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NEW VERSION OF POS 3.8 DATED 24.10.2017- WHATS NEW

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New version for POS (POS 3.8) is released today on 24th October at 5:30 P.M for the below mentioned Divisions. Please find the Release Note attached with the email. 
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3. Hyderabad City 
4. Warangal 
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6. Karimnagar 
7. Goa 

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Upgradation of Grade Pay of Inspector Posts , Department of Posts w.e.f.01.01.2006 : Approved by Finance Ministry

Upgradation of Grade Pay of Inspector Posts , Department of Posts w.e.f.01.01.2006 : Approved by Finance Ministry.

SB Order No.: 17/2017 - Mobile number is mandatory of opening of account in PO small saving scheme

SB Order No. : 17/2017 - Mobile number is mandatory of opening of account in PO small saving scheme

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Implementation of Government's decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission - Revision of rate of Training Allowance : DoPT

Implementation of Government's decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission - Revision of rate of Training Allowance : DoPT

Suresh Sethi Appointed as MD&CEO of India Post Payments Bank

IPPB plans to leverage the unparalleled reach of the India Post network to achieve a pan-India roll out of 650 branches by early next year.

NEW DELHI: India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) appointed Suresh Sethi, former MD of Vodafone M-Pesa Ltd. as its Managing Director and chief executive officer, replacing AP Singh who had held the post in the interim since January 2017.

Sethi had been selected by the Banks Board Bureau from amongst top contenders for the post, from both public and private sector banking and fintech professionals, the ministry of communications said Monday.

“His experience in the digital and mobile payments space will be of great relevance to IPPB which aims to deliver financial inclusion with special focus in rural and semi-urban India and among the under-banked segments,” the ministry said in a statement.


Sethi has broad international experience of over 27 years in the Banking and Financial Services industry with Citigroup, YES Bank and Vodafone M-Pesa across India, Kenya, UK, Argentina and US. He has extensively worked in the financial inclusion space leveraging fintech and digital led innovation.

IPPB has been incorporated as a Public Limited Company under the Department of Posts with 100% equity from the government. IPPB plans to leverage the unparalleled reach of the India Post network to achieve a pan-India roll out of 650 branches by early next year

Report of the Committee on Allowances, April 2017 : Ministry of Finance

Report of the Committee on Allowances, April 2017 : Ministry of Finance.

1ST MEETING OF THE DEPARTMENTAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE TO SETTLE THE ANOMALIES ARISING OUT OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE 7TH CPC

1ST MEETING OF THE DEPARTMENTAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE TO SETTLE THE ANOMALIES ARISING OUT OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE 7TH CPC RECOMMENDATIONS.

COD delivery slip issue after update mm 7.9.9 and Solution

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India’s not-yet digital postmen

While all of the post offices in India are supposed to have internet (and be digitized by the end of the year), internet connectivity is non-functional at several units
While administrative responsibilities of post offices have increased with the increasing number of schemes and services offered, mobile phones have made things a little easier. Photo: Bloomberg

Last month I read an interesting article about India’s postmen. It talked about the changing duties of postmen and the changing role of post offices. By the end of the article I was thinking of a scenario where our close to 2 lakh post offices are connected to the internet. I was excited.

I was compelled to find out what’s happening in the villages where Digital Empowerment Foundation works. I immediately opened a WhatsApp group and asked some of our ground staff to interview their local postman on camera.
For those who are not aware, a post office is not just a space where mail is received and despatched, it is also a public institution that acts as a bank. It facilitates money orders, allows people to open post office savings accounts, and provides people with access to various life insurance and other government schemes.

Over the next couple of weeks, we received 22 videos from Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan. A few things were common across all post offices. The kind of mail received or despatched had changed. Earlier, people exchanged a lot of letters with their loved ones; many of them had to be written by the postmen themselves. “Today, everyone has a mobile phone; they simply call” is what a number of Gramin Dak Sevaks said. “There was a time when we felt tired just drafting letters for people and delivering them every day. Today, I’m delivering no more than 20 to 30 letters in a week,” Basant Lal, a 33-year-old postman told our ground staff in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh. Most mail today comprises either letters or documents from the government or from educational institutions. “Delivery of Aadhaar and PAN cards is most common today. Almost nobody writes personal letters anymore,” he added.

