Sunday, April 26, 2015

Declination of Promotion to Postal Service Group 'B' Cadre - order dated 24.04.2015

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Pune Municipal Corporation gets together with postal dept for address verification

PUNE: Citizens who have not received property tax bills through post have been asked to contact the property tax department, the local ward office or post office for address verification.

"The civic administration has been receiving complaints about people not getting their property tax bills. This year, we handed over the billing system to the postal department, which has brought down the number of complaints. However, around 15,000 bills were still not delivered," Suhas Mapari, head of the PMC's property tax department, told TOI.

To verify such addresses, the property tax department has joined hands with the postal service, which will correct the postal addresses in the civic body's system and reduce bill delivery problems.

Mapari said that wrong addresses in the PMC's records was one of the reasons for the poor delivery and hence, the problem can be sorted out if the information are corrected. "Those who wish to make any corrections to their addresses can approach the nearby post office, ward office or the property tax department. They will have to fill a form with accurate details and these changes will be updated in the PMC's system," he said.

According to department officials, taxpayers will have to fill details such as name, flat or house number, landmark, pin code and area in the form.

Property tax is one of the main sources of revenue for the PMC. Income from this department has gathered significance with the state's plan to abolish local body tax, another important income source.

The city has 7.8 lakh properties on which the levy is charged. These include residential houses (self-occupied or rented out), office buildings, factory buildings, open plots, flats and shops.

As per PMC officials, the civic administration has been taking various initiatives to generate more income from property tax, with special emphasis on recovery of dues and reaching out to the maximum number of property holders. The department has also started sending bills to property owners via email and a special website has been developed to resolve property tax issues.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

CHQ requirements.......

Despite repeated requests, information on following issues are still awaited from many Circle Secretaries. 

1. Name/s of the officers who declined PS Gr. B promotion.

2. Present status of documentation for holding of DPC for PS Gr. B cadre for 2015-16.

3. Vacancy position of Direct Recruit Inspector Posts (year wise). 

4. Inter-Circle Rule 38 transfer cases in Inspector Pots cadre pending.

CHQ Quota......

CHQ has received a sum of Rs. 15000/- from Maharashtra Circle as CHQ quota for the year 2013-14. As on date only five Circles viz. Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Uttarakhand, MP and Maharashtra Circles have remitted their CHQ quota for the year 2013-14. 

Karnataka Circle is exempted from paying CHQ quota for the year 2013-14, as their representatives attended meeting for preparation of memorandum for submission to 7CPC and their CS attended oral evidence before 7CPC on 7/11/2014 at Mumbai by incurring expenditure from their circle fund. 

Remaining circles are once again requested to remit their CHQ quota immediately. Every CS and CHQ Office bearers are very well aware that the financial position of CHQ is not so sound. Those who have not paid their quota, may remit the same to CHQ Treasurer by eMO only. 

Leave Travel Concession (LTC) entitlements of unmarried Government servants - Conversion of Home Town LTC facility into travel to different parts of the country permissible under the special dispensation scheme - Clarification — regarding.

To view DoPT OM, please CLICK HERE. 

Declaration of Assests and liabilities by public servents under section 44 of lokpal & lokayuktas Act 2013-extention of last date

To view DoPT OM No. 407/12/2014-AVD-IV(B) dated 25th April 2015, please CLICK HERE.

Central Working Committee Meeting (CWC) at Trivandrum on 25th and 26th July 2015

Padmanabhaswamy Temple
As intimated earlier, Central Working Committee Meeting will be held on 25/7/2015 and 26/7/2015 at Trivandrum City (Kerala) . Trivandrum city is capital of Kerala state and is known as the gateway of one of the most beautiful state in India.

The actual details about venue and accommodation etc. will be intimated on due course. Mean while all eligible members (i.e. CHQ officer bearers and Circle Secretaries) are requested to book their to and fro tickets immediately and intimate details to Sri S. Nandakumar, Inspector Posts, Kollam RMS, Kollam (Mobile No. 09447557016). Accommodation is available from morning of 25th July 2015 to 26th July 2015. Therefore all eligible delegates are requested to reserve their tickets accordingly. No extra persons are allowed with delegates. 

Delegates may also contact to Sri Ajith Kurian, Ex-Circle Secretary Kerala Circle Branch and Manager, NSH Trivandrum on his mobile No. 09447271165 for .

Check your new I-T assessment range before filing returns

With income tax returns filing season commencing soon, taxpayers have been advised to re-check their new assessment ranges as the I-T department has carried out a large-scale restructuring and jurisdictional change of its offices country-wide.

"Taxpayers are advised to check their new tax assessment ranges from the facility hosted on the official website of the department-- The new changes would be uploaded on the website by the first week of May," a 
senior I-T officer said.

The jurisdiction of a number of I-T assessment ranges have changed as the department has recently effected largescale cadre-restructuring and hence the existing assessees of a particular range may have shifted to a new one. For some assessees, the range may not have changed.

The Central Board of 
Direct Taxes (CBDT), the apex policy making body of the tax department, has asked its officers to ensure that an online facility for taxpayers to check their new assessment ranges is uploaded in the given time frame.

"The new measure entails migration of the existing Permanent Account Numbers (PAN) from one range to the other. The department is confident of completing the exercise before taxpayers begin filing their returns," the officer said.

The officer said instructions have been issued in this regard by CBDT 
Chairperson Anita Kapur so that taxpayers are not put to any "inconvenience" and that there are no grievances or complaints made by them in this regard.

The officer said the official website of the department will host an exclusive link called "Jurisdiction" to help the taxpayers in this regard. An individual will just have to punch his or her PAN card number to find a possible change in his or her assessment range.

The cadre-restructuring in the I-T department, with the creation of over 20,700 posts recently, has brought about a number of changes in the existing jurisdictions of assessing officers (AOs) of the department across the country.

"In case of online filing of I-T returns, the system will automatically find the AO of the filer," the officer added.

The aim of the I-T department restructuring, according to a blueprint prepared in this regard, is "to check the skewed distribution of posts in the department and to ensure identical hierarichal structure so that the department can effectively 
tackle taxpayers grievances and issues and ensure better tax collection."

The board has called for according "top priority" to addressing taxpayers' grievances by the Income Tax department after 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently expressed his disappointment about delays in corrective action and harassment of the assesses by tax officials.

Source:-The Economic Times

Soon, use any bank’s card at postal ATM

CHENNAI, April 24, 2015 :  Soon, Chennai residents can use postal ATMs to withdraw money not only from their postal savings account, but from any bank account.
This will be possible once the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) accepts the proposal to have postal Automated Teller Machines (ATM) interoperable where postal customers could use debit cards of other banks. Earlier this week, the Department of Posts opened two more ATMs at St. Thomas Mount and Mylapore post offices. The first postal ATM was opened in T. Nagar post office last year.
Anna Road head post office and Tambaram post office will also have ATM facilities . In three months, the department plans to expand its ATM services to over 17 post offices, including those in Park Town, Avadi and Ambattur.
Officials of the Postal Department said once the ATMs are operational for a few months, RBI is expected to approve the proposal to allow postal account holders to use debit cards of other banks as well and vice versa.
As of now, only 50 postal account holders have debit cards. “With more ATMs being added, we are speeding up the process to issue personalised debit cards. At present, customers can get insta cards that will allow them to use ATMs till they get their debit cards,” said Mervin Alexander, Postmaster General (Chennai city region).
It takes about 3-4 weeks to get a postal debit card. The department plans to distribute about 2,500 cards soon, particularly to pensioners. While applications are being accepted for obtaining debit cards, customers can immediately get insta cards to carry out transactions.
Nearly 31.22 lakh postal saving account holders of Chennai city region would be able to use postal debit cards in any of the post offices networked with core banking solutions. Customers could soon avoid visits to post offices to carry out savings account transactions as e-post office and mobile banking facility are on the anvil.

Department of Posts : ATM Card

TDS on Recurring Deposits

The Government proposes to promote the recurring deposits scheme. It takes various measures on continuous basis to promote and popularize all small savings scheme including Post Office Recurring Deposit Scheme through electronic and print media as well as holding seminars, meetings and providing training to the various agencies involved in mobilizing deposits under these schemes. At present, no TDS is deducted on Post Office Recurring Deposit Scheme.

This was stated by Shri Jayant Sinha, Minister of State in Ministry of Finance in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 

Timely and advance action in convening of Departmental Promotion Committee meeting in terms of Model Calender - regarding

To view Department of Personnel and Training OM No.22011/1/2011-Estt (D) dated 23-04-2015 Click Here.

Rounding off of a fraction of a rupee in regulation of additional pension

CLICK HERE to view Department of Pension and Pensioner's Welfare OM No. 38/8//15-P&PW(P) dated 16th April, 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


POSB Interest Calculator Dated 15.04.2015

Interest Calculator : Download

Features Updated On 15/04/2015:

New Interest rates w.e.f. 01/04/2015 configured for SCSS Account. Maturity amount for old accounts also can be viewed by entering Date of opening in Home page.

KVP (new) option is included in home page of Interest calculator. Discharge value of KVP (old) can be viewed in another link provided in bottom of Calculator table.

SSA Approximate maturity calculation - link is added in the Main page of Calculator (at right bottom of calculator)

"Print Tables/Forms" link is provided in Main calculator page to Print Ready reckoner tables for RD/TD/MIS and Pamphlet, Forms. In "Print Tables/Forms" link, updated pamphlet is provided in PDF format incorporating new KVP, SSA.

Changes have been made in MIS to RD (auto credit option) maturity calculation, so as to see it after 31.03.2015 also.
In RD PMC Calculator available in "view more" link of RD, financial year 2015-16 has been included.

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Review and Supplementary DPC for promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B cadre for the year 2014-15

As everybody knows that Directorate vide memo No. 9-25/2014-SPG dated 20/2/2015 has appointed 141 IP Line Officers in PS Gr. B cadre. 

GS has already requested Secretary (Posts) under letter No. CHQ/AIAIPASP/DPC-PS Gr.B/2015   dated 24/3/2015 to issue necessary instructions to all circles to implement the Directorate orders in the spirit of given directions, but it is learnt that many circles have not submitted the assumption charge reports of the promoted officers and declination letters of the officers who declined the promotion to Directorate till this date. 

Due to non receipt of these information / documents supplementary DPC process is delayed. 

Few officers representations have been received at Directorate for non consideration of their nomination at the time of holding of DPC for promotion to the cadre of PS Gr.B for the year 2014-15, therefore after examination of records with the representations of such officers, there will be definitely a  review DPC. Officers promoted in review DPC will get their proper seniority in main DPC list. 

Circle Secretaries and CHQ Office bearers are once again requested to ensure the submission of documents to Directorate. 

As the information is not timely reaching at Directorate, hence our simple issues are getting time to resolved. There is no fault at Directorate. It is seen from last 3 years that issues are delaying due non proper participation / activeness by our members especially working in ROs/COs for giving immediate response to Directorates communication. 

Cadre restructuring of Inspector Posts cadre

Report on Directorate's letter No. 25-35/2011-PE-I dated 15th April 2015 is not received from Assam and NE Circle. Circle Secretaries and members of these two circles are requested to arrange to furnish the information to Directorate by emails on  and FAX No. 011- 23096189.
GS already requested both the circle secretaries over their mobile No. and they assured that NIL report will be submitted to Directorate. 

Postal department will train its staff to meet challenges of e-world

In a move to strengthen postal services in the country, Indian postal department will set up six additional Postal Training Centres (PTCs) in the country. 

To ensure committed and efficient employees, the department is mulling over setting up additional training centres under the 12th Five Year Plan, said S K Sinha, member of human resources development, Postal Services Board. 

Delivering the keynote address of golden jubilee celebrations of PTC (Mysuru) here on Monday, he said that the proposed centres will impart training in recent technologies and enable employees meet present-day challenges. 

Commitment from employees is much required to meet the challenges, he said, adding that training would play an important role in changing the attitude of employees. 

The department is also planning to impart training among group A and B employees to make them efficient, he added. Since 1980s, the nature of business has changed, he pointed. 

He also lauded PTC (Mysuru) for its training programmes and other activities. Ever since its inception on April 20, 1965, the centre has trained 1,16,590 employees in various courses. It follows Universal Postal Union Train Post Methodology to train the employees. PTC (Mysuru) has been catering to the needs of the postal circles of Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. 

Chief postmaster general (Karnataka circle) M S Ramanujan said that the department is gearing up (to meet the challenges), but it takes some time to absorb recent technologies and services. He said that e-commerce business needs the help of post department, and "it is certain they will come to us". e-commerce is the new baby of the department, and it will nourish the baby, he said, asking employees to be sensitive in handling e-commerce services. 

On the occasion, former directors of PTC were felicitated and a special cover on PTC (Mysuru), picture post cards on the wood works of PTC and a sovereign were unveiled. PTC (Mysuru) director D Veena Kumari presented a report on the journey of PTC.

Source:-The Times of India

Now EPIC or Aadhaar document enough to get PAN card

An EPIC or Aadhaar document will now be enough for any individual to obtain PAN card as the Income Tax Department has relaxed the cumbersome procedure of having multiple documents to prove one's own identity. 

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the apex policy making body of the I-T Department, has recently issued a notification making the Elector's Photo Identity Card (EPIC) and Aadhaar, issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India, valid proof of "date of birth" for obtaining PAN card. 

Till now, both these photo ID cards were only considered as valid proof for substantiating the "identity" and "address" of an individual and not their date of birth. 

"The new notification, in simple terms, means that henceforth having only an EPIC or Aadhaar will be enough a document for any individual to obtain the PAN card. 

"These two documents will be valid as the proof an individual's identity, address and date of birth, thereby reducing the cumbersome procedure of having multiple documents to prove one's own identity. The EPIC and Aadhaar are now unique and all purpose identifiers," a senior I-T department officer told PTI. 

As part of the new notification, the government has also made a "photo identity card issued by the central government or state government or central public sector undertaking or state public sector undertaking or the central government health service scheme photo card or ex-servicemen contributory health scheme photo card" as the valid proofs for establishing the date of birth of an individual. 

"So, effectively now, there are a total of 12 identity documents which could be used to establish the date of birth of an individual who is applying for a PAN card as compared to the eight earlier. But for a common man, who is not in government service, only an EPIC or Aadhaar is required," the officer explained. 

The officer said this new arrangement has been made possible as the government has embarked on a mission to bring the three unique identifiers - EPIC, Aadhaar and PAN - on one platform and have inter-links between their databases in order to thwart attempts of duplicity or forgery in any of these three documents which are the most essential when it comes to taking legitimate benefits of government schemes. 

PAN is a ten-digit alphanumeric number, issued in the form of a laminated card, by the Income Tax Department, to any person who applies for it or to whom the department allots the number without an application. 

The EC and the Income Tax Department had recently made announcements that they would be sharing their respective databases and getting on-board with the Aadhaar platform, whose numbers have swelled to 76.83 crore till February 15 this year. 

An individual has to apply, either manually or electronically, with copies of proof of identity, address and date of birth along with the application form to obtain a PAN whose government stipulated fee is Rs 105. 

The EPIC and Aadhaar fulfil all the three mandatory requirements. 

Source:-The Economic Times

Commemorative Stamp on Old Seminary, Kottayam – 21st April 2015.

The Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam, traditionally known as the "Padithaveedu" or "Old Seminary" was originally a place for priestly training and a centre of English education. It was founded in 1815 by Colonel John Monroe with the help of the priest-monk Ittoop Ramban to serve the then-unified Malankara Syrian Church, to invite CMS missionaries to teach theology. It is the first Orthodox Christian School of theology in Asia.

Starting up as a centre to educate and mould-up clergies of the ancient St. Thomas Christians of India, it eventually became the cradle and headquarters of more than four Christian denominations of the Thomas Christians during the last 200 years as each of them carefully glance back. The Seminary is today, the seat of highest Orthodox Theological learning and ecumenical dealings in India. The Old Seminary is a living witness and forum of actions for many great events that took place in and around Kottayam in Central Kerala during the last 200 years.

To commemorate bicentennial of Old Seminary, Kottayam commemorative stamp was released by President Shri Pranab Mukherjee at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on 21st April 2015.

Commemorative Stamp on Old Seminary, Kottayam
Photo Courtesy: PIB

Commemorative Stamp on Patna High Court – 18th April 2015.

Patna High Court was established on 3rd February, 1916 and later affiliated under the Government of India Act 1915. The foundation stone of the existing high court building was laid on 1st December, 1913, by the then Viceroy of India, Lord Charles Hardine. After the building was formally opened by Lord Hardine on 3rd February, 1916, the court started functioning with a chief justice and six judges. Sir Edward Maynard Des Champs Chamier was the first chief justice of the Patna High Court. India's first president Rajendra Prasad and the first president of the constituent assembly, Sachchidanand Sinha, also had practiced at the court.
Commemorative Stamp on Patna High Court

President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 
centenary celebration of Patna High Court on 18th April 2015 at Patna. To mark the occasion a commemorative stamp on Patna High Court was released by President in presence of the Governor of Bihar, Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi, the Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Union Minister for Law & Justice, Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, the Chief Minister of Bihar, Shri Nitish Kumar and the Chief Justice of India, Shri H.L. Dattu.

President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee released stamp on Patna High Court
Photo Courtesy: PIB

General Provident Fund Interest Rate 8.7% for 2015-2016

It was decided by the Government to link the interest rates of State PFs (General Provident Fund and other similar funds) including Special Deposit Scheme, 1975 (SDS, 1975) for Non-Government Provident, Superannuation and Gratuity Funds for the FY 2015-16 to Public Provident Fund (PPF) rates. In pursuance of that decision, the Government has decided to fix the rates 8.7% per annumapplicable to the following:-

·         The General Provident Fund (Central Services).
·         The Contributory Provident Fund (India).
·         The All India Service Provident Fund.
·         The State Railway Provident Fund.
·         The General Provident Fund (Defence Services).
·         The Indian Ordnance Provident Fund.
·         The Indian Ordnance Factories Workmen’s Provident Fund.
·         The Indian Naval Dockyard Workmen’s Provident Fund.
·         The Defence Services Officers Provident Fund.
·         The Armed Forces Personnel Provident Fund.
         The rate of interest is applicable to the above funds w.e.f. 1st April, 2015 and until further orders.
Recently, the Government had kept the interest rates for PPF and other Small Savings Schemes intact.  However, interest rates for 5 year Senior citizen Saving Scheme and Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme have been increased from 9.2 to 9.3% and 9.1 to 9.2% respectively, keeping in view the commitment of the Government towards the welfare of the girl child and the senior citizens.

Source : PIB  dtd  20.04.2015

Posting of newly promoted JTS officers of Indian Postal Service (IPoS), Group 'A' in the Directorate

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Special Cover on 160 years of Railways in Eastern India – 10th April 2015.

The first train in India travelled from Bombay to Thane on 16th April, 1853. Historic journey of Railways in Eastern India began with first train travelling from Howrah to Hooghly on 15th August, 1854. Today Eastern Railway has emerged as the backbone of passenger traffic and provides indispensable infrastructural support for the economic development of the nation as a whole. Presently, Eastern Railway carries 33 lakh passengers every day by running 1926 trains daily.

As a part of 60th Rail Week and 160th anniversary celebrations of railways in Eastern India, a Special Cover was released jointly by Ms. Arundhaty Ghosh, Chief Postmaster General, West Bengal Circle and Shri R. K. Gupta, General Manager of Eastern Railways at Kolkata on 10th April 2015 (Special Cover approval no. WB/04/2015).

Philatelic exhibition on Railways was also organised at Victoria Memorial Hall to mark the occasion. It was jointly inaugurated by Shri R. K. Gupta and Ms. Arundhaty Ghosh. Philatelic exhibition was curated by well known philatelist Mohd. Mujibullah of Kolkata and a staff member of Eastern Railway. The exhibition will remain open for public viewing from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. till Thursday, 16th April, 2015.

Special Cover on 160 years of Railways in Eastern India

Commemorative Stamps on India - France: 50 Years of Space Co-operation – 10th April 2015.

France and India view each other as important partners in space technology and applications. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and its French counterpart Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) have a rich history of cooperation and collaboration spanning about five decades.

The first French-Indian space cooperation agreement was signed in May 1964 covered licenses to build Belier and Centaure sounding rockets in India, with the accompanying transfer of solid-propulsion technologies. The latest bilateral meeting between the chief of space agencies of France and India was held on 21st November 2014 at Bangalore.

To celebrate 50 years of space cooperation between CNES and ISRO, India Post and La Poste, France have issued a set of two commemorative stamps the SARAL/AltiKa and Megha-Tropiques satellites. Joint issue of set of two stamps was released by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande on 10th April 2015 at the Elysee Palace, Paris.
To mark the event, a temporary post office was opened for selling stamps and first day covers to the public at CNES’s head office in Paris Les Halles from 5.00 to 7.30 p.m. Indian stamps are in denomination of Rs. 5 (Satellite Megha-Tropiques) and Rs. 25 (Satellite Saral) where as French stamps are in denomination of € 0.76 (Satellite Saral) and 1.20 € (Satellite Megha-Tropiques).

Commemorative Stamp on India – France: 50 Years of Space Co-operation
Commemorative Stamp on India – France: 50 Years of Space Co-operation
India – France: 50 Years of Space Co-operation
India – France: 50 Years of Space Co-operation
India – France: 50 Years of Space Co-operation
India – France: 50 Years of Space Co-operation
Commemorative Stamps on India - France: 50 Years of Space Co-operation - Miniature Sheet

A miniature sheet is also issued by India Post. For the first time QR code has been incorporated on Indian Miniature Sheet. While scanning the QR code using QR Code reader one can read following text:

“India and France have cooperated in space exploration for fifty years now. The Cooperation is best illustrated by two missions that were developed and operated in partnership: a tropical atmosphere observation satellite, Megha-Tropiques, launched in 2011, and Saral- Altika, oceanography and localization satellite, launched in 2013. These missions aim to observe climatic phenomena in order to understand the mechanisms and anticipate their consequences on a planetary level.”

Megha-Tropiques is a satellite mission to study the water cycle in the tropical atmosphere in the context of climate change. A collaborative effort between Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and French Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), Megha-Tropiques was successfully deployed into orbit by a PSLV rocket in October 2011.

SARAL or Satellite with ARgos and ALtiKa is a cooperative altimetry technology mission of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and CNES (Space Agency of France). The ISRO built satellite with payloads modules (ALTIKA altimeter), DORIS, Laser Retro-reflector Array (LRA) and ARGOS-3 (Advanced Research and Global Observation Satellite) data collection system provided by CNES was launched by Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle rocket into the Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO). ISRO is responsible for the platform, launch, and operations of the spacecraft. A CNES/ISRO MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) on the SARAL mission was signed on Feb. 23, 2007. SARAL was successfully launched on 25 February 2013.

MS Image Courtesy: Mansoor Bolar

Cadre restructuring of Inspector Posts cadre

No. 25-35/2011-PE-I
Government of India Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
(PE-I Section)
 Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, 
New Delhi – 110 001 

Dated: 15th April, 2015


All Heads of Circles,

Subject: Collection of information in respect of IPOs/ASPs for the proposed cadre Restructuring.


With reference to the above mentioned subject, the undersigned is directed to call 
for the following information:

S. No.
Particulars of Information required

No. of GPOs having Class-I status

No. of HPOs having Class-I status

The above information may kindly be furnished by  16th  April,  2015 positively by return e-mail at and FAX No. 011- 23096189.

Yours faithfully,

(Tarun Mittal) 
Assistant Director General (PE-I)
Tele: 011-2303 6239

Note : All members are requested to ensure submission of information by their circles immediately. 

Summary of Post Offices

Court stays recruitment process

The Aurangabad bench of the Bombay high court (HC) has stayed the recruitment process being conducted by the postal departmentDuring the entrance examination conducted at 26 centres across the state on March 29, some visually impaired students in Osmanabad were denied entry on the grounds that they were accompanied by writers/scribe having qualification above std X. Thereafter, five visually impaired students had approached the court. 

In January this year, the postal department had invited online applications from eligible candidates for direct recruitment for the posts of postman/mail guard in postal/RMS divisions. 

The department's notification clearly provided specific reservation for visually impaired candidates. Accordingly, the eligible visually impaired candidates applied by January 24 and were provided online admit cards soon. 

Lawyer Swapnil Tawshikar, who filed a writ petition in the HC on behalf of the aggrieved party, told TOI, "In the list of instructions mentioned on the admit cards, visually impaired candidates were allowed to take assistance of scribe/writers for the said examination. However, 25 such candidates, who reached the exam centre in Osmanabad, were not allowed to appear for the examination on the ground that the writers brought by them had education qualification above matriculation." 

Vishal Lohare (24), a native of from Latur district, along with four students decided to represent the 25 candidates who were not allowed to appear for the examination. All the five candidates approached the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay HC and filed a writ petition through lawyers Tawshikar and Anant Devakate. 
Tawshikar said the HC bench comprising justices SS Shinde and PR Bora heard the matter on April 10. The lawyers told the court the guidelines issued by the central government make it clear that visually impaired people can take assistance of writers while appearing for any written examination. The guidelines further mention that there shall be no restrictions on education qualifications, marks and age of the writer.
Source:-The Times of India

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Clarification regarding application of FR 49 - regarding.

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Philately event.....

13 April : 95th Anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh Martyrdom

95th Anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh Martyrdom
"The impossible men of India shall rise and liberate their Motherland." - Mahatma Gandhi, after the Amritsar Massacre.
"The incident in Jallianwala Bagh was 'an extraordinary event, a monstrous event, an event which stands in singular and sinister isolation." - Winston Churchill, after the Amritsar Massacre.

The Jallianwala Bagh massacre, also known as the Amritsar massacre, was a seminal event in the British rule of India. On 13th April 1919, a crowd of non-violent innocent protesters, along with Baishakhi pilgrims, had gathered in the Jallianwala Bagh garden in Amritsar to protest the arrest of two leaders despite a curfew which had been recently declared. Around 10,000 people, which consisted of men, women and children, gathered at the Jallianwala Bagh. On the orders of Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer the only exit point of the park was blocked with his troop of 150 soldiers. He ordered his army to open fire at will without warning the crowd. 1,650 rounds of ammunition were fired for 15 minutes. The result: 400 people were killed. The 1,500 wounded people were left to die and many jumped into the well of the park in an effort to save themselves. This "brutality stunned the entire nation", resulting in a "wrenching loss of faith" of the general public in the intentions of Britain.

“Salute to the Martyrs, Innocent People”.

Directorate circulated DA order

Selection for the post of Assistant Director at PTC, Saharanpur

CLICK HERE to see the details of memo issued by Dy. Director, PTC, Saharanpur. 

Central Civil Services ( Conduct ) Rules, 1964 and the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 - Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the public Servants for each year - regarding

CLICK HERE to see the details. 

India Post to setup hybrid model Post Bank with separate employees

The Department of Posts, which has applied for a payments bank licence, has a hybrid model in mind to operate Post Bank of India. Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan yesterday had said while the banking sector is set to undergo changes in the next few years, "we are going to possibly have postal bank".

According to a source, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has approved hybrid model suggested by Ernst & Young which prepared detailed project report on Post Bank of India (PBI).

"E&Y has come out with three models but suggested preference to a hybrid model. Under which about 600 branches will be directly operated by PBI staff in post office premises and transactions in other parts of the country will be supported by India post staff," the official said.

Post Bank of India is proposed to have its own employees and IT infrastructure. The transaction handled by India Post employees will be entered in to computer server of PBI.

The Department expects revenue of over Rs 550 crore from PBI in first 5 years.

"India Post will earn from every transaction it will carry out for PBI and rents that it will get from its branches. India Post financial services like saving account, postal life insurance will continue as it is," the official said.

The Department of Posts (DoP) will soon seek Cabinet approval for Rs 240 crore for setting up Post Bank of India.

The DoP has plans to set up Post Bank of India under payments bank licence. The Reserve Bank of India has already issued licensing norms for niche banks -- payments banks and small banks.
As per RBI guidelines, payments banks would offer a limited range of products such as demand deposits and remittances. They will not be allowed to undertake lending activities and will be initially be restricted to holding a maximum balance of Rs 1 lakh per individual customer.

They will be allowed to issue ATM or debit cards as also other prepaid payment instruments, but not credit cards.

The DoP will evaluate its five year performance as payments bank and then it will take call of setting up full-fledged banking service

Source : Post Bank of India 

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Sad demise...

Shri T. M. Krishnaswamy is at CENTRE

Shri T. M. Krishnaswamy, ASP (Vig.) o/o the PMG, Calicut (Kerala) reported expired today at about 7.45 hours due to heart attack at Jipmer Hospital, Pondichery. 

Shri T. M. Krishnaswamy was closely associated with the Association. Presently he was unanimously elected as Vice President-II in CHQ and earlier he hold Assistant General Secretary Posts and Organising General Secretary twice. 

He has also worked as Circle Secretary and President to All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents Posts Kerala circle Branch for years together. We know that the officer is not only very sincere and hard worker in his work but on many occasions he helped a lot to CHQ. CHQ will always remember him for his co-operation and valuable guidance extended to CHQ from time to time.  

All the General Secretaries during All India Conference permitted Shri T. M. Krishnaswamy to read out our Associations Annual Report in the August house in his sweet voice. 

May we all pray to the almighty to give his soul rest in peace.