DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL AND TRAINING

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DOPT: Nila Mohanan appointed as Deputy Secretary

Ms. Nila Mohanan (IAS:2007:UT) appointed as c in the Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT) under the Central Staffing Scheme for a period of four years.

10 Sep 2020
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Personnel Ministry issues SOP for reopening of training institutes

The Personnel Ministry has issued an SOP for reopening of central and state training institutes from July 15, outlining necessary steps to be taken by them to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The SOP says that as far as possible training programs should be conducted in digital/online/virtual mode. Where it is necessary to conduct training in physical mode, the duration of the training program should be reviewed carefully to make it more compact by separating the training curriculum into digital and physical mode. 

The move came after the Union Home Ministry issued guidelines for phased reopening or ‘Unlock 2’ on June 29, allowing training institutes of central and state governments to function from July 15. It had also asked the Personnel Ministry to come out with an SOP for it. The Personnel Ministry said that observance of social distancing, wearing of masks and other COVID-related protocols, as prescribed by central and state/district health authorities from time to time, should be ensured by the training institute concerned.

Pregnant women, lactating mothers, people with asthma or chronic lung disease, high BP, chronic kidney disease and serious heart condition among others are at “high risk” and such trainees should attend courses online from their place of current posting/administrative training institute (ATI).

All classrooms, staffrooms, offices, hostels, corridors, lobbies, common areas and washrooms, etc. should be thoroughly cleaned/sanitized as per the procedure prescribed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

With a view to ensure safety, on a best effort basis, the training institutes should ensure that the Aarogya Setu app is downloaded and installed by all trainees/other staff and faculty having compatible phones. The training institutes have also been asked to notify nodal officers for COVID-related administrative responsibilities and also constitute committees with clear demarcation of roles, especially for coronavirus-related matters.

06 Jul 2020
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DOPT: Nila Mohanan appointed as Deputy Secretary

By IndianMandarins 10 Sep 2020

Ms. Nila Mohanan (IAS:2007:UT) appointed as c in the Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT) under the Central Staffing Scheme for a period of four years.

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Personnel Ministry issues SOP for reopening of training institutes

By IndianMandarins 06 Jul 2020

The Personnel Ministry has issued an SOP for reopening of central and state training institutes from July 15, outlining necessary steps to be taken by them to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The SOP says that as far as possible training programs should be conducted in digital/online/virtual mode. Where it is necessary to conduct training in physical mode, the duration of the training program should be reviewed carefully to make it more compact by separating the training curriculum into digital and physical mode. 

The move came after the Union Home Ministry issued guidelines for phased reopening or ‘Unlock 2’ on June 29, allowing training institutes of central and state governments to function from July 15. It had also asked the Personnel Ministry to come out with an SOP for it. The Personnel Ministry said that observance of social distancing, wearing of masks and other COVID-related protocols, as prescribed by central and state/district health authorities from time to time, should be ensured by the training institute concerned.

Pregnant women, lactating mothers, people with asthma or chronic lung disease, high BP, chronic kidney disease and serious heart condition among others are at “high risk” and such trainees should attend courses online from their place of current posting/administrative training institute (ATI).

All classrooms, staffrooms, offices, hostels, corridors, lobbies, common areas and washrooms, etc. should be thoroughly cleaned/sanitized as per the procedure prescribed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

With a view to ensure safety, on a best effort basis, the training institutes should ensure that the Aarogya Setu app is downloaded and installed by all trainees/other staff and faculty having compatible phones. The training institutes have also been asked to notify nodal officers for COVID-related administrative responsibilities and also constitute committees with clear demarcation of roles, especially for coronavirus-related matters.

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The government wants work from home guidelines expeditiously completed

By IndianMandarins 11 Jun 2020

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis stretching long, Union Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh has asked his officers of the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) to expeditiously complete ‘work from home’ guidelines for central government employees.

The department has been asked that all necessary consultations with line ministries or departments in this regard may be completed on a priority basis. The timely issue of WFH guidelines would benefit employees of the central secretariat in adhering to the prime minister’s call for “Do Gaz Doori” and social distancing.

Singh will address the e-Office workshop for northeast states on June 12 with the objective to create digital state secretariats in Northeastern states of India. The progress of e-Office in 75 central ministries/ departments enabled the creation of a digital central secretariat which ensured that work from home was possible in the COVID-19 lockdown period.

The implementation of e-Office in state secretariats of Northeastern states will result in the creation of paperless state secretariats in a time-bound manner where officers would be empowered with virtual private networks, digital signature certificates and promote less contact governance.

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DOPT: Nidhi Srivastava appointed as DS

By IndianMandarins 26 May 2020

Ms Nidhi Srivastava (IAS:2010:UT) was on Tuesday appointed to the post of Deputy Secretary in the Department of Personnel and Training for a period of four years.

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DOPT going slow, officers under dilemma: SFIO Director Bhatia completes tenure

By IndianMandarins 27 Mar 2020

COVID-19 pandemic has severely hit day-to-day administration across departments and ministries forcing them to focus time, resources and attention in handling counter measures and future strategies and Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) too is not an exception.

There are several officers who are feeling the heat amid DOPT going slow in issuing regular orders pertaining to appointments, extension in tenures etc. Several officers who completed or approaching completion of central deputation tenure are clueless for want of official orders.

