Tuesday, October 11, 2016

International Day of the Girl Child ( 11 October ) observed across the world

International Day of the Girl Child ( 11 October ) observed across the world 

Third International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC) was observed across the world on 11 October 2014. The theme was Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence.
The theme of IDGC was selected in recognition of the importance of investing in and empowering girls during adolescence and preventing and eliminating the various forms of violence they experience.
On this day, Governments, the UN system, civil society, and public and private institutions were called on to join forces and reaffirm their commitment to end the scourge of violence against adolescent girls and to promote their empowerment by
  • Investing in adolescent girls to equip them with skills, confidence, and life options: through family, schools, technical and vocational education and training, and health, social and economic support systems
  • Making infrastructure, services, and technology accessible to girls and effective in meeting their needs for safety, connectivity and mobility
  • Facilitating adolescent girls engagement in civic, economic and political life
  • Continuing to advocate for making violence against girls and women visible and unacceptable both in private and public domains
  • Strengthening data, measurement and the evidence base in relation to the empowerment of and violence against adolescent girls
In India, as a part of IDGC, PM Narendra Modi invited ideas on Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, exhorted the people of India to pledge to create an atmosphere for equality for the girl child and to end gender-based discrimination in India.

About International Day of the Girl Child

The United Nations adopted a resolution in 2011 and designated 11 October as International Day of the Girl Child for promoting the rights of girls and addressing the unique challenges they face.
  • IDGC is intended to draw attention to the uncontested fact that everywhere in the world girls face some sort of discrimination.
  • The first IDGC was observed in 2012 with the theme Ending Child Marriage and the second IDGC was observed in 2013 with the theme Innovating for Girl’s Education.

Employment News : 8 - October To 14- October - 2016

Employment News : 8 - October To 14- October - 2016


Name Of Post : Professors, Assistant. Professor’s, Principal
No.of Vacancies : 23
Last Date :27.10.2016
Name Of Post : Constable, Driver Backlog Vacancies
No.of Vacancies : 441
Last Date :19.11.2016
Name Of Post : Junior Engineering Assistant IV
No.of Vacancies : 100
Last Date :22.10.2016
Name Of Post : Technical Officer D, Scientific Officer C, Technical Officer D, Deputy Manager (Finance and Accounts), Junior Hindi Translator
No.of Vacancies : 45
Last Date :21.10.2016
Name Of Post : Registrar, Finance Officer, Deputy Librarian, Internal Audit Officer, Medical Officer, Assistant Engineer, Senior Technical Assistant etc
No.of Vacancies : 113
Last Date :28.10.2016
Source : www. employmentnews.gov.in/

Turn off Windows Updates in Windows 10

You can do this using the Windows Update service. Via Control Panel > Administrative Tools, you can access Services. In the Services window, scroll down to Windows Update and turn off the process. To turn it off, right-click on the process, click on Properties and select Disabled. That will take care of Windows Updates not being installed on your machine.
But since Windows is a Service now onwards, you have to keep your computer updated. To be able to install the next set of features or a newer build, you will require the earlier updates to be installed. That’s why if you use the above workaround, you will have to go to the Services and turn it on once in a while to download and update your copy of Windows.
After you turn on the Windows Update service, when you open Windows Update in PC Settings, you will see a message that updates were not installed because computer was stopped. You will have to click on Retry so that all the available updates are downloaded and installed. This may take two or three “Check for Updates”. You will have to keep on clicking “Check for updates” until it says your computer is up to date. Then you can go back and turn off the Windows Update service until next time you feel you are free enough to spend time updating your copy of Windows 10.

If your version of Windows 10 has Group Policy, you can also change some settings using the Group Policy Editor. Rungpedit and navigate to the following policy setting:
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update.
On the right-side, double-click on Configure Automatic Updates and change its settings to suit your requirements.

We do not recommend that you disable automatic Windows Update in Windows 10. If your computer is fine with downloads in background and doesn’t affect your work, it is not advisable to do it. But if you face slowdown of computer due to updates downloading and installing in the background, the above tip to turn off Windows updates in Windows 10 will be of some help.

Pay Fixation on Promotion as per 7th CPC (RP) Rules – Confederation requests to exercise revised option as one-time measure

Pay Fixation on Promotion as per 7th CPC (RP) Rules – Confederation requests to exercise revised option as one-time measure

“Exercising option for pay fixation in the revised 7th CPC Pay Structure, from the date of promotion or from the date of next increment from 01-01-2017 – C/o.Officials who are due for promotion/upgradation from Grade Pay 2800 to 4200 during the period from 01-01-2016 to 01-07-2017 – Request clarification and permission to exercise revised option as a one-time measure.”


