Saturday, July 27, 2013

New Rules for filing IT returns

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Issue of Identity cards to Pensioners

To view the OM issued by Department of Pensioners & Pensioner's Welfare CLICK HERE

Banks to collect EMIs through electronic transfers as per RBI directions

MUMBAI: Auto and home loan borrowers need not pay post dated cheques towards EMIs as RBI has directed banks to collect monthly instalments through electronic mode wherever the facility for such fund transfer is available. 

Banks are advised that no fresh or additional post dated cheques (PDC) or Equated Monthly Instalment (EMI) cheques shall be accepted at locations where Electronic Clearance Service (ECS) is available, RBI said in a notification. "The existing cheques in such locations may be converted into ECS by obtaining fresh ECS (Debit) mandates," it said. The move is aimed at cutting usage of cheques and promoting electronic transfer. It will also save borrowers the efforts of going to branch for collection of cheque books. 

The notification also said that ECS also accords the same rights and remedies to the payee against dishonour of electronic funds transfer instructions under insufficiency of funds as are available under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881. "Considering the protection available, there is no need for banks to take additional cheques, if any, from customers in addition to ECS (Debit) mandates," it said. Cheques complying with CTS-2010 standard formats shall alone be obtained in locations, where the facility of ECS is not available, it added.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

ASP posting - NR

PMG, CLT No. STAFF/1-3/2011/III dated 8/7/2013

Part I
In partial modification of RO,Calicut memo of even no. dated 8.3.13.

P.K.Sivadas, ASP, Taliparamba  to be ASP (VIG), RO, Calicut

Part B

1. Niranjankumar, Offg ASP(BD), RO, Calicut to be ASP (BD), RO, Calicut

2. P.Pramodkumar, IP(PG), Kasaragode to be ASP (HQ), Kasaragode

3.P.C.Sajeevan, IP, Mananthavady to be ASP, Pattambi Sub Division

The transfer of Sri. MP Ramesh, ASP, Pattambi sub division is also modified from Taliparamba Sub Division to ASP(OD), Manjeri. 

Friday, July 12, 2013

GS writes to Secretary (P) on the long pending issue of seniority of Smt. Sukumary Joseph

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Calling of skeleton staff on Sundays/holidays in delivery offices for processing of accountable mail is held in abeyance until further orders.

Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
Mail Business Division

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi-110001
No. 34-03/2013-D Dated 11-07-2013
All Heads of Circles
Sub:- Need to ensure prompt delivery of mail on the day of receipt at the Post Offices.
     This has reference to the Directorate D. O. letter of even no. dated 19-06-2013 on the above subject vide which Circles were asked to bring skeleton staff on Sundays/ holidays on duty so that accountable mails can be processed and kept ready in advance to be included in the first delivery of next working day.
2. In this connection, it is intimated that the Directorate is further examining the issue of calling skeleton staff on duty on Sundays/ holidays for processing of mail.
3. Instructions regarding calling of skeleton staff on Sundays/holidays in delivery offices for processing of accountable mail are, therefore, held in abeyance until further orders.
4. However, other instructions contained in Directorate DO letter of even no. dated 19-06-2013 will continue to be operative.

 (M B Gajbhiye)
Assistant Director General (MO)

Transfer and Posting of Junior Administrative Grade (JAG) officers of Indian Postal Service, Group A

To view the letter issued by Directorate CLICK HERE

GS writes to Chief PMG again in the case of Surplus IPs of Maharastra

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

PS Group B Examination-update

 Today, it is learnt from Directorate that, there is no progress in recasting of marks of LDCE for the promotion to PS Gr. B examination 2012 held on 3rd June 2012. Recently Directorate has received one serious representation from one candidate and decisions on various representations including CAT cases received earlier in the issue are yet to be taken by the competent authority. Therefore LDCE for the promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B examination for the year 2013 is likely to be delayed. 

GS writes again to Secretary (P) on Inter-Circle transfer of surplus IPs- case of Smt. Kavitha

Copy of the letter on the above issue is reproduced below:

No. CHQ/IPASP/Tfr-38/KTK/2/2012                                      Dated :             5/7/2013.

Ms. P. Gopinath, 
Director General,
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001.

Subject : Inter-Circle Transfer of Inspector Posts under Rule 38 of  P&T Manual   
           Vol. IV—Case of Smt. Kavitha A., SDI (P), Mangalore South Sub Division.

Ref.      : Directorate No. 141-5/2012-SPB.II (Misc) dated 5th September, 2012.

