Tuesday, October 31, 2017

UIDAI to empower government, bank staff to clear Aadhaar enrollment

PTI , NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 29, 2017

The UIDAI will soon evolve a process for authorised employees of banks, post offices and the government to biometrically sign off Aadhaar enrollment and updation form collection, as the process of applying for the id moves into such premises.
The move is aimed at addressing the security concerns around collection of biometric and other information, Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO of the Aadhaar-issuing body, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), told PTI.

The UIDAI had earlier asked States to ensure that enrollment, even those by private agencies, shift to government or municipal premises from external private operator-run sites.

Moreover, it has directed private as well as public sector banks to set up Aadhaar enrollment facility in at least one out of 10 branches. “The enrollment and updates will happen largely in banks, post office and government premises. “There also, during enrollment, the authorised employee of the banks, post offices or the government will have to biometrically sign the Aadhaar enrollment or updation application,” Mr. Pandey said.

A process for this additional layer of security and supervision is being evolved and the proposed mechanism is likely to be in place by January, he added. The mechanism entails a staff, authorised for the purpose, to biometrically sign off the application form after it is received.

Earlier, data collection was by a private operator and the form was verified by government-appointed verifier.

But now the biometric signature of the designated official will be taken, fortifying the collection process and making it more secure, according to the UIDAI.

“Earlier the private operator — even though he was a certified operator — used to sign it, now it will have to be counter signed through biometrics by a government, bank or post office employee,” Mr. Pandey added.

Source : The Hindu

Public Provident Fund account will be closed, NSCs encashed if holder turns NRI

NRIs are not allowed in instruments like the National Savings Certificates, Public Provident Fund, Monthly Income Schemes and other time deposits offered by the post office.

Amending rules on post office savings schemes like the National Savings Certificates (NSC) and Public Provident Fund (PPF), the government has notified that such accounts would be closed prior to maturity in case of holders changing their personal status to become non-resident Indians(NRIs).
The amended rules were notified in the official gazette earlier this month.

The amendment to the PPF Scheme, 1968, says: "If a resident who opened an account under this scheme, subsequently becomes a non-resident during the currency of the maturity period, the account shall be deemed to be closed with effect from the day he becomes non-resident."

The interest payable would be up to the date of the account closure, it said.

A separate notification on NSCs said in case of a similar change of status of the certificate holder before the maturity period, "the certificate will be encashed, or deemed to be encashed on the day he becomes non-resident" and interest will be paid accordingly.

NRIs are not allowed in instruments like the National Savings Certificates, Public Provident Fund, Monthly Income Schemes and other time deposits offered by the post office.

Asked to comment in this regard, an investment consultant said that it is unclear why NRIs are not allowed to invest in post office schemes.

Last month, the government had retained the interest rate on Public Provident Fund for October-December unchanged at 7.8 per cent, in line with the rates for small savings schemes.

Source : The Economic Times

All are requested to make CHQ struggle programme success

Unions Agitation Programme for Early Implementation of GDS Pay Committee Report.

FNPO Affliated Unions Agitation Programme : Early Implementation of GDS Pay Committee Report.

FNPO given a call to hold 48 hours relay hunger fast on 9-11-17 and 10-11-17 at all CPMG offices for early implementation of Pay committee to GDS officials. So all CHQ office bearers, Circle secretaries, Divisional and branch secretaries are requested to take the given call as prestigious and co-ordinate with Piv and GDS secretaries at all levels for mobilization of more members to participate in the said program and make it an historic one.

FNPO Zindabad ..... 

D.Kishanrao, Sivaji Vasireddy
Dep.SG, FNPO Asst.GS NAPE,Gr'C' 
GS NAPE,Gr'C' CHQ. C/S AP Circle

Recruitment of Staff car Drivers(Ordinary Grade)(Group C) in various postal Divisions &MMS Units

Recruitment of Staff car Drivers(Ordinary Grade)(Group C) in various postal Divisions &MMS Units under Vishakhapatnam, Vijayawada Region 




Nominations fot he training of the Liaison Officers for SC/ST/Person with Disabilities and Other Backward Classes-regarding : DoPT

Nominations fot he training of the Liaison Officers for SC/ST/Person with Disabilities and Other Backward Classes-regarding : DoPT

7th Pay Commission: Will government raise minimum pay?

The pay rise, the finance ministry says, should take place in January, and would mean a pay rise for 4.8 million central government employees and 5.5 million pensioners. If the government decides to implement the rise, which it may do after the completion of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assemblies poll process, it would be the second successive pay hike, and would bring the real value of the minimum pay back in line.

A top Finance Ministry official, who did not wish to be named, indicated the government will be taking the proposal seriously, but cannot implement the pay rise now, it will be decided after the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assemblies elections.
This would represent minimum pay rise of Rs 21,000 for central government employees. If this recommendation were accepted, the value of the minimum pay would be higher than the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission of Rs 18,000 and the government is now making good progress towards restoring the value it lost during the previous period of its cabinet nod, he said.

The National Anomaly Committee (NAC), which has been formed to look into pay anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission's recommendations, has to strike a delicate balance between what is fair for employees and what is affordable for the government, without costing jobs. It does so impartially and without political interference. It is important that it is able to complete to do its work before Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections, he added.

A rise in the minimum pay would be a good political move for the BJP, as it would bolster their argument on the cost of living debate for benefit poor and middle class, where Congress said that Modi government gave India achhe din with a broken GST and failed note ban.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has killed the country's economy by firing "double tap" shots of note ban and GST into it, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said.

