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Ministry of Defence - Antony to give away DRDO Awards Tomorrow

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Ministry of Defence

Antony to give away DRDO Awards Tomorrow

            DRDO awards for the year 2010 for outstanding contribution in various areas of technology will be given away by the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony at a function here tomorrow. There are eleven categories of DRDO awards presented each year to DRDO Scientists/Teams for their outstanding contributions. The transformation of technologies developed by DRDO into products/systems/processes for Armed Forces requires absorption of technologies by the production agencies. Defence technology absorption awards are given to production agencies associated with productionization of DRDO technologies for their excellent support.

Silicon trophy for the year 2010 for the Best Systems Laboratory of DRDO has been awarded to the Research Centre Imarat (Programme AD), Hyderabad in recognition of the outstanding achievements of the laboratory in developing a Ballistic Missile Defence System.

Titanium trophy for the year 2010 for the Best Science Laboratory of DRDO has been awarded to DL, Jodhpur in recognition of its contribution in the area of camouflage and low observable technologies for the Armed Forces and critical defence equipment.

The Life Time Achievement award for the year 2010 has been conferred on Air Cmde R Gopalaswami (Retd), Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL) Hyderabad for the development of liquid rocket engines for missiles and multi-fold array of technology and management initiatives.

In recognition of their outstanding contributions and leadership qualities, the Technology Leadership awards for the year 2010 have been awarded to following Scientists:

1.    Dr V Bhujanga Rao, Distinguished Scientist & Director, Naval Science and Technology Laboratory (NSTL), Vishakhapatnam for outstanding contributions in the design, development and induction of Indigenous Underwater Weapons, Naval Stealth products, Underwater Mines, Fire Control Systems and Autonomous Underwater vehicles.

2.    Shri S Sundaresh, Distinguished Scientist and Chief Controller Research & Development. Shri S Sundaresh pioneered the development of complex, multi-disciplinary, technology intensive Integrated Fire Control System (IFCS) for the MBT Arjun through successful system integration, weapon system trials and user acceptance.

3.    Dr G Malakondaiah, Distinguished Scientist and Director, Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL), Hyderabad. Dr. G Malakondaiah has made valuable contributions in the development of speciality low-alloy steel DMR-1700 as a cost-effective replacement of maraging steels. AB class naval steels were indigenized under the leadership of Dr G Malakondaiah and are being used in the construction of the very first indigenously built aircraft carrier at the Cochin Shipyard.

Agni awards for excellence in self-reliance for the year 2010 have been conferred to the following Scientists along with their teams for their excellent contributions towards building self-reliance in defence technologies.

Dr Jagannath Nayak, Sc ‘F’, Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad; Shri G. Raghavaiah, Sc ‘G’, Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL), Hyderabad; Shri RC Agarwal, Outstanding Scientist and Director, Defence Electronics Applications Laboratory (DEAL), Dehradun; Dr AK Singh, Sc ‘G’, Electronics & Radar Development Establishment (LRDE), Bengaluru; and Shri MZ Siddique, Sc ‘G’, Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), Bengaluru.

Out of the two performance excellence awards 2010 for excellent performance and contributions, one has been awarded to Shri PS Krishnan, Distinguished Scientist and Director, Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bangaluru and his team. The other award is shared equally among Dr Satish Kumar, Outstanding Scientist and Director, Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL), Chandigarh and Shri SK Shenoy, Sc 'G', Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), Kochi and their team members from TBRL, NPOL, Armament Research and Development (ARDE), Pune, Research Center Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad, SPIC, and ADE, Bengaluru.

DRDO ‘Scientist of the Year’ awards for the year 2010 have been conferred to the following twenty Scientists:

Dr Ramprasad R Panyam, Outstanding Scientist, Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL) Hyderabad; Shri J Chattopadhyay, Sc ‘G’, Advance Systems Laboratory (ASL), Hyderabad; Dr Chitra Rajagopal, Sc ‘G’, Centre for Fire, Explosive & Environment Safety (CFEES), Delhi; Dr Manoj Gupta, Sc ‘G’, High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune; Dr Dipti Deodhare, Sc ‘F’, Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR), Bengaluru; Dr AK Singh, Sc ‘E’, Defence Institute of Advance Technology (DIAT), Pune; Dr K Maheswara Reddy, Sc ‘G’, Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE), Bengaluru; Smt Padmavathi, Sc ‘F’, Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Bengaluru; Dr Kadiyam Venkateswara Rao, Sc ‘G’, Naval Science & Technology Laboratory (NSTL), Visakhapatnam; Shri P Sivakumar, Sc ‘G’ and Director, Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), Chennai; Dr DK Dubey, Sc ‘F’, Defence R & D Establishment (DRDE), Gwalior; Shri Gopal Bhushan, Sc ‘G’ and Director, Dte of International Cooperation, DRDO HQrs.; Shri Shyam Govind Vaijapurkar, Sc ‘F’, Defence Laboratory (DL), Jodhpur; Dr Dev Raj Saroha, Sc ‘G’, Terminal Ballistic Research Laboratory (TBRL), Chandigarh; Dr Bikash Chandra Chakraborty, Sc ‘G’, Naval Materials Research Laboratory (NMRL), Ambarnath; Dr (Mrs) KS Premavalli, Sc ‘F’, Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL), Mysore; Shri Gokula Ranjan Panda, Sc ‘F’, Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur; Dr S Guruprasad, Sc ‘G’ and Director, Research & Development Establishment (Engrs), Pune; Shri G Satheesh Reddy, Sc ‘G’, Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad; and Shri MS Easwaran, Sc ‘G’, Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS), Bengaluru.

Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL), Mysore has been awarded the Defence Technology Spin-off award for the year 2010 for developing physiologically active foods, Aloe vera juice, Aloe vera based fruit spread, seabuckthorn based herbal tea and baked foods, Rhodiola based coffee for combating diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, colon cancer and other stress related disorders & diseases. The Special Award for Strategic Contribution for the year 2010 is conferred on Shri Ajay Singh, Chief Executive, Dte of Civil Works & Estates, DRDO HQrs and his team for outstanding contributions in highly specialized nature of Civil works at some of the most difficult and hazardous area within the stipulated time frame. Dr V Ramanujachari, Sc ‘G’, Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad and his team have successfully designed, developed and static tested the scramjet combustor for HSTDV project and hence awarded Best Innovation/Futuristic Development award for the year 2010 for valuable contribution. Shri R Raveendran, Sc ‘D’, Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE), Avadi and his team coordinated with 24 laboratories all over India in the 98th Indian Science Congress and successfully organized the DRDO exhibits where more than 122 models from various laboratories were kept in the DRDO pavilion. And the DRDO pavilion was given the Best Exhibitor Award. In recognition of their valuable contribution the Best Popular Science Communication award for the year 2010 is conferred on Shri R Raveendran, CVRDE, Avadi & his team members. The award will be equally shared with Dr JP Singh, Sc ‘F’, Directorate of Planning and Coordination, DRDO HQ for disseminating information pertaining to “DRDO's contributions” to the Parliament and its committees.

M/s Tratec Engineers Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon and M/s VEM Technologies, Hyderabad have been awarded Defence Technology Absorption awards for the year 2010 for excellent support associated with design and development of critical DRDO technologies.

Source: PIB

Definition of "Actual Travelling Expenses"

Definition of "Actual Travelling Expenses"

Actual Travelling Expenses means the actual cost of transporting a Government Servant with his domestic servants and personal luggages, including charges for ferry and other tolls, if paid and for carriage of camp equipment, if such is necessary.

It does not include charges for accommodation in hotels and travellers' bungalows, or for refreshments, or for the carriage of stores or conveyances or for presents to drivers and the like; or any allowance for such incidental losses or expenses as the breakage of crockery, wear and tear of furniture, and the employment of additional domestic servants.

The terms "servants" define... 

1. Apprentice 
Apprentice means a person deputed for training in a training in a trade or business with a view to employment in railway service, who draws pay at monthly rates from Government during such training but is not employed in or against a substantive vacancy in the cadre of a department.

2. Audit Officer 
means such Audit Officer as the Comptroller and Auditor-General may be general or special order designate in such case

3. Camp equipage 
Camp equipage means the apparatus for moving a camp.

5. Camp equipment 
Camp equipment means tents and the requisites for pitching and furnishing them, or where tents are not carried, such articles of camp furniture as it may be necessary, in the interests of the public service, for a railway servant to take with him on tour. 

