100 government websites differently-abled friendly soon
New Delhi: Work is on to make 100 government websites differently-abled friendly and 16 such websites are ready, Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said today.
Optical fibre measuring 1.39 lakh kms to connect village panchayats with internet has been laid since last two years as against 398 km from 2011-14 during the UPA.
He claimed nearly 104 crore people, comparable to the size of population of Italy and France, are in the ambit of the Aadhar and mobile connections in India since last two years.
“What is Digital India? We are seeking to bridge the divide between Digital Haves and Digital Have-nots,” he said while listing the achievements of Modi government since last two years.
“Of 125 crore people 104 have Aadhar card. They are digitally verifiable. With one click, you can view your face, your iris and finger-tip. It has happened in a completely secure condition and we have are the first ones to have done this,” Prasad claimed.
He was speaking at the launch of Sugamya Pustakalaya- an online library for persons with visual disabilities.
The online library was launched by Prasad, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot, and his two deputies Krishan Pal Gurjar and Ramdas Athawal.
Books are available in accessible formats for people with visual impairment and other print disabilities.
People can access over two lakhs books in diverse languages, integrating libraries across India and the globe, including the largest international library ‘Bookshare’.
“We have linked ‘divyangjans’ with the common service centres in our country. National Informatics Centre (NIC) is in the process of making 100 Government websites ‘divyang’ friendly of which 16 have already been made ‘divyang’ friendly,” Prasad said, as he urged NGOs and citizens to use ‘My Gov’ to provide valuable inputs on central schemes.
Prasad said in order to help children suffering from autism, an e-learning tool has also been developed by the National Institute of Mentally Handicapped and all the scholarships will be under one banner.
Javadekar said there are 23 lakh people special ability under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.
As the HRD Minister, Javadekar said, he receives invitations for convocations, but he has accepted the first invitation from the University meant for differently abled in Thiruvanathapuram.
Gurjar said people with special abilities don’t need sympathy of the people but deserve their love, affection and support.
Resettlement of Ex-Servicemen
The salient features of the policy being implemented for resettlement of Ex-Servicemen in the country are as under:-
The Directorate General of Resettlement (DGR), an Attached Office of the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, Ministry of Defence, is responsible for rehabilitation of retired defence personnel in the country through training courses, reservations in Central / State / PSU jobs and resettlement schemes including self-employment schemes.
The salient features of the policy being implemented for resettlement of Ex-Servicemen (ESM) in the country are as follows:
Meaningful professional and vocational training to retiring Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers (JCO) and Other Ranks (OR) is imparted by DGR through various training institutes for the rehabilitation and resettlement of ESM in civil life by upgrading their skills to prepare them to take on new assignment / jobs and assisting ESM in finding re-employment. An option to undergo resettlement courses in reputed institutes pan India is provided to Officers, JCO / OR and retired personnel to enhance their educational qualifications and increase employment options post retirement. An exemption of 100% of the course fees is given to JCOs / ORs and 60% to Officers. The exempted amount against the course fees is paid by office of DGR.
(i) Reservation in Government Jobs:
|The Central Government has provided the following reservation for ESM for vacancies in the posts to be filled by direct recruitment:-|
|•||10% in Group ‘C’ posts and 20% in Group ‘D’ posts in Central Government jobs.|
|•||14.5% in Group ‘C’ and 24.5% Group ‘D’ posts in Public Sector Undertakings and Nationalized Banks which includes 4.5% reservation in each category for Disabled Soldiers and Widows / Dependents.|
|•||10% posts upto Assistant Commandants in Central Paramilitary Forces.|
|•||100% in Defence Security Corps.|
|(ii)||Most State Governments also provide reservation in State Government jobs, which varies from State to State and is based on the rehabilitation policy of the concerned State and the total population of Ex-Servicemen domiciled in the State.|
|(iii)||Placement Assistance through DGR: Directorate General Resettlement (DGR) sponsors Ex-Servicemen (Officers) to various Government organizations, Public Sector Undertakings, Corporate Houses, Private Sector, Central Para Military Forces etc. based on their requisition for re-employment of ESM. The DGR sponsored ESM are re-employed by the requisitioning agencies after due process of selection by them.|
|(iv)||Army welfare Placement Organization and similar placement cells in Air Force and Navy help ESM in finding suitable jobs in Banks, Industries, Corporate Houses, Academic Institutions, Hospitals, Hotels and Real Estate.|
|(v)||Age relaxation is available to the Ex-Servicemen in posts filled by direct recruitment.|
|(vi)||DGR sponsored Security Agency Scheme.|
SCHEMES OF SELF EMPLOYMENT:
(i) Schemes for Officers only:
• ESM Coal Loading and Transportation Scheme.
•Allotment of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited / Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Company Owned Company Operated Outlets PAN India.
• Management of CNG Station by Ex-Servicemen (O) in National Capital Region
(ii) Schemes for all:
• Coal Tipper Attachment Scheme.
• Allotment of Army Surplus Vehicles.
•Allotment of Regular LPG Distributorship Scheme under ‘Government Personnel’ Category.
