Thursday, May 19, 2016

Good News - Cadre Restructuring Proposal which was agreed and finalized by the Department of Posts will be implemented soon

It has been informed by Shri Ashutosh Tripathi, Member(P), Postal Services Board , Department of Posts that Cadre Restructuring Proposal which was agreed and finalized by the Department of Posts after several rounds of discussions with Unions has been approved by the Finance Ministry and it will be implemented soon.

This is one of the great achievements of Unions as this has been done for the first time in Postal Department.

(R.N. Prashar)
Secretary General
All India Postal Employees Union Group 'C'
for more details visit

Portal for the purpose of mutual transfer for Postal employees

A portal has been created for the purpose of mutual transfer for postal staffs (PA, SA, PASBCO, PAROCO, PAMMS, PAFPO, PARLO, MTS, Postman).
  • Click below link and fill the form then submit.
  • Click on View Complete List to see the friends requested for mutual transfer. Already more than 100 members are added in the list. click below to see the complete list.
Link to the portal is given below



Innovations made by Chennai City Postal Region


Post Office Layout

Know Your Postman

Advertisement on Mail Vans




 
Make Chennai Postman Friendly

'Q' Management


Advertisement on Passport Envelopes

Ambulance Parking

Advertisement of Pay Slips---Rear Side of Counter Foil

Post Shoppe with Mugs and Carry Bags






Using RMFMs for Campaigns
Postman Bags
Postman Caps
Drive-in Letter Boxes
Heritage Walk on Madras Day



New Logo for MPCM and SB Counters

Update of IT Modernisation Project as on 31-03-2016

The latest position of implementation is as follows: 

  • Primary Data Centre has started functioning at Navi Mumbai since 3rd April, 2013. Disaster Recovery Centre has been powered on at Mysore on 15-05-15. 
  • 28014 Departmental Post offices including mail offices and administrative offices have been networked at single Wide Area Network (WAN) and connected to Data Centre. 
  • Core Banking Solution (CBS) has been rolled out in 20494 Post Offices. ATMs have been installed in 759 locations. 
  • Core Insurance solution (CIS-PLI) has been rolled out in 25406 Post Offices. 
  • CSI Wave-1: Implementation of IDAM (Identity and Access Managerment) and SSO (Single Sign on) are under progress in Mysore Division. Other Wave-1 security components are at Data Centre level and they are under implementation. 
  • Anti-virus installed in 74,500 desktops 
  • Enterprise Monitoring System under CSI Wave-1 is a Data Centre level component and it is under implementation. 
  • CSI wave 2 Roll out: CSI has been rolled out In Mysore Division from 01.10.2015. Two HOs and Sixty three SOs were migrated to CSI in addition to NSH Mysore.

The following Legacy applications were integrated with CSI. 

eMO
eMO
ePayment
Register net/ Parcel net
Speed net
IPS
IFS
RMFS
NPS 
  • UAT for Wave 2 & 3 solutions is in progress (Cycle 1 & 2 completed). 
  • CSI Integration UAT III completed from 22-06-2015 to 27-06-2015 at Hyderabad. 
  • Closure of defects of UAT III completed from 09th to 11th July 2015 at Hyderabad. 
  • Dispatch of RH Handheld devices started. 3546 devices have been dispatched to Branch Post Offices of Pilot circles.

Revised Solution for Upgradation Status of Speed Net 4.4 in MIS

Revised Solution for updating the upgradation status of Speed Net version 4.4

  • A revised script is given by CEPT, Mysore. 
  • Please download the attached zip file, unzip the contents containing one script file and execute it using Meghdoot Scripter after taking database backups. 
  • Then run Speednet Communication and check updation of status in Speednet MIS. 
Note: Please ensure that the version of communication exe is 4.4 as otherwise this script also will be of no help.

Download revised Script 

7th Pay Commission Award: PM may make a formal announcement in June: The Sen Times News

Central govt employees in wait for 7th Pay Commission award: Prime Minister Narendra Modi may make a formal announcement on 7th Pay Commission award in June

The 7th pay commission recommendations are not helpful for maintaining central government employees employees’ living standard, Finance Ministry sources told The Sen Times on Tuesday.

