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Friday, April 30, 2010

Name of the EDSO down graded with Account office Name

Name of the EDSO to be downgraded with Account Office


1. Arattupuzha
Muthukulam South


2. Ayaranikudy
Mankamkuzhy


3. Bharanikavu
Pallickal


4.Chennithala South
Chennithala


5.Cheruthana
Karuvatta


6.Eruva
Kareelakulangara


7.Evur
Cheppaud


8.Kallimel
Kollakadavu


9.Karipuzha
Thattaramabalam


10.Kattanam ND
Pallickal


11.Mahadevikaud
Karthigapally


12.Mannarasala
Haripad


13.Muthukulam
Muthukulam South


14.Pallickal Naduvilemuri
Pallickal


15.Pathiyoor
Keerikkad


16.Payipad
Haripad


17.Thammalackal
Kumarapuram


18.Valiyaparambu
Karthigapally


19.Vetticode
Pallickal


20.Vettiyar
Mankamkuzhy


NPS GETS A CHUNK OF SBI STAFF'S PENSIOM CORUPS

NPS gets a chunk of SBI staff’s pension corpus

The Central government sponsored New Pension Scheme (NPS) is set to receive a major boost with the State Bank of India, moving a significant part of its employees’ pension corpus to the scheme. The NPS will also get significant contributions in coming months by way of employer and employee contribution towards the pension of public sector bank employees who join after April 1, 2010.

A senior official at the pension regulator PFRDA said NPS fund managers will henceforth manage a chunk of a fund that helps pay for retirement benefits of all present and former employees of the country’s largest lender.

“We received various queries from SBI regarding the nitty-gritties of our scheme,” said Rani Singh Nair, executive director at PFRDA. “We are happy to report that they have now joined us and we hope many others will also be encouraged to follow the example,” she told ET.

Industry officials say SBI is moving close to Rs 2,000 crore out of its about Rs 25,000-crore employees retirement corpus to NPS. The bank feels that NPS will help the fund fetch better returns than the current system it has in place.

As per published data, in-house fund management of most stateowned banks earned 8-9 % annualised returns in the fiscal year ended March 2009. NPS earned nearly 16%. It is this higher yield that SBI is trying to capture by participating in NPS.

In terms of the agreement between IBA and bank unions, all bank employees joining after April 1 will migrate to a defined contribution scheme. Since several public sector banks are planning to recruit clerks and probationary officers in the coming months, the number of NPS accounts are expected to grow sharply.

SBI’s chunk is a part of an overall corpus that pays for certain retirement benefits of employees, including the defined benefit pension.

Besides SBI, several state-owned corporations such as Nalco and Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) have transferred a portion of their employees retirement benefit corpus to the NPS to take advantage of the benefits of economies of scale in managing retirement funds.

Unlike employees at state-owned banks, SBI employees are supposed to enjoy a “third benefit” as a part of their superannuation package. While others receive only provident fund (or pension) and gratuity post-retirement, SBI executives additionally get a third pension component.

This is done on a “defined benefit” basis, where the bank promises a specified monthly benefit on retirement that is predetermined by a formula based on the employee’s earnings history, tenure of service and age, rather than as a function of investment returns.
Source: Economic Times

Saturday, April 24, 2010

MO Videsh

MO Videsh

Money Order Videsh is a new offering of India Post to facilitate remittances to foreign countries and receiving of remittances from foreign countries through the medium of your neighbourhood Post Office. The service was launched on 24/10/09 by Honourable Minister of Communications and IT Sri A Raja. Initially the service will be offered through head post offices.

Salient features of the service
1.Outward remittance payable to beneficiaries in cash, by cheque, as well as crediting of the payment into the account of beneficiaries.

2.There will be two types of remittance charges
(a) Charges collected from the remitter as in the case of domestic MO-Option(A)
(b) Charges deducted from the amount payable to the beneficiary -Option(B)
3. Monetary limitations
(a) Inward remittance upto Rs 50000/- can be received in cash.

(b) Remittance above Rs 50000/- will be paid by cheque or credited into account of the payee.
(c) Each inward remittance shall not exceed 5000 USD at a time and a maximum of 12 inward remittances are allowed in a year
(d) Outward remittances are subject to RBI limitations
(e) Limit of outward remittance would be different for different countries depending on the bilateral agreements with the countries Watch out for more information on the countries to which the facility will be available and other related information. Form A2 (Application for Remittance Abroad) is available for download. This needs to be submitted in original at the PO Counter.


Text Book delivery by Department of Post

KOCHI: The Department of Posts will this year deliver textbooks to various societies that route them to schools in the State. Textbook depots had been doing the job earlier.

India Post, Kerala, has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Kerala Books and Publishers Society (KBPS) that publishes the entire lot of textbooks for State schools.

The delivery of textbooks had been a problem as various agencies had been taking up the endeavour each year and many complaints cropping up owing to delays.
The printing of these textbooks, along with the first volumes of books for classes I to IX, had been completed months ago. It is the first time that the KBPS has been entrusted with not just printing but also delivery of the books.

Special system

As the quantum of cargo is huge and destinations many, the postal department has devised a special system for delivery, Mr. Job said.

The entire lot of class X textbooks, weighing about 1,100 tonnes, and also the first volume of textbooks for classes I to IX will be delivered before the start of next academic year, he said. The 3,200 cooperatives of textbook societies in the State are the target delivery destinations, he added.

The first consignment picked up by the postal services was for Thodupuzha and Kattapana in Idukki district, a difficult terrain topographically. The non-delivered books from textbook depots of the Education Department were also picked up.

The first lot would be delivered to the post office warehouses in Kattapana and Thodupuzha, from where these would be delivered to the various textbook societies under which come a group of schools in the area.

The work involves picking up books from the KBPS in Kakkanad and combining it with the lot available in textbook depots and then delivering it to the respective school societies.

All the Class X lots will be picked up by Monday and delivery will be completed by April-end, Mr. Job said.

The second phase will be to pick up the first volume of books for classes I to IV, after which comes books of classes VI and VII and lastly those of classes VIII and IX will be picked up. All books will be delivered before the start of the next academic year, he said.

Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1974 - Submission of representations by govt servants

F.N0.1101314/2010-Estt. (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block, New Delhi,
Dated the 191h April, 2010

OFFICE MEMORANDUM


Subject: Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1974 - Submission of representations by Government servants - instructions regarding.



The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's O.M. No. 1101317199- Estt. (A) dated 1.11.1999 on the abovementioned subject which indicates that the categories of representations from Government servants on service matters have been broadly identified as follows :-

(i) Representationslcomplaints regarding non-payment of salary1 allowances or other issues.

(ii) Representations on other service matters.
(iii) Representations against the orders of the immediate official superior authority and
(iv) Appeals and petitions under statutory rules and orders (such as Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965 and the petition instructions.

(Apart from the above, sometimes, Government servants also submit advance copy of their representations to the authorities higher than the appropriatelCompetent Authority.)

2. Necessary guidelines to deal with such representations are contained in the aforesaid O.M. which are to be followed by the administrative authorities. However, it is observed that some officials resort to the
practice of sending repeated representations on the same issue which involves repeated examination of the same issue and bogs down the official machinery to the detriment of consideration of more important and time-bound issues. The matter has been considered by this Department. It needs to be emphasized that Government servants should desist from making frequent and numerous representations on the same issue. The second representatior on the same issue will bc examined only if it contains any fresh points regarding new developments or facts having a bearing on the issue. It has been decided that when representations have already been considered and replied, further representations exceeding two on the same issue will henceforth be ignored. A Government servant may make a representation to an authority higher than the lowest competent authority only when he is able to establish that all the points or subrnissions made therein have not been fully and properly considered by his official superior, or the Head of Office concerned or such other authority at the lowest level competent to deal with the matter. Government servants should desist from prcrnaturely addressing the higher authorities.
3. All the MinistrieslDepartments arc requested to bring the above guidelines for the notice of all concerned for information and compliance

