Tuesday, March 29, 2016


NEW DELHI: Pension fund regulator PFRDA proposes to train 75,000 people who will form a "totally committed" workforce for the implementation of government's National Pension System.

Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) is in the process of hiring training institute(s) that "has/ have the capability to train and create a totally committed workforce that would become the driving force for implementation of NPS".
As per the Request for Proposal, the regulator proposes to cover 600 district head quarters across the country covering about 45 participants per session with an objective to train around one employee per branch/uploading office. There would be about 1,670 sessions.
"Thus, in all approximately, 75,000 participants are to be trained," the RFP document said.
As per the RFP, the regulator proposes "to have services of training institute(s)/professional institute(s) for training of employees of Points of Presence (POPs, POP-SPs/APY-SPs /  Corporates / retirement advisers / or any other stakeholders/intermediaries as decided by PFRDA under NPS...".
Currently, NPS has more than 1.14 crore subscribers with total Asset Under Management (AUM) of more than Rs 1.09 lakh crore.
NPS is a voluntary, defined contribution retirement savings scheme designed to enable the subscribers to make optimum decisions regarding their future through systematic savings during their working life.
Individual savings are pooled into a pension fund which are invested by PFRDA regulated professional fund managers as per the approved investment guidelines into the diversified portfolios comprising of government bonds, bills, corporate debentures and shares.



After the lapses of 18 years background of one Recognized GDS Union,


      General Secretary

Monday, March 28, 2016

            Today on dated 28.03.2016  a meeting of Secretary Generals  of NFPE , FNPO  and BPEF  was held  with the DDG(P) (Nodal Officer  of Department  with Pay Commission Implementation Cell) , DDG (Estt) and DDG(SR)at Dak Bhawan, New Delhi.

            A detailed discussion took place on the demands mentioned in the Memorandum submitted to Secretary (Post) for modification. We emphasized that all demands should be achieved.

             We demanded upgraded pay scales for PA, SA, Postman, Mail Guard, MTS, MMS (All categories), Admn, SBCO, Postal accounts and Civil Wing staff etc.

            Next meeting with Empowered Committee under Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary will be held on 30.03.2016 at Cabinet Secretariat, Committee Room, Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi.

         On behalf  of NFPE Com. R.N. Parashar Secretary General NFPE & General Secretary P-III , Com. Giriraj Singh General Secretary R-III , Com. R. Seethalakshmi  General Secretary P-IV will take part in the meeting

Monday, March 28, 2016

Jharkhand Postal Circle Admit Card 2016 Released For Postman/ Mail Guard/ MTS Posts CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

Friday, March 25, 2016

       CAT Judgement : In a relief to several PAs , the Ahmedabad bench of CAT has set aside the DoP order cancelling their services

In a relief to several postal assistants (PA) and sorting assistants (SA) from Gujarat, the Ahmedabad bench of central administrative tribunal (CAT) has set aside the order cancelling their services on Tuesday.

The CAT has also asked the postal department to conduct inquiry into the alleged irregularities in the recruitment of PAs and SAs from the state and take decision within three months.

Hundreds of PAs and SAs from the state, whose recruitment was cancelled by the postal department in December last year, had approached the CAT. "The postal department had cancelled the recruitments across the country after one of the candidates who wasn't selected alleged that irregularities occurred in the recruitment process in Uttar Pradesh. Following the allegations, inquiry was conducted and hundreds of recruitments were cancelled by the postal department," said senior advocate Bhaskar Tanna who represented the PAs and SAs.

"We filed case in the CAT on behalf of 167 affected PAs and SAs from Gujarat. We argued in the tribunal that the postal department terminated all recruitments without segregating guilty and non-guilty candidates. Also, the candidates were not given any opportunity of being heard.

The bench of M Nagarajan and E K Bharat Bhushan held that the decision to cancel the recruitments was unconstitutional and violated the provisions of the constitution," Tanna told TOI. The bench has asked the postal department to conduct inquiry within three months and take those on job who are found to be not guilty. "This order is limited to Gujarat. The tribunal has also asked postal department to ensure that the guilty be booked," Tanna added.

Source: Times of India

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Release of additional instalment of Dearness Allowance to CGE and Dearness Relief to Pensioners due from 1.1.2016: PIB News
Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
23-March-2016 16:29 IST
Release of additional instalment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief to Pensioners due from 1.1.2016 
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved release of an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to Pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2016. This represents an increase of 6 percent over the existing rate of 119 percent of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise. 

