Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Civil List of Officers of Indian Postal Service (As on 01.01.2019)

Personnel Division
Department of Posts
Ministry of Communications
New Delhi

Civil List of Officers of Indian Postal Service (As on 01.01.2019)

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Happy Holi to all the Members & their families.

Happy Holi to all the Members & their families.

Holi 2019
Holi is one of the major festivals of India and is celebrated on different dates every year. This great Indian festival is observed at the end of the winters in the month of March after the full Moon. A day before Holi a large bonfire is lit that helps in burning out the evil spirits and that whole process is called as Holika Dahan.
It is highly prohibited to perform the bonfire of the Holika Dahan before the Sunset as that can be not really be the cause for bringing in a lot of misfortune in life. It must be performed on a specific time on the Purnima Tithi only after the Sunset. It is very important to choose a good Muhurat in order to perform the ritual of Holika Dahan. Ideally it must be performed on Pradosh Kaal when the night and day are believed to meet each other.
It is prohibited to perform the ritual of Holika Dahan until the Bhadra Tithi. Also, the the exact time for the same varies from state to state all over in India.
On the day of Holika dahan, a special type of Puja has to be performed so as to keep children and the other family members in good of the health and keep away from them all types of evils.

The celebration of Holika Dahan is carried out in order in the remembrance of the Holika. In an attempt to fulfil the wish of her demon brother Holika tried to sit in the fire and burn him as he worshipped Lord Vishnu and not her brother. As she had that blessing of not getting affected by the fire so she sat with Prahalada in the fire. But, because of the great devotion of Prahalada, he was saved and Holika was burnt to death.
On the day of Holi, people enjoy by splashing colors over each other and they also play with liquid colors. This part of playing with colours goes on till the end of the afternoon and from the evening people start off with preparing delicious meals.
Also in various parts of the country Holi is celebrated in different way and with different names.





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Excessive Work Pressure took away another life : Shri Dashru Majhi, SPM, Bandhbahal Colony S O under Sambalpur Division expired today (19.03.2019) in office

Excessive Work Pressure took away another life : Shri Dashru Majhi, SPM, Bandhbahal Colony S O under Sambalpur Division expired today (19.03.2019) in office


Shri Dashru Majhi, SPM, Bandhbahal Colony S O, a single handed post office under Sambalpur Division expired today (19.03.2019) morning at 9.30 AM due to cardiac arrest.

Late Shri Majhi was very sincere and punctual in attending office. After entering into office today (19.03.2019) before 9.30 AM, when he started the preliminary works to make the office functional, he suddenly felt uneasy. Since no other official was present near him, he rushed to the nearby Postman’s quarters for help where he became unconscious and suddenly with the help of other staff / family members while he was being taken to the nearest TRL Hospital, Belpahar, he breathed his last on the way.

As reported to this Circle Union the work pressure of Bandhbahal Colony S O is excessively high and requires to be upgraded to a triple handed office. Being failed to cope with the undue work pressure on one hand and continuous threatening by the administration on unachievable POSB / PLI / RPLI / BD targets etc. on the other, late Shri Majhi had already approached the Divisional administration to transfer him from that office. But his prayers had gone futile and ultimately the SPM met the death.

Late Shri Majhi is left with his wife Tanuja Majhi, one college going son D Majhi (25) and one college going daughter. Deepika Majhi (20).

Deeply shocked, the AIPEU, Group-C sincerely condoles the sad and unfortunate demise of Shri Majhi and prays Lord Jagannath to shower His unending blessings over the bereaved family members to bear with this irreparable loss.

