Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Mahapex-2016, Maharashtra State Level Philatelic Exhibition - 16th - 18th January 2016.

Mahapex-2016, Maharashtra State Level Philatelic Exhibition will be held from 16th to 18th January 2016 at Nashik.
Venue: Postal Stores Depot, Upnagar, Nasik City - 422 006.
Last date for submitting Entry Forms: 15th December 2015.

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The Secretary, Exhibition Committee, Mahapex -2016, O/o Sr. Supdt. Of Post Offices, Nashik Division, Nashik - 422 001.

Phone No.: +91-253-2414675 +91-253-2414675 

26th November to be observed as 'Constitution Day'

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Government of India
Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment

23-November-2015 14:58 IST

26th November to be observed as 'Constitution Day'

The Government has decided to observe 26th November as 'Constitution Day. On the day in 1949, the constitution was adopted which came into force on January 26, 1950 marking the beginning of a new era in the history of India. This year,the country is celebrating 125th birth Anniversary of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar . The 'Constitution Day' will be a part of these year-long nationwide celebrations. This will be a tribute to Dr. Ambedkar , who played a seminal role in the framing of the Indian Constitution as the Chairman of the Drafting Committee of Constituent Assembly

Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is the Nodal Ministry for celebration of Constitution Day. A number of activities will be taken up by other Ministries/Departments which include:-

· Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development has informed that following activities are proposed to be undertaken by all schools under the CBSE, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), Central Tibetan School Administration (CTSA), and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) and those under the State Governments and UTs on the occasion of the first "Constitution Day"-

i. Preamble to the Constitution (as it exists on date) to be read out in school assembly on 26th November, 2015 by all students.

ii. One period to be devoted on 26th November, 2015 for a talk on the salient features of the Constitution of India and its making, by a guest speaker or one of the teachers.

iii. Essay competitions and quizzes to be organized on the theme of the Constitution.

iv. An online Essay competition to be also organized on the theme of the Constitution by all CBSE affiliated schools.

· Department of Higher Education, MoHRD has informed that they have already intimated UGC, AICTE, etc. that the day may be celebrated as Constitution Day. It was requested that the colleges wherever possible may organize mock Parliament Sessions and debates on the Indian Constitution on 26th November, 2015. UGC informed that they have requested Dr Ambedkar University, Lucknow to make arrangements for organizing Quiz competition, wherein at State level winners from each State would participate in a quiz at the All India level

· Department of Youth Affair has proposed to ensure following activities:-

a) Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD) shall organize quiz competition on Constitution.

b) NSS Units to organize lectures on the Constitution in their colleges/schools.

c) NYS Volunteers/NYKS Youth Club Members to bring awareness and explain the history of constitution in their areas.

d) The 'Preamble' of the Constitution be displayed at their headquarters and in their field offices.

· Ministry of External Affairs has informed that they have already instructed all the Missions/ Stations where Indian schools are located to ensure observance of Constitution Day on 26.11.2015. It is also proposed that Missions/Posts may undertake translation of the Indian Constitution in local language and consider its distribution among academic and research institutions, Parliaments, Indology Centres etc. For the instance, the Indian Constitution has recently been translated into Arabic.

· Ministry of Home Affairs has informed that they have the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and their establishments under Police-II Division, MHA would undertake appropriate action for celebration of Constitution Day on 26th November, 2015.

· Department of Sports has intimated the followings:-

i) All Chief Secretaries/ Sports Secretaries/ Administrator/ Advisor to Administrator have been requested to organize "Run for Equality".

ii) Sports Authority of India (SAI) is making arrangements for activities as follows:-

§ A Symbolic Run termed as "Run for Equality" at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium where the trainees of SAI will participate.

§ Similar action will also be taken by Regional Centres where Run will be organized including SAI trainees and trainees of Come & Play Scheme.

§ The Run will be organized on the pattern it was organized on 31st October, 2015 on the occasion of National Unity Day as "Run for Unity."

· Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs has decided to illuminate Parliament House Complex on the occasion of Constitution Day on 26th November, 2015 and they have also decided to call for Special Session of Parliament for this purpose.

· The Department of Social Justice and Empowerment has requested to all the State Government/ Union Territories to celebrate Constitution Day on 26th November, 2015.



Street Food: Why govt employees hate the NPS

The 7th central pay commission (CPC) was not supposed to look into the National Pension System (NPS). The terms of reference of the body headed by ex-judge Ashok Mathur limited the mandate in this regard to only the Old Pension System (OPS). Yet, the number of grievances and complaints were so many that the commission decided to deal with it in detail. The grievances ranged from lack of basic elements such as a grievance redressal mechanism to disadvantages in the tax regime and structural issues.

Amusingly, over a decade into its existence and after mopping a corpus of over Rs 24,000 crore as of 2013-14 from a little over 1.3 million people, the NPS still has critics, who wanted it scrapped. “The larger federations and staff associations advocated scrapping the NPS on the ground that it discriminates between two sets of government employees,” the commission noted. Some subscribers pleaded for reverting to the OPS, citing uncertainty regarding the actual value of their future pension in the face of market related risks.

 Being a defined contribution scheme, NPS effectively shaves 10 per cent off an employee's take-home salary. While this is a concern for many, they also harboured the opposite worry —that this 10 per cent plus 10 (matching contribution from employer) might not be enough to give them a pension that is about half their last salary. The commission has asked the government to consider if the number can be reviewed.

The bad state of grievance redressal and absence of consultation with stakeholders has generated insecurity in stakeholders. Even senior Group-A officers of the central government, as well as All India Service (AIS) officers, are sceptical about NPS, the commission has noted.

Family pension, for widows/dependents of a deceased employee, is another common grievance. Staff associations have complained that this, after death of an employee, is not ensured in the NPS. More, if an employee dies at an early age, the family would suffer, since annuity from the contribution would be grossly inadequate.

Other such comparisons to instruments such as GPF, PPF and the OPS were widely heard by the CPC. Some were worried about the lack of choice for government employees, the asset allocation and fund managers under the NPS. The commission has asked the pension regulator to provide a range of options and investment mixes, calibrated on a life cycle approach, wherein younger employees are given an exposure to high risk, high return choices.

Another example of shoddy implementation of NPS came up in the case of AIS officers in some states, where contributions by the state governments concerned are yet to be fully made and deployed. The net result is contributions for 2004-2012 have not been fully made or have earned simple interest and did not get any market linked returns. Worse, contributions by some have been returned to them without interest.

This goes against the fundamentals of a defined contribution scheme. A typical employee’s service is 30-35 years. If he loses compounding benefits for a third of that period, what will he/she be left with? A lot of media coverage and official focus has been spent on where the NPS money is invested and its impact on the stock market. In the process, the source and the channels seem to have not received adequate attention. It is time for the government and the regulator to take serious note of the commission’s recommendations and make the NPS a Swachh Pension System. 

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Gazette Notification issued constituting one man GDS Committee

CHQ News....

GS and CHQ Treasurer is visiting Directorate to discuss cadre restructuring issue on 26th and 27th November 2015. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Promotion of Govt. Servants exonerated after retirement - Procedure and Guidelines to be followed - Regarding.

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Disposal of e-waste

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Central Civil Services ( Conduct ) Rules, 1964 and the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2015 - Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the Servants for each year - 12.11.2015

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Annual Property Returns required to be filed under the CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964 for the year 2015 are required to be filed by the 31't January,2016 by all the Government Servants belonging to Group 'A','B':C and erstwhile Group 'D'.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Special Cover on inaugural run of Electric Train from Gorakhpur Station – 22nd November 2015.

The North Eastern Railway is one of the seventeen railway zones in India. It is headquartered at Gorakhpur and comprises Lucknow and Varanasi divisions as well as reorganized Izzatnagar division. The North Eastern Railway was formed on 14th April 1952 by combining two Railway systems (Oudh and Tirhut Railway and Assam Railway) and Cawnpore-Achnera section of the BB&CIR. It was bifurcated into two Railway Zones on 15th January 1958 – North Eastern Railway and North East Frontier Railway. The Gorakhpur Railway Station one of the headquarters of the North Eastern Railway is known for the world's longest railway platform, after inauguration of the remodeled Gorakhpur Yard, with a stretch of around 1.35 KM.

To enhance the passenger facilities, the North Eastern Railway inaugurated an electric engine train for the first time from Gorakhpur junction on 22nd November 2015. Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu flagged off inaugural run of an electric train on Gorakhpur-Bhatni section from Gorakhpur Railway Station. On the occasion a Special Cover was released by Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Singh and MP Yogi Adityanath on 22nd November 2015 at Gorakhpur (Special Cover approval no. UP/16/2015).

Note: As per instructions and rules mentioned in Hand Book of Philately, Special Cancellation should incorporate the name and the PIN of the post office where the special cancellation is to be provided or in case of the special cancellation provided at venue, it should incorporate the Name and PIN of the post office in whose delivery jurisdiction the venue is located. In the special cancellation provided on above special cover, name and PIN of the post office is not included.

Special Cover on inaugural run of Electric Train from Gorakhpur Station

Special Cover on inaugural run of Electric Train from Gorakhpur Station

Courtesy: Ashwani Kumar Dubey, Gorakhpur

7th CPC recommendations to reduce House Rent Allowance

The 7th Central Pay Commission has been recommended to reduce the percentage of House Rent Allowance for all categories of Central Government employees rationalized to 24 percent, 16 percent and 8 percent of the Basic Pay for Class X, Y and Z cities respectively.

The Commission also recommends that the rate of HRA will be revised to 27 percent, 18 percent and 9 percent when DA crosses 50 percent, and further revised to 30 percent, 20 percent and 10 percent when DA crosses 100 percent.

Setting up of Implementation Cell, Seventh Central Pay Commission in the Expenditure

India Post Payments Bank

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1.1 In the Budget 2015-16 speech in the Parliament, the Hon’ble Finance Minister announced the Government’s intention to set up the Payments Bank by Department of Posts to promote financial inclusion and ease access of the people to the formal financial system. The Department of Posts has received ‘In Principle’ approval from RBI on 7th Sept, 2015 for setting up of a Payments Bank.

1.2 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.

1.3 The main objectives of the India Post Payments Bank will be to bring a large number of individuals and small businesses into formal banking channel by facilitating

 Demand Deposits - Savings account of upto Rs. 1 lac and

- Current Accounts with special focus on MSMEs, Small entrepreneurs / merchants, Village Panchayats, SHGs etc.
·         Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) of social security payments of various Ministries to beneficiaries.
·         Utility bill payments for electricity, water, telephone, gas etc.
·         Payments of various Central and State Govt & Municipal dues and fees of various Universities / Educational institutions.
·         Person to Person remittances both domestic and cross-border with special focus on migrant labourers, low income households.
·         Distribution of third party financial products such as insurance, mutual funds, Pension & credit products.

1.4 Present status:

The Department of posts is seeking necessary Governmental approvals and preparing an implementation plan to set up the payments bank.

Direct Recruit Inspector Posts : 2014 batch

Following Direct Recruit Inspector Posts are selected against the vacancies for the year 2014. Their circle wise allotment is awaited from Directorate. 

Transfer and postings in Junior Administrative Grade (JAG) of the Indian Postal Service, Group 'A' - order dated 23.11.2015

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First CBS Division in Maharashtra Circle

It is bring to the kind notice of all concerned that all 41 Post Offices in Malegaon Division (Aurangabad Region) Maharashtra circle has rolled out to CBS. 

