Friday, January 31, 2014

Raipex - 2014, Divisional Level Philatelic Exhibition at Raipur - 31st January - 2nd February 2014.

Town Hall Raipur
Raipex - 2014, Divisional Level Philatelic exhibition is organised at Raipur, (Chhattisgarh) by Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Raipur Division from 31st January to 2nd February 2014 at Town Hall, Raipur. This exhibition is organised with the support of Philatelic Council of Raipur & Chhattisgarh Philatelic Society. During the exhibition a Special Cover on Budhism depicting Sirpur a heritage place recently visited by Dalai Lama and al booklet on Mahatma Gandhi containing a Philately Day Miniature Sheet will be released.

Upcoming release of commemorative postage stamps....

The following commemorative postage stamps are likely to be released by Department of Posts in the month of February 2014.

02/02/2014 : Indian Musuem Kolkata

08/02/2014 : Jagjit Singh

11/02/2014 : Central Vigilance Commission 

Entries in ACRs/APARs and proper disposal of representation in a quasi-judicial Manner by the competent authority against remarks in ACRs/APARs or for upgradation/downgradation of the final grading.

To view DoPT memo No. 21011/1/2005-Estt (A)(Part.III) dated 31st January 2014, please CLICK HERE.

Promotion of Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) officers (who are on deputation) of Indian Postal Service, Group 'A', to Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) of the Service.

To view Directorate memo No. 1-5/2014-SPG dated 29th January 2014, please CLICK HERE.

Retirement in HAG cadre...

Following HAG cadre officers are retiring on superannuation from Govt. Service on 31/1/2014.

1. Shri A. P. Shrivastava, Cheif PMG, MP Circle, Bhopal.

2. Col K. C. Mishra, Chief PMG, Maharashtra Circle, Mumbai.

CHQ wishes them happy, healthy and peaceful retirement life.

Amedments made in PA/SA Recruitment Rules, 2011

To view the Gazette notification, please CLICK HERE.

Letter to Directorate i/c/w grant of GP of Rs 5400/- to the ASPs after completion 4 years of regular service in GP of Rs. 4800/- earned under MACP Scheme

No. CHQ/IPASP/GP/MACP/2013                                 Dated :    31.1.2014

Shri Surendra Kumar,
Asstt. Director General (PCC),
Department of Posts, 
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001.  

Sub:  Request for grant of Grade Pay of Rs 5400/- to the ASPs after completion 4 years of regular service in G.P. of Rs. 4800/- earned under MACP Scheme 

Respected Sir,  

          Your kind attention is invited to this Association’s letter of even number dated 15/6/2013 and subsequent reminders dated 16/9/2013 and 11/11/2013 (copy enclosed) and SR Section letter No. 10/9/2013-SR dated 25/9/2013 and 30th September 2013 on the captioned subject.  

          As inscribed in the letters hitherto, your kind attention is hereby brought to the fact that the issue of grant of GP of Rs. 5400/- to ASPs and PS Gr. B officers after completion of 4 years of regular service in GP of Rs. 4800/- earned under MACP Scheme has not yet been solved even after lapse of considerable period.  

          It is therefore once again requested to convey the approval of granting of Non Functional Grade Pay of 5400/- to all the ASP/PS Group B officers effective from the date they have completed 4 years regular service in Grade Pay of 4800/- at the earliest. 

          A line in reply is requested.
Yours Sincerely
(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary

Copy forwarded for information and necessary action to :  

Shri Arun Malik, Director (SR), Department of Posts, Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi 110001 w. r. to his letter No. 10-9/2013-SR dated 30th September, 2013. 

CBS continued in full swing in DOP

Sirsi HO under North Karnataka Region migrated to Core Banking Solutions on 30.01.2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

LDCE for promotion of LGO to the cadre of PA /SA for the year 2013 held on 15th September 2013.

It is learnt that result of LGO Examination for the year 2013 held on 15/9/2013 is likely to be declared very soon. Inspector Posts result is expected after declaration of LGO result. 

