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Applications of Government Servants suffering from disability for employment elsewhere

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Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training 


North Block, New Delhi,
Dated the 30th March, 2010


Subject: Forwarding of applications of Government Servants suffering from disability for employment elsewhere.


           The undersigned is directed to say that instructions provide that applications of Central Government servants belonging to the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes for employment elsewhere should be readily forwarded except in very rare cases. Representations have been received requesting that similar facility should be provided to the employees suffering from disability.

2.       The matter has been considered and it has been decided that applications for employment elsewhere of Central Government Servants suffering from disability in terms of the provisions of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 shall be readily forwarded except in very rare and exceptional cases where there may be compelling grounds of public interest for withholding such applications.

3.      These instructions may be brought to the notice of all concerned

(K.G. Verma)

No travel on Government account by air will take place first class

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Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, dated, the 22nd March, 2010.


Subject : Expenditure Management – Economy Measures and Rationalisation of Expenditure.

Reference is invited to OM No.7(1)E.Coord/2009 dated 7th September, 2009 through which, inter alia, the following instructions had been issued regarding domestic and foreign travel:-

(i). No travel on Government account by air will take place first class; and

(ii) All domestic travel on Government account by air will take place only by economy class, irrespective of the entitlement.

2. The matter has been reviewed and it has been decided that w.e.f. 1st April, 2010, travel on Government account by air, both domestic and international, may take place by the entitled class. However, the austerity measures will remain in place for travel by air (where admissible) on LTC, which would continue to be restricted to economy class irrespective of the entitlement.

(Madhulika P.Sukul)
Joint Secretary (Pers.)

PCI to meet health ministry seeking amendment in Pharmacy Act, 1948

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  PCI to meet health ministry seeking amendment in Pharmacy Act, 1948.

In an effort to pursue its demands on amending the Pharmacy Act, 1948, by taking the latest changes in the sector into consideration, the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) is envisaging a meeting with the Union Health Ministry, probably in the second week of April.

The council, which has been proposing an amendment to the age old Act for the last two to three years, will put forward a set of ideas afresh to the Union health minister. The proposal is to have a better look at the issues in criteria for registration with the PCI, pharmacy practice regulations and education, said Dr B Suresh, president, PCI.

“The proposals are prepared in such a way that there will be no need to revise the Act for the next two decades. If approved by the legislative, this will take care of whatever situation arise in near future,” informed Suresh. “We had meetings with the health minister in the last ministry. However, with the concerned ministry is run under a new minister, we would like to explain our proposals to him,” he added.

At present, the reorganisation of various states in the country has resulted in formation of separate tribunals to issue registration for pharmacy students passed out from the institutions in the respective provinces. Thus, there is confusion among the pharmacy professionals, institutions and students in these states since there would be two governing body – the PCI and the state tribunal – to decide on their particular issues. The new amendment is proposed to take care of such issues, by entitling the full authority on the sector to the council.

With this proposal, the Act can look after any issues coming up in case of reorganisation of states for the next 10 years, said Suresh. However, he added that the earlier claim to do away with the dual system of regulation over the pharmacy education will not be a major issue at present, as the central government is contemplating on a National Council for Human Resources in Health (NCHRH) as a regulatory body for health sector replacing the multiple regulatory bodies in medical and paramedical segments.

The PCI is planning to organise its central council meeting, in New Delhi, in the second week of April to take an account on the current issues in pharmacy sector. It will also discuss the future plans to push the proposals for Act amendment with the ministry, it is learnt.

source: Pharmabiz

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