Friday, October 21, 2016

Finmin seeks info on debit cards security breach

New Delhi, Oct 20 (PTI) Concerned over security breach in 32 lakh debit cards of various banks, the Finance Ministry has sought details from lenders as also the additional steps that need to be taken to avert such incidents.

According to the ministry sources, the Department of Financial Services has sought information about implication of such data compromise from Indian Banks Association.

"We have got information from SBI that PIN (Personal Identification Number) related with few debit cards has been compromised and the bank is in the process of replacing it with new card in secured manner," the sources said.
The bank has taken measures to ensure safety of data, sources added.

"Card network companies NPCI, MasterCard and Visa had informed various banks about a potential risk to some cards owing to a data breach. Accordingly, we have taken precautionary measures and have blocked cards of certain customers identified by the networks," SBI in a statement said.

A major security breach at a payment services company which manages ATM network of a private sector bank, forced other lenders to block and recall debit cards of more than 32 lakh customers to protect them from falling prey to any financial fraud.

While some of the banks like SBI have re-called around 6 lakh cards, others like Bank of Baroda, IDBI Bank, Central Bank and Andhra Bank have already replaced their debit cards which are affected as a pre-emptive measure.

Some of the lenders like ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Yes Bank have asked customers to change their ATM pin numbers.

HDFC Bank also advised all customers to use its ATMs only for carrying out any transaction.

The security breach happened through a malware in the systems of Hitachi Payments Services, which serves Yes Bank.

Hitachi provides payment services through ATM services, point of sale services (POS), emerging payments services and banking channel products like cash recycling ATMs and auto passbook entry machines.

In light of the incident, Yes Bank's managing director and chief executive Rana Kapoor underlined the need for a greater vigilance on outsourced work.

Meeting on Allowances held with Unions/Associations on 19/10/2016 : brief note thereon

Meeting on Allowances held with Unions/Associations on 19/10/2016 : brief note thereon

A meeting on allowances was held on 19.10.2016 at G.P. Roy Committee Room, Dak Bhawan, New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Shri B.V. Sudhakar, Secretary (Posts). Shri A.K. Dash, Member (P), Shri S.K. Dashora, DDG (Estt) and Director (Estt) were present.

Shri Vilas Ingale General Secretay, Shri P. Ajit Kumar, Asst. General Secretary-I and Shri Arup Seal, Circle Secretary West Bengal Circle attended the meeting. 

Discussion on following allowances to be retained in Department of Posts was held. All the union leaders took active part in the discussion and requested Chairman to recommend retention of following allowances strongly to MoF. The views of Secretary (Posts) were positive on the allowances discussed in the meeting. We hope positive outcome.

1) Fixed Medical Compensation being given to Postman: 

It is proposed that suitable increase in the FMC say Rs. 200/- per day for additional beat and Rs. 100/- per day for divided beats and further increase in it by 25% very time when 50% increase in DA. 

2) Special allowance to PO and RMS Accountants : 

It is proposed that the allowance is required to be continue with justified increase in the allowance. The allowance be re-notified as per provision laid down in para No. 8.2.5 of the 7CPC report.

3) Cycle Allowance : 

It is proposed to retain with doubled the amount. 

4) Cash handling and Treasury Allowance: 

It is proposed that cash handling allowance for its staff not only to be retained and also required to be increased proportionately. 

5) Overtime Allowance : 

Long discussion held on this issue. Department recommends not only to retain the OTA in Department of Posts but also to increase the OTA to Rs. 100/- per hour and further increase by 25% every time the DA increase by 50%.

6) Saving Bank Allowance in Post Offices : 

Department proposes that the Saving Bank Allowance be retained at doubled rate of the present allowance.

7) Family Planning Allowances : 

Department proposes that the Family Planning Allowance should not be withdrawn from one already granted.

8) Fixed Medical Allowance : 

In the interregnum period, the FMA may be allowed at rate of Rs. 2000/- per month. 

9) Headquarter Allowance : 

Department proposes to retain the Headquarters Allowance at the uniform rate of 10% of the basic pay subject to ceiling of Rs. 4000/- per month to all eligible JAG/STS/JTS/AD/AAOs/Sr.AO/ASPs/IPs officers in Department of Posts. 

10) Other Allowances : 

a) Split Duty Allowance : 
For performance of split duty having break of less than 2 hours and residence being beyond 5 KM from duty place. 

b) Outstation Duty Allowance : 
For performance of outstation duties while performing duties on sections

c) Night Halt Allowance : 
In lieu of TA for night halt away from HQ while on their beats in the course of their duty. 

d) Special Allowance : ( Special Allowance is admissible to DPS posted at Unit HQ at Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai / JTS officers when posted at HQ / APMG (C), APMG (Planning), APMG (Vig.) in Circle Office/ PS Gr. B officers posted as Administrative Officers at PTCs, Assistant Directors in COS/ROs / PS Gr. B officer posted as Supdt. Seals Aligarh / PS Gr. B officers posted as Lectureres, ASPs in PTCs / LSG Officials employed as instructors in PTCs / Technician in PTCs. / SAs when posted in CO as Stg. Complier / IPs when posted as Platform Inspector / Project Operator Sound / Franking Machine Operator / Photocopier Operator (MTS) / Generator Operator / Clerical and allied cadres working as JA/SA, Pas on passing JAO Part-II Exam but awaiting promotion. 

Department proposes to retain allowances to above posts as arduous nature of duties.




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Employee can exceed earned leave limit: High Court

Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, October 15

In a significant judgment, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that the accumulated unutilised leave of an employee cannot be reduced to 300 days even if he is entitled to leave encashment for a maximum of 300 days.

The ruling came in case of Haryana Government employees after the High Court was told that accumulated earned leave was reduced to 300 days time and again during the course of service on the assumption that they were entitled to a maximum of 300 days earned leave.

Eventually, when the time came for encashment of unutilised earned leave, they were granted the benefit for lesser number of days.

“If an employee is entitled to leave encashment for a maximum limit of 300 days, that does not mean that the accumulated unutilised leave is to be reduced to 300 days if it exceeds the limit. The earned leave will continue to accumulate till the retirement of the petitioners and the petitioners are to be granted the maximum benefit of 300 days, as stated in the rules,” Justice Kuldip Singh ruled.

The ruling came on a petition by Jaipal Phogat and another petitioner against the State of Haryana and other respondents. Justice Kuldip Singh asserted the “unfortunate controversy” was regarding the method used to calculate unutilised earned leave of petitioners Jaipal Phogat and Jaibhagwan.

Retired mechanics, the petitioners had claimed that they were entitled to leave encashment of 300 days unutilised earned leave. Petitioner number one was is entitled to 300 days leave encashment, but was granted the benefit of 257 days. Petitioner number two, on the other hand, was entitled to 268 days leave encashment, but was granted the benefit of 211 days.

During the course of the hearing, Justice Kuldip Singh asked both parties to file calculation sheets. He added that the examination of calculation sheet regarding Phogat showed mischief was done while calculating unutilised earned leave on April 27, 1999, May 22, 2003, and October 31, 2007.

The unutilised earned leave for 362 days, 375 days and 335 days, respectively, was reduced to 300 days on the assumption that the petitioner was entitled to a maximum of 300 days earned leave.

Similarly, in Jaibhagwan’s case, earned leave was reduced on August 11, 2002, May 22, 2003, and August 22, 2003, from 308 days, 307 days and 305 days, respectively.

“The calculation done by the respondents is not only mischievous, but wrong application of the principle of calculation of unutilised earned leave is also there. As such, the calculations made by the petitioners are accepted and that of the respondents are set aside,” the High Court ruled.

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