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No imposition of Hindi language by Central Government

No imposition of Hindi language by Central Government

There is a report in a section of media that the Central Government is trying to impose Hindi language. In this regard reference was given to the Resolution issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Department of Official Language and it was alleged that it has been made mandatory for Members of Parliament and Ministers knowing Hindi to deliver their speeches/statements in Hindi.

The Committee of Parliament on Official Language was constituted in 1976 and is working since then. This Committee has submitted 9 parts of its report. The 9th part of the Committee’s report was submitted to the President of India on 2nd June, 2011. The then Chairman of the Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Committee had given 117 recommendations. As views of all state governments and Ministries/Departments of the Central Government were to be invited on the Committee’s recommendations, it took time before the recommendations were considered and accepted by the President.

Recommendation No. 105 is as follows “All dignitaries including Hon’ble President and all the Ministers especially who can read and speak Hindi may be requested to give their speech/statement in Hindi only.”

The Central Government while accepting the above mentioned recommendation has issued a Resolution dated 31st March 2017. The Recommendation by the Committee is amply clear as it is in the form of a request and does not entail any form of Order/Instruction. The aforementioned recommendation is in pursuance with Constitutional and Statutory provisions regarding the progressive use of Official Language Hindi. Also, the recommendation is based on the policy of propagation; promotion of Official language through motivation & inspiration which is in line with the Government’s Policy.

It is clarified that such media reports are unfounded and devoid of facts.

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Online Statement Of Transaction (e-SOT) and the e-PRAN card launched for Atal Pension Yojana (APY) subscribers; More than 45 lacs subscribers to be benefitted

Online Statement Of Transaction (e-SOT) and the e-PRAN card launched for Atal Pension Yojana (APY) subscribers; More than 45 lacs subscribers to be benefited.

With a view to digitally empower the Atal Pension Yojana (APY) subscribers and improve the quality of service, the facility of online viewing of the statement of transaction(e-SOT) and also the e-PRAN card have been launched. More than 45 lacs APY subscribers are likely to be benefitted. The APY subscribers can visit the website: www.npscra.nsdl.co.in or www.npstrust.org.in under the Atal Pension Yojana Section to avail these value added facilities.

By providing the APY/PRAN Acct details and Savings Bank Account number details, the APY subscriber can view one’s APY Account Statement. Even for the APY subscriber who does not have his APY PRAN number readily available can also avail these facilities by providing one’s Date of Birth and Savings Bank Account number details. This online tool enables the Subscribers to view his complete details of APY account like transaction details, pension amount, pension commencement date, nominee name, associated bank name etc. Even though the feature is a self-servicing tool but the service providers can also access the feature on behalf of their customer to improve the quality of customer service. APY Subscribers can print their e PRAN card and get it laminated for their future reference if needed. In case of any changes in the demographic details in the APY account, the subscribers can re-print their e-PRAN which shows the updated subscriber records.

The Atal Pension Yojana (APY) Scheme is being implemented through 235 APY-Service Providers all over the country consisting of 27 Public Sector Banks (PSBs), 19 private banks, 1 foreign bank, 56 Regional Rural Banks (RRBs), 109 District Cooperative Banks (DCBs), 16 State Cooperative Banks(SCBs), 6 Urban Cooperative Banks (UCBs) and the Department of Posts. All the APY-SPs are partners in achieving the APY outreach through-out the length and breadth of the country. Presently, there are more than 45 lacs subscribers registered in the Scheme. About 10000-15000 APY subscribers are getting enrolled into the Scheme every day.

The Atal Pension Yojana (APY) was launched by the Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi on 09th May, 2015 and became operational from 1st June, 2015. APY is available for all citizens of India in the age group of 18-40 years. Under the APY, the subscribers would receive a minimum guaranteed pension of Rs. 1000 to Rs. 5000 per month from the age of 60 years, depending on their contributions, which depends on the age of the subscriber at the time of joining the APY. The Same amount of pension is paid to the spouse in case of subscriber’s demise. After the demise of both i.e. Subscriber & Spouse, the nominee would be paid with the pension corpus. There is option for Spouse to continue to contribute for balance period on premature death of subscriber before 60 years, so as to avail pension by Spouse. There are tax benefits at entry, accumulation and pension payment phases. If the actual returns on the pension contributions during the accumulation phase are higher than the assumed returns for the minimum guaranteed pension, such excess returns are passed on to the subscriber, resulting in enhanced scheme benefits.

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Equal pay for equal work

Equal pay for equal work

In civil appeal number 213 of 2013 the issue for consideration of the Hon’ble Supreme Court was as under:

“whether temporarily engaged employees (daily-wage employees, ad- appointees, employees appointed on casual basis, contractual employees and the like), are entitled to minimum of the regular pay-scale, along-with dearness allowance (as revised from time to time) on account of their performing the same duties, which are discharged by those engaged on regular basis, against sanctioned posts”.

