Saturday, January 31, 2015

Merger Proposal- Directorate calls for inputs from Circles

All members and track in viewers are aware that General Secretary has already submitted cadre structuring of Inspector Posts and merger of ASP cadre in to PS Gr. B cadre proposal to Directorate under letter No. GS/AIAIASP/Merger-ASP/2013 dated 9/1/2015. Now, Establishment division of Directorate has called for following information from all Circles to confirm the data mentioned in the proposal.  
Sanctioned strength of ASP posts in Class-I Postal Divisions
Sanctioned strength of ASP posts in Class-I RMS Divisions
Sanctioned strength of ASP posts in GPO having Class-I status
Sanctioned strength of ASP posts in HPOs having Class-I status
Sanctioned strength of ASP posts in Circle/ Regional Offices
To speed up the cadre structuring issue at Directorate, there is need of submission of requisite information as early as possible by each and every circle. It is therefore requested to all members, especially Circle Secretaries and IP/ASPs working in Circle Offices to ensure submission of information of their circles on or before 2nd February 2015 itself to Directorate and give the details to GS by email.
It is learnt that Jharkhand Circle has submitted following information to Directorate.
Sanctioned strength of ASP posts in Class-I Postal Divisions
Sanctioned strength of ASP posts in Class-I RMS Divisions
Sanctioned strength of ASP posts in GPO having Class-I status
Sanctioned strength of ASP posts in HPOs having Class-I status
Sanctioned strength of ASP posts in Circle/ Regional Offices

Triple increase in pay scales for Central Govt Employees as per estimated pay scales

Triple time increase in pay of Central government employees according to the estimated pay scales.

The DA increase in January and July 2015 will play a vital role in the final numbers of the Pay Scale of 7th CPC. The estimated Pay Scales for Central Government Employees that the Seventh Pay commission can recommend for Employees working in Central Government establishments. The Seventh Pay Commission report is expected to be released by the end of this year, and it seems that there will be no delay for the government to implement the report.

The Modi Government, being a believer in business will never want make arrear payments to the central government employees in the future and impose additional financial burden to the government. If this is true, the seventh pay commission report will be implemented on 01/01/2016 and this news will be like a sweet melody in the ears of the central government employees.

Central government employees are also expecting the DA to be merged with their Pay. In such, along with the Implementation of the report, there will be growth in House Rent Allowance (HRA) and Educational allowance. As on today’s date, the DA is at 107% and there are three more DA instalments remaining before the announcement of the Seventh Pay commission. One instalment in January 2015 and the second in July 2015 and final third one Jan 2016 will be implemented.

The DA calculation will be based on the All India Consumer Price Index. Based on the data available on today’s date, the DA is expected to rise by 6% which increases the DA to 113% in this instalment. If the same trend continues, the DA is expected to have another 6% hike this July and also in Jan 2016. Hence the pay commission will consider 124% DA before preparing the final report; this will prove to be an important number in the final calculation. If by 01.01.2016 the DA reaches 124%, then just considering the DA alone, the pay of the central government employees will be doubled.

But the pay commission considers various other factors to finalise the Pay scales. While adding those numbers, it is certain that the Pay of the central government employees may have a triple time hike. This is good news for the Central Government employees. Now we have to see how candid does the government stay on the expectations of the central government employees. Nearly 50 lakh central government employees and Pensioners are eagerly waiting for the implementation of the Seventy Pay commission. Our numbers state that a triple time rise in pay is sure, now it is to see how much more will the government add to these numbers.

PS Group B and JTS Group A DPCs- updates

It is learnt that results of DPCs for promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B for the year 2014 and for promotion to the cadre of JTS Gr. A for the vacancy year 2013-14 are expected in first and second week of next month respectively. Repatriation orders are also under consideration   ...........General Secretary 

Biometric Attendance Mandatory for all Govt Employeees

Department of Personnel & Training asked Secretaries of all departments to ensure that all employees to mark their attendance in biometric attendance system. It is observed that a large fraction of employees are not marking their attendance in the new format.

