Tuesday, September 27, 2016

RPLI/PLI S.O Tally Schedule with auto separation of FY/Renew Premium

  1. RPLI S.O Tally Schedule with auto separation of RPLI First Year Premium & Renew Premium, ST, SBC, KKC schedule is enclosed h/w as excel sheet.
  2. Kindly use if it useful in your daily work to reduce the work burden.

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R Net communication -String or Binary data would be truncated error solution by CEPT

In Some offices while running R Net Communication it shows an error message as String or binary data would be truncated. The Statement has been terminated.

It may problem with COD Article Message data. Some times articles were booked without Prescribed format in Addressee Name / Addressee address. Those Messages are received at in Delivery Office by R Net Communication RXD Folder.
But R Net Communication was not able to Unzip/Unload the Received data due to Incorrect format/Syntax.
So not able to upload and It shows an error message as String or binary data would be truncated.


1.Take postman database backup
2 Run the below script file using script tool.

AIAPS(GL) has submitted the Postmaster Cadre proposal while the formal meeting held with Tamilnadu Circle Administration

Dear Postmasters,

AIAPS - Tamilnadu Circle office bearers are requested to attend the formal meeting regarding Group C cadre restructure implementation at Tamilnadu circle to share our suggestions. In addition to the Group C cadre restructure, We have firmly pressurized the issue "Same work for Same Pay concept" for Postmaster Grade I/II/III at par with HSG II/HSG I/HSG I(NFG) respectively. So requested the Tamilnadu Circle administration to implement the Group_C cadre restructure along with Postmaster Cadre. Along with the discussion proposal is also submitted to the Hon'ble CPMG Tamilnadu Circle with copy to the DPS(HQ). Proposal copy is submitted for the kind information to our Postmaster cadre friends and AIAPS members. Every Circle AIAPS Circle office bearers are requested to submit the proposal to pressurize the Postmaster Cadre restructure issue.

Counting of Training period for IPO Examination - Clarification

Whether training period counted for IPO examination? 

Answer is YES. 

Government of India’s Orders No. 16 below FR. 9(6) reads: 

Period of training before appointment to be treated as ‘duty’ for eligibility to sit for departmental examinations: 
  1. It has been decided that in all cases where pre-service training is considered necessary before actual appointment to the post, the period spent by an officer on training immediately before such appointment would count as qualifying service for the purpose of eligibility for appearing in Departmental examinations, even if the officer is not given the scale of pay of the post but only a nominal allowance. 
  2. Hence the candidates are requested to submit their application before the last date (30.09.2016) mentioning the period of training in the application form. 

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Post offices have vital role to play: Venkaiah

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu has said that contrary to the popular misconception, the postal department has defied the rise of internet and mobile telephony.

Union Minister for Urban DevelopmentMVenkaiah Naidu, Minister of Labour and Employment, Bandaru Dattatreya (right), and Union Minister of State for Telecommunications and Railways Manoj Sinha inaugurating the Telangana Postal circle in Hyderabad KVS GIRI

Inaugurating the newly formed Telangana Postal Circle here today, he said, “From now onwards, Telangana Postal Circle and Andhra Pradesh Postal circle will cater to the needs of the respective states. It will increase efficiency both States. Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle will get a new headquarters at an appropriate time.”

Payment banks

Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Communications (I/C) and Minister of State for Railways, has said the Department of Posts is in the process of setting up India Post Payment Banks (IPPB) with 100 per cent Government Equity.

The task is likely to be completed by September 2017 when all IPPB branches and their linkages with all post offices across the country will be completed.

Sinha said India has the largest postal network in the world. There were 1,54,939 post offices in India of which 1,39,222 (almost 90 percent) are in rural areas.

“Post has played major role in shaping of modern India. Post Office Saving Bank (POSB) had a customer base of 33.03 crore as on March 31, 2015. There has been a sharp increase in it due to the welfare schemes,” he said.

