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Monday, May 31, 2010

AICPIN for Industrial Workers on Base 2001=100 for the Month of April, 2010

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All India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers on Base 2001=100 for the Month of April, 2010

All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of April, 2010 remained stationary at 170 (one hundred and seventy).

During April, 2010, the index recorded an increase of 4 points in Bangalore centre, 3 points each in Tripura, Rourkela, Asansol, Labac Silchar, Howrah, Durgapur and Mariani Jorhat centres, 2 points in 18 centres and 1 point in 18 centres. The index decreased by 2 points in Coimbatore, Ludhiana and Puducherry centres and 1 point in 12 centres, while in the remaining 19 centres the index remained stationary.

The maximum increase of 4 points in Banglore centre is mainly on account of increase in the prices of Goat Meat, Dairy Milk, Milk (Cow), Vegetable items, Snack Saltish, Cigarette, Saree (Synthetic), etc. The increase of 3 points each in Tripura, Rourkela, Asansol, Labac Silchar, Howrah, Durgapur and Mariani Jorhat centres is due to increase in the prices of Rice, Poultry, Goat Meat, Fish Fresh, Vegetable items, Cigarette, Firewood, etc. However, the decrease of 2 points each in Coimbatore, Ludhiana and Puducherry centres is due to decrease in the prices of Rice, Wheat, Wheat Atta, Onion, Sugar, etc.

The indices in respect of the six major centres are as follows :

1. Ahmedabad 164
2. Bangaluru 179
3. Chennai 156
4. Delhi 158
5. Kolkata 168
6. Mumbai 167

The point to point rate of inflation for the month of April, 2010 is 13.33% as compared to 14.86% in March, 2010.



Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Abbreviations are frequently used in Government Offices as follows...

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The Abbreviations are frequently used in Government Offices as follows...


A.B. Autonomous Bodies.
A.C.P. Assured Career Progression Scheme.
A.D.R.P. Annual Direct Recruitment Plan .
A.G. Accountant General.
C.P.I.N. Consumer Price Index Number.
A.M.A. Authorised Medical Attendant.
C.A.M. Civil Accounts Manual.
C.G.H.S. Central Government Health Scheme.
C.S.M.A. Central Services Medical Attendance.
C.B.D.T. Central Board of Direct Taxes.
C.B.E.C. Central Board of Excise & Customs.
C.C.S. Central Civil Services.
C.C.A. Classification, Control & Appeal
C.G.A.(R&P) Rules Central Government Account (Receipts & Payments) Rules 1983.
C.G.E.G.I.S. Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme.
C.S. Rs.. Civil Service Regulations
C.T. Rs. Central Treasury Rules.
C.A.T. Central Administrative Tribunal.
C.P.C. Central Pay Commission.
C.P.F. Contributory Provident Fund.
C.R. Confidential Report.
D.C.R.G. Death-cum-Retirement Gratuity.
D.D.O. Drawing and Disbursing Officer.
D.P.C. Departmental Promotion Committee.
E.B. Efficiency Bar.
E.C.H.S. Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme
E.E.E. Exempt – Exempt - Exempt
E.E.T. Exempt – Exempt -Taxed
E.O.L. Extraordinary Leave
F.Rs. Fundamental Rules.
G.F. Rs. General Financial Rules.
G.O. Gazetted Officer.
G.I.D. Government of India Decision.
G.P.F. General Provident Fund.
G.I. Government of India.
H.B.A. House Building Advance.
I.T. Income Tax.
L.P.C. Last Pay Certificate.
L.T.C. Leave Travel Concession.
N.P.A. Non Practising Allowance.
M.C.M. Master Craftsman.
M.A.C.P. Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme.
O.M. Office Memorandum.
O.T.A. Over Time Allowance.
P.A.O.. Pay and Accounts Office/Officer
P.P.O. Pension Payment Order.
P.S.U Public Sector Undertakings.
R.B.I. Reserve Bank of India.
S.B.I. State Bank of India.
S.Rs. Supplementary Rules.
T.A. Travelling Allowance.


Source: CGStaffNews

Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules 2008 - Revised Pay scales of Pay – Clarification

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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD
RBE No. 75/2010
New Delhi, dated 17-05-2010
S.No. PC-VI/208
No.PC-V/2007/PNM/DC-JCM/1


The General Manager/CAR(O)
All Indian Railways & Pus
(As per mailing list)

Sub:    Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules 2008-Schedule for Revised Pay scales of Pay – Clarification reg.

Ref:    Board’s letter No. PC-VI/2008/I/RSRP/1 dated 22.9.2008 (RBE No.124/2008)


        The pay structure of the posts of Section Officers(Accounts)/TIA/ISA in the pre-revised scale of pay of Rs.6500-10500 was notified in the schedule circulated vide Borad’s letter referred above.

2.    Earlier, the recruitment rules for these posts incorporated in Indian Railway Establishment Manual, VoI-I, 1989 Edition were amended vide Advance Correction Slip No.194 issued vide Board’s letter No. PC-V/98/1/11/23(Pt.) (RBE No. 54/2007) dated 05.04.2007 to provide for promotion of Accounts Assistants not qualified in Appendix-3 Examination on senirity-cum-suitability basis to the extent of 5% of these posts designated as Senior Accounts Assistants. It has now been decided by the Board to clarify that these posts of Sr. Accounts Assistants, being the posts of the cadre of section Officer(A/cs) TIA/ISA, would carry the same pay structure as available to the Section Officers (Accounts)/TIAs/ISAs and notified vide Board’s circular dated 22-9-2008 referred above. Further, like SO(A/cs.), Sr. Accounts Assistants will retain the existing classification as Group’C’.

3.    This will take effect from 05.4.2007.

4.    This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

5.    Pursuant to item Nos. 22 & 23/2007 raised in the DC-JCM Meeting by the Federations this instruction clarifying the position is being issued.

6.    Hindi version is enclosed.


(N.P. Singh)
Deputy Director, Pay Commission
Railway Board


Gratuity Act raises unions’ hackles

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Gratuity Act raises unions’ hackles

The Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Act, 2010, which was passed by Parliament in its last session, has raised the hackles of various trade unions.

The Act has raised the maximum limit of gratuity payable to an employee from Rs 3.5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh. Then why are the trade unions angry? It is the date of implementation of the Act, which has annoyed workers engaged in the private sector, public sector undertakings and the banking sectors, among others.

The upper limit of the gratuity for government employees was raised to Rs 10 lakh with effect from January 1, 2006, when the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission came into effect.

Immediately after that various trade unions demanded that a similar provision should be made for the employees of the private sector and public sector undertakings.

Conceding the demand, the government introduced the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill in Parliament. While passing the Bill, Parliament said the Act would come into force on such date “as the Central Government may, by notification in the official gazette appoint.”

The Act received the assent of the President on May 17 last and the Union Ministry of Labour and Employment notified it on May 24, stating that the Act would become effective from that day.

The trade unions say the notification is discriminatory. While for the government employees the maximum limit of gratuity has been revised with effect from January 1, 2006, for those of the private sector and the public sector undertakings it would be from May 24. Thus, the employees of these sectors, who retired between January 1, 2006 and May 24, 2010, would be sufferers.

SR Khatri, general secretary of the State Bank of India Employees Organisation, said the government had yielded to the pressure of various organisations of private employers, who did not want to pay enhanced gratuity to their employees retiring before May 24. He said the trade unions would agitate against this discrimination.

TN Goel, president of the State Bank of Indian Officers Federation, said it was highly unfair to the employees of the public sector banks, whose pay was revised with effect from November 2007. The notification should have taken care of this fact.

State secretary of the Haryana CITU Surender Malik said the enhanced gratuity should be payable to all with effect from January 1, 2006. He also demanded that various retirement benefits should not be subject to income tax.

Source: Tribuneindia


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Fixed Medical Allowance for Pensioners - Staff Side demanded Rs.600 per month - Official Side granted only Rs.300 per month

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Fixed Medical Allowance-DOP&T Order

DOP&T issued an OFFICE MEMORANDUM dated 26th May 2010, Granting Rs.300/- as Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to the Central Government Pensioners residing in areas not covered under CGHS.

This issue has been raised in the National Council Meeting and the staff side demanded that Fixed Medical Allowance should to be enhanced up to Rs.600/-.Sources told that the Chairman, National Council on his response to this issue informed the Staff Side that the Ministry of Finance considered to grant Rs.300/-. But the Staff side National Council not agreed with this proposal.

Two weeks after the meeting, now the order has been issued, in which it has been stated that “the demand for enhancement of FMA has been under consideration of the Government for some time past. Sanction of the President is hereby conveyed for enhancement of the amount of FMA from Rs.100/- to Rs.300/- per month. The other conditions for grant of FMA shall continue to be in force.”

These orders will take effect from 01.09.2008.

Source: GServants

Regulator pitches for tax relief on New Pension Scheme to make it attractive

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The interim pension regulator has sought tax relief on investments in the New Pension Scheme (NPS) to make it more attractive to employees of private sector firms.

The interim pension regulator has sought tax relief on investments in the New Pension Scheme (NPS) to make it more attractive to employees of private sector firms.

The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has written to the finance ministry seeking level playing field for NPS with other long-term savings schemes that will get tax benefits under the proposed Direct Taxes Code. “All we want is equal treatment,” a PFRDA official said.

NPS is currently under the Exempt-Exempt-Tax system, which means investment will be taxed when it is withdrawn. Provident fund and many of the small savings schemes are under the Exempt-Exempt-Exempt (EEE) regime, and are not taxed at any point.

“If the finance ministry plans to continue with the EEE regime for long-term saving schemes, we want the NPS also to get the same treatment,” the official said, requesting anonymity. “Several multinational companies are talking to us. We need more clarity on the tax treatment,” he said.

The pension regulator has, in its letter to the central board of direct taxes (CBDT), said tax benefits will make the scheme more attractive and will help increase its share.

While a few public sector units such as Nalco and Damodar Valley Corporation have already transferred a portion of their superannuation funds to the NPS, many private sector companies and public sector banks are also exploring the option as it would rid them of the headache of administering and managing the funds.

“This would be a good step. It would allow private companies to move their superannuation funds to the NPS,” said Amit Gopal, vice-president of pension consultant India Life Capital.

The PFRDA has further requested for an additional window under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act for contributions by subscribers’ employers.