The economic experts are also worried about the GST and note ban’s effect on exchequer. If such a situation is not chaos, then how is government going to implement minimum pay Rs 21,000?

But the official has said that it is possible for the minimum pay to jump up to Rs 21,000 with fitment factor 3.00 to reap political gains for BJP in future, but such a rise is less likely now the the central government employees unions’ demanding for hiking minimum to Rs 26,000 with fitment factor 3.68. If fitment formula is tinkered with 3.00, the salary and pension in general for all segments of employees will go up.

Earlier, the government had given nod minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month with fitment factor 2.57 on the recommendations of the 7th pay commission. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had also promised to raise minimum pay in a meeting with the central government employees unions leaders on June 30, 2016, the day after the cabinet approval of the 7th Pay Commission's recommendations.

TST

Income Tax 2017-18 (Assessment Year 2018-19) - Tax slab


Monday, October 30, 2017

Mandatory installation of LED based lighting in all Government buildings

Most Immediate
No.25(24)/E.Coord/2017
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 30th October, 2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM


Subject: Economy Measures- Mandatory installation of LED based lightings in Government Buildings- reg.

Reference is invited to this Department's OM of even number dated 04.08.2017 on the subject mentioned above and to inform that the implementation progress was reviewed recently by Group of officers vide meeting in Cabinet Secretariat on 29.09.2017.
2. As per decision taken during the deliberation, all Ministries/Departments are requested to ensure that replacement work of old bulbs with new LED based lightnings is completed by 31.10.2017 in your offices including Attached/Subordinate Offices, CPSUs, Autonomous Bodies and field offices.

3. It is requested that Ministries/Departments should apprised Department of Expenditure with the action taken in this regard by 10.11.2017 positively as per the format attached.

4. Further, each Ministry/Department should nominate a Nodal Officer at the level of Joint Secretary for monitoring the progress and certifying completion of installation of LED based lightings and energy efficiency measures on behalf of the Ministry/Department. The names of the nominated officers should be provided by 03.11.2017.

(H. Atheli)
Director

To,
All Secretaries of Ministries/Departments

Source: DoE

Celebrate World thrift day (30 Oct 2017) Open Postal Savings Account is providing Banking to Everyone

Celebrate World thrift day (30 Oct 2017) Open Postal Savings Account is providing Banking to Everyone.

Finacle : Closing of RD Account if loan exists

Premature Closure ( If 60 months not elapsed from date of opening)

Invoke the RD Closure menu CRDCAAC from Operator Login. System will automatically deduct the RD Loan amount and interest will be calculated on SB Rate of interest as per rule. Loan interest will not be calculated. RD Loan account balance will become 0 but will not be closed. Loan account with Zero balance should be remained as it is and not closed. No need to invoke HLAUPAY or HPAYOFF for repaying the Loan amount.
On Maturity ( If 60 months elapsed from date of opening)

RD Loan amount should be adjusted before closing the RD account. Invoke the menu HPAYOFF (Loan Pay Off Process) to pay the pending principal along with interest. Interest will be calculated at the prescribed rate. Total amount displayed to be collected from the customer. In case of transfer, select the repayment account of customer or office account from where the loan amount is adjusted. Supervisor need to verify the same. Invoke the menu HCAAC to close the RD Loan account and verify the same. Invoke the menu CRDAAC to close the RD Account.

P M Gurusamy, 92 who after retirement helping people at Ramnad HPO, TN State



Source : Trinity Mirror

Non uploading the encrypted file through HTTUME Menu

Click below link to download revised Schedule exe for Generating error free Pay uploading file.
Dear SAs
A new exe is attached herewith to overcome the existing issue. Please cut and keep old exe somewhere safe and replace the new exe and generate the encrypted Pension file and try to upload through finacle

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DEPARTMENTAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE MEETING

IT HAS BEEN INFORMED BY THE POSTAL DIRECTORATE THAT DEPARTMENTAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE MEETING WHICH WAS SCHEDULED TO BE HELD ON 31-10-2017 AT DAK BHAWAN IS POSTPONED.

NEXT DATE OF MEETING WILL BE INFORMED BY THE DIRECTORATE SHORTLY.

R. N Parashar
Secretary General
NFPE

Savings Account must for deposit in India Post

Sunday, October 29, 2017

A Complete Tutorial work flow on CSI F&A in Post Offices

1 Voucher Posting Using F 02

2 Voucher Posting Using FB50

3 Cash Request SO HO

4 Cash Request BO SO

5 Excess Cash Transfer SO HO

6 Excess Cash Transfer BO SO

7 Bank Drawings

8 Bank Remittance

9 Liability Creation and Cheque Request

9 Liability Creation and Issue Cheque to the Customer1

10 Inventory movement Head Office to Sub Office

11 ZBF07 using CSI Utility Tool

Delivery and Postman Management System - A complete Video Tutorial

1 Set Open - DPMS

2 VP Article data entry ZART UPLOAD


3 Return to editing5 Issue Articles and eMOs to Beat

4 Issue Articles to BO

5 BO Articles and Postman Returns

6 Postman Returns Beat EOD and Cash Return
9 Window Delivery Accountable Mails and eMO
10 VPMO Booking
11 Bulk eMO Payment

Post Office Workflow Video - POS Application and POS Backup Server

1. Synchronization:
2. POS BackOffice Begin


3.Counter Operations

4. eMO and Bulk eMO Booking

5 eMO and Bulk eMO Approval
6 Other Options in POS Counter

7 Counter Close Cash Submission
8 IPVS 9 Reports and Misc Options
10 PO Account Submission and PO End

Pre migration issues on CSI implementation – Request to postpone the migration

Pre migration issues on CSI implementation – Request to postpone the migration in the remaining circles and to take suitable action so as to set right things in the Circles where already implemented for smooth functioning- Reg. - P3 CHQ writes to Member (Technology), Department of Posts.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

