Saturday, July 23, 2016

7th Pay Commission: CBSE chief gets additional charge of implementation cell

PTI | New Delhi | July 22, 2016

The Union Cabinet had last month accepted almost all the recommendations of the pay panel.

CBSE chief Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi was on Thursday given the additional charge of chief of the implementation cell of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.

Chaturvedi will serve as Joint Secretary in the cell for three months or till appointment of a regular incumbent, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training said.

The implementation cell was set up by the Finance Ministry in November last year. As per the Ministry’s order, the cell is to be headed by Joint Secretary with the help of nine other staff.

The Union Cabinet had last month accepted almost all the recommendations of the pay panel.

Chaturvedi, a 1987 batch IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, was recently appointed as the Chairman of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

The pay panel had in November last year recommended 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay at junior levels, 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. The Seventh Central Pay Commission recommended changes in the pay of around 1 crore individuals — 33 lakh central government employees, 14 lakh armed forces personnel, and 52 lakh pensioners.

In June, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told a press conference that the government had decided to “by and large” accept the recommendations.

Source : http://indianexpress.com

Friday, July 22, 2016

DPC : PS Gr. B for 2016-16 ... Vacancy position

The following is the vacancy position in PS Gr. B cadre in Chhattisgarh and North East Circle. 


Name of the Circle
Vacancy as on 1/8/2016
Vacancy as on 1/9/2016
Vacancy as on 1/10/2016
Chhattisgarh
00
00
00
North East
05
05
05
Haryana
05
05
05

Deputation to Haj-2016

The following member of our Association selected for temporary deputation to Consulate General of India at Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) as Haj Assistant for Haj-2016. 

1. Shri Jafersab H. Myageri, ASP (Inv.) o/o the PMG, North Karnataka Region, Dharwad. 

2. Gayyur Ahmed Khan, ASP (HQ), o/o the SSPOs, Jhansi Division, Jhansi (UP)

CHQ congratulate the officers and wishes them best luck for new assignment. 

Retirement in the month of July 2016

Following officers are retiring from Govt. service on superannuation on 31/7/2016.
Following officers are retiring from Govt. service on superannuation on 31/7/2016

Sl.
Name of officer S/Shri
Date of  Birth
Circle
1
S K Sinha
11.07.1956
Secretary (Posts)
2
M S Ramanujan
04.07.1956
Member (HRD)
3
A K Shori
30.07.1956
Member (PLI)
4
H V Ranganath
22.07.1956
Karnataka
5
Ram Dayal Kundal
07.07.1956
Himachal Pradesh
6
Ramchandra Rathore
23.07.1956
Uttarakhand
7
Charu Mitra
08.07.1956
Uttar Pradesh
8
V B Patel
01.08.1956
Gujarat
9
K S Gopal Krishna
01.08.1956
Karnataka
10
Bharat Lal Meena
15.07.1956
Rajasthan
11
Abdul Rab
02.07.1956
Madhya Pradesh
12
D N Kurani
29.07.1956
Gujarat
13
T Rajshekhrana
22.07.1956
Tamil Nadu
14
Ishwar Singh
01.08.1956
Haryana
15
K S Narayane
14.07.1956
Maharashtra
16
Y Venkateshwara Reddy
14.07.1956
Andhra Pradesh
17
Ram Phal Singh
12.07.1956
SP PSD Ambala


CHQ wishing all the officers happy, healthy and peaceful retirement life.


Voluntarily Retirement in July 2016

Shri R. R. Bhat Assistant Director (Staff) O/o Post Master General, North Karnataka Region, Dharwad is retired today (22/7/2016 F/N)voluntarily from Govt. Service.

