Tuesday, July 31, 2012


All-India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers on Base 2001=100 for the Month of June 2012

       All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of June, 2012 increased by 2 points and stood at 208 (two hundred eight).
          During June, 2012, the index recorded maximum increase of 8 points each in Mercara and Godavarikhani centres, 7 points in Puducherry centre, 5 points in Madurai, Howrah, Chennai, Lucknow and Warrangal centres, 4 points in 7 centres, 3 points in 13 centres, 2 points in 11 centres, 1 point in 18 centres. The index decreased by 2 points each in Ludhiana and Mysore centres and 1 point in 5 centres, while in the remaining 14 centres the index remained stationary.
          The maximum increase of 8 points in Mercara centre is mainly due to increase in the prices of Rice, Poultry (Chicken), Tea (Readymade), Coffee (Readymade), Bidi, Refined Liquor, Firewood, Cinema Charges, Bus Fare, etc. In Godawarikhani centre this increase of 8 points is mainly due to increase in the prices of  Rice, Arhar Dal, Moong Dal, Groundnut Oil, Vegetable & Fruit items, Firewood, Petrol, Toilet Soap, etc. The increase of 7 points in Puducherry centre is due to increase in the prices of Rice, Arhar Dal, Poultry (Chicken), Fish Fresh, Fish Dry, Eggs (Hen), Vegetable & Fruit items, Cigarette, Cinema Charges, Petrol, Tailoring Charges, etc. The increase of 5 points in Madurai, Howrah, Chennai, Lucknow and Warrangal centres is due to increase in the prices of Rice, Arhar Dal, Poultry (Chicken), Fish Fresh, Eggs (Hen), Vegetable & Fruit items, Petrol, Tailoring Charges, etc. The decrease of 2 points in Ludhiana centres  is mainly due to decrease in the prices of Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, Firewood, etc. and the decrease of 2 points in Mysore is due to decrease in the prices of Rice, Vegetable & Fruit items, etc.
          The indices in respect of the six major centres are as follows :
1. Ahmedabad

2. Bengluru

3. Chennai

4. Delhi

5. Kolkata

6. Mumbai

          The point to point rate of inflation based on CPI-IW(General) for the month of June, 2012 is 10.05% as compared to 10.16% in May, 2012. Inflation based on Food Index declined to 10.45% in June, 2012 from 10.61% in May, 2012.
          The CPI-IW for July, 2012 will be released on the last working day of the next month, i.e. 31st August, 2012.

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Due Date of E-Filing of Income Tax Returns for Assessment Year 2012-13 Extended up to 31st August, 2012

On consideration of the reports of disturbance of general life caused due to failure of power and further in consideration of the fact that the e-filing of returns for a specified category of individuals and HUF has been made mandatory, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), in exercise of powers conferred under section 119 of the Income Tax Act, 1961, has extended the ‘due date’ of filing of returns of income for the Assessment Year 2012-13 to 31st August 2012. This has been done in respect of assesses who are liable to file such returns by 31st July 2012 as per provisions of section 139 of Income Tax Act, 1961 .

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CBDT Relaxes Compulsory E-Filing of Return of Income for Assessment Year 2012-13 - for Representative Assessees of Non-Residents and in the Case of Private Discretionary Trusts

Rule 12 of the Income-tax Rules, 1962 mandates that an individual or Hindu undivided family, if his or its total income or the total income in respect of which he is or it is assessable under the Act, during the previous year, exceeds ten lakh rupees, shall furnish the return electronically for the assessment year 2012-13 and subsequent assessment years.

It has been brought to the notice of the Board that the agents of non-residents, within the meaning of section 160(1) (i) of the Income –tax Act, are facing difficulties in electronically furnishing the returns of non-residents. This is because there may be more than one agent of the non-resident in India for different transactions or a person in India may be an agent of more than one non-resident. Such situations are not covered by the existing e-filing software which functions on the principle of one assessee-one PAN-one return.

It has also been brought to the notice of the Board that ‘private discretionary trusts’ having total income exceeding ten lakh rupees are facing problems in filing their return of income electronically in cases where they are filing their return in the status of an individual. This is because status of a private discretionary trust has been held in law as that of an ‘individual’. The existing e-filing software does not accept the return of a private discretionary trust in the status of an ‘individual’.

Accordingly it has been decided by the Board that:

(i) it will not be mandatory for agents of non-residents, within the meaning of section 160(1) (i) of the Income –tax Act, if his or its total income exceeds ten lakh rupees, to electronically furnish the return of income of non-residents for assessment year 2012-13;

(ii) it will not be mandatory for ‘private discretionary trusts’, if its total income exceeds ten lakh rupees, to electronically furnish the return of income for assessment year 2012-13.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Meeting of the Joint Committee on MACPs Anomalies

Feedback of MACP Joint Committee meeting held on 27.7.2012

   As decided in the National Anomaly Committee Meeting held on 17/07/2012, the DOPT held separate meeting with the Leaders of Staff Side at North Block, New Delhi, Room No. 190 on 27/07/2012. Shri.M.Raghavaiah, General Secretary, NFIR has participated in the meeting.

   Discussions were held on following issues:-

1. Grant of MACP in the promotional hierarchy :- 
   The staff side insisted that option be given to individual employees in this regard to facilitate  him/her to opt for availing benefit of financial upgradation. After discussion it was agreed to examine in depth for finding solution.

2. Date of effect of MACP Scheme : 
   The desirability of giving effect to the MACP Scheme w.e. f. 01.01.2006 will be examined.

3. Counting of total temporary status Casual Labour Service reckoning 10/20/30 years under MACP Scheme:
   Official Side stated that this will be processed separately.

4. Treatment of employees selected under LDCE/GDCE Scheme: 
   In the light of the instructions issued when the ACP Scheme was introduced. The same policy be adopted and accordingly orders will be issued. In other words, those inducted through LDCE/GDCE Scheme, such induction may be counted as appointment and will be reckoned as promotion.

5. Problems faced in the identical Grade Pay: 
   It was agreed to issue instructions for granting additional increment for fixation of Pay in case of promotion to the same Grade Pay. Instructions in this regard will be issued to Ministry of Railways etc .

6. Financial Upgradation Under MACPs, in the case of staff who joined another unit/organisation on request: 
   The Staff Side has pointed out that OM dated 01/11/2010 should be suitably Amended covering the staff who were transferred on request on reversion to the Unit/Organisation so that the total service rendered in the previous Unit/Organisation may be counted for MACPs. It  was agreed to be considered.

7. Extension of benefit of MACPS to an employee appointed in Grade where direct  recruitment element is there while ignoring service and promotion rendered prior to his appointment in that post:
   Official Side reiterated that suitable clarification No. 5 of OM dated 09/09/2012 was already issued.

