Thursday, July 30, 2015

Promotion Policy for Women Officers in the Armed Forces

Promotion Policy for Women Officers in the Armed Forces

The details of the extant promotion policy for women officers in the armed forces, service-wise is as follows:
Army: Presently, Women Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) of all Arms / Services are eligible for substantive promotion to non-select ranks of Captain, Major and Lieutenant Colonel on completion of 2, 6, and 13 years of reckonable commissioned service respectively, at par with Men SSCOs. Women officers granted Permanent Commission are eligible for promotion in the Select Ranks (Colonel & above) based on the same criteria as applicable to Male officers.

Navy: In the Indian Navy, officers are eligible for substantive promotion to the rank of Lieutenant, Lieutenant Commander, Commander and Captain (Time Scale) after completion of 2 years as Sub Lieutenant, 4 years from the date of promotion of Substantive Lieutenant, 11 years from the date of promotion of Substantive Lieutenant and 26 years of reckonable commissioned service respectively. Promotions on these lines are subject to officers fulfilling other criteria as per extant rules. This policy is equally applicable to both men and women officers.

Air Force: The promotion policy for men and women officers in IAF is same. Promotion upto the non-select rank of Wing Commander and Group Captain (TS) is based on the years of service and minimum performance criteria and the same is applicable for men and women officers. Officers are eligible for substantive promotion to the rank of Flt. Lieutenant, Squadron Leader, Wing Commander and Group Captain (Time Scale) after completion of 2 years, 6 years, 13 years, and 26 years of reckonable commissioned service respectively. Promotions on these lines are subject to officers fulfilling other criteria as per extant rules. From the rank of Group Captain (Select) and above the promotion is based on selection process as per the promotion policy in vogue which is common for both men and women.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Shadi Lal Batra in Rajya Sabha on Thursday, 30 July 2015.

Source : PIB News

Removing Anomaly in Pensions of Ex-Servicemen

Removing Anomaly in Pensions of Ex-Servicemen

Removal of anomaly, if any, in the pension being given to the various categories of ex-servicemen is a continuous process. Such anomaly is redressed, as and when it comes to the notice of the Government.

The policy of “One Rank One Pension” has been adopted by the Government to address the pension disparities. The modalities for implementation of OROP are under consideration of the Government. It will be implemented once the modalities are approved by the Government.

A Pension Grievance Cell exists in the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare. Grievances received by this Cell are examined and redressed in coordination with the agencies concerned in the matter. A system of holding Pension Adalat is in place to provide a credible forum for redressal of grievances of the defence pensioners. Officers concerned of every organisation involved remain present in the Adalats and the grievances are redressed on the spot. A computerized pension enquiry project “Suvigya” has been developed by the Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA).

It is an online pension enquiry system which would enable the ex-servicemen to know their entitlements of pension. A pensioners’ grievance cell exists in the Office of Principal Controller of defence Accounts (Pension), Allahabad.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri D.P Tripathi in Rajya Sabha on Thursday, 30 July 2015.

Source : PIB News

Web Portal for Missing Children

Web Portal for Missing Children

The Ministry of Women and Child Development, with the assistance of Department of Electronics and Information Technology, has launched a web portal Khoya-Paya on 2nd June, 2015 for reporting and searching of missing children. The web portal ‘Khoya-Paya’ will have information of missing and sighted children. So far approximately 2700 users have registered on the portal and around 1500 have downloaded mobile application for usage through their mobile phones. Around 1500 cases of missing/sighted children have been reported and 140 cases of missing children have been closed on the portal.

This information was given by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in reply to an unstarred question in Rajya Sabha today.

Source : PIB News

What are the expectations of the Central Government employees from the 7th Pay Commission?

What are the expectations of the Central Government employees from the 7th Pay Commission?

“It is impossible for the 7th Pay Commission to fulfill all the demands of the Central Government employees. The question is – will it at least address the concerns of majority of them?”

The media is full of unconfirmed reports on the submission of 7th Pay Commission report to Central Government. Recently in an interview with a leading English newspaper, Neelakanth Mishra, India equity strategist of Credit Suisse expressed his strong opinions about the 7th Pay Commission and the implementation of its recommendations.
The big question is – what are the expectations of the Central Government employees from the 7th Pay Commission?
In an exclusive interview to NDTV, Neelkanth Mishra said that there are possibilities of a 40% hike in the salaries of Central Government employees. He believed that the 7th Pay Commission will submit its report to the Government in the month of September and the recommendations will be implemented next year.
The employees are likely to get a hike of 30-40%. This time around, the implementation wouldn’t be like it was previously, during the 6th Pay Commission, due to the amount of arrears (it is worth mentioning that the arrears dues were paid in two installments during the 6th Pay Commission). He said that the economic status of Central Government employees would increase enough to afford a car.

His forecast has to be taken seriously. On August 15, 2008, the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had announced that the 6th Pay Commission will come into effect from September onwards. More than the salary hike, the employees were curious to know about the arrears and how they were going to get it, because the sum was huge.

The employees didn’t make such a huge fuss about the increment they had received. Instead of small hike that was added to the salary, they were more interested in the lump sum arrears. Since it was impossible to clear 30-months’ arrears in a single payment, the government was forced to release it in two installments.
But this time, the government is particular about giving an increment in salary and allowances without keeping any pending arrears. Therefore the employees are curious to know about their salary hikes.

