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Productivity Linked Bonus for the Year 2010-11 issued –[POSTAL]

September 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Productivity Linked Bonus order for the Year 2010-2011 issued by Ministry of Communications and IT.


The bonus is equivalent of emoluments of 60 (sixty) days to the employees of Department of Posts in Group ‘D’, Group ‘C’ and non-gazetted Group ‘B’. Ex-Gratia payment of Bonus to Gramin Dak Sevaks
Calculation Ceiling- Rs 3500.
Regular Employees: Rs 3500 /-
GDS Employees: Rs 2500 /-

Formula for calculating Bonus
Nature of work Formula used for calculatiton
Regular employees
Average Emoluments x No of days of  Bonus
—————————————————-
30.4(Average no of days in a month)
Gramin Dak Sevaks [GDS]
 Average TRCA x No of days of  Bonus
————————————————-
30.4(Average no of days in a month)
Full time Casual Labours
(Including Temp status Casual Labours)

National monthly wages of Rs.1200 x No of days of  Bonus
————————————————-
30.4(Average no of days in a month)


Categories: ad-hoc bonus, BONUS, POSTAL

CONFEDERATION CIRCULAR REGARDING POSTAL STRIKE COMMENCE ON 5th July

June 24, 2011 Leave a comment


   Employees portal reproduced the circular published by Confederation Secretary General Shri K.K.N.Kutty regarding indefinite postal strike action.

   We write this to solicit your support and solidarity for the postal workers of the country who are preparing to go on indefinite strike action from 5th July 2011 onwards.  The National Federation of Postal employees (NFPE), All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union (AIPEDEU), the two affiliates of the confederation has under the banner of the Joint Council of Action with the Federation of National Postal Organizations (affiliated to INTUC) and the National Union of Gramin Dak Sewak(affiliated to INTUC) have served the Strike notice on 14th June 2011 on the Postal Board.  The Strike action will commence on 5th July, 2011.

The Issues

1.       Some time back, the Department of Post, appointed the World (in)famous Transnational Corporation, Mckinzey Consultancy to make recommendations to it as to the manner and methodology to be adopted  to restructure the century old postal system of the country.  While the avowed objective was to modernize the system and make it a profit making venture, the real intent was to reorganize the department in such a manner so as to equip itself viable for privatization/corporatization. Earlier the Postal Department had made several attempts to privatize its functions and in the process large scale outsourcing was also resorted to. With the prime objective of eroding the efficacy of the Postal department, various steps were undertaken like, closure of sorting units, cutting down the staff strength despite widening business ventures, pegging down the overtime rates by linking it to pre-1986 pay scales etc. Thrice the Government made attempts to introduce legislation in the parliament to grant license to courier service providers.  The stubborn resistance of the M.Ps especially of the left parties and a few others in the parliament and the struggles organized by the  employees at the work spot thwarted it successfully till date.  However, systematically and meticulously the Department had been  creating conditions whereby the customers moved away to patronize the private courier services, run illegally without any licence whatsoever. Surprisingly even Government Departments, which are to communicate with large number of people often became customers  of such illegally run private courier service providers The Mckinzey consultancy who is yet to make its final  report, has however, suggested certain measures in the name of Mail Network optimization project  which the postal department has now  decided to implement without causing any discussions whatsoever  with any of the stake holders, especially the unions. Their suggestions include:

(a)     Closure/merger of about 9797 post offices in the urban area

(b)     Reduce the number of Speed Post Centre from 315 to 89.

(c)     Reduce the RMS sorting centres from 412 to 84

(d)     To redeploy the postman staff in the newly created “Delivery hubs”

2.       The major chunks of the postal workers are Gramin Dak Sewaks or Extra-departmental Agents.  The EDA was the system developed by the British Government to spread the postal communication system to far flung rural areas of the country . They were simply agents or franchisees and were appointed so for pittance of a remuneration.   Their cause was taken up by the unions of regular employees, the NFPE and its constituents and the FNPO, in the post-independent era and through sustained struggles fetched  them very many concessions, benefits and privileges and brought them nearly on par with the regular employees.  When the 5th CPC was set up in 1993, the Postal department was forced to appoint a Judicial Commission (The Talwar Commission) to go into the wage-structure and other service conditions of the Extra Departmental Agents, presently called the Gramin Dak Sewaks.  The committee made far reaching recommendations, a good number of which the Government had to accept and implement, (except civil servant status and pension) thereby improving the lot of these employees considerably.  However, the committee set up in the wake of the  6th CPC, the Natarajamurthy committee headed by a retired Postal bureaucrat, ensured that the EDAs were reduced to casual part time workers reversing in the process, decisions taken on the basis of Talwar Commission suggestions. Most of the committee’s recommendations were in sync with the neo-liberal economic policies. The rules governing their service conditions have now been unilaterally amended whereby they may not be even termed as “employees” hereafter.  The very caption of the regulatory rules which was GDS-Conduct and Employment rules have now been changed to  GDS- Conduct and engagement rules,  reducing them  to the status of a Contract Worker.