Let the divine soul rest in eternal peace.
= B SAMAL =
Circle Secretary
On behalf of the family members of NFPE, Odisha


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Ten Years Rigorous imprisonment to two Postal Officials and a private for causing loss to Govt. Exchequer

Ten Years Rigorous imprisonment to two Postal Officials and a private for causing loss to Govt. Exchequer

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Compliance with Model Code/related instructions issued by Election Commission of India – DoPT

Compliance with Model Code/related instructions issued by Election Commission of India – DoPT

Election Matter
A-43014/2/2018-Ad.IV
Government of India
Election Matter
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi,
The 18th March, 2019
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: General Elections to Lok Sabha, 2019 and State Legislative Assemblies in the State of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim and certain bye-elections – Enforcement of Model Code of Conduct- reg.
The undersigned is directed to enclose a copy each of D.O. letter No. 1/41/2/2019-Cab dated 11 .03.2019 and O.M. No. 1/41/2/2019-Cab dated 12.03.2019 received from Cabinet Secretariat, for information and compliance.
Encl: As above
(Brij mohan)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

To
All concerned through website of DOP&T and e-Office.

ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA
NIRVACHAN SADAN, ASHOKA ROAD. NEW DELHI-110001

No.437/6/1/ECI/INST/FUNCT/MCC/2019
Dated: 10th March, 2019
TO
1. The Cabinet Secretary, Government of India, Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi.

2. The Chief Secretaries to the Governments of all States and
Chief Secretaries/ Administrators of Union Territories.

3. The Chief Electoral Officers of all States and Union Territories.
Sub: Application of Model Code of Conduct – General Elections to House of the People (Lok Sabha), 2019 and State Legislative Assemblies in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim and certain bye-elections – reg.
Sir,
I am directed to state that the Election Commission has announced the schedule for holding General Elections to Lok Sabha and to the Legislative Assemblies of the States of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Orissa and Sikkim and certain bye-elections (Press Note No. ECI/PN/23/2019, dated 10th March, 2019, available at the Commission’s web-site — www.eci.gov.in).

2. With this announcement, the provisions of the Model Code of Conduct for the guidance of the Political Parties and Candidates have come into force with immediate effect and will be in force till the completion of the General Elections and bye-elections, mentioned above. This may be brought to the notice of the Central and all State Governments/ Union
Territory Administrations, all Ministries/Departments/ Offices of the Union Government and the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations. A copy of instructions issued by you to this effect, may be sent to the Commission for its information and record.

3. Your particular attention is drawn to the provisions of Model Code of Conduct for the guidance of Political Parties and Candidates and various instructions issued by the Commission, which, inter-alia, state that the party in power whether at the Centre or in the State or States concerned, shall ensure that no cause is given for any complaint that it has used its official position for the purposes of its election campaign and in particular:-
(i) (a) The Ministers shall not combine their official visit with electioneering work and shall not also make use of official machinery or personnel during the electioneering work;
(b) Government transport including official air-crafts, vehicles, machinery and personnel shall not be used for furtherance of the interest of the party in power;
(ii) Public places such as maidans etc., for holding election meetings, and use of helipads for air-flights in connection with elections shall not be monopolised by the party in power. Other parties and candidates shall be allowed the use of such places and facilities, on the same terms and conditions, on which they are used by the party in power;
(iii) Rest houses, dak bungalows or other Government accommodations in the States/Union Territories where elections have been announced or are taking place can be given to the political functionaries who are provided security by the State in ‘Z’ scale or above or equivalent by various State Governments or the Central Government under provisions of their laws, on
equitable basis. This shall be subject to condition that such accommodation is not already allotted or occupied by election related officials or the Commission’s Observers. Such political functionaries shall not carry out any political activity while staying in the Government Guest Houses/Rest Houses or other Government accommodation etc.;

