The Supreme Court today held that three per cent reservation for differently-abled persons be given in all category of government jobs including in appointments and promotions to IAS while pulling up the Centre for "frustrating" the very purpose of empowering legislation by opposing it.
A bench headed by Chief Justice R M Lodha said the disabled persons have not got their due in the last 19 years after framing of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, which was passed in 1995.
Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand, appearing for the Centre, contended that reservation cannot be given in case of promotion to Group A and Group B officers category as it is not a case of appointment.
The bench, however, observed that appointment is a broader concept and the Centre is giving a narrow interpretation of it.
"You are frustating the very reservation policy and cause of class for which Parliament passed the law," the bench said.
"For the last 19 years it is not being implemented and the class, for which the legislation was made, had not got benefited as it should have," the bench said.
The court dismissed the petition of Centre challenging order of Bombay High Court which had directed the Centre and the Union Public Service Commission to implement a 3 per cent quota in direct recruitments and promotions for the disabled in the IAS.
Source : The Economic Times
Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a fervent appeal to all the citizens to donate generously to the Prime Minister`s National Relief Fund today. He made an appeal to all fellow countrymen to stand in solidarity with distressed flood-affected people in Jammu and Kashmir and be part of the national effort to support them in this hour of crisis.
The full text of the appeal is as under:-
"My Fellow Citizens, You are all aware that unprecedented floods have caused havoc in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. A large number of persons have died or have been temporarily displaced. Property and infrastructure worth crores of rupees have been damaged. Our fellow countrymen in Jammu and Kashmir need our help at this critical hour to tide over the calamity and to rebuild their lives.
The Central Government is extending full cooperation to the Government of Jammu and Kashmir in the measures for rescue, relief and rehabilitation besides, direct assistance to the affected people. I request all fellow countrymen to stand shoulder to shoulder with our distressed brothers and sisters in Jammu and Kashmir and be part of the national effort to support them in this hour of crisis.
I appeal to all citizens to donate generously to the Prime Minister`s National Relief Fund."
Payment may be made by cheque/draft/cash in the name of "Prime Minister`s National Relief Fund" and sent to the Prime Minister`s Office, South Block, New Delhi-110011. As per directions on the subject the nationalized banks will not charge any commission on preparation of drafts favouring the PMNRF.
Online Contributions can be made through the website of Prime Minister`s Office i.e. https://pmnrf.gov.in/payform.php
Contributions can also be made directly in the account of Prime Minister`s National Relief Fund at any of the branches of the following banks:
Allahabad Bank, Andhra Bank, Axis Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India, Citi Bank, Cooperation Bank, Dena Bank, HDFC bank, ICICI bank, IDBI Bank Limited, Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Punjab and Sind Bank, Punjab National Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, State Bank of India, Syndicate Bank, UCO Bank, Union Bank of India, United Bank of India, Vijaya Bank and Yes Bank Limited.
Contributions can also be sent through Money Orders with no commission chargeable. Contributions to the PMNRF have been notified for 100% deduction from taxable income under Section 80(G) of the Income Tax Act.
Source : PIB (Release ID :109611)
A Delegation of NFPE Leaders consisting Coms. R.N. Parashar, Secretary General , NFPE , Giriraj Singh General Secretary R-III and R. Seethalaxmi General Secretary P-IV met newly appointed Member(P) Shri Ashutosh Tripathi and Member (O) Shri John Samuel on 15t September, 2014 and greeted them on their promotion and discussed various issue related to staff matters e.g. Cadre Restructuring , Postmen related issue, RMS issues, posting of Director Shilong and Agartala , casual labourers wage revision, inclusion of GDS in 7th CPC etc. Both officers responded positively on all issues.
Member (O) informed that meeting with both Federations (NFPE/FNPO) will be organized soon to discuss all the issues in detail.