Tuesday, 19 August 2014

SRM Transports joins hands with India Post

Cashing in on the retail network of India Post, omnibus operator SRM Transports India has tied up with India Post to book bus tickets across Tamil Nadu.
The over 100-crore SRM Transport operates close to 500 vehicles connecting all key cities across Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Puducherry. The company recently launched ‘Dial-in’ services for ticketing, where by travellers can block tickets from anywhere.
The tie-up with India Post is expected to offer booking tickets through the Internet.
“As the Internet is yet to penetrate in a big way into rural geographies, the India Post tie-up will come in handy for us,” explained Vivek Sivaraman, Chief Executive Officer, SRM Transport.
According to SC Barmma, Postmaster General (Mails & Business Development), who launched the service at a press conference here on Monday, said consumers can book SRM Bus tickets at post offices. To start with 94 post offices across Tamil Nadu will offer this service, and it will be extended to over 2,000 post offices in the State in a phased manner.
Ravi Pachamoothoo, Chairman, SRM Group, said the company is keen on expanding its network across the South through hub-and-spokes model. At present, it operates from Chennai and Bangalore as hubs.
More cities
The plan is to have more cities, such as Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruchi, Mysore, Thiruvananthapuram and Hyderabad as hubs connecting various points around these cities. He also expressed the company’s tie-up with India Post for its cargo services as well.
Besides, the company plans to double its fleet in the next couple of years.
“We are also open to expand our network through acquisitions,” said Sivaraman.

India Post set to hit the ground running when it gets bank licence

Banks in India had better sit up and take notice of this lumbering giant of a competitor, waiting in the wings to steal a march on them.
By seeking to engage a service provider who can supply up to 1.5 crore ATM/ debit cards in three years, the Department of Posts (DOP) is truly gearing up for its foray into banking.
The Department, which falls under the administrative control of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, may either source magnetic stripe cards or chip-based cards, or a combination of both, depending on the requirement.
It will issue cards in association with RuPay, VISA, and MasterCard, according to information on its website.
Also known as India Post, DOP is expected to become a Payments Bank once the central bank finalises its guidelines for differentiated bank licensing.
In its draft guidelines on Payments Banks, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said the primary objective of setting up such banks is to further financial inclusion by providing small savings accounts and payments/ remittance services to the migrant labour workforce, low-income households, small businesses, unorganised sector entities and other users.
Payments Banks are expected to achieve their objectives by enabling high-volume, low-value transactions in deposits and payments / remittance services in a secure technology-driven environment.
Given that it is already engaged in such activities, it will likely be a case of seamless integration into a new avatar for India Post.
Currently, India Post provides mail, financial and retail services through more than 1.5 lakh post offices.
Systems integrator
The Postal Department set the ball rolling for its banking foray about two years back by hiring a financial services systems integrator to implement core banking solutions at all post offices and circle processing offices and installing ATMs at 1,000 locations across the country.
(This article was published on August 13, 2014)

REF: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/banking/india-post-set-to-hit-the-ground-running-when-it-gets-bank-licence/article6313872.ece

Why do we join Union?

Smt. Nandita Mohanty

Chairperson, Women Sub-Committee
AIPEU, Gr-C, Bhubaneswar Division 

 With the evolution of society and growth in social needs there is a sharp development in industrialization. It involves use of modern technology and employment of large number of workers. As large number of people are involved,  it becomes necessary to safe guard the interest of the workers. They need to be organized to fulfil their demands in respect of salary, welfare and social security. There comes the concept of `Union’. 

          So, union is the long-term association of workers to advance and protect the interest of members of the union in the working relationship. According to Flippo “A labor union or a trade union is an organization of workers formed to protect, promote and improve through collective action, the social, economic and political interest of its members.” 

          Whenever any employee joins a union, he has some expectations in his mind. He may join the union for the following reasons:- 

·          Economic benefits: When any employee joins an organization the main interest is the salary or wage. As the social status of a person is defined by the economic standard he carries, more emphasis is given to the economic benefits. But any single individual has very little bargaining capacity as compared to the huge power of the management. He thinks, if he joins the union, union will fight for the economic interest of the employee as the union has great bargaining capacity to get its demands accepted by the management.  But the union has also its own limitations. It can bargain on the genuine ground according to the prevailing rules. It can demand for the economic up-gradation when the organization is economically sound. For that the employees have to give their hundred percent so that union can demand enhancement of monetary benefits. Because no organization will give any economic benefit unless and until it is economically sound. At that time expectation of economic advancement is baseless. 

