Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Consolidated instructions on incentives for sportspersons

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Indian Stamp.......

In its long and varied postal history, India has produced a large number of postage stamps. They have been produced by a number of techniques which include line engraving, typography, lithography, photogravure and web-offset. Stamps have been produced both for Postal Notice No. 43postage and for service or revenue. Definitives and commemoratives have been issued. Stamps have been produced both as unperforated sheets, perforated sheets and miniature sheets. The stamps have peen produced in a number of shapes. Many cases of overprinting exist - for converting the use of domestic postage stamps to service; to earmark stamps sold by field post offices attached with international control commissions and other reasons. The Indian Postal Service has issued stamps on many themes - relating to history, architecture, nature, culture and heritage.
First Postage Stamp of Independent India was issued on 21st November 1947 depicting Indian National Flag. Two other stamps were issued on 15th December 1947. Release of stamp was notified by Postal Notice No. 43 dated 19th November 1947.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Circle Conference.....Uttarakhand Circle

9th Biennial Circle Conference of All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents Posts, Uttarakhand Circle was held at Dehradun on 31st August 2014 and following officer bearers are elected unanimously. 

President : Shri Lalit Joshi, ASP (HQ), Pithoragarh 

Circle Secretary : Deepak Sharma, ASP (East) Dehradun 

Treasurer : Shri Rajiv Kumar II (Trg/PMU) CO Dehradun 

CHQ congratulate them and their entire team 

CHQ News....

General Secretary will not be available at HQ for a week. In case of any urgent work, members are requested to contact Mr. P. Ajit Kumar, AGS-I and ASP (RB) Postal Directorate on his mobile No. 09582425999.

Letter to DG i/c/w non-payment of RPLI incentives to Sub Divisional heads

No. GS/AIAIASP/RPLI-Incentive/2014                         dated  : 1/9/2014

To,
Ms Kavery Banerjee,
Director General, 
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi -110001.

Subject : Non payment of RPLI incentives to Sub Divisional Heads.

R/Madam,

IP/ASP Association would like to bring to your kind notice that PLI Directorate vide letter No. 26-2/2009-LI dated 16/1/2013 has issued clarification about admissibility of incentive to SDI (P) / ASPs for verification / scrutiny of RPLI proposals clarifying that neither the Directorate letter No. 26-02/2009-LI dated 18/9/2009 nor any other subsequent letter has been superseded by any of Directorate letter.  Unfortunately despite clear and repeated instructions most of the Postal Divisions in the country are not still paying incentive equal to 10% of the procurement commission paid to the Gramin Dak Sewaks and Gramin Dak BPMs whose proposals are verified by such SDI (P)/ASPs. As such these orders are found not implemented in true spirit in few circles.

Furthermore, the PLI/RPLI work has long back been decentralized to the Divisions. This has increased enormous work pressure on the Divisional Office, particularly, the IPs and ASPs working in the Divisional Office. At present Inspectorial staffs are burdened with variety of duties in addition to what has been enumerated in Chapter-III of Postal Manual Vol. VIII. The ceiling of Rs. 4000/- per annum honorarium was fixed by the Nodal Ministry, which includes, the honorarium paid for conducting departmental inquiries as IO or PO and also other allied additional works.

The quantum of honorarium paid for scrutiny of PLI/RPLI proposals is not commensurate with the quantum of work performed and the ceiling on honorarium is a major setback for the Inspectorial staff working in Divisional Offices. Therefore this Association requests your kind honour to replace the existing system of payment of honorarium for this work without a ceiling limit of Rs. 4000/- and Inspectorial Staff may be remunerated at the same rate not as honorarium but as incentive that do not have any limitations. Also call for reports from each and every Circles / Regions why incentive equal to 10% of the procurement commission as required in Directorate letter No. 26-2/2009-LI dated 16/1/2013 of the procurement commission paid to the GDS whose proposals are verified by SDI(P)/ASPs is not being paid despite clear instructions on the issue.

With regards,
                                                                Yours Sincerely,


                                                      Sd/-     
                                    (Vilas Ingale) 
                            General Secretary 

Reminder to Directorate i/c/w issue of combined All India Seniority List of IPs from the year 2000

No. CHQ/IPASP/Seniority List/2014                             Dated :    1/9/2014

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

Sub:  Issue of combined All India Seniority List of Inspector Posts from the year 2000….reg.

Ref.: Dte No. 9-9/2011-SPG dated 21-2-2014

Respected Sir,  

I would like to draw your kind attention to this Association's letter of even number dated 17/4/2014 vide which it was requested to issue combined All India Seniority List of Inspector Posts cadre from the year 2000 onwards in phase manner.  

Sir, as you well aware that issue of combined All India Seniority List of Inspector Posts cadre was unresolved since more than decade. During the course of personal meetings as well as over phone with you, it was assured that Seniority Lists will be issued in phase manner but till date there is no progress from Directorate. This one more issue is also badly delayed at Directorate.

        It is therefore once again fervently requested to look into the matter personally and cause of issue remaining all year’s seniority lists of Inspector Posts cadre in phase manner.

        A positive action in this vital issue will be appreciated.  
Yours Sincerely


 Sd/-
(Vilas Ingale)

General Secretary

Reminder to Directorate i/c/w grant of GP Rs.5400/- to ASP/PS Gr.B after completion of 4 years of regular service in GP of Rs.4800/- earned under MACP

No. CHQ/IPASP/GP/MACP/2013                                  Dated :    1/9/2014

To,                                                                           
The Director General,
Department of Posts, 
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001. 

Sub:  Request for grant of Grade Pay of Rs 5400/- to the ASPs after completion 4 years of regular service in G.P. of Rs. 4800/- earned under MACP Scheme

Respected Madam,

        Kindly refer to this Association’s letter of even number dated 15/6/2013 and subsequent reminders dated 16/9/2013 and 11/11/2013, 31/1/2014 and 17/4/2014 on the captioned subject. 

        As inscribed in the letters hitherto, your kind attention is hereby brought to the fact that the issue of grant of GP of Rs. 5400/- to ASPs and PS Gr. B officers after completion of 4 years of regular service in GP of Rs. 4800/- earned under MACP Scheme has not yet been solved even after lapse of considerable period and also present status of the case also not communicated to this Association.

        It is therefore once again requested to convey the approval of granting of Non Functional Grade Pay of 5400/- to all the ASP/PS Group B officers effective from the date they have completed 4 years regular service in Grade Pay of 4800/- at the earliest.

        A positive action in this vital issue is requested.
Yours Sincerely


Sd/- 
(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary



Copy forwarded for information and necessary action to :


Shri Arun Malik, Director (SR), Department of Posts, Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi 110001 w. r. to his letter No. 10-9/2013-SR dated 30th September, 2013. 

Reminder to Directorate i/c/w discrepancies in vacancies for Inspector Posts examination 2011 at Uttar Pradesh Circle.

No. GS/AIAIASP/UP/IP-Exam-11/2014                        dated  : 1/9/2014

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

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

R/Madam,

IP/ASP Association would like to invite your kind attention to its letter of even number dated 15/5/2014 and subsequent reminders dated 14/6/2014 and 19/7/2014 whereby it was requested to order for vigilance enquiry in connection with wrong calculation of vacancies by UP circle for LDCE for the promotion to the cadre of Inspector Posts examination 2011.  But instead this, Directorate vide letter No. A.34013/04/2014-DE dated 9/6/2014 has simply called for the detailed report on the factual position in the matter from CPMG, UP Circle, Lucknow which will never solve the issue and truthful position in the matter will not come into light.

 It is therefore urged upon to issue necessary instructions to DE division of Directorate to depute qualified officer from Directorate itself to investigate the matter in depth to get the proper justice to the candidates who appeared in the LDCE held in 2011.

An early action is requested.
                                                                Yours Sincerely,


                                                      Sd/-     
                                       (Vilas Ingale)   
                                General Secretary 

Central Govt likely to approve 7% additional DA

Govt to increase dearness allowance to 107 p.c The Government is likely to approve a hike in dearness allowance (DA) to 107 per cent from the existing 100 per cent, benefiting around 30 lakh Centre’s employees and its 50 lakh pensioners including dependents.

“The average rate of retail inflation for industrial workers from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 works out to be 7.25 per cent. Thus the Central government will hike dearness allowance for it employees by 7 per cent,” an official said. He said the Finance Ministry will now put a Cabinet proposal for approval of 7 per cent DA hike from July 1 this year as the revised Consumer Price Index-Industrial Workers data for June was released by Labour Ministry on Saturday.

