Thursday, September 17, 2015

DoPT Order to ensure Probity among Govt. Staff: Carry Out Rotation i.r.o. sensitive/non-sensitive posts and screening of officers for Compulsory Retirement under FR(J)

DoPT Order to ensure Probity among Govt. Staff: Carry Out Rotation i.r.o. sensitive/non-sensitive posts and screening of officers for Compulsory Retirement under FR(J)

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 14th September, 2015

Subject:- Review of Mechanisms to ensure probity among Government Servants.

In a meeting taken by the Cabinet Secretary on 10.08.2015 with senior officers of different Ministries on mechanisms to adopt to ensure probity among Government Servants, it has been emphasized that rotation needs to be carried out in respect of sensitive posts and non-sensitive posts and review and screening of officers under FR 56(J) within the Ministries and DOPT shall monitor implementation and obtain compliance from all Ministries in this regard.

3. All Ministries/Departments are, therefore, requested to kindly look into the matter and carry out rotation in respect of sensitive and non-sensitive posts and FR 56(J). As this activity is to be completed in a time bound manner, it is requested that priority attention may be paid to it and inputs sent to the internal Vigilance Section at the very earliest. These details are also to be made part of the monthly D.O. letter to be sent by concerned Secretary to the Cabinet Secretary.

(D.K. Sengupta)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Provision under FR 56(j):-

Subject : Periodical review under FR 56 (j)
The appropriate authority has the absolute right to retire, if it is necessary to do so in public interest, a Government servant under FR 56(j), FR 56(l) or Rule 48 (1) (b) of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 as the case may be. The guidelines in this regard have been issued from time to time under the marginally noted office Memoranda which are available in this Ministry's The procedure has been summarized below:-

FR 56
Pension Rule 48(1)(b) of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972
FR 56 (j) 
Group 'A & B' officers: 
who entered service before 35 years of age and have attained 50 years of age 
Other cases: 
Attained 55 years of age 

A Govt. Servant in Group "C" post who is not governed by any Pension Rules, can also be retired after he has completed 30 years service.
All Government servants covered by CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 who have completed 30 years of qualifying service.
Notice Period
3 months or 3 months pay allowances in lieu thereof
Three months or Three months pay and allowances in lieu thereof


Restructuring the department of post for financial inclusion and efficiency

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) recently gave a licence to India Post to function as a payments bank. Does it change anything for the people? Post offices in India have already been working as payments banks. Individuals open accounts, deposit and withdraw money by cash or cheques and receive payments through them. All these transactions are meticulously recorded manually in their passbook. Post offices do not provide any loans or carry out any credit transaction. This has been in operation for more than a century and much before the RBI came into existence. So, what would change after the RBI’s licence?

The Department of Post (DoP) had earlier applied to RBI for a banking licence for its fully-owned subsidiary, India Post. The DoP’s assets and liability position, as revealed by its balance sheet, was far from satisfactory for RBI’s comfort to allow the grant of a banking licence to the parent organization. Its annual deficit kept increasing from Rs.5,339 crore in 2013-14 to Rs.6,378 crore in 2014-15 to Rs.6,665 crore in the budget of 2015-16. As a result, the banking licence had to be granted to a separate entity, India Post, with distinct assets and liabilities of its own. The RBI’s licence for payments bank to India Post should, therefore, separate the banking business from various other services provided by DoP, which may or may not run on a commercial basis. A commercial focus on the banking business is desirable for viability and efficiency.

However, with RBI’s licence comes the condition that India Post cannot accept deposits of more than Rs.1 lakh per account. Earlier, DoP had a self-imposed constraint of not allowing group or institutional accounts, official capacity accounts, or security deposit accounts. The payments bank licence has formalized this constraint. If DoP decides to transfer its entire banking business to India Post, it may face issues in cases where accounts have deposits in excess of Rs.1 lakh. There are several such accounts. As a result, there will be a parallel business being conducted by DoP for large accounts and by India Post for other accounts, creating inefficiency and confusion. Therefore, restricting deposits to Rs.1 lakh per account will hamper the efficiency and viability of the business.
Concerns expressed by public sector banks (PSBs) about increasing competition for their low-cost current and savings deposits on account of payments banks are entirely misplaced because DoP was already in this business before, nor would other payments banks make things worse for PSBs. Payments banks cannot pay high interest on their deposits because they have to maintain 75% of their deposits in government securities, where the interest would be about 7-8%. Since their cash requirements would be higher—given the nature of their accounts—the remaining 25% cannot fetch higher returns. On the contrary, RBI’s insistence on charging ATM withdrawals and imposing absolute limits on deposits per account may discourage people from doing business with payments banks. The insistence on charging an ATM fee may even be socially undesirable because ATM withdrawals from payments bank accounts would be typically for petty sums. Any charge to recover the cost of operating ATMs would be highly regressive.

If the payments bank of India Post enters into a business relationship with any established commercial bank, RBI’s approval will be required. There is no gain for either DoP or India Post when commercial banks directly use the services of post offices as business correspondents. The current measure of granting payments bank status only to India Post is not likely to make any difference to any stakeholder.

What could have made a substantial difference? A bold and aggressive approach on the part of RBI would have gone a long way to create an impact on financial inclusion. Opening a bank account is only a necessary condition to achieve financial inclusion. The sufficient condition is to ensure that all needy households get adequate institutional credit and appropriate insurance cover at affordable costs. In remote rural areas, the only extensive network with enough experience in financial matters is the network of post offices and postmen. As against a total of less than 40,000 branches of all scheduled commercial banks, DoP has a network of 140,000 post offices in rural areas. On an average, a post office serves 8,100 persons six days a week. Such an extensive and intensive network gives it a unique advantage in reaching the last mile to deliver any financial service. The report submitted by the Taskforce on Leveraging Post Office Network provided concrete measures for taking advantage of this network.

It would have been desirable if India Post was allowed to provide limited loans to its rural clients for meeting their productive needs. If there were concerns about risk of default, the amount of the loan could be restricted to Rs.50,000 or Rs.1 lakh as per case. There could be an appropriate conditionality for subsequent loans to the same person. The experience of such commercial banking for a couple of years would have enabled India Post to improve its operations and become a major player in rural areas. It would then prove to be an effective instrument for financial inclusion. In short, an organization like India Post with access to the vast network of post offices should have been considered not only as a payments bank, but also as a bank with limited credit operations to address the national goal of financial inclusion.

Moreover, DoP already provides postal life insurance, which was introduced way back in 1884, and rural postal life insurance, introduced in 1995. If another separate corporate entity can be hived off from DoP to offer all insurance products on commercial terms, it has the potential to expand its product portfolio, including crop insurance and health insurance. Again, the network of post offices can be tapped effectively to extend such crucial financial services to the neediest but underserved segments of rural India.

Similarly, other commercial activities of DoP such as e-commerce, distribution of third-party products, e-services and provision of various government services should also be hived off into separate subsidiaries with independent boards of directors. The traditional mail operations and remittances constituting the basic communication services that the state is expected to provide to the people should continue to be with DoP as a departmental undertaking of the central government. A corporate structure for DoP may allow different wholly-owned subsidiaries to carry out specific commercial activities, utilizing the network of post offices on a rental basis. This would enhance the quality of services provided with cost-efficiency and commercial viability.
All this would require the Postal Act to be amended or ideally, rewritten. In any case, the RBI’s licence for a payments bank to India Post will need the Act to be amended. It is still not too late to consider a total revamp of the Act for restructuring DoP along the lines suggested in the taskforce report. If RBI is too defensive and too slow to act, the government can push these reforms in the postal department by amending the Postal Act.

Article by : Ravindra Dholakia (Teaches economic environment and policy at IIMA. He was a member of the Government of India’s Taskforce on Leveraging Post Office Network. He was also a member of the Sixth Central Pay Commission.)

Source: livemint

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Review of Mechanisms to ensure probity among Government Servants.

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Implementation of judgment of Honble Supreme Court in Civil Appeal Nos.6046-6047 - Extension of the benefit of judgment to non-appellants - regarding

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7th Central Pay Commission – Regularisation of Retirement Age?

As the recommendation and implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission is eagerly awaited by the central government employees, some points in the recommendations are slightly leaking in..It may not be authentically correct.

According to information from various sources, the Pay Commission may fix the minimum basic pay at Rs. 15000/- and it is assumed that a huge increase in the salaries of the employees cannot be expected. The term of the commission was extended for four months and they are in full swing giving final touches to the report to be submitted to the central government by the end of December 2015.
One more recommendation which is said to be an important one, is the regularisation of retirement age for the Central Government Employees. The Commission may recommend that an employee should retire after completing 33 years of service or at the age of 60 whichever comes first. For instance, if an employee joins a central government establishment at the age of 23, his retirement age will be 56. If this recommendation is true, it will definitely create panic among the employees and it will not be a wise decision by the pay commission. All Federations and Associations will strongly oppose these type of recommendations…

The 6th CPC had brought various changes in the Pay Structures and introduced Grade Pay. There was a moderate increase in the Basic Pay, House Rent Allowance and re-imbursement of tuition fees was also introduced. The minimum basic pay was Rs.5200+Grade Pay 1800=Rs. 7000/- while it was Rs. 2650/- in the 5th CPC.

Further, it is also said that, the 7th CPC may abolish the 6th CPC’s Pay Scales and may bring back the old pay scales. The overall increase in the Pay Scale will be around 15% to 20%…

Let us wait and see for the ultimate results…!

Seventh Pay Commission To Propose Higher HRA

Seventh Central Pay Commission Chairman
Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur
New Delhi: The Seventh Pay Commission is likely to propose to increase House Rent Allowance (HRA) of central government employees, besides their basic salaries.

By giving House Rent Allowance hikes, the Pay Commission is likely to seek to encourage property owners to rent out their properties, reduce the shortage of dwellings and to provide ‘housing for all central government employees’.

Besides the basic salary, a large portion of central government employees’ salary is the House Rent Allowance; some changes will be made in that category this time.

Instead of the existing three areas for house rent, four are likely to be created. ‘X’ class cities Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune, where employees will get 40 percent of their basic salary as House Rent Allowance (HRA), increasing from the existing 30 percent.

Employees posted at ‘Y’ class cities covers near about 90 stations, will receive 30 percent of basic salary, instead of the existing 20 percent.

A new area will be opened for the district towns; the central government employees will get 20 percent of their basic salary as House Rent Allowance (HRA) there.

In other areas, the house rent allowance will be 10 percent of basic, which is the existing rate of House Rent Allowance (HRA) of ‘Z’ class cities.

The existing qualifying threshold of population for HRA classification is 50 lakh and above for X, 5-50 lakh for Y and below 5 lakh for Z class cities.

However, the central government’s salary bill will rise by 9.56% to Rs 1,00,619 crore with the implementation of the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission, according to a statement tabled in Parliament by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on August 12.

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Selection Process for engagement to all approved categories of GDS Posts - Review thereof

To view Department of Posts (Establishment Division (GDS Section) letter No.17-39/2012-GDS dated 16-09-2015 

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Strengthening of administration-Periodical review under FR 56(i) and Rule 48 of CCS (Pension Rules, 1972)

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Introduction of 'Sovereign Gold Bonds Scheme'

To view Department of Economic Affairs (Investment Division) OM No.20/10 /2014-FT dated 15-09-2015 please click here

Introduction of 'Gold Monetization Schemes'

To view Department of Economic Affairs (Investment Division) OM No.20/6 /2015-FT dated 15-09-2015 please click here

Review of Promotion Guidelines for promotion of IAS Officers - clarifications - regarding

To view DoPT OM dated 16th September 2015, please click here

Department of Expenditure has issued gazette notification regarding extension of 4 month to 7th Central Pay Commission...

(Department of Expenditure)

New Delhi, the 8th September, 2015

No. 1/1/2013-E. III(A).—The Government of India have decided that the Para 5 of this Ministry’s Resolution No. 1/1/2013-E.III(A) dated 28.2.2014 shall be modified as under :—

“The Commission will make its recommendations by 31st December, 2015. It may consider, if necessary, sending reports on any of the matters as and when the recommendations are finalized.”

RATAN P. WATAL, Finance Secy.


Monday, August 31, 2015

 D.G. Posts No. 10-7/2001-PE-II dated 14th August, 2015.

 I am directed to refer to Directorate letters of even number dated 04.09.2002, 20.01.2003 and 24.11.2010 on the above mentioned subject.

2.           The Department has revived a number of references from the staff Associations requesting for upward revision of Fixed Monetary Compensation (FMC) admissible to Postman Staff. A Committee of Senior Officers  was constituted for looking into the issue and the  report of the Committee has been examined  carefully in consultation with Integrated  Finance  Wing  and the Competent Authority has ordered enhancement of the  Fixed Monetary  Compensation (FMC) admissible  to Postmen staff. The details are as under:

S.L. No.
Existing Rate
Revised Rate
When one Postman performs duty of an absentee Postman by combination of duties.
Rs.50 per day
Rs. 94 per day
When two Postmen perform duty of an absentee Postman by sharing the beat.
Rs.24 per day
Rs.47 per  day

3.           The Competent  Authority  has also ordered fixation / revision of Holiday/Sunday Monetary  Compensation payable to Postmen  Staff and other  Departmental Staff brought on duty on 2nd consecutive Holiday if three consecutive  holidays occur or duty performed on Sunday as shown under:

Existing Rate
Postmen/Sorting Postmen
When duty performed on Holiday/Sunday
Rs.282/- per day for full day duty.
When duty performed on Holiday/Sunday
Rs.29/-per hour, subject to maximum of 3 hours
If duty performed above 3 hours, the employee is eligible to claim for 3 hours pay only.
Postal Assistant
When duty performed on Holiday/Sunday
Rs.41/-per hour, subject to maximum of 3 hours
When duty performed on Holiday/Sunday
Rs.47/-per hour, subject to maximum of 3 hours

4.           All other conditions for payment of Fixed Monetary Compensation (FMC) issued vide OM No. 10-23/87-PE-I dated 21.12.1993 and delivery of Unregistered letters on Holidays issued  under 9-25/92-C1 dated 10.09.92 will remain unchanged.

5.          The expenditure on account of revision has to be met from the allocated funds of the units under the prescribed Head of Account.

 6.         These orders will take effect from the date of issue.

7.           This issues in consultation with the Integrated Finance Wing vide their diary number 118/FA/2015/CS dated 14.08.2015.

Assistant Director General (Estt.)

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Update your AADHAAR Informations

Update your Aadhaar data

Please read the instructions carefully, before submitting the request
You can update the following data either by submitting your request Online or sending request through Post.
  • Name
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  • Date of Birth
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  • Mobile Number
  • If Resident is unable to locate the required Pincode/Village/Town/City/Post Office/District/State or is finding difficulty in local language transliteration, they may send their Update request through Post.
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Why Digital Locker is important to Govt Staff

Looking at the aggression shown by DEITY, Digital Locker will become a key element for all government related documents as it may host all the records of the central government staff ranging from service certificate to documents related to their service/department.
As an example, Jeevan Pramaan a Pensioner Life certificate which moved to digital is been enabled though Digital Locker. Likewise there have been steps to provide driving licenses through Digital Locker.
So in the near future don’t be surprised that you service certificate and other documents which will be used in interdepartmental transaction would be made available in Digital Locker linked with Aadhaar.
To avoid the rush it is suggested that you go and create a digital locker ID using yourAadhaar and be first in the queue to enjoy the benefits of Digital India.

Indian Railways begins On-Line Recruitment Examination

Taking a new leap forward, Railway Recruitment Board are organizing Pan-India On-line (Computer Based) recruitment examination, for the first time, for 3273 vacancies of Senior Section Engineers and Junior Engineers from 26th August to 4th September, 2015. Applications for this examination were also called Online. Around 18 lakh candidates have applied for this mega On-line (Computer Based) examination. Sharp increase in vacancy to candidate ratio indicates wide popularity and acceptance of On-line mode.
This new format is expected to enhance objectivity, transparency and credibility of Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) exams significantly. This examination is being conducted in 242 cities all over India including far off locations in North East and J&K.
The on-line system is very user friendly and fool-proof, taking care of all the checks and balances. The system allows the candidate to navigate from one question to another with utmost ease and can also be read/attempted in the respective regional languages.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Some ruling books in PDF format

Clarification regarding stepping up of pay of senior PAs of CSSS w.r.t. their juniors

G.I., Dept. of Per. & Trg., O.M.No.5/16/2009.CS-II(C), dated 26/27.8.2015

Subject: Clarification regarding stepping up of pay of senior PAs of CSSS w.r.t. their juniors.

The undersigned is directed to say that several references have been received in this Department from Ministries/Departments seeking advice as to whether the pay of the senior PAs can be stepped up at par with that of their junior Shri Jai Bhagwan, PA of Department Commerce (Supply Division) (now in Ministry of Information & Broadcasting). It has also come to the notice of this Department that many Ministries/Departments have already granted stepping up of pay to their PAs at par with the pay of Shri Jai Bhagwan.

2. The issue of fixation of pay of Shri Jai ghagwan, PA has been examined in this Department. As per DoP&T’s O.M.No.35034/1/97-Estt.(D) dated 04th October, 2012, stepping up of pay is allowed to those officials who got their ACPS benefit prior no 1.1.2006 but are drawing less pay than their juniors, who got it after 1.1.2006 subject to certain conditions. Therefore, in all similar cases, the stepping up of pay of a particular senior who got the ACPS benefit before 1.1.2006 could only be allowed with direct reference to a particular junior who got it after 1.1.2006 and got his pay fixed in terrns of para 2(c) of Department of Expenditilre’s U.O. note No.10/1/2009-IC dated 14.12.2009. Any stepping up of pay is not allowable in a chain-like manner. Shri. Jai Bhagwall got ACP on 01.07.2005 and as such, para 2(c) of Department of Expenditure’s U.O. note No.10/1/2009-IC dated 14.12.2009 would apparently not apply in his case. As such, the pay fixation order No.G-12014/1/2008-Admn dated 09.02.2011 of Shri Jai Bhagwan, PA issued by the Department of Commerce (Supply Division) is not in order.

