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• Welcome to our website • We warmly welcome the new Postal Assistant recruits of Howrah Division. Our heartiest congratulations on your selection! • "Sangeet Sandhya" - 2014 held on 8th November 2014 at Sarat Sadan Howrah Maidan, was a huge success • 36th Biennial Joint Conference of our Divisional Union concluded on 26.04.2015 at Prasastha,Andul. 15th Book Grant Distribution ceremony was a huge success. 110 students received the book grant

CHANGE OF VENUE OF THE PROGRAMME ON 22.5.2015, THE TIFFIN HOUR MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE HOWRAH H.O, INSTEAD OF DIVISIONAL OFFICE, DUE TO PRE-OCCUPATION OF THE DIVISIONAL SUPER. SO,PLEASE ATTEND THE PROGRAMME AT HOWRAH H.O. TOMORROW POSITIVELY (TAKING HALF DAY CASUAL LEAVE).

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CHANGE OF VENUE OF THE PROGRAMME ON 22.5.2015, THE TIFFIN HOUR MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE HOWRAH H.O, INSTEAD OF DIVISIONAL OFFICE, DUE TO PRE-OCCUPATION OF THE DIVISIONAL SUPER. SO,PLEASE ATTEND THE PROGRAMME AT HOWRAH H.O. TOMORROW POSITIVELY (TAKING HALF DAY CASUAL LEAVE).



AS PER THE CALL OF OUR CIRCLE UNION'S, HUGE DEPUTATION AT THE DIVISIONAL OFFICE ON 22.05.2015 (FRIDAY) AT 3:00 p.m. JOIN IN MASS.

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CADRE RESTRUCTURING PROPOSAL REPORT & AGREEMENT.

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Cadre Restructuring Proposal in its final stage.It will take some period for DoPT approval. We are in regular touch in this matter. Due to effective persuasion in JCM (DC) Meeting and PJCA strike demand talks with DG Posts & Higher Officers and with Minister of Communications, Cadre Restructuring as we demand is likely to emerge as reality shortly.Let us hope the best to happen.




RAJYASABHA QUESTION REGARDING SSA.

Monday, 11 May 2015 0 comments



GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
DEPARTMENT OF POSTS    

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1450
                                   TO BE ANSWERED ON 8TH MAY, 2015

SAVINGS ACCOUNTS FOR GIRL CHILD

1450. SHRI RAJKUMAR DHOOT:

Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:

(a)      whether the Ministry proposes to open one crore savings accounts for girl child in Maharashtra and rest of the country;

(b)      if so, the details thereof; and

(c)      how these accounts will be beneficial to the girl child?

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
(SHRI RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD)


(a), (b) & (c)  A new Small Savings Scheme called "Sukanya Samriddhi Account" for the welfare of Girl Child has been launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister on 22nd January, 2015 in Panipat, Haryana. The account can be opened in Post Offices as well as in banks. With an aim to spread awareness and to provide benefit of such a good scheme to more and more number of girl child, the Department of Posts set target to open one crore Sukanya Samriddhi Accounts in the country, including Maharashtra. So far, more than 38 Lakhs accounts have been opened in different Post Office. The details of the scheme and facilities provided in these accounts which will be beneficial to the girl child are at Annexure-I 

