Friday, November 11, 2016

Post offices struggle to cope with rush

HYDERABAD, November 11, 2016

SENIOR CITIZENS STOOD PATIENTLY IN LONG QUEUES, AWAITING THEIR TURN

Personnel at post offices across the twin cities struggled to handle the increased rush of account holders who thronged counters to change their notes of the denomination of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 that were demonetised.

Anxiety was writ large on the faces of most of the pensioners and other middle-aged persons who prefer post offices to the new age banks. Their minds were full of the thoughts about the way the high denomination notes with them were rendered of no value unless they were exchanged with either less notes or the new Rs. 2,000 notes that came into circulation from Thursday.

At the Head Post Office in Secunderabad as well in Hyderabad - both places that are usually very busy during working hours, the rush was considering higher as they opened for business on Thursday morning, after operations were shut on Wednesday.

“No matter what kind of services or how well they are offered by banks, I can tell you that a post office is the preferred option of pensioners, especially those who have worked with Government agencies,” said Mr. Krishnaswamy, a former employee in a defence agency.

Ditto is the case with a couple who retired from the Postal department itself - Kanthamani and Kuppuswamy who moved from Tamil Nadu to settle down in the City of Pearls.

Together with scores of others, these senior citizens stood patiently in long queues, awaiting their turn. Officials were reluctant to even meet presspersons, leave alone answer questions about the number of transactions that had taken place from Thursday morning, or their volumes.

“We cannot afford to lose our cool, especially because we deal everyday with people who are much older than ones you will find in a bank branch,” said Saraswathi, a senior clerk, as she patiently went about her job, even as other colleagues around her were seen getting irritated.

Source : http://www.thehindu.com

Grant of 90% medical advance for all treatments (IPD and OPD) under CGHS and CS(MA) Rules, 1944

Master stroke on black money to make India Swachch Bharat

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Special Service and Features
09-November-2016 18:09 IST


Master stroke on black money to make India Swachch Bharat

Prime Minister’s sweep shot on corruption is the biggest ever exercise launched anywhere in the world to broom and clean up the economy

Crack down on black money would be a big deflationary move

The mid night scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes , as announced by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in his address to the nation on November 8, is being seen as a master stroke against black money and corruption that has been eating into the Indian economy like a termite for several decades. The sudden announcement of a decision which may be well thought over several months with only a handful of the top echelons in the government having a whiff of it, would cause some disruptions in the interim, but then as the Prime Minister called upon the people , it is the price each citizen is called upon to pay for defeating the monster of corruption and black money which, combined with counterfeit currency and terror funding, can strike at the root of a nation. 

“There comes a time in the history of a country’s development when a need is felt for a strong and decisive step,” Shri Modi said. But for the Donald Trump victory, India’s war on black money would have created instant ripples the world over. In any case, the ripples of the Modi move to hit at the hoarders of ill-gotten money where it would hurt them the most, would be felt for the Indian economy far too long. 

While Swachch Bharat is being implemented for cleaning up streets ,roads and building toilets , PM’s sweep shot on corruption is the biggest ever exercise launched anywhere in the world to broom and clean up the economy which was growing at the fastest clip among the global peers , yet yielding low results for the common people. Imagine the scale at which the brooming exercise can clean up the system. By some estimates as much as Rs 14 lakh crore currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denomination are in circulation and would be withdrawn by December 31, 2016 or at the most March 31, 2017. 

Some bankers feel that there could be as much as one-third of this amount which may not be deposited with the banks, since taking the ownership of the loads of money stashed in gunny bags may land some people in trouble . Now that would mean the country gets a windfall of Rs 4.33 lakh crore which would accrue to the nation in terms of reduced liability of the Reserve Bank of India which will replace the surrendered currency that much less. 

Going forward, this huge cleaning up would lead to a much better fiscal position of the Central Government with several positives for the macro picture , the biggest being on the inflation front. As is common knowledge that inflation is fuelled by a large margins by the black money which finds its way into conspicuous spending on theme parties and building of assets like real estate. In fact, the real estate market has been thriving only on the cash part of the deals which of course would stop, giving a jerk to the sector in the transit till it readjusts itself to the new reality. So, it is being rightly interpreted by the analysts that the crack down on black money would be a big deflationary move, ultimately helping the common people, who may have to go through some temporary pains . 