They had also said the salaries of government employees should increase which would give them some financial comfort, a step they had hoped might be taken within in June, when government will announce 7th Pay Commission award with major changes.

Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said Prime Minister Narendra Modi may make a formal announcement on 7th Pay Commission award in June.

The government has a plan to constitute a permanent pay commission, but Finance Ministry officials are in doubt whether it will be succeeded.

They also said the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is likely to approve the proposal of review committee, which will propose minimum pay Rs 21,000 and maximum a round Rs 2,50,000 to Rs 2,70,000 to help central government employees cope with the inflation.

This will cost the exchequer Rs 1.02 lakh crore. However, in the Budget 2016 proposal, the government provided Rs 70,000 crore for the implementation of Seventh Pay Commission.

“The Finance Minister Arun Jaitley promised that the government will implement the 7th Pay Commission award in this financial year,” sources said.

The government has made allocation in the current fiscal’s budget to meet the 7th Pay Commission award which will require the government to spend Rs 1.02 lakh crore in addition to existing regular salary.

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 a secretary-level Empowered Committee or review committee headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha was formed in January to review Pay Commission’s report before cabinet nod.

Read more at: The Sen Times

Income Tax Return is not considered unless it is verified

Several taxpayers diligently file their tax returns but forget to verify them. They believe their return filing process is complete once return has been duly submitted to the income tax department.

Your income tax (I-T) return submission is not complete unless you’ve ticked off these steps
Step 1: You have e-filed your tax return
Step 2: You have verified the return
Step 3: Final return processing by the tax department i.e. refund is processed or intimation under Section 143(1) is received.
Taxpayers who do not verify end up with incomplete filings. A refund, if any, is not processed in such cases.
Returns can be verified either electronically or by sending the physical ITR-V to CPC, Bengaluru. ITR-V is a one-page document, emailed by the I-T department to you; it can also be downloaded from the department’s website. ITR-V must be signed in blue ink and sent via ordinary or speed post to CPC, Bengaluru. You cannot courier the ITR-V. Sending the physical ITR-V involved a lot of problems. With the introduction of electronic verification, your return can now be verified easily and quickly.
  • There are several ways to verify your tax returns . To begin, log in to your e-filing account with your PAN and date of birth. Click on ‘e-File’ from the blue top bar. There is an option under it, ‘e-Verify Return’; select it. Select one of the options listed to e-verify.
  • EVC sent to registered email ID and mobile number
  • This option is available to taxpayers who have a total income of less than R5 lakh and there is no refund. A 10-digit alphanumeric code is sent to their email id and mobile number, registered on the tax department website, which is valid for 72 hours.
  • EVC via Aadhaar OTP
  • If you don’t have a refund, you can also e-verify via an Aadhaar OTP. Your Aadhaar card must be linked to your PAN on the e-filing website. The OTP is sent to your mobile number registered with Aadhaar and is valid for 10 minutes.
  • EVC through net banking
  • Those with an income of over Rs 5 lakh, or with a refund, have to use net banking to e-verify returns. If your bank is authorised, you’ll be able to log in to e-filing through net banking. First, log in to your bank account and look for the e-filing option. When you confirm to e-verify, an EVC will be automatically generated and applied to the return; your e-verification will be complete. Don’t assume the refund will be credited to the net banking account you have used to e-verify. It is credited to the account selected for refund in your tax return, which may be different from the account you used to e-verify.

EVC through bank account number

  • You can also verify your tax return through your bank account number by logging in to the income tax department website. You bank account number must be pre-validated. To validate, you have to select your bank name, enter the bank account number, IFSC and mobile number, and validate it on the income tax department website.
  • The department has issued a circular giving a final chance to taxpayers to put their past tax returns in order. If you had submitted your tax return for the past six years from AY 2009-10 to AY 2014-15, but the return could not be processed for want of ITR-V, you can e-verify it by August 31, 2016. The department shall process such returns by November 30. This will help put your past records in order.

