Wednesday, June 29, 2016

7th Pay Commission: Cabinet may clear higher increase tomorrow

The Cabinet tomorrow is likely to approve higher increase in basic pay than the nearly 15 per cent recommended by the 7th Pay Commission for over 1 crore government employees and pensioners.
The pay panel had in November last year recommended 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay at junior levels, the lowest in 70 years. The previous 6th Pay Commission had recommended a 20 per cent hike which the government doubled while implementing it in 2008.
After considering the increase proposed in allowances, the hike in remunerations comes to 23.55 per cent.
"Considering the tight fiscal position this year, the government may improve upon the Pay Commission recommendation for basic pay to 18 per cent or at best 20 per cent," a senior official said.
The 7th Pay Commission report will be effective from January 1, he said, adding that the Cabinet will decide if the arrears for the six months have to be paid in one go or in installments.
A secretaries' panel, headed Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, has already vetted the 7th Pay Commission recommendation and its report is being translated into a note for Cabinet.
"It in most likelihood will come up before the Cabinet tomorrow," the official said.
The government had in January set up the high-powered panel to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which will have bearing on the remuneration of nearly 50 lakh central government employees and 58 lakh pensioners.
The Commission had recommended 23.55 per cent overall hike in salaries, allowances and pension involving an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore or nearly 0.7 per cent of the GDP.
The entry level pay has been recommended to be raised to Rs 18,000 per month from current Rs 7,000 while the maximum pay, drawn by the Cabinet Secretary, has been fixed at Rs 2.5 lakh per month from current Rs 90,000.
The secretaries' panel may have recommended raising minimum entry level pay at Rs 23,500 a month and maximum salary of Rs 3.25 lakh.
While the Budget for 2016-17 fiscal did not provide an explicit provision for implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, the government had said the once-in-a-decade pay hike for government employees has been built in as interim allocation for different ministries.
Around Rs 70,000 crore has been provisioned for it, the official said. 
Source:-The Times of India

Battle Line Is Drawn – Ensure 100% Participation In The 11th July Indefinite Strike

  From 2016 July 11th, the functioning of the entire Central Government departments, including Railways, Defence, Postal and all other Departments, will come to a grinding halt as the historic indefinite strike of Central Government employees begins at 6 AM on 11th July 2016. About 33 lakhs Central Government employees shall join the strike and about 40 lakhs Central Government Pensioners will stand behind them with solidarity and Support. The Central Trade Unions had already extended their full support. The State Government employees for whom the Central pay scales are implemented have also made it clear that they will be forced to join the strike, if Government refuses to settle the legitimate demands raised by National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) of Central Government Employees. NJCA comprising Railways, Defence, Confederation and Postal Federations, which is spear heading the struggle had already served strike notice on June 9th and country wide intensive preparations and campaign are going on in full swing. The 11 point charter of demands submitted to Government has listed the most important issues that are agitating the minds of the Central Government Employees. The 7th CPC recommendations are totally negative and retrograde. The minimum wage and fitment formula is kept at depressed stage by manipulating various factors of Aykroid formula. There are every indications to believe that the Government has intervened in the 7th CPC to make the recommendations in such a manner suit it to the “concerns expressed by the Finance Ministry”.Other recommendations like reduction in HRA rates, abolition of 52 allowances, discontinuance of all non-interest bearing advances, tightening the norms for grant of MACP, restriction imposed on salary for grant of child care leave, rejection of the demands of the pensioners including enhancement of fixed medical allowance are also totally negative and retrograde. Regarding the one and only favourable recommendation to grant parity in pension to pre-2006 pensioners, the Government has already expressed its unwillingness to accept the same for some flimsy reason like non-availability of records. The 7thC{C report was submitted on 19th November 2016. Already six months are over, since its submission to Government. The Government constituted an Empowered Committee of Secretaries under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary to study the recommendations of the 7th CPC and to submit final proposal to Cabinet for approval. The NJCA representing the JCM (National Council) Staff side expected that the Empowered Committee will negotiate with the staff side before coming to a final conclusion. Unfortunately the NDA Government led by BJP is not ready for a negotiated settlement. Empowered Committee called the staff side on 01.03.2016 and in that meeting the staff side was asked to present their view points on various issues listed in their memorandum. No discussion or negotiation was allowed. Government was not ready to disclose its mind on any of the demands raised by the staff side. In the above background the NJCA felt that the staff side is being humiliated by the Government and decided to give a fitting reply to the negative attitude of the NDA Government and the decision to go on indefinite strike from 11th July 2016 was declared. As far as Postal employees are concerned, noneof our demands are considered by the 7th Pay Commission. It simply rejected our demand for upgradation of pay scales of various cadres in the Postal department by saying – “There is no justification for upgrade”. Eventhough the Government and Chairman 7th CPC repeatedly refused to concede our demand for inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks under the purview of 7th CPC, surprisingly the 7th CPC has “carefully considered” the demand for grant of civil servant status to GDS and mercilessly rejected it. The NFPE, AIPEU-GDS and PJCA has submitted a detailed memorandum to Secretary, Department of Posts, demanding modifications in the recommendations of the 7th CPC on Postal employees. The PJCA has also served indefinite strike notice on 9th June 2016 and submitted the charter of demands to the Secretary, Departmental of Posts. Thus the battle lines are drawn. We cannot predict the attitude of the NDA Government towards the indefinite strike and we cannot rule out the possibility of Government unleashing repressive measures against the strike. Victimization and brutal repressive action by Government using even military and CRPF is not new to the Central Government employees. We are ready to face any vindictive action by the Government, but we will not and shall not go back from our decision to go on indefinite strike, until and unless the NDA Government concede the genuine and legitimate demands submitted by NJCA & PJCA. Let us be very firm and determined and unite the entire Central Government employees to ensure rock-like unity from top to bottom level and make the 11th July 2016 indefinite strike a thundering success

