Friday, April 27, 2012
MODERNISATION OF POST OFFICES The Government plans to set up 1000 Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and carry out computerization of Post Offices in the country as part of its ongoing modernization and upgradation drive. The Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Shri Sachin Pilot informed the Lok Sabha today that the Department of Posts proposes to set up 1000 ATMs. 820 Head Post Offices have been identified for setting up ATMs across the country. Shri Pilot said that remaining 180 Post Offices will be identified during implementation phase. Of these a maximum 100 ATMs would be set up in Andhra Pradesh. The Minister said nearly 25000 Departmental Post Offices have been computerized. The Department offers a number of premium services like Speed Post, Express Parcel Post, Logistics Post etc. to generate additional revenue for the Department, he added. BK/AT/PM
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Consequent upon increase of Dearness Allowance to Central Government Employees drawing 6 CPC scales, the Govt. has decided to increase the rates of DA for Officers who continue to draw their salary as per pre revised 5th CPC scales. The rate of DA has been enhanced from the existing rate of 127% to 139% w.e.f. 01.01.2012.
Full text of OM dated 20.04.2012 is reproduced below:
No. 1(3)/2008-E.II (B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 20th April 2012
Subject:- Rates of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 01.01.2012 to the employees of the Central Government and the Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre revised scale as per 5th CPC
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Departments O.M. of even No. dated 17th October, 2011 revising the Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 1.7.2011 in respect of the employees of the Central Government and the Central Autonomous Bodies who continue to draw their pay and allowances in the pre-revised scales of pay as per 5th Central Pay Commission.
2. The rates of Dearness Allowance admissible to the above categories of employees of the Central Government and the Central Autonomous Bodies shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 127% to 139% w.e.f. 01.01.2012. All other conditions as laid down in the O.M. of even number dated 3rd October, 2008 will continue to apply.
3. The contents of this Office Memorandum may also be brought to the notice of the organizations under the administrative control of the Ministries/Departments which have adopted the Central Government scales of pay.
4. Hindi version is also attached.
Sd/- (Subhash Chand)
Dy Secretary to Govt. of India.
Receipt of Application on plain paper from willing candidates with service details to decide his eligibility to Divisional/Regional/Circle Office/ Controlling Unit
Receipt of Application Form Kits by Nodal Officer DPS(HQrs) from CMC
Receipt of Application Form Kits by Divisional/Regional/Circle Office/ Controlling Unit from the Nodal Officer of Circle for making available to the eligible candidates.
Last date for receipt of Application Form Kits at Divisional/Regional/Circle Office/ Controlling Unit.
Receipt of duly filled in application forms by Nodal Officer of Circle sent by Divisional/Regional/Circle Office/ Controlling Unit.
Dispatch of daily filled in application forms by Nodal Officer of the Circle to CMC
Issue of Hall Permits by CMC to eligible candidates
Date of Examination
GDS ALLOWANCE PROTECTION AND CASH HANDLING POINTS The Committee Constituted by Postal Board has submitted its recommendations and it is under consideration of Postal Board. We hope that the assurance given by the Hon`ble Minister for State, Communications, will be honoured by the Dept.
SCHEME FOR ENGAGEMENT OF GDS COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS-MERIT POINTS AND PROCEDURE FOR SELECTION- ISSUE OF CORRIGENDUM.
D.G. Posts No. No. 17-17/2010-GDS dated 13 April, 2012.
A reference is invited to the Directorate letters of even number dated 01 Aug 2011 & 09 mar 2012 on the subject cited above.
2. Last line of Para 3 of this Directorate letter dated 09 Mar 2012 may be substituted as under:-
2. Last line of Para 3 of this Directorate letter dated 09 Mar 2012 may be substituted as under:-
"it is reiterated that the existing criteria of over and above 50 points for adjudging hard and deserving cases stands''
Assistant Director General (GDS)
Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General, NFPE, met Senior officers of the Directorate today, DDG (P) informed that regarding 25% outside recruitment in Postmen cadre the DOP&T has given approval for removal of “25% outside quota recruitment”. The file has been sent to Law Ministry for clearance. It may take minimum two weeks to one month for getting approval from Law Ministry. After that revised recruitment rules will be notified and Postmen Examination for the year 2011 and 2012 will be held.
1. A copy of every communication regarding pension is required to be endorsed to the pensioner by each node of pension delivery. Please ensure that your full contact postal address (preferably with PIN code) is always updated. Promptly intimate any changes of address to: -
a. Your Bank Branch
b. The Head of Office and the PAO in the Ministry from where you retired;
c. Central Pension Accounting Office
2. There should be proper nomination for pension account. Please retain the acknowledgement received from the bank carefully. It is advisable to open a joint account with your spouse if you are pensioners so that she/he does not hardship later.
