Monday, February 20, 2017

GS visit to Directorate

GS and CHQ Treasurer visited Directorate on 16-2-2017 and 17-2-2017 and met with senior officers and discussed the following cases with them.

1.   Issue of final combined seniority list of Inspector Posts cadre for the year 2001 and 2002 and remaining years.

Directorate vide memo No. 7-1/2015-SPB-II dated 17/5/2016 has circulated draft All India combined seniority list of Inspector Posts for the year 2001 and 2002 and requested to intimate discrepancies noticed therein. Thereafter Directorate vide Memo No. 7-1/2015-SPB-II dated 09th June 2016 has again circulated revised seniority list to all HOCs with a direction to circulate among all the candidates for inviting comments/grievances. In response to above letters huge number of representations are said to have been received at Directorate and most of them are examined at SPB Division in the light of DoPT OM No. 28011/6/76-Estt (D) dated 24.6.1978 and 20011/8/2012-Estt (D) dated 04-03-2014. Now, file is under preparation for seeking clarification from DoPT. After receipt of clarification from DoPT, final seniority list will be circulated and thereafter on the same line, remaining years seniority lists will be prepared.

2.   Holding of supplementary DPC for promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B for the year 2016-17.

Directorate vide Memo No. 9-14/2016-SPG dated 09-12-2016 has appointed 105 Inspector Line Officers on regular basis in PS Gr. B cadre, but few circles have yet not implemented orders. Further few circles have not submitted the report on joining as well declination by the promote officers to SPG section of Directorate. Till date only 5 declinations are said to be received from officers. Directorate is going to remind all HoCs soon to submit clear report on joining / declination of officers and thereafter supplementary DPC will be convened.

3.   Issue of revised Recruitment Rules for the post of Assistant Manager in MMS and filling up of vacant post of Dy. Manager MMS.

RRs are said to finalised. Two posts of Dy. Manager MMS are vacant and it will be filed up soon.

4.   Inter Circle Rule 38 transfer cases of Inspector Posts cadre.

Most of the cases settled. Due to non availability of vacancies in few circles, the requests of the candidates are pending and these will be considered when vacancy occurs.  The individual candidate/s may take up issue through proper channel to Directorate. Their cases will be considered on availability of vacancies in the circle.

5.   Holding of periodical meeting with Hon’ble Secretary (Posts).

Agenda already submitted by Association. Reports from DDG (P) and Sr. DDG (Vig) awaited. Asked to write reminder.

6.   Clerical Assistance to Sub Divisional Head.

SPG Division has called for report from Establishment Division. The matter is under examination at Establishment Division.

7.   Declaration of result of Inspector Posts examination for the vacancy year 2015-16.

LDCE for promotion to the cadre of Inspector Posts (66.66%) departmental quota for the year 2015-16 was held on 22 and 23-10-2016 for 189 vacancies (OC-155, SC-26 and ST-8). The provisional key of the question papers was already published by the Department on India Post website and representation thereon if any was called for from candidates till 6-1-2017. Huge quantity of representations are said to be received from candidates. Department have already formed committee to examine all the representations received from candidates. The report from committee is yet to receive at Directorate. FINAL KEY will be expected thereafter. To clear all these exercise, minimum one month’s time is required.

8.   Declaration of result of PS Gr. ‘B’ examination for the vacancy year 2012-13 to 2015-16.

Many representations are received thereon and all these are under examination. To examine the representations received from candidates, department is going to form a committee who will examine the representations and give final report to Department. Thereafter FINAL KEY will be published on department’s website. It is told that there are many CAT cases registered at various benches and they stayed declaration of results till outcome. In one case stay is said to be granted till April 2017.


9.   DPC for holding of JTS Gr. A promotion for the year 2016-17 and repatriation thereof.

UPSC has raised query and same is being replied soon by the department. Earlier it was told that there were 11 vacancies but now there is chance to increase. The officers who have completed two years of service will only get repatriation to his/her parent circle. Spouse category cases are also said to be considered this time.

