Saturday, August 30, 2014

Attendance of Govt. Staff to be tracked online

In what could be a revolutionary step towards monitoring and tracking the work of government officials, the NDA government has launched an “attendance website” to serve as a centralised database for all central government employees.

Though the website,, is still in the process of being developed, officials said it is expected to be modelled on the lines of similar websites of the Jharkhand government and the Department of Electronics and Information Technology.To illustrate, the home page of the Jharkhand government’s attendance website gives the total number of employees present on the given day, along with graphical representations of “real-time attendance” and statistics on the percentage of people logging into office during different time slots, giving an idea of how many officials come to office during the designated timings. Further, a search for any registered employee yields complete details, along with the employee’s attendance/leave status.

Officials said the Centre’s website is likely to emulate most of these features and is expected to be as open to the public. “This level of open tracking takes transparency to another level, a key focus of this government,” said an official.The Narendra Modi government had recently directed all central government offices to introduce Aadhaar-based biometric attendance systems. Officials said this website is the next step in that direction. The attendance record entered on the biometric devices in government offices will feed the data to this website, which will act as a centralised management information system (MIS) for attendance.

The database for all central government staff will be maintained centrally with a unique six digit ID provided for each employee, based on either the last six or first six digits of the Aadhaar number. Currently, the website has over 16,000 registered users, spread across 113 organisations. The maximum number of officials registered currently are from the Planning Commission. There are no active users or active devices yet.For an organisation/ department to be registered, the nodal officers of that department will have to login to the website and create a master list of locations of their offices, designation of their offices and divisions/ units/ groups within their organisation. Following this, each employee can start registering online by submitting the relevant details along with Aadhaar numbers.

Reminder to Secretary(P) for finalizing Gr.B Recruitment Rules

No. CHQ/IPASP/CRC/2012                                            Dated :     29/8/2014.
Ms Kavery Banerjee,   
Secretary (Posts)
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001. 
Subject : Issue of revised Recruitment Rules of PS Gr. B Cadre and reduce share of General Line officials from 6% to 3%…reg
Respected Madam,   
IP/ASP Association would like to draw your kind attention to its letters of even number dated 15/7/2013, 19/11/2013, 6/1/2014, 17/4/2014, 16/5/2014 and 21/6/2014 regarding finalization of Recruitment Rules of PS Gr. B cadre and reduction the share of General Line officials from 6% to 3% in LDCE for the promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B. But till date nothing is heard from Directorate.
Recently Directorate has finalized & circulated revised Recruitment Rules of HSG-I in Post Offices and RMS offices under Memo No. 4-26/2009-SPB-Ii dated 27th August 2014. But inspite of repeated request letters and detailed proposal under letter dated 4/7/2011 from this Association, no steps have been taken by Directorate to finalize RRs of PS Gr.B cadre. Actually, as per the clause 3.1.5 of DoPT OM No. AB-14017/48/2010-Estt (RR) dated 31st December 2010 “The Recruitment Rules should be reviewed once in 5 years with a view to effecting such changes as are necessary to bring them in conformity with the changed position, including additions to or reduction in the strength of the lower and higher level posts”. Due to non-settlement of this issue, Department has not conducted the LDCE for the promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B for the year 2013 and as well for the year 2014. Sr. Postmaster’s Examination also not held from 2010 onwards.
It is therefore requested to direct SPG Division to finalize RRs of PS Gr. B cadre at the earliest.                                                                                        
                                                                              Yours sincerely,
(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary
Copy forwarded for necessary action to :

The Director (R & P), Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi 110001. He is requested to refer SR Division letter No. 09-01/2014-SR dated 11th January 2014. LDCE for the promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B for the year 2013 and 2014 may be conducted separately only after revision of Recruitment Rules of PS Gr. B cadre and reduction of share of General Line officials from 6% to 3%.

