Saturday, 29 April 2017

Signing of Tripartite MOU for broadband services to Post Offices

A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today among BBNL, Department of Posts and BSNL for providing broadband connectivity of BharatNet to Post Offices in rural areas. The MoU signed under the chairmanship of Minister of Communications Shri Manoj Sinha is the first tri-partite agreement to provide broadband connectivity to about 1.3 lakh, post offices in rural areas and 25,000 sub-post offices for high speed internet connectivity to the rural masses.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Sinha said that the first phase of connecting about one lakh Gram Panchayats is nearing its completion and in the remaining one and a half lakh Gram Panchayats 100 mbps broadband connectivity will be completed by December, 2018. In reply to a question, the Minister said that BharatNet is one of the 9 pillars of realising the Prime Minister’s vision of Digital India.

Shri Sinha said that provision of citizen services is the focus of BharatNet and in the agreement signed today, BSNL is the service provider, that would provide broadband services, the cost of setting up of infrastructure and the operational expenses would be paid by the Department of Posts. Since the BharatNet is the National Network, BBNL would facilitate and coordinate this entire operation. In future, MoUs with other Government Departments are also proposed to be signed.

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Signing of Tripartite MOU for broadband services to Post Offices

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1)Henceforth, any death of a Gramin Dak Sevak while on engagement would be compensated by a compassionate engagement with a dependent family member irrespective of the circumstances or indigenceRead more
2)Remuneration to be paid to the Gramin Dak Sevaks engaged as Substitutes in short term vacancies of Postman / Mail Guard and MTS Read more


 Today(28.04.2017) a group of CHQ office bearers consisting of  Sri D.Kishanrao, GS, Sri B.Shivakumar, ASG[FNPO], Sri Sivaji Vasireddy, AGS and Sri  Sri Bahagavan, Financial Secretary felicitated Sri Boyapati Venkata Sudhakar, Secretary & Chairman Postal Services Board on his superannuation retirement. The NAPE Group-c remembered the yeoman services rendered to the India Post and it's staff at all levels especially last 9 months as head of the department. During his tenure he recommended to the GDS pay commission, removal of point system, liberalised compassionate appointments changed the transfer, policy introduced online GDS recruitment curbing the corruption in the appointments. As CPMG AP Circle introduced centralised tabulation in Departmental Promotion quota and announced the results before the appointing authority knows the result in a jumbling system. A new era ended today in the India Post progression towards new heights. The NAPE Group-c bids a warm farewell to the officer.

   Profile of Shri B.V.SUDHAKAR, Secretary & Chairman Postal Board                          Dept of Posts : India

Shri Boyapati Venkata Sudhakar, IPoS (1981 batch) has been joined as Secretary, Department of Posts, India. He is the first Telugu person to assume the apex post in the Department of Posts. Earlier he was the Member (Technology) in the Department of Posts at New Delhi during which period he has involved himself in the introduction of Core Banking, Rural ICT programme in the Department of Posts so as to enable to reach the services of the Department to the rural masses.

Shri Sudhakar has born on 18-04-1957 in Kammapalem Village, Nellore District to Smt Anasuyadevi and Shri Yanadaiah.

The schooling of Shri Sudhakar was held at All Saints High School & St. Paul’s High School at Hyderabad. He has completed his Intermediate studies at Alia Junior College, Hyderabad. He has completed his B.Sc graduation from New Science College, Hyderabad and did Post graduation in M.Sc (Physics), M Phil & MBA through Osmania University, Hyderabad.

Before joining the Department of Posts, he has worked as Manager at A.P. Cooperative Bank, Hyderabad during 1978-81.

He has been selected to the Indian Postal Services in 1981. Subsequently he has served the department in various capacities in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamilnadu, Maharashtra, West Bengal & New Delhi.

Further he has worked as Regional Film Sensor Board Officer, Hyderabad; Director of Postal Accounts ; Commissioner, Employment & Training, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad; and Secretary, Information Commission, Andhra Pradesh on deputation.

He has introduced so many innovative schemes, products, services in the Department of Posts and in other Departments where he was on deputation. Some of the schemes like’ Aaseervachanam (TTD prasadam)’, Sale of TTD tickets through Post Offices, Sale of Haleem through Post Offices during Ramzan season, Introduction of ‘Nanyatha’ scheme to monitor Letter box clearance, sale of Godavari sacred water – ‘God jal’, Mechanised Delivery, Same day delivery, Introduction of new Application softwares like ‘Jabardast’ were the contributions of Shri Sudhakar to the Department as well as for the society. He has ensured the prompt filling-up of vacancies of the Postal Department which were unfilled for so many years. He has initiated to ensure compassionate appointments periodically rather monthly, in the interest of the families of diseased employees. 

7th Pay Commission: Lavasa panel on HRA, allowances submits report to Finance Minister Jaitley.

