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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act against the public servants including senior officers

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2439 CBI Cases Against Public Servants Under PC Act

The CBI has registered 2439 cases under the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act against the public servants including senior officers during the last three years i.e. 2007, 2008, 2009 and the current year (upto March, 2010). The year wise number of cases registered are as follows:

Year

No. of cases registered

2007

688

2008

744

2009

795

20010(Upto 31.3.2010)

212



Whether a person is guilty or otherwise can only be decided by Court after trial. However, in CBI cases under PC Act, the following number of cases have ended in conviction during last three years and the current year:

Year

No. of cases ended in conviction

2007

238

2008

216

2009

230

20010(Upto 31.3.2010)

48



Government is fully committed to implement its policy of “Zero Tolerance against Corruption” and is moving progressively to eradicate corruption from all spheres of life by improving transparency and accountability. Several steps have been taken to combat corruption and to improve the functioning of Government. These include:

(i) Issue of Whistle Blowers Resolution, 2004 (ii) Enactment of Right to Information Act, 2005

(iii) The pro-active involvement of Ministry/Department through Annual Action Plan on Vigilance as a preventive measure

(iv) Issue of comprehensive instructions on transparency in tendering and contracting process by the CVC

(v) Issue of instructions advising the State Governments to adopt Integrity Pact in major procurements

(vi) Introduction of e-Governance and simplification of procedures and systems

(vii) Issue of Citizen Charters.

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Shri Prithviraj Chavan in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.

Investigation enquiry against officers of the level of Joint Secretary and above are pending as on 15.4.2010

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Permission To CBI For Investigating Senior Officers

Seven requests of CBI under Section 6-A of Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946 (DSPE Act) for undertaking investigation enquiry against officers of the level of Joint Secretary and above are pending as on 15.4.2010 with the following Ministries/Departments of the Government of India.

Name of the Ministry/Department

Number of Requests pending

Ministry of Human Resources and Development

1

Department of Atomic Energy

1

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

1

Ministry of Railways

1

Ministry of Finance(Department of Financial Services

1

Ministry of Coal

1

Total

7



The individual administrataive ministry is required to dispose of such requests in accordance with the provisions of the DSPE Act.

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Shri Prithviraj Chavan in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.

Section 26(a) of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Right and full Participation) Act, 1995

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Compulsory Education to Handicapped Children

According to Section 26(a) of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Right and full Participation) Act, 1995, every child with a disability has access to free education in an appropriate environment till he attains the age of eighteen years.

A Centrally Sponsored Scheme called “Inclusive Education for the Disabled at the Secondary Stage (IEDSS)” was launched in April, 2009. The objective of the scheme is to enable all students with disabilities, who complete eight years of elementary education, to pursue secondary education (classes IX to XII) in an inclusive and enabling environment. The budget provision for the scheme for 2010-2011 is Rs.70.00 crore.

Under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) which is a flagship programme to universalize elementary education, the policy of zero rejection of children with special needs is followed. These children are educated in the most appropriate environment suitable to their learning needs.

The proviso to Section 3(2) of the Right to Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 states that a child suffering from disability, shall have the right to free elementary education in accordance with the provision of the said Act.

The emphasis under SSA and IEDSS is to mainstream the children with special needs in regular schools having an inclusive environment.

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

National Task Force for growth of women scientists in their professional career

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Concessions to Women Scientists

The Government had constituted a National Task Force for Women in Science. The report of this Task Force was released on 27th January, 2010. The recommendations of the Task Force are under consideration by the Department. The Department of Science and Technology has also constituted a Standing Committee to review the recommendations of the National Task Force and suggest special measures to ensure growth of women scientists in their professional career.

Based on the recommendations of the National Task Force for Women in Science, all Aided Institutions of the Department of Science and Technology have been asked to give proposals to establish a state-of-art crèche facility and to build women residential block in institutions having more than 20 women scientists.

This was stated by Shri Prithviraj Chavan, the Minister of State (I/C) for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences in the Lok Sabha today.

Two Vacancies of Administrative Members in the Central Administrative Tribunal, one each at the Ahmedabad and Patna Bench

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D.O. N0.A-11013/9/2010-AT
 
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL 8 TRAINING
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES
AND PENSIONS
NORTH BLOCK. NEW DELHI-110001
Website : hnpliwww.persmin.nic.in
 
20th April, 2010
 
Applications are invited from suitable eligible officers for two vacancies of Administrative Members in the Central Administrative Tribunal, one each at the Ahmedabad and Patna Bench.   
2. The Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985 got amended by the Administrative Tribunals (Amendment) Act, 2006. As per sub-sections (2) and (3) of Section 8 of the Act:
 
"(2) A Member shall hold office as such for a term of five years from the date on which he enters upon his office extendable by one more term of five years:
 
Provided that no Member shall hold office as such after he has attained the age of sixty-five years.
 
(3) The conditions of service of Chairman and Members shall be the same as applicable to Judges of the High Court."
 
