Friday, May 22, 2015

Bank employees scale finalised...


Joint note between IBA and Unions to be signed on 25/05/2015 in Mumbai. Scale for all cadre of employees have been finalized and agreed upon by both parties. Here under we provide highlights of pay and other benefits for officers, clerks and sub staffs.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Inclusion of Aadhar (Unique Identification) number in Service Book of Government servants

Rates i/r/o Remuneration payable to DoP for Savings Bank and Savings Certificates work for the Year 2015-16


POSB Rates for the Year 2015-16
Sl.No.
Item / Category
Rate per unit
1
Savings Deposits
205.59
2
Savings Certificates (NSC,KVP)
70.25
3
Indira Vikas Patra
18.60
4
Silent Accounts
31.17

Source : Department of Posts (FS Division) Letter No.63-1/2015-(FS) dated 20-05-2015

Increase in Service Tax Rate from 12% to 14% with Effect from 1st June, 2015

In the Union Budget, 2015, an increase in the rate of Service Tax from 12% to 14% had been proposed from a date to be notified. The Finance Bill, 2015 has since been enacted and the Central Government has notified 1st June, 2015 as the date from which the rate of 14% would become applicable. The provisions levying Education Cess and Secondary and Higher Education Cess would also cease to have effect from same date i.e. 1st June, 2015, as the same would be subsumed in the service tax rate of 14%. Certain other changes have also been notified with effect from 1st June, 2015. However, the date of giving effect to the provisions relating to imposition of a Swachh Bharat cess on all or any taxable service will be done in due course

Speed post faster, more reliable than private couriers: CAG

Should we depend on private courier services? A Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) study has found private couriers deliver only 90% of letters compared to 99% by speed post.

In major cities, the performance of speed post is faster and more reliable. The postal service delivers 99% of letters through speed post within 1-9 days as compared to 92% by private courier services that take up to 10 days.

At the local level, the delivery by speed post is 98% compared to 93% by courier services. While the time taken by speed post is 1-11 days at local level, it is 1-12 days in case of private couriers.

In a report on department of posts, tabled in Parliament recently, the official auditor has said the performance of speed post has been better not only at local level and in major cities, but it is the only reliable service at the tehsil and village level.

To compare the performance and quality of speed post with private courier agencies for delivery of mails, a test check was conducted by CAG in eight postal circles -- Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Checks were conducted by posting hundreds of letters.



At the tehsil level only speed post could reach 100% addressees that too within 1-7 days while private couriers could deliver only 83% letters and time ranged from 1-23 days.

"Based on the results, it could be concluded that the speed post service of the department of posts (DoP) was better than the services provided by the private couriers," the auditor said.

Speed post was introduced in 1986 to provide a faster and time-bound mail delivery service in major cities. However, due to late delivery of mails people had stopped relying on the department. But the auditor says the perception is wrong and speed post still remains most reliable and account for more than 10% of the total revenue of the DoP.


In the test check, the auditor had posted 284 letters by speed post and 287 by different private couriers. The performance was judged based on the number of letters sent, letters actually delivered, and time taken for delivery of test letters.

Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Speed-post-faster-more-reliable-than-private-couriers-CAG/articleshow/47349880.cms

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Dopt Clarification on LTC - Eligibility of Home Town Concession- Frequently Asked Questions

G.I., Dept. of Per. & Trg., O.M.No. 31011/4/2007-Estt.(A-IV), dated 18.5.2015

Subject: Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988- Clarification regarding eligibility of Home Town Concession- Frequently Asked Questions.

The undersigned is directed to say that this Department receives a number of references from Government servants/ various Ministries/Departments seeking clarifications regarding the eligibility of Government employees in respect of Home Town LTC. The point of doubts raised and their clarifications are as under :-

1. Whether the employees whose Headquarters/ Place of posting and Home Town are same, are eligible for Home Town LTC?

No. Government employees whose headquarters/place of posting and Home Town are one and the same are not eligible for Home Town LTC.

2. Whether the employees who are not eligible for Home Town LTC may avail the Special Concession scheme of conversion of Home Town LTC to travel to North East Region, allowed by DoPT's 31011/3/2014-Estt.A-IV 26.09.2014?

No. Employees whose Home Town & Headquarters are same are not eligible for Home town LTC and hence, the question of conversion of Home Town LTC to travel to these places under special concession scheme does not arise.

3. Whether the employees residing in cities / towns outside Delhi which fall under other states of National Capital Region (NCR) are eligible for Home Town Concession?

Yes, Cities/Towns which outside Delhi and fall in other states of NCR are not to be treated as Delhi Headquarters. Hence, the Government employees whose headquarters are Delhi and reside in cities/towns outside Delhi falling in other states of NCR, are eligible for Jammu & Kashmir & Andaman & Nicobar Islands as eligible for Home Town Concession.