Friday, April 23, 2010

PLI/RPLI Issues in Meghdoot 6.6 Service Pack

As per the Directorate instructions, PLI/RPLi premium is segregated in First Year Premium and Renewal Premium.
This segregation happens on the basis of Date of Acceptance of the policy.
In the CashAccount also, the separate account heads are created by Treasury for First Year Premium and Renewal Premium. Simultaneously, the separate account heads are created for Other Than Premium, Rebate.
All these account heads get created during the upgradation of Treasury Database
The Other Than Premium head contains the amount for following items:
Medical Fees, Fines (Surcharge), Duplicate Fees, Miscellaneous Receipts.
Schedule is also modified to create separate Schedule for First Year Premium, Renewal Premium on Receipts side and Rebate schedule on Payment side.
At Point of Sale, on the basis of Date of Acceptance, the premium will be segregated in First Year Premium and Renewal Premium.
Coming to Schedule Part, the HO PLI/RPLI Premium data will be fetched from Tools->Fetch from Counter and Treasury. This data will already be segregated in first year premium and renewal premium.
Regarding SO , the segregation will happen if Date of acceptance for the policy is provided. Otherwise, the transaction will be treated as Renewal Premium transaction.
Coming to Report part of Schedule, in Receipt side, there are three schedules which are as follows:
First Year Premium, Renewal Premium and Other Than Premium
When you are going to Report->Receipts-> PLI/RPLI Premium, you will find First Year and Renewal option button. Now, if you want first year premium, then you will have to select the corresponding first year premium account head from the combo box. If account head is not there, it means that treasury has not created the account head.
Same thing holds good for Renewal Premium. Select the Renewal Premium option, select the corresponding account head. If any difference is there, set it right and u can see the report.
For generating Rebate Schedule Report, you don’t have to make any data entry. The data will come from the transactions which you have entered in PLI/RPLi premium receipts. In those transactions, if any rebate is given to customer, then that rebate will appear in Rebate Schedule.
For Other Than Premium Schedule, you will make data entry for following items in Receipts-> Unclassified Receipts:
Medical Fees, Duplicate Fees, Miscellaneous Receipts.
Fines (i.e default fees) item will come in Other Than Premium Schedule from the transaction which you entered in PLI/RPLI premium receipts

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

IRDA tells postal dept to fall in line, triggers row

IRDA tells postal dept to fall in line, triggers row
India's top insurance regulator has demanded that the country’s postal department adhere to its norms while selling insurance products, triggering a potentially damaging row between the two and forcing the finance ministry’s intervention.

The Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA), which regulates all insurance products in the country, has threatened to ban all policies sold by the Department of Posts (DoP) in case of a failure to comply.

A rattled finance ministry, which is already locked in a high-profile mediation effort to resolve a row between the IRDA and Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) over unit linked insurance policies (ULIPS), was forced to step in asking for restraint and the matter is now being discussed between the three.

“....We are working to find an amicable solution on how both IRDA and the Postal Department can solve this issue. Any final decision will be taken only after giving due consideration to benefit of existing policy holders,” a finance ministry official said.

The postal life insurance has over 15 million policy holders. It offers two life insurance schemes, Postal Life Insurance and Rural Postal life Insurance with a corpus fund of Rs 14,000 crore and Rs 4,000 crore, respectively as on March 2009. All insurance products offered by the DoP are not covered by IRDA’s rules and regulations.

The current one and the bigger battle between IRDA and SEBI highlight the importance of clear rules of demarcation between various regulators and government bodies in a sector whose growth has assumed gigantic proportions.

The insurance regulator argued that compliance with IRDA’s norms will actually benefit the department of post. “In fact they (department of post) have lost a number of times to get group insurance schemes from public sector players such as BSNL in the past,” said an IRDA official stating the case for expedition of decision on investment of the corpus under Post Office Insurance Fund as per IRDA guidelines.

Under the Insurance Act 1938, Section 118 (C), life insurance schemes run by several state governments for their employees and the Postal Life Insurance Scheme of the central government don’t come under the IRDA purview. The insurance regulator is looking to extend its reach. “IRDA has asked us to form a separate insurance division. They further want us to follow their norms regarding requirement for capital and deposits. Given our huge base, it doesn’t make sense unless some relaxation is provided for,” said an official in the ministry of Communications and IT.

As per a report from Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), the department of post failed to achieve the yearly target set for procurement of business both in Postal Life Insurance (PLI) and Rural Life Insurance during 2002-03 and 2006-07. It states that in case of PLI, the shortfall in target went up from 17% in 2002-03 to 41% in 2006-07.
Source: Economic Times
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the fifth Civil Service Day today. He will also give away the 'PM Award for Excellence in Public Administration’ for the year 2008-09. Nine outstanding initiatives in three categories – individual, group and organization – have been selected for the award. Of these the ones in the individual category are: (i) Removal of Encroachments of Structures of Different Religions – Maintaining of Communal Harmony (Madhya Pradesh) (ii) Involvement of Community under National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in Naxalite Affected Areas (Madhya Pradesh) (iii) Making medicines affordable(Rajasthan) (iv) River Linking Project at Jalgaon (Maharashtra) and (v) Cervical Cancer Screening Evolving a new methodology – A life saving initiative of Chennai Corporation, Chennai (Tamil Nadu).

In the group category the award will be given to (i) Implementation of the ST and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (Madhya Pradesh), (ii) Computerization of Paddy Procurement and Public Distribution System (Chattisgarh) and (iii) Integrated Tax Payer Data Management System – A Data Mining Tool, CBDT, Government of India. Project Arrow – Transforming India Post, Government of India bags the award in the organization category.

Under this scheme of awards instituted in 2006, all officers of Central and State Governments individually or as group or as organization are eligible. The award includes a medal, scroll and a cash amount of Rs. 1 lakh. In case of a group, the total award money is Rs. 5 lakh subject to a maximum of Rs. 1 lakh per person. For an organization this is limited to Rs. 5 lakh.

An exhibition showcasing the various award winning initiatives will be put up. Books written by the Civil Servants during the last five years will also be displayed.

This Day is observed by all Civil Services to rededicate and recommit themselves to the cause of the people. It provides a unique opportunity for introspection as also chalking out future strategies to deal with the challenges being posed by the changing times.
Organization

Project Arrow-Transforming India Post, Government of India

D/o Posts, M/o Communications & IT,

Mobile Banking Facility


Mobile Banking Facility


32 banks have been given approval to provide mobile banking facility in the country by the Reserve Bank of India. 21 banks have started providing these services. Mobile banking is a secure application, which takes care of end-to-end encryption of data in transit to offer banking information and transactions. Customer is forced to change the activation code and mPIN sent to him at the time of registration. He is also driven to decide a password to log-in to the application. Customer also has a choice to change the mPIN, log-in password at any point of time.

Banks are now permitted to offer this service to their customers subject to a daily cap of Rs.50,000/- per customer for both funds transfer and transactions involving purchase of goods/ services. Transactions up to Rs.1,000/- can be facilitated by banks without end-to-end encryption. The risk aspects involved in such transactions are addressed by the banks through adequate security measures.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Finance, Shri Namo Narain Meena in written reply to a question raised in Rajya Sabha today.

Monday, April 19, 2010

FAQ ON LTC

What is home town LTC?

Hometown is the place declared by the employee as his home town


2. What is the frequency of Home Town LTC?


LTC to home Town is available for once in two years. i.e once in a block of two calendar years, such as 2008-2009, 2010-2011 and so on.


3. What is ALL India LTC?


The leave travel concession to any place in India shall be admissible irrespective of the distance of the place of visit from the headquarters of the Government servant, once in a block of four calendar years


4. How many times a government servant can avail LTC in a block of four years?


LTC is allowed for journey to “Home Town” once in a block of two years and “Any place in India” once in a block of four years in lieu of any one of two Home town LTC. In other words, in a block of 4 years a government at the maximum can either avail one home town LTC and one All India LTC or two home town LTC.


5. What is the LTC provisions available to New recruits?


Leave travel concessions shall be admissible on completion of one year’s continuous service Fresh recruits to central government may be allowed to avail 3 home town LTC and one All India LTC in lieu of one home town LTC. This concession is entitled to them for first two block years of four years.


6. What is the provisions for encashing the Earned Leave while proceeding on LTC?


Government officers are allowed to encash ten days of earned leave at the time of availing of LTC and to the extent of sixty days during the entire career. The leave encashed at the time of LTC will not be deducted from the maximum amount of earned leave encashable at the time of retirement. It is further clarified that where both husband and wife are Government servants, the present entitlement for availing LTC shall remain unchanged, and encashment of leave equal to 10 days at the time of availing of LTC will continue to be available to both, subject to a maximum of sixty days each during the career.


7. Can I change my Home Town?


The hometown once declared and accepted by the controlling officer shall be treated as final. In exceptional circumstances, the Head of the Department or if the Government servant himself is the Head of the Department, the Administrative Ministry, may authorise a change in such declaration provided that such a change shall not be made more than once during the service of a Government servant.


8. Can I carry over if I could not avail LTC during a particular block year?


A Government servant who is unable to avail of the leave travel concession within a particular block of two years or four years may avail of the same within the first year of the next block of two years or four years.


9. Can I get advance amount before proceeding to LTC?


Yes. Provisional LTC claim to the extent of 90% of estimated fare can be received as LTC advance.


10. Whether LTC is available when we travel by a private taxi?


where a Govt. servant traveling by road takes a seat or seats in a bus, van or other vehicle operated by Tourism Development Corporations in the Public Sector, State Transport Corporations and Transport services run by other Government or local bodies, reimbursement shall be either the actual hire charges or entitled class by rail by the shortest direct route, whichever is less. Reimbursement shall not be admissible for journey by a private car (owned, borrowed or hired), or a bus, van or other vehicle owned by private operators.