Government Decides to Keep in Abeyance the Decision to Change the Procedure for Pan Allotment Till Further Order

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has decided to keep in abeyance the decision to change the procedure for PAN allotment till further orders. Accordingly, the operation of Circular No. 11 dated 16.01.2014 issued to PAN service providers has been directed to be put on hold till further orders. In the meantime, the old procedure of PAN application and allotment shall continue. 

Commemorative Stamp on 'International Year of Crystallography 2014' - 30th January 2014.

International Year of Crystallography 2014The International Year of Crystallography (IYCr2014) is an event promoted in the year 2014 by the United Nations to celebrate the centenary of the discovery of X-ray crystallography and to emphasis the global importance of crystallography in human life. UNESCO and the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) are responsible for this event. The opening ceremony of the International Year of Crystallography was held in Paris on 20 and 21 January 2014. Many activities will follow to celebrate the International Year of Crystallography all over the world.
IYCr2014 aims to increase public awareness of the importance of crystallography, which is the branch of science that studies the formation and structure of crystals. The Year of Crystallography promotes widespread access of information about crystallography and activities involving this science. Crystallography has become the core of structural science. Its uses include: Showing the structure of DNA, Helping people understand and fabricate computer memories, Disclosing how proteins are created in cells, Assisting in the design of powerful new materials and drugs.
India Post issued a commemorative stamp to mark 'International Year of Crystallography 2014' on 30th January 2014. Stamp release function was held at SSCU Auditorium, IISc, Bangalore at 4.00 pm. The stamp was released by Chief Postmaster General of Karnataka Postal Circle Shri M. S. Ramanujan. A mini exhibition on Crystallography by Dr. RG Sangoram and Shri M. R. Prabakar was also organised at the venue.

Govt hikes subsidised LPG cylinder quota to 12 per year

New Delhi, Jan 30 (PTI) Bowing to party pressure, the government today raised the quota of subsidised LPG to 12 cylinders per household in a year from nine at present and also put on hold paying users the subsidy into bank accounts using Aadhaar platform.

Announcing the decision taken by the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs, Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily said raising the LPG quota will cost Rs 5,000 crore in additional subsidy annually.

Quota of General Line in PS Gr. B Examination---Acknowledgment from Directorate

To view the copy of acknowledgement, please CLICK HERE.

Declaration of result of LDCE for the promotion to the cadre of Inspector Posts & LDCE for promotion to the cadre of Postmaster Grade-I ..... an update.

Result of LDCE for promotion to the cadre of PM Grade-I held on 30/6/2013 was declared by Directorate. The copy of result will be placed on blog shortly.
Result of LDCE for the promotion to cadre of Inspector Posts held on 14th and 15th September 2013 is likely to be declared soon.

Procedure for handling Court / Consumer Forum cases relating to Savings Bank / Certificate

To view DDG (FS) DO letter No. 109-09/2014-SBPG dated 22nd January 2014, please CLICK HERE.

Proposal of merger of ASP cadre in to PS Gr. B updates!!!

Directorate vide memo No. 25-35/2011-PE-I dated 21st January 2014 has called for information in respect of Inspector Posts and Assistant Superintendents Posts working in the department i.e. sanction strengh in Circle / Regional / Divisinal / Sub Divisional offices separately in Postal and RMS wing as on 31/1/2014. To view the copy, please CLICK HERE.

All Circle Secretaries and CHQ Office Bearers are requested to keep liasion with their Circle Office and ensure submission of information to Directorate on 1/2/2014.

Judgement Order dated 20.11.2013 of the Hon'ble High Court of Kolkotta in the matter of W.P No. 33290 of 2013 in the case of Mr Avishek Goenka vs Union of India regarding personal details of RTI applicants

To view the copy, please CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Transfer/ Promotion in HAG Cadre.

Directorate vide memo No. 1-5/2014-SPG dated 29/1/2014 has issued promotion order of Shri Pradipta Kumar Bisoi, (IPoS-1985) Postmaster General, Berhampur Region (Odisha Circle) and posted him as Chief Postmaster General, Maharashtra Circle, Mumbai. Ms. A. Ghosh, (IPoS-1986) Postmaster General, SK Region Karnataka posted as CPMG Assam Circle, Guwahati.