It is once again reminded that all employees in all offices are required to mark their attendance in Aadhar Based Biometric Attendance System.
To view the memo Please CLICK HERE

Medical Insurance Scheme for Central Govt Employees instead of CGHS

It is learnt that the Health Ministry has moved a proposal for ending the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) in its current form and moving to an insurance-based scheme - the Central Government Employees and Pensioners Health Insurance Scheme (CGEPHIS) — in an apparent attempt to cut costs. Instead of the government directly paying the medical bills of CGHS beneficiaries, the new scheme will be implemented through insurance companies registered with the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority and selected through bidding.

Sukanya Samridhi Yojana Deposit Scheme- Points to ponder

As you are aware Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 22 January 2015 launched a small deposit scheme Sukanya Samridhi Yojana for girl child under the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) campaign. In this post we are bringing you some probable questions that can be asked related to this Yojana in the upcoming exams.

1) Who can open account in the name of Girld Child under Sukanya Samridhi Yojana? - Guardian/Natural Guardian

2) A Guardian can open how many accounts under SSY? - Only one account in the name of one girl child and maximum two accounts in the name of two different girl children.

3) An account under SSY can be opened up to the age of ___ years only from the date of birth? - 10 Years

4) Whether nomination facility is available for accounts under SSY? - No

5) Minimum amount for opening of SSY Account? - Rs.1000 (Subsequent deposit should be in multiple of Rs.100/-)

6) Maximum amount that can be deposited in a financial year in this account? - Rs.1,50,000

7) Whether there is any limit on the number of deposits? - No

8) What is the interest rate for the financial year 2014-15 under Sukanya Samridhi Yojana account? - 9.1%

9) Partial withdrawal, maximum upto 50% of the balance standing at the end of the preceding financial year can be taken after Account holder is attaining age of ___ years? - 18 Years

10) Sukanya Samridhi Account can be closed after completion of ___ years? - 21

11) If account is not closed after maturity, balance will continue to earn interest as specified for the scheme from time to time. State whether the statement is correct? - Yes

12) Normal premature closure will be allowed after completion of 18 years provided which condition? - Girl is married

AADHAR enabled bio-metric attendance system for Central Govt Employees

All CG Employees are required to register themselves in the system of AADHAR Enabled Bio-metric Attendance System - Dopt notification

Introduction of AADHAR enabled bio-metric attendance system

G.I., Dep. of Per. & Trg., O.M.F.No.11013/9/2014-Estt.A-III, dated 28.1.2015

Sub: Introduction of AADHAR enabled bio-metric attendance system.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Secretary, DEITY’s DO letter no. SSD/DeitY/BAS/2014-74 dated 23.12.2014 (copy enclosed), observing that in many offices there is a large difference between the number of registered employees and the number of employees marking their attendance in the Biometric attendance system (BAS). The Secretaries of all Ministries / Departments have been requested to issue directions to all employees to mark their attendance in BAS Portal on regular basis.

 2. As per the Guidelines issued vide O.M. No.11013/9/2014-Estt.A-III dated 21.11.2014, it has been decided to use an AADHAR Enabled Bio-metric Attendance System (AEBAS) in all offices of the Central Government, including attached / sub ordinate offices, in India. All employees are, therefore, required to register themselves in the system and mark their attendance. Instructions already exist for dealing with cases of late attendance/ unauthorized absence, which may be followed.

 3. It is requested that necessary directions may be issued to all employees to mark their attendance in BAS portal on regular basis.

Download original DoPT Order

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

DOP likely to set up seperate entity for e-commerce by next year

NEW DELHI: The Department of Posts (DoP) may set up a separate entity for handling e-commerce services by next year to cash in on the burgeoning demand for delivery and logistics.

