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All India Consumer Price index Numbers for Industrial Workers on base 2001=100 for the Month of December, 2010

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All India Consumer Price index Numbers for Industrial Workers on base 2001=100 for the Month of December, 2010

All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of December, 2010 increased by 3 points and stood at 185 (one hundred and eighty five).

During December, 2010, the index recorded an increase of 9 points in Quilon centre, 8 points in Guntur centre, 7 points each in Tiruchirapally, Vadodara and Belgaum centres, 6 points in 4 centres, 5 points in 6 centres, 4 points in 10 centres, 3 points in 16 centres, 2 points in 15 centres and 1 point in 8 centres. The index decreased by 2 points each in Kodarma and Tripura centres, 1 point each in Durgapur, Ranchi Hatia and Ludhiana centres, while in the remaining 9 centres the index remained stationary.

The maximum increase of 9 points in Quilon centre is mainly on account of increase in the prices of Rice, Coconut Oil, Fish Fresh, Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, Tea (Readymade), Firewood, etc. The increase of 8 points in Guntur centre is due to increase in the prices of Rice, Groundnut Oil, Onion, Tamarind, Vegetable & Fruit items, etc. The increase of 7 points each in Tiruchirapally, Vadodara and Belgaum centres is due to increase in the prices of Rice, Wheat, Jowar, Goat Meat, Eggs (Hen), Onion, Vegetable items, Sugar, Petrol, etc. However, the decrease of 2 points each in Kodarma and Tripura centres is due to decrease in the prices of Rice, Wheat Atta, Vegetable items, etc. and the decrease of 1 point each in Durgapur, Ranchi Hatia and Ludhiana centres is due to decrease in the prices of Rice, Wheat Atta, Vegetable items, etc.

The indices in respect of the six major centres are as follows :
1. Ahmedabad - 183
2. Bangalore - 186
3. Chennai - 169
4. Delhi - 169
5. Kolkata - 180
6. Mumbai - 184

The All-India (General) point to point rate of inflation for the month of December, 2010 is 9.47% as compared to 8.33% in November, 2010. Inflation based on Food Index is 7.98% in December, 2010 as compared to 5.35% in November, 2010.

Additional fare by the entitled class to Government Servant on transfer

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OFFICE OF THE CONTROLLER GENERAL OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS
ULAN BATAR ROAD, PALAM DELHI CANTT - 110010


CIRCULAR


No.AT/IV/4462/Orders/Vol-III

dated: 06th Jan 2011


All PCsDA/CsDA PC of A (Fys) Kolkata


Sub: Additional fare by the entitled class to Govt. Servant on transfer.

A copy of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure E.IV Section OM No.19030/1/2006-E.IV dated: 6th February 2006 and subsequent corrigendum issued vide No.19030/1/2006-E.IV dated: 22nd March 2006 on the above subject is forwarded herewith for information, guidnace and necessary action.



s/d
(S.Parthasarthy)
For C.G.D.A



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Spl package for govt employees posted in Kashmir extended

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Spl package for govt employees posted in Kashmir extended

New Delhi, Jan 30 (PTI) Central government employees working in the Kashmir Valley will receive special facilities, like additional HRA and other assistance, for another year till December 31, 2011.

The decision was taken after the Home Ministry reviewed the issue in consultation with the Finance Ministry.

The special package of concessions and incentives was earlier supposed to come to an end on December 31 last.

Under the package, these employees will get additional house rent allowance (HRA) and other concessions. They have an option to move their families to a place of their choice in India at government expense.

They will also get travelling allowances for the families allowed as admissible in permanent transfer, including transportation, payment for packing etc.

Besides, the department concerned will make arrangements for stay, security and transportation to place of work for the employees.

Source: PTI

The Industrial Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2009

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The Industrial Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2009

Mr. Vice-Chairman, Sir, I rise to give my observations on the Bill which is before the House. Just now I have heard the presentation by my very senior colleague, Sanjeeva Reddyji, who is also a stalwart of the Indian trade union movement, the President of the INTUC. I fully endorse his views, not just as a Member of this House but also as a trade union activist.

Sir, I endorse his views that the issue of labour is not being taken up with the seriousness it deserves, and the whole mindset behind that kind of an approach is, as if just a consideration is being extended to poor workers. Although the very fact remains that whatever GDP growth, etc., etc., we are boasting, and sometimes we are patting ourselves on our back for the management of this economy, the entire value is created by the labour and labour alone. Sometimes the labour themselves do not understand the importance of theirs, and that is why they allow them to be taken for granted for this kind of an approach. Now, coming to the Bill, let me tell you that every item of this Bill had been a consensus in a Tripartite Indian Labour Conference, not today, seven years back.

All the sides had agreed to every aspect, and incidentally, personally, myself and Sanjeeva Reddyji sitting over here were physically associated in building of that consensus. But, unfortunately, again, it is not a priority before the Government, so it took more than seven years to bring a consensus item in the form of a legislation. This is the most unfortunate part of it. Again, while putting that consensus in action, in the form of a law, certain basic practical aspects have been ignored, making thereby a greater part of the effort totally infructuous. It is so because the practical aspects have not been taken into account. I think, all these things have been amply elaborated by Sanjeeva Reddyji, and I do not like to go into the details of that.

Sir, I would like to draw the attention of the hon. Minister to certain aspects. Number one, in the case of appropriate Government, I thank the hon. Minister for accepting the recommendation of the Standing Committee because the contract workers are the worst sufferers. The most important legislation this country is having on contract workers is the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970 which gives recognition to a triangular relationship between the principal employer, the contractor and the contract workers, and where the contract workers under the Central Government establishment is to face a dispute, in that case, the Central Government must be the appropriate Government; otherwise, they have to run from door to door. The poor contract worker is getting its point addressed. So, in that respect, the Standing Committee in its wisdom suggested certain concrete changes in the Bill, and I am thankful to the hon. Minister that he has accepted it by moving an official amendment. That is an important thing. It is because today in the entire workplace contract work has become the order of the day. It is done in violation of the Contract Labour Abolition Act; and in most of the cases, the respective Governments are promoting that kind of a violation.

That is the reality. So, at least, this may be a small weapon in the hands of the poor contract workers to get their things done. I thank for accepting that amendment. Secondly, on the aspect of wage ceiling, it is really ridiculous. Yes, you can make a claim, from Rs.1600 it may be Rs.10000. But you have done it after 25 years. As on today, Rs.10000 does not mean anything. Again you are talking about the Supervisors.

I would like to tell you that in majority of the industries it has become an instrument in the hands of the employer. He gives you a name of Supervisor and he takes away all rights from you. That can be taken care of by appropriately taking care of the ceiling aspect. There should be no ceiling. Wherever there is employer-employee relationship, in a civilized democratic country, employee has got a basic democratic right in airing his grievances through established grievance settlement redressal machinery. That is the fundamental of any democratic system. Why should there be a ceiling? In that respect in the matter of industrial disputes, that is, in resolving the disputes between an employer and an employee, whatever kind of employee he may be, he may be a workman, he may be a helper, he may be any other kind of worker, everybody is having his important contribution to the national GDP and other things, the rationality suggests that the employee who is always at the receiving end has got outreach to get his grievances addressed.

In that event, I think the question of putting a ceiling in the matter of industrial disputes is absolutely superfluous, and this Bill deserves deletion of that clause. I urge upon the hon. Minister that all his good intentions will not get reflected in the reality if that thing is kept. By this you are denying the basic democratic right to an employee who is always at the receiving end. He may be an officer. You may give him any name and take away his rights. That is the serious lacuna here which neutralizes rather negates the good intentions behind the Bill. So, I sincerely urge upon the hon. Minister to consider this.

The third point is about grievance redressal machinery. I fully agree with Shri Sanjeeva Reddy. The Works Committee was not implemented in 99 per cent cases. It is a statutory arrangement. Have you any record that you have taken care, you have prosecuted the employers for violating these basic items of the law of the land? If somebody violates the law of the land he must be behind bars. But, unfortunately, so far as labour is concerned, the violator of the law of the land shares breakfast or dinner table with who's-who in the Government. That is the reality. What changes are you going to bring about? You bring any number of laws but if the violation is promoted from the enforcement machinery itself that will be an unfortunate thing. So, that aspect has to be taken care of. Similarly, in the matter of grievances redressal machinery, I think the Standing Committee has made an observation. Up to 12, they have allowed. Why? Why should it not be up to 10? Even your Unorganised Workers Act however ineffective it may be, as I consider it, provides some machinery for the establishments employing below 10. So, from 10 to 20, there is an absolute vacuum. How do you propose to address this thing because for 10 to 20 there is no machinery? For below 10, something is there and above 20, we are addressing this.

