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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Happy Diwali

Deepawali, the festival of lights, signifies the victory of good over evil and strengthens our resolve to follow true ethical values in our lives. May the noble ideals of the festival usher in peace, prosperity and happiness in our lives.
The All India Postal Employees Union, Group-C wishes all a very happy, safe and peaceful Diwali.

Revision of pension of pre-1996 pensioners - inclusion of Non- Practicing Allowance (NP A) for revision of pension of retired medical officers w.e.f. 01/01/1996

Preparatory Meeting on Observance of World AIDS Day , 2014 on 1st Decemebr, 2014

Odisha State AIDS Control Society (OSACS) organized the meeting on 21.10.2014
Proposal to participate initiated by B Samal, Divisional Secretary
DPS(HQ) approved to attend the meeting with SSPOs, Bhubaneswar
Meeting attended by the SSPOs & ASPOs(OD), Bhubaneswar Division accompanied with B Samal, Divisional Secretary
Decision has been taken to arrange a blood donation camp on World AIDS Day ( 01.12.2014) in the campus of Bhubaneswar GPO

Result of PO & RMS Accountant Examination , 2014 held on 25.05.2014 in Odisha Circle

8th Biennial Conference of AIPEU, Group-C, Odisha Circle concluded at Sambalpur


Maximising financial inclusion

The Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojna (PMJDY) to provide universal access to banking and financial inclusion has now been formally launched. The scheme envisages provision of a bank account, a debit card, and accidental and life insurance cover up to Rs1.30 lakh for poor families. Further, the vision is to gradually move in a direction where the poor are able to operate their bank accounts from their mobile phones as mobile penetration is higher than financial services penetration.
The new scheme is unique in two senses. First is that while earlier, expansion in banking was considered as an opportunity for cross-selling insurance, this time providing insurance upfront to everyone will be a novel departure. Not many people know that the Indian government, under its Postal Life Insurance (PLI), provides one of the cheapest insurance. PLI can be one of the vehicles for this insurance cover. However, PLI needs to be completely revamped to meet the ambitions of this new scheme. Currently the scheme is open to government employees and rural population.
However, more crucially, one of the features of the PMJDY that makes it different is the provision of a debit card. The experiences of advance countries suggests that as the economies grow, preference for substituting cash with more electronic based payment methods becomes imperative. The experience in India over the last couple of years has been somewhat on similar lines. Even with an associated fee, the electronic mode can be less expensive compared with the available alternatives. The use of electronic payment instruments also allows the unbanked to start building a transaction history, which can be a step towards initiating them towards financial inclusion. Additionally, data suggests that debit cards are a preferred option of use in India than credit cards. The experience in China and Germany, both of whose economies are bank-dominated, suggest the same. This preference, if accounted for in policy, can lead to significantly better product design and hence, customer satisfaction for banks.
Choosing a cost-effective model for such financial inclusion will require banks to significantly free up human resources, apart from using a banking correspondent model. It may be noted that in the next five years nearly one-third of the existing manpower of banks is going to retire on attaining superannuation. Against this background, banks can continue to encourage people to (a) go for branchless banking (mobile and Internet banking) and (b) digital banking. In effect, through digital banking, customers will be able to open accounts on their own and have a debit card issued instantaneously. In terms of economics, digital banking will help banks bring down intermediation cost. Banks in India operate with higher net interest margin (NIM) of 3%-4%. Foreign banks, particularly European ones, operate with 1%-2% NIM.
Digital banking will also help in redistribution of manpower requirements to a significant extent and will also impact positively on profitability of banks. A digital banking model could be very effective and cost savvy for payment banks and small banks, as these banks will be allowed limited banking access and are likely to be opened under differentiated banking license, once the Reserve Bank of India comes out with final guidelines. Note, the purpose of these banks is to hasten the process of financial inclusion.
With increase in financial inclusion and digitalization of banking, requirement of cash in the economy will reduce, thereby helping in controlling unaccounted money in the economy. In fact, we expect the cash component in broad money supply to decline in line with developed countries like the UK (2%), Australia (3%) and Japan (6.0%). The positive spill-over from this structural transformation in the long-run will be enormous.

Central staff decry government ‘apathy’

Residents of Central Revenue Quarters clearing the debris in their colony in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. - Photo: K.R. Deepak
A week after the cyclone Hudhud left a trail of destruction, more than 100 employees of Customs, Central Excise, and Income Tax departments, who are struggling without drinking water supply, joined hands to clear the debris and voice their protest at the Central Revenue Quarters on Sunday.
Criticising what they called the lackadaisical approach of government officials, the employees complained that they were not getting drinking water and the neighbourhood had been dumped with garbage, which could lead to outbreak of diseases.
“Even after repeated appeals to officials, our plea has been ignored. While senior Central government officials have been provided drinking water in tanks, lower cadre employees have been completely ignored,” said Chitti Babu, general secretary of Group C Customs Officers’ Association.
More than 10 big trees have been uprooted in the colony and the residents complained that the debris has not been cleared. To add to their sufferings, the garbage strewn in heaps in the colony has compounded their issues.
“Yesterday’s rain had made things worse. If the garbage is not cleared, it can lead to diseases like diarrhoea,” another resident said.
With the colony strewn with uprooted trees and branches, electric poles, cables, and other rubble, employees themselves voluntarily cleared the blockages.
“We were provided 5,000 litres of water for over 100 families two days ago. But senior officials have been provided with steady water supply. We want to know why such treatment is being meted out to us. We are also a part of the general public and need government support,” said Mr. Babu, and added that even CPWD Department had ignored the employees.
The central government employees complained that no political leader had come to visit their area so far to understand the gravity of the problems and inspect the damages to the houses.
“Last night, power supply was restored in a few houses. But most of us are still struggling in the dark with no drinking water supply,” an angry employee said.