11. What is the present position for travel by Air when LTC is availed?


As per OM No.7(1)E.Coord/2009 dated 22nd March, 2010 austerity measures will remain in place for travel by air (where admissible) on LTC, which would continue to be restricted to economy class irrespective of the entitlement. Also travel by private airlines has also been restricted as far as LTC is concerned. However, travel by air using private airlines while performing tour to North Eastern Regions on LTC has been permitted.


12. Whether the relaxation for travel by air to visit to NER has been extended?



No. As per the OM No: 31011/4/2007-Estt (A) dated 2.5.2008, relaxation for travel by air to visit to NER is valid till 1.5.2010.


13. Whether Group C and D employees can travel by Air to NER from their place of posting while proceeding on LTC?

No. As per the OM No: 31011/4/2007-Estt (A) dated 2.5.2008, Group A and Group B employees will be entitled to travel by Air from their place of posting in the case of tour to NER availing LTC. Other categories of employees will be entitled to travel by air to a city in the NER from Guwahati or Kolkota.


14. Can I convert my home town LTC into LTC for destinations in NER, if had performed all india LTC already during the block year of 4 years?

Yes. As per the OM No: 31011/4/2007-Estt (A) dated 2.5.2008, all central government employees will be allowed conversion of one block of Home Town LTC into LTC for destination in NER. This relaxation is irrespective of the availment of all India LTC previously by the employee in the same block year of 4 years. For example, if an employee availed All India LTC in lieu of home town LTC in the first block consisting of two years, he is eligible to avail LTC to NER in lieu of Home town LTC available in the second block consisting of two years


15. Whether I can avail LTC for my parents who are not entitled for any sort of Leave travel concession by virtue of their employment?

No. If parents are not wholly dependent on the government servant, they are not entitled for any LTC.


16. What is LTC 80?

LTC 80 is a scheme offered by Air India for booking air tickets when central government officers avail LTC. Prior to July 2009, tariff under LTC 80 was very significant as officers were allowed to travel in private airlines while claiming LTC. In such cases rates under LTC 80 were reimbursed to officers irrespective the amount spent by them for travelling in private airlines. However, after July 2009, travel by private airlines while proceeding on LTC is not allowed and further officers are allowed to claim only the economy class airfare or LTC 80 rates. Check these GConnect link for downloading the relevant circular.

Check this Office Memorandum dated 27.07.2009 for restriction of air travel while claiming LTC

To check LTC 80 go to this air india site


17.what are all the conditions for declaring home town?



In normal parlance home town is a place where the government servant is born. However it may not be applicable to many as we would have shifted to other places from the place of our birth due to various reasons. The following guidelines provided by govt which are not exhaustive could be useful for deciding the home town. But it’s clearly stipulated that the decision of the Controlling Officer whether or not to accept such place as the hometown of the Government servant shall be final.

The place declared by Government servant is the one which requires his physical presence at intervals for discharging various domestic and social obligations, and if so, whether after his entry into service, the Government servant had been visiting that place frequently.
The Government servant owns residential property in that place or whether he is a member of a joint family having such property there.
His near relations are resident in that place.
Prior to his entry into Government service, the Government servant had been living there for some years.
Where the Government servant or the family of which he is a member owns a residential or landed property in more than one place, it is left to the Government servant to make a choice giving reasons for the same.
18. Whether both the husband and wife are eligible to LTC separately if they are government servants?


When husband and wife both are Govt. servants, they could, at their option, choose to declare separate hometown and both of them may claim the concession separately under the normal provisions of CCS (LTC) Rules in respect of the members of their respective families subject to the condition that if husband or wife avails the facility as a member of the family of the other, he or she will not be entitled for claiming the concession for self independently. Similarly, the children shall be eligible for the benefit in one particular block as members of the family of one of the parents only.


19. What are all conditions for claiming LTC when the home town of a government servant is outside india?


A Government servant who declares, subject to the satisfaction of the Controlling Officer, that his hometown is outside India, will also be entitled to the leave travel concession for visiting his hometown. LTC in such a case will be limited to the fares for journey up to and from the railway station (by the shortest route) nearest to the hometown or the railway station for the nearest port of embarkation/disembarkation in India.


20. Whether the family can perform journey separately?


Where a Government servant and his family perform journeys separately, there is no objection to his presenting separate claims. In each case, however, the claim should be for both outward and inward journeys.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Expiry date (physical life) for LPG cylinders



Please communicate this information to your family and friends. Have U ever heard about LPG gas cylinder's expiry date....!!


Do you know that there is an expiry date (physical life) for LPG cylinders? Expired Cylinders are not safe for use and may cause accidents. In this regard, please be cautious at the time of accepting any LPG cylinder from the vendor.


Here is how we can check the expiry of LPG cylinders :
On one of three side stems of the cylinder, the expiry date is coded alpha numerically as follows A or B or C or D and some two digit number following this e.g. D06.


The alphabets stand for quarters -
1. A for March (First Qtr),
2. B for June (Second Qtr),
3. C for Sept (Third Qtr),
4. D for December (Fourth Qtr).



The digits stand for the year till it is valid. Hence D06 would mean December qtr of 2006.


Please Return Back the Cylinder that you get with a Expiry Date, they are prone to Leak and other Hazardous accidents ...



The second example with D13 allows the cylinder to be in use until Dec 2013. Kindly pass this to every one, and create awareness among the public.

LEAVE TRAVEL CONCESSION – LTC FOR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

LEAVE TRAVEL CONCESSION – LTC FOR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES


No.DPE/3(4)/2008-Fin.
Government of India
Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
Department of Public Enterprises



Public Enterprises Bhavan
Block No. 14, CGO Complex
Lodhi Road New Delhi
Dated 26th March, 2010



OFFICE MEMORANDUM




Subject: Expenditure Management – Economy measures and Rationalization of Expenditure.



In consonance with economy instructions issued by Department of Expenditure vide O.M. No.7(1)E.Coord./2009 dated 7th September, 2009, this Department extended the appropriate economy measures applicable for Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) vide O.M. No. DPE/3(4)/2008-Fin dated 8.10.2009 through which, inter alia, following instructions regarding domestic and foreign travel were covered:-



(i) No travel on Government account by air will take place by First Class; and



(ii) All domestic travel on Government account by air will take place only by economy class, irrespective of the entitlement.



2. The matter has been reviewed by the Department of Expenditure and it has been decided vide O.M. No. 7(1)/E.Coord/2009 dated 23.3.2010 (copy enclosed) that w.e.f. 1st April, 2010 travel on Government account by air both domestic and International may take place by the entitled class. However, the austerity measures will remain in place for travel by air (where admissible) on LTC, which would continue to be restricted to economy class irrespective of the entitlement.



3. The partial withdrawal of austerity instructions vide O.M. referred above will also be applicable to CPSEs.



4. It is requested that the above relaxation may kindly be brought to the notice of Public Sector Enterprises under the administrative control of Ministries / Departments.

Department of posts to distribute new pension system

Department of posts to distribute new pension system

The Department of Posts, Government of India, has been enlisted as a Point of Presence (PoP) for distribution of the New Pension System (NPS) by Pension Fund Regulatory & Development Authority (PFRDA). The Department of Posts (DOP) would, to start with, make the NPS available at over 800 of its branches all over the country, and expand the distribution network to more branches in a phased manner in its endeavour to make NPS available to all citizens in all parts of the country. Both PFRDA and the Department of Posts see significant potential and synergy in this partnership for the development of the NPS and believe that it will significantly further and promote the Government’s initiative to provide old age income security to all citizens of India.

NPS is currently being distributed by 21 entities through nearly 800 branches spread all over the country. PFRDA is working with these institutions to bring all their branches under NPS in a time-bound manner. NPS will now be sold through over 1600 outlets of DOP and other entities.

PFRDA is also considering proposals from other entities seeking authorization to act as a PoP. PFRDA has accorded over-riding priority to expansion of NPS distribution network in its effort to make NPS available within the easy reach of all citizens.

Compilation of important orders issued by DG Posts No 2

Subject : Updating of norms for calculation of establishment of Departmental Stamp Vendors/Gramin Dak Sewak Stamp Vendors for sale of stamps and stationary – issue of the revised norms.



Norms for assessing the establishment of Departmental Stamp Vendors/Gramin Dak Sewak Stamp Vendors for sale of stamps and stationary were circulated vide the office letter No 31-15/83-PE I dated 7.10.1986, 18.11.1986 and partially reiterated vide letter No 4-5/99-PE I dated 02.08.2002 when 100% increase in rates occurred.



