Thursday, October 8, 2015

Seventh Pay Commission Likely To Link Pay With Productivity

New Delhi: The Seventh Pay Commission is likely to suggest linking pay with productivity with a focus on technology, skills and incentives, a move aimed at raising the productivity of central government employees.

The panel is also likely to recommend that in future additional remuneration be linked to increase in productivity.

The Seventh Pay Commission is expected to submit its recommendations by December and the central government asked the pay panel to look in to the issue of raising productivity and improving the overall quality of central government services in the country.

The Sixth Pay Commission had also said that steps should lead to improvement in the existing delivery mechanism by more delegation and de-layering and an emphasis on achieving quantifiable and concrete end results. Emphasis is to be on outcome rather than processes.

Accordingly, the Sixth Pay Commissions had also made several recommendations to enhance productivity and improve administration but previous UPA government failed to implement it.

Now, the central government advised the Seventh Pay Commission to be designated as Pay with a clear mandate to recommend measures to improve productivity of an employee.

The central government also said productivity per employee can be raised through the application of technology in public service delivery and in public assets created.

“Raising the skills of employees through training and capacity building also has a positive impact on productivity. The use of appropriate technology and associated skill development require incentives for employees to raise their individual productivities,” a central government financial panel said.

“The Seventh Pay Commission’s first task, therefore, would be identifying the right mix of technology and skills for different categories of employees. The next step would be to design suitable financial incentives linked to measurable performance,” an officer of the financial panel said.

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World Post Day message from the UPU Director General

Berne, 9 October 2015
Innovation, Integration and Inclusion are the key drivers for the future of the Post
As we celebrate World Post Day today, we can look back with satisfaction on a rich history of transformation in the Post, which has always been able to find its place in the world market. Indeed, the Post can pride itself on being the oldest medium of communication, one that still plays a key role in the sending of information and goods.

From liberalization to privatization and the emergence of competition, the Post has faced many challenges to its survival, but none so daunting as the development of modern information technology. Today, the traditional postal business line – letter post – has been greatly challenged by faster and more efficient ways of communication thanks to advancements in information and communications technologies.

However, successful Posts have taken these challenges as opportunities to innovate and establish new market segments, understanding that a faster and more efficient communication medium is actually what the Post needs in order to build a new business value chain.
The transformation has not come easily. Indeed, there are still many Posts that have yet to take full advantage of new technologies to improve their business performance. Nevertheless, the message is loud and clear: the survival of the Post hinges on its ability to quickly change and innovate. Customer expectations, needs and tastes are changing, and the Post must change as well to meet these new demands.
With that realization, the Universal Postal Union, in its draft World Postal Strategy for 2017–2020, has identified postal industry reform as the key driver for the future. In its blueprint, Vision 2020, the UPU focuses on Innovation, Integration and Inclusion as the main factors that will drive postal business in the future.
The reality is that the future of the Post strongly depends on its ability to innovate and create new products and services. One of the keys to innovation will be the Post’s capacity to embrace new technologies and transfer its trusted brands into the digital space. To achieve this, it will be critical for the Post to develop digital competencies, along with the relevant regulatory frameworks that will support the new environment.
For successful integration, the Post will need to build a seamless network that is connected both virtually and physically, and that has a local and international presence. Full integration calls for the involvement of all key players in the postal supply chain, including customs and transport, and the facilitation of cross-border e-commerce.

With the United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals, which have been embraced by world leaders, the Post today has an even more relevant role to play as an infrastructure for development. Given its universal nature, the Post is best placed to drive the economic, social, financial and digital inclusion of all citizens of the world. Through its vast network, the Post should target micro, small and medium-sized enterprises as well as the unbanked population as a new business frontier and create appropriate products to support the market. Achieving success in this area is one of the best ways to ensure the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, for the benefit of the global community.
The future of the Post starts now. We must all work towards creating products and services that meet the needs of our current and future customers. Let us focus on innovation, integration and inclusion in our business to create a strong Post for the future. Only in doing so will the Post be able to achieve success and maintain its place in the world market, with a presence that continues to be visible and relevant.

I wish you a happy World Post Day.

Suggestions or views regarding enhancement of limit of withdrawals from Rs. 5000 to Rs. 10000 at BOs without obtaining sanction from Account office

Procedure for empanelment and appointment of retired officers as the Inquiry Officers for conducting Departmental Inquiries - reg.

