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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CHQ News....

GS and CHQ Treasurer are visiting Directorate to discuss cadre restructuring issue on 26th and 27th November 2015. 

Government mulls proposal to raise maternity leave to 26 weeks

Government is considering a proposal to increase the maternity leave for working women from the existing 12 weeks to 26 weeks. The proposal also talks of providing 12 weeks of maternity leave to commissioning mothers -- who use surrogates to bear a child -- as well as for working women adopting a baby. 

Labour ministry held a tripartite meeting with trade unions and employers for discussing the draft amendment bill to extend maternity leave benefits to natural, commissioning and adopting mothers. As per Maternity Benefit Act, 1961, a working woman, at present, is entitled to 12 weeks of maternity leave out of which six weeks are before the expected date of delivery. Women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi had proposed increasing maternity leave 28 weeks and has held discussions with the labour minister on the issue. 

"In the meeting, it was unanimously decided that maternity leave for natural mothers should be extended from the existing 12 to 26 weeks," said a labour ministry official. The issue before the government is a complex one. While WCD ministry believes that extending leave for expecting mothers will directly benefit the new born child and positively impact nutritional levels, there are apprehensions that such long duration of leave might make a woman employee unemployable. 

"It is no secret that the company will have to pay for 26 weeks of absence of a woman employee. This may work against a woman employee and be a deterrent for companies in hiring women. The government needs to weigh in the pros and cons before it takes a considered decision,'' a senior official said. 

Another issue put by the unions was that of creches. "It was almost unanimous that there will be creches. The proposal was that firms with 30 women employees or with total of 50 employees will have creches. Also there can be option of a group of firms together opening a creche," RSS-affiliate BMS Zonal Organisation Secretary Pawan Singh said. 

"The proposal also included the point that mothers who bring their child to the creche will get 15 minutes of special leave before and after the lunch hour to take care of the child, he added. The government has closed the tripartite discussions on both the issues -- maternity leave and compensation -- and will move a note for inter-ministerial consultations. 

Source:-The Economic Times

I-T department launches PAN-based litigation management system

Aimed to reduce lengthy proceedings and time taken in litigation, the Income Tax department has activated a PAN-based online system which enables the taxman to access cases in their jurisdiction on a click, amongst a building database of over 5 lakh appeals and 1.50 lakh judgements. 

The new facility is part of the National Judicial Reference System (NJRS), an electronic repository of cases under the direct taxes category or income tax pending in legal forums like the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT), Authority for Advanced Ruling (AAR), various High Courts and the Supreme Court. 

"A new link has been activated recently in the NJRS which enables the Assessing Officer (AO) and his superiors to view appeals pertaining to their jurisdiction based on the Permanent Account Number (PAN). It is essential that the PAN number for each case is fed in the appeal to allow the system help the taxman. 

"The new measure will drastically cut down time in appeal and litigation management in the department," a senior official said. 

The tax department is on a spree to ensure more and more number of people and taxpayers in the country use the PAN card. It has recently launched a business application software which uses PAN to track all the transactions and financial records of an individual and entity across the country. 

Authorities working in the resource management wing of the NJRS database said the facility will also be made fully accessible for taxpayers in the near future so that they can check the status of their appeals on this portal. 

According to official records accessed by PTI, the database has over 1.5 lakh orders and judgements and data of over 5 lakh appeals (pending and disposed) of ITAT, HCs and the Supreme Court was hosted for use till now. 

"The database is being continuously enhanced and more and more records are being uploaded every day," officials said. 

A Central Processing Centre (CPC) for the NJRS has been established at Nashik in Maharashtra by the department. 

Officials had earlier said the NJRS "will function with the help of smart search facilities and flowcharts for tax officers engaged in litigation with the assesses or entity at various stages. 

"The portal will enable them to diligently monitor appeal dates, check cause lists and undertake research and analysis for strengthening their cases by taking reference from previous orders made by the courts in I-T cases," they had said. 

The system is the first of its kind in the country for comprehensive litigation management in any government department. 

According to a blueprint prepared in this regard, all cases under the Income Tax Act, 1961; Wealth Tax Act, 1957; Expenditure Tax Act, 1987; Interest Tax Act, 1974 and Gift Tax Act, 1958 will be compiled in the NJRS. 

The facility will be maintained by the National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL). 

Source:-The Economic Times

Modification in Allotment and Posting Order in ASP Cadre

In partial modification of C.O. Memo No.ST/24-15(1)/2012 dated 28-10-2015, Shri Debaraj Sethi on regular promotion to ASP Cadre is now allotted to Bhubaneswar HQ Region and posted as ASP(Bag), PSD, Bhubaneswar attached to Circle Office as Manager (BD) vide C.O. Memo even dated 24-11-2015.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

CS writes to CPMG ON disproportionate quantum of Punishment and imposition of Penalty of Recovery on IPs/ASPs as subsidiary offender.