The Hon’ble Supreme Court held that:

“There can be no doubt, that the principle of ‘equal pay for equal work’ would be applicable to all the concerned temporary employees, so as to vest in them the right to claim wages, at par with the minimum of the pay-scale of regularly engaged Government employees, holding the same post”.

In so far as the contract labour is concerned, the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970 and the rules framed thereunder regulate the employment of contract labour. Rule 25(2)(v)(a) of the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Central Rules, 1971 provides for parity as mentioned below:

in cases where the workmen employed by the contractor perform the same or similar kind of work as the workmen directly employed by the principal employer of the establishment, the wage rates, holidays, hours of work and other conditions of service of the workmen of the contractor shall be the same as applicable to the workmen directly employed by the principal employer of the establishment on the same or similar kind of work.

A well-established Central Industrial Relations Machinery (CIRM) is in place to enforce the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970. The country-wide network of Deputy Chief Labour Commissioners (Central) and Regional Labour Commissioners (Central) under the control of Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) is mandated to settle the complaints/claims of the contract workers in terms of the provisions of the said Act and the Rules framed thereunder.

The above information given by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment Shri Bandaru Dattatreya in Parliament on 12.4.2017.

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Grant of maternity leave for female government servant – Clarification

Grant of maternity leave for female government servant – Clarification
maternity-leave-female-government-servant
IMPORTANT CIRCULAR
CGDA, Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt – 110 010

AN/XIV/19404/Leave Matters/Vol-III

Dated: 19-04-2017

To

All PCsDA/CsDA/PCA (Fys)

Subject: Grant of maternity leave – Clarification

A
reference was made to DoP&T regarding quantum of maternity leave
admissible to a female government servant consequent upon death of the
child(s) after birth.

2. In reply, DoP&T has clarified that –
” in case of death of child shortly after birth, the woman employees
may be granted Maternity Leave of two months for recovery after delivery
of the child”.

3. Similar cases/requests may be regulated accordingly.

(Kavita Garg)
Sr.Dy.CGDA (AN)

Signed Copy

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Swimming facility for Central Government Employees, their families and dependents at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium

Swimming facility for Central Govt. employees, their families and dependents at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

No. 108/1/2014-15/CCSCSB
Government of India
Ministry of personnel, Public Grievances & pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
Central Civil Services Cultural & Sports Board

Room No. 361,’B’ Wing, 3rd Floor,
LokNayakBhawan, New Delhi-110003
Dated: 17th April, 2017

Circular

SUB: Swimming facility for Central Govt. employees, their families and dependents at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

The Central Civil Services Cultural & Sports Board is providing swimming facility for Central Govt. employees, their families and dependents at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium from 1st May, 2017 onwards as per details
given below:

Facility Venue Timings Fee Documents Required
Swimming Major Dhyan Chand
National Stadium,
New Delhi
7 pm to 8 pm * 200/- 1) Application form
2) Office I.D card copy
3) CGHS card copy
4) Medical fitness certificate
5) Aadhar Card copy

*6days a week (excluding 2nd and 4th Saturday and Gazetted Holidays)

2. The facility will be available on “First Come First Serve” basis on the submission of the duly filled application form along with requisite fee to Central Civil Services Cultural & Sports Board.

3. The fee can only be submitted by online mode to CCSCSB bank account, NEFT or Debit/Credit Card. The applicant has to submit the proof of payment/Ref no./transfer I.D. etc.

4. CCSCSB Bank account Details:

Account Name : The Secretary CCSCSB
Bank Name : Syndicate Bank
Account No : 90432010052140
Branch Name : Khan Markel, Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi
IFSC code : SYNB0009043

(Kulbhushan Malhotra)
Secretary, CCSCSB

DoPT Order

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Central Government amends Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Deposit Scheme through a Notification

Central Government amends Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Deposit Scheme through a Notification.

In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (c) of Section 199B of the Finance Act, 2016 (28 of 2016), the Central Government has amended through a Notification the conditions specified in clause 5 of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Deposit Scheme.

Following is the amended Clause 5:

Now the effective date of opening of the Bonds Ledger Account shall be the date of receipt of deposits by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) from the authorized banks; wherein the due tax, surcharge and penalty has been received till 31st March, 2017; Provided further that the date of deposit shall in no case be extended beyond 30th April, 2017.

