Saturday, July 19, 2014

Association impact- Draft copy of gradation list of IPs-2000 batch released

Directorate has released the draft copy of seniority list (Gradation list) of Inspector Posts 2000 batch and requested circles to rectify the omissions found therein at the earliest.

Directorate calls for vacancy position in Group B cadre from all Circles

To view Directorate's letter No. 9-33/2013-SPG dated 16th July 2014, please CLICK HEREThis information is required for consideration of request applications of the officers who are working outside their home circle. 

All Circle Secretaries and CHQ officer bearers are requested to keep liaison with their Circle administration and ensure submission of requisite information immediately to Directorate by email. 

No plans to raise the retirement age of Central Govt. Employees

Following is the text of the Press Statement issued by the Department of Personnel & Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions today, to clarify that there is no proposal before the Government regarding raising the retirement age of Central Government employees from 60 years to 62 years :-
“Attention of the Government has been drawn to reports appearing in some sections of the media regarding raising the retirement age of Central Government employees from 60 to 62 years.
In order to put at rest all such speculations, it is clarified that there is no such proposal before the Government.”

Monday, July 14, 2014

Germany lifts FIFA World Cup 2014

Mario Goetze scored a superb extra-time winner as Germany beat Argentina 1-0 to become the first European team to win a World Cup held in South America on 13 July 2014 (Sunday). Bayern Munich star Goetze struck in the 113th minute to finally break Argentina's resistance as Lionel Messi's dream of emulating Diego Maradona ended in defeat.Germany has now won four World Cups, putting the European powerhouses just one behind Brazil's record tally of five.
“It's unbelievable what we have achieved. Whether we have the best individual player doesn't matter at all, you just need to have the best team,” said delighted Germany captain Philipp Lahm. The decisive moment of the World Cup  brimming with wonderful goals came in the close of the extra time with penalties looming in front of 74,738 fans at Rio de Janeiro's famous Maracana Stadium. Andre Schuerrle burst clear down the left flank and crossed for Goetze. The 22-year-old took the ball on his chest and then volleyed past Sergio Romero to spark delirium amongst the largely pro-German crowd. 
winning goal by Mario Goetze in the 2nd half of extra time
Germany earned a much-deserved World Cup, finally topping a wonderful era for this generation, who had lived the past eight years in the shadow of Spain's imperious reign. It was a fitting passing of the baton. Germany also became the first European country to win a world title in the Americas, and only the second country after Brazil (1958, 2002) to win a World Cup outside their respective continent.
The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament:
Golden Ball : Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Golden Boot: James Rodríguez (Colombia)
Golden Glove: Manuel Neuer (Germany)
Best Young Player: Paul Pogba (France)
FIFA Fair Play Trophy: Colombia
The Winner team Germany will be getting US$35 million as prize money.

Revised rates of honorarium for IO/PO -not implemented in DOP

As per the recommendations of the Expert Committee, DoPT vide its OM No. 142/15/2010-AVD-I dated 31st July 2012 revised the rates of honorarium and other allowances payable to IO both serving and retired officers and PO (serving). 

"The honorarium is normally regulated under the financial powers delegated to the Ministries/Departments and taking into account the quantum of work involved in individual disciplinary cases". 

While deciding the representation of one of the IO (Retired) in connection with inordinate delay in sanctioning honorarium it was intimated by Directorate that Nodal Ministries ibid letter was sent to all concerned for information and necessary action vide memo No. C-32016/12/2011 dated 8.1.2013. It is further mentioned that neither it has the approval of the Finance Wing nor can it be implemented without revising the powers of the Heads of the Circle and Secretary (Posts). The aforesaid letter was circulated to all concerned for enabling them to submit proposal for revision of the financial powers of the Heads of Circle for grant of honorarium to IO and PO vide para 2 of the annexure-I enclosed with the letter. 

In view Directorate's above reply, it is clear that revised rates of honorarium to IO/PO for conducting of departmental enquiries are not put into implementation.

