Monday, May 2, 2016

Postal Deptartment's deficit jumps 14% to Rs 6,259 crore in FY15

The deficit of Department of Posts (DoP) increased by 14.35 per cent to Rs 6,258.60 crore for fiscal 2014-15 due to increased staff costs.

The deficit stood at Rs 5,473.10 crore in 2013-14, the annual report of the department said.

Gross working expenditure stood at Rs 18,556.56 crore in 2014-15 as against Rs 16,796.71 crore in the preceding year.

"The increase was mainly due to payment of dearness allowance/annual increment, modified assured career progression, leave encashment during leave travel concession, cost of materials, fuel etc," the report said.

Total revenue earned including remuneration from savings bank and savings certificates in 2014-15 also increased 8.44 per cent to Rs 11,635.98 crore and the amount received from other ministries as agency charges (recoveries) was Rs 661.98 crore.

The total revenue for the year 2013-14 stood at Rs 10,730.42 crore and recoveries were to the tune of Rs 593.19 crore.

"During the financial year 2014-15, the deficit of the Department was Rs 6,258.60 crore against the previous year's deficit of Rs 5,473.10 crore, which is an increase of 14.35 per cent," the report added.

The Post Office provides postal services to the public through a large nationwide network. Besides providing purely postal services, post offices perform agency functions like saving bank, payment of pension, sale of cash certificate, among others, on behalf of other ministries of the government.

Source:-The Economic Times

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Kerala gets stay order on transfer of PM (IP LIne ) post to General Line.



Commemorative Postage Stamp on "Govardhanram Tripathi"

Commemorative Postage Stamp on "Govardhanram Tripathi" was released on 27.04.2016.  The stamp was released by Lt. Col. D. K. S. Chauhan, CPMG Gujarat Circle in the gracious presence of Smt. Anandiben Patel, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Gujarat.





Circle Conference : Haryana Circle

It has been reported by Shri Karam Singh Jhajholia, Circle Secretary, All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendent Posts that 20th Biennial Circle Conference of Haryana Circle will he held at Hotel "LE GEM" G. T. Road, Near Mini Secretariat, Opp. PVR Cinemas, Panipat-132103 on 15th May 2016. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Supplementary DPC for promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B for the year 2015-16 ..... update

Shri Arup Seal, Circle Secretary, West Bengal Circle reported that ADPS (Staff) o/o CPMG West Bengal Circle, Kolkatta has today called for copies of APARs of 5 officers from their divisional head for submission to Directorate. He is directed to monitor the receipt of APARs from concern unit/s and its submission to Directorate. 

Shri Bhupender Parashar, Circle President, Rajasthan Circle reported that ADPS (Staff) o/o CPMG, Rajasthan Circle, Jaipur has already submitted the requisite information to Directorate on 12/4/2016. He is  directed to confirm from circle administration as to whether really required information and documents submitted to Directorate or otherwise. 

Sify wins National Award for Department of Post (DoP) Network Integration Project

SANTA CLARA, California, April 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sify Technologies Limited (NASDAQ:SIFY), headquartered in Chennai, India, a leader in Managed Enterprise, Network, IT and Applications services in India with global delivery capabilities, has won the award for the "Best Use of Technology for Social Cause" for its Department of Post (DoP) Network Integration Project, at the Dataquest Business Technology Awards.

As part of the Rs. 1877.20 Cr DoP modernization/IT automation drive/program, Sify was mandated to build and connect endpoints inclusive of both sorting and administration offices. Sify has played an immensely crucial role by building the largest integrated MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) network in India for the postal services. The total scale of the project involved connecting 28,818 post offices in Phase I; 60% of it across rural parts of the country. Geographically, this covers more than 172000 villages and towns.