No.Confdn/7th CPC/Option/2016-17



Joint Secretary to Govt. of India,
Ministry of Finance,
Department of Expenditure
(Implementation Cell),
Room No.124, The Ashok, North Block,
New Delhi – 110 001.

Sub: Exercising option for pay fixation in the revised 7th CPC Pay Structure, from the date of promotion or from the date of next increment from 01-01-2017 – C/o.Officials who are due for promotion/upgradation from Grade Pay 2800 to 4200 during the period from 01-01-2016 to 01-07-2017 – Request clarification and permission to exercise revised option as a one-time measure.

1. As per Rule 5 of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 the following provisions are notified by Government on 25-07-2016:
Rule 5 – Government servant may elect to continue to draw pay in the existing pay structure untill the date on which he earns his next increment or any subsequent increment in the existing pay structure or until he vacates his post or ceases to draw pay in the existing pay structure.
Provided further that in cases where a Government servant has been placed in a higher grade pay or scale between 1st day of January 2016 and the date of notification of these rules (ie. 25-07-2016) on account of promotion or upgradation, the Government servant may elect to switch over to the revised pay structure from the date of such promotion or upgradation as the case may be.

2. As per the above two provisions, a Government servant may elect to continue to draw pay in the existing pay structure until he earns his next or any subsequent increment in the existing (pre-revised) pay structure which implies that in cases where there is no promotion/upgradation between 01-01-2016 to 30-06-2016 (or between 01-01-2016 to 30-06-2017 in the case of subsequent increment on 01-07-2017) option to opt from the date of next increment (01-07-2016) or subsequent increment (01-07-2017) is available, thereby forgoing the arrears from 01-01-2016 to 30-06-2016 (next increment) or upto the date of subsequent increment say, 01-07-2017.

3. Thus, in the case of promotion/upgradation of a Government Servant becoming due before the date of notification ie, 25-07-2016, he should elect to switch over to the revised pay structure from the date of such promotion/upgradation. He has no option to opt for the next increment (becoming due after the date of promotion/upgradation) for fixation of pay in the revised pay structure.

4. Subsequently a clarificatory order is issued by Department of Expenditure (Implementation Cell) on 29th September 2016, which clarified the position further. As per this clarification, in case an employee is promoted or upgraded to the higher pay structure (in the pre-revised pay structure) he may be permitted to exercise revised option to have his pay fixed under the Revised Pay Rules 2016 from the date of such promotion/upgradation or from the date of next increment as per FR-22(i)(a)(i).

5. Thus an official who got promotion/upgradation on 15-07-2016 (in the month of July 2016), can exercise option to fix his pay under Revised Pay Rules, 2016, either from the date of promotion or from the date of next increment ie; on 01-07-2017.

6. Even after issuing the above clarificatory orders, dated 29-09-2016, it is not clear, whether an employee who becomes eligible for promotion/financial upgradation on a date after the date of issue of notification, ie, 25-07-2016, but before the date of next increment ie. 01-07-2017, can exercise option now, for fixation of his Revised Pay as per CCS (RP) Rules, 2016, from the date of promotion or from the date of next increment, ie; 01-07-2017, by forgoing the arrears from 01-01-2016 to date of promotion or 30-06-2017, thus allowing him to draw his pay in the pre-revised pay structure of 6th CPC till the date of promotion or till the date of next increment on 01-07-2017. As per the existing orders, all those employees whose date of promotion/upgradation becomes due after 25-07-2016 should compulsoily opt for pay fixation from 01-01-2016 or 01-07-2016, whereas an employee whose promotion is due in July 2016 ie; before the date of notification (25-07-2016) can opt for next increment date on 01-07-2017 for fixation in the Revised Pay structure under FR-22(i)(a)(i). Since the benefeit is extended to a section of employees who were promoted between 01-01-2016 and 25-07-2016 and the same benefeit is denied to the rest of the employee who are promoted after 25-07-2016, this is a clear case of discrimination and denial of natural and equitable justice.

7. If the option as above is not allowed, thousands of employees who are due for promotion/financial upgradation from 2800 Grade Pay to 4200 Grade Pay (in the pre-revised pay structure) from a date after the date of notification ie. 25-07-2016, will suffer a recurring loss of Rs.2800 to 3000 per month, throughout their service.