To view copy, please CLICK HERE.
CHQ congratulate the officers on his promotion and wishes best luck for  all their future endeavors. 

Sr. Postmaster CAT Case Chandigarh Bench ....... an updates !!!

Sr. Postmaster CAT Case under OA. No. 1328/HP/2011 filed by the All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents Posts Haryana and Punjab Circle Branch jointly came up for hearing on 27.01.2014 before Hon'ble CAT Bench Chandigarh. On a pleading raised by Ld Counsel on behalf of Association that unless and untill Recruitment Rules of PS Group ''B'' 1987 are amended, Sr. Postmaster Recruitment Rules - 2010 cannot be made applicable. Hon'ble Bench directed to submit progress made in revision of PS Group B cadre Recruitment Rules by the Department on the next date of hearing 18.02.2014.

CHQ News....

1.   Issue of combined seniority list of Inspector Posts from 1998 to 2000 

Today, seniority list is compiled by SPG Division of Directorate and is likely to be released very soon.  

2.   Holding of DPC for promotion to the cadre of JTS Gr. A for the vacancy of 2012-13.

All the queries raised by UPSC were replied by Directorate and suitable date for convening DPC is awaited from UPSC.  

3.   Declination of PS Gr. B promotion and repatriation to parent circle.

Secretary (Posts) has accepted the declination of PS Gr. B promotion of 17 IP Line officers. List is being circulated soon and thereafter supplementary DPC and repatriation cases will be decided on merit.  

4.   Issue of combined seniority list of PS Gr. B cadre  

Representations received from officers have got clearance from DoPT and now DOP will prepare a fresh seniority list at the earliest.

Fixed Medical Allowance to postal pensioners from 8 km. to 2.5 km at par with the Railways.

No. 4-12(07)/2013-PAT
Government of India
Ministry of Communications &I.T.
Department of Telecommunications
Sanchar Bhavan, 20-Ashoka Road
New Delhi 110001
Dated : 7-01-2014
Subject: Jurisdiction of Postal Dispensaries located at Guntur, Rajamundry, Net lore, Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam, Dibrugarh, Silchar, Chhapra, Darbhanga, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Raipur, Vadodara, Ambala, Dhanbad, Behrampur, Cuttack, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ajmer, jodhpur, kota, Tirchirappalli, Tirunelveli, Agra, Aligarh, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Moradabad, Saharanpur, Varanasi, Jalpaigiri and Siliguri with regard to FMA for pensioners. 

In pursuance to that Deptt. of Post order No.2-2/2012-Medical dated 16.8.2013, I am directed to convey the instructions with regard to P&T dispensaries located at above mentioned places and FMA to pensioners are as below:-

1. The reduction in jurisdiction of the above mentioned postal dispensaries for the purpose of Fixed Medical Allowance to pensioners from 8 km. to 2.5 km at par with the Railways.

2. These order shall supercede all earlier orders on the subject and shall come into force w.e.f 01.09.2013.

3. All pensioners residing beyond 2.5 km. radius of the above cited dispensaries and desirous of availing Fixed Medical Allowance shall give an undertaking to this effect and surrender their Postal Dispensary cards to the Incharge of their respective dispensaries, who shall endorse the same on the said undertaking for submission to the Pension Paying Authority.