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Revision in the Limit of minimum balance for issuance of ATM / Debit Cards to POSB Account holders

To Directorate letter No. 25-3/2014-FS-CBS-(Part.I) dated 7th October, 2015 please CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Karnataka : Verification of membership crossed 92%

Shri Manjunatha Hubballi, Circle Secretary, Karnataka Circle reported that out of 195 working strength, 180 IP/ASP took part in verification process and CO has issued instructions to all DDOs in the circle for monthrly recovery of subscription from pay and allownaces of IP/ASP for the month of October 2015 payable on 31/10/2015. The percentage of verification of our Association in Karnataka Circle crossed 92%.
CHQ congratulate to all IP/ASPs working in Karnataka Circle for their unity.

39th All India Conference at Jaipur in February 2016

Hawa Mahal Jaipur
It has been in informed by Shri Bhupendra Parashar, Circle Secretary, All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents Posts, Rajasthan Circle Branch that, 39th All India Conference will be held at Jaipur. The details are given below:
Date : 13th and 14th February 2016
Venue : Hotel Vesta International, Near Sun & Moon Chamber, Ajmer Pulia, Gopal Bari, Jaipur-302001.
Shri Bhupendra Parashar has already distributed/handed over donations coupons to all Circle Secretaries at the time of CWC Meeting held at Trivandrum (Kerala). It is therefore requested to all Circle Secretaries to start the collection of donations from members and remit to CS Rajasthan Circle at the earliest.



Original Application No. 694 of 2013

Jabalpur, this Tuesday, the 19th day of May, 2015


K. L. Phoolmali, S/o late Umarao Phoolmali,
DOB 07.1.1952, R/o JM-70, KIshore Nagar,
Meera Kishan Kunj, District Khandwa– 450001 (MP) .------- Applicant

(By Advocate - Shri Vijay Tripathi)
V e r s u s 
1. Union of India through its Secretary
Ministry of Communication & IT, Department of Posts,
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi –110001.

2. Chief Postmaster Master General, Madhya Pradesh Circle,
Hoshangabad Road, Bhopal – 462012 (MP)

3. Senior Superintendent of Post Offices,
Khandwa Division, Khandwa (MP) 450001 ------ - Respondents

(By Advocate – Shri Amjad Ahmed, Proxy counsel of Shri A. T. Faridee)
(Date of reserving order : 14.05.2015)
The applicant has preferred this Original Application for the following reliefs:
“8(i) Summon the entire relevant record from the possession of respondents for its kind perusal;
8(ii) Upon holding that reducing the basic pay of the applicant as Rs.19960/- is bad in law, command the respondents to calculate all retiral dues and pension of the applicant on the basis of the last basic of Rs. 20,410/-
8(iii) Direct the respondents to revise the pension, DCRG, leave encashment, commuted value of pension and pay arrears of the aforesaid amount with 18% interest p.a.;
8(iv) Direct the respondent to repay the amount of DCRG of Rs.43,790/- to the applicant with 18% interest;
8(v) Any other order/orders, direction/directions may also be passed.
8(vi) Award cost of the litigation to the applicant.
8(vii) Set aside the order dated 30.10.2012 (Annexure A/1), order dated 6.8.2012 (Annexure A/2) and order dated 4.4.2012 (Annexure R/7) with all consequential benefits.”

2. The learned counsel for applicant submitted that at the time of retirement, applicant was holding the post of Deputy Post Master, Khandwa Head Office in the Pay Band of Rs.9300-34800/- + Grade Pay of Rs.4600/- and his basic pay was Rs.20,410/-. However, while paying him retiral dues, the basic pay has been reduced from 20,410/- to 19,960/-. Further, Rs.43,790/- has been deducted from his DCRG, without assigning any reason. The applicant was inducted in the cadre of HSG (II) in the pay scale of Rs.5000-8000 and posted as Deputy Post Master at Itarsi Head Office. Thereafter, vide the order dated 12.1.2005, the applicant was sent on deputation to work as Sub Post Master, Harda in the cadre of HSG (I) and he was given the pay scale of Rs.6500-10500/-. Appointment of applicant in the cadre of HSG (I) was approved by the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) and orders were issued on 18.8.2005 (Annexure A-3). Thus, there is no justification for reduction of pay of the applicant for retiral benefits and deduction of Rs.43,790/- from DCRG.