While administrative responsibilities of post offices have increased with the increasing number of schemes and services offered, mobile phones have made things a little easier.

Munni Bai Soni, the 56-year-old postmaster in Deshawadi, Madhya Pradesh, said, “Sometimes, when we don’t have enough mail to deliver in a village or if a parcel is too big, we call the recipients to tell them that they can collect it from the post office.”

The postman in Kachcha panchayat of Madhya Pradesh, Dilip Kumar, feels unproductive work has reduced with increasing penetration of mobile phones. “Not a lot of people come to us anymore to seek information about government or insurance schemes. Young boys and girls are tech savvy, and quickly look up the details online.”

What about them? Can they also look up information immediately on the internet? No. Out of the 22 post offices we spoke to, only four had a functional internet connection. Most others have been “promised internet soon”, but it’s been a couple of years since the promise was made. Among the staff at the 22 post offices, only three had smartphones. Of the three, one had no data pack because there is no internet connectivity in his village.

Narayan Prasad, a postman stationed in Assam, covers a radius of about 40-45km. He no longer needs to go around every day delivering mail and then come back to the post office to do the paper work. The department has given him a 4G-enabled smartphone that is synced to his computer. “Whatever I feed on my phone application is transferred to my computer automatically. All my deliveries are recorded instantly,” he says.

A postman in Ranchi is particularly happy with the internet. It has made it easy for him to access government information and updates in real time, send information to the district office or reports to the Department of Posts. There is no need to manually log entries. However, the post office in Tehri, Uttarakhand, is yet to reap the benefits of the internet. The postmaster there is yet to learn how to use a computer.

India has the largest postal network in the world with over 154,882 post offices, of which 89.86% are in rural areas. While all of them are supposed to have an internet connection (and be digitized by the end of the year), internet connectivity is non-functional at hundreds and thousands of post offices. The government-operated institution employs over 6 lakh people, and offers a range of mail and monetary exchange facilities. With such a wide network—each post office is meant to serve an area of about 20 square kilometers—it would be ideal for the post offices to have access to broadband internet connectivity and functional mobile/digital literacy to not just carry out traditional services offered at a post office but transform into digitally-enabled entitlements’ offices.

This way, every post office will act as a government centre for the last mile, providing citizens with information on various government schemes and entitlements, and enabling access to the same by allowing download of relevant application forms for schemes, assisting rural communities in filling up the forms and submitting the forms online on behalf of the beneficiaries.

So can all post masters be trained in functional digital literacy? Can all post offices become hubs of digital services such as printing, scanning and copying? Since the post offices are the last-mile access for most villages, it will save villagers the money and time that they would otherwise expend to travel to the nearest block to access these services.

As I write this column on World Post Day (9 October), I wonder if by the next World Post Day we would have more to celebrate about our post offices than just new stamps.

CGHS WARD ENTITLEMENT AND MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION IN 7TH CPC

CGHS WARD ENTITLEMENT AND MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION IN 7TH CPC

(A)Ward Entitlement and CGHS Contribution Entitlement of wards in private hospitals empanelled under CGHS (Based on basic pay in pay band):

S N Ward Entitlement Corresponding Basic pay drawn by the officer in 7th CPC per month
1 General Ward Upto Rs. 47,600/-
2 Semi Private Ward Rs. 47,601 to 63100/-
3 Private Ward Rs. 63101 and above
(B) Revised Monthly Subscription for CGHS facility w.e.f. 1st January 2017

Corresponding levels in Pay Matrix as per 7th CPC Contribution per month
Level 1-5 Rs. 250
Level 6 Rs. 450
Level 7-11 Rs. 650
Level 12 and above Rs. 1000
Contribution to be made by the Pensioners/Family Pensioners would be the amount that they were subscribing at the time of their retirement or at the time of the death of government servant.