UPU News:- Visa to support financial inclusion programme

Technical Assistance Facility supports digitization of financial services offered through postal networks worldwide
The Universal Postal Union (UPU) has recently established a Financial Inclusion Technical Assistance Facility (FITAF), which will receive significant support from Visa. As Stephen Kehoe, Head of Global Financial Inclusion at Visa Inc., explains, “Visa’s partnership with the UPU will make a significant contribution to financial inclusion. This systematic effort to leverage Posts’ services, size and reach will help build the comprehensive digital network needed to benefit whole societies, and especially help reach two priority groups of unbanked people: rural poor and women.” FITAF was created by the UPU to advance financial inclusion, by accelerating the digitization of postal financial services and increasing their uptake, to reach last-mile customers and businesses.
In order to increase the number of postal accounts by 250 million by 2020 and support the launch of digital financial service projects for financial inclusion from 20 Posts, FITAF will champion postal action on inclusive digital financial services, conduct research to identify key actions and provide qualifying Posts with technical assistance to improve and expand their capabilities. “This partnership is a key milestone in our efforts to position the postal network as a critical tool for delivering economic and social development to all,” emphasizes Bishar A. Hussein, UPU Director General. “Thanks to its universal coverage, to its long history as a financial actor and to the trust it holds amongst the citizens of the world, the postal sector is in a unique position to provide access to financial services to all and especially the underserved. We need to leverage that unique position.”

The situation

Over 2 billion adults worldwide were unbanked in 2014. Of those that are banked, 19% have an account at a Post, making the postal sector the second largest contributor to financial inclusion after banks. Postal networks are well positioned to meet the financial needs of some of the world’s hardest-to-reach populations. “Governments and international development stakeholders increasingly see the postal network, with its ability to deliver to everyone, everywhere and at all times, as critical infrastructure to achieving a whole range of public services and policies, including their financial inclusion objectives,” explains Siva Somasundram, UPU Director of Markets Development and Regulation.

Indeed Posts have extensive, government-backed networks that reach across countries into both urban and remote rural areas. They provide numerous services – including financial services – to customers of all income levels; they often distribute government payments, such as pensions or social support; and their public, egalitarian mission makes their services affordable and accessible to all segments of society. However, significant investment and transformation is required to improve postal capacities and services, so as to be able to deliver digital financial services and reap their many benefits.

The FITAF approach

FITAF will provide technical assistance to help Posts launch new digital financial services at a national level. Assistance will be offered according to need, based on requests from post offices, local levels of digital delivery, and the type of issue – such as product, network (e.g. back office) and systems (e.g. postal network, IT infrastructure). The criteria for selection include: commitment from the Post’s management and from government leaders; the existence of a legal and regulatory framework to enable the Post to deliver financial services; evidence of innovation; and willingness to co-fund 20% of costs. Support will also include designing mobile-based strategies for the Post, expanding Post-owned services, and capacity building.

The Facility carries out research to inform and advance Post-based financial inclusion. This includes developing case studies and best practices, identifying service and quality gaps, and creating a readiness guide to help Posts prepare to offer digital financial service. The Facility will also examine the role of Posts in supporting the financial inclusion of micro and small merchants near their branches. A crucial aspect of this work is sharing new insights and resources with UPU members and other stakeholders through regional and leadership meetings, as well as at partner events. For example, UPU organized four regional workshops for members in 2017 to explain the importance of digitization and to present effective business models and services.

Partner coordination

Visa joins the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UPU in funding the Financial Inclusion Technical Assistance Facility. Visa will provide financial support for three years through a charitable grant. The UPU has collaborated with a number of Visa’s global financial inclusion partners, including the Alliance for Financial Inclusion and Better than Cash Alliance, which the UPU joined in 2015. It has also issued joint research publications on financial inclusion with the World Bank, UN Women and the International Labor Organization, and collaborated with diverse service providers at the country level – policy makers, academics and social-welfare organizations. This inter-connectedness exemplifies the type of collaborative, coordinated approaches needed to achieve financial inclusion.

10 documents you can use at airports to prove identity

The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has issued a list of 10 identity documents that can be used to gain entry to airport terminals and for checking in, dispelling confusion over the issue.
List of 10 identity documents issued by BCAS
1. Passport
2. Voter ID
3. Aadhaar or m-Aadhaar
4. Pan Card
5. Driving licence
6. Service ID
7. Student ID card
8. Passbook of account in a nationalised bank with photo
9. Pension card or pension documents with photo
10. Disability ID card or handicapped medical certificate
In a first, BCAS chief Kumar Rajesh Chandra has also put in place a system for flyers to establish their identity if they lose their ID cards. "In case of a passenger who for some valid reasons is not in a position to produce any of the above photo identity proofs, the identity certificate issued by a Group A gazetted officer of central/state government on his/her official letterhead with passenger's photo duly attested will be valid..." for this purpose," the BCAS said

BCAS also clarified that infants or minors accompanied by a guardian with a valid ID wouldn't need a separate proof for domestic air travel. Unaccompanied minors would .