Many other pending cases related to cadre are discussed with the concerned officers. The case of cadre restructuring is also discussed at length and the officers have shown positive to our proposed proposal. The proposal is being submitted soon.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Ernakulam CAT case : Reply filed by Association to the counter reply to Ministry of Finance



BEFORE THE HONOURABLE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNAL ERNAKULAM BENCH

C.P./180/00137/ 2016

IN

O.A./180/00289/2013

All India Association of Inspector of Posts &
Assistant Superintendent of Posts and others        : Petitioners/Applicants 

            Vs.

Ashok Lavasa                                                        :  Respondent/Respondemt

AFFIDAVIT FILED BY THE PETITIONERS

I, Niranjan Kumar, S/o. Sri. Suresh Prasad Sah, aged 34 years, Assistant Superintendent of Post Offices, Kerala Circle (presently working on deputation as Deputy Manager, Centre for  Excellence in Postal Technology, Mysore) residing at Quarter No. III/3, PTC Campus Staff Quarters, PTC Mysore, Karnataka-570 010 having come down to Ernakulam do hereby solemnly affirm and state as follows:

1. I am the 3rd petitioner in the above Contempt petition. I am conversant with the facts of the case. I am swearing this affidavit for and behalf of the petitioners 1 and 2 also. I am authorised to do so. 

2. It is submitted that an affidavit has been filed by the respondent seeking to close the above Contempt Petition (Civil) stating that Annexure P-1 Order has been fully complied with. It is submitted that the above statement is one made knowingly to mislead this Hon'ble Tribunal. In Annexure P-1 Order this Hon'ble Tribunal had considered the legal and factual position relating to the need for reckoning the functional parity between the Inspector Posts and the analogous post under CBDT and CBEC and accordingly directed the respondent No.1 (respondent herein) to send Annexure A-19 Order along with the representation made by the 1st Applicant Association, the recommendations made by the Department of Posts thereon along with copies of the relevant portion of the 4th, 5th and 6th Central Pay Commission recommendations regarding the pay of Inspector (Posts) to the Member-Secretary of the 7th CPC requesting to making appropriate recommendations. It has been further directed that Respondent No.1 shall also submit an explanation before the 7th CPC as to why despite the Cabinet Resolution accepting the recommendations in paragraph 7.6.14 of the report of the 6th CPC, the officials in the Finance Ministry took a different view and also under what authority the said official made such notings in Annexure A-22 file Note. In the event the 7th Pay Commission has reached the final stage of its proceedings and is not in a position to include this matter in its report, then the Finance Secretary/ 1st respondent shall at his level consider the matter as directed by this Hon'ble Tribunal in OA No. 381/2010 keeping in view the detailed proposal with justification submitted by the Department of Posts, the detailed observations made by this Hon'ble Tribunal in the earlier O.A and also the above order and shall pass a detailed speaking order addressing all these points within 30 days from the date of receipt of a copy of the Order. Admittedly, the 7th Central Pay Commission was already finalised in October, 2015 before the implementation of Annexure P-1 Order. Therefore, the respondent herein is duty bound to consider the matter as directed by this Hon'ble Tribunal in OA No. 381/2010 keeping in view the detailed proposal with justification submitted by the Department of Posts, the detailed observations made by this Hon'ble Tribunal in the earlier O.A and also Annexure P-1 Order and to pass a detailed speaking order addressing all these points within 30 days from the date of receipt of a copy of the Order. The copy of Annexure P-1 Order was admittedly received by the respondent in May, 2016. However, no orders passed by the respondent till date. The acceptance of the recommendations of the 7th CPC by the Cabinet Committee for approval of the Government has nothing to do with the above direction and therefore, the deliberate action of the respondent herein in not passing speaking Order regarding the entitlement of the Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/- to the Inspector Posts with effect from 01-01-2006 is contumacious and is liable to be proceeded under the Contempt of Court Act. 