Besides, the decision to scrap high value notes would drastically reduce premium on corruption in the public services since the risk –reward would be highly tilted towards the peril of being caught off-guard. As enumerated in the PM’s address to the nation, the NDA Government has taken several other measures to check the black money in the last two years. These include: a law for disclosure of foreign black money; agreements with many countries to add provisions for sharing banking information; strict law to curb benami transactions; and a scheme for declaration of black money after paying a stiff penalty. As much as Rs 1.25 lakh crore has already been brought out through these efforts and if we add another Rs 4.33 lakh crore which may not return to the banking system and become junk, over Rs 5.50 lakh crore , a humungous figure, would have been neutralized. The benefits would certainly accrue in the medium to long term.

The only challenge for the government in the interim is to ensure that a minimum inconvenience is caused to the common people and the banking system is geared up to instill a sense of confidence among the people that the common households’ money is very much safe. 

“Honest citizens want this fight against corruption, black money, benami property, terrorism and counterfeiting to continue. Which honest citizen would not be pained by reports of crores worth of currency notes stashed under the beds of government officers? Or by reports of cash found in gunny bags? “, a decisive Prime Minister said. 

He is so right when he says that in spite of being ranked as the fastest growing economy in the world, India figures so high on the global corruption index. With so many steps having been already initiated, India still ranks 76 on this dubious distinction.

Even though initial reactions in the stock markets were adverse, as was expected, the sentiment was also related to the Trump victory which had spooked the global markets which would slowly digest the new global paradigm of challenging the status quo. 

The Modi master stroke would take India several leaps ahead as being real Swachch Bharat 

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*Prakash Chawla is a senior New Delhi-based journalist writing mostly on political-economic issues 

The views expressed in the article are author’s own.

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Opening of Head Post Offices (HOs) on 13.11.2016 (Sunday) for the exchange of Withdrawn Old Series (WOS) bank notes and for opening SB Counters

No. 24-01/2016-PO
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(PO Division)
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi-110 001

Dated: 11.11.2016

To
All Chief Postmasters General
All Postmasters General

Subject: Regarding opening of Head Post Offices (HOs) on 13.11.2016 (Sunday) for the exchange of Withdrawn Old Series (WOS) bank notes and for opening SB Counters

The competent authority has ordered that all the Head Post Offices across the country will remain open on 13.11.2016 (Sunday) for exchange of Withdrawn Old Series (WOS) of bank notes in denominations of Rs. 500/- and Rs. 1000/- with new currency/ prevalent notes, and for opening SB Counters. 

2. The Head Post Offices should arrange for drawal of sufficient cash from the linked Banks in advance. The purpose of keeping the Post Offices open on 13.11.2016 is specifically for exchange of WOS notes with the new/prevalent ones and opening SB counters and not for other operations. Sufficient number of counters should be operationalized to avoid any kind of inconvenience to the public. The information about availability of cash for exchange purpose may be displayed on the notice board of respective Post Offices well in advance. This may also be widely published through the press. Requirement of staff shall be as per local assessment.

3. A compliance report in this regard may be sent to this Directorate by 1100 hrs of 15.11.2016 on email id po@indiapost.gov.in

Sd-
(M. S. Rana)
ADG (PO)

Clarification received from CEPT regarding non reflection of updation in Parcel Net website due to Despatch 7.9.5

The despatch Module is not revised in MM7.9.6 so that we need not updated but still updated offices are not reflecting in Parcel net website due to non updation of despatch 7.9.6. In this regard , A clarification received from CEPT, Mysore.

CEPT:

Sir, As for now no changes has been made in the despatch version. Suitable modifications will be done in the ParcelNet website shortly to avoid the confusion.

