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Thursday, 17 March 2016

Reservation for Dalit Christians

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Reservation for Dalit Christians
An individual belonging to Scheduled Tribes may profess any religion and the Castes/ Tribes included in the list of Scheduled Tribes under Article 342 of the Constitution, are entitled for getting the benefits of reservation in services of the Central Government.
The Scheduled Castes converted to Christianity are included in the Central List of Other Backward Classes of some of the States and are entitled to the benefit of the reservation in services of the Central Government. However, the issue of extension of Scheduled Caste status to Scheduled Caste converts to Christianity is presently subjudice in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.
This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question by Smt. Pratyusha Rajeshwari Singh in the Lok Sabha today.

Court orders against Government of India instructions on service matters-consultation with Ministry of Law and Department of Personnel and Training on question of filing appeals.

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F.No.28027/1/2016-Estt.A-III
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment Division
North Block, New Delhi-110001
Dated: 16th March, 2016.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Court orders against Government of India instructions on service matters-consultation with Ministry of Law and Department of Personnel and Training on question of filing appeals.
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s 0.M.No.28027/9/99- Estt.(A) dated 1st May, 2000 on the above subject ( copy enclosed) and to say that the Department of Personnel and Training is the nodal Department that formulates
policies on service matters and issues instructions from time to time. These instructions are to be followed by the Ministries/Departments of the Central Government scrupulously. All the Court cases filed by employees have to be defended on the basis of the facts available with the Administrative Ministry/Department concerned, keeping in view the instructions issued on the subject by this Department.
2. Reference is also invited to the Cabinet Secretariats D.O letter No. 6/1/1/94- Cab dated 25.02.1994 and the Department of Expenditure’s O.M. No. 7(8)/2012-E-II(A) dated 16.05.2012 inter-alia provide that (i) a common counter reply should be filed before a Court of Law on behalf of the Union of India by the concerned administrative Department/Ministry where the petitioner is serving or has last served; and (ii) a unified stand should be adopted instead of bringing out each Department’s/Ministry’s point of view in the said reply. It further provides that it is primarily the responsibility of the Administrative Ministry to ensure that timely action is taken at each stage a Court case goes through and that a unified stand is adopted on behalf of Government of India at every such stage. In no case should the litigation be allowed to prolong to the extent that it results in contempt proceedings.
3. However, it is noticed that the Ministries/Departments are making several references to this Department seeking interpretation of the guidelines without exercising due diligence. The Ministries/Departments are advised not to make any references to this Department unless there are difficulties relating to interpretation/application of these guidelines or any relaxation in
Rules/instructions is warranted to mitigate a genuine hardship faced the Government servant.
While seeking advice of this Department, instructions contained in this Department’s O.M. number 43011/9 /2014-Estt (D) dated 28.10.2015 may be followed.
4. The court cases may be further handled in the following manner:-
S.No.Orders of CourtAction to be taken
1.A decision/order has been quashed by Tribunal/Court on the ground that it is violative of the Rules/Government instructions,
but Government’s policy has not come
in for adverse comments.
The Administrative
Department may implement the CAT Order/Judgement if it is in consonance with Government policy and the
Government case has been lost due to Administrative infirmities.
2.Where the policy of DoPT has not
been quashed, but the
judgment/order of the Tribunal/
High Court/ Supreme Court has
gone in favour of
Respondents/Applicants.
(a) Where in above, the
Administrative Ministry is in favour of implementing the judgement
(b) Where in above, a decision to file Writ
Petition/Special Leave Petition (as the case may be) has to be
taken
The Administrative Ministry may take a decision in consultation with DoPT and DoLA
The Administrative Department may take a
decision to file Write  Petition/Special Leave Petition
be) in (as the case may consultation
with Department of Legal Affairs (DOLA) and DoP&T
3.Where the judgment has gone in
favour of  Applicant/Petitioner/Respondent
and a scheme/guideline/OM
outlining Government policy has
been quashed.
The Administrative Department may take a decision to file WP/SLP (as the case may be) in
consultation with DoPT and DOLA. The references to this Department should be sent at least one week in advance so that it can be properly examined in DoP&T.
4.CAT or a Higher Court has upheld Government’s standDoPT may only be informed with all details.
(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Director (E)
Tele: 2309 3176