(iv) Issue of advertisement at the cost of public exchequer in the newspapers and other media and the misuse of official mass media during the election period for partisan coverage of political news and publicity regarding achievements with a view to furthering the prospects of the party in power shall be scrupulously avoided;
(v) Ministers and other authorities shall not sanction grants/payments out of discretionary funds from the time, elections are announced by the Commission; and
(vi) From the time, elections are announced by Commission, Ministers and other authorities shall not –
(a) announce any financial grants, in any form or promises thereof; or
(b) (except civil servants) lay foundation stones etc. of projects or schemes of any kind; or
(c) make any promise of construction of roads, provision of drinking water facilities etc; or
(d) make any ad-hoc appointments in Government, Public Undertakings etc. which may have the effect of influencing the voters in favour of the party in power.
4. As will be observed from Para 3{Clause IV) above, no advertisement shall be issued in electronic and print media highlighting the achievements of the Govt. at the cost of public exchequer. If any advertisement has already been released for telecast/broadcast or publication in the print media, it must be ensured that the telecast/broadcast of such ads on electronic media is stopped forthwith and that no such ad is published in any newspapers, magazines, etc„ i.e. in print media, from today itself and it should be immediately withdrawn.
5. The instruction of the Commission contained in its letter No.437/6/2009-CCBE dated 5th March, 2009 is available on the Commission’s web-site at path “https://eci.gov.in/important-instructions/” for your information and necessary action. The Commission’s all other relevant instructions, ‘Manual on Model Code of Conduct’ and ‘Compendium of Instructions on Model Code of Conduct’ are also available On the Commission’s website for your guidance.
6. The Commission further directs that there shall be a total ban on the transfer of all officers/officials connected with the conduct of the election. These include but are not restricted to:
(i) The Chief Electoral Officer and Additional/Joint/Deputy Chief Electoral Officers;
(ii)Divisional Commissioners;
(iii)The District Election Officers, Returning Officers, Assistant Returning Officers and other Revenue Officers connected with the conduct of election;
(iv) Officers of the Police Department connected with the management of election, like range IGs and DIGS, Senior Superintendents of Police and Superintendents of Police, Sub-Divisional Police Officers like Deputy Superintendents of Police and other Police officers who are deputed to the Commission under section 28A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951;
(v)The transfer orders issued in respect of the above categories of officers prior to the date of announcement but not implemented till date should not be given effect to without obtaining specific permission from the Commission in this regard;
(vi) This ban shall be effective till the completion of the election. The Commission further directs that the State Governments should refrain from making transfers of senior officers who have a role in the management of election in the State;
(vii) In those cases where transfer of an officer is necessary on account of administrative exigencies, the concerned State Government may with full justification approach the Commission for prior clearance.

The receipt of the letter may kindly be acknowledged.
Yours faithfully,
(NARENDRA N.BUTOLIA)
PRINCIPAL SECRETARY

Source: DoPT
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Gazette Notification: Minimum educational qualification for Motor vehicle inspector and Assistant Motor vehicle inspector

 MINISTRY OF ROAD TRANSPORT AND HIGHWAYS

 NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 8th March, 2019

 S.O. 1215(E). -In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (4) of section 213 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 (59 of 1988), the Central Government hereby makes the following amendments in the notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways published in the official Gazette vide number S.O. 443(E), dated the 12th June, 1989, namely:-

 In the said notification, under the heading 'Qualification', for serial numbers 1 to 4 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial numbers and entries shall respectively, be substituted, namely:-

"(i) 10th standard pass from any recognized Board; and
(ii) a diploma in Automobile Engineering (three year course);
     Or a diploma in Mechanical Engineering (three year course), awarded by any institution recognized by the Central Government or State Government; and
(iii) holding a driving license authorizing to drive motor cycle with gear and light motor vehicles".
 
[F. No. RT-11036/62/2018-MVL]
                                                                                                                                    PRIYANK BHARTI, Jt. Secy.

Note : The principal notification was published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II Section 3, Sub-Section (ii) vide S.O. 443(E), dated the 12th June, 1989.
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Five Important Things To Know About Post Office National Pension System

Five Important Things To Know About Post Office National Pension System

Post office offers National Pension System - Customers get an additional tax benefit up to Rs. 50,000 for investment in NPS

India Post or Department of Posts, the postal system of the country, offers several savings schemes. It also offers the facility of opening an account under National Pension System (NPS), said India Post its official website, indiapost.gov.in. NPS is a retirement savings scheme, which is regulated by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority. Under the system, contributions from subscribers along with matching contributions from respective governments as an employer, are collected and accumulated in an individual pension account.

