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Sunday, April 19, 2015

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Holding of DPC for consideration of Promotion to the cadre of Postmaster Gr-II in Odisha Circle

C O is going to conduct the DPC for consideration of promotion of eligible officials in Postmaster Grade - I to the cadre of PG Gr-II in post offices  Odisha Circle shortly. For the purpose, all SSPOs / SPOs in Odisha Circle have been asked by C O  to submit detailed-information (in prescribed proforma) in respect of PM Gr-I officials working under them  by 23.04.2015 for  doing needful.

End Users Training Programme for P As of Bhubaneswar Division i/c/w CBS

    DEPARTMENT OF POST                                
O/O the Sr. Supdt of Post Offices
Bhubaneswar Division, Bhubaneswar-751009
 No. -   B.12-32/(CBS)2015                      Dated at Bhubaneswar       the 17.04.2015.
 Persuance to C.O Memo No. PMU/1-2/2011(sub) dtd  31.03.15, the following officials are hereby directed to attend the training programme of End Users for CBS scheduled to be held at WTC,Circle Office, Bhubaneswar  . 
 
Sl No.
Name of Official
Name of the PO
Period of Training
Relieving Arrangement
1
Sri Ashok Ku Das
SPM, Harchandisahi SO
20.04.15 to 24.04.15
Sr. Postmaster, BBSR GPO will relieve Sri Kishore Ku Jena who is under orders of transfer to join as SPM, Harchandisahi  SO.
2
Sri Bajun Tudu
SPM, Aerodrome Area SO
-do-
The Sub-Postmaster, Nayapalli SO will depute one suitable PA to work as SPM, ADA SO  .
3
Sri Suresh Ch Tripathy
SPM, Satyanagar SO
-do-
The Postmaster, Sahidnagar MDG will depute one suitable PA to work as SPM, Satyanagar  SO
4
Sri Dolagobinda Nayak
PA, Rasulgarh SO
-do-
The Sub-Postmaster, Rasulgarh SO will make necessary  relieving arrangement
    Sr. Supdt. of Post Offices
Bhubaneswar Division
Bhubaneswar-751009

Vodafone ties up with Goa postal dept for payment of bills

Panaji, April 18:  
Telecom major Vodafone India in collaboration with the Department of Posts in Goa has introduced bill payment facility through computerised post offices.
 
Vodafone has taken the initiative to introduce ‘pay through post office facility’ to make it simple, easy, secure and less time-consuming for customers to make their bill payments, a company statement issued here today said.
 
The facility is only for operator’s post-paid customers.
 
“Post offices are spread across the State and through this partnership, Vodafone takes bill payment facility closer to home for customers living in the interiors of the State,” it added.
 
“We strongly believe this post-paid bill payment facility will significantly enhance the convenience factor for our valued customers, in remitting their monthly mobile bills,” Ashish Chandra, Business Head, Maharashtra and Goa, Vodafone India, said.
 
The facility is available at 53 computerised post offices and the company plans to extend the facility to remaining computerised post offices, he said.

Confederation News : SOLIDARITY TO BSNL EMPLOYEES

     CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT.  EMPLOYEES    WORKERS                                                                                                      
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      Email: confederationhq@gmail.com

                                    SOLIDARITY TO BSNL EMPLOYEES
 
                           All Affiliates & State Committees (COCs)
 
Dear Comrades,
                        
                    As you are aware BSNL Employees are organizing TWO DAYS NATIONWIDE STRIKE on 21st & 22nd April 2015. Their main demand is "SAVE BSNL & SAVE NATION" ie:; to change the anti-BSNL and anti-people Telecom policy of the NDA Govt which is aimed at destroying the public sector BSNL paving way for for eventual privatization. After Modi Govt coming to power, the same policy is being vigorously pursued in all Central Govt services including the biggest departments like Railways, Defence and Postal. Needless to say that success of our struggle against this policy of the Govt depends upon the success of the struggle of BSNL workers.
 
               National Secretariat of the Confederation calls upon all affiliates and COCs to express solidarity with the fighting BSNL workers by holding demonstration in front of BSNL offices at all important centers during the two day's strike.

