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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

There should be No Reservation in Promotions – Supreme Court

There should be No Reservation in Promotions – Supreme Court

Supreme Court in a landmark judgement has ruled out reservation in promotion for SC/ST categories.
New Delhi: January 10

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has ruled that there could be no quota for SC and ST employees for top posts in public sector banks but reservation for them was permissible in posts from scale-I till scale-VI.
A bench of J.Chelameswar and A.K.Sikri held that though there was no provision for reservation in promotion in banks for officers from scale-I onwards but an office memorandum issued by Department of Public Enterprises in November 2004 permitting quota up to scale-VI.

The bench informed that “the policy of no reservation in the matter of promotion is applicable only from Scale-VII and above. It, therefore, clearly follows that in so far as promotion from Scale-I to Scale-II, Scale-II to Scale-III, Scale-III to Scale-IV, Scale-IV to Scale-V, Scale-V to Scale-VI are concerned, reservation is to provided”. The bench said: “It is clarified that at present there is no provision for reservation in promotion by selection only in respect of those posts which carry an ultimate of 5,700/- per month (revised to 18,300 and 20,800/- per month in respect of those public sector undertakings following IDA pattern). Qua (with regard to) appellant Banks, that would be in respect of Scale-VII and above. Therefore, to carry out promotions from Scale-I upwards upto Scale-VI, reservation in promotion in favour of SC/ST employees has to be given.”

The court passed the order on a bunch appeals filed by banks challenging the Madras HC order directing them to provide reservation on the ground that there is no adequate representation of SC/ST category of officers in Group-IV and above.

The apex court held that HC in its verdict of 2009 has gone by the lofty ideals enshrined in Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution as well as the fact that in there banks there is no adequate representation of SC/ST category of officers in Group-IV and above.

“That may be so. It can only provide justification for making a provision of this nature.
“However, in the absence of such provision, same cannot be read by overstretching the lang
uage of office memorandum dated August 13, 1997″, it said.

Clarifying its verdict, the bench said, it would have the effect of allowing the writ petitions with directions to the appellant banks to make provision for reservations while carrying out promotions from Scale-I to Scale-II and upward upto Scale-VI.

Source: www.govemployees.in
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Wednesdays as a ‘Public Meeting Day’ for hearing public grievances

Wednesdays as a ‘Public Meeting Day’ for hearing public grievances

F.No.Dir(Hqrs.)/Cb.(DT)/29/2013
 Government of India
 Ministry of Finance
 Department of Revenue
 {Central Board of Direct Taxes)

Room No.157-B, North Block, New Delhi,
Dated the 6th January,2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Instructions regarding observance of Wednesdays as a ‘Public Meeting Day’ for hearing public grievances-

As a part of Prime Minister’s ‘Good Governance Day’ promise to provide an “open and accountable administration’ it has been decided that all field offices of the Income Tax Department will observe ’Public Meeting Day’ during 10.00 AM to 1.00 PM every Wednesday to listen to and try to resolve the grievances of the members of the public. Heads of local income tax offices will not fix any official meeting on Wednesdays during the hours prescribed for interaction with the public and will ensure that their staff including staff at the reception and security personnel. are suitably instructed to allow the members of the public to meet the officers without prior appointment.

Accordingly, the undersigned has been directed to request all cadre controlling Principal Chief Commissioners /Director Generals of Income Tax to instruct all officers and staff under their cadre control to observe ‘Public Meeting Day’ during 10.00 AM to 1.00 PM every Wednesday with effect from 7th January, 2015 to listen to and to try and resolve the grievances of the members of the public.

A suitable feedback mechanism shall also be put in place by each cadre controlling Principal Chief Commissioner /Director General of Income Tax for offices under his control to record the number of grievances attended to and solved on every ‘public meeting day’, and to identify the deficiencies with a view to suggesting systemic changes required to avoid recurrence of delays in redressaI of grievances.

