Sunday, March 12, 2017

Floating Post Office in India

Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir is one of the most popular and beautiful destinations in India. It is famous among tourists and has several attractions. One of its major attractions is the Dal Lake which is known for its natural beauty, its location between mountains, and its lovely weather and ambiance. But another jewel to its crown is India’s first floating post office!
The floating post office was inaugurated by former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in August 2011. Since then, it has been attracting tourists from all across the country. While it is a boon to the state’s tourism, the post office is also looked as a tribute to the beautiful Dal lake. Standing on a huge house boat, the post office also includes a philately museum and a shop that sells postage stamps among other things. These include  picture post cards, greeting cards, local souvenir items, stationary and several books on Kashmir. Other services at the post office allow tourists to call and email their friends all across the world.

Another special feature of this post office is that the letters that are posted here carry a special design with pictures of scintillating landscapes of the Dal Lake and other Srinagar attractions. The museum in the post office showcases its history and several fascinating postage stamps.

The Dal Lake which is known as one of the most beautiful lakes in India, conjures images of beautiful shikaras and houseboats floating against the backdrop of snow-clad mountains. This lovely floating post office just adds more to its gorgeousness!

OPERATIONALISATION OF FSI AND CSI IN RURAL POST OFFICES - RS & A

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS
DEPARTMENT OF POSTS

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1172
TO BE ANSWERED ON 10TH MARCH, 2017
  • OPERATIONALISATION OF FSI AND CSI IN RURAL POST OFFICES
1172. SHRIMATI SASIKALA PUSHPA:

Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS be pleased to state:
(a) in how many branch post offices across the country, Financial System Integrator (FSI) and Core System Integrator (CSI) have become operational, as on date;

(b) how many out of the operational FSI and CSI have been in rural branch post offices; and

(c) the number of branch post offices in the district of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu which have been provided with FSI and CSI?

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE (IC) OF THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS &
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(SHRI MANOJ SINHA)

(a) Roll out of Rural Information & Communication Technology (RICT) Project in Branch Post Offices is an ongoing Project. Number of Branch Post Offices across the country where Core Banking System (CBS) under Financial System Integration (FSI) have become operational as on 06.03.2017 is 13,071. (Details in Annexure). Core System Integration (CSI) is yet to be rolled out in Branch Post Offices.

(b) Out of the Branch Post Offices where Financial System Integration (FSI) is operational, 12,776 are Rural Branch Post Offices. Core System Integration (CSI) is yet to be rolled out in Branch Post Offices.

(c) Financial System Integration (FSI) & Core System Integration (CSI) are yet to be rolled out in the district of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu.
Number of Branch Post Offices having 
Core Banking Solution(CBS) under Financial System Integration(FSI)


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Let's make 16.3.2017 one day strike successful

Grant of Transport Allowance at double the normal rates to deaf and dumb employees of Railways

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAY
(Railway Board)
S.No.PC-VI/374
No.PC-V/2014/A/TA/1

RBE No.14/2017
New Delhi, dated 22.02.2017

The General Managers/CAOs(R)
All Zonal Railways & PUs
(As per mailing list)

Sub: Grant of Transport Allowance at double the normal rates to deaf and dumb employees of Railways.
In supersession of Railway Board’s letter of even number dt. 19.03.2014 (RBE No.28/2014) regarding admissibility of Transport Allowance at double the normal rates to employees who are deaf and dumb, it is stated that the matter has been re-examined and it has been decided with the approval of competent Authority that Transport Allowance at double the normal rates is admissible to Hearing Impaired employees also in addition to employees who are both deaf and Dumb.

2. Transport Allowance at double the normal rates would be admissible to the ‘Hearing Impaired employees having loss, of sixty decibels or more in the better ear in the conversation range of frequencies’ as per persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, protection of Rights and Full participation) Act, 1995.

3. The admissibility of Transport Allowance at double the normal rates to above categories of employees is subject to recommendation of the Head of ENT Department of a Railway or Government Civil Hospital and fulfilment of other conditions applicable in respect of other disabilities mentioned in Railway Board’s letter No.F(E)I-78/AL7/5, dated 23.10.2978 read with Board’s letter dated 12.09.2008 (RBE No.111/2008).

4. These orders would be effective from 19.02.2014.

5. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railway.

6. Hindi version is enclosed.

(N.P.Singh)
Dy.Director,Pay Commission-V
Railway Board

Department replies to the SG, NFPE & FNPO on 16.3.2017 one day strike

Is it time to discard 'minimum five years of service' gratuity rule?

