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Latest news on OROP – Delegates of NeXCC discussing the OROP issue with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar

Latest news on OROP – Delegates of NeXCC discussing the OROP issue with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar

Delegates of NeXCC

Delegates of National Ex-servicemen Co-ordination committee (NeXCC) discussing the OROP issue with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in New Delhi on 22.04.2015. The news published in the media as follows…

Ex-servicemen Meet Union Minister

Delegates of the National Ex-servicemen Coordination Committee, led by chairman Thaneswar Sen, vice-chairman V S John and secretary general V N Mishra, discussing the OROP issue with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in New Delhi on Wednesday

KOCHI:Delegates of the National Ex-servicemen Coordination Committee met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at his office in New Delhi on Wednesday and took up the issue of ‘One-Rank-One-Pension’ (OROP), which is pending before the Ministry for some time.

The Committee briefed the Minister about the concerns of the ex-servicemen community over the non-implementation of the OROP scheme by the Defence Ministry, though he had promised prompt action at a meeting held on March 18.

National Ex-servicemen Coordination Committee vice-chairman V S John, who was part of the delegation, said the Minister assured that all modalities and formalities to implement the One-Rank-One-Pension scheme were completed for issuing order. However, the Minister said the matter required a second approval from the Parliament. “The Minister was very considerate of the Pension of Personnel Below Officer Rank issue, and assured that he would obtain the approval of Parliament in the current session itself. The orders to implement the decisions will be issued before the current Parliament session concludes,” he said.

Read more at: www.newindianexpress.com
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Declaration of Assets and Liabilities by public servants

Declaration of Assets and Liabilities by public servants

 No. 407/12/2014-A VD-IV(B)
Bharat Sarkar/Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
New Delhi, the 25th April, 2015
Office Memorandum

Subject: Declaration of Assets and Liabilities by public servants under section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 – extension of last date for filing of revised returns by public servants who have filed property returns under the existing service rules – regarding

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s D.O. letter of even number dated 29th December, 2014 regarding the furnishing of information relating to assets and liabilities by public servants under section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 and forwarding therewith copies of the Central Government’s notifications dated 26th December, 2014 containing –

(a) amendment to the Lokpal & Lokayuktas (Removal of Difficulties) Order, 2014, for the purpose of extending the time limit for carrying out necessary changes in the relevant rules relating to different services from “three hundred and sixty days” to “eighteen months”, from the date on which the Act came into force, i.e., 16th January, 2014; and

(b)the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Amendment Rules, 2014, extending the time limit for filing of revised returns by all public servants from 31st December, 2014 to 30th April, 2015.

2. In this regard, the undersigned is directed to convey that the last date for filing of revised returns by public servants under the rules indicated in para I (b) above has now been further extended from 30th April, 2015 to 15th October, 2015.. Formal amendments to the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014 and to the Lokpal & Lokayuktas (Removal of Difficulties) Order, 2014 are being notified separately. They will also be uploaded on the website of this Department, i.e., http://persmin.nic.inlDOPT.asp.

3. All Ministries/Departments and cadre authorities are requested to kindly issue orders towards ensuring compliance with the revised Rules by all officers and staff In the respective Ministry/Department/Organisations/PSUs under their control, within the revised time-limit mentioned therein.
(Jishnu Barua)
Joint Secretary to the Govt. of India
Tele: 23093591

To
1. All Secretaries to the Govt. of India (as per standard mailing list)
2. All Chief Secretaries of State Governments
3. All Administrators of the Union Territories

Copy for information and with a request for similar action, forwarded to:
(i) Secretary General, Lok Sabha
(ii) Secretary General, Rajya Sabha
(iii) Comptroller and Auditor General oflndia
(iv) Secretary, Election Commission of India

Copy also to-

(I) Additional Secretary (S& V) with a request to take immediate necessary action for amendments/modification of AIS (Conduct) Rules and their implementation.

(2)Joint Secretary (Estt.) with a request to take immediate necessary action for amendments/modification of CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964 and their implementation.

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Central government employees asked to file Lokpal property returns after office hours, on holidays

Central government employees asked to file Lokpal property returns after office hours, on holidays

New Delhi: The Central government employees should file details of their assets and liabilities under the new Lokpal Act after office hours and on holidays, the government has said as the deadline for submitting the declarations by them ends on Thursday.

DoPT Secretary Sanjay Kothari
DoPT Secretary Sanjay Kothari

Many employees have also complained of slow speed of an online system meant for filing these declarations.

“Officers are also advised to use Google Chrome browser to access the system as it runs better in this browser,” the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said in an order.
Several telephonic messages have been received regarding slow speed of the system making it difficult for officers in filing the return, it said.

“As the system is accessed by thousands of officers at the same time during office hours, it makes the system slow,” the order said.

The DoPT has taken up the issue of slow speed of system with National Informatics Centre (NIC) authorities for upgradation of the server. “At the same time, it is also informed that as it is online system, officers may try filing their return after office hours and on holidays when the system is less congested,” it said.

