Sunday, August 13, 2017

Excellence in Administration Program

Excellence in Administration Program (Induction Training Programme for PS Gr. B Officers) of IV batch was held Rafi Ahmed Kidwai National Postal Academy, Ghaziabad from 17-7-2017 to 11-8-2017. Total 21 officers attended the training programe. In the final examination, Shri Vilas Ingale General Secretary and SPOs, Palghar Division (Maharashtra) secured 2nd rank and in Syndicate report his team bagged first position. Shri Nava Das, SPOs, Kalahandi Division (Odisha) secured first position. Director RAKNPA gave away the prices to the winners. 

Shri P K Bisoi, Director, RAKNPA, Ghaziabad giving award to Shri Vilas Ingale GS and SPOs, Palghar Division (Maharashtra). Shri Vinay Kumar Tiwari Additional Director, RAKNPA, Ghaziabad also seen in the picture

Commemorative Stamps on 1942 Freedom Movement – 9th August 2017.

The Quit India Movement or the India August Movement, was a movement launched at the Bombay session of the All-India Congress Committee by Mahatma Gandhi on 8 August 1942, during, demanding an end to British Rule of India. The Cripps Mission had failed, and on 8 August 1942, Mahatma Gandhi made a call to Do or Die in his Quit India speech delivered in Bombay at the Gowalia Tank Maidan. The All-India Congress Committee launched a mass protest demanding what Gandhiji called "An Orderly British Withdrawal" from India. Even though it was wartime, the British were prepared to act. Almost the entire leadership of the INC was imprisoned without trial within hours of Gandhiji's speech. Most spent the rest of the war in prison and out of contact with the masses. The British had the support of the Viceroy's Council, of the All India Muslim League, the princely states, the Indian Imperial Police, the British Indian Army and the Indian Civil Service. The outside support came from the Americans, as President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressured PrimeMinister Winston Churchill to give in to some of the Indian demands. The Quit India campaign was effectively crushed. The British refused to grant immediate independence, saying it could happen only after the war had ended.

To commemorate 75 years of 1942 Quit India Movement a set of 8 Commemorative Stamps and a Miniature Sheet was released by The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on 9th August, 2017. The Vice President, Shri M. Hamid Ansari, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Minister of State for Communications (Independent Charge) and Railways, Shri Manoj Sinha and Shri Ananta Narayan Nanda, Secretary, Department of Posts & Chairperson, Postal Services Board were also present on the occasion.

Set of 8 Stamps depicts Mahatma Gandhi drafting historical speech for All India Congress Committee meeting, Bombay 1942, Huge Crowd gathered outside the historic AICC meeting at Gowalia Tank Maidan, Mahatama Gandhi addressing the historic session of AICC at Gowalia Tank Maidan, Press report on the AICC meeting and the adoption of Quit Inda Resolution, Agakhan Palace where Mahatma Gandhi lost Mahadev Desai and Kasturba Gandhi, Mass uprising and demonstrations with women's participation in large numbers during the Quit India movement, Campaigners during the Quit India Movement, Demonstrators fearlessly confronting police during Quit India Movement.




GS visit to Directorate .......

GS visited Directorate in the last week. The following issues were discussed with the concerned officers.

1.   Declaration of result of PS Gr. B examination

There are many CAT / Court cases pending. There is no chance of cancellation of examination. In few cases stay for declaration of result is granted by CAT/Court. Directorate has directed all CPMsG where CAT/Court cases are pending to get the stay vacated on any cost. The result is expected in the last week of September 2017 or first week of October 2017.

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

Directorate has called for the vigilance clearance report of few candidates from circles. On receipt of the report from concerned circle, the result of extended panel will be released. DoPT has already issued guidelines that unfiled vacancies and vacancies created through declination of promotion can be filled from the extended panel formed during the last DPC. Nearly 20 to 21 vacancies created due to declination of promotion by the officers and these vacancies will be filled by soon. The names of officers who declined promotion have already been circulated by the Directorate.

