Friday, August 26, 2016


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Monday, April 11, 2016


Resume the Sale of NSC & KVP

Resume the Sale of NSC & KVP

Ministry of Finance, Department of Economic Affairs, vide its OM Dated 8.4.2016 has now allowed sale of physical pre-printed NSC and KVP by post offices​.

However, post offices either CBS or non CBS should place rubber stamps on NSC & KVP before handing over to the customer/Agent. Sample of rubber stamp is enclosed in the below link.

Sample Rubber Stamp

Friday, March 18, 2016


Friday, March 18, 2016

India Post is grappling with e-tail shift: Kavery Banerjee

The department of posts is leaving no stone unturned to ride on the e-commerce boom across the country. From making dedicated corridors for delivery to training postmen to handle big volumes, besides connecting all postal products through technology, the department has chalked a strategy to overcome the shift in their functioning. Secretary of Department of Posts, Kavery Banerjee, tells Mansi Taneja the plan for e-commerce and the payments bank venture. Excerpts:

E-commerce has come as a boon for the postal department. What is the long-term strategy to boost revenues?

We have been focusing on our strategy and how to move forward for the past one year. E- commerce has emerged as a key opportunity. Our revenue and parcel revenues have grown by 120 per cent. We are grappling with a paradigm shift. A fresh look is being given to ways of processing, transmission, and delivery. We have set up 48 dedicated processing centres for handling parcels.

The maximum orders are coming from smaller places where aspirations are high - Tier-II and -III cities and small villages such as in Leh and Ladakh and north-eastern regions.

India Post is a natural partner for e-commerce companies because of our reach and network. We are looking at 100 per cent year-on-year growth and by March we will generate revenues of Rs 250 crore from parcels and speed post. Through cash-on-delivery, we reached Rs 1,200 crore.

How are you coping up with huge volumes from the e-commerce sector? Do you plan to purchase your own vehicles for a better delivery mechanism?

We are struggling with huge volumes in e-commerce. We are struggling with airlines, that have their own capacity constraints.

Planning to set up dedicated routes through roads for delivery. We are also in the process of aggregating delivery centres and booking offices. It will be vehicle-driven.

We are exploring how to incentivise postmen to use their vehicles for delivery where possible. In hilly and difficult terrains, the mode has to be on foot.

For major areas, we plan to outsource vehicles.

What kind of incentives?

We want to make it more attractive to postmen/delivery agents for using their own vehicles and considering various options. We have set up a committee to look into the compensation of rural officers, mainly who work part-time and plan to restructure accordingly. This happens every time the Pay Commission is announced.

The committee's report will be out in sometime, after which we have to look at the financial implications and take finance ministry's approval for it.

There have been issues with last-mile delivery. Many e-commerce firms have been complaining about delays in delivery and loss of items.

We have put in a place a track-and-trace system. Technology has not reached smaller post offices, which is why it takes time to upload information.

We have explained this to all our e-commerce partners about timings in smaller towns and villages. One can't expect a delivery in a village within a day.

We have made arrangements to deliver outside office hours and even, on holidays now.

Also, we will be connecting all our postal products - letters, parcels and other - through technology, which will enable immediate uploading of information - booking, delivery and timings. Currently, the trials are going on and we plan to roll it out by end of this year. We have also rolled out solar powered handheld devices through which one can send money orders/remittances and also make payments for various government run schemes. The department is looking to roll out 20,000 such devices by end of this month and 130,000 by end of March 2017.

How are you training your existing staff with this change in the functioning of the department? Are you concerned over the age profile?

E-commerce in India has suddenly taken off, in the last two years, while in the West, they moved towards it gradually over 15 years. It has taken us by surprise as well.

There are many rounds of training going on for the staff all over the country. Courses are available online as well with a focus on e-commerce.

We are working on their skills - how to interact with people. Age profile is shifting, we have inducted a lot of young people recently. Many of them are engineers. For instance, for 800 vacancies in Delhi, we got some 30 lakh applications and most of them were doctors, engineers, paramedics. These people come with a certain background and are comfortable using technology. We are also rotating people in different sections.

What is the update on your Payments Bank venture. Will it be first step towards a full-fledged bank?

We have selected a consultant for this venture. We have to submit the plan to RBI March 2017. We want to leverage our reach and network. Every post office will be a point of access. We also plan to set up white labeled ATMs.

We will have various tie-ups for the venture, will mix use of delivery staff to facilitate doorstep banking. Our 2.8 lakh network of small saving agents will also be used. We can also partner with banks to offer credit products. We will launch products which will not be in direct competition to our existing portfolio.

