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Quota through violence

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OPINION » LETTERS

March 31, 2016
Updated: March 31, 2016 01:00 IST

Quota through violence

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The Haryana Assembly’s nod for providing job and education quotas to the Jat community has demonstrated that when faced with a situation where the choice is between political opportunism and national interest, parties will always select the former (“Haryana passes Bill to provide Jat reservation”, Mar.30). Apart from the fact that mindless expansion of the reservation pie strikes at the root of meritocracy and creates social discord by pitting communities against one another, the moral hazard of governments genuflecting before organised violence will have serious consequences for the nation’s unity and stability.

It is ironical that a nation that successfully used the tool of non-violence as a weapon to gain freedom from colonial rule has tacitly accepted violence as a legitimate form of social protest. Peaceful protests rarely catch the attention of the rulers and the media whereas violence makes it to the front pages of newspapers and forces governments to rush to buy peace with the arsonists and destroyers of public property. We as a nation have failed to realise the fact that democracy in its true spirit cannot function and survive if violence is treated as the normal.


V.N. Mukundarajan,
Thiruvananthapuram

MoM – Held on 10.03.2016 with the JCM (Staff Side) on pensionary

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Minutes of the meeting held on 10.03.2016 with the representatives of JCM (Staff Side) on pensionary matters under the Chairmanship of Secretary(P&PW).
JCM Meeting
F. No. 42/01/2015-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003
Date: 18th March, 2016
To
Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary, JCM(Staff Side)
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi
Subject : Minutes of the meeting held on 10.03.2016 with the representatives of JCM (Staff Side) on pensionary matters under the Chairmanship of Secretary(P&PW).
Sir,ds
Kindly find enclosed herewith the minutes of the meeting held on 10.03.2016 with representatives of JCM(Staff Side) on pensionary matters under the Chairmanship of Secretary (P&PW) for kind perusal.
Encl : As above.
Yours faithfully
(Charanjit Taneja)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Central Civil Services (LTC) Rules, 1988 – Fulfillment of procedural requirements

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No. 31011/3/2015-Estt (A.IV)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment A-IV Desk
North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated: March 29 , 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject:- Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 — Fulfillment of procedural requirements-reg.
The undersigned is directed to enclose a copy of draft O.M. on the subject noted above for comments within 15 days to the undersigned (email address: jha.sn@nic.in).
(Surya Narayan Jha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
To
The Secretaries
All Ministries / Departments of Government of India
(As per the standard list)
Subject:- Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 — Fulfillment procedural requirements. 
The undersigned is directed to refer to para 8 and 9 of the Guidelines enclosed in this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 18.2.2016 on the above noted subject and to say that the issues have been revisited in consultation with the Department of Expenditure. It has been decided that the cases where a Government servant travels on LTC upto the nearest airport/railway station/ bus terminal by authorised mode of transport and undertakes rest of the journey to the declared place of visit by private transport/own arrangement, may be dealt with as
follows:-
(i) When public transport is available between the nearest airport/railway station/ bus terminal and the declared place of visit:-
The Government servant may also be reimbursed the fare incurred for completion of journey to the declared place of visit by own arrangement. This will be restricted to the fare admissible for journey by otherwise entitled mode of public transport from the nearest airport/railway station/ bus terminal to the declared place of visit. The Government servant shall be required to submit an undertaking that he has actually visited the declared place of visit.
(ii) Where no public transport is available between the nearest airport/railway station/bus terminal and the declared place of visit:-
(a) In case he does not wish to claim reimbursement for the part of the journey which he has undertaken by his own arrangement, he may be reimbursed for the part of the journey which he has undertaken by public transport. The Government servant shall be required to submit an undertaking that he has actually visited the declared place of visit.
(b) Where the Government servant claims assistance for the entire journey, the part of the journey where he has used his own arrangement would also be reimbursed as per his entitlement for journey on transfer. The Government servant shall be required to submit an undertaking that he has actually visited the declared place of visit.
2. In case of (b) above, the Government servant shall be required to submit a certificate that the mode of transport used by him operates from point to point on regular basis with the approval of the State Government/Transport authorities, and is authorised to ply as public carrier.
3. Above certificate need not be insisted upon in case information to the effect that (i) no public transport is available in a particular area, (ii) list of transport operators who operate on regular basis from point to point on regular basis with the specific approval of the State Government/Transport authorities, is available on the website of a State/Central Government or a State or Central PSU or in a current publication brought out by these authorities.
(Surya Narayan Jha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
To
The Secretaries
All Ministries/Departments of Government of India
(As per the standard list)

