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Recruitment in Defence Forces

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Recruitment in Defence Forces 

Government has taken a number of measures to encourage the youth to join the defence forces, including sustained image projection, publicity campaign to create awareness among the youth on the advantages of taking up a challenging and satisfying career, participation in career fairs and exhibitions, motivational lectures in schools and colleges etc. The support of State Government authorities is also solicited in disseminating requisite information to the target population.

Further, recruitment rallies are conducted in different parts of the country to provide opportunity to youth from these areas to join the Armed Forces. Efforts are made to cover entire country including remote, border, tribal and hilly areas.

For recruitment in Army, certain relaxations in physical and educational standards are available for candidates of tribal / hilly and other backward areas. In the case of Navy and Air Force, there is no provision for relaxation in educational standards. However, relaxation in height is given to candidates from certain areas.

At present, there is no proposal under consideration of the Government to further relax the criteria for recruitment in defence forces. The Government has set up Sainik Schools in various parts of India including difficult and border areas with the primary aim of preparing boys academically, physically and mentally for entry into the National Defence Academy. As on date, 25 Sainik Schools are functioning in the various parts of the Country and out of them 05 Sainik Schools are set up in difficult and border areas. In addition, students in border and difficult areas are also encouraged to join National Cadet Corps (NCC) which strives to provide the youth of the country opportunities for all round development with a sense of commitment, dedication, self-discipline and moral values, so that they become responsible citizens of tomorrow.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” and Shri Bharat Singh in Lok Sabha today.

Source: PIB News

Pay Parity between Military and Civilian Personnel

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Pay Parity between Military and Civilian Personnel 

The 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC), an expert body constituted by the Government, gave its recommendations on emolument structure of government employees, including personnel belonging to Defence Forces, after due consultation with various stakeholders and thorough examination of various aspects involved. The Commission recommended separate Pay Matrix for Defence Forces after considering:
(i) principles and philosophy adopted in devising the Pay Matrix for civilian employees; and 

(ii)some of the aspects in the rank structure unique to Defence Forces.

The Government accepted the Commission’s recommendations on Minimum Pay, Fitment Factor, Index of Rationalization, Pay Matrices and general recommendations on pay with certain exceptions in Defence Pay Matrix, namely,
(i)revision of Index of Rationalization of Level 13A (Brigadier) from 2.57 to 2.67; and 

(ii)addition of three stages in Level 12A (Lt Colonel), three stages in Level 13 (Colonel), and 

two stages in Level 13A (Brigadier).

As and when issues regarding anomalies in the pay of defence personnel are brought to notice, the same are examined by the Government, on case to case basis.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Sultan Ahmed and others in Lok Sabha today.

Source: PIB News

Reservation Policy in Banks

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Reservation Policy in Banks 

As per existing reservation policy of Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) for SCs/STs and OBCs, there is reservation in direct recruitment in lowest rung in officer cadres of Group A post i.e. Middle Management Grade Scale-I post. However, based on the guidelines of the DoPT, Public Sector Banks (PSBs) were clarified on 18.02.2014 that concessions mentioned in DoPT’s O.M. dated 07.6.2013 will be available to the SC/ST officers in PSBs in promotion by selection to posts within the officer cadre up to Middle Management Grade Scale-III of Grade-C(lowest three rungs in officers’ cadres), whichever is applicable. There is no reservation of OBCs in promotions.

Overall percentage representation of SC/ST vis-à-vis number of employee in Group A in Public Sector Banks/Financial Institutions/Public Sector Insurance Companies (PSBs/FIs/PSICs) is 17.79% and 7.53% respectively, which is fulfilling the condition of percentage of 15% and 7.5% required as per the existing reservation policy of Government of India.

As per existing reservation policy of DoPT, the post of DGM and GM are treated under Senior Management Grade. These posts are filled up on selection basis. Based on the instructions of the DoPT for reservation is available for SCs/STs in PSBs/FIs up to lowest rung of officer cadre Group A.

This was stated by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

Source: PIB News

Poor Functioning of CGHS

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Poor Functioning of CGHS 

Some grievances have been received from CGHS beneficiaries through grievance portals and other channels regarding functioning of CGHS. These are mainly regarding non-issue of medicines, plastic cards, shortage of doctors/ specialists and long queue of patients in Wellness Centres.