According to sources, during a recent meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, DoP said it aims to conduct a financial feasibility study for setting up a separate entity for e-commerce by October this year and start the operations by next year.Sources said DoP may appoint an on-board consultant for development and operationalisation of business and marketing strategy for commerce market by July this year.

Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had earlier said India Post with the world's largest postal network is best suited to offer delivery services to e-commerce firms.India Post has over 1.55 lakh post offices of which around 1.40 lakh are in the rural areas. On an average, a post office serves an area of 21.21 sq. km and a population of 7,175 people.Sources said DoP would strengthen e-commerce vertical in terms of resources and infrastructure by April and set up parcel processing hubs, dedicated transmission and mechanised delivery system by July this year.

The Department already has a tie-up with domestic e-commerce players such as Flipkart, Snapdeal, Amazon and Shopclues among others and for international e-commerce, the Department has entered into agreements with e-Bay and Japan Post.Modi had set up the Task Force in 2014 to leverage the postal network in India and to enhance the role of India Post in financial inclusion, among other services like delivery of goods for eCommerce firms.

In December last year, the Task Force had submitted its report to Prasad. It noted that with India Posts overseeing Rs 6 lakh crore in deposits, it is second only to the country's largest bank SBI.The report suggested that the government should set up a holding company under the DoP for immediate roll out of banking, insurance and e-commerce services.The holding company should have five different verticals, and three of them -- banking, insurance and e-commerce -- can start working immediately.

PS Group B examination 2003-06- revision of results

Directorate vide Memo No. A.34018/27/2009-DE dated 15th January 2015 has declared result of one candidate of PS Gr. B examination 2003-06 held from 16th to 17th February, 2008. 
In compliance of the order dated 8/10/2013 pronounced by the  Hon'ble High Court of Judicature of Andhra Pradesh of Hyderabad in WP No. 21345/2008 filed by Shri P. Balasubrahmanyam, ASP, Visakhapatnam Region in OA No. 1012/2008 of Hon'ble CAT Hyderabad Bench, the competent authority has ordered to declare the result of Shri P. Balasubrahmanyam, ASP Visakhapatnam Region as selected for PS Gr. B cadre in PS Gr. B Examination 2003-06 and to include his name in the selected list of PS Gr. B Examination 2003-06.
He is to be accommodated against existing / future OC vacancy in IP Line of PS Gr. B Examination 2003-06 held on 16th and 17th February 2008 and he will get the seniority after the last candidate who has been appointed in PS Gr. B cadre on regular basis as of now. He shall not be entitiled to be paid any back wages.
The orders of the High Court of Judicature of Andhra Pradesh at Hyderabad is specific to this case and will not be applicable to any other case.

7th CPC- estimated pay scales shows substantial increase in salary for CG employees

New Delhi, There is a good news for Central Government employees that 7th Central Pay Commission’s report will be implemented with effect from 01.01.2016. Central Government employees are expecting merger of dearness allowance, increase in other allowances such as house rent, children education allowances etc. with the implementation of this report.

With the beginning of 2016, pay scales proposed by 7th pay commission will be implemented. Our reports suggests that expected pay structure would be similar that we have produced. If this happens then there would be three times jump in the salaries of central government employees.7th pay commission has reiterated that ratio between the minimum and maximum pay scales proposed by 6th pay commission was 1:12. It has also reiterated that there are lots of anomalies left, after the implementation of 6th pay commission and those anomalies will certainly be taken care of. It is expected that ratio between the minimum and maximum pay would be 1:13. This will certainly be anoying factor for employees unions.

Employees unions are studying estimated pay scales and would certainly be registering its suggestions soon.Till date central government has notified six pay commissions before notifying seventh in February 2014. First central pay commission was notified in 1946, second CPC in 11957, Third CPC in 1970, Fourth CPC in 1983, Fifth in 1994 and sixth in 2006.Report of sixth pay commissoin was implemented w.e.f. 01.01.2016. Sixth pay commission had proposed many newthing such as children education allowance and transport allowance.

