Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Grant of MACP ignoring promotion earned through Departmental competitive examination - NFPE write to Secreary, DOP



 NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001
             Phone: 011.23092771                                                       e-mail: nfpehq@gmail.com
           Mob: 9868819295/9810853981                    website: http://www.nfpe.blogspot.com
 

Ref: PF/NFPE/MACP                                                                                                      Dated – 10.04.2017

To,

Shri B. V. Sudhakar
Secretary (P)
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, New Delhi – 110001

Sub: -  Grant of MACP ignoring promotion earned through Departmental competitive examination.

Ref: -   Dte. No. 2-19/2015-PCC dated 01.03.20417.

Sir,

Your kind attention is invited towards Directorate letter No. referred above under which the instructions were issued to Chief PMG Tamilnadu Circle to grant MACP III to Sri. D. Siva Kumar Retd. SPM, Madras Medical College SO, Chennai ignoring his promotion earned through Departmental competitive examination based on the judgment given by Hon’ble Madras Tribunal in case No.1088/2011 vide order dated dated 14.03.2013 which was upheld by Supreme Court of India vide order in SLP No. 4848/2016 dated 16.08.2016.

As you are aware that in Department of Post about 50% of employees come through various departmental competitive examinations do not get the benefit of 3rd MACP as the promotion earned through departmental competitive examination is counted as one MACP.

It is therefore requested to kindly cause suitable instructions according to this verdict of Supreme Court, so that all similarly placed officials may get the benefit of it to meet the end of justice as per spirit of constitutions of India.

With regards,

Yours faithfully,

(R. N. Parashar)
General Secretary
Implementation of Cadre Restructuring has been deferred



CADRE RESTRUCTURING
IMPLEMENTATION DEFERRED

          Today on dated 25th April-2017, Com. R.N. Parashar Secretary General NFPE & General Secretary P-III alongwith Com. Giriraj Singh, President NFPE & General Secretary, R-III met with Shri B.V. Sudhakar, Secretary (Posts) and discussed issues of Cadre Restructuring and appraised him the difficulties being faced by the staff and requested either to modify the Cadre Restructuring as per suggestions submitted by NFPE & P-III or defer till the issues are settled. Secretary called DDG (Estt) Smt. Smriti Sharan & Director Estt. Shri S.V. Rao and ordered to form a committee of officers of Directorate which will take views of all Chief PMGs and after that Convening a meeting with unions, issues will be settled. Till then he ordered to keep the Cadre Restructuring implementation in abeyance.


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CADRE RESTRUCTURING
FOR LEFT OUT CATEGORIES
       It has been told by the DDG (Estt) that the proposal for Cadre restructuring for left out categories i.e. SA, PA CO, PA SBCO, MMS etc have been submitted to Finance Ministry for approval which will be implemented after receipt of approval from Finance Ministry
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      R.N. Parashsr
SG NFPE and G/S P-III

India Post considers Aadhar-based cashless payment for postal services

The India Post is examining an Aadhar-based cashless payment mode for postal services to facilitate digital transactions. (PTI)

The India Post is examining an Aadhar-based cashless payment mode for postal services to facilitate digital transactions, a senior official said today. “If you give your credit card, debit card or Aadhar number in a post office, your bank link will come when your Aadhar number is entered,” B V Sudhakar, secretary, Department of Posts, told reporters here.

“Suppose, you have to make a registered post with some Rs 50 or Rs 20. That amount will be debited to you and credited to us. You don’t have to carry cash. This is being worked out to facilitate digital payments…It will be expanded all over India,” he said.

A software has been developed for the purpose by AP Technology Services and successfully tested at the General Post Office in Hyderabad, he said. “We will test this on a pilot basis in some selected post offices in North, South, East and West (before rolling out),” Sudhakar said. The Department of Posts is examining a proposal to allow installation of ATMs by any bank on the premises of the post offices.

