Friday, January 7, 2011

Stepping up of pay of the promotee senior with direct recruite junior appointed on or after 01.01.2006

DEPARTMENT RELEASED ORDERS ON STEPPING UP OF PAY& BENEFITING THE PROMOTED OFFICIALS

No. 1-9/2010-PCC
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
Pay Commission Cell
Dated – 05.01.2011

To,
All Heads of the Circles

Subject: - Stepping up of pay of the promotee senior with direct recruited junior appointed on or after 01.01.2006

This is regarding stepping of pay of promote senior with reference to direct recruit junior appointed after 01.01.2006.

2. The issue was examined in this office and referred to Ministry of Finance for clarification. Ministry of Finance Department of Expenditure Legal Cell vide U.O. No. 18/28/2010-Legal dated 29.12.2010 has clarified that the stepping up of pay of the promote senior with direct recruited junior appointed on or after 01.01.2006 may be agreed to subject to fulfillment of the following conditions: -

(a) Stepping up of the basic pay of seniors can be claimed only in the case of those cadres which have an element of direct recruitment and in cases where a directly recruited junior is actually drawing more basic pay than the seniors. In such cases, the basic pay of the seniors will be stepped up with reference to the basic pay of the directly recruited junior provided they belong to the same seniority list for all purposes.

(b) Further, government servants cannot claim stepping up of their revised basic pay with reference to entry pay in the revised pay structure for direct recruits appointed on or after 01.01.2006 as laid down in Section II of part A of First Schedule to the CCS (RP) Rules, 2008, if their cadre does not have an element of direct recruitment or in cases where no junior is drawing basic pay higher than them.

(c) Stepping up of pay of the seniors in accordance with the present advice of this Department shall not be applicable in cases where direct recruits have been granted advance increment at the time of recruitment.

3. The issues prevailing in the Circle may be decided as per above clarifications.

Sd/-
(Surender Kumr)
Assistant Director General (GDS/PCC)

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State Public Sector Undertakings / Boards - Payment of Adhoc bonus & Special ex-gratia to employees of State Public Sector Undertakings/ Boards and Pongal Prize to Pensioners / Family Pensioners of Statutory Boards / State Transport Undertakings - Orders - Issued.


Finance (BPE) Department
Fort St. George, Secretariat,
Chennai — 600 009.

Letter No. 848/ BPE/2011/ Dated: 06.01.2011

From
Thiru. K. Shanmugam, l.A.S.,
Principal Secretary to Government


To
The Chief Executive Officers of all State Public Sector Undertakings/ Statutory Boards.

Sir,
Sub: State Public Sector Undertakings / Boards - Payment of Adhoc bonus & Special ex-gratia to employees of State Public Sector Undertakings/ Boards and Pongal Prize to Pensioners / Family Pensioners of Statutory Boards / State Transport Undertakings - Orders - Issued.

Ref:  1. G.O.Ms.No. 373, Finance (BPE) Dept. Dated: 24.09.2010.
        2. G.O.Ms.No. 1, Finance (Allowances) Dept. Dated: 3.1.2011
        3. G.O.Ms.No. 2, Finance (Pension) Dept. Dated: 3.1.2011.

In the G.O. first cited, Government have issued orders for sanction of bonus and ex-gratia to the employees of State Public Sector Undertakings, who are equivalent to C & D group employees in Government departments, for the year 2009-10 in relaxation of the salary ceiling of Rs. 10000/- prescribed in the Payment of Bonus Act,1965. In respect of employees of A & B Groups who are not governed by the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965, it was decided to issue separate orders, as and when any special ex-gratia is paid to Government employees during Pongal Festival 2011.

2. Now, in the Government Order second cited, it was ordered that a regular and temporary Government employees, employees of Local Bodies and Aided Educational Institutions including teachers on regular time scales of pay in C & D groups be paid the Adhoc bonus equivalent to 30 days emoluments on a base of 30 days a month for the financial year 2009-10. Employees in Group A & B who are not covered under the bonus scheme and are not entitled to get any Adhoc bonus was also sanctioned a special Adhoc bonus of Rs. 1000/-. In Government Order third cited, orders were issued for the sanction of a lump sum amount of Rs. 500/- to all pensioners including Adhoc pensioners of all categories and family pensioners of Government including All India Service, Aided Educational Institutions and Local Bodies.

