Friday, April 29, 2016

Sify wins National Award for Department of Post Network Integration Project

Sify Technologies Limited, a leader in Managed Enterprise, Network, IT and Applications services in India with global delivery capabilities, has won the award for the “Best Use of Technology for Social Cause” for its Department of Post (DoP) Network Integration Project, at the Dataquest Business Technology Awards.
Congratulating Sify on the award, Kavery Banerjee, Secretary (Posts), Government of India, said, “Sify has been an important partner for the Department of Posts in the IT Modernization Project that aims at transforming the Department from a physical to a digital network. Sify has networked post offices, mail offices and administrative offices of the Department, using multiple modes of connectivity, such as MPLS, Leased Line, wired or wireless internet in diverse geographical locations spread across the length & breadth of India. Further to completion, Sify will continue to maintain this network of over 28,000 offices till 2019.”

Commenting on the win, Kamal Nath, Chief Executive Officer, Sify Technologies Limited, said, “We have started 2016 on a great note with this win. And this award has come close on the heels of the launch of our largest global innovation and development center in India in Hyderabad. I wish to congratulate and thank the various teams in Sify that have worked so hard on this project. The DoP implementation is a landmark project for us that truly showcases Sify’s industry-leading network integration capabilities. In building this network, Sify has effectively commissioned the largest MPLS network in India. This award highlights and validates our commitment and efforts to become India’s largest integrated ICT Company.”

Sify’s new-age network for DoP facilitates real time transactions and enables banking for the “unbanked” sections of the society. The people benefited by the initiative include approximately 1.44 million citizens who now have access to real-time banking, banking instruments and banking services. Apart from the transactional benefit to the unbanked, this project holds promise to the banking majors to establish sister units in the most remote parts of the country. This project has also aided the Indian Postal Network into becoming the largest seamlessly integrated logistical provider. Each customer is now a digital address and the transportation capacity of the postal system can now be converted and utilized by ecommerce majors across India. -


MACP Case- Joint Form Of CPWD Engineers’ Request To The Hon’ble PM To Withdraw The SLP From Supreme Court.

MACP On Promotional Hierarchy Joint Form Of CPWD Engineers’ Request To The Hon’ble Prime Minister To Withdraw The SLP From Supreme Court.

सातवें वेतन आयोग में बंद होंगे 52 तरह के भत्ते: रेल कर्मचारियों को भी आर्थिक नुकसान

केंद्रीय कर्मचारियों को जुलाई से सातवें वेतन आयोग की रिपोर्ट का लाभ मिलने की उम्मीद है। लेकिन, रेलवे, डाक और बैंक कर्मचारियों समेत अन्य को कई तरह के भत्ते लाभ मिलने बंद हो जाएंगे। इससे रेल कर्मचारियों को भी आर्थिक नुकसान होना तय है। सरकार के नए निर्णय से टाटानगर, चक्रधरपुर मंडल और दक्षिण-पूर्व जोन के 93 हजार से ज्यादा कर्मचारी इससे प्रभावित होंगे। 

चारों तरफ विरोध 

भत्ता बंद करने के खिलाफ ऑल इंडिया लोको रनिंग स्टाफ एसोसिएशन के नेताओं ने 27 जनवरी को ही दिल्ली में विरोध जताया था। टाटानगर में दक्षिण-पूर्व जोन के महामंत्री पारस कुमार ने कहा कि अंतिम क्षण तक इसका विरोध होगा।

India Post has brought out a commemorative Postage Stamp on Govardhanram Tripathi

India Post has brought out a commemorative Postage Stamp on "Govardhanram Tripathi" on 27.04.2016. The stamp was released by Lt. Col. D. K. S. Chauhan, CPMG Gujarat Circle in the gracious presence of Smt. Anandiben Patel, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Gujarat

Clarification regarding resume the sale of NSC & KVP

Complaints are being received from different quarters that sale of KVP and NSC still has not started by many post offices. It is to inform that 

Ministry of Finance, Department of Economic Affairs, vide its OM Dated 8.4.2016 has allowed sale of physical pre-printed NSC and KVP by post offices​ with required changes.

No Scope To Major Changes In 7th Pay Commission Recommendations: Finmin

New Delhi: Finance Ministry sources today said on condition of anonymity, there is no scope to major changes in 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

Finance minister Arun Jaitley had promised central government employees would get proper pay scales.

