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Circumstances for Suspension and Timely review of Suspension: Instructions under CCS(CCA) Rules, 1965

Circumstances for Suspension and Timely review of Suspension: Instructions under CCS(CCA) Rules, 1965

 Central Civil Service (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965 — Circumstances under a Government Servant may be placed under suspension and timely review of suspension: DoPT Order


F. No. 11012/17/2013-Estt.A-III
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment Division


North Block, New Delhi — 110001
Dated November 18th 2014



OFFICE MEMORANDUM


Subject: Central Civil Service (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965 — Instruction regarding timely review of suspension.

Rule 10 of the Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965, deals with the provisions of suspension. As per the rule, a Government servant may be placed under suspension, in the following circumstances:

(a) where a disciplinary proceeding against him is contemplated or is pending; or
(b) where, in the opinion of the authority aforesaid, he has engaged himself in activities prejudicial to the interest of the security of the State; or
(c) where a case against him in respect of any criminal offence is under investigation, inquiry or trial:

2. A Disciplinary Authority may also consider it appropriate to place a Government servant under suspension in the following circumstances. These are only intended for guidance and should not be taken as mandatory:-
(i) Cases where continuance in office of the Government servant will prejudice the investigation, trial or any inquiry (e.g. apprehended tampering with witnesses or documents);
(ii) where the continuance in office of the Government servant is likely to seriously subvert discipline in the office in which the public servant is working;
(iii) where the continuance in office of the Government servant will be against the wider public interest [other than those covered by (i) and (ii)] such as there is public scandal and it is necessary to place the Government servant under suspension to demonstrate the policy of the Government to deal strictly with officers involved in such scandals, particularly corruption;
(iv) where allegations have been made against the Government servant and preliminary inquiry has revealed that a prima facie case is made out which would justify his prosecution or is being proceeded against in departmental proceedings, and where the proceedings are likely to end in his conviction and/or dismissal, removal or compulsory retirement from service.


3. In the first three circumstances the Disciplinary Authority may exercise his discretion to place a Government servant under suspension even when the case is under investigation and before a prima facie case has been established. Suspension may be desirable in the circumstances indicated below:-
(i) any offence or conduct involving moral turpitude;
(ii) corruption, embezzlement or misappropriation of Government money, possession of disproportionate assets, misuse of official powers for personal gain;
(iii) serious negligence and dereliction of duty resulting in considerable loss to Government
(iv) desertion of duty;
(v) refusal or deliberate failure to carry out written orders of superior officers In respect of the types of misdemeanor specified in sub-clauses (iii) and
(v) discretion has to be exercised with care.
3. Rules 10(6) and 10(7) of the CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965, deal with review of the suspension cases. The provision for review within ninety day is applicable to all types of suspensions. However, in cases of continued detention, the review becomes a mere formality with no consequences as a Government servant in such a situation has to continue to be under deemed suspension. A review of suspension is not necessary in such cases.

4. It has been brought to the notice of this Department that in cases of prolonged suspension period, the courts have pointed out that the suspension cannot be continued for long and that inspite of the instructions of DoP&T, the Disciplinary Authorities are not finalizing the disciplinary proceedings within the stipulated time. Also, in such cases the Government is unnecessarily paying subsistence allowance without extracting any work and if, on the culmination of the disciplinary proceedings, the charged officer is exonerated from the charges, the Government has to unnecessarily pay the full salary and treat the period of suspension as on duty etc.. It is, therefore, desirable that timely review of suspension is conducted in a just and proper manner and that the disciplinary proceedings are finalized expeditiously.

5. All Ministries/ Departments are requested to bring the existing instructions on timely review of suspension and expeditious completion of disciplinary proceedings to the notice all concerned under their control.


(J.A.Vaidyanathan)
Director(Establishment)


Source: www.persmin.nic.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/11012_17_2013-Estt.A-III-18112014.pdf]

Grant of provisional pension to retired railway servants against whom departmental or judicial proceedings are in progress

Grant of provisional pension to retired railway servants against whom departmental or judicial proceedings are in progress
RBE No. 127/2014

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No. 2014/F(E)III/1(1)/1

New Delhi, Dated:13.11.2014

The GMs/FA&CAOs,
All Indian Railways/Production Units.
(As per mailing list)

Subject: Grant of provisional pension to retired railway servants against whom departmental or judicial proceedings are in progress.

Rules on payment of provisional pension are contained in rule 10 of Railway Services (Pension) Rules,1993. The amount to be paid as provisional pension has been clarified vide Boards letter No.F(E)IlI 78 PN1/11 dated 17.5.78 which inter-alia states that in such cases, 100% pension which is otherwise admissible to the railway servant should be authorized as provisional pension, as in cases of normal
retirement.

2. It is reiterated that the instruction contained in Boards letter dated 17.5.78 that provisional pension will be equal to 100% pension which is otherwise admissible to the railway servant still holds good.

