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Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Government to digitise 1.3 lakh rural post offices by March 2017

The government plans to digitise nearly 1.3 lakh rural post offices by March 2017, IT and telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told Parliament on Friday. 
The government has approved Rs 4,909 crore for modernisation of 1.55 lakh post offices including 1.29 lakh post offices in rural areas, called Gramin Dak Sewak post offices. The modernisation process will include setting up centralised data centres and disaster recovery centres, networking of all post offices. 
The budget also includes training postmen who will be given solar powered hand held devices, connected to data centers via SIMs, which will give rural consumers access to financial remittances and saving accounts through biometric scanning apart from other identification tools. 
Telecommunication Consultant India Limited ( TCIL) will provide the handheld devices alongside RICOH India Limited, and also ensure connectivity, while Infosys will be the Rural System Integrator, the minister said in Parliament. 
The devices will also offer core banking solution through a mobile app, which ties into the Postal Department's future plan of introducing payment bank services. Core banking solution has been rolled out in 18,231 Post Offices, which is now the largest, surpassing State Bank of India. 
About 23.81 crores postal saving bank accounts have been digitised, including 80,000 in rural areas. All the 25,297 departmental post offices in the country have been computerized while data centre was started in Navi Mumbai in April 2013, and disaster recovery centre has been functioning in Mysuru since May last year.
Source :The Economic Times

Bank customers can use Post-office ATMs soon

New Delhi March 4, 2016

India Post will send a proposal to RBI for its ATMs to work on the platforms of all other banks

Soon people will be able to withdraw money from any bank account - private or PSU - through ATMs of India Post, as it takes the first step towards the proposed Postal Bank in the next few years. 
Currently, people with accounts in postal department can use the services of the ATM.
India Post, which has already received a license for starting a Payments Bank, will send a proposal to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for allowing ATMs of India Post to work on the platforms of all other banks. "We will soon send a proposal for interoperability of its ATMs with other banks. This would mean technology upgradation in our existing ATMs," according to a senior official from the department.
The minister for communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad has been taking keen interest in the revival of India Post through various measures. Currently, about 600 ATMs have been installed across the country and target is to take this number to 1000 by March this year and 10,000 in the next couple of years. Also, another 20,000 micro ATMs will be set up in the same period.
"This will promote banking in the rural areas. The plan is to have one ATM each in all the 1.55 lakh post offices, out of which 1.3 are in the rural areas, across the country," the official said.
Public Investment Board has already approved Rs 800 crore proposal from India Post for setting up a payments bank and is now in the process of finalising a consultant for the same. It is expected to start operations by March 2017. Subsequently, the plan is to convert into a full-fledged bank.
In the Budget 2016-17, the government has already announced a massive rollout of ATMs and micro ATMs in post offices over the next three years to provide better access to financial services in rural areas.
As on February, India Post has issued 126,181 ATM-cum-debit cards to its account holders.
Also, about 25,000 post offices have been brought under core banking system, which will allow users to operate their accounts from any post office. As of now, people have to visit their respective post office branch to undertake transactions.
Once core banking system is implemented across all post offices by next year, it will offer users flexibility to visit any branch. The IT modernization project of post offices is underway with an investment of about Rs 5,000 crore. India Post has overtaken the State Bank of India to become India's largest core banking network with 18,231 branches.
Postal department plays a huge role in disbursing wages to Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) beneficiaries. Nearly 6.92 crore MGNREGS accounts have been opened in post offices up to December 2015 and the number of post office savings bank (POSB) accounts has increased from 30.86 crore to 33.97 crore, according to the latest Economic Survey. Because of these reasons, the department of posts is planning to install ATMs so that it can benefit even the lower strata of the society.
As many as 25 commercial banks and institutions including Deutsche Bank, State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Axis, Yes Bank and IDBI have evinced interest in partnership with India Posts for their Payments Bank venture. Payments bank will be able to products such as demand deposits and remittances. They will not be allowed to undertake lending activities and will initially be restricted to hold a maximum balance of Rs 1 lakh per customer. However, they will be allowed to issue ATM or debit cards as other prepaid payment instruments, but not credit cards.
Source : http://www.business-standard.com

Verification of Membership for recognition of Service Associations representing Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDSs) (earlier called as Extra Departmental Agents) under EDA (RA) Rules, 1995-Calling of applications.