Money order might be hived off and make way for remittances through Payments bank riding on technology. It will be much cheaper, we have seen traffic coming down in money orders because it is expensive.We will also look at last mile delivery of payments. We will hire set of professionals for running banking operations of Payments Bank.

The plan is to set up a full bank, Payments bank is the first step. Banks consider us to be a serious threat and there is serious resistance against us getting into banking space.

Source :

FM : No DA in January 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The foods you shouldn’t keep in the fridge

It may appear as though the best way to make food last longer is to throw it all in the fridge the minute you get back from the supermarket. But some foods go off more quickly, lose their taste and texture, or simply turn black, if they are refrigerated.

Putting tomatoes in the fridge will stop them from ripening and kill their flavour. According to Mercola, placing tomatoes in the fridge changes their chemical structure and reduces the amount of volatiles compounds in the fruit, which affects their flavour. A tomato's texture and colour can also be affected by cold temperatures and "chilling injuries" caused by temperatures below 5C can leave the fruit soft and pitted on the surface.

Potatoes need to be stored somewhere cool and dry, either in a paper or perforated bag to keep them dry - but not in the fridge. Keeping them refrigerated can change the potato's starch into sugar, which will affect their texture and cause them to become discoloured and taste sweet once cooked.

If onions are unpeeled then they need a cool dry storage place with lots of air ventilation, not a cold refrigerator.

According to the National Onion Association, the only times onions should go in the fridge is if they are bought peeled or pre-cut, or "when trying to extend the shelf life of sweet or mild onion varieties with high water content". These, however, need to be kept on a low humidity setting to keep them dry. Onions that have been cut can be kept in a sealed container for up to seven days.

The refrigerator is "really bad" for bread, according to While freezing bread can seriously stall the process that makes bread stale, putting a loaf in the fridge will speed it up. Essentially, the cool temperature causes the starch to crystalize far more rapidly than at room temperature, speeding up the process that makes bread hard and stale.


Putting ripe bananas in the fridge will help them stay ripe for a few days - but if you put them in while they are still a bit green and hard then they won't ripen at all. Not even after you take them out of the fridge. And their skin will turn black.

Bananas are a tropical fruit and have no natural defence against the cold in their cell walls. These become ruptured by cold temperatures, causing the fruits' digestive enzymes to leak out of the cells, which is what causes the banana's skin to turn completely black, according to A Moment of Science


Putting garlic in the fridge or in plastic bags can make it go mouldy. The best way to store garlic, according to How Stuff Works, is to keep it "at room temperature in a dry, dark place that has ample air circulation" with little light to avoid the bulbs sprouting.

Discontinuance of Sanchaypost in all the offices migrated to Finacle

From: Gopinath S <>

Sent: 16 March 2016 17:26

To: Sakthivelu VM; CPMG Andhra Pradesh Circle; CPMG Assam Circle; CPMG Bihar Circle; CPMG Chattisgarh Circle; CPMG Gujrat Circle; CPMG Haryana Circle; CPMG Himachal Pradesh Circle; CPMG Jammu & Kashmir Circle; CPMG Jharkhand Circle; CPMG Karnataka Circle; CPMG Kerala Circle; CPMG Madhya Pradesh Circle; CPMG Maharashtra Circle; CPMG North East Circle; CPMG Orissa Circle; CPMG Punjab Circle; CPMG Rajasthan Circle; CPMG Tamilnadu Circle; CPMG Uttar Pradesh Circle; CPMG Uttarakhand Circle; CPMG West Bengal Circle

Cc: Director (CBS); DMCC, CEPT Chennai; 'Krishna L R';;; Vivekanandan T 

Subject: RE: Discontinuance of Sanchay Post in all the offices migrated to Finacle::  

Respected Sir/Madam, 

I am hereby directed by competent authority to convey the following 

Kindly find trail mail on “Discontinuance of Sanchay Post in all offices migrated to Finacle” . Few clarifications are being received for the trail mail. 

Please find below the latest link which contains latest Patch along with Instruction Manual, Operator Guide & User Creation Tool  


1.       If SSA related tables are already available in POST/ SO DB(s) , DO NOT EXECUTE Patch 12/ Patch 13 upgrade of SPVM 

Errors/Issues on Sanchay Post View Mode 1.0 may kindly be referred

Thanks and Regards

Gopinath S

From: Sakthivelu VM []
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 11:23 AM 

To: CPMG Andhra Pradesh Circle; CPMG Assam Circle; CPMG Bihar Circle; CPMG Chattisgarh Circle; CPMG Gujrat Circle; CPMG Haryana Circle; CPMG Himachal Pradesh Circle; CPMG Jammu & Kashmir Circle; CPMG Jharkhand Circle; CPMG Karnataka Circle; CPMG Kerala Circle; CPMG Madhya Pradesh Circle; CPMG Maharashtra Circle; CPMG North East Circle; CPMG Orissa Circle; CPMG Punjab Circle; CPMG Rajasthan Circle; CPMG Tamilnadu Circle; CPMG Uttar Pradesh Circle; CPMG Uttarakhand Circle; CPMG West Bengal Circle

Cc: Director (CBS); DMCC, CEPT Chennai; Gopinath S; Krishna L R; '

Subject: Discontinuance of Sanchaypost in all the offices migrated to Finacle.