3. In view of the orders issued in the Government Orders cited, the Chief Executive Officers of all State Public Sector Undertakings/ Boards are permitted to sanction :-

i) A special ex-gratia of Rs. 1000/- (Rupees One thousand only) for the Pongal Festival 2011 to all the employees of State Public Sector Undertakings / Boards belonging to A & B Groups, who are in the
supervisory cadre and other employees who are not covered under the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 and have not received bonus during the Deepavali Festival 2010.

ii) In respect of C & D group employees of Statutory Boards who are not covered under the Payment of Bonus Act,1965 and who have not received bonus during Deepavali, 2010, adhoc bonus equivalent to 30
days emoluments on a base of 30 days a month be paid for the financial year 2009-10, subject to the conditions mentioned in the G.O.Ms.No. 1, Finance (Allowances) Department, Dated: 3.1.2011.

iii) In respect of pensioners / family pensioners of the Statutory Boards and State Transport Undertakings a lumpsum Pongal prize amount of Rs. 500/- be paid as in the case of Government pensioners / family
pensioners, subject to conditions laid down in G.O.Ms.No. 2, Finance (Pension) Department, Dated:3.1.2011.

4. This letter may be placed before the Board of Directors for adoption.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
for Principal secretary to Government

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Travelling Allowance - Regulation of daily allowance to the employees of SPSUs/ Boards - Clarification - issued.

Finance (BPE) Department
Fort St. George, Secretariat,
Chennai — 600 009.

Letter.No. 43034/ BPE/ 2010 / Dated: 4.1.2011

From
Thiru. R. Thiagarajan, l.A.S.,
Special Secretary to Government


To
The Chief Executive Officers of all
State Public Sector Undertakings / Boards.

Sir,

Sub: Travelling Allowance - Regulation of daily allowance to the employees of SPSUs/ Boards - Clarification - issued.

Ref: 1. G.O.Ms.No. 237, Fin (PC) Dept. dt. 1.6.2009.
       2. G.O.Ms.No. 14, Fin (BPE) Dept. dt. 11.1 .2010.

In the Government Order 2nd cited, orders were issued regulating the Traveling Allowance / Daily Allowance to the employees of State Public Sector Undertakings/Statutory Boards.

2. Now, certain State Public Sector Undertakings/Boards have requested the Govt. to clarify whether all the allowances mentioned in G.O.1st cited, may be adopted to the State Public Sector Undertakings / Boards including Leave Travel Concession.

3. In this connection, the Chief Executive Officers of all State Public Sector Undertakings/ Boards may be clarified that all the allowances except the allowances mentioned in G.O. 2nd cited is applicable to the employees of State Public Sector Undertakings / Boards and for the purpose of eligibility for travel while availing LTC, the employees are eligible for reimbursement of actual eligible traveling expenses only, subject to the condition that the date of effect will be the date of adoption of G.O.2nd cited by the Boards of State Public Sector Undertakings / Statutory Boards and not from 1st June 2009, as ordered in the G.O.1st cited.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
for Special Secretary to Government

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Mamata’s New Year Bonanza for Railways’ Lowest Grade Pay Employees



The Minister of Railways, Mamata Banerjee has extended, for the first time, the facility of 3AC travel with family once in a year for the lowest grade pay employees of Indian Railways. These are the employees like Gangman, Khalasi etc. who work day and night to provide train services to our customers throughout the year in the most difficult situations. They will now have facility to travel once in a year with family in 3AC class on Indian Railways.

Mamata Banerjee provided this as a new year bonanza for all Railway employees based on new pay structure under 6th Central Pay Commission already implemented by the Government of India. This move of the Railway will lead to tremendous motivation to all levels of employees particularly those working in lower grades. Railwaymen in lower grade pay (Group ‘D’) were earlier not entitled to travel in AC classes.

This step bridges the gap and has been felicitated by all employees and federations. Revised entitlement of travel on railway passes has also extended AC 2-tier facilities to all Junior Engineers and their equivalent supervisors working in Grade Pay of Rs.4200/-. This new criteria of entitlement has also simultaneously simplified the existing rules for entitlement with only Grade Pay as the sole criterion as against multiple variables like scale of pay, pay and date of appointment which were prevailing earlier.

