Saturday, November 28, 2015

Public Services International /LOTCO Trade Union Rights Project meeting at Cochin

PSI/LOTCO Trade Union Rights Project is holding Evaluation meeting at Cochin on 2nd and 3rd December 2015.
Shri Manjunath Hubballi, Circle Secretary Karnataka Circle and Ms Devi Vijayan ASP CSD Trivandrum (Kerala) are representing our Association in the meeting. 
In the said meeting followign issues are likely to be discussed :
- To secure legal trade union rights for public employees,
- To ensure active participation of women workers in decision making,
- To work towards creating safe and secure work places free of harassment,
- To organise, recruit and educate young, women and informal workers in public services to enhance membership and strenghten the trade unions

Retirement in the month of November 2015

Following JTS Gr. A and PS Gr. B Officers are retiring from Govt. Service on superannuation on 30/11/2015.

Sl. No.
Name of Officer
Shri P. Jayadevan
SSPOs, Calicut Division, Calicut
Shri M R Tivla
SPOs, Jamnagar Division, Jamnagar
Shri Thakur Das Saha
SPOs, Nalbari Division, Nalbari
Shri Thakur Pd. Nandal
Dy. SPOs, Patna Division, Division
Shri Sukhdeo Vashist
Dy. Chief Postmaster Delhi GPO

CHQ wishes them a very happy, healthy and long retired life. In few circles, senior ASPs are working on adhoc basis in PS Gr. B cadre and retiring without getting regular PS Gr. B promotion, their names are not included in the list, the same may kindly be reported to GS by SMS.

Central Govt Employees To Get PPO, Other Benefits On Retirement Day

New Delhi: The government has decided to give pension payment order (PPO) and all other retirement benefits on the day of retirement to all 50000 central government employees retiring every year, Union minister Jitendra Singh said on Thursday.
“The goal is to ensure 100 per cent payment of all retirement benefits and the delivery of pension payment order (PPO) to retiring employees on the day of retirement itself,” The Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh said at the inauguration of a workshop on ‘Bhavishya ’, an online pension sanction and payment tracking system for central government retirees.

“Last year of a retiring employee is spent in preparation of pension payment order (PPO) and collecting no-dues certificates as he fears no one will let him in after he retires. The reputation of a retiring government servants becomes such that he is preparing to get his pension on time. This is just not done,” Singh said

“Our experience shows pension payments are considerably delayed. Retirees need a dignified exit from service and can’t be expected to run around for their pension payment order (PPO) and all retirement benefits or make requests to someone for it,” said an official on this occasion.

Bhavishya involves preparation of advance list of employees retiring in the next 12 months and sending each such employee a login and password for ‘ Bhavishya ‘ portal eight months before the date of his retirement on his mobile phone and e-mail ID.

The employee fills up his details on the portal and based on that information, pension forms are auto-generated by the software and submitted for processing. The system then sends SMS and e-mail alerts to the employee, his head of department and disbur...

The Minister said apart from ensuring timely disbursal of pension, the Department is also holding pre-retirement counselling for employees and considering various options on how best to utilize the experience of retired personnel who can contribute a lot to the government and society as they are energetic and resourceful for long beyond 60 years of age.

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Overwhelming response received for Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme (SGB)

Overwhelming response received from the retail investors for Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme (SGB) ;
63,000 applications received for a total of Rs 246.20 crore by the Banks and Post Offices for 917 kgs of gold;
Number of decisions taken to improve the reach of Gold Monetisation Scheme (GMS)
The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had launched three Gold related Schemes i.e. Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme (SGB), Gold Monetisation Scheme (GMS) and Indian Gold Coins and Bullions on 5th November, 2015. There has been a mixed response to these schemes from the public. The status of two of the schemes implemented by Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance is as follows:-

Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme (SGB):

The main objectives of the scheme is to reduce the demand for physical gold and shift a part of the gold imported every year for investment purposes into financial savings through Gold Bonds.

The first tranche of SGB was issued on behalf of the Government of India by RBI at the branches of scheduled commercial banks and designated post offices through its e-kuber system from 5th November, 2015 to 20th November, 2015. More tranches will be issued during the financial year 2015-16.

