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Expedite pension and arrears of ex-servicemen: Antony to finance controllers

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Expedite pension and arrears of ex-servicemen: Antony to finance controllers

The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony has called for early disbursal of revised pension and arrears to Ex-Servicemen. Inaugurating the Controllers’ Conference of the Defence Accounts Department here today, Shri Antony asked the Defence Finance officials to expedite and further streamline the pension system for the Armed Forces personnel.

“Even now, I am getting a lot of complaints from people that they are not getting pensions... Considering the past, things have improved, but even then complaints are there still... So you must take all steps possible so that they get their dues at the earliest,” Shri Antony said.

Commending the Defence Accounts Department for facilitating the procurement of weapons and systems, Shri Antony noted that the capital expenditure, utilised last year, has been an all-time record. He called for transparent, timely and judicious use of Defence Expenditure. He said that the Government has tried to infuse more transparency in the huge Defence outlay, which is over Rs. 1.52 lakh crores for the current financial year.

“Defence expenditure and procurement issues are complex and time-consuming and have a direct bearing on our national security. We have tried to infuse more transparency and efficiency into our procedures and systems. It is my firm belief that expenditure of public money must have an appropriate system of checks and balances”, he said.

In his address to the gathering, the Minister of State for Defence Dr. MM Pallam Raju said that the Defence Pension Adalats have become an effective mechanism for grievance redressal on the ground. He hoped that the pension arrears for pre-2006 PBORs would soon be disbursed. Dr. Pallam Raju said that the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (PCDA) would soon roll out the e-ticketing system for air travel. The PCDA Rail Booking System for e-ticketing would be introduced in another 200 Armed Forces units by next month and all units would be covered by the yearend, added Smt Nita Kapoor, Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA). The Secretary Defence Finance, Smt Indu Liberhan stressed the need for continuing institutionalized interaction between the Defence Finance and the three Services. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India Shri Vinod Rai said that since Defence Finance relates to a sensitive national security concern, the keyword for its success is the outcome and not simple accounting.

The Chief of the Army Staff General VK Singh and Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister Dr. VK Saraswat were among the dignitaries present at the inauguration of the three-day biennial conference.

Government to establish 132 schools for auxiliary nursing and 137 for general nursing

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Government to establish 132 schools for auxiliary nursing and 137 for general nursing

The Vice President Shri M Hamid Ansari presented National Florence Nightingale Awards to Outstanding/Meritorious Nursing Personnel here today. Terming nursing a noble profession Shri Ansari said that nurses play a key role in ensuring equitable health care for all. The Vice President said that the Nursing personnel must understand the magnitude of the health challenge and take coordinated action to promote healthy lifestyles, prevent disease and provide health care to those in need. Speaking on the occasion the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad assured that the Government is committed to upgrade nursing skills and improve the overall availability of nursing personnel. Shri Azad said that there are around 10.35 lakh nurses registered with the Nursing Council. Of these nearly 40% would be in active service. Many have retired or gone abroad or given up nursing services after marriage. That leaves only around 4 lakh nurses in the country in active service. Based on estimates made by different agencies around 10 lakh more nurses are required at the present rates.

In order to meet the shortage of nurses and bring the availability of nursing personnel at par with the developed countries Shri Azad gave details of new schemes being envisaged for promoting nursing in the country. He outlined the following initiatives.

• Opening of 132 ANM (Auxiliary Nursing and Midwifery) schools at an estimated cost of Rs.5.00 crores per school.

• Establishment of 137 GNM (General Nursing and Midwifery) Schools at an estimated cost of Rs.10.00 crores per school. Care will be taken to open these schools in those districts, where there are no such schools at present, thereby ensuring that all the districts of the country will have at least one Nursing School in the next two years.

• 14 State Nursing Councils are being strengthened at estimated cost of Rs. 1.00 crore per council.

• In another 14 cases Nursing Cells in Directorate of Health Services in the States are being strengthened at an estimated cost of Rs.1.00 crore per State.

• Six more Nursing Colleges are being opened at estimated cost of Rs.20.00 Crore per College.

The Health Minister also enumerated other measures such as liberalisation of the norms to encourage setting up of more nursing institutions. For example, the student patient ratio has been relaxed from 1:5 to 1:3, and adoption of a pragmatic approach in respect of faculty requirements and the qualifications and experience norms and the upper age limit of faculty has also been relaxed.

Similarly, super speciality hospitals have been allowed to start M.Sc. programmes without insisting on having graduate programmes; married females have been allowed admission in nursing course.

Similarly, 100 nursing seats would be allowed to parent hospitals without insisting on a Medical College.

Defence Ministry announces major DRDO restructuring plan

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Defence Ministry announces major DRDO restructuring plan

To give a major boost to Defence Research in the country and to ensure effective participation of the private sector in Defence technology, the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony today approved a series of measures that will transform and revitalise the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) – in form and substance.