3. The respondents, in their reply, have submitted that the applicant was promoted to HSG (I) grade vide the order dated 18.8.2005, Before that, vide the order dated 12.1.2005, he was posted on HSG (I) grade post of Sub Post Master, Harda Head Post Office by Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Hoshangabad. Since the applicant was working at that time with the office of Sr. Superintendent Post Offices, Hoshangabad, there was no ground for posting him on deputation basis in one of its offices. Thus, applicant was not entitled to the pay of HSG (I) grade on this posting at Harda as he was still in HSG (II) grade. In any case, applicant was promoted to HSG (II) grade on 29.10.2004 and had qualifying service of only two months as on 1.1.2005 in that grade, he could not have been promoted to HSG (I) grade so early as the qualifying service of three years was required for such promotion. Therefore, when his pension case was prepared, there was objection in regard to his pay fixation on 17.1.2005 in HSG (I) grade when he joined at Harda in compliance of order dated 12.1.2005 of SSPO Hoshangabad. Therefore, applicant’s pay was accordingly refixed and he was grated HSG(I) grade w.e.f. 23.08.2005 when he was actually promoted to that grade. Thus, due to correction of his pay fixation w.e.f 17.1.2005, his basic pay at the time of retirement was changed and applicant has been paid retiral benefits accordingly. Further, excess salary paid to him during this period has been recovered from the DCRG. Thus, the OA, being without any merit, deserves to be dismissed.

4. Heard the learned counsel for the parties and perused the pleadings of the respective parties and documents annexed therewith. I have also gone throught the writtern arguments filled by learned counsel for the respondents.

5. It is undisputed that the applicant was promoted to HSG (I) grade vide the order dated 18.8.2005 (Annexure A-3). Before that, he claims to be posted on deputation basis on a post of HSG (I) grade. However, the order dated 12.1.2005(Annexure R-1) by which he was posted as Sub Post Master, Harda was issued by Sr. Superintendent of Post Offices, Hoshangabad and since the applicant was already working in his jurisdiction, this posting could not be considered as on deputation. In-fact, this is simply a posting order on vacant post of Sub Post Master, Harda on which the applicant was posted on his own cost for which he may have requested at that time. Thus, applicant was not entitled to get the pay scale of HSG (I) grade w.e.f. 17.1.2005 on the basis of order dated 12.01.2005 (Annexure R-1). Therefore, respondents are not at fault in re-fixing his pay, by treating him promoted to HSG (I) grade w.e.f. 23.08.2005. In view of this correction, basic pay of applicant has been revised and applicant has been paid all the retiral benefits based on this pay. Thus, the respondents cannot be faulted in granting retiral benefits to the applicant based on his revised basic pay of Rs.19,960/- in place of Rs.20,410/-, and no interference with the orders of respondents in this matter, is justified, Therefore, the prayer of the applicant in this regard is rejected.

6. So far as deduction of Rs.43,790/- from the DCRG of the applicant is concerned, this amount has been deducted without issuance of any show-cause notice to the applicant. Relying on the judgment of Hon’ble Supreme Court in the matters of State of Punjab and others etc v. Rafiq Masih (White Washer) etc., Civil Appeal No. 11527 of 2014, learned counsel for the applicant submitted that in view of the law laid down by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in that order, no recovery of excess payment can be made from retired employees or employee who are due to retire within one year of the order of recovery. Since recovery of excess salary has been done after retirement of applicant, such recovery is not in accordance with law. Therefore, the respondents are directed to refund Rs.43,790/- deducted from DCRG of the applicant, within a period of 60 days from the date of communication of this order. However, no interest shall be payable on that amount.

7. Thus, the O.A is partly allowed. No order on costs.
(G. P. Singhal)
Administrative Member

DOP issued Bonus order for the year 2014-15, calculation ceiling stands at Rs. 3500/- p.m.


Repatriation of PS Gr. B officers to their parent Circle

 No. CHQ/AIAIPASP/PS Gr.B/DPC-2015-16/2015          Dated :    7/10/2015.

Shri Rajkumar, 
Director (Staff),
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001.

Subject : Repatriation of PS Gr. B officers to their parent Circle. 