Early implementation of GDS Committee report : FNPO Agitation Programme

Letter to Chairman, Postal Board regarding Inordinate delay in implementing GDS commission Recommendations : FNPO Agitation Programme
Our Demand : Early implementation of GDS Committee report

Employment News : Job Highlights 28 October to 3 November 2017

JOB HIGHLIGHTS
UNION BANK OF INDIA, MUMBAI
Name Of Post : Credit Officers
No.of Vacancies : 200
Last Date :04.11.2017

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, DURGAPUR
Name Of Post : Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Professor
No.of Vacancies : 104
Last Date :17.11.2017

STAFF SELECTION BOARD, MOTI DAMAN
Name Of Post : Assistant Sub-Inspector, Police Constable etc
No.of Vacancies : 164
Last Date :07.11.2017

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, HYDERABAD
Name Of Post : Deputy Registrar, Executive Engineer (Electrical), Sports Officer, Medical Officer etc
No.of Vacancies : 114
Last Date :22.11.20147

INDO-TIBETAN BORDER POLICE FORCE
Name Of Post : Head Constables
No.of Vacancies : 62
Last Date :13.11.2017

UNION BANK OF INDIA, MUMBAI
Name Of Post : Credit Officers
No.of Vacancies : 200
Last Date :04.11.2017

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, DURGAPUR
Name Of Post : Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Professor
No.of Vacancies : 104
Last Date :17.11.2017

CLOSURE OF PLI IN APS CORPS

Circle Union writes to CHQ on problems arising out of CSI rollout



Circle Union writes to CHQ on problems arising out of CSI rollout in Odisha Circle

No. P3NFPE – Odisha / 15 – 10 / 2017
Dated at Bhubaneswar the 27th October, 2017
To
Com. R N Parashar
General Secretary
AIPEU, Group-C, CHQ
Dada Ghosh Bhawan, New Delhi - 110008


Sub: - Problems arising out of CSI rollout in Odisha Circle  

Respected Comrade,
This is to bring your notice that with the recent launch of the Pilot Project of Core System Integrator (CSI) in Cuttack City Division, the Department has been facing technical glitches for the past few days. Ever since the CSI rollout in the division on October 6, the shift from the old system is moving at a snail’s pace and this has slowed down the transactions in all most all the post offices across the Division.

As brought to the notice of this Circle Union by our Divisional Union, Cuttack City, all the staff members of Cuttack City Division have not been trained in operating new version of the software. The entire treasury branch of Cuttack GPO including supervisors are neither imparted with any training nor assigned with defined work as required under CSI environment. As a result, many important treasury functions are now stopped i.e. CTS cheque clearing works, remittance received/drawn from bank, payment through cheques and issue of cheques etc inviting serious public resentment.
In addition, all most all the single/double handed SPMs are unable log in and access to the CSI software due to non-availability of compatible hardware and thereby counter transactions have almost come to a halt inviting public anger. Contradictorily, suitable trained officials preferably User Champions are not available for instant solution. 

            In this context, we have written to / discussed severally with the Chief Postmaster General, Odisha Circle with request to defer next phase CSI roll out dates till installation of the required number of compatible hardware and smooth completion of proper User Champion and End-User Training to avoid future complicacies.

            Now, the proposed 2nd phase rollout on 17.10.2017 which had been rescheduled to 27.10.2017 has now been dropped since the TCS failed to resolve the existing issues by the dates so fixed.

            As per information gathered from our staff members of Cuttack City Division who are presently working and members of other Divisions who are undergoing User-Champion / End-User training, the following deficiencies are coming to our notice.

1.    The trainings are not being imparted as per TCS Blue Book on CSI which requires at least 18 days for User-Champion Training. Instead, our User-Champions are being imparted with such training for 8 days which becomes very difficult to follow and educate themselves to train the End-Users suitably. Similarly while the End-Users are to be trained in 11 modules for at least 29 days in average, they are practically being trained just for 3 days in Odisha Circle for two different modules only. The most unfortunate thing is that neither the User-Champions nor the End-Users are supplied with a guide book and the Trainers from TCS are moving hastily just to complete the training programme for name sake.

2.    Both the hardware and software are not compatible as per  TCS Blue Book for CSI. The mandatory check-list for compatible OS, updated service pack etc. are grossly ignored. It is too piteous that most of the offices in Odisha Circle are having pirated version of windows 7 which will certainly hamper data transfer.

In spite of several correspondences / discussions, the outdated systems, and other accessories like printers (both dot-matrix and laser including Pass Book Printers), barcode scanners etc beyond the prescribed life period have neither been condemned nor new systems supplied to suit the need of CSI as per Blue Book. Even when the CSI software interface is very large and can be properly view on 19 inches or more bigger size  monitors, most of the post office are having small size (15 inches)  monitors which put more strain on the of our officials. Every time the discussions are ended with paucity of funds for purchase of new systems / accessories as required.

Adding salt to the injury, no prompt and effective step is taken by the administration for immediate repairing of UPS, Generator and replacement of damaged batteries in spite of continuous discussions and correspondences. Many Post Offices are now running with direct current and suffering a lot during power failure. The offices in rural areas are the worst sufferers.

3.    All the post offices in Odisha Circle migrated to CBS Finacle in Odisha Circle till date are having 512 Kbps under NSP-1 and 256 Kbps under NSP-2 irrespective of the systems in use by the offices. But as per TCS Blue Book for CSI, 1 Mbps is mandatory for offices having 1 or 2 PCs and similarly 3 Mbps is required for offices having more than 5 PCs. Regretfully, some post offices are there in Phulbani and Koraput Division where both NSP-1 and NSP-2 are non-functional. In spite of several discussions with both the Chief PMG and Regional PMG, the issues are still unsettled.