It further prposed increase in all allowances by 25% with the increase in dearness allowance to 50% to counter rising inflation. It had also proposed two year child care leave for women employees. These measures were widely welcomed by central government employees. These measures were widely welcomed by central government employees. 6th pay commission had also proposed to modify assured career progression scheme and introduced Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACP).Now central government employees are expecting modification in allowances and schemes. Employees are expecting increase in house rent, children education allowance, transport allowance and other allowances. Employees are also expecting that currency of Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme will be reduced to five years from 10 years. Employees unions are demanding upgradation in grade pay after five years, if the employee doeno’t get the benefit promotion in five years time.

Central government employees are also expecting that 7th pay commission would recommend permanent solution to merger of dearness allowance with basci pay if it crosses 100% mark.Employees are also expecting increase in annual increment from 3% to 5%. One bone of contention for central government employees is Grade pay Rs. 5400. This grade pay falls both in PB-2 and PB-3. Employees are expecting increase in grade pay Rs.5400 which falls in PB-3 so that on promotion employees get increase in grade pay along with increase in increment @5% (current increment is 3%).City compensatory allowance was stopped by 6th pay commission. Employees’ unions wants that city compensatory allowance be restored according to the class of cities.

Expectations are very high let’s see how much 7th pay commission fulfills those. But it is certain that 7th pay commission will bring cheers to around 80 lakhs central government employees and pensioners.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Revised merger proposal submitted to Directorate

