Friday, 27 May 2016

FNPO Tendered evidence before GDS Pay Committee

FNPO tendered evidence before the GDS pay Committee headed by Sri Kamalesh Chandra, Chairman, from the official side Sri TQ Mohammad Secretary, Sri Susheel Member and from the staff side  Sri D Theagarajan, Secretary General FNPO, Sri TN Rahate, President FNPO, Sri Rajat S Das, working president , FNPO, Sri D Kishan Rao, Genral Secretary, NAPE Group-C, Sri B Shivakumar, Asstt. General Secretary, NAPE Group-C, Sri PU Muraleedharan, General Secretary, NUGDS, Sri CH. Laxmi Narayana Prsident NUGDS, Sri L LKrishna Prasad RR, NAPE Gr-C, AP Circle were tendered the evidence. A Video Presentation for 25 minutes was made before the commission showing the nature of duties of all the cadres of the GDS employees, usage of biometric devices for payment of MGNREGA, Social Security Pensions and the interview of the Hon’ble Communication Minister, Sri Ravi Sankar Prasadji covering the projects under took by the rural postal network present and future. Sukanya Samradhi Account, RPLI, sale of Godavari water, PM Suraksha Bhima Yojana were highlighted in the video. The Chairman and GDS committee keenly watched the video presentation and positively responded on the points raised in the memorandum. The Commission may call unions again in July 2016.
Some of the salient features of the evidence

1. Amending the rule 3A of the GDS conduct & Engagement Rules and allotting the GDS employees to work for 8 hours. Necessary documents obtained under RTI Act were submitted in support of the workload of the BPMs.
2. Dispensing with the unscientific point system for assessing the workload of BPMs and evaluations of new method for the GDSMC/MD/Packers keeping the future need of the rural postal system.
3. Reducing the cadres in the GDS System by making common cadre atleast two and suitably fixing the wages.
4. Fixing the wages of the GDS agents based on the scales implemented to the Central Govt. Employees in the 7th CPC minimum of Rs 20,000/- basic pay.
5. Finding ways and means for providing rented standard accommodation by the Department paying suitable HRA.
6. Cash conveyance arrangement to be made by the Department with conveyance allowance.
7. Fixed quota for the GDS employees in the PA recruitment and allowing GDS employees in the vacant posts of Postal Assistants like postmen & Group-D.
8.         5%  LR
9. The compassionate appointment of the dependents in case of   voluntary/invalid retirements
10. Liberal transfer facility in place of limited transfer facility.
11. Medical facilities, Group Insurance
12. Chapter wise discussion of our Memorandum . 






        


Thursday, 26 May 2016

MEETING WITH SECRETARY AND MEMBER (TECHNOLOGY)

Today the General Secretary along with S/S Rajat S Das,President,CHQ B. Sivakumar,AGS Ch Laxminarayana President,NUGDS.CHQ,Krishnaprasad,RR,Vishakhapatnam met Sri S.K.Sinha,Secretary Department od Posts and greeted him on his assumption. Letters were submitted on the following issues  and discussed.

1. Malfunctioning  of CBS & Macmash and consequent  resent ment  among the Group C employees.
2. Foriegn Post Office Kolkata issues.
3.Point based compassionate appointment of GDS employees and implementation of the orders taking date of death as criteria.
    
The delegation thereafter met Sri B.V.Sudhakar,Member (Technology) and discussed the failure of Infocys  in customizing the Finacle  software  and the issues raised by the NAPEC in previous letters.

Today  a higer level meeting was held with Infosys Technocrats  and  dead line is fixed  to rectify the soft ware by First week of June 2016.
There after a meeting was held with DDG (MB) on the Foriegn Post Office issues

General Secretary



NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES GROUP-‘C’
(Central Head Quarters)
No. 17-2-17, P&T Quarters, Atul Grove Road, New Delhi-110001


______________________________________________________________________



No. 1-1                                                                                                        Dated:  26-05-2016

The Secretary
Department of Posts
New Delhi-110001

Sub: Problems in the CBS & Mcamish

Ref: Union letter No. 1-1 dated 26-4-2016

Sir,

In continuation of our previous correspondence we further supplement the following for your kind attention and necessary action.