Source : www.persmin.gov.in

Opening of New Post Offices and details of computerization of post office in country

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
DEPARTMENT OF POSTS
RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1441
TO BE ANSWERED ON 8TH MAY, 2015


OPENING OF POST OFFICES
1441. SHRI DILIPBHAI PANDYA:
Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:

(a) whether post offices have been opened in all the villages of the country;

(b) if so, the details especially to that of Gujarat and the number of post offices likely to be opened during the current financial year, State-wise;

(c) whether all post offices of the country, including those of Gujarat, have been equipped with e-mail, internet and computer facilities, if so, the details thereof; and

(d) if not, by when all post offices are likely to be equipped with above mentioned facilities, the details thereof?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
(SHRI RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD)
(a) &(b) No Sir, However, Department through a physical network of 1,39,182 rural post offices, 1,795 Franchise Outlets (FOs) and 2,795 Panchayt Sanchar Sewa Kendras (PSSKs) are providing basic postal services to all the villages in the country. In addition to delivery, sale of stamps and stationery is also being offered through postmen/delivery agents, while they are on their regular visits to respective beats. Expansion of postal services by relocation and redeployment is an ongoing activity. This is taken up under Plan Scheme-“Rural Business & Access to Postal Network” subject to fulfillment of certain norms prescribed by the Department for opening of post offices, availability of Plan support and manpower. Postal Circle-wise physical targets for opening of 92 Gramin Dak Sewak Post Offices (GDSPOs) by relocation/redeployment including Gujarat for the current financial year 2015-16 is at Annexure-I.

(c)&(d) Yes Sir, all 25,468 departmental post offices including those in Gujarat have been supplied with computers & peripherals and out of this 24,465 post offices are having e-mail & internet facilities and also have been switched over to the new Wide Area Network as a part of “India Post IT Project 2012”. The remaining 1003 (including 9 post offices in Gujarat) do not have these facilities yet due to technical reasons which are in the process of getting addressed and remaining post offices will be provided with e-mail & internet facilities after solving these issues. Postal Circle-wise details of number of Post Offices Computerized and provided inter-net facilities is at Annexure-II.

ANNEXURE-I

Postal Circle-wise given physical targets for opening of Gramin Dak Sewak Post Offices (GDSPOs) by redeployment & relocation during 2015-16
Sl. No.
Name of the Circle
Physical Target for 2015-16
(in number)
1
Andhra Pradesh including Telangana State
6
2
Assam
7
3
Bihar
8
4
Chhattisgarh
7
5
Delhi
0
6
Gujarat
4
7
Haryana
4
8
Himachal Pradesh
3
9
Jammu & Kashmir
2
10
Jharkhand
5
11
Karnataka
4
12
Kerala
0
13
Madhya Pradesh
4
14
Maharashtra
4
15
North East
10
16
Odisha
4
17
Punjab
3
18
Rajasthan
4
19
Tamil Nadu
4
20
Uttarakhand
2
21
Uttar Pradesh
5
22
West Bengal
2
Total
92

ANNEXURE-II
Postal Circle-wise Number of Post Offices Computerized and provided e-mail & internet facilities.
Sl. No.
Name of the Circle
No. of Post Offices Computerized
No. of Post Offices 
Provided e-mail & internet facilities.
1
Andhra Pradesh including Telangana State
2438
2439
2
Assam
626
582
3
Bihar
1046
1043
4
Chhattisgarh
343
335
5
Delhi
425
393
6
Gujarat
1335
1328
7
Haryana
493
490
8
Himachal Pradesh
464
418
9
Jammu & Kashmir
263
251
10
Jharkhand
455
454
11
Karnataka
1715
1683
12
Kerala
1506
1506
13
Madhya Pradesh
1062
1061
14
Maharashtra
2212
2213
15
North East
329
268
16
Odisha
1195
1147
17
Punjab
758
760
18
Rajasthan
1345
1334
19
Tamil Nadu
2759
2578
20
Uttarakhand
388
341
21
Uttar Pradesh
2553
2540
22
West Bengal
1758
1301
Total
25468
24465

Saturday, May 16, 2015

30th AIC INVITATION & POSTER OF AIPEU P3






Advantages and Disadvantages of Grade Pay System: What will be next in 7th CPC?



Only from 6th CPC, Grade Pay System was introduced with pay scales to different cadres in the department. Some of pay scale have been combined together to minimize many pay scales as done in other previous CPC recommendations. Let us discuss pros & cons of Grade Pay continuance.


A. Advantage of Grade Pay System
By introduction of Grade Pay from 6th CPC implementation, with effect 01.01.2006, the following benefits are available to the staff.

I. Availability of increased amount of increment every year

Previously, in the time scale of pay, two or stage fixed amount of increments for certain period had been prescribed implemented up to 5th CPC. Previous Pay scales has fixed amount of increment for certain period & thereafter, the increment amount fixed was a little higher amount, than previous one.