Defence Services personnel Dissatisfied over Abolition of Disability Pension

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defence services
Members of the defence Services are expressing disappointment and dissatisfaction over the recommendation of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) regarding abolition of the “percentage based” disability pension and restoration of the earlier ‘slab based system’ which, it feels, is more equitable.
Many in the defence Services, both serving and retired, find the rationale of only singling out the armed forces and retaining the percentage based computation of the disability pension for paramilitary personnel and government employees to be discriminatory.
The commission has based its recommendation on a premise that there has been an increase in disability pension cases within the defence forces. To reach to this conclusion it has relied on data provided by the Comptroller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA).
The data provided by the CGDA could be incorrect insofar that it may be inclusive of past cases of denial ofdisability benefits that have found relief from the Armed Forces Tribunal and those who have benefitted from the change in policy.
If at all there has been an increase in the number of disabled soldiers, then the rising disabilities and stress levels and the need to improve health should have been a cause of concern rather than concluding that more personnel are receiving benefits.
“It is also a well recorded fact that life expectancy of soldiers is lower than that of the general population, which itself points to need of sensitivity towards the health profile of the men and women in uniform,” says Brig. (Retired) Atul Nagpal in an article that he has written on the subject.
“While governments the world over are liberal in granting disability benefits to their disabled soldiers, both in injury as well as disease cases, the pay commission of India is going ahead with a clause of reversion to a slab system of fixed disability rather than the one based on percentage of pay,” adds Nagpal.
In fact, defence forces had sought removal of the Neither Attributable Nor Aggravated (NANA) clause applicable to its personnel. On the basis of this highly controversial clause a soldier is denied disability element in his pension if the injury sustained by an individual is declared NANA by service conditions. This holds good even in cases of sustaining severe injuries on account of which an individual may get invalided out of service.
A person thus invalidated and placed under the category of NANA is denied the benefit of any kind of pension if he has less than 10 years of service. In case he has service more than 10 years then he is granted pension but denied the disability award.
A civilian/paramilitary personnel, on the other hand, on sustaining similar injury, enjoys the benefit of completing his full prescribed length of service and that too with complete in-service benefits, includingdisability benefits.
This is on account of civilian/paramilitary employees being brought under ‘The Persons with Disability Act, 1995’. Armed forces personnel are exempted from the provisions of this Act. The resultant situation is highly unfavourable to defence personnel vis-a-vis their civilian/paramilitary counterparts.
Instead of a positive move forward in removal of the NANA clause as was expected the 7th CPC has attempted to turn the “percentage based” disability pension system to the detriment of the services.
Many feel that this flawed dispensation is bound to have a detrimental effect on the morale of the troops. They opine that with such unfavourable anomalies further aggravated by unfavourable pay commission recommendations not many would come forward to join the armed forces.
Source: DNA

7th Pay Commission Latest News – No Explicit Provision in Budget – Govt Says Built it in Ministries Allocation

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7th Pay Commission Latest News – No Explicit Provision in Budget – Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das said the number cannot be quantified and it has been built up in budget of various ministries.

With absence of an explicit overall provision for the 7th Pay Commission in FM Arun Jaitley’s Budget 2016 raising questions, government clarified said the once-in-a-decade pay hike has been built in as interim allocationfor different ministries and Budget numbers were credible. Implementation of the 7th Pay Commission report is to cost the government Rs 1.02 lakh crore.
The voluminous Budget documents state that “the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission due from January 1, 2016 is to be implemented during the financial year 2016-17 as also the revised One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme for Defence services.”
“The government has made provisions for the additional liabilities on these count,” it said, without giving the amount allocated for implementation. Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das said the number cannot be quantified and it has been built up in budget of various ministries. “We cannot really quantify how much we require in 2016-17. Because the Committee of Secretaries have to first give its recommendations, then govt will take a decision and then only we will know what is the requirement in FY17,” he said.
“We have the Pay Commission recommendations with us, we have analysed the likely requirement and it has been built into the Budget of various ministries. Some suitable interim provisions have been made,” he said without elaborating. “Hence the expenditure and revenue numbers are credible.” Das said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his Budget speech stated that interim provisions have been made. “And these provisions are there in the Demands for Grants for individual departments and ministries. It is built into and subsumed into those allocations.”
“The Budget reaffirmed the commitment of the government to continue with the process of fiscal consolidationas projected in the Medium Term Fiscal Policy Statement of 2015-16 despite a tough external environment,” the documents said.
Accordingly, fiscal deficit has been projected at 3.5 per cent of GDP in 2016-17. “In accordance with the amended FRBM targets, the fiscal deficit of 3 per cent is projected to be achieved in 2017-18 onwards. Keeping in view the challenge of reduction of fiscal deficit by 0.4 per cent of GDP in a difficult year in 2016-17 with substantial additional liabilities on pay revision etc, the government is quite optimistic of fully achieving the fiscal deficit target of 3 per cent or below by March 2018,” the documents said.