Coupon Re-set of Postal Life Insurance Government of India Special Floating Rate Security, 2022

Coupon Re-set of Postal Life Insurance Government of India Special Floating Rate Security, 2022

F.No.4(4)-W&M/2016 
Ministry of Finance 
Department of Economic Affairs 
Budget Division 
(W&M Section)

North Block, New Delhi-110001 
Dated the April 13, 2016

NOTIFICATION

Coupon Re-set of Postal Life Insurance Government of India Special Floating Rate Security, 2022

F. No.4 (4)-W&M/2016: Government of India Postal Life Insurance Special Floating Rate Bonds, 2022 will bear interest at the rate of 7.78 per cent per annum for the financial year 2016-17. Interest rate on these bonds is in line with daily average yield of 10 years Government Securities in the preceding calendar year i.e. January 01, to December 31, 2015. Interest will be payable half yearly on September 30 and March 30.

By Order of the President of India
(Prashant Goyal)
Joint Secretary to the Government of India

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Booking and despatch of speed post insured articles tendered by IGNOU

DEPARTMENT OF POSTS
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF POSTMASTER GENERAL DELHI CIRCLE
MEGHDOOT BHAWAN, LINK ROAD, NEW DELHI-110001

Memo No. QS/B-4/2016
Dated 06.05.2016 

SUB. : SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR BOOKING AND DESPATCH OF SPEED POST INSURED ARTICLES, CONTAINING CONFIDENTIAL MATERIAL TO BE TENDERED BY INDIRA GANDHI NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY on 17th, 18th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 24th, 25th May, 2016 & 5th June, 2016.

The Registrar, INDIRA GANDHI NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY, NEW DELHI-110068 has informed vide letter no. IG/SED/Ex-I/06/2016 dated 25.04.2016 that Indira Gandhi National Open University will be tendering packets containing confidential material on 17th, 18th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 24th, 25th May, 2016 & 5th June, 2016 for being booked and transmitted as Speed Post Insured Articles. For prompt booking, safe custody and speedy transmission of these articles, following arrangements are here by ordered: - 

1. The Superintendent, New Delhi Sorting Division, New Delhi-110001 will arrange for booking of these articles in the premises of Indira Gandhi National Open University.

2. Each article will be insured for Rs.1,000/-. 

3. These articles will be booked under ‘BOOK NOW PAY LATER’ Scheme under Customer Code No. 901-47. 

4. Detailed schedule of despatch showing particulars of stations, time of despatch from I.G.N.O.U. and routing to be followed is enclosed as Annexure-“A”. The approximate number of parcels for smaller stations will be between 1 to 3 and for big centres; it will be 3 to 6 parcels. 

5. The SSRMs, Air Mail Stg. Dn./Delhi Stg. Dn. and Superintendent, New Delhi Stg. Dn. are requested to issue necessary instructions to the concerned ASPs/Inspectors to ensure despatch of these Special Bags through the Flights/Sections shown in the schedule of despatch. 

6. The Superintendent, New Delhi Sorting Division., New Delhi will arrange to confirm the delivery of Insured Speed Post Parcels of IGNOU to be booked on 17th, 18th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 24th, 25th May, 2016 & 5th June, 2016 and inform to the Registrar, IGNOU well in time.

7. The Manager, Mail Motor Services, Naraina, New Delhi-110028 will provide Special Schedule(s) of 3/5 Tons Capacity on the date as per requirements of Dy. Manager, BNPL, Speed Post Centre, Bhai Veer Singh Marg, New Delhi-110001. 

8. All Heads of Circles in India are requested to issue instructions to all concerned for receipt and prompt delivery of these Speed Post Bags/Parcels. These Speed Post Parcels be delivered under ‘HOME DELIVERY SYSTEM’ to the addressee without any extra charges. The confirmation of delivery/P.O.D. Cards should be sent to Superintendent, AMPC, New Delhi-110037 for onward submission to IGNOU. 

All concerned note that these bags should not be mixed up with UPSC bags (Examination material). 