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Selection process for engagement to all approved categories of GDS posts -- Review thereof

Postal Directorate has raised the entry age to the GDS posts up to 40 years. Formation of 3 members committee for finalization of GDS selection also withdrawn.



From dhotis and turbans to baseball caps perhaps? A brief history of India Post’s uniforms

There was a time, not too long ago, when the khaki-clad postman with his satchel bursting with postcards and letters was the most popular visitor to any residential area.

Besides delivering telegrams to anxious recipients, and letters to families awaiting news from loved ones, the daakiya, as the postman is referred to in Hindi, was also privy to the secrets of many families, often having to read out letters to many of his illiterate customers.

The postman was a beloved figure in literature and popular culture too. In a short story by the chronicler of small-town India, RK Narayan, a postman held out on delivering bad news to a family so that a joyous wedding could go on without a glitch. 

In Bollywood, postmen jauntily rode around on bicycles, and the trring of their bells drew people out of their homes to check if the mailman had anything for them. A popular song, Daakiya daak laaya, sung by Kishore Kumar, featured Rajesh Khanna as the beloved postman in the film Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein.
Battle for relevance
Today, the postman seems an anachronism, struggling to stay relevant in the era of WhatsApp, email and private courier services that offer overnight trackable deliveries.

That’s perhaps one of the reasons why India Post has decided to smarten up its postmen with a proposal to replace the old-fashioned khaki with a more appealing colour, which is most likely to be teal, or blue-green. As part of this makeover, postmen are also likely to be armed with smartphones and tablets during deliveries. All this is part of India Post’s efforts to be more competitive in a logistics market driven by technology.

But this is not the first time India Post has attempted a makeover. In 2004, when the Indian Postal Service completed 150 years in India, the colour of its uniforms were changed to blue. However, the change didn’t last long. Khaki uniforms were reintroduced in 2012 after postmen protested. They felt that khaki gave their profession a sense of importance, and taking that away was like erasing their identity.

It’s not clear if the latest makeover proposal has addressed that fear.

Evolution of the postman

In any case, khaki wasn’t always the colour postmen donned. Even the design of postal uniforms has changed several times over the years with earlier mailmen wearing dhotis and turbans.