With increase in DA, the pensioners will also gain as the benefit provided to them as dearness relief will be hiked to 107 per cent of basic pay. The previous UPA government had increased DA to 100 per cent from 90 per cent with effect from January 1, 2014, on February 28 on the basis of agreed formula for revision of the allowance. However, the central government employees’ union is not very enthused by the 7 per cent hike in the dearness allowance as their long pending demand of merger of DA with basic pay has not been given heed by 7th Pay Commission and the government.

“The erosion of value of wages is unbearable at 50 per cent dearness allowance. Now it will be 107 per cent. It is high time to merge DA with basic pay to provide relief to employees,” Confederation of Central Government Employees’ President KKN Kutty told PTI.

“We had summited our memorandum in this regard to 7th Pay Commission. They forwarded it to Central Government. We have apprised about the issue to the newly elected NDA government. But no decision has been taken so far,” he said. With merger of DA with basic pay, the salary and allowances paid in proportion of basic pay are increased.

As per earlier practise DA was merged with basic pay once it breached 50 per cent mark. But the 6th Pay Commission has disallowed that.

Source : The Hindu

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Notification for “Republic Day 2015 – Stamp Design Competition”

To view Notification issued by Philately Division of Directorate, please CLICK HERE. 

1,84,68,000 Accounts Opened in more than 70000 Camps Under Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
29-August-2014 17:50 IST

1,84,68,000 Accounts Opened in more than 70000 Camps Under Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana

Banks to hold such Camps on Weekly Basis, from 8 am to 8 pm on all saturdays to Achieve the Target of Covering Unbanked Households well in Time.

Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojna, an ambitious programme on Financial Inclusion to cover about 7.5 crore unbanked households in the country was launched here by the Prime Minister yesterday from Vigyan Bhawan. The Prime Minister has also asked that the target of opening 7.5 crore bank accounts is to be completed by 26th January, 2015.

Simultaneous launch functions were held in State Capitals and Districts through 79 Mega Camps in presence of the Union Ministers, the State Chief Ministers, MPs/MLAs and other dignitaries. In all more than 70000 camps were held all over the country and 1,84,68,000 accounts were opened.

It has been decided that henceforth, the bank will be holding such camps on weekly basis, from 8 am to 8 pm on all Saturdays so that the target of covering unbanked households is achieved well in time.

Under the scheme, a person from an unbanked household, opening an account will get a RuPay debit card with a Rs. 1 lakh accident insurance cover. An additional Rs. 30,000 life insurance cover for the accounts opened up to 26th January, 2015 was also announced by Hon’ble Prime Minister. The modalities of this additional life cover are being worked out by the Department of Financial Services.

Beneficiaries, who already have a bank account, are also eligible to take benefits of accident insurance of Rs. 1 lakh and life insurance of Rs. 30,000 under this scheme by getting a RuPay card issued from their bank branch before 26th January, 2015. 

Exclusivity of Central Government Health Scheme to be phased out

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

29-August-2014 10:46 IST


Exclusivity of Central Government Health Scheme to be phased out
Health Minister ushers in new era of transparency in departmental working.


Beginning September 1, 2014 the doors of 20 Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) wellness centres in Delhi will be thrown open to senior citizens from among the public for free consultation.


Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Health Minister, unveiled today a pilot project with wide ramifications for the future of public health care. There was wide criticism of the CGHS’ closed door policy towards people in need of medical help who were not family members of central government employees.


This is a pilot project for now. We will see how much demand accrues for the CGHS clinics and the ability of the clinics to handle demand from the general public before extending the service to more people in more cities,” Dr Harsh Vardhan said.


The service for senior citizens will be available on all working days between 1.30 pm and 3 pm. They will however not be given free medicines which is only for central employees.


On his first day in office, Dr Harsh Vardhan had announced that governance in all the outreach departments of the Ministry of Health would be made transparent. Within the first three months, the CGHS has completed a thorough review of its operations with the intention of identifying vulnerable spots which often offer scope for corruption.


The Minister has ordered that all information regarding medical claims that are pending for more than 30 days be put on the website, http://msotransparent.nic.in/cghsnew/index.asp. Over the years complaints had been piling up over the opaqueness of the process of reimbursing claims.


There were also complaints of CGHS doctors prescribing branded drugs beyond the approved list. Taking all factors into consideration, it has been decided that all beneficiaries and the public at large ought to know which the drugs are on the list and so they will be on view on the above-mentioned website, the Health Minister stated.


Dr Harsh Vardhan reiterated that henceforth only 1,447 generic and 622 branded medicines will be prescribed. Exceptions will be made only for patients suffering from cancer and similar diseases.