• Allotment of Oil Product Agencies under 8% Defence Quota.
• Allotment of LPG Agency Under Rajiv Gandhi Gramin LPG Vitran Yojna.
(iii) Schemes for JCOs / ORs Only:
•Allotment of Mother Dairy Milk Booths and Fruit & Vegetable (SAFAL) Shops in NCR.
• Allotment of Milk Shops of Gopaljee Dairy Pvt. Ltd. In Delhi / Noida.
• Allotment of KIOSKS / Retail outlet of Gopaljee Farm Fresh in Faridabad / NCR.
Welfare and resettlement of Ex-Servicemen is a continuous process and the Government endeavors to explore every possible avenue for increasing employment opportunities for the Ex-Servicemen through various initiatives including pre and post retirement trainings and awareness programmes. The resettlement schemes are reviewed and upgraded from time to time and new schemes are also initiated in consultation with the concerned stake holders.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Konakalla Narayana Rao in Lok Sabha today.
Reservation in promotion for differently-abled people
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21-July, 2016 15:12 IST
Section 33 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and full Participation) Act, 1995 (PWD Act, 1995) mandates every appropriate Government to appoint in every establishment such percentage of vacancies not less than 3% of persons with disability of which 1% each shall be reserved for persons suffering from:
(i) Blindness or low vision;
(ii) Hearing impairment and
(iii) Locomotor disability or cerebral palsy in the posts identified for each disability
During the period from 01/04/2015 to 14/07/2016, the Office of Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities has received 101 grievances/complaints from persons with disabilities in respect of issues relating to promotion/fixation of seniority in their respective departments/organisations.
Section 47 (2) of the PWD Act, 1995 which is in force, provides that “no promotion shall be denied to a person merely on the ground of his disability”. Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities takes steps to safeguard the rights and facilities made available to persons with disabilities under PWD Act, 1995 on receipt of any complaint or on its own motion.
This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri C.P.Narayanan in the Rajya Sabha today.
Reservation in promotion
Extant instructions of DoPT provide that reservation in promotion by non-selection method is available to SCs and STs in all Groups i.e. Group A, B, C & D. In case of promotion by selection method, reservation is available to SCs and STs upto lowest rung of Group A. There is no reservation in promotion by selection within Group A. Reservation in posts by promotion under the existing scheme is applicable in which the element of direct recruitment, if any, does not exceed 75%.
In accordance with Supreme Court judgment dated 15.07.2014, results of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination 1996 for Section Officer grade were revised by UPSC. Appellants, who were declared successful in the modified results of SO LDCE 1996, were included in SOSL 1996 by this Department. Later the benefit was extended to similarly placed SC/ST officers who were declared qualified in the modified results of SO LDCE 1996. On their inclusion in SOSL 1996, these officers have become eligible for consideration for promotion to the next grade (Under Secretary) on completion of eight years of approved service in SO grade i.e. they become eligible for consideration in USSL 2004 onwards subject to the size of the zone. A proposal for review of USSLs 2004 and 2005 has been forwarded to UPSC in which these officers have been included in the zone.
This was stated by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Ronald Sapa Tlau in the Rajya Sabha today.
Reservation for SCs and STs in Allotment of Shops/Stalls at Railway Stations
The Catering Policy 2010, presently in force on the Railways, provides for 25% reservation in allotment of minor static catering units at A, B & C categories of stations and 49.5% reservation in allotment of minor static catering units at D, E & F categories of stations, with a view to protect interests of socially backward and economically weaker sections of the people. Out of the total 25% reservation at A, B and C category stations, a quota of 6% for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 4% for Scheduled Tribes (STs) has been reserved for allotment of minor catering units. Similarly, out of the total reservation of 49.5% at D, E & F category of stations, a quota of 12% and 8% for SCs and STs respectively, has been reserved. Allotment of stalls for SCs/STs is done by zonal railways by calling application through press notification. .
1572 shops/stalls have been earmarked for allotment to SCs and STs out of which 532 shops/stalls have already been awarded to SCs and STs as per extant provisions of the Catering Policy. Allotment of stalls for SCs/STs and clearance of backlog thereof is an ongoing process
This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 16.03.2016 (Wednesday).
|Andaman & Nicobar||25||Maharashtra||172314|
|Jammu & Kashmir||73575||Tripura||2573|
Details of schemes being implemented for welfare, rehabilitation and resettlement of ESM is as under:
- 24 Weeks Management Courses at IIMs and other reputed B-Schools
- Modular management courses like Project Finance, Academic Institutions, Supply Chain, Retail, Six Sigma, Seafaring etc.
- Newly introduced courses for 2015-16 like Strategic Retail Management, Human Resource Management(HRM), Facility, Transition, Export and Import, Event Management etc, Corporate Social Responsibility and Jet Transition.
Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs)/Other (OR) and Equivalents’ Training at Institutes:
- Security, Fire & Industrial Safety, Computer & Information Technology including ‘O’ Level, Hospitality, Tourism, Agriculture based, Business Management, Modular Management, Vocational & Technical, Medical & Healthcare, Library & Information Science, Legal Assistant etc
- Newly introduced courses for 2015-16 like Logistics & Transport Management, Retailing & Showroom, Corporate Office, Material Management, Marine Engineering etc.
