Monday, January 3, 2011
The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions took several new initiatives during 2010 for raising the efficiency of bureaucracy and better service delivery mechanisms. Steps were taken towards capacity building and strengthening of the historic Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005. Major policy initiatives taken by the Ministry are as under:
Whistleblowers’ Bill tabled in Lok Sabha
The Public Interest Disclosure and Protection to Persons making the Disclosure Bill, 2010, (commonly known as Whistleblowers’ Bill) was tabled in the Lok Sabha. The bill is presently under examination with the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice.
The Bill provides for adequate protection to the persons reporting corruption or wilful misuse of power or wilful misuse of discretion which causes demonstrable loss to the government or commission of a criminal offence by a public servant. The identity of the complainant is kept secret. It also provides punishment for revealing the identity of a complainant, negligently or malafidely.
Changes in IAS recruitment Exam
The pattern of UPSC exam for Civil Services has been changed. The Government has approved the proposal for introduction of Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) in place of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination. The CSAT will come into effect from Civil Services Examination, 2011. This will enable screening of candidates having a right aptitude for Civil Services.
In CSAT, one of optional subjects, which a candidate could have chosen out of 23 optional, is being replaced with a common paper on aptitude test. The CSAT is aimed at providing a greater degree of level - playing field to candidates of different backgrounds.
Steps to Strengthen RTI Act
i). A new Central Sector Scheme on ‘Improving Transparency and Accountability in Government Through Effective Implementation on RTI Act’ has been approved. The scheme aims at Awareness Generation and Capacity Building of Stakeholders. Draft RTI Amendment Rules have been posted in the website persmin.nic.in for seeking comments finalising the same.
ii). The provisions related to RTI applications received by a public authority regarding information concerning other public authority/authorities have been clarified.
iii). 35000 RTI Posters on Regional Languages i.e. Bangla, English, Marathi, Oriya, Kanada and Malayalam were displayed in Regional Post Offices.
RTI Logo & RTI Portal launched
Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) launched RTI logo & RTI portal with a view to give this historic legislation an iconic symbol and one stop knowledge bank for information seekers. The simple and iconic logo represents people’s empowerment through transfer and accountability in Governance. The logo’s shape and structure make it easy to remember, recall and replicate with minimal distortion.
In the last five years the RTI regime has heralded a regime of transparency and accountability and strengthened the democratic structure of the country. Success stories of citizens using the RTI Act abound. The Act has achieved great success in empowering the citizens of India. However it was felt that the core values of the RTI regime – Empowerment, Transparency and Accountability- need to be given a shape in the form of a logo. The logo would be displayed at all public authorities and will be used in various communications related to RTI.
The Right to Information Portal www.rtigateway.org.in is one stop knowledge bank for information seekers, information providers, trainers, Information Commissions, students and academicians. It provides for a digital library, discussion fora, e- newsletter and a blog.
Measures to strengthen CBI
It was decided to set up 71 additional Special Courts for CBI in various States of the country to expedite adjudication of the pending cases. Out of these 51 courts have already been sanctioned, and 204 posts of Prosecuting Officers and Supporting Staff have been sanctioned for manning these courts. In order to expedite investigation and prosecution of cases, CBI has been permitted to engage 60 Law Officers and 75 Technical Officers on contractual basis for a period upto 5 years. An amount of RS.49.54 crores has been sanctioned for Mumbai Building of the CBI.
Group on Data Protection & Privacy set up
A Group of Officers under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has been constituted to develop a framework that could balance the country’s interests and concerns on privacy, data protection and security and which could respect the domain legislations on the subject. The framework developed by the Group would include legal provisions, principles and elements of data protection, security and privacy. While developing the framework, the Group will keep in view the existing provisions of various laws regarding protection of data and privacy of individuals. The Group has asked for suggestions from all interested / knowledgeable persons / observers in this regard.
DoPT & IGNOU signed MoU on distant learning for Govt. employees
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for offering Distance & E-Learning Programmes to Government employees. The Government employees can now enroll for a wide spectrum of Programmes offered by IGNOU and get their fees reimbursed on successfully completing the programmes. The courses are open to central government employees working in Ministries / Departments / Attached offices and the faculty members of State Apex Training Institutions.
