Thursday, April 24, 2014

Circle Conference .......Uttarakhand Circle

Biennial Circle Conference of All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents Posts Uttarakhand Circle branch is postponed. 



Skin care in summer


The summers are here, and it's crucial to take good care of your skin. 

The temperatures are soaring, and it is crucial that you take care of your skin. Here are some simple tips to help you: 

It is especially important during summer that you exfoliate your skin so that the dead skin is removed. There are many cosmetic scrubs available in the market to help you out. Follow it up by applying moisturizer. 

It is important to drink as much water as you can, which will make your skin stay soft and moisturized. 

No matter how inviting it seems, try and avoid aerated drinks. Since these drinks contain sugar, it might adversely impact your skin. Instead, go for fresh lime, aam panna (green mango drink),fresh fruit juices and coconut water. 

Cleanse your face at least twice a day. 

Eat a balanced diet and avoid outside food. Also, ensure at least half an hour's exercise everyday and it is equally important to sleep well. About eight hours of sleep will be great. 

There are many remedies to get rid of tan and it is advisable to go for the same. You can use gram flour mixed with yogurt and a few drops of lemon, apply it and leave it on your face till it is dry.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Letter to Secretary i/c/w non grant of promotion to ASP under ACP Scheme

No. GS/AIAIASP/Raj/Misc-2/2014                                 Dated :     23/4/2014.

To,                                                                                           
The Secretary (Posts),
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-110 001. 

Subject : Non grant of promotion under Assured Career Progression Scheme. 

Respected Madam,
            
I am enclosing herewith a copy of representation received from Sri D. S. Kanwar, ASP, Korba Sub Division, Korba 495677 (Chhattisgarh) addressed to Postal Directorate regarding non grant of promotion under ACP Scheme.

          The above named officer entered in the department as PA on 29-7-1981 and passed IP examination in the year 1991 under ST category and joined on 19-10-1994. He has completed 24 years of service in the department on 29-7-2005. The officer has promoted to ASP cadre on adhoc basis on 25-1-2008 and thereafter without any break promoted on regular basis on 4-3-2011.

As per ACP Scheme “the employee having more than 12 but less than 24 years of regular service, shall be granted first up-gradation immediately and shall also be considered for second financial up-gradation under the ACP scheme, as and when he completes 24 years of regular service without waiting for completion of 12 years of regular service after the first financial up-gradation, already granted”.  Secondly, as per DoPT OM No. 36012/23/96-Estt (Res.) dated 22/7/1997 concessions were given to the SC/ST employees for considering them for promotion without reference to merit and the prescribed bench mark. These versions have been reintroduced w. e. f. 3/10/2000 as per DoPT OM No. 36012/23/96-Estt (Res.) Vol.II dated 3/10/2000. The officer has not come across with any disciplinary / vigilance case and his ACRs were also clear, and till the reporting period 2008-09 not a single adverse remark was communicated to him. It is surprising that the officer is due for IInd ACP w.e.f. 29/7/2005, but Chhattisgarh circle has not included the officers name in the zone of promotion under ACP scheme.  

It is therefore urged to cause to issue necessary directions to CPMG, Chhattisgarh Circle to consider the representation of the officer and allow him promotion / financial up-gradation under IInd ACP scheme w. e. f. 29/7/2005.

Soliciting early response,               
                                                                             Yours sincerely,

Sd/- 
(Vilas Ingale)

General Secretary

Sachin greater than Bradman, claims book with "evidence"

New Delhi, Apr 23 (PTI) The jury is still out on whether Sachin Tendulkar retired a greater batsman than late Australian legend Don Bradman but a Chennai-based author claims to have found the "forensic evidence" to prove that the Indian maestro was indeed the better of the two icons.


