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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2015

List of Holidays for Central Government offices 2015
MOST IMMEDIATE
F.No.12/5/ 2014-JCA-2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 6th June, 2014
Office Memorandum

Subject: Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2015.

It has been decided that the holidays as specified in the Annexure – I to this O.M. will be observed in all the Administrative Offices of the Central Government located at Delhi/New Delhi during the year 2015. In addition, each employee will also be allowed to avail himself/herself of any two holidays to be chosen by him/her out of the list of Restricted Holidays in Annexure – II.

2. Central Government Administrative Offices located outside Delhi / New Delhi shall observe the following holidays compulsorily in addition to three holidays as per para 3.1 below:
1. REPUBLIC DAY
2. INDEPENDENCE DAY
3. MAHATMA GANDHI’S BIRTHDAY
4. BUDDHA PURNIMA
5. CHRISTMAS DAY
6. DUSSEHRA (VIJAY DASHMI)
7. DIWALI (DEEPAVALI)
8. GOOD FRIDAY
9. GURU NANAK’S BIRTHDAY
to. IDU’L FITR
11. IDU’L ZUHA
12. MAHAVIR JAYANTI
13. MUHARRAM
14. PROPHET MOHAMMAD’S BIRTHDAY (ID-E-MILAD)

3.1. In addition to the above 14 Compulsory holidays mentioned in para 2, three holidays shall be decided from the list indicated below by the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee in the State Capitals, if necessary, in consultation with Coordination Committees at other places in the State. The final list applicable uniformly to all Central Government offices within the concerned State shall be notified accordingly and no change can be carried out thereafter. It is also clarified that no change is permissible in regard to festivals and dates as indicated.
1. AN ADDITIONAL DAY FOR DUSSEHRA
2. HOLI
3. JANAMASHTAMI (VAISHNAVI)
4. RAM NAVAMI
5. MAHA SHIVRATRI
6. GANESH CHATURTHI / VINAYAK CHATURTHI
7. MAKAR SANICARANTI
8. RATH YATRA
9. ONAM
10. PONGAL
11. SRI PANCHAMI / BASANT PANCHAMI
12. VISHU/ VAISAKHI / VAISAKHADI / BHAG BIHU / MASHADI UGADI / CHAITRA SUKLADI / CHETI CHAND / GUDI PADAVA 1ST NAVRATRA / NAUROZ/CHHATH POOJA/ KARVA CHAUTH.

3.2 No substitute holiday should be allowed if any of the festival holidays initially declared subsequently happens to fall on a weekly off or any other non-working day or in the event of more than one festival falling on the same day.

4. The list of Restricted Holidays appended to this O.M. is meant for Central Government Offices located in Delhi / New Delhi. The Coordination Committees at the State Capitals may draw up separate list of Restricted Holidays keeping in view the occasions of local importance but the 9 occasions left over, after choosing the 3 variable holidays in para 3.1 above, are to be included in the list of restricted holidays.

5.1 For offices in Delhi / New Delhi, any change in the date of holidays in respect of Idu’l Fitr, Idu’l Zuha, Muharram and Id-e-Milad, if necessary, depending upon sighting of the Moon, would be declared by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions after ascertaining the position from the Govt. of NCT of Delhi (DCP, Special Branch, Delhi Police).

5.2 For offices outside Delhi / New Delhi, the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committees at the State Capitals are authorised to change the date of holiday, if necessary, based on the decision of the concerned State Governments / Union Territories, in respect of Idu’l Fitr, Idu’l Zuha, Muharram and Id-e-Milad.

5.3 It may happen that the change of date of the above occasions has to be declared at a very short notice. In such a situation, announcement could be made through P.I.B./T.V. /A.I.R. / Newspapers and the Heads of Department / Offices of the Central Government may take action according to such an announcement without waiting for a formal order, about

6. During 2015, Diwali (Deepavali) falls on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 (Kartika 20). In certain States, the practice is to celebrate the occasion a day in advance, i.e., on “Narakachaturdasi Day”. In view of this, there is no objection if holiday on account of Deepavali is observed on “Naraka Chaturdasi Day (in place of Deepavali Day) for the Central Government Offices in a State if in that State that day alone is declared as a compulsory holiday for Diwali for the offices of the State Government.

7. Central Government Organisations which include industrial, commercial and trading  establishments would observe upto 16 holidays in a year including three national holidays viz. Republic Day, Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, as compulsory holidays The remaining holidays / occasions may be determined by such establishments / organisations themselves for the year 2015, subject to para 3.2 above.

8. Union Territory Administrations shall decide the list of holidays in terms of instructions issued in this regard by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

9. In respect of Indian Missions abroad, the number of holidays may be notified in accordance with the instructions contained in this Department’s O.M. No.12/5/2002-JCA dated 17th December, 2002. In other words, they will have the option to select 9(Nine) holidays of their own only after including in the list, three National Holidays and Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad, Rama Navami, Id-ul-Fitr, Janamashtami and Muharram included in the list of compulsory holidays and falling on day of weekly off.

10. In respect of Banks, the holidays shall be regulated in terms of the extant instructions issued by the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance.