Investments in specified schemes up to Rs 1 lakh are exempt under Section 80 C of the Income Tax Act. The budget for this year has given an additional exemption of Rs 20,000 for investments in infrastructure schemes.

Under Indian laws, companies with over 100 employees have to contribute 12% of an employee’s salary to the provident fund with an equal contribution from the employer.

The NPS, a defined contribution superannuation scheme for government employees, was thrown open to the private sector in May last year. The scheme offers subscribers the flexibility to decide their investment portfolio as well as choose between fund managers.

With weighted returns of over 12% annually, NPS is expected to be the ideal long-term saving instrument for workers in the unorganised sector. Its low fund management fees of 0.009% make it attractive.

The scheme, however, has managed only 6,500 private subscribers, partly because it does not enjoy some tax benefits given to private provident fund and private super annuation funds.

Source: The Economic Times

Friday, May 28, 2010

Eligibility conditions for promotion from Group’C’ to Group ‘B’ posts

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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
*****


RBE No. 46 / 2010

No.E(GP)99/2/22

New Delhi, Dated 29-03-2010


The General Managers,
All Indian Railways and Production Units.


Sub.:    Eligibility conditions for promotion from Group’C’ to Group ‘B’ posts in the major departments having ‘Organised Services’ (except Accounts Department).

Ref.:    Railway Board’s letters No. E(GP)99/2/22 dated 22.7.2004, 26.12.2008 and 29.04.2009.

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    In terms of instructions contained in Board’s letter of even number dated 22.7.2004, Group’C’ employees with 03/05 year of non-fortuitous service in the grade the minimum of which is Rs.5000/- and in higher Group’C’ grades (Vth CPC) are eligible for being considered for appearing in the 70% Selection / 30% LDCE for promotion to Group’B’ in the major departments having ‘Organised Services”. Consequent upon implementation of the pay scales recommended by the VI Pay Commission, instructions contained in Board’s letter of even number dated 18.11.2004 regarding eligibility conditions for promotion to 70% quota of Group’B’ posts of Assistant Personnel Officers have since been modified vide Board’s letter of even number dated 26.12.2008.

2.    Now, consequent upon implementation of the pay scales recommended by the VI Pay Commission, the matter regarding eligibility conditions for appearing in the Selection/LDCE for promotion to Group ‘B’ posts in the major departments having ‘Organised Services’ (except Accounts Department), has been considered by the Board and it has been decided that :

i)    For Group ‘B’ selections (70% quota),Group’C’ employees working in pay Band PB-2 (Rs.9300-34,800) with Grade Pay of Rs.4200 and above with 3 years of non-fortuitous service in the grade (including non-fortuitous service rendered in the corresponding pre-revised grades) will be eligible.

ii)    For Group’B’ selections (30% LDCE quota), Group’C’ employees working in pay Band PB-2 (Rs.9300-34,800) with Grade Pay of Rs.4200 and above with 5 years of non-fortitous service in the grade (including non-fortuitous service rendered in the corresponding pre-revised grades) will be eligible.

iii)    In the integrated seniority of Group’C’ employees eligible for Group’B’ selections (70% quota), employees in Pay Band PB-2 (Rs.9300-34,800) with Grade Pay of Rs. 4600 will be placed above those in Pay Band PB-2 (Rs.9,300-34,800) with Grade Pay of Rs. 4200. In either category, the relative seniority of employees coming from different streams will be determined with reference to length of non-fortuitous service in the Scale of PB-2 + 4200, as the case may be.

3.    Selections to Group’B’ which are already in progress may be proceeded with and finalized as per the existing principles. All fresh selections including those which have been initiated but where the written examination has not ben held, should be held in accordance with the instructions contained herein. The LDCE, wherever the same is in force, is a part of the process of filling vacancies in Group ‘B’. Therefore, whatever is followed in the case of 70% Selection, may also be followed in the case of corresponding LDCE.

4.    Please acknowledge receipt. Hindi version will follow.

(B. MAJUMDAR)
DIRECTOR/ESTT.(GP)
RAILWAY BOARD

Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to the Central Government Pensioners residing in areas not covered under CGHS

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N0.4/25/2008- P&PW (D )
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES & PENSIONS
(DEPARTMENT OF PENSION & PENSIONERS/ WELFARE)


3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market,
New Delhi-110 003, Dated the 26 May 2010.


OFFICE MEMORANDUM


Subject: Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to the Central Government Pensioners residing in areas not covered under CGHS.

The undersigned is directed to say that in pursuance of Government's decision on the recommendations of Fifth Central Pay Commission, the Govt. had issued instruction vide this Department's O.M. No.45/57/97-P&PW(C) dated 19.12.97 for grant of Fixed Medical Allowance @ Rs.100/- per month to the Central Government pensioners/family pensioners residing in areas not covered under Central Government Health Scheme administered by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and corresponding health schemes administered by other Ministries/Departments for their retired employees for meeting expenditure on their day-to-day medical expenses that do not require hospitalization. Further clarifications were issued vide this Department's O.M. Nos. 45/57/97-P&PW(C) dated 24.8.98, 30.12.98 and 18.8.99.

2. The demand for enhancement of FMA has been under consideration of the Government for some time past. Sanction of the President is hereby conveyed for enhancement of the amount of FMA from Rs.100/- to Rs.300/- per month. The other conditions for grant of FMA shall continue to be in force.

3. These orders will take effect from 01.09.2008.

4. These orders are issued with the concurrence of the Ministry of Finance (Deptt. of Expenditure) vide their I.D. Note No 347/E.V/2010 dated 14.5.2010 and in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India vide their UO No. 36-Audit (Rules)/28-2-9 dated 26.5.2010.

6. Hindi version will follow.


(Rajsingh)
Director
Office Memorandum

Air India’s two unions de-recognised, offices sealed

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Air India’s two unions de-recognised, offices sealed

Hours after crushing the two-day old strike by Air India employees, the state-owned airline de-recognised two major trade unions and sealed their offices across the country.

The airline gradually restored normalcy since morning though 25 flights were cancelled for the day.

Erstwhile Indian Airlines' union Air Corporation Employees' Union (ACEU) and All India Aircraft Engineers' Association (AIAEA) have been de-recognised by the management of National Aviation Company of India Ltd (NACIL) and their offices have also been sealed, NACIL sources said today. NACIL is the holding company of Air India.

Besides terminating the services of 17 office-bearers of the two Unions last night, the airline suspended 15 engineers. More dismissals and suspensions are likely to follow with highly-placed sources indicating that a total of upto 100 employees would face action.

"The de-recognition order came in last night and their offices have also been sealed," the sources said, as the airline cracked down on the Union leaders.

Dinkar Shetty, a leader of the ACEU, said they were waiting for a formal communication from the management regarding termination and suspension before deciding on the future course of action.

ACEU and AIAEA had gone on a flash-strike on Tuesday to protest a 'gag order' directing the office-bearers of NACIL trade union to refrain from making public statements and harming the image of the company.

The Unions were demanding immediate withdrawal of the 'gag order'. But the Management claimed there was only a general circular which has been upheld by the Mumbai High Court and that there was no such 'gag order.'

The strike led to cancellation of 130 flights affecting 13,000 passengers. Besides, NACIL also incurred losses to the tune of Rs 10 crore due to the strike.

Shortly after the strike was called off, civil aviation minister Praful Patel said the kind of behaviour shown by the striking employees cannot be tolerated repeatedly. "Whoever did it are absolutely irresponsible," he said.

The strike was called off following a Delhi High Court order yesterday. The Government had also turned the heat on the striking employees giving a free hand to Air India management to take stern action against them. About 20,000 employees belonging to ACEU and AIAEA had gone on strike, according to the Unions. The striking employees accounted for roughly 60 per cent of the airline's staff.

Source: Times of India

Prime Minister Presents DRDO Awards - 2009

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Prime Minister Presents DRDO Awards - 2009

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh presented the DRDO awards – 2009 to several scientists, academicians and industrialists engaged in the field of Defence Research and Production in a ceremony held in New Delhi, today. Scientists of DRDO engaged in various missile programmes, LCA, Combat Vehicles, MBT Arjun and submarine projects dominated the Award Ceremony.

The DRDO awards are given to commemorate the National Technology Day, to DRDO Scientists and laboratories in recognition of their outstanding contribution towards developing a strong indigenous technology base. Grouped in eighteen categories, the DRDO awards include technology leadership award, scientist of the year award, AGNI award for excellence in self reliance, life time achievement award, DRDO award for performance excellence, Special award for strategic contribution, award for best innovation / futuristic development, and best popular science communication award. Silicon trophy and titanium trophy are given to laboratories for their outstanding contribution towards development of systems and materials respectively. Besides these awards, the Defence Technology Absorption Award and Academy Excellence Award are given to select industry and academia respectively, in recognition of their valuable contribution in development of DRDO technologies.

The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony, the Defence Secretary Shri Pradeep Kumar, Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister Dr VK Saraswat and several senior Military and Civil officials were also present on the occasion.

Following is the full list of awardees:-

SILICON TROPHY 2009

COMBAT VEHICLES RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ESTABLISHMENT, CHENNAI

The Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), Chennai has made outstanding contributions in the design, development, manufacturing prototypes and performance evaluation of Tracked Combat Vehicles and Specialist Tracked Vehicles. The laboratory has successfully carried out the Transfer of technology for MBT Arjun. The first regiment of MBT Arjun was inducted into the Indian Army after successful completion of Accelerated Usage cum Reliability Trials (AUCRT). Third-party evaluation and the operational deployment trials, have established the role of MBT Arjun in the Indian Army as a potent weapon platform. The combat improved Ajeya, the Armoured Ambulance and the Bridge Layer Tank are other combat vehicles developed by CVRDE that have been inducted into the Army.

TITANIUM TROPHY 2009 – For the Best Science Laboratory

Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL), Hyderabad, a premier S&T laboratory of DRDO has been doing pioneering basic research and applied technology development in the field of structural as well as functional materials. Over the years, the laboratory has developed technologies for specialty steels and non-ferrous alloys, qualified for ship building and aerospace applications. The laboratory has also developed several strategically important materials and process technologies for diverse applications. Process for the manufacture of Titanium sponge on a large scale was perfected by DMRL and transfer of technology established to the industry.

LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2009

DR. SUDARSHAN KUMAR SALWAN

Dr. Sudarshan Kumar Salwan, Former Vice Chancellor, Punjab Technical University, while serving DRDO from 1989 to 2002 in different capacities made invaluable contribution in transforming Integrated Test Range into a world-class Test Range facility; bringing out Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher System PINAKA as a potent weapon system that was inducted into the Armed Forces; formulating policies in strategic areas and giving a new dimension and thrust to the safety processes and procedures, both for the DRDO and the Armed Forces. Dr. Salwan played a vital role in development of warhead systems for missiles like AGNI, PRITHVI & NAG. He has been one of the main architects in development of Critical Weapon Systems and defence technology management for attaining the goal of self-reliance by the country.

TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP AWARD 2009

DR A SIVATHANU PILLAI

Dr A Sivathanu Pillai, Distinguished Scientist, Chief Controller Research & Development, DRDO Hqrs, and CEO & Managing Director, BrahMos has provided outstanding leadership for the design, development, production and marketing of the most advanced BRAHMOS-Supersonic Cruise Missile. After successful trials, BrahMos has been inducted by the Indian Navy and the Indian Army. BrahMos missile is a world leader in the cruise missile technology and has given India a decisive edge to win the war. Advanced versions of Brahmos, including the air launched BrahMos for Indian Air Force, are also being developed under his leadership. As chairman of the Board, he effectively managed the BATL, erstwhile KELTEC and resolved it from financial difficulties and turned around the company.

He also progressed handing over of MBTs to the Indian Army and production of Pinaka-Multi Barrel Rocket System. He has provided solution to USHUS submarine Sonar and acceptance by Navy for third and fourth submarine installations and other naval projects.

DR J NARAYANA DAS

Dr J Narayana Das, Outstanding Scientist & Chief Controller Research & Development, DRDO HQrs has played key leadership roles in transforming the base technology of Fuel Cells at NMRL to viable and comprehensive product technologies leading to realization of integrated

fuel cell-based power plants suitable for diverse defence as well as civilian applications.

DR. SK VASUDEVA

Dr. SK Vasudeva, Dirtector, System Planning & Implementation Centre (SPIC) and Chief Controller Research & Development, DRDO HQrs, Delhi has provided dynamic leadership and made invaluable contribution in building State-of-the-art special armament systems and operationalising advanced Strategic C4 I (Command, Control, Communication, Computers and Intelligence) System thereby strengthening the country’s strategic capabilities.

SHRI P VENUGOPALAN

Shri P Venugopalan, Outstanding Scientist and Director, Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad has made invaluable contributions in the design and development of liquid propulsion systems for Prithvi and Agni Missiles and development and productionisation of BrahMos cruise missile system jointly with Russia. He has provided excellent leadership in completing development of Nag missile and in user acceptance and productionisation of Akash missile system. He has resolved the problem of combustion instability in large thrust Variant liquid rocket engine with an innovative design.

AGNI AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SELF RELIANCE 2009

SH KN RAO & TEAM

Shri KN Rao, Sc ‘G’ and his team from Defence Electronics Applications Laboratory (DEAL), Dehradun has successfully designed, developed and productionised a Limited Series of Command, Telemetry & Payload Data Links along with Tracking System for UAV Nishant. In recognition of their significant contributions, the Agni Award for Excellence in Self-Reliance 2009 was conferred on Shri KN Rao and his team consisting of Sh Krishan Lal, Sc 'F', Sh PK Sharma, Sc 'G', Sh Javed Ansari, Sc 'C', Sh VS Lakhera, Sc 'C', Sh Vijay Kumar, Sc 'C', Sh Piyush Ranjan Jaiswal, Sc 'C', Ms Jaspreet Kaur, Sc 'C', Sh Suresh Kumar Patel, Sc 'C', Sh Sunil Kumar Gupta, Sc 'C', Sh Manish Kumar Gupta, Sc 'B', Sh Ram Singh, TO 'C', Sh SK Chawla, TO, Sh NK Bansal, Sc 'F', Sh Mahakar Singh, Sc 'F', Sh AK Tiwari, Sc 'E', Sh VK Singh, Sc 'E', Sh Nitin Gupta, Sc 'C', Sh DK Gangwar, Sc 'C', Sh RC Kargeti, Sc 'F', Sh Pinaki Sen, Sc 'F', Sh Umesh Bahuguna, Sc 'D', Sh Dharm Vir Singh, Sc 'C', Sh Dinesh Dwivedi, Sc 'C', Sh MP Singh, TO 'C', Sh RN Verma, TO 'C', Sh Deepak Awasthi, Sc 'D', Sh JS Hyanki, Sc 'C', Sh Kaushal Kumar Kanwaria, Sc 'C', Sh Rabi Chowdhury, Sc 'C', Sh Ashwani Anand, Sc 'C', Sh Rameshwar Prasad, TO 'D', Sh DK Dutta, Sc 'F', Sh SK Verma, Sc 'F', Sh VVS Panwar, TO 'C', Sh BP Dandriyal, TO 'C'

Sh SK Arora, TO 'B', Sh Kuldeep Singh Luthra, TO 'B', Sh Prakash Chand, Sc 'G', Sh BN Gangopadhyay, TO 'D', Sh Manghe Ram, TO 'B', Sh Susheel Kumar Verma, Sc 'F' and Sh Davinder Pal Singh, TO 'C'

SHRI KPS MURTHY & TEAM

Shri KPS Murthy, Sc ‘F’, Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune and his team has successfully designed and developed Tandem Warhead System for third generation antitank missile Nag and a new twin-axis gimballed directional warhead capable of neutralizing incoming ballistic missile targets. His team consists of Sh S Rambabu, , Sc 'E', ARDE, Sh S Harikrishnan, Sc 'E', ARDE, Sh SS Mukwane, Sc 'D', ARDE, Sh SR Vadali, TO 'D', HEMRL, Sh SS Samudre, TO 'C', HEMRL, Sh KB Borse, TO 'B', ARDE, Sh PV Naik, TO 'B', ARDE, Sh Y Sreenivas Rao, Sc 'F', RCI, Sh S Ravikrishna, Sc 'E', RCI, Smt A Padmaja, Sc 'C', RCI, Sh PK Pradhan, Sc 'E', DRDL, Smt Bidisha Lahiri, Sc 'C', DRDL, Sh KD Dhote, Sc 'D', ARDE, Sh SL Dhir, Sc 'F', TBRL, Sh Anupam Anand, Sc 'D', TBRL, Sh Rahul Dixit, Sc 'D', RCI, Sh BV Ravi Kumar, Sc 'D', RCI, Sh Umakanth Masuram , Sc 'D', RCI, Sh Harish Kuqshal, Sc 'C', RCI, Sh Saravanan, Sc 'C', RCI and Sh Sai Kumar, Sc 'F', DRDL

SHRI A RAJU & TEAM

Shri A Raju, Sc ‘F’, Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad and his team has successfully designed & developed Reaction Control systems (RCS) for various missile programmes leading to technology transfer and productionisation. The delivered systems are flight tested successfully with a proven track record of reliability & repeatability, thus validating design, manufacturing, calibration, qualification, acceptance and integration methodologies. His team consists of Sh S Karunanidhi, Sc 'F', RCI, Sh M Raghavendra Rao, Sc 'E', DRDL, Sh P Srihari, Sc 'E', DRDL, Sh PL Bora, Sc 'E', DRDL, Sh P Satya Prasad, Sc 'D', DRDL, Sh B Penchal Rao, Sc 'D', DRDL, Sh Ambadas, Sc 'D', DRDL, Sh D Ramesh Babu, Sc 'D', DRDL, Sh RJK Chary, Sc 'D', RCI, Sh SN Jena, Sc 'C', DRDL, Sh L Devsingh, Sc 'C', DRDL, Sh AK Singh, Sc 'C', DRDL, Sh Y Narendra, Sc 'B', DRDL, Sh Deepak Kumar Gupta, Sc 'B', DRDL, Sh C Jaganmaohana Chary, Sc 'B', DRDL, Sh GG Thool, TO 'C', DRDL, Sh M Jayaramulu, TO 'C', DRDL, Sh D Prasad, TO 'C', DRDL, Sh S Nagakiran, TO 'C', DRDL, Sh P Subramanyam, TO 'C', DRDL, M Satyanarayana and TO ‘B’(Retd), DRDL

DR. SS NEGI & TEAM

Dr SS Negi, Sc ‘G’ and his team from Instruments Research & Development Establishment (IRDE), Dehradun has significantly contributed in the field of Electro-Optic instrumentation for passive surveillance in tank warfare and bridge laying applications. His team consists of Sh Avval Singh, Sc 'F', Dr Ajay Kumar, Sc 'F', Sh Neeraj Bhargav, Sc 'E', Sh Sudhir Khare, Sc 'E' and Sh Anand Kumar Gupta, Sc 'D'

SHRI JC KAPOOR & TEAM

Sh JC Kapoor, Sc ‘G’ & Director and his team from Centre for Fire, Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES), Delhi have developed an innovative technology on Water Mist based Fire Protection in Enclosures for wide applications in Naval vessels and other land based Defence systems & facilities that will help the DRDO to acquire self reliance in the next generation fire protection technology and in the area of fire safety and survivability engineering. His team consists of Smt Meenakshi Gupta, Sc 'F', Sh Suresh Lal, Sc 'D', Sh Sharad Dwivedi, Sc 'D', Sh Pranay Matkar, Sc 'C', Sh Amit Pasi, Sc 'C', Smt Shweta , Sc 'B', Sh Saurabh Mittal, STA 'B', Sh Sandeep Kumar Dubey, STA 'B', Sh Deepak Kumar, STA 'A', and Sh Saryu Rathi, TA 'A'.