Savings accounts

He said the number of saving accounts in post offices went up by 3 crore within one year of the NDA government’s functioning.

The total number of accounts including Recurring Deposit, MIS, MNREGA, Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana went up by 5 crore in the corresponding period.

Explaining some of the recent initiatives, he said India Post has reinvented its role in rural narrative.

“The MNREGA payments are being disbursed and the Postal Department has rolled out Central Banking Solution in 9,583 Post Offices. ATMs have been installed at 125 locations and Debit cards have been issued to Post Office Savings Bank customers,”he said.

Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon'ble Minister of State (I/C) for released a commemorative stamp on "Lady Hardinge Medical College"

Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon'ble Minister of State (I/C) for Communications released a commemorative postage stamp on "Lady Hardinge Medical College" on 23.09.2016

PLB to Railway staff will be disbursed before Pooja Festival

PLB to Railway staff will be disbursed before Pooja Festival
The Addl. Member Staff Railway Board, Shri Anand Mathur, has intimated today, i.e. 26.09.2016, AIRF leadership that, Railway Board’s orders for Restructuring of Technicians, to which an agreement was arrived at in Full Board Meeting held on 22.07.2016, will be issued in this week, and payment of 78-day PLB@ Rs.7000 p.m. will be made to all the Group `C’ and `D’ railwaymen well before Pooja Festival.

Source: AIRF

Of philately and nation building

Prashant Pandya is busy nowadays collecting postal stamps on a new theme—milk. The Baroda resident has over the years created umpteen exhibits—frames with many stamps—on themes such as devotional, foreign countries, among others, which he displays during district and state level exhibitions.
Stamps have played an integral role in helping India find its identity as a nation post-Independence. Since the beginning of British rule, a portrait of a British monarch had figured in Indian stamp designs. This came to an end with India gaining Independence.

Three stamps were released post-Independence in 1947. They depicted the Ashoka Pillar—the national emblem—the Indian national flag and an aircraft, according to the department of posts (DoP) website. 

How many stamps do you have?

“It can’t be counted,” says Pandya who picked up the hobby of collecting stamps during his school days and founded a philatelic association in Rajpipla in Narmada district of Gujarat around 1979 when he was in class 8.

In 2000, Pandya set up a website, www.indianphilately.net, offering information about philately, connecting various philatelists across the country and even promoting philately by organising activities across cities.
Philately is the study and collection of stamps.
For his day job, Pandya handles back-end operations for a private firm.

“One needs to take out time for hobby. This is my passion. From a hobby, it became a specialisation. Through the website, we aim to make people aware about educational value of philately. We also maintain a database of all philatelists across the country and we get two-three requests daily for registration,” says Pandya.

Pandya has created an online account with India Post to buy stamps, though he hardly uses it as most stamp products are available in local philatelic bureaus or with dealers. 

However, not everyone has been able to keep up with a hobby which has seen a steep decline in the era of emails and text messages.

Noida resident Mukesh Bhargava has been trying to open an online account to buy stamps through India Post since the past two years, but to no avail. A stamp collector since his school days, Bhargava, approaching 60, still nurtures a dream to restart his hobby all over again which he gave up after 20 years of collecting stamps due to time constraint.

Bhargava has around 5,000 stamps in his collection which boasts of the first stamp of the Indian national flag in 1947, the first stamp issued on Mahatma Gandhi in 1947, the first Republic Day stamp issued in 1950 and the stamp released on completion of 200 test matches of cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.

Stamps are mainly commemorative or definitive. Commemorative stamps are issued for important events, prominent personalities in various fields, among others, and are available at philatelic bureaus and counters, or under the Philatelic Deposit Account Scheme of India Post. Definitive stamps are used for postal mailing purposes and are available at all postal counters. 

