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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Criteria for providing jobs to State and National Level Sports Persons

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that as per the instructions issued by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, sportspersons who have represented a State or the country in the National or International competitions, Inter-university tournaments conducted by the Inter-University Sports Boards, State School Teams in the National Sports/Games conducted by the All India School Games Federation and those awarded with National Awards in Physical Efficiency under the National Physical Efficiency Drive, are eligible for being considered for appointment in Central Government offices against the vacancies reserved for meritorious sportspersons. 

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, in terms of existing instructions of the Government, upto 5% of direct recruit vacancies in Group ‘C’ and erstwhile Group ‘D’ are reserved for meritorious sportspersons in Central Government offices. 

He said, Ministries/Department of Government of India can recruit meritorious sportsmen in any year in relaxation of the recruitment procedure, to the extent that these, including all other reservations under exisiting orders, do not exceed 50% of the total number of vacancies proposed to be filled by direct recruitment. Central Government organizations and Public Sector undertakings recruit meritorious sportspersons including medal winners in international sports events from time to time for which they advertise in Employment News and other newspapers. 

The Minister said, meritorious sportspersons are also eligible for monthly pension under the Scheme titled “Scheme of Pension to Meritorious Sportspersons”. Sportspersons who have won medals in Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and World Cups/World Championships (in Olympic and Asian Games disciplines) and Paralympic Games, after they attain the age of 30 years or retire from active sports, whichever is later, are eligible for monthly pension. 

Shri Sonowal said, the Scheme of National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons provides ex-gratia financial assistance to outstanding sportspersons of yesteryears, now living in indigent circumstances, whose annual income is less than Rs. 2 lakh for medical treatment etc. 

(Release ID :116402) 


Non-Availability of Cooking Gas Due to Bank Account Linkage

The Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply today that no LPG consumer is denied domestic LPG cylinder under the Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG (DBTL) scheme, namely, ‘PAHAL’ on account of not linking the aadhaar/ bank account to LPG consumer ID. 

The time required for linking is dependent on the internal processes of stakeholders such as banks, NPCI etc. and hence the time required to complete linkage cannot be generalized. As on 01.03.2015, 80.6% (approx.) customers have joined PAHAL scheme. The State-wise number of active LPG consumer as on 01.03.2015 yet to join the PAHAL scheme. 

OMCs have informed that their LPG distributors endeavor to supply LPG refill normally within seven working days from the date of booking. State/UT-wise pending refill bookings as on 01.03.2015. 

(Release ID :116440)


Amendment of CCS Rules for Persons with Disabilities

The Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) has issued a fresh set of Instructions to all Ministries/Departments granting relaxation in the Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972 for Disabled employees. In an Office Memorandum dated February 25, 2015, the DoPT has reiterated that the disabled employees will be entitled to pay, promotion and other service benefits even if they cannot be taken back to the post they were holding or are adjusted or kept waiting until a suitable vacancy arises. 

The medical leave on account of disability will not be subject to ceiling under Rule 12 and any leave debited for the period after a Government servant is declared incapacitated shall be remitted back into his/her leave account. 

The leave applied on medical certificate in connection with disability cannot also be refused or revoked without reference to a Medical Authority, whose advice shall be binding. Leave will also be granted even if the Government servant’s family member submits an application/medical certificate in case the employee is unable to do so on account of the disability. 

The services of an employee can neither be terminated nor reduced in rank in case the employee has acquired a disability during his service. Any disabled employee who is not fit to return to duty shall be shifted to some other post. If that is not possible, the disabled employee shall be kept on a supernumerary post until a suitable post is available or he attains superannuation. Besides, no promotion shall be denied to a person simply on ground of his/her disability. 

(Release ID :116458) 


Backlog Vacancies

As per data collected till 31.12.2014, during the period 1.4.2012 to 31.12.2014, 19,676 backlog reserved vacancies of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes were filled up in Central Government Departments/attached and subordinate offices, Banks etc. 

Government constituted a Committee in July 2013 under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment to make an in depth analysis of the reasons for backlog of filling up of reserved vacancies and suggest measures to enhance the employability of reserved category candidates. The Committee submitted its report in May, 2014. Subsequent to the receipt of the recommendations of the Committee, the matter has been examined by this Department. Time bound action has been finalized and intimated to all concerned Departments/ Ministries on 20.11.2014 for implementation. The Action Plan includes study of reasons for non-filling of backlog reserved vacancies; review of prescribed standards, if required; conducting Special Recruitment Drive and conducting pre-recruitment training programmes. 

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Shri Ravneet Singh, Shri Sankar Prasad Datta and Shri S.P. Muddahanume Gowda in the Lok Sabha today. 

(Release ID :116452) 


Inter Circle Transfer under Rule-38 of Postal Manual Vol.IV

Inter Circle transfer of Shri Shambhu Ku. Singh, IP, Odisha Circle now on deputation at PTC, Darbhanga from Odisha Circle to Bihar Circle under Rule-38 of Postal Manual Vol-IV has been approved vide Odisha Circle Memo No.ST/45-Rule-38/IP/2012 dated 23-02-2015. 

Decide on plea to issue stamp on Ghadar martyrs: HC to Union ministry

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday asked the Union ministry of communications to take a decision on representations demanding issuance of commemorative postal stamp to mark the centenary celebrations of martyrdom of 11 Ghadar movement martyrs, including Kartar Singh Sarabha.

A division bench headed by Justice S K Mittal passed these directions while hearing a petition filed by advocate H C Arora who had submitted a representation to the communications ministry for the issuance of postal stamp in public interest.

In his representation submitted on December 25, 2014, Arora had requested the Centre that a commemorative postage stamp be issued during 2015 in the honour of 11 martyrs of Ghadar, including the tallest amongst them - Kartar Singh Sarabha - who sacrificed their lives for securing Independence of the country.

However, Arora received a letter from assistant director general (philately), department of posts (philately section) asking him to send a proposal for which he has to undertake to purchase at least one lakh commemorative postage stamps and send a proposal two years in advance for his request.

Arora sent another representation on February 18 to the communications ministry, requesting that the proposal submitted by him be considered in public interest as martyrs belong to the entire nation and to relax all pre-conditions of purchasing one lakh postal commemorative stamps or submitting proposal two years in advance. After receiving no response from the ministry, Arora had moved the HC.

Source:-The Times of India

Civil services is facing a shortage of over 1600 officers, says Government

Shortage of officers is not limited to the armed forces alone, the civil services too are facing a shortfall of over 1,600 officers. 

West Bengal with an approved strength of 359 IAS officers is managing with 220 officers. The shortage of 139 officers is the maximum among all the 24 cadres, Lok Sabha was informed today. 

The Uttar Pradesh cadre follows closely with a shortage of 118 officers. While the state has an approved strength of 592 IAS officers, the maximum among all cadre, it is managing with 474 officers. 

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said while the total approved strength of 24 cadre is 6,270, the working strength stood at 4,619 as on January 1, 2014. The shortage stood at 1,651 officers. 

"In order to address the issue of shortage of IAS officers in regular recruitment quota, the government has increased annual intake of officers from 55 in the Civil Services examination 1998 to 180 in 2013. 

"In promotion quota, prompt actions have been taken for holding selection committee meetings for appointment by promotion/selecting state service officers to IAS," he said.

Source:-The Economic Times

Reply of the Circle Administration on the resolution passed in the CWC Dated 22/02/2015

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View:-It is not humanly possible to balance everything at the same time. We should think forward and try to imagine what we will regret later. We must know what is important to us and plan accordingly. Dear Friends, we must set or reset our priorities right. 

Hindi Pe Charcha: Home ministry readies handy list of Hindi translations of English bureaucratese

By , ET Bureau

To get its three-dozen senior bureaucrats to regularly use Hindi, the home ministry has now prepared a handy list of Hindi translations of stock English bureaucratese.

So, if a Hindi-challenged home ministry officer wants to make a file noting saying 'no progress has been made in the matter', he can pick out the translation from a two-page note that's been circulated among senior staff.

The translation? 'Is maamle mein koi pragati nahi hui hai'. There are 41 phrases in the note, all of them Hindi versions of standard babu English. Examples include 'as proposed', 'issue today', 'it is a matter of regret that', 'please discuss', 'question does not arise' and 'urgent attention must be given please'.

Home ministry seniors know this English-to-Hindi push has crossed from the stage of 'kripya charcha kijiye' (please discuss) to 'antim sahmati' (final concurrence). That 'antim sahmati' for such a guide to Hindi came at a meeting chaired by Home Secretary LA Goyal last Friday. EThas learnt that the note was the result of a presentation made by the home ministry's joint secretary (coordination) to the home secretary on the status of the usage of Hindi in official files.

An official home ministry spokesperson did not wish to comment on the matter. Several ministry officials, who spoke on the condition they not be named, confirmed the note (titled 'Comments made by senior officials in their day-to-day working') has been circulated and that they are being encouraged to switch to Hindi file notings with the help of the guide.

Home ministry seniors' file notings go all the way up to Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the junior home minister, Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary.

"We already give our comments in Hindi on files which originate in Hindi. Now, we have been advised if we can also try and write our comments in Hindi on all files so that the percentage of Hindi usage goes up. It is not a direction but only an advice to use Hindi more in official communication in terms of file notings," a senior ministry official said.This handy list of English-to-Hindi translations is the latest in the home ministry's Hindi-promotion efforts. ET had first reported on June 17, 2014, that the home ministry had asked its bureaucrats to use Hindi for social media communication.

Prominent political leaders from the South, M Karunanidhi and J Jayalaithaa, had then severely critiqued the ministry, which said the directive applied only to bureaucrats working in Hindi-speaking states. Last week, Karunanidhi had taken exception to what he termed efforts to promote Hindi in the Central Bureau of Investigations saying it will push other central entities to follow suit. The Tamil Naduleader had sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention. ET had also reported in December 2014 that the home ministry's secretary (official languages) had written to Financial Services Secretary Hasmukh Adhia last November and proposed that nationalised banks should use Hindi, along with English, for ATM print receipts, Internet bank portals, emails and text messages sent to customers.

There's as yet no sign that the financial services secretary has made a file noting saying 'Aadesh jaari kar diya jaaye' — 'Order may be issued'.

Source:-The Economic Times

Tax Rebate on Sukanya Samriddhi Account.