Respected Sir/Madam, 

This is in continuation of our earlier mails dated 21st January 2015 & 8th July 2015 on the subject  “Installation of Sanchay Post View Mode 1.0” to all CPC(s)/ SPOC(s). 

Instructions were given for installation of Sanchay Post View Mode 1.0 in all offices which were migrated to Finacle after 3 days of operations in Finacle. 

Even after migrating 20106 POs, it was learnt that Sanchay Post View Mode 1.0 was not installed in many Circles/Offices. During the workshop held at Chennai, Jaipur and Kolkatta, it was observed that very fiew offices have installed Sanchaypost View Mode 1.0. 

It is highly risky and highly open for frauds, if both software is allowed to continue operations in offices which are migrated to Finacle. Hence, immediate necessary action should be taken to install Sanchaypost view mode 1.0 in all the 20237 offices migrated till date as early as possible. 

The features of SP View mode 1.0 is explained in detail is attached as a DOC file with this email for circulation to all concerned. A PDf file is also attached containing the instructions for installation of SP View mode. 

Suitable instructions may kindly be given to all Divisions /SAs for installation of Sanchay Post View Mode 1.0 immediately in all CBS Migrated offices. 

A compliance report may be sent to this office (on or before 24-03-2016)  with following details  

1. No of offices Migrated to Finacle : 

2. No of offices in which SPVM installed:

3. No of offices in which SPVM not installed: 

                    (with reasons if any) 

Errors/Issues if any during installation or during accessing Sanchay Post View Mode 1.0 may kindly be reported to with SUBJECT “Sanchay Post View Mode 1.0”  

Yours Sincerely, 

Deputy Director CEPT

Click Here to view the Instruction Manual of Sanchay Post View Mode Version 1.0

Click Here to view the Operator Guide of Sanchay Post View Mode Version 1.0

Supply & Issuance of ATM Cards

From: Director (CBS)

Sent: 17 March 2016 14:02

To: CPMG Andhra Pradesh Circle; CPMG Assam Circle; CPMG Bihar Circle; CPMG Chattisgarh Circle; CPMG Delhi Circle; CPMG Gujrat Circle; CPMG Haryana Circle; CPMG Himachal Pradesh Circle; CPMG Jammu & Kashmir Circle; CPMG Jharkhand Circle; CPMG Karnataka Circle; CPMG Kerala Circle; CPMG Madhya Pradesh Circle; CPMG Maharashtra Circle; CPMG North East Circle; CPMG Orissa Circle; CPMG Punjab Circle; CPMG Rajasthan Circle; CPMG Tamilnadu Circle; CPMG Uttar Pradesh Circle; CPMG Uttarakhand Circle; CPMG West Bengal Circle

Cc: CPC Bangalore; ADG (CBS) 

Subject: Supply & Issuance of ATM Cards  

Respected Sir/Madam, 

This  regarding indenting, supply and issuance of ATM/Debit cards to the POSB customers in CBS migrated post offices. CPC Bangalore(ATM Unit) is supplying the Insta Cards to all the ATM located POs and other CBS enabled POs. There may be some CBS post offices/ATM locatated POs who have not in receipt of ATM/Debit cards till date. It is requested to identify such locations/CBS post offices which are not in the receipt of the ATM/Debit Cards and instruct those offices to place indent directly with CPC Bangalore(ATM Unit) (through email) for supply of the Insta  ATM cards. The ATM locations where the stock position is low may also be directed to place additional indent for the cards.  

It is also requested to speed up the process of issuance of ATM/Debit  cards to all POSB customers.  

With regards,

Sachin Kishore
Director (CBS)
Sansad Marg, Dak Bhavan 

7th Pay Commission notification to be issued after states polls

New Delhi: The notification to put into effect the Seventh pay commission recommendation will be issued after the completion of states assemblies’ poll process as the model code of conduct is currently in place, sources of Finance Ministry said on Wednesday.

The assemblies’ election of Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry states, which will be held from April 4 to May 16 and the counting of votes in the states will take place on May 19 but the model code of conduct will remain in place till May 21.