Respected Madam,

            IP/ASP Association intends to bring to your kind notice certain issues concerning under Rule-38 transfer orders in the Inspector Posts cadre. Transfer case of Smt. Kavita A., SDI (P) Mangalore South Sub Division was discussed with your honour during the course of meeting held on 6/2/2013 and it was assured that the said case will be decided early. While admitting that transfer/posting is administrative privilege, but it is also fact that DOPT guidelines coupled with Directorate instructions contained in letter No. A-34013/01/2009-DE/SPB-II dated 05/02/2010 for consideration of request of lady Inspectors Posts for transfer to home circle /circle of their choice / place of posting of their spouse are not being taken into consideration while deciding such issues. Though it is clear in said instruction that, the transfer of lady inspectors can be allowed under Rule 38 of P&T Volume-IV without provision of minimum service in the grade of Inspectors of Posts yet this has not considered in Karnataka Circle.

            Transfer case of Smt. Kavitha A., SDI (P), Mangalore South Sub Division to her parent Kerala Circle despite having consent under letter No. ST/4-1/2011 dated 20/6/2012 (copy enclosed) is the set example of discrimination. Madam, more than one year’s period have already been elapsed from receipt of consent from Kerala Circle, but justice is denied in this case only on the reason of acute shortage of IPs in Karnataka Circle. We would like to further bring to your kind notice that, her junior’s requests for transfer from Karnataka to Kerala Circle have been considered in 2012 only. Consent given by other Circles to adjust the incumbents, circumstances under which IPs/ASPs are working in the circles has no meaning in as such. Even the humanitarian grounds are not being considered while deciding such genuine issues.

            Such type of instances not only cause hardship for the cadre but also demoralizes them thereby effecting business and work of the administration. Madam, you will agree that IPs/ASPs working at farther places from their home, having language problems always face difficulties resulting in frustrations. Moreover lady staff could not discharge their duties to the entire satisfaction of administration particularly when she is far from their families. The sense of responsibility grows even greater when a spouse is weighed down by problems with job, family, kids, health, or social obligations or is coping with feelings of loss, disappointment, and fear at far flung places like Smt. Kavitha.

It is therefore requested your honour to kindly look the matter personally and issue directions to CPMG, Karnataka Circle to relive the official immediately to Kerala Circle.  

With profound regards,
Yours sincerely,

(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary

Copy forwarded for information to :

The Chief Postmaster General, Karnataka Circle, Beaulieu, Palace Road, Bangalore 560001 w. r. to her office letter No. STA/7-2/34/IP dated October 3, 2012.

Friday, July 5, 2013

TCS all set to make India Post' Technology Smart'

 On 29 May, India’s leading software services exporter, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS), got a six-year, Rs.1,100 crore contract to equip India Post with modern technologies and systems. The aim is to help the department deliver not just postal services but also insurance, disburse pensions, accept deposits and collect bills, similar to postal departments in developed countries such as the US, Canada and Germany. Tanmoy Chakrabarty, vice-president and global head of the government solutions unit at TCS, has a 70-people team working on integrating the core systems of the India Post modernization programme. In an interview, Chakrabarty spoke about the status of the project and the challenges he faces. Edited excerpts:
What does the modernization project envisage, and how big is the role of TCS in it?
There are many parts to this programme. There are different vendors doing various jobs such as network integration and rural systems integration (RSI). About 35,000 post offices in the country are single-staffed, hence RSI is very important from a technology standpoint. Then there are financial systems integrators that are working on the automation of all manual entries, book entries, etc. In addition, there’s a data centre project which comprises a centralized data centre and a disaster recovery centre—the first in Mumbai and the other in Mysore.
The modernization programme also envisages a rural ICT (information and communications technology) platform to deal with the supply of hand-held terminals for services such as capturing biometrics, accepting postal receipts and disbursing payments—essentially all mobile postal services. The mail automation programme consists of barcode readers, automatic sorters and automated mail-handling equipment in cities such as Kolkata, New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai.
Our work revolves around CSI, or core systems integration. This means that we join all the dots, and completely digitize the internal workings of the postal department.
What’s the status of the project?
We began work around two months ago. We have around 70 people working on the project currently. Since the work is very important both to the DoP (Department of Posts) and to us, we will eventually have around 200 people working to make this project a success.The information technology modernization project, dubbed India Post 2012, is expected to help the postal department achieve a wider reach among the Indian population through increased customer interaction channels and new lines of business.The scope of the project for TCS includes developing and supporting mail, finance and accounts, human resources, customer interaction management solutions for all channels including the rural ICT platform, data migration, infrastructure, service level agreement, call centre and centralized 24x7 service desk operation for the DoP. It also includes providing security solutions, an enterprise management system.We expect to start testing the integration of core systems in the next 6-8 months. We believe the system should be ready to go live in 12-14 months.
What challenges are you facing?
The postal department is a very traditional organization with well-established manual practices.TCS has also got the mandate for organization change management. This means we have to conduct workshops to sensitize the staff and ready them for changes that will be introduced because of modernization.
Apart from getting revenue, how does TCS stand to benefit?
The CSI project is about service delivery transformation through a technology-led, service-oriented approach to offer world-class delivery of postal services to Indian citizens. This project once again reiterates TCS’s commitment to help the government deliver citizen services more efficiently. The payment is linked to service-level performance, hence we have to deliver the goods on time. (TCS’ India revenue currently accounts for about 10% of its total revenue, which stood at $11.5 billion as on 31 March.)