Rajeev writes to the Defence Minister on the Delay in Disbursal of Pension to Widows and/Or Next of Kin of Martyred Soldiers

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Rajeev chandrasekhar
Member of Parliment
Rajya Sabha
01 March 2016
Dear Raksha Mantriji,
Sub: Delay in Disbursal of Pension to Widows and/Or Next of Kin of Martyred Soldiers
I write to you regarding the issue of delay in payment of pension faced by widows and next of kin of the armed forces soldiers martyred in the line of duty.
While Pension Regulations are well defined, there is a gap of two to three months, and in some cases, more for pension disbursal to the widow and next of kin of the soldier who has died in the line of duty.
The salary of the soldier stops from the day of his death and along with the delay in pension, the widow and next of kin are left to struggle to make ends meet. This period of gap leaves the family very vulnerable even as they deal with their irreparable loss.
Our soldiers lay down their lives for the Nation, and it is the moral obligation of the Government of India and the Ministry of Defence to ensure that the families of the martyrs are not financially inconvenienced.
For this, I suggest the following measures:
1. At least 50% Pay of the martyred soldier continues to be paid to his widow and/or next of kin for the duration of 2-3 months until the pension starts. Any variation in the amount can be settled once the arrears are paid up.
2. For cases that suffer delay due to completio fo formalities, the provision of Pending Enquiry Award under the Pension Regulations of Defence Services Regulations be authorised with immediate effect in all cases until the pension is disbursed.
As you are aware, SECTION-2 pending Enquiry Award, Sub-section-I-General, under “Object and Nature of Pending Enquiry Award” States:
“17. (a) The pending enquiry Award Scheme is intended to relieve the financial difficulties of personnel below officer rank and their dependents when such personnel are invalided out of service provisionally or die, and the invaliding disability or cause of death is considered, prima facie, due to military service or is accepted as such by the competent authority with reference to the applicable Entitlement Rules. Under this scheme, interim Award shall be made, pending completion of enquiry and other steps which may be necessary before a pension claim can be finally admitted.
I urge you undertake these measures at the earliest to ensure that families/next of kin of out martyred soldiers ar taken care of and do not suffer hardships.

OROP Arrears – Centre released Revised Pensionary benefits under OROP

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The Defence Pension Disbursing Offices (DPDOs) functioning under Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) in the Ministry of Defence have released revised pensionary benefits to 2,21,224 Defence pensioners drawing service/disability pension. The amount along with first instalment of arrears had been released and credited by the Defence Ministry to the accounts of these pensioners on 01.03.2016.
In the case of remaining 1,46,335 family pensioners drawing pension from DPDOs, payment along with arrears is expected to be released by March end. Banks are under process of revision work.
These steps are a follow-up to Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare (ESW) of the Ministry of Defence’s notification on 07.11.2015 ordering implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme for Defence pensioners.
The total additional annual financial increase for grant of One Rank One Pension (OROP) is Rs. 7488.70 crores. The total amount on account of arrears to be paid for the period 1.7.2014 to 31.12.2015 is Rs. 10925.11 crores.
Out of total annual liability of Rs. 7488.70 crores, PBOR family pensioners shall get Rs. 6,405.59 crores, which works out to 85.5% of total expenditure of OROP.
Due to increase in defence pension budget, the additional liability for current financial year 2015-16 shall be Rs. 4,721.34 crores which will increase the current defence pension liability of Rs. 60,238 crores to Rs. 64,959.34 crores for the year 2015-16.
Detailed implementation orders of OROP with 101 tables containing revised pensions of different ranks and categories were issued by the Department of ESW on 03.02.2016 through their website www.desw.gov.in. According to the orders, the Pension Disbursing Agencies have been authorized to make payments with arrears as scheduled.
To facilitate the pension disbursing agencies, the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (P) have also issued implementation instructions through a circular on 04.02.2016. The implementation instructions along with Government orders are available on the website www.pcdapension.nic.in.

