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RESERVATION: No reservation in selection of top bankers: SC …; 3% quota must for disabled people in all govt jobs including IAS: SC …

No reservation in selection of top bankers: SC
OBCs to get 27% of govt petrol pumps
HC sets aside Hooda govt’s quota policy in promotion

Bombay HC stays Maharashtra govt’s decision to give 16% reservation to Marathas

3% quota must for disabled people in all govt jobs including IAS: SC
RBI officer held in fake certificate case in Kandhamal
SC cancels Puducherry govt’s order denying quota to section of Scheduled Caste people
HC to UPSC: Stick to 3% quota for disabled
Supreme Court eases norms for SCs/STs’ promotions
Maharashtra okays 16% quotas for Marathas, 5% for Muslims
Govt panel favours OBC quota for transgenders
Transgenders socially, economically backward: SC
Hindu converted to Islam doesn’t lose backward class status: Madras HC
SC upholds Centre’s decision to include Jats in OBC
Government notifies Jat reservation, but OBC Commission raises red flag
Cabinet Approves Amendment to Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2014
Amendments in the Central List of Other Backward Classes for 13 States and three UTs
More … …

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RECENT ORDERS/CIRCULARS

> Reservation in Promotion from Scale-I to Scale-II and upward up to Scale-VI in Public Sector Banks – SC Judgement dated 09.01.2015 – Chairman & Managing Director, Central Bank of India & Ors. Vs. Central Bank of India SC/ST Employees Welfare Association & Ors. >>> Reservation – Court Judgements
> SC: “Special leave petition is dismissed.” -  SC Order dated 12.09.2014 – Union of India and Others Vs. National Confederation for Development of Disabled & Anr. (Arising out of final judgment and order dated 04.12.2013 passed by the High Court of Bombay) >>> Court Judgments on Service Matters
Bombay HC judgement dated 04.12.2013 – National Confederation for Development of Disabled & Anr. - Hon’ble Bombay High Court has directed to give benefits of reservation to PWDs in the matter of promotion to posts in the IAS by applying the O.M. dated 29 December 2005 and subsequent Office Memorandum consistent with the aforesaid judgment dated 8 October 2013 of the Supreme Court.
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O.M. dated 14.08.2014 – Benefit of reservation to Ex-servicemen who apply for various examinations/vacancies before joining civil posts/services
>>> Ex-Servicemen – Orders/Circulars
> DFS letter 28.07.2014 – Posting of Government employees who have differently abled dependents > O.M. dated 06.06.2014 – Posting of Government employees who have differently abled dependents >>> OBCs and PWDs
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O.M. dated 15.07.2014 – Online collection of data on representation of SCs, STs and OBCs and Persons with Disabilities in Central Government Services 
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DOPT O.M. No. 36012/23/96-Estt.(Res) dated 22.7.1997 regarding lower qualifying marks, lesser standard of evaluation for SC/ST candidates for reservation in promotion is declared illegal. – SC Judgment dated 15.07.2014 – Rohtas Bhakhar & Others Vs. Union of India and Another >>> Court Judgments on Service Matters
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  O.M. dated 30.05.2014 – Revision of format for OBC Caste Certificate >>> Reservation for OBCs and PWDs – Orders/Circulars
* Hon’ble Supreme Court has, inter alia, directed the Centre and the State Governments to take steps to treat transgender persons as socially and educationally backward classes of citizens and extend all kinds of reservation in cases of admission in educational institutions and for public appointments.-  SC Judgment dated 15.04.2014 – National Legal Services Authority Vs. Union of Indian and others
* O.M. dated 31.03.2014 – Guidelines for providing certain facilities in respect of PWDs who are already employed in Government for efficient performance of their duties 
* O.M. dated 20.03.2014 – Computation of reservation- implementation of the judgment in the matter of Union of India Vs. National Federation of Blind & Ors (info to be furnished by 27.3.14)
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No reservation in selection of top bankers: SC   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jan 11, 2015
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has ruled that there could be no quota for SC and ST employees for top posts in public sector banks but reservation for them was permissible in posts from scale-I till scale-VI. …

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OBCs to get 27% of govt petrol pumps    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Dec 10, 2014
NEW DELHI: The oil ministry has for the first time implemented a 27% quota for OBCs (other backward castes) in allotment of petrol pumps, even as it has decided to auction outlets on ‘premium sites’ and distribute others through lottery with a view to ensuring transparency. …

HC sets aside Hooda govt’s quota policy in promotion   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Nov 15, 2014
CHANDIGARH: In an order that will impact thousands of scheduled caste (SC) employees of Haryana government, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday set aside the state government’s reservation policy pertaining to promotion to Class III and IV posts. …

Bombay HC stays Maharashtra govt’s decision to give 16% reservation to Marathas    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Nov 14, 2014
MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Friday stayed Maharashtra government’s decision to give 16 per cent reservation to Marathas in public service and educational institutions. …

3% quota must for disabled people in all govt jobs including IAS: SC    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Sep 12, 2014
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday held that three per cent reservation for disabled people be given in all categories of government jobs including in appointments and promotions to IAS, while pulling up the Centre for “blocking” the very purpose of this empowering legislation by opposing it. …

RBI officer held in fake certificate case in Kandhamal    Freepressjournal.in
September 05, 2014
Phulbani (Odisha): A RBI officer was today arrested and sent to jail on charge of producing a fake caste certificate to get the job in Odisha’s Kandhamal district.
The officer is identified as Prasant Kumar Pradhan (58) of Bastangia village and was caught faking caste certificate after remaining in service for 36 years. …

SC cancels Puducherry govt’s order denying quota to section of Scheduled Caste people    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Aug 19, 2014
PUDUCHERRY: The Supreme Court cancelled two orders passed by the Puducherry government that extended reservation in employment, promotion, education and welfare to a section of Scheduled Caste (origins) in the Union territory saying they were not in consonance with the Presidential Order. …

HC to UPSC: Stick to 3% quota for disabled    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Aug 24, 2014
PUNE: The Bombay high court has directed the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and the central government to stick to the 3% reservation for candidates with disabilities. The preliminary civil services examinations will be held across the country on Sunday. …

Supreme Court eases norms for SCs/STs’ promotions    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jul 20, 2014
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has revived relaxed standards for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe government employees in departmental competitive and promotion examinations. …

Maharashtra okays 16% quotas for Marathas, 5% for Muslims  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jun 25, 2014
MUMBAI: In the wake of NCP president Sharad Pawar’s ultimatum to chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, the state cabinet on Wednesday approved a populist proposal with an eye on the ensuing assembly elections to provide 16% reservation for backward Marathas and 5 per cent for Muslims in education and government jobs. As a result, the total reservation will be 73 per cent. …

Govt panel favours OBC quota for transgenders  Hindustantimes.com
May 14, 2014
With the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) recommending their inclusion in the central list of Other Backward Class, transgenders in India moved one step closer to getting reservations in jobs and educational institutions. …

Transgenders socially, economically backward: SC  Indiatvnews..com
15 Apr 2014
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday said that transgenders should be treated a third category and would be considered as socially and economically backward classes and as such entitled to job reservation. …  

Hindu converted to Islam doesn’t lose backward class status: Madras HC  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Apr 10, 2014
CHENNAI: The Madras high court has ordered the Tamil Nadu government to instruct its officials to issue backward class (BC) community certificates to people who embrace Islam, categorically saying that a BC member would get all the benefits meant for BCs even after conversion to Islam. …

SC upholds Centre’s decision to include Jats in OBC
April 09, 2014
New Delhi: In a major boost to the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, the Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to put a stay on its notification to include Jats in central list of OBCs in nine states.
The apex court, while passing the order, said, “We are prima facie satisfied that there is material to take the decision to include Jats in the OBC category.” …   

Government notifies Jat reservation, but OBC Commission raises red flag   Dnaindia.com
8 March 2014
Even after facing vociferous opposition from Congress party’s Muslim leaders for extending poll eve reservations to Jats, the government on Friday went ahead notifying their inclusion in the central OBC list. The cabinet at a special meeting on Sunday had extended reservation facilities to Jats in nine states.  The notification mentions that Muslim Jats in Gujarat are also included in the central list, but in other states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Delhi, there is no mention of communal identity.

Jats get quota, Rahul doesn’t get his way on ordinances   Hindustantimes.com
March 02, 2014
President Pranab Mukherjee’s reluctance to support its ordinance route forced the cabinet on Sunday to drop its plan to sidestep Parliament to enact anti-corruption laws being pushed by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. …

Cabinet Approves Amendment to Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2014
New Delhi, Feb 7, 2014
The Cabinet on 6 February, 2014 approved the proposal of the Department of Disability Affairs to incorporate amendments in the proposed Rights of the Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014, which are:-

- Definition of person with disability in terms of interaction with barriers also;
– High support needs person enabled to take independent and inform decision also;
– Definition of low vision will be notified by the Government;
– The appropriate Government to take necessary steps to ensure reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities;
– No person with disability will be discriminated on grounds of disability;
– Appropriate Governments to ensure that the persons with disabilities enjoy legal capacity on an equal basis with others, in all aspects of life to have equal rights as any other person before law;
– Recognizing legal capacity of person with disability, limited guardianship would be the norm, to enable the person with disability to take joint decision with legal guardian;
– Person with disability would also have the right to appeal against the decision of appointment of legal guardian;
– Disability Certificate to be valid across the country;
– Educational institutions funded and recognized will have to provide inclusive education for children with disability;
– The appropriate Governments to constitute to expert committee with representation of persons with disabilities for identification of posts for Government employment for persons with disabilities;
– Review period shortened from 5 years to 3 years in case of identified posts;
– 5 per cent vacancies reserved for persons with disabilities will be computed against the total number of vacancies in the cadre strength;
– National Commission and State Commission will have power to exempt any post in an establishment from the purview of reservation for persons with disabilities;
– For greater coverage and employability in Government sector, the appropriate Governments to prescribe relaxation for upper age limit for employment of PwDs;
– National Commission shall formulate and enforce regulations.
(Source: pib press release)


Amendments in the Central List of Other Backward Classes for 13 States and three Union Territories
New Delhi, Jan 30, 2014
The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for making amendments in the Central List of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in respect of 13 States (Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal) and three Union Territories (Chandigarh, Delhi and Puducherry) by way of inclusion / correction / deletion of castes/communities according to  advices received from the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC). The amendments will notify 115 changes recommended by the NCBC.
The proposed changes will enable persons belonging to these castes/communities to avail benefits of reservation in government services and posts as well as in central educational institutions according to existing policy. They will also become eligible for benefit under various welfare schemes, scholarships, etc. being administered by the Central Government, which are at present available to persons belonging to the OBCs.
Background:
The NCBC was set up in pursuance to the Supreme Court judgement in the Indira Sawhney case.   As per the NCBC Act 1993, Section 9 (“Functions of the Commission”) states that:-
i.    The Commission shall examine requests for inclusion of any class of citizens as a backward class in the lists and hear complaints of over-inclusion or under-inclusion of any backward class in such lists and tender such advice to the Central Government as it deems appropriate and;
ii.    The advice of the Commission shall ordinarily be binding upon the Central Government.”
The NCBC has been tendering advice to the Central Government from time to time. A total of 30 Notifications have been issued so far and till date, a total of 2343 “entries” (an “entry” means a caste, including its synonyms, sub-castes etc.) have been notified in the Central list of OBCs for 24 States and six Union Territories. The last such notification was issued on 08.12.2011. Since then, many more advices for inclusion/ deletion of castes/ communities and correction in the existing list of OBCs, have been received from the NCBC.
(Source: pib press release)
More: Brochure on Reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs, 2014 >> Click here.

58 Communities Have Been Proposed by 7 States for Inclusion in Scheduled Tribes List
New Delhi, Jan 30, 2014
The government has received proposals from seven states for inclusion of 58 communities in Scheduled Tribes list by December 2013. Highest number of 39 communities have been proposed by Assam followed by Sikkim with 11 communities and Jharkhand with 4 communities. Proposed the government after due examination has referred the proposals to Registrar General of India.
The approved modalities for deciding claims for inclusion in, exclusion from and other modifications in the orders specifying Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes lists are only those proposal which have been recommended and justified by the concerned State Government/UT Administration and concurred with by the Registrar General of India (RGI) and the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) are considered for amendment of the legislation.
(Source: pib press release)   

SC tells government to decide on post reservation in AIIMS   Zeenews.india.com
January 16, 2014
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday said it was for the central government to decide whether there should be reservation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in super speciality posts in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) as the court declined to revisit its July 2013 judgment. …

Parties in Punjab decry exclusion of Jat Sikhs from reservation  Thehindu.com
Dec 25, 2013
The recent move by the Union government to provide reservation to the Jat community in Central government jobs under the Other Backwards Classes quota has created ripples in Punjab’s fragile political scenario, as “Jat Sikhs” do not figure in the proposal. …

HC tells central govt offices to verify details for caste validity   Indianexpress.com
Dec 05 2013
In a bid to regulate caste validation of central government employees, the Bombay High Court last month had directed central government offices to give details of the caste verification of their employees recruited in SC/ST category. These offices have been asked to file an affidavit by February 10, 2014. …

HC stays verdict on plea against quota in jobs  Indianexpress.com
Nov 27 2013
The Allahabad High Court Tuesday reserved its judgment on a petition demanding that reservation to Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and Scheduled Castes (SCs) in state government jobs should be stopped as these categories were already well-represented in these jobs.
A single judge bench of Justice Sudhir Agrawal reserved the judgment after conclusion of arguments of both the parties. …

‘Bandbaja’ stir at social justice minister Shivajirao Moghe’s residence Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Oct 31, 2013
YAVATMAL: OBC Sanghatna has proposed to stage a dharna at the residence of social justice minister Shivajirao Moghe on Saturday to protest against the anti-OBC attitude of the state government.

Centre not keen on including jat ‘gotras’ in OBC list  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Oct 29, 2013
NEW DELHI: The Centre has urged Haryana to withdraw its note which said even the ‘gotras’ allied to Jat community should be considered for OBC tag, a demand that has further complicated the seemingly intractable issue and threatens to upset the Congress’s political deadline. …

Levelling the playing field  Thehindu.com

Oct 16, 2013

The latest Supreme Court ruling on the rights of persons with disabilities has struck down an arbitrary proviso in current government policy that had become an impediment in the mandatory reservation of three per cent of jobs for this important section of the population. In disposing of an appeal from the Union of India, the court has pronounced that the quota should be computed uniformly across all grades of employment, thereby removing a discrepancy in the 2005 government order. …

Supreme Court orders Centre and states to implement 3% quota for disabled  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Oct 9, 2013

NEW DELHI: In a landmark order, the Supreme Court on Tuesday prised open significant employment opportunities for the disabled by directing the Centre and states to implement within three months an 18-year-old law mandating 3% reservation for such persons in government jobs. …

More: SC Judgment dated 08.10.2013 – Union of India & Ors. Vs. National Federation of the Blind & Ors.