Half anna and two anna postages

The first postage stamp of Independent India was issued on 21 November 1947 depicting the Indian national flag. The postal system, established by Lord Robert Clive in the year 1766, was developed by Warren Hastings by starting the Calcutta (now Kolkata) General Post Office under a postmaster general in 1774. For prepayment of postage on letters—copper tickets—pre-paid token stamps of two anna value were introduced from Patna in 1774 by the East India Co. during the period of Hastings, the then-governor general of India.

However, according to the DoP website Indian philatelic history began with the introduction of paper postage stamps in 1852.

In 1854, stamps depicting British India were started. The first design for an India postage stamp was created by colonel Forbes of Calcutta Mint depicting ‘lion and the palm tree,’ but it was not used.

The subsequent stamps were designed and printed in 1854 by the surveyor general’s office. These were blue lithographed half anna stamps with a picture of Queen Victoria.

While the first India postage stamps issued in 1854 bore the inscription ‘India Postage’, the inscription was changed in the same year to ‘East India Postage’. In 1882, this was changed to ‘India Postage’ which continued till 1962. Starting November 1962, a new caption Bharat India was introduced replacing the ‘India Postage’, though three stamps issued in December 1962 and January 1963 carried the earlier inscription.

Reviving interest

Philately no longer remains a preferred hobby today.

DoP earned a meagre Rs.39.88 crore from philately business in 2015-16 compared withRs.32.85 crore in 2014-15.

To revive the age-old hobby, the government plans to promote philately especially among the youth. The department plans to set up an independent company for its philately business to realise its true potential.

In the current fiscal, the plan is to increase the philately business revenue to around Rs.140 crore. There are 88 philatelic bureaus in India.

“The proposed new company (for philately) will be a service-based one which will not only sell its products to existing customers—collectors and philatelists—but also will try to attract new ones. It will focus on promotion of philately mainly among the younger generation,” according to a DoP note reviewed by InfraCircle.

Globally, around $7.5 billion revenue is generated annually from the sale of postage stamps. China earns the maximum with a revenue of Rs.9,000 crore, followed by Brazil with Rs.1,080 crore and the US with Rs.1,170 crore.

Of late, DoP has been focusing to boost philately business through initiatives such as creating revenue heads for the philately division. It has also set up a separate postage stamps website and started sale of philatelic products through e-post office. In addition, it has set up a production and fulfilment centre and leveraged social media to promote philately.

In December 2015, the department started ‘My Stamp’ for business houses. Under the scheme, business houses can get their logos printed on select ‘My Stamp’ themed sheets. Interestingly, one can also get personal picture printed on a stamp. 

Bhargava believes there is a huge market for stamps in India but the means to access it has to be improved so that it becomes convenient for everyone. The younger generation also needs to be made aware of the value of stamps which depicts our history so well, he says.

Govt is actively considering central D.A. increase from 01.07.2016

  • Sources close to Finance Ministry told that the initial installment of DA to central government employees on the revised pay structure w.e.f 1.7.2016 is under consideration.
  • There is a confusion about percentage of D.A. payable from 1st July 2016 to Central Govt. employee and pensioners. There may be a hike of 2 to 3 percentage point, which is to be announced very soon, probably in this week.
  • Meanwhile Govt asked the Pay Research Unit to calculate exact financial implication for every percentage of D.A. increase, which is a routine matter.


The postal service department is in for exciting times. But it needs to revamp functioning if it has to make full use of the new avenues which are opening up

