Thursday, 27 October 2016

Cabinet approves release of an instalment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief to Pensioners due from 01.07.2016

The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to release an instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to Pensioners w.e.f. 01.07.2016 representing an increase of 2% of the revised Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise. The increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.
The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief would be Rs. 5622.10 crore per annum and in the Financial Year 2016-17 for the period of 8 months (i.e. from July 2016 to February 2017), it would be Rs.3748.06 crore. About 50.68 lakh Government employees and 54.24 lakh pensioners will be benefitted.
(Release ID :153041)

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2017

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Department of Post tweaks tender to woo tech companies for payment bank

NEW DELHI: The Department of Post (DoP), which is racing against time to ready its Payment Bank, has had to re-tender its technology contract after it failed to get bids from any of the major Indian technology firms such as Infosys, Wipro, TCS or the multinationals. 

In its first attempt to find a technology vendor to build the backbone for its ambitious payment bank, DoP found itself in a single bid situation – with the lone application of Polaris India. The development may push the launch of the postal payment bank by another few months giving a lead to its rivals — Paytm and Airtel — which are about to start soon. 

Officials of technology companies told ET that they decided to give the opportunity a miss since the contract didn’t make “business sense” and its terms and conditions were very “vague” and “open ended”. An executive of one of the top IT firms said that the department is under a lot of pressure to start the operations and wanted the implementation to happen within six weeks, which is impossible for companies to pull off. 

“They wanted the IPR of the banking platform to be handed over to them, nobody will do that,” said the executive who requested anonymity. The person added that who funds the cash flow was also very adverse and there were lots of other sticky issues. “We are looking for a fair agreement and it was not fair,” said the person. As per the current plan, India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) - as it has been termed - will eventually have 650 branches across the country. The department has to submit a final proposal to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) – which had granted it in-principal approval in August 2015 – before March 2017. 

Another official of a large tech company said, “While all of us are Indians and we want to work for the country, it should also make business sense. We are making 15-20% profit on an international contract, our CFO will agree even if we are making about 10% margin in a domestic contract, but if they put a lot of conditions making even that much profit will be virtually impossible.” 

The executive who also requested anonymity said the contract took a very long term view on the payment terms with approval cycles only running close to 200 days to 300 days. “It required to be signed off by different people which is not a sellable model.” The person added that another point of contention was that it imposed “unlimited liability” on the vendors. The department of Post could not be reached for a comment. 

Posts has now come up with a fresh tender last week and officials said that they are currently studying the feasibility of it and will take a call in a few days on whether to be participate in it. “It looks better than last time, but we are still studying the `details,” said the first official quoted above. The RBI gave in-principle approval to 11applicants in August last year, including the Department of Posts, Aditya Birla Nuvo, Airtel 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 already decided to back out, citing unviability. Alibaba-backed Paytm had appointed Infosys and its core banking software Finacle in June this year and is planning to launch its Payment Bank around Diwali.

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Monday, 24 October 2016

Pradhan Mantri Jan Suraksha ​Scheme


All Indian citizens in the age group of 18-40 years can register.Join APY at your Post Office and ensure a Guaranteed Pension.

7th CPC HRA – Allowance Committee Meeting Proposal for House Rent Allowance

Sources said that the Allowance Committee Meeting has finalized a proposal on HRA. It will be finalized in the Meeting held on 25th October 2016. It is said that the proposed Meeting under the Chairmanship of DOPT Secretary (P) with the Secretary Staff Side, NC (JCM) is to firm up the view on various allowances pertaining to Department of Personnel & Training.

This Meeting is conducted as per the decision of Allowance Committee Meeting held on 1-9-2016. The meeting to finalize the allowances pertaining to DOPT has been scheduled to be held on 25th October 2016.
  • The Reliable Sources said that the Official Side are in the view of increasing HRA by 1 Stage to reach 30% , 20% and 10% .
The pay Commission recommended HRA at the rates initially from 24%, 16%, and 8 % and whenever DA reaches 50% it will be increased to 27%, 18% and 9% and Finally after DA reaches 100% the HRA will be revised to 30% , 20% and 10% for X,Y and Z cities respectively.
  • The NCJCM has demanded in its Memorandum submitted to the 7th Pay Commission that 60%, 40% and 20% HRA to be recommended for X,Y and Z cities.
  • The Pay Commission totally ignored this demand and recommended reduction of rates from Sixth CPC. Since it is Co related with DA , it will be increased after two stages to 30%, 20% and 10% after DA reaches 50% and 100%.
  • The sources said that now it is proposed to start the HRA rates initially from 27%, 18% and 9% and after DA reaches 50% the House Rent Allowance will be revised to 30%, 20% and 10% for X,Y and Z cities respectively.
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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Office Memorandum for Duties of Secretary (Posts), Director General Postal Services and Additional Director General(Co-ordination) in the Department of Posts

