Friday, December 9, 2016

Promotion and postings in Postal Service Group'B'cadre'

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Transfers/postings of officers of Postal Service Group 'B' cadre

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Category wise last candidates selected are as under :

OC : Shri R. E. Relekar - Maharashtra (1993)
SC : Shri Abhimanyu Das - Bihar (1995)
ST  : Shri Dilleswar Hembram - West Bengal (2000)

CHQ congratulate to all officers who elevated to PS Gr. B cadre 

Conduct of LDCE on 18.12.2016 for promotion to the cadre of P.S Group ‘B’ from the vacancy year 2012–13 onwards---Regarding request for its postponement thereof

No. CHQ/AIAIASP/PS Gr. B Exam 12-17/2016               Dated :   9/12/2016

Shri B. V. Sudhakar,
Secretary (Posts),
Department of Posts, 
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg, 
New Delhi 110 001. 

Sub: Conduct of LDCE on 18.12.2016 for promotion to the cadre of P.S Group ‘B’ from the vacancy year 2012–13 onwards---Regarding request for its postponement thereof.

Ref : Directorate Notification No. A-34012/8/2016-DE dated 07th October 2016

Respected Sir,

          This is in continuation to our submissions vide letter no. CHQ/AIAIASP/PS Gr. B Exam/2016 dated 19/10/2016 and letter no. CHQ/AIAIASP/PS Gr. B Exam 12-17/2016 dated 17/11/2016 whereby it was earnestly requested to kindly re-visit your decision of conducting the LDCE (rescheduled to be held on 18.12.16) in a single go for all the recruitment years. 

          With utmost regards, it is humbly submitted that notification no. A-34013/03/2012-DE dated 17.07.12 for conduct of PS Gr ‘B’ Exam 2012 held on 03.06.12 was held to be violative of law laid down by Hon’ble APEX Court and DoPT OM dated 19.01.07, as per decision dated 10.03.15 passed by Hon’ble CAT Bench Hyderabad in OA No. 554/2013. The said decision was contested by the Department before Hon’ble High Court at Hyderabad in CWP No. 25931/2015. Although Hon’ble High Court did not affirm the said decision yet it is of the view that principles enunciated in Dr. R. N. Bhatnagar case may be revisited by the APEX Court. As such, it dismissed the CWP filed by the Department vide judgement dated 05.12.16 (copy enclosed).

          It is pertinent to mention here that Hon’ble High Court while arriving at the decision has also taken into account the vacancies notified in the notification dated 07.10.2016.

Paras 21 & 22 of the judgement, being relevant are extracted hereunder:-

“21.    It is also brought to our notice by Mr. Siva, learned counsel for the respondents 1 to 5, that the Department of Posts issued a notification very recently on 07.10.2016 for the conduct of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for promotion to the cadre of Postal Services Group – B from 2012-13 onwards. In para-9 of the Notification, the Department has given a tabular statement with regard to the break-up of vacancies which can usefully be extracted as follows:
Category-wise break up of vacancies
Examination for
Inspector Posts line officials
(19% quota of vacancies)





22.     We are unable to reconcile ourselves to the statistics furnished by the Union of India in the table provided under para-6 of their Affidavit in support of the writ petition with the vacancies that they have shown in the table under para-9 of the recent Notification dated 07-10-2016. If 165 posts alone are reserved under the 19% quota for promotion through Limited Departmental Competitive Examination from a particular line and if 150 officers who were promoted through the said channel were in place in April, 2012, more than about 100 vacancies could not have arisen during the period from 2012-13 to 2016-17. This shows that there was something grossly wrong with the stand taken by the Union of India.”
In view of above, there is evident apprehension, in terms of vacancies calculated and notified vide notification dated 07.10.16, in the mind of all the aspirants. Thus, the situation is still prima facie ambiguous and unclear.

In order to obviate complexity of the issue, this association, respectfully urged upon the Department to postpone the exam to some other date in the interest of justice equity and fair play. It is requested to re-visit the decision taken by the Directorate and earnestly requests the higher authorities to initiate examination exercise after making the things clear and set right.

