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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Road show on postal schemes

Tribune News Service
Amritsar :
In order to sensitise the people about various government schemes, the Department of Posts, Amritsar division, organised a road show at Khalsa College Post Office here today. The aim of the road show was to popularise Sukanya Samriddhi Yojna, Atal Pension Yojna, PLI and other small saving schemes.
Additional Deputy Commissioner SP Angra flags off the road show from the Khalsa College post office in Amritsar on Friday. PHOTO: RK SONI
The road show was flagged off by SP Angra, ADC (development), Amritsar, and Jethmal Jingar, SSP, post offices. Gurinder Kaur Grewal, programme officer, ICDS, was the guest of honour on the occasion.
The road show passed through various bazars covering the areas of Putlighar and Islamabad. Participants also spread awareness on female foeticide and girl-child abandonment.
While giving details, Jingar said participants of the road show carried banners displaying information regarding various schemes. They also distributed pamphlets among shopkeepers and the public. The road show culminated at Government Elementary School, Islamabad.
An orientation session was organised at the end of the show. The staff and girl students of the school were apprised of various investment-cum-saving schemes launched by the Department of Posts, including Sukanya Samriddhi Yojna, which lays emphasis on securing the future of girls.
“The investments made in Sukanya Samriddhi Yojna upto Rs 1.5 lakh are covered under Section 80-C for tax rebate,” said Jingar. Speaking on the occasion, SP Angra, ADC (development), urged all residents of the holy city to avail benefits offered by the Department of Posts under Sukanya Samriddhi Yojna, PLI and other small saving schemes. He said money collected under these schemes was being utilised for development of the State.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

As on February 22, 2016,  17,057 Post offices are utilizing CBSCIS is rolled out in 805 head post offices and the corresponding sub offices. 510 ATMs have been installed

A Rs 4,909 crore project for computerization and networking of 1.55 lakh post offices across the country is being implemented by the government, Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the project involves providing a central server-enabled integrated, modular and scalable solution for all operations of the Department of Posts.

These include provision of Core Banking and Insurance Solutions in all departmental post offices and provision of 1,000 ATMs.

"As on February 22, 2016, 17,057 post offices are utilizing Core Banking Solution. Core Insurance Solution is rolled out in 805 head post offices and the corresponding sub offices. 510 ATMs have been installed," he said during Question Hour.

Prasad said multiple safeguards have been built into the system to ensure stable internet connectivity for the post offices. Most of the post offices have been provided with two Network Service Providers.
Implementation of Recommendation of 7th CPC- Minutes of the Meeting of Joint Secretary (IC) with the Members of the Staff-Side of the Standing Committee (National Council-JCM) held on 19.02.2016  CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

Dear Comrades,

        Please see below the list of Nodal officers appointed by various Ministries/Department for processing and submission of proposals for modification of 7th CPC Recommendation to the Implementation cell. Also see Reminder sent by Implementation cell of Nodal officers for expediting the comments. All affiliated organizations are requested to keep in touch with the Nodal officers of their departments and ensure that comments are sent to Implementation cell within the stipulated period in consultation with the staff side of each department. Please treat it as most urgent/important.

M. Krishnan
Secretary General

List of Nodal Officers for implementation of 7th CPC recommendations TO VIEW, PLEASE CLICK HERE. 

Reminder from Joint Secretary (IC) to Nodal Officers for expediting the comments   TO VIEW, PLEASE CLICK HERE. 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Pay Rise 54% In 6th CPC – 7th CPC Recommended Only 14.3% - NFIR 

The need for fixing the minimum wages at Rs 26,000/- and modifying the multiplying factor was explained in detail with full justification.

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
No: II/95/Pt VIII
Dt:19th February, 2016

On the Invitation of Shri R.K. Chaturvedi, Convener, Implementation Cell, Ministry of Finance Dr M. Raghavaiah, Chairman/NJCA & GS/NFIR and Shri Guman Singh, Member/NJCA & President/NFIR representing Central Government Federations/Associations attended the meeting at North Block, New Delhi at 11.00AM on 19th February 2016 and explained NJCA’s 1 to 26 charter of demands with full justification for every demand.

