Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Today morning Secretary Posts informed Com. M Krishnan, Secretary General NFPE over phone that Cabinet has approved the GDS Bonus ceiling enhancement to Rs 3500/-.  Order will be issued soon.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Government may approve 10% DA hike on Friday, to benefit 80 lakh people

Dear Comrades,
It is not fair to need to remind each division for all the time for clearance of Quota to higher ups.

I have received repeated request from Com.R.N.Parashar that Quota is not received regularly by NFPE from divisions of Gujarat Circle. This is not worthy to hear that we are slack in remittance of quota though we receive regular payment from DDOs. We should remit regular Quota to NFPE, CHQ and Circle.

Circle union is also facing financial crises. All DS are requested to take the matter of remittance of quota very seriously and ensure that all outstanding quota is cleared within this week itself.

Quota of Circle Union may directly deposited in bank account in consultation with Circle Secretary or Finance Secretary.

The allocation of Quota upto 30.6.13 will be on old rates and from July onward on on new rates as per revision of subscription @ Rs.50/-.

                                   Up to 30.06.13          From 01.07.13
Branch:                                14:50                         24.50
Circle:                                  08.00                         15.00
CHQ:                                   06.00                          08.00
NFPE:                                  01.50                         02.50
Total:                                    30.00                        50.00

Rashmin Purohit
               As a final step before embarking upon a nation wide indefinite strike, Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers has decided to conduct strike ballot on 2013 September 25,26 & 27th.  All affiliated organizations of the C.O.Cs should take initiative to make the programme cent percent success.  Sample Bllot paper and Appeal along with 15 point charter of demands are published in the Confederation website.

          On 25th, 26th and 27th September POLLING BOOTHS may be opened in the premises of offices at all centres and ballot boxes may be placed in the booth.  Each and every employee may be requested to cast their vote in the ballot paper by marking “YES” or “NO”.  It is secret ballot and hence name of the employee shall not be written in the ballot paper.  On completion of the voting, the boxes may be opened and votes counted by the office bearers of the affiliated organisations and C.O.Cs.  Total number of employees voted, number of votes in favour of indefinite strike (YES), Number of votes against indefinite strike (NO), Invalid votes etc. should be intimated to the Confederation CHQ through C.O.Cs on or before 28th September 2013 by email: (Email ID: and
               Intensive campaign among the employees should be conducted before the strike ballot by organising squad work, distributing pamplets, sample ballot papers, appeals, posters etc. and also by arranging meeting at all centres and offices.



AICPI-IW (All India Consumer Price Index applicable to Industrial Workers for the month of June 2013 has been released (Click here to get the AICPI for June-2013 ). CPI (IW) for June 2013 is 231. There is an increase of 3 points from the CPI for May 2013 which was 228, With this release of Consumer Price Index, we have all the data now to estimate the Dearnees Allowance eligibility to Central Government Employees and Pensioners with effect from July 2013.
This index gains significance as AICPI-IW from July-2012 to June-2013 will be required to calculate Central Government Employees DA from July 2013
AICPI (IW) for the period from July 2013 to April 2013
Jul 2012212
Aug 2012214
Sep 2012215
Oct 2012217
Nov 2012218
Dec 2012219
Jan 2013221
Feb 2013223
Mar 2013224
Apr 2013226
May 2013228
Jun 2013231
Earlier we had predicted that there will be an increase of 10% from the present DA of 80%. There was also a remote possibility for increase in DA to 91% which is 11% from the present level of 80% when Cosumer Price Index for June 2013 increased to 237.
Now we know that CPI – IW for June is 231. Hence, 10% increase of DA for CentralGovernment Employees and Pensioners with effect from July 2013 is confirmed now. Please note that this is only an Arithmetical Calculation based on available Data released by Government from time to time. The actual increase of DA from July 2013 will be getting confirmed only if the Government formally issues orders for DA from July 2013 probably in the month of September or October 2013.
Here is an easy to use tool to calculate DA from All India Consumer Price Index – GConnect DA Calculator


