Saturday, 23 March 2019

CGDA: Dispensation of conditions of applying for Government Accommodation and furnishing of 'No Accommodation Certificate' for admissibility of House Rent Allowance

CGDA: Dispensation of conditions of applying for Government Accommodation and furnishing of 'No Accommodation Certificate' for admissibility of House Rent Allowance.

Controller General of Defence Accounts

Ulan Satar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt-110010
No. AN/XIV/19015/Govt. Orders/2019
Date: 07.03.2019
To
All PCsDA/CsDA/PCA (Fys)
(Through Website)

Subject: Dispensation of conditions of applying for Government Accomodation and furnishing of 'No Accomodation Certificate' for admissibility of House Rent Allowance.

A copy of Government of India, Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) Office Memorandum No. 2/5/2017-E.1I (8) dated 5th March, 2019 on the above subject, which is available on the website of MoF(DoE), is forwarded herewith for your information, guidance and compliance please.
No.2/5/2017-E.IIB
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 5th March, 2019
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Dispensation of conditions of applying for Government Accommodation and furnishing of 'No Accommodation Certificate' for admissibility of House Rent Allowance.

Several references are being received in this Department to review the condition of applying for Government Accommodation and furnishing of 'No Accommodation Certificate' for admissibility of House Rent Allowance as contained in Para 4(a) of this Department's. a,M, No, 2(37)-E.lI(B)/64 dated 27.11.1965 read with Para 1 (1) of a,M, No, 11011/1/E.II(B)/75 dated 25.02.1977.

The matter has been examined in this Department and in supersession of Para 4(a) of this Department's O,M, No, 2(37)-E,II(B)/64 dated 27.11.1965 read with Para 1.(1) of O.M. No, 11011/1/E, II(B)/75 dated 25.02,1977 and to simplify the procedure relating to grant of House Rent Allowance to Central Government employees, the President, in consultation with Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and the Staff Side of the National Council (J,C.M,), is pleased to decide that the conditions of applying for Government Accommodation and furnishing of 'No Accommodation Certificate' by Central Government employees to become eligible for House Rent Allowance, are dispensed with for all places, in respect of General Pool Residential Accommodation(GPRA) controlled by Directorate of Estates.

3, Ministries/Departments having their separate pool of residential accommodation for their employees other than GPRA, may adopt these provisions, wherever feasible.

4, These orders shall be effective from the date of issue of the orders.

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

Hindi version is attached
(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
Source: CGDA

CSD Car Prices in India Updated 2019 - Maruti, Hyundai, Honda, Toyota, Ford, Mahindra and Tata's latest prices


CSD Car Prices in India Updated 2019 - Maruti, Hyundai, Honda, Toyota, Ford, Mahindra and Tata's latest prices

CSD car price by the Indian Defense Force Department of Canteen Stores 2019 at discount rates - Latest Prices of Maruti, Hyundai, Honda, Toyota, Ford, Mahindra and Tata

CSD Canteens in India

A tremondus service to all the armed forces and some other staff in the Defense Ministry has been provided since 1948 by CSD (Canteen Stores Department). CSD Depots in India spread across approximately 34 depots and in 2016-17 crossed Rs.17,000 crores.

URC Canteens

CSD offers quality products for daily use to its consumers throughout the country at a rate lower than those on the market. These items should be sold through the URC Canteen to Army forces, civil defence forces, former servants and their families.

CSD Head Office

The CSD headquarters is in Mumbai. The Ministry controls and manages its field operations through a 34-area depot network across the country.

Unit Run Canteen - Entitlement and Procedure for Purchase of Items Against-Firm-Demand (AFD) CATEGORY-I Four-wheelers

Car Eligibility - The eligibility of four wheeler to all defence and entitled civilians is appended below refer IHQ of MoD letter No. 96350/Q/DDGCS/CAR/Policy 12 Jan 2016 placed at Appendix 9A:-

S. NoCategoryCCPeriodicity
1Officers (Including& Retd Widows)3000Once in Four Years
2JCOs granted Honorary Commission & Equivalent (Including Retd & Widows) 2500Once in Seven Years
3JCOs & Equivalent (Including Retd & Widows)2000Once in Service & Once after Retirement. First Car after ten years of Service. Gap between purchases of two to be ten years. If the late husband had purchased a car each while in service after retirement then the widow will not be eligible to buy a car. In case late husband had purchased only one car then widow can buy one car through CSD, after gap of 10 years from the date of last purchase.
4OR & Equivalent (Including Retd & Widows)1800Once in Service & Once after Retirement. First Car after ten years of Service. Gap between purchases of two to be ten years. If the late husband had purchased a car each while in service after retirement then the widow will not be eligible to buy a car. In case late husband had purchased only one car then widow can buy one car through CSD, after gap of 10 years from the date of last purchase.
5Civilian Officers of MoD paid out of Defence Estimates and Officers of CSD (Grade Pay Rs 6600 - and above)3000Once in Four years.

Groups wise CSD Products

GROUPType of ItemItems covered
IToilet RequisitesToilet Soaps, Oral Care, Hair care, Cosmetics, Detergent, Diapers and Napkins etc.,
IIHousehold RequisitesElectrical Appliances, Cookers, Crockery, Kitchenware, Sewing Machines and other Household requisites such as Gas Stove, Flask, Casserole, Light Products and Torch Cell etc.,
IIIGeneral Use ItemsHosiery items, Plastic ware, Footwear, Luggages, Undergarments, Helmet, Sunglasses, Track suit, Sports Goods and Plastic Furniture etc.,
IVWrist Watches & StationeryWrist Watches & Stationery V Liquor Rum, IMFL, Brandy, Scotch Whisky, BIO, Breezer, Wine & Beer etc.,
VIFood & Medical ItemsFood, Beverages & Medicinal items etc,
VIIAFD ItemsTelevision, Refrigerators, Washing Machines, Twowheelers, Cars, Tractors, Cooking Ranges (Ovens & Chimneys), Air Conditioners & Geysers etc.

AFD Items
AFD items have been divided into two categories.

Category - I.
These items are not stocked by the Depots but are arranged by CSD and collected by consumers directly from dealers e.g. Refrigerators, TVs, Washing Machines, Air conditions, Microwave Ovens, Cars, Tractors and Two-wheelers etc. These are supplied as per the following procedure :-
The individual customers will obtain information from CSD Website at www.csdindia.gov.in or from CSD Area Depots & confirm about the availability of these items with the respective dealers. The dealers, in turn, will keep CSD Area Manager informed about the availability of the items from time to time.

The individual customer is required to submit the prescribed form (available with depots/CSD website) duly filled-in and countersigned by the Commanding Officer of the unit, in case of Servicemen & by Station Headquarters or DSS&A Board in case of Ex-servicemen, along-with a UTR generated by a payee Bank and duly signed and stamped by the Banker in token of having transferred the amount through RTGS/NEFT, towards the price of the item. The UTR shall invariably mention the name of the customer who has actually transferred the amount. Every Depot has separate account number and bank; hence, customer is required to verify Bank Account number of the Area Depot before transferring money through RTGS/NEFT to avoid any complication at later stage.
After completion of formalities at the depot, like preparation of Official Receipt, Local Supply Order(LS) on supplier etc., the individual is given an authority letter and a copy of LS Order which is to be submitted to the distributor/dealer for getting the delivery of the item demanded. Normally, AFD-I category items are delivered, based on availability with local dealers.

Category - II
These items are procured by CSD Area Depots based on firm demand received from URC to depot and sold to consumers through URCs for example Ovens, Geysers, Foot Model Sewing Machines, Cooking Ranges, Air Coolers, coir mattress and few other high-value household durable goods (details contained in the Pictorial Price-List) as per the following procedure:-

A separate indent marked AFD-II, duly signed by the Commanding Officer countersigned by Brigadier or equivalent officer should be sent to the depot once a month alongwith the normal demand.

