Monday, October 31, 2016

IPPB operation through Postman

India Post Payment bank gives the facility for its customers especially in rural areas to deposit or withdraw the money from their IPPB account without going to the IPPB branch. The Postman will operate the accounts with help of bio metric device at the door step of customers.

How does NREGA Payment work in IPPB using Biometric Device

The workers’ remuneration will be credited to their respective Aadhaar lined IPPB accounts. The beneficiary can withdraw the money using biometric device even without filling a withdrawal form.

What is Voice Banking Service in India Post Payment Bank (IPPB)

India Post Payment Bank (IPPB) gives the facility for its customers especially in rural areas to deposit or withdraw the money from their IPPB account without going to the IPPB branch. The Postman will operate the accounts with help of bio metric device at the door step of customers. Watch the two videos below for better understanding.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Post offices to go paperless in six months

ONGOLE, October 29, 2016 : In a customer-centric initiative, India Post will go paperless shortly implementing Core System Integrator (CSI) Project across different channels, levels and locations, according to its Vijayawada Region Postal Services Director E. Veerabhadra Rao.

Addressing the media here on Friday night, he said, “A pilot project is being implemented in Machilipatnam in this region to lay down a robust IT infrastructure, implement software applications. All services of the Postal Department will go online in six months time.” Customer Interaction Channels would provide services through call centre, web portal and mobile devices.

The CSI also provided for IT-based mail operations with improved article tracking and technology-driven logistics network. Finance & Accounts as also Human Resources Management would be done online under CSI, he added.

“India Post is fully geared up to offer banking services from new fiscal,” he said, adding that the Reserve Bank of India had in principle agreed to inter-portability of its Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) with those of PSU banks. “Some ticklish issues like addressing the complaints of the customers of each other are being looked into,” he added.

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Railway Unions demand 3% DA hike

New Delhi: Expressing “dissatisfaction” over over the announcement of 2 per cent increase in dearness allowance by the government, railway unions have demanded it be raised to 3 per cent.

We have expressed dissatisfaction over the announcement of a meagre 2 per cent rise in DA by the Central government from July 1, 2016, National Federation of Indian Railwaymen M Raghavaiah said.

Ahead of Diwali, the Centre has announced 2 per cent dearness allowance for Central government employees effective from July.

“Central government employees and pensioners have been waiting eagerly for the announcement of DA since September 2016. But we are disappointed that the government has announced only 2 per cent whereas the 12-month average of Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016, works out to be 2.92 per cent,” Raghavaiah said and added “The Government ought to have been considerate in announcing this half-yearly hike in DA and rounded off to 3 per cent.”

All India Railwaymen Federation General Secretary S Gopal Mishra said 2 per cent DA is not satisfactory and it should be raised to 3 per cent.


What is Voice Banking Service in India Post Payment Bank (IPPB)

Voice Banking Service is a mobile based banking service in which person can do banking operation with the help automated voice system. A person can transfer money between IPPB accounts through this system. The following video will show you clearly What is Voice Banking Service in India Post Payment Bank (IPPB) and how it works.

Call drops: Telecom minister to meet CEOs on Nov 1

New Delhi, Oct 28 (PTI) Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha will meet CEOs of telecom companies on November 1 to review the call drop issue and chalk out a road map for future.

"The minister will meet CEOs on call drop issue...we have held one meeting already and this (upcoming) meeting will be for stocktaking and road map for the future," Telecom Secretary JS Deepak said.

He said that according to TRAI, there has been an improvement in the call drop situation.

Earlier this year, telcos had submitted a 100 day action plan on strategy to address call drop issue. They had committed to set up 60,000 base stations as part of this action plan.

"We will review the plan," Deepak added

Duties of Secretary (Posts), Director General Postal Services and Additional Director General(Co-ordination) in the Department of Posts

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DPC : AD (Recruitment) cadre from the staff of ROs/COs

After a long period, Directorate has convened DPC for promotion to the cadre of AD (Recruitment). There are total 4 posts in the entire country and these are filled up as per the inter-se-seniority from staff working in ROs/COs. 

