Thursday, January 31, 2013






Official Amendments to Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011

The Union Cabinet has approved the proposals submitted by the Department of Personnel & Training for moving official amendments to the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011 as reported by the Select Committee of Rajya Sabha.

The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011 was passed by the Lok Sabha on 27th December, 2011. The Bill was taken up for discussion and passing in the Rajya Sabha on 29.12.2011. Discussions remained inconclusive. Thereafter, the Rajya Sabha adopted a motion on 21.05.2012 to refer the Bill to a Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha for examination and report.

The Select Committee submitted its report to the Rajya Sabha on 23.11.2012. The Select Committee has, in its Report, made recommendations suggesting amendments to Clause 3(4), 4(1 )(e), 14(1)(g), 14(1)(h), 20(1), 20(2), 20(3), 20(5), 20(6), 20(7), 20(8), 23, 25, 37, 46, 63-97 and Part-II of the Schedule. The Committee has also recommended consequential amendments in other provisions of the Bill as may be necessary.

Significantly, the Committee has recommended to do away with Part-III of the Bill which deals with setting up of the Lokayukta in the States. The Committee has recommended replacement of Part-Ill of the Bill with a new Section 63 which provides for setting up of the institution of Lokayukta through enactment of a law by the State Legislature within a period of 365 days from the date of commencement of the Act. Government has decided to accept this recommendation.

Some of the other important recommendations made by the Committee and decisions taken by the Government on them are as follows:

(a) In clause 3(4) of the Bill (dealing with disqualifications for becoming Member of Lokpal), the Select Committee has recommended that the words "connected with any political party" may be replaced by the words "affiliated with any political party", so as to overcome the ambiguity associated with the word "connected with any political party`". Government has decided to accept this recommendation.

(b) In clause 4(1 )(e) of the Bill (composition of the Selection Committee for selection of Lokpal), the Select Committee has recommended that the fifth member of the Selection Committee (i.e., eminent jurist) may be nominated by the President on the basis of recommendation of the first four members of the Selection Committee (viz.. Prime Minister, Speaker (Lok Sabha), Leader of Opposition (Lok Sabha) and Chief Justice of India). Government has decided to accept this recommendation.

(c) The Select Committee has recommended exclusion of bodies and institutions receiving donations from the public from the purview of Lokpal. Since bodies receiving donations from the public were also covered in the original Lokpal Bill, 2011 and the Department related Parliamentary Standing Committee had also endorsed this inclusion and had additionally, recommended the inclusion of entities receiving donations from foreign sources under the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA), Government has decided not to accept this recommendation and seek an official amendment in the Bill as reported by the Select Committee. However, having regard to Section 10(23BBA) of the Income Tax Act (regarding exemption of income of bodies /authorities established under Central or Provincial Act for administration of public religious or charitable trusts or endowments or societies for religious or charitable purposes registered under Societies Registration Act), Government has decided to exempt only such bodies or authorities established, constituted or appointed by or under any Central or State or Provincial Act providing for administration of public religious or charitable trusts or endowments or societies for religious or charitable purposes registered under the Societies Registration Act.

(d) In clause 20(1) of the Bill, the Select Committee has recommended that the 
Lokpal should be given the power to order an investigation straightaway (without first ordering a preliminary inquiry) in case Lokpal finds that a prima facie case exists. Government has decided to accept this recommendation subject to the modification that the Lokpal should, before coming to a conclusion that there exists a prima facie case for entrusting the matter for investigation, call for the explanation of the public servant and only then decide whether there exists a prima facie case for ordering investigation.

(e) The Committee has recommended that in clause 20(2) of the Bill, the seeking of comments from the public servant during the preliminary inquiry should not be mandatory and has accordingly suggested the addition of the word "may" in the said clause. As the affording of an opportunity to the public servant and to the government/competent authority at this stage, would help clear doubts in several cases and would substantially reduce the number of cases going for regular investigation. Government has decided to oppose this recommendation of the Select Committee and move an official amendment for the purpose. Similar 
recommendation of the Select Committee to dispense with opportunity of hearing to the public servant before ordering regular investigation by the Lokpal in clause 20(3) of the Bill, is also proposed not to be accepted. 

(f) The Select Committee has recommended that 
the power to grant sanction for prosecution of public servants could be shifted to the Lokpal in place of the Government. The Select Committee has also recommended that Lokpal may be required to seek comments of the competent authority and the public servant before taking such decision. Government has decided to accept this recommendation.

