Thursday, January 24, 2013

Nomination of Liaison Officer and Setting up of Cell in each Ministry / Department for enforcement of orders of reservations in posts and services of the Central Government

No.43011/153/2010-Estt.(Res.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
North Block, New Delhi-110001.
Dated the 4th January, 2013.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject:-Nomination of Liaison Officer and Setting up of Cell in each Ministry / Department for enforcement of orders of reservations in posts and services of the Central Government.
The undersigned is directed to say that the instructions have been issued by the Department of Personnel and Training from time to time for nomination of Liaison Officers, their roles, duties & responsibilities and setting up of a Special Reservation Cell in each Ministry / Department under the direct control of the Liaison Officer for enforcement of orders of reservation in posts and services of the Central Government.

2. It is reiterated that in each Ministry/Department/Attached and Subordinate Office, the Deputy Secretary in charge of administration (or any other officer at least of the rank of Deputy Secretary) should be designated as a Liaison Officer in respect of matters relating to the representation of the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Persons with Disabilities. Similarly, instructions provide for nomination of separate Liaison Officer in Ministries/ Departments in respect of matters relating to the representation of the Other Backward Classes.
3. The provisions about Liaison Officer, his role, responsibilities, control etc. and setting up of reservation cell is contained in Annexure.
4. All Ministries / Departments are requested to bring the contents of this O.M. to the notice of all the attached and subordinate offices under their control and also ensure that the cells are set up expeditiously in the Ministry / Department and in Attached / Subordinate offices under administrative control of Heads of Department.
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(Sharad Kumar Srivastava)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
ANNEXURE
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE LIAISON OFFICER:
The Liaison Officer is especially responsible for:
(i) Ensuring due compliance by the subordinate appointing authorities with the orders and instructions pertaining to the reservation of vacancies in favour of the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the Persons with Disabilities / the Other Backward Classes and other benefits admissible to them.
(ii) Ensuring timely submission of SC/ST/OBC and PwD Reports / and II by each appointment authority in the Ministry / Department concerned and ensuring scrutiny and consolidation of the above reports in respect of all establishments and services in and under the control of the Ministry/Department and sending the consolidated reports in the prescribed proforma to the Department of Personnel & Training.
(iii) The Liaison officers have to endorse the non-availability of an SC/ST/OBC Officer for being associated in the DPC before actually convening the DPC. Therefore, it will be one of the duties of the Liaison Officers to acquaint themselves well in time about the dates of various DPCs which will be held in future. He should have with him a ready list of officers of various levels belonging to SC/ST of a few sister Departments / Ministries so that whenever requirement arises, an SC/ST officer of appropriate level consistent with the level of the other members of the DPC and the level of appointment for which a DPC is proposed to be convened, can always be associated as a member. Such a list may be prepared by the Liaison Officers by informally consulting the administrative wing of other Ministries/Departments.
(iv) Ensuring that while making a reference to the Department of Personnel and Training and to the National Commission for Scheduled Castes/the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes for de-reservation of reserved vacancies, full details in support of the proposal for de reservation are given.
(v) Ensuring the extension of necessary assistance to the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and the 
National Commission for Scheduled Tribes in the investigation of complaints received by the Commission, in regard to service matters and in the collection of information for their annual reports.
(vi) Conducting annual inspection of the reservation registers/rosters maintained in the Ministry/Department/Offices under the control of the Ministry/Department with a view to ensuring proper implementation of the reservation orders.
(vii) Acting as Liaison Officer between the Ministry/Department and the Department of Personnel & Training for supply of other information, answering questions and queries and clearing doubts in regard to matters covered by the reservation orders.
RESERVATION CELL:
2. Each Ministry/Department is required to set up a Special Reservation Cell within the Ministry/Department under the direct control of the Liaison Officer to assist the Liaison Officer in discharging of his duties effectively.
PRIVILE. GES OF THE LIAISON OFFICER:
3. Cases of negligence or lapse in the matter of following the reservation and other orders relating to the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, the Persons with Disabilities and the Other Backward Classes coming to the light through the inspections carried out by the Liaison Officer or otherwise, should be reported / submitted by him to the Secretary/Additional Secretary to the Government of India in the respective Ministry / Department or to the Head of the Department in respect of offices under the Heads of Department, as the case may be. The concerned Secretary/Additional Secretary/Head of the Department shall pass necessary orders on such reports to ensure strict compliance of the reservation orders by the appointing authority concerned.
LIAISON OFFICERS IN PSUs etc.
4. Each Public Sector Undertaking, Statutory and Semi Government Body, Autonomous Body / Institution including Municipal Corporations, Co-operative Institutions, Universities, Voluntary Agencies receiving grants in aid from the Government connected with appointment and promotion of the SC/ST candidates should appoint Liaison Officer in the same manner as is existing in the Ministries/Departments.
SPAN OF CONTROL OF LIAISON OFFICER OF MINISTRIES / DEPARTMENTS:
5. The Liaison Officer of a Ministry/Department has to act as Liaison Officer in respéct of the matters relating to the representation of Scheduled Castes/Schedule Tribes/PWDs and OBCs in all establishments and services under the administrative control of the Ministry /Department. The instructions issued by the Department of Public Enterprises provide that each undertaking shall have Liaison Officer with functions similar to that of the Liaison Officer in Ministry/Department. The appointment of Liaison Officer in the undertaking does not, however, dilute or alter or curtail the responsibilities of the Liaison Officer of the administrative Ministry / Department in regard to implementation of reservation policy in the Undertaking. Liaison Officers of the Ministries!/Departments have special responsibility to monitor implementation of reservation in their attached & subordinate offices, Autonomous Bodies, PSUs under the administrative control of the concerned Ministry/Department and Voluntary Agencies which are getting substantial grant-in-aid from the Government of India. In order to ensure due compliance of the reservation orders of the Government, the Liaison Officers may periodically visit inspect the offices/organizations under them. They should ensure that reservation roster for SCs/STs/OBCs/PHs have been maintained properly and there is no gap in the entries made in the rosters, Liaison Officers should carry out their duties in relation to reservation by calling for the records from them and by convening the meetings of the officer of such organizations who are responsible for ensuring reservation in organizations under their control. If Liaison Officers of Ministries/Departments notice that there is flouting of reservation instructions by any officers or complaint against any officer of harassment or deliberate manipulating things to damage the interests of the weaker sections they should feel free to report such lapses to the Secretary / Additional Secretary of the Ministry/Department concerned without fear & hesitation of hierarchical disobedience.
Source: www.persmin.nic.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02adm/43011_153_2010-Estt.Res.-04012013.pdf]