Excess pay given due to wrong pay fixation shall not be recovered from employee

High Court today said that if excess pay was granted to an employee due to erroneous pay fixation done by the department and not due to any misrepresentation by him, that amount shall not be recovered from employee from the retiral benefits, that too after retirement.
Justice D Hariparanthaman, Madras High Court
Justice D Hariparanthaman, Madras High Court
Allowing a petition from K Syed Razack, a retired Police InspectorJustice D Hariparanthaman set aside the order of the Commissioner of Police, Chennai, to recover Rs 36,312 from the DCRG (Death-Cum-Retirement Gratuity) of the petitioner.
He directed the authorities not to make any recovery on the ground of any wrong fixation done during the service, as it was not the petitioner’s mistake.
The judge also directed that the amount be refunded if any already recovered from the petitioner within six weeks.
Razack submitted he was appointed Grade-II constable on June 1, 1971. After two promotions, he was listed in ‘C’ list of head constables fit for promotion to Sub-Inspector’s post on Sep 22, 1985. As there was no vacancy, he was not promoted at that time.
Later, he was promoted temporarily as SI on September 15, 1987 and also paid salary by fixing his pay to the post. He was regularised in the post with effect from August 17 1992, promoted as Inspector on October 15,2003 and retired from service on January 31, 2009.
When the pension proposals were sent, the Accountant General opined that the benefit of fixation was given from September 15, 1987 and should be given only from the date of regularisation of service (August 7, 1992).
The Police Commissioner then passed an order to recover Rs 36,312 from the DCRG of Razack towards alleged excess payment due to the fixation.
Citing a judgment of a division bench, which held such recovery was bad, the judge said he was also of the view that the judgement applies to the facts of this particular case.
“Any wrong fixation that was said to have been made in 1987 shall not be sought to be recovered, after retirement in 2009, more particularly, when it is not the case of the authorities that the wrong fixation was done at the instance of the petitioner by way of misrepresentation.”
“Even, if there was any error, the petitioner cannot be made to suffer after retirement, by way of recovery,” the judge said.
PTI

THE PREVENTION OF CORRUPTION (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2013

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7th CPC questionnaire: BPS Draft Reply highlighting OROP, FMA, NPS Withdrawal, Merger of DR, Exemption from IT

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Amendment to POLI Rules, 2011


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New Website for 7th Central Pay Commission


Click on this Web Address : http://7cpc.india.gov.in/

Metro train smart cards can soon be used in DTC buses

New Delhi, Apr 22 (PTI) Passengers will soon be able to use the metro train smart cards to travel in DTC buses and cluster buses run by DIMTS. Delhi government's long pending proposal in this regard has been approved by the Lt Governor following which the proposal has been sent to the Election Commission for clearance.

IPL 2014 MATCH SCHEDULE

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Computation of reservation-implementation of the judgement of Honble Supreme court in the matter of Union of India and Anr.Vs. National Federation of Blind and Qrs.

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Approval of Inter Circle Transfer of IP(Direct) under Rule-38 of Postal Manual Vol.IV

Inter Circle transfer of Shri Soumya Chatterjee, IP, Jaleswar West Sub Division under Balasore Division from Odisha Circle to West Bengal Circle under Rule-38 of Postal Manual Vol.IV is approved vide Odisha Circle Memo No.ST/Inter circle Rule-38/IP/2013 dated 10-04-2014. 

Source : Odisha Blog

Holding of supplementary DPC for the promotion to PS Gr. B cadre and repatriation to parent circle....An update!!!

All members are aware that CHQ has already requested Directorate vide letters No. GS/AIAIASP/PS Gr./DPC/2014  dated 20/1/2014, 20/2/2014 and 25/3/2014  to convene supplementary DPC for left out vacancies for the year 2013 and consider the request of officers for repatriation to their parent circle.  

Today, while ascertaining the progress in the matter it is told that Directorate has already called for consolidated report from all Circles regarding joining of officers on regular promotion in PS Gr. B cadre vide memo No. 9-06/2014-SPG dated 26/1/2014, but after lapse of considerable period few circles have not submitted their requisite report to Directorate, therefore holding of supplementary DPC and repatriation cases are delayed.  

It is learnt that Directorate is again going to call for the information in respect of officers who have declined the PS G. B promotions from all circles to decide further course of action in the matters. It was requested to Directorate to consider the requests of all the officers for repatriation to their parent circles against the present and future vacancies. 

Probationers of Indian Postal Service and Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service call on the President

A group of Probationers of Indian Postal Service of 2010-2013 batches and Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service of 2011-2013 batches called on the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee today (April 16, 2014) at Rashtrapati Bhavan. 


Addressing the probationers, the President said that they were entering government service at a time of great flux and ever increasing expectations of the citizenry from our public machinery. The environment today presents myriad challenges and opportunities at the same time. The State is today no longer merely responsible for the maintenance of law and order or the dispensation of justice. Its role today is far more pro-active and far more inclusive in that it has to promote growth with equity. He said that the development paradigm has changed. The philosophy of development today is empowerment of people through entitlements which are backed by legal guarantees such as Right to Information, Right to Education etc. 

