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Thursday, 9 October 2014

National Postal Week : 9th – 15th October, 2014

National Postal Week : 9th – 15th October, 2014

National Postal Week
National Postal Week
World Post Day is celebrated each year on 9th October, to commemorate the establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in the Swiss capital, Berne. It was declared as World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan, in 1969 and since then, it is celebrated all over the world to highlight the importance of the postal services.

India Post is celebrating National Postal Week from 9th to 15th October, 2014. The purpose of World Post Day is to create awareness about the role of the postal sector in the lives of people and business and its contribution to the social and economic development of the country. The celebration is aimed at generating a broader awareness about India Post’s role and activities among the public and media at national level.

As part of National Postal Week, Department is celebrating Savings Bank day, Mail Day, Philately Day, Business Development Day and PLI Day to focus on various services provided.

Department of Posts has been serving every part of the country for more than 150 years by providing mail , Speed Post and Parcel services, Post Office Savings Bank, Postal Life Insurance, Philatelic services by issue of definitive and special/ commemorative stamps. The Department has been providing ‘My Stamp’ service to public at large. ‘My Stamp’ is the brand name for the personalized sheets of Postage Stamps of India Post. The personalization is achieved by printing a thumb nail photograph of the customers of the images and logos of institutions, or images of art work, heritage buildings, famous tourist places, historical cities, wild life, other animals and birds etc, alongside the selected Commemorative Postage Stamps.

Department is well aware about the changing needs of the customers and has introduced products like Speed Post, Express/Business Parcel, Business Post, ePost, Money Remittance services etc. Utilizing the vast network of Post Offices, India Post offers bill collection under ePayment and retails third party products from Post Offices.

India Post is providing the service of reservation of railway tickets under Passenger Reservation System of Indian Railways. Around 300 Post Offices are providing this facility to the customers across India.
India Post has set up Automated Mail Processing Centers in Delhi & Kolkata to create an Automated Mail grid. The Automated Mail Processing Center facilitates the processing of more than 55,000 piece of mail an hour. During the National Postal Week customers, especially children are encouraged to tour Automated Mail Processing Center. This unique venture of India Post is worth visit by the people.

In tune with the emerging e-Commerce market, parcel product has been revamped & Cash on Delivery (CoD) facility has been introduced. State-of-the-art Parcel centres are also being set up across the country. Department is also developing Parcel Network to cater to the needs of e-Commerce companies. Delivery of parcels and Express mail is also planned to be mechanised in bigger cities for efficient & quicker delivery.
India Post is in the process of inducting technology through an enterprise wide IT Project, at an approximate cost of Rs. 4909 crores,that will bring in electronic connectivity and capabilities across 1.5 lakhs Post Offices for seamless delivery of all mail & financial services.

On the occasion of ‘World Post Day’ a seminar on ‘Building Business for India Post’ was organized by Department of Posts to deliberate on opportunities and road ahead for India Post. ‘My Stamp’ facility was also inaugurated by Member (Operations), Postal Services Board in Sansad Marg Head Post Office, New Delhi – 110001. Number of activities have been planned during National Postal Week across the country.

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Expected DA phrase losing interest amidst Central Government employees..!

“Expected DA” phrase losing interest amidst Central Government employees..!

Nowadays, the attractive and magical word of “Expected DA” is losing interest amidst Central Government employees..!

We are proud to claim that we were the first to introduce the phrase, “Expected DA”.

Central Govt employees are getting additional Dearness Allowance twice in a year according to the fluctuation of Consumer Price Index. Generally all employees, including state and central government employees are showing interest to know the hike of additional Dearness allowance in advance.
In 2009, when, for the first time we wrote an article under the title “Expected DA (Dearness Allowance) from Jan 2009 for Central Government Employees“, we did feel a bit uneasy. We were wondering if the readers would comprehend the title properly. Even the familiar publications like “Swamy’s News” didn’t have such phrases that time.

The phrase “Expected DA”, received tremendous response from the Central Government employees and earned a place for itself in their hearts. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration for us to claim that after the magical ‘Central Government Employees News’, this was the most exciting phrase that we had come up with.

As far as we know, “Swamy’s News” was the only publication that had successfully predicted the Dearness Allowance accurately for a number of years. It is not an ordinary feat for a private publication to be treated on par with a Government Order. This is the reason why, despite the onslaught of the internet, the publication is still gaining tremendous growth.

In January 2009, we announced a 6% expected additional DA. Since then, with Dearness Allowance rising continuously, the curiosity and eagerness to hear the forecast continued to grow. With two 10% hikes in 2010, the response to our forecasts was nothing short of mind-boggling.

