Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Quote of the Day June 30

It's never what you say, but how you make it sound sincere. - Marya Mannes

Automatic Refund of Confirmed/ RAC E-Tickets on Cancellation of Trains

Ministry of Railways have decided to grant automatic refund of Confirmed/RAC e-tickets on cancellation of trains similar to waitlisted e-tickets. There shall not be any requirement for cancellation/filing of TDR for refund of e-tickets in case of cancellation of trains. This will become effective very shortly. 

In case of cancellation of trains, PRS counter ticket shall continue to be refunded across the reservation counter as per the existing provisions.

Source : PIB Release, 30.06.2015

Requirement of taking prior permission for leaving station/headquarters from going abroad while on leave.

Requirement of taking prior permission for leaving station / headquarters from going abroad while on leave – Dopt
G.I., Dept. of Per. & Trg., O.M.F.No.11013/8/2015-Estt.A-III, dated 29.6.2015

Subject: Requirement of taking prior permission for leaving station/ headquarters from going abroad while on leave.
Undersigned is directed to say that a need for further streamlining the procedure for grant of permission for going abroad on private visit has been felt. A draft of instructions and the formats for grant of permission are attached. Comments/ views, if any, in this regard may be sent to the e-mail address mp.ramarao@nic.in latest by 10th July, 2015.

To view Department of Personnel & Training OM No.11013/8/2015--Estt.A-III dated 29-06-2015 please Click Here.
All India Postal Employees Union
Gudur Division -524101

The Chief Postmaster General,
Andhrapradesh Circle,

                      Respected sir,
                                                  Sub: Reduction of TRCA to the BPM’s -reg;

                                                   The Honorable chief postmaster General Andhra circle is well known that GDS employees are playing a key role in mobilizing all business schemes viz opening of accounts, sukanya accounts, RPLI and alse recent scheme ‘GOD-JAL’.In some occasions they are making money from their pockets to fulfill the targets. In such a case instead of enhancing the TRCA,TRCA is drastically reducing, which we don’t see in any other department expect in Postal Department. Two examples cases details are furnished hereunder

Name Of Post   Old salary upto 31/03/2015       New salary from 01/04/2015               Net Salary                                                                                                                                                     reduction     
                                  TRCA DA    Total                TRCA    DA     Total                         permonth
1.BPM Akampeta   5270 5955 11225                        4245   4797  9042                              2183
2.BPM DOS Colony5270 5955 11225                        5000   5650  10650                          575

                                          Hence Honorable CPMG is earnestly requested to direct the lower units not to reduce the TRCA which affects the livelihood of their families and safeguard the interests of poor GDS employees

                                                            Thanking you sir,

Gudur                                                                                                     Yours faith fully
29-06-2015                                                                                                     -Sd-
(DSB Purusotham )
Divisional secretary

Latest official News from 7th Pay Commission


            The following is the message which is published in official website of 7th pay commission….

Further to the memoranda received from a variety of Organisations, Federations, Groups representing civil employees in the Government of India as also from the Defence Services, the Commission has had fruitful and wide ranging discussions on relevant issues with all stakeholders. Such interactions have now been concluded. Valuable inputs have been received and the work of compilation and finalization of the report is underway, so that the Commission completes its task in the time frame given to it. Accordingly, any future requests for meeting with the Commission will not be entertained.

Digital India Week

Central Government is considering to increase the eligibility limit of Bonus

Central Government is considering to increase the eligibility limit of bonus from 10000 to 21000.

According to media source, the Central is going to give a green signal to the much awaited decision to raise eligibility limit of bonus from Rs.10000 to 21000. And the calculation ceiling also hike from Rs.3,500 to Rs.7,000

The payment of Bonus (Amendment) ordinance 2007 according to which section 12 of the payment of Bonus Act 1965 had been amended raising the ceiling for calculation purpose from salary of Rs. 2500/-P.M. to Rs. 3500/-P.M. w.e.f. 01.04.2006. And also amended the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 to raise the eligibility limit for payment of bonus from the salary or wage of Rs. 3500/- per month to Rs. 10000/- per month.

Central Government employees are regularly given Productivity Linked Bonus(PLB). Each department announces its bonus days in the month of September. But, since there was an upper limit, only small amounts were given as bonuses. CG Employees Federations all over the country were demanding that the limits should be raised.

Source : Central Govt. Employees News Portal

Age concession to the Persons with Disabilities for direct recruitment under the Central Government

The question of prescribing uniform age-concession for direct recruitment to all Civil Posts/Services under the Central Government has since been examined and in supersession of the previous OMs on the subject, the following has been decided:

(i) Age relaxation of 10 years (15 years for SC/ST and 13 years for OBC candidates) in upper age limit shall be allowed to persons suffering from (a)
blindness or low vision, (b) hearing impairment and (c) locomotor disability or cerebral palsy in case of direct recruitment to all civil posts/services under the Central Government identified suitable to be held by persons with such disabilities, subject to the condition that maximum age of the applicant on the crucial date shall not exceed 56 years.

