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Govt. released index no. for December 2011. Central D.A. 7%,

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Govt. released index no. for December 2011. Central D.A. 7%
Labour Bureau has released Index No. for the month of December 2011.
Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers - CPI(IW) has been reduced by 2 points and stood at 197
D.A. for Govt. Employee
Accordingly as per our previous calculation, Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 01.01.2012 will be increased by 7% and the total will be 65%.
Source : Pay Commission

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Antony blames Army for chief's age row

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Antony blames Army for chief's age row

Laying the blame on the army's doors for the controversy over Gen V K Singh's age issue, Defence Min A K Antony has said it occurred because the force kept two sets of his date of birth for 36 years and maintained there was no civil-military confrontation.
"For 36 years, two branches of the same institution maintained two dates of birth and that is why this controversy," he told reporters in New Delhi on Tuesday in his first detailed comments on the raging controversy that is before the Supreme Court now.
"It is unfortunate that it took years together but I don't agree with some of you that it is a civil-military controversy," Antony added.
He suggested that the government had no role to play in the whole issue as this discrepancy was first noticed in 2006 by the Army headquarters and reconciled at that level then and later in 2008 by two respective chiefs.
Antony said from 2006 to 2009, the Army Headquarters (AHQ) handled and reconciled the age issue at their level and the government accepted their recommendations and had no role to play in it.
"It (two dates of birth) was noticed by the AHQ in 2006 and then it was reconciled at the level of the then Army chief (Gen J J Singh). Army took a decision and conveyed it to the government. I was not there but the government of the day took a decision on the basis of recommendations of the Army," he said.
The Defence Minister said when the issue came up again in 2008, the AHQ at the level of the then Army Chief Gen Deepak Kapoor had reconciled the matter and the government accepted the recommendations of the force.
"Like in 2006, in 2008 also, AHQ at their level reconciled it and sent it to the government, which accepted that. What else the government could do?" he said.
Antony said after accepting recommendations of the AHQ on the matter in 2009, "the government had thought that all controversies were reconciled, at least by 2009 and thought everything is over but again a complaint came in 2011."
He said after receiving the complaint in 2011, the government took three decisions on basis of the opinions given by the Law Ministry and the Attorney General and "that is the only way the government can function".
The Minister said that now that the government decision on the issue has been questioned in the Supreme Court, "let us have some patience and not make this a controversy again and again."
"This is now beyond the government and we have no control over it. Let us all mentally-prepare to accept the decision whatever it may be. That will be the final decision of the Supreme Court of India," he said. (DD-31.1)

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Ministry takes on Army Chief on age controversy

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Ministry takes on Army Chief on age controversy
Orders AG to correct DoB in records

Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 29
With less than five days to go for the Supreme Court to hear a petition filed by Army Chief General VK Singh seeking reconciliation of his date of birth, it has now emerged that the Ministry of Defence, last week, directed the Adjutant-General branch, the record-keeper of the Army, to maintain the General’s date of birth (DoB) as May 10, 1950. It says the DoB of May 10, 1951, recorded by the AG branch and claimed by the Army Chief, was “not correct”.

The latest order is a follow-up to the rejection of the statutory complaint filed by General VK Singh on the matter. The statutory complaint was rejected by Defence Minister AK Antony on December 30, 2011. The General filed his petition in the Supreme Court on January 18 and it is listed for hearing on February 3.
Sources said the MoD in its latest order of January 23, 2012, has asked the AG to “strictly” comply with its order dated July 21, 2011, and also sought a compliance report, at the earliest. The letter, accessed by The Tribune, says, “Now that the statutory complaint stands disposed and the redressal sought by General VK Singh has not been granted…. Gen VK Singh’s officially recognised date of birth will continue to remain May 10, 1950, and that there are no grounds for interfering with the impugned order dated July 21, 2011.”
On July 21, 2011, the MoD had decided the issue and fixed May 10, 1950, as the Army Chief’s DoB. This order had said that an earlier order dated February 25, 2011, (in which the ADG MP of the AG branch had directed to amend the date of birth of Gen VK Singh, to read as May 10, 1951, instead of May 10, 1950, as recorded) was declared to be null and void and non est.
“In other words, May 10, 1951, maintained as the date of birth of Gen VK Singh by the AG Branch is not correct,” The MoD’s latest order says and goes on to add that its July 21, 2011, order was “not legally infirm and any apprehension expressed in this behalf has no basis”.
In his statutory complaint dated August 26, 2011, General VK Singh had requested the MoD (in para 94 of his complaint) to “reconsider and withdraw” its order dated July 21, 2011, and “decide whether the AG Branch, the official record-keeper of the date of birth, is correctly maintaining his date of birth as May 10, 1951”.
The MoD, in its explanation for acting now, says, since the DoB issue was part of the statutory complaint hence it was decided to wait for its disposal.
The MoD has also clarified the contention that no inquiry had been conducted by the Army headquarters nor had the AG’s branch been co-opted or kept informed about the same. It cites a January 30, 2008, letter by the then Military Secretary (Lt Gen Avadesh Prakash) which said with the approval of the then Chief (Gen Deepak Kapoor), “a detailed examination in consultation with the AG’s branch with regard to verification of date of birth in respect of Lt Gen VK Singh, has been carried out...the date of birth in respect to the officer continues to be maintained as May 10, 1950”.
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Republic Day – 2012 Awards

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Republic Day – 2012 Awards  
Three panels of judges were appointed for assessing the performance of Marching Contingent from three Services, Marching Contingent from Para­Military Forces and Tableaux from various States/ Ministries/Departments and School Children items from schools of Delhi as well as outside Delhi.
On the basis of the assessment of the panels of judges, the results of the competitive presentation of Services contingents, Para-military forces contingents, tableaux and school children items, participated in the Republic Day Parade, 2012 are as under:-
I. BEST MARCHING CONTINGENT AMONG THE THREE SERVICES
INDIAN AIR FORCE
II. BEST MARCHING CONTINGENT AMONG PARA-MILITARY FORCES AND            OTHER AUXILARY MARCHING CONTINGENTS
 BORDER SECURITY FORCE (BSF)

III. BEST THREE TABLEAUX
FIRST                                     Ministry of Human Resources Development
                                                (Deptt. of School Education & Literacy)
SECOND                    Goa
THIRD                                     Karnataka
IV. BEST SCHOOL CHILDREN ITEMS.
(i)            GOVT. SARVODAYA KANYA VIDYALAYA, HASTSAL, DELHI
(KodiyanchaKarvan)
(ii)           NORTH CENTRAL ZONE CULTURAL CENTRE, ALLAHABAD
(Gudum Baja of Madhya Pradesh)
V. CONSOLATION PRIZE
KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SCHOOL, R.K. PURAM, NEW DELHI
(ShikshaSarvatraPujayate)
3. In addition to the above, tableau presented by the C.P.W.D. has been selected for a Special Prize.
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Ex servicemen demand pension parity, want CAT decision implemented

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Ex servicemen demand pension parity, want CAT decision implemented

The Ex-defence Employees’ Welfare Association (EDEWA) here has demanded implementation of CAT decision of November 2011 regarding fixation of revised pension in regard to pre-2006 pensioners.
The pre-2006 pensioners (those who retired after 1996 and before 2006) have not been treated on a par with post-2006 pensioners as far as revised pension fixation was concerned.