Based on the above indent, orders are placed by the depot on the firm for the supply of item.
On receipt of the item at the Area Depot, the same is invoiced and issued to URC.

Normally it takes three to four weeks for receipt of such items from suppliers.

URCs must ensure immediate collection of such items from depot.

Demand for AFD-II category items, once placed, cannot be cancelled.

*(Value items below Rs. 750/- per item) (A) *(AFD Items value of items above Rs. 750/- per items)

S NoRank / Cat Monthly Limit* Liquor Card (B)Total (A+B)Annual Limit*
(a)Officers & eqvlRs. 11000/-Rs. 2500/-Rs. 13500/- Rs. 100000/-
(b)JCO granted Hony Commission & eqvlRs. 11000/-Rs. 2500/- Rs. 13500/-Rs. 100000/-
(c)JCOs & eqvlRs. 8000/-Rs. 2500/-Rs. 10500/- Rs. 75000/-
(d)OR & eqvlRs. 5500/-Rs. 2500/-Rs. 8000/- Rs. 55000/-
(e)Def Civ PB 3&4Rs. 11000/-NARs. 11000/- Rs. 100000/-
(f)Def Civ PB2Rs. 8000/-NARs. 8000/-Rs. 75000/-
(g)Def Civ PB1Rs. 5500/-NARs. 5500/-Rs. 55000/-

KV School admission in Class 1 under RTE and Single Girl Child (SGC) categories, requested to attend online lottery process


KV School admission in Class 1 under RTE and Single Girl Child (SGC) categories, requested to attend online lottery process

KV School Admission under RTE and SGC - Lottery for Admission to Class 1 in all Kendriya Vidyalaya Schools

Kendriya Vidyalaya ONGC Panvel

Admission 2019-20
Conduct of Online Lottery for fresh admission in Class 1 (2019-20)
Date - 26th March 2019
Reporting Time - 08.15 am
Parents who have registered their wards for fresh admission in Class 1 under RTE and SGC (Single Girl Child) categories in this Vidyalaya are requested to attend online lottery process scheduled on 26th March 2019 at the allotted time from 8.30 to 9.30 am in the Vidyalaya premises. Beyond this time Online Lottery as above cannot be done.

Kendriya Vidyalaya INA Colony Delhi

Lottery For Admission to Class I
Lottery for admission to Class I 2019-20 for RTE and SGC will be conducted on 26 March 2019 from 09:30 AM to 10:30 AM (on Online Admission Portal)

Kendriya Vidyalaya Bhimtal

RTE and SGC
Time slot for lottery for admission under RTE and SGC is 8:30 to 9:30 am at 26.03.2019.

Kendriya Vidyalaya 9 BRD

ONLINE ADMISSIONS 2019-20
Draw of Lottery for Admission to Class I for RTE and SGC Category : 26/03/2019 (8.30-9.30 AM)

Kendriya Vidyalaya BSF Bhikhiwind

Online Draw for Admission in Class I through RTE (Right to Education), and (SGC) Single Girl Child will be done on 26 March 2019 between 12.30 PM to 01.30 PM

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Retirement Age of KV Employees - Discontinuation of 2 Years Extension in Service

Retirement Age of KV Employees - Discontinuation of 2 Years Extension in Service

Amendment to Article 51 of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Education Code
"Two years extension in service shall be granted to National Awardee teachers on year to year basis subject to physical fitness end mental alertness"
KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN
18, Institutional Area Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg,
NEW DELHI-101110
F.11-E-11060/3/2017-KVS(HQ/Estt.lII
Date: 20.03 2019
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Amendment in Article 51 Of Education Code for Kendriya Vidyalayas - reg.

The Board of Governors of KVS in its meeting held on has approved discontinuation of 2 yeas extension in service being provided to National Awardee Teachers after attaining the age of Superannuation. This was decided by the MHRD & conveyed vide its letter No.F.3-26/201B-UT-2 dated 07.12.2018. However, services of these teachers Will be utilized by the KVS on contractual basis against clear vacancy. No proposal should be forwarded to KVS (HQ) in this regard henceforth.
In compliance with the decisior of BOG, KVS the existing and amended provision of Article 51 of Education Code be read as under:-

Existing Article 51 - Age of Retirement

Every employee of the Sangathan shall retire in the afternoon of the last day of the month in which he attains the age of sixty (60) years, except those Who are born on the last day of the month who shall retire on the day of the previous month. Two years extension in service shall be granted to National Awardee teachers on year to year basis subject to physical fitness end mental alertness.

Amended Article 51 - Age of Retirement

Every employee of the Sangathan shall retire in the afternoon of the last day of the month in which he attains the age of sixty (60) years, except those who are born on the 1st day of the month Who shall retire on the last day of the previous month.

The above amendment shall Come into force with immediate effect.
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(Saurabh Jain)
Additional Commissioner (Admn.)
DISTRIBUTION:
  1. The Deputy Commissioner, KVS, All regicnal offices, They are requested to circulate the said Office Memorandum to all the Kendriya Vidyalayas under their Jurisdiction.
  2. The Director, KVS, All ZIETs.
  3. All officers and Sections in KVS(HQ) New Delhi
  4. All recognized Associations.
  5. The Deputy Commissioner (EDP) for information. He is requested to upload the said Memorandum on the website of KVS.

Revised Subscription Rates of Railway Employees Liberalized Health Scheme as per 7th CPC Pay Matrix

Revised Subscription Rates of Railway Employees Liberalized Health Scheme as per 7th CPC Pay Matrix

The Railway Board has decided to revise the subscription rates of Railway Employees Liberalized Health Scheme (RELHS) as per the Pay Matrix Level recommended by the 7th Pay Commission.
Following the subscription calculation method of CGHS for Central Government Employees and Pensioners, the Railway Board has now decided and published the revised subscription rates for all the group of Railway employees through its official portal.

On 9th January, 2017 the Health Ministry published the new rates of monthly subscription for availing the CGHS facility. The Central Government Pensioners have an option to get their CGHS Pensioners Card by either making CGHS contribution on an annual basis (12 Months) or by making contribution for 10 years for life time validity.

The rate of contribution to join RELHS shall be last month’s basic pay drawn or the subscription rate indicated in the above table at different levels as per the 7th Pay Commission whichever is lower.

Pay Matrix LevelSubscription Rate to Join RELHS (in Rs.)
Level 1 (Grade Pay 1800)30,000
Level 2 (Grade Pay 1900)30,000
Level 3 (Grade Pay 2000)30,000
Level 4 (Grade Pay 2400)30,000
Level 5 (Grade Pay 2800)30,000
Level 6 (Grade Pay 4200)54,000
Level 7 (Grade Pay 4600)78,000
Level 8 (Grade Pay 4800)78,000
Level 9 (Grade Pay 5400)78,000
Level 10 (Grade Pay 5400)78,000
Level 11 (Grade Pay 6600)78,000
Level 12 and Above1,20,000

The revised rate of subscription as above shall be applicable to those railway employees who shall be retiring and joining RELHS on or after the date of issue of this letter (23.2.2017). Those who have already retired and are not member of RELHS shall be governed by the rules which were prevalent at the time of their retirement.

RAILWAYS: Change of Nomenclature of the posts of Senior Translator & Junior Translator

RAILWAYS: Change of Nomenclature of the posts of Senior Translator & Junior Translator

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAIL WAY BOARD)
No.2019/ERB-II/12/9
New Delhi, dt 19.03.2019
ORDER

Consequent upon change of nomenclature of the posts of Senior Translator and Junior Translator of Central Secretariat Official Language Service (CSOLS) vide Dept. of Official Language, MHA’s Order No. 16/24/2018//O.L. (Service) dated 11.02.2019, The Competent Authority has decided to adopt the same nomenclature in the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) also as under:

S.NO.Existing Nomenclature of the PostNew Nomenclature
1.Senior TranslatorSenior Translation Officer (STO)
2.Junior TranslatorJunior Translation Officer (JTO)

The change in nomenclature will have immediate effect it will not lead to upgradation pf pay/level in future.

