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Monday, 28 March 2016

DoPT: Review of Recruitment Rules

No. AB.14017/61/2008-Estt. (RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances.arid Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
New Delhi.
Dated: the 17th March, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Review of Recruitment Rules – regarding

DoPT guidelines on framing/amendment/relaxation of Recruitment Rules vide para 3.1.5 dated 31 st December, 2010 provide that the Recruitment Rules should be reviewed once in 5 years with a view to effecting such change as are necessary to bring them in conformity with the changed position, including additions to or reductions in the strength of the lower and higher level posts. Further, consequent upon the implementation of the 6th CPC recommendations, DoPT vide OM dated 24.3.2009 had issued instructions to all the Ministries/Departments to initiate action to amend the existing Service Rules/Recruitment Rules in view of the revised pay structure/merger of pre-revised pay scales/up-gradation etc. These instructions were reiterated vide this Department’s OM. No. AB.14017/61/2008-Estt (RR) dated 25 th March, 2014.

2. It is understood that many Ministries/Departments have still not updated their Recruitment Rules. Periodic revision of RRs is important to ensure that candidates with requisite qualifications are selected.

3. Ministries/Departments are, therefore, requested to undertake revision of Recruitment Rules under their purview and update the Recruitment Rules by 30.9.2016.
(G.Jayanthi)
Director (E-1)
All Ministries/Departments of Government of India.
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The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013- Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by CSS officers for each year

REMINDER-IV
No. 21/2/2014-CS.1 (PR/CMS)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
CS.I Division
2nd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi 110003
Dated the 28th March, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013- Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by CSS officers for each year- regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 9.4.2015 followed by reminders dated 23.04.2015, 16.7.2015, 25.08.2015, 22.09.2015 and 01.10.2015 and to say that all CSS officers have been requested to file the returns as required under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act 2013 as on 1.8.2014 and for the year 2015 (as on 31.3.2015) online at cscms.nic.in The last date for submission of the returns is 15.04.2016. CSS officers who have not yet submitted the returns are requested to submit the
same immediately without waiting for the last date to approach to avoid rush and slowing down of the system at the last moment. All officers of US and above levels of CSS should also take a print out of the return filed online and submit to this Department duly signed.

2. Ministries/Departments are requested to circulate this O.M. among all CSS officers under them. They should also monitor to ensure that the returns are submitted by all CSS officers within the stipulated period without fail through the Web Based Cadre Management System. In case of any technical assistance nodal
officers may contact helpline at Telephone No. 24629890.
(V.Srinivasa ragavan)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Tele.:24629412
All Ministries/Departments (participating in CSS)
All CSS Officers

Source: Persmin
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OROP Pension and Arrears Paid to all Ex-Servicemen by March end

OROP Pension and Arrears Paid to all Ex-Servicemen by March end

“The 40-year-long demands of the ex-servicemen have all been met with after the releasing the first installment of arrears of revised pension.”

The “One Rank One Pension” scheme for the Ex-Servicemen of the defence forces has finally been implemented. Lakhs of ex-servicemen were given the revised pension from last month onwards.

According to government sources, a sum of Rs.2,300 crores has been used for issuing pension to the more than 13 lakh ex-servicemen all over the country. Also, target has been set to clear all the pending pension arrears before the end of this month. A circular in this regard has already been sent to all the pension-disbursing banks. As on March 17, the DPDOs have released an amount of about Rs. 606 crore to about 3.20 lakh defence personnel. The SBI has as released upto March 17 an amount of Rs. 1,337 crore to 7.75 lakh pensioners which includes Family Pension cases. The PNB has released as on March 17, an amount of about Rs. 350 crore to about 2.07 lakh pensioners which includes Family Pension cases. Other Banks who have also been assigned the task of disbursement of revised defence pension to Ex-Servicemen have been directed to complete the process of payment latest by March end.

More than two-thirds of the Ex-Servicemen have now been paid the OROP arrears

On February 3, the Central Government released a 101 table in order to help the pensioners calculate their revised pension. The pensioners can calculate their revised pension from the 101 table, based on their ranks, the number of years they had served, and the year of their retirement.