So, it is believed that the government will announce Seventh pay commission award after the end of model code of conduct of states assemblies election.

The government doesn’t want to give any chance to the Opposition to deter its image in the polls and hence, sources, said that the announcement of the dates of the the model code of conduct of states polls seems to be the cut-off point for notification of the Seventh pay commission award.

The Seventh pay commission recommendations will benefit 48 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners including dependents.

“The BJP led central government decided execution time of the pay commission’s proposals in April but the Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed by cabinet Secretary can’t sort out some anomalies of Seventh pay commission recommendations like scrapping of advances, allowances and minimum pay before declaration of states Assemblies polls,” sources said.

Sources also said the Implementation cell of the Empowered Committee of Secretaries for the Seventh pay commission recommendation in Finance Ministry works hard to send a summary of the pay commission implementation to PMO for its nod. After PMO’s nod, it would be placed before the cabinet for its nod through cabinet secretary.

Sources said the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations implementation notification will be issued in June, after cabinet nod.

The Seventh Pay Commission was set up by the UPA government in February 2014, The Commission headed by Justice A K Mathur submitted its 900-page final report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 19, recommending 23.55 per cent hike in salaries and allowances of Central government employees and pensioners.

The panel recommended a 14.27 per cent increase in basic pay, the lowest in 70 years. The previous 6th Pay Commission had recommended a 20 per cent hike, which the government doubled while implementing it in 2008.

The Seventh pay commission recommended fixing the highest basic salary at Rs 250,000 and the lowest at Rs 18,000and its increased the pay gap between the minimum and maximum from existing 1:12 to 1: 13.8

The government constitutes the Pay Commission almost every 10 years to revise the pay scale of its employees and pensioners, often these are adopted by states after some modifications. However, the Seventh Pay Commission suggested to discontinue the practice of appointing pay commissions in future.

Calendar of Departmental Examinations scheduled to be held in the year 2016

Clear copy will be placed on blog very soon.

India shining: PM Narendra Modi's panels of secretaries call for health, education push

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had set up eight Groups of Secretaries in January to suggest ways to boost growth across sectors with departmental Action Plans for "implementation in a timebound manner".

The Final Group Reports, accessed by ET, call for higher spending on health and education, better budgeting systems and major e-governance initiatives.

Here are some highlights:

Good Governance All central departments' services to move to e-services mode, in local languages and with online payment options by December 2016. By December 2017, digitisation of government records for electronic workflow with eSign facility for document authentication. All documents issued to a citizen to be pushed to 'digital locker', which will be on a par with original physical documents.

Reduce, restructure 685 autonomous bodies by December 2016 Simplified one-page forms, selfdeclaration instead of affidavits and SC/ST/residence certificate by a web portal.

To ensure 50 per cent of rural households are digitally literate by December 2018.

Employment Generation Spare infrastructure at public institutions, private engineering colleges, religious and cultural institutions to be used for skilling.

Uniform national standards of training, a National Assessment Board by to be established by March 2017.

'Gujarat model' to make vocational training "equivalent to formal education.

Education Increase public expenditure on education to 6 per cent of GDP from 3.85 per cent and on health to 2.5 per cent from 1.2 per cent.

Introduce new scheme- Unique National Initiative for Quality and Universal Education (UNIQUE)-from 2016 for outcome-based funding to states to upgrade teaching in Classes 1-12. Phased exit from existing schemes to route funding through UNIQUE, with 20 per cent allocation based on performance.

Entrance exam for teacher training quality institutions from 2017-18. Vocational education to be part of regular curriculum after Class 8 with mobility to and from conventional streams.

Health Rs 10,000 crore Universal Life and Health Assurance Scheme (ULHAS), with life insurance of Rs 2 Lakh and health coverage of Rs 50,000. Free for 10 crore deprived families. Empanelled public and private health providers, cashless service with biometric authentication.

New vaccines for diarrhoea and pneumonia with 75 per cent coverage and strengthened school health programme with 90 per cent coverage in 3 years.

Increase professor-student ratio to 1:3 at PG level (5,000 seats in 2016), weightage for rural experience in PG admissions, tele doctors through call centre (1 centre per state in one year).

300 free drugs at all public hospitals, Jan Aushadhi model in all district hospitals in 2 years, basic diagnostic facilities at all public health centres on PPP mode.

Innovative Budgeting, Effective Implementation Present provisional budget for subsequent year while presenting annual budget. Greater powers to ministries to reappropriate funds across schemes. Give states freedom to formulate projects within stated parameters.

Design MIS to monitor schemes using GIS from 2017.

