Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Cadre Restructuring of Group-C Postal Employees - DPC held for Non-Functional HSG-I Cadre in Odisha Circle

Minister of State for Labour and Employment (I/C) held meetings with Central Trade Union leaders on charter of demands of one day strike on 02.09.2016

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment

30-August-2016 18:05 IST

Basic Minimum Wages for Central Sphere Workers Revised 

Minimum Wages to be Rs.350/- Per Day for Unskilled Non-Agricultural Workers for ‘C’ Category Areas 

Shri Arun Jaitely, the Union Finance Minister, the Union Minister of State(IC) for Labour and Employment Shri Bandaru Dattatreya and Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy & Mines had a joint Press conference here today on charter of demands of the Central Trade Unions. 

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment (I/C) has held meetings with Central Trade Union leaders wherein detailed discussions were held in regard to their charter of demands. Thereafter, the issues were discussed by the Inter- Ministerial Committee headed by the Finance Minister. The following decisions have been taken by the Government: 

1. The Bonus Amendment Act will be implemented strictly. The Central Government will pay Bonus for the years 2014-15 and 2015-16 based on revised norms. A government notification in this regard is being issued immediately. 

2. The Central Government will take necessary steps to resolve the cases pending in High Courts/Supreme Court with regard to payment of Bonus. 

3. It has been decided that, based on the deliberations in the meeting of the Minimum Wage Advisory Board under the Chairmanship of Minister for State for Labour and Employment (I/C) for revising the basic minimum wages for central sphere, the Government has decided to fix the minimum wages at Rs.350/- per day for unskilled non-agricultural workers for ‘C’ category areas keeping in view the modalities of fixing minimum wages. 

4. The registration of the contract workers and their staffing agencies is mandatory as per law and states will be advised to strictly implement the same. Erring contractors will face appropriate action for any violation in this regard. 

5. The issue of giving social security benefit to the unorganised sector (eg., Anganwadi, Mid-day meal, Asha volunteers etc.) will be examined by a committee which will give its report at the earliest. 

6. Advisories will be issued to all the States Governments to ensure that registration of Trade Unions takes place within 45 days. 

7. The Central government has reiterated its commitment towards tripartite consultation process. 

8. Sector specific meetings will be held to resolve issues relating to respective industries. 

Later interacting with media Shri Bandaru Dattatreya appealed to Trade Unions to reconsider their call for strike, in national interest. 

Meeting of Group of Senior Officers to discuss the grievances arising out of recommendations related to 7th Central Pay Commission - reg.

Grant of Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) and non-Productivity Linked Bonus (Ad-hoc bonus) in case of Central Government employees for the accounting year 2014-15- enhancement of the calculation ceiling- Regarding

Source : http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/notification/bonus/PLB29-08-2016.pdf

Sunday, August 28, 2016

IMPORTANT GOVT ORDER : Extension of benefit of Retirement Gratuity and Death Gratuity to the Central Government Employees covered by new Defined Contribution Pension System (National Pension System)


             Confederation of central Govt Employees & Workers have been continuously fighting against pension reforms implemented by Govt in tune with the neo-liberal policies and demanding SCRAPPING OF THE NEW PENSION SYSTEM (NPS). Further we have been demanding that those employees who are covered by NPS should be eligible for payment of Death cum Retirement Gratuity (DCRG) and Family Pension and also Govt guaranteed Minimum Pension and Compensation for price rise (Dearness Relief). Now the Govt has conceded one of our demand. Govt of India has issued orders to extend the benefit of Gratuity to all NPS Employees. Further the Cabinet has decided to constitute a committee for streamlining the implementation of NPS. We shall present the remaining issues before that Committee also. Scrapping of NPS is one of the main demand of 2016 September 2nd General Strike also. No struggle will go in vain. Let us make the strike a grand success

M.Krishnan, Secretary General, Confederation.                   

No. 7/5/2012-P&PW(F)/B
Ministry of Personnel, Public (Grievances and Pensions
Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare

Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market,
New Delhi-110 003, Dated the 26th August, 2016


Subject: Extension of benefit of Retirement Gratuity and Death Gratuity to the Central Government Employees covered by new Defined Contribution Pension System (National Pension System) – regarding.