DRDO AWARD FOR PERFORMANCE EXCELLENCE 2009

DR. UK REVANKAR & TEAM

Dr UK Revankar, Director and his team from Defence Avionics Research, Establishment (DARE), Bangaluru have successfully designed, developed and productionised state-of-the-art Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) System for Su-30 Mk-I aircraft. For the first time in the world a mask free 6 channel RWR system has been realized successfully. His team members consists of Dr K Maheswara Reddy. Sc 'G', Ms R Pitchammal, Sc 'E', Sh B Dakshinamurthy, Sc 'E', Ms DV Renuka, Sc 'E', Sh Sadananda Upadhya K, Sc 'D', Ms S Sarala, Sc 'D', Sh Sreenath Bhat, Sc 'D', Sh Hemant Paranjape, Sc 'D', Ms N Priya Suresh, Sc 'C', Sh M Vengadesh Kumar, Sc 'C', Sh W Ashiq Ashraf, Sc 'C', Ms R Usha, TO 'C', Sh B Venkatesh Joshi, TO 'B', Ms Vidhya Selvakumar, Sc ‘D’, Ms Jayakalpana J, Sc ‘C’, Sh Raju B Doddamani, Sc ‘C’

Sh Rajeev R, Sc ‘C’, Sh Channamadev, Sc ‘B’, Sh Prakash M, TO ‘C’, Ms Suma H, STA ‘C’, Ms Kokila S, STA ‘C’, Sh Poiyamani S, STA ,B’, and Wg Cdr VPS Babu

DR SK CHAUDHURI & TEAM

Dr. SK Chaudhuri, Outstanding Scientist, Research Centre Imarat (RCI),Hyderabad and his team have successfully developed indigenous capability to integrate and deploy vertically launched Prithvi class of missiles from ships thereby providing naval ships with a capability for engaging and striking shore based strategic targets from the sea. His team consists of Sh DS Reddy, Sc ‘G’, RCI, Sh G Satheesh Reddy, Sc ‘G’, RCI, Sh S Gopinath, Sc ‘G’, RCI, Sh M Ugender Reddy, Sc ‘F’, RCI, Sh DLS Rao, Sc ‘F’, RCI, Sh N Siva Ganesh, Sc ‘F’, RCI, Ms N Sujatha, Sc ‘D’, RCI, Sh C Sreekant, Sc ‘C’, RCI, Sh Manjit Kumar, Sc ‘D’, RCI, Sh RS Hastak, Sc ‘G’, RCI, Sh Adalat Ali, Sc ‘G’, RCI, Sh RK Patnaik, Sc ‘G’, RCI, Sh KVP Saradhi, Sc ‘F’, RCI, Sh N Sivasubramaniam, Sc ‘F’, RCI, Sh G Rama Kishore, Sc ‘F’, RCI, Sh S Ravi Krishna, Sc ‘E’, RCI, Sh Mahesh Rajpurohit, Sc ‘E’, RCI, Captain (IN) S Bahadur, RCI, Sh Sandip Sharma, Sc ‘D’, RCI, Sh NV Kadam, Sc ‘G’(Retd), DRDL, Sh N Prabhakar, Sc ‘G’, DRDL, Sh PSR Anjaneyulu, Sc ‘G’, DRDL, Sh KS Varaprasad, Sc ‘F’, DRDL, Smt D Vijaya Lakshmi, Sc ‘E’, DRDL, Sh Indradeo Kumar, Sc ‘C’, DRDL, Sh V Srinivas Rao, Sc ‘C’, DRDL, Sh SC Sati, Sc ‘F’, R&DE(E), Sh PJ Thakkar, Sc ‘G’, ASL, Sh SP Dash, Sc ‘H’, ITR, Sh R Appavu Raj, Sc ‘G’, ITR, Sh A Thyagraj, Sc ‘F’, ITR and Sh A Madhu Kumar, Sc ‘D’, RCI

SHRI N SIVASUBRAMANIAM & TEAM

Shri N Sivasubramaniam, Sc‘F and his team from Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad have played a significant role in successfully converting Prithvi and Dhanush missile systems to the strategic mode. His team consists of Sh Ajay Lohia S, Sc 'D', Sh Anand B , Sc 'C', Sh Sanjay Kumar Gupta, Sc 'C', Sh Asish Talwalkar, Sc 'C' and Sh Sreekanth C , Sc 'C'

NB : The award will be equally shared by Sh UK Revankar, Director, DARE and his team with teams of Dr SK Chaudhurai, Sc H, RCI & Sh N Sivasubramaniam, Sc ‘F’, RCI.

SHRI VS MAHALINGAM & TEAM

Shri VS Mahalingam, Outstanding Scientist & Director and his team from Centre for Artificial Intelligence & Robotics (CAIR), Bangaluru contributed significantly towards design, development and fielding of state of the art battlefield information system "CIDSS", thus significantly enabling net centric capability leading to a force multiplier effect for the field forces. His team consists of Sh MV Rao, Sc 'G', Sh CH Swamulu, Sc 'F', Dr Rituraj Kumar, Sc 'F' Sh Narayan Panigrahi, Sc 'E', Sh Philip Abraham, Sc 'E', Smt Chitra Viswanathan, Sc 'E', Sh Vikram Kanoi, Sc 'D', Smt Mahima Verma, Sc 'D', Sh Vikas Sood, Sc 'D', Smt R Bharathi, Sc 'D' Sh Lakshmish Nayak, Sc 'D', Sh Moulavi Irfan Ahmad, Sc 'C', Smt Smita Shrivastava, Sc 'C', Smt Ambily P, Sc 'C', Sh Prashant Ganeriwal, Sc 'C' and Sh Narottam Mohanty, Sc 'B'

SHRI G BOOPATHY & TEAM

Sh G Boopathy, Sc 'G', and Director Defence Electronics Research, Laboratory (DLRL), Hyderabad and his team has contributed, significantly towards design and development of 26 subsystems, testing, integration & production of 324 posts, realization, integration & demonstration of four COMINT stations on SkyWAN, station integration, Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) for 17 stations and Site Acceptance Test (SAT) at 6 different locations. His team consists of Sh R Raghavendra Rao, Sc 'G', Sh Ashwani Kumar, Sc 'F', Sh PS Prasad, Sc 'F', Sh Anupam Sharma, Sc 'F', Sh K Murali, Sc 'E', Ms Soma Vashishta, Sc 'E', Ms N Sreelakshmi, Sc 'E', Sh Tapas Kumar Hazra, Sc 'E', Sh V Subramanyam, Sc 'D' and Ms VP Persia, Sc 'E', CAIR.

DEFENCE TECHNOLOGY ABSORPTION AWARD 2009

M/S DASS HITACHI LTD, GHAZIABAD

M/s Dass Hitachi Ltd, Ghaziabad has the unique distinction of having absorbed highly complex and multi-disciplinary CBRN technologies and has successfully productionised amongst others, integrated NBC Protection Systems, Integrated Field Shelters, NBC Filtration Systems and Ruggedised Scooping Devices. The Company has successfully bulk produced these technologies in a stipulated time frame for the Services, which has resulted in saving of foreign exchange to the extent of many crores. Dass Hitachi has also contributed significantly in developing a roadmap in providing a single point turnkey CBRN solution and has enabled the country to achieve a high degree of self reliance in this strategic and critical technology area.

M/S GODREJ & BOYCE MFG CO LTD, MUMBAI

M/s Godrej & Boyce Mfg CO Ltd, Mumbai was involved in the abinitio manufacture of metallic airframe of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. The company has established the technologies for the programme due to their excellent skills, quality control, and extensive production documentation and manufactured 15 sets of hardware conforming to aerospace standards.

DEFENCE TECHNOLOGY SPIN-OFF AWARD 2009

NAVAL PHYSICAL & OCEANOGRAPHIC LABORATORY, KOCHI

Naval Physical & Oceanographic Laboratory, Kochi has developed an acoustic device “Sanjeevani” capable of saving lives of people trapped in the debris of collapsed buildings caused due to earthquakes by determining the breathing process. The device was realised as a variant by successfully converting the defence technology of sonar into a unique product having civil end use. In recognition of the significant impact of this simple device on the society, the award was conferred on Naval Physical & Oceanographic Laboratory, Kochi.

DEFENCE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT ESTABLISHMENT, GWALIOR

Defence Research & Development Establishment (DRDE), Gwalior has produced Wool Care Spray, an efficacious, safe and cost-effective formulation for protection of woollen textile, clothing and fur/ feather-lined clothes from damage by wool pests. It protects the woollen textile/clothing throughout their shelf life and does not produce any stain on the fabric/clothing used by the armed forces personnel.

ACADEMY EXCELLENCE AWARD 2009

PROF N BALAKRISHNAN

Prof N Balakrishnan, Associate Director, Indian Institute of Science, Bangaluru has immensely contributed in the area of information security by developing practical solutions for meeting defence and civilian requirements. He has brought out solutions in the area of traffic analysis, network access control, secure electronic transactions, speech processing, and multi-layer WAN security. These solutions were transferred in their prototype form to Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR) for effective productionisation, testing, and successful fielding.

DR ML MUNJAL

Dr ML Munjal, Professor, Indian Institute of Science, Bangaluru, a protagonist of quieter technologies has made significant contributions in the analysis and design of stealth linings for submarines, and silencing systems for steam turbines as well as gas turbines. His contributions have led to better understanding and improved design practices for stealth ships and submarines.

SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD 2009

DR PV LAKSHMANA RAO

Dr PV Lakshmana Rao, Sc 'F', Defence Research & Development Establishment (DRDE), Gwalior has made outstanding contribution in the areas of molecular toxicology of toxin warfare agents, development and clinical evaluation of molecular diagnostic products for identification of viral agents of public health. He successfully created a state of the art Bioprocess Scale-up facility for the large scale production of recombinant proteins for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.

SHRI A APPARAO

Shri A Apparao, Sc 'G', High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune has made outstanding contribution in establishing Fuelair Explosive and Thermobaric Explosive technologies as well as development of various explosive based systems including Explosive Reactive Armour Mk-I, Mine-breaching Systems and Flag-marker Systems.

SHRI SC SATI

Shri SC Sati, Sc 'F', Research & Development Establishment (Engineers) R&DE(E), Pune has made significant contributions towards development of Electro hydraulic Drive Control Systems for BrahMos Launcher, Hydro pneumatic Catapult Launcher system of UAV,

realisation of PAD & Target Launcher and production/technology transfer for PRITHVI Ground Systems and Water Cannon System.

DR RAJESH RAMPAL

Dr. Rajesh Rampal, Sc 'F', Defence Laboratory (DL), Jodhpur has made outstanding contributions towards indigenous development of critical technology of 2-D IR Imaging Thermal Targets for night firing trials of NAG Missiles and Tanks and in establishing state-of-the-art facilities for the thermal signatures acquisition and radiometric analysis.

SHRI N RAJESH PILLAI

Shri N Rajesh Pillai, Sc 'F' , Scientific Analysis Group (SAG), Delhi has successfully developed new methods viz “ Deviation Triangle “ for linear complexity analysis of stream ciphers for its evaluation and “Interpolation Attack “ for attacking the stream ciphers.