11. Hindi version will follow.

Encl.: Lists of holidays
(Ashok Kumar)
Deputy Secretary (JCA)
Ph: 2309 2589
Original PDF: List of Holidays 2015
Source: confederationhq.blogspot.in
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Raising the Retirement age of Soldiers below the rank of officers in Defence Forces

Raising the Retirement age of Soldiers below the rank of officers in Defence Forces

Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley submitted a report to a question in Lok Sabha on 18th July 2014 about the retirement age of soldiers below the rank of officers in Defence Forces. He said, there is presently no such proposal to increase the retirement age of soldiers below the rank of officers in the defence forces. And the details of the retirement age of various category of officers and soldiers in the defence forces (excluding Armed Forces Medical Services) at present, are as under:

ARMY :
Officers Other Ranks
General 62 years or3 years of tenure whichever is earlier Sub Major 54 years or 34 years* of service or4 years of tenure whichever is earlier
Lt. Gen 60 years Subedar 52 years or 30 years*of service
Maj. Gen 58 years Naib Subedar 52 years or 28 years*of service
Brigadier 56 years Havildar 49 years or 26 years*of service
Colonel 54 years Naik 49 years or 24 years*of service
- - Sepoy Gp (X) 42 years or 19 years*of service
- - Sepoy Gp (Y) 48 years or 22 years*of service
* Service limit includes extension of 2 years by screening.

Note 1: In all categories below officer ranks, age limit or service limit whichever occurs earlier is applicable for retirement. Note 2: Above information does not cover officers of certain specialised branches.

Navy:
Officers Sailors
Admiral 62 years or3 years of tenure whichever is earlier Master Chief Petty Officer (MCPO) I and II 57 years
Vice Admiral 60 years Chief Petty Officer (CPO) and below 52 years
Rear Admiral 58 years - -
Commodore/ Captain (Education) 57 years - -
Commodore/ Captain 56 years - -
Commander 54 years - -
Lt. Commander and below 52 years - -

Air Force: 
Retirement age of Airmen is 57 years. Retirement age for officers is as given below:

(i) Permanent Commissioned Officers:
Air Chief Marshal 62 years or 3 years of tenure whichever is earlier
Air Marshal 60 years
Air Vice Marshal 58 years
Air Commodore (i)   56 years for Flying Branch

(ii)  57 years for other branches
Group Captain (Select) (i)   54 years for Flying Branch

(ii)  57 years for other branches
Wing Commander and Group Captain (Time Scale) (i)   52 years for Flying Branch.

(ii) 54 years for Ground Duty Branches other than education and meteorological branches.

(iii) 57 years for Education and Meteoro-logical branches.

(ii) Branch Commissioned Officers: 57 years. 

Various measures taken by the Government for the welfare of soldiers and officers include improvement in living and working conditions through provision of better infrastructure and facilities, additional family accommodation, facilities for movement of troops from border areas and liberalised leave policy, deployment of psychological counsellors for psychological counselling, provisions for medical and health care as per extant rules, provisions to address the educational needs of service personnel and their wards, Group Insurance Scheme, Canteen Stores Department (CSD) facilities, establishing a grievance redressal mechanism and Schemes / Programmes for pre and post retirement training, re-employment and self-employment of ex-servicemen etc.
 
Source: CGEN.in
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Allotment of Land to Physically Handicapped

3% Reservation in Allotment of Land to Physically Handicapped
Allotment of Land to Physically Handicapped
3% reservation in allotment of the shops/stalls is provided by the Directorate of Estates, Ministry of Urban Development, for physically handicapped persons. As per Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) policy, 5% shops/stalls are reserved for the persons with disabilities as defined in Section 2 of Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) (PwD) Act, 1995. Shops are allotted at Reserve Price through computerized draw of lots by the DDA.

Office of Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities has stated that it has not received any complaint regarding non-formulation of schemes for preferential allotment of land at concessional rates to disabled persons for setting up business, houses, etc., in Delhi during the last three years.

However, in 2003, Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities on the basis of a complaint received in 1999, vide order dated 27/06/2003 directed DDA to frame scheme in favour of Persons with Disabilities for preferential allotment of houses/land at concessional rate. Accordingly on 19.04.2004, DDA framed the existing policy for preferential allotment of houses/land to persons with disabilities.

Further on 09.10.2006, the Ministry of Urban Development (Delhi Division) reviewed the said policy of DDA and framed the existing policy for preferential allotment of houses/land to persons with disabilities in terms of Section 43 of the PwD Act, 1995.

Regarding the details of complaints received by Commissioner (Disability), Delhi, the information is not centrally maintained by this Ministry.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Sudarshan Bhagat in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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Principle of One Rank One Pension for the Armed Forces has been accepted by the Government

Principle of One Rank One Pension for the Armed Forces has been accepted by the Government

The principle of One Rank One Pension for the Armed Forces has been accepted by the Government. The modalities for implementation were discussed with various stakeholders and are presently under consideration of the Government. It will be implemented once the modalities are approved by the Government.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri C. P. Narayanan in Rajya Sabha today.

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