·          Platform for self-expression: At the primitive days of industrialization, lives of the workers were like slaves without any voice against the tyranny of the management. They used to live at the mercy of the management. They couldn’t raise their voice against un-hygienic working conditions, hard work, low wage, long and inconvenient hours of working etc. Self-expression and individuality were totally prohibited. But the desire for self-expression is a fundamental drive which can’t be ignored. By joining the union the employees get a platform for self-expression. The union provides the mechanism through which employees can make their voice heard by the top management. Union serves as the communicating device between the employees and the management.  Sometimes due to low perspective and narrow-mindedness, some can’t understand the long-term views taken by the organization in the context of overall growth of the organization and employees. Anything which does not result in immediate reward becomes unattractive to them. This attitude results in the difference in views and conflict in union. One thing we should keep in mind that union is by the employees, for the employees and of the employees. So to be in union, one should go beyond oneself. 

·          Check-bar on arbitrary action of the management: The employees join the union to fight against the arbitrary action of the management. It works like a brake to the monopoly of the management. Employees expect a just and fare dealing from the management on the basis of the prevailing rules and regulations. Union  serves a checkmate when management goes beyond the prevailing rules and take action against the employees which is irrational, unlawful or  discriminatory. Thus union safe- guards the interest of the employees. 

·          Security :  The employees join union because they think that at the time of need the union will stand by them. They can get the protection from hazards and economic insecurities at the time of illness, accidents, unemployment etc. For example, trade union ensures compensation to the injured workers under the Workman’s Compensation Act 1923, secures the retirement benefits under Gratuity Act 1972 and PF Act 1952, employees’ health, social security, payment of wage, bonus, insurance, maternity benefit etc. and other welfare measures by compelling the management to abide by these. With the union, employees feel safe and secure both mentally and physically. 

·          Employee-employer relationship:  The employee may not have easy access to the top management. But union is the proper machinery which maintains a sound communication between the employer and the employee. Employees feel attached to the organization by this. If the relation between the employer and employees is good then industrial disputes, conflicts, strikes and lock-outs can be avoided. 

·          Sense of participation: Sense of participation is also a fundamental desire among the employees. They expect that their voice should be heard in making decisions in the organization. This is known as the Workman’s Participation. Being in the union, they can make their voice heard by the management in matters affecting them and can also influence to take a correct decision. 

·          Sense of belongingness: When any employee joins an organization the sense of belongingness is developed inside him. He tries to feel that he is the integral part of the organization. For that he may join the union. Because his co-workers are with the union. He may have the feeling that if he will not join the union he will be odd man out and can’t get any assistance at the time of need. On the contrary, when he is in the union he feels that he is attached with the organization and experiences a feel-good factor. He begins to think that he has some importance in the organization and among the co-workers. 

·          Background factor: Some who are born and brought up in the industrial area or in the organizational background where the society members and members of the family are attached with the union, join the union as a nature of practice. Here the past history works. As a result,  they think it obvious and natural enough to join the union. 

Though it is the mere truth that union is for the safe-guard of the employees, we can’t use it as the weapon against the management. If management strives for the long term benefit of the organization which may sound unreal on the today’s back ground,  then union also has to think in that angle for the mutual benefit. We should aspire for the long term benefits because our next generation may get the fruit out of it. We have to make the union strong for the bright future.

 Source : http://aipeup3bbsr.blogspot.in/

NFPE Special Appeal to the leaders of affiliated unions

Central Head quarter
1st Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi - 110 001

No. PF-01/2014                                                                                                                     Dated: 12.08.2014

         All Circle Secretaries  of affiliated unions/Associations
         All NFPE CHQ Office bearers
         All General Secretaries


Dear Cmrades,

The Central Working Committee of All India Postal Casual part-Time Contingent & Contract Workers Federation has met at NFPE office on 12-08-2014. Com.M.Krishnan, Secretary General, NFPE, Com.R.Sivannarayana, All India President, P-3 CHQ, Com.P.Pandurangarao, General Secretary, AIPEU GDS (NFPE), Com.V.Murugan, Financial Secretary, AIPEU GDS (NFPE), Com.R.N.Parashar, Asst. Secretary General, NFPE CHQ attended and addressed the meeting. Com.D.Sivagurunathan, All India Vice President presided the meeting. Com.P.Mohan, General Secretary presented the work report.