Thanking you.
Yours faithfully,
(Vilas Ingle)
                                                                             General Secretary.

 Copy to :-

Shri S. V. Rao, Director (DE), Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi 110 001. He is also requested to kindly look into this vital issue and arrange for postponing the PS Group B examination. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

From now, no OTP will be required for payments under Rs 2,000

In a move that will make it easier for cab aggregators like Uber and Ola and other online merchants to accept cards, the RBI has relaxed two-factor authentication for online payments below Rs 2,000. 

The RBI's insistence on a second factor authentication (in the form of a one-time password, or OTP) had prompted cab aggregators to tie up with digital wallets like Paytm. While customers can even now pay by card, they need to wait for a text message containing the OTP before concluding the transaction.In future, if they register with the merchant, they can complete the payment by entering a password authenticated by the card network. 

The RBI had earlier relaxed the second factor authentication requirement for transactions in shops using near field communication (NFC) or contactless cards. According to Vijay Jasuja, MD & CEO, SBI Cards, there had been a representation from the industry to relax the two-factor authentication norms for low-value transactions. 

Amit Jain, president, Uber India, said, "This waiver is a big leap in the right direction to bring ease and convenience to the use of cards over cash and will strengthen the foundation for a leading digital economy." 

In its circular issued on Tuesday, the RBI said that it has been receiving requests from certain segments of the industry for reviewing the requirement of additional factor authentication for low-value online card-not-present (CNP) transactions. The RBI said that it was not happy with merchant-specific solutions as an alternative. But a solution by card networks (Visa ,MasterCard, RuPay) is expected to meet the objective of customer convenience with sufficient security for low-value transactions. 

The network-provided solutions include Visa Checkout and Mastercard's Masterpass. Customers opting for this facility will go through a one-time registration process, requiring entry of card details and additional factor authentication by the issuing bank. In this model, the card details already registered would be the first factor while the network-provided password would be the additional factor of authentication. 

"This is a very elegant solution as it will prevent dropout of transactions without diluting the security of the payment architecture," said TR Ramachandran, country head, Visa.

Source :The Economic Times

Stamp Design Competition on theme "Nature: India" to be released on the occasion of Republic Day 2017

7th CPC: Finmin gets 2 months more to issue higher allowances notification

“The October-November month is the scheduled for issuing notification for the Finance Ministry, but the time was extended by 2 months because the cash crunch on account of demonetisation, which is taking time to get normality. Therefor,unless the banks can begin to function with a modicum of efficiency, the government will not issue notification on higher allowances to save demonetisation chaos,” the official said. He further said “the issue of increased financial activities after demonetisation compels the government to keep in abeyance to issue higher allowances notification for getting normalized the position and it is likely to issue from January next, after the the cash crunch will ease. However the government wants to issue the higher allowances notification speedily…in a time bound manner.” The committee on allowances head Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa said in October, “We are ready to submit our report, when the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley calls up.” The government constituted the committee on allowances in June headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa to examine the 7th Pay Commission recommendations on allowances, other than dearness allowance. “The committee has been asked to submit its report within four months and it was ready to submit its report in advance but the government intends to accept the report after December 30, deadline for depositing demonetised notes,” the official said. Existing allowances are now being paid to the central government employees according to the 6th Pay Commission recommendations until issuing of higher allowances notification.

Special Cover on 30th All India Postal Kabaddi Tournament – 2nd December 2016.

Kabaddi is an ancient game played in many parts of India. The mention of the sport dates back to ancient times and is traced in Indian mythology. It is known by its regional names in different parts of the subcontinent, such as Kapaddi or "Chadukudu" in Tamil Nadu, Kabaddi in Karnataka, Telangana, Gujarat, hadudu in Bengal, kauddi in the Punjab region, chedugudu in Andhra Pradesh and bhavatik in Maldives. Kabaddi received international exposure during the 1936 Berlin Olympics, demonstrated by India. The game was introduced in the Indian National Games at Calcutta in 1938. In 1950 the All India Kabaddi Federation (AIKF) came into existence and framed the rules. The AIKF was reconstituted as The Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI) in 1972 and the first national tournament for men was held in Chennai. The game was included for the first time in the Asian Games in Beijing in 1990 where seven teams took part.