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Rajeev writes to the Defence Minister on Additional Points – Anomalies in One Rank One Pension (OROP) Scheme

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ADDITIONAL POINTS : ANOMALIES IN ONE RANK ONE PENSION (OROP) SCHEME
A. CHANGE IN DEFINITION OF ONE RANK ONE PENSION:
PI refer to:
1. MOD letter no 12(01/2014-D (Pen/Pol) dated 26 February, 2014
2. MOM of the meeting chaired by RM on 26 February, 2014 to discuss OROP
3. Response by MOS Defence, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh to my Parliamentary Question No. 962 dated 02 December, 2014 on ‘Implementation of One Rank, One Pension (OROP)’
4. GOI Press Release dated 05 September, 2015
5. GOI letter no 12(1)/2014 dated 07 November, 2015 and
6. GO1 letter no 12(01)/2014-D (pen/pol)- Part- 11 dated 14 December, 2015
a) One Rank One Pension (DROP) implies that uniform pension be paid to the Armed Forces Personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service irrespective of their date of retirement and any future enhancement in the rates of pension to be automatically passed on to the past pensioners. This implies bridging the gap between the rate of pension of the current pensioners and the past pensioners, and also future enhancements in the rate of pension to be automatically passed on to the past pensioners.
I. On 26 February, 2014, the Government vide letter No 1 2(01 /2014-D (Pen/Pol) accepted the principle of One Rank One Pension as defined above.
II. Minutes of the meeting chaired by the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri on 26 February also contained the above definition of OROP.
The reply given by Minister of State for Defence Shri Rao Inderjit Singh to a question raised by me in Parliament on 02 December, 2014 also gave the above definition of OROP.

All Agencies including Banks advised to ensure Aadhaar based Digital Life Certificate (Jeevan pramaan)

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CPAO reiterated for seeding of Aadhaar so that online bio-metric authentication system of submission of life certificate Jeevan Pramaan may be implemented successfully.
seeding of aadhaar number in bank account and Pension papers to implement digital life certificate
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CENTRAL PENSION ACCOUNTING OFFICE
TRIKOOT-11, BHJKAJI CAMA PLACE,
NEW DELHl-110066
PHONES: 26174596, 26174456, 26174438
CPAO/IT &Tech/Jeevan Praman/2015-16/1776
10.03.2016
Office Memorandum
Subject:- Aadhaar based Digital Life Certificate (Jcevan Pramaan).
A reference is invited to this office O.M. CPAO/Tech/Jeevan Pramaan/2014-15/218-259 dated 20.03.2015 (copy enclosed) on the above mentioned subject whereby all the banks were advised to seed the pensioners’ Aadhaar numbers with their PPO and bank accounts so that online bio-metric authentication system of submission of life certificate Jeevan Pramaan may be implemented successfully. This task was to be completed before November, 2015. However, status report of the quarter ending December, 2015 reveals that only 44.54·% of pension accounts were seeded which slightly increased during January & February, 2016. As on 04.03.2016 48.80% of total pension accounts have been seeded which is much below the target of hundred percent seeding.
Further the status report of Aadhaar seeding for quarter ending September, 2015, December, 2015 and period ending with March, 2016 reveals that only eight banks have shown further progress with reference to the status report of September, 2015. As this is continues process and should not be stopped Banks should pursue the matter with pensioners by making them aware of the benefits of registering their Aadhaar numbers to banks so that they voluntarily register their Aadhaar numbers with banks. Banks should invariably send weekly progress reports to CPAO on each Friday as already advised to them.
Therefore, all the banks are advised to make further efforts to increase the Aadhaar seeding of Pensioners accounts. It may also be ensured that for all fresh PPOs having Aadhaar numbers, sent from CPAO, Aadhaar seeding of pensioners account with Aadhaar number is done.
Further, the status of seeding of Aadhaar numbers may invariably be shown in the e-scrolls, Forrnat-F and updated master data.
(Suhhash Chandra)
Controller of Accounts
Ph.011-26174809

