Monday, June 27, 2016

Special Cover on Diamond Jubilee of Naval Institute of Aeronautical Technology – 17th June 2016.

The Naval Institute of Aeronautical Technology (NIAT), the premier Aviation technical training establishment of the Indian Navy. It was set up as the Naval Air Technical School (NATS) in the wake of the induction of the amphibious Sea Land aircraft in 1956. It was later renamed to the Naval Institute of Aeronautical Technology in the eighties. The institute imparts Aviation Technical Training to Technical Officers, Sailors and Aircrew of the Naval Air Arm, Indian Coast Guard (ICG) besides training personnel of friendly foreign Navies. The NIAT has several aircraft in its collection used for instructional purposes. The growth of the Institute has been rapid especially over the last decade. The institute is recognised as a ‘Centre for Aeronautical Science and Technology’ by Cochin University with the offering of a host of academic qualifications for courses conducted at the institute such as M. Tech, BSc, and Diploma in Aeronautics etc.

The Naval Institute of Aeronautical Technology (NIAT) celebrated its Diamond Jubilee on 17th June 2016. A Special Cover was released jointly by Vice Admiral A. R. Karve and Smt. Sumathi Ravichandran, Postmaster General, Kochi Region to commemorate the occasion at Kochi Naval Base on 17th June 2016.



Post Bank of India - Wikipedia article

The India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) is a proposed state-owned commercial bank in India. The bank would use the existing network of the public-sector postal service, India Post.
History

In 2006, it was announced that India Post would open a bank to erase its 1,000 crore deficit during the 11th Five Year Plan, emulating Poste italiane. In February 2013, it was announced that India Post had hired Ernst and Young to prepare a report on the proposed bank. Some officials of the Ministry of Finance had opposed the plan saying that India Post did not have the expertise to provide banking services such as handling credit.

In August 2013, the Planning Commission of India said that even though it supported the plan, it was not feasible owing to financial difficulties at the moment. It also felt that converting post offices into bank branches may hamper their original function. In October 2013, the Cabinet of India rejected the proposal on the grounds that India Post did not have sufficient expertise in running a bank. In December 2013, India Post announced that it would install ATMs in 1000 of its office across India in the first half of 2014.

On 27 February 2014, India Post opened its first ATM in Chennai. In April 2014, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) gave in-principle banking licences to IDFC and Bandhan Financial Services out of 26 applicants, but India Post was not considered for a licence because it had not received the mandatory clearance from the government. However, the RBI said that it would examine the proposal separately in consultation with the government.

In September 2014, a task force was formed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi which aimed to study ways in which the existing postal network could be leveraged. The task force was headed by T. S. R. Subramanian. On 4 December 2014, the task force submitted its report to Minister for Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad. The report said that more services should be provided in the field of banking, insurance and e-commerce.

In late December 2014, it was announced that India Post would issue ATM-cum-debit cards to its Post Office Savings Bank (POSB) account holders. In January 2015, it was announced that the Indian government was considering a legislature, to finalise the setting up of the bank, following which a banking license would be applied for at the Reserve Bank of India. On 28 February 2015, during the presentation of the Budget it was announced that India Post will use its large network to run a payments bank.
Role in financial inclusion

India Post has about 1,54,000 post offices, of them 90% are in rural areas. There is one post office for every 7176 people in India. India Post also has 2,96,000 agents in the rural area. About 2.2 crore people, already receive their National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) payments by post offices. After State Bank of India, India Post has the largest deposits valued at 6 lakh crore.

T. S. R. Subramanian has said that it could aid in the ongoing Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana financial inclusion plan.
Structure and funding
The Payments Bank will be set up on a lean operating model. It will focus on financial inclusion by harnessing low-cost technology based solutions to extend access to formal banking especially in rural areas and among unbanked and under banked segments of the society. It has proposed by the task force that the existing Post Office Savings Bank (POSB) should be continued to run parallel to the new bank initially. Later, it should be merged with the bank. The existing post offices shall provide banking services to customer, whereas the bank branches shall handle back-office work, like processing loan applications, assessing credit worthiness and risk assessment, investment operations etc.

The Post Bank shall also provide institutional accounts to panchayats and micro-credit agencies. Initially, the bank will operate separately from the postal business, with a branch in every district for the first three years. The bank will require an initial funding of 500 crore from the government.