Directorate sought for information regarding transfer under Rule-38 of Inspector Posts

Directorate sought for information regarding transfer under Rule-38 of Inspector Posts


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Speed Net Update - GenerateBill_A and KKCess error and Solution


12:29:32:============================================ 12:29:32: SCRIPT EXECUTION39094: DETAILS (POSPCC) 12:29:32:============================================ 12:29:32:[Invalid column name 'KKCess'.] : Script Execution Error : While executing statement CREATE PROCEDURE AAK_Gen_XMLInvoice_For__Amazon 12:29:33:[Invalid column name 'KKCess'. Invalid column name 'KKCess'. Invalid column name 'KKCess'. Invalid column name 'KKCess'. Invalid column name 'KKCess'.] : Script Execution Error : While executing statement CREATE PROCEDURE GenerateBill_A 12:29:20:============================================ 12:29:20: SCRIPT EXECUTION DETAILS (POSPCCBACKUP) 12:29:20:============================================ 12:29:20:[Invalid column name 'KKCess'. Invalid column name 'KKCess'. Invalid column name 'KKCess'. Invalid column name 'KKCess'. Invalid column name 'KKCess'.] : Script Execution Error : While executing statement CREATE PROCEDURE GenerateBill_A

Solution:

  1. The referred issue is due to incomplete upgradation of SpeedNet to Version 4.4 Update 1 prior to upgradation to Version 4.4 Update 2. Now, please do the following and check: 
  2. Download the following script files from ftp://cept.gov.in/SpeedNet/Speednet_4.4_update_1/: ECounter09052016.exl SP_V441_POSPCC07062016.exl SP_V441_POSPCCBACKUP07062016.exl
  3. Take full backup of POSPCC and POSPCCBACKUP databases. 
  4. Run these script files using Meghdoot ScriptTool.exe and check the log files generated.
  5. If script files are executed without errors, then proceed to the next step. 
  6. Re-run the below mentioned script files which will be available in '\\SpeedNet\SpeedNet Client\DB Scripts' folder of the Client machine from which the SpeedNet 4.4 Update 2 upgradation was attempted. 
Note: If you have upgraded SpeedNet Client from Server machine, then the DB Scripts will be available in '\\SpeedNet\SpeedNet Client\DB Scripts' folder of Server machine. POSPCC07092016.exl POSPCCBACKUP07092016.exl POSPCC_COD_07092016.exl POSPCC_XML_Requirements_07092016.exl POSPCC_IPSCDS_Requirements_07092016.exl

Important instructions to clear browser cookies and cache in DOP Finacle application

  • As we all know Directorate released SB order 12/2016 in respect WOS(i.e., old 500/- and 1000 denomination) notes.
  • As per SB order 12/2016 maximum cash limit withdrawal per day is 10000/- and 20000/- in a week.
  • For this a new patch deployed in Finacle today hence all the users are requested to clear the browsing history,cookies and cache before login to DOP Finacle application.
  • In DOP Finacle application always while login clear browsing history, cookies and cache so that if any patches deployed they will work smoothly otherwise the patches deployed will not effect to the user if the cache is not cleared.

Important Points :- 

  • In DOP Finacle application always ensure to login the user id after clearing browsing history,cache and cookies for smooth functioning of the application.
  • Even after login resets also the users are requested to close the entire browser and then open the browser again clear browsing history,cookies and cache then only login with the new password when the password reset done.
  • If you are in same browser with out clearing cache then you may face error as "Invalid User id or Password " even after reset done at CPC level. Hence make sure clear browsing history,cache and cookies regularly.

Here Are 10 Highlights Of The New Monetary Policy

1. RBI posted a 25-point detailed FAQs on note exchange guidelines.

2. RBI said the most important reason for the ban was the abnormal rise in the fake currency of higher denominations.

3. One can get value for the entire volume of notes tendered at the bank branches/RBI offices.

4. One will get up to Rs 4,000 in cash irrespective of the size of tender and anything over and above that will be receivable by way of credit to the bank account.

5. ATMs in some area will remain closed on Wednesday and Thursday, One can withdraw of only Rs 2,000 per day up to 18 November and Rs 4,000 per day from 19 November onwards.
RBI issues ₹2000 note in new series pic.twitter.com/7Ob2j1t6Ab
— ReserveBankOfIndia (@RBI) November 8, 2016
6. One cannot get the entire amount in cash as the scheme of withdrawal of old high denomination notes does not provide for it.

7. One can use balance in bank accounts to pay for other requirements by cheque or through electronic means such as online banking, mobile wallets, IMPS, credit/debit cards etc.Rs 2,000 can be withdrawn per day up to 18 November

8. For those without any bank account, RBI said they can open an account with necessary KYC documents.

9. Even no-frills accounts under the Jan Dhan Yojana can also avail of the exchange facility subject to the caps and other laid down limits in accord with norms and procedures.