8. Stepping up of Pay of Senior incumbents at par with Junior incumbents as a consequence of  ACP/MACPs : 
   Staff Side has explained the case of gross injustice done, more particularly in the Accounts Department of India” Railways wherein the incumbents who cleared the Appendix examination are drawing less pay than those who could not qualify the said examination and got the benefit of MACPs. The staff side insisted that this situation is leading to de-motivation among qualified staff and urged for rectifying the anomalies. It was agreed to consider and Ministry of Railways advised to send the proposal

9. Employees who got one promotion prior to 01/09/2008 and completed over two decades of service without benefit of promotion and are denied third ACP under MACPs: 
   After discussion, official side agreed that is a peculiar situation and assured to take action to rectify the situation. The staff side has insisted that in such cases third ACP should be straight away given to staff from the date subsequent to the date of completion of two decades of service after promotion. Official side appreciated the logic and reasonableness and agreed to considered.

Official Side appreciated the logic and reasonableness and agreed to consider.

10. Modification of recruitment rules particularly in Railways and upgradation granted by abolition of Pay Scale-Implementation of MACPs :
   The Staff Side explained that in the Railways the lower Pay Scales were abolished and posts were upgraded to the higher Pay Scales with revision of recruitment qualification and designation. In such cases the staff side insisted that entry Grade Pay as a result of upgradation subsequent to abolition of lower Pay Scales should be taken into consideration for reckoning 10/20/30 years of service for granting MACP.

   Official side has agreed to obtain detials from Ministry of Railways for issuing appropriate clarification. In the meanwhile, Railway Board will have discussion with the Staff Side separately so that appropritate proposal could be sent to the DoP&T.

11. Placement of staff as a result of upgradation of posts :
   The Staff side (NFIR) insisted that such placements should not be considered as promotion for the purpose of grant of financial upgradation under MACP Scheme.

Official side stated that this will be examined.

   12. In the course of discussion the Official Side also stated that MACP Scheme should be a fall-back option and the Ministries should conduct Cadre Restructuring for ensuring that the staff could be promoted within the reasonable time i.e. within 10 years. When the Staff Side pointed out that the Ministry of Railways is citing the instructions of Ministry of Finance issued some years back that only one third of the Cadre could be disturbed, for revising the percentages, the Official Side clarified that necessary clarificatory instructions will be issued to the Ministry of Railways etc., so that the Cadre Restructuring can be done without problems.

Source: www.nfir.com

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NPS delivers average returns of 9.33%, beats PFs

NEW DELHI: The three NPS managers handling the pension funds of Central and state government employees have delivered average returns of 9.33% in the past one year, outperforming the state-run government provident fund (GPF), employees provident fund (EPF) and the public provident fund (PPF). The three-year annualised returns are also quite decent at 8.47%, though not as spectacular as in the past one year.

More than 16 lakh central and state government employees have almost Rs 8,500 crore invested in the NPS. This money is managed by three pension fund managers - SBI Pension Funds, LIC Pension Fund and UTI Retirement Solutions. Each of the three funds manages roughly one-third of the NPS corpus.

Though three years is a very short time to judge long-term instruments such as pension funds, the impressive performance is likely to silence the criticism that NPS is not allocating enough to growth assets. Central and state government NPS funds can invest a maximum of 15% in equities. Even in NPS for the general public, where investors can choose their own asset allocation, a maximum of 50% can be put in equities.

The Pension Funds Regulatory and Development Authority has defended this conservative allocation saying that pension funds should not have a large exposure to risky assets.

The past few years have proved it right. Equity markets have floundered in the past one year, with the Nifty falling 6.5%. In the past three years, it has delivered an annual average growth of 4.95%. But government securities and other debt instruments have rallied in recent months following rate cuts by the RBI. After a lacklustre two years between 2009 and 2011, gilts shot up in 2012 as benchmark yields tumbled. The gilt funds managed by the six fund managers of the NPS for the general public have risen by almost 9.95% in the past one year. This has helped shore up the overall returns from the NPS funds.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Engagement of retired Railway doctors as Contract Medical Practitioners (CMPs).


No.2008/E(GR)II/1/1                                        New Delhi Dated    16/7/2012                                                

The General Managers,
All Indian Railways and
Production Units.

Sub: Engagement of retired Railway doctors as Contract Medical Practitioners (CMPs).

   To meet the shortage of doctors in Indian Railway Medical service, doctors from open market are engaged as Contract Medical Practitioners (CMPs). Such engagements are made for a maximum period of 8 terms with each term of engagement not being of more than one year and for each term contract being entered afresh. However, it has been observed that despite this scheme being in existence, there is still acute shortage of doctors in Indian Railway Medical Service because of high rate of attrition among CMPs and lack of sufficient response from doctors from open market for engagement as CMP.

   Ministry of Railways have considered the matter and in order to meet the shortage of doctors it has been decided that in addition to the scheme of engagement of Medical Practitioners from open market as CMPs, retired Railway doctors upto the age of 65 years shall also be engaged as Contract Medical Practitioners against existing regular vacancies on a fixed remuneration of  ` 46,000/- p.m. (subject to the condition that remuneration + pension drawn by retired Railway doctor should not exceed the last pay drawn). Such engagement of retired Railway doctors as CMPs shall be for a maximum of two terms of one year each and for each term of one year a fresh contract shall be entered.

   The engagement of retired Railway doctors shall be made by inviting application to fill up the vacancies by way of open advertisement in the leading Newspapers as well as over Indian Railways Website. The screening of the applicants for engagement as CMPs shall be made by a Committee of three Senior Administrative Grade Officers (of whom one each shall be from Medical and Personnel Departments). The engagement of CMPs based on the recommendations of the Committee shall be made with the personal approval of General Manager in consultation with FA&CAO.

   The terms and conditions of the contract with retired Railway doctors for engagement as Contract Medical Practitioners are enclosed. Since these terms and conditions are not exhaustive, Railways are advised to seek the guidelines from Ministry of Railways wherever required.

  The above scheme of engagement of retired Railway doctors as Contract Medical Practitioners shall be valid for a period of 3 years from the date of issue of this notification. It shall be reviewed thereafter.

   This issues in consultation with Health Directorate of Ministry of Railways and concurrence of Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways.

   Please acknowledge receipt.

(Rashmi Chowdhary) 
Exe.Director Estt. 
Railway Board

Terms and conditions of the contract of retired Railway doctors engaged as Contract
Medical Practitioners.

   1. The contract shall be entered into for a period of one year or less from the date of entering into the contract, Period of contract shall not be extendable on any grounds. However, the Railway administration shall reserve the right to enter into fresh contract with the retired
Railway doctor for another term.

   2. The engagement shall purely be on contract basis for a period of one year or till the regular incumbent joins or attaining the age of 65 years whichever is earlier.

   3. The retired Railway doctor engaged as Contract Medical Practitioner shall not have any claim or right for his/her continuity in service or automatic extension of the term of contract.

  4. During the validity of the contract, the CMP shall be at liberty to terminate the contract for betterment of his/her career or on any other grounds by giving 15 days notice to the Railways. The contract can also be terminated by the Railways at any time during the contract by giving 15 days notice without assigning any reasons whatsoever. Contract shall also be terminated if the CMP is found to be mentally or physically incapacitated.