A report in this regard shall henceforth also be incorporated in their Monthly DO letters submitted to the Zonal Members concerned. It is expected that the above instructions will be adhered to without fail.
This issues with the approval of Chairperson, CBDT.
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(Dr.B.K.Sinha)
CIT(C&S), CBDT
Source Document from: www.incometaxindia.gov.in
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Iris scanners for Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System

Iris scanners for Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System

Soon, iris scanners at govt offices: Indian Express

Clearly in no mood to offer any let up in getting government officials to turn up for work in time, the Narendra Modi government is all set to install iris scanners alongside fingerprint reading machines in many central government offices just to ensure that no employee is left out of the purview of the Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS).

The move, government officials said, is essentially aimed at ensuring that no government employee escapes marking attendance on the AEBAS just in case some of the wall mounted bio-metric attendance terminals are unable to read their fingerprints. Officials said there had been a some isolated cases where a few of these machines had reported glitches in recognising fingerprints of registered employees.

Since the electronic attendance system has already been linked to Aadhaar, the fingerprints of employees are authenticated online by matching them with the biometrics stored in the UIDAI database against the employees’ Aadhaar number. “Since a scan of the iris is also a part of the biometric data captured by UID to generate the Aadhaar number, iris scans can also be used to mark attendance using the AEBAS,” an official explained.

Sources said that around 200 iris scanning devices are already under installation in around 100 government building in the national capital. “The installation of these scanners will further strengthen the AEBAS,” an official said. Over 87,000 government employees, from 395 organisations, have registered for the AEBAS so far. Close to 5,000 fingerprint reading devices — including biometric terminals and desktop devices — have been installed in central government offices.

Simultaneously, efforts are on to synchronise all the wall mounted bio-metric attendance terminals installed in government buildings in the capital to enable users the flexibility to mark their “out” attendance from a terminal that may not necessarily be installed in their own respective office buildings.

Read more at : www.indianexpress.com
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Relaxation for Air-Tickets on TA (Transfer) from Private Agents: CBDT Order

Relaxation for Air-Tickets on TA (Transfer) from Private Agents: CBDT Order

F.No. A-27017/01/2015-Ad.VI (A)
 Government of India
 Ministry of Finance
 Department of Revenue
 Central Board of Direct Taxes

New Delhi, dated 9th January, 2015
To
All Pr. Chief Commissioner of Income Tax,
All Director General of Income Tax,

Sub: Relaxation for purchase of Air-Tickets on TA (Transfer) from Private Agents – Regarding.

Sir/ Madam,
Kindly find enclosed herewith a copy of GM. of Ad.I Section of Department of Revenue bearing No. FTS No.110738/2014-Ad.I dated 31st December, 2014 alongwith its enclosure on the above mentioned subject for strict compliance by field offices.
Engl. as above.
Yours faithfully,
(Raju Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Govt. India
F
inance Ministry orders on Relaxation for purchase of Air-Tickets on TA (Transfer) from Private Agents issued on 31.12.2014
FTS No.110738/2014-Ad.I
 Government of India
 Ministry of Finance
 Department of Revenue

New Delhi, dated the 31 December, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Relaxation for purchase of Air-Tickets on TA (Transfer) from Private Agents – Regarding.
The undersigned is directed to refer to Department of Expenditure’s observation vide its ID Note dated 11.12.2014 (copy enclosed) regarding non-compliance of extant air travel guidelines by field formations of Department of Revenue despite the same being internally circulated by the Department in October, 2012.
2. It. has been observed by the Department of Expenditure that officers of field formations under Department; of Revenue continue to claim ignorance of the extant air travel guidelines with regard to prescribed procedure for purchase of air tickets from authorized travel, agents in respect of air journey performed by them. Department of Expenditure have sought clarification as to how Department of Revenue proposes to ensure that the air travel guidelines are complied with strictly in all its field formations so as to eliminate cases requiring relaxation of air travel guidelines due to ignorance of these instructions.
3. It is, therefore, requested that wide publicity should be given to air travel guidelines issued by Department of Expenditure from time to time in respective field formations of CBDT and CBEC.
(Ajay Kumar Nema)
Director (Hqrs.)
Ministry of Finance
 Department of Expenditure
 (E.IV Branch)
Ref. DoR FNo.339/TA/2013-02225;

DoE ID No.232472/2014 dated 20-08-2014.

The Department of Revenue(DoR) may refer to the proposal seeking relaxation of the guidelines on air travel with regard to prescribed procedure for purchase of air tickets from authorized travel agents only in respect of air journey performed by Shri Akhllesh Ranjan, JS(FT & TR-l) from Mumbai to Delhi on transfer wherein air tickets had been booked from unauthorized travel agent.