This will benefit about 50 lakh Government employees and 58 lakh pensioners. 

The increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission (CPC). The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief would be of Rs. 6796.50 crore per annum and Rs.7929.24 crore respectively, in the financial year 2016-17 (for a period of 14 months from January, 2016 to February, 2017). 


Digital India summit: Post offices pip SBI to have largest core banking footprint, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

Listing out the achievements of the Government as it looks to complete
 two years in power, Minister forCommunication and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad
 today said during his tenure and because of a sustained push, 20494 post offices
 have been connected under core banking solution, which is more than the 16333 enabled
 core banking branches
 of State Bank of India ( SBI). 

"I pushed my postal service to go digital, because postal service digitization is integral
 to digital India. The first thing we pushed was core banking solution, which means banking
 from anywhere. We have 25,000 district and sub-post offices that needed to be digitized.
 When I had become Minister only 230 post offices hadcore banking.
 Today, 20494 post offices have come under core banking solution and we will complete
 the remaining by April this year. Core banking linkage of post office is bigger than that of the
 State Bank of India," said Prasad at the Times Network organized Digital India Summit & Awards 

Prasad added that the number of ATMs in post offices has increased from 4 when he took over
 as the minister to 850 today and by April the number will rise to 1000. "By March next year
 we will bring in the payment bank of the postal department," said Prasad. 

Prasad listed another key achievement of his Ministry, which is the delivery of e-commerce
 consignments. "Parcel revenue had dipped by 2% in 2013-14, it rose by 45% in 2014-15
 and now has risen by 120% by January 2015-16. This is the scale we have been able to
 achieve," said Prasad. 

Stating that digital infrastructure is important and has revolutionary potential, Prasad said
 that when he became the Minister the total length of pipes laid out was 2092 kms and optica
l fiber was at 398 kms. "Today, in less than two years we have laid pipes in 1,30,000 kms of
 pipes and optical fiber of 1,10,000 kms," said Prasad. 

The Minister went on to add that the number of Common Service Centers has increased
 from 83000 units when he took over to 157000 today. Next year the government plans
 to scale it by another 1 lakh units. Of these, 20,000 are being run by women
 entrepreneurs. He added that the government would also be pushing a BPO
 call centre programme in a big way to ensure Digital India as a mission percolates
 to even the smaller towns.

Source :The Economic Times


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Subject: Implementation of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission — 2nd meeting of the E-CoS
A meeting of the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) was held on 1 st March, 2016 in the Cabinet Secretariat under the chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary to discuss issues raised by Staff„side of JCM

2. Welcoming the members of E-CoS and JCM Staffrside, Cabinet Secretary observed that the meeting had been called to take a note of concerns of Stäff-$ide of JCM regarding recommendations of the 7th CPC and invited the members Of Staff-side of JCM to share their views on the recommendations.

3. Opening the discussion, representative of Staff-side of JCM expressed gratitude to Cabinet Secretary for inviting them for interaction regarding the recommendations of the 7th CPC and requested that more frequent interactions of JCM may be held to resolve outstanding issues across the table. It was expressed that 7th CPC has recommended a meager increase of 14% in the minimum pay as against increase ranging up to 54% during previous Pay Commissions. It was further stated that the recommendations on minimum pay, allowances, advances etc. will cause difficulty to employees. Representative of Staff-side informed that they have already submitted a charter of demands to the Cabinet Secretary bringing out the issues. These have also been discussed in the meeting of JS (IC) with Staff-side of JCM held on 19.02.2016.

4. Major concerns expressed by JCM Staff-side were as under:

The minimum pay of Rs. 18000/- p.m. recommended by the Commission is on lower side and needs to be revised upward by taking into account the prices of commodities as on 01.07.2015 and appropriately factoring in for social obligations & housing.

(ii) New Pension Scheme should be done away with. Persons governed by the NPS are deprived of Family Pension and do not have provision of provident fund. As a result they are at a disadvantageous position as compared to the persons governed by the old system.

(iii) Recommendations on allowances need to be properly examined before taking a decision.