The Centre had earlier announced that the arrears since July 2014, based on the revised pension, have been divided into four parts and will be issued in four installments. As per the announcement, the first of the four installments will be credited in the pension accounts this month. The second installment will be given in another six months. With the eager expectation that, along with the revised pension, the money received in the first installment of the pension arrears, will be paid in three more installments at every six months, the long pending demands were finally fulfilled.

The ex-servicemen all over the country have expressed their heart-felt gratitude to the team of protesters, led by Major General Satbir Singh, who continued to fight relentlessly at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi. Although many protests were held in the past, this time, the protesters remained firm in their objective. Their strategies and selfless sacrifice finally attracted the government’s attention. Their slogan, “Modi, stick to your promises,” made the entire country sit up and take note of their cause.

The pensioners are also thanking the protesters for their fight to point out the long list of flaws in the implementation of the OROP scheme. There is no denying the fact that the media had played a very important role in the success of the OROP protests. Also undeniable is the fact that the protesters used the media successfully to further their cause. Especially worth mentioning is the fact that no political colour was added to the protests.
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Non-IAS officers meet Union minister over 7th Pay Commission Empowered Committee issues

Non-IAS officers meet Union minister over 7th Pay Commission Empowered Committee issues

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A confederation of non-IAS officers association met Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Sunday and requested him to alter the composition of a high-powered panel created recently to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission as they were “apprehensive” of its neutrality.

The confederation members led by the Convenor and General Secretary of the All India IRS (Income Tax) Jayant Mishra, Gen Secretary of the IPS Association P V Ramasastry and President of the Indian Information Service (IIS) Ranjana Dev Sarmah including office bearers of four other services met Singh, the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.

The delegation of the non-IAS officers Associations said Singh, assured them that their concerns will be “appropriately examined.”

“The Government has formed Empowered Committee of Secretaries to examine the Report of the 7th Central Pay Commission.

Unfortunately, eight of the 13 members of the Committee belong to Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and therefore the non-IAS officers Associations is apprehensive of its neutrality on issues related to parity and equality of opportunities.

“We, therefore request the Government to implement inter Service parity related issues as recommended by a majority decision of the Pay Commission as such because the recommendations have been made by a body headed by retired Supreme Court Judge which has meticulously examined the issues for about 20 months after a wide consultation with all the stakeholders.

“If the Government, however, feels the necessity to examine the matter further, it may be done by a Service neutral body and not the present Committee,” the confederation said.

The Centre, in January this year, had set up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which will have bearing on the remuneration of 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners.

The group of civil servants also expressed their grievances in the delay in empanelment of their respective cadres for working in higher government posts.

“It may be recollected that the Commission (7th Pay Commission) recommended with a 2:1 majority, to end the exclusive edge to the IAS in the matters of pay, deputations and promotions.

Inputs from PTI
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Finance Ministry Inspectors Furious over 7th Pay Commission Recommendation

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Finance Ministry Inspectors Furious over 7th Pay Commission Recommendation – The agitated inspectors claim that they will be drawing less salary than inspectors attached to other ministries.

The 7th pay commission has recommended for Income Tax, Central Excise and Customs and Service Tax department which works under finance ministry, a grade pay of Rs.4600. However for CBI, IB, Delhi Police inspectors etc the recommended grade pay is Rs.4800.

On an average the Inspectors of various departments of finance ministry bring revenue to the Government to the tune of around 7000 crores in a year.

The Inspectors attached to the finance ministry are not happy with the 7th pay commission recommendations, however they are more furious that their voice has not been listened by their higher officials and by the empowered Committee of Secretaries as well. The agitated inspectors claim that since independence this will be the first time they will be drawing less salary than inspectors attached to other ministries, thanks to the 7th pay commission, they say.

