Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Directorate issued a draft All India Seniority List of IP's for 2001 onwards

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15 day Swachh Office drive launched across the country

Swachh Office Manual issued for ensuring cleanliness at work places

A 15-day special ‘Swachh Office Drive’ for ensuring cleanliness at all Government offices across the country has been launched today as a intensive thematic campaign under Swachh Bharat Mission. Launching the drive here today, Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu planted a Neem sapling at Nirman Bhawan and inspected the building for about an hour for an on the spot assessment of sanitation.

The Minister visited different corridors of the building, individual rooms, toilets, storage places, water tanks and solar panels on the terrace of the building etc., and verified maintenance registers.

In a meeting with senior officials later, Shri Naidu has noted that there has been considerable improvement towards ensuring cleanliness and there is still scope for improvement. He has directed senior officials of the Ministry and CPWD to ensure regular inspection by senior officials to ensure total sanitation.

The Minister directed action to be taken for dumping waste material in one of the Electricity Distribution Boards.

Ahead of today’s launch of Swachh Office Drive, the Ministry of Urban Development issued a Swachh Office Manual suggesting Standard Office Procedures to all the central ministries and State Governments to ensure sanitation. Norms suggested therein include ensuring water supply @ 45 litres per head per day, one toilet for every 25 persons, urinals to be provided based on employee strength, removal of stains every week, checking electrical fittings twice a week, acid cleaning and scrubbing of toilets daily, schedule of inspections etc.

The Manual enables self-assessment framework for improving Swachh Office Ratings, identification of gaps in sanitation infrastructure for correctional interventions. 

Source:-PIB

Have put things on the right track: Ravi Shankar Prasad

IN A DETAILED INTERVIEW WITH PRANAV MUKUL, PRASAD SPOKE ABOUT NOT ONLY THE COURSE CORRECTIONS HE MADE BUT ALSO THE NEW TRACKS HE HAS LAID FOR THE INDUSTRY’S PROGRESS.

Changing the image of Sanchar Bhawan was one of his priorities when Ravi Shankar Prasad assumed office of the Minister of Communications and Information Technology. In a detailed interview with Pranav Mukul, Prasad spoke about not only the course corrections he made but also the new tracks he has laid for the industry’s progress. Excerpts: 

What are your priorities for the telecom sector?

When the Prime Minister gave me this department, I had fixed up five priority areas. First and foremost was to change the image of Sanchar Bhawan. As you know, it was in the news for all the wrong reasons. 2G happened from the chair where I was sitting. Two years down the line, I’m having a sense of satisfaction that the officers have become enthused. Entry of the middle man is banned, and decisions are being taken in a fair and transparent manner. We got the highest-ever spectrum auction revenue of over Rs 1,10,000 crore, and I have consciously ensured fair competition. When 4G licences were to be given, they were given to all. Let the consumers select the best. Two years down the line, not everything is very best, but things are moving on the right track.

What are the steps taken to invite investment in the telecom sector?

Telecom has received the highest foreign direct investment (FDI) ever of Rs 26,000 crore in the last two years. I have cleared all the policies pending for the last 8-9 years. Spectrum sharing, trading, harmonisations, liberalisation guidelines, identification of defence bands, open-source policy, machine to machine standards. And I’ve always said that if you want more policy initiatives, come to me.

The postal department is a huge machinery of both manpower as well as infrastructure. What has the government done to put this machinery to good use?

India Post is a fine 150-year-old body, which always remained in the background. I have pushed them in a big way. Improving their operations, and pushing them for bigger things. Speed Post has been adjudged as the best courier service by the CAG in eight states of India, and the report is before Parliament. Their revenue has grown by 7.1 per cent … We have also gone for a lot of modernisation of the department. In 2004, we had only four ATMs. Now there are 913 postal ATMs. We have about 1,54,000 post offices all over the country, out of which about 25,000 are regular post offices and the rest are rural post offices.

This vast network has been put to work for e-commerce delivery, and this is a very outstanding success story that I need to acknowledge. What is important is that the entire postal department is very inspired. We are supposed to play a role in the field of digital growth and financial inclusion. The postal department has opened 84,00,000 Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana accounts. All the banks combined have opened only 4,00,000 accounts.

