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Sunday, July 24, 2016

7th Pay Commission latest news: Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi to issue notification of salary hike within 7 days

 More than 47 lakh Central Government employees and 53 lakh pensioners have been eagerly waiting for implementation of 7th Pay Commission.
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New Delhi, July 23: The newly appointed IAS officer Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi who was given an additional charge of chief of implementation cell of the 7th pay Commission is likely to issue a notification of salary hike within seven days. Chaturvedi who had earlier worked as a Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) chief has been working on the implementations of 7CPC recommendations which was approved by Narendra Modi government last month.

According to a Finance Ministry official quoted by The Sen Times, the cell will issue the notification within 7 to 10 days. Which means more than 47 lakh Central Government employees eagerly waiting for the pay hike will get their increased salaries under the new pay matrix from August 1, excluding new allowances.

The implementation cell chief has been appointed by the Union Government to avoid national level strike threatened by union officials. The appointment of Chaturvedi came on Thursday, as Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) named him as the chief of implementation cell of 7CPC.
Chaturvedi, who had worked as a CBSE chief earlier is a Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS officer of 1987 batch, was three months ago given the additional charge of Joint Secretary in the cell for three months. But after Ministry’s order, the cell is to be headed by Chaturvedi with the help of nine other staff.

The Union Cabinet decided to constitute a committee headed by Finance Secretary for further examination of the recommendations of 7CPC on allowances including HRA, DA, health insurance, transport allowance and many other. The Cabinet had accepted some recommendations but with the many Central Government employees are unhappy as the requested minimum wage was increased to Rs 18,000 and the demand was made of Rs 26,000.

The Central Government employees had also threatened to call for an indefinite strike from July 11 which was later called off after Union Government decided to set up a high-level committee to look into their demand. More than 47 lakh Central Government employees and 53 lakh pensioners have been eagerly waiting for implementation of 7CPC.

NASA's New Horizons postage stamp enters Guinness Book of World Records!

Zee Media Bureau, Wednesday, July 20, 2016

 Image courtesy: NASA/Dan Afzal/U.S. Postal Service

New Delhi: NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is currently administering a probe in and around Pluto and for those of you who are unaware, it is also carrying a 1991 “Pluto Not Yet Explored” postage stamp.

 Yesterday, July 19, NASA proudly announced that the stamp in question has earned a Guinness Book of World Record honour for the farthest distance traveled by a postage stamp!

Jimmy Coggins, official adjudicator for Guinness World Records, during a presentation ceremony on July 19 in the Hall of Flags at U.S. Postal Service Headquarters in Washington, D.C., said, “Our mission is to make the amazing official,” as reported by NASA.

Well, it certainly seems like they have! As per NASA, the 29-cent “Pluto Not Yet Explored” stamp became a rallying cry for the New Horizons mission team, which affixed it on the spacecraft at Cape Canaveral, Florida, prior to launch on Jan. 19, 2006. The stamp hitched a ride of more than 3.2 billion miles to Pluto, reaching the dwarf planet on July 14, 2015, bringing humanity its first breathtaking close-ups of the mysterious world.

However, the stamp was cancelled last July when New Horizons flew past Pluto.

The “Pluto Not Yet Explored” stamp is now 274-million miles (441-million kilometers) beyond Pluto, in a quest of sorts, it seems, to break its own record.
Source :  http://zeenews.india.com

8500 post offices will turn into e-Centers by June next year



State Minister for Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak on Thursday said the government would turn 8,500 post offices into e-centres by June, 2017 to disseminate information and communication technology services to the rural people across the country. He said this on behalf of State Minister for Post and Telecommunications Begum Tarana Halim while replying to a starred question from treasury bench member Sukumar Ranjan Ghosh in the House.

The government has undertaken a project named Post E-Centre for the Rural Community to turn the post offices into e-centers, he said adding, these e-centers would minimize the digital divide between cities and villages, create employment facilities in villages and develop information and technology based skilled manpower.

He said after completing the project, the people would get more updated facilities from post offices and they would be able to track and trace their letters sitting at home. The people would also be able to use cash, postal cash cards or electronic money transfer service (EMTS) and to pay their e-commerce bills through the services, Palak said. Meanwhile, establishment of the ICT based rural post offices has been completed and such 1,000 more offices will be established by June 2017, he added.