            The undersigned  is directed  to say that the pension of the Government  servants appointed on or  after 1.1.2004 is regulated  by the new Defined Contribution  Pension System (known as National Pension System), notified by the Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs) vide their O.M. No. 5/7/2003-ECB & PR dated 22.12.2003. Orders were issued for payment  of gratuity on provisional  basis in respect of  employees covered under  National Pension System on their  retirement  from  Government  service on invalidation or death in service, vide this Department’s O.M. No. 38/41/2006-P&PW(A) dated 5.5.2009.

2.         The issue of grant of gratuity in respect of government employees covered by the National Pension System has been under consideration of the Government. It has been decided that the government  employees covered by National Pension System shall be  eligible for benefit of ‘Retirement  gratuity  and  Death  gratuity’ on the same  terms and  conditions, as are applicable  to employees covered by  Central Civil Service (Pension) Rulke,1972.

3.         These orders issue with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, vide their .D. Note No. 1(4)/EV/2006-II dated 29.07.2016.

4.         In their application to the persons belonging to the India Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

5.         These orders will be applicable to those Central Civil Government Employees who joined Government Service on or after 1.1.2004 and are covered by National Pension System and will take effect from the same date i.e. 1.1.2004. 
(Harjit Singh)
Director (Pension Policy)

Extension of benefits of (Retirement Gratuity and Death Gratuity) to the Central Government employees covered by new Defined Contribution Pension System (National Pension System)-regarding   (Click the link below to view original order)


Revision of foreign postage rates of letter post items with effect from 1.09.2016

Dr. Santosh Ku. Kamila (IPoS-1986) posted as Chief PMG, Odisha Circle

Dr. Santosh Ku. Kamila (IPoS-1986) posted as Chief PMG, Odisha Circle vide Directorate Order No.1-3/2016-SPG dated 26-08-2016.

AIPEU Gr C, Phulbani welcomes him to Odisha Circle.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

IPPB to start hiring activity as it gets nod from MCA

NEW DELHI: The Registrar of Companies under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has incorporated the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) Limited that will allow IPPB to start critical operations such as recruitment of banking professionals ahead of its services commencement from March 2017.

IPPB is expected to start operations with a capital expenditure of Rs 800 crore under the Department of Posts (DoP) and plans to set up 50 branches initially which would be expanded to 650 by September 2017.

The move will allow the government to fill in key positions for running IPPB.

The Board's constitution will include five independent directors (51%) and four (49%) in-house representatives from the government, including DoP, a top government official earlier said.

The DoP is also working on to employ as many as 2,000 individuals across multiple roles that will include Chief Finance Officer (CFO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Chief Risk & Compliance Officer and branch managers through the Banks Board Bureau (BBB).

The Department of Financial Services is, however, acting as a nodal agency for the setting up of IPPB.

Through 1.55 lakh post offices which will also act as an extension for payments bank services together with 650 full-fledged branches, the government aims to bring financial inclusion for the unbanked.

IPPB is poised to create a national payments architecture riding on a modern payments platform and ubiquitous information and communication technologies that can be accessed by all users and service providers like never before, the department in a statement said.

7th Pay Commission Latest News: No hike in minimum pay of Rs 18,000, central government employees might go on strike

In a bad news for central government employees, the government has reportedly refused to hike the minimum pay of Rs 18,000 as recommended by the 7th Pay Commission and approved by the Union Cabinet.

New Delhi, Aug 23: In a bad news for central government employees, the government has reportedly refused to hike the minimum pay of Rs 18,000 as recommended by the 7th Pay Commission and approved by the Union Cabinet. The central government employees are not going to get more than minimum pay of Rs 18,000 as the public sector workers have also demanded minimum pay of Rs 18,000 which will bring extra burden on government. Finance Ministry sources working on the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, has made clear that there is no scope to change in minimum pay Rs 18,000.

“The demand of central government employees through National Joint Council of Action (NJAC) for hiking minimum pay Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 may be considered by the National Anomaly Committee but they can do nothing,” a Finance Ministry source was quoted as saying by the Sen Times. The central government employees unions have threatened to carry out an indefinite strike if their demand of hike in minimum pay is not fulfilled. But the government is in no mood to change mind on central government employees’ demand. 