This scheme saw an overwhelming response from the investors throughout the country and initial figures show that about 63,000 applications were received for a total of Rs 246.20 crore by the Banks and Post Offices for 917 kgs of gold.

It may be noted that this overwhelming response has been received from the retail investors who are the focus of this scheme. The positive response to this new and innovative saving instrument has elicited response from across the country and it is expected that subsequent tranches will continue to receive such enthusiastic response.

Gold Monetisation Scheme (GMS):

The Gold Monetization Scheme (GMS) provides different options to the people to monetize the gold. The idea is to mobilize the gold held by households and institutions in the country and putting this gold into productive use. The scheme aims to reduce the country’s reliance on the import of gold to meet the domestic demand.

Presently there are 33 Collection and Purity Testing Centres (CPTCs) and 5 refiners that have been notified in the scheme. This had resulted into signing of limited number of tripartite agreements among banks, CPTCs and refiners. After the slow response to this scheme, a meeting of all the stakeholders of the scheme was held in the Department of Economic Affairs. In the meeting, a number of decisions were taken to improve the reach of the scheme. These decisions include:-

• Gold depositors can give their gold directly to the refiner without involving the Collection and Purity Testing Centres (CPTCs) where ever it is acceptable to the Banks. This will encourage the bulk depositors like HUFs and Institutions to participate in the scheme.

• Fees to the banks on account of testing , transport , refining and storage services at Collection and Purity Testing Centres (CPTCs ) and refiners for Medium and Long Term Government Deposits will be reimbursed based on the actuals, removing such doubts in the minds of the Banks.

• A circular clarifying the tax treatment clauses on the scheme is being published to clarify that, tax exemptions on Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax would be available to the customers.

• BIS is expected to complete the registration of 55 numbers of Collection and Purity Testing Centres (CPTCs) by the end of December 2015.

• BIS has published an EOI on its website inviting applications from the more than 13,000 licensed jewellers to act as a CPTC in the scheme provided they have tie-up with BIS’s licensed refiners.

• BIS has modified the licensing condition to refiners already having NABL accreditation from existing three years refining experience to one year refining experience. This is likely to increase number of licensed refiners to nearly 20.

• To increase the awareness among depositors, Government will continue the awareness campaign in the print media, social media, Radio and Television.

The above steps and the clarifications are expected to fetch a better response from the depositors. Above two schemes are innovative schemes and these are early days of implementation. Based on the feedback received from the stakeholders of the schemes, Government will continuously monitor and review the progress of the schemes at the regular intervals and make necessary improvements, in order to increase the reach of the schemes.

Source : PIB Release, 27.11.2015

Revision of Foreign Postage Rates of Letter Post Items with effect from 01.12.2015

Click here to view Directorate letter No. 1-20/2014-15/T & C, dated 26.11.2015.

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Two days proposed Strike on 1st and 2nd December, 2015 by National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE) deferred

The proposed two days strike to be held on 1st and 2nd December, 2015 by the National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE) has been deferred.

However, NFPE will now sit on 2 days hunger fast in front of Dak Bhawan, New Delhi on 1st and 2nd December, 2015 and will also go on one day Mass Hunger fast in front of all CPMG / PMG and Divisional Offices on 11th December, 2015.

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Commemorative Stamp on Engineering Export Promotion Council of India (EEPC India) – 24th November 2015.

Engineering Export Promotion Council of India (EEPC India) is the premier trade and investment promotion organization in India. It is sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India and caters to the Indian engineering sector. As an advisory body it actively contributes to the policies of Government of India and acts as an interface between the engineering industry and the Government. Set up in 1955, EEPC India now has a membership base of over 13,000 out of whom 60% are SMEs. EEPC India organizes a large number of promotional activities such as buyer-seller meets (BSM) – both in India and abroad, overseas trade fairs/exhibitions, and India pavilion/information booths in selected overseas exhibitions to demonstrate the capabilities of Indian engineering industry and to provide the overseas buyers with true value as propagated by Brand India. India Engineering Exhibition (INDEE) is EEPC India’s own brand and is one of the largest expositions of engineering in the world. This has been happening for the last few decades and is established as the largest and most important showcase for Indian engineering. EEPC India facilitates sourcing from India and boosts the SMEs to raise their standard at par with the international best practices. It also encourages the SMEs to integrate their business to the global value chain.
EEPC India is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. To mark the Diamond Jubilee of Engineering Export Promotion Council of India, a commemorative stamp was released by Shri Ravi Capoor, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry at India Engineering Sourcing Show – 2015 held at Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai on 24th November 2015. India Engineering Sourcing Show – 2015 (IESS15) is India’s largest international engineering sourcing show organised by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, with EEPC India as the lead agency.
Commemorative Stamp on Engineering Export Promotion Council of India
Photo Courtesy: PIB, Mumbai

