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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Transfer / Posting in the Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) of Indian Postal Service, Group 'A'

Pay PLI & RPLI premium online through Debit/Credit card - India Post

Letter to Cabinet Secretary - Grievances of the Central Government Employees

Backlog Vacancies : DOPT Minister Reply in Lok Sabha

As per information provided by 10 major Ministries/Departments including Public Sector Banks/Financial Institutions, Central Public Sector Undertakings etc., 28,713 vacancies remained unfilled as on 31.12.2016, which comes to about 31% of 92,589 backlog vacancies reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
The Government had constituted a Committee under the Chairmanship of the then Secretary, Department of Social Justice and Empowerment to make an analysis of the reasons for non-filling up of reserved vacancies and to suggest remedial measures. Based on the recommendations of this Committee, Department of Personnel and Training issued instructions in November/December, 2014 to all Ministries/Departments to constitute in-house Committee to identify backlog reserved vacancies, study of the root cause of backlog reserved vacancies, initiation of measures to remove such factors and to fill up the backlog reserved vacancies.

Various Ministries/Departments have constituted in-house committee and initiated action for filling up of reserved vacancies.
Department of Personnel and Training monitors the progress in filling up of reserved category vacancies for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes with 10 Ministries/Departments having majority of the employees in Central Government. Six meetings were held in this regard.
The total number of backlog reserved category vacancies is 28,713 in respect of those 10 Ministries/Departments.
As per information provided by those 10 Ministries/Departments, 20,975 vacancies for Scheduled Castes, 15,874 vacancies for Scheduled Tribes and 27,027 vacancies for Other Backward Classes have been filled up during the period 01.04.2012 to 31.12.2016.
These 10 Ministries/Departments have been requested to take expeditious action with regard to the unfilled reserved backlog vacancies.
This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shrimati Neelam Sonker and Shri Dushyant Chautala in the Lok Sabha today. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Latest news on submission of 7th CPC Allowance Committee Report

“Today(28.03.2017) in Parliament, Minister of State for Finance Shri Santhosh Kumar Gangwar said in a written reply to a question regarding the submission of Allowance Committee Report. He said that the Allowance Committee is now in the process of finalizing its Report. Decisions on implementing the Report will be taken after the Report is submitted by the Committee.”

Detailed Questions and Answers:
CHAITRA 7, 1939 (SAKA)
Will the Minister of Finance be pleased to state:
(a) Whether Government has formed a Committee for taking decision about the allowances to the Central Government employees and removal of anomalies in their pay scales announced by the Seventh Pay Commission;
(b) if so, whether the Committee has submitted its report;
(c) if so, the main features thereof and if not, the reasons for delay in submission of report;
(d) the time by which recommendations of Seventh Pay Commission regarding the allowances are proposed to be implemented?
(a) to (d): The Committee on allowances has been constituted vide order dated 22.07.2016 to examine and make recommendations as to whether any changes in the recommendations of the 7th CPC relating to allowances are warranted and if so, in what form. A separate anomaly committee at National Level has also been set up, vide O.M. dated 09.09.2016, to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations.
The National Anomaly Committee has made recommendations on the calculation methodology of the Disability Pension for Defence forces personnel. The Committee on allowances has received a large number of demands on allowances and even now receiving such demands. All the demands have been diligently examined. The Committee has already held 13 meeting so far and interacted with the representatives of Central Nodal Ministries, National Council (Staff Side), Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) and officers and representatives of employee associations of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Home Affairs, Railways, Defence and Department of Posts. The Committee is now in the process of finalizing its Report. Decisions on implementing the Report will be taken after the Report is submitted by the Committee.
Source : Rajya Sabha

Clarification on Benchmark for Promotion

Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
Personnel Division

Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi – 110 001
Dated the 1st February, 2017

All Chief Postmaster(s) General

Subject: Clarification on Benchmark for Promotion

I am directed to refer to subject cited above and to say that the modalities of the benchmark to be taken for promotion after implementation of 7th Pay Commission Report has been examined in consultation with Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT). DoPT has stated that the modalities of the benchmark are being examined in consultation with UPSC and Department of Legal Affairs. In this regard, all Circles are, hereby, requested to follow instructions contained in DOPT’s OM No.35034/7/97-Estt(D) dated 8.02.2002 untill further clarification is uploaded/issued by DOPT on its website or issued by DoP. A copy of DOPT’s ID No.1211382/2016/CR dated 8.12.2016 is enclosed.