3. The eligibility conditions as per Sub-section 2(a) of Section 6 of the Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985 as amended by the Administrative Tribunals (Amendment) Act, 2006 (No. 1 of 2007) provides that-   
"(2) A person shall not be qualified for appointment,-
 
(a) as an Administrative Member, unless he has held for at least two years the post of Secretary to the Government of India or any other post under the Central or State Government and carrying, the scale of pay which is not less than that of a Secretary to the Government of India for at least two years or held a post of Additional Secretary to the Government of India for at least five years or any other post under the Central or State Government carrying the scale of pay which is not less than that of Additional Secretary to the Government of India at least for a period of five years;"
 
Provided that the officers belonging to All-lndia services who were or are on Central Deputation to a lower post shall be deemed to have held the post of Secretary or Additional Secretary, as the case may be, from the date such officers were granted proforma promotion or actual promotion whichever is earlier to the level of Secretary or Additional Secretary, as the case may be, and the period spent on Central deputation after such date shall count for qualifying service for the purposes of this clause;"
 
4. For the Administrative Members already working in CAT/SATs who want to apply afresh, Section 10A of the Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985 as inserted by the Administrative Tribunals (Amendment) Act, 2006 provides that-
 
"10A. The Chairman and Member of a Tribunal appointed before the commencement of the Administrative Tribunals (Amendment) Act, 2006 shall continue to be governed by the provisions of the Act, and the rules made there-under as if the Administrative Tribunals (amendment) Act, 2006 had not come into force:
 
Provided that, however, such Chairman and the Members appointed before the coming into force of Administrative Tribunals (Amendment) Act, 2006, may on completion of their term or attainment of the age of 65 or 62 years, as the case may be, whichever is earlier may, if eligible in terms of Section 8 as amended by the Administrative Tribunals (Amendment) Act, 2006 be considered for a fresh appointment in accordance with the selection procedure laid down for such appointments subject to the condition that the total term in office of the Chairman shall not exceed five years and that of the Members, ten years."
 
Current Members, who are finishing their term between 1st July and 31s' December, 2010, would be eligible to apply if fulfilling the other conditions.
 
The candidature of eligible Members of the CAT/SATs willing to be considered for a fresh appointment may accordingly be recommended by the Chairman, CAT/ SATs.
 
5. It is requested that this circular be given vide publicity and names of such eligible officers who are willing to be considered for the post of Administrative Member in the Central Administrative Tribunal may be forwarded' along with their applications in the prescribed proforma (attached). While forwarding the applications, the following points may be kept in mind:-
 
(i) Quasi judicial experience with knowledge and experience in dealing with service matters and laws would be essential.
 
(ii) It should be clearly stated that the officer(s) islare clear from vigilance angle. In case any penalty had been imposed in the past against any officer under the relevant Service Rules, the details of the same may also be furnished.
 
(iii) Original CR dossiers, failing which certified copies of Confidential Reports for the last ten years in respect of recommended officers, may also be sent positively along with the applications.
 
(iv) Interested officers may also send advance copies of their applications. However, advance copies of the applications would be considered only if the actual applications are later received with all the above necessary requirements from the cadre controlling authorities.
 
(v) The applications should reach the Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training, North Block, New Delhi - 110001 on or before 07.06.2010. It will not be possible to consider avplications received after the due date.
 
6. The Central Administrative Tribunal has seventeen regular Benches across the country. The appointment in the Central Administrative Tribunal shall carry an All India transfer liability. The selected persons are liable to be posted to any place having a Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal depending on the availability of the vacancies / exigencies of work.
 
7. It has also been our experience in the past that sometimes persons selected for appointment seek extension of time on one pretext or the other and quite often decline to join later. It is made clear that persons selected would have to join within three weeks from the date of issue of appointment order failing which the appointment would be cancelled.
 
With regards,
Yours sincerely,
(Shandu Consul)

Trade and Industry on public private partnership (PPP) policy Initiatives

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Railways hold Landmark Consultantation Workshop with trade and Industry on public private partnership (PPP) policy Initiatives

The workshop comes as a sequel to whom it may Concern: Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Historical Inititative of pre budget Interaction with Trade and Industry

In yet another landmark initiative undertaken by Ministry of Railways to attract private participation in various railway projects, an Interactive Workshop was held here today by the Railways with the representatives of Chambers of Commerce & Industry to obtain their feed back on a number of policy initiatives involving private participation which have recently been formulated. The formulation of the policies by Ministry of Railways comes up following the historical and unprecedented pre-budget interaction with trade and industry representatives held by Minister of Railways Mamata Banerjee on 6th Feb. this year. The historical February interaction saw Railway Minister and the entire Railway Board in a direct two-way dialogue with the captains of the trade and industry. Today’s workshop has been organized against the backdrop of Railway Minister’s ardent desire to involve all the stake-holders in an honest dialogue as an integral part of the formulation of major policy initiatives of Indian Railways.