The 7th pay commission has recommended only replacement scale for Income Tax, Central Excise and Customs and Service Tax department which works under finance ministry. In other words, 7th pay commission has proposed the revised pay only on the basis of their present grade pay which is Rs.4600 for these Officers. However for CBI, IB, and Delhi Police inspectors etc 7th pay Commission has recommended revised pay on the basis of upgraded grade pay of Rs.4800.  Presently, CBI, IB, and Delhi Inspectors are getting a grade pay of Rs. 4600 at par with Central Excise, Customs and Income Tax Inspectors.

Inspectors working under the Ministry of Finance feel that the 7th Pay Commission recommendations not only reduces their salary but also breaks their morale, because till date they have been treated equally with their ranks in other departments, however the 7th CPC recommendation makes them inferior, though in the same rank.

Ashok Kumar Knnojia, representing the Group B and Group C employees in the IT department said they are more pained by the response of their own higher officials than the 7th pay commission. He said, though the 7th pay commission did injustice to us, our own higher officials who should have raised the voice strongly lost in presenting our plight to the empowered Committee.

As per Mr. Ashok Kumar, they were unable to get an appointment to meet their own department secretary. After a big struggle he did meet him and expressed the plight of the inspectors, however Mr. Ashok said, till date there is no positive response.

There are more than 32,000 inspectors working in Income Tax, Central Excise and Customs and Service Tax department which comes under finance ministry.

Source: Amarujala
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Parrikar Defends Armed Forces – for Retaining Higher Status & Pay

Parrikar Defends Armed Forces – for Retaining Higher Status & Pay

Reliable sources conveyed Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told a high-level meeting at the MoD on March 22 that the stance of the ministry should be categorical on the issues of status, pay and allowances for the armed forces.

Parrikar Defends Armed Forces – Parrikar was in agreement with key issues raised by the three service chiefs – Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Admiral Robin Dhowan and General Dalbir Singh Suhag.

Tackling irksome issues as regards the 7th Central Pay Commission, the Ministry of Defence will convey to an empowered committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary that the status, pay and allowances of the armed forces be kept above all other “fighting” arms of the government.

Reliable sources conveyed Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told a high-level meeting at the MoD on March 22 that the stance of the ministry should be categorical on the issues of status, pay and allowances for the forces.

Parrikar was in agreement with key issues raised by the three service chiefs – Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Admiral Robin Dhowan and General Dalbir Singh Suhag.

MoD officials have been asked to prepare a formal note for the empowered committee of secretaries, led by the Cabinet Secretary, which is studying recommendations of the 7th central pay commission. The government is yet to announce what it has accepted or rejected. The forces cannot directly petition the empowered committee.

In all, the forces have flagged 37 issues of which eight have been termed as “key-issues”, which, if not sorted out, can have an adverse impact on the morale.

One of the issues was “wrong and misplaced” comparison with the Central armed police (paramilitary) forces—Central Reserve Police Forces (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

The services have told the MoD that there can be no comparison with the paramilitary in terms of the mandate, duties, risks in service conditions and tasks assigned. The 7th CPC will upset laid-down seniorities and place armed forces’ allowances lower than those for paramilitary forces.

The three armed forces have petitioned Parrikar for the restoration of earlier status, which has been “disturbed” following recommendations of the 7th CPC.

The disability pension for the armed forces has been lowered, but it has been maintained at same levels for paramilitary forces. Parrikar has been informed that the pay panel has disturbed parity between Lt-Colonels and Commandants of the paramilitary forces.

The issue of allowances was discussed at the meeting and the much-quoted example of how Guwahati will be a “tougher” posting than serving on the forbidding Siachen Glacier, was brought out.

The 7th pay commission has suggested Rs 31,500 per month for officers and Rs 21,000 per month for jawans as allowance to compensate them for the “hardship” faced at Siachen. However, once the pay commission’s new salary slabs come into place, the tough area allowance (TRA), which is about 33 per cent of the basic salary, in civilian services works out to be in excess of Rs 55,000 for IPS and IAS officers and Rs 30,000 for others posted in areas such as Guwahati.

Source: Tribune India
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