3. All other averments made in the affidavit is devoid of any force or merit. The respondent herein did not comply with the positive directions contained in Annexure P-1 Order of this Honourable Tribunal and the attempt to defeat and defy the directions of this Honourable Tribunal and the conduct of the respondents in attempting to overreach the Orders of this Honourable Tribunal is an instance of defying the lawful authority of this Honourable Tribunal and is a clear interference with the course of justice. The respondents have rendered themselves liable to be proceeded under the Contempt of Court Act by employing subterfuge and attempting to get the CCC (P) closed by relying on the orders issued by the Government accepting the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission with effect from 01-01-2016, which has nothing to do with the entitlement of the Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/- to Inspector Posts with effect from 01-01-2006.  

All the above facts are true to the best of my knowledge, information and belief.
Dated this the 29th day of January, 2016

DEPONENT

Solemnly affirmed and signed before me by the deponent on this the 29th day of January, 2016 in my office at Ernakulam.

ADVOCATE

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

CWC Meeting on 26.02.2017 at Vijayawada



Appointment of interim MD & CEO of the India Post Payments Bank.

Govt allocates Rs500 crore to India Post Payments Bank

New Delhi: The government has allocated Rs500 crore to India Post Payments Bank for the financial year 2017-18 as it gears up to set up 650 branches across country by September 2017.
The government has allocated Rs125 crore as “capital infusion into corporate entity for India Post Payments Bank” and Rs375 crore as “grant in aid to India Post Payments Bank (IPPB)”, as per Output-Outcome Framework for Schemes 2017-18 for the department of posts (DoP) released on Monday.
India Posts is the second entity to roll out payments bank—though on a pilot basis—in Raipur and Ranchi, after Airtel that has earmarked Rs3,000 crore as initial investment for pan-India operations with an interest rate of 7.25% on deposits. Besides, Airtel is offering free money transfer from Airtel to Airtel numbers within Airtel Bank, money transfer to any bank account in the country.
The IPPB will offer an interest rate of 4.5% on deposits up to Rs25,000; 5% on deposits of Rs25,000-50,000 and 5.5% on Rs50,000-1,00,000. The total paid up equity of the new bank IPPB is Rs 800 crore, of which the government has already infused Rs275 crore.
Payments banks can accept deposits up to Rs1 lakh per account from individuals and small businesses. The new model of banking allows mobile firms, super market chains and others to cater to banking requirements of individuals and small businesses. The allocation to IPPB is part of Rs1,034.13 crore earmarked for the department of posts. The second big chunk of the total allocation, Rs279.6 crore, has been allocated for providing IT hardware and software in identified rural areas for improved access to services and customer satisfaction, resulting in increase in customer transactions, traffic and revenue.
The DoP has been allocated Rs110.83 crore for establishing e-commerce, parcel booking, international business centres, Rs73.5 crore for estates management, Rs32 crore for mail operations and Rs17.7 crore for equipments and IT infrastructure in rural post offices. The government has allocated Rs3.8 crore for setting up 246 offices and 200 outlets for providing better access to communication and financial services.
Source : livemint.com

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Hydpex 2017 at Hyderabad from 10.02.2017 to 11.02.2017

District Level Philately Exhibition Hydpex - 2017 Started on 10.02.2017 for Two Days. For this Exhibition Brig. B. Chandrasekhar, Chief Postmaster General, Telangana Circle attended as chief Guest, Brig. P. K. Sharma, Commandant, AOC Centre attended as Guest of Honor.  To this Exhibition Dr. P. V. S. Reddy, Postmaster General, Hyderabad Head Quarters Region, Dr. Vennam Uppender, Director of Postal Services, Hyderabad Region and some other officers were attended