Govt. employees start work late, stay late

On most days, Central government staff work for eight hours
The occasional surprise checks by Union Ministers to see if government employees are reporting to work on time may not have brought in 100 per cent compliance, but employees aren’t as late to office as widely perceived.
The Hindu got exclusive access to one week of Central government attendance data, thanks to the first publicly available database of employees, and found that employees tend to be a bit late in getting to work, but most work a full day.
Two weeks ago, the Union overnment launched, a web portal that allows live tracking of over 50,000 Central government employees the moment he signs in and out of work.
Using a Unique Identification Number (UID)-enabled back-end, the system allows the employees’ sign-in to be authenticated and uploaded to the website in under two seconds. Personally identifiable information about individual employees is not available for public view.
Getting to work at 9 a.m. sharp is still a challenge. Just over 20 per cent of the employees swiped in by 9 on most days, but attendance picks up in the 9 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. period, when the largest number of swipe-ins takes place. The median in-time, The Hindu found, is 9.18 a.m.
Consequently, the employees leave office a little late, with 5 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. being the swipe out time among most. The median exit is 5.45 p.m.

The numbers show that on most days — except Friday, the last working day, — eight of 10 Central government employees worked for at least eight hours. This figure is only indicative as some employees appear to be making errors while swiping in or out.
Junior employees come in earlier than those higher up the bureaucracy, but this could be on account of the fact that senior bureaucrats’ days often begin with meetings in other offices and locations, an Additional Secretary whom The Hindu reached for comment said.
“We are very clear that what we are offering are the tools for measurement. Decisions on what to do with attendance data is not our job — that is for the personnel ministry,” Ram Sewak Sharma, Secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology, who is responsible for the project, told The Hindu.
Mr. Sharma launched Jharkhand’s version of the attendance portal during his stint there as Chief Secretary after his posting as Director-General of the Unique Identification Authority of India.
Individual employees’ data in the new Central government portal is not available for public view, but the organisation shared one week’s data — after anonymising it — with The Hindu for analysis.

Bigger equity play likely for National Pension System subscribers

NEW DELHI: The pension regulator may allow a greater portion of the retirement savings of government employees parked in National Pension System (NPS) to be invested in equities if the government proposes to do so. This could over the year allow movement of thousands of crores of long-term retirement savings into equities, something that the government has been unable to persuade the Employees Provident Fund Organisation to do.
"The NPS structure offers an inbuilt flexibility to subscribers to choose the equity or debt option. We want that benefit to accrue to all subscribers," said a senior PFRDA official. Nearly 37 lakh central and state government employees are at present subscribers of NPS. The total asset under management of such subscribers is Rs 57,908 crore.
Under the NPS, there are different plans that the subscribers can opt for, each providing varying degrees of exposure to equities, government bonds and private bonds. This choice is, however, not available to government employees. At present, for government employees, there's only one default Tier I structure.
Under this structure, the entire contribution of government employees is split among three state-run pension fund managers, who invest funds in the proportion of up to 55 per cent in government securities, up to 40 per cent in debt ecurities, up to 15 per cent in equity and up to 5 per cent in money market instruments.
"It is up to the state or central government to take a call. If only auto choice is made available to such government subscribers, their investment in equity option will be done according to the life cycle thus mitigating any risks," the above quoted official added. The state and central government employees constitute almost half the NPS subscriber base. The total pension corpus invested in equity portion is only Rs 5,000 crore. The scheme has 75 lakh subscribers and a corpus of Rs 63,511 crore till October 2014.
"The equity exposure of around 15 per cent is from the corporate sector, and that from the government subscribers is around 8.64 per cent," said the above quoted PFRDA official. Under the NPS corporate model, the corporate or the subscriber is given two options — active or auto choice. In active choice, a subscriber can invest up to 50 per cent in equities, while in auto choice, the investments will be made in a life-cycle fund.
"For subscribes' up to 35 years, the equity portion is as high as 50 per cent, and the exposure towards equity in the last few years is brought down to 10 per cent and below," the official explained. Experts believe that the government has robbed its employees by not giving such an option as most of them missed the Sensex rally during 2004-08.

