Monday, February 21, 2011


            New Delhi: Six weeks or so from now, civil servants in Central ministries and departments that signed on to the Results Framework Document (RFD), initiated by the Cabinet Secretariat, will, for the first time, begin receiving performance-related incentives, government sources indicated. These annual performance-related incentives will, of course, depend on whether the concerned civil servants have scored well over 70 per cent in the evaluation scheme, and there could be as much as 40 per cent increase of the basic pay for the top scorers, it is learnt. However, the payments will not require any additional financial allocations as they will come out of the savings made by the ministry or department itself.
            When the scheme starts rolling later this year, it will be 22 years after the Fourth Pay Commission first made such a promise. The reason why it was not possible to implement this before, government sources said, was because there was no way to measure performance before the RFD scheme was designed. The RFD initially met with a great deal of resistance from the civil service as it would entail listing goals, then working towards achieving them and at the end of the year quantifying how those goals had been achieved through a weighted system evolved by the ministry or department concerned. Finally, the secretary of that department will have to justify the evaluation before a panel of experts before it is finalised.
            Interestingly, when the government launches the scheme in the coming financial year, officials of some key ministries will be excluded from the possible benefits, because they have not as yet signed on to the RFD. These include the Prime Minister's Office, the Ministries of Finance, Home, Defence and External Affairs, among others. Government sources said they hoped that once the incentives began to be paid, these ministries and departments too would sign up.
            The RFD's objective is to improve governance, increase efficiency, transparency and accountability — especially the last two, given the spate of financial scandals in the government recently — and the Performance Management Division of the Cabinet Secretariat will write to all ministries and departments to list three potential areas of corruption in the schemes they implement or areas they work in, as well as identify the discretionary powers that are enjoyed by the Minister or secretary concerned.
Smita Gupta   The Hindu 21st February: 2011

Saturday, February 19, 2011


Result of PS Group B Examination has been announced by the Postal Directorate vide no.A-34013/02/2010-DE dated 18-02-2011.

Following IP Line & General Line candidates have been selected for promotion to the cadre of Postal Service Group B :-

S No.  Name of the candidate Mr./Ms.     Roll No.                                   Total Marks
1         M L DHAR                                       JK/Gr B/IPO-4/2009                       322
2         M SUDHAKAR MALLYA              KN/PS-09/IP/48                              320
3         M JAYANTHA KUMAR                 KN/PS-09/IP/18                              317
4         S KRISHNAMOORTHI                   TN/GRB/52/IP/09                           313
5         MD. JAFFAR SADIK                       AP/GRB/041/2010                         312
6         J SAMUEL JAWAHAR RAJ            TN/GRB/40/IP/09                           310
7         T V SUNDARI                                  TN/GRB/20/IP/09                           308
8         V P CHANDRASEKAR                   TN/GRB/22/IP/09                           308
9         T RAJASEKARAN                           TN/GRB/59/IP/09                           307
10       S A MUJEEB BASHA                       TN/GRB/43/IP/09                           306
11      ANIL V JOSHI                                   KN/PS-09/IP/17                             304
12       SATYABADI BISWAL                     OR/PS/GRB IP LINE/21/2009        303
13       SAYYAD FAYAJ BABAMIYA        MH/57/GR B/2009                          302
14      T SAHARAJU                                    TN/GRB/73/IP/09                            302
15      RADHAKISAN K RAKATE             MH/58/GRB/2009                            301
16      L MOHANAN ACHARY                  K/PS-03/10                                      300
17      P SUSEELAN                                    K/PS-28/10                                      300
18      C KARUPPASAMY                         TN/GRB/42/IP/09                             299
19      B CHANDRAKANTH KAMATH    KN/PS-09/IP/58                               298
20      T A V SARMA                                  AP/GRB/076/2010                            297
21      E DURAIRAJAN                               TN/GRB/19/IP/09                             295
22      R SANTHAKUMAR, SC                  TN/GRB/13/IP/09                             289
23      K VENKATACHALAM, SC            TN/GRB/16/IP/09                             285
24      M SRIRAMAN, SC                          TN/GRB/04/IP/09                              281
25     G M RAMALINGAM , ST                 TN/GRB/08/IP/09                             266
26     A KORAGAPPA, ST                         KN/PS-09/IP/63                               265

