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, September 3, 2013
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: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com (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.