A senior association member BP Mohanty said the resolution of August 2008 by which the Government accepted the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission report and defined the minimum revised pension as ‘revised pension’, in no case, shall be lower than 50 per cent of the minimum pay in the pay band plus the grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from which the pensioner had retired.
“Surprisingly, in the office memorandum in October 2008, the Department of Pension and Pension Welfare formulated a fitment table by misinterpreting the Government decision on fixation of pension for pre-2006, pre-1996 and pre-1986 Pensioners,” he pointed out.
The pensioners, who retired before 2006, he said, are losing as their minimum pay is pegged at only 50 per cent of minimum of pay band (and 50 per cent of grade pay) corresponding to pre-revised pay scale in which the employee had retired.
Coming to the rescue of pre-2006 pensioners, the CAT had, however, quashed the office October memorandum and ordered revised pension fixation to the pre-2006 pensioners based on previous resolution.
“Pre-2006 pensioners will be benefited to some extent if not on a par with post-2006 pensioners, if government implements the CAT decision,” Mohanty hoped.
The association, which held its third general body meeting recently, also demanded that the medical allowance of ` 300 a month for the pensioners be increased to ` 500 in view of the rising treatment costs.
“The Ministry of Railways in the last budget, had increased the concession for men above the age of 60 to 40 per cent. We demand that the same may be made 50 per cent like in the case of senior women citizens,” the members said.
Source : Pay Commission Blog

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100 Year Old “Punjab Mail” Train

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100 Year Old “Punjab Mail” Train is the theme of Indian Railways Republic Day Tableau this Year
Indian Railways brings the past and the present together on its Tableau to be showcased in Republic Day Parade 2012. One of the popular trains of Indian Railways namely ‘Punjab Mail’ is the chosen theme of the tableau as it is the first train in the country to achieve the distinction, in recorded history, to enter the 100th year of its run.

The tableau consists of the modern train juxtaposed with the older version which used to be pulled by steam engines. ‘Punjab Mail’ train now runs with electric and diesel tractions. The modern train is depicted with an electric engine pulling a sleeper class coach. It is flanked by two miniature older versions of the ‘Punjab Mail’ with the steam engines pulling the old wooden coaches. The trains are shown emerging out of a tunnel.

This tableau also depicts a ground element, consisting of railway employees and family members of railway employees from Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala who shall perform the ‘Bhangra’ Dance in front of the tableau to celebrate the spirit of the train.

The tableau shall evoke the past and will lead the public at large into the present.

‘Punjab Mail’, earlier known as “Punjab Limited” is the first train to achieve distinction of entering its 100th year on Indian Railways broad gauge network. The Central Railway has calculated its “birth date” based on an old document (a cost estimate paper of 1911).

The train in the beginning during British ruled India, traversed 2496 km route and passed through Itarsi, Agra, Delhi, Amritsar and Lahore before terminating at Pehsawar Cantonment. ‘Punjab Mail’ whose services were primarily meant for the upper class white sahibs, started its services for the lower classes by mid 1930 by introducing Third class compartments. It was in 1945, just a couple of years before India got independence, that the Punjab Mail got its first air-conditioned car.

Since independence in 1947, this train has been running between the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai (formerly known as Victoria Terminus) and Firozepur in Punjab. The 24-coach train, a mix of air-conditioned and ordinary sleepers now traverses a distance of 1930 km.

(Note : Photographs available on PIB website www.pib.nic.in)

AKS/HK/LK/T R
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Republic Day - 2012 :Gallantry and other Defence Decorations Announced

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Republic Day Gallantry and other Defence Decorations Announced

The President has approved awards of 368 Gallantry and other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others on the eve of the 63rd   Republic Day Celebrations.  This includes 01 Ashoka Chakra, 03 Kirti Chakra, 16 Shaurya Chakra, 03 Bar to Sena Medal (Gallantry), 73 Sena Medal (Gallantry), 03 Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry), 02 Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry), 28 Param Vishisht Seva Medal, 01 Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, 06 Bar to Ati Vishisht  Seva Medal, 45 Ati Vishisht  Seva Medal,  04 Yudh Seva Medal, 03 Bar to Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 37 Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 08 Nao Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 14 Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 06 Bar to Vishisht Seva Medal and 115 Vishisht Seva Medal.

In addition a total of three Mention-In-Despatches have also been announced for participating in Operation Rakshak.
On January 26, 2012 the President will confer the Ashok Chakra Award on Lt. Navdeep Singh (posthumous), before the start of the parade at the Rajpath.

The full list of the recipients of gallantry and other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others is as follows:-
Click here for the detailed list of 368 Republic Day Gallantry and other Defence Decorations

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Padma Awards Announced
The President of India has approved the conferment of Padma Awards-2012. This year the President has approved 109 awards including one duo case (counted as one) and 14 in the category of Foreigners/ NRIs/ PIOs/ Posthumous. These comprise 5 Padma Vibhushan, 27 Padma Bhushan and 77 Padma Shri Awards. There are 19 ladies among the awardees.

Padma Awards, the country’s highest civilian awards, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The Awards are given in all disciplines/ fields of activities, viz. art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. ‘Padma Vibhushan’ is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; ‘Padma Bhushan’ for distinguished service of high order and ‘Padma Shri’ for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.

