Monday, August 14, 2017

Commerce Ministry to wind up DGS&D this fiscal

New Delhi, Aug 8 (PTI) The commerce ministry has started the process of shutting down over 100-year-old government procurement arm - Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D)- in this fiscal, a senior official said.
The public procurement of goods and services is being managed by the ministry's e-market platform (GeM) since last year.

Before closing, the ministry has to decide upon the issues concerning manpower, land and office spaces of the directorate, which are present all over the country.
"We are closing DGS&D. We would close it in this fiscal only...It is more than 100-year-old organisation," the ministry official, who did not wish to be named, said.

Currently, the directorate has four regional offices including Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. It has 12 Purchase Directorates (Commodity-wise) at its headquarters here.

Besides, there are 20 offices /sub centres and the staff strength is over 1,200.

DGS&D has its origin in the India Stores Department, which was established in 1860 in London for purchase of imported stores.

In 1922, India Stores Department was established in India to arrange purchases for Government Civil Departments and Military Purchases. In 1951, the set-up of Purchase and Inspection was reorganised and DGS&D was constituted, in its present form, to handle all government purchases centrally.

A minor restructuring happened in 1974, when defence and railways were allowed to procure items meant for their exclusive use.

The directorate has two professional service cadres -- Indian Supply Service and Indian Inspection Service.

Last year, GeM was launched by the ministry to bring greater transparency and efficiency in public procurement.

The GeM portal has eliminated human interface in vendor registration, order placement and payment processing to a great extent.

The central and state governments procure goods and services worth over Rs 5 lakh crore annually.

Currently, over 20,000 sellers are registered on this portal for selling over 50,000 products.

Commemorative Stamps on 1942 Freedom Movement – 9th August 2017

The Quit India Movement or the India August Movement, was a movement launched at the Bombay session of the All-India Congress Committee by Mahatma Gandhi on 8 August 1942, during, demanding an end to British Rule of India. The Cripps Mission had failed, and on 8 August 1942, Mahatma Gandhi made a call to Do or Die in his Quit India speech delivered in Bombay at the Gowalia Tank Maidan. The All-India Congress Committee launched a mass protest demanding what Gandhiji called "An Orderly British Withdrawal" from India. Even though it was wartime, the British were prepared to act. Almost the entire leadership of the INC was imprisoned without trial within hours of Gandhiji's speech. Most spent the rest of the war in prison and out of contact with the masses. The British had the support of the Viceroy's Council, of the All India Muslim League, the princely states, the Indian Imperial Police, the British Indian Army and the Indian Civil Service. The outside support came from the Americans, as President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressured PrimeMinister Winston Churchill to give in to some of the Indian demands. The Quit India campaign was effectively crushed. The British refused to grant immediate independence, saying it could happen only after the war had ended.

To commemorate 75 years of 1942 Quit India Movement a set of 8 Commemorative Stamps and a Miniature Sheet was released by The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on 9th August, 2017. The Vice President, Shri M. Hamid Ansari, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Minister of State for Communications (Independent Charge) and Railways, Shri Manoj Sinha and Shri Ananta Narayan Nanda, Secretary, Department of Posts & Chairperson, Postal Services Board were also present on the occasion.

Set of 8 Stamps depicts Mahatma Gandhi drafting historical speech for All India Congress Committee meeting, Bombay 1942, Huge Crowd gathered outside the historic AICC meeting at Gowalia Tank Maidan, Mahatama Gandhi addressing the historic session of AICC at Gowalia Tank Maidan, Press report on the AICC meeting and the adoption of Quit Inda Resolution, Agakhan Palace where Mahatma Gandhi lost Mahadev Desai and Kasturba Gandhi, Mass uprising and demonstrations with women's participation in large numbers during the Quit India movement, Campaigners during the Quit India Movement, Demonstrators fearlessly confronting police during Quit India Movement.

GS visit to Directorate for.....

GS visited Directorate in the last week. The following issues were discussed with the concerned officers.

1. Declaration of result of PS Gr. B examination
There are many CAT / Court cases pending. There is no chance of cancellation of examination. In few cases stay for declaration of result is granted by CAT/Court. Directorate has directed all CPMsG where CAT/Court cases are pending to get the stay vacated on any cost. The result is expected in the last week of September 2017 or first week of October 2017.
2. Supplementary DPC for the promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B.
Directorate has called for the vigilance clearance report of few candidates from circles. On receipt of the report from concerned circle, the result of extended panel will be released. DoPT has already issued guidelines that unfiled vacancies and vacancies created through declination of promotion can be filled from the extended panel formed during the last DPC. Nearly 20 to 21 vacancies created due to declination of promotion by the officers and these vacancies will be filled by soon. The names of officers who declined promotion have already been circulated by the Directorate.