Yours faithfully,
(Satya Narayana Dash)

Notification for filling up of vacancies of Drivers in MMS Bangalore.

Haryana’s first Post Office Passport Seva Kendra starts operations in Karnal

Karnal, March 25
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday inaugurated the state’s first Post Office Passport Seva Kendra, a joint venture of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Department of Posts (DOP) here.
He also announced that apart from Karnal, two more Passport Seva Kendras will be started in Hisar and Faridabad soon.
The chief minister said people would get the passport in just seven days.
Initially, residents of Jind, Panipat and Karnal would be able to avail the facility at Karnal centre, and later some other districts would be added with this centre after reviewing its load, Khattar said.
The Union Government has planned to set up such kind of passport centres in around 450 cities, he said.
When asked about the Jat agitation, he said after the talk with the government the Jat community members have been lifting their dharnas and the government has also been working to implement their demands.
Riya (6), a resident of Ashok Nagar, became the first applicant at this centre. She along with her mother Babli and father Vineet Garg had come to apply for passport. The Chief Minister also greeted Riya for availing this opportunity.
“We had applied for the passport of Riya at Ambala office, but when we came to know about Karnal office then we immediately applied for an appointment. Luckily, we got first appointment,” said Riya’s mother.

Gujarat Postal Circle Recruitment 2017 Update: Apply for 413 Multi-Tasking Staff Vacancies

Department of Posts, Office of The Chief Postmaster General, Gujarat Postal Circle, Ahmedabad has released a notification on its official website for the recruitment of 413 Multi-Tasking Staff (MTS) Cadre vacancies. The recruitment will be done in Subordinate Post and Administrative Offices for different Regions under direct Recruitment. The interested candidates fulfilling the eligibility criteria can apply online. The application process has begun. The last date of submitting applications is April 10 by 23.59 Hrs.

Candidates can go through other details such as age limit, educational qualification, selection process, application fee and how to apply by visiting official website.
A total of 413 posts will be filled by the recruitment process. The selection of candidates will be done on the basis of Aptitude Test and Descriptive Examination.
Gujarat Postal Circle Vacancy Details
Total No.of Posts: 413
Name of the Division & Posts:
A. Subordinate Post Office: 325 Posts

I. Multi-Tasking Staff (MTS) Cadre (In Ahmedabad HQ Region): 127 Posts

1. Ahmedabad GPO: 18 Posts
2. Ahmedabad City: 09 Posts
3. Gandhinagar: 05 Posts
4. Sabarkantha: 03 Posts
5. Mahesana: 02 Posts
6. Banaskantha: 02 Posts
7. Patan: 02 Posts
8. MMS Ahd: 02 Posts
9. CSD Ahd: 02 Posts
10. RMS ‘AM’ Division: 81 Posts
II. Multi-Tasking Staff (MTS) Cadre (In Rajkot Region): 62 Posts
1. Amreli: 05 Posts
2. Bhavnagar: 06 Posts
3. Gondal: 02 Posts
4. Jamnagar: 05 Posts
5. Junagadh: 07 Posts
6. Kachchh: 09 Posts
7. Porbandar: 02 Posts
8. Rajkot: 05 Posts
9. Surendranagar: 03 Posts
10. RMS RJ Division: 18 Posts
III. Multi-Tasking Staff (MTS) Cadre (In Vadodara Region): 136 Posts
1. Anand: 03 Posts
2. Bardoli: 03 Posts
3. Bharuch: 09 Posts
4. Kheda: 03 Posts
5. Navsari: 06 Posts
6. Panchmahal: 07 Posts
7. Surat: 13 Posts
8. Vadodara (East): 16 Posts
9. Vadodara (West): 04 Posts
10. Valsad: 06 Posts
11. RMS ‘W’ Division: 66 Posts
B. Administrative Office: 88 Posts
1. CPMG Office, Ahmedabad: 14 Posts
2. PMG Office, Rajkot: 02 Posts
3. PMG Office, Vadodara: 01 Post
4. Postal Training Centre, Vadodara: 10 Posts
5. O/o Director of Accounts(Postal), Ahmedabad: 12 Posts
6. Postal Store Depot, Ahmedabad: 14 Posts
7. Postal Store Depot, Rajkot: 12 Posts
8. Postal Store Depot Vadodara: 14 Posts
Age Limit: Candidates should visit official notification for details.
Selection Process: The selection of candidates will be done on the basis of Aptitude Test and Descriptive Examination.