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Sports Facilities of Central Civil Services Cultural & Sports Board available for Central Government Employees and their families

Sports Facilities of Central Civil Services Cultural & Sports Board available for Central Government Employees and their families

N0. 108/1/2014-15-CCSCSB
Government of India
Central Civil Services Cultural &Sports Board
(Department of Personnel & Training)

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
New Delhi 18.04.2017

Circular

Sub: Sports Facilities of Central Civil Services Cultural & Sports Board available for Central Government Employees and their families.

The Central Civil Services Cultural & Sports Board has playing facilities for Central Government Employees and Coaching facilities their children/dependents at its various sports facilities as mentioned below:

S.No. Facility Centre Rate for govt. employees (in Rs.) Contact Person
1. Lawn tennis Coaching (For children/dependents) Vinay Marg Complex
(Evening 4-6 pm)

R.K. Puram, Sec-13
(Evening 4-6 pm)

Bharthi Nagar
(Evening 4-6 pm)

Pandara Road
(Evening 4-6 pm)

750/-
per month

(including balls)

Sh.Gaourav (Coach)
(8826301771 )

Sh.Rajesh Kumar (Coach)
(9910835843)

Sh. Arif Md (Coach)
(9871130013)

Sh. Sohail (Coach)
(9968382227)

2. Lawn tennis Membership (For employees) Vinay Marg Complex
(Morning 6-9 am)

R.K. Puram, Sec-13
(Morning 6-9 am)

Bharthi Nagar
(Morning 6-9 am)

Pandara Road
(Morning 6-9 am)

200/-
per month
Sh.Kamal
(9717624070)

Sh. Rohit
(9811404962)

Sh. Sohail
(9968382227)

Sh. Azhar
(9810911670)

3. Cricket Coaching

( for children 6 to 18 years)

Vinay Marg Sports Complex

(Thursday, Saturday and Sunday)

(Evening 3 to 6 pm)

500/-
per month
Shri M.P. Narang (Coach)
(93 12079700)

Sh. Amit Kanojia (Coach)
(9899515296)

4. Football Coaching (for children 6 to 16 years) Vinay Marg Sports Complex

(Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

(Evening 5 to 7 pm)

500/-
per month
Shri Ramesh Nautiyal (Coach)

(9278003310)

5. Hockey Coaching (for children 6 to 16 years) Vinay Marg Sports Complex (9 to 11 am Sunday, 4 to 6 pm (Wednesday & Friday) 100/-

per month

Shri Rajkumar Verma Convener (9968290080)
6. Basketball Coaching (for children 8 to 16 years) Vinay Marg Sports Complex

(Monday, Wednesday and friday

(Evening 5 to 7 pm)

750/-

per month

Sh Ashok Sharma (Coach) (9811568576)
7. Table Tennis & Carom (for employees) Nirman Bhawan 50/-

per month

Shri Ravinder

(9953246367)

2. The interested Central Government employees may avail the above mentioned sports facilities for themselves and their children/dependents. For further queries, If any Shri Sandeep Singh Aswal , Junior Games Supervisor (M.No. 7838915561 ) may be contacted .

3. Payment for availing above mentioned sports facilities would be accepted through digital mode only directly to CCSCSB’s Savings Bank Account No.9043201 0052140, IFSC Code SYNB0009043, Syndicate Bank, Khan Market Branch, New Delhi

i Net banking
II. PoS Machine by using Credit and Debit Card.
III. UPI(Unified Payment Interchange)

4. All the Welfare Officers of Ministry/Departments are requested to give wide publicity to this circular.

(Kulbhushan Malhotra)
Secretary (CCSCSB)

Source: DoPT

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DoPT denies Media News about extension of working hours of Central Government employees

DoPT denies Media News about extension of working hours of Central Government employees

DOPT-CENTRAL-GOVERNMENT-EMPLOYEES

The attention is drawn to the media news about extension of working hours of Central Government employees by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India. It has been stated in the news item that Central Government employees working hours will be changed from 09.00 AM to 07.00 PM. It was also stated that the holiday of Saturday will also be done away with for the Central Government employees.

In this regard, the DoPT clarifies that there is no such proposal under consideration of the Central Government. The media news regarding the extension of working hours and abolition of holiday on Saturday for Central Government employees is false and baseless. There is no oral or unwritten order issued in this regard.

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Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme, 1980 – Tables of Benefits for the Savings Fund for the period from 1.1.2017 to 31.03.2017

Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme, 1980 – Tables of Benefits for the Savings Fund for the period from 1.1.2017 to 31.03.2017.

The Table of Benefits under CGEGIS-198C for the period 01-01-2016 to 31-12-2016 issued by Ministry of Finance vide their OM dated 26-02-2016 was circulated to Zonal Railways/Production Units etc. vide Board’s,letter of even number dated 03-03-2016.

