Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Outcome of the Meeting of Sub-Committee for streamlining implementation of NPS

Minutes of the meeting of the sub-committee III to suggest measures for streamlining implementation of the National Pension System (NPS) held on 10.02.2017

No.57/1/2016-P&PW (B)
Government Of India
Ministry Of Personnel, P.G.and Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan
New Delhi, dated the 16th February, 2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Minutes of the meeting of the sub-committee III to suggest measures for streamlining implementation of the National Pension System (NPS) held on 10.02.2017-reg.

The minutes of the meeting of the Sub-Committee-III to suggest measures for streamlining implementation of the National Pension System (NPS) held under the chairmanship of Additional Secretary (Pension) with Staff side of JCM on 10.02.2017 at Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi is hereby forwarded for information and further necessary action.

(S.Chakrabarti)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Minutes of the meeting of the Sub-Committee-III to suggest measures for streamlining implementation of the National Pension System with employees’ Associations held on 10.02.2017 at Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi

A meeting of the Sub-Committee-III to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of the National Pension System (NPS) was held under the Chairmanship of Ms. Vandana Sharma, Additional Secretary (Pension) with Staff Side of JCM on 10.02.2017 at 3.00 p.m.,at Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi. The following were present:

Official Side
1. Shri Harjit Singh, Director, Deptt. Of Pension & Pensioners Welfare.
2. Shri Sanjiv Kumar, Deputy Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training,
3. Shri Vivek Ashish, Under Secretary, Department of Expenditure,

JCM (Staff Side)
4. Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary, Staff Side (JCM),
5. Shri M.S. Raja, Member, National Council (JCM), All India Audit & Accounts Association
6. Shri C. Srikumar, General Secretary/AIDEF, Member National Council, JCM
7. Shri Guman Singh, President, NFIR
8. Shri M. Raghavaiah, Leader(JCM Staff Side) & General Secretary, NFIR
9. Shri K.K. N. Kutty, President, Confederation of CG employees & Workers.

2. Additional Secretary (Pension) welcomed all the participants and briefed the Staff Side of JCM about the various issues allocated to the Sub-Committee-III. She invited suggestions from the participants on these issues.

3. The Staff Side handed over a communication dated 10.2.2017 containing their views on the various issues allocated to the Sub Committees. The Staff Side agreed that there is an urgent need to frame rules on the service matters of the NPS employees. Additional Secretary (Pension) assured the staff side that their views would be duly considered while framing rules in this regard.

4. Staff Side of the JCM emphasized that the Government employees should be excluded from the purview of NPS. In case, it was not possible to exempt the Government employees from the NPS, a minimum pension @ 50% of the last pay drawn or average emoluments of the last 10 months, whichever is more beneficial to the employees (along with dearness relief) may be ensured to all NPS employees on their retirement.

5. The Staff side was informed that in the event of invalidation / disability or death of the NPS employee, Pension / Family Pension as per the rates applicable under CCS (Pension) Rules is available to the NPS employees / their families. As regards the minimum guaranteed pension on retirement of the NPS employees, the views of the Staff Side of JCM would be conveyed to the Committee set up for streamlining implementation of the National Pension System.

6.The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the chair.

Source: NFIR

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No plan to re-introduce Rs. 1,000 note: Shaktikanta Das

Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das. 

Complaints of cash shortages at ATMs are being addressed, says the Economic Affairs Secretary

There is no plan to re-introduce the Rs. 1,000 note and the focus is on increasing the production and supply of Rs. 500 and lower denomination currency, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das tweeted on Wednesday.
“Complaints of cash out in ATMs being addressed. Request everyone to draw the cash they actually require. Overdrawal by some deprives others,” he said in another tweet.

Last week, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the remonetisation situation with regard to replenishing the scrapped currency was “almost normal” now and the Reserve Bank of India was monitoring the supply on a daily basis.