Notice to the public for CBS Post Offices - No Transaction on 01.04.2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


10 most important income-tax changes which will apply from April 1

With the passage of the Finance Bill on Wednesday, the Lok Sabha has completed the budgetary exercise for 2017-18. The tax proposals in the Budget 2017 have now become law. Below are 10 most important income-tax changes that will affect you next month: 

1. With a decrease in tax rate from 10 per cent to 5 per cent for total income between Rs 2.5 lakh and Rs 5 lakh, there is tax saving of up to Rs 12,500 per year and Rs 14,806 (including surcharge and cess) for those with income above Rs 1 crore. 
2. Tax rebate is reduced to Rs 2,500 from Rs 5,000 per year for taxpayers with income up to Rs 3.5 lakh (earlier Rs 5 lakh). Due to the combined effect of change in tax rate and rebate, an individual with taxable income of Rs 3.5 lakh will now pay tax of 2,575 instead of 5,150 earlier. 
3. Surcharge at 10 per cent of tax levied on rich taxpayers, with income between Rs 50 lakh and Rs 1 crore. The rate of surcharge for the super rich, with income above Rs 1 crore, will remain 15 per cent. 
4. Holding period for immovable property to be considered "long term" reduced to 2 years from 3. This will ensure immovable property held beyond 2 years is taxed at reduced rate of 20 per cent and eligible for various exemptions on reinvestment. 
5. Long term capital gains tax will result in a lower payout owing to beneficial amendments. The base year for indexation of cost (adjustment of inflation) has been shifted to April 1, 2001 from April 1, 1981. This means lower profits on sale. 
6. Further, tax exemption will be available on reinvestment of capital gains in notified redeemable bonds (in addition to investment in NHAI and REC bonds). 
7. A simple one-page tax return form is to be introduced for individuals with taxable income up to Rs 5 lakh (excluding business income). Those filing returns for the first time in this category will generally not be subject to scrutiny. 
8. Delay in filing tax return for 2017-18 will attract penalty of Rs 5,000 if filed by Dec 31, 2018 and Rs 10,000 if filed later. Such fee will be restricted to Rs 1,000 for small taxpayers with income up to Rs 5 lakh. 
9. Deduction for first-time investors in listed equity shares or listed units of equity oriented fund under the Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme is withdrawn from 2017-18. If an individual has already claimed deduction under this scheme before April 1, 2017, he/she shall be allowed to avail a deduction for the next two years. 
10. Time period for revision of tax return cut to one year (from 2 years) from the end of the relevant FY or before completion of assessment, whichever is earlier.

Source:-The Economic Times




National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 - Additional Cities - Press Release dtd 24.03.2017

CAT Eranakulam - latest news - Pay parity - CAICGSA

CAT case hearing held and CAT impossed a fine of Rs.5000/- to DOPT for not filing reply and the case posted for hearing on 16.05.2017 due to summer vacation with the direction that if no reply received, fine amount will be recovered from the Officer of DOPT at fault.