Mumbai Region Face Book acknowledged the initiative taken by GS

Postal service is all about doing small things the right way. And sometimes, small steps go a long way in increasing customer convenience and in winning their hearts.

The simple step of installing a cheque drop box in Thane Head Post Office is one such initiative which, in just a few days, has won many words of appreciation from the Savings Bank customers. The drop box installed on 6th June 2016 has already led to a visible reduction in the rush at counters, especially at peak hours. The savings agents have also voiced appreciation for this effort. Consequent to reduction in the number of customers lining up at the counters, there is scope to reduce the deployment of man power to the counters, and use the same more productively elsewhere.

The cheque drop box is cleared twice in a day. To take care of the procedural aspects, a separate register is kept for noting the details of cheques found in the drop box.

Congratulations to Vilas Ingale, Senior Postmaster, Thane HO for this thoughtful initiative.





The above news published in face book of Mumbai Region. CLICK HERE TO SEE

Cabinet is likely to take up 7th Pay Commission recommendations for Central Government employees on June 29

The Cabinet is likely to take up Seventh Pay Commission recommendations for government employees on June 29.

Implementation of new pay scales recommended by the 7th Pay Commission is estimated to put an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore on the exchequer annually.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had in his Budget for 2016-17 provisioned Rs 70,000 crore towards Seventh Pay Commission awards, which is around 60 per cent of the incremental expenditure on salaries.

The Pay Commission’s recommendations are due from January 1, 2016.

The central government constitutes the pay commission every 10 years to revise the pay scales of its employees. The Commission was set up by the UPA government in February 2014 to revise remuneration of about 48 lakh central government employees and 55 lakh pensioners.

Source : NDTV Profit

Promotion and posting in the grade of Member, Postal Services Board, Indian Postal Service, Group 'A'

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Selection process for engagement to all approved categories of GDS posts -- Review thereof


Friday, June 24, 2016

Insertion of Rule 141 A in General Financial Rules 9GFR), 2005




7th Pay Commission: Govt employees to get full 6 months arrears in October

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DPC : JTS for the year 2016-17 .... updates

All the pending APARs and required documents are said to be received at Directorate. Scrutiny is going on. 

Meeting with unions/associations on India Post Payments Bank

It has been reported by SR Division of Postal Directorate that Member (Banking and HRD) will hold a meeting with the union representatives in connection with upcoming launch of India Post Payments Bank on 29/6/2016 at 11.00 A.M. in G. P. Roy Committee Room, Dak Bhawan, New Delhi. 

Complete ruling on preparation and maintenance of CRs (APARs)

To view copy of Directorate memo No. 51/5/72.Ests (A) dated 20th May 1972, please CLICK HERE. 

FREQUENT ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS) ON THE ISSUE OF RESIDENCE/DOMICILE AND CASTE/TRIBE CERTIFICATES

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L G O Examination pattern




Grouping of Circles for conducting LGO Examination



SB Order No. 5 / 2016 - Steps to be taken for smooth functioning of POSB operations and prevention of frauds in CBS Offices





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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Mumbai Postal Region Facebook ..

All the members and track-in viewers are requested to daily view following link which is created by Mumbai Postal Region as fackbook.

https://www.facebook.com/Mumbai.Postal.Region

 

Revised result of IP examination 2014 for Karnataka Circle


Stopping of sale of pre-printed NSC and KVP from 01.07.2016 and issue of certificates in the shape of passbooks (SB order 04/2016)

To view Directorate order No. 61-01/2016-SB dated 21-6-2016, please CLICK HERE.

Transfers/postings in the Junior Time Scale (JTS)/ Senior Time Scale (STS) of Indian Postal Service, Group 'A'

To view Directorate Memo No. 4-1/2016-SPG dated 22-6-2016, please CLICK HERE.
 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

MoC & IT directed India Post to make stamps on Yoga & Surya Namaskara available on all major POs across India MoC & IT directed India Post to make stamps on Yoga & Surya Namaskara available on all major POs across India


 

 The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi released a set of 12 commemorative postage stamps 'Surya Namaskar', ahead of the International Day of Yoga - 2016, in New Delhi today. The Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) and Health & Family Welfare, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, the Cabinet Secretary, Shri Pradeep Kumar Sinha, the Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Dr. P.K. Mishra, Secretary, Department of Posts, Shri S.K. Sinha, and the Secretary of AYUSH, Shri Ajit M. Sharan are also seen.