The key measures include the establishment of a Defence Technology Commission with the Defence Minister as its Chairman, de-centralisation of DRDO management, making DRDO a leaner organisation by merging some of the DRDO laboratories with other public funded institutions with similar discipline, interest and administrative system, engagement of an eminent Human Resource (HR) expert as consultant to revamp the entire HR structure of DRDO and establishment of a commercial arm of DRDO. The decisions also include continuation of Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) for design and development of combat aircraft, continuation of the Kaveri aero-engine programme, development of MBT Arjun Mk-II and Akash Mk-II by DRDO and selection of industry partners by DRDO through a transparent process by evolving a suitable mechanism.

It may be recalled that the Government had set up a committee on February 08, 2007, chaired by Former Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Dr. P Rama Rao to review and suggest measures to improve the functioning of DRDO. The committee was mandated through its terms of reference to review the present organisational structure and to recommend necessary changes in the institutional, managerial, administrative and financial structures for improving the functioning of DRDO. The Committee, after year – long deliberations, submitted its report to the Government on February 07, 2008.

The recommendations of the Rama Rao Committee together with DRDO's views and the report were extensively deliberated upon by the three Services and the Defence Ministry. The Defence Minister Shri Antony had subsequently constituted a committee on June 25, 2009 under the Chairmanship of the Defence Secretary, to consider the responses and the suggestions made by various stakeholders on the recommendations of the Rama Rao Committee and to arrive at a set of acceptable recommendations. The committee chaired by the Defence Secretary met on five occasions and gave its recommendations to the Defence Minister.

Defence Technology Commission

A new Defence Technology Commission will now be established with the Defence Minister as its Chairman and supported by a Secretariat located at DRDO Headquarters.

Decentralisation of DRDO Management

The decentralisation of DRDO management will be achieved through formation of technology domain based centres or clusters of laboratories headed by Directors General. Seven centres will be created based on functionalities and technology domains. It will be the responsibility of the Directors General to ensure timely execution of major programmes and encouragement of research in laboratories. DRDO will also ensure full autonomy to all laboratories as far as S&T initiatives are concerned. While empowering the Directors of the laboratories, DRDO will put in a mechanism in place to ensure the accountability of the laboratory Directors.

Leaner DRDO

One of the major recommendations of the Rama Rao Committee was to make DRDO leaner by merging some of its laboratories with other public funded institutions have similar discipline, interests and administrative systems. Some of these recommendations of the Committee have been accepted by the Defence Minister.

Restructuring of DRDO

The present Director General of DRDO will be redesignated as Chairman, DRDO. Directors General at centres and CCsR&D at Headquarters will report to Chairman, DRDO, who would be the head of the organisation. The Chairman will head the DRDO Management Council having seven Directors General and four CCsR&D at Headquarters and Additional Financial Advisor (R&D) as members. Financial Advisors at the appropriate levels would report to Directors General / Lab Directors to ensure accountability.

Revamping of DRDO's HR Structure

DRDO will now hire an eminent HR expert as Consultant to revamp the whole HR structure. The Consultant will be entrusted with the task to examine issues such as selection and tenure of Directors and avenues for the induction of talented persons, independently spotted by the Lab Directors and the heads of centres, including filling up of wastage vacancies.

It has also been decided that the budget for rejuvenating Research may reach 5 percent of DRDO budget in a period of three years.

Commercial Arm of DRDO

A new Commercial Arm of DRDO would be created by DRDO as a Private Limited Company with a seed capital of about Rs. 2 crores. The commercial arm would deal only with the spin-off products and technologies meant for civilian use. It will not take up any manufacturing activity. For any production activity the services of public or private sector industry will be utilised.

It has also been decided that ADA will continue to perform its role of design and development of aircraft and DRDO to continue with the Kaveri Aero-Engine Programme. DRDO will also take up the development of MBT Arjun Mk-II and Mk-II version of Akash. DRDO will also select industry partners through a transparent process by evolving a suitable mechanism.

Govt. Employees take Pledge on Anti-Terrorism

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Govt. Employees take Pledge on Anti-Terrorism

Anti Terrorism Day is being observed throughout the country today. Employees in Govt. offices, Public Sector Undertakings and other public institutions in the country took a pledge in connection with the Anti-Terrorism Day. The Union Home Minister Shri P.Chidambaram administered the oath to the officers and staff of the Ministry of Home Affairs in North Block lawns this morning.

The Day is observed to generate awareness in the country among all sections of people, about the danger of terrorism, violence and its dangerous effect on the people, the society and the country as a whole.

The objective behind the observance of Anti-Terrorism Day is to wean away the youth from the terrorist/violence cult by highlighting the suffering of the common people and showing how it is prejudicial to the national interest. These objectives are aimed to be achieved by organizing debates/discussions in schools, colleges and universities; holding of symposia/seminars, lectures, etc. on the dangers of terrorism & violence and a determined and sustained drive to bring about a mass awakening against terrorism and violence.