SHRI P RADHAKRISHNA

Shri P Radhakrishna, Sc 'F', Electronics & Radar Development Establishment (LRDE), Bangaluru has made outstanding contributions in Radar Signal Processing and Radar System Engineering. He has been the driving force in establishing a family of 3-D Medium Range Surveillance Radars with fully DSP based Parallel and Programmable Signal Processing and Digital Receiver Technologies.

DR ASHOK KUMAR GOGIA

Dr Ashok Kumar Gogia, Sc 'G', Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL), Hyderabad has made stellar contributions in development of indigenous materials technologies for production of aeronautical grade titanium and nickel base alloys of strategic importance. His work reflects a unique combination of basic research, applied research and industrial scale development/ production of strategic materials for defence systems with potential spin off benefits.

DR SHASHI BALA SINGH

Dr Shashi Bala Singh, Sc ‘F’ and Director, Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), Leh has substantially contributed towards improvement in the quality of life of the soldiers deployed at high altitudes. Her innovative approaches on agro-animal technologies have ensured food security even at frontier posts of the Indian Army and provided an impetus to the agronomy of the region resulting in close interaction between the troops and natives providing insulation from security threats to this region.

DR SANJAY EKNATH TALOLE

Dr. Sanjay Eknath Talole, Sc 'F'’, Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT), Pune has made significant contributions in the area of Nonlinear Control and Robust Control based on Uncertainty Estimation. His work has given a new direction to the research in the

guidance and control of aerospace vehicles and is recognized by its application in national and international aerospace programmes.

SHRI KB VENKATARAMAN

Sh KB Venkataraman, Sc 'G' Defence Avionics Research Establishments (DARE), Bangaluru has made outstanding contribution in the design, development, evaluation, installation and delivery of Modern Airborne Radar Warning Receivers and Self-Protection Jammer EW systems.

SHRI SUDHIR KUMAR MISHRA

Shri Sudhir Kumar Mishra, Sc ‘G’, , Director Missiles and Head, Programme Office, DRDO HQrs, has made outstanding contributions in the field of Manufacturing Technology and Production Management, Project Management and Resources Planning, leading to the realisation of Missile systems for IGMDP. He has taken initiative in development and implementation of Integrated Resources Planning System that has led to the reduction in product development cycle time.

DR RAJENDRA PRASHAD TRIPATHI

Dr Rajendra Prashad Tripathi , Sc 'G' and Director, Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), Delhi has pioneered basic and applied clinical research using novel MR Technologies. He facilitated innovations in Medical management of NBC/HA emergencies by effectively applying the concepts of nuclear medicine techniques, and development of drugs and biomedical devices.

DR S GOLLAKOTA

Dr S Gollakota, Outstanding Scientist, Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad has made outstanding contributions in the design and development of Astra missile and its integration on Su-30 Mk-I aircraft. His astute leadership has established a number of multidisciplinary technologies related to weapon system development and integration with multiple platforms.

SHRI N SIVASUBRAMANIAM

Shri N Sivasubramaniam, Sc 'F', Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad, has made significant contributions in design, development, implementation and product improvement for Missile Launch Systems of Prithvi and its variants.

SHRI SANJAY BURMAN

Shri Sanjay Burman, Sc 'G', Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR), Bangaluru, has made outstanding contribution in the development of technologies for high grade encryption, robust synchronization and user friendly key management that have been incorporated into communication and information security solutions for strategic and tactical security requirements.

DR DR JAHAGIRDAR

Dr DR Jahagirdar, Sc 'F', Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad has made significant contributions in the development of antennae and arrays for missile-borne microwave systems. The contributions include development of unique trans-twist reflect-array for MMW seeker, planer monopulse slotted array antennae for seekers in Ku and Ka band, monopulse printed seeker antennae at X and Ku band and development of flight-worthy antennae for systems in Prithvi, Akash, Trishul, Astra, Agni-III, PJ-10 and K-15 projects.

SHRI R VENUGOPAL

Shri R Venugopal, Sc 'G' , Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), Chennai has successfully developed assemblies and subsystems of automotive system of Armoured Fighting Vehicles. His notable contributions are the development of uprated 1000 hp engine; improvement of medium fording capability of MBT Arjun; design, development and qualification of hydraulic filters for LCA TEJAS and design of 1500 hp engine and transmission system for future MBTs.

DR MANJIT SINGH

Dr. Manjit Singh, Sc 'G' , Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL), Chandigarh has successfully developed technologies for dynamic shock loading of materials in Mbar pressure region for high pressure physics applications. He was instrumental in establishing

experimental test methodologies and numerical simulation techniques for the design, development and evaluation of different components and subsystems of implosion systems.

SMT G ROHINI DEVI

Smt G Rohini Devi, Sc ‘H’, Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL), Hyderabad has made outstanding contributions in design and development of Ultrahigh Temperature Carbon and Ceramic Composite products for strategic missile systems (Agni/BO5/AD), carbon-carbon

brake discs for LCA, and establishment of state-of-the art R&D Centre for High Temperature Composites.

DR N SHAMA RAO

Dr N Shama Rao, Outstanding Scientist, Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Bangaluru, has carried out pioneering work in Advanced Fibre-Reinforced Composite Technology in realizing major aircraft structures like wing, elevons, landing gear doors, radome and fuselage for Tejas Aircraft programme. The spin-offs of this technology have been used for Saras aircraft of NAL and for Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft

(AMCA) programme.

SPECIAL AWARD FOR STRATEGIC CONTRIBUTION 2009

SHRI VL NARASIMHAN & TEAM

Shri VL Narasimhan, Sc ‘G’ and his team under the leadership of Dr. A Subhananda Rao, Director, High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune have created and operationalised a massive infrastructural facility for Composite Propellant Processing Plant at Nasik in a record time of four years. The facility will go a long way in achieving self reliance in the critical area of production of solid rocket motors for strategic missiles. His team consists of Dr A Subhananda Rao, DS, Sh Bikash Bhattacharya, Sc 'G', Sh VS Rasane, Sc 'F', Sh TVJ Rao, Sc 'F', Sh SC Bhattacharyya, Sc 'F', Sh C Gururaj Rao, Sc 'E', Sh KJ Thomas, Sc 'D', Sh Sushanta Das, Sc 'D', Sh Ashish Jauhari, Sc 'D', Sh RS Patil, Sc 'C', Sh CS Pant, Sc 'C', Sh Sandeep Kumar, Sc 'C', Sh Nitin Ahire, Sc 'C', Sh Chandan Kumar, Sc 'C', Sh VW Abhyankar, TO 'C', Sh ST Rangarajan, Sc 'G' (Retd), Sh Vikas Tyagi, Sc 'E' and Sh RS Gauba, Sc 'F'.

DR SATISH KUMAR & TEAM

Dr Satish Kumar, Sc ‘G’ & Director, Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL), Chandigarh, and his team have made significant contributions in design & development of strategic warheads for multiple-launch platforms in all operating environments. His team consists of Sh Pravendra Kumar, Sc 'F', Sh Prateek Kishore, Sc 'F', Sh PK Khosla, Sc 'F', Sh MM Verma, Sc ;'F', Sh NC Jain, Sc 'F', Sh Arun Kumar Agarwal, Sc 'F', Sh J Santhosarajan, Sc 'E', Sh Ashok Rampal, Sc 'E', Sh Niladri Mukherjee, Sc ‘E’, Ms Nidhi Sood, Sc 'E', Sh Abhay Shankar, Sc 'E', Sh Dhirendra Gupta, Sc 'D', Sh Ashish Saini, Sc 'D', Sh Anil Kumar Srivastava, TO 'D', Munishwar, TO 'D', Sh Man Mohan Sandhu, Sc 'D', Sh Pawan Kumar, Sc 'C', Ms Shallu Gupta, Sc 'C', Sh Sucha Singh TO 'C', Sh S M Sharma, Sc 'C', Ms Simran Kaur, Sc 'C', Sh Amit Gupta, Sc 'C', Ms Pragati Angra, Sc 'C', Sh Ranjeet Kumar, Sc 'C', Sh Brajesh Kumar Soni, Sc 'C', Sh Sanjiv Gupta, Sc 'C', Sh Sumit, Sc 'C', Sh TN Mondal, Sc 'C', Sh HK Chakerwarti, Sc 'C', Ms Neha, Sc 'C', Ms Sunita Rawat, TO 'C', Sh Sumit Kathuria, Sc 'B', Sh Balwinder Kumar, Sc 'B', Sh Gaurav Agarwal, Sc 'B', Ms Manpreet Kaur, Sc 'B', Ms Samriti Gupta, Sc 'B', Sh Sanjay Walia, TO 'B', Sh Khem Chand, TO 'B' and Sh Balwant Raj Sharma, TO 'B'.

Note : The award will be shared equally with Shri VL Narasimhan, Sc ‘G’ and his team of HEMRL, Pune

BEST INNOVATION/FUTURISTIC DEVELOPMENT 2009

SHRI G KANNAN & TEAM

Shri G Kannan, Sc 'F' and his team from Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), Chennai have developed a unique and innovative ‘Drive by Wire Technology’ on a tracked vehicular platform with a conventional engine and transmission on a modular level. This technology can easily be adapted to the existing armoured vehicles to deploy these as unmanned tracked vehicles for mine clearance, NBC Recce and surveillance roles. His team consist of Sh N Seetharaman, Sc 'E', Sh R Alexander, Sc 'D', Sh N Babu, Sc 'C', Smt P Mohanalakshmi, Sc 'C', Sh K Anbazhagan, Sc 'C', Smt P Prabhavathy, TO 'A', Sh JE Cyril, TO 'A' and Sh Rajesh Kannan, STA 'B'.

SHRI SANDEEP SHARMA & TEAM

Shri Sandeep Sharma, Sc ‘D’ and his team from System Planning and Implementation Centre (SPIC), Delhi have developed an innovative Strategic Command and Control (SC & C) System for the special weapon system having inbuilt security features including an encrypted software. His team consists of Sh VS Chauhan, Sc ‘C’, Sh Kapil Vermani, Sc ‘B’, Sh Dheeraj, STA ‘B’, Sh Vikas, STA ‘B’, Sh Kanishk, STA ‘B’ and Sh Anirudh Kanwar, STA ‘B’.