The President stated that as the nature and scope of the activities of the State changes, the role of its admin¬istration assumes greater importance. Therefore, the greatest challenge before the civil servants today is to adjust to this new role of the Government. He urged the officer trainees to be the agents of the change which they wish to see in their society and country. 

Source : PIB

Monday, April 21, 2014

10 high cholesterol foods to avoid

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Letter to Secretary (Posts) i/c/w grant of immunity to the office bearers of IP/ASP Association

No. GS/AIAIASP/Raj/Immunity/2014                                dated   21/4/2014

To,
The Secretary (Posts),
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi -110001.

Subject:     Request for considering immunity to the office bearers of IP/ASP Association.

Ref.      :   Directorate Memo No. 10-1/2004-SR dated 25th June 2004

Respected Madam,

                IP/ASP Association would like to bring to your kind notice that according to the existing instructions, concession of immunity for transfer from the HQs of recognized service Association is applicable to their office bearers during 1st year of their elections to the office of Chief Executive or General Secretary, Assistant Secretary and Financial Secretary or Treasurer of Group C and Group D Association whether they are All India, Circle or Divisional units. But this facility is denied to Circle Treasurer of All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents Posts Rajasthan Circle Branch.

               We are enclosing herewith an application dated 30/1/2014 received from Shri Gauri Shankar, Circle Treasurer of All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents Posts Rajasthan Circle Branch and ASP (HQ) Tonk Division addressed to Chief Postmaster General Rajasthan Circle Jaipur regarding transfer under immunity service to the circle headquarter at Jaipur at his own cost and request. Shri Gauri Shankar, ASP (HQ) Tonk Division has unanimously elected as Circle Treasurer in the 5th Biennial Circle Conference held on 24th August 2013 at Jodhpur.

      We urge upon you to kindly issue instructions to CPMG Rajasthan Circle to consider the request of above named officer for transfer at circle headquarter at Jaipur under immunity service immediately.

          An early action in the matter is requested.    
          Yours sincerely,

Sd/- 
 (Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary

Copy forwarded for information to :


The Chief Postmaster General, Rajasthan Circle, Jaipur 302007. 

Reminder to Secretary (Posts) i/c/w merger of ASP cadre in to PS Gr. B cadre

No. GS/AIAIASP/Merger-ASP/2013                                    Dated :      21/4/2014.

To,                                                                                          
Ms P. Gopinath,
Secretary (Posts),
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001. 

Subject : Collection of information in respect of Inspector Posts and   Assistant Superintendents Posts working in Department of Posts. 

Ref.     :  Directorate letter No. 25-35/2011-Estt-PE-I dated 21st January, 2014.

Respected Madam,
            
      IP/ASP would like to bring to your kind notice that a proposal for merger of ASP cadre in to PS Gr. B cadre was forwarded to Directorate under letter of even number dated 20/11/2013. This issue was already discussed at length in person with Hon’ble Secretary (Posts), Member (P), DDG (Estt) and Director (Estt) and during the course of discussion; everybody has appreciated the proposal, as since last 33 years no cadre review has been taken place for IP cadre. The issue of parity of GP and promotional prospects of Inspectors in the Department like Income Tax, Customs and Central Excise etc. was also discussed. It was brought to the notice of all the officers that, in other Departments, Inspectors get promotion direct to PS Gr. B but in the DOP there is exists an intermediary grade of ASPs having Gazetted status. The response of the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure was also informed in the matter of raising the GP of IPs from the existing Rs. 4200/- to Rs. 4600/- so as to bring them on par with Inspectors in other Departments.

      It is to further bring to your kind notice that all the circles have submitted the requisite information called for by Directorate vide above referred letter. This vital issue is pending at Directorate since more than 5 months. In case of any query in the matter, this Association may be called for discussion. 

     It is therefore requested to kindly look into the matter personally and caused to move the proposal to the Nodal Ministry immediately.  
            
                                                                             Yours sincerely,

Sd/- 
(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary

BJP wants I.T exemption limit hike to 5 Lac


BJP leader Arun Jaitley today demanded a raise in the Income Tax ceiling from Rs two lakh to Rs five lakh, which he claimed will benefit thirty million people.

Advocating low tax structure, the BJP leader said,”Direct Tax should be reduced. If the Income Tax limit is raised from Rs 2 lakhs to Rs 5  lakhs, 3 crore people will save Rs 24 crore which will lead to a small impact of 1 to 1.5 per cent of National Tax Fund.”

