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Sunday, September 24, 2017

JUSTIFICATION OF DEMAND RAISED BY CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS FOR MAHAPADAV NEW DELHI ON 9-11 NOVEMBER 2017

Your postman may soon become the point of contact for all your financial work

NEW DELHI: Come 2018 and the humble postman will be armed with a high-tech device that will enable him to carry out various financial transaction at the door step of people. 

The India Post Payment Bank, which plans to launch nationwide operations by March 2018, is coming up with a large contract to source such devices for more than 1.5 lakh postmen. 

The equipment, a micro-ATM of sorts, will have a biometric reader, a printer and a debit card and credit card reader attached to it. A tender for 2 lakh such devices is almost ready and will be released in a month’s time, India Post Payment Bank chief executive AP Singh told ET. Hewlett Packard Enterprise has already been chosen to build the backend for India Post Payment Bank as a system integrator. 

“The idea is to streamline and focus on payments through the bank. We have identified close to one dozen payments, including utility bills such as gas and electricity, mobile, DTH, school fees, etc.”, which the payments bank will seek to facilitate, Singh said. India Post is working on an app that will enable these payments. 

It will also allow booking of bus and unreserved train tickets, categories which are highly cash dependant. “Even small payments such as for fruits and vegetable, and welfare payment transfers under the direct benefits transfer scheme are on the radar,” said Singh. 

“We have to focus on payments rather than deposits,” said Singh. Reserve Bank of India rules don’t allow payments banks to take deposits, the key and cheap source of funds for conventional banks. To generate revenue, India Post Payment Bank will charge each payment transaction that happens through its app, either from the customer or the bill company, Singh said. 

“The Post Office already has 35 crore accounts, we are targeting around 8 crore households in the next five years (as customers for the payments bank).” 

At a recent UN conference, Singh had said while private sector rivals such as Paytm and Airtel Payments Bank would skim the market from the top, India Post would have a bottoms up approach. Arming the postman with the micro-ATM and turning him into a sort of a banking correspondent may be part of the plan to target rural and the semi-urban areas. 

“The micro ATM and the banking correspondent model has been tried and may help in turning cash into digital at the last leg, even though it may take some time,” said Vivek Belgavi, partner and India FinTech Leader at PwC. 

In a village, the nearest bank branch may be 10-25 kms away and the India Post, with its huge network of post offices and postmen, may be able to effectively cater to that audience, he added. The proposed India Post app will allow person-to-person transactions. 

In the dozen key bill payments it is targeting, those who aren’t familiar with operating an app on their own can approach the postmen armed with micro-ATMs to help them make payments. 

Meanwhile, as opposed to the earlier plan of having separate branches for the payment bank, India Post is looking to capitalise on the existing network of 1.55 lakh post offices and 3 lakh employees on the postal network.  
Source : http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/

Saturday, September 23, 2017

GRANT OF DEARNESS ALLOWANCE REVISED RATES FROM 01/.07/2017 - DEPT OF POSTS ORDER

Mascot Design Competition for Postal life Insurance/Rural Postal Life Insurance

Commemorative postage stamps on "DIWALI INDIA CANADA: JOINT ISSUE"

India Post issued a set of 2 commemorative postage stamps on "DIWALI INDIA CANADA: JOINT ISSUE" of denominations Rs 25 and Rs 5 each on 21.09.2017

3 Day Relay Dharna before Parliament

S B Order No. 12 / 2017 : Revision of Commission to SAS Agents on KVP


Happy Navratri

Travel entitlements of Government employees for the purpose of LTC post Seventh Central Pay Commission-clarification reg

Disbursement of Salary for the month of September-2017


Grant of Dearness Allowance to C G Employees - Revised rates effective from 01.07.2017


ANOTHER ATTACK ON TRADE UNION RIGHTS

On call of Confederation for organizing Dharna on 19th September 2017 & 17th October 2017 DOP&T has issued a Threatening circular which is placed below.

Trade unions have every right to protest the anti-working class policies of the Government and we will remain organizing agitational programmes as per the right provided by the constitution of India.
Click here to view - DOP&T Circular

Ever more Indians are struggling to find work

A DOZEN hefty wooden crates sit outside a small factory on the outskirts of Lucknow, the capital of India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh. On the shop floor inside, where chattering machines bag and package herbal teas, a manager explains what will happen when he opens the crates. “His job will go,” he says, nodding at one boiler-suited operator. “And his over there, and that one’s too.”

