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Friday, October 31, 2014

Appeal to attend the Diamond Jubilee celebration sharp at 9 AM on 02.11.2014 in NALCO Auditorium, Near Kalinga Hospital, Bhubaneswar

Dear Comrades,

Only one day is left for NFPE Diamond Jubilee celebration organized by AIPEU, Group-C, Bhubaneswar Division on 02.11.2014 at NALCO Auditorium, Near Kalinga Hospital, Bhubaneswar – 751 023. From time to time, I have been intimating you through eMail and SMS to attend the function in time i.e. sharp at 9 AM on 02.11.2014  since the Hon’ble Minister will arrive at 10 AM sharp and  will remain with us for only one hour, this one hour is highly important for us to release the Special Cover, felicitate our beloved Comrades and to distribute prizes to the  winners of different competitions conducted earlier.

All the Divisional Secretaries of Odisha Circle  and Circle Union office bearers of our union have already been personally invited by me during our 8th Circle Biennial Conference in Sambalpur from 18th to 20th October, 2014 and all have been requested through SMS also.

All the three suits of Ashoknagar I R have been booked from 1st to 3rd November, 2014 for outside guests.

Therefore, it is once again appealed to all our beloved comrades, friends, well-wishers to remain present in the venue sharp at 9 AM on 02.11.2014 to make the celebration a grand success since it is the only Diamond Jubilee Celebration of Odisha Circle.

The minute to minute programme detailed below will be strictly maintained.

Kindly arrive in time and make it successful.

After all this is the prestige of Bhubaneswar Division and Odisha Circle as well. 

= B Samal =
Divisional Secretary

Tentative Programme Details of NFPE Diamond Jubilee

1st Session
Assemble of members
Hoisting of  National / Union / NFPE Flag in the venue
Homage to martyrs
Welcome & Introduction of Guests
Inauguration of NFPE Diamond Jubilee by the Chief Guest Shri Jual Oram, Hon’ble  Minister, Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India 
Address by B Samal , Divnl. Secy, AIPEU, Gr.-C, Bhubaneswar
Address by Guest of Honour Sri Pawan Ku. Singh, IPoS, DPS (HQ)
Address by Guest of Honour Sri S R Swain, IP&TAFS DA(P), Cuttack
Address by Guest of Honour Sri S C Barik, SSPOs, Bhubaneswar Division
Felicitation to Com. M Krishnan, Secy. Genl., Confederation
Award to winners of different Competition
Release of Special Cover on NFPE Diamond Jubilee
Address by Chief Guest,Sri Jual Oram, Hon’ble Minister, Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India
Tea Break
Address by Speaker Sri R C Mishra, Circle Secretary, AIPEU, Gr.-C, Odisha
Address by Com. R N Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE, New Delhi
Felicitation to retired Comrades  of NFPE
Award to participants of different competitions 
Address by Com. M Krishnan, Secretary General, Confederation, New Delhi
Address by Com. P K Pattnaik, President, AIPEU, Gr-C, Bhubaneswar
Vote of Thanks 
National Song  followed by Lunch Break
2nd Session – Cultural Programme
Health Awareness Programme through Magic Show organized by Odisha State AIDS Control Society, Bhubaneswar
Dance programme by Children
Musical Programme by Children

Policy guidelines for Extension of terure of Board level incumbents where vigilance clearance is not available.

Indian Postal Banking has lots of scope due to connectivity, says Communications Minister


