Wednesday, January 18, 2017

31st All India Postal Volleyball Tournament at Visakhapatnam from 18 to 21-1-2017

Today, 31st All India Postal Volleyball Tournament for the year 2016-17 inaugurated at Rajiv Gandhi Port Indoor Stadium Visakhapatnam by the AP Volleyball Association President and Visakha West MLA Shri P. Ganga Banu. 177 National and International level players from 14 postal circles are participating in the tournament. Shri M. Sampath CPMG AP Circle, Shri E. V. Rao, DPS, Visakhapatnam Region and other VIP dignitaries were also present. Last All India Tournament held at Shimla was won by Karnataka by beating Rajasthan in tough match. Valedictory function will be held on 21-1-2017 in which AU VC Prof G. Nageswara Rao and volleyball coach Dronacharya awardee A. Ramana Rao would participate as guests.

District level philatelic exhibition "KATAKPEX-2017" from 20 to 21 January, 2017 in Cuttack

Commemorative Stamp on Dr. M. G. Ramachandran – 17th January 2017.

Marudur Gopalan Ramachandran (17 January 1917 – 24 December 1987), popularly known as MGR, was an actor and politician who served as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for ten years between 1977 and 1987. MGR is a cultural icon in the state of Tamil Nadu, where he is regarded as one of the most influential actors of the Tamil film industry. He made his film debut in the 1936 film Sathi Leelavathi in a supporting role and dominated the Tamil film industry for three decades. Later he joined Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK). In 1972, he left the DMK and formed his own party, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). He steered an AIADMK-led alliance to victory in the 1977 election, routing the DMK in the process. He became Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, the first film actor to become a chief minister in India.

The birth centenary of Dr. M G Ramachandran was celebrated on 17th January 2017 at the Dr MGR Medical University campus in Guindy. On the occasion a Commemorative Postage Stamp was released by the Tamilnadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam in presence of Shri T. Murthy, Director General, Department of Posts, Shri Charles Lobo, Chief Postmaster General, Tamilnadu Circle and other cabinet ministers also attended the stamp release function.

Secunderabad District Level Philatelic Exhibition - 30th - 31st January 2017.

A District Level Philatelic Exhibition is proposed to be organised on 30th and 31st January at Secunderabad. Special Covers are likely to be issued on the occasion. For more details please contact to Sr. Supdt of Post Office, Secunderabad Division, Secunderabad.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

LDCE : Inspector Posts for the year 2015-16 ..... updates

LDCE for promotion to the cadre of Inspector Posts (66.66%) departmental quota for the year 2015-16 was held on 22 and 23-10-2016 for 189 vacancies (OC-155, SC-26 and ST-8).

The provisional key of the question papers was already published by the Department on India Post website and representation thereon if any was called for from candidates till 6-1-2017.

It is learnt that department is examining the representations received from candidates and thereafter final key will be again published on India Post website for the information to all concerned.

Govt. modified date of effect of enhanced CGHS contribution

Govt. changed the date of effect of enhancement of CGHS contribution as 1st February 2017 instead of 01.01.2017 as notified earlier.

Transforming Department of Posts

Short Note: 
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) is a type of data-carrying technique for high-performance telecommunications networks that directs data from one networknode to the next based on short path labels rather than long network addresses, avoiding complex lookups in a routing table.

Budget 2017 - Expectations of the Salaried Class

With the Union Budget 2017 just a couple of weeks away, there are expectations that the government will take some measures to help the common man, especially the salaried class, who has rallied behind the government's decision on demonetization despite suffering a lot post the note ban.

Experts are also of the view that the upcoming Budget 2017 should provide some tax gain for the common people to soothe at least the cash ban pain.

Otherwise also, "there are only a few tax concessions available to individual tax payers. Most of the current set of tax benefits like medical reimbursement, conveyance allowance etc., at the present level, do not offer any real economic benefit to the individual tax payers.

Instead they only add to the administrative burden for the employers as claims made by the employees have to be reviewed and processed by them," says Vikas Vasal, National Leader-Tax, Grant Thornton India LLP.

Thus, either these tax benefits should be substantially increased or they should be done away with and instead a special tax benefit like the erstwhile standard deduction be introduced. "This would simplify the tax law, reduce administrative burden and curtail unnecessary litigation associated with these tax concessions," suggests Vasal.

In view of the above, here's what to expect from the Budget 2017 for the salaried class:


It is widely expected that there may be some upward revision in the income tax slabs to provide some relief to the common tax payers. What is making people more optimistic is the recent hint from Finance Minister Arun Jaitley himself that income tax slabs could further be increased, lowering the tax burden on taxpayers due to higher revenue being collected on account of cashless systems.

