Monday, 15 January 2018

Addendum-III to S B Order No. 15/2017 : Mandatory use of Savings Account from 01.04.2018


Circle Office asks for options on Rotational Transfer of Circle Cadre officers/officials

भारतीय डाक विभाग
Department of Posts:India
        मुख्य पोस्टमास्टर जनरल कार्यालय, ओड़िशा परिमण्डल
O/o The Chief PMG,Odisha Circle,
भुवनेश्वर-751001
Bhubaneswar-751001

No.ST/46-1/Rlg/2015-Corr Dated at Bhubaneswar the 04.01.2018

To,
          The Postmaster General,
          Sambalpur/Berhampur(Gm) Region
          All SSPOs/SPOs/SSRM/SRMs in Odisha Circle
          The Manager, Postal Printing Press, Bhubaneswar
          The Sr.A.O(ICOSB)C.O,Bhubaneswar.

Sub:  Rotational Transfer of Circle Cadre officers/officials [ASPs/IPs/LSG/HSG-II/HSG-I/Postmaster Grade-I, Postmaster Grade-II, Postmaster Grade III/ /PAs (SBCO)/Stenographers] and PAs/SAs for the year 2018.

          I am directed to request you to kindly refer to Directorate letter No.141-141/2013-SPB-II dated 31.01.14 circulated vide this office letter No. ST/46-1/Rlg/95-Corr./Ch-I dated 10/14.02.14 regarding rotational transfer guidelines. The officials in the cadre of ASPs/IPs/LSG/HSG-II/HSG-I / Postmaster Grade-I, Postmaster Grade-II, Postmaster Grade III /Stenographers/PAs (SBCO)/PAs/SAs who are due for rotational transfers on completion of post tenure or station tenure may be asked to give at least three options of the place of posting / station in order of preference with reasons to enable the authorities to consider the same while effecting transfers, if any in writing by 15.01.2018. However, it may be made clear to the officials that their request will be considered subject to administrative convenience and availability of the post.
          The options received from the officers/officials having circle level transfer liability should be forwarded to this office separately in reference to different cadres along with a statement showing information on the following points.

1. Particulars of officers/officials completing tenure by 30-09-2018
2. Date from which the officer/officials is working in the present post/station separately.
3. The name of the post office/station where the officer/official worked in last tenure with period of stay.
4. Whether anything adverse is noticed against the officer/officials as regards his work/performance and
5. Other comments if any,
          The above information in respect of all circle cadre staff officers/officials working in your unit (Separate statement for each cadre) complete in all respects should reach this office by 30.01.2018 positively.
          Please note that no reminder will be issued in this regard and delay in submission of the required information beyond the due date will be at your risk.
          Kindly acknowledge the receipt.


                                                                                                                                        Sd/-
(D.P.Dash)
सहायक निदेशक(ष्टाफ)
Asst.Director(Staff)
मु.पो.मा.ज कार्यालय
Office of Chief Postmaster General
ओड़िशा परिमंडल, भुवनेश्वर-751001
Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar-751001


Directorate's reply to CHQ on Pre-migration issues regarding CSI implementation.

FORMAT OF CHILDREN EDUCATION ALLOWANCE


Thursday, 11 January 2018

Govt to help retiring employees find future avenues: MoS PMO

New Delhi, Jan 10 (PTI) In a unique initiative, the Narendra Modi government has decided to help its retiring employees to find future avenues in order to keep themselves gainfully engaged after superannuation, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said today.

He said an active span of life lies ahead of a government employee retiring at 60 years of age, particularly when he is at the prime of his capacity, expertise and energy.

"Retirement should therefore be viewed as the beginning of a new innings and possibility of discovering new avenues of engagement," said Singh, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office.

He was addressing an interactive programme between retiring government officials and NGOs here.

Instead of letting go the remaining years of active life in non-productive activity, these senior individuals can be engaged to carry forward some of the revolutionary flagship programmes introduced in recent years by the government, Singh said according to a press release issued by his office.

