Sunday, July 14, 2019

GDS to PA Examination held on 14/07/2019 - Question Paper II

GDS to PA Examination held on 14/07/2019 - Question Paper I

Centre drops Tamil, postal jobs test now only in English, Hindi

CHENNAI: Three days before the written exams for recruitment of postmen and four other posts, the postal department has withdrawn the option of taking the tests in regional languages. The exams on July 14 will now be only in English and Hindi.

Till last year, candidates were allowed to take the exams in any of the 15 languages where Hindi was not the local language. These included Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada in the southern states. Job aspirants have condemned the revised exam pattern released on July 11. 

The postal department’s recruitment drive in 2016-17 had triggered a controversy with many Hindi-speaking candidates from Maharashtra and Haryana scoring more than TN candidates in the Tamil paper. CBI is investigating the case. More than one lakh candidates from Tamil Nadu had applied for the exams. The department of posts will conduct test to fill posts of postman, assistant postman, multi-tasking staff (MTS), mail guard and sorting assistants on July 14. 

Postal department fails to provide reason for last-min change 

Around 1,000 posts are vacant in Tamil Nadu, according to official data. 

The test, conducted by the department of posts, functioning under the Union communications ministry, includes three papers. Merit list for appointment is based only on score in paper-I and other two are qualifying tests. Except for the data entry skill test (paper-III), the other two papers contain multiple choice questions. 

“These questions will be in English, Hindi or the local language of the state,” read the official notification dated May 16. The department, however, revised the exam pattern on July 11, restricting language options to Hindi and English. 

“It’s unfair,” said J Ramamoorthy from All India Postal Employees Union. “The vacancies in Tamil Nadu are primarily in rural areas Employees should be able to converse in Tamil as Hindi or English will not help.” Many people from Hindi-speaking states have managed to get postal department jobs (direct recruitment) in Tamil Nadu, he said. “Since we cannot post them at counters or rural areas, they work back office in Chennai. Now more people from other states will get recruited in vacancies filled by promotion too,” he said.

The postal department hasn’t mentioned the reason for the last minute change. Despite repeated attempts, postal authorities could not be reached 



Sub: Replacement of name of erstwhile DG S&D (Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals) by GeM (Government e-Marketplace) in General Financial Rules, 2017-regarding 

1. Amended Rules
Rule 147: The Ministries or Departments have been delegated full powers to make their own arrangements for procurement of goods and services that are not available on GeM. Common use goods and services available on GeM are required to be procured mandatorily through GeM.

Rule 149: 
(i) The Government buyers may purchase up to Rs, 25,000/- through any of the available suppliers on GeM. (Previously limit was Rs. 50,000/-)

(ii) Above Rs. 25,000/- and up to Rs. 5,00,000/- through the GeM Seller having lowest price from at least three different manufacturers. (Previous limits are from Rs. 50,000/- to Rs. 30,00,000/-)

(iii) Above Rs. 5,00,000/- through the GeM suppliers after mandatorily obtaining bid, using online bidding or reverse auction tool provided on GeM. (Previously the limit was above Rs. 30,00,00/-) 

Rule 150: 
(i) For goods and services not available on GeM, Head of Ministry / Department may also register suppliers of goods and services which are specifically required by that department or office periodically. Such registered suppliers may be boarded on GeM as and when the item or service gets listed on GeM.

Rule 155: Purchase of goods by Purchase Committee: In case a certain item is not available on the GeM portal, purchase of goods costing above Rs. 25,000/- and up to Rs. 2,50,000/- may be made on the recommendation of the Local Purchase Committee.

2. It has been decided to delete Rules 148, 156, 159 (iv), 160 (iii), 173 (xv) and 174 (iv) of GFRs, 2017 related to rate contracts.