Even with widespread retail banking in place, India’s postal banking service has a large scope due to its connectivity, stressed Communications and IT Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday (October 29).
Prasad was inaugurating the Postal Savings Banks Forum in New Delhi, which was organised by World Savings and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI) jointly with the National Savings Organisation (Ministry of Finance) and the Department of Posts.
The theme of the forum was “The Rising Force of Postal Banking in the Retail Banking Market”.
According to a statement by the Press Information Bureau of India, post offices hold 1.6 billion savings and deposit accounts globally, which is second to commercial banks that hold about 2.5 billion accounts.
Prasad said that postal banking transcended the rich and poor barrier, the biggest asset being the network of post offices throughout the country.
“The asset, ladies and gentlemen, to my understanding is connectivity. In India, as the Secretary Posts rightly pointed out, we have huge institutions spread all across different parts of India,” he said.
India has more than 150, 000 post offices, more than the 100,000 commercial banks, the statement read. Savings accounts in post offices in the country numbered to 310 million more than that of any commercial bank.
Prasad stressed on postal financial inclusion, saying that government services like India Post had not only given employment to many Indians but were giving impetus to e-commerce which was further giving employment and financial inclusion to the poor. Big e-commerce giants like Amazon employ India Post to deliver their goods to various parts of the country.
With a population exceeding 1.1 billion, a burgeoning middle class and better Internet access, India’s e-commerce potential is huge. Online retail sales are expected to surge to $76 billion by 2021, according to consultants Forrester, and the segment is growing at a much slower pace than other emerging markets, including China.
Prasad further said that the Indian Prime Minister had constituted a task force to deliberate on ideas and innovations for the Indian Postal Services.
“Yes, postal banking is a very exciting idea. I have always been supportive of it. Therefore, the Prime Minister himself has started a big task force headed by eminent officers in which Secretary Posts is also there, to come up with a very structured report outlining the new challenges, the new opportunities and the new way ahead for the Postal Services in India,”said Prasad.
Earlier this year, Modi promised to end “financial untouchability” with the Jan Dhan Yojana or Scheme for the People’s Wealth. The scheme would ensure the majority of households in India, of nearly 1.3 billion people, have a bank account within months.
The government said nearly 15 million people opened accounts at centres around the country on the first day of the programme.
The goal is to open 75 million accounts by January next year.

Now, Post Offices to Sell Temple Darshan Tickets

Postal Service Board member GJ Samuel launching ‘Same-day Parcel Delivery Service’ by flagging off a van on Wednesday. | A Radhakrishna
Postal Service Board member GJ Samuel launching ‘Same-day Parcel Delivery Service’ by flagging off a van on Wednesday. | A Radhakrishna
HYDERABAD: Starting November, post offices in the state will issue special darshan tickets for various temples including  Tirumala and Kanaka Durga temple in Vijayawada among others.
“Instead of standing in queues, people can directly go to their nearest post office and book tickets for darshan,’’ chief postmaster general B V Sudhakar has said.
Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle, Hyderabad, on Wednesday launched ‘Same Day Delivery Parcel Service’ from selected post offices in the twin cities such as Hyderabad GPO, Humayun Nagar, Himayatnagar, Malakpet, Saroornagar, Himmatnagar and Malkajgiri.
Speaking on the occasion Sudhakar said parcels will be delivered on the same day anywhere in the city.
‘‘We deliver up to 22 lakh letters per day. So far, we did not have any service that delivers parcels on the same day. We are also working towards single day delivery for speed posts as well,” Sudhakar said.
As of now, the speed post service is available only at six post offices and would be expanded to other post offices in the city.
G John Samuel, Member of Operations, Postal Services Board, who was the chief guest at the event, said that the department is doing its best to cope up with the e-commerce market. ‘‘During Diwali, we had requests from a lot of e-commerce players asking us to deliver the product on the same day. That is when we thought of launching the ‘Same Day Delivery Service,’’ he said.
Though a lot of e-commerce firms are currently opting private courier services, Samuel said that the trends are changing. “Almost all the e-commerce players, big or small have been utilizing our services. We have also signed a deal with two major online firms recently and are in negotiations with others,’’ he said further adding that “During Diwali, our volumes have doubled up.”
Speaking about the digital postal offices with automatic mail processing systems, that sorts up to 45,000 letters a day, Samuel said “We are starting this to cater to the needs of our digital customers. With the demand coming from e-commerce players and other customers, we will be investing `4,909 crore in three years.’’ 
With Sunayasa, one can pay electricity bills, internet, tuition fees etc. As many as 23 services will be available through Sunayasa. Mee Seva offers 345 services which include birth, caste certificates among others.
Source :

Government Committed to Increase Savings Rate in the Country: Secretary, Financial Services

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance

30-October-2014 18:13 IST

Government Committed to Increase Savings Rate in the Country: Secretary, Financial Services
Various Initiatives Announced
New Products for Mobilizing Savings to be Launched Soon
 KYC Norms Simplified to Include Poorest of the Poor in the Formal Financial Sector

