Monday, October 20, 2014

Training for every Central Govt. employee

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Citing importance of Knowledge-Skill and Attitude (KSA) in employees for citizen-centric governance, the government today directed all ministries to hold in-house weekly Training of their Personnel “immediately” to help them perform their work efficiently.


The move comes following a direction from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has emphasised on providing regular training of government employees during a presentation made by Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.


The objective of the hour-long in-house weekly training is to provide training to all employees of the ministry or department on a regular basis without dislocating their work, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said in its Office Memorandum F.NO.T-17/A/2014-CTP(CSS) d/d 17-10-14.


Click here for the Office Memorandum

(Source-Pay Commission blog)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

PM’s address at the Combined Commanders Conference


Oct 17, 2014

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the Combined Commanders` Conference 2014 in New Delhi today.
The Prime Minister said that India`s Armed Forces, which represent the world`s largest democracy, were second to none in professionalism, valour, commitment, service and duty. The Armed Forces have always vindicated the faith and confidence that people of India placed in them, whether it is for our nation`s security or for relief in times of natural calamities. He thanked the Armed Forces for their extraordinary service to the people during the floods in Jammu and Kashmir and the cyclone on the East Coast. He paid tribute to the tradition and training that inculcated the highest ideals and professional capabilities in our Armed Forces. The nation`s trust was the biggest strength of our Armed Forces.
The Prime Minister noted that the world was looking at India with renewed interest, confidence and excitement and there was a universal current of expectation from India to emerge not only as one of the poles of the global economy, but also as one of the anchors of regional and global security.
The Prime Minister emphasized that an atmosphere of peace and security was essential to enable India to achieve its goals of economic development. For this purpose, he said, his Government has focused on creating a favourable external environment and on strengthening India`s security.
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The Prime Minister outlined India`s key strategic and security challenges and priorities. He also observed that in addition to the familiar challenges, India had to be prepared for a changing world, which demanded new thinking on our part with regard to economic, diplomatic and security policies.
Prime Minister, Shri Modi noted, that “beyond the immediate, we are facing a future where security challenges will be less predictable; situations will evolve and change swiftly; and, technological changes will make responses more difficult to keep pace with. The threats may be known, but the enemy may be invisible. Domination of cyber space will become increasingly important. Control of space may become as critical as that of land, air and sea. Full scale wars may become rare, but force will remain an instrument of deterrence and influencing behavior, and the duration of conflicts will be shorter.”
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The Prime Minister assured the Armed Forces of his commitment to provide adequate resources to ensure full defence preparedness, overcome shortages and meet modernization needs. He also asked the defence establishment, including the Armed Forces, to reform procurement processes as also suggest corrective measures to avoid delays in domestic development and production of defence equipment.
The Prime Minister urged the Armed Forces to focus on efficiency and economy in the use of resources and our military assets, including by greater integration and sharing of resources among the Services and draw up long term acquisition plans keeping in view availability of resources, future operational requirements and technology trends.
The Prime Minister also noted, “We should remember that what matters is capability of the force.” He also said, “When we speak of Digital India, we would also like to see a Digital Armed Force,” and asked the Services to give serious thought to upgrade technological skills for effective projection of power by men.
The most important task, Prime Minister observed, was to transform our defence forces. He called for increased jointness and urged the three wings of the Services to work as a team all the way from the lowest levels of the Services to the top. He suggested a number of practical steps to achieve that goal. He also felt that Commanders Conferences should be organized alternately on sea, in forward Army camps and at air bases, and not just in Delhi. Prime Minister also assured the Commanders that he would continue the practice that he had started of meeting the three Chiefs at least once a month.
Outlining his vision of expanding domestic defence industrial base, he stressed the important role that the Services, as users, can play in this, both by committing to targets for domestic procurement and participating in innovation and improvements in domestically produced equipment.
The Prime Minister also mentioned that he attached the highest priority to the welfare of Armed Forces personnel, both during and after their service careers. He assured the Commanders that he would do everything to fulfill the promises made on One Rank One Pension; improving service conditions; and, creating better safety nets and opportunities for services after retirement.
(Source- Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India Site)

