Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Suggesting a name to "IT Modernization Project of Department of Posts"


India Post opened 85 lakh accounts under Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme: MoC & IT

India Post has played a key role in securing the girl child under ‪#‎BetiBachaoBetiPadhao‬ movement. Out of the total 91 lakh accounts opened under Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme, India Post has contributed by opening 85 lakh accounts.

Head post offices to have ATM facility from June

INDIA POST ATMS WILL BE INTEGRATED WITH OTHER BANK NETWORKS

All the three head post offices in Kollam district will be provided with the automatic teller machine (ATM) facility of the India Post from the first week of June. The head post offices (HPO) are at Chinnakada in Kollam city, Kottarakara and Karunagapally. Initially people with accounts in postal department can use the services of the ATM.

All the 52 HPOs across the State are being provided with the facility. India Post, which has already received licence for starting a Payments Bank, proposes to link all the post offices across the country to the core banking system (CBS).

A proposal is also being sent to the Reserve Bank of India for allowing ATMs of India Post to work on the platforms of all other banks.
Thereafter, the India Post ATMs would be integrated with other bank networks.

Payments Bank

The Payments Bank of India Post is expected to be launched early next year. Postal authorities in Kollam said that out of the 94 post offices in the district, 92 had migrated to CBS.

The facility enables people having account with the Postal Department to carry out transactions from any post office in the country.

Debit cards for India Post ATMs will be provided to anyone opening an account with just Rs.50.

The authorities here expect the integration of India Post ATMs with other banks to materialise within six months.
Source : www.thehindu.com

Celebration 2 nd International Day of Yoga on 21.06.2016

Special Cover on Main Snan Ghats of Simhastha Mahaparv – 21st May 2016.

Lakhs of devotees, including mahants and sadhus of various akharas along with other pilgrims, took the holy dip in the Kshipra river on 21st May 2016 on the occasion of third and last 'Shahi Snan (royal bath)' as a part of the century’s second 'Simhastha Mahakumbh'. Sadhus from Shree Panchdanshnam Juna Akhara were the first to take the royal bath at Dutt Akhara Ghat. They were followed by Agni, Avahan, Nirmohi and other akharas.

Every 12 years, during the Kumbh Mela, along the Ujjain city’s elaborate riverside ghats, Goddess Kshipra, which symbolizes purity, clarity and chastity, is worshipped by thousands and thousands of devotees. Along the banks of River Kshipra, many bathing ghats are located. The Shri Ram Ghat, also known as Ram Ghat is the most ancient bathing ghat and is very popularly visited during the Kumbh Mela. It is located near the Harsiddhi Temple. Other important Ghats are Triveni Ghat, Gau Ghat, Mangalnath Ghat, Siddhwat Ghat, Kabir Ghat, Rinmukteshwar Ghat, Bhukimata Ghat, Datt Akhada Ghat, Chintaman Ghat, Prashanti Dham Ghat, Sunheri Ghat and Narsingh Ghat

A Special Cover was released on Main Snan Ghats of Simhastha Mahaparv on 21st May 2016 at Ujjain.

No TDS for PF withdrawals of up to Rs 50,000 from June 1

No tax would be deducted at source for PF withdrawals of up to Rs 50,000 from June 1. 

The government has notified raising the threshold limit of PF withdrawal for deduction of tax ( TDS ) from existing Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000, a senior official told PTI. 

"The Finance Act , 2016 has amended section 192A of Income Tax Act, 1961 to raise the threshold limit of PF withdrawal from Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000 for Tax Deducted at Source (TDS)," the notification stated. 

The provision will come into effect from June 1, 2016, providing relief to subscribers of retirement fund body EPFO . 

The government had introduced the proposal to deduct TDS on PF withdrawals in order to discourage pre-mature withdrawal and to promote long term savings. 

According to existing provisions, TDS is deducted at the rate of 10 per cent provided PAN is submitted. 
TDS will be deducted at the rate of 10 per cent provided PAN is submitted. 
However, in case Form 15G or 15H is submitted by the member, then TDS is not deducted. These forms are to declare that their income would not be taxable after receiving payment of their PF accumulations from retirement fund body EPFO. 

While Form 15H is submitted by senior citizens (above 60 years of age), Form 15G is submitted by claimants below the age of 60 years. 

TDS is deducted at the maximum marginal rate of 34.608 per cent if a member fails to submit PAN or Form 15G or 15H. 

However, there are certain exceptions to deduction of TDS by EPFO. TDS shall not be deducted in case of transfer of PF from one account to another PF account. 

Also, no tax is deducted if employee withdraws PF after a period of five years. 