The purpose of the Programme is to increase the availability and flexibility of options open to employees for enhancing their knowledge and skills in order to improve the functioning of Government organizations and the delivery of services to the public.
The categories of courses open for enrolment under this programme are Short-Duration Specialised modules; Certificate Programmes and Masters, PG and PG Diploma Programmes.
46th Meeting of the National Council (JCM)
The 46th Meeting of the National Council (JCM), the apex body of the Joint Consultative Machinery for the Central Government Employees, was held under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary Shri K. M. Chandrasekhar. Senior leaders of the Central Government Employees’ Unions/ Federations and Secretaries of various Ministries/Departments actively participated in the deliberations. the need for the Staff Organizations to work in harmony with the official side to enhance productivity and efficiency and the endeavour of the Government to maintain a sustained level of contact with the Staff Side to take forward the process of consensus building were highlighted at the deliberations. Various issues of importance to the Central Government employees and their families were also discussed with a view to find amicable solutions and to ensure harmonious relationship.
Flexible Complementing Scheme for scientists modified
Under the Modified Flexible Complementing Scheme (FCS) five upgradations are possible from Scientist B to Scientist G, after prescribed residency period, without linkage to vacancy. The criteria for identifying institutions/organizations as scientific and technical institutions and defining scientists/ scientific posts have been made more objective and stringent. In tune with the merit orientation of the scheme, peer assessment procedure, field experience requirement, scientific work reporting has been spelt out in detail under the scheme. Modified ACP scheme has been allowed as a fall back option so as to allow alternate mode of growth to scientists and preserve the merit orientation of Modified FCS. This scheme for scientists is applicable where promotions are made without linkage to vacancies.
Quality Management System ‘Sevottam” developed
A Quality Management System (QMS) ‘Sevottam’ framework has been developed for bringing improvements in the quality of public service delivery. This is a citizen centric initiative for institutionalizing an assessment-improvement framework for improving the quality of service delivery on a continuous basis through the involvement of Ministries / Departments and citizens. Sevottam includes three dimensions of a public service organization as follows: (a) Citizen’s / Client’s Charter that specifies the service delivery standards (b) Grievance Redress Mechanism that gets activated if the service delivery is not as per standards in the charter (c) Service Delivery Capability of the organization to delivery service as per standards in the charter. A ‘nine point quality of compliance’ criteria based on published standards has been developed. Pilot Projects on Sevottam in 10 Central Ministries / Departments has been concluded in June 2010.
The Depertment of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG) organized four workshops/seminars for 62 Ministries/Departments on Designing & Implementing Sevottam Complaint Citizen’s Charter and Grievance Redressal. Sevottam framework focuses on improved service delivery through setting of standards and monitoring the performance of service delivery as against Results Framework Document (RFD) standards.
An upgraded version of the Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) was inaugurated in September, 2010. CPGRAMS is an online internet based facility for citizens to lodge their grievances from any part of the country or the world. It is accessible at http://pgportal.gov.in and also through www.darpg.nic.in . It is also a tool for effective monitoring of redress of grievance received through the Grievance Redress Mechanism, established in Government of India. The System networks 89 Central Ministries / Departments / Organizations including all responsibility centres under them. Through CPGRAMS citizens can lodge complaints online and immediately get a unique registration number for further reference. The number is useful for checking the progress on redress of their grievance and for sending reminders. Citizens have a choice to lodge the grievance directly with the Ministry / Department concerned or to send it to DARPG. The grievances received in PG Division are forwarded online to the Ministry / Department concerned for redress. Reports can also be generated through the System for analyzing grievance prone areas for taking remedial action for preventing similar grievances from arising in future.
All grievances received by post / by hand are also lodged on to the CPGRAMS by PG Division on behalf of the citizens. Acknowledgements are generated and issued by post, and final redress response is also sent by post in all such cases.