After a detailed discussion following decisions are taken :

1. State Committees (either elected or ad hoc) should be formed in all remaining States before   November 15th, 2014. NFPE CHQ shall issue instructions to all Circle Secretaries to take initiative and complete the formation of State Committees before 15.11.2014.
2.2nd All India Conference of the Federation will be held in the month of February 2015. All Circle Secretaries of Maharashtra Circle shall extend full support and guidance for the success of the AIC.
3.Decided to convene next Central Working Committee meeting on 23rd and 24h November 2014 at Dwaraka (Gujrat) along with the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of NFPE.
4.Decided to Register the All India Federation under Trade Union Act. Com.P.Mohan, General Secretary is authorized to complete this work.
5.Decided to file a case before the National Human Rights Commission. General Secretary is authorized to file the case.
6.Decided to publish a “Compilation of all Rulings relating to Casual Labourers” during the next AIC. Com.M.Krishnan, Secretary General, NFPE is authorized to complete this work.

NFPE CHQ once again requested all the Circle Secretaries of NFPE unions to form State Committees of Causal, Part-time Contingent & Contract Workers Federation in all Circles before 15.11.2014. It is also requested to all the Casual Labour Federation leaders to make the above decisions a grand success.

With warm greetings
Comradely yours,

General Secretary
Secretary General


Less Government More Governance

A citizen friendly and accountable administration is the focus of the Government. A series of steps to achieve this goal have been initiated. These include simplification of procedures, identification and deletion of archaic laws/rules, identification and shortening of various forms, leveraging technology to bring in transparency in public interface and a robust public grievance redress system. Promotion of Self-Certification in place of affidavits and attestation by Gazetted Officers is one important step in this regard. This greatly reduces the time and effort on the part of both the citizen as well as the Government officials.

Leveraging the power of information technology brings with it the advantage of transparency and speed. One of the focus areas of Government is to reduce the decision making layers to the minimum while allowing for faster means of information sharing/dissemination.

The Government has launched a website mygov@nic.in for this purpose. This is a citizen centric platform to empower people to connect with the Government and contribute towards good governance. Suggestions are also received on the PMO website. It also seeks expert advice from the people, thoughts and ideas on various topics that concern India. Citizens can join the discussion to share, debate and add value.

Dr. Jitendra Singh Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions gave this information in Lok Sabha today in a written reply to a question by Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Shri B. Vinod Kumar and Shri Anantkumar Hegde

Women in Government Service - Recommendations of Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee

Women in Government Service

In order to encourage the women to join Government service, they are provided some special facilities as maternity leave, child care leave, child adoption leave, special allowance to women with disability, provision of crèche facility, posting of husband and wife at the same station, special priority in allotment of residential accommodation, provision for protection of women from acts of sexual harassment, age relaxation for appointment to widows, divorced woman and woman judicially separated from their husbands and who are not remarried, special dispensation for woman officers of All India Services of North East cadre, change of Cadre in case of marriage of All India Service Officer and exemption from payment of fee for examinations conducted by the Union Public Service Commission and Staff Selection Commission. 

As per the recommendations of the 62nd Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee, publicity to encourage women to prefer/join Government Service is being given. There is a provision for age relaxation for appointment in Government service for Widows, divorced Women and Women judicially separated from husbands and not re-married upto 35 years for posts of Group C filled through Staff Selection Commission/Employment Exchange (upto 40 years for members of Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes). 

Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Dr. Jitendra Singh gave this information in Rajya Sabha today in a written reply to a question by Shri T.K. Rangarajan and Shrimati Gundu Sudharani.

Clarification on differenct scenarious being faced or likely to be faced by Post Offices after implementation of CBS

CLICK HERE  FOR  VIEW the SB order no. 8/2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ref: Circular No. 18                                                                                  Dated – 17.08.2014


All CHQ office Bearers
All Affiliated organizations
All State C-O-Cs


Dear Comrades,

The National Sectt. of the Confederaton met at New Delhi on 11.08.2014 to consider the follow up action required in the matter of some of the pressing issues on which Confederation had organized series of agitational programmes prior to the commencement of the Election process of the 16th Lok Sabha. The CHQ has received reports from various affiliaties to the effect that they have all endorsed the common memorandum, the Confederation had submitted to the 7th CPC. Most of the affiliates have emailed copies of the respective memorandum to the CHQ. Those who have not sent copies are requested to do so without further loss of time. This will enable the Confederation to write to the 7th CPC to provide an opportunity to these organisations to tender oral evidence to explain and elucidate their submissions in the memorandum.

The meeting noted that there has been only negative response from the Government on the issues of Interim Relief and merger of DA. We have already sent to you a copy of our letter addressed to the Seretary, Staff Side, JCM National Council, (Com. Shivgopal Mishra) which is yet to be responded. The meeting considered the following issues as important, the pursuance of which must not brook any delay, especially in the background that the 7th CPC has formally written to the Government asking it to indicate the course of action required to be taken on the memorandum of the staff side on Interim Relief and marger of DA.

