State Governments are operating ex-cadre posts at Apex level in violation of Rules

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north blockNew Delhi: The Department of personnel and Training of Government of India has observed that without obtaining the approval of Central  Government more number of ex-cadre posts are being operated at Apex level in several States in violation of rule 9(7) of IAS (Pay) Rules 2007.

The State Governments have been asked to adhere to the instruction of DoPT for limiting the increase in the Senior Duty Posts by not more than five percent while submitting the proposal. It has also been stressed that the practice of keeping cadre posts vacant or in abeyance for longer period should be
avoided.
The IAS cadre review falls due in the year 2015 for Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Manipur, Tripura, Nagaland, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim and AGMUT cadre. The concerned State Governments have been asked to submit the cadre review proposal in time to avoid any undue delay in carrying out the cadre review.

The issue of All India Service cadre management will come up for discussion at the Meeting by MOS (PP) and Secretary (P) with Principal Secretaries (Personnel/GAD) of the State Governments on May 18. Under the agenda for this meeting, the stability of the All India Service officers, especially in the States, will come up for detaled discussion as it is a matter of concern for a long time. Frequent and arbitrary transfers of officers before completion of a reasonable tenure on any post have always been considered as a major reason for the declining standards of administration, the agenda points out. Attention of the States has also been invited to the Supreme Court’s judgment of October 31, 2013 in the matter of WP No.82/2011 filed by TSR Subramanian & Ors. Vs. UoI & Ors. whereby directions were issued to the Centre, State Governments and the Union Territories to constitute Civil Services Boards within a period of three months to take care of postings/transfers of all civil servants.

In compliance of Supreme Court’s directions, relevant amendments have been carried out in rule 7 of the IAS, IPS and IFS (Cadre) Rules by DoPT and notified on January 1, 2014, for fixing minimum tenure of two years for all cadre posts and also mandating formation of Civil Services Board to take care of the posting/transfer of AIS officers.

DoPT had asked the State Governments to provide information in respect of IAS officers who are on unauthorized absence from cadre but this Information is still awaited from some State Governments.

Supreme Court in Crl App. No.88-93 of 2003 in CBI vs.Saurin Rasiklal Shah vide order dated 10/12/2013 has directed that the concerned State Governments will provide necessary assistance to the Government of India to make the additional Special Courts functional within a maximum period of four months from today else the Central Government may take action under Article 247 of the Constitution. The period of four months has expired on April 10, 2014 but so far only 17 additional special courts in compliance of above direction of Hon’ble Supreme Court have become functional.

Jayalalitha acquitted in the disproportionate assets case

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J JayalalithaBangalore/Chennai: Single Judge bench of Justice C R Kumaraswamy of High Court of Karnataka today acquitted AIADMK supremo J Jayalalitha and all others convicted in the disproportionate assets case.

Now there will be hectic political activity and the entire scene will shift to Chennai. Immediately after the news came of Jaya’s acquittal, her supporters started jumping and dancing in a frenzy of happiness outside her residence in Chennai. Her return to power as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu is now a certainty

O.Panneerselvam, chief minister of Tamil Nadu was prompt in reaching Jaya’s Poes Garden residence when the Karnataka High Court’s verdict came. The other ministers were also on their way.

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalitha, who was in jail for twenty days before being granted bail, had gone in appeal along with her associates V K Sasikala, V N Sudhakaran and J Ilavarasi challenging her conviction by the Special Court Judge Michael D’Cunha in September 2014 in the disproportionate assets case.

Jayalalitha and the other accused were sentenced to four years in jail. The court had also imposed a fine of Rs 100 crore on the AIADMK leader and Rs 10 crore each on the others.

The special bench of Justice Kumaraswamy was constituted by the Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court on February 21 this year on directions from the apex cout.

From today morning Jayalalitha supporters had started gathering at her Poes Garden residene in Chennai. Meanwhile her supporters,who were trying to enter Karnataka from Hosur, were stopped at the border  by the Karnataka Police. The security around the High Court was also beefed up.

A senior AIADMK leader, talking to journalists at the Poes garden this monrning said they want ‘Amma” to be chief minister very soon – not only the AIADMK cadres but the people of Tamil Nadu want this,, she said adding: “Today is our Mother’s Day.”

Yemen crisis: Houthis accept 5-day ceasefire plan

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yemen crisisRiyadh: The Houthi rebels and their allies have accepted the US-backed 5-day ceasefire for humanitarian purposes in Yemen.

The five-day humanitarian ceasefire to allow the flow of humanitarian assistance in every corner of Yemen, ravaged and devastated by civil war, will begin on Tuesday, May 12, at 11:00 p.m. and will last for five days. The ceasefire is likely to be extended if it works out, the US Secretary of State John Kerry had announced coinciding with the GCC foreign Minister’s meeting in Paris on May 8.

The requirements, Kerry said, are first and foremost that there is a commitment by the Houthis and their allies, including Ali Abdullah Saleh and those forces that are loyal to him, to abide by the ceasefire. A point he had also underscored at Riyadh last week.

Income Tax Officers and employees will stage protest demonstration tomorrow

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income taxNew Delhi: The Income Tax department employees and officers who are agitated by the delay in promotions to the cadre of Assistant Commissioners (ACIT) and other cadre management related issues will be holding a lunch hour demonstration tomorrow (Tuesday, May 12, 2015) in front of all the Principal Chief Commissioner Income Tax (Pr. CCIT) offices across the country

The Income tax Employees federation and Income Tax Gazetted Officers Association, under the banner of Joint Council of Action, have been pushing for DPC for immediate promotion to the cadre of Assistant commissioners against the left over vacancies of 2013‐14 and the entire vacancies for recruitment years 2014‐15 and 2015‐16.

The Joint Council of Action is also pressing for finalization of Recruitment Rules for Group‐B & C and filing up of post in the cadre of Inspectors. Their emphasis is that the posts of Inspectors lying vacant in the absence of proper candidates in one category be filled by promoting eligible candidates from other categories.

These issues, along with other pending issues were discussed in the meeting of the Central Joint Council of Action held in New Delhi on April 28. At this meeting it was unanimously decided to go on the path of agitation by holding a lunch hour demonstration in front of the all the Pr. CCIT offices across the country on May 12.

Tuesday’s Lunch hour demonstration will conclude with a resolution to unanimously ask the CBDT Chairperson to take into consideration and settle their demands without further loss of time “as the employees and officers of the Department are totally frustrated and angry over the inordinate delay on the part of the Board in finding resolution to these issues.”

Beside promotion to the cadre of Assistant commissioners against the left over vacancies of 2013‐14 and the entire vacancies for the recruitment years 2014‐15 and 2015‐16 immediately. CBDT will be asked through the resolution to finalise and notify the Recruitment Rules of all Group B and C cadres. In the absence of these rules, the career prospects of the employees is being advesely affected. CBDT would also be asked to Issue instructions immediately to the field formations to effect promotion to the cadre of Inspectors to enable the Chief Commissioners of Income tax (CCA) to divert the posts lying vacant from one category to another.

Income Tax Gazetted Officers Association had taken up the issue of anomalies in the recent transfer orders of ACsIT with CBDT on April 9 and 17. Subsequently on April 20, the Board opened the post‐AGT representation window in the grade of DCIT/ACIT.

Income Tax Gazetted Officers Association has also leveled the charge that an Instruction of CBDT Member (P & V ), issued last year on April 29, directing all the Pr. CCsIT to consult the Zonal Director of Vigilance before holding the Local Placement Committee Meetings was used adversely against their members without any tangible evidence or reason in some of the regions while issuing local transfer orders.