2. Postal rates have increased manifold since these norms were issued. A fresh work study to formulate revised norms has been conducted to cope with the changes requirements at the work places. It has now been decided (with the approval of staff inspection unit, ministry of finance, department of expenditure vide their UO Note No 1000/03 dated 26.9.2003) to adopt the following norms for calculation of establishment of Departmental stamp vendors/gramin dak sewak stamp vendors to sale of stamps and stationary :-



Sale of stamp and stationary



i. Up to Rs. 50/- or part thereof 3 minutes

ii. Subsequent sale of stamps and stationary 3 minutes

Of Rs. 50/- or part thereof up to 100/-



The other existing slap of Rs. 10, Rs. 10 to Rs. 30/-, Rs. 30 and above will hence forth cease to be in existence.



Notes :



(i) >The sale up to Rs. 100 should be treated as retail sale and beyond that as bulk sale.

(ii) >The minimum sale of Rs. 50/- should be a base instead of Rs. 1/-



3 Keeping in view the above time factor, the hourly sale comes to Rs. 100/- and as such the existing post of departmental stamp vendor will be justified on the sale of Rs. 7000/- per day. Similarly the GDS(ED) Stamp Vendor for five hours will be justified on sale of Rs. 5000/- per day.



4 Where there are multipurpose counter machines (MPCMs) the post of stamp vendor/GDS (stamp vendor) is not justified and the work of sale of stamps and stationary should be attached with counter clerk it is possible that in all post offices, it may not be applicable. As such head of the division should determine the justification of the post of stamp vendor.



5 On application of these norms, the posts of DSV/GDSVs may not be justified in some post offices and may become surplus. These posts may be redeployed (as per the existing instructions issued by Establishment division) where there is a need for these posts. In case, these surplus posts can not be utilized, these may be abolished but only after proper assessment of staff for the current services as well as for future needs. Any clarification in this regard may be obtained from establishment division. If any technical problem in implementing the norms is experienced the same may be directly brought to the notice of internal work study unit (IWSU) of the Directorate for clarification etc. Their case mark No 9-5/2002-WS-I refers.



This issue with the approval of MOF (Deptt. Of Expenditure) staff inspection Unit ID Not No 1000/03 dated 26.9.2003 and concurrence of Finance Advice vide their dy. No 542/FA/03/CS dated 03.12.2003.

Compilation of Old orders issued by DG Posts No 1

D G Posts No C-32016/10/2006-VP dated 08.02.2007



Gazette of India No. 51 (17 Dec – 23 Dec. 2006)


ORDER
NEW DELHI THE 12TH DECEMBER 2006


S.O. 4910 – In exercise of the powers conferred by Sub-rule (2) of Rule 9, Clause (b) of sub-rule (2) of rule 12 and sub rul (1) of rule 24 of Central Civil Services (Classification, control and appeal) Rules, 1965, the President hereby makes the following amendments in order of Government of India in the Ministry of Communications (Department of Posts) number S.O. 2454 dated the 27th August, 1990 namely :-
In the Schedule to the said order, for a Part –I the following shall be substituted namely :-
“PART – I – GENERAL CENTRAL SERVICES GROUP ‘B’
Description of Posts Appointing authority Authority competent to impose penalties and penalties which it may impose (with reference to item numbers in rule 11) Apellate authority


Authority Penalties

1 2 3 4 5
(1) All Posts Group ‘B’

Director General (Posts) Director General (Posts)
Member, Postal services All

President


(Except the posts mentioned at Sr. No. 2 to 9)
Board or Head of Circle (i) to (iv) Director General (Posts)
(2) Assistant Superintendent of Posts Head of Circle Head of Circle

All

Member, Postal Services Board
(Previously known as Assistant Superintendent of Post Offices/Assistant Superintendent of RMS)


Director Postal Services (Concerned)



(i) to (iv)

Head of Circle/Regional PMGs


(3) Inspector of Posts Director Postal Services Director Postal Services (Concerned) All Head of Circle/Regional PMGs
(previously known as Inspector of Post Offices/Inspector of RMS)
Head of Division/Superintendent, Postal Stores Depot/Circle Stamp Depot/Senior Postmaster/Chief Postmaster/Assistant Director (Staff)/ Superintendent Sorting (i) to (iv) Director Postal Services
(4) HSG-I Director Postal Services Director Postal Services (Concerned) All Head of cicle/ Regional PMGs


Head of Division/Superintendent, Postal Stores Depot/Circle Stamp Depot/Senior Postmaster/Chief Postmaster/Assistant Director (Staff)/ Superintendent Sorting (i) to (iv) Director Postal Services (concerned)
(5) Office Superintendent HSG-I (Circle Office) Director Postal Services Director Postal Services All Head of Circle,


APMG (Staff), AD (Staff) (i) to (iv) Director postal Services (Concerned)



1 2 3 4 5
(6) Librarian Director, Postal Staff College of India Director, Postal Staff College of India All Member Postal Services Board


Joint Director, Postal Staff College of India (i) to (iv) Director, Postal Staff College of India
(7) Assistant Manager Mail Motor Service (Post of Inspector Mail Motor Service has been merged with Assistant Manager Mail Motor Services) DPS DPS (Concerned) All Head of Circle/ Regional PMGs


Senior Manager/Manager Mail Motor Service (i) to (iv) DPS (concerned)
(8) Junior Accounts Officer Head Of Circle Head Of Circle All Member, Postal Services Board


DPS/Director of Accounts (P)/Deputy Director of Accounts (P)/Jt. Director Postal Staff College India/Director Postal Training Centre (i) to (iv) Head of Circle
(9) Statistical Assistant Secretary, Postal Services Board Secretary, Postal Services Board All Member, Postal Services Board


Director (Administration) (in respect of Non-secretariat posts) (i) to (iv) Secretary, Postal Services Board

Friday, April 16, 2010

House Building advance after 6cpc

Even after two full years are over from the date when Government received the recommendations of Sixth Pay Commission, the modalities for Housing Loan proposed by 6cpc are yet to be framed. In the mean time Ministry of Urban development issued an interim order for grant of HBA after implementation of Sixth Pay Commission.


It could be seen that the maximum Housing loan that could be obtained after implementation of sixth pay commission report is only Rs.7.5 lakhs. We feel this would serve no purpose and Govt should come up with the new modalities for HBA as early as possible.

You might be aware of the recommendations of 6cpc in respect of Housing loan. As per 6cpc recommendations the existing system of lending directly by the government it to be dispensed with and nationalized banks would lend to government employees at a subsidized Interest rates.

This is the extract of 6cpc’s recommendations regarding HBA.

The Commission, accordingly, recommends that the Government should not give any interest bearing advances. Instead the Government should enter into agreement with leading PSU banks to extend this facility at pre-determined competitive rates to Government employees. While the employee shall take the loans/advances directly from the bank with the approval of the sanctioning authority in the Government and also repay the installments directly to the bank. The Government will give an interest subsidy equal to 2 percentage points in rate of interest being charged by the bank to the employee. The interest subsidy for employees with disabilities will be equal to four percentage points in the rate of interest being charged by the bank.

Virtual Post office

INDIA Post is creating a virtual post office that will sell stamps and enable money transfer online, the latest attempt by the centuries-old government organization to stay relevant in the internet age.

The virtual post office that is expected to be operational by the year-end will provide universal access to various postal services at the click of the mouse. Payment for the services can be made either through credit cards or internet banking through recognized banks. The project is a huge step by the world’s largest network of post offices towards making postal service delivery customer friendly. It is targeted at the internet-savvy educated urban audience consumer. India Post runs 155,333 post offices across the country.

“We want to take essential postal services to the doorstep of every citizen of the country.” Said an official with the ministry of communications and IT that runs India Post, “The idea is to create a portal where citizens can login to purchase postal stamps and also send in money orders,” he said, requesting anonymity.

The modalities for the project are being worked out. The department will scout for financial institutions which will join as partners to make the payment process simple and user-friendly.

“The proposal sounds very practical and most feasible. India has made a quantum league in technology. Lot of rigorous manual processes can be substituted by electronic processes. Activities like endorsement of stamps and transferring money can be done over the internet, “said Yes Bank MD & CEO Rana Kapoor.

India Post, which traces its origins to post offices in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata setup by the British East India Company, will turns 246 years old this year.

A large number of Indians still send money orders despite several options of money transfer, mainly because of the department’s reach and access to interior villages.

One of the issues that the department will have to tackle is to make the stamps electronically secured. The department is studying various aspects of this project on the usage of the stamps and putting them to use.