Election Commission Provides Complaint Redressal Mechanism- Call Centre & Web-Based Management During Ongoing Elections

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Election Commission Provides Complaint Redressal Mechanism- Call Centre & Web-Based Management During Ongoing Elections

ECI Provides Complaint Redressal Mechanism- Call Centre & Web-Based Management During Ongoing Elections
In view of the ongoing elections, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued instruction to provide a Complaint Redressal Mechanism in all the five election going states. The main objective of this IT platform is to provide the following:
i. Manage the complaints being received through call centres/telephone/online/fax/ post /paper complaints/in person in an integrated way and a time bound manner.
ii. Inform the complainants about the status of receipt and disposal of complaints.
State wise steps being undertaken by the Commission are as follows:
In Assam :- The complaints are received through (i) toll free number 1950, (ii) online application ‘SAMADHAN’ available at district websites with URL http://election.cloudapp.net/assam-samadhan and at CEO website www.ceoassam.nic.in (iii) Android based mobile application available in Google Play Store as SAMADHAN [ASSAM]. Individual can lodge complaints in physical copies in person/post/fax etc. and can still get SMS or view status of complaints if s/he wishes to.
In Kerala:- e- Pariharam has been lodged in Kerala to facilitate lodging complaints online. Complainants can also visit Akshaya Centres (CSC) and use helpline numbers. Complainants will receive SMS alerts while lodging as well as at the time of disposal of complaints. Photos/videos can be uploaded as part of complaints. The URL of website is: http://e-pariharam.kerala.gov.in
In Tamil Nadu:- In Tamil Nadu, apart from paper, phone, e-mails, online modes of complaint receipt, the complaints are also being received through Facebook, twitter etc. The option for lodging online complaint is available on website of CEO, Tamil Nadu: http://www.elections.tn.gov.in/
In West Bengal:- In West Bengal the IT platform is available at the URL: http://election.cloudapp.net/wb-samadhan . The App is also available in the form of mobile App at Google Play Store: SAMADHAN [WEST BENGAL]. The disposal period of complaints received has been prescribed as 24 hrs in general, and ½ hour on poll day.
In Puducherry:- CEO, Puducherry has established 24×7 helpline call centre with 5 dedicated trunk lines under supervision of an officer of Tehsildar level. Complaints are also being received through SMS, Whatsapp (8903331950), e-mail etc. The online complaints registering mechanism is also available for the use of public.
Through these Complaint Redressal Mechanisms, the Election Commission of India ensures that complaints at all level are properly addressed and timely redressed and the entire election process is made smooth, hassle free, transparent and effective.
PIB

Schemes for retiring officials for voluntary work

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Schemes for retiring officials for voluntary work (Click the link below to view)ENGLISH VERSION HINDI_VERSION

No proposal under consideration to replace the National Pension System (NPS) with old pension scheme - Govt. replied in Lok Sabha.
(Click the link below to view) PDF/WORD(Hindi) PDF/WORD

Non-deposit of tax deducted at source by the deductor- Recovery of demand against the deductee assessee.

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F.No. 275/29/2014-IT (B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Central Board of Direct Taxes
(CBDT)
New Delhi, Dated: 11th March, 2016

Office Memorandum
Sub: Non-deposit of tax deducted at source by the deductor- Recovery of demand against the deductee assessee.

Vide letter of even number dated 01.06.2015, the Board had issued directions to the field officers that in case of an assessee whose tax has been deducted at source but not deposited to the Government’s account by the deductor, the deductee assessee shall not be called upon to pay the demand to the extent tax has been deducted from his income. It was further specified that section 205 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 puts a bar on direct demand against the assessee in such cases and the demand on account of tax credit mismatch in such situations cannot be enforced coercively.

2. However, instances have come to the notice of the Board that these directions are not being strictly followed by the field officers.

3. In view of the above, the Board hereby reiterates the instructions contained in its letter dated 01.06.2015 and directs the assessing officers not to enforce demands created on account of mismatch of credit due to non-payment of TDS amount to the credit of the Government by the deductor. These instructions may be brought to the notice of all assessing officers in your Region for compliance.