Normally, Government employees are more than eager to receive positive news about salary hike, like increment, DA, Arrears, Bonus etc.,. Yet, strangely, there is a slight dip in the kind of interest that the phrase “Expected DA” triggers nowadays.

In 2009 Our Forecasts in additional Dearness Allowance…

Source: 90PAISA
[http://90paisa.blogspot.in/2014/10/expected-da-phrase-losing-interest.html]

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Manner of disposal of PPO - death of the pensioner with no claimant authorized for family pension in the same PPO

Manner of disposal of PPO - death of the pensioner with no claimant authorized for family pension in the same PPO

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CENTRAL PENSION ACCOUNTING OFFICE
 
TRIKOOT-II, BHIKAJI CAMA PLACE,
NEW DELHI-110066
CPAO/Tech/Bank Performance/2014-15/511-581
23 .09.2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

    Sub: Manner of disposal of PPO - death of the pensioner with no claimant authorized for family pension in the same PPO

The Central Pension Accounting Office is a nodal agency for administering the Scheme for pension disbursement through public sector banks. It is in continuous process of streamlining and simplifying the pension delivery to the utmost satisfaction of Pensioner’s/ family pensioner’s comfort and convenience. The disbursement of family pension to the “family pensioner other than spouse” like widowed/divorced daughter is one of those areas in which a lot of efforts have been put in to simply and make them effective and efficient.

But it has been observed that a number of court cases and legal cases received in CPAO are mainly related to delay in the commencement of family pension to the family pensioner other than a spouse and arisen due to negligence on the part of the banks in returning the disbursers’ and the pensioners’ half of the PPO to CPAO if there is no family pensioner stands to be authorized through the same PPO.

In this context, Para 23.3 of "Scheme for Payment of Pensions to Central Government Civil Pensioners through Authorized Banks" provides the manner of disposal of PPOs wherein no claimant exists after the death of pensioner/family pensioner with the stipulation that the disburser’s portion as well as pensioner’s portion of the PPO is to be returned to CPAO for updation of its record and onward transmission to the PAD/AG who had issued the PPO for similar action and record.

The non-compliance of these instructions by the banks is resulting increase in receipt of number of court cases and legal cases in CPAO, non-updation of CPAO’s and PAO's relevant record, delay in authorization of family pension to the eligible family members for whom a new PPO is to be issued, causing hardship to the claimants, points raised by the Pensioners' Welfare Associations from different platforms including SCOVA meetings.

The Para 6.3.1 of the CPPC Guidelines also stressed upon the strict adherence to the codal provisions of "Scheme Booklet”, CCS[Pension] Rules, Orders, Guidelines on Pension issued by Government of India/Reserve Bank of India from time to time.

Non-compliance of codal provisions by the banks is a very serious lapse on their part. Therefore, it is imperative to instruct the Heads of CPPC of all the banks/ Heads of Govt. Business Divisions to take a stock of these cases and send a Review Report within seven days from the receipt of this Office Memorandum followed by returning of both the halves of all such PPOs wherein pensioner/spouse has died and no claimant for family pension has been authorized in the PPO. The matter may be taken
on priority as it is under review at the higher level.

This issues with the approval of Chief Controller [Pensions].

The Hindi version will follow.
(M.M. Kaushik)
Asstt. Controller of Accounts

Source: http://cpao.nic.in/pdf/cpao_tech_bank_perf_2014-15-511-581.pdf

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Retirement age of scientists may be raised from 60 to 62 years

Retirement age of scientists may be raised from 60 to 62 years

Retirement age of scientists may be raised to 62 years

The retirement age of scientists may be raised from 60 to 62 years to help put their acumen to an extended use.

Indications in this regard were given by minister of state for science and technology Jitendra Singh here.

“The government is seriously thinking of enhancing the reitrement age of the scientists to 62. The kind of acumen they achieve by the time they reach the age of 60 should be put to use for another two years. We would seriously work on the feasibility of this proposal,” he said.

He, however, clarified that the proposal to increase the age of scientists was limited to his ministries.

Besides science and technology, Singh is in-charge of Earth sciences, departments of atomic energy and space and personnel, public grievances & pensions. He is also MoS PMO.

Singh added that the proposal of increasing the age of scientists is being deliberated as it requires approvals from different ministries to take the “positive steps”.

Currently, the age of Central government employees is 60. Many scientists serve in different ministries other than core sciences.

Also, there are several scientists heading different ministries and departments have well crossed their retirement age, but have been retained by the government owing to their experience and expertise.

Source: Times of India
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