Click here to view the original DoPT order on the above subject.
Grant of age concession to the Persons with Disabilities suffering from (a) blindness or low vision, (b) hearing impairment and (c) locomotor disability or cerebral palsy for direct recruitment to civil posts/services under the Central Government. (Click the link below for details)
Guides for Direct PA/SA through Staff Selection Commission

Staff Selection Commission has notified for recruitment of Postal Assistant and Sorting Assistant . Tentative number of vacancies: 3523

Written examination will be conducted on Sundays 01.11.2015, 15.11.2015 and 22.11.2015.

The scheme of the examination is detailed below:

General Intelligence (Reasoning)
50 marks
General English
50 marks
50 marks
General Knowledge and Current Affairs
50 marks
200 marks
Negative marks for each wrong answer
0.25 mark 
English Tpye: Speed  35 words per minute

                      Useful guides for the examination

Guide for  General English from Jeevajegan Publications
Rs. 150/-
Guide for  Mathematics from Jeevajegan Publications
Rs. 250/-
Guide for Reasoning from Raman’s  Publications
Rs. 120/-
Guide for General Knowledge from SURA Publications
Rs. 170/-
Type master CD and typing practicing material
Rs.   70/-
Rs,   40/-
Total amount to be remitted
Rs. 800/-
  All books are in English version only

To get the books by Registered Post, please remit Rs. 800/- Eight hundred only by Money Order to the following address:

Madurai 625014.

 Please write the particulars of books required and your cell number in Money order coupon without fail.

IPO Examination books from Shri. P.Karunanithy, Retired Superintendent of Post Offices

Shri. P.Karunanithy,
Retired Superintendent of Post Offices

Guide on  CCS (CCA) and other subjects
Guide on  Compendium of complaints & other subjects
Guide on Manuals  and other subjects
Guide on Law  subjects
Guide on miscellaneous  subjects
Guide on Acts  and other subjects
Website copy of Postal Manual Volume V
Website copy of Postal Manual Volume VII
Website copy of Postal Manual Volume VIII
Questions and answers 2011,2012,2013 &2014
MCQ on Postal Manual Volume VII
Rs.  50/-
MCQ on Constitution
General English
Guide on Post Office Guides
Latest General Knowledge book for the year 2016
Reasoning or Mental ability
Bare Act on Constitution
Bare Act on Consumer Protection Act
Rs.  65/-
Bare Act on RTI
Rs.  75/-
Bare Act on Prevention of Corruption Act
Rs.  35/-

Total amount for books

Rs. 135/-

Total amount for which M.O is to be remitted 
Rs  2800-

Money order is to be remitted to the following address:

Madurai 625014


1.Please contact over phone Cell 094433 29681 before placing indent for my books.

2. Please write  particulars of books required and your cell number in Money order coupon without fail.

Postal Informations

The Department of Posts, which forms a part of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, is responsible for the planning, development, expansion of operation and maintenance of Postal Services in the country.  It also discharges certain agency functions in respect of Savings Bank and other Small Savings Schemes, collection of customs duty on Postal articles and disbursement of pension to Military and Railway pensioners, Family pension to Industrial Employees of Coal Mines etc. 

The Department administers Postal Life Insurance for the benefit of Postal, Telecom and other Central Govt. Employees and Employees of State Governments, Public Sector Undertakings, Nationalized Banks and Local bodies etc. Planning and Policy-making at Headquarters. The Postal Services Board is the apex management body of the Department, comprising the Chairman (who is also the Secretary, Department of Posts and Director General) and six Members.  The six members of the Board hold functional portfolios of Operations, Personnel,   PLI, HRD, Technology and Planning.  The Joint Secretary and Financial Advisor to the Department is a permanent invitee to the Board.  The Secretary, Postal Services Board, assists the Board.  Deputy Directors General, Directors and Assistant Directors General provide necessary support to the Board at the Headquarters. 

Postal Circles For providing postal services, the whole country has been divided  in to 22 Postal circles extending postal services to 30 States and 6 UTs. Each circle is co-terminus with a State except (i) the North Eastern Circle, which comprises six North Eastern States, (ii) Maharashtra circle which includes Goa, (iii) West Bengal Circle includes Sikkim and the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, (iv) Kerala circle includes the Union Territory of Lakshadweep and Mahe District of Puducherry (UT), (v) Punjab Circle includes the Union Territory of Chandigarh, (vi) Gujarat circle includes Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli (UT), (vii) Andhra Pradesh Circle includes  Telangana State and (viii) Tamil Nadu Circle includes Union Territory of Puducherry ( Except Mahe District).

