Saturday, July 26, 2014

Circle Conference : Uttarakhand Circle

It has been reported by Circle Secretary, Uttarakhand Circle that due to National Cleaning Drive in Uttarakhand Circle, Biennial circle conference scheduled to be held on 26th and 27th July 2014 has been postponed to 23rd and 24th August 2014. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

ALL CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES WILL HAVE TO COMPULSORILY SUBMIT THEIR ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

All Central Government employees will now have to compulsorily submit a detailed report on their properties and debt owed by them…

Already, each year, the Group-A officials are required to submit information about the immovable properties owned by them. Now All categories of Central Government employees too have been asked to submit these details. The DOPT has issued relevant orders to this effect.

The Government has issued this order in accordance with the Lokpal rules. According to this rule, Central Government employees will now have to submit all details regarding the cash-in-hand, bank investments, share certificates, stocks and bonds, mutual fund investments, insurance policies, P.F. details, loans, motor vehicles, gold and silver ornaments, and precious metals, to the Government.

The employees have to also submit details of movable and immovable properties owned by their spouses and children. Application forms will be given to all the employees, to be filled up and submitted before the 31st of July for each financial year.

There are more than 50 lakh Central Government employees, including IAS, IPS and IFS officers, all over the country. All of them will have to henceforth submit details of their properties. If the total property owned by the employee is less than his/her four months’ basic salary, or if the total amount is less than Rs. 2 lakhs, then he/she could be considered for exemption from submitting the information.

Those who have already submitted the details will have to re-submit the form for the current financial year on or before September 15, 2014. Information also has to be furnished about the properties owned by the spouse and children.

On January 1, President Pranab Mukherjee gave his approval for the Lokpal Act and regulations. Following this, amendments were made to the Lokpal Act to make it compulsory for all Central Government employees to furnish their property details.

Source: CGEN.in
[http://centralgovernmentemployeesnews.in/2014/07/all-central-government-employees-will-have-to-compulsorily-submit-their-assets-and-liabilities/]

Central offices to continue with 5 day week

There is no proposal to change the present five-day week for the employees of central government ministries and departments, Lok Sabha was informed today. 
 
"No," said Jitendra SinghMinister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions in a written reply to a question whether the government plans to change the five days per week working for central government servants. 
 
 There were reports that the government was considering increasing the five-day week schedule to six days. 
 
 
The minister said there was also no proposal to enhance earned leave and casual leave being granted to the employees. "There is no such proposal under consideration of the government," he said.

Source:-The Economic Times
 

MORE ON POST OFFICE IN PARLIAMENT


Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had a word of advice for Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Taking note of the number of questions that MPs had for the Minister, especially about postal services and post offices, she told the Minister, “A lot of people want to raise questions on the issues. You should pay more attention to the postal department.The Minister on his part announced that the government had decided to open 80 Gramin Dak Sewa Post Offices and 80 sub post offices in the country under Rural Business and Access to Postal Network scheme.


President of India inaugurates bank and post office at their new locations in the President’s estate

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the President’s Estate Branch of United Bank of India and Rashtrapati Bhavan Post Office in their new buildings today (July 24, 2014).

The President’s Estate Branch of United Bank of India was established on February 28, 1976 and inaugurated by the then President of India, Late Dr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed.

The Rashtrapati Bhavan Post Office started functioning as Viceroy’s Camp Post Office at Shimla on June 10, 1904. In 1948, it was renamed as Governor-General Post Office and in 1950, it was again renamed as President-Camp Post Office. On December 7, 1950 it got its present name. This Post Office caters to the needs of President’s Secretariat as well as residents of the President’s Estate.

The Bank and Post Office were relocated from a heritage building as part of measures to implement the Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan for the President’s Estate.

A fitness centre for the staff of the President’s Estate was also inaugurated by the President today.
 
Source : PIB



Advance Booking of Reserved Train Tickets

The advance reservation period for booking reserved accommodation is 60 days excluding the day of journey. In case of certain day time express trains, shorter time limits are prescribed.
In case of Tatkal tickets, the booking opens at 1000 hours on the previous day of journey from the train originating station.

