Monday, December 28, 2015

Government employees will raise their voice in new year

Government employees will raise their voice in new year, protests against government on the cards, Please read this news paper report published in NBT:-

Min of Communications & IT Launched Post-Terminals for rural Post Masters.

Min of Communications & IT today launched Post-Terminals for rural Post Masters.
The Rural Information and Communication Technology (Rural ICT) solution will computerize rural Post Offices and will enable Branch offices to deliver new and improved services to rural customers. Rural ICT Solution will link approximately 1.30 lakh branch post offices with IT network of the department.

The objectives of this solution are: 

  1. To deliver financial services to the rural population 
  2. To enable Branch Offices to make disbursements for social security schemes such as MGNREGS 
  3. To improve the quality of services being offered to rural customers 
  4. To increase revenue by offering new services to the rural customer like Electricity/Telephone bill collection, Booking of train tickets etc. 

Benefits of RICT 

  • Higher Self Esteem for the Gramin Dak Sevak 
  • ‘One stop’ for delivering government financial schemes 
  • Storage of customer data across on a central server 
  • Availability of all departmental services at the Branch Office Delivery of services to the rural customers at their doorstep Increased customer satisfaction 
  • Reduction in manual workload at Head Post Office and Sub Post Office 

Key highlights of RICT 

  • Branch Post Masters to be given a hand held device for day-to-day operations 
  • Through the hand held device, BPM will be able to do transactions for Core Banking, Insurance and Mail Operations 
  • Scanning of documents and barcodes through a scanner 
  • Regional language support on the handheld device 
  • Provision of solar panels for battery charging at all Branch offices

Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad today announced that India Post would be launching Payment Banking by March 2017

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad Inaugurates Good Governance Week Celebration

23 New Products Launched
Payment Bank to Begin from March 2017
Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad

A week-long celebration of Good Governance Week was organized by Department of Electronics and Information Technology starting from 25th December 2015. A National event on Good Governance was inaugurated on 28th December 2015 by Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Hon’ble Minister of Communications & Information Technology (MoCIT) in India Habitat Centre at New Delhi. This event involved active participation from Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and Department of Posts (DoP) and their agencies. 

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad reiterated the commitment of the Government towards the successful implementation of ‘Digital India’ which would help to transform India into a truly digitally empowered society and knowledge economy in the 21st century. He said the government is aiming at empowering people of India through digitalization. Millions of citizens have already joined in this initiative and invited others to do so. He said e-services should reach more people at the earliest and sought cooperation from State Governments, industry and acadmecia in the early achievement of this objective. 

Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad also announced that India Post would be launching Payment Banking by March 2017. He said after the successful turn around of BSNL, new initiatives have been taken for improving performance of MTNL. He also announced launch of free incoming all over the Country by MTNL from New Year. 

The event saw the launch / inauguration of new 23 products / eServices. 
The key launches are as follows:
Department of Telecommunications
  • Inauguration of Wi-Fi hotspots at Har ki Pauri, Haridwar and Dargah Sharif, Ajmer. 
  • Announcement of Pan India Free Incoming Roaming Facility for MTNL Customers.

Department of Posts
  • Launch of Post-Terminals (Rural ICT - RICT) – handing over Post Terminals to rural Post Masters. Click here to know more 
Department of Electronics and Information Technology
·  Launch of National Centre of Geo-Informatics
·         Launch of e-Payment Portal
·         Launch of Olabs for Schools
·        Launch of Information Security Education and Awareness (ISEA) Phase-II
·         All India BPO Promotion Scheme
·         North East Business Process Outsourcing Promotion Scheme
·         Transfer of Technology for “ICT Centre on Tactile Graphics” at IIT Delhi
·         Announcement of Setting up of NIC Data Centre at Bhubaneswar
* The detail on each of 23 new products / eservices is available at the Digital India Portal ( 

The awards for best performing States/Districts during the Digital India Week event (1st July – 7th July, 2015) were given to: 
  1. State level – Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh and Meghalaya. 
  2. District level – 77 Districts across 29 States/UTs.

2016: A time for Manohar Parrikar to deliver on Defense —and what about OROP?

Manohar Parrikar took over as the defence minister from Arun Jaitley in November 2014 and so 2015 has been the first full calendar year he has been in-charge. With his IIT education and record as the chief minister of Goa, Parrikar came to South Block with a heavy burden of expectations.

