Monday, February 8, 2016

39th All India Conference at Jaipur on 13th and 14th February 2016 .... Open session

It has been reported by Organizing Committee of All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendent Posts, Rajasthan Circle that open session of 39th All India Biennial Conference will be inaugurated by Lt. Col. D. K. S. Chauhan, Chief Postmaster General, Rajasthan Circle in the presence of Shri Dushyant Mudgal, Director Postal Services (HQ) Jaipur on 14th February 2016 at 13.00 hours. 

Organizing Committee will finalize the details of two days programme soon and reported to all concerned. Mean while those circles who have yet not reported their arrival / departure particulars are once again requested to give the same immediately to Circle Secretary through email on and also remit the amount of donation coupons. 

London's vintage Mail Rail to be opened to public in 2017

The Mail Rail, a little-known underground railway running beneath the streets of London, will open to the public in early 2017 as part of a new Postal Museum.
The Mail Rail, a little-known underground railway running beneath the streets of London, will open to the public in early 2017 as part of a new Postal Museum.
 The railway, which began operation in 1927, was the world's first driverless, electric railway, linking sorting offices from Paddington to Whitechapel. It closed in 2003 as the sorting offices it served were sold off, but after years of fundraising it is set to open to the public for the first time.
Two new Mail Rail trains will be built to carry passengers 1km into the network on a loop from the new Postal Museum near the Royal Mail sorting office at Mount Pleasant.
Visitors to the underground railway, which lies about 70 feet below the streets of London, will spend around 15 minutes on trains following a small loop of the much larger network. The trains aren't able to venture any further into the tunnels due to a lack of fire exits.
During the ride, a fake power cut will be accompanied by stories and sounds of those who worked on the network. On the platforms video projection mapping will be used to tell more of the railway's history.
Historian and broadcaster Dan Snow said the history of the Royal Mail was that of "the most important social network in the history of the world".
"This is a stunning part of our industrial heritage," he added, before literally taking a sledgehammer to a wall as part of the symbolic groundbreaking ceremony. Work will now start to transform the abandoned Mail Rail into an attraction that hopes to draw 180,000 people a year.
To date, £26 million has been raised to complete the refit. Those wishing to donate to the project in a more unique way can pay £250 to have their name placed on one of the new sleepers that will support the tracks.

The Postal Museum, which will be situated across the road from the Mail Rail, will track the full 500 year history of Britain's postal network, from the first Postmaster General appointed by Henry VIII to the present day service.
Items on show will include the only remaining full sheets of Penny Black stamps in the world and the first ever pillar box, built in 1857 and coloured red rather than green.
A basic ticket, granting entry to the Postal Museum and Mail Rail exhibition will cost £9. Those wishing to ride the Mail Rail train will have to buy a full ticket, priced at £14.50 for adults.
Since it closed in 2003 the Mail Rail has been left almost untouched. In recent years just three engineers have maintained the network, a huge change from what was once a bustling part of London's postal service.
The new Postal Museum and Mail Rail will open in early 2017.

Govt. will allot 1.10 Lakh Crore in budget to implement 7th CPC and OROP : F.M.

The Budget 2016 needs to provide Rs 1.10 lakh crore for implementing the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme and 7th Pay Commission award, besides a higher allocation for the farmsector, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday.
Addressing the Consultative Committee attached to the Finance Ministry, he also said that India has a potential to grow at a much faster pace even as he exuded confidence that fiscal deficit target for the current financial year will be within target.
The 7th Pay Commission in November had recommended an increase in remuneration of about one crore government employees and pensioners, which are estimated to impose an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore in 2016-17. The new pay scales, subject to acceptance by the government, will come into effect on January 1, 2016.

Clarification regarding Issuance of India Post ATM Card

1. Whether ATM cards can be issued to Illiterate account holders.?
Yes. Just like how account opening is being and also with drawls by Illiterate people is done, the same procedure (witness) may be followed for giving ATM cards to illiterates. However do keep in mind and inform the customer that if any malpractices is being done in their ATM card by the person who is operating their card (if incase), we are not responsible. May be get a letter from the customer before issuing cards to them that they fully understand these conditions.
2. Whether ATM cards can be issued to account holders of other SOLs ?
( Including town sub offices) as the account holders of near by offices are requesting for issue of ATM cards. And detailed procedure is wanting for SOL change/transfer of account from one PO to other PO if specifically requested by the depositor by written letter or producing SB 10(b).
NO. ATM cards should be given to HO account holders only at present. Cards for SOs will be given in future.
3. Whether ATM cards can be issued to all joint holders(A, B, C) or only to first holder.?
ATM cards can be given for single account holder and Joint B(E OR S). For joint B, primary account holder to be given ATM card.