(g) The Select Committee has recommended a number of amendments in the Bill with a view to strengthening the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), including (i) the setting up of a Directorate of Prosecution headed by a Director of Prosecution under the overall control of Director, CBI, (ii) the appointment of the Director of Prosecution on the recommendation of the Central Vigilance Commission, (iii) maintenance of a panel of advocates by CBI, other than Government Advocates, with the consent of the Lokpal for handling Lokpal referred cases, (iv) transfer of officers of CBI investigating cases referred by Lokpal with the approval of Lokpal, (v) provision of adequate funds to CBI for investigating cases referred by Lokpal, etc. Government has decided to accept all these recommendations except one. i.e. seeking approval of Lokpal for transfer of officers of CBI investigating cases referred by Lokpal, as it would, in Government`s view, affect the smooth functioning of the CBI. 

Source : PIB Release, 31 Jan, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013





               We, the Postal employees, have a proud and inspiring history of participating in the freedom struggle of our country against the British imperialism and in the post-independent India against the onslaughts of the retrograde policies of the Government of India.  

Many of our leaders and comrades have sacrificed their life for the cause of the coming generation.  Job security, wages, pension and other service benefits are all the outcome of the struggle and sacrifice of hundreds and thousands of such comrades.  They faced dismissal, removal, suspension, increment cut, transfer to remote places, break-in-service and other severe victimisations.  Dies-non was not at all a punishment for them.  They never complained about wage-cut due to dies-non.  

           Not even  a single benefit was given by the Government without struggle and consequent heavy victimisations.  1st to 6th Pay Commissions were appointed by the Government only after the united struggle of the employees, each time.

               Now we are facing a very crucial and critical situation.  The ill-effects of the neo-liberal economic policies of the Central Government has become the greatest threat to the survival of the entire working class, especially Central Government employees including five and a half lakhs Postal, R M S and Gramin Dak Sevaks. 

            The question before us is -Are we able to protect our job security and hard-earned benefits?  Are we ready to fight or are we going to surrender before this attack?  

The answer is - No

We are not going to surrender.  

             We will continue our fight till the imperialist globalisation policies are thrown to winds, just as we have thrown the British imperialism out of our country.   We are not alone, crores and crores of workers and employees are with us in this fight.  We are ready for sacrifice.   We are not going to run away from  our responsibilities.  We shall face the challenge and continue our fight to change the system in our favour.  

            Ultimate victory will be ours.

               It is this uncompromising spirit and the readiness for sacrifice, that made National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE) to join the two-days historic strike of the working class on 2013 February 20, 21.  The strike is being organised by the entire trade unions including INTUC, BMS and the left trade unions.  In the Postal, the strike is organised by Central JCA, including NFPE and the INTUC affiliated FNPO.  

             This is the first time in the history of India a cent per cent united strike of 48 hours by all the Unions and Federtions is taking place.  More than ten crores workers will participate in the strike.  The working class of India, in one voice, demand the UPA Government to change the imperialist globalisation policies.

               Central Government employees are the first victims of the neo-liberal economic policies pursued by the Central Government from 1991 onwards.  During the last twenty years about eight lakhs posts are abolished.  Still five lakhs posts are lying vacant in various departments.  Many departments are closed or privatised.  More and more casual and contract workers are engaged.  Social security schemes, including statutory Pension scheme are given a go-bye.  Instead, share market oriented contributory Pension scheme is introduced. 

               Three lakhs Gramin Dak Sevaks of the Postal department are denied of their legitimate rights.  Casual, Part-time, contingent employees are not given their due wage revision.  Even compassionate appointments are denied imposing arbitrary restrictions.  Bonus ceiling not raised.  

              Further the Government has declared the National Postal Policy 2012 which is nothing but a road-map to privatisation of Postal Services by granting licences to the multi-national courier services.

               The demand for appointment of 7th Pay Commission is not yet accepted, inspite of the thundering success of the 12th December 2012 strike organised by Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers.  As an impact of the strike, all the Central Trade Unions have submitted a memorandum to the Finance Minister to announce constitution of 7th CPC in the February 2013 budget itself.  Still the Government is silent on Pay Commission and merger of 50% DA.  February 20, 21 strike is a continuation of 12th December strike.