Some people are even expecting that the government should increase the current income tax exemption limit from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 4 lakh. However, the common expectation is that the exemption limit be raised from the current Rs 2.50 lakh per annum to Rs 3 lakh, while the subsequent slabs of 10 per cent, 20 per cent and 30 per cent should be applicable to annual income range of above Rs 3 lakh and up to Rs 10 lakh, above Rs 10 lakh and up to Rs 20 lakh and above Rs 20 lakh, respectively. If implemented, this will help alleviate the common man’s sufferings to some extent.


Salaried individuals are always at a loss when it comes to tax rates since they end up paying high amount of taxes when they fall into high salary brackets. Currently anyone who earns more than Rs. 10 lakh per annum pays 30% tax on the amount exceeding Rs. 10 lakh. Thus, he has to forgo a large portion of his income in taxes. Hence, apart from revision in tax slabs, change in tax rates would always be a welcome move.

"The IDS scheme of the government launched last year is expected to add a lot of tax revenues to the government coffers with almost Rs. 75,000 crore declared as black money. Considering a tax rate of 45%, almost Rs. 35,000 will be collected as taxes. These revenues are expected to help the government reduce the tax rates in the coming FY," informs Vaibhav Sankla, Director, H&R Block India.


Housing and the real estate sector are facing a lot of hardship. The recent media reports indicate that sales have declined substantially and the sentiment is quite low. It is a fact that the real estate sector is one of the key growth engines for a developing economy like India.

It provides large-scale employment to unskilled and semi-skilled workers in the country, which is a need of the hour, to boost employment opportunities for a large scale population. This sector also impacts a few of the critical sectors like cement, steel, logistics etc., which in turn are important for the overall growth of the GDP.

Also, "keeping in view the government's agenda of providing housing for all, it is imperative that some tax concessions are provided in the Budget. One such option could be to increase the tax deduction for interest paid on housing loan from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 3 lakh. This will also provide an immediate boost to the banking services sector, which is flush with funds post demonetization and looking at avenues to lend money to the masses," says Vasal.

Some tax experts also believe that people having a single home need to be allowed to deduct the entire amount paid as interest on home loan. Vaibhav Sankla, for instance, says that currently the home loan interest deduction is capped at Rs. 2 lakh per annum for self-occupied house property and deduction of actual interest paid is allowed for a second home that is given on rent or is deemed rented.

However, "nowadays buying a second home is not very common owing to high property prices. In such cases, home owners possessing a single home need to be allowed to deduct the entire amount paid as interest on home loan. This would be a welcome relief for salaried individuals since they do not have much scope for tax saving and moreover this is an expense-based deduction," says Sankla.


The deduction under 80D is currently capped at Rs. 25,000 for self, spouse and dependent children. An additional deduction of Rs. 25,000 is available for parents and Rs. 30,000 if they are senior citizen parents. Hence the total deduction available under this section can go up to Rs. 55,000. A deduction for preventive medical expenses is also available up to Rs. 5,000 spent as a part of the overall deduction.

A deduction for the actual expenses made in this regard on medical insurance premiums will be a welcome move since insurance premiums are very high, especially when it comes to parents. The cap of Rs. 5,000 on preventive health check-up expenses should also be removed in budget 2017. It will help salaried individuals to save huge amounts in taxes.


Childcare nowadays has become very expensive for parents, especially for those staying in metro cities. The maximum deduction for tuition fees permitted under Section 80C is Rs 1.5 lakh per financial year, with deductions eligible only for two children per assessee. Tuition fees generally constitute a very small portion of the entire education fees for the year. This deduction should be extended to other portions of the fees as well.

"Childcare in big cities also calls for daycare expenses, especially for working parents. The expenses many a time run into more than Rs 1-2 lakh per annum. These expenses should also form a part of deductions under Section 80C. This will provide another expense-based deduction to individuals and be a great move towards providing a deduction aimed at working parents," says Sankla.


Generally, organisations pay HRA to employees in order to ease the burden of rent and there is an exemption available under the tax laws on HRA. However, there are instances when organisations do not include HRA in the salary components.

When HRA is not paid by the organization, salaried individuals are being allowed a deduction of Rs. 5,000 per month under Section 80GG from FY2016-17. This deduction should be increased to at least Rs. 10,000 for metro cities. This is because rent for a decent accommodation in metro cities has risen to this level and there is a need to increase the deduction so that salaried individuals get the benefit of this deduction.


