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Thursday, July 2, 2015




The Department of Posts, which forms a part of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, is responsible for the planning, development, expansion of operation and maintenance of Postal Services in the country.  It also discharges certain agency functions in respect of Savings Bank and other Small Savings Schemes, collection of customs duty on Postal articles and disbursement of pension to Military and Railway pensioners, Family pension to Industrial Employees of Coal Mines etc. 

            The Department administers Postal Life Insurance for the benefit of Postal, Telecom and other Central Govt. Employees and Employees of State Governments, Public Sector Undertakings, Nationalized Banks and Local bodies etc. Planning and Policy-making at Headquarters. The Postal Services Board is the apex management body of the Department, comprising the Chairman (who is also the Secretary, Department of Posts and Director General) and six Members.  The six members of the Board hold functional portfolios of Operations, Personnel,   PLI, HRD, Technology and Planning.  The Joint Secretary and Financial Advisor to the Department is a permanent invitee to the Board.  The Secretary, Postal Services Board, assists the Board.  Deputy Directors General, Directors and Assistant Directors General provide necessary support to the Board at the Headquarters. 

            Postal Circles For providing postal services, the whole country has been divided  in to 22 Postal circles extending postal services to 30 States and 6 UTs. Each circle is co-terminus with a State except (i) the North Eastern Circle, which comprises six North Eastern States, (ii) Maharashtra circle which includes Goa, (iii) West Bengal Circle includes Sikkim and the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, (iv) Kerala circle includes the Union Territory of Lakshadweep and Mahe District of Puducherry (UT), (v) Punjab Circle includes the Union Territory of Chandigarh, (vi) Gujarat circle includes Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli (UT), (vii) Andhra Pradesh Circle includes  Telangana State and (viii) Tamil Nadu Circle includes Union Territory of Puducherry ( Except Mahe District).

             The Chief Postmaster General heads each Circle.  Each Circle is divided into Regions comprising groups of field units, called Divisions (Postal / RMS Divisions).  Each Region is headed by a Postmaster General.  In the Circles , DAP and Regions, there are other functional supporting logistics units like Circle Stamp Depots,  Postal Store Depots and Mail Motor Service.  

            Army Postal Services Over and above these 22 Circles, the communication needs of the armed forces are catered to by the Base Circle.  Base Circle is headed by the Additional Director General, Army Postal Service.  The officer cadre of Army Postal Services is drawn on deputation from the Indian Postal Service.  75 % of the other ranks of the Army Postal Service are drawn from the Department of Posts and the remaining personnel are recruited by the Army. 

            Operational Units:-There are 21 GPOs presently functioning in the country. They are:  Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh Circle), Guwahati (Assam Circle), Patna(Bihar), Delhi (Delhi), Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Ambala (Haryana), Shimla (Himachal Pradesh),Sri Nagar (Jammu& Kashmir), Ranchi (Jharkhand),Bangalore (Karnataka),Thiruvanantapuram (Kerala), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh),Mumbai (Maharashtra),Shillong(North East),Bhubaneswar Orissa), Chandigarh(Punjab), Jaipur (Rajasthan),Chennai(Tamil Nadu), Dehradun (Uttrakhand), Lucknow Uttar Pradesh) and Kolkata (West Bengal Circle).

             Kausik chennai: Rafi Ahmed Kidwai National Postal Academy (RAKNPA), Ghaziabad is the Apex Training Institution and caters to the training needs of the managerial cadres of India Post. It conducts induction training of Indian Postal Service officers and mid-carrier training programmes for Indian Postal Service officers. It also conducts Induction Training for Gr.`B‟ officers besides some specialized need based training's on technology, Marketing and other fields of importance.  

            There are six Postal Training Centers at Darbhanga, Guwahati, Madurai, Mysore, Saharanpur and Vadodra. These Training Centres cater to the training needs of Inspectorial cadre (Inspector Posts/Assistant Superintendents of Posts) and all Gr. `C‟ employees (Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants. They also conduct induction training for the Inspector Posts and for Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants. 

            383 Workplace Training Centres (WTCs) in circles are operational.  These WTCs cater to the training needs of various categories of staff near their work place.

            There are also 5 Zonal Training Centres (ZTCs) which cater to training needs of the Postal Accounts Personnel. Engineering wing comprising of Architectural, Civil and Electrical Engineering disciplines is entrusted with design and construction of all Major  & Minor building projects and maintenance of buildings in the Department.

Electronic Filing of Income Tax Returns for 2015-16 Commences; ITR 1-Sahaj, 2 and 2A can be Used by Individuals or HUF Whose Income Does not Include Income from Business;

ITR 4S - SUGAM can be Used by an Individual or an HUF Whose Income Includes Business Income Assessable on Presumptive Basis; Taxpayers Requested to E-File Their Returns Early to Avoid the Rush Closer to the Last Date of Filing.
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The Income Tax Department has released the software for preparing the Income Tax Return forms 1- SAHAJ, 2, 2A and 4S- SUGAM for AY 2015-16. The e-filing of these return forms has been enabled on the e-filing website-https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in.

ITR 1-SAHAJ, 2 and 2A can be used by individual or HUF whose income does not include income from business. ITR 4S - SUGAM can be used by an individual or HUF whose income includes business income assessable on presumptive basis. The elaborate details of the persons who can use these forms are available in the instructions for filling the forms.

The facility for pre-filling of information for these return forms is available in the software for preparing the return forms. When the taxpayer exercises this option and just fills in his PAN, then personal information and information on taxes paid and TDS will be auto-filled in the form. Taxpayers are requested to use the returnpreparation software available free of cost under the ‘Downloads’ section on the home page of the Income Tax Department’s e-filing website-https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in. The use of Departmental software will ensure preparation of error-free returns thereby avoiding any need for future rectification due to data validationmistakes.

Taxpayers are requested to e-file their returns early to avoid the rush closer to the last date of filing. [view] 
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The department of personnel and training (DoPT) has written to all central government ministries asking them to comply with Section 4 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act and suo motu disclose all governance related information in public domain.

No.1/34/2013-IR
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel. Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi-1
Dated: 29th June 2015

Office Memorandum

Subject: Implementation of Suo Motu Disclosure under Section 4 of RTI Act, 2005


Attention is invited to detailed guidelines on implementation of suo motu disclosure under Section 4 of RTI Act, 2005 issued vide this department's O.M. No.1/6/2011-IR dated 15.4.2013. Subsequently, a Committee of experts consisting of Shri A.N.Tiwari, Chief Information Commissioner(Retd) and Dr. M.M.Ansari, Information

Commissioner(Retd) (of Central Information Commission) was constituted to recommend, interalia, measures to further strengthen implementation of Section 4 of the RTI Act, 2005. The Committee has, interalia, made the following recommendations which have been duly accepted by the competent authority:-

1) All the details of the public authority may be uploaded on its website. Access to information should be made user-friendly for which appropriate information technology infrastructure should be suitably designed. developed and operationalised.

2) All the training modules for professional upgradation of employees should incorporate matter relating to the virtues of transparency and open government and RTI law.

3) In order to minimise the burden of servicing RTI applications. the public authorities with high public dealings should put in place an effective system to redress the grievances of affected persons. At the sub-organisational levels, there should be cooperation and coordination between the Central Public lnforrnation Officers and the officers responsible for addressing public grievances.

4) In order to reduce the number of RTI applications relating to service matters, the information relating to recruitment, promotion and transfers should be brought into public domain promptly.

5) The retention and maintenance of specific documents for specified duration should be clearly spelt by each public authority in respect of its documents.

2. All the public authorities are requested to follow the above recommendations.


(Sandeep Jain)
Director

Source: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02rti/RTI-29062015.pdf




Parliament panel wants doubling of pay, automatic pay revision mechanism for MPs


NEW DELHI: A parliamentary panel has recommended doubling the salary of law makers and also increasing pension of former MPs by almost 75%. The joint committee, which has submitted its recommendations to the government, has also proposed an automatic pay revision mechanism for parliamentarians like that of pay commission for government employees.

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Sources said the panel has made a total of around 60 recommendations. "The committee has reasoned that the last revision of MPs salary happened in 2010 and they don't get any dearness allowance like that of government employees," said a government source.

At present, sitting MPs get monthly salary of Rs 50,000. The panel has also recommended that the daily allowance of Rs 2,000, which they get for attending the House during Parliament sessions should be increased substantially, sources said.

"The hike is overdue. Our daily expenses only for offering tea to visitors come to around Rs 1,000. Can we stop showing this little courtesy to electorates?" asked a sitting BJP lawmaker.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


DIGITAL INDIA WEEK
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Requirement of taking prior permission for leaving station / headquarters from going abroad while on leave – Dopt CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

 Notifying of Holiday Homes at Rameswaram and Puducherry in Tamil Nadu Circle.  (Click the link below for details)

 Medical fee payable to Doctots for examining the PLI proponents(Click the link below for details)http://www.indiapost.gov.in/dop/pdfbind.ashx?id=1490

 Instructions on recording of Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR) - reg' (Click the link below for details)





Latest official News from 7th Pay Commission

 REPORT IS UNDERWAY AND WILL BE SUBMITTED IN GIVEN TIME

            The following is the message which is published in official website of 7th pay commission….

Further to the memoranda received from a variety of Organisations, Federations, Groups representing civil employees in the Government of India as also from the Defence Services, the Commission has had fruitful and wide ranging discussions on relevant issues with all stakeholders. Such interactions have now been concluded. Valuable inputs have been received and the work of compilation and finalization of the report is underway, so that the Commission completes its task in the time frame given to it. Accordingly, any future requests for meeting with the Commission will not be entertained.

Recognition of Pawana Hospital, Pune under CS (MA) Rules, 1944

Monday, June 29, 2015


New empanelment w.e.f. 24.06.2015 under CGHS Delhi/NCR CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

RBI may give payment bank licence to postal department in August: Ravi Shankar Prasad CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS/ET NEWS

Revision of rate and Guideline for Reimbursement of Expenses on Purchase of hearing AIDS under CS (MA) Rules, 1944 and CGHSCLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

Stoppage of Fixed Medical Allowance to Central Government Employees under CS(MA) Rules who are working in remote areas CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

Why India Post could become e-commerce’s most potent delivery partner CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

Friday, June 26, 2015

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REVISION OF CRITERIA FOR GRANTING OF NFSG TO ORGANIZED GROUP "A" CENTRAL SERVICE CLICK HERE FOR DETAILShttp://img1.blogblog.com/img/icon18_email.gif

 IMMEDIATE RELATION, GUEST, DEPENDENT, SUBLETTING, SHARING ETC. - AMENDMENT TO ALLOTMENT OF GOVERNMENT RESIDENCES RULES CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

Thursday, June 25, 2015

REVISED VERIFICATION ORDERS ISSUED ON 23-6-2015



7th Pay Commission completes its task in the time frame of 18 months and finalization of the report is underway

The 7th Central Pay Commission has published a report on its official portal yesterday in order to know all stake holders regarding their meetings and its report. 

It ensured that the 7th CPC report will be completed within the time frame of 18 months and it will not entertain any further meetings. 7th Pay Commission Report including revised Pay and Allowances for Central Government Employees, is on final stage.

The official report published by 7th CPC as follows...

“Further to the memoranda received from a variety of Organisations, Federations, Groups representing civil employees in the Government of India as also from the Defence Services, the Commission has had fruitful and wide ranging discussions on relevant issues with all stakeholders. Such interactions have now been concluded. Valuable inputs have been received and the work of compilation and finalization of the report is underway, so that the Commission completes its task in the time frame given to it. Accordingly, any future requests for meeting with the Commission will not be entertained”.


Source: http://7cpc.india.gov.in/











NC, JCM meeting with 7th CPC and National Anomaly Committee held on 9th June, 2015: Feedback by Confederation



CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi - 110 001
President
K.K.N.Kutty
09811048303


Secretary General
M.Krishnan
09447068125

No.CONF/2015                                                                                             
Date : 12-06-2015

Dear Comrade,
As indicated in our last circular letter, the final meeting with the 7th CPC was held on 9.6.2015. Earlier on 8th afternoon, the Staff side had met separately to chalk out the course of negotiations.  The National JCA also met on the same day.  The National Anomaly Committee met on 9th June, 2015 at 3.00 pm under the Chairmanship of Joint Secretary (E) Department of Personnel at Room No. 72 North Block, New Delhi.  We give hereunder a brief synopsis of the discussions at all the meetings.

1.       Meeting with 7thCPC

The following Staff Side members were present at the Meeting:

Coms. M. Raghavaiah (Leader Staff Side – NFIR), Shiv Gopal Mishra (Secretary, Staff Side-AIRF), Com. Guman Singh, R.P. Bhatnagar and Com.Sharma (all from NFIR), Com. Rakhal Dasgupta, Com. J.R Bhosale (AIRF) Com. KKN Kutty, M.S. Raja and Com. M. Krishnan (from Confederation and NFPE) Com. Srikumar and Com. R.N. Pathak (from AIDEF) Com. Srinivasan and Com. Surjeet Singh ( From INDWF)

(a)    Date of effect: The Chairman has made it clear that the Commission would recommend 1.1.2016 as the date of implementation of  their recommendations. The Commission would finalise its report by end of August and would submit the same to the Government thereafter.  They would adopt Dr. Aykroyd formula for the computation of the Minimum wage. To the specific query made by the  Staff Side, the Commission said that they would factor the probable increase in the rate of retail prices of the commodities and would arrive at the minimum wage as on 1.1.2016. There had been no reply to the loss of wages to the employees due to the erosion of the real value of wages as there was no interim relief or benefit accrued from the merger of DA.  These demands, therefore, stand rejected.

(b)   Increase in the insurance coverage in cases of death in harness:  The Staff Side recalled the assurance held out by the Commission earlier to have the actuarial assessed by an expert agency to accede to the demand of the staff side to increase the subscription and the insurance coverage.  The Staff Side was of the opinion that their suggestion to share the subscription in the ratio of 3:7 was reasonable but in the absence of an expert study, the Government might not accept the same.  The commission said that they would explore the possibility of such an assessment by the LIC before finalization of the report.

(c)    Fitment formula.  The Commission might accept the suggestion made by the Staff Side in respect of fitment formula with requisite change in the ratio on the basis of the quantum of minimum wage determined.

(d)   Open ended pay scales: The Commission would recommend open ended pay scales as suggested by the Staff Side.

(e)   In the matters of rate of increment, quantum of allowances etc, the Commission did not come out clearly of their thinking in the matter.

(f)     Parity in pension entitlement of the past and present pensioners.  The Commission is yet to make up its mind on the suggestion made by the staff side in the matter.  They however said that almost all the Pensioners organizations which met the Commission had pleaded for this and the same is linked with the one rank one pension demand of the Armed forces personnel.

(g)    MACP  scheme . The difficulties and anomalies pointed out by the Staff Side and various other organizations have been taken note of  by the Commission.  The Commission assured to evolve a methodology to resolve the problem.

(h)   Opposition to the induction of casual/daily rated workers and contractorisation.  The Commission said that they were opposed to the unfair practice of exploitation of labour.  For jobs which are of perennial and permanent character, regular workers must be recruited, the Commission added and that would obviate the need for outsourcing and contractorisation.  Since  most of the outsourced jobs do not require any academic qualification, the Commission was of the opinion that the revival of Group D cadre would help to address the issue.  However, the Commission stated that if only the staff side sends in a communication in writing, the Commission would be able to make any recommendation in the matter. The Staff Side reiterated that they are totally opposed to outsourcing, induction of casual workers and contractorisation and the same has been made explicit in their memorandum.

(i)     Parity in the pay scales between the personnel in the Central Sectt and those in the subordinate establishments.
The Commission stated that they have appreciated the stand taken by the Staff Side in the matter. The Commission was non committal on other issues raised by the Staff Side members.

2.       National Anomaly Committee meeting

The meeting was held at Room No. 72 North Block, under the Chairmanship of J.S(E) Department of Personnel and Training. In the initial remarks, the Staff side raised the following issues.

(a)    Though the official side had promised to provide an action taken statement on all issues in the National Council, the same has not been supplied;

(b)   No date for the National Council is indicated.

(c)    No indication of the steps taken to convene the Departmental Councils. The official side had assured of the convening of the Departmental Council of the Ministry of Finance in the last meeting.  However, the staff side has not been apprised of any date so far.

(d)   Abnormal delay in replying to the references made to the Ministry of Finance, Department of Personnel from the Railways and other Ministries.

(e)   The necessity to increase the ceiling limit of the rebate in Incometax for the allowances given to the Loco Pilots.

(f)     Non-adherence to the GOI instructions by the Defence Ministry in certain matters.

The Official side stated that the Action taken Statement was almost ready but for certain comments from Certain departments.  The same would be sent to the staff Side and another meeting held to discuss the course of action required on items where no agreement could be reached.  The JS (per) stated that some of the references received from the Railways had been sent back to them for clarification before a final decision is taken.  Regarding increase in the rebate ceiling under the Income tax Act, the matter would be referred to the revenue department and requested the staff side to appreciate that the same has to be considered in a wider perspective.  Thereafter the agenda items, which had not been discussed even once  were taken up.

(ii) Anomaly in the Pay Band and Grade Pay assigned to the Group B Officers of the Audit and Accounts, Incometax, , Central Excise and Customs and Postal Departments.  (Agenda Item No. 1 and 8 taken together.) Despite agreeing that there existed an anomaly in the matter, the official side expressed their inability to proceed further in the matter as the Group B Gazetted Officers were beyond the ambit of the JCM scheme.  However, they agreed that the Govt. would  take up the issue specifically with the 7th CPC. Com.Shiv Gopal Mishra said that the Govt. must consider a JCM set up for the promote officers as their cases are not heard or discussed at any other forum.  Com. Kutty said that the items were introduced as early as in 2009 and it was not correct on the part of the official sided to state that the same would be referred to the 7th CPC.  Normally the Pay Commission would not entertain to consider the anomalies of the earlier Commissions.  However, after some discussions, it was agreed that they would discuss the issue of audit & accounts scale (AAOs) separately after receiving a note from Staff Side and in respect of others, a note will be submitted to the 7thCPC.

(iii) Anomaly in the pay and Grade Pay of Data Processing Assistants Grade A.. The official side did not agree with the contention that the assigning of higher grade pay to certain categories of officers (7450-11500 and Grade Pay4600) was arbitrary.  The Government, they added, had acted upon the recommendation of the 6th CPC. They also said that only in those cases where the pre-revised pay scales were in 6500-10500 such up-gradation had been made.  In the case of DPA Grade A, they were in the pre revised scale of pay of Rs. 5500-9000.

(iv) Item No.3. Grant of Grade pay of Rs. 4200 to Lab Technicians. The official side said that the orders have been issued in the matter.

(v) Item No.4. Up-gradation of Pay Band and Grade pay of LDCs and UDCs.

The Staff Side made the following points in support of the item:

(a)    The Grade pay of Rs. 1900 assigned to LDCs by the 6th CPC  was without any logic and without appreciating the existing vertical relativity  between Group D and LDCs and LDCs and UDCs.

(b)   While creating the non functional grade in the grade pay of Rs. 4200 in the Central Secretariat, the Department of Personnel, which is the nodal department for all matters concerning the common categories, did not extend the benefit to the UDCs in the Subordinate offices.

(c)    The Staff side also pointed out the Department while restructuring the cadre of stenographers in the Central Sectt. earlier, had extended the benefit to all Stenographers in the subordinate offices.

The official side stated that it was not possible for them to address the issue, whatever may be its justification in the background of the setting up of the 7th CPC.  They however, assured to make a reference specifically to the Commission.

(vi) Item No.5. Senior Clerks in DMS to be assigned grade pay of Rs. 4200. The matter was stated to be sub-judice.

(vii) Item No. 6 and 12. - Removal of anomaly in the case of artisans staff of different departments & Master Craftsmen pay scale in MMS in Postal Department  The two agenda items being identical were take up together. The Staff side pointed out the glaring discrimination in the matter. They also stated that the number of employees involved is very small. On behalf of the Postal Department it was stated that the recruitment qualification in the Postal Department was VIII Standard and ITI whereas in other establishment, the academic qualification stipulated was X Standard. The Staff side contested the same pointing out that no person is entitled to be admitted to ITI without  having X standard qualification. They pointed out that the merger of Artisan Grade I and Charge hand was the root cause of the problem.  The official side took the stand that in any case the anomaly cannot be removed at this stage and have to wait till the 7th CPC recommendations are made.

(viii) Item No. 7. Parity in pay scales between the Central Sectt. and subordinate offices. The official side said that the up-gradation of the pay scale of Central Sectt. Assistants were on well found grounds. The Government had considered the repercussion of the said decision and therefore, the decision is not possible to be either reversed or extended to any other category of employees.  They added that perhaps the 7th CPC before whom the matter is already agitated by the employees organizations of the subordinate offices might take a decision in the matter.

(ix) Item No. 9 and 10. Higher grade pay for Medical Assistants and Store keepers. The Defence Ministry was asked to submit a detailed note to the Ministry of Finance indicating the duties and responsibilities assigned as also the recruitment qualifications stipulated in the RR to enable them to reconsider the issue.

(x) Children Educational Allowance for any two children.  The official side stated that the deviation made in identifying the eldest two children was consciously done taking into account the National Population policy and various other factors and is not likely to be changed.  Regarding the claim for reimbursement of expenses incurred in the nursery class, as such institutions or classes are not linked to any Educational Boards, the official side said that they would look into the matter with a view to find a solution thereof.

National JCA meeting on 8th June.

The  National JCA which met at the Staff side office on 8th June, 2015 took note of the fact quite a few States are yet to hold the State level conventions.  The meeting also noted that the  strike decision taken on 28th April, 2015 has not been percolated down to the rank and file of the workers.  The meeting wanted the affiliate to realize that the denial of the demand for wage revision to be effective from 1.1.2014 and the consequent denial of interim relief and the benefit of merger of DA with pay must be viewed very seriously as the said decision will have a far reaching consequence.  The Government would not in future will discard the age old practice of grant of I.R. and merger of DA for ever.  It has decided to appeal to all the affiliates to chalk out independent programmes of actions in the months to come and to carry out the same in all seriousness so that the employees become fully aware of the possible outcome of the 7thCPC .  The  Chairman and Convenor of the National JCA will get in touch with those States, where the programme has not been carried out.   The meeting decided to convey to the members that the minimum wage computation, in the given situation would be on an imaginary basis.  The National JCA was of the opinion that a meeting of all office bearers of the participating organizations must be convened at Delhi somewere in the month of July to chalk out the programmes of action to be pursued by theCGEs togher

It was informed at the house that both Defence and Railways would be taking their strike ballot and would be concluded in the first week of October. The meeting decided to advise the other units to chalk out progammes of action in July so that an ambience of struggle could be created. The NJCA also took note of the painful fact that despite assurances, Government was not convening the Departmental Councils and the JCM has been allowed to become defunct.

The National JCA in conclusion decided to appeal to all affiliates to take concrete steps to invigorate the joint movement of the Central Government employees and meet the challenge that is like to arise on receipt of the recommendations of the 7th CPC.by creating an atmosphere of Unity, and determination to carry out the call of  indefinite strike action scheduled to commence on 23rd November, 2015..

With greetings,

Yours fraternally,

M.Krishnan
Secretary General

Training Calendar for the 2nd quarter of 2015-16 (July 15 to September 15) of PTC Saharanpur(Click the link below for details) http://www.indiapost.gov.in/dop/pdfbind.ashx?id=1480



Department approved new office bearers of All India Postal Employees Union Group 'C' elected in the 30th AIC held from 04.06.2015 to 08.06.2015 at Lucknow (U.P)




Rural Post Offices to provide online services: Ravi Shankar Prasad-MoC - NEWS
          KOLKATA: Union Minister for Information and Technology and Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad said rural post offices across the country will also function as common service centres (CSCs) providing e-services.

            He said this while asserting that the Postal Department had a crucial role to play in bringing in digital revolution in the country.

