of birth of very old family pensioner who neither have a birth certificate nor any other corroborating document and whose date of birth is not available in the PPOs as well as in the office records of CPAO/ PAO have been circulated.

3. It is a matter of concern that a large number of complaints have been received in this Department from various pensioners associations and  individuals that the documents submitted by them to the Heads of Office concerned are not accepted by them. Complaints about inordinate delay of 2-3 years in settling the claims have also been received.

4. It is hereby reiterated that documents indicated in para 5 of O.M., dated 21.05.09 may be relied upon by the Heads of Office for admitting claims of the family pensioners. In addition to these, the Aadhaar number issued by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) may also be accepted by the Heads of Office/ Pension Disbursing Authorities as valid proof of identity, it is also emphasized that the date of birth of the applicant may also be ascertained at the time of sanctioning family pension as it may be required for deciding the quantum of additional family pension when the family pensioner attains the age of 80 years or above..

5. In case the applicant is unable to submit any of the documents indicated above but claims family pension based on some other documentary evidence, such cases may be submitted to the administrative Ministry/Department. The decision of the administrative Ministry / Department in this regard will be final.

6. Requests have also been received for inclusion of the name of dependent disabled child(ren) in the PPO during the life-time of the pensioner. It is hereby clarified that neither dependence nor disability are bound to be permanent in nature. Therefore, the name(s) of such child/ children may be included in the details of family by the Head of Office on receiving a request from the pensioner or his/ her spouse. However, family pension would be sanctioned only when their turn comes to receive the family pension on the demise of the pensioner/ family pensioner, after examining the claim(s) of such disabled children for family pension subject to the fulfilment of conditions stipulated in the relevant provisions of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972.

7. All Ministries / Departments are requested to give wide publicity to these clarifications.

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(Tripti P.Ghosh)
Director 

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Medical Facilities to Non-Pensioners


Medical Facilities to Non-Pensioners

The government is aware of the demand for medical facilities to non-pensioners such as Emergency Commissioned Officers and Short Service Commissioned.

A proposal to make Short Service Commission more attractive has been initiated in which the provision for grant of ECHS facilities to Short Service Commissioned Officers has been included. The above proposal is still under examination. 

This information was given by Defence Minister of State for Defence Shri MM Pallam Raju in a written reply to Shrimati Paramjit Kaur Gulshan in Lok Sabha. 

Nomination of qualified candidates of Stenographer Grade ‘C’ Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LDCE), 2009


No.5/1/2011-CS-II(C) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, 
Khan Market, New Delhi-100003. 
Date: 3rd August, 2011.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Nomination of qualified candidates of Stenographer Grade ‘C’ Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LDCE), 2009.

            The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 30.5.2011 and 29.7.2011 on the subject noted above vide which the nomination of 44 qualified candidates of Steno Grade ‘C’ LDCE – 2009 was issued by this Department. The examination dossiers in respect of 12 more qualified candidates have been received from SSC. Out of these 12 candidates, 1 candidate has already been appointed as Steno Grade ‘C’ on regular basis whereas one more candidate has left the service. As such, the remaining 10 candidates are hereby nominated to the Cadre Units of CSSS as shown in the Annexure to this O.M.

2.        Before the nominated candidates are appointed, the Cadre Units are requested to ensure: 
          (i) Verification of the particulars furnished by the nominated candidates in the dossiers with the original entries in their respective Service Books. 
          (ii) Availability of vigilance clearance.

3.       It is requested that the qualified candidates may be relieved immediately for appointment as Steno Grade ‘C’ in the nominated Cadre Units. These nominated candidates may be included in the Select List of Steno Grade ‘C’ of CSSS for the year 2009 in the manner indicated in the CSSS Rules, 1969. Copies of their appointment orders may be endorsed to this Department and the SSC. The dossiers of nominated candidates are forwarded herewith for keeping the same as part of their Service Books.

