Saturday, May 13, 2017

Police suspect postal recruitment racket

With the arrest of a youth from Haryana on the charge of examination malpractice in the recently held recruitment test for the postman-cum-mail guard post, the police here have intensified their investigation to unravel what could be a well-orchestrated racket to secure a job in one of the country’s oldest government institutions.
A team headed by Vidyanagar Circle Inspector Babu Peringeth on Friday took Kulwant, 24, into police custody for nine days. He was arrested for allegedly using a cellphone to receive answer keys of the competitive examination through decoded messages believed to have been sent by the racketeers operating from Haryana.
Kulwant was arrested on Sunday and charged under the IPC provisions 420-B (cheating).
He confessed to the police that he got the phone with the help of an accomplice from outside after entering the examination hall, Mr. Peringeth said.
The police, during preliminary investigation, had traced the locati
on tower and identified the cell phone number used from Haryana as the gadget was found to have disseminated answer keys to several aspirants who took the test on the day at various centres in the country.

Throwing further light into the possible magnitude of the recruitment racket, Kasaragod Postal Superintendent T.V. Keshavan told The Hindu here that as many as 5,895 of the 10,060 applicants had appeared for the test held in 19 centres in the district on May 7.

Interestingly, the majority of the aspirants who took the test at the two venues here — Government College, Kasaragod, and Chinmaya Vidyalaya at nearby Vidyanagar — were from Haryana.

According to Mr. Keshavan, as many as 95 and 91 aspirants from the north Indian State had appeared for the examination at the government college and the Chinmaya Vidyalaya respectively while only a minuscule number from Kerala had been allotted the venues to appear for the test, held by outsourcing the services of the private Manipal Technology Ltd.

Generally, the Staff Selection Commission is entrusted with the task of conducting recruitment examination in other cadres of the Postal Department while private agencies too have been found to be involved in the examination process to select posts in recent years, the official said.

Shri S C Mahalik, Ex-DG & Secy. (Posts), the architect behind computerization of India Post is no more

“Though India had a well developed network of Post even before Railways and Telephones were introduced, the rich history of the Post during the last 200 years has not been documented in a manner it deserves. The development of India Post during last 200 years has been generally incremental and evolutionary where rules and procedures were gradually evolved, tested and refined with a view to rendering economical and efficient postal service in the highly deserve environment of the sub-continent. However, due to radical changes in the public expectations and technology during the last two decades, the postal system which has evolved over the years requires basic technological up-gradation and organizational changes. India Post has taken up this task of modernizing the postal services in a time bound manner, but the rich history of the Post needs to be documented and preserved as an example of an organization which has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to provide cheap and efficient service under changing conditions despite all challenges.”
The efficient personality behind the above historic thought and noble message, Shri Sarat Chandra Mahalik (IPOs -1962), the first Odia Director General - cum – Secretary, Department of Posts, Govt. of India (1994-96) and the main architect behind computerisation in India Post is no more.

Shri Mahalik Sir breathed his last at the age of 79 on 12.05.2017 during his treatment at Medant Hospital, Gurgaon.

His contributions to India Post will be ever remembered. Under his steward leadership as DG & Secy (Posts), he percolated down to mail reforms to bring a semblance of order to the sorting process of different categories with introduction of the “Metro Channel” (between Delhi and metropolitan cities), “Rajdhani Channel” (quicker service between Delhi and State Capitals) “Business Channel” (special channel for bulk despatches) and “Registration Channel” (for ensuring faster flow of registered mail between different mail offices). His farsighted policy perceived a host of new services such as Hybrid Mail Service and the Satellite Money Order which facilitated combining the services of a Postman with computers and satellite to deliver the mail and money orders on the same or next day.

In his valedictory address on January 20th, 1995 to the participants of SAARC Countries on completion of the Extended Training Programme on Business Management in Postal Staff College , India by the Asian Pacific Postal Training Centre, Bangkok, Shri S C Mahalik, the then DG(Posts) beautifully summed up the Financial Policy of the Department by saying that he was wondering for last 35 years in his service to find out what actually is the Financial Policy of the Department. Whether it is commercial or public utility service or revenue earning to meet its own expenses. Having been a good debater all along since his school days, he concluded by saying that to his surprise he has now found it to be all these as it is charging the corporate sector with commercial rates , providing poor man’s service like post cards etc. on subsidised rates and has been a revenue earning organization to meet its own expenses in running the other services for the common man.