India Post, with its unparalleled reach and omnipresence, is one of the oldest and most recognisable public agencies in India. This Indian icon, which once faced apparently insurmountable challenges in the form of the mobile revolution, is poised to take up a new role in the financial inclusion mission, with the acquisition of payments banking licence and incorporation of the India Posts Payments Bank. However, the postal department would need a critical overhaul of its staffing and operations to leverage its strengths and become an efficient and modern machine which would not only deliver the new services but also continue to fulfill its traditional role.
India Post is the largest postal network in the world with over 1.5 lakh post offices, out of which 89 per cent are located in rural areas. A post office is available for every 8,354 citizens, which makes the postal department much larger than any single Union Government agency. The postal department facilitates the traffic of about 602 crore articles every year, along with being the last-mile deliverer for multiple social and financial schemes like the Postal Savings Account, national savings and most recently the Sukanya Samridhi Yojana. In spite of these advantages, the financial and departmental efficiency of the department remains questioned. The Department of Posts has estimated a gross expenditure of Rs 23,500 crore, of which a mere Rs 406 crore was earmarked for capital investments. The department also needs a budgetary support of about Rs 9,000 crore from the exchequer in FY 2016-17 alone. While India Post has in the recent past introduced new initiatives like monetisation of real estate, distribution of financial instruments and digitization which can contribute to increased revenue, costs due to salaries and pensions too have gone up by almost 10 per cent. Though the postal service is not a purely commercial enterprise and is bound by the service obligation of providing facilities to all, it is important that efficiencies be ingrained to get more returns for every rupee invested from the public treasury.

Some planned investments have the potential to transform the institution, but that needs more focus. Project Arrow, which was initiated to improve the core operations and user experience in post offices, requires further increased investment. The Panchayat Sanchar Sewa Kendra and the franchise scheme aims to extend the postal service network to areas where the postal department could not open outlets but where services are required. The targets and achievements in these verticals have been modest, primarily due to request-based nature of these models. The department needs to proactively identify areas which are eligible under the guidelines for PSSK and franchise and invite individuals to participate in extending the network. Similarly, the tie-up with e-commerce companies for delivering parcels, along with the c ash-on-delivery model (currently operational only in 18 major cities), presents enormous scope for expansion, given the size of the e-commerce market.

While IT induction and modernisation has been taken forward at the circle/urban post offices, the rural post offices still lack basic IT equipment to create a seamless IT-enabled postal network. The scheme for rural post office connectivity and hardware has been plagued by lack of interest from bidders for execution. Lack of adequate funding for IT modernisation has also led to a long drawn process which is often outpaced by technology. Effective IT modernisation of the the postal department urgently needs renewed focus and a high-powered decision making body.

In addition, innovative methods and new commercial avenues will have to be explored. Pricing of postal services has always been a trade-off decision between public good and commercial viability. Multiple committees in the past have recommended better pricing mechanisms for postal services. A model of differential pricing with categories of premium/ordinary service with adequate flexibility is the need of the hour for the postal. The Automated Mail Processing Centres (APMCs) have improved the lead time on postal deliveries. However, these are limited to four major cities and handle only about 20 per cent of the registered traffic.


Enhancement of ceiling of bonus order issued to our Departmental employees on 02.09.2016. On 03.09.2016 our NUGDS General Secretary sent letter to the Department of post to extent the enhancement of ceiling of bonus to GDS employees. There was no response from Department. On 15.09.2016 our Federation sent a letter to the Secretary demanding enhancement of ceiling of bonus to GDS. On 16.09.2016 Postal JCA sent letter to the Secretary on the same.
Meanwhile some of the colleagues post the news in their web site on 15.09.2016 stating that the enhancement of ceiling of bonus to GDS “File has been sent to JS&FA and after approval from him will be sent to Finance Ministry for sanction”., again now they are saying the file is referred to GDS committee, what happened in between 15.09.2016 to 23.09.2016 we do not know. Now they are announcing dharna programme , We don’t want comment more on this issue now.

FNPO representatives will meet concerned officers next week. Till such time we don’t want announce any agitation programme . GDS colleagues are requested to understand the situation. We will not aggravate any issues under any circumstances, at the same time we will not compromise core issue at any cost. 

FNPO and NUGDS agitation programme on GDS issues, if there, will be intimated to the Circle/Division/Branch secretaries after meeting with Chairman GDS COMMISSION ON 30.09.2016

2)Shri.Des Raj Sharma. Ex.Dy.S.G.NFPE. and G.S. P-4 union expired on 24th September 2016 at his Delhi Residence. NAPE Gp -C conveys its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.May his soul rest in peace.