Source: www.cgstaffnews.in

Relaxation of Age in recruitment of Industrial Employees.

Relaxation of Age in recruitment of Industrial Employees.
“As per Recruitment Rules (SRO) the age of the candidates should be between 18 to 32 years and as per OFB/MOD instructions age relaxation is granted for Ex-Trade Apprentices of Indian Ordnance Factories the period for which they had undergone training under the Apprentices Act, 1961″.
BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH
(AN ALL INDIA FEDERATION OF DEFENCE WORKERS)

REF: BPMS / OFB / RR / IEs / 22 (7/2/L)
Dated: 28.07.2015
To,
The DGOF & Chairman,
Ordnance Factory Board,
10 A, S K Bose Road,
Kolkata – 700001

Subject: Relaxation of Age in recruitment of Industrial Employees.

Respected Sir,

With due regards, it is submitted that applications from eligible citizens of India are being invited by Ordnance & Ordnance Equipment Factories for filling up the vacancies in Group ‘C’ Industrial Employees (IEs) in the Pay Band of Rs. 5200 – 20200, Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- plus allowances as admissible to Central Government employees. As per Recruitment Rules (SRO) the age of the candidates should be between 18 to 32 years and as per OFB/MOD instructions age relaxation is granted for Ex-Trade Apprentices of Indian Ordnance Factories the period for which they had undergone training under the Apprentices Act, 1961.
Due to above relaxation, an Ex-Trade Apprentice of general category of Ord Fy gets 03 yrs age relaxation and he is eligible to apply for the Semi Skilled post upto the age of 35 (32 + 03) yrs, whereas a general candidate after passing National Trade Certificate (NTC) from any ITI undertakes his Apprenticeship of 01 year from any Ord Fys may get age relaxation of 01 year and he is eligible to apply for the same post upto the age of 33 (32+01) years only. This discrimination of age relaxation is causing discontentment amongst the Ex-Trade Apprentices of Ord Fys.

Therefore, you are requested to issue necessary instructions regarding age relaxation for recruitment of Semi-Skilled so that Ex-Trade Apprentices whether they have undergone entire apprenticeship of 03 yrs in Ord Fys or they have undergone apprenticeship of 01 year in Ord Fys after passing 02 yrs NTC from ITI may be equally benefitted and age relaxation may be granted for the period of training obtained from ITI plus apprenticeship in Ord Fys, i.e., eligible upto the age of 32 + 2+1= 35 yrs.

Thanking you.
Sincerely yours
(M P SINGH)
General Secretary
Source: BPMS

Recruitment of Trade Apprentice in Ordnance Factories – BPMS writes to OFB

Recruitment of Trade Apprentice in Ordnance Factories – BPMS writes to OFB

BPMS writes to OFB regarding the policy for giving preference to its own ex-trade apprentices in recruitment of Semi Skilled (Tradesman) in Ordnance Factories.

BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH
(AN ALL INDIA FEDERATION OF DEFENCE WORKERS)

REF: BPMS/OFB/RR/IEs/22(7/2/L)
Dated: 29.07.2015
To,
The Director (IR),
Ordnance Factory Board,
10 A, S K Bose Road,
Kolkata – 700001

Subject: Recruitment of Industrial Employees from Ex-Trade Apprentice of Ord Fys.
Reference: OFB ID No. 570/Per/I/Pt.54/294/Vol.IV, dated 24.06.2015

Respected Sir,
With due regards, it is submitted that Sub Section (1) of Section 22 of the Apprentice Act, 1961 has been amended and notified in Gazette of India on 05.12.2014 which states as under:-

“Every employer shall formulate its own policy for recruiting any apprentice who has completed the period of apprenticeship training in his establishment”.

In such circumstances, OFB should formulate its policy for giving preference to its own extrade apprentices in recruitment of Semi Skilled (Tradesman) in Ord Fys in following manner :-

1. The factories shall maintain the batch wise / trade wise seniority list of ex-trade apprentices of their own factory. Marks obtained in the examination for National Apprenticeship Certificate should be determining factor of intra batch/trade wise seniority. As and when vacancies arise and factories are permitted to make direct induction, in the first instance, ex-trade apprentices of their own factories will be considered for recruitment.
Only trade test would be conducted to ascertain whether the ex-trade apprentice is fit for the employment.

2. If the factory fails to meet the requirement of candidates for recruitment from the list of their ex-trade apprentices maintained either because of exhausting the list or because of the unsuitability / ineligibility of the ex-trade apprentices in the list, the factory may notify such number of vacancies as required by them to the Employment Exchange.

3. Simultaneously, the factory will have to notify the vacancies in Newspapers / Employment News. While notifying the vacancies to the Employment Exchange or in the Newspaper a mention will be made to the effect that ex-trade apprentices of Ord Fys would be given preference in recruitment.

Kindly consider the above view in correct perspective and take appropriate action so that extrade  apprentices of Ord Fys may be preferred in the recruitment of Semi Skilled (Tradesman) in OFB organization.

Thanking you.
Sincerely yours
sd/-
(M P SINGH)
General Secretary
Source: BPMS

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