Inclusion and Equity In 2017, a real-time operating centre to track major government programmes and Public Financial Management Systems (PFMS) to track government spending. 'Digital Nagrik' for free bundled services like e-Kisan, e-Vidyarthee, e-Mahila.

GoI and state benefits and subsidy payments on JAM platform between 2017-19. E-payment mobile apps for all government programmes by 2017 and SMS alert on all direct benefit transfers in 2016.

Swachh Bharat and Ganga Rejuvenation Swachchta Diwas on first working day of every week, Swachchta Geet to be sung in schools assembly/lunch breaks. Credits to school students' practical projects on recycling, reduction, reuse of biodegradable and dry waste. Diploma courses with water, sanitation and solid waste as career option

Source:-The Economic Times

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Posting of ASO in the VII CPC Implementation Cell - regarding

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Supplementary DPC for PS Gr. B cadre

Today, Maharashtra circle has sent requisite information to Directorate in connection with holding of supplementary DPC for the vacancies of 2015-16.

Report from other circles viz AP / Bihar / Chhattisgarh / Delhi / Gujarat / Haryana / Jharkhand / Karnataka /  North-East / Odisha / Punjab / Rajasthan / Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal is awaited. 

GS has already directed all CS and CHQ office bearers to ensure submission of requisite information by their circles and give report on whatsApp CHQ group. Very limited officers information is required at Directorate. 

Grant of HRA at a higher rate (“B” Category) to the Central Government Servants Posted at Aizawl (Mizoram) – Court Case regarding

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Quarterly Calendar for the 1st Quarter of 2016-17 - PTC, Vadodara

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Induction Training for Postal Assistants - PTC, Darbhanga

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Age Relaxation for Widows

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

16-March-2016 13:21 IST 

Age Relaxation for Widows

Suggestions have been received from time to time for relaxation of upper age-limit for widows. Relaxation of age up to 35 years (up to 40 years for members of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) for the widows, divorced and women judicially separated from their husbands who are re-married for employment to Group ‘C’ and erstwhile Group ‘D’ post has been provided vide Department of Personnel & Training’s Office Memorandum No. 15012/13/79-Estt (D) dated 19.01.1980. Similar relaxation is provided for Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ posts except where recruitment is made through open competitive Examination vide Department of Personnel & Training’s Office Memorandum No. 15012/1/87-Estt.(D) dated 05.10.1990.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question by Shri B.Vinod Kumar and Shri Ashwini Kumar in the Lok Sabha today.

Change of Address in Passports

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of External Affairs
16-March-2016 15:01 IST
Change of Address in Passports

Address of the passport holder is printed on the additional data page of the passport. This page is laminated along with the primary data page containing the photo, name and other personal particulars of the passport holder, using a laminate paper with high security features. Change in address of the passport holder thus necessitates reprinting of the passport.

Application for change in address of the passport holder is processed in the same way, an application for reissue of a passport is processed including verification of address proof for new address; entry of the changed address data in the passport database; and, printing and issue of the new passport with changed address. The cost of the new passport booklet also remains the same. Hence, full fee is charged for change in address.

During the calendar year 2015, 6,31,870 applications for change of address were successfully processed and new passports issued. During the year 2016 till date, 1,34,813 applications for change of address were successfully processed.

The Minister of State for the External Affairs Gen. Dr. V. K. Singh (Retd.) provided this information in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

Expediting Passport Issuance

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of External Affairs

16-March-2016 15:06 IST
Expediting Passport Issuance

The Ministry has announced two major changes recently that will expedite the process for first time passport applicants as well as make it more convenient to secure an appointment at local Passport Seva Kendras.  As per the announcement, the first time passport applicants who furnish Aadhaar Card, Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC), PAN Card and an affidavit in the format of Annexure-I will get faster service without payment of any additional fees, subject to successful online validation of Aadhaar and EPIC and PAN Cards, if required from the respective databases. The passports under this liberal dispensation will be issued on Post-Police Verification basis.  

The second measure announced pertains to securing online Appointments for submission of passport applications at Passport Seva Kendras. The new provision is allowing applicants to choose any appointment date from the earliest five available dates (working days) for scheduling/rescheduling an appointment for Passport related services. Earlier, the System used to offer only one available date to the applicants for seeking appointment for Passport related services.  

No extra charge is levied for the services being rendered due to above two announcements.             

There was a temporary shortage of passport booklets which created some backlog in issuance of passports in December 2013 – February 2014 and April 2014-mid June 2014 due to stoppage of production of booklets by ISP Nashik due to shortage of raw material imported from abroad.  However, there is no backlog in the issuance of passports due to supply of passport booklets at the present.       

