Thursday, June 14, 2018

Change in date of holiday on account of Id-UI-Fitr

Minutes of the 30th SCOVA meeting held under the chairmanship of Honourable MOS(PP) on 23.03.2018

Minutes of the 30th SCOVA meeting held under the chairmanship of Honourable MOS(PP) on 23.03.2018, at Vigyan Bhawan Annexe, New Delhi-reg (Click the link below to view)

Mobile alert: You've got mail & more

Jamshedpur: After introducing the core system integrator, Bistupur GPO in Jamshedpur has launched an automated messaging system to send mobile alerts to receivers as soon as a parcel or speed post reaches the head post office.

Senior postmaster R.L. Singh said they had begun the new customer-friendly initiative since Monday.

"A mobile alert is sent from the post office to the addressee as soon as a parcel or a speed post reaches us. If the addressee wants to collect the parcel/speed post, he/she can do so or else the postman does the delivery," he said.
Singh maintained that introducing the messaging service ensured prompt delivery. "Sometimes a postman fails to locate the address and in such a case, the mailed item is returned to us. The new system will go a long way in avoiding failed delivery," he said.

A postman was almost assaulted in Mango last week because he failed to locate an address and deliver a PAN card. The mail was returned to the post office. When the receiver came to collect the PAN card from the post office, he tried to assault the postman.

Officials said apart from Bistupur GPO, the automated messaging system would be introduced at all the 43-odd sub-post offices in the steel city that fall under the postal department's Singhbhum division. The Golmuri and Agrico post offices will roll out the service from June 18.

The Singhbhum division of India Post caters to a population of over 10 lakh.

Last week, the Bistupur GPO and all the 73 sub-post offices in the Kolhan region rolled out the core system integrator (CSI), which is aimed at reducing paperwork and improving speed and accuracy.

India Post has awarded the CSI project to TCS and Infosys. Under the system all online transactions will be linked to a central server in Bangalore.

Corrigendum : Allocation of Postal Circle to candidates recommended by SSC for appointment as PAs/SAs based on CHSL, 2016

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Regional level co-ordination meeting of Department of Posts & IPPB

Regional level co-ordination meeting of Department of Posts & India Post Payments Bank #IPPB Managers conducted in #Jodhpur #Rajasthan Western Postal Region.

Is tomorrow holiday for Post Offices?

Central retirement age hike from 60 to 62?

There is widespread rumours that central Govt. is going to announce retirement age hike from 60 to 62. A section of media and websites has gone so far that they have declared the possible date of announcement by Govt. as 15th August.

But top sources say there is no such move.

"There is no such plan to raise the retirement age to 62 from 60 years," a reliable source in the government said.

Recent media reports had claimed that the Ministry of Personnel was working on a proposal to increase the age of service by two years as part of government's plan to defer payouts in the form of pensions and other payments to check fiscal deficit.

It was also speculated that the move may be timed ahead of Lok Sabha elections.

Sources in the Ministry said raising retirement age requires a detailed consultation with all stake holders and discussion with the Finance Ministry. Without the Finance Ministry's nod, the matter cannot be processed, they said.

The retirement age for a majority of central government employees is 60 years. However, the age for retirement in case of teachers and scientists is 62 years.

In a related development, Chhattisgarh government has recently increased the age of retirement to 62 years from 60 for its employees.

The age of superannuation varies in state governments with majority of them keeping it at 60 years.
The Centre had in 1998 raised the retirement age of central government employees to 60 from 58 years.

Revision of Pension as per 7th CPC to Retired Employees of KVS

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AAO Exam of Indian P&T AFS Group B(Gazatted)

LDCE to AAO of Indian P&TAFS Group B(Gazatted)
Syllabus and Study Materials for Paper II, III and IV

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Rotational Transfer Orders - Instructions from CPMG Kerala Circle

Rotational Transfer of PAs working in Post Offices during 2018-19 may be kept abeyance until further order in c/w implementation of Cadre Restructuring.

IPPB Account Opening through Mobile Application

Allotment of seats in Tamil Nadu Circle for selected PAs/SAs through CHSL, 2016

Eid al-Fitr Holiday 2018 in India: Bank, government offices to be closed on this date

This year due to Eid holiday banks and government offices will be closed for three consecutive days.

Eid which is also known as Eid al-Fitr, Eid ul-Fitr or Id-Ul-Fitr will begin from the evening of June 14, Thursday and will end by the evening of June 15, Friday. On this day, June 15, 2018, banks and government offices will remain closed. 

Eid which is celebrated as end of the holy month of Ramadan and marks the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal brings with it a gazetted holiday in India.

