Tuesday, January 20, 2015

DOP likely to set up seperate entity for e-commerce by next year

NEW DELHI: The Department of Posts (DoP) may set up a separate entity for handling e-commerce services by next year to cash in on the burgeoning demand for delivery and logistics.

According to sources, during a recent meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, DoP said it aims to conduct a financial feasibility study for setting up a separate entity for e-commerce by October this year and start the operations by next year.Sources said DoP may appoint an on-board consultant for development and operationalisation of business and marketing strategy for commerce market by July this year.

Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had earlier said India Post with the world's largest postal network is best suited to offer delivery services to e-commerce firms.India Post has over 1.55 lakh post offices of which around 1.40 lakh are in the rural areas. On an average, a post office serves an area of 21.21 sq. km and a population of 7,175 people.Sources said DoP would strengthen e-commerce vertical in terms of resources and infrastructure by April and set up parcel processing hubs, dedicated transmission and mechanised delivery system by July this year.

The Department already has a tie-up with domestic e-commerce players such as Flipkart, Snapdeal, Amazon and Shopclues among others and for international e-commerce, the Department has entered into agreements with e-Bay and Japan Post.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.

In December last year, the Task Force had submitted its report to Prasad. It noted that with India Posts overseeing Rs 6 lakh crore in deposits, it is second only to the country's largest bank SBI.The report suggested that the government should set up a holding company under the DoP for immediate roll out of banking, insurance and e-commerce services.The holding company should have five different verticals, and three of them -- banking, insurance and e-commerce -- can start working immediately.

PS Group B examination 2003-06- revision of results

Directorate vide Memo No. A.34018/27/2009-DE dated 15th January 2015 has declared result of one candidate of PS Gr. B examination 2003-06 held from 16th to 17th February, 2008. 
In compliance of the order dated 8/10/2013 pronounced by the  Hon'ble High Court of Judicature of Andhra Pradesh of Hyderabad in WP No. 21345/2008 filed by Shri P. Balasubrahmanyam, ASP, Visakhapatnam Region in OA No. 1012/2008 of Hon'ble CAT Hyderabad Bench, the competent authority has ordered to declare the result of Shri P. Balasubrahmanyam, ASP Visakhapatnam Region as selected for PS Gr. B cadre in PS Gr. B Examination 2003-06 and to include his name in the selected list of PS Gr. B Examination 2003-06.
He is to be accommodated against existing / future OC vacancy in IP Line of PS Gr. B Examination 2003-06 held on 16th and 17th February 2008 and he will get the seniority after the last candidate who has been appointed in PS Gr. B cadre on regular basis as of now. He shall not be entitiled to be paid any back wages.
The orders of the High Court of Judicature of Andhra Pradesh at Hyderabad is specific to this case and will not be applicable to any other case.

7th CPC- estimated pay scales shows substantial increase in salary for CG employees

New Delhi, There is a good news for Central Government employees that 7th Central Pay Commission’s report will be implemented with effect from 01.01.2016. Central Government employees are expecting merger of dearness allowance, increase in other allowances such as house rent, children education allowances etc. with the implementation of this report.

With the beginning of 2016, pay scales proposed by 7th pay commission will be implemented. Our reports suggests that expected pay structure would be similar that we have produced. If this happens then there would be three times jump in the salaries of central government employees.7th pay commission has reiterated that ratio between the minimum and maximum pay scales proposed by 6th pay commission was 1:12. It has also reiterated that there are lots of anomalies left, after the implementation of 6th pay commission and those anomalies will certainly be taken care of. It is expected that ratio between the minimum and maximum pay would be 1:13. This will certainly be anoying factor for employees unions.

Employees unions are studying estimated pay scales and would certainly be registering its suggestions soon.Till date central government has notified six pay commissions before notifying seventh in February 2014. First central pay commission was notified in 1946, second CPC in 11957, Third CPC in 1970, Fourth CPC in 1983, Fifth in 1994 and sixth in 2006.Report of sixth pay commissoin was implemented w.e.f. 01.01.2016. Sixth pay commission had proposed many newthing such as children education allowance and transport allowance.

It further prposed increase in all allowances by 25% with the increase in dearness allowance to 50% to counter rising inflation. It had also proposed two year child care leave for women employees. These measures were widely welcomed by central government employees. These measures were widely welcomed by central government employees. 6th pay commission had also proposed to modify assured career progression scheme and introduced Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACP).Now central government employees are expecting modification in allowances and schemes. Employees are expecting increase in house rent, children education allowance, transport allowance and other allowances. Employees are also expecting that currency of Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme will be reduced to five years from 10 years. Employees unions are demanding upgradation in grade pay after five years, if the employee doeno’t get the benefit promotion in five years time.

Central government employees are also expecting that 7th pay commission would recommend permanent solution to merger of dearness allowance with basci pay if it crosses 100% mark.Employees are also expecting increase in annual increment from 3% to 5%. One bone of contention for central government employees is Grade pay Rs. 5400. This grade pay falls both in PB-2 and PB-3. Employees are expecting increase in grade pay Rs.5400 which falls in PB-3 so that on promotion employees get increase in grade pay along with increase in increment @5% (current increment is 3%).City compensatory allowance was stopped by 6th pay commission. Employees’ unions wants that city compensatory allowance be restored according to the class of cities.

Expectations are very high let’s see how much 7th pay commission fulfills those. But it is certain that 7th pay commission will bring cheers to around 80 lakhs central government employees and pensioners.