This year, the defence ministry was mostly in news for something which doesn’t directly concern the serving military personnel: the demand of One Rank One Pension (OROP) made by ex-servicemen. It’s been quite a drama: prolonged protests followed by a decision on OROP announced by the government, its rejection by the ex-servicemen and a renegotiation between the two sides — and finally, a government order while protests continue. With the recommendations of Seventh Pay Commission likely to be implemented in 2016, the OROP issue is likely to meld into the Pay Commission announcement.

However, the armed forces are dissatisfied with the recommendations of the Pay Commission and have conveyed their concerns to the defence minister. Parrikar will have to find a way to soothe frayed tempers sooner rather than later lest it snowballs into another OROP-like intractable issue.

To Parrikar’s credit, he has been able to finally announce the construction of a National War Memorial in Delhi. It was one of the election promises made by the BJP and one of the four announcements made in the President’s first inaugural address to Parliament in June 2014.

Last month, Parrikar also received the report of the committee of experts constituted to review service and pension matters including potential disputes, minimising litigation and strengthening institutional mechanisms related to redressal of grievances. Implementing its forward-looking recommendations will require a concerted political push from the defence minister to overcome the institutional inertia.

Parrikar has publicly committed himself to the creation of the post of a Chief of Defence Staff or a Permanent Chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee. This is a recommendation of the Group of Ministers pending from the era of the earlier NDA government. In his address to the Combined Commanders Conference earlier this month, the Prime Minister spoke of the need for an integrated command. That is an ambitious call and if the post of CDS or Chairman COSC is linked to the creation of integrated commands, Parrikar will find it difficult to keep his commitment in the coming year.

An unfortunate metric by which all defence ministers are now judged in India is of defence procurement. Parrikar announced a couple of deadlines for the release of the revised Defence Procurement Procedure but they have not been met. This has led to a lack of clarity on the Make in India programme in the defence sector. While a large number of announcements have been made on the acceptance of its necessity every month by the Defence Acquisition Council chaired by the defence minister, they have not resulted in the issue of request for proposals. Even for the contracts where price negotiations have been concluded, the deals have not been inked in. In fact, the only major deal inked during the year was for Chinook and Apache helicopters signed during Prime Minister’s September trip to the US.

The delay in signing of deals has raised questions about the availability of resources for defence procurement. The acquisitions for the new China Strike Corps have also slowed down. The Revised Estimates for the funds availablewith the defence ministry – under capital expenditure for new procurement – which will be finalised by the finance ministry this week, will provide a better idea of the money available. If enough money is available with the defence ministry, we might see an upsurge in deals being signed in the first three months of 2016. The first among them could be the deal for 36 Rafale fighters which is supposed to be signed on the eve of French President’s Republic Day visit to India.

The defence minister has been energetic in his foreign visits, where he has displayed his commitment to the agenda of Make in India and defence diplomacy. Japan is now a permanent participant in Exercise Malabar and the Indian military is now conducting joint exercises with more than 20 countries. Parrikar became the first Indian defence minister to be invited to Hawaii-based US Pacific Command headquarters and witness aviation exercises aboard a US aircraft carrier. He also had fruitful visits to South Korea and Russia this year.

For Parrikar, who is fully settled in the job now, 2016 will be a good year to start delivering.
SOURCE - indianexpress

No Subsidized LPG For Those With Annual Family Income Over Rs 10 Lakh

New Delhi: Tax payers with annual family income of more than Rs 10 lakh will not get subsidised cooking gas (LPG) from next month as the government today decided to limit supply of under-priced fuel to cut subsidies.
Minister of State for Petroleum Dharmendra Pradhan

At present, all households are entitled to get 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg each at subsidised rate of Rs 419.26, while the market price is Rs 608.

The government had asked well-off people to voluntarily give up using subsidised LPG and instead buy cooking fuel at market price, Oil Ministry said in a statement.

So far, over 57.5 lakh LPG consumers, out of nearly 15 crore customers, have given up subsidies.

“While many consumers have given up subsidy voluntarily, it is felt that consumers in the higher income bracket should get LPG cylinders at the market price,” the statement said.

The government, it said, “has decided that the benefit of the LPG subsidy will not be available for LPG consumers if the consumer or his/her spouse had taxable income of more than Rs 10 lakh during the previous financial year computed as per the Income Tax Act, 1961.”

