Friday, August 22, 2014

No Credit/Debit Card or Netbanking facility, still online rail ticket booking may be possible

Looking to tap into the large mass of passengers that do not have  access to internet banking or debit cards, a pilot project for cash on delivery of train tickets will start next month from Delhi. Within six months, the service will be extended to over 150 cities.
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation has tied up with a private player for ‘e-dakiya’ cash on delivery services on a separate portal, bookmytrain.com.


The domain name is registered with Anduril Technologies, which will manage the project, according to IRCTC executives.
The service will cost more as the private player will charge Rs 60 for delivery of a ticket in an air-conditioned compartment and Rs 40 for a ticket in ones without air-conditioning.
These charges are over and above the IRCTC’s service fee, bank charges and other taxes.
Tatkal tickets can be bought and no preference will be given in the booking process to the private player.
This company will act as a travel agent without blocking availability of tickets for passengers buying e-tickets.
At a time when e-commerce players are plagued by high product returns ordered through cash on delivery, IRCTC says it is guarded against this risk.
The private partner will pay IRCTC upfront for all booked tickets. The risk related to collecting cash and delivery lies with the private player,” said an IRCTC executive.
IRCTC books more than half of all reserved train tickets.
In 2013, about 140.6 million e-tickets were booked on the IRCTC portal.
“The idea is to reach consumers who do not have debit cards or who are not comfortable sharing bank details online.
“This project can take a lot of load off booking counters as more people will booking online,” said an official from the information technology department of the railways.
IRCTC earlier provided an  i-ticket service where tickets were delivered to passengers who paid for them online.
But soon after e-ticketing took off.
The i-ticket service was taken off the new IRCTC portal because very few people used the service, said IRCTC executives.
A new e-ticketing system developed by the Centre of Railway Information Systems was launched by IRCTC recently with a capacity to book 7,200 tickets per minute.

Instructions from DoPT - Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2014

To know the details, please CLICK HERE. 

Civil Services Examination, 2015

To read the news about attempt by candidates, please CLICK HERE.

Letter to Secretary (Posts) i/c/w holding of DPCS for the promotion to the cadre of JTS Gr.A / PS Gr. B and issue of repatriation orders

No. CHQ/AIAIASP/DPC-Gr.B/2014                                  Dated:    22/8/2014

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

Sub: Request for convening of timely DPCs and repatriation of PS Gr. B officers to Home Circle.

Respected Madam,
Your kind attention is invited to this Association’s letter of even number dated 16/6/2014 vide which it was requested to convene pending JTS DPC, supplementary DPC for promotion to cadre of PS Gr. B and issue repatriation order of PS Gr. B officers to their home circles, but till date these vital issues are not resolved despite several telephonic calls to the concerned officers of Directorate.
This Association would like to again bring to your kind notice that a large number of STS/JTS vacancies are lying vacant in each and every Circles since long and PS Gr. B officers are officiating against these posts creating resultant vacancies in Gr. B in Circles and imbalance thereof upto IP/ASP level affecting timely promotion in each cadre and repatriation of deserving PS Gr. B officers to their home circle. Secondly, supplementary DPC for the promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B cadre is badly delayed for one or other the reasons best known to Directorate and regular DPC for the year 2014-15 is also overdue. Last year Directorate has timely convened regular DPC for the promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B vide memo No. 9-33/2013-SPG dated 10/10/2013 and issued promotional orders of 156 officers.  
It is therefore once again requested to your kind honour to pass an orders to (a) convene pending JTS DPC for the year 2013-14 without further delay, and also start the process for the year 2014-15 (b) call for the records from all circles to convene regular DPC for promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B for year 2014-15 and simultaneously convene supplementary DPC for PS Group B for 22 vacancies of 2013-14 (c) issue repatriation orders of PS Gr. B /JTS officers to their home circle against vacancies up to December 2014 before ensuing Ganesh Festival.
An immediate action along with a line of reply will be highly appreciated.
         With Regards,
Yours sincerely,

Sd/-
(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary

Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS) be implemented in all central government offices

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Express Parcel and Business Parcel


Allocation of exclusive Bar Code Series for Speed Post Articles containing Passport for Regional Passport Offices

To view Directorate's memo No. 30-35/2013-D dated 13/8/2014, please CLICK HERE.

