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Resettlement & Welfare Schemes for Veterans

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 Introduction
The National Common Minimum Programme (NCMP)  as adopted 
by the Government, envisaged setting up of a new Department  of
 Ex-Servicemen Welfare in the Ministry of Defence.  
A new Department called “Department  of Ex-Servicemen 
Welfare”  was created  on 22nd September, 2004.  The main 
objective of creating a new Department  of Ex-Servicemen 
Welfare is to give focused attention to the welfare programmes 
or ex-servicemen and their dependants including pensionary 
benefits, re-employment and rehabilitation.  The Department  
has been allocated the following broad functions to look after:-
(a)        All aspects of re-settlement and welfare of ex-servicemen 
and their dependents, including liaison with State Governments.
(b)        Ex-Servicemen’s Contributory Health Scheme.
(c)        Matters relating to the Directorate General of Resettlement 
and Kendriya Sainik Board.
(d)        Administration of –
i.   the Pension Regulations for the Army, 1961 (Part I and II),
 ii.   the Pension Regulations for the Air Force, 1961 (Part  Iand II.
 iii.  The Navy (Pension) Regulations, 1964, and 
iv.  The Entitlement Rules to Casualty Pensionary Awards to 
the Armed Forces Personnel, 1982.
In order to maintain a youthful profile of the Armed Forces, 
approximately 60,000 service personnel are retired/released 
every year at a comparatively younger age.  At the time of r
etirement, majority of service personnel are at an age where 
hey have numerous unfinished family and other social 
responsibilities which necessitates taking up a second 
occupation.  There are about 19.50 lakhs ex-servicemen 
(ESM) and about 4 lakhs widows registered. as on 30th 
June, 2005.  The ESM population is mainly concentrated 
in the states of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Haryana, 
Maharashtra, Kerala, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. 
The Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare in the Ministry 
of Defence is the apex wing of the Government in the 
Ministry of Defence to formulate   various policies for the 
welfare and resettlement of ESM in the country.  The 
Department  has two Divisions, Resettlement and 
Pension Division. The Department is assisted by 
two Inter Services Organizations, Directorate General 
of Resettlement (DGR)  and Kendriya Sainik Board (KSB). 
 Whereas the KSB, which is headed by Raksha Mantri as 
an ex-officio President of the Board, lays down general 
policies for the welfare of ESM and their dependents 
and also for administration of welfare funds, the office 
of Directorate General of Resettlement implements various 
policies/ schemes/programmes adopted by the Government.  
The Directorate General of resettlement has five  Director 
Resettlement Zones (DRZs) in five  Army Commands. 
The KSB/Directorate General of Resettlement  are also 
assisted in their task by various Rajya Sainik Boards/
Zila Sainik Boards which are under the administrative 
control of respective state governments.  The Government 
of India bears 50% of the expenditure incurred  on the 
organisation of RSBs while the remaining 50% expenditure
 is borne by the respective state governments, since the
 welfare and resettlement of ESM is the joint responsibility 
of the central government as well as the state governments.
The Director General of Resettlement (DGR) under the 
Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare looks after all matters 
connected with the re-settlement and welfare of ex-servicemen 
and their dependents.
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Rs. 32 a day poverty line not all that ridiculous: Montek

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File photo of Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia.
Even as a controversy rages over the Rs. 32 per capita per day poverty line, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia has said “it is not all that ridiculous” in Indian conditions.
“The fact is that Rs. 4,824 per month for a family [of five] to define poverty is not comfortable but it is not all that ridiculous in Indian conditions,” Mr. Ahluwalia said in a letter to Attorney-General Goolam Vahanvati.
Mr. Vahanvati has agreed to appear in the Supreme Court on behalf of the Planning Commission in connection with a public interest litigation petition filed by the Right to Food Campaign.
The Commission has drawn flak from several quarters, including civil society, for pegging poverty in urban areas at Rs. 32 per capita per day. The figure in rural areas is Rs. 26 a day.
Referring to the criticism on the poverty line, Mr. Ahluwalia said:
“Social activists have vociferously criticised the latest poverty line of Rs. 3,905 for rural areas and Rs. 4,824 in urban areas as a ‘cruel joke' by converting the figure into per person per day i.e. Rs. 26 and Rs. 32 respectively.
“Many people are persuaded by this because they sometimes think of daily allowance as meant for family budget...it does not need to be emphasised that the poverty line is not a comfort line of acceptable living for the aam aadmi. It is a poverty line which by definition implies considerable stress.”
On States' criticism that the Planning Commission was understating poverty, leaving out deserving individuals, Mr. Ahluwalia said: “The fact...is that the States gave many more below poverty line [BPL] cards than their entitlement and what is worse is, they often did not give the cards to deserving people.”

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Job Highlights

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No. A-12025/1/2010-Ptg.
Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Filling up of the post of Director (Printing) in the Directorate of Printing under Ministry of
Urban Development, New Delhi.
One post of Director (Printing) in the Directorate of Printing under this Ministry is proposed to be
filled up on deputation including short-term contract/promotion basis. The post is General
Central Service Group ‘A’ Gazetted Non-Ministerial in the pre-revised scale of pay of Rs.
16400-400-18300/-(revised PB-4 Rs. 37,400-67,000 + Grade Pay Rs. 8900).
2. In accordance with the Recruitment Rules of the post, the method of recruitment is as under-
For deputation :
“Officers under the Central Government or State Governments or Union Territories or Public
Sector Undertakings holding analogous posts on regular basis in the parent cadre or
department or with two years’ regular service in the pay scale of Rs. 14300-18300/-(pre-revised)
(revised PB-4 Rs. 37,400-67,000 + Grade Pay Rs. 8700) or equivalent and possessing 12 years
experience in administration or establishment matters”.
Desirable qualification : Two years' experience in printing matters would be given preference.
For promotion :
“The departmental Joint Director(Technical) in the pay scale of Rs 14300-18300/-(Pre-revised)
(revised PB-4 Rs. 37,400-67,000 + Grade Pay Rs. 8700) with two years’ regular service in the
grade, shall also be considered along with the outsiders. In case, he or she is selected for
appointment to the post, the same shall be deemed to have been filled by promotion”
(3) The period of deputation including period of deputation in another ex-cadre post held
immediately preceding this appointment in the same or other Organization/Department of the
Central Government shall ordinarily not exceed five years. The maximum age limit for
appointment by deputation shall be not exceeding 56 years as on the closing date of receipt of
application.
(4) The pay of the selected candidate will be regulated in accordance with DoPT OM
No.2/29/91-Estt(Pay-II) dated 5.1.94 as amended from time to time.
(5) Applications of willing eligible officers with their bio-data in the enclosed proforma may
please be forwarded to this Ministry, in triplicate, within two months from the date of
publication of this advertisement in Employment News along with the following documents :
(1) CR dossiers in original or photocopies duly attested by an officer not below the rank of
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India.
(2) Vigilance Clearance Certificate
(3) Integrity Certificate signed by an officer not below the rank of Dy. Secretary to the Govt. of
India.
(4) Details of major/minor penalties imposed on the applicant during the last ten years.
(K.L.Bhatia)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Tel. No. 23061828

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Job Highlights

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Job Highlights (08 OCTOBER 2011 -14 OCTOBER 2011)

  1. Union Public Service Commission invites applications for various posts.
  2. Union Bank of India requires Customer Relationship Executives.
  3. Ordnance Factory, Itarsi requires Chemical Process Workers, Turners, Fireman, Fitter.
  4. The Indian Navy invites application from unmarried Indian Citizens for Short Service Commission (SSC) as Pilot/Observer in the Executive Branch.
  5. The Indian Navy invites application from unmarried male candidates fro grant of Permanent Commission in Logistics, Naval Armament Inspection Cadre or Education Branch.
  6. The Indian Army invites application from married/unmarried name candidates for grant of 38th Short Service Commission (Technical).
  7. Parliament of India invites applications from Indian Citizens fro the posts of Junior Clerks in Lok Sabha Secretariat.
  8. Government Engineering College, Bharatpur required Associate Professor, Professors and Assistant Professors.
  9. Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak invites applications fro various posts.
  10. Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) requires Staff Nurses.
  11. South Eastern Railway invites applications for recruitment against Scouts and Guides Quota-2011-2012 in Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ categories.
  12. Headquarter, Eastern Naval Command, Vishakhapatnam invites application for various posts.