While the central government employees want hike is minimum pay of Rs 18,000, the government cannot accept their demand. It is because Public Sector Undertaking employees, who used to get less than the central government employees, are now demanding pay hike equivalent to central government employees. Since the government is not in position to bear this extra burden, it would not accept the demand of central government employees to increase minimum pay of Rs 18,000.

“Now, it is generally seen that Public Sector Undertaking employees get less pay than the central government employees and they will demand to hike pay equivalent to central government employees. So, the focus has now shifted to PSUs- whether they would implement a similar pay hike for their employees or not,” Finance Ministry officials were quoted as saying. “If they hike pay for their employees, the central government is likely to face difficulty in bearing this extra financial burden. Accordingly, central government employees demand for hiking minimum pay of Rs 18,000 will not be accepted,” they added.

The government in July issued the notification for the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. The 7th Pay Commission notification confirmed that central government employees 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay at junior levels, the lowest in 70 years. The Cabinet also approved the increase in minimum pay Rs 18,000 from existing Rs 7,000. But the central government employees want to increase minimum pay from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000. The employees’ unions have threatened to go on strike if their demands are not met.

7th Pay commission has just given a small hike in pay where as many anomalies !

Recent pay commission has just given a small hike in pay where as many anomalies are likely to arise .
Pay differences for Promotees and Non Promotees are seen and the non Promotees found getting higher than the actual promotees.. eg. A person who has been selected as Post Office Inspector in 2006 (6th Pay Commission ) will be receiving lesser pay as against the person who has failed or not opted for the Postal Inspector Post after implementation of 7th Pay commission
Promotional loss are seen for officials promoted from 2800/- grade pay to 4200/- grade up to 01.07.2017.. Officials can opt for next increment for fixation if promotion falls before 01.07.2017.
Heavy loss for option to take fixation from 01.07.2017 and officials have to forgo all the arrears of Pay Commission until their next increment. This has caused greater dissatisfaction among the employees.
Promotion to next level provide only one increment and does not provide any additional benefit. Even if the officials decline promotion they would get the same in their next date of increment. 
Hence Promotion in 7th CPC is total waste.
Source-SA Post

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

GDS Online Selection procedure

Click the link given below to view the online selection procedure for all categories of GDS.

Second Meeting of the Committee constituted to examine the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission regarding Allowances.

7th Pay Commission – Second meeting on Allowances on 01.09.2016 will be held at Room No. 72 North Block, New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Finance Secretary and Secretary (Expenditure) Committee will seek views of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA).

Department of Expenditure
(Implementation Cell)
Room No.216, Hotel Ashok,
Chankyapuri, New Delhi,
Dated :22/23.08.2016

Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary, National Council (Staff Side), JCM
13C, Feroz Shah Road,
New Delhi.
Subject: Second Meeting of the Committee constituted to examine the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission regarding Allowances.

I am directed to inform that the 2nd Meeting of the Committee on Allowances will be hedl on 01st September, 2016 at 3.00 PM in Room No.72, North Block, New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Finance Secretary & Secretary (Expenditure).

2. I am further directed to inform that the Committee on Allowances has desired to meet the representatives of the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) in the aforesaid meeting to obtain their views on the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission relating to allowances.

3. You are, therefore, requested to attend the aforesaid meeting with their members of Standing Committee of National Council Staff Side (JCM). The names of the members attending the meeting may please be sent on or before 29th August, 2016 to the undersigned so that necessary arrangements can be made.

Yours sincerely,
(Abhay N.Sahay)
Under Secretary (IC-7th CPC)

Source: AIRF

Proud to be a Postal Assistant, having incomparable job profile

There is a specific reason for posting this article.  So many candidates who have applied for the post of Postal Assistant in the recent recruitment have asked me that whether there is any difference between bank clerk and Postal Assistant.  And at the same time most of the people are unaware of the nature of duties of Postal Assistant.  More over this article will help the existing officials to understand the complexity of their job profile.

I have prepared this post by extracting details from the memorandum submitted by National Federation of Postal Employees to the 7th Central Pay Commission.

Postal Assistants are the back born of India Post and the nature of work assigned to them spreads over long hours besides shouldering heavy responsibilities including monetary and non-monetary transactions. Postal Assistant is the main functionary in the Postal Network and translates the policies and planning into practice.  