1.     Frequent server problem for which customers are fed up with Postal services inturn the officials including Postmasters at the front line are being victimized.
2.     CTS clearing at HOs has become more burden on the officials and officials at HO/GPO are finding it very difficult to clear the cheques within the prescribed time limit as most of the time the server will be down.
3.     CTS clearing on holidays at GPO/HOs seems to be useless as the officials will not be allowed to do any transactions but will be honoring the cheques just by viewing the balance and actual withdrawal will be shown and accounted on the next working day which seems to be at higher risk as other channels are kept open on holidays and Sundays.
4.     On decentralization of PLI/RPLI the workload on Postmasters working at HOs has become hectic where there is no DPM post for treasury/ delivery/subaccounts.
5.     Though some of the officers are merged office SOL is exiting and one of the official is provided use rid for the merged office and the officials acting as PA and supervisor which is highly irregular inspite of asking for merger of SOL the solution is not provided.

6.     With reference to the order NO FNo.25-11/2016-SB dtd at DAK BHAWAN the 10/11/05/2016 where in more pressure and burden is put on Postmasters/Supervisors of the HOs.The following clarifications are needed with reference to the said order.
a)On what authentication the Postmasters of the HOs should upload the DBT as in many circles the Emos(SSY)  are directly fetched from Postman package with the local software namely Anand tool and linked to finacle where it will be automatically shown as window delivery in postman package and directly reflected in treasury package and will be uploaded to finacle .Now many of the SPMs in the delivery post offices are directly sending email to the concerned HOs and asking for upload of the e-mos by attaching the file for upload.
b) If there is any discrepancies in the amount and account number who is responsible?
   And how to check the same and on what authentication it should be uploaded.
c) Under each HO more than twelve delivery offices will be there and not less than 200000 e-mos will be there for uploading .This is an extra burden on Postmasters working at HO and in future no official may be willing to work under HOs.
            We once again request to kindly initiate necessary action immediately.
Yours Sincerely,


 (D Kishan Rao)
   General Secretary

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES GROUP-‘C’
(Central Head Quarters)
No. 17-2-17, P&T Quarters, Atul Grove Road, New Delhi-110001
______________________________________________________________________

To

Sri Ravi Shankar Prasad
Honorable Minister of Communication & IT
Govt. of India,
New Delhi-110001

Honorable Sir,

Sub: Malfunctioning of CBS Vs detoriating service to the public in Banking and Insurance in the Department of Post – Request for immediate intervention.


My union which is representing the staffs who are shouldering the responsibility of manning the CBS and Insurance in Post Offices, compelled to bring the following for your kind intervention.

2.         The IT modernization project was introduced in the Department two years back and nearly 20500 offices so far brought under CBS operation. But the innovation does not lead to technological improvisation ensuring the best possible service to the customers. But, instead, had rendered our staff with an unsavory and humiliating experience of encountering the public wrath and curse on day today basis. The Business in both the sectors rapidly coming down.

3.         We expected a rapid change in the Department with the new technology and the initiatives taken by the Honorable Minister to take the service finally to the Post Bank of India in 2017. But the hope is slowly shattering and the staffs are working upto midnight to make the project a success.

4.         All the assurances the administration, had given in the past and the transient nature of the problems had not proved to be credible and  worthy merit. Instead the problems are aggravating day by day making every one skeptic of the words from the authorities that be.

5.         The problem so far identified is the server capacity which is not enough compared to the no. of transactions, bandwidth and old computers and peripherals which has to be replaced. The Department issued orders to upgrade, but due to financial hurdles nothing has been done. As announced by the Honorable Minister the linking the BOS through RICT will further worsen the situation.