In a book titled The Post Office of India and its Story, published in 1921, author Geoffrey Clarke wrote how the uniform was a badge of honour for most postal employees. 
Clarke wrote: 

“It adds a certain amount of dignity to him and, like the soldier, he is the better man for having a distinctive badge of office.” He added: 

“There [wasn’t] any uniformity even in each circle about the uniforms supplied by Government. In one town red coats and blue turbans were seen, in another khaki coats and nondescript turbans, while the men who supplied themselves with uniforms presented at times the most extraordinary appearance. The pattern of postmen’s uniform has now been standardized for each circle….”Earlier, uniforms were more elaborate with mailmen decked in long, ink blue overcoats, red turbans and a belt. 

The image of a postman from Coleman's, 'Typical Pictures of Indian Natives' (1897). (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons).In his book, titled Typical Pictures of Indian Natives (1897), Frank Morris Coleman wrote:

"The familiar ‘rat-tat’ of the English postman is unknown in India, possibly because there are no knockers, and in many cases no doors. But we hear in its stead the remark of the butler, as he brings us our morning dak or English mail. 'Chitti hai…Government provides the men with a good serviceable blue dungaree uniform, and a waterproof cape during the monsoon. Sandals are worn more often than boots, and, when the rains arrive, the trousers are exchanged for knicker-bockers."
A stamp commissioned in 2012 and displayed at the Bihar Stamp Expo in 2012.In some parts of India, it was common to see postmen dressed in turbans and crisp dhotis. Over the years, the dhoti was abandoned for trousers and the turban gave way to Nehru caps. Now, if the latest proposal goes through, India’s postmen may soon sport baseball caps.

A postman photographed in Bombay, 1905. (Photo credit: Pinterest).

The Indian postman in 1910. (Photo credit: Pinterest).
A Bhil postman in 1900 (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons).

Public authorities should use India Post services, not private courier service

It is observed that several government-departments, public-authorities and public-sector-undertakings (PSUs) use private courier service rather than postal services. 

With premium postal-services like Speed Post now available at most post offices and destinations, it should be made compulsory for all bodies under central and state governments for compulsorily using only normal postal-services. Registered Post should be used at destinations not covered by premium Speed Post service. Postal Department should take up the matter with Department of Public Enterprises and others concerned.

In Focus Public sector services should be utilised by all public authorities as far as possible to encourage public sector and to prevent the public money from going to services under private sector. 

Postal department can also provide special privilege to Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) by introducing sponsored postal stamps against some minimum purchase of postal stamps where such sponsored postal stamps can carry design advertisements from these PSUs but only after being approved by the postal department. 

Such sponsored postal stamps can have some advertisement cost per stamp like in case of inland-letter cards and post cards. This idea will give increased revenue earning for postal department, and an advertisement-field for PSUs. 

However Speed Post tariffs will have to be rationalized and revised to be uniform for local and non-local services with equal tariff-rise for every additional 50 gms rise in slab-weight to compete charges of private courier services.



Cabinet Committee May Decide 7th Pay Commission Report On 29.6.2016 (Tomorrow)

15-20 % hike likely in Seventh Pay Commission, decision on Wednesday

Highly placed sources have told India Today that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the Finance Ministry to place the recommendations of the Cabinet Secretary’s report on the seventh Pay Commission in the next Cabinet meeting on June 29.

In what promises to be a big bonanza for central government employees, a hike of 15-20 per cent in salaries is expected to be proposed under the Seventh Pay Commission.

Highly placed sources have told India Today that Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked the Finance Ministry to place the recommendations of the Cabinet Secretary’s report on the seventh Pay Commission in the next Cabinet meeting on June 29.

Sources say that government employees are likely to get a pay hike of between 15-20 per cent over their current compensation with sources saying the recommendations of the pay commission are likely to be accepted by the Modi government.

In January, the government had set up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha to process the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission.