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Common Seniority List (CSL) in the grade of LDC of CSCS for the select list years 1994 & 1995-reg.

No.20/87/2010-CS-II
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel,Public Grievances &Pensions
Department of Personnel &Training

Lok Nayak Bhavan,New Delhi-3
Dated,the 5th January 2011


OFFICE MEMORANDUM




Subject: - Finalization of Common Seniority List(CSL)in the grade of LDC of CSCS for the select list years 1994 &1995-reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's O.M of even number dated 4th November, 2010 circulating thereby the draft Common Seniority List in respect of LDCs for the years 1994 & 1995. All the cadre units of CSCS were requested to bring to the notice of this department the factual inaccuracies/deficiencies, in the common seniority list of LDCs for the select list year 1994 &1995. A large number of communications were received which were examined in this department.

2 It is noted that most of the representations related to corrections regarding names and date of birth of LDCs and the same carried out in the list. On the basis of the information received from cadre units and individuals and also re-verifying seniority lists of the cadre units,necessary corrections have been made in the common seniority lists. The senioriry in respect of departmental examination candidates for the years 1994 & 1995 have been fixed in accordance with this department's O.M No. 3/4/95-CS II dated 11th June 1997. Accordingly the Common Seniority List of LDCs for the select lists years 1994 & 1995 have been finalized and may be seen on the website of this department i.e

www.http://persmin.nic.in
Central Services Wing
CS Division
Central Secretariat Clerical Service
Common Seniority List

3 The cadre units are requested to invariably mention CSL number in future correspondence relating to the seniority lists of LDCs for the select list years 1994 & 1995.

(J Minz)
Under Secretary to the Govt of India

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

TAMILNADU GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED PONGAL FESTIVAL, 2011

GOVERNMENT OF TAMIL NADU
                          2011

FINANCE (PENSION) DEPARTMENT
G.O.No.2, Dated: 3 January, 2011
(Margazhi-19, Thiruvalluvar Aandu 2041)

TAMILNADU GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED PONGAL FESTIVAL, 2011 - Grant of Pongal Prize to Pensioners / Family Pensioners and Ex-Village Officers - Orders - Issued.

Read the following;
1. G.O.(Ms).No. 2, Finance (Pension) Department, dated 02.01.2010
2. G.O.(Ms).No. 1, Finance (Allowances) Department, dated 03.01.2011
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ORDER:
The Government sanction a Iumpsum Pongal Prize amount of Rs.500/- (Rupees five hundred only) to all pensioners including adhoc pensioners of all categories and family pensioners of Government including All India Service, Aided Educational Institutions and Local Bodies.

2. This order shall be applicable to all the existing pensioners / family pensioners mentioned in paragraph 1 above. This order shall also be applicable to provisional pensioners. The Pongal Prize amount shall not be admissible to those employees who retire on or after 03.01.2011 and to the families of those employees who die in harness on or after 03.01.2011.

3. Accepting the request of Ex-Village Officers to grant Pongal Prize as applicable to Government Pensioners, Government sanction Rs.500/- as Pongal Prize to the Ex-Village Officers from the year 2011 onwards.

4. Those who have retired / died in harness during the period from 01.10.2009 to 02.01.2011 are not eligible for the Pongal Prize amount if they are paid Adhoc Bonus / Special Adhoc Bonus as per the orders issued in the Government Order second read above. For this purpose, the pension disbursing officers shall obtain non-drawal certificates from the departments concerned before making payment to these pensioners.

5. This order is not applicable to the following categories of pensioners:

i) Special pensioners such as Ulema Pensioners, State FreedomFighters Pensioners and Social Pension for Scholars and Eminent persons, etc.

ii) Family pensioners who are appointed on compassionate grounds if adhoc bonus / special adhoc bonus is paid to them as applicable to the employees in service.