A high-level committee headed by the Finance Secretary submitted today its report on allowances to 47 lakh government employees to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

New Delhi: A high-level committee headed by the Finance Secretary submitted today its report on allowances to 47 lakh government employees to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

The Ashok Lavasa Committee was constituted in June last year after the government implemented the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

The pay panel had recommended abolition of or subsuming of allowances like acting, assisting cashier, cycle, condiment, flying squad, haircutting, rajbhasha, rajdhani, robe, shoe, shorthand, soap, spectacle, uniform, vigilance and washing.

After submitting the report to Jaitley, Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa said the committee has taken into account representations made by various stakeholders.

The report will now be examined by the empowered committee of secretaries and following that it will be placed before the Cabinet, he said.

Out of total 196 allowances, it had recommended abolition of 52 and subsuming of another 36 into larger existing ones.

The commission had recommended hiking the HRA in the range of 8-24 per cent.

If the pay commission recommendations on allowances are implemented fully, then as per estimates the cost to the exchequer will be Rs 29,300 crore.

Lavasa said the government will take the final call on the date of payout of revised allowances to government employees.

Appeal from FNPO/National Association Postal Employees, Group-C, CHQ, New Delhi-1

The National Association of Postal Employees Group-c appeals to all unions and federations regarding ‘Removal of 3 -A (i) of GDS Conduct & Engagement Rules,2011. My Federation and its affiliated unions, including NUGDS, warmly welcome all other unions for discussion regarding report given by Chairman, Sri.Kamalesh Chandra. My Federation wholeheartedly appreciates on the welfare measures which were recommended by the Committee and welcome some amendments which were taken into consideration from the memorandums submitted by FNPO & NAPE GR-C.
At the same time, we also object on the issues which were not taken into consideration where the issues which could play a major part in the life of GDS. My  Federation strongly oppose for non-implementing of Rule 3-A (i) as it is so transparent to the Postal Department that the GDS are working beyond this rule for more than 8 hours which was not taken into account by the Committee for the removal of this cap. This is very unconstitutional and against Natural Justice in the recommendations given by the GDS Pay Committee.
The Committee is directly or indirectly having clear idea of the effect of rule 3-A (I) on GDS officials and has clearly expressed that the Department has to take the stand on the removal of 3-A(i) and not given any recommendation on it as it is the rule framed by the Department of Posts. No Judicial authority will intervene if that rule is removed by the Department of Posts, by doing so never it will be termed as subjudice. If the Department would have done it much before GDS Pay Committee by including in the terms of reference, the Committee would have recommended full working hours i.e., 7 hours 30 mints as it is visible from the inside of the Committee report.
At this juncture considering our demand of withdrawal of income and cost the revenue generation is introduced. By the present standards, revenue generation is given for jumping one level to another and getting allowances beyond level 2 the chances are remote. It’s practically not possible with present standards of remuneration such as Rs.64/- as B.O. share out of Rs.205/- in respect of POSB. If same percentages are fixed at B.O. level in forthcoming India Post Payment Bank and Rural Communication and Information Technology, how the BPM at the second level will cross the benchmark of Rs.36, 000/- in revenue generation.
Hence it is felt by this Federation it is the apt time to join hands by all Federations and GDS Unions  for the achievement of the above said recommendations which were framed by this union by forming a Forum to protest till we achieve our legitimate demand.

Rule 3 A(1) of the Gramin Dak Sevaks (Conduct and Engagement) Rules 2011 specifically says that a GDS should not be asked to work for more than 5 hours a day. Therefore GDS committee report submitted by Shri Kamalesh Chandra also has not imagined a case in which GDS will have to work beyond 5 hours, and the wage structure is also framed accordingly. But the fact remains that in many circles, there are Branch Offices where GDS BPM’s have to work for even beyond 8 hours! If the case is taken up legally, the result will be adverse as there is no case in which GDS official’s working hours are fixed beyond 5 hours.

The following suggestions are offered.
1) To remove provisions 3A (1) from GDS (Conduct and Engagement ) Rules 2011 immediately
2) T o replace the recommendations of Shri Kamalesh Chandra to provide additional wages to those GDS BPM’s who are working for more than 5hours with full working hours up to 7 hours 30 mints.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               General Secretary, NAPE Gr C
1. The Secretary General, National Federation of Postal Employees, First Floor, North avenue post office building, New Delhi – 110001
2.General Secretary, AIGDSU (CHQ), First Floor, Post Office building, Padmanagar Delhi -110007.
3.The Secretary General, Bharatiya Postal Employees Federation, Atul Grove Road, New Dlehi-1
4.The General Secretary, AIPEU GDS Union,  C/o NFPE office, New Delhi-1
5.The General Secretary, BPEGDSU, C/o BPEF, Atul Grove Road, New Delhi-1.