Recently , the central government decided to increase the gratuity limits for private sector employees as well from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. This is a welcome step and follows the same principle applied to the central government employees whose gratuity limit was increased to Rs 20 lakh in July 2016. To implement these changes, the government will amend both the Payment of Gratuity Act and the Income Tax Act. This is because the gratuity received (i.e. computed as per the Payment of Gratuity Act) is tax free. 

This is a welcome step, but the government needs to liberalise the gratuity rules further. First, the rule about 'minimum five years of service', set a long time ago, needs to be discarded because labour mobility is quite high these days. Since very few employees stick with a company for five years, this needs to be brought down to at least three years. 
There is another reason this reduction is needed: since most companies follow cost-to-the-company (CTC) rules, gratuity is already part of the salary package. That means an employee, who leaves service before completing 5 years, is actually forced to give up a part of his or her salary . There may be some benevolent companies that pay gratuity as a taxable component at the time of final settlement, but most companies keep it to themselves. 

Although the gratuity rules of central government and private sector employees are aligned to this move, state government employees are still left out. There are several state governments that still continue with the Rs 10 lakh restrictions on gratuity . Hope they also increase this limit to Rs 20 lakh at the earliest. 

Third, ad-hoc increases in limits, such as the recent one, create problems for employees who retire just before these hikes kick in. For example, consider an employee who retired in 2016 and got a gratuity of Rs 18 lakh (i.e. Rs 10 lakh tax free and Rs 8 lakh taxable) with another employee who retired in 2017 and got a gratuity of Rs 18 lakh (i.e. entire Rs 18 lakh tax free). To make these things equal to all, the government need to revise these limits annually and this can be based on the inflation data published by the government. 

Finally , this arbitrary ceiling on gratuity (at Rs 20 lakh) is not needed because gratuity is calculated based on a well laid-out formula. As per the Payment of Gratuity Act, employees are eligible to get 15 days salary for each completed years of service. Gratuity is computed using the formula ­ last drawn salary×15/26×number of years of service. Please note that only basic and dearness allowance (DA) is considered as salary here. Since there are only 26 working days a month, the same is used instead of 30 days for calculations. 

Now assume that an employee's gratuity value comes to Rs 23 lakh.Here again, some benevolent companies may pay this gratuity as a taxable component (i.e. Rs 20 lakh as tax free and Rs 3 lakh as taxable), but other companies may keep it to themselves. To avoid such situations, the government should remove ceiling from the Payment of Gratuity Act. And if the government wants to restrict tax benefit on gratuity (i.e. to avoid misuse of this provision), it can retain the restrictions under the Income Tax Act.
Source : The Economic Times

सातवें केन्द्रीय वेतन की भत्तों संबंधी समिति पर दिनांक 10.03.2017 को सरकार का संसद में बयान

भारत सरकार
वित्त मंत्रालय 
व्यय विभाग
लोक सभा
लिखित प्रश्न संख्या - 1778
शुक्रवार, 10 मार्च, 2017/19 फाल्गुन, 1938 (शक)
सातवें केन्द्रीय वेतन की भत्तों संबंधी समिति

1778. श्री सुल्तान अहमद:
श्री दुष्यंत चौटाला:
क्या वित्त मंत्री यह बताने की कृपा करेंगे कि:
(क) क्या सरकार ने सातवें केन्द्रीय वेतन आयोग की सिफारिशों के आलोक में विभिन्न भत्तों की जांच के लिए कोई समिति गठित की है;

(ख) यदि हां, तो तत्संबंधी ब्यौरा क्या है तथा इसके विचारार्थ विषय क्या हैं;

(ग) क्या भत्तों संबंधी उक्त समिति ने केन्द्र सरकार को अपनी रिपोर्ट सौंप दी है, यदि हां, तो समिति की सिफारिशें क्या हैं तथा इस पर सरकार की अनुवर्ती कार्रवाई क्या है;

(घ) यदि नहीं, तो इसके क्या कारण हैं तथा उक्त रिपोर्ट कब तक प्रस्तुत किए जाने की संभावना है; और

(ङ) क्या सरकार का मकान किराया भत्ता और अन्य भत्तों की बकाया राशि सातवें केन्द्रीय वेतन आयोग के क्रियान्वयन की अधिसूचना जारी होने के माह से देने का प्रस्ताव है, यदि हां, तो तत्सबंधी ब्यौरा क्या है और यदि नहीं, तो इसके क्या कारण हैं?

