Monday, February 22, 2016

खुशखबरी : जल्दी लागू होगा सातवां वेतन आयोग, जानें क्या है खास!

नयी दिल्ली: केंद्र सरकार के कर्मचारी सातवें वेतन आयोग का बड़ी बेसब्री से इंतजार कर रहे हैं. सातवां वेतन आयोग इस वर्ष जनवरी से लागू होने वाला है. अब मीडिया में ऐसी खबरें आ रहीं है कि सातवां वेतन आयोग जल्दी ही लागू हो सकता है. खबरें ऐसी सामने आयीं हैं कि केंद्रीय कर्मचारियों का वेतन उनकी बेसिक सैलरी यानी मूल वेतन का दोगुना हो सकता है.

खबर है कि बेसिक सैलरी में 30 प्रतिशत तक का इजाफा संभव है.हालांकि वेतन आयोग ने 23.55 फीसदी के इजाफे की अनुशंसा की है. गौरतलब है कि आयोग की अनुशंसा से केंद्रीय कर्मियों में रोष है और उनका कहना है कि पिछले 70 साल में यह सबसे कम वृद्धि की अनुशंसा है. वे इसके खिलाफ हड़ताल पर जा सकते हैं. 

सातवें वेतन आयोग ने अपनी रिपोर्ट सरकार को सौंप दी है, जिसमें कर्मचारियों के वेतन भत्ते में 23.55 प्रतिशत वृद्धि की अनुशंसा की गयी है. केंद्रीय वित्त मंत्री अरुण जेटली को सौंपी गयी वेतन आयोग की रिपोर्ट में मौजूदा कमर्चारियों के मूल वेतन में 16%, भत्तों में 63% और पेंशन में 24% इजाफे की सिफारिश की गयी है. सातवें वेतन आयोग ने सरकारी कर्मचारियों के न्यूनतम वेतन को 18 हजार करने की सिफारिश की है.

Hike in DA from January 2016 for Central Government Employees may be announced soon

Zee News has reported that hike in DA from January 2016 would be announced soon. Even as 7th Pay Commission Recommendations has taken into account the likely DA from January 2016 as 125% for the purpose of merging the same with basic pay with effect from 1st January 2016, increase in DA from January 2016 would be announced soon by Govt as reported by this television media.

If Govt issues orders for the hike in DA from January 2016 now, then Central Government Employees including Railway Employees, Defence Personnel and all Central Government Pensioners will be paid Dearness Allowance at the rate of 125% on the existing pay in pay band and grade pay till the implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations which is likely to be effective from 1st January 2016. Once 7th Pay Commission recommendations are implemented, increase in basic pay and Dearness Allowance on the same will have to be paid as arrears of pay.

Report of Zee News on the likely increase in DA from January 2016 is as follows

Narendra Modi government is likely to hike dearness allowance (DA) by 6 percent to 125 percent.

The likely increase in dearness allowance by six percent to 125 percent from existing 119 percent would benefit over 10 million central government employees and pensioners.

The new rate of DA will be implemented from January 1, 2016, which will be applicable for 4.8 million central government employees and 5.5 million pensioners. DA is paid as a proportion of basic pay of employees.

The proposal to hike DA is moved by the Finance Ministry on the basis of accepted formula for calculation. The Union Cabinet approves the DA hike for its employees.

The Centre revised DA twice in a year on the basis of one year average of retail inflation for industrial workers as per the accepted formula.

Earlier in September last year, DA was increased to 119 percent from 113 percent which was effective from July 1, 2015. In April last year, the government had hiked DA by 6 percentage points to 113 percent of their basic pay with effect from January 1, 2015

Combined Bi-Annial Conferance of AIPEU Gr C, Postman/MTS &GDS (NFPE)

Combined Bi-Annial Conferance of AIPEU Gr C, Postman/MTS &GDS (NFPE) And Fecilation Ceremony of Com R S Chand @ Gorakhpur Dn UP Circle

A fecilation cermony and bi annial conferance held at Gorakhpur on 21/2/16. Com R S Chand Regional Sec Gorakhpur Region & Working President UP Circle AIPEU Gr C felicitated by the members and leaders of NFPE on his superannuation. Com Uma Shankar Singh elected as Divisional Secretary Gorakhpur for AIPEU Gr C again unanimously.



