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In pursuance of the recommendations made by the Second Pay Commission, an
inter-departmental committee was set up in October 1960 to undertake review of the
existing staff-welfare arrangements for Central Government Employees and make
recommendation for their improvement. The Committee made a number of
recommendations covering various aspects of welfare activities such as working conditions,
transport, medical and educational facilities etc. On the question of streamlining the Welfare
Organization, it inter-alia highlighted the need for the formation of high-power Committees
of head of offices in places outside Delhi and recommended that in all important places
where there is large concentration of Central Government employees, such Committees
may be formed for coordinating the welfare activities of the Central Government Offices
located there.

The above recommendations were considered by the Government and it was decided that
such High power Committees may be formed in all places where there are at least five
Central Government Offices, the total number of Central Government employees stationed
there being not less than one thousand. It was suggested that the senior-most officer in the
area should act as Chairman of the Committee. As regards other office-bearers of the
Committee, they should be elected by voting by the members of the Committee after giving
due notice of ten days before the actual date of election. No office bearer should belong to
Defence, Railways, Post and Telegraphs and Public Undertaking/Autonomous Bodies, the
welfare activities of which are coordinated by their respective Committees or Boards.

(Circular No.15/2/62-Welfare II dated 27th August, 1962 and Circular No.5 (3)/11/78-Welfare
dated 12th November, 1979, Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms).

It has also been suggested that when the High-Power Committees are constituted,
local representatives of the P&T Department and the Railways, besides a representative of
the State Government, may be associated with the Committee, in view of the fact that most
of the functions to be performed by the Committee i.e. provision of educational, medical and
transport facilities, will necessarily involve the cooperation and assistance of the State

In the first meeting of the High-Power Committee held in New Delhi on 16th February, 1972,
the name of the High-Power Committee was changed to “CENTRAL GOVERNMENT

2. The main functions of the Coordination Committees are as follows:-

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