6. The Government also direct that the procedure indicated below be followed for disbursement of Pongal Prize amount in respect of pensioners / family pensioners coming under the Pension Pilot Scheme.

i) In respect of those pensioners / family pensioners to whom pension / family pension is sent by Money order at Government cost, the Pongal prize amount also shall be sent by Money Order at the Government cost.

ii) In respect of pensioners / family pensioners to whom pension / family pension is paid through Banks,

a) In Pension Pay Office, Chennai and District Treasuries / Sub Treasuries where the cheque system of payment of bills/ Electronic Clearing System is in vogue, the Pension Pay Officer, Chennai and District Treasury officers / Sub Treasury officers are permitted to issue cheques and send the cheques to the respective paying branches of the bank with a covering list of pensioners / family pensioners for crediting the amount to the pensioners’ / family pensioners’ savings bank account.

b) As regards banking Sub-Treasuries where the cheque system of payment of bills / Electronic Clearing System is not in vogue, the Sub Treasury officers are permitted to get Banker’s cheque / Bank  draft and send them to the respective pensioners for crediting the amount to the pensioners’ / family pensioners’ savings bank account.

c) As regards Non-Banking Sub-Treasuries, the Sub-Treasury officers are permitted to draw the Pongal prize amount and arrange to send the same to the respective paying branches of the bank for crediting the amount to the pensioners’ / family pensioners’ savings bank account.

7. In respect of pensioners / family pensioners coming under the Public Sector Bank Scheme, all Public Sector Banks are authorised to credit the amount to the pensioners’ / family pensioners’ account.

8. In respect of pensioners / family pensioners for whom expenditure is met from State Funds, the expenditure shall be debited to “2071. Pensions and Other Retirement Benefits - 01. Civil- 800. Other Expenditure - I. Non-Plan - AF. Pongal prize to Pensioners and Family Pensioners - 27. Pensions - 09. Others (D.P. Code 2071 01 800 AF 2799)”. In respect of payment of Pongal Prize to Ex-Village Officers, the expenditure shall be debited to a new sub head of account to be opened under Demand No.50 as detailed below:

2071. Pensions and Other Retirement Benefits- 01. Civil- 800. Other Expenditure- I. Non-Plan— AK. Pongal Prize to Ex-Village Officers- 27. Pensions- 09. Others (D.P. Code 2071 01 800 AK 2791)

In respect of pensioners / family pensioners of Local Bodies for whom expenditure is met from the fund maintained by the Director of Local Fund Audit or Municipal Funds, as the case may be, the expenditure shall be met from the respective funds referred to above.

9. The Pongal Prize amount sanctioned above shall be paid to the eligible pensioners / family pensioners and Ex-Village Officers immediately.

10. Necessary provisions have been made under the relevant head of account in Budget Estimate 2010-2011. However, if additional provisions are required, they will be made under the relevant head of account in RE/FMA 2010-2011 and the required funds may be drawn pending such provision. In respect of Pongal Prize to Ex-Village Officers, necessary funds will be provided in RE/FMA 2010-2011. Pending provision of such funds, the expenditure may be incurred and the expenditure will be brought to the notice of the Legislature by specific indusion in the Supplementary Estimates, 2010-2011.

11. The Accountant General is the Estimating, Reconciling and Controlling Authority for the above new head of account.

12. This order issues with the Additional Sanction Ledger No. 1713 (One Thousand Seven hundred and Thirteen).

(BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR)

K. SHANMUGAM,
PRINCIPAL SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT.

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Central govt pensioners, staff denied CGHS benefits




Chandigarh Empanelment done but rates can’t be fixed as there is only one bidder in super-speciality hospital category

The tricity’s Central government employees and pensioners are not able to avail the full benefits of the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) for the sole reason that it has has only one super-speciality hospital. As there is a lone applicant in the super-speciality category, the authorities have not been able to fix rates which have to be compared through a tendering process.

The region has more than 10,000 CGHS beneficiaries, some of whom have either been visiting hospitals in the NCR or have put their surgeries on hold, waiting for the local institute to start the service. Sources said the that Mohali-based super-speciality had applied for the CGHS empanelment in November 2009 and was assured that the tender would be processed in a month. But things moved at a slow pace as there was no other institute that could offer tenders. A senior officer at the Mohali hospital said that the authorities were unable to reach a consensus on super-speciality charges and after much dilly-dallying, they proposed to offer Delhi rates. last December the hospital received a letter from the CGHS additional director, informing it about the empanelment. It was also invited to sign a memorandum of agreement but the hospital did not reply as there was no clarity on rates.

Hospitals are divided into three categories — national accreditation board hospitals (NABH), non-NABH and super-speciality hospitals. Although two city hospitals are offering the service, these are not super-specialities.

