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Friday, 19 April 2019

DoPT: Online generation and recording of Annual Performance Assessment Report (APAR) on SPARROW


DoPT: Online generation and recording of Annual Performance Assessment Report (APAR) on SPARROW (Smart Performance Appraisal Report Recording Window) of Group 'A', 'B' and 'C' officers- Extension of timelines for completion of APAR online for the year 2018-19.

No.21011/02/2015-Est(A-II)-Part II
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi - 110001
Dated the 18th April 2019
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Online generation and recording of Annual Performance Assessment Report (APAR) on SPARROW (Smart Performance Appraisal Report Recording Window) of Group 'A', 'B' and 'C' officers- Extension of timelines for completion of APAR online for the year 2018-19.

The undersigned is directed to say that a large number of officers of the Central Government Ministries/Departments have been deputed for election duty in the General Election to the Lok Sabha, 2019. It is understood there would be practical difficulties in recording of APAR online as per the target dates prescribed in DoPT O.M.No.21011/01/2005-Estt.(A)(Ptll) dated 23rd July, 2009, through SPARROW platform, for officers deputed for election duty.

2. The matter has been examined in this Department and it has been decided with the approval of competent authority that the target dates prescribed in O.M. dated 23rd July, 2009 be relaxed as one time measure only for online generation, filling up of self-appraisal, reporting, reviewing and acceptance of APAR for the year 2018-19 through SPARROW portal for all Group 'A', 'B' and 'C' officers. The revised target dates for online recording and completion of entire APAR process for the year 2018-19 is enclosed as Annexure. This relaxation is subject to the condition that no remarks shall be recorded in the APAR for the year 2018-19 after 31.12.2019.Where the reporting, reviewing and the accepting authority fail to record their comments within the time frame, the officer reported upon may be assessed on the basis of the overall record and self-assessment for the year, if he has submitted his self-appraisal within stipulated time.
(Jayashree Chellamani)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

All Ministries /Departments/ Cadre Controlling Authorities of the Government of India.
Annexure

Annexure to DoPT O.M. No.21011/02/2015-Est(A-II)-Part II dated 18th April, 2019 Time schedule for generation and recording of APAR for the year 2018-19 online through SPARROW web portal for Group 'A, 'B' and 'C' officers

S.No.ActivityDate by which the activity to be completed
1Submission of self-appraisal to the reporting officer30th June, 2019
2Forwarding of report by reporting officer to reviewing officer31st July, 2019
3Forwarding of report by Reviewing Officer Administration/APAR Cell or the acceptin authority (wherever provided)31st August, 2019
4Appraisal by accepting authority, wherever provided15th September, 2019
5(i) Disclosure of APAR to the officer reported upon where there is no accepting authority(ii) Disclosure of APAR to the officer reported where there is accepting authority15th September, 2019
25th September, 2019
6Receipt of representation, if any, on APAR15 days from the date of communication
7Forwarding of representation to the competent authority
(iii) where there is no accepting authority for APAR
(iv) Where there is accepting authority for APAR
3th September, 2019
31st October, 2019
8Disposal of representation by the competent authorityWithin one month of the date of receipt of representation by the competent authority
9Communication of the decision of the competent authority on the representation by the APAR CellWithin 15 days of finalization of decision by competent authority
10End of entire APAR process, after which the APAR will be finally taken on record31st December 2019

Source: DoPT
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Special Allowance to Nursing Superintendents working in Operation Theatre/Intensive Care Unit-revision of Allowances

NFIR - Special Allowance to Nursing Superintendents working in Operation Theatre/Intensive Care Unit-revision of Allowances