I think that lacuna needs to be properly addressed. Then there is the issue of Tribunal. I think some good steps have been taken. I think, it requires repetition and reiteration, please, make a timeframe. Otherwise, all these facilities mean nothing for the workers. Please make a fixed time-frame. The award of the Tribunal must be implemented in a fixed time-frame. Even if the employer wants to challenge it, they must have the right to appeal. But, he should be allowed to go only after implementing the award. If he wins, the amount, etc., can be recovered. We are even ready to accept that kind of a thing. But, please get it implemented. When you are defining 'appropriate Government', you are bringing all Central Government establishments under this.

First set your own redressal machinery in different States. Have more DNC and ANC office under the Central Ministry spread over the States, so that the 'appropriate Government' can really and practically act as an 'appropriate Government' in addressing the grievances. The time prescribed should be reduced to a fortnight. A dismissed worker cannot wait. Employer can make this 'wait' for his advantage. They can increase the period of conciliation in collusion with labour department and conciliation officer. Please, if you want to really give a right to worker, do it.

The last point is, you are amending the Industrial Disputes Act. Please, let it be implemented properly. On the one hand, you are amending the Industrial Disputes Act to give more rights to workers and, on the other, you are diluting its implementation and some of the provisions through some other legislative exercise. Please, don't do it. Your Bill, which is pending in this House on furnishing of returns, goes at cross purposes with the very intention with which you have brought this Bill. So, please, do not press for it. This is my request.

The last point is, I think, the Central Government has a responsibility on it. You have the Industrial Disputes Act to be implemented by the labour department. Now, a new style has come. The Central Government, with its own action, has provoked it. Sir, for the SEZ, the labour department is not responsible to address the labour problems. The Development Commissioner has been appointed. The ILO, in its Governing Body, has recommended that this must be changed and India is a party to that. What are you going to do that? Taking inspiration from that, even in Noida and greater Noida where there is no SEZ, you have made the entire labour department defunct and the District Magistrate and the Collector has been given the right to deal with the labour-related grievances. So, you are dismantling the labour law and, at the same time, you are bringing some good amendments to the Industrial Disputes Act! These work at cross purposes. We have written a number of times, including to your Office requesting you to intervene in Noida issue.

The labour issue has to be dealt by the labour department and the labour department also needs to be strengthened if the provisions of the Industrial Disputes Act have to be meaningfully implemented. Otherwise, the workers are not benefited. You can make any number of laws. They will bring no benefit to the workers. By that kind of an exercise, you are provoking extremism in the labour sector.

I, as a labour activist, would like to warn the Government, please do not allow extremism in the labour areas. That will be a greater disservice to this country and greater disservice to the development prospects of this country. By not implementing the labour laws, you are promoting extremism in the labour sector. Please stop this before the situation gets worsened.

With these few words, I thank you very much.



Source: CITU

CVC Disposed of 804 Cases in December 2010 Major Penalty Proceedings Recommened against 226 Officers

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CVC Disposed of 804 Cases in December 2010 Major Penalty Proceedings Recommened against 226 Officers

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) disposed of 804 cases during December 2010 referred to it for advice. Of these, 667 complaints were sent for necessary action/ATR whereas 48 complaints were sent for investigation and report. No action was required on 123 complaints.

The Commission advised imposition of major penalty against 226 officers including 50 from Department of Communications, 36 from Central Board of Excise & Customs, 23 from Ministry of Railways, 13 from State Bank of India, 10 from Vijaya Bank, 9 from Punjab & Sind Bank, 8 from M.C.D., 7 from Andhra Bank, 6 from Canara Bank, 5 each from Allahabad Bank, Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd.& UCO Bank. Remaining 31 cases pertained to different departments of the Government of India and PSUs.

Recoveries to the tune of about Rs.2.78 crore were effected after Commission conducted technical examination of some departments.

Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for the Railways Employees-Clarifications Regarding.

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Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for the Railways Employees-Clarifications Regarding.

Subsequent to the issue of Board’s instructions dated 10.06.2009 regarding MACP Scheme, a Joint Committee is set up to examine the anomalies pertaining to the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) vide Department of Personnel & Trining O.M No.11/1/2010-JCA, dt. 03-05-2010.

2. During the Joint Committee meeting it was pointed out by the Staff Side that the word ‘New Organization’ of the last line of Para-24 of annexure of MACPS dated 10-6-2009 was not in consonance with the spirit of the Scheme. The issue has been examined and it is clarified that in case of transfer ‘including unilateral transfer on request, regular service rendered in previous organization/Office shall be counted along with the regular service in the new organization/office for the purpose of getting financial upgradation under the MACPS. However, financial upgradtion under MACPS shall be allowed in the immediate next higher grade pay in the hierarchy of revised pay bands as given in Railway services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008. Para-24 of MACPS stands amended to this extent.

3. The Staff Side also raised an issue on the ‘Benchmark’ for MACPS as given in Para-17 of annexure of MACPS dated 10-6-2009, which provides that the financial upgradation would be on Non-functional basis subject to fitness, in the hierarchy of grade pay within the PB-1. Thereafter for upgradation under the MACPS, the benchmark of ‘Good’ would be applicable till the grade pay of Rs. 6600/- in PB-3. The benchmark will be ‘Very Good’ for financial upgradation to the grade pay of Rs. 7600/- and above. It was pointed out that in some cases the promotion to the next higher grade was made on the basis of ‘fitness’ as the method of promotion as specified in the relevant recruitment rules, was non-selection. Therefore, in such cases benchmarks should not be insisted upon under the MACPS. The issue has been examined and it is clarified that where the financial upgradation under MACPS also happen to be in the promotional grade and benchmark for promotion is lower than the benchmark for granting the benefits under MACPS as mentioned in Para- 17 ibid, the benchmark for promotion shall apply to MACPS also. This instruction is in continuation of Board’s earlier instruction of even number dated 03-02-2010.

Extension of Risk Allowance till 30.06.2011

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No.21012/01/2008-Estt. (Allowance)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
****


New Delhi, dt.25th January, 2011.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM



Subject:- Extension of Risk Allowance till 30.06.2011.

The undersigned is directed to refer this Department's OM No.21012/01/2008-Estt.(AL) dated 13.10.2010 vide which payment of Risk Allowance was extended till 31.12.2010. Extension of Risk Allowance for a further period of six months beyond 31.12.2010 has been considered and it has been decided that Risk Allowance may be continued for a further period of six months upto 30.06.201 1 or till such time Risk Insurance Scheme is implemented, whichever is earlier. All the MinistriesDepartments are requested to ensure implementation of Risk Insurance Scheme before 30.06.2011. No further extension will considered thereafter.



s/d
( Zoya C.B.)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

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Interest on General Provident Fund(GPF) for the year 2009-10

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Interest on General Provident Fund(GPF) for the year 2009-10


MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(Department of Economic Affairs)

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 3rd November, 2010

G.S.R. 882(E).- In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 15 of the Government Savings Bank Act, 1873 (5 of 1873), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Post Office Savings Account Rules, 1981, name1y:-

1. Short title and commencement.-(l) These rules may be called the Post Office Savings Account (Amendment) Rules, 2010.

(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. Amendment of rule 4.-In the Post Office Savings Account Rules, 1981, in rule 4, in the Table under the heading" A. Individuals Accounts", against Serial No.1, relating to "Single Account", under column 2, the entry at clause (e) shall be deleted.

 

[F. No. 7/12/2005-NS-II]

M. A. KHAN, Under Secy

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT HOLIDAYS - 2012

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT HOLIDAYS - 2012

Holiday List - 2012

Date Day Holiday
January - 26 Thursday Republic Day
February - 20 Monday Maha Shivratri
March - 08 Thursday Holi
April - 05 Thursday Mahavir Jayanthi
April - 06 Friday Good Friday
May - 01 Tuesday May Day
May - 06 Sunday Buddha Purnima
August - 15 Wednesday Independence Day
September - 19 Wednesday Ganesh Chaturthi
October - 02 Tuesday Mahatma Gandhi Jayanthi
October - 24 Wednesday Vijaya Dashami
November - 11 Sunday Diwali
November - 28 Wednesday Guru Nanak Jayanthi
December - 25 Tuesday Christmas


Entitlement of Pass facilites under MACPS -Clarification reg.

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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)


S.No.PC-VI/245 No.PC-V/2009/ACP/2

RBE No.5/2011 New Delhi, dated 12-01-2011

The General Managers
All Zonal Rai1ways & PUs
(As per mailing list)

Sub:- Entitlement of Pass facilites under MACPS -Clarification reg.

Ref:- Board’s letter of even number dated 10-06-2009

     The issue regarding the entitlement of privilege and other passes in case of employees who have been granted financial upgradation under the MACP Scheme has been under consideration.