Khaps oppose inclusion of jats in OBC list  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Oct 7, 2013

NEW DELHI: Heads of Khap panchayats of several states were among hundreds of people belonging to Other Backward Castes who assembled at Jantar Mantar on Saturday to protest against the recent government proposal to include Jats in the central OBC list and give them the benefit of reservation. …

UP govt restrained from giving reservation to ‘adequately represented’ classes

Oct 3, 2013

ALLAHABAD: Allahabad High Court today restrained the Uttar Pradesh government from providing reservation facility to “adequately represented” classes in recruitment of close to 40,000 constables in the civil police, the Provincial Armed Constabulary and the fire service. …

AIIMS told to appoint on quota  Times of India

Sep 12, 2013

NEW DELHI: Following an uproar in Parliament in the recent session, the health ministry has asked AIIMS to continue with reservation in appointments to faculty posts, contrary to a apex court judgment. …

Govt draws flak over delay in quota for faculty in AIIMS  Times of India

Sep 4, 2013

NEW DELHI: Political parties, including JD(U), SP, BSP and DMK, on Tuesday lodged a strong protest against the government’s slow response in bringing the Constitutional amendment bill to negate a Supreme Court order against reservation for faculty in super speciality section in the AIIMS. …

Govt files review petition against SC order rejecting caste-based quota in AIIMS  Times of India

Aug 15, 2013

NEW DELHI: The government on Wednesday filed a review petition in the Supreme Court against the July 19 judgment in which the apex court blocked caste-based reservation in faculty appointments in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and other super specialty hospitals. …

SC order on reservation gets flak in Lok Sabha  Hindu

Aug 5, 2013

The recent Supreme Court judgement on reservation on Monday came in for criticism in the Lok Sabha with members claiming that it would hit hard 80 per cent population of the country comprising SC, ST and Backwards.

The judgement disallowing reservation in promotion in the faculty of AIIMS also saw members expressing concern over the erosion of Parliament’s supremacy and demanding urgent amendment to the Constitution to annul the apex court verdict. …

Khan revives minority sub-quota bid, wants entire 4.5% for Muslims  Times of India

Aug 5, 2013

NEW DELHI: Minority affairs Rahman Khan has argued that 4.5% reservation for minorities, which has been struck down by a court, can be revived by narrowing its focus to Muslims.

In a note to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, the minister said the sub-quota of 4.5% for minorities under the 27% OBC reservation hit the roadblock because it smacked of being a religious quota aimed at minorities. …

Revision of Income Criterion to exclude Socially Advanced Persons/Sections (Creamy Layer) from list of other Backward Classes (OBCs)

May 16, 2013

The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for increase in the present income criterion of Rs. 4.5 lakh per annum for applying the Creamy Layer restriction throughout the country, for excluding Socially Advanced Persons/Sections (Creamy Layer) from the purview of reservation of Other Backward Classes (OBCs).

The new income criterion will be Rs. 6 lakh per annum. The increase in the income limit to exclude the Creamy Layer is in keeping with the increase in the Consumer Price Index and would enable more persons to take advantage of reservation benefits extended to OBCs in government services and admission to central educational institutions.

This would bring about equity and greater inclusiveness in society. The Department of Personnel and Training and the Ministry of Human Resource Development would issue necessary orders to this effect.
(Source: pib press release)

Reservation for Physically Handicapped Persons

New Delhi, May 07, 2013

Section 2 of Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) (PwD) Act, 1995 stipulates “Disability” means-

(i) Blindness;
(ii) Low vision;
(iii) Leprosy-cured;
(iv) Hearing impairment;
(v) Loco motor disability;
(vi) Mental retardation;
(vii) Mental illness;

As per Section 2 (t) of the PwD Act, persons with disability means a person suffering from not less than forty percent (40 percent) of any disability as certified by a medical authority.

As per Section 33 of the PwD Act, 1995, every appropriate Government shall appoint in every establishment such percentage of vacancies not less than three percent for persons or class of persons with disability of which one per cent. each shall be reserved for persons suffering from-

(i) Blindness or low vision;
(ii) Hearing impairment;
(iii) Loco motor disability or cerebral palsy, in the posts identified for each disability:

Provided that the appropriate Government may, having regard to the type of work carried on in any department or establishment, by notification subject to such conditions, if any, as may be specified in such notification, exempt any establishment from the provisions of this section.

As per Section 39 of the PwD Act, 1995, all Government educational institutions and other educational institutions receiving aid from the Government, shall reserve not less than three per cent seat for persons with disabilities.

Government has issued instructions that such persons should be provided reservation in all Groups of identified posts in the matter of direct recruitment and in Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ posts identified in the matter of promotion. Vide O.M. dated 26th December, 2012, Government has issued instructions to ensure that Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) get a fair opportunity in consideration for appointment to an identified post

The Government has finalized a Draft Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill proposing reservation of not less than 5% of the posts for the PwDs.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri P. Balram Naik in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
(Source: pib press release)

Inclusion of Caste in SC List

New Delhi, May 07, 2013

Rajak [not Rajak (Washerman)] has been specified as a Scheduled Caste in relation to the State of Bihar.

The Government of Madhya Pradesh vide their letter dated 14.07.2006, had recommended notification of Rajak (Dhobi) caste as a Scheduled Caste throughout the State of Madhya Pradesh. The proposal was processed in accordance with the approved modalities. The observations of the Registrar General of India (RGI) in the matter have been communicated to the Government of Madhya Pradesh vide this Ministry`s letter dated 08.03.2007, for appropriate action at their end.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri P. Balram Naik in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
(Source: pib press release)

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ENVIRONMENT: Earth Hour 2015: Delhi to observe the 9th edition on March 28; World Sparrow Day …

Earth Hour 2015: Delhi to observe the 9th edition on March 28
World Sparrow Day: Will sparrows ever return to this temple named after them?

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Earth Hour 2015: Delhi to observe the 9th edition on March 28   Zeenews.india.com
March 26, 2015
New Delhi: People around the world will mark Earth hour on Saturday, March 28 by turning off their lights for one hour between 8:30 p.m and 9:30 pm. …

World Sparrow Day: Will sparrows ever return to this temple named after them?   Economictimes.indiatimes.com
19 Mar, 2015
MADURAI: In the 1960s, late freedom fighter Govindasamy Naidu had a dream where a sparrow appeared and told him to build a temple for Goddess Kali near the North Masi Street in Madurai ( Tamil Nadu). …
More: World Sparrow Day

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NGT won’t back off on its order to ban 15-year-old vehicles     Indianexpress.com
December 03, 2014
After an informal meeting between various stakeholders to devise a plan to execute the National Green Tribunal (NGT)’s order to ban 15-year-old vehicles on Delhi’s roads, sources said the tribunal gave indications that it won’t go back on its decision. …

‘Can’t enforce tribunal order till Centre changes rules’    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Nov 28, 2014
NEW DELHI: A day after the National Green Tribunal ordered that vehicles older than 15 years be taken off roads, the transport department has said it will not take any action at present. …

Green court bans vehicles older than 15 years in Delhi    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Nov 27, 2014
NEW DELHI: On the day TOI highlighted the worsening state of Delhi’s air, the National Green Tribunal cited the report and issued a slew of directions to immediately address the problem. …
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Retirement/Pension/Gratuity – Rules/Orders/Circulars-Part-I

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> O.M. dated 30.01.2015 – Exemption from physical appearance for the purpose of life certificate
> O.M. dated 02.04.2012 – Providing copies of ACRs/APARs to retired officers of Central Civil Services/Posts

* DoPT O.M. dated 17/18.03.2015 – ‘Anubhav’ – showcasing outstanding work done during service-submission of details by retiring employees-regarding
* RBI Circular dated 13.03.2015 – Refund of overpayment of pension to the Govt. account-Recovery of excess/wrong pension payments made to the pensioners
* Pre-retirement Counselling for Govt. of India employees retiring within the next six months to be held on 31.03.2015 at IIC, New Delhi (As on DPPW website-11.03.2015)
* O.M. dated 05.03.2015 – Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners-reg.
* O.M. dated 05.03.2015 – ‘Anubhav’ – showcasing outstanding work done during service-submission of details by a retiring Govt. employee-Software application reg.
* Letter dated 26.02.2015 – Minutes of the 26th meeting of SCOVA held on 03.02.2015 under the chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP)
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O.M. dated 19.02.2015 – ‘Anubhav’ – showcasing outstanding work done during service-submission of details by a retiring Govt. employee-to be uploaded on Deptt.’s website
* O.M. dated 18.02.2015 – Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners-inclusion of Non-Practicing Allowance (NPA) in revision of pension of retired medical officers
* Brief note on Interactive Awareness Programme on Pensioners Portal and SANKALP held in Aizawl (Mizoram) on 05.02.2015 (As on DPPW website-17.02.2015)
* O.M. dated 11.02.2015 – Brief note on Interactive Awareness Programme on Pensioners Portal and SANKALP held on 13.12.2014 in Agartala(Tripura)
* Pre-retirement Counselling for Govt. of India employees retiring within the next six months to be held on 26.02.2015 at IIC, New Delhi (As on DPPW website-11.02.2015)
* O.M. dated 06.02.2015 – Request for Voluntary Retirement from Persons suffering with disability – regarding
* O.M. dated 30.01.2015 – Exemption from physical appearance for the purpose of life certificate
* O.M. dated 15.01.2015 – 26th SCOVA Meeting under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP) to be held on 03.02.2015 in New Delhi
* Pre-retirement Counselling for Govt. of India employees retiring within the next six months to be held on 28.01.2015 in New Delhi (As on DPPW website – 07.01.2015)
* O.M. dated 31.12.2014 – 26th SCOVA Meeting under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP) to be held on 03.02.2015 in New Delhi
* RBI Circular dated 09.12.2014 – Introduction of Digital Life Certificates for Pensioners >>> RBI Circulars > Go to Jeevanpramaan.gov.in
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I. Pension Rules – Circulars/Orders (01.01.2012 onwards)
II. Pension Rules – Circulars/Orders (Up to Dec., 2011)
III.  Gratuity
IV.  Pension Rules and Gratuity Act/Rules

I. Retirement/Pension Rules – Orders/Circulars (01.01.2012 onwards)

  DoPT O.M. dated 17/18.03.2015 – ‘Anubhav’ – showcasing outstanding work done during service-submission of details by retiring employees-regarding (25.8 KiB, 9 hits)

  RBI Circular dated 13.03.2015 – Refund of overpayment of pension to the Govt. account-Recovery of excess/wrong pension payments made to the pensioners (404.5 KiB, 37 hits)

  Pre-retirement Counselling for Govt. of India employees retiring within the next six months to be held on 31.03.2015 in New Delhi (As on DPPW website – 12.03.2015) (217.8 KiB, 21 hits)

  O.M. dated 05.03.2015 – Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners-reg. (478.9 KiB, 33 hits)

  O.M. dated 05.03.2015 – ‘Anubhav’ – showcasing outstanding work done during service-submission of details by a retiring Govt. employee-Software application reg. (926.1 KiB, 35 hits)

  Letter dated 26.02.2015 – Minutes of the 26th meeting of SCOVA held on 03.02.2015 under the chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) (2.1 MiB, 38 hits)

  O.M. dated 19.02.2015 – ‘Anubhav’ – showcasing outstanding work done during service-submission of details by a retiring Govt. employee-to be uploaded on Deptt.’s website (2.1 MiB, 32 hits)

  O.M. dated 18.02.2015 – Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners-inclusion of Non-Practicing Allowance (NPA) in revision of pension of retired medical officers (747.3 KiB, 44 hits)

  Brief note on Interactive Awareness Programme on Pensioners Portal and SANKALP held in Aizawl (Mizoram) on 05.02.2015 (As on DPPW website-17.02.2015) (1.1 MiB, 40 hits)

  O.M. dated 11.02.2015 – Brief note on Interactive Awareness Programme on Pensioners Portal and SANKALP held on 13.12.2014 in Agartala(Tripura) (574.7 KiB, 28 hits)

  Pre-retirement Counselling for Govt. of India employees retiring within the next six months to be held on 26.02.2015 at IIC, New Delhi (As on DPPW website-11.02.2015) (211.0 KiB, 29 hits)

  O.M. dated 06.02.2015 – Request for Voluntary Retirement from Persons suffering with disability – regarding (100.4 KiB, 131 hits)

  Action Taken Report on the Decisions of the 25th Meeting of SCOVA held on 05.09.2014 (As on DPPW website-03.02.2015) (5.7 MiB, 32 hits)

  O.M. dated 30.01.2015 – Exemption from physical appearance for the purpose of life certificate (1.1 MiB, 69 hits)

  O.M. dated 15.01.2015 – 26th SCOVA Meeting under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP) to be held on 03.02.2015 in New Delhi (1.3 MiB, 47 hits)

  Pre-retirement Counselling for Govt. of India employees retiring within the next six months to be held on 28.01.2015 in New Delhi (As on DPPW website – 07.01.2015) (192.0 KiB, 45 hits)

  O.M. dated 31.12.2014 – 26th SCOVA Meeting under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP) to be held on 03.02.2015 in New Delhi (387.4 KiB, 39 hits)

  Pre-retirement Counselling for Govt. of India employees retiring within the next three months to be held on 23.12.2014 in New Delhi (As on DPPW website – 09.12.2014) (255.9 KiB, 38 hits)

  O.M. dated 08.12.2014 – Identification of Pensioners Associations under the Pensioners Portal – A Mission Mode Project under NeGP (751.2 KiB, 30 hits)

  O.M. dated 02.12.2014 – Payment of Death Gratuity to a minor (1.8 MiB, 32 hits)

  O.M. dated 25.11.2014 – Aadhaar based authentication of Life Certificate for pensioners (1.7 MiB, 52 hits)

  O.M. dated 25.11.2014 – Review of pensioners’ data submitted by various pension disbursing banks – meeting held on 21st November, 2014 (1.4 MiB, 38 hits)

  O.M. dated 24.11.2014 – 26th SCOVA Meeting to be held in the month of January, 2015 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP) (1.1 MiB, 26 hits)

  O.M. dated 20.11.2014 – Revision of Disability Pension/Family Pension of Pre-2006 disability pensioners/family pensioners – regarding (2.3 MiB, 43 hits)

  O.M. dated 19.11.2014 – Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to Central Government Pensioners residing in areas not covered under CGHS (483.7 KiB, 266 hits)

  O.M. dated 19.11.2014 – Procedure for grant of permission to the pensioners for commercial employment after retirement – revision of Form 24 (104.6 KiB, 34 hits)

  Notice dated 18.11.2014 – Suggestion for promoting welfare of Pensioners, Family Pensioners drawing pension/family pension from Central Government (315.9 KiB, 33 hits)

  Pre-retirement Counselling for employees retiring within the next three months – 25.11.2014 (As on DPPW website – 17.11.2014) (264.8 KiB, 31 hits)

  Concept Paper to capture the ‘Outstanding Work’ of the Employees (As on Min. of Personnel, PG & Pensions Website-07.11.2014) (1.6 MiB, 28 hits)

  Pre-retirement Counselling for BSF personnel on 28.10.2014 (As on DPPW website – 27.10.2014) (296.5 KiB, 46 hits)

  O.M. dated 21.10.2014 – Revision of pension of pre-1996 pensioners – inclusion of NPA for revision of pension of retired medical officers w.e.f. 1996 (41.1 KiB, 52 hits)

  O.M. dated 20.10.2014 – Grant of Dearness Relief to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of ex-gratia payment w.e.f. 01.07.2014 (51.1 KiB, 60 hits)

  O.M. dated 14.10.2014 – Revision of pension of pre-1996 pensioners – inclusion of NPA for revision of pension of retired medical officers w.e.f. 1996 (69.3 KiB, 42 hits)