3.   Repatriation of PS Gr. B officers to their parent circle

This year very few officers have said to be applied for repatriation to their parent circle. The repatriation memo is expected simultaneously with the result of extended panel for promotion the cadre of PS Gr. B cadre.

4.   Inspector Posts examination for the year 2017.

Notification for the examination is likely to be issued soon. Herein after all the examinations will be held on ONLINE.

5.   Issue of seniority list of Inspector Posts cadre from 2001 onwards.

Directorate has sought clarifications from DoPT on the issues raised by candidates (IPs) and Circles. On receipt of clarification on doubts, the seniority lists will be issued in phased manner.

6.   JTS DPC for the year 2016-17.

The case is pending at court. 

7.   Cadre restructuring of Inspector Posts cadre

Directorate is awaited report from 6 circles. Reminder have already been issued to them. GS is going to submit his proposal very soon. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Justice Dipak Misra to be next Chief Justice of India

The Union government on Tuesday appointed Justice Dipak Misra as the next Chief Justice of India.

He will be replacing incumbent Justice J S Khehar, who is set to retire on August 27. It was Khehar who had recommended Misra's name to succeed him as the next Chief Justice of India.

Justice Misra will be sworn in as the 45th Chief Justice of India by President Ram Nath Kovind on August 27.

The 63-year-old CJI-designate is the senior-most judge of the Supreme Courtafter Justice Khehar. He will be the third person from Odisha to be appointed the Chief Justice of India, after Justices Ranganath Misra and G B Pattanaik.

Source:-The Times of India


Welfare schemes in the Department of Posts.......consolidation

Directorate vide Memo No. 1-01/2009-WL/Sports (Vol-II) dated 19th March 2013 has taken decision to pay the scholarship amount to the following education schemes. The rate of scholarship amount to be paid to each education scheme is noted against them.

Sl. No.
Details of education scheme
Amount to be paid in Rs.
1
IIT, AIIMS and IIM
375/- p.m.
2
Technical Educational


i)                    Degree
280/- p.m.

ii)                   Diploma
190/- p.m.
3
Non Technical Degree
BA/B.Sc/B.Com/Degree in Fine Arts
150/- p.m.
4
ITI Certificate Courses
940/- p.a.
5
Book Awards for Technical Education (for GDS only)
560/- p.a.

It was also decided to grant scholarship for all technical courses at Post Graduation level on par with graduate courses.

All members of this Association and track-in-viewers are requested to give wide publicity to the above educational scheme among the postal staff members and maximum applications should be sent to Regional/Circle Office for consideration etc.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Commemorative postage stamp released on "At Home' on the occasion of 75th Anniversary of the Quit India Movement at Delhi on 9-8-2017


The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind releasing a set of 8 Commemorative Postage Stamps, at the ‘At Home’ reception for Freedom Fighters, hosted by him, on the occasion of 75th Anniversary of the Quit India Movement, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on August 09, 2017. The Vice President, Shri M. Hamid Ansari, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Minister of State for Communications (Independent Charge) and Railways, Shri Manoj Sinha and our Secretary (Posts) Shri A. N. Nanda also seen in the picture.

On the occasion, the President honoured and felicitated 93 freedom fighters from across the country in the presence of the Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari; Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi; Union Minister for Home Affairs Shri Rajnath Singh and other dignitaries.

Each of the freedom fighters was gifted an electric kettle with a personal message from the President.  In his message, the President said “I extend warm greetings to you on the 75th Anniversary of the Quit India Movement.  The nation is proud of our freedom fighters and salutes them.  This small token is our people’s appreciation of your successful struggle against colonialism.  I wish you happiness, good health and a long life." 

On the occasion, the President also released a set of 8 Commemorative Postage Stamps on 75 years of 1942 Freedom Struggle.



Monday, August 7, 2017

Posting of regular Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) officers of Indian Postal Service, Group 'A'

To view memo, please CLICK HERE.

CAT Bangalore Bench case for holding of LDCE PS Gr. B adjourned to 7-8-2017

The case is adjourned to 9-8-2017.