Congratulating Sify on the award, Mrs. Kavery Banerjee, Secretary (Posts), Government of India, said, "Sify has been an important partner for the Department of Posts in the IT Modernization Project that aims at transforming the Department from a physical to a digital network. Sify has networked post offices, mail offices and administrative offices of the Department, using multiple modes of connectivity, such as MPLS, Leased Line, wired or wireless internet in diverse geographical locations spread across the length & breadth of India. Further to completion, Sify will continue to maintain this network of over 28,000 offices till 2019."

Commenting on the win, Mr. Kamal Nath, Chief Executive Officer, Sify Technologies Limited, said, "We have started 2016 on a great note with this win. And this award has come close on the heels of the launch of our largest global innovation and development center in India in Hyderabad. I wish to congratulate and thank the various teams in Sify that have worked so hard on this project. The DoP implementation is a landmark project for us that truly showcases Sify's industry-leading network integration capabilities. In building this network, Sify has effectively commissioned the largest MPLS network in India. This award highlights and validates our commitment and efforts to become India's largest integrated ICT Company."

Sify's new-age network for DoP facilitates real time transactions and enables banking for the "unbanked" sections of the society. The people benefited by the initiative include approximately 1.44 million citizens who now have access to real-time banking, banking instruments and banking services. Apart from the transactional benefit to the unbanked, this project holds promise to the banking majors to establish sister units in the most remote parts of the country. This project has also aided the Indian Postal Network into becoming the largest seamlessly integrated logistical provider. Each customer is now a digital address and the transportation capacity of the postal system can now be converted and utilized by ecommerce majors across India.

About Sify Technologies

Sify is among the largest integrated ICT Solutions and Services companies in India, offering end-to-end solutions with a comprehensive range of products delivered over a common telecom data network infrastructure reaching more than 1300 cities and towns in India. This telecom network today connects 38 Data Centers across India including Sify's 6 Tier 3 Data Centers across the cities of Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru. A significant part of the company's revenue is derived from Enterprise Services, comprised of Telecom services, Data Center services, Cloud and Managed services, Applications Integration services and Technology Integration services. Sify also provides services that cater to the burgeoning demands of the SMB community, much of it on its Cloud services platform.

Certifications

Sify is ISO 9001:2008 certified for Enterprise Sales, Provisioning, support and customer relationship management of ICT solutions and services including VPN, Network, Voice, Data Center hosting, Integration services, security services and managed services. Sify has been certified in ISO / IEC 20000 - 1:2011 and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certified for Internet Data Center operations. Sify has been certified in SSAE16 SOC2 Type II for Cloud Infrastructure and in TL 9000 for Enterprise Network Services, Network Integration Services including Design, Implementation and Support services. The latter certification is telecommunication industry's quality system standard that expands the requirements of the International Standards Organization's ISO 9000 quality management standard in use by industries worldwide. Sify has Unified License to operate NLD (National Long Distance), ILD (International Long Distance) services and ISP services and offers VoIP backhaul for international carriers. With the Sify Cable landing station and partnerships with submarine cable companies globally, Sify is present in almost all the spheres of the ICT eco system.

Sify has an expanding base of Managed Services customers, both in India and overseas, and is India's first enterprise managed services provider to launch a Security Operations Center (SOC) to deliver managed security services.  The software team develops applications and offers services to improve business efficiencies of its current and prospective client bases. Sify also offers services in the specialized domains of eLearning, both in India and globally. For more information about Sify, visit www.sifycorp.com.

Source :  http://globenewswire.com

No scope to major changes in 7th Pay Commission recommendations: Finmin

New Delhi: Finance Ministry sources today said on condition of anonymity, there is no scope to major changes in 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

The sources came up with the remark while talking to us about hiking of pay scales of all central government employees and officials by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries than the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

Those who will hope over this issue will gain nothing but some minor changes on 7th Pay Commission recommendations of pay scales are possible, they added.

Replying to a question, the sources said, “The demand of central government employees over their pay scales is likely to be lightly considered by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries.