“The proposal we are examining is, anybody can come and set up ATMs in the departmental post offices. They should pay us on the basis of transactions. It (the proposal) would be out approximately in one month,” he said. The ATMs can be started in the 4,500 departmental buildings and the India Post Payment Bank (IPPB) is also working on having tie-ups with others, he said.
  • The IPPB, started with an initial capital of Rs 800 crore, has so far opened two branches at Ranchi and Raipur.
  • Sudhakar said 650 branches of IPPB would be opened with one being set up in every district by September 2017.
  • The IPPB would primarily focus on financial inclusion, Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) and third party products. The IPPB would emphasise on “door-step banking,” he said while expressing hope that the payment bank would be a “game- changer in rural economy.”
Noting that the Department of Posts has been aggressively pursuing financial inclusion by encouraging people to open savings accounts in post offices, he said the number of accounts increased from 33.03 crore in 2014-15 to 35.17 crore in 2016-17 upto February 2017. “Rs 7.02 lakh crore is the outstanding balance in all these (35.17 crore) accounts. It speaks volumes about the efforts being made by India Post in the direction of financial inclusion,” he said.

The Department of Posts had a revenue of Rs 13,000 crore and an expenditure of Rs 19,000 crore in 2015-16. The gap in expenditure and revenue is around Rs 6,000 crore. Observing that the expenditure is expected to rise in 2017 due to the implementation of the Pay Commission, he said the department would be able to make up for the deficit due to the new services.

He said 978 stand-alone ATMs have been installed at different post offices in the country and they have been made inter-operable from December 31, 2016. India Post has worked with UIDAI to issue Aadhar cards through post offices and the service would commence from June 2017, Sudhakar added.

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India Post Payment Bank to open 650 branches this year.


India Post Payment Bank (IPPB) is planning a major expansion with the addition of 650 new branches in the next four months, from just two – in Ranchi and Raipur – opened in January 2017.

India Post Payment Bank branches will be opened in 650 districts across the country during next four months. The plan is to cover all districts in the country with at least one branch and linking these with post offices in the surrounding areas.

``We intend to open at least one branch per district across the country. Each branch will be networked with about 1,200 to 1,500 post offices in a district,'' B V Sudhakar, secretary, department of posts, told news persons at a press conference in Hyderabad yesterday.

Speaking on the sidelines of the launch of Core System Integrator in Hyderabad to integrate all postal activities to speed and improve efficiency of postal services, Sudhakar said that one branch per district will be set up initially to provide doorstep banking, especially in rural areas.

The Ranchi and Raipur branches, set up in January this year, are making significant strides by enabling financial inclusion, through direct benefit transfer services and also sale of third party products like insurance, he said.

Sudhakar said all branch post offices in the country will be covered under the Rural Information and Communication Technology and will be given solar-backed hand-held devises, which will function like a micro ATM.

These devices will perform both postal and savings bank operations.

As of now, the department has 978 standalone ATMs. The payment bank is  expected to install more ATMs with tie-ups with other banks. "By December 2017, we will integrate core system software including core banking, postal operations and savings bank which will also help us,'' he added.

The focus of the payment bank will be on door-step banking, for which a survey conducted by the department showed `huge' potential.

It will primarily focus on three products of financial inclusion, direct benefit transfer and door step banking.

The department will also be recruiting 55,000 Gramin Dak Savekas in rural areas out of which the process for filling up of 14,406 vacancies has already commenced.

Further, he said, Passport Seva Kendras will be opened at all over 800 Head Post Offices in the country by March next year.

The department is also ramping up its focus on speed post as a premium product for revenue generation. "Speed post facility will be made available in all branch post offices across the country by end of April,'' Sudhakar said.

The revenue from speed post services had gone up from Rs1,605 crore during 2015-16 to Rs1,740 crore in 2016-17.

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Passports to be given by the Post Department


Hyderabad: This Monday at Daak Sadan Abids, BV Sudhakar, Secretary, Department of Posts said MoU has been signed with the External ministry for issuing of passports by the Postal Department to citizens. 

He said that Postal Department of India has been receiving huge responses from the public for citizen centric schemes. Says the Secretary for now 42 Head Post Office has this service by March 31 next year it would be available in 811 postal departments. Head Post Office plans to issue 100 passports at an average collecting 300 Rupees per passport giving the department a revenue of 750 crores rupees. 

Public has been using this service at both Seva Kendras at Hanamkonda and the Mahbubnagar one which were organized last month at these two offices. 

Registration for new Adhaar cards is now available at few post offices, a proposal to include the services in the Departments services. The department looks forward to enrollment, modifications and issuing of new Adhaar Cards in the next two months.

Speed post booking is the active service given by the head post office and sub post offices. Around 34.70 crore accounts have been opened in the year 2015 – 2016 and some 35.17 crore accounts have been opened in the year 2016-2017 making the total balance of these accounts to Rs 7.02 lakh crore, the highest balance so far after the department issued orders to provide speed post booking services to the customers on April 14. 

