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BONUS: Postal Employees Bonus 2017 – Before Durga Puja

PRODUCTIVITY LINKED BONUS: Postal Employees Bonus 2017 – Before Durga Puja

Postal-Employees-Bonus-2017

National Federation of Postal Employees
1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001
e-mail: nfpehq@gmail.com
Phone: 011.23092771
Mob: 9868819295/9810853981
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No. PF-16(g)/2017

Dated: 12th September, 2017

To

The Secretary,
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhawan,
New Delhi-110 001

Sub. PAYMENT OF PRODUCTIVITY LINKED BONUS (PLB).

Sir,

It is to bring to your kind notice that Productivity linked bonus is required to be paid before Durga Puja. It is therefore requested to kindly cause action for making payment of bonus before Durga Puja.

It is also worth mentioning that an arbitrary cap of 60 days has been fixed for payment of PLB.

Now the business and revenue of Department is increasing every year.

Therefore kindly take necessary action to remove this cap and arrange to make payment of bonus which comes out real.

With regards.
Yours faithfully,

(R N Parashar)
Secretary General

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Enhancement of remuneration of retired Medical officers appointed on contract basis in Postal Dispensaries

Enhancement of remuneration of retired Medical officers appointed on contract basis in Postal Dispensaries: Dept. of Posts Order dated 28.08.2017

No.2-1/2012-Medical
Government of India
Ministry of communications & IT
Department of Posts

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi -110001
28 August 2017

To,

The Chief Postmasters General,
Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal 2

Sub: Enhancement of remuneration of retired Medical officers appointed on contract basis in Postal Dispensaries.

Sir/Madam,

In continuation of this Directorate letter of even No. dated 30th September, 2014 vide which remuneration payable to newly appointed contractual doctors in P&T dispensaries were enhanced to Rs. 60,000/- per month. It has now been decided to enhance the remuneration further to Rs. 75,000/- from Rs. 60,000/- per month. It is requested that instructions of Rule-177 of General Financial Rules-2017 may be complied with.

This should come into effect w.e.f. 1st July, 2017 and it issues with the concurrence of JS & FA vide Dy. No. 1603 dated 2nd August, 2017.

Yours faithfully

(Smriti Sharan)
Deputy Director General (Medical)

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Department of Posts: Exemption for travel in airlines other than Air India

Exemption for travel in airlines other than Air India on Government Tour: Department of Posts OM.

F. No.9-1/2016-FC (Posts)
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
(Integrated Finance Wing)

New Delhi, the 24th August, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Exemption for travel in airlines other than Air India – reg.

Consequent upon the delegation of powers to the Financial Advisors to accord exemption for air travel in airlines other than Air India in individual cases, this office is receiving requests from the officers seeking exemption for air travel by airlines other than Air India.

While processing such proposals, it has been observed that in spite of repeated instructions issued by the Directorate vide letter no. 17-01/2015-PAP dated 28.07.2016, OM no. 9-1/2016-FA (Posts) dated 09.08.2016 and dated 28.02.2017 (Copies enclosed for ready reference), requests for seeking exemption are being submitted in the last days / hours of the proposed journey and that too with incomplete/insufficient reasons/documents in’ prescribed Performa (Revised) as required vide Directorate OM no. 9-1/2016-FA (Posts) dated 28.02.2017. This results in avoidable delay in processing such cases and higher expenditure due to the last minute booking of tickets. It is-also seen that even without obtaining approval of the competent authority, the journey by airlines other than Air India is performed and at a later stage requests seeking ex-post facto approval are submitted, violating the instructions on the subject.

In view of the above, it is once again reiterated that the requests in the revised Performa complete in all respect are submitted to JS&FA at least 7 working, days in advance from date of travel so that adequate time is made available for processing in Integrated Finance Wing. It may also be noted that non-receipt of approval by the stipulated date does not entitle one to claim relaxation as a matter of right.

This issue with the approval of Competent Authority.

(Nirdosh Kumar Yadav)
Director (FA)

PROFORMA RELAXATION TRAVEL BY AIRLINES AIR-INDIA

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7th Pay Commission – Conveyance Allowance for Post Employees

7th Pay Commission – Conveyance Allowance  for Post  Employees

F.No.17-01/2017-PAP

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATION AND IT
DEPARTMENT OF POSTS
(ESTABLISHMENT DIVISION )

DAK BHAWAN, SANSAD MARG, NEW DELHI – 110 001

Dated, the 08 August, 2017

To

ALL HEADS OF CIRCLES,
ALL GM (PAF)/DAS (P),
ALL DTRECTORS POSTAL STAFF COLLEGE INDIA/PTCs.

Sub:(i) Implementation of the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission – Conveyance Allowance.

(ii) Guidelines on Air Travel on official Tours – Purchase of Air Tickets from authorised agent.

I am direct to forward herewith the copies of the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure’s Office Memorandum No.19039/03/2017-E.IV dated 19th July, 2017 and O.M.No.19024/22/2017-E.IV dated 19th July, 2017 on the subject cited above for kind information and further necessary action in this regard.

S/d,
(K.V. Vijaykumar)
Assistant Director General (Estt.)


No. 19024/22/2017-E.IV

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 19t July, 2017

Office Memorandum

Subject :  Guidelines on Air Travel on Official Tore – Purchase of air ticket from authorized agent.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Departments O.M. No. 19024/1/2005-E.IV dated 24.03.2006, O.M. No 19024/1/2009-E.IV dated 16.09.2010 and O.M. No 19024/1/2012-E.IV dated 09.07.2013 regarding guidelines on Air travel As per these guidelines, in all cases of Air Travel where the Government of India bears the cost of air passage, Air Tickets may be purchased directly from Airlines (at Booking counters/office/Website of Airlines) and if needed, by utilizing the services of three Authorized Travel Agents viz. M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company Limited (BLCL), M/s Ashok Travels & Tours (AU) and Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd. (IRCTC).

2.This Department is receiving a large number of proposals from various Ministries/Departments seeking ex¬post-facto relaxation of the prescribed procedure for purchase of air tickets from authorized travel agents only.

