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Deputation/ foreign service for Central Government employees: DOPT OM dated 28.03.2024

Deputation/ foreign service for Central Government employees: DOPT OM dated 28.03.2024

The Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) issued Office Memorandum (OM) dated March 28, 2024, consolidating guidelines for deputation/foreign service (FS) opportunities for Central Government employees. This post summarizes the key points for your reference.

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What is Deputation/Foreign Service?

Deputation/Foreign Service allows Central Government employees to serve in positions outside their home cadre (department). These positions can be with:

  • Other Central Government departments
  • State Governments/UT administrations
  • Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs)
  • Autonomous bodies
  • Universities
  • International organizations

Who is Eligible?

Eligibility depends on service tenure and vigilance clearance. Generally, employees need to complete at least 9 years of service and have a clean vigilance record. Exceptions may exist with ministerial approval.

Key Points of the DoPT OM

  • The OM likely consolidates and updates previous DoPT guidelines on deputation/FS.
  • It clarifies processes for applying, pay options, tenure limits, and other service conditions during deputation/FS.

 

Deputation/ foreign service for Central Government employees: DOPT OM dated 28.03.2024
Deputation/ foreign service for Central Government employees: DOPT OM dated 28.03.2024

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Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972 (Updated as on 18.10.2023)

Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972 (Updated as on 18.10.2023): A Guide for Employees

The Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972 (CCS Leave Rules) govern leave entitlements for Central Government employees in India. Understanding these rules is crucial for managing your leave effectively and ensuring you utilize your allowances optimally.

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What are the CCS Leave Rules?

The CCS Leave Rules outline various types of leave available to Central Government employees, including:

  • Earned Leave: Leave earned over a period of service, typically 30 days per year.
  • Leave Encashment: Encashing a portion of earned leave upon retirement or resignation under certain conditions.
  • Half Pay Leave: Leave granted for a period exceeding earned leave but less than one year, with salary reduced by half.
  • Commuted Leave: Earned leave credited in advance in special circumstances.
  • Casual Leave: Short-term leave for unforeseen events, usually up to 12 days per year.
  • Special Casual Leave: Leave granted for specific reasons like organ donation or blood donation.
  • Maternity Leave: Extended leave for childbirth and childcare.
  • Paternity Leave: Leave granted to fathers for childcare purposes.
  • Child Care Leave: Leave granted for childcare beyond the maternity leave period.

Recent Updates to the CCS Leave Rules (as of Oct 18, 2023):

The DoPT occasionally issues office memorandums (OMs) amending or clarifying specific aspects of the CCS Leave Rules. Here are some recent noteworthy updates:

  • Increased Special Casual Leave for Organ Donation: Employees can now avail up to 42 days of Special Casual Leave for donating organs (OM No: A-24011/23/2022-Estt.(Leave) Dated: 25/4/2023).
  • Special Maternity Leave for Difficult Situations: Female employees facing stillbirth or infant death can take up to 60 days of Special Maternity Leave (OM No: 13018/1/2021-Estt.(L) Dated: 2/9/2022).
  • Leave Encashment for Contract Employees: Contractual employees can encash up to 10 days of earned leave upon contract termination (OM No: 14028/1/2019-Estt.(L) Dated: 20/6/2019).
  • Increased Blood Donation Leave: Special Casual Leave can be availed for blood donation four times a year, including blood component donations (OM No: No. 13020/1/2017-Estt(L) Dated: 28/12/2017).
Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972 (Updated as on 18.10.2023)
Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972 (Updated as on 18.10.2023)

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Leave Rules – Special Casual Leave for Organ Donors and Blood Donation, Special Maternity Leave and Leave Encashment on contractual appointment

Leave Rules – Special Casual Leave for Organ Donors and Blood Donation, Special Maternity Leave and Leave Encashment on contractual appointment

 

This post summarizes recent changes to leave policies for Central Government Employees in India, issued by the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT). These updates go beyond the existing Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972 (as of October 18th, 2023).

Supporting Organ Donation:

  • Central Government employees who donate organs can now receive a maximum of 42 days Special Casual Leave. This is a significant increase from the usual 30-day limit and reflects the government’s commitment to promoting organ donation (OM No: A-24011/23/2022-Estt.(Leave) Dated: 25/4/2023).