The department launched its own Payment bank and two branches made operational from this January one in Raipur the other at Ranchi. The new Payment bank introduced would focus mainly on financial inclusion. 

source :siasat

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


 

CADRE RESTRUCTURING
IMPLEMENTATION DEFERRED


          Today on dated 25th April-2017, Com. R.N. Parashar Secretary General NFPE & General Secretary P-III alongwith Com. Giriraj Singh, President NFPE & General Secretary, R-III met with Shri B.V. Sudhakar, Secretary (Posts) and discussed issues of Cadre Restructuring and appraised him the difficulties being faced by the staff and requested either to modify the Cadre Restructuring as per suggestions submitted by NFPE & P-III or defer till the issues are settled. Secretary called DDG (Estt) Smt. Smriti Sharan & Director Estt. Shri S.V. Rao and ordered to form a committee of officers of Directorate which will take views of all Chief PMGs and after that Convening a meeting with unions, issues will be settled. Till then he ordered to keep the Cadre Restructuring implementation in abeyance

India Post Payment Bank to open 650 branches this year

Hyderabad, April 24:  

India Post Payment Bank (IPPB) is planning mega expansion to open 650 branches this year.

The first two branches of IPPB have been opened in January 2017 in Ranchi and Raipur.

``We intend to open at least one branch per district across the country. Each branch will be networked with about 1200 to 1500 post offices in a district,’’ B V Sudhakar, Secretary, Department of Posts, Government of India told newspersons at a press conference here on Monday.

When asked whether such a ramp was possible in a short span of time, the official said: ``Technology will allow us to do so.’’

There are 978 standalone ATMs for the Department now. The payment bank is also expected to install more ATMs with tie-ups with other banks. ``By December 2017, we will integrate core system software including core banking, postal operations and savings bank which will also help us,'' he added.

The focus of the payment bank will be on door-step banking, a survey conducted by the department showed `huge’ potential for door-step banking.

It will primarily focus on three products of financial inclusion, direct benefit transfer and door step banking.

The department will also be recruiting 55,000 Gramin Dak Savekas in rural areas out of which the process for filling up of 14,406 vacancies has already commenced.

SPEED POST

The department is also ramping up its focus on speed post as a premium product for revenue generation. ``Speed post facility will be made available in all branch post offices across the country by end of April,’’ Sudhakar said.

The revenue from speed post services had gone up from Rs 1605 crore during 2015-16 to Rs 1740 crore in 2016-17.

PASSPORT

Post office passport seva kendras will also be opened in all 811 head post offices across the country in country by March 2018. As of now, the service is available in 42 post offices across India.

The issue of passports in post offices have commenced in January 2017. So far 31,500 passports have been issued.

``Apart from convenience to people, issue of passports could bring us (projected) revenue of Rs 750 crore,’’ Sudhakar said.

REVENUE

India Post is also expecting to bridge the gap between revenue and expenditure in next two years with a slew of initiatives being taken. For year 2015-16, it reported a revenue of Rs 13,000 crore and an expenditure of Rs 19,000 crore.

7th Pay Commission Allowance News: ‘Bureaucratic cause for delay, political intervention required’

The National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) chief Shiv Gopal Mishra while talking to India.com said, that a vast majority of central government employees are upset with the Ashok Lavasa Committee who had not yet submitted its final report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
New Delhi, April 25: Almost 10 months have been passed and the ‘Committee on Allowance’ is yet to submit its report on minimum wages and higher allowance under the 7th Pay Commission to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. A large number of Central Government employees have been eagerly waiting for the higher allowances and are also upset as there is no news on the minimum wage hike. The National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), which is leading the negotiation on behalf of central government employees, believe that the bureaucratic clutches has become one of the biggest reason for the delay in fulfilment of the demands and believe that political intervention is required.  

The National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) chief Shiv Gopal Mishra while talking to India.com said, that a vast majority of central government employees are upset with the Ashok Lavasa Committee who had not yet submitted its final report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. “Once the report is submitted to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley then only any action can be taken by the government. The government can’t is blamed for the delay,” Shiv Gopal Mishra said while talking to India.com.

