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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Recruitment of Gym Instructor in PTC, Saharanpur


Online purchases bring business to India Post



AS MANY AS 17,721 PARCELS WERE HANDLED BY WESTERN REGION IN OCTOBER

With consumers making more online purchases during the festival season, the Postal Department saw a jump in the e-commerce packets it handled in the western region this year.

According to data available with the department, between October 1 and 18, as many as 17,721 parcels were handled in this region, registering postal revenue of 19.13 lakh for orders delivered within the country.

An official with the department in Coimbatore said that Amazon continued to have the largest volume with more than 5,000 parcels.

What came as a boost this year was the use of speed post by a couple of local retailers to deliver parcels purchased by customers online.

The department sold Sri Krishna Sweets gift coupons and also distributed its orders booked online.

This included delivery to buyers in countries such as Singapore and the U.S. Within the country, the department delivered about 1,000 parcels during these 18 days only for Krishna Sweets.

Two more retailers - one from Salem and another from Coimbatore - had also tied up with the department for delivery of parcels booked online.

“We were able to deliver the parcels within two days and there are no complaints. We will leverage on Speed Post for delivery of online orders,” the official said.

Compared to last year, the postal revenue and volume of parcels (e-commerce) handled by the postal department in this region was certainly high.

Apart from this, there were many who booked parcels by registered post to send gifts to friends and relatives, the official added.
Source : The Hindu

Friday, October 20, 2017

This 91-year-old ‘Postman’ still serves the department



RAMANATHAPURAM, OCTOBER 20, 2017  

HELPS PEOPLE WHO VISIT POST OFFICE FILL UP FORMS, PROMOTES POSTAL PRODUCTS

When he joined the Department of Posts as an ‘outsider’ in 1940, P.M. Gurusamy, popularly known as ‘PMG’ in the department circle, would have never imagined that he would remain integrated with the department for more than seven decades and continue his ‘service’ even after retirement.

While serving as an ‘outsider’ (casual worker) at Ramanathapuram Head Post Office after completing his third form (Class VIII), Mr. Gurusamy joined Quit India Movement in 1942.

He was sent to jail, but released the very next day as the jailor found him hardly 16 years old.

The jailor informed the Postmaster that Mr. Gurusamy faced no case and there was no bar on him to continue his service in the department.

On March 3, 1943, Mr. Gurusamy was posted as a Class IV employee at the post office in Mandapam.

After retiring as a Selection Grade Postman in 1985, Mr. Gurusamy – he is now 91 years old – has been visiting the Head Post Office for 32 years, helping people who visit the post office and promoting postal products, especially ‘My Stamp’, the personalised sheets of postage stamps of India Post.

He has been visiting the Head Post Office for two hours in the morning and an hour in the evening, helping people fill up forms, and deposit and withdraw money. He has also been encouraging them to start recurring deposit and savings bank accounts or join ‘Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana,’ designed for rural people who fall victims to dubious financial companies.

“God is keeping me in good health and I will continue the service as long as I can,” he told The Hindu during an interaction. Recently, the Postmaster ‘pulled him up’ for coming late and he considered the ‘reprimanding’ as the biggest compliment. No one would visit the post office after retirement and Mr. Gurusamy is an exception, says N.J. Udaya Singh, Superintendent of Posts. He has popularised ‘My Stamp’ product in a big way, he adds.

“I have a passion for ‘My Stamp’ and have got the personalised stamps for more than 150 people, including former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and his elder brother A.P.J. M. Maraikayar,” says Mr. Gurusamy. Appreciating his service, Karaikudi Kamban Kazhagam has honoured him with ‘Seva Ratna’ award.

