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Monday, 13 October 2014

Protest against Aadhar Card based Biometric Attendance System for the Central Govt Employees

Protest against Aadhar Card based Biometric Attendance System for the Central Govt Employees

Resolutions Adopted by the 6th Federal Council Meeting of NATIONAL FEDERATION OF CIVIL ACCOUNTS ASSOCIATIONS Held at Cochin on 17th and 18th September 2014
RESOLUTION – I
(IN PROTEST AGAINST BIOMETRIC ATTENDANCE SYSTEM)

The 6th Federal Council meeting of the National Federation of Civil Accounts Associations held at Cochin on 18th and 19th September 2014 discussed the decision of Govt. of India to introduce the Aadhar Card based biometric attendance system for the Central Govt. Employees.

The meeting observed that introduction of Aadhar based attendance and punctuality in the offices-

(a) Every employee is expected to be on seat and to start work at the prescribed opening of office hour. Ten minutes grace time may be allowed in respect of arrival time to cover up any unforeseen contingencies.
(b) (i) Every employee should note down the time of arrival and departure under his /her initial in ink in the Attendance Register(S 37)
 
(ii) The Register should be initialed at the bottom by the Section Officer.
 
(iii) The Register should be sent to the Branch Officer 10 minutes after the prescribed arrival time.
(c) (i) The Section Officer will see that the entries are made correctly.
(ii) The section Officer will draw the attention of the Branch Officer to the names of the person(s) who frequently or habitually late.
(iii) The section officer shall denote prescribed abbreviations for non- attendance by any official
- This system of recording attendance and watching the punctuality of individual government servants and the portrait of his/her attendance and non- attendance is in vogue from a date prior to independence and its efficacy was never questioned by the Administrative Reforms Committees of any of the six Central Pay Commissions. The administrations of Government departments have been most effectively maintaining the punctuality and discipline in the offices for the last seven decades by using the omnibus register for maintaining the attendance and punctuality.

The meeting felt that giving publicity of the decision of enforcing attendance in a disproportionate manner is retrograde and derogatory to the dignity of the employees and officers of Central Government establishments. The electronic and print media are using this internal administrative decision of the Central Government as an instrument to malign the officers and employees of Central Government which is untenable.


The meeting also noted that the Aadhar Card based biometric attendance system is nothing but pointing of fingers towards the integrity of the employees & officers of central Government establishments. Before taking such decisions, the Government did not bring the fact of deteriorations in the position of attendance and punctuality if any, in the National Council JCM justifying the requirement to replacing the manual system by machine. As per the Government of India, Department of Personnel and Training OM. No. 3/42/87-JCA dated 28th January 1988 read with clause 8(Jurisdiction and functions) of JCM the Staff side is to be consulted before introduction of any new Technology.

The meeting therefore, urges upon the Govt. of India to delink the Aadhar Card from the process of implementation of Biometric attendance system and before implementing the new scheme of biometric attendance system in the Central Government Offices, take the following actions-

1. Discuss the issue of introduction of Biometric attendance system/Adhar Card based Biometric Attendance system in the National Council(JCM) and Departmental Council (JCM)
And

2. Upgrade infrastructure and communication system in all cities of the country or introduce pickup point system for the employees & officers so that they could report for duty in time.

The meeting also urges upon the Government of India not to consider introduction of aadhar card based attendance. The National Federation of Civil Accounts Association stands for strict implementation of punctuality, discipline and work culture in all central Govt. offices and extend its full support and co-operation to maintain punctuality and discipline in the offices.

The meeting Resolves to forwarded the Resolution to the Cabinet Secretary, Controller General of Accounts, the Secretary, staff side National Council (JCM) and the Secretary General, Confederation of Central Government Employees & workers.
(T.R. Janardanan)
President

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Rs. 10 Lakh Compensation if Government Employee Dies During Election Duty

Rs. 10 Lakh Compensation if Government Employee Dies During Election Duty

The Tamil Nadu Election Commission’s Chief Commissioner, Praveen Kumar says that the Election Commission has announced a compensation of Rs. 10 lakhs for employees who die while on election duties.
Normally during state elections, more than 3 lakh state and Central Government employees, including teachers, local police personnel, police personnel from the neighboring states, paramilitary forces and private videographers, participate.