The following illustrations will explain the above facts:

1st OPTION – 7th CPC – OPTION FROM 01-01-2016 

6th CPC7th CPC
Basic as on 01-01-20161649016490×2.57 = 42379.  Next stage in the pay matrix level – 5 = 42800
Increment on 01-07-2016
42800×3%=1284, 42800+1284=44084.  Next stage in the Pay matrix = 44100.
MACP-II promotion from 2800 GP to 4200 GP on 05-12-2016 (one increment fixation)
44100×3%=1323, 44100+1323=45423.
Next stage in the pay matrix level-6   = 46200.

6th CPC 7th CPC fixation if option allowed from date of promotion or date of next increment on 01-07-2017
Basic as on 01-01-201616490
Increment on 01-07-201616990
MACP-II promotion from 2800
GP to 4200 GP on 05-12-2016
(One increment fixation +  Grade Pay difference)
16990×3% notional  increment – 510 Grade pay difference=4200-2800 = 1400 Total Basic = 16990+  510+1400=1890018900×2.57-48573.  Next stage  in the pay matrix in level 6 =49000
(If option allowed from date of promotion).
Increment on 01-07-201718900×3% = 567
= 18900+567 = 19467
= 19470
19470×2.57 = 50038 Next stage in the pay matrix level 6 = 50500.  (If option allowed from date of next increment).

Thus if no option is permissible after 25-07-2016 to fix the pay in the revised scale on the date of promotion ie. 5-12-2016, then by compulsory option from 01-01-2016, the pay will be fixed at 46200 on promotion. If option is permissible after the date of notification to fix the pay in the revised scale on the date of promotion, the pay will be fixed at 49000. The difference is Rs.2,800/-. If option for fixation on next incremen on 01-07-2017 is granted, then the difference will increase further.

In view of the above, it is requested that the case may be reviewed judiciously and clarificatory orders may be issued, permitting the employees whose promotion date become due after the date of notification (25-07-2016) also, to exercise option for fixation of their revised pay from the date of promotion/upgradation or from the date of next increment ie. 01-07-2017, as a one time measure, thereby forgoing the entire arrears from 01-01-2016 to date of promotion or date of next increment on 01-07-2017. In other words, they may be permitted to draw their pay in the pre-revised 6th CPC pay structure till the date of promotion or till the date of next increment on 01-07-2017.

Awaiting favourable orders,

Yours faithfully,

Secretary General, &
Standing Committee Member,
JCM National Council (Staff side).
Mob: 09447068125.
Email: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

Copy to:
1) The Secretary,
Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure,
North Block, New Delhi – 110 001 – for favourable action please.

Source: Confederation

Other than Computer Advance in 7th CPC i.e Motor Car Advance and Motor Cycle/Scooter/Moped Advance has been discontinued

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, 7th October, 2016

Subject: Grant of advances – Seventh Pay Commission recommendations – Amendment to Rules 21(5) of Compendium of Rules on Advances to Government Servants.

The undersigned is directed to say that in of the decision taken by the Government on the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations relating to advances, the existing provisions of Compendium of Rules on Advances – 21(5) relating to Personal Computer Advance are amended as per the amendments attached.

2. These orders will take effect from the date of issue of this O.M. The cases where the advances have already been sanctioned need not be reopened.

3. The other interest bearing advances relating to Motor Car Advance and Motorcycle / Scooter Moped Advance will stand discontinued.

4. In so far as persons serving in Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

5. All Ministries/Departments are requested to bring the amendments to the notice of all
its attached and subordinate offices for their information.

Hindi version of this O.M. is enclosed.

(Pankaj Hazarika)
Director, E.II(A)

Rules 21(5)

AdvanceQuantumEligibility Criteria
Personal Computer AdvanceRs.50,000 or actual price of PC, whichever is lowerAll Government employees

(ii) Computer advance will be allowed maximum five times in the entire service.

Web Responsive Pensioners' Service

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Special Service and Features
10-October-2016 17:22 IST

Web Responsive Pensioners' Service

A step towards empowerment of pensioners by improving Transparency, Responsiveness & Accountability 


Web Responsive Pensioners' Service is a Digital India initiative taken-up by the the Controller General of Accounts which works under the administrative control of the Union Ministry of Finance. This portal was recently launched by the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley last month. The Web Responsive Pensioners' service has been developed to provide single-point web solution for pensioners to obtain comprehensive information relating to status of the pensions and pension payments. This service will also help in speedy redressal of pensioners’ grievances. 
In its constant endeavor to provide better and prompt services to pensioners, Central Pension Accounting Office (CPAO) is providing various services to stake holders viz. Ministries, PAOs, Banks and Pensioners through its Website www.cpao.nic.in. It has developed a mobile responsive facility for use of pensioners for availing of various services. Pensioners can register on the CPAO website by providing Pension Payment Order (PPO) number and Date of Birth & Date of Retirement/Date of Death. Pensioners can also lodge their grievances online and track status through this portal.