Source : PTI

Amendment/review of existing Recruitment Rules of Stenographer Grade-I, Department of Posts.

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Payment of Conveyance Allowance to Deaf and Dumb employees at par with Blind and Orthopeadically Handicapped employees.

File No. 3/5/2007-SCT(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Financial Services
(Welfare)
New Delhi, dated 11th April, 2014.
To

1. The Chief Executives of all Public Sector Banks,
Public Sector Insurance Companies, Financial Institutions
2. Executive Director, Reserve Bank of India, Mumbai.

Subject: Payment of Conveyance Allowance to Deaf and Dumb employees at par with Blind and Orthopeadically Handicapped employees.

Sir,

I am directed to refer to the subject cited above and to say that as per this Department's letter of even number dated 18.2.2009, Conveyance Allowance is payable to Blind and Orthopeadically handicapped employees n Public Sector Banks, Public Sector Insurance Companies, Financial Institutions and Reserve Bank of India, as per prescribed rates.

2. Department of Expenditure in the Ministry of Finance vide its Office Memorandum No. 21(2)/2011-Estt..II(B) dated 19th February, 2014(copy enclosed), has informed that in compliance with order dated 12th December, 2013 of the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India in WP(Civil) No. 107 of 2011, titled Deaf Employees Welfare Association and Anothers Vs Union of India and Others, it has been decided to extend the benefit of Transport Allowance, as admissible to Blind and Orthopeadically Handicapped employees in terms of their OM No. 21(2)/2008-E.II(B) dated 29th August, 2008(copy enclosed), to deaf and dumb employees of the Central Government with immediate effect.

3. The matter was examined in this Department and it has been decided to extend these benefits to deaf and dumb employees of Public Sector Banks, Public Sector Insurance Companies, Financial Institutions and Reserve Bank of India etc. subject to the condition that the recommendation of the Head of ENT Department of a Govt. Civil Hospital is received by the Head of Human Resources Department of the respective financial institution and fulfillment of other conditions mentioned in MoF, Deptt. of Expenditure OM No. 19029/1/78-E.IV(B) dated 31st August, 1978 (copy enclosed) read with OM dated 29.8.2008.

4. It is requested that a Board Note for paying Conveyance Allowance as prescribed in the letter referred above to Deaf and Dumb employees, at par with Blind and Orthopeadically handicapped employees in your organization, be placed before your Board of Directors for implementation, with immediate effect.
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(J.S. Phaugat)
Under Secretary(Welfare)

Source: http://financialservices.gov.in/ncapp/Document.aspx

7th CPC NEWS – COMPARISON OF 7th CPC AND 6th CPC QUESTIONNAIRE.

SIXTH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION
Questionnaire 
7th CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION
Questionnaire 
1 Comparison with public/private sectors
1.1 Should there be any comparison/parity between
pay scales and perquisites in Government and the
 public/private sector?

1.2 Is it possible to quantify all other benefits,
 excluding pay, derived by employees in
Government and the public and private sectors
from security of tenure, promotional avenues,
retirement packages, housing and other invisibles?
In view of these benefits, can there be any fair
comparison between the salaries available in the
government
 vis-à-vis the salaries in the private sector?

1.3 In order to ensure a fair comparison based on
 principles of equity and social justice, would it not
also be appropriate to take into account the economic conditions of large sections of the community that are less privileged than Government employees and many of
 whom live below the poverty line?

2. International comparisons
2.1 Some countries have raised civil service pay
 scales almost to levels prevalent in the private
 sector on the hypothesis that a well-paid
 bureaucracy
is likely to be honest and diligent. To what extent
would such a hypothesis be valid and how far would
 such a course of action be desirable?

3. Impact on other organizations
3.1 Salary structure in the Central and State
 Governments is broadly similar. The recommendations
of the Pay Commission are likely to lead to similar
demands from employees of State Governments,
 municipal bodies, panchayati raj institutions & autonomous institutions

Their paying capacity is considerably limited.
To what extent should this factor be considered in
devising a reasonable remuneration package for Central Government employees?

4. Salaries
4.1 How should we determine the salary to be
 paid to a Secretary in the Central Government?
Please suggest an appropriate basic pay for a Secretary?
Can appointment to this post be made on a contractual basis where salaries and tenure are linked to the performance in terms of achieving defined targets?