Recommendations of the Committee of Experts on Disciplinary &Vigilance Inquiries (Hota Committee)

No.372/3/2007-AVD-III (Vol. 10)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi.
24th January, 2013
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Recommendations of the Committee of Experts on Disciplinary &Vigilance Inquiries (Hota Committee).

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s Office Memorandum of even number dated 4th December, 2012 (copy enclosed. Link : http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02ser/372 _3_2007-AVD-III-VolA-04122012.pdf) and to say that the report on action taken in pursuance of DoP&Ts OMs mentioned therein is still awaited from your Ministry/Department. It is, therefore, requested that the same may please be expedited (ignore if already sent).
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(N.Raja)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India
Source: www.persmin.nic.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02ser/372_3_2007-AVD-III-Vol.10A-24012013.pdf]

Railways Launches Toll Free Helpline Number for Catering Related Complaints

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Railways 
23-January-2013 20:25 IST
Railways Launches Toll Free Helpline Number for Catering Related Complaints 
The Ministry of Railways has set up a central monitoring cell with the toll free number i.e. 1800-111-321 for the convenience of railway users to register their complaints regarding railways’ catering services like food quality, over charging etc., both at railway stations and in running trains. Announcing this, here today, the Minister of Railways, Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal said that this facility is available all seven days from 7 A.M. to 10 P.M. when during this time generally the food is served to the passengers. 

The Minister said that as soon as the complaint is registered, all possible actions will be taken on real time basis to address that complaint. This facility has started functioning, he added.

No specific time frame can be given for introduction of the New Health Insurance Scheme

No specific time frame can be given for introduction of New Health Insurance Scheme for CG Employees and Pensioners...
Central Government has a proposal to introduce a new Health Insurance Scheme for the CGHS beneficiaries, is there any time frame to implement the scheme to Central Government employees and Pensioners..?
The below answer was given by the Minister of Health and Family Welfare Shri.Ghulam Nabi Azad to the question above mentioned in the Lok Sabha as follows...

"It has been a constant endeavour of the Government to improve the health care facilities for the Central Government employees and pensioners under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) and Central Services (Medical Attendance) Rules, 1944. In addition, Government has mooted a proposal for introduction of a Health Insurance Scheme for the Central Government employees and pensioners with special focus on Non-CGHS areas. 
Proposals were invited from the Insurance companies in March, 2010. However, it was subsequently decided to initiate the process afresh after obtaining the approval of Planning Commission and inclusion of the scheme in the 12th Five Year Plan (FYP). No specific time frame can be given for introduction of the health insurance Scheme".