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Greeting : Happy Diwali to all members and track in viewers


The Hon’ble Supreme Court in its Historical 102 pages Judgment in Civil Appeal No. 2013 of 2013 dated 26.10.2016 has directed that Temporary Employees, Adhoc Appointees, employees appointed on Casual basis, contractual employees and the like, if the concerned employees are rendering similar duties and responsibilities as were being discharged by regular employees holding the same/corresponding posts are entitled “for equal pay for equal work” such employees are entitled for draw wages at the minimum of the payscale extended to regular employees holding the same posts. We will be representing to the Govt. To implement this Judgment and issue a common order in this regard. Full judgement is reproduced below:

DPC : PS Gr. B for the year 2016-17 ---- updates

Yesterday, Directorate has called for the vacancy position of PS Gr. B posts from all Circles. Many circles yet not responded to the Directorate. 

All Circle Secretaries are directed to confirm the submission of correct vacancy position by their circles to Directorate for convening of DPC for promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B for the year 2016-17. 

Observance of Vigilance Awareness Week, 2016.

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Extension of tenure of Smt. Alka Jha, IPoS(87) as CVO, EPFO, Delhi.

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Data Base of IPs/ASPs of Tamil Nadu Circle

Tamil Nadu circle has prepared data base of all IPs and ASPs of their circle. Shri Babu G. Circle Secretary of Tamil Nadu Circle has requested his all members to verify their particulars and in case of any omission/updation, member should report the same to Shri K. Shivashankar on 9894214292. 

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All Circle Secretaries are directed to prepare their circles data base for the information to all concerned and office record purpose. 

Media Report : "Committee on allowance ready with report"

Government employees might have an exciting new year as the Committee on Allowances under the chairmanship Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa is ready with its reports.

Media reports said that the committee is likely to submit the reports on revised allowance to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley very soon.

Quoting sources in the Finance Ministry, media reports said that the committee is waiting to be called by Jaitley for submission of its reports.

Cabinet Announces 2% DA for Central Government Employees

The Union government on Thursday approved 2 per cent dearness allowance and relief benefiting about 50.68 lakh employees and 54.24 lakh pensioners.

The decision to provide 2 per cent DA on basic pay was taken by the Cabinet and will be effective from July 1, 2016.

The 2 per cent DA will result in annual burden of Rs. 5,622.10 crore, though for period of eight months (July-February in 2016-17), it would be Rs. 3,748.06 crore.

The central government had increased DA by 6 per cent to 125 per cent in March 2015. DA was later merged with the basic pay following the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission.

“The Union Cabinet has given its approval to release an instalment of DA to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to Pensioners from July 1, 2016 representing an increase of 2 per cent of the revised Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise,” a press statement said.

According to the statement, the increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.

The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief would be Rs. 5,622.10 crore per annum and in the Financial Year 2016-17 for the period of 8 months (i.e. from July 2016 to February 2017), it would be Rs. 3,748.06 crore.

KYC Norms to be followed in respect of PLI/RPLI policies

Revamping of Marketing (Sales) Structure of PLI / RPLI

Shri Vivek Kumar Daksh (IPoS-2002), presently working as Director postal Services (HQ) Lucknow, U.P.Circle, are placed at the disPosal of Unique Identification Authority of India, Lucknow

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Couduct of Llmitcd Departmental Competitive Examination for promotion to the cadre of P.S. Group'B'from 2012-13 onwards regarding

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Women employees can now file harassment complaints online:Govt

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi  October 26, 2016

The women employees of the Central government will soon be able to file sexual harassment complaints online. 

The decision was taken at a meeting called by Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi today after she received complaints from aggrieved women employees from various ministries.

Officials from Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Railway Ministry, Sports Ministry and Department of Financial Services were present at the meeting. 

The e-platform for posting complaints will be hosted on the Women and Child Development ministry's website, a senior official said, adding the complaints will then be taken up with the respective ministries/departments. 

An inter-ministerial committee headed by a senior WCD official will be constituted to review the status of the complaints. The forum will also ensure that all Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) heads are imparted training on how to resolve such complaints, he said. 

It has also been decided that the DoPT will issue instructions to ensure that training programmes for all services include a module on Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 to sensitise the government staff. 

Additionally, the WCD ministry will issue guidelines for dealing with sexual harassment complaints. These will include a monthly as well as an annual report, to be prepared by the Internal Complaints Committee of each ministry, on the status of complaints received. 

The cadre controlling authority of a victim will be required to monitor her progress for 5 years, in order to ensure that she is not further tormented for complaining against a colleague, the official said. 

A similar exercise for the private sector is also on the anvil, he added. 

The move comes after several women employees wrote to the WCD ministry about delay in getting their complaints about sexual harassment resolved.