CPMG Haryana circle released book on finacle operations

Comparison of 7th Pay Commission and 6th CPC Pay excluding HRA

NFIR has compared 7th Pay Commission pay and 6th CPC pay excluding revision in HRA. It has concluded that at lower levels only marginal increase in pay has been provided by 7th Pay Commission and that for certain levels no increase or negative increase in pay has been recommended by 7th Pay Commission

Comparison of 7th Pay Commission and 6th CPC Pay excluding HRA – NFIR provides data that shows that increase in pay by way of revision pay proposed by 7th pay commission from the Level 1 to 6 is marginal and from Level 7 there is no increase

During discussions with the Hon’ble MR and the Board (CRB, FC, MS) on 23rd December 2015, the NFIR General Secretary has expressed that there is all-round unhappiness on 7th CPC recommendations as in many cases the ‘Take Home Pay’ is either very marginal or less than what is received by the employee now.

The Federation also disputed the estimated financial implications (Rs.28,500 crores) and said that the estimated expenditure has been exaggerated. It was also brought to the notice of the MR the retrograde recommendations of 7th CPC, while the case of Railway employees of various categories was not dealt adequately and the Railway Ministry has unfortunately not apprised the inadequacies of Grades Pay and Pay Band of 6th CPC to the Chairman, 7th CPC.
Table–II indicates 6th CPC minimum pay in GP+ Pay Band without HRA.
Table-II (a) gives 7th CPC minimum pay without HRA (staff in occupation of Railway quarters are not entitled for HRA).
[A comparison of Table-II with Table-II (a) shows minus ‘Take Home Pay’ for employees of Level- I to Level-6 of Pay Matrix and equally marginal increase to those in Level-7, 8 & 9 of Pay Matrix. Again in Level- 10 the ‘Take Home Pay’ will be less than the present amount. Overall position will be either “minus” or “marginal increase”. The Income Tax deduction would further worsen.]

Click to view the table

Prepare for struggle on 7th CPC issues.

Comrades,

The Staff side had demand of minimum wage of Rs 26000/- & fitment formula of 3.71. Against this the 7th CPC had recommended minimum wage of Rs 18000/- & fitment formula of 2.57. The 7th CPC recommendations has provided only at 14% wage hike at Group “C” level it is only ranging from Rs 2240/- to Rs 3500/- increase per month, and at Group “B” level ranging from Rs 4000/- to Rs 6500/- increase per month. This increase is lowest by any pay commission, hence vast changes are required as the prices of essential commodities have gone up and also the inflation rate has gone up. 

There are various reports on 7th Central Pay commission on the media reports on minimum wage of Rs 21000/- & fitment formula of 3.00, (which is at 34% wage hike against the 14% wage hike recommended by the 7thCPC). These reports are totally wrong and not true, these reports divert the Central Government Employees from the struggle path. Now it’s clear from the meeting of the staff side leaders with the Cabinet Secretary that there will likely hood of the slight increase in minimum wage, but not be any changes in the fitment formula.This is against the Staff side demand of minimum wage of Rs 26000/- & fitment formula of 3.71.

Secondly there is no change in allowances expect HRA that too its rates are reduced by the 7th CPC and also many allowances have been withdrawn. This is saving for the Government. 
Comrades it is the time to struggle, we should educate the members and prepare for struggle, so that we should get at least 50 % wage hike without allowances, as allowances are not taken into pension benefit.

Only struggle will get us benefit. Please don’t believe on rumours. Now it is now or never. Serve strike notice on 9th June 2016. 

Comradely yours
(P.S.Prasad)
General Secretary

Monday, May 30, 2016

India Post: First get the basics right

I bet you have not been to a post office for years. I too haven’t. So I do not know much about what’s going on there.

But I am delighted when i google top news for Indian Post office. Apparently, it is undergoing a big makeover. It is opening up ATMs. It is going hi-tech and has geotagged 1.5 lakh post offices. Through a mobile app, it is monitoring timely clearances of the letter boxes. It will start postal payments bank by 2017 and will start selling third party products. Big companies from Citibank to Barclays and Bajaj Auto Finance seem to be interested. It has earned Rs 1300 crore in 2015-16 by delivering e-tailers cash-on-delivery consignments.

But right now, instead of going by Google news, I have some close second-hand experience of Indian Post Offices. And let me narrate that. Ever since I can remember, my father, 74 now, has been its loyal customer. Partly thanks to his age-old habit, his comfort level, legacy investments and also poor exposure to financial saving instruments, from savings to FDs a large part of his modest savings are with the India Post. In the past we have tried to dissuade him from making any more investments in it but for him the assurance, comfort and certainty of a government-backed outfit was too big and hence preferable to privately-managed mutual fund investments in the volatile stock market. Finally we gave in, realising that in old age, there are anxieties and insecurities that one deals with that is difficult to realise when one is young. For example, my father still insists on keeping a savings account passbook which is duly and painstakingly updated whenever he withdraws or deposits money into the account. That’s the only way he knows how much money he has in the account. He has yet not gotten comfortable using ATM cards which is used only in emergency.