(iv) Fixed Medical Allowance should be increased from existing Rs. 500 p.m. to Rs. 2000 p.m. as majority of cities are not covered under CGI-IS and people residing outside the CGHS covered area are unable to meet their medical needs with meager amount of Rs. 500 p.m.

(v) Recommendation regarding withdrawal of non-interest bearing advances may not be accepted.

(vi) Outsourcing of services should be discouraged as the contract workers are being exploited by contractors and at the game time the service delivery is being compromised due to inefficiency and lack of accountability of low aid contractual staff.

(vii) Enhancement in contribution towards Group Insurance Scheme, is not justified as this would reduce the actual increase in take home salary considerably. If the rates are to be raised, the Government should bear the insurance premium

(viii) The recommendation regarding grant of only 80% of salary for the second year of Child Care Leave need not be accepted as this would deter women from availing of CCL, which was introduced as a welfare measure.

(ix) Annual increments be granted @ 5% instead of existing 3% and increments may be granted on two dates viz., 1 st of January and 1 st of July of every year as in the present system of grant of increment on 1 st July of every year, employees joining/promoted after 1 st January, who do not complete 6 months services as on 1 st July, have to wait for up to 18 months for grant of increment.

(x) The Commission’s recommendation of downgrading the Assistants of Central Secretariat for bringing in parity with their counterparts in the field offices is not appropriate.

(xi) Recommendation regarding PRIS need not be accepted as no scientific mechanism has been devised to assess the performance of employees and the same could e courage favoritism.

5. Issues regarding financial upgradation under MACPS in promotional hierarchy without grading stipulation. grant of two increments on promotion introduction of Productivity Linked Bonus, treating Grameen Dak Sevak as Government employees, removal of pap of 5% on compassionate appointment 8i full pay and allowances In case of Work Related Illness and Injury Leave improving promotional avenues for technical and supervisory staff etc. were also raised by members of JCM.

6. During the discussion, representatives of JCM also suggested that the Nodal Officers nominated by various Ministries/Departments may hold interactions with recognized Staff Associations and other stakeholders under their purview so as to identify issues specific to those Ministries/Departments for redressal.

7. After hearing the participants, Cabinet Secretary observed that the deliberations have helped E-CoS in understanding the major concerns of the Staff-side and said that all issues have been taken note ofHe assured that fair consideration will be given to all points brought out by JCM before taking a final view. He further stated that the E-CoS needs to examine the Report of the Commission in entirety as well as the issues raised by JCM in consultation with all other stakeholders. As such, it may take some time to take a final call on the recommendations of the Commission.

8. Cabinet Secretary also advised the members of E-CoS to hold interactions with their Staff Associations and other stakeholders under their purview preferably within a week.

9. Meeting ended with vote of thanks to the chair.

Source : Indwf.blogspot.in
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Monday, March 21, 2016

Pay Commission Award To Get Cabinet Nod In June: PMO

New Delhi: The Seventh pay commission award for central government employees will be placed for cabinet’s nod in June after the completion of Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry states assemblies’ poll process, the Prime Minister’s office (PMO) official said on Thursday.

The proposal is almost ready to be recommended by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries on the Seventh pay commission recommendation, according to the PMO official.

There were some disputes among the central government employees’ bodies about the Pay Commission recommendations, which are under consideration of secretaries committee.

Following the context, the finance ministry sent an interim report on the proposed pay structure, including the disputes surrounding it, to the PMO.

PMO sent it back to the ministry with instruction to address the genuine concerns raised by stakeholders and accommodate their demands as much as possible. After these processes, it will be sent to the cabinet in June, the official said.

Although, there is indication that the Empowered Committee is also positively mulling the demand of central government employees for hiking the minimum pay, which was recommended very low by the Seventh pay commission and removing anomalies of Seventh pay commission recommendations like scrapping of advances, allowances.

It is likely to take another 45 to 60 days to settle the issue, in the main time, the model code of conduct, which is currently in place for five states assemblies’ poll, which will end May 21, so,that’s the right time to implement the Seventh pay commission award in June, according to the official.

This means although the new pay structure is to be in place since July 1, the central government employees may start drawing the increased salaries from January with arrears of the previous six months. But the House Rent Allowance (HRA) will be paid from the date of the Seventh pay commission award implementation.

The Seventh Pay Commission headed by Justice A K Mathur recommended the minimum basic pay of central government employees is Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum is Rs 2.25 lakh per month, its increased the pay gap between the minimum and maximum from existing 1:12 to 1: 13.8.

“All pay commissions made up pay gap between employees and higher officers from second Pay Commission 1:41 ratio to Sixth pay commission 1:12, except it,” said the official.

Read at : The Sen Times

Time for rethink! Here's why PPF, small savings rates cut a good move for banks

CHENNAI: With their huge bad loans and provisioning for the same affecting their profitability, India's banks may not reduce their lending rates in the near future following the slashing of interest rates on the small savings schemes, say experts.

They also predict that there will be a higher flow of savings into the capital markets via mutual funds and others.

The BJP-led central government, much to the chagrin of the common man, cut the interest rates on various small savings schemes and public provident fund (PPF), citing banks' grievance that they were not able to reduce their lending rates as interest on deposits were on the high side.

The interest rate was cut from 8.7 percent to 8.1 percent on PPF, from 8.5 percent to 8.1 percent on National Savings Certificate, from 8.7 percent to 7.8 percent for Kisan Vikas Patra and from 8.4 percent to 7.4 percent on five-year recurring deposit. Even the girl child scheme Sukanya Samridhhi Account (SSA) was not spared, with a cut from 9.2 percent to 8.6 percent.

Similarly, rate cut has been announced on various term deposits. The banks had been saying that they are forced to pay higher interest rate on their deposits as they have to compete with the small savings schemes enjoying tax benefits.

"This decision was expected as the government had indicated a move in this direction earlier. We hope that with this review of the small savings interest rates, banks would considerably hasten a re-look at their own lending rates and bring these down for both consumers and investors," business chamber FICCI's secretary general A. Didar Singh said in a statement.

"Banks have been pointing out the interest rates on small savings instruments as one of the factors that have deterred them from reducing their interest rates. With the government now having made this move, banks must take an immediate cue and support the incipient economic recovery," he added.

The slashing of interest rates on PPF and other small savings schemes may not result in banks cutting down their lending rates immediately given their own problems.

"In the near future the banks may not reduce their lending rates but will use this - interest cut on small savings schemes - to mobilise more deposits. If they have to kick start the economic growth, they have to mobilise deposits for lending," Saswata Guha, director, Financial Institutions at global credit rating agency Fitch Ratings, told IANS.

He also agreed that the banks have to contend with their huge bad loans and hence lending rate cuts may not happen soon.

"They don't have the wherewithal to reduce their lending rates now," Guha said. 

"The rate cut on small savings schemes is not all that bad and savers will now put some part of their money in the capital markets, mutual funds and others that give higher returns," Bhuvana Shreeram of Mumbai-based Financial Freedom Golden Practices told IANS.

"PPF rates have been as high as 12 percent for the first 15 years and have come down to average around 8.5 percent in the last 15 years. But look at the timing of this fall. In 2001, double digit PPF rates became history. And what happened to India's GDP and more importantly per capita income of Indians is important to note," Shreeram said.

According to her, when GDP and per capita income goes up, people have more money to spend, and the government will increase its spending thereby creating more jobs and more capital investments will come into the country which again means more jobs.

"Historically, through the good and bad times of the last 35 years, capital markets have given 17 percent average annual returns which is 2.5 times risk free rate," Shreeram said.

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Memorandum submitted to GDS Committee by General Secretary, AIPEU GDS NFPE and Secretary General, NFPE

       Memorandum was submitted on 18th March 2016 to Sri T.Q.Mohd., Secretary, GDS Committee for revision of wages and other service conditions of GDS employees.Com.P.Pandurangarao, G.S.AIPEU GDS. (NFPE ) presented the case very effectively. Secretary GDS COMMITTEE gave positive assurances . Further, application for membership verification was also submitted to Dept. of Posts NewDelhi. All Comrades are requested to make maximum efforts to make AIPEU GDS NFPE as no.1 Union.


Friday, March 18, 2016

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

No.PF-PJCA/2016                                               Dated: 15th March, 2016

            Ms. Kavery Banerjee,
            Department of Posts,
            Dak Bhawan,
            New Delhi-110 001
Sub:   Submission of Memorandum on 7th CPC related issues to the     Implementation Cell by the Department of Post: Request to supply the   copy.