PO Guide Part-I Rule 26(c) modified

To view Directorate's memo No. 1-3/2014-PO dated 22/8/2014, please CLICK HERE. 

SB order 9/2014 : Revision of maximum limit of subscription in a Financial Year of PPF Account

To view SB order 9/2014, please CLICK HERE.
 

CAT Case : Upgradation of GP of Inspector Posts....updates!!!

OA No.289/13 filed by the Association came up for hearing before the Hon'ble CAT Ernakulam Bench on 20/8/2014. Department has filed additional reply to the rejoinder filed by our Association. The Hon'ble Tribunal after taking the additional reply on record has posted the case to 29/9/2014 for final hearing. 

 



 

Release of commemorative postage stamps on Indian musicians on 3/9/2014

Department has decided to release commemorative postage stamps and stationary items on following eminent musicians on 3rd September in a function.
 
1) Ravi Shankar 2) Bharat Ratna Bhimsen Joshi 3) P. K. Pattammal  4) Gangubai Hangal  5) Kumar Gandharva  6) Vilayat Khan   7) Mallikarjun Mansur  8) Ali Akbar Khan
 
To get these new set of stamps at your door steps without cost, open a Philately Deposit Account (PDA) at Philatelic Bureax for only Rs. 200/-.
 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Central Government Employees need to improve punctuality

Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth has asked Secretaries of all central departments to intensify the crackdown on government employees who are found to be “habitually late” in reaching office. Seth, in his July 31 missive, has specifically cited concerns expressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard. 
 
 
Stating that the onus lies on the Secretaries to make the staff more work-oriented, the letter says that Modi has taken cognizance of some official reports which say that there has been no visible improvement in the ambience of the workplaces while “some officials have been habitually coming late” to work.

“In some departments, the ministers have noticed the laxity in this regard. The PM has expressed concern over these reports,” says the letter.

The government is waiting for the success of its drive to make its employees punctual, which can happen on “continued perseverance by every employee,” it says. Cautioning the Secretaries against any “slippages” in this regard, Seth has asked them to review the situation on a sustained basis.

At a meeting with the Secretaries in June also, Seth had emphasised the need to ensure punctuality and attendance.

Two Secretary level officers told The Indian Express that a Joint Secretary level officer has been informally deputed in each ministry to keep a check on attendance. Though the letter does not spell out the punitive action in case of continued poor attendance, it is learnt that the defaulters may have to take compulsory leave. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Highlights of Prime Minister’s Address on Independence Day

CLICK HERE to read the brief of address of Hon'ble PM on Independence Day.
 

Amendments in the rules for Civil Services Examination to be held by UPSC in 2014

To view Gazette Notification, please CLICK HERE. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Motor Vehicles Act will be changed to end corruption in RTO offices, says Gadkari

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Road Transport & Highways 

19-August-2014 16:34 IST 

The government today said that it will introduce Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill in the next session of Parliament to end malpractices in Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) across the country. Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari said here that the Amendment Bill is being made, based on the best practices of developed countries like USA, Canada, Singapore, Japan, Germany and the UK. He said, the Motor Vehicles Act has become obsolete and it needs to be changed for ending corruption in RTO offices. He said, the transport department will be linked to e-governance for bringing total transparency and easy and hassle-free services to the people.  