  O.M. dated 30.09.2014 – Competent Medical Officer/Board for issuing certificate of disability for the purpose of family pension under rule 54 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 (445.9 KiB, 47 hits)

  O.M. dated 29.09.2014 – Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Govt. pensioners/family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 1.7.2014 (846.0 KiB, 66 hits)

  Letter dated 25.09.2014 – Minutes of the 25th SCOVA Meeting held on 05.09.2014 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP) (6.9 MiB, 30 hits)

  Letter dated 18.09.2014 – Web-based Pensioners Portal, a Mission Mode Project under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) – Release of Grant-in-Aid to Pensioners’ Associations (301.2 KiB, 60 hits)

  Pre-Retirement Counselling Workshop on 24.09.2014 (As on DOPT website – 09.09.2014) (243.1 KiB, 71 hits)

  O.M. dated 02.09.2014 – Action Taken Report on the minutes of the 24th meeting of the SCOVA (4.2 MiB, 82 hits)

  Letter dated 29.08.2014 – Amendments to Rules 32 and 56-81 and Forms 5 & 14 of the CCS (Pension) Rues, 1972-Notification regarding (996.6 KiB, 84 hits)

  O.M. dated 14.08.2014 – 25th SCOVA Meeting under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP) to be held on 05.09.2014 (2.1 MiB, 48 hits)

  Letter dated 12.08.2014 – 25th SCOVA Meeting under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP) to be held on 05.09.2014 (129.3 KiB, 58 hits)

  O.M. dated 08.07.2014 – Workshop on digitization scheduled to be held on 09.07.2014 at 2.30 P.M (349.4 KiB, 84 hits)

  Letter dated 07.07.2014 – 25th SCOVA Meeting under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP) – Rescheduling of date (30.3 KiB, 67 hits)

  Letter dated 24.06.2014 – 25th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) scheduled to be held on 24.07.2014 in Vigyan Bhawan Annexe, New Delhi (368.0 KiB, 75 hits)

  O.M. dated 18.06.2014 – Improvement in Pension Disbursing System – Issues with State Bank of India Bank – regarding (293.1 KiB, 72 hits)

  O.M. dated 17.06.2014 – Identification of Pensioners Associations under the Pensioners’ Portal – A Mission Mode Project under NeGP (760.6 KiB, 59 hits)

  O.M. dated 05.06.2014 – 25th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) scheduled to be held in the month of July, 2014 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP) (97.8 KiB, 61 hits)

  Notification dated 26.05.2014 – Amendment to the CCS (Commutation of Pension) Rules, 1981 (255.2 KiB, 90 hits)

  CPAO – Accounting and Operating Procedure for Central Pension Processing Centre of Authorised Banks for Pension Disbursement to Pensioners-Feb. 12 (As on 21.05.14) (8.7 MiB, 114 hits)

  CPAO – Scheme for Payment of Pensions to Central Govt. Civil Pensioners through Authorised Banks (1.1 MiB, 98 hits)

  Letter dated 19.05.2014 – Grant of TA to Non-Official members attending the SCOVA meetings permission to perform air journey for journey above 1000 Kms. (43.8 KiB, 83 hits)

  O.M. dated 02.05.2014 – Implementation of Govt. decision on the recommendations of 5th CPC-Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance @ Rs.100 p.m. to pensioners residing in areas not covered under CGHS (53.6 KiB, 408 hits)

  O.M. dated 07.05.2014 – Grant of Dearness Relief to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of ex-gratia payment w.e.f. 01.01.2014 (186.8 KiB, 164 hits)

  O.M. dated 07.05.2014 – Simplification of pension procedure – submission of undertaking by retiring Government servant along with pension papers (235.9 KiB, 130 hits)

  DOP&T’s Notice dated 30.04.2014 – Stipulated time for redressal of the grievances of the DOP&T’s pensioners (15.1 KiB, 90 hits)

  Central Pension Accounting Office O.M. dated 24.04.2014 – Procedure regarding switchover of Payment channel from PAO Counter/Treasury to Bank (524.1 KiB, 60 hits)

  DPPW Circular dated 24.04.2014 – Review of Rules 32,33 and 56 to 82 of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 – suggestions regarding (2.1 MiB, 86 hits)

  Central Pension Accounting Office O.M. dated 21.04.2014 – Grievances of Pensioners and their Associations with regard to services provided by banks (1.1 MiB, 56 hits)

  O.M. dated 09.04.2014 – Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners, family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 01.01.2014 (1.5 MiB, 210 hits)

  Central Pension Accounting Office O.M. dated 07.04.2014 – Issues raised by Pensioners in the Awareness Programme on Pensioners Portal held under the Chairmanship of Secretary (DPPW) on 07.12.13 (795.1 KiB, 51 hits)

  Central Pension Accounting Office O.M. dated 04.04.2014 – Particulars to be obtained by Head of Office from the retiring govt. servant eight months before the date of his retirement (1.3 MiB, 77 hits)

  Central Pension Accounting Office O.M. dated 02.04.2014 – Approval for change of CPPC address due to shifting of location, premises of CPPC (336.5 KiB, 56 hits)

  Central Pension Accounting Office O.M. dated 31.03.2014 – Timelines for Settlement of Pensionary dues authorized by CPAO for Pensioners incl. AIS Officers & employees of CPMF in Authorized Banks (1.3 MiB, 67 hits)

  Letter dated 28.03.2014 – To fix timeline for redressal of grievances (780.0 KiB, 79 hits)

  Notification dated 28.03.2014 – Amendments to the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 (2.6 MiB, 130 hits)

  O.M. dated 21.03.2014 – Strengthening of administration – Periodical review under FR 56/Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules (153.3 KiB, 104 hits)

  O.M. dated 12.03.2014 – Conferment of National Awards to Senior Citizens & Institutions working in the field of ageing on the occasion of IDOP-2014 on 1.10.14 (Extension of date up to 30.4.14) (464.6 KiB, 73 hits)

  Notification dated 03.03.2014 – Amendment to Rule 37A of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 (194.0 KiB, 80 hits)

  O.M. dated 27.02.2014 – Voluntary retirement under FR 56 (k), etc. and amendment of Rules (171.2 KiB, 125 hits)

  O.M. dated 24.02.2014 – Review/updation of Citizens and Clients charter (CCC)-CCC 2013-14 (458.8 KiB, 75 hits)

  Notification dated 20.02.2014 – Amendments to the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 – Substitution of Forms 3,5,7,8,10 to 14,18 to 22 and 24 (enclosed with letter dated 20.02.2014) (3.7 MiB, 159 hits)

  O.M. dated 31.01.2014 – Action Taken Report (ATR) on the minutes of the 23rd meeting of SCOVA (3.8 MiB, 57 hits)

  O.M. dated 24.01.2014 – 24th Meeting of SCOVA under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP) to be held on 05.02.2014 in New Delhi (36.0 KiB, 71 hits)

  O.M. dated 01.11.2013 – Introduction of Common Nomination Forms for Nominations under various Rules – inviting comments (240.9 KiB, 104 hits)

  O.M. dated 28.10.2013 – Revision of one-third commuted pension portion of pension for those who had drawn up lump sum payment on absorption in CPSUs/Autonomous Bodies – 6th CPC (141.9 KiB, 133 hits)

  O.M. dated 23.10.2013 – Simplification of procedure for verification of service – adherence to the revised format – regarding (71.7 KiB, 88 hits)

  O.M. dated 21.10.2013 – Timely payment of dues of encashment of leave to Government servants retiring on attaining the age of superannuation – need to obviate delays in payment of such dues (64.8 KiB, 106 hits)

  O.M. dated 17.10.2013 – Grant of Dearness Relief to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of ex-gratia payment w.e.f. 01.07.2013 (67.8 KiB, 142 hits)

  O.M. dated 07.10.2013 – Forwarding of minutes of the 23rd meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) (1,022.0 KiB, 90 hits)

  O.M. dated 03.10.2013 – Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Govt. pensioners/family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 1.7.2013 (146.2 KiB, 142 hits)

  O.M. dated 20.09.2013 – Submission of Form 14 by the spouse to the pension disbursing bank after the death of the pensioner – instructions regarding (110.3 KiB, 94 hits)

  O.M. dated 12.09.2013 – Action Taken Report (ATR) on the minutes of the 22nd meeting of SCOVA (620.5 KiB, 83 hits)

  O.M. dated 11.09.2013 – Eligibility of widowed/divorced daughters for grant of family pension – clarification regarding (127.9 KiB, 97 hits)

  Identification of Pensioners Associations under the Pensioners Portal A Mission Mode Project under NeGP (As on DPPW website – 09.09.2013) (72.5 KiB, 74 hits)

  O.M. dated 06.09.2013 – 23rd Meeting of the SCOVA under the Chairmanship of MOS (PP) to be held on 20.09.2013 at New Delhi (334.7 KiB, 97 hits)

  Letter dated 26.08.2013 – 23rd meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) to be held on 20.9.2013 in New Delhi (54.4 KiB, 69 hits)

  O.M. dated 01.08.2013 – Review of Forms for Pensionary/Retirement benefits and Nominations under various Rules of DPPW (51.3 KiB, 103 hits)

  O.M. dated 26.07.2013 – 23rd meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) scheduled to be held in the month of September, 2013 (88.9 KiB, 83 hits)

  O.M. dated 25.07.2013 – Issue of Identity Cards to Central Govt. Pensioners – Reg. (148.7 KiB, 125 hits)

  O.M. dated 11.07.2013 – Withholding of 10% gratuity from the retiring Government servants – Clarification regarding (151.3 KiB, 145 hits)

  O.M. dated 11.07.2013 – Withholding of 10% gratuity from the retiring Government servants – Clarification regarding (109.4 KiB, 129 hits)

  O.M. dated 10.07.2013 – Arrears of pension in cases where valid nomination has not been made under the Rules and payment of arrears of family pension (144.0 KiB, 93 hits)

  O.M. dated 01.07.2013 – Simplification of pension process for permanently disabled children/siblings and dependant parents (190.3 KiB, 203 hits)

  O.M. dated 28.06.2013 – Enhancement of ex-gratia payable to pre-1986 CPF retirees and dependent family members of the deceased pre-1986 CPF employees (13.4 KiB, 85 hits)

  O.M. dated 26.06.2013 – Grant of ex-gratia those pre-1986 CPF employees who retired otherwise than on superannuation after 20 years of service (49.6 KiB, 83 hits)

  O.M. dated 25.06.2013 – Family pension and gratuity to the eligible member of family of an employee/pensioner/family pensioner reported missing – Consolidated Instructions (142.8 KiB, 124 hits)

  O.M. dated 24.05.2013 – Grant of Dearness Relief at the rate of 5th CPC w.e.f. 1.1.2003 (588.3 KiB, 100 hits)

  O.M. dated 02.05.2013 – Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Govt. pensioners and family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 01.01.2013 (1.2 MiB, 144 hits)

  O.M. dated 30.04.2013 – Issue of Identity Cards to Central Govt. Pensioners – reg. (622.7 KiB, 130 hits)

  O.M. dated 03.04.2013 – Revision of one third commuted pension for those who had drawn lumpsum payment on absorption in CPSUs or Autonomous Bodies – stepping up of normal full pension (588.2 KiB, 97 hits)

  O.M. dated 18.03.2013 – Revision of provisional pension sanctioned under Rule 69 of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 (65.5 KiB, 96 hits)

  Minutes of the 22nd meeting of the SCOVA held on 19.2.2013 in New Delhi (544.6 KiB, 105 hits)

  Citizens / Clients Charter for Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare (226.5 KiB, 121 hits)

  O.M. dated 19.02.2013 – Withholding of 10% gratuity from the retiring Government servants – clarification regarding (72.6 KiB, 115 hits)

  O.M. dated 18.02.2013 – To fix timeline for redressal of grievances (187.4 KiB, 105 hits)

  O.M. dated 13.02.2013 – Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners (72.3 KiB, 138 hits)

  O.M. dated 07.02.2013 – 22nd meeting of SCOVA to be held on 19.2.2013 – Forwarding of letters to SCOVA members for necessary action (104.3 KiB, 109 hits)

  O.M. dated 06.02.2013 – Fresh agenda items for 22nd meeting of SCOVA to be held on 19.2.2013 in New Delhi (323.3 KiB, 101 hits)

  O.M. dated 28.01.2013 – Revision of PPO of pre-2006 pensioners – (i) even if age / date of birth of spouse not available (ii) model advertisement (267.8 KiB, 120 hits)

  O.M. dated 28.01.2013 – Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners (227.0 KiB, 138 hits)

  O.M. dated 16.01.2013 – (i) Eligibility of disabled children for family pension after marriage and (ii) Eligibility for two family pensions (13.4 KiB, 131 hits)

  Letter dated 14.01.2013 – 22nd meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies to be held on 19.2.13 in New Delhi (43.3 KiB, 112 hits)

  O.M. dated 03.01.2013 – Re-exercise of option under Rule 6 of the CCS (RP) Rules, 2008 in case of employees covered under the O.M. dated 19.3.2012 (978.3 KiB, 110 hits)

  O.M. dated 31.12.2012 – Introducing a dedicated day for attending pensioners in person (518.2 KiB, 100 hits)

  DFS letter dated 28.12.2012 – Steps to ameliorate the hardships of pensioners – fixation of time line for timely redressal of grievances from pensioners (552.6 KiB, 211 hits)

  Notification dated 27.12.2012 – Amendment to Rule 54 of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 (161.4 KiB, 109 hits)

  Notification dated 21.12.2012 – Amendment to Pension Rules (640.3 KiB, 110 hits)

  O.M. dated 27.11.2012 – Eligibility of children from a void or voidable marriage for family pension – clarification regarding (64.0 KiB, 109 hits)

  O.M. dated 26.11.2012 – Pensionary benefits to the employees of Non-Statutory Departmental Canteens (1.1 MiB, 115 hits)

  O.M. dated 14.11.2012 – Revision of PPOs of pre-2006 pensioners & family pensioners – use of e-scroll for retrieving information from Banks (64.0 KiB, 98 hits)

  O.M. dated 25.10.2012 – Dearness Relief to Govt. pensioners in receipt of provisional pension or pension in the pre-revised scale of 5th CPC w.e.f. 1.7.2012 (61.2 KiB, 145 hits)

  O.M. dated 04.10.2012 – Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Govt. pensioners and family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 1.7.2012 (112.8 KiB, 184 hits)

  O.M. dated 24.09.2012 – Revision of PPOs of pre-2006 Pensioners or Family Pensioners – Furnishing of details – Regarding (1.9 MiB, 145 hits)

  O.M. dated 20.09.2012 – Family pension – Documents to be submitted by claimant member of family (other than spouse) with Form 14, PPO and death certificate (178.9 KiB, 112 hits)

  O.M. dated 13.09.2012 – Change in the date of birth / age of family pensioners (116.2 KiB, 95 hits)

RBI Master Circular on disbursement of pension

  Master Circular dated 02.07.2012 – Disbursement of Pension by Agency Banks (190.9 KiB, 183 hits)

  Notification dated 08.06.2012 – Amendment to CCS (Commutation of Pension) Rules, 1981 (61.2 KiB, 107 hits)

  O.M. dated 25.05.2012 – Fixation of enhanced family pension – pre-2006 pensioners / family pensioners – Clarification regarding (74.2 KiB, 128 hits)