               The steep rise in prices of essential commodities, disbanding of the public distribution system, deregulation of petrol and diesel prices , disinvestment of public sector, rise in unemployment, shrinking of employment opportunities, proposed move to amend the labour laws in favour of the employers, attack on social security, denial of assured pension for all, introduction of contract and casual labour system in all sectors, denial of minimum wage of Rs.10,000/- to industrial workers, refusal to remove bonus and PF ceilings etc. are all due to this neo-liberal economic policies.
                  The attack is all round.  

To save the Postal, 
to save the Central Govt. departments, 
to save the public sector, 
to save the common people and workers of our country 
including Postal employees 
the only way out is to fight back these policies.  

Let us wholeheartedly join this struggle 
make it a historic success.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

On this joyous day of 64th Republic Day, let’s 

solemnly resolve to dedicate ourselves 

towardsbuilding a peaceful, harmonious, 

progressive and prosperous India.

Friday, January 25, 2013

About Project Arrow

India Post has undertaken a Quality Improvement Project called ‘Project Arrow’ to transform India Post into a vibrant and responsive organization. This was launched in April, 2008. In specific terms, Project Arrow entails comprehensive improvement of the Core Operations of Post Offices (set the core right) as well as the ambience (Look and Feel) in which postal transactions are undertaken. Enhancing the quality of services in ‘core areas’ envisages focus on Mail Delivery, Money Remittances, Savings Bank and Office Service Levels. This is helping the Department to emerge as a one-stop shop for retail products and offer a single window facility for banking, money remittances and other financial products and services including social and civic initiatives. The monitoring of ‘core areas’ of operations has been extended to more than 15,500 computerized post offices and ‘Look & Feel’ has been improved in 1,736 post offices across the country.
Project Arrow – Objectives, Strategy and Deliverables: 

Project Arrow was conceived in April, 2008. The project envisages upgradation of Post Offices in urban and rural areas both in terms of upgrading and enhancing the quality of service in ‘core areas’ and improving the ‘look and feel’. The project aims at creating a conducive and friendly work environment both for the staff and the customers visiting the Post Offices, providing all IT enabled services through secure connectivity, improving the service quality levels in the core business areas e.g. Mail delivery, Remittances both electronic and manual and Postal Savings schemes. To test the concept, a pilot consisting of 50 Post Offices in 10 Postal Circles was launched in April, 2008.

This project has two components: ‘Get the Core Right’ and ‘Look and Feel’.

Improvement in “Core Activities”:
  • Mail delivery- Delivery on the day of receipt.
  • Savings Bank - Reduction in transaction time at counters.
  • Remittances - Delivery of Money Orders on the day of receipt.
  • Office Service Level - Improvement in customer satisfaction- cleanliness, public forms, CCC, citizen charter.

Improvement in Ambience “Look and Feel”:
  • Branding - Ensure uniform brand hierarchy.
  • Technology - To enable all post offices to provide ICT enabled services.
  • Human Resource - Enhancement of operational and soft skills of the staff.
  • Infrastructure - Standardization of interiors and exteriors.

Advantages from the Project:
  • Enhancement the appearance of post offices under ‘Look & Feel’ to establish a unique brand identity.
  • Simpler and faster Money transactions through web based remittance services.
  • Reduction in the waiting time at the counter by improving the efficiency through induction of IT and soft skills training to the staff.
  • improvement in the percentage of mail sent out for delivery on the day of receipt;
  • Improvement in the percentage of mail dispatch to other offices.
  • Almost 100% Signature scanning of Savings Bank accounts in Phase I to IV Post Offices and up to 97% in Phase V Post Offices.
  • Faster transactions at counters & timely settlement of all cases of Deceased claim, Account transfer and Account closure request received in the Post office.
  • Formation of “Local Citizens’ Forums” for evaluation of the performance for the respective post offices.
  • Online public grievance handling and timely settlement of complaints.
  • Development of friendly environment in the public hall through proper signage, writing ledge, citizen charters and adequate availability of forms in the post office.
  • Reduction in the number of post offices with high percentage of missent and sent back articles.
  • Sustainability and higher performance is ensured by monitoring through Video Conferences.
The Project Arrow experience is a working model for ushering in an integrated and lasting improvement in the postal system and awarded with “Prime ministers’ award for Excellence in Public Administration” for 2008-2009 in 2010.