PS Gr. B induction training at Ghaziabad

Excellence in Administration Program at Rafi Ahmed Kidwai National Postal Academy Ghaziabad for PS Gr. B officers for the period from 17-7-2017 to 11-8-2017. 

1 standing row L to R : 1) P V Rao (AP) 2) Rajendra Kumar Pattanaya (Directorate) 3) Gopesh Dash (Assam) 4) Padmanava Das (Odisha) 5) Gopal Krishan (Punjab) 6) Y N Mohamed (Maharashtra) 7) Sugan Singh Shekhawat (Delhi) 8)  M K Maheswari (UP) 9) Madan Singh Rana 10) Kamalendu Panda (Directorate) 11) Ms Shikha Mukhopadhyay (WB) and 2nd standing L to R 1) Animesh Das 2) A K Arakh (Directorate) 3) Dibakar Singh (Assam) 4) Satpal Singh Jaswal (HP) 5) L K Mitthankhediwale (Gujarat) 6) Vilas Ingale (Maharashtra) 7) Shivraj Khindemath (Delhi) 8) Madan Mohan Prasad (Bihar) 9) P VP Badrinath (Maharashtra) 10) Sheikh Kalam (Bihar) 


GS visit ....


GS visited PTC Saharanpur on 30-7-2017 and met with trainees of IP Induction batch. Two batches are taking training at PTC. Discussed the issues related to IP cadre. 

Also discussed the issues related to PS Gr. B cadre with Shri V K Singh Director PTC Saharanpur. 


GS met with Director PTC Saharanpur and faulty members  
GS with Director PTC Saharanpur and other faculty member 




Sad demise .....

Shri Balaswamy, ASP (HQ), Suryapet Division (Telangana Circle) expired today due to heart attack in the midnight. He was IPO of 1989 batch. Funeral will take place on 8/8/2017 at his native place Kopparru Village in Guntur District. 


CHQ conveys its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and pray Almighty to rest his soul in peace and shower courage to the family to bear the unbearable loss.


Informal transfer of Divisional cadre officials to Circle / Regional Offices : DOP Order


Payment of interest and maturity value of Small Savings Instruments through Savings Account


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Voluntary retirement....

Shri V M Rajanna, Superintendent of Post Offices, Raichur Division (Karnataka) retired voluntarily from Govt. Service on 1/8/2017 F/N. 

CHQ wishes him happy, healthy and peaceful retirement life. 


Friday, August 4, 2017

Grant of Family Pension to widowed/divorced daughter

Eligibility of divorced daughters for grant of family pension – clarification regarding.

No.1/13/09-P&PW (E)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi,
19th July, 2017.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Eligibility of divorced daughters for grant of family pension – clarification regarding.

Provision for grant of family pension to a widowed/divorced daughter beyond the age of 25 years has been made vide OM dated 30.08.2004. This provision has been included in clause (iii) of sub-rule 54 (6) of the CCS (Pension), Rules, 1972.

2. As indicated in Rule 54(8) of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972, the turn of unmarried children below 25 years of age comes after the death or remarriage of their mother/father, i.e., the pensioner and his/her spouse. Thereafter, the family pension is payable to the disabled children for life and then to the unmarried/widowed/divorced daughters above the age of 25 years.

3. It was clarified, vide this department Office Memorandum of even number, dated 11th September, 2013, that the family pension is payable to the children as they are considered to be dependent on the Government servant/pensioner or his/her spouse. A child who is not earning equal to or more than the sum of minimum family pension and dearness relief thereon is considered to be dependent on his/her parents. Therefore, only those children who are dependent and meet other conditions of eligibility for family pension at the time of death of the Government servant or his/her spouse, whichever is later, are eligible for family pension. If two or more children are eligible for family pension at that time, family pension will be payable to each child on his/her turn provided he/she is still eligible for family pension when the turn comes.

4. It was clarified that a daughter if eligible, as explained in the preceding paragraph, may be granted family pension provided she fulfils all eligibility conditions at the time of death/ineligibility of her parents and still on the date her turn to receive family pension comes. Accordingly, divorced daughters who fulfil other conditions are eligible for family pension if a decree of divorce had been issued by the competent court during the life time of at least one of the parents.