Meeting on India Post Payment Bank (IPPB) at Press Club of Odisha, Bhubaneswar on 23.07.2016

Ms. Madhumita Das DDG, PBI addressed the gathering and explained different features of IPPB
 
Attended by  all Divisional and Sub Divisional Heads including all Group Officers  of Odisha Circle


From the mountains, Ganga descends in a bottle via Speed Post

New Delhi | July 24, 2016
 Dak Bhavan sources said India Post had been told to “focus on delivery” and “keep costs low”. (FILE photo)
 
Tucked away in a corner of the Sansad Marg Head Post Office in Delhi, a well-lit, unpretentious room serves as a walk-in retail point for the Ganga in a bottle. On a small glass shelf stand two plastic bottles of Gangajal — about all that the Department of Posts has to show for its latest initiative. The room does not breathe the existence of the divine, it only delicately advertises its presence.

Rajkumari, the woman at the counter, reassures customers they have arrived at the right place. “Till Saturday, we only had Gangajal sourced from Rishikesh, now bottles from Gangotri are also available,” she says. This post shop opened on July 11 with 30 bottles; by the end of the launch week, Rajkumari had recorded the sale of more than 20 in her hardbound notebook.

In Delhi, the bottles are being retailed at 12 post offices including this one, says senior postmaster Roop Chand. Epost orders (placed online) are despatched from the Sansad Marg post office, he said. Around 300 orders have been received online so far. Countrywide, the numbers are huge — over 33,000 bottles have already been sent out from nearly 850 HPOs and 56 post-shops, an average of around 36 bottles per outlet.

What makes the scheme unique is that it is the “first end-to-end product operation being handled by India Post”.

At India Post’s Dak Bhavan headquarters, a senior Indian Postal Service officer handling the scheme said, “We sell lots of third-party items, but we don’t get involved in the end-to-end processing of anything… This is the first product where we are involved in end-to-end product operation.” From bottling to transportation to sale, nothing is being outsourced, he said.

Dak Bhavan sources said India Post had been told to “focus on delivery” and “keep costs low”. And if customer perception is anything to go by, those boxes have been checked.

West Delhi housewife Urmila Maggon said she got her bottle of Gangajal in less than 48 hours. “I was delighted when the postman rang. I have ordered (Gangajal) from other online retailers earlier, and it usually takes about a week. It’s as though the product is not priority for them.”

At the retail counter, retired government servant Gopal Mishra scrutinised the plastic bottle, shaking it vigorously and watched the sediments swirl around. The water remained cloudy even after the sediments settled, but Mishra turned sunny as soon as he heard the 200 ml bottle costs only Rs 15. A 500 ml bottle is for Rs 35.

“Sarkar achchha kaam kar rahi hai. Hamare mein chalta paani saaf mana jata hai,” he declared.

Nothing on the bottle claims it is from a flowing source, however. All that the label says is Gangajal in Hindi and English, and where it comes from — Rishikesh in this case. There is an India Post logo, but no information on gross weight, date of packing or price. The Epost receipt says “zero” in the price column, but puts packaging and handling charges at Rs 151 for a 500 ml bottle and Rs 101 for a 200 ml bottle.

“We are not selling Ganga water… we are only distributing it. You cannot sell Ganga water. We only recover our packaging cost and the cost of despatch,” another HPO official said.

But while everyone associated with the initiative says it is not meant to generate revenues, the scheme has put India Post squarely in competition with established players selling bottled Gangajal, such as Delhi-based Gomukh Ganga Pvt Ltd and Faridabad’s Uttarkashi Mineral Corporation.

A K Aggarwal, director of Gomukh Ganga, a company that has been in this business for the last 25 years with the aim of reaching “ghar-ghar Gangajal”, said he was not worried.

“There has been no impact (on our business) in the first week. Any customer will compare the products and settle for quality. We remove impurities from Gangotri water without chemical treatment and without human touch. What you get is sparkling, drinkable Ganga water. The government is supplying it without proper treatment. It’s being bottled directly. Besides, if you go to a puja shop to buy saamagri, you will not make a special trip to the post office for Gangajal.”

He does mention India Post’s huge price advantage, though. “Our wholesale rate is Rs 30 per litre. But the retailer margins are high. The retailer will have to cut down on his margins,” he said.

