Department of Personnel and Training Current Affairs - 2019

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Defence Minister approves Child Care Leave for Male Service Personnel

Defence minister Rajnath Singh has approved extension of benefits of Child Care Leave (CCL) to single male service personnel as well as certain relaxations of CCL provisions in case of women officers of defence forces. Currently Child Care Leave (CCL) is granted only to women officers in defence forces.

This decision is in line with a recent Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) order which extended similar benefits of CCL to civilian employees.

Child Care Leave-

CCL in Defence Forces:

Single male service personnel as well as woman officers will be able to avail CCL in respect of child with 40% disability and would be availed without any restriction of age limit of child.

Minimum period of CCL that can be availed in each spell has been reduced to 5 days from earlier limit of 15 days.

CCL to Civilian Employees

DoPT has made following amendments to allow CCL to civilian employees –

CCL granted to woman employees has now been extended to single male government servants also.

Age limit of 22 years prescribed earlier in case of a child with 40 % disability has been removed for purpose of availing CCL.

Minimum period of CCL that can be availed at a time has been reduced to 5 days instead of 15 days.

IFS officer Vivek Kumar appointed Private Secretary to PM Modi

Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer Vivek Kumar has been appointed as private secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This new assignment for Vivek Kumar was cleared by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), headed by Prime Minister and order was issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

About Vivek Kumar

He is a 2004 batch IFS officer.

He is currently working as Director in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). He was appointed in PMO as Deputy Secretary in 2014.

His appointment as PM’s private secretary will come into effect from the day of assumption of charge.

His new tenure will be on co-terminus basis or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

Succeeds: Vivek replaces Sanjeev Kumar Singla, who will now be taking over as India’s Ambassador to Israel.

Singla is a 1997 batch IFS officer. He was appointed private secretary to PM Modi in 2014. He had returned home to serve in PMO after a posting in Indian Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel.