Min­istry of Per­son­nel, Pub­lic Griev­ances and Pen­sions

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In ac­cor­dance with the scheme for Na­tional Pen­sion Sys­tem (NPS), as no­ti­fied vide Min­istry of Fi­nance (De­part­ment of Eco­nomic Af­fairs)’s No­ti­fi­ca­tion No. 5/7/2003-ECB & PR dated 22.12.2003, the Sys­tem is manda­tory for all new re­cruits to the Cen­tral Govern­ment ser­vice (ex­cept armed forces) from 01.01.2004. Ac­cord­ingly, as per Rule 2 of the Cen­tral Civil Ser­vices (Pen­sion) Rules, 1972, as amended on 30.12.2003, these rules are ap­pli­ca­ble to Govern­ment ser­vants ap­pointed to civil posts on or be­fore 31.12.2003. The date on which the va­can­cies arose or the date on which the ex­am­i­na­tion was con­ducted for fill­ing up the va­can­cies is not rel­e­vant for de­cid­ing the ap­pli­ca­bil­ity of the Cen­tral Civil Ser­vices (Pen­sion) rules, 1972. Min­istry of Home Af­fairs have not sought any ad­vice from De­part­ment of Pen­sion and Pen­sion­ers’ Wel­fare on the ques­tion of hav­ing a pol­icy to cover the para­mil­i­tary per­son­nel ap­pointed af­ter 01.01.2004 un­der the Old Pen­sion Scheme on the ground that the va­can­cies arose, or the ex­am­i­na­tion was con­ducted, in the year 2003. How­ever, a ref­er­ence was re­ceived from Min­istry of Home Af­fairs in a spe­cific case re­lat­ing to ap­point­ments as Sub-In­spec­tor in var­i­ous Cen­tral Para Mil­i­tary Forces af­ter se­lec­tion in Au­gust, 2003 on the ba­sis of an Ex­am­i­na­tion con­ducted in 2002. Ap­point­ments on the ba­sis of these se­lec­tions were made in Cen­tral Re­serve Po­lice Force in 2003 and the can­di­dates ap­pointed were cov­ered by the pen­sion scheme un­der Cen­tral Civil Ser­vice (Pen­sion) Rules, 1972. How­ever, in the Bor­der Se­cu­rity Force, of­fers of ap­point­ment on the ba­sis of the same ex­am­i­na­tion/ se­lec­tion were is­sued in Jan­uary, 2004. On a pe­ti­tion filed by some per­son­nel ap­pointed in the Bor­der Se­cu­rity Force on the ba­sis of that ex­am­i­na­tion, Hon’ble High Court of Delhi di­rected to cover the pe­ti­tion­ers un­der the Cen­tral Civil Ser­vice (Pen­sion) Rules, 1972 on the grounds of ad­min­is­tra­tive de­lay on the part of Bor­der Se­cu­rity Force in mak­ing ap­point­ments. The or­der of Hon’ble High Court of Delhi was im­ple­mented by the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs/ Bor­der Se­cu­rity Force in view of the pe­cu­liar cir­cum­stances of that case. The de­ci­sion taken in that case is, how­ever, not rel­e­vant for de­cid­ing ap­pli­ca­bil­ity of Cen­tral Civil Ser­vice (Pen­sion) Rules to all ap­point­ments made on or af­ter 01.01.2004 in the Cen­tral Para Mil­i­tary Forces or in any other De­part­ment/or­ga­ni­za­tion on the ba­sis of year of ex­am­i­na­tion/ se­lec­tion. This in­for­ma­tion was pro­vided by the Union Min­is­ter of State (In­de­pen­dent Charge) Devel­op­ment of North­East­ern Re­gion (DoNER), MoS PMO, Per­son­nel, Pub­lic Griev­ances & Pen­sions, Atomic En­ergy and Space, DrJi­ten­dra Singh.