Here are 5 things to know about Post office National Pension System (NPS):

1. Eligibility: All citizens who do not come under any NPS sector and are aged between 18 and 65 years of age can open a post office NPS account.
2. Services: India Post allows subscribers to open new NPS (all citizens model) account and make subsequent contributions. All types of service requests and exit or claim withdrawal requests are also offered.
3. Types of accounts: There are two types of accounts that are opened under NPS namely Tier I and Tier II. Tier I is a pension account and is mandatory. Tier II is a savings account and is optional.
4. Amount and charges: One has to pay Rs. 500 for as minimum initial contribution with registration.
Finance cap on NPS accounts

 Transaction charges

 5. Income Tax benefits: Customers get an additional tax benefit up to Rs. 50,000 for investment in NPS (All Citizen Model), said India Post on its portal.
Source: ndtv
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Monday, 18 March 2019

DOP for Transfer / Deputation of DOP Staff

DOP for Transfer / Deputation of DOP Staff


DOP for Transfer / Deputation of DOP Staff
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7th CPC : Revised rates of Incentive for acquiring fresh Higher Qualifications - Criteria, Guidelines for granting Incentive

Mar 18, 20190 comments


7th CPC : Revised rates of Incentive for acquiring fresh Higher Qualifications - Criteria, Guidelines for granting Incentive - reg

7thcpc-higher-qualification-incentive-dopt-om

No. 1/5/2017-Estt (Pay-I)Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
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North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 15th March, 2019

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Incentive for acquiring fresh higher qualifications, in the 7th CPC Scenario — reg.

Central Government Servants acquiring fresh higher qualifications after coming into service are granted incentive in the form of one-time lump-sum amount ranging from Rs.2,000/-to Rs.10,000/-, as provided in this Department’s OM No. 1/2/89-Estt.(Pay-l) dated 09.04.1999 and other related OMs.

2.The 7th CPC has reviewed the rates of incentive presently available to employees on this account in addition to pay, and have suggested their rationalization and simplification in Para 8.9.11 to 8.9.14 of their report.

3.Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure (DOE) Resolution No. 1-2/2016-IC dated 25.07.2016 vide Para 7 provided that the matter regarding allowances (except Dearness Allowance) based on the recommendations of the 7th CPC shall be referred to a Committee under the Chairmanship of Finance Secretary, and until a final decision thereon, all allowances including this incentive were required to be paid at the existing rates in the existing pay structure (the pay structure based on 6th CPC) as if the pay has not been revised w.e.f. 1st January, 2016.

4.The decision of the Government on various allowances based on the recommendations of the 7th CPC and in the light of the recommendations of the Committee under the Chairmanship of Finance Secretary has been issued as per the Resolution No. 11-1/2016-IC dated 06.07.2017 of DOE.

5.The President is pleased to decide that in supersession of all the existing orders/OMs/instructions/guidelines on the subject of granting incentive for acquiring fresh higher qualifications, the following one-time lump-sum rates as incentive for acquiring fresh higher qualification by a Government employee shall be permissible for courses in fields that are directly relevant to the employee’s job:


SI. No.
Qualification
Amount (Rs.)
1.
Ph.D. or Equivalent.
30,000
2.
PG Degree/Diploma of duration more than one year, or equivalent.
25,000
3.
PG Degree/Diploma of duration one year or less, or equivalent.
20,000
4.
Degree/Diploma of duration more than three years, or equivalent.
15,000
5.
Degree/Diploma of duration three years or less, or equivalent.
10,000

6. Professional courses directly relevant to the functional requirement of the Organization/Ministry/Department but not covered by any one of the categories mentioned in para 5 above, shall be notified specifically under SI. No. 4 or 5 of para 5 above, by the concerned Ministry/Department in consultation with their respective IFD.