The need for fixing the minimum wages at Rs 26,000/- and modifying the multiplying factor was explained in detail with full justification. The leaders drew the attention of Shri Chaturvedi to Page No 63 of 7th CPC which is as follows:
(in percent)
Hike %
It is clear from above that the pay rise is only 14.3% in 7th CPC, which is causing lot of resentment and unrest among 34 lakh Central Govt Employees belonging to Railways, Defence, Postal etc., Mr R.K. Chaturvedi assured to explain the views expressed by NJCA leaders to the Cabinet Secretary and stated that within 10-15 days a meeting between NJCA, Empowered Committee and the Implementation Cell will be held for further discussions.

The NJCA leaders made it ample clear that in the event of No Negotiated Settlement all the central government employees will be compelled to serve Strike Notice on 11th March 2016 and proceed on strike from 6.00AM on 11th April 2016.
As already decided by NJCA all the Central Govt Employees must prepare themselves for Indefinite Strike from 11th April 2016.

(Marri Raghavaiah)

Source: NFIR

PIB clears India Post's Rs 800 crore proposal for payments bank


NEW DELHI FEB-21:The Public Investment Board has approved the Rs 800-crore proposal from India Post for setting up a payments bank and it will be placed before the Cabinet within a month for final approval. 

PIB, under the Finance Ministry, whets the investment proposals by state-run entities.

"The PIB meeting has been held on January 19 and the proposal has been approved. The recommendations of PIB will now be placed before the Cabinet for final approval," a senior official of Department of Post (DoP) told PTI.

The department is also in the process of finalising selection of a consultant for setting up of the India Post payments bank.

It had shortlisted six consultants but only three of them submitted the bids.

The India Post payments bank will primarily target unbanked and under-banked customers in rural, semi-rural and remote areas, with a focus on providing simple deposit products and money remittance services.

The pilot for the payments bank is set to start from January 2017 and the full-fledged operations may start by March.

As many as 40 international financial conglomerates including World Bank and Barclays have shown interest to partner the postal department for setting up the bank.

The Reserve Bank has granted payments bank permit to the department, which is already into providing financial services and has 1.55 lakh branches across the country.

As per the RBI guidelines, a payments bank can offer limited services such as demand deposits and remittances.

They will not be allowed to undertake lending activities and will initially be restricted to holding a maximum balance of Rs 1 lakh per individual customer.

They will be allowed to issue ATM or debit cards as other prepaid payment instruments but not credit cards. 

Source : http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/

Now, premature closure possible in PPF postal scheme

CHENNAI, February 20, 2016
With the Public Provident Fund, recently re-launched as Ponmagan Podhuvaippu Nidhi, gaining more patronage, the postal department has relaxed a few norms for the savings scheme.

Soon, customers have the option of closing the deposit scheme after completing five years for reasons such as children’s higher education or expenditure towards medical treatment.

In the last six months alone, nearly 20,000 PPF accounts have been opened in Chennai city region. The scheme has nearly 1.21 lakh depositors so far in the region.

Earlier, the depositor could take loans and partially withdraw in the seventh year of the scheme.
Now, premature closure of the deposit is allowed. Officials of the postal department said the scheme, which does not involve any age limit, can also be opened in the name of children through their guardians. Depositors could save from Rs.500 to Rs.1.5 lakh in a year for which an interest of 8.7 per cent is provided.

However, the Tamil Nadu circle has only 1.78 lakh PPF accounts of which a major chunk has been opened in the Chennai region. Sources said the long-term savings scheme had not reached the rural and suburban areas. Though the Union government has decided to recalibrate interest rate of small saving schemes from April 1, depositors may enjoy the same interest rate for saving in PPF.
 Source :  http://www.thehindu.com/

Govt to monitor 'integrity' of Central government employees

Sat, 20 Feb 2016-06:40am , New Delhi , dna
Move to rate staffers on this count creates flutter in bureacracy 
The "integrity"of central government employees will now be under watch.

A confidential circular by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has asked all officers of the rank of joint secretaries and above to rate the integrity of their subordinates.