India Post is expanding its array of services to attract customer’s attention. In the past, various new-age services have been extended by the department including railway ticketing, foreign remittance and even collecting mobile telephone bills. It is also planning to introduce pre-paid cards that will support cashless transactions at retail outlets across the country.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Speed complaints for the year 2008-09 is 0.0104% only

Speed complaints for the year 2008-09 is 0.0104% only
There are not many complaints of inefficiency and delay regarding Speed-Post from any parts of the country. Department of Post handled 21.14 Crore Speed Post articles during 2008-09. During the last 3 years and upto October, 2009, department handled 12.86 crore, 17.73crore 21.14 crore and 12.96 crore Speed Post articles and the percentage of complaints is 0.113, 0.098, 0.103 and 0.113 respectively only. As may be seen, the speed post traffic has been growing by an average of 25% and complaints on an average by 0.104% only. There is however scope for improvement.

Occasional complaints arise which are on account of dependence on external agencies for transmission and last mile delivery. The Department of Posts has been taking a number of steps to improve the Speed Post service most efficiently in the country. This reply was given by Shri Gurudas Kamat, Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in Rajya Sabha.

GRANT OF FINANCIAL UPGRADATION UNDER THE MODIFIED ASSURED CAREER PROGRESSION SCHEME

GRANT OF FINANCIAL UPGRADATION UNDER THE MODIFIED ASSURED CAREER PROGRESSION SCHEME



No. 22/22/2009-CS.I (CR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)


Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Mkt.
New Delhi, dated the 12th April, 2010.



OFFICE MEMORANDUM




Subject: Grant of financial upgradation under the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme.




In supersession of this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 12th January, 2010, the undersigned is directed to say that it has been further clarified by Establishment (D)Assistants / DR Grade ‘C’ Stenographers who have got Non-functional grade (NFG) in the grade pay of Rs.5400/- would only be entitled for 3rd financial upgradation in the immediate higher grade pay of Rs.6600/- on completion of 30 years of continuous service or on completion of 10 years stagnation in a single grade pay, whichever is earlier.. No further financial upgradation would be admissible to such officials.




All the cadre/sub-cadre authorities are requested to deal with such cases accordingly.

EXTRACTS FROM THE GPF (CS) RULES, 1960

EXTRACTS FROM THE GPF (CS) RULES, 1960



Rule-12: Advances from the fund

(1) The appropriate sanctioning authority may sanction the payment to any subscriber of an advance consisting of a sum of whole rupees and not exceeding in amount three months’ pay or half the amount standing to his credit in the Fund, whichever is less, for one or more of the following purposes.

(a) to pay expenses in connection with the illness, confinement or a disability, including where necessary, the traveling expenses of the subscriber and members of his family or any person actually dependent on him;

(b) to meet cost of higher education, including where necessary the traveling expenses of the subscriber and members of his family or any person actually dependent on him in the following cases, namely :-
(ii) for education outside India for academic, technical, professional or vocational course beyond the High School stage; and
(ii) for any medical, engineering or other technical or specialized course in India beyond the High School stage, provided that the course of study is for not less than three years.

(c) to pay obligatory expenses on a scale appropriate to the subscriber’s status which by customary usage the subscriber has to incur in connection with betrothal or marriages, funerals or other ceremonies;

(d) to meet the cost of legal proceedings instituted by or against the subscriber, any member of his family or any person actually dependent upon him, the advance in this case being available in addition to any advance admissible for the
same purpose from any other Government source.
(e) to meet the cost of the subscriber’s defence where he engages a legal practitioner to defend himself in an enquiry in respect of any alleged official misconduct on his part.

(f) to purchase consumer durables such as TV, VCR/VCP, washing machines, cooking range, geysers and computers.
(1-A) The president may, in special circumstances, sanction the payment to any subscriber of an advance if he is satisfied that the subscriber concerned requires the advance for reasons other than those mentioned in sub-rule (1).

(2) An advance shall not, except for special reasons to be recorded in writing, be granted to any subscriber in excess of the limit laid down in sub-rule (1) or until repayment of the last installment of any previous advance.

(3) When an advance is sanctioned under sub-rule (2) before repayment of last installment of any previous advance is completed, the balance of any previous advance not recovered shall be added to the advance so sanctioned and the installments for recovery shall be fixed with reference to the consolidated amount.

Rule – 15: Withdrawals from the Fund

(1) Subject to the conditions specified therein, withdrawals may be sanctioned by the authorities competent to sanction an advance for special reasons under sub-rule (2) of Rule 12, at any time –

(A) after the completion of (fifteen) years of service (including broken periods of service, if any) of a subscriber or within then years before the date of his retirement on superannuation, whichever is earlier, from the amount standing to his credit in the Fund, for one or more of the following purposes, namely :-

(a) meeting the cost of higher education, including where necessary, the traveling expenses of the subscriber or any child of the subscriber in the following cases, namely :-

(i)for education outside India for academic, technical, professional or vocational course beyond the High School stage; and

(ii) for any medical, engineering or other technical or specialized course in India beyond the High School stage;

(b) meeting the expenditure in connection with the betrothal/marriage of the subscriber or his sons or his daughters, and any other female relation actually dependent on him;

(c) meeting the expenses in connection with the illness, including where necessary, the traveling expenses of the subscriber and members of his family or any person actually dependent on him ;

(d) meeting the cost of consumer durables such as TV, VCR/VCP, washing machines, cooking range, geysers and computers.

(B) during the service of a subscriber, from the amount standing to his credit in the Fund for one or more of the following purposes, namely :-

(a) building or acquiring a suitable house or ready-built flat for his residence including the cost of the site, or any payment towards allotment of a plot or flat by the Delhi Development Authority, State Housing Board or a House Building
Society;

(b) repaying an outstanding amount on account of loan expressly taken for building or acquiring a suitable house or ready-built flat for his residence;

(c) purchasing a house-site for building a house thereon for his residence or repaying any outstanding amount on account of loan expressly taken for this purpose;

(d) reconstructing or making additions or alterations to a house or a flat already owned or acquired by a subscriber;

(e) renovating, additions or alterations or upkeep of the ancestral house or a house built with the assistance or loan from Government;

(f) constructing a house on a site purchased under Clause (c);

(C) within twelve months before the date of subscriber’s retirement on superannuation from the amount standing to the credit in the Fund, without linking to any purpose.

Rule – 16: Conditions for withdrawal

(1) Any sum withdrawn by a subscriber at any one time for one or more of the purposes specified in Rule 15 from the amount standing to his credit in the Fund shall not ordinarily exceed one-half of such amount or six months’ pay, whichever is less. The sanctioning authority may, however, sanction the withdrawal of an amount in excess of this limit up to ¾ of the balance at his credit in the Fund having due regard to (i) the object for which the withdrawal is being made, (ii) the status the subscriber,
and (iii) the amount to his credit in the Fund [in case of withdrawal under Clause(A) and up to 90% of balance at credit in cases of
withdrawals under clause (B) of sub-rule (1) of Rule 15.

(2) A subscriber who has been permitted to withdraw money from the Fund under Rule 15 shall satisfy the sanctioning authority within a reasonable period as may be specified by the authority that the money has been utilized for the
purpose for which it was withdrawn, and if he fails to do so, the whole of the sum so withdrawn or so much thereof as has not been applied for the purpose for which it was withdrawn shall forthwith be repaid in one lump sum by the subscriber to the Fund and in default of such payment, it shall be ordered by the sanctioning authority to be recovered from his emoluments either in lump sum or in such number of monthly installments, as may be determined by the President.



CIRCULAR ON RULES AND PROCEDURES FOR PROCESSING OF ADVANCE/WITHDRAWAL/REFUND



No. NITR/BOT/Circular/07/M/295



Dt: 21-08-2007



Sub:- Rules and Procedures for Processing of Advance/Withdrawal/Refund-reg.



For some time, our Institute has been recommending undue requests of GPF/CPF subscribers for advances / withdrawals in violation of Govt. guidelines. This is attracting criticism of Audit and exposing BOT officials to disciplinary action. Depleted PF balances are also reducing protection of our employees after retirement.

In view of the above it is decided that the following rules and procedures will be strictly followed while processing cases of advance, withdrawal or refund w.e.f. the date of issue.



I. Eligibility:
A subscriber can apply for temporary advance at any time after commencement of subscription and for withdrawals after completion of 15 years of service or within 10 years before the date of retirement on superannuation, which ever is earlier, for purposes mentioned in Rule 15(1)(A) and any time after commencement of subscription for purposes mentioned in Rule 15(1)(B), except during last 3 months of service.



II. Purpose:
Applications for advance/withdrawal for any purpose other than those contained in Rule 12(1)/15(1) will not be entertained / processed. However, withdrawal(s) during last 12 months of service may be sanctioned without linking to any purpose.



III. Quantum:
Advances from the fund will be sanctioned for an amount not exceeding 3 months pay or half the amount standing to the credit of the applicant subscriber whichever is less.
Similarly, withdrawals from the fund will be sanctioned for an amount not exceeding 6 months pay or half the amount standing to the credit of the applicant subscriber whichever is less.