Additionally, it has been decided that CGHS beneficiaries will be provided with medicines for a maximum of one month. In case they are going abroad for extended periods, the medicines will be given for three months, he informed.


The CGHS doctors will be forbidden to prescribe investigations or implants that are not listed. A technical committee has been constituted to update the list of medicines, investigations, procedures, implants and other procedures of treatment.


Dr Harsh Vardhan said he is considering broad reforms in all wings of the ministry. “I encourage people, especially the media, to probe our affairs so that over time the employees realize the futility of trying to be corrupt. In addition, I will use information technology to prevent corruption at source.” 

Amendment to Rule 32, 56-81, Form 5 and Form 14 of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972

To view Department of Pension and Pensioner's Welfare Memo No. 1/19/2013-P&PW(E) dated 29th August 2014, please CLICK HERE. 

Remittance of CHQ Quota

Today, CHQ has received an amount of Rs. 10,000/- by eMO from Shri Pitabasa Jena, Circle Secretary of All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents Posts, Odisha Circle as CHQ quota for the year 2014-15. 

Circle Secretaries of remaining circles are requested to please remit their CHQ quota at the earliest. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Soon, attendance of govt staff to be tracked online through attendance.gov.in

In what could be a revolutionary step towards monitoring and tracking the work of government officials, the NDA government has launched an “attendance website” to serve as a centralised database for all central government employees.

Though the website, attendance.gov.in, is still in the process of being developed, officials said it is expected to be modelled on the lines of similar websites of the Jharkhand government and the Department of Electronics and Information Technology.

To illustrate, the home page of the Jharkhand government’s attendance website gives the total number of employees present on the given day, along with graphical representations of “real-time attendance” and statistics on the percentage of people logging into office during different time slots, giving an idea of how many officials come to office during the designated timings. Further, a search for any registered employee yields complete details, along with the employee’s attendance/leave status.

Officials said the Centre’s website is likely to emulate most of these features and is expected to be as open to the public. “This level of open tracking takes transparency to another level, a key focus of this government,” said an official.

The Narendra Modi government had recently directed all central government offices to introduce Aadhaar-based biometric attendance systems. Officials said this website is the next step in that direction. The attendance record entered on the biometric devices in government offices will feed the data to this website, which will act as a centralised management information system (MIS) for attendance.

The database for all central government staff will be maintained centrally with a unique six digit ID provided for each employee, based on either the last six or first six digits of the Aadhaar number. Currently, the website has over 16,000 registered users, spread across 113 organisations. The maximum number of officials registered currently are from the Planning Commission. There are no active users or active devices yet.

For an organisation/ department to be registered, the nodal officers of that department will have to login to the website and create a master list of locations of their offices, designation of their offices and divisions/ units/ groups within their organisation. Following this, each employee can start registering online by submitting the relevant details along with Aadhaar numbers.


Reminder to Secretary (Posts) to finalize Recruitment Rules of PS Gr. B cadre

No. CHQ/IPASP/CRC/2012                                            Dated :     29/8/2014.

To,                                                                                          
Ms Kavery Banerjee,   
Secretary (Posts)
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001. 

Subject : Issue of revised Recruitment Rules of PS Gr. B Cadre and reduce share of General Line officials from 6% to 3%…reg

Respected Madam,   
            
IP/ASP Association would like to draw your kind attention to its letters of even number dated 15/7/2013, 19/11/2013, 6/1/2014, 17/4/2014, 16/5/2014 and 21/6/2014 regarding finalization of Recruitment Rules of PS Gr. B cadre and reduction the share of General Line officials from 6% to 3% in LDCE for the promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B. But till date nothing is heard from Directorate.

Recently Directorate has finalized & circulated revised Recruitment Rules of HSG-I in Post Offices and RMS offices under Memo No. 4-26/2009-SPB-Ii dated 27th August 2014. But inspite of repeated request letters and detailed proposal under letter dated 4/7/2011 from this Association, no steps have been taken by Directorate to finalize RRs of PS Gr.B cadre. Actually, as per the clause 3.1.5 of DoPT OM No. AB-14017/48/2010-Estt (RR) dated 31st December 2010 “The Recruitment Rules should be reviewed once in 5 years with a view to effecting such changes as are necessary to bring them in conformity with the changed position, including additions to or reduction in the strength of the lower and higher level posts”. Due to non-settlement of this issue, Department has not conducted the LDCE for the promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B for the year 2013 and as well for the year 2014. Sr. Postmaster’s Examination also not held from 2010 onwards.