4.    Another important thing to intimate that Odisha Circle has experimentally started RICT in three Divisions only. There are still 15 Divisions for RICT roll out. If CSI roll out is initiated without completing RICT, then the PMs/ SPMs working in MDGs/SOs will have to log in to B O User ID for every purpose, viz. Cash Receipt, Cash Remittance, Receipt of Accountable Articles, Rebooking of B O Transactions etc. Since the work has to be finished on the day itself, the BOs having huge number of transactions will certainly create problems for their Account Offices. Therefore, completions of RICT before CSI roll out needs to be considered first.
                       
Therefore, under the above facts and circumstances, we would like to request you to take up the issue at the Directorate level for instructing Odisha Circle not to go ahead with the CSI roll out further till completion of RICT in the Circle and suitable solutions to the above hardware, software, connectivity and training issues.

Awaiting your positive action and immediate response.

With regards.
 Yours Comradely,

 (B SAMAL)

Circle Secretary

Shri Udai Krishna (lPoS-1984) has assumed the charge of the post of Member (Banking), Postal Services Board

Shri Udai Krishna (lPoS-1984) has assumed the charge of the post of Member (Banking), Postal Services Board

Friday, October 27, 2017

Latest Position on CSI Rollout

Dear All, Secretary Posts reviewed the CSI situation with the Government Business Head of TCS today. TCS has assured that they are working on the technical issues through the weekend and will come up with the status on Tuesday. Based on the report/solution and progress report from the field, a decision will be taken on further course of action. All rollouts may be kept on hold till further notice from Directorate. The immediate priority is to restore operations and accounting to a stable level. 
In the meantime, I would request that please concentrate on pre rollout activities as we will have to accelerate rollout after the technical issues are fixed. Also please take this time to focus on service book digitization which is also lagging. Training may please continue as planned.

There are problems and these have been taken up the highest level. We have to tackle this with patience. Hopefully, a more conclusive status will be posted next week. 
Regards, B.P.Sridevi, DDG Technology.

CIRCLE UNION LETTER TO CHQ ON STOPPING OF CSI IMPLEMENTATION

Dear comrades,

Today morning we have discussed the matter of hasty migration issues on CSI in TN Circle with our General Secretary. Further we have sent one letter to our General Secretary by this a/n so as to take up this issue with the Secretary Posts and Member Tech. 
He assured to take up this issue with the Secretary Posts by Monday to get a favourable decision.

The copy of the letter is enclosed herewith for your view.

Fraternally yours,

J. RAMAMURTHY,
CIRCLE SECRETARY,
AIPEU GR. C , TN. /
PRESIDENT CHQ.



Financial Inclusion Will Be Marketed By India Post Payments Bank


October 26, 2017 

Manoj Sinha, the Communications Minister, this week claimed that the government is operating on setting up 650 outlets for India Post Payments Bank to make easy the financial enclosure, and revealed 2 new schemes by the postal division.

“We will be opening almost 650 outlets for India Post Payments Bank all over India. Two, namely in Ranchi and Raipur, have already commenced. The goal is that via 650 banks for post payments, we can force financial enclosure in 1.55 Lakh rural areas,” Sinha claimed to the media.
Sinha urged the postal workers to carry on reorienting themselves with disruptions and technological changes in order to drive innovative schemes to users, all the while keeping the communal values.

“Given the disruptions and with the approach technology is changing, it is fine to connect yourself with tech but values of department too have to be preserved, and that is the largest defy,” he claimed pointing out the long past of postal services in India, specifically the importance of the postman in rural area of the country.

The minister who was talking at an occasion to memorialize National Postal Week also declared 2 new schemes namely e-IPO (Indian Postal Order) and International Tracked Packet Service. The e-IPO was rolled out in denominations of Rs 50, Rs 20, and Rs 100 and now can be employed for educational institutions for fee payment and other causes. Previously, e-IPO of Rs 10 might be utilized only for RTI purposes.

The e-IPO has been launched out as a lead project in Delhi, Bihar, and Karnataka and is anticipated to be rolled out in the whole nation in the upcoming 2 Months. “Users can obtain e-IPO online from workplace or home of their own, as per their convenience. This roll out is a fraction of Digital India proposal since the transaction will be made via credit card, debit card, and net banking,” claimed Department of Post to the media in a statement.

The minister claimed that the postal department of India has undergone a huge change over the time, be it core banking, inter-operability of ATMs, or Aadhaar enrolment and providing of Passport Seva.

Deputation of Ms.Kalpana Rajsinghot (IPoS-1992) as Joint secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment

Deputation of Ms.Kalpana Rajsinghot (IPoS-1992) as Joint secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment.

Observance of Vigilance Awareness Week, 2017

Inordinate delay in implementation of the GDS Committee

Inordinate delay in implementation of the GDS Committee Report-The review of Trade Union Action. 

7th pay commission: Govt employees unhappy with improper implementation

New Delhi: It seems that a strong sense of resentment is growing among millions of government employees over poor implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

Most government offices in Manipur were crippled as employees took mass casual leave protesting against the inordinate delay in implementing the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. The Manipur government has around 84,000 employees. 

Several media reports say around 2,000 resident doctors of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) have started hunger strike in protest against the "improper implementation" of the 7th Pay Commission's recommendations, but continue working.

Expressing dissatisfaction over various recommendations of the commission, the resident doctors sought the Prime Minister's intervention in the issue.
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the AIIMS Resident Doctors Association said even one and half years after the implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations and four months of allowance approval in other medical institutes, the Delhi AIIMS doctors still didn't get the revised pay because of administrative lapses.