4.2 What should be the reasonable ratio between the
minimum and the maximum of a pay scale?

4.3 Is it necessary to persist with a pre-determined
minimum-maximum ratio on ideological considerations?
Or is it more important to ensure efficient administration by preventing flight of outstanding talent from Government?

5. Relativities
5.1 Employees in the Secretariat and analogous
establishments are entitled to higher pay scales than the corresponding field functionaries. This was supposed to compensate them for the loss of certain facilities available to them in field assignments and the extra effort required for decision-making at the policy level. Are these factors
valid even today particularly in the context of
decentralization and devolution of administrative powers?
Is this discrimination between field and secretariat
 functionaries even justified today?

6. Group-A Services
6.1 Is there a case for a Unified Civil Service, merging
 therein all Central (both technical and non-technical)
and All India Services, allowing vertical and horizontal movement?
 Or should there be two distinct streams, one embracing all the technical services and the other for non-technical services?

6.2 Do you feel that the pattern of pay scales for all Group A Services should be redesignated so as to attract candidates of the requisite caliber? Keeping in view some of the compensation packages being offered to fresh professionals by the private sector, what emoluments would you suggest for an entrant to a Group-A Service in Government?

7. Professional personnel
7.1 Should there be a higher compensation package for scientists in certain specialized streams/departments like Department of Space, Department of Atomic Energy? If so, what should be the reasonable package in their case?

8. Classification of posts
8.1 Presently, civilian posts in the Central Government are classified into four Groups (‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ & ‘D’) with reference to their scales of pay. The Fifth Central Pay Commission had recommended their reclassification into Executive, Supervisory, Supporting and Auxiliary Staff.
Would you suggest any changes in the existing
classification or should the classification recommended by
Fifth Central Pay Commission be adopted with/without modifications?

9. Restructuring of Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ posts
9.1 Should all lower Group ‘C’ functionaries in the Secretariat be replaced by multi-functional Executive Assistants, who would be graduates and well versed in office work, secretarial skills and use of modern office equipment including computers? Should similar arrangements can be evolved for Group ‘C’ posts in other organisations of Government?

9.2 Should a similar regrouping of Group D staff into fewer categories capable of performing diverse functions also be carried out?

10. Pay Scales
10.1 How should a pay scale be structured? What is a reasonable ratio between the minimum and maximum
of a pay scale?

10.2 The successive Pay Commissions have progressively reduced the number of distinct pay scales. The number of scales has therefore come down from more than 500 scales at the time of the Second Central Pay Commission to 51 scales before Fifth Central Pay Commission, which was
brought down to 33 scales by the Fifth Central Pay Commission. The reduction in the number of pay scales brings in attendant problems like the promotion and the feeder grades coming to lie in the same pay scale, etc. Do you feel whether the existing number of pay scales should be retained or increased or decreased or whether the same should be replaced by a running pay scale?

11. Increments
11.1 What should be the criteria for determining the rates and frequency of increments in respect of different scales of pay? Should these bear a uniform or varying relationship with the minima and/or maxima of the scales?

12. Revision of pay scales
12.1 Is there any need to revise the pay scales periodically especially when 100% neutralization for inflation is available in form of dearness allowance?

12.2 How should pay be fixed in the revised pay scales? Should there be a point-to-point fixation? If not, please suggest a method by which it can be ensured that senior personnel are not placed at a disadvantage vis-à-vis their juniors and due weightage is given for the longer service rendered by the former.

13. Compensatory Allowances
13.1 Is City Compensatory Allowance a sufficient compensation for the problems of a large city? If DA and HRA provide full neutralization, do you think CCA should continue? Is there a need for changing the basis of classification of cities and the rates of CCA? If so, please suggest the revised basis and rates.

14. Pay and perquisites for Armed Forces
14.1 What should be the basis for determination of pay scales for Armed Forces Personnel? What percentage weightage should be assigned to (i) parity with civil services, (ii) comparison with private sector, (iii) special and hazardous nature of duties, (iv) short career span and (v) restricted rights?

14.2 How should the pay of a soldier, sailor and airman be determined? How should it relate to the minimum wage in Government and the pay of a constable in paramilitary or internal security forces?

15. Abolition of feudalism
15.1 Should all vestiges of feudalism in the country like huge residential bungalows sprawling over several acres, large number of servants’ quarters, retinues of personal staff, bungalow peons, use of uniformed personnel as batmen or on unnecessary security or ceremonial duties etc. be abolished? Please make concrete suggestions.