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

IT-major Infosys, which bagged the India Post contract last year to upgrade the department’s technology framework for financial services, is in its final stages of providing a software solution for a hand-held device to be used by the postal network. The device will help it deliver an array of financial products directly to the consumers even in the most remote areas.
The hand-held technology device to be used by the postman will ensure last-mile connectivity for banking transactions of India Post across its over 1.5 lakh branches. The country's second largest IT-services exporter has already developed the necessary software and is waiting for the hardware partner to be finalised, which will be decided by the Department of Posts.
Talking to FE, CN Raghupathi, head, India business unit, Infosys, said, “The idea is to make India Post a modern bank where the postman becomes a banking correspondent where he can do banking transactions with the hand-held device.”
Infosys bagged the multi-year deal from Department of Posts in August, 2012, valued at around R700 crore to bring about a technological transformation. Under the deal, Infosys will implement its core banking solution, Finacle and McCamish insurance product, which will connect 150,000 post offices and cover 200 million customers with India Post's Financial Services System Integration plan.
The ambitious India Post 2012 vision has certain key objectives such as modernisation and computerisation of all post offices, development of robust software systems, creating data centres and deployment of rural information communication technology infrastructure in over 1.3 lakh
Source   :  Financial  Express 

Tuesday 3 September 2013

            NEW DELHI: There are no uniform rules for female employees in government departments and organizations and they are treated by varying yardsticks when it comes to essential benefits like maternity and child care leave (CCL). 
       Dismayed after finding that maternity leave can vary from 90 to 135 days, a Parliamentary panel has suggested that all government departments and organizations should ensure 180 days of leave for their women employees
            The panel found many organizations grant 90, 85 or 135 days of maternity leave. It has said child care leave (CCL) of 730 days must be granted with pay to women employees across the board in government.

            The committee was also distressed by the low presence of women employees in Government organizations. "It is disheartening to observe that it is significantly low...10.04% as per the 2012 census of Central Government employees," the panel said. The representation is particularly poor in semi-urban and rural areas. 

            The Standing Committee on Law, Personnel and Public Grievances on the 'status of women in government employment and in public sector undertakings' was unhappy that while a majority of the organizations do grant CCL, but they do so without pay. 
            For example, Mahanandi Coalfields Ltd gives CCL to female employees working as executives but not for non-executive category. In Cochin Shipyard Ltd, CCL is not granted since there is no specific direction from the department of public enterprises.

            The policy has been discontinued in Mormugao Port Trust even though CCL benefits have been extended to all civilian female industrial employees in government since September, 2008. But many women employees hesitate to avail the leave, if granted without pay.

            Introduction of "flexible timings" for female employees, especially young mothers, so that organizations can retain talent has been mooted by the committee headed by Congress MP Shantaram Naik as the panel found household responsibilities as a major reason for attrition among women employees. 
            The government has been asked to explore the policy on "staggered working hours" or "work at home" for female employees. The panel was informed that the recommendation of Sixth Pay Commission regarding staggered working hours was not accepted by the Government. 
            Single women should be given postings closest to their hometown or places of their choice, the panel said. "It should be mandatorily ensured," it said, adding that this "pertinent factor" should be kept in mind during allocation of postings by department heads.

            The provision for giving same station posting to couples may be given statutory backing, the panel recommended as it found the instruction is not always adhered to
            Women employees who travel beyond office hours should be provided with security and proper transport by the employer in order to ensure their safety, the Committee said. 

            The panel also noted that action taken on complaints of sexual harassment at workplace is "not satisfactory". It felt merely transferring a delinquent employee to a different branch or station is inadequate and strict disciplinary action is needed. "The punishment has to be deterrent for prospective offenders," the panel said. 
Source:   (o1 Sep,2013)

            Cabinet is likely to approve GDS bonus ceiling for Rs.3500- in the ensuing meeting:
After clearance of the Department’s proposal of Rs.3500-  bonus ceiling to GDS by the Ministry of Finance during 3rd week of August, the process for cabinet approval has started and a note has been submitted by the Department to the Min. of Finance to submit for further approval in the Cabinet meeting. It may be expected in the ensuing meeting of the Cabinet.
 It is always an admitted fact that every time the GDS issues are resolved with the continuous efforts of NFPE & JCA and at times by Confederation, none can claim on their own or for their own. One can’t deny that the Committee (Shri Alok Saxena Committee) for reviewing the GDS bonus issue only after 12.12.12 one day strike.  It is the issue of 2.7 lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks and not limited to a section or a class which claims for their fancy. Information published or conversant to the members explicitly depends upon the context and source but not on the mere exposure. We are not interested to make it another issue to create confusion and things left to the diplomacy of the so called claimants.
 However, all details will be published on receipt of the information obviously.

What  is  the  present  rate  of  interest  for  SB  Accounts 

Whether  any  nomination  facility  is  available  for   Savings  Bank  Account  in  Post  Office 

Yes   Nomination  facility  is  available  for  all  individual  accounts   except  in Minor  accounts 

Whether  a  minor  can  open  a  saving  account    

Yes,  If  he  is  of  10 years  of  age   he  can  open  account  other  wise  guaridan  can  open   for  him       

Whether   Introduction  is  compulsory  for    Open  SB  account  

Yes  ,  Introduction  of  the  depositor  is  compulsory  for  Individual  accounts   unless  the  depositor  is  known  to  the  post  office  

Whether  there  is  any Limit  for deposit  in   SB  account  

From  01.10.2011   onwards  ,  there  will  be  no  limit  for  retaining balance   in  single  as  well  as  Joint  accounts 

What  is  the  minimum  balance   of cheque  account for  SB  account 


What  is  the  minimum  amount  of  deposit  in  RD account 

Rs  10/-

Whether   a  RD  account   can  be  continued   after  maturity  period 

Yes  it  can   be  continued   for a  further  period  of  five  years  from  date  of  maturity 

Then  what  is  the  rate  of  interest  of  matured  for  post  maturity  period   in  RD  accounts 

The  depositor  shall  be  entitled  to  a  simple  interest  at  the  rate  applicable  time  to  time to  PO savings  account  from  the  date  of  maturity   till  the  date  of  payment 

Whether  there  is  any  Premature  closure  is  allowed  for   Recurring  Deposit (RD) 

Yes  ,  Premature  closure  is  permitted  on  completion  of  three  years  from  the  date  of  Opening 
What  is  the  present  rate  of  interest  rate of   1,2,3,5  year  Time  Deposit (TD)   accounts 
For   1  and  2  Year    8.20 %   per annum   For  3 year     8.30 %  Per  annum  and  5 year    8.40 %  per  annum 
Whether  any  limit  is  exists   for  open  TD  accounts   in  case  of  no  of  accounts

No  ,  Any  number  of   TD  accounts   can  be  opened  
Whether any  facility  for transfer  annual interest of  TD  accounts  to  my  Savings  account 
Yes    Annual  interest can  be  automatically  credited   to  Savings  account 
What  is  the  rate  of  interest  allowed   at the  time  of  Post  maturity  for  TD  accounts
Post  maturity  interest  shall  be  allowed  at  SB  rate 
What  are  the  conditions  for  premature  closure   for   TD  accounts 

Premature  closure  of  the  account  is  permitted  on  some  conditions
In  case  of  premature  closure  TD  accounts  of  1,2,3 and  5  Years   accounts  . if  deposit   is  withdrawn  after  six  months  , but  before  the  expiry  of  one  year    from  the date  of  deposit   , simple  interest  at  the  rate  applicable  from  time  to  time  to  PO  savings  account  shall  be  payable 
           In  case  of  premature  closure  on  or  after  01.12.2011 ,  if  the  deposit is  withdrawn  after   expiry of  one  year  from  the  date  of  deposit  ,  interest  on    such  deposit  shall  be  calculated  at  the rate  , which  shall  be  one  percent  less  than  rate  specified  for  a  period  of  deposit  of  1 year,  2  years  and  3  years 
What  is  the  maturity  period  of  Monthly  income  Scheme  (MIS) 

The  maturity  period  of  MIS  on  or  after   01.12.2011
What  is  the  minimum  and  maximum  amount  for  open a MIS  account

Minimum  amount  of  deposit  is  Rs  1500 and  in  multiples  of  Rs  1500/-  Maximum  amount  is  Rs  4.5  Lakhs in  the  case  of  Single  account and  9 lakhs  in  the  case  of  Joint  account 

What  is  rate of  interst   for  MIS  accounts

From  01/04/2013   the  rate  of  interest  for  MIS  accounts  is  8.4 %  per  annum 
What  is  the  rate of  bonus which  is  applicable  for  MIS  account ?