   5. The CMP shall undergo a medical examination, before the contract is entered into, for his/her fitness to perform the work awarded to him/her.

   6. At the time of entering into contract, the CMP shall produce original certificates for proof of his/her date of birth and educational qualifications.

   7. Normally Sundays and National Holidays shall be off and in addition., authorized absence without detriment to the terms shall be allowed at the rate of two days per month to be availed any time during the contract to the extent earned by the CMP till such time.

   This facility shall be available to the CMP subject to fulfillment of conditions stipulated in clause
12 and 13 of the terms and conditions. Any CMP leaving his place of work on leave of absence/national holidays should obtain prior permission of the controlling authority.

   8. Expenses on outstation journeys connected with the contracted works shall be borne by the
Railway. Duty passes shall be issued by the Railways for the purpose of journey in the line of jurisdiction of the Health Unit where the CMP renders service and to the Divisional Headquarters and the CMP shall be paid a fixed rate of Daily allowance, i.e., Rs.400/- (Rupees four hundred only) per day during such journey. This will be subject to fulfillment of other provisions pertaining to Daily Allowance prescribed in Indian Railway Establishment Code, Vol.II

   9. In the event of unauthorised absence of Contract Medical Practitioner from duty or absence from duty for a period exceeding the period stipulated in the contract, there shall be proportionate deduction from remuneration.

   10. The retired Railway doctors engaged as CMPs may be provided with Railway accommodation at places where ear-marked Railway accommodation for Railway doctors is vacant/available after meeting the residential requirement of the serving Railway officers. In case Railway accommodation is provided to the Contract Medical Practitioner, an amount equivalent to HRA payable to a fresh entrant to Group ‘A’ Jr. Scale and licence fee of the Railway accommodation so provided shall be deducted from the monthly remuneration payable to the Contract Medical Practitioner.

   11. No Railway privilege passes/PTOs shall be admissible to retired Railway doctors engaged as CMPs in his/her capacity of Contract Medical practitioner.

   12. The CMP shall be governed in respect of matter not referred to in these terms and conditions by any orders/amendments to the terms of the contract issued by the Ministry of Railways from time to time.

   13. The CMP shall attend to all normal tasks which any medical practitioner is conventionally doing. He/she will also attend to emergencies and accidents.

   14. No Financial or Administrative powers shall be vested in retired Railway doctors engaged as CMPs.

   15. The CMP shall also not be entitled to any benefit like Provident Fund, Pension, gratuity, Non-Practicing Allowance, medical facilities, seniority, promotion, etc. or any other benefits available to the Railway servants appointed on regular basis.

   16. Only a fixed consolidated remuneration of `.46,000/- shall be payable to the retired Railway doctor engaged as CMP. No Dearness Allowance and any other Allowance which are admissible to regular Railway servants shall be admissible.

   17. The retired Railway doctor engaged as CMP shall be on full time appointment of the Railways and shall not accept any other appointment, paid or otherwise and shall not engage himself/herself in a private practice of any kind during the period of contract.

   18. The CMP shall not perform administrative work like pre-employment or periodical medical examinations, sanction of leave to Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ staff and certification with respect to food items considered unfit for human consumption, etc. However. the CMP shall be allowed to permit Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ staff casual leave if sought, for 3 days or less at a stretch.

   19. The CMP shall not make medical recommendation of any kind referred to in paras 559 to 564 of Indian Railway Medical Manual (IRMM). 2000.

   20. The CMP will not have any financial powers. However, he/she may operate the imprest account in accordance with the guidelines contained in the IRMM. However, the cash vouchers in such cases shall be got countersigned by an authorised Railway Medical Officer. No cash imprest account shall be recouped unless the proposal is countersigned by an Indian Railway Medical Service Officer.

   21. The CMP shall not initiate/review/accept the annual confidential reports of Group C Railway employees. However, he/she on request, prepare and present the performance  report of the staff.

   22. The CMP shall not indent or condermn/recommend for condemnation any tools and plants.


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Increment for those Railway Employees who were stagnating at the maximum of their pay scale for more than one year as on 01.01.2006.

(Railway Board)

RBE No. 83/2012 
New Delhi, dated 18.07.2012.

The GMs/CAOs(R),
All Indian Railways & Production Units
(As per mailing list)

Sub:- Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 - Clarification regarding proviso under Rule 10.

Ref: Railway Board’s Notification GSR 643(E) dated 04.9.2008 and letter No.PC-VI/2008/1/RSRP/1 dated 11.02.2009 and No.PC-VI/2010/1/RSRP/3 dated 23.04.2010.

   References have been received from some of the Railways seeking clarification regarding computation of the period of one year for which pay was drawn at the maximum of the pre-revised scale towards admissibility of additional increment under proviso to Rule 10 of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008.

   2. The matter has been examined and it is clarified that the increment in question will be admissible to all those employees who were stagnating at the maximum of their pay scale for more than one year as on 01.01.2006 including those who were in receipt of stagnation increment(s). It is also clarified that the one year period is to be reckoned w.e.f. the date of drawal of pay at the maximum of scale and not from the date of drawal of stagnation increment.

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

Director, Pay Commission-II 
Railway Board.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Cashless Service for RELHS Card Holder to take treatment in Recognized Private Hospitals in emergency.


No. 2007/H/28/1/RELHS/Smart Card

New Delhi, Dated 18.07.2012.

General Manager,
All Indian Railways
(including Production Units).

Sub: Cashless Service for RELHS Card Holder to take treatment in Recognized Private Hospitals in emergency.

   In an endeavour to alleviate the problems faced by the Sr. Citizens in getting treatment in emergency, a cashless service for RELHS card holders to take treatment in recognized private hospitals of National Capital Region was introduced by Northern Railway vide Board’s letter of even no. dated 29.02.2008 as a Pilot Project. The scheme was subsequently extended by one year each on two occasions i.e. up to 20.08.2011 vide Board’s letters of even no. dated 13.11.2009 and 27.01.2011.

   The issue of extension of the scheme or otherwise was under consideration in the Ministry of Railways for sometime. The Competent Authority in the Ministry of Railways after careful consideration in the matter, has decided to extend the facility till further orders for RELHS beneficiaries to take care of their health care needs in an acute emergency. This scheme will now be available in all Metros, State Capitals and Zonal Headquarters of the Indian Railways. Detailed guidelines on the subject attached.

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

(Dr. D.P. Pande) 
Executive Director, Health (P) 
Railway Board


Terms & Conditions of the Scheme

   i. The scheme is to be implemented in all the Metros, State Capitals and Zonal Headquarters.

   ii. Zonal Railways shall enter into an ‘MOU’ with already empanelled hospitals under their jurisdiction for the scheme. Further, if there are not enough recognized multi-specialty hospitals, zonal Railways shall recognize CGHS empanelled hospitals on CGHS approved rates and/or other hospitals as per extant policy and enter into an ‘MOU’ for the Smart Card Scheme.

   iii. Smart Card should provide necessary demographic data and other relevant information on a standardized format.

   iv. Zonal Railways shall award the job of issuing the Smart Card to a suitable services provider on most competitive rates, through open bidding.

   v. It shall be the responsibility of the hospital to inform the authorized medical attendant regarding emergency within 24 hours. In case an admission is found to be of non-emergency nature, the treating hospital shall refer the patient to authorized medical attendant in next 24 hours.

   vi. The scheme shall be implemented with the existing man power of Zonal Railways.

   vii. Issuance of Smart Card is made mandatory to RELHS beneficiaries residing in the regions mentioned in (i) above and cost of the card as decided upon may also be included in the contribution towards joining RELHS at the time of retirement.

   viii. The following conditions, shall qualify as emergencies.

• Acute cardiac conditions/syndromes.

• Vascular catastrophes, Cerbo-vascular accidents.

• Acute respiratory emergencies.

• Acute abdomen including acute obstctrical.gynccological emergencies.

• Life threatening injuries.

• Acute poisioninig and snake bite.

• Acute endocrine emergencies.

• Heat stroke and cold injuries of a life threatening nature.

• Acute renal failure.

• Severe infections leading to life threatening situations.

• Any other condition in which delay could result in loss of life or limb.

(Dr. D.P. Pande) 
Executive Director, Health (P) 
Railway Board


Extension of ‘range of seniority’ for promotion of Stenographers Grade ‘D' to Personal Assistant (PA) Grade of CSSS for the Select List Year 2010.

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

3rd floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-110003.
20th July, 2012.


Subject: Extention of ‘range of seniority’ for promotion of Stenographers Grade ‘D' to Personal Assistant (PA) Grade of CSSS for the Select List Year 2010.

   The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 16.2.2012 vide which the ‘range of seniority’ for promotion of Stenographers Grade ‘D’ to Personal Assistant (PA) Grade of CSSS for the Select List Year 2010 had been fixed and to say that it has been decided to extend the present ‘range of seniority’ (zone of promotion) as under:

                                 General CategoryAll Stenos Grade 'D’ upto the Select List Year 1996.
   2. If required, the extended zone of promotion indicated above may be squeezed/extended keeping in view the exact number of chain vacancies percolated in the PA grade due to cadre review of CSSS.
   3. All the Cadre Units of CSSS are requested to place the cases of all eligible Stenographers Grade ‘D’, who are covered within the above ‘range of seniority’ and who have not yet been included in the Select List of PAs of CSSS, before the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) to assess their suitability or otherwise for promotion to the PA Grade of CSSS. The recommendations of the DPC along-with vigilance clearance in respect of all the eligible officer(s) concerned who are working in their Cadres Units including those who have been transferred to their Cadre Units from other Cadre Units on their ad-hoc promotion to PA Grade of CSSS, may be furnished to this Department in the Annexures - I of this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 16.2.2012.
   4. Cadre Units are also requested to get the Annexure-V of this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 16.2.2012 filled up from the concerned Steno Grade ‘D’ who have been found suitable for promotion as PA and forward the same along with the recommendations of the DPC and vigilance clearance Latest by 10.8.2012 positively. In case, no option for preference for posting is received from any official, the nomination/transfer shall be made keeping in view the number of vacancies in Cadre Units of CSSS.
(Kameshwar Mishra)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Will the PM make the military happy on August 15? -ONE RANK ONE PENSION

New Delhi: Will the Prime Minister bite the bullet and grant a long-standing and just demand of 21 lakh ex-servicemen to implement the principle of One-Rank-One-Pension?

Developments in recent days have raised their hopes as never before.

On Wednesday, the three service chiefs, led by Admiral Nirmal Verma, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CoSC) met with a high-powered Committee of Secretaries constituted by the Prime Minister to resolve anomalies in the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission award for the Armed Forces.

Although a total of 39 anomalies have been identified by the three services since 2008, they have decided to concentrate on some core issues that directly affect both serving and retired armed forces personnel.

The issues are:

Fixing common pay scales for all JCOs and ORs
Grant of NFU (non-functional upgradation) status to commissioned officers
Correcting difference in rank pay of commissioned officers
Extending the HAG+ (Higher administrative Grade Plus) scale to all three star officers
Granting One-Rank-One-Pension to retired personnel

There have been strong demands from ex-servicemen and from acting servicemen for One-Rank-One-Pay. And to push for their demands further, the three Service chiefs, led by Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, Naval chief Admiral Nirmal Verma, along with his colleagues, Chief of Air Staff ACM, NAK Browne and Army Chief General Bikram Singh gave a detailed presentation to the Committee of Secretaries on Wednesday.

The six-member committee, comprising the Cabinet Secretary with the Defence Secretary, Secretary Ex-Servicemen Welfare, Secretary DoPT, Expenditure Secretary and Principal Secretary to PM, as members  was set up by the Prime Minister after a Rajya Sabha panel last year recommended granting One Rank One Pension to the retired defence personnel. The government has asked the committee to submit its report by August 8.

There is a buzz in the corridors of power that the Prime Minister wants to make a grand announcement from the ramparts of the Red Fort on August 15 and therefore the deadline of August 8!

For the uninitiated, the One-Rank-One-Pay scheme implies that uniform pension be paid to the armed forces personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service irrespective of their date of retirement, and any future enhancement in the rates of pension be automatically passed on to past pensioners.

But the issue that has upset and angered serving defence personnel is NFU.

For those not in uniform it needs a bit of an explanation.

Buckling under pressure from Group A organised Services under the Central Government like Border Roads Organisation, Military Engineering Services, Postal Services, the Sixth Pay Commission gave them a special concession.

It allowed the officers in these services to be placed in a grade pay scale equivalent to an IAS officer two years behind that particular IAS batch. For example if the 1992 batch of the IAS officer got placed in the Joint Secretary grade in 2012, all Group A organised officers of the 1990 batch would automatically get the pay and allowance equivalent to the 1992 IAS batch, irrespective of the post and place they are serving in. That is the upgradation will be done on a 'non-functional' basis.

This has brought in huge functional problems in day-to-day affairs when military officers have to work in close coordination with MES Civil Officers, BRO Civil Officers, IPS Officers in BSF, CRPF, ITBP, Defence Accts (IDAS), Test Audit (IA&AS), Ordnance Factory Board etc, with whom Defence forces officers interact regularly, will now get the salary and grade pay of Joint Secretary/Major General (Grade Pay Rs. 10000/-) after 22 years of service, and will draw the pay of Additional Secretary to Government of India which is equal to a Lieutenant General (Grade Pay Rs. 12000/-) in 32 years of service whereas military officers senior to them in rank and service will get less grade pay at the same level of service thereby creating a functional disparity giving rise to insubordination and subtle non-compliance.

Military officials have pointed out that this has adversely affected organisational command and control in multi cadre environment. It also led to lowering the status of Armed Forces Officials vis-a-vis organized Group A officers and IPS Officers. Organised Group A and IPS Officers reach HAG (Higher Administrative Grade) Scale at 32 years while only 0.2 per cent of Armed Forces Officers can ever reach that level.

With over 97 per cent Armed Forces Officers retiring in the Grade Pay of 8700, their exclusion from the NFU is seen as grossly unfair. This differential not only disturbs financial parity, it pushes down the Defence services in status as even direct recruit officers of Group B services attain a better pay and promotional avenue and manage to reach the level of Joint Secretary/Major General before retiring.

Both the OROP and granting the NFU status to Armed Forces officials is not going to be expensive either.

According to calculations done by the military, the annual outgo for granting One -Rank-One-Pension to the approximately 21 lakh ex-servicemen would not be more than Rs. 1300 crore. Similarly the NFU status, if granted, will cost the exchequer a mere Rs. 70 crore annually but will go a long way in restoring the pride and status of the armed forces' officers.

The other core issues are minor in comparison but important nevertheless.

Can the Prime Minister show sagacity and wisdom in agreeing to these basic demands of the armed forces and restore dignity to the men in uniform at a time when the military has been buffeted from all sides?

In taking this decision, the technocrat Prime Minister will have to rise above his usual bureaucratic approach.

He may as well recall what good old Chanakya said about how the state should treat the soldiers, ages ago:

"He (the soldier) is thus the VERY BASIS and silent, barely visible CORNERSTONE of our fame, culture, physical well-being and prosperity; in short, of the entire nation building activity. He DOES NOT perform any of these chores himself directly: he ENABLES the rest of us to perform these without let, hindrance or worry ('nirbhheek and nishchinta').

Our military sinews, on the other hand, lend credibility to our pronouncements of adherence to good Dharma, our goodwill, amiability and peaceful intentions towards all our neighbour nations ('sarve bhavantu sukhinaha, sarve santu niramayaha...') as also those far away and beyond. These also serve as a powerful deterrent against military misadventure by any one of them against us."

My roots as a fauji son say the PM will take the correct decision and not let down the soldier; the journalist in me (and now I have been a journalist longer than I have been a fauji child) does not agree.


Friday, July 20, 2012

Clarification regarding Grant of second MACP to CPWD employees.


No. 8/1/2012-EC-X 

New Delhi, Dated : 12.07.2012


Subject : Clarification regarding Grant of IInd MACP after 18 years and IInd MACP after 28 years after the grant of selection grade to the Work-charged staff of CPWD after 8 years of service.

   We have been receiving references from various field units of CPWD/PWD seeking clarification from this Directorate regarding Grant of IInd and IIIrd MACP after the grant of selection grade to the skilled categories of work-charged staff of CPWD on completion of 8 years of service.

   The matter has been examined in this Directorate in the light of Department of Personnel and Training’s Office Memorandum No.35034/3/2008-Estt.(D) dated 19.05.2009. As selection grade is to be treated as one promotion / up gradation for the purpose of grant of ACP/MACP, therefore, after grant of selection grade on completion of 8 years of service to skilled category, the IInd MACP may be granted to the Direct Recruit workers on completion of 10 years in a grade i.e.after 18 years (8+10) and IIIrd MACP after 28 years (8+10+10 years) as elaborated in the illustration given in Department of Personnel and Training’s Office Memorandum No.35034/3/2008 –Estt. (D) dated 19.05.2009 (copy enclosed)

   As the selection Grade is to be treated as Promotion for the grant of MACP to the wok charged staff of the CPWD, the benefit of pay fixation available at the time of regular promotion shall also be allowed at the time of grant of selection grade. There shall, however, be no further fixation of pay at the time of regular promotion, if it is in the same grade pay as granted under section grade.

   This issues with the approval of ADG (S & P)

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Thursday, July 19, 2012


    The 4th meeting of the National Anomaly Committee was held on 5th January, 2012.  All the items could not be discussed on that day.  The meeting was postponed and the same was held today on 17th July, 2012.  The gist of discussions and decisions are given hereunder. 

Item No.1. Pay band of the merged pay scales: The demand to reconstruct the pay band in respect of merged pay scales (S8 to S10) by multiplying the minimum of the highest pay scales (6500-10,500) with 1.86 by virtue of which the pay band will commence with Rs. 12100 instead of 9300 is not agreed and as per the scheme disagreement has been recorded.

Item No.2. Extending the date for exercise of option:  Extending the date for exercise of option to come to the new pay scale as also to the next increment date on promotion was discussed at length.  While the official side will agree to reopen the promotional cases where such change of option becomes necessary on account of an unforeseen event, the question of extending the date in general will have to be examined.  The case of necessity to change the option once exercised in view of the recent order on increment was raised by the Staff Side. The Official side agreed to issue a clarificatory order.

Item No. 3. Special allowance and qualification pay: Order has been issued in respect of Auditors. In respect of SAS passed hands necessary orders will be issued shortly.

Item No.4. Fixation of pay of Promotees at the level of entry  pay of Direct recruitees: The official side agreed to consider grant of entry pay in all such cases, wherever the RR provides for direct recruitment
Item No.5. Date of next increment:  Orders have already been issued. Item is treated as settled.

Item No. 6. Grant of minimum pay of Rs. 5200 +1800 to temporary status employees:  Orders issued.

Item No. 7. Grant of revised allowance with effect from 1.1.2006:  The item has been withdrawn after discussion.

Item No. 8. Transport allowance:  The revision of transport allowance was not agreed upon.  However, taking a percentage of the TA representing the CCA submerged for the purpose of OTA and grant of a portion of the TA in respect of persons on tour for more than one month at a stretch will be considered.

Item No. 9.  Doubling the Existing risk and patient care allowance:  The matter has been submitted to the Cabinet for its approval and orders are likely to be issued shortly. The Staff side raised the issue of doubling the daily allowance on tour. The Official side agreed to examine this matter also.

Item No. 10. Parity in Pension to pre 2006 retirees:  The matter is sub-judice. Therefore it could not be discussed.

Item No.11. Commutation of pension: The difference in the application of commutation table between the pre-2008 and post 2008 retirees was discussed.  It has been agreed that the difference would be quantified with reference to certain cases as an example.  If it has no huge financial implication on the post 2008 retirees, the Govt. may consider the acceptance of the demand of the Staff.
Restoration of commuted value of pension after 12 years instead of 15years would be considered in the light of the Supreme Court judgement of 1996, a copy of which would be made available to the Staff Side.

Item No.12. Grant of Rs.  5400/- to the Assistant Accounts and Audit Officers: To be discussed with the JS(per)/JS(E) separately. The date of the meeting will be fixed soon.

Item No.13. Revision base index for DA: The Staff Side will be provided with the computation made by the 6th CPC in the matter and on the basis of the same the issue will be discussed further.

Item No.14. Child Care leave: Orders issued. Item treated as settled.

Item No.15. Income criterion for dependency of parents:  The item is dropped after discussion.

Item No. 16. Revision of Grade Pay fixation: After discussion, the item has been dropped.

Item No. 17. Reconstruction of Pay bands: dropped.

Item No. 18. Fixation of pay on promotion to the post carrying same grade pay and PB:  Agreed to grant one increment to the holders of post with higher pre-revised pay scale.

Item No. 19. All MACP items: will be discussed further in the subcommittee on 27th July, 2012.

Item No.20. Anomaly in the grade pay of Library information Assistants: The official side will consider the  issue in consultation with the Ministry of Culture and take appropriate decision before the next meeting.

Item No.21. Anomaly in pension of those in receipt of stagnation increments in the pre revised scales of pay: The inclusion of stagnation increment for the purpose of fixation of pay in respect of the persons retired between 2006 and 2008, if not done, will be examined and suitable orders issued.

Item No.22. Anomaly in the pay scales of Stenographers of field offices with reference to Central Secretariat:  It was pointed out that Senior PS in the field offices were on identical pay scale of PPS  of the Central Secretariat and therefore, they must be granted grade pay of Rs. 5400 in PB3.   They have agreed to grant Grade pay of Rs. 5400 in PB.2 applicable to the field offices if not already done.  In respect of parity with Central Sectt, the proposal of Railway Board will be expeditiously examined by the Finance Ministry and suitable orders issued.

Item No.23.Date of Annual increment in EOL cases: Orders were issued earlier and the matter is treated as settled. The Staff Side raised the issue of denial of encashment of earned leave and half pay leave for industrial employees.  The official side agreed to issue clarificatory orders in the matter.
Item No. 24. Parity of PB and Grade pay for Official language personnel with the Central Sectt:  The official side said that orders have already been issued.  Wherever, the same is not implemented or different decision taken, the same may be brought to the notice of the Department of Expenditure for appropriate decision.  The proposal sent by the Railway Board will be considered separately.  
With greetings,
Yours fraternally,
K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General.

Special Recruitment Drives for filling up backlog reserved vacancies for SC/ST/OBC and Persons with Disabilities

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

North Block, New Delhi, 
Dated the 13th July, 2012


Subject: Special Recruitment Drives for filling up backlog reserved vacancies for SC/ST/OBC and Persons with Disabilities : Notice of meeting.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s Office Memorandum of even number dated 9th April. 2012, 10th May, 2012 and D.0 reminder of even number dated 31st May, 2012 whereby It was requested that all the Ministries/Departments may send the final progress report of the subject Drive as on 31.02.2012 by 30th April, 2012 which was later extended to 21st May, 2012.

2. The final progress report of the Drive as on 31.03.2012 is still awaited from your Ministry/Department. The information is urgently required to apprise the Cabinet about the final outcome of the Drive.

3. It has been decided to hold a meeting under the chairmanship of JS (AT&.A) to discuss the issue on 19.07.2012 at 2:30/3:30/4:30 P.M. in Room No. 119 of North Block New Delhi.

4. It is request that an officer not below the rank of Deputy Secretary be deputed to attend the meeting and he may also bring the final progress reports of the Drives of the Ministry/Department, it is also informed that in case no progress report is received by 21stJuly, 2012, a NIL report be furnished to the Cabinet in respect of your Department.

(Sharad Kumar Srivastava)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Finalization of Common Seniority List of Personal Assistants -DOPT

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi-110003
Dated the 13th July 2012

Subject :- Finalization of Common Seniority List of Personal Assistants -
Select List Year upto 2009 as on 1-7-2011.
The undersigned is directed to circulate herewith updated Common
Seniority List of Personal Assistants of CSSS upto the Select List Year
2009. The Common Seniority List upto 2003 has been updated and
Common Seniority List for the Select List Year 2004 to 2009 has been
prepared on the basis of : (a) PAs of CSSS appointed against Seniority
Quota for the Select List 2004 -2009 and (b) PAs of CSSS appointed on
the basis of the results of PA Grade Limited Departmental Competitive
Examination 2004-2009 conducted by the SSC, by interpolating them in
the ratio of 1:1.
Some of the Cadres have forwarded representations which relate to
corrections regarding names and date of birth of Personal Assistants and
the same have been examined and corrections have been carried out in
the Common Seniority list. On the basis of the information received from
Cadres units, individuals and also on re-verifying the seniority lists of the
cadres, order of placement of some of the officials has been revised.
The list may be seen/downloaded on/from the website of this
Central Secretariat
Central Secretariat Stenographers Service (CSSS) •-•
Common Seniority List —>
(Kiran Vasudeva)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Tel. No.24654020

Friday, July 13, 2012

Rates of room charges of Holiday Homes and Touring Officer Hostel

Government of India 
Ministry of Urban Development 
Directorate of Estates

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi. 
Dated 10th July, 2012.

Office Memorandum

Subject: Rates of room charges of Holiday Homes and Touring Officer Hostel under M/O Urban Development- Revision thereof.

In supersession of this Directorate’s O.M. of even No. dated 30th January, 2012, the undersigned is directed to say that the rate of booking charges of rooms/suits in Holiday Homes, Touring Officers’ Hostels/Guest Houses under the control of Directorate of Estates have been revised with the approval of the Hon’ble Minister of Urban Development. The revised rate list on per day basis is enclosed for information and necessary action.

2. The revised rates shall be applicable from the date of issue of this O.M.

(R. N. Yadav) 
Deputy Director of Estates (Policy)
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Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Personnel and Training 
North Block, New Delhi-110001 
Dated, the 29th  June, 2012. 
The Chief Secretaries of all the
State Governments and UTs.

AIS(LTC) Rules, 1975 — application of relaxation under CCS Rules
to visit North Eastern States and J&K in lieu of one LTC(Home Town) - reg.

I am directed to enclose herewith copies of the instructions contained in this
Department's O.M. No.31011/4/2007-Est(A), dated 30th  April, 2012 and O.M.
No.31011/2/2003-EstLA-IV, dated 15 th June, 2012 regarding extension of
relaxation to visit North Eastern States and J&K for a further period of two years
and to say that the said instructions may also be invoked in respect of All India
Services officers in respective State cadres under the provisions contained in rule
3 of All India Services(Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1975.
Yours faithfully, 
(Deepti Uma hankar) 

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

IES/ISS Exam, 2011 Results Declarecd -UPSC

   Union Public Service Commission(UPSC) has announced the results of Indian Economic Service(IES)/Indian Statistical Service(ISS) Examination, 2011.    The list for the Indian Economic Service contains names of 29 candidates, including 08 belonging to the Other Backward Classes, 06 to the Scheduled Castes, 03 to the Scheduled Tribe and that for the Indian Statistical Service contains names of 33 candidates including 10 belonging to the Other Backward Classes, 02 to the Scheduled Caste and 01 to the Scheduled Tribe.


The candidature of the Roll Nos. 1117, 6397, 6803 & 7957 is provisional.

The figures given before the names in the list indicate the Roll Number of the candidates.