No.I/5(g)/Part VI
Dated: 18/04/2019
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Special Allowance to Nursing Superintendents working in Operation Theatre/Intensive Care Unit-revision of Allowances-reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR’s PNM Item No. 1-B/2012.
(ii) Railway Board’s OM No.E(P&A)I-2009/SP-1/Gen1/1 dated 09/07/2010 and 08/10/2013.
(iii) NFIR’s letter No. I/5(g) dated 08/11/2012 & no.1/5 (g)/Pt.V dated 02/09/2013 and 13/01/2014.
(iv) Ministry of Health & Family Welfare letter no. Z.28015/2012013 – N dated 17th October 2013 copy endorsed to NFIR.
(v) Railway Board’s letter No. E(P&A)I-2012/FE-4/1 dated 23/01/2014.
(vi) NFIR’s letter No. I/5(g)/Part V dated 21/10/2014, 20/10/2015, 30/05/2017 & letter No. I/5(g)/Part VI dated 20/09/2017.
(vii) O.M. No. Z.28015/52/2017-N dated 27th September, 2017 issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to all ministries/departments (Government of India).
(viii) NFIR’s letter No. I/5 (g)/Part VI dated 16/10/2017.
(ix) Railway Board’s letter No. E(P&A)I-2017/SP-1/MH-1 dated 27/12/2017.
(x) NFIR’s letter No. I/5(g)/Part VI dated 05/01/2018.
(xi) Railway Board’s letter No. E(P&A)I-2012/FE-4/1 dated 27/02/2018 to GS/NFIR

The Railway Board vide reply sent to the Federation under letter dated 27/02/2018 (NFIR’s PNM Agenda Item No. 1-B/2012) on payment of Special Allowance to Nursing Personnel working in Operation Theatre/Incentive Care Units etc., has admitted that the issue is still under consideration in consultation with MoH & FW, the nodal Ministry, whose reply is still awaited despite several reminders and the Ministry of Railways cannot take decision for revision of rates of the Special Allowance from Rs. 120 p.m. to Rs. 360 pm. unilaterally and that as and when such a communication is received from MoH & FW, the rates will be revised. Similar position has also been conveyed to the Federation during NFIR’s PNM meeting held with the Railway Board on 10/11-05-2018 through Action Taken Statement as the Agenda Item could not be discussed due to paucity of time. Federation feels sad that though a period of more than ten months passed, there has been no progress in the matter, while the subject is under discussion since over six years.

In this connection, Federation places following points for consideration in order to take independent decision on the issue:-

The 6th CPC vide Para No. 4.2.81 relating to Miscellaneous Allowances made following recommendation :-

“Similarly, rates of Allowances specific to different Ministries/Departments/ Organizations not covered in this report will also be doubled. The rates of these Allowances will be increased by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance payable on revised pay scales goes up by 50%”.

The above recommendation of the 6th CPC was accepted by the Government as notified in the Gazette of India: Extraordinary-29/08/2009.

Consequently, the operation Theatre Allowance (Special Allowance) to Nursing Personnel working in the Operation Theatres/ICUs etc., should have been doubled from Rs.120 p.m. to Rs.240 p.m. w.e.f. 01-09-2008. This amount should have been revised to Rs.300 p.m. w.e.f 01-01-2011 due to DA hike upto 50%. Similarly, the Special Allowance should have again been revised to Rs.360 p.m. w.e.f. 01-01- 2014 as the DA touched 100% of pay.

It is noteworthy to appreciate that the Railway Board have issued orders independently, revising the rates of Operation Theatre Allowance and other Specialized Allowances to the Nursing Personnel working in the Railway Hospitals vide letter dated 27-12-2017, consequent upon acceptance of the recommendations of 7th CPC.

Note: Railway Board may also take into account that many Nursing personnel have since retired after 01-09-2008, therefore they should also be covered for payment of the Special Allowance.
Federation also brings to the notice of Railway Board that the first O.M.vide No.E(P&A)I- 2009/SP-1/Genl/1 dated 09-07-2010 was sent by the Railway Ministry to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare i.e more than nine years ago which shows that abnormal delay had already been caused in the matter while the Allowance as per the 7th CPC recommendations have already been implemented.
NFIR again requests the Railway Board to consider the above points and accord approval, revising the Special Allowance from Rs.120 p.m to Rs.240 p.m., Rs.300 p.m and Rs.360 p.m. to the Nursing Personnel with effect from the dates mentioned above. A copy of the order may be endorsed to the Federation.
Yours faithfully,
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

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