Indian Railways New Fare List 2013 : Revision in Passenger Fares w.e.f. 22.01.2013

Railway Board Commercial Circular : "In the case of tickets already issued at pre-revised rates, it should be ensured that the difference in fares and other charges on or after 22.01.2013 will be recovered either by TTEs on the trains or by the Booking/Reservation Offices before the commencement of journey by passengers".

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

COMMERCIAL CIRCULAR NO. 6 OF 2013
No.TCII/2910/2012.
The General Managers (Comml.),
All Zonal Railways.
New Delhi, dated II .01. 2013.
Sub : Revision in Passenger Fares w.e.f. 22.01.2013.
Ministry of Railways have decided to revise Passenger Fares w.e.f. 22.01.2013. Details of the fare revision are as under :-

S.No.ClassIncrease in Fare per Passenger Kilo Meter (PKM)Minimum distance for charge
i.
Second Class Ordinary (Suburban)
02 Paise
No Change 
(Existing - 10 Kms)
ii.
Second Class Ordinary (Non-Suburban)
03 Paise
No Change 
(Existing - 10 Kms)
iii.
Second Class (Mail/Express)
04 Paise
50 Kms
iv.
Sleeper Class
06 Paise
No Change 
(Existing - 200 Kms)
v.
AC Chair Car
10 Paise
150 Kms
vi.
AC 3 - Tier
10 Paise
300 Kms
vii.
First Class
03 Paise
No Change 
(Existing - 100 Kms)
viii.
AC 2 - Tier
06 Paise
No Change 
(Existing - 300 Kms)
ix.
AC First Class
10 Paise
No Change 
(Existing - 300 Kms)

2. Minimum Fare: The Minimum fare chargeable will be Rs. 5.
3. Development Charge: On the revised basic fares which shall become effective from 22.01.2013, development charge shall not be liveable.
4. Rounding off of Fares:
(i) Fares of all classes except Second Class Ordinary (Suburban):- Chargeable Fares, as obtained after adding Miscellaneous Charges like Reservation Fee, Supplementary charge for Superfast trains, Catering Charge, Service Tax etc. To the Basic Fare, will be rounded off to the next higher multiple of Rs. 5.
(ii) Second Class (Suburban) Fares:- Chargeable Fares for Second Class Suburban passengers as obtained after adding applicable miscellaneous charges like MUTP Surcharge etc. (as and where application) TO THE Basic Fare, will be rounded off to the next higher multiple of five rupees, except that in cases where  either ‘1’ or ‘6’ comes up as the last digit (i.e. in unit’s place) it will be rounded off to the immediately lower multiple of Rs. 5, i.e. Rs. 11.00, Rs. 21.00, Rs. 31.00 etc. would respectively become Rs. 10.00, Rs. 20.00, Rs. 30.00 etc. and Rs. 6.00, Rs. 16.00, Rs. 26.00 etc. would respectively become Rs. 5.00, Rs. 15.00 and Rs. 25.00 etc. and Fare values ending in Rs. 2, Rs. 3 or Rs. 4 would be getting rounded off to Rs. 5 and those ending in Rs. 7, Rs. 8, or Rs. 9 to Rs. 10 and so on and so forth.
5. It is also decided that the existing fares of train services like Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Garib Rath, Jan Shatabdi, Duronto, Rajya Rani and Yuva Expresses will similarly be revised to the extent of the proposed increase in class-wise fares.
6. As per earlier circular of Railway Board dated 26.12.2012, as a special case to facilitate the passengers of Muhakumbh Mela it has been decided if any passenger purchases an unreserved reverse ticket through UTS from any station on Indian Railways for journey to any one of the 12 stations in Allabhbad region serving Mahakumbh Mela and back the reverse ticket will be allowed to be booked upto 15 days in advance excluding the day of journey subject to levy of Mela Surcharge as per extant instructions.  In this case also the difference of fare will be collected on board in the trains in case tickets are booked in advance and before 22.01.2013 in respect of above.
7. Other Charges:- There is no change in charges for reservation fee etc. Such charges, wherever applicable, which shall continue to be levied additionally.   However, the second class superfast Surcharge shall be rounded off to Rs. 10/-.
8. The changes in fares as above shall come into force w.e.f. 22.01.2013.
9. Service tax will be levied as applicable as per instructions issued in this regard.
10. Instructions issued earlier that in the case of Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi/Duronto Express trains, the concession wherever admissible and in child fare also, it will be granted only in the basic fares and that all other charges (Catering, Reservation Supplementary charges like Superfast Surcharge, Enhanced Charges, Service Tax (if any) etc.) shall be collected in full.  This will be applicable from 01.04.2013 as per the said instructions issued vide Borad's letter No.TCII/2941/11/Policy dated 26.10.2012 (C.C. No.66 of 2012).
11. The General Secretary, IRCA has been requested to print and supply the revised Passenger Fare Tables.
12. Each Railway will ensure that the requisite number of copies of revised Passenger Fare Tables are collected from the General Secretary, I.R.C.A. and distributed to the concerned staff well in advance of 22.02.2013.
13. The revised fares will also apply to tickets issued in advance for journeys to commence on or after 22.01.2013.  Until new tickets are printed, old printed card tickets will be issued after having necessary corrections in fares made on them in advance.  Such alterations by the staff would be made preferably by stamp or in ink. A suitable notice in the Press should be given by the Railways advising that till such time new tickets are printed and made available, the existing tickets with alterations in fares on them would be issued.
14. In the case of tickets already issued at pre-revised rates, it should be ensured that the difference in fares and other charges on or after 22.01.2013 will be recovered either by TTEs on the trains or by the Booking/Reservation Offices before the commencement of journey by passengers. Commercial Inspectors and TIAs should visit all important stations and ensure that fares and other charges are levied and tickets issued as per the revised rates. Commercial Officers should also make surprise checks at stations and ensure that the fares and other charges aer levied with effect from 22.01.2013 at the revised rates. The Fare List displayed to the public at stations should be revised and corrected showing the new fares with effect from 22.01.2013.
15. These changes which are required to be carried out in manual ticketing system and in PRS, UTS, etc., should be ensured.
16. Special arrangements should be made to ensure that necessary instructions and the revised Passenger Fare Tables reach the staff well in time. Steps should also be taken ensure that the staff fully understand these changes and implement them properly.
17. This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways.
18. The receipt of this letter may be acknowledged. Also please check these instructions on the Indian Railways 'website - www.indianrailways.gov.in.
19. Zonal Railways should arrange wide publicity to the revision in fares and fares table w.e.f. 22.01.2013 and related instructions through the press media and through notifications and announcements at stations.
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(Dr.Monica Agnihotri)
Director Passenger Marketing
Railway Baord
Source: www.indianrail.gov.in