Letter to Narendra Modi PM : IMPLEMENTATION OF ONE RANK ONE PENSION OVER DELAYED

01 Sep 2014
Sh. Narendra Modi
Prime Minister of India
Prime Minister’s Office (PMO)
New Delhi -110001
IMPLEMENTATION OF ONE RANK ONE PENSION OVER DELAYED
Dear Prime Minister,
This is in continuation of Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM) letter dated 14 Aug 2014 and 22 Aug 2014. This is the third letter, I am writing to you on behalf of the Ex-Servicemen and Defence family pensioners Fraternity to request you to fulfil your assurances given to them during your Election Rallies which were also reflected in the BJP Manifesto.
Mr. Prime Minister one of our Ex-Servicemen Maj Gen K M Bhimaya (Retd) visited Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library at Springfield Illinois and came across a priceless peace of tribute to the US Army Veterans by the Decatur Review (May 31, 1893). I would like to share with you the excerpts from the above piece which the General has shared with us. After reading the piece. I am sure you will feel deep inside, the obligation of the Nation towards its Martyrs and Living soldiers both serving and retired and their members of families :-
“Every soldier who placed himself on the deadly altar is as deserving of credit as if he had died there. The truest way to honor the dead is to rightly appreciate the living. The returned veteran who is healthy and beyond need and to whom the nation is largely indebted does not ask charity at the hands of the government he served, but it is not too much to ask that the pension laws shall be so perfected and so administered that none of our worthy comrades and their families shall be left to suffer for the comforts of life.”
Sir, we were very sure that you at the helm of affairs of the Govt will undo the injustice done to the Defence Forces by successive Govts for the past 67 years. Our status and inter-se-equations with other Central Services have been systematically downgraded since 26 Jan 1950. One Rank One Pension as per the accepted definitions ie “Pensions as on 01.04.2014 of defence personnel will be paid to all past pensioners with same rank and same years of service and the future enhancements in the rates of pensions will also be passed on to the past pensioners” as assured by you starting with Rewari Rally, has not been implemented even six months after its sanction. The Defence Fraternity is rather surprised to know that the bureaucrats have as “Red Herring” brought in the hurdle of Finances and are trying to create confusion by giving a twist to the very definition of OROP. At the time of giving approval to the concept of OROP and issuing executive orders for the same, it was clearly mentioned that funds required for the same will be made available. Then, sir, why, the Draft Govt Letter (DGL) prepared by the Service HQs which has been correctly prepared as per the Govt executive orders has, not yet been issued?
May we request you to kindly issue instructions to implement the One Rank One Pension (OROP) exactly as per the approved definition the earliest please? What we understand from your policies and manifesto that your Government will ensure stronger military and would raise the morale of Armed Forces Personnel by respecting them and giving them their dues. Sir, Armed Forces personnel look up to the veterans as their future life and see them as their guide and philosopher. Wellbeing of Ex-servicemen will raise morale of serving soldiers many notches high.
Any further delay, will cause disillusionment amongst the Ex-Servicemen towards the BJP and its Govt.
With regards,
Maj Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh, SM
Chairman IESM
(Sourcep Central Govt Employees News)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Prepare for a changing world, PM Narendra Modi tells armed forces; and assures he will do everything to fulfil the promise on OROP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with defence minister Arun Jaitley, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Navy Chief Admiral RK Dhowan and Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag during the Combined Commanders' Conference in New Delhi on Friday. (PTI photo) 

Full text of PM's address at the combined commanders conference 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Combined Commanders' Conference 2014 in New Delhi today.

Prime Minister said that India's Armed Forces, which represent the world's largest democracy, were second to none in professionalism, valour, commitment, service and duty. The Armed Forces have always vindicated the faith and confidence that people of India placed in them, whether it is for our nation's security or for relief in times of natural calamities. He thanked the Armed Forces for their extraordinary service to the people during the floods in Jammu and Kashmir and the cyclone on the East Coast. He paid tribute to the tradition and training that inculcated the highest ideals and professional capabilities in our Armed Forces. The nation's trust was the biggest strength of our Armed Forces.

Prime Minister noted that the world was looking at India with renewed interest, confidence and excitement and there was a universal current of expectation from India to emerge not only as one of the poles of the global economy, but also as one of the anchors of regional and global security.

Prime Minister emphasized that an atmosphere of peace and security was essential to enable India to achieve its goals of economic development. For this purpose, he said, his Government has focused on creating a favourable external environment and on strengthening India's security.

Prime Minister outlined India's key strategic and security challenges and priorities. He also observed that in addition to the familiar challenges, India had to be prepared for a changing world, which demanded new thinking on our part with regard to economic, diplomatic and security policies.

Prime Minister noted, that "beyond the immediate, we are facing a future where security challenges will be less predictable; situations will evolve and change swiftly; and, technological changes will make responses more difficult to keep pace with. The threats may be known, but the enemy may be invisible. Domination of cyber space will become increasingly important. Control of space may become as critical as that of land, air and sea. Full scale wars may become rare, but force will remain an instrument of deterrence and influencing behavior, and the duration of conflicts will be shorter."

Prime Minister assured the Armed Forces of his commitment to provide adequate resources to ensure full defence preparedness, overcome shortages and meet modernization needs. He also asked the defence establishment, including the Armed Forces, to reform procurement processes as also suggest corrective measures to avoid delays in domestic development and production of defence equipment.

Prime Minister urged the Armed Forces to focus on efficiency and economy in the use of resources and our military assets, including by greater integration and sharing of resources among the Services and draw up long term acquisition plans keeping in view availability of resources, future operational requirements and technology trends.

Prime Minister also noted, "We should remember that what matters is capability of the force." He also said, "When we speak of Digital India, we would also like to see a Digital Armed Force," and asked the Services to give serious thought to upgrade technological skills for effective projection of power by men.