Over 98.4 lakh government employees will be impacted by the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations. This figure includes 52 lakh pensioners



N J C A    
  INDEFINITE STRIKE                                                                  INDEFINITE STRIKE
To go  on
    Against Retrograde recommendations of 7thCPC & in support        
of 11 Points Charter of Demands
ON 09.06.2016
1. Settle the issues raised by the NJCA on the recommendations of the 7 CPC sent  to Cabinet secretary vide letter dated 10th December 2015.
2. Remove the injustice done in the assignment of pay scales to technical/safety     categories etc., in Railways & Defence, different categories in other Central Govt. establishments by the 7 CPC.
3. Scrap the PFRDA Act and NPS and grant Pension/family Pension to all CG          employees under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 & Railways Pension Rules, 1993.
4.i) No Privatization/outsourcing /contractorisation of governmental functions.
(ii)Treat GDS as Civil Servants and extend proportional benefit on pension and  allowances to the GDS.
5. No FDI in Railways & Defence: No Corporatization of Defence Production Units and Postal Department.
6. Fill up all vacant posts in the government departments lift the ban on creation of posts; regularize the casual/contract workers.
7. Remove ceiling on compassionate ground appointments.
8. Extend the benefit of Bonus Act 1985 amendment on enhancement of payment  ceiling to the adhoc Bonus/PLB of Central Government employees with effect from the Financial year 2014-15.
9. Ensure five promotions in the service career of an employee.
10. Do not amend Labour Laws in the name of Labour Reforms which will take away the  existing benefits to the  workers.
11. Revive JCM functioning at all levels.



Saturday, June 25, 2016

Now, get stationery items from post offices

Vijayawada: The decision of India Post to implement its successful initiative in the city will give people the chance to buy a wide range of items from post offices. Mayor Koneru Sridhar and India Post officials inaugurated a 'Post Shoppe' stall in the HPO at Kaleswara Rao market here on Thursday.

Various sizes of envelopes, A4 papers, pens, staplers, scissors, glue sticks, CD / DVD / pen drives, mugs imprinted with image of stamps on Sachin Tendulkar and other famous persons, philately frames, stamp albums, picture postcards etc are available at the stall.

According to postmaster general M Sampath, people entering the building can henceforth buy stationery items from a special counter in the HPO. "Packaging materials, adhesives, sports accessories, cosmetic items, branded speed post stationery, gifts and stationeries are on offer. Customers can also take home souvenirs such as miniature letter boxes and coffee mugs with postal logos printed on them," he said.

India Post first implemented the initiative in Bangalore and its success prompted the department to do the same in other capitals including Hyderabad.

Postal service director K Somasundaram averred that 'Post Shoppe' will be a one-stop centre for all needs of customers. It provides good opportunity to have a glimpse of books authored by eminent writers and personalities. "The rates will differ from private-owned shops. The project will generate additional revenue for the department. In its initial stage, people will have to come here to shop and it will go online later," he explained.

Requesting citizens to avail the services available in post offices, the mayor lauded the GPO for implementing schemes started by the Union government.




Point 1: The main base for the non-accessibility of the Finacle server, is either with the Main server capacity or the programming done by the Infosys. Bandwidth alone is not the reason for the slowness in Finacle. So,server as in Railways has to be installed. If necessary post offices across the country may be divided into four zones and one server for each zone with inter accessibility may be installed. The bandwidth for single handed and other S.Os should be increased. To overcome the existing problem additional servers shall be provided to bear the load.

Reply : Since start of June 2016, performance of Finacle availability has shown considerable improvement. Option of adding additional Servers are also examined at Directorate level.

Point 2: From the date of migration, the Finacle server is not running promptly and takes very much time in processing even a single transaction.

Reply: Directorate has informed that WAR ROOM set up at Infosys campus Bangalore will continue to monitor the health of Finacle. DPS, SK Region Bangalore has been nominated as coordinator from the Department.
Report on inaccessibility/slowness issues is submitted on daily basis to Directorate for action
Since start of June 2016, performance of Finacle Server is satisfactory

Point 3: Agent portal is not working from last 10 days and not services of this portal is not resumed till date.

Reply: Agent portal was not working during month of May and now it is working smoothly. The issue was already taken up with Directorate and SB order was issued on this regards to accept the Agent schedule through BCP in case of slowness or inaccessibility.

Point 4: Variety of services in Finacle Server found to be inaccessible on routine basis. Whenever one error rectified, another appears in a consecutive manner.

Reply: Since start of June 2016, no such issues are occurring

Point 5: Finacle works on the principle of maker and checker, but in single hand offices where only one official works, this concept of maker and checker not seems to be logical. Either the concept of maker and checker should be scrapped or the concept of single hand offices should be abolished. All single hand SO’s should be upgraded to Double Hand SO’s.