India- Brazil-South Africa Web Portal on Public Administration Launched
The India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) web portal on public administration was launched by DARPG under IBSA Co-operation Programme in the field of public administration and governance. The web portal which is a virtual centre of excellence in public administration is a wide ranging web-based resource and an interactive platform for the IBSA partners to facilitate among them an exchange of ideas and knowledge on public administration.
The purpose of the web portal is to create a knowledge base for sharing IBSA experiences and best practices in the field of public administration and development related issues. The IBSA web portal is a landmark achievement in mutual cooperation of the three countries in the field of public administration and governance, providing further impetus to the already flourishing IBSA relationship.
E-Office Pilot Project launched
DARPG has taken up the e-Office Mission Mode Project (MMP) under National Governance Plan (NeGP). The project has been conceptualized to modernise the Central Government Offices through introduction of Information Technology. The e-Office MMP envisages a user-friendly and integrated file and records management software solution with implantation of associated process reforms. Under the e-Office Mission Mode Project, DARPG proposes to devise an e-Manual to be adopted by the various Government of India offices in the e-office environment. The e-Office MMP is aimed at introducing the concepts of e-file in the government offices leading to a paperless office.
The broad objectives of e-Office are: -
(i) To improve efficiency, consistency and effectiveness of Government responses.
(ii) To reduce turnaround time and to meet the demand of the citizen charger
(iii) To provide for effective resource management to improve the quality of administration.
(iv) To enhance transparency and accountability
Detailed studies have been conducted through National Institute for Smart Governance on various processes involved in the implementation to ensure successful implementation of the Project.
The project will be implemented in other Government Ministries/Departments in phased manner after its successful implementation/assessment at the pilot locations. Presently the MMP is targeted Central Government Offices only.
13th Conference on e-Governance
The thirteenth National Conference on e-Governance was organised by DARPG in coordination with the Department of Information Technology, Government of India and Department of Information and Technology, Government of Rajasthan, at Jaipur.
National Awards for e-Governance 2009-10 were given away in seven categories to 17 organisations. These awards are given to recognise and promote excellence in implementation of e-Governance initiatives. These initiatives could be from Government to Government (G2G), Government to Citizen (G2C) or Government to Business (G2B). An exhibition showcasing the capacities, products and e-Governance initiatives of the Government and private sector will also be inaugurated.
The theme for this year’s Conference was “e-Governance from Citizens’ Perspective”. The Conference explored how the use of ICT had transformed governance from the perspective of the beneficiaries of the services. It made an attempt at a reality check to ascertain the outcome of the services rendered and whether it has achieved the intended objectives of transparent, effective, responsive and accountable governance. The focus sector this year was Education with the agenda, “ICT in Education-enhancing quality and reach”. During the Conference, discussions were held on e-Governance from Citizen’s Perspective; leveraging mobile technology for better service delivery – financial inclusion through mobile technology; public distribution system (direct access to the citizens through e- Governance) and ICT in education – enhancing quality and reach.
Conference of Chief Secretaries
The first Conference of Chief Secretaries of States/UTs was organised by DARPG. It was inaugurated by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. This conference will be held annually henceforth.
The conference is aimed at institutionalising the process of interaction with States / UTs. It will serve as a standing forum for exchange of views between the Centre and the States and provide an occasion for interaction on internal matters. The issues relating to the latest trend in technology, emerging global challenges & opportunities and key security concerns & the role of state governments would be discussed. Global developments that have a bearing on the country would also be deliberated upon.
Conference of AR Secretaries of States/Union Territories
DARPG organized a Conference of Secretaries of Administrative Reforms of the States/Union Territories. The objective of the conference was to create a national platform to share experience of the states in the field of reforms/initiatives undertaken by the departments of Administrative Reforms in the state/union territories and to improve public service delivery, make the administration effective, transparent, accountable and citizen-friendly. It will also provide a forum for the A R departments of the States/UTs to highlight the challenges faced by them and their expectations from the Department of AR &PG, Government of India.