This is the first division in Maharashtra Circle who has rolled out all the post offices to CBS. 

CHQ congratulate SPOs, Malegaon Division and his entire team.  

Easy steps to Calculate your Basic Pension in 7th Pay Commission-Gservants

We here illustrate the method through easy 5 Steps to calculate your Basic Pension in  7th CPC  Recommendation

Easy steps to Calculate your Basic Pension in 7th Pay Commission

There are Two options have been given to Pensioners

First They have to calculate the Two options and whichever is benefit for them They can select higher amount as their Pension

Option No.1 .  The existing Pension may be multiplied by 2.57

Option No.2 . The Pay Scale  on their retirement and Number of increments they earned  to be taken for calculation

In that Case they should know their Pay Scale and Basic Pay drawn on the date of their Retirement and number increments they earned

By referring the Corresponding Pay scale in successive Pay Commission, they should identify their Sixth pay commission Pay band. If they Know their corresponding Pay Band in sixth Pay commission then it will be easy for them to arrive their Basic Pension to be fixed in VII pay commission.

After calculating the Basic Pension from the above two options, they can choose whichever is beneficial for them

Calculation for arriving your 7th CPC Basic Pension is described below through 5 Easy Steps

 Assume You retired at last pay drawn of
4,000 on 31 January, 1989 under the IV CPC regime, having drawn 9 increments in the pay scale of 3000-100-3500-125-4500:

              Your Basic Pension as revised in VI CPC = 12,543

Calculation Option –I


Multiply Your Basic Pension with 2.57

                    Basic Pension (VI CPC)   x   2.57

= 12543 x 2.57 = 32235.70 ( Paisa to be rounded off rupee)

Your basic Pension As per VII CPC = Rs.32236

Calculation Option-II


–    Identify your corresponding Pay Level in Pay Matrix
–    For that you should know your Pay Band in VI pay commission

[The Pay scale details will be informed you by Concerned Pension Paying Authorities when ever your basic Pension was revised as per the successive Pay commission Recommendation ]

for example for this pay scale of
3000-100-3500-125-4500,  the corresponding  Pay Scale  and   pay band for Fifth and Sixth CPC respectively is given below

[Visit : To see the III, IV , V CPC Pay Scale ]

In IV Pay Commission Your Pay Scale is 3000-100-3500-125-4500
In V pay Commission Your Pay scale is 10000-325-15200
In Sixth Pay Commission Your Pay Band is 15600-39100 – Grade Pay is 6000

         In Seventh Pay commission your Pay Matrix Level is 11

Step –III

Minimum Pay at this level -11 is Rs. 67700

Total increment earned on your initial pay on the date of Retirement is 9

So Count nine cells from the cell assigned as Minimum Pay in that Level 11

your index number in that Particular Pay matrix Level 11 = 10

The figure in Level 11 and Index 10 = 88400

             50% of this Pay will be fixed as your Basic Pension

Hence your Basic Pension will be fixed at Rs.44200/-

Step- IV

Choose whichever is higher to fix your Basic Pension
Basic Pension in Option -1 = 32236
Basic Pension in Option -2 = 44200

You can select option 2 as the fixation for Basic Pension in 7th Pay commission

Your basic Pension in 7th Pay commission = 44200/-

Note : 1.

Those who are retired in Sixth Pay commission regime would be aware of their increment and Pay Band details. It will be easy for them to calculate their Basic pension in VII Pay Commission using this matrix.