Reminder to call for periodical meetings

No. CHQ/IPASP/Agenda/2012                                         dated  : 29/8/2014.
Ms Kavery Banerjee, 
Secretary (Posts)
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-110 001.
Subject :   Agenda for holding of periodical meeting with Secretary (Post) to look the promotional proposals of IPs/ASPs.
Ref.      :   No. 01/01/2011-SR-dated 25th August 2011 & 02/02/2012-SR dated 17th April 2012
Respected Madam,  
                I would like to draw your kind attention to this Association’s letter of even number dated 28/4/2014 and 23/6/2014 regarding non holding of periodical meetings as promised while recording the minutes of meeting taken by Secretary (Posts) with representatives of this Association on 11/8/2011 under memo No. 01/01/2011-SR dated 25th August 2011.
        It is to bring to your kind notice that this Association has already submitted agenda to Directorate and it is learnt that SR Division has issued two reminders to DDG (P) and DDG (Estt) to comment upon the items submitted by the Association, but it is seen that due consideration has not been given by them. Resultantly, the genuine demand of the Association has time and again been left out unresolved.  During your last tour to Bihar Circle, President of this Association and Circle Secretary of Bihar Circle have met you at Patna on 20/6/2014 and explained the present position of pending issues by submitting memorandum.
        It is therefore once again requested to your kind honour to look into the matter personally and arrange for fixing date and time for holding of periodical meeting with this Association at the earliest.  
        With profound regards,   
        Yours Sincerely,
 (Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary
Copy forwarded for information and necessary action to :

Shri Arun Malik, Director (SR & Legal), Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi 110001.

Reminder to Directorate to frame revised recruitment rules for the post of Asst. Manager in MMS

No. GS/IPASP/AMM/2012                                                  dated  29/8/2014.
The Director General,
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001.
Sub :  Recruitment Rules for the post of Assistant Manager in MMS—reg.
Ref. : Dte file No. 905/SR/12 dated 13/9/2012
Respected Madam,
Kindly refer to this Association’s letters of even number No. dated 22/3/2012 followed by reminders dated 21/8/2012, 29th October, 2012, 15/4/2013, 27/6/2013 and 21/6/2014 whereby it was requested to finalize the Recruitment Rules of the Assistant Manager MMS and to conduct LDCE to fill up the vacant posts of the said cadre.
        In this context, I would like to point out that Directorate vide letter No. 905/SR/12 dated 13/09/2012 informed to this Association that the matter was already taken up with Director (Estt.) for appropriate action. But till date neither revised recruitment rules have been framed by the Department nor examination for filling up vacant posts of Assistant Managers in MMS has announced.
It is further bring to your kind notice that there are 41 sanctioned posts of Assistant Manager MMS in the country and out of these, 50% posts are said to be vacant and due to non-framing of recruitment rules, department has not conducted the examination for the vacant posts of Assistant Managers since last several years.  Besides this, 3 posts of Sr. Managers and 5 posts of Managers are also vacant in MMS since years together. Secondly, Assistant Manager MMS is circle cadre and not a single circle has issued seniority list (gradation list) of this cadre since more than decade.
        An early action in the above said issues are requested.
        With regards,
Yours sincerely,
(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary

Cadre restructuring of Group C- report submitted by the Committee

The committee constituted for cadre restructuring of Gr. C cadre by Department vide memo No. 25-04/2012-PE-I dated 23/10/2013 held its discussions on 27/11/2013, 5/2/2014 and 28/4/2014 with the representatives of unions and now submitted their report. 