GS writes to Secretary (P) again to revise the monetary ceiling of brief case/ladies purse

No. CHQ/AIAIPASP/Misc/2013                                 Dated :           12/7/2014
Ms. Kavery Benerjee,  
Secretary (Posts)
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001.
Subject : Revision of monetary ceiling of briefcase/ladies purse for official purposes-reg. 
Ref.    : This Association’s letter of even number dated 31/7/2013 and Directorate memo No. 15-1/2011-GA dated 26.10.2012
Respected Madam,  
IP/ASP Association would like to bring to your kind notice that Directorate vide letter No. F. No. 15-1/2011-GA dated 26.10.2012 has circulated revised monetary ceiling limit for purchase of briefcases / ladies purses for official purposes for the officers working in different capacities in Directorate. Whereas similar situated officers working in Circles are being deprived of this revision by Circles. Thus the old ceilings up to limit of Rs.1000/- is still in vogue in many Circles.
IPs/ASPs who are entitled to procure brief cases/ladies purses of their own choice from any of the private/ public outlet are asked to purchase the same from market but thereafter given reimbursement of Rs.1000/- whatsoever cost of the said purchase maybe. No matter even if it does not commensurate to the market price too.  Few circles have already revised the limit as per the Directorate’s above referred letter.
It is to further bring to your kind notice that the issue was discussed with the then Member (P) in informal meeting held on 23/9/2013 and he has assured that the copy of ibid letter will be circulated amongst all circles. But despite lapse of considerable period no step has been taken to circulate the copy of said letter to circles / regions.  
            It is therefore humbly requested to your kind honour to pass an order to all circles/regions with the direction to maintain uniformity at all levels as per revised limit contained in Directorate letter ibid. If needs be copy of Directorate letter dated 26.10.2012 may kindly be ordered to circulate amongst all so that circles may not have any excuse to adhere to the prescribed limit.
With profound regards,
Yours sincerely,
(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary

Friday, July 11, 2014

Economic Survey pegs GDP growth at 5.4-5.9%

The Economic Survey 2013-14, which was tabled on Wednesday in the Lok Sabha, has pegged GDP growth for the year 2014-15 in the range of 5.4-5.9 per cent. "There are downside risks to the economy arising from a poor monsoon, the external environment and the poor investment climate. GDP growth slowed to below 5 per cent for two consecutive years, i.e. 2012-13 and 2013-14. The combination of domestic structural constraints, inflationary pressures, particularly food inflation and uncertainty in the global economy, has affected growth and posed challenges for macroeconomic stability," said the Survey. 

Agriculture and allied sector grew at 4.7 per cent, while industry grew at 0.4 per cent in 2013-14."The key reasons for poor performance have been contraction in mining activities and deceleration in manufacturing output. Manufacturing and mining sector GDP declined by 0.7 per cent and 1.4 per cent respectively in 2013-14. The underlying cause of the poor performance of these two sectors has been considerable deceleration in investment, particularly by the private corporate sectorduring 2011-12 and 2012-13," it said.Consumer price inflation declined from 10.21 per cent during FY 2013-14 to about 9.49 per cent in 2013-14. However, food inflation remained stubbornly high during FY 2013-14. Contribution of the commodity sub-groups, ‘fruits and vegetables’, as well as ‘egg, meat and fish’ to the food inflation has been very high. 

India’s balance-of-payments position improved in 2013-14 with current account deficit (CAD) at 32.4 billion (1.7 per cent of GDP) as against $88.2 billion (4.7 per cent of GDP) in 2012-13."India's exports at $312.6 billion grew by a positive 4.1 per cent compared to the previous year’s negative growth of 1.8 percent. Import growth decelerated from 0.3 per cent in 2012-13 to a negative 8.3 per cent in 2013-14, owing to fall in non-oil imports by 12.8 per cent primarily due to restrictions on gold imports," said the document.But public finances faced serious challenges, with a shortfall in tax revenues and disinvestment receipts and higher than budgeted subsidies, interest and pension payments, fiscal consolidation was mainly achieved through a reduction in grants for creation of capital assets and capital expenditure. 

"An important factor in the increase in the Centre’s fiscal deficit after 2008-09 has been the sharp increase in subsidies from 1.42 per cent of GDP in 2007-08 to 2.56 per cent of GDP in 2012-13. For 2013-14 the subsidy bill is 2.26 per cent of GDP," it said.The Survey identifies the need to address long run problems to improve the investment climate. It emphasises the need for creating a framework for low and stable inflation, setting public finances on a sustainable path by tax and expenditure reform, and creating the legal and institutional framework for a well-functioning market economy. 

"The Survey calls for putting public finances on the sustainable path through fiscal correction, a new Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Act with teeth, better accounting practices, greater transparency and improved budgetary management. It argues that improvements on both tax and expenditure are needed to obtain high quality fiscal adjustment," said a press release.This year's Economic Survey also discusses the need for revamping some of the social sector schemes such as MNREGA, NRHM, SSA, etc."It is felt that the outlays for the different schemes have not often translated fully into outcomes owing to the poor delivery mechanism. Leveraging modern technology for efficient delivery of programmes, removing the multiple layers of governance, simplifying procedures, and greater participatory role by the beneficiaries can help in creating a better delivery mechanism," it said. 

(Data from Press Information Bureau)