                             GENERAL LINE CANDIDATES

1      S MOHAMMED BASHA                   AP/GL/GRB/07/2010                        273
2      K KANAKA RATNA RAO               AP/GL/GRB/05/2010                        238
3      R CHIDAMBARAM,  SC                   TN/GRB/10/GL/09                           237
4      Y RAJU,  SC                                       AP/GL/GRB/04/2010                        222
5      P GURUNATHAN, SC                       TN/GRB/02/GL/09                           209

Note:- The above result is subject to outcome of pending cases in various CAT Benches/ other Courts

Thursday, February 17, 2011

RTI Reply of DOPT regarding GP of LDCs/UDCs

No. 20/57/2010-CSII(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personal & Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personal & Training
CSII (B) Section
Lok Nayak Bhawan,
New Delhi, dated 31 January 2011.
              Shri Pinaki Acharya,
              UDC NSSO, SDRD,
              Mahalonobis Bhawan,
             164,GLT Road, Kolkata-700108 

Sub: Information sought under Right to Information Act, 2005.

            Please refer to your RTI application dated 3/1/2011 (received in this Division on 21/1/2011 through Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation vide their letter No. 34019/1/2010-RTI dated 11.1.2011). Point wise information is furnished as under:
2.         With regard to point (A), it is informed that this Department has not received any memorandum/request from any Central Government Employees Associations/ Department for merger of the post of LDC & UDC. However this Department has received representations from Associations for up gradation of the grade pay of LDCs & UDCs of CSCS cadre. The issue regarding up gradation of the grade pay of LDCs & UDCs is being examined by the Anomaly Committee of the DOP&T. Further, a proposal to allow grade pay of Rs. 4200/ in Pay Band 2 to UDCs of CSCS and Stempgraphers Grade 'D' of CSSS who have completed 4/5 years of approved service in the grade, w.e.f. 1/1/2006 is under examination of this Department in consultation with the Ministry of Finance.
3.         With regard to point B, a copy of your RTI application is being forwarded to concerned CPIO i.e. Under Secretary, Estt. (D), DOP&T, North Block, New Delhi as the subject matter related to implementation of MACP Scheme pertain to them. 4. Appeal, if any, may be made to Sh. Rajiv Manjhi, DS (CSII), 1st appellate Authority, CS-II Division, DOP&T, 3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market, New Delhi within 30 days from the receipt of this letter.
                                                                                              Yours faithfully,
                                                                                                         (J. MINZ)
                                                                                                     Under Secretary/CPIO
                                                                                                                                        Tele: 24623157

Will the Retirement Age of Central Govt. Employees go up from 60 to 62 ?

As we heard every time before the Budget Session of Parliament, this time also a rumour about raising the retirement age of Central Government employees from 60 to 62 is spreading here and there among the Central Government employees. May be the officers at the verge of retirement be happy about this rumour. Otherwise, there is no reason to be happy about this rumour. As India is having 51% of people below the age of 25 years , it is not a good news to millions of jobless people. Sources close to the trade union movements and Federations told that there is no such proposal with the Government since none of the workers federations have demanded it.
In 2009, The Manmohan Singh Government was serious in weighing the pros and cons of increasing the retirement age for Government employees from 60 to 62 years.That time, it was believed that the Finance Ministry had prepared a detailed note on the issue and sent it to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) but the Government shelved the idea, largely because of fears that a higher retirement age would adversely impact employment generation and create resentment in the bureaucracy because of blocked promotional avenues. At that time, it was the Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT) that was asked by the PMO to study the issue and prepare a report.
The BJP led National Democratic Alliance Government had raised the retirement age from 58 to 60 in 1998, a move that benefitted 90,000 Government servants and 50,000 Defence personnels. At the time, the logic was: the retirement of 140,000 employees would have cost Rs 5,200 crore whereas paying salaries cost only Rs 1,493 crore.
Incase if the decision is finally taken, it will only be the third time the Government will have raised the retirement age. Jawaharlal Nehru was the first Prime Minister to have increased the age of superannuation from 55 to 58 following the 1962 war with China. The Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government did it a second time in 1998.
Source: Vinmoney