(C) Monetary Ceiling for Free Diet:

The monetary ceiling for free diet for CGHS beneficiaries is revised to pay/ pension / family pension of Rs. 44,900/- per month.

(D) Monetary ceiling for free diet for beneficiaries suffering from TB or Mental disease

The monetary ceiling for free diet in case of beneficiary suffering from TB or Mental diseaseis revised to pay/pension/family pension of Rs 69,700/-per month.

(E) Pay slab for determining the entitlement of Nursing Home facilities in Government / State Government / Municipal Hospitals

The monetary ceiling for determining the entitlement The monetary ceiling of nursing home facilities in Central Government / State Government / Municipal Hospitals is revised to pay / pension / family pension Rs. 47,600/- per month and above.

(F) Monetary Ceiling for direct consultation with Specialists in Central Government / State Government / Municipal Hospital

The monetary ceiling for determining the entitlement for direct consultation with Specialists in Central Government / State Government /Municipal Hospitals will continue at the existing rates until revision of the Same after consultation with Ministry of Finance. (G)Pay slab for determining the entitlement of accommodation in AIIMS, New Delhi. The revised entitlement, as per the pay drawn by the officials, is as follows:

Sl. No. Corresponding Basic Pay drawn by the Officer in 7th CPC per month Ward entitlement
1. Up to Rs. 63,100/- General
2. Rs. 63,101/- to Rs. 80,900/- Private
3. Rs. 80,901/- and above Deluxe /Private

Authority: CGHS

IPPB appoints Suresh Sethi as its MD & CEO

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Government of India
Ministry of Communications 
23-October-2017 17:45 IST
IPPB appoints Suresh Sethi as its MD & CEO

India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) has appointed Mr. Suresh Sethi, the former MD of Vodafone M-Pesa Ltd. as its Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Sethi had been selected by the Banks Board Bureau from amongst top contenders for the post, from both public and private sector Banking and Fintech professionals. Mr. Sethi has broad international experience of over 27 years in the Banking and Financial Services industry with Citigroup, YES Bank and Vodafone M-Pesa across India, Kenya, UK, Argentina and US. He has extensively worked in the Financial Inclusion space leveraging Fintech and digital led innovation.
His experience in the Digital & Mobile Payments space will be of great relevance to IPPB which aims to deliver financial inclusion with special focus in rural and semi-urban India and among the under-banked segments. Mr. Sethi takes over from the dynamic leadership of Mr. A.P. Singh who had been the interim MD & CEO of IPPB since January 2017.

IPPB has been incorporated as a Public Limited Company under the Department of Posts with 100% GOI equity. IPPB plans to leverage the unparalleled reach of the India Post network to achieve a Pan India roll out of 650 branches by early next year.

New petition in SC challenges RBI order for linking Aadhaar with bank a/c

NEW DELHI: Posing a fresh challenge to Aadhaar, a writ in the Supreme Court has questioned the constitutional validity of the to make its linkage with bank accounts mandatory, adding strength to pending pleas challenging the unique identification on the grounds of violation of privacy. 

The writ comes a day after RBI stated that linking of bank accounts with Aadhaar has been made mandatory under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. 

"The government has issued a gazette notification GSR 538(E) dated 1 June 2017 regarding Prevention of Money Laundering (Maintenance of Records) Second Amendment Rules, 2017, inter alia, making furnishing of Aadhaar (for those individuals who are eligible to be enrolled for Aadhaar) and permanent number (PAN) mandatory for opening a bank account," the central bank said. 
The new petition by Kalyani Menon Sen, who describes herself as a feminist scholar and activist working for 25 years on issues relating to women's rights, also challenged the validity of the March 23 circular issued by the department of telecommunication making it mandatory for citizens to link their . She said both decisions violated an individual's right to privacy and, hence, are unconstitutional. 