Supporting New Mothers in Difficult Times:

  • In recognition of the emotional impact of stillbirth or infant death, female Central Government employees can now take 60 days Special Maternity Leave in such situations (OM No: 13018/1/2021-Estt.(L) Dated: 2/9/2022).

Leave Encashment for Contract Employees:

  • Contractual employees under the Central Government can now encash up to 10 days of earned leave upon contract termination. The number of days must be earned during the contract period and will not include any previously encashed leave (OM No: 14028/1/2019-Estt.(L) Dated: 20/6/2019).

Encouraging Blood Donation:

  • Special Casual Leave can now be granted for blood donation four times a year, including blood component donations like red blood cells, plasma, and platelets (OM No: No. 13020/1/2017-Estt(L) Dated: 28/12/2017).

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Leave Rules – Special Casual Leave for Organ Donors and Blood Donation, Special Maternity Leave and Leave Encashment on contractual appointment
Leave Rules – Special Casual Leave for Organ Donors and Blood Donation, Special Maternity Leave and Leave Encashment on contractual appointment

 

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Handling of Disciplinary Proceedings in respect of Central Civilian Employees

Handling of Disciplinary Proceedings in respect of Central Civilian Employees

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) issued an Office Memorandum (OM) on March 26, 2024, titled “Handling of Disciplinary Proceedings in respect of Central Civilian Employees.” This OM likely outlines guidelines for government departments to follow when initiating disciplinary actions against central civilian employees.

Handling of Disciplinary Proceedings in respect of Central Civilian Employees
Handling of Disciplinary Proceedings in respect of Central Civilian Employees

 

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Ms. Vandita Caul Secretary, Department of Posts (Brief History)

Ms. Vandita Caul Secretary, Department of Posts (Brief History)

Ms. Vandita Caul will take Charge as Secretary, Department of Posts

Ms. Vandita Caul Secretary, Department of Posts (Brief History)
Ms. Vandita Caul Secretary, Department of Posts (Brief History)

 

The Indian Postal landscape is under new leadership! Ms. Vandita Caul, an Indian Postal Service (IPoS) officer of the 1989 batch, has been appointed as the new Secretary of the Department of Posts. This announcement comes after the superannuation of Shri Vineet Pandey, IPoS (1986).

Background of Ms. Vandita Caul

Ms. Caul brings a wealth of experience to this crucial role. Prior to her appointment as Secretary, she served as the Member (Banking & Direct Benefit Transfer) of the Postal Services Board. This experience positions her well to navigate the evolving role of India Post, which is increasingly focusing on financial services and digital initiatives alongside its traditional mail delivery functions.

Working History

  • Member (Banking & Direct Benefit Transfer), Postal Services Board
  • Woked as Additional secretary, Department of Financial services
  • Nominee director,Board of Directors, Bank of India
  • Nominee director,Board of Directors, Bank of Baroda
  • Serval Posts in Department of Posts

What to Expect Under Ms. Caul’s Leadership

While specifics haven’t been announced yet, we can expect Ms. Caul’s focus to be on several key areas:

  • Modernization and Technological Advancement: India Post is actively working on digitizing its services and expanding its reach in rural areas. We can expect Ms. Caul to continue these efforts, leveraging technology to enhance efficiency and accessibility.
  • Financial Inclusion: One of the key aspects of India Post’s strategy is to provide financial services, particularly in underserved areas. Ms. Caul’s experience in banking and DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer) will be instrumental in furthering this goal.
  • Improved Customer Experience: Ensuring a seamless and efficient experience for all postal service users will likely be a priority. This could involve streamlining processes, improving customer interaction channels, and potentially introducing new services.
  • Employee Welfare and Skill Development: Investing in its workforce is crucial for India Post’s success. Ms. Caul might focus on initiatives for employee development and skilling to adapt to the changing postal landscape.

A Look Forward

The appointment of Ms. Vandita Caul signifies a new chapter for the Department of Posts. Her experience and expertise in postal operations and financial inclusion bode well for the future. We can expect India Post to continue to play a vital role in connecting people across the country while embracing technological advancements and expanding its service offerings.

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Closures of Central Government Office for Upcoming Elections and Grant of Paid Holiday- DOPT order

Closures of Central Government Office for Upcoming Elections and Grant of Paid Holiday- DOPT order

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This post outlines the guidelines issued by the Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT) regarding the closure of Central Government Offices and Industrial Establishments during the upcoming General Elections and Bye-Elections scheduled for April-June 2024.