CGHS joint director Dr S C Anand said, “We have written to the Mohali institute to sign the MoA but it has not replied. We will offer them Delhi rates as and when these are fixed.” When told that Delhi rates were fixed four months ago, he said that these have to be notified by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for the Mohali hospital. Dr Anand, however, could not specify by when the problem would be resolved.

A senior official of the local super-speciality said though ironing out problems in the scheme was the job of the CGHS officers, he would shortly visit Delhi seeking an expeditious solution to the impasse. Dr Anand said that if the hospital officers wanted, he was ready to accompany them to pursue the matter with the higher authorities.

Meanwhile, it is the CGHS beneficiaries who are at the receiving end. K S Suri, whose 89-year-old mother is a beneficiary, said, “Facilities for all Central government employees or retirees should be the same. Why should a Central government employee living in Chandigarh not get the benefits his counterparts living in metropolis get? Is he or she a lesser employee than the one living in Delhi or Mumbai?”

He pointed out that for a programme that concerns people’s health, decisions should be taken promptly and not like the present case, where more than a year has elapsed and a final word was still awaited. Sources said that members of some retirees and senior citizens’ association were up in arms against the CGHS officers for not heeding to their woes.

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VACANCY IN CENTRAL RAILWAY

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CENTRAL RAILWAY

                          RAILWAY RECRUITMENT CELL

Chief Project Manager (Conv.)’s Office, 1st Floor, P.D.Mello Road,  Wadi Bunder, Mumbai 400010.

 

Employment Notice No: RRC/CR/6/2010 dated 15/12/2010.

 

Closing Date & Time of receipt of applications

1800 hrs. of 15.02.2011

Closing Date & Time of receipt of applications for residents of Andaman & Nicobar, Lakshadweep Islands

1800 hrs of 02.03.2011

Application received after closing date shall not be entertained

            

Open Market Recruitment

to posts in Pay Band – 1 of Rs.5200-20200 with Grade Pay of Rs.1800/-

including

Special Recruitment Drive for Persons With Disabilities.

 

Railway Recruitment Cell,Central Railway, Mumbai, invites applications from citizens of India and such other candidates declared eligible by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India to fill up the following posts in Pay Band-1 of  Rs.5200-20200 with Grade Pay of Rs.1800/- in Mumbai, Pune, Bhusaval, Nagpur & Solapur Divisions of Central Railway.

 

IMPORTANT

Candidates to note that all the Zonal Railways are likely to issue Notification for recruitment to the posts individually.  The Physical Efficiency Test will be held by all the Railways during the same period simultaneously.  Similarly, the Written Examination for those who qualify in the Physical Efficiency Test will be held on the same day, simultaneously by all the Railways.  Candidates should keep this in mind before applying for any particular Notification.

 

Cat. No

Name of the post

Pay Band & GP(in Rs.)

No.of Vacancies

 

Medical standard

Suitability for persons with disability VH/OH/ HH

Stages of Exam

 

 

 

UR

SC

ST

OBC

Total

Physically Handicapped

 

ESM

 

 

 

 

 

 

OH

VH

HH

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

16

 

1.

Trackmen  Porters,   Hamal         Khalasis, Safaiwalas   Asstt. Pointsman etc.

5200-20200 with GP 1800/-

1021

303

152

546

2022

20

20

20

404

A-II & below

3% of vacancies have been kept reserved against PH Quota  & 20% of vacancies reserved for ESM

1) Passing the Physical Efficiency Test                       2) Written Examination              3) Verification of documents

 

Important Note:  This notification also includes Vacancies for recruitment of Persons With Disabilities ( PWD) as part of regular and special recruitment drive. The vacancies reserved for PWD are not separate but included in the total number of vacancies. The vacancies in the peon category are exclusively notified for persons with disability as part of special recruitment drive.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Government school teachers to get additional monetary benefits



Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Tuesday announced additional monetary benefits for government school teachers following a representation made by their association seeking to remove anomalies in their pay scale and salary on a par with Central government employees.

A State government press release stated that a total of 2.73 lakh teachers would benefit from the hike.

It will cost the government Rs.160 crore per annum. The special allowance for the secondary grade teachers, whose pay scale is Rs.2,800, has been increased to Rs.750 from Rs.500. Since this will be given as personal pay, teachers will get Rs.1,088 in addition to their pay. This personal pay will be taken into account while calculating pay hike, dearness allowance (DA) and pension.

