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.


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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.
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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 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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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,   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
·        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
·        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.


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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.
 Compiled from the Net

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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
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Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare

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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