No. GS/AIAIASP/Merger-ASP/2013                             dated : 9/1/2015
The Director General,
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001.
Subject:   Minutes of the meeting held on 28.11.2014 with representatives of All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents, Posts.
Ref.      :  Dte Letter No. 25-35/2011-PE-I dated 3rd December, 2014
Respected Madam,
At the outset, I would like to thank Directorate for convening cadre restructuring meeting of IP/ASP cadre and merger of ASP cadre to PS Gr. B cadre. The concern shown by the Administration to resolve this long pending demand is highly appreciable, and we thanks for the same.
This Association would like to bring to your kind notice that fifth CPC in para 32 Appendix 1 of volume 3 acknowledged that cadre review has become part of rules and they are to be mandatorily held once in 5 years. Contrary to it, no cadre review took place for IP/ASPs since 1979. Second cadre review that envisaged upgradation of 245 posts for IP/ASP to PSS Group ‘B’ on matching saving basis has not been implemented so far though a span of 25 years have elapsed . These orders were issued vide PE memo No. 28-29/87- PE I dated 20-08-1990. Apparently the period was enough to carry out 5 cadre reviews for IP/ASPs but this has not been done, whereas this took place for other cadres to the agony of IP/ASP.
As discussed in the aforesaid meeting, a fresh proposal however is hereby re-submitted for kind consideration.
A)           Present status of posts :
1)    Total posts of Inspector Posts as on date                           :         2106
2)    Total posts of Assistant Superintendents as on date          :         1990
Out of 1990 ASPs, 282 ASPs are available in Circle/Regional Offices.
3)    No. of Class-I (Postal) divisions as on date                        :           176
4)    No. of Class-I (RMS) divisions as on date                          :             15
5)    No. of GPOs having Class-I status (including JAG)             :             03
6)    No. of HPOs having Class-I status                                     :             04
B)   As on date GP of below mentioned three cadres are as under :
Inspector Posts (IP)                    : Rs. 4200/-
Assistant Supdt. Posts (ASP)      : Rs. 4600/-
PS Gr. B                                     : Rs. 4800/-
C)   Following no. of posts are proposed for up-gradation from ASP cadre to PS Gr. B cadre :
One post of ASP from Class-I Postal Dn to PS Gr. B           :           176
One post of ASP from Class-I RMS Dn to PS Gr. B             :             15
         One post of ASP from GPO whose incharge is Class-I         :               3
         One post of ASP from Class-I HO                                       :               4
         50% posts of ASPs from s/s of ASPs of Circle/Regional Offices:      141
         Total posts proposed for upgradation from ASP to PS Gr. B:            339
D)   Additional expenditure :
The difference of GP between PS Gr. B and ASP is Rs. 200/- only.
          Net effect including DA, HRA etc. would be Rs. 425/- only.
If 339 ASP cadre posts are upgraded to PS Gr. B cadre then monthly additional expenditure would be as under:
339 x Rs.425/-       = Rs. 1,44,075/- per month
          Annual additional expenditure would be as under: 
Rs. 1,44,075/- x 12 = Rs. 17,28,900/- per annum (rounded to Rs. 17.5 lacs)
E)   Matching savings for up-gradation of ASP posts to PS Gr. B posts:
Average pay of one Inspector Posts is Rs. 35000/- per month (appx).
12 month’s pay would be Rs. 35000/-x 12 = Rs. 4,20,000/- (appx)
The resultant savings would be by abolition of 4 Posts of Inspector Posts.
i.e. 18,05,000/4,20,000 = 4.11
One each post of Inspector Posts (PG) from big circles (like Uttar Pradesh / Andhara Pradesh /Maharashtra / Uttar Pradesh / Tamil Nadu may be abolished.
F)   Surrendering 141 posts of HSG-I (IP Line) to HSG-I (GL)
As per the revised RRs of HSG-I cadre, 141 HSG-I (IP Line) posts presently held by ASP cadre are given to General Line.  Therefore Inspector Posts cadre has been deprived from promotional avenues.
G)   Inspector Posts GP should upgraded from Rs. 4200/- to 4600/-.
The pay scales of the post of Income Tax Inspectors under Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and Posts of Inspector of Central Excise were revised from Rs.5500-9000 to Rs. 6500-10500 as per Office Memorandum dated 21-04-2004. The pay scale of the analogous posts of Assistants/PA's in Central Secretariat Service (CSS) and Central Secretariat Stenographers Service (CSSS) was also upgraded  from Rs.5500-9000 to the scale of Rs. 6500-200-10500 w.e.f 15.09.2006 as per Office Memorandum dated 25-09-2006. However, the pay scale of the Inspector of Post/Inspector of RMS under the Department of Posts has not been upgraded to the scale of Rs. 6500-200-10500 without any justifiable reasons. The revised pay scales have been brought into force with effect from 01-01-2006. Thus the analogous posts of Inspector Posts and Inspector of CBDT/CBEC and Assistants in CSS were brought in the same Pay Band/Scale of PB-2 Rs. 9300-34800 with the same corresponding Grade Pay of Rs. 4200/- w.e.f 01.01.2006. Subsequently, Ministry of Finance issued O.M. dated 13-11-2009 directing that the posts which were in the pre-revised scale of Rs. 6500-10500 as on 01-01-2006 and which were granted the normal replacement pay structure of Grade Pay of Rs. 4200/- in the Pay Band PB-2, will be granted Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/- in the Pay Band PB-2 corresponding the pre-revised scale of Rs. 7450-11500 with effect from 01-01-2006.
H)   Residual ASP Posts :
Remaining 1651 (1990-339) ASPs will work at their respective posts and retained their pay, GP and Gazetted status till their elevation to PS Gr. B cadre or retirement whichever is earlier. These ASPs will be treated as dying cadre posts.
I)     Merged cadre strength and nomenclature :
Existing Inspector Posts             : 2106
Residual ASPs (till its elevation) : 1651
Total                                          : 3757
Abolition of IPs posts                 :    4
Net Total                                   : 3753 
The nomenclature of merged cadre would be “Inspector Posts” Group B with grade pay of Rs.4600/-. 
We hope that this revised proposal will be considered by Directorate.
Yours sincerely,
(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary

Let the chickens not be counted before they are hatched--Our President Speaks

141 HSG-1 PM Posts has been the hot topic of discussion lately. In our Circle, a scenario was fast emerging wherein the 8 PM posts were on the verge of being lost to our cadre but for the timely intervention of the Association during the last meeting with Chief PMG. In this backdrop, Our Circle President Sri. R.Venunathan Pillai in his new year address to the members analyses this vital issue in detail describing vividly the antecedents leading to the issue  while giving strong views on the subject in his distinctive style so as to have an open discussion. Here are the excerpts....