  O.M. dated 01.05.2012 – Implementation of recommendations of Parl. Standing Committee on Home Affairs – Following a time schedule for disbursement of pension (140.3 KiB, 95 hits)

  O.M. dated 04.04.2012 – Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioers – Revised rate effective from 1.1.2012 (101.8 KiB, 149 hits)

  O.M. dated 02.04.2012 – Providing copies of ACRs/APARs to retired officers of Central Civil Services/Posts (24.1 KiB, 51 hits)

  O.M. dated 19.03.2012 – CCS (Revised Pay) Rules 2008 – Date of next increment in the revised pay structure under Rule 10 of the CCS (RP) Rules, 2008 (588.1 KiB, 227 hits)

  Pension Adalat for Civil Pensioners of Delhi NCR to be conducted by Bank of Baroda on 13.1.2012 at 11.00 P.M. in Zonal Office, New Delhi (1.2 MiB, 156 hits)

  Notification dated 11.11.2003 – Amendments to Rules 13 and 19 of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 (Counting of Boy service for civil pension) (28.1 KiB, 129 hits)

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Law: PMO plans to merge tribunals for efficiency…; Proxy counsel cannot argue a case: High court … SC puts curbs on adjournments to ensure fairer and faster trials …

PMO plans to merge tribunals for efficiency, Company Law Board and CAT could be merged
Proxy counsel cannot argue a case: High court
HC asks 2 cops to face trial 23 years after torturing woman
SC puts curbs on adjournments to ensure fairer and faster trials
Law ministry draws policy to withdraw ‘frivolous’ cases
Bollywood Ban on Women Make-Up Artists Ends, Supreme Court Says It’s Illegal
Judges cannot demand respect through contempt power: Supreme Court
SC sets Dec 1 deadline for release of undertrials who have served half of their maximum possible sentence
Girls born before 2005 too have equal rights to jointly-owned property, says Bombay high court
Major relief to citizens, govt to accept self-attested documents
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PMO plans to merge tribunals for efficiency, Company Law Board and CAT could be merged  Economictimes.indiatimes.com
27 Feb, 2015
NEW DELHI: The Prime Minister’s Office is planning to prune the list of all important national tribunals and merge some of them to create larger entities and ensure efficiency. …

Proxy counsel cannot argue a case: High court   TimesofIndia.indiatimes.com
Feb 16, 2015
Background: There are times when the advocate on record is stuck in some other court and cannot attend to another matter. In such cases, he appoints a “proxy counsel” to take care of the case in his absence. …

HC asks 2 cops to face trial 23 years after torturing woman   TimesofIndia.indiatimes.com
Jan 25, 2015
MUMBAI: Police can’t torture an accused to extract information, the Bombay high court has ruled in a landmark judgment, and ordered two policemen to face trial for brutally assaulting a woman in custody 23 years ago. …

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SC puts curbs on adjournments to ensure fairer and faster trials   TimesofIndia.indiatimes.com
Jan 22, 2015
NEW DELHI: In a step that would ensure free and speedy trial, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered courts not to grant any adjournment during the most crucial phase of trial, which is between deposition of witness and his cross-examination by the counsel for accused. …

Law ministry draws policy to withdraw ‘frivolous’ cases   TimesofIndia.indiatimes.com
Jan 20, 2015
NEW DELHI: In an effort to bring down pendency of cases in courts, both the Centre and states have decided to withdraw ‘frivolous and ineffective cases’. …

Bollywood Ban on Women Make-Up Artists Ends, Supreme Court Says It’s Illegal    Ndtv.com
November 10, 2014
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today ended a nearly six-decade ban on women make-up artists in the film industry, calling it an “absolute violation of constitutional value and norms.” …

Judges cannot demand respect through contempt power: Supreme Court    TimesofIndia.indiatimes.com
Nov 3, 2014
Since its inception, the Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that “no one can be a judge in his own cause”. This principle brings fairness to the justice delivery system and upholds equality of all before law. …

SC sets Dec 1 deadline for release of undertrials who have served half of their maximum possible sentence   TimesofIndia.indiatimes.com
Sep 5, 2014
NEW DELHI: Supreme Court on Friday set a two-month deadline, ending December 1, for release of all undertrial prisoners who have served a period which is more than half the maximum sentence for their crime. …

Girls born before 2005 too have equal rights to jointly-owned property, says Bombay high court    TimesofIndia.indiatimes.com
Aug 15, 2014
MUMBAI: The Bombay high court has clarified that a change in law in 2005 to bring daughters on a par with sons over rights to joint family property can be applied retrospectively. …

Major relief to citizens, govt to accept self-attested documents   TimesofIndia.indiatimes.com 
Jul 15, 2014
NEW DELHI: In what may come as a major relief to citizens, the government has decided to do away with the necessity of filing affidavits from a gazetted officer or a notary for a big chunk of government-related work and instead to promote self-attestation of documents. …

Now get a marriage certificate within 24 hours  Business-standard.com
May 11, 2014
New Delhi. Like passports and rail tickets, you can now get a marriage registration certificate issued within 24 hours, using a ‘tatkal’ service. …

Make senseless litigants pay: SC TimesofIndia.indiatimes.com  
May 7, 2014
NEW DELHI: After hearing arguments for countless hours for more than two years in the Sahara case, the Supreme Court on Tuesday sent a request to Parliament: please enact a ‘Code of Compulsory Compensation’ (CCC).

State can’t impose mother tongue on schools, says SC  Deccanheral.com
May 6, 2014
In a path-breaking ruling, the Supreme Court on Tuesday held that the state government does not have the right to impose the mother tongue of a child as the medium of instruction in primary education. …

Science beats law, leaves young girl without ‘father’   TimesofIndia.indiatimes.com
Jan 9, 2014
NEW DELHI: A 30-year-old scientific advancement clashed with and trumped the colonial-era Indian Evidence Act which had held sway in the Indian judiciary for 142 years, resulting in the triumph of truth but leading to unfortunate stigmatization of an innocent child.

After 29 years, man acquitted of stealing Rs 57   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Dec 3, 2013
KANPUR: Some times justice delayed is not merely justice denied but downright cruel. Wrongly accused of pocketing Rs 57.60, postman Umakant Mishra remained suspended from his government job for nearly 30 years. …

 

Dont’ give undue weightage to minor lapses in probe: Supreme Court  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Nov 15, 2013
NEW DELHI: Guilty people will have a field day if courts get carried away by every mistake and give unnecessary weightage to minor “errors or lapses” in police probe, the Supreme Court has said. …

FIR must in complaints about serious offences: Supreme Court   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Nov 13, 2013
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday made it mandatory for police to register a first information report on receiving a complaint about a serious offence, freeing criminal investigation from the rampant abuse of discretionary powers by the local thana in-charge. …

Supreme Court stays Gauhati high court’s order, ‘saves’ CBI for now Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Nov 10, 2013
NEW DELHI: The CBI, in a limbo since Wednesday’s Gauhati high court verdict declared it “unconstitutional” and stripped it of all policing powers, was ‘revived’ on Saturday after the Supreme Court stayed the high court order following an appeal by the Centre.
A bench of justices Sathasivam and Ranjana P Desai noticed the promptness with which accused in many cases involving serious offences, including the 2G spectrum scam, moved trial courts seeking a stay on the cases against them following the HC verdict. …
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Centre to move SC against Gauhati high court order on CBI today Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Nov 9, 2013
NEW DELHI: The Centre will move the Supreme Court on Saturday to challenge the Gauhati high court’s sensational judgment declaring that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was not set up legally and had no power to investigate an offence, arrest accused and file charge-sheet. …
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NHRC can’t punish cop, high court says    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Sep 17, 2013

ALLAHABAD: The Allahabad high court has quashed the orders passed by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) giving punishment to a police officer on the ground that there is no provision under which order of punishment could be passed by it. …

Bail, not jail, the norm, says SC, but the reality is opposite  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Sep 8, 2013

MUMBAI: Bail, not jail, is a dominant principle of criminal law practised by every mature democracy and in India often in its breach. Be it A Raja or Kanimozhi in the 2G case, Suresh Kalmadi in the CWG case or Asaram, facing an unproven sexual assault charge, once a case becomes high profile courts are diffident to grant bail even if that flies against the express directive of the Supreme Court. …

10 common legal myths busted  Economictimes.indiatimes.com

26 Aug, 2013

Did you check your friend’s repayment history when you agreed to be a guarantor for his home loan? You should have, because according to a Supreme Court ruling, the lender can recover his dues from the guarantor if the borrower is unable to repay the loan. Your friend’s liabilities could become yours if he defaults. Yet, very few people know this or check it when they blindly sign up as guarantors for loans taken by friends and relatives.

SC: Can’t tell accused who whistleblower is

LawAug 23, 2013

NEW DELHI: In what is sure to encourage whistleblowers, the Supreme Court has ruled that identity of persons who tip off anti-corruption agencies about corrupt deals of bureaucrats can never be revealed to the accused facing prosecution under Prevention of Corruption Act. …

Judges and advocates accountable to people, Chief Justice of India says  Times of India

Aug 20, 2013

CHENNAI: Though people do not elect judges and advocates, the two are answerable and accountable to the public, said Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam on Tuesday. The judiciary is enjoying enormous public confidence and trust, and hence advocates and judges must conduct themselves in a befitting manner, he said…

Compassionate job for man after late mother’s legal battle for years  Times of India

Aug 14, 2013

MADURAI: A legal battle that dragged on for 17 years came to an end with a 29-year old man finally declared eligible to get a government job, though his mother who went to the court on behalf of him died before the verdict. She had taken the municipal authorities to court to secure a government job for he son on compassionate ground after her husband’s legal death. …

Notorious fake courts back in Tamil Nadu  Times of India

Jul 15, 2013

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu’s notorious ‘fake courts’, which hold civil and criminal proceedings and exercise even ‘contempt of court’ jurisdiction, are back in news with all their paraphernalia such as court halls, national emblem and ‘judges’ accompanied by mace-wielding duffedars calling out ‘Silence’. …

Litigants may soon get case details online, through text messages  Times of India

Jun 18, 2013

NEW DELHI: Soon, litigants may get updates on progress of their cases pending in various subordinate courts online, and through text messages on their mobile phones as part of judicial reforms initiated by the government. …

Soon, ‘vulnerable’ witnesses won’t have to face accused

Jun 18, 2013

NEW DELHI: Realizing the need of having a better witness protection programme in place, lower judiciary is now working towards creating a new ‘vulnerable witness facility’ that will help witnesses who are under threat or are likely to be threatened by the accused to come out and depose without any danger. …

Madhya Pradesh judge goes by ‘animal instinct’  TOI News

May 4, 2013

JABALPUR: Chief judicial magistrate in Khandwa district court, GC Dubey decided to rely upon “animal instinct” than the rule book to decide a custody issue. During the proceedings of a theft case lodged in Piplod police station last month, where parties charged each other with stealing a baby goat weighing about 16 kilograms, Dubey summoned two female goats to the court and delivered instant justice on Thursday by observing which one shared a better comfort-level with the little one. …

Punish convicts for the crime as well as its brutality, Supreme Court says

Apr 25, 2013

NEW DELHI: The increased brutality in committing crimes, including gang rapes in the recent past, has not been lost on the Supreme Court, which has promised to the society that the accused if convicted would get adequately punished not only for the crime but also for their depravity. …

Compensate rape victims: SC

Apr 25, 2013

NEW DELHI: Victims of sexual assault need a completely different treatment than what is meted out to them by the society and state authorities, the Supreme Court has said and ordered all states to implement its 18-year-old directive.

The 1995 judgment of the apex court had directed setting up of Criminal Injuries Compensation Board and said it could take up the task of determining the amount to be paid by the offender to rape victims who incur huge financial loss apart from carrying the unwarranted stigma. …

‘Car thief’ demands top cop’s apology

Apr 14, 2013

NEW DELHI: Dubbed a ‘known car thief’ by Delhi Police, which slapped 55 cases on him, Irfan Ali will now settle for nothing less than a written apology from the police commissioner.

Ali has approached the Delhi high court, demanding that the police chief apologize as the cops used him as a “fill in the blank” for all the unsolved car theft cases since 1991. For being framed, Ali has also sought a compensation of 80 lakh as he suffered “mental harassment, humiliation, physical agony and judicial custody”. …
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HR: Retrenched staff get relief from SC, 23 years after launching legal battle; How to deal with frenemies at work …

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Retrenched staff get relief from SC, 23 years after launching legal battle   Indianexpress.com
March 24, 2015
Manohar Kamkar was 48 in 1992 when Mumbai-based shipping company Mackinnon Mackenzie laid off over 90 of its employees including him. For the next 23 years, he and his colleagues spent fighting a legal battle in three different courts — the Industrial court, High Court and Supreme Court. …

How to deal with frenemies at work   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Feb 11, 2015
A frenemy is one of the most dangerous workplace friends you can come across,” says US-based executive coach and corporate author Ellen Lubin-Sherman. …

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Madras high court stays termination of TCS employee   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jan 13, 2015
CHENNAI: In a case which may open a floodgate of litigation, the Madras high court on Tuesday restrained software major TCS from retrenching an employee who has been issued termination by the company. …

For women, more education means salary discrimination at work  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Nov 3, 2013
AHMEDABAD: The more educated a woman, the higher the salary discrimination she faces at work, says a recent study by a faculty member of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A).

SC trashes Central Bank plea against HC ruling  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Aug 25, 2013

MUMBAI: The Supreme Court has dismissed a special leave petition filed by the Central Bank of India against the Bombay high court’s landmark order against recruitment on the basis of campus interviews. “We see no reason to interfere. The special leave petition is dismissed,” observed Justice H L Gokhale and J Chelameswar in their one-page order on August 19. …

Infographic visual resumes: Job aspirants experimenting with new ideas to lure recruiters

21 Jun, 2013

BANGALORE: A tough job market, companies shy of hiring, and a growing pile of CVs are increasingly forcing job aspirants to experiment with innovative ideas like infographic CVs, Facebook-styled timelines, photographs, icons and even video resumes in order to showcase their credentials better. …

Banks lay out special maternity benefits in an attempt to retain women employees  Economic Times

18 Jun, 2013

NEW DELHI: Anupama Ranade, joint general manager and head of corporate credit risk at ICICI Bank, has stuck to her first job for more than 20 years. With good reason.

