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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Relaxation for travel by air to visit NER - Clarification

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F.No. 3 101 1/4/2007-Estt.(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training



New Delhi, dated 23th April, 2010



  

OFFICE MEMORANDUM



  

Subject: CCS (LTC) Rules, 1988 – Relaxation for travel by air to visit NER.



  

               The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department O.M. of even No. dated 20.4.2010 and to clarify that the validity of this Department O.M. of even NO. dated 2.5.2008 stands extended on the same terms and conditions for a further period of two years beyond 1.5.2010 in relaxation of CCS (LTC) Rules, 1988 to visit North Eastern Region of lndia.



(smt.Raj Bala Singh)
Under Secretary to the Government of lndia



2.19 Crore Persons are With Disabilities

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2.19 Crore Persons are With Disabilities

As per Census 2001, there are 2.19 Crore persons with disabilities, out of which 22.63 lakh are persons with mental disability.

As per Section 2 (i) of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunity, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, “disability” means (i) blindness, (ii) low vision, (iii) leprosy-cured, (iv) hearing impairment, (v) locomotor disability, (vi) mental retardation (vii) mental illness. As per Section 2 (t) of the Act “person with disability” means a person suffering from not less than forty percent of any disability as certified by a medical authority.

National Policy for persons with disabilities envisages measures for early detection and intervention, counseling and medical interventions. Deen Dayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme supports inter alia programmes for early intervention. Assistance is provided to NGOs for projects under the scheme.

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

Restructuring OF Officers’ cadre in Defence Services

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Restructuring OF Officers’ cadre in Defence Services

The Ajay Vikram Singh Committee made recommendations encompassing a wide spectrum of service related issues to address the twin aspects of reducing the high age profile and improving cadre mobility of officers. Based on the recommendations of the Committee, a number of measures have been implemented for the three Services with some variations to meet service specific requirements. These include time based promotion upto the rank of Lt Colonel; introduction of Colonel (Time Scale) rank; upgradation of 750 posts of Lt Colonel to Colonel; upgradation of 1896 posts in the ranks of Colonel, Brigadier, Major General and Lt General and their equivalents in Navy and Air Force.

Government letter has been issued for reducing the minimum qualifying service for substantive promotion to the rank of Colonel and their equivalents in the other two services to 15 years of reckonable commissioned service. The service specific requirements of the Navy are at variance with the other two Services, with respect to the period of service for promotion to Captain. This is in keeping with the operational and functional requirements.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Smt Jaya Prada in Lok Sabha today.

ARJUN - Main Battle Tank

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MBT Arjun

The decision on the further order of the MBT Arjun tanks would be based on the results of recently concluded comparative trials of MBT Arjun and T-90 tanks.

Certain components of MBT Arjun are imported based on the indigenous design of their configurations. The other systems are indigenously designed and produced.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri S Semmalai and Shri GS Basavaraj in Lok Sabha today.

India becomes 7th largest Shareholder in world bank

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India becomes 7th largest Shareholder in world bank World Bank’s Shareholding structure Changed Spring meetings of World Bank and IMF

The Development Committee of the World Bank, in its meeting held on 25th April, 2010 at Washington DC, took historic decisions relating to increasing the financial capacity of the Bank and enhancing the role of developing countries in its governance. These decisions would be of great benefit to India – both as a borrower from and as a shareholder of the Bank. Changes in the World Bank’s Voting Structure

The changes in the shareholding structure of the Bank would make India one of the important shareholders in the Bank. While there is an overall shift of 3% vote share to developing countries bringing their total vote share to 47%, India would now be the 7th largest shareholder in the Bank. In recognition of the global economic changes that are taking place, the voting power of countries like India, China, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico and Turkey has increased while that of some of the major European and other countries that have traditionally dominated international finance like UK, France, Germany, the Nordic and Benelux countries, Japan, Australia and Canada, has gone down. As a result of this change, India would go ahead of Russia, Canada, Australia, Italy and Saudi Arabia in voting power.

These changes reflect the rapid growth of the Indian economy in the past decade and its rising economic weight in global affairs. The Bank has also agreed to review its shareholding five years hence and as India’s economy grows further, this should lead to a further improvement in India’s relative importance.