The move forms part of reforms and making bureaucracy more accountable and functional. The intergrity report will be part of the annual confidential appraisal reports (ACARs).

The ACAR is designed to adjudge the performance of government servants every year in the areas of work, conduct, character and capabilities.

The ratings will be "beyond doubt, doubtful, most doubtful".

The circular has created a flutter within bureaucracy. Many officials told dna that it has not defined the integrity.

It has also asked supervisory officers to maintain a confidential diary to note the integrity and actions of subordinate staff, and consult this diary when filing the integrity column in the ACARs.
The filing of ACARs, which starts on March 31, has to be completed by May 23.

"Officers have been asked to make a note in the diary about instances that raise suspicion about the integrity of a subordinate and the action taken to verify the truth," said a senior central government official.

It further says that senior officers till the rank of secretaries should also note the action taken by supervisors while making confidential departmental inquiries or referring the matter to the police for further action.

Though a clause of integrity was incorporated in the ACAR some years back, reporting officers were not making a clear and categorical noting.

Now, with clear classification in the columns, they will have to report and rate the integrity of staff, said a DoPT official.

Meanwhile, Union minister of state in-charge of DoPT Dr Jitendra Singh said that the government will soon devise an institutional mechanism for the welfare and utilisation of the vast resource pool of pensioners.

At present, there are more pensioners than serving employees, he said. Retired employees need to engage themselves and contribute to government initiatives like educating people to use the accounts opened under Jan Dhan Yojana, Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya and Kaushal Vikas Yojana etc as per their interests, he suggested.
Source :  http://www.dnaindia.com
Result of Republic Day, 2016 stamp design competition   on the theme "Vibrant India"


World's 1st Air Mail started during Maha Kumbh in 1911

ALLAHABAD: History of Kumbh is replete with a number of interesting facts. One such event, which is a matter of pride for Allahabad is, that world's first Air Mail was started here during the Kumbh in 1911. It was here on February 18, 1911, when French pilot Henri Piquet loaded a sack of 6,500 cards and letters on a two-seater bi-plane stationed at a polo field in Allahabad and soared into the evening sky.

The flight to Naini lasted barely 13 minutes and the plane flew a mere five miles but created history, said Krishna Kumar Yadav director postal services, Allahabad region, talking to TOI.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Breif on meeting held on 19th Feb 2016


                 No.NJCA/2016                                                              Dated: 19.02.2016

Dear Comrades,

Sub: Brief of the NJCA meeting held on 19.02.2016 with the Convener, Implementation Cell, Ministry of Finance (Government of India), reg. 7th CPC recommendations and Charter       of Demands of the NJCA

A meeting of the NJCA held today with the Convener, Implementation Cell, Ministry of Finance, Shri R.K. Chaturvedi, wherein we discussed and emphasized on all the 26-point Charter of Demands of the NJCA send to the Cabinet Secretary on 10.12.2015. 

We agitated the issues of NPS, Minimum Wage, Multiplying Factor, deduction of HRA and all other important issues.

The Convener, Implementation Cell, Shri Chaturvedi, after hearing everybody, said that, he would put-up the issues to the Cabinet Secretary, and hopefully a meeting of the JCA would be held with the Cabinet Secretary and the Empowered Committee shortly within 15 days.

Let us not leave any stone unturned for preparations of the strike.

With Best Wishes!

                 Shiva Gopal Mishra

Central Civil Services (LTC) Rules, 1988 - Fulfillment of procedural requirements. (Click the link below for details)

Thursday, February 18, 2016


National Federation of Postal Employees
1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001       
Phone: 011.23092771                                                      e-mail:nfpehq@gmail.com
  Mob: 9868819295/9810853981                          website: http://www.nfpe.blogspot.com
No.PF-35/CBS/2016                                                                     Dated : 18th February,201

            Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad
            Hon’ble Minister
            Communication & IT

Sub: Miseries and untold sufferings faced by the staff in CBS &CIS rolled out offices throughout the nation – Immediate and personal intervention requested to rein in the situation.

Respected Sir,

            In continuation of this Federation’s letter of even no. dated 20.1.2016  , we submit the following additional issues for immediate settlement in order to avoid chaos and stalemate in the service in the near future due to the hasty migration of CBS & CIS.