They said adding “Though Finance minister Arun Jaitley had promised them that they will get proper pay scales with hiking minimum pay of lower paid employees, after the review of the new pay scales by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries.”

The 7th Pay Commission headed by Justice A K Mathur recommended on November 19, the highest basic salary at Rs 250,000 and the lowest at Rs 18,000 and its increased the pay gap between the minimum and maximum from existing 1:12 to 1:13.8, while all pay commissions made up pay gap between employees and officers from second Pay Commission 1:41 ratio to Sixth pay commission 1:12.

A 13-member secretary-level Empowered Committee headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha was formed by the central government in January to review the 7th Pay Commission proposals before cabinet nod.

Source :  https://www.tkbsen.in/2016/04/no-scope-to-major-changes-in-7th-pay-commission-recommendations-finmin/  

Special benefit in cases of. death and disability in service- Revision of Disability Pension/Family pension of Pre-2006 disability pensioners/ Family Pensioners-regarding.

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Government gives in to pressure, EPF interest rate increased to 8.8% from 8.7%

Giving in to pressure from trade unions, the finance ministry has agreed to increase interest rate on provident funddeposits to 8.8 per cent from the 8.7 per cent decided by it earlier.

The rollback comes after the Finance Ministry and the Labour Ministry were locked in an intense tussle over the rate of interest on EPFdeposits for 2015-16 with the former pegging the rate at 8.7 per cent, 10 basis points lower than decided by the EPFO.

The Labour Ministry sought a review of the Finance Ministry's decision after trade unions, including the RSS-backed Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh attacked the lowering of the rate.

Finance Ministry had defended its decision to pay 8.7 per cent interest on EPF saying last year's surplus would have to be used to pay this rate.

Opposing the lowering of interest rate, as many as 10 central trade unions decided to hold a day-long protest against the Finance Ministry's decision. A Finance Ministry source said the earlier decision was based on "pure arithmetic calculation" and is aimed at ensuring sustainability of the EPFO and providing "stable returns" to its members in falling interest rate scenario.

Source:-The Economic Times

Money Gram discontinued w.e.f. 2/5/2016


Shri S. K. Sinha is our new DG


Review of performance of public servants

The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions is aware that review of performance of public servants occurs only after attaining age of 50 years or completion of 30 years of service. As per Fundamental Rule (FR) 56 (j): 

“The Appropriate Authority shall, if it is in the opinion that it is in the public interest so to do, have the absolute right to retire any Government servant by giving him notice of not less than three months in writing or three months’ pay and allowances in lieu of such notice:

If he is in Group ‘A’ or Group ‘B’ service or post in a substantive, quasi-permanent or temporary capacity and had entered Government service before attaining the age of 35 years, after he has attained the age of 50 years. 

(i) in any other case after he has attained the age of fifty-five years”. 

(ii) In addition, as per Rule 48 of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972, at any time after a Government servant has completed thirty years' qualifying service, he may be required by the appointing authority to retire in the public interest, and in the case of such retirement the Government servant shall be entitled to a retiring pension provided that the appointing authority may also give a notice in writing to a Government servant at least three months before the date on which he is required to retire in the public interest or three months' pay and allowances in lieu of such notice. 

Further, as per Rule 16(3) (amended) of the All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958, the Central Government may, in consultation with the State Government concerned, require a Member of the Service to retire from Service in public interest, after giving such Member at least three month's previous notice in writing or three month's pay and allowances in lieu of such notice,
after the review when such Member completes 15 years of qualifying Service; or

(i) after the review when such Member completes 25 years of qualifying Service or attains the age of 50 years, as the case may be; or 

(ii) if the review referred to in (i) or (ii) above has not been conducted, after the review at any other time as the Central Government deems fit in respect of such Member.

(iii) The above provisions have been reiterated from time to time and recently vide DoPT’s O.M. No. 25013/02/2005-AIS-II dated 28.06.2012 and 03.08.2015, and O.M. No. 25013/1/2013-Estt.A-IV dated 11.09.2015. 

