Saturday, April 25, 2015

Quote of the Day April 25

The great aim of education is not knowledge but action. - Herbert Spencer
POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION DECIDES TO GO FOR INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 6thMAY 2015
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WE ARE DEMANDING INCLUSION OF GDS IN 7thCPC
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WE ARE OPPOSING SEPARATE COMMITTEE FOR GDS

RECOMMENDATIONS OF JUSTICE CHARANJIT TALWAR COMMITTEE FOR GDS (REPORT SUBMITED TO GOVT ON 30-04-1997)

.......... in its Report Chapter-IX para-1.1 “It is therefore recommended that when ever it required to review the service conditions and wage structure of the employees of Department of Posts, ED Agents be bracketed along with departmental employees. There is no need to set up a separate Committee or Commission for the Extra Departmental Agents”


RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE FOURTH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN JUSTICE (RETD) SHRI SINGHAL OF SUPREME COURT OF INDIA 

“‘the matter is beyond controversy after the decision of Supreme Court of India in Gokulanda Das’s case where it has been declared that ‘an Extra Departmental Agent is not a casual worker but holds a post under the administrative control of the State and that while such a post is outside the regular civil service, there is no doubt that it is a post under the ‘State’. In view of this pronouncement we are unable to accept the contention that “extra departmental employees are outside the purview of the terms of reference of our Commission”

STAND TAKEN BY DEPARTMENT OF POSTS IN DO LETTER No.17-13/2014-GDS dated 17-02-2014 ADDRESSED TO DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL & TRAINING – 

“The demand for inclusion in 7th CPC based on the definition of the expression ‘Central Govt. Employees adopted by 4th Central Pay Commission in para 1.11 of the report “as all persons in the Civil Services of the Central Government or holding Civil Posts under the Government and paid out of the consolidated fund of India” and its observations in para 1.17 & 1.18  - besides Apex Court’s judgement dated 22-04-1977 in the matter of Superintendent of Post Offices Vs. P.K.Rajamma regarding Gramin Dak Sevak services (earlier called Extra Departmental Agents) as holders of the civil post outside the regular civil service”….. 4th Central Pay Commission has categorically stated in para 1.10 that the expression ‘Central Govt Employees’ has not been defined in the Constitution or any other Law. It thus seems appropriate, if this term is duly defined based on which a final view over the inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks with in the purview of 7th CPC becomes possible”

Now it is learnt that the ‘ inclusion of GDS in the purview of 7th CPC’ rejected by MoF.

DoP Proposed to constitute a separate committee for GDS.

With this again we are going to face the dark age of another span of 10 years.

Besides --

Government and Postal board are totally negative and insensitive towards the demands of five lakhs Postal and RMS employees including Gramin Dak Sewaks and Casual, Part-Time Contingent employees.

EVERY DEMAND IS EITHER 
REJECTED OR INDEFINITELY DELAYED
Inclusion of Gramin Dak Sewaks under 7thCentral Pay Commission and grant of civil servant status
Rejected. Government decided to appoint separate committee.
Casual Labour regularistaion
No progress
Cadre restructuring of Postal, RMS, MMS, Admin, Postal Accounts employees
Long pending in the Directorate. No improvement.
Merger of DA with Pay
Rejected by Government
Grant of Interim Relief
Rejected by Government
Date of effect of 7th CPC from 01.01.2014
Government not ready to give any direction to 7thCPC.
Scrap New Pension Scheme.
Rejected by Government
Remove 5% ceiling for compassionate appointments
Government not ready to remove the condition.
GDS Medical reimbursement scheme
Pending for last six years
MACP anomalies including promotees case
Rejected inspite of several CAT/Court Judgment
Postmaster Cadre related issues including permission to write IP/PS Group ‘B’ exam and parity with LSG, HSG-II regarding service length for promotion.
Still pending. Attitude of the Department is totally negative.
System Administration case
Rejected. Not ready to consider the demands on its merits.
RTP service regularization
Rejected. Inspite of CAT orders not ready to issue general order
SBCO related issues
Rejected on flimsy grounds.
Postmen related issues
No progress
Parity in cash handling allowance
Rejected.
Counting of Accountants special Allowance for pay fixation on promotion
Rejected.
Computer and Technology related several issues
No progress. Situation worsening day by day. Employees are suffering. Public agitated
Harassment of staff on account of CBS & CIS
Still continuing
Allotment of funds for sanctioning all pending Medical, TA, OTA and RPLI/PLI incentives
No progress. Bills pending for months together
Overtime allowance revision
Pending for 27years
Circle processing centers (CPO) of PLI/RPLI at CO/ROs and stop redeployment of posts
Rejected
Sunday, Holiday compulsory working
Still continuing in certain circles
Office Building and staff quarters cases
No progress. Situation worsening. Staff are suffering
MNOP related issues
Suggestion of staff side rejected
Quality of uniforms, Chapplas and kit-items
No improvement
Chennai Postal Accounts victimization
Still pending
Stop Postmen/MTS open market outside recruitment
Still pending. No progress
Filling up of all vacant posts including canteen employees
Slow progress
Creation of justified new posts
Total Ban imposed on creation of new posts
Prompt convening of Monthly meeting, Bi-monthly/four monthly meetings, JCM Regional Council meeting, JCM Departmental Council meeting, Formal meeting with Secretary (Posts)
Periodicity is not maintained. In many divisions. Circles no meeting is held for months together
Prompt holding of Departmental promotion committees (CPCs)
No progress