Reduction In Tatkal Quota in Indian Railway

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Railways

22-July-2016 17:28 IST

Reduction In Tatkal Quota in Indian Railway

Although Zonal Railways can earmark a maximum of 30% of available accommodation as Tatkal, yet Tatkal quota like all other reservation quotas is reviewed on a periodical basis so as to earmark it based on realistic demand pattern, by reducing it if required. In 2015-16, approximately 18.20% of the total accommodation has been earmarked as Tatkal quota (including Premium Tatkal). Moreover, adequate safeguards have been built in the scheme and various steps have been taken to avoid misuse of the Tatkal scheme, some of which are as under: 

i. No refund is granted on cancellation of confirmed Tatkal ticket. 

ii. The facility of change of name is not permitted on the booking made under Tatkal Scheme.

iii. The timings of opening of booking under Tatkal scheme on the opening day of reservation have been staggered to 1000 hours and 1100 hours on the previous day of journey from train originating station for AC and non-AC classes respectively.

iv. Authorised ticketing agents have been restricted from booking Tatkal tickets during the first thirty minutes of opening of Tatkal booking i.e. from 1000 hours to 1030 hours and from 1100 hours to 1130 hours. 

v. Web service agents have been permitted to book only one Tatkal ticket per train per day. 

vi. Maximum four passengers per PNR are permitted for Tatkal Tickets. Individuals are allowed only 2 Tatkal tickets per IP Address from 1000 hours to 1200 hours and maximum number of tickets allowed to an individual user is limited to 6 per month. 

vii. CCTVs are installed at important PRS locations to monitor the activity of touts. Regular inspections/drives are conducted to unearth activity of malpractice.


This Press Release is based on information given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Communications and Minister of State for Railways in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 22.07.2016 (Friday).  

Willingness of Junior Time Scale/ Senior Time Scale officers of Indian Postal Service, Group 'A' for posting in the Postal Directorate.

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IndiaPost plans 50 payments bank branches by May

IndiaPost expects to start the first 50 branches of its payments bank by May 2017, seeking to widen financial inclusion in the country. 

As per the current plan, India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) - as it has been termed - will eventually have 650 branches across the country. 

While the first set of branches will open by May, the remaining will start operations by September 2017, a top official of the Department of Posts said.

The department hopes to submit a final proposal to the Reserve Bank of India by February, ahead of the March 2017 deadline, after it has the required management and technology in place, SK Sinha, secretary, Department of Posts, told ET. 

The RBI gave in-principle approval to 11 applicants in August last year, including the Department of Posts, Aditya Birla NuvoAirtel M Commerce Services, Fino PayTech, National Securities Depository, Reliance IndustriesTech Mahindra and Vodafone m-pesa, for setting up payments banks.Three of the 11entities have decided to back out, citing unavailability. 

IndiaPost, with a network of about 155,000 post offices, will hire almost 2,000 people for the payments bank operations. 

"There will be nine board members, five from outside and four internal people from the department, including the CEO," said Sinha. 

The department is contemplating whether it can form its own search and selection committee to appoint a CEO or rely on the standard procedure followed by public sector banks for top-level appointments.

The department has written to state-owned banks seeking nominations. Sinha said the State Bank of India has responded with some names. 

"For the next rung of leadership such as the chief financial officer, chief operating officer and chief technology officer, we are forming an internal committee," he said. The government has approved ` . 400crore equity and `. 400-crore grant for IPPB. 

Alibababacked Paytm is the other or payments frontrunner for payments banks in India and has drawn up a largely branchless model. 

Sinha said that IndiaPost is looking at catering to the unbanked population of the country with the idea of opening one branch in almost every district of the country.

"Most of the other players may not be even thin king of the areas that we want to service,"sa id Sinha. The plan is to have most of the banking features such as money transfer and internet banking, apart from offering credit (in partnership with other banks or institutions), along with financial products such as mutual funds.

Sinha is betting big on the government's direct benefits transfer scheme to drive transactions, with welfare payments being deposited in the bank accounts of consumers.

Source:-The Economic Times

Transfers/postings/re-allotments in the Junior Time Scale (JTS) of the Indian Postal Service (IPoS), Group 'A' - order date 21.07.2016

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POSTAL DEPT has also join in the Kabali fever-The hindu news

All aboard the fan flight, with a special cover to boot.

The latest to join in the Kabali fever is the Department of Posts. For the first time, India Post is bringing out a “special carried cover” to mark the release of a movie. The “carried cover” will travel on the first special aircraft that will fly fans from Bengaluru to Chennai on July 22, the day of the film’s release. The Karnataka Postal Circle and the Chennai City Region of the department have joined hands with Air Asia for the initiative.