"Even after four months of implementation of the revised allowances at the central government institutes like Safdarjung Hospital, RML Hospital and other autonomous medical institutes like PGI Chandigarh, we are still awaiting a nod from the Health Ministry for getting it implemented here at AIIMS," AIIMS RDA president Harjit Singh Bhatti said in the letter.

Meanwhile, the issue of increasing the basic minimum pay for government staff beyond the commission recommendations is likely to be taken up before the end of this month, according to reports.

The latest development follows the postponement of the meeting of the National Anomaly Committee (NAC), which was slated to be held on October 7.

The NAC is making all efforts to meet this month itself, though no official date has been announced yet.

The Centre had constituted the committee to look into the pay irregularities arising out of the pay panel’s recommendations.

In a bonanza to central government employees, the Union Cabinet in June approved recommendations of the7th Pay commission with 34 modifications, which will mean an additional annual burden of Rs30,748 crore on the exchequer. All allowances are given effect from 1 July 2017.

How about a gold small savings scheme?


Small savers need a safer alternative to the unregulated gold savings schemes run by jewellers

Has demonetisation prompted the Indian saver to abandon traditional options such as gold and make a beeline for financial assets? Financial firms and stock market investors certainly seem to think so. But the wave of panic that swept Chennai this week after a reputed jewellery chain defaulted on its gold savings scheme, reminds us that a large cross-section of Bharat remains immune to the charms of mutual funds.

It is not newfangled instruments such as Gold Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) or Sovereign Gold Bonds (SGBs) that attract these savers. Instead, at least in the southern States, it is the unregulated Thanga Kuviyal, Golden Deposit and Golden Advance schemes offered by neighbourhood jewellers that are magnets for this money.

Vulnerable to a run
The main attraction of jeweller-backed gold savings schemes for the aam aurat (or aadmi) is their simple design. Every month, the customer deposits a fixed instalment as small as ₹500 with the jeweller. At the end of 12 months, she is free to swap these savings for an equivalent value of gold jewellery, or roll it over for another year. Customers do not seem to mind that jewellers often do not offer any interest on these ‘deposits’. While a few throw in a free 12th instalment as a sweetener, others use low making charges or freebies as the lure. These schemes, widely misunderstood as ‘gold deposits’ or ‘gold chits’ (they are neither, as the deposit takers are not registered under the Companies Act or the Chit Funds Act) are in fact such a household phenomenon in Tamil Nadu that they serve as a significant source of working capital funding to the jewellery industry.

The unregulated nature of these schemes allows them to raise prodigious amounts without sticking to any end-use criteria. This makes them vulnerable to the fluctuating fortunes of the jeweller. Even jewellers who have no intention of defaulting may be forced to renege on payments if subjected to a run by panicky customers, as they maintain no capital buffers or redemption reserves against these dues. Indeed this is what may have transpired at Chennai’s Nathella Sampath Jewelry this week, wherethe jeweller has officially admitted to a financial crunch and sought more time to honour commitments.

Nor are such defaults by jewellers uncommon. Over a decade ago, Bharathi Gems and Jewels was hauled to court by its 9,100 depositors for defaulting on repayments. As recently as September, financial papers reported a SEBI investigation into the Kerala-based Chemmanur International Jewellers for allegedly collecting over ₹900 crore in ‘advances’ from the public as part of a gold scheme.
Regulatory no-man’s land
Surprisingly , these gold savings schemes despite being a household phenomenon and raking in hundreds of crores every year, essentially operate in a regulatory no-man’s land. Despite their ostensible drive to rein in illegal money-pooling schemes, the ministry of corporate affairs, SEBI and RBI have all been citing jurisdictional issues to keep gold savings schemes out of their regulatory ambit. Section 45S of the RBI Act expressly bars unincorporated entities from accepting public deposits, and companies accepting such deposits are required to register themselves as NBFCs with the RBI. However, the RBI has been wary of extending its regulatory reach to jewellers’ schemes.

SEBI won exceptional powers to regulate Collective Investment Schemes that pool Rs. ₹100 crore or more, after the Sahara and Saradha scams broke a few years ago. It has since issued a rash of orders against Ponzi schemes promising astronomical returns from investing in orchards, agricultural land, goat-rearing and the like. But none of the orders has featured gold savings schemes. The explanation could be that most of these schemes slip under the radar by mopping up less than ₹100 crore or aren’t reported to SEBI. The rebooted Companies Act of 2013 tightened the screws on companies accepting public deposits by asking them to set aside redemption reserves, cap their deposits at 25 per cent of networth and restricting their interest payouts. Large corporate jewellers such as Titan Industries wound down their gold savings schemes with alacrity after this change. But perversely, the more risky unincorporated jewellers have been let off scot-free and collect gold ‘deposits’ under the guise of trade advances. The net effect of all this is that a rash of gold savings schemes continue to flourish.

A gold accumulation plan
The reaction of Indian policymakers is to either to impose an outright ban or to blame it all on investor greed. But greed clearly isn’t a factor here, because many savers frankly don’t even seek a return from their gold schemes. These schemes have proliferated mainly because they satisfy a deeply felt need of the Indian saver — that of accumulating unaffordable gold through byte-sized investments.

So what should policymakers do now? Well, that gold savings schemes from unincorporated jewellers need to be regulated is a no-brainer. But it is equally essential that the small saver is offered a simple, safe alternative that meets her felt need for gold accumulation. Today, gold ETFs from mutual fund houses and tranches of Sovereign Gold Bonds (SGBs) sold by the RBI via banks offer two regulated avenues for investors to own gold in paper form and replicate its returns. But gold ETFs require the investor to own a demat account and be familiar with the workings of the stock market. SGBs permit only lumpsum investments at a fixed price, aren’t easy to understand and carry a long lock-in of 5-8 years. Both instruments are presently used mainly by informed investors.