Courses at Regimental Centres:
- At least two courses are planned every month at all the Regimental Centres to provide variety of courses to the retirees on pension drill.
Reservation in Government Jobs:
The Central Government has provided for the following reservation for ESM for vacancies in the posts to be filled by direct recruitment:-
- 10% in Group ‘C’ posts and 20% in Group ‘D’ posts. In addition 4.5% reservation in each category is meant for Disabled Soldiers and Widows/ Dependents.
- 14.5% in Group ‘C’ and 24.5% Group ‘D’ posts in Public Sector Undertakings and Nationalized Banks.
- 10% posts upto Assistant Commandants in Paramilitary Forces.
- 100 % in Defence Security Corps.
Placement Assistance through DGR:
Directorate General Resettlement (DGR) sponsors Ex-Servicemen (Officers) to various Government organizations, Public Sector Undertakings, Corporate Houses, Private Sector, Central Para Military Forces etc based on their requisition for re-employment of ESM. The DGR sponsored ESM are re-employed by the requisitioning agencies after due process of selection by them.
DGR sponsored security schemes:
SCHEMES OF SELF EMPLOYMENT
Schemes for Officers only:
- ESM Coal Loading and Transportation Scheme.
- Allotment of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited /Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Company Owned Company Operated Outlets PAN India.
- Management of CNG Station by Ex-Servicemen (O) in National Capital Region.
Schemes for all:
- Coal Tipper Attachment Scheme.
- Allotment of Army Surplus Vehicles
- Allotment of Regular LPG Distributorship Scheme under ‘Government Personnel’ Category
- Allotment of Oil Product Agencies Under 8 % Defence Quota
- Allotment of LPG Agency Under Rajiv Gandhi Gramin LPG Vitran Yojna.
Schemes for JCOs/OR Only:
- Allotment of Mother Dairy Milk Booths and Fruit & Vegetable (SAFAL) Shops in NCR.
- Allotment of Milk Shops of Gopaljee Dairy Pvt. Ltd. in Delhi/Noida.
- Allotment of KIOSKS/Retail outlet of Gopaljee Farm Fresh in Faridabad/NCR.
DETAILS OF BENEFITS GIVEN TO ESM AND THEIR FAMILIES IN THE COUNTRY
- Financial assistance for treatment of identified serious diseases
- Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme
- Financial support to institutions involved in rehabilitation of ESM
- Modified Scooter Grant
- Tool Kit of Ex-Servicemen Technicians
- Benefits given from Armed Forces Flag Day
Amount (in Rs)
|Penury Grant (65 Years and above)
(Non-Pensioners upto Havaldar Rank)
1,000/-pm (Life time)
|Education Grant (upto two children)
Boys/Girls upto Graduation
Widows for PG
|Officer Cadet Grant (for Cadets of NDA only)
(Pensioner/Non-Pensioner upto Havaldar Rank)
|Disabled Children Grant
(Pensioner/Non-Pensioner upto Havaldar Rank)
|House Repair Grant
(Pensioner/Non-Pensioner upto Havaldar Rank)
|Daughter’s Marriage Grant
(upto 2 daughters)
(Pensioner/Non-Pensioner upto Havaldar Rank)
|Widow Re-Marriage Grant
(Pensioner/Non-Pensioner upto Havaldar Rank)
(Pensioner/Non-Pensioner upto Havaldar Rank)
(Non-Pensioner upto Havaldar Rank)
(Pensioner/Non-Pensioner all ranks)
Daughters of Ex-Servicemen till she is married.
One Son of Ex-Servicemen upto 21 years of age.
|Vocational Training Grant for Widows
(Pensioner/Non-Pensioner upto Havaldar Rank)
Steps being taken to provide better opportunities to ESM are as under :-
- dissemination of information on Directorate General Resettlement (DGR) website regarding Open Competitive Examination for various posts, dates and syllabus etc.
- signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) to conduct job fairs by Corporate Sectors to provide additional employment opportunities to ESM.
- hosting of job portal by DGR wherein ESM can upload their Bio-data and corporate/other sectors can approach them and pick as per their requirement.
- organizing ESM Job Fairs Pan India to provide an interface between Corporate & ESM.
- regular interaction with corporate houses to generate employment opportunities to ESM.
- Provision of opportunities to ESM through the corporate bodies like TATA Motors, AMAZON.com etc.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Rajeshbhai Chudasama in Lok Sabha today.
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Reservation in Promotion
The instructions issued by Department of Personnel & Training provide for reservation in promotion to persons belonging to Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) in posts in the Central Government upto the lowest rung of Group ‘A’. These instructions are also being implemented by Central Public Sector Undertakings, wherever reservation in promotion is applicable.