-sd-
Assistant Postmaster General (QS)
Copy to :- 

1. All Heads of Circles..
2. The Superintendent, New Delhi Stg Division, New Delhi-110001.
3. The SSRM, Airmail Stg. Dn. / Delhi Stg. Dn.
4. The Superintendent, Palam TMO/Delhi RMS.
5. The Dy.Manager, BNPL, Speed Post Centre, New Delhi-110001
6. The ASP, NDRSTMO, New Delhi-110055.
7. The Inspector, HN DinTMO, New Delhi-110013.
8. The Sr. Manager, MMS, Naraina, New Delhi-110028.
9. The Asstt. Manager, MMS, MD Bhawan Depot, New Delhi-110001 
10. Shri N.P.Singh, Registrar, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Maidangarhi, New Delhi-110068 with reference to letter number cited above.

Addendum: Implementation of PMJJBY & PMSBY in CBS Post Offices

Addendum: Implementation of Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti and Suraksha Bima Yojnas (PMJJBY & PMSBY) in CBS Post Offices

Adventure Sports & Similar Activities amongst CG Employees . Approved Programme for May-August -2016

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Non-functioning of Agent Portal of Finacle

It was noticed that the Agent Portal of Finacle in Department of Posts has stopped working since 13.05.2016 and BCP is also not provided in the Finacle software for managing the agent deposit to avoid penalty posting. This time BCP is not enabled by the Infosys to prevent from CBS frauds. Meanwhile ticket has been raised to the Infosys to restore the agent menu and Agent Portal also.
The Following Menu/ portal are down in Finacle
1. Agent Portal
2. Agent Posting Menu in Finacle i.e HAGTXP
Note: BCP is not enabled this time by the DOP.

Expected Restoration :

Portal will be up by today 19.05.2016 morning. HAGTXP will also be restored Simultaneously​.

OROP, 7th Pay Commission pensioners: 5 key advices on how to deal with payouts

OROP, 7th Pay Commission pensioners: Experts say there is no need for retirees, both ex-servicemen and government pensioners, to take undue risks with their money.

The one rank one pension (OROP) demand in the Indian armed forces was accepted by the Narendra Modi government last year after protests from the ex-servicemen. The move has resulted in increased financial flow for the retired defence personnel.

The increased pension packet has started flowing in, while arrears credited to your bank account. The arrears were to be credited in four six-monthly installments over two years, with the first installment having already been credited to accounts few days ago.

The arrears payout is likely to substantially add to your bank balance since financial implications of OROP arrears is estimated at around Rs 10,925 crore. Besides this, the annual financial implication would be around Rs 7,488 crore. Nearly 16 lakh ex-servicemen had been given the first installment of OROP which amounted to Rs 2,861 crore.

Along with beneficiaries of OROP, there are around 52 lakh pensioners who retired from central government service, who would benefit from the 7th Pay Commission recommendations through hike in pension and arrears payout. It is expected that 7th Pay Commission recommendation could be notified in the days following the announcement of results of elections in 5 states on May 19.

So, what do you do with the higher monthly flow as well as the lump-sum that you receive as arrears? Two days ago, we gave suggestions to central government employees on what they should do with their increased pay and arrears. A lot of those prescriptions might not be applicable to OROP beneficiaries and central government pensioners. In your golden years, you need to be more careful with the money and take less risks.

“There is no need for retirees, both ex-servicemen and government pensioners, to take undue risks with their money, unless absolutely necessary,” Sanjeev Govila, CEO, Hum Fauji Initiative, a leading financial advisor, told FeMoney.

Here are a few prescriptions Govila has for retirees who stand to gain from payouts under OROP and 7th Pay Commission:
  • No undue risks needed: Being senior citizens, it is expected that they would be largely free of their family obligations, free of any compulsory requirement for wealth-creation and generally would have children fully settled. There is, therefore, no need for them to take risks with their money, if not required.
  • Invest in safe instruments for fixed income: They should generally go in for safe investing avenues like tax-free bonds, public provident fund (PPF) and debt mutual funds since stress should be on just topping the long-term inflation rates after tax.
  • Minimise taxation: They should invest to minimise their tax outgo. Even tax unfriendly avenues like bank and corporate FDs can be used intelligently to minimise taxation.
  • Invest portion in liquid investments: During your retired life, there might be instances when you need to access money at short notice, be it for medical expenses or other needs. Keep a portion of your money in liquid investments that can be accessed easily.
  • Consider increasing medical cover: Risks of incurring high medical expenses rise with age. Medical expenses may not appear to be critical for the 7th Pay Commisison and OROP beneficiaries since you will get monthly pension and generally life-time free medical facilities for self and dependents. However, if you aspire for better medical care than what government pension can buy or you do not quite like government-provided medical facilities, then you have to consider increasing your medical cover, provided you are in an age bracket where insurers provide you cover.
SOURCE - financial express

Income Tax – New disclosure Norms in ITR

Know the new disclosure norms in income tax return forms

  • Amendments in the ITR forms are a move towards creating an environment of greater disclosure and tax transparency
  • The Central Board of Direct Taxes has released new return forms to be used for filing tax returns (ITR). The amendments brought in the ITR forms are a move towards creating an environment of greater disclosure and tax transparency, although this may be viewed as an additional compliance burden by some.
The amendments in tax return forms are largely similar and simultaneous with changes being brought about in tax reporting across the globe. In 2015, Russia, for example, introduced additional tax reporting for tax residents, who have to notify Russian tax authorities about companies in which they hold more than 10% and about “structures” (trusts, foundations) where they participate in the role of founder, beneficiary, guardian, or others, as well as about the holding structure. The UK was the first to sign an enhanced automatic tax information exchange agreement in September 2012, together with the US, to accomplish the reporting required under US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (Fatca). Fatca has now been signed or agreed in substance by about 119 countries, including India. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, supported by the G20 nations, released a 15-point action plan against base erosion and profit sharing, to protect international economic system and facilitate an equitable tax architecture.

In India, ITRs for financial year 2015-16 (FY16) are due to be filed by 31 July 2016 (except those liable to tax audit or transfer pricing for whom due date is 30 September 2016 or 30 November 2016). Significant changes have been brought in the forms applicable for FY16. This is clearly indicative of the government’s focussed strategy on tax reporting. These are some of the changes.

Introduction of Schedule PTI: This is to be used to report details of pass through income received by investors from business trusts or investment funds. This schedule has been inserted in all ITR forms except ITR-1 (which is used by individuals with salary, one house property and income from other sources). The schedule intends to capture details of income from different sources under the pass through mechanism received by investors in funds such as venture capital funds or real estate investment trusts.

Under the pass through mechanism, income distributed by such funds is taxable directly in the hands of investors and not in the hands of the funds. The funds are required to report to the tax authority, details of investors and income distributed. Reporting by investors in their tax returns will help the tax authority reconcile the data and track defaulters.

Reporting of assets in Schedule AL for taxpayers with income above Rs.50 lakh: Schedule AL and also instructions to ITR form do not expressly provide that only India assets have to be reported in this Schedule. But where a taxpayer holds foreign assets, either as a legal or beneficial owner, he has to file his tax return in ITR-2 and report his foreign assets in Schedule FA. Since foreign assets and income are separately reported in Schedule FA, it appears that Schedule AL will capture details of those assets that are not captured under Schedule FA, i.e., India assets.

Assets to be reported include immovable assets, cash in hand, jewellery, bullion, vehicles, yachts, boats and aircraft at cost. Financial assets like stocks or funds are not included. There is no need to get a valuation report. If an asset was acquired by inheritance or gift, it would be required to be reported at cost to the previous owner of the asset, increased by the cost of improvement.

Since wealth tax has been done away with, the need to disclose details of assets and liabilities as part of ITR may help the tax department monitor an individual’s assets and corresponding sources of investment. What is different from wealth tax reporting is that there is no threshold for cash reporting, so even small amounts might have to be reported. At the same time, reporting assets would also help cross check taxation of corresponding incomes.
Taxpayers should be careful in declaring foreign incomes and assets. A default can attract Black Money Act’s stringent provisions.
Additional reporting in Schedule IF for partnership firms:This Schedule in ITR-4 requires information about the partnership firm in which taxpayer is a partner. The taxpayer (in addition to details such as name of the firm, profit sharing ratio, capital balance, and others) is now required to report whether the firm had entered into any international transaction or specified domestic transaction during the year and whether the same has been reported by the firm in prescribed report.
Details of tax collected at source (TCS) under Schedule TCS: TCS constitutes tax paid on behalf of the taxpayer. This inclusion would help the taxpayer take credit of these taxes in his tax return. For example, if A buys jewellery worth Rs.6 lakh in cash in a single transaction, she has to pay TCS of 1% to the seller over and above purchase price. She can claim credit for this in her ITR. She will also have to offer the income from which cash was generated to tax and also report the jewellery in Schedule AL.