The government announced the withdrawal of old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes on November 8, 2016, with the aim to check black money, counterfeit notes and terror financing.
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Stop Placing of Personalized ATM Debit Card with immediate effect

Stop Placing of Personalized ATM Debit Card with immediate effect

This is in continuation of this office email regarding non-printing of personalized cards wef 02.12.16 due to non-availability of plastic cards. However, it is noticed that still SOLs are placing personalized card requests and as on date SOLs have placed 5479 personalized card requests from 02.12.16 to 20.02.17.
If SOL places personalized card request then the same cannot be printed due to non-availability of plastic cards. In such cases SOLs are issuing instant card on later date with/without deleting personalized card requests which will not get activated leading to customer complaints. Also once the personalized card request placed and deleted on later dates will not get deleted technically since the data has already been downloaded at our end. For any CIF either instant or personalized card request should only be placed.

Till such time, diversion of Instant cards may be done to needy offices as intimated earlier with the correct procedure.

Hence, issue strict instructions to each and every SOL of your Circle to stop placing personalized cards with immediate effect. 

Thanks & regards,
Incharge Operations, DOP ATM Unit
CBS-CPC, Bengaluru GPO-560001

7th Pay Commission: Committee on Allowances to submit report today and allowance hike from April 1, says NJCA chief

7th Pay Commission: Committee on Allowances to submit report today and allowance hike from April 1, says NJCA chief
NJCA chief Shiv Gopal Mishra confirmed that the allowances report would be submitted on Wednesday.

New Delhi, Feb 21: Committee on allowances, headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, will submit its report tomorrow, claims National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) convenor Shiv Gopal Mishra. Central government employees were expecting the report to be tabled by Monday. However, the committee delayed the submission due to unspecified reasons. The report would pave the way for the implementation of hiked allowances as per the revised 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

“Government has made no announcement yet. But the report by Committee on allowances would be tabled tomorrow,” Shiv Gopal Mishra said, while speaking exclusively to India.com. On being asked whether the government would make an announcement in relation to the arrears on allowances, he replied, “Let us see what comes out of the report. We are expecting the hike in allowances, as per our demands. We have to wait and see whether the government makes an announcement on arrears as well.”

The committee on allowances was formed in July 2016, after central government employees raised several anomalies related to the 7th Pay Commission report submitted by Justice (retd) AK Mathur. The 7CPC report had recommended the abolition of 51 existing allowances, and subsumption of 37 others of the total 191 allowances.

The major point of grievance was the reduction in Housing Rent Allowance (HRA) offered to central government employees. As per the 6th Pay Commission report, the HRAs provided were 30 per cent, 20 per cent, 10 per cent for employees living in ‘X’, ‘Y’, ‘Z’ category towns/cities. However, the 7th Pay Commission report decreased the allowances to 24, 16 and 8 per cent of the basic pay.

Reduction in HRA has irked a major section of central government employees, who reside in rented accommodations. A section of the aggrieved employees have blamed the top bureaucracy for the delay in HRA hike. “Naturally, the common central government employees are more affected by the delay in allowance hike. The top bureacrats don’t take higher allowances, therefore, they are not interested in the hike,” Mishra said.

Apart from the hike in allowances, central government employees have also demanded Centre to provide arrears on the allowances. Since the date of implementation of 7th Pay Commission was fixed as January 1, 2016, employees have demanded the release of arrears on allowances as well.

Although the government provided arrears on basic pay while hiking the salaries on July 1, indications have been made that no arrears would be released on allowances. NJCA has confirmed that the employee unions would launch protest across the nation if the allowances are hiked, without the arrears. “Arrears are unlikely, but protests would be launched if they fail to release (the arrears),” Mishra said.

The date of allowances hike is reported to be April 1. NJCA claims, through its sources, that the government would be implementing the allowance hike from April 1. “It is most likely that the government announces the hike by April 1,” Mishra confirmed.

Read at: India.com

Procedure to check the total number of instruments entered in outward zone in DOP Finacle

What is Clearing?

  • When a customer presents the Non DOP cheque(Bank Cheque) at the counter then we have to send the cheque to clearing hose .
  • A clearing house is from where all the Bank cheques will be received from the post office,then they will sort the cheques bank wise and the same will be sent to the respective banks for clearance.
  • After clearance from the banks then the clearing house will intimate the same consolidating all the bank cheques along with the date of clearance to the respective post offices i..e., what we will call as Credit certificate in DOP terminology.
Clearing in general will be of two types they are
  1. Inward Clearing.
  2. Outward Clearing.

1.Inward Clearing:-

When the customers presents the DOP cheques in banks then those cheques will be sent from the clearing house to the respective post offices for clearance this is known as Inward Clearing.