Allotment of Surplus Qualified candidates against OC, SC & ST vacancies of IP Examination held from 10 to 12-08-2007

Postal Directorate has allotted  following 16 Surplus candidates (08 OC+05 SC+03 ST) vide no.A-34013/03/2007-DE (Pt.) dated. 11.02.2011.On the basis of options received from the surplus qualified candidates, allotment of Circles has been made on the basis of merit.
Candidates will be deputed for the next batch of Induction Training in consultation with the concerned PTCs and Circles to which the candidates are allotted.

Sl.No. Name of the candidate       Roll No.                               Circle to which allotted

                                             Surplus OC Vacancies

1.    Lokesh  Sharma (318)                 DI-36/IPO/2007                        Gujarat
2.    Braham Prakash, SC (311)          DI-136/IPO/2007                      Gujarat
3.    C.S. Preethi (302)                        KN/IP/07/135                           Karnataka
4.    R.Radhakrishna Murthy  (285)      AP/IP/055/2007                        Gujarat
5.    P.Parthan,SC  (284)                     TN/066/IPO/07                         Gujarat
6.    A.Rajasekharan (278)                   TN/172/IPO/07                         Jharkhand
7.    Sanjay Biswas  (278)                    WB-23/IPO Exam/2007            Jharkhand
8.    K.Shyamasundara Rao  (278)       AP/IP/085/2007                        Jharkhand

                                             Surplus SC Vacancies

1.     Ram Niwas,SC (288)                   HR-14/07                                  MP
2.     Dharmender Kumar,SC (273)     DI-147/IPO/2007                       MP
3.     Kamlesh Kumar, SC  (268)         HR-48/07                                   MP
4.    J.Hema Bharathi, SC(260)           TN/139/IPO/07                         Tamil Nadu
5.    Vijay Kumar-III, SC (259)          DI-167/IPO/2007                       J&K

                                            Surplus ST Vacancies

1.    Raju Gurung, ST (298)                 IPO-2/NE/2007                         Jharkhand
2.    Duzo Kiso, ST  (250)                   IPO-6/NE/2007                          MP
3.    Om Prakash Meena (219)           RJ/IPO/108/2007                        MP

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


The Government has hiked the limits of gratuity payment from Rs 3.5 lakhs to Rs 10 lakhs. This enhanced limit is applicable to employees who retire, become incapacitated before retirement, expire or whose services were terminated on or after May 24, 2010.
As per Section 10(10) of Income Tax Act, gratuity is paid when an employee completes five or more years of full-time service with the employer. In respect of Government employees, any death-cum-retirement gratuity received under the Pension Rules or Scheme of the Central or State Government, or regulations applicable to the members of defence services, is not taxable.
In case of gratuity received under the Gratuity Act, 1972, any gratuity received to the extent that it does not exceed an amount calculated in accordance with the provisions of the Gratuity Act is not taxable. For employees receiving gratuity other than under the government pension or gratuity scheme and also other than under the Payment of Gratuity Act, the computation mechanism in respect of exemption limits has been specified in the IT Act. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has issued a notification increasing the overall tax exemption to Rs 10 lakhs.
The gratuity received by an employee is not taxable if it is received on his retirement, his becoming incapacitated prior to such retirement, termination of employment or if such gratuity is received by his widow, children or dependants on his death. Further, such gratuity does not exceed one-half month's salary for each year of completed service, calculated on the basis of the average salary for 10 months immediately preceding the month in which such retirement or death takes place, subject to the limits prescribed by the Central Government.
Salary for this purpose includes dearness allowance, but excludes all other allowances and perquisites. Also, as per some judicial precedents, completed service would mean a total period of service whether under one employer or more.
In case any such gratuities are received by an employee from more than one employer in the same financial year, the aggregate amount so exempt should not exceed the overall exemption limit. Similarly, if gratuities were received in one or more financial years, the exempt amount claimed earlier has to be taken into account while computing the exemption at present.
What is gratuity?
Gratuity is a retirement benefit. An employer may offer gratuity out of his own funds or may purchase a group gratuity plan from a life insurer. In case the employer chooses a life insurer, annual contributions as decided by the insurer have to be paid. The gratuity paid by the insurer will depend on the terms of the group gratuity scheme.