 ANNEXURE-I

  i.   ‘Sukanya Samriddhi Account’ is a new Small Savings Scheme for girl child.
 ii.   An account can be opened in the name of Girl Child under ‘Sukanya Samriddhi Account’ (SSA) by Guardian/Natural Guardian. Birth certificate of the girl child has to be produced. The depositor (parents or guardian) has to submit his/her identity and address proofs.
iii.   A Guardian can open only one account in the name of one girl child and maximum two accounts in the name of two different girl children. The natural or legal guardian can open two or three accounts if twin girls are born as second birth or triplets are born in the first birth itself.
iv.   An account under SSA can be opened up to the age of 10 years only from the date of birth. The girl child who had attained the age of 10 years, one year prior to the commencement of this scheme shall also eligible to open the SSA.
v.   Minimum amount for opening SSA is Rs 1000/- (subsequent deposit should be in multiple of Rs 100/-).
vi.   A minimum of one thousand rupees shall be deposited in a financial year but the total money deposited in an account on a single occasion or on multiple occasions shall not exceed Rs 1.5 Lakh in a financial year.
vii.   There is no limit on the number of deposits. The deposits in ‘Sukanya Samriddhi Account’ can be made in the form of Cash or Demand Draft or Cheque.
viii.   The interest rate for the financial year 2015-16 under ‘Sukanya Samriddhi Account’ is 9.2%. The rate of interest is not fixed and will be notified by the Central Government on financial yearly basis.
ix.   50% (half of the fund) of the accumulated amount in ‘Sukanya Samriddhi Account’ can be withdrawn for girl’s higher education and marriage after she attains 18 years of age.
x.   ‘Sukanya Samriddhi Account’ can be closed after completion of 21 years.
xi.   If account is not closed after maturity, balance will continue to earn interest as specified for the scheme from time to time.
xii.   The account can be transferred anywhere in India if the girl shifts to a place other than city or locality where the account stands.
xiii.   Investment in Sukanya Samriddhi Account has been covered under Section 80C of  IT Act.

GDS COURT CASE-- UPDATE.

Saturday, 9 May 2015 0 comments


GDS COURT CASE IS POSTED TO    9TH JULY 2015 IN PRINCIPAL CAT DELHI

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR BELOVED COM. PRASENJIT MUKHERJEE ,PA, HOWRAH H.O. FOR HIS SUCCESS IN THE IP EXAM.2014.

Friday, 8 May 2015 0 comments

IIITS OUR IMMENSE PLEASURE TO INTIMATE YOU ALL, THAT OUR  MEMBER COMRADE PRASENJIT MUKHERJEE OF HOWRAH HPO STOOD FIFTH IN THE MERIT LIST OF SUCCESSFUL  CANDIDATES OF IP EXAM.2014 OF WEST BENGAL CIRCLE.

HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS TO HIM FOR HIS HUGE SUCCESS AND WISH HIM A BRIGHT FUTURE.


NEWS FOR NEWLY SELECTED PA/ SA'S FROM RMS CIRCLE UNIONS -- ''Meeting with DPS (HQ) Regarding the Problems in Connection with Appointment of the Newly Selected S.As / P.A's .''

Thursday, 7 May 2015 0 comments



''Today Aparesh Lahiri, Circle Secretary R-III, Sanjay Chakraborty, Circle Secretary, R-IV and Samir Kumar Bardhan, President CHQ R- III, met with DPS (HQ) and discussed regarding the problems cropped up i.c.w.  appointment of the newly selected PAs/SAs for the  year 2014. In the discussion DPS (HQ) assured the Leaders that the selected candidates possessing   the requisite qualifications and having genuine certificates should not be worried at all. DPS (HQ) also informed that the Circle Administration is maintaining close contact with the Directorate in this regard and the problem is expected to be resolved within a short period.
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NEWS FROM CIRCLE UNION FOR THE NEWLY SELECTED PA/SA'S.

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''SELECTED  P.A.  CANDIDATES  2014 BATCH : 

PLEASE  ASSEMBLE  AT YOGAYOG  BHAVAN  ON  

FRIDAY,  THE  08.05.2015.


      As discussed in the meeting on last Sunday (03.05.2015), the successful P.A. candidates of 2014 batch, whose training and joining is now halted, are requested to assemble at the Office of The Chief Postmaster General, West Bengal (Yogayog Bhavan), opposite to Air India office on Central Avenue, on Friday, 8th May 2015. Nearest metro railway station is 'Chandni Chowk'. The time of assembling is within 1:15 P.M.