Reworking the SGB scheme into an on-tap format that allows the saver to invest in instalments is one option. But a better one would be for the Centre to push for a Gold Accumulation Plan from banks or India Post, which simply replicates the features of the jewellers’ schemes. In fact, it makes eminent sense to add a Pradhan Mantri Swarna Sanchay Yojana to the menu of financial products already available to PMJDY account-holders. Banks or post offices can be incentivised through a commission on each instalment.

There are two risks to rolling out GAPs on this scale. Issuers offering these schemes will need to back every purchase with physical gold or hedge against the gold price risk. But such risks are already inherent to SGBs and can be handled in a similar fashion. If the scheme becomes a runaway hit, it may bloat India’s gold import bill and send the CAD into remission. But imposing a cap on individual gold purchases can ensure that only small savers, and not speculators, throng to them.

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‘Linking of Aadhar with Postal saving accounts must’

After making Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns, the government of India has now made it mandatory to link Aadhaar with savings accounts by December 31.
In this backdrop, all the esteemed account holders of the Department of Posts are informed that the last date for seeding of Aadhaar numbers with the accounts has been has been fixed as December 31 by the government of India, a Press Information Bureau statement said. 

“All the account holders of the department of posts are requested to contact their respective post offices along with Aadhaar card/Aadhaar number and get the Aadhaar numbers seeded with their accounts as a mandatory exercise.”

All the account holders are also requested to seed their mobile numbers with their accounts to get real time SMS alerts of transactions, it added.

National Pension System(NPS) issue is under active consideration of the Government of India

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary
National council (staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery for
Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi-110001
E-Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com
No.NC/JCM/2017
Dated: October 24, 2017

All Constituents of National Council(JCM)

Sub: Brief of the meeting held today with the Cabinet Secretary (Government of India)
Today I met the Cabinet Secretary(Government of India) and shown oru anguish for inordinate delay in finalzation of demands of the Central Government Employees, particularly National Pension System (NPS), Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula.

The Cabinet Secretary said that, he is aware of the problems of the Staff Side(JCM) raised by them from time to time and particularly to this issue and will definitely try to resolve them

Particularly on the issue of National Pension System(NPS) he said that the issue active consideration of the Government of India and we are trying to find out some solution to the problems arisen because of the NPS.

I also persuaded him to fix-up date of the meeting of the National Council(JCM), to which he said that, the agenda came, and some queries have been raised, which are still to be compiled by the DoP&T. He assured that, he will definitely fix-up the date of the meeting within a short period, and said that, before that, he will ask the Secretary(DoP&T) to hold meeting with the Staff Side.

I told to the Cabinet Secretary that, Central Government Employees are agitated because they feel that VII CPC has not done and justice with them and government is also ready to remove the issues pending before them.

This is for your information.

with Faternal Greetings!

Comradely yours,
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(Shiva Gopal Mishra)

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Early implementation of GDS pay committee Report

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Minutes of Joint Memorandum given by FNPO &NFPE with CPMG , AP Circle on 23.10.2017

Minutes of Joint Memorandum given by FNPO &NFPE with CPMG , AP Circle on 23.10.2017


Resolution - accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the GPF and other similar funds - 2017, w.e.f. 1st October, 2017 to 31st December, 2017 : Finance Ministry

Resolution - accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the GPF and other similar funds - 2017, w.e.f. 1st October, 2017 to 31st December, 2017 : Finance Ministry.

Metro pillars are the new postal addresses

The other section that is grateful for the new landmark is cab drivers. | Photo Credit: K_MURALI_KUMAR

They have become easily identifiable landmarks

Jayavelu P., owner of a photo studio in J.P. Nagar, used to have a tough time telling his clients where his shop was located. But over the past few months, he has found a landmark to help identify his shop easily: metro pillar number 59.
“Earlier, I would ask people to come near a bakery near my studio. But only residents living in the area would identify it. This pillar number makes it easy for everybody to locate my shop,” he said.

Not just shops; the landmark for several apartments and homes is also changing. The trend has gained popularity after Namma Metro’s Green Line stretch between Sampige Road and Yelachenahalli became functional.

This has not only changed the way people are commuting across the city, but also the postal address of several people living along the metro line.

Even the Postal Department has acknowledged this trend and are treating it as an advantage.

S. Shivaram, Chief Postmaster, Bengaluru GPO said including metro pillars would be a big advantage for postmen. “Normally in the postal address people include landmarks such as shops, banks or other establishments. But a postman can identify it easily only if he is familiar with the landmark. But with the pillar numbers included, it will be easily to spot them along the metro line,” he said.

Devaraju S., a postman who works near J.P. Nagar, said he has now increasingly been seeing people tweaking their postal address to to include their pillar number in J.P. Nagar and Yelachenahalli over the past three months.

“I have been working for several years in this area and can locate the house by just glancing at the address once. So this will not serve much purpose for us. But it will certainly help others locate places more easily,” he said.

The other section that is grateful for the new landmark is cab drivers. Madan D., a cab driver, said that the practice has become common in the last few months.

“It is extremely easy to locate if the customer tells the metro pillar number close to their house. They can use a pillar to tell us where to take a u-turn or take a right turn. It becomes very useful as a landmark,” he said, adding that this helps identify and reach his destination quicker. 

