DoPT Current Affairs

Acid attack victims to get quota in Central Government jobs

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has issued notification to provide quota to people with autism, mental illnesses, intellectual disability and victims of acid attacks in Central government jobs.

In case of direct recruitment, 4% of the total number of vacancies, up from existing 3%, in groups A, B and C will be reserved for people with Benchmark disability i.e. person with not less than 40% of a specified disability. The additional 1 % reservation to existing 3% reservation is as per the provision Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.

Key Facts

As per the notification, 1% of each posts will be reserved for people with blindness and low vision, deaf and hard of hearing, locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy. Besides, 1% posts each shall be also reserved for people suffering from autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness. Moreover, all government organisations will have to appoint ‘grievance redressal officers’ to look into complaints.

Intellectual disability

It is a condition characterised by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning such as reasoning, learning and problem solving. It is in adaptive behaviour that covers a range of everyday skills.


Union Government launches new training programme COMMIT for State Government officials

The Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension has launched a new training programme Comprehensive Online Modified Modules on Induction Training (COMMIT) for State Government officials.

The objective of COMMIT programme is to improve the public service delivery mechanism and provide citizen centric administration through capacity building of officials who interact with the citizens on day-to-day basis.

Key Facts

The COMMIT programme has been developed by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

It will supplement the existing 12-Day Induction Training Programme (ITP) launched in 2014-15 for newly recruited state Government officials to develop in them Generic and Domain specific competencies.  COMMIT is cost effective and has the potential to cover about 3.3 lakh officials annually, compared to 10,000 officials under existing 12-Day ITP.

Initially on pilot basis the programme will be launched in 6 States of Assam, Haryana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and West Bengal during the current financial year 2017-18. Next year it is expected to cover all India level. It will cover approximately 74,000 State Government officials in 2017-18.

The COMMIT programme has been designed in such a way that it allows to translate the content in local/regional languages. It will be implemented through State Administrative Training Institutes (ATIs). It will be of 28 hours duration which will include e-Modules for 20 hours and face-to-face training for 8 hours. The 20 hours e-training will be imparted through specifically developed 12 Generic and 3 Domain specific e-Modules.