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Thursday, 28 January 2016

Discontinuation of Interview at Lower Level Posts

No.39020/09/2015)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievance and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
Estt. B Section
Discontinuation of Interview at Lower Level Posts

The Prime Minister in his address to the nation on the Independence Day has stressed the need to discontinue holding interviews for recruitment for such junior level posts where personality assessment is not an absolutely necessary requirement.

He has called upon the Government Organizations’ to end this practice at the earliest as it will help in curbing corruption, more objective selection in transparent manner substantially easing the problems of poor people.
He has emphasized that the recruitment should be made on merit basis through transparent, online processes leading to less Government and more Governance.

The Department of Personnel and Training on the basis of recommendations made by the Committee of Secretaries has already taken a decision to discontinue interviews at the junior level posts at Group ‘B’ (Non-Gazetted), Group ‘C’ ,Group ‘D’ (which are now reclassified as Group ‘C’) and all equivalent posts.
All the advertisement for future vacancies will be without the Interview as part of the recruitment process. From 1 st January 2016 there will be no recruitment with interview at the junior level posts, in Government of India Ministries/Departments/attached Office/Subordinate Office/Autonomous Bodies/Public Sector Undertakings.

The interviews will be done away even in cases where the selections were made purely on basis of performance in the interview. The Ministries/Departments/Organizations’ will consider revising the scheme for selection for such cases.

As the Skill Test or Physical Test is different from Interview they may continue. However these tests will only be of qualifying nature. Assessment will not be done on the basis of marks for such tests.

The decision to discontinue interview for the junior level posts across the country will be major step towards achieving the objectives of citizen centric transparent governance.

The matter has also been taken up with the State Governments/UTs to undertake similar exercise, from time to time. In this regard letters from Secretary (Personnel) to the State Chief Secretaries have been issued on 4th September 2015 and letters from MoS(PP) to the State Chief Ministers have been issued on 29th September 2015 and 1st January 2015.

To Facilitate the implementation of the directions of the Hon’ble Prime Minister further by the various  Organizations/Ministries/Departments/Governments a one day workshop was also organized by the DOPT on 16 th November 2015.

Some of the State Government have shared the status in this regard with the DOPT. The Summary of the State Responses on the Discontinuation of Interview is as follows:

Manipur It was informed that the State Government had undertaken the recruitment of Graduate Teachers under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyaan (RMSA) without conducting interview. This measure was successfully undertaken and was completely transparent and corruption free. It was informed that the second pilot measure in this regard is being undertaken by the Health Department.
Punjab Some of the Departments have already implemented the decision and that there has been no problem with completely doing away with interviews for the posts of SDO in Irrigation Department, Senior Assistant in Secretariat and for a few lower level posts in Agro Industry Department.
Rajasthan The representative from Rajasthan informed that interviews have been discontinued in some posts and retained in some of them. For Class 3/Ministerial staff and Group D/Class 4 level recruitment, there have been no interview. Similarly for Constable, there have been only written test and physical test. The interviews have been dispensed away for all the posts under the Rajasthan Education Service Rules,1970.
Maharashtra Interviews for the recruitment of the clerks have been discontinued. For Class 2 non-Gazetted, Class 3 and 4 posts, interviews have been done away .The State Government has taken a decision and issued directions to the effect that the decision of discontinuation of Interview will also be applicable to all State Government undertakings and local bodies. About 61% of the recruitment is done without Interview.
Uttarakhand The state Government has abolished interviews in the group ‘C’ and ‘B (non gazetted). There has been no interview in Class 3/4 levels of posts.
Jharkhand No interview in ‘D’, ‘C’, and ‘B’ (non-gazetted)
Kerala At present no interview are there for group ‘C’ and ‘D’ posts and even for some of the gazetted posts.
Sikkim For Group D/Class 4 level posts there are no interviews. At Group C/III level, for 90% of posts there are no interviews.
Himachal Pradesh There is a proposal to discontinue interview for Group C and Group B Posts
Haryana No interviews at Group ‘D’ level
Tamil Nadu The recruitment is done by the following four recruitment boards and the status vis-à-vis conducting the interview is as follows:- 1) Uniform Services Board- No interview
2) Medical Services Board- No interview
3) Teachers Recruitment Board —No interview
4) Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) — has assorted posts in which there is some degree of posts with interviews.
In the State 85% of the total posts do not have interview as a part of recruitment process.
Telangana Teachers — no interviews
Uttar Pradesh No more interview for teachers
Puducherry Notification for discontinuation of interviews for Groups C, D, and non-gazetted Group B has been issued.
Daman & Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli No interviews in Group B (non gazetted), C and D posts. They have issued a recruitment pattern.
Disclaimer: The above status is based on the information provided by the State/UT representatives’ in the workshop held in New Delhi on 16.11.2015.