This change is all the more relevant because from 1 June 2016, the scope of TCS is proposed to be expanded to cash purchase of all goods and services in excess of Rs.2 lakh (except where buyer has deducted tax on such payments).

The government is focussing on non-traditional methods of garnering tax revenue and is adopting an active strategy to tap wealth stashed in illegitimate investments or parked abroad illegally. Media reports on Liechtenstein, HSBC accounts and Panama Papers, and the wave of tax activism are clearly adding to the political pressure on governments to better track income and ensure tax payment. The Supreme Court of India is also active on this front and has set up a Special Investigation Team on black money. Digitisation and increasing connect between tax authorities worldwide have come in as handy to improve tax enforcement.

However, some of these changes may pose difficulty to taxpayers. For instance, if assets were acquired many years back and records are not easily traceable or the taxpayer has received assets by way of gift or inheritance.

It also needs to be clarified whether cash reporting includes reporting of foreign currency held in India within the permissible limits of exchange control legislation. Foreign currency has traditionally been seen as a ‘commodity’ in judicial precedents, so a view may be that the intention of this amendment is to keep such foreign currency outside the purview of reporting under Schedule AL. Also, it is uncertain how these challenges will go down with assessing officers, and whether estimated values will be acceptable at the lower tax authority level.

This fast paced environment of tax reform also mandates the taxpayer to be better prepared for compliance. A tax scrutiny poses not only a risk of penalties, but also public naming and shaming.

With time, I am hopeful, that the government will clarify on such ambiguities. The success of these steps will lie in ‘balance’ between appropriate tax reporting by the tax payer and display of maturity and security by the government in handling information so that the taxpayer is not harassed.

Source: Livemint

7th Pay Commission - Centre on Defensive Mode – Advantage Employees

7th Pay Commission – Centre on Defensive Mode – The central government is trying to balance out the burden of the 7th pay commission payout on the exchequer.

The Prime Minister’s Office is keenly awaiting the final touch up to the 7th Pay commission panel’s recommendations, and is keen that inflationary trends be kept in perspective while finalising the salary structure of the government employees.

The trade unions, while protesting the 7th Pay Panel’s recommendations, said that the proposed 7th Pay Commission hike was the lowest in many decades and not in sync with inflation.

The central government is trying to balance out the burden of the 7th pay commission payout on the exchequer. As per reports, though the salaries of the government employees will be paid in July as per the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, the arrears from January 2016, will be disbursed only August onwards.

The employees are anticipating at least Rs 24,000 take-home salary per month. In a meeting with the BJP’s labour wing Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Jitendra Prasad, Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, had told the delegation that government would positively look into the demand of the central government employees. “The minister said we will consider the proposal of minimum pay of 24,000”, said Pawan Kumar, Regional Organizing Secretary.

The Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh is the largest central trade union organization in India, and claims to have more than 10 million members.
The trade union also sought increase in the Multiplication Factor and changes in the HRA.
Other than the pressure of trade unions, the results of the Assembly election in five states, West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Pondicherry, are likely to have an influence on the final pay out.

The notification towards implementation of the 7th pay commission will be announced only after the result of the elections. If the mandate goes totally in favour of the Opposition, the government will be under greater pressure to keep the dissatisfaction related to salary hike in check.

The Govt went on back foot in previous policy decisions on the proposed EPF changes, and their subsequent rollback showed government in a bad light. Sources say the centre is keen not to repeat the same with the 7th pay commission Implementation.

India Post told to pay Rs 15,000

Complainant fails to appear for interview due to late delivery of application.
Sandeep Rana
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, May 18

Dream of a candidate to become a Child Protection Officer was shattered as India Post failed to deliver his job application letter on time. 