Roll out of Internet / Mobile / SMS Banking

Roll out of Internet/Mobile/SMS Banking

Copy of eMail dated 18.02.2016 from Director (CBS) to all Circle Heads
From: Director (CBS)
Sent: 18 February 2016 17:46
Subject: Roll out of Internet/Mobile/SMS Banking 

Respected Sir/Madam

I am directed to enclose Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of Internet/Mobile / SMS Banking for circulation to all CBS Post Offices. Facilities available through these channels are also attached. These need to be pasted on the Public Notice Board of all CBS Post Offices. 

It is requested to circulate these guidelines and give them wide publicity so that our staff/agents and customers may start using these facilities. 

With regards,

Sachin Kishore
Director (CBS)
Sansad Marg,
Dak Bhavan

Facilities in Internet Banking

Customer has to enter:- https://ebanking.indiapost.gov.in

  1. Customer can go through www.indiapost.gov.in and click on Customer option in Internet Banking.
  2. Customer Information File (CIF) number printed on the Passbook will be the Login ID for first login.
  3. PIN has to be taken from Post Office where account stands after 10 working days. 
View Account Summary Screen
Inquire on Available balance
View Transaction History
View Closed Deposit Accounts
Inquire on Lien Account
View Issued Cheques
View Stopped Cheque
View rate of interest
View Deposit Account Details
Print Transaction details
Online Password Generation
Open Time Deposit Account
Opening Recurring Deposit
View Personal Details
View Issued Cheques
View Transaction History
Funds Transfer
View Tax Deducted at Source
Link Accounts
Compose Mails
View Inbox
Sent Mails
View Statement
OTP for Authentication

Facilities in Mobile Banking

  1. Customer has to download Mobile App from Google Store
  2. Within 48 hours of applying for Mobile Banking, customer will login with CIF ID and generate 4 digit M PIN.
  3. Customer can login through Mobile Browser also for which URL is:- https://mbanking.indiapost.gov.in. In such a case, Internet Banking Login ID and Password have to be used.

Balance inquiry of SB and PPF accounts of the customer.
Balance inquiry of RD and TD accounts of the customer.
Balance inquiry of NSC Account of the customer.
Balance inquiry of Loan Accounts of the customer.
Mini Statement
TransactionHistory                                                                                               
Self Fund Transfer
Fund Transfer to registered payee with in DOP
Add payee
Opening of Time Deposit Account
Opening of Recurring Deposit Account
Loan Repayment in PPF account
RD installments funding
Balance Inquiry through SMS banking
Mini statement through SMS banking
Inquire status of cheques
Inquire balance of TD account

Facilities in SMS Banking

(Customer has to send Short Code through SMS at Mobile No. 925000339)

Within 48 hours of applying, customer will get 4 digit PIN through SMS.
  • Balance Inquiry through SMS banking 
  • Mini statement through SMS banking 
  • Inquire status of cheques 
  • Inquire balance of TD account 

Process of Generation of PIN in Mobile Banking is given below:-

Customer has to download Mobile Banking App. Customer will be asked to Generate MPIN for login by the Mobile Application. 
  1. Customer has to enter the CIF and then following Security questions will be asked Date of birth, CIF ID
  2. When these are entered, an OTP will be generated and send to Customers Registered Mobile Number. 
  3. User has to enter the OTP received to the registered mobile number. 
  4. After successful validations of above steps, user is allowed to set MPIN of her/his choice which will be login Password to be used for M. Banking. 