10. For the exchange of notes, the person has to carry valid identity proofs. The exchanges of notes can be done at any branch of the bank that one is banking with.

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Withdrawal of Legal Tender Character of existing ₹ 500/- and ₹ 1000/- Bank Notes –Limit for Withdrawal of Cash

RBI/2016-17/123
DCM (Plg) No.1251/10.27.00/2016-17
November 10, 2016
The Chairman / Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer,
Public Sector Banks/ Private Sector Banks / Foreign Banks/
Regional Rural Banks / Urban Cooperative Banks/
State Cooperative Banks

Dear Sir

Withdrawal of Legal Tender Character of existing ₹ 500/- and ₹ 1000/- Bank Notes –Limit for Withdrawal of Cash


2. In terms of para 3.c (iv) of the said circular, cash withdrawal from a bank account over the counter shall be restricted to ₹ 10,000/- per day subject to an overall limit of ₹ 20,000/- a week from the date of the notification until the end of business hours on 24th November, 2016, after which these limits shall be reviewed. It is clarified that the above limits are not applicable to cash withdrawal from a bank account by
  1. one bank from another bank,
  2. Post Office,
  3. Money changers operating at International airports and
  4. operators of White Label ATMs.
3. The branches maintaining Currency Chests are advised to accommodate the requests from other branches in their vicinity – linked or otherwise – for supply of cash.

4. Deposits of Specified bank Notes into all types of deposit/loan accounts is allowed subject to CTR/STR reporting.

Yours faithfully

(P Vijaya Kumar)
Chief General Manager

7th Pay Commission: Surgical strike on black money to delay higher allowances

7th Pay Commission: Surgical strike on black money to delay higher allowances

New Delhi: Taking the nation by surprise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday night announced demonetisation of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes with effect from midnight on Tuesday, making these notes invalid in a major assault on black money, fake currency and corruption.

Higher allowances under 7th Pay Commission award may be delayed following surgical strike on black money carried out by the Modi government on black money, fake currency and corruption and ordinary transactions such as buying of vegetables from the local market etc might be hit for a month on account of this surgical strike but the government decides to announce for higher allowances when the situation is returning to normalcy.

"The process of higher allowances, which is likely to be implemented soon, may be delayed as now the government is busy for making situation normal after surgical strike on black money," A Finance Ministry top official told The Sen Times on Thursday on condition of anonymity.

He further said "the issue of increased financial activities after strike on black money may compel the government to keep in abeyance the higher allowances to get normalized the position. However the government wants to implement the higher allowances speedily…in a time bound manner."

"Fearing any eventual incident for surgical strike on black money in the country and in view of the current scenario, the government has decided to delay the announce of higher allowances," the official added.
He said that the central government employees unions are pressing hard on the government to announce the higher allowance even this difficult situation.

The 'Committee on Allowances' has already given final touch to its report. The committee met up with the deadline of four months given to it by the cabinet to submit the report, the Finance Ministry official confirmed.

The quantum of allowances may not vary from those proposed by the 7th Pay Commission as the committee on allowances sticks with the 7th Pay Commission's recommendations on allowances and the committee on allowances proposed higher allowances with retrospective effect from August 2016 but the central government employees unions demanded for implementation of the allowances with retrospective effect from January 2016, the official revealed.

We are ready to submit our report, when the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley calls up, the committee on allowances head Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa said recently.

The committee on allowances, which was set up in July this year on the direction of the cabinet, is looking into the provision of allowances other than dearness allowance under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations as the pay commission had recommended of abolishing 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances.

TST

Worried About Replacing Rs.500 and Rs.1000 Notes? Don’t Fall For This Fraud Call

Amidst all the chaos that’s been prevailing around the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes, cheats have found a way to cash in on the situation. Since November 10 morning, banks have reopened to the public, allowing them to turn in the old currency notes for smaller denominations or to deposit into their accounts. With almost every bank tackling long queues, some charlatans have decided to use the opportunity to extort bank details from hapless customers.