Ref.        : Dte No. 9-02/2015-SPG dated 14-9-2015

           IP/ASP Association once again conveys its sincere thanks for timely processing of the DPC for promotion of ASPs to PS Group “B” for the vacancy year 2015-16. Simultaneously I would like to invite your kind attention to the letter dated 21/9/2015 wherein circle wise vacancy position of PS Gr. B cadre was communicated for repatriation purposes of Group B officer working outside their parent Circle.

          As per Directorate memo No. 9-23/2014-SPG dated 15/9/2014 re-allotment of Postal Service Gr. B officers from one Circle to parent or other Circle will be considered only after re-allotment of seniors working outside Home Circle. In such cases the condition of completion of one year in the current Circle/ Unit would be relaxed by the Competent Authority. In case the condition of one year is not relaxed the juniors will have to be allotted to outside their parent circle though vacancies exist in the parent Circle creating problem for both. In view of this policy, the PS Group B officers working outside their parent circle, where vacancy exists, should be considered for repatriation first and thereafter consider adjustment of ASPs on promotion to their parent circles against left out vacancies.    

          In view of the above, it is urged upon to kindly implement the above instructions issued by Directorate for re-allotment of PS Gr. B officers against vacant posts in letter and spirit and adjust the ASPs on promotion in their parent circle to the best possible.

          With warm regards,

Yours sincerely, 
(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary

78 days Productivity Linked Bonus for Railway Employee

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
07-October-2015 14:54 IST
Productivity Linked Bonus for Railway Employee
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the Production Linked Bonus for Railway Employees.

As a result of the review of the scheme and approval of the Cabinet the salient features of the PLB scheme are as under: -

a) The output for a year is reckoned by the equated net tonne kilometres by adding together:-

i) total goods revenue net tonne kilometres.

ii) non-suburban passenger kilometres converted by a factor of 0.076.

iii) suburban passenger kilometres converted by a factor of 0.053.

b) The input is taken as the non-gazetted staff strength (excluding RPF/RPSF personnel), increased by the incremental increase/decrease in capital (over average of last three years) during the year. Incremental capital is confined to Rolling Stock utilised for movement of trains. The relative weights given are 0.50 for Tractive Effort, 0.20 for Wagon Capacity and 0.30 for Seating Capacity. The labour input i.e. non-gazetted staff strength is then increased to the extent of the percentage increase in the incremental capital.

Highest PLB amount of 78 days' wages was paid for the financial years 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14. This year also PLB equivalent to 78 days' wages will be paid considering the good financial performance which is expected to motivate employees for working towards improving the same in future.

The financial implication of payment of 78 days' PLB to railway employees has been estimated to be Rs. 1030.02 crore. The wage calculation ceiling prescribed for payment of PLB to the eligible non-gazetted railway employees is 3500/- p.m. The maximum amount payable per eligible railway employee is Rs. 8975 for 78 days.

About 12.58 lakh non-gazetted Railway employees are likely to benefit from the decision.

The Productivity Linked Bonus on Railway covers all non-gazetted railway employees (excluding RPF/RPSF personnel) who are spread over the entire country.


The Union Cabinet in its meeting held on October 2015 accepted the proposal of the Ministry of Railways for payment of Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) equivalent to 78 days' wages for the financial year 2014-2015 for all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees (excluding RPF/RPSF personnel). 

LDCE : PS Gr. B and Inpector Posts

Department is going to conduct the above examinations ONLINE through outsource agency and not through SSC/UPSC. 

Till date RFP is not issued and question bank is also not ready. 

Calendar of examination is also not finalized.  

100% CBS Division - Vellore Division, Chennai City Region, Tamilnadu Circle

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

DAKER SAAJ - STAMP EXHIBITION 2015, West Bengal State Level Philatelic Exhibition - 8th to 13th October 2015.

Daker Saaj Stamp Exhibition 2015The 8th State Level Philatelic Exhibition of West Bengal Postal Circle “DAKER SAAJ - STAMP EXHIBITION - 2015” will be held at Kolkata from 8th to 13th October, 2015
Venue: Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata -700071.

