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Friday, October 24, 2014

Meetings held by 7th CPC

Meetings held by 7th CPC (as on 21.10.2014)
DateMeeting with
At Leh: Personnel of Indian Army, Indian Air Force, Defence Institute of High Altitude Research, DRDO, BRO, ITBP, MES, All Ladakh Central Government Employees Association
At Dehradun: Non-Gazetted Officers’ Association, LBSNAA; National Institute for the Visually Handicapped Employees’ Union; Ministerial Staff Association, Survey of India; Topographical Staff Association, Survey of India; Class III Service Association, Survey of India; Central Government Library Association; Faculty, Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy; Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy Staff Association; Faculty, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education
At Dehradun: National Defence Medical Laboratory Technical Staff Association; All India Association of Clerical Employees of Ordnance Factories; Employees Union Ordnance Factory, Dehradun; All India Association of Non-Gazetted Officers of Ordnance & Equipment Factories and Quality Assurance Organization; Staff Association, Rashtriya Indian Military College; All India DGQA Engineers Association; Wildlife Institute of India

7th CPC News : Commission's visit to Mumbai

The commission has, in its first phase of interaction, been seeking the views of various stakeholders on its terms of reference. To this end, meetings have been held in Delhi with various organisations and heads of various agencies.
In its second phase of interaction, the Commission has started holding meetings in different parts of the country to facilitate stakeholders staying in various areas to present their views personally before the Commission and ensure larger representation. This exercise is being undertaken to enable the Commission to get a first-hand impression about the functioning and the condition of service prevailing in different parts of the country.
Accordingly, the Commission, headed by its Chairman, Justice Shri A. K. Mathur, proposes to visit Mumbai from 6th November, 2014 to 8th November, 2014. The Commission would like to invite various entities/associations/federations representing any/all categories of employees covered by the terms of Reference of the Commission to present their views.
Your request for a meeting with the Commission may be sent through e-mail to the Secretary, 7th Central Pay Commission at The memorandum already submitted by the requesting entity may also be sent as an attachment with this e-mail.
The last date for receiving request for meeting is 30th October, 2014 (1700 hours).

Bureaucrats asked not to act on oral orders from ministers

NEW DELHI: Ministers or their personal staff may no longer be able to get any work done by merely passing an 'oral' order as government officials have been advised not to go ahead with any decision unless written orders are issued by their immediate superiors.

The advisory, issued as part of an office memorandum at the behest of Prime Minister's Office (PMO) last week, will be applicable to staff across ministries where a junior official will carry out oral order of his/her senior only after getting written confirmation. Written confirmation of any oral order will be a must, irrespective of whether such instructions are in accordance with the rules or not.

In recent years, ministers have often been reluctant to record their observations and have instead instructed officials verbally. While some officers insist that orders be spelt out on file, in several cases, including some crucial ones, babus have gone ahead and complied with the ministers' wishes. By issue the latest missive, the PMO has also put ministers on alert. The instructions from the PMO are the latest in a series of advisories and orders on toning up the government and improving the overall decision-making process.

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"If any officer receives oral instructions from the minister or from his personal staff and the orders are in accordance with the norms, rules, regulations or procedures, they should be brought to the notice of the secretary (or the head of department where the officer concerned is working in)", said the manual, referred to by the office memorandum (OM).

In case the orders are "not in accordance with the norms, rules, regulations or procedures", an official should approach the secretary "stating clearly that the oral instructions are not in accordance with the rules".

Though the government manual talks about certain exceptions during emergency/urgency or when a minister is on tour or sick, it still insists that the officer should obtain the order in writing from the minister's private secretary and get it confirmed when the minister returns.

The manual said, "In rare and urgent cases when the minister is on tour or is sick and his approval has to be taken on telephone, the decision of the minister shall be conveyed by his private secretary in writing. In such case, confirmation will be obtained on file when the minister returns to headquarters or rejoins."

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Besides spelling out such dos and don'ts for babus on oral order, the ministry of personnel through the OM also instructed all ministries to conduct a regular weekly training programme for junior officials.

Noting that the present training structures were largely meant for senior civil servants as part of their "induction training" and "mandatory mid-career training", the OM, issued on October 17, said, "Perhaps, there is no training being imparted at ministry/department level covering all its Group B and C employees on same subject."

It noted that such training is also important for officials, ranging from UDC to under secretary, in this "era of rapid transformation and heightened expectation of prompt and effective public service delivery".

"The effectiveness with which the new policies are implemented will largely be dependent on the quality of civil service administration and the ability of its members to operate effectively in the changed environment. This requires a continuous focus on training of employees," said the OM.

Accordingly, the ministry of personnel advised all central departments to hold "an hour in-house weekly training" for all employees on a regular basis without dislocating their work.

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.