In case of unreserved tickets involving journey upto 200 kilometres, the tickets can be booked on the same day whereas tickets involving journey of more than 200 kilometres can be booked up to three days in advance excluding the day of journey.

Premium trains with dynamic pricing have been introduced during the Holi and summer rush with shorter advance reservation periods of up to 15 days.

Indian Railways have a route length of about 65,436 kilometres. On an average, about 23 million passengers commute across Indian Railways daily. The passenger traffic on different routes varies from season to season, day to day and train to train.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
Source : PIB

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Top priority for digital connectivity of all post offices, says MoC

New Delhi, July 21:  Proper digital connectivity of all post offices in the country is top priority for the Government, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told the Lok Sabha here on Monday.

Replying to questions related to his Ministry, Prasad said the Prime Minister was personally monitoring a host of departments and postal services were one of them.

“The Prime Minister spent about one-and-a half–hours on the postal department and has given suggestions, which will be considered,” he said, in reply to a query by Biju Janata Dal’s Tathagata Satapathy on the status of the banking licence applied for by the postal department. Prasad said there was need for reforms in postal reforms as also upgradation of Grameen Dak Ghar Services, catering to the rural population.
 
Mobile networks :

Prasad said the Government’s priority was also to improve BSNL services. 
Responding to a question raised by Congress MP Ashok Chavan on poor mobile network in Naxal-affected regions in Maharashtra, Prasad said mobile networks, under the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) scheme in such areas are likely to be set up in 15 months.

A proposal to install mobile towers at 1,836 locations in nine States affected by Left Wing Extremism with funding support from USOF has already been approved, he added.

The Minister said Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) had installed mobile towers at 363 locations for which financial support to meet operational expenses would be provided through USOF.

On a question on lack of diesel supplies to BSNL mobile towers leading to their non-functionality and affecting security, he admitted there were concerns on diesel supply and “there is scope for improvement“.

The idea of using solar power for telecom towers was also being looked into, especially in the hilly regions of North East, Prasad said.

Source : The Hindu Business Line (This article was published on July 21, 2014)

Request to CPMG Rajasthan Circle to consider transfer under immunity service

No. GS/AIAIASP/Raj/Immunity/2014                                dated   23/7/2014

To,
Shri D. K. S. Chauhan,
Chief Postmaster General, 
Rajasthan Circle, 
Jaipur 302007

Subject:  Request for considering immunity to the office bearers of IP/ASP   Association.

Ref.      :     Directorate Memo No. 10-1/2004-SR dated 25th June 2004

Respected Sir,

          IP/ASP Association would like to bring to your kind notice that according to the existing instructions, concession of immunity for transfer from the HQs of recognized service Association is applicable to their office bearers during 1st year of their elections to the office of Chief Executive or General Secretary, Assistant Secretary and Financial Secretary or Treasurer of Group C and Group D Association whether they are All India, Circle or Divisional units.

          It is to further bring to your kind notice that Shri Gauri Shankar, ASP (HQ) Tonk Division (Ajmer Region) has unanimously elected as Circle Treasurer in the 5th Biennial Circle Conference held on 24th August 2013 at Jodhpur and he had already applied for transfer under immunity service to the Circle Headquarter at Jaipur at his own cost and request, but till date issue is not resolved.

It is requested to your honour to kindly consider the request of above named officer for transfer at circle headquarters at Jaipur under immunity service immediately.

          An early action is requested.      
          Yours sincerely,


Sd/- 
 (Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary

LDCE for the promotion to the cadre of PS Gr.B......updates!!!

There is no progress at Directorate for issue of notification for holding of LDCE for the promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B. CHQ has already requested Directorate to hold PS Gr. B examination separately for the year 2013 and 2014.

SB Orders Collections 2006 - 2011

To view the subjects of SB orders issued during 2006-2011, please CLICK HERE.
 