The special covers, which are usually described as philatelists’ delight, from the Postmaster-General, Bengaluru, will be addressed to the Postmaster-General of the Chennai City Region. They will bear the postmarks of the Bengaluru and Chennai airport post offices.

On the “carried cover” concept, Mervin Alexander, Postmaster-General, Chennai City Region, said, “Whenever, a new flight is launched, some special covers are also transported on it and they have their own philatelic value. The Air Asia aircraft is the first cine flight in the country flying exclusively between Bengaluru and Chennai to help fans watch the first day, first show. That makes the carried covers more memorable.”

He recalled that such special covers were released last year to commemorate the first journey of the Chennai Metro Rail between Koyambedu and Alandur. They were carried in the inaugural run of the metro rail. The limited edition of these covers carried on the special flight on July 22 will be subsequently available for sale at the Philatelic Bureau, Bengaluru GPO, and the Anna Road HPO, Chennai, he added.

Cine flight to take off from silicon city on Friday with India Post’s ‘special carried cover’

Read at   http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/all-aboard-the-fan-flight-with-a-special-cover-to-boot/article8872659.ece

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Healthy guide to defeat hypertension aka high BP


It is called a silent killer since it slowly gets worse without any serious symptoms.

Here's what you can do to thwart hypertension or highblood pressure...

SLEEP 7 HOURS: People who sleep five hours or less a night may be at higher risk of developing high blood pressure. Over time, lack of sleep could hurt your body's ability to regulate stress hormones, leading to high blood pressure. It's not just how much you sleep, but the quality of your nightly slumber that can affect your risk for high BP.Researchers say that people with less deep sleep are more likely to have sleep apnea and tend to sleep less on the whole. Even your age can have an effect. Deep sleep declines as you get older. So try and sleep more!

EAT LESS SALT: Salt makes your body retain water. If you eat too much, the extra water stored in your body raises your blood pressure. This can be a particular problem if you have high BP already. If you are overweight, a high intake of salt increases your risk of cardiovascular disease. Also, eating too much salt may mean that blood pressure medicines, such as diuretics, don't work as well. Abstain from processed meats and fish high on salt. Also steer clear of table salt when you sit down to eat your meals.

EXERCISE AT LEAST 150 MIN A WEEK: For adults, the Department of Health and Human Services suggests some exercise guidelines - at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity. You also can do a combination of the two. Exercise is your drug-free treatment for hypertension. Regular physical activity makes your heart stronger. A stronger heart can pump more blood with less effort. But to maintain a healthy BP, you need to keep exercising regularly. It takes about one to three months for exercise to have an impact on your blood pressure.

MEDITATE 10 MIN DAILY: Stress is your body's natural alarm system. It releases a hormone called adrenaline that causes your breathing to quicken, and heart rate and blood pressure to rise. According to a recent research, having a positive attitude towards life, keeping your mind free of stress, anxiety and following ways to de-stress and relax are extremely important for curbing blood pressure and warding off hypertension. Further, meditation helps you to sleep better, which, as mentioned earlier, is a restorative part of physical health.

EAT MORE FRUITS & VEGGIES: Research proves that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables combined with low-fat dairy foods significantly lowers blood pressure, especially in patients with hypertension. Fruits and veggies are full of vitamins, minerals and fibre to keep your body in good condition. They also contain potassium -especially starchy vegetables such as potatoes and sweet potatoes -and are low in sodium which helps to balance out the negative effects of salt. This directly lowers the blood pressure.

LOSE WEIGHT: Obese individuals have an increase in fatty tissue that increases their vascular resistance and in turn increases the work the heart has to do.

If you're overweight, losing even 2-3 kg can lower your blood pressure. To lose weight, you need to eat fewer calories than you burn. But don't go on a crash diet, do it slow and steady.

Source : TOI

DPC : PS Gr. B for year 2016-17

It was requested on 13/7/2016 through this blog to all Circle Secretaries to intimate the vacancy position of PS Gr. B of their circle to GS through CHQ whatsApp group, but till today only following circles information is received and same is placed herewith for kind information.  

Directorate has already directed to all circles in last month to keep APARs of the officials who are in the zone of consideration (OC- up to 1993 and SC/ST-2000 batch) for promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B ready for holding of DPC for the year 2016-17.