This would, however, be done initially on “self-declaration basis while booking cylinders from January 2016 onwards.”

To cut subsidy bill and reduce fiscal deficit, the previous UPA government had restricted the number of subsidized domestic cylinders per household to six every year in September 2012, revising it to nine the following January.

The cap was revised in January 2014 to 12 cylinders a year, starting April 1.

The subsidy for 12 cylinders in a year is paid directly in the bank account of consumers which they use to buy LPG at market rate.

The subsidy payout on LPG in 2014-15 was Rs 40,551 crore, which this fiscal will be less than half as oil prices have slumped to six year low. During April-September, the subsidy outgo was Rs 8,814 crore.

There are no estimates of how many LPG customers would have a taxable income of Rs 10 lakh or more.

Demand of Central Govt Employees to Increase the Fitment Factor Recommended by 7th CPC

Demand of Central Govt Employees to Increase the Fitment Factor Recommended by 7th CPC

The demand to increase the 2.57 Fitment Factor along with the hike of 14.29 percent is growing among the Central Government employees

The 900-page long report of the 7th Pay Commission was submitted to the government on November 19. One of the most important recommendation on the report is the Fitment Factor. It is the most important factor deciding the hike of salaries of the Central Government employees.

Fitment Factor is used to calculate the revised basic pay of existing employees with effect from the implementation of 7th CPC. The new revised basic pay of a Central Government employee is calculated by multiplying his/her current (Pre-revised) basic pay with the Fitment Factor.

The 7th Pay Commission has recommended a uniform Fitment Factor of 2.57 for all. The actual raise/fitment recommended by the Commission is 14.29 percent only. The report says that the fitment includes a factor of 2.25 on account of DA neutralisation, assuming that the rate of D.A. would be 125 percent at the time of implementation of the new pay.

The 7th Pay Commission has evolved a new pay fitment table by merging the existing Grade Pay and Pay Bands for all group of Central Government employees, which is called as Pay Matrix Table. The Pay Matrix comprises two dimensions. It has a “horizontal range” in which each level corresponds to a ‘functional role in the hierarchy’ and has been assigned the numbers 1, 2, 3, and so on till 18. The “vertical range” for each level denotes ‘pay progression’ within that level. These indicate the steps of annual financial progression of three percent within each level. The starting point of the matrix is the minimum pay which has been arrived based on 15th Indian Labour Congress (ILC) norms or the Aykroyd formula.
On recruitment, an employee joins at a particular level and progresses within the level as per the vertical range. The movement is usually on an annual basis, based on annual increments till the time of their next promotion. When the employee receives a promotion or a non-functional financial upgrade, he/she progresses one level ahead on the horizontal range.

The Pay Matrix chart has included a number of Fitment Factors. 6 types of Fitment Factor, including 2.57, 2.62, 2.67, 2.72, 2.78, and 2.81, have been listed. Under the heading of ‘Index,’ all the Central Government employees have been divided into 18 categories. Since different Fitment Factors have been used for all these categories, it leads one to believe that the new factor will apply for the existing employees too.

Criticism has come from all the circles over the addition of a mere 14.29%, leading to 2.57, while the employees were currently drawing a dearness allowance of 125% of their basic pay. The minimum wages have been decided on this criterion alone (the 6th Pay Commission had fixed the minimum wages as Rs.7000. The 7th CPC minimum wages of 18,000 has been arrived at by multiplying the previous number by 2.57).

One might remember that similar requests were presented at the time of the 6th Pay Commission too. The commission had recommended the Fitment Factor of 1.74, but, due to constant pressure from the NC JCM Staff Side members, it was increased to 1.86. The demand to increase the 2.57 Fitment Factor along with the 14.29 percent hike is growing among the Central Government employees.

VII th Pay Commission Injustice - article written by Dr.Hameed


VII th Pay Commission Injustice

Central Government Staff that VIIth Pay commission has done injustice to 98% of the Central Government Staff by just giving a multiplication factor of around 10 times their existing Grade Pay but generously awarded more than 14 times multiplication benefit to higher officials. So please fight for uniform multiplication of 14 times of the Grade pay and for each year of service one increment at the new scale as recommended to retired employees to give justice to all.
PB I      Rs 5200-20200

Grade Pay

Minimum recommended @ entry level by 7th CPC (Rs) in the Pay Matrix
Multiplication factor by VII th pay Commission
 10 times
19900 (difference +1900)
21700(difference +1800)
25500(difference +3700)
29200(difference +3800)
Initially for first 2 stages every Rs100/ in GP the corresponding proposed increase is 1800 0r 1900 but for GP difference of Rs 400/ at later 2 stages the corresponding increase is only Rs3700/ to Rs3800/- whereas it must be Rs1800 0r 1900 multiplied by 4times to Rs7200-7600/.