The Supreme Court in its judgment dated 19.10.2006 in the matter of M. Nagaraj & Others vs. Union of India and Ors., while upholding the validity of some of the Constitutional Amendments, observed that the concerned State will have to show in each case the existence of compelling reasons, namely, backwardness, inadequacy of representation and overall efficiency of administration before providing reservation in promotion. In order to provide impediment free reservation in promotion to SCs and STs, the Constitution (One Hundred and Seventeenth Amendment) Bill, 2012 was introduced in Rajya Sabha in September, 2012. The Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on 17.12.2012 and transmitted to the Lok Sabha for consideration and passing. The Bill could not be considered in the Lok Sabha and lapsed on the dissolution of 15th Lok Sabha. The issues emanating from the Supreme Court judgment in M. Nagaraj case are under examination.
This was stated by Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the PMO Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Kaushal Kishore in the Lok Sabha today.
Time Taken to Dispose Appeal
As per the Right to Information Act, 2005 it is mandatory on the part of Public Information Officer either to provide the information or reject the request for any of the reasons specified by the RTI Act within 30 days of receipt of the request. However, information concerning life or liberty of a person has to be provided in forty-eight hours of the receipt of request.
Similarly, as per the RTI Act, an appeal shall be disposed of within 30 days on the receipt of the appeal by the First Appellate Authority or within such extended period not exceeding a total of 45 days from the date of filing thereof, as the case may be, for reasons to be recorded in writing.
The Act, however, does not prescribe time limit or target for disposal of 2nd appeal/complaint by the Central Information Commission.
The Commission, however, on 22.03.2011 decided that each Information Commissioner including Chief Information Commissioner will endeavour to decide about 3200 appeals/complaints per year. During 2015, a total of 27,922 appeals/complaints were disposed off.
This was stated by Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the PMO Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Sharad Tripathi, Shri Y.V. Subba Reddy and Shri K.N. Ramachandran in the Lok Sabha today.
The subjects like registration of birth and death certificate falls within the State List of the Constitution of India. It is for the States and Union Territory Administrations to take action for simplification of their forms as per the need and requirement. As a part of `Minimum Government & Maximum governance’ various initiatives are being undertaken in the Central Government for reforms, which includes simplification of procedures and forms. Accordingly, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances has on 15.02.2016 requested all Ministries/Departments to undertake an exercise to review forms concerning citizens’ services and explore the possibility making them one page. Further, administrative reforms, inter-alia, concerning simplification of procedures and forms are a continuous exercise and depend on the requirements of the day.
This was stated by Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the PMO Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri V. Panneerselvam, Shri B. Vinod Kumar, Shri Prem Singh Chandumajra, Shri PR Senthil Nathan and Shrimati V. Sathya Bama in the Lok Sabha today.
Monitoring of Grievances
The total number of grievances received on the online Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System(CPGRAMS) in respect of Central Government Ministries/ Departments during the last four years are as under:-
|Year||No. of Grievances received|
The increase is due to a number of citizen friendly measures taken by the Government particularly integration of Prime Minister Office Public Grievances Redress Mechanism with CPGRAMS, launch of a Mobile App through which grievances can be lodged on CPGRAMS through android based Mobile phones, integration of Common Services Centre portal with the CPGRAMS and also higher expectations of the citizens from the Government.
Instructions have been issued by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances to Secretaries of all the Ministries/Departments to accord top level priority to the redress of grievances by including monitoring of grievance pendency as an agenda item in review meetings in their Ministries/Departments and to make it clear to all concerned dealing with public grievances that unwarranted delays in redressing grievances would be viewed seriously. To enable effective monitoring of grievances at Secretary level, an electronic Dashboard has been created showing the consolidated status of grievances disposed and pending on CPGRAMS for which the user IDs and passwords have been duly provided to all the Secretaries of Central Ministries/Departments. Secretaries of all the Departments having substantial public dealing have been advised to personally examine at least 10 grievances every week and upload the report on e samiksha portal of Cabinet Secretariat.
Some of the other important steps taken by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances for expeditions and effective disposal of public grievances include : a Grievance Analysis Study of the top 20 grievance receiving Ministries/Departments/Organisations for identifying the major grievances , root cause analysis and systemic reforms for reducing the grievances and regular review meetings in the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances for monitoring the pendency of public grievances.
This was stated by Minister of State in the Personnel, Public Grievances and pensions and Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Kunwar Haribansh Singh, Dr. Sunil Baliram Gaikwad, Shri Sudheer Gupta, Shri S.R. Vijayakumar, Dr. J. Jayavardhan, Shri Gajanan Kirtikar, Dr. Kirit P. Solanki, Shri Ashok Shankarrao Chavan and Shri Bidyut Baran Mahato in Lok Sabha today.
Concessions and Facilities to Differently Abled Employees
Facilities to Differently Abled at Government Offices
The Department of Personnel and Training has informed that as per information submitted on-line by 71 Departments/Ministries, as on 01.01.2013, there were 9341 number of persons with disabilities who were employed in the Departments/Ministries of the Central Government. State/UT-wise information is not compiled.
As per section 46 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of justifys and Full Participation) Act, 1995, the appropriate Governments and the local authorities are required to provide for-
(a) ramps in public buildings;
(b) adaptation of toilets for wheel chair users;
(c) braille symbols and auditory signals in elevators or lifts;
(d) ramps in hospitals, primary health centers and other medical care and rehabilitation institutions.