Improved technology has already boosted the firm’s output fivefold since its launch in 2002, with no increase in staff. The new machines in the crates, which require a single operator rather than three, will double it again. But the manager insists that, as in the past, he will somehow find jobs for everyone—as drivers or even watchmen if necessary.

 Few Indian workers have such conscientious employers. They do, however, increasingly face similar risks of redundancy, or of failing to find a decent job in the first place. A big part of the challenge stems from automation. According to McKinsey, a consulting firm, machines could eliminate some 52% of India’s jobs if current technology were adopted across the board. This affects not only manufacturing. For the first time in nearly a decade, India’s high-flying IT industry this year laid off thousands of workers. A survey of private-sector workers by the Economic Times, an Indian daily, found 62% agreeing that their job prospects were shrinking.

India’s labour force will soon overtake China as the world’s largest, but the country is struggling to generate opportunities for a workforce with the wrong skills. Slowing economic growth, a decline in investment rates, the shock of economic reforms, a long-term decline in agricultural employment and a faulty education system have combined to reduce the proportion of Indians who hold proper jobs.

India is also in the midst of a demographic transition, as birth rates fall. The share of the population that is of working age is peaking relative to the share of children and old people. That should, as long as jobs are available, lift the rate of economic growth. Yet the proportion of working-age people actually in work has been falling steadily (see chart). India, home to a sixth of humanity, is in danger of forfeiting its “demographic dividend”.
The numbers are daunting. Just to keep unemployment in check, India needs to create some 10m-12m jobs a year. When economic growth is strong, it has just been able to do that: the government’s Labour Bureau estimates that from 2013 to 2015 the economy added 11m jobs a year. A slowdown in the prior two-year period, however, had kept job growth at half that level, leaving a shortfall of 10m jobs. The tipping point seems to be economic growth of about 7%. Ominously, growth has steadily slowed since 2016; in the quarter ending in June it fell to 5.7%, although transitory factors may have played a part in that.

The data on jobs are also unreliable. Officially, India’s jobless rate has hovered at an enviable 4% for many years. But the government is generous in its definition of work. By its own admission, some 35% of workers in 2015—the most recent year for which in-depth surveys are available—had held a job for less than 11 months in the previous year. According to the World Bank, over 30% of Indians between the ages of 15 and 29 are NEETs, “not in education, employment or training”.

This may be an exaggeration. In a country where some 86% of workers are reckoned to be in “informal” employment—ie untaxed and without a contract—counting can be difficult. But the pressure for jobs is real. Last year thousands of Jats, a community in northern India that traditionally owned small farms but has become increasingly urbanised, rioted to press demands for an expanded quota of government jobs. The unrest left 25 dead and briefly severed the main water supply to Delhi, India’s capital. Other castes and ethnic groups have taken similar action in recent years, in the same hope of strong-arming their way into jobs.

Successive Indian governments have tried to tackle the dearth of employment. One massive state program, the world’s largest, doles out millions of temporary make-work jobs in rural areas. The current government has also tried to boost skills. Last year its National Skill Development Corporation trained some 557,000 workers. By its own count, however, only 12% of these trainees found jobs. The central government has also promised to clarify India’s dauntingly complex labour rules: it says it will streamline compliance, and shrink some 44 different labour statutes into four simpler bundles.

The rules are indeed onerous. In many states, firms with more than 100 employees must seek government approval to fire a single worker. As a result, many resort to contractors to fill their payrolls with temporary hires, a solution that evades red tape but produces neither dedicated staff nor a happy workplace. Other companies simply choose to stay small: some 98.6% of non-farm businesses have fewer than 10 workers. This carries a long-term cost in productivity. Indian garment-makers, for example, tend to be tiny. Small wonder that competitors in such countries as Vietnam and Bangladesh, where giant factories are plugged into global supply chains, now far outpace India in exports.

India’s biggest industrial firms have found yet another solution. Surprisingly for a relatively poor country, their factories tend be more capital-intensive than those of their counterparts in China. For example, at a sprawling site outside the southern city of Chennai run by Hyundai, a South Korean firm, some 8,500 workers toil alongside 530 robots. The fully digitised facility turned out 661,000 cars last year, one every 72 seconds. It ranks second in productivity and quality among the firm’s 34 factories around the world; its engine plant is number one. “What we have here is an integrated cascade between suppliers and the assembly line,” says Ganesh Mani, the vice-president for production, “The entire ecosystem has to be in sync.”

