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Cabinet approves 'Mission Karamyogi'Cabinet approves “Mission Karmayogi”- National Programme for Civil Services Capacity Building (NPCSCB)
New National Architecture for Civil Services Capacity Building
Comprehensive reform of the capacity building apparatus at individual, institutional and process levels for efficient public service delivery
PM led HR Council to approve and monitor Civil Service Capacity Building Plans
Capacity Building Commission to  harmonize training standards, create shared faculty and resources, and have supervisory role over all Central Training Institutions
Wholly owned SPV to own and operate the online learning platform and facilitate world-class learning content market-place.

PIB, Delhi : 02 SEP 2020

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has approved launching of a National Programme for Civil Services Capacity Building (NPCSCB) with the following institutional framework:-

(i)         Prime Minister’s Public Human Resources (HR) Council,
(ii)        Capacity Building Commission.
(iii)       Special Purpose Vehicle for owning and operating the digital assets and the technological platform for online training,
(iv)       Coordination Unit headed by the Cabinet Secretary.

Salient Features
NPCSCB has been carefully designed to lay the foundations for capacity building for Civil Servants so that they remain entrenched in Indian Culture and sensibilities and remain connected, with their roots, while they learn from the best institutions and practices across the world. The Programme will be delivered by setting up an Integrated Government Online Training-iGOT Karmayogi Platform. The core guiding principles of the Programme will be:

  1. Supporting Transition from ‘Rules based’ to ‘Roles based* HR Management. Aligning work allocation of civil servants by matching their competencies to the requirements of the post.
  2. To emphasize on ‘on-site learning’ to complement the ‘off-site’ learning,
  3. To create an ecosystem of shared training infrastructure including that of learning materials, institutions and personnel,
  4. To calibrate all Civil Service positions to a Framework of Roles, Activities and Competencies (FRACs) approach and to create and deliver learning content relevant to the identified FRACs in every Government entity,
  5. To make available to all civil servants, an opportunity to continuously build and strengthen their Behavioral, Functional and Domain Competencies in their self-driven and mandated learning paths.
  6. To enable all the Central Ministries and Departments and their Organizations to directly invest their resources towards co-creation  and sharing the collaborative and common ecosystem of learning through an annual financial subscription for every employee,
  7. To encourage and partner with the best-in-class learning content creators including public training institutions, universities, start-tips and individual experts,
  8. To undertake data analytics in respect of data emit provided by iGOT- Karmayogi pertaining  to  various  aspects  of capacity  building,   content creation, user feedback and mapping of competencies and identify areas for policy reforms.

Objectives
It is also proposed to set up a Capacity Building Commission, with a view to ensure a uniform approach in managing and regulating the capacity building ecosystem on collaborative and co-sharing basis.
The role of Commission will be as under-

  • To assist the PM Public Human Resources Council in approving the Annual Capacity Building Plans.
  • To exercise functional supervision over all Central Training Institutions dealing with civil services capacity building.
  • To create shared learning resources, including internal and external faculty and resource centers.
  • To coordinate and supervise the implementation of the Capacity Building Plans with the stakeholder Departments.
  • To make recommendations on standardization of training and capacity building, pedagogy and methodology
  • To set norms for common mid-career training programs across all civil services.
  • To suggest policy interventions required in the areas of HR Management and Capacity Building to the Government.

iGOT-Karmayogi platform brings the scale and state-of-the-art infrastructure to augment the capacities of over two crore officials in India. The platform is expected to evolve into a vibrant and world-class market place for content where carefully curated and vetted digital e-learning material will be made available. Besides capacity building, service matters like confirmation after probation period, deployment, work assignment and notification of vacancies etc. would eventually be integrated with the proposed competency framework.
Mission Karmayogi aims to prepare the Indian Civil Servant for the future by making him more creative, constructive, imaginative, innovative, proactive, professional, progressive, energetic, enabling, transparent and technology-enabled. Empowered with specific role-competencies, the civil servant will be able to ensure efficient service delivery of the highest quality standards.

Financial implications
To cover around 46 lakh Central employees, a sum of Rs.510.86 crore will be spent over a period of 5 years from 2020-21 to 2024-25. The expenditure is partly funded by multilateral assistance to the tune of USD 50 million. A wholly owned Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for NPCSCB will be set up under Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013. The SPV will be a “not-for-profit” company and will own and manage iGOT-Karmayogi platform. The SPV will create and operationalize the content, market place and manage key business services of iGOT-Karmayogi platform, relating to content validation, independent proctored assessments and telemetry data availability. The SPV will own all Intellectual Property Rights on behalf of the Government of India. An appropriate monitoring and evaluation framework will also be put in place for performance evaluation of all users of the iGOT-Karmayogi platform so as to generate a dashboard view of Key Performance Indicators.

Background
Capacity of Civil Services plays a vital role in rendering a wide variety of services, implementing welfare programs and performing core governance functions. A transformational change in Civil Service Capacity is proposed to be affected by organically linking the transformation of work culture, strengthening public institutions and adopting modern technology to build civil service capacity with the overall aim of ensuring efficient delivery of services to citizens.
A Public Human Resources Council comprising of select Union Ministers, Chief Ministers, eminent public HR practitioners, thinkers, global thought leaders and Public Service functionaries under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Prime Minister will serve as the apex body for providing strategic direction to the task of Civil Services Reform and capacity building.

