Friday, December 19, 2014

RAJYA SABHA QUESTION ON 7th PAY COMMISSION

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
                                                               MINISTRY OF FINANCE     
                                                                    RAJYA SABHA
              QUESTION NO 230
ANSWERED ON 25.11.2014
7th Pay Commission
230 SHRI SHANTARAM NAIK

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to satate :-a) the details of meetings, the 7th Pay Commission has taken so far and the items/issues discussed till date;

b) the States, visited, by the Commission if any till date and the States which the Commission proposes to visit;
c) whether the Commission proposes to take the views of the State Governments as regards their pay-scales since invariably, most of the States adopt the Central Pay Commission reports;

d) whether Commission proposes to submit any interim report;
e) whether the Commission proposes to make any recommendations to bring in financial transparency; and
f) if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER
SHRI JAYANT SINHA
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE

(a)&(b): The 7th Central Pay Commission is required to make its recommendations on its Terms of Reference. Also, the Commission is to devise its own procedure. The Commission’s Terms of Reference do not enjoin upon it to keep the Government updated on its functioning and the procedure being followed by it during the course of its deliberations. 

(c ): The Terms of Reference of the Commission provide that the Commission will make its recommendations, keeping in view, inter alia, the likely impact of the recommendations on the finances of the State Governments, which usually adopt the recommendations with some modifications.

(d)to(f): The Commission is required to submit its report on its Terms of Reference. However, no Report, including any interim one, has so far been submitted by the Commission.

ALTERATION OF DATE OF BIRTH OF A GOVERNMENT SERVANT - REITERATION OF THE INSTRUCTIONS

ALTERATION OF DATE OF BIRTH OF A GOVERNMENT SERVANT - REITERATION OF THE INSTRUCTIONS


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NO REDUCTION IN RETIREMENT AGE

Min of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

NO REDUCTION IN RETIREMENT AGE

          There is no proposal under consideration of Government to reduce the retirement age from 60 to 58 years for its employees.
          The retirement age for Central Government employees was revised from 58 to 60 years in 1997 on the basis of recommendations of the 5th Central Pay Commission.
        The Centre’s total wages and salaries bill for its employees for the year 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 is Rs. 85,963.50 crore, Rs. 92,264.88 crore and Rs. 1,04,759.71 crore, respectively.
        This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to Sardar Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Dr. T Subbarami Reddy and Smt. Ambika Soni in Rajya Sabha, today. 
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Condition of working women: Equal Remuneration Act, Maternity Benefit Act, Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojna....

Condition of working women: Equal Remuneration Act, Maternity Benefit Act, Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojna, Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013  - Rajya Sabha Q&A

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF  WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
RAJYA SABHA
QUESTION NO  605
ANSWERED ON  27.11.2014
Condition of working women

605      SHRIMATI KANAK LATA SINGH
Will the Minister of WOMEN AND 
CHILD DEVELOPMENT be pleased to satate :-
(a) whether it is a fact that instead of improvement in the condition of working women, drastic fall in their number has been registered;

(b) earlier working women were holding 101st position whereas the position of working women in India has been recorded much below in the list of 142 countries, the details thereof;

(c) the steps being taken by the Ministry to enhance the number of working women and whether these steps have not been helpful; and

(d) if so, whether Government will review these steps and enforce it in an effective manner?
            

ANSWER
           
(a) & (b): Estimates of employment and unemployment are obtained through labour force surveys conducted by National Sample Survey (NSS) Office, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation. According to the NSS surveys 2011-2012, The workforce Participation Rates of male is 54.4 % and Women 21.9 % which indicates that the workforce Participation Rates for women is lower than for male.

(c) & (d): Equal Remuneration Act, 1973 provides for payment of equal remuneration to men and women workers for the same work or work of similar nature without any discrimination. In order to ensure social security to the workers including women in the unorganised sector, the Government has enacted the Unorganised Workers’ Social Security Act, 2008. A National Social Security Board is constituted at the central level to recommend social security schemes viz. life and disability cover, health and maternity benefits, old age protection and any other benefit as may be determined by the Government for unorganised workers including women.

The Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 regulates employment of women in certain establishments for a certain period (12 weeks) before and after childbirth and provides for maternity and other benefits. Such benefits are aimed to protect the dignity of motherhood by providing for the full and healthy maintenance of women and her child when she is not working.

Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY) scheme is being implemented as Conditional Maternity Benefit (CMB) for pregnant and lactating women to improve their health and nutrition status to better enabling environment by providing cash incentives to pregnant and nursing mothers to partly compensate wage loss both prior to and after delivery.

The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 has been enacted, which cover all women, irrespective of their age or employment status and protect them against sexual harassment at all workplaces both in public and private sector, whether organized or unorganized. In order to improve the employability a Skill Development ministry has been especially created.