India – Singapore Commemorative Joint Issue – 24th November 2015.

On the occasion of 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Singapore and India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong jointly released India - Singapore Joint issue commemorative stamps depicting official residence of the President of India (Rashtrapati Bhavan) and President of Singapore (Istana), at Istana, Singapore on 24th November 2015.
India Singapore Joint IssueThe Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential Residence) is the official residence of the President of India, located in Raisina Hill, New Delhi. The present day Rashtrapati Bhavan was the erstwhile residence of the British Viceroy. The decision to build a residence in New Delhi for the British Viceroy was taken after it was decided in the Delhi Durbar of 1911 that the capital of India would be shifted from Calcutta to Delhi in the same year. It was transformed in to the permanent institution of democracy on 26th January 1950 when Dr. Rajendra Prasad became the first President of India and occupied this building to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of India. It was from that day that this building was renamed as Rashtrapati Bhavan - the President's House.
It is interesting to note that the building which was scheduled to be completed in four years took seventeen years and on the eighteenth year of its completion India became independent. Apart from architect Edwin Landseer Lutyens, the Chief architect and Chief Engineer Hugh Keeling there were many Indian contractors who were involved in the construction of this building. This vast mansion has got four floors and 340 rooms. With a floor area of 200,000 square feet it is built by using 700 million bricks and three million cubic feet of stone. Rashtrapati Bhavan is the largest head of state residence in the world however in terms of area Presidential Complex of Turkey is largest in the world which was opened on 29th October 2014.
India Singapore Joint IssueThe Istana is the official residence of the President of the Republic of Singapore. It occupies over 40 hectares of land along Orchard Road. It is a precious and important part of Singapore's history and heritage, and has borne witness to Singapore's many historical milestones. Meaning "palace" in Malay, it is where the President receives and entertains state guests. The Istana is also the working office of the Prime Minister of Singapore. It is in a large open compound in the otherwise urbanised setting of the Orchard Road area.
The Istana building was built by the British Colonial government to house its governors. Completed in 1869, it was then known as the Government House. The building was handed over to the Singapore Government when Singapore attained self government in 1959, and renamed Istana (“Palace” in Malay). The Istana building underwent extensive renovation between 1996 and 1998, to add more space and modern day conveniences.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong releasing India - Singapore Joint issue commemorative stamps
Photo Courtesy: ANI

New Definitive Series – the 11th Definitive Series on ‘Makers of India’ launched by India Post.

Department of Posts has issued first stamp of new definitive series – the 11th Definitive Series on ‘Makers of India’ in denomination of Rs. 5 on Deendaya Upadhyaya. It has been reported that Stamps are available Chennai and Hyderabad from 23rd November 2015. Stamp is printed at India Security Press, Nashik Road.
Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya (b. 25 September 1916 – d. 11 February 1968) was a philosopher, economist, sociologist, historian, journalist, and political scientist. He was one of the most important leaders of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the forerunner Bharatiya Janata Party. A revered icon of Integral Humanism, he was an ideologue and a guiding force for an alternative model of governance and politics.
Rs. 5 Definitive Stamp on Deendayal Upadhyaya
Courtesy: Sagi Srinivas Raju, Hyderabad

Special Cover on 31 Glorious Years of Metro railway in Kolkata – 20th November 2015.