It has now been decided by Ministry of Finance that the Table of Benefits will now be issued on quarterly basis commencing from 01-01-2017 to 31.03.2017, Accordingly, Table of benefits under CGEGIS-1980 for the first quarter of the year 2017 i.e. 01-01-2017 to 31-03-2017 has now been issued vide Ministry of Finance’s Office Memorandum No. 7(2)/EV/20l6 dated 17-03-2017. A copy of the Ministry of Finance’s above office Memorandum alongwith Tables of benefits is enclosed herewith for information and necessary action.

DA: As above

(M.K.Panda)
joint Director, Pay Commission
Railway Board

No. PC-III/2000/GIS/2

New Delhi, Dated: 07.04.207

No,7(2)EV/2016
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, the 17th March,2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme, 1980 – Tables of for the savings fund for the period from 01.01.2017 to 31.03.2017.

Every year two Tables of Benefits are issued by the Ministry of Finance on calendar year basis for the savings fund to  the beneficiaries under central Government Group Insurance scheme (CGEGIS-1980). While one Table of Benefits for the Savings fund of the Scheme is based on a subscription of Rs.10 per month from 1.1.1982 to 31.12.1989 and Rs.10 per month for those employees who had opted out of the revised rates of subscription w.e.f. 1.1.1990.

2. The Tables of Benefits under CGEGIS-80 are prepared by IRDA based on the rate of interest notified by DEA for small savings including GPF. Earlier, DEA used to notify the interest rate on financial year basis. However, DEA has now shifted to notifying the interest rate on quarterly basis. In view of this, it has been decided that the Table of benefits will be issues on quarterly basis commencing from 1.1.2017 to 31.3.2017.

3. The Two Tables under CGEGIS-80 for the first quarter of the year 2017 i.e. 1.1.2017 to 31.3.2017, prepared by IRDA, are enclosed. The benefits in the Tables have been worked out on the basis of interest @8% per annum (compounded quarterly), as notified by Department of Economic Affairs.

4. While calculating the amount it has been assumed that the subscription has been recovered or will be recovered from the salary of the month in which a member ceases to be in service failing which it should be deducted from accumulated amounts payable.

5. In its application to the employees of Indian Audit and Accounts Department this Office Memorandum issues in consulation with the comptroller and Auditor General of India.

Source : NFIR

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Delegation of powers to Ministries/ Departments for payment of Sitting Fee in respect of Non-officials of Committees/ Panels/ Boards

Delegation of powers to Ministries/ Departments for payment of Sitting Fee in respect of Non-officials of Committees/ Panels/ Boards etc: Fin Min OM

No.19047/10/2016-E-IV
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

North Block, New Delhi.
Dated: 12.04.2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Delegation of powers to Ministries/ Departments for payment of Sitting Fee in respect of Non-officials of Committees/ Panels/ Boards etc.

The undersigned is directed to state that the issues related to payment of Sitting Fee to Non-officials of Committees/Panels/Boards etc. have been examined in D/o Expenditure. It has been decided that Administrative Secretaries of the Ministries/ Departments may decide the Sitting Fee in respect of Non-officials of Committees/Panels/Boards etc. in consultation with their Financial Advisors and with the approval of their Ministers.

2. While considering the proposals for payment of Sitting Fee to Non-officials, the Ministries/Departments are directed to keep in view the following instructions/guidelines:-

2.1. Categorisation of Committees: For the purpose of payment  of Sitting Fee, Committees/Boards/panels are categorized into following three categories:-

(i) High Level Committee: In terms of Cabinet Secretariat Circular No. 1/16/1/2000-Cab. dated 15.04.2002, a High Level Committee is a Committee set up with the approval of Hon’ble Prime Minister through the Cabinet Secretary and presided over by a high ranking dignitary eg. a Minister, a Judge of the Supreme Court of India, a Vice-Chancellor etc. including prominent persons in public life as Members.

(ii) Technical or Expert Committee: A Technical or Expert Committee is a Committee constituted to discharge functions as prescribed under Acts/Rules/Subordinate legislation on the subject. Such Committee is to be set up with the approval of the Minister of the concerned Ministry. In case any Member of Parliament is included in the Committee, the prior approval of Prime Minister to their inclusion is to be obtained in terms of Cabinet Secretariat Circular No.1/16/1/2000-Cab. dated 15.04.2002.

(iii) Other Committees: All other Committees will be covered under this category. These Committees will be constituted with the approval of the Administrative Secretary or Minister.

2.2 Definition of a Non-official: For the purpose of grant of Sitting Fee only such persons are to be considered as Non-officials who are not employed in any institution/ organisation/body funded by the Central Government.

3. Rates of Sitting Fee: On the basis of categorisation of Committees viz. High Level Committee, Technical or Expert Committee and Other Committees, The Ministries/Departments shall ensure that the maximum rates of Sitting Fee to be paid to Non-official Chairman/ Members will not be more than the following:-

(i) High Level Committee : Not more than Rs.10,000/- per day of Sitting.

(ii) Technical or Expert Committee : Not more than Rs.6000/- per day of Sitting.

(iii) Other Committees : Not more than Rs.4000/- per day of Sitting.

4. For arriving at the rates of the Sitting Fee to Non-official Chairman and Members of the Committees/Boards/Panels, the Ministries/Department shall observe the following conditions:

i. While considering the amount of Sitting Fee, the Ministries/Departments have to keep in view facts such as nature and scope of the Committee, importance of the subject assigned to the Committee, category of the Committee (i.e. High level Committee, Technical or Expert Committee or other Committee), level/ status of Chairperson/ Members, duration of the Committee, frequency of meetings, Terms of Reference of the Committee etc.

ii. In no case, the ceiling should exceed 10 meetings in a month in respect of all categories of Committees viz. High Level, Technical or Expert Committees and Other Committee. It is presumed that such committees are constituted for a limited duration specified in the order.

iii. It is clarified that the Govt. employees nominated to such Committees/ Boards/ Panels etc. will not be entitled to Sitting Fee.

iv. Cases seeking deviation from the above norms may be referred to M/o Finance giving full justification for seeking deviation.

3. These instructions will be effective from the date of issue of this O.M.

4. This is issued with the approval of Finance Minister.

sd/-
(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Source: finmin.nic.in

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Confederation: Mass Dharna in Front of Finance Ministers Office on 23.5.2017

 CIRCULAR DATED – 13.04.2017

URGENT / IMPORTANT

CONFEDERATION NATIONAL SECRETARIAT DECIDED TO INTENSIFY THE STRUGGLE
MASS DHARNA IN FRONT OF FINANCE MINISTER’S OFFICE
NORTH BLOCK, NEW DELHI
ON 23.05.2017 (TUESDAY 12 AM TO 04 PM)

NATIONWIDE DEMONSTRATION AT ALL IMPORTANT CENTRES ON SAME DAY

MORE THAN 2000 CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND PENSIONERS WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE PROTEST DHARNA.

Demanding Honouring of assurance given by Group of Ministers including Finance Minister, settle the charter of demands submitted by Confederation, increase minimum pay and fitment formula, payment of revised allowances including HRA w.e.f 01.01.2016, implementation of option – I pension parity recommended by 7th CPC, Scrap New Contributory Pension Scheme and bring all employees appointed after 01.01.2004 under the purview of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972, Grant Civil Servant Status and revise the wages and allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks, regularise all casual and contract workers, Revise pension of autonomous body pensioners and grant dearness relief due from 01.07.2016, withdraw “Very good” bench mark condition for MACP etc.

2nd PHASE OF AGITATION
HUMAN CHAIN OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES & PENSIONERS
IN FRONT OF MAJOR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES AT ALL IMPORTANT CENTRES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY DURING LUNCH HOUR ON 22.06.2017 (THURSDAY)

All affiliated organisations and COCs are requested to mobilise maximum number of employees & pensioners in the above two programmes. Detailed circular will be issued shortly.

Source: Confederation

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Compulsory Retirement

Compulsory Retirement

One IAS officer Shri M.N. Vijaykumar, IAS (KN:81) has been imposed the penalty of compulsory retirement vide order dated 27.04.15.The penalty of Compulsory Retirement was imposed on Shri M.N. Vijaykumar, IAS (KN:81) on completion of departmental proceeding against the officer as per provisions of AIS (D&A) Rule, 1969.

Further, this department in exercise of the powers conferred under sub-rule 3 of Rule 16 of the All India Services (Death-Cum-Retirement benefits) Rules 1958, has prematurely retired, in public interest, one IAS officer namely Shri K. Narasimha (AGMUT : 1991).

With regard to IPS, the Ministry of Home Affairs has informed that penalty of compulsory retirement has not been imposed on any IPS Officer in last one year. However, the Ministry of Home Affairs, in exercise of the powers conferred under sub-rule 3 of Rule 16 of the All India Services (Death-Cum-Retirement benefits) Rules, 1958, in public interest has prematurely retired two IPS officers, namely, Shri Mayank Sheel Chohan, IPS (AGMUT:1998) and Shri Raj Kumar Dewangan, IPS (CH:1992) vide order dated 05.01.2017.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to question by Shri Kirti Vardhan Singh in the Lok Sabha today.