The main features of this service include the facility of Login using any mobile device, facility to view the Complete Pensioner Profile and digital record of Pension & Revision Orders. Apart from this, the service will track the status of Pension Processing Grievance Redressal and its status which can also be received through SMS. The facility will be linked to Jeevan Pramaan, Bhavishya and CPENGRAMS Portals. Moreover, the pensioners will have Dashboards for banks, PAOs and ministries and departments. 

Pension Processing Tracking and Grievance Redressal

Pension Processing Status Tracking : Retired and retiring pensioners can track status of their pension cases of both new as well as revision like date of receipt of their cases in CPAO and date sent from CPAO to the Bank. To track the pension status, in respect of retired government employees, PPO numbers, date of birth and date of retirement/date of death are required. For retiring employees, PAN number and date of retirement is required.

Grievance Redressal: Pensioners can lodge their grievances and view/track status of their grievances through this service. In addition, lodging of grievances online on CPAO website, facility to lodge grievance by letter, fax, email, Toll free Number (1800117788) and personal visits and track its status is provided. After receiving a grievance from pensioner; CPAO forwards the same online to the concerned banks and field offices for redressal. Its status is updated on the website for the information of pensioners.

Link to Jeevan Pramaan, Bhavishya and CPENGRAMS Portals: Link to Jeevan Pramaan Portal has been provided on CPAO website to enable pensioners to use facility of Digital Life Certificate (DLC). For retiring employees, a link has been established with Bhavishya Portal of DP&PW to enable them to track status of their pension cases even before the case reaches CPAO. A link to CPENGRAMS (Centralized Pension Grievance Redress and Monitoring System) has also been provided so as to enable pensioners to lodge and track their grievances on CPENGRAMS.

Dept of post celebrating National Postal Week

The Department of Posts is celebrating the National Postal Week to highlight its role and contribution in the lives of people.
As part of the week-long exercise, the department would celebrate Savings Bank Day on 10th October that is tomorrow, Mail Day and Philately Day on October 13, Postal Life Insurance Day on October 14 and on the final day Business Development Day. 

The department will also celebrate the World Post Day to commemorate the establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in the Swiss capital Berne.


An Open Letter to Every Indian

Formation of Committee to streamline NPS: Notified in 7th CPC - RTI Reply

RTI Reply in connection with formation of committee to Streamline NPS
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While 'surgical strikes' were under way, govt cut Army's disability pensions

New Delhi,  October 10, 2016

 As army para-commandos slipped silently across the Line of Control (LoC) on September 28 on a perilous mission to punish anti-India jihadis and their Pakistani army backers, the Government of India quietly put the finishing touches on a plan to slash disability pensions for injuries incurred in the line of duty.

On September 30, the day after India began celebrating the successful “surgical strikes”, the ministry of defence (MoD) issued a letter that dramatically reduced pensions for soldiers invalided out from the army after being crippled by battle injuries, or by injuries directly attributable to hazardous military service.

It was just as well that the commandos returned without significant casualties. If a young soldier with severe injuries — what cold medical jargon terms “100 per cent disability” — from that operation had been invalided out from service, he would have found his monthly pension slashed from Rs 45,200 to just Rs 27,200 — down by Rs 18,000 a month.
The team leaders in the “surgical strikes”, majors with 10 years of service, have been hit even harder — with pension for 100 per cent disability slashed by over Rs 70,000 a month. Junior commissioned officers, the spine of the army, are also badly affected. Naib subedars with 26 years of service will find their 100 per cent disability pensions slashed by Rs 40,000 a month.

“Shocked is an understatement to describe what we feel,” said a top serving general. “Instead of joining us in celebrating the strikes, the MoD has stabbed us in the back.”

Two weeks later, as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) uses military images and the army’s intrepid cross-LoC raid as vote-catchers in four impending state elections, news is filtering through the army hierarchy that the slashing of disability pensions includes not just battle disability pensions, but also pensions for medical disabilities found to be attributable to, or aggravated by, military service. These include training accidents, including parachuting, respiratory ailments caused by long exposure to extreme altitudes, loss of digits/limbs due to frostbite, etc.