Not all Indian workplaces can hope for such efficiency. But if the government does not do more to boost growth and to tip the balance between hiring people and installing robots, the jobs crunch will grow ever more severe. The problem requires not tinkering at the edges, but a concerted effort to put India’s economic ecosystem—from underfunded and poorly run schools, to a hopelessly clogged legal system, to ensnaring webs of red tape, to overburdened infrastructure—in sync.
Source :  https://www.economist.com

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for filling up the posts of Postman / Mail Guard for the vacancies for the year 2017-18



Department of Posts, India
Office of the Chief Postmaster General
Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar-751001.

No. RE/30-22/2017-18                 dated at Bhubaneswar    18th September,2017.
To                                                                                  
The PMG, Berhampur Region / Sambalpur Region 
All SSPOs/ SPOs in Odisha Circle
All SRMs/SSRM in Odisha Circle

Sub :   Holding of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for filling up the posts of Postman / Mail Guard for the  vacancies    for the year 2017-18 as per revised recruitment rules and revised syllabus.

            I am directed to intimate that the above said Examination is scheduled to be held on 29.10.2017 (Sunday) as per the revised Recruitment   Rules i.e. the Department of Posts (Postman and Mail Guard) Recruitment             Rules, 2010 as amended from time to time and as per revised syllabus. The detailed time schedule for holding the examination is as follows:

1.    Time schedule of the Departmental Examination for promotion to the cadre of Postman/ Mail Guard

Activity
Date /Time
Last  date for submission of application by candidates in the prescribed proforma to immediate controlling authorities concerned
05.10.2017
Last date for receipt of applications at Divisional Office from controlling authorities
10.10.2017
Date of submission of proforma report with number of candidates to appear in the Examination to CO/RO by Divisions
13.10.2017
Issue of Admit cards by Divisions
18.10.2017
Date of Examination at CO/RO HQ
29.10.2017(Sunday)
Timings of Examination
10.00 AM to 12.00 AM

2.Method of filling up of the vacancies :-

                  As per the Department of Posts (Postman and Mail Guard) Recruitment Rules, 2010, Column (11) (a) & (b)  and 12 (i) & (ii) circulated vide CO letter No.RE/30-13/1975(Rlg)/Corr dated 02.02.2011 & Department of Posts(Postman & Mail Guard) Recruitment(Amendment) Rule 2012 circulated vide CO letter No.RE/30-13/75(Rlg)/ corr. dated 19.07.2012
     
3.Eligibility  condition to apply for the Examination  :-
    For Postman:

       (i)Multi Tasking Staff (MTS) of the recruiting Division with three years regular service in the grade including service put in, if any against an erstwhile Group-D post on regular basis as on 1.4.2017 with satisfactory record of service are eligible to appear in the Departmental Examination for promotion to Postman  cadre (against 50% of vacancies).

(ii) Gramin Dak Sevaks of the recruiting Division who have worked for at least five years in that capacity as on 01.04.2017 are eligible to appear in the Departmental Examination for promotion to the cadre of Postman (against 50% of vacancies).
For Mail Guard:
(i) Multi Tasking Staff (MTS) of the recruiting Division with three years regular service in the grade including service put in, if any, against an erstwhile Group-D post on regular basis as on 1.4.2017 with satisfactory record of service are eligible to appear in the Departmental Examination for promotion to Postman/ Mail Guard  cadre (against 25% of vacancies).
(ii) Gramin Dak Sevaks of the recruiting Division who have worked for at least five years in that capacity as on 01.04.2017 are eligible to appear in the Departmental Examination for promotion to the cadre of Postman/ Mail Guard (against 25% of vacancies).
The age limit of Gramin Dak Sevaks  for appearing in the LDCE for promotion to the cadre of Postman / Mail Guard shall be 50 years as on 01.04.2017 (Relaxable  for those belonging to Schedules Caste/ Scheduled Tribe upto five years and for those belonging to  Other Backward Castes upto three years).
4.Educational Qualification:

No educational qualification is prescribed for direct recruitment on the basis of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination.

5. Vacancies

The vacancy position for the years 2017-18 for Postman and Mail Guard is at Annexure-IV. The vacancy position may also vary/change depending on mistakes being detected and reported by the units subsequently. 