The sources came up with the remark while talking to us about hiking of pay scales of all central government employees and officials by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries than the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

Those who will hope over this issue will gain nothing but some minor changes on 7th Pay Commission recommendations of pay scales are possible, they added.

Replying to a question, the sources said, “The demand of central government employees over their pay scales is likely to be lightly considered by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries.

They said adding “Though Finance minister Arun Jaitley had promised them that they will get proper pay scales with hiking minimum pay of lower paid employees, after the review of the new pay scales by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries.”

The 7th Pay Commission headed by Justice A K Mathur recommended on November 19, the highest basic salary at Rs 250,000 and the lowest at Rs 18,000 and its increased the pay gap between the minimum and maximum from existing 1:12 to 1:13.8, while all pay commissions made up pay gap between employees and officers from second Pay Commission 1:41 ratio to Sixth pay commission 1:12.

A 13-member secretary-level Empowered Committee headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha was formed by the central government in January to review the 7th Pay Commission proposals before cabinet nod.

7th Pay Commission: Modi Govt all set to implement recommendations; notification most likely in June

7th Pay Commission: Modi Govt all set to implement recommendations; notification most likely in June

New Delhi, April 27: Modi Government is all set to implement recommendations of Seventh Pay Commission. Reportedly, the notification for the 'increment process' will be issued in the month of June.

It is being believed that Centre will issue notification most likely in the third week of June after Cabinet's nod to the recommendations of pay Commission.

A Finance Ministry sources was quoted by a news website as saying, "But in case it's not issued in third week of June, it will be issued at the beginning of fourth week of June. Usually it takes around one week to issue a notification, after cabinet nod".

Ministry is also hopeful that Empowered Committee of Secretaries which is looking after the recommendations at the moment, will submit its report by June 15.

Most likely, increased payout will be handed over to central government employees earliest at the end of June or latest by July. Reports suggest that Empowered Committee of Secretaries which has been entrusted the responsibility to overview recommendations will not make much change into it.

Earlier, Modi government conceded that implementation of new pay scales proposed by the 7th CPC is estimated to put an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore which is around 0.7 per cent of GDP.

UPSC Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2016

UPSC Civil Services 2016 Notification Out :
Name of the Posts :
(i) Indian Administrative Service.
(ii) Indian Foreign Service.
(iii) Indian Police Service.
(iv) Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’.
(v) Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
(vi) Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’.
(vii) Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
(viii) Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’.
(ix) Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration).
(x) Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’.
(xi) Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
(xii) Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’.
(xiii) Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group 'A'.
(xiv) Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’.
(xv) Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’
(xvi) Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’.
(xvii) Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’.
(xviii) Indian Trade Service, Group 'A' (Gr. III).
(xix) Indian Corporate Law Service, Group "A".
(xx) Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade).
(xxi) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar
Haveli Civil Service, Group 'B'.
(xxii) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar
Haveli Police Service, Group 'B'.
(xxiii) Pondicherry Civil Service, Group 'B'.
(xxiv) Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’.

The number of vacancies to be filled on the result of the examination is expected to be approximately 1079 which include 34 vacancies reserved for P.H. Category, i.e. 14 vacancies for LDCP, 7 Vacancies for B/LV and 13 Vacancies for H.I. The final number of vacancies may undergo change after getting firm number of vacancies from Cadre Controlling Authorities.
Reservation will be made for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes. Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and Physically Disabled Categories in respect of vacancies as may be fixed by the Government.
Total Number of Vacancies : 1079 including 34 Vacancies for P.H.
Educational Qualification : Any Graduate
Age Limit : 21 years to 32 years, Age relaxation as per rules.
Last Date : 27-05-2015
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UPSC Indian Forest Services (IFS) Examination, 2016 Notification Out : Click Here

Disclosure of information under RTI

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

28-April-2016 15:05 IST 
Disclosure of information under RTI
As per guidelines dated 15.04.2015 issued by the Government of India, the Ministries/Departments of the Government of India and other Public Authorities are proactively working towards suo-motu disclosure of information on their websites so as to reduce the need for filing RTI applications. 

As per the Annual Report of the Central Information Commission (CIC), 75.27% of the Public Authorities have filed their Annual Returns to the CIC for 2014-15, which is higher than the figure of 72.54 % for 2013-14, indicating an improved compliance over the previous year.