SMS Banking Password :

SMS Banking Password will be of 4 digit length. The Password will be sent to the Customers Registered Mobile Number as an Alert message. This 4 digit PIN will be used by customer along with Short code. 
NOTE:- IT WILL BE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CUSTOMER TO KEEP INTERNET/MOBILE/SMS BANKING PIN AND OTP SECRET AND NOT SHARE WITH ANT OTHER PERSON INCLUDING POSTAL STAFF. CUSTOMER WILL BE PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THE TRANSACTIONS DONE THROUGH THESE CHANNELS USING PIN AND OTP.
Standard Operating Procedure will be published soon.

India Post Rides E-Commerce Wave as Villagers Buy Online

Indian postman Ratan Lal (L) riding a bicycle as he delivers a parcel to a customer in a village in the Rajasthan district of Neemrana, January 21, 2016. (AFP)

With his rickety bicycle and sackcloth mail bag, 62-year-old Indian postman Chet Ram does not look like a worker at the vanguard of an e-commerce revolution delivering everything from mobile phones to cow manure.

He pedals miles each day in Rajasthan, ferrying packages to villages, and takes payments in cash because most of his customers do not have bank accounts, let alone credit cards.

While in the United States online giant Amazon and its ilk experiment with futuristic drones and one-hour deliveries, in rural India e-commerce retains a distinctly old-fashioned feel.

Yet the dawn of online shopping is changing the lives of people in rural areas - and is breathing new life into India Post, the ailing state-run postal network, which has struggled with a huge deficit for years.
Postman Ratan Lal with a parcel for delivery at a post office in a village in the Rajasthan district of Neemrana, January 21, 2016.

In the past two years, the 160-year-old postal giant - which is the world's largest postal network - has tied up with 400 e-commerce companies including Amazon and Indian giant Flipkart to deliver a diverse range of goods.

It deploys its vast network of about 4,60,000 employees across 1,55,000 post offices to take goods to customers in remote areas, often hundreds of kilometres from the nearest town.

Government clerk Surinder Singh Yadav from village Ula Hedi in the Neemrana district says the dawn of e-commerce has transformed shopping for his family, who now nudge him to order products they see advertised on television.

"These companies give us a variety we don't get in our local markets, quality at competitive rates and a doorstep delivery," said Mr Yadav, as he accepted a delivery of a spray paint machine.

Online commerce

The absence of reliable private delivery companies outside the big cities led India Post to step in to fill the gap.

"Until recently, people in these rural areas had aspirations but no means to access the market," Kavery Banerjee, secretary of India Post, told AFP.

"Now we are delivering women's clothes and latest electronic gadgets even in the remote regions of country like Leh and Ladakh," she added.

It has been a huge success, with parcel deliveries increasing 15-fold to 75,000 daily deliveries in the past two years.

But India's vast areas of rural terrain, where roads can be poor and infrastructure patchy, pose challenges to the digital revolution.

Most small post offices, like the one in Neemrana, depend on unreliable public transport to collect parcels from region's bigger post offices.

Postal workers use bicycles and old cloth mail bags which make it difficult to transport bigger or multiple parcels.

Many rural Indians are still new to the internet - up to a billion people are not yet online in the country - and are wary of e-commerce sites, preferring to hand over money only after receiving the goods.

Part of the firms' success has been driven by giving customers the chance to pay cash on delivery - although it takes up to two days to find out if a parcel was accepted by a distant recipient.

"It has given a sense of empowerment to customers who are not confident about e-commerce shopping," said K C Verma, an assistant superintendent at a post office in Behror, a town close to Neemrana.

One such customer is Sudesh Yadav, a farmer's wife in Daulat Singh Pura village in Neemrana who refused to accept her parcel of a car cleaning kit.

"The company has sent the order almost a week late," she told the postman who had cycled to her home on a cold January morning to deliver the goods.

"We have already purchased it from a nearby town. Take it back," she said.