       It is requested to please take maximum efforts to gather in numbers as much as possible, as we shall be able to interact with all of the candidates. Divl Secretaries are requested to guide the candidates and to accompany them positively. From the assembly, the Circle Union will communicate the message to the Chief PMG and to obtain from her if there is any development in the situation. We shall also submit a resolution from the program to the Secretary (Posts) Smt. Kavery Banerjee to clinch the impasse as early as possible.

      Please ensure your presence and tell others to participate without

 fail. Mass participation is the key to success.''   

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Details of meeting with MoC.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015 0 comments

Details of meeting held at Sanchar Bhawan on 05.05.2015 at 1300 hrs with Hon’Minister of Communications by Secretary Generals of NFPE & FNPO on behalf of Postal Joint Council of Action.


In continuation of the meeting by PJCA leaders consisting all General Secretaries and Secretary Generals of both Federations ( NFPE &FNPO) held with Chairman Postal Services Board , Member(HRD),  Member (O), Member(Tech) & other higher officers of Postal Directorate on 30.04.2015 at 1100 hrs on all the 26 Charter of demands, the PJCA had decided to insist a further meeting with Hon’ Minister of Communications in respect of the following three Major sectional demands pertaining to the Postal fraternity.
1. Corporatisation and  Privatisation of Postal Department as recommended by the TASK FORCE committee.
2. Inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) in the terms of reference of 7th Central Pay Commission. Grant of Civil servant status to GDS and grant of all benefits of departmental employees on pro-rata basis without any discrimination.
3. Implementation of Cadre Restructuring in Postal, RMS, MMS and Postal Accounts as per the proposal signed with the JCM (DC) staff side.
The ground was under active preparation for indefinite strike w.e.f .06.05.2015.
  Secretary Generals of NFPE & FNPO on behalf of Postal Joint Council of Action were invited for meeting with Hon’Minister of Communications.
On 05.05.2015.at 1300 hrs both Secretary Generals met the Hon’ MoC and submitted a memorandum on GDS issues primarily for inclusion of GDS under the purview of 7th Central Pay Commission. As the Department of Posts assured the PJCA on 30.04.2015 that the proposal will be strongly recommended and referred to D/o Expenditure for reconsideration, the Hon’ MoC was requested to offer his good offices.
Hon’Minister of Communications has assured that the GDS issues would be looked into with an open mind and he would try to his best.
The  Cadre Restructuring Proposal file is awaiting for the approval of Hon’ MoC and now even though he had some reservations, he agreed to pass it with positive recommendations. The Cadre Restructuring Proposal will shortly be forwarded to DoPT.
In respect of Task Force Committee recommendations, Hon’ MoC  has not given any assurance about future course of action. But he asserted that NO PRIVATISATION at present and there will be no reduction or structural change in the department.
The meeting with Hon’ MoC is hopeful.
Considering the reply given in the minutes by the Postal Directorate and assurance given by Hon’ MoC , the PJCA has decided to defer the proposed INDEFINITE STRIKE from 06.05.2015 .


PROPOSED INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 06th MAY, 2015 STANDS DEFERRED .

Tuesday, 5 May 2015 0 comments


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       PROPOSED INDEFINITE STRIKE  FROM 06th  MAY, 2015  STANDS DEFERRED ,  BASED ON THE ASSURANCES GIVEN BY HON`BLE  MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS SHRI RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD DURING THE MEETING  HELD WITH BOTH THE SECRETARY GENERALS  OF NFPE & FNPO  IN PRESENCE OF SECRETARY (P), MEMBER (HRD) & DDG (SR) AT SANCHAR BHAWAN NEW DELHI AT 1 PM TODAY DATED 05.05.2015 .

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CCGEW requests to help NEPAL through Prime Minister's National Relief Fund.

Monday, 4 May 2015 0 comments



Donate Generously to NEPAL RELIEF FUND

Our neighbouring country Nepal has been devastated by earth quake, worst ever to hit the Himalayan Nation. Over 7000 have lost their lives, several thousands have been injured and homeless. Following the Catastrophe, the impoverished country has appealed for help from all, including foreign countries. In this hour of calamity, it is our duty to support the hapless people. Confederation National Secretariat appeals to all Central Government Employees to contribute generously to the NEPAL RELIEF FUND.