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Equal Pay for Equal Work in CPSUs

Equal Pay for Equal Work in CPSUs

As per information received from Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), the instructions regarding equal pay admissible to casual workers already exists in terms of DoPT O.M. No. 49014/2/86 Estt. (c) dated 07.06.1988. Further, Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) are under the administrative control of their respective Ministries / Departments and CPSEs are required to follow the various statutory provisions / Court orders / Government instructions including instructions on wage related issues of various categories of employees, wherever applicable. However, as the responsibility to monitor the implementation of above said statutory provisions / court orders / Government instructions vests with the Board of CPSEs and the concerned administrative Ministry / Department, as such no centralized information in this regard is maintained by Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) and accordingly complaints, if any, received against any CPSE on this issue are also forwarded to the concerned administrative Ministry / Department of CPSE for appropriate action.

This information was given by Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri Babul Supriyo in reply to a written question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Use of Sports facilities of Sports Authority of India under Come & Play Scheme in Badminton, Table Tennis & Fitness Centre for Central Government Employees & their dependent family members

No. 108/01/2016-17/CCSCSB
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi.
Dated 05th April, 2017

CIRCULAR

Sub: Use of Sports facilities of Sports Authority of India under “Come & Play” Scheme in Badminton, Table Tennis & Fitness Centre for Central Government Employees & their dependent family members-regarding.
The Central Civil Services Cultural & Sports Board (CCSCSB) under administrative control of the Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT), a nodal agency for promotion of Cultural & Sports activities amongst the Central Government Employees in the country, has been running a Scheme for use of Sports facilities of Sports Authority of India under their Come & Play scheme in Badminton, Table Tennis and Fitness Centre for Central Government Employees & their dependent families members. The details of the Come & Play Scheme are available at http: www.sportsauthorityofindia.nic.in => Schemes => Come and Play scheme

2. Under the scheme, the Central Government Employees & their dependent family members may use sporting facilities for Badminton, Table Tennis and Fitness Centre (excluding Sauna Facility) of the Sports Authority of India (SAl) at their rates (on monthly basis) or rates available for Central Government employees and their dependent family members, whichever is lower.
3. On submission of monthly payment receipts (in original) of SAl to CCSCSB, the amount charged by SAl will be reimbursed after deducting the amount of Rs. 100/= (for Badminton and Table Tennis) and Rs. 200/ (for Fitness Centre), directly to their bank accounts linked with Aadhaar number. It may be noted that this scheme is one of identified schemes of DoPT for DBT on boarding. The bank details (like Account number, Bank & Branch name, IFSC code & Aadhaar Number seeded with the Bank account may also be furnished while submitting payment receipts for reimbursement to the “Secretary (CCSCSB), Room No. 361, DoPT,Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi-110003.

4, All Ministries / Departments are requested to disseminate this circular for wide publicity in the Ministries / Departments and their attached & subordinate offices.

 

(Kulbhushan Malhotra)
Under Secretary (CCSCS8)
Tel. : 01124646961

DoPT Order 2017

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90 days paid leave for sexual harassment complainants at government

90 days paid leave for sexual harassment complainants at government

New Delhi: Paid leave of up to 90 days can be given to a woman government employee who has complained of sexual harassment at her workplace while the inquiry is pending, Union Minister Jitendra Singh today said.

In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, he said leave up to a period of 90 days may be granted to an aggrieved female government servant during the pendency of inquiry under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.

The leave granted shall not be debited against the leave account, said Singh, who is the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.

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Use of Private e-mail by Government Employees

New Email system for Government Employees soon

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF ELECTRONICS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
LOK SABHA
STARRED QUESTION NO: 451

ANSWERED ON: 05.04.2017

Use of Private e-mail by Government Employees

GOPALAKRISHNAN CHINNARAJ

Will the Minister of

ELECTRONICS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:-

Will the Minister of ELECTRONICS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:

(a) whether the Government is aware that the Government employees including PSU employees are still using private e-mail for official communication/work and if so, the reasons therefor;

(b) whether the Government is planning e-mail services at par with private e-mail services such as g-mail and Yahoo for officials work; and

(c) if so, the action taken to improve e-mail services provided by National Informatics Centre (NIC)?

ANSWER

(a) to (c): A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.

STATEMENT REFERRED IN REPLY TO LOK SABHA STARRED
QUESTION NO. *451 FOR 05.04.2017 REGARDING
USE OF PRIVATE E-MAIL BY GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

(a) to (c): The Government has notified the E-mail policy of Government of India vide Gazette Notification dated 18th February 2015. This policy inter alia mandates and provides for guidelines for use of Government email service, provided by NIC, for all official communications by Government officers.

The Government of India has also approved a project to strengthen the NIC email infrastructure. Once implemented, the new email system will provide for 50 lakhs email ids for Government users across the country. This new setup will be as per global standards.