The necessary amendment in respective recruitment rules will follow.
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(Anil Kumar C.V)
Under Secretary (Admin.)
Railway Board
The Pay & Accounts Officer,
Ministry of Railways (Railway Board)
New Delhi
No.2019/ERB-II/12/9
New Delhi, dt.19.03.2019
Copy to:
  1. The Principal Director of Audit, Northern Railway, New Delhi.
  2. Deputy Comptroller & Auditor General of India (Rlys), R.No.222, Rail Bhawan, New
  3. US (A)-IV, US(E)-III, Railway Board for further necessary action regarding amendment in Recruitment Rules.
  4. All Officers and Branches of Railway Board.
  5. Secretary RBMSA, Railway Board.
Source: AIRF

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Excessive delay in the completion of railway pensioner's grievances – Dissatisfaction of Hon'ble MoSR/G and instructions

Excessive delay in the completion of railway pensioner's grievances – Dissatisfaction of Hon'ble MoSR/G and instructions

  (भारत सरकार) GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
(रेल मंत्रालय) MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(रेलवे बोर्ड) RAILWAY BOARD


RBA No. 14/2019

No. 2018/AC-II/21/11/Pn rep to MoS(G)

New Delhi, dated 18th March, 2019

Gencral Managers,
All Zonal Railways and Production Units

    Sub :- Inordinate delay in finalization of pension related grievances of Railway Pensioners.


Ref:- Board’s letter No. 2018 /AC-I1/21 11/Pn rep to MoS (G) dated 28.09.2018.

 Hon'ble MoSR(G) has expressed deep dissatisfaction at the inordinate delay, on one Zonal Railway, in inclusion of the name of unmarried disabled daughter in PPO. He has directed that efforts should be made to dispose off such grievances within a month’s time.

Attention is also drawn to Board’s letter under reference, wherein a detailed Action ‘Taken Report (ATR) was required to be submitted to Board’s office by 8.10.2018 by all Railways on status of disposal of pension related grievances. Many Zonal Railways took a prolonged period to report their respective status. This resulted in delay in submission of the ATR to MoSR/G. While reviewing the ATR, MoSR/G has expressed his displeasure and has directed that responsibility may be fixed for the delay in submission of the ATR, in the subject case. Further, MoSR/G has directed all the Zonal Railways and Production units to urgently initiate the following course of action:-

a) GMs, PCPOs and PE As needs to put a system in place for adapting a coherent approach in resolving the pension related grievances immediately;

b) Immediate action must be taken to digitize the records so that Railways move away from paper documentation;

c) Electronic communication means should be adopted, including periodic reporting, rules/records updation, seeking documents and disseminating information, to ensure regulatory disclosure; .

d) Updatation of pension related records and validation of revision by various stakeholders should be close to real time.

e) System improvement and technological upgradation should be adopted in strict time lines so that the system may come into force from 1st April, 2019.

 Action taken in this regard may kindly be reported to Board’s Office urgently latest by 25th March, 2019 .

(Anjali Goyal)
Principal Executive Director {Accounts)
Railway Board

PCDA circular: FMA for Ex-Servicemen Pensioners/Family Pensioners who are members of ECHS and reside in a non - ECHS district.

PCDA circular: FMA for Ex-Servicemen Pensioners/Family Pensioners who are members of ECHS and reside in a non - ECHS district.


OFFICE OF THE PR. CONTROLLER.OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSIONS)
DRAUPRADI GHAT, ALLAHABAD-211014

Circular No. 616
Dated: 31.01.2019
To,
The OI/C
Records/PAO(ORs)
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    Subject:- Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to Ex-Servicemen Pensioners, and Ex-Servicemen Family Pensioners who are ECHS members and residing in Districts not covered by ECHS Polyclinic / Armed Forces Hospitals / MI Room upgraded to accommodate ESMs.

Reference:- This office Circular No. 451 dated 21.02.2011;Circular.No..544 dated 04.06.2015 & Circular No. 586 dated 25.09.2017.

 A copy of GoI, MoD letter No. 22(01)/2011.WE/D(Res-I):dated:01.11.2018 on the above subject, which is self-explanatory, is forwarded: herewith for information and necessary action.

2.. As per ibid Govt letter Fixed: Medical-Allowance (FMA) to Ex-Servicemen Pensioners and Ex-Servicemen Family Pensioners is also admissible to ECHS members who are residing in Districts not covered by ECHS Polyclinic/Armed Forces Hospitals / MI Room upgraded to accommodate ESMs.

3... Those pensioners who are covered under this. Govt order are-required to submit the necessary application in the prescribed format. to the nearest Stn HQ in triplicate. The Stn HQ will scrutinize the. residential address of the ECHS member and verify the applicability of District in the. address ‘for FMA. .and confirm the authorization of FMA on the application in the prescribed format.

4. A separate communication will follow for submission of LPC-cum-datasheet along with instructions in due course.

5. This circular. has been uploaded on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.in for dissemination to all concerned.

Gts/Tech/05/LXXI
Dated 31.01.2019
(S.K. Singh)
Addl.CDA(P)

Source: PDCA

Registration closed for KV Admission 2019 - 20 Class-1

Registration closed for KV Admission 2019 - 20 Class-1

Regarding online Admission for class 1

Parents are requested to cancel the multiple applications for the same child otherwise application will be considered rejected KV Admission 2019-20 Class-1 Registration Process came to an end yesterday itself.

The ongoing online registration process for admissions in Class I came to an end yesterday. KVS has received 7,95,121 applications for more than 1L seats of Class I available in 1202 KendriyaVidyalaya across the country.

Description Dates Scheduled
Online Registration for Class-I 01-03-2019 From 8.00 A.M
Last date of Online Registration for Class-I 19-03-2019 Till 4.00 P.M.
Declaration of provisionally selected list for Class I & admissions for Class-I. 1st List 26-03-2019,
2nd List 09-04-2019,
(if seats remain vacant),
3rd List 23-04-2019,
(if seats remain vacant)
Extended date for Second Notification for admissions to be made under RTE Provisions (Class-I), if sufficient applications not received under RTE Provisions. Notification:30-03-2019 Registration:30-03-2019 to 06-04-2019
Admissions: 08-04-2019 to 15-04-2019
In case sufficient number of registrations for SC/ST not received in 1st Phase, second notification may be issued. Notification:30-03-2019
Registration:30-03-2019 to 06-04-2019
Admissions: 08-04-2019 to 15-04-2019
Registration for Class-II onwards (except Class XI)-Subject to availability of vacancies in a particular class. 02-04-2019 From 8:00 A.M. to 09.04.2019 Till 4.00 P.M Note: During school hrs.
Declaration of list of class II onwards. 12-04-2019
Admission for class II onwards. 12-04-2019 to 20-04-2019
Last date for admission except Class XI. 30-04-2019
For KV students: Registration for admission in class XI. Within 10 days after declaration of Board results.
KV students: Display of admission list & admissions for Class-XI. Within 20 days after declaration of Board results.
Non-KV students: Registration, display of admission list & admissions in class XI (Subject to availability of vacancies) After the admissions of KV students in class XI.
Last date of Admission for class XI. 01/07/19

The inclusion in the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) of manifesto release period – ECI notification

The inclusion in the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) of manifesto release period – ECI notification

ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA
NirvachanSadan, Ashoka Road, New Delhi – 110001

No.437/6/1/ECI/INST/FUNCT/MCC/2019

Dated: 16th March, 2019

To
President/Chairperson/General Secretary of all Recognized National/State political parties.