Transfers/Postings of the officers of Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) of Indian Postal Service, Group 'A'

To view copy of order issued by Directorrate, please CLICK HERE.
 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Benefits of drinking water early morning

Drinking water in empty stomach in the morning can be immensely beneficial for the body  We tend to complicate things when it comes to taking care of our health. A few simple steps can go a long way in taking care of our health, and one easy way of ensuring it is by drinking sufficient water in empty stomach first thing in the morning. Not only does it clear your stomach, it goes a long way in reducing the risk of a number of diseases.

Firstly, it purifies the colon and it improves the stomach's chances to absorb nutrients properly. A better digestive system automatically takes care of a lot of other things. It is also one of the secrets behind a glowing skin, as water removes the toxins from the blood. Drinking water also improves the creation of new blood cells as well as muscle cells, and helps you in losing weight.
 
Also, make sure not to eat anything for a while after you drink water in the morning. This water treatment therapy has no side effects and boosts your metabolism greatly. About four glasses of water (one litre) on an average daily would be great. If it feels too much in the beginning, you can start off slowly and then gradually increase the intake.
 

REDESIGNED NETWORK UNDER (MNOP) FOR REGISTERED AND UNREGISTERED MAIL. REVIEW OF BAG CLOSING PATTERN REGARDING.

To view Directorate's memo, please CLICK HERE.
 

Lokpal Act notified – Central Government Employees to declare assets of self, spouse and children

The central government has notified rules under the Lokpal Act making it mandatory for all its employees to file declarations of their assets and liabilities and those of their spouses and dependent children.

It has issued new forms for filing these returns which have fields to give details on cash in hand, bank deposits, investment in bonds, debentures, shares and units in companies or mutual funds, insurance policies, provident fund, personal loans and advance given to a person or any entity, among others.

The employees need to declare motor vehicles, aircraft, yachts or ships, gold and silver jewellery and bullion possessed by them, their spouses and dependent children, according to the form.
 
They need to give detail of their immovable properties and statement of debts and other liabilities on first appointment or as on March 31 of every financial year.
 
There are about 50 lakh central government employees, including IAS, IFS and IPS, among others.
The rules, Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014– were notified by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) last week.
 
As per the rules, notified under Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, every public servant shall file declaration, information and annual returns of his assets and liabilities as on March 31 every year on or before July 31 of that year.

These declarations are in addition to such returns being filed by the government employees under various services rules.

However, the competent authority may exempt a public servant from filing the information in respect of any asset if its value does not exceed his or her four months basic pay or Rs two lakh, whichever is higher, the rules said.
 
 

POST OFFICES WITH INTERNET FACILITIES

To view please CLICK HERE.
 

Rule 38 pending cases considered by Maharashtra Circle

Today, CO Mumbai vide memo No. STA/50-5/19/2014 has considered Rule 38 transfer cases of following surplus qualified IPs to Tamil Nadu circle.

1. Shri C. Muthusubramanian
2. Shri N. Pravin
3. Shri K. Parmeshwaran
4. Shri N. Karthiken
 

LS : Questions and Answers

Filling up of Backlog vacanciesClick Here
Cadre Review Committee - Click Here
Bogus SC/ST and OBC candidates - Click Here
Penalty proceedings against Government Servants - Click Here
Revenue Generation of Postal Services - Click Here
Delivery of Postal Articles - Click Here
Revision of format of OBC Cast certificate in view of the difficulties being faced by OBCs - Click Here
Role of CVC in corruption cases - Click Here 
 

List of Holidays for Central Government offices 2015

To view the list, please CLICK HERE.
 

Monday, July 21, 2014

POSTMASTER GRADE-I EXAM QUESTION PAPERS HELD ON 20 JULY 2014

To view PAPER - I, please CLICK HERE.   

To  view PAPER - II, please CLICK HERE.

Courtesy : http://systempost.blogspot.in/

Scholarships to College and University Students

Under the Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students, students who are above 80th percentile of successful candidates in the relevant stream from a particular Board of Examination, in class XII of 10+2 pattern or equivalent, having parental income of less than Rs.6.00 lakh per annum and pursuing regular courses (not correspondence or distance mode) from recognized educational institutions and not availing of any other scholarship scheme, are eligible for consideration of award of scholarship.

The Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students is implemented through the State Education Boards and Central Board of Secondary Education who disseminate the information about the Scheme.

The Government also facilitates award of scholarships offered by the foreign governments for Indian students to pursue higher studies in the respective countries. The selection of candidates for such awards is done strictly on the basis of merit.

This information was given by the Union Minister of HRD, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to a Rajya Sabha question today.
 
Source : PIB

7th Pay Commission Collects Various Data of Central Government Employees

To view the points on which information is likely to be collected from all Ministries by 7CPC, please CLICK HERE. 

LS Question : Gramin Dak Sevaks are not regular Govt. Employees not eligible for PF, Pension Gratuity

Gramin Dak Sevaks are not regular Govt. Employees not eligible for PF, Pension Gratuity: Govt said in Lok Sabha in reply of undermentioned Lok Unstarred Question:-

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 490
ANSWERED ON 14.07.2014
GRAMIN DAK SEWAKS
 
490 . Shri RAM TAHAL CHOUDHARY
Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:-
(a) whether the Gramin Dak Sewaks are not eligible for normal facilities like Provident Fund, Pension, Gratuity etc. like the other postmen in the country;
(b) if so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor; and



(c) the corrective steps taken/being taken by the Government in this regard?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & LAW AND JUSTICE (SHRI RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD)

(a) No, Madam, They are not eligible.

(b) Gramin Dak Sevaks are not regular govt. employees. They are part time workers and are governed by a separate set of Conduct and Engagement Rules. They do not form part of the regular civil service. They are engaged for only 3-5 hours daily work. It is mandatory for them to have an independent source of livelihood before being engaged as Gramin Dak Sewak. Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case of Union of India and Others vs. Kameshwar Prasad 1998 SCC (L&S) page 447 held that P&T Extra Departmental Agent (C&S) Rules, 1964 are a complete code governing service, conduct and disciplinary proceedings against Extra Departmental Agents [now called Gramin Dak Sevaks]. On discharge from service on attaining the age of 65 years or on death, Gramin Dak Sevaks [GDS] are paid Ex-Gratia Gratuity and Severance Amount as approved for them by the Cabinet.
 
The Ex-gratia Gratuity is paid at the rate of half months basic Time Related Continuity Allowance [TRCA] drawn immediately before discharge of service for each completed year of service subject to a maximum of Rs. 60000 or 16.5 months basic TRCA last drawn whichever is less. The minimum service prescribed for this is 10 years. In addition, Severance Amount is paid at the rate of Rs. 1500 for every completed year of service subject to a maximum of Rs. 60000. The Government has already introduced Service Discharge Benefit Scheme in lieu of severance amount scheme effective from 01.04.2011 for the benefit of Gramin Dak Sevaks on the basis of the New Pension Scheme (NPS), specifically NPS Lite Scheme launched by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA). Under this scheme, the Government as well as Gramin Dak Sevaks concerned now contributes @ Rs. 200/- per month.
 
(c) Does not arise in view of reply to (b) above.
 

DETAILS OF EXISTING POST OFFICES FUNCTIONING IN OWN BUILDINGS

To view details, please CLICK HERE. 

No retirement age hike : Govt. cleared the air again

For the second time this year, there is sensational news about the retirement age of Central Government employees!

Will the retirement age of Central Government employees be extended by another two years, from 60 to 62? This is one of the hottest topics of discussion among Central Government employees these days. 

The reason for this excitement is the reply given by the Minister concerned to the question raised by Raja Mohan Reddy in the Parliament. With the change of government, the question was asked in order to find out the state of mind of the new Government.
Central Government had raised the retirement age of its employees to 60 from 58 years in 1998.

The Minister’s reply is given below: 

Whether there is any proposal under the consideration of the Government to raise the retirement age of Central Government employees..?
No, there is no proposal to increase the age of retirement of central government employees from existing 60 to 62 years, Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, and in Prime Minister’s Office, said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha on 16.7.2014.