A few years ago, when she was heading general banking operations, her husband was posted abroad for three years. She had two children to look after, and staying away from her husband or working from a remote location, were not feasible. …

When promotions can be harmful  TOI News

May 17, 2013

The phenomenon where an employee reaches his/ her ineptitude level after a series of elaborate promotions is known as Peter Principle. Managers with exceptional managerial skills may lack even the basic leadership skills. Therefore, when they get promoted to leadership roles, they fail to perform

Rahul Raj, TimesJobs.com Bureau

Pallab Mishra (name changed) had been a consistent performer for most part of his career. This ensured him promotions at regular intervals and he was moving-up the hierarchy fast. …

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DISCIPLINE: Govt officials cannot blame court: Madras High Court …

Govt officials cannot blame court: Madras High Court
Prajapati case: Court drops charges against ex-Gujarat DGP
Special court attaches assets of controversial IAS officer Pradeep Sharma
Ahmedabad judge sacked 14 years ago in false case reinstated with pay, seniority
Obama trip plays a role in benching Devyani
Government cancels appointment of 8 state-run bank CMDs, 14 EDs
Two top DRDO scientists awarded jail term by Madras high court for contempt of court
Air India backs staff who held up flight for bash
Sessions court judge suspended after staffer files sexual harassment complaint
CBI arrests Syndicate Bank CMD in Rs 50 lakh bribery case
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Govt officials cannot blame court: Madras High Court   Zeenews.india.com
March 18, 2015
Madurai: Madras High Court Bench on Wednesday observed that government officials should not blame the court, which fixes a time frame for officials, for skipping statutory procedures before initiating action against subordinates. …

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Prajapati case: Court drops charges against ex-Gujarat DGP   Indianexpress.com
February 5, 2015
A special CBI court Wednesday dropped the prosecution charges against former Gujarat director general police P C Pande for want of the state government’s sanction to make him stand trial for being accused of delaying the investigation in the alleged fake encounter case of Tulsiram Prajapati. …

Special court attaches assets of controversial IAS officer Pradeep Sharma    Dnaindia.com
22 January 2015
In more trouble for Gujarat cadre IAS officer Pradeep Sharma, a special anti-money laundering court here had ordered attachment of his immovable assets worth about Rs 75 lakh in a case of alleged corruption and criminal conspiracy in allotment of government land to a firm. …

Ahmedabad judge sacked 14 years ago in false case reinstated with pay, seniority   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jan 22, 2015
AHMEDABAD: Gujarat high court has imposed a token fine of Re 1 on itself for committing an error by suspending and later dismissing a judge in a false bribery case. …

Obama trip plays a role in benching Devyani    Telegraphindia.com
New Delhi, Dec. 20: Her television interviews violated service rules. But it was an act of near rebellion by Devyani Khobragade last week that sealed the foreign office decision on Thursday to strip the diplomat of her duties, almost exactly a year after her arrest in New York had pushed India-US ties to the brink.

Government cancels appointment of 8 state-run bank CMDs, 14 EDs   Economictimes.indiatimes.com
28 Oct, 2014
NEW DELHI: The government on Monday cancelled the appointment of eight chairmen-cum-managing directors and 14 executive directors of state-run banks appointed by the previous UPA government. …

Two top DRDO scientists awarded jail term by Madras high court for contempt of court    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Sep 25, 2014
CHENNAI: While the science community behind Mangalyaan’s success is still basking in glory, the Madras high court on Thursday awarded a three-week jail term to the nation’s two top scientists for contempt of court. The court also imposed a fine on them and directed the Centre to initiate stringent action against the duo. …

Air India backs staff who held up flight for bash
New Delhi, September 21, 2014
A video of partying Air India staffers who allegedly kept passengers on a London-Delhi flight waiting for three hours has caused fresh trouble for the management of the airlines. …

Sessions court judge suspended after staffer files sexual harassment complaint    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Aug 19, 2014
MUMBAI: A sessions court judge on Thursday was suspended after a sexual harassment complaint was filed against him by a court staff member. …

CBI arrests Syndicate Bank CMD in Rs 50 lakh bribery case   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Aug 3, 2014
NEW DELHI/BHOPAL/BANGALORE: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday arrested the chairman and managing director of Syndicate Bank Sudhir Kumar Jain, his brother-in-law and four others for allegedly accepting a bribe to enhance the credit limit of private companies bypassing rules, making it one of most high profile cases involving a serving state-run bank chief in over two decades. …

Rape accused IAS officer declared absconder  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jun 25, 2014
JAIPUR: A local court has declared suspended IAS official B B Mohanty, who is facing rape charges, an absconder and also issued standing arrest warrant against him. …

LTC scam: 5 government employees jailed for four years    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jun 22, 2014
NEW DELHI: Five finance ministry employees, three of whom have retired, and another person have been sent to four years in jail by a Delhi court for fraudulently withdrawing and disbursing Rs 4.2 lakh as Leave Travel Concession (LTC) advances. …

30 Navy officials to face case for fake travel bills  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com  
Jun 12, 2014
NEW DELHI: Exposing a major security hazard at Indian airports, the CBI has recovered a large number of forged rubber stamps of security checks of different airports, baggage identity stickers of different airlines of India and their blank boarding passes; blank tickets and boarding passes of directorate of shipping, which were being used by none other than officials of Indian Navy. …

Charges to be framed against magistrate Raju  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com  
Jun 12, 2014
KOCHI: The Kerala high court on Wednesday ordered framing of charges against magistrate N V Raju for the grave irregularity of not recording solar scam accused Saritha S Nair’s statement given to his court that she was sexually abused. …

SC says media stings no basis for dismissal    Tribuneindia.com
New Delhi, May 31, 2014
The Supreme Court has ordered reinstatement of a police sub-inspector fired by the Mewat Superintendent of Police in 2008, holding that no government servant could be dismissed merely on the basis of any media sting operation showing him accepting bribe. …

ED attaches assets worth Rs 2.15 crore of ex-Nalco CMD, others  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
May 25, 2014
NEW DELHI: Enforcement Directorate has attached assets, including gold bricks and ornaments, worth Rs 2.15 crore of former Nalco chairman cum managing director A K Srivastava and his associates in connection with an alleged money laundering and corruption case of 2012. …

Guv recommends dismissal of KPSC member  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
May 23, 2014,
BANGALORE: For the first time in the state’s history, a member of the Karnataka Public Service Commission has been suspended with a recommendation that she be dismissed from service. …

Ex-VC of maritime university to be prosecuted  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
May 23, 2014
CHENNAI: The Central Bureau of Investigation has finally been allowed by the President’s office to initiate prosecution proceeding against P Vijayan, former vice-chancellor of city-based Indian Maritime University, in a disproportionate assets case. …

Coal India arm MCL sacks 126 employees   Businesstoday.intoday.in 
May 21, 2014
Coal India arm Mahanadi Coalfields on Wednesday said it has terminated services of 126 employees for “violating” the terms and conditions of the appointment, on recommendations of a Odisha government panel. …

Supreme Court grounds first woman additional director of CBI  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
May 10, 2014
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday grounded Archana Ramasundaram less than 24 hours after she became the first woman additional director of CBI, saying there was strong prima facie doubt about the legality of her selection to the important post. …

TN govt suspends officer who is CBI addl director  Hindustantimes.com
May 08, 2014
The Tamil Nadu government suspended Archana Ramasundaram on Thursday, the same day she took over as the CBI’s additional director in New Delhi. …

Don’t outsource judicial functions to CVC: CBI to SC  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
May 8, 2014
NEW DELHI: A day after the Supreme Court granted freedom to ‘caged parrot’ CBI to probe top bureaucrats, the agency told the apex court not to “outsource judicial functions” to the Central Vigilance Commission by allowing it to vet closure reports in coal scam cases prior to their submission before the trial court. …

Air India co-pilot uses her mobile in cockpit, suspended  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Apr 22, 2014
NEW DELHI: An Air India co-pilot is in the dock after her senior captain complained that she used her mobile in the cockpit. …  

Absent on election duty, govt officer served notice  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com  
Apr 11, 2014
INDORE: Seed certification officer of Madhya Pradesh Seed Certification Institute, SP Parihar was served a show cause notice on Monday for remaining absent from election duty without prior intimation. SP Parihar was part of static surveillance team (SST) on duty at Depalpur assembly area from where he went missing without notification. …
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10 things we touch everyday that are dirtier than a toilet seat   Thehealthsite.com
February 19, 2015

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obile Number Portability (MNP) Requests Further Increase and Approach the 105 Million Mark
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Don’t return that missed call!   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Feb 22, 2015
At around 1.35 am on Thursday, Ranita D’souza heard her phone ring. This woke her up and just as she was about to take the call, the caller disconnected. …

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Telecom regulator TRAI issues draft rules for full mobile number portability   Dnaindia.com
24 January 2015
Telecom regulator TRAI has issued draft regulations to facilitate full mobile number portability which is set to start from May 3. …

Facebook’s WhatsApp comes to desktops   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jan 22, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO: The popular mobile messaging application WhatsApp, acquired by Facebook last year for nearly $22 billion, has unveiled a new service for sending messages from a web browser. …

Study reveals just how dirty your phone could be    News.com.au
Jan 15, 2015
HAVE a think about some of the places your hands have been and the germs you could have picked up. Then think about how many times a day you touch your phone. …

Phone IMEI codes can be cracked   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Dec 29, 2014
NEW DELHI: Next time you lose a cellphone, there may be lesser chances of getting it back. After the arrest of two accused from Gaffar Market on Sunday, police have found that International Mobile Station Equipment Identity (IMEI) number of stolen mobile phones can be changed making it all the more difficult to trace the gadget. …

Youth dies as mobile phone explodes during charging    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Dec 20, 2014
BUNDI (Rajasthan): A 24-year-old youth died after his mobile phone exploded while it was being charged in Korma village under Nainwa police station here, police said here. …

How to Reduce the Effects of Cell Phone Radiation    Healthmeup.com

WhatsApp suffers outage a day after handling 64 billion messages  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Apr 2, 2014
NEW DELHI: WhatsApp earlier in the day suffered a service disruption, with users facing frequent delays in sending and receiving messages. This comes just a day after the company handled 64 billion incoming and outgoing messages. …

Are You Making These 10 Dangerous Smartphone Mistakes?  Gottabemobile.com
02/04/2014
If you own an iPhone or Android smartphone odds are you are making at least one of these dangerous mistakes that can put your personal information or details at risk. …  

iPhone catches fire in teenager’s pocket   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Feb 1, 2014
NEW DELHI: Apple is in the news yet again, and not for the right reasons this time. A 13-year-old girl in Maine, US suffered first- and second-degree burns as her iPhone spontaneously caught fire while in her pocket. …   

Free Roaming Services
New Delhi, Dec 13, 2013
One of the objectives of the New Telecom Policy – 2012 is to work towards ‘one nation – free roaming’. Giving this information in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today, Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, said that as per the provisions of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Act, 1997 as amended from time to time, TRAI prescribes tariffs for telecommunication services in India. Taking into consideration the declared intent of the New Telecom Policy – 2012 for roaming charges, TRAI undertook a comprehensive consultation process to prescribe roaming charges. TRAI had decided not to mandate the implementation of a system in which the calling party pays for a national roaming call in view of  the high costs and operational complications involved and had also concluded that it may not be feasible to remove charges for the incoming call while on national roaming. Further, as a result of a comprehensive consultation process, TRAI issued 55th amendment to Telecom Tariff Order (TTO) 1999 on 17.06.2013, which came into effect from 01.07.2013. This amendment brought about the following changes in the tariff regime for national roaming service:
(i)                 The ceiling tariffs prescribed by TRAI in the year 2007 were Rs.1.40 per minute for outgoing local calls and Rs.2.40 per minute for outgoing STD calls while on national roaming.  These ceilings have been reduced to Re. 1.00 per minute and Re. 1.50 per minute respectively.  Similarly, the ceiling tariffs for incoming calls while on national roaming have been reduced from Rs.1.75 per minute to Re. 0.75 per minute.  Tariffs for outgoing SMS while on national roaming, which were earlier under forbearance have now been capped: outgoing SMS-local at Re. 1.00 per SMS and outgoing SMS-STD at Rs; 1.50 per SMS. Incoming SMS will remain free of charge.
(ii)            Special Tariff Vouchers (STVs) and Combo Vouchers with the benefits of national roaming have been allowed to provide flexibility and convenience to the customers.
(iii)           The service providers have been mandated to offer special tariff plans for roaming. The subscribers can avail partially free roaming, or fully free roaming in lieu of payment of fixed charges, by subscribing to the corresponding tariff plan.
All the wireless access service providers including BSNL and MTNL have implemented the tariff for national roaming in accordance with the reduced ceilings prescribed through the 55th Amendment to Tariff Order (TTO), 1999. All the service providers have launched special tariff plans for roaming. Some of the service providers have launched special tariff vouchers and combo vouchers for national roaming.
While the reduced ceiling tariffs for national roaming service would benefit all the users, special tariff vouchers and combo vouchers would be beneficial for infrequent roamers. On the other hand, special tariff plans would benefit the frequent roamers.
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Mobile Number Portability (MNP) Requests Further Increase and Approach the 105 Million Mark
New Delhi, Dec 13, 2013
As per the latest data reported by the service providers, by the end of October 2013 about 104.79 million subscribers have submitted their requests to different service providers for porting their mobile number (MNP requests). In the month of October 2013 alone, 2.30 million requests have been made for MNP! In MNP Zone-I (Northern & Western India) maximum number of requests have been received in Rajasthan (about 10.44 million) followed by Gujarat (about 9.09 million) whereas in MNP Zone-II (Southern & Eastern) maximum number of requests have been received in Karnataka (about 12.06 million) followed by Andhra Pradesh Service area (about 9.52 million).
(Source: pib press release)

Some patients discreetly record doctors’ advice  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Oct 26, 2013

CHENNAI: Most patients waiting outside doctors’ cabins use their phones to text, surf the internet, and post messages. Now, some of them have started using their phones to record conversations with doctors to be doubly sure of the advice, but the practice, often done without the doctor’s consent, has ruffled physicians. …

How to Find Your Missing Phone  Gizmodo.in

Aug 24, 2013

Oh boy, now you’ve done it. Not only are you supremely hungover from last night’s rager, but your phone is nowhere to be found. Could you have left it at the bar, in a cab, in the gutter somewhere? Who knows! But don’t panic, there’s a host of apps that do. Here’s how to find your phone when it goes missing. …

Smartphones cause rise in myopia: Surgeon  Dnaindia.com

Sunday, Aug 18, 2013

smartphones have made our lives easier, there is a flip side too — they cause vision impairment, says a leading laser eye surgeon.

Femalefirst.co.uk reports that Surgeon David Allambym has revealed that smartphones have caused cases of myopia (short-sightedness) among young Britons to surge. …

Now talk to friends on WhatsApp with new Voice Messages feature  Firstpost.com

Aug 8, 2013

Popular messaging app WhatsApp has introduced Voice Messages for users across platforms that will allow users to send recorded messages to their contacts. The introduction comes on the day the service crossed 300 million monthly active users. …

TRAI issues the Telecommunications Mobile Number Portability (Fifth Amendment) Regulations, 2013 for corporate mobile numbers

July 24, 2013

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has issued the Telecommunications Mobile Number Portability (Fifth Amendment) Regulations, 2013.

After implementation of Mobile Number Portability, the Authority had received complaints from the subscribers of corporate mobile numbers that their porting requests have been rejected by the donor operators under the category “Contractual Obligation” for want of permission/authorization from the company/ corporate for porting such numbers.The Authority examined the complaints, and a need was felt to have a porting process for corporate mobile numbers where the users of mobile numbers are from the organisation, who is the owner of such mobile numbers.

Accordingly, TRAI placed draft Telecommunications Mobile Number Portability (Fifth Amendment) Regulations 2013 on its website www.trai.gov.in for consultation of the stakeholders. Based on the stakeholder’s comments and TRAI’s own analysis, TRAI has issued the Telecommunications Mobile Number Portability (Fifth Amendment) Regulations.

Salient features of this amendment are as following:

1. Upto 50 corporate mobile numbers of a service provider can be ported to another service provider through letter of authorization from the authorized signatory of the corporate mobile numbers, in a single porting request

2. These amendments will become effective 90 days from today as the Telecom Service Providers and MNP service providers will require time to carryout required changes in their system.

3. Considering the activities involved and number of mobiles to be processed in single porting request, 48 hrs have been allowed for forwarding the porting request by the Recipient Operator, for corporate mobile numbers whereas 24hrs remain unaltered for individual porting requests.