There are many deductions/ exemptions like medical reimbursement, conveyable allowance, meal allowances etc. Employees actually incur much more cost and obtain very little tax benefit. To highlight, a family of four members will incur on an average, say, Rs 50,000 plus on general medical ailments. And if the family has senior/ailing households, then this expenditure for general hospital/doctor visits and medicines may be much higher.

Therefore, there is need to take a re-look at all such benefits and increase them substantially in line with the current economic reality. Same is the case with other tax benefits like travel allowance etc. Keeping this in view, there is need for a special tax benefit like the erstwhile standard deduction to be introduced the budget 2017.

Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 - Relaxation to travel by private airlines to visit Jammu and Kashmir.

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Revision of Provisional pension sanctioned under Rule 69 of the CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972.

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Single Sign On-CSI-FSI Integration Process

From: DDG (Technology)

Sent: Thursday, November 17, 2016 5:24 PM

To: All CPMG

Cc: ADG (CSI); Director (Technology)

Subject: Single Sign On-CSI-FSI Integration Process

Respected Madam/ Sir,

As you are aware the pilot (I) rollout of CSI has been successfully completed in Mysuru Division, Karnataka. As part of the CSI project,each employee has been provided with an employee code which will be used as a login ID.

The counter-staff now has multiple log-in credentials viz; CSI log-in, Finacle log-in and McCamish log-in. This system is not only cumbersome, time taking but also not very secure from the point of view of authentication of financial transactions.

In view of the above points it has been decided that there shall be only one log-in credentials per user for all applications. The CSI shall provide the Single Sign On (SSO) solution for this functionality. . The SSO solution shall ensure that each employee having the CSI log-in credentials should be able to access Finacle and McCamish. The SSO shall have verification and authentication system to make it a secure system. This would help the Employees as they will not have to handle multiple log-in credentials. It will be beneficial for the Department and the public as every financial transaction shall be authenticated. The chances of frauds and embezzlements using others’ log-in credentials will reduce drastically thus making the system more reliable and secure.

It is required that each employee’s ID provided by CBS and PLI is mapped with the one provided by the CSI. This activity is essential to avoid any operational difficulties once the SSO is rolled out.  In order to do this mapping the M/s TCS has provided a portal along with the log-in credentials for each division. The CBS User-id and PLI user-id along with the mobile number and Aadhar number are to be filled in for all employees on this portal. Some data is pre-populated including mobile number and adhaar number for officials who have already shared these details.

In case of addition of new employees whose names might not be reflecting on the portal, it is requested to follow the procedure of getting their AD user created for them. Once their AD users are created the portal shall automatically be updated and their names shall reflect on it.

It is requested that due-diligence may be followed in this activity as SSO shall become extremely important for smooth functioning of the Post Offices. The link of the portal is given below:

The log-in credentials is attached to this mail. It is requested to complete this activity by 1st December, 2016.

Yours Sincerely,

 Ashish Kumar
Deputy Director General (Technology)
Dak Bhawan,Sansad Marg,

New Delhi-110001 

Extension of scope of grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners who are in receipt of provisional pension or pension in the pre-revised scale of 5th CPC w.e.f. 01/07/2012.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Sale of Tickets for Republic Day Parade and Beating Retreat (Rehearsals) Begins

In order to facilitate the general public to witness the Republic Day Parade at Rajpath and Full Dress Rehearsal of Beating the Retreat Ceremony at Vijay Chowk, the sale of tickets had commenced on 07 January 2017.

The price of tickets for the Republic Day Parade on 26th January 2017 are Rs. 500/- for reserved seats and Rs. 100/- and Rs. 20/- for unreserved seats.  The tickets for the Beating the Retreat Ceremony (Full Dress Rehearsal) on 28th January 2017 are in the category of Rs. 50/- and Rs. 20/- and does not have reserved seats.

Tickets are available at seven Departmental Sale Counters. These counters are located at North Block round about, Pragati Maidan (Gate No. 1), Jantar Mantar (Main Gate), Shastri Bhawan (near Gate No. 3), India Gate (near Jamnagar House), Red Fort (near police picket) and Sena Bhavan (Gate No. 2). For Members of Parliament, a special counter has also been set up in Parliament House (Reception Office). The above sale counters are open till January 25, 2017 from 10.00 hrs to 12.30 hrs and 14.00 hrs to 16.30 hrs. In regard to the Full Dress Rehearsal of Beating the Retreat Ceremony the tickets will also be available on 27th and 28th January 2017 from 10.00 hrs to 16.30 hrs. However, on 28 January 2017 the counters will close by 15.00 hrs due to commencement of Beating the Retreat (Rehearsals). From 23 to 25 January 2017, ticket counters of Sena Bhawan, Jantar Mantar, India Gate and Shastri Bhawan will remain open till 19.00 hrs. No ticket counters will remain open on 26 January 2017, the day being the Republic Day.