India Post Payment Bank Recruitment: Eligibility & Salary Doubts Answered

India Post Payment Bank Recruitment: Eligibility & Salary Doubts Answered

The Indian banking sector is finally opening up with new banks being established from this year.India post has started India Post Payment Bank and has also issued a massive recruitment notification for officer posts.Since freshers are also eligible for these positions, and IPPB being a new bank,many aspirants have doubts related to eligibility,job profile etc..

For the candidates to better understand India post payment bank recruitment 2016,here is a compilation of answers for some of your most common doubts.

As per the notification, the online registration closes on October 25.So if you are eligible,go ahead & submit your applications immediately instead of waiting for the last minute.

Age & Qualification Doubts:

Q: India Post Payment Bank (IPPB) – Is it a govt job or private?
A: India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) is 100% owned by Government of India through Department of Posts.So it is completely a govt bank job.

Q: I will turn 20 years in January 2017.Am I eligible for Assistant Manager (Territory- scale I) post? 
A: No.The age limit fixed for recruitment of this position is 20 - 30 yrs, as on September 1, 2016.
Only those who are born not between 02.09.1986 & 01.09.1996 are eligible to apply for scale I positions.

Q: What is the age requirement for Manager (scale II) & Senior Manager (scale III)?
A: Manager (scale II): 23 to 35 years (birth date must be within 02.09.1981 & 01.09.1993

Senior Manager (scale III): 26 to 35 years (born between 02.09.1981 & 01.09.1990)

Q: I belong to OBC/ SC/ ST category.Are there any relaxations in age?
A: Like in any govt recruitments, the maximum age is extended by 3 yrs for OBC, 5 yrs for SC, ST, 10 yrs for persons with disability (PWD)

Q: I have only 45% in degree.Am I eligible?
A: You are eligible as pass in degree is enough to apply.The percentage of marks doesn't matter for india post payment bank recruitment 2016.

Q: I am in final semester/ year of college & will complete degree only in 2017.
A: Candidates who have completed their degree by Sep 1, 2016 are only eligible for these jobs.

Therefore those who are doing their final semester/ year or waiting for results are NOT permitted to apply.

Experience related Doubts

Q: Is experience required for Assistant Manager (scale I) cadre job?
A: No.Freshers are also eligible for this post

Q: What are the experience conditions for scale II & III positions?

A: There are 652 scale II & 408 scale III vacancies in India post payment bank recruitment.So each post has separate condition listed below:

Manager (scale II): 3 yrs experience of working in scale I in any public sector bank or equivalent scale in a private bank or similar level in any other organization.

Senior Manager (scale III): Minimum 6 yrs experience of working in scale II in any govt bank or equivalent scale in a private bank or similar level in any other organization.
Salary, Bond & Job Location Doubts

Q: What is the salary of officers in India post payment bank?
A: The payscale for employees in IPPB varies with scale.

Assistant Manager (scale I): Rs.65,000 /month Manager (scale II): Rs.83,000 /month
Senior Manager (scale III): Rs.1,06,000 /month

The above salary is inclusive of allowances & benefits.So your take home salary could be around 30% lesser than the CTC given above.

Q: Is there any service bond in india post payment bank?
A: There is NO agreement or service bond in IPPB

Q: Can I get posting in my home state? Are there transfers?
A: The IPPB recruitment is not conducted state-wise.So you may be posted to any branch of the bank located across India.