India’s shareholding in the Bank had been declining since the 1970s and this trend has been reversed for the first time in a generation.

Enhancing the Bank’s Capital

The Development Committee also agreed to raise the capital base of the Bank through a General Capital Increase. This increase is taking place after a gap of over 30 years. There is agreement to raise the authorized capital of the Bank by $ 58 billion with a paid in portion @ 6% amounting to $ 3.5 billion. The Bank is restricted by its Articles to restrict its total outstanding loan commitments to its total authorized capital. As a result of the increase in demand for Bank assistance as a result of the crisis, it was likely that the Bank would have reached its Statutory Lending Limit in a few years. This would have constrained the Bank’s lending capacity and there would have been a decline in Bank assistance to countries.

The increase in its capital base, along with the capital that would flow in as a result of the realignment in shareholding, would allow the Bank to lend an additional $ 86 billion. As one of the largest borrowers of the Bank, India also would be able to secure additional assistance from the Bank. The enhanced lending capacity would enable India to receive additional assistance to the extent of $ 7 – 10 bn in the coming years.

India’s remarks on the decisions

The Indian Delegation to the 2010 Spring meetings of the World Bank and IMF was led by the Finance Secretary, Shri Ashok Chawla. In his remarks at the DC meeting, the Finance Secretary said that these changes “are transformative in nature and will reposition the World Bank Group in the international financial architecture. Taken collectively, they will strengthen the role the World Bank Group in being an effective multilateral instrument for eradicating poverty, achieving the MDGs, supporting international efforts to manage global public goods, and most importantly, keeping it relevant in a dynamic world.”

“We are taking momentous decisions today, decisions that will set the direction of this unique institution for many decades to come. Our decisions will ensure that the World Bank Group continues to play a lead role in eradicating poverty and fostering development globally, that its storehouse of knowledge and resources is put to best use. By giving the World Bank Group a new sense of purpose and direction with enhanced governance and strength, we will ensure that the vision of its founding fathers is fulfilled”, said the Finance Secretary.

Promotion Prospects for PBOR

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Government has not restricted promotion opportunities for the Personnel Below Officers Rank (PBOR) in the Armed Forces. The Government has, in fact, improved the career prospects by approving grant of three Assured Career Progression (ACP) to PBOR at 8, 16 and 24 years of service as against three Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPs) for the Central Government Civilian Employees at 10, 20 and 30 years of regular service. At the time of each financial upgradation under ACP, the PBOR would get an additional increment and next higher Grade Pay in hierarchy.

 

            Army:  PBORs (including Jawans) are eligible for grant of commissioning into Officer Cadres through various In Service entries i.e. Army Cadet College (ACC) / Special Commissioned Officers (SCO) / Permanent Commission Officers (Special List) [PC(SL)].

            Navy:  Adequate promotion avenues exist through time based, roster based and selective promotion for sailors. Promotion upto the rank of Leading Seaman/equivalent for non-Artificers and upto the rank of Artificer 3rd class for artificers are time based. Roster based and selective promotions are for higher ranks against the available / anticipated vacancies. Promotion avenues also exist for sailors to be promoted to officer rank through the Commission Worthy Scheme and the Special Duty List Scheme.

            Air Force:  A PBOR during his service career can be promoted upto the rank of Master warrant Officer (MWO) subject to fulfilling eligibility criteria and availability of vacancies.   

            Number of PBORs including Jawans promoted to Senior Officers post in the three services of the Armed Forces during the last three years is as under:

Year

Army*

Air Force

Navy

Commission Worthy Scheme

Special Duty List Scheme

2007

159

94

54

82

2008

139

64

2009

205

59

            * Excluding Army Medical Corps and Army Dental Corps

 

            Government proposes to review the promotion policy for PBOR to ensure greater opportunities for PBORs. In the Army, review of the promotion policy for PBOR is under process to ensure better opportunities. A cadre review for the PBOR has been ordered in May 2009. The Navy is also working on a proposal for cadre restructuring of sailors, which would enhance their promotional avenues.

 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri Arjun Ray in Lok Sabha today.



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