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Centre proposes change in child care leave policy for women

NEW DELHI: No woman government employee will be refused child care leave for at least five days unless there are grave and extraordinarily compelling circumstances that warrant refusal, according to a proposal by the Centre. 

he Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has decided to modify necessary service rules in this regard and sought all ministries comments. 

"In cases where a female government servant applies for child care leave for at least five working days, she should normally not be refused leave citing exigencies of work unless there are grave and extraordinarily compelling circumstances that warrant refusal," the proposed change in rules by the DoPT reads. 

As per existing rules, women employees having minor children may be granted child care leave for a maximum period of two years (i.e. 730 days) during their entire service for taking care of upto two children whether for rearing or to look after any of their needs like examination, sickness. 

Child care leave shall not be admissible if the child is eighteen years of age or older, the rules say. 

All central government departments have been asked to send their comments on the proposed policy by January 27, the DoPT said. 


Home Ministry explores whether IAS officer Chetan B Sanghi could be brought back to Centre

By Rahul Tripathi
NEW DELHI: The Home Ministry is 'actively' examining the letter of senior IAS officer Chetan B Sanghi and in the process of consulting the department of personnel and training (DOPT) whether Sanghi can be brought back on central deputation or not. Sanghi, a 1988 batch IAS officer of UT cadre, is serving as principal secretary in the vigilance department and has written to union home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi about the alleged "pressure" from various "stakeholders" for naming some individuals, inc .. 

Refusing to elaborate on the matter, a home ministry spokesperson said: "The issue of debarment from central deputation raised by the officer in his letter is being examined. We are also examining the service rules and plans to seek opinion from DoPT." Officials will also look into the allegations of alleged pressure by speaking to other members of the panel that was conducting inquiry into DDCA.

Besides Sanghi, IAS officer Punya S Srivastava and Rahul Mehra were on the committee. It was on the recommendations of the Sanghi panel, the AAP government in December 2015 had set up an inquiry commission to investigate the alleged irregularities in DDCA, including the period from 1999-2013 when FM Arun Jaitley headed it. "There wasconsiderableemphasis on naming who were at fault and in particular a certain VIP...," Sanghi wrote in a letter to Mehrishi. Since the "formal mandate was not to do so", a tight rope walk was taken and the short time frame of three days also did not particularly help matters, the letter reads. 
ASIAN AGE, JAN 13, 2016

Principal secretary Sahai powers are ‘restored’

Making a U-turn on its order of last Friday, the AAP government has restored the “clipped” wings of its principal secretary (home), S.N. Sahai. Mr Sahai had reportedly defended two special secretaries of the home department — Yashpal Garg and Subhash Chandra — who were suspended by the city government. Till date there has been no rectification of the order pertaining to the two officers as they have been coming to office despite the city administration not assigning them any work.

It is reliably learnt that the AAP government was still treating Mr Garg and Mr Chandra as suspended despite the Union home ministry’s order declaring their suspension non est (non-existent) and illegal.

The allocation of business rules categorically state that the Delhi government has no power to issue any direction that comes under the jurisdiction of the Centre. The city minister’s order had been termed illegal as the department of home is under the Centre.
While modifying his order, Delhi home minister Satyendra Jain said on Monday that deputy secretary (Home IV) shall put up the parole case to principal secretary/secretary (home). Thus, the deputy secretary (Home IV) has been directed to put up files pertaining to parole cases before the Principal Secretary/Secretary.
As per earlier instructions, the deputy secretaries were looking into state subject matters, such as Delhi fire services, licensing, jail, internal security, and others. The home minister had also distributed a list with 42 subjects — including prosecution, internal security, criminal law and others — among junior officials and asked them to report directly to him, not the home secretary, on these issues. Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung also claims jurisdiction on some of these issues.
The list also includes magisterial inquiries and enquiry commissions. At present the Delhi government and the Union home ministry are on a collision course over whether the commission of enquiry probing alleged financial irregularities in the DDCA is constitutionally valid.
A source said the provisions of manual of office procedures being followed by both Centre and state government officials in Chapter 3 categorically mentions that the secretary to the government of India was the administrative head of a ministry or department.


Government brings web tools to promote use of Hindi among employees

NEW DELHI: Government has introduced web tools like audio-typing aid on computers and is working on making available Hindi classic literature digitally to promote use of the language among its employees, a top official today said. 

"We have introduced e-tools to make learning and adaption of Hindi easier among our employees. For their self-learning, we have also brought in audio-typing aid for their ease," Secretary, Department of Official Language (Rajbhasha) Girish Shankar said. 

The senior bureaucrat said this on the sidelines of a function to mark the 11th 'World Hindi Day' in the national capital. 

"In our bid to promote usage of Hindi, we are also bringing classic works like those of Premchand and others authors available on the web for our employees, who wish to read those literature," he said. 

The event was hosted by city-based organisation 'Vishwa Hindi Parishad' at the Constitution Club of India, which was attended among others, by BJP Sitamarhi MP Ram Kumar Sharma and noted novelist Narendra Kohli. 

Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathor,e who was scheduled to open the event, had to give it a miss due to some urgencies. 

"I express my heartfelt wishes to one and all on the occasion of 'Vishwa Hindi Diwas'. It would have been an honour to attend the programme but due to some urgent work, I couldn't move out of Mumbai," he said in a Hindi message sent to the organisers. 

First 'World Hindi Day' was celebrated in 2006 during the then UPA dispensation. 


TRIBUNE, JAN 12, 2016

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