The awards are conferred by the President of India at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhawan sometime around March/ April.
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Republic Day Parade 2012 – A Curtain Raiser

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Agni IV Finds Pride of place on Rajpath, Herculesmakes Debut,Woman leads IAF Marching Contingent for the First Timeever A strong and resurgent India will be celebrating its 63rd Republic Day tomorrow. This year’s parade will highlight the nation’s achievements in various fields, the military prowess, scintillating display of air power as also country’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.

The highlight of this year’s Parade will be the 3,000 kms range Agni-IV missile. The Intermediate Range Surface-to-Surface Ballistic Missile mounted on a road mobile launcher is being paraded by the Defence Research & Development Organisation. The state-of-the-art missile was successfully flight tested last November. The DRDO has also put on display for the first time the 150 kms range Prahaar tactical battlefield support missile and the Rustom-1 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).

The weaponry put on display by the Indian Army includes the T-72 tank, Carrier Mortar Tracked, SMERCH Multiple Launch Rocket System, Pinaka Multi Barrel Rocket System, Full Width Mine Plough, NBC Water Purification Systems and Jammer Station VHF/UHF. The Army`s Mechanized Columns will conclude with a flypast by the Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv of the Army Aviation Corps. The Indian Air Force will not make static display of any aircraft but its latest acquisition, the C-130-J Super Hercules tactical aircaft, makes its debut at the Republic Day Parade, with three of the six aircraft acquired from the US participating in the flypast.The Indian Navy`s tableau also glosses over its newly acquired capabilities, instead focusing on its longstanding, reliable capabilities.

"Every dog has its day", so goes the proverbial saying and though the sniffing dogs are omnipresent at the Parade, forming part of theDelhi Police Bomb Disposal Squad and NSG too relying on man`s best friend to secure the Rajpath, this year`s Parade gives them their due, with the dogs displaying their skills in a lotus formation and a grand salute by the leader sitting on a tableau of the Army`s Remount Veterinary Corps (RVC).

The parade ceremony will commence at the Amar JawanJyoti at India Gate where the Prime MinisterDrManmohan Singh will lead the nation in paying homage to the martyrs by laying wreath. An eternal flame burns at the Amar JawanJyoti to commemorate the indomitable courage of our Armed Forces personnel who have made the supreme sacrifice in the service of the motherland. The Amar Jawan, the immortal soldier, is symbolised by a reversed rifle topped by a helmet.

As per tradition, after unfurling of the National Flag, the National Anthem will be played. Thereafter President SmtPratibhaDevisinghPatil will posthumouslyconfer the Ashok Chakra on Lieutenant Navdeep Singh of the Army Ordnance Corps / 15th Battalion,The Maratha Light Infantry.

The parade will then commence and the President will take the salute. This year’s Chief Guest in the parade will be Ms. YingluckShinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand. The parade will be commanded by Lt. General Vijay Kumar Pillai, General Officer Commanding, Delhi Area. Major General Rajbir Singh, Chief of Staff, Delhi Area will be the parade Second-in-Command.

ParamVir Chakra winners NaibSubedarYogendra Singh Yadav, 18 Grenadiers and Havaldar Sanjay Kumar, 13 JAK RIF and Ashok Chakra Winners Brigadier CA Pithawalla, BGS (Trg), HQ Southern Command, Lt Col Jas Ram Singh (retd), Major D. Sreeram Kumar, Instructor, IMA, Dehra Dun, Hon`yNaibSubedarChheringMutup (retd), Shri Hukum Singh and Shri Govind Singh, both from district Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh and Shri BhureLal of district Guna, also from Madhya Pradesh will follow the Deputy Parade Commander on Jeeps.

The marching contingents of Army will include the horse-mounted columns of the 61st Cavalry, Parachute Regiment, Bengal Engineer Group & Centre, Brigade of the Guards, Kumaon Regiment, Assam Regiment, Mahar Regiment, Gorkha Rifles Regiment and the Corps of Military Police.The marching contingents of Navy comprising 144 men will be led by Lt. Commander Manikandan K. and the Air Force contingent comprising 144 men will be led by Flight Lieutenant SnehaShekhawatthe first woman ever to lead an IAF contingent at the Parade. The marching contingents of paramilitary and other auxiliary civil forces will include contingents from the Border Security Force, Assam Rifles, Coast Guard, Central Reserve Police Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Central Industrial Security Force, SashastraSeemaBal,Railway Protection Force, Delhi Police, National Cadet Corps and National Service Scheme. The Camel-mounted band of the BSF and the Ex-Servicemen marching contingent will be another major attraction.

Tableaux from 23 states and Central Ministries and Departments will present the varied historical, architectural and cultural heritage of the country. They will also showcase country’s progress in different fields. Nineteen of the 24 children selected for the National Bravery Award – 2009 will also participate in the parade. Five children have got the award posthumously. In the children’s pageant section, 1,200 boys and girls drawn from Delhi`s two schools, - KendriyaVidyalaya, Sector-2, RK Puram and Government SarvodayaKanyaVidyalaya, Hastsal, Delhi, besides regional cultural zones, - South Zone Cultural Centre, Thajavur, East Zone Cultural Centre, Kolkata and North Central Zone Cultural Centre, Madhya Pradesh will present dances and other programmes. Janbaz, the motorcycle display by the Border Security Force will be a major attraction of the parade. It will consist of 154 riders on 30 motorcycles performing Bordermen Salute, Side Riding, Yoga, Janbaz-1, Ladder Double, Harmony, Exercise, Pyramid, Parallel Bar, Guldasta, Karvan and Flag March under the leadership of Inspector Amit Kumar. They will perform breathtaking stunts in a synchronised and synergetic display of mind, body and machine coordination.

The grand finale of the parade will be a spectacular flypast by the IAF, with the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft participating in the Parade for the first time. The flypast will be led by a Vic formation of three Mi-35 helicopters, followed by the three Super Hercules again in a Vic formation. Trailing them will be one IL-78, flanked by two AN-32 and two Dornier, in a Big Boy formation. Next in line will be the fighters, - five Jaguars followed by five MiG-29 will fly in Arrowhead formation. The breathtaking Trishul formation comprising three Su-30 MKI would fly over the Rajpath and once in front of the saluting dais the Su-30MKI aircraft will split upwards, making a Trishul in the sky. The flypast will conclude with another Sukhoi Su-30 MKI carrying out a Vertical Charlie manoeuvre over the saluting dais.

The ceremony will culminate with the National Anthem and release of balloons.

Advisory :

In the incident of a freaky weather, the guests arriving to witness the parade are advised to carry raincoats. However, umbrellas will not be allowed.