Let us fight for the right cause of GDS   … unitedly …. To erase the ambiguity over GDS by the Dept & Govt.


TDS on Recurring Deposits

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
24-April-2015 17:47 IST

TDS on Recurring Deposits

The Government proposes to promote the recurring deposits scheme. It takes various measures on continuous basis to promote and popularize all small savings scheme including Post Office Recurring Deposit Scheme through electronic and print media as well as holding seminars, meetings and providing training to the various agencies involved in mobilizing deposits under these schemes. At present, no TDS is deducted on Post Office Recurring Deposit Scheme.

This was stated by Shri Jayant Sinha, Minister of State in Ministry of Finance in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 

Interest Rate on Fixed Deposit

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
24-April-2015 17:46 IST

Interest Rate on Fixed Deposit

The rate of interest on fixed deposits by senior citizens given by nationalized banks differs from bank to bank. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has deregulated the interest rates on term deposits with effect from October 22, 1997. Accordingly, banks are now free to fix the interest rates on term deposits subject to the approval of their respective Boards. Further, banks have been permitted to formulate, with the approval of their Boards of Directors, fixed deposit schemes specifically for resident Indian senior citizens, offering higher and fixed rates of interest as compared to normal deposits of any size. This additional interest rate is not applicable to any type of non-resident deposits.

Following the reduction in the policy rate by 50 bps in two equal steps on January 15 and March 4, 2015, out of a total of 27 Public Sector Banks (PSBs), 14 PSBs have reduced their median term deposit rates across maturities in the range of 0.07% to 0.75% so far (up to April 15, 2015).

The median term deposit rate for SBI was reduced from 7.50 per cent in August 2014 to 7.25 per cent in September, 2014. It remained unchanged at 7.25% thereafter.

This was stated by Shri Jayant Sinha, Minister of State in Ministry of Finance in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

Tax Relief To Family Members of Differently Abled



Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
24-April-2015 17:39 IST

Tax Relief To Family Members of Differently Abled

Section 80DD of the Income Tax Act, 1961, inter alia, provides for a deduction to an individual or HUF, who is a resident in India, and

• Incurs expenditure for the medical treatment (including nursing), training and rehabilitation of a dependant, being a person with disability; or

• Pays any amount to LIC or any other insurer in respect of a scheme for the maintenance of a disabled dependant.

The section provides for a deduction of fifty thousand rupees if the dependant is suffering from disability and one hundred thousand rupees if the dependant is suffering from severe disability.

“Dependant” in the case of an individual, has been defined to mean the spouse, children, parents, brothers and sisters of the individual or any of them, and in the case of a Hindu undivided family, a member of the Hindu undivided family, if such person is dependant wholly or mainly on such individual or Hindu undivided family for his support and maintenance.

In view of the rising cost of medical care and special needs of a differently abled person, Finance Bill, 2015 proposes to amend section 80DD of the Income-tax Act so as to raise the limit of deduction in respect of a person with disability from fifty thousand rupees to seventy five thousand rupees and in respect of a person with severe disability, from one hundred thousand rupees to one hundred and twenty five thousand rupees.

This was stated by Shri Jayant Sinha, Minister of State in Ministry of Finance in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Quote of the Day April 24

Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility. - Peter Drucker

POSTAL INDEFINITE POSTAL STRIKE FROM 6TH MAY 2015

GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS – REVISION OF WAGES AND SERVICE CONDITIONS SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN 7TH CPC. 

WE DON’T WANT SEPARATE COMMITTEE. 

JOIN INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM  6TH MAY 2015, AT THE CALL OF CENTRAL POSTAL JCA ( NFPE, FNPO & AIPEU GDS (NFPE) & NUGDS)

Soon, use any bank’s card at postal ATM



CHENNAI, April 24, 2015
 
Soon, Chennai residents can use postal ATMs to withdraw money not only from their postal savings account, but from any bank account.
 
This will be possible once the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) accepts the proposal to have postal Automated Teller Machines (ATM) interoperable where postal customers could use debit cards of other banks. Earlier this week, the Department of Posts opened two more ATMs at St. Thomas Mount and Mylapore post offices. The first postal ATM was opened in T. Nagar post office last year.
 