The interactive programme organised today was also meant to generate new ideas and discover optimum aptitudes of each retiring employee, wherein he could constructively contribute and at the same time feel contented, Singh said.

Over 40 nationally known NGOs of proven credibility interacted with the retiring employees so as to offer them varied alternatives to keep themselves gainfully engaged after superannuation in the programme.

He credited the government for having enhanced the minimum pension of its retired employees to Rs 1,000 per month and made the task of handling pension issues easier by launching a portal app.

Singh disclosed that nearly 93 per cent pension accounts of the central government employees have been seeded with Aadhaar number thus enabling them to submit 'Jeewan Pramaan' online from home itself. PTI AKV DIP .
Source : new Indian express.com.

EMPANELMENT OF AYUSH HOSPITALS/CENTRES UNDER CGHS/CS (MA) RULES

REGULATION OF PAY ON IMPOSITION OF A PENALTY UNDER CCS (CCA) RULES, 1965 - COMMENTS REGARDING


No.11012/15/2016-Estt.A-III
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment A-III Desk
North Block, New Delhi 
Dated the January 10, 2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Regulation of Pay on imposition of a penalty under CCS (CCA) Rules,                      1965 - Comments regarding.

            The Department intends to issue instructions on the above mentioned subject. Before the instructions in the Draft O.M. (Copy enclosed) are finalized, all stakeholders, Ministries/Departments are requested to offer their comments/views, if any, in this regard latest by 25th January, 2018 at the email address nitin.gupta@nic.in.
sd/-
(Nitin Gupta)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

View orderAuthority: http://dopt.gov.in/

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Circle Union appraises the Chief PMG and AIPEU, Gr-C, CHQ to re-designate the identified LSG Posts in MDGs / Grade – II / III Post Offices as Assistant Postmaster.


No. P3NFPE-Odisha/05 - 01/2018
Dated at Bhubaneswar the 9th January, 2018
 To
Com. R N Parashar
 General Secretary, AIPEU, Group-C, CHQ
Dada Ghosh Bhawan, 2151 / 1 , New Patel Road
New Delhi -  110008

Sub:-  Request to re-designate the identified LSG Posts in MDGs / Grade – II / III Post Offices as Assistant Postmaster.

Respected Comrade,
                        A copy this Circle Union letter No. P3NFPE-Odisha/05-01/2018, dated 09.01.2018 addressed to the Chief Postmaster General, Odisha Circle on the above subject is attached here with for your reference which is self explanatory.

            While the identified LSG posts in GPOs and HOs are designated as Assistant Postmaster, the same now created in MDGs / Grade – II / III Post Offices in accordance with the revised order on cadre restructuring issued vide Directorate’s letter No. No. 25-04/2012-PE-I (Vol.-II), dated 10.11.2017 are treated as LSG PA and thus creating a difference in between the LSG officials of GPOs/HOs with that of MDGs / Grade – II / III Post Offices.

            This might be the situation in other Circles also.

                        Such officials are no more P As after their promotion to LSG cadre. Since the posts are equal irrespective of the office of creation, the designations need to remain one and same.

                        Therefore, this Circle Union would like to request you to take the issue at appropriate level and arrange to issue necessary order so that all the newly created LSG posts in MDGs / Grade – II / III Post Offices can also be designated as Assistant Postmaster with separate MDW for performing   supervisory duties / back office works with approval of the competent authority.

             With regards.
Comradely yours,
Attached : As above
(BRUHASPATI  SAMAL)
Circle Secretary



No. P3NFPE-Odisha/04 - 01/2018
Dated at Bhubaneswar the 10th January, 2018
 To
Dr. S K Kamila, IPoS
Chief Postmaster General, Odisha Circle
Bhubaneswar – 751 001

Sub:-  Request to re-designate the identified LSG Posts in MDGs / Grade – II / III Post Offices as Assistant Postmaster.