Reply: Policy matter to be taken up with Directorate. In Finacle due to performance issue, Maker & checker concept has been adopted for all SOLs inspite of status. In single handed office , in fact it gives an opportunity to the SPM to check for correctness of transactions entered by him as CPA in his Supervisor ID.

Point 6: Whenever the deposits for SSA, SB and PPF is made, the transid directly enters into posted stage and no modification/deletion is possible in this stage. In the later stage supervisor finds any mistake during verification, the only way to get rid is the verification of that particular transid. For this the only solution is that the deposit made by counter clerk firstly has to enter in the entered stage which allows the rectification of any kind of mistake.

Reply: This will be taken up with Directorate for consideration

Point 7: DMCC is pressurizing to execute EOD on 2000 hours daily. And after this they are not providing any support to the staff who is working late hours in the night. Workload of transactions is that much that it is not possible to finish the work well before 2000 hours.

Reply: Instruction have been issued from Directorate not to enter any new transaction after 1700 Hrs. and regular verification of transaction by supervisors for timely completion of EOD.

In CPC Staff remain at CPC upto 10.30 pm and leave the office only after completion of Pre EOD and EOD First menu for all SOLs

Point 8: The following additional issues have also to be sorted out.
Sl. No.
Ensuring increase in capacity of Server / Core
Increase the capacity of Server and processor.  Upgradation may find a solution for slow access at user end level.

Reply:  To be decided at Directorate level

DC Closure
DC closure is not done on daily basis which results officials to wait beyond office hours and delay in executing HISCOD.

Reply:  Since May 2016, DC is getting closed before 7.00 am of the next working day and as of now there is no issue.

MIS reporting Server
MIS report Server is not at all accessible for most of the days.  Capacity of reporting server should be upgraded for easy access.

Reply: Daily report regarding inaccessibility is being reported to Directorate
SOL change menu option is to be given to Divisional System Administrator
Deputation or transfer orders are placed at DO level.  During deputation of a PA to other place, the SOL of a PA may be changed at DO level easily.

At present, it is being done at CPC and it gets delayed or changed after completion of deputation.

Reply: Matter has already been reported to Directorate by CircleOnce the security features are stabilized, delegation can be examined.

Now, Supervisor can release the CPA under their SOL only except at HOs.  All Supervisors under one HO may be permitted to release other Supervisors/CPAs under the same HO. 

Reply: Now users can release their already logged in ids themselves and this is in vogue since April 2016 itself.  Only for IDs which are getting locked due to entering wrong password (rare occasions) they have to approach CPC.

Prior intimation in case of particular menu is disabled during slowness time
Some menu options are being disabled for testing slowness of Finacle but the same is not properly communicated to gross root level.  Hence the CPAs keep on trying the menu without knowing the fact and in some times the same transaction is being done for more than one number of times. Without proper intimation, disabling of menus should not be done by infosys.
Reply:  Since June 2016 this issue has not occurred

Maintenance/ migration time
It is not clear that the slowness is because of migration/ DC closure.  Sometimes, restarting the server is needed at Data centre.

These types of works may be fixed by the end of the week and the server may be exclusively used for these purposes at that time.  In these situations, we may be intimated the fact and be asked not to do transactions at these time.

For instance, we may be asked to complete the works on before 1300 hrs on Saturdays.  After that, they may proceed with either maintenance work of Server or Migration activities without interruption.

Reply:  Since June 2016 performance issue is not faced and no restart of Service / Server made