The Department of Posts conducts All India Postal Kabaddi Tournament every year in different Postal Circles. 30th All India Postal Kabaddi Tournament was held in Bengaluru at Sree Kanteerava Stadium from 29th November to 2nd December for the year 2016 at the behest of the Directorate of the Department of Posts. Kabbadi team of Karnataka Postal Circle won the tournament for four consecutive years from 2009 to 2013 and became runners-up in 2015. On the occasion of 30th All India Postal Kabaddi Tournament a Special Cover was released on 2nd December 2016 at Bengaluru by Ms Usha Chandrashekar, Chief PMG, Karnataka Circle. (Special Cover approval no. KTK/24/2016).

Only 8 circles took part in the tournament and following are the winners of the 30th All India Postal Kabaddi Tournament. 

Winner : Tamil Nadu Circle

Runners-up : Karnataka Circle

Third position : Andhra Pradesh Circle

Commemorative Stamp on AIIMS (All-India Institute of Medical Sciences) - 3rd December 2016.

 All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) was established in 1956 as an institution of national importance by an Act of Parliament with the objects to develop patterns of teaching in Undergraduate and Post-graduate Medical Education in all its branches so as to demonstrate a high standard of Medical Education in India; to bring together in one place educational facilities of the highest order for the training of personnel in all important branches of health activity; and to attain self-sufficiency in Post-graduate Medical Education. AIIMS is located at Ansari Nagar in Delhi, adjacent to the South Extension-II market, and lies on the south-eastern quadrant of Aurbindo Marg and Inner Ring Road crossing.

AIIMS was established in New Delhi after former Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru's initial proposal to set up the institute in Calcutta was turned down by the then Chief Minister of West Bengal Bidhan Chandra Roy. It was the vision of Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, the first Health Minister of India, to establish an institute of such nature in India. The institute's buildings were formally opened by the British monarch on January 27, 1961 at an impressive ceremony attended by the then President Rajendra Prasad. The Institute has comprehensive facilities for teaching, research and patient-care. As provided in the Act, AIIMS conducts teaching programs in medical and para-medical courses both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and awards its own degrees. Teaching and research are conducted in 42 disciplines. In the field of medical research AIIMS is the lead, having more than 600 research publications by its faculty and researchers in a year. AIIMS also runs a College of Nursing and trains students for B.Sc.(Hons.) Nursing post-certificate) degrees.

As a part of Diamond Jubilee celebration of AIIMS, a Commemorative Stamp was released by The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh and MoS for Communications and Railways Shri Manoj Sinha at the 44th Annual Convocation of the AIIMS in New Delhi on 3rd December 2016 in presence of Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare and other dignitaries.

SB Order 14/2016 : Withdrawal of Legal Tender Character of Existing Rs.500/- and Rs.1000/- banknotes - SB Orders regarding cash requirement of Post Offices

Re-designation of the post of PMG (Mail & BD) , Mumbai as PMG , Navi Mumbai Region

Re-designation of the Post PMG /DPS and redeployment -reg

CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965 - Clarification regarding effect of warning, censure etc on promotion.

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Change of date of holiday on account of Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad during 2016 for all Central Government administrative offices located at Delhi/New Delhi.

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CHQ News...

All Circle Secretaries and CHQ Office Bearers are requested to contact GS immediately. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Encouraging usage of Debit Cards among Government employees

PIB Release on unfounded and baseless apprehension created on jewellery with the household

RBI to issue new Rs 20/50 notes; old bills to continue

New Delhi, Dec 4 (PTI) The Reserve Bank today said it will issue new currency notes of Rs 20 and Rs 50 denominations with numerals in ascending size in the number panels and without intaglio printing.