Election Schedule:

  • General Elections to Lok Sabha 2024
  • General Elections to Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha & Sikkim
  • Bye-elections to fill vacancies in Assembly Constituencies across various States

Office Closure Guidelines:

  • Phase-wise Paid Holiday: Closures will be implemented in phases, corresponding to the polling schedule in different regions.
  • Complete Closure on Polling Days: Central Government Offices and Industrial Establishments located within notified areas where Lok Sabha or State Assembly elections are taking place will be closed on the designated polling day(s).

Employee Leave for Bye-Elections:

  • Special Casual Leave: For bye-elections to State Assemblies, employees who are registered voters in the constituency can avail special casual leave on the polling day.
  • Out-of-Constituency Voters: Employees who are ordinarily residents of a constituency with a bye-election but are currently employed outside that constituency in a Central Government organization can also be granted special casual leave.

Important Note:

This information is based on Office Memorandum No. F.12/1/2022-JCA issued by DOPT on April 5, 2024.

Closures of Central Government Office for Upcoming Elections and Grant of Paid Holiday- DOPT order
Closures of Central Government Office for Upcoming Elections and Grant of Paid Holiday- DOPT order

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Various Allowances applicable to Central Government Employees

Various Allowances applicable to Central Government Employees

F. No- DOPT-1712030994647    Dated 02 April, 2024

Issued by-ESTT.(Estt. Allowance), Department of Personnel and Training(DOPT), GOI

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This post summarizes the key features of various allowances applicable to Central Government Employees in India, as per the latest Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) guidelines.

1. Children Education Allowance (CEA)

  • Issued vide OM No. A-27012/01/2017-Estt.(AL) dated 17.07.2018.
  • Claimed for maximum two eldest surviving children.
  • Amount:
    • Rs. 2250/- per month per child.
    • Rs. 4500/- per month for Divyang children (increased rate).
    • Increased by 25% with every 50% hike in DA.
  • Hostel subsidy: Rs. 6750/- per month.
  • Divyang child education at home: Reimbursement at double CEA rate with proof of payment and self-certification.
  • Admissible for children studying from Class 3 to 12th standard.

2. Risk Allowance

  • Revised as per 7th CPC recommendations (OM No: A-27018/02/2022-Estt.(AL) Dated: 2/9/2022).
  • Given for hazardous duties or health-deteriorating work.
  • Not treated as “Pay” for any purpose.

3. Night Duty Allowance (NDA)

  • Defined as duty performed between 10 PM and 6 AM (OM No: A-27016/02/2017-Estt.(AL) Dated: 13/7/2020).
  • 10 minutes weightage for every hour of night duty.
  • Ceiling for NDA eligibility: Rs. 43600/- per month basic pay.
  • Hourly NDA rate = [(Basic Pay + DA)/200] (as per 7th CPC pay structure).
  • Amount calculated individually based on employee’s basic pay.

4. Over Time Allowance (OTA)

  • OTA rates not to be revised upwards (OM No: A-27016/03/2017-Estt.(AL) Dated: 19/6/2018).
  • “Operational Staff” list to be prepared by Ministries/Departments.
    • Definition: Non-ministerial, non-gazetted staff directly involved in smooth office operation (including operating electrical or mechanical equipment).
    • Approval process: List with justification by concerned Administration Wing -> JS(Admn.) & Financial Advisor of the Ministry/Department.
  • Grant of OTA may be linked to biometric attendance.

5. Special Allowance for Parliament Assistants

  • Increased by 50% based on 7th CPC recommendations (OM No: No. A-27023/02/2017-Estt (AL) Dated: 24/10/2017).
  • Rates:
    • Rs. 2250/- per month for Assistants.
    • Rs. 1800/- per month for UDCs.
  • Full allowance for a calendar month with Parliament session for at least 15 days.
  • Half allowance for a month with a shorter session.
  • No OTA for Parliament Assistants during session months.

6. Special Allowance for Child Care for Women with Disabilities

  • Rs. 3000/- per month for women with disabilities (OM No: No. A-27012/03/2017-Estt.(AL) Dated: 16/8/2017).
  • Paid from child’s birth till 2 years old.
  • Increased by 25% with every 50% hike in DA.

