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Sunday 31 July 2011


Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sibal to convert 1.5 lakh POs into banks; to seek RBI nod

The humble post office is all set to undergo a radical change with a proposal to convert over 1.5 lakh post offices across the nation into full fledged banks on the anvil.
Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal wants to reach out to the masses in the rural areas with modern banking facilities through the post offices.
"We want to commercialise the department. We will seek a licence from the RBI to convert all our post offices into banks," Sibal told PTI.
The lack of modern banking facilities in rural areas and dependence of villagers on informal sector for their credit requirements has prompted the government to work on financial inclusion by way of setting up 'postal banks'.
"The State Bank of India can't build branches all over India, but there are post offices across India. The branches are already there, so infrastructure expenditure is not required. So you can actually give banking facilities at relatively lower costs, which would be extremely beneficial to people," he said.
The post offices currently offer financial services like savings bank, postal life insurance, pension payments and money transfer services. Its total corpus stood at Rs 5,82,832.9 crore as on March 31, 2011.
DoP's revenues grew 11 per cent to Rs 6,954.09 crore in 2010-2011 from Rs 6,266.70 crore in the previous fiscal.
However, negative growth rate in some circles has pushed the Department's deficit to Rs 6,625 crore in FY'11, almost equal to the annual revenue of the Department.
"I want to make the (postal) system commercialised. By corporatising over 1.5 lakh post offices across the country, the ministry is expecting to improve the quality of services, increase profitability and reduce prices," Sibal said.
Out of the 22 DoP circles, some circles like Chhattisgarh have reported a negative growth of 19 per cent, Jharkhand 18 per cent and North East 15.9 per cent, whereas Assam (23.7 per cent), Haryana (19.5 per cent), Karnataka (13.5 per cent) and Tamil Nadu (13.9 per cent), recorded positive growth.
Among other steps, the Minister has asked members of Postal Services Board (PSB) to ensure 20 per cent revenue growth on sustainable basis.
Each member of the PSB has been asked to identify, commercialise and operationalise five major schemes of the Indian government, and partner with 5 PSUs and 10 corporate houses for commercial tie-ups with India Post with revenue potential of at least Rs 50 crore each.
DoP is also believed to be working towards setting up ATMs and offer debit cards for its customers.
"My vision is that post offices must become banks, so that an ordinary man can with Rs 10 open an account. We can set-up ATM machines for the e-banking...we can do e-retail," Sibal said.
According to officials, work for setting up 1,000 India Post ATMs is at an advanced stage and DoP has already held parleys with vendors on this front.
The Department is also working on providing skill development courses to its over 4.75 lakh employees with the Human Resources Development Ministry.
"The postman should also learn e-banking so that he can actually help the consumer on the ground. So, we are developing specialised skill development courses with the HRD Ministry," Sibal said.
Courtesy : Deccan Chronical



The Chief PMG has now clarified the orders as under

Office of the Chief Post Master General, A.P Circle, Hyderabad – 500 001

No.ST/25-1/CL/TS/10,                     dated at Hyd-1,                     the 20-12-2010

Sub:-  Review of instructions on engagement of casual          labourers in       the light of the guidelines on outsourcing.

         Ref :- Dte. Lr. No. 4-4/2009/PCC, dtd.19-11-2010.

Kindly refer to the Directorate letter cited above on the subject communicated vide this letter of even no. dated 26-11-2010.

References are being received from various quarters seeking clarifications as to whether the instructions under reference are applicable to the existing staff also.

The following instructions are issued after examining the matter in Circle Office.
(i)            The orders are applicable to CO / RO / DO / and DA(P) offices.

(ii)          The existing staff need not be dispensed with. It is clarified that the intention of the orders is that no Contingent or Casual Labour be appointed after 01-12-2010.

            I am also directed to request you to send the information in the proforma prescribed which was already sent with this office letter of even no. dated 26-11-2010, by return of FAX No.040-23463613.


Asst. Director (Per., Admn. & SR)
For Chief Post Master General
A.P Circle, Hyderabad – 500 001

Saturday 30 July 2011


The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal for the enactment of a new legislation in the form of the Lokpal Bill, 2011. The Bill provides for the establishment of the institution of Lokpal to inquire into allegations of corruption against certain public functionaries and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
The Bill envisages setting up the institution of Lokpal consisting of Chairperson and eight Members with the stipulation that half of the Members shall be Judicial Members. It will have its own Investigation Wing and Prosecution Wing with such officers and staff as are necessary to carry out its functions.
The Lokpal shall inquire into allegations of corruption made in respect of Prime Minister, after he has demitted office; a Minister of the Union; a Member of Parliament; any Group 'A' officer or equivalent; Chairperson or member or officer equivalent to Group 'A' in any body/ Board/ corporation/ authority/ company/ society/ trust/ autonomous body established by an Act of Parliament or wholly or partly financed or controlled by the Central Government; any director, manager, secretary or other officer of a society or association of persons or trust wholly or partly financed or aided by the Government or in receipt of any donations from the public and whose annual income exceeds such amount as the Central Government may by notification specify. However, the organisations created for religious purposes and receiving public donations would be outside the purview of Lokpal.
The Lokpal shall not require sanction or approval under Section 197 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 or Section 19 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, in cases where prosecution is proposed. The Lokpal will also have powers to attach the property of corrupt public servants acquired through corrupt means
Source: PIB Release, July 28, 2011



Wednesday 27 July 2011

AADHAR UID Card India: All you need to know :

            Who doesn’t like being identified in the crowd? Remember how good it used to feel when as a kid we were told – ‘You, my child are unique’. Now with the Indian government shouting out loud about how they’re getting closer to giving each one of us a unique identification, it somehow seems to make even more sense. For those still new to the entire concept, the Government of India has appointed the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) agency to bring its grandiose AADHAAR project to reality. The main objective is to give every Indian citizen a Unique Identification (UID) card, multipurpose in nature. And we’ve jotted down a few things you may want to know about UID, right from the aadhar card application, enrollment procedure and next.
You may not want to mistake the UID for being just another ID card though because it isn’t. Every person issued the card will be getting a 12-digit unique number that’s going to be amassed in a central database. The number will be associated with basic census and biometric tidings like fingerprints, iris and a photograph. Crossing barriers of religion, caste and creed, the numbering technique intends getting rid of fake identities in all databases. The highlight of this project is that it is for every resident and is a biometric identification. What’s more, the process is completely free and there are no costs even for enrollment.
To get started, you will first need to visit your closest enrollment center to obtain an AADHAR UID card application form. If you are a resident of Maharashtra, you can find your enrollment center by hitting up AADHAR’s Enrollment Centre Locator. The various stages of enrolment include the enrolment agency operator receiving verification documents from the resident. Following this, the enroller will enter the resident data which is validated. Next, the applicant’s face photograph, iris impression and fingerprints of both hands along with thumbprints are captured. The enroller will then sign off with his/her fingerprint. Applicants are next given a receipt of acknowledgement and can expect their UID card to reach them in about 6 months time via post.
Documents Needed for UID Card:
For proof of name and photo identity any one among the following should do fine – Passport, PAN card, Ration card, Voter ID, Driving License, Bank ATM and credit cards with photo, Pensioner photo card, government photo ID cards, Freedom fighter photo card, photo ID issued by recognized educational institution, Arms license, CGHS / ECHS photo card and lastly an Address card with photo issued by the postal department.
As a proof of address, you may supply any among these – Passport, Bank Passbook, Bank Statement, Ration Card, Voter ID, Driving License, Insurance policy, government photo ID cards, NREGS Job Card, Arms License, Pensioner Card, Vehicle Registration Certificate, Registered Sale / Lease / Rent Agreement, Address Card having Photo issued by Department of Posts, Caste and Domicile Certificate having Photo issued by State Govt, Freedom Fighter Card, CGHS / ECHS Card, Income Tax Assessment Order. You can also furnish any of these receipts though they mustn’t be older than 3 months – Electricity, Water, Landline telephone, Property Tax, Credit Card statement. A letter signed by the Bank, a registered company or recognized educational institute on its letterhead having a photo on it will also do. Those having a certificate of address with photo issued by an MP or MLA Group A Gazetted Officer on letterhead or the Village Panchayat head or its equivalent authority for rural areas is also applicable.
A proof for Date of Birth is optional and if you so wish you may furnish a Birth Certificate, Passport, SSLC Book/Certificate or Certificate of Date of Birth issued by Group A Gazetted Officer on letterhead