For other it will be very difficult to find out their Pay scale and quantum of increment details as of now. Also It will take little time for Concerned Department to verify the Pensioners record to ascertain the number of increments earned in the retiring level

Note –II

So 7th pay commission recommended that in the first instance the revised pension may be calculated using Calculation Option -I and the same may be paid as an interim measure

[Your Present Basic Pension to be Multiplied by 2.57 = Rs .32236 ]

So Rs.32236 will be paid as Basic Pension as Interim Measure

After Checking the records of concerned individuals As per calculation Option –II

Then Rs.44200 will pe Paid as your Basic Pension

Subsequently the difference of higher amount also will be Paid as Arrears

Calculation for Annual Increment in 7th Pay Commission

7th Pay Commission recommends 3% of the basic Pay for Annual Increment

Annual Increment in Seventh Pay commission remains same. 3% of Basic Pay has been recommended as Annual Increment. But calculation of Annual Increment differs in a way that Pay matrix has been evolved.

In the pre revised Pay, the exact 3 % of the Pay band + Grade Pay would be added in the Pay band on account of Annual Increment on 1st July of every year.

But here in 7th pay commission there is a possibility to get little more or Less than the three percent of Basic Pay. Because here our Basic Pay has to be moved one stage higher in the same Level. In Pay Matrix, each cell in that particular level is calculated such a way that it is 3% higher than the next cell. Since the figure rounded off to nearest hundred, exact three percent increase cannot be expected.

7th Pay Commission gave an Illustrative Example in Respect of Granting Annual Increment.

Suppose, Ms. ABC, who, after having been fixed in the Pay Matrix, is drawing a Basic Pay of Rs.32,300 in Level 4.

When she gets an annual increment on 1st of July, she will just move one stage down in the same Level.

Hence, after increment, her pay will be Rs.33,300.

Trade unions furious over 7th Pay Commission report recommendations: Top 10 reasons why

While the 7th Pay Commission report recommendations have been a source of joy for hundreds of thousands of government employees, for the national trade unions linked to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Left, the hike has not been high enough and they have not kept quiet about it.

Trade unions have protested vehemently against the 7th Pay Commission and are looking for redressal of their grievances and contemplating action. They have also looked at strong industrial action to indicate their unhappiness and will be indicating soon what their future course of action can be. Here are the top 10 reasons why, they say, they are angry with the Seventh Pay panel report:

1. Proposed 7th Pay Commission hike is lowest in many decades and not in sync with inflation - least hike (proposed) in the last 30 years. Considering the inflation, it is unsatisfactory.

2. 7th Pay Commission has recommended a 16 per cent hike in net pay against projected 23.55 per cent.

3. There is a huge gap in maximum and minimum pay in the 7th Pay Commission report recommendations.

4. The gratuity ceiling recommended by 7th Pay Commission has been raised from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh, the benefit of this will go to senior officials only.

5. 7th Pay Commission report has ignored sharp increase in prices justifying substantial upward revision in HRA and other allowances. Instead the commission has reduced rates of HRA from 30 per cent to 24 per cent of the basic pay in A Class cities and corresponding decrease in other cities which is a retrograde recommendation.

6. Doubts about the way the 7th Pay Commission has calculated the figures. For example, they calculated House Rent Allowance (HRA) at 3 per cent against the mandated 7 per cent.

7. As per commodity prices on Agriculture Ministry's website and on the basis of Labour Bureau data, the Basic Pay comes at Rs 11,341 while 7th Pay Commission calculation shows it at Rs 9,218. There is a lot of gap.

8. There is no clarity in the 7th Pay Commission report on the pay revision for lakhs of contract workers in government ministries as well as 3 lakh Grameen Dak Sewaks.

9. 7th Pay Commission is the only commission, which has reduced the allowances and due to which the growth in net income is only 14.28 per cent. (PTI).

10. 7th Pay Commission report is totally disappointing and beats logic. Employees and workers will meet on November 27 to protest against the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission and discuss the issue.

NOTE: The 900-page report of the 7th Pay Commission headed by Justice A K Mathur was presented to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with a recommendation that the new scales be implemented from January 1, 2016. The panel recommended a 14.27 per cent increase in basic pay, the lowest in 70 years. The previous 6th Pay Commission had recommended a 20 per cent hike, which the government doubled while implementing it in 2008.