3.The matter has been reconsidered in this Department All Ministries/Departments are again directed to

(i)   Ensure strict compliance of extant guidelines for purchase of air ticket directly from Airlines at Booking Counters/office/website of Airlines) or from three authorized Travel Agents viz. M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company Limited, M/s Ashok Travels & Tours and IRCTC only by all officials/offices under the control. Henceforth relaxation on account of ignorance/unawareness of these guidelines will not be considered by this Department.

ii) In case of ton-availability of authorized ant at a particular place, ticket may be booked from website of Airlines or web portal of Balmer Lawrie & Company Ltd., M/s Ashok Travels & Tours and IRCTC.

ill)  In respect of Non-officials of Committees/Boards/Panels, the concerned Ministry/Department have to mention In the meeting notice that the Non-official Member has to purchase the ticket from authorized travel agent only otherwise his claim will not be settled by that Ministry/Department.

iv) All Ministries /Departments of the Government of India, etc. have to widely circulate this O.M. in all offices including attached/subordinate offices/ autonomous bodies under their control with specific instructions to Heads of Departments concerned for strict compliance of these guidelines. Non-compliance of these guidelines by Ministries/Departments will treated as lapse on the part of the concerned Ministry/Department.

S/d,
(Nirmala Dev )
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India.


F.No. 19039/03/2017-E.IV

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, the 19th July, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Implementation of the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission- Conveyance Allowance.

Consequent upon the acceptance of the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission and in supersession of this Department OM No. 19039/2/2008-E.IV, dated 23rd September, 2008 the President is pleased to revise the rates of Fixed Conveyance Allowance admissible under SR-25 to Central Government employees as indicated below:

Rs. per month

Average Monthly Travel on Official Duty For Journey by Own Motor Car  For Journeys by other Modes of  Conveyance
201-300 km 1680 556
301-450 km 2520 720
451 – 600 km 2980 960
601 -800 Km 3646 1126
>800km 4500 1276

2.These rates shall automatically increase by 25% whenever the Dearness Allowance payable on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%.

3.Conditions and provisions mentioned in SR 25 shall continue to apply.

4.These orders will be effective from 1st July, 2017.

5.In so far as the staff serving in the. Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

Hindi version is attached.

S/d,
( Annie George Mathew )
Joint Secretary to the Government of India

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Trade Union action including one day strike on 23.08.2017 call given by National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE) in support of their demands

Department of Post Reply for One Day Strike notice and Charter of Demands – Vacant Post, GDS Committee Report, Revised wages to casual, Cadre Restructuring

No. 08-12/2017-SR
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(SR Section)

Dak Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated: 01st August, 2017

To,
The Secretary General,
National Federation of Postal Employees,
1st Floor, North Avenue P.O. Building,
New Delhi – 110001.

Subject : Trade Union action including one day strike on 23.08.2017 call given by National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE) in support of their demands.

Sir,
I am directed to refer to your letter No. PF-12-C/2017 dated Nil on the above mentioned subject. The charter of demands has been examined by the concerned Divisions and replies to each item of demands showing the present status are enclosed herewith.

2.As many of your demands have been settled and few are under active consideration of the Department, it is requested that the proposed agitation including the one day strike called by you on 23.08.2017 may be called off.

Yours faithfully,

sd/-
(P. S. Verma)
Director (SR & Legal)

Charter of demands submitted by NFPE vide letter dated 05.06.2017:

Demand / Reply

1. Filling up of all vacant posts in all cadres of Department of Posts i.e. PA, SA, Postmen, Mailguard, Mailmen, MTS, PACO, PASBCO, Postal Accounts and GDS.

REPLY

GDS: Process of online engagement of GDS has already been started to fill up vacant post of GDS in 17 Circles. Due to technical snags in the online engagement software, process in remaining Circles will be started only after process in 17 Circles will finalize.

PA/SA: Result of PA/SA for the year 2015 is kept in abeyance as the matter is sub judice. Vacancies of PA/SA for the year 2016 have already been intimated to SSC.

LGO exam for promotion to the cadre of PA/SA for deputation to APS has been conducted on 04.06.2017.

LGOs exam for promotion to Assistants in MMS, Foreign Post, RLO, Stores Depot and CO/RO has been held on 16.07.2017.

In r/o other exams, viz. IP Exam 2016-17, PM Grade I and PS Group B 2017-18, LGOs to PAs/SAs 2016-17 and 2017-18, engagement of new approved Agency is in the pipeline. MoU between Department and Agency is to be signed.

For the Postman/Mail Guard and MTS cadre exams, instructions have been issued to all the Circles to fill up the vacancies by giving top priority.

Calendar of departmental Examinations scheduled to be held in the year 2017-18 has already been issued to all the Circles by giving tentative schedule for filling up the vacancies of decentralized examination i.e. PO & RMS Accountant Examination, LDCs to Junior Accountants in PAOs (Exam has been conducted by respective Circles), LGOs examination for promotion to Assistants of other wings i.e. MMS, Foreign Post, RLO, Stores Depot and CO/RO and other exams

2. Implementation of positive recommendations of GDS Committee Report. Grant of civil servant status to GDS.

REPLY

The recommendations of the Kamlesh Chandra Committee have been considered by the Department of Posts and mandatory approvals are being obtained in this regard.

As far as grant of civil servant status to GDS is concerned, it is stated that according to Rule 3-A (v) of GDS Conduct Rules 2011, a Sevak shall be outside the Civil Service of the Union. Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in the matter of Superintendent of Post Offices vs PK Rajamma (1977) (3) SCC held that the Extra Departmental Agents {now called Gramin Dak Sevaks} are holders of the civil post outside the regular civil services. Moreover, they are part time employees being engaged for maximum of 5 hrs a day. In the light of above legal position demand of the Federation cannot be acceded to

3. Membership verification of GDS and declaration of result of regular employees’ membership verification.

REPLY

GDS Verification:

The instructions have already been issued to all Circles to conduct the re-verification of membership of GDS employees vide this office letter No. 13-01/2016-SR dated 20.06.2017.

Declaration of result of regular employees’ membership verification:
The concerned file is being processed and the result is likely to be declared shortly

4. Stop all types of harassment and victimization in the name of new schemes and technology induction and under contributory negligence factor and Trade Union victimization.

REPLY

FS Division has informed that no new schemes are launched by that Division on behalf of DoP. The DoP is operating Small Savings Schemes on behalf of MoF.

PLI Directorate has informed that they have completed roll out of Core Insurance Solution (CIS) as on 25.01.2016 to 808 HOs and 24598 Sub Post Offices as per the information provided by Circles. Roll out of RICT has not been initiated so far. They have also informed that at no point of time any case of harassment & victimization of staff has come to their notice

5. Payment of revised wages and arrears to the casual, part-time, contingent employees and daily rated mazdoors as per 6th & 7th CPC .