GOVERNMENT OF TAMIL NADU
FINANCE (ALLOWANCES) DEPARTMENT
G.O.No.1, DATED 3rd January, 2011
(Margazhi 19, Thiruvalluvar Aandu 2041)
BONUS — Adhoc Bonus — Special Adhoc Bonus for the year 2009—2010 — Sanction —
Orders — Issued.
Read the following:
1) G.O.Ms.No.1, Finance (Allowances) Department, dated 2.1 .201 0.
2) Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, 7/24/2007/E-IIl(A) Branch New Delhi Office Memorandum dated 22.09.2010.
Government has decided to grant Adhoc Bonus equivalent to 30 days emoluments on a base of 30 days a month to all regular and temporary Government employees, employees of Local Bodies and Aided Educational Institutions including teachers on regular time scales of pay for the financial year 2009-2010.
2. Employees in Groups 'C’ and ‘D’ were paid Adhoc Bonus equivalent to 30 days emoluments subject to a ceiling of Rs.3,000/- during the year 2008-2009. Accordingly, Government direct that all regular and temporary Government employees who are on regular time scales of pay, employees of Local Bodies and Aided Educational Institutions including teachers on regular time scales of pay in C’ and D’ group be paid adhoc bonus equivalent to 30 days emoluments on a base of 30 days a month for the financial year 2009-2010. The Adhoc Bonus shall be computed on the basis of actual emoluments as on 31st March 2010. The amount of adhoc bonus shall be calculated as if monthly emoluments were Rs.3,000/- per month. In respect of those drawing pay in the pre-revised / revised scales of pay, the calculation of adhoc bonus shall be based on the emoluments drawn subject to the upper ceiling of Rs.3,000/- (Rupees Three thousand only) per month. The upper ceiling limit shall be applicable irrespective of whether the emoluments are drawn in the pre-revised or revised scales of pay.
3. Employees in Groups 'A’ & 'B’ including those coming under University Grants Commission / All India Council for Technical Education / Indian Council of Agricultural Research scales of pay and All India Service Regulations are not covered by the bonus scheme and are not entitled to get any adhoc bonus amount. Government has decided to grant Special Adhoc Bonus to these employees and direct that employees in groups 'A’ & ‘B’ including those on University Grants Commission / All India Council for Technical Education / Indian Council of Agricultural Research scales of pay and All India Service Regulations be paid Special Adhoc Bonus of Rs.1 1000/- (Rupees One thousand only).
4. The Special Adhoc Bonus of Rs.1,000/- (Rupees One Thousand only) shall also be admissible to full-time and part-time employees paid from contingencies at fixed monthly rates, employees on consolidated pay/special time scale of pay including employees in Nutritious Meal Programme! Integrated Child Nutrition Project (Anganwadi Workers), Mini Anganwadi Workers, Village Assistants on special time scales of pay, Panchayat Assistants / Clerks, Makkal Nala paniyalargal on special time scales of pay in Village Panchayats under Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department, Contract employees, Temporary Assistants on contract basis, the employees on daily wages and the employees partly worked on daily wages and subsequently brought under regular establishment and worked continuously for atleast 240 days or more during the year 2009-2010.
5. Deputationists from the State Government working in Corporations / Boards / Joint Sector companies who are not in receipt of bonus / exgratia payment from the undertakings concerned are eligible for the benefit of Adhoc Bonus / Special Adhoc Bonus.
6. The Adhoc Bonus/Special Adhoc Bonus sanctioned in paras 2 to 5 above shall be admissible subject to the conditions prescribed in the annexure to this order.
7. The expenditure on Adhoc Bonus/Special Adhoc Bonus shall be debited to the sub-detailed head “04 Other Allowances” under the detailed head “01. Salaries” or the detailed head “02. Wages” as the case may be, under the relevant service head of the department concerned.
8. The expenditure on Special Adhoc Bonus in respect of temporary Assistants appointed on contract basis in the year 2003 shall be debited to the Detailed / Sub- Detailed head “33-Payments for Professional and Special Services” “04 — Contract Payment” under the relevant service head of the department concerned.