 

PPF(Amendment) Scheme, 2016 - Premature Closure of PPF Account



Government keeps interest rates on small savings scheme unchanged

NEW DELHI: Government has kept interest rates unchanged for various small savings schemes for the July-October quarter of 2016-17 fiscal. 

The Finance Ministry in a statement today said that interest rate on one-year deposits for July-October quarter of this fiscal has been kept unchanged at 7.1 per cent. 

Similiarly, interest rate on two-year time deposit, three-year time deposit and five-year time deposit were kept at 7.2 per cent, 7.4 per cent and 7.9 per cent, respectively. 

Likewise, interest rate on Public Provident Fund (PPF) scheme, Kisan Vikas Patra scheme and SukanyaSamriddhi Account Scheme were kept at 8.1 per cent, 7.8 per cent and 8.6 per cent respectively, the ministry said. 

In February this year, the Finance Ministry had announced that small savings rate will be set quarterly to align them with market rate of government securities.


 

Frequent asked questions (FAQs) on the issue of residence/domicile and caste/tribe certificates.

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DPC : JTS for the year 2016-17 .... updates

It has been reported by Circle Secretary West Bengal Circle that the required documents related to S/Shri Amit Lahiri and Bidhan Chandra Das sent to Postal Directorate on 17/6/2016 through CPMG Dak. Now, documents of Shri Sher Singh Bisht (Uttarakhand/Haryana) is required at Directorate.
 
It is once again requested to CS Uttarakhanad and Haryana Circle to arrange for submission of following documents of Shri Sher Singh Bisht to Directorate immediately and send report to GS.
 
1
Shri Sher Singh Bisht
Uttarakhand / Haryana
APARs required from 25.12.2010 to 31.03.2011, 2013-14, 2014-15 + Vigilance Status + Penalty Statement
 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

First Cheque Drop Box in Maharashtra Circle

First Cheque Drop Box in Maharashtra Circle is installed at Thane HO on 6th June 2016 to reduce the rush and crowd at SB counters. 



 

 






DPC for promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B for the year 2016-17

During the course of last visit to Directorate it was discussed with the officers that every year DPC for the promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B was abnormally delayed for one or other reason. The officers and concerned staff who dealing the matter discontentedly told that due to non response from circles for the queries raised by them, and hence the matter is delayed. 

To speed up the ensuing DPC for the promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B there is need of requisite documents in all respect at Directorate on allotted time, hence it is directed to all Circle Secretaries/CHQ office bearers and members to request their circle administration to keep the APARs (last five years) of OC candidates up to 1993 and SC/ST candidates up to 1998 ready so that it can be submitted on due date. Directorate has taken target as August 2016 for the above DPC. If it is delayed then will be responsible for it.

The co-operation and support is required from all members. 

DPC for promotion to JTS Gr. A cadre for the year 2016-17 :

Following officers record yet not received at Directorate

Sl. No.
Name of the officer
Circle
Document required
1
Shri Sher Singh Bisht
Uttarakhand / Haryana
25.12.2010 to 31.03.2011, 2013-14, 2014-15 + Vigilance Status + Penalty Statement
2
Shri Amit Lahiri
West Bengal
2006-07, 2007-08, 2009-10, 01.04.2011 to 10.11.2011 and 2013-14
3
Shri Bidhan Chandra Das
West Bengal
2014-15 + copy of charge sheet memo


Payment of CHQ Quota .....

During last All India Biennial Conference following Circles, Circle Secretaries/representatives told that they will remit their due CHQ quota after returning to HQ, but till date CHQ has not received a single rupee from them.  

1. Andhra Pradesh 2. Assam  3. Bihar  4. Delhi   5. J&K    6. Jharkhand  7.  Kerala  8. North-East  9. Madhya Pradesh   and 10. Uttarakhand. 

Rajasthan Circle is exempted for paying CHQ quota, as they conducted Biennial Conference in 2015-16. Financial position of CHQ is not good.

All are requested to deposit their CHQ quota immediately in CHQ account and photocopy of the counterfoil of the pay-in-slip may be sent through CHQ whatsApp group. 

The details of CHQ account is as under:

Name of PO            : Dadar Head Post Office, Mumbai 40014
Name of A/c holder : Vilas S. Ingale and Yadagiri G. Nyalapelli
SB Account No.       : 3049419758
SOL ID No.             : 40001400

Hoping for positive response by the end of this month. 


Guides for LGO Examination from MTS/Postman to the Cadre of Postal Assistant

 

Empowered Committee recommendations on 7th Pay Commission report – Detailed report by Mr.Dorai

MEDIA REPORT THAT EMPOWERED COMMITTEE OF SECRETARIES ARE PLANNING TO RECOMMEND 30 PERCENT INCREASE IN BASIC PAY SHALL ACTUALLY RESULT IN LOWER BENEFIT THAN WHAT THE 7TH CPC RECOMMENDED – M.DORAI

Recent news appearing in the media that the Empowered Committee of Secretaries are planning to recommend 30 percent increase in the Basic Pay of Central Government employees has come as a bolt from the blue as it shall fetch lower benefit than what has been recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission.

It is not clear whether the media is bungling on this issue without confirming the authenticity of any such move by the Empowered Committee.

Surprisingly quite a large number of central government employees and the Central Government Employees Federations/Associations including the media are not aware that 7th CPC had already recommended a minimum of 32% increase in the basic pay. In fact the recommendation works out to more than 32% increase in basic pay and may go even up to 40% in most of the cases, since after multiplying the existing Pay and Grade Pay by a factor of 2.57 the resulting figure is fitted into the pay matrix at the next higher slab.

The following illustration shall make clear the percentage of increase in basic pay which come to more than 32% of the basic pay:

Under 6th CPC:
Assumed Pay & G.P Rs.29490+ D.A at 125% Rs.36863= Rs.66,353

Under 7th CPC:
Pay & G.P Rs.29490 x 2.57 factor = 75,789 to be fixed at the next slab of Rs. 77,700 at level 10 in the Grade Pay of Rs.5400

Fitment Benefit : Rs.77,700 – Rs.66,353 = Rs.11,347

Percentage of increase: 38.32% of the basic pay (Rs.11,347 / Rs.29490 =38.47%). The increase will be only 17.10% if both basic and D.A are to be added.(Rs.11,347 / 66,353 = 17.10%)

The VII CPC has arrived at a factor of 2.57 for multiplication with the pre-revised Basic Pay comprising pay in the pay band and grade pay to arrive at new basic pay thereby including 32% of increase in the basic pay. The VII CPC have recommended 32% hike uniformly to all the employees as fitment benefit to the existing pay and grade pay and raised the existing 2.25 factor to 257% or 2.57 factor.

(The increase come to 14.22% if both the basic pay and D.A. are reckoned. However it must be noted that none of the pay commissions in the past had projected the increase by including both basic pay and D.A but had taken only Basic Pay into account for arriving at the percentage of fitment benefit granted as a bonanza.)

THE FOLLOWING COMPARISON OF FITMENT BENEFIT GRANTED BY 6TH CPC AND THE 7TH CPC SHALL GIVE CORRECT PICTURE:

INCREASE GRANTED UNDER 6TH PAY COMMISSION:

i. The 6th CPC had granted approximately 40% increase on the maximum of 5th CPC basic pay scale without taking into account Dearness Pay and D.A as on 1/1/2006 for the purpose of projecting the increase. The fitment benefit of 40% was distinctly shown as Grade Pay.)

ii. The increase granted by 6th CPC works out to 21.5% only if D.P and D.A are to be included in basic pay (40/1.86* factor = 21.5%)

( *1.86 factor means: 1 is to be taken as 100 which stands for Basic Pay and .86 should be taken as 86% which constitute 50% of Dearness Pay +24% DA on both Basic Pay and Dearness Pay i.e. Basic Pay100 + D.P 50 =150 x 24% =36% totaling to 186 or 1.86 factor which the employees had already drawn under 5th CPC Pay Scale as on 1/1/2006)

INCREASE RECOMMENDED UNDER 7TH PAY COMMISSION:

i. The recommended increase in basic pay by 7th CPC without taking into account 125%D.A as on 1/1/2016 come to a minimum of 32% which may go upto 40% of basic pay comprising Pay in the pay band and Grade Pay depending upon the slab in which the 2.57 multiplication factor gets fitted into at various levels of pay in the pay matrix.

ii. The recommended increase come to only 14.22% if both the basic pay and the 125% D.A as on 1/1/2016 is taken into account.(32/2.25 =14.22%) In other words 2.57*-2.25** = 32.

(*2.57* factor means: 1 + 1.25 + 32 =2.57. While 1 stands for 100% Basic Pay comprising Pay in the pay band and Grade Pay, 1.25 stands for 125% D.A. as on 1/1/2016 and .32 stands for 32% increase in Basic Pay comprising Pay in the pay band and grade pay recommended as Fitment Benefit by VII CPC totaling to 257% or 2.57 factor.

(**2.25 means: 1 + 1.25. While 1 stands for 100% of Basic Pay comprising Pay in the pay band and Grade Pay, 1.25 stands for 125% of D.A. as on 1/1/2016 totalling to 225 or 2.25 factor which the employee was already drawing under 6th CPC Pay Scale as on 1/1/2016. Added to it is 32% fitment benefit on Basic Pay comprising Pay and Grade Pay totaling to 257 or 2.57 factor. In other words 2.25 + 32 =2.57 factor).

Thus it may be seen that if the media report is really true that the Empowered Committee of Secretaries are planning to revise the increase in fitment benefit to 30% of the Basic Pay alone, it is highly deplorable as it shall lead to still lower fitment benefit than what has been proposed by the 7th CPC which recommended 32% minimum increase in the basic pay by arriving at 2.57 factor. This 2.57 factor recommended by 7th CPC for multiplication of basic pay shall come down to 2.55 factor if the Empowered Committee of Secretaries are going to recommend 30% increase in basic pay alone as under:

Basic Pay = 100%
D.A. as on 1/1/2016 =125%
Fitment Benefit =30%
Total 255% or 2.55 factor

CONCLUSION: It is high time, the Empowered Committee of Secretaries entrusted with the task of reviewing the recommendations of VII Central Pay Commission desist from taking any hasty decision without fully analyzing the ground realities as the result will be dismal if really such a move is on the anvi. This 32% minimum increase in Basic Pay comprising Pay in the pay band and Grade Pay recommended by VII CPC which come to only 14.22% increase if both basic pay and D.A is taken into account, has caused disgruntlement and anguish among all the central government employees. If there is going to be an increase of 25 to 30 percent on both basic pay and grade pay or 50 to 60 percent increase on basic pay alone, then there can be some contentment among the central government employees who have been desperately waiting for a pay hike for more than 10 years. What is required is a concerted and concrete effort to solve the grievances relating to pay hike, in consultation with the stake holders with a pragmatic approach to resolve the issues.

M.DORAI
Deputy Director
ESIC MODEL HOSPITAL
(Ministry of Labour, Govt. of India)
Rajajinagar,Bangalore-560010- is the Author of this article

Postmen can update delivery on-the-go

Until a few days ago, K. Kangeyan, a postman in Anna Road head post office, used to carry a sheaf of papers along with the mails and articles when he steps out for delivery. Now, he just carries a smart phone to get digital signatures as acknowledgement from postal customers.

The postal department recently introduced postman mobile application, which is a pilot project to enable postmen immediately upload delivery.

The real-time delivery update through mobile application will help customer keep a tab on the mail delivery to the destination.

As of now, postmen in the Anna Road HPO are part of the pilot project to cover delivery of registered posts, speed posts, electronic money orders and parcels. On an average, a postman delivers a minimum of 60-70 such mails and articles daily and updates the delivery data only in the evening.

Officials of the postal department said this move will help the postmen update information about the delivery instantly and enable customers to track the movement and know the status of delivery faster. The application was developed by Centre for Excellence in Postal Technology, Mysuru.

Postmaster General (Mails and Business Development) J.T. Venkateswarulu said: “Once the customer digitally signs on the mobile phone, the delivery details will be immediately uploaded to the central server and update all records. We will extend the system to other post offices depending on the results of the project. The department also plans to provide handsets to postmen during expansion of the service.” Meanwhile, residents of Pattabiram complained that the acknowledgement receipt provided in some of the post office for booking speed posts and parcels was not legible as the computer peripherals were poorly maintained.

