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No need to wait for separate DR orders for pensioners.

LDCE for promotion to the cadre of Postmaster Grade I...... an update.

As per Directorate's letter No.34012/4/2012- DE dated 23th April 2013, Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for promotion to the cadre of Postmaster Grade-I was held on 30th June 2013 at various centres. 
It is learnt that department is going to display keys of all the question papers very soon on departmental website for open scrutiny before declaration of result. Feedback for the keys will be called for from participants within 15 days from the date of display in the web site and thereafter decision thereon will be taken by the competant authority. 

7th Pay panel formed, retirement age may go up 62 yrs

CNBC TV18 learns that the proposal to extend the retirement age of central government employees by two years has received fresh impetus. A decision on this could be taken within a week or two, and would be the second major populist decision by the UPA to woo the urban middle class and the powerful government employee mass in Indian society

New bank licences: RBI could ease initial equity capital requirement of Rs 500 crore

NEW DELHI: The Reserve Bank of India may be open to relaxing the initial equity capital requirement of Rs 500 crore for setting up a bank if it fails to find enough "fit and proper" candidates during the screening process.

The intention is to allow a greater number of players qualify, a senior official involved with the process of issuing new bank licences said.

Any final decision to tweak the guidelines would be taken by RBI, but the external screening committee headed by Bimal Jalan, former RBI governor, is expected to play a crucial role in recommending suitable changes.

RBI, in its 'guidelines for licensing of new banks in the private sector', had specified that the initial minimum paid-up equity capital for a bank shall be 500 crore. Asked about the possibility of relaxing the guidelines, the RBI spokeswoman denied any such move was in the works.

According to the senior official directly involved with the new bank licensing process, the limit can be reviewed only…

Likely Separate Pay Commission for Armed Forces while Prime Minister approves Constitution of 7th Pay Commission for Central Government Employees

India’s armed forces are likely to have their own pay panel for the first time since independence.
This comes as the government prepares to set up the seventh Pay Commission to decide on salary hikes for the 50 lakh central government employees, ahead of state polls and national elections due by May. The pay panel’s recommendations are expected to be implemented from January 2016.
All three military chiefs had written to the Defence Minister last year, asking for pay parity with central government employees. The armed forces have also been demanding the one rank one pension and one rank one pay rule.
They are also pushing for fixing rank pay and fixing pay structure for jawans and junior commissioned officers (JCOs).
In June last year, Defence Minister AK Antony had reportedly written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on “growing discontent among the services personnel due to the anomalies in payment and salaries.”
Mr Antony had said that service personnel, ex-servicemen and pensioners were…

7th Pay Commission – Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers issued Press Statement on Government’s Decision to constitute Seventh Pay Commission

(Central Head Quarters)
1st Floor, North Avenue Post office Building, New Delhi – 110001
Dated – 25.09.2013
Central Government has announced the constitution of 7th Central Pay Commission. Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers has been raising this demand before the Government right from 2011 onwards and has conducted series of agitational programmes including Parliament March and one day nationwide strike on 12th December 2012.
While welcoming the decision of the Government, we are disappointed to note that our demand for five years wage revision w.e.f. 01.01.2011 and merger of DA has not been considered favourably by the Government. When the public sector employees are given five years wage revision and the erosion in real wages has reached an all time high due to steep price rise, grant of five year wage revision to Central Government employees is fully justified. Similarly every time the Go…


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GDS bonus ceiling raised from Rs.2500 to Rs.3500

The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal of the Department of Posts to enhance the ceiling for calculation of ex-gratia bonus payable to Gramin Dak Sevaks from Rs. 2,500/- to Rs.3,500/- same as that prescribed for the regular departmental employees. The decision would be applicable with prospective effect that is from the accounting year 2012-13 payable in 2013-14.

The increase in bonus calculation ceiling will restore the long established parity between regular departmental employees and Gramin Dak Sevaks on the issue of payment of bonus. This decision will benefit 2.63 lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks working in the Department of Posts, who play a very vital role in providing postal, financial and insurance services in the rural, hilly and tribal areas of the country.