Following action has been taken by the government in this regard:                                                     
(i) Appointment of retired doctors on contract basis as a stop gap arrangement to fill the vacant posts.
(ii) Medicines, which are not available at CGHS Wellness Centres are procured through Authorized Local Chemists.
(iii) A special drive was undertaken to clear the pendency of issue of CGHS Plastic cards
(iv)  Option for self-printing of CGHS cards for existing CGHS beneficiaries.
(v) Introduction of on-line registration for consultation at selected Wellness Centres in Bengaluru and in one zone in Delhi.
(vi) Initiation of tele-consultation on trial basis in Delhi from two CGHS Wellness Centres with specialists of Dr. R.M.L Hospital.

Regular internal audits and also external audits/studies on the functioning of CGHS have been carried out.  

Outcome of some of the important studies are as under:

(i) Staff Inspection Unit (SIU) was carried out by Ministry of finance for Staff Pattern Norms based on patient attendance.  Recommendations of the SIU have been implemented.

(ii) Based on the study carried out by Kaul Committee, computerization of all the CGHS Wellness Centres has been done

(iii) On the basis of recommendations of the CAG Audit on procurement of medicines, Medical Stores Organization (MSO) has initiated e-tender for procurement of Anti Cancer and other Lifesaving medicines. It has also been decided to procure only L1 Rate medicines under formulary for Branded Medicines.

(iv) Committee of Secretaries (COS) has also been monitoring the functioning of CGHS since 2008 and various steps have been implemented to make CGHS beneficiary friendly. As per the recommendations of COS, UTI-ITSL has been appointed as Bill Clearing Agency for settlement of credit bills of empanelled hospitals and diagnostic centres pertaining to the treatment of CGHS pensioner beneficiaries.

(v) The functioning of CGHS is also monitored by the Hon’ble Prime Minister and as per the directions under ‘PRAGATI’, the process of linking of Aadhar Number with CGHS beneficiary Numbers has been started. A special drive was undertaken to clear the pendency of issue of CGHS Plastic cards. Provision has been made for self-printing of CGHS cards by existing CGHS beneficiaries.

(vi) DAR&PG conducted a study through Quality Council of India (QCI)   to identify   areas of Grievances in Different Ministries and organizations including CGHS and suggested possible solutions.

Based on the inputs so received:
Financial Powers of Additional Directors of CGHS have been enhanced for early settlement of medical claims of Pensioners.
Introduction of on-line registration for consultation at selected Wellness Centres in Bengaluru and in one zone in Delhi.
Aadhar-based Bio-metric attendance for the staff at CGHS Wellness Centres has been implemented in Delhi and NCR.

The following steps have been taken for improvement in the functioning of CGHS in the country:-
1. Regular Inspection of Wellness Centres is carried out.
2. Monthly advisory committee meetings are held for each Wellness Centres with CMO   (Incharge)
3. Regular monitoring of empanelled hospitals by a team constituted by Additional Directors, CGHS of cities for this purpose.
4. Regular meeting of Additional Directors, CGHS with pensioner associations.SMS alert facility to CGHS beneficiaries.

The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Sh Faggan Singh Kulaste stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.

Source: PIB News

6th CPC DA Orders – Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank including NCs(E)

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6th CPC DA Orders – Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank including NCs(E)

Rate of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 01.07.2016 to Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank including NCs(E) continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scale/grade pay as per 6th pay Central Pay Commission

F.No.1(2)/2004/D (Pay/Services)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
New Delhi, 23rd November, 2016
To
The Chief of the Army Staff
The Chier Of the Air staff
The Chief of the Naval Staff

Subject: Rate of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 01.07.2016 to Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank including NCs(E) continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scale/grade pay as per 6th pay Central Pay Commission.

Sir,
I am directed to refer to this Ministry’s letter No. 1(2)/2004/D (Pay/Services) dated 18rh April, 2016 on the subject cited above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank, including Non-Combatants (Enrolled), shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 125% to 132% with effect from 1st July, 2016.

2. The provisions contained in paras 2, 4 and 5 of this Ministry’s letter No. 1(2)/2004/D(Pay/Services) dated 25th September 2008 shall continue to be applicable wvhile regulating Dearness Allmvance under these orders.

3. This letter issues with the concurrence of Finance Division of this Ministry vide their Dy. No.1/3/2008-E-II(B), dated 21.11.2016 based on the Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) No.1/3/2008-E-II(B), dated 9th November, 2016.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Prashant 
Rastogi)
Under Secretary to the Government of India


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