3. Repatriation of PS Gr. B officers to their parent circle
This year very few officers have said to be applied for repatriation to their parent circle. The repatriation memo is expected simultaneously with the result of extended panel for promotion the cadre of PS Gr. B cadre.

4. Inspector Posts examination for the year 2017.
Notification for the examination is likely to be issued soon. Herein after all the examinations will be held on ONLINE.

5. Issue of seniority list of Inspector Posts cadre from 2001 onwards.
Directorate has sought clarifications from DoPT on the issues raised by candidates (IPs) and Circles. On receipt of clarification on doubts, the seniority lists will be issued in phased manner.

6. JTS DPC for the year 2016-17.
The case is pending at court. 

7. Cadre restructuring of Inspector Posts cadre
Directorate is awaited report from 6 circles. Reminder have already been issued to them. GS is going to submit his proposal very soon.

Excellence in Administration Program

Excellence in Administration Program (Induction Training Programme for PS Gr. B Officers) of IV batch was held Rafi Ahmed Kidwai National Postal Academy, Ghaziabad from 17-7-2017 to 11-8-2017. Total 21 officers attended the training programe. In the final examination, Shri Vilas Ingale General Secretary and SPOs, Palghar Division (Maharashtra) secured 2nd rank and in Syndicate report his team bagged first position. Shri Nava Das, SPOs, Kalahandi Division (Odisha) secured first position. Director RAKNPA gave away the prices to the winners. 
Shri P K Bisoi, Director, RAKNPA, Ghaziabad giving award to Shri Vilas Ingale GS and SPOs, Palghar Division (Maharashtra). Shri Vinay Kumar Tiwari Additional Director, RAKNPA, Ghaziabad also seen in the picture

Finance Ministry issues guidelines; All Central Government offices to retrofit energy efficient appliances

Finance Ministry issues guidelines; All Central Government offices to retrofit energy efficient appliances
  • Department of Expenditure decides Energy Efficiency Services Limited to execute work on nomination basis
  • EESL’s Buildings Energy Efficiency Programme to bring in 1000 crore investment covering 10,000 large government/private buildings by 2020
Considering the fact that majority of the government buildings are old constructions and, therefore, consume large amount of energy, the Ministry of Finance has issued guidelines for mandatory installation of energy efficient appliances in all Central Government buildings across India.

The Ministry, in a statement, has directed that usage of LED based lightings and energy efficient cooling equipment such as fans and air conditioners in government buildings will lead to savings in the long run through reduction in energy consumption. To implement this, Department of Expenditure under Ministry of Finance has decided to take up services of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power, on nomination basis to assist various ministries and departments to retrofit energy efficient appliances in all their premises across the country.
Currently, EESL is the implementation agency for the Buildings Energy Efficiency Programme, which was launched in May 2017 by Minister of State (IC) FOR Power , Coal , Mines & New & Renewable Energy , Shri Piyush Goyal. Under the programme, EESL intends to bring in investment of around 1000 crore covering more than 10,000 large government/private buildings by 2020. It is estimated that about one crore LED lights, 15 lakh energy efficient ceiling fans, and 1.5 lakh energy efficient ACs will be retrofitted by EESL in these buildings. Apart from retrofitting, EESL also aims to widen its services in areas like centralized AC system, Energy Audits, and New Generation Energy Management System in buildings.

The Buildings Energy Efficiency Programme has two business models: a) The ESCO (Energy Servicing Company) model, where the entire upfront investment is made by EESL, which is paid back by the building owner out of the resulting energy savings from the intervention, and b) The PMC (Project Management Consultancy) model, where EESL is the project management consultant for implementing the project for the client. The client invests the entire project cost and bears one-time PMC charges of EESL.