PK/NN
(Release ID :79885)

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Job Highlights

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Job Highlights (14 JANUARY 2012- 20 JANUARY 2012)

Union Public Service Commission invites applications for various posts.

Employees’ State Insurance Corporation, New Delhi requires Specialists Grade –II.

Employees’ State Insurance Corporation, New Delhi requires Staff Nurses, Radiographers, Laboratory

Assistants, Nursing Orderly, Dresser, Dialysis Technicians, Library Assistants etc.
Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, New Delhi requires DGM, AGM and Accountant.

State Bank of India invites applications for appointment in Clerical Cadre posts.

Staff Selection Commission notifies Junior Engineers (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Quality Surveying and Contract) Examination, 2012.

Ordnance Factory, Muradnagar requires Durwan.

Indian Coast Guard invites applications from Men and Women to become officers in Indian Coast Guard-02/2012 Batch.

Manipur University requires Professors and Associate Professors.

DSC Records, Kannur (Kerala) requires Peon (MTS)

Steel Authority of India Limited, Burnpur requires X-Ray Technician Trainee Pharmacists (Trainee),

Optometrician (Trainee), Audiometrician (Trainee), Physiotherapists (Female) (Trainee), Staff Nurse (Male and Female) (Trainee) and ECG, Echo and Colour Doppler Tech (Trainee).

Engineers India Limited, New Delhi requires Professionals in various fields.
http://www.employmentnews.gov.in/index.asp

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Family Pension to missing personnel / pensioners : fresh proactive instructions

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Till now, the family pension was only granted to the wife of the missing individual and not to other members of the family, even if eligible for family pension. Actually, in my opinion, there was nothing in the rules to bar members other than the wife to receive the pension in case otherwise entitled under the rules, but the Govt had a different take on the interpretation.

The Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare (DoPPW) has now explicitly clarified that in cases of missing employees or pensioners, the pension can flow to any of the members who are eligible for the same as per rules, including children.

The clarification has been issued on 02 Jan 2012.
Click the undermentioned link for more read
http://circulars.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/familypension_020112.pdf

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Extension of ex-servicemen contributory health scheme facilities to Nepal domiciled Gorkhas

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Extension of ex-servicemen contributory health scheme facilities to Nepal domiciled Gorkhas
The Cabinet has approved the extension of Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) to Nepal Domiciled Gorkhas (NDGs) pensioners Ex-Service Men (ESM). The scheme will be optional for retired Ex-Servicemen NDG Pensioners. Only NDG Ex-servicemen pensioner (paid from Defence Estimates) are eligible for ECHS membership.

There are about 1 lakh ex-servicemen and 2.17 lakh dependents domiciled in Nepal who benefit from the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme, (ECHS). They are entitled for medical treatment under ECHS Scheme at Polyclinics, and ECHS empanelled civil hospitals in India. Emergency treatment in India under existing provisions is also available. Considering the practical difficulties being faced by NDG ESM in taking treatment, the Govt. has decided to provide medical facilities to them in Nepal itself. The facilities would be available on the same pattern as is available to Indian ESM residing in India.

Application forms can be collected from the nearest Station HQ of Army/Navy/Air Force in India or from Defence Attache at Kathmandu. Forms can also be down loaded from internet website www.indianarmy.nic.in/arecris.htm. War widows battle causalities and Pre 1996 retirees are exempted from payment of one time ECHS contribution. For others contribution will be as applicable in India in Indian Rupees. For NDGs staying in Nepal contribution can be deposited in India through the Military Receivable Order (MRQ) under existing provisions or deposited in the Indian Government treasury located at Embassy of India, Kathmandu. Persons retiring after the issue of this order will also exercise the option of deduction of contribution by the pension payment authority.

The submission of application forms for retired pensioners NDG ESM will be at the office of Assistant Military Attache (AMA) (ECHS), Embassy of India, Kathmandu supported by attested pension payment order, discharge certificate and proof of deposit of contribution. A Demand Draft for ECHS smart card at the rate of Rs 135/- per card in favour of Director, Regional Centre Lucknow will also have to be submitted. An affidavit with respect to dependency of parents/children as per existing practice in Nepal sworn before the Chief District Officers will be followed. Persons retiring after the issue of this order will submit application forms along with relevant documents through their Record Offices.

The application forms duly vetted by AMA (ECHS) Kathmandu will be forwarded to ECHS Regional Centre Lucknow.

AMA (ECHS), Embassy of India, Kathmandu will deal with matters related to ECHS in respect of pensioner NDG ESM at Nepal.

The present ECHS scheme provides comprehensive and quality health care benefits to pensioner ex-servicemen residing in India. Extending it to pensioner NDGs ex-servicemen in Nepal will meet a long outstanding need for providing health care to pensioner NDG ESM.

All other policies and procedures of ECHS which are applicable in India will also apply to pensioner Nepal Domiciled Gorkhas Ex-servicemen in Nepal.

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(Release ID :79340)
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Book Your Train Reservation Ticket While on Move through Mobile Phone

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No Need to Carry Ticket Print-Out, Mere Display of Message on Mobile is Sufficient during Travel

To bring further convenience to the rail users, Indian Railways through Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Railway, has been offering the service of booking e-ticket over the mobile phone. After initial registration and downloading of suitable software on the mobile handset with internet facility, it will be quite easy for the mobile users to book a reserve ticket through their own mobile. After booking, the passenger will receive a reservation message with full details of the ticket including PNR, Train No, date of journey, class etc. This virtual message would be treated at par with the print-out of the e-ticket which at present is taken out by the passengers and is known as Electronic Reservation Slip (ERS).  Hence, with the virtual message, passengers would not be required to take a print-out of e-ticket to be carried with them. Showing the reservation message of the confirmed ticket on their mobile during travel will be sufficient. The detail procedure of booking through mobile which is also available on the IRCTC website namely www.irctc.co.in,   is as follows:-