Point 9:
  • In SSA, total deposit in a Financial year should not exceed Rs.1,50,000/- but there is no provision to stop any excess deposit in any single account. The official as well as the public suffers due to excess deposit in SSA account. Mechanism to disallow any excess deposit above the limit should be provided.
Reply: At present only PPF menu is used for SSA deposits and hence the issue. CEPT has already stated that when separate menu is enabled for SSA these validations will be enacted
  • For Cash Certificates, either the present system of Certificates with specified denomination has to be dispensed with as in banks for Fixed Deposit or Higher denomination up to Rs.100000/- to be introduced for all Post Offices as printing of cash certificates consumes much time.
Reply: Demat of certificate is already under consideration of Directorate
  • The supervisors should be given option to reconcile the errors committed by the clerks at counter while making deposit entry with reverse option as in PPF deposits.
Reply: While verification the Supervisors can check and option is there to delete the transactions which are wrongly made by the CPA if they are in entered state (other than SB& SSA) 
  • In RD accounts Pre Mature closure is not allowed if any advance deposits is made, till the lapse of the period up to which advance deposits has been made by the depositor. It denies the right of the depositor to close the account prematurely. Provision may be made to close the accounts with advance deposits with provision to recover the rebate given for the advance deposits.
Reply: This will be taken up with Directorate for making changes in Software

Implementation Of Action On Mc Camish Issues

Issues raised by Union
Many Policies appear in system admin queue even after disbursement is aid as there is no power to system admin then why there is system admin queue and for each such case CPC have to raise ticket.
No such case reported by CPC to CLST. However, the correct procedure for disbursement through system needs to be followed.
There is no provision to view the reports of BO’s of HO’s in McCamish due to which HO’s are unable to tally the Bo summary with McCamish
Action is taken by PLI Directorate
No deployments of posts have been done from the administrative offices to CPC’s whereas all the work relating to insurance have been delegated to operative office. All CPC’s are working without establishment from the strength of HO’s and adequate staff is also not deployed at CPC’s
Deployment of additional supervisory posts consequent to cadre restructuring of Group “C” will be examined.
Issues for which tickets are raised are not resolved a earliest, sometimes issues are resolved after 20 days
Escalation matrix has been provided to get the issue resolved within the time frame prescribed.
There are good number of APS policies which are not migrated to McCamish software
All the policies which were available in the database of Tamilnadu Circle have been migrated.
Out of 30 days of month reports are not accessible in almost 10-15 days at evening when the offices have tally their accounts. Sometimes offices have to kept the money out of account and tally the accounts on next day
Stability and availability of McCamish is being monitored and corrective action is being taken at the PLI Directorate Level.
There is no difference between PLI and RPLI policy numbers as far as new accepted policies concerned, so as to get the print outs in the relevant PD document
Nature of Policy can be selected in print Bond queue. However, this suggestion has been submitted to Directorate to include in the next releases.
Similar in case of AEA, GY, Children Policies, WLA, WLA etc., where in NIC it can be differentiated.
While indexing new RPLI proposals are counters, collection head is defaulted set as PLI and it is very difficult to refund the same if it is wrongly generated as PLU since for the said type of work as usual (i) folder is to be created (ii) ECMS work is too be completed (iii) Data Entry Work is to be done by giving irrelevant information- then only the same can be rejected at Quality Checker stage and it takes minimum 10 days to refund the amount
Premium collection and indexing should be done carefully. However, the time period of 10 days will get reduced with improvement in McCamish server.
In most of days, though entry has been made in data entry and submitted properly, the status of the said policy/proposal will show as “data entry reserved” only.
Issue has been currently resolved
If the address of the insurant is to be changed, letter only is generated but the same could not be viewed in policy document which is very essential.
Policy Document is Permanent Document and no correction in connection with address is permissible. This is in line with the industry practice.
Instructions have been issued to scan old PLI /RPLI documents for digitization with time frame.  High speed scanners are not available and it is not possible to scan with the existing scanner.
Proposal for funds have been taken up with PLI Directorate
Slowness in application, even collection could not be done properly
Issue has not been reported last 10 days
Request not moving forward from one stage to another and it take too much time to load
Issue has not been reported last 10 days
New Business Indexing could not be done.
Issue has not been reported last 10 days
CSV updates are in pending status from last four days.
Issue has not been reported last 10 days
ECMS correction stage error
Issue has not been reported last 10 days
Letter generation issue is there
Issue has not been reported last 10 days
Policy bond is not generated for the proposal request approved
Issue has not been reported last 10 days
Premium collected from 10/03/2016 is not posted to the consent policies
Issue has not been reported last 10 days
Many policies status is not changed
Issue has not been reported last 10 days
Multiple receipt has been generated for the same period for the same policies
Issue has not been reported last 10 days