 The Chief Postmaster General heads each Circle.  Each Circle is divided into Regions comprising groups of field units, called Divisions (Postal / RMS Divisions).  Each Region is headed by a Postmaster General.  In the Circles , DAP and Regions, there are other functional supporting logistics units like Circle Stamp Depots,  Postal Store Depots and Mail Motor Service.  

Army Postal Services Over and above these 22 Circles, the communication needs of the armed forces are catered to by the Base Circle.  Base Circle is headed by the Additional Director General, Army Postal Service.  The officer cadre of Army Postal Services is drawn on deputation from the Indian Postal Service.  75 % of the other ranks of the Army Postal Service are drawn from the Department of Posts and the remaining personnel are recruited by the Army. 

Operational Units :-There are 21 GPOs presently functioning in the country. They are:  Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh Circle), Guwahati (Assam Circle), Patna(Bihar), Delhi (Delhi), Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Ambala (Haryana), Shimla (Himachal Pradesh),Sri Nagar (Jammu& Kashmir), Ranchi (Jharkhand),Bangalore (Karnataka),Thiruvanantapuram (Kerala), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh),Mumbai (Maharashtra),Shillong(North East),Bhubaneswar Orissa), Chandigarh(Punjab), Jaipur (Rajasthan),Chennai(Tamil Nadu), Dehradun (Uttrakhand), Lucknow Uttar Pradesh) and Kolkata (West Bengal Circle).
[6/29/2015, 10:00 PM] Kausik chennai: Rafi Ahmed Kidwai National Postal Academy (RAKNPA), Ghaziabad is the Apex Training Institution and caters to the training needs of the managerial cadres of India Post. It conducts induction training of Indian Postal Service officers and mid-carrier training programmes for Indian Postal Service officers. It also conducts Induction Training for Gr.`B‟ officers besides some specialized need based training's on technology, Marketing and other fields of importance.  

There are six Postal Training Centers at Darbhanga, Guwahati, Madurai, Mysore, Saharanpur and Vadodra. These Training Centres cater to the training needs of Inspectorial cadre (Inspector Posts/Assistant Superintendents of Posts) and all Gr. `C‟ employees (Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants. They also conduct induction training for the Inspector Posts and for Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants. 

 383 Workplace Training Centres (WTCs) in circles are operational.  These WTCs cater to the training needs of various categories of staff near their work place.

There are also 5 Zonal Training Centres (ZTCs) which cater to training needs of the Postal Accounts Personnel. Engineering wing comprising of Architectural, Civil and Electrical Engineering disciplines is entrusted with design and construction of all Major & Minor building projects and maintenance of buildings in the Department.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Quote of the Day June 29

The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it. - John Locke

Report on net neutrality to be out soon: Ravi Shankar Prasad

The Financial Express 

By:  | June 27, 2015 5:19 pm

Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday said that the report on net neutrality would be out once the TRAI report is out.

“Report of net neutrality will be out soon. But as I said in the Parliament, I will have to await TRAI report also. We are expecting that the RBI will give license for payment bank to the Department of Post by August,” said Ravi Shankar.

More than 100,000 users have petitioned the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to prohibit telecom operators charging extra money from users and companies to open application faster, and slowing down the speeds for those who don’t pay.

The government has set up a committee that would come out with its internet neutrality report in the second week of May.

Deadline for Exchanging Your Pre-2005 Currency Notes Extended

The deadline to exchange pre-2005 currency notes, including those of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations at banks, has been extended to December 31, 2015. The earlier deadline was June 30.
This is the second time the RBI has extended the deadline.
Seeking cooperation for withdrawing pre-2005 currency notes from circulation,


PLI Loan Condition
  1. Loan is admissible on Whole Life Assurance (WLA), Endowment Assurance (EA) and Convertible Whole Life Assurance (CWLA) policies.
  2. Currency of policy should be minimum of 3 years in case of EA and CWLA.
  3. Currency of policy should be minimum of four years in case of WLA.
  4. Policy should be unencumbered/ unassigned.

Loan Limit:

(a) Whole Life Assurance
Currency of Policy Percentage of surrender value on which loan is admissible
More than 4 years to 7 years 60% More than 7 years to 12 years 80%
More than 12 years 90%
(b) Endowment Assurance and Convertible Whole Life Assurance

Currency of Policy Percentage of surrender value on which loan is admissible
More than 3 years to 5 years 60%
More than 5 years to 10 years 80%
More than 10 years 90%
  • Insurant should apply on LI-35 (loan application) and send to nearest CPC (at any HPO) along with policy document and premium receipt book or PDOC. Second and subsequent loan is admissible. (can be availed any time after repayment of previous loan) 
  • Second and subsequent loan is admissible after a year if the first loan is fully repaid. 
  • Loan interest @ 10% p.a is calculated on six monthly basis