Monitoring Mechanism:

A Web-based monitoring mechanism (through Data Extraction Tool) has been devised to collect data from the field units directly from the server without any manual intervention. The data analysis is presented to all the Chief Postmasters General of 22 Postal Circles through a video-conference every fortnight (earlier every week). Data on all Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) is minutely scrutinized and gaps in implementation and remedial measures thereto are discussed in the video-conference. Dedicated Program Offices have been set up at the Headquarter level and at all 22 Circle Headquarters. Data exchange from Post Offices and all communications with Circle Program Offices are through e-mail only. The KPIs are prescribed with 0% to 5% tolerance level depending on the nature of activity.

The impact of Project Arrow on Revenue of the Postal Department and on the footfall in Post Offices:

Comparative data is available for the 1724 Project Arrow Post Offices covered under Phase-I to IV. The revenue of these post offices has increased from Rs. 1346 Crore in 2010-11 to Rs. 1596 Crore in 2011-12with a 18.55% growth. Public footfall in these post offices has also increased which is evident from a 20.39% growth (from 11.87 crore articles in 2010-11 to 14.29 crore articles in 2011-12) in the mail volume of accountable articles booked at these post offices. Improvement in the core operations through Key Performance Indicators from the inception of Project Arrow are shown in the graphics as under:
  Current Status: 
  1. Number of Post offices monitored under Project Arrow for “Core Activities” as on date are 15582 as follows.
In Phase I to IV = 1,724
In Phase V = 8,724 
In Phase VI = 5,134
Total No. of Post offices = 15,582

 Number of Post offices covered under Project Arrow so far in “Look & Feel” are as follows: 
Started with 50 post offices in April 2008 and have covered 1840 post offices so far in 5 phases by 31/03/2012.

Proposed initiatives: 

3,000 more computerized post offices are being included for monitoring of ‘Core Operation’ in this year and activities under ‘Look & Feel’ will be undertaken in 2500 more post offices during the 12th plan.

Quotes of Swami Vivekandanda


Know that talking ill of others in a private is a sin. You must wholly avoid it. Many things may occur to the mind, but it gradually makes a mountain of a molehill if you try to express them. Everything is ended if you forgive and forget.


My boys, when death is inevitable, is it not better to die like heroes than as stocks and stones? And what is the use of living a day or two more in this transitory world? It is better to wear out than to rust out -- special for the sake of doing the least good to others.


Be the servant while leading. Be unselfish. Have infinite patience, and success is yours.


Beware of everything that is untrue: stick to truth and we shall succeed, may be slowly, but surely.


The road to good is the roughest and steepest in the universe. It is a wonder that so many succeed, no wonder that so many fall. Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles.


Then only will India awake, when hundreds of large hearted men and women, giving up all desires of enjoying the luxuries of life, will long and exert themselves to themselves to their utmost for the millions of their countrymen who are gradually sinking lower and lower in the vortex of destitution and ignorance.


You are the makers of your own fortune. You make yourselves suffer, you make good and evil and it is you who put your hands before your eyes and say it is dark. Take your hands away and see the light.


It is a weakness to think someone is dependent on you, and that you can do good to him. This belief is the mother of all our attachment and through this attachment comes all our pain. Therefore developing the attitude of non-attachment is the great lesson to learn in life, and when we have learned it fully, we shall never be unhappy... By non-attachment you overcome and deny the power of anything to act upon you.


In the world take always the position of the giver; help, give service, give any little thing you can, but keep out barter.


If a man with an ideal makes a thousand mistakes, I am sure that the man without an ideal makes fifty thousand. Therefore it is better to have an ideal.


Neither seek nor avoid; take what comes. This is freedom, to be affected by nothing. Do not merely endure; be unattached.


Truth, purity and unselfishness-whatever these are present, there is no power below or above the sun to crush the possessor thereof. Equipped with these, one individual is able to face the whole universe in opposition.


Education is not the amount of information that is put into your brain and runs riot there, undigested, all your life. We must have life-building, man-making, character-making assimilation of ideas. If you have assimilated five ideas and made them your life and character, you have more education than any man who has got by heart a whole library.


Every idea that strengthens you must be taken up and every thought that weakens you must be rejected.


Be obedient and eternally faithful to the cause of truth, humanity, and your country and you will move the world.


The more opposition there is the better. Does a river acquire velocity unless there is resistance? The newer and better a thing is, the more opposition it will meet with at the outset. It is the opposition which foretells success.


Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvellous work. The moment you fear, you are nobody. It is fear that is the great cause of misery in the world. It is fear that is the cause of all our woes and it is fearlessness that brings heaven even in a moment.