9. Necessary provisions have been made under the relevant heads of account in, BE 2010-2011. However, if additional provisions are required, it will be made under the relevant heads of account in RE/FMA 2010-2011 and the required funds may be drawn pending such provision.
10. This order issues with the Additional Sanction Ledger No.1700 (One thousand and seven hundred).
(BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR)
PRINCIPAL SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT
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SPECIAL CONCESSIONS/FACILITIES TO CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES WORKING IN KASHMIR VALLEY IN ATTACHED / SUBORDINATE OFFICES OR PSUS FALLING UNDER THE CONTROL OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT.
No. 180 16/3/2010-Estt. (I)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
North Block, New Delhi.
Sub: Special concessions/facilities to Central Government Employees working in Kashmir Valley in attached / subordinate offices or PSUs falling under the control of Central Government.
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department of even Number dated 15.3.2010 extending the Special concessions / facilities to Central Government Employees working in Kashmir Valley in attached / subordinate offices or PSUs falling under the control or Central Government, for the period with effect from 1.1.2010 to 3 1.12.2010 and to say that the Annexure attached with the OM stands partially modified to include the Notes. The Annexure as modified is attached herewith.
(Simmi R. Nakra)
All Ministries/Departments of the Government of India.
(As per standard mailing list)
Details of package of Concession/Facilities to Central Government employees working in Kashmir Valley in Attached/Subordinate Offices or PSUs falling under the control of
I. Additional H.R.A. and other concessions:
(A) Employees posted to Kashmir Valley
(i) These employees have an option to move their families to a selected place of their choice in India at Government expense. T.A. for the families allowed as admissible in permanent transfer inclusive of transportation of personal effects, lump-sum payment
for packing etc.
(ii) Departmental arrangements for stay, security and transportation to place of work for employees.
(iii) HRA as for Class 'A' city applicable for employees exercising option at (i). Such employees will be eligible for drawing the normal HRA as well at their place of posting provided Departmental arrangement is not made for his/her stay.
(iv) The period of temporary duty extended to six months. For period of temporary duty daily allowance at full rate is admissible, apart from departmental arrangements for stay, security and transportation.
(B) Employees posted to Kashmir Valley who do not wish to move their families to a selected place of residence;
A per diem allowance of Rs. 10/- is paid for each day of attendance to compensate for any additional expense in transportation to and from office etc. This will be in addition to the transport allowance, which the employee is otherwise eligible for under Ministry of Finance order No. 21(2)/2008-E.II(B) dated 29.8.1008.
II. MESSING FACILITIES:
Messing Allowance to be paid to the employees at a uniform rate of Rs. 15/- per day by all Departments, or in lieu messing arrangements to be made by the Departments themselves. This rate of allowance will have to be adhered to uniformly by all the Ministries/Departments with effect from 01.07.1999. The slightly higher rate of Rs. 25.50 adopted by the Department of Telecom and Posts and allowed to be continued as a special case by the Department of Personnel in consultation with the Ministry of Finance, would, however, continue to be paid at the said rate.
III. ADJUSTRMENT OF MIGRANT EMPLOYEES:
As a purely temporary measure, the employees migrated from the Kashmir Valley are accommodated to the extent possible in the available vacancies under the respective Ministries/Departments in offices located outside but adjacent to the union Territory of Delhi.
IV. PAYMENT OF LEAVE SALARYIAD HOC FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:
Arrangements were made for payment of leave salary for the period upto 30' April, 1990 in respect of employees who may not have received their emoluments after migration. Such employees were allowed to be given either leave salary at the minimum of the scale or some adhoc financial assistance as an advance to be adjusted from their dues after they join duty. Further the migrant employees who were unable to join their respective places of posting in the Valley due to the prevailing circumstances, were extended this facility till they were adjusted in accordance with (iii) above.