It is therefore requested to direct SPG Division to finalize RRs of PS Gr. B cadre at the earliest.                                                                                        
                                                                              Yours sincerely,

Sd/- 
(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary

Copy forwarded for necessary action to :


The Director (R & P), Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi 110001. He is requested to refer SR Division letter No. 09-01/2014-SR dated 11th January 2014. LDCE for the promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B for the year 2013 and 2014 may be conducted separately only after revision of Recruitment Rules of PS Gr. B cadre and reduction of share of General Line officials from 6% to 3%. 

Stamps and Coins Fest-2014 at Guntur : 5th - 7th September 2014.

The Guntur Numismatic and Philatelic Society, is organising 'Stamps and Coins Fest-2014', a State level competitive exhibition of stamps, coins and currency notes from 5th to 7th September 2014 at Balaji Mandapam on the premises of Sri Venkateswaraswamy Devalayam, Brundavan Gardens, Guntur to mark the 20th anniversary of the society. 

Inter school quiz, letter writing, drawing and elocution competitions, competitive exhibition for beginners in juniors and seniors category, exhibition of rare stamps, coins and currency notes and release of special covers on Telugu literature and culture, and workshops on philately and numismatics has been planned during the event. 

The last date for submitting entries is 30th August 2014. 
For details please contact on : 9866710379, 9866710379 or by email: gnpsguntur@gmail.com

India Ahimsapex-2014 at Lucknow : 30th Sept. - 2nd October 2014.

Lucknow Philatelic Society is organising One Frame Thematic National Philatelic Exhibition 'India Ahimsapex-2014' on Rashtrapita Mahatma Gandhi and freedom fighters with the help of India Post, Uttar Pradesh Postal Circle at U.P. Rajkiya Abhilekhagar, Near Kapoorthala, B-44, Mahanagar, Lucknow - 226 006 from 30th September 2014 to 2nd October 2014.
Contact for more information:
email: lkophilsociety@gmail.com
Mobile:9335241891, 9335241891, 9415089421, 9506080022, 9506080022 

Website: www.lucknowphilatelicsociety.in/ahimsapex.html

Reminder to Secretary (Posts) to call for periodical meetings at the earliest

No. CHQ/IPASP/Agenda/2012                                         dated  : 29/8/2014.

To,
Ms Kavery Banerjee, 
Secretary (Posts)
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-110 001.

Subject :   Agenda for holding of periodical meeting with Secretary (Post) to look the promotional proposals of IPs/ASPs.

Ref.      :    No. 01/01/2011-SR-dated 25th August 2011 & 02/02/2012-SR dated 17th April 2012

Respected Madam,  

                I would like to draw your kind attention to this Association’s letter of even number dated 28/4/2014 and 23/6/2014 regarding non holding of periodical meetings as promised while recording the minutes of meeting taken by Secretary (Posts) with representatives of this Association on 11/8/2011 under memo No. 01/01/2011-SR dated 25th August 2011.
       
        It is to bring to your kind notice that this Association has already submitted agenda to Directorate and it is learnt that SR Division has issued two reminders to DDG (P) and DDG (Estt) to comment upon the items submitted by the Association, but it is seen that due consideration has not been given by them. Resultantly, the genuine demand of the Association has time and again been left out unresolved.  During your last tour to Bihar Circle, President of this Association and Circle Secretary of Bihar Circle have met you at Patna on 20/6/2014 and explained the present position of pending issues by submitting memorandum.

        It is therefore once again requested to your kind honour to look into the matter personally and arrange for fixing date and time for holding of periodical meeting with this Association at the earliest.  

        With profound regards,   
        Yours Sincerely,

Sd/- 
 (Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary

Copy forwarded for information and necessary action to :


Shri Arun Malik, Director (SR & Legal), Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi 110001. 

To view copy of AGENDA, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Reminder to Directorate to frame revised recruitment rules for the post of AMM in MMS

No. GS/IPASP/AMM/2012                                                  dated  29/8/2014.

To,
The Director General,
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001.

Sub :  Recruitment Rules for the post of Assistant Manager in MMS—reg.