What we want is muscles of iron and nerves of steel. We have wept long enough. No more weeping, but stand on your feet and be men. It is a man-making religion that we want. It is man-making theories that we want. It is man-making education all around that we want.


He is an atheist who does not believe in himself. The old religions said that he was an atheist who did not believe in God. The new religion says that he is the atheist who does not believe in himself.


The remedy for weakness is not brooding over it, but thinking of strength. Teach men of the strength that is already within them.


All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction. Love is therefore the only law of life. He who loves lives, he who is selfish is dying.


Help if you can; if you cannot, fold your hands and stand by things go on. Do not injure, if you cannot render help.


Work unto death -- I am with you, and when I am gone, my spirit will work with you. This life comes and goes -- wealth, fame, enjoyments are only of a few days. It is better, far better to die on the field of duty, preaching the truth, than to die like a worldly worm. Advance!


A handful of men can throw the world off its hinges, provided they are united in thought, word, and deed -- never forget this conviction.


Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached.

How is Water intake linked to Good Health?

Water plays a very important role in helping us maintain good health. Altogether the quantity as well as quality of water influences the health and well being of an individual.

Today, we have Dr. K.M. Sunsesara - General Physician, Mumbai and Ms. Eileen Canday - Chief Dietician at Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai help us understand the concept of how water intake is linked to good health... 

Why is water intake important for good health? 
75% of our body and 85% of our brain is made up of water. Dr. Sunesara says, "More than food, water is the most important nutrient needed for the wellbeing of your body. In order, to complete your daily tasks, it is necessary to consume sufficient amount of water daily. To maintain proper health and to keep running throughout the day, your body needs lots and lots of water. Sufficient intake of water is not only good for your health, but also for your diet. Water also aids in proper functioning of various systems. It helps in digestion, absorption of food, regulating body temperature, efficient blood circulation, regulating cells of the body by transporting nutrients and oxygen to them and by removing various toxins from the body in the form of urine. Besides, water also helps in movement of the joints, protects various tissues and also boosts your metabolism." Dr Sunesara says that we must drink plenty of water to avoid detrimental effects on our bodies due to dehydration and to perform your daily functions effectively. 

Why is dehydration bad? 

Sufficient intake of water will help to keep your body very well hydrated. Dr. Sunesara says, "Dehydration is very bad for your body. When you are dehydrated, your body has to work more to evenly distribute the available water throughout your body, it is like solving math's by not knowing the formula. The various side effects of dehydration are joint pain, stomach pain, back pain, dizziness and ulcers. Besides, dehydration can damage each and every part of your body, including your psychological functioning. Hence, to avoid dehydration and its harrowing effect, keep drinking water at regular intervals." 

How much water do we need? 

"An average healthy individual needs to consume at least 1 ½ - 3 liters of water everyday," says Eileen. The consumption of water depends on the physical activity level of an individual. If a person is very active, he needs to drink more water, in order to substitute replacement. Besides, you can also judge, if you are drinking sufficient water by noticing the color of your urine. If your pee is pale white, that means you are fulfilling your daily ration of water, but if it is pale yellow then it means you probably have to increase your water intake. 

How can one increase water intake? 

-Drink water when you wake up, when you get back from work and when you go to bed. 

-Drink before starting any physical activity like walking etc. 

-Drink water while you work. 

-Drink before meals

-Drink while you are travelling. 

-Replace coffee with water. 

-If you find your water tasteless, then add a dash of lime juice and get refreshed. 

Source:-The Times of India

SBI PO Recruitment 2013 Announced : 1500 Posts Apply Online Now!

SBI Recruitment 2013 : SBI PO Recruitment 2013 Notification

State Bank of India, India’s largest lender, has issued the notification of recruitment of 1500 Probationary Officers (PO) in the bank.