Seventh Pay Commission: Good News! PMO orders to speed up process; notification soon

New Delhi, Feb 6: This will definitely cheer up all the central government employees who are disappointed at the moment as government is delaying the implementation of Seventh Pay Commission. Sources say that after One Rank One Pension, notification for 7th CPC could be released in coming months.
 Reportedly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ordered officials to speed up review process so that it could be implemented soon. Modi has asked Committee of Secretaries to provide maximum benefits to central staff.
Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha headed empowered committee which was appointed to overview whole process has been told to accept pay commission's recommendations without diluting them. PMO wants committee to review all the recommendations as soon as possible, so that Cabinet could take final decision over the same.
 One of the officials was quoted by the Express News as saying, "The committee has been told to address the genuine concerns raised by stakeholders and accommodate their demands as much as possible. Although, there is indication that the committee may suggest some changes keeping in mind representations from middle and junior level, the decision will be taken after consultations with all the stakeholders. The entire process will take a couple of months". 
Meanwhile, reports also say that in coming months, notification for 7th pay commission could be issue. A Finance Ministry source was quoted by news reports as saying, "One Rank One Pension (OROP) is now going to be implemented after notification. Hence Finance Ministry will issue the notification of ‘Pay Commission award' in forthcoming months".

I-T Dept Cautions Taxpayers Against Sharing PINs, Passwords

New Delhi: The Income Tax Department today cautioned taxpayers not to share their PIN or password of mails, saying it never asks for such details.
In a statement, the department said it is to ensure that taxpayers are aware the department does not seek confidential or financial information of the taxpayer over email.“The Income Tax Department never asks for your PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts through e-mail,” it said.
“The Income Tax Department appeals to taxpayers not to respond to such emails and NOT to share information relating to their credit card, bank and other financial accounts,” it added.The Income Tax Department has been at the forefront of using technology in implementing its e-governance initiatives, it said, adding, most of its routine communication to taxpayers is through email and SMS.
“Therefore, the department is very sensitive and alert to attempts made by fraudsters to spoof the Department’s identity to send phishing emails,” it said.The statement further said all taxpayer reports of phishing emails are forwarded to which is a government of India agency mandated to fight against such threats.
Further, the department has implemented best practices such as SPF (Sender Policy Framework), DKIM (Domain Keys Identified Mail) and DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance) for its email domains.Use of these protocols enables the email receiver domains such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail etc to determine whether or not a received email is actually from the defined sender such as the Department and block phishing emails from reaching the taxpayer, it said.
Listing out dos and don’ts, it has asked the taxpayers to check for the domain name carefully as fake emails will have miss-pelt or incorrect sounding variants of websites of the Income Tax department.
“Do not open such emails in spam or junk folder and do not reply to such emails. Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain malicious code,” it said.
Do not click on any links and even if you have clicked on links inadvertently in a suspicious e-mail or phishing website then do not enter confidential information like bank account, credit card details, it added.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Employees union seeks PM’s intervention for early release of Pay Commission award

Jammu: An employees union Tuesday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention for early release of the Seventh Pay Commission award.The National Mazdoor Conference (NMC) President Subash Shastri sought the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention for early release of Seventh Pay Commission award for central government employees and requested him to ask the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (COS) to early finalize the review of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations for cabinet nod.
Shastri has expressed concern over the slow processing of Seventh Pay Commission recommendations implementation.Shastri also urged Prime Minister Modi to provide sufficient fund to state governments for starting their preparation to implement the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations for state government employees.
An Empowered Committee of Secretaries, headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, has been set up on January 27, to process for implementation the report of the Seventh Pay Commission.The first meeting of the Empowered Committee of Secretaries was held on Tuesday to formulate action points for processing Seventh Pay Commission report but the minutes of the meeting were not released on Tuesday.
An Implementation Cell has also been created in the Finance Ministry which works as the Secretariat of the Committee.
The 900-page report of the Seventh Pay Commission headed by Justice A K Mathur was presented to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on November 19 with a recommendation that the new scales will be implemented from January 1 this year.
The pay commission recommended a 14.27 per cent increase in basic pay, the lowest in 70 years. The previous Sixth Pay Commission had recommended a 20 per cent hike which the government doubled while implementing it in 2008.
The Pay Commission has recommended a total 23.55 per cent increase in salary, allowances and pension, along with a virtual one rank one pension (OROP) for central government employees.

The minimum pay has been recommended to be raised to Rs 18,000 per month from current Rs 7,000 while the maximum pay, drawn by the Cabinet Secretary, has been fixed at Rs 2.5 lakh per month from current Rs 90,000. For the Secretaries it has been fixed at Rs 2.25 lakh as against Rs 80,000 currently.
The Empowered Committee may bring slight changes to the Pay Commission recommendation within the government’s expenditure Rs 1.02 lakh crore in 2016.In a significant recommendation, the Pay Commission’s report favored introduction of a health insurance insurance scheme for central government employees and pensioners and doubling the gratuity ceiling to Rs 20 lakh.