The old notes of Rs 20 and Rs 50 will remain legal tender.

These new notes come against the backdrop of government last month scrapping Rs 500/1000 currency notes to crack down on black money.

"The Reserve Bank of India will shortly issue Rs 20 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi Series-2005, with inset letter L in both the number panels, bearing signature of Dr Urjit R Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India, and the year of printing '2016' printed on the reverse of the banknote," RBI said in a statement.

The design and security features of these banknotes will be similar to the banknotes of Rs 20 denomination with the ascending font of numerals in both the number panels and without intaglio print issued earlier in Mahatma Gandhi Series- 2005, it said.

RBI also said that all the banknotes in the denomination of Rs 20 issued by the Bank in the past will continue to be legal tender.

About Rs 50 notes RBI said, "The Reserve Bank will shortly issue Rs 50 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi Series-2005, without inset letter in both the number panels, bearing signature of Dr Urjit R Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India, and the year of printing '2016' printed on the reverse of the banknote." 

It said that the design and security features of these banknotes will be similar to the banknotes of Rs 50 denomination with the ascending font of numerals in both the number panels and without intaglio print issued earlier in Mahatma Gandhi Series- 2005.

All the banknotes in the denomination of Rs 50 issued by the Bank in the past will continue to be legal tender, it added.

Today 06.12.2016 Holiday for Tamil Nadu Postal circle on account of Chief minister`s death

From: CPMG Tamilnadu Circle
Sent: 06 December 2016 09:19

Subject : Closed Holiday on 6 December 2016

To: PMG Chennai City Region;; PMG Coimbatore Region; PMG Madurai Region; PMG Tiruchirappalli Region; Director of Accounts (P), Chennai; ptcmadurai.dop;; cpctncircle.dop

Cc:;; 'prasanna'

Madam/ Sir,

I am directed to intimate that as per the Directive of Directorate all the offices in Tamilnadu Postal Circle will have closed holiday on 6 December 2016.

Asst. Director (Admin)
O/o the Chief Postmaster General
Tamilnadu Circle, Chennai

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is no more

Her mortal remains will be kept in state at the historic Rajaji Hall on Tuesday to enable the public to pay homage.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is no more. Seventy-four days after being admitted to hospital here, the general secretary of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam passed away at 11.30 p.m. on Monday. She did not respond to emergency life support treatment administered after she suffered a cardiac arrest a day earlier. She was 68.

Late in the night, her body was being taken to ‘Veda Nilayam’, her residence in Poes Garden in the heart of Chennai. Officials said her mortal remains would be kept in state at the historic Rajaji Hall on Tuesday to enable the public to pay homage.

An hour before the announcement about her death was made, the police strength outside the Apollo Hospitals was increased and the route from the hospital to her residence was cleared for traffic. Security personnel took position outside in good measure.

Around midnight Sasikala Natarajan, her trusted aide of over 30 years, who was by her side since the time Jayalalithaa was admitted on September 22, left the Apollo Hospitals for Poes Garden.

Jayalalithaa was one of the country’s most articulate and determined political personalities and a top film actress of the 1960s and 1970s. She showed enormous resolve in fighting one obstacle after another since the time she stepped into the world of politics in June 1982, under the mentorship of Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran (MGR), the founder of the AIADMK and her lead co-star in 28 Tamil films.

Scenes of sorrow

The death plunged the State and the party into grief. AIADMK cadres and other members of the public who had massed outside the hospital wailed inconsolably, beating their chests, as the news was announced after weeks of anxiety, which peaked on Monday. The State declared a seven-day mourning and a holiday for educational institutions for three days. The national flag and the AIADMK flag would be flown at half-mast as a mark of mourning.

Announcing her death shortly after midnight in a bulletin, the Apollo Hospitals referred to the cardiac arrest she suffered on the evening of December 4 “even while our intensivist was in her room”. It added: “Despite our best efforts, the Honourable Chief Minister’s underlying conditions rendered her unable to recover and she passed away at 11.30 p.m. today.”

