Saturday, February 11, 2017

Take care of your parents, or we’ll do so from your pay: Assam Govt to Employees

Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma (left), accompanied by with chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, on his way to present the state budget 2017-18 in the legislative assembly in Guwahati on Tuesday.(PTI)

The Assam government has proposed to link geriatric care to the pay of its employees from the 2017-18 fiscal to ensure that they look after their parents.

Presenting a Rs 2,349.79 crore deficit budget on Tuesday, finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said every government employee must take care of his or her parents.

If they don’t, the government will deduct a part of the employee’s salary and give it to the neglected parents for their sustenance, Sarma told the assembly

“Care for elderly parents is the responsibility of every ward. If a government employee son cannot do it for his parents, it becomes the duty of the government to do so from his salary,” he said.

The government also decided to provide each of about 5 lakh employees two sets of khadi and handloom dresses annually.

Terming the budget as historic, Sarma said it was in keeping with the vision document of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and trust people reposed in the government.

Giving thrust to ‘swadeshi values’, the finance minister proposed to annually reimburse each employee up to Rs 1,000 spent on two sets of khadi or handloom apparel.

“This proposal is to popularise khadi and handloom wear among the employees as well as to help promote khadi and handloom industries in Assam,” Sarma said.

The budget has also targeted tea plantation workers, whose votes helped BJP and its ally Asom Gana Parishad win key assembly seats in central and eastern Assam in 2016.

Sarma said Rs 287 crore has been allocated in the budget for paying Rs 5,000 to each of 6.5 lakh tea plantation workers who opened bank accounts. A separate allocation has also been made to transfer Rs 12,000 in the account of each pregnant plantation worker.

Besides, a fleet of 40 mobile medical units would be provided across some 850 tea estates to meet healthcare needs of the plantation workers.

These proposals are expected to assuage tea garden workers who had faced hardships after demonetization of high-value banknotes in November last year.

Plantation workers, their dependents and ‘ex-tea tribes’ (Adivasi communities no longer associated with the tea industry) comprise about 18% of Assam’s voters and are a deciding factor in at least 30 of the state’s 126 assembly seats.

Other proposals in the budget include setting up of a wildlife court in Kaziranga National Park, primary to try cases of rhino poaching and entertainment tax rebate of 50% for multiplexes that guarantee screening of regional films for a substantial period of time.

The tax rebate proposal came less than a fortnight after filmmaker Himangshu Prasad Das had allegedly sought the help of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent to stop his Assamese film -- Shakira Aahibo Bokultolor Bihuloi -- from being pushed out of movie theatres to accommodate Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees and Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil last month.
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Transfer of Divisional cadre officials of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Circle

Govt to open 56 Post Office Passport Seva Kendra facilities

Enthused by success of two pilot projects on utilising the head post offices as Passport Seva Kendra, the government has now decided to scale up this programme by opening 56 such facilities across the country.
The ministry of external affairs and the department of posts had earlier decided to join hands to deliver passport- related services to the citizens.

MEA and department of posts are working closely for the early commencement of passport-related services at such Kendras located in various states including Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Jharkhand and West Bengal, the ministry on Tuesday said.

“Once fully functional, applicants who apply for their passports online through the Passport Portal will be able to schedule an appointment at these POPSK (Post Office Passport Seva Kendra) to complete the formalities,” the MEA said.

The pilot project between the MEA and Department of Posts had started in Mysuru and Dahod (Gujarat), on January 25.

“With the successful operationalisation of these two pilot projects, the Government has now decided to scale up this programme, by opening 56 POPSKs,” it said.

“The pilot projects of the Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSK) have been running successfully at Mysuru and Dahod. We have been releasing 100 appointments for Mysuru and Dahod POPSK per day with cent per cent utilisation. Appointments for Mysuru (facilities) are now available in ten days while at Dahod it is available the next day,” the ministry said.
Source: Hindu

Closing of Central Government Offices in connection with elections to Lok Sabha / State Assembly / Panchayat / Municipalities / Corporation or other Local Bodies

The copy of DoPT OM No. 12/14/99-JCA, dated 10.10.2001 which is self-explanatory.

The Government employees who are bona-fide voters and desire to exercise their franchise should be offered reasonable facility, subject to normal exigencies of services, either by coming late to office or being allowed to leave office early or a short absence on that day.