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Result of stamp Design competition on theme "Swachh Bharat"​

Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 - Relaxation to travel by air to visit NER, J&K and A&N.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Inauguration of Excess Baggage Assistance counter at Tiruchirappalli Airport

Excess Baggage Assistance counter was opened at  Tiruchirappalli Airport (Tamil Nadu) on 20.10.2016 by Shri J. T. Venkateshwarlu, Postmaster General (BD & Mails), O/o the Chief PMG,Chennai in the presence of Shri G. Natarajan, Director Postal Services, Central Region, Tiruchirappalli. Shri K. Gunasekaran, Director, Tiruchirappalli International Airport.

Directoerate issued GDS Bonus order for 2015-16

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Commemorative Postage Stamp on 'National Unity Day' will be released on 31/10/2016

Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day) was introduced by the Government of India and inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in 2014. The intent is to pay tribute to Vallabhbhai Patel, who was instrumental in keeping India united. It is to be celebrated on 31 October every year as annual commemoration of the birthday of the Iron Man of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one of the founding leaders of Republic of India. The official statement for Rashtriya Ekta Diwas by the Home Ministry of India cites that the National Unity Day “will provide an opportunity to re-affirm the inherent strength and resilience of our nation to withstand the actual and potential threats to the unity, integrity and security of our country.”

National Unity Day celebrates the birthday of Patel because, during his term as Home Minister of India, he is credited for the integration of over 550 independent princely states into India from 1947-49 by Independence Act (1947). He is known as the “Bismarck of India”.

This year Department of Posts has decided to release Commemorative Postage Stamp on 'National Unity Day' on 31/10/2016.

All members and track in viewers are once again requested to open one Philately Deposit Account (PDA) in any Head Post Office and get the philately stamps and stationary items at door step.

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Migrating residuary data left out during the previous migration

From: Deputy Director (CEPT)

Sent: 14 September 2016 10:01

To: CPMG Assam Circle; CPMG Andhra Pradesh Circle; CPMG Bihar Circle; CPMG Chattisgarh Circle; CPMG Delhi Circle; CPMG Gujrat Circle; CPMG Himachal Pradesh Circle; CPMG Haryana Circle; CPMG Jharkhand Circle; CPMG Jammu & Kashmir Circle; CPMG Karnataka Circle; CPMG Kerala Circle; CPMG Maharashtra Circle; CPMG Madhya Pradesh Circle; CPMG North East Circle; CPMG Orissa Circle; CPMG Punjab Circle; CPMG Rajasthan Circle; CPMG Tamilnadu Circle; CPMG Uttar Pradesh Circle; CPMG Uttarakhand Circle; CPMG West Bengal Circle

Cc: Director (CBS); DDG (Financial Services); Saurabh Gupta; Gopinath S

Subject : Migrating residuary data left out during the previous migration - Important communication - Time bound - Regarding::

Respected Sir(s) / Madam (s),

This is regarding re-migration of residuary (left out) data during the earlier migration. Circles have come up with a request that few quantum of data pertaining to various schemes were left out due to inaccurate digitization and resulting in non-migration of certain accounts (data) during the previous migration of offices.

Hence, it is proposed to identify the quantum of scheme-wise data with SOL ID in the following template and send us the details in the attached excel sheet for further planning and scheduling migrations.

Yours Sincerely,

(V M Sakthivelu)
Deputy Director CEPT

Inadequate implementation of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Women and Child Development

26-October-2016 18:15 IST

Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi expresses concern at the inadequate implementation of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.

WCD Ministry to set up Inter-Ministerial Committee and an e-platform for effective redressal of complaints of sexual harassment at workplace 

The Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi held a review meeting on implementation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 in New Delhi today. Officials from the WCD Ministry, DoPT, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Railways and Department of Financial Services were present. Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi expressed her concern that the complaints of sexual harassment are not being handled in a timely as well as sensitive manner. She also expressed her concern that harassment often continues over a period of time and it is only after it becomes unbearable that a woman comes out to complain. In such situations, it is the duty of Internal Complaints Committee to decide on the complaint in the shortest possible time. The Minister also pointed out that the transfer of the aggressor can never be a solution to such a complaint and there should be harsher punishments when the complaint is found to be true.

2. After extensive deliberations, the following decisions were taken:

(i) The Ministry of WCD will set up an inter-ministerial committee headed by a senior official of the WCD Ministry. This committee will review the progress of disposal of complaints of sexual harassment, get a standardized training module prepared in collaboration with ISTM, ensure that heads of Internal Complaints Committee of all ministries/departments are given training on how to handle the complaints.

