Maternity Leave and Pension

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Maternity Leave and Pension 
Hon’ble Delhi High Court vide its judgement dated 17.07.2015 in the Writ Petition (C) No. 844/2014 - Rama Pandey vs. Union of India &Ors., has laid down that a female employee, who is the commissioning mother, would be entitled to apply for maternity leave. Department of Personnel and Training, after examination of the judgement, has circulated it to all Ministries/Departments for wide publicity vide Office Memorandum dated 29.01.2018. 

In accordance with the Office Memorandum No. 1/13/09- P&PW (E) dated 19thJuly, 2017, family pension would also be granted to a divorced daughter from the date of divorce in cases where the divorce proceedings had been filed in a competent court during the life-time of the employee/pensioner or his/her spouse but divorce took place after their death, subject to fulfilment of all other conditions for grant of family pension. 

No centralized data regarding grant of pension/family pension by the various Pension Disbursing authorities is maintained.
Leakage of SSC exam papers 
  The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is mandated to make recruitment to Group 'B' (Non-Gazetted) posts and Group 'C' of (non-technical) posts under Government of India and their attached and subordinate offices. 
The Staff Selection Commission annually conducts the following examinations: 
   I.            Eight mandated All India Open Competitive Examinations for filling up regular vacancies. 
II.            Recruitment to Selection Posts in various Ministries/Departments, attached and subordinate Offices, where the essential qualifications vary from Matriculation to Post Graduation specific to the job requirements of that Ministry/Department. 
·         III. Three Limited Departmental Competitive Examinations for promotion from (i) Multi Tasking Staff to Lower Division Clerk, (ii) Lower Division Clerk to Upper Division Clerk (iii) Stenographer Grade ‘D’ to Stenographer Grade ‘C’. 
·         IV. The Commission also conducts three non-mandated examinations, namely, (i) Constable (General Duty) Examination for Paramilitary Forces, (ii) Constable (Executive) Examination for Delhi Police and (iii) Recruitment to Scientific Assistants in India Meteorological Department (IMD) Examination. 
There was no leakage of question papers of Staff Selection Commission (SSC) Examination. In view of some sporadic incidents of alleged cheating by some candidates at a few venues and subsequent agitation by a section of the candidates, the Commission in order to reiterate and reaffirm the faith of the candidates in the examination process recommended for an impartial enquiry by CBI. Accepting the recommendation of the Commission, Government has referred the matter to CBI for a free and fair enquiry on 8/3/2018.
Charges against Government Officials 
 No such consolidated data is maintained by this Department regarding vigilance probe for the charges of misappropriation of public funds and income more than the known sources against officers of All India Services and other Allied Central Services. However, for officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) is the Cadre Controlling Authority (CCA) and for Indian Police Service (IPS), the CCA is Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

 As per available information, sanction for prosecution on the specific charges of misappropriation of public funds and disproportionate assets has been issued against 12 IAS/IPS officers in the last three years (2015-2017).

 Further, 01 retired IAS/IPS officer was convicted on corruption charges, and 02 IAS/IPS officers were terminated from service in the last three years on charges of misappropriation of funds.
Opening of Office on Holidays 
 As per Fundamental Rules (F.R.) No.11, the whole time of a Government servant is at the disposal of the Government which pays him, he may be employed in any manner required by proper authority without claim for additional remuneration.

Sometimes with a view to meeting the exigencies of work such as when a Government business has to be transacted immediately or a deadline is to be met, the Head of Office can, in the interests of public service, take a decision to keep  the offices open fully or partially even on public holidays. The staff who are deployed on official duty on public holidays are, however, compensated by granting   them compensatory leave.

Need for laying down procedure for registering complaints in case of any Government/private office remaining open on public holidays has not been felt.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and Prime Minister’s Office, Dr. Jitendra Singhin a written reply to question in the Lok Sabha today. 

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