T. Sadagopan, president of Progressive Consumer Centre, said the acknowledgment receipt is often used as evidence for RTI applications and also help track speed posts and parcels. “In Pattabiram main post office, the printed receipt is unclear because of badly maintained printers. Bill receipts for electricity charges are also issued in the same way for the past one month,” he said.

Officials of the postal department said the issue will be sorted soon.

The Hindu

Oral orders not followed by written confirmation - reg


Friday, June 17, 2016

Filling up of posts of Deputy Passport Officer (DPO), Assistant passport officer (APO) & Passport officer (PO) in Passport Offices under Ministry of External Affairs (CPV Division) on deputation basis-reg.

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Non Resident Indians (NRIs) can now join and subscribe to NPS online through eNPS


NRIs have a pivotal role to play in the Indian economy. India has the second-largest Diaspora in the world, with around 29 million people living in over 200 countries and out of these 25% live in the Gulf countries. Most of the Indians going to the Gulf and some other countries go for employment and return to India after having worked abroad for a certain period. 

NPS can provide a long term solution to their old age income security. NPS has been available to NRIs for some time through Bank offices and now, to further ease the process of joining, eNPS is being extended to Non-Resident Indian subscribers.

NRIs can now open NPS Accounts online if they have Aadhaar Card or PAN card

Till now, NRIs could open NPS accounts only through paper applications by approaching Bank offices but this has now changed. Through eNPS, a subscriber will be able to open an NPS account from the comfort of his home. All he will need is an internet connection and an Aadhaar/ PanCard. 

Further, NRIs will be able to open NPS accounts both on Repatriable and on Non Repatriable basis. On a Repatriable basis, an NRI will have to remit the amount through his/her NRE/FCNR/NRO account.

For Non-Repatriable scheme, NRIs will be able to join NPS through their NRE/FCNR/NRO accounts at the time of maturity or during partial withdrawal, the NPS funds would be deposited only in their NRO accounts. 


Both Repatriable and Non-Repatriable schemes will greatly appeal to NRIs who intend to return to India after their employment abroad, in view of their attractive returns, low cost, flexibility and their being regulated by the PFRDA, a Regulator established by the Central Government . 

Retention of names on offer for Central Deputation under the Central Staffing Scheme for the year 2016

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Media reports substantial pay hike for central employees

Govt employees to get  hiked salary from August, arrears in one installment ahead of Dusshera

The central government employees and pensioners are likely to get their 6 months of arrears just ahead of the Dusshera festival in October.

As per media report, increased salary of July will be credited to the 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners' accounts on August 1, 2016. But the arrears of last 6 months will be credited in one installment ahead of the Dusshera in October.

As per sources, the Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed by the Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha has recommended a 30 percent increase in minimum and maximum basic pay structures along with doubling of existing rates of allowances and advances.

The 7th Pay Commission had suggested a maximum basic pay of Rs 2,50,000 and a minimum of Rs 18,000. A 30 percent increase would translate into maximum salary of Rs 3,25,000 and minimum at Rs 23,400, respectively.

Special Cover on World Environment Day 2016 (HARITHAKERALAM – 2016) – 5th June 2016.


The booming illegal trade in wildlife products is eroding Earth’s precious biodiversity, robbing us of our natural heritage and driving whole species to the brink of extinction. The killing and smuggling is also undermining economies and ecosystems, fueling organized crime, and feeding corruption and insecurity across the globe. Wildlife crime endangers iconic elephants, rhinos, tigers, gorillas and sea turtles. Lesser-known victims include helmeted hornbills and pangolins, as well as wild orchids and timbers like Rosewood – flowers and timber are also considered wildlife! Celebrated globally on 5th June every year, World Environment Day highlights various conservation and environmental issues. It also undermines our economies, communities and security. This year’s theme “Go Wild for Life—Zero Tolerance for Illegal Wildlife Trade” focused on the need to curb poaching and illegal wildlife trade to ensure the survival of wildlife.

Social Forestry Wing of Kerala Forests & Wildlife Department focuses on creating awareness among the public and invites Citizen’s participation to put an end to illegal wildlife trade. On the occasion of World Environment Day 2016 the department requested citizens of the state to provide information and requested to reframe from using illegal Wildlife products. Public can provide information about illegal wildlife trade on Forest Department’s toll free number, 1800 425 4733.

