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Friday, March 10, 2017
Pay bills, open a savings account or transfer money from post offices to banks & Use bank debit cards to withdraw cash from postal ATM too.
ATMs out of cash? No problem, postal ATMs to the rescue for customers can now use their bank debit cards to withdraw cash at postal ATMs.
With the Postal Department’s proposal for interoperability of its ATMs with banks approved by the Reserve Bank of India, customers may withdraw cash from their postal accounts through bank ATMs too.
Post offices are now gearing up to load cash at regular intervals as the number of customers using postal ATMs is expected to increase steadily. Officials said though measures were taken to allow customers to withdraw cash by bank debit cards, it had to be delayed due to the demonetisation move.
At present, there are nearly 97 postal ATMs across the State, mostly in head post offices. Of this, about 10 ATMs are in city post offices, including the sub-post office in Ashok Nagar. “We are now taking measures to install ATMs in more post offices depending upon the patronage,” said an official.
Post offices in Chennai city region have nearly 2.5 crore savings accounts and savings bank accounts contribute to 25%. “We have issued nearly 53,000 postal debit cards in Chennai city region. This could now be used in bank ATMs as well,” the official added. Steps are being taken to expedite the process to issue debit cards to other postal account holders as well.
The bill was presented in the Lok Sabha by the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, Shri Bandaru Dattatreya.
The Maternity Benefit(Amendment) Bill, 2016 has already been passed by the Rajya Sabha on 11th August,2016. These changes will have major impact on the health, well-being and growth of the future generation in the Country. It will have positive impact on women’s participation in labour force and will improve the work- life balance of the women workers. The Maternity Benefits (Amendment) Act, 2016 will come into the force only after the President’s assent.
- Letter boxes have been reintroduced on Railway Mail Service (RMS) coaches on three trains, a practice discontinued in 1980s.
- Citizens can drop unregistered letters - posts that do not require processing at the post office - in the letterbox and they will be processed en route.
- HUBBALLI: In an age where communication is largely digital, and even personal messages seldom exceed 140 characters, the idea of reclining on one's chair and penning one's thoughts on paper can appear quaint, even idyllic. However, postal service is still robust in the country, and in recognition of its enduring importance to the public, letter boxes have been reintroduced on Railway Mail Service (RMS) coaches on three trains.
Discontinued in the 1980s, the sight of letterboxes affixed to the RMS coaches evoked a sense of nostalgia among passengers. Citizens can drop unregistered letters - posts that do not require processing at the post office - in the letterbox and they will be processed en route. They will be delivered to a set of prescribed stations. "Letterboxes have been installed on the RMS coaches of Rani Chennamma Express (train number: 16589 and 16590), Siddaganga Intercity Express (12725 and 12726) and Hubballi-Vijayawada passenger train (56501 and 56502). Posts dropped in the boxes will be processed immediately," superintendent, RMS Hubballi division, SK Murnal told TOI.
Murnal said the services was reintroduced following the orders of the chief postmaster general, Karnataka circle. "We have decided to provide the service on three trains in accordance with the orders of postmaster general, North Karnataka region, Dharwad," he said.
However, the service is limited to few stations. Office supervisor for RMS Hubballi RC Negalur said that those in intermediate stations such as Haveri and Davanagere would not be able to avail of the service. "Those in Dharwad and Hubballi can send letters to Bengaluru, and vice-versa on the Rani Chennamma Express. If letters are addressed to locations in other places, they will be treated as non-RMS assignments and transferred to the postal department," he added.
Pointing out that letters posted in Hubballi, and addressed to Bengaluru, would reach their respective destinations in one day, Negalur added, "People in Guntakal too can use the service on the Vijayawada-Hubballi train to send letters to Gadag and Hubballi. They will be transported to the RMS offices in the respective cities, and delivered to their destinations through the local post office (s)."
Madhu Lokur, a citizen, recalled the days when he used the letterboxes for speedy delivery. "The RMS has taken a good decision to reintroduce this service. People will be able to send letters, applications and invitations at a lower cost. Instead of spending a minimum of Rs 20 on private couriers, we can now do it for Rs 5 or even 50 paise," he added.
Source : The Times of India
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Expectations are rising that the government may soon announce a hike in allowance as part of the Seventh Pay Commission awards. The second half of the Budget session starts from March 9. Union officials had held final round of talks on February 22 with members of the Ashok Lavasa panel on Seventh Pay Commission allowances, according to Shiv Gopal Mishra, the convenor of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), a joint body of unions representing central government employees. Some union officials said that the panel on Seventh Pay Commission allowances has already submitted its report.The unions have demanded HRA at the rate of 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent. The Seventh Pay Commission had recommended that HRA be paid at the rate of 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent of the new Basic Pay, depending on type of cities.
The Seventh Pay Commission had also recommended that the rate of HRA be revised to 27 per cent, 18 per cent and 9 per cent respectively when DA crosses 50 per cent, and further revised to 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent when DA crosses 100 per cent.
The panel headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa had reviewed Seventh Pay Commission allowances. The government had in June accepted the recommendation of Justice AK Mathur-headed Seventh Pay Commission in respect of the hike in basic pay and pension but its suggestions relating to allowances were referred to the committee. The Seventh Pay Commission had examined a total of 196 existing allowances and, by way of rationalisation, recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming of 37 allowances.
The committee on allowances was initially given a time of four months to submit its report to the finance minister. Allowances form a significant chunk of government employees’ salary.
Source : Profit.ndtv