REPLY

The order in respect of minimum pay for calculation of pay of casual labourers (without temporary status) has already been issued vide this office letter no. 7-10/2016-PCC dated 31.03.2017

6. Stop Privatization, Contractorization and outsourcing.

REPLY

There is no proposal of corporatization/privatization at this juncture. The Department is making efforts to give better and competitive services to the customers specifically in the areas of insurance, banking and parcels.

7. Implement cadre restructuring for left out categories i.e. RMS, MMS, PACO, PASBCO, Postmaster Cadre Postal Accounts etc. and accept the modifications suggested by Federation before implementation of cadre restructuring in Postal Group ‘C’.

REPLY

The cadre restructuring of left out cadres, i.e. RMS, PACO and PASBCO is currently under examination in consultation with the Department of Expenditure. The matter of cadre restructuring of Postmaster Cadre will be examined thereafter.

A Committee has been constituted, vide this office letter no. 25-04/2012-PE-I dated 09.06.2017, under the Chairmanship of Shri Charles Lobo, CPMG Karnataka Circle, to examine the issues arising out of implementation of Cadre Restructuring of Group C employees.

Cadre review of MMS is under active consultation with Ministry of Finance, DoE.

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Remuneration to be paid to the Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) engaged as substitutes in short term vacancies of Postmen/Mail Guards and MTS

7th CPC Remuneration to be paid to the Gramin Dak Sevaks (Postmen/Mail Guards & MTS) Clarification on Date of Implementation

No. 7-9/2016-PCC
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi – 110001
Date: 12.07.2017

To
All Heads of Circles.

Sub :- Remuneration to be paid to the Gramin Dak Sevaks engaged as substitutes in short term vacancies of Postmen/Mail Guards and MTS.

1 , Attention is invited to this Directorate OM of even number dated 26.04.2017 vide which rate of remuneration of the Gramin Dak Sevaks engaged as substitutes in short term department vacancies of Postmen, Mail Guards and MTS was issued. In this context, references are being received from Service Unions that the words “In future” and “with effect from 01.01.2016″ in the Para 3 of the said OM dated 26.04.2017 give different impression over date of implementation of the instructions and has requested to issue clarification.

2. The matter has, further, been examined in this Directorate in the light of the approval of Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance and it is clarified that the orders contained in the ibid OM dated 26.04.2017 (copy attached) are to be implemented w.e.f. 01.01.2016.

(R.L.Patel)
Asstt. Director Gene (GDS/PCC)

7-9/2016-PCC
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,

New Delhi-110001,
Dated: 26.04.2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Remuneration to be paid to the Gramin Dak Sevaks engaged as substitutes in short term vacancies of Postmen/Mail Guards and MTS.

Consequent upon the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations, the matter regarding the rates of remuneration payable to Gramin Dak Sevaks engaged as substitutes in short term departmental vacancies of Postmen/Mail Guards and MTS has been reviewed.

2. It has now been decided that the remuneration of the Gramin Dak Sevaks engaged as substitutes in short term departmental vacancies of Postmen, Mail Guards and MTS may be calculated on the basis of the minimum pay of the respective levels of the pay matrix in whiCh the substitute is engaged as defined in the CCS (Revised Pay) Rules 2016 and as mentioned in Table below:

S/No. Post Pre-revised in Pay Band Pay under Pay Matrix
1. Postman/ Mail Guard Rs.5200-20200 GP Rs.2000 Min. 7200) Level 3 (Min. Rs.21700 Max. Rs.69100)
2. Group-D (Now MTS) Rs.5200-20200 GP Rs.1800 Min.7000 Level 1 (Min. Rs. 18000 Max. Rs.56900)

3. In future, GDS who are willing to work as substitute will be paid at the minimum pay of the respective Levels of the Pay Matrix barring other allowances like HRA, Transport allowance etc. with effect from 01.01.2016.

4. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, Implementation Cell, DoE, ID Note No. 30-1/17 (ii) /2016-IC (Pt) dated 20.04.2017.

(R.L. Patel)
Assistant Director General (GDS/PCC)

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Discontinuation of Commission under Pay Roll Savings Schemes – Department of Posts

Discontinuation of Commission under Pay Roll Savings Schemes – Department of Posts

F.No 113-03/2017-SB

Govt. of India
Ministry of Communication
Department of Posts
(F.S. Division)

Dak Bhawan, New Delhi-110001
Dated: 05.07.2017

To,

All Head of Circles/Regions
Addl. Director General, APS, New Delhi

Subject : Discontinuation of Commission under Pay Roll Savings Schemes.

Sir/Madam,

In continuation of SB Order 09/2016 dated 23.09.2016 the undersigned is directed to say that Ministry of Finance, Department of Economic Affairs (Budget Division) New Delhi, vide its Memorandum No. 1/4/2015-NS.ll dated 12.05 2017, has conveyed that commission on Pay Roll Savings Scheme had been discontinued w.e.f. 01.10.2016. Now MOF has conveyed that only commission on PRSS has been discontinued and not the scheme, willing establishment can operate the scheme voluntarily without claiming commission . However, it needs to be ensured that no commission is paid by any post office to any Pay Roll Savings Group w.e.f. 01.10.2016. Case any commission has been paid after 01.10. 2016, necessary recovery be made.

2. This may kindly be circulated to all CBS and Non-CBS Host Offices for information and necessary guidance. This should also be placed on the Notice Board of all the Post Offices.

3.This issue with the approval of Competent Authority.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(P.L. Meena)
Assistant Dire tor (SB-1)

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Cash Awards to the outstanding sportsperson – enhancement of rates: Department of Posts Order

Cash Awards to the outstanding sportsperson – enhancement of rates: Department of Posts Order

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No.8 -1/2014-WI& Sports
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts

Dt. 20.6.2017

To

All Heads of Postal Circles

Sub: Cash Awards to the outstanding sportsperson – enhancement of rates.