Last year Eid was observed on June 26, 2017, and next year will be observed on June 5, 2019. The accurate date of Eid varies from locality to locality. This year due to Eid holiday banks and government offices will be closed for three consecutive days. This day will be celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm across the world.

To make the best of these three back-to-back holidays and celebrate Eid in a different way, you can head to the following destinations: 

Hazaratbal, Srinagar: Several people go to this place that houses the holy relic of Prophet Mohammad to submit there prayers. It is sited on the bank of Dal lake. People also come here to relax and shop for this beautiful festival. 

Taj Mahal Mosque, Agra: Thousands of people gather in front of the red sandstone mosque and submit their prayers. The entry to Taj Mahal is free on this day. It is the best place to celebrate Eid which also allows you to know some historical facts and see the beautiful Islamic architecture. 

Other places that you can visit include Masjid-E-Khadria, Bangalore and Haji Ali, Mumbai where people from all religions come to submit their prayers on the festival.

Books for GDS to Postman Examination for GDS working in other than Tamilnadu Circle


The following books which are written by Shri. P.Karunanithy, B.Sc., Retired SPOs will be useful for GDS to POSTMAN/MTS Examinations to be held in this year.
Sl No
General English
Rs. 220/-
Rs. 300/-
General Knowledge (Arihant Publication for2019)
Rs. 185/-

Despatching charge by Regd Book Packet
Rs.   35/-

Total amount to be remitted by Money Oorder
Rs. 740/-

Please remit Rs.740/- to
 “Smt. K. VIJAYALAKSHMI, no.5, Moovendar Nagar East, Madurai Reserve Lines SO - 625 014  Tamilnadu State.”

You have to purchase Regional Language book in your State.
You can purchase all books for Rs. 740/-
You can purchase selected book by remitting required amount as noted above.
For further details, please contact: 094433 29681, Visit

Induction Training for candidates selected as PAs/SAs(DR&DP)

Minor and major penalty CCS CCA rules 1965

Suspension - CCS CCA Rules 1965 for Departmental Exams

POSTAL WORKERS STRIKE :: Colonial hangover :: FRONT LINE (JUNE-2018)

Colonial hangover
Print edition : June 22, 2018

The Central government ignores a nationwide strike by rural postal workers who are struggling to be recognised as full-time employees of the Postal Department in order to receive living wages at a time when they find their workload substantially increased to keep government schemes afloat.

WHILE delivering his Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort in 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke glowingly of the post office as an example of national identity and of how the postman was loved by everyone and vice versa. He also said that post offices would be converted into payments banks. This was the time when Jan Dhan accounts were being opened and plans were on to pay Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) wages through banks and post offices. The Department of Posts was expected to be the leading agency for disbursements under the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) and Payment System. It was, after all, the backbone of the country’s communication system. Under the India Post Payments Bank system, the Postal Department was to tie up with 11 departments to disburse MGNREGA wages, DBT, subsidies, scholarships, and old age and disabled pensions.

All this certainly made for a heavier workload for the rural postman. But if Modi’s speech contained any note of promise for post offices and the bulk of their workforce spread across India’s villages, it never saw fruition. On May 22, nearly two and a half lakh gramin dak sevaks (GDSs) started an indefinite strike demanding the implementation of the recommendations of the “gramin dak sevak committee”, or the Kamlesh Chandra Committee, which in November 2016 had made strong recommendations in their favour and described these workers as the “soul” of the Department of Posts.

Of the 1,55,015 post offices in the country, 1,29,379 (83.5 per cent) are rural post offices served by gramin dak sevaks. These form the bulwark of the Postal Department, which boasts the world’s largest network of post offices. Yet, rural postal workers have never been given the status of full-fledged government employees.

P. Panduranga Rao, a branch postmaster from Nellore and general secretary of the All India Postal Employees’ Union-Gramin Dak Sevaks, said: “All these are branch post offices. The bulk of the work is done by them and gramin dak sevaks. But there are two sections of employees; those with the Department of Posts, who are equivalent to Central government employees, and gramin dak sevaks, who are yet to be regularised despite being the main medium of communication between the Central government and the rural masses.” It is a situation that has persisted for over a century.

The Kamlesh Chandra Committee was set up in November 2015. Its brief was to examine gramin dak sevaks’ working conditions, wage structure, social security benefits and welfare measures in the light of proposals to induct technology in rural post offices. It submitted its report in November 2016 with exhaustive recommendations.

One and a half years later, as the Modi government celebrates its four years in office, the report remains unimplemented and the government seems oblivious to the plight of the rural postal workforce. When, on May 14, unions representing nearly three lakh gramin dak sevaks served notice for an indefinite strike beginning on May 22, it went largely unnoticed and was ignored in the mainstream national media.