Source-DOPT Website

Various Allowances applicable to Central Government Employees
Various Allowances applicable to Central Government Employees

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Modification/Revision in instructions regarding authorities competent to issue Caste/Tribe/Community certificates in respect of SC/ST/OBC and Income and Asset Certificates in respect of EWS -reg.

Caste/Tribe/Community certificates in respect of SC/ST/OBC and Income and Asset Certificates in respect of EWS – Modification/ Revision in instructions regarding authorities competent to issue: DoP&T OM dated 18.03.2024

 

No. 36039/1/2019-Estt.(Res.-IT)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment (Res) Section

North Block, New Delhi,
Dated, the 18th March, 2024.

To
The Chief Secretaries
(All States/Union Territories)

Subject: Modification/Revision in instructions regarding authorities competent to issue Caste/Tribe/Community certificates in respect of SC/ST/OBC and Income and Asset Certificates in respect of EWS -reg.

Sir/Madam,
I am directed to state that this Department has issued instructions to the State Government/U.T Administration from time to time prescribing the authorities of the State Governments /U.T. Administrations, who are competent to issue Caste/Tribe/Community certificates in respect of SC/ST/OBC and Income and Asset Certificates in respect of EWS. However, it has come to the notice of this Department that in some States, such Certificates have not been issued by the authorities prescribed by this Department, leading to avoidable hardship for the candidates.

2. In this regard, it is stated that the responsibility for issue and verification of caste/community certificate lies with the concerned State Government/UT Administration. The Hon’ble Supreme Court, vide its judgement in the matter of ‘Kumari Madhuri Patil vs Addl. Commissioner’, has already laid down detailed guidelines to be followed by the State Government to streamline the procedure for the issuance of social status certificates, their scrutiny and their approval. The State Governments/UT Administrations are required to streamline the procedure for issuance and verification of Caste/ Tribe/Community certificates in respect of SC/ST/OBC and Income and Asset Certificates in respect of EWS keeping in view the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, vide its order in ‘Kumari Madhuri Patil vs Addl. Commissioner’.

3. In view of the aforesaid judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, it has been decided to delegate the powers to the State Governments/UT Administrations to decide the authorities competent to issue the Caste/ Tribe /Community certificates in respect of SC/ST/OBC and Income and Asset Certificates in respect of EWS candidates. The State Governments/UT Administrations shall upload on their website the details of the authorities competent to issue such Caste/Tribe/Community/Income & Asset certificate.

The earlier instructions issued vide OM No. 36012/6/88-Estt (SCT) dated 24.4.1990 and letter No. 36012/22/93-Estt (SCT) dated 15.11.1993 (copies enclosed) with regard to the authorities prescribed for issuance of Caste/Tribe/Community certificates in respect of SC/ST/OBC and OM No. No.36039/1/2019-Estt (Res) dated 31.01.2019 (copies enclosed), with regard to the authorities prescribed for issuance of Income and Asset Certificates in respect of EWS are modified to that extent.

Encl- As above.

Yours faithfully,

(Debabrata Das)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Ph. 23040279

Copy to:

1. The Secretaries of all the Ministries/Departments of the Govt. of India for ensuring strict compliance of the above instructions.

 

Modification/Revision in instructions regarding authorities competent to issue Caste/Tribe/Community certificates in respect of SC/ST/OBC and Income and Asset Certificates in respect of EWS -reg.
Modification/Revision in instructions regarding authorities competent to issue Caste/Tribe/Community certificates in respect of SC/ST/OBC and Income and Asset Certificates in respect of EWS -reg.

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Procedure to be followed by the Departmental Promotion Committee(DPC) with regard to retired employees

No. : 22011/1/2023-PP (D-Promotion)
Issued By: Department of Personnel & Training, Government of India
Issue Date: 12/02/2024
Subject: Procedure to be followed by the Departmental Promotion Committee with regard to retired employees – reg

 

No.22011/1/2023-PP (D-Promotion)
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi
Date 12.02.2024

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Procedure to be followed by the Departmental Promotion Committee(DPC) with regard to retired employees -reg.

