Thought for Today, 29 th June 2020

Life is a trip. The only problem is that it does not come with a map. We have to search our own routes to reach our destination.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Acquittal in criminal case does not entail in automatic reinstatement of employee dismissed as a result of disciplinary proceedings

A question is always raised as to whether the employee dismissed from service following disciplinary proceedings , is liable to be reinstated on aquttal by a criminal court on the ground of identity of charges in the departmental as well as criminal proceedings. This question has been squarely answered by the Supreme Court in the judgement delivered on 28-11-2013 in the case of State of West Bengal  v/s Shanakr Ghosh.

The respndent was charged with offences under Indian Penal Code read with provisons in Arms Act. He was arrested and in jail for about 3 months and later released on bail. He was suspended and a regular disciplinary proceedings were held . The charges in the departmental proceedings and criminal proceedings were almost identical. As a result of disciplinary proceedings the employee came to be dismissed from service. His appeal was also dismissed.Later on criminal case he was aquitted. He approached the tribunal praying for issue of directions to reinstate him in view of his aquittal.His prayer was allowed and his reinstatement was ordered.The state government filed an appeal to West Bengal  High Court and the same came to be dismissed. The state Government being aggrieved, filed an S.L.P. to the supreme court challenging the order of the tribunal and High Court.

The supreme court after hearing the arguments and going through the evidence and the judgment in criminal case found out that it was not a clean and honorable acquittal and held that on the basis of such acqittal, the reinstatement of an employee dismissed from service after holding regular departmental proceedings cannot be ordered. The supreme court held as under, 

" Even if there is identity of charges levelled against the respondent before the criminal court as well as before the Enquiry officer, an order of discharge or acquittal of a police offcer by a criminal court shall not be a bar to the award of the departmental punishmnet." and the appeal filed by the state government was allowed and the orderes of the Tribunal and the High court was set aside.

The above said judgement is available on this blog under caption "Recent and Important ". The same can be downloaded for study. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Whistle blowers Protection Act 2011

People who expose corruption in government or irregularities by public functionaries can now be free of any fear of victimisation. The Whistleblowers Protection Act, 2011, which provides a mechanism for protecting the identity of whistleblowers — a term given to people who expose corruption — got the assent of President . Gazettle notification of the Act was issued on 12 th May 2014.
The above said notification is available on this blog under caption " Worth Visiting"
The Act  provides for a system to encourage people to disclose information about corruption or the wilful misuse of power by public servants, including ministers.
As per the law, a person can make a public interest disclosure on corruption before a competent authority — which is at present the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). The government, by notification, can appoint any other body also for receiving such complaints about corruption, the Act says. The Act, however, lays down punishment of up to two years in prison and a fine of up to Rs 30,000 for false or frivolous complaints.
“Any person who makes a mala fide disclosure, knowing that it was incorrect or false or misleading, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend up to two years as well as a fine which may extend up to Rs 30,000,” according to a gazette notification of the Act issued on Monday by the Ministry of Law and Justice.
The Act says that every disclosure shall be made in good faith and the person making the disclosure shall provide a personal declaration stating that he reasonably believes that the information disclosed by him and the allegation contained therein is substantially true.
Disclosures can be made in writing or by email or email message in accordance with the procedure as may be prescribed and contain full particulars and be accompanied by supporting documents, or other material, the Act states.
However, no action shall be taken on a disclosure if it does not indicate the identity of the complainant or public servant or if “the identity of the complainant or public servant is found to be incorrect”.
Information related to national security has been kept out of the purview of the Act. The Act is not applicable to Jammu and Kashmir, the armed forces and the Special Protection Group mandated to provide security to the Prime Minister and former prime ministers, among others.
Earlier, the CVC was the designated agency to receive complaints from whistleblowers under the Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informer resolution (PIDPI) or whistleblowers’ resolution.
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) had directed all central government departments to designate a nodal officer in each ministry to look into complaints of corruption received from whistleblowers under PIDPI.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Creamy layer - Letter written by Government of India, D.O.P.T. to State Chief Secretaries clarifying the concept of Creamy layer

क्रिमीलेअरच्या संदर्भात शासन निर्णय,  यशदा तर्फे काढल्या जाणा-या यशोमंथन या मासिकातील लेख इत्यादी  बाबी या ब्लॉग वर यापूर्वीच उपलब्ध करून देण्यात आल्या   आहेत.

या विषयां संदर्भातील विविध बाबींचा खलास करणारे एक पत्र   ऑक्टोबर २००४ मध्ये सर्व राज्यांच्या मुख्य सचिवांना पाठविले होते. या पत्रावरून कोणती व्यक्ती  क्रिमी लेअर मध्ये मोडते हे स्पष्ट होते.

सदर पत्र आता या ब्लॉगवर " नुकतेच व महत्वाचे " या शीर्षकाखाली असलेल्या यादीत अनुक्रमांक १४ वर उपलब्ध करून देण्यात आले आहे. ते जरूर तर डाउनलोड करून घेता येईल.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

10% increase in D.A. to State Government employees from 1st January 2014

शासकीय कर्मचा-यांच्या महागाई भत्त्यात १ जानेवारी २०१४ पासून वाढ करण्या संबंधी शासन निर्णय वित्त विभागाने ७ मे रोजी शासन निर्णय निर्गमित केला आहे.

सदर शासन निर्णयाद्वारे राज्य शासकीय कर्मचारी व इतर पात्र पूर्णकालीक कर्मचा-यांच्या महागाई भत्त्यात १ जानेवारी २०१४ पासून १० टक्के वाढ करण्यात आली आहे. आता कर्मचा-यांना १ जानेवारी २०१४ पासून सुधारित वेतन संरचनेतील मूळ वेतनावर (वेतन बँड मधील वेतन अधिक ग्रेड वेतन ) १०० टक्के महागाई भत्ता देय असेल.

१ मेपासून महागाई भत्त्याची रक्कम रोखीत मिळणार आहे. १ जानेवारी २०१४ ते ३० एप्रिल २०१४ या कालावधीतील महागाई भत्त्याची थकबाकी बाबत शासन स्वतंत्र आदेश काढणार आहे.

The above mentioned Government Resolution is available on this blog in the list under caption " Recent and Important".