·        Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) offers the service of booking electronic ticket (e-ticket) over the mobile to rail users.
·        IRCTC’s Mobile Rail Ticket booking services are based on the webservices model developed by IRCTC in order to enable the users of Mobile Phones to access the web based rail ticket reservation and enquiry services similar to www.irctc.co.in.
·        Application software has to be downloaded on to the mobile handset.  This software is provided by the respective service provider firms viz., NGPAY, PAYMATE and ATOM. The application can be downloaded from IRCTC website and also from various associates of IRCTC viz. NGPAY, ATOM, Paymate.  IRCTC is also likely to launch its mobile application shortly and the software will be downloadable from www.irctc.co.in.
·        These mobile applications are functional on most of the GPRS/Browser based mobile phones, from basic model to high end ones.
·        Internet is required on mobile phones to book tickets through mobile.
·        The Passenger has to register at the time of first transaction and thereafter book the ticket using his ID and password.
·        Whenever a passenger books a reserved ticket through Mobile phone, he will receive a message with full details of the ticket including PNR, Train No., date of journey, class, etc.  This virtual message would be treated at par with the print-out of the e-ticket which at present is taken out by the passengers and is known as Electronic Reservation Slip (ERS).  Hence, with this virtual message, passengers would not be required to have a printer with them to take a print-out of e-ticket to be carried with them.
·        The customer is charged ticket fare, IRCTC service charge and Agent service charge (Rs.10/- & Rs.20/- as per class of tickets) and applicable payment gateway charges.
·        The Service Charge is similar to e-tickets Rs.10/- for SL class and Rs.20/- for other higher class.
·        All the rules applicable to e-tickets are also applicable to the reserved tickets booked through Mobile phones except that in this case, the passenger can also show the virtual message received on mobile instead of carrying ERS.
·        More than a thousand users presently are availing this facility everyday.

ASK/HK/LK/T R

(Release ID :79323)
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx Click here

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LOKPAL: Case for an inclusive approach

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Soldiers march past South Block in New Delhi. All references in the final Act to Group-A officers should also apply to Commissioned Officers, while those to Group-B and Group-C staff should be applicable to Junior Commissioned Officers and Other Ranks respectively.
Soldiers march past South Block in New Delhi. All references in the final Act to Group-A officers should also apply to Commissioned Officers, while those to Group-B and Group-C staff should be applicable to Junior Commissioned Officers and Other Ranks respectively.

The Lokpal Bill, expected to be placed before the Rajya Sabha in the next session, has kicked up a debate over the exclusion of the Armed Forces from its purview. Barring operational and intelligence matters, being under the Lokpal would be beneficial and not detrimental for the services as it could well prove that the levels of corruption in the defence services are lower than in other departments
Maj Navdeep Singh

THE reaction amongst the military community was apparently euphoric when it came to light that the Parliament had agreed on keeping the Armed Forces out of the purview of the Lokpal.

Why the elation, one may ask? The exclusion only leads to the solidification of the 'holy cow' image and a message is sent out that the Armed Forces do not want the cloak of secrecy to be removed since there could be skeletons to hide, which in fact, is not the case at all. Being one of the cleanest institutions, the Armed Forces must set an example and welcome probity of any kind rather than revelling in the bloated myth of being 'different'.

National security and operational aspects have become the much flogged reasons for circumventing transparency not only in the defence services but elsewhere too. The gullible public, including lawmakers, buy it in the name of patriotism. But real patriotism would only be displayed when the uniformed forces go all out to embrace the concept of Lokpal in line with the national effort.

Pointed out repeatedly is the theoretical plank by the defence forces of historically not sparing the guilty in corruption cases and the strong in-house mechanisms available for this purpose. However this approach may be conceptually faulty. Firstly, because the system within the forces is not properly geared up or attuned to handle even normal criminal offences, and secondly, when the already existing provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act have neither effectively worked nor resulted in deterrence in the 'outside world', it would be otiose to expect that the existing system would augur well for the forces. Yes, the judicial system of the defence services has seen speedier trials and has been quick in convictions but the question whether it conforms to the well-established democratic principles of jurisprudence has always remained debatable. The ratio of the persons tried vis-à-vis those convicted would establish the effectiveness but not necessarily the correctness of the system.

The Lokpal, in whichever format it buds ultimately, brings to our country an expert body to handle matters related to corruption. Except areas of national defence wherein security or operational aspects are involved, all other zones must remain open to the new system as envisaged. It is common knowledge that defence deals are a major source of corruption all over the world and involve an interplay of military and civilian elements. Keeping defence officers out of it would mean that while civilian officers would face the probity of Lokpal and the effectiveness of its expertise, the ones in uniform would continue to be governed by existing laws, though the offence would be the same and maybe arising out of the same transaction. Rather than leading to harmonising of procedures, this would lead to creating utter disarray. It is almost universally agreeable that defence procurement, supplies, contracts and construction require more rectitude than prevalent, and hence logically it should hurt none if these aspects are brought under the eye of the Lokpal.

Being pleased about having been excluded from the law of the land which applies to others has a sinister off-shoot. The differential treatment accorded to defence services in such situations is used as a plank to deny benefits which are available to others. Already, the facilities and advantages provided to defence personnel have become pinpricks leading to what many view as "sadistic behavior" amongst the policy-making machinery, which in turn stonewalls all progressive proposals for betterment of pay, allowances, status and pensionary awards to defence personnel. Factors such as availability of subsidised liquor and soaps from canteens at a rupee less than the market become sore points and reasons for denial of progression for serving and retired defence personnel. Otherwise who could explain the fact that today when almost every officer of the organised Group-A services is retiring with the pay and pension equal to a Lieutenant General on a non-functional basis even when not actually promoted, with the additional benefit of virtually 'One Rank One Pension' through the back-door, most of their military counterparts retire as Colonels.

The Services Headquarters are focussing more on fortifying the imagery of exclusion of the military from the others and trumpeting operational facets by placing the future of millions of serving and retired personnel at stake as far as their status, pay, allowances and pensions are concerned. This is being done by blindly towing the line and opinion of non-military officers in important wings such as the 'Personnel Services Directorate' rather than concentrating on awareness and amalgamation of the military with the mainstream. For example, the creation of the concept of 'Rank Pay' during the Fourth Pay Commission, and moving away from normal pay-scales as applicable to all other services, was one such step which though established the military as 'different', resulted not only in financial loss but utter chaos and degradation of status of military officers, the after-effects of which are there for all to see with litigation pending on the subject even three decades later. A Selection Grade Major who used to draw the pay of a Director of the Central Government prior to the Fourth Pay Commission is today placed two steps lower with pay equal to that of an Under Secretary to Government of India, all thanks to the introduction of the 'Rank Pay'.

