Friday, January 30, 2015

Swachh Bharat cess may be imposed by way of a Service Tax amendment

New Delhi: A Swachh Bharat cess is likely to be imposed by way of a Service Tax amendment in the forthcoming Annual Budget.
According to sources, The Finance Ministry proposes Swachh Bharat cess seeking Rs 1 lakh crore for Swachh Bharat Mission.
The government hopes to mop up Rs 1 lakh crore in five years. Service Tax amendment is likely to take place in the Budget Session.
The Swachh Bharat cess may range between 0.02 to 0.05 per cent. The cess is likely to be levied on telecom SVCs and spectrum sale.
The government mulls imposing cess on all services under service tax regime. It will be levied for a specific purpose for procuring machinery.
The cess may be used for cleanliness and infrastructure development also. It is likely to be added to Swachh Bharat Kosh and the collection will be disbursed to the states, the sources said.

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

Triple time increase in pay of Central government employees according to the estimated pay scales(click here)The DA increase in January and July 2015 will play a vital role in the final numbers of the Pay Scale of 7th CPC. The estimated Pay Scales for Central Government Employees that the Seventh Pay commission can recommend for Employees working in Central Government establishments…The Seventh Pay Commission report is expected to be released by the end of this year, and it seems that there will be no delay for the government to implement the report.The Modi Government, being a believer in business will never want make arrear payments to the central government employees in the future and impose additional financial burden to the government.If this is true, the seventh pay commission report will be implemented on 01/01/2016 and this news will be like a sweet melody in the ears of the central government employees.Central government employees are also expecting the DA to be merged with their Pay. In such, along with the Implementation of the report, there will be growth in House Rent Allowance (HRA) and Educational allowance.As on today’s date, the DA is at 107% and there are three more DA instalments remaining before the announcement of the Seventh Pay commission. One instalment in January 2015 and the second in July 2015 and final third one Jan 2016 will be implemented.The DA calculation will be based on the All India Consumer Price Index. Based on the data available on today’s date, the DA is expected to rise by 6% which increases the DA to 113% in this instalment. If the same trend continues, the DA is expected to have another 6% hike this July and also in Jan 2016.
Hence the pay commission will consider 124% DA before preparing the final report; this will prove to be an important number in the final calculation. If by 01.01.2016 the DA reaches 124%, then just considering the DA alone, the pay of the central government employees will be doubled.


The Government of India and Department of Posts is not serious to settle the genuine demands of Postal employees. The common demands of D. A. merger, Interim relief, inclusion of GDS in 7th C.P.C. alongwith other demands have been rejected by the Government of India. The way through which Pay Commission seems to be working is not going to submit its report in the due period and no more benefit is expected to come in the wake of economic policies being pursued by Modi Government.

The genuine and justified demands of all sections of Postal , RMS and GDS employees are lying pending since long and Postal Board does not seem to be serious about the settlement of the same which are creating more difficulties to the employees.

The Postal JCA had submitted a 39 Points Charter of Demands on 1st September, 2014 conveying the grievances of all sections but the Department did not pay any attention to this. Being aggrieved the Postal Joint Council of Action of NFPE, FNPO and GDS unions decided unanimously to start agitational programmes in a phased manner culminating in to an indefinite strike from 6th May, 2015 and served notice to the Department. After receiving notice Department of Posts has convened a meeting on 5th February, 2015. In the mean time Task Force Committee headed by TSR Subramaian constituted as per direction of Prime Minister  has submitted its report which has categorically mentioned to divide Department of Post in six holding Companies/Corporations to pave the way for privatization, which is a very disastrous move to destroy this department  just like BSNL. The Task Force Committee has also recommended amendment of Indian Post Office Act 1898 to give legality and licenses to Couriers Companies.

After studying Task Force Committee Report PJCA met again and decided to resist the retrograde recommendations of Task Force Committee and further submitted revised Charter of Demands mentioning  --
“No Corporatization and No Privatization in Postal Services”   
-- as item no. 1 and previous items as serial No. 2 to 40. Revised 40 points Charter of Demands has been submitted to the Department and discussion will take place between Postal Board and PJCA leaders on 5th Feb 2015. If the Department does not agree to stop such type of move the PJCA will intensify the agitational programmes with full strength.