India’s electronic import bill has been something that we are not very proud of, especially when with the country’s immense manufacturing capabilities. What measures have you taken to correct that?

Electronic manufacturing has been pushed in a very big way. When I became the minister, Rs 11,698 crore was the investment made in the sector, now there are proposals of Rs 1.21 lakh crore. About Rs 20,000 crore have been cleared. All the top mobile companies of the world have proposed these investments, and the most significant part is that 11 crore mobile phones were manufactured in the country last year, which is an 83 per cent rise from the previous year.

Source : http://indianexpress.com

Invitation to the Open Session of 9th Biennial Conference of AIPEU, Group-C, Bhubaneswar Division on 29.05.2016

Dopt orders on 17.5.2016 – MACPS benefits in the promotional hierarchy MAY 17, 2016 LEAVE A COMMENT

MACPS benefits in the promotional hierarchy – Clarification orders issued by Dopt on 17.5.2016

No. 22034/04/2013-Estt.(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievance & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 17.05.2016

Office Memorandum

Subject :- References/Representations/Court Cases in various Ministries / Departments / Organisations for grant of MACPS benefits in the promotional hierarchy – reg.

In continuation of Department of Personnel Training’s earlier O.M. of even no. dated 20.01.2016 and dated 01.03.2016 on the above mentioned subject, the undersigned is directed to forward a copy of the decision dated 28.04.2016 of Hon’ble CAT, Calcutta Bench in OA No. 351/00195/2014 filed by Shri S.H.K. Murti & Others Vs. UOI &Ors whereby the demand of the applicant for MACP in promotional hierarchy has been dismissed, for necessary action and compliance. The Hon’ble Tribunal in the aforesaid decision dated 28.04.2016 has held that the MACP benefit would be given in the hierarchy of next higher Grade Pay and not in Grade Pay of promotional hierarchy which will be payable on actual promotion.

2. All Ministries/Departments are requested to upload it on their websites for wider publicity.

sd/-
(G. Jayanthi)
Director (E-I)

Authority: www.persmin.gov.in


Know the new rules of the Sukanya scheme

Non-resident Indians can no longer open a Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (SSY) account. In fact, if your or your child's residential status changes to non-resident or she takes up another country's citizenship during the term of the scheme, no interest shall be paid from the date of citizenship or residential status changes and the account shall be considered closed. 

A girl child would be eligible for an SSY account only if she is a resident Indian citizen when the account is opened, and remains so until maturity or closure of account. This new rule was clarified by a notification issued in March by the Finance Ministry. 

As per the new rules , a change in residential status has to be reported by the parent/guardian within one month. In case the bank or post office is not notified and an interest is credited to the account after the change of resident status or citizenship, the earnings will be returned to the government and the balance returned to the SSY account holder. 

A new clause has also been added for stricter penalties. Earlier, to regularise a default, where the account holder did not deposit the minimum yearly contribution of Rs 1,000, he was required to pay a penalty of Rs 50 for each year the condition was not met, along with the minimum contribution. Now, if the penalty is not paid, the entire deposit, including deposits made before date of default, will receive interest at post office savings bank account rate—currently 4%.If excess interest has been paid, it will be reversed. However, the long 15-year window to pay the penalty and make amends takes the sting out of this new rule. 

Further, premature closures on grounds of medical exigencies, earlier allowed at any time during the term of the scheme, has been restricted. Now, this cannot be done unless the account has been functioning for at least five. If the holder wishes to withdraw before completion of five years, his investment will earn interest at the rate of a post office savings bank account. 


The investing term of the SSY scheme has also been increased from 14 to 15 years. Also, now you can e-transfer your contributions. 

Despite all these changes, the scheme still earns 8.6% return— higher than old-time favourites such as PPF , FD and recurring deposits. Plus, like PPF, SSY provides a tax benefit under Section 80C. For the conservative investor, with a daughter below 10 years of age, it continues to be the best debt instrument in the market today. 
Source:- The Economic Times

Avoiding use of bottled water during meetings, conferences, workshops etc.




Approval for Bandwidth upgradation


Grant of Paid Holiday 30th May, 2016 – Madhya Pradesh Bye Election

F.No.12/3/2016-JCA2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
Establishment (JCA-2) Section

North Block, New Delhi 
Dated the 16th May, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Bye Election to fill the casual vacancy from 132 – Ghoradongri (ST) in the Legislative Assembly of Madhya Pradesh – Grant of Paid Holiday – regarding
The undersigned is directed to say that in connection with the Bye Election to fill the casual vacancy from 132 – Ghoradongi (ST) in the Legislative Assembly of Madhya Pradesh – Grant of Paid Holiday – to be held on 30th May, 2016, the following guidelines, already issued by DOPT vide OM No. 12/ 14/99-JCA dated 10th October 2001, which would have to be followed for closing of the Central Government Offices including Industrial Establishments in the State of Madhya Pradesh.

The relevant offices / organizations shall remain closed in the notified areas where Bye Election to the State Legislative Assemblies scheduled to be conducted.

(ii) In connection with bye-elections to State Assembly, only such of the employees who are bona-fide voters in the relevant constituency should be granted special casual leave on the day of polling. Special Casual leave may also be granted to an employee who is ordinarily a resident of constituency and registered as a voter but employed in any Central Government Organization/ Industrial Establishment located outside the constituency having a general/ bye-election.

2. The employees detailed on election duty may also be permitted to remain away from their normal duties on polling day(s) as also on the days required for performing journeys which might be undertaken in order to perform such election duty

3. The above instructions may be brought to the notice of all concerned.

Sd/-

(G.Srinivasan)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Snag in postal website adds to agents’ agonies

Nagpur: The digitization of postal department seems to have backfired for the agents who allege that technical glitches are making their work more tedious rather than simplify it.

For about last three days, local agents are unable to deposit money of recurring deposit (RD) accounts due to a server error in the website of India Post. After clicking on the Internet banking option, an error message stating 'no services are available' is being displayed.

Agents informed that after the rules changed, account holders, who had their accounts opened before 15th, have to deposit their monthly RD before the same date. "Since the digitization, we first have to log in with our unique agent identities and prepare a list of our customers. After finalizing the list, we go to our respective post offices to deposit the amount," said an agent.

However, with the online facility going dysfunctional, the agents were unable to prepare the list and deposit RD amount. They fear that due to delay in payment, they will now have to bear the default expenses. "The automated system will not accept our list as we have missed the deadline due to technical fault. We will have to modify it and also pay extra default, with no fault of ours," they complained.

More the number of customers, higher will be the default amount. "I have to pay a total amount around 2 lakh. Even if one per cent default is imposed on every account, I will have to pay a large sum from my pocket. We can't ask our customers to repay the default amount," an agent added.
Agents claimed that they regularly face hardships due to such snags in the server. "Even when go to the offices to deposit the monthly amount, we are made to stand for hours as most of the times, the systems are very slow. Many times, we are asked to come the next day," they said.

The postal department, which is moving to a core banking system ( CBS ), earlier too faced such problems. About a month back, Times of India had reported about crashing of the server handling schemes while investors were rushing to buy government's small savings products before the interest rates were slashed on April 1. An official from the savings bank section assured that the default amount will be waived. "With the implementation of CBS, systems are slow but the website has not crashed. We will solve the problem soon," he assured.

7th CPC News – President NMC urged PM to Personally Intervene and Secure the Interests of the Salaried Class


President of the National Mazdoor Conference (NMC) Subash Shastri today expressed deep concern over the continued delay over non issuance of notification regarding the implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendation till date.

In a memorandum sent to Prime Minister, Shastri has appealed him to immediately issue the said notification after review by empowered committee under expenditure secretary.

Shastri stressed upon removal of ambiguity as the issue is causing lot of hardships for salaried class and pensioners also.