A nine-judge Constitution bench of the that the "right to privacy is an integral part of right to life and personal liberty guaranteed in Article 21 of the Constitution". The question whether right to privacy is a fundamental right and if it can be invoked to challenge Aadhaar was decided by the nine-judge bench, which left the adjudication of the validity of Aadhaar to a five-judge bench. 


Sen's petition, filed through advocate Vipin Nair, said the government's decision to link Aadhaar with bank accounts by amending rules under PMLA violate the solemn promise given by the authorities that parting of biometrics by individuals was on a voluntary basis. 

By making it mandatory through PMLA rules, the government was coercing those who have not given their biometrics to part with it by providing for stringent punishment. "Present and potential bank account holders who do not wish to part with their biometric information are, therefore, treated on a par with alleged offenders under PMLA," she said. 

She said the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 had expressly limited the purposes for which Aadhaar number was required to be quoted. It was to be mentioned while receiving a subsidy, benefit or service which was given from the money drawn from the Consolidated Fund of India. "Services which are provided by public and private sector banks and operating of bank accounts do not fall under any subsidy, benefit or service," she added. 

Terming the mandatory linkage of bank accounts with Aadhaar as an arbitrary amendment to the KYC requirement, the petitioner said, "Building a database dependent on Aadhaar and information linked there constitutes an unreasonable risk for financial autonomy and privacy of account holders, banks and financial sovereignty of the nation." 

The petitioner said: "A citizen's right to privacy is a fundamental right that is constitutionally protected. The right to privacy in the context of these two circulars (linking Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile phones) has violated a citizen's complete right over ownership and control of his core biometric information to the exclusion of all others, including the State." 

It also violates "the citizen's right to self-determination with respect to core biometric information without fear of penal consequences, which extends even after a person has (voluntarily or otherwise) parted with his or her core biometric information". The petition is likely to be heard next week by the Supreme Court. 

Source : https://m.timesofindia.com/

HC: Staff shortage no base for denying child care leave

HC: Staff shortage no base for denying child care leave
CHANDIGARH: Punjab and Haryana high court has held that a woman employee can't be denied leave if shortage of staff in the department is due to government's fault. The order is significant for cases related to the entitlement of child care leave (CCL) to women employees.

The HC passed these orders on a plea filed by a government doctor in Haryana who was denied CCL on the grounds of insufficient number of medical specialists in the health department. Court found that the government was at fault in failing to fill up vacancies of medical specialists and the employees cannot suffer for it.
Justice Amol Rattan Singh passed these orders while allowing a petition filed by Dr Kanchan Bala -a medical specialist posted at Jagadhari in Yamunanagar district. In her plea, the petitioner had stated that she was not granted CCL at a time her daughter was in Class XII, a crucial period, and below 18 years of age.

Contesting her petition, the state government submitted that CCL shall only be granted if it does not disrupt the functioning of the depart ment concerned. It was further argued that she was denied CCL on the ground that there was only one other medical specialist available at the ESI hospital at Jagadhari, other than her.

On examination of record, the HC asked the government about delay in recruitment of doctors. The state informed the court that a requisition was sent for recruitment of medical officers to Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) in 2016 and another on September 29 after filing of the present petition.

The HC then observed, "Even though rules provide that CCL would not be granted if it disrupts the functioning of officesinstitutionsschools etc, the government, in my opinion, cannot be allowed to take advantage of its own fault, to deny a right which has been statutorily recognized by it, and correctly recognized, seeing the future of children who would make future doctorsengineersbureaucrats etc of the country ."

In its order, passed last week, the judge also asked the government to engage a medical specialist on contract basis to meet the requirements during the CCL period of the petitioner.