7. Ministries/Departments are free to choose courses on their own. However, the grant of incentive in respect of above qualifications will be subject to the fulfillment of the criteria laid down in para 8 below. The grant of incentive for the qualifications listed above shall be considered by the administrative authorities in consultation with their IFD and necessary orders shall be issued after ensuring that the criteria laid down in para 8 below are fulfilled.

8. Criteria/guidelines for granting incentive for acquiring fresh higher qualifications, in the 7th CPC Scenario, are as under:

8.1. The incentive will not be available for the qualifications which are laid down as essential or desirable qualifications in the recruitment rules for the post.

8.2. No incentive shall be allowed for acquiring higher qualification purely on academic or literary subjects. The acquisition of the qualification should be directly related to the functions of the post held by him/her, or to the functions to be performed in the next higher post. There should be direct nexus between the functions of the post and the qualification acquired and that it should contribute to the efficiency of the government servant.

8.3. The quantum of incentive will be uniform for all posts, irrespective of their classification or grade or the department.

8.4. The incentive shall not be admissible where the government servant is sponsored by the government or he/she avails study leave for acquiring the qualification.

8.5. The incentive would be given only for higher qualification acquired after induction into service.

8.6. No incentive would be admissible if an appointment is made in relaxation of the educational qualification. No incentive would be admissible if employee acquires the requisite qualification for such appointment at a later date.

8.7. The qualifications meriting grant of incentive should be recognized by University Grants Commission, respective regulatory bodies like AICTE, Medical Council of India, etc. set up by Central/State Government or recognized by the Government.

8.8. The incentive shall be limited to maximum two times in an employee's career, with a minimum gap of two years between successive grants.

8.9. The Government servant should prefer the claim within six months from the date of acquisition of the higher qualification.

9.The incentive as per this OM will be admissible for above qualifications acquired on or after 01.07.2017.

10.Government Servants, who have acquired the fresh higher qualification on or after 01.07.2017 till the date of issuance of this OM, may also claim these incentives within six months from the date of issuance of this OM.

11.Insofar as the persons working in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

12.Hindi Version will follow
(Rajeev Bahree)
Under Secretary to the Government of India



Source : http://documents.doptcirculars.nic.in/D2/D02est/higher%20qualification%207th%20cpczKxEJ.pdf

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Government will soon start the selection process for the new PFRDA chairman

Government will soon start the selection process for the new PFRDA chairman

Government will soon start the selection process for the new PFRDA chairman
The government will soon start selection process for a new chairman of pension fund regulator PFRDA to succeed the present chief, Hemant G Contractor, whose term is slated to end in April.
“The Finance Ministry will soon come out with an advertisement to find a successor to head the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA),”
Contractor’s term will be completed on April 30, 2019.
PFRDA was re-constituted into a statutory body after notification of PFRDA Act in 2014.
Contactor is the first Chairman to head the regulatory body. He had joined PFRDA on October 7, 2014.
As per the Act, the chairman will have a tenure of 5 years or till age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.
Contractor was previously held the post of SBI managing director before being appointed as the PFRDA Chairman.
The pension fund regulator has reached a subscriber base of 2.65 crore in its flagship National Pension System (NPS) and Atal Pension Yojana (APY) schemes and hopes to cover nearly 2.72 crore subscribers by the end of the current financial year.
The APY, mainly targeting the unorganised sector employees, offers five slabs of pension from Rs 1,000 – Rs.5,000 per month upon retirement. Employees in the age bracket of 18-40 years can sign up for an APY account.
NPS is a voluntary defined contribution retirement savings scheme for government employees as well as for those working in the organised and unorganised sectors.
PTI
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Sunday, 17 March 2019

Postmaster ate Poisonous substance due to pressure from authorities for achieving target

Postmaster ate Poisonous substance due to pressure from authorities for achieving target

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Amendment in Intra-Circle temporary transfer and counting of long leave period during temporary transfer issued vide communication no. 141-141/2013-SPN-II dated 17.01.2019

Amendment in Intra-Circle temporary transfer and counting of long leave period during temporary transfer issued vide communication no. 141-141/2013-SPN-II dated 17.01.2019