Revised list of Kow your customer (KYC) documents required fer both entry and exit under National Pension System (NPS)

Circular
PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
PFRDA/2O13/1 /PDEX/25 
Date: 11/01/2013
To,
All POPs/Aggregators/CRA/Others
Subct: Revised list of Kow your customer (KYC) documents required fer both entry and exit under National Pension System (NPS).
Attention of all stakeholders is invited to the illustrative list of documents acceptable as proof of identity and address in terms of the KYC requirements and as provided in the offer document of National Pension System.

Basing on the revised guidelines on obligations under PMLA, 2002 as amended by Prevention of Money Laundering (Amendment) Act. 2009 and in order to bring In uniformity and align the KYC documents required for opening of accounts under NPS with those required by other financial sector institutions, it has been decided to replace the existing KYC document list with a new set of documents as provided in Annexure I for both entry and exit under National Pension System(NPS).
Annexure I referred above is being attached herewith for information and use of all The new KYC norms as per this circular will come into effect from 10/02/2013.
The above guidelines will be applicable for all variants of National Pension System.
The circular has also been placed on PFRDA website at http://ww.pfrda.org.in
Yours Faithfully
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Venkateswarlu Peri
General Manager
Source: www.npscra.nsdl.co.in
[https://www.npscra.nsdl.co.in/download/Revised-list-of-KYC-documents-required-for-NPS.pdf]

Consolidated Instructions on compassionate appointment — regarding

F.No.14014/02/2012-Estt. (D) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
(Department of Personnel & Training)
North Block, 
New Delhi 
Dated the 16th  January, 2013
OFFICE MEMORANDUM 
Subject:-  Consolidated Instructions on compassionate appointment  — regarding. 
The undersigned is directed to invite attention to this Department's O.M. No.14014/6/94-Estt(D) dated 09.10.1998 vide which Scheme for "Compassionate Appointment under Central Government" was issued. Subsequently a number of instructions on compassionate appointments under the Central Government have been issued. 