Let the Chickens not be counted before they are hatched.....

While conveying my best wishes for a very happy new year to all the members I find it imperative to put one of the recent issues facing the Association at present to an open discussion before the members.

As you are aware we have got 141 identified HSG-I PM posts occupied by our members all over India. Among these 141 posts, 8 are in Kerala Circle. The intention of the Administration in allocating these posts to IP line officials was to ensure efficient governance in major HSG-I HOS. The intention was the same with regard to HOs like Bombay GPO etc where JAG/DPS grade officers are put to hold the PM posts and the intention is not different with regard to Trivandrum GPO, Kottayam HO, Ernakulam HO etc where PS Group B officers are put in charge. However, it is not understood as to why some of the Bada Baboos of the Department got into their heads a notion that the recent recruitment rules for  PM Grade-I will slash the share of HSG-I PM posts held by IP line officers. 

We are not against the promotion prospects of general line officials nor any proposal to enhance it, on the other hand it is our considered opinion that periodical cadre review should be made in all cadres of the Department, at least once in five years, as opined by many of the earlier Pay Commissions and promotions should be made promptly to avoid retirement of a Postal Assistant as Postal Assistant or IP as IP. But Paul should not be robbed to pay Peter. All these 141 posts earmarked for IP line officers are their promotion posts and the new recruitment rules for PM Grade-I have got nothing to do with it. Arguably, nothing is forthcoming in the said rules that the share of HSG-I posts occupied by IP line officers will also come under the ambit of its application. These IP line PMs existed even when 1/3 LSG promotion was in vogue wherein 1/3rd of the LSG posts were filled up from among the PAs who qualified in the examination who naturally got the next promotion to HSG-II and thereafter to HSG-I at a higher pace. Anyhow, the system of promoting HSG-II officials from general line and IPs from IP line went on smoothly without encroaching each other’s share of posts.

 In the same analogy the present development can work. But the tendency at some quarters to interpret things to the disadvantage of IP line staff and the unwanted haste to transfer these posts in one pretext or other as done in Tamil Nadu is difficult to be understood. If this haste and efficiency were there with our officers when Presidential order was issued in 1990 to upgrade 245 posts of ASPs to PS Group-B many of our members would not have retired as ASPs, remember the ASP cadre didn’t even carry gazetted status at that time. In this context the belief of some of our members that the merging of PS Group-B and ASP cadres will bring a good number of promotion posts to compensate the HSG-I PM posts cannot be left undiscussed either.

 Let the merging come or do not come, this is only a proposal still buried in its cocoon, waiting for its metamorphosis. The Department, as far as I know, has not even succeeded so far in getting a full and correct data of all IPs and ASPs or the posts in which they are presently deployed etc and an exact modality as to how the scheme is to be implemented is yet to be worked out. It is also not certain as to whether the Department is really serious about this proposal or whether it is a bait to silence the Association of its demand for upgraded pay scale to IPs in parity with Income Tax and other similarly placed Inspector cadres of Central Govt.