                                                    F. No. 141-141/2013-SPN-II
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
Personnel Division
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-110001
Dated 1st March, 2019
Sir/Madam,
I am directed to say that as per Para 4 of this Departments communication no. 141-141/2013-SPB-II dated 17.01.2019, Inter-Circle temporary transfer is allowed in deserving cases as per conditions mentioned therein. However, references are received regarding clarification on Intra-Circle temporary transfer and counting of long leave period during such temporary transfers. In this regard, approval of the Competent Authority is hereby conveyed to allow Intra-Circle Temporary transfer on the same terms and conditions as are applicable to Inter-Circle temporary transfer except that such proposal shall be approved by the Head of Circle.

2. In such cases, both Intra-Circle and Inter-Circle temporary transfer periods shall be taken into account while calculating the maximum three (3) years period of temporary transfer in entire service career. Further, while calculating the maximum three (3) years period of temporary transfer (both Intra-Circle and Inter-Circle) in entire service career, (i) Maternity Leave period, (ii) Commuted Leave period exceeding 30 days due to hospitalization of the employee for a minimum period of five (5) days, (hi) Study Leave period, and (iv) Training Programme of more than thirty (30) days shall be excluded.

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Grant if Extra Work Allowance in c/w Implementation of 7th CPC [DOP Order]

Grant if Extra Work Allowance in c/w Implementation of 7th CPC [DOP Order]


F No.5-1/2017-PAP
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
P.A.P Section/Establishments Division

Grant of Extra Work Allowance- (abolition of existing Caretaking Allowance, Extra Duty Allowance, Flag Station Allowance, Flight Charge Certificate Allowance, Library Allowance, Rajbhasha Allowance andSpecial Appointment Allowance ) - decision of the Government on the Recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission (7th CPC).

I am directed to forward herewith the copy of Ministry' of Finance Department of Expenditure OM No. 12-3/2016-E.IlI(A) dated on 4th February 2019 on the subject cited above, for kind information and further necessary action in this regard.
.

No.12-3/2016-E.III(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Deportment of Expenditure
New Delhi, the 4'" February, 2019
Office Memorandum

Subject: Srant of Extra Work Allowance - (abolition of existing Caretaking Allowance, Extra Duty Allowance, Flag Station Allowance, Flight Charge Certificate Allowance, Library Allowance, Rajbhasha Allowance and Special Appointment Allowance)- decision of the Government on the recommendation of theSeventh Central Poy Commission (7th CPC).

The undersigned is directed to invite attention to this Department's OM No. 12-3/2016-ElII(A) dated 20.7.2017 on the subject mentioned above and to state that one of the conditions laid down in para 3(b) for grant of Extra Work Allowance is that"on employee shall receive this allowance for o maximum period of one year, and there should be minimum gap of one year before the same employee is deployed for similar duties again".
2. It has been brought to the notice of this Ministry that no suitable employee is available for doing caretaking work despite wide circulation of the vacancy and in view of stoppage of the allowance after one year to an employee doing caretaking work, caretaking job of the buildings is likely to be affected.

3. The matter has been considered and the President is pleased to decide that so far os the task of caretaking of office building is concerned, wherever any employee has drown Extra Work Allowance m terms of this Ministry's OM dated 20.7.2017 for o period of one year and if no suitable employees are available for performing caretaking function, then the same employee may continue to perform caretaking function and shall also be paid extra work allowance at the prescribed rates therein for a period till a Suitable employee is located. This dispensation is applicable only in case of caretaking functions and not m respect of other functions for which separate allowances were admissible prior to 1.7.2017 as mentioned m para 2 of this Ministry's aforesaid OM dated 20.7.2017.

4 These orders shall take immediate effect from the dote of issue.

5. Insofar as persons serving in the Indian Audit & Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issues after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.



