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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

ISRO launches ASTROSAT, first space observatory

         ISRO has launched the PSLV-C30 from Sriharikota. With the Monday's launch, ISRO has successfully crossed the half century mark as for foreign satellites. This mission becomes more important specially when India is launching its first Astrosat. What is Astrosat and why is it important? Let us discuss below the different aspects.


Few days after it celebrated the successful completion of a year around the Red planet by its first inter-planetary mission - the Mars Orbiter, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday launched its first dedicated multi wavelength space observatory into space, besides six satellites for Canada, Indonesia and the United States. This is the first time ISRO is launching satellites for the United States.

ASTROSAT


ASTROSAT aims at understanding the high energy processes in binary star systems containing neutron stars and black holes, to estimate magnetic fields of neutron stars, to study star birth regions and high energy processes in star systems lying beyond the Milky way galaxy. The mission also intends to detect new briefly bright X-ray sources in the sky, to perform a limited deep field survey of the Universe in the ultraviolet region. The satellite can perform simultaneous multi-wavelength observations of various astronomical objects. The sun and star sensors, besides the gyroscopes, would provide orientation reference to the satellite, which has a mission life of five years.

The Other Six
While Canada’s NLS-14 is a maritime monitoring nanosatellite using the Automatic Identification System, Indonesia’s LAPAN-A2 is aimed at benefitting Indonesian radio amateur communities for disaster mitigation and carrying out Earth surveillance. All the four identical LEMUR satellites for the United States - non-visual remote sensing satellites aims to focus on global maritime intelligence through vessel tracking.
Source :  The Hindu

Reservation in promotion is unconstitutional

Reservation in promotion is unconstitutional – Supreme Court, Please read this news paper report published in Hindustan

Bringing the Internet to more Indians – starting with 10 million rail passengers a day

When I was a student, I relished the day-long railway journey I would make from Chennai Central station (then known as Madras Central) to IIT Kharagpur. I vividly remember the frenetic energy at the various stations along the way and marveled at the incredible scale and scope of Indian Railways.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Googleplex today
I’m very proud to announce that it’s the train stations of India that are going to help get millions of people online. In the past year, 100 million people in India started using the Internet for the first time. This means there are now more Internet users in India than in every country in the world aside from China. But what's really astounding is the fact that there are still nearly one billion people in India who aren’t online.

We’d like to help get these next billion Indians online—so they can access the entire web, and all of its information and opportunity. And not just with any old connection—with fast broadband so they can experience the best of the web. That’s why, today, on the occasion of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to our U.S. headquarters, and in line with his Digital India initiative, we announced a new project to provide high-speed public Wi-Fi in 400 train stations across India.

Working with Indian Railways, which operates one of the world's largest railway networks, and RailTel, which provides Internet services as RailWire via its extensive fiber network along many of these railway lines, our Access & Energy team plans to bring the first stations online in the coming months. The network will expand quickly to cover 100 of the busiest stations in India before the end of 2016, with the remaining stations following in quick succession.

Even with just the first 100 stations online, this project will make Wi-Fi available for the more than 10 million people who pass through every day. This will rank it as the largest public Wi-Fi project in India, and among the largest in the world, by number of potential users. It will also be fast—many times faster than what most people in India have access to today, allowing travelers to stream a high definition video while they’re waiting, research their destination, or download some videos, a book or a new game for the journey ahead. Best of all, the service will be free to start, with the long-term goal of making it self-sustainable to allow for expansion to more stations and other places, with RailTel and more partners, in the future.
This map shows the first 100 stations that will have high-speed Wi-Fi by the end of 2016
We think this is an important part of making the Internet both accessible and useful for the more than 300 million Indians already online, and the nearly one billion more who are not.

But it’s not the only piece. To help more Indians get access to affordable, high-quality smartphones, which is the primary way most people there access the Internet, we launched Android One last year. To help address the challenges of limited bandwidth, we recently launched a feature that makes mobile webpages load faster and with less data, and we’ve made YouTube available offline with offline Maps coming soon

To help make web content more useful for Indians, many of whom don’t speak English, we launched the Indian Language Internet Alliance last year to foster more local language content, and have built greater local language support into our products—including Hindi Voice Search, an improved Hindi keyboard and support for seven Indian languages with the latest versions of Android. And finally, to help all Indians reap the benefits of connectivity, we’ve been ramping up efforts to help women, who make up just a third of Internet users in India today, get the most from the web.