Source: CGEN.in

Will Relaxation of Air Travel for Central Government Employees be Extended?

Will Air Travel Concession for Central Government Employees be Extended?

Will Air Travel Concession for all categories of Central Government Employees(not entitled to travel by Air on LTC) be Extended for further two years..?

Will the air travel concession given to Central Government employees to travel to tourism spots in Jammu and NER areas be extended?

Will the concession, which was being granted upto April 30(for NER) and June 16, 2014(J&K), be extended by another two years?

Will the new BJP Government continue to implement the concession which was offered by the previous Congress Government?

Will this scheme be available at least for those employees who didn’t avail of this concession before?

Will this air travel concession be given to travel to either Jammu or NER region?

Will this concession, being given in order to develop areas that have been identified as most backward, continue?

Questions like these continue to buzz in the midst of Central Government employees. As of now there are no indications that the concession would be extended. There are also no reports of any ministerial debates or discussions over this issue.

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to claim that the scheme, which offered air travel concession to all the Central Government employees, with exception to higher officials, gave social status to many.

Irrespective of these, the families of employees who had availed of this facility are bound to thank the Government for this opportunity!

A Jammu-based newspaper reported that on June 18, the Union Ministry of Tourism extended the concession for further two years. It is totally unconfirmed till now. As and when orders regarding the extension are published by Dopt, the orders will be published in our website immediately. ]

Source: CGEN.in
[http://centralgovernmentemployeesnews.in/2014/07/will-air-travel-concession-for-central-government-employees-be-extended/]

Circle Conference : Uttarakhand Circle

It has been informed by Circle Secretary, Uttarakhand Circle that due to some administrative reason venue of the Biennial Circle Conference is changed and now it will be held on 27th July 2014 at Agarwal Dharmasala, 1st floor Hall, Near Railway Station, Dehradun.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Reminder to Secretary (Posts) i/c/w discrepancies in vacancies for IP Examination 2011 at UP Circle

No. GS/AIAIASP/UP/IP-Exam-11/2014                           dated      19/7/2014

To,
The Secretary,
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi -110001.

Subject : Regarding discrepancies in vacancies for Inspector Posts examination 2011 at Uttar Pradesh Circle.

R/Madam,

Kindly refer to this Association’s letter of even number dated 15/5/2014 and subsequent reminder dated 14/6/2014 vide which it was requested to call for relevant record of calculation of vacancies for Inspector Posts examination 2011 for UP circle and also requested for vigilance enquiry to find out the truth in the matter. But it is learnt that Directorate vide letter No. A.34013/04/2014-DE dated 9/6/2014 has simply called for the detailed report on the factual position in the matter from CPMG, UP Circle, Lucknow.  This will not give the correct and truthful justice in the issue.

 It is therefore once again requested to kindly look into the matter personally and issue necessary instructions to DE division of Directorate to call for the correct vacancy position from UP circle and fill up all the vacancies from qualified candidates of the examination 2011 at the earliest.

A line in reply is much awaited.

With warm regards.
                                                                                      Yours Sincerely,


                                                         Sd/-  
                                           (Vilas Ingale) 
                                           General Secretary   

5 exercises any one can do while at work

To read the article published in TOI, please CLICK HERE.

Reimbursement of Children Education Allowance-lok sabha Q&A

It has been informed by the Department of Personnel and raining that the annual ceiling limit for reimbursement of Children Education Allowance (CEA) is Rs. 18,000/- per child. The Hostel subsidy shall be Rs. 4,500/- per month per child. The annual ceiling for reimbursement of CEA for disabled children of Government employees is Rs. 36,000/- per annum per child and the rates of Hostel subsidy for disabled children of Government employees is Rs. 9,000/- per child per month. These revisions are applicable with effect from 1st January, 2014. The reimbursement is admissible for children studying in institutions affiliated to any Board or recognized institution, whether in receipt of Government aid or not, recognized by the Central or State Government or Union Territory Administration or by University or a recognized educational authority having jurisdiction over the area where the institution is situated. No change is proposed to be made in the same. 