4. The Pension Paying Authority shall make necessary entries on the PPO of the Pensioner concerned and disburse FMA along with the pension as per prevailing rates (at present it is Rs.300/- per month).
(Sanjay Agrawal)
Asstt Director General to the Govt. of India

India Post to install 3000 ATMs,1.35 lakh mirco-ATMs by Sept 15

Even as its application to start a commercial bank is pending, India Post has drawn a massive plan to install as many as 3,000 ATMs and 1.35 lakh micro-ATMs at the ubiquitous post offices across the country for savings account holders by September 2015, a top official has said.
"We will be starting with three ATMs to be installed in New Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore on February 5 and then ramp it up gradually," postal department secretary Padmini Gopinath told a select group of reporters here over the weekend.
She said 1,000 ATMs with the India Post branding will be put in within the first year, which will be ramped up massively to 3,000 in the next 18 months.
To start with, the ATMs can be used only by 26 crore savings account-holders who save with the postal department, but Gopinath exuded confidence that within six months of the launch, they will get the interoperability permission from the Reserve Bank.
Postal savings are worth around Rs 6.05 trillion, which is half the savings in the largest lender SBI and more than double that of the largest private sector lender ICICI Bank.
Through interoperability, India Post will join the National Financial Switch, which will benefit India Post account holders to transact at the banks' ATMs and vice versa, she added.
India Post has been working with software major Infosys on this project, she added.
The micro ATMs will be handheld devices to be operated at the post office level while the ATM will be similar to the one operated by any commercial bank, she added.
The postal department, which has 1.55 lakh post offices over 90% of which are in villages, offers the savings account to people across the country and pays an interest of 4% per annum for such deposits. The account offers cheque facility at present.
It can be noted that the Department of Posts is fighting a very contentious battle to convert itself into a full fledged bank, asserting that its reach can help achieve the goal of financial inclusion.
However, the finance ministry has expressed some reservations about the idea, while Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has exuded confidence of winning over his Cabinet colleagues to get the go ahead for the 'Postal Bank'.
Source :

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Transfers/postings in the Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) and in the Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) of lndian Postal Service, Group A

To view Directorate Memo No. 1-5/2014-SPG dated 23/1/2014, please CLICK HERE.

Fundamental (First Amendment) Rules, 2014.

To view Gazette notification, please CLICK HERE

Holding of DPC for the promotion to the cadre of JTA Gr.A for the vacancy year 2013-14

Directorate vide memo No. 4-2/2014-SPG dated 17/1/2014 have circulated time bound programme to all circles to submit  CRs/APARs of five years i.e. 2005-06 to 2013-14 of the officers who are in the zone of promotion for convening DPC for the promotion to JTS Gr. A cadre for the vacancy year 2013-14.  APMG (Staff) or AD (Staff) of concerned circle will personally hand over the documents at Directorate on prescribed date.

Name of Circle
Date of submission of APARs in Directorate
APS, Andhra Pradesh
Assam, Bihar
Chhattisgarh, Delhi
Gujarat, Haryana
HP, J& K
Jharkhand, Karnataka
Kerala, MP
Maharashtra, NE
Odisha, Punjab
Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu
UP, Uttarakhand
West Bengal


New PAN card to cost Rs 105

To view, please CLICK HERE.

How postmen, and their wives, may help set India's monetary policy

To read the article published in 'The Times of India', please CLICK HERE.

38th All India Biennial Conference will be held at Ahmedabad on 7th and 8th February 2014---Attendance of delegates & Donation

Hathee Singh Mandir North Ahmedbad
It is once again reported by Shri Vinod R. Shah, Circle Secretary, Gujarat Circle Branch that, as on date he has only received the information about delegates from 10 Circles viz. Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, NE, HP, Delhi, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Punjab. He has also reported that elevanth hour he and his team will not be in position to make suitbale arrangments to all. It is therefore once again requested to Circle Secretaries of remaining Circles to intimate the approximately number of delegates and visitors are likely to attend All India Conference to Circle Secretary, Gujarat Circle and General Secretary immediately to enable them to reserve the sufficient accommodation at venue of the conference. All members of this Association are requested to kindly co-operate with Circle Secretaries and CHQ Office Bearers.

It was also requested to all Circle Secretaries and CHQ Office Bearers  to remit / deposit donation amount collected for holding of 38th All India Biennial Conference at Ahmedabad through Core Banking Service (CBS) in the following account, but till date many circles have not deposited the money.

Name of Holder : All India Postal Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents Gujarat Circle.