(ii) The ministry will be establishing a secure electronic platform for any woman employee of the government to file a complaint under the Act directly to the Ministry of WCD. These complaints will be then taken up with the respective ministries/ departments. This will enable a monitorable and transparent system of grievance redressal under the Act.

(iii) All ministries/ departments will furnish a monthly report to WCD ministry on the number of complaints received, disposed, pending and action taken etc.

(iv) All ministries/ departments and attached offices will furnish the annual statistics of complaints received and disposed under the Act in their Annual Reports. It was also decided that the inter ministerial committee will create a panel of resource persons from which ICCs can take the external members. In another important decision taken at the meeting today, all the training programmes of all services will have a module on the Act and DoPT will issue necessary instructions for this.

(v) It was also decided that the respective cadre controlling authority will keep every complainant under observation for a period of five years so that she is not subjected to any further administrative harassment as a result of her having complained against a male superior.

(vi) It was agreed that the Act, the rights of a woman official and the responsibility of the ICC must be given adequate publicity through different methods including the websites of the ministries/ departments/ attached offices.

A 300 % Salary Hike Has Been Proposed For President Of India Pranab Mukherjee

In the past days, the Modi government saw a lot of commotion amid the unhappy central government employees with regard to the problems related to minimum wages. The knotty issue has since remained a pressing agenda for many, until today.

In a move that almost looks too good to be true, the Modi government has proposed an increase in the salary of President and the Vice President of India.

Right now, the President withdraws Rs 1.50 lakh per month, the Vice-President Rs 1.25 lakh and the Governor of a state Rs 1.10 lakh.

After the implementation of the 7th pay commission the Cabinet Secretary, who is the topmost bureaucrat in the country, gets Rs 2.5 lakh per month and a Secretary in the Union government draws Rs 2.25 lakh.

But now, the President’s salary will be 5 lakh and the Vice President’s Rs. 3.5 lakh. The spouses of the Presidents will be receiving Rs 30,000 as compensation.

According to sources, the union ministry has already prepared a cabinet note on the proposed salary and is about to present it to the finance committee for a final nod.

Ever since the 7th pay commission swooped in, the salary of the two highest employees of Indian Government looked like peanuts. It increased the pay of the cabinet secretary with more than Rs 1 lakh than that of the President.

The pay commission doesn’t declare or decide the salaries of the President or the Vice President and the prerogative to effect a change lies with Parliament and the government.

The last hike was given in the year 2010 when the salaries were increased by 300%.

The President’s wages was increased to Rs 1.50 lakh per month from Rs 50,000, the Vice-President's to Rs 1.25 lakh from Rs 40,000 and the Governor's salary o Rs 1.10 lakh from Rs 36,000.

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Issue of Pensioners Identity Card to pensioners -reg.

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Deputation to Bangkok for training...

Following officers are attending training programme on 'Express Mail Service" at Asian Pacific Postal College (APPC) Bangkok, Thailand from 14th November to 2nd December 2016. 

1. Shri K. Ramesh, AD (Mails) o/o PMG, Vijayawada Region, Vijayawada (AP)

2. Shri Ajith Kurian, Manager (BD) o/o CPMG, Kerala Circle, Trivandrum (Kerala) 

CHQ congratulate the officers for their selection for training on EMS. 

GDS Bonus file sent to Finance Secretary

Seventh Central Pay Commissions recommendations - revision of Pay scales - amendment of Service Rules/Recruitment Rules.

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DPC : PS Gr. B for the year 2018-17 ..... updates

Today,  a group of PS Gr. B officers working in Postal Directorate met Director (Staff) Sri Brijesh Kumarji on the issue of delay in convening of PS Gr. B DPC for the year 2016-17. 

It has been told by him that some reports from Rajasthan, Maharashtra and NE circles are yet awaited. It was also told that clarification is sought from DoPT regarding which bench mark is required for holding of DPC i.e. Good or Very Good. The clarification is said to be awaited from DoPT. 

Director (Staff) Postal Directorate have already talked to DPS (HQ) of the concerned circles for submission of required reports. 

Circle Secretaries and CHQ office bearers of Rajasthan, Maharashtra and NE circles are directed to meet their circle administration today itself and request them to send the required and requisite information/report immediately to Postal Directorate. 