With a view to maximize suo-motu disclosure by public authorities, Government has issued guidelines to all the Ministries/Departments of Govt. of India on 15.4.2013. Government has further issued O.M. dated 29.06.2015 ensuring compliance to the recommended measures for strengthening implementation of Section 4 of RTI Act, by all public authorities. Another O.M. dated 9.7.2015 has been issued for appointment of a nodal officer of the rank of Joint Secretary for implementation of Section 4 of RTI Act. 

The CIC has provided web based software known as RTI Annual Return Information System for uploading annual return online at URL http://rtiaar.nic/rtiar09/login.asp.

The CIC has, from time to time, issued letters to various defaulting Public Authorities for submission of quarterly returns.

This was stated by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri A. W. Rabi Bernard in the Rajya Sabha today.

Details about Employees Contributions to EPF: Lok Sabha Q&A

Details about Employees Contributions to EPF: Lok Sabha Q&A

ANSWERED ON: 25.04.2016
Employees Contributions to EPF

Will the Minister of
LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the retirement savings managed and overseen by the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has crossed Rs. 10 lakh crore mark, making it the eleventh largest pension fund in the world;

(b)if so, the details thereof;

(c)whether the EPF offers are expected to receive Rs. 1,15,000 crore of fresh accruals from employees contributions during the year 2015-16 and if so, the details thereof;

(d)whether the said contribution is likely to be 15 per cent higher than it had been originally estimated; and

(e)if so, the details thereof?


(a) & (b): As per the Audited Consolidated Annual Accounts of Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) for the year 2014-15, the closing balance of Funds managed by EPFO is Rs. 6,34,174.33 crore.

Regarding EPFO being the eleventh largest pension fund in the world, no such information is available with EPFO.

(c): No, Madam. The fresh accruals in 2015-16 in the three Schemes framed under the Employees’ Provident Funds & Miscellaneous Provisions (EPF & MP) Act, 1952 as per the revised estimates is Rs. 1,01,538.54 crore.

(d) & (e): The revised estimates for the year 2015-16 are projected to be 13.81 per cent higher than the Budget estimates. The details of revised estimates of the three Schemes are as under:

(i) Employees’ Provident Funds (EPF) Scheme, 1952 :- Rs. 71,398.25 crore

(ii) Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995:- Rs. 29,000.00 crore

(iii) Employees’ Deposit-Linked Insurance (EDLI) Scheme, 1976:- Rs 1,140.29 crore.

Isro rocket carrying India's final 'GPS satellite' lifts off from Sriharikota

Sriharikota: An Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket lifted off successfully on Thursday afternoon with the country's seventh and final navigation satellite, IRNSS-1G, from the rocket port.

The PSLV-XL standing 44.4 metre tall and weighing 320 tonnes, tore into the afternoon skies at 12.50 pm breaking free of the earth's gravitational pull.

Named the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), it consists of a constellation of seven satellites of which six - IRNSS-1A, IRNSS-1B, IRNSS-1C, IRNSS-1D, IRNSS-1E and IRNSS-1F- have already been put into orbit.
Representational image. Courtesy ISRO.

The PSLV-C33, carrying IRNSS-1G, in its 35th flight, would be the XL variant that was used during launch of Mars Orbiter Mission, Chandrayaan-1, ASTROSAT besides the six IRNSS satellites.
The seventh satellite in the series - IRNSS-1G - weighing 1,425 kg is expected to soon join the other six.
With the operationalisation of six satellites, India has demonstrated the system's targeted position accuracy which is much better than 20 metres over 24 hours of the day.

With the launch and operationalisation of IRNSS-1G, the seventh in the constellation, the completion of IRNSS constellation will be achieved, ISRO said.

Just over 20 minutes into the flight, the rocket would put IRNSS-1G into orbit at an altitude 497.8 km. The satellite's life span is 12 years.

According to ISRO officials total cost of all the seven satellites was Rs 1,420 crore.

With inputs from agencies

Verification of Higher Balance Accounts in DOP Finacle

During End of Year (EOY) this office had taken following action to prevent any unusual activity in the listed accounts.
  • No interest was calculated for the Savings accounts having balance > Rs.1 Cr.
  • All Savings Accounts having balance between 15Lac and 1 Cr. were frozen.
This office is receiving different kind of feedback from some circles and some circles have not yet replied.