     In terms of Para 16 of Annexure of Board's letter referred to above, financial upgradation under the MACP Scheme is personal to the incumbent and entitles the employee to certain benefits which are linked to the pay drawn by the employee. Hence, the benefit of Passes/PTOs Corresponding to the next higher Grade Pay granted under the MACP Scheme will be available to the employee. It is also reiterated that the grant of financial upgradation under the MACP Scheme does not entail any change in the designation, classification and status of an employee. Accordingly, the benefits related to higher status inherent in the higher Pay Band and / or Grade Pay is not avaialble to such an employee who has been granted higher Grade Pay under the MACP Scheme.

3. This issue with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Rai1ways.

4. Hindi version is enclosed.

N.P.Singh
Dy. Director, Pay Commission - V
Railway Board



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Amendment to Rule 64, 71, 72 & 80 of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972-Issue of ‘No Demand Certificate to Govt servants

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No.18011/5/1990-Pol-III
Government of India
Department of Estates


Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated: 12th October, 2010


OFFICE MEMORANDUM



SUBJECT:    Amendment to Rule 64,71,72 & 80 of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972-Issue of ‘No Demand Certificate to Govt servants.



      The undersigned is directed to say that Department of Pension and Pensioner’ Welfare vide Notification No. S.O 829 (E) dated 7th April 2010, published in the Gazette of India on 12th April, 2010 has made amendments to Rules 64 71, 72 & 80 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972, providing thereby to withhold 10% of the amount of Gratuity admissible to retiring Government employees who are in occupation of Govt accommodation. However, consequent upon the issue of above notification, a large number of those Government employees, who have not been allotted Government accommodation are also approaching the Directorate of Estates for obtaining ‘No Demand Certificate’. In this regard, orders dated 21.11.1963 issued by this Directorate already exist. According to these orders, in cases where a Government servant has not been in occupation of any Govt residential accommodation during the service, a reference to the Directorate Estates for the issue of ‘NDC’ to him should not be necessary.

In view of this, it is reiterated that in cases where a Govt servant has not been allotted and occupied any residential accommodation during the service, instead of approaching this Directorate, the No Demand Certificate should be issued by the administrative authority concerned after verification of their records and obtaining the declaration from the Govt servants concerned, in the form enclosed herewith and attested by a Gazetted officer.



s/d
(R. N. Yadav)
Deputy Director of Estates (Policy)



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Ceiling for reimbursement of special Nursing and Ayah/Attendant charges to the employees covered under CS(MA) Rules,1944

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No.S. 14025/8/20 10-MS
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
313, ‘D’Wing. Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi— 110108

Dated the 18th January, 2011
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:    Ceiling for reimbursement of special Nursing and Ayah/Attendant charges to the employees covered under CS(MA) Rules,1944.

      The undersigned is directed to invite reference to this Ministry’s CM No.S.14025/74/86- MS dated 30.10.1991 wherein an arrangement for reimbursement for special nursing has been made which stipulates that the amount of such reimbursement is limited to the amount which is in excess of 25% of the pay of the Government servant. Keeping in view the increase in pay and allowances and wages of nurses and ayah/attendants and in order to simplify the existing procedure, it has been decided to fix ceiling rates of special nurse and ayah/attendant for reimbursement to CS(MA) beneficiaries.

2.       The Ceiling rates for such reimbursement to CS(MA) beneficiary would be as follows:

Special Nurse – Rs 150/- per shift of 12 hours.

Ayah/Attendant – Rs 75/- per shift of 12 hours

3.       The reimbursement of special charges for nurse and ayah/attendant at above rates is subject to the condition that for such purpose a certificate from the medical officer in-charge of the case in the hospital and countersigned by the medical superintendent of the hospital should be produced in the prescribed form as enclosed at annexure.

4.      This order will be effective from the date of issue

5.      This issues with the concurrence of IFD vide Dy. No. C-2200 dated 05/01/2011.


s/d
(Sanjay Pant)
Under Secretary to the Government of India.



Centre taking steps to tackle shortage of medical faculty

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Centre taking steps to tackle shortage of medical faculty

Bangalore, Jan 20 (PTI) Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today said the Centre had taken a host of measures to address the shortage of human resource in the health sector, including relaxing the retirement age of medical teaching faculty to 70 years from the 2010-11 academic year.

Speaking at the 15th convocation ceremony of the National Institute of Mental Health here, he said the ministry hopes to address the shortage by amending regulations, relaxing norms in Medical Council Rules and commencing new schemes.

"To meet the shortage of specialists and faculty, the teacher-student ratio has been increased from 1:1 to 1:2. For the academic year 2010-11, nearly 4000 additional seats in different postgraduate courses in government medical colleges across the country have already been approved."

The minister hoped these initiatives would create an additional 10,000 post graduate seats in the next two years.

Source: PTI

Manmohan to roll out mobile number portability today

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Manmohan to roll out mobile number portability today

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will formally announce a nationwide roll-out of the much-awaited mobile number portability (MNP) service on Thursday. This facility will allow mobile subscribers to switch operators without changing their phone numbers, thus forcing telecom companies to improve efficiency of their networks, offer competitive tariffs and more value-added services.

“I think it is a great step forward for the consumer, as it enhances choice and brings in more competition, because the more efficient you are as a service provider, the more likely that consumers will choose you,” Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal told journalists here on Wednesday.

Due to technical reasons and laxity on the part of telecom operators, the MNP missed at least three deadlines last year. However, it was introduced in Haryana as a test case in November 2010. In the meantime, private operators had already begun a major marketing campaign, creating awareness of the service in order to woo mobile users.

How much churning will happen in the mobile space due to MNP, only time will tell; but it will definitely put pressure on mobile operators to offer better and more value-added services not only to woo customers but also to retain their existing customers. Some operators could further slash their tariffs to attract customers. Mobile operators such as Idea Cellular, Vodafone Essar, Uninor, Reliance Communications, Airtel and Aircel are all geared to introduce the MNP to give a boost to their subscriber base.

“Idea is ready to enable the MNP on its network and has made substantial investment in network, technology and processes to allow mobile subscribers to switch network and move to Idea, post MNP. Idea has also launched an MNP helpline to guide mobile subscribers on various aspects and procedures of number portability. The mobile users across all 22 circles can call up the toll-free number and register their requests for porting on the Idea network,” Idea Cellular said in a statement.

According to CDMA operator Sistema Shyam TeleServices (SSTL) president and Chief Executive Officer Vsevolod Rozanov: “I think tariffs will go down further especially if we speak about the post-paid customer base, where we are likely to see the average revenue per user going down. In the pre-paid segment, I doubt a significant change in their tariffs or profitability.” The SSTL offers services under the brand MTS.



Source: The Hindu

Onion, tomato prices drop marginally in Delhi

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Onion, tomato prices drop marginally in Delhi

The sliding wholesale prices of onion pushed down its retail rate by Rs 10 a kg in Delhi and Mumbai on Wednesday, providing some relief to the consumers who had been moved to tears due to its skyrocketing cost.

Onion prices dropped to Rs 30-50 a kg in retail in the national capital and Mumbai from Rs 40-60 a kg on Tuesday, traders said.

But, Kolkata and Chennai were not so lucky where the vegetable maintained Tuesday's level of Rs 45-60 per kg in retail, they said.

Retail price of tomato, which has entered into a contest offlate with onion, also lowered by Rs 10 a kg in Delhi and Kolkata.

It was available at Rs 40-50 a kg in Delhi and at Rs 20-30 a kg in the Eastern metropol on Wednesday.

However, in Chennai, the retail price of the vegetable increased by Rs 5 a kg at Rs 45 a kg since Tuesday, a report said.

Drop in onion prices in Delhi and Mumbai is attributed to sliding rates in wholesale markets in the past one week.

Cost of bulk purchase of onions has come down by about Rs 18 a kg in Delhi's Azadpur market (Asia's biggest fruits & vegetables wholesale market) since 13th January, when it had zoomed to Rs 50 a kg.

Onion was being sold at Rs 12-32 a kg in Azadpur market on Wednesday, General Secretary Onion Merchants Association Rajendra Sharma said.

The cost of onions also relented in other major cities.

The Consumer Affairs Ministry data on retail prices of some essential commodities revealed that onion sold at Rs 34 a kg in Patna, while it was available at Rs 45 a kg in Lucknow, Rs 33 a kg in Hyderabad and Rs 44 a kg in Bangalore on Wednesday.

It, however, remained expensive in Shimla and Itanagar at Rs 60 a kg respectively, it said.

General Secretary of Azadpur based Tomato Merchants Association, Subhash Chugh said supply of the crop picked up on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, out of the 200 tonnes of onion to be imported from Pakistan, 180 tonnes had reached Mundra port in Gujarat on last Friday. The stock has now reached Delhi, official sources said.