PB II      Rs 9300-34800

Grade Pay

Minimum recommended @ entry level by 7th CPC (Rs) in pay matrix
Multiplication factor by VII th pay Commission
35400(difference +6200)
8.42 times
44900 (difference +9500)
47600(difference +2700)
53100(difference +5500)
Initially for Rs1400/- GP difference the corresponding increase proposed is Rs6200/- but in next stage for Rs400/-GP  the proposed hike is mind blowing Rs9500/-,in next stage for Rs200/-GP the increase is Rs2700/- and for Rs600/-GP hike further increase is Rs5500/-

PB III    Rs 15600-39100

Grade Pay

Minimum recommended @ entry level by 7th CPC (Rs) in the Pay matrix
Multiplication factor by VII th pay Commission
67700 (difference +11600)
78800(difference +11100)
For a GP of Rs1200/- difference the hike proposed is Rs11600/- and for another Rs1000/- GP increase the increase given by CPC is Rs 11100/-

PB IV      Rs 37400-67000

Grade Pay

Minimum recommended @ entry level by 7th CPC (Rs)in the Pay matrix
Multiplication factor by VII th pay Commission
118500(difference  +39700)
 13.62 times
131100 (difference +12600)
144200(difference +13100)
For a GP increase of Rs1100/- the CPC proposed a hike of Rs39700/- and for a GP difference of Rs200/- the CPC recommended a increase of Rs12600/- and for a GP increase of Rs1100/- the CPC recommended a hike of Rs13100/-

It will easily understood the members of VII th Pay commission done fixation and recommendation quite irrationally without any uniformity in a whimsical manner. If 14 times multiplication is awarded to all the staff uniformly Min.Basic will be Rs1800* 14 = 25200/-for entry level staff.

Reduction in the time period for Restoration of Basic Pension- Request for reconsideration to review the matter

Dated : 24.12.2015
Shri Pradip Kumar Sinha
Cabinet Secretary,
Govt. of India
Rashtrapati Bhavan Annexe
New Delhi-110001
Sub: Reduction in the time period for Restoration of Basic Pension- Request for reconsideration to review the matter.
This is to bring to your kind notice that ‘Analysis and Recommendation’ on the above subject, by VII CPC is not based on the facts and needs to be reconsidered to review the matter on the basis of following points:-

  1. The recovery of commuted basic pension is made on the basis of commuted amount of basic pension and it is not based on the percentage of commutation whether it is 30% or 40%.
  2. The fact is that the recovery of commuted basic pension is made in 12 years as per Hon’ble Supreme Court judgement referred by VII CPC vide para 10.1.43. Further in the same para it is also stated that “since there is a risk factor and some of the states are restoring pension after 15 years” should not be the proper reason on the basis of which Central Govt. should also restore it after 15 years because there is no comparison between central Govt. and other State Govts. in respect of making payments to their respective employees. I would like to quote an example that, Govt. of India is extending the benefit of MACP to its employees on completion of 10, 20 & 30 years of service in the hierarchy of Pay Band and Grade Pay while on the other hand the State Govts. like Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh are extending the MACP benefit on completion of 10,16 & 26 years of service and that to in their respective promotional hierarchies.
  3. In the same para, VII CPC has quoted V CPC had recommended restoration period after 12 years but VII CPC has not given any reason in contradiction of the recommendation of V CPC.
  4. As mentioned by VII CPC that VI CPC had not recommended for restoration of commuted basic pension on completion of 12 years, is not the proper reason or the analysis given by VII CPC, while restoration after 12 years was recommended by V CPC and the fact is accepted to the Govt. that the recovery is completely made in 12 years.
  5. The VII CPC has not given any analysis of the data if any with the Govt., of those Pensioners who died every year before completion of 12 years after their retirement from Govt. service, on the basis of which the risk factor is based to let the recovery continue for 15 years even if the recovery completes in 12 years.
  6. Even if there is any risk factor, the Govt. itself should bear it in public interest rather than making recovery from those poor pensioners who survive even after 12 years of their retirement and fight with different kinds of problems in their old age period.
Therefore the Analysis and Recommendation, on the aforesaid subject, made by VII CPC by ignoring the facts is not sustainable. The demand made on this subject is genuine which should be reconsidered to review the matter on the basis of the points brought to your kind notice.