5. This department has been receiving grievances from various quarters that the divorce proceedings are a long drawn procedure which take many years before attaining finality. There are many cases in which the divorce proceedings of a daughter of a Government employee/pensioner had been instituted in the competent court during the life time of one or both of them but none of them was alive by the time the decree of divorce was granted by the competent authority.

6. The matter has been examined in this department in consultation with Department of Expenditure and it has been decided to grant family pension to a divorced daughter in such cases where the divorce proceedings had been filed in a competent court during the life-time of the employee/pensioner or his/her spouse but divorce took place after their death – provided the claimant fulfils all other conditions for grant of family pension under rule 54 of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972. In such cases, the family pension will commence from the date of divorce.

7. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, vide their ID No. 1(11)/EV/2017, dated 7th July, 2017.

sd/-
(D.K. Solanki)
Under Secretary to the Government of India


Authority: http://www.pensionersportal.gov.in/


Preparation of Combined All India Seniority List of Inspector Posts for the year 2001 and onwards… regarding.

It is learnt that Directorate has referred the matter to DoP&T for seeking clarifications on the doubts raised by stakeholders. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Independent posting of probationers of Indian Postal Service, Group 'A' of 2014 and 2015 batches and transfers/postings/re-allotments in the Senior Time Scale (STS) / Junior Time Scale (JTS) of the Indian Postal Service (IPoS), Group 'A'

To view, please CLICK HERE. 

Implementation of 7th CPC recommendations

Transport Allowance : To view, please CLICK HERE. 

Dress Allowance : To view, please CLICK HERE.

Recommendations of the 7th CPC - bunching of stages in the revised pay structure under Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016

To view Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure OM No. 1-6/2016-IC dated 3rd August, 2017, please CLICK HERE.

Welfare schemes in the Department of Posts ..... consolidation

The following are the welfare schemes in our department.

Sl. No.
Subject
Amount 

Directorate memo No.
Date
1
Financial Assistance in case of death of departmental employees
Rs. 7000.00
2-1/2001-WL/Sports
26-04-2002
2
Financial Assistance in case of prolonged illness/major surgical operations of departmental/GDS and full/part time Casual Labours
Rs. 10000.00
1-01/2009-WL/Sports (Vol.II)
19-03-2013
3
Distance limit for Excursion Trip
700 KM
-do-
-do-
4
Immediate death relief to the family /dependents on the death of departmental / GDS and full/part time Casual labours
Rs. 10000.00
-do-
-do-
5
Financial Assistance in cases of death due to riots, attack by robbers and terrorists  while not on duty
Rs. 12000.00
1-3/2008-Wel&Sports
27/10/2008
6
Financial Assistance to the victims of fire / floods and natural calamities
Rs. 1500/- of departmental  and Rs. 750/- to GDS
10-34/2001-WL/Sports
18-10-2001


Directorate vide memo No. 1-01/2009-WL/Sports (Vol.II) dated 19-03-2013 has decided to grant scholarship for all technical courses and Post Graduation level on part with graduate courses. 

It is requested to all members and track-in-viewers to give the wide publicity of above schemes among all the postal staff and guide them to avail these facilities. 

From : Vilas Ingale 
           General Secretary 


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

CAT Bangalore Bench case for holding of LDCE PS Gr. B adjourned to 7-8-2017

It is learnt that as per the request of the applicants counsel, today's hearing adjourned to 7-8-2017. In the next hearing there is possibility of arguments from both side. Lets wait and see.

Operating and Accounting Procedure of POS Machine at Post Offices for provision of Cashless transactions

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE
MERCHANT ACQUIRING BUSINESS INSTALLATION OF POS MACHINES AT POST OFFICES FOR PROVISION OF CASHLESS TRANSACTIONS

Preamble:
In order to provide digital payment options to the customers of India Post, the Department has approached the largest Bank in the country viz. State Bank of India to provide the Point of Sale (POS) terminals which can be used to make card-based payments. These POS machines will be initially used to book domestic and foreign speed post, Registered Letters/Parcels, Money Orders & buying stamps and any other transactions being done by Post Offices (except Banking/Insurance transactions).