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(PIB Release ID: 1650633)
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“16.  …  … In view of the law laid down by this Court, there is no doubt that the State Government is not bound to make reservations. There is no fundamental right which inheres in an individual to claim reservation in promotions. No mandamus can be issued by the Court directing the State Government to provide reservations. It is abundantly clear from the judgments of this Court in Indra Sawhney, Ajit Singh (II), M. Nagaraj and Jarnail Singh (supra) that Article 16 (4) and 16 (4-A) are enabling provisions and the collection of quantifiable data showing inadequacy of representation of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in public service is a sine qua non for providing reservations in promotions. The data to be collected by the State Government is only to justify reservation to be made in the matter of appointment or promotion to public posts, according to Article 16 (4) and 16 (4-A) of the Constitution. As such, collection of data regarding the inadequate representation of members of the Scheduled Castes and Schedules Tribes, as noted above, is a pre requisite for providing reservations, and is not required when the State Government decided not to provide reservations. Not being bound to provide reservations in promotions, the State is not required to justify its decision on the basis of quantifiable data, showing that there is adequate representation of members of the Scheduled Castes and Schedules Tribes in State services. Even if the underrepresentation of Scheduled Castes and Schedules Tribes in public services is brought to the notice of this Court, no mandamus can be issued by this Court to the State Government to provide reservation in light of the law laid down by this Court in C.A. Rajendran (supra) and Suresh Chand Gautam (supra). Therefore, the direction given by the High Court that the State Government should first collect data regarding the adequacy or inadequacy of representation of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in Government services on the basis of which the State Government should take a decision whether or not to provide reservation in promotion is contrary to the law laid down by this Court and is accordingly set aside. … …” – SC Judgment dated 07.02.2020 – Mukesh Kumar & Anr. V. The State of Uttarakhand & Ors. 
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Aug 31, 2018 : Dtf.in

CGHS vide its Circular dated 21.08.2018 has launched a Mobile App to enable its beneficiaries to submit their feedback on the services. Initially, this service will be available to the beneficiaries of Wellness Centres (WCs) of Delhi only. This mobile App named ‘CGHS Service Feedback‘ can be downloaded by a CGHS beneficiary from Google Play Store on his mobile.
CGHS beneficiaries can submit their feedback on the following CGHS services:-

1. Registration of beneficiary
2. Consultation with Medical Officer
3, Dispensing of Medicines
4. Dressing Room services
5, Cleanliness of Wellness Centre
6. Punctuality of Staff
7. Behaviour of Staff

A beneficiary can provide the rating on a scale of 1 to 5 and also enter remarks on Ratings less than or equal to 3. The feedback will be monitored by CGHS officials to improve CGHS services only and it is not intended to be a ‘grievance redressal mechanism’.

CMOs In-charge have been requested by CGHS to –   

  • Download the Quick Response Code through a link in In-Charge Module named ‘Feedback QR Code’, take a print out of the same and display it in the WC for the use of the beneficiaries.
  • They may also ensure prominently displaying of the Notice (enclosed with the Circular dated 21.08.2018) for the benefit of beneficiaries who intend to use the Application (App) and
  • Peruse the reports on the feedback available through a link named ‘QR Feedback report‘ in CMO In charge Module.

Steps for using the Application by the beneficiaries are given in the Notice (enclosed with the Circular dated 21.08.2018), as under:-

  • Download the Application (App) named ‘CGHS Service Feedback‘ on your mobile from Google Play Store.
  • First time user should register using the icon with + sign given on the top right of login screen.
  • Enter your name and email ID.
  • Tap on the text ‘Verify’ to confirm your E-mail ID.
  • Enter your desired password.
  • Enter Pass code and the Application (App) is ready to use..

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GRATUITY: Forfeiture of Gratuity under Payment of Gratuity Act not automatic on dismissal from service; no forfeiture of gratuity for ‘acts involving moral turpitude’, if not convicted by court of law: SC

Aug 21, 2018 : Dtf.in
The Supreme Court has held that dismissal from service does not automatically result in forfeiture of gratuity under the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 (Act) and it is subject to Sections 4(5) and 4(6) of the Act. It has been held that the Act must prevail over the Rules on Payment of Gratuity framed by the employer is also a settled position as per Jaswant Singh Gill (supra).  Therefore, the appellant could take recourse to its own Rules, ignoring the Act, for denying gratuity.
It has been further held by the Supreme Court that the  requirement  of  the  statute  is  not  the  proof  of misconduct  of  acts  involving moral  turpitude but  the acts  should constitute  an offence involving moral  turpitude and such offence should be duly established in a court of law.
The relevant extracts from the SC Judgment dated 14.08.2018 are as under:-
20.   In the present case, there is no conviction of the respondent for  the  misconduct  which  according  to  the  Bank  is  an  offence involving moral  turpitude.  Hence, there is no justification for the forfeiture  of  gratuity  on  the  ground  stated  in  the  order  dated 20.04.2004 that  the “misconduct  proved against  you amounts  to acts involving moral turpitude”. At the risk of redundancy, we may state  that  the  requirement  of  the  statute  is  not  the  proof  of misconduct  of  acts  involving moral  turpitude but  the acts  should constitute  an offence involving moral  turpitude and such offence should be duly established in a court of law.
21. That the Act must prevail over the Rules on Payment of Gratuity framed by the employer is also a settled position as per Jaswant Singh Gill (supra). Therefore, the appellant cannot take recourse to its own Rules, ignoring the Act, for denying gratuity.
22. To sum-up,  forfeiture  of  gratuity  is  not  automatic  on dismissal  from service;  it  is subject to sub-Sections (5) and (6) of Section 4 of The Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972.
23. Thus, though for different reasons as well, we find no merit in the appeal and it is accordingly dismissed. …”

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Most IAS officers end up as pen-pushers and cynics, with no faith in their contribution.
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