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Tuesday 24 March 2015

Government Welcomes Court Decision on 66A

Following is the text of the statement made by the Union Minister for  Telecom & IT, Sh Ravi Shankar Prasad on Supreme Court judgement on  section 66-A of IT act: 
“The Union Government welcomes Hon’ble SC’s decision on 66A. When the UPA Govt came out with draconian provisions under 66A, BJP in opposition firmly opposed it and said that ’66 is unacceptable in current form’. BJP resolutely stood up against the censorship and blocking on social media done by UPA Govt. 
Once in Govt, it took its opposition to the draconian provisions of 66A on record in Court Proceedings. New Affidavits filed by NDA Govt in Hon’ble Supreme Court clearly show the marked difference in the approach from UPA Govt. 
NDA Govt, in what can be dubbed as a landmark moment in India’s Internet history, has accorded the same amount of freedom of speech and expression that a citizen of India is granted in normal life under our constitution by our founding fathers . 
After detailed discussion with the Central Government at the highest possible level, the Central Government filed an Affidavit before the Hon’ble Supreme Court making its stand absolutely clear that the Government respects the freedom of speech and expression.  The relevant paragraphs are verbatim quoted: 
A.      “This counter affidavit is being filed only for the purpose of assisting this Hon’ble Court and to satisfy this Hon’ble Court that the impugned Sections of the IT Act neither seeks to curtail nor the Central Government desires any interpretation which seeks to curtail any of the fundamental rights guaranteed to the citizens including the right under Article 19(1)(a) i.e. fundamental right to free speech and expression.   
B.      This counter affidavit seeks to point out the necessity and desirability of the provisions which are challenged in these petitions and to bring it on record that the usage of cyber space either by social media or otherwise is not even remotely intended to be curtailed either totally or partially at instance of Union of India.  
C.     Central Government encourages beneficial use of cyber space and the Act only seeks to regulate the use of cyberspace which would fall within any of and/ or all categories stipulated under Article 19(2) of the Constitution of India. 
D.     That the penal provisions of the Act can never be interpreted so as to take within its sweep political debate, any form of honest decent, decent humour, political satire etc.  With a view to avoid possibility of any misconstruction of the expressions used in the penal provisions of the Act, the Central Government has prepared an advisory / guidelines to be strictly followed by law enforcement agencies which would ensure that the honest and legal use of cyber space does not result into any harassment to any citizen of the country.” 
Thus in a layman’s language, the Government absolutely respects the right to freedom of speech and expression on social media and has no intention of curbing it. Only reasonable restrictions apply on social media, as they do in routine normal day to day life in the physical world under Article 19 (2) of the constitution of India. We will have to understand that we cannot set a different standard of Public Morality for Speech & Expression in Cyberspace from Speech in other mediums and in the Public Domain. 
It is important to understand that Section 66A is in several parts and only a portion of it deals with issues which can raise question of freedom of speech and expression.  
During the course of oral submissions also, it was categorically pointed out that the Central Government shares the anxiety that expressions like “grossly offensive” etc. referred above may be abused at some local level.  The Central Government, therefore, requested the Hon’ble Supreme Court that the said expressions be read confined to Article 19(2) of the Constitution only and to ensure that no right of any citizen is scuttled, the said phrases be narrowly tailored by the Hon’ble Supreme Court itself to obviate any possibility of any abuse of any law enforcing agency to scuttle the free speech and expression of the citizens. 
There can be no parallel of our stand on this matter with that of the previous UPA regime. We have in writing confirmed that we stand for freedom of speech and expression, while the previous UPA Govt tried to make this law an instrument to curb dissent, satire and anything else which did not suit it. “ 
I have myself set an example by standing up for free speech and rights of a teenager recently arrested at the complain of Azam Khan for posting on Twitter and Facebook.
Source : PIB

Transfer and Posting of ASP(HQ), Bhubaneswar Division

Transfer and Posting of Postmaster Grade - I in Head Quarters Region, Bhubaneswar

Nomination of Comrade M.S. Raja as a Staff Side Member ofStanding Committee of National Council (JCM) vice late Comrade S.K. Vyas  has been  approved by Secretary (Personnel) as Chairman of the Standing Committee of National Council (JCM).


No. PF-Misc/2015                                                                         Dated 21th March, 2015


The Secretary
Department of Posts
Government of India
Dak Bhawn     
New Delhi – 110001

Sub: Pension payment for the month of March 2015 through POSB functioning under CBS – regarding.


Your kind attention is invited to the fact that last year on 1st April, 2014 no payment of pension could be disbursed through POSB on the request of Infosys due to some technical problems in the CBS. In fact all SB transactions were suspended on that day. Many pensioners were made to return home empty handed without drawing their pension on that day.

This year 1st April is followed by two holidays on 2nd and 3rd April for Mahavir jayanthi and Good Friday and therefore any recurrence of previous problem on 1st April will cause heavy hardships on pensioners as they could not draw their pension until 4th April, 2015.