Mr. Gurusamy had served as a Postman in Dhanushkodi for five years since 1945 and continues to be the living link to the 1964 cyclonic tragedy that destroyed the post office and the once flourishing town.
Source : http://www.thehindu.com/

Circle Union writes to the Chief PMG regarding deputation of officials to Circle Office


No. P3NFPE-Odisha/11 - 10/2017
Dated at Bhubaneswar the 20th October, 2017
 To
Dr. Santosh Kumar Kamila, IPoS
Chief Postmaster General, Odisha Circle
Bhubaneswar – 751 001

Sub:-   Regarding deputation of officials to Circle Office 

Ref.-    C O letter No. ST / 3 – 2 / Deputation / 2016, dated 18.10.2017

Respected Sir,
Inviting a kind reference to our letter No. P3NFPE - Odisha / 04 – 06 / 2017, dated 14.06.2017 and No. P3NFPE – Odisha / 09 – 06 / 2017, dated 16.06.2017 regarding deputation of officials from Divisions to Circle Office and CCA, Odisha, we would like to intimate that though no official was recommended for deputation to the O / o the CCA, Odisha Circle, as many as 12 officials were ordered for deputation to Circle Office ignoring our request.

Now again, just after a gap of 5 months Circle Office has asked for willingness of P As/ S As to work in C O on deputation vide its letter under reference.

In this context, we would like to reiterate that after selection of S As, MEs, Trainers, Philatelic Executives, PLI Group Leader, etc. from the existing establishments of the Divisions, now the problems have been manifold due to opening of different CPCs ( both PLI and CBS) and Hubs to which the P As are being dragged from the existing establishment without any new creation and thereby reducing the staff strength to the minimum for running the post offices. As a result, the Divisions are running with acute shortage of hands and presently situation is such that it is not being possible to make suitable and timely relieving arrangement even for one day C L.  

In addition, Circle Office has its own establishment and almost running with sufficient hands.

                        Therefore, under the circumstances, this Union requests the Chief PMG not to ask for any deputation from Divisions which are facing untold sufferings due to acute shortage of staff .

      With regards.
Yours faithfully,

(BRUHASPATI  SAMAL)
Circle Secretary

Copy for kind information and necessary action to the Postmaster General, Berhampur / Sambalpur  Region.

Reform to Transform

From ‘Job-less’ to ‘Job-loss’ Economy: What is PM Modi Doing

In a stark and chilling confirmation of what the whole country has known for some time, a govt. report shows that Indian workforce (those actually working) declined from about 54% of the working age population in 2011-12 to 51% in 2015-16. While the working age population increased by 2.9% per year during this period, the number of people with jobs increased at less than half the rate, at just 1.2% per year. These estimates emerge from the Labour Bureau’s Employment-Unemployment Survey reports for these years.

The falling work participation rate shows that the economy is in deep crisis. Various other economic indicators show this as well. Growth of credit flow to industry is at an all-time low, the index of industrial production is dipping, and wages in industry are stagnant. It is a crisis which is engulfing even those who own means of production, barring perhaps the big players.

The Labour Bureau’s data reveals a much bigger problem – the piling backlog of unemployed. Although the working age population increased by 4.66 crore between 2011-12 and 2015-16, those who were working increased by about 1.1 crore only. In other words, about 1.2 crore people become ready to work every year but only 0.2 crore actually get jobs.

The difference of about 3.5 crore comprises some who are not looking for jobs at all, like women or students. But the majority is of those who are unable to find jobs. If this backlog of unemployed keeps accumulating every year, a stupendous task confronts the government in coming years.

Rural areas, home to the country’s biggest workforce in agriculture, showed a small annual increase of only 1% in employment while jobs grew at 1.8% in urban areas. This reflects the over saturation of the agriculture sector with working people and its diminishing capacity to absorb new workers. Since jobs in industries and services do not seem to be opening up at a fast enough rate, the jobless are caught in a vicious cycle.

Another aspect, repeatedly brought out in various reports is the disguised unemployment rampant in India. A very large number of people are working at very low wages, or part time, or for a few months in different jobs interspersed with periods of joblessness. The Labour Bureau report for 2015-16 shows that just 61% of workers actually work for all 12 months of the year. The rest work less than that. In rural areas, this proportion is even lower at 52%.

Falling employment is just the big symptom of the crisis. Workers have been affected also by stagnating or falling wages. Take the growth in salaries and wages paid to workers/employees by the corporate sector. According to analysis of RBI data on corporate finances by CMIE, the average annual growth in real wages during the past three years (2014-15 through 2016-17) works out to 3.9%, far lower than the long term annual average of 6% and a median of 5%. It also compares very poorly with the real GDP growth rate of about 6 per cent during the same period.