So over the last week, every day he has been doing the rounds of post office. Yesterday he was at Lakshmi Nagar post office. He reached there in the morning. He had to encash his fixed deposit which had matured. He waited there for about four hours. His turn never came and he returned. Today he left home and reached post office by 9.15. Post offices open at 9 AM. He was 26th in the queue. Apparently, people start queuing up by 6 am. Think of the place like a small classroom. About 30-40 people packed in the peak summer days. There is seating space for just five people -so many people old like my father stand sweating in the heat. Of course there is no question of having drinking water or toilet on the premises. He returned home post noon today, tired. But his job is half done. The FD money has been moved to his savings account but it is yet to be credited and hence the passbook has not been updated and of course he cannot withdraw cash from his account yet.

Having changed residences from Mukherjee Nagar to Greater Noida, Gulmohar Park to Mayur Vihar and now Bhiwadi, his savings are scattered in small amounts in multiple post offices. And what happened in Lakshmi Nagar is a regular story across all post offices, he says. Almost 50% of the time- yes 50% – computers do not work as the server is down. So no transactions can happen on those days. In Noida Sector 16 branch, a relatively large branch, dealing with savings account was stopped due to some issues. After over six months, finally the dealings have been transferred to Sector 19 branch.

There are multiple issues with our post offices. Speed is slower in the computerised era today than the manual era of the past, my father says. Indifferent staff attitude – the norm in many government outfits – do not help. For record, India Post has over 4.5 lakh employees. Agents do brisk business. Go through an agent, pay some commission to him and he can get your job done quickly.

This is the state of affairs in Delhi, India’s capital. Think about what would be happening in remote parts of the country, our villages.

I understand it will take a long time and lot of effort to change things at India Post. But here are a few quick and easy suggestions my father has – none of them very difficult and capital intensive to do. Considering that a good chunk of the investors – i am presuming – will be old like my father (younger lots are exploring other investment opportunities), at least provide for a separate counter to handle their queries and make their life a little easy. Old bones get creaky and weak. Offering some basic comforts – like seating space – will be a big help. Drinking water and toilet too can be helpful. One knows that this will not be easy to do. But as the government lays thrust to modernize-digitise-commercialise India Post, it should pay equal attention to some of the basic things that any services company must get right.

Digital vans all set to take e-governance to rural areas

66 vans will go to 657 districts and cover 13 lakh km by March 2017
The government will roll out a new campaign on Monday under which 66 digital vans, equipped with Internet and audio-visual facilities, will go to 657 districts by March 2017 to increase awareness about various e-governance services in rural and semi-urban areas.

“The aim is to reach out to more than 10 lakh citizens and register over 1.5 lakh rural citizens for MyGov, digital locker, Aadhaar and other digital services,” a Telecom Ministry official said.
These vans would cover more than 13 lakh km in 13,200 man days.
The campaign will be flagged off by Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad at a conference to present the report card of the Ministry’s two years in office.

It will run from May 30, 2016 to March 31, 2017. The vans will use the Internet and audio visual facilities to interact with and educate the people in rural areas, especially the youth, about the various Digital India initiatives.

34 districts in phase 1

“State governments, along with the Department of Posts, Department of Telecommunications (BSNL) and CSC-SPV, will play an active role in the execution of this campaign. A district level committee, headed by the District Collector, will foresee its ground level execution to ensure that the maximum benefit is generated out of this campaign,” the official said.

During phase 1 of the campaign till July 2016, some 16 vans will cover 34 districts in nine States — Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.

Service in 14 languages

Rural citizens will be informed about the services offered at CSC centres, national scholarship portal, e-hospital, digital lockers and Aadhaar in 14 languages — Hindi, English, Gujarati, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Oriya, Bengali, Assamese, Manipuri, Urdu Marathi and Malayalam.

Ravi Shankar Prasad ordered the postal department to provide the Ganga water from Haridwar and Rishikesh to people

The government is planning to sell online the water from river Ganga, considered holy by many Hindus. Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said he has ordered the postal department to provide the Ganga water from Haridwar and Rishikesh to people.

"We would get requests by a vast network of people that the Ganga jal be made available to the people. I learnt it on field visits. I have directed my department to provide for a network using e-commerce platform so that people of India can get 'shudh' (pure) Ganga jal from Haridwar and Rishikesh. We assure you all that we will take proactive steps to address the cultural needs of the people of India," Prasad said.

Last year, the postal department had sold water from Godavari, sourced during the auspicious Pushkaram period. According to Hindu traditions, Pushkaram is celebrated at shrines along the banks of 12 major rivers considered sacred in India.