- Harisudhan, 
General Secretary,
 Confederation of All India Central Government Stenographers Association

Aadhaar Card Can't Be Mandatory For Government's Welfare Schemes: Supreme Court

NEW DELHI: Aadhaar cannot be mandatory for central welfare schemes, the Supreme Court said today, but added that it cannot stop the government from linking the 12-digit identification number to the opening of bank accounts or filing of tax returns.
The government recently made it mandatory for citizens to produce the 12-digit Aadhaar number for benefits under nearly three dozen central schemes including free mid-day meals for schoolchildren. Aadhaar was also made compulsory for scholarships and other schemes for backward castes and the disabled. Aadhaar cards are mandatory for subsidized cooking gas and foodgrains.
The government has said it will enable people to get their biometric identity documents by June 30.
Aadhaar cards will also be needed for filing tax returns - a move that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says will check tax evasion.
The Supreme Court today said it cannot stop the government from doing so but reiterated its earlier order that Aadhaar cannot be mandatory for people to benefits under official welfare schemes.
Last week, responding to opposition criticism in parliament, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said that Aadhaar may soon become the only card required to identify a person, replacing Voter IDs and PAN or Permanent Account Number. He said as many as 98 per cent or 108 crore people have Aadhaar numbers.
The government has said that until all beneficiaries are assigned Aadhaar cards, subsidized foodgrain will be provided on ration cards and Aadhaar enrolment slips or a copy of an applicant's request for Aadhaar enrolment.
The centre has asked states to link Aadhaar numbers with the ration card or with bank accounts for cash transfer of food subsidy.
The use of Aadhaar as the identity document for benefits or subsidies simplifies delivery and helps make the system more transparent and efficient, the government says.

More than 2 dozen companies want collaboration with India Post Payments Bank

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & Information Technology
27-March-2017 12:45 IST
More than 2 dozen companies want collaboration with India Post Payments Bank-Manoj Sinha 
Government has said that there are many companies who have approached the Department of Posts for collaboration with India Post Payments Bank. Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha, the Minister of Communications Shri Manoj Sinha said that while the Department is in various stages of discussions with them, decision on formal partnerships will be taken after carefully evaluating the entire value proposition that they propose for the common man. The India Post Payments Bank had launched its two branches in Raipur (Chhattisgarh) and Ranchi (Jharkhand) on 30/01/2017 with basic products and banking services in partnership with Punjab National Bank.
Shri Sinha also said that the Payments Banks are different from regular Banks in the following fundamental ways as per RBI guidelines for Licensing of Payments Banks:
(i) Payment Banks are not allowed to undertake lending activities directly. It can accept demand deposits only that is savings and current accounts and will initially be restricted to holding a maximum balance of Rs. 100,000(Rupees one lakh only) per individual customer.
(ii) Payment Banks cannot accept Non Resident Indian (NRI) deposits.
(iii) The Payment Banks cannot set up subsidiaries to undertake non banking financial services activities.
A list of companies interested in partnering with India Post Payments Bank is attached at Annexure
Annexure A

List companies keen to partner with India Post Payments Bank.
YES Bank
Union Bank
Punjab National Bank
IDBI Bank (Industrial Development Bank of India)
SBI (State Bank of India)
Bank of Baroda
IDFC Bank (Industrial development finance company)
Deutshe Bank
Barclays Bank
NABARD (National Bank For Agriculture & Rural Development)
HSBC (Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation)
Allahabad Bank
Indian Overseas Bank
Dena Bank
FIA (Financial Inclusion)
Kotak Mahindra Bank
United Bank of India
HDFC Life (Housing Development Finance Corporation)
Royal Sundaram
PNB Metlife (Punjab National Bank)
ICICI Lombard ( Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India Bank)
ICICI Prudential ( Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India Bank)
Bajaj Allianz Life

Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme, 1980 - Table of Benefits in respect of Savings Fund accumulations during 01.01.2017 to 31.03.2017

Source : http://utilities.cept.gov.in/dop/pdfbind.ashx?id=2310

NICL Recruitment for 205 Administrative Officers (Generalists) Scale I Notification

Posts: Administrative Officers (Generalists) Scale I

Total No. of Posts: 205 Posts

Educational Qualification: (as on 20.04.2017)
Candidate should possess certificate in proof of passing the qualifying examination as on 20.04.2017.
A candidate must possess the minimum qualification of a Graduate/Post Graduate in any discipline from a recognized University OR any equivalent qualification recognized as such by Central Government with at least 60% marks in either of the degree examination (at least 55% for SC/ST)

Age Limit: Age as on 01.03.2017
Minimum Age: 21 years
Maximum Age: 30 years

Application Fee (Non-Refundable):
Payable on-line from 30.03.2017 to 20.04.2017 (both dates inclusive)

  • SC/ ST / PWD : Rs. 100/- (Intimation Charges Only) 
  • All candidates other than SC/ ST / PWD : Rs. 600/- (Application fee including intimation charges)

Selection Process: Candidates will be selected based on an interview.