National Savings Institute (NSI), Ministry of Finance, Government of India jointly celebrated here today the World Thrift Day, in collaboration with World Savings & Retail Banking Institute (WSBI), Brussels. In his message on this occasion, the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that “Thriftiness teaches us to be more modest and restrain ourselves in using scarce resources as well as provide support to the developmental efforts by mobilization of resources through National Savings Schemes”. The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in his message stated that “ It should be the endeavour of all the agencies engaged in mobilization of savings to ensure that the savings movement is taken to the farthest corners of our country”.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri G.S. Sandhu, Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Government of India said that the Government of India is committed to boost the savings rate in the country and he also informed that “Pradhan Mantri Jan- Dhan Yojana (PMJDY)” a massive Financial Inclusion Mission has been launched by the Government. It will bring unbanked section of the society into formal financial sector. It was highlighted that various steps have been taken by the banks in this direction. These include opening of basic savings account with zero balance and providing of micro insurance products to the account holders. Beneficiaries would get Rupay Debit Card having inbuilt accidental insurance cover of Rs. 1 lakh. It was highlighted that Department of Posts may also leverage technology and its tremendous reach in this Mission.
Earlier speaking on the occasion, Dr. Rajat Bhargava, Joint Secretary (Budget), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India told that two new products will be launched soon by the Government. These will be of tremendous significance in increasing the savings rate and giving more choices to small savers. It was further stated that time has come to look for a change and means to provide a safety network in the shape of new products to the young customers.
Department of Posts informed about the modernization measures being taken by them. Ms. Fiona Joyce, Head of International Relations, World Savings Bank Institute (WSBI) assured all cooperation with India in enhancing the savings rate in Indian economy.  

Functional email IDs of CO/RO/DA(P) Offices of Odisha Circle

Designation  Official Position 
e-mail ID
CPMG, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar
PMG, Berhampur Region, Berhampur
PMG, Sambalpur Region, Sambalpur
Director of Accounts(Postal), Cuttack
DPS(HQ), O/o CPMG, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar
DPS (BD & Mails), O/o CPMG, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar
DPS, O/o PMG, Sambalpur Region, Sambalpur
APMG (Vigilance/Investigation), O/o CPMG, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar
AD(Staff), O/o CPMG, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar
AD(Legal/Technical), O/o CPMG, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar
AD(Technology Operation), O/o CPMG, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar
AD(BD), O/o CPMG, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar
AD(PMU), O/o CPMG, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar
AD(Mail), O/o CPMG, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar
AD(Accounts), O/o CPMG, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar
AD(Recruitment), O/o CPMG, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar
AD(Building/MM), O/o CPMG, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar
AD(FS), O/o CPMG, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar
AD(Est), O/o CPMG, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar
AD(OL), O/o CPMG, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar
DDM(PLI), O/o CPMG, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar
Manager(Project Arrow), O/o CPMG, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar
AAO(Budget), O/o CPMG, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar
AD(PG), O/o CPMG, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar
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Expenditure Management - Economy Measures and Rationalisation of Expenditure.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

29th Odisha Circle Postal Cultural Meet, 2014 begins today at Bhanja Kala Mandap, Bhubaneswar