Calculation of Vacancies of Steno Grade 'C' (PA) earmarked for filling up through direct recruitment since 2003

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

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi - 110003
Dated : 17thMay, 2010.


Subject:Calculation of Vacancies of Steno Grade 'C' (PA) earmarked for filling up through direct recruitment since 2003.

               The undersigned is directed to enclose a proforma seeking information regarding vacancies of Steno Grade 'C' (PA) earmarked for filling up through direct recritment since 2003.


2. As such, a proforma has been devised in the matter. All the Cadre Units are requested to ensure that the requisite information is furnished to this Department by 31.5.2010 in the enclosed proforma. In the absence of this information, Department of Personnel and Training is unable to proceed further with regular appointment of Steno Grade 'C' (PA). This will result in non-filling up of vacancies in your Cadre Units. As such, the information may be furnished on "TOP PRIORITY"

Under Secretary to the Government of India

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Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 - Schedules for Revised Scales of Pay.

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RBE No. 131/2009
New Delhi, dated, 17/07/2009


The General Managers/CAO(R)
All Indian Railways and Production Units.
(As per Mailing lists)


Sub:   Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 - Schedules for Revised Scales of Pay. Ref:   Board's letter of even number dated 22.09.2008

S.No. 10.2 (II) of Board's letter of even number dated 22.09.2008 shall be modified as under:-

S.No Post Present Scale(Rs.) Revised Pay Band & Grade Pay Remarks
Name of pay band Corresponding
pay bands(Rs.)
Grade Pay (Rs.)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7


10.2 Teaching Staff (Railway School):

I) see note below
II) Trained Graduate Teacher** I) see note below

Selection Grade 7500-12000 PB-3 15600-39100 5400
Senior Grade 6500-10500 PB-2 9300-34800 4800
Basic Grade 5500-9000 PB-2 9300-34800 4600

**Note: I) These categories will retain their existing classification as Group 'C'

II) Residency period will remain unchanged.

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

Deputy Director, Pay Commission - VI
Railway Board.

Encashment of Leave on Half Average Pay (LHAP) on permanent absorption in Public Sector Undertakings (PSU)/ Autonomous Bodies Reg.

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RBE No. 126
RBE No. 130 / 2009



New Delhi, dated 15-07-2009

The General Managers/CAOs,
All Indian Railways and Production Units.
(As per Mailing lists)

Subject:-     Encashment of Leave on Half Average Pay (LHAP) on permanent absorption in Public Sector Undertakings (PSU)/ Autonomous Bodies Regarding.


         In terms of the instructions contained in this office letter of even number dated 8.10.2008, both Leave on Average Pay and LHAP are to be considered for encashment at the time of retirement, subject to the overall limit of 300 days

2.    2. The matter regarding applicability or otherwise of the instructions dated 8.10.2008 referred to above in cases of permanent absorption of railway employees in PSUs/Autonomous Bodies, has been examined in consultation with the Department if Personnel &Training, the nodal Department of the Government in the matter, and it is clarified that the instructions dated 8.10.2008 ibid are not applicable in the case of permanent absorption of railway employees in PSUs / Autonomous Bodies. In other words, the existing provision of forfeiture of LHAP standing at the credit of such railway servants on absorption in PSUs/Autonomous bodies shall continue to be in force.

3.Please acknowledge receipt.

(Sunil Bhardwaj)
Deputy Director Finance(Estt.)III,
Railway Board.


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S.No - City - State - TOTAL

1.Chandigarh - CHANDIGARH - 73.480
2.Mysore - KARNATAKA - 70.650
3.Surat - GUJARAT - 69.080
4.N.D.M.C. - DELHI - 68.265
5.Delhi Cantt. - DELHI - 61.367
6.Tiruchirapalli - TAMIL NADU - 59.020
7.Jamshedpur - JHARKHAND - 57.960
8.Mangalore - KARNATAKA - 57.340
9.Rajkot - GUJARAT - 56.118
10.Kanpur - UTTAR PRADESH - 55.340
11.Navi Mumbai - MAHARASHTRA - 53.920
12 Bangalore - KARNATAKA - 53.637
13 Chennai - TAMIL NADU - 53.630
14 Rourkela Industrial Township - ORISSA - 53.400
15 Mandya - KARNATAKA - 53.330
16 Bidhannagar - WEST BENGAL - 52.820
17 Noida - UTTAR PRADESH - 51.910
18 Shillong - MEGHALAYA - 51.550
19 Ahmedabad - GUJARAT - 50.286
20 Alandur - TAMIL NADU - 50.240
21 Hardwar - UTTARKHAND - 49.850
22 Bidar - KARNATAKA - 49.820
23 Achalpur - MAHARASHTRA - 49.666
24 Vijayawada - ANDHRA PRADESH - 49.060
25 Kolkata - WEST BENGAL - 48.965


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