New Delhi                                                                         (D.KISHANRAO)

27.04.2017                                                       General Secretary, NAPE Gr C

Meeting with Secretary, Department of Posts

Today i.e on 26.04.2017 a team from FNPO/ NAPE Group C Sri D.Kishanrao, GS along with Asst. Secretary Generals Sri B.Shivakumar and Sri Sivaji Vasireddy met Sri BV Sudhakar, Secretary and Chairman Postal Board and discussed the following problems.
1.Cadre restructuring :
            The NUPE, Group C already sought for modifications on 6.4.2017 for implementation of cadre restructuring. We opposed any deferment or abeyance of orders which will create frustration among the Group-c cadre. We also opposed the divisionalisation of LSG and HSG II. The base for the restructuring in Group-c is up gradation of C&B class offices which was approved by the nodal ministries and any deviation will affect the restructuring itself. There are no orders so far in regard to deferment or abeyance. It is the Secretary assured to settle the issues within 30 days.
2.The NAPE Group-c opposed the draft Revised Recruitment rules for AAO’s as per our letter dated 20.04.2017. Any modification to the RR will affect the cadre drastically.
3.On GDS issues two letters submitted for one time exemption of skill test for GDS who wrote PA examination in 2016.
4.It is also requested to allow the GDS employees to work as PA’s in the clear vacancies like MTS and Postman.
            The response was positive.

It is also informed orders are under issue in regard to compassionate appointment of GDS without any point system and adding more dependents like widow daughter and married son. 

Friday, 21 April 2017

Opening of joint Account by pensioner with the first name of pensioner Read more

NEW DELHI-110066
PHONES 25174596. 26174456, 26174438
CPAO/IT & Tech/Bank Performance/37( Val-II)/2016-17/14
Office Memorandum
Subject:- Opening of joint Account by pensioner with first name of pensioner.
Attention is invited to Correction Slip No.1 dated – 08.02.2006 of Scheme for Payment of Pensions to Central Government Civil Pensioners by Authorized Ranks on crediting of pension in the Joint Account of Pensioners with spouse (copy enclosed).
It has been reported that in some cases Banks are allowing the pensioners to open their pension account as Joint Account with first name of his/her spouse which may create difficulties for pensioner at the time of filing the Income Tax Returns as the income tax is assessed on the income of the pensioner and not of the spouse.
Heads of CPPCs/Government Account Divisions of all the banks are advised to instruct their bank branches to facilitate the retiring employees approaching them for opening their pension accounts before their retirement. In case of Joint. Account, the same may be opened with first name of pensioner only.
This issues with the approval of Competent Authority.
Encl:-As above

(Vijay Siingh)
Sr. Accounts Officer (IT & Tech)

In the case of death of a child shortly after birth, the woman employees may be granted Maternity Leave of two months for recovery after delivery of the child”.-DoP&T Clarification

In the case of death of a child shortly after birth, the woman employees may be granted Maternity Leave of two months for recovery after delivery of the child”.-DoP&T Clarification 
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7th Pay Commission: Recommendations of AK Mathur-headed panel on allowances- In Retrospect

Key highlights of recommendations of AK Mathur-headed 7th Pay Commission on allowances.

New Delhi: A high-level committee, headed by finance secretary Ashok Lavasa, which was asked to examine the 7th Pay Commission recommendation on allowances, is likely to submit its final report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley this week.
The final recommendations on allowances will benefit over 47 lakh central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners.

The Lavasa Committee was constituted in June last year after the government implemented the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission.

Below are the highlights of recommendations of AK Mathur-headed 7th Pay Commission on allowances 

(19 November 2015)
The Commission has recommended abolishing 52 allowances altogether. Another 36 allowances have been abolished as separate identities, but subsumed either in an existing allowance or in newly proposed allowances. Allowances relating to Risk and Hardship will be governed by the proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix.
Risk and Hardship Allowance: Allowances relating to Risk and Hardship will be governed by the newly proposed nine-cell Risk and Hardship Matrix, with one extra cell at the top, viz., RH-Max to include Siachen Allowance.
The current Siachen Allowance per month and the revised rates recommended are as follows:
1Service OfficersRs 21,000Rs 31,500
3JCO/ORsRs 14,000Rs 21,000

This would be the ceiling for risk/hardship allowances and there would be no individual RHA with an amount higher than this allowance.
House Rent Allowance (HRA): Since the Basic Pay has been revised upwards, the Commission recommends that HRA be paid at the rate of 24 percent, 16 percent and 8 percent of the new Basic Pay for Class X, Y and Z cities respectively. The Commission also recommends that the rate of HRA will be revised to 27 percent, 18 percent and 9 percent respectively when DA crosses 50 percent, and further revised to 30 percent, 20 percent and 10 percent when DA crosses 100 percent.
In the case of PBORs of Defence, CAPFs and Indian Coast Guard compensation for housing is presently limited to the authorised married establishment hence many users are being deprived. The HRA coverage has now been expanded to cover all.
Any allowance not mentioned in the report shall cease to exist.
Emphasis has been placed on simplifying the process of claiming allowances

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