The differential, and sometimes preferential, treatment also means that most progressive concepts introduced for other services are not made applicable to those in the military since the defence services are 'different'. Already the defence services have no role to play in policy-making or in the Rules of Business contrary to the system prevalent for their counterparts. The military's internal bureaucracy appears to be busy indulging in self-defeatist moves, which are more harmful than external orchestration and where the end result is that the welfare, remuneration and pension related provisions are unilaterally thrust upon defence personnel all because the energies are focussed on issues which are more ceremonial or pseudo-operational and less substantial. Thanks to self-imposed exclusionary politics, these are actions that may result in great pomp and show and chest thumping within the perimeter of a cantonment, but a slide in the real society from where we all come from, that society where Lokpal shall apply. Moving away from the ordinary populace could well lead to alienation.

Being under the Lokpal would be beneficial and not detrimental to the defence services. There is nothing to fear if there is nothing to hide. All references in the final Act to Group-A officers must also apply to Commissioned Officers, while those to Group-B and Group-C staff should be applicable to Junior Commissioned Officers and Other Ranks respectively. Of course, security, operational and intelligence related aspects should be totally excluded and the RTI experience could provide a lead in that arena. Not only would it show that the defence services have no skeletons in the cupboard and are open to scrutiny from all quarters, but once the annual returns of prosecutions are made public after the implementation of the Act, it would also prove, reinforce and strengthen that the levels of corruption in the defence services are lower than others, and in that sense, the services are truly 'different'.

The writer practices at the Punjab and Haryana High Court and is president of the Armed Forces Tribunal Bar Association.


ODecember 27, 2011, the Lokpal Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha. It was later debated upon in the Rajya Sabha, with no final outcome and is expected to come up again in te hcoming session. The Home Minister, P. Chidambaram had then stated that the government was keen that the Bill is passed in the next session. The Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy has been kept out of the ambit of the Lokpal. The bill also keeps the CBI independent.
Envisioned Features of the Lokpal Bill:
l An institution called Lokpal at the centre and Lokayukta in each state will be set up
l Like the Supreme Court and Election Com mission, they will be completely independent of the government. No minister or bureaucrat will be able to influence their investigations.
l Cases against corrupt people will not linger on for years: Investigations in any case will have to be completed within a year. Trial should be completed in next one year so that the corrupt politician, officer or judge, if con victed, is sent to jail within two years.
l The loss that a corrupt person caused to the government will be recovered at the time of conviction.
l How will it help a common citizen: If any work of any citizen is not done in prescribed time in any government office, Lokpal will impose financial penalty on guilty officers, which will be given as compensation to the complainant.
l People can approach Lokpal if ration card or passport or voter card is not being made or if the police is not registering a case or any other work is not being done as prescribed. Any case of corruption, like funds or supplies being siphoned off or poor quality roads been constructed, can be reported to the Lokpal.
l Lokpal members will be selected by judges, citizens and constitutional authorities and not by politicians, through a completely transparent and participatory process so that corrupt or weak people cannot be appointed.
l Any complaint against any officer of Lokpal shall be investigated and the officer dismissed within two months.
l Existing like CVC, departmental vigilance and anti-corruption branch of CBI will be merged into Lokpal. It will have complete powers to independently investigate and prosecute any officer, judge or politician.
l It will be the duty of the Lokpal to provide protection to those who are being victimised for raising their voice against corruption.
Fundamental duties
l To judge the cases and make jurisdictions against corruption cases with the Lokpal.
l To judge whether a case is legal or whether a fake complaint has been made.
l To potentially impose fines on a fake complaint, or even a short span of jail time, if the case is not proved to be legally true.
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Net fraud: Rs 2L siphoned off from Army officer’s account

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NEW DELHI: A lieutenant colonel has alleged that around Rs 1.85 lakh were siphoned off from his account through internet banking. The victim, B B Sharan, 84, said he does not use make transactions through the internet. He further alleged that the accused got his number deactivated on the day of the incident, so that he could not get messages notifying him of the transaction.

Cops said the victim holds the account with a prominent bank. "On December 16, 2011, my mobile phone stopped showing any signal. When I contacted the service provider, he said my SIM card had been reported as lost. I got it changed, but the next day my phone again went kaput. On December 19, around 3.30pm I found my mobile had been activated on the new SIM card and I received an SMS about the transactions carried out on my account," said the victim, who is a resident of the Alaknanda area in south Delhi.

The victim became suspicious after reading the message and contacted the bank's customer-care department for details. "I was told that the money had been transferred through net banking to the account of one Niraj Singh on my instructions. I don't even know how to perform banking operations through the internet," the victim said. Sources said initial investigations point towards the involvement of an insider. He must have asked for his banking PIN through phone banking.

The victim told TOI: I went to the cops but they took no action on my complaint. It was only after the intervention of the addl. CP of the district that a case of cheating and fraud was registered at the CR Park police station."

The victim has requested the cops to investigate the matter and help him get his money back as he is using his savings for meeting his daily needs. Police sources said they are investigating how did the person find the victim's account numbers and the pin codes for these when the complainant himself doesn't know them.
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Criteria for Selection of Pensioners Association for Pensioners’ Portal

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January 20, 2012
By admin
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare
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Subject - Identification of Pensioners Associations under Pensioners Portal - A Mission Mode Project under NeGP,

A Mission Mode Pensioners’ Portal under NeGP entrusted to Department of P&PW aims at the welfare of Central CMI Pensioners across the country. Its specific objective is to facilitate redressal of Pensioners grievances and provide detailed information, guidance etc. on pension and other retirement related matters through various stake holders. The project envisages, inter-alia association of Pensioners Associations other welfare organizations in the implementation process.


Under the above project this Department had envisaged identification of a total number of 30 Pensioners Associations on the basis of the following criteria.

(a) Name of Pensioners’ Association with Address etc
(b) Date of Registration/incorporation
(c) MOA & rules, If any
(d) Objectives of the Association
(e) Sources of funding
(f) Total membership of the Association
(g) Audited Accounts for last 3 years .
(h) Annual Activities Report for last 3 years
(j) Publication! journal details
(j) Composition of General Body
(k) No of General Body Meetings held
(1) Premises (whether hired or owned) by the Association
(m) Infra-structural details
(n) With whom the Association interact frequently —

This Department has already identified 28 pensioners . Association under the Pensioners’ Portal and intend to identified two more Pensioners Associations preferably from the unrepresented States, which are Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Uttaranchal, North Eastern State (except Assam) and Union Territories. The registered Pensioners Associations in these unrepresented States/UTs. looking after the Welfare of Civil/Railways/Defence pensioners desirous of getting identified under the Pensioners Portal may send their details with reference to the above criteria to Director (PP) Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare, 3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market, New Delhi- 110003.