While, a portion of the imported onion from the neighbouring country was made available to agri-cooperative Nafed, the remaining were auctioned in the Azadpur market at a rate of 26.90 per kg, the sources added.

Source: DDI News

NPS: Advantages of being a IRA compliant subscriber and features of Tier-II account

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CONTROLLER GENERAL OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS
ULAN BATAR ROAD, PALAM DELHI CANTT - 110010


No.AT-I/NPS/CORR/II

Date 7th Dec 2010


The Pr. AO(NPS)
(All 37 Pr.AOs)


Sub: NPS: Advantages of being a IRA compliant subscriber and features of Tier-II account.

Please find enclosed write-up on the merits of IRA compliance as well as the features of Tier-II account received from the NSDL Mumbai vide letter No AS/KV/SB/201022434 dated 12-10-2010. The other write up is related to Tier-II account under the New Pension Scheme wherein details such as interfacing entity for Tier-II account, opening a Tier-II account, NPS architecture of Tier-II account, transactions in Tier-II account, and charges for Tier-II account have been mentioned. Copies of the write-ups which are self explanatory, may be forwarded to the DDOs mapped with the PAOs under your jurisdiction for information of all the subscribers.



s/d
Sr.Dy.CGDA(AT-I)



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Details of Holiday Homes for Central Government Employees

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Details of Holiday Homes for Central Government Employees

Directorate of Estates is an attached office of the Ministry of Urban Development.

One of the facilities provided by the Directorate of Estates is the facility of Holiday Homes and Touring Officers Hostel at various locations in India. This facility is offered to following category of officials :

a. Sitting Member of Parliament

b. Central Govt. employees (on official visits)

c. Serving Central Govt. employee (on leave, LTC or personal visits)

d. State/PSU employees (on duty/leave)

e. Retired Government Employees

This web application has been Developed to provide information about Holiday Homes and Touring Officers Hostels and their booking. Through this website Directorate of Estates welcomes online application registration for booking of Holiday Homes and Touring Officers Hostels. The online registration facility is currently available for 17 stations across India.


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Allotment of Terms & Conditions

Partial modification in the order regarding pay fixation of existing Group ‘D’ employees

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F.No. 1/1/2008-IC
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
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New Delhi, the 4th January, 2011


CORRIGENDUM



Subject:    Clarifications regarding pay fixation of existing Group ‘D’ employees in the revised pay structure.



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      In partial modification of this Departments OM of even number dated 24th December, 2008 the Grade Pay of Rs. 1900/- as mentioned in the fifth line of the said OM may be read as Rs. 1800/- instead of Rs. 1900/-.



s/d
(Renu jain)
DIRECTOR



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Govt moots proposal to enhance educational standards

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Govt moots proposal to enhance educational standards

New Delhi, Jan 17 (PTI) Government today mooted a proposal for an "institutional framework" to strengthen Centre-state collaboration in raising educational standards under the RTE regime with the involvement of key education regulators.

Such a framework would include educational bodies like NCERT, State Councils of Educational Research and Trainings (SCERT), CBSE, Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE) and National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE).

The proposal was mooted by HRD Minister Kapil Sibal at the meeting of central and state education regulatory bodies with an aim to ensure "constant coordination, continuous flow of information and dialogues between them", said an HRD Ministry official.

Sibal also said that the institutional mechanism between NCERT and SCERTs should also work towards developing question banks which could be used by states for their Teacher Eligibility Test.

Source: PTI

Old-age pension to go into bank accounts only

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Old-age pension to go into bank accounts only

New Delhi, Jan 18 (PTI) In an effort to streamline the old-age pension disbursal system, Delhi Government today decided to completely do away with paying the monthly emolument through post offices and instead it will be given through banks only.

Out of over three lakh old-age pensioners, 80,677 people have been drawing the amount of Rs 1,000 every month through post offices and they now have to open bank accounts within six months.

At a meeting of the Delhi Cabinet presided by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit it was decided to pay the old-age pension through bank accounts only, said Social Welfare Minister Mangat Ram Singhal.

The city government pays the old-age pension to poor people aged 60 years or above.

"We have decided to pay only through banks as it will help in smooth transfer of pension money. More than 2,13,000 beneficiaries have already been receiving their pension through banks," said an official.

Source: PTI

Clarification regarding reimbursement of Ambulance charges to CGHS beneficiaries...

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No: S.4924/2010/CGHS(R&H)/CGHS(P)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
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Maulana Azad, Nirman Bhawan.
New Delhi 110 108 dated the 17th2011
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject:    Clarification regarding reimbursement of Ambulance charges to CGHS beneficiaries-

      The undersigned is directed to refer to the subject mentioned above and to state that this Ministry has been receiving several representations seeking clarifications regarding Ambulance charges to CGHS beneficiaries.

2.       It is accordingly clarified that expenditure incurred on engagement of Ambulance by CGHS beneficiaries, comprising both serving Govt. employees and pensioners is reimbursable provided that:

      (i)       The doctor treating the patient certifies in writing that conveyance of patient by any other mode would definitely endanger the patient’s life or would grossly aggravate his / her condition and

      (ii)       That the journey is undertaken within the same city.

3.       This issues with the concurrence of IED vide Dy. No. 4888/Dt.11.O1.2011 of the office of the AS&FA, Min., of Health &Family Welfare.


s/d
[Jai Prakash]
Under Secretary to Government of India


Automatic Computerised Allotment of Government

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Automatic Computerised Allotment of Government

In order to ensure complete transparency in allotment of General Pool residential accommodation, faster rotation of housing stock and to provide more convenience to the applicants, an Automated System of Allotment (ASA) has been launched by the Directorate of Estates.

Allotments as per this system would be fully automated, online and based on the preferences for specific houses indicated by the applicants.

The Secretary, Urban Development Dr. M.Ramachandran made the first allotted of houses in Type VI (A) (C-II) through the Automated System here today in a function held at Nirman Bhawan. Launching the new system, Dr.Ramachandran said it is a milestone initiative to bring transparency and best practices in the official working.

The Directorate of Estates would introduce Automated System of Allotment for other type of houses in phases. Allotment of Type V (B) (D-I) will be introduced by July and Types V (A) (D-II) & IV (Spl.) houses by August this year.

Schedule for implementation of ASA in respect of other types of houses will be finalized soon.

HOW AUTOMATED SYSTEM OF ALLOTMENT OPERATES

All applications for allotment of houses will be accepted “on-line” only. For this purpose every applicant will have to create his/her account and fill up the required application form by following the instructions on the screen.

After completing the process on-line, the applicant will have to take a printout of his/her application along with account details etc. and get it officially forwarded from his/her office to the Directorate of Estates for activation of his/her account.

On receipt of the paper application duly forwarded by the controlling office of the applicant, his/her account will be activated by sending him/her a Registration Number (which will work as his/her ID) and a pass-word through SMS and/or e-mail.

Once the applicant has received his/her registration number and Login password through SMS/e-mail, then he/she will be able to operate his/her account and make required changes in his/her preferences/ choices etc. as and when required on-line.

All the existing applicants will also be sent their Login ID and password through SMS/e-mail to enable them to operate their accounts on-line.

Both existing applicants as well as new applicants will have to indicate their choices/preferences for houses as per the drop-down menu on the screen.

All the houses falling vacant during the month i.e. till 30th/31st of the month would be displayed category-wise and pool-wise on the website of the Directorate of Estates (www.estates.nic.in) for allotment in the subsequent months. The list of vacant houses available for allotment as well as the Waiting List as on the last day of the month will remain frozen during the period from 1st to 9th of the month.

Applicants have to make one of the following three options from 1st to 9th of the month:-

- To choose particular house(s) in order of applicant’s preference, out of the list of houses available for allotment as listed in the website. No need to restrict the preference to the localities/floors restricted earlier for allotment.

- To give option for allotment of any house as per the localities/floors restricted earlier for allotment. The localities/floors can also be modified.

- To exercise the option of “not interested in any house currently available for allotment”. (This would also be the default choice in case applicant does not give any choice).

Choice of specific houses can be made or modified from 9.00 a.m. on the 1st of the month to 5.00 p.m. on 9th of the month.

Allotment of houses as per choices/preferences of applicant will be made on 10th of each month only for those applicants whose accounts have been activated in the preceding or earlier months.

An applicant will be allotted a particular house chosen by him if nobody senior to him in the waiting list has opted for the same.

The concept of technical acceptance will be done away with.

Applicants will not be eligible for more than two allotments in each category of house.

After having opted for a particular house and having been allotted the same, the applicant will have to necessarily accept the allotment. In the event of non-acceptance, the applicant will be debarred for further allotment for a period of one year.