With the Buildings Programme, EESL aims to enhance the savings portfolio and ensure energy security for each citizen. EESL has already retrofitted energy efficient appliances in prominent Government buildings such as NITI Aayog, Nirman Bhawan, Sardar Patel Bhawan, Shastri Bhawan, J&K Assembly, Jammu Secretariat, Vidyut Bhawan, and Rajiv Chowk Metro station where energy efficient LED lights, energy efficient ceiling fans, and energy efficient air conditioners have been retrofitted. EESL has so far installed about 94,000 LED lights, 3,000 energy efficient air conditioners, and over 400 energy efficient ceiling fans in these buildings. At present, the savings through 28 completed building projects across seven states are estimated to be over 11.03 MU, which is bound to increase with each completed project.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi on 5th January, 2015 had launched the National LED Programme, to facilitate rapid adoption of LED based home and street lighting across the country. The programme components, Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for All (UJALA) and Street Lighting National Programme (SNLP) of EESL are currently under implementation in 29 States and 7 Union Territories.
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Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) in SBI

Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) in SBI

State Bank of India (SBI) has informed that there is no plan to launch Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) in their bank at present.
SBI has informed that VRS was offered by the erstwhile Associate Banks of SBI to their employees and officers before merger and three thousand five hundred sixty nine (3569) employees/officers of erstwhile Associate Banks had opted for the same.

The abvoe information given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 25.07.2017.

Strengthening of administration - Periodical Review under FR 56 (i) and Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972

Strengthening of administration - Periodical Review under FR 56 (i) and Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972- Composition of Representation Committee and nomination of the two members by Cabinet Secretary


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No Hike in Minimum Pay : 7th Pay Commission – Bad News for Central Government Employees, No minimum Pay Hike

No Hike in Minimum Pay : 7th Pay Commission – Bad News for Central Government Employees, No minimum Pay Hike
There is bad news for Central Government employees who have been demanding an increase in the minimum pay as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.
Central Government Employee unions have been demanding that the minimum pay be hiked from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000. The government had earlier assured to look into this issue.

No Hike in Minimum Pay

There were discussions about hiking the pay by the National Anomaly Committee setup by the central government. The committee was looking into the issue. The government has however decided not to go ahead with the demand. There is no scope for change, the government has decided.

Minimum Pay at Rs 18,000

Despite efforts by the employee unions, the government has decided that the minimum pay would stay at Rs 18,000. The matter is before the committee. It has been sought that the pay be hiked from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000. Even if the committee were to consider the same, the government says that there is no scope for any change.

No Scope for PSUs Too

Employees of the Public Sector Units too had made a similar demand. They too had been demanding that their pay is hiked to Rs 26,000. However the government has made it clear it will not be likened to the one that the central government employees are getting.

Frustration Builds

Finance Minister of India, Mr. Arun Jaitley had said after the 7th Pay Commission recommendations were cleared that salaries for central government employees have to be taken respectable when compared to the ones in the private sector. However the central government employees feel cheated and frustrated as their demand for arrears on allowances from July 2016 was not met.

Source: OI

Postcards for the soldiers

Bengaluru, August 05, 2017 23:19 IST 
A child with his message on a postcard as part of the ‘Salute a Soldier’ campaign, in Bengaluru on Saturday. 
MESSAGES TO BE SHIPPED TO 1,000 ARMY UNITS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
‘Thank you for all that you do,’ reads a postcard. ‘Thank you for saving our country and keeping it safe,’ says another. There were scores of such messages on postcards all ready to be shipped to the armed forces across the country.
This is part of the ‘Salute a Soldier’ campaign organised jointly by India Post and Postcrossing Society of India at the General Post Office on Saturday. Col. Akhil Kumar from Postcrossing Society of India said the postcards would be delivered to 1,000 Army units across the country. “We wanted to get the community involved in the initiative. The same initiative will be taken to Belagavi on Monday,” he said, adding that 1,000 postcards had been printed. 

“We got a good response. Lots of families, along with young children, wrote messages for the armed forces. We kept crayons handy for children to draw on the postcards,” he said. 

Sharan Bojaraj, a techie who participated in the campaign, said: “This initiative is going to make the soldiers very happy... they are getting so many letters of love, support and admiration.” “This is a great initiative. It helps citizens acknowledge and appreciate our soldiers and their sacrifices,” said Anita Nandakumar, a private company employee. 

Col. Kumar said that Postcrossing Society is cataloguing postcards to create a postcard library. “This to expose Indian heritage and culture to the world. We are taking the library to schools to inculcate the habit of letter writing among schoolchildren.” In October, the society is planning a similar event - Letters to Mahatma - to propagate the Gandhian philosophy. 

Source : http://www.thehindu.com