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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Divisional Union requests intervention of the Circle Union on dissatisfactory Civil/Electrical Maintenance Works of Rasulgarh SO

Extremely Urgent
All India Postal Employees Union, Group-C
(Affiliated to National Federation of Postal Employees)
Bhubaneswar Divisional Branch
Ashoknagar Mukhya Dak Ghar, Bhubaneswar – 751 009
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No. UN/BN–AIPEU/Gr.-C/10-07/2015
Dated at Bhubaneswar the 29th July, 2015
The Circle Secretary
AIPEU, Group-C, Odisha Circle
At- Postal Stores Depot, Bhubaneswar – 751 007 

Sub: Dissatisfactory Civil/Electrical Maintenance Works of Rasulgarh S O. 

Dear Comrade,

This has a reference to this Union’s letter No. UN/BN–AIPEU/Gr.-C/02-06/2015, Dated at   30th June, 2015 addressed to the Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Bhubaneswar Division, Bhubaneswar – 751 009 on the above subject  (Copy attached for ready reference)

In response to our objections  raised on poor civil and electrical maintenance works of Rasulgarh S O before the Divisional and Circle administration, our Circle administration vide its letter No. Bldg/16-440/2015, dated 06.07.2015 had asked the Exe. Engineer (Civil) and Asst. Engineer (Electrical) to take early action in the matter.

            Today (29.07.2015), a team comprising of the AE (Civil), JE (Civil), JE (Electrical), ASPO(OD), Bhubaneswar Division, PRI(P), Bhubaneswar GPO visited the spot along with the approved contractors to assess the situation.

This Divisional Secretary also accompanied the team.

            We were surprised to see the soaking walls of the renovated building. The newly fitted Project Arrow style counters were observed to be eaten by white-ants. The newly plastered walls are seen cracked. Water connection to the building is still awaited. There is no delivery branch. The front room was suggested to convert for the purpose after dismantling the obsolete electrical cabinets with necessary civil works. When suggested for construction of a cycle-shed, it was replied that a proposal has already been submitted by the Civil wing three months before which is now pending with the AD(Building). The ASPOs(OD) was requested to pursue the issue  with C O. In addition, it was also requested to appraise the SSPOs to clean the surrounding with an appeal to IDCO, Bhubaneswar to displace the thatched roadside hotel adjacent to the front boundary wall

            All the shortcomings already raised by us including the above were brought to the notice of both the JEs and A E with request to take immediate action for early completion so that  Rasulgarh S O can shift to the new building. Before proceeding to the spot, this Divisional Secretary had an informal discussion with the A D (Building) who assured to take immediate action on receipt of the visiting report of the team.

            But, as per latest news received by us, now the Chief PMG is pressing hard to shift the office to the new building anyhow by Sunday (02.08.2015). Since the SSPOs could not be contacted, when we discussed the fact immediately with the ASPOs(OD) and AD(Building), it was replied that all the pending works will continue and complete on priority basis after shifting. But we know, once the shifting is completed, the problems may not be prioritized. We have already failed to give water connection to the building where the P O is functioning since March, 2009.

            Thus, we have no alternative left but to request you to appraise the Chief PMG at once to complete the pending works first and then order for shifting. Or else, suffering without minimum basic amenity like water is a must in addition to other problems as informed.

            We expect that our Circle Union will immediately rise to the occasion and do something before Sunday. 

With greetings.

Yours comradely,
Attached:- As above
Divisional Secretary
Copy submitted through eMail to : 

1.     The Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Bhubaneswar Division, Bhubaneswar – 751 009.

2.     The Assistant Director ( Building), O / o the Chief Postmaster General, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar – 751 009

It is sincerely requested not to shift the S O in a hurry without completion of the pending civil/electrical works including basic amenity like provision of water. There is complete threat of theft since the post office portion has remained completely open without any door towards the damaged Bag Washing Plant. There is no space for delivery branch, which is a must for such a big delivery office having 8 postmen and 1 sorting postman. All the shortcomings brought to the kind notice of the Divisional / Circle office may kindly be considered on priority basis before shifting.
 Com. B Samal, Divisional Secretary with the team
 Soaking walls of the renovated building
  Obsolete electrical panels remained 
 ASPOs(OD) discussing with JE(Civil) to close the counters remained open without glass
 Newly fitted counter table eaten by white ants before use

E-retail firms boost Postal Department revenue

MUMBAI: With e-commerce platforms increasingly turning to the Indian Posts to deliver their orders to customers, the fast flourishing e-retail business has become a revenue generator for the state-run agency, whose traditional operations are dented by the deep penetration of e-mail and mobile phones.