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Early Closure of Offices in connection with Republic Day Parade and Beating Retreat Ceremony during 2011

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N0.16/12/2010-JCA 2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 11th January, 2011
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Sub: Early Closure of Offices in connection with Republic Day Parade and Beating Retreat Ceremony during 2011. In connection with arrangements for the Republic Day Parade and Beating Retreat Ceremony, 2011, it has been decided that the Government offices located in the buildings indicated in Annexure-I would be closed early at 13:00 hrs. on 25th January, 2011 (Tuesday) and in buildings indicated in Annexure-II would be closed early at 12:00 Noon on 29th January, 2011 (Saturday). 2. Hindi version will follow
(Dinesh Kapila)
Director (JCA)

Extracts of provisions in F.R. 56

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Extracts of provisions in F.R. 56

      F.R. 56(a) Except as otherwise provided in this rule, every Government servant shall retire from service on the afternoon of the last day of the month in which he attains the age of sixty years:

      Provided that a Government servant whose date of birth is the first of a month shall retire from service on the afternoon of the last day of the preceding month on attaining the age of sixty years.

      Provided further that a Government servant who has attained the age of fifty-eight years on or before the first day of May, 1998 and is on extension in service, shall retire from the service on expiry of his extended period of service.

      Or on the expiry of any further extension in service granted by the Central Government in public interest, provided that no such extension in service shall be granted beyond the age of 60 years.

      (b) A workman who is governed by these rules shall retire from service on the afternoon of the last day of the month in which he attains the age of sixty years.

      (bb) The age of superannuation in respect of specialists included in the Teaching, Non-Teaching and Public Health Sub-cadres of Central Health Service shall be 62 years.

      “Provided that for the specialist included in the Teaching sub-cadres of the Central Health Service who are engaged only in teaching activities and not occupying administrative positions, the age of superannuation shall be sixty-five years:

      provided further that such specialist of the Teaching Sub-cadres of Central Health Service who are occupying administrative positions shall have the option of seeking appointment to the teaching positions in case they wish to continue in service up to sixty-five years.”

      (bbb) The age of superannuation in respect of nursing teaching faculty with M.Sc in Nursing in the Central Government Nursing Institutions shall be 65 years subject to the condition that they continue to function as faculty members after the age of 60 years.

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(d) No Government servant shall be granted extension in service beyond the age of retirement of sixty years:

      Provided that a Government servant dealing with budget work or working as a full-time member of a Committee which is to be wound up within a short period of time may be granted extension of service for a period not exceeding three months in public interest;

      Provided further that a specialist in medical or scientific fields may be granted extension of service up to the age of sixty-two years, if such extension is in public interest and the grounds for such extension are recorded in writing:

      Provided also that an eminent scientist of international stature may be granted extension of service up to the age of 64 years, if such extension is in public interest and the grounds for such extension are recorded in writing.

      Provided also that the Central Government may, if considers necessary in public interest so to do, give extension in service to the Defence Secretary, Foreign Secretary, Home Secretary, Director, Intelligence Bureau, Secretary, Research and Analysis Wing and Director, Central Bureau of Investigation in the Central Government for such period or periods as it may deem proper on a case-to-case basis, subject to the condition that the total term of such Secretaries or Directors, as the case may be, who are given such extension in service under this rule, does not exceed two years.

      Provided also that notwithstanding anything contained in the fifth proviso, the Central Government may, if considers it necessary, in public interest, so to do, give an extension in service for a further period not exceeding three months beyond the said period of two years to the Home Secretary and the Defence Secretary.

      Provided also that, the Central Government may, if considered necessary in public interest so to do, give extension of service to the Secretary, Department of Space and the Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy, for such period or periods as it may deem proper subject to a maximum age of 66 years.

      Provided also that the Appropriate Authority shall have the right to terminate the extension of service before the expiry of such extension by giving a notice in writing of not less than three months in the case of a permanent or a quasi-permanent Government servant, or, of one month in the case of a temporary Government servant, or pay and allowances in lieu of such notice.

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Processing of papers related to retirement benefits of un-absorbed/absorbed BSNL employees

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BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LTD.
(A Government of Indian Enterprise)
PENSION SECTION
Bharat Sanchar Bhawan, Janpath, New Delhi–1.


No. 40-19/2010-Pen(B)

Dated : 01-12-2010


To
All Heads of Telecom Circles/Telecom District/
Other Administration Offices/
Telecom Stores/Telecom Factories.
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.



Sub: Processing of papers related to retirement benefits of un-absorbed/absorbed BSNL employees-regarding streamlining of procedure for early settlement of pensionary benefits.

Sir,
This is in continuation this office letter of even number dated 19.8.2010 with regard to timely settlement of retirement benefits of un-absorbed/absorbed BSNL retirees. As you would be aware, the CCA offices in the field release pension orders and other retirement benefits after receipt of pension papers complete in all respects from concerned BSNL units. Needless to emphasize, if the pension papers are incomplete and or vigilance/disciplinary clearance not submitted, the issue of PPO and other final benefits get delayed in CCA office which causes great inconvenience to the pensioners.

2. It is requested that before the 1st of January of each year, a print out of all officials due for retirement in forthcoming year be taken out from HRMS system. This facility is available under the Staff module Reports Retirement Profile year wise. Each such official may be approached by administration for filling up his pension paper by giving appropriate set, well in time and the same be got submitted by the individual to Head of Office not later than eight months prior to the date of retirement.

3. The Head of office, not later than 6 months of the date of retirement of the BSNL absorbed & un-absorbed employee, should forward to A.O., Form 5 & 7 duly completed with a covering letter in Form 8 along with service book of the employee duly completed upto" date, and any other documents relied upon for the verification of service. He should also prepare the “Pension Calculation Sheet" in the prescribed Form in triplicate and forward it to Communication Accounts Officer of the concerned DOT Cell/CCA Office.

4. A check list has been attempted which will help the concerned Pension Branch of Circle Office to cross check that the pension papers are in order before sending to CCA office. A copy of check list is enclosed as ANNEXURE. It is expected that this will also facilitate the issue of PPO by CCA office expeditiously.



(Sheo Shankar Prasad)
Assistant General Manager (Pers-V)



Click here to view the check list to be tickmarked before sending the retirement papers to CCA unit for issue of PPO

Source: BDPA

FM holds Pre Budget Consultations with Different Trade Union Groups

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FM holds Pre Budget Consultations with Different Trade Union Groups

Union Finance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee held a meeting with Trade Unions’ Group to get their inputs for General Budget 2011-12, here today. This was the third meeting in the series of pre-Budget consultations held by Finance Minister with the stakeholders of different sectors. First meeting was held on Friday, the 7th January, 2011 with the stakeholders of agriculture sector and the second meeting in the series was held yesterday with captains of Indian industry.

Welcoming the representatives from different Trade Unions, the Finance Minister said in his opening remarks that growth in employment opportunities is vital for ensuring an inclusive development process and sought their policy suggestions to help the Government move rapidly in that direction. Shri Mukherjee said that one of the biggest challenge before our nation today is to find the correct balance between the need for economic growth, sustainability of our resources and natural habitats and the opportunities that need to be created for bringing the more disadvantaged and vulnerable section of people into the mainstream of the development process. He said that we also have to address the growing aspirations of young India. We need to have sustained higher economic growth with inclusive development, the Minister added.

Finance Minister Shri Mukherjee further said that to achieve that end, the Central Government has adopted a multi-pronged strategy focusing on rapid growth for reducing poverty and creating employment opportunities, improving access to essential services in health and education especially for the poor, and empowerment through education and skill development. He said that Schemes like the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA), Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, Bharat Nirman, Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission among others launched by the Government in the last few years have shown encouraging results in meeting some of the requirements of the disadvantaged sections of the society.

Shri Mukherjee said that while we have the advantage of having a young population, the realisation of the demographic dividend would depend on the growth of employment opportunities and on availability of the required skills in a healthy and educated labour force. He said that the Government recognises that without proper skill development, a burgeoning population could actually work to our disadvantage. The Finance Minister said that the National Skill Development Mission which comprises a comprehensive skill development programme covering the entire country has been launched and mandated to train 500 million skilled persons by the year 2022. This would help in meeting the industry requirements and in increasing the employability of our youth, the Minister added.

The Finance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee said that we have been making significant increase in our budgetary allocations for anti-poverty programmes, but these have to support the desired outcomes. We have to make a quantum improvement in the implementation of public welfare and development programmes, he said. Shri Mukherjee said that initiatives like the rolling out of unique identity numbers by the Unique Identification Authority of India will help in that regard.