Addressing the Indian Road Congress meeting, Shri Gadkari said that he had committed to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi that Road Transport, Shipping and Inland Waterways will yield Two Percent extra to the GDP of the country. He said that the Highways sector is passing through a bad phase and 19 out of 51 road projects had to be dropped for different reasons. He also lamented that not a single kilometre of highway network could be added in the month of July and pulled up officials and other stake holders to speed up the process to achieve the target of building 30 kms of highways per day in the next two years. Admitting that impediments like land acquisition bill, environmental clearances and Defence and Railways land had stalled many projects, the Minister informed that upto 80 percent of the projects stuck for environment and forest clearances have been solved and land acquisition process and clearances from Railways and Defence are being expedited. Shri Gadkari urged the Indian Roads Congress to concentrate on Research and Development and Designing as per the global standards. He said, this is the right time for the road sector and there will be no dearth of resources including foreign funding but all should focus on time-bound completion of projects.
 

Children Education Allowance for Central Government Employees - Annual Ceiling and Details of Admissible Institutions

While answering to a question in Parliament on 18.7.2014, Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley said in a written form regarding the details of Children Education Allowance that it has been informed by the Department of Personnel and Training that the annual ceiling limit for reimbursement of Children Education Allowance (CEA) is 18,000/- per child. The Hostel Subsidy shall be 4,500/- per month per child. 

The annual ceiling for reimbursement of CEA for disabled children of Government employees is 36,000/- per annum per child and the rates of Hostel Subsidy for disabled children of Government employees is 9,000/- per child per month

These revisions are applicable with effect from 1st January, 2014

The reimbursement is admissible for the children studying in institutions affiliated to any Board or recognized institution, whether in receipt of Government aid or not, recognized by the Central or State Government or Union Territory Administration or by University or a recognized educational authority having jurisdiction over the area where the institution is situated.

Source: CG Staff News

Monday, August 18, 2014

Holiday Declared on 19/08/2014 for Administrative and Operative offices located in Telangana State

To view Directorate's memo dated 14/8/2014, please CLICK HERE. 

CHQ Quota

In response to appeal made by CHQ, Chhattisgarh Circle has remitted a sum of Rs. 4000/- as CHQ quota for the year 2013-14 through cheque. Other circles are also requested to remit their quota immediately. 

My Stamps new designs launched.

India Post has launched 'My Stamp' at Indipex-2011, World Philatelic Exhibition on 12th February 2011. 17 different sheets were made available during the launch of 'My Stamps' having designs/themes of 12 diff. Sun signs (Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Pisces, Cancer and Capricorn) Taj Mahal, Jungle lore (Wildlife: Indian lion, Indian elephant, Tiger, Rhino), Tales of Panchatantra (The lion and the rabit, The monkey and the crocodile, The crow and the snake and The tortoise and the geese, Full steam ahead (Locomotives: WP/1, 1963, WDM2, 1963, GIP No. 1, 1853 and F/1, 1895) and Flying high (Aeroplanes: LCA - Tejas, Dhruv and HT-2).
 
In the second phase four new designs on Flower theme (Lily, Dahlia, Cineraria and Pansy) were launched on 19th October, 2012.
 
 
As per the Directorate OM No. 17-5/2013-Phil, dated 22nd July 2014, 10 new themes of My Stamps have been launched, viz. Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Taj Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Mysore Palace, Fairy Queen, Port Blair Island, Ajanta Caves, St. Francis Church and Greetings.
 
These new themes are based on local tourist attraction places. Therefor the distribution of the same has been prepared in view of the location of the above places, except Taj Mahal, Fairy Queen and Greetings which are distributed to all postal circles, rest of the themes are circulated only to the concerned circle headquarters. However My Stamp Counters and philatelic bureaux of the circles other than the philatelic bureau situated at circle headquarter can place their demand of My Stamp sheetlets to the philatelic bureau situated at circle headquarters.

Civil Services Examination (CSE), 2013 - Instructions regarding seeking exemption from attending Foundation Course (FC) starting 01.09.2014

To view DoPT instructions, please CLICK HERE.
 

Happy Krishna Janmashtami to all members, wel wishers and track in viewers


Friday, August 15, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Greeting.....




Holding of current charge of CGM, PLI Directorate

To view Directorate memo No. 1-10/2009-SPG dated 1/8/2014, please CLICK HERE. 

Holding additional charge of CPMG, Madhya Pradesh circle

To view Directorate memo No. 1-10/2009-SPG dated 1/8/2014, please CLICK HERE. 

