Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Incentive system for Govt staffers next year…!

40% of salary of Central government employees based on performance, Dr. Trivedi
Central Government has introduced accountability across the board with setting up performance targets and top level officers agreeing that upto 40 per cent of their salaries will be placed with in two months, dependent upon level of performance for which self-evaluation process has been evolved, Dr. Prajapati Trivedi, Secretary, Performance Management Division, Cabinet Secretariat revealed here today. Stating that the system change in the central government would enable measurable response to public grievance by government officials, Dr. Trivedi declared.

Inaugurating ASSOCHAM organized 2nd CFOs Roundtable Conference 2010 here today, Dr. Trivedi also indicated that all 62 government ministries and departments on board have signed the tool called Results Framework Document (RFD) which will set targets for each ministry and will finally be the basis for yearly evaluation. “Results will be our bottom-line just like profits are the bottom-line of the private sector” he pointed out.

The formula of assessing the government employees as proposed by performance management division under the cabinet secretariat, has ruled out “not me syndrome and passing the buck”. The Secretaries in turn will have to set performance levels for the officers below them and evaluation would be from bottom to top. “Once we fix the performance deficit, other things will follow” Dr. Trivedi said elaborating on the causes of performance deficit. He told the audience that had leading private sector CFOs that “private sector will look up to us”.

The Cabinet Secretariat also said that the first round of assessment, initially for three months from January to March 2010, there is a strong possibility that a large number of government employees would receive an extra pay once the new formula is adopted. He also mentioned that the government is extending the performance monitoring and evaluation system to 62 departments from the current fiscal. According to our system, a department sets a target, fixes the weightages of each target, and if it succeeds meeting all its targets, gets a score of 100.

He also highlighted that many countries such as Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Netherlands, Denmark, UK, US and Finland have moved away from the traditional government administrative model to a management model under which officers act like corporate managers as they get greater operational freedom, but are held accountable for results. In fact, New Zealand is considered to be the leader of the pack where performances of government agencies are weighed in by setting targets and adopting regular evaluations. “In New Zealand the Governor of the central bank has his salary linked to inflation level being low and as a result for the last 18 years that country had a low inflation level,” he disclosed.

The various ministries and departments are preparing their Result Framework Documents (RFD) which is to be submitted to this division and the performance of the ministries will be monitored based on these documents only. First, the ministries are themselves setting their targets and secondly they have huge manpower ranging from senior bureaucrats to employees under central secretariat scheme (CSS).

The Government has already established a performance management division within the cabinet secretariat headed by a professional. So, the performance of central ministries is under close watch. By introducing performance-linked payouts, the Indian government is finally going the corporate way which may force central government employees to deliver their best.

Incentive system for Govt staffers next year: Secretary…!

NEW DELHI: An incentive structure akin to one prevalent in private sector could soon be in place for government servants as well, building on the extensive performance review that is already underway for them, a top government official said. “An incentive system is being worked upon as recommended by the sixth pay commission. It could be implemented by next year,” Prajapati Trivedi, secretary, performance management, said at the annual economic editors’ conference.

The incentives would be given out from the cost savings achieved by a bureaucrat in his role and will, therefore, not place an additional financial burden on the government, he explained. Besides, the extensive job performance parameters, these incentives would also depend on cost saving on account of reduction in the use of office stationary and savings in electricity consumption. Cabinet secretary K M Chandrasekhar has already written a letter to all secretaries to the government of India on their performance targets.
A mid-year review of the performance of government departments and officials is currently underway, that will give them fair idea of how each fare with respect to their agreed goals. The government had put in place a performance monitoring and evaluation system following an announcement in this regard by the President in her address to both the houses of Parliament on June 4, 2009. The first evaluation was carried out last year which was limited to only three months of the fiscal.

The current year’s evaluation would be the first comprehensive exercise, which will be illustrated in a report card. This report card will be finalised by May 1 each year. The new policy is designed on what is already in place in many countries. New Zealand, United Kingdom and USA carry out extensive performance reviews of their government departments.

The results framework document of each ministry or department will be put on its website to ensure stakeholder participation and transparency of the exercises. The concept is based on a paper prepared by the IIM, Ahmedabad.
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010


The employees of All India Radio who are not receipt of Upgraded Scales of Prasar Bharati met at AIR, Hyderabad on 26.10.10. Members from Stenographers Association, Group D Karmachari Sangh, AIR Motor Drivers Associations, Audience Research Officers Associations, Library Assistants Association, Draftsmen Association from CCW, Rajbhasa Employees Association, and ADASA members have participated in the meeting. All the members have expressed their willingness to join the Federation of Prasar Bharati Employees to fight unitedly for higher scales.