Dr Ji­ten­dra Singh de­liv­ers in­au­gu­ral ad­dress at 44th Ad­vanced Pro­fes­sional Pro­gramme for Civil Ser­vants and of­fi­cers

The Union Min­is­ter of State (In­de­pen­dent Charge) for Devel­op­ment of North Eastern Re­gion (DoNER), MoS PMO, Per­son­nel, Pub­lic Griev­ances & Pen­sions, Atomic En­ergy and Space, Dr Ji­ten­dra Singh said here to­day that lat­eral en­try at the Joint Sec­re­tary level will en­rich gov­er­nance. De­liv­er­ing the in­au­gu­ral ad­dress at 44th Ad­vanced Pro­fes­sional Pro­gramme in Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion (APPPA) for Civil Ser­vants and of­fi­cers, or­ga­nized by the In­dian In­sti­tute of Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion (IIPA), Dr Ji­ten­dra Singh dis­pelled mis­giv­ings ap­pear­ing in a sec­tion of me­dia in re­cent weeks and said that lat­eral en­try into ser­vices has been there even in the past and the Govern­ment has tried to in­sti­tu­tion­al­ize it and stream­line it, so that the process is more ob­jec­tive and aimed at se­lect­ing the best, based on pure merit and spe­cific re­quire­ments of a given as­sign­ment. Such ap­point­ments are purely of con­trac­tual na­ture and not reg­u­lar ones, he added. The Min­is­ter said that sev­eral of the new and in­no­va­tive pro­grammes and schemes launched by the Govern­ment call for spe­cial­ized ex­per­tise, for which a func­tionary ap­pointed through lat­eral en­try could serve the pur­pose more op­ti­mally and ef­fec­tively. In ad­di­tion, he said, there are sev­eral posts ly­ing va­cant at dif­fer­ent lev­els in bu­reau­cratic hi­er­ar­chy in­clud­ing at the level of Joint Sec­re­tary and Deputy Sec­re­tary /Di­rec­tor. Dur­ing his speech, Dr Ji­ten­dra Singh spelt out var­i­ous path-break­ing, rev­o­lu­tion­ary de­ci­sions taken by the De­part­ment of Per­son­nel & Train­ing (DoPT) un­der the guid­ance of Prime Min­is­ter Shri Naren­dra Modi. He said, soon af­ter the Govern­ment took over in 2014, Prime Min­is­ter gave us the Mantra of "max­i­mum gov­er­nance, min­i­mum govern­ment" and look­ing back four years, we have abun­dantly ful­filled this pledge. This is for the first time in 70 years af­ter in­de­pen­dence, Dr Ji­ten­dra Singh said, that in­stead of tak­ing credit for fram­ing new rules, the Govern­ment has sought to draw sat­is­fac­tion in do­ing away with around 1,500 such rules which had be­come ob­so­lete or ir­rel­e­vant with the pas­sage of time, and some of which were a legacy of the Bri­tish Raj, like, for ex­am­ple, the prac­tice of get­ting doc­u­ments at­tested by a Gazetted of­fi­cer. In the last four years, Dr Ji­ten­dra Singh said, while every pos­si­ble step was taken to pro­vide a work-friendly en­vi­ron­ment for civil ser­vants, at the same time, on the other hand, most of the Govern­ment pro­grammes in­volved more and more of ci­ti­zen par­tic­i­pa­tion and even the flag­ship pro­grammes turned into mass cam­paigns. He par­tic­u­larly cited two ex­am­ples. One, the in­tro­duc­tion of new prac­tice of three months' of men­tor­ship in Govern­ment of In­dia for fresh IAS of­fi­cers be­fore they went to their re­spec­tive cadre al­lo­cated States for fur­ther as­sign­ment and sec­ond, an over­all trans­for­ma­tion with a new for­mat for PM Ex­cel­lence Awards which were ear­lier based mostly on in­di­vid­ual per­for­mance, but, in the last three years, are based mostly on the tar­gets and out­comes achieved by dif­fer­ent dis­tricts in the pub­lic wel­fare and pri­or­ity pro­grammes of Govern­ment of In­dia. Chair­man IIPA and for­mer Gover­nor of Kar­nataka, Shri T.N. Chaturvedi, Di­rec­tor IIPA Dr. Tish­yarak­shit Chat­ter­jee and Pro­gramme Di­rec­tor Prof. Ashok Vis­han­dass also spoke on the oc­ca­sion.

Naren­dra Modi, Hon'ble Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia

Dr. Ji­ten­dra Singh, Min­is­ter of State (I/C) for Devel­op­ment of North Eastern Re­gion and Min­is­ter of State for Prime Min­is­ter Of­fice Per­son­nel, Pub­lic Griev­ances & Pen­sions De­part­ment of Atomic En­ergy and De­part­ment of Space, Govern­ment of In­dia

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