This issues with the approval of Member (Revenue &TPS).

sd/-
(Sandeep Singh)

Under Secretary (Budget)

All India Banking Ombudsman list for making complaints

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Please find the all India Banking Ombudsman listing. You can as well download it in MSWord format and PDF format.
SNo.
Centre
Contact details of the Office of
Banking Ombudsman
Area of Operation
1
Thiruvananthapuram
Shri F R Joseph
C/o Reserve Bank of India
Bakery Junction
Thiruvananthapuram-695 033
Tel.No.0471-2326852 /2332723/2323959
Fax No.0471-2321625
Kerala, and Union Territory of Lakshadweep and Union Territory of Puducherry ( only Mahe Region)
2
Patna
Shri A F Naqvi
C/o Reserve Bank of India,
South Gandhi Maidan,
Patna-800 001
Tel.No.0612-2322569/2323734
Fax No.0612-2320407
Bihar and Jharkhand
3
New Delhi
Shri M Rajeshwara Rao
Banking Ombudsman
Reserve Bank of India Building
2nd Floor, 6, Sansad marg
New Delhi - 110001
TelNo.(011) 23730633/ 23736270/23736271/23725445/ 23710882
Fax No. 011-23725218
Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir,
Haryana (except the districts of Ambala, Yamuna Nagar and Panchkula), and the districts of Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar of Uttar Pradesh
4
Mumbai
Shri O.P. Aggarwal
C/o Reserve Bank of India
Garment House,
3rd  Floor,
Dr. Annie Besant Road,
Worli, Mumbai-400 018
Tel.No.022-24924607/24960893/2493 3358
Fax No.022-24960912
Maharashtra and Goa
5
Kolkata
Shri M S Soy
C/o Reserve Bank of India
15, Nethaji Subhas Road
Kolkata-700 001
Tel.No.(O)033-2230-4982
Fax No.033-22305899
West Bengal and Sikkim
6
Kanpur
Smt. Madhavi Sharma
C/o Reserve Bank of India
M.G. Road, Post Box No.82
Kanpur-208 001
Tel.No.0512-2306278/2303004
Fax No.0512-2305938
Uttar Pradesh (excluding District of Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar) and Uttaranchal
7
Jaipur
Shri N.P.Topno
C/o Reserve Bank of India,
4th floor
Rambagh Circle, Tonk Road
Jaipur-302 052
Tel.No.(0141) 2570357/2570392
Fax No.0141-2562220
Rajasthan
8
Hyderabad
Shri M. Sebastian
C/o Reserve Bank of India
6-1-56, Secretariat Road
Saifabad,
Hyderabad-500 004
Tel.No.040-23210013, 040-23243970
Fax No.040-23210014
Andhra Pradesh
9
Guwahati
Shri B.B.Sangma
C/o Reserve Bank of India
Station Road,
Pan Bazar
Guwahati-781 001
Tel.No.0361-2542556, 0361-2540445
Fax No.0361-2540445
Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura
10
Chennai
Shri S. Ganesh
C/o Reserve Bank of India,
Fort Glacis,
Chennai 600 001
Tel No. (044) 2539 9170 / 25395963
/ 2539 9159
Fax No.044-25395488
Tamil Nadu, Union Territories of Pudducherry (except Mahe Region) and Andaman and Nicobar Islands
11
Chandigarh
Shri J. Tashi
C/o Reserve Bank of India
4th Floor, Sector 17, Central Vista
Chandigarh 160 017
Tel.No.0172-2784261
Fax No.0172-2721880
Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Union Territory of Chandigarh and Panchkula, Yamuna Nagar and Ambala Districts of Haryana
12
Bhubaneswar
Shri K C Mahapatra
C/o Reserve Bank of India
Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru Marg
Bhubaneswar-751 001
Tel.No.0674-2396207, 0674-2396008
Fax No.0674-2393906
Orissa
13
Bhopal
Shri T. Karunakaran
C/o Reserve Bank of India
Hoshangabad Road,
Post Box No.32,
Bhopal-462 011
Tel.No.0755-2573772, 0755-2573776
Fax No.0755-2573779
Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh
14
Bangalore
Shri. K.R.Ananda
C/o Reserve Bank of India
10/3/8, Nrupathunga Road
Bangalore-560 001
Tel.No.080-22210771, 080-22275629
Fax No.080-22244047
Karnataka
15
Ahmedabad
Shri. K . Chandrachoodan
C/o Reserve Bank of India
La Gajjar Chambers,
Ashram Road,
Ahmedabad-380 009
Tel.No.079- 26582357,
079-26586718/2657 5807
Fax No.079-26583325
Gujarat, Union Territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu

The Circle of infinity

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How easy it is not to take a decision and to send any welfare oriented proposal into an orbit of perpetuity in India!