1.      Merger of DA with pay for all employees with effect from 01.01.2014 including Gramin Dak sewaks and pensioners.
2.      Grant of Interim Relief to all employees including Gramin Dak Sewaks and Pensioners.
3.      Inclusion of Gramind Dak sevaks under the purview of 7th Central pay Commission.
4.      Scrap PFRDA Act and grant of statutory pension to all.
5.      Date of effect of 7th CPC recommendations should be 01.01.2014.
6.      Regularisation and revision of wages of casual laboures and contract workers.
7.      Removal of 5% condition for compassionate appointments.
8.      Fill up al vacant posts and creation of new posts wherever justified.
9.      Stop downsizing, outsourcing, contractorisation and privatisation of Government functions.
10.  Grant Productivity linked Bonus to all without ceiling; compute Bonus as weighted average of PLB for those not covered by PLB agreement.
11.  Revise OTA and NDA and implement arbitration awards.

The meeting also considered the policy perception of the new Government in the light of the administrative price hike in petroleum products, the proposals in the Railway and General Budget, the steep hike in the freight and passenger fares of Railways, the decision to hike FDI in Defence Production, Railway Infrastructure and Insurance sectors, disinvestment of public sector including nationalized banks and have come to the inescapable conclusion that under Narendra Modi dispensation, the neo-liberal policies, as expected, will only be intensified and the promised “Achche Din” is for the Corporate giants of the country. The last session of the Parliament witnessed the determination of the NDA Government in changing the labour laws on the lines of the enactment made by Rajasthan Government of Vasundhara Raje Scindhia by virtue of which in almost 90% of the manufacturing units in India, the employers are permitted to indulge in hire and fire policy, for the existing regulations will be dispensed with.

The meeting came to the decision that the confederation must organise serious and prolonged campaign, preferably in unison with the Railway and Defence Federations. We will pursue our consultation with those Federations to reach a common approach in the matter. Since it might take some more time, the meeting decided to pursue the demands through a demonstrative programme.

11th September 2014       -      Submission of the Charter of Demands along with a brief Note to all heads of offices by arranging demonstration in front of all offices; the branch level/district/divisional/state level leaders will explain the demands especially the memorandums on interim relief, DA merger and GDS issues.
19th September 2014       -      Dharna between 10 AM to 3 PM at all important state/districts/divisional centres.
25th September 2014       -      Dharna between 10 AM to 3 PM at New Delhi with participation of the leaders of all affiliates and the members working in the city of Delhi (at a central place-to be decided by the Confederation Delhi State committee).

Confederation office Bearers will meet again at Delhi on 26.09.2014, 5 PM to decide further course of action. Confederation will bring out pamphlets and bulletins to explain various issues like minimum wage, DA, Bonus, GDS problems  etc. shortly as part of an education campaign. The detailed campaign programe to be undertaken after Diwali festival will be intimated later.

Comradely yours,

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General


அன்புத் தோழர்களுக்கு வணக்கம். கடந்த 08.08.2014 அன்று நமது CPMG  உடனான நேர்காணலில்  PTC  மதுரையில் MACP  I  மற்றும் MACP  II பயிற்சிக்கான தோழர்/ தோழியர்களுக்கு  எதிர்வரும் 29.08.2014 விநாயகர் சதுர்த்தி நாளன்று ஊருக்கு வந்து திரும்பவும் 30.08.2014 திரும்பிட சிரமம் ஏற்படும் என்பதை சுட்டிக் காட்டி  TRAINING  SCHEDULE  இல் மாறுதல் வேண்டினோம் என்பதை ஏற்கனவே நமது வலைத்தளத்தில் பிரசுரித்திருந்தோம். 

அதன் பின்  நேற்று (13.08.2014) இது குறித்து கடிதம் அளித்திடக் கோரினார்கள்.  மாநிலம் முழுதும் உள்ள பல்வேறு கோட்டங்களில்  நம் தோழர்களிடம்  இருந்து வந்த கோரிக்கையின் அடிப்படையில்  நாம் 30.08.2014 க்கு பதிலாக 24.08.2014 அன்று வகுப்பு  மாற்றித் தந்தால் 28.08.2014 உடன்  பயிற்சி முடியும் என்று  வேண்டினோம். இதன் மீது  இன்று நடவடிக்கை எடுத்து  மதுரை அஞ்சல் பயிற்சி மைய இயக்குனருக்கு நம் CPMG  அவர்கள் கடிதம் அனுப்பியுள்ளார்கள். 