An online system has been hosted at www.Cscms.Nic.In for filing the assets declarations by Central Secretariat Service (CSS) officers.

Similarly, an online system PRISM (Property Related Information System) has also been developed by NIC for IAS officers, the DoPT has earlier said.

The first return under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act as on August 1, 2014 should be filed on or before April 30.

Government employees have to also file next annual return under the Act for the year ending March 31, 2015, on or before July 31, this year.

The declarations under the Lokpal Act are in addition to the Immovable Property Returns (IPRs) filed by them under existing services rules.

The DoPT had last year notified the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Amendment Rules, 2014.
As per the rules, every public servant shall file the returns of his assets and liabilities, including that of his spouse and dependent family members, as on March 31, every year on or before July 31 of that year.
For 2014, the last date for filing these returns was September 15 last, which was later extended to December-end and now till April 30, 2015.

All Group A, B, and C employees are supposed to file a declaration under the new rules.
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CGHS faces over-billing, unsatisfactory services complaints

CGHS faces over-billing, unsatisfactory services complaints

New Delhi: The Government has received complaints of “over-billing and unsatisfactory services” from beneficiaries of Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) and has constituted a committee to look into the issue, the Lok Sabha was told Friday.

Health Minister J P Nadda
Health Minister J P Nadda

“Yes. Some complaints from CGHS beneficiaries regarding over-billing and unsatisfactory and deficient services have been received by CGHS and the same has been taken up with Director Forsan Healthcare Pvt Ltd,” Health Minister J P Nadda informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply to a question.

Forsan is the service provider for dental clinics run in the CGHS dispensaries.

The Minister said that an internal committee comprising of dental specialists has been constituted to look into the complaints received.

“About 3,000 bills of CGHS Delhi for period of 2011-13 have been checked by the committee and it has recommended refund of Rs 3.13 crore from the pending bills of the agency.

“Additionally, bill amount of Rs 1.79 crore (approximately) has been withheld,” Nadda said.

He informed the Upper house that CGHS has also constituted two standing committees to look into the working and other related issues to keep a check over the quality of services provided by the agency.
Additionally the bills submitted by the agency are now scrutinized by the CMO of the wellness centres to which these dental units are attached, Nadda said.

Replying to another question, he said that the Indian Council of Medical Research has informed that so far 14 Virus Research and Diagnostic Laboratories (VRDL) have been established by the council.

He said that the department of health research has launched a scheme on “Establishment of a Network of Laboratories for Managing Epidemics and Natural Calamities” for implementation during the 12th Plan period.

“The target under the scheme is for 10 regional labs, 30 state level labs and 120 medical college level labs. 30 VRDLs have been established under the scheme,” he said.

He said that the funds released under the scheme for establishment of VRDLs during 2013-14 are Rs 34 crores and Rs 30 crores respectively. The approval committee constituted under the scheme has approved 51 VRDLs and funds have been released for 30 VRDLs, he added.
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UNCLAIMED AMOUNT UNDER VARIOUS POSTAL SAVINGS SCHEMES

UNCLAIMED AMOUNT UNDER VARIOUS POSTAL SAVINGS SCHEMES

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
DEPARTMENT OF POSTS
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.179
TO BE ANSWERED ON 24TH APRIL, 2015
UNCLAIMED AMOUNT UNDER VARIOUS POSTAL SAVINGS SCHEMES
179. SHRI D. RAJA:

Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:
(a) whether thousands of crores of rupees are held up in post offices as unclaimed amount in the post office savings, Public Provident Fund accounts etc.;
(b) if so, the details under various schemes and the main reasons therefor;
(c) whether the main reason therefor is name of nominee not given at the time of opening the account and hassles of completing other court procedures for claiming the amount by the dependents of the deceased account holders; and
(d) if so, the measures proposed to be taken to make the procedure to claim the amount by genuine dependents hassle-free?
ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
(SHRI RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD)
(a) Yes Sir.
(b) Scheme-wise figures are given in Annexure. Main reason for unclaimed amount is non withdrawal of money by depositors after maturity of their investment in Small Savings Schemes, discontinued long back.
(c) No Sir.
(d) Does not arise in view of (c) above.

Scheme – wise details of unclaimed amount in Post Office Savings Bank

S. No. Scheme Amount in Rs. crores
1 Mahila Samriddhi Yojna 3.10
2 Fixed Deposit 24.20
3 15 year Cumulative Time Deposit 12.54
4 Indira Vikas Patra 894.59
5 National Development Bonds 0.18
6 National Defence Certificate 0.22
7 10 years National Defence Deposit Certificate 0.54
8 10 years National Plan Savings Certificate 0.31
9 5 years National Savings Certificate 60.02
10 National Savings Certificate (III) 1.13
11 National Savings Certificate (IV) 3.78

Total 1000.61
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