Just like I did years ago, thousands of young Indians walk through Chennai Central every day, eager to learn, to explore and to seek opportunity. It’s my hope that this Wi-Fi project will make all these things a little easier. 
Posted by Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google

Payment of Dearness Allowance from 01.07.2015 - Department of Posts orders



Monday, September 28, 2015

Employment News : 26th September to 03 October 2015.

  1. AIRPORTS AUTHORITY OF INDIA 
    Name of Post – Junior Executive (Air Traffic Control), Junior Executive (Electronics)  No. of Vacancies – 598
    Last Date –Air Traffic Control- 06.10.2015, Electronics- 03.10.2015
  2. NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Name of Posts –Registrar, Dy. Registrar, Assistant Registrar, Librarian, Dy. Librarian, Executive Engineer, Principal Tech. Officer, Sr. Technical Officer, Superintending Engineer, etc.
    No. of Vacancies - 87 Last Date – 30.10.2015
  3. UNION PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION 
    Name of Posts – Professor (Economics), Asst Prof. (surgery), Asst. Prof. (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation), Asst. Legislative Counsel, Nautical Surveyor-cum- Deputy Director Generals, Veterinary Officer.
    No. of Vacancies – 38,  Last Date- 15.10.2015
  4. NDMC LIMITED Name of Posts – Town Administration, Personnel, Materials Management & Marketing, Environment Management, HRD.
    No. of Vacancies –33, Last Date – -12.10.2015
  5. COLLEGE OF VOCATIONAL STUDIES (D.U) Name of Post –Librarian, Section Officer, Senior Personal Assistant, Senior Technical Assistant, Senior Assistant, etc.
    No. of Vacancies -21, Last Date: – 19.10.2015
  6. SWAMI VIVEKANAND NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF REHABILITATION TRAINING AND RESERCH 
    Name of Post –Director, Asst. Professor (PMR), Asst. Professor (Speech Pathology), Asst. Professor (Clinical Psychology), Asst. Professor (Special Education), Lecturer, Administrative Officer, Rehabilitation Officer, etc.

    No. of Vacancies –19, Last Date – 30.09.2015
Source : employmentnews.gov.in/

Revised DA from July 2015 - Railway Board issued Orders

 
Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)
S.No. PC-VI/356
RBE NO. 115 /2015
No. PC-VI/2008/1/7/2/1
New Delhi, dated 24.09.2015
The GMs/CAO(R),
All Zonal Railways & Production Units,
(as per mailing list)
Sub: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees — Revised rates effective from 01.07.2015.
Please refer to this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 13.04.2015 (S.No. PC-VI/349, RBE No. 35/2015) on the subject mentioned above. The President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Railway employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 113% to 119% with effect from 1st July, 2015.
2. The provisions contained in Paras 3, 4 & 5 of this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 09.09.2008 (S.No. PC-VI/3, RBE No. 106/2008) shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.
3. The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all railway employees. The payment of arrears of Dearness Allowance shall not be made before, the date of disbursement of salary of March, 2014. The arrears may be charged to the salary bill and no honorarium is payable for preparing separate bill for this purpose.
4. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.
(M.K. Panda)
Jt. Director, Pay Commission
Railway Board
Authority : www.indianrailways.gov.in

BSNL upgrades minimum Broadband speed to 2 MBPS

More than one crore BSNL landline broadband customers will get a minimum internet speed of 2 megabits per second as against existing speed of 512 kilobits per second on their existing plans. This move could trigger drop in data speed tariffs of private Telecom operators.

Communications minister Ravi Shankar Prasad launched the services in Gurgaon on Monday. Launching the service Anupam Srivastava CMD BSNL said, "We have increased the internet speed four times ...we have ensured 2 Mbps is available at last mile, which is the customer premises."

This move by BSNL will ensure that private Telecom operators will be forced to offer the same speed at a lower cost. Further Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is also expected to soon redefine the definition of Broadband speed, which is currently 512 kbps.

The move is one more step towards reviving the BSNL, which is fast losing customers in mobile and lack of addition in customers in landline. The Telecom public sector unit had registered a loss of Rs 7,600 crore in last financial year.

Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "BSNL should have frequent interface with customers and the efforts taken today by increasing the internet definition should help in digital India initiative, which is more for poor."