            UPSC has a “Facilitation Counter” near “C” Gate of its campus. Candidates may obtain any information/clarification regarding their examination/recruitments on working days between 10:00 hrs. To 17:00 hrs in person or over telephone Nos. 011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543 from this Counter.

            Result is also  available on the UPSC Website, i.e., http://www.upsc.gov.in.

            Following is the list, in order of merit, of candidates recommended for appointment:


    1            002494            TAMANNA SINHA

    2            007471            KANISHK SHARMA

    3            000278            PRERNA GUPTA

    4            007661            KRITI GARG

    5            002433            NAYANTARA SASIKUMAR

    6            007758            SUKHDEEP SINGH

    7            004861            NIDHI SHARMA

    8            000857            SWATI SINGLA

    9            002529            DEEPAK RANJAN

    10           007593            SUSHANT SUDAN

    11           006997            KARAMJEET KAUR

    12           002271            ANU JAIN

    13           002227            LAYSANG ANGMU LAMA

    14           007957            PRATIYUSH KUMAR

    15           007301            KOTE SANDIP RAVINDRA

    16           006942            MANOJ KUMAR MADHOLIA

    17           000133            DINESH KUMAR

    18           000577            RAMESH KUMAR YADAV

    19           005397            VAIBHAV RUNDWAL

    20           004657            SWETA

    21           000476            RAHUL SINGH

    22           005557            AJIT KUMAR RANJAN

    23           003630            ARUN G

    24           003851            SATHEESHKUMAR T

    25           001722            RAJESH KUMAR

    26           002480            RISHI KANT

    27           001117            DHARMENDRA KUMAR

    28           005525            MAMTA MEENA

    29           002978            LALRAMDINPUII RENTHLEI


    1        006335         SHIRKE SHRINIVAS VIJAY

    2        005149         NEELABH ROHAN

    3        007609         BHAGYASHREE SATHE

    4        006180         GYANENDRA SINGH

    5        007267         ARTI BANGIA

    6        007814         MANOJ KUMAR SAINI

    7        002478        SHEKHAR SRIVASTAVA

    8        001109        SANDIP KUMAR  SADHU

    9        004716        SOMNATH  JANA

    10       003374        ASHISH SAXENA

    11       005423        JAYAPRAKASH SUDHIR HONRAO

    12       006912        RUCHI SHARMA

    13       001813        SUMANTA CHAKRABORTY

    14       006910        SEEMA JOSHI

    15       003994        ALOK KUMAR SINGH

    16        005867        MAHARNAB MANNA

    17        005644        VANDANA GAUTAM

    18        001581        SAPTARSHI GHOSAL

    19        006116        RUPAM KUMAR SARKAR

    20        006144        VISHAL KUMAR

    21        007202        NIKHIL KUMAR AGARWAL

    22        006803        AMIT KUMAR

    23        001999        TANDRIMA CHAKRABORTY

    24         005003       SUPRIYA SHARMA

    25        000722        SUCHITRA YADAV

    26      006618          SUNITA CHOUDHARY

    27         006061       SALINI   V K

    28         003433       RANGA SREENIVASULU

    29        006397        DEBASHIS MANDAL

    30        001126        PINKY SAWARIYA

    31        003916        RESHMI K V

    32        002953        BAMANE MOHAN JINNAPPA

    33        000176        RN SOREITHEM

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958 - Rule 16(3) — Guidelines for intensive review of records.

No. 25013/02/2005-AIS II 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
(Department of Personnel & Training)

New Delhi, the 28th June, 2012.

Chief Secretaries to the
Government of All States/Union Territories.

Subject:- All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958 - Rule 16(3) — Guidelines for intensive review of records.


   Rule 16(3) of the All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958 has been amended on 31.01 .2012 which provides as follows:

   ‘The Central Government may, in consultation with the State Government concerned, require a Member of the Service to retire from Service in public interest, after giving such Member at least three month’s previous notice in writing or three month’s pay and allowances in lieu of such notice, -

   (i) after the review when such Member completes 15 years of qualifying Service; or

   (ii) after the review when such Member completes 25 years of qualifying Service or attains the age of 50 years, as the case may be; or

   (iii) if the review referred to in (i) or (ii) above has not been conducted, after the review at any other time as the Central Government deems fit in respect of such Member.

Explanation: - For the purposes of sub-rule (3), “review" means the review of the entire service record of the Member of the Service regarding suitability or otherwise of such Member for further retention in the Service, to be conducted regularly of each Member of such Service, firstly, after his completion of 15 years of qualifying Service, and secondly, after his completion of 25 years of qualifying Service or on his attaining the age of 50 years, as the case may be, or if the review referred to in clauses (i) or (ii) of this sub-rule has not been conducted in respect of such Member, such review may be conducted at any other time as the Central Government deems fit."

   2. The rule, commonly referred to as the rule of premature retirement, is based on sound policy and in order to subserve public  interest. Explaining the objects of the rule, the Supreme Court observed in the case of Union of India Vs. M.E. Reddy and another (AIR 1980 SCC: 563) as follows:

   (i) “The object of the Rule is to weed out the deadwood in order to maintain a high standard of efficiency and initiative in the State Services. It is not necessary that a good officer may continue to be efficient for all times to come. It may be that there may be some officers who may possess a better initiative and higher standard of efficiency and if given chance the work of the Government might show marked improvement. In such a case compulsory retirement of an officer who fulfils the conditions of Rule 16(3) is undoubtedly in public interest and is not passed by way of punishment."

   (ii) “Compulsory retirement contemplated by the aforesaid rule is designed to infuse the administration with initiative.... so as to meet the expending needs of the nation, which require exploration of “fields and pastures new” Such a retirement involves no stain or stigma nor does it entail any penalty or civil consequences. In fact, the rule merely seeks to strike a just balance between the termination of the completed career of a tired employee and maintenance of top efficiency in the diverse activities of administration.

   3. The Supreme Court has observed in the case of State of Gujarat Vs. Umedbhai M. Patel (Civil Appeal No.1561 of 2001, 3 SCC:320 as follows:

   (i) Whenever the services of a public servant are no longer useful to the general administration, the officer can be compulsorily retired for the sake of public interest.

   (ii) Ordinarily, the order of compulsory retirement is not to be treated as a punishment coming under Article 311 of the Constitution.

   (iii) “For better administration, it is necessary to chop off dead wood, but the order of compulsory retirement can be passed after having due regard to the entire service record of the officer.”

   (iv) Any adverse entries made in the confidential record shall be taken note of and be given due weightage in passing such order.

   (v) Even un-communicated entries in the confidential record can also be taken into consideration.

   (vi) The order of compulsory retirement shall not be passed as a short cut to avoid Departmental enquiry when such course is more desirable.

   (vii) If the officer was given a promotion despite adverse entries made in the confidential record, that is a fact in favour of the officer.

   (viii) Compulsory retirement shall not be imposed as a punitive measure.