On the occasion of World Environment Day 2016 a Special Cover was released by Kerala Postal Circle jointly with Social Forestry Wing, Kerala Forests & Wildlife Department on 5th June 2016 at Punalur.

LGO Examination 2015-16 will be held on 31/7/2016


Cabinet likely to approve salary hike by a fortnight

As per Zee News : "The secretaries panel reviewing the 7th pay commission's recommendations have submitted its report to the Finance Ministry. The Finance Ministry will prepare a note and present it before the Cabinet in the next 15 days."

Other media reports :  
The much awaited Seventh Pay Commission will be approved by the end of this month. According to reports the Union Cabinet officials reviewing the recommendations made by the commission is likely to approve the bill after which proposed hike salaries will be credited on the account of central government employees from August 1.

Further cabinet meetings which is likely to be held by the end of this month will give a final touch to the recommendation and will approve it also.


First time in 48 years, PPF rate could fall below 8%

For the first time since the Public Provident Fund was established in 1968, the interest rate on the government-managed saving scheme could fall below 8%. Interest rates on small savings schemes, including the PPF and the Senior Citizens' Saving Scheme, are linked to the government bond yields and are revised every three months. The last interest rate revision on 19 March saw the PPF rate being cut 60 basis points from 8.7% to 8.1%. 

Now, given that the average 10-year benchmark bond yield has been nearly 7.5% between March and May, analysts believe the rate for PPF could be cut to 7.75%. "The PPF rate is 25 basis points higher than the 10-year benchmark bond yield. So it could be revised to 7.75% for the next quarter," says Manoj Nagpal, CEO of Outlook Asia Capital. If the PPF rate is indeed cut by 25-35 basis points, this would be the first time that the scheme will give less than 8% in its 48-year history. 

However, some experts believe that despite the decline in bond yields, the government will not cut the small savings rate in this quarter. "Given the furore over the rate cut in March, the government may not want to alienate the middle class before the assembly elections in 2017," says a mutual fund manager. 

Analysts point out that even if rates are cut, the PPF would still be a good investment due to the low consumer inflation. Though consumer inflation edged up to 5.76% in May, the PPF will still deliver 2% real rate of return. "PPF offers tax-free returns. It should be the instrument of choice for those in the highest tax bracket," says Mumbai-based financial advisor Amol Joshi. 

If interest rates on small savings schemes are cut, senior citizens will be the worst hit. The interest rate of the Senior Citizens' Saving Scheme was reduced from 9.3% to 8.6% in March. It could now recede to 8.25%. An investment of Rs 10 lakh earned them a quarterly pension of Rs 23,250 till last year. Now it will pay only Rs 20,625. 


Source : The Economic Times

Spreading of awareness among general public on International Day of Yoga to be celebrated on 21.06.2016 - regarding



CBI probes misappropriation of over Rs. 1 cr in HPO - News from ' The Hindu'

CBI probes misappropriation of over Rs. 1 cr in HPO
( News from ' The Hindu' dtd 17/06/2016 )

Sleuths of Central Bureau of Investigation have launched an enquiry into alleged misappropriation of public money to the tune of over Rs. 1 crore at the Head Post Office (HPO) here. The postal department has placed seven employees, including the prime suspect, a woman, and two Assistant Post Masters, under suspension.

After the department officials exposed the fraud in May and referred the case to the CBI, a seven-member team from the anti-corruption wing visited the HPO on Tuesday and completed the first phase of investigation on Wednesday. They verified the records and raided the premises of an agent.

Sources told The Hindu that the CBI officers had taken some records. The team questioned the husband of the prime suspect, a businessman, while avoiding questioning her as she was pregnant, the sources said.

The CBI officers also raided the premises of Lalitha, who had been a savings account agent at the HPO for more that two decades and believed to have collided with the main suspect. The officials seized some money and savings account passbooks from her premise, the sources said.

As the post of Superintendent of Post Offices for Karaikudi division was vacant for about three months, the department deputed the Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Virudhunagar, to assist the CBI team for two days, the sources added.

Investigation is said to have revealed that the prime suspect and others misused the software for core banking, kept alive savings bank accounts of five account holders, who offered to close down them, and showed credit in the accounts, but did not deposit the amount.

The head office grew suspicious after a huge amount was “credited” into the accounts towards interest and verified the accounts when the fraud came to light. The main suspect, an MCA graduate who had joined the service as Postal Assistant in 2011, had been committing the fraud since 2014, they said.

