Tuesday, 27 October 2020

India Post and United States Postal Service (USPS) signs Agreement for Electronic Exchange of Customs Datarelated to postal shipments exchanged between the two countries

 Ministry of Communications

India Post and United States Postal Service (USPS) signs Agreement for Electronic Exchange of Customs Datarelated to postal shipments exchanged between the two countries

The agreement aims to facilitate ‘ease of exports’ for small and large exporters through postal channels

Posted On: 27 OCT 2020 6:56PM by PIB Delhi

Department of Posts, Government of India (India Post) and United States Postal Service (USPS) have entered into an agreement for Electronic Exchange of Customs data related to postal shipments exchanged between the two countries. The agreement will make it possible to transmit and receive electronic data of international postal items prior to their physical arrival at the destination and would enable customs clearance of postal items in advance in line with the evolving global postal framework. This will also improve the performance of postal services in terms of reliability, visibility and security.

Photo Source:  PTI

USA is the top export destination for India (~17%) which is also reflected in exchange of goods through postal channel. In 2019, around 20% of outbound EMS and 30% of Letters & Small Packets transmitted by India Post were destined to USA whereas 60% of the Parcels received by India Post were originated from USA. Exchange of Electronic Advance Data (EAD) as per the Agreement will be a key driver towards promoting mutual trade with emphasis on the exports from different parts of India to USA through postal channel considering that USA is a major destination of MSME products, Gems &Jewelry, Pharmaceuticals and other local products from India. This will fulfill a major demand of export industry to expedite customs clearances of export items.

 The primary objective that will be served by this agreement is to facilitate ‘ease of exports’ for small and large exporters through postal channels from different parts of the country and will contribute towards making India an Export Hub for the world.

The agreement was signed by Mr. Prannoy Sharma, Deputy Director General (International Relations & Global Business), Department of Posts, Government of India and Mr. Robert H. Raines Jr., Managing Director, Global Business of United States Postal Service.

Celebration of Vigilance Awareness Week from 27.10.2020 to 02.11.2020





Grant of Special Festival Package of Govt. Servant


 

Strike Notice served to Chief PMG, Odisha Circle by NFPE, Odisha State CoC




 

Monday, 26 October 2020

DoPT reforms regarding Child Care Leave

 Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

DoPT reforms regarding Child Care Leave

Posted On: 26 OCT 2020 7:11PM by PIB Delhi

While briefing about some of the major reforms brought by Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) under the Modi government, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said today that the male employees of the government are also now entitled to Child Care Leave.

However, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the provision and privilege of Child Care Leave (CCL) will be available only for those male employees who happen to be “single male parent”, which may include male employees who are widowers or divorcees or even unmarried and may therefore, be expected to take up the responsibility of child care as a single - handed parent.

Describing it as a path-breaking and progressive reform to bring ease of living for government servants, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the orders regarding this had been issued quite some time back but somehow did not receive enough circulation in the public.

In a further relaxation to this provision, Dr Jitendra Singh informed that an employee on Child Care Leave may now leave the head quarter with the prior approval of Competent Authority. In addition, the Leave Travel Concession (LTC) may be availed by the employee even if he is on Child Care Leave. Elaborating further, he informed that Child Care Leave can be granted at 100% of leave salary for the first 365 days and 80% of leave salary for the next 365 days.

Based on the inputs over a period of time, Dr Jitendra Singh said, another welfare measure introduced in this regard is that in case of a disabled child, the condition of availing Child Care Leave up to the age of 22 years of the child has been removed and now Child Care Leave can be availed by a government servant for a disabled child of any age.

With the personal intervention and indulgence of Prime Minister Sh Narendra Modi and his special emphasis on governance reforms, Dr Jitendra Singh said, it has been possible to make several out-of-box decisions in the DoPT over the last six years. Basic purpose behind all these decisions has always been to enable a government employee to contribute to the maximum of his potential, although at the same time there will be no leniency or tolerance toward corruption or non-performance, he said.

SOP for LDCE for promotion to PS Group-B, scheduled to be held on 29.11.2O2O



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Four Monthly meeting of Chief PMG, Odisha Circle postponed



Saturday, 24 October 2020

REVISED DRAFT STRIKE NOTICE TO BE SERVED ON 27.10.2020 (Issued by NFPE afresh)

 No.PF-12-C/2020                                                                   Dated: 27th October—2020

To

            The Secretary / Director General,

            Department of Posts,

            Dak Bhawan,

 New Delhi – 110001

NOTICE

Sir,

            In accordance with the provisions of Sub Section (1) of section 22 of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, we hereby notify that all Postal, RMS & GDS Employees will go on One Day Strike on 26th November-2020.

            The Charter of Demands is enclosed herewith

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Yours Sincerely                                    

                              CHARTER OF DEMANDS                               PART-A

1.   Scrap New Contributory Pension Scheme (NPS).  Restore old defined benefit Pension Scheme (OPS) to all employees.  Guarantee 50% of the last pay drawn as minimum pension.

2.      (a)     Scrap the draconian FR 56((j) & (i) and Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972.  Stop terrorizing and victimising employees.

          (b)     Withdraw the attack against the recognised status of Associations and Federations.

          (c)     Withdraw the anti-worker Wage/Labour codes and other anti-labour reforms.

          (d)     Stop attack on trade union rights.

3.      (a)     Withdraw the orders freezing the DA and DR of employees and Pensioners and impounding of arrears till 30-06-2021.

     (b)     Implement five year wage revision and Pension revision to Central Government employees and Pensioners.  Appoint 8th Central Pay Commission and revise the Pay, Allowances and Pensionary benefits of Central Government employees and Pensioners with effect from 01-01-2021.

         (c)     Honour the assurance given by Group of Ministers (GoM) to NJCA leaders on 30-06-2016.  Increase minimum pay and fitment formula recommended by 7th CPC.  Grant HRA arrears from 01-01-2016.

         (d)     Withdraw “Very Good” bench mark for MACP, grant promotional heirarchy and date of effect of MACP from 01-01-2006.

      (e)     Grant Option-1 parity recommended by 7th CPC to all Central Govt. Pensioners.  Grant one notional increment to those who retired on 30th June.

          (f)      Settle all anomalies arising out of 7th CPC implementation.

4.      Stop ban on creation of new posts.  Fill up all seven lakhs vacant  posts in Central Government departments in a time bound manner.  Scrap National Recruitment Agency and introduce Departmentwise recruitment and Regional recruitment for Group B and C posts.  Stop re-engaging retired personnel in Central Govt. services.

5.  Stop Corporatisation and privatisation of Railways, Defence and Postal Departments.  Withdraw closure/merger orders of Govt. of India Printing Presses and Postal Stores depots/Postal Stamp depots.  Stop proposed move to close down salt department.  Stop outsourcing and closure of Govt. establishments.s

6.    (a)     Regularisation of Gramin Dak Sevaks and grant of Civil Servants status.   Implement remaining positive recommendations of Kamalesh Chandra Committee Report.

         (b)     Regularise all casual and contract workers including those joined service on or after 01-09-1993.

7.   Settle all Covid-9 related issues pertaining to Central Govt. employees and Pensioners on top priority basis.  Treat the  period of absence during lock down as duty.  Grant full wages to casual, part-time, contingent and contract workers during the lock down period.

8.    Grant equal pay for equal work for all.  Remove disparity in pay scales between Central Secretariat staff and similarly placed staff working in field units of various departments.

9.      Implement 7th CPC wage revision and pension revision to remaining Autonomous body employees and pensioners.  Ensure payment of full arrears without further delay.  Grant Bonus to Autonomous body employees pending from 2016-17 onwards

10.    Remove arbitrary 5% ceiling imposed on compassionate appointments.  Grant appointment in all eligible cases.

11.    Grant five time-bound promotions to all Group B & C employees.  Complete cadre review in all departments in a time bound manner. 

12.    Ensure prompt functioning of various negotiating forums under the JCM Scheme at all levels.

        CHARTER OF DEMANDS                  PART-B

1. (a) Grant of Special Casual Leave to all the employees who could not attend due to Covid-19 related problems and issue of Uniform Guide Lines

(b)       Grant of Compensation of Rs. 10 Lakh to the family of deceased due to Covid-19 without any further delay.

(c)       Compassionate appointment to one ward of the deceased employee due to Covid-19.

(d)       Payment of wages to Casual/Part-time /Contingent /DRM & Out sourced Workers for the Lockdown period.

(e)       Continuance of Roaster till Covid-19 Problem persists.

2.         Stop Closure / Merger of PSDs/ CSDs/Post Offices/RMS Offices and Mail Motor Services. Stop Road Transport Network proposal.       

3.         Drop the idea of Decentralization of Postal Accounts offices and merger of Circle office and SBCO Cadre in PA Cadre.

4.         Stop harassment and allotment of unscientific targets to open IPPB accounts and Aadhar Enabled Payment Service and Aadhar Card Service.

5.         Stop Proposal of Common Service Centres in POs.

6.         Fill up all vacant posts in all Cadres and stop Recruitment of Outsourced Postal Agents particularly to run the Parcel Hubs in Department of Posts.

7.         Start Membership Verification for Regular and GDS Employees through Old Check-Off System, droop the idea of Online Verification.

8.         Implement remaining positive recommendations of Kamlesh Chandra9

9.       Finalize Cadre restructuring proposals of left out Categories of Department of Post.

10.       Implement 5 (Five) Days Week in all Post Offices and RMS Offices.

Friday, 23 October 2020

Notice for Circle Working Committee Meeting of AIPEU, Group-C, Odisha Circle



 

DRAFT STRIKE NOTICE TO BE SERVED ON 27.10.2020

 


No.PF-12-C/2020                                                             Dated: 27th October—2020

 To

            The Secretary / Director General,

            Department of Posts,

            Dak Bhawan,

 New Delhi – 110001

NOTICE

Sir,

            In accordance with the provisions of Sub Section (1) of section 22 of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, we hereby notify that all Postal, RMS & GDS Employees will go on One Day Strike on 26th November-2020.

            The Charter of Demands is enclosed herewith

                                                                                                                                                                                  Yours Sincerely                                    

                              CHARTER OF DEMANDS                               PART-A

1.   Scrap New Contributory Pension Scheme (NPS).  Restore old defined benefit Pension Scheme (OPS) to all employees.  Guarantee 50% of the last pay drawn as minimum pension.

2.      (a)     Scrap the draconian FR 56((j) & (i) and Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972.  Stop terrorizing and victimising employees.

          (b)     Withdraw the attack against the recognised status of Associations and Federations.

          (c)     Withdraw the anti-worker Wage/Labour codes and other anti-labour reforms.

          (d)     Stop attack on trade union rights.

3.      (a)     Withdraw the orders freezing the DA and DR of employees and Pensioners and impounding of arrears till 30-06-2021.

          (b)     Implement five year wage revision and Pension revision to Central Government employees and Pensioners.  Appoint 8th Central Pay Commission and revise the Pay, Allowances and Pensionary benefits of Central Government employees and Pensioners with effect from 01-01-2021.

          (c)     Honour the assurance given by Group of Ministers (GoM) to NJCA leaders on 30-06-2016.  Increase minimum pay and fitment formula recommended by 7th CPC.  Grant HRA arrears from 01-01-2016.

          (d)     Withdraw “Very Good” bench mark for MACP, grant promotional heirarchy and date of effect of MACP from 01-01-2006.

          (e)     Grant Option-1 parity recommended by 7th CPC to all Central Govt. Pensioners.  Grant one notional increment to those who retired on 30th June.

          (f)      Settle all anomalies arising out of 7th CPC implementation.

4.      Stop ban on creation of new posts.  Fill up all seven lakhs vacant  posts in Central Government departments in a time bound manner.  Scrap National Recruitment Agency and introduce Departmentwise recruitment and Regional recruitment for Group B and C posts.  Stop re-engaging retired personnel in Central Govt. services.

5.      Stop Corporatisation and privatisation of Railways, Defence and Postal Departments.  Withdraw closure/merger orders of Govt. of India Printing Presses and Postal Stores depots/Postal Stamp depots.  Stop proposed move to close down salt department.  Stop outsourcing and closure of Govt. establishments.s

6.      (a)     Regularisation of Gramin Dak Sevaks and grant of Civil Servants status.   Implement remaining positive recommendations of Kamalesh Chandra Committee Report.

          (b)     Regularise all casual and contract workers including those joined service on or after 01-09-1993.

7.      Settle all Covid-9 related issues pertaining to Central Govt. employees and Pensioners on top priority basis.  Treat the  period of absence during lock down as duty.  Grant full wages to casual, part-time, contingent and contract workers during the lock down period.

8.      Grant equal pay for equal work for all.  Remove disparity in pay scales between Central Secretariat staff and similarly placed staff working in field units of various departments.

9.      Implement 7th CPC wage revision and pension revision to remaining Autonomous body employees and pensioners.  Ensure payment of full arrears without further delay.  Grant Bonus to Autonomous body employees pending from 2016-17 onwards

10.    Remove arbitrary 5% ceiling imposed on compassionate appointments.  Grant appointment in all eligible cases.

11.    Grant five time-bound promotions to all Group B & C employees.  Complete cadre review in all departments in a time bound manner.  

12.    Ensure prompt functioning of various negotiating forums under the JCM Scheme at all levels.

CHARTER OF DEMANDS                  PART-B

1. (a) Grant of Special Casual Leave to all the employees who could not attend due to Covid-19 related problems and issue of Uniform Guide Lines

(b)       Grant of Compensation of Rs. 10 Lakh to the family of deceased due to Covid-19 without any further delay.

(c)       Compassionate appointment to one ward of the deceased employee due to Covid-19.

(d)       Payment of wages to Casual/Part-time /Contingent /DRM & Out sourced Workers for the Lockdown period.

(e)       Continuance of Roaster till Covid-19 Problem persists.

2.         Stop Closure / Merger of PSDs/ CSDs/Post Offices/RMS Offices and Mail Motor Services. Stop Road Transport Network proposal.       

3.         Drop the idea of Decentralization of Postal Accounts offices and merger of Circle office and SBCO Cadre in PA Cadre.

4.         Stop harassment and allotment of unscientific targets to open IPPB accounts and Aadhar Enabled Payment Service and Aadhar Card Service.

5.         Stop Proposal of Common Service Centres in POs.

6.         Fill up all vacant posts in all Cadres and stop Recruitment of Outsourced Postal Agents particularly to run the Parcel Hubs in Department of Posts.

7.         Start Membership Verification for Regular and GDS Employees through Old Check-Off System, droop the idea of Online Verification.

8.         Implement remaining positive recommendations of Kamlesh Chandra9

9.       Finalize Cadre restructuring proposals of left out Categories of Department of Post.

Central Working Committee Meeting of AIPEU, Group-C, CHQ on 03.11.2020


India assumes the Chairmanship of the Governing Body of International LabourOrganization

 Ministry of Labour & Employment

After 35 years, India assumes the Chairmanship of the Governing Body of International LabourOrganization

Posted On: 23 OCT 2020 3:54PM by PIB Delhi

After 35 years, India has assumed the Chairmanship of the Governing Body of International Labour Organization,  marking a new chapter in the 100 years of productive relationship between India and ILO.Shri Apurva Chandra, Secretary (Labour and Employment) has been elected as the Chairperson of the Governing Body of the International LabourOrganisation (ILO) for the period October 2020- June 2021. The Chairperson of the Governing Body of ILO is a position of international repute.

 

The Governing Body (GB) is the apex executive body of the ILO which decides policies, programmes, agenda, budget and elects the Director-General. At present ILO has 187 members. Shri Apurva Chnadra will be presiding over the upcoming meeting of the Governing Body to be held in November 2020. At Geneva, he would have the opportunity to interact with   the senior officials and social partners of the member states. It will also provide a platform to appraise participants of the transformational initiatives taken by Government in removing the rigidities of labour market besides makingits  intention clear about universalization of social security to all workers whether in organised or unorganised sector.

 

Shri Apurva Chandra belongs to the 1988 batch of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Maharashtra Cadre. Shri Chandra has spent more than seven years in the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas in the Government of India. Shri Chandra has worked for over four years between 2013 and 2017 as Principal Secretary (Industries) in the Government of Maharashtra. Shri Apurva Chandra joined as Director General (Acquisition) in Ministry of Defence w.e.f. 01.12.2017 with the mandate of strengthening the Indian Armed Forces by expediting the acquisition process. He chaired the Committee to draft the new Defence Acquisition Procedure. The Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020 has come into effect from 1st October 2020 on the day he joined the Ministry of Labour and Employment as Secretary.