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A residential training programme on "Advance course on Right to Information Act, 2005 and e-Governance” during 18-22nd October, 2013 at Manali (Himachal Pradesh) is being organised. The programme brochure and other details are attached for your kind perusal. You are requested kindly to nominate suitable officers/officials for the programme. The programme is organised at Hotel Sarovar Portico, Club House Road, Manali (H.P). The course fee is Rs. 33,900/- plus 12.36% Service tax. The charges are inclusive of Housing and Boarding. The Training is being organised by National Productivity Council (under Ministry of Industry & Commerce, Government of India). Kind attention: Chief Executive /The Appellate Authority/Public Information Officer (RTI) Contact (S.P. Singh) Regional Head/Programme Director National Productivity Council, Chandigarh (Mob. No. 07589219766) PROGRAMME BROCHURE -RTI & E-GOVERNANCE -MANALI.pdf
Copied from the article here: http://m.economictimes.com/news/news-by-industry/jobs/not-happy-with-your-performance-appraisal-join-the-government/articleshow/19520037.cms: Not happy with your performance appraisal? Join the government NEW DELHI: Imagine an appraisal system where you are certain to score 9 out of 10, where you don't even need to meet your appraiser face-to-face, and where you are pretty sure your pay packet is going to be largely untouched. Such is the process that evaluates India's top bureaucrats, and it has all the ingredients that go into the making of the much-reviled Indian 'system' - red tape (literally), long delays, and of course, a generous serving of political interference. So every April, as KRAs, perks and promotions dominate the chatter in corporate hallways, this silent yet mammoth process of assessment starts in the corridors of power. The Annual Performance Assessment Report (APAR) for the last fiscal has just begun, and is expected to conclude by December. "Virtually everybody gets 9 out of 10 points. Effectively, performance and appraisal are de-linked," says KM Chandrasekhar, former cabinet secretary, in a scathing indictment of an appraisal system that he had tried to streamline without much success. Actually, APAR is the post-RTI avatar of the earlier ACR (Annual Confidential Report). Under the new system introduced in 2006, an officer gets a copy of what his superior has written about him, and if he is rated poorly, he is allowed to write a counter-note challenging the original assessment. In reality, for the appraiser and appraisee, the APAR sheet is yet another 'nada-wala' file being carried by peons from one room to another. After about five months, the file comes back to the officer under review, when he can read his boss' comments. But there are many instances of missing appraisals that delay the empanelment and promotion processes of bureaucrats. Poor Rating may Affect Promotions The empanelment is a process under which officers of the same seniority are assessed on whether they are suitable to be appointed at the level of joint secretary and above, as well as equivalent posts in the government. Once the appraisal is done, the files need to be kept safely by the cadre-controlling authorities and respective states, but a few files do disappear because of negligence or foul play. If two appraisals of an officer are missing in the previous 10 years, the average of the remaining eight years is factored in for promotion and empanelment. Also, no officer, whether from the IAS, IPS or IRS, will get any pay hike despite filling a long form with rules running into 150 pages that even describe what "state government" or "promotion" mean. Annual hikes in a Group A officer's salary are limited to the increments in dearness allowance (adjusted to inflation), and a basic salary hike happens only when they are promoted - that may even be 10 years in coming and is dependent on a number of factors, including the numerical strength of the cadre batch. Nor is there any chance that an officer will get less than 9 points on a scale of 1-10, unless he had fought with his superior. Yet, for each of the 20,000-strong Group A officers, the appraisal remains critical as a poor rating may deny them a foreign posting, and even impact any promotion that may come 10 years down the line. Even 7 out of 10 points are considered quite damaging. Chandrasekhar, who was India's top bureaucrat for four years between 2007 and 2011, says he had attempted to bring about a few changes during his tenure as cabinet secretary. He had submitted a revised system to the Prime Minister's Office, where he had suggested that the grading of an officer should not be done by his immediate boss, but by a committee of officers including recently retired officers and experts. Further, he suggested that over 20% of officers should not get an outstanding rating under any circumstances. The current process goes through three layers. A director-level officer, for example, needs to submit his self-appraisal form to a joint secretary, who is his immediate boss. After recording his comments, the JS sends the form to the reviewing authority, in this case an additional secretary. The additional secretary forwards it to the secretary, who is the accepting authority for a director-ranked officer. By the same formula, all appraisals of joint secretaries and above reach the minister's table. "I think a complete overhaul of the present system is essential and that too, without delay," Chandrasekhar adds. "If you play ball with the system, you get an outstanding rank, and also plump postings. If you raise questions, disciplinary action will follow," says former cabinet secretary TSR Subramanian, who had served under three prime ministers - Atal Bihari Vajpayee, HD Deve Gowda and IK Gujral. "Political interference in appraisal and empanelment has always been there. But it has increased 10 times during the past 10 years," Subramanian adds. Post the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations, the government initiated a plan to make the appraisal process more meaningful by proposing monetary incentives for high performers. But it has remained a non-starter. "The Performance Evaluation and Management System was introduced primarily to facilitate such qualitative measurement on the basis of which an incentive system could be built. However, this system can work only if there is strong commitment at all levels, including the political level," Chandrasekhar says.
Hello everyone, I am Anup S. Nair. At first thank you to all for helping me clarify my doubt about the Education Loan. Now I have a new requirement . have done my MBA from private college, IIPM and now I want to look for a government job which I think I cannot apply with an MBA Holders tag as IIPM is a private college, Am I correct? Then If I cannot apply as a PG holder, can I pursue any mini PG course and join for PG Jobs? If yes can I get information about which are the possible fields in Government of India where a BBM + MBA or PGD can apply, that also at an age of 26 years. As I, Anup S. Nair is of 26years of age and has all the above mentioned problems, Please guide me.
The rti act promulgated by the govt of india is a blessing.but the PIO in government offices thinks otherwise.they think that not giving any clear information sought by the applicant on any related subject is totally ignored by the concerned government department.the PIO responsible for replying to the rti applicantions thinks that the information is being supplied from his personal poket and the government of india documents are his fathers property.in this connection the cic should instruct the govt of india departments to kindly follow the rule of law laid down by the govt in the matter and any official not following the act should be properly punished.in this connection i have also undergone a very bad experience where the office of the controller general of india,ministry of finance,lok nayak bhawan,khan market,new delhi has all along been reluctant to divulge or give any clear cut information in the matter which i have sought from them.any reply given has been so drafted which does not clearly give the information sought in the matter,as the replies are very cleverly drafted and not in any way own any departmental responsibility.what the cic is doing in these matters is yet to be known. Thanks. Rajiv pathak