No  Bonus  will  be  paid  for  the  accounts  opened  from  13/02/2006  to  07/12/2007
 5 %  Bonus  is  payable  for  the accounts  opened  on  or  after  08.12.2007.

 There  shall  be  no  bonus  admissible on  maturity  in  the  accounts  opened  on  or  after  01.12.2011
Whether    premature  closure  is  allowed   for  MIS  ,  If  so   then  what  are  the  conditions   for that  

Yes,  If  the account  is  closed  before  three  years   an  amount  equal  to  two  percent  of  the  deposit  shall  be  deducted  and  If  the  account  is closed  after  three  years an  amount  equal  to  one  percent  on  the  deposit   amount  shall  be  deducted  .
What  is  the  period  for   Senior    Citizens savings  scheme 
Five  Years 
Who  can  open  SCSS  account  ?

Any  individual  who  has  attained     the  age  of  60 years  on  the  date  of  opening  or  who  has  attained  the  age  of  55 years or  more  but  less  than  60 years  and  who  has  retired  on  superannuation  or  otherwise  on  the  date  of  opening  of  an  account under  these  rules  subject  to the condition  that  the  account  is  opened  by  such  individual  within  one  month  of  the  date  of  receipt of  the  retirement  benefits  along  with  a  certificate  from  the  employer  indicating  the  fact of  retirement  on  superannuation  or otherwise   ,  retirement  benefit  and  period  of  such employment  with  the  employer  is  attached  with  the  supplication form

Whether  the  joint  account  is  permitted  in  the  case  SCSS  account  ,  If  so  what is the  condition 

Yes  ,Joint  account  is  opened  with the  spouse  only  and  not  with  any  other  person  ,
In  the  case  of  joint  account    the  age of  first applicant  ie  depositor  is  the  only  factor  to  decide  the  eligibility  and  there  is  no   age bar/limit  for  second  applicant 

What  is  the  present  interest  rate  of  SCSS  account 

9.2 %  per  annum 

Whether  the  Premature  closure  is  allowed   in  SCSS  account   

Yes,  It  is  allowed  after one  year  from  the  date  of opening  
 After  one  year   and  before  2  years   from  the  date  of opening   Deduct  1.5  %  from  Depost  amount  If  the  account  is  closed  after  two  years  Dedcut    1  %  from  the  deposit 

Monday, September 2, 2013

(1)     Revised HRA from 01.01.1996 to 31.07.1997
(2)     Revised Transport Allowance from 01.01.1996 to 31.07.1997
(3)     Upgraded pay scales to Senior Auditors /Senior Accounts         from 01.01.1986.
(4)     Revision of Night Duty Allowance.
(5)     Post of Computer in Registrar General’s Office
          =M. Krishnan, Secretary General


Pension Bill listed as item Number 2 . Perhaps the bill may be taken up today. Not sure. If intimation not received in time, the walkout and demonstration programme may be conducted ON THE NEXT DAY OF DAY ON WHICH THE BILL IS TAKEN UP FOR DISCUSSION IN PARLIAMENT as decided earlier by Confederation National Secretariat =M Krishnan S.G.

COM. R.N. PARASHAR REJOINED DUTY AT NFPE HEADQUARTERS Com. R.N. Parashar, Asst. Secretary General, NFPE, who was undergoing treatment after a major accident , has rejoined duty at NFPE Headquarters today 2nd September,2013 = M Krishnan, SG NFPE

Post Offices for Women

The objective for opening of all women post offices in the country is to lay focus on women’s empowerment and to achieve Departments objectives and mission to sustain its position as the largest postal network in the world. It is an effort to integrate gender equality and women’s empowerment for good governance by ensuring that women employees working at various levels in the Department have a real voice in the decision making of the Department as well as have a role in the management of post offices in the country. The all women post offices are the post office where all employees are women and they have been given the responsibility of managing the events of the post offices. This is done with a view to promote leadership and managerial qualities in women employees of the Department. These post offices are opened in major cities and at present 34 all women post offices are functioning in the country.These post offices are functioning within the postal network of the Department in the country and not a separate set up of post offices.