OPERATING PROCEDURE:- 

1.   The Postal Assistant (PA)/Sub Postmaster (SPM) in respect of counter operations will accept valid debit/credit & prepaid cards 
2.   CEPT Mysore has release the updates to modify the Point of Sale module in Meghdoot to accept cash/card mode. 
3.   PA/SPM will enter the category of transaction, Transaction number (eMO/SP/Regd) and amount for the transaction for which data will flow to CEPT server at the day end.
4.   Counter PA at the end of the day while handing over the transactions to the Treasurer will account for the card based transactions amount as part of cash and handover related vouchers along with the daily report thereof generated in the desktop application
5.   The treasurer will enter the total of such card based swipe machine receipts in his Treasurer’s Cash Book (TCB) and preserve the daily consolidated report alongwith the receipts which are received from the counter PAs.
6.   Respective entries will also be made in the HO summary and HO cash account.
7.   Similarly in respect of Sub Post Offices (SO) the daily account will show the details of cash and swipe vouchers in respect of each category of accounts.
8.   The entries will be entered in the SO summary at HO. Necessary fields of swipe machine receipts in the Treasury modules of Meghdoot can be customized by installing the updates released by CEPT. 

Accounting Procedure:

1.   One Nodal office for DOP (Hyderabad GPO) has been identified for the purpose of settlement of payments by SBI to the Postmaster Account. This settlement will be made on T+1 basis one consolidated entry (remittance to bank).
2.   Accountant of the nodal HO will tally the T+1 settlement entry with reference to the MIS daily report provided by the CEPT and with the amount in the HO cash account under the head Card Swipe machine charges category wise provided to the user of the nodal office. The nodal office will also reconcile the information with reference to the Bank scrolls and take it into account of “Card Swipe machine receipts” in receipt side and as bank remittance towards the “Card Swipe machine payments”. Any discrepancy is to be reported by the Postmaster to settle the issue with SBI.
3.   At accounts section, One schedule will be generated for the Card Swipe machine transactions and the same will be reconciled with the MIS provided by SBI.
4.   For generation of MIS, SBI will share all the details of machine transactions like date, machine number, office name, office pincode, Transaction number, category of account and amount to CEPT server.
5.   CEPT taking the transaction data from Meghdoot application of post offices where POS machines are installed will develop a MIS portal which shows all the MIS reports for the day and the fortnight and Month.
6.   Circle DA(P) of each Circle will carry out the monthly reconciliation of payments by means of Schedules of “Card Swipe machine Receipts” and “Card Swipe machine Payments” received by each HO and consolidated amounts will be certified to the DA(P) of AP Circle so as to carry the consolidated reconciliation with the Bank Scrolls of the Nodal HO in respect of the All India Receipts and Payments.
7.   CEPT Mysore should develop a module whereby reconciliation is automated by matching the card based transactions made by all Circles with the amount received by SBI.

Card Usage Instructions:

1.   The Post Office should not levy any charges on the card holder for permitting the customer to use a valid card.
2.   The Post Office shall not place any minimum transaction limit for using a valid card. 
3.   The Post Office shall ensure that the card is a Valid Card and shall swipe the card on the PoS terminal and enter the details of the transaction as displayed and ensure that Reserve Bank of India guidelines which requires entering of PIN (as applicable) as well as Non PIN cards are also accepted. 
4.   Post Office shall ensure entering of PIN by the card holder and to ensure that while entering of PIN sufficient privacy is given to the card holder.
5.   The Post office shall obtain the signature of the card member on the charge slip and verify the same with the signature of the Card Member on the back of the Valid Card. In case of a photo card, Counter PA shall also verify that the photograph on the card matches with the card holder.
6.   The Post Office will initially not allow or make any cash advances and/ or cash refunds directly to the Card Members. The Post Office will allow card holders to perform transactions equivalent to the amount utilized for the service.
7.   DOP will be responsible to the demurrages due to official negligence otherwise the regular maintenance of the machine to be covered by AMC with SBI.