Earlier, Srivastava said that BSNL is on a revival path. "We have added 15 lakh mobile customers in last few months as against 7-8 lakh subscribers, per month."

Microsoft Windows - Keyboard Shortcuts

1. CTRL+C (Copy)
2. CTRL+X (Cut)
3. CTRL+V (Paste)
4. CTRL+Z (Undo)
5. DELETE (Delete)
6. SHIFT+DELETE (Delete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin)
7. CTRL while dragging an item (Copy the selected item)
8. CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item (Create a shortcut to the selected item)
9. F2 key (Rename the selected item)
10. CTRL+RIGHT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word)
11. CTRL+LEFT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word)
12. CTRL+DOWN ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph)
13. CTRL+UP ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph)
14. CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Highlight a block of text)
SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document)
15. CTRL+A (Select all)
16. F3 key (Search for a file or a folder)
17. ALT+ENTER (View the properties for the selected item)
18. ALT+F4 (Close the active item, or quit the active program)
19. ALT+ENTER (Display the properties of the selected object)
20. ALT+SPACE-BAR (Open the shortcut menu for the active window)
21. CTRL+F4 (Close the active document in programs that enable you
to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
22. ALT+TAB (Switch between the open items)
23. ALT+ESC (Cycle through items in the order that they had been opened)
24. F6 key (Cycle through the screen elements in a window or on the desktop)
25. F4 key (Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
26. SHIFT+F10 (Display the shortcut menu for the selected item)
27. ALT+SPACE-BAR (Display the System menu for the active window)
28. CTRL+ESC (Display the Start menu)
29. ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name (Display the corresponding menu) Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu (Perform the corresponding command)
30. F10 key (Activate the menu bar in the active program)
31. RIGHT ARROW (Open the next menu to the right, or open a sub-menu)
32. LEFT ARROW (Open the next menu to the left, or close a sub-menu)
33. F5 key (Update the active window)
34. BACKSPACE (View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
35. ESC (Cancel the current task)
36. SHIFT when you insert a CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive (Prevent the CD-ROM from automatically playing)

Dialog Box - Keyboard Shortcuts
1. CTRL+TAB (Move forward through the tabs)
2. CTRL+SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the tabs)
3. TAB (Move forward through the options)
4. SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the options)
5. ALT+Underlined letter (Perform the corresponding command or select the corresponding option)
6. ENTER (Perform the command for the active option or button)
7. SPACE-BAR (Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box)
8. Arrow keys (Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons)
9. F1 key (Display Help)
10. F4 key (Display the items in the active list)
11. BACKSPACE (Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box)

Microsoft Natural Keyboard Shortcuts
1. Windows Logo (Display or hide the Start menu)
2. Windows Logo+BREAK (Display the System Properties dialog box)
3. Windows Logo+D (Display the desktop)
4. Windows Logo+M (Minimize all of the windows)
5. Windows Logo+SHIFT+M (Restore the minimized windows)
6. Windows Logo+E (Open My Computer)
7. Windows Logo+F (Search for a file or a folder)
8. CTRL+Windows Logo+F (Search for computers)
9. Windows Logo+F1 (Display Windows Help)
10. Windows Logo+ L (Lock the keyboard)
11. Windows Logo+R (Open the Run dialog box)
12. Windows Logo+U (Open Utility Manager)
13. Accessibility Keyboard Shortcuts
14. Right SHIFT for eight seconds (Switch Filter Keys either on or off)
15. Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN (Switch High Contrast either on or off)
16. Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK (Switch the Mouse Keys either on or off)
17. SHIFT five times (Switch the Sticky Keys either on or off)
18. NUM LOCK for five seconds (Switch the Toggle Keys either on or off)
19. Windows Logo +U (Open Utility Manager)
20. Windows Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts
21. END (Display the bottom of the active window)
22. HOME (Display the top of the active window)
23. NUM LOCK+Asterisk sign (*) (Display all of the sub-folders that are under the selected folder)
24. NUM LOCK+Plus sign (+) (Display the contents of the selected folder)