Yours Sincerely

65- Engineers Enclave Jakhan,
Rajpur Road, Dehradun

Copy to :-
1) M. Krishnan, Secretary General, Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and Workers.
2) T.K.R Pillai, General Secretary, All India Association of Administrative Staff (Non Gazetted)
3) Shiv Gopal Mishra, Convener - National Joint Council of Action and Secretary, JCM (Staff Side), New Delhi

Pre-requisite for enabling of booking of SP-COD articles in Speed Net

The pre-requisite for enabling of booking of SP-COD articles is as below: 

1. Registration for the Bulk customer for SP-COD service and creation of eBiller ID. Please complete the formalities for registration of Bulk customer account for BNPL/Prepaid/Advance booking facility and registration for SP-COD service through the concerned administrative authority. eBiller ID can be configured by logging in the ePayment site by the Divisional/Regional/Circle-level administrator and selecting the biller type as 'SP-COD'. 

 2. Allotment of specific barcode prefix with range by administrative authority (CO/RO/DO) concerned. Directorate has already allocated specific barcode series with ranges for SP-COD to different circles and some bulk customers vide 30-35/2013-D dated 21.01.2014, 09.07.2014, 29.09.2014 and 31.10.2014. Allot the barcode range to the SP-COD customer out of the series allotted to your circle. 

3. Configuration of customer details in Speednet software of the booking office for booking BNPL/Prepaid/Advance articles without selecting COD related options. After allocation of BNPL/Prepaid/Advance account, configure the details in local system of Speednet without selecting COD related options.

4. Obtain customized solutions from CEPT, Mysore. Intimate details of the office (office name, speednet office code, etc), etc where the SP-COD Customer articles will be booked, BNPL Account No, eBiller ID, barcode range allotted, etc to CEPT, Mysore and send screen shots for the following Office details 
  • (Supervisor --> Master --> Environment --> My Office Details screen).
  • Customer details (Supervisor --> BNPL --> Customer Details --> View/Modify : click on Fetch button --> Select customer entry and click on Modify button --> send screen shot for details shown in next screen) 

5. Updation of script provided by CEPT, Mysore in the booking office. CEPT will provide necessary scripts and/or latest software for use at the booking office. Please update Speednet software as per instructions received. Please follow the above instructions and complete the formalities for starting the SP-COD articles booking. 

India post Journey Towards CBS 10,000 Go Live Office Milestone

Minimum wage still a dream for workers

68 years have passed after independence of India. But the need based minimum wage still appears a dream for working class. After reaching a tripartite agreement in 15th Indian Labour Conference in 1957 a scientific formula called as Dr. Akroid formula based on minimum needs of a workers to survive and work, was accepted. Based on this formula all Central trade unions and independent federations are struggling since long to achieve the demand of minimum wage.

This time also National council JCM demanded Rs. 26000 as minimum wage to a lowest class employees based on Dr. Akroid formula as on 01.01.2014 taking the commodity prices as Rs. 11344. The rates were taken as an average price of actual market from various cities throughout the India and actual receipts obtained from the shops and consumer stores were also produced as evidence. After adding component of housing, children education and social obligations it comes to 26000.

But the pay commission has recommended Rs. 18000 as minimum wage taking 12 monthly average of commodity prices quoted by Labour bureau Shimla which is totally contrary to Dr. Akroid Formula and the figures are imaginary not realistic.

The pay commission has also reduced the component of expenses on social obligation and children education as 15% contrary to the Supreme Court judgment of 25% on the plea that the employees are paid children Education allowance separately. The Children Education allowance is not fully reimbursed and expenses on education have increased heavily after liberalization of the education sector. The housing component has also been reduce by the pay commission stating that employees are paid HRA separately. House Rent Allowance is not full compensation of expenditure incurred on rent of accommodation obtained by an employee Earlier 3rd Pay commission has given 7.5% as the factor for housing.

Thus this 7th CPC has drastically cut the minimum wage.