Anna Road head post office and Tambaram post office will also have ATM facilities . In three months, the department plans to expand its ATM services to over 17 post offices, including those in Park Town, Avadi and Ambattur.
 
Officials of the Postal Department said once the ATMs are operational for a few months, RBI is expected to approve the proposal to allow postal account holders to use debit cards of other banks as well and vice versa.
 
As of now, only 50 postal account holders have debit cards. “With more ATMs being added, we are speeding up the process to issue personalised debit cards. At present, customers can get insta cards that will allow them to use ATMs till they get their debit cards,” said Mervin Alexander, Postmaster General (Chennai city region).
 
It takes about 3-4 weeks to get a postal debit card. The department plans to distribute about 2,500 cards soon, particularly to pensioners. While applications are being accepted for obtaining debit cards, customers can immediately get insta cards to carry out transactions.
 
Nearly 31.22 lakh postal saving account holders of Chennai city region would be able to use postal debit cards in any of the post offices networked with core banking solutions. Customers could soon avoid visits to post offices to carry out savings account transactions as e-post office and mobile banking facility are on the anvil.

BSNL to allow unlimited free calling at night

BSNL landline customers can make unlimited calls anywhere in India to all networks from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. without paying call charges.

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) on Thursday said it will introduce unlimited free calling at night from its landline phones to all landline and mobile phones of all service providers across India from May 1.

“This unlimited free night calling shall be available from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.,” a company statement said.

The scheme covers all major landline general plans of rural and urban areas for both landline and broadband connections.

“BSNL landline phone offers voice clarity. Now landline customers can make unlimited calls comfortably anywhere in India to all networks from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. without paying call charges,” the statement added.

Source : http://www.thehindu.com/business/

DoT calls advisory group meet on net neutrality on April 27

The Department of Telecom has called a meeting of Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) to discuss net neutrality on April 27. 

"A committee has been constituted in Department of Telecommunications to examine various aspects of net neutrality. 

The committee has decided to have interaction with MAG representatives. Accordingly, a meeting will be organised on April 27," a DoT circular sent to MAG members said. 

MAG was constituted by Department of Electronics and IT (DeitY) in February 2014. It has 39 members representing government, industry, academia and civil groups. 

According to the list of members announced by DeitY at the time of MAG formation, officers from DeitY, DoT, Ministry of External Affairs, Information and Broadcast Ministry, Home Ministry, Law Ministry and National Security Council Secretariat represent government in the group. 

Indian CERT, NIXI, National Informatic Centre are among bodies representing technical community in MAG. 

Besides, industry chambers CII, FICCI, Nasscom, Assocham and sectoral bodies CMAI, ISPAI, COAI, IAMAI, ICA, AUSPI and others are on the board. 

Internet Society, Centre for Science Development and Media Studies, Digital Empowerment Foundation, Centre for Internet and Society are among members that represent civil society in the group.


Source : The Economic Times

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Quote of the Day April 23

I never learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions. - Lou Holtz

PROVIDENT FUND INTEREST RATE 2015-16 FIXED AT 8.7%

MINISTRY OF FINANCE

            Government Decides to Fix Interest Rates at 8.7% for General Provident Fund(GPF) and other Similar Funds Including Special Deposit Scheme, 1975(SDS,1975) for Non-Government Provident, Superannuation and Gratuity Funds for the Financial Year 2015-16.

            It was decided by the Government to link the interest rates of State PFs (General Provident Fund and other similar funds) including Special Deposit Scheme, 1975 (SDS, 1975) for Non-Government Provident, Superannuation and Gratuity Funds for the FY 2015-16 to Public Provident Fund (PPF) rates. In pursuance of that decision, the Government has decided to fix the rates 8.7% per annum applicable to the following:-

·         The General Provident Fund (Central Services).
·         The Contributory Provident Fund (India).
·         The All India Service Provident Fund.
·         The State Railway Provident Fund.
·         The General Provident Fund (Defence Services).
·         The Indian Ordnance Provident Fund.
·         The Indian Ordnance Factories Workmen’s Provident Fund.
·         The Indian Naval Dockyard Workmen’s Provident Fund.
·         The Defence Services Officers Provident Fund.
·         The Armed Forces Personnel Provident Fund.
           
         The rate of interest is applicable to the above funds w.e.f. 1st April, 2015 and until further orders.

Recently, the Government had kept the interest rates for PPF and other Small Savings Schemes intact.  However, interest rates for 5 year Senior citizen Saving Scheme and Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme have been increased from 9.2 to 9.3% and 9.1 to 9.2% respectively, keeping in view the commitment of the Government towards the welfare of the girl child and the senior citizens.    DSM/KA : 21.04.2014