2.Outward Clearing:-

  • When the customers presents the NON DOP cheques i.e., bank cheques at the counter then we have to prepare a list of outward cheques and send them to the clearing house for clearing this is known as Outward Clearing.
  • Now if we want to know the total number of instruments entered in an outward zone we have special menu in DOP Finacle which isHOPQ

Procedure to check the total number of instruments entered in outward zone in DOP Finacle :- 

  • Invoke the menu HOPQ then the system will show the below screen as shown in the below figure


In the next step enter the following fields mentioned below
Enter the field Outward Clearing Zone Code _____________________
Enter the field Outward Clearing Zone Set ID __________________________
Enter the field Outward Clearing Zone Date ________________ as shown in the below figure

  • Then finally click on Go then the system will show the list of cheques(instruments) entered in the outward clearing zone for the particular date selected as shown

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At India Post Payments Bank, we believe that a nation can only grow when every citizen gets an opportunity to prosper, regardless of their way of life. With simple, diverse and growth oriented offerings, IPPB aims to give every Indian access to efficient banking services.

Incorporated as a Public Sector Bank under the Department of Posts with 100% GOI equity, IPPB has launched on January 30th, 2017 in Ranchi and Raipur with the objective of being present in all corners of India by the end of the year.

For now, IPPB is offering Savings account upto a balance of Rs 1 Lakh, along with digitally enabled payments and remittance services of all kinds between individuals. In due course, IPPB will also provide current accounts and access to third party financial services like insurance, mutual funds, pension, credit products, forex, and more.

IPPB’s PHILOSOPHY:

Here are the 3 features central to IPPB’s operating philoso​phy:

Convenience at your fingertips: We promise to make banking a simple, affordable and convenient experience for Indians across the nation. That’s why we make sure that citizens across the nation get seamless access to government benefits directly from their respective IPPB bank accounts and make the most of the financial opportunities available to them.

Pioneer in inclusive banking: At IPPB, we encourage smart saving and investment habits with our easily accessible banking services. Our vision is to extend banking facilities to the remotest corner of the nation. Our services transcend geographical borders. That’s how we aim to simplify banking and bring prosperity to every doorstep.

Efficiency of banking network: IPPB provides the most effective, accessible and readily available banking network across the nation. IPPB will soon offer banking services through digital channels like mobile, UPI, debit cards which can be used at ATMs, PoS and mobile-PoS. This facilitates all-round connectivity with your bank and helps you access your account details instantly.

Passport centre at Agra Fort post office to open in March

AGRA: There is good news for citizens of the City of Taj. Soon, they will not have to go all the way to Ghaziabad to get their passports issued as this facility will be provided at the new Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) at Agra Fort Head Post Office in the city. According to a senior official of India Post, the passport centre is expected to start functioning as early as March.
It is a joint initiative of the ministry of external affairs and the department of posts. Senior superintendent of post (SSP), Agra division, Satish Solanki said that all the formalities were done and the centre was expected to open in March.

"After opening of the passport centre in the city, local residents will not have to go all the way to Ghaziabad to get their passports issued. All the process and facilities — such as application form, verification, interview and others mandatory procedures — for issuing a passport will be done at the head post office in Agra," Solanki added.

Solanki added once the elections were over, the passport centre in the city would be opened. "Inspection was carried out by officials of the ministry of the external affairs and they found that the centre is well equipped to handle the work. Citizens can apply for passports once the elections are over," Solanki added.

According to sources at the head post office, after the verification the delivery of the passport will be done by the India Post postmen to the applicants' home.

Passport Seva Kendras are extended arms of passport offices and render front-end services related to passport issuance. These kendras cover functionalities from token issuance to granting of application for passport issue/re-issue and other services. To increase citizens' access to passport services, particularly in remote regions, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley had recently announced that head post offices of each district would be used to render passport services.

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Stamped, sealed and delivered

S. Keerthivassan won the first prize in a competition organised by the postal department and now his painting has been turned into a five rupee stamp
Seeing his painting become a postal stamp was a dream come true for S. Keerthivassan. The 14-year-old artist, story-teller and space admirer S. Keerthivassan’s painting of a tiger sitting in his habitat won this year in a postal stamp competition conducted by the Department of Posts, India. He sent his participatory painting in on December 14, 2016 and he knew his painting had won the competition on January 25.