Prescribed Syllabus for P S Group-B Examination

Retirement in the month of October 2016

Following PS Gr. ‘B’ Officers are retiring from Govt. Service on superannuation on 31/10/2016.

Sl. No.
Name of Officer
L S N Murthy
SSP Cahittor Division
S V Siva Prasad
SSP Vijayawada Division
Smt. Kamlesh Rani
Sudpt. Faridkot Division
V N Dadmal
Supdt. PSD, Nagpur
S N Singh
SPOs, Bhojpur Division

CHQ wishes them a very happy, healthy and long retired life.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

7th CPC HRA – Allowance Committee Meeting Proposal for House Rent Allowance

Sources said that the Allowance Committee Meeting has finalized a proposal on HRA. It will be finalized in the Meeting held on 25th October 2016. It is said that the proposed Meeting under the Chairmanship of DOPT Secretary (P) with the Secretary Staff Side, NC (JCM) is to firm up the view on various allowances pertaining to Department of Personnel & Training.

This Meeting is conducted as per the decision of Allowance Committee Meeting held on 1-9-2016. The meeting to finalize the allowances pertaining to DOPT has been scheduled to be held on 25th October 2016.

The Reliable Sources said that the Official Side are in the view of increasing HRA by 1 Stage to reach 30% , 20% and 10% .

The pay Commission recommended HRA at the rates initially from 24%, 16%, and 8 % and whenever DA reaches 50% it will be increased to 27%, 18% and 9% and Finally after DA reaches 100% the HRA will be revised to 30% , 20% and 10% for X,Y and Z cities respectively.

The NCJCM has demanded in its Memorandum submitted to the 7th Pay Commission that 60%, 40% and 20% HRA to be recommended for X,Y and Z cities.

The Pay Commission totally ignored this demand and recommended reduction of rates from Sixth CPC. Since it is Co related with DA , it will be increased after two stages to 30%, 20% and 10% after DA reaches 50% and 100%.

The sources said that now it is proposed to start the HRA rates initially from 27%, 18% and 9% and after DA reaches 50% the House Rent Allowance will be revised to 30%, 20% and 10% for X,Y and Z cities respectively.

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7th CPC Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula – Outcome of the meeting published by NC JCM Staff Side

Brief of the meeting held today with Addl. Secretary (Exp.), Deptt. of Exp., MoF(Govt. of India) to discuss the recommendations of the 7th CPC

Shiva Gopal Mishra

Ph.: 23382286
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001

Dated: October 24, 2016

All Constituents of NC/JCM

Dear Comrades!

Sub: Brief of the meeting held today with Addl. Secretary (Exp.), Deptt. of Exp., MoF(Govt. of India) to discuss the recommendations of the 7th CPC

A meeting was held today between the Addl. Secretary (Exp.), Deptt. of Exp., MoF(Govt. of India) and Staff Side, National Council(JCM), to discuss the issues of Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor.

The Staff Side explained in detail about the amendments required in Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula.
The Official Side mentioned that, they are trying to find out some solution to resolve the issues of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula raised by the Staff Side.

Comradely yours,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary(Staff Side)
NC/JCM & Convener

Formation of new Region as "East Region" at Bhagalpur (Bihar Circle)

Release of Commemorative Postage Stamp on Varanasi City – 24th October 2016.

Hon'ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi Ji, unveiled several development schemes in Varanasi on 24th October 2016 during his visit to Varanasi. He inaugurated new Varanasi Postal Region. Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Hon'ble Governor of Uttar Pradesh Shri Ram Naik and Hon'ble MoS for Communications and Railways Shri Manoj Sinha released commemorative stamp on Varanasi city at the function held at Varanasi on 24th October 2016.

Philately Exhibition at Mount Abu

Now, get postcards and stamps at your doorstep

CHENNAI, October 24, 2016 : Now, customers don’t have to travel to post offices to buy stamps or postcards. The postman would instead deliver it at their houses.

The latest initiative of the Postal Department has postmen who are out to deliver mails also to sell postal stationery. Postmen will carry postage stamp, revenue stamps, envelopes, postcards and inland letters to be sold to the residents. This is a pilot project launched in the Chennai city region.

The postmen will also collect registered post and speed post from the residents.

Customers can also affix stamps and hand over the mails to them instead of visiting the post office or searching for a postbox.

The postmen will carry a rate chart with them and will issue receipt for the speed posts and registered articles either on the same day or next day. The initiative will be particularly useful to commercial establishments and residents in suburban areas, an official said.