2. Further to this Department’s ID Note dated 20-08-2014, DoR may clarify as to how field formations under DoR continue to claim ignorance of the extant air travel guidelines even though these guidelines were internally circulated by DoR in October,2012 and how DoR proposes to ensure that the air travel guidelines are compiled with strictly in all its field formation so as to eliminate cases requiring relaxation of air travel guidelines due to ignorance of these instructions.

3. Further, DoR is advised to obtain a formal communication from Air India,as claimed by Shri Akhilesh Ranjan. JS(FT & TR-1) at para 4 on page 9/N (ante), that Air India is unable to verify the airfare charged by the unauthorized travel agent or indicate difference in the airfare, if any, after verification by Air India.

(A. Bhattacharya)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Source Document: www.irsofficersonline.gov.in
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Recruitment of Ex-Trade Apprentices in Ordnance Factories – BPMS

Recruitment of Ex-Trade Apprentices in Ordnance Factories – BPMS

BPMS General Secretary Shri M.P.Singh writes a letter to the Chairman of DGOF regarding the subject above quoted, the content of the letter is reproduced ang given below for your information…

BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH
(AN ALL INDIA FEDERATION OF DEFENCE WORKERS)
REF: BPMS /OFB / Trade Apprentice / 228(8/3/L)
Dated: 09.01.2015
To,
The DGOF & Chairman,
Ordnance Factory Board,
10 A, S K Bose Road,
Kolkata

Subject: Recruitment of Ex-Trade Apprentices in Ordnance Factories: Compliance of the amended provisions of The Trade Apprentices Act, 1961.

Respected Sir,
With due regards, it is submitted that the Apprentices (Amendment) Bill, 2014 was introduced in Lok Sabha on 07th August, 2014 and passed on 14th August, 2014 and the Bill was passed in Rajya Sabha on 26.11.2014. Prior to this amendment it was not obligatory on the part of the employer to offer any employment to any apprentice who had completed the period of his apprenticeship training in his establishment, nor it was obligatory on the part of the apprentice to accept an employment under the employer. This was one of the impediments which discouraged youth to join the apprenticeship training as they were not sure whether they would get employment after completion of the apprenticeship training.
It was felt that by making it obligatory on part of the establishment to give preference to apprentices at the time of regular recruitment could lead to unwanted litigations. Hence, Section 22 of the Apprentices Act, 1961 has been amended so that establishments may formulate their own policies for recruiting trained apprentices.

In such circumstances, the OFB instruction issued vide letter No. 570/A/I (Pt)/54/Vol.IV/294 dated 06.01.2011 has become irrelevant regarding the recruitment processes to the post of Industrial Employees (Semi-Skilled tradesmen).

Therefore you are requested to intervene into the matter so that the OFB’s instruction mentioned hereinabove may be withdrawn / cancelled and issue necessary directives to appoint the ex-trade apprentices of Ordnance Factories on batch wise seniority basis, without conducting any written examination in compliance with the provisions of the Apprentices (Amendment) Act, 2014 in letter and spirit by incorporating the same in the relevant Recruitment Rules.

Thanking you.
Sincerely yours
(M. P. SINGH)
General Secretary
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Planning to bring all bank staff under 7th Pay Commission – Minister replied in Parliament

Planning to bring all bank staff under 7th Pay Commission – Minister replied in Parliament

Member of Parliament Shri M.P.Achuthan asked some questions regarding bank employees in Parliament and the concerned minister replied…

Covering bank employees under Seventh Pay Commission

(a) whether Government is considering a proposal to bring about 800,000 employees under Seventh Pay Commission;

(b) if so, the details thereof; and

(c) the reaction of the bank trade unions to this proposal and Government reaction thereto?
Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance Shri Jayant Sinha replied in a written form as under…

(a) to (c) No such proposal is under consideration of the Government.
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Review of Model Constitution in respect of Resident Welfare Associations recognized by DOPT

Review of Model Constitution in respect of Resident Welfare Associations recognized by DOPT

No.05/08/201 3-Dir(C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Director (Canteens)
Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market
New Delhi, dated 9th January 2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Review of Model Constitution in respect of Resident Welfare Associations recognized by DOPT

The undersigned is directed to say that certain amendments to the existing Model Constitution of RWAs(Copy Enclosed) are proposed to be made in the light of various suggestions made by stakeholders and subsequent deliberations done in the Department. A copy of the proposed amendments to  Model Constitution is attached for reference.