16. Specific proposals
16.1 In what manner can Central Government organizations functioning be improved to make them more professional, citizen-friendly and delivery oriented?

16.2 Please outline specific proposals, which could result in:

(i) Reduction and redeployment of staff,
(ii) Reduction of paper work,
(iii) Better work environment,
(iv) Economy in expenditure,
(v) Professionalisation of services,
(vi) Reduction in litigation on service matters,
(vii) Better delivery of service by government agencies to their users.

17. New concepts
17.1 Do you think the concepts of contractual appointment, part-time work, flexible job description, flexi time etc. need to be introduced in Government to change the environment, provide more jobs and impart flexibility to the working conditions of employees?

17.2 For improving punctuality/introducing new concepts like flexi time, should biometric entry/exit be introduced?

17.3 What steps should be taken to ensure that scientists, doctors, engineers and other professionals with sophisticated education and skills are retained in their specialized fields in Government? Should they be appointed on contract with a higher status and initial pay, advance increments, better service conditions, etc.?

17.4 Should there be lateral movement from Government to non-Government jobs and vice versa? If so, in which sphere(s) and to what extent?

17.5 It has been suggested that existing Government employees should be encouraged to shift to employment on contract for specified periods in return for a substantially higher remuneration package. Would you agree?

18. Performance Appraisal
18.1 In what way should be present system of performance appraisal be changed? Should be ACR be an open document?

18.2 How far has the introduction of self-assessment helped in the process of appraisal?

18.3 Should appraisal be done for an entire team instead of for individuals?

18.4 In what manner can Government employees be made personally accountable for their acts of omission or commission, without any special safeguards? Would you recommend any amendments to Article 311 of the Constitution, Section 197 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, Section 17 and 19 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and various rules relating to conduct of Government servants and disciplinary proceedings?

19. Holidays
19.1 Kindly comment on the appropriateness of adopting a five-day week in Government offices when other sectors follow a six day week. Please also state whether the number of Gazetted holidays in Government offices should be reduced? Please also comment on the appropriateness of declaring Gazetted holidays for all major religious festivals.

19.2 What do you think is the state of work ethics and punctuality in Government offices? Kindly suggest ways of improving these.


1. Salaries
1.1 The considerations on which the minimum salary in case of the lowest Group ‘C’ functionary and the maximum salary in case of a Secretary level officer may be determined and what should be the reasonable ratio between the two.

1.2 What should be the considerations for determining salary for various levels of functions falling between the highest level and the lowest level functionaries?

2. Comparisons
2.1 Should there be any comparison/parity between pay scales and perquisites between Government and the private sector? If so, why? If not, why not?

2.2 Should there at all be any comparison/parity between pay scales and perquisites between Government and the public sector? If so, why? If not, why not?

2.3 The concept of variable pay has been introduced in Central Public Sector Enterprises by the Second Pay Revision Committee. In the case of the Government is there merit in introducing a variable component of pay? Can such variable pay be linked to performance?

3. Attracting Talent
3.1 Does the present compensation package attract suitable talent in the All India Services & Group A Services? What are your observations and suggestions in this regard?

3.2 To what extent should government compensation be structured to attract special talent?

4. Pay Scales
4.1 The 6th Central Pay Commission introduced the system of Pay Bands and Grade Pay as against the system of specific pay scales attached to various posts. What has been the impact of running pay bands post implementation of 6th CPC recommendations?

4.2 Is there any need to bring about any change?

4.3 Did the pay bands recommended by the Sixth CPC help in arresting exodus and attract talent towards the Government?

4.4 Successive Pay Commissions have reduced the number of pay scales by merging one or two pay scales together. Is there a case for the number of pay scales/ pay band to be rationalized and if so in what manner?

4.5 Is the “grade pay” concept working? If not, what are your alternative suggestions?

5. Increment
5.1 Whether the present system of annual increment on 1st July of every year uniformly in case of all employees has served its purpose or not? Whether any changes are required?

5.2 What should be the reasonable quantum of annual increment?

5.3 Whether there should be a provision of variable increments at a rate higher than the normal annual increment in case of high achievers? If so, what should be transparent and objective parameters to assess high achievement, which could be uniformly applied across Central Government?

5.4 Under the MACP scheme three financial up-gradations are allowed on completion of 10, 20, 30 years of regular service, counted from the direct entry grade. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the scheme? Is there a perception that a scheme of this nature, in some Departments, actually incentivizes people who do not wish to take the more arduous route of qualifying departmental examinations/ or those obtaining professional degrees?