IV. Subsequent Advance/Withdrawal:
Subsequent advance will be sanctioned only after 30 days of recovery of the last installment and/or full refund of outstanding balance of the previous advance(s), if any.
Application for subsequent withdrawal for any purpose for which a withdrawal has been sanctioned to the subscriber in any earlier occasion will be processed according to GoI, Dept. of Pen & PW, Notification No. 45/44/97-P & PW (F), dated 18.11.1998.



V. Time Gap:
At least 6 months time gap will be maintained between any two advances and/or withdrawals.



VI. Disbursement
Disbursement of sanctioned amount of advances and withdrawals will be made twice (on 10th & 25th) every month for general cases and once (on 10th) every month for special cases. Where 10th and 25th happens to be a Saturday / Sunday / Holiday disbursement will be made in the next working day.



VII. Processing Period
Applications for advance / withdrawals must be submitted at least 3 working days before the designated dates for disbursement



VIII. Exceptional Cases

(a) Advances in excess of the limit laid down in Rule12(1) or until repayment of the last installment of any previous advance, withdrawals in excess of the limit (up to 75% of the accumulations) in excess of the limit laid down in Rule 15 (1), and applications for subsequent advance and/or withdrawal within 6 months will not be considered/sanctioned, except for any special reasons, to be intimated by the applicant subscriber and to be approved by the Director, in writing.
(b) Similarly, applications for advance/withdrawal in less than 3 working days and/or requesting disbursement in any date other than 10th and 25th will not be considered, except for any emergency case(s) to be intimated by the applicant subscriber and agreed by the Chairman, BOT in writing.



IX. Refund
Refund of withdrawals and partial refund of advances will not be entertained under any circumstances. Refund of whole outstanding advance will be accepted only within the first week of every month and subject to the condition that the subscriber will not apply for another advance within the next 30 days.



X. Application
All applications for advance / withdrawal are to be in the new prescribed format available with the BOT section (sample copy enclosed).



XI. General
Rules referred in this circular are of General Provident Fund (Central Services) Rules, 1960. Any other cases not covered in this circular will be as per General Provident Fund (Central Services) Rules, 1960 or Contributory Provident Fund (India) Rules, 1962 or Provident Fund Act, 1925 as the case may be. This circular supersedes all circulars issued in this regard till date.



This issues with the approval of the competent authority

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

DA ORDERS FOR GDS RELEASED BY Department of Posts

DA ORDERS FOR GDS RELEASED BY DEPARTMENT OF POSTS
Department of Posts today released orders for payment of 8% DA to Gramin Dak Sewaks

Following the orders of the Ministry of Finance for payment of 8% additional DA to Central Government Employees w.e.f. 1.1.2010, the Department of Posts today released necessary orders for payment of the same to nearly three lakhs of GDS

Copy of the original orders of the Department is available hereunder: No.14-5/2009-PAP


Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts



Dak Bhawan, Sansad Bhawan
New Delhi, dated the 12th April, 2010

To
All Chief Postmasters General
All Postmasters General
All Directors / Dy.Director of Accounts [Postal]



Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) at revised rates with effect from 1.01.2010.



Sir / Madam,



Consequent upon grant of another installment of dearness allowance with effect from 01.01.2010 to Central Government Employees, vide Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure O.M. No. 1(3)/2010-E.II (B) dated 26th March, 2010,the Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS), have also become entitled to the payment of dearness allowance on basic TRCA at the revised rate with effect from 01.01.2010.It has, therefore, been decided that the dearness allowance payable to the Gramin Dak Sevaks shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 27% to 35%,on the basic Time Related Continuity Allowance ,with effect from 01.01.2010.




2. The additional Installment of dearness allowance payable under this order shall be paid in cash to all Gramin Dak Sevaks. The payment of arrears of dearness allowance for the month of January and February, 2010 shall not be made before the date of disbursement of TRCA of March 2010.




3. The expenditure on this account will be debitable to the Sub Head 'Salaries' under the relevant head and should be met from the sanctioned grant.




4. This Issues with the concurrence of Integrated Finance Wing vide their Diary No. 80/FA/10/10/CS, dated 12.04.2010.




Sdxxx
(K. Rameshwara Rao)
Asstt. Director General (Estt)

REIMBURSEMENT OF MEDICAL CLAIMS

Judgement – Retired govt officials can claim reimbursement – without joining CGHS.



Retired employees entitled to medical reimbursement – Delhi HC – Brief News

Retired employees entitled to medical reimbursement – Even if not opted for Medical Scheme: Court

Ruling that all government employees, even those retired, are entitled for medical reimbursement, the Delhi High Court Tuesday asked the Delhi government to pay the medical bills of a man who retired from a government enterprise in 2002.

Justice Kailash Gambhir asked the government to pay the medical expenses of Suraj Bhan and said: ‘The state has a constitutional obligation to bear the medical expenses of government employees while in service and also after they are retired. Clearly in the present case by taking a very inhuman approach, these officials have denied the grant of medical reimbursement to the petitioner forcing him to approach this court.’

Bhan had approached court seeking reimbursement of his medical bills.

In 2003, following a circular issued by the government, Bhan got enrolled for the medical scheme and paid the premium on regular basis though he had retired a year earlier. In 2007, a new scheme was introduced, but he was not aware of it.

Bhan was suffering from asthma and was under treatment at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital from July 3 to July 9, 2004. When he moved an application for reimbursement of Rs.33,654 towards hospital bills it was rejected by the employment officer as Bhan was not part of the 2007 scheme.

‘It is quite shocking that despite various directions from the courts, the government in utter defiance of the law has taken a position that the pensioner is not entitled to the grant of medical reimbursement since he did not opt to become a member of the said health scheme after his retirement,’ the court said and imposed a law suit cost of Rs.10,000 on the government.

The government said that since Bhan had not opted for the new scheme in 2007, he was not entitled to reimbursement.

‘The scheme is prospective in nature and the same would be effective once an employee becomes a member of the scheme and not otherwise,’ counsel for the government said.

‘It is a settled legal position that a government employee during his life time or after his retirement is entitled to get the benefit of medical facilities and no fetters can be placed on his rights on the pretext that he has not opted to become a member of the scheme or had paid the requisite subscription after having undergone the operation or any other medical treatment,’ the court said.

GRANT OF FINANCIAL UPGRADATION UNDER THE MODIFIED ASSURED CAREER PROGRESSION SCHEME

GRANT OF FINANCIAL UPGRADATION UNDER THE MODIFIED
ASSURED CAREER PROGRESSION SCHEME



No. 22/22/2009-CS.I (CR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)


Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Mkt.
New Delhi, dated the 12th April, 2010.



OFFICE MEMORANDUM




Subject: Grant of financial upgradation under the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme.




In supersession of this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 12th January, 2010, the undersigned is directed to say that it has been further clarified by Establishment (D)Assistants / DR Grade ‘C’ Stenographers who have got Non-functional grade (NFG) in the grade pay of Rs.5400/- would only be entitled for 3rd financial upgradation in the immediate higher grade pay of Rs.6600/- on completion of 30 years of continuous service or on completion of 10 years stagnation in a single grade pay, whichever is earlier.. No further financial upgradation would be admissible to such officials.




All the cadre/sub-cadre authorities are requested to deal with such cases accordingly.

Monday, April 12, 2010

GDS Other Allowances

Nature of Allowance Existing Allowance Revised Allowances (w.e.f. 9.10.2009)
Office Maintenance Allowance Rs 50 per month for GDS SPM/BPM Rs 100 per month for GDS SPM/BPM
Fixed Stationery Charge Rs 10 per month for GDS SPM/BPM and Rs 5 per month for other categories of GDS Rs 25 per month for GDS SPM/BPM and Rs 10 Per month for other categories of GDS (like GDS MD/SV and MC doing delivery work)
Boat Allowance Rs 10 per month Actul charges paid to the Boatman subject to maximum of Rs 50 per month for conveyance of mail
Cash Conveyance Allowance Rs 10 per occasion plus bus fares for conveyance of cash from BO to AO Rs 50 per month
Cycle Maintenance Allowance Rs 30 per month provided the GDS travels a distance of 10 Kms per day Rs 60 per month for GDS MD/MC who use their own cycle for discharge of Duty. Present minimum distance conditions of 10 Kms for grant of Cycle maintenance allowance stands withdrawn.
Combined duty allowance (CDA) for Branch Postmasters Rs 100 per month for performing delivery or conveyance or both 1. GDS BPM performing delivery or conveyance of duties or both wil be paid Rs 500 per month for each item of work separately.
2. If the BPM is performing delivery of the BO village only, it will be restricted to Rs 250 per month.
3. BPM exchanging Mails at Bus stand or at Railway Stations will be compensated at the rate of Rs 250 p.m.
Allowances for combination of duties for MD/MC Rs 75 per month for GDS Mail Deliverer/MC for performing additional duty GDS MD/MC attached with the additional duty of another post, revised rate of allowance will be at the rate of Rs 25 per day subject to maximum of Rs 625 per month
Compensation to MC who are detained for exchange of mails Rs 3 per hour subject to a Maximum of Rs 6 per day Rs 6 per hour subject to a Maximum of Rs 12 per day subject to existing contions