Holding current charge of CGM, BD & M Directorate

To view Directorate memo No. 1-10/2009-SPG dated 1/8/2014, please CLICK HERE. 

Willingness of the JTS/STS and PS Group 'B'officers for posting in Postal Directorate, RAK NPA, Ghaziabad and PTCs

To view Directorate memo No. 4-19/2014-SPG dated 31st July 2014, please CLICK HERE. 

Transfer policy to regulate transfer of Group A / Group B / Group C Officers / officials - Clarification

To view Directorate letter No. 141-141/2013-SPB.II dated 24th July 2014 addressed to CPMG, Gujarat Circle, Ahmedabad, please CLICK HERE. 

CCS (RP) RULES 2008-- STAGNATION INCREMENT IN PRE-REVISED SCALE TAKES A COUNT

To view, please CLICK HERE. 

CHQ News......

1. Repatriation of PS Gr. B officers to their parent circle. 
     
     It is learnt that due to some administrative reasons information received from circles is not summarized. Clearance from Transfer and Placement committee is required before issue of orders.    

2. Supplementary DPC for the cadre of PS Gr. B

     It is confirmed that CRs/APARs from Odisha circle received at Directorate. As on date information from Bihar / Haryana / Kerala / Rajasthan / UP and WB is required at Directorate. Details of information required have already been placed on the blog. CS of these circles will once again see it and act accordingly. Due this, regular DPC for PS Gr. B may delay. An immediate action from CSs of these circles are required. 

3. DPC for promotion to the cadre of JTS Gr. A for the year 2013-14

     Information of following two officers are yet not received at Directorate:
a)   Shri S. Modi (Odisha) : ACRs/APARs not received at Directorate.
b)  Shri P. R. Alia (Uttar Pradesh) : CRs for 2007-08 (from Uttarakhand Circle) and APARs 2007-08, 2009-10 and 2010-11 (from UP circle) not upgraded by circles.  

4. DPC for promotion to the cadre of JTS Gr. A for the year 2014-15. 

   It is learnt that Directorate desire to keep the record ready to hold DPC for 2014-15 in near future. CRs/APARs of officers in the ZOC is being called for from all circles by hand through concerned circles APMG (Staff)/AD (Staff) by giving specific date.

Hon'ble MoC launched the 'e-Greetings Portal'

Hon’ble Minister for Communications and Information Technology Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad today launched the “e-Greetings Portal” in the presence of Shri R.S. Sharma, Secretary Department of Electronics The e-Greetings portal has been developed by NIC as part of the the “Digital India” initiative of the Government of India. The current catalog of designs has been specifically designed for sending e-Greetings for the Independence Day,

Inaugurating the portal, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad exhorted all Government employees to send e-Greetings in future to save nature and money. He said the innovative beginning of the Information Technology (IT) department is in-consonance with the larger commitment of the honourable Prime Minister to ensure that there is a proper IT revolution in India followed by connectivity. He said “e-Greetings” on August 15 being created with the larger cooperation of the people of India through crowd sourcing is a step in the right direction.

The objective of the portal is to promote a contemporary and eco-friendly method of sending Greetings by Government officials and agencies to colleagues and friends. The portal allows users to select and send a greeting from several templates available for an occasion. The portal also allows users to select a quote of the Hon’ble PM to be sent as part of the greeting. The Departments can also customize the greetings by adding taglines relating to their programmes of public interest.

e-Greetings portal is unique as most of the creative designs for the Independence Day greetings have been crowd sourced through the recently launched MyGov portal. The campaign was enthusiastically received by MyGov users with 3572 designs submitted. Nearly twenty selected designs are available on the portal.

Launched with creative designs specific to the Independence Day, the creative designs for other national occasions and festivals are also being developed and will be made available on the e-Greeting portal from time to time.

While the portal was initially developed for government users, it is open to all citizens for sending greetings to their family and friends. Users can access the portal using the link http://egreetings.india.gov.in. The link will also be available on the India Portal and MyGov site. To send an e-Greeting, a user needs to be a registered user of the Government Email service/MyGov platform/India Gov platform.
Source : PIB

Central Government Employees under Lokpal Act, 2013

Under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, it is mandatory for every public servant, which includes Central Government employees also, to declare assets and liabilities in the manner provided by or under the said Act. 

Government has notified the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014, under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, laying down the form and manner of submission of information and annual return.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Pesonnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Dr. Jitendra Singh gave this information in Rajya Sabha today in a written reply to a question by Shri Prabhat Jha.
Source : PIB

Government to consider amendments to Minimum Wages Act

New Delhi: The government is considering a proposal to amend the Minimum Wages Act 1948, the Lok Sabha was informed today.

"The proposal to amend the Minimum Wages Act 1948 is under consideration," Labour and Employment Minister Narendra Singh Tomar told the Lok Sabha in a written reply.

Under the provisions of Minimum Wages Act 1948, both central and state governments can fix, review and revise minimum wages of workers employed in the scheduled employment under their respective jurisdiction, Tomar said.

The appropriate governments have been empowered to notify any employment in the schedule where the number of employees is 1,000 or more in a state and fix rates of minimum wages in respect to employees employed therein, he said.

The minister said that presently there are 45 scheduled employments under central sphere and the workers employed in various mini cement plants and petroleum products outlets are not included in the scheduled employment of central sphere.

The rates of minimum wages fixed by central government are applicable to establishments under its authority, railways administration, mines, oilfields, major ports and corporations created under Acts of Parliament, he said.

In the unskilled section of agriculture sector, rates of wages including Variable Dearness Allowance per day with effect from April 1, 2014, are Rs 215, Rs 195 and Rs 193 in Area A, Area B and Area C respectively. Similarly for the highly skilled labourers in the same sector, it is Rs 283, 262 and Rs 235 for Areas A, B and C respectively.

Replying to another question, Tomar said that there are 56,90,636 beedi workers in the country as on July 31, 2014, in various states. Under various medical assistance given to thebeedi workers for different diseases, 31,74,440 workers benefited from various health schemes in 2013-14.

He said that there were 4,96,416 beneficiaries under educational schemes in 2013-14 while the number of beneficiaries under group insurance scheme in the same period was 7,02,320.

Re-Fixation of Inter-se-Seniority of PS Group B officers for year 2012

To view Directorate memo No. 9-34/2011-SPG dated 31/7/2014, please CLICK HERE. 

Standard Questionnaire for visit to Mail Office.

To view Directorate memo No. 11-Misc/2014-Inspn. dated 31/7/2014, please CLICK HERE. 

Clarification on differenct scenarious being faced or likely to be faced by Post Offices after implementation of CBS

To view SB order No. 8/2014, please CLICK HERE. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT HOLIDAY HOMES AND TOURING OFFICERS HOSTEL

To view the list of Central Government Holiday Homes and Touring Officers Hostels, please CLICK HERE.   

To view the complete details of Holiday Homes etc. please CLICK HERE. 

NEW HOLIDAY HOME AT UDAIPUR, RAJASTHAN – BOOKING COMMENCED – COMING UNDER CATEGORY A HOLIDAY HOME FOR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES – DIRECTORATE OF ESTATES ANNOUNCES

No. D-11016/28/2007-Regions
Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Directorate of Estates
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated 31.07.2014
Office Memorandum
Subject: Opening of New Holiday Home at Udaipur (Rajasthan).
Construction of New Holiday Home at Udaipur (Rajasthan) has been completed and it has been decided to commence the booking of new holiday home at Udaipur with immediate effect. As per existing categories, the holiday home at Udaipur comes under Category `A’ and accordingly, rates of booking will be charged. The Holiday Home is located at ‘G’ Block, Hiran Nagari, Sector-14, Near C.A. Circle, Udaipur-313001 which is about 21 km from Maharana Pratap Air Port Udaipur, 6 km from Bus stand, 6 km from Udaipur City Station and 3 km from Rana Pratap Station. Sh Umesh Jain is present caretaker of holiday home at Udaipur and his Mobile No. is 09414003493.
(N.S.Chauhan)
Assistant Director of Estates(Regions)

LIST OF HOSPITAL EMPANELLED UNDER CGHS MUMBAI

To know the names of hospitals, please CLICK HERE. 