Kolkata Metro is the first underground Metro railway in India. It extends from Noapara near Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Air Port, Kolkata to Kavi Subhash station near Patuli, the busy North-South axis of Kolkata over a length of 27.223 kms. It was the first such form of transport in India, opened for commercial services in 1984. The Metro railway, Kolkata was constructed progressively from 1972 to 2013. Phase-I a length of 16.450 kms from DumDum to Tollygunge (Mahanayak Uttam Kumar) having been completed in 1995 and in Phase-II a length of 5.834 kms from Mahanayak Uttam Kumar to Kavi Nazrul station is completed in August-2009. The last leg upto Kavi Subhash a length of 2.851 kms has been opened in October8, 2010 for commercial operation. On 10th July 2013, Metro services further extended from DumDum to Noapara (2.091 kms).
Metro Railway, Kolkata, celebrated its 31 years of service to “The City of Joy” on 20th November 2015. As part of this programme, a philatelic exhibition on Global Railways was organized at Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Metro Railway station. On the occasion, a special cover on 31 Glorious Years of Metro railway in Kolkata was released on 20th Nov 2015 jointly by Ms. Arundhaty Ghosh, Chief Postmaster General, West Bengal Circle and Shri A.K. Kapoor, General Manager, Metro Railway, Kolkata inside a running Metro Train on 20th November 2015. It is for the first time that a Special Cover is released on a running Metro train. Stamps on railways were also displayed inside a running AC Metro train to enable commuters to view the stamps on display.
Philatelic Exhibition at Metro Railway Kolkata

Special Cover on 31 Glorious Years of Metro railway in Kolkata
Courtesy: Eeshita Basu, Kolkata | Metro Railways, Kolkata

Boudhpex-2015, Boudh District Level Philatelic Exhibition at Boudh, Odisha – 18th – 19th November 2015.

Boudhpex-2015, first Boudh district level Philatelic Exhibition was organized by Phulbani Postal Division at the Town Hall, Boudh on 18th and 19th November, 2015. The exhibition was inaugurated by Col. Jaleshwar Kanhar, Postmaster General, Sambalpur Region on 18th November 2015. Shri Madhusudan Mishra, Collector, Boudh and Smt. Kalpana Rajsinghot, Postmaster General, Berhampur region were among the other distinguished guests present. One special cover on Chari Sambhu Temple (Special Cover approval no. OD/06/2015) and two Stamp Booklets on Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and Women Empowerment were released during the inaugural function. A Stamp Designing and Quiz competitions were also held on 18th November, 2015.
Special Cover on Chari Sambhu Temple – 18th November 2015.
Chari Sambhu Temple or Gandharadi Temple is located at the bank of river Mahanadi in Gandharadi village (Janhapank area) of Boudh district. It is famous for twin temples of Nilamadhava and Sidheswar. These temples were constructed under the patronage of Bhanja Rulers of Khinjali Mandala in 9th century A.D. These two temples were built on one platform which is exactly similar to each other. The one on the left hand is dedicated to Lord Siva and named as Siddheswar. The second one is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and named as Nilamadhab. These temples display high quality architectural work. These temples attracts visitor throughout the year.
Special Cover on Chari Sambhu Temple
Boudhpex - 2015 Booklet release ceremony
Stamp Booklet on Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
Stamp Booklet on Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
Stamp Booklet on Women Empowerment
Stamp Booklet on Women Empowerment

Special Cover on Befrienders India Suicide Prevention Conference - 20th November 2015.

Suicide is the tragic and untimely loss of human life, all the more devastating and perplexing because it is a conscious and volitional act. Death is a tragedy and suicide is the ultimate tragedy. There is no reason why a person commits suicide. For many it is a response to loss, separation and despair. Suicide can be response to disordered thinking, a toxic state or cognitive distortion. It is also difficult to explain why certain people take this decision while other in similar or even worse situations do not. Suicidal behavior is considered as a major public health problem in all countries.
As a part of a movement against suicide various organizations are formed under the broad umbrella of Befrienders India in Kerala. Thanal Foundation Trust - Suicide prevention Center, Calicut a project of IMA, Kozhikode is the Calicut Chapter of Befrienders India the national unit of Befrienders Worldwide, an international organisation engaged in suicide prevention activities globally.
17th Annual Conference of Befrienders’ India and South Asia Training workshop on suicide prevention was held at Hotel Marina Residency, YMCA Cross Road, Calicut from 20th to 22nd November 2015. Minister for Social Welfare and Panchayat Mr M K Muneer inaugurated the event. On the occasion a Special Cover was released by Shri P. Jayadevan, Superintendent of Post Offices, Kozhikode Division in the presence of other dignitaries present at the function on 20th November 2015 at Calicut.
Special Cover on Befrienders India Suicide Prevention Conference
Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram

Kerapex-2016, 13th Kerala State Level Philatelic Exhibition at Thrissur - 7th – 9th January 2016.

Kerapex 2016 Philatelic Exhibition

Kerapex-2016, 13th Kerala State Level Philatelic Exhibition will be held from 7th to 9th January 2016 at Thrissur.
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Venue: Sri Sankara Hall, Near Over Bridge, M. G. Road, Thrissur - 680 004.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Mahapex-2016, Maharashtra State Level Philatelic Exhibition - 16th - 18th January 2016.

Mahapex-2016, Maharashtra State Level Philatelic Exhibition will be held from 16th to 18th January 2016 at Nashik.
Venue: Postal Stores Depot, Upnagar, Nasik City - 422 006.
Last date for submitting Entry Forms: 15th December 2015.

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The Secretary, Exhibition Committee, Mahapex -2016, O/o Sr. Supdt. Of Post Offices, Nashik Division, Nashik - 422 001.

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26th November to be observed as 'Constitution Day'

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Government of India
Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment

23-November-2015 14:58 IST

26th November to be observed as 'Constitution Day'

The Government has decided to observe 26th November as 'Constitution Day. On the day in 1949, the constitution was adopted which came into force on January 26, 1950 marking the beginning of a new era in the history of India. This year,the country is celebrating 125th birth Anniversary of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar . The 'Constitution Day' will be a part of these year-long nationwide celebrations. This will be a tribute to Dr. Ambedkar , who played a seminal role in the framing of the Indian Constitution as the Chairman of the Drafting Committee of Constituent Assembly

Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is the Nodal Ministry for celebration of Constitution Day. A number of activities will be taken up by other Ministries/Departments which include:-

· Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development has informed that following activities are proposed to be undertaken by all schools under the CBSE, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), Central Tibetan School Administration (CTSA), and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) and those under the State Governments and UTs on the occasion of the first "Constitution Day"-

i. Preamble to the Constitution (as it exists on date) to be read out in school assembly on 26th November, 2015 by all students.

ii. One period to be devoted on 26th November, 2015 for a talk on the salient features of the Constitution of India and its making, by a guest speaker or one of the teachers.

iii. Essay competitions and quizzes to be organized on the theme of the Constitution.

iv. An online Essay competition to be also organized on the theme of the Constitution by all CBSE affiliated schools.

· Department of Higher Education, MoHRD has informed that they have already intimated UGC, AICTE, etc. that the day may be celebrated as Constitution Day. It was requested that the colleges wherever possible may organize mock Parliament Sessions and debates on the Indian Constitution on 26th November, 2015. UGC informed that they have requested Dr Ambedkar University, Lucknow to make arrangements for organizing Quiz competition, wherein at State level winners from each State would participate in a quiz at the All India level

· Department of Youth Affair has proposed to ensure following activities:-

a) Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD) shall organize quiz competition on Constitution.

b) NSS Units to organize lectures on the Constitution in their colleges/schools.

c) NYS Volunteers/NYKS Youth Club Members to bring awareness and explain the history of constitution in their areas.

d) The 'Preamble' of the Constitution be displayed at their headquarters and in their field offices.

· Ministry of External Affairs has informed that they have already instructed all the Missions/ Stations where Indian schools are located to ensure observance of Constitution Day on 26.11.2015. It is also proposed that Missions/Posts may undertake translation of the Indian Constitution in local language and consider its distribution among academic and research institutions, Parliaments, Indology Centres etc. For the instance, the Indian Constitution has recently been translated into Arabic.

· Ministry of Home Affairs has informed that they have the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and their establishments under Police-II Division, MHA would undertake appropriate action for celebration of Constitution Day on 26th November, 2015.