This information was given by the Union Minister of Finance, Shri Arun Jaitley in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today (18/7/2014).

Source : PIB

PRESERVATION PERIOD OF POSTAL RECORDS FOR CLEANING DRIVE

To view the details, please CLICK HERE. 

PA / SA Examination 2014 : Answer Keys

Answer Keys of Postal/Sorting Assistant Exam 2014 Paper-I conducted on May 11, 2014 at Maharashtra (24), May 25, 2014 at West Bengal (32), June 01, 2014 at Gujarat (16) & June 22, 2014 at Madhya Pradesh (23) Postal Circles are now accessible. Candidates may LOGIN to view & post observations, if any, till July 23, 2014. You can also download the questions paper with answer key of each circle from the below link.

Maharashtra Answer Key: Click Here
West Bengal Answer Key: Click Here
Gujrat Answer Key: Click Here
Madhya Pradesh Answer Key: Click Here

Source : http://www.currentaffairs4examz.com/

Letter issued to DG i/c/w Inter-Circle Transfer of Inspectors of Posts under Rule 38 of P&T Manual Vol. IV.

1. Inter-Circle Transfer case of Girish Chandra Sahu, IP, Bhanupratappur Sub Division Bhanuratapur (Chhattisgarh Circle) to Odisha Circle. CLICK HERE to read the letter. 

2. Inter-Circle Transfer case of Shri Kamesh Kumar, SDI (P) Burhanpur (Madhya Pradesh) to Haryana Circle. CLICK HERE to read the letter. 

  

Transfers/Postings of the officers of Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) of Indian Postal Service, Group 'A'

To view please CLICK HERE. 

Introduction of Combined Money Order Form

To view please CLICK HERE. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Philatelic Exhibition at Bagalkot - 19th - 20th July 2014.

North Karnataka Postal Region will organise philatelic exhibition on 19th and 20th July 2014 at Bagalkot. Divisions covered under this exhibition are Bagalkot, Chikodi, Gokak and Belgaum.
 

Forthcoming commemorative postage stamp releases

Seniority List (Gradation list) of Inspector Posts 2000 batch

Directorate has released the draft copy of seniority list (Gradation list) of Inspector Posts 2000 batch and requested circles to rectify the omissions found therein at the earliest. 

Reservation for Minorities

The Government considered the recommendation of the National Commission for Religious and Lingusitic Minorities (NCRLM) regarding reservation to minority communities. A sub-quota of 4.5% reservation for minority communities as defined under Section 2 (c) of National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992 [viz. Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhist and Zoroastrians (Parsis)] was carved out of the 27% reservation for the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in admission to Central Government Institutions and in Civil Posts under the Government of India and this was notified by the Government on 22-12-2011 to be effective from 01-01-2012.
 
The Hon’ble High Court of Andhra Pradesh in its judgement dated 28-05-2012 set aside the carving out of a sub-quota of 4.5% reservation to minorities out of the 27% reservation for OBCs. The matter is presently sub-judice in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.

This was stated by Dr. Najma A. Heptulla, the Minister of Minority Affairs in Lok Sabha yesterday.
 

FAQ ON ELECTRONIC INDIAN POSTAL ORDER

CLICK HERE to view questions and answers.

Clarifications on different scenarios being faced or likely to be faced in CBS Post Offices

To view please CLICK HERE. 

Directorate has called for vacancy position in PS Gr. B cadre

To view Directorate's letter No. 9-33/2013-SPG dated 16th July 2014, please CLICK HERE.  This information is required for consideration of request applications of the officers who are working outside their home circle. 

All Circle Secretaries and CHQ officer bearers are requested to keep liaison with their Circle administration and ensure submission of requisite information immediately to Directorate by email. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

7TH CPC COMMON MEMORANDUM – AT A GLANCE

To view the Highlights of common memorandum submitted by all Central Govt. Employees to Secretary, 7CPC, Please CLICK HERE. 