A Habitual Winner

Although I have been painting a lot for a few years, this national recognition felt like a cool breeze,” he says. The acrylic on chart paper painting done by the standard IX student won him a cash prize of ₹ 10,000 and accolades from the Postal Department. This shows how there is a lot of awareness amongst the young people about nature and environment.” Keerthivassan has been doing himself proud for a while now. He has already won the first prize in a state level competition conducted by the Forest Department and the second prize in the art and literature section of another competition conducted by the Tamil Nadu government to motivate and encourage the interests of school children in these fields. Then he won the third prize in a state level competition organised by the Ministry of Power.

Making Time

Keerthivassan says his school teachers are very encouraging of his paintings. “They always support me and even praise my achievements,” he says. Also a short story and fiction writer by hobby Keerthi does not compromise with his studies in any way.

“After school I complete my homework and then in my spare time I paint, sketch, doodle and also write stories,” he says.

Keerthivassan’s father holds down two jobs, one in a publishing house and another in the building construction industry. He says, “Keerthi is a boy of many talents. He writes, paints and is also academically thorough. No one in our family has been like him so far. Every time he wins an award, our folks, far and distant, call to congratulate us.”

His mother, a home-maker, S. Vijaya Priya, says, “I take care of Keerthi. He is good with his academics and he paints only in the time he squeezes out of his routine, so that is fine with me.”

A space of his own

Three time The Hindu Young World prize winner, Keerthivassan says he is a little bit of both – a nerd and an artist. “I enjoy all forms of painting, but space science is my first love.”

His parents encourage him to do whatever he feels like. “He can go on to be a scientist or an artist, so long as he is happy, we are content too,” says dad Subramanian. So what does the future hold for him? “Painting and writing short stories are my hobbies, and I would not want to compromise on them no matter what.”

He is excited that the Postmaster General Sharda Sampath of Coimbatore region announced that he will be the Brand Ambassador of Philately.

“They wanted me to be the face of it. They can motivate the habit of collecting stamps among school children.”

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India Post Payments Bank will send money via Aadhaar sans bank account linking

India Post Payments Bank will be able to send and receive money through an Aadhaar and it won’t matter if it will be linked to a bank account or not, reports the Economic Times. AP Singh, interim managing director and CEO of the newly formed payments bank, told the publication that the Aadhaar will be made a payment address which can work with or without a bank account linked to it.

Singh, who was also a member of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), also said that there was pilot with five banks which included the State Bank of India to test the model but the project did not take off due to the low penetration of broadband in the country and discomfort of mobile applications.
Note that Singh’s statement runs contrary to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) stand. In a speech yesterday, R Gandhi, deputy governor of the RBI, was responding to why some non-bank entities cannot be allowed to keep accounts. “Our answer is simple. If you maintain “an account”, then you are a bank and you need a banking licence,” he said. “When you keep the money of the public in “account”, you are a financial entity taking deposits and you must be public trustworthy and so be regulated as a deposit taking financial entity,” he added.

To be clear, India Post Payments Bank does have a payments bank licence from the RBI. However, the UIDAI does not have a banking licence and as such, the Aadhaar cannot be used to keep an “account” of money. It is unclear how India Post Payments Bank will be able to offer the service or if other players in the payments industry will be able to offer the same.
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The department of posts got a payments bank licence last month and began pilot operations in Ranchi and Raipur.
Aadhaar Pay and Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AEPS)
Last month, the government launched a new payment mechanism called Aadhaar Pay which would allow any person with his Aadhaar number linked to Bank account, can make and receive payment, with a thumb impression alone. Note that this still does require linking of a bank account.

Note that Aadhaar Pay is not the same as the Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AEPS). The AEPS is a financial inclusion product developed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) which allows cash withdrawal, deposit and funds transfer at POS (MicroATM) through a business correspondent of any bank using the Aadhaar authentication.

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In a major case of theft, a group of robbers fled with 17 cash bags from a post office in Delhi's Anand Vihar area on early morning hours of Monday. Two security guards were on duty while the theft took place inside the post office. The police are yet to ascertain the amount of money stolen while CCTV visuals are also being examined. 32 small branches come under this post office.