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DOPT: Prakash Dubey prematurely repatriated

Prakash Dubey (IRS IT:2001) was on Tuesday prematurely repatriated to his parent cadre with the condition of 'extended cooling-off'. He is working as Director, Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT).

25 Aug 2020
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Provisional pension for employees retiring during COVID-19

Union Minister of state for personnel, public grievances and pensions Jitendra Singh said that Central government employees retiring during the COVID-19 pandemic will get a provisional pension till their regular Pension Payment Order (PPO) is issued and other formalities completed.

The decision has been taken because with the pandemic and the lockdown, a government servant may find difficulty in submitting pension forms to the Head of Office or may not be able to forward the claim form in hard copy along with service book to the concerned Pay & Accounts Office in time, particularly if both the offices are located in different cities, the minister said.

“This is very pertinent to the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) who are constantly on the move and whose Heads of Offices are located in cities different from where the Pay & Accounts Office is located,” said Singh.

He said that after the Modi government took over, the department of pensions and pensioners’ welfare had upgraded and equipped itself to deliver the PPO to the employee concerned without delay on the day of his or her superannuation.

Besides this, in the last few years, taking cue from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s emphasis on digitalization, the department has also created a portal, which can be accessed by any government employee approaching superannuation to find out the status of his or her pension papers, the minister said.

However, because of the disruption in the official work due to the pandemic and the lockdown, Singh said, some employees who retired during this period may not have been provided with PPO.

But, as an evidence of the present government’s sensitivity towards pensioners and senior citizens, a decision was taken that in order to avoid a delay in the start of regular pension covered under CCS (Pension Rules) 1972, rules may be relaxed to enable seamless payment of ‘Provisional Pension’ and ‘Provisional Gratuity’ till regular PPO is issued, the minister said.

 

28 Jul 2020
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DOPT: Prakash Dubey prematurely repatriated

By IndianMandarins 25 Aug 2020

Prakash Dubey (IRS IT:2001) was on Tuesday prematurely repatriated to his parent cadre with the condition of 'extended cooling-off'. He is working as Director, Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT).

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Provisional pension for employees retiring during COVID-19

By IndianMandarins 28 Jul 2020

Union Minister of state for personnel, public grievances and pensions Jitendra Singh said that Central government employees retiring during the COVID-19 pandemic will get a provisional pension till their regular Pension Payment Order (PPO) is issued and other formalities completed.

The decision has been taken because with the pandemic and the lockdown, a government servant may find difficulty in submitting pension forms to the Head of Office or may not be able to forward the claim form in hard copy along with service book to the concerned Pay & Accounts Office in time, particularly if both the offices are located in different cities, the minister said.

“This is very pertinent to the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) who are constantly on the move and whose Heads of Offices are located in cities different from where the Pay & Accounts Office is located,” said Singh.

He said that after the Modi government took over, the department of pensions and pensioners’ welfare had upgraded and equipped itself to deliver the PPO to the employee concerned without delay on the day of his or her superannuation.

Besides this, in the last few years, taking cue from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s emphasis on digitalization, the department has also created a portal, which can be accessed by any government employee approaching superannuation to find out the status of his or her pension papers, the minister said.

However, because of the disruption in the official work due to the pandemic and the lockdown, Singh said, some employees who retired during this period may not have been provided with PPO.

But, as an evidence of the present government’s sensitivity towards pensioners and senior citizens, a decision was taken that in order to avoid a delay in the start of regular pension covered under CCS (Pension Rules) 1972, rules may be relaxed to enable seamless payment of ‘Provisional Pension’ and ‘Provisional Gratuity’ till regular PPO is issued, the minister said.

 

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Ankur Garg appointed as Director in DOPT

By IndianMandarins 21 Jul 2020

Ankur Garg (IAS:2003:UT) has been appointed as Director in the Department of Personnel & Training for a period ending 10.03.2021. Prior to this he worked as Private Secretary to Union Minister for Civil Aviation and later moved abroad on study leave.  

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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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Jitendra Singh launches the IAS Civil List-2020

By IndianMandarins 27 Jun 2020

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh on June 26, 2020 launched the IAS Civil List-2020 and its e-version. The minister said that the dynamic list will help in selecting the right officer for the right assignment based on the available profile. It is a vital source of information on the officers manning various posts for the general public.

This is the 65th edition of the IAS Civil List and the 2nd e-Civil list with photographs of the IAS officers of all the State Cadres. The List also contains information about IAS officers as per batch, cadre state, present posting, pay and allowances, education and superannuation.

Dr Singh said that the push given to DoPT in the last 5-6 years by the Modi Government resulted in a number of innovations and reforms for the common public good. Referring to a series of out of box decisions since May 2014, he said that the decision to do away with the time-old practice of getting documents attested by a gazetted officer and replacing the same with self-attestation, three-month Central Government stint as Assistant Secretaries for IAS officers in the beginning of their career, PM’s Excellence Awards of DARPG were revolutionary in nature.

The Minister said that the proposal for the establishment of a National Recruitment Agency is at an advanced stage and when introduced, it will be recorded in the annals of history for providing level playing field to the candidates. The NRA will conduct a computer-based online Common Eligibility Test for recruitment to non-gazetted posts with test centres in every district.

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Srinivas takes over as EO and Secretary to the ACC

By IndianMandarins 01 Jun 2020

Katikithala Srinivas (IAS:1989:GJ) on June 1 took over as the new Establishment Officer, DoPT and Secretary to the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by the Prime Minister. Prior to this Srinivas was working as Additional Secretary in the DoPT itself. He has replaced P K Tripathi (IAS:1987:JK) who takes over as Union Steel Secretary today.

Srinivas is considered to be among the trusted officers of the PM so much so that when Narendra Modi moved to New Delhi as the PM of the country, he handed over his ambitious project of ‘Statue of Unity’ to him. During his stint in cadre state of Gujarat, he also headed the General Administration Department (GAD).

The post of EO is considered to be the most powerful in the Government of India at the level Additional Secretary as the office of EO is considered as the ‘Gateway to the ACC’.

It may be mentioned here that as Secretary to the ACC the Establishment Officer (EO) handles all senior appointments under the Government of India requiring the approval of the ACC. EO also handles the policy on regulation of tenure of officers serving at the Centre, Inter-cadre deputation/transfers of All India Service officers, the appointment of Central Observers of Election to Lok Sabha/Assembly elections, maintenance of ACRs and APRs of IAS officers, empanelment of IAS/IFS/IPS officers for holding Joint Secretary or equivalent posts at Centre. In addition, EO also handles the cadre clearance to AIS officers for taking up foreign assignments and matters relating to career management and foreign assignment.

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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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Group A officers need not submit a medical report this year for APAR

By IndianMandarins 23 May 2020

The government has ordered to delink recording of annual performance appraisal reports of Group A officers from submission of summary of medical report for year 2019-20 in view of COVID-19 pandemic.

It has been decided by the ministry of personal to delink the submission of summary of Medical Report from recording and completion of APAR for the year 2019-20. The timeline for conducting of Annual Medical Examination and thereafter submitting the summary of the Medical Report for the year 2019-20 is extended up to December 31, 2020.

The ministry of personal already extended dates for initiation and completion of the central government employees’ APARs due to coronavirus pandemic on March 30, 2020. A revised target date for completion of APARs for Group A, B and C officers of central civil services had been issued by the ministry.

According to the revised schedule, the distribution of blank APAR forms needs to be completed by May 30 and the submission of self-appraisal to reporting officer by June 30. This measure is a one-time relaxation only.

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