In view of increased demand for passports, the Ministry is considering to further increase the number of PSKs and endeavoring to open more PSKs in thickly populated district headquarters. With the implementation of Passport Seva Project (PSP), the Ministry had established 77 Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs) in various States/Union Territories initially.  Subsequently, to provide more access points for passport services, the Ministry decided to set up 19 additional Passport Seva Laghu Kendras (PSLKs). Out of these 19 PSLKs, 10 have already started functioning in various States and Union Territories till February 2016.  The Ministry has also initiated the process to engage an agency to conduct a comprehensive study for Passport Seva Project Version 2.0 (PSP V2.0) including exploring the possibility of opening more PSKs across the country.  It may be stated that the recommendations for the PSP V2.0 will be considered after expiry of the current PSP Contract in June 2018. ……… 

India Post selects Deloitte as consultant for payments bank

India Post has selected Deloitte to advise it on setting up a payments bank and an agreement between the two will be signed on March 14.

The Public Investment Board has already approved the Rs 800-crore proposal of India Post and in 15 days, it will go to the Cabinet for final approval.

"We have selected Deloitte as the consultant for payments bank. The agreement will be signed on March 14," an official in the Department of Post (DoP) told PTI.

India Post payments bank will primarily target unbanked and under-banked customers in rural, semi-rural and remote areas, with a focus on providing simple deposit products and money remittance services.

The pilot for the payments bank is set to start from January and the full-fledged operations will start by March.

As many as 40 international financial conglomerates including World Bank and Barclays have shown interest to partner the postal department for setting up the bank.

Reserve Bank had granted payments bank permit to the department, which is already into providing financial services and has 1.55 lakh branches across the country.

Source:-The Economic Times

Foreign rates circulars

India Post payments banks may offer DBT of various ministries

The proposed payments bank of Department of Posts is likely to provide DBT facility of various ministries, Parliament was informed today. 

"The India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) is likely to provide "Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) of social security payments of various ministries," Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad informed informed Lok Sabha in a written reply.

The DBT schemes are presently handled through banks. The postal department has been managing distribution of wages under MGNREGA scheme. 

Under the DBT scheme, the government directly transfers subsidies into the bank accounts of the people eligible for benefit. Subsidies, including LPG, of around 35-40 government schemes are covered under it. 

As per official data, till December 27 around Rs 40,000 crore was directly reaching the beneficiaries through various schemes.

The postal department has also received 'In-Principle' approval from the Reserve Bank of India on September 7, 2015 for setting up of the payments bank within 18 months.

The Department has received clearance for funds from the Public Investment Board (PIB) for the payment banks. 

"The DoP is seeking approval of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs for setting up of the IPPB," Prasad said. 

The IPPB is also likely to facilitate payments of central and state governments as well as municipal dues and fees of various universities and educational institutions.

List of other probable service includes "person to person remittances both domestic and cross border." 

"Special focus will be on providing economical, safe and convenient money transfer facilities to migrant labourers, NRIs remitting money to relatives, institutions etc," Prasad said. 

The IPPB may distribute third party financial products such as insurancemutual funds and pension products, give access to formal credit products by acting as banking correspondents of banks and facilitate utility bill payments for electricity, water, telephone, gas etc, the minister added. 

On financial services being provided by the Department, the minister said that 652 ATMs have been installed at major post offices and 1,33,486 ATM or Debit cards have been issued to Post Office Savings Bank customers.

Source:-The Economic Times

400 e-tailers team up with postal department for delivery

More than 400 e-commerce companies are leveraging the extensive reach of the Department of Posts (DoP) in an effort to deliver their consignments at every nook and corner of the country. 

"The Department has tied up with more than 400 e-commerce agencies, including Flipkart, Amazon, YepMe, Snapdeal and the like for delivering e-commerce pre-paid as well as cash-on-delivery (COD) orders," an internal note of the communications and IT ministry said. 

DoP has a network of some 1.55 lakh post offices, of which 1.3 lakh are in rural areas.

Of all, Amazon is the biggest partner in terms of business with India Posts

As per the note, DoP received Rs 1,150 crore from parcels under the COD category, which is expected to cross the Rs 1,500-crore mark by the end of the current fiscal.

"DoP is delivering 40,000 e-commerce parcels per day and the average value of parcels handled by India Post is Rs 5,000 for urban areas and Rs 3,000 for rural areas," the note said.

Source:-The Economic Times

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Judipex -2016 – Philatelic Exhibition at Allahabad High Court.