No. AIAIPASP/Corr-1/17/2015
Shri Tilak De, IPoS
Chief Postmaster General
          Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar-751001

Sub:- Disproportionate quantum of Punishment and imposition of Penalty of Recovery on IPs/ASPs as subsidiary offender -regarding. 

Respected Sir,

This is in continuation of this Association Circle Working Committee Resolution dated 22-02-2015 which was communicated vide Association Letter No. AIAIPASP/Corr-1/03/2015 dated 24-02-2015.

The Circle Working Committee of this Association met at PRC, Bhubaneswar GPO on 15/11/2015 as per the notification No. AIAIPASP/CWC-3/2015 dated 20/10/2015. In this CWC meeting each and every single member expressed their anguish over the trend of exercising the Disciplinary authority on IPs/ASPs in a tyrannical way. Although the quantum of penalty is within the domain of the discretion of the Disciplinary Authority, selective treatment to IPs/ASPs by imposing of heavy penalty of recovery even in Lakhs as subsidiary offender, in the cases where the pecuniary loss has been caused by the Principal Offender and the same is not attributable to the concerned IP/ASP, is arbitrary, whimsical and oppressive. This Association strongly believes that due weightage to the extenuating circumstances in which the IPs/ASPs are performing their duty is not being taken into consideration while arriving at the quantum of Punishment. This is adversely affecting the moral of the concerned IPs/ASPs and has sent a wrong message to the entire Inspectorial cadre across the Circle. The right to impose a penalty carries with it the duty to act justly.

The Circle Working Committee desires to express its concern on following issues:-
a)  i. It is not exaggerated to say that the IPs/ASPs are playing a pivotal role to achieve the goal outlined for the development of the Department. For this they undertake tremendous pressure to achieve the target in SB, PLI, RPLI, BD etc. The last mile of IT Modernization Project rests on the shoulders of IPs/ASPs. The successful implementation of financial inclusion of peripheral India through stabilization of MNREAGA is an indication to the level of commitment by the IPs/ASPs.
ii. It is no denying fact that to discharge the above multifarious responsibilities in addition to normal traditional works like inspection of Post Office work, investigation of loss & Fraud cases, Review of Establishment etc. will have crunching effect on the available time which is un-stretchable by nature.
iii. The natural corollary is that IPs/ASPs are incredibly stressed on time front to accomplice the job in a time bound manner. Therefore it is obvious that in crowding environment there may be some un-intentional lapses creep in while discharging variety of tasks at one time despite all precaution and good intention.
iv. The Association however noted with dismay that in recent days our members have been victimized for these un-intentional minor lapses disproportionately by way of imposition of penalty of heavy recoveries by remotely connecting the lapses with figment of imagination and hypothetical deduction.
v. Under this highly insecure environment, the IPs/ASPs have only recourse to adopt safety as first policy to concentrate on inspection of Post Office Work, timely submission of IRs, completion of investigation to loss & Fraud cases, Review of IRs etc. at the cost of business activities. All of us will agree that this will obviously lead to dip in productivity of business procurement.
b)  At times the IPs and ASPs burdened with discharging the duties of more than one post to complete their pending inspection work in a hurry even complete more than one office in a day. While working in a hurry one is bound to overlook minor things. Therefore, the posts of IPs/ASPs should not be kept vacant taking into consideration the functional necessity. The vacant posts of ASPs which can be be filled up by regular appointment need to be filled up as and when the vacancy arises and the vacancy arising due to officiating of ASPs in PS Group-B Cadre need to be filled up by ad-hoc appointment. System of making one officer discharge the duties of more than one post should not be resorted to for long periods as it is not conducive to efficiency. Presently there are some vacant posts of IPs and ASPs in the Circle for which regular appointment and officiating arrangement required to be made immediately. Similarly the vacant IP Posts need to be filled up on ad-hoc basis until the regular candidates become available. If the eligible PAs/SAs are not coming forward to officiate in vacant IP Posts, then the Circle Administration needs to analyze why they are not interested. This Association believes that it is the variety of tasks and relevant circumstances under which the IPs are performing their duties is preventing them to come forward.
c)   With the increase in number of Questionnaire the pressure on IPs/ASPs has been increasing over the years. Further the number of days for inspection of Post Office work is not being rationalized with the increase in number of Questionnaire. This is also affecting the efficient functioning of IPs/ASPs at times.
d)  It has been a matter of concern with many believing that the Circle Administration is targeting specific individuals at the time of their Promotion and Retirement by categorizing them as subsidiary offender in past cases relating to 5/10/15 years back.
e)  It is also a matter of concern that no action is being taken for implementation of the Public Accountants’ Default (PAD) Act for recovery of the pecuniary loss to the Government caused by the Principal offender for better avoidance of the loss. Is it not encouraging for commission of more loss and fraud cases? It is well-read that the present Circle Administration has a very good relationship with the State Govt. authorities and, therefore, there is a scope for the Circle Administration to utilize this opportunity to help the Divisional Administration in implementation of the PAD Act in loss and fraud cases.