Ref.-   C O Memo No. EST / 1-2/Rlg./2016-Corr-II, dated 11.12.2017

Respected Sir,
                        This to bring your kind notice that as many as 39 LSG posts were newly created in GPOs/HOs/MDGs/Grade – II / III Post Offices of Odisha Circle in abolition of equal number of P A posts vide C O Memo number referred to above from Sl. No. 1007 to 1045 of Annexure –I.

                        While such posts in GPOs and HOs are designated as Assistant Postmaster, the same in MDGs / Grade – II / III Post Offices are treated as LSG PA and thus creating a difference in between the LSG officials of GPOs/HOs with that of MDGs / Grade – II / III Post Offices. Even such posts created earlier in Sub Post Offices have been designated as Assistant Sub Postmaster. Illustratively, there is a post as Assistant Sub Postmaster in  College Square MDG, Cuttack – 753 003 till now. After upgradation of College Square MDG to HSG-I and the Post of Sub Postmaster to Postmaster, the designation of this Assistant Sub Postmaster is required to be changed to Assistant Postmaster also.

                        It has also come to the notice of this Circle Union that some Divisional Heads have identified such posts as LSG PA while covering / circulating the C O Memo under reference for their respective Divisions. Illustratively, SSPOs, Bhubaneswar Division vide his Memo No. B.12-20/2017-18, dated 03.01.2018 has identified and posted such officials as LSG PA, Jatni MDG, LSGPA, Utkal University MDG, LSG PA, Sahidnagar MDG etc. which is not at all correct since LSG is a separate Supervisory Cadre. 

                        Instances have also come to the notice of this Circle Union where some of such officials promoted to LSG Cadre are not allowed to join in their new place of posting if the Joining Charge Report is written as LSG Supervisor.  They are being forced to rewrite the Joining Charge Report as LSG PA which is not at all appreciable.

                        Such officials are no more P As after their promotion to LSG cadre. Since the posts are equal irrespective of the office of creation, the designations need to remain one and same.

                        As such, this Union would like to suggest as follows.

1.    All the newly created LSG posts in MDGs / Grade – II / III Post Offices should be designated as Assistant Postmaster.

2.    Fresh MDW for such officials should be prepared by the concerned Postmaster assigning supervisory duties / back office works depending on the local requirements with approval of the competent authority.

3.    Suitable instructions may be issued to all Divisional / Unit Heads in this regard.

Hope our request may be acceded to.

            Awaiting your favourable decision on the issue, Sir.
           
             With regards.
Yours faithfully,

(BRUHASPATI  SAMAL)
Circle Secretary 

Circle Union writes to the Chief PMG on irregular absorption of Grade – III postmasters against HSG-I posts in Odisha Circle


No. P3NFPE-Odisha/03 - 01/2018
Dated at Bhubaneswar the 10th January, 2018
 To
Dr. S K Kamila, IPoS
Chief Postmaster General, Odisha Circle
Bhubaneswar – 751 001

Sub:-  Irregular absorption of Grade – III postmasters against HSG-I posts in Odisha Circle. 

Respected Sir,
                        It has come to the notice of this Circle Union that two Grade – III Postmasters who were suspended for the reasons known to the administration have now been reinstated and absorbed irregularly against vacant HSG-I Posts.

            While one has been absorbed as Manager (HSG-I), PSD, Sambalpur another as APM (Mails) (HSG-I), Baripada HO, Mayurbhanj.

            It is needless to intimate that 18 numbers of Grade-III posts and 96 numbers of HSG-I posts have been identified in Odisha Circle and the officials opted for these cadres are to be rotated within the respective cadres only.

            Thus, the above irregular absorption of Grade - III officials against HSG-I posts has decreased the number of HSG-I posts from 96 to 94 and increased the number of Grade – III posts from 18 to 20 in Odisha Circle which is against the spirit of original orders issued for the purposes by the Postal Directorate.

            Therefore, we would like to request you to cancel the above irregular order of absorption of Grade – III officials against HSG-I posts giving justice to the HSG-I general line officials and keeping the original sanctioned strength as usual in respective cadres.