6.    General Conditions:
(i)    The Departmental Examination shall be common for both MTS and GDS.
(ii)   Reservation benefit as applicable to SC/ST/OBC/PH will be provided in case of recruitment of GDS to the cadre of Postman/ Mail Guard etc.
(iii)  The Departmental Examination may also be conducted for the Divisions where no vacancies are declared. The cases of candidates of such Divisions will be considered as per rules.
(iv) There will be no limit to the number of chances allowed to an MTS (Group-C) official or GDS for appearing the Postman/Mail Guard Examination provided he/ she is within the prescribed age limit (Directorate letter No. 44-31/87-SPB-I dated 28.8.90).
(v) The heads of the Unit/ Division will call for the applications in the prescribed proforma (enclosed vide Annexure-I), scrutinize those applications as per Department of Posts Postman/Mail Guard Recruitment Rules, 2010 & Department of Posts Postman/Mail Guard Rectt(amendment) Rules, 2012 and then issue Admit Cards to the eligible candidates by the scheduled date(18-10-2017). A specimen copy of the proforma for issue of Admit Cards  is enclosed in Annexure-II. The candidates should also be instructed to submit two copies of recent passport size photographs duly attested along with their applications duly filled in the prescribed proforma.                                       
(vi) One copy of the photograph will be pasted on the application form at the space provided for the purpose and another photograph to be used at the time of issue of Admit Card.
                 7   .  A list of candidates separately for Departmental candidate and GDS should be prepared in the prescribed proforma enclosed as Annexure-III and the same should be submitted to this office by the scheduled date(13.10.2017). The name of the Departmental candidates as well as GDS should be furnished in separate proforma report in order of their seniority in their respective post/ cadre. At the end of the list in the proforma report  a summary should be drawn as follows :
 (i)Total no. of  Departmental candidates  - (MTS) applied for examination.
(a)Total no. of Departmental candidates permitted to appear the Examination.
(b)Total no. of Departmental candidates not permitted to appear the Examination.
(ii)    Total no. of  GDS applied for the examination.
(a)Total no. of GDS permitted to appear the examination.
(b)Total no. of GDS not permitted to appear the        examination.


8.The Examination will be conducted at the HQ  of three Regions in the Circle. The Officer nominated by CO/RO will conduct the examination as per schedule.

     9.The pattern and syllabus for examination
    The pattern and syllabus for examination to fill up the posts of Postman & Mail Guard by promotion on the basis of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination by promotion from amongst MTS & Direct Recruit from amongst GDS will be as per revised syllabi and pattern issued vide Directorate letter NO.45-14/2012-SPB-I dated 17.01.2014 circulated vide CO letter No.RE/30-13/75(Rlg)/Corr/Ch-III dated 24.02.2014 and as follows.  The qualifying marks will be as mentioned in the annexure to the Directorate letter No. 45-14(ii)/2012-SPB-I dated 31.07.2012 circulated vide CO letter No. RE/30-13/75(Rlg)/Corr dated 18.09.2012.

Papers
Subject
Day and Date
Time of Examination
Duration
Part ‘A’- 25 marks- 25 Multiple Choice Questions
General Knowledge, Reasoning and Analytical ability




29.10.2017 (Sunday







10.00 AM
to
12.00 AM







120 minutes



Part ‘B’- 25 marks- 25 Multiple Choice Questions
Mathematics
Part ‘C’-Segment(i)- 25 marks- 25-Objective Type /Multiple Choice Questions
English language
Part ‘C’-Segment(ii)- 25 marks- 25-Objective Type /Multiple Choice Questions
Regional language (Odia)

10. The Centre Supervisor nominated by Circle Office / Regional Office will select venue for the examination and will intimate to the respective Divisional units before the scheduled date for  issue of Admit Cards.

(a)The examination will be conducted by Centre Supervisors strictly in accordance with the rules and regulations as contained in appendix-37 of P & T Manual Vol. IV.
(b)At the conclusion of the examination the Centre Supervisors concerned will arrange to send the following reports/ documents to the undersigned immediately for further action.

(i)Statement of candidates permitted to appear the examination.

(ii)Necessary  certificate of the Centre Supervisor and the Invigilators.

(iii)Diagram of the sitting arrangement in the examination hall.

               The  contents of this letter may please be circulated among all concerned at once including APS candidates, if on deputation to APS and applications from them should be called for accordingly in the prescribed proforma vide Annexure-I.
        The Divisional Heads are requested to notify the community wise vacancy of their Divisions along with this notification.
     