Sir,

I am directed to refer to this office letter no. 11-8/87-WL&Sp. dated 18-05-1993 on the subject mentioned above, and to state that the competent authority has decided to revise the rates of Cash Award to the Sportsperson who achieves 1st, 2nd & 3rd position in the National / International Sports Tournaments held by respective Federations, as indicated below, with immediate effect till further orders

All other terms and conditions will remain unchanged

Position Existing Rates Revised Rates
1st Rs.3000/ - Rs.25,000/-
2nd Rs.2000 / - Rs.20,000/-
3rd Rs. 1500/- Rs. 15,000

(Daisg Barla)
Director(W&S)

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Leave Entitlement of Casual Labourers with temporary status

No. 01-07/2016-SPB-I
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi – 110001.
Dated: 12, June, 2017

To,
1. All CPMsG
2. All PMsG
3. Director, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai National postal Academy,
4. All Directors, PTC
5. All Directors, Postal Accounts
6. Controller, Foreign Mails, Mumbai
7. Heads of all other Administrative Offices.

Subject: Leave Entitlement of Casual Labourers with temporary status.

Sir/Madam

Department of Posts had circulated a Scheme viz. Casual Labourers (Grant of Temporary Status and Regularization) Scheme vide Directorate’s letter 45-95/87-SPB-I dated 12.04.1991 which has been amended from time to time.

2. The Directorate has received several representations regarding encashment of accumulated leaves to Casual Labourers with Temporary Status covered under the said Scheme. In this regard, following clarifications are hereby issued in line with DOPT’s Scheme circulated vide its OM No. 51016/2/90 Estt. (C) dated 10.09.1993 and OM No.49014/3/2007-Estt(C) dated 18.10.2007

c) Leave entitlement will be on a pro-rata basis at the rate of one day for every 10 days of work, casual or any other kind of leave, except maternity leave will not be admissible. They will also be allowed to carry forward the leave at their credit on their regularization. They will not be entitled to the benefits of encashment of leave on termination of service for any reason or on their quitting service.

d) The limit on accumulation of total number of leave will be 300 days as in the case of regular Government employees. In other words, Casual Labourers with Temporary Status can accumulate leave up to a maximum of 300 days only.

Yours faithfully,
(Satya Narayana Dash)

Assistant Director General (SPN)

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REVIEW OF THE SCHEME FOR ENGAGEMENT OF A DEPENDENT OF DECEASED GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS ON COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS

No, 17-1/2017-GDS

Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(GDS Section)

Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 1 10001
Dated:30.05.2017

To

All Chief Postmasters General,
All Postmasters General

Sub: REVIEW OF THE SCHEME FOR ENGAGEMENT OF A DEPENDENT OF DECEASED GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS ON COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS

I am directed to refer to this office letters Nos. 17-1712010-GDS dated 14.12.2010 and 17.12.2015 vide which instructions on engagement of dependents of deceased Gramin Dak Sevak on compassionate grounds have been issued.

2.The Scheme has been reviewed in this Directorate and it has been decided to introduce revised scheme for compassionate engagement of an eligible dependent of deceased Gramin Dak Sevaks. Under the revised scheme point system has been dispensed with and scheme has been extended to dependents of missing GDS also.

3.The scheme will come into effect from the date of issue of the letter and will be applicable to all cases pending and arising on or after the said date. The cases which have already been settled will not be reopened.

4.The revised scheme for compassionate engagement of an eligible dependent of deceased Gramin Dak Sevaks is attached.

sd/-
(R.L. Patel)
Assistant Director General
(GDS/PCC)

REVISED SCHEME FOR COMPASSIONATE ENGAGEMENT OF AN ELIGIBLE DEPENDENT OF DECEASED GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS.

1.Object

The object of the Scheme is to grant engagement on compassionate grounds to a dependent family member of a Gramin Dak Sevak dying while in service as a GDS, to relieve the family of the GDS concerned from financial destitution and to help it to get over the emergency.

2.To Whom applicable

To a dependent family member of a regularly selected and engaged Gramin Dak Sevak who dies while in service (including death by suicide)

Note 1 “Dependent Family Member” means the following:

(a) Spouse; or

(b) Son including adopted son; or

(c) Married son living with parents and dependent for livelihood on the GDS on the date of death of the GDS; or

(d) Daughter including adopted daughter; or

(e) Married/widowed daughter/divorced daughter wholly dependent on the GDS at the time of hislher death: or

(f) Daughter in law of deceased GDS who is wholly dependent on GDS, if the only son of the GDS is predeceased, provided she gives an undertaking that she is not availing the same benefit from her own parenthood.

(g) Brother or sister in the case of unmanied GDS wholly dependent on the GDS at the time of his/her death.

Note 2 “Gramin Dak Sevak” for the purpose of these instructions means a GDS engaged on regular basis after undergoing a formal selection procedure and not one working on adhoc/provisional basis or as a substitute or trainee.

3.Authority competent to make compassionate engagement.

(a) Head of Circle will be competent to make compassionate engagements to GDS posts within the Circle.

(b) All cases will be considered by a Committee on Compassionate Engagement (CCE) and recommendations of the Committee will be put up to the Head of the Circle for final decision.

(c) The composition of CCE the will be same as the one constituted for cases of departmental officials.

(d) The Committee will meet bi-monthly i.e. in March, May, and July and so on for considering the cases arising during the previous two months. For example, the cases received during Jan and Feb will. be considered in March and cases received during March and April will be considered in May.

4.Posts to which such engagements can be made

Compassionate engagements will be made only to GDS posts.

5.Eligibility

(a) The family deserves immediate assistance of relief from financial destitution; and

(b) Applicant for compassionate appointment should be eligible and suitable for the post in all respects as per the conditions prescribed for normal regular selection to the GDS post for which being considered.

6.A. Exemptions

Compassionate engagements are exempted from the observance of the following requirements:-

(a) Engagement procedure such as notification of vacancies, reference to employment exchange etc.

(b) Checking of availability of surplus posts or posts identified for redeployment etc.

B.Relaxations

  1. a) Generally, there shall be no relaxation in age conditions except as prescribed for reserved categories. However Upper age limit could be relaxed wherever found to be necessary. The lower age limit should, however, in no case be relaxed below 18 years of age. Powers to relax the Upper age limit of the applicant are vested with Head of the Circle.
  2. b) There shall be no relaxation in basic educational qualifications prescribed for the GDS post for which the applicant is being considered.

Note 1 Age eligibility shall be determined with reference to the date of application and not the date of engagement.

7.Determination/availability of vacancies

(a) Engagement on compassionate grounds should be made only on regular basis and that too only, against regular GDS vacancies.