                            In supersession of this Department’s OM of even No. dated 11.12.2023 on the subject mentioned above, attention is invited to this Department’s O.M. No. 22011/4/2013-Estt. (D) dated 08.05.2017 which stipulates that Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) is to be convened in advance and the steps, as per the Model Calendar, need to be completed so that the approved select panels are ready on the date of commencement of the vacancy year. Further, from 2019 onwards, a uniform calendar year wise vacancy year is being followed. Inspite of these instructions, this Department has been receiving references of inordinate delay in conduct of DPCs depriving officials the opportunity of promotion as by the time the DPC is held, some official(s) in the original zone of consideration, would have already retired from Government service. This Department has been impressing upon Ministries/Departments and Cadre Controlling Authorities, from time to time, to ensure strict compliance of these instructions.

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        2. In the context of the extant instructions contained in the aforesaid O.M. No. 22011/4/2013-Estt. (D) dated 08.05.2017, the provisions of para ‘3’ of this Department’s O.M. No. 22011/4/98-Estt. (D) dated 12.10.1998 have been reviewed in consultation with the Department of Legal Affairs. It has now been decided to modify para ‘3’ of OM dated 12.10.1998 as follows:

                   “3.1 Inspite of clear instructions, where DPCs could not be held as per the schedule prescribed in the Model Calendar, for whatever reasons, though vacancies arose in those year(s) and where the DPC meets at a later date to consider regular vacancies which arose in the earlier vacancy year(s), the DPC would, in terms of para 6.4.1 of this Department’s O.M. 22011/5/86- Estt. (D) dated 10.04.1989, continue to make year-wise panel for each of the vacancy years. Further, the DPC would, in such cases, continue to consider all eligible officials falling in the original zone of consideration as per the number of vacancies reported for that particular year, including those who have since retired as on the date of the DPC.

           3.2 The DPC while recommending the panel for promotion for each vacancy year(s) would, however, not include names of any retired person(s) who are not in a position to assume charge of the promotional post as and when promotion orders are issued. The DPC would accordingly make a note in the minutes to this effect that they have considered to the extent required all those eligible for promotion, as per the original zone of consideration for that vacancy year, including those who have since retired, but are recommending the names of only those who are in the position to assume charge of the promotional post.It would neither be necessary to include the name of a retired person in the panel for the sake of completing the panel nor would it be in order to consider his/her junior against that vacancy in the relevant vacancy year. Resultantly, such vacancy for which the DPC did not recommend a name would be treated as an unfilled vacancy.

3.3 The vacancies so rendered unfilled would be carried forward and added to the vacancies of the next vacancy year. This process would be repeated for the next and subsequent vacancy years for which the DPC is being held together.”

4. These instructions shall be applicable from vacancy year 2024 i.e. from 1.1.2024 onwards.

5. All Ministries/Departments are requested to bring these instructions to the notice of all concerned.

Dy. Secretary

To
All Ministries/Departments of the Government of India.

Handbook for Retiring Central Government Employees

Procedure to be followed by the Departmental Promotion Committee with regard to retired employees
Procedure to be followed by the Departmental Promotion Committee(DPC) with regard to retired employees-1
Procedure to be followed by the Departmental Promotion Committee with regard to retired employees
Procedure to be followed by the Departmental Promotion Committee(DPC) with regard to retired employees-2

 

 

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Conduct of adjourned poll in 03-Karanpur Assembly Constituency of Rajasthan, 2023 – Paid holiday: DOPT

Conduct of adjourned poll in 03-Karanpur Assembly Constituency of Rajasthan, 2023 – Paid holiday: DOPT

F. No. 12/1/2022-JCA
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
Establishment (JCA) Section ,

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 12th December, 2023

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Conduct of adjourned poll in 03-Karanpur Assembly Constituency of Rajasthan, 2023 – Paid holiday – regarding

The undersigned is directed to state that the Election Commission of India, vide its letter no. 78/EPS/2023/24646 dated 05.12.2023 has informed regarding conduct of PO adjourned poll in 03-Karanpur Assembly Constituency of Rajasthan. The date of Poll has been fixed on 5.01.2024 (Friday).

2. Section 135B of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, provides for grant of paid holiday on the day of poll to the employees who are entitled to vote at the election concerned. In this connection, the Department of Personnel and Training has standing guidelines issued vide OM No. 12/14/99-JCA dated 10.10.2001 regarding closure of Government Offices and grant of paid holiday during election. A copy of these guidelines is enclosed for compliance and necessary action.

3. The above instructions may please be brought to the notice of all concerned.

4. Hindi version will follow.

Encl.: As above

(Parveen Jargar)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Source: DOPT