Source: The Hindustan Times

All Womens Post Office inaugurated in Kerala Circle


   PMG Jn. SO, Kerala's 1st All Women Post Office was inaugurated today by Smt. Sugathakumary  Teacher, eminent Malayalam poet, activist and environmentalist of Kerala. Smt.Sapna Promod, DAP, Smt. A.Remadevi,  SSPOs, Trivandrum North Division, Sri. C.R.Ramakrishnan APMG (S) were present on the occasion along other officers and staff of CO and POs in and around Trivandrum. PMG Jn. SO located adjacent to the Chief PMG's office in the capital city Trivandrum  consists of  four employees viz; SPM -S. Shanthi, PA-R. Manju, SV- C. Chandrika, and PTCL Latha Kumari. In fact, Trivandrum North Postal Division under which the PO comes is headed by a women SSP and all the Sub Divisional Heads and ASP(HQ) are lady officers, adding more impetus to women empowerment. 

The post office is part of a national initiative to set up all-women post offices to empower women and encourage gender equality in various sectors.This is the ninth All-Women Post Office in the country.The first such office was inaugurated at Shashtri Bhavan in Delhi on March 8, International Women’s day. 

       Our CS along with other members participated in the inaugural ceremony held today morning. 

Smt. Sugathakumary Teacher inaugurating the Office

Smt. A.Remadevi SSPOs, TVM (N) Dn.

Sri. M.Mustafa, Sr. PM, TVM GPO, Sri. V.Balakrishnan  Nair, Dy. SP, Smt. A.Remadevi, SSPOs & Sri. S.Srirangan, AD (Rectt)

Staff who participated in the inaugural function

Our members along with Sr. PM before the PO

Our CS Sri. Ajith Kurian in front of the PO

Sharing the joy- Sri. Salim Kumar, ASP (Phil), Sri. B.Gopakumar,IP(CS) &  Sri. Saju John, Dy Manager, SPC TVM

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Grade Pay case at CAT Ernakulam -update

 OA No. 289/13 filed by the Association came up before the Registrar's Court of CAT EKM today. The Department filed reply statement refuting the contentions raised by the Association in the OA and sticking to its earlier stand. Copy of the reply will be uploaded immediately on receipt of the same from our Counsel. We have to file additional reply statement immediately. The case stands posted to 8.8.13 before the registrars court. 


Monday, July 1, 2013

Farewell to former Chief PMG Smt. Shoba Koshy

 A function was held in honour of our former Chief PMG Smt. Shoba Koshy who retired on 31st May, 2013 at Hotel Uday Suites near Shangumugham Beach, Trivandrum. Our Members from Southern Region participated in the meeting. Our President Sri. T.N.Krishnaswamy presided over the function. Our CS welcomed the gathering followed by the Presidential address by our President. Felicitations were offered by our CS, Sri. G.Gopakumar and Smt. Jayasree. Experiences of working with Madam for the last 4 years were shared by the speakers. Various instances recollected by the speakers mixed with emotion and humour were enjoyed by one and all. Madam in her inspiring and morale boosting  reply shared her experiences in various Ministries, Directorate and also as PMG (CR) and Chief PMG. Smt. Sheeba proposed the vote of thanks. The meeting was followed by a buffet lunch. The Association places on record our heartfelt gratitude to Madam Shoba Koshy for accepting our invitation and joining us for the function and wishes her a peaceful, healthy and happy retired life.... 

Presidential Address-Sri. T.M.Krishnaswamy,OSD, RO Calicut

Welcome Address- Sri. Ajith Kurian, Manager NSPC TVM

Section of the Audience


Felicitations-our CS

Sri. G.Gopakumar,ASP(HQ), TVM(S) Dn

Smt. Jayasree,ASP(FS), CO

Reply by Smt. Shoba Koshy, former CPMG Kerala

Vote of Thanks-Smt. J.Sheeba, ASP (Vig) C.O

Time to bid adieu.....