At Dak Bhavan, the senior officer countered Aggarwal: “You may be filtered, you may be better packaged, but the fact is a person walks into a post office and says, ‘Well, this is from the post office, collected at source and just for Rs 15, and yes, I will pick it up’.”

Asked if filtering the water was considered, he said: “We bottle the water ‘as is where is’. Basic hygiene SOPs are followed, but we can’t get into the intricacies of a filtration plant. That’s not our core competence.”

Criticism has also come from the Gangotri temple. Mukesh Semwal, chairman of the Gangotri Temple Committee, complained that “selling” Gangajal at post offices was “hurting religious sentiments”. His argument, essentially: go to the Ganga, don’t transport the holy river home. “No one should do business in the name of Gangaji.”

For now, the Department of Posts has decided to give the scheme a run-time of 5-6 months, before reviewing the outcome and making changes, if required. “Unless you run a pilot for 5-6 months, you don’t know the volumes that are coming up. Right now, it’s a learning curve. We want to test the market. But it’s a product that should last our lifetimes,” the officer said.
Source :  http://indianexpress.com

Saturday, July 23, 2016

India Post Payment Bank - Odia leaflet


Salute to Bal Gangadhar Tilak on his birthday


Salute to Chandra Shekhar Azad on his birthday.


Casual Labourers with temporary status - clarification regarding contribution to GPF and Pension under the Old pension Scheme

 
 

IndiaPost plans 50 payments bank branches by May

India Post expects to start the first 50 branches of its payments bank by May 2017, seeking to widen financial inclusion in the country. 

As per the current plan, India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) - as it has been termed - will eventually have 650 branches across the country. 

While the first set of branches will open by May, the remaining will start operations by September 2017, a top official of the Department of Posts said. 

The department hopes to submit a final proposal to the Reserve Bank of India by February, ahead of the March 2017 deadline, after it has the required management and technology in place, SK Sinha, secretary, Department of Posts, told ET. 

The RBI gave in-principle approval to 11 applicants in August last year, including the Department of Posts, Aditya Birla NuvoAirtel M Commerce Services, Fino PayTech, National Securities Depository, Reliance IndustriesTech Mahindra and Vodafone m-pesa, for setting up payments banks.Three of the 11entities have decided to back out, citing unviability. 

IndiaPost, with a network of about 155,000 post offices, will hire almost 2,000 people for the payments bank operations. 

"There will be nine board members, five from outside and four internal people from the department, including the CEO," said Sinha. 

The department is contemplating whether it can form its own search and selection committee to appoint a CEO or rely on the standard procedure followed by public sector banks for top-level appointments. 

The department has written to state-owned banks seeking nominations. Sinha said the State Bank of India has responded with some names. 

"For the next rung of leadership such as the chief financial officer, chief operating officer and chief technology officer, we are forming an internal committee," he said. The government has approved ` . 400crore equity and `. 400-crore grant for IPPB. 

Alibababacked Paytm is the other or payments frontrunner for payments banks in India and has drawn up a largely branchless model. 

Sinha said that IndiaPost is looking at catering to the unbanked population of the country with the idea of opening one branch in almost every district of the country. 

"Most of the other players may not be even thin king of the areas that we want to service,"sa id Sinha. The plan is to have most of the banking features such as money transfer and internet banking, apart from offering credit (in partnership with other banks or institutions), along with financial products such as mutual funds. 

Sinha is betting big on the government's direct benefits transfer scheme to drive transactions, with welfare payments being deposited in the bank accounts of consumers.
Source:-The Economic Times

SC/ST quota for job promotion: SC seeks Centre's response

The Supreme Court has issued notice to the Centre on a plea alleging that it has failed to adhere to its earlier order of maintaining status quo with regard to reservation in job promotion for Schedule Castes and Schedule Tribes.



The order was passed by a bench comprising Justices J Chelameswar and A M Sapre.



The apex court had on February 3, 2015 ordered status quo in job promotion for SCs/STs on the basis of quota and had clubbed several special leave petitions filed by various central government departments, including Income Tax department and Indian Railways.



A plea seeking initiation of contempt proceedings filed by NGO Samta Andolan Samiti through its president Parashar Narayan Sharma has alleged that despite the status quo order of the court, the central government has failed to implement it and several promotion orders for various posts in all cadres were issued.