On November 13, Jayalalithaa had been moved to a private room after she had miraculously battled multiple health complications.
A one-time propaganda secretary of the party and a former Rajya Sabha MP, Jayalalithaa steered the AIADMK since 1989 when the party, which had split into two following MGR’s death in December 1987, reunited under her stewardship. In the last six years, the political fortunes of the AIADMK soared to a new high with Jayalalithaa leading it to back-to-back victories in the 2011 Assembly elections, local body polls, the 2014 Parliamentary polls and the last Assembly elections in May 2016.

Since 2011, Jayalalithaa had launched several public welfare schemes doling out numerous freebies under the ‘Brand Amma’, such as launching the Amma Unavagam (canteen), Amma Water, Amma Salt — winning accolades nationally and endearing herself to the masses.

Source :

Mahaparinivaran Din : 6th December

RTI Reply about sanction strength of IP/ASP of Haryana and Assam Circle

Remaining Circles, Circle Secretaries and CHQ Office Bearers are requested to ensure submission of their Circles information on the same line to GS immediately. This information is required for preparation of cadre restructuring proposal. It is also requested to IPs/ASPs working in CO to meet the concerned officer and request him/her for supply of information at once.

Monday, December 5, 2016

1st meeting of the National Anomaly Committee

The 1st meeting of the National Anomaly Committee was held on 01.12.2016 on the anomaly of calculation of the disability pension for Defence Forces Personnel as per the recommendations of the 7th CPC. The representative of the Armed Forces made a presentation in the meeting demanding that the recommendations of the 7th CPC to grand disability pension on a slab system if implemented will lead to an anomaly between the civilian side and the Defence Forces Personnel because the civilian side will continue to be governed under a percentage based system. 

After studying the presentation, the Staff Side of NC-JCM has suggested that the slab system will be beneficial to the lower Rank personnel and hence both the slab system and percentage system may be accepted by the Govt. on an optional basis, alternatively the slab amount recommended by 7th CPC can be increased to avoid the anomalous situation. Secretary (P) informed that the issue would be further studied in consultation with CGDA.

Procedure to find common no of live accounts & No of accounts opened in a particular Period

User Id and password - login with supervisor only
command - HFINRPT
Report Option - common no of live accounts
from date -01-11-2016  To date- 30.11.2016
Solid - give your solid 

Then generate Report and in HPR menu find the no of live accounts for each scheme.

To know the No. of Accounts opened in a particular period

Step by Step Procedure in Detail 

1. Invoke HACS menu
2. Enter SOL ID
3. Enter General Ledger Subhead Code (Click on the Searcher to know the code for a particular scheme)
4. Enter Scheme Code
5. Enter Open Date (Low) - From date
6. Open Date (High) - To date
7. Select Include Closed A/cs as NO (By default, it is selected as NO only)
8. Click on SUBMIT (F10)
9. System will display the number of accounts opened in that particular period along with the list.





Thanks to Shri. Sishir Kumar Deuri, SA Athagarh HO

Economy in use of paper – Digitisation of publications to save on stationery and expenditure

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
(Department of Expenditure)

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 30th November, 2016


Subject: Economy in use of paper – Digitisation of publications to save on    stationery and expenditure

Ministry of Finance has been issuing instructions from time to time on expenditure management, fiscal discipline and on the need for economy and rationalisation of Government expenditure. Instructions on use of judicious use of paper have been issued by this Department in the past and similar instructions are also contained in the Manual of Office Procedure published by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances.

2.Expenditure Management Commission has also recommended that publications should be digitised wherever possible, to save on stationery and expenditure. Considering that electronic publications (e-publications) are environment friendly, all Ministries / Departments may review the utilisation of their different publications and to start with e-publish some of their non-Statutory publications while considerably reducing use of paper e-publications would also serve as a good digital repository for posterity that can be accessed anywhere unlike manual publications.