Clean Ganga by 2018, says Uma Bharti

Ganga, considered one of the 10 most polluted rivers in the world, will become one of the cleanest by 2018, Union minister Uma Bharti had said last week. Lamenting that the river has often been used as a gateway to disposing affluents, Bharti exuded confidence that it would be transformed into the "10 most clean rivers in the world by 2018."

Participating at an event to mark two years in office of the NDA government, Bharti said the government is seriously working for Ganga rejuvenation and claimed that what could not be achieved in the past 29 years after spending Rs 4,000 crore was taking place now. The Union minister said funds are not an issue and the Centre is contributing sufficient funds to ensure that the target of 2018 is not missed.

Bharti had earlier assured the Lok Sabha that she would announce on the floor of the House in 2018 that the river has been rejuvenated.

Settlement of the long pending issues and appropriate recommendations on 7th CPC related matters- AICCEA writes to Fin Min

All India Civil Accounts Employees Association
(RECOGNISED BY GOVT. OF INDIA)
CENTRAL HEADQUARTER: NEW DELHI

All India Civil Accounts Employees Association Category -II
CENTRAL HEADQUARTERS: COCHIN
Zonal Accounts Office, CBDT,
Sanjuan Towers, Old Railway Station Road Cochin- 682018


No: AICAEA/HQ/A-2/2016/ 517-558
Dated: 27th May, 2016

To,
Shri M.J.Joseph,
Controller General of Accounts,
Ministry of Finance,
Department of Expenditure,
Loknayak Bhawan,
Khan Market,
New Delhi - 110003

Subject: - Settlement of the long pending issues and appropriate recommendations on 7th CPC related matters- regarding

Sir,

We have been directed to refer our letter No: AICAEA/HQ/A-2/2016/417 dated 17th April, 2016 on the subject mentioned above and state that the employees are totally aggrieved for non-settlement of their grievances for more than one and a half years.


Moreover, large numbers of the issues that were discussed in the meeting held between the official side of CGA office and the National Executive of All India Civil Accounts employees Association under your Chairpersonship on 6th November 2015 are yet to be settled. Further, it was stated in the said meeting that the 


“Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure has returned the Cadre Review proposal of Group ‘B’ & ‘C’ cadres of CCAS with the remarks that proposal may be re-examined in terms of instructions contained in their O.M. NO. 5(3)/E.III/97 dated 07.01.1999 and No. 7(1)/E.Coord/2014 dated 29.10.2014. DoE has also informed that the revision of pay in respect of Civil Accounts Employees will not be done in isolation and the same may be viewed and examined in the larger context of Organized Accounts Service as a whole. Therefore, the matter will be examined by DoE, MoF, in a holistic manner keeping in view the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission as well. The Association was therefore asked to wait for the 7th Pay Commission recommendation and the decision of the Government.”

But, we would like to bring the following facts to your kind information -

1. Pending implementation of 7CPC recommendations, the Ministry of Finance has accorded approval to the Cadre Review proposals of the Department of Posts.

2. The C&AG has made his recommendations to the Government for cadre review/ cadre restructuring/ amendments in the Recruitment Rules.

Hence, in view of these facts and as per the DOPT instructions, cadre review of the Gr. B & C employees of Civil Accounts Employees, which should have been done much earlier and before the cadre review of the Gr “A” cadres of Civil Accounts organization was done in 2012-13, needs to be initiated immediately in consultation with the Associations.

Apart from the above, the employees and officers of Civil Accounts organization are yet to learn about the recommendations given by the Controller General of Accounts to the Empowered Committee constituted by the Government for implementing the recommendations of 7CPC.

Therefore, for the purpose of review of the status of the issues discussed on 6th November 20159 (including the issue of Cadre Review) and to be appraised about the recommendations given by the Controller General of Accounts to the Empowered Committee constituted, our National Executive Members wish to meet you on 10th June 2016. We shall be thankful if you kindly accept our proposal and make it convenient to meet us on the proposed date. Time of the meeting may kindly be intimated to us at an early date please.

It may kindly be noted that the issues for discussion in the meeting will be the items forwarded by us through our letter dated 17th April, 2016.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully

(G.K.Nair)
Secretary General
All India Civil Accounts Employees Category II (V.Bhattacharjee)
Secretary General
All India Civil Accounts Employees Association


Copy to

1. Secretary General. All India Associations of Pay and Accounts Officers (Civil), Mumbai.
2. All Federal Executive members of National Federation of Civil Accounts Associations

Latest Development on 7th CPC recommendations


Reconciliation of Geo Tagged Post Offices - Quick Links for Reports

Please visit the following link with concerned circle login and view the list of offices in the reports to be remapped. This should be done before moving into boundary mapping.