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New Instructions to Come into Effect From 15th February 2012

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In a   move to prevent misuse of Reserved Train Tickets and reduce cases of travelling on transferred tickets, Ministry of Railways has decided that anyone of the passengers/the passenger booked on the ticket issued from computerized Passenger Reservation System (PRS counters) and Internet (i-ticket) undertaking journey in AC-3 tier, AC-2 tier, 1st AC, AC Chair Car and Executive Classes will  have to  carry one of the nine prescribed proofs of identity (in original) during the journey.  The passengers of these AC classes would be required to produce the Identity Card in original as and when required failing which all the passengers booked on that ticket will be treated as without ticket and charged accordingly.  However, the Identity Card (in original or its photocopy) will not be required at the time of purchase reserved AC tickets from PRS counters or i-ticket.  These instructions are valid for all categories of trains, with the above mentioned classes of travel.

These fresh instructions are in addition to the existing instructions under which the passengers with Tatkal tickets and e-tickets are already required  to carry original proof of identity during the course of Railway journey.  In case of Tatkal tickets, self attested photocopy of the Identity Card is required at the time of purchase from the PRS counters or Identity Card details (Number etc.) are to be entered at the time of purchase from internet.

 These instructions will come into effect from 15th February, 2012.

A message on this count will be indicated on the ticket issued in the above said classes through computerized PRS/I-ticket.

Center for Railway Information System (CRIS), an organization under Ministry of Railways, has been asked to make necessary provisions in the software.

The list of valid proofs of identity are as under:-

Ø                 Voter Photo Identity Card issued by Election Commission of India.

Ø                 Passport.

Ø                 PAN Card issued by Income Tax Department.

Ø                 Driving License issued by RTO.

Ø                 Photo Identity card having serial number issued by Central/State Government.

Ø                 Student Identity Card with Photograph issued by recognized School/College for their students.

Ø                 Nationalized Bank Passbook with Photograph.

Ø                 Credit Cards issued by Banks with laminated photograph.

Ø                 Unique Identification Card “Aadhaar”.

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Age row: Govt rules out compromise with Army chief V K Singh

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NEW DELHI: Demonstrating its tough stance, the government on Friday night ruled out any compromise with Army chief Gen V K Singh over his age issue which has been dragged to the Supreme Court.

The government also made it clear that there was no move to appoint Gen Singh as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), a post which is at conceptual stage and is proposed to be above the heads of the three defence services.

"No compromise formula is being worked out," a government source said while rejecting reports which suggested that such a move was in the works.

There have been reports which claimed that discussions were being held to work out a formula to molify Gen Singh and avert hearing of his petition by the Supreme Court. The reports suggested that appointing Gen Singh as the first Chief of Defence Staff was one of the options being discussed with him.

Gen Singh filed a petition in the Supreme Court on Monday challenging the government's rejection of his claim on his date of birth. He says his date of birth is May 10, 1951 as per his matriculation certificate but the defence ministry recently rejected his contention, arguing that his date of birth entered in some Army records was May 10,1950.

As per the government decision, he will retire on May 31 this year but if his contention is upheld, he will get a tenure till March 2013. In his own petition, the army chief has contended that he was treated by the government in a manner which reflects total lack of procedure and principles of natural justice in deciding his age.
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ITALY SHIP DISASTER

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First batch of 12 Indians returns home
New Delhi, January 19
The first batch of 12 Indians rescued from ill-fated cruise ship Costa Concordia that sank off the Tuscan coast in Italy on January 14 returned today with 60 others headed to other cities. "We are lucky to have survived," they said relieved to be back home after their traumatic experience. Twelve of the over 200 Indians rescued from the ship were flown to the Indira Gandhi International airport here from Italy in an Emirates flight via Dubai.

The flight arrived at 11.17 am, but only four of them -- residents of Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh -- came out of Terminal 3. "Of the 12, six went to Goa and one each to Lucknow and Guwahati by domestic flights," GH Ratra, an official from the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, said.

The remaining about 125 rescued Indians will be flown back home tomorrow, Ratra said. — PTI
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SC to hear PIL on Army Chief’s age today

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New Delhi, January 19
The Supreme Court will hear tomorrow a PIL filed by an association of ex-servicemen from the Army on the controversy over Army Chief Gen VK Singh’s age. The PIL has sought quashing of the government order declaring Gen Singh’s date of birth as May 10, 1950.

The PIL has been listed before a three-member Bench comprising Chief Justice SH Kapadia and Justices AK Patnaik and Swatanter Kumar. The government order was contrary to the consistent stand taken by Gen VK Singh that his DOB was May 10, 1951 and “backed by his matriculation certificate which is the only authentic document which can be taken into consideration for establishing the DoB of a person,” the Grenadiers Association (Rohtak Chapter) has contended in the petition.

The government had taken his DoB as 1950 on the basis of the age mentioned on the admission form to the National Defence Academy in 1966, but this was subject to correction after submission of the matriculation certificate, the petition said.

Uncertainty over the tenure of the Army Chief would affect the capability, strength and morale of the forces as a whole and adversely affect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country, the association argued.

The government order was contrary to the opinions rendered by four former Chief Justices of India - JS Verma, RC Lahoti, GB Patnaik and VN Khare - according to which the DoB on the school-leaving certificate was to be taken as authentic, it said.

Gen VK Singh has also challenged the government order in a separate petition filed earlier this week. However, it is not known when this would be listed for hearing.

Meanwhile, Gen Singh, in his 68-page petition challenging the government’s decision, has told the Supreme Court that he was treated by the government in a manner which reflects total lack of procedure and principles of natural justice in deciding his age.
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Government's quota card: 27% petrol pumps for OBCs

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NEW DELHI: The government plans to reserve a quarter of new petrol pumps, a coveted money-spinning business, for Other Backward Classes (OBC) as it seeks to woo a key voting segment that has a strong bearing on election results.

State-run firms Indian Oil Corp, Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum, which have a near-monopoly in fuel retail, will have to allot 27% of new pumps to OBCs. Currently 25% of the pumps are reserved for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and another quarter is reserved for defence personnel, freedom fighters, sportspersons and handicapped people. The new system will reduce SC/ST quota to 22.5% while other groups such as sportsmen will be accommodated under the three broad categories - OBC, SC/ST and general.

