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AFT can’t adjudicate all cases under Army Act: SC

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R Sedhuraman
Legal Correspondent
New Delhi, June 6
The Supreme Court has ruled that the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) had no power to entertain all cases filed by personnel governed by the Army Act.
Merely because a litigant “is subject to the Army Act would not by itself be sufficient to conclude that the tribunal has the jurisdiction to deal with any case brought before it by such a person,” a Bench comprising Justices BS Chauhan and AK Sikri clarified.
“It would depend upon the subject matter which is brought before the tribunal and as to whether it fell within the definition of ‘service matters’ as contained in Section 3(o) of the AFT Act,” the Bench held.
The apex court made the clarification while setting aside a judgment delivered by the AFT’s Chandigarh Bench in a case filed by Col GS Grewal, posted (on secondment) at the office of the Director General of Quality Assurances (DGQA) of the Department Defence Production.
Col Grewal had approached the AFT challenging the Defence Ministry’s April 23, 2010 order that no further promotion would be given to the officers permanently seconded to organisations such as the DGQA and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) unless they returned to the Army.
He had contended that the 2010 order ran counter to the Permanent Secondment and Promotion Policy issued by the DGQA on November 16, 2007, under which “officers once permanently seconded will continue in the organisation till they retire and will be considered for promotion to higher grades against their vacancies.”
The Defence Ministry had opposed his plea before the AFT on merit and other aspects, including the tribunal’s jurisdiction to entertain the case. The government had cited the April 9, 2010, verdict of the AFT’s Principal Bench in a case filed by Maj Gen SB Akali seconded to the DRDO.

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PMO wants list of defence officers under a cloud

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Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, June 6
In what could be the first steps towards stemming corruption and ensuring fair play in the Army, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has reportedly sought details of gazetted officers in the Ministry of Defence who have been under a cloud.
According to sources, a detailed letter sent by the Vigilance Department of the Defence Ministry to the three Services and other establishments like the Defence Research and Development Organisation and the National cadet Corps, the list of such officers is to be sent to the PMO by June 12.
This move comes in the wake of another directive issued by the PMO that decision making in matters concerning the armed forces would not be the exclusive domain of the bureaucracy and that military leadership is to be involved in and consulted on all related issues.
The list would include officers who have been convicted by any criminal court, officers against whom repeated complaints have been made but could not be proceeded against due to lack of evidence, cases involving proven lack of integrity or moral turpitude where an individual has got away due to technical infirmities is prosecution and people who are known to have committed wrongdoing but have got away due to political patronage or shielding by senior officers, sources said.
The exercise would cover all armed forces officers from the junior most to the top. Over the past years a number of controversies have cropped up over promotions as well as the professional and personal conduct of some officers at the senior level.
No sensitive postings for tainted officers Sources said the data prepared by the services would also be shared with the Intelligence Bureau, CBI and other appropriate intelligence or law enforcement agencies. Those on the list may not be get sensitive staff appointments. Their claims for choice posting or out-of-turn welfare measures would be reviewed at the highest level

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HOLIDAYS TO BE OBSERVED IN CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES DURING 2015 – LIST OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT CLOSED HOLIDAYS, RESTRICTED HOLIDAYS, STATE WISE CLOSED HOLIDAYS FOR THE YEAR 2015

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F.No.12/5/2014-JCA-2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 6th June, 2014
Subject: Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2015.
It has been decided that the holidays as specified in the Annexure -I to this O.M. will be observed in all the Administrative Offices of the Central Government located at Delhi/New Delhi during the year 2015. In addition, each employee will also be allowed to avail himself/herself of any two holidays to be chosen by him/her out of the list of Restricted Holidays in Annexure – II

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Trade Unions meet F.M., demand D.A. merger among other demands.

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 The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley said that skill development would be given priority so that more and more trained workers join the Indian economy. He said that the Government will give due consideration to the Ten Point Joint Charter of Demands given by the Central Trade Unions while formulating the budgetary proposals. The Finance Minister was speaking here today while interacting with the representatives of the Central Trade Unions as part of his Pre-Budget Consultation meetings.
Along with the Finance Minister, the meeting was attended by Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Ratan P. Watal, Expenditure Secretary, Shri Rajiv Takru, Revenue Secretary, Smt. Gauri Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment and senior officers of the Ministry of Finance among others.


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