All the Ministries/Departments have been requested to comply with this provision. The Ministry of Railways provides concessional fare for various classes of persons with disabilities as under:
|S.No.||Category of Persons||Percentage of Concession|
|1||Orthopaedically Handicapped/Paraplegic persons who cannot travel without escort –for any purpose||75% in 2nd, Sleeper, 1st Class, 3AC, AC chair Car50% in 1AC and 2AC
25% in 3AC & AC Chair Car of Rajdhani/Shatabdi trains
50% in Monthly Season Ticket & Quarterly Season Ticket
One escort is also eligible for same element of concession
|2||Mentally retarded persons who cannot travel without escort- for any purpose.|
|3||Blind persons travelling alone or with an escort- for any purpose|
|4||Deaf & Dumb persons (both afflictions together in the same person) travelling alone or with an escort- for any purpose.||50% in 2nd , Sleeper and 1st Class50% in Monthly Season Ticket & Quarterly Season Ticket One escort is also eligible for same element of concession.|
Similarly, State Governments have their own schemes for providing concessional fare for persons with disabilities while traveling by the buses owned by State transport undertakings.
As per Section 33 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of justifys and Full Participation) Act, 1995, every appropriate Government are required to appoint in every establishment such percentage of vacancies not less than three per cent for persons or class of persons with disability of which one per cent each is reserved for persons suffering from blindness or low vision; (ii) hearing impairment; (iii) locomotor disability or cerebral palsy, in the posts identified for each disability.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.
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Physically challenged candidate gets one-hour extra time for competitive exams
Chennai, June 4 (PTI) The Madras High Court Thursday directed Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) to grant an extra time of one hour to physically challenged persons appearing for the Group I written examination to be held from from June 5 to 7.
Justice D Hariparanthaman passed the order on a petition by R Ramesh, a physically challenged person, seeking extra time for the examination to be held over three days.
Earlier, TNPSC counsel Niraimathi submitted that an extra time of 30 minutes was granted to the physically challenged persons.
The Judge, however, directed the Commission to provide one hour extra time in the light of a September 29, 1993 Government Order issued by Social Welfare and Nutritious Meal Programme Department which provided for extra time of 50 per cent not exceeding one hour.
“When the GO provides extra time of 50 per cent not exceeding one hour to physically handicapped persons, TNPSC is not expected to say that only 30 minutes extra time would be granted,” the Judge held.
The petitioner, who holds an M SC degree and belongs to Scheduled Caste, had cleared Group I preliminary exam conducted by TNPSC in 2013 and he was affected by left hemiparesis, he would not be able to complete the written test in three hours.
He had sent a representation to TNPSC on April 10 seeking additional time for the examination but no order was passed by it either accepting or rejecting his request. Hence, he filed the present petition.
Constitution of a Committee to monitor the progress in filling up of vacancies of persons with disabilities
Government of India Constituted a Committee to monitor the progress in filling up of vacancies of persons with disabilities. DoPT Order reproduced below:
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel. Public grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
North Block, New Delhi-110 001
22nd May 2015
Subject: Constitution of a Committee to monitor the progress in filling up of vacancies of persons with disabilities
The Hon’ble Supreme Court in its interim Order dated 24.3.2015 and 28.4.2015 in Contempt Petition No.49912014 in Civil Appeal No. 9096/2013 filed by the National Federation of Blind Vs Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training had directed that immediate steps be taken by the Government to expedite the process of filling up of vacancies already identified for persons with disabilities.
2. The Government has now decided to constitute an inter-ministerial Committee with the following composition, to monitor the progress in filling up of vacancies of persons with disabilities reported to the Hon’ble Supreme Court
|(i)||Additional Secretary (S&V), Department of Personnel and Training||Chairman|
|(ii)||Joint secretary. Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities||Member|
|(iii)||Deputy Chief Commissioner, Office of Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities||Member|
|(iv)||Representative of Ministry of Railways at Joint Secretary level||Member|
|(v)||Joint Secretary, Department of Financial Services||Member|
|(vi)||Joint Secretary .Department of Defence||Member|
|(vii)||Joint Secretary , Department of Defence Production||Member|
|(viii)||Joint Secretary . Department of Public Enterprises||Member|
|(ix)||Additional Secretary, UPSC||Member|
|(xi)||Joint Secretary (AT&A), Department of Personnel and Training dealing with reservation for Persons with Disabilities||Member Secretary|
The Chairman shall have power to co-opt or exclude the representative from any Ministry/ Department/ Organisation.
3. The Terms of Reference of the Committee would be as under:
(a) the Committee shall meet at least once in a month;
(b) the committee would monitor the progress in filling up of vacancies of persons with disabilities reported to the Hon’ble Supreme Court, to ensure that appropriate action is taken for filling up such vacancies in the scheduled time frame.
The secretarial services to the Committee would be provided by the Department of Personnel and Training.