Thursday, February 09, 2017

Removal of limits on withdrawal of cash from Saving Bank Accounts
RBI/2016-17/224
DCM (Plg) 3107/10.27.00/2016-17
February 08, 2017
All Banks
Dear Madam / Sir,
Removal of limits on withdrawal of cash from Saving Bank Accounts
Please refer to our circular DCM (Plg) 2905/10.27.00/2016-17 dated January 30, 2017 on the captioned subject.
2. In the wake of withdrawal of Specified Bank Notes (SBNs) since November 09, 2016 Reserve Bank had placed certain limits on cash withdrawals from Savings / Current / Cash credit /Overdraft accounts and withdrawals through ATMs. On a review of the pace of remonetisation, Reserve Bank partially restored status quo ante by removing the restrictions on cash withdrawals from Current / Cash credit / Overdraft accounts and ATMs effective January 31, 2017 and February 01, 2017 respectively. However, the limits on cash withdrawal from Savings Bank accounts continued to be in place.
3. In line with the pace of remonetisation, it has now been decided to remove the restrictions on cash withdrawals from Saving Bank accounts (including accounts opened under PMJDY) in a two step process as under:
  1. Effective February 20, 2017, the limits on cash withdrawals from the Savings Bank accounts will be enhanced to ₹ 50,000 per week (from the current limit of ₹ 24,000 per week); and
  2. Effective March 13, 2017, there will be no limits on cash withdrawals from Savings Bank accounts.
4. Please acknowledge receipt.
Yours faithfully,
(P Vijaya Kumar)
Chief General Manager

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Revision of provisional pension sanctioned under Rule 6 of the CCS(Pcnsion) Rules, 1972.

Central Government Employees expect 2% DA for January 2017

New Delhi: Central government employees expect a 2 percent dearness allowance in the salary from January 2017.

As per a blog of central government employees, "In case All India Consumer Price Index(AICPIN) is less than 277 for Nov and Dec 2016, then Dearness Allowance from January 2017 will be 2 percent. The employees feel that due to the impact of demonetisation, AICPIN Value may be volatile in the coming months.

The AICPIN for December 2016 was released by the Labour Department on January 31 at 275.

Though this is not the final figure because the Union are protesting against the DA %, added the blog.

The move is likely to bring relief to around 50 lakh employees working with the central government as well as 58 lakh more pensioners.

Provision of dearness allowance and dearness relief is made to the employees and pensioners so as to neutralise the effect of price rise on their salary and saving. 

Source : http://zeenews.india.com/

Friday, February 03, 2017

After Budget, Govt To Announce Higher Allowances In March

New Delhi: The government is expected to announce higher allowances for 4.8 million central government employees and 5.2 million pensioners in March with a view to give a boost to its employees.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is expected to announce the higher allowances in mid-March.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is expected to announce the higher allowances in mid-March.
After Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday in his Budget speech announced the reduction of the existing rate of taxation for salaried class with income ranging between Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh to 5% instead of 10%.
the Finance Minister also said in his budget that there would be zero tax liability for people getting income up to Rs 3 lakhs p.a. and the income tax liability will only be Rs 2,500 for people with income between Rs 3 and Rs 3.5 lakhs.
The Finance Ministry is hopeful for the announcement of higher allowances in March after the completion of five states assemblies’ poll process as the model code of conduct has come into effect from January 4, the sources in the Ministry told us on condition of anonymity.
They also said higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations should implement which would give them some financial comfort, a step they had hoped might be taken to implement in April in new financial year.
The implementation is to come in April after nine to ten months of getting basic pay hike of the central government employees.
Sources, however, said the government had no plan to give allowances in arrears from August for the central government employees.
“There’s no arrears on allowances will be given to employees,” they confirmed.
The pay commission had recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances.
So the government hiked the basic pay and referred hike in allowances other than dearness allowance to the ‘Committee on Allowances’ headed by the Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa for examination.
The ‘Committee on Allowances’ has finalized the report on the allowances in October, however the government gave extension the committee till February 22, 2017 to submit its report for getting normalized the cash crunch period.
After getting the report on the allowances, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is expected to announce the higher allowances in mid-March.
source : The Sen times 

7th Pay Commission: Centre to hike allowances of Central Govt employees from April 1, says NJCA convenor

New Delhi, February 2: A day after Budget 2017 was tabled in the Parliament by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the Central Government employees were upset as the Union Minister nowhere mentioned any increase in the hike of allowances in the 7th Pay Commission. But the members of National Joint Action Committee (NJCA) are an optimist about the implementation of 7CPC and believe that the government will come up with some positive news on April 1. The NJCA also believe that the Union Government will be implementing the 7CPC latest by April 1, after the end of financial year.