· Department of Sports has intimated the followings:-

i) All Chief Secretaries/ Sports Secretaries/ Administrator/ Advisor to Administrator have been requested to organize "Run for Equality".

ii) Sports Authority of India (SAI) is making arrangements for activities as follows:-

§ A Symbolic Run termed as "Run for Equality" at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium where the trainees of SAI will participate.

§ Similar action will also be taken by Regional Centres where Run will be organized including SAI trainees and trainees of Come & Play Scheme.

§ The Run will be organized on the pattern it was organized on 31st October, 2015 on the occasion of National Unity Day as "Run for Unity."

· Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs has decided to illuminate Parliament House Complex on the occasion of Constitution Day on 26th November, 2015 and they have also decided to call for Special Session of Parliament for this purpose.

· The Department of Social Justice and Empowerment has requested to all the State Government/ Union Territories to celebrate Constitution Day on 26th November, 2015.



Street Food: Why govt employees hate the NPS

The 7th central pay commission (CPC) was not supposed to look into the National Pension System (NPS). The terms of reference of the body headed by ex-judge Ashok Mathur limited the mandate in this regard to only the Old Pension System (OPS). Yet, the number of grievances and complaints were so many that the commission decided to deal with it in detail. The grievances ranged from lack of basic elements such as a grievance redressal mechanism to disadvantages in the tax regime and structural issues.

Amusingly, over a decade into its existence and after mopping a corpus of over Rs 24,000 crore as of 2013-14 from a little over 1.3 million people, the NPS still has critics, who wanted it scrapped. “The larger federations and staff associations advocated scrapping the NPS on the ground that it discriminates between two sets of government employees,” the commission noted. Some subscribers pleaded for reverting to the OPS, citing uncertainty regarding the actual value of their future pension in the face of market related risks.

 Being a defined contribution scheme, NPS effectively shaves 10 per cent off an employee's take-home salary. While this is a concern for many, they also harboured the opposite worry —that this 10 per cent plus 10 (matching contribution from employer) might not be enough to give them a pension that is about half their last salary. The commission has asked the government to consider if the number can be reviewed.

The bad state of grievance redressal and absence of consultation with stakeholders has generated insecurity in stakeholders. Even senior Group-A officers of the central government, as well as All India Service (AIS) officers, are sceptical about NPS, the commission has noted.

Family pension, for widows/dependents of a deceased employee, is another common grievance. Staff associations have complained that this, after death of an employee, is not ensured in the NPS. More, if an employee dies at an early age, the family would suffer, since annuity from the contribution would be grossly inadequate.

Other such comparisons to instruments such as GPF, PPF and the OPS were widely heard by the CPC. Some were worried about the lack of choice for government employees, the asset allocation and fund managers under the NPS. The commission has asked the pension regulator to provide a range of options and investment mixes, calibrated on a life cycle approach, wherein younger employees are given an exposure to high risk, high return choices.

Another example of shoddy implementation of NPS came up in the case of AIS officers in some states, where contributions by the state governments concerned are yet to be fully made and deployed. The net result is contributions for 2004-2012 have not been fully made or have earned simple interest and did not get any market linked returns. Worse, contributions by some have been returned to them without interest.

This goes against the fundamentals of a defined contribution scheme. A typical employee’s service is 30-35 years. If he loses compounding benefits for a third of that period, what will he/she be left with? A lot of media coverage and official focus has been spent on where the NPS money is invested and its impact on the stock market. In the process, the source and the channels seem to have not received adequate attention. It is time for the government and the regulator to take serious note of the commission’s recommendations and make the NPS a Swachh Pension System. 

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Gazette Notification issued constituting one man GDS Committee

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GS and CHQ Treasurer is visiting Directorate to discuss cadre restructuring issue on 26th and 27th November 2015. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Promotion of Govt. Servants exonerated after retirement - Procedure and Guidelines to be followed - Regarding.