The most important task, Prime Minister observed, was to transform our defence forces. He called for increased jointness and urged the three wings of the Services to work as a team all the way from the lowest levels of the Services to the top. He suggested a number of practical steps to achieve that goal. He also felt that Commanders Conferences should be organized alternately on sea, in forward Army camps and at air bases, and not just in Delhi. Prime Minister also assured the Commanders that he would continue the practice that he had started of meeting the three Chiefs at least once a month.

Outlining his vision of expanding domestic defence industrial base, he stressed the important role that the Services, as users, can play in this, both by committing to targets for domestic procurement and participating in innovation and improvements in domestically produced equipment.

Prime Minister also mentioned that he attached the highest priority to the welfare of Armed Forces personnel, both during and after their service careers. He assured the Commanders that he would do everything to fulfill the promises made on One Rank One Pension; improving service conditions; and, creating better safety nets and opportunities for services after retirement.

(Source - TNN ON 17.10.2014 AT 05.18PM Times of India)
An Army Soldier Martyred is worth a maximum of Rs 10 Lakhs incl his insurance money, while a policeman on his normal duty in a market place or on the city road, killed by criminals after a scuffle is worth Rs 100 Lakhs. 

Is it  Justice ???

Let us look forward, widen our horizon and do something for the family of the soldiers who gets martyred while protecting the Nation against the enemy with min of 2 Crores, a JCO 5 Crores and an Officer Rs 10 Crores.
(Source- Signals Parivaar)

Pay Commission team visits Siachen to get first-hand experience


Naseer Ganai   |   Mail Today  |   Srinagar, October 15, 2014 | UPDATED 11:02 IST
 
The Pay Commission team during the visit.The Pay Commission team during the visit.
The 7th Pay Commission visited forward areas in Jammu and Kashmir, including the world's highest battlefield on the Siachen glacier, to get the first-hand feel of the freezing temperatures and hardship faced by soldiers.


The 16-member team headed by the panel's chairman, retired judge A.K. Mathur, spent time at the base camp in Siachen and went to other forward areas. The three services have submitted a joint memorandum to the Pay Commission regarding their "wish list". The panel will visit other defence installations as it continues its deliberations till January 1, 2016.

The panel spent considerable time at the Siachen base camp, interacting with soldiers and asking them about the conditions in one of the toughest areas of the world. They were also flown over the glacier and landed at a forward post. The soldiers work under extreme climatic conditions where the weather is a constant enemy. The soldiers shared their experience and talked about the harsh climatic condition they face on the line of duty. The punishing weather does not allow a person to spend more than a week at the glacier and the forward posts, they told the panel.

The panel members also witnessed ice craft and mountaineering training being carried out at the Siachen Battle School. The Pay Commission team also landed at the advanced landing ground at Daulat Beg Oldie on the border with China. It is the world's highest landing strip and air operations in the rarefied high altitude air are a challenge.

During their visits to the forward areas, the delegation laid floral wreaths at the Siachen War Memorial, Kargil War Memorial and the Rezangla War Memorial while paying tributes to our martyrs, a defence PRO said.

At the Line of Actual Control, the Pay Commission members interacted with personnel from the Indian Air Force and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). Officials said the panel will have to consider the unique situation faced by the jawans, who are exposed to severe medical conditions because of the inhospitable environment. "The climate does not suit human habitation but the army jawans are positioned in the area manning the territory all through the year," an official said.

This is only the first round of interaction and more inputs would be sought by the team in the coming months. Meanwhile, a delegation of the All Ladakh Central Government Employees (ALCGE), which comprises staff of Doordarshan, High Altitude Research Centre, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Institute of Buddhist Studies and Air Force Authority of India, met Justice Mathur's team.

PM MAY SPELL OUT DEFENCE VISION TODAY

PM may spell out defence vision today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi can be expected to spell out his vision for the Indian armed forces against the backdrop of the recent stand-offs with both Pakistan and China, in his first detailed interaction with senior military commanders on Friday. The extensive briefing will cover various aspects of military operations, modernization, strategic assets, nuclear situation, regional challenges, and the present terror landscape. 

According to senior military officers, air force chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha in his capacity as chairman, chiefs of staff committee, will apprise the PM about the issues of common concern of Army, Air Force and the Navy. He will also brief the PM on strategic challenges facing India and the regional situation.

Raha would be joined by Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag and navy chief Admiral RK Dhowan to outline perspectives of individual services about the security scenario, regional challenges and global realities. 

The three chiefs and the senior commanders could flag concerns about the emergence of Islamic State, warnings issued by Al Qaeda, stepped up efforts from Pakistan's side to infiltrate terrorists into Kashmir, and the belligerence of both Pakistan and China along the border. 

Defence minister Arun Jaitley, national security adviser Ajit Doval and defence secretary R K Mathur would also be present at the meeting. 
The Friday meeting of Modi with the senior commanders of all three services in the war room in South Block would also be the first formal interaction between the new PM and the senior military commanders after he came to power. 

The senior commanders have been discussing various issues, both operational and administrative, of their respective forces in their separate conferences over the past three days.

(Source- Times of India)