This short post, with a particular example related to the military, is just a reflection on what all is wrong with our governmental systems and which consequently afflicts every single wing of governance and is imbibed by many of those who are in public service, including the military.

Many anomalies arise in Government policies related to pay, allowances and pensions from time to time. Of course, since these emanate from letters issued by the Government at various levels, the same authorities are competent to cure those defects. But to avoid resolution, things are given a different twist. Let us take the example of pay and other related anomalies of the defence services. A Committee of Secretaries was specially set up by the last Government to look into some such anomalies related to the military. But rather than resolving the same or attempting to find a solution, it was recommended by the Committee that the said anomalies should be referred to the Pay Commission being an expert body in the subject. But why should existing and identified anomalies in Government policies be looked into by a Pay Commission when under the Rules of Business the Central Government itself is competent to alter or amend those policies? And then what happens, when referred to the Pay Commission, the said Commission does not comment on the referred points at all, or throws the ball back into the Government’s court asking the latter to look into the same, thereby relegating affected personnel by ten or twenty or even thirty years since it is only after a decade that a Pay Commission is constituted.

So where does this end? Nowhere. The Circle of infinity.

One can only hope that the current Government takes a hard look at all pending issues and decides the same, this way or that way, to end the lingering suspense.  

Source :http://www.indianmilitary.info

Don't think 7th Pay Commission panel suggestions will remain: Manohar Parrikar

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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said the recommendation of 7th Pay Commission was not final and he would take up concerns raised by the Armed Forces at the right level.

Goa, March 30, 2016 | Posted by Siddharth Tiwari | UPDATED 09:47 IST
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said the recommendation of 7th Pay Commission was not final and he would take up concerns raised by the Armed Forces at the right level.
In an exclusive interview with the India Today, Parrikar said he has prepared ground for smoothening the defence procurement which needed to be backed by deliveries now.
On the concerns raised by the Armed Forces over the raw deal given to them in the 7th Pay Commission, Parrikar said it was not the final word. "The seventh Pay Commission is in the form of recommendations. I do not think they (recommendations) will remain. I do not consider them as finalities. I have flagged them and will flag them properly at the right level," said the defence minister.
Parrikar, who inaugurated arms show DefExpo in Goa on Monday where a strong pitch is being made to further expand the growing defence sector, said negative environment surrounding the military acquisitions has changed.
Delivery
"I will not claim that I have turned it around completely but at least something has been done so that deliveries can start. Ground has been prepared. Delivery is now the key word," said Parrikar adding that there was an environment of mistrust, suspicion which can be frustrating in dealing with forces.
He said the industry cannot be held responsible for responding slowly to the changing atmosphere. "They have experienced a congested atmosphere and the breeze has only now begun flowing in. However, it cannot happen overnight. Confidence building measures are in place. Industry has begun responding," he said outlining how smaller changes have been made.
"Offsets have taken off, exports are improving, procurement from local level has gone up. At the capital procurement level, it has not taken off or turned into a big deal because it takes longer. Industry has definitely responded." Talking about the defence reforms like the appointment of a Chief of Defence Staff, Parrikar said there are no hurdles in bringing defence reforms. "There has to be a rational decision. Drafts are being prepared and shared. Very soon it will be brought to the Cabinet," he said.
Asked about delay in development of critical equipment like Intermediate Jet Trainers (IJT) for the IAF or submarines for the navy, Parrikar said the air force does not think the IJT is a requirement as it is training on simulators, Basic Trainer Aircraft and Advanced Jet Trainer. "Instead of three, it is a two-level, re-caliberated approach. The proposal for six under-construction Scorpene submarines is moving smoothly. Next project P75, I will tag along with our policy document on Strategic Partnership," Parrikar said.
No timeline
"When it will come about? Very soon, but I am not willing to issue a timeline. As far as Arihant, the issue should not be discussed. We are equally concerned and are moving in the right direction," he said. The three services raised a number of issues, but when the pay commission sought the defence ministry's comments and recommendation, the ministry negated most of the demands of the services, the officer said.

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