BEST POPULAR SCIENCE COMMUNICATION AWARD 2009

DR AL MOORTHY & TEAM

Dr AL Moorthy, Director and his team from Defence Scientific Information and Documentation Centre (DESIDOC), Delhi have successfully disseminated DRDO’s achievements to Academia, R&D Institutions, Engineering Colleges, Military Establishments and General Public through R&D Publications using high quality editing, designing and printing techniques as well as through internet website publishing. His team consist of Sh Ashok Kumar, Sc 'F', Smt Shashi Tyagi, Sc 'F', Sh B Nityanand, Sc 'D', Sh A Saravanan, Sc 'D', Sh Sudhanshu Bhusan, Sc 'C' and Sh Manoj Kumar, TO ‘C’.


Government Approves Massive Expansion of Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme

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Government Approves Massive Expansion of Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme

To provide equitable treatment to all eligible Ex-Servicemen and their dependents under the Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) and to enhance the scheme’s coverage, the Union Cabinet today approved Establishment of 199 new polyclinics including 17 mobile medical facilities and 15 new regional centres at a cost of Rs. 141 crores. With this, the ECHS facility will now be extended to those areas, where Ex-Servicemen population is below 2,500 by setting up polyclinics which are within reasonable distance from Ex-Servicemen concentrations.

The Cabinet also approved reorganization and strengthening the Central Organisation ECHS by suitably increasing the manpower. It has authorized additional manpower – 2263 in number on contractual basis, to man the additional 199 polyclinics. It has also authorized 315 serving personnel – 60 officers and 255 PBORs, for proposed regional centres and seven officers and 15 PBORs for Central Organisation ECHS.

Financial implications towards creation of infrastructure will be about Rs.141 crore. This will entail a capital expenditure of Rs. 118.52 crore towards cost of land, construction and medical equipment. An amount of Rs. 22.25 crore of expenditure will cover purchase of furniture etc, and IT hardware. On the recurring side, an expenditure of Rs.43 crore per annum is envisaged.

It may be recalled that the ECHS was introduced on April 01, 2003 to provide comprehensive medical coverage to Ex-Servicemen pensioners, war widows and dependents by establishing 227 polyclinics at stations with Ex-Servicemen population above 2500 throughout the country. 106 polyclinics are at military stations and 121 polyclinics are at non-military stations. Where the Ex-Servicemen population is less than 2,500, the Ex-Servicemen face hardships in reaching polyclinics because of the distance. There are over 30 lakh ECHS beneficiaries now. On an average 60,000 Servicemen retire every year and this results in a further addition of 60,000 Ex-Servicemen and 1,44,000 dependents to the list of beneficiaries each year. Over 7 lakh Ex-Servicemen, who retired prior to April 01, 2003 have not opted for the scheme primarily due to non-availability of polyclinics near their places of residence. There are also insufficient number of regional centres to monitor the polyclinics.

Following is the list of additional polyclinics planned to be established:-

Jammu & Kashmir

Baramulla, Doda, Poonch, Baribrahmna (Jammu), Kargil, Nagrota (Kathua)

Himachal Pradesh

Rampur (Shimla), Nahan (Sirmaur), Shahpur (Kangra), Palampur (Kangra), Kullu, Dera Goppipur (Kangra), Jogindernagar (Mandi), Chamba, Ghumarwin (Bilaspur), Sarakaghat (Mandi), Barsar (Hamirpur),

Punjab

Mohali, Ajnala (Amritsar), Tarantaran (Amritsar), Beas (Amritsar), Nawansahar, Suranassi (Jalandhar), Uchi Bassi (Hoshiarpur), Abohar (Ferozpur), Jagraon (Ludhiana), Batala (Gurdaspur), Srigovindpur (Gurdaspur), Sultanpur Lodhi (Kapurthala), Phagwara (Kapurthala), Samana (Patiala), Barnala (Sangrur), Nabha (Patiala), Doraha (Ludhiana), Samarala (Ludhiana), Mahalpur (Hoshiarpur), Talwara (Hoshiarpur)

Haryana

Gohana (Sonepat), Mehan (Rohtak), Sampla (Rohtak), Loharu (Bhiwani), Kosli (Jhajjar), Bahadurgarh (Jhajjar), Gurgaon, Nuh (Gurgaon), Charki Dadri (Bhiwani), Mahendragarh, Narwana (Jind), Palwal (Faridabad), Hansi (Hissar), Dharuhera (Rewari), Narayangarh (Ambala), Kharkhauda (Sonepat)

National Capital Territory of Delhi

Shakurbasti, Timarpur, Khanpur, Preetvihar

Rajasthan

Neem Ka Thana (Sikar), Shergarh (Jodhpur), Dausa, Sanganer (Jaipur), Bhuwana (Jhunjhunu), Bhilwara, Suratgarh (Hanumangarh), Dungarpur, Rajsamand, Rajgarh (Churu), Chirawa (Jhunjhunu), Behror (Alwar)

Uttar Pradesh

Bagpat, Gonda, Basti, Jaunpur, Greater Noida (GB Nagar), Lakhimpur, Moradabad, Bijnaur, Rampur, Hardoi, Banda, Roberts Ganj (Mirzapur), Barabanki, Unnao, Hathras

Uttarakhand

Joshimath (Chamoli), Dehradun, Vikas Nagar (Dehradun), Tehri, Rudraprayag, Ranikhet, Almora, Bageshwar, Banbasa (Champavat), Rudrapur (Udham Singh nagar), Dharchula (Pithoragarh), Lansdowne (Paurigarhwal), Uttarkashi, Ramnagar (Nainital)

Bihar

Bhagalpur, Kathiar, Motihari, Siwan, Samastipur, Madhubani, Buxar, Vaishali, Sasaram (Rohtas) Khagaria, Munger, Sitamarhi

Jharkhand

Deoghar, Gumla, Chaibasa (West Singhbhoom), Daltonganj (Palamu), Dhanbad

Madhya Pradesh

Satna, Ujjain, Amla (East Nimar), Pachmarhi (Hoshangabad)

Chhattisgarh

Jagdalpur (Bastar), Bilaspur, Raigarh

West Bengal

Berhampore (Murshidabad), Baruipur (South 24 Pargana), Bankura, Howrah, Raiganj (North Dinajpur), Cooch Behar, Kalimpong (Darjeeling), Binaguri (Jalpaiguri)

Assam

Lanka (Naugaon), Bongaigaon, Tinsukia, Tezpur (Sonitpur), Misamari (Darrang), Dibrugarh, Goalpara, Dhubri, Lakhimpur

Manipur

Chura Chandpur

Nagaland

Mokokchung

Mizoram

Lunglei

Arunachal Pradesh

Tezu (Lohit), Along (West Siang)

Orissa

Puri, Sambalpur, Koraput, Angul, Bhawanipatna (Kalahandi), Dhenkanal

Andhra Pradesh

Srikakulam, Anantapur, Karnool, Cuddapah, Nellore, Karimnagar, Eluru (West Godavari), Secunderabad (Rangareddy), Khammam, Mehbubnagar

Tamil Nadu

Erode, Sivagangai (Sivaganga), Kumbhkonum (Tiruvallur), Chennai, Ramanathapuram, Tambram (Kanchipuram)

Kerala

Mavelikara (Alleppey), Kanhangad (Kasargode), Kalpetta (Wayanad), Thodupuzha (Idukki), Thiruvananthapuram, Changanacherry (Kottayam), Moovattupuzha (Ernakulum), Iritti (Kannur), Kunnamkulum (Trichur), Kottarakara (Kollam), Ranni (Pathanamthitta), Killimanur (Thiruvananthapuram)

Karnataka

Kolar, Tumkur, Hassan, Shimoga, Bangalore, Gulbarga, Bidar, Virarajendrapet (Kodagu)

Maharastra

Beed, Nanded, Karad (Satara), Wardha, Navi Mumbai (Mumbai), Pune, Khadki (Pune), Yavatmal, Dhule.

Goa

Vasco – Da – Gama

Gujarat

Gandhidham, Surat, Rajkot

Pudduchery

Pudduchery

In addition to these polyclinics 15 regional centres will also be set up at Shimla, Jalandhar, Dehradun, Ambala, Hissar, Meerut, Allahabad, Ranchi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Nagpur, Vizag, Bangalore, Coimbatore & Trivandrum.


Children Education Allowance-DOP&T Order and Clarifications

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Children Education Allowance-DOP&T Order and Clarifications

The Representatives of Staff Side- National Council insisted in the 46th meeting of National council that the Children Education Allowance should be paid to the two studying Children instead of restricting it to the eldest two children. We welcome the staff side’s view, but at the same time it’s unfortunate that it made us to feel that they are not worried about the unwanted procedure framed for claiming the Children Education Allowance.

It has been clearly stated in the first two lines of 2nd Para of OFFICE MEMORANDUM issued on 2nd September 2008 by DOP&T that ‘In order to ensure that Government servants have no difficulty in claiming reimbursement, the procedure under this Scheme is being kept simple.’

But these two guidelines, mentioned below make the above instruction meaningless.

1 “Reimbursement should henceforth be made on the submission of original receipts on the basis of self-certification by the Government servant.”

2. “Under this scheme, reimbursement can be claimed once every quarter. The amount that can be claimed in a quarter could be more than Rs.3000 and in another quarter less than Rs.3000, subject to the annual ceiling of Rs.12000 /-per child being maintained”.

Is an admission certificate from the school not enough for claiming CEA?

Why don’t we avoid needless paper work by just giving Rs.1000/-per month as CEA?


Source: www.gservants.com

Thursday, May 27, 2010

DEFENCE CIVILIANS MEDICAL AID FUND MINISTRY OF DEFENCE - SALIENT FEATURES

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Important Circular


No.AN/VII/7089/DCMF Office of the CGDA,
Ulan Batar Road, Palam,
Delhi Cantt – 110 010

To The PCDA
The PCA (Fys), Kolkata
IFA Wing (For circulating to IFAs)
The CDA
The CFA (Fys)


Sub:- Defence Civilian Medical Aid Fund (DCMAF)


Ref:- In continuation of this HQ office letter of even No. dated 26.10.2009


DefenceCivilian Medical Aid Fund (DCMAF) was established in 1953 as Defence Civilians Welfare (TB, Cancer and Leprosy) Fund to provide financial assistance to its members in case they or dependents suffer from specified ailments. The membership of the fund is on voluntary basis and is open to all civilians employees, whether industrial or non-industrail. Though, it was established since long and has been providing relief to its members in Defence establishments in their hour of distress and the fund considerably expended during these years among Defence Civilians, it is still not much popular in Defence Accounts Department. This came into question by some of the members while attending the 54th Annual Meeting. 2. Therefore, the steps need to be taken to popularize the fund among the DAD personnel. In this regard a copy of Salient Features / Benefits provided by the fund is enclosed herewith for necessary action at your end so that the membership percentage is enhanced in the ensuing years.