Postal Vision 2020 looks at the future of "postal services" and sees privatization

List of Postmaster Cadre offices in AP circle

'India- A Philatelic Journey’

'India- A Philatelic Journey’, was released by Hon’ble President of India on 3rd September, 2013 at Vigyan Bhawan in the inauguration ceremony of 11th Asian Pacific Postal Union Congress. The book gives a glimpse of our country having chapters on Mahatma Gandhi, freedom struggle, art & culture, wild life, flora & fauna, sports and heritage sites of India.
The book has been made in collaboration with the Times of India Group. The designing, printing and editing has been done by the Times of India Group. The packaging of the book is excellent; it is inside a beautifully designed Shrink –wrap box. The most important thing which differentiates it from other coffee table books is that real stamps are used to describe the above mentioned subjects. One side of the page have the text and other side have stamps related to the subject. Approximately 117 stamps issued since 1974 to 2012 have been inserted, in original, in each book. This book is a limited edition and exclusively for …

CWU-UK Announce National Strike Ballot in Royal Mail

Govt approves 10% dearness allowance hike, to benefit 80 lakh government employees, pensioners

NEW DELHI: The government on Friday approved a proposal to hike dearness allowance to 90% from existing 80%, a move that would benefit about 50 lakh central government employees and 30 lakh pensioners.

"The Union Cabinet approved the proposal to increase dearness allowance to 90% at its meeting. The hike would be effective from July 1, this year," a source said.

According to the source, the increase in DA to 90% would result in additional annual expenditure of Rs 10,879 crore. There would be additional burden of Rs 6,297 crore on exchequer during 2013-14 on account of this hike in DA.

This is a double digit hike in DA after about three years. It was last in September, 2010, that the government had announced a hike of 10% to be given with effect from July 1, 2010.

DA was hiked to 80% from 72% in April, 2013, effective from January 1, this year.

As per the practice, the government uses CPI-IW data for past 12 months to arrive at a number for the purpose of any DA hike.

The ret…

Enhancement of HRA - Notifying the Cities/UA having a prescribed population as X & Y categories on the basis of Census 2011- reg.

Tiruchirapalli : RTI applicants will no longer have to wait to get their applications processed as the Department of Posts is all set to bring out an RTI stamp for sale soon and also set up special counters, according to a senior officer. 
"under orders of the Central Information Commission, the department will issue RTI stamps in the denomination of Rs.10/-. We will also introduce special counters to accept applications in all 1.5 lakh post offices across the country" the officer said. 
Visitors will no longer have to wait at post offices or face problems in depositing RTI fees, photocopying charges as the CIC directions will be enforced, he said.

Postal Department to bring out RTI stamp soon..

Tiruchirapalli : RTI applicants will no longer have to wait to get their applications processed as the Department of Posts is all set to bring out an RTI stamp for sale soon and also set up special counters, according to a senior officer. 
"under orders of the Central Information Commission, the department will issue RTI stamps in the denomination of Rs.10/-. We will also introduce special counters to accept applications in all 1.5 lakh post offices across the country" the officer said. 
Visitors will no longer have to wait at post offices or face problems in depositing RTI fees, photocopying charges as the CIC directions will be enforced, he said.


India to adopt Singapore model for ranking babus at work places

Granting of MACP on promotional hierarchy – AIRF writes to Railway Board

Alex Salmond wants Royal Mail privatisation put on hold until indpendence vote

Royal Mail sell-off: Unions react

Anna Salai, Mylapore post offices get ISO certification

Chennai : Two post offices in the city have been accorded ISO certification for providing quality services. The head Post Offices on Anna Salai and Mylapore were granted the certificates under the service quality management systems in accordance with IS 15700: 2005. They were among the five post offices that were granted the certification. The other post offices were those in Tiruchirapalli, R.S. Puram in Coimbatore and Palayamkottai.
Shri Mervin Alexander, Postmaster General, Chennai City Region said that the certification provided by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is valid for three years. These head post offices were chosen for ISO certification as they followed the norms for transactions specified in the citizen’s charter.
The norms include following a specific time limit given for various transactions such as booking of registered articles and insured parcels, money orders, speed posts and savings certificates. The post offices also delivered postal articles on time.
They also…

IRCTC Launches New APP for Windows Phone and Windows 8 Devices to Provide Alternative Channel for Booking E-Ticket

In its continuing efforts to enhance access to its popular e-ticket portal, Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Ltd. (IRCTC), a Public Sector undertaking of the Ministry of Railways, has launched a new application (App) for Windows Phone and Windows 8 devices so as to facilitate the users with a new channel of booking e-tickets in addition to the existing portal. This new IRCTC-App, which has been launched in collaboration with Microsoft, provides ANYTIME, ANYWHERE access to IRCTC services.
With this alternative channel of booking, the passengers will have an additional convenience and better experience of booking e-ticket. 
Mr. Rakesh Tandon, CMD, IRCTC along with Mr. Joseph Landes, General Manager – Developer and Platform Evangelism, Microsoft Corporation launched the new app for the general public at a function held here today. 
The app has been made available exclusively for Windows devices. The users of Windows Phone, Windows 8 Desktop/Tab can download, completely free…

Commemorative Postage Stamp on Acharya Gyansagar released.