For any clarification/information, Shri Sanjeev Banzal Advisor (Networks, Spectrum and Licensing) may be contacted at Tel. No.+91-11-23210481,Fax No. +91-11-23212014.(Source: pib press release)

Fingerprints may soon be needed to get SIM cards

Jul 3, 2013

NEW DELHI: Noting that even the mandatory physical verification system doesn’t prevent SIM cards to fall into wrong hands, the home ministry has asked the department of telecommunication (DoT) to explore an option of making it compulsory for cellphone service providers to take fingerprints or any other biometric feature of the subscriber, akin to Aadhaar, before activating the mobile numbers. …

‘Free’ roaming comes into effect from July 1, Airtel & Idea lead charge

Jul 1, 2013

NEW DELHI: Telecom majors Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular today announced ‘free’ roaming packs, paving the way for cheaper roaming across India. Other operators are expected to follow suit soon. …

Bharti Airtel, Google join hands to provide free Internet  Indian Express

Jun 27, 2013

Bharti Airtel and Google on Wednesday announced the launch of Free Zone powered by Google, which will give Airtel mobile customers access to mobile web search and feature-phone-friendly versions of Gmail and Google+ in India.

The first page of a website linked from search results is provided at no data cost. Free Zone aims to put the web in the hands of more people and empower first time Internet users with several useful services of the Internet. …

Illegal phone tapping penalty may be hiked to Rs 2 crore from Rs 1 lakh

May 30, 2013

The Department of Telecommunication (DoT), aiming to strengthen the framework for checking unlawful interception of phones, has suggested a steep rise in fine for illegal phone tapping to Rs.2 crore, from Rs 1 lakh at present.

The agencies allowed to tap phones, for their investigations and surveillance actions, include the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Intelligence Bureau (IB), Enforcement Directorate (ED), Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). …

TRAI prescribes measures to control unsolicited calls  Hindu News

May 28, 2013

Are you fed up with unsolicited commercial calls asking you to invest in some holiday club or take a retirement pension plan of an insurance company? Now there will be a major relief for all those who get such calls with Telecom Regulatory Authority of India prescribing some deterrent punishment for such calls.

The TRAI recently issued The Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference (12th Amendment) Regulations, 2013, prescribing further measures to tighten the framework for controlling the menace of Unsolicited Commercial Communications (UCC). …

Guidelines for New Mobile Connections

March 13, 2013

Department of Telecom (DoT) has issued revised instructions to Cellular Mobile Telephone Service and Unified Access Services Licensees vide letter dated 09.08.2012 on verification of Mobile Subscribers after review of existing instructions. New instructions are aimed at improving customer verification compliance. These instructions inter-alia prescribe the following:

(i) A passport size photograph should be pasted on the Customer Acquisition Form (CAF) and the documents as proof of identity and proof of address of the subscriber should be attached with the CAF.

(ii) The person at the Point of Sale has to get the CAF duly filled and signed (in case of illiterate person thumb impression) by the subscriber with date. The authorized person at PoS has to record in the CAF that he has seen the subscriber and matched the photograph attached on the CAF with the subscriber and verified his copies of documents of proof of address and proof of identity attached with the CAF with the original and has to put his signature on the CAF & all attached documents.

(iii) The mobile connection is to be activated only after the requirement of filling up CAF and copies of documentary proof as per requirement have been fulfilled by the customer and the subscriber details have been updated in the subscriber database of the Licensee and the employee of licensee has verified the same.

(iv) After activation of SIM also the subscriber is to be tele-verified by the Licensee.

As far as retailers are concerned, they are contractors of the licensees and these instructions are not addressed to the retailers.

The detailed instructions dated 09.08.2012 are available at DoT website at http://www.dot.gov.in/as/2012/DOC181012.pdf

In these instructions, apart from the penalties prescribed in other instructions issued form time to time, the following additional provisions of penalty have inter-alia been made in these instructions:

(i) In case, the Licensee fails to intimate about the disconnection to TERM Cell within 7 days of disconnection, a penalty of Rs. 3000/- per connection per week or part thereof shall be levied.

(ii) If it is detected that the number was not actually disconnected on or before the date of confirmation/disconnection, then a penalty @ Rs. 1000 per day from the date of intimation to the Licensee to the date of actual disconnection shall be levied in addition to the penalty for non-disconnection.

The following provisions have inter-alia been re-iterated in these instructions regarding point of sale/ franchisees in case of forged document cases:

(i) Police complaint/ FIR shall be lodged by the Point of Sale (PoS)/Franchisee against the subscriber in case forged documents are submitted by the subscriber and originals are also forged.

(ii) Licensee shall lodge FIR/ Complaint against the subscriber and Franchisee/PoS in case of failure of PoS/Franchisee in lodging complaint/FIR against subscriber.

(iii) The Licensee shall lodge the compliant / FIR against the Franchisee/ point of sale and financial penalty shall also be imposed in case forgery has been done by point of sale/ franchisee.

(iv) In case action as above is not taken by the Licensee or Licensee itself is involved in forgery, Telecom Enforcement Resource & Monitoring (TERM) Cell of DoT shall lodge Complaint/ FIR against Licensee. Penalty shall also be imposed on all such forged cases.

(v) Where it is found that the act of issuing connections was done by PoS using the document of some other subscriber or any person, or the documents were forged by the franchisee/PoS, the concerned PoS/franchisee may be terminated by the Licensee in addition to lodging of complaint / FIR against it. Other Licensees shall also terminate/ not appoint any such PoS.

In the new instructions, some additional safeguards have been made in the interest of national security. There does not seem any provision leading to undue hardship to consumers.

This information was given by Shri Milind Deora, Minister of State for C&IT in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
(Courtesy: pib press release)

Call Centres for Mobile and Landline Telephones

Feb 22, 2013

Call centers are being set up by the Telecom Service Providers across the licensing service area for catering to the queries/complaints of their mobile and landline customers. The Telecom Service Providers have informed that their call Centre capacity is adequate for the current call volumes. The deployed call Centre agents are proficient in vernacular languages so that they can understand and resolve subscriber’s complaint(s) in their own language.

Further, for Redressal of complaints of telecom subscribers, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has prescribed the framework through the Telecom Consumers Complaint Redressal Regulations, 2012. This regulation provides for the following:

(i) Every Service provider has to establish a complaint Centre for Redressal of complaints and for addressing service requests of its consumers. The service provider is also free to set up one or more complaint centers, which may be common or separate for the various services provided by it.

(ii) The complaint center shall deploy sufficient number of employees at its complaint centers to meet the quality of service parameters specified by the TRAI from time to time.

(iii) The Complaint Centre shall be accessible to its consumers through a “Consumer Care Number” having sufficient lines or connections.

(iv) The complaint centre shall also be accessible through the network of other service providers by earmarking a specific number.

(v) The first level in the Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) shall provide for language selection.

(vi) Every service provider shall also establish General Information Number for providing information to customers. In case general information is provided on toll free basis, the same can also be provided on the consumer care number.

Further, TRAI’s Standards of Quality of Service for Basic Telephone Service (Wireline) and Cellular Mobile Telephone Services Regulations, 2009 provide for the following quality of service parameters for assessing the performance of service providers relating to response time the customer for assistance:

(i) Accessibility of Call Centre [Benchmark ≥95%] and

(ii) Percentage of calls answered by the operators (voice to voice) within 60 seconds [Benchmark ≥90%].

As per the Performance Monitoring Report for Basic Service (Wireline) for the quarter ending 30th September 2012 and for Cellular Mobile Telephone Services for the quarter ending 31st December 2012, the service providers are generally meeting the benchmark for the parameter accessibility of call Centre. However, some of the service providers are not meeting the benchmark for the parameter Percentage of calls answered by the operators (voice to voice) within 60 seconds.

This information was given by Shri Milind Deora, Minister of State for C&IT a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.
(Courtesy: pib press release)

Complaints/Grievance Redressal Mechanism for Telephone/Mobile Phone/Internet Users in India

July 8, 2011 : Dtf.in : Updated on Nov 27, 2011.

The Department of Telecommunications (Government of India) have provided Complaints/Grievance Redressal Mechanism for Telephone/Mobile Phone/Internet Users in India. The details of their existing mechanism, as published by them on their website, are given below.

DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS

PG CELL

1.      Indian Telecommunication Sector has undergone a major process of transformation through significant policy reforms, particularly beginning with the announcement of NTP 1994 and was subsequently re-emphasized and carried forward under NTP 1999. Driven by various policy initiatives, the Indian telecom sector witnessed a complete transformation in the last decade.  As of now, Department of Telecommunications is mainly performing the role of licensor and policy maker. As per licensing conditions:

“Any dispute, with regard to the provision of SERVICE shall be a matter only between the aggrieved party and the LICENSEE, who shall duly notify this to all before providing the SERVICE.  And in no case the LICENSOR shall bear any liability or responsibility in the matter. The Licensee shall keep the Licensor indemnified for all claims, cost, charges or damages in the matter.”

2.1    Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, (www.trai.gov.in) an  independent legal entity,  was established to regulate the telecommunication services and discharge the various functions, two of them are as follows :-

2.1.1   To ensure compliance of terms and conditions of license which includes customer service, Quality of Performance, Tariff also apart from other conditions;

2.1.2   To lay down the standards of quality of service to be provided by the service providers and to ensure the quality of service and to conduct the periodical survey of such service provided by the service providers so as to protect interest of the consumers of telecommunication services;

2.2    TRAI has notified the various Directions / Regulations/Guidelines  to the service providers to address the major issues related to consumers including but not limited to the  following:

2.2.1   Telecom Consumers Protection and Redressal of Grievances Regulation, 2007 on 4th May 2007 which provides for speedy, effective and inexpensive redressal of grievances of consumers by the services provider.

2.2.2   Quality of Service (code of practice on metering and billing accuracy) Regulation, 2006 on 21st March 2006; for protecting the interest of consumers relating to metering and billing.

2.2.3   Quality of Service (time period of resolution of billing complaints, refund of dues/security deposits to consumers, rectification of calls, rebate in rent for delayed rectification of faults etc.) of Basic and Cellular Mobile Telephone Services, Regulations on 1st July 2005 and reviewed thereafter on 20th March 2009.

2.2.4   Direction on 16th September 2005 regarding not to offer / market / advertise in a manner that is likely to mislead the consumers.

2.2.5 Guidelines to Telecom Service Providers regarding Collection of dues by outsourced agencies engaged by them on 16th November 2007; for addressing the concerns of consumers relating to collection of dues.

The compliance of above Directions / Regulations is monitored by TRAI.  Whenever deficiencies/violation of TRAI Orders / Directions / Regulations are noticed, TRAI takes up the issue with the concerned Service Provider for remedial action. However, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act 1997 does not envisage redressal of individual complaints by TRAI. The compilation of the measures taken by TRAI to protect consumer’s interest is available at the TRAI’s website http://www.trai.gov.in/ConsumerInterest.asp

3.         Telecom services are being provided in the country by government PSUs viz. MTNL/BSNL & Private Operators.  These companies are having their own consumer grievances redressal mechanism which is primarily responsible for redressal of all types of complaints of their consumers. The Nodal Officer at headquarter level in respect of PSUs , are:

BSNL: Shri Rajveer Sharma, G.M (Coordination) BSNL Corporate Office Statesman House, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi-110001.

Contact No. 011-23717055 Fax No. 011-23312021 e-mail id gmcdn@bsnl.co.in

MTNL : Shri D.C.Gupta, G.M (Operations) MTNL, Corporate Office, Mahanagar Door Sanchar Bhawan, J.L.Nehru Marg, Minto Road, New Delhi.

Contact No.011-23236812 Fax No. 011-23234900 e-mail id   gmoco@bol.net.in

All the complainants have to approach to their service provider for redressal of their grievances in the first instance through Three Tier Institutionalized Grievances Redressal Mechanism” of the concerned Service Provider; www.trai.gov.in./serviceproviderslist.asp established by it under Telecom Consumer Protection and Redressal of Grievances Regulations, 2007 (3 of 2007) of TRAI. The three tiers/levels are

3.1         Call Centre of concerned Service Provider.

3.2         Nodal Officer of concerned Service Provider.

3.3         Appellate Authority within the company of Service Provider.

4.      However, in case the grievance is not redressed after exhausting all above three levels (3.1 to 3.3) of the concerned Service Provider as per prescribed procedure, the individual complainant without prejudice to his right to approach an appropriate Court of Law may approach Public Grievance Cell of Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Sanchar Bhawan, 20, Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110 001 along with documentary evidence for non-redressal of his grievance at concerned Service Provider level :

(a) By hand      :  Information & Facilitation Counter, Sanchar Bhawan, 20,Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110001.

(b) By Post  : Public Grievances Cell, Deptt. Of Telecom, Room No. 518,Sanchar Bhawan,20,Ashoka Road, New Delhi 110001.

(c ) Through FAX :  FAX No. 011- 23357777

(d)  Through Phone : Phone No. 011- 23356666

(e)  By Web Portal  :www.pgportal.gov.in

4.1    The complaint so received is forwarded to the concerned service provider with a direction to take appropriate action and to inform the complainant regarding the action towards the redressal of the grievance.

4.2    The grievance is to be redressed by concerned service provider only. PG Cell of DoT acts only as a facilitator in the redressal process  and is not vested with any power to penalize the service provider for not redressing the grievance to the satisfaction of the complainant or for delay in redressing the grievance.

5.        In case complainant is not satisfied with the decision taken by service provider or delay in redressal of grievance at any point of time /stage in the above process (3 & 4), the complainant is free to approach  an  appropriate court of law/ any other appropriate forum against the service provider in view of Para 1 above.

STRUCTURE OF PG CELL

Designation of PG Officer

Name  of                  officer       

Tel.No.

FAX.No.

Postal address

Dy.Director General(PG) Shri S.S.Singh 011-23372131 011-23372605 1210,Sanchar Bhawan,20 , Ashoka Road, New Delhi 110001

Director(PG)

Shri R.K.Singh     011-23710537 011 23712350 1207,Sanchar Bhawan, 20, Ashoka Road, New Delhi 110001
DE(MOC CELL) Shri P.K.Jain 011-23036606 011- 23357777 518,Sanchar Bhawan, 20, Ashoka Road, New Delhi 110001
AD(PG-I) Shri R.S.Rana 011-23355941 011 23752224 12th Floor,Sanchar Bhawan, 20, Ashoka Road, New Delhi 110001
AD(PG-III) Shri M.L.Sindhi 011-23036717 011 23372582 12th Floor,Sanchar Bhawan, 20, Ashoka Road, New Delhi 110001
AD(PG-IV) Shri V.K.Sethi 011-23036934 011 23372582 12th Floor, Sanchar Bhawan, 20, Ashoka Road, New Delhi 110001

Director(PG) is available for visitors on every Wednesday from 10:00 A.M. to 01:00 P.M.

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Regulation of Unsolicited Calls on Mobile Phones

Nov 25, 2011

New Delhi. Shri Milind Deora, the Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology informed Rajya Sabha today in written reply to a question that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued “the Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Regulations, 2010” on 1st December, 2010 with the objective to provide an effective mechanism for curbing Unsolicited Commercial Communications. All the provisions of the said regulation have come into force from 27th September, 2011. Prior to coming into force of this regulation, on an average 47454 complaints were received per month. (March 2010 to March 2011). The number of complaints has come down after implementation of this regulation with effect from 27th September, 2011. As per the data on Unsolicited Commercial Communications (UCC) complaints lodged by customers with Access Providers, a total of 5979 complaints were lodged by telecom customers from 27th September to 15th November 2011.