If death occurs in poll-related violence or if the employee dies of cardiac arrest while on election duty, his/her family was, until now, given a compensation of Rs. 5 lakhs. This has been increased to Rs. 10 lakhs from 2014 onwards. Under this scheme, personnel who had died on duty during the May elections will be paid a compensation of Rs. 10 lakhs, says Praveen Kumar.

If the death is unfortunately caused due to any violent acts of extremist or unsocial elements like, road mines, bomb blasts, armed attacks, etc., the amount of compensation would be Rs.20 lakhs. In the case of permanent disability, like loss of limb, eye sight, etc., a minimum ex-gratia payment of Rs.5 lacs would be given to the official (which would be doubled in the case of such mishaps being caused by extremist or unsocial elements as aforesaid).

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Public holiday on 15.10.2014 on account of General Assembly Elections in the State of Maharashtra

Public holiday on 15.10.2014 on account of General Assembly Elections in the State of Maharashtra

Public holiday under Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 on Wednesday, 15th October 2014 on account of General Assembly Elections in the State of Maharashtra.

The General Administration Department of Maharashtra State Government has published orders regarding the declaration as a public holiday in the state, on the day of polling i.e. Wednesday, 15th October 2014 for the General Assembly Elections.

The Indian Bank Association has also declared as public holiday under Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 on Wednesday, 15.10.2014 on account of General Assembly Elections in the State of Maharashtra. The public holiday may be applicable to all government offices, private organizations, all public and private sector banks and all educational institutions.
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Centre considering cancellation of Ration Card Supplies for Tax Payers

Centre considering cancellation of Ration Card Supplies for Tax Payers

Ram Vilas Paswan, the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Distribution, has said that the Centre is giving serious thoughts about canceling the distribution of ration supplies to tax-paying members of the public.
While talking to newspersons, he said that the Government’s intention is to bring everybody under the Food Safety Act. The difficult task of identifying the real beneficiaries of this scheme and to provide food grains to them, has started. Instead of identifying the poor people who desperately need this scheme, it is easier to remove the ones who don’t need the benefits of it.

The Government is considering cancellation of supply of food grains through the ration cards to those who are paying taxes. Supplies have already been cancelled to Class 1 and 2 Government officials in Madhya Pradesh., who pay taxes. We have requested other state governments to follow this.

Distribution works carried out by the PDS is very unsatisfactory. Food grains are not being provided to the poor and the needy. There are countless complaints against the Public Distribution System. The Minister has promised to conduct enquiries into them.

Source: CG Staff New
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Much Anticipated National Council JCM Staff Side Meeting Tomorrow

Much Anticipated National Council JCM Staff Side Meeting Tomorrow
 
The National Council JCM Staff Side meeting is going to take place tomorrow(12.10.2014) in New Delhi. The meeting, to be attended by the representatives of all federations, will be chaired by the Staff Side Secretary, Shiva Gopal Mishra.

Important agendas of the meeting include demanding a change in the attitude of the Central Government towards the Central Government employees, merger of DA, granting interim relief and to hold discussions over the date of effect of the recommendations of the 7th CPC.

In the past, interim relief was granted before the recommendations of the new Pay Commissions were implemented. In the Fifth Pay Commission, it was recommended that whenever the DA crosses 50%, it should be added to the basic pay. The recommendation was accepted and in the year 2004, a 50% DA hike was added to the basic pay of all Central Government employees. Therefore, interim relief was not granted during the 6th Pay Commission.

There were also a number of confusions in the tenure of the Pay Commission, which had to be constituted once every ten years. One Pay Commission was almost lost, as a result. To make up for these errors, a demand has been presented to implement the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission from January 1, 2014 onwards.