As part of the Sesquicentennial Celebrations of the High Court of Allahabad, Judipex-2016 philatelic exhibition was organised by Department of Posta in co-operation with Phila Foundation, Allahabad at the premises of the High Court. The exhibition was inaugurated by Hon'ble Justice Shri T. S. Thakur, Chief Justice of India on 13th March 2016 in the afternoon. The Exhibition will remain open for the public on 14th and 15th March 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Exhibits of Hon'ble Justice Pankaj Mittal, Prof. Gopal Krishna Agarwal, Dr. Maneeshi Bansal, M. Gulrej, Manju Rastogi, Anil Rastogi, Umendra Jain, Anil Gupta, Dr. Hari Om Agarwal, Reeshadul Islam, Rahul Ganguli and other philatelists were displayed in 38 frames. A Special Cover was released to mark the occasion.

Instructions regarding verification of Sanchay Post Data before and after migration to CBS

OROP : First installment of arrears released, Revised pension from March'16 onwards

New Delhi, Mar 14 (PTI) The government today announced that it has credited revised pensionary benefits along with arrears under One Rank-One Pension (OROP) scheme to more than 2 lakh pensioners drawing service and disability pensions.

As to the more than 1.46 lakh family pensioners, the government will credit the new benefits by the end of this month, the Defence Ministry said in a statement.


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SPCOD Delivery Issues

The Delivery offices are required to follow the steps outlined below to check the availability of electronic data at server  and the further steps explained are to be undertaken for ensuring delivery of the SPCOD articles. 

a.Login to speednet MIS available at using login credential “dop”, “india”.

b. Under CODàArticle Tracking provide the article number and track the details of articles.  Screen shot of tracking is provided here under.

c. The delivery offices need to check the portions related to “Booking data received at Speednet Server”, “Sender details”, “Electronic data sent from Speednet server automatically” and “Electronic data sent from Speednet server on Request” portions of the tracking to find whether the electronic data was actually received at server and whether the server sent the data to the delivery post office.

d. In case, booking data is not received at server, booking office needs to be requested to send the booking data through Resend booking data option of speednet client

 e. If an article is already marked as RTS by another office, server will send electronic data only to the delivery office configured as RTS office for the customer and any other office will not receive the electronic data

The booking data received from the booking location will appear under “Booking data received at Speednet Server” part of the tracking. The details of the customer sending the article will appear under “Sender details” part of the tracking.

Server will send the electronic data automatically to the office of delivery based on the pincode provided in the electronic booking data and this will be reflected in “Electronic data sent from Speednet server automatically” part of the tracking. In case, the electronic data is not available locally, once the article is scanned, server will receive the request and within an hour electronic data will be provided to the location making the request.  Details of all such events of electronic data request appear under “Electronic data sent from Speednet server on Request” part of the tracking.

 In case data is sent from central server but still delivery office is not able to process the article,delivery offices need to check the running status of Speednet communication module and the log files available under EMS client àLog folder. In case of any error entries are observed, please raise a ticket through HDMS channel and supply the latest copy of “EMSClient” folder along with the ticket to CEPT for analysis. The ticket subject may be marked as “SPCOD – Delivery Issue” so that we can assign priority to the issue.

The above steps may be followed for the effective delivery of the SPCOD articles at the delivery offices.

Source:-CEPT, Mysore

Grant of HRA at a higher rate ('B' category) to the Central Government Servants posted at Aizawl (Mizoram) - Court Case Regarding

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Felicitation ......

Today, Assistant Managers MMS working in Mumbai City visited Thane HO (Maharashtra) to felicitate Shri Vilas Ingale for holding the post of GS in third term. 

Supplementary DPC for PS Gr. B cadre

Directorate is working on documentation for holding of supplementary DPC for PS Gr. B cadre for the vacancies of 2015-16. There will be approximately 30 to 32 vacancies.  

All Circle Secretaries and CHQ office bearers are once again directed to request their circle administration to submit the requisite information called for by Directorate under memo No. 9-02/2015-SPG dated 2-3-2016 immediately. Date of submission of information by circles may be placed on CHQ whatsApp group. 

Commemorative stamps on Allahabad High Court - 13th March 2016.

The Allahabad High Court or the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad is a high court based in Allahabad that has jurisdiction over the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It was established in 1869, making it one of the first high courts to be established in India.

In the year 1866, the High Court of Judicature for the North-Western Provinces came into existence at Agra under Letters Patent of the 17th March, 1866, replacing the old Sudder Diwanny Adawlat. Sir Walter Morgan, Barrister-at-Law and Mr. Simpson were appointed the first Chief Justice and the first Registrar respectively of High Court of North-Western Provinces. The seat of the High Court for the North-Western Provinces was shifted from Agra to Allahabad in 1869 and its designation was altered to ‘the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad’ by a supplementary Letters patent issued on March 11, 1919. On the eve of the Republic Day celebrations on the 26th January, 1950 the date of commencement of the Constitution of India, the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad came to have jurisdiction throughout the entire length and breadth of the State of Uttar Pradesh. Functioning from two locations, the High Court has its main seat at Allahabad and a Bench at Lucknow.