Source : http://www.thehindu.com

Postal dept ready to deliver traffic e-challans by speed post

Mumbai, Oct 25 (PTI) The Maharashtra and Goa circle of the postal department has expressed willingness to deliver e-challans to traffic offenders by speed post.

The department has written a letter to the Mumbai Traffic Police as well as the state government in this regard, an official said.

The traffic police had been sending e-challans to motorists for violating norms through SMSes. However, this system is reportedly not working well as e-challans are not getting delivered properly because of frequent change in mobile phone numbers of offenders.

"Therefore, we have come forward and written to the traffic police as well as the state government to let us deliver e-challans to their (offenders') doorstep through our speed-post service.

"The violators can deposit challan amount in the nearest post office through e-payment mode of the department," said H C Agrawal, Chief Post Master General (CPMG) of the Maharashtra and Goa Circle.
But this move (delivering e-challans through speed post) will put additional financial burden on the police department's budget. Therefore, the traffic police alone will not be able to go ahead with the proposal," Agrawal said.

The official suggested that to overcome the financial burden, the speed post cost could be recovered from offenders themselves.

If e-challans are printed and delivered at violators address with an acknowledgement receipt, it will ensure offenders pay the fine and police get their rightful revenue, he said, "this will also sending a message to motorists to follow traffic rules." With a view to digitise the entire process of recovering fines from road rule violators, the Mumbai traffic police, in January this year, launched e-challan system.

It set up CCTV cameras across the city to monitor traffic violations. Whenever a motorist broke traffic rules, his/her vehicles number was captured on CCTV cameras.

Later, an SMS was sent about fine to be paid after obtaining the offender's mobile phone registered with the RTO.

According to figures, on an average 5,000 e-challans are issued daily in Mumbai, mostly for over-speeding, signal jumping, not wearing helmets, triple-riding on two wheelers, talking on phone while driving, driving without seat belts and overstepping at zebra crossings. 

PTI APM RSY .

Source : http://www.newindianexpress.com

Thursday, October 26, 2017

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Commemorative Stamp on Nanaji Deshmukh – 11th October 2017

Commemorative Stamp on Nanaji Deshmukh – 11th October 2017.

Chandikadas Amritrao Deshmukh also known as Nanaji Deshmukh (b. 11 October 1916 – d. 27 February 2010) was a social activist from India. He worked in the fields of education, health, and rural self-reliance, and has been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India. He was a leader of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh and also a member of the Rajya Sabha. Deshmukh became inspired by Lokamanya Tilak and his nationalist ideology, as well as showing an acquired interest in social service and activities. His family was in close contact with Dr. Keshav Baliram Hedgewar who was a regular visitor to Deshmukh's family. He could discern potential in Nanaji and encouraged him to attend RSS shakhas.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi releasd the commemorative postage stamp on Nanaji Deshmukh, on his Birth Centenary Celebrations at IARI, in New Delhi on 11th October 2017. The Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh, the Union Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Mines, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, the Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare and Panchayati Raj, Shri Parshottam Rupala and the Minister of State for Rural Development, Shri Ram Kripal Yadav were also present on the occasion.

Commemorative Stamps on Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport – 15th October 2017

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport formerly known as Sahar International Airport, is the primary international airport serving the Mumbai. It is the second busiest airport in the country in terms of total and international passenger traffic after Delhi, and was the 14th busiest airport in Asia and 29th busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic in calendar year 2016 handling over 44.68 million passengers. The airport is the second busiest in the country in terms of cargo traffic also. In March 2017, the airport overtook London's Gatwick Airport as the world's busiest airport in terms of single runway operations. The airport has three operating terminals spread over an operational area of 1,850 acres and handles about 850 aircraft movements per day. It handled record 51 movements in one hour on 16 September 2014. It won the 2015 ASQ Best Airport Award in the 25-40 million passengers per annum category by Airports Council International. It has also won the "Best Airport in India and Central Asia" award at the Skytrax 2016 World Airport Awards. It is one of the three airports in India to have implemented Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) to ensure timely takeoffs and landings.
Two Commemorative Stamps and a Miniature Sheet were released on 75 years on Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport by Shri Harish C. Agrawal, Chief Postmaster General Maharashtra circle on 15th October 2017. The event was organised in the memory of the Late JRD Tata, who on October 15, 1932, piloted the first flight of Tata Air Services from Karachi to Mumbai via Ahmedabad carrying airmail.

Commemorative Stamp on 3 Kumaon (Rifles) – 23rd October 2017

The Kumaon Regiment is one of the most decorated infantry regiments of the Indian Army. The regiment traces its origins to the 18th century and has fought in every major campaign of the British Indian Army and the Indian Army, including the two world wars. Kumaon gets its recruits from Kumaonis of Kumaon division and Ahirs from the plains.
During World War I, a Kumaon Battalion was raised at Ranikhet on 23 October 1917 as 4/39th Kumaon Rifles. In 1918, it was redesignated as 1st Battalion, 50th Kumaon Rifles and a second battalion was raised. These were merged with the Hyderabad Contingent into the 19th Hyderabad Regiment in 1923. The first battalion of the 50th Kumaon Rifles survived to become the 1st Kumaon Rifles, and is today the 3rd Battalion, Kumaon Regiment (Rifles) of the Indian Army.

3 Kumaon Rifles Regiment Celebrated 100th Raising Day on 23rd October 2017. On this occasion a commemorative stamp was released by Department of Posts.

Report of the Committee on Allowances, April 2017

Report of the Committee on Allowances, April 2017

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Hospitality by suppliers / vendors to the Government Officials

Hospitality by suppliers / vendors to the Government Officials
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