MMC Console Windows Shortcut keys
1. SHIFT+F10 (Display the Action shortcut menu for the selected item)
2. F1 key (Open the Help topic, if any, for the selected item)
3. F5 key (Update the content of all console windows)
4. CTRL+F10 (Maximize the active console window)
5. CTRL+F5 (Restore the active console window)
6. ALT+ENTER (Display the Properties dialog box, if any, for the selected item)
7. F2 key (Rename the selected item)
8. CTRL+F4 (Close the active console window. When a console has only one console window, this shortcut closes the console)

Remote Desktop Connection Navigation
1. CTRL+ALT+END (Open the Microsoft Windows NT Security dialog box)
2. ALT+PAGE UP (Switch between programs from left to right)
3. ALT+PAGE DOWN (Switch between programs from right to left)
4. ALT+INSERT (Cycle through the programs in most recently used order)
5. ALT+HOME (Display the Start menu)
6. CTRL+ALT+BREAK (Switch the client computer between a window and a full screen)
7. ALT+DELETE (Display the Windows menu)
8. CTRL+ALT+Minus sign (-) (Place a snapshot of the active window in the client on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)
9. CTRL+ALT+Plus sign (+) (Place a snapshot of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing ALT+PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)

Microsoft Internet Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts
1. CTRL+B (Open the Organize Favorites dialog box)
2. CTRL+E (Open the Search bar)
3. CTRL+F (Start the Find utility)
4. CTRL+H (Open the History bar)
5. CTRL+I (Open the Favorites bar)
6. CTRL+L (Open the Open dialog box)
7. CTRL+N (Start another instance of the browser with the same Web address)
8. CTRL+O (Open the Open dialog box,the same as CTRL+L)
9. CTRL+P (Open the Print dialog box)
10. CTRL+R (Update the current Web )

Friday, September 25, 2015

DA order from Ministry of Finance-revised rates effective from 01.07.2015


Misuse of user ids and passwords in organisations-preventive vigilance measures.


Seventh Pay Commission to submit report soon

NEW DELHI: Seventh Pay Commission is ready with its recommendations on revising emoluments for nearly 48 lakh central government employees and 55 lakh pensioners, and will soon submit report to the finance ministry. 
Earlier in August, the government had extended Commission's term by another four months till December 31 to give recommendations. 
"The Commission is ready with recommendations and the report will be submitted soon," according to sources. 
The Commission, whose recommendations may also have a bearing on the salaries of the state government staff, was given more time by the Union Cabinet just a day before its original 18-month term was coming to an end. 
Headed by Justice AK Mathur, the Commission was appointed in February 2014 and its recommendations are scheduled to take effect from January 1, 2016. 
The government constitutes the Pay Commission almost every 10 years to revise the pay scale of its employees and often states also implement the panel's recommendations after some modifications. 
As part of the exercise, the Commission holds discussions with various stakeholders, including organisations, federations, groups representing civil employees as well as defence services. 
Meena Agarwal is the secretary of the Commission. Other members are Vivek Rae, a retired IAS officer of 1978 batch and Rathin Roy, an economist. 
The Sixth Pay Commission was implemented with effect from January 1, 2006, the fifth from January 1, 1996 and the fourth from January 1, 1986.
Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/

All India Conference of AIPSA



ALL INDIA POSTAL STENOGRAPHERS ASSOCIATION
MAHARASHTRA CIRCLE
HQ :  Circle Office, Mumbai 400 001

Smt Ragini Nair                                 Shri P.R. Haridas          Smt Vimala Guruswamy
Circle Secretary                                 Circle Treasurer                                President
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Date: 24.9.2015
To

Shri E. Murugadas,
General Secretary,
All India Postal Stenographers’ Assn.

Sub: C.W.C. & 9th All India Conference of All India Postal Stenographers’  Association to  be held at  Pune  from  30th Oct’15 to 1st Nov. 2015.

Dear Shri Murugadas,

It is a great pleasure that Pune has been chosen for holding 9th All India Conference of our Association.  As per your letter, the schedule of Conference will be as under :-

C.W. C meeting                       F     30.10.2015   18.00 hrs
All India Conference               F     31.10.2015   10.00 hrs

The Recreation Hall of O/o the PMG, Pune is proposed as venue for the  Conference.   A request letter for providing the recreation hall is being sent to R.O. Pune.  As suggested, a reception committee has been formed at Pune in this regard.

The following Stenos will be incharge of Reception Committee. Their Cell Nos are given against their names.