ET Bureau 13th February, 2011.

Monday, February 14, 2011


Department of Posts is going to introduce banking service through Post Offices. All post offices will also work as Post Banks. ATMs will also be introduced along with Post Banks.

Department of Posts is going to launch Post Bank and prepaid card scheme very shortly.All the regional heads of all circles have been directed to personally identify and expedite the manner of installation of ATMs in Head Post Offices. RBI approval and License is awaited. As part of core banking process, all existing accounts are now updated in computers. The circle heads are frequently stressed to complete the signature scanning of all account holders as early as possible. A centralized server possibly at Ghaziabad is proposed to be constituted which will automatically extract data from all HOs & SOs as and when the counter clerk enters a transaction. The role of SBCO will be minimized. The preservation of records at all HOs will be considerably reduced.

Under Prepaid card scheme which is to be launched in collaboration with banks, all expenses are to be borne by banks. Cards will be issued to customers who have Savings account only and later expanded to other customers. With help of card , one can withdraw money in POs/ Any ATM/make purchase in any merchant outlets. A minimum charge will be levied for each operation. Minimum load is Rs 1000. Maximum reload to card is Rs50000. Maximum withdrawal is 10000 per day and only four times  a card can be used in a single given day.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Referral of CGHS beneficiaries to empanelled Super- Specialty Hospitals

No.S.11011/23/2009-CGHS D.II/Hospital Cell(Part I)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Maulana Azad Road, Nirman Bhawan
New Delhi 110 108 dated the 7th February2011


Subject: Referral of CGHS beneficiaries to empanelled Super-Specialty Hospitals

With reference to the subject mentioned above, the undersigned is directed to state that several representations have been received from CGHS beneficiaries regarding problems faced by them in obtaining permission to undergo treatment at Super-Specialty hospitals. The matter has been reviewed and it has now been decided to simplify the procedure for obtaining treatment from CGHS empanelled super-specialty hospitals .Attention is drawn to para 6.2 of office memorandum of even number dated 17th August 2010 wherein it was stated that"CGHS beneficiaries have, so far, been the option to get themselves treated in any hospital of their choice. However, in view of the increased outgo on getting treatment in super-specialty hospitals, it has now been decided that CGHS beneficiaries desirous of getting treated in super-specialty hospitals, in non-emergency conditions, prior approval of the concerned Additional Director, CGHS would have to be obtained".
The above mentioned procedure is modified to read as follows:
"CGHS beneficiaries have, so far, been the option to get themselves treated in any hospital of their choice. However, in view of the increased outgo on getting treatment in super-specialty hospitals, it has now been decided that CGHS beneficiaries desirous of getting treated in super-specialty hospitals, in non-emergency conditions, prior approval of the concerned Chief Medical Officer-in-Charge, of the CGHS Wellness Centre would have to be obtained."


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Meeting of DPCs/Selection Committees-Furnishing of certificates by the Chairpersons/Members of Committees

Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi, Dated the 07-Feb, 2011.

All Chief Postmasters General
All Postmasters General
All Postal Training Centres
CGM,PLI Directorate, Chanakayapuri Post Office Complex , New Delhi.
Sub: Meeting of Departmental Promotion Committee (DPCs)/Selection Committees-Furnishing of certificates by the Chairperson/Members of the Committees


I am directed to say that under Rule 26(a) of Appendix No. 37 of Postal Manual Volume-IV, a certificate has been prescribed to be furnished by the Supervising officer on conclusion of the examination in the last paper, inter-alia certifying that no relation of either the Supervisory Officer or any of the Invigilators took the examination in that Centre.

2. Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT) vide its O.M. No. 22011/8/87-Estt. (D) dated 03.06.1989, while referring to Supreme Court/ High Court rulings that participation in the deliberations of Selection Committees/DPCs by such members whose near relatives are being considered by the Committees is against the principles of natural justice, has instructed that a certificate may be obtained from DPC Chairman/Members to the effect that none of his/her close relatives are being considered by the Committee , sufficiently in advance before commencement of the Committee meeting ,so that the appointing authority can alternate arrangements if necessary.(Copy enclosed).

3. Subsequently, DOPT vide its O.M. No. 22012/1/97-Estt. (D), dated 23.5.2001 directed that while sending the Agenda Papers of the DPC to the Chairperson and to the Members of the DPC, each one of them may specifically be asked to furnish the information to the Appointing Authority sufficiently in advance stating that none of his/her close relative is being considered by the DPC and that he/she (Chairperson/Members) is otherwise also not interested in nay particular candidate. Members of the DPC are also required to endorse a copy of such certificate to the Chairperson of the DPC in advance. In the event of the Chairperson/Members not being in a position to participate in the meeting this would facilitate making alternate arrangement (as the case may be) in time by nominating officers of equivalent ranks to function as the Chairperson/Members of the DPC , if permissible according to the provisions of the relevant Recruitment Rules (Copy enclosed) .

4. In view of the above , Recruiting Authorities/Appointing Authorities in the Circles are requested to obtain a Certificate in the manner prescribed by the DOP&T from all members of Selection Committees/Departmental Promotion Committee on their nomination to the Committee/DPC well before beginning the actual recruitment process.

(D.K. Chanda)
Section Officer (SPB.II)

Filling up of the posts of Sr. PM (Gr. B Gazetted) in the Postmaster Cadre

Copy of Directorate Letter No. 9-5/2011-SPG dated 04/02/2011 is reproduced below.

Subject : Filling up of the posts of Senior Postmasters (Gr. B Gazetted) in the Postmaster Cadre
Sir / Madam,
              Please refer to this Department’s letter No. 4-17/2008-SPB-II dt. 22.11.2010 regarding introduction of Postmaster Cadre in Postal Wing. As per the Recruitment Rules notified vide G.S.R. 741(E) dt. 09.09.2010, the initial constitution for the 116 posts of Senior Postmaster would be from amongst the officers holding the post of Postal Services Group “B” in PB-2 and Grade Pay of Rs. 4800/- on regular basis after calling for their options for appointment to these posts.

2.          As per the provisions of the Recruitment Rules, Postal Circles will call for the options/ applications of willing P.S. Group “B” officers along with their bio-data for appointment as Senior Postmaster. While inviting the applications it may be categorically stated that:
                (i)  Once an officer submits his application, he will not be allowed to withdraw the same.
`           (ii) Officers who are still left with at least two years of service to retire only may apply in order to avoid their dislocation at the fag end of their service.
         (iii) The officers in P.S. Group ‘B’ and Senior Postmaster (Gazetted) would be eligible for induction in IPos Gr. ‘A’ on the basis of a consolidated eligibility list.

3.            The applications so received will be scrutinized to check the eligibility of the applicants and forwarded to the Directorate along with the ACRs of last five years and vigilance clearance statement of penalties imposed during last five years in addition to the bio-data of the officers for further action.

4.            All the Postal Circles are requested to follow the time schedule mentioned below for sending the applications of P.S. Group ‘B’ officers to fill up the posts of Sr. Postmaster:

(i)         Date of issue of circular calling for the options/applications for appointment as Senior Postmaster : 15.02.2011.
(ii)   Last date for receipt of options/applications along with bio-data :04.03.2011.
(iii) Completion of scrutiny of applications, obtaining vigilance clearance and forwarding the applications to Postal Directorate : 15.03.2011.

Yours faithfully,
Director (Staff)
Tel. No. 011/230366656

Rate of calculating entitlement to E.L. & H.P.L.

No.13026 /1/2010-Estt. ( Leave)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
New Dlehi, the 7th Februay, 2011


Sub:    Rate of calculating entitlement to Earned Leave (E.L) and Half Pay Leave (HPL).

      The undersigned is directed to say that matter regarding entitlement of a Government servant, who dies while in service, to Earned Leave under Rule 27(2)(b) and Half Pay Leave Rule 29 (2) (c) of the CCS (Leave) Rules 1972 has been under consideration of this Department.
2.       At present, Rule 27 (2) (b) says ‘when a Government servant is removed or dismissed from service or dies while in service, credit is allowed at the rate of 2 1/2 days per completed calendar month up to the end of the calendar month preceding the calendar month in which he is removed or dismissed from service or dies in service.’
Similarly Rule 29(2) (c) says ‘When a Government servant is removed or dismissed from service or dies while in service, credit of half pay leave shall be allowed at the rate of 5/3 days per completed calendar month up to the end of the calendar month preceding the calendar month in which he is removed or dismissed from service or dies in service.’
3.       These rules adversely affect cases where the death of a serving Government Servant occurs on the last day of the month as the day of death is treated as his last working day. Clause (b) of Sub Rule (2) of Rule 27 and clause (c) of Sub Rule (2) of Rule 29 of the CCS Leave Rules is modified as under :-
Rule 27 (2) (b) ‘When a Government servant is removed or dismissed from service, credit is allowed at the rate of 2 1 /2 days per completed calendar month up to the end of the calendar month preceding the calendar month in which he is removed or dismissed from service. When a Government Servant dies, while in service, credit of Earned Leave shall be allowed at time rate of 2 1/2 days per completed month of service up to the date of death of the Government Servant.’
Rule 29 (2) (c) ‘When a Government servant is removed or dismissed from service, credit of Half Pay Leave shall be allowed at the rate of 5/3 days per completed calendar month up to the end of the calendar month preceding the calendar month in which he is removed or dismissed from service. When a Government Servant dies while in service, credit of Half Pay Leave shall be allowed at the rate of 5/3 days per completed month of service up to the date of death of the Government Servant.’                                                                             4.These orders will take effect from the date of issue.          
5.   So far as persons serving in the Indian Audit & Accounts Departments are concerned, these orders are 
being issued after consultation with the C&AG of India.                                                -Sd-                
(Zoya C. B.)
Under Secretary to the Government of India


Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
Establishment (D)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 10th February, 2011

Subject:     Review of Cadre Structuring – Regarding 
    In pursuance of the decision taken in the 2nd meeting of the National Anomaly Committee held on 27.03.2010, a Joint Committee to examine the anomalies pertaining to the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) was constituted vide Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT)’s O.M. No.11/1/2010-JCA dated 03.05.2010. 
2.     The issue of providing an option to organisations/cadres to have a choice for the benefits under the earlier ACPS or the MACPS was also discussed in the meeting of the Joint Committee. While the issue would require further deliberations, it is reiterated that MACPS (as was the case with the ACPS) is a fall back option in the event of promotions not taking place. Cadre structure needs to be reviewed periodically to harmonise the functional needs of the organisation and career progression of employees. Accordingly, all concerned are advised to review the cadre structure in a time bound manner with a view to mitigate problem of stagnation.  
3.     All Ministries/Departments may give wide circulation to the contents of this O.M. for guidance and appropriate action in the matter.  
4.     Hindi version will follow.
(Smita Kumar)
Director (Estt.I)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


At last, Mobile Number Portability has launched across India! Now you can retain your telephone numbers when changing from one mobile network operator to another. If you want assistance on MNP, please call any of the following Toll Free Numbers or Helpline to join their network.

AIRCEL- 98020 98020 (HL)

AIRTEL - 1800 103 1111

BSNL - 1800-180-1503

IDEA - 1800-270-0000

MTNL (Mumbai)- 1800-22-1503

MTNL (Delhi)- 1800-11-1503

TATADOCOMO- 1800-266-0000

VODAFONE - 1800 1234567

Result of PS Group B Examination held in May-2010

Today, I visited Postal Directorate and it came to notice that result of PS Group B examination held in May-2010 is expected to be announced by 15-02-2011.