(i)      Whenever migration takes place, Finacle becomes abnormally slow and every single transactions take too long and the customer at the counter gets irritated and become Quarrelsome. If this lacuna is not rectified at the earliest, it is prone to invite undue displeasure of customers and endanger our customer base.

(ii)    Similarly ATM transactions are irritating the customers. In many occasions, cash is not dispensed out of APM while transactions occur and amount is debited from their account. Such scenario occurs in other banks ATM also, but reversal transactions are done within a day or two. Whereas in Finacle, it takes weeks together that too, after several mails from R.O. & C.O.

(iii)   The Finacle software being used in post offices are based on universal banking solutions and not universal Postal solutions. We have not heard about single handed banks, whereas 60% of Post office in India are now functioning in single handed status only. The SPMs of single handed offices have to work is operator ID and then come out. Again he should log on with supervisor ID for a single transaction which not only consumes a lot of time but also irritate the public who are standing in queue.

(iv)   Some of the office accounts like 339 (used for BOs) and 340 (used for issuing cheques) can be misused to fund any ones account with crores and crores of rupees as there is no maximum ceiling for our SB accounts as one date.

(v)    For example, CXFER can be used to fund one’s near and dear accounts in which teller cash will not get raised and simultaneously one can take withdrawals from other SOL (CBS offices) Kashmir to Kannyakumari as there is no cap on other SOL (Service outlet) withdrawal prescribed by the Postal department.

(vi)   It is opt to bring to your kind notice that some of the banking giants like SBI, ICICI etc. are leveraging services charges for other branch withdrawals and deposits other than through their cash vending machines like ATMs etc.

(vii)  In the case of single handed offices, both the operator and supervisor remain the same, there are chances of fraud and misappropriation of money and falsification of records. For example, a single handed SPM can take print outs at any point of time and then he can amount the same in his account by using SB CASH and thereafter he can use ‘CXFER’ to fund some one’s account in which teller cash will not get raised. It is not in practice or practicable that the SBCO officials are tallying the Finacle balance of a particular SOL (branch/office) with their S.O. account.

(viii)      Thereafter,  it is suggested that there should be a cap on other SOL withdrawals both in terms of maximum amount and number and customers who wish to use other SOL should be given a SB ID and that request should be given by them at the time of opening the accounts.

(ix)         This is the serious problem which has not been attended so far by the department that most of the deputations to single handed offices are ordered without changing the SOL ID of the deputation incumbent and Single handed SPMs are forced to giver USER ID and Password to the deputed officials in order to avail of their leave, training etc. and also to avoid unnecessary public complaint in their officers which is against the DOPT orders as there is no secrecy in passwords. This issue has not been resolved. There is every chance for the miscreants to misuse the USER ID of other in different computers and defrauding the Government money. At later stage, forgetting the smooth functioning in the absence of no arrangement, the poor innocent official will be proceeded under the contributory negligence factor. This must be set right forthwith.

(x)          Interest on loan could not be accounted in Finacle Software in the case of loan accounts in which loan amount paid off completely prior to migration period and interest on loan is still pending in the loan account in post migration period. There is scope of defrauding the funds by the fraudulent people by misusing the provision.

(xi)         In short the Postal Department is working for the vendors and not for its own. Despite ‘Sifi’  has not provided the required speed and service deteriorated, there is no penal action taken against them and the staff alone is being harassed. Some of the issues like SSA LOT are not coming in HFINRPT menu i.e the report menu and the staff are using indirect methods to get the LOT and till now the Department has not taken any efforts to get the work done from our vendor. The need for torturing the Postal officials for the benefits of vendors is best known to the Postal Department.

            The above are only the tips of ice berg. There are many more issues confronting the service and customers, have not been solved so far. The twenty issues which requires urgent attention in our earlier letter, have not yet been addressed by the Department. Whereas it is extending the migration of offices without providing necessary bandwidth, Computer peripheral etc. unless necessary peripherals are supplied and available, how can it be implanted smoothly in the Postal Department. We request the Hon’ble Minister once again to intervene in this regard.