Positive Thinking of Shri Kamalesh Chandra Headed GDS Committee Towards GDS

Appointment of interim MD & CEO of the India Post Payments Bank

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Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 – Fulfillment of procedural requirements- Clarification

Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 – Fulfillment of procedural requirements- Clarification reg.

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment A-IV Desk

North Block, New Delhi-110001
Dated February 9, 2017


Subject:- Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 – Fulfillment of procedural requirements- Clarification reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to para 8 and 9 of the Guidelines enclosed in this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 18.2.2016 on the above noted subject and to say that the issues have been revisited. It has been decided that the cases where a Government servant travels on LTC upto the nearest airport/railway station/ bus terminal by authorized mode of transport and undertakes rest of the journey to the declared place of visit by private transport/ own arrangement (such as personal vehicle or private taxi etc.), may be dealt with as follows:-

(a) In all such cases the Government servant may be required to submit a declaration that he and the members of the family in respect of whom the claim is submitted have indeed travelled upto the declared place of visit.

(b) If a public transport is available in a particular area, the Government servant will be reimbursed the fare admissible for journey by otherwise entitled mode of public transport from the nearest airport/railway station/bus terminal to the declared place of visit by shortest direct route.

(c) In case, there is no public transport available in a particular stretch of journey, the Government servant may be reimbursed as per his entitlement for journey on transfer for a maximum limit of 100 Kms covered by the private/personal transport based on a self-certification from the Government servant. Beyond this, the expenditure shall be borne by the Government servant.

(d) Furnishing of false information will attract disciplinary action under the CCS(CCA) Rules, 1965.

Note: For the purpose of these rules, the expression ‘Public Transport” means all vehicles, including trains and airplanes operated by the Tourism Development Corporations in the Public Sector, State Transport Corporations and Transport services run by other Government or local bodies.

(Surya Narayan Jha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India


7th Pay Commission: Why government not to implement higher allowances?

New Delhi: Despite all that has been said about the higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, an important issue for central government employees has now been strangely absent from the government agenda.

First, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had claimed it must implement after four months of the basic pay hike but it failed to come true.

More than 14 to 15 months have passed since the 7th pay commission report was submitted and seven months have elapsed since the union cabinet approved the 7th Pay Commission recommendations for salary hike of central government employees, but the they are still awaiting the higher allowances.

The government has given higher basic pay in August 2016 with arrears, effective from January 1, 2016 to its employees on the recommendations of the 7th pay commission but the hike in allowances other than dearness allowance referred to the 'Committee on Allowances' headed by the Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa for examination as the pay commission had recommended of abolishing 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances.

Accordingly, existing allowances are now paid to the central government employees according to the 6th Pay Commission recommendations until issuing of higher allowances notification.

Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa said in October 2016, "We are ready to submit our report, when the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley calls up."

But the government gave extension to the committee up to February 22, 2017 on the pretext of demonetisation and the government said that the cash crunch was the reason behind the delay in announcing higher allowances.

The announcement of assembly elections in five states has given an excuse for the government as it cannot announce pay hikes till the model code of conduct is in place up to March 8.

The government is using delaying tactics to save the government money to pay higher allowances without arrears from August 16.

The delay in implementation of the higher allowances has caused tremendous irritation and frustration among employees.

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi led BJP may have to face a backlash in the assembly elections in the five states, two of which is ruled by the party either directly or in alliance. Thus, not properly implementing of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations would amount to strike to blow to the BJP in polls.


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Review of Essential Qualifications/ Selection criteria for engagement to posts of Gramin Dak Sevak Branch Postmasters

XXX All India Postal Basketball Tournament 2016-17

The 30th All India Postal Basketball Tournament was held from 07.02.2017 to 10.02.2017 at Postal Training Centre Vadodara. Various league & Super league matches were played among participating teams. The final match was played in between Tamilnadu & Gujarat, in which Gujarat defeated Tamilnadu by 18 points (75/57) and became champion of 30th All India Postal Basketball Tournament 2016-17.The closing ceremony of this tournament was held on 10.02.2017 at 5:00 p.m. in the presence of various dignitaries. Shri S R Meena, Chief Postmaster General, Gujarat Circle, Ahmedabad was the chief guest of this function.

Coaching class for Postman Examination once again at Madurai, TN