With assembly polls in states such as UP and Punjab already announced, the government is not inclined to implement the new scheme immediately. Recently, it was forced to put on hold a plan to reserve some seats for Muslims.

Industry sources say the scheme is being prepared to reap rewards for the Congress in the next general elections, but government officials said reservations in petrol pump allotment was an obligation. "We are reviewing the policy on allocation of retail outlets. We want to fulfil our obligations on reservation. We have held talks. It is being finalised," a government official said, on condition of anonymity.

Petrol pumps are keenly sought after by many as they are seen as a quick and virtually riskfree means to prosperity. Many pumps are owned by family members of politicians and other well-connected people, and in several cases, there are complaints of irregularities and nepotism in allotting petrol pumps.

The government also plans to address this by changing the system of allocation. Instead of the existing system where applicants are graded after an interview, there will a draw of lots among the eligible candidates. Oil industry executives were sceptical about the government's move as state-run firms are already bleeding as political considerations have prevented them from charging market prices for petrol and diesel. Selection of half the dealers on political rather than commercial considerations would be another blow.

"Setting up a petrol pump needs investment. Commercial considerations are important," an executive in the marketing wing of a state-run oil company said.

Dealership of a state-run firm is far more lucrative than running a petrol pump of Essar or Reliance Industries because the government controls fuel prices, forcing private firms to shut down operations when fuel sales are not remunerative. But in the case of state-run firms, even if the company is losing money from fuel sales, the dealer gets his margin.
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Maintenance of Jagannath Temple

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The Jagannath Temple at Puri in the State of Odisha is not in a dilapidated state of   &    preservation.    The conservation work at this monument is attended to, regularly depending upon the need of repairs and availability of resources.


          The detail of funds allocated/utilised for maintenance and preservation of the said temple during the last three years are as under:

S. No
Year
Funds allocated/ expenditure (Amount in Rs.)
1
2008-09
38,31,251
2
2009-10
48,21,567
3
2010-11
14,24,512



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National Bravery Awards

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Twenty four children from different parts of the country will receive the National Bravery Awards for 2011 from the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh at a function in New Delhi on the eve of Republic Day this year. Among the awardees eight are girls and sixteen are boys. Five Awards will be given posthumously.

The prestigious Geeta Chopra Award will be conferred on 13 year old Km. Mittal Mahendrabhai Patadiya of Gujarat who faced armed miscreants and foiled a robbery attempt.

Master Kapil Singh Negi of Uttarakhand will get the coveted Bharat Award posthumously. The 15-year-old-boy sacrificed his life while helping his younger schoolmates to cross an over-flooded stream on a day of heavy rain and landslide.

The Sanjay Chopra Award has been given to 12½-year-old Master Om Prakash Yadav of Uttar Pradesh who saved his schoolmates from a burning van.

Late Master Adithya Gopal (14 years) of Arunachal Pradesh, Master Uma Shankar (14 years) of Delhi and Km. Anjali Singh Gautam (15 years) of Chhattisgarh will get the Bapu Gaidhani Awards. Late Master Adithya Gopal lost his life while trying to save his friend from drowning. Master Uma Shankar was instrumental in rescuing victims of a bus accident and helping them get medical aid while Km. Anjali Singh Gautam saved her younger brother in a Naxalite attack.

The other recipients are: Master Yandam Amara Uday Kiran and Master Suthrapu Shiva Prasad (Andhra Pradesh), Master Ranjan Pradhan and Km. Sheetal Sadvi Saluja (Chhattisgarh), Km. Divyaben Mansangbhai Chauhan (Gujarat), Master Sandesh P Hegde and Km. Sindhushree B.A. (Karnataka), Master Mohammed Nishadh V.P., Master Anshif C.K. and Master Sahsad K (Kerala), Master Johnson Tourangbam and Master Kshetrimayum Rakesh Singh ( Manipur), Late Master C. Lalduhawma (Mizoram), Km. Prasannta Shandilya (Odisha), Master Dungar Singh (Rajasthan), Master G. Parameswaran (Tamil Nadu), Late Km. Lovely Verma (Uttar Pradesh) and Late Km. Saudhita Barman (West Bengal).

The National Bravery Award Scheme was initiated by the Indian Council for Child Welfare to give due recognition to the children who distinguish themselves by performing outstanding deeds of bravery and meritorious service and to inspire other children to emulate their example. Children will get a medal, certificate and cash under the scheme and awardees will be granted financial assistance until they complete their schooling. The Government has reserved some seats for the awardees in medical and engineering colleges and polytechnics.

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Funds for Maintenance & Repair of National Highways

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 The Maintenance & Repair (M&R) of National Highways (NHs) are carried out annually as per availability of funds, extent of damages, inter-se priority, spill-over liabilities of works sanctioned during previous financial year, etc. to keep the NHs in traffic worthy conditions. Inadequate allocation of funds for M&R of  NHs has resulted into thin spreading of resources on large stretches of NHs. Accordingly, it has not been possible to allocate sufficient funds to the States under M&R as per the norms of the Ministry.

The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has also taken a policy initiative to take up operation and maintenance of the developed stretches of NHs on ‘Operate-Maintain-Transfer (OMT)’ basis through private sector participation, thereby leveraging the available resources.

 The non-plan allocations that are annually provided by the Ministry of Finance to this Ministry for M&R of National Highways are of the order of about 40% of the actual requirements as per the Ministry’s stipulated norms based on the Report of the Committee on Norms for Maintenance of Roads in India, published in 2001. The Ministry has taken up the issue of enhancing the allocations of funds for M&R of NHs from time to time with the Ministry of Finance. Ministry of Finance has agreed to provide additional allocation of  Rs. 300 crore at RE stage of 2011-12.

The year-wise details of estimated requirement of funds for M&R of NHs and the actual allocation provided to this Ministry are as follows:-
                               (Amount in Rs Crore)

Year
Estimated requirement of funds
Allocation  provided
2004-05
2,480.00
745.56
2005-06
2,480.00
868.10
2006-07
2,480.00
814.38
2007-08
2,280.00
1,001.68
2008-09
2,500.00
974.32
2009-10
2,500.00
1,059.10
2010-11
2,800.00
1,989.46*
2011-12
2,800.00
1,027.25



* - Additional allocation of  Rs. 1,000.10 crore was provided at R.E. stage during 2010-11.


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CSD PRICE LIST

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