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
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Do not accept VRS of disabled employees: Government
New Delhi: Central government has decided not to accept voluntary retirement (VRS) notice of its disabled employees in reference to Supreme Court order in the case Bhagwan Dass & Anr Vs Punjab State Electricity Board.
The Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Act, 1995, states that no establishment shall dispense with the services of a disabled employee.
“It has been decided that whenever a government servant seeks voluntary retirement citing medical grounds or due to disability, administrative authorities shall advise him or her about the option of continuing in service with the same pay scale and service benefits,” said Office Memorandum F.No.25012/1/2015-Estt (A-IV) dated May 19 issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
“If however, despite being so advised, such government servant still wishes to take voluntary retirement, the request may be processed,” it added.
The DoPT said in this order that no establishment shall dispense with or reduce in rank an employee who acquires a disability during service.
“No promotion shall be denied to a person merely on the grounds of disability,” Office Memorandum says.
“It has been noticed that in many instances, persons suffering from physical or mental disability seek voluntary retirement owing to inability to attend to duty and not being aware of the protection afforded to them by the PWD Act” the Office Memorandum added.
According to the Office Memorandum, all the ministries, departments, subordinate offices, central public sector undertakings and autonomous bodies are requested to inform disabled employees about the protection available to them under the PWD Act and must be encouraged them to continue work instead of taking VRS.
Reserving 33 Percent Posts for Women in CPMFs
There is no proposal to increase the percentage of women personnel in CAPF upto 33 percent. However, in compliance of recommendations given by Parliamentary Committee on Empowerment of Women in its sixth report, directions have been issued to all CAPFs to bring percentage of women in the forces to 5%. The force-wise details of women personnel at present are as under:-
|Force/ Orgz’n||Posted Strength||Female||%age of Women w.r.t. posted strength|
- In the ongoing recruitment of Constables/General Duty, out of total vacancies of 62390, 8533 (about 14%) are earmarked for women.
- Government has approved recruitment of 2772 Mahila personnel (21 Companies) during the year 2014-15 to 2017-18 in Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).
- Government has approved raising of 02 Mahila (women) Battalions in place of 02 General Duty Battalions in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to be raised in the year 2015-16 and 2016-17.
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Government to consider Institute for impaired hearing: Dr Jitendra
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has said here today that the Government will sympathetically consider setting up “Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre” as an independent body for the benefit of those suffering from impaired hearing. He was talking to a delegation of “National Association of the Deaf” (NAD) led by its Secretary, Shri A.S. Narayanan, who requested for withdrawal of the order placing the proposed Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre under “Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped” (AYJNIHH). They demanded that the proposed autonomous institute for sign language research and training should, instead of being placed under another institute, be managed by concerned experts dealing with hearing impairment as well as by representatives of the Association of the deaf.
Dr. Jitendra Singh gave the deputation a patient hearing and said, the number of persons suffering from hearing impairment in India has gone up in recent years and even though the official census placed their number at 5 million, some of the other surveys have placed their number at much higher figure. In this background, he said, special consideration has to be given to the peculiar requirements of this section of society, so that their talent and aptitudes can be put to the best use and their potential can be exploited in the best possible manner.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said, he has understood the contention expressed by the representatives of NAD that “Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped” deals more with therapeutic management like cochlear implant, etc., to restore hearing and may not be actually imparting the non-pharmaceutical training like sign language, etc. He would, therefore, take up the issue and try to find a way out, he said.
Government order on promotion in jobs to SC-ST employees set aside
Patna: The Patna High Court today set aside a government order relating to promotion of employees belonging to Schedule Castes and Schedule Tribes in government jobs.
Justice V Nath pronounced the judgement on the writ petition of one Sushil Kuar Singh.
Justice Nath quashed the order of 2014 after finding that it was not in conformity with a Supreme Court judgement in M Nagaraj case in 2006.
The 2006 order of the apex court had defined condition for providing reservation in promotion in government jobs on caste line.
The government order of December 21, 2014 had stated reservation with consequential seniority in promotion to SC & ST employees.
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Revision of minimum wages for one day for Ex-Servicemen Security Services w.e.f. April 2015
Minimum wages for one day will be paid to all Guards & Other Staff employed by Director General of Resettlement (DGR) sponsored Security Agencies/ Companies/ Corporations throughout the country w.e.f. 01 April, 2015: DGR, Ministry of Defence Order dated 10.04.2015:
DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF RESETTLEMENT MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA WEST BLOCK IV RK KARAM NEW DELHI 110066
NOTICE OF REVISION OF MINIMUM WAGES FOR ONE DAY W.E F. 01 APR 2013
1. REFERENCE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA, MINISTRY OF DEFENCE OFFICE MEMORANDUM NO 28(3)/2012-D(RES-I) DATED 09 JUL 2012 AND AMENDMENT ISSUED VIDE OM NO. 28(3)/20121D(RES -I) DATED 16 JAN 2013 REGARDING GUIDELINES FOR FUNCTIONING OF DGR EMPANELLED EX-SERVICEMEN SECURITY SERVICES.