MACP  I  MACP    II  TRAINING  மட்டுமல்லாமல்  PTC  மதுரையில் உள்ள அனைத்து TRAINING  வகுப்புகளும் எதிர்வரும்  30.08.2014 அன்று ரத்து செய்து அன்றைய தினம்  விடுமுறை அளிக்குமாறும் , அதற்கு பதிலாக அனைத்து TRAINING களும் 24.08.2014 க்கு மாற்றிட வேண்டியும் கடிதம்  அனுப்பப் பட்டுள்ளது.  

ஊழியர்கள் பிரச்சினையில் பரிவுடன்  உடன் நடவடிக்கை எடுத்த நமது CPMG  திரு. T. மூர்த்தி அவர்களுக்கும் , DPS  HQ  திரு. A . கோவிந்தராஜன் அவர்களுக்கும் , இதற்கு உறுதுணையாக உடன் செயல்பட்ட AD STAFF  திரு .ஆறுமுகம் அவர்களுக்கும்  ஊழியர்கள் சார்பாக நம் மாநிலச் சங்கத்தின் நன்றியைத் தெரிவித்துக் கொள்கிறோம்.! 

கீழே பார்க்க  CPMG  அவர்களின் கடித நகலை :-



          சென்னை GPO

சென்னை GPO  வில் எழுத்தராக பணி புரிய தேர்வுக்குள்ளான தோழியர். R . ரிஸ்வான் பேகம் என்பவர் INDUCTION  TRAINING  இல் PTC , மதுரையில் இருந்த போது கடந்த 06.08.2014 அன்று திடீரென்று அவரது கணவர் அகால மரணமடைந்ததால் விடுப்பெடுத்து சென்னை வந்தார்.  அவரது கணவரின் இறுதிச் சடங்குகள் முடிந்து மீண்டும் அவர் PTC க்கு செல்லக் கோரியபோது , அவருக்குண்டான இரண்டு நாள்  விடுப்பு தாண்டியதால் அனுமதிக்க இயலாது என்று  PTC  யில் மறுத்துவிட்டனர்.  அதிகப்படியான விடுப்புக்கு ஈடாக பணிப்  பயிற்சி நீட்டிப்பு செய்யக் கோரியும் நிர்வாகம் ஏற்கவில்லை. 

இந்தப் பிரச்சினை குறித்து அந்தத் தோழியர் நமது GPO கிளைச் செயலர் தோழர். முரளி மூலம்  மாநிலச் சங்கத்தை அணுகி உதவிட வேண்டினார்.  எனவே நம் மாநிலச் செயலர் விடுமுறை நாளில் தொலைபேசியில்  நமது PMG CCR  அவர்களை அழைத்துப் பேசி  உதவிட வேண்டினார். PMG CCR அவர்களும்  PTC  நிர்வாகம் தனது    நிர்வாக வரம்புக்குள் இல்லையென்ற போதிலும் , பாதிக்கப்பட்ட பெண் தோழியரின்  சூழ்நிலையை கருத்தில் கொண்டு  அவருக்கு உதவிடவேண்டி  உடன் PTC  நிர்வாகத்துடன் பேசி அதற்கான ஆவன ஏற்பாடுகளை செய்தார்.  

அந்தத் தோழியரும்  தனது தந்தையாருடன் உடன் கிளம்பி மதுரை சென்றார். அங்கு  அவர் மீண்டும் பணிப்  பயிற்சியில் சேர்த்துக் கொள்ளப் பட்டு தேர்வு எழுத அனுமதிக்கப்பட்டார் என்பதை  மகிழ்ச்சியுடன் தெரிவித்துக் கொள்கிறோம். பிரச்சினை    தனது அதிகார வரம்புக்குள் இல்லாத போதிலும்,  சனி மற்றும் ஞாயிறு விடுமுறை தினங்களிலும்  கூட, இதில்  ஈடுபட்டு உதவிய  PMG, CCR  அவர்களின் மனிதாபிமானம் பாராட்டத்தக்கது. PMG, CCR  திரு . மெர்வின்  அலெக்சாண்டர் அவர்களுக்கு  அந்த பெண் ஊழியர் சார்பிலும், சென்னை GPO கிளை சார்பிலும்  நம் மாநிலச் சங்கம் சார்பிலும்  நன்றியைத் தெரிவித்துக் கொள்கிறோம். 