 Yours fraternally,
 MKrishnan,
 Secretary General,
 Confederation.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Stamps on Indo-French ties in space technology released

 Chief Minister N. Rangasamy receives the set of commemorative stamps to mark the Indo-French collaboration in space technology, released by Mervin Alexander, Chief Postmaster-General, in Puducherry on Thursday. Lok Sabha member R. Radhakrishnan, Tourism Minister P. Rajavelu and French Consul-General Philippe Janvier Kamiyama are in the picture. Photo: S.S. Kumar
Chief Minister N. Rangasamy receives the set of commemorative stamps to mark the Indo-French collaboration in space technology, released by Mervin Alexander, Chief Postmaster-General, in Puducherry on Thursday. Lok Sabha member R. Radhakrishnan, Tourism Minister P. Rajavelu and French Consul-General Philippe Janvier Kamiyama are in the picture. Photo: S.S. Kumar
The Postal Department on Thursday formally launched a set of commemorative postage stamps to mark five decades of Indo-French collaboration in space technology.
The commemorative stamps feature SARAL/Altika and Megha-Tropiques satellites and were released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande on April 10 at Elysee Palace in Paris.
Speaking at the formal launch, French Consul-General Philippe Janvier Kamiyama said that India and France share a very vibrant relationship and this would be strengthened.
Good development
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales have been collaborating in space technology and launching several satellites.
This cooperation would continue for a long time and is a good development.
Chief Postmaster-General Mervin Alexander said that people may not be writing letters anymore but stamps continue to play an important role in diplomacy. This is a joint release and the commemorative postage stamps were simultaneously released by India posts and La Poste in France.
The stamps have the same set of designs and have been issued in the denomination of Rs.5 and Rs.25.
These stamps have been printed by a special process called wet offset process at the India Printing Press in Hyderabad. Around 9 million stamps have been printed and they will be made available at 60 philatelic bureaux across the country including Puducherry.
The first-day cover and miniature sheets have also been issued along with postage stamp.
Mr. Alexander said that joint philatelic release of stamps is very rare.
India and Japan had released a set of commemorative stamps during the visit of the Japanese Emperor to India last year.

All India Services (Conduct) Amendment Rules, 2015.

Civil Services Examination - Amendment in Rule 2

CCGE&W, Odisha State CoC Submitted Memorandum to Honb’le Governor of Odisha on 17.04.2015


A team of members from the State Co-ordination Committee of Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and Workers  comprising Com. K C Sahoo, Vice-President ( from Govt of India Text Book Press), Com. J K Sahoo, Joint General Secretary ( from Institute of Physics), Com. Sadashiv Acharya, Vice-President ( from Central Ground Water Board ) Com. B Samal, Organizing Secretary ( from NFPE) under the leadership of Com. R N Dhal, General Secretary met His Excellency Sj. S C Jamir, Hon’ble Governor of Odisha at 11.20 AM on 17.04.2015 and handed over him a memorandum  with brief notes on 12 point charter of Demands. 

The Hon’ble Governor gave a patient hearing to the problems of the Central Govt. employees included in the 12 point charter of demand and assured to forward the same to the Union Govt. 

The copy of the memorandum is  reproduced below.
 
 
 
 
 

The postal sector must embrace innovation

15.04.2015 - The UPU'’s World Strategy Conference has ended with a recognition that the postal sector is a critical actor in delivering solutions that foster inclusion.

The UPU and Posts must change. The UPU and Posts will change. Together we will move the world,” said the UPU's Bishar Hussein
These solutions can help the international community achieve its sustainable development goals. 
 
However, said UPU Director General Bishar A. Hussein, the current postal paradigm must be broken and decision-makers at all levels – government, regulatory and operational – must embrace innovation to ensure the postal sector’s future.
 
“My ambition is for us to deliver together by 2020 a postal world in which our sector’s unique ability to include populations, economic actors and territories is fully recognized and exploited by governments, development partners and international organizations,” said Hussein in his concluding remarks. 
 
“We must deliver a postal world where innovation is shared, promoted and driven – not as a luxury, but as a reality for all,” he added.
 
To achieve this, Hussein called for a “profound transformation” of the UPU by 2020, with quicker and more efficient decision-making processes. “The UPU and Posts must change. The UPU and Posts will change. Together we will move the world,” he said.
 
Discussions around inclusion and the need to innovate and strengthen collaboration among all members of the global supply chain – postal operators, transporters and customs authorities – dominated the discussions at the UPU’s two-day event in Geneva with more than 750 delegates in attendance.
 
“Innovation and the integration of networks, products and services are key to building a seamless postal network in line with the changing global environment,” said the director general.

E-commerce challenge

Delegates and speakers highlighted the growth of e-commerce and changing consumer habits as major challenges facing the global postal sector, with some e-tailers acknowledging they were developing their own delivery networks. Postal CEOs recognized e-commerce as an important trade enabler for small and medium-size businesses, but said postal services needed to respond adequately to this growth or risk being left behind.
 