The tickets are sold on the basis of production of Aadhaar Card, Voter Card or Identity Cards issued by Government of India or State Governments only. Payment for tickets will also be accepted by Credit/Debit Cards.

Special Cover on 'Pravasi Bharatiya Divas'

Special Cover on 'Pravasi Bharatiya Divas' was released on 7-1-2017 at Bangalore (Karnataka)

Govt to issue new look, tamper proof PAN cards

Tamper-proof ID cards play a critical role in high security identification processes. This paper introduces different card printing technologies, security features and considerations when creating ID cards.

The Government is issuing newly designed PAN (Permanent Account Number) cards that have added security features to make them tamper-proof and with contents written in both Hindi and English, a senior Income-Tax Department official said on Friday.

The distribution of new-look PAN cards, being printed by NSDL and UTIITSL (UTI Infrastructure Technology and Services Ltd), started since January 1. The cards are being issued to new applicants but existing ones can only apply for them. "The distribution of new PAN cards kicked off on January 1. However, these are only for the fresh lot of PAN card applicants," the official said.

"We have automated the data and made the PAN cards error-free," he said, adding, "In case existing cardholders apply for a fresh PAN card, they will be issued the newly designed cards."

Keeping in view the Rajbhasha policy of the Government, we have made fixed contents of the new PAN cards bilingual in which the headers are in English and Hindi, he said.

The Government has added a new feature to the card, known as Quick Response Code, which will help in verification process.

The code will help in providing all details of the cardholder in one go as when the document is produced before any authority. Hence, no room will be left for the cardholder to either tamper or give any kind of wrong information relating to the card, the official said.

PAN cards are mandatory for any transaction above Rs 2 lakh and for a lot of other activities like opening of a bank account and as identity proof. There are currently more than 25 crore PAN cardholders in the country.

As per Government estimate, every year 2.5 crore people across the country apply for PAN cards.

Central Govt. clears air on salary revision of autonomous bodies, Statutory bodies etc.

Wage revision of Central autonomous bodies, quasi-Govt. organizations etc. has not been implemented so far despite of seventh CPC implementation for Central Govt. employees. The employees of these organizations are asking pay revision in line with the central counterparts.

Ministry has Finance has clarified that the pay revision of these organizations will not take effect automatically. The concernedbody will have to effect the same with approval of the financial advisor of the concerned Dept./Ministry and in cases where the organizations are not dependent on Govt. about salary payment, they will bear the additional burden themselves. In other cases where they are partially or fully dependent on Central Govt., shortfall to meet the additional burden may be borne by Govt. , subject to certain conditions.

Ministry of Finance has also clarified the the allowances which are not yet hiked for the central employees, pending decision of Govt., may not be increased for these bodies as of now.

ATM withdrawal limit enhanced to Rs 10,000/-

On a review of limits placed on withdrawals from ATMs and current accounts, it has been decided to enhance the same, with immediate effect as under:

(i) The limit on withdrawals from ATMs has been enhanced from the current limit of  4,500/- to 10,000/- per day per card (It will be operative within the existing overall weekly limit).

(ii) The limit on withdrawal from current accounts has been enhanced from the current limit of  50,000/- per week to  1,00,000/- per week and it extends to overdraft and cash credit accounts also.

CGHS contribution enhanced w.e.f 01.01.2017

Consequent to revision in the pay structure of Central Govt. employees, CGHS contribution is going to be enhanced from 01.01.2017 at the following rate :

Sr. No.
Level in the Pay Matrix
Contribution per month (Rs)
Level 1 to 5
Level 6
Level: 7 to 11
Level 12 and above

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Calling for application of volunteers from Postal/Sorting Assistant cadre to work in PTC- Mysuru as Office Assistant.

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Redeployment of posts from GDS Committee to PBI Division.

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Government employees need not file asset details under Lokpal for now

New Delhi: The Centre has extended indefinitely the deadline to file details of assets and liabilities by central government employees under a mandatory provision of Lokpal Act. A new format and fresh set of rules are being finalised by the government in this regard. The last date for filing such details was 31 December. 