उत्तर 

वित्त मंत्रालय में राज्य मंत्री (श्री अर्जुन राम मेघवाल)

(क) और (ख): जी हां । 22 जुलाई, 2016 के आदेश के तहत भत्तों संबंधी समिति गठित की गई है। यह समिति कर्मचारी संघों द्वारा दिए गए अभ्यावेदनों और संबंधित मंत्रालयों/विभागों के सुझावों को ध्यान में रखते हुए विभिन्न भत्तों के संबंध में सातवें केन्द्रीय वेतन आयोग की सिफािरशों की जांच करने तथा ये सिफारिशें करने के लिए है कि सातवें केन्द्रीय वेतन आयाेग की सिफारिशें में क्या कोई परिवर्तन अपेक्षित है और यदि हां, तो किस रूप में।

(ग) से (ङ): समिति ने अपनी रिपोर्ट सरकार को प्रस्तुत नहीं की है। समिति का विचार-विमर्श अंतिम चरणों में है। रिपोर्ट को लागू करने के संबंध में निर्णय, समिति द्वारा रिपोर्ट प्रस्तुत कर दिए जाने के बाद ही लिया जाएगा।
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MAKING POs COMPATIBLE FOR PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED PERSONS - RS Q&A


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS
DEPARTMENT OF POSTS 

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1176
TO BE ANSWERED ON 10TH MARCH, 2017

MAKING POST OFFICES COMPATIBLE FOR
PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED PERSONS

1176. SHRI ANUBHAV MOHANTY:
Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS be pleased to state:

(a) whether the Ministry has received official notification with regard to making post offices compatible for the physically challenged persons with wheel chair;

(b) whether despite repeated requests and reminders, the sub-post office at Yelahanka Old Town, Bengaluru (Pin-560064) has refused to make its post office compatible for physically challenged persons with wheel chair; and

(c) whether the Ministry will take action against the erring officers and make all buildings under its charge compatible for the differently-abled persons?

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE (IC) OF THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS &
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(SHRI MANOJ SINHA)
(a) The Department of Posts has received official notification from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment regarding provisions for making government buildings accessible for persons with disabilities within the limits of their economic capacity and development.

(b) Yelahanka Old Town Post Office is located on the ground floor and it is easily accessible to the physically challenged persons with wheel chair. No request/complaint has been received about any inconvenience faced by physically challenged persons with wheel chair visiting the Yelahanka Old Town Post Office.

(c) Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications, is making all out efforts to make all departmental buildings under its charge compatible for the differently abled persons within the available funds in a phased manner and, therefore, situation warranting action against erring officials does not arise. Construction of ramps and rails in all new post office departmental buildings has been made a mandatory feature.

AIGDSU TWO PHASE STRUGGLE PROGRAMME THE C.W.C UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS

AIGDSU TWO PHASE STRUGGLE PROGRAMME
THE C.W.C UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS.

1. All the positive recommendations of GDS Committee including modifications suggested by AIGDSU should be implemented Immediately.

2. One day dharna on 28-03-2017 will be conducted at divisional offices and submit memorandum to SPOS, Local MLAs and MPs memorandum copy is enclosed with this circular 

3. Parliament March will be conducted on 06-04-2017 in New Delhi Demanding an early implementation of GDS Committee. 
4. Further course of Action will be decided 

Kendriya Vidyalayas – Last date of Online Registration extended upto 15th March 2017


In view of heavy demand for admission, the last date for registration in Class-1 is extended by 5 days. The revised last date: 15 March 2017 till 4:00 PM.

Parents are requested to check their ward’s online registration form and correct the mistakes, if any. No corrections will be possible after 15”’ March.
Till date more than 6 lakh children have registered for admission in class 1″.
Registration for Class 2′”` to (subject to availability of seats) will start from 3/4/2017 at 8:00 AM to 10/4/2017 till 4:00 PM.
Declaration of Admission List and commencement of admission process for class 1′ will start from 22/3/2017 and for classes 2nd to 9’1′ from 15/4/2017.
The admission process for class 11 will commence after declaration of class 1011′ CBSE results subject to availability of vacancy after admitting KV Students.

The whole admission process is Online and Cloud-based, hence it is completely transparent and there is no need to approach any KV Employee, Principal or any higher official personally in this regard.

Log on to http://darpan.kvs.gov.in for registration.