There are many officers awaiting either extension orders or relieving orders after completion of their tenure. For example, Amardeep Singh Bhatia (IAS:1993:NL), Director (JS level post), Serious Fraud Investigation Organization (SFIO) completed his tenure on Wednesday. Neither his term was extended nor did he get relieving order from the ministry.

While speaking to Indianmandarins few senior officials indicated that ACC orders and deputation rules clearly state that a person does not necessarily require relieving order. As per provisions officials stand relieved on the date of completion of tenure.     

It is pertinent to mentioned that on completion of tenure officers are relieved and given a ‘Term end leave’, usually for a two months period, to address personal needs arising in the transition period. During the period, they get salary from the same ministry though the period is adjusted from one’s own quota of leave. But with DoPT not issuing such orders have put such officers under dilemma. Though, in extraordinary situations such orders (relieving or term end leave) are sanctioned in retrospection as well.

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Retirement age galore: Indianmandarins’ reports proved accurate

By IndianMandarins 29 Nov 2019

Lowering the retirement age of the Central Govt employees had been the most discussed issue in past few months. Several such versions were floating across media claiming each of them to be authentic one but it was Indianmandarins which relied on its own top sources and its successive news reports denying any such move of lowering the retirement age from 60 yrs to 58 yrs.  

Indianmandarins questioned (21.09.2019) the growing uncertainty over retirement age issue and made an effort (23.09.2019) to expose the rumours through a reality check. Terming the rumour on ‘proposal of lowering the retirement age’ a ghost Indianmandarins in its report dated 05.11.2019 underlined that “....contrary to the rumours Indianmandarins’ learnt through some key officials that no such proposal has been initiated as yet.”

Finally, Union Minister for Personnel Dr Jitendra Singh (on 27.11.2019) said in a written reply to Lok Sabha; "No Sir. Presently, there is no proposal to reduce age of retirement on superannuation from 60 years to 58 years,"

It may be underlined that MPs Kaushal Kishore and Upendra Singh Rawat had asked whether there was any proposal before the government to decrease the retirement age of central government employees from 60 years to 58 years or under article 56(J) of compulsory retirement on attaining the age of 50 years.

Further, in his reply, the Dr Jitendra Singh said that there were provisions under Fundamental Rules 56(j), Rule 48 of Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 and Rule 16(3) (Amended) of All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958, according to which the government has the absolute right to retire officials prematurely, on the ground of lack of integrity or ineffectiveness, in public interest, by giving notice of not less than three months in writing or three months' pay and allowances in lieu of such notice.

CLICK TO READ:

Retirement age 58 years: The ghost returns (News dated 05.11.2019)

NaMo Administration and retirement age: Rumours Vs reality (News dated 23.09.2019)

Uncertainty over retirement age galore: Buck must stop? (News dated 21.09.2019)


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Railways may retrench officers and employees

By IndianMandarins 14 Jul 2019

The Ministry of Railways may review the performance of its employees to determine their suitability for continuation in their jobs. In group A and B, the performance of officers aged 50 and in group C and D, employees above 55 years, are to be reviewed. Besides, the performance of officers and employees who have completed 30 years of service may also be reviewed. 

 

The Ministry's proposal for review follows a directive issued last month by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

 

After considering the DoPT directive, the Railway Board on Tuesday advised the zonal railways and production units to assess the performance of employees.

 

One of the reportedly controversial guidelines for identifying employees for early retirement states that if the conduct of an employee is not deemed in public interest or obstructs the efficiency in public service, they can be recommended for premature retirement.

 

It is expected that the plan for premature retirement of employees, in particular, may run into serious obstacles because the railways have strong unions. On the other hand, the government may not face that kind of opposition in weeding out Group A & B officers whose associations have no deterrence power.

 

The plan, if implemented unwisely, may disrupt railways functioning which is already short of 2.9 workers and officers at various levels.

 

Official records show that, as on March 31, 2017, the strength of railway employees was 13,08,323 and over 2.9 lakhs posts were vacant. Further, from 2013, about 22,000 to 25,000 railway employees have been inducted into the service every year, while the retirement rate was 55,000 to 60,000 a year.

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Railways may retrench officers and employees

By IndianMandarins 14 Jul 2019

The Ministry of Railways may review the performance of its employees to determine their suitability for continuation in their jobs. In group A and B, the performance of officers aged 50 and in group C and D, employees above 55 years, are to be reviewed. Besides, the performance of officers and employees who have completed 30 years of service may also be reviewed. 

 

The Ministry's proposal for review follows a directive issued last month by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

 

After considering the DoPT directive, the Railway Board on Tuesday advised the zonal railways and production units to assess the performance of employees.

 

One of the reportedly controversial guidelines for identifying employees for early retirement states that if the conduct of an employee is not deemed in public interest or obstructs the efficiency in public service, they can be recommended for premature retirement.

 

It is expected that the plan for premature retirement of employees, in particular, may run into serious obstacles because the railways have strong unions. On the other hand, the government may not face that kind of opposition in weeding out Group A & B officers whose associations have no deterrence power.

 

The plan, if implemented unwisely, may disrupt railways functioning which is already short of 2.9 workers and officers at various levels.

 

Official records show that, as on March 31, 2017, the strength of railway employees was 13,08,323 and over 2.9 lakhs posts were vacant. Further, from 2013, about 22,000 to 25,000 railway employees have been inducted into the service every year, while the retirement rate was 55,000 to 60,000 a year.

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