Financial woes

India Post, which was founded under colonial rule in 1854, hopes the huge growth of e-commerce will enable it to reverse its ailing financial situation.

The value of cash-on-delivery parcels handled by the postal department is expected to register a 300 per cent increase by the end of financial 2015 compared with last year, India Post said.

It hopes to slash its $800 million average annual deficit and improve profitability at its 1,40,000 rural post offices.

Communication and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters last month that the Indian postal department had the potential to become the "world's leading e-commerce delivery platform".

The department has upgraded or added around 70 modern parcel handling centres with existing post offices in the last two years and plans to add to its standing fleet of around 900 mail vans across India.

It also plans to address the issue of tracking deliveries, including by giving handheld devices to postal workers.

For rural India's postmen, the flood of parcel deliveries recalls the days of the 1980s or 1990s when sending letters and postcards was much more common.
Postman Ratan Lal riding a bicycle as he delivers a parcel to a customer in a village in the Rajasthan district of Neemrana, January 21, 2016.

"These parcel deliveries in the last couple of years are once again making us busier," Ratan Lal, a postman with Neemrana post office, told AFP.

ATM opened at Salem Head Post Office


E. Harikrishnan (second left), Senior Divisional Operations Manager, Salem Railway Division inaugurating the ATM at Salem Head Post Office on Friday. —Photo: S. Guru Prasath

The second ATM in Salem East Division was inaugurated at the Salem Head Post Office here on Friday.

E. Harikrishnan, Senior Divisional Operations Manager, Salem Railway Division inaugurated the facility in the presence of P. Arumugam, Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Salem East Division and others.

This is the second ATM in the division by the Department of Posts after the first ATM was inaugurated in Attur recently.

The Department of Posts plans to set up 1000 ATMs at important post offices across the country by March, 2016. Of this, 86 ATMs are planned for Tamil Nadu Postal Circle. In Western region, five ATMs are functioning at Head Post Offices of Coimbatore, Erode, Salem East and Tirupur Divisions.

The Department of Posts will issue ATM cards free of cost only to account holders of Post Offices. Customers bearing savings account at the respective post office and having minimum balance of Rs. 50 can apply for the ATM card.

They can withdraw maximum of Rs. 25,000 a day and Rs. 10,000 per transaction. The service will be available for six working days from Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. It is expected that the IT modernization project will help the department to achieve a wider reach among the Indian Population through increased customer interaction channels.

PIB clears India Post's Rs 800 crore proposal for payments bank

NEW DELHI: The Public Investment Board has approved the Rs 800-crore proposal from India Post for setting up a payments bank and it will be placed before the Cabinet within a month for final approval. 

PIB, under the Finance Ministry, whets the investment proposals by state-run entities. 

"The PIB meeting has been held on January 19 and the proposal has been approved. The recommendations of PIB will now be placed before the Cabinet for final approval," a senior official of Department of Post (DoP) told PTI. 

The department is also in the process of finalising selection of a consultant for setting up of the India Post payments bank. 

It had shortlisted six consultants but only three of them submitted the bids. 

The India Post payments bank will primarily target unbanked and under-banked customers in rural, semi-rural and remote areas, with a focus on providing simple deposit products and money remittance services. 

The pilot for the payments bank is set to start from January 2017 and the full-fledged operations may start by March. 

As many as 40 international financial conglomerates including World Bank and Barclays have shown interest to partner the postal department for setting up the bank. 

The Reserve Bank has granted payments bank permit to the department, which is already into providing financial services and has 1.55 lakh branches across the country. 

As per the RBI guidelines, a payments bank can offer limited services such as demand deposits and remittances. 

They will not be allowed to undertake lending activities and will initially be restricted to holding a maximum balance of Rs 1 lakh per individual customer. 

They will be allowed to issue ATM or debit cards as other prepaid payment instruments but not credit cards.