The list of officers in the ZoC is said to be under preparation at Directorate. There are some problems of APS candidates. No proper response is getting from APS. CHQ has already published the names of APS officers through this blog, but nobody from APS responded.

The vacancy position collected by us will help CHQ to cross check the vacancies declared / calculated by Directorate for the ensuing DPC.

Name of the Circle
Vacancy as on 1/8/2016
Vacancy as on 1/9/2016
Vacancy as on 1/10/2016
Punjab
02
02
02
West Bengal
25
26
27
Delhi
13
14
14
Maharashtra
39
39
39
Bihar
09
09
09
Himachal Pradesh
04
04
04
Kerala
10
10
10
Gujarat
25
25
25
Karnataka
10
11
11
Total
137
141
141

Remaining Circle Secretaries are once again requested to intimate their circles position at the earliest. 

7th Pay Commission latest news: Government has to notify CPC recommendations within 7 days to implement salary hike from August

Without the official notification, the salaries received by central government employees on August 1 would not be hiked as per the CPC recommendations.

New Delhi, July 20: Although the revised recommendations of 7th Pay Commission has received a formal nod of approval from the Union Cabinet, the gazette notification for finalizing the salary hike is awaited. Without the official notification, the salaries received by central government employees on August 1 would not be hiked as per the CPC recommendations. Government has to notify the new pay scale within 7 days in order to implement the 14.29 percent hike in basic pay.

Although the CPC recommendations were cleared on June 29, the issuance of official notification was delayed since the government was facing protest from several employee unions over a range of anomalies related to allowances. Apart from the pay parity issues, a larger section of the employee union led by National National Joint Action Committee (NJAC) had demanded the increase in entry-level salary from Rs 18,000 (as per new recommendations) to Rs 26,000.

The unions had earlier threatened to launch a nationwide strike from July 11. Nearly 33 lakh central government employees belonging to Post, Railways and Defence were expected to participate in the protest. However, following the setup of a High Level Committee by the government to look into their demands, they deferred their strike by at least four months.

7th Pay Commission is considered to be, by far, the lowest ever salary hike implemented in the past 70 years. Including allowances, the hike is only 23.5 percent.

The implementation of CPC recommendations would positively impact a total of 47 lakh government employees, along with 53 lakh pensioners. It would also add an excessive burden on the Centre. However, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley claims that the hike in salaries would instead rejuvenate the economy by giving a inserting a demand-driven bang in the domestic market.

Source : http://www.india.com/

Reservation for SC/ST and OBC

Article 16(4) of the Constitution enables provision of reservation to Backward Class of citizens, who are not adequately represented in the State. Reservation is provided to Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) through executive instructions issued from time to time, which has force of law, as held by the Supreme Court in Indira Sawhney case. 

As per extant instructions, reservation is provided to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes at the rate of 15%, 7.5% and 27%, respectively, in case of direct recruitment on all-India basis by open competition. In case of direct recruitment on all-India basis otherwise than by open competition, the percentage fixed is 16.66%, 7.5% and 25.84%, respectively.

As per information received from 71 Ministries/Departments, the representation of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in the posts and services under the Central Government as on 01.01.2014 is 17.35%, 8.38% and 19.28%, respectively. 

While the representation of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes is as per the prescribed percentage, the representation of Other Backward Classes is less than the prescribed percentage due to the following reasons:- 

(i) Reservation for Other Backward Classes started only from the year 1993.

(ii) OBC candidates who are appointed upto 1993, that is before introduction of reservation for OBCs, are not included for counting their representation;

(iii) There is generally a time gap between occurrence of vacancies and filling up such vacancies, as recruitment is a time consuming process. 

Based on recommendations of a Committee headed by the Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, time bound action plan for filling up backlog reserved vacancies has been intimated to all concerned Departments/Ministries on 20.11.2014 for filling up such vacancies by August 2016. The Action Plan includes study of reasons for non-filling of backlog reserved vacancies, review of prescribed standards, if required; conducting Special Recruitment Drive and conducting pre-recruitment training programmes. 

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Laxmi Narayan Yadav and Shri Harishchandra Chavan in the Lok Sabha today. 

Source:-PIB