Saturday, July 4, 2015

Govt committed to implement 'OROP': Parrikar to ex-servicemen

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has conveyed the NDA government's "unequivocal commitment" in implementing 'One Rank One Pension' (OROP) when a delegation of ex-servicemen, who are on a strike for past 19 days pressing for its execution, met him.

Not happy with Parrikar's assurance, the agitating ex-servicemen said the question of ending the protest does not arise without a government announcement on implementing the long-pending demand.

"A six member delegation of United Front of Ex-Servicemen (UFESM) met the Defence Minister last night. Parrikar conveyed unequivocal commitment of the party (BJP)and the government towards implementation of OROP," said Col (retd) Anil Kaul, spokesman of the Front.

He said Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag was also present at the meeting.

"The question of calling off the relay hunger strike does not arise unless a date for implementing it is announced and that too without dilution," he said.

Kaul said the minister told the delegation that the file pertaining to OROP with various observations regarding resolutions of complexities had been received by him but he had not been able to study it.

Another meeting is likely to take place with the minister either on July 6 or 7, he said.

The relay hunger strike of ex-servicemen at Jantar Mantar entered 19th day today.

"We will wait for government's decision on OROP till July 15 and then take our agitation for OROP to next level in which local ex-servicemen organisations all over the country will resort to demonstrations and other peaceful ways of voicing their grievance," said Major General (retd) Satbir Singh, one of the leaders of the protest.

The Narendra Modi government has been maintaining that it is committed to OROP, a key promise made during Lok Sabha poll.

Close to 22 lakh ex-servicemen and over six lakh war widows stand to be immediate beneficiaries of the scheme, which envisages a uniform pension for the defence personnel who retire in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement.

Currently, the pension for ex-servicemen is based on the Pay Commission recommendations of the time when they had retired.

Source:http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/govt-committed-to-implement-orop-parrikar-to-ex-servicemen-115070300972_1.html

NIC staff threaten to go on strike

The National Informatics Centre (NIC), an organisation of scientists and Information Technology (IT) professionals that constitute the Government’s technical backbone, has threatened a nationwide strike that could cripple “official IT infrastructure” indefinitely over what insiders termed the Centre’s “doublespeak” on their welfare.

Over 200 NIC employees staged at protest at the CGO Complex here on Friday demanding the resolution of various internal lacunae that ranged from delayed promotions and the lack of clear mandate defining its role to the lack of flexible working timings and a Director General at the helm of the organisation.

“As many as 3,500 of our employees posted across the country have provided the technical wherewithal and expertise to various Government projects such as the Central Government’s Mygov platform and now the Digital India initiative – but have received more than a raw deal in return,” said Sreejith NP, Scientist B, NIC. The Government had assured the NIC that their concerns would be discussed on Monday failing which the union of NIC officials had decided to go ahead with a nationwide strike.

Know Your College (KYC)

With the time for admission to colleges having arrived, there is often confusion in the minds of students regarding which colleges to join and the courses to be taken up. To help the students make an informed decision on the choice of college and the courses, the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India has developed a “Know Your College” portal.

The portal was launched by the President of India on 11th November, 2014 to help prospective students make informed selection of a college. This portal covers almost 10,500 colleges which conduct about 14,000 programs in Technical Education and 35000 colleges conducting at least 20,000 programs in Non-Technical education. It is a repository of information pertaining to colleges and information related to its faculty, labs, library, infrastructure, and availability of hostel facilities etc. Students are encouraged to send their complaints on discrepancies of information provided by colleges through this portal.

This portal is being maintained by AICTE and is available to the public at www.knowyourcollege-gov.in. It is a single stop destination for students for making an informed choice.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0

Reactivation of PRAN post exit from NPS

PFRDA
PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

PFRDA/2015/19/CSG/1
Date: 30th June, 2015

All Central Government Ministries & Departments/ State Governments
PrAOs, PAOs, CDDOs, NCDDOs & other CG Nodal offices;
DTAs, DTOs, DDOs & other SG Nodal offices
Autonomous Bodies

Subject: Reactivation of PRAN post exit from NPS

PFRDA has been receiving requests from various government nodal offices to reactivate the PRANs for credit of missing NPS contributions, wherein withdrawal requests have already been settled towards final payment to the subscribers.

Currently, the exit process is initiated with the generation of claim ID six months prior to the date of superannuation. As per PFRDA Exit & Withdrawal Regulations 2015, the employee’s and employer’s contributions of last three months prior to superannuation shall not be uploaded in the NPS account but would be credited to the some other account of the subscriber, directly by the employer. During the withdrawal process which stretches over 6 months, both the subscriber and the nodal office have sufficient time to ensure and to confirm that all the missing contributions have been uploaded in the respective PRAN.

In light of the above, PFRDA shall not entertain any such request forthwith, for uploading contributions of arrears/ missing credits after final settlement of exit/ withdrawal of the subscribers and consequent closure of their NPS account. Henceforth, missing credits, if any, should be settled mutually between the subscriber and the Nodal office as per their internal administrative process and outside the NPS architecture, as is currently applicable to last three months contributions before superannuation in line with the guidelines issued by PFRDA in this regard.

Therefore, all government nodal offices are instructed to ensure uploading of all the pending contributions in the PRANs, before initiating/ processing/forwarding the withdrawal requests to the CRA and take necessary action as per this circular.

Ashish Kumar
General Manager

Source:http://pfrda.org.in/MyAuth/Admin/showimg.cshtml?ID=724

Framing of Rotational Transfer Policy by Cadres Authorities

The Government has asked the Cadre Authorities in various Ministries/Departments to submit Action Taken Report latest by July 10, 2015 on framing Rotational Transfer Policy and putting up in public domain, identification of sensitive posts and rotation of Officers from sensitive posts as per provisions.

          The Rotational Transfer Policy aims to harmonise objectives of institutional memory, avoid development of vested interests and provide variety of exposure to employees thereby ensuring overall growth of an officer. While the Transfer Policy prescribes minimum and maximum tenure for each post, any exception should be with the approval of the Committee constituted for this purpose which shall record the reasons in writing.

          The draft Rotational Transfer Policy for the Central Secretariat Service is available on the DoPT website with the following link:
http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02csd/merged.pdf

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0