Guidelines on AD Domain Joining & Configuration

Active Directory Migration Guidelines

Before joining AD, Authorise all eMOs, log out all the users from Treasury, Speednet, eMO modules for avoiding login error due to server name change.
1) First enable the administrator for local computer
Right Click on Computer /My computer -> Click on Manage -> Expand Local Users & Groups -> Click on Users -> Check Administrator Account (Built in account) -> Status should be Enabled& set the password, if not set.
2) If it is a server, demote from AD. Remove AD and make it to workgroup
It is a PC,Unjoin from domain and make it to workgroup
3) Restart the PC and change the name as per naming procedure
WEGxxxxxDTxxx for pc,WEGxxxxxSRxxx for server WEGxxxxxLTxxx for laptop
4) Change the preferred DNS 172.19.64.12, 17.19.64.11-18
5) Now PCs/Servers/ Laptops are ready for Indiapost Domain migration. Use below domain user
User Name:testa1.user         Password:Password@123
6) In run command type “lusrmgr.msc” Click groups / In MyComputer>Manage > Local Users and groups
Add India Post user eg 10035790 (provided by TCS) to administrator group. 
7) Change Server IP or Server Name in 
Counter Database – Environment table
Postman Database – Environment table
POSPCC Database – Environment table
Configuration file in all modules,Communications and  Account MIS
Point of sale Supervisor, Change the treasury server name
Treasury supervisor, Change the Point of Sale Server name in environment
Make all modules to run as administrator (for windows 7)
8) Run command “services.msc”
Start the service 'Distributed Transaction Coordinator' (MSDTC) with start up type as 'Automatic' and Log On As 'Network Service' 
9) Queries to be run for AD issues 
Point Of Sale booked articles not fetching in Speed Net module SQL 2005/2008. 

Run two queries in following sequence

First query
sp_configure 'show advanced options',1
go
reconfigure
Second Query
sp_configure 'Ad Hoc Distributed Queries',1
go
reconfigure
(or)
Right click on server name in SQL management studio->facets-> surface area configuration.
Set true to Ad hoc remote queries.
RPC query
exec sp_serveroption @server='myserver', @optname='rpc', @optvalue='true' exec sp_serveroption @server='myserver', @optname='rpc out', @optvalue='true' 
10) Create a bat file in startup for auto disabling of proxy.(for gmail access)
@ECHO OFF REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings" /v ProxyEnable /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
Note: The above proxy settings is not a permanent solution,  the changes will be made in proxy settings of domain user automatically in particular interval.

Seventh Pay Commission: Govt To Raise Minimum Pay

New Delhi: Government plans to raise the minimum pay of central government employees from Rs 18,000, which was recommended by Seventh Pay Commission, a Finance Ministry official said.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said earlier that he was not worried about implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations.

The Finance Ministry official has given strong indications on condition of anonymity that the minimum pay recommended Seventh Pay Commission is likely to be increased as soon as next fiscal as the members of the Empowered Committee of Secretaries are ready to process the review of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations for hike the minimum pay.

The official said government wants to see the minimum pay increased “progressively” in the coming fiscal as the economy improves and there is an “inevitability” about pay increase demands as the economy improves.

He said that the current pay panel recommended minimum pay to Rs 18,000 per month from Rs 7,000, while the maximum pay has been recommended Rs 2.5 lakh per month from current Rs 90,000. It’s made a width pay gap discrimination between employees and higher officers from existing 1:12 to 1: 13.8.

Every pay commission made up pay gap between employees and higher officers from second Pay Commission 1:41 ratio to Sixth pay commission 1:12. It reveals that the Seventh Pay Commission has not been properly reviewed the pay gap between minimum and maximum pay.

The Empowered Committee of Secretaries (CoS) for processing the report of the Seventh Central Pay Commission has been consisted of thirteen secretaries headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha with experience of working with low-paid government employees, like experience of government employees’ interests and experience of labour market economics and employment law.