6.         My union has fully cooperated and made so many suggestions to improve the situation and staff at the field level are frustrated with the continued malfunctioning of the technology. The staffs are doubtful how about the future and next stage of technology. Further there are frauds due to mishandling recently which are a tip in the iceberg. The management never felt any responsibility and innocent people are becoming the scapegoats.

7.         There is no training/proper training and the staff are forced to handle the technology straightaway without any training.

8.         My union therefore requests the Honorable minister to initiate necessary urgent action to develop the services to the satisfaction of customers and save the officials from public wrath.


Yours Sincerely,


 (D Kishan Rao)


   General Secretary

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Change of Role of SBCO in the backdrop of implementation of CBS (Addendum SB order 14/2015)

The competent authority has reviewed the Annexure attached to the SB Order No.14/2015 and decided to replace point 5.1 of the Annexure from the date of receipt of this order. Content of point 5.1 shall be as under:- 

5.1 Examination of scheme-wise consolidation received from HO and SOs, Checking of entries in LOTs viewed from Finacle MIS server and checking the daily/ progressive totals in the Cash Book. 

5.1.1 SBCO PA 

  • The designated Postal Assistant SBCO will receive Scheme-wise sealed and stitched Voucher Bundles with Consolidation placed at the top from Sub Account PA. He will generate fresh consolidation of each scheme from Finacle production server (HFINRPT) and compare the print out received from SOs with the system generated consolidation. Both the consolidations should be tallied with SO Daily Account and SO Summary. Bundle of HO will be received from APM(SB) of HO Counter and amount shown in the consolidation should also be tallied with the fresh consolidation generated from Finacle production server (HFINRPT) and HO Summary If there is any discrepancy in both consolidations or with SO Daily Account/Summary and the same is not supported by copy of error book or special report, it should immediately report to Incharge SBCO. All Voucher Bundles of each scheme will be handed over to Incharge SBCO. 

5.1.2 SBCO Incharge 

  • SBCO Incharge will examine the voucher bundles and verify that the Scheme- wise Consolidation bears signatures and designation stamp of the Supervisor (APM)/Sub Postmaster and number of vouchers written on the consolidation are tallied with number of vouchers attached with the bundle. He will countersign each consolidation and mark to concerned SBCO PA as per workload and availability of staff. In case of any shortcoming, he will write objection and send copy of objection to the Postmaster. Incharge SBCO will send immediate report on the difference in consolidation sent by SO or HO and consolidation generated from system by SBCO PA as well as SO Daily Account and SO/HO Summary to Postmaster, Divisional Head and Vigilance Branch of Regional/Circle Office. 





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Press Information Bureau Government of India Cabinet 25-May-2016 15:37 IST Cabinet gives ex-post facto approval to the cadre review of Indian Postal Service (IPoS)

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today granted ex-post facto approval to the proposal for undertaking cadre review of the Indian Postal Service. 
The cadre review will enable the Department of Posts to meet the functional requirements and strengthening the cadre structure both in the headquarters and in the field on the basis of functional requirement, which will provide more avenues to earn review and respond effectively to the customer needs, reduce the existing stagnation and improve the career prospects of Indian Postal Service officers. 

The proposal will be implemented through measures that include creation of a post of DG(Postal Operations) in the Apex scale, creation of post of Additional DG(Coordination) in the HAG+ scale, one post in HAG level, 5 posts in SAG level and 4 posts at the JAG level, and also increase of 84 posts at JTS level by down-grading from STS and overall decreasing STS posts by 96 for adjustment of new posts proposed to be created, without any overall change in the total number of posts in the cadre.
 

For undertaking the above exercise, necessary consultations on the CRC recommendations with Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions have been duly completed. The Department of Expenditure have conveyed their ‘no objection’ to the proposal.
 

Postman to obtain biometric authentication using handheld device

The Department of Posts (DoP) is likely to soon start a Rs 1,370-crore mega project that will allow India's 1.3 lakh postmen in rural regions to use network-connected handheld terminals for postal delivery.