The Postal Assistant has to perform wide varieties of duties like that of Marketing Executives, System Administrators, Inspectors, Accountants, Post Masters, Auditors, Managers, etc.  

The Postal Assistant is to perform Banking Transaction,  Insurance transactions,  Accounting work,  Treasury works,  System administrators  work, Marketing Executive works, Postmasters work,  Public  Relation  Inspector  works,  philately  work,  counter  works  including handling of heavy cash apart from all the business and traditional mails related work being performed by him. In no other department in India such variety and kind of work is being performed by one and the same official other than the Postal Assistants. Their job profile is very critical and contains enormous responsibilities.

The conditions of service of postal clerks differ very much from those of ordinary clerks of other Government departments, because their hours of work are longer and more irregular beginning in some cases at 5:00 AM and ending at 10:00 PM.  In an ordinary administrative office if the staff cannot finish the day's work, the unfinished work is carried over to the next day but in the post offices, the work cannot be carried over to the next day. Day's mail must be delivered on the same day and despatched on the same day.  The office accounts and various abstracts must be adjusted on the same day itself and returns to the audit/accounts office must be sent on due dates.  The staff of post offices cannot go home unless all his work is completed.  If the staffs are inadequate, it might work beyond the fixed hours of duty and late in the night to finish the work.

So is  very  clear that the  Postal Assistants were treated as  superiors  when compared to  other employees in  the  Government of  India   and Bank employees  granted.  The Postal Assistants do the similar work being performed by officials of other Govt. departments and Banks.  Following are the some among them.

1.       Postal Assistants do the work of 'Bank' involving huge monetary responsibility in the Postal Savings Bank, deals in Savings Certificates, NREGA Accounts, TD Accounts, Senior Citizen Schemes, RD accounts, PPF accounts, MIS accounts, opening of BPL Accounts, etc.  After the introduction of a Core Banking solution, the Postal Assistant must perform all the duties being performed by Bank employees including electronic transfer, issue of ATM cards, etc.

2.       Postal Assistants do the work of Insurance Companies as the postal department itself runs the Postal Life Insurance and Rural Postal Life Insurance and knows the different rules and regulations on the subject.  He/she should be conversant with the insurance work and does all the works related to Marketing, Accounting, Claim settlement etc. In particular after the decentralization of PLI at HO level, the Postal Assistants are shouldering various responsibilities in maintaining records, pertaining to claims cased, maturity sanctions, Loan processing, issue of premium notices, revival of lapsed policies, acceptance of new proposal and commission payment, etc.

3.       They are now working as a System Administrators who manages around 53 software and its database, networks and all hardware. They are periodically upgrading the database with patches supplied by CEPT, Mysore and SDC Chennai.  Postal Department is the only Department in the country is being computerized fully only with the assistance of the Postal Assistants who know computer operations and developed software and maintaining the hardware, etc.
4.       Postal Assistants are also performing the duties of Marketing Executive who procure business of various kinds.

5.       Postal Assistants do the work of cheque clearance through CTS and traditional method.

6.       Postal Assistants do the work of Election Commission in collecting and verifying the Electoral rolls.
7.       Postal Assistants do the Pension Payment work of other departments as well like Railway, BSNL, Telecom, etc.

8.       Postal Assistants do the work relating to Railway while booking of train tickets.

9.       Postal Assistants do the work of Police while issuing identity cards.

10.     Postal Assistants do the work in different branches, like mail & sorting, Delivery and Deposit of Registered letter, Parcel, Money Orders, Postal Orders, delivery of Aadhar Cards etc.

11.     Postal Assistants do the work of enquiry clerk, covering multifarious subjects.

12.     Postal Assistants do the work of Treasurer and all the treasury related works being performed by him includes handling of huge amount of cash.

13.     Postal Assistants do the work of an Accountant which includes classifying the accounts, preparation of budget, processing of pension cases, sanctioning of various types of bills, etc.

14.     Postal Assistants do all the work of a Counter clerk, which also involves handling of huge amount of cash, such as Money Orders, Telephone Bills, Savings Bank,  MNREGS transactions, etc.