She had committed the fraud after office hours, using the user ID and passwords of her colleagues who were in CBI net, the sources said. After making fake deposits into the accounts, she would withdraw the money through her benamis. Advance bail

Meanwhile, the prime suspect obtained anticipatory bail from the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court, the sources said.

The Postal department has placed seven employees, including the prime suspect, under suspicion


Recruitment Rules of MTS, 2015 - clarifications

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IPPB at a Glance

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

A Comparison of SB Account Charges in India Post V/s Nationalize Bank

At Present 22395 Branches of India Post are working on CBS Platform. We can say India Post has highest no. of branches than any Nationalize Bank. The SB account facility is provided by both India Post and Bank. There are various charges behind it. The following main charges are comprised here.


Now the analysis prove that facilities of India Post are cheaper than any other Bank. This is a satisfaction conclusion that we facilitate our customer with high class services at lower charges.

New Aviation Policy moots big boost to air travel in small towns

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Inauguration of modernized Parcel Hub at Trichy HO



Dr. Charles Lobo CPMG Tamil Nadu circle lighting the lamp
 



Selection process for engagement to all approved categoreis of GDS Posts - Review thereof

 

Recruitment of casual workers and persons on daily wages.

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Regarding observations against proposed Recruitment Rules of PS Group B cadre.

No.CHQ/AIAIPASP/RR-PS Gr.B/2016                          Dated:    15/06/2016

To,
Shri S. K. Sinha,
Director General,
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-110 001.

Subject:     Regarding observations against proposed Recruitment Rules of PS Group B cadre.

Reference:   Directorate No. 9-14/2010-SPG dated 30.05.2016 refers.

Respected Sir,

The IP/ASP Association has extensively studied the proposed recruitment rules and members are in the state of deep disappointment. The proposed RRs are totally disregard to the basic criteria and orders of Hon’ble CAT bench in OA No.399/PB/2011 dated 26.05.2011, wherein statement given by Director (Staff) at Bar that the quota prescribed (75% for promotion under non-examination quota & 19% for promotion under Examination Quota), qua which the prayer is relatable, shall not be exceeded, was accepted.  These are full of discrimination to the IP/ASP waiting elevation to Group B for the last 24-25 years. Thus career progression of IP/ASP under non-examination quota (75%) has been hit hard. New RRs have drastically reduced the number of posts to 562 from 649 posts. Below Tabulation would show how already settled position has disturbed the number in their respective quota in post based roaster.

PS Gr. ‘B’ Recruitment Rules, 1993 [Pre-revised]

Total Number of Posts
866
No. of 75% IP line posts to be filled through Seniority cum fitness
649
No. of 19% IP line posts to be filled through LDCE
165
No. of 6% General line posts to be filled through LDCE
52


Sr. Postmaster Recruitment Rules, 2010

Total Number of Posts
116
No. of IP line posts to be filled through Seniority cum fitness
NIL
No. of 75% IP line posts to be filled through LDCE 75% of 116
87
No. of 25% General line posts to be filled through seniority cum fitness
29

 PS Gr. B Recruitment Rules, 2016 (proposed to be revised)

Total Number of Posts
866-116 =750
No. of 75% IP line posts to be filled through Seniority cum fitness
562
No. of 22% IP line posts to be filled through LDCE as per roster in vogue.
165
No. of 3% General line post to be filled through LDCE
52-29  =23

          Thus, there is overall loss of 87 posts to be filled under seniority cum fitness quota in PS Gr. ‘B’ while examination quota gained 87 posts in Sr. Postmaster cadre. Whereas all the other cadres Gr. C & Gr. A are benefitted in their respective cadre restructuring, at the same time promotion avenues of IP/ASP (non-examination quota) are squeezed. As a matter of justice 87 posts should not be carved out/reduced from Seniority quota. RRs of Sr. Postmaster Rules are amended to the extent that promotion (75%) to Sr. Postmaster should also be through Seniority cum fitness to equalise the equation under respective quota. 

          It is hoped that proper measures to solve this matter and chalk out remedies for our grievances will be taken before giving final nod to the proposed RRs.

          This Association hopes that an early action will be taken by the Department.
         
Yours sincerely,

Sd/-
 (Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary