Friday, November 28, 2014

Centre May Lower Retirement Age By 2 Years To 58 -- NEWS

New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government is likely to take a major decision of the lowering of the mandatory retirement age for its employees to 58 years old, two years earlier than what the present law requires.

It would be one of the major decisions to be taken by the BJP government after came to power to curb slow manpower turn-over in government.

The present law setting the mandatory retirement age at 60 years old may be affecting the bureaucracy’s productivity.

Since studies show that Indian people reaching the age of 50 years old tend to suffer from a decline of cognitive and physical abilities.

That older employees also find it harder to adapt to modern technology, which is must required to develop the nation.

The youth voters in country have increased and so the BJP also wants to focus on young voters to say, “More retirees would mean more job openings for the youth.”

PM Modi earlier said at New York’s Madison Square Garden, that India, which is the youngest country in the world, will live up to the expectations.

“There is an atmosphere of hope and enthusiasm. India wants change. A country with such a huge population of young people does not have a need to look back,” he added.

“India is a youthful nation with a very old culture. 65 percent of Indians are below the age of 35,” he said.

“The government may clear the decrease in the retirement age either by June 30 or after receiving the Seventh Pay Commission report” said a source.

It may be likely to be a part of the terms of reference of the Seventh Pay Commission, expected to file its report in 2015.

The decrease in retirement age would be happening first time after Independence. In 1998, the BJP government led by Atal Bihari Bajpai increased the retirement age to 60 from 58 following implementation of the Fifth Pay Commission.

Experts said it would put pressure on the government exchequer for payment of retirement benefits. However, sources confirmed this would be manageable.

The move to decrease the retirement age may pressure the states to follow it.

The BJP led Haryana government has already declared yesterday decided to lower the retirement age of its employees from 60 to 58 years.
TST

Postal Department redefines its role

Chief Postmaster General Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States B. V. Sudhakar, trying his hand at a two-wheeler while launching the first of its kind mechanized letter Box clearance service in Hyderabad at Dak Sadan on Wednesday. 

Tirumala Tirupati ‘darshanam’ tickets and non-judicial stamps to be sold in post offices soon. Unlike the popular belief that Internet and mobiles have reduced the usage of Postal Department, personal and business mails were increasing.  

Post offices will soon begin selling Tirumala-Tirupati ‘darshanam’ tickets and also non-judicial stamps (stamp papers).

The Chief Post Master General of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, B.V. Sudhakar, said the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has agreed to sell 1,000 tickets through select post offices in five districts – Chittoor, Vizianagaram, Warangal, Kurnool and Hyderabad – on a pilot basis. 

The number of tickets may go up to 5,000 per day if the TTD agrees later. Training of employees for this purpose is on, he said. 

With regard to sale of non-judicial stamps, he said the Telangana government has accepted the proposals sent to them and non-judicial stamps will be available across all post offices from December first week onwards. Similar proposals were also sent to the Andhra Pradesh government and it is likely to give its nod soon. 

Mr. Sudhakar, who was speaking to the reporters after launching mechanised clearance of letter boxes here on Wednesday, said the Postal Department was sending 10.27 lakh Speed Post articles per month in the two States, of which 5.81 lakh were from Hyderabad alone. It was also handling 17.35 lakh Speed Post deliveries, of which 5.31 lakh were in the city.

Unlike the popular belief that Internet and mobiles have reduced the usage of Postal Department, personal and business mails were increasing. Till last year, 16 lakh letters were handled daily while it has increased to 22.24 lakh per day as per the September 2014 figures, he said. 

Mr. Sudhakar said extreme care was being taken while disbursing money under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme. “We disburse Rs. 1,500 crore under the scheme to the beneficiaries. Biometric method is being used to ensure genuineness of the person and later the same is linked to the Aadhar card,” he said, adding that even the social security pensions to the tune of Rs. 450 to Rs. 500 crore per month were disbursed without any hassles. 

Mechanised clearance system to ease delivery 

Under the mechanised clearance of letter boxes, mails are cleared through specially-designed Departmental Mail Motor Services in all the prominent pillar type post boxes under three postal divisions in the city. 

For this purpose, all these post boxes are segregated into 10 beats. Letters collected under this system will be brought directly to the Hyderabad sorting office for onward dispatch to various stations. The mechanised clearance will not only save time, but also speed up the delivery.

     Letters are also being cleared in selected post boxes under the ‘Nanyatha’ programme. Under this system, when the letters are cleared, the barcode number kept inside the box is scanned through a mobile phone using android technology.

The information is uploaded on the website ‘http://appost.in/nanyatha’ indicating the time of clearance, number of letters cleared in each box, the person who has cleared and the location. The scheme helps people to know whether the letter posted in a particular box was cleared and when. It is available in Hyderabad and Vijayawada as of now.

Thursday, November 27, 2014 MEETING WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF TASK FORCE ON LEVERAGING THE POST OFFICE NETWORK ON 27.11.2014

On behalf of National federation of Postal Employees, Com. Giriraj Singh, President NFPE, Com. R. N. Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE and on behalf of AIPEU Group ‘C’, Com. N. Subramanian, General Secretary, Com. Balwinder Singh, Financial Secretary & Com. A. Veeramani, AGS have met the chairman Shri. T. S. R. Subramanian, Task force on Leveraging the Post office Network on 27.11.2014 at Meghdoot Bhawan, New Delhi.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

INTRODUCTION OF AADHAAR ENABLED BIO-METRIC ATTENDANCE SYSTEM IN ALL CG OFFICES



India Post working on model to connect artisan with e-commerce - NEWS

New Delhi: India Post has been asked to develop a framework to facilitate local artisans sell their products online, Telecom and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here on Friday. India Post, which has world's largest postal network of 1.55 lakh post offices, has seen multifold rise in business since the time it entered in partnership with e-commerce companies.
"I have asked India Post to develop framework where India artisan like in Kashi, handloom of Meerut, artisans at Tirupur can leverage postal environment to become big brand in e-commerce," Prasad said at an event organised by Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad on public policy making.

The minister had on Wednesday met Department of Posts officials, where they shared India Post's plans to tap opportunities in the e-commerce sector.
 
As per industry estimates shared by India Posts, e-commerce business in India was about USD 6 billion in value in 2012 and is expected to reach USD 76 billion by 2021.
 
The distribution, delivery or logistics is projected to constitute about 12 per cent of the total e-commerce market, accounting for about USD 9 billion by 2021.

Prasad said government policy needs to balance growth and equity and be participative in nature. "We need to come up with framework which is not unilateral and is participative."
 
The minister shared example of Jan Dhan Yojana which has resulted in opening of about 70 million new bank accounts within couple of months and getting public idea through 'mygov.in' website.

"There was no requirement to deposit single penny in bank account opened under Jan Dhan Yojana but people deposited about Rs 6,000 crore in total," Prasad said.

He said that policy should not be directed top-down but it should emanate from bottom and go up.

He sought suggestions from IIM and other academic institutes in formulating policy that can be inclusive of people and bring growth along with equity.

IIM-A Chairperson for marketing Dhreeraj Sharma said that the institute is discussing various management strategies and systemic interventions which can help government deliver their plans and policies in the most expeditious and effective manner.

"We hope that discussions and interactions during the course of this conference will result in the creation of the sentiment with reference to development and implementation of public policy," Sharma said.

India News Desk

Monday, October 20, 2014

TO START IN-HOUSE WEEKLY TRAINING IN ALL MINISTRIES DEPARTMENTS

TO START IN-HOUSE WEEKLY TRAINING IN ALL MINISTRIES DEPARTMENTS

Rs 1,381 crore of tax exemption to political parties in two years: RTI -- NEWS

New Delhi: The tax-exempted income of 13 major political parties of the country, in last two years, amount to Rs 1,381 crore, according to an RTI query.
Of this the Congress and BJP have cornered around 80 per cent.
During 2012-13 and 2013-14, the Congress had a tax- exempted income to the tune of Rs 743.76 crore whereas BJP in the same time span did for Rs 338.95 crore.
    
Congress in 2012-13 had income worth Rs 318.08 crore whereas the amount rose to Rs 425.68 crore in 2013-24, BJP though had an income of Rs 17.42 crore in 2012-13 and it was Rs 321.53 crore for 2013-14.
According to the Income-Tax department, Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party in UP had tax-exempted income worth Rs 164 crore whereas their rival party Bahujan Samajwadi party had registered only Rs 20.76 crore for the same period.
Among other parties, CPI(M) registered an income of Rs 92.90 crore, CPI Rs 2.62 crore, JD(U) Rs 13 crore and RLD Rs 4.48 crore, it said.    
Lalu Prasad's RJD party in 2013-14 had a tax-exempted income of Rs 41,411.    
The figure for the year 2012-13 for other parties were – SP (Rs 30 crore), BSP (Rs 8.99 crore, CPI (Rs 1.55 crore), CPI(M) (Rs 40.73 crore), JD(U) (Rs 2.70 crore), RLD (Rs 97.90 lakh), JD(S) (Rs 46.99 lakh)   
Political parties are exempted from tax on their income through section 13 A of IT Act 1961. They have to, however, maintain a book of account for donations or income above Rs 20,000.
  India News 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

India Post joins hand with Snapdeal.com

India Post joins hand with Snapdeal.com, to introduce new-age technology at cost of Rs. 4909 crores - NEWS

New Delhi: In a bid to enhance its electronic connectivity and capability across 1.5 lakh Post Offices in India, Department of Posts is in the process of inducting new-age technology through an enterprise wide IT Project. In this series, it has also signed Business MoU with snapdeal.com & shopclues.com. 
India Post is celebrating National Postal Week from 9th

 to 15th October, 2014 and on the occasion of Business 

Development Day on 14th Oct 2014 it decided to join 

hands with Snapdeal.com & shopclues.com.

Mr. Vijay Ajmera, Sr. Vice President (Finance)

Snapdeal.com said that they are happy to choose 

Department of Post as their delivering partner and this 

will provide their e-commerce business a wider reach 

network. 

In tune with the emerging e-Commerce market, parcel

product has been revamped & Cash on Delivery (CoD)

facility has been introduced. State-of-the-art Parcel 

centres are also being set up across the country. 

Department is also developing exclusive Parcel Network 

to cater the needs of e-Commerce companies.

department is also developing Parcel Network to cater 

to the needs of e-Commerce companies. Delivery of 

parcels and Express mail is also planned to be 

mechanised in bigger cities for efficient & quicker 

delivery.

Rate of interest i/r/o PLI / RPLI policies falling under Rule 56(3)(i) and Rule 54(4) & 58(3) of POLI Rules, 2011 - clarification.

Rate of interest i/r/o PLI / RPLI policies falling under Rule 56(3)(i) and Rule 54(4) & 58(3) of POLI Rules, 2011 - clarification.






Bank staff may come under govt pay panel: Hindustan Times



Even after several rounds of talks between bank employee unions and the Indian Banks Association (IBA), there seems to be no consensus on the quantum of salary hike for over 800,000 employees at different public sector lenders.

While the IBA has indicated that the maximum hike that can be offered to employees is about 11%, unions are demanding a 25% raise.

With the stalemate still continuing, sources said a proposal could also be considered to bring them under the purview of the Seventh Pay Commission, which has already been constituted. A large section ofbank employees are, however, unwilling to do the same.

“There needs to be an end to the stalemate and this is an option that has also come up,” an official source who refused to be identified said.

IBA chairman, TM Bhasin, however, told HT that there was no proposal to bring bank employees under the purview of the pay commission. “IBA has no such consideration and no proposal has come to the IBA,” he said.

“There have been some reports of bringing the bank employees under the purview of the pay commission but we are completely opposed to such a move,” said CH Venkatachalam, general secretary, All India Bank Employees Association.

The salary revision of bank employees is due since November 2012.

Unions meanwhile have threatened to go on a strike on November 12. There could even be an indefinite strike thereafter if the issue is not addressed, union representatives said.

A senior bank executive said the issue of wage settlement would have to be sorted at the earliest and the finance ministry could intervene to ensure that the deadlock comes to an end.

“At a time, when the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana is underway and targets have to be met, there is little scope to lose time,” he said.

Source: http://www.hindustantimes.com

Raising the Cash limit for conveyance of cash and streamlining cash management

Monday, October 13, 2014

Method of address of mails addressed to Defense Service Personnel

RTI online Certificate Course conducted by the Department of Personnel and Training

F No.111012009-IR
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

North Block, New Delhi-I 10001
Dated: 7.10.2014

Office Memorandum

Subject: RTI online Certificate Course conducted by the Department of Personnel and  Training

The Department of Personnel and Training has been conducting an justify to  Information Online Certificate Course in English since the year 2009 and in Hindi and Telugu since the year 2012.

The course is hosted through Centre for Good Governance, Hyderabad on the url rtiocc.cgg.gov.in . The RTI online certificate course not only offers the benefit of away from Class room learning, but also provides a platform for reinforcing one’s learning through interacting with experts and fellow candidates. This course is open for all the citizens and is available free of cost.

2. The CGG hosts two courses on RTI – a short duration course of 7-days and a longer version of 15 days. The 7 days course is introductory in nature and does not  have chat window/moderator facility and does not carry any certificate. However, this is treated as an eligible criterion for getting selection into the longer version 15-days course.

3. The 15-day course is more intensive with practical orientation of applying the RTI Act. This version of the course has the facility of discussion forum and moderation. On successful completion of the course, an e-Certificate will be issued.

4. It is requested that the Public Information Officers and First Appellate Authorities working in your Ministry/Department and public authorities under your administrative control may be encouraged to enroll for the said Online Certificate Course on RTI.

(Archana Varma)
Joint Secretary

//copy// Source: Dopt

Compassionate Appointment -- clarification





No need of declaration/undertaking countersigned by two permanent government employees.



Manner of disposal of PPO – Death of the pensioner with no claimant authorized for family pension in the same PPO

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CENTRAL PENSION ACCOUNTING OFFICE
TRIKOOT-II, BHIKAJI CAMA PLACE,
NEW DELHI-110066

CPAO/Tech/Bank Performance/2014-15/511-581,

23.09.2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Manner of disposal of PPO – death of the pensioner with no claimant authorized for family pension in the same PPO

The Central Pension Accounting Office is a nodal agency for administering the Scheme for pension disbursement through public sector banks. It is in continuous process of streamlining and simplifying the pension delivery to the utmost satisfaction of Pensioner’s/ family pensioner’s comfort and convenience. The disbursement of family pension to the “family pensioner other than spouse” like widowed/divorced daughter is one of those areas in which a lot of efforts have been put in to simply and make them effective and efficient.


But it has been observed that a number of court cases and legal cases received in CPAO are mainly related to delay in the commencement of family pension to the family pensioner other than a spouse and arisen due to negligence on the part of the banks in returning the disbursers’ and the pensioners’ half of the PPO to CPAO if there is no family pensioner stands to be authorized through the same PPO.

In this context, Para 23.3 of “Scheme for Payment of Pensions to Central Government Civil Pensioners through Authorized Banks” provides the manner of disposal of PPOs wherein no claimant exists after the death of pensioner/family pensioner with the stipulation that the disburser’s portion as well as pensioner’s portion of the PPO is to be returned to CPAO for updation of its record and onward transmission to the PAD/AG who had issued the PPO for similar action and record.

The non-compliance of these instructions by the banks is resulting increase in receipt of number of court cases and legal cases in CPAO, non-updation of CPAO’s and PAO’s relevant record, delay in authorization of family pension to the eligible family members for whom a new PPO is to be issued, causing hardship to the claimants, points raised by the Pensioners’ Welfare Associations from different platforms including SCOVA meetings.

The Para 6.3.1 of the CPPC Guidelines also stressed upon the strict adherence to the codal provisions of “Scheme Booklet”, CCS[Pension] Rules, Orders, Guidelines on Pension issued by Government of India/Reserve Bank of India from time to time.

Non-compliance of codal provisions by the banks is a very serious lapse on their part. Therefore, it is imperative to instruct the Heads of CPPC of all the banks/ Heads of Govt. Business Divisions to take a stock of these cases and send a Review Report within seven days from the receipt of this Office Memorandum followed by returning of both the halves of all such PPOs wherein pensioner/spouse has died and no claimant for family pension has been authorized in the PPO. The matter may be taken
on priority as it is under review at the higher level.

This issues with the approval of Chief Controller [Pensions].

The Hindi version will follow.

(M.M. Kaushik)
Asstt. Controller of Accounts