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Indian Navy-Net Security Provider to Island Nations in IOR: Antony

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The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony today assured India`s maritime neighbours of the country`s “unstinted support for their security and economic prosperity”. Addressing the top brass of the Indian Navy and MoD here, Antony said the Indian Navy has been “mandated to be a net security provider to island nations in the Indian Ocean Region”. He said “most of the major international shipping lanes are located along our island territories. This bestows on us the ability to be a potent and stabilising force in the region”.
While acknowledging the benefits of conducting several exercises in the South China Sea, East China Sea and the Western Pacific Shri Antony also brought out the need to maintain a balance between the various responsibilities of the Indian Navy by saying “Although reaching out to our extended neighbourhood is important, you must always be mindful of the core area of your responsibility that mainly includes preserving and strengthening our shore lines and coastal security”. 
Talking about coastal security Shri Antony said “We have taken several measures to strengthen our coastal security, our maritime forces are capable of protecting our maritime frontiers. However, this should not lead into a feeling of complacency”. He went on to say that ``isolated incidents, which though directly did not pose a challenge to maritime security, highlighted the need to further strengthen our coastlines and maritime security”. Saying so Shri Antony emphasised the need to replicate coastal security exercises with all stakeholders “as frequently as possible”. 

The Defence Minister spoke on other issues and challenges that face the Indian Navy. Describing piracy as a continuing cause of major concern, Shri Antony acknowledged the proactive efforts of the Indian Navy but noted that, “the international community as a whole needs to do a lot more collectively”. 
2 Shri Antony observed that the modernization of the Navy was going apace. He however, pointed out that indigenous shipyards must “develop and expand rapidly, as well as adopt latest best practices”. Saying that the Navy has been making satisfactory progress in indigenisation efforts, Shri Antony said that such efforts must not only be continued but also accelerated. 
Talking about infrastructure development, Shri Antony said that the development of infrastructure in the island territories must be pursued in synergy with other stakeholders. He also stated that Phase II of the Karwar project must be pursued vigorously. 
The Defence Minister was addressing the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma and Defence Secretary Shri Shashikant Sharma among other senior officers of the Indian Navy and MoD at the beginning of the three day Naval Commander`s Conference. 


SK/PVS 
(Release ID :76590)

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Government Committed to Provide Assured Food Security to All Citizens

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Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Prof K.V Thomas has said that the Government is committed to enactment of the National Food Security Act to provide a statutory framework for assured food security to all . Addressing the Inaugural Session of a seminar organised by Indian Rice Research Institute (IRRI) here today, the Minister said that the proposed legislation would be a paradigm shift in approach towards food security - from welfare based to rights based approach, involving legal obligation on the Government to deliver food entitlements. It will be a comprehensive effort, adopting a lifecycle approach, in providing food and nutritional security to people, with special emphasis on vulnerable groups.

Highlighting the priority of the Government to provide food security to all Prof Thomas said that the draft Bill proposes to provide right to receive food grains at subsidized prices under the Targeted Public Distribution System by persons belonging to priority households and general households. It proposes coverage of upto 75% of the total rural population, with at least 46% population belonging to priority households and up to 50% of the total urban population, with at least 28% population belonging to priority households. Each person in priority households would be entitled to 7 kg food grains per month @ a price of not exceeding Rs. 3, 2 or 1 per kg for rice/wheat/coarse grains and 3 kg per person per month @ a price of not exceeding 50% of the minimum support price for wheat and coarse grains and derived minimum support price for rice in general households.

The Food Minister said that the Bill also contains provisions for Nutritional support to pregnant women, lactating mothers and children, entitlements of special groups such as destitute persons, homeless and such other needy persons, emergency and disaster affected persons, persons living in starvation etc.