Exhibition Timings: 12.00 Noon to 8.00 PM
Prospectus can be downloaded from:
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Special Cover on Bharat Ratna Dr. M. S. Subbulakshmi

Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi, (b. 16 September 1916 – d. 11 December 2004), also known as M.S. or, M. S. Subbulakshmi was a renowned Carnatic vocalist. She was the first musician ever to be awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour. She is the first Indian musician to receive the Ramon Magsaysay award, often considered Asia's Nobel Prize in 1974 with the citation reading "Exacting purists acknowledge Srimati M. S. Subbulakshmi as the leading exponent of classical and semi-classical songs in the carnatic tradition of South India."
Subbulakshmi (Kunjamma to her family) was born in Madurai to veena player Shanmukavadiver Ammal and Subramania Iyer. She started learning Carnatic music at an early age and trained in Carnatic music under the tutelage of Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer and subsequently in Hindustani music under Pandit Narayanrao Vyas. Her mother, from the devadasi community, was a music exponent and a regular stage performer, and Subbulakshmi grew up in an environment very conducive to musical learning. Her musical interests were also shaped by regular interactions with Karaikudi Sambasiva Iyer, Mazhavarayanendal Subbarama Bhagavathar and Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar. Subbulakshmi gave her first public performance, at the age of eleven, in the year 1927, in the 100 pillar hall inside the Rockfort Temple, Tiruchirappalli; with Mysore Chowdiah on the violin and Dakshinamurthy Pillai on the mridangam. By the age of seventeen, Subbulakshmi was giving concerts on her own including major performances at the Madras Music Academy. She travelled to London, New York, Canada, the Far East, and other places as India's cultural ambassador. M.S. also acted in a few Tamil films in her youth.
A four-day centenary festival of the legendary Carnatic musician, late Dr. M. S. Subbulakshmi was held at Shri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts and Sangeetha Sabha, Mumbai from 13th to 16th September 2015. On the occasion a Special Cover on Dr. M. S. Subbulakshmi was released by Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra on 16th September 2015 (Special Cover approval no. MH/26/2015).
Special Cover on Bharat Ratna Dr. M. S. Subbulakshmi
Special Cover on Bharat Ratna Dr. M. S. Subbulakshmi
Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram

DPC : JTS Gr. A cadre for the year 2015-16.....updates

As on date few officers missisng APARs are not reached at Directorate and therefore file is not sent to UPSC for ascertaining the date for holding of DPC.

Expected vacancy position as per retirement/death during the period from 1/4/2015 to 31/3/2016 would be as under :
                                OC : 30      
                                SC : 04   
                                ST : 02    
                             Total : 36

All Circle Secretaries are directed to keep the details of vacancy position ready with them.

AADHAAR Card Download - Download e-AADHAAR Card Online

With the new system in place, AADHAAR card download is now just a click away. You can now download AADHAAR Card duplicate copy, e-AADHAAR card, through UIDAI website online. If your AADHAAR card is lost / misplaced OR if you have not yet received your AADHAAR card, but have already received the SMS confirmation that your AADHAAR card is processed successfully, you can download AADHAAR card duplicate copy online. The downloaded e-AADHAAR card has same validity as the original one, which is delivered to you by post. This downloaded e-AADHAAR Card will be accepted as a valid ID and residential proof wherever AADHAAR Card is accepted.
If you know your AADHAAR number and/or have the AADHAAR card acknowledgement slip that was given to you at the time of registration, follow the instructions below to download e-AADHAAR card duplicate copy online.
Go to the e-AADHAAR online portal. Enter your registration details (Enrollment No. and Date time, Resident Name and Pincode) from the AADHAAR acknowledgement slip. Or if you know your AADHAAR Card number, select the "Aadhaar" radio button from "I have" option at the top. To access e-AADHAAR online portal for AADHAAR Card download, click here: e-AADHAAR Portal.