(b) To the extent possible, compassionate engagement should be offered to a GDS post near the place where the family of the deceased GDS normally resides. However, if there are no suitable vacancies to immediately engage the applicant, any post in the same sub division or division may be offered.

8.Time limit for considering applications for compassionate engagements.

(a) Subject to instructions on the subject issued and amended from time to time, any application for compassionate appointment is to be considered without any time limit and decision taken on merit of each case.

(b) Within 15 days from date of death of a GDS, the family should be informed about the scheme of Compassionate Engagement along with a list of regular GDS vacancies available in the division, as on the date of death of the GDS and acknowledgement should be obtained and kept on record.

(c) Head of the Circle should consider and decide the case within three months from the date of receipt of application.

9.Consideration of belated requests

(a) As per para 8 (b) above, the family will be informed about the scheme and vacancies by the Department within 15 days from the date of death of the GDS. Request for compassionate engagement should be submitted within a reasonable time.

(b) Requests received after one year from date of death of the GDS will be considered as belated requests. Such cases should be recommended by the CCE only if the reasons given by the applicant are found to be genuine and convincing.

(c) While considering belated requests, the CCE/Head of Circle should keep in mind the fact that the concept of compassionate engagement is largely related to the need for immediate assistance to the family of the GDS in order to relieve it from economic distress. The very fact that the family has been able to manage somehow for long should normally be taken as adequate proof that the family had some dependable means of subsistence. Therefore, examination of such cases would call for a great deal of circumspection. The decision to make appointment on compassionate grounds in such cases may, therefore, be taken only after thorough scrutiny of all facts by Committee on Compassionate Engagement.

(d) Whether a request for compassionate engagement is belated or not may be decided with reference to the date of death of the GDS and not the age of the applicant at the time of consideration.

10.Widow engaged on compassionate grounds getting remarried

A widow engaged on compassionate grounds will be allowed to continue in service even after re-marriage.

11.Where there is an earning member

(a) Detailed examination will be required in cases with special features, like cases of belated requests or where there is another earning member in the family etc.

(b) In deserving cases even where there is already an earning member in the family a dependent family member may be considered for compassionate engagement, if the Compassionate Engagement Committee is satisfied that grant of compassionate engagement is justified having regard to number of dependents, assets and liabilities left by the GDS, income of the earning member as also his liabilities including the fact the earning member is residing with the family of the GDS and whether he/she should not be a source of support to their members of the family.

12.Missing Gramin Dak Sevak

Cases of missing Gramin Dak Sevaks are also covered under the scheme for compassionate engagement subject to the following conditions:-

(a) A request for grant of compassionate engagement can be considered only after a lapse of at least 2 years from the date from which the GDS has been missing, provided that:

(i) An FIR to this effect has been lodged with the Police,

(ii) The missing person is not traceable, and

(iii) The competent authority feels that the case is genuine;

(b) This benefit will not be applicable to a GDS :-

(i) who had less than two years for normal discharge from service on the date from which he/she has been missing; or

(ii) who is suspected to have committed fraud, or suspected to have joined any terrorist organization or suspected to have gone abroad.

(c) Compassionate engagement in the case of a missing GDS also would not be a matter of right as in the case of others and it will be subject to the fulfillment of all the conditions, including availability of vacancy, laid down for such engagement under the scheme:

(d) While considering such a request, the results of the Police investigation should also be taken into account; and

(e) A decision on any such request for compassionate engagement should be taken at the level of the Head of Circle.

13.Procedure

(a) Prescribed pro forma may be used for ascertaining necessary information and processing the cases of compassionate engagements in normal cases.

(b) An officer not below the rank of an Inspector should meet the members of the family of the GDS in question immediately after his/her death to advise and assist them in submitting necessary information for considering compassionate engagement. The applicant should be called in person at the very first stage and advised in person about the requirements and formalities to be completed by him.

(c) All cases of compassionate engagement including belated requests and cases with special features (like presence of other earning members in the family etc.) may be considered by the CCE on bi-monthly basis and its recommendations should be submitted to the Head of Circle. A final decision maybe taken by the Head of Circle based on the recommendations of the Committee

(d) An application for engagement of a dependent of the deceased GDS as a GDS on compassionate grounds should be considered and decided by the Head of Circle within three months from the date of receipt of application.

(e) If, due to any grounds, a request for compassionate engagement is rejected, a speaking order should be issued by the Head of Circle.

14.Undertaking for maintenance of the family of the deceased GDS

A person engaged on compassionate grounds under the scheme should give an undertaking in writing that he/she will properly maintain the other family members who were dependent on the GDS in question and in case it is proved subsequently (at any time) that the family members are being neglected or are not being maintained properly by him/her, the engagement may be terminated forthwith. Such a clause will also be incorporated as one of the additional conditions in the offer of engagement applicable only in the case of engagement on compassionate grounds.

15.Request for change in post/person

When a person has been engaged on compassionate grounds to a particular GDS post, the circumstances, which led to such engagement, should deem to have ceased to exist. Therefore,

(a) he/she should strive in his/he career like any other GDS for future advancement and any request for engagement to any higher post on consideration of compassion should invariably be rejected.

(b) an engagement made on compassionate grounds cannot be transferred to.any other person and any request for the same on consideration of compassion should invariably be rejected

16.Seniority

Seniority of the person engaged as GDS on compassionate ground will be determined on the basis of his/her initial date of joining the GDS post and his/her position in the seniority list of GDS of the unit concerned will be determined accordingly.

17.Termination of engagement

(a) The compassionate engagement can be terminated on the ground of non compliance of any condition stated in the offer of engagement after providing an opportunity to the person concerned by way of issue of show cause notice asking him/her to explain why his/her services should not be terminated for non-compliance of the condition(s) in the offer of engagement and for this purpose, it is not necessary to follow the detailed disciplinary procedures prescribed in rules/instructions.

(b) The power of termination of engagement for non-compliance of the condition(s) in the offer of compassionate appointment will vest only with the Head of Circle, in all cases.

Proforma to be used for intimating the family about the scheme is given in Annexure I and Form for seeking compassionate engagement is given in Annexure 2.

Original Circular

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Fixation of Pay on up-gradation of Grade Pay of IPs/ASPs under MACP Scheme

Fixation of Pay on up-gradation of Grade Pay of IPs/ASPs under MACP Scheme

No. 7-8/2016-PCC

Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi- 110001
Date : 30.05.2017

Sub :- Fixation of Pay on up-gradation of Grade Pay of IPs/ASPs under MACP Scheme.

The Directorate was in receipt of various references from Circles to clarify how to fix the pay of IPs/ASPs, who had already been granted financial upgradation under MACPS, in the event of upgradation of Grade Pay of these cadres by the Seventh Central Pay Commission w.e.f. 01.01.2016. The matter was examined and referred to DoP&T. The DoP&T has informed vide its communication no. 1229734/17/CR dated 18.4.2017 to  maintain status quo as under:-

The impact of upgradation of pay scales of certain posts by the 7th CPC on MACPS is being examined in this Department, in consultation with D/o Expenditure. The requisite clarification will be issued in due course.

3.The Department of Posts may be requested to maintain status quo in the matter till the decision is being taken by this Department.

This may be brought to the notice of all concerned.

sd/-
(R.L. Patel)
Asstt. Director General (GDS/PCC)

Signed Copy

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Regarding allotment of GPF Account Numbers to Casual Labourers with temporary status

Allotment of GPF Account Numbers to Casual Labourers with temporary status: Clarification by DoP

No. 01-07/2016-SPB-1
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-110001.

Dated: 22 May, 2017

To,

1. All CPMsG
2. All PMsG
3. Director, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai National postal Academy, Ghaziabad
4. All Directors, PTC
5. All Directors, Postal Accounts
6. Controller, Foreign Mails, Mumbai
7. Heads of all other Administrative Offices.

Subject: Regarding allotment of GPF Account Numbers to Casual Labourers with temporary status.

Sir,

Reference is invited to Directorate’s letter No. 01-07/2016-SPB-I of even No. dated 12.09.2016 vide which clarifications in respect of Casual Labourers with temporary status were issued. The Directorate has received references from Postal Circles seeking clarification as to whether GPF account numbers should be allotted to Temporary Status Casual Labourers covered under the Scheme formulated vide Directorate’s letter No. 45-95/87-SPB-I dated 12.04.1991.

2. In this regard, it is clarified that Directorate’s letter No. 01-07/2016-SPB-I dated 22.07.2016 restores the provisions of the scheme as it existed prior to this Department’s letter no. 45-6/2005-SPB-I dated 02.09.2005. Since, the benefit of GPF was available to temporary status Casual Labourers prior to 02.09.2005, GPF account numbers may be allotted to such Casual Labourers for the purpose of contribution in GPF including those Temporary Status Casual Labourers who have not been regularized as yet. In this context, provisions of above said letter, dated 12.09.2016 may also be taken into consideration.

Yours faithfully,
(Satya Narayana Dash)
Assistant Director General (SPN)

Source: [Department of Posts]

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Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission- Revision of pension of pre- 2016 pensioners/family pensioners etc

Dept of Post: Revision of pension of Pre- 2016 pensioners/family pensioners – Govt’s decision on 7th CPC Recommendations

No. 4-3/2017-Pension
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(Pension Section)

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi – 110 001
23rd May, 2017

To

All Head(s) of Circles
All Directors/Dy. Directors of Accounts (P)
APS Headquarter
Head of PLI and BD Directorate
Director, Postal Staff College, Ghaziabad
All Directors of Postal Training Centres

Sub: Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission- Revision of pension of pre- 2016 pensioners/family pensioners etc-reg.

Sir/Madam,

I am directed to say that based on the decisions of the Government, Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare has issued O.M. No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 12.05.2017 for fixation of pension/family pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners to the higher of the two formulations. A copy of the OM. is circulated herewith for information and necessary action.

2. The pension/family pension of all pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners shall be revised in line with instructions contained in the DoP&PW OM. dated 12.05.2017. The higher of the two formulation i.e. (i) the pension/family pension already revised in accordance with DoP&PW O.M. dated 4.8.2016 or (ii) the revised pension/family pension as worked out in accordance with para 4 of the DoP&PW OM. dated 12.5.2017, shall be treated as revised pension/family pension w.e.f 1.1.2016. It shall be the responsibilities of the Head of Department and concerned Director of Accounts (Postal) to revise the pension/family pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners w.e.f 1.1.2016 in accordance with these orders and to issue a revised pension payment authority.

3. As envisaged in the DoP&PW O.M., the Pension sanctioning Authority (PSA) would impress upon the concerned Head of Office for fixation of pay on notional basis at the earliest. The information can be obtained in Proforma A. Based on notional pay so fixed, the revision proposal will be sent by Pension Sanctioning Authority to concerned DA (P) to apply necessary checks and issue revised authority under the existing PPO number. To facilitate fixation of notional pay, DA (P) will provide copy of PPO/pension papers to concerned PSA immediately on requisition. All PSAs will maintain records of processing cases of retirees year-wise in Proforma 8. DA (P) will maintain data of proposal received and authority issued in software as has been done in case of 6th CPC revision of PPOs.

4. Since there will be large number of cases for revision, concerted efforts of all authorities will be required to accomplish the task. It is requested to take immediate action for revision of pension/family pension at the earliest.

This issues with approval of Secretary (Posts).

Yours faithfully,
Encl: As above
(Smriti Sharan)/
Dv. Director General (Estt.)

Source: [Click here to view full O.M]

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Membership verification of GDS employees

Membership verification of GDS employees

1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001
Phone: 011.23092771 e-mail: nfpehq@gmail.com
Mob: 9868819295/9810853981

No. PF- 49-GDS /2017

Dated :15.05.2017

To,
Shri. A.N. Nanda,
Secretary,
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan,
New Delhi – 110001

Sub:- Membership verification of GDS employees.

Sir,

It is to bring to your kind notice that the process of verification of GDS membership was started from March-2016 as the term of last verification was going to expire in April-2016.

But it is a matter of great concern that after a lapse of more than one year period the schedule for verification has not been issued yet.

It is therefore, requested to kindly look into the matter and cause suitable instructions to complete the process of GDS membership verification as early as possible..

An early action is highly solicited.

With regards
Yours Sincerely
S/d,
(R.N. Parashar)
Secretary General

Source : nfpe.blogspot.in

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Declaration of result of regular membership verification

Declaration of result of regular membership verification

National Federation of Postal Employees
1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001
Phone: 011.23092771 e-mail: nfpehq@gmail.com
Mob: 9868819295/9810853981

No. PF- 03(b)/2017

Dated :15.05.2017

To,
Shri. A.N. Nanda,
Secretary,
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan,
New Delhi – 110001

Sub:- Declaration of result of regular membership verification – regarding

Sir,

It is to bring to your kind notice that the membership verification for regular employees of all Cadres of Department of Post was conducted since April-2015 and the whole process as per CCS (RSA) Rules-1993 was completed upto November, 2015. But it is a matter of great concern that after a lapse of one and half year of completion of entire process, the result is not being declared.

It is therefore, requested to kindly look into the matter and cause suitable instructions to declare the result of regular Membership verification.

An early action is highly solicited.

With regards
Yours Sincerely
(R.N. Parashar)

Secretary General
Source : nfpe.blogspot.in

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Revision of guidelines for considering placement under TBOP/BCR Scheme in cases where seniors are considered for placement at par with their juniors

Revision of guidelines for considering placement under TBOP/BCR Scheme in cases where seniors are considered for placement at par with their juniors: Department of Posts

No. 22-06/2000-PE-l (Pt.)
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(PE-I Section)
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,

New Delhi – 110001
Dated: 08th May, 2017

To,

All Heads of Postal Circles

Subject: Revision of guidelines for considering placement under TBOP/BCR Scheme in cases where seniors are considered for placement at par with their juniors.

Sir/ Madam,

Kindly refer to this office letter of even number dated 17.05.2000, issued in supersession of this office previous Orders No. 22-5/95-PE-l dated 08.02.1996, 05.08.1997 and 01.01.1998, relating to TBOP/BCR Schemes.

2. The validity of the instructions issued vide this office letter of even number dated 17.05.2000 came in question before various judicial forums. Now, in pursuance of the Supreme Court Order dated 13.02.2017, in LA. No. 2, 3 & 4/2016 in SLP (C) No. 35654/2015, in the matter of Uol and Others. Vs. S. Bheesmachar and Others, and after consultation with the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), it has been decided with the approval of the Competent Authority to withdraw the instructions issued vide this office letter of even number dated 17.05.2000.

3. Thus, the instructions issued vide this office Letters No. 22-5/95-PE-I dated 08.02.1996, 05.08.1997 and 01.01.1998 will again come into force.

4. All cases where seniors are adversely affected by implementation of BCR scheme placing their juniors in the next higher scale of pay will be decided in terms of the instructions issued vide this office letters no. 22-5/95-PE-I dated 08.02.1996, 05.08.1997 and 01.01.1998, relating to TBOP/BCR Schemes.

5. This issues with the concurrence of Integrated Finance Wing vide their Dy. No. 26/FA/2017/CS dated 08.05.2017.

Yours faithfully
sd/-
(Tanun Mittal)
Asstt. Director General (PE-I)

Source: www.indiapost.gov.in
[http://utilities.cept.gov.in/dop/pdfbind.ashx?id=2368]

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Request for payment of salary to the employees & payment of pension on 01.04.2017

Request for payment of salary to the employees & payment of pension on 01.04.2017

all-india-post-union

Ref: P/4-1/Staff

Dated : 29.03.2017

To,
Shri B. V. Sudhakar
Secretary (P)
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, New Delhi – 110001
Sir,
Sub:- Request for payment of salary to the employees & payment of pension on 01.04.2017 – Reg.

Ref:- (1) Dte. Lr. No. 2-1/2007-08/PA-(TECH-I) D 813-897 dated 11.12.2014. (2) Controller General of Accounts Manual Part III Section II Rule 64.

Being it is End of Year and there is transaction holiday in Finacle on 1st April and subsequently 2nd April 2017 happens to be Sunday, payment of salary to the employees and payment of pension to the pensioners could not be effected through salary account credit/payments.
As per the Statutory rules of the Dept. and as per the reference (2) cited above pay and allowances are earned and shall be due for payment on the last working day of the month to which they relate and the pay and allowances for the month of March shall be paid on the first working day of April.

As per CCS Pension Rules 1972, it is mandatory to pay the pension on the last working day of the month and during the month of March, it is on 1st April of the year.
It is therefore requested to kindly cause suitable action in this regard and issue orders to the pay drawing and disbursing authorities, for making payment of the pay and allowances of the working staff by cash through Roll payment on 01.04.2017 itself and pension manually, instead of crediting the same into their PO SB/Bank Accounts on any subsequent date after 2nd April. This was ordered during the year 2015 and 2016.

With regards,
Yours faithfully,

(R. N. Parashar) General Secretary
Copy to: -All CWC Members Press

Via: aipeup3chq.com

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More than 2 dozen companies want collaboration with India Post Payments Bank-Manoj Sinha

More than 2 dozen companies want collaboration with India Post Payments Bank-Manoj Sinha

Government has said that there are many companies who have approached the Department of Posts for collaboration with India Post Payments Bank. Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha, the Minister of Communications Shri Manoj Sinha said that while the Department is in various stages of discussions with them, decision on formal partnerships will be taken after carefully evaluating the entire value proposition that they propose for the common man. The India Post Payments Bank had launched its two branches in Raipur (Chhattisgarh) and Ranchi (Jharkhand) on 30/01/2017 with basic products and banking services in partnership with Punjab National Bank.

Shri Sinha also said that the Payments Banks are different from regular Banks in the following fundamental ways as per RBI guidelines for Licensing of Payments Banks:

(i) Payment Banks are not allowed to undertake lending activities directly. It can accept demand deposits only that is savings and current accounts and will initially be restricted to holding a maximum balance of Rs. 100,000(Rupees one lakh only) per individual customer.

(ii) Payment Banks cannot accept Non Resident Indian (NRI) deposits.

(iii) The Payment Banks cannot set up subsidiaries to undertake non banking financial services activities.

A list of companies interested in partnering with India Post Payments Bank is attached at Annexure A.