திருப்பத்தூர்  கோட்டம் 

திரு . அய்யாக்கண்ணு அவர்கள் திருப்பத்தூர் கோட்ட கண்காணிப் பாளராக இருந்த காலத்தில் நமது NFPE  தொழிற்சங்க இயக்கத் தோழர்கள் மீது கட்டவிழ்த்துவிடப்பட்ட  நிர்வாக வன்முறை மற்றும் தொழிற்சங்கத் தோழர்கள் பழி வாங்கப் படுவது  குறித்து  பல செய்திகள் அந்த நேரத்தில் நம் மாநிலச் சங்கம் வெளியிட்டதை நினைவு கொள்க. அந்த நேரத்தில் PMG, WR ஆக இருந்த திரு. நந்தா அவர்களிடம் பிரச்சினையை எடுத்துச் சென்று பேசி பல பிரச்சினைகள் தீர்க்கப்பட்டாலும்,  பொய்யான குற்றச் சாட்டுக்கள் கூறி அல்லது சிறிய பிரச்சினைகளுக்கு கூட   நம் தோழர்கள் பலர் விதி 16 மாற்றும் விதி 14 இன் கீழ் குற்றப்பத்திரிகை அளித்து  தண்டனை வழங்கப் பட்டார்கள்.

அதில் தோழர். ராஜேந்திரன் என்பவர்  இளைய தோழர்.   அவர் மீது  ஒரு சிறிய தவறுக்கு மிகப் பெரிய அளவில் குற்றச் சாட்டு சுமத்தப்பட்டு விதி 14 இன் கீழ்  அவருக்கு  COMPULSORY  RETIREMENT  வழங்கப்பட்டது.  இப்படி இளைய வயதிலேயே பாதிக்கப்பட்ட தோழரின் APPEAL  கூட  மண்டல அலுவலகத்துக்கு  உடன் அனுப்பப்படவில்லை.  

கடந்த இரு மாதங்களுக்கு ஒரு முறையிலான  பேட்டியின் போது இந்த  பிரச்சினை குறித்து  நாம்பேசி அந்தத் தோழர் பழி வாங்கப் பட்டதை எடுத்துக் கூறினோம். அதன் மீது  தற்போது ஆவன நடவடிக்கை எடுக்கப் பட்டு  அந்தத் தோழரின் தண்டனை குறைக்கப்பட்டு  அவர் தற்போது  பணியில் சேர உத்திரவிடப்பட்டுள்ளார் என்பதை மகிழ்வுடன் தெரிவித்துக் கொள்கிறோம். இந்தப் பிரச்சினையின்  தன்மையை உணர்ந்து மனிதாபிமானத்துடன்  நடவடிக்கை எடுத்த  மேற்கு மண்டல அதிகாரிகளுக்கு நம் மாநிலச் சங்கத்தின் நன்றி. 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Scholarships to College and University Students

Under the Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students, students who are above 80th percentile of successful candidates in the relevant stream from a particular Board of Examination, in class XII of 10+2 pattern or equivalent, having parental income of less than Rs.6.00 lakh per annum and pursuing regular courses (not correspondence or distance mode) from recognized educational institutions and not availing of any other scholarship scheme, are eligible for consideration of award of scholarship. 
The Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students is implemented through the State Education Boards and Central Board of Secondary Education who disseminate the information about the Scheme. 
The Government also facilitates award of scholarships offered by the foreign governments for Indian students to pursue higher studies in the respective countries. The selection of candidates for such awards is done strictly on the basis of merit. 
This information was given by the Union Minister of HRD, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to a Rajya Sabha question today.


Gramin Dak Sevaks are not regular Govt. Employees not eligible for PF, Pension Gratuity

Gramin Dak Sevaks are not regular Govt. Employees not eligible for PF, Pension Gratuity: Govt said in Lok Sabha in reply of undermentioned Lok Unstarred Question:-


ANSWERED ON 14.07.2014
Will the 

(a) whether the Gramin Dak Sewaks are not eligible for normal facilities like 
Provident Fund, Pension, Gratuity etc. like the other postmen in the country;

(b) if so, 
the details thereof and the reasons therefor; and

(c) the corrective steps taken/being taken by 
the Government in this regard?


(a) No, Madam, They are not eligible.