In the negotiations which took place on 6th and 7th June, 2011 the Postal authorities have stuck to their stand of implementing the decision to create Speed Post and First Class mail hubs, despite their inability to contradict the fact presented by the  staff side that the creation of such hubs has resulted in abnormal delay in the delivery of articles benefiting the private operators.  It has,  therefore,  become unambiguously clear that without organizing sustained struggles and eliciting the support of the entire section of the  working people and garnering  public opinion,  the reversal of the decision would not come about.   The undeniable  fact that Government and the Postal department armed  with the recommendation of the Mckency  consultancy are determined  to demolish the existing postal system in the country to pave way for the unhindered  entry of private operators has to be defeated.

We therefore once again request you to extend your co-operation, support and solidarity to make the proposed indefinite strike successful to compel the Government to rescind their decision to act upon McKenzie recommendations in the Postal Department.

 
With greetings,
Yours fraternally
 K K N Kutty.
Secretary General
  

Categories: POSTAL, STRIKE

Payment of fee under the RTI Act by lndian Postal Order.

April 30, 2011 Leave a comment
N0.F. 101912008-lR
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel PG & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
******
North Block, New Delhi
Dated April 26,201 1

Subject:- Payment of fee under the RTI Act by Indian Postal Order.

1.   The undersigned is directed to say that the Right to information (Regulation of  Fee and Cost) Rules, 2005 provide that a person seeking information under the RTI  Act, 1005 can make payment of fee for obtaining information by cash or demand  draft or banker’s cheque or Indian Postal Order. It has been brought to the notice  of this Department that some public authorities do not accept fee through the  Indian Postal Orders.

2.    As stated above, one of the approved modes of payment of fee under the  Rules k through Indian Postal Order. Refusal ta accept fee through the IPO may be  treated as refusal to accept the application. It may result into imposition of penalty  by the Central Information Commission on the concernedCentral Public Information  Officer under Section 20 of the Act. AH the public authorities should, therefore,  ensure that payment of fee by IPO is not denied.

3. Contents of this OM may be brought to the notice of all concerned.

K.G. Verma
Director


Click here to access the order

Categories: POSTAL, RTI

Send money order from your home.

March 22, 2011 Leave a comment


ePost Office – Online Post Office from India Post

“ Postal Transactions on your desktop”

Now , no need to go to post office to send money order to your dear ones. India post has introduced an online portal epost office systemthorough which people can send money order online. This portal will also provide  instant money order (iMO), sale of philatelic stamps, postal information, tracking of express and international shipments, PIN code search and registration of feedback and complaints online.

Money order online booking Website:

How to Send Money Order Online ? – Procedure

  • Go to the Website http://www.epostoffice.gov.in/
  • Click on Enter (on the Glass Door !!!)
  • Click on Electronic Money Order Icon
  • Click on Book Now
  • If you are already registered, enter the user ID and Password.
  • If you are a new user, Click on New user
  • For registration enter the details like username, password, name , address, PIN etc.
  • After login click on Book Now
  • Remitter name will come automatically .
  • Fill the details of  “Pay to”
  • Select the standard message like Money for payment of loan etc.
  • Select Payment mode either Debit card or Credit card.
  • At present only Axis Bank Cards are accepted.
  • Click on Confirm Payment.
  • The page will redirect to Banks payment page.
  • Enter the Card Details.
  • eMO will be booked after successful payment.

What are the charges for booking eMO Online ?

The Customer has to pay two types of charges for Booking eMO online.

  1. Regular eMO Service Charge
  2. Payment Gateway Charge.

1 Regular eMO Service Charge:

For each20 Rs Service Charge is 1 Rs. ie For 100 Rs , the Service Charge is 5 Rs only.

2. eMO Payment Gateway Charge.