It is therefore requested to kindly intervene in the matter to prevent any such recurrence this year and if suspension of all SB transactions on 1st April is unavoidable, then necessary instructions may please be issued to all concerned for effecting payment of pension on 31st March, 2015 itself irrespective of the fact that no payment or pension payment is normally done on the closing day of the financial year.

Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,
(R.N. Parashar)
Secretary General

Compulsory Paid Leave During Pregnancy --- PIB NEWS

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
18-March-2015 13:20 IST
Compulsory Paid Leave During Pregnancy 

There are provisions which prescribe that a female Government servant (including an apprentice) with less than two surviving children may be granted maternity leave by an authority competent to grant leave for a period of 180 days from the date of its commencement. During such period, she shall be paid leave salary equal to the pay drawn immediately before proceeding on leave. 

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Kirti Azad in the Lok Sabha today. 

Saturday 14 March 2015

Nabakalebar Rath Yatra, 2015 to be Promoted as International Tourism Event

Tourism Ministry in coordination with the Petroleum Ministry shall take several measures for international branding and promotion of the Nabakalebar Rath Yatra The Petroleum Minister Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan held a review meeting with Tourism Minister Dr. Mahesh Sharma in which Secretaries of Ministry of Culture and Tourism were also present. It was decided that the Ministry of Culture will bring out Coffee Table Book and also make special documentary on the Rath Yatra. Coins and stamps will also be issued to commemorate the yatra. The 2015 Rath Yatra has been named Nabakalebar Rath Yatra as this comes after 19 years. 

Speaking on the occasion, Petroleum Minister Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan informed that detailed discussions were held today for making smooth arrangements for the event. He informed that Tourism Ministry has already sanctioned Rs. 50 crore and Central Government will also supplement budgetary support as per the requirements of the event. Lakhs of people would be visiting the Nabakalebar Rath Yatra and Government is committed to making glitch free arrangements for the event. 

Mr. Pradhan said that all the stakeholders including Odisha State Tourism, Tourist guides, hospitality industry people, travel industry and the Culture & Tourism Ministry of the Government of India will make consolidated efforts to promote this even an international tourism event. 

Tourism Minister Dr. Mahesh Sharma informed that his Ministry was making efforts to utilise the 450-km long coastal belt for promoting tourism in Odisha. He informed that discussions revolved around making suitable arrangements to make this a memorable event. 

Both Petroleum Minister Mr. Pradhan and Tourism Minister Dr. Sharma shall undertake a two-day visit to Odisha on 20th and 21st March to review the preparations for the Nabakalebar Rath Yatra. 

(Release ID :117022) 

As per the existing policy, the Central Government Administrative Offices observe up to 17 holidays in a year on specified occasions which consist of 3 National Holidays (on 26th January, 15th August and 2nd October) and 14 other holidays to celebrate festivals of different regions/religion in a diverse country like India.
At present there is no proposal under consideration of the Government to curtail the public holidays for government employees.
This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri S. Thangavelu in the Rajya Sabha today.
Source : PIB News

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No. 1 3026/3/2012-Estt(L)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Old JNU Campus, New Delhi 110 067
Dated: 09.03.2015
Subject: Classification of posts in the CCS (Leave) Rules, 1972 — Clarification Reg.
        The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s Notification No. 21/2/75-Estt.(D) dated 11.11.1975 reclassifying the posts under the Central Government as Group ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ & . ‘D’ in place of Class ‘I’, ‘II’, ‘III’ & ‘IV’ and to state that wherever the old nomenclature of Class ‘I’, ‘II’, ‘III’ & ‘IV’ are mentioned in the CCS (Leave) Rules, 1972, the same may be read as Group ‘A, ‘B’, ‘C’ & ‘D’,-respectively.
(Mukul Ratra)




Meeting with with PJCA
The Chairman / Secretary
Postal Joint Council of Action

Subject:   Meeting held with PJCA on 05/02/2015 under the Chairpersonship of Secretary (Posts)

Dear Sir,

       As decided vide Point 2 of the minutes of  above meeting, this is to inform you that the proposal of GDS for their inclusion within the terms of reference of 7th CPC has been endorsed to the Department of Expenditure for re-consideration.                                                                                                                                 Sd/-
                                                                                      (Arun Malik)
                                                                      Director (SR & Legal)

Annual Medical Examination for the officers of age 40 years and above of the Group 'A' Central Civil Services

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Tuesday 10 March 2015

The JIBANARA GEETA SAPANARA GEETIKA a book of lyrical poems composed by Sri Banamali Patra ASPO OD - SSPO PURI( on Current charge) was unveiled on 07.03.2015 at jayadev bhawan Bhubaneswar by the phenomenal personalities in the field of art,culture,and literature,like Sri Pranab Pattnaik,Arjun Samal,Gourahari Dalai.Sri R N Senapati,DR.Archana Nayak ,Kirtan Narayan Padhi  also
over the occasion...
It is needless to impress upon our postal fraternity of the division as well as circle that  our beloved ASPO OD Sri Patra sir, has proved himself as a prolific poet , a dynamic and able
administrator..twice he has been bestowed upon prizes in all India level for his outstanding performance in marketing.In addition to that he established himself in the field of literature.
many eminent personalities,officers of department as well as staff of the division were present in the function.