Recommendations of the Committee of Experts on Disciplinary & Vigilance Inquiries (Hota Committee).

To view DoPT memo dated 11/7/2014, please CLICK HERE.  

India Post may apply for payments bank licence

After failing to receive a full-fledged banking licence from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) last year, the department of post is gearing up for a second innings.

Now, India Post is looking to set up a payments bank and is expected to put in fresh application, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. 
“India Post may look at setting up a payments bank for which it will have to apply again, after which the RBI will go through its own process to assess whether or not it is eligible,” a senior government official told HT. The exercise could take a while, he added.
 
A payments bank can accept deposits and remit but cannot lend. The move would help in deepening the financial inclusion programme, sources added.
The government is grappling with the problem to delink post office savings deposits from its fiscal deficit management programme.

Interest rates on post office savings are administered by the government, unlike commercial banks, where interest rates are market determined.

If post offices are converted into banks, they will have to offer competitive interest rates to depositors. Besides it remains to be seen whether all bank deposits are offered tax treatment, similar to post office savings, once the postal department is given a banking licence.

While the RBI did not grant a banking licence to India Post earlier this year, it said that the postal department and the government should look at the issue separately.

The department, for the last few years, has remained in the red due to high operational costs. It has been losing business due to competition from private couriers, usage of mobile telephony and Internet. However, it has over 150,000 branches across India and most of them are in rural areas.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

NDA government plans to bifurcate Indian Postal sector between AP & Telangana

NDA government focused on division of Indian postal sector between two states for separate head post offices in Telangana and AP. They plans to divide the postal sector within 8 months and searches for new Chief Post Master. The central government decided to segregate employees with a ratio 58:42

Please CLICK HERE  to view the video

Change in Commission's visit to Bengaluru

There is a slight change in 7th CPC's visit to Bengaluru. The Commission now proposes to visit Bengaluru between 24th and 26th August, 2014 instead of the earlier announced date of 25th-27th August, 2014.
The commission has, in its first phase of interaction, been seeking the views of various stakeholders on its terms of reference. To this end, meetings have been held in Delhi with various organisations and heads of various agencies.
In its second phase of interaction, the Commission plans to hold meetings in different parts of the country to facilitate stakeholders staying in various areas to present their views personally before the Commission and ensure larger representation. This exercise is being undertaken to enable the Commission to get a firsthand impression about the functioning and the condition of service prevailing in different parts of the country.
Accordingly, the Commission, headed by its Chairman, Justice Shri A. K. Mathur, proposes to visit Bengaluru between 24th August and 26th August 2014. The Commission would like to invite various entities/associations/federations representing any/all categories of employees covered by the terms of Reference of the Commission to present their views.
Your request for a meeting with the Commission may be sent through e-mail to the Secretary, 7th Central Pay Commission at secy-7cpc@nic.in. The memorandum already submitted by the requesting entity may also be sent as an attachment with this e-mail. An early response in this regard would facilitate proper scheduling of the meetings.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Standard Questionaire for visit to HO/SO & BO

To view the orders issued by Directorate under memo No. 11-Misc/2014-Inspn. dated 30/7/2014, please CLICK HERE.
 

Friday, August 8, 2014

CAT case for upgradation of GP of IPs at Ernakulam Bench ......updates!!!

Our CAT case No. 289/13 is posted on 20th August 2014 for hearing. 

Revision in the rates of Personal Pay in respect of Central Government employees for participating in sporting events and tournaments of national/international importance.

To view DoPT memo dated 8/8/2014, please CLICK HERE. 

CHQ News....