            Awaiting your favourable decision on the issue, Sir.
           
             With regards.
Yours faithfully,

(BRUHASPATI  SAMAL)
Circle Secretary

DEDUCTION OF TAX AT SOURCEINCOME-TAX DEDUCTION FROM SALARIES UNDER SECTION 192 OF THE INCOME-TAX ACT, 1961 DURING THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2017-18

GDS Fee Collection





Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Circle Union writes to Chief PMG on discrepancy in giving promotion to LSG Cadre under the Cadre Restructuring proposal for Group-C postal employees in Odisha Circle.


No. P3NFPE-Odisha/02 - 01/2018
Dated at Bhubaneswar the 9th January, 2018
 To
Dr. S K Kamila, IPoS
Chief Postmaster General, Odisha Circle
Bhubaneswar – 751 001

Sub:-  Discrepancy in giving promotion to LSG Cadre under the Cadre Restructuring proposal for Group-C postal employees in Odisha Circle. 

Ref.-    C O letter No. ST/26-6(1)/2017-18 (Postal) dated 21.12.2017  and  05.01.2018

Respected Sir,
                        It has come to the notice of this Circle Union that 20 officials of Bhubaneswar Division  who were promoted regularly to LSG Cadre vide C O Memo dated 21.12.2017 referred to above (From Sl. No. 100 to 119 in Part – II of the Memo)  have been allotted to Puri and Cuttack South Division.

                        Subsequently another such Memo was released by C O on 05.01.2018 where in 3 officials of Bhubaneswar Division (Sl. No. 6 to 8 in Part – II of the Memo) who rank pretty junior to the above 20 officials have been allotted to Bhubaneswar Division.

                        Since both the memos are meant for regular promotion to LSG Cadre, had the same been done at a time, at least 3 officials from Sl. No. 100 to 103 in Part – II of the Memo dated 21.12.2017 could have been accommodated in Bhubaneswar Division.

                        Thus, all the above three officials allotted to Puri Division need to be accommodated in Bhubaneswar Division.

                        The above case of Bhubaneswar Division is an illustrative one which might have occurred in other Divisions also.

                        Therefore, this Circle Union requests for immediate modification of the Memo dated 21.12.2017 and to give justice to the senior most officials allotted to other Divisions in the said Memo by accommodating them in their parent Divisions.

            Awaiting your favourable decision on the issue, Sir.
           
             With regards.
Yours faithfully,

(BRUHASPATI  SAMAL)
Circle Secretary

NO STOPPAGE OF DISBURSEMENT OF PENSION DUE TO NON-LINKING OF AADHAAR GOVERNMET

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 2997
ANSWERED ON: 05.01.2018
DISBURSEMENT OF PENSION
SADHU SINGH
Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:-
(a) whether the disbursement of Central Government Pension to many beneficiaries have been stopped due to non-linking of same with the Aadhaar number and if so, the details thereof, State/UT-wise including Punjab; 
(b) whether the Government proposes to exempt beneficiary patients suffering from leprosy or any other grave disease and hence unable to provide their biometric details and if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor; 
(c) the other steps taken by the Government to facilitate such beneficiaries patients; and
(d) whether the Government is considering some alternative option for such beneficiary patients and if so, the details thereof and the steps taken by the Government in this regard?
ANSWER

The Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance 
(a) to (d): The Government has not issued any instructions for stopping disbursement of pension to Central Government pensioner due to non-linking of the pension account with the Aadhaar number.
Instructions have been issued by the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DoP&PW) from time to time that in view of the difficulty faced by old and infirm pensioners, banks should make concrete effort to provide the facility of obtaining life certificate from the premises/ residence of such pensioners. The instructions also provide that in case of sick and infirm pensioners, personal appearance may be exempted if a life certificate in the prescribed form signed by some specified authorities is produced on the behalf of Pensioners.
Further, all Pension Disbursing Banks have also been advised by DoP&PW that where the finger prints of a pensioner are not accepted by the system, the alternate mechanism of biometric, i.e. Iris scanning, may be used in such case. In case, however, it is not possible to have Digital Life Certificate either through finger prints or through Iris scanning, the physical life certificate submitted by the pensioner may be accepted to avoid any harassment to the pensioner. In no case a pensioner should be returned without accepting his life certificate on account of non-acceptance of his biometric by the system.