Disciplinary cases are conducted as per prescribed procedures. Normally, the details and monitoring of disciplinary cases is to be done by the respective cadre authorities. The Central Government has also from time to time been stressing on the need to complete disciplinary cases expeditiously and monitoring the same. 

This was stated by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Vivek Gupta in the Rajya Sabha today. 

Source:-PIB

Disclosure of information under RTI

As per guidelines dated 15.04.2015 issued by the Government of India, the Ministries/Departments of the Government of India and other Public Authorities are proactively working towards suo-motu disclosure of information on their websites so as to reduce the need for filing RTI applications.   

As per the Annual Report of the Central Information Commission (CIC), 75.27% of the Public Authorities have filed their Annual Returns to the CIC for 2014-15, which is higher than the figure of 72.54 % for 2013-14, indicating an improved compliance over the previous year.

With a view to maximize suo-motu disclosure by public authorities, Government has issued guidelines to all the Ministries/Departments of Govt. of India on 15.4.2013. Government has further issued O.M. dated 29.06.2015 ensuring compliance to the recommended measures for strengthening implementation of Section 4 of RTI Act, by all public authorities.  Another O.M. dated 9.7.2015 has been issued for appointment of a nodal officer of the rank of Joint Secretary for implementation of Section 4 of RTI Act. 
The CIC has provided web based software known as RTI Annual Return Information System for uploading annual return online at URL http://rtiaar.nic/rtiar09/login.asp.
The CIC has, from time to time, issued letters to various defaulting Public Authorities for submission of quarterly returns.

This was stated by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri A. W. Rabi Bernard in the Rajya Sabha today.


Source:-PIB

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Reservation in promotion

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
28-April-2016 15:08 IST

Reservation in promotion

Extant instructions of DoPT provide that reservation in promotion by non-selection method is available to SCs and STs in all Groups i.e. Group A, B, C & D. In case of promotion by selection method, reservation is available to SCs and STs upto lowest rung of Group A. There is no reservation in promotion by selection within Group A. Reservation in posts by promotion under the existing scheme is applicable in which the element of direct recruitment, if any, does not exceed 75%.

In accordance with Supreme Court judgment dated 15.07.2014, results of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination 1996 for Section Officer grade were revised by UPSC. Appellants, who were declared successful in the modified results of SO LDCE 1996, were included in SOSL 1996 by this Department. Later the benefit was extended to similarly placed SC/ST officers who were declared qualified in the modified results of SO LDCE 1996. On their inclusion in SOSL 1996, these officers have become eligible for consideration for promotion to the next grade (Under Secretary) on completion of eight years of approved service in SO grade i.e. they become eligible for consideration in USSL 2004 onwards subject to the size of the zone. A proposal for review of USSLs 2004 and 2005 has been forwarded to UPSC in which these officers have been included in the zone.

This was stated by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Ronald Sapa Tlau in the Rajya Sabha today.

Supplementary DPC for promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B for the year 2015-16

It is learnt from Directorate that supplementary DPC for promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B for the year 2015-16 is delayed due to non receipt of APRs of 5 officers each from Rajasthan Circle and West Bengal Circle. 

Directorate vide memo No. 9-02/2015-SPG dated 02.03.2016 called for fresh vigilance clearance, statement showing details of pending punishment if any and attested copies of APARs from 2009-10 to 2013-14 from all circles by giving target date 10/3/2016, but till date Rajasthan and West Bengal circle has not submitted the requisite documents to Directorate and therefore supplementary DPC is badly delayed. 

It is requested to Circle Secretaries and members of Rajasthan and West Bengal Circle to meet ADPS (Staff) of their circle on 29-4-2016 and request them to submit the required and requisite information / documents as early as possible to Directorate. Actual ADPS (Staff) has to personally hand over the documents, records and APARs in person at Directorate. 