4.       Receipt of this O.M. together with the enclosure may please be acknowledged.

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(J.Minz) 
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

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Hike rate of return on GPF: Parliamentary panel


Hike rate of return on GPF: Parliamentary panel
New Delhi, Aug 2 (PTI)

A Parliamentary panel today asked the Central government to increase the rate of return on provident fund for its employees in the light of rising bank rates and EPFO's decision to hike its rate to 9.5 per cent for 2010-11.

"The rate of interest on General Provident Fund (GPF) which is pegged at 8 per cent may be reviewed so that government employees are not put to any disadvantage more so now when the interest rates for bank deposits has also been raised," the Standing Committee on Finance suggested in its report.

If the suggests of the panel finds favour from the government, over 50 lakh Centre's employees will stand to benifit.

The panel headed by former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha, pointed out that retirement fund body Employees Provident Fund Organiation has also increased rate of interest on PF deposits to 9.5 per cent for 2010-11 from 8 per cent.

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Hacking of Government Website


Ministry of Communications & Information Technology

Hacking of Government Website

            The Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, Shri Sachin Pilot today informed the Lok Sabha in written reply to a question that a total of 117 Government websites were defaced during the period January - June, 2011. All the affected organizations and departments were requested to provide web server logs of hacked websites for analysis and identifying nature and type of attack and vulnerabilities exploited by the hacker. Based on the analysis the organizations were advised to take specific steps to strengthen the security of websites. The analysis report alongwith countermeasures to plug the exploited vulnerabilities was provided to the affected organizations by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In).

The reply further stated that the information on the website of National Investigation Agency (NIA) is temporarily disabled. Since the website of National Investigation Agency was not hacked, no inquiry in this regard has been conducted.

The specific steps taken by Government towards ensuring cyber security are:

i. All the new Government websites and applications are to be audited with respect to cyber security prior to their hosting. The auditing of the websites and applications will be conducted on a regular basis after hosting also.

ii. National Informatics Centre (NIC) has been directed not to host web sites which are not audited with respect to cyber security.

iii. National Informatics Centre (NIC) which hosts the government websites is continuously engaged in upgrading and improving the security posture of its hosting infrastructure.

iv. All the Ministries/ Departments of Central Government and State Governments are implementing the Crisis Management Plan to counter cyber attacks and cyber terrorism.

v. The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) issues alerts and advisories regarding latest cyber threats and countermeasures on regular basis.

The existing Government websites are periodically audited from security perspective and vulnerabilities found are plugged.

Source: PIB

Foreign Training (Long/short-term) under Domestic Funding of Foreign Training (DFFT)Scheme of the Department of Personnel & Training


MOST IMMEDIATE 
OUT TODAY

No. 12037/32/2010-FTC 
Government of India 
Department of Personnel & Training 
Training Division 
(Block No.IV, Old JNU Campus. New Delhi 110 067)

New Delhi, the 1st August 2011

To,

Secretaries to Central Ministries/Departments of Go Chief Secretaries of State Governments/Administrators of UTs(As per list attached),

Sub: Foreign Training (Long/short-term) under Domestic Funding of Foreign Training (DFFT)Scheme of the Department of Personnel & Training— Nomination of nodal officer – regarding.

Sir/Madam,

As you may kindly be aware, the Training Division of the. DOPT is administering the DFFT scheme wherein officers belonging to IAS, SCS, CSS. CSSS and also those officers of other Group ‘A’ services, who hold posts on deputation under the Central Staffing Scheme, are deputed for training forvarious short and long-term programmes abroad. Under the DFFT Scheme, an annual circular is issued by this Division in September/October eveiy year for training programmes to be organized in the following year. The eligible and interested officers apply against this circular through their respective controlling authorities.