Quick Link to access GEO Tagging Reconciliation 



Clarification regarding BCP in DOP Finacle

Following clarifications received from Directorate for information:-

1. There is no field in the excel sheet for default or rebate. How to make entry of default or rebate in sheet.

Clarification:- Based on number of installments in the excel sheet, default and rebate will be calculated by system when excel will be uploaded to create a file for HAGTXP.

2. What is the value date option in HAGTXP? And how should we use it?

Clarification:- There is a field of value date in HAGTXP menu modify mode which will be by default BOD date. Please change value date to the date on which LOT was received from agent.

3. The actual posting for the LOT will be done at the time of POSTING through HAGTXP. Till then, how should the cash be handled at Post Office.​

Clarification:-Till posting is done through HAGTXP, cash has to be kept out of account.

Director (CBS)

TOOL FOR RD COMMISSION WHEN FINACLE IS DOWN

RD Commission calculating Tool for Agents  

Tool for Calculating and printing the list of Agents commission when the FINACLE is down.

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  2. Change the name of the Post Office and Date.
  3. Enter Agent Name,Schedule Amount, Default and Rebate.
The following will be automatically calculated by the Tool as per procedure.
1.Agent Commission.
2. Tax and Net Amount.

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7th Pay Commission Award, Central Government Employees To Get Richer

New Delhi: Central government employees will be richer in the coming months with the government planning to spend Rs 1.02 lakh crore on its employees.

Empowered Committee of Secretaries is expected to submit its report soon to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for cabinet nod.

The Empowered Committee of Secretaries on the 7th Pay Commission will make revision in the pay scales of the central government employees.

Although 48 lakh strong workforce and 52 lakh pensioner of central government come under the purview of 7th pay commission but the government doesn’t hesitate to give pay in hike to its employees.

The Empowered Committee of Secretaries will be making revision in the pay scale on June 11 on the inputs Implementation cell.

Implementation cell hold a series of discussions and meetings with the employees’ unions, which brought a motion to compel the Empowered Committee of Secretaries to decide to propose a minimum salary at Rs 21,000 and the highest salary at Rs 2,70,000.

Each of the central government employees- from low paid employees to high ranking official- will get a salary hike of around 25 per cent to 30 per cent from January 2016, a Finance Ministry official said on Friday asked not to be named because he was not authorized to release the information.

The 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations that would put an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore on the exchequer. “But government is ready to spend that much on its employees,” he added.

The Central Government Employees’ Confederation also pressed that 7th Pay Commission recommendations should be implemented immediately with necessary amendments.

Accordingly, the Empowered Committee of Secretaries on the 7th Pay Commission is expected to submit its report soon to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for cabinet nod.

The 7th Pay Commission by headed Justice A K Mathur had recommended the minimum salary for central government employees at Rs 18,000 and maximum salary at Rs 2,50,000.

The pay commission submitted its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on November 19 last year.

After that, the government formed a secretary-level Empowered Committee headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha to review the pay panel’s recommendations and an Implementation Cell has also been created in the Finance Ministry which works as the Secretariat of the Empowered Committee of Secretaries.

The government will make the announcement of 7th Pay Commission award soon after reviewing the Empowered Committee of Secretaries’ report on the remuneration of central government employees.

TST

7th Pay Commission: Doctors Delegation meets Union Health Minister

New Delhi: Just two days after 15000 doctors in the capital called for a day long token strike, it is reported that the umbrella body of resident doctors in Delhi, FORDA ( Federation of Resident Doctors Association) was called for an emergency meeting with the Union Health Minister, Shri JP Nadda. 

The agenda of the meeting- same as the reason for the strike- the 7th Pay Commission. As per sources in the organisation, the meeting started on a positive note after a brief introduction. First and foremost, the health minister was apprised by FORDA representatives about the discriminatory recommendations of the 7th pay commission. 

“We informed the Health Minister about the Javed A Chowdhury committee (whose recommendations were accepted with applause and implemented except 30%NPA). We also explained him that how the NPA with a history of 94 years , has been de-linked from our basic pay.The Minister assured us to look into the matter.” Dr Pankaj Solanki, President FORDA, told Medical Dialogues. 