There are over 1,000 postmen in the city. Each will carry Rs. 350 worth postal stationery whenever they step out for delivery. Nearly 50 per cent of the stationery are sold everyday, the official added.

Welcoming the move, residents said it would help senior citizens save the trips to post offices. Consumer activist, T. Sadagopan, meanwhile, suggested that the postmen also carry identity cards.

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Representation from Government servant on service matters regarding.

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Implementation of the recommendation of the 7th CPC-Option regarding commutation of additional amount of pension

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Premature repatriation of Shri S.K. Kamila, IPoS(86) from the post of CVO, Ordinance Factory Board (OFB), Kolkata.

The officer has already been posted as Chief PMG, Odisha Circle and likely to join on 26th October 2016. 

Sad Demise......

Shri Kishor Naitam, ASP, Gondia Sub Division (Nagpur Region, Maharashtra) who was admitted in Care Hospital Nagpur for treatment of Dengue expired on 24.10.2016. He was admitted in the hospital on 23.10.2016 since then he was in critical condition. Shri Naitam left behind wife, son and daughter.  His son Kumar Kshitij was also admitted in the hospital for treatment of Dengue two days before his death. Now, Kumar Kshitij was relieved from Hospital. 

Shri Naitam was soft spoken and hard worker officer. Recently GS met him during the 42nd Biennial Circle Conference of Maharashtra Circle held at Pune on 17th and 18th September 2016.

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.

Now, e-postal ballots for service voters

Members of armed forces and some government employees posted in remote areas or abroad will be able to use a system of electronic postal balloting to make it easier and faster for them to cast their votes.

According to senior officials of the government, the legislative department of the law ministry on Friday issued a notification that brought into effect the process of e-postal ballots.

The technical team of the Election Commission of India has developed a system whereby a blank postal ballot could be electronically transmitted to the voter. The voter would have to download the ballot, fill it in and send it back though the postal service.

The move is another step in the government’s Digital India project.

For now, e-postal ballots will only be available to service voters, including personnel of the armed forces, members of Indian supplementary reserve forces, personnel serving outside the state where they are registered as voters and government officials posted outside the country.

The move dispenses with the existing system of two-way postal ballots, which caused significant delays. It is also aimed at easing the difficulty faced by service voters in casting their votes from remote locations. The new system will enable voters to download a postal ballot, print the same, mark their vote and then use the postal service to mail it to the returning officer. The two-way electronic ballots were discouraged by the Election Commission for “security and secrecy reasons”.

This electronic voting system is being introduced on a pilot basis for service voters, but could be later extended to others including special voters and those in preventive detention.

Salaried taxpayers to get SMS alerts on TDS deductions

NEW DELHI: As many as 2.5 crore salaried tax payers will now receive SMS alerts from the Income Tax department regarding their quarterly TDS deductions. 

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today launched the SMS alert service for Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) for salaried class and the CBDT will soon offer this facility on a monthly basis. 

Briefing reporters about the facility, Jaitley said salaried class cannot afford to pay tax twice or indulge in litigations and hence they should be kept updated about their TDS deductions. 

"Hence tax payers will benefit if they receive information through use of technology. So they can match the office salary slip and the SMS and at the end of the fiscal he will be clear about any possible tax dues," Jaitley said. 

He asked the CBDT to work towards making the grievance redressal system for TDS mismatch online so that there is no interface between the tax payer and the tax department. 

Jaitley said e-Nivaran is working well for tax payers and the CBDT is taking several tax payer friendly initiatiave. 

The CBDT will soon extend this SMS facility to another 4.4 crore non-salaried tax payers. 

"The frequency of SMS alerts will be increased, once the process for filing TDS returns is stremlined to receive such information on a real time basis," the CBDT said. 

CBDT Chairperson Rani Singh Nair said the tax department is encouraging people to register their mobile number on the e-filing website. 

She said tax payer will initially receive a welcome message from the CBDT informing him about the facility and after that each assessee would be sent messages informing them about their respective TDS deductions. 

The new step is an effort by the I-T department to directly communicate deposit of tax deducted through SMS alerts to salaried tax payers. In case of a mismatch, they can contact their deductor for necessary correction. 

Besides, SMS alerts will also be sent to deductors who have either failed to deposit taxes deducted ot to e-file their TDS returns by the due date. 

Source : The Economic Times