   4. These same principles relating to retirement in public interest apply to the revised Rule 16(3) of the AIS (DCRB) Rules, 1958.

   5. Members of the All-India Services are appraised periodically before they are allowed to move to the next higher level. Such appraisal takes place when a member is appointed to the Selection Grade or Super Time Scale. An appraisal also takes place when a member is appointed to higher management posts at the level of Additional Secretary or Secretary to the Government of India (or equivalent levels in the State Government). It is essential that such appraisals should be rigorous and any fall in standards should be noticed immediately.

   6. A member of the All-India Service who has completed 15 years of qualifying service or has completed 25 years of qualifying service or attained the age of 50 years will, invariably, be found to occupy a senior administrative post. It would not be acceptable to find that such a member has become a mere passenger in the senior level in which he/she is placed. One must always guard against the operation of the ‘Peter Principle’.

   7. Nevertheless, it is sometimes found that a few members of the All-India Services do tend to become mere passengers in the post or at the level in which a member is placed for the time being. They become either stale or listless; they do not exhibit any creativity or innovativeness; and they do not achieve results. In some other cases, information may be available which casts grave doubt upon the integrity of a member. The form of the Annual Confidential Report/Performance Appraisal Report is designed in order to bring out, as far as possible, these tendencies or traits, which would alert Government to take suitable action under the rules.

   8. It is seen that in some cases the overall grade or assessment given on the performance of a member of an All-India Service is “average”. To describe a member of an All-India Service as average is not complimentary. While it may not be an adverse remark, it is nevertheless a reflection upon his work or conduct and should be taken to indicate output, which is ordinary and routine. Remarks like “Adequate” and “Satisfactory” over a period of 5-7 years, without mention of any notable achievement, would also indicate that the member has reached a plateau. Similarly, it is found that in some cases, a member of an All-India Service receives a lukewarm or equivocal certificate of integrity. Such an entry would indicate that there is some doubt in the mind of the Reporting/Reviewing authority about the integrity of the member. In all such cases, it would be quite appropriate for the Government to examine the matter thoroughly in order to decide whether action under Rule 16(3) of AIS (DCRB) Rules, 1958 would be warranted.

   9. The procedure for review under Rule 16(3) has been laid down in this Department’s letter No. 25013/12/86-AIS-II dated 31.7.1987. These stand further modified and enclosed herewith consequent to the revised rule 16(3) in the light of
introduction of intensive review at two stages.

   10. The State Governments are required to carry out a review in respect of:-

   (i) All officers who have completed 15 years of qualifying service;

   (ii) All officers who have completed 25 years of qualifying service or attained the age of 50 years, whichever is earlier, subject to the following conditions;

   a) An officer should have completed minimum 15 years of qualifying service;

   b) In the case of the State Service Officers appointed to an All India Service by promotion or by selection, they should have completed a minimum of 5 years of actual service in the respective All India Service.

   11. Additionally, there may be officers who may have completed 16 years or more of qualifying service but their review was not carried out as the rule has been amended recently. Therefore, a review is required to be carried out by the State
Governments in respect of the officers who have completed qualifying service of 16-23 years and the recommendations of the respective State Governments may be sent to the Central Government for further necessary action within six months of the issuance of this letter.

   12. it is clarified that in the above rule, the officers who will be retired prematurely shall be entitled for pensionary benefits in terms of the relevant provisions of All india Services (DCRB) Rules, 1958.

(Dr. S.K.Sarkar) 
Additional Secretary to the Government of India


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Kendriya Vidyalayas Adopt New Uniform

The new uniform for Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan students was released, here today. The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan caters to the educational needs of about 10.7 lakh boys and girls studying in various classes from classes I-XII across the country and abroad. The KVS is completing 50 years and on the eve of its golden jubilee, KVS has introduced its new uniform pattern for the Kendriya Vidayalaya students from the academic session 2012-13.

The present uniform design has been in vogue since the inception of KVS in 1963. The new design is with the view to remain contemporary and to provide a unique identity to its students, keeping in mind the comfort and the cost factors. The new uniform has been designed in collaboration with National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India, New Delhi. The Board of Governors in their 92nd meeting held on 18th May 2012 has approved of the adoption of a new uniform pattern for the KVS as designed by the NIFT, New Delhi.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Recruitment to posts in Pay Band- 1 of Rs. 5200-20200 (Grade Pay: Rs. 1800) on Indian Railways — Delinking of Ex-servicemen quota regarding.


RBE No. 76/2012

No. E (NG)-II/2009/RR-1/l0/pt                     New Delhi Dated 27/6/2012

The General Manager (P),
All Zonal Railways/Production Units.

Sub: Recruitment to posts in Pay Band- 1 of ` 5200-20200 (Grade Pay: ` 1800) on Indian Railways — Delinking of Ex-servicemen quota regarding.

   Attention is invited to instructions contained in Board’s letter No. E(NG)II/2007/RR-l/58 dated 8.12.2011 (RBE No.164/2011) in pursuance of which a notification for open market recruitment to vacant posts in Pay Band-1 of ` 5200-20200 (Grade Pay: ` 1800) is to be notified in the month of July every year.

   Accordingly for vacancies occurring from 01.1.2013 to 31.12.2013, a notification is to be issued in July, 2012. Vacancies notified will be subject to revision since any shortfall of earlier recruitments is to be taken care of. Further, it has also been decided by the Board that notification to be issued in July, 2012 for the vacancies occurring during the period 01.1.2013 to 31.12.2013 be issued EXCLUDING ex-servicemen quota.

   Highlighted portion above must be mentioned in the notification also.

   Modalities for filling up of 20% ex-servicemen quota will be communicated separately.

   Please acknowledge receipt.

   (Hindi version will follow)

(Harsha Dass) 
Joint Director Estt. (N)-II 
Railway Board.


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Monday, July 2, 2012

Engagement of two Consultants under the Plan Scheme `Pensioners' Portal.

No. 55/412012-P&PW-(C) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions 
Department of Pension and Pensioners' Welfare 

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, 
New Delhi, the 27th  June, 2012 

Subject:  Engagement of two Consultants under the Plan Scheme `Pensioners' Portal.

This Department has been implementing a Plan Scheme namely 'Pensioners' Portal — a Mission Mode 'Project under NeGP, Government of India.
It is proposed to engage two Consultants (one at the level of retired Under Secretary and one at the level of retired Section Officer) during the current Financial Year to assist the Pensioners Grievances Cell in implementation of the Scheme. The Consultants so selected will be paid lumpsum monthly
remuneration to be fixed in consultation with IFD and will normally be based on last pay minus pension + prevalent rate of DA. Officers having worked in Pension  Rules and grievance redressal etc. would be desirable.

DOP&T is, therefore, requested to please put the above requirement regarding engagement of above two Consultants on their website for inviting applications from suitable retired Under Secretaries and Section Officers in the enclosed proforma.

The applications received for the above posts may please be sent to this Department latest by 15th  July, 2012.

(Tripti P Ghosh) 

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