It is therefore requested that following action is required to be taken by the circles in this regard:-
  1. Verify all the transactions occurred after migration in Finacle and balance migrated from Sanchaya to Finacle.
  2. If, Divisional Head is satisfied that all the transactions and balance in the account (as mentioned in the attached list) is genuine, a letter may be 
  3. sent to concerned postmaster to unfreeze the account using relevant finacle menu and Supervisor has to verify the same.
  4. If any discrepancy is noticed which is indicative of any fraud, Investigation Branch of Division/Region/Circle/Directorate should be informed and inquiry should be started immediately. Detailed report on all the transactions in such accounts should be sent to this office.
  5. If any mistake is noticed on the part of any user, detailed report on the mistake and full detail of such transaction should be sent to this office for providing solution to rectify the mistake.

It is requested that action on above points may kindly be taken urgently and status report may be sent to this office by 30.04.2016.

Finacle Training Lesson 5 [ Nomenclature , User Interface]


  • In the previous lesson we were learning about the basic terminology used in Finacle. As a part of it we have learnt about what is Function. If you have not read the previous lesson, please read it first and then come back and continue reading this lesson.
  • In today’s lesson we will learn more about the terminology used in Finacle.

Finacle Terminology continued…

In the previous lesson we have learnt that, we instruct Finacle what to do, by choosing appropriate function. But Function alone is not enough to complete a transaction. Sometimes Finacle needs some additional information to fully understand what you want to do. Let’s see this with an example.

Suppose a customer has come to your counter to make an RD Deposit by cash. Since RD Deposit can be made either by cash, or by post office SB cheque or by any bank Cheque, we need to tell finacle the mode of payment. We can tell the mode of payment by choosing appropriate option in Transaction Type. See the image below.

As we can see in the above image we chose Function as ADD since we are doing new cash transaction. But since RD deposit can be made by cash, POSB Cheque or bank cheque, we have to tell Finacle whether we are making the deposit by cash POSB/Bank cheque. We can tell this to Finacle by choosing appropriate option in Transaction Type.
  1. For RD Deposit by cash we choose C/NR – Cash Deposit
  2. For RD Deposit by POSB/Bank Cheque we choose T/CI – Transfer Customer Induced
  3. T/BI Bank Induced option is used only in extra ordinary cases. (Bank doesn’t mean other bank. Bank means us. Bank means Post office. We are bank.)
In this way we give additional information about a transaction to Finacle. You will observe the following additional options in various menus
Function Type in CTM
Transaction Type/Subtype in HTM, CPDTM
Type in CPDTM
Scheme Code/ Scheme in all account opening menus
Product Group in MIS/TD opening and NSC/KVP issue menus.
All these additional options are used to give additional information about a transaction to Finacle.

Various Schemes available in Finacle

As per our POSB Rules we have several schemes which are SB, RD, MIS, TD, SCSS, SSA, NSC, KVP, NSS 87, NSS 92 etc. In Finacle we call these as Products.

In each product there are different types of schemes. Let’s see with an example.
Previously we used to call SB as scheme. But in Finacle
  • We call saving account with cheque book as a scheme.
  • We call saving account without cheque book as a scheme.
  • We call Pension account with cheque book as a scheme.
  • We call pension account without cheque book as a scheme.

Similarly In TD

We call 1 yr TD as a scheme
We call 2 yr TD as a scheme
We call 3 yr TD as a scheme
We call 5 yr TD as a scheme
Hope you are getting my point.

SB, RD, TD, MIS etc are called as Products. Whereas, schemes have an entirely different meaning in Finacle.

Different terms used in Finacle 

Please see the below table and you will understand the difference of terminology used in basic terms. For example we call a customer as DEPOSITOR, in finacle we call customer as Related Party. See the below table for more such differences and learn the terms used in Finacle for the old terms which we were using till now.
Terms used till now
Terms used in Finacle
Account number
Account ID
Related Party
Schemes ( SB, RD, PPF etc)
Retail Customer
Passbook View
Ledger Inquiry
A/c Conversion
A/c Modification
Ac transfer from one PO to Other PO
SOL transfer
Post Office
Service Outlet (SOL)

Finacle User Interface

It is essential but not compulsory to learn about the user interface of Finacle. People who are rigorous internet users can skip this part of the lesson. For those people who feel Internet as Chinese or Japanese language compulsorily read the following part. It will be helpful not only in Finacle but also when we start using CSI in our offices. Not only in office, even in your day to day life this knowledge of internet will be useful.