When asked whether ministers are to be blamed for the non-fulfillment of the demands, Shiv Gopal Mishra said to India.com, “We are not blaming the ministers for the delay in fulfilment of our demands. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley could only approve our report if the bureaucrats submit it on time. The delay is causing frustration among the employees. How long should they wait? We are persuading the ministers to intervene. We have already met Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, we were not able to meet Mr Arun Jaitley due to the Budget Session and if required we will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well”. 

Last week, the NJCA convenor was quoted by a news organisation where he said, “We believe in Prime Minister Narendra Modi he is our last hope”. In the video, Shiv Gopal Mishra also claimed that a large number of central government employees have hopes with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that he will not take any confrontation with the government employees. “To maintain a good industrial relation in the country, PM Modi will find a good negotiative settlement for us,” Mishra reportedly said.

Drawl of Arrears- 7th CPC Pay Fixation- Employees on Leave Salary are entitled for Revised Pay and Arrears from 01.01.2016


Drawl of Arrears- 7th CPC Pay Fixation- Employees on Leave Salary are entitled for Revised Pay and Arrears from 01.01.2016



SRI B.V.SUDHAKAR SECRETARY MEET ON 24.04.2017

HYDERABAD, APR 24  B V Sudhakar, Secretary, Posts addressing a press conference in Hyderabad on Monday.Sri B.V.Sudhakar Secretary Meet on today

End of a Big Melo Drama : Cal off Strike




Promotion from PM Grade I to PM Grade II on regular basis - TN Circle


Monday, April 24, 2017


Telangana state NFPE affiliated Unions General Body meeting held at CPMG Office permisees hyderabad on 22/03/2017

In the same meeting a Grand felicitation has been given to com K Ramachandran circle coordination committee of telangana circle who retired on 31-03-2017.

com M  Krishnan confederation secretary general has attended and addressed the gathering.

From Gudur Division Com K Sudhakar and com  
Sk Nazeemuddin attended 











Saturday, April 22, 2017


AIPCPCCWF(Casul and Contingent employees Union)central working committee meeting is being held at hyderabad to
Com MKrishnanALL India president  & Secretarygeneral,Confideration inagurated the meeting.Com K Ramachandram,Chairman,Circle coordination committtee NFPE WElcomed the invitees.Com P Suresh GS,R4,ComP Panduranga Rao,G/S AIPEUGDS ,All circle secretaries of NFPE,Telangana  attended andaddressed 












Friday, April 21, 2017

Branch Post offices will be Mini ATMs with Interoperability by this April ending

New e-mail id of CPC, AP Circle

CASUAL LABOURERS OF DEPARTMENT OF POSTS

CASUAL LABOURERS OF DEPARTMENT OF POSTS - REPLY GIVEN BY DOP TO COM. M. KRISHNAN, PRESIDENT, ALL INDIA POSTAL CASUAL, PART-TIME, CONTINGENT & CONTRACT WORKERS FEDERATION
FOR COPY OF THE REPLY IN DETAIL





Notification for PO & RMS Accountant Examination, 2017 to be held on 28/05/2017 - TN Circle

SPECIAL LEAVE TO THE FEMALE STAFF CONNECTED TO INQUIRY OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT

No.II/10/Part I
Dated: 17-04-2017
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Special leave to the female staff connected to inquiry of sexual harassment – reg.

The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension (DoP&T) vide Gazette notification dated 15-03-2017 No.GSR 251 (E) have issued Rule No.48 ” Special Leave connected to inquiry of sexual harassment” – an amendment to Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972 which was circulated vide No.13026/622016-Estt (L) dated 16th March 2017 to all ministries. According to the said notification dated 15th March 2017, leave upto a period of 90 days may be granted to an aggrieved female Government Employee on the recommendation of the Internal committee or the Local committee as the case may be, during the pendency of inquiry under the Sexual Harassment of Women at work place (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 and the leave so granted shall not be debited against the leave account.

NFIR requests the Railway Board to issue corresponding instructions early duly endorsing copy to the Federation. copy of DoP&T notification dated 15th March, 2017 is enclosed.

DA/As above

Yours faithfully.

(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General secretary


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Request for immediately taking up issue of practical difficulties in receiving fee payments from applicants for selection and engagement in GDS

"rashmin dineshchandra purohit"<rashminpurohit@rediffmail.com> to you & others
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:10:58 GMT+0530

To: <aipeugrc@gmail.com>
Cc: <cpmg_guj@indiapost.gov.in>
Bcc: ,

Respected sir,
Namaskar. As provided in Directorate letter No. 17-23/2016-GDS dated 17-03-2017 and relevant guidelines,fee payments from applicants for selection and engagement in GDS has to be received only at Head Post Offices and that too in a Fee Collection Module created for the purpose in online portal only. At the end of day, the counter PA has to enter bulk entry of total fee collected and number of transactions made in ePayment module for the purpose of reconciliation of amount collected and credited.