Uploading of RTI replies on the respective website of Ministry/Department.



diamond jubilee and task ahead
                   One year long nationwide Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE) which commenced on 24th November 2013 at New Delhi is coming to a grand finish on 23rd and 24th November 2014 at Dwarka (Gujarat).  NFPE has already celebrated the Golden Jubilee of Postal Trade Union movement in the year 2004 at Thiruvananthapuram, marking the 100th year of establishing “Postal Club” at Kolkata by Late Com. Babu Tarapada Mukherjee, the founder father of Postal Trade Union, which was later on converted by him as All India Postal and RMS Employees Union.  NFPTE was formed on 24th November 1954, in a massive convention held at Vinay Nagar, New Delhi.  After bi-furcation of Postal and Telecom, the name of Postal Federation is changed as NFPE.
                   When we celebrate 60th year of our glorious organisation, we should pledge to re-dedicate ourselves not only for fighting for the cause of five lakhs Postal and RMS employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks but also for the cause of entire Central Government employees and the suffering masses of our country and the world.
                   We should inherit the legacy of our great leaders and follow their footsteps - their dedication, commitment, sacrifice, knowledge, militancy, courage, honesty, concern and respect for the fellow workers and seniors, giving topmost priority to individual grievances, democratic and transparent functioning, oraganisational discipline, building up trade union consciousness, social consciousness, political consciousness and above all class consciousness.
                   We have been fighting against the neo-liberal policies of the Government, right from its beginning from 1991 onwards.  We conducted many heroic struggle against downsizing, outsourcing, contractorisation and privatization.  We succeeded in compelling the Government to lift the ban on recruitment and filling up of all vacancies, we succeeded in preventing the Government from implementing its order for closure of 9797 Post offices, we succeeded in halting Mckinsey recommendations and Mail Network Optimisation Project (MNOP) for closure of about 300 RMS Offices.  We could successfully prevent the Government from amending the Indian Post Office Act and giving license to multi-national courier services.   Our fight for emancipation of three lakhs Gramin Dak Sevaks has not yet reached its finality.  We have to complete our unfinished task.
                   Seventh Central Pay Commission has commenced its work.  Our demands for DA merger, Interim Relief, Inclusion of GDS under 7th CPC, date of effect from 01-01-2014, scrapping of new pension scheme, parity in pension etc. are still pending.  Government, whether it is UPA or NDA, is totally negative to our genuine demands.  Our struggle under the banner of NFPE and Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers is to be further intensified.
                   Even though we have submitted detailed memorandum to 7th CPC for better wages and service conditions, neither the 7th CPC nor the Government shall concede our demands, unless we mobilize the workers at all levels in a serious and determined manner and create sanction behind our demands.
            Thus the message of Diamond Jubilee of NFPE is loud and clear.  We have to continue our struggle against the anti-labour, anti-people policies of the Government, we has to fight against the neo-liberal reforms in the Central Government employees sector, we have to conduct bigger form of trade union action including indefinite strike for realization of the demands of the Central Government employees and Postal employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks.  We shall not rest till the dreams of our founder leaders are fulfilled.

P A / S A Exam, 2014 update

Update as on October 15, 2014
Schedule of Paper II (Computer Skill Test) for the following Postal Circle is as follows:
Postal Circles Exam Date Exam Time
Andhra Pradesh (11)              30 October to 02 November 2014 09:00AM onwards in Batches. Please check your Admit Card for timings
Candidates for the above mentioned Postal Circles may check their status for Paper I by Logging into the website. Candidates, shortlisted to appear in the Paper II, may download the Admit Cards.
Please keep visiting the website for exam schedules for other Postal Circles & updates.
Update as on October 13, 2014
On completion of Paper II & subsequent processing respective Postal Circle shall publish Result of PA/SA Direct Recruitment Examination 2014 on its website. Candidate is requested to visit the website of the Postal Circle for updates on regular basis.


JCM Staff Side leadership has decided to organize a National Convention of all Central Government Employees (Railway, Defence & Confederation) on 11th December 2014 at New Delhi from 12 PM to 4 PM. Convention will adopt a joint resolution on the common demands of the Central Government Employees viz; Merger of DA, Interim Relief, Inclusion of GDS under 7th CPC, Scrap New Pension Scheme etc and will declare joint programs of action. Further details regarding number of delegates to be participated from each affiliated Organisation & State C-O-Cs of Confederation will be published shortly.
M. Krishnan
Secretary General


Two days All India Trade Union Workshop of Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers will be held at Bangalore on 5th& 6th January 2015. COC Karnataka will host the workshop. Total number of delegates will be 200. Affiliated organization-wise delegate quota will be published shortly. Delegate Fee is fixed as Rs. 600 (Rupees Six hundred only) per delegate. Meeting of the COC held at Bangalore was attended by Confederation CHQ leaders Coms: S. K. Vyas, K. K. N. Kutty, M. Krishnan, M. S. Raja, Vrigu Bhattacharjee, Giriraj Singh, R. N. Parashar, P. Suresh, R. Seethalakshmi etc. Detailed circular will follow.
M. Krishnan
Secretary General