Hussein said the UPU and its members were hearing the message loud and clear and promised that the organization would build on its existing e-commerce programme to increase the reliability of postal networks, the predictability of service delivery and the transparency of products and services for international customers. 
 
With so much change happening in the areas of mobile technologies, postal financial services, logistics, e-commerce and more, delegates called for a renewed approach to how governments regulate the postal sector. “All of this [change] must be supported by enabling regulation,” noted Hussein.

Universal service obligation

The conference also highlighted the importance of the universal service obligation as an essential infrastructure supporting inclusion objectives. The global postal network of some 663,000 post offices is a key asset in extending social, financial and economic inclusion for citizens and small and medium-size businesses everywhere. 
 
Some 750 delegates representing 135 UPU member countries, including ministers, regulators, postal executives and other postal-sector stakeholders such as leaders of labour unions, trade and migration organizations and representatives of United Nations and other international organizations, attended the Strategy Conference, which was chaired by the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire.
 
Insights from the conference will feed the process aimed at drafting the UPU’s next world postal strategy to be delivered at the Universal Postal Congress in Istanbul, Turkey, in September 2016.

UPU News : Posts can help bridge e-commerce divide for SMEs

14.04.2015 - The UPU and Posts have an important role to play in helping facilitate trade so that small- and medium-sized companies can take part in the global economy, said speakers on Day 2 of the World Strategy Conference in Geneva.

(Photo: UPU/Pierre Albouy)

With their vast network of outlets – some 640,000 worldwide – and wide range of services, including digital, financial and logistics services, postal operators can help micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) become participants in the global e-commerce market.
 
To date, large, multinational organizations have benefitted the most from the explosive development of the e-commerce sector, according to Xiaozhun Yi, deputy director general, World Trade Organization. 
 
But Yi and other speakers agreed there is great potential to grow SMEs, which play a vital role in many economies around the world. E-commerce can open the door to new markets and business opportunities for SMEs, while reducing their transaction costs, increasing their overall competitiveness, Yi explained. 
 
However, the obstacles preventing SMEs from taking that step are numerous and vary from country to country. In developing countries, for example, infrastructure is often a challenge. Barriers include lack of Internet access. Lengthy customs procedures for exporting goods can also be daunting for SMEs, which cannot afford to pay a customs broker, as Sandra Davoren, Secretary General of the Caribbean Postal Union told delegates.
 
 Arancha Gonzalez, the International Trade Centre’s executive director, believes lower trading costs are “essential” for SMEs, and are a deciding factor in whether a small business stays in its domestic market or expands abroad. 
 
“Logistical efficiency and improvements in the facilitation of trade are essential ingredients for the competitiveness of SMEs, Gonzalez explained. “It’s very important that organizations like UPU take this and put this at the heart of the agenda.” 
 
Peru’s SERPOST revealed its efforts in this area. In 2007, Peru launched its participation in the programme designed specifically for SMEs called Exporta Facil. 
 
Originally a Brazilian concept, Exporta Facil enables SMEs to use online tools to cut red tape, such as electronic customs forms, through the Post. The postal operator automatically receives the information and can immediately process and dispatch the item abroad. 
 
The service is also accessible: SMEs can send items 365 days a year at outlets throughout the country. They also benefit from lower costs, according to Friberg Quispe Grajeda, director general of SERPOST. The postal operator is also reaping benefits, with more than 18 billion USD in exports sent via Exporta Facil to date. 
 
 “E-commerce is growing and our aim as a state is to develop an instrument that facilitates the delivery of parcels to other destinations,” Grajeda told the conference. 
 
 Of course, the IT revolution has also changed other areas of business for the post. Amid declining letter volumes and booming package delivery, posts, governments and regulators are taking a closer look at universal service obligations. Different approaches are emerging throughout the world. Canada, for example, is stopping door-to-door mail delivery in favour of community mailboxes.
 
In Europe, where Internet and mobile penetration is high and postal networks are firmly established throughout rural and urban regions, the future focus should be on creating a better and more secure network for parcels, according to Torstein Olsen, director general of Norwegian Post and the Telecommunications Authority. “A new definition of postal services may be required,” Olsen said.  
 
In Africa, in contrast, there is still much work to be done in terms of expanding the network of postal offices to rural areas so that all citizens have access to postal services. Ethiopia, for example, has embarked on a project in which it is transforming telecom centres in rural villages into centres that provide telecom, IT and postal services. 
 