The prospects for the future are looking dim because all the underlying factors seem to be in a fatal tailspin. Between July 2016 and July 2017, the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) released by the govt’s. Central Statistical Office (CSO) has increased by just 1.2% indicating almost no improvement. This means that industrial production is hardly growing. In which case, there is very little scope for increasing jobs and with an army of unemployed available, industrialists are likely to push down wages even more.

Similarly, between August 2016 and July 2017, bank credit to industry grew by just 0.4% and for the services sector by 4.6%, according to RBI data. Credit is a measure of how much economic activity is going on. A growth of this kind is negligible and is like no growth. This is likely to cast a long shadow in the coming months because Modi sarkar has no clue about how to revive production and growth. India is facing a dark economic crisis and sadly, the reins of power are held by people who are only interested in helping their cronies.

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are the author's personal views, and do not necessarily represent the views of Newsclick
Source : https://www.newsclick.in/job-less-job-loss-economy-what-pm-modi-doing

C O asks for willingness of PAs/SAs to work on deputation


Monday, October 16, 2017

Circle Union writes to Chief PMG on irregular functioning of Aadhar Updation Centres in Post Offices.


No. P3NFPE – Odisha / 10 – 10 / 2017
Dated at Bhubaneswar the 16th October, 2017
To
Dr. Santosh Ku. Kamila, IPoS
Chief Postmaster General, Odisha Circle
Bhubaneswar – 751 001

Sub :   Regarding irregular functioning of Aadhar Updation Centres in Post Offices.

Respected Sir,
It has come to the notice of this Circle Union that the Aadhar Updation Centres now functioning in some limited post offices of Odisha Circle are functioning without and SOP / SAP.

As known, a sum of Rs.25/- is being collected from the Card Holder for updation or otherwise. As a practice, this amount is being received by the P A assigned with such duty from every holder opting for updation and the total amount collected as such are being credited under UCR either individually or at a time at the end of the day since it is not possible on the part of the P A to attend the Counter for each and every customer time and again to obtain UCR receipts.

Secondly, no report is being generated in the system as to how many such holders did attend the Centre for the purpose during a day. Thus, there is every possibility of wrong collection (short / excess) and misappropriation of Govt. money in the absence of proper checking / cross-checking through the system software.

Thirdly, the errors in the regional language, here in Odia remain the same without any correction which invites dissatisfaction amongst the card holders. This is happening due to incompatibility of  Odia language to the existing software.

Therefore, this Union would like to request you to kindly circulate the SOP and SAP to all post offices and to suggest  the UIDAI to make suitable changes in the software making it compatible to Odia language and enabling it to generate the required reports to have a cross-check of the amount collected for maintaining every transparency in cash transactions.

Till then, we would like to further request you to stop opening of additional Aadhar Updation Centres in Odisha Circle.

            With regards.
Yours faithfully,

( BRUHASPATI  SAMAL)
Circle Secretary

Atal Pension Yojana : Still Scope for increasing pension coverage

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
16-October-2017 16:57 IST
Over 69 lacs subscribers join Atal Pension Yojana with contribution of Rs. 2690 crores 

Secretary DFS: Still Scope for increasing pension coverage
Atal Pension Yojana currently has over 69 lacs subscribers with contribution of Rs. 2690.00 crores. Chairman, PFRDA Shri Hemant G Contractor however emphasised the need of increasing the pension coverage in India at a recently concluded conference on Atal Pension Yojana. The conference organised by Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) in the national capital saw participation from all major banks, representatives from NPCI, SCHIL, SIDBI, Access Assist and some major MFIs.

A large section of the society still does not have access to pensions and this is a cause of concern for PFRDA and Government, Shri Contactor said. Congratulating the winners of the contest organised by PFRDA the Chairman said that APY has made progress in covering the intended subscribers but much remains to be done. He mentioned that on an average, a little less than 2% of the eligible population is covered under APY and hence a lot has to be done to provide people a regular access to old age income. He also touched upon the issues of persistence in the APY accounts and asserted that the objective of the scheme is to provide pension and this will only happen if the contribution in the account has been regularly paid. He urged the APY Service Providers to educate the subscribers on the importance of the same. He also urged upon the APY Service Providers i.e Banks and Post Offices under Department of Post to achieve the targets allocated by government by putting in their best efforts.