Shri Mukherjee further said that on the employment front, the quarterly reports released by the Labour Bureau for July-September 2010 show a continuing upward trend. At the sectoral level, textile sector, IT / BPO industry, automobile industry and metal industry show an encouraging growth in employment, he added. The Minister said that a higher growth in employment has also been recorded in the export oriented units. Shri Mukherjee said that these are good signs that confirm that the post-crisis recovery of our economy has taken root.

Shri Mukherjee later invited the suggestions from the representatives of different Trade Union Groups for addressing the short and medium term concerns in our labour markets and in the rest of the economy.

After that the stakeholders from different trade unions gave their suggestions for consideration for General Budget 2011-12.

Source: PIB

Submission of Immovable Property Return for the year 2010 (as on 1.1.2011)

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No.26/1/2009-CS.I (PR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
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2nd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market, New Dlehi Dated 6th January, 2011


OFFICE MEMORANDUM


SUBJECT:     Submission of Immovable Property Return for the year 2010 (as on 1.1.2011)

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      The undersigned is directed to say that as Ministries/ Departments are aware the annual statement of Immovable Property Return (IPR) in respect of Under Secretary and above level officers of the Central Secretariat Service is required to be submitted to CS-I Division of this Department. The IPR for the year 2010 furnishing information as on 1.1.2011 has now become due and is to be submitted latest by 31.1.2011.

2.       2. All the Ministries/ Departments are, therefore, requested to obtain and forward the IPR for the year 2010 from all the CSS officers of US and above level presently posted with them to this Department at the earliest (format enclosed). While furnishing the IPRs it may be ensured that usage of phrases such as “same as previous year” or “no change” are avoided and full particulars of the immovable property inherited/owned/ acquired or held are furnished in terms of Rule 18 of CCS(Conduct) Rules, 1964.

3.       3. Reference is also invited to this Department’s reminders issued vide O.M.s dated 22.11.2010 and 31.12.2010 for submission of IPR for the year 2009 (as on 1.1.2010) in repect of defaulting officers whose details have been posted in the website of this Department http://www.persmin.nic.in -- Central Services Wing -- CS Division -- Central Secretariat Services -- Property Returns. Ministries/ Departments are also once again requested to obtain the IPR from such defaulting officers and forward the same to this Department.



s/d
( V. Srinivasaragavan )
Under Secretary to the Government of India



Click here to view the Statement of Immovable Property for the year 2010 (as on 1.1.2011)

Clarification on admissibility LTC claim in respect of fresh recruits

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Office fo The Controller General of Defence Accounts
Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt - 110010


No. AN/XIV/14162/LTC
Dated 18.12.2009.


To
All PCsDA/CsDA


Sub:- Clarification on admissibility LTC claim in respect of fresh recruits.

Sir,
The matter regarding admissibility of LTC to fresh recruits to central Government was referred to DoP&T who have since clarified that an employee who has not completed 8 years service as fresh recruits on 01.9.2008 will get the benefit available to a fresh recruits for the remaining period till he completes 8 years. There will be no change in block years. Current block is 2006-09.

2. As regards who will be construed as a Fresh Recruits, DoP&T has clarified that a direct recruit joining Govt. service for the first time will be deemed to be a fresh recruits.


s/d
(R.K.Bhatt)
For CGDA



Source: www.cgda.nic.in
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Allowances and Advances shall be increased by 25% whenever the Dearness Allowance goes up by 50%

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AMENDMENTS TO COMPENDIUM OF RULES ON ADVANCE TO GOVERNMENT SERVANTS 2005



BI-CYCLE ADVANCE

RULE 31

(a)ln thc opening clause indicating eligibility, for the words and figures “whose basic pay and dearness pay taken together does not exceed Rs.7. 500 (Rupees Seven thousand five hundred) per month”, the words and figures “whose grade pay does not exceed Rs.2. 800/- ( RupeesTwo thousand eight hundred)”. shall be substituted.

(b) In proviso (i) relating to amount of advance admissible, for the words “shall not exceed Rs.l .500 ( Rupees One thousand five hundred)”, the words and figures. “shall not exceed Rs.3000/- (Rupees Three thousand)”, shall be substituted.

(c) Proviso (iii) relating to recovery of interest has been deleted.

WARM CLOTHING ADVANCE

RULE. 35

In Rule 35 relating to amount of Warm Clothing Advance admissible, for the words “shall not exceed Rs.l,5001- (Rupees One thousand five hundred)”, the words and figures, “shall not exceed R.s.3,000/- (Rupees Three thousand )“, shall be substituted.

Rule 38 relating to recovery of interest has been deleted.

FESTIVAL ADVANCE

RULE. 53

In Rule 53. in clause relating to ehgibility for Festival Advance, for the words and figures basic pay and dearness pay taken together does not exceed Rs.l2,450 (Rupees TWelve thousand four hundred and fifty) per month”, the words and figures” whose Grade pay does not exceeds Rs.4800/- (Rupees Four thousand eight hundred)” shall be substituted.

RULE58

In Rule 58 relating to amount of Festival Advance admissible, for the words “shall not exceed Rs.l500 (Rupees One thousand five hundred)”, the words and figures “shall not exceed Rs.3.000/- (Rupees Three thousand )“. shall be substituted.

NATURAL CALAMITY ADVANCE

RULE 66

In Rule 66 relating to amount of Natural Calamity Advance admissible, for the words “shall not exceed Rs.2,500/- (Rupees Two thousand five hundred)”, the words and figures” shallnot exceed Rs.5.000 (Rupees Five thousand)”, shall be substituted.

Note: I Rule 38F A- 38F relating to Table Fan Adance deleted.

II The rates of these advances shall be increased by 25% whenever the Dearness Allowance payable on revised pay struture goes up by 50%



No. 12(1 )IE.II(A)12008
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
E.II(A) Branch

New Delhi, the 7th October, 2008

OFFICE MEMORANDUM



Subject: Grant of advances Sixth Pay Commission recommendations- Amendment to Rules 31, 35, 38,53,58,66 of Compendium of Rules on Advances to Government Servants

The undersigned is directed to say that in pursuance of the decision taken by the Government on the Sixth Pay Commissions recommendations relating to advances, the existing provisions of Compendium of Rules on Advances 31.35.38.53.58,66— relating to advances for purchase of bicycle, warm clothing, table fan and advances for festival and natural calamity are amended as per the amendments attached

2. These orders wilt take effect from the date of issue. The cases where the advances have already been sanctioned need not be reopened

3 The advance for purchase of table fan will stand discontinued. The advances for purchase of warm clothing and bicycle granted/sanctioned after issue of this order shalt be treated as interest free advances

4 The rates of these advances shall be increased by 25% every time dearness allowance on revised pay bands increases by 50%

5. In so far as persons serving in Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned. these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India

6. All the Ministnes/DePartrnefltS are requested to bring the amendments to the notice of all its attached and subordinate offices for their information

7. Hindi version of this O.M will follow.



(Suchindra Misra)
Director



Finance Ministry Order

Entitlement of Passes / PTOs on the basis of Pay drawn...

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RBE No.03/2011 PC-VI No.244/2011
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

New Delhi, the 6th January, 2011
No. E(W)2008/PS 5-1/38
The General Managers All Zonal Railways and Production Units


      Sub: Revised pay limits for entitlement of Passes/PTOs on the basis of Pay drawn in the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008.
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          Consequent upon revision of Pay Scales on the basis of decision of the Government on the recommendations of the Central Pay Commission, the question of revision of existing entitlements to Passes/PTOs under the Railway Servants (Pass) Rules, 1986 (Second Edition, 1993) has been under consideration of this Ministry.

2.       The matter has been examined and the President is pleased to decide that the entitlements of Passes/PTOs in respect of railway servants drawing pay in the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 shall be as under:-
S.No Category Type of Privilege Pass & Privilege Ticket Order Type of Duty Pass
1. Group 'A' & Group 'B' (Gazetted) : Ist Class 'A' Pass Ist Class 'A' Pass
2. Non-Gazetted employees :
- (i) In Grade Pay Rs.4200/- and above : Ist Class Pass Ist Class Pass
- (ii) In Grade Pay Rs.2800/- : IInd Class 'A' Pass* IInd Class 'A' Pass*
- (iii) In Grade Pay Rs.1900/- and above but below Grade Pay Rs.2,800/- : One IInd Class 'A' Pass* in a year, remaining passes and PTOs of Second/Sleeper Class. IInd Class 'A' Pass*
- (iv) Employees Grade Pay Rs.1800/- : One IInd Class 'A' Pass* in a year, remaining passes and PTOs of Second/Sleeper Class. Second / Sleeper Class Pass
*Note: In terms of the extant instructions, the holder of IInd Class, 'A' pass shall be entitled to travel by AC-3 tier calss in trains other than Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto Exp. trains. IInd Class 'A' Pass is of yellow colour.