2. CONSEQUENT TO REVISION OF MINIMUM WAGES BY MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA, FOR EMPLOYMENT OF PERSONNEL OF THE CENTRAL SPHERE, FOR WATCH AND WARD DUTIES AND IBID OFFICE MEMORANDUM. THE UNDERMENTIONED MINIMUM WAGES FOR ONE DAY ARE THE WAGES BELOW WHICH THE PAYMENT TO THE GUARDS & OTHER STAFF EMPLOYED WILL NOT BE MADE BY DGR SPONSORED SECURITY AGENCIES/ COMPANIES/ CORPORATIONS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY WITH EFFECT FROM 01 APRIL 2015
Reservation of Group D posts for Youths in Central Government Organisation
There is no proposal under consideration of the Government to reserve the ‘D’ category posts of Central Government organizations in different States for the respective State’s unemployed youths. The quantum of reservation for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in case of direct recruitment to Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ posts of Central Government services in various States/UTs has been fixed vide OM No.36017/1/ 2004-Estt.(Res.) dated 5/7/2005 in proportion to their population. Further, SC/ST/OBC candidates not belonging to the concerned locality / region /State/ Zone/ Circle shall also be eligible to get the benefit of reservation.
As per Public Enterprises Survey 2013-14 laid on the table of both Houses of Parliament on 26.02.2015, the number of Other Backward Class employees in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) was 2,06,083 out of total employees of 13,49,493, details of which are given as below:-
|Group||Total No. of Employees||Representation of OBC in Central Public Sector Enterprises|
Government constituted a Committee in July, 2013 headed by Secretary, M/o Social Justice & Empowerment to make an in-depth analysis of the reasons for backlog of filling up of reserved vacancies and suggest measures to enhance the employability of reserved category candidates. The Committee in its report made the following major recommendations:-
(i) measures for upgrading the employment potential of SC, ST and OBC candidates in all groups;
(ii) to constitute expert committees comprising in –house officers to study the root cause of the problem and to initiate measures to remove such factors;
(iii) to improve pre-employment training or on-the-job preparatory training; and
(iv) schemes for educational empowerment, up-gradation of skills, vocational training etc.
Subsequent to the receipt of the recommendations of the Committee, the matter was examined by this Department and time bound action plan has been finalized and intimated to all concerned Ministries/ Departments on 20/11/2014 for implementation.
This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Ramen Deka and Shri Dileep Singh Bhuria in the Lok Sabha today.
Amendment to Central Civil Service (Leave) Rules, 1972 – Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 (PWD Act, 1995) – regarding
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
New Delhi, the 25th February, 2015
Subject: Amendment to Central Civil Service (Leave) Rules, 1972 – Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 (PWD Act, 1995)-regarding
The Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972 were amended vide the Department of Personnel and Training Notification No. 13026/1/2002-Estt(L) dated the 15/16thJanuary, 2004 consequent to the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 (PWD Act, 1995) which came into force from 7thFebruary, 1996.
2. Section 47 of the PWD Act, 1995 provides that services of no employee can be terminated nor can he be reduced in rank in case the employee has acquired a disability during his service. The first proviso to the Section 47 lays down that if such an employee is not suitable for the post he was holding, he could be shifted to some other post.
However, his pay and service benefits would be protected. The second proviso provides that if it is not possible to adjust such an employee against any post, he would be kept on a supernumerary post until a suitable post is available or he attains the age of superannuation, whichever is earlier. Further, the Clause (2) of Section 47 provides that no promotion shall be denied to a person merely on ground of his disability. In Kunal Singh v. Union of India,  4 SCC 524, Hon’ble Supreme Court has observed that the very frame and contents of Section 47 of the PWD Act, 1995 clearly indicate its mandatory nature.
3. The issues relating to leave or absence of Government servants who have acquired a disability while in service are required to be dealt with in the light of the provisions of the Section 47 of Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. The case of a disabled government servant who is declared fit to resume duty but who may not able to perform the duties of the post he was holding earlier may be dealt with as per the first proviso to Section 47 of the PWD Act, 1995. The second proviso shall apply if it is not possible to adjust him against any existing post. In all such cases, the Government servant so adjusted shall be entitled to the pay scale and other service benefits attached to the post he was holding.
4. A disabled Government servant who is not fit to return to duty shall be adjusted as per second proviso to the Section 47 mentioned above, until he is declared fit to resume duty or attains the age of superannuation whichever is earlier, with the same pay scale and service benefits. On being declared fit for resuming duty, the Government servant who is not fit for the post he is holding, may be adjusted as per the first proviso to Section 47.
5. Leave applied on medical certificate in connection with disability should not be refused or revoked without reference to a Medical Authority, whose advice shall be binding. The ceiling on maximum permissible leave laid down in Rule 12 may not be applied to leave on medical certificate applied in connection with the disability. Any leave debited for the period after a Government servant is declared incapacitated shall be remitted back into his/her leave account.
6. For a government servant who is unable to submit an application or medical certificate on account of disability, an application/medical certificate submitted by a family member may be accepted. The provisions relating to examination of disabled Government servants and the Medical Authorities competent to issue such certificates are also being amended.