Source: ccis.nic.in
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PM to Review Performance of Ministries every month

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday took exception to the complaints and grievances related to the customs and excise sector and directed strict action against the officials responsible.

PM to Review Performance of Ministries every month

PM to Review Performance of Ministries every month – He asked the Secretaries, to set up a system for top-level monitoring of grievances, a PMO statement said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of his Council of Ministers on Wednesday evening to review the implementation of the decisions of at least four Ministries, and earmarked the second Wednesday of every month for such a review of selected Ministries. The next meeting of the whole Council of Ministers is scheduled for February 10.

The Ministries that made presentations on Wednesday included Chemicals and Fertilizers, Food and Consumer Affairs, Agriculture and Rural Development. Of these, the largest number of Cabinet decisions, sources said, was in the Chemicals and Fertilizers Ministry, headed by Ananth Kumar. “There were 60-62 decisions that were examined in the presentation,” said a senior official in the government.

A Minister present at the meeting said that Mr. Modi was interested in knowing the reasons for not implementing certain decisions as fast as they should have been.

There was talk that this meeting was a n appraisal that may lead to a Cabinet reshuffle. “As of now, however, it seems that the meetings are a way of giving even junior Ministers some exposure on how the totality of government works and foster some team spirit,” the Minister said.

Lax officials warned of action

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday took exception to the complaints and grievances related to the customs and excise sector and directed strict action against the officials responsible.

He asked the Secretaries, to set up a system for top-level monitoring of grievances, a PMO statement said. He was chairing the meeting of PRAGATI (Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation).

Source: The Hindu
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Promotion of Govt. Servants exonerated after retirement — Procedure and Guidelines to be followed – Regarding.

Promotion of Govt. Servants exonerated after retirement — Procedure and Guidelines to be followed – Regarding.

 No.22011/3/2013-Estt (D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated- 25.01.2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject:- Promotion of Govt. Servants exonerated after retirement — Procedure and Guidelines to be followed – Regarding.

The undersigned is directed to invite reference to the Department of Personnel and Training Office Memorandum No. 22011/4/91-Estt(A) dated 14 th September, 1992 regarding procedure and guidelines to be followed by DPC in respect of Government servants against whom disciplinary/court proceedings are pending or whose conduct is under investigation. In case the Government servant is covered under any of the three conditions as mentioned in Para 2 of OM dated 14.09.1992, the recommendations of the DPC are to be kept in ‘sealed cover’ and subsequent action regarding opening of sealed cover will depend on the outcome of the disciplinary/criminal proceedings.

2. If on conclusion of the disciplinary/ criminal proceedings, the Government servant is exonerated, the procedure prescribed in para 3 of the OM dated 14-9-1992 is to be followed. This provides as under:-
“On the conclusion of the disciplinary case/criminal prosecution which results in dropping of allegations against the Govt. servant, the sealed cover or covers shall be opened. In case the Government servant is completely exonerated the due date of his promotion will be determined with reference to the position assigned to him in the findings kept in the sealed cover/covers and with reference to the date of promotion of his next junior on the basis of such position. The Government servant may be promoted, if necessary, by reverting the junior most officiating person. He may be promoted notionally with reference to the date of promotion of his junior.

However, whether the officer concerned will be entitled to any arrears of pay for the period of notional promotion preceding the date of actual promotion, and if so to what extent, will be decided by the appointing authority by taking into consideration all the facts and circumstances of the disciplinary proceedings/criminal prosecution. Where the authority denies arrears of salary or part of it, it will record its reasons for doing so. It is not possible to anticipate and enumerate exhaustively all the circumstances under which such denials of arrears of salary or part of it may become necessary. However, there may be cases where the proceedings, whether disciplinary or criminal, are, for example delayed at the instance of the employee or the clearance in the disciplinary proceedings or acquittal in the criminal proceedings is with benefit of doubt or on account of non availability of evidence due to the acts attributable to the employee etc. These are only some of the circumstances where such denial can be justified.”