2.0256 % of Total Money Order Amount irrespective of Credit card or Debit Card.
For eg:

  •  If the Money Order Amount is 100 Rs, then
  •  EMO Service Charge: 5 Rs
  • Payment gateway charge: 2.13 Rs
  • Total Amount : 100+5+2.13 = 107.13 Rs.




Benefits of Booking Money Order online

  • No need to go to Post Office and wait in Queue !!
  • Easy to use Interface.
  • Status of transactions can be easily tracked.

(Source)

Categories: POSTAL

List of products offered at post offices

December 10, 2010 Leave a comment


    T
he Department of Posts has signed agreements with financial institutions including many other organisations to sell their products through Post Offices in the country. List of products sold at national level is as given below.


Sl.No.

Name of Company/Financial Institution Description of
 product/service

1

Western Union Money Transfer

International money
 transfer to India

2

UTI Mutual Funds

Sale of UTI Mutual Funds
 through post offices

3

Pension Fund Regulatory & Development Authority

Point of Presence for
 National Pension Scheme Accounts

4

M/s Nirmal Packaging Systems

Sale of Corrugated boxes
 and Paper board envelops.

5

M/s  Narsingh Dass & Co.

Sale of Tyvek Envelops

6

Ministry of Railways

Booking/cancellation of
 Railway Reservation Tickets
under PRS Scheme

7

CBOP( Now merged with HDFC Bank)

Sale/Purchase of foreign exchange

8

Reliance Money Infrastructure Limited

Sale of Gold Coins

9

BSNL

Sale of recharge coupons
Sancharnet Cards etc.

10.

India Post SBI tie-up

Department sells assets
 and liability products of
SBI through identified postal outlets.

11.

NABARD-SHG linkage scheme

India Post has entered
into a tie-up with NABARD
to disburse micro credit to
women self help groups (SHGs)
on pilot basis.




The Central and State Governments take various measures from time to time to promote and popularize small saving schemes through print and electronic media as well as holding seminars, meetings and providing training to various agencies involved in mobilizing deposits under the schemes. As part of this ongoing exercise, Government has taken following steps to make the small savings schemes more attractive and investor friendly:-

-Introduction of Bonus at the rate of 5% on the deposits made under Post Office Monthly Income Account (POMIA) Scheme on or after 8th December, 2007 upon the maturity of the deposit.

-The benefit of Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961 has been extended to the investments made under 5-Year Post Office Time Deposits Account and Senior Citizens Savings Scheme, with effect from 01.04.2007.

-With effect from 1.8.2007, the maximum deposit ceilings of Rs.3.00 lakh and Rs.6.00 lakh under the Post Office Monthly Income Account (POMIA) Scheme has been raised to Rs.4.50 lakh and Rs.9.00 lakh in respect of single and joint accounts respectively.

-The penalty on pre-mature withdrawal of deposits under the Post Office Monthly Income Account (POMIA) scheme has been rationalized from 3.5% to 2% on withdrawal on or before expiry of three years and 1% on withdrawal after expiry of three years.

-All categories of pensioners have been allowed to open and maintain ‘Pension Account’ under Post Office Savings Account Rules, with effect from 11th July, 2007.

-The restriction on opening of more than one account during a calendar month under the Senior Citizens Savings Scheme has been removed with effect from 24th May, 2007.

-Opening of “Zero deposit/Zero Balance” accounts for workers employed under NREG Act, under Post Office Savings Account Rules, with effect from 26th August 2008.

-Opening of “Zero deposit/Zero Balance” accounts for Old Age Pensioner Account under Indira Gandhi Old Age Pension Scheme, Widows Pensioner Account under Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme and Disabled Pensioner Account under Indira Gandhi National Disabled Pension Scheme with effect from 13th October 2009.

-National Savings Institute, a subordinate organization under the Department of Economic Affairs (Budget Division) also maintains its web site i.e nsiindia.gov.in in collaboration with National Informatics Centre to facilitate interface with the public through wider dissemination of information on small savings and on-line registration and settlement of investor’s grievances.

This information was given in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today by Shri Gurudas K amat, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology.

Source:PIB

Categories: POSTAL

Revision of Fixed Monetary compensation (FMC) to delivery staff and remuneration to other staff.