The apex court had earlier this year has held that Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe members cannot claim quota as a right in government job promotion, as the State was not constitutionally obliged to give preferential treatment to any community in promotion.



It had said that the government was not bound by any constitutional provision to frame a policy for reservation in promotion and the court could not order making reservation in promotion mandatory.



Referring to Articles 16(4), 16(4-A) and 16(4-B) of the Constitution mandating socially affirmative action to help disadvantaged groups, the apex court had said the State was not bound to make reservation for SCs/STs in promotion.



It had said the provisions allowed the government to exercise discretion and provide for reservation only after collecting quantifiable data showing backwardness of a class and inadequacy of their representation in public employment.



Article 16(4-A) provides that nothing shall prevent the State from making any provision for reservation in matters of promotion, with consequential seniority, to any class or classes of posts in the services in favour of SCs and STs which, in the opinion of the State, were not adequately represented.


Source:-The Times of India

Com. B Samal, Vice-President, AIPEU, Group-C, Odisha Circle requests the Circle Secretary to appraise the Circle administration for immediate implementation of Cadre Restructuring of Group-C postal employees in Odisha Circle.

To
Com. R C Mishra
Circle Secretary, AIPEU, Group-C, Odisha Circle
Postal Stores Depot, Bhubaneswar – 751 007

Sub:-  Immediate Implementation of Cadre Restructuring of Group-C postal employees in Odisha Circle

Ref.-    i. Directorate’s letter No. 25 – 4 / 2012 – PE.I, dated 27.05.2016
            ii. C O letter No. EST / 1 – 2 / Rlg/2016-Corr, dated 20.07.2016

Dear Comrade,
Hope, you might have gone through the C O letter referred to above on Cadre Restructuring of Group-C postal employees in Odisha Circle.

Nearly after 7 weeks of receipt of Directorate’s letter on the issue, CO could be finalized the distribution of posts of different cadres amongst different Divisions. As instructed vide Para – 2 of the C O letter referred to above, though the instructions will be effective from the date of the issue of the order, the actual benefit would be admissible from the date of actual promotion.

Since the implementation has been badly delayed, further delay may affect some staff members who are going to retire shortly. Illustratively, Com. Sarathi Kar, Postmaster (HSG-I), Sahidnagar MDG, Bhubaneswar - 751007 who is in the line to get the benefit of Rs.4800/- Grade Pay under non-Functional HSG-I cadre in Odisha Circle will retire on 31.08.2016. If the order is not implemented before his retirement, both the proposed consequential benefits out of the recommendations of 7th CPC and the pensionary benefits will be seriously affected. Similar may be the position of other such staff members.

Injustice to anyone may be considered as injustice to everyone.

Therefore, you are requested to appraise the Circle administration to implement the order as soon as possible so that no body is deprived of getting the benefit of Cadre Restructuring.

Scanned copy of the C O letter referred to above is attached here with for your reference.

With greetings.
Comradely yours,
Attached : As above

Bhubaneswar
The 23rd July, 2016
( B  SAMAL)
Vice-President
AIPEU, Group- C, Odisha Circle
Bhubaneswar – 751 009

7th Pay Commission: CBSE chief gets additional charge of implementation cell

 PTI | New Delhi | July 22, 2016

The Union Cabinet had last month accepted almost all the recommendations of the pay panel.

CBSE chief Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi was on Thursday given the additional charge of chief of the implementation cell of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.

Chaturvedi will serve as Joint Secretary in the cell for three months or till appointment of a regular incumbent, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training said.

The implementation cell was set up by the Finance Ministry in November last year. As per the Ministry’s order, the cell is to be headed by Joint Secretary with the help of nine other staff.

The Union Cabinet had last month accepted almost all the recommendations of the pay panel.

Chaturvedi, a 1987 batch IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, was recently appointed as the Chairman of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

The pay panel had in November last year recommended 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay at junior levels, the lowest in 70 years. The previous 6th Pay Commission had recommended a 20 per cent hike which the government doubled while implementing it in 2008. The Seventh Central Pay Commission recommended changes in the pay of around 1 crore individuals — 33 lakh central government employees, 14 lakh armed forces personnel, and 52 lakh pensioners.

In June, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told a press conference that the government had decided to “by and large” accept the recommendations.
Source : http://indianexpress.com