To view the copy of Directorate memo No. 9-02/2015-SPG dated 02.03.2016, please CLICK HERE. 

Media report pay commission implementation within June/July

7th Pay Commission: Govt employees likely to get huge pay checks by June-July 2016.

Central government employees' wait to get higher salaries under the 7th Pay Commission will be over in two months.

As per a CNBC-TV18 report, hefty payouts are likely to happen between early June and late July this year.

Quoting government officials, the report said that the Empowered Group of Secretaries will likely to accept the pay commission's recommendations on salaries and pension payouts.

It may be recalled that the government had set up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which will have bearing on the remuneration of 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners.

The implementation of the new pay scales is estimated to put an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore on the exchequer in 2016-17. Subject to acceptance by the government, they will take effect from January 1, 2016.


Preparation of Combined All India Seniority List of Inspector Posts for the year 2001 and onwards ....updates

All are aware that Directorate vide memo No. 7-1/2015-SPB-II dated 28/7/2015 directed to all circles to submit year wise list of Inspectors from 2001 onwards for preparation of combined All India Seniority List. As the Directorate has not received correct information from few circles and therefore reminder was issued on 30th December 2015 to all circles with a direction to submit the required information/documents in the prescribed format on or before 5/1/2016.

Today, it is learnt from Directorate that most of the circles have submitted the requisite information to Directorate and now staff of SPB division is busy in preparation of combined All India Seniority List of Inspector Posts from 2001 onwards.  While scrutiny of reports / lists received from circle, few mistakes / irregularities are noticed and same will be getting cleared over phone. So it is requested to all CS and members to appraise this to their circle administration and whenever telephonic call received from SPB division, the same should be attended promptly and resolve the doubts raised by Directorate staff on the spot.

Secondly, as per the request of our Association, Directorate is going to release draft seniority lists in phased manner very soon

Govt likely to implement 7th Pay Commission award around September-October

New Delhi: The Central government employees will have to wait till September-October to get higher salaries under the 7th Pay Commission.

As per a Financial Express report, government is expecting that higher salaries released around the festival period starting with Durga Puja and Diwali will boost consumption, which will have a multiplier effect on the economy.

Though the employees will get arrears with retrospective effect from January 1, no retrospective arrears in allowances will be given. With the move, the exchequer would be able to save around  Rs 11,000 crore.

The commission had estimated the additional outgo in FY17 due to its award at R73,650 crore.

Read at  http://7thcpcnews.in/govt-likely-to-implement-7th-pay-commission-award-around-september-october/

Changes in NPS-PIB NEWS

The Government has proposed the following in the Finance Bill, 2016 with regard to the National Pension System (NPS):

i. Allowing 40 per cent of the NPS corpus tax exempt on lump sum withdrawal.

ii. Waiving service tax on the NPS corpus utilized for purchase of annuity.

iii. The amount receivable by the nominee in case of death of the subscriber covered under NPS has been made tax exempt.

iv. One-time portability without any tax implication has been allowed to the subscriber for shifting from recognized provident fund to NPS.

v. One-time portability without any tax implication has been allowed to the subscriber for shifting from superannuation fund to NPS.

As per the provisions of the Finance Bill, 2016, 40 per cent of the pension corpus under NPS is proposed to be tax exempt on lump sum withdrawal. Also, the proposal in the Union Budget, 2016-17 for taxation of 60 per cent of provident fund corpus under the Income Tax Act, 1961 has been withdrawn by the Government. Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) remains an Exempt Scheme.

However, EPF and NPS are different schemes available to separate categories of subscribers and they are not comparable on one-to-one basis.

This information given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

Updated status report regarding promotion / postings of officers in PS Gr. B cadre issued vide Notification dated 10/11/2015.

Updated status report regarding promotion / postings of officers in PS Gr. B cadre issued vide Notification dated 10/11/2015.