Eligibility for joining CGHS and Facilities available under CGHS

Eligibility for joining CGHS and Facilities available under CGHS

Eligibility for joining CGHS

  • All Central Govt. employees drawing their salary from Central Civil Estimates and their dependant family members residing in CGHS covered areas.
  • Central Govt. Pensioners/family pensioners receiving pension from central civil estimates and their eligible dependent family members.
  • Sitting and Ex-members of Parliament.
  • Ex-Governors & Lt. Governors.
  • Freedom Fighters.
  • Ex-Vice Presidents.
  • Sitting and Retired Judges of Supreme Court.
  • Retired Judge of High Courts.
  • Journalists accredited with PIB (in Delhi).
  • Employees and pensioners of certain autonomous/statutory bodies which have been extended CGHS facilities in Delhi.
  • Delhi Police Personnel in Delhi only.

Facilities available under CGHS

  • OPD Treatment including issue of medicines.
  • Specialist Consultation at Polyclinic/Govt. Hospitals.
  • Indoor Treatment at Government and Empanelled Hospitals.
  • Investigations at Government and Empanelled Diagnostic centers.
  • Cashless facility available for treatment in empanelled hospitals and diagnostic centers for Pensioners and other identified beneficiaries.
  • Reimbursement of expenses for treatment availed in Govt. /Private Hospitals under emergency.
  • Reimbursement of expenses incurred for purchase of hearing aids, artificial limbs, appliances etc. as specified.
  • Family Welfare, Maternity and Child Health Services.
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COMPULSORY OCCUPATION OF ATTACHED QUARTERS TO BE DISCONTINUED

Article on discontinuance of attached quarters
Respected Sir,

This article is regarding the order for compulsory occupation of attached quarters in the Department of Posts. This practice is not practical now. The trade union is to take up this case at appropriate forum for further necessary action.

SUB: ORDER FOR COMPULSORY OCCUPATION OF ATTACHED QUARTERS TO BE DISCONTINUED

In our department, many offices are provided with rent free quarters for the occupation of the SPM/PM. Such occupation is mandatory. For this, the concerned SPM/PM will not be paid HRA. In the present day situation, this practice has no meaning and it is a violation of the fundamental right as assured in the Indian Constitution. The following is an analysis on this subject.

The following are the major points for this discussion.

As per our departmental rules, the SPM/PM should occupy the quarters provided with the office and such an occupation is mandatory. This has been in practice since a long way back, even before the independence. The presence of the SPM beyond working hours might be inevitable at that time. The main reasons for this might be the following.

From the departmental side, the reasons may be

1. It was an act of slavery introduced by the foreign rulers.

2. At that time, probably the SPM/PM might be the only well-known person in the village who can guide the public in almost all matters such as education, health etc.

3. Telephone was a luxury and probably the post office might be the only place in which telephone was available. The members of public had to go only to the post office for their needs. At that time almost no body might have a phone connection in his house.

4. Telegraph service was available at many offices and the members of public utilized this facility for their urgent need.

5. In fact, the telephone and telegraph services available at the post office were the only communication services available at that time for emergent use for the members of public. These services were used by the members of public even in odd hours. The SPM/PM/signaller was available for providing such services to the public.

6. The presence of the SPM/PM during the night was considered to be an additional security to the departmental properties.

7. There were only restricted mode of transport at that time and hence such officials were contrained to occupy the quarters in order to ensure the smooth functioning of the office. In fact, the public transport was plying at a very slow pace, infact at about 30 to 40 KMPH. It took almost 18 to 20 hours to reach Chennai from Kanyakumari.
None of the above is reallistic today. We are living in a world which is driven by technology. Internet brings the world to our drawing room. The use of mobile phones makes everything possible, everywhere at all times. 

Present day scenario

1. Almost every Indian citizen has a mobile phone and communication is very cheap and its growth is rapid. In fact, the number of mobile phone is many times the number of people below the poverty line. The concept of PCO had gone away.

2. Telegraph service had been withdrawn. And there is absolutely no necessity for any official to be present at the post office beyond office hours.

