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AT THE LOKSABHA ,UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 3 ANSWERED ON 07.07.2014,REGARDING REVENUE GENERATION OF POSTAL SERVICES

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 0 comments




LOK SABHA
UNSTARREDQUESTION NO3
ANSWERED ON  07.07.2014 ON
REVENUE GENERATION OF POSTAL SERVICES
3 .Shri ANIRUDHAN SAMPATH
PARAYAMPARANBIL KUTTAPPAN BIJU
Will the Minister ofCOMMUNICATIONS                                                        AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGYbe pleased to state:-


(a) whether the revenue generation of postal services has been declining continuously and the targets for each coming year are brought down by the Government;

(b) if so, the revenue generated and the expenditure incurred by the Department of Posts during the last three years and the current year;

(c) the reasons for the decline in market share, if any, and the losses incurred by India Posts; and

(d) the corrective steps taken by the Government in this regard?
ANSWER

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

(a) No Madam. The Revenue generation of Postal Services is increasing every year, and the targets for each coming year are raised by the Government as given below:-
     (Rs. in crore)
Year  Revenue Target  Revenue Achievement
2011-12  7522.02   7899.40
2012-13  8762.75   9366.50
2013-14  9787.52   10720.94


(b) to (d) Does not arise in view of (a) above. 

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Reimbursement of Children Education Allowance - PIB NEWS.

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It has been informed by the Department of Personnel and Training that the annual ceiling limit for reimbursement of Children Education Allowance (CEA) is Rs. 18,000/- per child. The Hostel subsidy shall be Rs. 4,500/- per month per child. The annual ceiling for reimbursement of CEA for disabled children of Government employees if Rs. 36,000/- per annum per child and the rates of Hostel subsidy for disabled children of Government employees is Rs. 9,000/- per child per month. These revisions are applicable with effect from 1st January, 2014. The reimbursement is admissible for children studying in institutions affiliated to any Board or recognized institution, whether in receipt of Government aid or not, recognized by the Central or State Government or Union Territory Administration or by University or a recognized educational authority having jurisdiction over the area where the institution is situated. No change is proposed to be made in the same.

This information was given by the Union Minister of Finance, Shri Arun Jaitley in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today (18/7/2014)

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THE POSTAL SERVICES BOARD HAS APPROVED THE INTRODUCTION OF COMBINED MONEY ORDER FORM FOR ITS THREE MONEY TRANSFERRING SYSTEMS LIKE eMO,iMO & MMTS , VIDE MOC & IT ORDER NO.27-6/2014-PO DTD.17.7.2014

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EDITORIAL - BHARTIYA POST - AUGUST 2014.

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FIRST BUDGET – NO DA MERGER, NO INTERIM RELIEF

Central Government employees have been eagerly awaiting the first budget of the new Government Inspite of one day strike and two days strike, the UPA Government was not ready to concede the genuine and justified demands of the Central Government Employees. Naturally, employees expected some good news from the maiden budget of NDA Government. But the budget has cast shadow on their expectations. Not only the Central Government employees but the common people and the working class are also totally disappointed.

The Union budget 2014-15, is an exercise in piloting large scale FDI & PPP mode in the financial and policy governance of the country. If followed the same policy of trajectory deregulation, privatization and corporate-orientation so long followed by its predecessor, the UPA Government, which has been rejected by the people in election.

While engineering a drastic cut in expenditure on almost all heads impacting common people aimed at containing fiscal deficit, the budget remained reluctant in taking any action in arresting organised pilferage from public exchequer in the form of deliberate tax default by big corporate houses which reached a huge sum of Rs. 4.18 lakh crores on account of Corporate tax Income tax by the end of 2012-13

Added to this, the decision to constitute the Expenditure Management Commission to look into basically the subsidies for common people aiming at further deduction in the same Budget has already proposed a cut in subsidy on petroleum to the tune of Rs. 22054 crores which would have a cascading effect on prices of all goods. Further the budget announced total decontrol of diesel pricing before the end of the current financial year adding further to the woes of the common people. The budget reduced the direct tax leading to a revenue loss of Rs. 22200 crore while increasing the indirect tax burden to the tune of Rs. 7525 crore.

The Budget announced raising of FDI cap in defence and insurance sector from existing 26% to 49% much to the detriment of the interests of national economy. The target for revenue from public sector Undertakings (PSU) disinvestment has been set at a huge amount of Rs. 63000 crore and the Finance Minister has announced that instead of earning dividend from PSUs. Number of measures have been incorporated in the Budget to actually weaken the public sector Banks making them easy prey of privatization policy of the Government.