On Wednesday, the central government employees were gripped with pessimism after Arun Jaitley made no reference to the anomalies related to 7CPC in his Budget speech. “All of us were eagerly waiting for Finance Minister to make some announcement on minimum wages. But after Mr Jaitley’s speech ended without mentioning a single word about the increase in the minimum wage, most of us were upset,” Shiv Gopal Mishra, NJCA chief said to India.com.


He further added, “The government may implement the 7CPC by April 1 and their demand to increase the minimum wage will also be implemented. If the government fails to increase minimum wages from Rs 18,000 to Rs 25,000 then we will launch a massive protest against the government”.


The NJCA has been actively involved with the Centre where they are seeking a revision of minimum salary from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000. The NJCA members and its conveyor had also met Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, a day after the implementation of 7CPC and had kept their demands in front of senior leaders.


Shiv Gopal Mishra is quite optimist about the hike in allowances of government employees but he is not sure that their demands of raising the minimum wage would be fulfilled by the government.


On Wednesday, most of the senior central government employees were eagerly waiting for the Budget speech as most of them expected the Finance Minister to speak on the 7CPC.


On July 1, 2016, the 7th Pay Commission was approved by the Union Cabinet. The date of implementation was fixed by the high-powered committee as for January 1, 2016. From the month of July, the central government employees were provided with the hiked salaries, along with the arrears of six months. But the hike was only related to the basic component of their pay. The increase in allowances was upheld, due to the anomalies raised by employees unions.


The implementation of 7th Pay Commission will directly benefit around 47 lakh central government employees, along with 53 lakh pensioners. In the 7th Pay Commission, the minimum wage has been revised from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000. While the maximum salary has been capped at Rs 2.5 lakh.

Source : http://www.india.com

Income Tax Chart for 2017-18


LDC Examination for promotion to the cadre of P.S. Group'B' held on 18.12.2016 - Display of Provisional Keys of Question Papers- regarding

Addl Charge of O/o GM, CEPT, Mysuru to PMG, SK Region

Transfers and Postings of sr. Manager r/Manager, Mail Motor Service - (MMS) Group'A'and Deputy Manager (MMS) Group'B''

Appointment of Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of the Department of Posts

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The following officer is retiring from Govt. service on 31.01.2017 on superannuation 

S.No. 
Name of officer S/Shri
Designation & Office
Circle
1
Sri. Sudhinra Rao K
ASP, RO Vijayawada
A.P

Association wishing him happy, healthy and peaceful retired life



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Monday, January 30, 2017

Limits on Cash withdrawals from Bank accounts and ATMs - Restoration of status quo ante


RBI/2016-17/217
DCM (Plg) No. 2905/10.27.00/2016-17
January 30, 2017
The Chairman / Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer,
Public Sector Banks / Private Sector Banks / Foreign Banks,
Regional Rural Banks / Urban Co-operative Banks,
State Co-operative Banks / District Central Co-operative Banks
Dear Sir/Madam,
Limits on Cash withdrawals from Bank accounts and ATMs - Restoration of status quo ante
Please refer to our circular DCM (Plg) No.1226/10.27.00/2016-17 dated November 08, 2016 placing limits on Cash withdrawals from bank accounts and ATMs in the wake of withdrawal of Legal Tender Character of Specified Bank Notes (SBN) and subsequent circulars DCM (Plg) Nos.12561274131714372142 and 2559 dated November 11, 14, 21, 28, December 30, 2016 and January 16, 2017 respectively, providing for relief and relaxations therefrom.
2. On a review of the pace of remonitisation, it has been decided to partially restore status quo ante as under:
  1. Limits placed vide the circulars cited above on cash withdrawals from Current accounts/ Cash credit accounts/ Overdraft accounts stand withdrawn with immediate effect.
  2. The limits on Savings Bank accounts will continue for the present and are under consideration for withdrawal in the near future.
  3. Limits vide the circulars cited above placed on cash withdrawals from ATMs stand withdrawn from February 01, 2017. However, banks may, at their discretion, have their own operating limits as was the case before November 8, 2016, subject to 2 (ii) above.
3. Further, banks are urged to encourage their constituents to sustain the movement towards digitisation of payments and switching over of payments from cash mode to non-cash mode.
4. Please acknowledge receipt.
Yours faithfully,
(P Vijaya Kumar)
Chief General Manager