1. Supplementary DPC for the cadre of PS Gr.B :
     
     As on date requisite information from Bihar / Haryana/ Kerala / Odisha / Rajasthan / UP and West Bengal circle are said to be not received at Directorate. Only MP circle has submitted information since 28/7/2014. It is not understood as to why CS and CHQ office bearers of these circles are not pursuing the issue with their circles. This DPC is badly delayed for want of information from Circles only. Maximum number of candidates  CRs/APARs from Bihar and UP circle are required. Due to slow work, regular DPC may also take much time and for that CHQ will not be held responsible. 

     CS and CHQ office bearers of above circle are finally requested to meet the concerned officers of their circles and arrange for submission of CRs/APARs of officers (as stated in note dated 29/7/2014) to Directorate before 13th August 2014. 

2. Repatriation of PS Gr.B officers to their parent circle :

     It is learnt that all circles have submitted the information. After completion of consolidation work, file is likely to be submitted to transfer committee members for taking the decision. Out come is expected before Independence Day. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Forthcoming commemmorative postage stamps releases & philatelic exhibitions in August 2014

Commemorative Postage Stamp releases :

(1) Liver Transplantation in India 

(2) Musicians of India: (i) Ravi Shankar (ii) Bhimsen Joshi (iii) D. K. Pattammal (iv) Gangubai Hangal (v) Kumar Gandharva (vi) Vilayat Khan (vii) Mallikarjun Mansur (viii) Ali Akbar Khan 
                            
(3) Gaiety Theatre Complex, Shimla 

Philatelic Exhibitions :

(1) Philatelic Exhibition on 'Flora' at Flower Show, Bangalore: 8th - 15th August 2014.                             
 
(2) Philatelic Exhibition, Gadag, Karnataka: 9th - 10th August 2014.
                             
(3) Odipex-2014, Odhisha State Level Philatelic Exhibition, Bhubaneshwar, 22nd- 24th August 2014.
                             
(4) Philatelic Exhibition, Gulbarga, Karnataka: 23rd - 24th August 2014.
 

Special Cover on 158th Anniversary of Bal Gangadhar Tilak - 26th July 2014.

Bal Gangadhar Tilak or Lokmanya Tilak (b. 23 July 1856 - d. 1 August 1920), born as Keshav Gangadhar Tilak, an Indian nationalist, journalist, teacher, social reformer, lawyer was the first leader of the Indian Independence Movement. Tilak was one of the first and strongest advocates of "Swaraj" (self-rule) and a strong radical in Indian consciousness. He is known for his quote, "Swaraj is my birthright, and I shall have it!" in India.
 
India Post issued a Special Cover to mark 158th Birth Anniversary of Bal Gangadhar Tilak at Patna on 26th July 2014. Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology, and Law and Justice, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad released the Special Cover at the function organised on the occasion of birth anniversary of Bal Gangadhar Tilak at Taramandal Sabhagar, Patna.
 
158 Anniversery of Bal Gangadhar Tilak Special Cover
 
158 Anniversery of Bal Gangadhar Tilak Special Cover

Rakhi Mail - Rakhi Covers 2014

In year 2004, India Post introduced special stout envelopes for safe transit of Rakhies, as the normal paper envelopes are likely to get torn. Various postal circles in India introduced their own version of envelopes with different designs. To maintain uniformity in quality and specifications throughout the country India Post introduced Premium Rakhi Envelopes in four designs on 14.07.2006. New envelopes are of tear and water resistant besides very light to keep the Rakhi mail within the basic weight limit, as far as possible. The envelopes were priced at Rs 5 each exclusive of normal postal charges. From 2007 onwards it has become regular practice to issue Rakhi Envelopes either in same design or in different designs.
 
This year design of 2 varieties are same as of 2012, 2013 but the minor change is in address block. Border of the block is thinner and the price has been increased to Rs. 7.50 ( Postage Extra ).
 
Rakhi Cover with advertisement of BSNL Broadband on reverse side is also reported.
 