Realising the potential, the
Postal Department has set up a dedicated e-commerce and parcel processing center in the country's commercial hub Mumbai.
Spread across 12,000 sq ft, the facility at Parel in the city has bagged good business in a short span, handling around 5,000 orders a day.

The department officials expect at this pace the traffic would soon increase to 10,000 parcels per day. The facility has a capacity to process 30,000 parcels per day.

Quite a few e-commerce companies have already approached the department seeking tie-up with India's oldest and most trusted National postal facility including major players like
Amazon, Snapdeal, Flipkart, E-bey, Telebrand India, TVC network, Quick Services and Red Box.

"The commercial agreement started taking place last year and by now we have had commercial tie-up with 46 e-commerce companies in Mumbai region, 7 in Pune and 6 in Goa," said a senior official from the Postal Department.

BJP icons Vivekananda, Bhagat Singh, Tagore, Bose, Abul Kalam to join Nehru on stamps

NEW DELHI: Continuing with the BJP's project to dilute the Gandhi-Nehru family's  iconography, the government is all set to immortalise anti-Congress political  icons such as Jai Prakash  Narayan, Ram Manohar Lohia, Syama Prasad  Mookerjee and Deen Dayal Upadhyay by issuing 'definitive' postage stamps of  them in various denominations.

A decision to this effect was learnt to  have been taken during a recent meeting of the philatelic advisory committee  chaired by Ravi Shankar   Prasad, Union minister of IT, Telecom and Posts.

The postal department  issues stamps in two categories - definitive and commemorative. Definitive  stamps are for day-today use in various denominations and are available across  all post offices in the country. Commemorative stamps are limited edition stamps issued on special occasions related to  people, institutions or events.

Government sources said the move stems from criticism during the committee meeting  about the postal department issuing definitive stamps featuring members of the Congress first family --Jawaharlal  Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi - apart from Mahatma  Gandhi.

"It was decided that eminent people of all ideological, cultural  and musical streams and revolutionaries should be given due space in definitive  postage stamps," according to an official who attended the meeting.

According to  sources, the indications are definitive postage stamps would be  issued on Swami Vivekananda, revolutionary Bhagat Singh, Rabindranath Tagore, Subhash Chandra Bose, Vallabhbhai Patel, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Tamil poet Subramnia Bharti and modern stalwarts of Indian music -  Pandit Ravishankar, Bhimsen  Joshi and MS Subbulakshmi.

"This move has been necessitated by the  dominance of members of one family (Nehru-Gandhi) in the definitive postage  stamps category," said a person who was present at the committee meeting. The ruling establishment now hopes to establish Deen Dayal Upadhyay and Syama  Prasad Mookerjee, the two ideological icons of the ruling BJP, as icons for the
masses through their postage stamps.

Additionally, the meeting is learnt  to have recommended launching a series of commemorative stamps on musical  stalwarts (Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Mukesh, Bhupen Hazarika and Geeta Dutt),  painters, dancers and revolutionaries of India.

Five days Training Programme on Ethics and Values in Governance to be conducted at IC Centre for Governance, Panchgani for Director/Deputy Secretary level officers working in DOPT and other departments.-request for nominations.

Harmonization of RTI (Fee and Cost) Rules and Appeal Procedure Rules under Right to Information Act, 2005.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Requirment of taking prior permission for leaving station/headquarters for going abroad while on leave.

Postings on promotions / transfers of Private Secretary (Gazetted) General Central Service, Group 'B' (Pay Band-2: Rs. 9300-34800 + GP 4600/) - order dated 27.07.2015

Postings on promotion / transfers to the post of Serior Private Secreatary ( Gazetted ) General Service, Group 'B'( Pay Band-2: Rs. 9300-34800 + GP 4800/)

India Post to Release Series of Stamps on Well Known Singers, Writers, Freedom Fighters, Painters and Dancers

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & Information Technology
28-July-2015 12:11 IST
India Post to Release Series of Stamps on Well Known Singers, Writers, Freedom Fighters, Painters and Dancers

Promote Philately in Childrens- Ravi Shankar Prasad
The Government has decided to release series of stamps on Singers, Writers, Freedom-fighters, Painters and Dancers. It has also decided that ceremonial stamps issued so far may also be made available in all post offices for easy purchase by the public. The philatelic advisory committee which met under the Chairmanship of Minister for Communication & IT, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad yesterday also decided that stamps with picture postcards may be release on tourist places in India such as Taj Mahal, Ajanta and Ellora, Belur Math, Khajuraho etc.