See the image below first then I’ll tell you in detail about what you see in the image.

The above image is a screen shot of our India Post Website. It’s nice and colorful. There are various items on the screen, our logo, menu, our national emblem, tracking section of mails, important news etc. All these things are called as Elements.

These elements are all put together to form a Website. We know that Finacle is also a website. Since Finacle is also a website it will also have these elements. I will discuss all the elements which are used in Finacle. Now again see the below image.

Not so colorful. But the elements are same. Let us discuss each element in detail.
Text Field: A text field is an element in which you can enter some data. As shown in the above all the rectangle boxes are text fields. See in Address Line 1 and Address Line 3 I have noted them as Text Fields. I’m so lazy yar. That’s why I noted only two boxes as text fields. But all the other rectangular boxes are also called as Text Fields only. We can simply call Text field as Field.

Labels: In the above image Address Line 1 is the Label of the Text Field which I have noted in the image. Similarly Phone Type is the Label of the Drop down Box. Label is nothing but the name of the other elements. For example If I tell you Pin as 500018 then you have to click on the text field beside Pin Label on the screen and then you have to enter the pin as 500018.

You may be thinking why all this nonsense you are teaching man, go straight into finacle. Let me explain. One of our respected staff who came for finacle training at my training center did this. I told him to enter address in Address field 1. He was clicking on the Label instead of clicking in the rectangular box beside it. I was shocked. People have very little knowledge about internet and computers. That’s why I’m forced to cover all this basic stuff. Moreover I'll be using these terms very frequently in the coming lessons. So lets get used to them.

Drop Down Box : A drop down box is an element in which there will be more than one option. In those many available options we have to choose one option. When you click on that element, a list will drop down. Hence the name.

Radio Buttons: A radio Button is a set of buttons similar to drop down box where we can choose only one option. Many years ago when radios were newly used, radios had a group of buttons out of which you can only press one button at a time. When you press the second button, the first button which is already pressed will come up and this second button will pressed down. Here also radio buttons will work in the same way. You can only click one button at a time.
  • See in the image. For enabling internet banking there are two radio buttons Yes and No. You have to choose either Yes or No. You cannot choose both at a time.
  • Radio buttons are used when you have to choose only one option from given options.
  • You may be thinking drop down boxes are also used for the same purpose. Then when should use radio button or when should we use drop down boxes.
  • Radio buttons are used when the there only 2 or 3 options. Imagine there are 100 options. It will be very confusing when 100 buttons are present on the screen. In such cases drop down boxes are used. When more options are there we use drop down boxes.
  • Check Boxes: A check box is an element which is used when you can choose more than one option. But in finacle they never used more than one check box at time. A check box is nothing but a small box , when you click it, a small tick mark will come. It is used to indicate Yes or No in our Finacle. When you check it , it means Yes, when you uncheck it, it means No.

Buttons: I hope everybody know what a button is. In the image, we have two buttons. 1) Submit 2) Cancel.
We have seen a lot of buttons in Sanchay Post. Some of them are
New Form
Ok etc.
In finacle we see different kinds of buttons. I will explain some of them
  1. Go: When you click on Go button, Finacle will show you the next screen of the transaction which you are currently doing.
  2. Post/Submit: When you click on Post button or Submit , it means that your transaction is completed.
  3. Validate: This button can be used to check whether you have correctly filled all the fields on the screen. When you click Validate button, Finacle will check whether everything is right. If something is missing it will show you some error.
  4. Clear : Clear button can be used to delete all the data which you have entered in a screen and a fresh form will appear on the screen
  5. Cancel: As we all know by clicking cancel, the current incomplete transaction will be cancelled and a new screen will appear
  6. Back: Back button will take us to the previous screen of the transaction which you are currently doing.
So this is the basic terminology which is used in Finacle. Don’t worry if you think I have missed something, that something will be covered as and when necessary.

Also please keep in mind, that if I’m not teaching about anything in Finacle, it means that it is not necessary to learn. Your counter transactions will still run without any problem and you can still close the counter by 04:30pm.

See you in the next lesson.

Points to Remember:
1. Apart from Function, finacle needs some more information to complete our transaction.
2. Finacle terminology is different from our general terminology. But since finacle terminology is on par with global banking terminology let’s get used to it.
3. SB, RD, TD, MIS etc are called as Products.
4. Learn all the elements which I have discussed in this lesson.

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