3. Please acknowledge receipt
Sd/-
(Amitab Joshi)
Deputy Director Finance(Estt),
Railway Board.
Source: AIRF/NFIR

Advice of the UPSC to be communicated to the delinquent Government servant – Amendment

Advice of the UPSC to be communicated to the delinquent Government servant – Amendment

 Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965 – Advice of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to be communicated to the delinquent Government servant – Amendment – regarding


F. No.11012/8/2011-Estt.(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training


North Block, New Delhi- 110 001
Dated November 19th, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM


Subject: Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965 – Advice of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to be communicated to the delinquent Government servant – Amendment – regarding

The Hon’ble Supreme Court in its judgment on 16.03.2011, while dismissing the Civil Appeal No. 5341 of 2006 in the matter of Union of India & Ors. v/s S. K. Kapoor, had held that it is a settled principle of natural justice that if any material is to be relied upon in departmental proceedings, a copy of the same must be supplied in advance to the charge sheeted employee so that he may have a chance to rebut the same. The Hon’ble Court also observed that there may be a case where the report of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is not relied upon by the disciplinary authority and in that case it is certainly not necessary to supply a copy of the same to the concerned employee. However, if it is relied upon, then a copy of the same must be supplied in advance to the concerned employee, otherwise, there will be violation of the principles of natural justice.

2. The matter was examined in consultation with Department of Legal Affairs and it was decided that in compliance of the above judgement, a copy of the advice of UPSC, if consulted, may be provided to the Charged Officer, before a final decision is taken in disciplinary proceedings. As the UPSC are also consulted in the processes relating to Appeal and Review, it was decided to also extend the benefit of supply of the advice to these cases as well.

3. The rules 15, 16, 17, 19, 27, 29 and 29-A of the Central Civil Service (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965, have since been amended vide G.S.R. No. 769(E) dated 31.10.2014. A copy of the Gazette Notification is enclosed. The Notification is also available on the website of this Department at http://persmin.nic.in/DOPT.asp under OM & Orders -> Establishment -> CCS (CCA Rules). There is no change in the procedure upto the stage of consultations with UPSC. The amendment provides that a copy of UPSC advice is to be supplied to the Government servant and his representation, if any, on such advice is to be considered by the Disciplinary/ Appellate/ Revisionary/ Reviewing Authority, as the case may be, before passing the final order.

4. In brief, in the disciplinary cases, where the UPSC are to be consulted, the following procedure should be adopted:


a) The Disciplinary Authority shall forward or cause to be forwarded to UPSC for its advice:
(i) a copy of the report of the Inquiring Authority together with its own tentative reasons for disagreement, if any, with the findings of Inquiring Authority on any article of charge; and

(ii) comments on the representation of the Government servant on the Inquiry report and disagreement note, if any, with all the case records of the inquiry proceedings.

b) On receipt of the UPSC advice, the Disciplinary Authority shall forward or cause to be forwarded a copy of the advice to the Government servant who shall be required to submit, if he so desires, his written representation/ submission to the Disciplinary Authority within fifteen days. The Disciplinary Authority shall consider such representation and take action as prescribed in sub-rules (4), (5) and (6) of Rule 15 of CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965.

5. Similarly, in matters relating to Appeal/ Revision/ Review, a copy of the UPSC advice, if consulted, may be supplied to the Government servant and his representation, if any, thereon may be considered by the Appellate/ Revisionary/ Reviewing Authority before passing final orders.

6. All Ministries/ Departments/Offices are requested to bring the revised guidelines to the notice of all concerned authorities under their control.

7. Hindi version will follow.
sd/-
(J. A. Vaidyanathan)
Director (Establishment)

Source: www.persmin.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/11012_8_2011-Estt.A-19112014.pdf]

Number of Subscribers Registered Under National Pension System (NPS) has more than Doubled

Number of Subscribers Registered Under National Pension System (NPS) has more than Doubled

Since April 2012 from about 11.5 Lakh to 23 Lakh: Chairman,Pfrda ;
Number of States Joining NPS has Increased from 12 to 26 ;

Pfrda Working Towards Notification of Various Regulations in Respect of Efficient Management of Funds, Seamless Grievance Handling and Systems for Risk Mitigation and Containment Among Others

Shri Hemant Contractor, Chairman, Pension Fund Regulatory Development Authority (PFRDA) said that the number of subscribers registered under National Pension System (NPS) has more than doubled since April 2012 from about 11.5 Lakh to 23 Lakh. He commended the substantial improvement in performance of State Governments since April 2012.. He said that the Asset Under Management has also increased 7 fold from Rs.3,300 crores to approximately Rs.24,000 crores while the average contribution upload per month has increased from Rs.180 crores to approximately Rs.900 crores. Shri Contractor was speaking at a Conference on Implementation of National Pension System (NPS) by State Governments organized here today by Pension Fund Regulatory Development Authority (PFRDA). The main objective of the Conference was to focus on progress of performance of the State Governments and also to discuss the implications of the passage and notification of the PFRDA Act for respective States who are offering NPS to their respective employees.