In practical implementation and execution of the above stated procedure there is unmanageable difficulties to staff and also to applicants who has to come to HO from long distance. The entire process depend on appropriate and uninterrupted net connectivity but there is off and on or low network connectivity which results into difficulties, irritation in queues and avoidable hardships to postal officials and applicants. As there is only one used ID and password, work has to be done on one counter only. There are big queues on counters from yesterday 17th April. As the portal concerned could not be connectible on 17th, the first day, huge number of candidates coming from 100-200 km distance at HOs had to go back and come again. This will be repeated and hardships will continue.

If the fee receiving in ePayments would be allowed at each S.O. it could be quite comfortable to all concerned. Mostly rural people has to travel too much and come in big queue at HO. 

This procedure may be reviewed from all angles and aspects with a view to enable unemployed aspirants to deposit their fees at their nearest POs and avoiding hardships at HO also.

I hope, heads of circle would also call for details from HOs and take up issue with Dte . with factual report and valuable suggestions.

It is requested to take up matter with appropriate authority without delay urging immediate review and revision.

With regards

Yours sincerely

Rashmin Purohit 
CS AIPE Union Group C

SB Order 01/2017 : Corrigendum Submission of Financial Transaction report in Form 61 and 61A for certain POSB Transactions

Submission of Financial Transaction report in Form 61 and 61A for certain POSB Transactions


House Rent Allowance (HRA) Claims Under Scrutiny. How To Avoid Rejection


The Mumbai tribunal said in a recent ruling that the assessing officer can now demand further proof for allowing HRA deduction.

Recent rulings from income tax tribunals on house rent allowance or HRA claims have brought the tax rebate to the fore. The Mumbai tribunal in a recent ruling said the assessing officer can now demand further proof for allowing HRA deduction.

“The judgment of Ahmedabad tribunal and recent judgement of Mumbai tribunal are not contradictory per se and have necessarily the similar import. In the ruling of Ahmedabad tribunal, the person was living with his wife and was transferring the rent amount to her bank account. As twin requirements of occupation and actual payment were satisfied, hence it was allowed,” said Sandeep Sehgal, director of tax and regulatory at Ashok Maheshwary & Associates LLP.

“The Mumbai tribunal has only imposed a stringent requirement to produce other necessary documents to prove the genuineness of the claim. Hence, people claiming the HRA exemption for rent paid to relatives are advised to maintain robust documentation to prove the actual payment, actual occupation and genuineness of transaction,” he added.

HRA forms a big component of an employee’s salary. Salaried individuals who live on rent can claim HRA to lower taxes. It is partially exempted from taxes. However, if the individual does not live in a rented accommodation, HRA is fully taxable. Tax experts say that after the tribunals’ rulings, the HRA claims will be under close scrutiny from the tax department.

Now, taxpayers who were claiming HRA exemption on the basis of fake rent receipts may find it difficult to claim the exemption, said Maneet Puri of Taxmann. Experts say that taxpayers, especially who pay rent to relatives, and claim HRA benefits could face higher scrutiny.

The Taxman executive lists out some procedures to follow:

  • You should have evidence of your actual stay at residential house of your mother, father, wife etc. (viz. close relative). You can enter into a rent agreement for this purpose.
  • It is difficult to substantiate rental payments made in cash. So, it’s better to pay house rent to your close relative through transfer of money in his or her bank account.
  • If you are making rental payments which will be taxable in the hands of your close relative, make sure that he or she files income tax return (ITR) and shows such rental receipts in that return of income.
  • It may happen that the addresses mentioned in your ration card, bank statement and return of income do not match with the recorded address of your rented premises. In that case, you will be in trouble as now the Income Tax Department may scrutinize such cases.
  • You will have to ensure that your rental payments do not exceed the market value of similar property in your vicinity. The income tax officer may disallow HRA exemption in such a case.
  • If you are staying in any flat of society of your relative, make sure to intimate the secretary of society about your tenancy.

Promotion order of PA (SBCO) cadre to LSG (SBCO) cadre - TN Circle dtd 17/04/2017