(Satish Kumar)

For CGDA



DEFENCE CIVILIANS MEDICAL AID FUND MINISTRY OF DEFENCE SALIENT FEATURES


1. CONSTITUTION : The fund was established in 1953 as Defence Civilians Welfare (TB, Cancer and Leprosy) Fund, Presently it is known as Defence Civilians Medical Aid Fund (DCMAF). It is Society registered w.e.f. 31.01.1977 under Societies Registration Act 1860.

2. OBJECTS : The Fund provides financial assistance to members in case they or their dependents suffer from specified ailments.

3. MEMBERSHIP : The membership of the Fund is open on voluntary basis to all civilian employees whether industrial or non-industrial paid from Civil Estimates or Defence Services Estimates. The present membership of the Fund is about 2,06,512.

4. RATES OF SUBSCRIPTION :
The existing rates are as under:


Grade Pay

Annual Membership

Full Service Membership

1S to PB-1 Rs. 60/- Rs. 400/-
PB-2 Rs. 100/- Rs. 600/-
PB-3Rs. 200/-Rs. 800/-
PB-4Rs. 400/-Rs. 1000/-



5. GOVERNING BODY :
The Fund is managed by a Managing Committee constituted as under:-

Defence Secretary : Chairman
Additional Secretary (A) : Sr. Vice-Chairman
Joint Secretary (Training) & CAO : Vice-Chairman
Deputy Chief Adminstrative Officer : Hony – Secretary

(Training, Coord & Welfare)CGDA, AG, Air Officer-in-Charge, Personnel, Air HQ, SPD (Civ), Naval HQ, Director of Personnel, DRDO, DGOS, DGEME, DG(Pers) E-in-C’s Branch, DGQA, DGOF, DGAFMS, DGMS (Army, Navy, Air), Addl. DGAFMS (MR), Joint Secretary (E), MOD, Director-in-Charge of Welfare in CAO’s Office, A Civilian Rep from AFHQ/ISOs, Indian National Defence Workers Federation, Kanpur, All India Employees Defence Federation, Kirkee, Pune, Bhartiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh, Kanpur and Labour Welfare Commissioner from Ord Fys.

6. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE : Executive Committee consists of undermentioned officers:-

Joint Secretary (Training) & CAO – Chairman
Addl. DGAFMS (MR) – Member
Dy. CAO (TCW) – Hony. Secretary

7. FINANCIAL POSITION OF THE FUND AS ON 28TH FEB 2010 (APPROX)
In Fixed Deposits – Rs.8,20,00,000/-
In Saving Banks – Rs.8,58,192/-

8. EXISTING BENEFITS PROVIDED BY THE FUND
(A) NUTRITIOUS DIET ALLOWANCE
TB & Leprosy – Rs.1000/- per month Cancer – Rs. 1500/- per month
Anaemia During Pregnancy & Lactating Mother – Rs. 800/- per month
Burn Injuries – Rs. 150/- per month

(B) AFTER CARE ALLOWANCE
TB & Leprosy – Rs. 800/- per month Cancer – Rs. 1500/- per month


(C) DIALYSIS ALLOWANCE
Dialysis Allowance – Rs. 1000/- per month

(D) SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCE
For TB, Caner and Leprosy, Paralytic Stroke, Accidental Injury – Rs. 100/- per day
(E) RE-IMBURSEMENT OF COST FOR MAJOR OPERATIONS
For Coronary By-Pass Surgery, Valve Replacement,Renal Transplantation, Joint Replacement with Surgery,Implantation of Pace-Makers, Implantation of Stents – upto Rs. 15000/- of disallowed amount

(F) ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
For Procuring Blood for Transfusions – Rs.600/- per month For Cataract Operations with Implantation of Intra-Ocular Lens,Purchase of Wheel Chairs, Tricycles for Physically Handicapped,Prosthesis for Burn Injuries – Rs. 5000/-

For Purchase of Artificial Limbs – Rs.3000/-

For Purchase of Support Shoes (Calipers) – Rs. 2000/-

For Hearing Aid – Rs.1500/-

For Purchase of Crutches, Neck Band for Cervical Spondilitis = Rs. 1000/-

(G) EX-GRATIA GRANTS

(I) To the members
In case of loss of one limb/eyes – Rs.15000/-
In case of loss of one limb/eye – Rs.10000/-

(II) To the family of members
If member dies due to TB, Cancer and Leprosy, Heart ailments for which Member availed assistance from the Fund earlier – Rs.20000/-
If member dies due to an Accident – Rs.50000/-



CCS (LTC) Rules. 1988 — Relaxation for travel by air to visit NER

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F.No.31011/4/2007-Estt.(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & 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 India.

 

 

(Smt. Raj Bala Singh)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

 

 

Source document from www.persmin.nic.in

Transport Allowance to blind & orthopaedically handicapped Railway employees- clarification

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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)


******

S.No.PC-VI/ 206
No. PC-V/2009/A/TA/1

RBE No. 71/2010
New Delhi, dated 10.05.2010


Sub: Transport Allowance to blind & orthopaedically handicapped Railway employees- clarification reg.


On receipt of a reference from All India Railwaymen’s federation (AIRF) regarding grant of Transport Allowance to blind and orthopaedically handicapped Railway employees availing FRC facility, the matter has been considered in Board’s office and in context thereof, it is clarified that such blind and orthopaedically handicapped Railway employees are entitled for Transport Allowance in terms of Para-2(i) of Board’s letter No.PC-V/2008/A/TA/2, dated 12.09.2008, as the condition of availing Residential Card Pass facility by a Railway employee has been declined with grant of Transport Allowance vide Board’s letter dated 23.01.2009.

2. In view of the above, Board’s letter No.PC-V/2008/A/TA/2, dated 29.06.2009 addressed to Western Railway stands withdrawn.

3. This issue with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

4. Hindi version is enclosed.

(N.P.Singh)
Dy.Director, Pay Commission – V
Railway Board



Government Servants allowed to Travel by Private Carriers

with 0 Comment


Government Servants allowed to Travel by Private Carriers till Resumption of Normal services by Air India

In view of the flight disruptions caused by a strike by a few sections of employees of Air India, entitled government servants are permitted to fly any other carrier, both on duty and on LTC, until resumption of normal services by Air India or further orders, whichever is earlier.


Penalty of Withholding of Increments imposed under Vth CPC scales and operated as per VIth CPC Scales effective

with 0 Comment


RBE No.48/2010


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)


No. E(D&A) 2009 RG 6-45
New Delhi, dated : 31.3.2010


Sub: Penalty of Withholding of Increment imposed under Vth Central Pay Commission scales and operated as per VIth Central Pay Commission Scales effective from 1.1.2006


Attention is invited to Board’s letters No.E(D&A) 78 RG 6-17 dated 29.7.1978 and No.E(D&A) 90 RG 6-109 dated 19.9.90. In terms of these instructions, issued in the context of implementation of IIIrd and IVth pay Commission scales respectively, it was advised that the Appellate/Revision Authority, may, while considering the appeal/revision application submitted against the penalty of withholding of increments take into account the quantum of financial loss that would be sustained by the railway servant in the preceding pay scale and the greater monetary loss that would result/has resulted on re-fixation in the new Pay Commission scale and accordingly reduce or modify the penalty imposed.

Board have considered the matter further in the light of implementation of VIth Central Pay Commission scales from 1.1.2006 and desire that the Appellate/Revising Authorities while considering the appeal/revision petition against the penalty of withholding of increments imposed under the Vth Central Pay Commission scales and continuing on 1.1.2006 or imposed/effected between 1.1.2006 and 4.9.2008 that is, the date on which the VIth Central Pay Commission Scales were notified on Railways, may also take into account the greater monetary loss that would be sustained by the appellant/petitioner on account of refixation of his pay under the VIth Central Pay Commission Scales from 1.1.2006 and take a suitable decision regarding the quantum of the penalty.



(Harish Chander)
Dy. Director Establishment(D&A)
Railway Board


RAISING EFFICIENCY / Ministries to reform performance monitoring and evaluation system, summaries main objective and corresponding action

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Govt asks ministries to rate their performance

INA move that would enhance the efficiency in functioning of various government departments and the bureaucracy, the government has finally decided to rate the performance of various ministries. All ministries have been asked by the Cabinet Secretariat to establish a Performance Monitoring and Evaluation System (PMES) and prepare a results framework document, summarizing the main objective of the ministry and corresponding action during the year.

In a note sent to all departments, the Cabinet Secretariat has asked the ministries to move the focus from “process orientation to result orientation and provide a fair basis to evaluate department’s overall performance at the end of the year”, sources told The Indian Express.

According to the programme, which has been approved byu Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a results framework document has to be prepared and record the agreed objectives, policies, programmes and projects of the ministry and rate them on the basis of parameters and indicators approved by the Cabinet Secretariat. The objective of the ministries have to be directly related to achievement and support of relevant national objectives stated in five year things.

As per the directive, every ministry will have to prepare a vision and mission document and assign relative weights to the objectives. Accordingly, they will have to specify success indicators, or parameters for measuring the performance of the department. The target would be a five point scale ranging from 100 per cent weight for excellent performance to 60 per cent for poor performance.

All the ministries are expected to submit their respective performance framework by November30.

The draft of these programmes have to be prepared by every department at the beginning of each financial year, based on the proposed budgetary allocations for the year. Thereafter, the Cabinet Secretariat will have a look at these drafts and finalised them by March 31.

After six months, the results would be reviewed by a Committee on Government Performance, consisting of the finance secretary, expenditure secretary, Cabinet secretary and secretaries of other departments concerned. “This will also enable us to factor in unforeseen situations like drought, natural calamities, etc”, sources said. The results will have to be finalized by May every year.

The ministries will have to provide values for performance over the past two years for every indicator and will also have to project values for two years in the future. At the end of the year, the Secretariat would evaluate the performance and compare achievements with targets and determine the composite score.

“We will see the degree to which the government department in question have been able to meet the objective,” sources added.