Now we are facing a very crucial and critical situation. In the wake of economic policies of Central Government entire Central Government employees including Postal employees are facing serious threat for their survival. The question before us is –Are we able to protect our department and our jobs? or Are we going to surrender? The answer is no. We are not going to surrender before these attacks. We will continue to fight against these policies as we have fought earlier on so many occasions

The 145 days strike by Postmen of Pune  in 1880, 120 days strike by Postmen of Mumbai in 1920, 25 days historic strike in 1946, 5 days strike  in 1960, 1 day strike in 1968 for minimum wages , Bonus Strike of 1974, 1 day strike on 19th September, 1984 for emancipation of GDS (ED)  employees, 1993 five days strike,1996 - 4  days strike 1998, 7 days strike 2000 Dec-14 days strike , one day strike on 12.12.12 and two days strike on 12th & 13th February, 2013 are our rich heritage which shows that we have always fought with full enthusiasm and courage and defeated the retrograde and anti working  class policies of the Government of India.

 So Comrades, NFPE along with PJCA appeals to all of you to intensify the campaign. Form JCA at all levels and popularize the demands among all sections of Postal Employees and get ready for another battle to be launched  from 6th May-2015  to save the Postal Department and to save our jobs and defeat the retrograde  policies of Central Government  and disastrous recommendations of Task Force Committee.
If we fight unitedly. We will win certainly.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India released Commemorative Postage Stamp on Beti Bachao Beti Padhao on 22nd Jan 2015 at HUDA Ground, Panipat, Harayana.

The larger objective of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao initiative is the empowerment of women in our country, by ensuring safe birth and unhindered all round development of the Girl Child through institutional health and educational facilities on the one hand and bringing about gender sensitization and attitudinal changes in society on the other.
Department of Posts has released a Commemorative Postage Stamp on Beti Bachao Beti Padhao to highlight and recognize important socio-economic and welfare initiatives in the country.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

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India Post honours Mumbai's dabbawala

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Special postal cover on dabbawalas
Mahesh Zagade, Transport Commissioner, Maharashtra, releases the Special Cover on “Mumbai's Dabbawalas” in the presence of Raghunath Medge, President , Mumbai Dabbawala Association at the GPO Mumbai on Friday.
Mahesh Zagade, Transport Commissioner, Maharashtra, releases the Special Cover on “Mumbai's Dabbawalas” in the presence of Raghunath Medge, President , Mumbai Dabbawala Association at the GPO Mumbai on Friday.


India Post released a commemorative special cover on Mumbai’s dabbawalas on Friday in recognition of their service — delivering fresh, home-cooked food to office-goers across Maximum City with precision. 

Maharashtra Transport Commissioner Mahesh Zagade released the cover at the General Post Office here during a three-day philately exhibition, Mumbaipex 2015, which showcases shared heritage and culture.

Nearly 5,000 dabbawalas operate across Mumbai, delivering food to their customers on time using a unique identity code to sort the nearly two lakh lunchboxes.

Mr. Zagade commended the dabbawalas for their service to society, and said the logistics of their operation was so sophisticated that it had become part of management studies in reputable institutions. The accurate delivery system was a case study at the Indian Institute of Management and Harvard Business School.

Raghunath Medge, president, Mumbai Dabbawala Association, said the unique identification code developed by the dabbawalas was inspired by the pin code. Mumbaipex 2015 showcases rare collections of 25 philatelists.

The three-day Mumbaipex 2015 showcases rare stamp collections of 25 philatelists, covering varied themes. While on the first day they will release a cover on the dabbawalas, the second day would be dedicated to Dr. Bhauji Lad Mumbai City Museum, and on Sunday a special cover would be released on Mumbai’s August Kranti Maidan, where Gandhiji had given the call for Quit India in 1941.