LOK SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION

Postal department cannot take you for ride for lost, missing parcels

Has your parcel been lost by the India Post? If yes, you are not the only one. But the question to ask is whether you have been compensated for it. No? Here’s good news for you. The postal department can no longer throw the rule book at you and wash its hands off its responsibility of successfully delivering your parcel. According to a recent consumer court ruling, India Post is liable to compensate a customer for the lost parcel, the value of its contents besides payment towards causing mental harassment and legal charges incurred.
The court, in its ruling, also said the responsibility of a government unit towards the public it serves is double that of its private counterpart. The case of lost parcel Shripal Shah, a city-based businessman dealing in organic food and natural products, had sent three parcels via post to Islampur village in West Bengal in July 2015. The parcels contained 21 kg of handspun yarn of non-violent silk with natural dye and were being sent for weaving. For each parcel, Shah paid delivery charge of Rs 268 at the department’s city head office in Navrangpura.

 However, while two parcels were delivered successfully, one went missing. It weighed 7.29 kg and was worth Rs 28,700. Shah said he kept checking the status of the delivery online. “The system showed that the parcel had reached Kolkata. But there was no progress after that. I made several complaints in writing to the head office and even called them up to take stock of the situation.
However, every time I was told that inquiry was on,” he said. Finally, after losing all hope, he approached the Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum (CDRF), Ahmedabad Additional, on October 6, 2016. He claimed Rs 28,700 with 18% interest and Rs 10,000 each for legal cost and mental harassment.

How he won the case 
 
During hearing of the case, the defence advocate said the postal department was willing to refund delivery charge collected for the missing parcel, but argued that they would not pay for its content as they were not aware of what was inside. He added that the consumer should have got the parcel insured. However, the complainant’s advocate, Darshak Trivedi, countered saying that the office had not asked about the item or its cost while weighing it.

He further argued that once payment had been made, it was the responsibility of the post office to ensure the parcel reached its destination. He added that instead of asking the consumer, the postal department should have taken insurance if they were unsure of delivery of the parcel or feared it would be stolen. When the defence cited section 6 of the Indian Postal Act and argued that neither the post office nor its officer was responsible in case of an error or theft during the process of delivery by post, the prosecution pointed out that Act also includes a section where the department would be held responsible if there was deficiency in services or scope for fraudulence.

To support his argument, prosecution lawyer Trivedi also presented the National Commission judgment of 2016 before the court wherein the commission ordered the postal department to pay up the cost of a lost parcel with 9% interest along with Rs 50,000 for mental harassment The defence advocate refuted charges of deficiency in service and said that the department was ready to refund the amount collected for delivery of the parcel.

The order 
 
The CDRF, Ahmedabad Additional, ordered the post office to pay Rs 28,700 with 9% interest from July 17, 2015 till date it is paid, Rs 3,000 for mental harassment and Rs 2,000 for legal cost. The order came on December 30, 2017. Putting aside the department’s argument that the customer had chosen it as it was cheaper, the court observed that post office is a government organisation and its responsibility double towards the customer.

Trivedi said, “It is the moral responsibility of the postal department to see that the parcel reaches the given address within the given time frame. It was within India and should have been delivered. Showing a few sections of the Act, they can’t get away from their responsibility. It was wrong on their part to offer only the cost of the parcel.”

‘Much delighted’
 
Expressing satisfaction at getting justice, Shah said, “I am happy with the judgment. It takes a long time for a relationship to develop, but such deficiency affects business and relationships with customers immediately.” Acompetent authority from Navrangpura post office stated, “The postal department will take a suitable decision as it deems fit.”
Source :  http://ahmedabadmirror.indiatimes.com