“There is no requirement for filing of declarations of assets and liabilities by public servants now. The government is in the process of finalising a fresh set of rules. The said rules will be notified in due course to prescribe the form, manner and timelines for filing of declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servants under the revised provision of the said (Lokpal) Act. “All public servants will henceforth be required to file the declarations as may be prescribed by the fresh set of rules,” an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said. 

There are about 50.68 lakh central government employees. As per rules, notified under the Lokpal Act, every public servant shall file declaration annually pertaining to his assets and liabilities as on 31 March every year or on or before 31 July of that year. 

For 2014, the last date for filing returns was 15 September. It was first extended till December, then till 30 April 2015 and third extension was up to 15 October. The date was again extended to 15 April 2016 and then 31 July for filing of the returns. The last date was further extended till 31 December after Parliament had passed a bill to amend the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013. 

The declarations under the Lokpal law are in addition to similar ones filed by the employees under various services rules. The DoPT had last year also issued an order bringing NGOs receiving more than Rs one crore in government grants and donations above Rs10 lakh from abroad under the ambit of the Lokpal. The order had mandated filing of returns of the assets and liabilities by such organisations and their executives—director, manager, secretary or any other officer.

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Corrigendum to the order Dtd: 30.12.16 regarding posting of Postal Service Group 'B' officers within Postal Directorate.

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Transfer policy for officers of Indian Postal Service(IPoS), Group 'A' (Junior Time Scale, Senior Time Scale, Junior Administrative Grade and Senior Administrative grade).

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Grant of honorarium to IP/ASPs/PS Gr. B/Gr. A Officers deployed during demonetization drive of currency notes at post offices - reg

No. CHQ/AIAIASP/Demonetization c. notes/2017               Dated :   13/1/2017

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

Subject: Grant of honorarium to IP/ASPs/PS Gr. B/Gr. A Officers deployed during demonetization drive of currency notes at post offices - reg

Respected Sir,

IP/ASP Association intend to bring to your kind notice that Postal fraternity stood rock solid with the Government and worked round the clock for the success of demonetization drive from 9-11-2016 to 30-12-2016. Most of the IPs/ASPs/PS Gr. B and Gr. A officers have worked relentlessly on Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays and during extended duty hours up till midnight on all working days without any excuse or leave, apart from carrying out their routine work. Thus, our Department contributed the most in the successful demonetization drive and consequently got high-quality appreciation from PMO.

It is pertinent to mention here that the bank authorities has recognized efforts of their staff and come out with a benevolent idea of rewarding them by granting/paying honorarium/incentive @ Rs 3000/- per employee involved in the drive. They have also been granted special leave for the extra work attended by them. Our staffs involved in this successful drive also deserve similar appreciation and similar incentive/honorarium purely as a matter of reward for their relentless service.

It is therefore requested to kindly look into the issue and consider grant of honorarium/incentive to IP/ASPs and other postal staff involved in the demonetization drive so that our employees feel themselves at par with bank officials. This Association expect a positive reply in this regard which will definitely motivate our cadre officers and the postal staff for such additional work.

Hoping for a positive action and line in reply is requested.       

Yours sincerely,

(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary 

Central Government Employees to get Rs.9000/- minimum pension: Jitendra Singh

New Delhi: The minimum pension has been increased to Rs9,000 per person besides a two-fold hike in ex-gratia amount for central government employees, union minister Jitendra Singh said on Thursday. 

Addressing the 29th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (Scova) in the city, he said almost 88% of pension accounts have been seeded to Aadhaar. There are about 50-55 lakh pensioners in the country, said Singh, minister of state in Prime Minister’s office. 

He further said that minimum pension has been increased to Rs9,000 per person and ex-gratia amount has been increased from Rs10-15 lakh to Rs25-35 lakh, as per a release issued by personnel ministry. 

The Scova meeting is organised by the Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare (DoP&PW). Singh said there is a need to put in place an institutionalised mechanism to make good use of the knowledge, experience and efforts of the retired employees which can help in the value addition to the current scenario. 

He said the retired employees are a healthy and productive workforce for India and we need to streamline and channelise their energies in a productive direction. “We should learn from the pensioners’ experience,” said Singh. The minister also said that the DoP&PW should be reoriented in such a way that pensioners become a part of nation building process. 

Many issues related to pensioners were discussed threadbare, such as revision of Pension Payment Orders of Pre-2006 pensioners, health insurance scheme for pensioners including those residing in non-Central Government Health Service (CGHS) area and special higher family pension for widows of the war disabled invalidated out of service, etc. The meeting was attended by the member of pensioners associations and senior officers of the important departments of the central government.