3.       In all other respects, the provisions of the Railway Servants (Pass) Rules, 1986(Second Edition, 1993) will apply.

4.        The Railway employees who are already entitled to 1st Class Passes, shall continue to draw 1st Class Passes, irrespective of their eligibility in terms of these orders.

5.       Necessary amendment to the Railway Servants (Pass) Rules, 1986 (Second Edition,1993) shall follow.

6.       This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways. 7.       Receipt of this letter may please be acknowledged.


(Debasis Mazumdar) Joint Director Establishment (Welfare) Railway Board.


Source: www.indianrailways.gov.in

Delay in deposit of P.F. dues attracts penal damages

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ATTENTION EMPLOYEES
Delay in deposit of P.F. dues attracts penal damages. Damages are levied at the following FLAT RATES:
For 0 — 2 months delay - @ 5 % p.a. For 2 — 4 months delay - @10 % p.a. For 4 — 6 months delay - @ 15 % p.a. For delay above 6 months - @ 25 % p.a. (subject to a maximum of 100%)
Levy of damages at lesser rates is not permissible under the EPF & MP Act. Reduction/Waiver of damages – considered only for Sick Industrial Companies having rehabilitation scheme sanctioned by BIFR. Deposit dues in time – avoid penal damages.
– DO NOT BE MISGUIDED BY TOUTS – REMIT DUES IN TIME – SAVE PENALTY & FINE Issued in public interest by : Employees' Provident Fund Organisation, India Website: http://www.epfindia.gov.in

List of Allowances and Advances to be revised as per the recommendation of 6th CPC from Jan-2011

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List of Allowances and Advances to be revised as per the recommendation of 6th CPC from Jan-2011...

Expected DA from Jan-2011

Almost confirmed the expected Dearness Allowance for Central Government employees from January 2011 is 51% (45% + 6%).

Here we have compiled the table of Allowances and Advances that would be automatically raised by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%...

S.No. Name of the Allowances & Advances Dept. & Order No. Date Link
1. Children Education Assistance & Reimbursement of Tuition Fee DOPT
12011/03/2008-Estt.(Allowance)
2.9.2008 Download
2. Advances for purchase of Bicycle Advacne, Warm clothing Advance, Festival Advance, Natural Calamity Advance Fin.Min.
No.12(1)E.II(A)/2008
7.10.2008 Download
3. Special Compensatory Hill Area Allowance Fin.Min.
4(2)/2008-E.II (B)
29.8.2008 Download
4. Special CompensatoryScheduled / Tribal Area Allowance Fin.Min.
17(1)/2008-E.II (B)
29.8.2008 Download
5. Project Allowance Fin.Min.
29.8.2008 Download
6. Speical Compensatory (Remote Locality) Allowance Fin.Min.
3(1)/2008-E.II(B)
29.8.2008 Download
7. Cycle Maintenance Allowance Fin.Min.
19039/3/2008-E.IV
29.8.2008 Download
8. Mileage for road journey all components of daily allowance on tour, rate of transportation of personal effects. Fin.Min.
19030/3/2008-E.V
23.9.2008 Download
9. Rates of Conveyance Allowance under SR-25 Fin.Min.
19039/2/2008-E.IV
23.9.2008 Download
10. Washing Allowance Fin.Min.
14/3/2008-JCA
11.9.2008 Download
11. Split Duty Allowance Fin.Min.
9(11)/2008-E.II (B)
29.8.2008 Download
12. Spl. Allowance for Child Care for Women with Disabilities and Education Allowance for disabled children DOPT
12011/04/2008-Estt.(Allowance)
11.9.2008 Download
13. Cash Handling Allowance DOPT
4/6/2008-Estt.(Pay.II)
1.10.2008 Download
14. Risk Allowance DOPT
21012/1/2008-Estt.(Allowance)
12.3.2009 Download
15. Postgraduate Allowance Min.of Hohfw
A.45012/4/2008-CHS.V
16.4.2009 Download
16. Desk Allowance DOPT
1/10/2009-PIC
17.4.2009 Download
17. Bad Climate Allowance Fin.Min.
1/10/2008-E.II(B)
29.8.2008 Download


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S.No. Name of the Allowances & Advances Dept. & Order No. Date Link
1. Children Education Assistance & Reimbursement of Tuition Fee DOPT
12011/03/2008-Estt.(Allowance)
2.9.2008 Download
2. Advances for purchase of Bicycle Advacne, Warm clothing Advance, Festival Advance, Natural Calamity Advance Fin.Min.
No.12(1)E.II(A)/2008
7.10.2008 Download
3. Special Compensatory Hill Area Allowance Fin.Min.
4(2)/2008-E.II (B)
29.8.2008 Download
4. Special CompensatoryScheduled / Tribal Area Allowance Fin.Min.
17(1)/2008-E.II (B)
29.8.2008 Download
5. Project Allowance Fin.Min.
29.8.2008 Download
6. Speical Compensatory (Remote Locality) Allowance Fin.Min.
3(1)/2008-E.II(B)
29.8.2008 Download
7. Cycle Maintenance Allowance Fin.Min.
19039/3/2008-E.IV
29.8.2008 Download
8. Mileage for road journey all components of daily allowance on tour, rate of transportation of personal effects. Fin.Min.
19030/3/2008-E.V
23.9.2008 Download
9. Rates of Conveyance Allowance under SR-25 Fin.Min.
19039/2/2008-E.IV
23.9.2008 Download
10. Washing Allowance Fin.Min.
14/3/2008-JCA
11.9.2008 Download
11. Split Duty Allowance Fin.Min.
9(11)/2008-E.II (B)
29.8.2008 Download
12. Spl. Allowance for Child Care for Women with Disabilities and Education Allowance for disabled children DOPT
12011/04/2008-Estt.(Allowance)
11.9.2008 Download
13. Cash Handling Allowance DOPT
4/6/2008-Estt.(Pay.II)
1.10.2008 Download
14. Risk Allowance DOPT
21012/1/2008-Estt.(Allowance)
12.3.2009 Download
15. Postgraduate Allowance Min.of Hohfw
A.45012/4/2008-CHS.V
16.4.2009 Download
16. Desk Allowance DOPT
1/10/2009-PIC
17.4.2009 Download
17. Bad Climate Allowance Fin.Min.
1/10/2008-E.II(B)
29.8.2008 Download

List of DOPT Orders published in the month of December-2010

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List of DOPT Orders
Date / Order No. Subject Download
File No. 1/35/2008-IR 10-12-2010 Central Government proposed to make amendments in RTI Rules Click to View
No. I-11011/1/2009-CRD 14-12-2010 Consolidated guidelines on cadre review of Central Group ‘A’ Services Click to View
No. 5034/3/2008-(D) (Vol.II) 1-11-2010 Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme for the Central Government Civilian Employees - Clarification regarding Click to View
No.7/7/08-CS.I (A) 22-12-2010 Stepping up of pay of senior Assistants/PAs Central Secretariat Service (CSS)/Central Secretariat Stenographers' Service (CSSS) Click to View
No.21011/30/2009-Estt. (Allowance) 24-12-2010 Proceedings of the Interactive Session on e-service book - DOPT Order Click to View
No. 13018 /1/2010-Estt. (Leave) 30-12-2010 Child Care Leave to Central Government employees - Clarification regarding Click to View
No. 33/5/2009-P&PW (F) 10-12-2010 Special benefits in cases of death and disability in service - DOPT Order Click to View

Model RRs for the post of Upper Division Clerk

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NO AB- 14017/32/2009-Estt (RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
New Delhi


Dated 29th December, 2010


OFFICE MEMORANDUM


SUBJECT:     Model RRs for the post of Upper Division Clerk


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      The Model RRs for the post of Upper Division Clerk issued in this Department OM No. AB 14017/73/07-Estt.(RR) dated 18th December, have been reviewed in the light of 6th CPC recommendations on revision of pay scales, instructions issued by this Department, etc. Accordingly, the revised Model Recruitment Rules for the same are enclosed as Annexure to this Office Memorandum.

2.       Ministries / Departments may review the existing rules and notify the revised rules conforming to the Model Recruitment Rules. These may also be forwarded to all autonomous / statutory bodies for adoption. The Ministry of Home Affairs are also requested to forward these Model RRs to the UT Administrations for appropriate action.



3.       Hindi version will follow.



s/d
(Smita Kumar)
Director (Estt.I)



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Non-Functional upgradation for Officers of Organized Group ‘A’ Services in PB-3 and PB-4

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NO. AB.14017/64/2008-Estt.(RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
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New Delhi, the 4th January, 2011


OFFICE MEMORANDUM



Subject :        Non-Functional upgradation for Officers of Organized Group ‘A’ Services in PB-3 and PB-4

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          A reference is invited to this Department OM of even No. dated 24.04.09 on the above subject. The details of batch of the officers belonging to the Indian Administrative Service who have been posted at the Centre in the various grades of PB-3 and PB-4 w.e.f. 01.01.2006 was last circulated in this Department OM of even No. dated 01.07.2010.