On a whole, the first budget of the NDA Government has basically turned out to be grossly anti-people in character promoting more aggressive loot by the corporate and big-business houses on the mass of the people and working class.



7TH CPC COMMON MEMORANDUM – AT A GLANCE.

Thursday, 17 July 2014 0 comments

Highlights of the Memorandum submitted on issues common to all Central Government employees to Secretary 7th Pay Commission.


JCM NC has also submitted Interim Memorandum on interim relief and Merger of DA.

1.   Pay scales are calculated on the basis of pay drawn pay in pay band + GP + 100% DA by employees as on 01.01.2014.
2.   7th CPC report should be implemented w.e.f. 01-01-2014. In future five year wage revision.
3. Scrap New Pension Scheme and cover all employees under Old Pension and Family Pension Scheme.
4. JCM has proposed minimum wage for MTS (Skilled) Rs.26,000 p.m.
5. Ratio of minimum and maximum wage should be 1:8.
6. General formula for determination of pay scale based on minimum living wage demanded for MTS is pay in PB+GP x 3.7.
7. Annual rate of increment @ 5% of the pay.
8. Fixation of pay on promotion = 2 increments and difference of pay between present and promotional posts (minimum Rs.3000).
9. The pay structure demanded is as under:- (open ended pay scales – Total 14 pay scales)
      Existing Proposed (in Rs.)
     
PB-1, GP Rs. 1800
PB-1, GP Rs. 1900
26,000
PB-1, GP Rs. 2000
PB-1, GP Rs. 2400
33,000
PB-1, GP Rs. 2800
46,000
PB-2, GP Rs. 4200
PB-2, GP Rs. 4600
56,000
PB-2, GP Rs. 4800
74000
PB-2, GP Rs. 5400
78,000
PB-3, GP 5400
88000
PB-3, GP 6600
102000
PB-3, GP 7600
120000
PB-4, GP 8900
148000
P4-4, GP 10000
162000
HAG
193000
Apex Scale
213000
Cabinet Secretary
240000

9 (a) Wages and service conditions of Gramin Dak Sevaks is to be examined by 7th CPC itself.

10.Dearness Allowances on the basis of 12 monthly average of CPI, Payment on 1st Jan and 1st July every year.
11.Overtime Allowances on the basis of total Pay + DA + Full TA.
12 Liabilities of all Government dues of persons died in harness be waived.
13.Transfer Policy – Group `C and `D Staff should not be transferred. DoPT should issue clear cut guideline as per 5th CPC recommendation. Govt. should from a Transfer Policy in each department for transferring on mutual basis on promotion. Any order issued in violation of policy framed be cancelled by head of department on representation.
14. Transport Allowance -
     
X Classified City
Other Places
Rs. 7500 + DA
Rs. 3750 +DA

      The stipulation for TA that the Govt. employee should be on duty in his headquarters for certain number of days during the calendar month should be removed.
15.Deputation Allowance double the rates and should be paid 10% of the pay at same station and 20% of the pay at outside station.
16.Classification of the post should be executive and non-executive instead of present Group A,B.C.
17.Special Pay which was replaced with Special/Allowance by 4th CPC be bring back to curtail pay scales.
18.Scrap downsizing, outsourcing and contracting of govt. jobs.
19.Regularize all casual labour and count their entire service after first two year, as a regular service for pension and all other benefits. They should not be thrown out by engaging contractors workers.
20.The present MACPs Scheme be replaced by giving five promotion after completion of 8,15,21,26 and 30 year of service with benefits of stepping up of pay with junior and also hierarchical pay scales.
21.PLB being bilateral agreement, it should be out of 7th CPC perview.
22.Housing facility:-
(a) To achieve 70% houses in Delhi and 40% in all other towns to take lease accommodation and allot to the govt. employees.
(b) Land and building acquired by it department may be used for constructing houses for govt. employees.
23. House Building Allowance :-
(a) Simplify the procedure of HBA
(b) Entitle to purchase second and used houses
24. Common Category – Equal Pay for similar nature of work be provided.
25. Compassionate appointment – remove ceiling of 5% and give appointment within Three months.
26. Traveling Allowance:-

      Category
A1, A Class City
Other Cities
Executive
Rs. 5000 per day + DA
Rs. 3500 per day + DA
Non-Executive
Rs. 4000 per day + DA
Rs. 2500 per day + DA