Special allowance

The special allowance for selection grade and special grade teachers, whose grade pay is Rs.4,300 and Rs.4,500 respectively, will continue to be Rs.500. Graduate teachers, post-graduate teachers, primary school headmasters and middle school headmasters will get additional Rs.200.

Headmasters of high schools will get Rs.750 as special allowance instead of Rs.500. This will result in Rs.1,088 increase in their monthly pay.

The grade pay of headmasters of higher secondary schools and district educational officers will be Rs.5,700 instead of Rs.5400.

Source;thehindu
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Written Exam Result for CDS Exam (II ) -2010 Announced


The UPSC has announced the results of the written part of the Combined Defence Services Examination (II)-2010 held in September 2010. Total 9411 candidates have qualified for being interviewed by the Service Selection Board of the Ministry of Defence, for admission to (i) Indian Militry Academy, Dehradun 131st Course commencing in July 2011 Iii) Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala Course commencing in July 2011 (iii) Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (Pre-Flying) Training Course for 190th F(P) Course commencing in July, 2011 (iv) Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai 94th SSC Course (for Men) commencing in October 2011 and (v) Officers’ Training Academy, 8th SSC (Women Non-Technical) Course commencing in October 2011. The ratio of candidates short listed for the examination per vacancy is 1:18:10.

The candidature of all the candidates is provisional. In accordance with the conditions of the admission to the examination, they are required to submit the original certificates in support of age, educational qualification, NCC (C) etc. claimed by them to Army Headquarters, in case of IMA/SSC as their first choice, to Naval Headquarters (R&R Section), in case of Naval first choice, and to PO3 (A) Air Headquarters in case of Air Force first choice. The original Certificates are to be submitted within two weeks of completion of the SSB Interview and not later than May 13th, 2011 (August 1, 2011 in case of SSC only)

UPSC has a “Facilitation Counter” in its campus where Candidates can obtain any information / clarification regarding their examinations / recruitments during working hours in person or over telephone Nos. 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098543. Result is available on PIB website i.e www.pib.nic.in and also on the U.P.S.C. website i.e. www.upsc.gov.in.

The marks-sheet of candidates who have not qualified shall be available on the Commission’s website within 30 days from declaration/publication of the result.


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SupremeCourt favours larger bench's hearing on quota to Dalit Christians




The Supreme Court has termed as "sensitive" and "important" the issue of granting Scheduled Caste status to Dalit Christians for extending benefits of reservation to them and said it might refer the matter for examination by a larger bench, if required.


The apex court on Tuesday said it would also examine the meaning of 'caste' in terms of Articles 16(4) and 15(4) of the Constitution which deal with reservations in state jobs and empowerment of socially and educationally backward classes and ensure that none of the interested groups is left out from being heard.

"If you (parties) feel it requires consideration by a larger bench, let us be informed," a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia said while asking the counsel appearing in the matter to find out whether hearing of the petition will be in conflict with any other bench which in the past may have dealt with an identical issue.

Maintaining that a bunch of petitions before it raises constitutional issues, the bench, also comprising justices K S Radhakrishnan and Swatanter Kumar, said "as far as possible we want to hear every group and no group should be left out".

The bench said it would bring the issue in public domain by putting it on the apex court's website.

The court said the issue needs thorough examination as there are petitions from sections opposed to moves for extending the benefit of reservations to Dalits who have converted from Hinduism to other faiths.

The bench said the issue was sensitive as it would also have to see what would happen if conversion was due to extraneous reasons, that is, only top secure the benefits of reservation.

"That is why, we want to understand the meaning of caste. It is a very important issue and proper understanding of the meaning of caste is needed," the bench said.

Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the NGO, Centre for Public Interest Litigation, which had first filed the petition on the issue, submitted at the beginning of the hearing that if Dalits within Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism can be extended the benifit of reservation, there should no reason why Dalits converted to other religions too should not be accorded the benefits.

The bench, however, interrupted him, saying "we don't share the same view. It is a sensitive issue".

When Bhushan said roadblocks were there because of other reasons, which include political, the bench said "we are not worried about the political issues involved in it".