“It is a cause of concern that delays in submitting its report by the committee is creating doubt in the minds of crores of employees both Centre/State Governments as the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission were to be implemented with effect from January 1, 2016, he added.

Shastri urged Modi to liberally finance the States Governments as well so that the 7th Pay Commission recommendations are implemented simultaneously by the Centre as well as States.

He urged PM to personally intervene and secure the interests of the salaried class. Shastri also appealed to raise Income Tax sealing to Rs 5 lac as the salaried class is finding it difficult to cope with increased inflation and rising costs.

Shastri reminded that NDA Government at Centre was voted to power by the urban voters of which the salaried class of Government sector formed the bulk force.

He stressed upon the need to issue notification regarding the amount of wages of daily rated workers at National level to be raised to Rs 10,000 per month as has already been principally agreed to by the Centre Government.

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Procedure for Scanning a CTS Cheque to GPO in Post Offices

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Steps to make new HP Systems (Windows 8.1) boot from DVD Drive / USB

BIOS Configuration to enable boot from Media

Step 1 : Press “F10” while booting of the system to enter the BIOS/ Setup menu.

Step 2 : Go to > Storage > Device Configuration
  • CD-ROM [Configure (Enter), then Accept (F10) and then Exit)

Step 3 : Go to Security > Secure Boot Configuration [Accept (F10) the terms]
Secure Boot - Disable [ Use Left/ Right arrow to change ]
Legacy Support - Enable
Fast Boot - Enable
Then Accept [F10]


Step 4: Go to

Storage > Boot Order
UEFI Boot Sources - Disable (F5)
Legacy Boot Sources - Enable (F5)
- Order as USB / CD ROM / HDD
- Accept (F10)

Step 5 : Go to

File > Save Changes and Exit (Yes)

​Note : If you are not booting from DVD/ USB after this boot configuration, then the system will not boot properly. We have to apply default settings from setup before booting from its normal Hard disk
File – > Apply Defaults and Exit
Thanks to  Sanoj P Raj System Administrator Alathur Mbr HPO Palakkad, Kerala   - 678541

What has the govt done to put postal dept to good use? : MoC Answers

The postal department is a huge machinery of both manpower as well as infrastructure. What has the government done to put this machinery to good use?

Extract of Interview with Ravi Shankar Prasad

India Post is a fine 150-year-old body, which always remained in the background. I have pushed them in a big way. Improving their operations, and pushing them for bigger things. Speed Post has been adjudged as the best courier service by the CAG in eight states of India, and the report is before Parliament. Their revenue has grown by 7.1 per cent … We have also gone for a lot of modernisation of the department. In 2004, we had only four ATMs. Now there are 913 postal ATMs. We have about 1,54,000 post offices all over the country, out of which about 25,000 are regular post offices and the rest are rural post offices.

This vast network has been put to work for e-commerce delivery, and this is a very outstanding success story that I need to acknowledge. What is important is that the entire postal department is very inspired. We are supposed to play a role in the field of digital growth and financial inclusion. The postal department has opened 84,00,000 Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana accounts. All the banks combined have opened only 4,00,000 accounts.

EPFO to provide 3 years life cover to subscribers after job loss

Highlights :
The maximum sum assured under the Employees' Deposit Linked Scheme (EDLI)will soon be enhanced to Rs 6 lakh this month.
The proposal provides for voluntary retention of EDLI membership to subscribers at reduced rate of contribution for three years after losing job.
New Delhi: Retirement fund body EPFO next month is likely to consider and approve a proposal to provide life insurance cover to its subscribers for three years after cessation of employment.

"EPFO trustees, in the meeting expected next month, will take up and consider the proposal to provide insurance cover under its EDLI scheme to its subscribers for three years after losing job," a source said.

"The maximum sum assured under the Employees' Deposit Linked Scheme (EDLI) will soon be enhanced to Rs 6 lakh this month," the source said. In September last, the Employee Provident Fund Organisation's apex decision making body Central Board of Trustees' (CBT) had decided to increase benefits under the EDLI scheme from Rs 3.6 lakh to Rs 6 lakh.