3). Understanding Minimum Wages and Bonus To read Click here.

4) Discontinuation of Public Provident Fund (PPF) Agency Scheme, Commission under Pay Roll Savings Schemes (PRSS) and Sanchayika Scheme with effect from 01/10/2016 

DA & Linking Factor – What’s expected?

DA & Linking Factor – What’s expected? – DA Announcement and linking factor explored.

As you all know that DA is calculated based on AICPIN. AICPIN is calculated based on the inflation and the cost of living in various cities. So, what’s going to happen in 7th Pay Commission, let’s read.
In Pay Commission III, the base year was used as (1960 =100).
  • In 4th Pay Commission, the DA was decided to pay twice a year and also for calculating the DA value the percentage increase in the 12 monthly average of All India Consumer Price Index (base 1960). Also the base year was (1982=100) as the base year.
  • In 5th Pay Commission, the DA was decided based on (1982=100) as the base year.
  • In 6th Pay Commission, the DA was decided based on (2001=100) as the base year.
  • In 7th Pay Commission, should we expect to have the base year as (2011=100)?
When the DA calculation change happened from base year 1982 to base year as 2001, there were a steep increase in the DA percentage, this is because the cost of living has increased multifold and also various cities and items was also included while calculating the real DA.

So, what’s been recommend in the 7th CPC Report

Keeping in mind that the present formulation of DA has worked well over the years, and there are no demands for its alteration, the Commission recommends continuance of the existing formula and methodology for calculating the Dearness Allowance.

and also check out the gazette notification changes where the linking factor has been included as on AICPIN value as 2016.

Though in (2001=100) the linking factor was 4.63, this lead to the calculation of DA with the average index as 115.76 as per 2005. For example, (2005 , 12 Month Average Index – 536, so the linking factor as per record was 4.63).
All India and Centre-wise Linking factors between New Series of Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers on base 2001 = 100 and the previous series on base 1982=100 (General Index).

As you all now understand that the linking factor play a major role in getting the DA value, but the linking factor for year 2016 .

I was not able to find this data in Labour Bureau . We assume that if the linking factor of 2016 used, then we expect to get a higher DA percentage (assumption). This means it would be a real DA value as it would include various cities and the current inflation and CPI.

We hope that when the results are out they would be using the linking factor of 2016 as the gazette notification has this mentioned. Normally the DA announcement is release in September 1st week or 2nd week and hope this is announced shortly.

Counting of the period of induction training for benefit of promotion under the TBOP/BCR schemes - Clarifications


[D.G Posts letter No. 22-6/2000-PE.I dated 17.5.2000]
37. Regarding counting of the period of induction training for benefit of promotion under the TBOP/BCR Schemes :- The issue regarding counting of the period of induction training spent by the employees of this Department for the benefit of promotion under the TBOP/BCR schemes has been under consideration of this office for some time. After consultation with the Department of Personnel and Training, it has now been decided that the period of induction training may also be counted for the benefit of promotion under the above schemes. However, past cases decided otherwise would not be covered by the above orders. This issue with the concurrence of Integrated Finance Advice vide their Diary No. 378/FA/2000 dated 25.7.2000.

[D.G Posts letter No. 44-47/98-SPB.II dated 3.8.2000]
38. Counting of the period of induction training for benefit of promotion under the TBOP/BCR schemes-clarifications:-(1) I am directed to refer to this Department's letter of even number dated 3.8.2000 [Para 37] on the above subject. References have been received from many Circles seeking clarifications on the above orders. The matter has been examined in detail in consultation with the Integrated Finance Wing of this Department and the position is clarified as under.

(2) This issues with the concurrence of Integrated Finance Wing vide their Diary No. 320/FA/2001 dated 17.7.2001.