Sl. No.
Name of the officer
Present
Circle
New Circle / Unit of posting on promotion
Report
Remark
1
K. Soorappan
TN
TN
Joined
Retd on 31-3-16
2
T. Amudha Ganesan
TN
TN
Joined

3
S. Chennakrishnan
TN
TN
Joined

4
S. Subbba Rao
TN
TN
Joined

5
K. R. N.  Moorthy
Karnataka
Karnataka
Joined

6
L. Narasimhamurthy
Karnataka
Maharashtra
Declined

7
Bhagabat Sethi
Odisha
Assam
Joined

8
V. K. Gupta
Chhattisgarh
Chhattisgarh
Joined

9
C R Nagaraj Rao
Karnataka
Maharashtra
Not joined
Not relieved
10
S. Linga Setty
Karnataka
Karnataka
Joined

11
R. K. Chourasia
MP
UP
Not joined
Posting order not received
12
V. H. Nadagouda
Karnataka
Maharashtra
Joined

13
Gulab Chand Yadav
UP
UP
Joined

14
Banamai Patra
Odisha
Assam
Not joined
Not relieved
15
M. K. Maheswari
MP
UP
Not joined
Under punishment till 30.6.16
16
Ramal Vishwakarma
MP
UP
Not joined
Punishment current 3 yrs
17
H.S. Mahapatra
Odisha
Assam
Declined

18
A.K. Jain
MP
UP
Not joined
Posting order not received
19
V. K. Gautam
MP
MP
Not joined
Joined and retired on 31/3/16
20
Hari Sharan Pandey
MP
PTC Saharanpur
Declined

21
P. K Bahulkar
MP
PTC Saharanpur
Joined

22
Sahaeb Bera
WB
WB
Joined

23
Ravikant Sharma
J&K
J&K
Joined

24
Sanjay Kr. Bera
WB
WB
Joined

25
V. M. Rajanna
Karnataka
Maharashtra
Joined

26
A.N.Sushir
Maharashtra
Maharashtra
Joined

27
G. M. Nandanwar
Maharashtra
Maharashtra
Joined

28
M. R. Sakpal
Maharashtra
Maharashtra
Joined

29
Kamalakar V. Nagekar
APS (KTK)
Directorate 
Not joined 
Officer requested for allotment to KTK 
30
K. G. Raj Purohit
Rajasthan
Rajasthan
Joined

31
Anupam Ghosh
WB
WB
Joined

32
B. R. Bhirania
Rajasthan
Delhi
Joined

33
Madhab Mukherjee
WB
WB
Joined

34
Sheikh Mohd Noman
Odisha
Assam
Joined

35
Samujjal Goon
WB
WB
Joined

36
Chander Mohan Bhatt
J&K
J&K
Joined

37
Surya Kr. Pandey
UP
UP
Joined

38
Ashok Senapati
WB
WB
Joined

39
Jhantu Kr. Routh
WB
WB
Joined

40
Pulak Das
WB
WB
Joined

41
Birendra Nath Nandi
WB
WB
Joined

42
Mohd. Salim Khan
Rajasthan
Uttarakhand
Joined

43
Bidyut Kr. Roy
WB  
WB
Joined

44
Madhu Mirdha
Odisha
Assam
Declined

45
M. V. Basapur
Karnataka
Delhi
Declined

46
Mahadevaiah
Karnataka
Karnataka
Joined

47
S. L. Meena
Rajasthan
Delhi
Not joined
Likely to join on 29/4/16
48
K. Balasubramanian
TN
Delhi
Joined

49
K. K Bunkar
Rajasthan
UP
Joined

50
Brojogopal Sarkar
WB
WB
Joined

51
Baneswar Saha
WB
WB
Joined

52
M. P. Parmar
Gujarat
Gujarat
Not Joined
CO Ahmedabad not issued posting order, as there is confusion in caste of the officer
53
K. Arunachalam
TN
Delhi
Joined

54
P. Subramanian
TN
Delhi
Joined


It is requested to all members to confirm the above to GS immediately.