BO Computer Device information - under RICT Solutions -Department unveiled the project

BO Computer Device information - under RICT Solutions -Department unveiled the project

                                          Main Computing Device (MCD)

Peripherals / accessories to MCD

Important abbreviations

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Identification of the Sensitive and Non-sensitive posts in Department of Posts

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Friday, 14 October 2016

Convert NPS to Old Pension Scheme - O.A. allowed - applicant deemed to have been appointed from the date of vacancy arosed - CAT, Ernakulam Bench

In the OA No. 180/00020/2015 filed before hon. CAT Ernakulam Bench (Kerala Circle) , Applicants are directly recruited Postal Assistants, appointed in the year 2005 against the vacancies arose in the year 2002. They are aggrieved by not including them in the statutory pension scheme under the CCS (Pension)

Hon. CAT, Ernakulam Bench (Kerala Circle) in OA No. 180/00020/2015 dated 15.02.2016, allowed the O.A as no other third party interest is put in jeopardy and as the applicants will not be eligible for other benefits like pay for the aforesaid period. Hence it is declared that the applicants are deemed to have been appointed from the date the vacancy arose and that they shall be included in the CCS (Pension) Rules 1972. Respondents are directed to collect necessary subscription under the Provident Fund Rules and the contributions collected from the applicants under the new pension scheme shall be credited to their general provident fund account. It is made clear that no other financial benefits including increments and backwages have been granted to the applicants for the aforesaid period.

In this connection RTI has been made for seeking status of the case. The reply received from the Regional office is attached herewith for information.

Information Shard by
Shri. Dhavan Sangani,
OADO, Rajkot DIvision, Rajkot - 360 001