The project, awarded last year to a consortium that includes state-run Telecom Consultants of India (TCIL), system integrator Ricoh India and Hyderabad-based VisionTek, which provides handheld devices, was delayed due to unavailability of components.


Big IT companies such as HP and Wipro were also in the running for the contract rolled out by the ministry of communications & information technology. "Based on terminal devices on network, the DoP initiative is likely to happen later this month. The project was delayed as the private company took time to deliver the components," TCIL's chairman and managing director Vimal Wakhlu told ET.

The devices will have a biometric module to authenticate an individual's identity using the Aadhaar number, solar-powered panel for charging terminals and a thermal printer to instantly print receipts.

"This is completely an indigenous project, including devices and components, and strengthens the concept of 'Make in India'," said Wakhlu.

The initiative is aimed at preventing postal losses and minimising procedural delays. The service will require a digital signature of the addressee that can be automatically transferred to a central server and an acknowledgement sent to the person.

TCIL is roping in state-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd for providing network connectivity.

The movement of postmen can be tracked using GPS on this device. It will help monitor the entire system and ensure more efficiency as post offices play a vital role in India's rural economy, Wakhlu said. "This programme is a step towards financial inclusion of the people of rural India as it will facilitate financial transactions. Money can be delivered and accepted through this device, with proper bank account and receipts delivery," he said.

Ricoh will act as the systems integrator, managing installations, maintaining hardware and supplying peripheral devices for the project.

"We have won the Rs 1,370-crore contract from DoP for the supply of hardware solutions under the department's modernisation initiatives. Ricoh will be providing maintenance services for rural ICT devices for a period of five years," said Ricoh India's managing director Manoj Kumar.

CIRCLE SECRETARY PROGRAMME.

20/05/2016 to 23/05/2016 – Kerala.
24/05/2016 & 28/05/2016 – New Delhi
1)Redesigning The Uniform Of Postman 
2)Advantages and Need for filing NIL Income Tax Return - 
3)Special Cover On 2560th Birth Anniversary Of Gautama Buddha  Click here to   Read  more.
4)Clarification of refund of Default fee when Finacle is down in CBS Post offices.
5)Good news for Central Government Pensioners
6)Single Window Service for Central Government Pensioners4) India Post Payment Bank at a glance
7) Rs. 800 cr. for Postal Payments Bank -
8) President conveys his appreciation and admiration for India’s unparalleled postal network - 
9)7th Pay Commission Latest News – Empowered Committee Meeting likely on 11th June
10)India Post payments bank will be functional by March  Ravi Shankar Prasad - Click here to   Read  more.
11]Shri. Ravi Shankar Prasad addressed the Heads of Circles ( CPMGs ) Conference of Postal department at Hyderabad on   22/05/2016 
12]Minimum Pension – Ministry Of Labour & Employment 
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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Meeting with Cabinet Secretary - Click here to view

Approval for Bandwidth upgradation - Click here to view

MACP benefit would be given in the hierarchy of next higher Grade Pay – DOPT Clarification Dated 17-5-2016 - Click here to view

Head to a post office for a vehicle loan - Read More

Grant of Paid Holiday 30th May, 2016 – Madhya Pradesh Bye Election - Click here to view

Independence Day 2016- Stamp Design Competition on 'Tourism in India' - Read More


Tuesday, 17 May 2016

1)ORAL EVIDENCE IN FAVOUR OF NUGDS& FNPO MEMORANDUM -GDS COMMITTEE CALLED   Click here to view
2)Request to implement Cadre Restructuring - to Chairman Postal Services Board,Dak Bhavan New Delhi 110 001 .
Click here to view our letter-1   & letter-2.
 3]Transfers and postings in the Junior Administrative Grade (JAG) of Indian Postal Service, Group 'A'. - Click here to view

What has the Govt done to put Postal Dept to good use? : MoC Answers

The postal department is a huge machinery of both manpower as well as infrastructure. What has the government done to put this machinery to good use?