6. Competent Authority 
Competent Authority in relation to the exercise of any power under these rules, means the President or any authority to which such power is delegated in Appendix VI.

Source: CGStaffnews

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Union Cabinet approves some castes & communities in OBC list

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Union Cabinet approves some castes & communities in OBC list

A meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh accepted the proposal of the National Commission for Backward Classes to amend the central list of OBCs.

The states where OBCs will benefit are Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal and Union Territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Puducherry.

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment will now have to notify the amendments.

The Cabinet also approved a payment security scheme for the first phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission.

It extended the gross budgetary support to the Mission to the tune of 486 crore rupees.

The scheme will facilitate setting up of 1,000 MW grid connected Solar Power Projects to achieve targets of the mission.

Stepping up of pay of senior PAs of CSSS appointed/promoted prior to 1.1 .2006 and drawing less pay than PAs of CSSS promoted after 1.1.2006

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No.5/16/ 2009-CS-II(C)
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.
Date: 31st May, 2011.


Subject:- Stepping up of pay of senior PAs of CSSS appointed/promoted prior to 1.1 .2006 and drawing less pay than PAs of CSSS promoted after 1.1.2006.

   The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s Office Memoranda No.7/7/08-CS.I(A) dated 22.12.2010 and 18.3.2011 vide which the orders. for stepping up of pay of senior Assistants/PAs of CSS/CSSS promoted/direct recruited with that of Assistants/PAs promoted after 1.1.2006 were issued.

   2. A number of Cadre Units of CSSS have sought clarification on the admissibility of stepping up of pay of senior PAs of CSSS appointed/ promoted prior to 1.1.2006 and drawing less pay than PAs of any Cadre Unit of CSSS promoted after 1.1.2006 consequent upon their fixation of pay in the revised pay structure of Grade Pay of Rs.4600 in the PB-2 on the basis of Department of Expenditure’s O.M. No.1/1/2008-IC dated 16.11.2009. The matter has been examined in this Division in consultation with Establishment(Pay) Division of this Department and it has been decided that as the Department of Personnel and Training had started making promotions to the PA grade on a centralised basis since SL year 2004 on the basis of Common Seniority List issued by this Department, the grade of PA is centralised for the purpose of removing the above anomaly.

   3. Accordingly, all Cadre Units of CSSS are allowed to step up the pay of senior PAs of CSSS appointed/promoted prior to 1.1.2006 at par with that of Steno Grade ‘D’ of any Ministry/Department promoted as PAs after 1.1 .2006.


(Kiran Vasudeva)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India


Source: www.persmin.nic.in


Increase in the element of concession to men senior citizens from 30% to 40% and reduction in the age limit for women senior citizens from 60 to 58 years

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No.TC11/2161/2011/SRC/Policy                                                                                         New Delhi, dated 13 5.2011

The General Managers (Comml),
All Indian Railways.

Sub: Increase in the element of concession to men senior citizens from 30% to 40% and reduction in the age limit for women senior citizens from 60 to 58 years.

As per existing provisions contained in S.No.36 of Annexure to rule 101 of IRCA Coaching Tariff No. 25, Part-I (Vol. II), Senior citizens of minimum 60 years are eligible for concession in the basic fares of Mail/Express trains and all inclusive fares of Rajdhani / Shatabdi /Jan Shatabdi trains. The element of concession is 30% for men senior citizens and 50% for women senior citizens.

2. As announced by Hon’ble MR in Budget Speech for 2011-12, it has been decided to reduce the minimum age for availing concession from 60 years to 58 years in case for women senior citizens. However, the element of concession will continue to remain at 50%.

3. It has also been decided to increase the element of concession in case of men senior citizens from 30% to 40%. The minimum age will, however, continue to be 60 years in case of men.

4. There will be no change in other terms and conditions.

5. This concession will be admissible on tickets purchased on and after 01.06.2011. In case of tickets already issued for travel on & after 01.06.2011, refund of difference of fares will not be admissible.

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

7. Wide publicity through various media may be given at regular intervals. Necessary instructions may be issued to all concerned immediately including PRS/UTS immediately and compliance ensured.

(Dr.Monica Agnihotri)
Director Passenger Marketing
Railway Board

Source : IRTSA


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