Subject:- Inclusion of period of release of manifesto in the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) – regarding.

Sir/Madam,

I am directed to refer to the Commission’s letters of even number dated 22.01.2019 and 09,02.20L9, whereby a proposal to fix a timeline, by way of an outer time limit for the release of manifesto by the Political Parties in an election was forwarded to all recognized National and State Political Parties with a request to offer their comments on the same. Having considered the suggestions/comments received from the political parties, the Commission has fixed a timeline for the release of manifesto by the political parties which has now been included as para-no. 4 under Part-VIII [Guidelines on Election ManifestosJ in the Model Code of Conduct, as under:-

“4. Prohibitory period of Release of Manifesto during elections(s)

i. In case of single phase election, manifesto shall not be released during the
prohibitory period, as prescribed under Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.

ii. In case of multi-phase elections, manifesto shall not be released during the prohibitory periods, as prescribed under Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, of all the phases of those elections. “

2. This provision will, henceforth, be applicable and implemented as a part of the Model Code of Conduct for all future elections.

3. A copy of the full text of the “Model Code of Conduct for the Guidance of Political Parties and Candidates” including para 4 in Part- VIII is enclosed for your information.

4. You are requested to bring this to the notice of all concerned for their
information and compliance.

Yours faithfully,
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(NARENDRA M BUTOLTA)
PRINCIPAL SECRETARY

Copy to CEOs of all States/UTs for information and necessary action.

ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA
MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT FOR THE GUIDANCE OF POLITICAL PARTIES AND CANDIDATES

I. General Conduct

(1) No party or candidate shall include in any activity which may aggravate
existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic.

(2) Criticism of other political parties, when made, shall be confined to their
policies and programme, past record and work. Parties and Candidates shall refrain from criticism of all aspects of private life, not connected with the public activities of the leaders or workers of other parties. Criticism of other parties or their workers based on unverified allegations or distortion shall be avoided.

(3) There shall be no appeal to caste or communal feelings for securing votes. Mosques, Churches, Temples or other places of worship shall not be used as forum for election propaganda.

(4) All parties and candidates shall avoid scrupulously all activities which are “corrupt practices” and offences under the election law, such as bribing of voters, intimidation of voters, impersonation of voters, canvassing within 100 meters of polling stations, holding public meetings during the period of 48 hours ending r,vitli the holrr fixed for the close of tlre poll, and the transport and convevance of .”‘oters to and from poliing station.

(5) The right of every individual for peaceful and undisturbeci home-lil’e shall be respected, however much the political parties or candidates may resent his political opinions or activities. Organizing demonstrations or picketing before the houses of individuals by way of protesting against their opinions or activities sirail not lle resorted lo under any circunistances.

(6) No political pafty or candidate shall pennit its or his followers to make use of any individual’s land, building, compound wall etc., withor”rt his permission for erecting flag-staffs, suspending banners, pasting notices, writing slogans etc.

(7) Political parties and candidates shall ensure that their supporters do not
create obstructions in or break up meetings and processions organized by other parties. Workers or sympathisers of one political party shall not create disturbances at public meetings organized by another political party by putting questions orally or in writing or by distributing leaflets of their own party. Processions shall not be taken out by one party along places at which meetings are held by another party. posters issued by one party shall not be removed by workers of another parry.
II. Meetings

(1) The party or candidate shall inform the local police authorities of the venue and time any proposed meeting Well in time so as to enable the police to make necessary arrangements for controlling traffic and maintaining peace and order,

(2) A Party or candidate shal] ascertain in advance if there is any restrictive or prohibitory order in force in the place proposed for the meeting if such orders exist, they shall be followed strictly. If any exemption is required from such orders, it shall be applied for and obtained well in time.

(3) If permission or license is to be obtained for the use of loudspeakers or any other facility in connection with any proposed meeting, the party or candidate shall apply to the authority concerned well in advance and obtain such permission or license.

(4) 0rganizers of a meeting shal] invariably seek the assistance of the police on duty for dealing with persons disturbing a meeting or otherwise attempting to create disorder. organizers themselves shall not take action against such persons.
III. Procession

(1) A Party or candidate organizing a procession shall decide before hand the time and place of the starting of the procession, the route to be followed and the time and place at which the procession will terminate. There shall ordinary be no deviation from the programme.

(2) The organizers shall give advance intimation to the local police authorities of the programme so as to enable the letter to make necessary arrangement.

(3) The organizers shall ascertain if any restrictive orders are in force in the
localities through which the procession has to pass, anci shall cornply wjtir the restrictions unless exempted specially by the competent authority, Any traffic regulations or restrictions shall also tre carefully adhered to.

(4) The organizers shall take steps in advance to arrange for passage of tile
procession so that there is no clock or hindrance to traffic. If the procession is very long, it shall ‘be organized in segments of suitable lengths, so that at convenient intervals, especially at poillts where the procession has to pass road junctions, the passage of held up traffic could be allowed by stages lhus avoiding heavy traffic congestion.

(5) processionals shall be so regulated as to keep as much to the right of the road as possible ancl the direction and advice of the poiice on ct-rty shall be strir:tl,v complieci i,vith.

(6) If two or lrore politicai parties or canclidates propose to take processions over the same route or parts thereof at about the same time, the organizers shall establish contact i’vell in advance and decide r”rpon the measures to he taken lo see that lhe processions do not clash ol’ cause hindrance to traffic. The assistance of the local polics shall be availed of for arriving at a satisfactory arrangement. For this purpose the parties shail contact the police at the earliest opportunity.

(7) The political parties or candidates shall exercise control to the maximum
extent possible in the matter of processionists carrying articles which may be put to misuse by undesirable elernents especially in moments of excitement.

(8) The carrying of effigies purporting to represent member of other political parties or their leaders, burning such effigies in public and such other forms demonstration shall not be countenanced by any political party or candidate.

IV. Polling Day

All Political parties and candidates shall –

(i) co-operate with the officers on election duty to ensure peaceful and orderly polling and complete freedom to the voters to exercise their franchise without being subjected to any annoyance or obstruction.

(ii) supply to their authorized workers suitable badges or identity cards.

(iii) agree that the identity slip supplied by them to voters hall be on plain [whiteJ paper and shall not contain any symbol, name of the candidate or the name of the party;

(iv) refrain from serving or distributing liquor on polling day and during the forty eight hours preceding it.

(v) not allow unnecessary crowd to be collected near the camps set up by the political parties and candidates near the polling booths so as to avoid Confrontation and tension among workers and sympathizers of the parties and the candidate.

(vi) ensure that the candidate’s camps shall be simple .They shall not display any posters, flags, symbols or any other propaganda material. No eatable shall be served or crowd allowed at the camps and

(vii)  co-operate with the authorities in complying with the restrictions to be iniposed on the plying of vehicles on the polling clay and obtain permits for them i,vhich should be displayed prominently on those vehicles.

V. Polling Booth

Excepting the voters, no one without a valid pass from the Hlection Commission shall enter the polling booths.

VI. Observers


The Election Commission is appointing Observers. If the candiclates or their
agents have any specific compl;rint or problem regarding the concluct of elections they may bring the same to the notice of,the Observer.
VII. Party in Power

The party in power whether at the Centre or in the State or States concerned, shall ensure that no cause is given for any conrplaint that it has used its official position for the purposes of its election carnpaign and in particr_rlar *

[i] [a] The Ministers shall not conrbine their oflicial visit with elecrioneering work and shall not also make use of official machinery or personnel cluring the electioneering work.

(b) Government transport including official air-crafts, vehicles, machinery ancl personnel shall not be used for furtherance ofthe interest ofthe party in po\ryer;

(iiJ Public places such as maidens etc., for holding election meetings, and use of helipads for air-flights in connection with elections shall not be monopolized by itself. 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, dark bungalows or other Government accommodation shall not be monopolized by the party in power or its candidates and such accommodation shall be allowed to be used by other parties and candidates in a fair manner but no party or candidate shall use or be allowed to use such accommodation (including premises appertaining thereto) as a campaign office or for holding any public meeting for the purposes of election propaganda;

(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

[cJ 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 favor of the party in power.

Note : The Commission shall annor.rnce the date of any election r,vhich shall be a clate ordinarily not more than three weeks prior to the date on whicir the notification is likely to be stirred in respect of such elections.

[vii) Ministers of Central or State Government shall not enter any polling station or place of counting except in their capacity as a candidate or voter or authorized agent.
VIII Guidelines on Election Manifestos

1. The Supreme Court in its judgment dated 5th July 2013 in SLP(CJ No. 21455 of 2008 [ S. Subramaniam Balaji Vs Govt, of Tamil Nadu and OthersJ has directed the Election Commission to frame guidelines with regard to the contents of election manifestos in consultation with all the recognized political parties. The guiding principles which will lead to framing of such guidelines are quoted below from the judgment:-

(i) “Although, the law is obvious that the promises in the election manifesto cannot be construed as ‘corrupt practice’ under Section 123 of RP Act, the reality cannot be ruled out that distribution of freebies of any kind, undoubtedly, influences all people. It shakes the root of free and fair elections to a large degree”.

[ii] “The Election Commission, in order to ensure level playing field between
the contesting parties and candidates in elections and also in order to see that the purity of the election process does not get vitiated, as in past been issuing instructions under the Model Code of Conduct. The fountainhead of the powers under which the Commission issues these orders is Article 324 of the Constitution which mandates the Commission to hold free and fair elections.”

[iii) “We are mindful of the fact that generally political parties re]ease their election manifesto before the announcement of election date, in that scenario, strictly speaking, the Election Commission will not have the authority to regulate any act which is done before the announcement of the
date. Nevertheless, an exception can be made in this regard as the purpose of election manifesto is directly associated with the election process,,.

2. Upon receiving the above directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, the Election Commission held a meeting with the recognized National and State
Political Parties for consultation with them in the matter and took note of their conflicting views in the matter. During consultations, while some political parties supported the issuance of such guidelines, others were of the view that it is their right and duty towards voters to make such offers and promises in manifestos in .a healthy democratic polity. While the Commission agrees in principle with the point of view that framing of manifestos is the right of the political parties, it cannot overlook the undesirable impact of some of the promises and offers on the conduct of free and fair elections and maintaining level playing field for all political parties and candidates.

3. The Constitution under Article 324 mandates the Election Commission, to
conduct elections inter alia to the Parliament and the State Legislatures. Having due regard to the above directions of the Supreme Court and after consultation with the Political Parties, the Commission, in the interest of free and fair elections , hereby directs that Political Parties and Candidates while releasing election manifestos for any election to the Parliament or State Legislatures, shall adhere to the following guidelines :-

(i) The election manifesto shall not contain anything repugnant to the ideals and principles enshrined in the Constitution and further that it shall be consistent with the letter and spirit of other provisions of Model code of conduct.

[ii) The Directive Principles of State Policy enshrined in the Constitution enjoin upon the State to frame various welfare measures for the citizens and therefore there can be no objection to the promise of such welfare measures in election manifestos. However, political parties should avoid making those promises which are likely to vitiate the purity of the election process or exert undue influence on the voters in exercising their franchise.

[iii] In the interest of transparency, level playing field and credibility of promises, it is expected that manifestos also reflect the rationale for the promises and broadly indicate the ways and means to meet the financial requirements for it. Trust of voters should be sought only on those promises which are possible to be fulfilled.

i. Prohibitory period of Release of Manifesto during elections(s)

In case of single phase election, manifesto shall not be released during the
prohibitory period, as prescribed under Section !26 of the Representation of the People Act 1951.

In case of multi-phase elections, manifesto shall not be released during the prohibitory periods, as prescribed under Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act 1951, of all the phases of those elections.

DoPT Order: Recording of the Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR) for the 2017 - 18 financial year for CSS officers

DoPT Order: Recording of the Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR) for the 2017 - 18 financial year for CSS officers

No.22/10/2018-CS-I (APAR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
2nd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-110003,
dated the 19th March, 2019
S.No.ACTIVITYEXTENDED TIMELINES FOR THE YEAR 2017- 18
1.Submission of self-appraisal by Officer to be Reported Upon (ORU) to Reporting Officer31st July, 2018
2.Forwarding of Report by the Reporting Officer to Reviewing Officer16th August, 2018
3.Forwarding of Report by the Reviewing Authority to the Administrator / APAR Cell31st August, 2018

The progress of writing of APARs of CSS officers was monitored closely and it was observed that a large number of ORUs, Reporting & Reviewing Officers, had not recorded their remarks in the APARs even after the expiry of extended date-lines. All the Ministries/Departments were, therefore, requested vide O.M. dated 29.11.2018 to send ‘alert’ to all the officers for completing action on their part at the earliest and force forward APARs of ORUs, who failed to submit their self- appraisal by 14.12.2018, to next level i.e. Reporting Officer. The ‘SPARROW’ window has been closed on 31.12.2018.

The details of activities completed for writing of APARs on SPARROW for the year 2017-18 are as under:
S.NO.STAGE AT WHICH THE APAR WAS CLOSEDNO. OF PARS (2017 -18 -AS ON 01.01.2019)
1.Officer to be Reported Upon (ORU)51
2.Reporting Authority180
3.Reviewing Authority200
4.NRCs461
5.Pending for Disclosure286
6.Representations7
7.Closed by the system after all activities2010
8.Total3195

Attention is invited to the O.M. dated 29.11.2018 followed by Secretary (P)’s D.O. dated 11.12.2018, in terms of which the APARs for 2017-18 pending at ORU level were required to be force forward to next level i.e. Reporting Officer. However, 51 APARs for 2017-18 were closed at ORU level. The concerned Ministries/Departments are requested to elaborate reasons for not force-forwarding these APARs to the next level i.e. Reporting Officer. A list of 51 ORUs whose APARs were not force forwarded is enclosed at Annexure.

Secondly, inspite of clear cut instructions from this Department vide O.M. No.21011/02/2009-Estt(A) dated 16.02.2009, a large number of APARs have been closed at the level of Reporting Officers and Reviewing Authorities. Further, around 286 APARs are pending for Disclosure. It is brought to the notice of all the Ministries/ Departments that the APAR for 2017-18 are now available for viewing to the officer concerned by visiting sparrow-css.eoffice.gov.in-> Dossier-Ny Completed PAR. The officers may be advised to view their APARs for 2017-18 through above link and send representation, if any, to their Ministry/Department, within 15 days from the issue of this O.M. Their representations may be examined as per the extant instructions and outcome of such representations may be intimated to the officer concerned under intimation to this Department.

All the Ministries/ Departments are, therefore, requested to take necessary action as per extant instructions and send a completion report alongwith a printout of APARs for 2017-18 closed on SPARROW web portal for records in this Division.

Encl: As above.

(Rajul Bhatt)
Director
Tel: 011-24629411
Source: DoPT

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Extension of CGHS facilities to Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan retired employees


KVS: Extension of CGHS facilities to Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan retired employees

CGHS Facilities to Retired Employees of KVS
CGHS-facilities-Kendriya-Vidyalaya-Sangathan-retired-employees

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
18, Institutional Area, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg
New Delhi 110 016

F.11086/01/2012-KVS(HQ)/Admn.II/291-338
Dated: 13-03-2019
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Extension of CGHS facilities to the retired employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) - matter regarding.