Members of the National Council JCM Staff Side, including Mr, C. Srikumar, Mr. S.N. pathak, Mr. J.R. Bhonsale, Mr Raj Gopal and the association president, Mr. M Raghaviah, attended the meeting that was held on September 14, 2014 at AIRF office, under the leadership of Staff Side Secretary, Shiva Gopal Mishra, and presented their views. It was decided at the meeting that further debates will be conducted on important issues and decisions will be made on 12.10.2014.

Tomorrow’s meeting attains prominence due to the fact that representatives of all the employee associations are going to participate and debate over some of the most eagerly awaited issues.
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Participation of Women in Central Government Services

Participation of Women in Central Government Services

An interesting data collected from the reply of Minister Dr.Jitendra Singh in Parliament that the percentage of women in the Central Government services and their age limit for entry.

Details of percentage of women in Government service over the years, as per the Census of Central Government Employees, 2012, released by Directorate General Employment & Training are given below in the table.

In order to encourage the women to join Government service, they are provided some special facilities as under:

(i) maternity leave (ii) child care leave (iii) child adoption leave (iv) special allowance to women with disability (v) provision of crèche facility (vi) posting of husband and wife at the same station (vii) special priority in allotment of residential accommodation (viii) provision for protection of women from acts of sexual harassment (ix) age relaxation for appointment to widows, divorced woman and woman judicially separated from their husbands and who are not remarried (x) special dispensation for woman officers of All India Services of North East cadre (xi) change of Cadre in case of marriage of All India Service Officer and (xii) exemption from payment of fee for examinations conducted by the Union Public Service Commission and Staff Selection Commission.

Also, as per the recommendations of the 62nd Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee, publicity to encourage women to prefer/ join Government.

There is a provision for age relaxation for appointment in Government service for Widows, divorced Women and Women judicially separated from husbands and not re- married, upto 35 years for posts of Group C filled through Staff Selection Commission/ Employment Exchange (upto 40 years for members of Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes).

WOMEN IN GOVERNMENT OVER THE YEARS

Year Total No. of employees
(in lakhs)
No. of Women employees
(in lakhs)
Percentage
1991 38.13 2.88 7.58
2001 38.76 2.91 7.53
2009 30.99 3.11 10.04

UPPER AGE LIMIT FOR DIFFERENT POSTS IN GOVERNMENT SERVICE


Posts Age Limits
I. Posts having Grade Pay more than Grade Pay Rs.7600/- Preferably below 50 years
II. Posts having Grade Pay Rs.7600 50 years
III. Posts having Grade Pay Rs.6600 40 Years
IV. Posts having Grade Pay Rs.5400 35 Years
V. Posts having Grade Pay Rs.4200, 4600 and 4800 30 Years
VI. Posts having Grade Pay Rs. 1800, 1900, 2000, 2400 and 2800 Between 18 and 25 years

Note: The upper age limit for recruitment by the method of Direct Open Competitive Examination to the Central Civil Services and Civil posts specified in the relevant Service/ recruitment rules shall be increased by two years.
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Central Government employees attendance system goes online…It can be monitored by public also

Central Government employees attendance system goes online…It can be monitored by public also

Public eye on babus – Portal that records every move

New Delhi, Oct. 9: India’s cricketers may have escaped thanks to their board’s allergy to technology, but the country’s government has unleashed its own hawk-eye and sneakometer on its babus.

Not only is Big Brother watching the pen pushers, even the public can now keep a tab on them through a web portal, attendance.gov.in.

It tells you which babus reported for work on any given day, how punctually they arrived, if some of them left midway and where. It even provides a graph on each employee’s attendance trends to reveal how often he tends to take leave.

The portal went live quietly on September 30, covering 50,233 employees across 149 offices in Delhi. The idea is to enrol the capital’s one lakh-odd central government employees on the scheme before bringing the rest of the country under it, a senior official said.

A senior official at the National Informatics Centre, the agency for e-government initiatives, said the idea had come personally from Prime Minister Narendra Modi in July. The source insisted that there had been “no complaints” from the babus about the scheme being intrusive.

At 6.45pm today, the attendance dashboard on the portal showed a figure of 26,951, which means less than 54 per cent of those enrolled had turned up to work.