However, the decision could not be implemented because the notification to amend the scheme was not issued as it was stuck in law ministry. The source said, "The notification will be issued this month only to enhance the benefits under EDLI to Rs 6 lakh."

The proposal provides for voluntary retention of EDLI membership to subscribers at reduced rate of contribution for three years after losing job. The employers are required to pay 0.5 per cent of basic wages of workers as premium for the insurance scheme for their workers.

Workers usually lose membership or benefit of the scheme after quiting job. EPFO manages a corpus of over Rs 8.5 lakh crore and its subscribers' base is over five crore at present.

Source - deccan chronicle

CGHS location to be finalised this week

VISAKHAPATNAM, May 16, 2016

The long-pending demand of the Central Government employees and retired personnel for a Central Government Health Scheme Wellness Centre is in its final leg with the documentation of handing over premises to be completed this weekend.

The district administration is learnt to be preparing the necessary documentation for handing over on lease a premises near the ENT Hospital for locating the CGHS Wellness Centre. The Central Government had asked for 3,500 sq ft with ample waiting area and parking space. It has been pending at the district level for over a year.

Following the announcement by Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda in April last year that the CGHS Wellness Centre would be established in the city, the Ministry had written to all the Central Government offices, establishments and undertakings to offer space for establishing a Wellness Centre here. Unfortunately, none of the offices or establishments responded. The BSNL offered to host the Wellness Centre on the premises of its telephone exchange, and the Viskahapatnam Port Trust offered land and building at its residential area.
However, both the premises were found unsuitable for a clinic visited mostly by old and infirm, who require easy access to medical consultation and facilities.
The Central Government pensioners, who chased the files at every step, met Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu during his visit to the city to inaugurate outpatient services at the Visakha Institute of Medical, and sought his intervention. Visakhapatnam MP Khambampati Haribabu, who has been following it up with the Centre at every level and was instrumental in getting the Union Health Minister make the announcement, impressed upon the Chief Minister the need for establishing the CGHS Wellness Centre, and Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas to supported the proposal.

The Chief Minister’s intervention gave the proposal the needed momentum and the Additional Director, CGHS Hyderabad, is scheduled to visit the city on Thursday or Friday and complete the formalities. The Additional Union Health Secretary and Director-General CGHS is learnt to have directed the Additional Director to finalise it during his visit to the city.

The CGHS in the city would not only address the needs of Central Government employees and pensioners of the city but also the region.

Officials preparing documentation relating to a premises near the ENT Hospital.
Source : http://www.thehindu.com

ISRO comes to the aid of decentralised rural planning

MYSURU, May 15, 2016

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is working on a space-based information system for decentralised planning to help rural development, ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar said here on Saturday.

Though there are scores of rural development programmes and welfare measures launched in the country, there is little planning at the local level owing to lack of information. The space-based information system will reach out to the villages to enable them to plan and improve their economy, he said at the graduation day of the Vidyavardhaka College of Engineering.

The system is expected to optimise the benefits of various welfare programmes to a maximum number of people in the areas of health, sanitation, infrastructure, etc. besides monitoring their benefits and impacts in the villages.

As another such initiative, it is also working with the Department of Posts to involve its postmen and women to inform citizens about the location and services available at post offices. Already 1.5 lakh post offices across the country have been geo-tagged.

In future, postal staff visiting neighbourhoods will also be equipped with space-based information in time to arm farmers about their land, cultivation and the crop they grow. The information will be shared with the Mahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre to estimate details of crops. At present, this is being done through stratified random sampling in 10,000 locations. By involving postal employees, the information would be available from a large number of locations, which help improve crop forecasting and related activities, he said.

The thrust of Mr. Kiran Kumar’s talk was on the innovation and indigenous solutions conceived by ISRO to address India-specific problems in a cost-effective manner. He highlighted how the country had recently created its own regional ‘GPS’ based on a seven-satellite navigation constellation. .

ISRO’s upcoming solar mission, Aditya, will provide scientists a 24x7 observation capability of the sun’s corona.
Source : http://www.thehindu.com

Appointing Authority for Postman / MTS Cadre - RTI reply