Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Central Government Employees need to improve punctuality

Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth has asked Secretaries of all central departments to intensify the crackdown on government employees who are found to be “habitually late” in reaching office. Seth, in his July 31 missive, has specifically cited concerns expressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard.

Stating that the onus lies on the Secretaries to make the staff more work-oriented, the letter says that Modi has taken cognizance of some official reports which say that there has been no visible improvement in the ambience of the workplaces while “some officials have been habitually coming late” to work.

“In some departments, the ministers have noticed the laxity in this regard. The PM has expressed concern over these reports,” says the letter.

The government is waiting for the success of its drive to make its employees punctual, which can happen on “continued perseverance by every employee,” it says. Cautioning the Secretaries against any “slippages” in this regard, Seth has asked them to review the situation on a sustained basis.

At a meeting with the Secretaries in June also, Seth had emphasised the need to ensure punctuality and attendance.

Two Secretary level officers told The Indian Express that a Joint Secretary level officer has been informally deputed in each ministry to keep a check on attendance. Though the letter does not spell out the punitive action in case of continued poor attendance, it is learnt that the defaulters may have to take compulsory leave.


Children Education Allowance for Central Government Employees - Annual Ceiling and Details of Admissible Institutions

Children Education Allowance for Central Government Employees - Annual Ceiling and Details of Admissible Institutions

While answering to a question in Parliament on 18.7.2014, Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley said in a written form regarding the details of Children Education Allowance that it has been informed by the Department of Personnel and Training that the annual ceiling limit for reimbursement of Children Education Allowance (CEA) is 18,000/- per child. The Hostel Subsidy shall be 4,500/- per month per child. 

The annual ceiling for reimbursement of CEA for disabled children of Government employees is36,000/- per annum per child and the rates of Hostel Subsidy for disabled children of Government employees is 9,000/- per child per month

These revisions are applicable with effect from 1st January, 2014

The reimbursement is admissible for the children studying in institutions affiliated to any Board or recognised institution, whether in receipt of Government aid or not, recognised by the Central or State Government or Union Territory Administration or by University or a recognised educational authority having jurisdiction over the area where the institution is situated.

Source: CG Staff News

Friday, August 15, 2014

I NEVER even knew about this!! I wonder if the reports are true

Do you know the meaning of the colors on the bottom?
Green : Natural.

Blue : Natural + Medicine.

Red : Natural + Chemical composition.

Black : Pure Chemical.

The rectangular marks or lines on tubes referred to in the message, are using in the 

packaging process. The marks are known in the packaging industry as "eye marks" (or 

sometimes "eye spots"). They do not in any way indicate the chemical content of the tubes 

they are displayed on, regardless of what colour they are. That is not their role. 

Eye marks can be identified by electronic eyes used in sophisticated modern packaging 

machinery. The marks serve a variety of packaging purposes such as telling the machine 

where to cut and crimp tubes or indicating the desired colour of print on packaging. Many 

products have such eye marks, although they may not always be visible to consumers as 

they are on tubes. 

Rather ironically, the message poses the question "did you know squares on tubes mean 

something" and then answers the question with an outright lie. In fact, the "squares" do 

mean something - to packaging machines and the people who operate them. But, to the 

average consumer they mean nothing at all. 

Want to know what a tube's contents consist of? It is most likely listed right there on the 

side of the tube in some detail. Or, you might find even more detailed information about 

the product's content on the company's website or elsewhere on the Internet. But rest 

assured, the colour of the little mark on the tube's base will tell you nothing whatsoever 

about its chemical makeup

Holiday declared on 19/08/2014 for administrative and operative offices located in Telangana State.

Highlights of Prime Minister’s Address on Independence Day

“Those in Government service are not doing a job but a service, this feeling is to be renewed” 
“Right from a peon to the Cabinet Secretary everybody is capable. Everybody has power and experience. I want to harness their power and use it to speed up national welfare. I will certainly do it”.

1. Dear countrymen, on this auspicious occasion of Independence Day, many good wishes from the Prime Servant of India. I am here amidst you not as a Prime Minister but as the Prime Servant.

2. I bow to all freedom fighters who sacrificed and dedicated their lives for country’s independence.

3. Independence Day is an occasion to take a pledge for the welfare of all those who are down trodden, poor, exploited and oppressed and to do something for them.

4. Every action should be tested on the yardstick of national interest. If we resolve to live a life like that, the festival of Independence may become an inspiration to take India to new heights.

5. This country has been built not by the rulers but by farmers, workers, mothers and sisters, youth, sages and saints, teachers, scientists and social workers.

6. A child hailing from a small town and belonging to a poor family is today having the good fortune of bowing before India’s tricolour from the ramparts of the Red Fort. It is the power of India’s democracy and priceless blessing given by the authors of the Indian constitution. I bow to them.

7. All Prime Ministers of the country have contributed to the progress of the country after independence. Likewise, all Governments of the country as well as state Governments have also contributed.

8. Let us move together, think together, resolve together and unitedly take the country forward.125 crore countrymen have taken the country forward with this credo.

9. We are not among those who function on the strength of majority. We want to move forward on a strong base of consensus.

10. I also greet all Members of Parliament and all political parties from the ramparts of the Red Fort with pride. We ended the Parliament session yesterday with an important experiment of taking the nation forward with strong consensus.

11. When I had an insider’s view after coming to Delhi, it looked as if dozens of parallel Governments were running within the Government, each with its own fiefdom. I witnessed conflict and scattering. I have begun an attempt to make the Government an organic unit.

12. The machine called Government or establishment is to be made sharper and swifter for fulfilling aspirations of the people.

13. Right  from a peon to the Cabinet Secretary everybody is capable. Everybody has power and experience. I want to harness their power and use it to speed up national welfare. I will certainly do it.

14. Our great leaders won freedom, do we not have a duty towards the India of their dreams, and don’t we have a national character. A time has come to think seriously over these issues.

15. Should 125 crore countrymen not have a mantra to ensure that their every step is in national interest.

16. Everything is not for self. Some things are also for the nation. One should rise above the self-interest and think about the national interest.

17. Parents ask a number of questions when a daughter goes out, but do they ever have the courage to ask their son about his friends or where is he going or why. After all a rapist is also someone’s son.

18. Nepal provides an example of youth laying down arms and taking to education. It can inspire the youth who have taken to violence, all over the world.

19. Even after independence we sometime face poison of casteism or communalism. How long will it continue and who is going to benefit from it?

20. I appeal to youth of the country that the poison of casteism, communalism or sectarianism is a hindrance to country’s progress. Think and try a ten years moratorium to get a society free of all these tensions.

21. In Commonwealth games our 64 sports persons won medals. These include 29 women. Let us be proud of these daughters.

22. There are two tracks in the country to move forward, good governance and development. We can progress only on these tracks.

23. Crores of families have mobile phones but not a bank account. We have to change this situation.

24. Those in Government service are not doing a job but a service, this feeling is to be renewed.

25. Just imagine, if 125 crore countrymen take a step forward the country will move 125 crore steps forward.

26. Who so ever will open an account under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana will be provided with a debit card and insurance worth Rs.One lakh.

27. We want to link poor people of the country with a bank account facility through Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana.

28. Our country is the youngest nation of the world. Skill development is our mission for development of the country.

29. I want to develop such youth who are job creators.

30. If we wish to provide maximum employment to youth we will have to promote manufacturing sector.

31. We have skill, talent and discipline and a will to perform. We want to give a collective opportunity to the world. ….Come, make in India, we have the strength, come to our country, I invite you.

32. A farmer serves the country by filling the granaries in the same way as a soldier defends the motherland. It is also a national service.

33. Youth should resolve that may be at a small level, they will make at least one article that the country imports, so that it may never need be imported in future.

34. Youth belonging to the IT profession have paved the way for establishing India’s new identity in the world.

35. Digital India is our dream for the nation. When I say ‘digital India’ it is not meant for the rich but for those who are poor.

36. If we move with the dream of electronic digital India and manufacturing of electronic goods and become self-reliant, it will be a major gain for the country.

37. There was a time when it was said that Railway unites the country. I say, today IT has the power to unite the country and its people.

38. We want to promote tourism. Tourism provides employment to the poorest of the poor. Even the small vendor, auto driver, chaat seller and tea stall owner earns from it. While talking of tea seller, I feel a degree of affinity.

39. Biggest obstruction to development of national character is the filth seen all around us. The first job in the government I did after coming here, was that of cleaning. People were surprised. Is it the job of a Prime Minister. But for me, it is a very big job.

40. If 125 crore countrymen decide not to ever spread filth, then no power in the world can make our village or town dirty.

41. Let us decide that in 2019 when we observe Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th anniversary, we will not let our village, city, country, school, colony, temple, hospital and all other areas remain dirty. It is not Government’s job, it is to be done by public participation.

42. Presently, our mothers and sisters are forced to defecate in open. Do we like this and is not our responsibility to arrange for toilets at least?

43. I have to launch a Swachch Bharat campaign from 2nd October and we want to carry this forward within four years.

44. One task which I would like to begin today, is toilet in all schools of India and a separate toilet for girls. Only then the girls will not drop out of schools. I urge all Members of Parliament to use their MPLAD fund for construction of toilets in the schools for one year.

45. When we stand here on next 15th August, we should be confident that there is no school left in the country without separate toilets for boys and girls.

46. I today announce a scheme named after the Parliamentarians- ’Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana’.Every MP has to develop one village in his or her constituency into a model village under this scheme.

47. A Parliamentarian should develop two more villages before going for election after 2016 in the year 2019. After that every MP has to develop at least five villages during a five year tenure.

48. A complete blue print of Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana will be presented to all MPs and all State Governments by 11th October, Jayprakash Narayan’s Jayanti.

49. We will have to think about giving a new shape to the Planning Commission in order to utilise our federal structure as a heritage of development and better team work between the Centre and states.

50. Strengthen State Governments, federal structure, with new outlook, new body and soul and with new direction, we will create a new institution. Very soon this new institute will start working in place of Planning Commission.

51. India’s divine strength and spiritual heritage will play a major role in world’s welfare. These thoughts were expressed by Shri Aurobindo.

52. As Swami Vivekananda said that once again Mother India has awaken, my mother India will take her place as teacher of the world and every Indian will be a tool of global welfare.

53. Why shouldn’t all SAARC countries fight against poverty and defeat it.

54. I went to Bhutan and Nepal. Dignitaries from SAARC countries came to swearing in ceremony. This is a very good beginning. Definitely there will be good results.

55. I assure you, if you will work for twelve hour I will work for thirteen because I am not a Prime Minister but a Prime Servant. I have come with this government as a servant not as a ruler.

56. I felicitate country’s security forces, para military forces for protecting Mother India and for their determination and sacrifice.

Source: PIB News

Independent India's First Stamp Featured in August 15 Google Doodle-- NDTV

Independent India's first stamp finds itself featured prominently in Friday's Google doodle on the occasion of India's Independence Day. India is celebrating its 68th Independence Day on 15 August 2014.independent_indias_first_stamp.jpg

The first stamp of independent India was issued on 21 November 1947. Independent India's first stamp depicts the Indian tricolour flying high in the clouds, with the slogan Jai Hind (Long Live India) on the top right. The stamp had a blue background and was valued at three and one-half annas (roughly 0.22 India rupees in modern terms).
India has a long and proud history of postal systems that were developed for military and governmental communications long before the arrival of Europeans. When the Britishers and other European colonists eventually displaced the Mughals, their postal systems existed alongside those of many 'independent' states. When the East India Company displaced other powers and brought into existence a British administrative system over most of India, the Indian postal system as we know it today began to take shape.
Although the Indian Post Office was established in 1837, Asia's first adhesive stamp, the Scinde Dawk, was introduced in 1852 by Sir Bartle Frere. The Indian Post System expanded its reach to almost all parts of India, Burma, the Straits Settlements and other areas controlled by the British East India Company.
After the Independence of India in 1947, the Indian postal service continued to function nationwide, provided essential connectivity to far-flung regions of the country. It's not uncommon in India for the postman to read, and indeed write, letters to/ on behalf of those who cannot read or write; a duty that Indian postal employees perform with dedication till date.
The India Independence Day 2014 Google doodle is then a salute to that very spirit, featuring Independent India's first stamp with Friday's date - 15 August 2014 - also featuring in a postal mark-style stamp.

Monday, August 11, 2014

NDA government plans to bifurcate Indian Postal sector between AP & Telangana

NDA government focused on division of Indian postal sector between two states for separate head post offices in Telangana and AP. They plans to divide the postal sector within 8 months and searches for new Chief Post Master. The central government decided to segregate employees with a ratio 58:42

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How to file RTI with Staff Selection Commision ?

hose who’re unhappy with their result in any of the exams conducted by Staff Selection Commission (SSC), you can file R.T.I to SSC to get your marks and OMR sheet.
Step 1: Draft the application
Either copy paste following thing in MS word, or manually write it on a plain paper.
Your name and Address
Staff Selection Commission (SSC)
Block No. 12, Kendriya Karyalaya Parisar,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110 003.
Sub: Application for Information under R.T.I 2005.
Madam / Sir,
Provide me following details regarding the XYZ exam (“Name, month and Year of Exam for example “FCI-2013 Grade III held in Nov 2012”)
Marks scored by myself Roll No.XYZ *insert your roll number*
Photocopy of OMR sheet of Roll No.XYZ *insert your roll number*
Cut offs in XYZ category (for example General category)
Final answer keys for the above exam
Ground for rejection of Roll No.XYZ
Contact details of the First Appellate Authority.
IPO worth Rs.10/- as R.T.I application fees.
Your name,
roll number
Once you sign this letter, make a photocopy (xerox) as evidence.
Step 2: Buy IPO
Now goto post office and buy two items
An Indian Postal Order (IPO) Worth Rs.10/-
Get the IPO “cancelled”, by way of date stamp being put by the postal staff
On this IPO, write following “Accounts Officer, SSC, New Delhi”
On the left side slip, write “SSC, Date”, tear it out and preserve it for your own future reference and evidence.
Staple the the IPO with your paper application.
Now insert your IPO+Application in the envelop.
Step 3: Send the R.T.I application
On the envelop write the following address
Staff Selection Commission (SSC),
Block No. 12, Kendriya Karyalaya Parisar,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110 003.
Send it via speed post or regular post.(for regular post, just paste a Rs.5/- postal stamp, but pay Rs.3/- more and get a certificate of posting done)
Wait for 40 days. (because delivery of mail to-and-fro takes time.)
If you donot get reply by that time, and or if you’re unsatisfied with the reply then second stage is to appeal to the “First appellate authority (FAA)”

Identification of Sensitive Posts in Central Government Department

ANSWERED ON 30.07.2014


Will the Minister of PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS be pleased to state:-
(a) whether the Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) has issued instructions to all Chief Vigilance Officers regarding sensitive posts;
(b) if so, the details of guidelines/norms/ criteria laid down by CVC for identifying sensitive seats;
(c) the details of references received from Central Government under section 8(1)
(c) of CVC Act during the last three years indicating the present status of those references; and
(d) the details of complaints received against officials specified in sub-section 2 of section 8 of CVC Act together with investigations made into the complaints under section 8(1)
(d) of CVC Act?
Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office. (DR. JITENDRA SINGH)
(a) & (b): The Central Vigilance Commission and the Government have issued instructions for effecting rotational transfers of officials posted on sensitive posts in each organization which offer scope for corruption. As per Commission’s instructions issued vide letter Nos. 98/VGL/60 dated 15.04.1999, 02.11.2001 and 004/VGL/90 dated 01.05.2008, 04.01.2012 (for public sector banks) and 11.09.2013, it was prescribed that Ministries/Departments/Organizations and CVOs are to identify the sensitive posts and staff working in these posts and also ensure that they are strictly rotated after every two/three years to avoid developing vested interests.
Identification of sensitive posts and effecting rotational transfers are continuous processes, and the Commission has asked the CVOs of the organizations to ensure strict implementation of Commission’s guidelines.
(c) & (d): As per the functions and powers of the Central Vigilance Commission under Section 8 (1) (c) of the Act, the Commission shall inquire or cause an inquiry or investigation to be made on a reference made by the Central Government in respect of a public servant. Further, the Commission causes inquiry/investigation on complaints received by it under Section 8 (1) (d) of the CVC Act.
Complaints received are processed as per the Complaint Handling Policy of the Commission. Complaints received in the Commission are scrutinized and wherever specific and verifiable allegations of corruption/having vigilance angle are noticed, the complaint are forwarded to CVO/CBI for conducting investigation/inquiry into the matter and submission of report. Details of complaints received during the last three years and the advice tendered by the commission are annexed.
source : Lok Sabha