            Advantages UID Card:
Stepping in as a handy identification card for various services, the AADHAR UID card will help when you’re opening a bank account, booking e-tickets, buying rations etc. The fact that the card cannot be duplicated whatsoever because it will include your fingerprints and iris impressions makes it all the more significant. Forming a basic and universal means of identification, it’s going to help various Registrars and Agencies across the country eventually develop identity-based applications.
Add to this the fact that once residents have enrolled for AADHAR, they can rest assured of not facing repeated Know Your Customer (KYC) checks by service providers. Residents not having sufficient identification documents wouldn’t be denied services. Whether it’s creating a bank account or obtaining a passport, the need to prove your identity time and again via documents will be a thing of the past.
The idea behind the AADHAR project is also to empower underprivileged and poor residents gain a clear proof of identity. This will help them reach out to services which were until now impossible like a formal banking system. Alongside, they’re also going to be able to avail of a range of other Government and private sector services. Migrants too get a mobility of identity as the card transforms into identity verification through one source.
In conclusion:
Being identified does mean a lot to most of us and the AADHAR UID card does look like accessibility to services is only going to get better. The project largely depends on voluntary participation and isn’t mandatory as commonly assumed. But considering the various perks of having the card, we suggest you get started right away. ‘Anytime, Anywhere, Anyhow’ authentication as UIDAI puts it doesn’t sound like a bad idea after all.
Source: July 18, 2011


Tuesday 26 July 2011


Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare
Lok Nayak Bhawan, .New Delhi-110003
Dated the 22nd July. 2011.


Sub: Revision of pension/family pension in respect of the pensioners who were in receipt of compulsory retirement pension and compassionate allowance under Rules 40 and 41 of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972

            The undersigned is directed say that in accordance with para 4.2 of this Department's O.M. No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 1.9.2008, the revised pension of pre-2006 pensioners shall, in no case, be lower than fifty percent of the minimum of the pay in the pay band plus the grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from which the pensioner had retired. In the case of HAG+ and above scales,
this will be fifty percent of the minimum of the revised pay scale.

2. Doubts have been raised in regard to the applicability of the above provision in the case of revision of pension/family pension in respect of the pensioners who were in receipt of compulsory retirement pension and compassionate allowance under Rules 40 and 41 of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972. The matter has been  examined in the light of the instructions/orders issued after Fifth Central Pay Commission for revision of pension/family pension in such cases. It was clarified in this Department's O.M. No.45/86/97-P&PW(A) dated 25.3.2004 that the provisions of O.M. dated 17.12.1998 relating to stepping up of pension to 50% of the minimum of the revised scale of pay as on 1.1.96 of the post held by the pensioner at the time of retirement shall not be applicable in case of compulsory retirement pension and compassionate allowance.

3. It has now been decided that the benefit of para 4.2 of this Department's O.M. No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 1.9.2008 [as clarified vide O.M No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) (pt.l) dated 3.10.2008] will not be applicable in the case of revision of pension/family pension in respect of the pensioners who were in receipt of compulsory retirement pension and compassionate allowance under Rules 40 and  41 of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972.

4. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance (Department of
Expenditure) vide their U.O. No 152/EV/2011 dated 30.6.2011.

5. In so far as persons belonging to the Indian Audit & Accounts Departments, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