Rakhi Cover 2014
Rakhi Cover 2014
Rakhi Cover 2014

Rakhi Cover 2014

LOK SABHA QUESTION NO 466 ANSWERED ON 14.07.2014 WITHDRAWAL OF POSTAL SERVICES

To view, please CLICK HERE.  
 

LOK SABHA QUESTION NO 490 ANSWERED ON 14.07.2014 GRAMIN DAK SEWAKS

To view, please CLICK HERE.
 

All India Services (Conduct) Amendment Rules, 2014.

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GOVT. STAND ON GDS DEMANDS

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Rajya Sabha Reply : No Interim relief of 7th Pay Commission for Central Government Employees

"No proposal for grant of Interim Relief to Central Government employees is at present under consideration of the Government." Ministry of Finance has replied to a question in Rajya Sabha as under:-

GOVERNMENT OF INDIAMINISTRY OF FINANCE
RAJYA SABHA
QUESTION NO 2814
ANSWERED ON 05.08.2014
Interim relief of 7th Pay Commission for Central Government Employees
 
2814 Shri T.K. Rangarajan
 Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to satate :-

(a) the present status of the 7th Pay Commission for the Central Government Employees;

(b) whether Government has finalized proposal to give Interim Relief; and

(c) if so, the quantum of relief?
ANSWER
 
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE (SMT. NIRMALA SITHARAMAN)

(a) : The 7th Central Pay Commission has already been set up vide Resolution dated 28th February, 2014. The Commission has started functioning

(b) & (c): No proposal for grant of Interim Relief to Central Government employees is at present under consideration of the Government.

No Proposal of Dearness Relief under Consideration

Source: Rajya Sabha

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Customs & Central Excise restructuring

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TECHNOLOGY ENABLED POST OFFICES

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Repatriation of PS Gr. B officers to their parent circle

As on date Assam / Gujarat and Uttarakhand circle has not submitted the requisite information in the prescribed format to Directorate by email. CS of these circles are once again requested to ensure the submission of information within 2 days to Directorate. Due to non receipt information, this issue is badly delayed.
 

Govt proposes to amend Indian Post office Act

The government today said it is considering a proposal to amend the Indian Post Office Act, making postal authorities responsible for non-delivery or loss in transit of articles for consumers.
 
"The proposal to amend the Indian Post Office Act, 1898, is under consideration which includes the examination of the scope of making postal authorities responsible for non-delivery or loss in transit of the articles of consumers," Minister of Communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.
 
On a query if Indian Post is losing its share to the operations of private courier companies, the Minister said the share of both the traffic and revenue of Speed Post have been increasing over the years.
 
"Study on Speed Post conducted through the Indian Market Research Bureau International, reveals that the share of Department of Posts in the overall courier market has increased from the range of 15.1 per cent to 18.3 per cent in the year 2010-2011, 16.7 per cent to 19.8 per cent in year 2011-12 and 17.4 per cent to 20.2 per cent in year 2012-13," he added.
 
Source : PTI

7 CPC-- Visit Bengaluru between 25th to 27th August 2014

The commission has, in its first phase of interaction, been seeking the views of various stakeholders on its terms of reference. To this end, meetings have been held in Delhi with various organisations and heads of various agencies.

In its second phase of interaction, the Commission plans to hold meetings in different parts of the country to facilitate stakeholders staying in various areas to present their views personally before the Commission and ensure larger representation. This exercise is being undertaken to enable the Commission to get a firsthand impression about the functioning and the condition of service prevailing in different parts of the country.
Accordingly, the Commission, headed by its Chairman, Justice Shri A. K. Mathur, proposes to visit Bengaluru between 25th August and 27th August 2014. The Commission would like to invite various entities/associations/federations representing any/all categories of employees covered by the terms of Reference of the Commission to present their views.
Your request for a meeting with the Commission may be sent through e-mail to the Secretary, 7th Central Pay Commission at secy-7cpc@nic.in . The memorandum already submitted by the requesting entity may also be sent as an attachment with this e-mail. An early response in this regard would facilitate proper scheduling of the meetings.