EVALUATING EXECUTION

*Cabinet Secretariat asks all ministries to shift focus from “process orientation to results orientation and provide fair basis to evaluate overall performance”

*Results framework to be prepared and record agreed objectives, policies, programmes and projects of the ministry and rate them on parameters approved by the Secretariat

*Ministries’ objectives to be directly related to achievement and support os relevant national objectives stated in five year plans, flagships schemes, among others

*Every ministry to prepare a mission and mission document and assign relative weights to the objectives

*All ministries expected to submit their respective performance framework by November30

Source: Indian Express

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

MACP JOINT COMMITTEE MEETING ON ANOMALIES

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While discussions during the second meeting of the National Anomaly Committee held on 27th March 2010 and decided to constitute a Joint Committee to examine the anomalies pertaining to the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS). Eight items have been discussed in the First Meeting of the Joint Committee held on 25.02.2010.
Shri.M.Raghvahiya
Shri.S.K.Vyas
Shri.C.Srikumar
Shri.Umraomal Purohit
Above four Staff side Members are attended the meeting under the Chairmanship of Joint Secretary Establishment DOPT.

General Secretary of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers Mr.K.K.N.Kutty has written in his blog regarding the eight discussions points with DOPT Chairman. We reproduce the full text of content under here...

MACP JOINT COMMITTEE MEETING ON ANOMALIES

Joint Committee on MACP met today under the chairmanship of Joint Secretary Establishment of DOPT. Following issues were discussed:

1. Item No:1:Provide Grade Pay of the next promotional post under MACP.

Staff Side pressed for placement in the Grade Pay of the Promotional Post instead of next higher Grade Pay in the hierarchy of revised Pay Band and Grade Pay. It was insisted because the career progression only means the promotion in the hierarchy and not to a Grade Pay which is not present in the hierarchy of the respective department.

The Staff Side also gave an alternative that first two MACPs after 10 and 20 years should be to the next promotional post as per the hierarchy of respective department as under the erstwhile ACP scheme and thereafter the third MACP in the next Grade Pay of the Revised Pay Band and Grade Pay.

2. Item No:2:Date of Effect.

It was demanded that MACP scheme may be introduced with effect from 1.1.2006. A scheme which has been recommended by the 6th CPC will be not available to those employees who have opted for revised pay scales w.e.f. 1.1.2006 but had retired or died before 1.9.2008, which is very anomalous.

3. Item No:3:Option for earlier ACP Scheme.

Staff Side pointed out that the benefit which employees were getting through two ACPs after 12 and 24 years of service is much higher than the benefit that they will get under MACP after three financial upgradations. It was therefore urged that the service conditions which were available to the existing employees cannot be adversely revised and if that happens then an option to retain the old scheme is inherent. And if the present MACP is not converted to hierarchical pattern, then at least an option may be given to retain the erstwhile scheme of ACP.

4. Item No:7:Grant of financial upgradation between 1.1.2006 and 31.8.2008.

In Para 9 of the DOPT OM dated 19.5.2009, it had been provided that earlier ACP scheme will continue to operate for the period from 1.1.2006 to 31.8.2008. However, this is not being allowed to officials who have opted for revised Pay Band and Grade Pay with effect from 1.1.2006. In some offices, it is being insisted that financial upgradation under the earlier ACP would be granted only in the pre-revised pay scales and they will have to opt for the revised pay scales only from the date they are granted the financial upgradation under earlier ACP. It was demanded that earlier ACP benefit may be given also to those officials who have come over to the Revised Pay Band and Grade Pay with effect from 1.1.2006.

5. Item No:8:Anomaly on introduction of MACP Scheme.

By an illustration in respect of Junior Engineer of CPWD, it has been pointed out that under earlier ACP they will go up to the revised Pay Band 3 with Grade Pay of 6600/- on completion of 24 years of service, whereas under the MACP Scheme, even after 30 years of service and getting third MACP they will get the Grade Pay of 5400/- only in PB-2. This is obviously less advantageous and therefore the demand for option to retain the old ACP scheme has been insisted.

The Official Side indicated that they will consider all these demands and in the next meeting they will indicate how far they can go.

6. Item No:4: Applicability of MACP Scheme to Group D employees who have been placed in the Grade Pay of 1800/-.

The DOPT had already stated that all promotions and upgradations granted under ACP Scheme of 1999 in the post of four pay scales S-1, S-2, S-3 and S-4 shall be ignored for the purpose of MACP. In other words all the three MACP will be available to all the Group D employees who have since been placed in the grade pay of 1800/-. If an employee has completed 10 years of service he should be granted the GP of 1900/-; if completed 20 years of service he should be granted the GP of 2000/-; and if he has completed 30 years of service he should be placed in the GP of 2400/-. In some departments these MACP has not been granted to the Group D employees. The staff side therefore insisted an enabling clarificatory instructions may be issued. The Official Side agreed to issue such clarificatory instructions.

7. Item No:5: Counting 50% of service rendered by Temporary Status CLs for reckoning 10,20, and 30 years of service under MACP scheme.

It was pointed out that the Railways have already issued orders for counting 50% of service rendered by Temporary Status Casual labourers for reckoning 12 and 24 years of service under the old ACP scheme. It was also pointed out that Courts have also ordered that total service rendered as TS CLs may be counted for the purpose of ACP. The Official Side were of the opinion that 50% of service rendered by TS CLs has been counted only for the purpose of pension. The Staff Side pointed out that the TS CLs have been granted all the facilities admissible to a Temporary Employee in respect of leave, increment, pay scale etc and therefore this may be deemed as a regular service for the purpose of MACP also as has been done by the Railways. The Official Side wanted the order of the Railway Department regarding ACP and the Orders of the Courts for their examination.

8. Item No:6: Supervised staff placed in higher Grade Pay than that of the supervisor.

The Staff Side suggested that this item may be transferred to National Anomaly Committee item and discussed there. This has been agreed to. There are 23 more items which have been suggested by the Staff Side leaders of Railways. It was pointed out that leaders of other departments may also suggest many other anomalies related to MACP. The Staff Side stated that as and when these additional items are received they may be included in the Agenda for discussion in the subsequent meetings. The Official Side agreed to.


Payment of fee under the Right to lnformation Act. 2005 - scope of sub-section (3) of Section 7 of the Act

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N0.12/9/2009-IR
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
******


North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 24th May, 2010


OFFICE-MEMORANDUM


Subject: Payment of fee under the Right to lnformation Act. 2005 - scope of sub-section (3) of Section 7 of the Act.


******


               The Undersigned is directed to say that a question is raised from time to time whether a Public lnformation Officer (PIO) has power to charge fee under Section 7(3) of the RTI Act, 2005 in addition to fee prescribed under Sections 6(1), 7(1) and 7(5) of the Act.


  

2.Section 6(1) of the Act enables the Government to prescribe application fee and sub-sections (1) and (5) of Section 7 to prescribe fee in addition to application fee for supply of information. On the other hand sub-section (3) of Section 7 provides the procedure which a PI0 has to follow for realizing the fee prescribed under sub-sections (1) and (5) of the Section. Details of fees that can be charged by a public authority under the Central Government are contained in the Right to information (Regulation of Fee & Cost) Rules, 2005. The Rules or the Act do not give power to the PI0 to charge any fee other than prescribed in the Fee and Cost Rules. Attention in this regard is invited to following extracts from the common order passed by the Central Information Commission in Appeal No. CI/MA/A/2008/0185 (Shri K.K. Kishore Vs. Institute of Company Secretaries of lndia) and Complaint No.CIC/WB/C/2007/00943 (Shri Subodh Jain Vs. Dy. Commissioner of Police) :

  

"The Act under proviso to sub-section (5) of Section 7 also provides that fee prescribed under sub-sections (1) and (5) of Section 7 shall be reasonable and no such fee shall be charged from the persons who are below poverty line as may be determined by the Appropriate Government. The Government has already prescribed fees as deemed reasonable mandated under Sections 7(1) and 7(5) of the Act and in the view of the Commission, there is no provision for any further fee apart from the one already prescribed under Sections 7(1) and 7(5) of the Act".

  

"Thus, there is provision for charging of fee only under Section 6(1) which is the application fee; Section 7(1) which is the fee charged for photocopying etc. and Section 7 (5) which is for getting information in printed or electronic format. But there is no provision for any further fee and if any further fee is being charged by the Public Authorities in addition to what is already prescribed under Section 6(1), 7(1) and 7(5) of the Act, the same would be in contravention of the Right to Information Act. The "further fee" mentioned in Section 7(3) only refers to the procedure in availing of the further fee already prescribed under 7(5) of the RTI Act, which is "further" in terms of the basic fee of Rs.10/-. Section 7(3), therefore, provides for procedure for realizing the fees so prescribed".

  

3. The Commission, while delivering decision in above cases, recommended to this Department to make rules, for charging fee towards supply of information which may include fee for supply of books, maps, plans, documents, samples, models etc. that are priced and towards postal/courier charges for mailing information, when postal/courier charges are in excess of minimum slab prescribed by the Department of Posts and for other similar situations.

  

4. The Right to Information (Regulation of Fee & Cost) Rules, 2005 already provide provisions for charging of fee for giving information in diskettes or floppies or in the form of photo copy; for providing samples, models, printed material like books, maps, plans etc; and for inspection of records. The Government have, however, not considered it desirable to charge fee towards expenditure involved in mailing information or overhead expenditure etc. Nevertheless, supply of information in a form which would disproportionately divert the resources of the public authority is taken care of by Section 7(9) of the Act according to which information shall ordinarily be provided in the form in which it is sought but supply of information in a particular form may be refused if supply of information in that form would divert the resources of the public authority disproportionately.

  

5. It is hereby clarified that where a Public Information Officer takes a decision to provide information on payment of fee in addition to the application fee, he should determine the quantum of such fee in accordance with the fee prescribed under the Fee and Cost Rules referred to above and give the details of such fee to the applicant together with the calculation made to arrive at such fee. Since the Act or the Rules do not provide for charging of fee towards postal expenses or cost involved in deployment of man power for supply of information etc., he should not ask the applicant to pay fee on such account. However, wherever supply of information in a particular form would disproportionately divert the resources of the publicauthority or would be detrimental to the safety or preservation of the records, the PIO may refuse to supply the information in that form.

  

6. Contents of this OM may be brought to the notice of all concerned.

(K.G. Verma)
Director


Office Memorandum



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