Others issue discussed in the meeting include:- 

  1. FORDA informed the minister about the urgent need for Indian Medical Services. The Minister is reported to have in principal agreed with the concept and the idea of IMS (Indian Medical Services) and has further asked for a relevant data about IMS from his officials. 
  2. The Minister was then informed about that how more than 25% of Jobs in the government health sector are lying vacant and the reasons behind those.
  3. Another issue pointed out FORDA included how UPSC never releases a waiting list and despite vacancies/jobs, doctors are not made to join. On this point, sources say that Health Minister has assured the doctors that this issue will be resolved soon. 
  4. The insufficient number of PG seats were discussed, with possibilities/suggestions to tackle this problem being put forward by the organisation. 
  5. The doctors also put forward their demands of uniform pay and uniform allowances to be given to all resident doctors across the country, including various allowances such as Hazard pay, Learning resources allowance, Night shift allowance, Extra duty allowance, etc.,
It is reported that a meeting between health minister and the health secretary will soon take place to discuss the demands put forward by the doctors. Doctors are indeed hoping for a better outcome…

Some Suggestions on Finacle Agents Streamlining Program (FASP)

Suggestions on Finacle Agents Streamlining Program

  1. To handle the Finacle speed issues the following methods may be adopted for the Agents, instead of the declared region-wise time slab this may be a permanent solution too. All the below lines are given only by logically without knowing the Finacle Architecture.
  2. Agent should first credit the List Amount in their corresponding SB Account (or) the SB Account Should have sufficient Balance before creating Bulk Lists through their portal.
  3. After creating Bulk Lists they should be allowed to post their transaction from their portal like online banking. All the entries in the bulk lists should be posted like Standing Instructions ( i.e., SB to RD ) and should be inserted with special field values
  4. The Bulk List amount should be marked as Lien in the SB Account
  5. On the next working date or on the same day the agent should submit the Bulk Lists with passbook in the counter to approve the transaction which was already posted by the agent along with SB Withdrwal voucher for the Total Amount.
  6. Posting date should be the Current Working date.
  7. Update method will be faster than insert method. And the update method will not create headaches like insert method (Insert Creates records by twice/thrice etc.,)
  8. Total amount should be withdrawn from the SB account after the lien lifted from the SB Account Automatically and update remarks field in the SB Account with Bulk List Number.
  9. Agents should be allowed to prepare their Bulk Lists after 18.00 hrs to 08.00 hrs (or) 18.00 hrs to 00.00 hrs. This will not affect the counter transactions and DC Closures.
  10. If the Agent Bulk lists has not been approved by the counter or the agents fails to submit the bulk lists at the Counter till the default deadline(i.e., 15 or 31) all the records and un-posted records should be cleared and the lien should be lifted from the SB Account and a message to be sent to the Agent’s Mobile Number regarding the cancellation and also for re-submission.
Suggested by:
By S. Thiyagarajan, SPM, Kilaiyur S.O, Mayiladuthurai Division
raajansankaran@gmail.com

REVISED PROCEDURE TO PLEDGE CERTIFICATES IN DOP FINACLE

PLEDGE CERTIFICATES IN DOP FINACLE

HAFSM is command is used for Account Freeze in case of Death / Pledge / Court Order. HAFSM stands for A/c Freeze status Maintenance 
Menu Shortcut - HAFSM - A/c Freeze status Maintenance 

In Operator (PA)

A/C ID - Account ID
Freeze Code - Total Freeze
Freeze Type : Total
Freeze Reason Code - PLEDG (Fetch from Searcher)
GO
Submit

In Supervisor 

Verification should be done Supervisor by using the same menu

Note:

From 18-05-2016 onwards HAFSM menu is not available for sub offices. Its only available for HO Supervisor only. So you have to send freeze request to HO Postmaster.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Employment News : 28th May to 3 June 2016


JOB HIGHLIGHTS


UNION PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
Name Of Post : Specialist Grade III Assistant Professors (Medicine, Paediatrics), Assistant Directors, Training Officer
No.of Vacancies : 57
Last Date :16.06.2016
TRIPURA UNIVERSITY
Name Of Post : Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor
No.of Vacancies : 102
Last Date :30.06.2016
WESTERN RAILWAY
Name Of Post : Electrician, Mechanist, Fitter etc
No.of Vacancies : 557
Last Date :20.06.2016
SERIOUS FRAUD INVESTIGATION OFFICE, NEW DELHI
Name Of Post : Additional Director (Investigation, Forensic Audit, Capital Market) Dy, Director (Forensic Audit, Corporate Law, Investigation) etc
No.of Vacancies : 52
Last Date :61 days from the date of publication
ARMED FORCES MEDICAL COLLEGE, PUNE
Name Of Post : Junior Scientific Assistant, LDC, Painter and Decorator etc
No.of Vacancies : 24
Last Date :21 days from the date of publication
Source : http://employmentnews.gov.in/

Postal Department to Consider Issuing Special RTI Stamps for Payment of Fees

The move would help phase out postal orders, which cost more to the exchequer than their Rs 10 issue price.
Indian postage stamps. Credit: StampexIndia

It defies logic as to why the Department of Posts should incur an expenditure of Rs. 37.45 on every Rs. 10 postal order that is submitted along with an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. But this is precisely what has been happening since the RTI Act came into force in 2005. In the absence of any enabling provision, such as a special stamp for payment of the fees, RTI applicants have been forced to pay through postal orders.

