Central government employees will get 17 holidays next year but three of them fall either on a Saturday or Sunday.
CVC push for e-procurement
Central Vigilance Commissioner Pratyush Sinha — the driving force
behind getting government departments to go for e-procurements — wants
to be sure he leaves no loophole. The CVC last week told departments to get their e-procurement systems certified by the Information Technology
Ministry. Technical experts at the CVC had earlier pushed for a security audit to take care of possibilities such as temporary distortions in the electronic posting of tender notices.
According to a list of holidays drawn up for 2011, which released well in advance, three holidays —
Mahavir Jayanti (April 16), Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday (October 2) and Christmas (December 25)— fall on Saturday or Sunday, leaving only 14 effective holidays. For employees in Delhi, three days are added to the list as restricted holidays — Maha Shiv Ratri, Ram Navmi and Janmashtmi. The total restricted holidays for the government employees are 35, though 10 of them fall on Saturdays or Sundays when the offices are already closed and hence no need of any employee seeking the particular holiday.
CIC to ask govt for more RTI cells The Central Information Commission will soon ask the government to set up a RTI cell in each department and appoint senior officials as Central Public Information Officers to better response to RTI pleas.
The decision was made at a meeting of the information commission on basis of suggestions of a RTI applicant Satinder Pal Chopra of Bhopal.