Demands Relating to Defence Pensioners : 7th CPC Report

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Demands Relating to Defence Pensioners

The Commission has received a number of demands relating to pensions for defence forces personnel through the Joint Services Memorandum (JSM) from the Services, Pensioners Associations and Bodies including those dealing with the needs of special categories like war veterans, disability etc. The demands/representations received in the Commission have been examined under the broad categories of Retiring Pension, Family Pension, Disability Pension and Ex-gratia lump sum compensation.

Demand Relating to Retiring Pension : The principal demands made before the Seventh CPC in respect of retiring pensions as applicable to the defence personnel were:

i. Minimum pension should be fixed at 75 percent of reckonable emoluments for JCOs/ Other Ranks or a compulsory early retirement compensation package or lump sum amount.

ii. Additional quantum of pension with advancing age should commence at the age of 70 years for JCOs/ Other Ranks instead of 80 years as prevails today.

iii. Pre 2006 Honorary Naib Subedar may be given pension of Naib Subedar.

iv. Defence Security Corps (DSC) personnel may be granted second pension on completion of 10 years of service at par with civilians.

v. The depression in pension for qualifying service between 15 and 20 years may be removed and complete earned pension may be made admissible to Territorial Army personnel.

Minimum Pension for JCOs/ ORs : The Services, in the JSM, have sought enhancement of the Service Pension to 75 percent of last drawn reckonable emoluments for JCOs and ORs. In case enhancement of pension to 75 percent of last drawn reckonable emoluments is not granted for JCOs/OR, the Services have sought a compulsory early retirement compensation package or compulsory lateral absorption in government or PSU as an alternative.

Analysis and Recommendations: Service pension for all categories of employees has been fixed at 50 percent of the last pay drawn. The recommendations in relation to pay of both the civilian and defence forces personnel will lead to a significant increase in the pay drawn and therefore in the ‘last pay drawn’/‘reckonable emoluments.’ It is also to be noted that in the case of defence forces personnel, in particular all JCOs/ORs, the last pay drawn includes the element of Military Service Pay, which is also taken into account while reckoning pension. The Commission has  Report of the Seventh CPC 402 Index also recommended an increase in Military Service Pay. The increase in pay and MSP will automatically and significantly raise the level of pension of JCOs/ORs, since pension is related to the last pay drawn/ reckonable emoluments. Therefore the Commission does not recommend any further increase in the rate of pension for JCOs/ORs.

Discrimination in Structure of Giving Military Service Pay

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Discrimination in Structure of Giving MSP


Military Service Pay (MSP) is being paid to the Armed Forces Personnel w.e.f. 1st September, 2008. It is a compensation paid to the Armed Forces personnel as a recognition for the intangible aspects linked to the special conditions of their service. On recommendation of 6th Central Pay Commission, MSP was introduced for the first time in respect of Armed Forces.

The MSP being paid to Armed Forces Personnel is in two slabs:-

(i) For Officers – Rs.6,000 per month

(ii) For JCOs/OR – Rs.2,000 per month.

However, Government has separately provided a number of allowances based on risks and hardships involved at a location / in an operation, such as High Altitude Allowances, Field Area / Modified Area Allowances, Counter Insurgency Allowance etc.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Mahendra Singh Mahra in Rajya Sabha today.

Source: PIB News

Enhancement of the Rate of Disability Pension : 7th CPC Report

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Enhancement of the Rate of Disability Pension


The Services have sought enhancement of the rate of disability pension for 100 percent disability from the existing level of 30 percent of the last drawn reckonable emoluments to 50 percent. For lower percentages of disability, the amount of disability element is sought to be pro-rated.