Ministry of HRD, vide letter No.F3-5/2011-UT-2 dated:13-03-2019 has conveyed the approval of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare O.M.No.S.11016/8/2015-CGHS (P) dated 06.03.2019 vide which Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has extended the implementation of CGHS facilities to all the retired employees of KVS, who were having CGHS cards while in service, in all CGHS covered Cities, on the same terms and conditions on which retired employees of KVS were extended CGHS facilities in Delhi/NCR vide Ministry of Health & Family Welfare OM dated 29.05.2015.

Other terms and conditions of MoH&FW OM dated 29.05.2015 circulated vide KVS (HQ) OM No.11086/01/2012-KVS HQ (Admn.II) 793/805 dated 21.08.2015 will remain unchanged.
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(Dr. Shashi Kant)
Joint Commissioner (Pers.)

DoPT: Posting of Dr. Ambedkar International Center, New Delhi and Government e Marketplace (GeM)

DoPT: Posting of Dr. Ambedkar International Center, New Delhi and Government e Marketplace (GeM)

F.No-21/12/2018-CS.I (P)
Government of India,
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
2nd Floor, A Wing, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated 18th March, 2019
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Filling up of posts in Dr. Ambedkar International Centre, New Delhi and Government e Marketplace (GeM) on deputation basis.

The undersigned is directed to circulate herewith under mentioned two vacancy circulars received from Dr. Ambedkar International Centre, New Delhi and Government e Marketplace along with its enclosures for the information of all eligible CSS officers.

S.No.Department / MinistryName of Post
1.Dr. Ambedkar International Centre, Ministry of Social Justise And Empowerment, New DelhiDirector
2.Government e Marketplace (GeM), Ministry of commerce & IndustryFinancial Control Head

It may be noted that cadre clearance from CS-I Division will be required in case of Under Secretary and above level officers of CSS applying for deputation.

In case of any further clarifications, applicants are advised to contact concerned Ministry/ Department.
(George D. Toppo)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

F.No.17020/09/2015-SCD-VI
Government of India
Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
(Department of Social Justice and Empowerment)
Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi-l10001
Dated the 12th March, 2019
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Filling up the post of Director in Dr. Ambedkar International Centre, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, New Delhi on deputation basis in the Pay Scale of Rs.37400-67000/- (PB-4) with Grade Pay of Rs.8700/-, - reg.

The undersigned is directed to enclose herewith a copy of circular iNo.l7020/09/2015- SCD-VI dated 08.03.2019 on the above cited subject with a request to upload it on DOPT's website for wider circulation so that suitable candidates are able to sen~ their applications through proper channel within the stipulated time.
(M.Jena)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Job Profile for: Financial Control Head

Key Responsibilities Areas
  • Responsible for day to day financial related matters in the organization and the development and implementation of financial policies and procedures for the organization
  • Budgeting, bill processing, operational cash flow and forecasting, tax planning and compliance, payroll and financial reporting of revenue/expense and balance sheet preparation
  • Finance modelling, Revenue modelling and forecasting. Management accounting, Assignment of
  • Cost/Profit Centres, Strategic Business Units (SBU) wise GMV/ revenue assessment
  • Responsible for the financial health of the organization and monitoring the day to day financial operations in the organization :
  • Coordination with individual department heads on budgeting and implementation of the budget
  • Development of risk mitigation plans and minimizing financial risk of the organization
  • Develop and document business processes and accounting policies to maintain and strengthen internal controls
  • Ensure record keeping to meets the requirements of auditors and government agencies
  • Track the organization's financial status and performance to identify areas for potential improvement
  • Any other responsibility as assigned by the competent authority from time to time
Key Shared Accountabilities
  • Coordinate the issuance of financial information and reporting of financial results to the board of directors
  • Support HR in the design of wage incentives, commissions, and salaries for the staff
  • Development and monitoring of control systems to report accurate financial reports and results
  • Coordinate the preparation of regulatory reporting
  • Support decision making regarding prioritization of new projects basis financial analysis and planning
Eligibility criteria & Pay level:
Officers of the Central Government, State Government, Central Public Sector Undertakings and Statutory and Autonomous Bodies:-
Holding equivalent Level 13 post on regular basis, OR Officers holding Level 12 post for at least 3 years.

Pay Level-13 in the Pay Matrix under 7th CPC [Pre-revised PB-3, Rs. 15600-39100 + GP Rs. 6600] with allowances such as DA, HRA etc. as per Govt. Rules.

Qualification:
A Master / Bachelors Degree in Business Administration/ Economics / CA/ CS from a recognized University / institution or, Membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India/ Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India and possessing requisite experience in the relevant field.

Source: DoPT

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

Guidelines of Central Government Holiday Homes for postal employees - DoP Orders 12.3.2019

Guidelines of Central Government Holiday Homes for postal employees - DoP Orders 12.3.2019

Delegation of Powers, Eligibility for booking, priority in booking, rent for holiday homes, List of items for Suites, Crockery and Utensils
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(Welfare & Sports Section)
Dak Bhawdn, Sansad M&rE,
New Delhi-110001
Dated: 12.03 .2019
No. 1 – 1/2077 -WL/Sports
To
All Heads of Postal Circle

Subject: Guidelines of Holiday Home.

Madam / Sir,
The undersigned is directed to forward herewith the guidelines of Holiday Home for information, guidance and compliance.

The Scheme is approved by Member (Planning & HRD).
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(Daisy Barla)
Director(W&S)

Guidelines for Holiday Homes

Objective :
To establish clear guidelines for short stay use of holiday homes by employees of Department of Posts and other verified persons primarily for tourism.

II. Definitions :
i. Applicant Departmental Employees Serving.
ii. Family means spouse/dependent family member of Government servant.
iii. Guest means persons other than mentioned at sub para (ii) above.
iv. Booking means granting permission to applicants/visitors vide Confirmation Slip by Circle for occupying rooms/suites of holiday homes for specified period subject to authentication of personal details appearing in Confirmation Slip by administrative office of the applicants.