How to Apply: Interested Candidates may Apply Online Through official Website.

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Important Dates:

  • Starting Date of Online Application: 30-03-2017
  • Last Date to Apply Online: 20-04-2017
  • Payment of Application fees : 30.03.2017-20.04.2017
  • Date of online Examination – Phase I : 3rd / 4th June, 2017 (TENTATIVE)
  • Downloading of call letters for examination commences from : 10 days prior to the date of examination
  • Date of online Examination – Phase II : 2nd July, 2017 (TENTATIVE)

Probation and/or confirmation of Direct Recruit Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant in Department of Posts-Qualifying test.

Source : http://utilities.cept.gov.in/dop/pdfbind.ashx?id=2306

7th Pay Commission: Lavasa panel might give report to FM today

"The panel's work is in its final stages," said a senior officer

A panel headed by former finance secretary Ashok Lavasa, tasked with examining the 7th Pay Commission (7th CPC) recommendations on allowances, might have its final meeting on Tuesday, followed by its report going to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Business Standard has learnt.
The matter will then go to the Union Cabinet, on revised allowances for 4.7 million employees.

Officials said most of the work on the report was complete. "The panel's work is in its final stages," said a senior officer.

If the minister accepts the report, it will only be a matter of days before the Cabinet takes up the matter. It is understood the Centre wants to give the revised allowances from early 2017-18.
In late June last year, after implementing the CPC proposals on salary and pension, Jaitley had announced the Lavasa panel would examine the suggestions on allowances. It had time till October but the report got delayed -- the CPC wanted a number of the allowances to be abolished or subsumed, while employee unions were opposed.
Some of the allowances the CPC had suggested be done away or subsumed were an acting allowance, assisting cashier allowance, cycle allowance, condiment allowance, entertainment allowances for the cabinet secretary, flying squad allowance, haircutting allowance, rajbhasha allowance, rajdhani allowance, robe allowance, secret allowance, shoe allowance, shorthand allowance, soap toilet allowance, spectacle allowance, Sunderban allowance, uniform allowance, vigilance allowance and washing allowance.
Of 196 allowances, the CPC report had recommended abolition of 52 and subsuming of another 36 into larger existing ones. A deferment on revising of allowances meant that as opposed to a burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore as envisaged by the CPC, the government had provisioned for Rs 84,933 crore in 2016-17 for pay and pension, including Rs 12,000 crore in arrears.
There are other recommendations on allowances the panel is examining. These include a change in the present system of accounting, wherein pay and allowances are clubbed. The CPC recommended a separate object head for budgeting and accounting be used to record the expenditure.
Source:- Business standard

Death Claim settled within 20 days from the date of receipt


ANSWERED ON: 27.03.2017.

Death Claims
Will the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:-
(a) whether the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) proposes to settle PF money claimed after death of an employee within seven days from 20 days at present;
(b)if so, the details thereof;
(c)whether all the death cases claims will be given top priority and officers in charge at all EPF offices will personally monitor such claims on day-to-day basis; and
(d) if so, the details thereof?
(a) & (b): As per paragraph 72(7) of the Employees’ Provident Funds (EPF) Scheme, 1952, the claim complete in all respects submitted along with the requisite documents shall be settled and benefit amount paid to the beneficiaries within 20 days from the date of its receipt by the Commissioner. The field offices of Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) have been directed to settle claims in cases of deaths within seven days of receipt of such claims.
(c) & (d): Yes, Madam. Public Relation Officer and officials in the Facilitation Centres of EPFO have been instructed to scrutinise the claim forms received in respect of death cases and guide the claimants for submission of all required documents in one go only. An official has been specially earmarked to handle such claims. Regional Provident Fund Commissioners have been directed to personally monitor the death cases on day-to-day basis.