National Informatics Centre (NIC) does not Track the usage of private emails by Government employees, including PSU employees.

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Married Women Employees can show their parents as her dependents for CGHS, LTC etc

Married Women Employees can show their parents as her dependents for CGHS, LTC etc

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
RAJYA SABHA

QUESTION NO 3280

ANSWERED ON 30.03.2017

Making service rules gender neutral

3280 Shri Narayan Lal Panchariya

Will the Minister of PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS be pleased to state :-

(a) whether, a married woman employee can show her own parents as her dependents under the service rules applicable to Central Government employees;

(b) if so, under what conditions;

(c) if not, the rationale therefor;

(d) whether Government has taken any action to make the aforesaid service rules gender neutral both in letter and spirit; and

(e) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER

Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office. (DR. JITENDRA SINGH)

(a) to (e): The service rules of the Government employees have been framed keeping in view their contextual purpose and with a view to make them gender neutral.

As per Rule 50 of Central Civil Services (CCS)(Pension) Rules, 1972, father and mother of a Government employee (which includes a female Government employee) come within the definition of family. For the purpose of gratuity, there is no condition of dependency or inclusion in family.

In respect of General Provident Fund (GPF) Rule, female employees can nominate their parents for the benefits of GPF. There is no dependency criterion for nominating parents for the benefits of GPF.

Under Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) Rules, married women employees have the option either to opt their dependent parents or dependent parents-in-law for CGHS facilities.

As per All India Services (AIS) {Medical Attendance (MA) Rules}, ‘family’ definition includes the name of parents wholly dependent upon the member of service and normally residing with such member.

As per CCS {Leave Travel Concession (LTC)} Rules, ‘family’ definition includes parents or step parents wholly dependent on the Government servant irrespective of whether they are residing with the Government servant or not.

As per CCS(Conduct Rules), “Members of family” in relation to a Government servant include the wife or husband, son or daughter, parents, brothers or sisters or any person related to any of them by blood or marriage, whether they are dependent on the Government servant or not.

As per AIS (Conduct) Rules, any person related, whether by blood or marriage, to such member or to his or her wife or husband, as the case may be, and wholly dependent on such member is treated as member of family.

Source : RAJYA SABHA

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Factual position on proposed Amendments to RTI Rules

Factual position on proposed Amendments to RTI Rules

No change in fee structure or word limit in RTI queries

Government committed to full and easy implementation of RTI

A factually incorrect and misleading news report appeared in a section of the media that a new set of RTI Rules have been formulated which creates difficulties and hurdles in the right of the citizens to get information from the Government. It has been alleged that the size of the RTI has been restricted to 500 words and a provision of fees has been unfairly introduced in the Rules.

The facts are totally to the contrary. On 31st July, 2012, the Central Government notified the RTI Rules under Section 27 of the Right to Information Act, 2005. A copy of existing rules is available on the official website of DOPT. The Rules provided that an RTI application will ordinarily be not more than 500 words (subject to exception) with a nominal fee being charged from each applicant. These Rules were framed and notified in 2012.

However, legality of the CIC (Management) regulations of 2007 was challenged before the Delhi High Court and these were quashed. The matter has been pending before the Supreme Court. The Government therefore decided, in consultation with the CIC, that a comprehensive set of rules be notified by consolidating the key provisions of CIC (Management) Regulations and also the Rules of 2012. Same has been put up in public domain for comments.

The key provisions of the RTI Rules, 2012 have been identically incorporated verbatim. No change has been made in the RTI fee structure. The Government is committed to ensuring a full and easy implementation of the Right to Information.

The factual position on the proposed Rules is as follows:

  1. The existing RTI Rules 2012 notified on 31st July, 2012 specifically provide in section 3 that an application shall ordinarily not contain more than 500 words excluding annexure. It further provides that no application shall be rejected only on the grounds that it contains more than 500 words. There is no change proposed in these provisions in the new rules.
  2. The provision with respect to charging rates is identical to that contained in existing RTI Rules 2012 which provides for charging rates as per price fixed for a publication or Rs.2 per page of photocopy for extracts from the publication. There is a further provision in rule 5 that no fee under rule 3 and rule 4 shall be charged from any person who is below poverty line. This provision has been retained as such in the new proposed rules. Therefore, there is no change in fee and the existing rules have been proposed to be continued.
  3. There is no change in the postal charges for sending the information.
  4. The proposed rules do not limit the filing of either complaint or appeal “online” only. Both rule 8 and rule 13 dealing with filing of appeals and complaints especially provide for filing offline as well as online.
  5. The provision for withdrawal of appeal, which was earlier included in the Central Information Commission (Management) Regulations 2007 has been included in the new rules. Similarly, the provision for abatement of appeals/complaints on the death of the applicant/ complainant, which was earlier included in the Central Information Commission (Management) Regulations 2007, has also been included.
  6. With regards to the provision of officials being allowed to file documents to counter claims of false information, it is clarified that at present, as per the procedure of CIC, once appeal is taken cognizance of, the CPIOs are given a notice to furnish their submission before the appeal is decided. This was also part of the Central Information Commission (Management) Regulations 2007 which are now being incorporated in the rules. Therefore, the existing standard operating procedure has been proposed to be incorporated in the rules.