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Disposal of e-waste

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Central Civil Services ( Conduct ) Rules, 1964 and the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2015 - Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the Servants for each year - 12.11.2015

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Annual Property Returns required to be filed under the CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964 for the year 2015 are required to be filed by the 31't January,2016 by all the Government Servants belonging to Group 'A','B':C and erstwhile Group 'D'.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Special Cover on inaugural run of Electric Train from Gorakhpur Station – 22nd November 2015.

The North Eastern Railway is one of the seventeen railway zones in India. It is headquartered at Gorakhpur and comprises Lucknow and Varanasi divisions as well as reorganized Izzatnagar division. The North Eastern Railway was formed on 14th April 1952 by combining two Railway systems (Oudh and Tirhut Railway and Assam Railway) and Cawnpore-Achnera section of the BB&CIR. It was bifurcated into two Railway Zones on 15th January 1958 – North Eastern Railway and North East Frontier Railway. The Gorakhpur Railway Station one of the headquarters of the North Eastern Railway is known for the world's longest railway platform, after inauguration of the remodeled Gorakhpur Yard, with a stretch of around 1.35 KM.

To enhance the passenger facilities, the North Eastern Railway inaugurated an electric engine train for the first time from Gorakhpur junction on 22nd November 2015. Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu flagged off inaugural run of an electric train on Gorakhpur-Bhatni section from Gorakhpur Railway Station. On the occasion a Special Cover was released by Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Singh and MP Yogi Adityanath on 22nd November 2015 at Gorakhpur (Special Cover approval no. UP/16/2015).

Note: As per instructions and rules mentioned in Hand Book of Philately, Special Cancellation should incorporate the name and the PIN of the post office where the special cancellation is to be provided or in case of the special cancellation provided at venue, it should incorporate the Name and PIN of the post office in whose delivery jurisdiction the venue is located. In the special cancellation provided on above special cover, name and PIN of the post office is not included.

Special Cover on inaugural run of Electric Train from Gorakhpur Station

Special Cover on inaugural run of Electric Train from Gorakhpur Station

Courtesy: Ashwani Kumar Dubey, Gorakhpur

7th CPC recommendations to reduce House Rent Allowance

The 7th Central Pay Commission has been recommended to reduce the percentage of House Rent Allowance for all categories of Central Government employees rationalized to 24 percent, 16 percent and 8 percent of the Basic Pay for Class X, Y and Z cities respectively.

The Commission also recommends that the rate of HRA will be revised to 27 percent, 18 percent and 9 percent when DA crosses 50 percent, and further revised to 30 percent, 20 percent and 10 percent when DA crosses 100 percent.

Setting up of Implementation Cell, Seventh Central Pay Commission in the Expenditure

India Post Payments Bank

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1.1 In the Budget 2015-16 speech in the Parliament, the Hon’ble Finance Minister announced the Government’s intention to set up the Payments Bank by Department of Posts to promote financial inclusion and ease access of the people to the formal financial system. The Department of Posts has received ‘In Principle’ approval from RBI on 7th Sept, 2015 for setting up of a Payments Bank.

1.2 The Payments Bank will be set up on a lean operating model. It will focus on financial inclusion by harnessing low-cost technology based solutions to extend access to formal banking especially in rural areas and among unbanked and under banked segments of the society.

1.3 The main objectives of the India Post Payments Bank will be to bring a large number of individuals and small businesses into formal banking channel by facilitating

 Demand Deposits - Savings account of upto Rs. 1 lac and

- Current Accounts with special focus on MSMEs, Small entrepreneurs / merchants, Village Panchayats, SHGs etc.
·         Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) of social security payments of various Ministries to beneficiaries.
·         Utility bill payments for electricity, water, telephone, gas etc.
·         Payments of various Central and State Govt & Municipal dues and fees of various Universities / Educational institutions.
·         Person to Person remittances both domestic and cross-border with special focus on migrant labourers, low income households.
·         Distribution of third party financial products such as insurance, mutual funds, Pension & credit products.

1.4 Present status:

The Department of posts is seeking necessary Governmental approvals and preparing an implementation plan to set up the payments bank.

Direct Recruit Inspector Posts : 2014 batch

Following Direct Recruit Inspector Posts are selected against the vacancies for the year 2014. Their circle wise allotment is awaited from Directorate.