ഇന്ത്യന്‍ പോസ്റല്‍ ഹിസ്റ്ററി

When the Postal facilities were opened to public on 1st April 1774, there were 3 Postal Circles namely Bengal, Bombay and Madras. Bengal was catering whole of Eastern and Northern regions of British Empire. Madras was handling whole of Southern region and the rest was catered by Bombay. In 1839, North West Province Circle was formed and since then, new Postal Circles were formed, as the need was born to have separate Circles.
In December 1860 Punjab Circle, in 1861 Burma Circle, in 1866 Central Province Circle and in 1869 Sind Circle were formed. Till 1880 Oudh (1870), Rajputana (1871), Assam ((1873), Bihar (1877), Eastern Bengal (1878) and Central India (1879) were formed. Since then, new Circles were formed and existing Circles were amalgamated with other Circles.
In 1914, there were only 7 Postal Circles namely - Bengal & Assam, Bihar & Orissa, Bombay (including Sind), Burma, Central, Madras, Punjab & NWF and U. P.By 1937, there were 8 Postal Circles, though Burma was separated from India on 1st April 1937. The Postal Circles were Bengal & Assam, Bihar & Orissa, Bombay, Sindh, Central, Madras, Punjab & NWF and U. P.On 1st April 1946, the British India had the following Postal Circles - Bengal & Assam, Bombay, Madras, United Province, Punjab & NWF, Bihar & Orissa, Central, and Sind & Baluchistan.
After partition, the independent India had the following Postal Circles - Assam, Bengal, Bihar & Orissa, Bombay, Central, East Punjab, Madras and U. P.Today, India have 20 Postal Circles namely - Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, J & K, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, North Eastern, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamilnadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Army Postal Service.

Friday, April 9, 2010

postal department will introduce pre-paid cards

NEW DELHI: The postal department will introduce pre-paid cards that will enable cashless transactions at retail outlets across the country, as it looks to leverage the cash-handling expertise of its 1.5 lakh post offices to generate revenues.

The magnetic strip-based cards could be used at merchant establishments and automated teller machines (ATMs) where cards from VISA, Mastercard and American Express are accepted, said a communications and information technology ministry official.

Bankers said this would help the government implement its inclusive growth strategy. “It is an excellent platform for reaching out to communities where financial services are difficult to tender,” said Rana Kapoor, managing director and chief executive of private sector lender Yes Bank. The department of posts is one of the most inclusive distribution networks in the country and it understands financial transactions well, he said.

The department proposes to allow top-ups in the multiples of Rs 1,000 up to Rs 50,000 and aims to complete project formalities such as procurement and training by the first quarter of fiscal 2010.

These cards, which will allow people across the country to make cashless transactions, could boost retail spending by rural households . “The cards could be used for various purposes such as at point of sale, at ATMs, on the Internet, for mobile commerce and for facilitating electronic money transfer,” the government official quoted earlier said, requesting anonymity.

The department has begun identifying a banking solutions partner. The banks will share a percentage of the revenue earned from pre-paid cards with the department, the official said. The banks will have the technology platform and disclose their technology compatibility and certifications with VISA, Mastercard and American Express.

According to the proposal, the department will provide the infrastructure and network to sell and distribute the cards while the bank will partner in operating the pre-paid cards through post offices.

The department is planning to computerise all its post offices in the next two years.

Source : Economic Times dated 29.3.2010

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Department has issued orders restructuring Postmasters cadre. Postmasters will be designated as
Sr. Postmaster [116 ] 9300-34800 + Grade Pay of Rs. 4800/- [ 5400/- after 4 years]
Postmasters Grade III [495] 9300-34800+ GP 4600/- PB-2 [ Earlier designation HSG I]
Postmasters Grade II [511] 9300-34800+ GP 4200/- PB-2 [ Earlier designation HSG II ]
Postmasters Grade I [ 2097] 5200-20200+ GP 2800/- PB-2 [ Earlier designation LSG SPM]


"Of the 116 posts of Sr.Postmaster Gazatted with grade Pay of Rs 4800,
: 75 % posts shall be filled up through limited Departmental competitive examination to be thrown to IPOs, LSG, HSG-II and HSG-I official working in the post offices with 5 years of regular service in either or all the cadres together and

: remaining 25% posts shall be filled up by promotion of postmaster Grade III ie HSG-I with 5 years of regular service"


Other changes

1. Postmaster Grade I (LSG) shall be filled up 100 % among PAs with 5 years of service

2. Postmaster Grade II (HSG-II) shall be filled up 100% from PM Grade I (LSG) with 3 years of service.

3. Postmaster Grade III (HSG-I) shall be filled up 100% from PM Grade II (HSG-II) with 3 years of service.

4. Postmaster (Gazatted) shall be filled up75 % from IPO, LSG, HSG-II, and HSG-I working in Post offices with 5 years of service.

REVISED NORMS FOR DELIVERY STAFF

Department in Memo No 9-1/2005-WSI/PE-I dated 5.2.2010 has revised the norms for Postmen establishment as follows. The revised norms will also be applicable for GDS MD as per note below Rule 106 of Volume VI Part III.

The Head of Circles and Regional PMsG are requested to undertake a review of the implementation of revised norms after six months and provide the for assessing the impact of new norms and undetaking a fresh review if considered necessary.

Sl NoItemCongested areas in MinutesLess congested areas in minutesRemarks
1Delivery of unregistered mail (other than in multistoried buildings)0.720.72-
2Delivery of unregistered mail in multistoried buildings0.420.42Note 1 below
3Delivery of unregistered mail in bulk2.00 for delivery of seven articles2.00 for delivery of seven articlesNote 2 below
4Registered and Parcel mail (including insured value payable and speed post articles2.502.50-
5Delivery of Registered and Parcel mail under special lists4.50 per list4.40 per list-
6Delivery of Value Payable and CD articles3.003.00-
7Return of value payable & CD articles2.502.50-
8Money Orders Paid3.853.85-
9Money orders returned unpaid2.502.50-
10Unpaid articles2.002.00-
11Delivery of Speed post articles2.002.00-
12Delivery of insured articles3.503.50-
13Return of insured articles2.502.50-
14Delivery of Accountable articles in multistoried building1.801.80Note 3 below
15Returns by Postman20 Mts maximum20 Mts MaximumNote 4 below
16Distance travelled19 Mts per KM by foot 10 Mts per KM by Bicycle12 Mts per KM by foot 06 Mts per KM by Bicycle-

Note 1. Multi storied buildings denote high rise buildings with 4 or more storey

Note 2. Bulk addressee is defined as a single person or firm receiving 7 or more unregustered articles in a day. Therefore, the bulk articles as per revised definition have to be segregated and counted separately. Each bulk Addressee in receipt of 7 or more articles will be given a time factor of 2 Mts. There is no need for deduction of this workload from the total work load as is done now. To illustrate, if a particular Post Office is in receipt of 600 unregistered articles, other than bulk mail, it has to be multiplied by 0.72 and if it receives 80 articles for 7 bulk addressees then, the work for delivery of bulk mail would be 7X2 mts = 14 mts

Note 3. The norm provided at Sl no 13 is in addition to normal time factor provided for different accountable articles, In view of the introduction of this norm, separate statistics is to be maintained for accountable articles to be deliverable in high rise buildings of 4 or more storey.

Note 4.The norm provided for rendering returns by Postman of Sl No 14 is Maximum time that can be allowed per day. The individual time factors provided for return of accountable articles at Sl no 7, 9 and 13 will be applied and allowed if the workload is less than 20 mts. By application of the norms, if the workload for rendering returns works out more than 20 mts, the maximum limit of 20 mts will be applied.

Note 5. Articles delivered through Postboxes/Post bags and through window of the Post office will be excluded from the purview of delivery of unregistered articles.

Note 6. The figures of Accountable Articles should be average of six days statistics collected in the middle of the month and furnished by the incharge of delivery post office.

Note 7. The Postmaster/Sub Postmaster will furnish six days figures for unregistered mail. The verifying officer has to collect two days personal figures in the middle of week and the least of two averages will be adopted for assessing the work load.

Note 8. After having a dencity of population of 2500 per sq. km may be taken as congested area

Note 9. For postmen doing delivery of single beat system their staff hours has to be taken at 450 mts per day and doing delivery in two batches, the staff hours is to be taken as 420 mts per day.

Note 10. The number of Postman justified will be arrived at by dividing the total work load by 450 mts or 420 mts as the case may be. Additional Postman will be sanctioned if the work load is 0.5 or more.