Filling up of posts of Senior Private Secretary in the Customs, Central Excise & Service Tax, Settlement Commission, Additional Bench, Chennai on deputation basis

Filling up of posts of Senior Private Secretary in the Customs, Central Excise & Service Tax, Settlement Commission, Additional Bench, Chennai on deputation basis

No.25/7/2016-CS-II(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnet Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
New Delhi - 110 003.
Dated the 8th November, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Filling up the posts of Senior Private Secretary in the Customs, Central Excise & Service Tax, Settlement Commission, Additional Bench, Chennai on deputation basis.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Department of Revenue's Circular No.II/16/1/2015-SC dated 26.10.2016 (copy enclosed) on the subject mentioned above, for the information of all CSSS officers of this Department. All eligible and willing officers may, accordingly, apply through proper channel, in time so as to complete the process of routing the applications to Customs & Central Excise, Settlement Commission, Additional Bench; Chennai.

2. It may be noted that Cadre Clearance from CS.II Division will be required in case of Principal Private Secretary and above level officers of CSSS applying for deputation.
Encl: As above

(Umesh Kumar Bhatia)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Tel: 24623157
To,
All Ministries/Departments (through website of DoP&T)
C.No.II/16/1/2015-SC

Dated: 26.10.2016

Applications are invited for filling up the Senior Private Secretary in the Customs, Central Excise & Service Tax, Settlement Commission, Additional Bench, Chennai on deputation basis:

SENIOR PRIVATE SECRETARY

Pay Scale: Rs. 9300-34800+4800
Number of Posts: 3
Eligibility Criteria

Central Government employees:-

a) holding analogous post on regular basis; or
b) with three years regular service as Private Secretary in the posts carrying the pay scale of Rs.6500-200 - 10,500/- (pre-revised); or
c) with seven years combined service in the pay scale of Rs.500-9000 (pre revised) or Rs. 6500-10500 (pre-revised) or equivalent in the parent cadre/Department in the Stenographer cadre.

The period of deputation shall be initially for one year extendable up to three years. The pay of the officers/officials selected will be regulated in accordance with DOPT instructions. The maximum age limit for appointment shall not exceed 56 years as on the closing date of receipt of applications.

The application in the prescribed Proforma (Annexure-I) from eligible officers/officials who can be spared in the event of their selection may be forwarded directly to the Additional Commissioner at the address mentioned below within 30 days from the date of issue Advt. along with (a) up-to-date CR dossiers of the candidate concerned of photocopies of annual confidential reports for the last five years; (b) vigilance clearance report clearly 'indicating that no disciplinary or criminal proceedings vigilance clearance report clearly indicating that no disciplinary or criminal proceedings are either pending or contemplated against the official concerned; (c) statement showing the minor/major penalties imposed, if any, and (d) integrity certificate.

Incomplete applications or applications not received through proper channel or applications received after the specified date shall not be entertained and would be straight-way rejected.

Applicants should address their applications to the "Additional Commissioner" and the same sent to the undermentioned address.
Additional Bench, Chennai
Customs & Central Excise, Settlement Commission, Additional Bench,
2nd Floor, Narmada Block, Customs House,
33 Rajaji Salai, Chennai- 600001.
R.CHANDRASEKARAN)
Assistant Commissioner
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Timely and advance action in convening of Departmental Promotion Committee meeting in terms of Model Calendar

Timely and advance action in convening of Departmental Promotion Committee meeting in terms of Model Calendar

NO. 22011/1/2011-Estt(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)


North Block, New Delhi - 110001
Dated- October 27, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Timely and advance action in convening of Departmental Promotion Committee meeting in terms of Model Calendar - regarding.

The undersigned is directed to state that with a view to having the approved select panels for promotion ready in advance in a time-bound manner, this Department has issued a Model Calendar for DPCs vide OM No. 22011/9/98-Estt. (D) dated 8 th September, 1998 as modified vide OM No. 22011/4/2013-Estt.(D) dated 28.01.2015. An indicative pattern has been provided in the Model Calendar for various events involved in the pre/ post DPC related actions. All the Ministries/Departments have been impressed upon from time to time by this Department to adhere to the prescribed time-line so as to ensure that the panel is ready in time and is utilised as and when the vacancies arise during the course of the vacancy year.


2. It has been brought to the notice that many promotion posts are lying vacant due to abnormal delay in convening DPCs. The objective of timely promotions of employees in various Ministries/Departments can be achieved only by holding DPC meetings.

3. In view of above, all Ministries/Departments are again advised to ensure strict compliance of instructions in order to achieve the desired objectives of timely convening of DPCs/preparation of approved select panels within the prescribed time frame.

(Raj esh Sharma)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Tele. No. 23040340