Kamlesh Chandra, who headed the committee, was a retired member of the Postal Services Board and hence best suited to understand the gramin dak sevaks’ situation. His was not the first committee on the gramin dak sevaks; five committees had been set up after 1957. But the Kamlesh Chandra Committee made a strong pitch for improvement in the “quality of life of the GDS” and for harmonising their wages and emoluments in tune with present-day needs and aspirations of young recruits joining the workforce. In the course of its interactions with gramin dak sevaks, the committee found that many of them had no other source of income.

The committee cautioned that the objectives of enabling information and communication technology (ICT) in rural financial services and getting business from payments banks would be defeated if the “reasonable demands and aspirations” of gramin dak sevaks were not looked into. This was all the more important in view of the government’s avowed focus on “agriculture, farmers’ welfare, development of rural infrastructure, rural employment, rural enterprises, rural housing, i.e comprehensive rural development” and the business opportunities that had been created in banking, insurance, third party business and ecommerce in GDS post offices.

The Kamlesh Chandra Committee report stated that the GDS post offices “constitute 83.5 per cent of the total post office network and [are] considered as the Unique Selling Proposition for the department because of their reach, trustworthiness and accountability”. Gramin dak sevaks, the committee said, were the “ambassadors of the Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications, in the rural and remote areas of India” and “represent the Government of India (GoI) in the far-flung areas of the country where barely any other representative of GoI exists and therefore create a strong organic channel between the Central government and citizens of rural India to transfer the benefits of growth”.

The history of gramin dak sevaks, like that of the rest of the postal system, goes back more than a century. The British called them extra departmental agents, or EDAs. The EDAs were teachers, shopkeepers and pensioners who provided basic postal services to rural people in their spare time in return for a compensation. Ironically, no Central government in independent India deemed it fit to regularise their services. Regularisation, therefore, has been one of their major demands. They are considered as being “outside the Civil Services of the Union” and therefore cannot claim any parity with Central government employees. In 2011, their services were governed by a separate set of non-statutory rules titled the GDS (Conduct and Engagement Rules).

The Kamlesh Chandra Committee found that while the responsibilities of gramin dak sevaks had increased over the past few years, given the focus on rural post offices as business development entities, their emoluments had not gone up commensurately. They were allotted business targets for the opening of accounts under the Post Office Savings Bank (POSB), the Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme and policies under the Rural Postal Life Insurance and Atal Pension Yojana on a regular basis, which made their jobs “more demanding and keeping them on their toes, to bring more business”.

The First Pay Commission did not make a distinction between Postal Department employees and gramin dak sevaks. The discrimination began with the Second Pay Commission. A Supreme Court order observed that “an extra departmental agent is not a casual worker but holds a post under the administrative control of the state and that, while, such a post is outside the regular civil services, there is no doubt it is a post under the state”. This was interpreted to mean that gramin dak sevaks were only holders of civil posts but were not civilian employees. When the Fifth Pay Commission (1994) was constituted, gramin dak sevaks’ unions demanded a judicial committee to look into their issues. In 1995, a committee headed by a retired High Court judge (Charanjit Talwar Committee) recommended that EDAs (as rural postal workers were still called) should get salaries on a par with departmental employees. In 1998, during the National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) first tenure, the committee report was examined by the Postal Board Officers, who concluded that its recommendations were not applicable because EDAs were part-time employees.

Panduranga Rao told Frontline that the Department of Posts had been constantly altering service rules for gramin dak sevaks. Before the Talwar Committee’s recommendations, they were administered by the Conduct and Service Rules, 1964. The department changed it to Conduct and Employment Rules. “By removing the term ‘Service’, in effect the department diluted our demand for parity with departmental employees,” he said. In 2009, a Pay Commission for EDAs was set up coterminously with the Sixth Pay Commission. Now, EDAs are called gramin dak sevaks, but the service rules are now titled “Conduct and Engagement Rules”. So rural postal workers are now governed by “engagement rules” rather than “service” rules.

The Talwar Committee had in fact upgraded all categories of gramin dak sevaks to matching categories in the Postal Department. For instance, a branch postmaster like Panduranga Rao was equated to the category of a Postal Assistant (Clerical Cadre) in the Postal Department; a rural mail deliverer was equal to a Postal Department postman. The committee also found that a good number of gramin dak sevaks were educated up to the secondary or higher secondary level, while a very small per cent were illiterate. Before the Talwar Committee, the monthly wages of a Branch Postmaster was Rs.275, whereas the minimum pay scale under the FourthPay Commission was Rs.750-940.