Extract of Interview with Ravi Shankar Prasad

India Post is a fine 150-year-old body, which always remained in the background. I have pushed them in a big way. Improving their operations, and pushing them for bigger things. Speed Post has been adjudged as the best courier service by the CAG in eight states of India, and the report is before Parliament. Their revenue has grown by 7.1 per cent … We have also gone for a lot of modernisation of the department. In 2004, we had only four ATMs. Now there are 913 postal ATMs. We have about 1,54,000 post offices all over the country, out of which about 25,000 are regular post offices and the rest are rural post offices.


This vast network has been put to work for e-commerce delivery, and this is a very outstanding success story that I need to acknowledge. What is important is that the entire postal department is very inspired. We are supposed to play a role in the field of digital growth and financial inclusion. The postal department has opened 84,00,000 Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana accounts. All the banks combined have opened only 4,00,000 accounts.
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Have put things on the right track: Ravi Shankar Prasad

IN A DETAILED INTERVIEW WITH PRANAV MUKUL, PRASAD SPOKE ABOUT NOT ONLY THE COURSE CORRECTIONS HE MADE BUT ALSO THE NEW TRACKS HE HAS LAID FOR THE INDUSTRY’S PROGRESS.

Changing the image of Sanchar Bhawan was one of his priorities when Ravi Shankar Prasad assumed office of the Minister of Communications and Information Technology. In a detailed interview with Pranav Mukul, Prasad spoke about not only the course corrections he made but also the new tracks he has laid for the industry’s progress. Excerpts: 

What are your priorities for the telecom sector?

When the Prime Minister gave me this department, I had fixed up five priority areas. First and foremost was to change the image of Sanchar Bhawan. As you know, it was in the news for all the wrong reasons. 2G happened from the chair where I was sitting. Two years down the line, I’m having a sense of satisfaction that the officers have become enthused. Entry of the middle man is banned, and decisions are being taken in a fair and transparent manner. We got the highest-ever spectrum auction revenue of over Rs 1,10,000 crore, and I have consciously ensured fair competition. When 4G licences were to be given, they were given to all. Let the consumers select the best. Two years down the line, not everything is very best, but things are moving on the right track.

What are the steps taken to invite investment in the telecom sector?

Telecom has received the highest foreign direct investment (FDI) ever of Rs 26,000 crore in the last two years. I have cleared all the policies pending for the last 8-9 years. Spectrum sharing, trading, harmonisations, liberalisation guidelines, identification of defence bands, open-source policy, machine to machine standards. And I’ve always said that if you want more policy initiatives, come to me.

The postal department is a huge machinery of both manpower as well as infrastructure. What has the government done to put this machinery to good use?

India Post is a fine 150-year-old body, which always remained in the background. I have pushed them in a big way. Improving their operations, and pushing them for bigger things. Speed Post has been adjudged as the best courier service by the CAG in eight states of India, and the report is before Parliament. Their revenue has grown by 7.1 per cent … We have also gone for a lot of modernisation of the department. In 2004, we had only four ATMs. Now there are 913 postal ATMs. We have about 1,54,000 post offices all over the country, out of which about 25,000 are regular post offices and the rest are rural post offices.

This vast network has been put to work for e-commerce delivery, and this is a very outstanding success story that I need to acknowledge. What is important is that the entire postal department is very inspired. We are supposed to play a role in the field of digital growth and financial inclusion. The postal department has opened 84,00,000 Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana accounts. All the banks combined have opened only 4,00,000 accounts.

India’s electronic import bill has been something that we are not very proud of, especially when with the country’s immense manufacturing capabilities. What measures have you taken to correct that?

Electronic manufacturing has been pushed in a very big way. When I became the minister, Rs 11,698 crore was the investment made in the sector, now there are proposals of Rs 1.21 lakh crore. About Rs 20,000 crore have been cleared. All the top mobile companies of the world have proposed these investments, and the most significant part is that 11 crore mobile phones were manufactured in the country last year, which is an 83 per cent rise from the previous year.