For Example: 

In Postal Department, Postman Pay Scale was in the pay scale 3050-75-3950-80-4590. By this pay scale, postmen officials were able to get Rs.75/ (or) 80/-as annual increment amount. This is constant for every year but, after 6th CPC 3% of increment is admissible in the pay drawn by the official with Grade Pay. This will be increased on the next increment date, as on 01.07, every year, by calculation of 3% increment, with previous year increment added amount. So, there will be an increase in increment amount, every year. This is more than getting fixed amount increment, as existed before. This is a great advantage to the staff, because increased of getting fixed amount of increment higher in increment amount is admissible every year, as tabled below.

Table showing increase in increment every year (not rounded off)

Pay In the Pay BandGrade PayBasic Pay3% of Increment3% Constant IncrementDifferent in RupeeDifferent in Percentage (%)
930042001350040540500%
9710420013910417.340512.32.95%
10130420014330429.940524.95.79%
10560420014760442.840537.88.55%
11010420015210456.340551.311.24%
11470420015670470.140565.113.85%
11950420016150484.540579.516.41%
12440420016640499.240594.218.89%
12940420017140514.2405109.221.24%
13460420017660529.8405124.823.55%
This increase indeed will have its impact in DA amount also whenever Revised DA is announced.

II. No Stagnation of Pay -after 6th CPC in Pay Bands

There will no stagnation at all in the Pay Band system, since it is a running scale process, after 6th CPC implementations, There is a uplift to jump up from PB – 1→ 5200-20200 to PB – II→ 9300-34800, in case, the official reached 20200 in the PB – 1, even though Grade Pay remains as same. (That is Rs.2800.

III. Adding of Grade Pay for Calculation of Increment

Increment is calculated for Grade Pay also, since it is form and part of new Pay Band, and this is paying way to set more amount of increments.

B. Disadvantage of Grade Pay System
I. Difference in pay fixation between promotivees and direct recuritees.

By introduction of Pay Band with Grade Pay System, entry Pay for direct recuritees, have been fixed more than, initial promotional pay, for the Promotivees. By this process, there is a difference of the pay between promotivees and direct recruitees, since entry pay is higher than the pay fixation done, by giving notional increment to the promotivees. This differenciation is not digestible by promotivees.

II. Grievances of Supervisory staff

Since, for operative staff and supervisory staff, only one Pay Band is available, with same grade pay, the supervisory Staff could not get 3% notional increment, on getting promotion to higher post.

III .Grievances of MTS Staff Got TBOP/BCR From 01-01-2006 to 31-08-2008

There is a disadvantage in Fixing Grade Pay to officials getting ACP and other Financial up gradations, during the period from 01-01-2006 to 31-08 -2008, by issue of order Dated 27-05-2014 it has been stated that Grade Pay of 1800 only is applicable to all MTS/ other staff getting financial up gradations between 01-01-06 to 31-08-2008, by cancelling TBOP/BCR/ACPs got during the period.

IV. Set back to Promotivees on getting MACP

In the MACP scheme, introduced with effect from 01-09-2008, as per 6th CPC Recommendations, there is a provision to take promotions got by writing Exam/on seniority/ACP/on TBOB – BCR, as first and Second MACPs, as the case may be. By this process, promotion/up gradation got form initial date of appointment, are being counted us first MACP/Second MACP. Lower grade officials promoted to higher post, by writing Exam/on Seniority/getting ACP/TBOB –BCR, are able to get lesser Grade Pay, at the time their Retirement, even though, they have completed 30 years of service, from the date of initial appointment. In the case of clerical they are able to get Grade Pay of 4200 only, as their last Grade pay whereas direct Recruitees are retiring with Grade pay of 4600. So, in order find out remedy to avoid this discrimination Pay Commission should have recommended fixing of pay on getting MACP, in the next higher Pay Band, with higher Grade Pay, but which was not done.

V. Differentiation between Pre & Post retirees, whose old Pay Scale was 6500-200-10500

By issue of clarification order by OM dated 11-02-2009, by DOPT & Training, it has differentiated Fixing of Grade Pay for those who got 6500 – 200 – 10500 pay Scale, prior to 01-01-2006, and for those retired on or after 01-01-2006. This is a contracting original OM. But it is in force till today, for fixing pensions to pre 2006 retirees with Grade Pay of 4200, instead of with Grade pay of 4600/- This is against Nakara case Judgement.

VI. Grievances of official drawing Grade Pay 1800 in Pay Band of 5200-20200

For those who are getting Grade Pay of 1800, in the Pay Band of 5200-20200, next MACP fixation with Grade Pay of 1900 only is available, after putting 10 year service. So also, the next Grade Pay applicable to them, after another 10 year service, Grade Pay is fixed as Rs.2000 with a raising Rs.100 only; this is the most disadvantage position now continuing.

And the writer of above article [geoed] has invited a poll, your views are expected on the continuance of Grade Pay in 7th CPC also. It is request to convey your opinions by stating clearly, regarding continuance of Pay Band with Grade Pay system or it’s discontinues after going through above factors deeply, your polling is anxiously awaited.