Besides this, from customers’ perspective, Post Offices offer products and services like small savings, postal life insurance and other mail related products which are used by the common man. All Women Post Office offers a secured environment to our woman customers from all strata of society to transact postal business with a level of comfort and familiarity with women employees of the Department.

This information was given by Dr. Smt. Killi Kruparani, Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.
Source : PIB




The Policies that failed {Editorial Postal Crusader September, 2013}

                In the year 1991 when the New Economic Policy or the Neo-liberal Economic Policy was adopted by the then Narasimha Rao Government at the Centre with much fanfare, it was repeatedly declared that it is a panacea for all the crisis faced by the Indian economy and shall ensure rapid growth of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  After 22 years, it is the very same neo-liberal policies which is leading the country to an economic disaster.  The then Finance Minister Sri. Manmohan Singh had brush aside the criticism and opposition of left parties and trade unions and they became a target of concentrated attack by the supporters of the neo-liberal policies.  Inspite of stiff resistance from all trade unions the Government went ahead with the rigourous implementation of the anti-people, anti-labour policies of Liberalisation, Privatisation and Globalisation  (LPG).
                While the UPA Government desperately wooed foreign capital and handed out concessions to big business and corporates, the plight of the people has been worsening because of the economic slowdown, falling industrial production and high inflation.  The rupee has steadily depreciated in value, with the exchange rate of the rupee to the dollar breaching the Rs.68 mark last week.  The current account deficit (the gap between exports and imports and other remittances) has reached an unsustainable level, there is rising external debt with the bourgeoning short-term debt, posing immediate problem.  This financial crisis is accompanied by high inflation.  The fact that the creation of two India’s of the rich and the poor, with the gap between them widening alarmingly, is a reality that stares us every moment.
                The first UPA Government was not allowed to implement the reforms in the financial sector, pension sector and retail sector etc. by the left parties who supported the Government.  It prevented the passing of PFRDA Bill by threatening to withdraw support to the Government.  The second UPA Government without the left support, started rigourous implementation of the reforms in all sectors.  All barriers for the inflow of foreign capital to the country was removed and the cap of Foreign Direct investment (FDI) in banking, insurance, pension, retail, defence, telecom etc. are either enhanced or removed.  Large scale disinvestment of public sector has become the order of the day.  Deregulation of petrol pricing has resulted in everincreasing prices of petrol and diesel fuelling inflation which resulted in the increased burden of price rise for the people.  Onions,vegetables and all other necessities of life are becoming out of reach of the people.  The other outcome of the economic slowdown is the loss of jobs in the industrial and services sectors and rising unemployment.
                The UPA Government is seeking to overcome this crisis by attracting more foreign capital and giving more concessions to the multinational companies (MNCs) and Indian big business.  The growing dependence on foreign capital flows and FDI has worsened the situation further and the entire exercise has proved futile.  The bulk of the capital flows out of the country is from equity, debt markets and Foreign Institutional Investments (FIIs), which the Government cannot control.  The neo-liberal policies of the Manmohan Singh Government and the boosting of the economy through Foreign Capital inflows have now come to roost. 
                During the last three years at least, the tax concessions provided to the corporartes and the rich amount to, according to budget papers, to over five lakhs crores every year.  Despite such “incentives”, the overall growth of the industrial production was minus 1.6 per cent in May 2013.  If, instead, these legitimate taxes were collected and used for public investments to build over much needed infrastructure, this would have generated large-scale employment.  This, inturn, would increase the purchasing power of the people and vastly enlarge domestic demand.  This would lay the basis for a turn around in manufacturing and industrial production and put the economy on a more sustainable and relatively pro-people growth tragectory. 
                What the country needs is an alternative pro-people policies.  Such an alternative can be brought about through the intensification of popular struggle of the people and working class in the coming months.