2. All stakeholders are request to offer their comments on the proposed amendments. The comments should be brief and to the point and should be furnished only in e-mail at the address given below latest by 18.1.2015 for further consideration in the Department.

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(Pratima Tyagi)
Director(Canteens)
Source: www.persmin.gov.in
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Continuation of ad-hoc appointment in the grade of Assistant of CSS

Continuation of ad-hoc appointment in the grade of Assistant of CSS

No.4/2/2006-CS.II (B) (Vol.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi-3
Dated, the 9th January, 2015.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject :- Continuation of ad-hoc appointment in the grade of Assistant of CSS regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M of even number dated 3Rd July, 2014 on the subject mentioned above, vide which Cadre units were permitted to continue ad-hoc appointments in the grade of Assistant up to 31.12.2014. Further continuance of these appointments has been reviewed in this Department and it has been decided that the period of the ad-hoc appointment of those UDCs of CSCS who are working as Assistants of CSS on ad-hoc basis may be extended up to 30.06.2015 or titi regular Assistants become available, whichever is earlier.

2. Continuance of ad-hoc appointment shall not confer on the appointees any justify to continue in Assistant Grade indefinitely or for Inclusion in the Select List of Assistants of CSS or to claim seniority in Assistant Grade of CSS.

3. Other terms and conditions mentioned in the relevant OMs will remain unchanged.

4. Copies of the order along with the details of the officials (date of birth, date of Joining, Rank No., Select List Year, etc.) may be endorsed to this Department for record.

5. Hindi version will follow.

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(K. Suresh Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
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Dopt Orders 2015 – Engagement of a retired officer of CSS as consultant on contract basis

Dopt Orders 2015 – Engagement of a retired officer of CSS as consultant on contract basis

IMMEDIATE
No.-I-28011/5/2015-Coord
Government of lndia
Ministry of Personnel. Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
(Coordination Section)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 08th January, 2015
Office Memorandum

Sub: Engagement of a retired officer of CSS as consultant on contract basis – regarding.

The undersigned is directed to state that one Consultant is to be engaged in the Department of Personnel and Training to assist the Department in filing of replies, taking updates of court cases from counsels in respect of the Court/CAT cases.

The applicant should be a retired officer of the level of Under Secretary/Deputy Secretary of the Central Secretarial Service (CSS) or equivalent having experience of handling legal matters of the Government of India and preferably holding a degree in law from a recognised university.

The officers who have worked in the Department of Legal Affairs, Ministry of Law and Justice will be given preference. The terms and conditions of appointment will be decided in terms of the provisions of GFR. 2005 The interested officer may submit their resume indicating experience, in detail along with a copy of PPO, to the Director (Admin).Department of Personnel and Training, North Block, New Delhi — 110 001 latest by 31st January, 2015.

Selection will be on the basis of experience of the applicant in the legal field and a personal talk with the appropriate authority.

2. CS Division requested to give a wide publicity to this circular.
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(Shri Prakash)
Director (Admn)
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Dearness Allowance Hike by 7% from 1.1.2015 for WEST BANGAL State Employees

Dearness Allowance Hike by 7% from 1.1.2015 for WEST BANGAL State Employees

Good news for West Bengal employees : D.A. released from 01.01.2015
Order Issued

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday announced the much-awaited hike in Dearness Allowance for state government employees by seven percent with effect from January 1, this year.
The Chief Minister said that the government decided to increase the DA by 7 percent despite resource constraints.

She said that after she came to power there was a raise of 30 percent in DA, for which the government had to spend Rs 9,000 crore from the state exchequer.

“This 7 percent hike alone will cost Rs 2,100 crore,” she said.

Click here for the order for State employees
Click here for the order for Teachers/Non teachers / Undertakings / Local bodies etc.