He said despite adopting other religions like Christianity, Dalits continued to be saddled with same socio-economic disabilities.

Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium, who maintained that the government was examining the issue, said Dalits converting to Islam have also sought reservation and were still carrying the same stigma.

Senior advocate Pinky Anand, appearing for a tribal community from Kerala which is opposing the plea for granting reservation to Dalit Christians, said there has been no concept of caste in Christianity.

The court was informed that during the previous hearings, the Centre had said it would study the report of a commission which examined the issue of granting Scheduled Caste status to Dalit Christians for extending benefits of reservation to them.

The Centre had said it would go through the report of National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) before presenting the Centre's view on the issue.

The NCSC has come out with its report after going through the recommendations of National Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities (NCRLM) headed by former Chief Justice of India Rangnath Misra.

The petitioners submitted that the matter has been pending since 2004 and has sought an early hearing on the issue.

The court had in January 2008 said there was no urgency in the matter as the Presidential order of 1950 has been challenged.

The Centre had in June 2007 maintained that NCRLM in its report had found substance on the points raised for granting Scheduled Castes status to Dalits who have converted to Christianity.

The PIL had said as reservation was available to Dalits within Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism, there was no reason why Dalit Christians should be deprived of the benefit.

The CPIL had contended that paragraph three of the President's "Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order," 1950 was coming in the way of granting SC status to Dalit Christians.

The NGO had submitted that it was the right time that the court should strike down the order requiring all Dalits to belong to a particular religion if they were to avail the SC reservation benefits as it goes beyond the mandate of Article 341(1) and violates the Fundamental Right guaranteed under the Constitution.

All India United Christians Movement for Equal Rights, had said the Congress government had in 1996 brought a Bill in Lok Sabha to amend para three of the "Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order 1950" for extending reservation benefits to Dalit Christians.

The CPIL had claimed that social standing of Dalits, even after converting to Christianity, has not changed and they have to face discrimination even in churches.

The NCRLM, which had prepared its report after visiting various states, had examined whether the Scheduled Caste converts suffer from social disabilities like untouchability even after embracing Christianity.

The demand for granting SC status to Dalit Christians has been opposed in several quarters, including the SC/ST Commission which contended that they cannot enjoy two rights -- that is of minority and SCs.

The CPIL had contended that the earlier court rulings were given on the basis of scanty material and claimed the petitioners had "overwhelming" material to support their claim for reservation for Dalit Christians.

Citing a 2005 ruling of the apex court, where it was said that even if a tribal converted to Christianity, he or she could still avail the reservation benefits as his/her status as ST remained unchanged, CPIL had said the same law should be applicable to Dalits after their conversion.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Revision of Scale of Pay based on the recommendation of the One Man Commission — Consequential revision of terminal benefits — Clarification — Regarding.

Finance (PC) Department,
Fort St. George,
Chennai — 600 009.

Letter No: 74421 / PC/2010--1. dated: 30—12—2010

From
Thiru M. Padmanabhan, B. Com.,
Additional Secretary to Governrnent.

To
All Secretaries to Government.

Sir,
Sub: Tamil Nadu Revised Scales of Pay Rules, 2009 — Revision of Scale of Pay based on the recommendation of the One Man Commission — Consequential revision of terminal benefits — Clarification — Regarding.

Ref:
 1. G.O.Ms.No: 234, Finance (Pay Cell) Department. dated: 1—6--2009.
2. Government letter No: 34124 / Pay Cell / 2009-1, Finance Department, Dated: 26—06--2009.
3. G.O.Ms.Nos: 254 to 338 Finance (Pay Cell) Department, Dated: 26-08-2010.
4. From the Chief Engineer (Buildings) PWD., Buildings Organisation, letter No: E3(1)/45229/2010, dated: 21—12--2010.

I am to invite your attention to the references cited.

2. In the reference second cited, among others necessary general clarification has been issued under Serial No: 8 to the effect that the employees retired between 1--1--2006 and 31--12--2006 are entitled for notional pay fixation in the revised scales of pay, the undrawn pay shall be reckoned for sanctioning pensionery benefits consequent on the implementation of the Revised Scales of Pay. Therefore, it was clarified that the difference amount of encashment of Earned Leave / Unearned Leave on Private Affairs / DCRG due
to revision of scales of pay in respect of the retirees from 1--1--2006 to 31--5--2009 shall be disbursed in three equal annual instalments as specified in the Government Order first read above.