      Receipt of this letter may please be acknowledged.



(S.C.Sahoo)
Asst. Director (Recruitment)
For CPMG, Odisha Circle
Bhubaneswar-751001
Encl : As above

            Copy of this letter is issued for information and necessary action to:
1.    The ADG (DE), Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, New Delhi-110001 for kind information w.r.t letter No. A-34012/01/2017-DE dated 20-02-2017
2.    The Officer In-charge, P & T Administrative Cell, C/o 56 APO and also C/o 99 APO
3.    The APMG (Vig), C.O, Bhubaneswar.
4.    All Circle Secretaries of recognised Service Unions / Associations in Odisha Circle.
5.    The AD(Staff)/AD(Estt),C.O,BBSR.

Asst. Director (Recruitment)
For CPMG, Odisha Circle
Bhubaneswar-751001

Annexure-I
Proforma Application

Passport size photo
 duly attested to be
affixed here

Application for appearing Postman/ Mail Guard Examination to be held on 29.10.17 (Sunday)

(To be filled in by the candidate in his/her own handwriting)

1
Name of the MTS/ GDS in full (In Block Letter)


2
Community of the MTS/GDS (Whether SC/ST/OBC)

3
Present post held and office where working

4
Date of birth (as recorded in Educational Certificate/ Office record)

5
Age as  on 1st April 2017

6
Date of joining in the Department as GDS (For GDS only)

7
Whether completed a minimum of 5 years of satisfactory service as on 1st April 2017 (in case of GDS only)

8
Date of joining in the Department as MTS (Erstwhile Gr-D) on regular basis (in case of MTS only)

9
Whether  completed 3 years of regular service as on 1st April 2017[in the case of MTS  (Erstwhile Gr.D) only]

10
If the applicant is physically handicapped. If so, the required supporting document may be furnished.

11
Whether the GDS is willing to work anywhere in the neighbouring Division/Unit if he/she qualifies in the examination.

12
Centre for which applied for (Bhubaneswar for HQ Region/ Berhampur for Berhampur Region/ Sambalpur for Sambalpur Region)

13
Whether opts to answer in Hindi/ English


Declaration

         I do hereby declare that the information furnished by me above are true to the best of my knowledge and belief.
Place __________________
Date ___________________
Signature of the applicant in full

Certificate to be furnished by the unit/ Sub-Divisional head

      Certified that the information furnished by the candidate/ applicant at Serial No. 1 to 10 have been verified with reference to their service records and are found to be correct. His/her records of service are found to be satisfactory/ unsatisfactory and hence his/her case is recommended/ not recommended.

Signature of Head of the Unit/ Division
 with date and office seal

Annexure-II
Department of Posts, India
Office of __________________
                              Division

Admit Card

Passport  size photo
duly attested
to be affixed here

To
            Shri / Smt./Ms._________________________
            __________________________________
            __________________________________
           
            No.___________________                                  Dated _________________

Sub : Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for filling up of  posts in Postman/ Mail Guard cadre scheduled to be held on 29.10.2017 (Sunday)


            You are hereby permitted to appear the above mentioned examination scheduled to be held on 29.10.2017 at __________________Centre.
1. Your Roll No. is ____________________
2. The Venue of Examination is ________________________________

3. The Time table of the examination is given below:
Papers
Subject
Day and Date
Time of Examination
Duration
Part ‘A’- 25 marks- 25 Multiple Choice Questions
General Knowledge, Reasoning and Analytical ability







29.10.2017 (Sunday)







10.00 AM
to
12.00 AM







120 minutes

Part ‘B’- 25 marks- 25 Multiple Choice Questions
Mathematics
Part ‘C’-Segment(i)- 25 marks- 25-Objective Type /Multiple Choice Questions
English language
Part ‘C’-Segment(ii)- 25 marks- 25-Objective Type /Multiple Choice Questions
Regional language (Odia)
 4. You will be supplied in the examination hall with blank answer books/ papers for writing your answers. You must bring your own pen and pencil only for the purpose.
5. You should bring this authority (Admit Card) signed by you and the signature duly attested by the Head of the office in which you are working and produce the same before the Centre Supervisor, failing which you will not be allowed to the Examination Hall.
At the close of the examination, you should surrender this Admit Card to the Centre Supervising Officer.

Signature of the candidate

Attested
Heads of Office with seal

Signature of the authorities issuing Admit Card