As per the provisions of the regulations, the telecom customers have to register with their service providers for registration in National Customer Preference Registry. No complaints have been received regarding the Access Providers refusing registration to new customers with the National Customer preference Registry as intimated by TRAI.
(Courtesy: pib press release)

Phone Tapping

Aug 17, 2011

Interception of telephone conversation is a permissible activity under Section 5 (2) of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 wherein on the occurrence of any public emergency, or in the interest of the public safety, the Central Government or a State Government or any officer specially authorized in this behalf by the Central Government or a State Government after proper satisfaction issues authorization to the concerned notified agencies to intercept/tap telephones in the interest of sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of State, friendly relations with foreign states or public order or for preventing incitement to the commission of an offence duly recording the reasons thereof. The procedure of such authorization is well laid in Rule 419A of the Indian Telegraph Rules, 1951 as amended from time to time in 1999 and in 2007.

Rule 419A provides for a robust oversight mechanism.

Based on the information received from Ministry of Home Affairs, Shri Milind Deora, Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology informed Lok Sabha in written reply to a question.

(Courtesy: pib press release)

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MUMBAI: A family court on Monday rejected a wife’s interim plea seeking her estranged husband’s removal from their Lokhandwala flat where she stays with him and their child, just because she pays the EMI (equated monthly installment to repay home loan). …

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File affidavits of assets, income during divorce proceedings, directs HC    Indianexpress.com
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Aug 31 2014
A man, who sought separation from his wife alleging that she was aggressive and autocratic with an insatiable appetite for sex, was granted divorce by a family court here. …

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Jun 29, 2014
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Supreme Court fines wife Rs 25,000 for going back on divorce terms  Timesofndia.indiatimes.com
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Well-paid wife can’t seek maintenance: Court  Timesofndia.indiatimes.com
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Apr 24, 2014
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Mar 9, 2014
MUMBAI: Refusal to have sex with a life partner during honeymoon does not amount to cruelty, the Bombay high court has ruled while setting aside a family court judgement dissolving the marriage of a couple on this ground. … 

No divorce as estranged couple still had sex, Bombay high court rules   Timesofndia.indiatimes.com
Mar 5, 2014
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HC orders issue of notices to govt officials
All sections must take part in caste census’
Caste census sparks of row
Villagers shun techie for marrying lower caste girl
Government launches scheme to support entrepreneurs from Scheduled Caste community
India bright spot in global economy; caste bias a concern: World Bank
Racism everywhere: President Obama was mistaken for waiter and valet
Casteism exists in India, let’s not remain in denial
Supreme Court junks HC order on caste-based census
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HC orders issue of notices to govt officials   Business-standard.com
March 9, 2015
Madras High Court bench here today ordered issue of notice to state government officials on a PIL seeking to implement the Tamil Nadu Government Order to remove the “caste suffix” from the names of the streets and towns, passed 37 seven years ago. …

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All sections must take part in caste census’   Thehindu.com
March 08.2015
The Karnataka Dalit Sangharsha Samiti (Ambedkarvada) has asked all the deprived sections of society to actively participate in the caste census beginning from April 11 in the State. …

Caste census sparks of row   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Feb 27, 2015
BENGALURU: Karnataka government’s first-ever caste census since the days of the British Raj has run into controversy even before it has begun. …

Villagers shun techie for marrying lower caste girl   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jan 21, 2015
MUMBAI: Three years back, a Dombivli-based software engineer who married a girl from a lower caste following a college romance, found that he and his family had been ostracized back home in their Vaghiware village in Ratnagiri district. …

Government launches scheme to support entrepreneurs from Scheduled Caste community   Economictimes.indiatimes.com
16 Jan, 2015
NEW DELHI: In a bid to encourage budding and existing entrepreneurs from Scheduled Castes, the government today launched a scheme under which members of the reserved community will be offered concessional finance to start new business ventures. …

India bright spot in global economy; caste bias a concern: World Bank   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jan 11, 2015
GANDHINAGAR: World Bank on Sunday said India can grow at 6.4 per cent in 2015 and accelerate further next year, but cautioned that an enduring “bias” on the basis of caste and other factors can impede prosperity. …

Racism everywhere: President Obama was mistaken for waiter and valet    Firstpost.com
Dec 18, 2014
Washington: He may be president now, but Barack Obama says he’s a black man who has been mistaken for the valet and worries his daughters could face stereotypes. …

Casteism exists in India, let’s not remain in denial    Hindustantimes.com
December 05, 2014
The editor, a liberal man, is taken aback by my question. “I don’t hire people on the basis of their caste but their ability,” he informs me when I ask how many Dalits he has in his newsroom. …

Supreme Court junks HC order on caste-based census    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Nov 8, 2014
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday rescued the Centre from the prospect of carrying out a caste-based census — an exercise that could have led to a controversial reworking of quotas for other backward classes (OBCs). …

TN dalit boy’s seniors slash his wrist for wearing watch    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Sep 5, 2014
MADURAI: A 16-year-old dalit boy was allegedly attacked and his wrists slashed by his non-dalit seniors in Tamil Nadu’s Virudhunagar district on Wednesday night because he wore a wrist watch to school….

Rs 21,000 fine for interacting with dalits in a Punjab district: Report  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jun 12, 2014
PATIALA: Already in news for allegedly organizing a boycott of dalits, upper caste community of Baupur village in Sangrur district had announced that penalty of Rs 21,000 would be imposed in case any member interacted with a dalit in the village, revealed a draft report of an independent fact finding team which visited the village last month. …

Dalit boy killed over ‘affair’ with upper caste girl  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Apr 30, 2014
AHMEDNAGAR/PUNE: A 17-year-old dalit boy was allegedly murdered and hanged from a tree over his love affair with a minor girl from an upper caste at Kharda village in Jamkhed taluka of Ahmednagar on Monday. …

Casteism still exists in civil service, says officer  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Apr 28, 2014
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Senior civil servant and Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University vice chancellor B Ashok has alleged that dalit and backward class officers in the Kerala cadre of IAS still suffer discrimination from a section of higher officials who belong to upper class. …

Haryana’s biggest khap panchayat scripts history, allows inter-caste marriages  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Apr 21, 2014
CHANDIGARH: Scripting history by bringing about changes in the norms pertaining to marriages, Haryana’s biggest khap panchayat called by Satrol khap in Hisar on Sunday gave a go-ahead to inter-caste marriages that have in the past triggered bloody killings in the state and surrounding regions. …

Madras University deletes controversial dalit text from syllabus   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Feb 23, 2014
CHENNAI: University of Madras on Saturday decided to remove ‘Thunbakkeni’, a 75-year-old short story by revolutionary writer Pudhumai Pithan from its Tamil curriculum after complaints that certain references were derogatory to dalits. In August 2013, a petition had been filed in the Madras high court saying the story would hurt dalit sentiments. An official said the decision followed complaints from many quarters. “The controversial story may be replaced with another text by the same writer,” he said. …   

Of How They Caste Away All Odds  Newindianexpress.com
09th February 2014
Milind Khandekar’s Dalit Millionaires narrates  the hard-won success stories of fifteen entrepreneurs who belonged to the constitutional category called Scheduled Castes, known as Dalits in general parlance.
The uniqueness and significance of achievements of Ashok Khade, Kalpana Saroj, Bhagwan Gawai, Sanjay Kshirsaar, J Bhingardevay
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Inclusion of Jains as a minority community under Section 2(c) of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) Act, 1992
New Delhi, Jan 20, 2014
The Union Cabinet today gave its approval forinclusion of Jains as a minority under Section 2 (c) of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992 and the Attorney General through the Ministry of Law and Justice has opined that this would be neither be illegal nor unconstitutional. The Cabinet approved the inclusion of Jains in the list of notified minority communities under Section 2(c) of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992 pending the outcome of court cases in addition to the five communities already notified as minorities under Section 2(c) of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992.These communities are Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs and Zoroastrians (Parsis).
Background:
Under Section 2(c) of National Commission for Minorities (NCM) Act, 1992, five religious communities; Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis are declared as minority communities through a Government Notification issued in October 1993. Thereafter, the Ministry of Minority Affairs has been receiving regular representations and RTI applications for inclusion of Jains as a minority community under this Section.
(Courtesy: pib press release)   

Inter-caste marriage, an awkward proposal?   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Dec 12, 2013
Ritwik Ganguly’s love for bhapa Ilish (steamed Hilsa fish), like most Bengalis, goes beyond the ordinary while his fiancee, Charu Iyer, a Tamil Brahmin, who has had a strict vegetarian upbringing, is distanced from the likes of such foods. …

British Indians seek legal protection from caste system Cbc.ca

Up to 200,000 Indian immigrants are considered dalits, formerly known as untouchables

Oct 25, 2013

Tens of thousands of Indian immigrants in Britain are demanding legal protection from caste discrimination, saying Old World prejudices are being allowed to flourish in the West.

Britain’s Indian community — the largest minority group in the country, with some 1.5 million members — is well established, successful and intertwined into the country’s social fabric. …

Multiplicity of ‘gotras’ may delay Jat survey  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Oct 8, 2013

NEW DELHI: Identification of Jats has just got complicated with Haryana and Madhya Pradesh reporting around 315 ‘gotras’ of the caste group, a reason that has delayed the survey to study the community’s socio-economic profile. …

Steady rise in inter-caste marriages involving dalits  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Sep 19, 2013

NEW DELHI: Maharashtra has notched a four-fold increase in inter-caste marriages involving dalits, a figure that points to liberalizing social values if not a radical makeover.

The growing inter-caste marriages in Maharashtra tie in with the jump in national figures. …

Youth fails to get caste certificate, ends life   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Sep 14, 2013

BHOPAL: Unable to procure a caste certificate for over 18 months to appear in a police recruitment drive, a 23-year-old dalit youth allegedly committed suicide by consuming celphos pills.

The youth was admitted to a private hospital after he consumed the pills on September 11 where he succumbed on Friday. Police said deceased Rajpal Kaithal, was a resident of Narela Shankari. …

Dalit women narrate heartrending stories at public hearing

Sep 9, 2013

AJMER: A family tried to force abortion on a woman just because her husband suspected her of having an illicit relationship with someone. The woman was forcefully taken to Chaksu hospital of Jaipur district but she fought for her right and she later gave birth to the baby but lost her family. The semi-literate woman is now fighting for her rights in the court and she is worried about the future of her baby. …

Dalit author wages war against discrimination through literature

Aug 26, 2013

CHENNAI: Noted Marathi dalit writer Sharan Kumar Limbale first became conscious of his identity the night his father, who belonged to an upper caste, tried to rape his mother.

“My father never acknowledged I was his son. One evening when he showed up at our doorstep I was excited thinking he had come home for good. Little did I realise he had returned to get back at my mother for claiming I was his son,” said Limbale, who was seven years old at the time.  …

Minor girl made to do 500 sit-ups for refusing to clean teacher’s toilet  Hindustan Times

August 18, 2013

State SC/ST Commission on Sunday lambasted the district education department and Betma police for showing leniency to superintendent of the government girls’ hostel who allegedly punished a minor girl. …

Dalit killed, 40 hurt for unfurling tricolour in Bihar village  Times of India

Aug 17, 2013

SASARAM: A dalit villager was stoned to death and at least 40 people were injured, eight of them seriously, as a 500-strong mob of upper caste men attacked them for defying their diktat of not to unfurl the tricolour in front of a temple of Sant Ravidas at Baddi village in Rohtas district, 160km from Patna, on Independence Day. …

Caste bar on marriages became entrenched 2000 years ago, genetic study finds  Times of India

Aug 9, 2013

NEW DELHI: In a fascinating study of how different types of populations mixed in India, scientists have found that there were three stages of intermixing. …

Workplace biases still rampant in India: Survey  Moneycontrol

Aug 06, 2013

Corporate India is yet to adopt the concept of equal opportunity in its true sense, as 1 in every 2 employee said they experienced one or the other kind of discrimination during the process of recruitment and at work, says a survey.

According to a study by TeamLease Services, the Indian workplace is largely accommodating but discrimination still exists on various grounds, especially while hiring. …

Student beaten to death by classmates  Times of India

Jul 28, 2013

ALWAR: A 17-year-old student was beaten to death by his classmates and their friends in full public view in Alwar district when he refused to give his pen to one of the accused during classes on Friday.

People from Dalit community, to which the victim belonged, pelted stones at Kotkasim police station in Alwar and placed his body on the road in protest. …

Don’t arbitrate on cases filed under SC/ST Act: SP to cops  Times of India

Jul 21, 2013

MADURAI: Don’t arbitrate to force a compromise and settle cases filed under Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, police officials in the district were told by Madurai superintendent of police V Balakrishnan. Officials must file a chargesheet along with statements of compromise from both the parties if they agree to and leave it for the courts to settle the case, he said, while speaking at a workshop on SC/ST Act, organised for DSP rank officials and members of district SC/ST Act monitoring committees, on Saturday. …

Dalit entrepreneurs fight prejudices to build business  Times of India

Jul 21, 2013

BANGALORE: Raja Nayak’s teenage life was played out on the streets of Wilson Garden selling surplus export garments from Tirupur at half the price. Today, Nayak, 52, runs a diversified business of over Rs 50 crore and drives a Merc to work. …

Allahabad High Court orders probe against principal  Times of India

Jul 17, 2013

ALLAHABAD: Taking a serious note of alleged ill treatment and discrimination meted out to the children of lower castes by principal of a primary school, the Allahabad High Court on Tuesday directed the District Magistrate and District Education Officer, Allahabad to initiate inquiry against her on the complaint made by the petitioner and other villagers. …

Knot scared: Rajasthan dalit groom defies threats, rides horse  Times of India

Jul 14, 2013

AJMER: A dalit groom rode a horse for his marriage procession defying threats from upper caste villagers for the first time under tight police security at Neemada village in Rajasthan’s Ajmer district on Friday night. Dalits are not allowed to ride a horse especially for marriage processions.

Ranjeet Singh Berwa’s family had sought police help after the villagers had threatened him against riding a horse for his marriage procession. …

Ostracized family moves Gujarat high court

Jun 21, 2013

AHMEDABAD: A family from Padhar community from Surendranagar district has moved Gujarat high court alleging ostracization from his community. The family has sought all appropriate directions from the court so that its members can lead life in dignified manner. …

Caste curses Dalit, tribal children to life of slavery beyond borders  Indian Express

17th June 2013

Caste discrimination and exploitation of Dalit children are not confined to villages alone as some members of the dominant communities force them into bonded labour in savory and confectionary units run by them in many parts of north India.

Recently, Vadugapatti village near Usilampatti was in the news when a Class VI Dalit boy was forced to carry footwear on his head through a caste Hindu street. …

Scared dalit boy skips school on opening day  Indian Express

11th June 2013

Arun Kumar, the Dalit boy, who was paraded with footwear on his head through a Caste Hindu street in Vadugapatti, did not attend the school when it reopened on Monday

While social activists claimed that boy refused to go to school fearing that Caste Hindu students might ridicule him, district administration official said that his mother Nagammal had decided to send him to school only after 10 days. …

NHRC notice to HRD Ministry on discrimination against Dalit students  Hindu

June 6, 2013

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken a very serious view of the alleged rampant caste discrimination against Dalit students in various educational institutions in the country, which led to 18 such students committing suicide in the last four years. The Commission issued a notice to the Secretary of the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development seeking a report on the incidents within four weeks.