3. Due to the government’s liberalized policies, now the dream of owing a house is now become a reality for many government servants. Such government servants may have their own house in places according to their needs, especially the education of their wards and medical care. In such a situation, compelling a government servant to stay in a particular station and that too in a particular house is not under any law. The government servant will be put into financial strain as he will loss the HRA and also he has to repay the amount of housing loan, if he owns a house. In the case of rented house, the government servant will have to loss the HRA and he has to pay the rent for his house. In the present day in which the cost of leaving is too high, also every single paise counts, no government servant can withstand this double attack. It may be added that, at present the education and medical are expensive.

4. Transportation is in a very advanced stage. Our roads are full of vehicular traffic due to the abnormal increase in two wheelers and four wheelers. Getting a vehicle is now made cheaper. Somebody may remember that there was an offer sometime back that “pay Rs. 1 and drive away a Maruthi car”. Also, the public transport is very cheap and is available in plenty. Everybody has a two wheeler. In such a situation, any government servant living anywhere can reach the office in time.

5. Last but not the least, the presence of the government servant in the office after the working hours is absolutely not necessary in the present day modern world.

6. Nobody will dispute that every parent is now in a position to help their wards in their education, teaching them, arranging and taking them for tuition or bringing them back to home after their tuitions etc. In a majority of the cases, the parents are to help them in their home work. The presence of the government servants in home is absolutely necessary after the office hours. They can not stay in the quarters, which may be far away from their home.

7. The government servant has every right to choose the place where to live and where to house his family, considering various facilities he may require.

8. Security cannot be cited as a reason. There are so many offices in which no attached quarters is provided for the SPM/PM and the security of those offices are not in threat. The same rule will apply to the offices where there is an attached quarters.

9. Also, in the present day set up, living in such a quarters which is aloof, is unsecure for the officials.

The unrealistic practice

1. As we know, many of the post offices are housed in rented buildings.

2. Many of the offices are aloof in that particular village.

3. Many of such quarters are lacking basic amenities, such as separate toilet for office and quarters, drinking water, overhead tank, separate kitchen etc. Majority of them are unfurnished quarters.

4. Providing such an unsuited house in the name of quarters to the SPM/PM and denying the HRA is not under any law.

5. In most of the cases, the officials lose heavily as the HRA of the officials is many times the actual rent paid by the deparement as rent for that office including the office portion.

6. A post office building has 6 rooms. Out of which 3 rooms are used for office and another 3 rooms are used as quarters of the SPM. Even if the areas of the quarter’s portion and the office portion are taken to be equal, then the SPM has to pay only 50% of the rent paid by the department. The rent of that particular office is Rs. 800 per month. Against a due amount of Rs. 400 being the 50% share towards rent, the official loses his entire HRA. If the recent HRA rates are taken as criteria and the pay of the official is assumed to be Rs. 25500 (entry grade of PA), his HRA would be Rs. 2040. In this case, the official pays 5 times his share which is due to be paid by the official. In fact the department earns a profit of Rs. 1240 per month (2040-800) which is not covered under any law. Consequent on the recent cadre restructuring proposal, a MACP II or MACP III official will occupy such an office. If his pay is assumed to be Rs. 45000 the HRA would be Rs. 3600 and in that case the official pays 9 times his due share and the department profits Rs. 2800 per month.

7. As per the rules of the department, the government servant is to stay in the quarters. This rule can not compel the family of the government servant. As such, his family can live anywhere considering the basic needs like education, transportation and medical. In this case, the government servant has to maintain two establishments. Is it not an irony when the CCS (Conduct) Rules stipulate that the government servant should maintain his family and any non-maintenance is an offence?

The suggested solution

1. The concept of rent free quarters should go, considering the recent developments in every sphere of life as mentioned above.

2. Every office should be de-quartered.

3. At liberty, the official is to be permitted to live where he wants.

4. The official should be paid the HRA due and admissible.

5. The rent of the post office building should be paid by the department, as it is bound to pay this rent.

Article By
R.Hariharakrishnan, Srivaikuntam HO 628601