In his address, Shri S.S.Khurana, Chairman, Railway Board recalled that the theme of the pre budget interaction of the Railway Minister was to underscore the fact that a range of exciting opportunities for public private partnership in the Railways exists and to tap these opportunities, focused attention was needed in two areas, namely structuring of projects and schemes to make them attractive and procedural simplification. Shri Khurana thanked the industry participants for their enthusiastic response and also highlighted the importance that the Ministry attaches to consultation process involving users and stake holders in formulating Private Participation initiatives so as to make them attractive and acceptable.

The workshop was attended by around 150 Industry delegates representing CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM, Cement Manufacturers Association (CMA), Fertilizers Association of India, Society of India Automobile Manufacturers, Association of Container Operators, Federation of Indian Mineral Industry and National Highway Builders Federation. The top echelons of the Ministry of Railways including the Chairman, the Members of Railway Board and Dr.Amit Mitra, Chairman, of the Expert Committee participated in the workshop and responded to the comments and suggestions of the participants.

Several policy initiatives were announced in the Minister’s Budget speech following her pre-budget interaction in February 2010. Several of these initiatives have now crystalised into draft policies. Four such policies, viz., a New policy for port connectivity and other connectivity works (named New R3i policy-Railways’ Infrastructure for Industry Initiative), private freight terminal policy, special freight train operation scheme and policy on auto and ancillary hubs were recently uploaded on the Ministry’s website for consultation and the delegates had been invited in this workshop to provide their feedback on these policies so that their suggestions could be considered before their notification.

Salient features of these policies were presented and a number of useful suggestions to make the policies attractive and viable were received in the course of the interaction. This would help in giving finishing touch to the polices so that the final notified polices would be able to achieve their intended purpose of kindling adequate investor interest and speeding up the process of augmentation of terminal/line capacity and rolling stock.

A number of useful suggestions from the industry delegates were also received in respect of the polices/projects currently under consideration in the Ministry namely, construction of segments of DFC, newline/doubling and gauge conversion projects, connectivity projects to link coal and iron ore mines, setting up of bottling plants for clean drinking water, construction of multi-level parking complexes at stations and laying of Optic Fibre Cables.

All-India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Agricultural and Rural Labourers

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All-India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Agricultural and Rural Labourers on Base 1986-87=100 – March, 2010

The All-India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Agricultural Labourers and Rural Labourers (Base: 1986-87=100) for March, 2010 decreased by 2 points each to stand at 536 (Five hundred and thirty six) points for both the series.

The rise/fall in index varied from State to State. In case of Agricultural Labourers, it recorded a decrease between 1 to 8 points in 14 States, remained constant in 2 States and an increase between 1 to 4 points in 4 States. Haryana with 608 points topped the index table whereas Himachal Pradesh with the index level of 457 points stood at the bottom.

In case of Rural Labourers, it recorded a decrease between 1 to 7 points in 13 States, remained constant in 4 States and an increase between 1 to 3 points in 3 States. Haryana with 603 points topped the index table whereas Manipur with the index level of 459 points stood at the bottom.

The Consumer Price Index Numbers of Jammu & Kashmir State for Agricultural Labourers and Rural Labourers registered the maximum decrease of 8 and 7 points respectively mainly due to decrease in the prices of rice, wheat atta, maize, pulses, onion, vegetables & fruits, sugar and knitted garments. On the other hand, the Consumer Price Index Numbers of Tripura State recorded the highest increase of 4 and 3 points respectively for Agricultural Labourers and Rural Labourers, mainly due to increase in the prices of poultry, fish fresh, vegetables & fruits, tea readymade and pan leaf.

Point to point rate of inflation based on the CPI-AL and CPI-RL decreased from 16.45% in February, 2010 for both the series to 15.77% and 15.52% respectively in March, 2010. The respective rates of inflation during March, 2009 were 9.46% and 9.69%.

All-India Consumer Price Index Number (General & Group-wise)

 

Group

Agricultural Labourers

Rural Labourers

 

February 2010

March 2010

February 2010

March 2010

General Index

538

536

538

536

Food

550

545

551

545

Pan, Supari,  etc.

642

652

644

654

Fuel & Light

534

538

533

537

Clothing, Bedding  & Footwear

454

457

478

480

Miscellaneous

493

496

490

493

Mobile Banking Facility

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Mobile Banking Facility

32 banks have been given approval to provide mobile banking facility in the country by the Reserve Bank of India. 21 banks have started providing these services. Mobile banking is a secure application, which takes care of end-to-end encryption of data in transit to offer banking information and transactions. Customer is forced to change the activation code and mPIN sent to him at the time of registration. He is also driven to decide a password to log-in to the application. Customer also has a choice to change the mPIN, log-in password at any point of time.

Banks are now permitted to offer this service to their customers subject to a daily cap of Rs.50,000/- per customer for both funds transfer and transactions involving purchase of goods/ services. Transactions up to Rs.1,000/- can be facilitated by banks without end-to-end encryption. The risk aspects involved in such transactions are addressed by the banks through adequate security measures.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Finance, Shri Namo Narain Meena in written reply to a question raised in Rajya Sabha today.



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