27. Composite Transfer Grant: -
Executive Class 6000 kg by Goods Train/ Rate per km by road 8 Wheeler Wagon Rs.50+DA(Rs.1 per kg and single container per km)
Non-Executive Class 3000 kg – do – -do-
28.Children Education Allowance should be allowed up to Graduate, Post Graduate, and all Professional Courses. Allow any two children for Children Education Allowance.
29.Fixation of pay on promotion – two increments in feeder grade with minimum benefit of Rs.3000.
30.House Rent Allowance
X Class Cities 60%
Other Classified Cities 40%
      Unclassified Locations 20%
31.Compensatory City Allowance.
`X’ Class Cities `Y’ Class Cities
 A. Pay up to Rs.50,000 10% 5%
     B. Pay above Rs.50,000 6% minimum Rs 5000 3% minimum Rs.2500
32. Patient Care Allowance to all para-medical and staff working in hospitals.
33. All allowances to be increased by three times.
34. NE Region benefits – Payment of Special Duty Allowance @ 37.5% of pay.
35. Training: - Sufficient budget for in-service training.
36. Leave Entitlement
(i)    Increase Casual Leave 08 to 12 days & 10 days to 15 days.
(ii)   Declare May Day as National Holiday
(iii) In case of Hospital Leave, remove the ceiling of maximum 24 months leave and 120 days full payment and remaining half payment.
(iv)  Allow accumulation of 400 days Earned Leave
(v)  Allow encashment of 50% leave while in service at the credit after 20 years Qualifying Service.
(vi) National Holiday Allowance (NHA) – Minimum one day salary and eligibility criteria to be removed for all Non Executive Staff.
(vii) Permit encashment of Half Pay Leave.
(viii)Increase Maternity Leave to 240 days to female employees & increase 30 days Paternity Leave to male employees.
37. LTC
(a) Permission to travel by air within and outside the NE Region.
(b) To increase the periodicity once in a two year.
(c) One visit outside country in a lifetime

38. Income Tax:
(i)   Allow 30% standard deduction to salaried employees.
(ii) Exempt all allowances.
(iii) Raise the ceiling limit as under:
(a) General – 2 Lakh to 5 Lakh
(b) Sr. Citizen – 2.5 Lakh to 7 Lakh
(c) Sr. Citizen above 80 years of age – 5 Lakh to 10 Lakh
      (iv) No Income Tax on pension and family pension and Dearness Relief.

39. (a) Effective grievance handling machinery for all non-executive staff.
(b) Spot settlement
(c) Maintain schedule of three meetings in a year
(d) Department Council be revived at all levels
(e) Arbitration Award be implemented within six month, if not be discussed with Staff Side before rejection for finding out some modified form of agreement.
40. Appoint Arbitrator for shorting all pending anomalies of the 6th CPC.
41.Date of Increment – 1st January and 1st July every year. In case of employees retiring on 31st December and 30th June, they should be given one increment on last day of service, i.e. 31st December and 30th June, and their retirements benefits should be calculated by adding the same.
42.General Insurance: Active Insurance Scheme covering risk upto Rs. 7,50,000/- to Non Executive & Rs. 3,50,000/- to Skilled staff by monthly contribution of Rs. 750/- & Rs. 350/- respectively.
43. Point to point fixation of pay.
44. Extra benefits to Women employees (i) 30% reservation for women.
(ii)   Posting of husband and wife at same station.
(iii) One month special rest for chronic disease
(iv) Conversion of Child Care Leave into Family Care Leave
(v)   Flexi time
45. Gratuity:
Existing ceiling of 16 ½ months be removed and Gratuity be paid @ half month salary for every year of qualifying service.
Remove ceiling limit of Rs.10 Lakh for Gratuity.
46. Pension:
(i)      Pension @ 67% of Last Pay Drawn (LPD) instead of 50% presently.
(ii)     Pension after 10 years of qualifying service in case of resignation.
(iii)    Increase pension age-based as under:
65 Years – 70% of Last Pay Drawn (LPD)
70 Years – 75% of LPD
75 Years – 80% of LPD
80 Years – 85% of LPD
85 Years – 90% of LPD
90 Years – 100% of LPD
(iv)    Parity of pension to retirees before 1.1.2006.
(v)     Enhanced family pension should be same in case of death in harness and normal death.
(vi)    After 10 years, family pension should be 50% of LPD.
(vii)   Family pension to son upto the age of 28 years looking to the recruitment age.
(viii) Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) @ Rs.2500/- per month.
(ix)    Extend medical facilities to parents also.
(x)     HRA to pensioners.
(xi)    Improvement in ex-gratia pension to CPF/SRPF retirees up to 1/3rd of full pension.