The official said he envisages the Secretaries Committee meeting for the first time in March or April after receiving feedback from employees’ association through the Implementation Cell of the Pay Commission, which has been created in the Finance Ministry to work as the Secretariat of the Committee.

He anticipates that Secretaries Committee’s recommendations will be implemented “very soon after that”.

The PMO has also directed the Empowered Committee of Secretaries to prepare the report on Pay Commission soon, he added.

Another official in the Finance Ministry, insisted that an Empowered Committee of Secretaries (CoS) for processing the report of Pay Commission, which is formed after every pay commission report to examine the report very closely and said its success is based on government usually implementing its recommendations.

The Seventh Pay Commission headed by Justice A K Mathur presented its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in November with the recommendations for 14.27 per cent increase in basic pay, the overall increase in salary, allowances and pensions is 23.55%. The increase in allowances will be higher by 63% while pensions will rise 24%.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said earlier that he was not worried about fiscal deficit and government would be able to meet its target despite additional outgo on account of higher pay.

He had admitted however that the impact of implementing the recommendations, which will result in an additional annual burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore on exchequer, would last for two to three years.

Release of Patch 17 of Sanchay Post 7.5

Major Features provided in Patch 17 for SanchayPost7.5

  • Issues related to SB / NREGS LOT
  • Fix for error while opening BO Accounts
  • Fix for date related issues in SSA
  • Modifications in FTO Processing Procedure

Provision to discharge the certificates through DE module. 

This provision should be used only for the scenario explained below:
“Certificates Issued at this office & discharged at another office. Intimation received “
“Certificates issued at this office & discharged in the same office manually for some unavoidable reasons”
Main objective of this provision is to mark those discharged certificates as “DISCHARGED” to avoid duplicacy in migration process.It is restricted only to DESUPER.
  • While using this option, data accuracy should be ensured by POSTMASTER
  • A separate Register should be maintained to enter all the details of certificates discharged through DE Module.

Download Patch 17 for Sanchay Post 7.5


Fixing the minimum wages at Rs 26,000/- NFIR

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110 055
Affiliated to :
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

No: II/95/Pt VIII
Dt:19th February, 2016

MESSAGE

On the Invitation of Shri R.K. Chaturvedi, Convener, Implementation Cell, Ministry of Finance Dr M. Raghavaiah, Chairman/NJCA & GS/NFIR and Shri Guman Singh, Member/NJCA & President/NFIR representing Central Government Federations/Associations attended the meeting at North Block, New Delhi at 11.00AM on 19th February 2016 and explained NJCA’s 1 to 26 charter of demands with full justification for every demand.

The need for fixing the minimum wages at Rs 26,000/- and modifying the multiplying factor was explained in detail with full justification. The leaders drew the attention of Shri Chaturvedi to Page No 63 of 7th CPC which is as follows:

II CPC14.2III CPC20.6IV CPC27.6V CPC31.0VI CPC54.0VII CPC14.3

It is clear from above that the pay rise is only 14.3% in 7th CPC, which is causing lot of resentment and unrest among 34 lakh Central Govt Employees belonging to Railways, Defence, Postal etc., Mr R.K. Chaturvedi assured to explain the views expressed by NJCA leaders to the Cabinet Secretary and stated that within 10-15 days a meeting between NJCA, Empowered Committee and the Implementation Cell will be held for further discussions.

The NJCA leaders made it ample clear that in the event of No Negotiated Settlement all the central government employees will be compelled to serve Strike Notice on 11th March 2016 and proceed on strike from 6.00AM on 11th April 2016.

As already decided by NJCA all the Central Govt Employees must prepare themselves for Indefinite Strike from 11th April 2016.

(Marri Raghavaiah)
CHAIEMAN/NJCM & GS/NFIR
Source-NFIR

Minimise use of postal stamps to save money, manpower , energy and above all, the environment

Lucknow: To save crores of rupees to the exchequer every month as also curb cutting of trees, Governor Ram Naik has started a campaign to promote use of franking machines by government offices and bulk users to discourage postal stamps of low denomination.