The website of Agriculture Ministry also maintains the record of prices of commodities which are required to compute the minimum wage. Though these prices also vary from the real retail market. But if these prices had been taken by the pay commission as an all India average of the prices as on 01.07.2015. It will work out Rs. 10810. Thus the computation of minimum wage will arrive as Rs. 19880. After adding 25% for arriving at MTS scale it will come as Rs. 24850 and to convert it as on 01.01.2016 after adding 3% as suggested by 7th CPC. The final computation will come as 25596 when rounded off it shall be Rs. 26000/-

Without modification of minimum wage, no improvement is expected in the higher pay scales. Therefore it requires recomputation and revision. If it is revised consequently the fitment formula, multiplication factor and pay matrix will have to be revised.
Thus it is the urgent need to revise the minimum wage.

The NJCA, Confederation and NFPE have given charter of demands to the Government of India seeking modification in so many demands failing which all Central Government Employees will be compelled to go on indefinite strike from 1st week of March-16.

NFPE call upon the entirely of Postal, RMS and GDS employees to act as per the agitational programme given by the Confederation and NFPE and make the Government ready to accept the genuine demands of Central Government Employees


As you know that Directorate has decided to distribute the prize to top 3 circles who register maximum APY subscribers. Today as 28.12.2015 the position of registration of all circles is given below. Rajasthan circle holds top position among all circle.

Attestation of Certificate by Gazetted Officers Abolished by Government

Path-breaking initiatives like discontinuation of affidavits for host of government services and ending job interviews for various posts from January 1 among other initiatives kept the Ministry of Personnel in news during 2015.

“The most revolutionary and path-breaking decision is abolition of attestation of certificates by gazetted officers instead promoting self-attestation,” Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh told.

He said the government took this decision as it was willing to trust citizens, more importantly it’s youth who will not give wrong information while submitting self-attested documents.

This decision has come as a big relief to common people, especially those living in rural areas, who had to take lot of pain in getting documents attested.

The Ministry also recently discontinued the practice of submission of affidavit by the family members of deceased government employees for the appointment on compassionate grounds.

Now people are required to submit self-declaration at the time of applying for compassionate appointment. All states and union territories have also been asked by the Centre to do away with practice of getting gazetted officer-signed affidavit and seek self-attestation.

Singh, a Lok Sabha member from Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur constituency, said soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement to end interviews from government jobs, his Ministry has acted on it.

“We have decided that from January 1, next year, the process of interview for Group C and D recruitments will be abolished,” he said, adding that these are some steps which nobody thought of in past over 60 years after country’s independence.

CEPT Solution for Script Execution error and Solution in Postman

The script execution of Postman793_3.exl error and CEPT Solution

The execution of the Postman 7.9.3_3 script is completed with error message.It may found the following few lines in error log
18:19:28: SCRIPT EXECUTION DETAILS (Postman) 18:19:28:============================================
18:19:58:[Timeout expired. The timeout period elapsed prior to completion of the operation or the server is not responding.] : Script Execution Error : While executing statement USE postman Kindly give a solution. 

Solution Given by CEPT, Mysore

  1. Please take postman DB backup. (Mandatory)
  2. Delete old data from postman supervisor ,keep 120 days data only.
  3. Unzip the attached file and execute the script files obtained using script tool and see whether the issue is resolved. 

Update -1 for Speed Net 4.3 for Post Offices

Features of Update-1 for Speednet 4.3 are as below: 

1. Inclusion of Swachh Bharat Cess
2. Solution to bug in closing of Deposit bag with bag barcode.
3. Solution to the flush data issue.
4. Solution to the missing bag scans.
5. Updation of Due Date in BNPL/Prepaid/Advance monthly reports.
6. Solution to the bug relating to modification of bags.
7. Solution to the bug relating to Range Scan option.
8. Solution to the bug relating to updation of articles data fetched from Meghdoot POS counter.
Speed Net 4.3.1 is in under testing ground, it will be released shortly. Please upgrade to Update-1 for Speednet 4.3 and check all booking, payment updation, bill generation and report options for BNPL/Prepaid/Advance customers.

Also, user have to the following point before doing upgradtion

1. Pincode-Distance Slab mapping has to be done once again after upgradation. 
2. Deposit bags closed using article barcode before upgradation will not be allowed for opening in Speednet 4.3 Update-1. Hence, ensure that all pending deposit bags are opened before upgradation. 
3. Close all pending bulk addressee bags before upgradation as all such bags will not be available after upgradation. 
4. Flush data once after upgradation.