M.Krishnan,  
Secretary General,
Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers

Note Please :: NFPE and in turn AIPEU Gr C endorse this Appeal and request to share the grief.

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FLASH NEWS --- Maintain the spirit and tempo unequivocally and campaign aggressively for the ensuing strike from 06.05.2015.

Sunday, 3 May 2015 0 comments

·       PJCA on firm stand in GDS Issues.
·       Directorate level talks led by DG Posts inconclusive.
·       NFPE and FNPO both federations along with their GDS Unions are strongly and continuously insisting the Government to include GDS wage study under the purview of 7th CPC.
·      Hon. Minister of Communications invited both Secretary Generals (NFPE & FNPO) for discussion on 05.05.2015 (Tuesday) at 1 P.M.
·       PJCA requests the cadres to keep the ground ready. Do not presume based on rumours.
· Maintain the spirit and tempo unequivocally and campaign aggressively for the ensuing strike from 06.05.2015.


PJCA MEETING.

Thursday, 30 April 2015 0 comments

PJCA MEETING
Meeting of PJCA Leaders with Secretary Posts held at Dak Bhawan, New Delhi on 30.04.2015 inconnection with Strike Charter of Demands.

Talks inconclusive.

Keep the tempo on.


HISTORIC PARLIAMENT MARCH OF NATIONAL JCA (RAILWAY, DEFENCE & OTHER CENTRAL GOVT.EMPLOYEES ) ON 28.04.2015 RAISING VOICE FOR OUR LEGITIMATE DEMANDS.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 0 comments


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RAJYA SABHA Q&A regarding Post Bank of India & Task force Recommendations on POST BANK OF INDIA.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 0 comments



GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
DEPARTMENT OF POSTS     

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.163
                                        TO BE ANSWERED ON 24TH APRIL, 2015

POSTAL BANKS

163. DR. PRADEEP KUMAR BALMUCHU:

Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:

(a)       whether it is a fact that Government is urging the Department of Posts to come up with opening of Postal Banks in the country, if so, the details thereof;

(b)       whether the Subramanian Committee, to which the matter had been referred, has submitted its report and has made recommendations in this regard; and

(c)        if so, the details thereof?
ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
(SHRI RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD)

(a)       Sir, the Department of Posts has submitted an application to Reserve Bank of India on 30.1.2015 seeking license for setting up Post Bank of India under the rubric of “Payments Bank”. The Government is committed to increasing access of the people to the formal financial system and in this context, Government proposes to utilize the vast Postal network with nearly 1, 54,000 points of presence spread across the villages of the country.  The Government hopes that the Postal Department will make its proposed Payments Bank venture successful so that it contributes further to the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana. The details of the proposed Post Bank would be finalized once the Reserve Bank of India takes a favourable decision on application submitted by Department of Posts. In the recent budget speech also the Finance Minister has appreciatingly talked about Post Bank.

(b) & (c )         The Task Force on Leveraging the Post Office Network under the Chairmanship of retired Cabinet Secretary Shri. T.S.R.Subramanian,  has submitted its report during November-2014. The said task force has recommended for setting up Post Bank of India. The details of the recommendations are reproduced in the Annexure- ‘A’ enclosed herewith.



Annexure-A

Recommendations of Task Force on Leveraging Post Office Network with respect to Setting up of Post Bank of India:-