A District Consumer Court has now penalised India Post, North Division, Sector 17, with Rs 15,000 on his complaint as he could not make it for the interview.

Yogesh Kumar, a native of Hoshiarpur, averred in his plaint that he posted a speed post letter from Hoshiarpur post office on August 6 for the post advertised by the Union Territory, Child Protection Society under the aegis of Director (Social Welfare), Chandigarh Administration. 

The last date for sending the application was August 11, 2014. As per the tracking details of the letter, it was at Chandigarh on August 8. But to Yogesh's utter dismay when he appeared for the interview on August 13, he came to know that his name was not listed for the interview as his application was not received. When he enquired from India Post, he was told the letter was lying at Chandigarh only. Following this, he sent a legal notice to it to redress the grievance but to no avail. 

In its reply to the forum, India Post stated that the Central Government or its postal officers were exempted from any liability or loss, mis-delivery or delay or damage to any postal article in course of transmission by post as per Section 6 of the Indian Post Office Act. It was further said that the envelope had cryptic address, thus, the article remained at the delivery centre for ascertainment of correct address. Thereafter, the complainant went to the delivery centre for the disposal of article on August 13 and it was delivered the same day.

What the forum said...

"...The opposite party (India Post) cannot run from its liability under the garb of Section 6. Certainly due to this negligent act, the dream of the complainant is shattered as he missed and could not avail one golden opportunity of becoming a Child Protection Officer as his application could not reach the destination due to the deficient service of the party which caused him a lot of mental agony and physical harassment for which he is entitled to be compensated...," read the court order.

The forum ordered to pay Rs 10,000 as compensation for harassment and deficient service, beside Rs 5,000 as litigation expenses.

Centre asks states to hold two month camps to achieve 100% Aadhaar linked NREGS

"States have also been asked to check with the Chief Post Master General for involving post offices."
NEW DELHI: Enthused by the success of direct benefit transfer in paying the beneficiaries of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), the Centre has asked states to hold special two month camps to achieve 100% Aadhaar-seeded bank accounts for those employed under the flagship rural job programme. 

The government had last week said that the direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme helped it save Rs 3,000 croreor 10% of the total funds allocated for MGNREGS in 2015-16. 

A senior government official told ET that a new "consent form" has been designed by the Centre that the workers employed under MGNREGS workers will be "convinced" to sign and voluntarily seed their Aadhaarnumber into the bank account where they get wages through DBT. 

A self-attested copy of the Aadhaarletter will have to be attached to the consent form and their details will be authenticated by the Unique Identification Authority (UIDAI). This comes even as the passage of the Aadhaar Act as a money bill has been challenged before the Supreme Court by Congress leader Jairam Ramesh. 

At present, 60% of MNREGS accounts are seeded with Aadhaarbut only 16% of payments to 10-croreodd MGNREGS workers are done using the Aadhaar Payment Bridge. 

MGNREGS remains India's biggest DBT subsidy programme with nearly Rs 2,400 crore paid every month. 

"It is the PMO's top priority to increase Aadhaar seeding in MGNREGS," an official said. 

The government is of the view that seeding of Aadhaar numbers into all MGNREGS bank accounts could lead to even more savings by weeding out fake beneficiaries and ensuring that only the genuine workers receive the wages. 

The Centre has asked the states to depute gram rozgar sewaks for mobilising MGNREGS workers and ensuring their presence in these special camps, where they will be explained the advantages of seeding their Aadhaar numbers into their bank accounts and sign the new consent forms. 

It has been specified that MGNREGS workers can also submit their Aadhaar consent forms to the 'bank mitra' in their areas. States have also been asked to check with the Chief Post Master General for involving post offices in the exercise as the Department of Posts is in the process of rolling out micro-ATMS at all of its 1.29 lakh rural post offices and has migrated 85% of its accounts to the CBS platform. 

The new consent forms involve the worker authorizing the bank and the government to seed his Aadhaarnumber into his bank account, use his Aadhaar details to authenticate him from UIDAI and enable all DBT credits to come through that account with due SMS alerts sent to his registered mobile number.