Latest version of Speed Net 4.3.1 will be available in FTP shortly

Postmen to carry GPS devices from next week : India Post News

GPS devices will enable real-time money transactions

The Department of posts (DoP) plans to roll out its ambitious project of giving global positioning system (GPS)-enabled handheld devices to postmen from next week. This will make possible real-time transactions of e-money orders, booking of Speed Post, payments of insurance premium and other related services.

This is part of India Post’s modernisation programme, beside cashing on the rising e-commerce boom in small towns and rural areas.

Also, deposits and withdrawals of savings bank and other equated monthly instalments and claim payments would be done electronically through these devices, which will to be connected through a network. Money would be credited on a real-time basis to a firm’s or individual’s account.

For instance, cash on delivery (CoD) collected for parcels will be immediately sent to the account of e-commerce companies, while e-money orders will reach the destination post office instantly. Currently, the money order is digitised at the nearest computerised post office and then delivered.
Initially, the solar-powered, biometric device will be given to postmen in three circles - Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Subsequently, this will be expanded across the country. The plan is to have 130,000 such devices, aimed at promoting financial inclusion in small towns and rural areas, a senior DoP official told Business Standard.
The biometric module will authenticate an individual’s identity using the Aadhaar number, while GPS will enable tracking of the postmen. The project, valued at Rs 1,300 crore (Rs 13 billion), has been in the pipeline for some years and will be formally launched by Communications & Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad next week.

Receipts for all the transactions will be generated instantly via these devices.
The data of the transactions of the users will also be immediately uploaded, using mobile network of state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) to DoP’s main server.
The parcel revenues of India Posts, which registered a two per cent decline in 2013-14, grew 37 per cent in 2014-15 and 107 per cent in the first quarter of 2015-16, on a year-on-year basis. CoD from e-commerce is expected to touch Rs 1,000 crore (Rs 10 billion) by March 2016 from Rs 500 crore (Rs 5 billion) a year ago. India Posts is eyeing revenue of Rs 200 crore (Rs 2 billion) by 2015-16 from e-commerce. The five-year target is Rs 5,000 crore (Rs 50 billion).

Image: S Babu of Thiruvananthapuram, a postman by profession, extends a healing hand to cancer victims and families who have lost their only earning member to cancer.

Super agent id and passwords for CBS Offices

The following is the extract of mail received from C.O regarding preparation of MPKBY agent lists using superagent id and passwords provided to SPMs of CBS offices in case of emergency like agent unable to prepare list due to network issues etc. For SAS agents no passwords are required.

Features of Migrating to Pay Matrix recommended by 7th CPC

The following benefits are expected to accrue by migrating to the new system:

a. The issues raised by various stakeholders in respect of the existing pay structure have been addressed by subsuming of grade pay and pay bands into one composite level.

b. The correction of variable spacing between adjacent grade pay and pay bands by way of rationalisation has been effected. The disparity between PB-3 and PB-4 has been set right by the process of normalisation. This will also help address the demands for upgradation of grade pay received in the Commission solely on grounds of disparity between various pay bands.

c. The fixation of revised pay has been greatly simplified in the new pay matrix and will not involve further calculations. The basic pay being drawn by any person on the date of implementation is to be multiplied by a factor of 2.57 and the figure so obtained will Report of the Seventh CPC 83 Index be matched for the closest figure in the level pertaining to his/her existing grade pay and fixed there.

d. The issue of differential entry pay has been resolved.

e. The employee can traverse both vertically within a level in the new pay matrix by way of annual progression, and horizontally across levels by way of MACP as well as on regular promotion. This will enable him/her to visualise the career path across levels and span of service.

f. The new matrix will provide greater visibility and transparency with respect to actual pay drawn as compared to the earlier system of pay scales or pay bands. It will also depict the exact amount payable to a person in relation to number of years spent in service in each level.

g. The new pay matrix is expected to be easy to administer.

h. In line with the principle of greater transparency, the new pay matrix will provide an unambiguous and complete view of the pay system in the Government of India.

i. The pay matrix can be gainfully analysed to provide crucial data on trends in pay progression, number of personnel populating each level, number of personnel entering and retiring at various levels, promotional trends of various cadres, financial outgo at various levels, and so on. Hence, it can act as a powerful tool to bring in financial management reforms.