A video message of Shri Rajiv Kumar, Secretary DFS was played during the occasion. Shri Rajiv Kumar mentioned that Atal Pension Yojana is flagship program of the Government of India under financial inclusion and financial security. The pension coverage in this country is at around 12% and banks and other stakeholder need to work towards greater coverage under the scheme. He also said that DFS is monitoring the progress under the scheme and targets allocated under the scheme to banks should be accomplished. He touched upon the subject of providing a digital platform for APY by PFRDA i.e e-APY. Secretary Shri Rajiv Kumar congratulated the banks on their performance under the campaigns and urged them to continue the work.

While the government has a pension scheme for the BPL persons but the amount is meagre and is not sufficient for old age needs. 9% of the population of India, i.e 110 million people are over 60 years and by 2030 this figure is expected to cross 180 million. The 60 plus age groups is the fastest growing demographic in the country. With increase in longevity of the people, disintegration of the joint family system in India and inflation, there is greater need for old age than ever before. Currently pension benefits are available India basically to the organised sector. Atal Pension Yojana introduced in 2015 by Government of India provides a self- contributory savings pension scheme with guaranteed pension of Rs. 1,000/- to Rs. 5,000/- with a very low contribution by the subscriber. All banks and Department of Post have pushed the product to the interiors of the country. APY has option for increasing the pension amount from Rs. 1000/- to any other amount up to Rs. 5000/- as per the savings capacity of the subscriber, and further allows the spouse to continue the account in the event of the death of the subscriber before the age of sixty years. PFRDA has also been engaging with various State Governments for providing co-contribution under the scheme. With the introduction of e-APY through Aadhaar, the banks will be able to effectively utilise the digital platform for greater coverage.

ATTACK ON POST OFFICE SMALL SAVINGS SCHEMES : AUTHORIZATION OF NATIONALIZED AND PRIVATE BANKS

PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS AT ALL CENTRES AND IN FRONT OF ALL OFFICES ON 23.10.2017

POST OFFICE SMALL SAVINGS SCHEMES
UNDER HEAVY ATTACK

GDS MEMBERSHIP VERIFICATION PROCESS STOPPED.

IMPLEMENTATION OF GDS COMMITTEE REPORT DELAYED FOR ONE YEAR, STILL PENDING WITH FINANCE MINISTRY.

HOLD PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS AT ALL CENTRES AND IN FRONT OF ALL OFFICES ON 23.10.2017.

FEDERAL SECRETARIAT WILL MEET AND DECLARE FURTHER COURSE OF ACTION.


Dear Comrades, 

Government has unleashed a sudden and most damaging attack on Post office Small Savings Schemes. Notifications are already issued permitting all Nationalised Banks and three Private Banks ( ICICI Bank , AXIS Bank and HDFC Bank) to accept deposits for all Small Savings Schemes viz ; Recurring Deposit (RD) , Time Deposits (TD) , Monthly Income Scheme (MIS) Senior Citizen Savings Scheme (SCSS) , Sukanya Samridhi Account (SSA) , Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) and National Savings Certificate (NSC VIII issue) with effect from 10th October 2017. 

         This is a great blow to the Post office Small Savings Schemes and will be a threat to the job security of Postal Employees and also MPKBY /SAS Agents. About 40% of the Revenue and about 50% of the workload of Post office depends on the Post office Small Savings Schemes. Outsourcing of POSSS work to Banks will result in steady fall in Revenue and Workload of Postal Department.

         GDS Committee Report , though submitted to Govt on 24th November 2016 , is still pending with Finance Ministry for approval. GDS Membership verification process has been suddenly stopped by the Government.

          Overall situation in Postal Department is worsening day by day and resentment of the Employees is mounting. 

         NFPE CHQ views the above situation with grave concern and calls upon the entirety of Postal and RMS employees including GDS and Casual labourers to conduct mass protest demonstrations at all Centres and in front of all offices on 23rdOCTOBER 2017.

       Urgent meeting of NFPE Federal Secretariat to be held shortly will announce further course of action. 