NB:   The above is only gist. All points raised by us not included. For understanding the entire demands raised by us, Please read the full memorandum published in our website.


 (M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
NFPE/Confederation
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DECISION OF THE WORKING COMM. MEETING, DEPUTATION AT THE DIVL.OFFICE ON 24.07.2014 AT 3p.m.,TO DISCUSS & SOLVE THE BURNING PROBLEMS OF OUR DIVISION. JOIN IN MASS.

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PLI ROLLOUT & CREATION OF CPCs at HPO LEVEL-- WORKSHOP at PLI DIRECTORATE ON 17.07.2014.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 0 comments










PLI- To become the first choice insurer in India.

Monday, 14 July 2014 0 comments


e-Postal Life Insurance. Some of the key process changes that will take place are mentioned below:

 Every Head Office will have an attached Circle Processing Center. (CPCs) wherein all types of functions relating to servicing of policies will take place. Around 809 Central Processing Centers (CPCs) would be set up.
· Policy service requests can now be submitted through multiple channels like online, Post Office, CPCs and customer call center ·

 Any type of customer related query can be resolved by calling at the call center 
· Hand held device will be an interaction channel for customers for transactions such as payment of premiums, query, grievance, policy service request, request for an agent etc.· Introduction of a system which will help in managing all the agents like disbursement of their commissions, performance tracking etc. · Introduction of a system which will help in identifying potential customers. ·

 Provide Insurance cover to large rural population, while minimizing the cost of operations· Enhanced quality of service being offered to the customers · Develop a fully integrated life insurance platform to enable efficient and cost effective service to existing and new customers · Become the first choice insurer for all the eligible customers in the country · PLI/RPLI implementation seeks to meet the following objectives: 
PLI/RPLI will provide the following benefits:  Enable DoP employees to do all work relating to PLI/ RPLI like issue of ·policy documents, collection of premium, disbursement of loan, payment of  Provide robust data driven decision making, as MIS can be extracted from anywhere· Process streamlining and faster application processing will increase efficiency in operations. ·claims etc. through one integrated software. 

· Employees satisfaction due to simpler and automated processes · Better manpower utilization. · Automated claims management and renewal notices · Better customer service / Lesser grievance.




AIPEU GDS (NFPE) STRUGGLE PROGRAMME, DAY LONG DHARNA ON 16.07.2014.

Sunday, 13 July 2014 0 comments





Some excerpts from Union Budget 2014-15 related to POST OFFICE.

Friday, 11 July 2014 0 comments


 


Kissan Vikas Patra

27.
Kissan Vikas Patra (KVP) was a very popular instrument among small savers. I plan to reintroduce the instrument to encourage people, who may have banked and unbanked savings to invest in this instrument. 

Small Savings
136.

To address the concerns of decline in savings rate and improving returns for small savers, I propose to revitalize small savings.

137.
My Government attaches utmost importance to the welfare of Girl Child. A special small savings instrument to cater to the requirements of educating and marriage of the Girl Child will be introduced. A National Savings Certificate with insurance cover will also be launched to provide additional benefits for the small saver.

138.
In the PPF Scheme, annual ceiling will be enhanced to Rs 1.5 lakh p.a. From Rs 1 lakh at present.



The following are the Union Budget 2014-15 highlights.

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For individuals
* Tax slab on personal income remains unchanged
* Income tax exemption limit raised by Rs 50,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh and for senior citizens to Rs 3 lakh
* Exemption limit for investment in financial instruments under 80C raised to Rs 1.5 lakh from Rs 1 lakh.
* Investment limit in PPF raised to Rs 1.5 lakh from Rs 1 lakh
* Deduction limit on interest on loan for self-occupied house raised to Rs 2 lakh from Rs 1.5 lakh.
* Kisan Vikas Patra to be reintroduced, National Savings Certificate with insurance cover to be launched
* Long term capial gain tax for mutual funds doubled to 20 pc; lock-in period increased to 3 years
* Mandatory wage ceiling of subscription to EPS (Employee Pension Scheme) raised from Rs 6,500 to Rs 15,000
* Minimum pension increased to Rs 1,000 per month
* LCD, LED TV become cheaper
* Cigarettes, pan masala, tobacco, aerated drinks become costlier
 Deduction limit on interest on loan for self-occupied house raised to Rs 2 lakh from Rs 1.5 lakh
New projects
* 5 IIMs to be opened in HP, Punjab, Bihar, Odisha and Rajasthan
* 5 more IITs in Jammu, Chattisgarh, Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.
* 4 more AIIMS like institutions to come up in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Vidarbha in Maharashtra and Poorvanchal in Uttar Pradesh
* Govt proposes to launch 'Digital India’ programme to ensure broad band connectivity at village level
* Kisan TV for farmers, Arun Prabha TV for northeast.
* National Rural Internet and Technology Mission for services in villages and schools, training in IT skills proposed
* Govt proposes Ultra Modern Super Critical Coal Based Thermal Power Technology
* A project on the river Ganga called ‘Jal Marg Vikas’ for inland waterways between Allahabad and Haldia; Rs 4,200 crore set aside for the purpose.
* EPFO to launch the “Uniform Account Number” Service for contributing members.
* New programme “Neeranchal” to give impetus to watershed development in the country with an initial outlay of Rs. 2142 crores.
* Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana to generate awareness and help in improving the efficiency of delivery of welfare services meant for women.
* Free Drug Service and Free Diagnosis Service to achieve “ Health For All”
* Two National Institutes of Ageing to be set up at AIIMS, New Delhi and Madras Medical College, Chennai.
 5 more IITs in Jammu, Chattisgarh, Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala
Allocations
* Rs 100 crore to support about 600 new and existing Community Radio Stations
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to cover every household with sanitation facility by the year 2019
* Rs 100 crore for metro projects in Lucknow and Ahmedabad
* Rs 2,037 crore set aside for Integrated Ganga Conservation Mission called ‘Namami Gange’
* Rs 150 crore allocated for increasing safety of women in large cities
* Rs. 7,060 crore for the project of developing 100 Smart Cities.
* Set aside Rs 11,200 crore for PSU banks capitalisation
* Govt provides Rs 500 crore for rehabilitation of displaced Kashmiri migrants
* 1000 crore provided for “Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojna” for assured irrigation.
* Rs. 50,548 crore under the SC Plan and Rs. 32,387 crore under TSP
 Rs. 7,060 crore for the project of developing 100 Smart Cities
Economic initiatives
* Composite cap of foreign investment to be raised to 49 per cent in Defence and Insurance sectors.
* Requirement of the built up area and capital conditions for FDI reduced to 20,000 square metres and USD 5 million respectively for development of smart cities.
* Manufacturing can sell its products through retail including Ecommerce platforms.
* Requirement to infuse Rs.2,40,000 crore as equity by 2018 in our banks to be in line with Basel-III norms PSUs will invest through capital investment a total sum of Rs. 2,47,941 crores.
* Rs 4,000 cr set aside to increase flow of cheaper credit for affordable housing to the urban poor/EWS/LIG segment.
* Govt in favour of consolidation of PSU banks
* Govt considering giving greater autonomy to PSU banks while making them accountable
The numbers
* Government expects Rs 9.77 lakh crore revenue crore from taxes
* Plan expenditure pegged at Rs 5.75 lakh crore and non-plan at Rs 12.19 lakh crore.
* Fiscal deficit target retained at 4.1 pc of GDP for current fiscal and 3.6 pc in FY 16
* Disinvestment target fixed at Rs 58,425 crore
* Gross borrowings pegged at Rs 6 lakh crore
* Contours of GST to be finalised this fiscal; Govt to look into DTC proposal.
 Plan expenditure pegged at Rs 5.75 lakh crore and non-plan at Rs 12.19 lakh crore
Administrative reforms
* Committee to look into all fresh tax demands for indirect transfer of assets in wake of retrospective tax amendments of 2012
* Expenditure management commission to be setup; will look into food and fertilizer subsides
* Legislative and administrative changes to sort out pending tax demands of more than Rs. 4 lakh crore under dispute and litigation.
* New Urea Policy would be formulated.
* More productive, asset creating and with linkages to agriculture and allied activities wage employment would to be provided under MGNREGA.
* A committee will to examine and recommend how unclaimed amounts with PPF, Post Office, saving schemes etc. can be used to protect and further financial interests of the senior citizens
* Slum development to be included in the list of Corporate Social Responsibility
* Committee to examine the financial architecture for MSME Sector, remove bottlenecks and create new rules and structures to be set up and give concrete suggestions in three months.
* An institution to provide support to mainstreaming PPPPs called 4PIndia to be set up with a corpus of Rs. 500 crores.



 
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