The Allahabad High Court is celebrating 150 years of its establishment. President Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the celebrations marking 150 years of Allahabad High Court on 13th March 2016 at Allahabad. On the occasion set of two stamps (Se-tenant) in denomination of Rs. 15 and Rs. 5 and Miniature Sheet depicting Allahabad High Court and Allahabad High Court - Lucknow Bench were released by President Pranab Mukherjee. Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Chief Justice of India, Justice T S Thakur, Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav were present on the occasion. In limited quantity First Day Covers with Special cancellation in Golden Colour were also made available. My Stamp on Allahabad High Court was also released on the occasion.

As part of the Sesquicentennial Celebrations of the High Court of Allahabad, philatelic exhibition ‘Judipex-2016’ was also organised at the premises of the High Court. The exhibition was inaugurated by Hon'ble Justice Shri T. S. Thakur, Chief Justice of India on 13th March 2016 in the afternoon. The Exhibition will remain open for the public on 14th and 15th March 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A Special Cover was released to mark the occasion.
Earlier commemorative stamp on Allahabad High Court was released to commemorate the Centenary of the Allahabad High Court on 25th November 1966.

Commemorative Stamp on National Archives of India – 11th March 2016.

The National Archives of India (NAI) is a repository of the non-current records of the Government of India and holds them in trust for the use of administrators and scholars. Originally established as the Imperial Record Department in 1891, in Calcutta, then capital of British India, the NAI is situated at the intersection of Janpath and Rajpath, in Delhi. It functions as an Attached Office of the Department of Culture under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.The Imperial Record Department was set up on 11 March 1891 in Calcutta (Kolkata). In 1911 it was transferred to the new capital, New Delhi, and in 1926 it was shifted into its new building. It is a building in late neo-classical style, and originally known as the Imperial Record Office. The holdings in the National Archives are in a regular series starting from the year 1748. The languages of the records include English, Arabic, Hindi, Persian, Sanskrit, Modi and Urdu, and their materials include paper, palm leaf, birch bark and parchment. The records are in four categories: Public Records, Oriental Records, Manuscripts and Private Papers.

On the occasion of 125th Foundation Year of National Archives of India (NAI) commemorative stamp was released by the Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma at the closing ceremony of the 125th Foundation Year Celebrations of the National Archives of India, in New Delhi on 11th March, 2016.

Reiteration of the instruction on streamlining the procedure for verification of claims of candidates belonging to SC/ST and OBC for purpose of appointment to posts/services - reg.

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Secretary(Posts) Interview for NDTV.

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Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) for Pensioners.

CGHS facility is meant for the serving Central Govt employees and pensioners residing in specified areas. Fixed Medical Allowance is granted to pensioners living in non-CGHS areas

Pensioners – Pension Policy – Central Civil Services – FAQ on Fixed Medical Allowance. CGHS facilities available for the Central Govt Employees.

Frequently asked questions on Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) for Central Civil Services Pensioners.


1) What is the medical allowance for pensioners?

Fixed medical allowance @ Rs.500/- is granted to the pensioners residing in areas not covered by CGHS, if they are not using CGHS facility for OPD treatment from a CGHS dispensary in the nearest city. The pensioners living in cosmopolitan cities not covered by CGHS dispensary are also eligible on production of a certificate to that effect.

2) Are the Government Employees who have not applied for CGHS card in spite of residing in areas covered by CGHS, also eligible for Fixed Medical Allowance?

The CGHS facility is meant for the serving Central Govt employees and pensioners residing in specified areas. Fixed Medical Allowance is granted to pensioners living in non-CGHS areas, for the CGHS facilities not available to them. The pensioners residing in CGHS areas cannot opt out of CGHS and avail any other medical facility (i.e. Fixed Medical Allowance). Therefore, such pensioners, if they do not choose to avail CGHS facility by depositing the required contributions, cannot be granted Fixed Medical Allowance in lieu of CGHS.

3) In the case of those Pensioners who are in receipt of two pensions viz., service pension and family pension OR military pension and another civil pension to which category of pension, medical allowance shall be allocated.

If any pensioner or family pensioner receives two pensions, only single medical allowance is admissible, if he/she does not avail of the medical facilities provided by the respective organizations As regards, pensioner who gets both military pension and civil pension, if the pensioner avails of the medical facilities provided by one of the civil or military organisations, he is not entitled to medical allowance and if he does not avail medical facilities from any of the organizations, he is entitled to medical allowances for only one of the two pensions.


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