Preservation of records at Branch Post Offices

Branch Office account (Pa.6)
3 years after they are used
BO Journal (Pa-5),BO slips
3 years after they are used
Book of BO receipts(Ms-87(a)
2 years after they are used
Regd lists/Parcel lists/Mail lists
2 years after they are used
Invoices received from P.S.D
3 years.
BO Slips
2 years.
Order book/Stock book
To be destroyed after special permission from divisional head
Postman book (ms-87)
2 years
Book of postmarks
2 years
Enumeration returns
5 years
Yearly value returns(yvr)
5 years
(Rule 21 of Book of Rules for Branch Offices)
Note: The records i.e order book, stock book, postman book and book of postmarks should be destroyed by fire or otherwise, in such a manner that they may not be used again. Other record should be torn up and sold as waste paper.

UPSC Recruitment Notification 2016 for Degree Students

UPSC recruitment 2016 notification 46 research officer posts :- Union Public service commission (UPSC) invites application for the position of 46 medical officer/ research officer, senior administrative officer and stores officer. Apply online before 17th March 2016.
 UPSC Recruitment 2016  for DEGREE Students :
UPSC recruitment 2016 notification 46 research officer posts :- Union Public service commission (UPSC) invites application for the position of 46 medical officer/ research officer, senior administrative officer and stores officer. Apply online before 17th March 2016.
Name of post:- Medical officer/ research officer, senior administrative officer
Eligibility:- Degree
Job Location:- All India
Last Date:- 17th March 2016
Total No. of Posts:-  46 Posts
Medical officer / research officer:- 15 posts
Age Limit:- The age of the candidate should be 35 years.
Qualification:- Candidates should have degree in Ayurveda of a recognized university / statutory state boars / council faculty of Indian medicine or equivalent recognized under the Indian medicine Central council Act 1970.
Pay Scale:- Rs 15600 – 39100/- Per Month
Senior Administrative officer:- 19 posts
Age Limit:- The age of the candidate should be 35 years.
Qualification:- Candidates should have degree from a recognized university.Pay Scale:- Rs 15600 – 39100/- Per Month
Selection Procedure:- The selection of the candidates will be on the basis of written examination and personal interview depending on the number of applications received.
Age Relaxation:- The upper age of the candidates in relaxable for the following specified categories to the extent indicated below:-
i) By 5 years for candidates belonging to ST communities.
ii) By 5 years for candidates belonging to SC communities.
iii) By 3 years for candidates belonging to OBC communities.
Application fee:- Candidates are required to pay application fee Rs 25/- either by depositing the money in any branch of state bank of India by cash or by using net banking facility of the state bank of India or by using visa card / master card / debit card. Schedule caste categories candidates (SC) / Schedule tribe categories candidates (ST) are exempted from application fee.
How to apply:- Candidates may apply online through official website of Union Public service commission UPSC  www.upsconline.inc.in on or before 17th March 2016

Transfer/Postings in the Senier Administrative Grade (SAG) of the Indian Postal Service, Group 'A' order dtd 04/03/2016

Postal Pool Quarters and Post attached rent free quarters of PM/SPMs - Delegation of Powers

Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) 18000 Posts (NTCP) Advt. No. 03/2015 Exam date declared

Railway Recruitment Board (RRB)  Ntpc has announced Date for Computer Based Computer Based TEST (CBT) .Candidates who has filled their application form and looking for the RRB Computer Based Test (CBT) examination date for such posts Assistant Station Master (ASM), Clerk, Enquiry cum Reservation Clerk (ECRC), Commercial Apprentice (CA), Traffic Assistant (TA), Junior Accounts Assistant cum Typist, Senior Clerk cum typist, Senior time Keeper.

Computer Based TEST (CBT) Dates announced.

Exam Dates : From 28th March till 30th April 2016.

Call Letters will be available soon...

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Employment News : 05th March 2016 to 11th March 2016

Name Of Post : Scientist-B and Scientist Engineer-B
No.of Vacancies : 163
Last Date :10.04.2016
Name Of Post : Director, Joint Director, Project Coordinator, Systems Management etc
No.of Vacancies : 40
Last Date :23.06.2016
Name Of Post : Trade Apprentice, Attendant Operator and Technician Apprentice
No.of Vacancies : 95
Last Date :15.03.2016
Name Of Post : Executive Trainee (Mechanical, Information Technology, Human Resource, Geology)
No.of Vacancies : 866
Last Date :19.03.2016
Name Of Post : Assistant Manager, Executive, Junior Executive etc
No.of Vacancies : 282
Last Date :28.03.2016
Source : http://employmentnews.gov.in/