Total no of vacancies: 1500
Name of the Posts: Probationary Officers (PO)
SC – 205, ST – 112, OBC – 405, General – 758, VH- 22, OH – 22

Opening Date for Online Application: 30-01-2013.
Closing Date for Online Application: 23-02-2013
Payment of fee in Online: 30-01-2013 TO 23-02-2013
Payment of fee in Offline: 01-02-2013 TO 28-02-2013
Date of written examination: 28-04-2013

(A) Essential Academic Qualifications:
Graduation in any discipline from a recognised University or any equivalent qualification recognised as such by the Central Government.
(B) Age Limit: As on 01.01.2013
Not below 21 years and not above 30 years as on 01.01.2013 i.e candidates must have been born not earlier than 02.01.1983 and not later than 01.01.1992 (both days inclusive).
Relaxation in the Upper Age Limit to Reserved category candidates
Upper age is relaxable by
(i) 3 years in the case of OBC candidates.
(ii) 5 years in the case of :(a) SC/ST candidates. (b) Ex-servicemen (including Emergency Commissioned Officers/Short Service Commissioned Officers) who have rendered at least five years continuous Military Service and have been released on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or /on account of physical disability or have been released/discharged on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service or on invalidment (c) Candidates who had ordinarily been domiciled in Kashmir Division of the State ofJammu and Kashmir between 1st January, 1980 and 31st December, 1989.
(iii) 10 years for VH/OH (Gen); 13 years for VH/OH (OBC) and 15 years for VH/OH (SC/ST) candidates.

SC/ST/PWD – Rs. 50/-
General and Others – Rs. 200 /-

Click here to read full advertisement.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

GDS transfers Approved In Gudur Dn

1.Com P.Venkateswarlu GDS Packer Mallam S.O Transferred To Sullurpeta On His Request
2.Com. B.Rajanamma GDS MC Paderu (Chejarla) Transferred To GDS MC Manuduru (Virur) On Her Request

Implementation of the decision of the Hon'ble CAT ..... regarding treatment of Special Pay / Allowance for fixation of pay on promotion / financial upgradation.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Expected DA from 01-01-2013 is 8%


 February 20,21,2013 General Strike - Let us write its historic success

In the National Convention of Workers called by the 11 Central Trade Unions including INTUC, CITU, AITUC, BMS etc., a clarion call was made to organise Two Days Strike on 20-21 February 2013 against the anti-worker policies of the Government and demanding settlement of the issues of the workers, especially in the unorganised sector.

The National Convention of Workers held on 4th September, 2012 in the capital expressed its deep concern and anguish at the total non-response of the Govt. to address the burning Issues of the working people viz containing price-rise, universalisation of social security rights for unorganized sector workers, ensuring proper minimum wages, mass scale contractorisation, rampant violation of labour laws and onslaught on trade union rights etc., despite consistent persuasion by all in united platform of the entire trade union movement in the country through various forms of countrywide programmes and agitations in a democratic manner since last three years. The workers continuous agitations over the years have been simply ignored and side lined and there is no sign of turn the tables on its own by the present Government. 

The Govt. is continuing the same anti people economic policy even seeking to enact legislations in all sectors like FDI in retail and pension that run contrary to the interest of working people and their social security rights besides generating a severe recessionary impact on the national economy.

When all the central trade unions irrespective of their political affiliation are united and issued a strike call to save the nation and its working class in particular, all the other trade unions and organisations have no the only option to fall line with the main stream of the working class and accordingly all the National Federations, All India Unions etc. have already endorsed the strike call of all the central trade unions and preparing for an effective strike. As usual, in its own traditions and the policy decision, the NFPE has already decided and declared to go on strike as per the decisions of the Confederation and started preparations. FNPO has also decided to join the strike and accordingly in the postal sector, the call was given on behalf of the Postal JCA by incorporating the sectional demands of the postal and CG employees’ demands.

The Confederation and the Postal JCA have already released its tour programme to organise the workers for the effective participation in the strike. We cannot be in isolation when the entire working class agitate to save the workers and the common people from the retrograde policies of the present Government. Even though we may have some local problems to organise another strike within two months, we must take it as a challenge and see the cent per cent participation of our membership. It is possible and we are capable of it. We are not going to lose big things except the wages. But it will certainly realise the Govt that the workers are having the right to strike and will not tolerate any decisions affecting the working class and the common people at large.

Never before in the history of the country there has been a nation-wide general strike for two days. There are no such instances in the past where trade unions irrespective of their political affiliations have come together in this manner.