While the issue has been discussed at length, the introduction of new stamps for the payment of RTI fee costs has been restricted by the provisions of the Indian Postal Act, 1898, which prescribes that postage stamps be used for only postal articles.

However, following a Central Information Commission (CIC) order on March 30, 2016, the postal department has decided to constitute a new committee to consider issuing RTI stamps, similar to the radio and TV licence fees stamps, said RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agarwal, on whose petition the decision had come.

Agarwal said an earlier committee had rejected the CIC recommendations on the flimsy grounds of letting things continue as they are.

He claimed that documents received under an RTI response revealed that officers at the security printing presses cited red-tapism and the unavailability of paper as the cause for their inability to print RTI stamps despite printing postage stamps of a prominent living cricketer against postal norms within a few days of the decision on the RTI stamps.

Incidentally, in 2015, a committee comprising four senior officials of the Department of Personnel and Training, CIC and the Department of Posts had discussed the matter of issuing special RTI stamps. It also received suggestions from several citizens. It was told that the postal department had also constituted an expert committee to examine the possibility of introducing exclusive RTI stamps.
The expert committee had said introducing exclusive RTI stamps was not a feasible option and had instead suggested a definitive series of postage stamps.
Thereafter the four-member committee deliberated only on the issue of ordinary postage stamps as a mode of payment for RTI fees. But when it sought the opinion of S.K. Tripathi, director of the postal department, it was told that the Indian Postal Act did not allow the use of postage stamps for purposes other than sending postal articles.

Another glitch that came in the way was section 25(3)(e) of the RTI Act, according to which each ministry or department is required to provide information related to the charges collected by them under the RTI Act. It was thus contended that while monitoring payments to each ministry or department through postal orders was possible due to their particular serial number, the same would not be feasible with ordinary postage stamps.

It was also pointed out that the central government had already launched RTI Online to enable the filing of RTI applications online, including the payment of RTI costs, and the service had been utilised for filing over 190,000 applications since its launch in August 2013.

Besides, the Centre had also launched the facility of electronic Indian postal order, or elPO, to purchase IPOs electronically by online payment. The use of postage stamps for payment of RTI costs, the committee had observed, would thus be a regressive step in the efforts towards electronic delivery of services.

Holding this view, the committee had observed that use of postage stamps as mode of payment for RTI costs would not be feasible legally or from an accounting point of view. Also, it said, it would not be in line with the Centre’s move towards Digital India.

Agarwal insists a lot of time has been wasted on discussing the issue of using postage stamps for the payment of RTI fees. He said RTI stamps are the way ahead and their sale in a particular year can be taken as collected RTI fees and copying charges for that year. “Attractive RTI stamps should be issued only in three denominations of rupees two, 10 and 50, which will also serve as tool of popularising the transparency Act,” he suggested, adding that the beginning could be the release of exclusive RTI stamps in the inaugural session of the annual CIC convention to be held in October.

Streamlining the Agents Postal Services related to DOP Finacle

This is regarding maintaining the Agents Postal services optimized. The Secretary, Indiapost along with Member (Technology) and Member (Banking), reviewed the issues that needs to be addressed to reinforce confidence in the functionality of the tool. Infosys has provided the following immediate solution to streamline the activity.

Revised process brought into the system without change in menu:

Agents Role:

There is no change prescribed for Agents –They will continue to work in the agents portal and submit the transaction details to the Teller (users) across the counters.
Teller (Users) Role:

1. HAGTXP menu will be enabled at 1000 AM today
2. The Tellers across the country, having huge, back log to upload the files (as on 28 th )
3. Hence, a time schedule for circle wise is prescribed to upload the back-log alone.
4. The fresh files can be handled in a routine manner.
5. These request accepted by the system would generate a reference number instantaneously
6. At a given point in time 200 such files would be processed by the system for posting the respective accounts
7. All other request which are entering in to the system would be queued for processing
8. As and when the first 200 files are processed, the second set of 200 would be taken up by the system automatically for processing
9. The posting will be complete as and when the individual files are processed 10.It is very important to instruct the Post Office users not to re-submit the request
11. Since the requests are processed in a queue, the users may have to wait for some time
12. They can view the status of the transactions processed through HJCM menu.
13. They should be told strictly not to re-submit repeatedly as re-submitting would create second postings in the system
14. This is a temporary and immediate solution provided by Infosys to handle this month end smoothly.
15. In case of non-processing of files, support would be provided case-by-case basis by the Infosys L-2 team

Schedule to upload the agents transactions held in arrears –(Purely to avoid any sudden surge in the number of files in to the system)