Upon successful entry, you will be sent a high security OTP (One Time Pin) password through SMS to your registered mobile phone to download e-AADHAAR card. Once you enter the password, you will be presented with a page with a button to download AADHAAR card duplicate copy in PDF format. The PDF file is password protected for your safety. Your registered address pincode is the password to view the AADHAAR card PDF file content. You can now take printout (in color, if possible) of thedownloaded AADHAAR Card PDF file and it can be used as your valid AADHAAR card proof.
If you have lost your AADHAAR card Enrollment ID and don't know your AADHAAR number, you can download AADHAAR card by following these steps below:

      Select appropriate option, "Aadhaar No (UID)" OR "Enrolment No (EID)", under "You want to receive your lost:"
  • Enter your full name
  • Enter your email address
  • Enter your registered Mobile Number
  • Enter the security code as displayed and click on "Get OTP" button
  • One Time Password (OTP) will be delivered to your mobile and/or email address
  • In the box below, enter the OTP you just received on your mobile and/or email address
  • Click on "Verify OTP"
  • Now you will receive a message on your mobile with your AADHAAR card number or Enrollment Id as you selected in Step 2 above

        Select appropriate option, "Enrollment Id" OR "Aadhaar", under "I have:"
  • Enter your AADHAAR card number or Enrollment Id, full name, Pin Code, security text and mobile number
  • Click on "Get OTP"
  • One Time Password (OTP) will be delivered to your mobile and/or email address
  • Enter the OTP you just received on your mobile in the "Enter OTP" box and click on "Validate and Download"
  • Now you have downloaded your e-AADHAAR card. Enter your Pin Code as the password when you open the PDF document
  • You now have your e-AADHAAR card, which you can print out

List of Ayurveda, Unani and Yoga & Naturopathy Hospitals empanelled and Fixation of Rates under CGHS & CS(MA) Rules.

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Blood Donation Camp - regarding.

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Payment of D A to GDS at revised rates w.e.f. 01.07.2015 onwards - reg

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Format for giving information to the applicants under RTI Act - issue of guidelines regarding.

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SB Order No.12/2015- Mandatory use/opening of Savings Account in CBS Post Offices for maintaining / development of relationship of customers with POSB

To view SB order No. 12/2015 dated 5.10.2015, please CLICK HERE.

Compendium of Best Practices on RTI

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Verification of membership for recognition of service association under CCS (RSA) Rules, 1993 - Instructions regarding.

The entire process of verification of membership for recognition of service association has already completed on 30/9/2015. Now, Drawing and Disbursing Officers will start the monthly recovery of subscription from the salary of the employees for the month of October 2015 payable on 31.10.2015.
Inview of the above, it is once again directed to all Circle Secretaries and CHQ Office Bearers to intimate the result of verification of their circles for IP/ASP cadre to Generarl Secretary by SMS or through whatsApp on CHQ group immediately.

Request for initiating vigilance enquiry into the death case of Smt. Mohini Gupta, ASP Ajmer (Rajasthan).

No. GS/AIAIASP/Misc/Inquiry/2014                                      dated    6/10/2015

The Sr. DDG (Vig.)
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi -110001.
Subject:  Request for initiating vigilance enquiry into the death case of Smt. Mohini Gupta, ASP Ajmer (Rajasthan).

Ref.      :    Directorate No. Vig./2-1/2014/Ch-II dated 28/3/2014

Respected Sir,

IP/ASP Association would like to invite your kind attention to its letter of even number dated 18/3/2014 vide which it was requested to constitute a committee at Directorate level to carry out vigilance enquiry on the points raised by the deceased officer in her last representation dated 19/1/2014 to find the actual truth in the matter. You will appreciate that this Association has issued serious of reminders dated 25/4/2014, 27/9/2014, 19/11/2014 to Directorate to speed the enquiry in this death case otherwise offenders will devastate the genuine records and nothing will come out, but till date neither enquiry is completed nor culprits identified and punished.  

It is further bring to your kind notice that IP/ASP Association has lost their loyal, trustworthy and hard worker officer of IP cadre from Rajasthan circle and department has not taken her death case seriously.  

It is therefore once again requested to cause to complete the vigilance enquiry immediately.   
    Yours sincerely,
(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary

Monday, October 5, 2015

Preparation of combined seniority list of Inspector Posts cadre from 2001 onwards .... updates

Today, Maharashtra Circle has submitted seniority list of Inspector Posts cadre from 2001 and onwards to Directorate.

Assam, Punjab, Odisha and Jharkhand circle have already submitted their circles seniority list to Directorate.

There is no response from remaining circles. The issue of combined seniority list at All India level from 2001 and onwards is badly delayed.