 1)           Shri A.S. Badami, PA to DPS, Pune             Mob No.9923459296
2)           Ms Ulka Gandhi, PA to SSRM, Pune             Mob No.9960727470

The details regarding places to be visited in and around Pune will be sent soon.

To meet the expenditure with regard to accommodation for Conference & stay of All India delegates, food & other misc expenses & smooth conduct of All India Conference at Pune, it is requested to kindly arrange to send Rs.30,000/- to us at the earliest. 
With regards,

G. Kumarswamy
Asstt Circle Secretary,
AIPSA - Pune Region,
Mob: 9860649936

Note of G.S:
(Our Present Treasurer Shri Anil Singh & the ex. Treasurer Shri Krishnamurthy to note and to consider the request of the Reception Committee. Kindly liaise with Shri Kumarasamy of Pune on this).  

All India Conference of AIPSA - Pune (Maharashtra Circle) from 30.10.2015 to 01.11.2015

Dear friends,

Hope you all are aware that our 9th All India Conference of AIPSA will be held at Pune (Maharashtra Circle) from 30.10.2015 to 01.11.2015. A letter received from the Reception Committee of Pune Region is attached for your information and necessary action. Rush for booking tickets if not already done. Come to attend the Conference with more no. of delegates of your Circle. 

Thanks for all the Stenos of Maharashtra Circle in general and Reception Committee of Pune Region in particular. Pune Warriors, Go Ahead with the programme. All support will be given to you from AIPSA (CHQ) side. Visiting places in and around Pune/Mumbai may kindly be intimated to me so that the same may be passed on to all the Circles. 

My programme is: Coming to Pune in Mumbai Express in the evening of 29th Oct.
& Returning from Pune in the evening in Mumbai Express on 01st Nov.2015

WISHING THE ALL INDIA CONFERENCE OF AIPSA ' A GRAND SUCCESS' AND IT ALL LIES IN THE HANDS OF ALL THE CIRCLE SECRETARIES/CWC MEMBERS.

With fraternal greetings, 
General Secretary, AIPSA

Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees - Revised Rates effective from 01.07.2015.

No. 1/3/2015-E-II (B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block New Delhi
Dated the 23rd September, 2015.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM



Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees - Revised Rates effective from 1.7.2015.


The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s Office Memorandum No. 1/2/2015-13-11 (B) dated 10th April, 2015 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 113% to 119% with effect from 1st July, 2015.
2. The provisions contained in paras 3, 4 and 5 of this Ministry’s O.M. No. 1(3)/2008-E-II(B) dated 29th August, 2008 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.
3. The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all Central Government employees.
4. These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates. In regard to Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees, separate Orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.
5. In so far as the employees working in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned these orders are issued with the concurrence of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
Sd/-
(A. Bhattacharya)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Monday, September 21, 2015

Central Government Holidays 2016



Additional instalment of Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 01.07.2015

Union Cabinet approved release of an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees and Pensioners
Release of additional instalment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief to Pensioners due from 1.7.2015 
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved release of an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to Pensioners w.e.f. 01.07.2015. This represents an increase of 6 percent over the existing rate of 113 percent of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise. 

This will benefit about 50 lakh Government employees and 56 lakh pensioners. 
The increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission (CPC). The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief would be in the order of Rs. 6655.14 crore per annum and Rs.4436.76 crore in the financial year 2015-16 (for a period of 8 months from July, 2015 to February, 2016)

Strengthening of administration-Periodical review under FR 56(j) and Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972.