3. Please direct your with proof establishing your Identity for first appearance at Paying Branch along with the copy of the special seal authority.
4. CPAO has sent two halves of PPO – the pensioner’s and the Bank’s. Your half of the PPO is to be handed over to you by your Bank branch when they call you for verification. Your signature will be obtained on their half for their record.
5. Please produce proper and acceptable evidence of eligible savings from time to time for the purpose of Income Tax by the Bank.
6. Please collect Certificate of Income from pension from bank at the close of financial year, even if income tax is not deducted from the pension. Please collect form-16- income tax was deducted.
7. Please furnish Life Certificate early in the month of November every year.
8. A pensioner who produces a life certificate in the prescribed form in Annexure -XVII signed by any person specified hereunder, however, is exempted from personal appearance- :-
(i) A person exercising the powers of a Magistrate under the Criminal Procedure code;
(ii) A Registrar or Sub-Registrar appointed under Indian Act;
(iii) A Gazetted Government servant;
(iv) A Police Officer not below the rank of Sub-Inspector in -charge of a Police Station; Offices;
(vi) A Class-I officer of the Reserve Bank of India, an officer (including Grade II officer) of the State Bank of India or of its subsidiary;
(vii) A pensioned Officer who, before retirement, exercised the powers of a magistrate;
(viii) A Justice of Peace;
(ix) A Block Development Officer, Munsif, Tehsildar or Naib Tehsildar;
(x) A Head of Village Panchayat, Gram Panchayat, Gaon Panchayat or an Executive Committee of a Village;
(xi) A Member of Parliament, of State legislatures or of legislatures of Union Territory Governments /Administrations.
(xii) Treasury Officer.
In the case of a pensioner drawing his pension through a Public Sector Bank the life certificate may be signed by an officer of a Public Sector Bank. In the case of a pensioner residing abroad and drawing his pension through any other bank included in the Second Schedule to the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934, the life certificate may be signed by an officer of the Bank, A pensioner get exemption from personal appearance subject to production of Life Certificate signed by the above mentioned officer of the bank.
A pensioner not resident in India in respect of whom his duly authorized agent produces a life certificate signed by a Magistrate, a Notary, a Banker or a Diplomatic Representative of India is exempted from special appearance.
9. Non-employment Certificate/Re-employment Certificate should also be furnished every year in the month of November/May & November in case of retired Group ‘A’ officer.
10. Please apply in a prescribed proforma to the paying branch for restoration of commuted portion of pension on completing 14 years and 11 months in case your bank does not have a CPPC.
11. Please provide the Pensioner’s half of the PPO to your paying Bank Branch in the case of revision of pension for entry of enhanced pension with break up in this half.
12. Please ask for a due and drawn statement from your bank branch in case you have received any arrears in a lump sum.
13. Please ask for a pension slip with break up of in case of any doubt from bank branch
14. If Pensioner’s half is lost, worn or torn, a written request is to be immediately made to your paying Bank branch alongwith Pensioner’s half of PPO (if available).
15. Please keep all your Pension related documents including Pensioner’s half of PPO, safely, as these are important documents.
16. For any clarification on pension payments, contact your bank branch grievance officer of the Bank or CPAO Toll Free /Call Centre 1800 11 7788.
1. Do not delay in submitting the Pension Papers before retirement as it ultimately effects the time schedule to be followed by the various offices as under: -
(i) Pay & Accounts Officer issuing PPO – Despatch of PPO by PAO to the CPAO on the last working day of the month preceding the month of retirement
(ii) Central Pension Accounting Office (CPAO) – Despatch of PPO by CPAO to Link Branch of PSB by 20th of the month of retirement
(iii) Link Branch – Despatch of PPO by Link Branch to paying branch by 23rd of the month of retirement.
(iv) Paying Branch – Paying Branch will complete all formalities and ensure that the pension has been credited to the pensioner’s account on the last date of the month.
2. Please do not provide address and contact number which is likely to change in immediate near future. Please update your address by informing your bank branch, PAO, CPAO and DDO of the ministry you retired from.
3. In case you wish to change your bank or bank branch for pension disbursement, do not close your pension account unless is confirmed for pension disbursement.
4. Please do not fail to check whether you are receiving full pension/family pension authorized by the Govt. of India to you including is related pension with Dearness Relief if you are aged 80 and above.
5. Please do not forget that under the scheme of pension department through authorized banks, banks are required to pay pension to each pensioner by the last day of the month and the Govt. of India fully
All CGHS Cards : Universally acceptable and valid for obtaining treatment in any CGHS dispensary in all over the country.
All CGHS cards including the paper cards issued all over the country are universally acceptable and valid for obtaining treatment in any CGHS dispensary in the country.All CGHS dispensaries have been directed to issue medicines including local purchase medicines to the beneficiaries holding valid CGHS card attached to any dispensary.