I, on behalf of this Association would like to request you to take into consideration the variety of tasks performed by IPs/ASPs at one time and the relevant circumstances as narrated above into the decision making process while awarding the punishment. Further, the CWC met on 15-11-2015 urges the Administration to exercise the power of Disciplinary Authority fairly, justly and reasonably. The CWC also expresses its desire to discuss all the issues with the Chief PMG for which a convenient time may kindly be allowed.  

With deep regards,
Yours sincerely,

(Pitabasa Jena)
Circle Secretary
Copy for kind information to:-
1.   The PMsG, Berhampur and Sambalpur Region.
2.   The DPS(HQ), Bhubaneswar HQ Region, Bhubaneswar-751001.
3.   All the Divisional Heads (Postal/RMS) of Odisha Circle.
Circle Secretary

Disposal of e-waste

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Central Civil Services ( Conduct ) Rules, 1964 and the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2015 - Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the Servants for each year - 12.11.2015

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Annual Property Returns required to be filed under the CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964 for the year 2015 are required to be filed by the 31't January,2016 by all the Government Servants belonging to Group 'A','B':C and erstwhile Group 'D'.

Setting up of Implementation Cell, Seventh Central Pay Commission in the Expenditure

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Promotion of Govt. Servants exonerated after retirement - Procedure and Guidelines to be followed - Regarding.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

26th November to be observed as 'Constitution Day'

The Government has decided to observe 26th November as 'Constitution Day. On the day in 1949, the constitution was adopted which came into force on January 26, 1950 marking the beginning of a new era in the history of India.  This year, the country is celebrating 125th birth Anniversary of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar . The 'Constitution Day' will be a part of these year-long nationwide celebrations. This will be a tribute to Dr. Ambedkar , who played a seminal role in the framing of the Indian Constitution as the Chairman of the Drafting Committee of Constituent Assembly
            Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is the Nodal Ministry for celebration of Constitution Day. A number of activities will be taken up by other Ministries/Departments which include:-
·         Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development has informed  that following activities are proposed to be undertaken by all schools under the CBSE, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), Central Tibetan School Administration (CTSA), and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) and those under the State Governments and UTs on the occasion of the first "Constitution Day"- 

                       i.                  Preamble to the Constitution (as it exists on date) to be read out in school assembly on 26th November, 2015 by all students.
                     ii.                  One period to be devoted on 26th November, 2015 for a talk on the salient features of the Constitution of India and its making, by a guest speaker or one of the teachers.
                   iii.                  Essay competitions and quizzes to be organized on the theme of the Constitution.
                   iv.                  An online Essay competition to be also organized on the theme of the Constitution by all CBSE affiliated schools.

·         Department of Higher Education, MoHRD has informed that they have already intimated UGC, AICTE, etc. that the day may be celebrated as Constitution Day.  It was requested that the colleges wherever possible may organize mock Parliament Sessions and debates on the Indian Constitution on 26th November, 2015.  UGC informed that they have requested Dr Ambedkar University, Lucknow to make arrangements for organizing Quiz competition, wherein at State level winners from each State would participate in a quiz at the All India level
·         Department of Youth Affair has proposed to ensure following activities:-

a)      Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD) shall organize quiz competition on Constitution.
b)     NSS Units to organize lectures on the Constitution in their colleges/schools.
c)      NYS Volunteers/NYKS Youth Club Members to bring awareness and explain the history of constitution in their areas.
d)     The 'Preamble' of the Constitution be displayed at their headquarters and in their field offices.

·         Ministry of External Affairs has informed that they have already instructed all the Missions/ Stations where Indian schools are located to ensure observance of Constitution Day on 26.11.2015.  It is also proposed that Missions/Posts may undertake translation of the Indian Constitution in local language and consider its distribution among academic and research institutions, Parliaments, Indology Centres etc. For the instance, the Indian Constitution has recently been translated into Arabic.

·         Ministry of Home Affairs has informed that they have the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and their establishments under Police-II Division, MHA would undertake appropriate action for celebration of Constitution Day on 26th November, 2015.
·         Department of Sports has intimated the followings:-
i)                    All Chief Secretaries/ Sports Secretaries/ Administrator/ Advisor to Administrator have been requested to organize "Run for Equality".
ii)                  Sports Authority of India (SAI) is making arrangements for activities as follows:-       
§    A Symbolic Run termed as "Run for Equality" at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium where the trainees of SAI will participate.
§    Similar action will also be taken by Regional Centres where Run will be organized including SAI trainees and trainees of Come & Play Scheme.
§    The Run will be organized on the pattern it was organized on 31st October, 2015 on the occasion of National Unity Day as "Run for Unity."
·         Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs has decided to illuminate Parliament House Complex on the occasion of Constitution Day on 26th November, 2015 and they have also decided to call for Special Session of Parliament for this purpose.

·         The Department of Social Justice and Empowerment has requested to all the State Government/ Union Territories to celebrate Constitution Day on 26th November, 2015.