BSNL cuts down broadband rental discounts to Central Government employees by 50%

BSNL had reduced the discount offered to state and Central Government employees on its broadband facilities from 20% to 10%. It has further been reduced to 5% from October 1 onwards.
The Government-run BSNL is currently the market leader in broadband internet services. At the time of launching the service, in order to attract customers, BSNL had offered massive discounts and special schemes. One such scheme was the 20% discount on the monthly bills for employees of the state and CG agencies, and Public Sector Undertakings, officers, and retired employees of these departments.
Subscription for BSNL broadband services soared. Such discounts soon made BSNL the market leader in cable-based internet services, despite the presence of some big private players. Meanwhile, two years ago, BSNL reduced the discounts from 20 percent to ten percent. Although the cash crunch in BSNL was blamed for the move, some accused that the decision was made under pressure from private companies to decrease BSNL’s popularity.
Now, BSNL has reduced the discounts to 5%. In other words, there will be only five percent discount in the monthly rent. The revised discount comes into effect from Thursday, October 01, 2015 onwards. The monthly rental fee was hiked by Rs.50 for the free phone call services between 9 PM to 7 AM.
This is not all. The internet fee has increased multifold in the past five years. The five percent discount for state and Central Government employees, especially pensioners, will be a disappointment. The taxes are far bigger than the discounts. In addition to the charges, 14 percent taxes, including service tax and educational tax, are being levied.

Special Cover on Mission Devrai (Sacred Groves) – 3rd October 2015

Sacred Groves (Devrai in Marathi) are virgin forests near the village, maintained and taken care of by locals of that village, dedicated to a local deity. There is no human intervention making these perfect ecological hotspots. No one is permitted to cut any tree or plant, kill animals or birds or harm any form of life in this area. It is well known that villagers around forest depend on the forest for their livelihood. When a certain area is identified as scared grove by villagers, they ensure that the area is not disturbed by them. Sacred Groves turns the area into a dense forest with rich bio-diversity, which remains untouched. Sacred groves are not only an Indian phenomenon.
Nature worship is an integral part of human society and the Sacred Groves, one form of nature worship, are considered as “Sacred Natural Sites” and have been preserved over generations in India. The concept of sacred groves in India has its roots in antiquity, even before the Vedic age. Historical references to sacred groves can be obtained from ancient classics as far back as Kalidasa's Vikramuurvashiiya. One can find them in Africa, or even native Indian communities in North American countries. Sacred groves did not enjoy protection by Government in India but the introduction of the protected area category community reserves under the Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Act, 2002 has introduced legislation for providing government protection to community held lands, which could include sacred groves. In the state of Maharashtra more than 3,500 Devrais, or the Sacred Groves are known. There are around 230 such sacred groves noted in Pune district. As faith and beliefs change these protected groves have started showing signs of deteriorations. The rapid urbanization is posing great threats to these community reserves.
To protect these sacred groves in Maharashtra, Maharashtra Vruksha Samvardhini has started a project called ‘Mission Devrai’ for documentation and conservation of these Devrais which are an important part of our heritage, cultural as well as ecological. To spread awareness about sacred groves a unique festival called ‘Devrai Jagruti Festival’ was organized by Maharashtra Vruksha Samvardhini and Nature Walk Charitable Trust from 1st to 4th October 2015 and as a part of festival an exhibition of Sacred Groves was organized at Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune and an awareness program at S. M. Joshi Auditorium, Navi Peth, Pune on 3rd and 4th October 2015.
On the occasion a Special Cover was released on ‘Mission Devrai’ by Shri Ganesh Sawaleshwarkar, Postmaster General, Pune Region (Special Cover approval no. MH/28/2015) at the function held at S. M. Joshi Auditorium, Navi Peth, Pune on 3rd October 2015.
Special Cover on Mission Devrai (Sacred Groves)
Special Cover on Mission Devrai (Sacred Groves)

Stamp exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi at Salem – 2nd – 15th October 2015.