6. Performance
What kind of incentives would you suggest to recognize and reward good performance?

7. Impact on other organizations
Salary structures in the Central and State Governments are broadly similar. The recommendations of the Pay Commission are likely to lead to similar demands from employees of State Governments, municipal bodies, panchayati raj institutions & autonomous institutions. To what extent should their paying capacity be considered in devising a reasonable remuneration package for Central Govt. employees?

8. Defence Forces
8.1 What should be the considerations for fixing salary in case of Defence personnel and in what manner does the parity with civil services need to be evolved, keeping in view their respective job profiles?

8.2 In what manner should the concessions and facilities, both in cash and kind, be taken into account for determining salary structure in case of Defence Forces personnel.

8.3 As per the November 2008 orders of the Ministry of Defence, there are a total of 45 types of allowances for Personnel Below Officer Rank and 39 types of allowances for Officers. Does a case exist for rationalization/ streamlining of the current variety of allowances?

8.4 What are the options available for addressing the increasing expenditure on defence pensions?

8.5 As a measure of special recognition, is there a case to review the present benefits provided to war widows?

8.6 As a measure of special recognition, is there a case to review the present benefits provided to disabled soldiers, commensurate to the nature of their disability?

9. Allowances
9.1 Whether the existing allowances need to be retained or rationalized in such a manner as to ensure that salary structure takes care not only of the job profile but the situational factors as well, so that the number of allowances could be at a realistic level?

9.2 What should be the principles to determine payment of House Rent Allowance?

10. Pension
10.1 The retirement benefits of all Central Government employees appointed on or after 1.1.2004 a re covered by the New Pension Scheme (NPS). What has been the experience of the NPS in the last decade?

10.2 As far as pre-1.1.2004 appointees are concerned, what should be the principles that govern the structure of pension and other retirement benefits?

11. Strengthening the public governance system
11.1 The 6th CPC recommended upgrading the skills of the Group D employees and placing them in Group C over a period of time. What has been the experience in this regard?

11.2 In what way can Central Government organizations functioning be improved to make them more efficient, accountable and responsible? Please give specific suggestions with respect to:

a) Rationalisation of staff strength and more productive deployment of available staff;

b) Rationalisation of processes and reduction of paper work; and

c) Economy in expenditure.

12. Training/ building competence
12.1 How would you interpret the concept of “competency based framework”?

12.2 One of the terms of reference suggests that the Commission recommend appropriate training and capacity building through a competency based framework.

a) Is the present level of training at various stages of a person’s career considered adequate? Are there gaps that need to be filled, and if so, where?

b) Should it be made compulsory that each civil service officer should in his career span acquire a professional qualification? If so, can the nature of the study, time intervals and the Institution(s) whose qualification are acceptable, all be stipulated?

c) What other indicators can best measure training and capacity building for personnel in your organization? Please suggest ways through which capacity building can be further strengthened?

13. Outsourcing
13.1 What has been the experience of outsourcing at various levels of Government and is there a case for streamlining it?

13.2 Is there a clear identification of jobs that can be outsourced?

14. Regulatory Bodies
14.1 Kindly list out the Regulators set up unde r Acts of Parliament, related to your Ministry/ Department. The total number of personnel on rolls (Chairperson and members + support personnel) may be indicated.

14.2 Regulators that may not qualify in terms of being set up under Acts of Parliament but perform regulatory functions may also be listed. The scale of pay for Chairperson /Members and other personnel of such bodies may be indicated.

14.3 Across the Government there are a host of Regulatory bodies set up for various purposes. What are your suggestions regarding emoluments structure for Regulatory bodies?

15. Payment of Bonus
One of the terms of reference of the 7th Pay Commission is to examine the existing schemes of payment of bonus. What are your suggestions and observations in this regard?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Health Tips

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7th Pay Commission Questionnaire – Ratio of Minimum & Maximum Salary, Grade Pay Suggestion, Increment Date, Determination of HRA and NPS...

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Press Note : Why not a 'Post Bank of India'

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Analysis of cases disposed of by the Central Administrative Tribunal

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Letter to Secretary (Posts) i/c/w finalization of RRs of PS Gr.B cadre and reduction of share of General Line officials in LDCE for the promotion to PS Gr. B Exam

No. CHQ/IPASP/CRC/2012                                      Dated :      17/4/2014.