III. Broad Criteria :
Holiday homes have been established throughout the country for the benefit of the Postal Employees. The broad Principle, within the framework of which Department of Posts may establish Holiday Homes are as below:
  • Holiday Homes may be set up in suitable hill stations or sea-side resorts or other pleasant surroundings or where popular demand exists.
  • Priority would be given to States where there is no Holiday Home.
  • Buildings for Holiday Home may be hired from any available source i,e. Defence, Civil, Municipal or private at suitable sites or made available from any surplus Postal buildings / space. Necessary alterations may be effected to set up the Holiday Home.
  • The Rent where applicable for hiring buildings for Holiday homes should be approved by the Fair Rent Assessment Committee of the Circles and all the formalities and rules will be observed as in the case of hiring accommodation for offices.
  • The head of Circles could also consider construction of Holiday Departmental land and send proposals to the Postal directorate for the cost of construction from welfare fund.
  • The Holiday home should have normally minimum of four suites, minimum of four families at a time.
  • Each suite should have furniture, utensils, crockery, etc. at the scale indicated in the annexure and the total cost of the same should not exceed Rs.50,000/- as a one time expenditure.
  • The Holiday Home may have a common room with various facilities, including essential equipment such as utensils, furniture, recreation facilities for Indoor games etc. The total cost of furniture etc. for the common room should not exceed Rs.70,000/- as a one time expenditure.
  • Expenditure on petty replacements, electricity and water should not normally exceed Rs.5000/- per month for a Holiday Home with four suites.
  • Expenditure on holiday home would have to be made from Welfare Funds available with the Circle. In case additional funds are required by the Circles on expenditure on holiday homes, the same should be taken up with the Directorate accordingly.
  • Current/recurring expenditure on renovation/maintenance/repairing would have to be made from welfare funds available with the circle. In case additional funds are required, the same should be taken up with the Directorate accordingly.
IV. Delegation of powers to Heads of circles for opening of Holiday Homes on the following terms and conditions:
  • These delegated powers shall be exercised with the approval of the Head of the Circle for the Circle as a whole. These powers will not be delegated further to any other authority including the Postmaster General and Head of Region.
  • The location for opening the Holiday Homes may be identified according to the all India importance of the place vis-a-vis tourists’ interest, importance, and requirements of the Staff of the Department as a whole and likely occupancy of the facility.
  • As soon as the locations and building/space is identified for opening the Holiday Homes a detailed proposal may be sent to the Directorate (Welfare and Sports Section) indicating the factors as mentioned in (ii) above. As holiday home becomes operational information regarding its location, full address along with telephone number, controlling officer, weather conditions, approach, surrounding etc. be given to the Directorate for circulation to all circles and uploaded on the Departments website.
  • The actual accommodation should be easily approachable and in a prominent place of the city. The security needs of the place as well as of visiting staff may be kept in view.
  • Generally not more than one holiday home should be opened in one city/town. However, where considered necessary more suites could be added to an existing holiday home.
  • Where it is necessary to hire the accommodation for Holiday Home, the Head of Circles may exercise the financial powers as have been delegated vide Circular No. 2-l12001-Wel/sports dated26.04.2002 subject to the same terms and conditions as laid down in the OM No. 6-14/87-Fincoord (Vol. V) dated 26.03.2001 for Item 7(b) (vi) for hiring accommodation for office-cum-residence. The rent should be invariably approved by the ‘Fair Rent Assessment Committee’ of the Circle and all the formalities and rules that are required to be observed as in the case of hiring accommodation for office-cum-residence should be complied with.
  • Current/recurring the expenditure in connection with establishment of Holiday homes may be met from Circle Welfare Fund. There will however, be no special allotment of fund to the Circle on this account from Postal Services Staff Welfare Fund.
  • These powers are delegated to the extent of existing infrastructure and no new building would be constructed unless the funds are specially allotted for the purpose for Directorate.
  • No operational / Post Office building would be converted into a Holiday home without personal approval of the Head of Circle who will ensure that the accommodation in question is not likely to be required for operational needs in the next 3 years.
  • The Holiday home should be provided with a caretaker, for which no additional posts would be created and no additional staff would be given. This may be done by diversion of an existing post, where possible or by outsourcing as per rules on the subject.
  • All other conditions such as period and rules of occupancy, rent charged, facilities to be provided etc will continue to be the same as at present and as amended from time to time.
  • The concurrence of the Internal Financial advisor and Circle welfare Board should also be obtained before opening a Holiday Home.
V. Eligibility for Booking :
All applicants mentioned at Para II will be eligible for holiday homes for themselves and their spouse/dependent family members and guests.

VI. Priority in Booking :
Booking will be made through automated online system (if online facility is available) primarily on ‘first-come first-serve’ basis subject to fulfillment of prescribed eligibility, time limit and payment of booking charges, etc.

VII. Rent for Holiday Home :
Rent to be charged from occupants of the Holiday Homes (for one suite) would be as indicated below :-
(i) Basic pay upto Rs. 35.400 /- (7th Pay Commission) Rs. 40/- per Day.
(ii) Basic pay exceeding Rs. 35,400 /- (7th Pay Commission) Rs. 100/- per Day.
List of items for four suites of Holiday Home
  1. Bed(s)
  2. Mattress(es)
  3. Mattress cover
  4. Cotton Mattress
  5. Bed Sheets
  6. Pillows
  7. Pillow covers
  8. Bed covers
  9. Coat hangers
  10. Blankets
  11. Doormets
  12. Gentre table
  13. bedside chairs
  14. Floor covering
  15. Chest of drawers and/or cupboard
  16. Heater
  17. Bedside tables and soft reading lights
  18. Towels. 1 bath towel one hand towels per guest
  19. Dressing Table
  20. Curtains
  21. Toiletries
  22. Wall clock
  23. Dustbin
Apart from the above items, Circles may include other items as per requirement with the permission of Heads of Circle.
Crockery & Utensils
  1. Cooker
  2. Gas stove
  3. Tea set
  4. Set of Crockery
  5. Cutlery
  6. Plastic buckets
  7. Plastic Mugs
  8. Plastic Jugs
  9. Kitchen Towels
  10. Stainless steel tea spoons
  11. Belan and Chakla
  12. Karchis steel
  13. Patila Steel
  14. Masaladani
  15. Parat Steel
  16. Karahi
  17. Frying Pan and cookware
  18. Tawa
  19. Steel Plates for rice
  20. Chopping Board
  21. Serving Spoons
  22. Soup Bowls
  23. Steel Bowls
  24. Kettle
  25. Knife set
  26. Glass
  27. Liquid soap
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Gazette Notification: Minimum educational qualification for Motor vehicle inspector and Assistant Motor vehicle inspector

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

Notification no. S.O. 1215(E) dated 8th March 2019 regarding 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 recognised Board; and
(ii) a diploma in Automobile Engineering (three year course);
or
a diploma in Mechanical Engineering (three year course), awarded by any institution recognised by the Central Government or State Government; and
(iii) holding a driving license authorising 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.

Guidelines on Air Travel on Official Tours - Purchase of air ticket from authorized agent


DoE: Guidelines on Air Travel on Official Tours - Purchase of air ticket from authorized agent

No.N-20011/29/2016-E.II(pt.IV)
Government Of India
Ministry of Road Transport & Highways
(Establishment Section-II)
Transport Bhawan, 1, parliament Street, New Delhi-110001
New Delhi, Dated February, 2019
CIRCULAR

Sub:- Guidelines on Air Travel on Official Tours-purchase of air ticket from authorized agent - reg.
The undersigned is directed to refer to Department Of Expenditure, ( Ministry of Finance) O.M No. 19024/22/2017.E.IV dated 19.07.2017 and 27.02.2018 (Copy Enclosed) on the subject mentioned above and to request all officers for strict compliance of extant air travel guidelines, as henceforth, relaxation on account Of ignorance,’ unawareness about these guidelines would not be considered in future.
Accordingly, all CES (Roads) officers are hereby requested for strict compliance of the same.
sd/-
(Kamal Kishore)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Guidelines on Air Travel on Official Tours - Purchase of air ticket from authorized agent

No.19024/22/2017-EIV
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 27th February, 2018
Office Memorandum

Subject: Guidelines on Air Travel on Official Tours - Purchase of air ticket from authorized agent.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Departments’ O.M No, 19024/22/2017-E.IV dated 19.07.2017 regarding guidelines on Air travel where the Govt. of India bears the cost of passage. As per this O.M., Ministries/Departments were asked to ensure that these instructions are given adequate coverage and were to be circulated to all so that ‘lack of knowledge’ of the rules is not cited as an excuse. In spite of these instructions, a large number of cases for relaxation of air travel guidelines due to purchase of air ticket from unauthorized travel agents, are still being received in this Department.

The matter has been re-considered and it has been decided that all such cases of air travel where tickets have been purchased after issue of this Department’s O.M. dated 19.07.2017, seeking relaxation of air travel guidelines pertaining to purchase of air ticket from authorized agent, should have the approval of Secretary of the Administrative Ministry before referring the same to Department of Expenditure.

This is issued with the approval of Secretary Expenditure.
sd/-
(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Monday, 18 March 2019

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 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

DoPT Order: Declaration of Holiday on 14th April 2019 - Birthday of Dr.B.R.Ambedkar

 DoPT Order: Declaration of Holiday on 14th April 2019 - Birthday of Dr.B.R.Ambedkar
Holiday_ 14thApril2019_DoPT_Orders_2019


F No 12/6/2016-JCA-2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
Establishment (JCA-2) Section
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 15th March, 2019.

 OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Declaration of Holiday on 14th April, 2019-Birthday of Dr.B.R.Ambedkar.

It has been decided to declare Sunday, the 14th April 2019, as a public holiday on account of the birthday of Dr B.R.Ambedkar, for all Central Government Offices including Industrial Establishments throughout India by invoking the powers under Section 25 of Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881.

2. All Ministries/Departments of Government of India may bring the above decision to the notice of all concerned.

(Juglal Singh)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India
2309 2338

Sunday, 17 March 2019

14 percent of the Basic Pay plus DA by the Central Government Contribution in NPS - Gazette Notification

14 percent of the Basic Pay plus DA by the Central Government Contribution in NPS - Gazette Notification
The monthly contribution would be 10 percent of the Basic Pay plus Dearness Allowance (DA) to be paid by the employee and 14 percent of the Basic Pay plus DA by the Central Government
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(Department of Financial Services)

NOTIFICATION
New Delhi, the 31st January, 2019

F. No. 1/3/2016-PR - In partial modification of para 1(i) of Ministry of Finance’s Gazette Notification No. 5/7/2003-ECB-PR dated 22nd December, 2003, based on the Government’s decision on 6th December, 2018 on the recommendations of a Committee set up to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of National Pension System (NPS), the Central Government makes the following amendments in the said notification, namely :-

(1) In para 1(i) of the said notification, for the words “The monthly contribution would be 10 percent of the salary and DA to be paid by the employee and matched by the Central Government”, the words “The monthly contribution would be 10 percent of the Basic Pay plus Dearness Allowance (DA) to be paid by the employee and 14 percent of the Basic Pay plus DA by the Central Government” shall be substituted.

(2) The following provisions shall be inserted after para 1(v) of the said notification, namely:-
CHOICE OF PENSION FUND AND INVESTMENT PATTERN IN TIER-I OF NPS AS UNDER:

(vi) Choice of Pension Fund: As in the case of subscribers in the private sector, the Government subscribers may also be allowed to choose any one of the pension funds including Private sector pension funds. They could change their option once in a year. However, the current provision of combination of the Public-Sector Pension Funds will be available as the default option for both existing as well as new Government subscribers.

(vii) Choice of Investment pattern: The following options for investment choices may be offered to Government employees :
  • The existing scheme in which funds are allocated by the PFRDA among the three Public Sector Undertaking fund managers based on their past performance in accordance with the guidelines of PFRDA for Government employees may continue as default scheme for both existing and new subscribers.
  • Government employees who prefer a fixed return with minimum amount of risk may be given an option to invest 100% of the funds in Government securities (Scheme G).
  • Government employees who prefer higher returns may be given the options of the following two Life Cycle based schemes.
(A) Conservative Life Cycle Fund with maximum exposure to equity capped at 25% - LC-25.

(B) Moderate Life Cycle Fund with maximum exposure to equity capped at 50% - LC-50.

(viii) Implementation of choices to the legacy corpus: Transfer of a huge legacy corpus of more than Rs. 1 lakh crore in respect of the Government sector subscribers from the existing Pension Fund Managers is likely to impact the market. It may be practically difficult for the PFRDA to allow Government subscribers to change the Pension Funds or investment pattern in respect of the accumulated corpus, in one go. Therefore, for the present, change in the Pension Funds or investment pattern may be allowed in respect of incremental flows only.

(ix) Transfer of legacy corpus in a reasonable time frame: PFRDA may draw up a scheme for transfer of accumulated corpus as per new choices of Government subscribers in a reasonable time frame of say five years. Once PFRDA draws up this scheme, change in the Pension Funds or investment pattern may be allowed in respect of the accumulated corpus in accordance with that scheme.

4 THE GAZETTE OF INDIA : EXTRAORDINARY [PART I-SEC. 1] COMPENSATION FOR NON-DEPOSIT OR DELAYED DEPOSIT OF CONTRIBUTIONS DURING 2004-2012:

(x) In all cases, where the NPS contributions were deducted from the salary of the Government employee but the amount was not remitted to CRA system or was remitted late, the amount may be credited to the NPS account of the employee along with interest for the period from the date on which
the deductions were made till the date the amount was credited to the NPS account of the employee, as per the rates applicable to GPF from time to time, compounded annually.

(xi) In all cases where the NPS contributions were not deducted from the salary of the Government employee for any period during 2004-2012, the employee may be given an option to deposit the amount of employee contribution now. In case he opts to deposit the contributions now, the amount may be deposited in one lump sum or in monthly installments. The amount of installment may be deducted from the salary of the Government employee and deposited in his NPS account. The same may qualify for tax concessions under the Income Tax Act as applicable to the mandatory contributions of the employee.

(xii) In all cases where the Government contributions were not remitted to CRA system or were remitted late (irrespective whether the employee contributions were deducted or not), the amount of Government contributions may be credited to the NPS account of the employee along with interest for the period from the date on which the Government contributions were due till the date the amount is actually credited to the NPS account of the employee, as per the rates applicable to GPF from time to time. Instructions to this effect may be issued by the Department of Expenditure/ Controller General of Accounts. All such cases of delay may be resolved within a period of three months.
The above provisions shall come into force with effect from 1st April, 2019.

MADNESH KUMAR MISHRA, Jt. Secy.

Note : The main notification was published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part-I, Section 1, vide notification No. 5/7/2003-PR dated the 22nd December, 2003

BSNL clears employees salaries in February 2019

BSNL clears employees salaries in February 2019

BSNL, a state - owned telecoms company, said that its 1,76 lakh employees were cleared of their pending february salaries.
The company also announced the launch of various schemes to increase its market share and revenue.
“We have disbursed salary of all employees that was pending for the month of February. BSNL employees have ensured that customers services run uninterrupted despite issues that they were facing. Now we will aggressively focus on increasing our market share and revenue with attractive schemes,” BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava told PTI.

The BSNL CMD Thursday had said that the telco was using internal accruals of Rs 850 crore to clear the February salary.

He had stressed that with the telecom department’s support, there would be no delay in salary disbursement in coming months.

BSNL Friday announced free voice call on its ‘Wings’ mobile app and free broadband services for a period of 30 days to attract new customers.

Under the scheme, BSNL landline and mobile customers can make unlimited calls across India for free for a period of 30 days through its Wing mobile application and make calls to any landline or mobile number in India for Rs 1.2 per minute when they are travelling abroad.

“The Wings app annual activation charge is Rs 1,100 but we are giving it to all students at 20 per cent discount, all central and state government at 50 per cent discount and BSNL employees for 75 per cent discount,” BSNL Wings (OSD) AK Jain said.

Post the free offer, Wings users can make calls using any wifi network and will need to pay as per their landline or mobile subscription plan.

BSNL customers can divert incoming calls on their landline or mobile phone to the Wings app.
“We are not charging money for diverting calls to the app,” Jain said.

Besides voice calls, the state-run firm announced free broadband service for its landline and new customers for 30 days. Under the offer, customers availing broadband connection will get 5Gb per day data.

Though the scheme is not applicable for existing broadband customers, the company has announced “25 per cent cash back and Amazon prime subscription for a year on zero cost” for them.

Amid tariff war fuelled by Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio, BSNL is the only company, apart from Jio, that gained new customers in mobile segment, according to the Trai data.

The company, however, had been losing landline customers and expects new schemes to check the decline.

PTI

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Cabinet approves release of an additional instalment of DA to Central Government employees and DR to Pensioners, due from 1.1.2019

Cabinet approves release of an additional instalment of DA to Central Government employees and DR to Pensioners, due from 1.1.2019   ...