Analysis and Recommendations : The regime of disability element for non-battle cases has moved from fixed slab rates to a percentage of reckonable emoluments. The rates of disability element for 100 percent disability as admissible over the years, is indicated in the table below:

The ratio of maximum to minimum disability pension for officers and ORs across various points in time is detailed below:


While the number of officers retiring with disability element has shown a significant increase at levels of Brigadier and above in recent years, it is notable that since 2010-11, no officer in these ranks has been invalided out.

The feature that stands out when the historical evolution of the regime relating to disability pension is studied is the shift from slab based system to a percentage based disability pension regime consequent to the implementation of the VI CPC’s recommendations. This move has been contrary to the tenets of equity insofar as treatment of disability element between Officers and JCOs/ORs is concerned borne out by the fact that the ratio of maximum to minimum quantum of compensation for disability across the ranks is now disproportionately high at 8.6. The Commission is therefore of the considered view that the regime implemented post VI CPC needs to be discontinued, and recommends a return to the slab based system. The slab rates for disability element for 100 percent disability would be as follows:


CSD Chennai Price List 2016 : Bajaj Two Wheelers (AFD) Motor Cycle

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38265
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63354
BAJAJ PULSAR 135 LS WITH ELECTRIC START
55665
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65452
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76551
BAJAJ AVENGER 220 WITH ELECTRIC START
71254
BAJAJ DISCOVER 125 DTS I ELECTRIC START DISC BRAKE
46870
BAJAJ DISCOVER 100 DTS I ELECTRIC START 4 GEARS DRUM BRAKE
42288
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44191
BAJAJ DISCOVER 125 DRUM BRAKE ELECTRIC START
45135

Verification of claims of candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes for purpose of appointment

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Reiteration of the instructions on streamlining the procedure for verification of claims of candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes for purpose of appointment to posts/services


Streamlining the procedure for verification of claims of candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes for purpose of appointment to posts/services

No.36011/1/2012-Estt.(Res.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment Reservation — I Section

North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated March 14, 2016

To,

The Chief Secretaries of all States/UTs

Subject: Reiteration of the instructions on streamlining the procedure for verification of claims of candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes for purpose of appointment to posts/services — regarding

Madam/Sir,

I am directed to refer to this Department’s letter no. 36022/1/2007—Estt. (Res.) dated 20.03.2007 addressed to Chief Secretaries of all States/UTs (copy enclosed) regarding streamlining of the process for verification of claims of candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs). It was also requested to issue instructions to District Magistrates/District Collectors/ Deputy Commissioners to ensure at their own level the veracity of caste certificates so that unscrupulous non-SC/ST/OBC persons are prevented from securing jobs meant for SCs/STs/OBCs by producing false certificates.

2. Owing to difficulties faced by candidates belonging to these reserved communities in various states in securing employment due to delays in obtaining caste certificates, this Department, vide an Office Memorandum of even number dated 08.10.2015, has re-iterated the instructions on providing provisional appointment to such reserved category candidates who are unable to obtain an appropriate caste certificate in time. It has been reiterated therein that where a candidate belonging to a Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe or Other Backward Class is unable to produce a certificate from any of the prescribed authorities, he/she may be appointed provisionally on the basis of whatever prima-facie proof he/she is able to produce in support of his/her claim, subject to his/her furnishing the prescribed certificate within a reasonable time. If there is genuine difficulty in his/her obtaining a certificate, the appointing authority should itself verify his/her claim through the District Magistrate concerned. A copy of the OM is enclosed for reference and perusal.

3. In order to ensure that the candidates belonging to reserved categories do not face unnecessary problems in obtaining caste certificates, it is requested that instructions issued to the concerned authorities in the light of the aforementioned letter dated 20.03.2007 may be reiterated for information/compliance of all concerned.

4. It is also advised that in order to discourage unscrupulous activities, State Governments/UTs may consider issue of appropriate instructions for initiating disciplinary proceedings against the errant officers who default in timely verification of caste certificates or who issue false certificates.

Encl: as above

Yours faithfully,

(G. Srinivasan)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Source: www.persmin.nic.in

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