As can be seen from above, the allegation that there is a move to dilute the provisions of RTI is unfounded. The proposed amendments to the rules are in public domain for comments by April 15, 2017 and will be finalised keeping in view the public feedback received in the matter. The comments can be sent both online and in hard copy to the Department.

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Government takes steps to generate Employment Opportunities

Government takes steps to generate Employment Opportunities

Government has taken various steps for generating employment in the country like encouraging private sector of economy, fast tracking various projects involving substantial investment and increasing public expenditure on schemes like Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) run by Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA), Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) run by Ministry of Rural Development and National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM) run by Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation.

In order to improve the employability of youth, around 20 Ministries run skill development schemes across 70 sectors. According to the data compiled by Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, the number of persons skilled across various sectors during 2015-16 were 1.04 crore.

Government has implemented the National Career Service (NCS) Project comprises a digital portal which provides a nation-wide online platform for jobseekers and employers for job matching in a dynamic, efficient and responsive manner and has a repository of career content.

A new Scheme Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY) has been initiated by the Ministry of Labour and Employment in the year 2016-17 for incentivising industry for promoting employment generation with the allocation of Rs. 1000 crore. Under this scheme employers would be provided an incentive to enhance employment where the Government will pay the employer’s contribution of 8.33% EPS for new employees. In textiles (apparel and made-ups) sector, the Government will also pay the 3.67% EPF contribution of employers in addition to paying the 8.33% EPS contribution. Government announced a booster package of Rs. 6000 crores for the textile sector which is an employment intensive sector.

This information was given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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Fixation of pay in case of employees who seek transfer to a lower post under FR 15(a)

Fixation of pay in case of employees who seek transfer to a lower post under FR 15(a)

No.12/1/2016-Estt(Pay-I)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 31st March, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Fixation of pay in case of employees who seek transfer to a lower post under FR 15(a)- clarification regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No.16/4/2012-Pay-I dated 5th November, 2012 read with OM No.13/9/2009-Estt.(Pay-I) dated 21 st October, 2009, whereby clarification was issued by this Department for fixation of pay in case of employees seeking transfer to lower posts under FR 15(a) subsequent to the implementation of the recommendations of 6th CPC and CCS(RP) Rules, 2008. It was clarified therein that in case of transfer of a Government servant to a lower Grade Pay under FR 15(a) on his/her own request w.e.f. 1.1.2006, the pay in the Pay Band will be fixed at the stage equal to the pay in Pay Band drawn by him/her prior to his/her appointment against the lower post. However, he/she will be granted the Grade Pay of lower post. Further, in all cases, he/she will continue to draw his/her increment(s) based on his pay in the Pay Band +Grade Pay (lower).

2. Consequent upon the implementation of 7th CPC Report and CCS(RP)Rules, 2016, the concept of new Pay Matrix has replaced the existing Pay Bands and Grade Pays system. Accordingly, in partial modification of this Department’s OMs dated 5 th November, 2012 and 21st ibid, the method of pay fixation in respect of a Government October, 2009 Servant transferred to a lower post under FR 15(a) on his/her own request w.e.f 1.1.2016 will be as under:

‘=In case of transfer to a lower Level of post in the Pay Matrix under FR 15(a) on his/her own request w.e.f. 1.1.2016, the pay of the Government Servant holding a post on regular basis will be fixed in the revised pay structure at the stage equal to the pay drawn by him/her in the higher Level of post held regularly. If no such stage is available, the pay will be fixed at the stage next below in the lower Level with respect to the pay drawn by him/her in the higher Level of post held regularly and the difference in the pay may be granted as personal pay to be absorbed in future Increment(s). If maximum of the vertical range of pay progression at the lower Level in which he/she is appointed, happens to be less than the pay drawn by him/her in the higher Level, his/her pay may be restricted to that maximum under FR 22(I)(a)(3).

3. All Ministries/Departments are requested to revise the Terms/Conditions of such transfer, if any, in line with para 2 above.

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

5. This order takes effect from 1.1.2016.

6. Hindi version will follow.

(Pushpender Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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