6. Hindi version will follow.

(Tripti P Ghosh)
Telefax NO.24624802


Monday 18 July 2011


                 D.G. Posts No. 4-7/(MACP) 2009-PC             Dated 30 June,2011
            This has the reference to the Directorate letter of even No. dated 01.09.2010 vide which constitution of the Scrutiny Committee was prescribed at Divisional levels for scrutinizing the confidential reports of Postmen, PA/SAs & other Group `C` staff for the proceeding 5 years and grade the ACRs on basis of entries made by the reporting officer in it. The Committee so constituted were required to complete the exercise of grading the performance of the officials within a period of one month from the date of issue of the said order. It was clearly provided that the findings of the Committee shall require acceptance of the DPS/Regional PMG concerned and that the exercise was a one time exercise only.
2.         Service Unions have represented to the Department that the Committee has not been met and contended that the officials are not benefitted at all by its constitution. In the light of the representation made by service unions, it has accordingly been decided to make the purpose of constitution of Scrutiny Committee clear to all concerned.
3.         Hence, it is clarified that the process of communication of APAR`s (earlier ACR's) for regular promotion is equally applicable for consideration of financial ugradation under MACPS. As per existing provisions, complete APAR is required to be communicated to the official concerned from reporting year 2008-09 onward. Where an employee is to be considered for promotion in a future DPC and his ACRs prior to the period 2008-09 reckonable for assessment of his fitness in such future DPC contain final grading which are below the benchmark for next promotion, the concerned employee is to be given an opportunity to represent within 15 days of its communication before such ACRs are placed before DPC. Keeping in view the practice of writing ACRs in the Department to constitute Scrutiny Committee to scrutinize the grading based on the entries in the ACRs where there was no adverse entry exclusively for the purpose of grant of financial upgradation under MACPS. In other cases, where there was an adverse entry in the ACRs prior to reporting year 2008-09, the process of communication of the same was to be applied & representation decided in accordance with the existing provisions.
4.         Some of the Circle have also sought certain clarifications over the issue and the same are clarified as under:-
Whether the Divisional Scrutiny Committee has to just arrive at the average grading based on the grading given during the last 5 years to ease the work of the Screening Committee so that the Screening Committee can easily decide the cases fit or unfit based on average grading or the Committee has to go through all the entries, reassess the performance and award fresh grading ignoring the earlier grading given by the reporting officer/reviewing officer if found necessary ?
Scrutiny Committee ordered to constitute was required to re-assess the grading of each year based ion all the entries made in the confidential reports of the preceeding 5 years prior to reporting period 2008-09 & grade the performance as `Average`, `Good`, `Very Good` etc. as a onetime exercise. Fitness for the purpose of conferment of financial upgradation under MACP based on reassessed grading of the Scrutiny Committee was to be adjudged by the Screening Committee only after acceptance of such finding by the authority mentioned in Para 7 of order dated 01-09.2010 on constitution of the Scrutiny Committee issued by this Directorate
Whether the Divisional Scrutiny Committee can change the grading given by the reporting officer without receiving representation from the official/without disposal of representation /without intimating the initiated officer and whether such revision can be taken as authenticated for further reference. This office is of the view that the benchmark assigned by the reporting officer cannot be changed by the Committee
Grading given by the Scrutiny Committee after reassessing the ACR was required to be recorded separately without making a change in the grading given by the reporting officer/reviewing officer available on the original confidential reports. The finding of the Committee one being accepted by the authority in Para 7 was to be taken as authenticated for the only purpose of financial upgradation under MACPS
Whether the Scrutiny Committee has to carry out the scrutiny/grading of all the officials or has to carry out the grading of only those officials who are due for MACP during the year?
Scrutiny Committee was required to reassess the entries of the preceeding 5 years ACRTs prior to the reporting period 2008-09 in respect of all the officials covered by the orders in the light of the new system of communicating the entries in the APAR effective from reporting period 2008-09 initiated after 01 Apr 2009.
As the formation of the Scrutiny Committee is one time measure, whether Committee has to meet every year in the beginning and carry out the grading work in advance to facilitate the Scrutiny Committee to award financial upgradation under MACP
Since entries in APAR for reporting year 2008-09 onwards are prescribed to be communicated to the officials reported upon and representation made against the adverse entries/grading made, if any is to be decided by the competent authority & final grading is to be arrived at, no further scrutiny of the APAR would be involved. Hence the answer to this part is negative.

5.         In the light of the foregoing , it may please be ensured that where Screening Committee`s have not already met and completed the exercise the same may be got completed within one month and a division wise compliance on the completion of this exercise be sent to this office by 31st Jul 2011. In cases where the exercise has completed and the officials have not been benefitted by the above despite the fact that there was no adverse entry in the ACRs scrutinized, the process of communication ACR`s may at once be initiated and representations called for within 15 days of such communication and such representations be decided by the officer superior to the reporting officer/reviewing officer. Thereafter, Screening Committee may be constituted for consideration of grant of financial upgradation under MACPS, wherever justified and status thereof may also be reflected separately for each Division in the report to be submitted by 31.07.2011.
6.         This issues with the approval of competent authority

Secretary General NFPE

Sunday 17 July 2011


nfpe  demands  inclusion  of  general  secretaries  of
p-iv  and  r-iv  unions  also  in  the  cadre


No.PF-43/2011       : Date: 16th July, 2011

            Ms. Radhika Doraiswamy,
            Department of Posts,
            Dak Bhavan,
            New Delhi - 110 001.


Sub:    Reconstitution of Cadre Restructuring Committee.

Ref:     Dte Memo No1/4/2010-SR   Dated: 12th July, 2011

            While appreciating the action taken by you to reconstitute the Cadre Restructuring Committee and also to fix the time limit for submitting the proposal before 31.08.2011, as assured in the discussion on strike charter of demands, the following is submitted for your personal intervention and positive action.

            The representatives of only Group-C Unions are included in the Committee on behalf of the staff side.  There is no representative of Postmen, Mail Guard, MTS and Group D.  As the Cadre Restructuring of all the cadres are entrusted to the committee, it is requested that the General Secretaries of P-IV and R-IV Unions may also be included in the committee.

            Expecting favourable orders,
Yours faithfully,
Secretary General