            "Our vision of digital India is to ensure that from a mason to barber to a tyre puncture repairer, all can access newer avenues of growth using communications equipment like a smart phone," said Prasad while inaugurating the revamped building of Bhowanipore post office here.

            "We are also committed to developing e-commerce, e-education and e-health. This is the larger vision of digital India. And in this digital India initiative, Rural Post Offices have a very crucial role to play.

            "We have decided that all the 1.30 lakh rural post offices should also become common service centres (CSCs) to further provide services," the Minister added.

            Implemented under the National e-Governance Plan and formulated by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, the CSCs are ICT-enabled front end service delivery points at the village-level for delivery of government, financial, social and private sector services in the areas of agriculture, health, education, entertainment, FMCG products, banking, insurance, pension, utility payments etc.

            Prasad said he expected the Reserve Bank of India to grant payment license to the proposed Post Bank of India by July.

            "We expect to get the RBI nod by July. With 1,54,000 post offices the new initiative will usher in a financial revolution across the country," he said.

            Hailing the services by the Postal Department, Prasad said it has done a business of Rs.500 crore in the year in e-commerce besides opening over 52 lakh Accounts under the Sukanya Samriddhi Yojna receiving over Rs.1,000 in deposits.

            "Whatever, be the decline in services, people still respect the Indian Railways and the Postal Services. I urge you all to build upon that respect and contribute towards the growth of the country," said Prasad, urging the employees to contribute towards the Government's initiative to modernise the Postal Department.

            Prasad also said state-run BSNL was also on the road to recovery.

            "Now BSNL is running into losses in excess of Rs 8,000 crore. But in 2004, it earned a profit of Rs 10,000 crore. So we decided to revive it ... BSNL already has added 47 lakh new customers and its revenue has risen by 2%," he said.

            The minister also said there would be 100 crore mobile connections in the country in next few years.

            "In a country with a population of 125 crore, we now nearly 101 crore phone connections of which 98 crore are mobile phones. In the coming few years, we will have over 100 crore mobile phone connectivity across the country," Prasad said.

"Studies show that a country with more broadband connections has greater impact on the GDP growth.

            "So we are bringing national optical fibre network connecting over 2.5 lakh gram panchayats across the country, we are bringing in broadband revolution," he added


//copy//Source : The Times of India

Clarification on Inter-pool exchange between General Pool Residential Accommodation and Departmental Pool


Revised Special Licence Fees for various types of General Pool Govt. Accommodations CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

REVISION IN THE LIMIT OF MINIMUM BALANCE FOR ISSUANCE OF ATM/DEBIT CARDS TO POSB ACCOUNT HOLDERS.



       The Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (GOI) invites Central Govt. Pensioners to attend one day Interactive Awareness Programme on Pensioners’ Portal and SANKALP in KENGURUSE HALL, 19 ASSAM RIFLE, NEAR DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OFFICE, KOHIMA (Nagaland) on 26.06.2015 from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm. Please bring a copy of PPO while attending the Programme. For any clarification contact 011-24644847 or emailprem.kr@nic.in

SIMPLIFICATION OF PROCEDURES FOR WITHDRAWAL FROM NPS – CLARIFICATION ON DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED
PFRDA has issued a communication regarding Simplification of Withdrawal Process and the documents required for processing the claim.

PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

PFRDA/2015/07/EXIT/02                                                                       12th May, 2015

To,
            All Govt depts./PAO’s/PrAO’s/DDO’s/DTO’s & CRA

Dear Sir/ Madam,

SUB: Simplification of Withdrawal process – Documentary requirements Circular dt. 25th February, 2015.


            Reference is drawn to the circular issued on 25th  February, 2015 on the matter of simplification of withdrawal process and the documentary requirements there under
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            There have been queries from some of the stakeholders as to whether these simplified documentary requirements as specified  in the  circular are applicable to withdrawal requests reported to CRA and NPS Trust, prior to the issuance of the circular or not.

            In this regard, it is clarified that the circular would be applicable even to the withdrawal requests which were reported prior to the issuance of the said circular to CRA and NPS Trust.

            All other terms, conditions of the said circular remain unaltered.
Yours faithfully,
Sd/- Venkateswarlu Peri
General Manager