List companies keen to partner with India Post Payments Bank.
1 YES Bank
2 Union Bank
3 Punjab National Bank
4 IDBI Bank (Industrial Development Bank of India)
5 SBI (State Bank of India)
6 Axis
7 Bank of Baroda
8 IDFC Bank (Industrial development finance company)
9 Deutshe Bank
10 Barclays Bank
11 Citibank
12 NABARD (National Bank For Agriculture & Rural Development)
13 HSBC (Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation)
14 MICRO SAVE
15 Allahabad Bank
16 Indian Overseas Bank
17 Dena Bank
18 FIA (Financial Inclusion)
19 Kotak Mahindra Bank
20 United Bank of India
21 HDFC Life (Housing Development Finance Corporation)
22 Royal Sundaram
23 PNB Metlife (Punjab National Bank)
24 ICICI Lombard ( Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India Bank)
25 ICICI Prudential ( Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India Bank)
26 Bajaj Allianz Life

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GDS: Grameen Dak Sevaks Lok Sabha Q&A

GDS: Grameen Dak Sevaks Lok Sabha Q&A

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS
DEPARTMENT OF POSTS

LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.3450
TO BE ANSWERED ON 22ND MARCH, 2017

GRAMEEN DAK SEVAKS

3450. SHRI RAHUL KASWAN:
SHRI RAMESH BIDHURI:
SHRI BALABHADRA MAJHI:
SHRI TAMRADHWAJ SAHU:

Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS be pleased to state:

(a) the total number of postal circles in the country and the number of GPOs, SPOs and EDBOs functioning under these circles alongwith number of these post offices located in rural and urban regions separately;

(b) the number of post offices manned by Grameen Dak Sevaks (GDSs) State/UT-wise alongwith the details about the monthly salary of the GDS;

(c) whether Grameen Dak Sevaks (GDSs) are eligible for pension like other Government employees and if not, the reasons therefor;

(d) whether Government is contemplating to constitute any Committee to look into the salary structure and other service matters of Grameen Dak Sevaks and if so, the details thereof;

(e) whether the said committee has submitted its said report and if so, the salient features of the said report; and

(f) the time by which it is likely to be implemented?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE (IC) OF THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS &
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(SHRI MANOJ SINHA)

(a) Madam, the total number of Postal Circles in the country is 23. The total number of GPOs is 24, the total number of Sub Post Offices (SPOs) is 24753, the total number of Extra Departmental Branch Offices (EDBOs) is 129346. The details of these post offices rural and urban regions wise is enclosed at Annexure-I.

(b) The number of post offices which are manned by Gramin Dak Sewaks (GDS) is given in the Annexure-II. Details of the monthly wages admissible to various categories of Gramin Dak Sewaks are given in the Annexure-III.

(c) No, Madam. The legal status of the Gramin Dak Sevaks as held in 1977 by Apex Court is that they are holders of the civil posts outside the regular civil service. Being a distinct and separate category, CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 are not applicable in the case of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS).

(d) Yes, Madam. To examine the system of Branch Post Offices, engagement conditions, existing structure of allowances and all other welfare issues pertaining to Gramin Dak Sevaks, a one-man Committee under the Chairmanship of Shri Kamlesh Chandra, Retired Member Postal Services Board was set up.

(e) Yes, Madam. The committee has submitted its report. The salient feature of the report is given in the Annexure-IV.

(f) The recommendations of the committee are being examined by the Department of Posts. No timeline is specified to implement the recommendations of the Committee.

Source: Lok Sabha

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India Post Payments Bank will be a game changer for financial inclusion – Manoj Sinha

Press Information Bureau,
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & Information Technology

30-January, 2017 18:27 IST

India Post Payments Bank will be a game changer for financial inclusion -Manoj Sinha
IPPB branches launched in Ranchi & Raipur

 

IPPB-India-Post-Payments-Bank

Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley and Minister of Communications Shri Manoj Sinha launched the operations of the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) here today as two pilot branches at Raipur and Ranchi through video conferencing from Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Jaitley said that about 650 IPPB branches will be opened by September this year and that will have a multiplier impact as far as banking in India is concerned. He said with IPPB, banking at the doorstep will no longer remain a mere slogan, but will become a reality due to huge postal network in the country. He said that financial Inclusion is critical for the socio-economic development of the country, but there are significant gaps in this area and a large proportion of country’s population remain unbanked or underbanked. IPPB will effectively leverage the ubiquitous post office network with its pan-India physical presence, long experience in cash handling and savings mobilization, backed by the ongoing project of IT-enablement, to bridge this gap in Financial Inclusion.

In his address, Minister of Communications Shri Manoj Sinha has commended the hard work done by the Department of Posts in setting up the India Post Payments Bank and hoped that both organizations will work in tandem to take the benefits of government schemes and financial services that are not easily available in rural areas to customers across the country and to the marginalized population in urban and rural areas alike. He said, the objective of IPPB will be public service rather than promoting commercial interests.

Secretary, Department of Posts, Shri B.V.Sudhakar said that the IPPB is widely expected to be a game changer for financial inclusion in the country as the USP of this initiative is doorstep banking, particularly in the rural areas.

As mandated by the RBI, the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) would focus on providing basic financial services such as all kinds of payments; including social security payments, utility bill payments, person to person remittances (both domestic and cross-border), current and savings accounts up to a balance of Rs 1 lac, distribution of insurance, mutual funds, pension products and acting as business correspondent to other banks for credit products especially in rural areas and among the underserved segments of the society.

Set up us a 100% Government of India owned Public Limited Company under the Department of Posts, it will open around 650 branches in district HQ locations. All 1.55 lacs post offices including the 1.39 lac of the rural post offices will be mapped to the IPPB branch at the district headquarter and function as access points for IPPB. IPPB will usher in state of the art internet and mobile banking platforms, digital wallets and use innovative and emerging technologies to catalyse the shift from a cash dominant to a less cash economy.

While many other banks and financial institutions are working on the same theme, the USP of IPPB will be its ability to ease access and handhold the adoption of new age banking and payments instruments among citizen of all walks of life through the delivery by postmen and Grameen Dak sevaks, savings agents and other franchisees who will take banking to door steps. IPPB thus aspires to the most accessible, affordable and trusted bank for the common man with the motto – “No customer is too small, no transaction too insignificant, and no deposit too little”.

Given ‘in principle’ approval by the RBI along with 10 other aspirants on 19th Aug 2015, IPPB received the cabinet’s approval on 1st June, 2016 and was incorporated as on 17th Sept, 2106. Today it became the second payments bank to launch its operations. Having got its final banking license from the RBI on the 20th Jan 2017 it has commenced operations in record time of 10 days in partnership with the Punjab National Bank, after obtaining all necessary approvals and registrations from the RBI, NPCI etc.

A commemorative stamp and a logo of the new bank were also launched on the occasion.

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