No.25013/01/2013-Estt.A-IV
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment A-IV Desk
North Block, New Delhi 
Dated 11th September, 2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Strengthening of administration-Periodical review under FR 56(j) and Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No. 25013/1/2013-Estt(A) dated 21/03/2014 on the periodical review under Fundamental Rule 56 or Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules.
2. Various instructions issued on the subject deal with compulsory retirement under the above mentioned provisions. The Supreme Court has observed in State of Gujarat Vs. Umedbhai M. Patel. 2001 (3) SCC 3l4 as follows:
(i) Whenever the services of a public servant are no longer useful to the general administration, the officer can be compulsorily retired for the sake of public interest. 
(ii) Ordinarily, the order of compulsory retirement is not to be treated as a punishment coming under Article 31 l of the Constitution. 
(iii) “For better administration, it is necessary to chop off dead wood, but the order of compulsory retirement can be passed after having due regard to the entire service record of the officer.” 
(iv) Any adverse entries made in the confidential record shall be taken note of and be given due weightage in passing such order. 
(v) Even un-communicated entries in the confidential record can also be taken into consideration. 
(vi) The order of compulsory retirement shall not be passed as a short cut to avoid Departmental enquiry when such course is more desirable. 
(vii) if the officer was given a promotion despite adverse entries made in the confidential record, that is a fact in favour of the officer. 
(viii) Compulsory retirement shall not be imposed as a punitive measure.
3. , In every review, the entire service records should be considered. The expression ‘service record’ will take in all relevant records and hence the review should not be confined to the consideration of the ACR / APAR dossier. The personal file of the officer may contain valuable material. Similarly, the work and performance of the officer could also be assessed by looking into files dealt with by him or in any papers or reports prepared and submitted by him. it would be useful if the Ministry/Department puts together all the data available about the officers and prepares a comprehensive brief for consideration by the Review Committee. Even uncommunicated remarks in the ACRs/APARS may be taken into consideration.
4. in the case of those officers who have been promoted during the last five years, the previous entries in the ACRs may be taken into account if the officer was promoted on the basis of seniority cum fitness, and not on the basis of merit.
5, As far as integrity is considered, the following observations of the Hon’ble Supreme Court may, while upholding compulsory retirement in a case, may be kept in view:
The officer would live by reputation built around him. in an appropriate case, there may not be sufficient evidence to take punitive disciplinary action of removal from service. But his conduct and reputation is such that his continuance in service would be a menace to public service and’injurious to public interest.
S. Ramachandra Raju vs. State of Orissa [(l 994) 3 SCC 424]
Thus while considering integrity of an employee, actions or decisions taken by the employee which do not appear to be above board, complaints received against him, or suspicious property transactions, for which there may not be sufficient evidence to initiate departmental proceedings, may be taken into account. Judgement of the Apex Court in the case of Shri K. Kandaswamy, I.P.S. (TN:1966) in K. Kandaswamy vs Union Of India & Anr, l996 AIR 277, I995 SCC (6) l62 is relevant here. There were persistent reports of Shri Kandaswamy acquiring large assets and of his getting money from his subordinates. He also indulged in property transactions which gave rise to suspicion about his bonafides. The Hon’ble Supreme Court upheld his compulsory retirement under provisions of the relevant Rules.
6. Similarly, reports of conduct unbecoming of a Government servant may also form basis for compulsory retirement. As per the Hon’ble Supreme Court in State of UP. And Others vs Vijay Kumar ‘Jain, Appeal (civil) 2083 of 2002:
If conduct of a government employee becomes unbecoming to the public interest or obstructs the efficiency in public services, the government has an absolute right to compulsorily retire such an employee in public interest.
7. Many changes in the nomenclature and in the areas of responsibility of various departments/Ministries have taken place. In order to simplify and speed up the procedure of review, a need is felt to reconstitute the Review Committees. in partial modification of the OM 25013/15/86-Estt (A) dated 27/06/1986, it has been decided that the Secretaries of the Cadre Controlling Authorities will constitute Review Committees consisting of two Members at appropriate level. The Review Committees in the case of various levels of employees will be as under: 
(A) in case of officers holding Group A posts:
(a) In r/o ACC appointees: Review Committee may be headed by the Secretary of the concerned Ministry/Department as Cadre Controlling Authority. 
(b) In r/o Non-ACC appointees: 
(i) Where there are Boards viz CBDT, CBBC, Railway Board, Postal Board, Telecom Commission, etc. the Review Committee may be headed by the Chairman of such Board. 
(ii) Where no such Boards/Commissions exist, the Review Committee may be headed ’by Secretary of the. Ministry/Department.
(B) in case of Group B (Gazetted) officers:
Additional Secretary/Joint Secretary level officer will head the Review Committee.
(C) In the case of Non-Gazetted employees:
(i) An officer of the level of Joint Secretary will head the Committee. However in case the Appointing Authority is lower in rank than a Joint Secretary, then an officer of the level of Director/Deputy Secretary will be the head. 
(ii) in the case of Non-Gazetted employees in other than centralised cadres, Head of Department/Head of the Organisation shall decide the composition of the Review Committee.
8. CVO in the case of gazetted officers, or his representative in the case of non-gazetted officers, will be associated in case of record reflecting adversely on the integrity of any employee.
9. in addition to the above, the Secretary of the Ministry/Department is also empowered to constitute internal committees to assist the Review Committees in reviewing the cases. These Committees will ensure that the service record of the employees being reviewed, alongwith a summary bringing out all relevant information, is submitted to the Cadre Authorities at least three months before the due date of review.
10. The procedure as prescribed from time to time has been consolidated and enclosed as Appendix to the OM issued by this Department on 21/03/2014. As per these instructions the cases of Government servant covered by FR 56(j), FR 56(l), or Rule 48(1) (b) of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 should be reviewed six months before he/she attains the age of 50/55 years, in cases covered by FR 56(j) and on completion of 30 years of qualifying service under FR 56(l)/Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 as per the following calendar:
Sl No. / Quarter in which review is to be made / Cases of employees who will be attaining the age of 50/55 years or will be completing 30 years of service or 30 years of service qualifying for pension, as the case may be, in the quarter.
1. January to  March         July to September of the same year
2. April to June                 October to December of the same year
3. July to September         January to March of the next year
4. October to December April to June of the next year
11. All Ministries/Departments are requested to follow the above instructions and periodically review the cases of Government servants as required under FR 56(j)/FR56(l)/Rule 48(1)(b) of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972.
12. instructions on composition of the Representation Committees will be communicated separately.
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(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Director (Establishment)