This bombshell has been lobbed onto the army through a draft gazette notification dated September 30, issued ironically by the “Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare”. In this document, posted on the defence ministry website, the reduced rates are listed out in a paragraph titled: “Enhancement in rate of disability pension”.

It scraps a decade-old system that the Sixth Central Pay Commission (6th CPC) instituted in 2006. In that, disability pensions arising from battle injuries, or disabilities attributable to/aggravated by military service, were calculated on a “percentage basis”, related to the last pay drawn.

Now, for unspecified reasons, disability pensions will be calculated according to a far less generous “slab system” that existed earlier. The 7CPC has proposed, and the government accepted, that the earlier system be reinstated.

Adding insult to financial injury, civilians will continue to be paid pensions according to the earlier “percentage system”.

Until the September 30 notification, officers and soldiers who had suffered 100 per cent disability in battle were entitled disability pension that matched their last pay drawn. In addition, they would draw a “service component” of pension, which amounted to 50 per cent of their last pay drawn.

Under the new rules, which come into effect retrospectively from January 1, 2016, the “service component” remains unchanged, but a “slab system” has been introduced for disability pension, which is significantly lower than the percentage system — Rs 27,000 a month for officers, 17,000 for junior commissioned officers (JCOs), and Rs 12,000 for all other ranks (ORs).

A soldier with five years of service earns Rs 30,400 a month; 100 per cent disability pension would match that figure. In its place, he will now be entitled to a flat rate of Rs 12,000 a month. A major with 10 years of service earns Rs 98,300 a month. In place of that figure for 100 per cent disability, he will get just Rs 27,000 a month.

For lower disability percentages, disability pension is calculated on a pro-rata basis.

Besides battle casualties, most service-related disabilities are those categorised as “attributable to/aggravated by military service”. This too has been badly hit for the army.

According to the army headquarter’s calculations, the new “slab system” would cause a loss of Rs 2,040 a month to a senior sepoy with 100 per cent disability, Rs 3,472 to a subedar, and Rs 6,855 per month to a lieutenant colonel.

Source :  http://www.business-standard.com

Govt warns employees against criticising policies

Press Trust of India | New Delhi October 10, 2016

The Centre has warned employees of disciplinary action if they indulge in criticism of the government or its policies. 

The move comes after officers of Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) and All India Association of Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers, among others, suggested changes in Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN), a private company tasked with creating information technology infrastructure for the goods and services tax (GST), and composition of Revenue Secretary-led GST council secretariat.

“Of late, it has been noticed that some associations or federations have commented adversely on the government and its policies. It may be brought to the notice of all associations or federations that if anyone indulges in criticism of the government and its policies, appropriate action (including disciplinary action) shall be taken,” an order issued recently by finance ministry said.
It cited service rules that bar any government servant from making any adverse criticism of any policy or action of the government.

“No government servant shall, in any radio broadcast, telecast through any electronic media or in any document published in his own name or anonymously, pseudonymously or in the name of any other person or in any communication to the press or in any public utterance, make any statement of fact or opinion which has the effect of an adverse criticism of any current or recent policy or action of the central government or state government,” the service rules say.

Citing existing norms, the finance ministry said the primary objective of the service associations is to promote common service interest of its members.

The ministry asked chief commissioners and directors general concerned to ensure that only recognised employees associations get the benefits mentioned in the rules.

All recognised service associations or federations are entitled for certain benefits such as correspondence and meetings with the head of administrative departments, provision of accommodation for the association subject to availability, facility of special casual leave up to 20 days in a year to office-bearers of associations and payment of Travelling Allowance and Dearness Allowance for attending officially sponsored meetings.

“In the case of service associations or federations which are not recognised or whose recognition has expired, office-bearers of such associations or federations shall not be entitled for these benefits,” the finance ministry said.

Besides service associations, Bharatiya Janata Party Member of Parliament Subramanian Swamy has also been opposing majority stake for private entities in GSTN and has already written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi objecting to this.

The central government holds 24.5 per cent stake in GSTN, while state governments together hold another 24.5 per cent.

The remaining 51 per cent equity is with non-government financial institutions, like HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and LIC Housing Finance.

“Management of GSTN be entrusted to Directorate General, Systems of Central Board of Excise and Customs, as GSTN is a newly created special purpose vehicle, which does not have any experience in implementing any IT project or domain knowledge in Indirect Tax laws,” the IRS association had said in a statement.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister, had recently approved ‘Project Saksham’, a new indirect tax network (systems integration) of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC).

The total project cost involved is Rs 2,256 crore, which will be incurred over a period of seven years.
Source : http://www.business-standard.com