            History of Central Government Employees reveals that Government has taken undue advantage to deny the justified demands of the Central Government Employees, whenever there was disunity among the JCM staff side organizations. On the contrary, whenever staff side stood solidly united the Government was compelled to concede the legitimate rights of the employees to a great extent.
            After Fifth  Pay Commission recommendations, the JCM National council staff side submitted to Government a common charter of demands for modifications of the recommendations of the Pay Commission, which included upward revision of fitment formula and removal of certain glaring anomalies. When Government refused to concede it , notice for indefinite strike was given and finally the Government had to appoint a high-power Group of Ministers Committee under the chairmanship of then Home Minister Shri.Indrajith Gupta and negotiated with the staff side.  In the negotiations also the staff side took a united uncompromising stand which ultimately resulted in Government accepting the demand for 40% fitment formula and some other important demands.
            Unfortunately, when the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations were  submitted to Government, the JCM National Council Staff side miserably failed to take such a firm and united stand and no serious agitational programme was conducted demanding modification of the retrograde recommendations. Instead the dominant leadership of JCM staff side took a compromising stand and depended only on negotiated settlement , without mobilizing the entire rank and file membership behind the demands. Ultimately Government took advantage of this weakness of the leadership and unilaterally announced the implementation of the 6th CPC recommendations, without conceding majority of the genuine demands raised by the staff side during negotiations. Faulty formula adopted for calculation of  Need Based Minimum Wage , glaring disparity in fitment and fixation formula between lower level officials  and Group- A officers, unscientific pay band and grade pay system and serious anomalies arising out of it , MACP anomalies   everything remained as such  which could not be settled even after seven years.
            Again , when the Government announced the New Contributory Pension Scheme with effect from 01.01.2004 for the new entrants in Central Government Services without any consultation with the JCM National Council Staff side, the dominant  leadership of the JCM staff side did not protest and kept silent. This has emboldened the Government to go ahead with the implementation of the neo-liberal pension reforms. Had the entire JCM Staff side including Railways, Defence and Confederation taken a united stand to oppose the New Pension Scheme and given call for serious agitational programmes including indefinite strike the Government would not have dared to implement the NPS. Of course , Confederation of Central Government Employees and workers opposed the New Pension Scheme and has gone to the extent of conducting one day strike. JCM leadership raised the demand for roll-back of NPS after a very long time and by that time Government succeeded in fully implementing the scheme.
Confederation of Central Government Employees and workers has always stood for unity among the Central Government Employees .When confederation submitted a 15 point charter  to the UPA Government in 2011 demanding appointment of 7 th CPC , 5 year wage revision , Merger of 50% DA, Inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks under 7th CPC etc, the  other major organizations in the JCM were not ready to raise the demands in 2011. Finally confederation was forced to go it alone and conducted series of agitational programmes including Parliament March, one day strike and two days strike. Of course, the lonely struggle conducted by confederation represented the mood of the entirety of Central Government Employees and ultimately the Government was compelled to announce constitution of 7th CPC in the month of September 2013.
                        Now NDA Government which came to power after General   Election has rejected all the main demands of the Central Government Employees which includes merger of DA , Interim Relief , Date of  effect  from 01.01.2014 , inclusion of GDS in the terms of reference of 7th CPC ,scrapping of New Pension Scheme etc. Further Government declared 100% FDI  in Railways and Defence. Public Private Partnership in Railways was also announced in Railway budget. More than five lakhs posts are lying vacant in various Departments out of which about 2.5 lakhs vacancies are in Railways alone. The UPA Government has unilaterally announced the terms of reference of the 7th CPC rejecting the draft proposal submitted by JCM staff side.  The memorandum submitted by JCM staff side to the NDA Government for grant of merger of DA and Interim Relief also was totally neglected. The JCM Staff side leadership could not do anything and the employees are suffering. In fact the JCM staff side has become a laughing stock among the employees and its credibility in the eyes of the employees has eroded like anything.
                        It is in this background , even though belatedly , the JCM National Council Staff side has decided to organize a National Convention at New Delhi on 11th December 2014 , to discuss and finalise its strategy to combat the above humiliation meted out by the Government . Better late than never. The decision is well received by the entire Central Government Employees and they are eagerly waiting for the outcome of the convention.
                        NFPE  firmly believes that if the present unity among the JCM staff side organizations is not channelized for building up united struggle including indefinite strike of entire Central Government Employees the National Convention will become a futile exercise and an eye-wash to cool down the growing discontentment among the employees. This shall not happen. We firmly believe in the slogan raised by our late legendary leader Com K.G.Bose- i.e  “UNITY FOR STRUGGLE AND STRUGGLE FOR UNITY”. Such a stand alone can restore the lost glory of the fighting potential of the Central Government Employees and also shall regain the lost faith of employees in the JCM staff side leadership. We cannot be a party to any compromise on the genuine and justified demands of the workers. Let us hope that the JCM staff side leadership shall rise up to the occasion.