Shri Contractor, Chairman, PFRDA informed, that barring the two States, all the other State Governments, have notified joining NPS. Since the last such conference held in April 2012, the number of States joining NPS has increased from 12 to 26, he added. He said that PFRDA was in talks with the other two State Governments on their joining NPS.

Shri Contractor, Chairman, PFRDA, further said that with the passage and notification of the Act, PFRDA has been conferred with a statutory status. Its mandate covers development of the pension sector as also framing regulations for the advancement of the NPS and protection of the interest of the subscribers. He informed the participants that regulations under the Act are expected to be notified within the next two months. The Chairman added that steps have been taken for communicating more frequently with the subscribers to increase awareness levels about NPS. He directed the State Government officials to regularly visit the PFRDA website for updates on various policies and information. Shri Contractor added that there were various points of concerns which have to be dealt with proactively to protect the interest of the subscribers. He added that this conference and more in the coming years would act as a platform for discussion with PFRDA and interactions with other states to share their best practices.

Earlier speaking on the occasion, Dr. Anup Wadhawan, Joint Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance emphasised upon the fact that NPS of the Central and the State Governments forms the backbone of the NPS as it is a direct replacement of the erstwhile DB pension system. Hence, its proper implementation is very important for the NPS product as well as the sector, he added. Dr. Wadhawan further stressed upon the fact that the State Government Nodal offices need to keep the information in respect of their employees like email ids, mobile numbers and addresses etc. updated in all respects at regular intervals. Dr. Wadhawan further asked the State Governments to sort-out the issue of legacy contributions and inclusion of State Autonomous Bodies in an expeditious manner. He further called upon the State Governments to further the cause of the Government of India promoted NPS Swavalamban scheme for economically weaker sections of the unorganised sector, through their respective Rural Development Departments.

Shri R V Verma, Member (Finance) laid emphasis on the fact that despite NPS being voluntary in nature; most of the State Governments have proactively adopted it. He further dwelt on the fact that the paradigm shift from the Defined Benefit to the Defined Contribution has put the subscriber’s interest at the centre and the involvement of the subscriber’s justify from the entry into the system up to his/her exit becomes prominent. He mentioned that the involvement of the State Government Nodal offices, as the first point of interaction of the subscriber attains importance. He added that with the passage of the Act, PFRDA is working towards notification of various regulations in respect of the efficient management of funds, seamless grievance handling and systems for risk mitigation and containment. Shri Verma emphasised that various issues like expanding coverage, adequately safeguarding the interest of the subscriber and robust risk management system is of paramount important for protecting the interest of subscribers. He said that synchronization of information and funds is very important in NPS; hence Nodal offices have to lay emphasis on the same. He stated that it is the collective endeavour of the Regulator and the stakeholders involved i.e. State Governments, State Autonomous Bodies (SAB) and their Nodal offices, that a two way feedback process has to be in place to innovate upon the operational aspects of the NPS.

Though it is mandatory to register under National Pension System (NPS) for the joinees/employees of the Central Government who have joined or are joining it on or after 01-01-2004, yet most of the State Governments have adopted NPS voluntarily for their employees from their respective adoption dates. Currently, NPS has 76 Lakh subscribers with total Asset Under Management (AUM) of Rs.68,000 crores. Out of this, State Government sector has approx. 23 Lakh subscribers with AUM of Rs.30,000 crores.

Source:PIBNews

Permission for Commercial Employment after Retirement of CG Employees – Dopt orders

Procedure for grant of permission to the pensioners for commercial employment after retirement – revision of Form 25.

Retired Government servants proposing to take up commercial employment within a year of retirement are required to seek permission from the Government. They are required to apply for permission in Form 25 of CCS(Pension) Rules…

No. 27012/3/2014-Estt (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)


North Block, New Delhi the 19th November, 2014


OFFICE MEMORANDUM


Subject: Procedure for grant of permission to the pensioners for commercial employment after retirement — revision of Form 25.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Rule 10 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 and to say that retired Government servants proposing to take up commercial employment within a year of retirement are required to seek permission from the Government. They are required to apply for permission in Form 25 of CCS(Pension) Rules. Form 25 prescribed under the said rule has since been reviewed with a view to simplify the procedure. The revised Form 25 is enclosed.

2. The revised form incorporates the conditions prescribed in clauses (b) to (f) of sub-Rule 3 of Rule 10. There is now no requirement for obtaining an affidavit as prescribed in Para 2(d) of this Departments’ 0M No. 27012/5/2000-Estt.(A) dated 5th December, 2006.

3. All Ministries/Departments are requested to bring this to the notice of all concerned.

4. Formal Notification of Rules will follow.

Sd/-
(G. Jayanthi)
Director

Form Download : Permission to the pensioners for commercial employment – Revision of Form 25
Source: Dopt

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