To view the cadre restructuring committee's report and copy of minutes, please CLICK HERE

Association Impact- Directorate issued order to consider transfer cases of all Surplus IPs

CHQ is frequently receiving calls from surplus qualified Inspector Posts regarding their transfer under Rule 38 to their parent circle. All are aware that CHQ has pursued this issue vigorously with Directorate from time to time and also succeeded in many cases. The list of surplus qualified IPs who are seeking inter-circle transfer under Rule 38 to their parent circle provided by CHQ under letter No. GS/AIAIASP/Rule-38/TFR-IP/2014 dated 24/3/2014 was approved by Directorate vide memo No. 141-121/2014-SPB-II dated 21st July 2014 with direction to Chhattisgarh / Gujarat / Himachal Pradesh / Jharkhand / Madhya Pradesh / Maharashtra / North East / Odisha / Rajasthan / Uttar Pradesh/ Uttarakhand and West Bengal circles to consider the inter-circle transfer cases of surplus qualified IPs to their parent circle and adjust them against the promotee quota vacancies for the current year.

To view full copies of Directorate memo No. 141-121/2014-SPB-II dated 21st July 2004 along with Associations letter No. GS/AIAIASP/Rule-38/TFR-IP/2014 dated 24/3/2014, please CLICK HERE.

Now concerned IPs are requested to pursue the issue with their Circle and Circle Secretary and in case of any obstacle, they may approach to CHQ.

Karnataka Circle Branch meets JS of 7th CPC

  As per the request of Sri Manjunatha Hubballi Circle Secretary Karnataka Circle, CHQ has permitted the Officer Bearers of All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents Posts Karnataka Branch to meet with Joint Secretary and other members of 7CPC during the camp at Kumara Park, Bangalore and explain the cadre grievances of our cadre and also discuss the issues mentioned in our Memorandum. 

Accordingly, Sri Tarkesh ASP o/o CPMG Bangalore, Sri Hariram IP o/o CPMG, Bangalore, Sri Ramesh ASP o/o South Karnataka Region,  Sri P Chidanand ASP o/o Bellary Division, Sri H B Hasabi ASP o/o SPOs, Bagalkot Division met with Shri Jayanth Sinha Joint Secretary and other members of 7CPC on 25/8/2014 and explained about cadre grievances listed in the Memorandum in detailed. Joint Secretary and other members listen the grievances our cadre in a very positive manner & assured to consider the genuine problems of the cadre favorably. The copy of Memorandum also handed over to Joint Secretary. 

CHQ thanks to Karnataka Branch for their active part in 7CPC issue.

India Post to connect POs throug CBS and also to roll out 3000 ATMs

MUMBAI: Preparing itself to start commercial banking operations, India post announced the launch of over 1000 ATMs in the near feature. It will also enable core banking solution CBS at its 25000 offices over the next year.

Speaking at a financial inclusion conclave a senior official of India post elaborated on the technology initiatives in reaching the post off account holders. "We have invested around Rs 5000 crore in technology since 2012. Already 676 postal offices are connected through CBS. By March 2016, 25000 offices will be on CBS," said Kalpana Tewari, Member (Planning and Technology), Department of Post. "We plan to roll out 3000 ATM by FY18, of which 1000 will be in the near future," she said. The department is already running a pilot in Chennai and Delhi. Once it gets stream lined and RBI allows interoperability even other bank account holders willl be able to transact through the ATMs. India Post is already on the RBI's electronics funds transfer platform.

India Post's banking technology system is being built by Infosys, while TCS is setting up the CBS platform. If the postal system in the country is on CBS, it means that a post office savings or deposit account holder will be able to operate his account from any post office in any geographic location in India, the same way one can operate a commercial bank account these days. India Post already has a tripartite arrangement with the Andhra Pradesh government to disburse MNERGA payments online through the postal network in the states. It is also working on similar such initiatives with other states.

India Post has already indicated its intention to apply for a Payments Bank licence under the RBI's proposed differentiated licences scheme though it did not get any favourable response from the banking regulator in its initial attempt at getting a commercial banking licence. "We are awaiting to see how the final guidelines fit in the benefit of the organisation," Tewari said.