            Further we are submitting below the problems being faced at Post offices after the migration and the solution also in a table for the immediate action by the Hon’ble Minister of communication by directly to department to settle all these issues as if fire at the top of the roof.

Problem faced
Solution needed
Login Issues
1.    User Already Logged in
2.    User has exceeded three attempts. User ID is locked

Most of the time due to frequent disconnection of Internet connectivity and during the delayed process in SERVER these two issues are being faced.
(1) the user either supervisor or System Admin should use the Menu CSAC. But when Super faces same situation and if System Admin is not in a position to attend the case, CPC to be called to rectify the Issue. (which is always busy and the issue with CPC is   dealt later)
1.It is stated by INFOSYS that the SACKING the user already logged in will be reset within 5 minutes but it is not happening so. HENCE REQUESTED TO WIPE OUT THIS SCENARIO.(IN MCAMISH SOFTWARE NOSUCH ALREADY LOGGED IN ISSUE)
2.  Though there cannot be any compromise on security the unlocking facility to be given to Divisional level SPOC and System Admin.

List of Transactions SSA
There is no provision till date to view or print SSA LOT. At present we use HFTI menu (using Sub ledger 30042) to print a list of particulars of transactions alone without any Total. Users physically arrive the Total with ref to vouchers.
Menu for SSA LOT is needed.
MIS Reports

There are two servers
1.    Production Server and MIS Server. Production Server is one where the daily day transactions are stored and where the LOT for the current day alone can be taken.
2.    MIS Server is utilized for taking all reports for the older period other than the current day.

Most of the cases the MIS URL says “the page is under maintenance “

Or the BOD (day Begin is much older the Current day).  Hence the  LOTs could not be printed for the previous day
Maintenance of MIS server with the current BOD.
Training Server
The BOD of the Training Server is 26122014 and so for the training server is not reset to current date. The training is limited to certain extend and full-fledged training could not be imparted

The training server should be reset with current date by deleting all older data that have been stored over two years.

Toll free numbers
The issues faced like network down, Modem Failure, Tower issues, we used to call Toll Free number. Now the same cannot be used as the AGREEMENT Period is over. In case of any issues with sify we have to send a email/lodge a complaint in SIFY PORTAL which may not be  possible as network is down.
Requested to restore TOLL FREE NUMBERS.
Monitoring by SIFY
During the initial period the important locations (WEGs) where monitored by SIFY. In case of any downs in primary (BSNL) or secondary (sify)link  SUO MOTTO action was taken by sify .
Now the monitoring is not done by SIFY. The PO should send a email/ use the web portal to lodge a complaint
SIFY should monitor the functioning / Down condition of sites and should take SUO MOTTO action.
The minimum bandwidth is 128kbps (NSP II) and maximum is 256 kbps for C and B class offices.
256 and 512 for other class other than HOs .
Except HOs all other smaller units are suffering due to low bandwidth.
To be enhanced to 512 at C and B class level.
To be enhanced up to 1 MBPS for units for rest of the units other than HPOs.
Supply of BIO METRIC devices.

To enhance more security

Cutoff date for updating
Past premium postings introduced in Mc Camish.

PLI dte. lr. Dt.9.2.16 says that .csv files will no longer be available after 15.03.2016, while BOs are allowed to
accept premiums and there is large no. of non migration exists.
No cutoff date should be fixed, till 100% migration of NIC data to 'CIS' is confirmed. Migrations were made in a hasty manner, to satisfy the higher officers, resulting in heavy non postings. Further, BOs are permitted to accept premiums anywhere, which could not be posted again, if cutoff date is fixed. Despite of these, if cutoff date is fixed, responsibility will be fixed on poor ground level officials for wrong/ short payments.

            Once again we request your honour to kindly intervene and save the Postal service by stopping the speedy migration. We are not against modernization. CBS & CIS we are praying that all the loopholes, problems in the existing software be rectified and let it be user friendly before the expansion of CBS. All the issues narrated above may please be considered and attended.

            With profound regards,
Yours sincerely,

(R. N. Parashar)

Copy to: The Secretary (Posts) Dak Bhawan, New Delhi                   Secretary General.