Revival of J&K Circle branch

No. CHQ/AIAIPASP/Adhoc-body/J&K/2017                      Dated :   13/1/2017.

Col. Sanjay Saran,
Chief Postmaster General,
Jammu and Kashmir Circle,
Srinagar 190001

Subject :  Request for grant of Trade Union facilities to an adhoc-body of All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents Posts, J& K Circle Branch..reg.

Respected Sir, 

The following adhoc-body of All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents Posts, J& K Circle Branch duly approved by the undersigned is sent herewith to carry on the affairs of All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents Posts, J& K Circle Branch for the time being is for 3 months. The adhoc-body has to conduct the General Body and elect new set of office bearers within 3 months.

S. No.
Shri Javid Ahmed  Haji
ASP, o/o CPMG, Srinagar
Shri Anchal Singh
ASP, o/o CPMG, Srinagar
Shri G. R. Bhat
ASP West Srinagar
Shri Iqbal Jan
SDI (P), Kupwara, Baramulla
Shri Sayed Roouf Ahmad
IRM, Srinagar Stg.
Shri Arvind Kher
SDI (P), Naushera, Rajouri

It is requested that necessary Trade Union facilities may kindly be granted to it under intimation to the undersigned.
           Yours sincerely,

(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary

Copy forwarded for information to :

The convener and members

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Directorate placed purchase order for supply of 1700 pass book printers

Demonetization resulted in decline in Terror Funding, Hawala Trade, Human Trafficking, says Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

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Tamil Nadu urges Centre to issue memorial coin, postal stamp on MGR on 17-1-2017

“The Government of India honoured Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MGR with the highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, for his unparalleled public service,” CM Tamil Nadu said.

The Tamil Nadu government has urged the Centre to issue a commemorative coin and a special postal stamp on the birth centenary of former Chief Minister M G Ramachandran, saying it would be a “fitting tribute” to the Bharat Ratna recipient on the occasion.

Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, hailed the AIADMK founder as an “inspirational figure” who is remembered for his “magnanimity, generosity, commanding leadership and determination to fight for the legitimate rights of the States”.

“On the occasion of Puratchi Thalaivar [revolutionary leader] Dr. MGR’s birth centenary, it would be a fitting tribute to a great leader, an inspiring icon, who is eternally embedded in the hearts of the people of Tamil Nadu, to issue a commemorative coin and a special postal stamp,” he said.

The letter, written on Thursday, was released by the State government on Friday. The Chief Minister said that issuance of a coin and a special postal stamp would be welcomed and greatly appreciated by all sections of people in Tamil Nadu, elsewhere in the country and across the globe.

“I would be grateful if an expeditious decision is taken and a announcement of the issue of a commemorative coin and a special postal stamp could be made to coincide with the commencement of the birth centenary celebrations” of Ramachandran on January 17, 2017, he said.

Mr. Panneerselvam told Mr. Modi that he has directed the Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan to immediately send required details as per the Centre’s guidelines for issuance of commemorative coin and special postal stamp.

He said Ramachandran was “one of the most illustrious, charismatic and popular Chief Ministers of the State,” remembered for having launched several innovative welfare programmes which, Mr. Panneerselvam said, “have become model schemes implemented throughout the country.”

''Ramachandran laid the foundation for the rapid socio-economic growth of Tamil Nadu in the last three decades. The Government of India honoured Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MGR with the highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, for his unparalleled public service,” he said.

Allowances for central govt employees under 7th Pay Commission likely to come in March

The struggle of central government employees unions seeking better allowances under 7th Pay Commission may be bearing fruit soon.

Finance Ministry is expected to announce new set of allowances for central government employees by March.

Facility of accepting postal charge free RTI petitions should be extended to all post offices

The Indian postal department deserves all compliments for providing unique facility of accepting RTI petitions addressed to central public authorities without requiring any postal charge. 

However, this facility is presently available at just about 4500 post-offices out of a total of about 160,000 post-offices in the country. 

The Department of Posts should make this facility available at all 160,000 post-offices in the country. 

 There should be no operational problem in extending this service at all post-offices of the country, because every post-office, however small it may be, sends a post-bag in the evening to the head post-office. 
 This post-bag apart from other items and currency also contains articles booked through registered and speed post etc.

This post-bag sent from each post-office can also easily contain collected RTI petitions to be delivered at central public-authorities.

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