In his message to the fifth Federal Congress of National Postal Organization held in Mumbai in April, 1995, he expressed that India Post is at the cross roads. Yes, certainly, being an historian himself, he has been able to perceive and to give a wise turn from its traditional track. He tried to modernize the old machinery to see India Post flying with renewed energy like a red bird with double vigour in order to recapture its lost place in the changed environment.

The modernized India Post we see today is the brain child of Shri S C Mahalik, ex-Chairman, Postal Services Board.

After retirement he worked as Chairman, Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission for two years. “Mahalik Committee” headed by him during the period when Shri K. P. Singh Deo was the Minister of Communications, Govt. of India had recommended modernization of Door Darshan Kendras. His contribution for establishment of Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Dhenkanal is praise worthy.

His wife Padmashree Smt. Geeta Mahalik is a renowned Odisi dancer. His two daughters and son in law P.K.Swain, presently the Chief Post Master General, Punjab Circle were present at Medant Hospital.

Deeply shocked, the All India Postal Employees Union, Group-C, Odisha Circle sincerely mourns the sad demise of Shri Mahalik Sir and conveys its heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family members.

Let the departed soul rest in eternal peace.


23rd MAY 2017


  1. Increase minimum pay and fitment formula.
  2. Revise allowances including HRA with effect from 01.01.2016.
  3. Grant option-I pension parity recommended by 7th CPC.
  4. Revise pension and grant dearness relief to autonomous body pensioners
  5. Implement positive recommendations of Kamlesh Chandra Committee on Gramin Dak Sevaks. Grant Civil Servant Status.
  6. Regularise all Casual, Part-Time, Contingent and Contract Workers and grant equal pay for equal work.
  7. Remove stringent conditions imposed for grant of MACP etc.
All affiliated organisations and COCs are once again requested to mobilise large number of employee and pensioners as per quota fixed in the last circular and make the programme a grand success.

(M. Krishnan)
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Ms.Anula Kumar (IPoS - 1989 ) DDG ( PCO/PMLA ) Postal Directorate will also look after the work of the Training Division , Postal Directorate in addition to her duties

Dr.Alok Pande (IPoS - 1994 ) DDG (FS) Postal Directorate will also look additional duties of CP Division, Postal Directorate

Dr.Alok Pande (IPoS - 1994 ) DDG (FS) Postal Directorate will also look after the work of the CP Division, Postal Directorate in addition to his duties.

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Digital India for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development

*Ratnadeep Banerji
Cashless society is not a new found phenomenon. Decades back, India craved for it with plastic cards. The worldwide trend is to relegate cash transaction and India is not an island. Indian government has been facilitating this trend with a number of schemes and retro-measures. To weed out black money and corruption from public life, Government has been leveraging digital transaction ecosystem. By December 2017 all government agencies would adopt digital way of transacting to ensure inclusive growth. Digital India consists of three core components of creation of digital infrastructure, delivery of services digitally and digital literacy.

Digital India is not only transforming India but also helping to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030. Government’s priority in 2017 is three pronged. The first priority is to address poverty. The second priority stands over industry, innovation and infrastructure and the third priority is to bring in partnerships.

Between Nov 2016 and Feb 2017, there have been 3264 million digital transactions. 20 million people and 718,000 shopkeepers got trained through DigiDhan Melas. By 2020, digital payments will reach 45% of retail transactions and the digital payment ecosystem is estimated at 3.3 trillion Rs or 3.3 hundred thousand crore Rs. The Government of India’s mission for digital and financial inclusion is being supported by business organization associations like Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, FICCI and even International Chamber of Commerce.

Financial inclusion is expanding. Digital India is giving thrust to affordable devices, internet access and digital literacy. P.P. Chaudhary, Minister of State, Ministry Law & Justice, Electronics & Information Technology, points out at the last two years showing a three-fold increase in the number of e-transactions and the government is aiming to connect 90 per cent of India with internet services by 2018. The combination of Aadhaar with Jan Dhan and access to finance is proving people-friendly. India’s smartphone share of internet traffic is expected to reach 46% by 2018. Since 2014, mobile phone users have increased 1.5 times standing at 1080 million. Even more impressive is the 1.9 times increase of internet users since 2014. And the number of Aadhar Cards has increased 1.8 times since 2014 standing at 1110 million now.