Friday, October 22, 2010


Even thousand miles have to start with one step. The first step has been taken place at Doordarshan Kendra, Hyderabad on 22nd October. Twelve associations of Prasar Bharati Employees have decided to form a federation to fight for their legitimate demand of Pay Scales as granted to certain categories of employees working in Prasar Bharati. Delegates from Camera Men Welfare Association, Stenographers Association, Administrative Staff Association, Group D Union, Drivers Association, Carpenters & Painters Association, Rajbhasha Employees Association, Makeup men Association, Graphic Artists Association, Video Editors Association, News Casters Association and Library Information Assistants Association have participated in the meeting. Grup D Union has already extended support to the FPBE (Federation of Prasar Bharati Employees) at National level and Camera Men Welfare Association and Drivers Association have extended its support. Other Associations are getting ready for new equations and Aakashvani Announcers Association Rajsthan Zone has announced that they have withdrawn support to NFADE and expressed their willingness to join the FPBE. All the delegates have decided to strengthen the federation at National level to show their strength of 20,000 employees working for Prasar Bharati. The delegates have objected the words of certain associations who are demanding to repeal Prasar Bharati are creating rumors that the future of Prasar Bharati is in doldrums. The delegates said it is a surprise that the employees who are benefited from corporation and enjoying higher scales on the name of Prasar Bharati, are now demanding for repeal Prasar Bharati. All the delegates have decided to extend all sorts of co-operation to the government and extend their support for continuation of Prasar Bharati.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Government employees cannot be denied the opportunity to appeal against adverse Annual Confidential Reports (ACRs), on the grounds that such reports would not be ignored while considering them for promotion, the Delhi High Court has ruled. A bench of Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice MC Garg reversed the Central Administrative Tribunal's (CAT) directive to a departmental promotion committee to ignore the adverse ACRs of five Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officers while considering them for promotion. The order came on five petitions filed by the Centre against the CAT's orders asking that some ACRs be ignored, while considering IRS officers Krishna Mohan Dixit, K. Hari Prasad Rao, R. Bala Naik, Devinder Singh Choudhary, Ravindra Kumar Rai for promotion. The CAT wanted the adverse ACRs (below benchmark of "very good") to be ignored, as they were not communicated to the IRS officers in question at the relevant time. Some of the ACRs were three years old at the time of holding the committee and could not be taken into account in view of the May 11, 1990, Memorandum of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT). The CAT said there was no point in making any representation in view of the retirement of reporting and reviewing officers. However, after analysing the Supreme Court judgments in the cases of UP Jal Nigam, Dev Dutt and Avijit Ghosh Dastidar, the HC said: "The question of ignoring adverse ACRs instead of giving a chance of making representation does not arise." The Bench said, "All ACRs are to be communicated to the incumbent." It said in the case of ACRs being below the benchmark, the affected person could make a representation that would be considered by the relevant authorit, which would be superior to the authority, which gave the adverse ACR. The high court said the May 11, 1990 DoPT Memorandum, was issued before the recent SC rulings. A new memorandum has already been issued on April 13, 2010, which made it mandatory to communicate to the employee an adverse ACR.

Source: Hindustan Times

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


With a spontaneous reaction, the Employees of Doordarshan & All India Radio, Hyderabad, Members from Nine associations have gathered in the premises of Doordarshan Kendra, Hyderabad and demanded for Prasar Bharati corporation scales. While the delegates of NFADE entering DDK for their meeting, the members raised their voice with a slogan "Long Live Prasar Bharati". The members from ADASA, Stenographers Associations, Group D Union, Drivers Associations, Cameramen Welfare Association, Editors Associations, DD Floor Staff, DD Painters & Carpenters Association were present in the gathering. The members have critised that some associations who were granted Prasar Bharati Corporation scales are creating hurdles in getting Corporation SCales to other cadres. The leaders of the associations warned the members not to fall prey to the cunning words of other associations, who state that the future of Prasar Bharati is in doldrums. They appraised the members that the Prasar Bharati is formed by an Act of Parliament and it will have the fullest support of Government in case of any need.

Monday, October 11, 2010


It is learnt that National council leaders of ADASA and DAEA have attended the meeting convened by Committee of Joint Secretaries to consider the Pay Scales on par with their counter parts in Prasar Bharati. ADASA leaders have put forth their demand of Higher Scales and submitted a document justifying their plea. Mr Sangam Thakur, General Secretary of ADASA, Mr Sasidharan, Vice President, Mr Rama Swamy, Zonal Chairman of Maharastra and Goa along with Mr R.S. Chouhan Senior Member of ADASA gave a presentation with documentary evidence substantiating the plea. The presentation of Mr Sangam Thakur is appraised.

Mr Shajan, General Secretary of DAEA has presented the case for Higher Scales on par with other cadres. He was successful in highlighting the fact that some cadres are given higher scales leaving others though they are also on the same footing. It is also noteworthy to mention that the committee was appraised that wage discrimination is being followed in Prasar Bhjarati. Mr Shajan submitted that how the Admin cadre is deprived of their promotional avenues. He dealt with the issue of MACP, lack of promotional avenues and non-grant of Higher Scales at length.

Delegates from Group D Union, Stenographers Association, Rajbhasha employees association and Announcers Association have attended before the committee of Joint Secretaries. It is a quite surprising that representatives from NFADE which is said to be representing 21 Associations did not attend the meeting. However, details awaited.

Monday, October 4, 2010


President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and Prince Charles jointly inaugurated the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi on Sunday evening at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the National capital. The games commenced with President Patil's words: "Let the games begin". Prior to the formal announcement, Prince Charles, the representative of the Queen, at the ceremony received the Queen's Baton at the Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium, the venue of the opening ceremony. India's star wrestler Sushil Kumar handed over the Baton to Prince Charles, who then went on to read out the Queen's message. Prince Charles and President Patil respectively then addressed the people present on the occasion, before making the formal announcement of the beginning of XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi. To announce the beginning of the Games, the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, said: "Ladies and Gentlemen, I have much pleasure in declaring the nineteenth Commonwealth Games open." Also present on this occasion were Prime Minister Dr. Manhmohan Singh with his wife Gursharan Kaur. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, also gave a brief speech on this occasion. "From all our countrmen, I convey my warm greetings to each member of this august gathering of Commonwealth sporting fraternity. I invite all our guests who have come from every corner of the world to enjoy our hospitality, to enjoy games, to enjoy the incredible sites and sounds of India," said Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. "Millions of people are waiting eagerly to watch this great sporting spectacle unfold," Dr. Singh added. Earlier, the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games was marked by a multicrore cultural extravaganza, dance, music and fireworks. It was a magnificent opening that offered a glimpse of India's great heritage and tradition through a light, music and dance show, which led to the opening of the 11-day sporting extravaganza. The opening ceremony started with the sounding of Conch, meant for an auspicious beginning in India. Noted playback singer Hari Haran sung the 'Suswagatam', as a packed to capacity J.N.Stadium with a capacity of 60,000 spectators, giving with a big applause. A rupees 40-crore aerostat, added to the magnificient ambience of the stadium, as it offered an additional novelty to the Sunday's show. Soon, athletes from the 71 nations of the Commonwealth marched in with pride at the stadium. The hosts of the previous edition of the Games in 2006 Australia, led the march past followed by other countries in alphabetical order. The current host India was the last in the march past. Olympic Gold medallist Abhinav Bindra led the 619-member Indian contingent as the flag-bearer during the opening ceremony. President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh along with Gursharan Kaur joined everyone in the stadium in giving a standing ovation to the Indian contingent in the march past. It may be noted that about 6,700 players of 71 countries are participating in the Commonwealth Games this time. Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Lal Krishna Advani, Home Minister P.Chidambaram, External Affairs Minister S.M.Krishna and former President A.P.J.Abdul Kalam were among several other most distinguished who's who of the country present on this occasion. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Union Sports Minister M.S.Gill and Organising Committee Chief Suresh Kalmadi were also present. Prince of Wales, Prince Charles attended the ceremony with his wife Camilla Parker Bowles. Meanwhile, the unprecedented security arrangement put in place for the Commonwealth Games ceremoney included 100,000 security personnel including 3,000 commandos, and 15 bomb disposal squads. In addition to that 3,000 close circuit television cameras (CCTVs) have been installed to monitor every activity during the ceremony. Moreover, the Ministry of Petroleum, ahead of the opening ceremony, announced today to reward any Indian player with Rs.10,00,000 for winning Gold medal, Rs.750,000 for Silver medal, and 500,000 for the Bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games.

Source: DD News

Friday, October 1, 2010

High court rejects DD plea to stop private channels from airing C'Wealth Games clips

Prasar Bharati, the official broadcaster of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) in the country, had moved the Delhi high court to prevent 24 private channels from using unauthorised footage of the event, but has failed to get relief against the channels. Hearing an injunction suit filed by the state-owned broadcaster against 24 broadcasters and the CWG organising committee, justice VK Shali refused to pass any restraint order against the private channels and directed them to file their responses by November 24. Doordarshan (DD) or (Prasar Bharti) had sent notices to the TV channels stating it held exclusive rights to cover the mega event and any illegal telecast of its footage would be a violation of copyright law. “This is a preventive measure to disallow any of the private news channels to take CWG footage indiscriminately,” the petition read. The petition recalled how private news channels used footage of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games despite DD bagging the exclusive rights to air it in India. “We had purchased telecast rights for the Beijing Olympics for Rs13 crore. The exclusivity of the property was lost and we cannot afford the same mistake with the Commonwealth Games. It’s like a blockbuster film for us.” According to Prasar Bharati, the private channels were using much more than the permitted level of Commonwealth footage. The state broadcaster, citing public interest, had won a legal battle a few years ago that allowed it to telecast cricket matches in which India is involved, no matter who owns the right to telecast the event. In the past, some broadcasters were also engaged in a spat over airing footage of the Indian Premier League matches.

SOURCE: www.dnaindia.com