It is our boundan duty to make the strike an historic success in the postal sector. Please organise Gate Meetings and organise comrades for the massive participation in the ensuing strike. Please visit all offices and garner support from all corners duly explaining the justification of demands and our role and responsibilities. Let us take pledge and organise for the ensuing strike

Revision in Passenger Fares from TODAY I.E. 22.01.2013

The Ministry of Railways has issued circular giving details of its decision to revise Passenger Fares from tomorrow i.e. 22.01.2013.  Details of the fare revision are as under:-

Increase in Fare per Passenger Kilo Meter (PKM)
Minimum distance for charge
Second Class Ordinary (Suburban)
02 paise
No change
(existing – 10 Kms)
Second Class Ordinary (Non-Suburban)
03 paise
No change
(existing – 10 Kms)
Second Class
04 paise
50 kms
Sleeper Class
06 paise
No change
(existing – 200 Kms)
AC Chair Car
10 paise
150 kms
AC 3-Tier
10 paise
300 kms
First Class
03 paise
No change
(existing – 100 Kms)
AC 2 - Tier
06 paise
No change
(existing – 300 Kms)
AC First Class
10 paise
No change
(existing – 300 Kms)

2.         Minimum Fare: The Minimum fare chargeable will be Rs. 5.

3.         Development Charge: On the revised basic fares which shall become effective from 22.01.2013, development charge shall not be leviable.

4.         Rounding off of Fares:

(i)                 Fares of all classes except Second Class Ordinary (Suburban):- Chargeable Fares, as obtained after adding Miscellaneous Charges like Reservation Fee, Supplementary charge for Superfast trains, Catering Charge, Service Tax etc. To the Basic Fare, will be rounded off to the next higher multiple of Rs. 5.

(ii)              Second Class (Suburban) Fares:- Chargeable Fares for Second Class Suburban passengers as obtained after adding applicable miscellaneous charges like MUTP Surcharge etc. (as and where application) TO THE Basic Fare, will be rounded off to the next higher multiple of five rupees, except that in cases where  either ‘1’ or ‘6’ comes up as the last digit (i.e. in unit’s place) it will be rounded off to the immediately lower multiple of Rs. 5, i.e. Rs. 11.00, Rs. 21.00, Rs. 31.00 etc. would respectively become Rs. 10.00, Rs. 20.00, Rs. 30.00 etc. and Rs. 6.00, Rs. 16.00, Rs. 26.00 etc. would respectively become Rs. 5.00, Rs. 15.00 and Rs. 25.00 etc. and Fare values ending in Rs. 2, Rs. 3 or Rs. 4 would be getting rounded off to Rs. 5 and those ending in Rs. 7, Rs. 8, or Rs. 9 to Rs. 10 and so on and so forth.

5.         It is also decided that the existing fares of train services like Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Garib Rath, Jan Shatabdi, Duronto, Rajya Rani and Yuva Expresses will similarly be revised to the extent of the proposed increase in class-wise fares.

6.         As per earlier circular of Railway Board dated 26.12.2012, as a special case to facilitate the passengers of Muhakumbh Mela it has been decided if any passenger purchases an unreserved reverse ticket through UTS from any station on Indian Railways for journey to any one of the 12 stations in Allabhbad region serving Mahakumbh Mela and back the reverse ticket will be allowed to be booked upto 15 days in advance excluding the day of journey subject to levy of Mela Surcharge as per extant instructions.  In this case also the difference of fare will be collected on board in the trains in case tickets are booked in advance and before 22.01.2013 in respect of above.

7.         Other Charges:- There is no change in charges for reservation fee etc. Such charges, wherever applicable, which shall continue to be levied additionally.   However, the second class superfast Surcharge shall be rounded off to Rs. 10/-.

8.         The changes in fares as above shall come into force w.e.f. 22.01.2013.

9.         Service tax will be levied as applicable as per instructions issued in this regard.

10.       Instructions issued earlier that in the case of Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi/Duronto Express trains, the concession wherever admissible and in child fare also, it will be granted only in the basic fares and that all other charges (Catering, Reservation Supplementary charges like Superfast Surcharge, Enhanced Charges, Service Tax (if any) etc.) shall be collected in full.  This will be applicable from 01.04.2013

11.       The revised fares will also apply to tickets issued in advance for journeys to commence on or after 22.01.2013.  Until new tickets are printed, old printed card tickets will be issued after having necessary corrections in fares made on them in advance.  Such alterations by the staff would be made preferably by stamp or in ink. 

12.       In the case of tickets already issued at pre-revised rates, it should be ensured that the difference in fares and other charges on or after 22.01.2013 will be recovered either by TTEs on the trains or by the Booking/Reservation Offices before the commencement of journey by passengers. 

The detailed revised passenger fare table effective from 22.1.2013 is available on the  Ministry of Railways website i.e.