The second priority has three thrust areas of enabling fintech innovation, investing in internet infrastructure and at the same time focus on electronic manufacturing of mobile phones, ATMs and PoS. Mobile handset manufacturing has seen a stupendous spurt of 185% since 2014. India’s internet penetration stands at 365 with 3-5 million users getting added every month and thus the total number of internet users can be conjectured to reach 730 million by 2020. Under BharatNet, India has already achieved the laying of 1,77,144 kms of fibre connecting 78,220 villages against a target of 2.5 village panchayats, up from 59 villages in 2014 May. A ‘Digital First’ budget of 10,000 crores has been declared as investment outlay for BharatNet program to ensure that the backend network is transaction-ready. 150,000 access points is the targeted number of villages to be connected through WiFi Hotspots and access to digital services. Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Government of India emphasizes that digital economy is critical for India to make government services and welfare benefits accessible to remote areas of the country seamlessly and to provide last-mile connectivity in far-flung areas and the government has expedited the process of connecting all these 150000 gram panchayats with broadband services. A whopping subsidy of 745 crores, under Modified Incentive Package and Electronics Development Fund has been laid for electronic manufacturing.

The third priority is encouraging PPP models for infrastructure expansion, cross-sectoral knowledge sharing and India to provide world-leadership in infrastructure investment and technology transfers. 
National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) also called Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (DISHA) initiated with the vision to make at least one person in every family digitally literate with digital literacy skills by 2020 and provide digital literacy to 6 crore rural households, including Anganwadi and ASHA workers and authorized ration dealers across the country. So far, 8.2 million people have been trained to use digital devices and services and further leverage it to improve livelihoods and access e-governance.

In order to take the benefits of Digital India to every corner of country, a vast network of more than 2.5 lakh Common Services Centers have been created, expanding from 83,000 CSCs in May, 2014.This has developed digital entrepreneurs among poor, marginalized, dalits and women of India. More than 34,000 women are working in these CSCs that provide digital services like ticket booking, telemedicine, Jan Aushadhi and Aadhaar service to people.

Our Minister, P.P. Chaudhary feels, it’s important to leverage technology to enhance quality of education and healthcare and content in Indic languages could be a game changer. India is expected to have over 650 million Indians connected to the internet by 2020. There is an urgent need to make the internet content more useful for Indians, many of whom do not speak English. FICCI along with internet stakeholders is setting up the Indian Language Internet Alliance to work with stakeholders across government, publishers and technology companies to build capacities of Indic publishing ecosystem and develop local language content of internet in India.

Now, over 82% Indians can access telecommunication services in the country. Also for a smooth transition to Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing, the government is working on a policy, which addresses issues such as data security, data storage and privacy. DigiGaon initiative is on the cards for ushering telemedicine, education and skills.
*Author is a senior journalist and a radio documentary maker.
Views expressed in the article are author’s personal.

Source:- PIB (Release ID :161724)


Hon'ble Defence Minister Sri Arun Jaitley has taken decision to outsource 143 products to PRIVATE SECTOR which are being at present manufactured by ordnance factories of Govt of India. Accordingly Defence Ministry has issued orders on 27.04.2017. On implementation of the above major policy decision of the Defence Ministry, the job of almost 20000 (twenty thousand) defence civilian employees of ordnance factories involved in the production of these 143 products will be at stake. Jobs which are now performed by dedicated ordnance factory workers for years together are being snatched and given to private sector. As a result defence employees are facing serious threat to their job security.
Against the above decision of the BJP-led NDA Government , defence employees are organising series of agitational programmes including staying away from the work for one hour during the beginning hour of the duty on 24th May 2017 and conducting demonstrations. Confederation National Secretariat calls upon all affiliate's and COC's to extend full support and solidarity to the struggle of the defence employees against privatisation and for job security. Leaders of the Confederation are requested to visit the leaders of ordnance factory workers and All India Defence Employees Federation which is spearheading the struggle and convey our support in person.

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Empowered Committee likely to firm up proposal on higher allowances for Cabinet approval in fortnight

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The Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS), led by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, will meet soon to screen the Committee on Allowances' report on higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission. According to a central government employees' union leader, the Empowered Committee of Secretaries will soon screen the Committee on Allowances' report on higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission and is expected to firm up the proposal in a fortnight for approval of the Cabinet, reported NDTV.

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