 There had been several such instances before when the Department came forth with more fanciful proposals to counter the genuine and justified demands mooted by the Association. Clerical assistance to Sub Divisions was one of our long pending demands and the CHQ had submitted a full fledged proposal demanding redeployment of one PA in place of one of the Mail Overseers. As the pay/grade pay of Mail Overseer and PA is identical there won’t be any financial implication and statistical justification would have also met as this Mail Overseer displaced from Sub Division can be redeployed at any HO in Mail/Sorting/Delivery branch. Immediately on finding nothing to contradict, the Department put forth its tricky number, ‘’are baba, why should you worry about clerical assistance if you are going to be relieved of the entire clerical work itself? The Department is going to set up Inspection Units. We know that our Sub Divisional heads are finding it very difficult to manage the affairs of the Sub Divisions by conducting the inspections single handed then typing the IRs etc. The Sub Divisions will be dissolved and the entire staff including Sub Divisional heads will be shifted to the Divisional offices and the inspections of all the offices and such works will be done by two or three teams of IPs , ASPs and SPS /SSPs centred in the Divisional office which are called Inspection Units and the clerical staff of Div Office will do all the file works including typing of IRs and so on’’. This was greeted with a wide applause by our members and they were surprised to see the motherly affection, care and regard extended to the cadres. We longed for a flower but the employer was most benevolent enough to spare a garden in full, at least some of our members felt like that. But where did these Inspection Units go? It sublimed into oblivion, just like the file relating to 245 PS Group B promotion posts.

 It was the Department which mooted the proposal of 245 posts after a cadre review and to gain the finality, that is Presidential order, the file had to pass through a series of sections in the Directorate itself seeking justification, approval and so on, thereafter another ordeal of travelling through Department of Personnel and Training, then Finance Ministry, the most dreaded threat, where a lot of queries are put and got answered, but thereafter what happened, the same Directorate thought not to give the benefit to these cadres, may be that was the thought ever before, the intention might had been to entice our members for some time and bluff around.

 In my opinion we are to be much vigilant on HSG-I posts and this is the reason why I laboured to describe the antecedents in such a length. If we surrender the HSG-I posts dreaming on the posts which are likely to be brought by the merger proposal and if the Department backs out, our position will be that of the fisherman who lost what was netted and what came flowing in (ottalil kidannathum poyi ozhuki vannathum poyi). Even if the proposal of merger is worked out there is every likelihood of the file being tossed in between the various Ministries and Departments and got ended up in an unceremonial death somewhere in the dingy dungeons of the Directorate where such a set of similar files would be available to share the space. Deeply

To conclude, I once again wish you all a very happy and dazzling 2015. Let this year bring us a heart to forget and forgive all petty differences or divisive sentiments among ourselves if any and fight for the better.

                                                                                                 With warm regards

                                                                                               Venunathan Pillai R
                                                                                                   Circle President

Supplementary DPC for promotion to PS Group B - list released by Directorate

To view the memo please CLICK HERE

Hearty Congrats to Sri. K.Narayanan and Sri. V.P.Ahamad Asharaf who have been promoted to PS Group B on regular basis from Kerala.

Repatriation order in PS Group B issued by Directorate

To view memo, please CLICK HERE

PM likely to approve India Post revival plan

Task Force proposes to divide India Post into five biz verticals

New Delhi, January 6: 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to review a report on the revival of India Post soon.Official sources said that Minister for Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad has approved the task force report and will submit it to the prime minister for a review.

The task force had submitted its report to Prasad in December, recommending division of India Post into five verticals, including one each for banking, insurance and e-commerce, with India Post being the holding company.“The minister is expected to meet the prime minister on Wednesday for an in-principle approval. The task force has highlighted priority areas, which would give a fillip to our postal department,” an official told BusinessLine.

The Centre is also investing ₹5,000 crore for IT modernisation in India Post.He said priority tasks include providing banking and insurance services to the public and making e-commerce companies such as Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal use India Post’s services.“The main purpose is to utilise the network in line with the Prime Minister’s vision of reaching rural areas for financial services through innovation and digital connectivity instead of mere postal services,” the official added.

The task force, chaired by former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramanian, was set up by the Prime Minister last year.The idea was to leverage India Post’s wide reach across India.Snapdeal has already partnered with India Post to work on bringing thousands of weavers and artisans from Varanasi on its website. The online company has launched a pilot with India Post to set up facilitation desks at Varanasi post offices to enable local weavers to sell their products on its platform.