The system is based on the Aadhaar biometric identity card, launched by the previous government, that now covers 68 crore people.

Every employee who has such a card has to enter the last six or first six digits of his Aadhaar number into a device at the entrance to his office, and then undergo an iris and fingerprint scan. Senior civil servants can do it without queuing, using devices attached to their workstations.

The process is repeated while leaving. If a babu goes to some other government office on an assignment during work hours, his arrival and departure is marked there too.

The National Informatics Centre source said the idea was not just to improve punctuality but to “weed out ghost employees and proxy attendance and instil a sense of equality among staff”.

Not everyone is happy.

“I can’t understand how the number of leaves I take is a matter of public interest,” said a senior bureaucrat who didn’t want to be named.

Another bureaucrat pointed out loopholes. One, if an employee wants to slip out for a while, there’s no way of ensuring that he records his departure in the machine at the gate.

Two, as a bureaucrat said: “If I have a meeting with the home secretary and go to North Block, everyone will know I was there but can anyone guarantee that I actually met him? So, how can this guarantee better output?”

He regretted the “move to have control over the bureaucracy” through a “weird public display at an increasing cost of governance, with expensive biometric devices and what not”.

Once the portal receives cabinet approval and is formally launched, all central government employees will have to register themselves with it. Those who lack an Aadhaar card will have to get their biometrics done.
As of now, the Prime Minister’s Office is not enrolled, though sources said it had approached the National Informatics Centre to get registered with the portal.

Neither cabinet secretary Ajit Seth nor foreign secretary Sujatha Singh is registered yet. The highest number of enrolments is from the Planning Commission, which is on its way to extinction.

The nine-day-old online register shows that home secretary Anil Goswami has not visited his North Block office the past four days.

Suhaib Ilyasi, editor of Bureaucracy Today — a magazine for and about the country’s bureaucrats — said the response had been positive.

“People like it even though they have to be punctual,” he said. “There is no sense of intrusion.”
But a bureaucrat asked why the scheme didn’t cover the ministers.

“Politicians, who call themselves public servants, have kept themselves out. If attendance is so important to this government, why have half the cabinet ministers skipped work to go camping in poll-bound states?” he said.

It isn’t clear whether Modi would be enrolled.

Source : The Telegraph

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Consolidated Instructions on compassionate appointment – Dopt Orders on 7.10.2014

Consolidated Instructions on compassionate appointment – Dopt Orders on 7.10.2014

F.No.14014/02/2012-Estt. (D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block,
New Delhi
Dated the 7th October, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Consolidated Instructions on compassionate appointment — regarding.

The undersigned is directed to invite attention to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 16th January, 2013 vide which Consolidated Instructions on compassionate appointment were issued. In Part —A of the Proforma annexed at pages 15-18 therein, the candidate applying for compassionate appointment has to furnish a declaration/undertaking to the effect that the facts given by him/her are, to the best of his/her knowledge, correct and if any of the facts herein mentioned are found to be incorrect or false at a future date, his/her services may be terminated. The candidate has to also furnish a declaration that he shall maintain properly the other family members who were dependent on the deceased government servant/member of the Armed Forces mentioned against 1(a) of Part-A of this form and in case it is proved at any time that the said family members are being neglected or not being properly maintained by him/her, his/her appointment may be terminated. This declaration/undertaking has to be countersigned by two permanent government employees.

2. The matter has been examined in this Department. It is felt that the declaration/undertaking furnished by the applicant as at page 17 of the aforesaid Consolidated Instruction is sufficient and that there is no need of getting it countersigned by two permanent government employees. Accordingly, it has been decided to delete this provision of getting the declaration/undertaking furnished by the applicant countersigned by two permanent government employees (page 18 of the Consolidated Instructions on Compassionate Appointment). This may be brought ) to the notice of all concerned for information, guidance and necessary action.
3. Hindi version will follow.
sd/-
(Rakesh Moza
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Source: www.persmin.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/14014_02_2012-Estt.D-07102014.pdf]

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