The Kamlesh Chandra Committee found young, talented, and well-educated gramin dak sevaks whose aspirations went beyond those of their predecessors. But there was no plan to either regularise them or to ensure that they received decent emoluments. They are in fact assumed to be part-timers and, at the time of recruitment, are required to have alternative sources of income. They are compensated with a time related continuity allowance (TRCA), which the committee found “exploitative and non transparent” as it is linked to workload and is “not assessed promptly, regularly and correctly”.

The committee visited Rae Bareilly division in Uttar Pradesh upon inspecting the TRCA slip of one worker, which showed his net TRCA was Rs.3,977 after deductions which, it said, was “not sufficient to manage monthly expenditures”. All newly recruited workers are in similar situations, the committee found. A senior gramin dak sevak was found to receive a wage of around Rs.9,000, which “was not sufficient to manage even the basic needs of living with a small family in the rural/urban areas without any alternative source of income and since the alternative source of income is not available, the GDS’ are facing financial problems”.

The gramin dak sevaks interviewed by the committee in various circles said that they did not have any other means of livelihood and were totally dependent on what they got from the Postal Department. Depleting income from agriculture, which once supplemented the incomes of such workers, compounds the crisis. “Is it right to take 18 months to implement the committee’s report?” asked M. Krishnan, former secretary general of the National Federation of Postal Employees.

Explaining the critical role of rural workers, Panduranga Rao said: “The last mile of the Postal Department is our post office as we are the nearest to the rural public. We disbursed Rs.27,000 crore worth of wages under the MGNREGA through post offices in Rajasthan, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. Even though their working hours are limited, EDAs or GDS sometimes put in more than 10 hours of work. The public can come any time to the home of the branch postmaster, whose home is his office. There is no provision for giving us a house rent allowance or organising an office for us.” He added that in parts of rural Delhi, branch postmasters paid Rs.5,000 as rent while earning Rs.8,000-Rs.9,000 a month.
Gramin Dak Sevaks demonstration in Madurai, Tamil Nadu on May, 28.
An uncleared post box at Kollam, Kerala, on May 26, when the strike was on. - 
Panduranga Rao, who has a postgraduate degree in science, was forced to take up the job of a branch postmaster because of family circumstances. After 25 years of service, his monthly emoluments have not crossed Rs.10,000. “When committee after committee recommended that we should be given a pension and dearness allowance, the Finance Ministry raised objections arguing that we were “engaged” employees as per the service rules. Because of our present strike, we know that courier and postal services have got affected and we are very sorry about that. Postal employees are supporting us as well,” he said. Several central trade unions like the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, the Indian National Trade Union Congress and even the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh have extended support to the striking gramin dak sevaks.
Yet, the Central government and the Postal Department under the Union Ministry of Communications have turned a blind eye to the strike. The dissatisfaction among rural postal workers is an indicator of the growing resentment against the Central government’s policies which have sought to exact the maximum from such workers while giving them the least in the form of emoluments and benefits.
This is what Modi said in his Independence Day address in 2016: “The post office is an example of our identity. We have revived and rejuvenated our post offices. It is now linked with poor and small persons. If any government representative gets the affection of a common man in India, it is the postman. Everyone loves the postman and the postman also loves everybody, but we never paid attention to them. We have taken a step to convert our post offices into payments banks. Starting of this payments bank will spread the chain of banks in the villages across the country in one go.”
Notwithstanding the Prime Minister’s avowed sympathy for the postman, and despite the Kamlesh Chandra Committee’s recommendations, no attention has been paid to gramin dak sevaks.

A Message from DMCC Regarding CSI Issues

Dear sir, 

at the outset we would like to inform the following:-

1. We have moved a comprehensive solution yesterday(12.06.2018) night. From today(13.06.2018) morning we observed the work flow in SAP, since morning it is improved. The solution kept in observation for a week's time. 

2. The manifest generation batches which were in the Central Server level has been moved to the local post office server level since yesterday night. This is also improved now. 

3. Inclusion of the name of addressee for articles and EMOs will be moved in to production tonight. The solution has been tested by our team today successfully. Field post offices may not have the difficulty in writing the names from tomorrow. 

4. For those tickets raised in the system, the SLA is D+5 and our team is ensuring as to whether solution is provided within this agreed SLA, which is completely monitored by DMCC team at Chennai. 

5. If the work flow issue and sync issue which we addressed today is stabilized, post offices may not feel difficulty in getting the TCBs tallied in time. 

6. Going forward, there will not be SMRs and ECB memos as we feel. But we may have to wait till the F & A Committee submits its report, which is expected by this month end, which is also looking in to submission of various schedules. 

Hence we would like to inform you... 

the DMCC Chennai is doing all possible things to optimise the performance in CSI.

Hope by the end of July 2018, we would be able to address ALL ISSUES and make the operations stabilised as we did for CBS. Thanking you Sir.