Ref. : Dte file No. 905/SR/12 dated 13/9/2012

Respected Madam,

Kindly refer to this Association’s letters of even number No. dated 22/3/2012 followed by reminders dated 21/8/2012, 29th October, 2012, 15/4/2013, 27/6/2013 and 21/6/2014 whereby it was requested to finalize the Recruitment Rules of the Assistant Manager MMS and to conduct LDCE to fill up the vacant posts of the said cadre.

        In this context, I would like to point out that Directorate vide letter No. 905/SR/12 dated 13/09/2012 informed to this Association that the matter was already taken up with Director (Estt.) for appropriate action. But till date neither revised recruitment rules have been framed by the Department nor examination for filling up vacant posts of Assistant Managers in MMS has announced.

It is further bring to your kind notice that there are 41 sanctioned posts of Assistant Manager MMS in the country and out of these, 50% posts are said to be vacant and due to non-framing of recruitment rules, department has not conducted the examination for the vacant posts of Assistant Managers since last several years.  Besides this, 3 posts of Sr. Managers and 5 posts of Managers are also vacant in MMS since years together. Secondly, Assistant Manager MMS is circle cadre and not a single circle has issued seniority list (gradation list) of this cadre since more than decade.

        An early action in the above said issues are requested.

        With regards,

Yours sincerely,

Sd/- 
(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wishing to all members and track in viewers a very happy Ganesh Chaturthi


Revised Recruitment Rules of HSG-I cadre published in The Gazette of India

To view the Revised Recruitment Rules, 2014 of HSG-I in Post Offices and RMS Offices issued by Directorate vide memo No. 4-26/2009-SPB-II dated 27th August, 2014 and Gazette Notification, please CLICK HERE. 

PM launches Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana

To view the details, please CLICK HERE

VOLUNTEERS TO WORK IN CEPT ARE CALLED FOR

To view the copy of letter, please CLICK HERE.
 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DOP delivered stamp blow up to Master Blaster and Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar

During Sachin Tendulkar's farewell series against the West Indies in November 2013, the Mumbai Cricket Association paid numerous tributes to the master blaster, one of which was to issue a commemorative postage stamp in legend's honour. On first day of Test match a commemorative postage stamp on 'Sachin Tendulkar 200th Test Match' was released on 14th November 2013 by the then MoC. 

Shri P.K. Bisoi, Cheif PMG, Maharashtra Circle handed over stamp blowup to Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar at his residence on 26th August 2014

Cadre Restructuring Committee submitted report on cadre restructure of Gr. C in DOP

The committee constituted for cadre restructuring of Gr. C cadre by Department vide memo No. 25-04/2012-PE-I dated 23/10/2013 held its discussions on 27/11/2013, 5/2/2014 and 28/4/2014 with the representatives of unions and now submitted their report. 

To view the cadre restructuring committee's report and copy of minutes, please CLICK HERE. 

Association's impact : Directorate ordered Circles to consider transfer cases of all surplus qualified IPs.

CHQ is frequently receiving calls from surplus qualified Inspector Posts regarding their transfer under Rule 38 to their parent circle. All are aware that CHQ has pursued this issue vigorously with Directorate from time to time and also succeeded in many cases. The list of surplus qualified IPs who are seeking inter-circle transfer under Rule 38 to their parent circle provided by CHQ under letter No. GS/AIAIASP/Rule-38/TFR-IP/2014 dated 24/3/2014 was approved by Directorate vide memo No. 141-121/2014-SPB-II dated 21st July 2014 with direction to Chhattisgarh / Gujarat / Himachal Pradesh / Jharkhand / Madhya Pradesh / Maharashtra / North East / Odisha / Rajasthan / Uttar Pradesh/ Uttarakhand and West Bengal circles to consider the inter-circle transfer cases of surplus qualified IPs to their parent circle and adjust them against the promotee quota vacancies for the current year.

To view full copies of Directorate memo No. 141-121/2014-SPB-II dated 21st July 2004 along with Associations letter No. GS/AIAIASP/Rule-38/TFR-IP/2014 dated 24/3/2014, please CLICK HERE.
Now concerned IPs are requested to pursue the issue with their Circle and Circle Secretary and in case of any obstacle, they may approach to CHQ.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

EPFO retains interest rate at 8.75% for current fiscal


NEW DELHI: Retirement fund body EPFO's trustees on Tuesday decided to retain interest payment on provident fund deposits for 2014-15 at 8.75 per cent. 