(b) Gramin Dak Sevaks are not regular govt. employees. They are part time workers and are governed by a separate set of Conduct and Engagement Rules. They do not form part of the regular civil service. They are engaged for only 3-5 hours daily work. It is mandatory for them to have an independent source of livelihood before being engaged as Gramin Dak Sewak. Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case of Union of India and Others vs. Kameshwar Prasad 1998 SCC (L&S) page 447 held that P&T Extra Departmental Agent (C&S) Rules, 1964 are a complete code governing service, conduct and disciplinary proceedings against Extra Departmental Agents [now called Gramin Dak Sevaks]. On discharge from service on attaining the age of 65 years or on death, Gramin Dak Sevaks [GDS] are paid Ex-Gratia Gratuity and Severance Amount as approved for them by the Cabinet.
The Ex-gratia Gratuity is paid at the rate of half months basic Time Related Continuity Allowance [TRCA] drawn immediately before discharge of service for each completed year of service subject to a maximum of Rs. 60000 or 16.5 months basic TRCA last drawn whichever is less. The minimum service prescribed for this is 10 years. In addition, Severance Amount is paid at the rate of Rs. 1500 for every completed year of service subject to a maximum of Rs. 60000. The Government has already introduced Service Discharge Benefit Scheme in lieu of severance amount scheme effective from 01.04.2011 for the benefit of Gramin Dak Sevaks on the basis of the New Pension Scheme (NPS), specifically NPS Lite Scheme launched by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA). Under this scheme, the Government as well as Gramin Dak Sevaks concerned now contributes @ Rs. 200/- per month.

(c) Does not arise in view of reply to (b) above.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Some excerpts from Union Budget 2014-15 related to POST OFFICE

Kissan Vikas Patra

Kissan Vikas Patra (KVP) was a very popular instrument among small savers. I plan to reintroduce the instrument to encourage people, who may have banked and unbanked savings to invest in this instrument. 
Small Savings
To address the concerns of decline in savings rate and improving returns for small savers, I propose to revitalize small savings.
My Government attaches utmost importance to the welfare of Girl Child. A special small savings instrument to cater to the requirements of educating and marriage of the Girl Child will be introduced. A National Savings Certificate with insurance cover will also be launched to provide additional benefits for the small saver.
In the PPF Scheme, annual ceiling will be enhanced to Rs 1.5 lakh p.a. From Rs 1 lakh at present.

Highlights of Union Budget 2014

Here are the highlights of Union Budget 2014 tabled by finance minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday:
* ​Indian Custom Single Window Project to be taken up for facilitating trade. 
* Clean energy cess increased from Rs 50/ tonne to Rs 100/tonne. 

Additional 5% excise tax to be levied on aerated drinks with added sugar (cold drinks). Tobacco products also to get costly as excise duty hiked to 72%

Government announces reduction in excise duty for specified food package industry from 10% to 6%.

*​ Excise duty on footwear reduced from 12% to 6%

* Basic custom duty on LED panel below 19 inch made nil.

Government announces measures to encourage manufacture of LCD/LED panels of TVs. 

Housing loan rebate to raised from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh.

* Net effect of direct tax proposals is revenue loss of Rs 22,200 crore.

Government proposes to increase investment limit under Section 80C from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh. 

Tax exemption limit for small and marginal, and senior tax payers changed from Rs 2.0 to Rs 2.5 lakh. For senior citizens, no tax for income up to Rs 3 lakh per annum. 

No changes in tax rate. 

PPF limit to be raised to Rs 1.5 lakh: Jaitley

* Rs 100 crore for training of sportspersons for upcoming Asian Games.

* Government announces Rs 150 crore for communication needs of Andaman and Nicobar islands.

* Government announces Arun Prabha channel for northeastern region; will be 24/7 channel.

Rs 1000 crore provided for rail connectivity in northeastern region.

* Programme for displaced Kashmiri migrants with Rs 500 crore to be started.

* Rs 100 crore set aside for project to link rivers.

* Government announces Rs 100 crore for development of Archaeological sites. Gaya to be developed as world class tourism spot.

* Rs 5000 crore set aside for defence outlay over and above amount provided under interim budget.

National Police Memorial to be set up. Rs 50 crore set aside for this purpose.

* Rs 100 crore set aside for development of Technology Development Fund.

Rs 100 crore War Memorial at Princess Park, India Gate. 

Policy of One Rank One Pension to be adopted for defence personnel.

* RBI will create framework for licenses of small banks.

* Government aims to provide all households with banking facilities to empower the weaker sections; there should be atleast 2 bank a/cs in each household.

* Urgent need to converge current Indian standard with international accounting standards: Jaitley

* Rs 37, 800 crore allotted for National Highways.

* Revision of rate of royalty on minerals to be taken up on request from the states.

In order to complete gas grid, 15000 km of additional pipeline to be developed through PPP mode.