3.All Ministries / Departments may issue suitable instructions in this regard in respect of organisations / entities and field organisations under their administrative control.

4.This issues with the approval of FS and Secretary Expenditure.

(N. Radhakrishnan)
Director (E. Coord)

Revision of Income limit for dependency for the purpose of providing Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) coverage to family members of the CGHS covered employees subsequent to implementation of recommendation of the seventh Central Pay Commission.

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Minutes of Meeting of Standing Committee of National Council (JCM) Staff Side held on 25th October, 2016 under the Chairmanship of Secretary (P).

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Increasing number of women are now reporting cases of sexual harassment at workplace

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Women and Child Development

02-December-2016 14:53 IST 

Increasing number of women are now reporting cases of sexual harassment at workplace: Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi

Government of India has enacted the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 and Criminal Law Amendment Act, 2013 with the objective to provide safe and secure workplace environment to women. As per the National Crime Records Bureau data, 57 and 119 cases of sexual harassment at workplace were reported under section 509 IPC in the year 2014 and 2015 respectively. This increase in number shows that more and more women are coming forward to seek police assistance in such cases and are not suffering in silence. For reasons behind sexual harassment of women at workplace socio-culture mindset which is an outcome of deeply rooted patriarchal social constructs is the major reason. 

The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 mandates constitution of Internal Complaint Committee (ICC) in all workplace whether public or private. A woman has the right to submit her complaint directly to the Internal Complaints Committee so constituted. In case internal complaint committee is not constituted in any organisation than the complaint could be made to Local Complaints Committee constituted at district level. 

This information was given by the Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

Regarding relaxation in the limit of withdrawal of cash from bank deposit accounts

From: Director (CBS)

Sent: 29 November 2016 18:28

To: All CPMG; CPMG Telangana Circle

Cc: All PMG; All Postal Divisions; DDG (Financial Services); ADG (CBS)

Subject:  Regarding relaxation in the limit of withdrawal of cash from bank deposit accounts

Respected Sir/Madam,

Please find attached the RBI Notification regarding relaxation in the limit of withdrawal of cash from bank deposit accounts. The instructions of RBI stipulates that withdrawals may be allowed for deposits made in current legal tender notes on or after 29.11.2016 beyond the current limits preferably, available higher denomination bank notes of Rs. 2000/- and 500/- are to be issued for such withdrawals.

This instructions of RBI is applicable only for those depositors who deposits valid legal tender notes and seeking withdrawal, for whom the current limit of (Rs. 24000/-) is relaxed.

The following are the procedure to be followed:-

The withdrawal exceeding the current limits may be allowed only in the home SOL of the account holder.

The Finacle application should validate the withdrawals exceeding the limit for those depositors who deposit the current legal tender notes on or after 29.11.2016. For this purpose a Patch needs to be deployed.

The counter PA should maintain a separate register for entering details of such deposit transactions. The proforma of the register is as follows:-

Name of the Account Holder
SB Account Number
Amount Deposited through current legal tender notes
Deno. of legal tender notes
Counter PA Sign.
PM/SPM/ Counter Supervisor Signature
Date and amount of withdrawal, if any

4. The depositors who are depositing current legal tender notes on or after 29.11.2016 should write the denomination of currency notes on the pay in slip.

5. After acceptance of deposit by post office, the concerned PA should acknowledge the tendering of currency notes on the back side of the counterfoil of the pay in slip and write the Sl. No. of the entry in above mentioned register.

6. While allowing withdrawal the Counter PA should consult the prescribed Register and make necessary entries for the cash withdrawal from the respective account.

7. Counter PA should maintain the details of cash received and remitted to Treasurer separately for WOS Notes and Current Legal Notes.

CEPT team / FSI vendor is requested to put in place necessary validation by deploying a Patch in Finacle application. Further detail will be intimated in due course.

In the meanwhile, necessary instructions may be issued to all concerned.

With regards,

Sachin Kishore
Director (CBS)
Sansad Marg,

Dak Bhavan