3. Ministry of I&B were requested to explore the possibility of allowing stepping up of pay to Shri Jai Bhagwan, in case his case is covered under the O.M. dated 04.10.2012. Accordingly, DAVP, Mintstry of I&B, re-examined his case and re-fixed his pay w.e.f. 01.07.2006 by granting stepping up of pay with reference to his junior namely Smt. Promila Bandooni. A copy of DAVP, M/o I&B’s Office Order No.A.20012/07/2012-Admn.l dated regarding re-fixation of pay of Shri Jai Bhagwan, PA of CSSS enclosed herewith.

4. In view of the above, all Ministries/Departments are advised to take further necessary action to accordingly review the stepping up of pay already granted to their PAs in comparison to Shri Jai Bhagwan, PA, CSSS and necessary recoveries of excess amount, if any, be effected. in this regard, from the concerned officials.

(Kameshwar Mishra)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India


G.I., Dept. of Per. & Trg., O.M.No.A-20012/07/2012-Admn.I, dated 15/07.2015

As per instructions contained in DOPT’s O.M.No.35034/1/97-Estt.(D) dated 04.10.2012, the pay of shri jai Bhagwan, PA of CSSS Cadre is hereby stepped up w.e.f. 01.07.2006 to an amount equal to the pay of his junior viz. Smt. Promila Bandooni, PA of CSSS cadre of Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Deptt of Commerce (Supply Division) who got he 1st ACP w.e.f. 01.07.2006 in the pay scale of Rs.5500-9000 and fixed as under;

3. The date of next Annual Increment to shri Jai Bhagwan, PA of CSSS cadre will be 01.07.2016, if otherwise admissible.

4. Excess payment, if any______________ made in the form of pay fixation and arrears arising out of the stepping up of pay are subject to recovery in the light of audit objection without further notice.

5. This supersedes all earlier pay fixation orders in respect of Sh.Bhagwan, PA after implementation of the 6th CPC.

(Parijat Diwan)
Deputy Director (Admn.)

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Cabinet Agrees to Give 4 Months Extension to 7th Pay Commission

“The cabinet has consented to give four more months for the 7th Pay Commission to submit its report.”

Following the request from the 7th Central Pay Commission, the cabinet has given an additional four months’ grace time, according to a government release.

The 7th Pay Commission was constituted on 28.02.2014 by the centre. The 18 months’ time given to the Commission ends today. The Commission has stated that there is excess of pending workload to prepare final report and that they want to intensive consultation with stakeholders. Hence, the cabinet gave a nod to extend the time until December for the Commission to carry out its work.

As a result of this new development, the Commission will submit its report in January 2016.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Draft seniority list from ip 2001

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Participation in strike and its consequences

Lesson on service matters
1 What is meant by Strike
Strike means, absent from duty without setting permission by a call used by union –
It includes
1. Pen down strike
2. Work slow
3. Set in strike
4. Token strike call
5. Token strike for showing solidarity to other employees strike
6. Walk out during office hours
7. Refusal to do assigned work
8. Taking casual leave on strike day
9. Giving mass casual leave letters by many officials
2. What are the consequences for such strike participants:
GOI MOF – DOE / Controller general of Accounts – New Delhi – in his order No. A 12017/I/2010/MF-CGA (A) / NGF / Assoc – Agi/292 dt. 12/8/2015 intimates about actions to be taken against participants by acting duly. Those rules are discussed below
Action under FR 17 (I) :- The participants are not entitled to any pay and at lees for the period of absence. [No work and no pay theory].
FR 17(A) Such unauthorized absence will cause an interruption of service or break in service.
What is the after effect of order break in service
A. For calculating minimum service resources for appearing departmental exam, three years service is excused.
B. For availing LTC one year service is needed
C. For declaring QPC, minimum service of two years is needed.
By declaring break in service under FR 17(A), participants of strike, could not go on LTC.
ii) Could not appear promotional exams, twice past service will not be counted.
iii) Issue of DPC order will be delayed.
For the purpose of adding past service before interruption. One representation has to be submitted to chief PMG – who will control that break and thus past service rendered could be added for the purpose of calculating Q/S for revision.
How to overcome – break in service ordered
For a show cause notice issued by the Divisional head, a representation will be given by the concerned officials. He may ask for the treating that break period as eligible leave or for conditioning break period.