* ​New and renewable energy deserves high priority; ultra modern power projects to be taken up in Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Ladakh with Rs 500 crore.

Rs 4200 crore set aside for Jal Marg Vikas project on river Ganga connecting Allahabad to Haldia , over 1620 km.

* Scheme for development of new airports at tier II and III cities through PPP mode.

* Rs 200 crore set aside for 6 more textile clusters in Rae Bareily, Lucknow, Surat, Bhagalpur. Rs 50 crore set aside for Pashmina Production program in J&K.

* MSMEs are the backbone of the economy; to be revived through a Committee to examine and report in three months.

* 6 more textile clusters to be set up.

* Industrial Smart Cities to come up at 7 cities.

* All govt departments and ministries to be integrated through E-platform by 31 December this year.

Rs 100 crore set aside for Kisan Television to provide real time information on various farming and agriculture issues. (Read story here)

* National Industrial Corridor to be set up. Rs 1000 crore set aside for this.

* Rs 5000 crore short time rural credit refinance fund for 2014-15.

* Rs 50 core set aside for indigenous cattle breed and blue revolution for inland fisheries.

* Propose to provide finance to 5 lakh landless farmers through NABARD.

* Govt will initiate scheme to provide a soil health card; Rs 100 crore set aside. Rs 56 crore for soil testing labs across the country.

* Agriculture University in Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, and Horticulture University in Haryana, Telangana; Rs. 200 cr set aside by the government.

* Slum development to be included in Corporate Social Responsibility activities.

Govt announces Rs 100 crore for modernization of madrassas.

* Govt announces development of Metro rails in PPP mode; Rs 100 crore set aside for metro scheme in Ahmedabad and Lucknow.

Rs 100 crore set aside for Community Radio Centres; 600 new and existing ones will be supported.

* National Rural Internet and Technology Mission; Rs 500 crore set aside.

* Govt proposes to set up Center of Excellence in MP named after Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan.

5 more IITs and 5 IIMs to be set up .

* Propose to set up four more AIIMS; Rs. 500 crore set aside for this. Six new AIIMS started recently have become functional. Four new AIIMS will be set up in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Vidarbha and Purvanchal. (Read story here)

* Govt proposes National Housing Banking programme; sets aside Rs 8000 crore for this program.

* Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana has a massive impact on rural development; Govt sets aside Rs 14,389 crore for this scheme.

* Crisis Management Center for women at Delhi; money to be provided from Nirbhaya fund.

* Govt announces Beti Padhao, Beti Badhao Yojana; sets aside Rs 100 crore for this. (Read story here)

* Safety of women of prime importance.

* EPFO will launch a unified account scheme for portability of Provident Fund accounts.

* Schemes for disabled persons in the country. 15 new Brail presses to be established and revival of 10 existing.

* Rs 50,548 crore proposed for Schedule Caste development.

​* Govt committed to providing 24/7 power supply to all homes. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojna for electricity supply to rural areas.

* Rs 200 crore for 'Statue of Unity' of Sardar Vallabh Patel.

Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sichayin Yojana to be started for irrigation.

* We will examine proposal to give additional autonomy to banks and make them more responsible: Jaitley

E-visas to be introduced at nine airports in India in phased manner. (Read storyhere)

FDI in insurance to be increased to 49%

* FM announces FDI in defence up from 26 to 49 % with Indian management and control

* Transfer pricing is major area for litigation; proposes changes in transfer pricing regulation: Jaitley

* I propose to strengthen authority for advance ruling in tax: Jaitley

* Aim to achieve 7-8 per cent economic growth rate in next 3-4 years.

* We wish to provide an investment friendly taxation system: Jaitley

* This govt will not ordinarily change policies retrospectively which creates a fresh liability.

* GST will streamline tax administration and result in higher tax collection for center and states. (Read story here.)

* A new urea policy would be formulated.

* Considering that we had two years of low GDP growth, a large subsidy burden, target of 4.1% fiscal burden is daunting: Jaitley

* We must address the problem of black money: Jaitley

* Iraq crisis leading behind an impact. Inflation has remained at elevated level: Jaitley

* We have taken up the challenge in the right ernest; will create a vibrant and strong India: Jaitley.

* The task before me is very challenging. We need to introduce fiscal prudence. there is an urgent need for more reforms.
* The steps I will announce are only the beginning of the journey we wish to take for macro economic stabilization: Jaitley
*People below poverty line anxious to free themselves: Jaitley
* Green shoots of recovery seen in world economy.
*​ We look forward to lower inflation: Jaitley

Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com