To,                                                                                          
Ms P. Gopinath,
Secretary (Posts)
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001. 

Subject : Quota of General Line in PS Gr. B Examination…Regarding.

Respected Madam,  
            
Your kind attention is invited to this Association’s letter of even number dated 15/7/2013, 19/11/2013 (copy enclosed) & 6/1/2014 addressed to Secretary (Posts) on the captioned subject.

As inscribed in the letters hitherto, your kind attention is hereby brought to the facts that the issue of finalization of Recruitment Rules of PS Gr. B cadre as per the suggestions given by this Association and reduction of the share of General Line Officials from 6% to 3% in the LDCE for the promotion to PS Gr. B cadre have not been resolved even after lapse of considerable period. Due to these reasons, Department has not conducted the LDCE for the promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B for the year 2013 and also Sr. Postmaster’s Examination from 2010.

This Association therefore once again requested your honour to kindly finalize the RRs of PS Gr. B cadre and reduce the share of General Line officials in LDCE for the promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B at the earliest and thereafter conduct the examinations separately for the year 2013 and 2014.
                  
                                                                             Yours sincerely,

Sd/-
(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary

Copy forwarded for necessary action to :

The Director (R & P), Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi 110001. He is requested to refer SR Division letter No. 09-01/2014-SR dated 11th January 2014 (Copy enclosed).

Reminder to Directorate i/c/w issue of combined All India Seniority List of IPs from the year 2000 onwards

No. CHQ/IPASP/MMS/2013                                     Dated :      17/4/2014.

To,                                                                                          
Shri Rajkumar,
Director (Staff),
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001. 

Subject : Issue of combined All India Seniority List of Inspectors, Posts from the year 2000 onwards…reg.

Ref.        : Directorate file No. 9-9/2011-SPG dated 20th February, 2013.
 
Respected Sir,
            
 Kindly refer to Directorate’s above cited letter vide which ‘Seniority List (Gradation List) of Inspector of Posts line officials for the year 1998 and 1999 (updated as on 1/4/2013) was circulated to all Circles. As you well aware that issue of combined All India Seniority List of Inspectors, Posts was unresolved since more than decade. I had severally discussed this issue with your honour over phone and also in person and I am told that remaining year’s seniority lists will also be circulated in due course. But more than 2 months period is over since issue of two years seniority list (49 officials), and nothing is heard from Directorate.

          It is therefore fervently requested to arrange issue of Combined All India Seniority List of Inspector Posts cadre from the year 2000 onwards in phase manner at the earliest and make it available in the website of India Posts. This Association will extend all types of co-operation to release the pending seniority lists.
         
         Hopping for a positive response and line in reply.  
                                                                             Yours sincerely,

Sd/-
(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary 

Reminder to Directorate for grant of GP of Rs. 5400/- to all ASPs/PS Gr. B Officers after completion of 4 years of regular service in GP of Rs. 4800/- earned under MACP

No. CHQ/IPASP/GP/MACP/2013                                        Dated :      17/4/2014.

To,                                                                                          
Shri Surendera Kumar,  
ADG (PCC),
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001. 

Subject : Request for grant of Grade Pay of Rs. 5400/- to the ASPs after completion 4 years of regular service in GP of Rs. 4800/-earned under MACP Scheme.

Respected Sir,
            
 I would like to draw your kind attention to this Association’s letter of even number dated 15/6/2013 addressed to Hon’ble Secretary (P) and subsequent reminders dated 16/9/2013, 11/11/2013, 31/1/2014 and 1/3/2014  wherein it was requested to convey the approval of granting of Non Functional Grade Pay of Rs. 5400/- to all the ASPs / PS Gr. B officers effective from the date they have completed 4 years regular service in Grade Pay of Rs. 4800/-, but despite lapse of considerable period neither the above captioned letters acknowledged nor present status of matter reported to this Association. Also refer SR Division letters No. 10-09/2013-SR dated 25/9/2013 & 30th September 2013.

 On behalf of all IP/ASPs it is once again requested to intimate the present status of this vital issue by return of post, as all are eagerly waiting to know the decision taken at Directorate. 
                  
                                                                             Yours sincerely,

Sd/- 
(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary

Copy forwarded for necessary action to :

Shri V. Ramaswamy, ADG (SR & Legal), Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi 110001 w. r. t. SR Division letter No. 10-09/2013-SR dated 30th September 2013.