2. [he application process under this scheme includes (i) filling up the application form by the interested officers, and (ii) forwarding of the same by the concerned controlling authorities to the DOPT.While filling up of the application by the officers has already been made on-line’, the form to be filled by the controlling authorities while forwarding the application forms of their respective officers will also go‘on-line’ w.e.f. FY 2011-12. Accordingly, all Ministries&Departments of Gol and State Governments/UTs were requested. vide this Department’s letters of even number dated 25 August 2010 and 28 October 2010, to appoint a nodal officer (not below the rank of Under Secretary to the Government of India) who will be associated with the work relating to the nomination of officers for training abroad under the DFFT Scheme and forward details the appointed nodal officers to this Division.

3. The requisite details of such nodal officer are awaited from your organization. It is requested that the same may kindly be expedited and forwarded to this Department immediately and, in any case, by5th August 2011 positively.
Yours faithfully

s/d

Sanjiv Shankar

Director(Foreign Training)


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All India Services (Death-Cum-Retirement Benefits) Amendment Rules. 2011.


THE GAZETTE OF INDIA. EXTRAORDINARY -               [PAST II Sec. 3(í)]

MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS 
(Department of Personnel and Training) 
NOTIFICATION

New  Delhi, the 28th July, 2011

G.S.R. 585(E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 3 of 
the All India Services Act. 1951 (61 of 1951), the Central Government, after consultation with  the Governments of the States concerned, hereby makes the following rules further to amend the All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958. namely :—

1  (1) These rules may be caned the All India Services (Death-Cum-Retirement Benefits) Amendment Rules. 2011.

       (2) They shall come into force from the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.In the All India Services (Death-Cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958, in rule 5,after sub-rule (1), the following sub-rule shall be inserted, namely:

         (`1A) (I) The Central Government may permit a member of service to withdraw his resignation in the public interest on the following conditions, namely :-

(a) that the resignation was tendered by the member of service for some compelling reasons which did not involve any reflection on his integrity, efficiency or conduct and the request for withdrawal of the resignation has been made as a result of a material change in the circumstances which originally compelled him/her to tender the resignation;

(b) that during the period intervening between the date on which the resignation became effective and the date from which the request for withdrawal was made, the conduct of the member concerned was in no way improper;

(e) that the period of absence from duty between the date on which the resignation became effective and the date on which the member is allowed to resume duty as a result of permission to withdraw the resignation is not more than ninety days

(d) that the post, which was vacated by the member of service on the acceptance of his/he resignation or any other comparable post, is available

(ii) Request for withdrawal of a resignation shall not be accepted by the Central Government where a member of service resigns his/her service or post with a view to taking up an appointment in or under a private commercial company or in or under a corporation or company wholly or substantially owned or controlled by the Government or in or under a body controlled or financed by the Government.

(iii) Request for withdrawal of resignation shall not be accepted by the Central Government where a member of the Service resigns from his/her service or post with a view to be associated with, any political parties or any organisation which takes part in politics, or to take part in, or subscribe in aid of, or assist in any other manner, any political movement or political activity or to canvass or otherwise interfere with, or use his/her influence in connection with, or take part in, an election to any legislature or local authority.

(iv) When an order is passed by the Central Government allowing a member to withdraw his/her resignation and to resume duty, the order shall be deemed to include the condonation of interruption in service but the period of interruption shall not count as qualifying service



[F No. 24012/10/2010-AIS (II)]

DEEPTI UMASHANKAR, Director (Services)

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Clarification on Children Education Allowance for All India Services officers


No. 20011/5/2008-AIS-II 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block, New Delhi-i 10001 
Dated, the 25th July, 2011.

To

The Chief Secretaries of all the 
State Governments/UTs.

Subject: Clarification on Children Education Allowance.

Sir,

I am directed to enclose herewith a copy of this Department’s O.M.No.21011/16/2009-Estt.(AL), dated 17th June, 2011 and to state that clarification issued by the Central Government on Children Education Allowance vide this 0M. would also be applicable in respect of All India Services officers.

Yours faithfully,

(Yash pal) 
Desk officers

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