He said the Central Govt has held wide ranging consultations with various stakeholders, including State Governments and UT Administrations regarding the proposed Food Security legislation. Based on these consultations and comments/recommendations received, we have recently prepared a draft National Food Security Bill and the same has been placed on the website of the Ministry for comments/suggestions. The Bill is likely to be introduced in the Parliament shortly after taking into account the comments received from stakeholders and after appropriate consultations......Click her to more read 

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PSLV-C18 carrying weather satellite launched

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PSLV-C18 lifts off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on Wednesday. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan




SRIHARIKOTA (ANDHRA PRADESH): PSLV-C18, the Indian rocket carrying the Indo-French tropical weather satellite Megha-Tropiques and three other smaller satellites was launched on Wednesday. It is expected to launch its 50th satellite since 1993. 
Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle - C18 (PSLV-C18) -- blasted off from Sriharikota spaceport, around 80km from Chennai. 
It is lugging a 1,000-kg Megha Tropiques and three smaller satellites together weighing 42.6 kg. 
Megha Tropiques is an Indo-French collaboration to study climatic and atmospheric changes in tropical regions and makes India the second nation in the world to launch such a space mission. 
The satellite will look down at the earth from around 800 km low earth orbit and is expected to enable the India Meteorological Department (IMD) to forecast weather in a more precise manner. 
The three nano satellites that will be ferried by the PSLV are the 10.9-kg SRMSAT built by the students of SRM University near Chennai, the three-kg remote sensing satellite Jugnu from the Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur and the 28.7-kg VesselSat from Luxembourg to locate ships on high seas.

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Updated Version of Centralized Pension Grievance Redressal and Monitoring System for Better Services to The Pensioners

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The Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare has been implementing a web based Mission Mode Project namely “Pensioners’ Portal” under the National e-Governance Plan since March, 2007. Under the same the Department has Centralized Pension Grievance Redressal and Monitoring System (CPENGRAMS) vide which the pension related grievances of various Ministries are forwarded to the respective Ministries/Department for early redressal.


The Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare with the help of NIC has developed an updated version of CPENGRAMS, which is based on integration of the data base of Centralized Public Grievances Redressal and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS), under the administrative control of Department of AR&PG and the CPENGRAMS, administered by Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare. Under the updated version the pension related grievances will be combined with other grievances and therefore receipt from multiple sources will not be there for the Ministries/Departments. This will also facilitate disposal of grievances for all Ministries/Departments who can now log on to CPGRAMS and look into the pension grievances. Earlier they had to log on to CPENGRAMS & CPGRAMS separately. 


To make all the Departments/Ministries/Orgainisations aware of this updated version, this Department organised a function here today, which was addressed by Shri V. Narayanasamy, Minister of State (PP) for Home Affairs. He stressed the need of sensitizing the officers involved in the process of grievance redressal to avoid any hardship to pensioners. On this occasion NIC also made a presentation of the updated version before the audience. Nodal Officers from approximately 99 Ministries/ Departments/ Organisations attached to the work relating to pensioners’ grievances redressal mechanism attended the ceremony. 


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KKP/sl 
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Territorial Army Completes 62 Years

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Territorial Army (TA) came into being after the TERRITORIAL ARMY ACT was passed in Sep 1948. Since then TA has come a long way and today has a strength of approximately 50,000 in 66 TA Battalions. TA is a unique organization with varied types of units like Infantry, Home and Hearth, Oil Sector (ONGC, IOCL, BPCL, HPCL) Railways, General Hospitals and Ecological Task Forces. 


TA today is known for its espirit de corps, dedication and professionalism. Units of TA have participated in various operations and wars since 1951 with credit. Departmental TA units of Railways, Oil Sector, and General Hospitals have rendered yeoman service to the nation. Ecological Task Forces of the TA have carved a niche for themselves in the field of environment. The 135 Infantry Battalion (TA) Ecological, ASSAM was recently awarded with the Times of India Social Impact Award in the environment category. 


Today a sizeable force of TA continues to be embodied in support of Regular Army in far flung and difficult areas contributing immensely to the cause of Nation’s Security. 


Army Chief, Gen VK Singh, was the chief guest at the function which had many veteran terriers present and included Brig KP Singh Deo, (Retd), Ex Minister of the State for Defence and Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Maj DY Sema, the present Power Minister in the Government of Nagaland. Shri MS Dhoni who has been approved for grant of an honorary rank in the ‘Citizen’s Army’ also graced the occasion. As part of the function to commemorate its 62 years of raising, the Territorial Army’s Symphony Orchestra and Mass Pipe Bands will be playing at India Gate on 15 and 16 Oct 2011 for the citizens of the country from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. 


Veerendra/Dhup/Ganesh 
(Release ID :76571)

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