         Points raised


(1) What will be the date of effect of the above order,

The cases decided prior to 3.8.2000 would not be covered by the order dated 3.8.2000.


(2) Whether the departmental candidates will also get the benefit of counting of induction training period prior to their promotion as Time scale clerks for the  benefit of promotion under  benefit of promotion under  TBOP/BCR ?                                                                                           

DO P&T has clarified that since the period of induction training is counted for the purpose of increments and qualifying       service for departmental examination, it would also count for the purpose of promotion under the TBOP/BCR schemes.

Therefore, it is clarified that the period of induction training in respect of departmental candidates would also count for the purpose of promotions under TBOP/BCR schemes provided that such training period is obligatory for the departmental candidates in respect of the cadre to which they are to be promoted and they are to be promoted immediately on completion of such induction training period and also such         training period is counted for increment in the promoted cadre.

(3) If the junior officials get               promoted earlier than the   seniors as per the orders   dated 3.8.2000, whether the   seniors can claim benefit of       promotion under the above scheme from the date of promotion of the junior officials? 


As per letter No. 22-6/2000-PE.I dated 17.5.2000, officials would be promoted under the TBOP/BCR schemes only after completion of qualifying service. Therefore, the question of senior claiming benefit with reference to the juniors etc. does not arise.  



Nomination of Master Trainer for RICT Rollout

Period of training before his regular appointment to be treated as "duty" for eligibility to sit for the Departmental Examination

Source : http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/14034_5_81-Estt-D.pdf

Guides for LGO Examination from MTS/Postman to the cadre of Postal Assistant

IPS (Pay) Rules, 2016.

IPS (Pay) Rules, 2016. : Click below to view please 

Grant of Group 'B' status to various categories of Railway employees such as JEs, SSEs, Chemical and Metallurgical Supdt (having GP 4200, 4600 in PB2)

Grant of Group 'B' status to various categories of Railway employees such as JEs, SSEs, Chemical and Metallurgical Supdt (having GP 4200, 4600 in PB2): Railway Board Order on CAT Judgement

No. PC VI/2014/CC/6
New Delhi, dated 14.09.2016
General Manager (P)
All Zonal Railways/Production Units.

Sub: Sharing of Judgement- Applicability of Hon’ble CAT/Chandigarh’s judgement dated 12.03.2016 in OA No. 060/211/2014 (IRTSA Vs UOI& Others).

It is brought to your notice that an OA No. 060/00211/2014 was filed by Indian Railways Technical Supervisors Association (IRTSA) in Hon’ble CAT, Chandigarh for grant of Group “B” status to various categories of Railway employees such as JEs, SSEs, Chemical and Metallurgical Superintendents (having Grade pay of Rs.4200, Rs.4600 in PB-2).

2. In its judgment order dated 12.03.2016, Hon’ble CAT, Chandigarh has stated “ We find no justification for grant of Group-B status to the applicants. The oA is a gross abuse of process of law because the matter had already attained finality with Order dated 21.02. 1992, letter dated 27.04.1992 and orders dated 19.04.1994 and dated 04.01.1996. The OA is completely devoid of substance and is accordingly dismissed. No costs”. 

3. The above judgment of Hon’ble CAT. Chandigarh in the above mentioned OA upholding the “Classification of posts in Indian Railways" may be brought on record by filing appropriate application/additional affidavit in consultation with Railway Advocate wherever cases on the same issue are pending. A copy of the said judgment is available on official Indian Railways website http://www.indianrailwavs.gov.in at the following location :- Ministry of Railways -> Railway Board ->About Indian Railways -+ Railway Board Directorates -> Pay Commission -> Pay Commission VI.

(M.K. Panda)
Joint Director/Pay Commission
Railway Board.

UPSC Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2016 Admit Card

Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) has published e-Admit Card for Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2016 , Check below for more details.
e-Admit Card : Click HereExam Date : 23-10-2016