Source:-The Economic Times

DPC for JTS Group A-2014-15

It has been decided by Directorate to hold DPC for promotion to Junior time Scale (JTS) of Indian Postal Service (IPoS) for the vacancy year 2014-15. The list of officers in the zone of consideration is circulated to all circles with a direction that, each circles APMG /AD (staff) will personally hand over the requisite information to Directorate on allotted date to their circle. 

To see the copy of Directorate DO letter and list of officers falling within the ZoC, please CLICK HERE

Saturday, August 23, 2014

GS writes to Secretary(P) in c/w convening of timely DPCs and repatriation of PS Group B officers to Home Circle

No. CHQ/AIAIASP/DPC-Gr.B/2014                                  Dated:    22/8/2014
          Ms. Kavery Benerjee,
          Secretary (Posts), 
          Department of Posts,
          Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
          New Delhi 110 001.
Sub: Request for convening of timely DPCs and repatriation of PS Gr. B officers to Home Circle.
Respected Madam,
Your kind attention is invited to this Association’s letter of even number dated 16/6/2014 vide which it was requested to convene pending JTS DPC, supplementary DPC for promotion to cadre of PS Gr. B and issue repatriation order of PS Gr. B officers to their home circles, but till date these vital issues are not resolved despite several telephonic calls to the concerned officers of Directorate.
This Association would like to again bring to your kind notice that a large number of STS/JTS vacancies are lying vacant in each and every Circles since long and PS Gr. B officers are officiating against these posts creating resultant vacancies in Gr. B in Circles and imbalance thereof upto IP/ASP level affecting timely promotion in each cadre and repatriation of deserving PS Gr. B officers to their home circle. Secondly, supplementary DPC for the promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B cadre is badly delayed for one or other the reasons best known to Directorate and regular DPC for the year 2014-15 is also overdue. Last year Directorate has timely convened regular DPC for the promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B vide memo No. 9-33/2013-SPG dated 10/10/2013 and issued promotional orders of 156 officers.  
It is therefore once again requested to your kind honour to pass an orders to (a) convene pending JTS DPC for the year 2013-14 without further delay, and also start the process for the year 2014-15 (b) call for the records from all circles to convene regular DPC for promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B for year 2014-15 and simultaneously convene supplementary DPC for PS Group B for 22 vacancies of 2013-14 (c) issue repatriation orders of PS Gr. B /JTS officers to their home circle against vacancies up to December 2014 before ensuing Ganesh Festival.
An immediate action along with a line of reply will be highly appreciated.
         With Regards,
Yours sincerely,

(Vilas Ingale
General Secretary

Friday, August 22, 2014

Allocation of exclusive Bar Code Series for Speed Post Articles containing Passport for Regional Passport Offices

Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS) to be implemented in all central government offices

Government has ordered that an Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS) be implemented in all central government offices.

The system will be implemented in the capital first and then in all central offices outside New Delhi. The order is binding on all employees, including those in the armed forces.

To implement the system, all offices will have to install fingerprint scanners with Wi-fi Internet. The objective of the system, sources said, is “to check absenteeism and measure the time an employee spends in office and the time he or she checks in and checks out”.

 Source : The Telegraph dated 21/8/2014 (Click here)

Department files additional reply in GP Case- case posted to 29.9.14 for final hearing

OA No.289/13 filed by the Association came up for hearing before the Hon'ble CAT Ernakulam Bench on 20.8.14 when the Department filed additional reply to the rejoinder filed by us. The Hon'ble Tribunal after taking the addl. reply on record, has posted the case to 29.9.14 for final hearing.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Childrens Education Allowance -Annual Ceiling and details of admissible institutions

While answering to a question in Parliament on 18.7.2014, Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley said in a written form regarding the details of Children Education Allowance that it has been informed by the Department of Personnel and Training that the annual ceiling limit for reimbursement of Children Education Allowance (CEA) is 18,000/- per child. The Hostel Subsidy shall be 4,500/- per month per child. 