December 10, 2010 Leave a comment
Revision of Fixed Monetary compensation (FMC) to delivery staff and remuneration to other staff
The Department has issued orders regarding the enhancement of the Fixed Monetary


Compensation (FMC), admissible to the Postmen staff and Holiday monetary Compensation payable to Postmen and other Departmental Staff, brought on duty on Holidays. The order is given below:

 
File No. 10-7/2001-P.E.II
Government of India

Ministry of Communications & IT

Department of Posts

(Establishment Division)

 

Dak Bhawan Sansad Marg New Delhi – 110001

Dated the 24-11-2010

Chief Postmaster General
Postmaster General
General Managers (Finance)
Director of Accounts Postal


Subject: – Revision of Fixed Monetary compensation (FMC) to delivery staff and remuneration to other staff.

Sir/Madam,

I am directed to refer to Directorates letter of even number dated 4-9-2002 and 28.1.2003 on the above subject.

2. The Department has received a number of references from the staff Associations requesting for upward revision of fixed Monetary compensation (FMC) admissible to Postmen staff. A Committee of Senior Officers was constituted for looking into the issue and the report of the Committee has been examined carefully in consultation with integrated Finance wing and the Competent Authority has ordered enhancement of the Fixed Monetary compensation (FMC) admissible to Postmen staff. The details are as under:

1.When One Postman performs duty of an absentee Postman by combination of duties from Rs.29 per day revised to Rs.50 per day

2. When two Postmen perform duty of an absentee Postman by sharing the beat from Rs.14 per day revised to Rs.24 per day

3. The competent Authority has also ordered fixation/revision of Holiday Monetary Compensation payable to Postmen Staff and other Departmental staff brought on duty on 2nd consecutive Holiday if three consecutive holidays occur as shown under:
Remuneration to

1.for Supervisor Rs.85 per holiday for 4 hours
2.for Postal Assistant Rs.85 per holiday for 4 hours
3.for Postmen/Sorting Postmen Rs.85 per holiday
4.for Multi tasking staff Rs.60 per holiday for 4 hours

4. All other conditions for payment of Fixed Monetary compensation (FMC) issued vide OM No.10-23/87-PE.I dt. 21.12.93 and delivery of Unregistered letters on holidays issued under 9-25/92-CI dt. 10.9.92 will remain unchanged.

5. The Expenditure on account of revision has to be met from the allocated funds of the units under the prescribed Head of account.

6. These orders will take effect from the date of issue.

7. This issues in concurrence with the Integrated Finance Wing vide their diary number 286/FA/10/CS dated 24.11.2010.

Sd/-

(K. Rameswara Rao)

Asst. Director General (Estt)

Thanks to –  FNPO

Categories: POSTAL

INDIA POST’S GADGETS TO STREAMLINE NREGA PAYMENT

December 3, 2010 Leave a comment


    NEW DELHI: India Post will provide gadgets such as biometric fingerprint scanners, magnetic strip readers and thermal printers to its 1,30,000 rural offices to smoothen the process of verification and payment under the national rural employment guarantee scheme .

   It has charted out an ambitious rural information technology (IT) plan that will make the wage disbursement under the scheme paperless, said an official with the department who asked not to be named. Although NREGA is administered by the ministry of rural development, payments under the UPA government’s flagship job safety programme are routed through the postal network and bank branches. The postal department services more than half of the wage earners under the scheme in most states of the country. 

            The government has allocated Rs 40,100 crore for NREGA in 2010-11. It is estimated that the rural development ministry will be able to utilize only about Rs 35,000 crore in the current year. A total of 179,43,189 families have been provided employment under the scheme till June 30 this year.


            The devices offered to the post offices will have an in-built global positioning system (GPS) to determine the frequency of the postal staff’s visits to the villages, which will ensure accountability on the part of the branch post masters. This will also help the department map its delivery territory.

            The move will help the hugely popular scheme to check leakage of funds owing to fake attendance under the scheme. 
In some states of North East, it was found that funds were transferred under the scheme to even doctors and engineers. In Uttar Pradesh alone the leakage is estimated at . 850 crore annually.

            The department has invited participation of private players in this regard. The IT revamp, which will happen in phases, is expected to be completed in two years, said an official with the ministry of communications and information technology.


            To ensure that the process is made hassle-free, the devices will have portable web cameras with enabling features such as bluetooth and wifi access for seamless transfer of data that may be required under the verification process for accounts.

            Transactions under the scheme will happen only when the wage earner’s biometric information is matched with data stored in the department’s electronic database.

            “Our devices will be compliant with standards issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India,” said YP Rai, deputy director general (rural business) at India Post.


            As network availability in most rural areas is inconsistent, the devices will have facility to function both online and offline. To address the problem of inadequate power supply, the devises will have an in-built battery with solar chargers.



Categories: POSTAL