Time Slot -Name of Circles that can upload the old files

1. 1000 – 1200 -AP, ASM, Bihar, Chat, Delhi and Gujrat
2. 1100 – 1300 -Haryana, Himachal, J&K, Jharkhand, Karnataka
3. 1200 – 1400 -Kerala, MP, Mah, North East, Oddissa, Punjab
4. 1300 – 1500 -Rajasthan, Tamilnadu, UTR,UP and WB

If this is strictly followed, the L-2 monitoring team headed by one Mr Vijay and Ms Gayathri would be able to manage the operations and provide adequate support to post offices. Issues in this may please be escalated through Mr Gopinath in email gopinath.s@indiapost.gov.in

Rotational transfer of CSS officers of Deputy Secretary grade and above during the year 2016

No.4/6/2016-CS-I(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
*****
2nd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-3
Dated May 26, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Rotational transfer of CSS officers of Deputy Secretary grade and above during the year 2016 – regarding

The undersigned is directed to refer to the revised Rotational Transfer Policy (RTP) published in the website of this Department vide OM No. 21/2/2009-CS.I(P) dated 16.07.2015. In terms of the revised RTP, Deputy Secretaries/ Directors/ Joint Secretaries (in-situ) who have completed 5 years or more in the same Ministry/Department are eligible for transfer. The officers serving in certain Ministries/Departments have a reduced tenure by one year prescribed for the grade.

2. Accordingly, a tentative list of Deputy Secretaries/ Directors/ Joint Secretaries (in-situ) who will be completing the prescribed tenure as on 01.07.2016 has been prepared and enclosed herewith (Annexure). The list includes 22 officers. The number of officers due for rotational transfer in Group ‘A’ (considering Cabinet Secretariat in group ‘A’) and group ‘B’ are equal.

3. The list at Annexure does not include officers within two years of superannuation as on 01.07.2016.

4. In terms of provisions contained in DOPT’s OM dated 16.07.2015 which, interalia, provides that officers serving in PMO and Cabinet Secretariat are exempted under RTP. Cabinet Secretariat is, hereby informed that the officers as indicated in the list are matured for transfer. Therefore, a decision on retention of such officers, keeping in view the willingness of the concerned officers, may please be intimated to this Department.

5. The officers concerned should also ensure that their data is complete in all respects in the web based cadre management system at www.cscms.nic.in. If the data is not complete, it may please be first got updated in the system.

6. Ministries/ Departments and officers concerned may check the information in the Annexure and bring to the notice of this Department if there is any discrepancy in the list by 06.06.2016. Ministries/ Departments are also requested to bring to the notice of this Department the names of Deputy Secretary/ Director/ Joint Secretary (in-situ) grade officers, who have completed the prescribed tenure but have been left out in the proposed list of rotational transfer.

7. In case no communication is received by the stipulated date i.e., 06.06.2016, the information as furnished in the list will be considered as final and further steps will be taken accordingly. The officers to be considered for rotational transfer will be finalized after correction of data, if any. Once the list is finalized, options will be sought from the officers concerned before issue of rotational transfer order.

(Raju Saraswat)
Under Secretary

To
1 All Ministries/Departments
2. All Deputy Secretaries! Directors! Joint Secretaries JS(in-situ) of CSS
3. Cabinet Secretariat, Rashtrpati Shavan, New Delhi

7th Pay Commission report to be put up before Cabinet in June

7th Pay Commission report to be put up before Cabinet in June – 7th CPC implementation Notification to come at the earliest Central government employees can expect to get some good news trickling in from government sources towards the end of June.

As per reports, the Finance Ministry is likely to table the 7th Pay Commission report to the Cabinet for approval in the last week of June.

The 7th pay panel headed by AK Mathur had recommended the minimum salary for central government employees at Rs 18,000 and maximum salary at Rs 2,50,000. As employees protested against the wage hikecalling it the “lowest ever” raise, the government set up the Empowered Committee of Secretaries group to review the AK Mathur-panel’s recommendations.

The Empowered Committee of Secretaries on the Seventh Central Pay Commission is expected to soon wrap up its report on the remuneration of government employees.

Sources added that even the Prime Minister’s Office is keen on a favourable pay hike for the central government employees, so the panel is likely to recommend a minimum salary at Rs 24,000 and the highest salary at Rs 2,70,000.

Sources added that the government is exploring options for meeting the additional payout over and above what was recommended by the 7th pay panel. The payout could be substantial with salary hike and arrears adding up to a Rs 1.02 lakh crore burden on government finances.

Report add that once the report moves from the table of the empowered group of committee to the cabinet, there is no reason why the cabinet would inordinately delay it.

The Finance Ministry is keen that higher salaries reach government employees just before the festive season starting mid-August, as spurt in consumption during the festive period will have a domino effect on the economy.

Souce: Zee News