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Guidelines of Holiday Home [DOP Order]

Guidelines of Holiday Home [DOP Order]


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Guidelines for Residential Welfare Associations

Guidelines for Residential Welfare Associations

1. Objective of establishment of residential colonies:

The Department built residential colonies to provide accommodation to its employees and this accommodation is made available to them in lieu of monthly house rent allowance. The main objective of the Department in arranging housing facility for employees and their family members is to provide for their convenience and a healthy environment, so that employees can work without stress and their performance can be enhanced







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Manohar Parrikar, Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister, dies at 63

Manohar Parrikar, Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister, dies at 63

Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar passed away at 63.


Manohar Parrikar Death: The Goa CM had been ailing for the last one year and has undergone treatment in the US as well as at AIIMS, Delhi, and a private hospital in Mumbai.

Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar (63) passed away on Sunday after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. Parrikar had been ailing for the last one year and has undergone treatment in the US as well as at AIIMS, Delhi, and a private hospital in Mumbai. A condolence meeting for him will be held in the Union Cabinet at 11 am on Monday.

He was shifted to AIIMS in New Delhi on September 15 last year and returned to Goa on October 14. Since then, he had been recuperating at his private residence at Dona Paula.

He was last seen in public at Atal Booth Karyakarta Sammelan earlier in February when BJP chief Amit Shah came to address the party. Since early this year, he had limited his public interactions and only travelled along with the medical staff of Goa Medical College.

Parrikar attended the Budget session of Goa Assembly on January 29 and presented the state budget the next day. On the last day of the session on January 31, he was taken for treatment to AIIMS in Delhi and he returned to Goa on February 5.

Saying that Parrikar was the “builder of modern Goa”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his pro-people policies ensured the state scaled remarkable heights of progress.

“Manohar Parrikar was the builder of modern Goa. Thanks to his affable personality and accessible nature, he remained the preferred leader of the state for years. His pro-people policies ensured Goa scales remarkable heights of progress,” Modi tweeted.

Paying tribute to ‘one of Goa’s favourite sons’, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said Parrikar was respected and admired across party lines. “I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Goa CM, Shri Manohar Parrikar Ji, who bravely battled a debilitating illness for over a year. Respected and admired across party lines, he was one of Goa’s favourite sons,” he said.

Born on December 13, 1955, in Goa’s Mapusa, Parrikar completed his schooling from Loyola High School and graduated from IIT-Bombay in metallurgical engineering in 1978. After getting married to Medha Parrikar, the couple was blessed with two sons. However, in 2000, his wife died of cancer.

His first brush with politics happened in the year 1994 when Parrikar was first elected to the Goa state assembly at just 39. There were only four other BJP members in the state assembly. He soon climbed the organisational ladder and rose from an RSS pracharak to become Leader of the Opposition in the Goa Assembly in 1999 (from June to November).

Manohar Parrikar played a key role in making the BJP a force to reckon with in Goa, which remained for long a Congress bastion. He went on to become the Goa CM on October 24, 2000 and continued in the post till February 27, 2002.

However, he was re-elected as CM on June 5, 2002. Later, he lost his chair to another set of defections and faced a drubbing in the hands of Congress in 2007.

However, Parrikar made a stunning comeback in March 2012, with BJP and allies winning 24 constituencies. He was the Goa CM until November 8, 2014, when he was given the charge of the Defence Ministry. He was succeeded by Laxmikant Parsekar as the CM.

Known for working behind the scenes and leading a simple lifestyle, Parrikar is credited for developing quality infrastructure in the state in a short time. Among his major achievements was bringing the IFFI (International Film Festival of India) to Goa.

Parrikar resigned as Defence Minister in 2017 for his fourth stint as Goa CM after BJP, which failed to cross the half-way mark in the Goa assembly polls, enlisted the support of the Goa Forward Party (GFP), Maharastrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and two Independents, to reach the magic figure of 21 in the 40-member house.

As defence minister, Parrikar had pressed for modernisation of the armed forces and under him, India carried out surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Myanmar. Besides putting in place a new Defence Procurement Policy (DPP), Parrikar is also credited for implementing the OROP scheme in 2015.

Source : https://indianexpress.com/
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