A commemorative postage stamp of Rs. 5/- has been issued on 10th Sept. 2013 on renowned Digamber Jain saint Acharya Gyansagar Ji Maharaj. Union State Minister for Corporate Affairs Mr. Sachin Pilot released this stamp in a grand function organised at Kishangarh (District Ajmer, Raj.). Lt. Col. D. K. S. Chouhan, Chief PMG Rajasthan Circle, Mr. Jitendra Gupta, PMG, Rajsthan South Circle, renowned industrialist and senior personality of Jain community Mr. Ashok Patni, MLAs of Ajmer District etc. were present on the stage during the release of stamp. Many members of Jainism Philately Group from various states were also present in the function.

Britain launches postal service privatisation

Provisions in respect of the candidates who are serving or having served in APS for promotion as Inspector Post on the basis of limited Departmental Competitive examination

Cabinet Committee on Dearness Allowance

Cabinet Committee on Dearness Allowance : Cabinet Committee may declare Dearness allowance for Central Government employees and Pensioners on tomorrow…
As per the Labour Ministry recommendation, the Finance Ministry making arrangements to obtain the approval from the Union Cabinet on the agenda point.
The agenda point may be taken for the discussion in the meeting to be held on tomorrow at New Delhi. The additional Dearness allowance of 10% from July 2013 to all CG Staff and Pensioners may be granted to compensate the price hike. The total Dearness allowance will go up to 90%.
Meanwhile all the federations of CG Staff are demanding to merge 50% of Dearness allowance with basic pay.

Don't use currency notes for making garlands: RBI

Mumbai, Sep 11 (PTI) Making garlands of currency notes, a practice followed in Indian marriages and public rallies, has sought to be discouraged by the Reserve Bank.

"The Reserve Bank of India has appealed to members of public not to use banknotes for making garlands, decorating pandals and places of worship or for showering on personalities in social events, etc," an RBI release said today.

Such actions, it said, deface the banknotes and shorten their life.

Joint Trade Union Rights workshop at Bangalore by Public Service International

Joint Trade Union Rights workshop will be held on the 27th & 28th of September 2013 at Bangalore. Public Service International (PSI) South Asia informed that two members (1 Male & 1 Female) each from Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh Circle will be invited to participate in the workshop. The Circle Secretaries of these circles are requested to intimate the names of the participants before 18.09.2013 to Sri Manjunatha G Hubballi Circle Secretary Karnataka Circle (Mobile: 09449849271 or email:
The main objective of this workshop is to train union members on using the ILO and country regulations and capacitate them to identify violations and report them.
The meeting will be held at Hotel Ramanashree, 16 Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road, Richmond Circle, Bangalore 560 025 Tel: 080-41350000

NFPE takes up issue of Postmaster Grade officials with Directorate-- AIPA extends its thankfulness for the comradely act

Hon'ble Prime Minister releases stamp on Lala Jagat Narain

NEW DELHI: A commemorative stamp in the memory of freedom fighter and veteran journalist Lala Jagat Narain, who was gunned down 32 years back for opposing terrorism in Punjab, was released by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here on Monday.

Releasing the Rs 5 denomination stamp at his residence, Singh said journalists should be honest, fearless and neutral while performing their duty, even in trying circumstances.

The stamp was released in presence of a host of dignitaries, including Union ministers, chief ministers of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh and Punjab deputy chief minister besides editor-in-chief and CEO of Punjab Kesari newspaper, Vijay Chopra.

Singh said Jagat Narain, in his career as a journalist, had opposed efforts to control the media and "his fearlessness is an example".

Highlighting that Jagat Narain had opposed terrorists and had to pay with his life, the Prime Minister said he had left an important message on the role of media — "a journalist should be …