            Your kind attention is invited towards both Federation letters dated 07.03.2016 on the subject cited above. In this connection , we would like to bring  to your kind notice  that a JCM Departmental Council  Meeting  was held on 08.12.2015 under  your Chairmanship in which  the issues related  to Pay Commission  were discussed in detail  and it was  decided  that a copy of Memorandum to be submitted  to Implementation Cell  will be  given to Federations, but inspite of  several requests verbal  and in writing  made to you and  Member(Personal), the copy of the same  has not been supplied yet.

            Again it has been informed vide Director, SR & Legal  letter No. 06-04/2015-SR dated 09th March, 2016  that one meeting  will be  held  on 31.03.2016 under your Chairmanship at Directorate on the same  pay Commission  related issues and prior  to it  one meeting will also be held on 28th March 2016 with Director (SR).

            We are very sorry to inform you that in such circumstances we shall not be able to attend the meeting as scheduled. When any decision  is  taken in highest forum and assurances are given  and  if the same is not materialized  and subordinate officers  do not comply with the orders of highest officers  than what’s  the use of holding such meetings again and again. This is merely wastage of time.

            Further we would like  to mention  here that  at the time of submission of Memorandum to Pay Commission  we had requested  several times to supply  the copy of the same  but it was not supplied  but it has been obtained by some retired officials under R.T.I.

            Therefore it is beyond to understand as to what is there which is to be concealed from the unions.

            Even now we have time. Therefore PJCA requests to kindly supply the copy of memorandum submitted to implementation cell and Pay Commission, so that the matter can be discussed in the meeting.

            It is therefore, requested to kindly take necessary action in this regard.
                        With regards.
Yours faithfully,
(D. Theagarajan)                                                                   (R.N. Parashar)
Secretary General                                                           Secretary General
         FNPO                                                                                   NFPE             
Copy to:
1.         Member (P). Postal Services Board Department of Posts.
2.         DDG (SR), Department of Posts,
3.         Director (SR & Legal), Department of Posts .

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


More than 1,000 people comprising National leaders, CHQ & NFPE leaders, General Secretaries, Public Representatives, Officers of the Department, Postal employees of Gr.C., P4, GDS, RMS, Pensioners Associations, Secretaries of NFPE Unions representing from many divisions of A.P Circle.,  Veteran leaders of various sections, Relatives, near & dear witnessed the meeting which continued from 10.30 am to 5.00pm with the deliberations of the Leaders on Organization, 7th CPC issues, GDS issues followed by grand felicitation to Com.Raavi Sivannarayana.

Meeting Presided by Com.J.Ramasubbaiah, President, Gr.C., Guntur Division.

Com.M.Krishnan, Secretary General, CCGEW., Com.R.N.Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE, Com.Giriraj singh, President NFPE & General Secretary, R-3., Com.K.Lakshmanarao, Ex-MLC, A.P State., Com.Nethaji, CITU., Com.R.Seetha lakshmi, General Secretary, P4., Com.K.V.Sridharan, former General Secretary, Gr.C., Com.J.Ramamoorthy, All India President, Gr.C., Com.Balwindersingh, Fin Secretary, Gr.C., Com.A.Veeramani, AGS, Gr.C., Com.K.Ramachandram, All India President, AIPAOEU., Com.Sk.Humayun, former All India President, P4.,  Com.P.Pandurangarao, General Secretary, GDS, Com.P.Mohan, General Secretary, AIPCPCCWF., Com.Y.Nagabhushanam, Wkg President, AIPCPCCWF., many leaders from RMS unions, Superintendents of Guntur, Tenali, PSD, Retd Officers of the Department,   Circle Secretaries - Com.R.J.Madhusudanarao, R-3., Com.Ch.Vidyasagar, P-4., Com.K.N.Chary, ACS, GDS, veteran leaders - Com.S.Dasu (Vizag), Com.D.L.Kantharao (Tenali), Com.N.Sambasivarao (Guntur), Rotary Governor many other leaders of various cadres, sections graced the meeting and felicitation function.

The NFPE unions of Guntur Division made an excellent arrangements for accommodating the visitors in the hall and food arrangements etc., deserves all appreciation. Com.M.Ramakrishna, Com.Subbarao, Com.M.Srinivas, Com.Ramarao, Com.Masthanrao, Com.Burraiah and many other comrades in the team took all pains to made the programme a grand success.