Friday, April 29, 2016

Reservation in promotion

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Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

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. 
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Review of Performance of Public Servants

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Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Review of performance of public servants 

The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions is aware that review of performance of public servants occurs only after attaining age of 50 years or completion of 30 years of service. As per Fundamental Rule (FR) 56 (j): 

“The Appropriate Authority shall, if it is in the opinion that it is in the public interest so to do, have the absolute right to retire any Government servant by giving him notice of not less than three months in writing or three months’ pay and allowances in lieu of such notice: 

If he is in Group ‘A’ or Group ‘B’ service or post in a substantive, quasi-permanent or temporary capacity and had entered Government service before attaining the age of 35 years, after he has attained the age of 50 years. 

(i) in any other case after he has attained the age of fifty-five years”. 

(ii) In addition, as per Rule 48 of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972, at any time after a Government servant has completed thirty years' qualifying service, he may be required by the appointing authority to retire in the public interest, and in the case of such retirement the Government servant shall be entitled to a retiring pension provided that the appointing authority may also give a notice in writing to a Government servant at least three months before the date on which he is required to retire in the public interest or three months' pay and allowances in lieu of such notice. 

Further, as per Rule 16(3) (amended) of the All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958, 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, - 

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

(i) 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 

(ii) 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. 

(iii) The above provisions have been reiterated from time to time and recently vide DoPT’s O.M. No. 25013/02/2005-AIS-II dated 28.06.2012 and 03.08.2015, and O.M. No. 25013/1/2013-Estt.A-IV dated 11.09.2015. 

Disciplinary cases are conducted as per prescribed procedures. Normally, the details and monitoring of disciplinary cases is to be done by the respective cadre authorities. The Central Government has also from time to time been stressing on the need to complete disciplinary cases expeditiously and monitoring the same. 

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 Vivek Gupta in the Rajya Sabha today. 
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Linking Promotion of Teachers to Performance of Students

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Government of India
Ministry of Human Resource Development

Linking Promotion of Teachers to Performance of Students 

There is no such proposal at present to link promotion of teachers to performance of students. Recruitment and service conditions of teachers are in the domain of State Governments/UT Administrations. However, The Central Government has a scheme of National Award to teachers to recognize good performance of teachers across the country. School enrolment campaigns are launched by States at the start of the school academic year for awareness generation to enrol out-of-school children in schools and to reach out hitherto un-reached children in remote areas, working children, girls, children belonging to SC and ST communities, and children in difficult circumstances. 

The performance of students is related to multiple factors including school and home environment. The Central Government has taken various steps to ensure teacher accountability in government and aided schools. 

. The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has developed Performance Indicators for Elementary Education (PINDICS) to track teacher performance and attendance in Government schools. PINDICS have been shared with State Governments/UTs to assess teacher’s performance. 

Additionally, teachers attendance is being monitored by States/UTs through School Management Committees/School Management Development Committees/ Block Resource Centres/Clusters Resource Centres and in some cases by installing bio-metric attendance system etc. 

The Central Government has launched the ‘Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching’ in December, 2014 with a vision to comprehensively address all issues related to teachers, teaching, teacher preparation, professional development, curriculum design, research in pedagogy and developing effective pedagogy. 

As per the mandate of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009, Government of India has notified the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) as the Academic Authority at the national level for teacher education and qualification. NCTE has prescribed teacher qualifications for various levels. It has also made it mandatory that all persons holding teacher qualifications as laid down by the NCTE must also pass a teacher eligibility test (TET).These two steps by NCTE are widely seen as efforts to improve the standards of teaching with eventual positive impact on quality of education. 

This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani today in a written reply to a Rajya Sabha question. 

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Fee Hike in IITs Subject to Protecting Interests of Poor Students

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Government of India
Ministry of Human Resource Development

Fee Hike in IITs Subject to Protecting Interests of Poor Students 

It has been decided to revise the tuition fee in IITs to Rs. Two lakh a year from the academic year 2016-17, subject to the following for protecting the interests of the socially and economically backward students: 

(i) The SC/ST/PH students shall get complete fee waiver. 

(ii) The most economically backward students (whose family income is less than Rs. One lakh per annum) shall get full remission of the fee. 

(iii) The other economically backward students (whose family income is between Rs. One lakh to Rs. Five lakh per annum) shall get remission of 2/3rd of the fee. 

(iv) All students shall have access to interest free loan under the Vidyalaxmi scheme for the total portion of the tuition fee payable. 

The interests of the socially and economically backward students have been protected adequately, and even furthered in the above dispensation. 

This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani today in a written reply to a Rajya Sabha question. 

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Passenger Reservation System in Indian Railways

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Government of India
Ministry of Railways

Passenger Reservation System in Indian Railways 

At present, computerised reservation facility is available at approximately 3337 reservation centers, which are working satisfactorily. Till March 2016, 134 Yatri Ticket Suvidha Kendra (YTSK) licensees have been engaged. They are also working satisfactorily. Next Generation e-Ticketing (NGET) which was launched on 28.04.2014, now has a capacity of booking 15000 tickets per minute and is working satisfactorily. 

Adequate safeguards have been kept in the computerised Passenger Reservation System (PRS) and internet booking system to prevent its misuse by unscrupulous elements. 

For the benefit of different categories of travelling public, the Railways have introduced ticketing facilities at Non-Railhead locations and India Post Offices so that the ticketing system can be accessed by people living in smaller towns and villages. This is in addition to e-ticketing which provides access to reservation system from the comfort of the home/office. 

In addition to the provisions made in the computerised PRS and internet ticketing system to prevent misuse of reserved ticketing system, various other steps have been taken, some of which are as under: (i) Condition of carrying original proof of identity by any one passenger booked on a reserved ticket. (ii) Agents are debarred from booking tickets during first thirty minutes of opening of booking, i.e., from 0800 to 0830 hours for general booking, 1000 to 1030 hours and 1100 to 1130 hours for Tatkal booking on AC class and Non-AC class respectively. (iii) In case of booking of reserved tickets through internet, only one booking in one user login session except for return/onward journey between 0800 and 1200 hours. (iv) The monthly limit of booking of tickets through internet by an individual user has now been revised to 6 tickets in a month instead of 10 tickets. 

This Press Release based on information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 27.04.2016 (Wednesday). 
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