  We wish our beloved officer, should flourish like anything in the field of art and literature by virtue of his diligence,devotion and strong determination  .On behalf of AIPEU PURI we express our heartiest congratulation and offer him a million dollar red salute for his excellence.The saga should go on. 

Sunday 8 March 2015



It’s my honour to address you all on the occasion of ‘International Womens Day’ on 8th March 2015. This day is a celebration of the struggle of women, the world over, and their achievements, in realising the just and equitable role and position for women in society, in workplace and as a homemaker. This day is also a reminder of the road ahead, the enormity of the tasks that still stare at us. This day is a day to resolve, to rededicate ourselves to the task of women emancipation and empowerment.

The word ‘woman’ is not singular, it is a plural noun.  If the Oxford Dictionary says otherwise, we need to let them know why. A woman is always an eco-system, balancing multiple roles, multiple commitments, at multiple places of work – both in office and also at home. There might be CL, EL etc in office, but there is not a single CL or EL in house. Good health or bad health, the tasks of bringing up children, and other home-making works don’t give any break. In addition to these, many of us are engaged in other interests like music, painting, culture, sports etc., and it is really a miracle that women manage to do so many things, and still appear cheerful and charming. The word multi-tasking doesn’t find more resonance anywhere. In fact, women contribute more to the society. If you educate a man, you are educating one person. If you are educating a woman, you are educating a family.

In spite of the effervescent and vibrant roles that women play as mothers, sisters, daughters, friends, soul-mates, co-workers and in social service, women are often trampled upon in world societies, both in war and peace. The past year witnessed some of the most horrific incidents that shook our sense of humanity. 276 school-girls were kidnapped in Nigeria in April 2014, and not released till now. According to Amnesty International, hundreds of Yazidi women were sold by ISIS into sexual slavery. Using women as soft targets is a blot on humanity and questions the very meaning of civilisation.

Even in the civilised and sophisticated corporate world, many business shenanigans squirm at the thought of giving equal pay and respect to their women employees. This year witnessed the most distasteful episode of Microsoft CEO’s statement that women should accept their karma, when he was asked about equal pay for women in software industry. This shows the deep-rooted prejudice that women are burdened with, and the enormity of the road ahead of the women’s movement in India and the world over.

We can fight this only with deep understanding and belief in women’s capabilities and strengths. Even under the weight of all the prejudices, women have been charting stellar performances everywhere. Not only the immense multi-tasking roles and expectations that every woman upholds, many are blazing a path of leadership and success, leaving a trail of pride and inspiration, not only in regular careers but also in high tech scientific and futuristic fields, which are traditionally considered as male bastions. Smt. Padmashree Warrior from Vijayawada is the Chief Technology & Strategy Officer (CTSO) at Cisco, which powers the world’s telecom architecture. She is in-charge of the telecom machinery which runs our mobile phones, internet and whatsapp, for present and for future. Indra Nooyi from Chennai is Pepsi’s global Chairman & CEO. Mary Kom became Olympic Bronze medallist and Asian Gold Medallist in boxing, when she was a mother of three. Kiran Mazumdar Shah of Biocon is a genetics entrepreneurial wizard, having a street named after her in Australia on 5th March 2015. There are lot more stellar achievements of waorking women in business and other spheres.

These achievements are just a pointer to show that all that a women needs is a little enabling. Enable the women, and they will do wonders, to the families, workplaces and the societies. Give women the right education and training, safety in work-place and transit, freedom from violence and discrimination, respect as an equal gender, belief in their capabilities – the society will transform into a much better place. There is no better time to realise and rededicate to this goal, than the year in which Malala Yousufzai got the Nobel Peace Prize for fighting for education. There is no easy path to achieve this, and I call upon all women comrades, to struggle for equitable rights, with passion, determination and hunger for success.

On this momentous day, it’s our duty, of everyone - common people, men and women comrades, the leaders, the policy makers and the government - to understand and appreciate that women deserve their rightful equitable empowerment. In fact, this year, we are also observing 20 years of Beijing Declaration on Women’s Rights. UNO declared the campaign slogan as “Empowering Women, Empowering humanity”, i.e. if we empower women, we empower humanity. The theme for this year’s International Women’s day is rightfully coined as “Make it Happen”. On this occasion, as Chairperson of the Women’s Committee of the Central Government Employees and Workers, I call upon everyone to join hands and give a clarion call – Yes, we will make it happen.

Believe in yourself.
(Usha Bonepalli)
Women’s Committee,
Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers,

New Delhi.