2.           The details of the IAS officers who have been subsequently posted in the Centre in the various grades as well as the date of posting of the first officer belonging to the batch is annexed. Necessary action may be taken for grant of higher scale for the Officers belonging to batches of Organized Group A Services that are senior by two year or more and have not so far been pramated to that particular grade in accordance with the provisions of this Department OM of even number dated 24.4.2009.

3.           Hindi version will follow.

s/d
(Smita Kumar)
Director (Estt.I)



DOPT Order

DoP seeking to computerise all post offices by 2012-end

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DoP seeking to computerise all post offices by 2012-end

Vadodara, Jan 8 (PTI) Department of Post is seeking to computerise all the 1.55 lakh post offices in the country by the end of 2012, said Union Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Sachin Pilot today.

Pilot was talking to reporters after launching 3G services in seven cities of Gujarat through video conferencing here.

He said that of 1,55,015 post offices in the country, only 12,604 have been computerised so far, and Department of Posts aims to computerise the rest by the end of 2012.

Talking about telecom network, he said that only the government-owned companies such as BSNL were putting up infrastructure and providing connectivity in the remote areas, or Naxalism affected areas such as Jharkhand.

For facilitating e-governance in Gujarat, the Department of Information Technology, Government of India is contributing Rs 91.

Source: PTI

Revision of guidelines for framing / amendment / relaxation of Recruitment Rules

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No. AB 14017/48/2010-Estt..(RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
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New Delhi the 31st December, 2010


OFFICE MEMORANDUM



SUBJECT:     Revision of guidelines for framing / amendment / relaxation of Recruitment Rules.

      The undersigned is directed to state that instructions on framing / amendment of Recruitment Rules were issued in a consolidated form in this Department's OM No. AB. 14017/12/87-Estt.(RR) dated 18.3.1988. Subsequently, a number of orders and clarifications have been issued on the subject.

2. The existing instructions have been reviewed in consultation with WSC and consolidated in the form of "Guidelines on framing / amendment / relaxation of recruitment rules", a copy of which is enclosed. The number and the date of original OM has been referred in the relevant instructions for easy reference to the context. The Guidelines on framing / amendment / relaxation of recruitment rules along with the relevant instructions and existing model RRs are available on the DoPT websitewww.persmin.nic.in* in the dynamic form of Handbook on Recruitment Rules, 2010. This Department would continue to update these instructions from time to time.

2.       Hindi version will follow.



s/d
(Smita Kumar)
Director (E-I)



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Promote from one grade to another within the same service...Clarification on Probation Period

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Probation in various Control Services

The undersigned is directed to invite attention to para 3 (iii) of this Department’s O.M. No.21011/2/80-Estt (C ), dated 19.5.1983 under which there will be no probation for a person promote from one grade to another within the same service, except where the promotion involves a change in the Group of posts in the same service. It was subsequently clarified vide this Department’s O.M. No. 21011/3/83-Estt (C ) dated 24.2.84 that the provision of para 3(iii) of O.M. of 19.5.83 is primarily intended for organized services. The distinction between an organized service and isolated posts for purpose of probation for promoters was made because it was felt that the posts included in a service have generally identifiable and specified functions and at each level the subject matter death with is the same, though there is a difference in the level of responsibilities. The matter has bean re-examined in this Department and it has been found that even in the case of isolated posts unless the qualifications prescribed and the nature of functions are strictly related, the method of promotion is not being prescribed in the Recruitment Rules. A group of related isolated posts have also identifiable and specified functions and generally there is only difference in the level of responsibility rather than in the nature of dating performed at different levels. It has, therefore been decide there consulting the Union Public Service Commission that the promotion of para 3(iii) of O.M. dated 19.5.83 referred to above will also be application to isolated posts.

Revised instructions relating to probation

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Probation in various Central Services.

The undersigned is directed to invite attention to this Department’s O.M.No.21011/2/80-Estt(c) dated 19.5.83 issuing revised instructions in respect of some of the aspects relating to probation. In para 7 of the O.M., the Ministries/Departments were advised to make corresponding changes in the relevant recruitment/Service Rules in consultation with this Department (and UPSC in the case of Group A & B posts/Services).

2. Wells of the Departments have initiated action to amend the gules, proposals are still awaited in most of the cases. Since the instructions issued vide O.M dated 19.5.83 are in the nature of executive instructions, wherever there are already provisions in the notified recruitment/Service Rules in this regard, the revised provisions can be followed only after emending the existing recruitment rules suitably. All the Ministries/Departments are, therefore, advised to initiate action to review the provisions of the existing recruitment /Service rules and fur ions proposals for amending them wherever necessary.

3. Clarifications are also being bought by Ministries/Departments to whether the provisions of this Department’s OM dated 19.5.83 are applicable to organized services only or they are applicable in the case of other posts also. It is hereby clarified that the provisions of the said OM are applicable to organized services as will as isolated posts, barring only para 3 (iii) which is primarily intended for organized services.

Probation in various Central Services

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Probation in various Central Services.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Ministry of Home Affairs OM No. 44/1/59-Estt. (A) dated tge 15th April, 1959. on the subject cited above. The matter has been; under consideration for quite some time ‘past in consultation with the Ministry, of Law, U.P.S.C, and the Comptroller and Auditor General of India with particular reference to the question whether any period of probation should be prescribed’ in respect of the persons ‘recruited to the posts in pay-scales the’ minimum of which id Rs.2,000/- and above, as also in respect of the promotees from one grade to another. According to para 6 of the existing instructions contained in the aforesaid OM dated the 15th April, 1959, it is ‘laid’ down that the period of probation should normally be two years so s to have uniformity-with regard to the period of probation in different services. It is further provided that where there are any special reasons for prescribing a longer or shorter period, a suitable period may be fixed in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs.

2. Para 7 of the aforesaid OM stipulates that the fresh entrants as well as those promoted should be kept on probation for a period of two years to Judge the potentialities of an officer for 3 higher service.

3. On review, it has now been decided that: - i) Save as provided in clause (ii) below, direct recruiters to a post/service shall be on probation for a period of 2 years. (ii) Direct recruits to posts carrying a pay scale the minimum of which is Rs. 2000/- or above, or to posts for which the age of entry is 35 years or above and where no trining is involved, shall be on probation for a period of 1 year only. (iii) Personae who are inducted into a now service through promotion shall also be placed on probation for two years; but there will be no probation for a person promoted from one grade to another within the same service, except where the promotion involves a change in the Group of posts in the same service, o.g., promotion from Group ‘3’ to Group ‘A’ in which case the probation shall be for 2 years. (iv) Wherever probation includes ‘on the job’ or ‘institutional’ training combined with actual performance on the job, probation for a period of two years should be prescribed in the recruitment rules. (v) In the case of those who are re-employed before the age of superannuation e.g., ex-Military personnel there will be a probation of two years on their appointment/re-employmet to civil posts except in respect of cases covered by clause (ii) above. (vi) There will be no probation in the case of officers appointed to various posts on: a) contract basis; b) deputation; c) tenure baseis; d) re-employment after super-annuation; e) permanent transfer and

4. On the expiry of the period of probation, steps should be taken to obtain the assessment reports on the probationer to:- i) Confirm the probationer/issue orders regarding satisfactory termination of probation, as the case may be, if the probation has been completed to the satisfaction of the competent authority; or ii) Extend the period of probation (in terms of para 1(8) of the OM dated 15.4.59) or discharge the probationer or terminate the services of the probationer as the case may be, in accordance with the relevant rules and order, if the probationer has not completed the period of probation satisfactorily.

5. The date form which confirmation should be given effect to is the date following the date of satisfactory completion of the prescribed period of probation or the extended period of probation, as the case way be. The decision to confirm the probationer or to extend the period of probation as the case may be, should be communicated to the probationer normally within 6 to 8 weeks. Confirmation of the probationer after completion of the period of probation is not automatic but is to be followed by formal orders. As long as no specific orders of confirmation or satisfactory completion of probation are issued to a probationer shall be deemed to have continued on probation. Such a probationer

6. The instructions contained in the OM of 15th April, 1959 referred to in para 1 above may be treated as extended to the extent stated in the preceding paragraphs.

7. Wherever considered necessary, a corresponding change in the relevant service rules may be made in consultation with this Department in the light of the instructions contained in the foregoing paragraphs.

8. In so far as persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, this issues with the concurrence of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

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