“We are passing through a tough time because of the legacy of debt burden left by the erstwhile LF government. We have to pay an amount of Rs 28,000 crore annually towards debt servicing. Somehow we manage to pay salaries to the employees,” Banerjee said.

She pointed out that the Centre increased DA every time before elections, but there was no way Bengal could do this, saying, “maybe we have got political freedom, but not economic freedom.”
Speaking about comparison with other states, Banerjee said, “Don’t draw any comparison with Gujarat, Maharashtra etc. Gujarat had already been developed 20 years back and Maharashtra is the financial capital of India. But we are lagging behind. Who is responsible for this? The previous Left Front government.”
When reporters drew her attention to the big gap between the central DA and Bengal’s DA, she shot back: “We don’t have money-making machine. It is with the Centre.”

Banerjee demanded that the Centre bear financial burden of states for giving DA to their employees whenever it increased DA for its own employees.

“We told the Centre we have no grudge against your increase in DA, but also make provision for funds to states for DA increase of their own employees. We have made this demand before the Finance Commission.
She said that Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra had written to the Centre in this regard towards the end of 2013 demanding necessary allocation from the Centre in case of DA hike announced by it, but there was no reply.
“We keep writing to the Centre on many cases, but the Centre hardly bothers about giving any reply,” she said.

With the hike, the gap with the central DA has been reduced to 42 percent from 49 percent.
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Request for not booking rooms in holiday home at Goa

Suspension of booking of Goa Holiday rooms for renovation – Directorate of Estates orders on 17.12.2014
MOST IMMEDIATE/SPEED POST
No.D-11016/23/2007-Regions
Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Directorate of Estates
Nirman lihawan, New Delhi
Dated 17.12.2014
Office Memorandum

Subject: Request for not booking rooms in holiday home at Goa in February and March 2015 for renovation.

The undersigned is directed to refer Superintending Engineer, Goa Central Circle, CPWd, Goa letter no.23/1/43/PB/GCD/2014/1644 dated 04.12.2014 on the above subject and to say that it has been decided to suspend booking of rooms in holiday home at Goa as per following schedule in February and March, 2015.

SI. No. – Room No. – Renovation Period suspension schedule)

1. 101 to 103 (i.e. Room No. 101, 102, 103) – 10.02.2015 to 20.02.2015
2. 201 to 205 (i.e. Room No. 201, 202, 203, 204. 205) – 21.02.2015 to 05.03.2015
3. 301 to 305 (i.e. Room No. 301, 302, 303, 304, 305) – 06.03.2015 to 15.03.2015

2. In view of above, NIC is requested to suspend online booking of respective rooms of holiday home at Goa as per suspension schedule/renovation period/details mentioned above and beyond the suspension period, booking will stand continue.
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(N.S. Chauhan)
Assistant Director of Estates (Regions)
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Promotion of LDC as UDC of CSCS on ad hoc basis – Dopt Order

Promotion of LDC as UDC of CSCS on ad hoc basis – Dopt Order

No. 3/2/2010-CS II (B)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi-3,
Dated, the 9th January, 2015.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject :- Promotion of LDC as UDC of Central Secretariat Clerical Service (CSCS) on ad hoc basis-continuance of Ad-hoc appointment regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M of even number dated 3rd July, 2014 on the subject mentioned above, vide which Cadre units were permitted to continue ad-hoc appointments in the grade of UDCs up to 31.12.2014. Further continuance of these appointments has been reviewed in this Department and it has been decided that the period of the ad- hoc appointment of those LDCs of CSCS who are working as UDCs of CSCS on ad-hoc basis may be extended up to 30.06.2015 or till regular UDCs become available, whichever is earlier.

2. Continuance of ad-hoc appointment shall not confer on the appointees any justify to continue in UDC Grade indefinitely or for inclusion in the Select List of UDC of CSCS or to claim seniority in UDC Grade of CSCS.

3. Other terms and conditions mentioned in the relevant OMs will, remain unchanged.

4. Copies of the order along with the details of the officials (date of birth, date of Joining, Rank No., Select List Year, etc) may be endorsed to this Department for record.

5. Hindi version will follow.
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(K. Suresh Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
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Cabinet approves release of an additional instalment of DA to Central Government employees and DR to Pensioners, due from 1.1.2019

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