Yours fraternally, 

  R.N.PARASHAR 
Secretary General 
        NFPE

MASS DHARNA AT ALL STATE CAPITALS ON 17th OCTOBER 2017

17th OCTOBER 2017
ORGANIZE MASS DHARNA AT ALL STATE CAPITALS

As already communicated in Confederation CHQ circular dated 07.09.2017, all C-O-Cs and Affiliated organisation are requested to organize Mass Dharna at all State Capitals on 17th October 2017 demanding immediate settlement of 21 points Charter of Demands of Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers.

M. Krishnan
Secretary General
Confederation
Mob. & Whats App: - 09447068125

CHARTER OF DEMANDS

1.       Honour the assurance given by the Group of Ministers to NJCA on 30th June 2016 and 6th July 2016, especially increase in minimum wage and fitment factor. Grant revised HRA at the rate of  30%, 20% and 10% with effect from 01-01-2016. Settle all anomalies arising out of implementation of 7th CPC recommendations, in a time bound manner.
2.      Implement option-I recommended by 7th CPC regarding parity in pension of pre-2016 pensioners.
3.     Scrap PFRDA Act and Contributory Pension Scheme and grant pension and Family Pension to all Central Government employees recruited after 01.01.2004, under CCS (Pension) Rules 1972.
4.      Treat GraminDakSewaks of Postal department as Civil Servants, and extend all benefits like pay, pension, allowances etc. of departmental employees to GDS.
5.     Regularise all casual, contract, part-time, contingent and Daily rated mazdoors and grant equal pay and other benefits.
6.     (a)         No Downsizing, Privatisation, outsourcing and contractorisation of Government functions.
           (b) Stop proposed move to close down Government of India Presses
7.       Withdraw the arbitrary decision of the Government to enhance the bench mark for performance appraisal for promotion and financial upgradations under MACP from “GOOD” to VERY GOOD” and also decision to withhold annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the bench march either for MACP or for regular promotion within the first 20 years of service. Grant MACP pay fixation benefits on promotional hierarchy and not on pay-level hierarchy. Personnel promoted on the basis of examination should be treated as fresh entrants to the cadre for grant of MACP.
8.       (a) Withdraw the draconian FR 56 (J) and Rule 48 of CCs (Pension) Rules 1972 which is being misused as a short cut as purity measure to punish and victimize the employees.
           (b) Withdraw all trade union victimisations and attack on trade union facilities.
9.       Fill up all vacant posts including promotional posts in a time bound manner. Lift ban on creation of posts. Undertake cadre Review to assess the requirement of employees and their cadre prospects. Modify recruitment rules of Group-‘C’ cadre and make recruitment on Reginal basis.
10.     Remove 5% ceiling on compassionate appointments and grant appointment in all deserving cases.
11.     Grant five promotions in the service carreer to all Central Govt. employees.
12.     Abolish and upgrade all Lower Division Clerks to Upper Division Clerks.
13.     Ensure parity in pay for all stenographers, Assistants, Ministerial Staff in subordinate offices and in all organized Accounts cadres with Central Secretariat staff by upgrading their pay scales. Grant pay scale of Drivers in LokSabha Secretariat to Drivers working in all other Central Government Departments.
14.     Reject the stipulation of 7th CPC to reduce the salary to 80% for the second year of Child Care leave and retain the existing provision.
15.     Introduce Productivity Linked bonus in all department and continue the existing bi-lateral agreement on PLB wherever it exists.
16.     Ensure cashless, hassle free medical treatment to all Central Government employees & Pensioners in all recognized Government and Private hospitals.
17.     Revision of Overtime Allowance (OTA) and Night Duty Allowance (NDA) w.e.f 01.01.2016 based on 7thCPC pay scale.
18.     Revision of wages of Central Government employees in every five years.
19.     Revive JCM functioning at all levels. Grant recognition to the unions/Associations under CCS (RSA) Rules 1993 within a time frame to facilitate effective JCM functioning.
20.     Implementation of the Revised Pay structure in respect of employees and pensioners of autonomous bodies consequent on implementation of CCS (Revised Pay) Rules 2016 and Revised Pension  Rules  in respect of Central Government employees and pensioners.
21.       Implementation of the “equal pay for equal work” judgment of the Supreme Court in all departments of the Central Government.