Note 11. Distance travelled means distance covered on the main roads, lanes and bye lanes. Distance travelled covered for entering various houses is included in time factor for delivery of articles.

NOTICE

No P3/ WC/2010 dated 8/4/2010


Dear Com,

Meeting of Divisional working committee of AIPEU Gr C Mavelikara Division will be held at PWD Rest House Mavelikara on 16/4/2010. The meeting will commence at 1030 AM. You are requested to attend the meeting in time.

Agenda

1) 34th Circle conference –
2) Membership verification
3) Any other items with permission of chair.


Yours sincerely;

L Jayasree
Mavelikara,
8/4/2010.

1)Sri K C Varghese, President, AIPEU Gr C, Mavelikara Dn at Haripad
2) All working committee members

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Govt gives assent to new penion system

Giving approval to appoint New Pension Systems (NPS) Trust for fund management and other services and the Draft Agreement for signing the New Pension System (NPS) Trust, New Delhi and to adopt the scheme for fund management on the pattern of Government of India a recent state cabinet meeting has pledged to do everything in its power to promote the welfare of the employees of the state.

According a highly placed official source, with a view to introduce pension reform and establishing a solid and sustainable social security arrangement in the country, the Central government notified the Defined Contribution Pension System (New Pension Scheme) for the new entrants to Central government services, except for the Armed Forces, replacing the existing system of Defined Benefit Pension System with effect from January 1, 2004.

The source further mentioned that the matter was tabled in a recent cabinet meeting as an agenda for signing of agreement between the state government and the New Pension System (NPS) Trust, to keep pace with the Central government, as state government also introduced the said New Pension Scheme with effect from January 1, 2005.

Necessary instructions had been issued for recovery of 10% of Pay, Dearness Pay and Dearness Allowances from the monthly salaries of employees appointed on or after January 1, 2005 and for crediting to government account number 8342, other deposit and for debiting the equal share of the state government for Tier-I.

The source said the system is mandatory for all new recruit to the state government service and the existing provision of the Defined Benefit Pension and GPF would not be available to the new recruits.

In addition to the above Tier-I pension account, each individual may also have a voluntary Tier-II withdrawable account at his option.

But, the scheme for voluntary contributions under Tier-II will be made operative during the period of interim arrangement and therefore no recoveries will be made from the salaries of the employees on this account.

The official source further mentioned that as per the agreed guidelines of New Pensions System Trust, an individual can normally exit at the age of 59 or 60 as the case may be. At exit the individual would be mandatorily required to invest 40% of the pesnsion wealth to purchase an annuity (from an IRDA-regulated Life Insurance Company) which will provide for pension for the lifetime of the employees and his/her dependent parents/spouse at the time of retirement. The individual would receive a limp-sum of the remaining pension wealth, which he would be free to utilize in any manner.

Individuals would have the flexibility to leave the pension system prior to age 59 or 60, as the case may be. However, in this case, the mandatory annuitisation would be 80% of the pension wealth.

The guidelines of the trust, further mentioned that, a pension Fund Regulatory Development Authority (PFRDA) has been appointed under executive order of the Ministry of Finance, Government of India pending passing of the PFRDA Bill by the Parliament. PFRDA has signed a contract agreement with the National Security Depository Limited (NSDL) as Central Record keeping agency for administration and customer service for all subscribers of the NPS, issue of unique Permanent Retirement Account Number (PRAN) to each subscriber, maintaining a database of alls Prans issued and recording transactions relating to each subscriber’s PRAN and action as an operational interface between PFRDA and others NPS intermediaries, such as Pension Funds, Annuity Service Providers, Trustee Banks etc.

The official source further mentioned that while tabling the issues before the recent cabinet meeting, it has been mentioned that the CRA system has become operational with effect from June 2, 2008 for Central government employees. The state government of Manipur has already decided to avail the services of the CRA and an agreement has been signed with the NSDL on November 12, 2009 last year.

So far, there are 5,813 new entrants who are appointed under state government on or after January 1, 2005 in 32 departments. Of these recoveries salaries of 5,459 employees have been made but government’s matching share has not been paid by most of the department.

Reconciliation of accounts with those of AG’s figure shall be carried out before the transfer is effected to the trustee Bank. With this elaborate submissions of guidelines of the trust, the recent cabinet meeting has approved to solicit to appoint New Pension System (NPS) Trust for fund management and other services and the Draft Agreement for signing with the New Pension System Trust, New Delhi and adopt the scheme for Fund Management.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Order to revise house rent rule



Order to revise house rent rule

A husband and a wife who are government employees are both entitled to house rent allowance if one of them is posted a “reasonable distance” away from the other, Calcutta High Court has said.

The government now offers the allowance to either the husband or the wife if the distance between their workplaces is less than 250km.

But the court today ask- ed the government to redraw the house rent allowance policy using a “reasonable dis- tance” instead of 250km as the cut-off.

The matter came up during the hearing of a case moved by a Murshidabad teacher whose husband works for the railways in Calcutta.

Since Shukla Das’s hus-band stays 225km from her school in Kandi, she is not entitled to her house rent allowance, according to the rule that came into effect following a circular issued in October 2007. “She stays in a rented house at Purandarpur but she doesn’t get any rent allowance as her husband is already getting it,” said her lawyer Kaushik Chanda.

Das welcomed the order. “I had repeatedly told the authorities that I deserved the allowance but nothing happened. So, I moved court earlier this month.”

Opposing the petition, government lawyer Kamalesh Jha had said: “Fixing the house rent allowance for government employees is an administrative decision and the court should not interfere in the matter.”

However, Justice Biswanath Somadder said: “As the transport system and infrastructure in our country are not so developed that an employee can travel 450km a day to attend his/her place of work and return home, the government should fix a reasonable distance from home to the workplace if it wants to give house rent to only one of them.”

Before the 2007 circular, all state government employees were entitled to house rent allowance.

“When the government realised that working couples were drawing double house rent but sharing the same accommodation, it adopted the existing policy. But the 250km norm was impractical,” said Chanda.

Grant of 8% additional Dearness Relief to all Pensioners w.e.f.1.1.2010



F.No. 42/18/2010 - P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare


3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi - 110003
Date: 31st March, 2010.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners - Revised rate effective from 1.1.2010.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's OM No. 42/12/2009 - P& PW(G) dated 23.9.2009 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief payable to Central Government pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 27% to 35% w.e.f. 1st January, 2010.

2. These orders apply to (i) All Civilian Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners (ii) The Armed Forces Pensioners, Civilian Pensioners paid out of the Defence Service Estimates, (iii) All India Service Pensioners (iv) Railway Pensioners and (v) The Burma Civilian pensioners/family pensioners and pensioners and pensioners/families of displaced Government pensioners from Pakistan, who are Indian Nationals but receiving pension on behalf of Government of Pakistan, who are in receipt of ad-hoc ex-gratia allowance of Rs.3500/- p.m. in terms of this Department's OM No. 23/1/97-P&PW(B) dated 23.2.1998 read with this Department's OM No. 23/3/2008 - P&PW(B) dated 15.9.2008.

3. Central Government Employees who had drawn lumpsum amount on absorption in a PSU/Autonomous body and have become eligible to restoration of 1/3rd commuted portion of pension as well as revision of the restored amount in terms of this Department's OM No. 4/59/97 - P&PW (D) dated 14.07.1998 will also be entitled to the payment of DR @ 35% w.e.f. 1.1.2010 on full pension i.e. the revised pension which the absorbed employee would have received on the date of restoration had he not drawn lumpsum payment on absorption and Dearness Pension subject to fulfillment of the conditions laid down in para 5 of the O.M. dated 14.07.98. In this connection, instructions contained in this Department's OM No.4/29/99 - P & PW (D) dated 12.7.2000 refers.

4. Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.

5. Other provisions governing grant of DR in respect of employed family pensioners and re-employed Central Government Pensioners will be regulated in accordance with the provisions contained in this Department's OM No. 45/73/97 - P&PW (G) dated 2.7.1999 as amended vide this Department's OM No. F. No. 38/88/2008 - P&PW (G) dated 9th July, 2009. The provisions relating to regulation of DR where pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension will remain unchanged.

6. In the case of retired Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, necessary orders will be issued by the Department of Justice separately.

7. It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities, including the nationalized banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual case.

8. The offices of Accountant General and Authorised Public Sector Banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc. on the basis of above instructions without waiting for any further instructions from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India in view of letter No. 528-TA, II/34-80-II dated 23/04/1981 of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India addressed to all Accountant Generals and Reserve Bank of India Circular No.GANB No. 2958/GA-64 (ii) (CGL)/81 dated the 21st May, 1981 addressed to State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and all Nationalised Banks.

9. In their application to the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue in consultation with the C&AG.

10. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their OM No. 1(4)/EV/2004 dated 31.3.2010.

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