Postal Department to offer more services


The Department of Posts has launched several services for the benefit of people across its head post offices in district such as ‘Mee Seva’ and ‘Sunayasam Utility Services’.
MeeSeva services
Superintendent of Post Offices, Hanamkonda division, G.V. Satayanarayana said the people could now avail all services such as securing birth, death, land certificates, pay municipal tax and others under the Mee Seva and avail services such as payment of power and telephone bills and recharge their mobile phones, pay examination fee, insurance premium and many more under Sunayasam Utility Services.
People can also have TTD special darshan tickets at all the five head post offices in Warangal district.
They could also make use of World Net Express services, which ensure delivery of letters and parcels to over 220 countries within four days with the help tracking facility.
“We are trying to sensitise people on services being offered by the Postal Department. Now the department has introduced many services such as railway reservation, offering of money to temples and Jesus Calls through the department and purchase of Penta mobile phones and many more,” Mr. Satyanarayana explained.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Calender of Departmental Examinations scheduled to held in the year 2015


The 2nd All India Conference of AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) will be held at Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) on 19th & 20th September 2015. 

All Circle Unions are requested to complete formation of Divisional Unions in all circles and send Delegates to the conference. 

Please remit Quota to GDS CHQ also.

P. Pandurangarao
General Secretary
Dada Ghosh Bhawan,
2151/1, New Patel Road
New Delhi – 110008
Ph: 09717768785, 09849466595

Direct Benefit Transfer / Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG (DBTL) ETC.,— payment of Commission to Banks
F.No.32 (07)/PF-II/2011(VoI.II)
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
(PF-II Division)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: the 16th of January, 2015

Subject: Direct Benefit Transfer / Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG (DBTL) — payment of Commission to Banks.

The issues relating to the payment of appropriate commission with respect to payments made under the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT)/Direct Benefit Transfer in LPG (DBTL) schemes of the Government have been under active consideration of the Government for some time. The matter has been examined in detail, and in supersession of earlier OMs issued in this regard, it has been decided that:

(i) For urban based DBT schemes like DBTL, the transaction cost may be paid at the NEFT rate as per the extant RBI circular or the APB rate as per the extant NPCI circular (as applicable). The ‘on us and “off-us distinction, wherever it exists, should be maintained on the basis of actuals.

(ii) For rural based DBT schemes like pensions, NREGA, pre-matric scholarship, maternity benefits etc. where a large number of transactions are likely to be through the Banking Correspondents, the transaction charges may be paid @ 1% subject to an upper limit of Rs.10 per transaction, in addition to what is required to be paid vide (i) above.

(iii) The transaction cost may be paid at the time of credit of benefit transfer into the accounts of beneficiaries from the same budget line from which the respective scheme funds / benefits are being transferred.

(iv) This OM will come into immediate effect and may be reviewed from time to time.

2. This issues with the approval of the Finance Minister.

(Chittaranj Dash)
Director (PF. II)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Preference to casual labourers in the matter of engagement as Gramin Dak Sevaks - review thereof

To view Department of Posts (GDS Section) OM No.17-39/4/2012-GDS dated 14-01/2015 please Click Here.
Posted by: AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) Odisha Circle.

Update of 28th All India Postal Cricket Tournament now played in Visakhapatnam since 19.01.2015

Highlights of the matches played by Odisha Circle Cricket Team
Second Day Match on 20.01.2015
Odisha vrs J&K
Odisha won by 9 wickets.
Third Day Match on 21.01.2015
Chhatishgarh vrs. Odisha
Odisha - 269 / 1
Chhatisgarh - 42 runs - all out in 9 overs 
Odisha won
Sri Sanjeeb Sahoo from Odisha Circle ( Postman, Ashoknagar MDG, Bhubaneswar Division) scored 145 ( Not Out) against Chhatisgarh and Sri K C Mohanty took 9 wickets for 18 runs
 ( Sri Sanjeeb Sahoo, Batsman, Odisha Circle Cricket Team) )

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Government may take Post Bank of India public after establishing it

Government is mulling to take the proposed Post Bank of India public or gradually increase public participation to raise funds after converting the vast post office network into a commercial bank. 

In a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month on the findings of the Task Force on India Post, Department of Posts (DoP) conveyed its intentions to enter the banking space targeting rural India, sources said. 

The department gave the justification that India Post, at present, undertakes all banking operations, including payments and has longer direct experience of banking operations as well as handling money issues. Only the extension of credit is not a part of its current portfolio, the source added. 

A government official said: "DoP said that once the bank is established and banking operations are running, the entity has the potential to go public or public participation can be increased gradually to raise funds." 

Investors would be interested in the bank considering its huge access in rural India, an area still out of reach from other private and state-run banks, the official added. 

Post office has 1,40,000 rural branches, while all other banks put together have about 35,000 rural banks most of which are not in rural panchayat towns. 

According to the department, it has more than 100 years of experience in handling finance and monetary issues, especially in rural areas, the official said. 

"Besides, India Post has fully established 1.5 lakh business correspondents (BCs) with branch offices deployment and every post branch and postman has full local knowledge of his area, in short, he is a walking KYC Know Your Customer)," the official added. 

India Post Task Force in its report to the Prime Minister has also suggested a similar route. The report says the bank should start with full government control and with an initial capital injection of Rs 500 crore, the official added. 

Modi had set up the Task Force in 2014 to leverage the postal network in India and to enhance the role of India Post in financial inclusion, among other services like delivery of goods for eCommerce firms. 

The report suggested that the government should set up a holding company under the Department of Posts for immediate roll out of banking, insurance and e-commerce services by the 1.55 lakh strong postal network. 

The panel suggested establishing Post Bank of India as a separate entity with a branch in each district in the first three years with initial capital of Rs 500 crore to be funded by the government. 

Post Bank of India and Prime Minister's Jan Dhan Yojana can complement each other for financial inclusion, former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramanian, who headed the task force, had said.

Source:-The Economic Times

Confederation News - Notice for extended National Secretariat Meeting on 17th February, 2015

Central Headquarters
1st floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001.
No. Conf / Meeting / 2015                                                                19-01-2015
        It is hereby notified that the extended National Secretariat meeting of the Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers will be held at Confederation Headquarters (1st Floor, North Avenue Post Office building) New Delhi-110 001 on 17th February, 2015, Tuesday.  The meeting shall commence at 10.30 AM on 17-02-2015 and continue till close.  All National Secretariat members (CHQ Office Bearers) and State C-O-C General Secretaries are requested to attend the meeting without fail.  The following shall be the agenda of the meeting.
1.      Organisational Review
2.      All India Trade Union Workshop held at Bangalore - Review
3.      Implementation of decision of the National Joint Council of Action (National Council JCM Staff side)
          a)      Review of the 11th December National Convention.
          b)      Implementation of the decisions of NJCA dated 11-12-2014 & 11-01-2015.
          c)      Fixing of quota to all affiliates of Confederation and COCs for participation in the 28th April 2015 Parliament March of Central Govt. Employees.
4.      Financial Review and remittance of arrears of quota by affiliates.
5.      All India Workshop of Women Employees of Confederation - Fixing venue and dates.
6.      Any other item with permission of the chair.
                                                                                                Yours fraternally,
                                                                                                      M. Krishnan,
Secretary General.

28th All India Postal Cricket Tournament inaugurated in Visakhapatnam on 19.01.2015

The Inaugural Match was played in between Andhra Pradesh Circle and Odisha Circle. Andhara Circle won the inaugural match scoring  206 / 2 against Odisha's score  171/6 in 20 overs.
Postal cricket tourney gets under way
Chief Postmaster General of AP Circle B.V. Sudhakar introducing the teams to AU V-CG.S.N. Raju.— Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam
Chief Postmaster General of AP Circle B.V. Sudhakar introducing the teams to AU V-CG.S.N. Raju.— Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam
The 28th all-India Postal Inter-Circle Cricket Tournament was off to a colourful start at the port stadium here on Monday.
Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University G.S.N. Raju, who inaugurated the tournament, appreciated the services being rendered by the Postal Department and felt that sports meets would develop harmony among employees.
Chief Postmaster General, Andhra Pradesh Circle, B.V. Sudhakar, presided. Postal Department and game of cricket were similar in the sense that one was serving people for the last 160 years and other entertaining the whole nation, he said.
Postmaster General of Visakhapatnam region Sharda Sampath, Postmaster General of Vijayawada Region M. Sampath, Director of Postal Services, Visakhapatnam region, V. Upender, and Director of Postal Services (HQ) of Odisha Circle Pawan Kumar Singh attended. Teams from 14 postal circles (States) are participating in the five-day event.