Instructions have already been issued in this regard by the Ministry.
The above information was given by Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha on 30.03.2012.+News courtesy :www.cgstaffnews.com
MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE CONSTITUTED UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF CGM, PLI TO CONSIDER THE ISSUES RELATED TO POSTMEN.
Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee constituted under the Chairmanship
of CGM, PLI to consider the issues related to Postmen
D.G. Posts No. No:09-01/2005-WS-I/PE.I Dated: 9th April , 2012
The meeting of the Committee was held on 5th March, 2012 at 1100 hrs. in PLI Directorate. The meeting was attended by the following:
i) Shri S.K. Sinha, CGM, PLI …. Chairperson
ii) Shri V.P. Singh, DDG (Establishment)
iii) Shri Satish Kumar, Director (FA)
iv) Mr. M. Krishnan, Secretary General, NFPE
v) Mr. D. Theagarajan, Secretary General, FNPO
vi) Mr. I.S. Dabas, General Secretary, AIPEU Postmen
& Group `D'/ MTS
vii) Mr. T.N. Rahate, General Secretary, NUPE Postmen
& Group `D'/MTS
2. The items assigned to the Committee as per the Terms of Reference were discussed at length in the meeting. The gist of discussions and the decisions taken are as follows:
(i) Extraction of data entry work from Postmen: There was in principle agreement of the staff side that the Postmen had no objection in performing the data entry work provided suitable time factor for this element of work was allowed in their overall work load. The Committee noted that Meghdoot LAN norms for Postmen Module have already been circulated by the Department on 28.7.2008 for implementation in all computerized HPOs. It was, accordingly, decided that the time factor given for various activities in the Postmen Module of MD – LAN may also be provided to Postmen, if they undertake these activities. It was further decided that Directorate will consider to issue suitable instructions to all the Circles in this regard by 30th April, 2012 as some Postmen find it difficult to make computer data entry , it was also agreed to impart necessary computer training to Postmen.
(I) Irregular computation of working hours for Postmen working in field units: Certain items in the revised norms for Postmen as issued by the Postal Directorate vide F.No.9-1/2005-WS-I/PE.I dated 5.2.2010 were agitated by the staff side. After discussion, the following decisions were taken:
a) The staff side mentioned that the time factor of 0.42 minutes provided for `delivery of unregistered mail in multi-storied buildings' (Sl.No.2) is grossly inadequate and needs to be relaxed. It was decided that while carrying out the review of Postmen establishment, the time factor for delivery of unregistered mail (other than in multi-storied buildings as given at Sl.No.1) in the revised norms will also be provided in cases of delivery of unregistered mail in multi-storied building in which mail boxes have not been provided at the ground floor;
b) On the demand of providing the same time factor for delivery of Speed Post articles as provided for Registered Mail, it was decided that `while carrying out the review of postmen establishment, the person-specific speed post articles (Passports, Aadhaar Cards, Driving Licenses) will be provided the time factor of 2.5 minutes as provided for registered mail'.
c) The staff side vehemently demanded to work out suitable time factor for door-to-door distance travelled by foot by the Postmen. In the course of discussion, the Committee noted that this demand of the staff side is being met by providing time factor for delivery of unregistered mail (other than in multi-storied buildings) to unregistered mail delivery in such multi-storied buildings which do not have mail boxes on the ground floor. Moreover, the Committee also noted that no further action on this demand is perhaps called for in view of Note No.11 provided in the Directorate letter dated 5.2.2010 which is reproduced below:
"Distance travelled means distance covered on the main roads, lanes and bye lanes. Distance travelled covered for entering various houses is included in time factor for delivery of articles."
The Staff Side was of the view that since Note No. 11 was prepared many years back in 1975 -79, it does not reflect the present ground reality. This aspect may be considered by the department at the time of next review.
d) The time factor provided for travelling distance by foot and by bicycle in hilly and mountainous terrains of less congested areas needs to be relaxed in view of the extra physical efforts and timing involved in covering such areas. The staff side was informed that this aspect is under consideration by the Directorate and comments of several Circles have already been received in this regard.
(iii) Removal of minimum cycleable distance for grant of Cycle Maintenance Allowance of Postmen: The staff side was informed that necessary orders for grant of Cycle Maintenance Allowance irrespective of the distance covered by the Postmen have been issued by the Directorate. In view of this, the staff side agreed to close this item.
(iv)Scheme of payment of incentive to Postmen for delivery of Speed Post articles: The Committee was informed that the CGM, Business Development and Marketing Directorate (BD & MD) has already been requested to issue suitable instructions to all the Circles to the effect that all payments of speed post delivery incentive bills pertaining to Postmen may be cleared by 31stMarch, 2012. It was, therefore, decided to close this item.
(v)Minimum and maximum area of beat to be covered on foot/bicycle during duty hours: The staff side demanded that the Department should prescribe the maximum beat length which a Postman is supposed to travel by foot / bicycle as there are several cases in which the Postmen have to travel 30-40 kms. per day in effecting their deliveries. After discussion, the Committee felt that the incidence of abnormally long Postmen beats is primarily because of non-review of Postmen establishment in a proper manner in several Divisions. It was further decided that :
a)The Directorate will consider to issue instructions to all the Circles to ensure proper review of Postmen establishment, which should inter-alia include proper measurement of beat length, the rationalization of beats and demarcation of beats in such a way that a Postmen is not required to travel unduly long distance in his duty hours;
b)It was pointed out that the combination of beats being resorted to in the Post Offices having 4+ strength of the Postmen should be removed. After detailed discussion it was decided that Directorate will consider issue of instructions to all the Circles to the effect that combination of beats should be resorted to only by exception as it adversely impacts the delivery efficiency;
c)It was pointed out by the staff side that Postmen face difficulty in delivery of registered parcels weighing more than 5 kgms. each and EPP articles for which the maximum weight of 35 kgms. per article has been fixed. It was highlighted that either some reasonable rate and mode of conveyance for delivering EPP articles should be fixed, or the rates of coolie charges fixed in the past should be revised for efficient delivery of registered parcel. It was decided that the Directorate will consider reiterating the instructions on coolie charges to all the Circles so that the delivery of heavy parcels is not adversely affected.
a)The staff side drew attention of the Committee to note at Sl.No.8 in the Directorate letter No.9-1/2005-W.S.I/PE.I dated 5.2.2010 which stipulates that "area having a density of population of 2500 per Sq. KM may be taken as congested area" and pointed out that the same has been incorrectly printed as it should refer to 2500 per Sq. Mile instead of 2500 per Sq. KM. They quoted a clarification received from PTC, Mysore which has cited Directorate letter dated 19.2.1975 indicating establishment norms for Postmen and defining congested area as having a density of population of 2500 per Sq. Mile. After discussion it was agreed that Directorate would examine and issue suitable amendment / corrigendum to the Note 8 of the revised norms of postmen establishment.
b)Creation of justified additional posts while implementing new system for delivery work and allowing postmen to write correct remarks for non delivery: The staff side drew attention to Item No.25 minutes of the last JCM meeting issued on 1.3.2012 wherein it is mentioned that the issue is under examination by the Postman Committee being Chaired by CGM (PLI). After discussion, the view emerged that this item is not part of Committee's mandate as the issue pertains to creation / redeployment of post which is basically a policy issue. However, the staff side mentioned that the Postmen were not able to write correct remarks for non-delivery of articles due to heavy work in the Project Arrow Offices. It was, therefore, decided that the experience gathered after implementation of Project Arrow in various Post Offices could be examined and, if required, instructions with regard to delivery could be issued by the Directorate.
3. With the deliberations and decisions as noted above, the Committee concluded its work with regard to the Terms of Reference assigned to it. The Committee, however, felt that the Establishment Division of the Directorate may ensure follow-up action on the decisions of the Committee so that the issues are taken to their logical conclusion.
4. The final meeting of the Committee ended with Vote of Thanks to the Chair.
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS & IT
DEPARTMENT OF POSTS
Dak Bhawan Sansad Marg
NEW DELHI-110 001
No.14-01/2011-PAP Dt.12th April,2012
All Chief Postmasters General,
All G.Ms.(PAF)/Director of Accounts (Postal).
Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) at revised rates with effect from 01-01-2012 onwards - Reg.
Consequent upon grant of another installment of dearness allowance with effect from 01st JANUARY, 2012 to Central Government Employees, vide Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure O.M. No.1(1)/2012-EII(B), dated 3rd April, 2011, duly endorsed vide this Department's letter No.8-1/2012-PAP Dated 3.4.12, the Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS), have also become entitled to the payment of dearness allowance on basic TRCA at the revised rate with effect from 01-01-2012. It has, therefore, been decided that the dearness allowance payable to the Gramin Dak Sevaks shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 58% to 65% on the basic Time Related Continuity Allowance, with effect from 1st January, 2012.
2. The additional installment of dearness allowance payable under this order shall be paid in cash to all Gramin Dak Sevaks. The payment of arrears of dearness allowance for the month of January to March, 2012, shall not be made before the date of disbursement of TRCA of March, 2012.
3. The expenditure on this account will be debited to the Sub Head 'Salaries' under the relevant head and should be met from the sanctioned grant.
4. This issues with the concurrence of Integrated Finance Wing vide their Diary No.104/FA/12/CS, dated 12TH April, 2012