V. REGULARISATION OF THE PERIOD OF ABSENCE OF J&K MIGRANT EMPLOYEES:
In August, 1992, it was decided that the period of migration of a Central Government employee, who migrated from Kashmir Valley in view of the disturbed conditions would be treated as Earned leave to the extent which may have been due to him on the date of proceeding for migration. However, the position was reviewed by the Ministry of Personnel in April, 1997 and if was decided that the Earned Leave which was at the credit of the Central Government migrant employee at the time of migration will not be adjusted against the migration period, but will remain available for the purpose of leave encashment on the date of their retirement in respect of the employees who had already retired or would retire in future. The period of absence would however count in the service for the purpose of pension, but shall not count for earning any kind of leave. During the period of absence, a migrant employee is entitled to his pay (excluding special pay and local allowances) dearness allowance, which he would have been otherwise paid from time to time including benefit of increment had he reported for duty immediately after expiry of his Earned leave.
VI. PAYMENT OF MONTHLY PENSION TO PENSIONERS OF KASHMIR VALLEY
Pensioners of Kashmir Valley who are unable to draw their monthly pensions through either Public Sector Banks or PA0 treasuries from which they were receiving their pensions, would be given pensions outside the Valley where they have settled, in relaxation of relevant provisions.
NOTE:- I. The package of concession/facilities shall be admissible in Kashmir Valley comprising of six districts, namely Ananhag, Baramulla, Budgam, Kupwara, Pulwama and Srinagar.
2. The package of concession/facilities shall be admissible to Temporary Status Casual labourers working in Kashmir Valley in terms of para 5(i) of the Casual Labourers (Grant of Temporary Status and Regularization) Scheme of Government of India. 1993.
3. The benefit of additional HRA admissible under the Kashmir Valley package shall be admissible to all Central Government employees posted to Kashmir Valley irrespective of whether they are natives of Kashmir Valley, if they choose to move their families anywhere in India subject to the conditions governing the grant of these allowances.
4. The facilities of Messing Allowance and Per Diem allowance shall also be allowed to natives of Kashmir Valley in terms of the Kashmir Valley package.
Whatever the price of onion is, the D.A will not be as sweet as July last year.
As per the All India Index published by Labour Bureau, Govt. of India the Dearness Allowance payable to the Central Govt.staff with effect from January 2011 may not be more than 6 percent.
The figure for Nov'10 has just released and it stands at 182. The December figure is expected in the end of January. Even if the figure touches 185 in December, which is very unlikely, the D.A. hike will be limited to 6%.
Only thing to cheer is the fixed allowances such as Children Education Allowance, Conveyance Allowance for some category of staff will be 25% more as the D.A. will certainly cross the 50% mark. It may be remembered that D.A. linked allwances such as Transport Allowances will be unchanged
DEPARTMENT ISSUED ORDERS TO FILLING UP OF GDS POSTS IN BRANCH POST OFFICES – REVIEW OF GUIDELINE REGARDING
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
No. 17-103/2007-GDS Dated : 29 Dec 2010
All Chief Postmaster General
All Postmasters General
Sub: Filling up of GDS Posts in Branch Post Offices-review of guideline regarding.
Reference in invited to this Directorate letter No. even dated 14th Jul 2009 on the subject cited above which provided for the manner of filling up of GDS vacant posts in single handed branch offices and branch post offices having two or more hands.
2. Provisional appointment for a brief may be resorted to only on account of sudden death, dismissal, removal, put off duty, absorption against the departmental post of Gramin Dak Sevaks and unauthorized absence for long period in case regular arrangements cannot be made immediately.
3. In the case of posts falling vacant due to discharge form service of the GDS BPM or absorption of the GDS BPM on the regular departmental posts, efforts should first be made to fill up the posts by adjusting identified surplus GDS fulfilling the prescribed qualification & other prescribed conditions failing which action should be taken in advance to fill the vacant post of GDS BPM on a regular basis by following the prescribed procedure and following other conditions prescribed under letter No. 17-103/2007-GDS dated 14 Jul 2009. The list of all the GDS, category wise, due to be discharged from service in calendar year may also be displayed on the Department's website in the month January of each calendar year.
This issues with the approval of competent authority.
Deputy Director General (Estt.)
Phone No. 011-23096098