O.A.No. 180/00020/2015
O.A.No. 180/00020/2015
Monday this the 15th day of February, 2016
1. Sheeba B., Aged 32 years,
W/o Praveen K,
Postal Assistant, Karivallur P.O. 670 521
Residing at ‘Parvathi’, Karivellur,
Kannur District
2. Shinoy P. Aged 34 years,
S/o MukundanN.P.,
Postal Assistant,
Thalassery Head Post Ofice 670 691
Residing at Neelamparambil House,
Vellayil, Pathayakkunnu,
Thalassery, Kannur District. …. Applicant
(Applicant Mr. U. Balagangadharan, Advocate)
1. Union of India, represented by
the Secretary to the Government,
Ministry of Communication,
Department of Posts,
New Delhi 110 011.
2. The Chief Postmaster General,
Kerala Circle,
Thiruvananthapuram – 695033.
3. The Superintendent of Post Office,
Department of Posts,
Kannur 670 001,
Kannur District. . . . . Respondents
(Respondents by Mr. N. Anil Kumar, Sr.PCGC)
This Application having been finally heard and reserved for orders on 27.01.2016, the Tribunal on 15.02.2016 delivered the following:
Applicants are directly recruited Postal Assistants, appointed in the year 2005 against the vacancies arose in the year 2002. They are aggrieved by not  including them in the statutory pension scheme under the CCS (Pension) Scheme by notionally pre-dating their appointment from the date of occurrence of a vacancy. According to them, the delay occurred in finalising the recruitment process for the said posts was due to the fault of the respondents though the vacancies had arisen in the year 2002. Hence they pray for the relief as under:
‘8.i) Call for records leading to Annexure A6 and A7 and set aside the same as legally and factually unsustainable.
b” Direct the 3rd respondent to induct the applicants into statutory pension scheme under CCS pension Rules notionally treating them to have been appointed as Postal Assistants from the date of occurrence of vacancies in the year 2002 for the limited purpose of grant of pension under CCS (Pension) Rules only.
Iii) Direct the respondent Nos. 3 & 4 to stop all recoveries from the pay and allowances of the applicants towards New Pension Scheme and refund the entire amounts so far recovered from the applicants with immediate effect.
. Declare that applicants are deemed to have been appointed as Postal Assistant notionally and they are regulated by CCS pension Rules.
. Grant such other relief that the Court may feel fit in the facts and circumstances of the case.’
2. Respondents in their reply statement contend that the posts of Postal Assistants were notified vide Annexure R.3(a) (collectively) in March 2004, by publishing in news papers by fixing the last date for receiving application as 31.3.2004. The Applicants respondened to the aforesaid notificatiion and took part in the recruitment process. They were selected to the cadre of Postal Assistants and were appointed in the Vadakara Division with effect from 15.2.2005. As the new pension scheme came into force with effect from 1.1.2004, the applicants are to be considered only under the new pension scheme and they are not eligible for to be included in the statutory pension scheme under the CCS (Pension) Rules 1972. It is further submitted by the respondents that the O.A. is barred by limitation because the cause of action has arisen way back in 2005. It is further contended by the respondents that as the applicants took part in the recruitment process as outsiders their claim for inclusion in the statutory pension existed prior to their selection and  appointment in the department is not permissible.Respondents pray for  rejecting the O.A.
3. Heard learned counsel appearing on both sides. Perused record.
4. Applicants place reliance on Annexure A/8 order dated 28.06.2013 of this Tribunal in O.A. No.724/2012. According to the learned counsel for the applicant, the case of the applicant in Annexure A/8 case is akin to the case of the applicants in the O.A. on hand. The learned counsel relied on paras 7 and 9 of Annexure A/8 order. The aforesaid paragraphs are extracted below:
‘7. Admittedly the vacancies belong to 2002. Invariably examinations for promotion to Postman or Postal Assistants etc. Take place in the very same year and appointment made immediately. This is with a view to avoid any problems relating to seniority etc. Especially when there is more than one source of recruitment. The applicants belong to GDS quota while some other quotas are also available for promotion to the post of Postman (as for example promotion from group -D). In the instant case there has been a delay of two years in conducting the examination though the respondents have stated that the applicants on their own volition had taken up the examination n 2004, since that was the only examination conducted after the vacancies of 2002 have arisen they cannot be blamed for taking up the examination only in 2004. Had there been an examination n the year 2002 or 2003 for the said vacancies, the applicants would have certainly participated in that examination itself. The contention of the respondents hold good only if such an examination took place in 2002 and/or 2003 and the applicants did not participate therein. That is not the case here. As such, on account of the failure on the part of the Department in holding the examination the applicants should not be made to suffer. The Government cannot be permitted to take advantage of its own mistake. In this regard the following decision of the Apex Court are relevant:-
(a) A.K. Lakshmipathy v. Rai Saheb PannalalH. Lahoti Charitable Trust, (2010) 1 SCC 287
 ‘they cannot be allowed to take advantage of their own mistake and conveniently pass on the blame to the respondents.’
(b) Rekha Mukherjee v. Ashis Kumar Das, (2005) 3 SCC 427
36, The respondents herein cannot take advantage of their own mistake.
8. . . . . . . . . .
9. In view of the above the O.A. is allowed. It is declared that the applicants are deemed to have been promoted from the date the vacancy arose and thus notional date of promotions is only for the purpose of reckoning the qualifying
service for pension under the CCS (Pension) Rules 1972. The respondents are directed to pass suitable orders in this regard and make necessary entry in the service book of the applicants indicating clearly the date of notional
promotion and the purposes of reckoning the same.
10. Further, the respondents shall collect necessary subscription under the provident fund rules during the rest of their services and stop any recovery to the contributory provident fund.
11. There shall be o orders as to costs.’
5. This Tribunal is of the view that though the post to which the applicants  in Annexure A/8 order were different from the post for which the applicants in the present O.A. have applied, the reasonings stated in the afore-quoted paragraphs in Annexure A/8 are squarely applicable to the facts in this case also. It was submitted by the learned counsel for applicants that Annexure A/8 order has attained finality without interference from any other superior forum.
6. The learned counsel for the Central Government attempted to distinguish the case in Annexure A/8 order from the present case by contending that applicants in the former case were departmental candidates who were seeking promotion to their higher post whereas in the present case, applicants are totally outsiders who had taken part in an open competitive examination process knowing fully well that they will be appointed only after 2004.
7. After hearing both sides this Tribunal is of the view since the limited prayer of the applicant is to treat the date of arising of the vacancy of the posts retrospectively as their date of posting for the purpose of pension, it appears to this Tribunal that the O.A. can be allowed as no other third party interest is put in jeopardy and as the applicants will not be eligible for other benefits like pay for the aforesaid period. Hence it is declared that the applicants are deemed to have been appointed from the date the vacancy arose and that they shall be included in the CCS (Pension) Rules 1972. Respondents are directed to collect necessary subscription under the Provident Fund Rules and the contributions collected from the applicants under the new pension scheme shall be credited to their general provident fund account. It is made clear that no other financial benefits including increments and backwages have been granted to the applicants for the aforesaid period.
8. The O.A. is disposed of on the above terms. Parties are directed to suffer their own cost.

Proposal for cadre restructuring of Group C - Reg - Telangana Circle


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Saturday, 8 October 2016




Thursday, 6 October 2016

Wednesday, 5 October 2016



Productive Linked Bonus ( 60 Days ) for the accounting Year 2015 -2016

Productive Linked Bonus for the accounting Year 2015 -2016 

Bonus orders issued by Department to all Heads of Circles today.Regarding the enhanced bonus of 7000 to Gramin Dak Sevaks for the financial year 2014-15 file referred to Ministry of Finance yesterday not cleared up to this time