Source: RajyaSabha.nic.in

Monday, December 1, 2014

RAJYA SABHA QUESTION on Improvement in efficiency of Postal Services

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF  COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
RAJYA SABHA
QUESTION NO  684
ANSWERED ON  28.11.2014
Improvement in efficiency of postal services
684Shri A.U. Singh Deo
Will the Minister of COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to satate :-
(a) whether Government has proposed plans to improve efficiency of postal services, if so, the details thereof;

(b) whether Government is planning any Public Private Partnership model in postal services, if so, the details thereof;

(c) if not, the reasons therefor;

(d) whether there is any proposal to raise employment in postal services for rural areas, if so, the details thereof; and

(e) if not, the reasons therefor?
ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
(SHRI RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD)

(a) Yes, Sir.

Performance of Post Offices is monitored on selected Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) on Mails, Savings Bank and Money Orders through a web based mechanism.

The Government has undertaken the following steps to improve efficiency of Postal Services by:

(i) Introduction of a Mail Network Optimization Project (MNOP), for consolidation and optimization of operational network.
(ii) Process redesigning at Speed Post Hubs and Intra Circle Hubs.
(iii) Strengthening of end –to-end online tracking system, resulting in increase in online tracking.
(iv) Regular performance review of all Postal Circles.

(b) & (c) No Sir.
(d) & (e) There is no new proposal to raise fresh employment in postal services for Branch Post Offices situated in rural areas. In fact, whenever any vacancy arises in any Departmental cadre, irrespective of its location in rural area or urban area, the same is filled up as per the provisions of the Recruitment rules of that particular cadre. Till filling up of vacancy, the work of the post is managed by redistribution/combination of duties and temporary attachment of personnel from other Post offices etc.
There are sufficient numbers of sanctioned posts of Gramin Dak Sevak (GDS) employees in rural areas. In addition, the Department has recently directed for expeditious filling up of all vacant posts of Gramin Dak Sevak Branch Postmasters.

LOK SABHA QUESTION regarding e-Governance & Digital India Programme




GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
LOK SABHA
UNSTARREDQUESTION NO101
ANSWERED ON  24.11.2014
SERVICES UNDER E GOVERNANCE
101 .Chauhan Shri Devusinh Jesingbhai
Will the Minister ofCOMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGYbe pleased to state:-


(a) whether the Government has prepared a road-map for complete e-Governance of services in the country and if so, the details thereof;

(b) the total funds earmarked for the purpose during the last three years and the current year;

(c) the total number of services covered under e-Governance particularly at the infrastructure level;

(d) the details of benefits likely to be accrued to rural people through the scheme; and

(e) the time by which e-Governance facilities are likely to be provided across the country including rural areas?
ANSWER

MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (SHRI RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD)

(a): Government of India has launched the “Digital India” programme with a vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society and a knowledge economy. Under the Digital India programme, Government has proposed to implement e-Kranti which envisages provisioning of various e-governance services in the country. The focus of the e- Kranti plan is to transform the e-Governance services by expanding the portfolio of Mission Mode Projects (MMPs) in e-Governance under various Government Departments, undertaking Government Process Reengineering (GPR), Cloud Deployment, Mobile enablement and work flow automation.

(b): The funds earmarked for the purpose for e-governance during the last 3 years and the current year are as below:
Sr. Year  BE  RE  Actual
No.   (in Rs.  (in Rs.  (in Rs
   crore)  crore)  crore)
1 2011-12  1087.31  351.61  256.17
2 2012-13  975.00  450.00  416.58
3 2013-14  700.00  385.00  378.92
4 2014-15  1230.00    485.29(as on 14.11.2014)

(c): Under the National e-Governance Plan, it has been planned to provide 252 services under 31 Mission Mode Projects (MMPs) covering various sectors. Out of these, 222 services have been made operational. To support these services at infrastructure level, core Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure consisting of State Wide Area Networks (SWANs), State Data Centres (SDCs), Common Services Centres (CSCs) and State Services Delivery Gateway (SSDG) have been set up in various States/UTs.

(d): The electronic services are being made available to all the citizens in rural areas through Common Services Centres (CSCs). Currently, 1.36 lakh CSCs are operational across the entire country. Electronic services are also being delivered through the mobile platform.

(e): The e-Kranti component under the Digital India programme envisages expansion of the portfolio of Mission Mode Projects (MMPs) in e-Governance to cover more departments. The various MMPs under e-Kranti have their own plan and schedule of implementation for their projects. 

India Post collects over Rs 280 crore via Cash-on-Delivery for e-commerce firms

Within a year of joining the e-commerce bandwagon as a distribution channel, government entity India Post has transacted business worth Rs 280 crore in the Cash-on-Delivery (CoD) segment alone for firms like Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon.


While the amount of revenue generated for itself could not be ascertained, government officials said India Post is very keen on developing its e-commerce related services as a major revenue model going ahead.

"India Post collected over Rs 280 crore from consumers and gave it to e-commerce firms, since CoD facility was started in December 2013. The department with its huge network can serve as the best agency for not just delivering products, but also collecting money," a government official said.

However, this is a small chunk of the overall market size for e-commerce in India, which runs into billions of dollars already and is growing at a fast pace every year.

CoD has emerged as one of the most sought after services for e-commerce entities and 50-75 per cent of orders are placed with various online retailers with this payment option, while the remaining opt for credit card or bank payments.