The lack of addressing systems is a major issue for Africa as well, according to Younouss Djibrine, secretary general of the Pan African Postal Union (PAPU). Improving infrastructure is a key pillar in PAPU’s preparations for “tomorrow’s universal postal service”, along with the diversification of services and postal regulation.

National Pension System: Tax sops for govt staff

Government employees looking to increase the equity exposure of their National Pension System (NPS) corpus to above the current cap of 15% may soon have that option. An expert committee, appointed by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA), has proposed the government employees be given the option of investing up to 50% of their NPS fund in equities, as is the case with the corporate-sector staff.
 
While the regulator said it would take a call on the GN Bajpai panel’s recommendation in 2-3 weeks, analysts discounted the possibility of a big rush among the government staff, characteristically risk-averse, to turn more towards equity investments. Even as the combined NPS corpus (asset under management or AUM) of the central and state government employees stood at close to R73,000 crore at the end of March 2015, the average exposure of these funds to equity was a mere 9%, significantly below the ceiling of 15%.
 
TAX-SOPSThe private sector NPS users, whose corpus is just 7% of the total AUM of R80,855 crore (as at FY15-end), have barely used up the equity window, with just 16% of their corpus invested in equity instruments.
Yet, there could be tens of thousands of employees who must have hit the equity investment cap and are looking for higher returns that an increased equity exposure might yield (the total number of government-sector NPS subscribers is at 41.4 lakh). Suggesting that the relative under-performance of the stock market for a few years till FY14 must have added to the government employees turning away from equities, PFRDA chairman Hemant G Contractor said the trend could change in the current fiscal year.
 
While the annualised return from the central-government NPS was below 11%, the returns from equity investments by the corporate-sector NPS subscribers have been much higher (see chart).
 
To multiply NPS users’ equity investment avenues, the Bajpai panel has also recommended investing the funds in private equities, venture capital funds and exchange traded funds, subject to the overall cap.

Court stays recruitment process


AURANGABAD: The Aurangabad bench of the Bombay high court (HC) has stayed the recruitment process being conducted by the postal department.

During the entrance examination conducted at 26 centres across the state on March 29, some visually impaired students in Osmanabad were denied entry on the grounds that they were accompanied by writers/scribe having qualification above std X. Thereafter, five visually impaired students had approached the court.

In January this year, the postal department had invited online applications from eligible candidates for direct recruitment for the posts of postman/mail guard in postal/RMS divisions.
The department's notification clearly provided specific reservation for visually impaired candidates. Accordingly, the eligible visually impaired candidates applied by January 24 and were provided online admit cards soon.

Lawyer Swapnil Tawshikar, who filed a writ petition in the HC on behalf of the aggrieved party, told TOI, "In the list of instructions mentioned on the admit cards, visually impaired candidates were allowed to take assistance of scribe/writers for the said examination. However, 25 such candidates, who reached the exam centre in Osmanabad, were not allowed to appear for the examination on the ground that the writers brought by them had education qualification above matriculation."

Vishal Lohare (24), a native of from Latur district, along with four students decided to represent the 25 candidates who were not allowed to appear for the examination. All the five candidates approached the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay HC and filed a writ petition through lawyers Tawshikar and Anant Devakate.

Tawshikar said the HC bench comprising justices SS Shinde and PR Bora heard the matter on April 10. The lawyers told the court the guidelines issued by the central government make it clear that visually impaired people can take assistance of writers while appearing for any written examination. The guidelines further mention that there shall be no restrictions on education qualifications, marks and age of the writer.
 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

PRE - RETIREMENT COUNSELLING WORKSHOP ON 29 APRIL 2015

Indian postal unions plan “indefinite” national strike

 
Post & Parcel

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
 
Indian postal workers unions have called for an “indefinite” national strike from 6th May.
 
The unions, including the National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE), the Federation of National Postal Organisations (FNPO), the All India Postal Employees’ Union and the National Union of Gramin Dak Sewaks (rural postal workers), have issued an extensive 40-point Charter of Demands. Their key concerns are focused on the demand that should be “no corporatisation and privatisation in Postal Services”, as well as issues over pay and pensions.
 
Union members and their supporters have been organising mass rallies and meeting in the run-up to their planned strike.
 
The leaders of the postal unions say they are acting in response to “anti-worker, anti-employees, anti-people policies” of India’s National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, which returned to power in last year’s elections on a ticket of more privatisation.
 
“Postal department is not the only organization that suffers. The existence of each and every government organization is now at stake,’ claimed union spokesperson, Janardan Pati.