Holding of day long Dharna on 22.09.2015 by Postal Joint Council of Action (PJCA)-reg.

No.08/13/2015-SR 
             Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
                                                                  
                                Dak Bhawan, New Delhi
                               Dated:  17th September, 2015.
 To
The Secretary General,
National Federation of Postal Employees,
1st Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building,
New Delhi-110001

The Secretary General,
Federation of National Postal Organisations,
T-24, Atul Grove Road,
New Delhi-110001.

 Subject: Holding of day long Dharna on 22-09-2015 by Postal Joint Council of   
 Action (PJCA) - Regarding.

Sir,
         
            I am directed to refer to your Circular No.PF-PJCA/2015 dated 12th August, 2015 on the above mentioned subject and to send herewith the following point wise information relating to the Charter of Demands:-

      (i)     Include GDS in 7th CPC for wage revision and other service related matters:-
 Ministry of Finance has not agreed to the proposal of this Department for inclusion of GDS within the purview of 7th CPC inspite of several attempts. 

(ii)    Implement cadre Restructuring proposal in all cadres including Postal Accounts and MMS in Department of Posts:-

Cadre restructuring proposal of Group ‘C’ employees:  The proposal is pending with the Department of Expenditure, M/o Finance at present.

The Cadre Restructuring proposal of Stenographers cadre is under examination.

Postal Accounts Cadre: Regarding restructuring of Sorter, LDC and DEO cadre in PAO’s, views of both the Associations viz. AIPAEA, BPAOEA have been called for vide letter dated 29th June, 2015. It would be processed further on receipt of necessary inputs from them.

MMS Cadre:  The case of MMS is under process.

(iii)    Fill up vacant posts in all cadres of Department of Posts :-

(a)    As regards vacancies of LDC/JA/Stenographers under DR quota the necessary details have been uploaded on the SSC’s Website.  Further action would be taken on receipt of dossiers from the SSC. 

(b)    Abeyance order dated 27-04-2015 issued in r/o PA/SA DR Exam 2014 has been revoked in 10 Circles namely Andhra Pradesh, Assam, J&K, Karnataka, Kerala, North East, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Punjab and these Circles will now be filling up PA/SA DR 2014 held up vacancies.

(c)   Work of conduct of PA/SA DR Exam for the vacancies of 2015-16 has been entrusted to the SSC and in its notification dated 13-06-2015, 3506 vacancies have been announced to be filled up.            Examination is scheduled in the month of November, 2015.
(d)  The necessary instructions have been issued to fill up the vacancies in Postman/Mailguard and MTS cadre and circles are in the process of filling up these vacancies.

(e)    Instructions already exists for filling up of vacant posts of GDS Mail Man.

2.       In view of the fact that all the issues are under active consideration and being processed, the Federations are advised to cancel the Dharna as no useful purpose is served through agitations/dharnas.

Yours faithfully,
     -sd-
( Arun Malik )
Director (SR & Legal)