In India, customers tend to prefer CoD as the online payment modes are yet to catch up in many parts of the country while many people are not comfortable with advance payments for products purchased online.

India Post's cash handling services like core banking solutions, money transfer and a robust account system can further help e-commerce firms in collecting cash from users in urban as well as rural areas, the official said.

India Post has about 1.55 lakh post offices, making it the world's largest postal network. On an average, a post office serves 21.21 sq km area and about 7,175 people.

Another official said various e-commerce firms have been using India Posts CoD facility since it was introduced. Firms like Flipkart, Snapdeal, Amazon, Shopclues, Naaptol, Telebrands and Homeshop18 are some of them.

India Post has set up booking counters in the premises of some customers like Amazon and Naaptol, while for Snapdeal it is exploring setting up of e-commerce booking kiosks in post office locations.

Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has also said previously that India Post is best suited to offer delivery services to e-commerce players, given its wide reach across rural, urban and semi-urban areas.

The Minister has directed officials from the Department of Posts to focus on opportunities in e-commerce sector.


India Post is also ramping up its infrastructure to grab a major chunk of the distribution, delivery or logistics, which will touch about $9 billion by 2021. According to market experts, e-commerce business in India was about $6 billion in value in 2012 and is expected to touch $76 billion by 2021 of which distribution, delivery and logistics constitutes around 12 per cent.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Pre-implementation activities towards preparedness of Branch Post Office for Rural ICT implementation:-

  I.        The BO should have table to place the Handheld Device and for charging the device.

 II.        The electrical power connection is required to charge the Solar UPS wherever power is available. In the locations where electrical power is not available, the UPS will be charged from Solar Panel.

  III.        The locations where electrical power connection is there, it should have proper earthing and with one or two plug points along with on/off switch.

   IV.        The above site preparation is to be done before the roll out starts for the particular Division.

    V.        The data on BO such as the name of the BPMcontact detailsaddress of the BO with land marks etc. may be updated and kept ready.

   VI.        The availability of the network connectivity (Vodafone/ BSNL / Airtel etc.)at the BO location may also accessed and the best signal available in the BO may be identified and kept in order to facilitate the Vendor with details to drive best out of the project. If the network signal is not available, we have to identify as Off-line BO.

 VII.        Similarly identification of the BOs where the solar UPS is not required due to installation problems of the solar panel or good power availability for more than 6 hours daily, has to be also done.  

To view the format for collection of desired information in respect of Branch Post Offices please click here

The complete information in respect of all BOs is to be uploaded to the specific webpage domain name (to be circulated shortly) on the India Post website by 30-12-2014.


Source : Department of Posts (RB Division) Letter No.01-07/2014-RB dated 27-11-2014. 

The format for collection of desired information in respect of Branch Post Offices :
Format for getting information from Branch Post Offices

Name of Branch Post Office:
Name of Sub Post Office:
Name of Head Post Office:
Name of Division:
Name of Region:
Name of the Circle:
S. No.
Information Required
Information
1.
Name of the BPM

2.
Educational qualification of the BPM

3
English Knowledge of BPM:
i.                 Read and Write
ii.                Read
iii.              Cannot read and write

4.
Contact Details(Mobile no., email ID)

5.
Address of the B.O. with landmark

6
Timing of B.O.

7.
Staff Strength

8.
Where is B.O. situated:
i.                 In BPM ‘s house
ii.                In Panchayat office
iii.              Any other place, pl specify

9.
Accessibility of B.O. :
i.                 Distance from Panchayat Office
ii.                Distance from Market
iii.              Distance from Railway Station
iv.              Distance from Bus Stand/BusStop

10.
Whether a vacant Departmental plot is available in the village in which B.O. is located:
i.                 Yes
ii.                No

11.
Whether Panchayat  office is located in the village:
i.                 Yes
ii.                No

12.
Whether B.O. is housed in a Pucca (cemented structure) premises:
i.                 Yes
ii.                No

13.
Whether separate space is available in the premises for Post Office work:
i.                 Yes
ii.                No

14.
Whether electric power connection is available in the B.O.:
i.                 Yes
ii.                No

15.
Availability of Electricity in the village:

i.                 Upto 6 hrs.
ii.                More than 6 hrs.
iii.              Village not electrified

16.
Which telephone network is available in village:
i.                 BSNL
ii.                Vodafone
iii.              Airtel
iv.              Aircel
v.               Idea
vi.              Reliance
vii.            Any other, pl specify
viii.           None

17.
Total No. of Savings accounts:             (Including MGNREGA, Pension etc.)

18.
Total No. of RD Accounts

19.
Total No. of RPLI & PLI Policies  :

20.
Total  Transactions per day :
(Avg.of the all transactions of peak month )

21.
Registered Articles/Speed Post :           
( Delivery and Booking avg. per month)

22.
Money Orders
(All MOs booking and delivery avg. per month)

23.
Avg. Cash transaction per day 

24.
Whether cash chest is available in B.O. :
i.                 Yes
ii.                No