7. Necessary amendments to the Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972 are being notified separately.
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Bharat Pensioner’s Samaj presentation to 7th CPC
- Pension is not largesse but a right.
- Should be adequate to enable retd. employee to live with standard he was living.
- There Should be no discrimination on the basis of date of retirement.
- Gap between haves & have lots should go on reducing
- Healthcare is a fundamental right of ex employee.
Quantum of pension
Emoluments for Pension
Parity in Pension
No cut off dates
Gulf between highest & lowest paid
Additional old age pension
Pension to be net of Income Tax
Ex- servicemen status
Family pensioners other than spouse
New Pension Scheme
Restoration of commuted value
Restoration of commutation to PSU absorbees
Injustice to those born onIst jan & on Ist july
Hospital Regulatory authority
Fixed Medical allowance
Pending submission of commission’s report & implementation of its recommendations . As an immediate measure to partially mitigate sufferings of pensioners, BPS appeal to the Hon’ble comm. to immediately recommend merger of 50% DR with basic pension & an interim relief of 20% of existing pension.
- Federations of C.G. Pensioners’ associations be granted recognition by Government.
- Pensioners’ representatives should be included in various Committees & Forums wherein issues relating to pensioners’ are discussed & decided.
- SCOVA may be upgraded to JCM level.
- Scope of Pension Adalats be widened to include Genl.Grievances& Pensioners associations may be permitted to present pensioners cases in Pension Adalats.
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Government to give 6% reservation to ex servicemen: Sushma Swaraj
Basholi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said the government has decided to give six per cent reservation to ex-service men in recruitment in police force and provide land at low cost for establishment of their colonies.
“We have decided to give six per cent reservation to the ex-servicemen in the police force so they get re-employment,” Swaraj said while addressing an election rally here today.
In a bid to woo ex-servicemen who form a large chunk of voter base in this village, which shares border with Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, Swaraj said the government has decided to provide land at low cost to the ex-servicemen so that their colonies could be established.
“We will encourage herbal farming so that an ex-servicemen can get extra earning from herbal framing,” she said.
She said the government was committed to settle the claims of the refugees from the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
“Claims of the 1947 Pakistan-occupied Kashmir refugees would be settled so that they don’t remain refugees any longer. We will also provide compensation to the refugees of 1965 and 1971,” she said.
Swaraj said the government would also provide ownership rights to the people who are living in the evacuee property in the state.
“The people who live in the evacuee property would get the ownership rights of the property,” she said.
While appealing the voters in the area to vote for the party candidate, Swaraj said to bring about development in the state people must give chance to BJP.
Meanwhile in another election rally in Nagrota, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani appealed the voters in the state to end the ?dynastic rule?.
“The time has come to end the dynastic rule of Father-son and Father-Daughter from the state,” she said.
She said that the National Conference, congress and PDP led have done nothing for the people of the state and it was the time to weed out the corrupt government from the state.
“The funds worth crores meant for the development of this state were misused by the successive governments here for the reasons best known to them,” she said.
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There should be No Reservation in Promotions – Supreme Court
Supreme Court in a landmark judgement has ruled out reservation in promotion for SC/ST categories.
New Delhi: January 10
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has ruled that there could be no quota for SC and ST employees for top posts in public sector banks but reservation for them was permissible in posts from scale-I till scale-VI.
A bench of J.Chelameswar and A.K.Sikri held that though there was no provision for reservation in promotion in banks for officers from scale-I onwards but an office memorandum issued by Department of Public Enterprises in November 2004 permitting quota up to scale-VI.
The bench informed that “the policy of no reservation in the matter of promotion is applicable only from Scale-VII and above. It, therefore, clearly follows that in so far as promotion from Scale-I to Scale-II, Scale-II to Scale-III, Scale-III to Scale-IV, Scale-IV to Scale-V, Scale-V to Scale-VI are concerned, reservation is to provided”. The bench said: “It is clarified that at present there is no provision for reservation in promotion by selection only in respect of those posts which carry an ultimate of 5,700/- per month (revised to 18,300 and 20,800/- per month in respect of those public sector undertakings following IDA pattern). Qua (with regard to) appellant Banks, that would be in respect of Scale-VII and above. Therefore, to carry out promotions from Scale-I upwards upto Scale-VI, reservation in promotion in favour of SC/ST employees has to be given.”
The court passed the order on a bunch appeals filed by banks challenging the Madras HC order directing them to provide reservation on the ground that there is no adequate representation of SC/ST category of officers in Group-IV and above.
The apex court held that HC in its verdict of 2009 has gone by the lofty ideals enshrined in Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution as well as the fact that in there banks there is no adequate representation of SC/ST category of officers in Group-IV and above.
“That may be so. It can only provide justification for making a provision of this nature.
“However, in the absence of such provision, same cannot be read by overstretching the language of office memorandum dated August 13, 1997″, it said.
Clarifying its verdict, the bench said, it would have the effect of allowing the writ petitions with directions to the appellant banks to make provision for reservations while carrying out promotions from Scale-I to Scale-II and upward upto Scale-VI.