15.     Postal Assistants do the work of Correspondence clerk.

16.     Postal Assistants do the work of an Accounts clerk with the various accounting procedure.

17.     Postal Assistants do the work of Sales Executive by selling Gold Coins in the Post offices.

18.     Postal Assistants do the work Income Tax by deduction of taxes and submission of eTDS returns of employees and Agents.

19.     Postal Assistants do the work of Promoter in various financial schemes developed   under the Business tie up.

20.     Postal Assistants do the work of State Government Public Sectors Undertakings in collection of Taxes, like Property Tax, Water Tax, professional Tax, Electricity bills, sale of various application forms and collection of different recruitment Fee, etc.

21.     Postal Assistants do the work of logistic and promote its business.

22.     PA Handles lakhs of rupees worth insured I foreign articles daily involving great risks.

23.     Helps the Excise department 1n checking & transmission of contraband goods.

24.     Postal Assistants do the customs department work by collecting Customs Due on foreign articles etc.

25.     PA Has to  be  conversant not  only  with  the  Indian  Postal  operations,  but Foreign Postal business as well.

26.     Postal Assistant must be conversant with hundreds of orders, circulars, etc. which will be changing every day, issued by the higher authorities in Department.

27.     He has to hold meetings of periodical, post forum and meetings with public to sort out local issues.

28.     Postal Assistant has to do the new work arising out of new schemes and tying up organisations like UTI Mutual Fund, Oriental Insurance corporation, Clearance of cheques for various private sector companies like TVS, Bajaj , HDFC Bank, verification of address proof for Hutch and BSNL mobile connection, acceptance of all bills   in   Post Office Counters,   Accepting   fees   for   recruitment is all   State   Government, etc.

29.     There is also a huge work related to filing of Tax Deduction Source (TDS) returns  to the Income Tax  Department,  Acceptance  of  IT  returns from public,   etc.,  now  these works are performed  by  the  Postal Assistants. In addition to these several services were introduced depending on the local needs like cable TV verification, Books sales and distribution etc.

30.     The PAs working at Philatelic Bureau and Philatelic Museum are required to take responsibilities and discharge the skill like the curators of the National museums.

31.         PAs working  as  Trainers or Instructors at  the  different training centres like  PTC(Postal Training Centres), RCTC (Regional Computer Training  Centres)  and  DCTC  (Divisional Computer Training  Centres)  are  discharging  their duties with more skill and more professionalism.

32.     The Postal Assistant who is in charge of post office will have to perform a wide variety of works.  He acts as a liaison officer with the general public and ensures secrecy, security and confidence of the people in various circumstances.  He should possess adequate knowledge in various rules and regulations and should have intelligence to tackle the customers.

33.     The   Postal   Assistants   attached   to   the   divisional   offices should perform   the   following administrative duties.

Maintenance  of the  personal  files of staff, issue of leave orders, arrangements of substitutes in various circumstances, preparation  and maintenance of gradation  lists of various categories of employees, appointment and confirmation  of staff, arrangement for holding different departmental examinations and recruitment,  matters   relating   to   GDS, collection and processing of  pension   papers, preparation of rotational  transfer list,  leave  roasters,  reservation roaster,  grant  of different advance like GPF advances , cycle advance, scooter advance, festival advance, etc.

Adequate proposals for opening and grading of offices, redeployment or relocation of post offices, review of establishment, redeployment of staff on the basis of workload of office, revision and fixation of stationary charges, grant of cycle and other allowance, etc.

Apart from this, these  Postal Assistants have to attend  various public complaints,  mail arrangements of offices, follow up action on inspection  reports made by inspecting authority,  issue of sanctions  relating to SB I SC claims, all matters  relating to surcharge  I supply of articles of stock I forms, sanction  of all bills, etc.  Planning, preparation of yearly budget estimates, etc.   

The duties to be performed in this divisional office are more skilled and highly responsible while comparing the work in the other administrative offices. There are enormous work due to Business Development and Technology for which no proper training is imparted.  Besides all, they are looking after the building maintenance, Tender related works etc.


Fresh declaration of the result of the LGO Exam 2015-16 held on 31.07.2016 - Odisha Circle

Fresh declaration of the result of the LGO Exam 2015-16 held on 31.07.2016 - Odisha Circle