Sunday, May 29, 2016

Employment News : 28th May to 3 June 2016


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Streamlining the Agents Postal Services related to DOP Finacle

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

Revised process brought into the system without change in menu:

Agents Role:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Raju Saraswat)
Under Secretary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Souce: Zee News