Name of the Bank : State Bank of India, Girdharnagar Branch

Account No. : 00000032026004271 IFSC Code : SBIN 0003791

The details of amount remitted / deposited in above account may also be informed by SMS to Shri Vinod Shah Circle Secretary Gujarat Circle on his mobile No. 09426572244 to enable him to keep records thereof.

CHQ is receiving calls from IPs and ASPs stating that few Circle Secretaries have not approached to them for enrolling their names as delegates / visitors. As per our Associations Constitution all members are delegates. Therefore members who desire to attend AIC may contact to their Circle Secretary for enrollment of their names and further details. 

Fixed Medical Allowance: Reduction of jurisdiction of Postal Dispensaries from 8 km. to 2.5 km at par with the Railways

To view the copy of order, please CLICK HERE.

Monday, January 27, 2014

CCS (CONDUCT) RULES, 1964 ( in Hindi)

To view / download, please CLICK HERE.

Opening of New Philatelic Bureaux

It has been decided by Directorate to open 13 new Philatelic Bureaux in 9 circles w. e. f. 1st March 2014. To know the names of new Philatelic Bureaux, please CLICK HERE.  All members and track in viewers are once again requested to open at least one philatelic deposit account (PDA) either in their names or family members name in any one of philatelic bureau to get new commemorative postage stamps and other stationary items at door step by registered post. 

India Post to roll out its own ATMs beginning next month

To view the press note, please CLICK HERE

Postman / Mail Guard Examination to be held on 9/2/2014 in Karnataka Circle stayed by CAT

To view copy of CAT judgement, please CLICK HERE.

Declaration of result of LDCE for the promotion to the cadre of Inspctor Posts & LDCE for promotion to the cadre of Postmaster Grade-I ..... an update.

It is learnt that results of LDCE for promotion to the cadre of PM Grade-I held on 30/6/2013 and LDCE for the promotion to cadre of Inspector Posts held on 14th and 15th September 2013 are expected very soon.

Why people are parking money in Post Office deposits & NSC instead of gold

To view the news published in The Economic Times, please CLICK HERE.

CBS : Check List For Mock Migration

To view the details, please CLICK HERE.

More HPOs rolled out to CBS...

Today, following Head Post Offices are being rolled out to CBC.

Indraprastha HO
Aurangabad H.O
Shastri Nagar H.O
Sawaimadhopur H.O
Tirunelveli HO
Palani HO
Pollachi HO
Coimbatore HO
Madiya HO
Sirsi HO
Nanjangu HO
Hanumankhar Jn HO
Nasarabad HO
Dhule HO

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Rs 500 notes can be freely swapped at banks, says RBI

KOLKATA: As the gullible common man went on speculating frantically on what to do with banknotes printed before 2005, Reserve Bank of India on Friday tried to calm the nerves by saying that public may initiate the process of exchanging
notes at bank branches at their convenience.

RBI said its move to withdraw currency notes printed before 2005 is to check counterfeit notes and these notes will continue to be legal tender even after the July deadline.
It said that after July 1, 2014, public can exchange any number of these old series notes from the bank branches where they have their accounts. Non-customers of a bank will have to furnish proof of identity and residence to the bank branch in which they want to exchange more than 10 pieces of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.
The RBI clarified that the rationale behind its move to withdraw banknotes printed prior to 2005 is to remove these banknotes from the market because they have fewer security features compared to banknotes printed after 2005. "It is standard international practice to withdraw old series notes," it said on Friday
responding to queries raised by several quarters.

RBI has issued the advisory on withdrawal of banknotes on January 22. It said it hs already been withdrawing these bank notes from the market in a routine maner through banks.  
"The volume of the banknotes printed prior to 2005 still in circulation, is not significant enough to impact the general public in a large way," it said.
 The RBI has promised to monitor and review the process of withdrawal of old series notes so that the public is not inconvenienced in any manner. "This is not an attempt to demonetise," RBI governor Raghuram Rajan said on Thursday.
"It is an attempt to replace less effective notes with more effective notes. I understand people are making different interpretations. Unfortunately that
should not be the interpretation."

source : The ETB