7th CPC ToR to be taken up by Union Cabinet Tomorrow

7th CPC ToR to be taken up by Union Cabinet Tomorrow

Unprecedented number of proposals expected to be cleared by Cabinet on Friday

Marathon Cabinet meeting expected


Cabinet Committee recommends Parliament prorogation

Unprecedented number of proposals including the possibility of draft ordinances on anti-graft bills expected to be cleared by Cabinet on Friday

The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs on Wednesday recommended prorogation of Parliament ahead of Friday’s Cabinet meeting which is scheduled to clear an unprecedented number of proposals including the possibility of draft ordinances on the pet anti-graft bills of the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
“It is a choc-o-bloc agenda. I have never known seen such heavy agenda before the Cabinet. We are working feverishly as if for the last supper,” a senior Finance Ministry official told The Hindu. The UPA government is keen on clearing as many proposals as possible before the expected general election announcement of the Election Commission after which the Code of Conduct comes into vogue. Among the items for clearance include 54 new Kendriya Vidyalayas and GSLV-Mark III.

Marathon Cabinet meeting expected

With the schedule for the Lok Sabha likely to be announced on Saturday, the UPA government is working “feverishly” on a record number of announcements, appointments and initiatives before the model code of conduct kicks in.

The Cabinet meeting on Friday is expected to be a “marathon” one as it will be the last opportunity for the government to take policy decisions as well as ‘populist’ sops, top Finance Ministry sources told The Hindu.

The proposals lined up for Friday’s Cabinet include 54 new Kendriya Vidalayas, space programme GSLV-Mark III, a six-lane bypass for Delhi, terms of reference for the 7 Pay Commission which was set up by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently.

It is expected to consider Rs. 3,500 crore budget for new broadcasting infrastructure for All India Radio and Doordarshan, 10-per cent Dearness Allowance for government employees and 600 MW hydro-power projects in Bhutan. The dearness allowance hike to 100 per cent from the existing 90 per cent is expected to benefit to benefiting 50 lakh employees and 30 lakh pensioners.

New schemes have been put up for approval by the Ministries for health, tourism, water resources, human resource development and agriculture. These include expansion of government-funded PhD seats for electronic systems design and manufacturing of hardware, a new investment scheme for urea, two new highways and a health research scheme from the Human Resource Development Ministry. Some shipping and steel projects will also come up for approvals.

Officials believe some more items could be put on the block-buster agenda. A Cabinet Minister told The Hindu that the government expects the Election Commission to announce the general election schedule on Saturday or latest by Monday.

Source : The Hindu

Forward LDC,UDC Grade Pay Up gradation in the form of Proposal – DoE to Ministry of Statistics

Forward LDC,UDC Grade Pay Up gradation  in the form of Proposal – DoE to Ministry of Statistics


DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE DIRECTS THE MINISTRY OF STATISTICS & PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION TO SEND PROPOSAL FOR UP-GRADATION OF GRADE PAY OF LDC & UDC TO THEM

Dear members/friends,

Department of Expenditure (DoE) vide OM No. 58(2)/E.III(B)/2014 dated 18th February, 2014(enclosed) has forwarded the letter/documents demanding upgradation of the grade pay of LDC & UDC to Rs. 2400 & 2800 respectively, to the Financial Adviser, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation(MoS&PI) with a direction to examine the representations and forwarding the same to DoE for consideration in the form of a proposal, through IFD. In this respect, this Association has already made it clear that the LDC & UDC issue is a clear anomaly aroused due to the discriminatory recommendation/implementation of the 6th Pay Commission and the same is to be rectified as an anomaly and not as a cadre restructuring. As has already informed you that this Association has decided to file a case in the CAT by 1st week of March for getting implemented the upgradation from the date of implementation of the 6th CPC and the preparation for the same is in full swing. However, since the DoE has directed the MoS&PI in favour of upgradation of Grade Pay of LDC and UDC, a letter demanding implementation of the upgradation from 1.1.2006 is being sent to the Joint Secretary, MoS&PI before filing the case.

Yours Sincerely

TKR Pillai
General Secretary
Mob No. 09425372172

Forwarding of letter No. 4/GS/2013 dated 14/10/2013 from All India Association of Administrative Staff

No. 58(2)/E.III(B)/2014
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
E.III-(B) Branch
****

New Delhi, the 18th February, 2014.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Forwarding of letter No. 4/GS/2013 dated 14/10/2013 from All India Association of Administrative Staff.

The undersigned is directed to forward herewith letter No. 4/GS/2013 dated 14/10/2013 from Shri T.K.R. Pillai regarding upgradation of Grade Pay of LDC and UDC in administrative branch of Government of India offices and to state that this Department does not consider the representations received from individuals or Associations and they are forwarded to the concerned administrative ministries/departments. The Administrative Ministry/Department concerned is required to examine the representations and if merit is found, the same may be forwarded to this Department for consideration in the form of a proposal, through IFD. The letter was earlier forwarded to DOPT, who in turn have returned it stating that LDCs and UDCs in the Administrative Branch of Government of India does not come under the CSCS cadre.

Sd/
(Manoj Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

To
FA(Statistics & Programme Implementation),
Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation,
Sardar Patel Bhawan,

Source :aiamshq.blogspot.in

Renewal of CGHS Plastic Cards - Guidelines

Renewal of CGHS Plastic Cards - Guidelines


S 11011/1/2014-CGHS (P)
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health and Family Welfare
CGHS (Policy) Division

Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi
Dated: the 10th February, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Renewal of CGHS Plastic Cards – reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s O.M No.S.11012/3/2011-CGHS (P) dated 29.12.2011 laying down the guidelines for issue of individual plastic cards to CGHS beneficiaries. CGHS Plastic Cards were introduced in September, 2008 in Delhi NCR and the cards were initially issued with a validity period of 5 years. The CGHS Plastic Cards completing their validity period are due for renewal and accordingly fresh cards with renewed validity period are being issued by the Office of Additional Director, CGHS of the city concerned. With a view to further streamline the process of renewal of CGHS Plastic Cards, it has been decided to issue the following guidelines supplementing the existing instructions on issue of CGHS Plastic Cards:

Serving beneficiary
a) Application for renewal of CGHS Plastic Cards in the prescribed proforma (Form AA) alongwith requisite documents (current photographs, copy of pay slip and address proof of residence, if changed), should be submitted through their Administrative Office to the Office of Additional Director, CGHS of the respective CGHS city following the same procedure as prescribed for issue of fresh CGHS card.

b) Fresh CGHS Plastic Cards with same beneficiary ID nos. shall be issued with a validity period of 5 years.

c) Applications for renewal of old plastic cards can be made 3 months in advance prior to its expiry.

Pensioner beneficiary
a) Application for renewal of Pensioners’ CGHS Plastic Cards in the prescribed proforma (Form BB) alongwith requisite documents (current photographs, PPO or LPC, address proof, if changed) should be submitted to the parent CGHS Wefiness Centre where his /her card is registered. He / she can also submit the application to the Office of Additional Director, CGHS of the respective CGHS city for renewal of CGHS cards.

b) Fresh CGHS Plastic Cards with same beneficiary ID nos. shall be issued with validity for lifetime or up to the date for which the contribution has been made by the beneficiary.

c) Applications for renewal of old plastic cards can be made 3 months in advance prior to its expiry. This issues with the approval of Additional Secretary and Director General, CGHS.

End: Specimen Form AA and Form BB.

sd/-
(V.P.Singh)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Source: http://msotransparent.nic.in/cghsnew/index.asp

Government Committed to Provide Required Fund to Implement OROP: Antony

Government Committed to Provide Required Fund to Implement OROP: Antony
The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony has assured the Services that the Government was fully committed to implement the One Rank, One Pension (OROP) Policy and that required funds will be made available to ensure its implementation. Chairing a meeting of the top brass of the Services and senior officials of MoD, here, last evening, Shri Antony said the Finance Minister had clarified that the figure of Rs 500 crores made available to implement the scheme was only ‘indicative’.

The meeting was convened by Shri Antony to discuss the modalities for implementation of OROP. It was attended among others by the Minister of State for Defence Shri Jitendra Singh, the Defence Secretary Shri RK Mathur, Secretary Ex- Servicemen’s Welfare Smt Sangita Gairola, Secretary Defence Finance Shri Arunava Dutt, the three Service Vice Chiefs and AG from the Services Headquarters.

It was noted that “OROP implies that uniform pension be paid to the Armed Forces personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service irrespective of their date of retirement and any future enhancement in the rates of pension to be automatically passed on to the past pensioners. This implies bridging the gap between the rate of pension of the current pensioners and the past pensioners, and also future enhancements in the rate of pension to be automatically passed on to the past pensioners”.

Shri Antony directed that the Controller General of Defence Accounts should initiate immediate necessary steps in consultation with the three Services, MoD Finance and Department of ESW to give effect to the decision. He also emphasized that family pensioners and disability pensioners would be included. Ex-Servicemen may also be appropriately consulted by the Services, Shri Antony said.

It may be recalled that improvements in the pension for Defence Services have been effected by the Government on three occasions in recent times - in 2006, 2010 and 2013. As a result of these changes, the gap in pension amount between pre-2006 and post-2006 retirees has been bridged substantially. However, keeping in view the long- standing demand, the Government has accepted the principle of OROP for Defence Services. 

Online Filing of Performance Appraisal Report for IAS Officers Introduced

Online Filing of Performance Appraisal Report for IAS Officers Introduced 


The Government has introduced the system of online filing of Performance Appraisal Report (PAR) for IAS officers from the current assessment year i.e. 2013-14. The software developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) for this purpose was launched by Shri V Narayanasamy, Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and Prime Minister’s Office here today. It would be operational for use by the officers posted in State as well as Central Ministries/ Department from the last week of March,2014. 

The online filing of Performance Appraisal Report will bring more probity and transparency in the recording of PAR, avoid loss of PARs during transition; ensure better monitoring and timely completion of PARs and easy and immediate access to the PARs by the authorized users. 

The software has been developed after feedback from all the stakeholders viz., States, Central Ministries/Departments through a series of meetings with Principal Secretaries/Secretaries, GAD/Personnel Departments and Joint Secretary(Admn.) of all Central Ministries/Departments. Some of the important features of the software are as follows: 

The above software would be linked to the Executive Records available on DoPT’s website indicating the name of the officer, the State where attached, present posting, etc. 

(a) Thus, the form would be pre-populated with existing information already available in the Executive Record Sheet and only details like reporting, reviewing and accepting authorities, based on the work flow for each officer would have to be filled up by GAD Department in the State/JS(Admn.) at the centre before sending it to each officer online. 

(b) The software has an inbuilt system of generating auto-alerts which would go to the concerned officers with whom the PAR would be pending for more than the specified time and thus would ensure better monitoring of the writing of PAR. 

(c) Each officer would have to digitally sign the report before forwarding it to appropriate authority. 

(d) It would also have the facility of uploading summary of medical reports, certificate of training, academic courses, appreciation letters, etc. 

(e) The software would have an in-built security mechanism to ensure that nobody can tamper with the data available in it. 

(f) For e-filing, each officer/authority involved in the work flow is required to be issued a Digital Signature Certificate(DSC) which is the digital equivalent of physical or paper certificate for authentication. The DSC being a pre-requisite for online filing of PAR, the majority of officers posted in States as well as in Central Ministries/Departments have already been issued the DSC dongle. 

To familiarize the State GAD/Admn. Division at the centre with the operations and functioning of the software, Training workshops are being organized by the NIC. The following help resources to the States and Central Ministries/Departments are also being provided: 

User Manuals on ‘ePAR’ and DSC Installation 
(a) Troubleshooting Guide; 
(b) On line Interactive Tutorials; and 
(c) Support Portal to provide feedback/queries related to software. 
(d) The ceremony was attended by senior Government officials including Secretary (Personnel), Establishment Officer & Additional Secretary, DG, NIC and other officers of DoPT. 

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