The content of important/relevant O.Ms and orders on the subject have been further consolidated for the facility of reference and guidance and are being made available on this Department's website www.persmin.nic.in  in the dynamic form (OMs & Orders>Establishment>(A) Administration (III) Concessions in appointment (a) compassionate appointment). This may be brought to the notice of all concerned for information, guidance and necessary action.
2.  Hindi version will follow.
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(Virender Singh)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Read more about the OM...
Source: www.persmin.nic.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/14014_02_2012_Estt_D_16Jan2013.pdf]

Streamlining the procedure for collecting on-line data/information — Notice of the meeting

No.43011/297/2010-Estt.(Res.) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Personnel and Training 
***** 
North Block, New Delhi 
Dated 11th  January, 2013 
OFFICE MEMORANDUM 
Subject: Streamlining the procedure for collecting on-line data / information  - Notice of the meeting
This Department had been collecting annual data about representation of SCs, STs, OBCs and Persons with Disabilities in Central Government Services as on 1st  January of each year. Vide Office Memoranda of even number dated 15th  October, 2012 and 5th  November, 2012 all the Ministries/Departments were apprised that the government has decided to collect the aforesaid data 'on line'. For the purpose, URL www.rrcps.nic.in  was created and every Ministry/Department was given a user name and the login password to the URL and it was requested that the data of representation of SCs, STs and OBCs and Persons with Disabilities as on 1st  January, 2012 may be filled up 'on line' on trial basis. 

2. It has been found that most of the Ministries/Departments have not even created their profile. Some Ministries/Departments have initiated the data entry but the data has not been successfully sent it to this Department. 
3. The data of annual representation of SCs, STs, OBCs, and Persons with Disabilities as on 1.1.2013 is also due and is required to be submitted by Ministries/Departments on-line only. 
To facilitate and to smoothen the process of on-line submission of data on-line, this Department is organizing workshops on the following dates, to help the Ministries/Departments in filling up the data:- 
(i) 22nd January, 2013 (for Ministries/Departments at Annexure A) 
(ii) 23rd  January, 2013 (for Ministries/Departments at Annexure B) 
(iii) 24th  January, 2013 (for Ministries/Departments at Annexure C) 
(iv) 28th  January, 2012 (for Ministries/Departments at Annexure D) 
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(Sharad Kumar Srivastava) 
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Source: www.persmin.nic.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02adm/43011_297_2010-Estt-Res.pdf]

Holiday Homes Online Booking : Acceptance and depositing of Bank Draft/Pay Order in the Government account on account of booking charges of holiday homes by different Booking Authorities

File No. D-11028/23/82-Regions (Vol.II)
Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Directorate of Estates
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated 17-01-2013
Office Memorandum
Subject: Acceptance and depositing of Bank Draft/Pay Order in the Government account on account of booking charges of holiday homes by different Booking Authorities.
Booking of rooms/suits of holiday home at Shimla, Agra, etc.is made by different booking authorities (i.e. EM, Kolkata’ AEM’ Chennai and AEM, Nagpur) but demand draft/pay order is received in the name of Assistant Estate Manager, Shimla or Assistant Director of Estates (Cash), New Delhi as the case may be. After confirmation of booking of holiday home, the demand draft/pay order received by the aforesaid booking authorities is then sent to AEM, Shimla or Assistant Director of Estates (Regions), New Delhi for deposit in the Government account. Such practice takes considerable time in actual realisation of revenue to the Government.

2. Recently, RBI has reduced the validity period of Bank Draft/Pay Order/Cheque from six months to three months. After reducing the validity period of draft/pay order/cheque by RBI, it has now become more difficult to realise the revenue suitably through the practice being adopted as mentioned at first para above.
3. It has now been decided with the approval of Directorate of Estates that following change in respect of above matter would come into effect with immediate effect:
(i) EM/AEM, Kolkata; AEM, Chennai and AEM, Nagpur will accept the bank draft/pay order towards booking charges of holiday homes/guest houses in favour of the concerned booking authority itself who is looking after the booking and not in favour of other authorities and O/o concerned booking authority will itself deposit the booking charges ¡n the Government account.
(ii) NIC will modify the online booking application form in respect of rooms/suits of holiday homes/guest houses at the disposal of EM/AEM, Kolkata; AEM, Chennai and AEM, Nagpur accordingly.
4. AIl prospective applicants are also advised to note the above changes and to ensure the correctness of bank draft/pay order in favour of appropriate authority. Failure to comply with the above changed norms will lead to rejection of booking request.
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(N.S. Chauhan)
Assistant Director of Estates (Regions)
Source: www.holidayhomes.nic.in
[http://holidayhomes.nic.in/WriteReadData/Circulars/18AccepAndDepo.pdf]

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