3. The applicability of above provisions in so far as it relates to cases where the Government Servant, who has retired by the time he is exonerated of all the charges has been considered in respect of the following cases:
i. Where the promotion order pertaining to the relevant DPC has been issued  and the officers empanelled have assumed charge prior to the date of  superannuation of the retired Government Servant; and
ii. The retired Government Servant would have been in service and assumed  charge of the post had the disciplinary proceeding not been initiated against him/her.
4. It has been decided in consultation with the Department of Expenditure, Department of Pensions & Pensioners’ Welfare and the Department of Legal Affairs that notional promotion and payment of arrears of pay, if any, for the period of notional promotion till the date of retirement to such a retired Government servant if found fit on opening of the sealed cover is to be decided by the appointing authority in terms of Para 3 of OM No.22011/4/91 -Estt. (A) dated 14/9/1992.

5. A retired Government employee who is considered for notional promotion from the  date of promotion of his next junior after opening of the sealed cover would also be entitled to fixation of pension on the basis of such notional pay on his notional promotion.

6. The provisions contained in this Office Memorandum shall become operational from the date of issue of this Office Memorandum. Past cases settled in accordance with the earlier provisions shall not be reopened.

(Gayatri Mishra)
Director (E-I)
Phone No. 23092479
Original Order
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Constitution of Empowered Committee of Secretaries for processing the Report of the Seventh Central Pay Commission – Finance Ministry Orders on 27.1.2016

Constitution of Empowered Committee of Secretaries for processing the Report of the Seventh Central Pay Commission – Finance Ministry Orders on 27.1.2016

 

No.1-4/2015-E.III(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, dated the 27th January, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Constitution of Empowered Committee of Secretaries for processing the Report of the Seventh Central Pay Commission
It has been decided with the approval of the Cabinet to set up an Empowered Committee of Secretaries to process the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.
The Committee will have the following members :
1. Cabinet Secretary           Chairman
2.             Finance Secretary/Secretary (Expenditure)  Member
3.             Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training                Member
4.             Secretary, Department of Pension & PW             Member
5.             Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs                   Member
6.             Secretary, Ministry of Defence            Member
7.             Secretary, Department of Revenue                      Member
8.             Secretary, Department of Post            Member
9.             Secretary, Department of Health           Member
10.             Secretary, Department of Science & Technology       Member
11.             Chairman, Railway Board                     Member
12.             Deputy Comptroller & Auditor General            Member
13.             Secretary (Security), Cabinet Secretariat          Member

2. The Committee may co-opt any other Secretary, whenever found necessary.

3. The Empowered Committee will function as a Screening Committee to screen the recommendations of the Commission after taking into account the views of the concerned stakeholders, viz, the Ministries/Departments, Staff Associations and the JCM, so as to firm up the final conclusions for approval of the Cabinet.

4. The Implementation Cell created in the Department of Expenditure shall function as Secretariat for the Empowered Committee of Secretaries.

5. The final recommendations of the Empowered Committee of Secretaries will be submitted for approval of the Cabinet.
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(Annie George Mathew)
Joint Secretary to the Government of India
Authority : www.persmin.gov.in
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Secretaries committee to screen 7th Pay Commission report

Secretaries committee to screen 7th Pay Commission report

Government has set up a 13-member Empowered Committee of Secretaries (CoS) headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha for processing the report of the Seventh Central Pay Commission, which has bearing on remuneration of 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners.

“The Empowered Committee will function as a screening committee to screen the recommendations of the Commission after taking into account the views of the concerned stakeholders… so as to firm up the final conclusion for approval of the Cabinet,” said the today’s Office Memorandum No.1-4/2015-E.III(A) of the Finance Ministry.

The implementation of the new pay scales is estimated to put an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore on the exchequer in 2016-17. Subject to acceptance by the government, they will take effect from January 1, 2016.

The final recommendations of the committee will be submitted for approval of the Cabinet.

On January 13, the Cabinet had approved setting up of the panel.

The committee has secretaries from ministries of Home Affairs and Defence. It has secretaries from department of personnel and training, pension and PW, revenue, expenditure, posts, health, and science and technology. Chairman of Railway Board, Deputy CAG and Secretary (Security) in the Cabinet Secretariat are also on the panel.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had earlier said that he was not worried about fiscal deficit and government would be able to meet its target despite additional outgo on account of higher pay.

He had however admitted that the impact of implementing the recommendations, which will result in an additional annual burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore on exchequer, would last for two to three years.

PTI
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