(i)            The proposal is not to convert the PO Network into a Bank, but to set up a fully professional new Bank to further financial inclusion and meet the objectives of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna, which specifically provides for the extension of credit to all Indians resident in every part of India, particularly in rural areas.
(ii)          This opportunity for achieving universal financial inclusion via technology and the institutional reach of the PO Network must not be lost. There is admittedly a risk involved, as there is in any new venture into uncharted waters. The risk involved can and must be managed in the interests of the overall larger national objectives.
(iii)         The PBI must be professionally managed and operated, with credit and other risks being handled by experienced experts hired from the market. In its own interest, its operations must be fully in line and compliant with RBI Guidelines.
(iv)         A new institution, to be called the Post Bank of India or by some other suitable name, should be set up as a commercial bank offering the full spectrum of financial and banking services.
(v)          As the owner of the proposed PBI, the Government of India may take decisions as appropriate on structural and organizational issues and other details, including the funding requirements.
(vi)         The Task Force is of the view that the PBI should be set up under an Act of Parliament and that establishing the PBI as a statutory institution and a Government Bank would enhance its credibility, insulate it from local pulls and greatly facilitate its operations.
(vii)        It is essential to structure the proposed PBI in such a manner as to pre-empt the possibility of outside interests influencing its day-to-day operations.
(viii)      The Task Force also recommends that the PBI should initially be set up as a Public Sector Bank wholly owned by the Government of India.
(ix)         The initial capital requirement, estimated at Rs. 500 crores as per RBI requirements would be fully funded by the Government.
(x)          After the Bank establishes itself in 3 to 5 years, the Board of Directors could take a view on floating an IPO to raise fresh capital.
(xi)         The PBI will focus on fulfilling the Government’s mandate of financial inclusion and on bringing the un-banked and under-banked segments of the population, particularly in rural, semi-rural and remote areas within the ambit of the formal monetized economy.
(xii)        A view needs to be taken on how best to seamlessly integrate the earlier banking operations into the proposed new structure, The best and seamless method would be to fully absorb the POSB in the new proposed Bank (PBI).
(xiii)      The PBI will offer services including credit, which are beyond the remit of the POSB.
(xiv)      The PBI will develop financial products and services which are specially tailored to the needs of the rural and urban unbanked population, if necessary in collaboration with other banks.
(xv)        The PBI will function as a commercially viable and self-sustaining entity without the need for continuing Government subsidies.
(xvi)      After the Initial gestation period, it should generate its own resources and sustain itself in the competitive market environment.
(xvii)     The PBI should price its services on a cost plus basis and revise these rates from time to time, so that its operations do not become a continuing and increasing burden on the Government exchequer.
(xviii)    The PBI will start with a Head Office Main Branch and will thereafter expand its operations by opening Branch offices in the Metro towns and State capitals, to be manned by banking professionals.
(xix)      The longer term objectives would be to establish a Branch Office of the PBI in each District Headquarter over a 3 to 5 year period, to be operated mostly by banking professionals.
(xx)        The 150,000-plus Departmental and Branch POs will act as Banking Correspondents for the PBI.
(xxi)      Careful consideration should be given to the various types, elements and levels of risk involved in the PBI’s operations.
(xxii)     Robust System Protocols and Standard Operating Procedures should be put in place to manage these risks effectively.
(xxiii)    The PBI should recruit/commission the services of banking experts to manage its credit, portfolio and market risks.
(xxiv)    Appropriate management capabilities should be mobilized from the market and robust systems and processes should be put in place to ensure that Non-Performing Assets are kept within acceptable limits.
(xxv)      It is neither necessary nor desirable to mandate a waiting period before the PBI enters into credit and lending operations.
(xxvi)    The PBI should be constituted and begin working as a credit and lending Bank immediately, without any trial/waiting/learning period.
(xxvii)  The PBI should be set up as an independent Statutory and corporate entity offering the full bouquet services, including credit, to its customers.
(xxviii) The PBI will primarily target currently unbanked and under-banked customers in rural, semi-rural and remote areas, with a focus on providing small and affordable loans and simple deposit products.
(xxix)    Customers will be provided with full-fledged Savings Accounts, which can be retained even with zero balances, as provided for in the PMJDY.
(xxx)     Credit risks will be managed by hiring professionals from the banking sector and by developing and implementing robust protocols for building checks and balances in the system. Market and robust systems and processes should be put in place to ensure that Non-Performing Assets are kept within acceptable limits.  

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