"It has been decided to pay 8.75 per cent interest in the current fiscal," Central Provident Fund Commissioner (CPFC) K K Jalan told PTI after the meeting of the Central Board of Trustees (CBT), the apex decision making body of the Employees' Provident Fund Organization (EPFO). 

The EPFO has about 5 crore subscribers and the decision will have a bearing on their retirement fund. 

The decision to retain the interest rate on the provident fund deposits at last year's level was taken despite some protest by the trade union members of the CBT, sources said. 

The final notification for payment of the interest rate for the current fiscal will be issued by the finance ministry later.

The EPFO had provided 8.75 per cent rate of interest on PF deposits for 2013-14, which was higher than 8.5 per cent paid for the previous fiscal. 

Source : TOI

Air India offers tickets for Rs 100

NEW DELHI: Air India will sell tickets for Rs 100 (taxes extra) for five days from Wednesday — which it will celebrate as Air India Day to commemorate the merger of erstwhile Indian Airlines and Air India on this day in 2007.

"On this occasion Air India is launching the Air India Offer for its travellers. Under the scheme tickets will be offered for Rs 100/- apart from all applicable taxes. The sale of these tickets will be made only through the Air India website for five days from August 27 to 31 2014 for travel between August 27 and September 30, 2014, only," an AI statement said.

This is the first time that the airline will be celebrating the Air India Day. A function will be held to celebrate the day and also to award the meritorious employees of Air India.

Source : TOI 

NCJCM wrote to 7th CPC on DA Merger & IR

To view, please CLICK HERE. 

Issue of medicines / reimbursement of expenditure on investigations / treatment procedures / implants & other Medical devices under CGHS

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7CPC : Members of Karnataka Branch met with Joint Secretary at Bangalore

As per the request of Sri Manjunatha Hubballi Circle Secretary Karnataka Circle, CHQ has permitted the Officer Bearers of All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents Posts Karnataka Branch to meet with Joint Secretary and other members of 7CPC during the camp at Kumara Park, Bangalore and explain the cadre grievances of our cadre and also discuss the issues mentioned in our Memorandum. 

Accordingly, Sri Tarkesh ASP o/o CPMG Bangalore, Sri Hariram IP o/o CPMG, Bangalore, Sri Ramesh ASP o/o South Karnataka Region,  Sri P Chidanand ASP o/o Bellary Division, Sri H B Hasabi ASP o/o SPOs, Bagalkot Division met with Shri Jayanth Sinha Joint Secretary and other members of 7CPC on 25/8/2014 and explained about cadre grievances listed in the Memorandum in detailed. Joint Secretary and other members listen the grievances our cadre in a very positive manner & assured to consider the genuine problems of the cadre favorably. The copy of Memorandum also handed over to Joint Secretary. 

CHQ thanks to Karnataka Branch for their active part in 7CPC issue. 

India Post to connect its offices through CBS and also plans to roll out 3000 ATMs

MUMBAI: Preparing itself to start commercial banking operations, India post announced the launch of over 1000 ATMs in the near feature. It will also enable core banking solution CBS at its 25000 offices over the next year.

Speaking at a financial inclusion conclave a senior official of India post elaborated on the technology initiatives in reaching the post off account holders. "We have invested around Rs 5000 crore in technology since 2012. Already 676 postal offices are connected through CBS. By March 2016, 25000 offices will be on CBS," said Kalpana Tewari, Member (Planning and Technology), Department of Post.

"We plan to roll out 3000 ATM by FY18, of which 1000 will be in the near future," she said. The department is already running a pilot in Chennai and Delhi. Once it gets stream lined and RBI allows interoperability even other bank account holders willl be able to transact through the ATMs. India Post is already on the RBI's electronics funds transfer platform.

India Post's banking technology system is being built by Infosys, while TCS is setting up the CBS platform. If the postal system in the country is on CBS, it means that a post office savings or deposit account holder will be able to operate his account from any post office in any geographic location in India, the same way one can operate a commercial bank account these days.

India Post already has a tripartite arrangement with the Andhra Pradesh government to disburse MNERGA payments online through the postal network in the states. It is also working on similar such initiatives with other states.

India Post has already indicated its intention to apply for a Payments Bank licence under the RBI's proposed differentiated licences scheme though it did not get any favourable response from the banking regulator in its initial attempt at getting a commercial banking licence. "We are awaiting to see how the final guidelines fit in the benefit of the organisation," Tewari said.

Source:-The Economic Times