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad also directed the department to conduct a letter writing competition at district level with suitable awards for the winner to promote philately among children’s. He also directed that a series of stamps on Charkha be released on 2nd October, 2015.

Further, Minister of Communication & IT also suggested having designs of philatelic stamps through crowd sourcing. Commemorative postage stamp on “Swach Bharat”, the theme of Clean India was released by Department of Posts, on 30.01.2015, the design was decided through open competition. A commemorative postage stamp on Women Empowerment is being released on 15th August, 2015, the design has been decided by crowd sourcing. The MOC&IT also desired to bring technology in philately. Mobile app should be developed so that people can have information about philatelic stamps. Social Media should be used for promoting philately.

Facebook on Philately has been introduced which has brought out awareness to the people throughout the globe. The Philatelic Advisory Committee (PAC) members comprising of eminent persons from various fields such as art, literature, music, dance participated in the meeting. In this context, it is to inform that the Philatelic Advisory Committee (PAC) members gave their valuable suggestions in the above mentioned fields and also discussed the steps to be taken for promoting Philately among the public of various age groups. Suggestions were made for promoting philately through Culture and Policies also. Joint Issues released by Department of Posts, promote Philately through Culture.

10 life lessons we learned from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

Former President & eminent scientist Dr APJ Abdul Kalam passed away in Shillong on Monday. Kalam collapsed during a speech at IIM Shillong and was immediately rushed to the nearby Bethany Hospital.
Here are some of Kalam’s inspirational sayings through which he will be remembered forever…
“You have to dream before your dreams can come true.”
“If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.”
“My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people.”
“To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.”
“Let me define a leader. He must have vision and passion and not be afraid of any problem. Instead, he should know how to defeat it. Most importantly, he must work with integrity.”
“Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended.”
“Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.”
“Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.”
“Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.”
“You see, God helps only people who work hard. That principle is very clear.”

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam passes away

Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, the 11th  President of India, popularly known as  the  "People's President",  "Rocket Scientist” and "Missile Man" passed away  at the age of 83 on 27.07.2015 in a hospital in Meghalaya. 

The death of Dr. Kalam is not only an irreparable loss to India but to the whole world. 

Dr. Kalam expired on ‘EKADASI TITHI’ when the doors are only open to the heaven. Let the departed soul rest in eternal peace in the heavenly abode.  

The AIPEU, Group-C, Bhubaneswar Division sincerely condoles the sad demise of Dr. Kalam.       

Monday, July 27, 2015

Change in ECS file Directory Path

From: Giriraj Ponnambalam
Sent: 27 July 2015 18:29
To: All  CPCs

Cc: FSI (CBS) Team, CEPT; Vinoth M. C. K.; "Raghuraman Pichumani"; Selvaraja Jeyakumar

Subject: Change in ECS file Directory Path 

Dear SPOCs, 
Infosys have intimated change in the path for the ECS files generated. finreports/CDCI is now changed to finreports/ECS. Please instruct the GPOs/ ECS service branches to use the new path in HTRFTOPC menu to download the ECS files generated using HGEOC, from tomorrow onwards. The older files (upto 27/07/2015) will be available in the old path itself.   

With regards

Giriraj Ponnambalam
Deputy Manager (FSI & RSI)
Centre for Excellence in Postal Technology, Chennai 600002
044-28543481, +91 94441 08080

From: Vanitha Chellamuthu <>

Sent: Monday, July 27, 2015 16:09


Cc: DOP_Prod_Support; Vinoth M. C. K.; Selvaraja Jeyakumar

Subject: ECS files
 Dear CEPT Team, 

ECS bulk files (using HEGOC) are generated in CDCI_LOGS path and the files are backed up once in 3 days. ECS files are required for long run, hence the path of ECS file generation is moved from /finreports/CDCI_LOGS to /finreports/ECS(new Directory). Changes has been done such that ECS text files will be generated in /finreports/ECS directory and it will remain for long run in the ECS directory. Old files which has been generated till 27-07-2015 will remain in the old path.  

Thanks & Regards,

Vanitha Chellamuthu

Govt for timely promotions in services, says Dr. Jitendra Singh

Government is in favour of timely promotions in services and the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) is constantly working on ways and means to overcome delay in providing various benefits to employees.

This was stated here today by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh, when a deputation of Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Service (CSSS) Association of Private Secretaries called on him at his North Block office.

The deputation, led by Shri Sushil Sachdeva, handed over a memorandum to Dr Jitendra Singh and said that after having put in as many as 20 to 30 years of service, the only expectation is that they would get some reward by way of timely elevation, but when this is denied, they lose the initiative to work and feel demoralised. They also complained that their agony becomes more acute when they see that their counterparts in parallel services get promoted faster and some of them become senior to them. This also affects pensionary benefits that they are entitled to receive at the time of superannuation.

The deputation leader also said that Dr Jitendra Singh is known as a Minister with highly positive and pro-employee approach and therefore, they have come to him with a great hope.

Dr Jitendra Singh gave them a patient hearing and said that various demands and grievances put up by the Association will be placed for consideration at appropriate level. He said, the Modi Government is committed to provide ‘Maximum Governance with Minimum Government’ and has adopted several radical measures to simplify governance and provide a comfortable as well as work-friendly environment for officials. It is in the same spirit that officials of different Services are also intended to be made comfortable and ensured a sense of esteem through timely promotions and befitting status in their service career, he added.

Prominent among the other members of the deputation who met the Minister were Dimple Kapoor, Girish Kumar, Alok Kumar and M.S. Rawat.
Source : PIB

Five things to know about tax benefits on home loan interest

1. The interest component in the EMI can be claimed as deduction from "income  from house and property" under Section 24 of the Income Tax Act.

2. The  maximum tax deduction allowed under Section 24 is Rs 2 lakh for self-occupied  property and if the property is not self-occupied, there is no maximum  limit.

3. The interest payments for the year shall result in a loss under  the head "income from house property" which can be adjusted in the same year  against other heads of income including salary.

4. If the property is not completed within  three years from when the loan was taken, then the interest benefit drops to rs  30,000.

5. The pre-construction interest can be claimed from the year  when the construction is complete in five equal instalments.

EPFO to launch online PF withdrawal facility in 3 months

NEW DELHI: Retirement fund body EPFO  is likely to launch the online PF withdrawals facility in next three months for  the benefit of its over six crore subscribers.

After the launch of this  facility, subscribers will be able to apply online for withdrawal of the
provident fund which will be transferred directly to their bank  accounts.

The details of the online PF withdrawal facility will be  discussed at a meeting of EPFO trustees from workers' side called by the Labour Ministry on  July 24, a senior Labour Ministry official said.

At present, the  subscribers who wish to settle their accounts with the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) are required  to apply manually for withdrawing PF.

The official said that for  launching the facility, at least 40 per cent of the Unique (portable PF) Account  Numbers (UANs) should be seeded with the Aadhaar  number and bank account details of the subscribers.

 At present, there are only 12 per cent subscribers whose Aadhaar number has been  seeded with UANs activated by them.

In order to push the online  facilities for subscribers, EPFO has become the registrar of Unique  Identification Authority of India ( UIDAI) for enrolment. It is also an online authentication  user agency of the Authority.

This would help EPFO verify the  credentials of an applicant by using the Aadhaar database.

EPFO had issued over four crore portable UANs in July last year. EPFO has been  seeding various KYC details with UANs like bank account and Aadhaar for  improving the delivery of its services.

Tthe issue of capping premature  provident fund withdrawals will also come up for discussion during the meeting  on Friday, the official said.

It is proposed that the premature PF  withdrawals should be capped at 75 per cent for EPFO subscribers at any given  time till the age of 58.
Under the existing provisions, the subscribers can withdraw the entire amount by  showing 'not employed anywhere' for a period of two months.

For  implementing the proposal, the government would have to amend the scheme by  scraping the provision of inoperative accounts, the official added.

Under this provision, a subscriber's account becomes inoperative if no  contribution is made for 36 months. The EPFO does not credit interest on  inoperative accounts.

If EPFO retain 25 per cent of a subscriber's PF till he attains the age of 58,  his account has to be credited with due interest because it will become  inoperative due to new provision, he added.