It also referred to a media report, which alleged fierce caste based discrimination and violence against Dalit students in the Patna University hostel earlier this year. …

Over 260 mn victims of caste-based discrimination  Zeenews

May 25, 2013

United Nations: More than 260 million people across the world are still victims of human rights abuses due to caste-based discrimination, a group of independent experts appointed by the UN warned on Saturday and asked South Asian countries to strengthen legislation to protect them.

“Caste-based discrimination remains widespread and deeply rooted, its victims face structural discrimination, marginalisation and systematic exclusion, and the level of impunity is very high,” the group of experts noted. …

When development triggers caste violence Hindu News

May 08, 2013

The educational and economic development of Dalits is seen by the backward castes as a challenge to the social order, as recent incidents in Tamil Nadu show.

On the evening of November 7, 2012, a crowd numbering over 1000 people burst into three Dalit settlements in Dharmapuri, north-western Tamil Nadu, and laid them waste. Over a period of several hours, they looted, smashed and burned. …

Marry outside one’s caste in Himachal, get Rs 75,000 TOI News

May 4, 2013

SHIMLA: While ‘khap panchayats’ in Haryana continue to frown on inter-caste and sub-caste marriages and punish those who do so, marrying outside one’s caste is ever so profitable in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh – it’ll get couples all of Rs 75,000.

To prompt young men and women to break the caste barrier, the cabinet headed by CM Virbhadra Singh has enhanced the inter-caste marriage incentive from Rs 25,000 to Rs 75,000. It’s given to couples where one of the spouses belongs to a Scheduled Caste. …

4 lakh Dalits in UK to benefit as govt outlaws caste discrimination  Firstpost

Apr 26, 2013

London: Caste discrimination is to be outlawed in the UK, as the government today took a U-turn after its policy was rejected by the House of Lords for a second time, bringing much cheer to about 400,000 Dalits in the country.

Amendments tabled by Business Secretary Vince Cable in the House of Commons state that the Equality Act will “provide for caste to be an aspect of race”. …

Capitalism Vs Caste: How market economy can sweep away centuries of caste discrimination Economic Times

17 Apr, 2013

“Ho to tum Dilli se saheb, per soch badi chhoti hai” (You might be from Delhi, but you are narrowminded ), jeers Prashant Patil. Aged 28, Prashant is upset about being asked what makes a Patil woman work on dalit farmland.

“Caste ka chashma utar kar dunia dekho” (See the world without the blinkers of caste), he counsels. …

More: Capitalism versus caste: A new order based on the market can sweep away centuries of caste discrimination

Govt defends caste, religion, region names of Army units

Apr 12 2013

Defending Army regiments named on the basis of caste, region and religion, the Centre Thursday contended the naming was based on historical reasons and had nothing to do with discrimination. …

Dalits await reopening of Mariamman temple in Uthamapalayam Indian Express

April 12, 2013

Dalits living in and around Uthamapalayam near Vellakovil here are eagerly awaiting the reopening of the village’s Mariamman temple, which was closed down two years ago following clashes between caste Hindus and Dalits.

Caste Hindus had restricted Dalits from entering the place of worship, triggering constant friction between the two groups.

The decision to reopen the temple follows a Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO)-led inquiry into the issue. …

जातिवाद-मुर्दाबाद,हिन्दू एकता जिंदाबाद

April 11, 2013

 

 

हमारे देश के और विदेश के कई लोग हम भारतीयों को कई भागों मे बांटे हैं सुर-असुर, आर्य-अनार्य, सूरन-बेलन, देवता-दैत्य परंतु खुशी की बात यह है की इसका कोई भी ठोस प्रमाण नही है कुछ लोग आर्यों को देशी तो कोई विदेशी मानते हैं पर ठोस प्रमाण इसके भी नही है।

Dalit professor alleges harassment by colleague, students  The Hindu

March 24, 2013

An assistant professor at Benaras Hindu University (BHU) has lodged a police complaint against a fellow professor and six students, alleging that they had, over a period of time, sexually harassed her, and passed lewd and casteist remarks on her.

BHU Journalism and Mass Communications assistant professor S. Nerlikar, who belongs to the Scheduled Caste community, alleged that Sisir Basu, the ex-head of the department, harassed her for the last two years and instigated some male students to pass lewd remarks about her. …

Rs 50, 000 incentive for inter-caste marriages

Mar 22, 2013

KOLKATA: In order to encourage inter-caste marriages, the state government has decided to increase the incentive for couples from Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000, from April, said backward class welfare minister Upen Biswas. New campaigns on the issue will also be launched, he added.

The state government in order to encourage inter-caste marriage will be increasing incentive for the couples from Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000 from April. …

No escape from caste prejudice even in UK

Mar 16, 2013

LONDON: If you happen to be of Dalit origin, or from the so-called lower castes, migrating out of India may not help you escape discrimination. India’s infamous caste system has reared its ugly head in the United Kingdom.

School children from the lower castes have been taunted with casteist slurs like “bhangi” and “chamar” from other Indian school children of a higher caste. …

Caste still a bar in sanctorum Hindu News
March 6, 2013
12 priests of the nearly 40 temples under its Vaikom group belong to the non-Brahmin community
Harish Kumar, a member of the Ezhava community, who was stopped from performing pooja at the Perum Thrikkovil temple at Udayamperoor near here on Monday is among the growing tribe of people from non-Brahmin communities taking up priestly duties. …

Maha Kumbh: Dalits take part in ritual bathing, mark the dawn of a new tradition

Feb 10, 2013

Allahabad: It’s the beginning of a new tradition at the ghats of the Ganga. Around 100 manual scavengers from Rajasthan are taking a dip in its holy waters, washing away centuries of discrimination. Among them is 35-year-old Usha Chomar. As she offers her prayers to the mighty river, she says she was at first hesitant to come here. …

Appointment of Dalit cook creates a ruckus at school in Mangalore

Feb 8, 2013

In a case of caste-based discrimination, upper-caste schoolchildren of a government school near Belthangady were prevented by their parents from having midday meal after they were informed that a Dalit cook worked there on Friday afternoon.

Of the 43 children at the Surya Primary School, Nada village, 15 students were pulled out by their parents, all reportedly from upper castes, before the mid-day meal was served at the school, said Lokesh C., Block Education Officer, Belthangady….

Dalit family ostracized for singing bhajan

Jan 26, 2013

BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission has issued notices to the Betul SP and the collector seeking explanation on the alleged incident of a dalit family being ostracized for singing bhajan at a function organized by members of the upper caste.

The incident took place on December 15 last year, following which the upper caste people of Mathni village allegedly issued a diktat directing villagers to cut off ties with tailor Rajesh Kumar Uvnare and his family….

Caste, conversion and contestation at Jaipur literature festival

Jan 25, 2013

JAIPUR: Coming down heavily on the caste structure in Hindu religion, author KanchaIlaiah today advocated adopting the Buddha’s ideology as a way to achieve secularism in the country, generating a lively debate among the fellow panelists at the Jaipur literature festival here.

Religious conversion, caste structure within religions and position of dalits after conversion were the main talking points of the session titled “God as a Political Philospoher: Dalit Perspectives on Buddhism,” where Ilaiah engaged with author Ajay Navaria and poet Nirupama Dutt…

Manifesto to end caste: Push capitalism and industrialisation to eradicate this pernicious system

Jan 23, 2013

In Bhadawn village, a social revolution seems to have been accomplished. Bhadawn falls in Azamgarh district of east Uttar Pradesh. Thanks to the growing mechanisation of farming, landlords are deploying harvesters for the paddy crop as well. Those working on the machines refuse grain as wages. As a result, grain as wages has been replaced by cash.

Upper caste landlords controlled dalits’ lives by deploying several methods. Limiting dalits’ food choices was one such ploy; they had to eat what they got as wages. “I feed you” would be a constant reminder of their servitude and undermine their self-esteem. But with cash in hand, dalits in Bhadawn have accessed multiple forms of freedom — and the village`s story is echoed in large swathes of eastern Uttar Pradesh….

 

The development divide

Jan 19, 2013

Despite years of sustained efforts, caste-based discrimination still persists at ground level.

In 2002, The Hindu Sunday Magazine published an article ‘A Statement of Self Confidence’ by Dr. Meena Radhakrishna, which discussed new strategies and partnerships being formed by the National Conference of Dalit Organisations (now the National Confederation of Dalit Organisations or NACDOR), to combat caste atrocities and empower Dalits in a globalised economy.

“Come, together let us transform this world,” ended the article,…

Religion, caste, controversy and the Marathi sahitya sammelan

Jan 14, 2013

“Marathi sahitya sammelans have always been strongly religion and caste-based, right from the first one in 1878, organised by Justice Mahadeo Govind Ranade,” observes author and journalist Samar Khadas. “Mahatma Jyotiba Phule declined an invite to the sammelan when Ranade refused to let him speak of caste-based discrimination and untouchability.”

Wondering aloud about the relevance of mythological symbols like Saraswati or Parshuram being worshipped at the sammelan, he asks how its any different from a practice in a state run on Shariyat. “In my visit to Pakistan, I saw all dos — academic, literary or otherwise — beginning with Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim. How is what we’re doing in ‘secular’ India any different?”…

Bank apologises to Dalit hero, credits award money

January 13, 2013

Things seem to be finally looking up for Banwasi Musahar, the Dalit education crusader from western Bihar’s Kaimur district who has been repeatedly harassed by local bank officials over a Rs.100,000 cheque awarded to him by HT. On Saturday, after a series of HT reports on his plight,

the Ramgarh branch of Bank of India (BoI), credited Rs.100,186 to the 58-year-old’s zero-balance account.

RN Lal, deputy zonal manager (Patna) BoI, said the interest was for delayed payment. He also said that while lapses were being investigated, the branch manager who had dealt with Banwasi had retired on December 31.

The new manager, Vinay Shekhar Das, said Banwasi had been given a “regret letter for the anguish caused to him”….

 

Meira kumar Emotional speach on Caste system

Sectarian poison

Jan 9, 2013

A quarter of a century after building a base with Vanniyar exclusivism, and failing to broaden it with Tamil nationalism, Pattali Makkal Katchi founder Dr S. Ramadoss tries to cobble up an anti-Dalit front in a desperate attempt to overcome political isolation.

It is a truism that societies by their very nature are discordant. This is particularly true of India, which has persisted with rigid hierarchies and structured inequalities. The framers of the Constitution were conscious of this and the dangers of the caste monster stalking India and stifling its development as an inclusive modern society devoid of disparities and discrimination….

Social equality at core of Hindu philosophy

January 2, 2013

A Hindu view of human rights and dignity – V

Herbert Spender, the great apostle of individual freedom, says that the position of women supplied a good test of the civilisation of the people. In Bharat, women have always occupied a position of very high esteem. Professor HH Wilson says, “It may be confidently asserted that in no nation of antiquity were women held in so much esteem as amongst Hindus.” (Mill’s History of Bharat, Vol. II)

God in Hinduism is Ardha Nareeswara in form and gender-free when formless….

For 200 Million Indians, a Life Steeped in Discrimination

Dec 17, 2012

One in six Indians — approximately 200 million people in all — is born a Dalit. From the day a Dalit is born, life is predestined. Caste discrimination seeps through social symbols, practices and traditions, dooming Dalits to a lifetime of inequity and a position on the lowest rung of Indian society.

The few jobs Dalits are allowed to do demand the most from their bodies and give them the least in return. This allows those high in the caste order to live a life in which Dalits cost little and depend upon the upper caste for their economic survival. A tradition of melting caste and occupation together means that for most Dalits, work is not an escape out of poverty, but a purgatory….

Apex court stays made snana order

Dec 15, 2012

BANGALORE: The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the November 8 Karnataka high court order allowing the modified made snana ritual.

The state government had submitted to the high court that it would modify the controversial practice at Kukke Subrahmanya temple in Dakshina Kannada district….

Caste and Gender Based Discrimination Under Mid Meal Scheme (MDMS)

Dec 14, 2012

Independent Monitoring Institutes have been engaged to monitor the Mid Day Meal Scheme and the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan as per the defined Terms of Reference. The Monitoring Institutions have reported about caste discrimination in some districts in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Odisha, Gujarat and Karnataka. Central teams were deputed in the 2nd week of August 2012 to these States to investigate into the matter. The teams did not come across any discrimination except in one school in district Boudh in Odisha. The matter was taken up by this Ministry with the Government of Odisha for taking immediate remedial action. The State Government have placed the Headmaster of the school under suspension and initiated disciplinary action against the Sub-Inspector of Schools. The District Administration has been instructed by the State Government to ensure social equity in all the schools.

The Govt. has made it clear that discrimination in the MDMS is unacceptable and has issued guidelines to the States to take preventive and corrective measures to ensure that discrimination does not occur, and is firmly dealt with if it does. The States/UTs have formed Committees/Samities with members from the Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes to inspect preparation and distribution of food. Similarly, priority is given to these communities in the recruitment of cook-cum-helpers. About 45% of the engaged cook-cum-helpers are from SC and ST communities.

The MDM guidelines lay down that on an average 25% of schools should be inspected every quarter by the State Government officers belonging to different departments at the District, Sub-Division, Tehsil/Taluka, block and other suitable levels. In addition, the Review Missions consisting of representatives of the Central Government, the respective State Government, the UNICEF and the Office of Supreme Court Commissioner are also monitoring the Scheme. Similarly, 41 independent Monitoring Institutions such as the Dr. PM Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, Odisha, the NKC Centre for Development Studies, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, the IIT Chennai and the Visva-Bharati University etc. also monitor this aspect.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Shashi Tharoor in Rajya Sabha today.
(Courtesy: pib press release)

End caste, religion barriers in Army recruitment: PIL

Supreme Court seeks opinion of Solicitor General on the issue

New Delhi, December 10

The Supreme Court today sought the assistance of Solicitor General Rohinton Nariman in adjudicating a PIL that has sought abolition of recruitments in the Army on the basis of caste, religion and region which was part of the divide and rule strategy of the British to prevent the emergence of national loyalty among service personnel or a monolithic integrated Indian Army.

A bench comprising Justices KS Radhakrishnan and Dipak Misra asked the PIL petitioner, IS Yadav who is a doctor running a nursing home in Haryana, to hand over a copy of his petition to the SG and posted the matter for further hearing at a later date…

The quiet grip of caste

November 28, 2012

Some time ago I visited a Dalit hamlet in Rewa district. It was hemmed in on all sides by the fields of upper-caste farmers, who refused to allow any approach road to reach the hamlet. There were short roads inside the hamlet, but they stopped abruptly at the edge of it. The hamlet felt like an island, surrounded by hostile territory. I wondered whether any other country still cultivated such absurd and monstrous practices as the caste system.

Report says caste, gender discrimination rampant

New Delhi, Mon Nov 26 2012

More than 180 schools serving the mid-day meal (MDM) across five states have allowed caste or gender based discrimination over the last two years, a status report of discrimination in schools has said.

Forty-one independent monitoring institutes (MI) have submitted reports to the Union Human Resource Development Ministry about instances of discrimination and untouchability in 186 schools across Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. …

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