To promote philately, and to honour Mahatma Gandhi on his 146th birth anniversary, a stamp exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi is organized by the Department of Posts at Gandhi Museum in Hasthampatti Post Office, Salem. Exhibition was inaugurated by the Deputy Mayor M. Natesan on 2nd October 2015. Ms. Manju P. Pillai, Postmaster General, Western Region, Tamil Nadu, and B. Arumugam, Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Salem East Division, were present on the occasion. A philatelic counter and facility of ‘My Stamp’ are also available at the exhibition.
Source: The Hindu

Special Cover on Diamond Jubilee of Integral Coach Factory – 2nd October 2015

Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, is a premier Production Unit of Indian Railways manufacturing railway passenger coaches. ICF is the first of its kind to be established after Independence for the manufacture of light weight, all steel and all welded Integral railway passenger coaches. The factory was set up in 1955 with Swiss collaboration. ICF’s initial plan was to produce 350 Broad Gauge Third Class shells (unfurnished body of the Railway Coaches) only, which were to be furnished by the Zonal Railways’ workshops. Later, in view of the severe limitation of capacity of the Railway workshops and also to take advantage of mass production, a separate Furnishing Division was added on 2nd October, 1962. So far ICF has obtained the ISO: 9001, ISO: 1400, ISO: 18001 and Golden Peacock Eco-Innovation Award-2012 certificates for the QMS, EMS and OHSAS systems.
As part of Diamond Jubilee Celebrations a Special Cover was released on Integral Coach Factory at the Valedictory function of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of ICF held at the Dr. Ambedkar Arangam, ICF on 2nd October 2015. Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Railways and Shri Charles Lobo, Chief Postmaster General, Tamilnadu Postal Circle released the special cover.
Special Cover on Diamond Jubilee of Integral Coach Factory
Special Cover on Diamond Jubilee of Integral Coach Factory

Nation-wide Letter Writing Competition 2015 by India Post.

India Post will be conducting a Nation-wide Letter Writing Competition for school children during the National Postal Week, 2015.
Some of the salient features of the competition are:

* The Competition will be held in two categories: Junior (up to Class V); Senior (Class VI to X).
* The letter is to be addressed to the ‘Grandparents’.
* Children may choose to write on any one of the following themes:

1. How did I spend my vacation 2. One day in my school 3. My favourite book 
* The letter can be written on Inland Letter Card (ILC) or A4 paper.
* The Department will provide stationery/ILC/envelopes/stamps for posting the letters to their grandparents.
* Children should bring the complete postal address with PIN Code, of their grandparents.                            
* Top three letters of each Division should be given suitable prizes and the same would be sent to Circle Office for State Level evaluation and then to New Delhi for All India Level evaluation.                            
* Children would be introduced to Philately and information about opening and maintaining Philately Deposit Accounts (PDA), with the purpose of encouraging them to develop interest in Philately and open PDA.

India Post would like to encourage the students to participate in large numbers and win exciting prizes…!
Nation-wide Letter Writing Competition 2015 by India Post
See Press Release of Chennai City Region.

Commemorative Stamp on Mahant Avaidyanath – 1st October 2015.

Mahant Avaidyanath (b.28 May 1921 – d. 12 September 2014) was a spiritual leader and politician. Mahant Avaidyanath was born on 18th May 1919 in Kandi in Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. His childhood name was Kripal Singh.. As a child Kripal Singh was drawn towards achieving salvation from this world. He got patronage of saints in Rishikesh and Haridwar. His inclination towards Nathpanth (cult) came after his association with Yogi Nirvrittinath, a saint of Nathpanth. Kripal Singh visited the Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur with yogi Nirvrittinath in the year 1940. He became Mahant of Gorakhnath temple on 8th February 1942. Mahant Digvijaynath ji Maharaj gave Kripal Singh the name 'Avaidyanath'.
Mahant Avaidyanath was elected MLA from Maniram Assembly segment five times – 1962, 1967, 1969, 1974 and 1977. He was elected Lok Sabha member from Gorakhpur as an Independent candidate in 1970 and won again in 1989 as candidate of Hindu Mahasabha. He was elected MP from the same seat in 1991 and 1996 as Bharatiya Janata Party nominee. He played an important role in Ram Janmabhoomi movement. He was the teacher and predecessor of Yogi Adityanath the present MP of Gorakhpur.
Communications & IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad released a commemorative stamp in denomination of Rs. 5 on 1st October 2015 at Gorakhpur to mark Avaidyanath’s first death anniversary. Shri Yogi Adityanath, M.P. of Gorakhpur and Smt. Sarita Singh, Chief Postmaster General, UP Circle were also present on the occasion.
Commemorative Stamp on Mahant Avaidyanath
Commemorative Stamp on Mahant Avaidyanath
Courtesy: Sandeep Chaurasia, Gorakhpur | Ashwani Kumar Dubey, Gorakhpur