3. In the Government Orders third read above, based on the recommendations of One Man Commission, the scales of pay of certain categories have been revised notionally with effect from 1--1--2006 and from
12—1 2--2007 with monetary benefit from 1 --8--201 0.

4. The Chief Engineer (Buildings) Public Works Department in the reference fourth cited has raised presumption that in the case of employees retired between 1--1--2006 to 31--7--2010 and between 12--12--2007 and 31—7--2010, as the case may be from the posts for which the scales of pay were revised as per the One Man Commission recommendations in the Government Orders third cited and any subsequent orders with effect from 1--1--2006 / 12—12--2007 with monetary benefit from 1--8--2010 and
subsequent dates are also eligible for the difference of encashment of leave salary, DCRG and commutation of pension in three instalments as clarified in the Government letter second cited. In this connection, I am directed to confirm the above presumption.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
for Additional Secretary to Government.

Source;tn.gov.in
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Issue of Individual Plastic Cards to each CGHS Beneficiary- guidelines to pensioner beneficiaries

Misc.6024/2007/CGHS( HQ)/CGHS(P)
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated December 27, 2010

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Issue of Individual Plastic Cards to each CGHS Beneficiary- guidelines to pensioner beneficiaries

The undersigned is directed to draw attention to the office memorandum of even number dated 30th December 2009 and to clarify that in response to representations received from pensioner CGHS beneficiaries, it has now been decided to partially modify para E (2 ) of the said memorandum.

Para E (2) of the Office Memorandum of even number dated 30th December 2009. which reads as -

‘The Plastic Cards ( which are identity cards ) are issued for a maximum period of Five years or till entitled for CGHS benefits, whichever may be earlier. The actual validity of CGHS Card for availing services shall be as per records available in CGHS Data base. In case of CGHS pensioners who have paid for ‘Rest of Life’ facilities a new plastic Cards shall be issued after ‘Five years’ without any additional contribution. However the beneficiaries would not be denied CGHS facilities, if there is any inadvertent delay in procurement of new plastic cards after five years. provided the beneficiary is entitled for CGHS benefits.

- is replaced by the modified paragraph which reads as follows:

Para E (2) The Plastic Cards ( which are identity cards), would, hereinafter, be issued with validity till the pensioner beneficiary is entitled for CGHS benefits. In respect of pensioner CGHS beneficiaries, who have paid CGHS contribution for ‘Rest of Life’ CGHS facilities, the Plastic cards would ,hereinafter ,be issued for ‘Rest of Life’.

The Plastic cards already issued with a printed validity of five years to pensioner beneficiaries. who had paid CGHS contribution for ‘Rest of Life’ CGHS , would be taken as valid for use for “Rest of Life’. However, such CGHS pensioner beneficiaries have the option to obtain new plastic cards after five years. if they choose to do so..

The other contents of the Office Memorandum of even number dated 30th December 2009 remain unchanged.

sd/
(JAI PRAKASH)
Under Secretary to Government of India.
Tel. No. 011-2306 1881.

Source;Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
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Probation in various Central Civil Services

No.18011/1/2010- Estt. (C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

New Delhi 110001
Dated January 3,2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Probation in various Central Civil Services

The undersigned in directed to say that the period of probation to be prescribed for different posts/services in Central Goverment have been laid down in this Department’s O. M. No F44/1/59-Ests(A) dated 15.4. 1959 as amended from time to time With a view to prevent Government servants from becoming possible victims of arbitrary actions or inordinate delay in considering completion of probation/confirmation, the existing instructions on provisions regarding probation in the service/ recruitment rules relating to Central Civil Services and Posts have been reviewed. It is proposed that in the service/ recruitment rules for all Central Civil Services and Posts, in addition to the period of probation, wherever prescribed. corresponding provisions as envisaged in the draft guidelines enclosed herewith. may be incorporated in consultation with this Department

2. Before the guidelines in the draft O M is finalized, all Cadre Controlling Authorities arc requested to offer their comments/views in this regard, if any, by 31.1.2011 at the E Mail addres dse@nic.in

sd/
(P. Prabhakaran)
Director(Estt)
Tele 23093179

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