IPPB branches launched in Ranchi & Raipur

India Post Payments Bank will be a game changer for financial inclusion-Manoj Sinha 

Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley and Minister of Communications Shri Manoj Sinha launched the operations of the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) here today as two pilot branches at Raipur and Ranchi through video conferencing from Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Jaitley said that about 650 IPPB branches will be opened by September this year and that will have a multiplier impact as far as banking in India is concerned. He said with IPPB, banking at the doorstep will no longer remain a mere slogan, but will become a reality due to huge postal network in the country. He said that financial Inclusion is critical for the socio-economic development of the country, but there are significant gaps in this area and a large proportion of country’s population remain unbanked or underbanked. IPPB will effectively leverage the ubiquitous post office network with its pan-India physical presence, long experience in cash handling and savings mobilization, backed by the ongoing project of IT-enablement, to bridge this gap in Financial Inclusion.
In his address, Minister of Communications Shri Manoj Sinha has commended the hard work done by the Department of Posts in setting up the India Post Payments Bank and hoped that both organizations will work in tandem to take the benefits of government schemes and financial services that are not easily available in rural areas to customers across the country and to the marginalized population in urban and rural areas alike. He said, the objective of IPPB will be public service rather than promoting commercial interests.
Secretary, Department of Posts, Shri B.V.Sudhakar said that the IPPB is widely expected to be a game changer for financial inclusion in the country as the USP of this initiative is doorstep banking, particularly in the rural areas.
As mandated by the RBI, the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) would focus on providing basic financial services such as all kinds of payments; including social security payments, utility bill payments, person to person remittances (both domestic and cross-border), current and savings accounts up to a balance of Rs 1 lac, distribution of insurance, mutual funds, pension products and acting as business correspondent to other banks for credit products especially in rural areas and among the underserved segments of the society.
Set up us a 100% Government of India owned Public Limited Company under the Department of Posts, it will open around 650 branches in district HQ locations. All 1.55 lacs post offices including the 1.39 lac of the rural post offices will be mapped to the IPPB branch at the district headquarter and function as access points for IPPB. IPPB will usher in state of the art internet and mobile banking platforms, digital wallets and use innovative and emerging technologies to catalyse the shift from a cash dominant to a less cash economy.
While many other banks and financial institutions are working on the same theme, the USP of IPPB will be its ability to ease access and handhold the adoption of new age banking and payments instruments among citizen of all walks of life through the delivery by postmen and Grameen Dak sevaks, savings agents and other franchisees who will take banking to door steps. IPPB thus aspires to the most accessible, affordable and trusted bank for the common man with the motto - “No customer is too small, no transaction too insignificant, and no deposit too little”.
Given ‘in principle’ approval by the RBI along with 10 other aspirants on 19th Aug 2015, IPPB received the cabinet’s approval on 1st June, 2016 and was incorporated as on 17th Sept, 2106. Today it became the second payments bank to launch its operations. Having got its final banking license from the RBI on the 20th Jan 2017 it has commenced operations in record time of 10 days in partnership with the Punjab National Bank, after obtaining all necessary approvals and registrations from the RBI, NPCI etc.
A commemorative stamp and a logo of the new bank were also launched on the occasion.
source:PIB

Commemorative Postage Stamps on “Nature: India" released on 25.01.2017.

Promotion and postings of Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) officers of Indian Postal Service, Group 'A' to Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) of the Service and posting of an HAG officer of the Service 30-01-2017