Government employees may get LTC to visit SAARC Nations -- PRESS NEWS

Central government employees may get to visit some SAARC nations barring Pakistan under new Leave Travel Concession (LTC) rules being finalised by the Centre. 

"Employees will be able to avail LTC to visit some SAARC countries. A proposal in this regard is being finalised by the government," Union Minister Jitendra Singh told . 

LTC allows grant of leave and ticket reimbursement to eligible central government employees. 

The decision has been taken to promote people-to-people contact and boost tourism among the SAARC regions, he said. 

"The government has been taking many steps to promote trade and travel. This is one of such steps to further boost ties among SAARC nations," said Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. 

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is a group of eight nations comprisingBangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and India. 

Officials in the Personnel Ministry said the LTC facility will not be available for visiting Pakistan and few other nations due to security concerns. 

The draft for new LTC rules is in initial stage and it will be finalised after inter-ministerial consultations, they said. 

"One of the major decisions taken by the Narendra Modi government soon after it took over was to extend the facility of conversion of 'home town' LTC to visit states of Jammu & Kashmir, northeastern region and Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar for a further period of two years up to September 25, 2016," the Minister said. 

The Personnel Ministry has been regularly reviewing LTC rules to allow government employees to visit unexplored places like northeast. The ministry is also considering allowing government servants not entitled to travel by air to fly in economy class. 

The ministry has of late put in place measures to check misuse of LTC facility. CBI is probing fake travel bills scam (LTC scam) allegedly involving certain government employees and present and former Members of Parliament. 

"All the ministries or departments are advised to bring it to the notice of all their employees that any misuse of LTC will be viewed seriously and the employees will be liable for appropriate action under the rules. 

"In order to keep a check on any kind of misuse of LTC, ministries or departments are advised to randomly get some of the air tickets submitted by the officials verified from the airlines concerned with regard to the actual cost of air travel vis-a-vis the cost indicated on the air tickets submitted by the officials," according to an order issued by the Personnel Ministry. 

Source : The Economic Times

Declaration of Holiday on 14th April, 2015- Birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.

To view DoPT OM No. 12/6/2015-JCA-2 dated 19.3.2015, please CLICK HERE. 

6% DA Hike to Central Govt Employees from Jan 2015 - Announcement likely in next week

As per sources, 6% enhancement in  D.A. payable to Central Govt. employees and pensioners is likely to be declared in the coming week. A note in this regard is likely to be forwarded in the next cabinet meeting for approval. With this hike, central D.A. will be 113% with effect from 1st january 2015. As per practice, arrears from January to March 2015 will be paid in cash in the month of April.

Transfers/Postings in the Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) of Indian Postal Service, Group 'A'

Click here to view Department of Posts (Personal Division) Order No. 1-3/2015-SPG dated 13-03-2015  on the above subject matter.

CBS Luanched in Pathanamthitta division-at PUNALUR HO

CORE BANKING SOLUTION HAS BEEN LAUNCHED IN PATHANAMTHITTA DIVSION AT PUNALUR HO ON 15.12.2014.PUNALUR HO IS THE 7TH OFFICE IN KERALA THAT HAS BEEN MIGRATED TO CBS.
    THE CBS GO-LIVE AT PUNALUR HO WAS INAUGURATED BY Smt.SUMATHI RAVICHANDRAN,PMG(Mails& BD).





Re-launch of sale of KVP (SB order 12/2014)


Aadhar Based Bio-Metric Attendance System for all Central Govt Employees before 26.1.2015

No: 11013/9/2014- Estt (A-III)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, dated 21st November 2014.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Introduction of AADHAR Enabled Bio-metric Attendance System

It has been decided to use an AADHAR Enabled Bio-metric Attendance System (AEBAS) in all offices of the Central Government, including attached/ sub-ordinate Offices, in India. The system will be installed in the offices located in Delhi/ New Delhi by 31st December 2014. In other places this may be installed by 26th January 2015.

2. The equipment will be procured by the Ministries/ Departments as per specifications of DeitY on DGS&D Rate Contract from authorized vendors. The expenditure will be met by the Ministries/ Departments concerned under their O.E. The manual system of attendance may be phased out accordingly.

3. The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) will provide the technical guidance for installing the system. The equipment already procured by DeitY have a built in AMC of three years. The Ministries/ departments may ensure that the equipment being procured by them have similar provision.

4. Biometric attendance system is only an enabling platform. There is no change in the instructions relating to office hours, late attendance etc. which will continue to apply. As per extant instructions, (contained in DoPT O.M. No: 28034/8/75- Estt-A dated 04-07-1975; No:28034/10/75-Estt-A dated 27-08-1975; No: 28034/3/82 —Estt-A dated 05-03-1982) half—a-day’s Casual Leave should be debited for each day of late attendance, but late attendance up to an hour, on not more than two occasions in a month, and for justifiable reasons may be condoned by the competent authority. In addition to debiting Casual Leave (or Earned Leave, when no CL is available). Disciplinary action may also be taken against government servants who are habitually late. Early leaving is also to be treated in the same manner as late coming.

5. These orders come into force with immediate effect.

6. All Ministries/ Departments are requested to bring this to the notice of all concerned.
Sd/-
(J.A Vaidyanathan)
Director (Establishment)
To view orignal copy, please CLICK HERE.

Kisan Vikas Patra re-launched today

The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley has re-launched Kisan Vikas Patra today in a function held at Hotel Ashoka, NewDelhi.  Sri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union minister for communication & IT, Shri Rajiv Mehrishi, Finance Secretary, Ms. Kavita, Secretary, Department of Posts, Shri Rajat Bhargava, Joint Secretary (Budget), Department of Economic Affairs (DEA),Ministry of Finance and other senior officers of the Ministry of Finance and Department of Posts and National Small Savings Organizations were also present among others on this occasion.


Salient Features of re-launched Kisan Vikas Patra :
1.Amount Invested doubles in 100 months ( 8years 4 months)
2.Available in denominations of Rs 1,000, 5000, 10,000 and Rs 50,000.
3.Minimum deposit Rs 1000/- and no maximum limit.
4.Certificate can be purchased by an adult for himself or on behalf of a minor or by two adults.
5.KVP can be purchased from any DEpartmental Post office. This facility will also be extended shortly to the designated branches of commercial Banks.
6.Facility of nomination is available.
7.Certificate can be transferred from one person to another and from one post office to another.
8.Certificate can be encashed after 2 1/2 years from the date of issue.

Centre to lower age limit for civil service aspirants

The Central Govt  intends to reduce the upper age limit and number of attempts of applicants with effect from 2015. Going by the new norm, the upper age limit will be 29 years for SC/ST candidates, 28 years for OBC and 26 for the unreserved category.
There will be an additional two years for physically challenged candidates in each category.
At present, the upper age limit for SC/ST, OBC and unreserved candidates is 35, 33 and 30 years respectively.
According to information published on the website of the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, the number of attempts allowed for candidates appearing for the Civil Services Examination would also be reduced to six for SC/ST candidates, five for OBC and three for unreserved candidates.
The measures, recommended by the Second Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) and almost entirely accepted by the government, were put up on the website a few months ago.
The Centre has decided to retain August 1 in the examination year as the cut-off date for eligibility and not to review the structure of the examination (both preliminary and main) since this was only recently changed.
Source : The Hindu