Our Association has already submitted Memorandum to Secretary, 7CPC by speed post and also by email on 1st July 2014 and same was also published on blog for information to all members and track in viewers. 

Income Tax Exemption Limit Raised by Rs.50,000 – Does it meet the Central Government employees’ expectations?

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced that the Income Tax exemption limit for individual taxpayers, below the age of 60 years has been raised from Rs. 2 lakhs to Rs. 2.5 lakhs.
 
The General Budget 2014-15 presented by the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley on 10th this month, most Central Government employees were hoping that the Income Tax exemption limit for salaried pupil would be raised to atleast Rs 3 lakhs this time. But the Finance Minister delivered a shock and disappointment to everyone with an increase of a mere Rs. 50,000.
Prior to the election, based on the speeches and statements issued by the now Finance Minister, there were talks that the non-taxable income limits would be raised to Rs. 5 lakhs.
 
Central Government employees, who were constantly disappointed in the past few years, were not ready to believe it. But they reluctantly hoped that the amount would be raised by Rs. 1 lakh.
 
The fact that it was increased by only Rs. 50,000 had disappointed many. It could have been much worse had there not been any increase at all or if it was a consolatory hike of Rs. 10,000.
 
The Minister explained that he couldn’t offer anything more for the time being due to acute cash crunch for the newly elected Government. But he assured everybody that it is just the beginning, and that there will be plenty of positive changes in the future. Since this is the first budget presented by the new Government and since he has already granted exemption of Rs. 50,000, his promise is very believable.
 
It is worth mentioning that tax exemption under Section 80C is going to be increased from Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 1.5 lakhs. It is a painful fact that tax exemptions for savings had not been increased for a number of years. There were rumours that the Government is planning to hike the exemption by Rs. 1 lakh, but the Finance Minister has offered much-needed consolation by increasing it by Rs. 50,000.
 
Although the change is not a huge one for thousands of Government employees who have been waiting for tax relief for a number of years, they are bound to feel mildly reassured.
 
The table given below shows the non taxable salary slab for the past eight years.
 
YEARMINIMUM INCOME CEILING
2009-101,60,000
2010-111,60,000
2011-121,80,000
2012-132,00,000
2013-142,00,000
2014-152,50,000

SOURCE: CGEN.in

No Proposal regarding raising the retirement age before the Government

Following is the text of the Press Statement issued by the Department of Personnel & Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions today, to clarify that there is no proposal before the Government regarding raising the retirement age of Central Government employees from 60 years to 62 years :-
 
“Attention of the Government has been drawn to reports appearing in some sections of the media regarding raising the retirement age of Central Government employees from 60 to 62 years.
 
In order to put at rest all such speculations, it is clarified that there is no such proposal before the Government.”
 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Revision of Forms under the General Provident Fund (Central Services) Rules, 1960 and Contributory Provident Fund Rules (India), 1962 - regarding.

To view please CLICK HERE. 

Additional Charge of the Vacant Post of Member of the Board

To view Directorate memo, please CLICK HERE.

Circle Conference : Bihar Circle

It has been informed by Shri Rajiv Kumar, Circle Secretary of All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents Posts Bihar circle branch that, 36th Biennial Circle Conference will be held at Samrat Hotel, Frazer Road, Patna-800001 on 27th July 2014. Pre-Circle CWC will be held on 26th July 2014 at Conference Hall of Patna GPO at 16.00 hours. 

Health Tips....

1. A steaming cup of peppermint tea can help aid digestion, relieve stress, treat headaches and clear sinuses.

2. Walnuts caotain hormone melatonin, that induces sleep. This makes it a great bedtime snack for those in need of some shut-eye.

3. Neem benefits include Vitamin C, eating it helps in getting rid of skin problems like black-heads, pigmentation, dullness and ageing. 

4. Start your exercise routine with weight training, not cardio, since its a higher intensity workout. 

5. Pomegranate juice is used to treat diarrhoea and dysentery as it plays a vital role in the secretion of enzymes that aid digestion. 

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