The annual ceiling for reimbursement of CEA for disabled children of Government employees is 36,000/- per annum per child and the rates of Hostel Subsidy for disabled children of Government employees is 9,000/- per child per month

These revisions are applicable with effect from 1st January, 2014

The reimbursement is admissible for the children studying in institutions affiliated to any Board or recognized institution, whether in receipt of Government aid or not, recognized by the Central or State Government or Union Territory Administration or by University or a recognized educational authority having jurisdiction over the area where the institution is situated.


It is to be informed to all members that father of Smt. M.Saleena ASP(OD) Kottayam Sri.Vadakkethalakkal Abdul Khader(93) expired on 19.8.14.  Funeral was held on 20.1.14 at 9 am. Association conveys deepest condolences to the bereaved family.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Porposal to amend Indian Post Office Act

The government today said it is considering a proposal to amend the Indian Post Office Act, making postal authorities responsible for non-delivery or loss in transit of articles for consumers.
"The proposal to amend the Indian Post Office Act, 1898, is under consideration which includes the examination of the scope of making postal authorities responsible for non-delivery or loss in transit of the articles of consumers," Minister of Communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.
On a query if Indian Post is losing its share to the operations of private courier companies, the Minister said the share of both the traffic and revenue of Speed Post have been increasing over the years.
"Study on Speed Post conducted through the Indian Market Research Bureau International, reveals that the share of Department of Posts in the overall courier market has increased from the range of 15.1 per cent to 18.3 per cent in the year 2010-2011, 16.7 per cent to 19.8 per cent in year 2011-12 and 17.4 per cent to 20.2 per cent in year 2012-13," he added.

No proposal to grant interim relief- Government makes it clear in Rajya Sabha

No proposal for grant of Interim Relief to Central Government employees is at present under consideration of the Government." Ministry of Finance has replied to a question in Rajya Sabha as under:-

ANSWERED ON 05.08.2014
Interim relief of 7th Pay Commission for Central Government Employees
2814 Shri T.K. Rangarajan
 Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to satate :-

(a) the present status of the 7th Pay Commission for the Central Government Employees;

(b) whether Government has finalized proposal to give Interim Relief; and

(c) if so, the quantum of relief?

(a) : The 7th Central Pay Commission has already been set up vide Resolution dated 28th February, 2014. The Commission has started functioning

(b) & (c): No proposal for grant of Interim Relief to Central Government employees is at present under consideration of the Government.

No Proposal of Dearness Relief under Consideration

Loksabha question & answer on GD Sevaks

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LOkSabha question & answer on withdrawal of postal services

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From the GS Desk

1. Supplementary DPC for the cadre of PS Gr.B :

     As on date requisite information from Bihar / Haryana/ Kerala / Odisha / Rajasthan / UP and West Bengal circle are said to be not received at Directorate. Only MP circle has submitted information since 28/7/2014. It is not understood as to why CS and CHQ office bearers of these circles are not pursuing the issue with their circles. This DPC is badly delayed for want of information from Circles only. Maximum number of candidates  CRs/APARs from Bihar and UP circle are required. Due to slow work, regular DPC may also take much time and for that CHQ will not be held responsible. 

     CS and CHQ office bearers of above circle are finally requested to meet the concerned officers of their circles and arrange for submission of CRs/APARs of officers (as stated in note dated 29/7/2014) to Directorate before 13th August 2014. 

2. Repatriation of PS Gr.B officers to their parent circle :

     It is learnt that all circles have submitted the information. After completion of consolidation work, file is likely to be submitted to transfer committee members for taking the decision. Out come is expected before Independence Day. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Kerala Government approves self attestation of certificates

 Kerala government has announced its decision to simplify procedures for attestation of certificates on the basis of the 12th report of the second Administrative Reforms Commission. Addressing a press conference after a cabinet meeting here, Chief Minister Sri.Oommen Chandy said that as per the new decision, applicants can now self attest their certificates, except those that require the mandatory attestation procedure.