Naik also raised the issue before President Pranab Mukherjee at a recently concluded two-day conference in Delhi and has written a letter to Union telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in this regard, appealing to minimise use of postal stamps to "save money, manpower , energy and above all, the environment."

During an informal inspection of secretariat, Naik noticed dispatch staff was pasting 25 postal stamps of Re 1 and stamps of different denominations on various packets and envelopes. "I was taken aback to see that in a digital era, one person is deployed only to paste stamps manually," Naik told TOI on Saturday, after calling the post and telegraph staff to install franking machines. Now, one staff who used to dispatch 60 envelopes in a day completes his work in an hour," said Ram Naik, adding that the same staff disposes other duties in the remaining part of the day.

Postal department officials told ToI that despite their awareness campaign, there are hardly any offices using franking machine despite its advantage of saving money and time.

A senior functionary of the chief post master general office informed ToI that there are 17,000 post offices in the state and postal stamps are delivered from Nasik press to Lucknow and Kanpur and delivered all over the state. "If government departments use franking machine it would save lakhs of rupees every month as cost of the transportation from Nasik to the 17,000 post offices will also be saved," said the officer adding that on an average if postal stamps of Rs 5 lakh are used in each office in a month, Rs 10,000 will be saved by using franking machine, which gives impression of a postal stamp on the envelop. The franking machine can be recharged after payment of a certain amount to the post and telegraph department.

Speaking to TOI, director of the post and telegraph Vivek Daksh confirmed that if most users go for franking machine, it definitely save lakhs of rupees every month. "On an average, our department sells postal stamps worth over Rs 15 lakh a day," said Vivek Daksh, adding that on the franking machine, government gives rebate also of 2%.

Ram Naik explained the cost of postal stamp is higher because the ink, printing and paper are of best quality, hence postal stamps of low value should be discouraged.

Government to restructure tribunals, autonomous organisations

NEW DELHI: In a massive restructuring exercise, the Centre may bring down to less than half the number of 36 existing tribunals and revamp over 680 organisations, including public sector undertakings under its control.

The move is based on recommendations of a Committee of Secretaries which has Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi as its members, official sources said. 

The committee has proposed reduction of the number of tribunals from 36 to 17 and has sought reduction or restructuring of as many as 685 autonomous bodies or institutions during this year, they said.

"The idea is to take a relook at the functioning of various such bodies in order to ensure minimum government maximum governance," Union Minister Jitendra Singh told PTI today.

He said there are tribunals which have less number of cases and the government may look into the possibility of merging two tribunals or shutting down a few.

There are tribunals for settling various administrative and tax-related disputes, including Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT), Customs Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT), Competition Appellate Tribunal (COMPAT) and Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT), among others.

Besides these there are scores of public sector undertakings and various autonomous organisations under the central government's jurisdiction.

Addressing a meeting of Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) yesterday to review the action plan for the current year, Singh had said the government plans to strike down irrelevant laws by repealing or revoking more than a thousand existing ones.

"The government will abolish several of the existing laws which have ceased to be relevant in the present date and time," he had said.

Noting that 1053 laws are pending for Parliament's approval to be repealed, Singh had said about 649 laws have been sent and circulated among ministries and states for comments and the process of repealing or revoking these will be carried forward after obtaining their feedback. 

The move will add to ease of doing business and ensure more transparent governance, he had said.

A mechanism will also be worked out wherein the information already available on the official websites or official portals is not to be asked for through RTIs, in order to reduce the pendency and workload accruing from such queries, Singh had said.

While the work on simplified one-page form and self- attestation of certificates has already begun, the DoPT is also working out the feasibility of issuing residence or domicile certificates as well as Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Classe certificates to children by the time they reach class 5," he said.

Source : http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/