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Brief of the NJCA meeting held on 19.02.2016 with the Convener, Implementation Cell, Ministry of Finance (Government of India), reg. 7th CPC recommendations and Charter of Demands of the NJCA

Saturday, 20 February 2016 0 comments


          No.NJCA/2016                                                              Dated: 19.02.2016

Dear Comrades,

Sub: Brief of the NJCA meeting held on 19.02.2016 with the
         Convener, Implementation Cell, Ministry of Finance
         (Government of India), reg. 7th CPC recommendations
         and Charter of Demands of the NJCA

A meeting of the NJCA held today with the Convener, Implementation Cell, Ministry of Finance, Shri R.K. Chaturvedi, wherein we discussed and emphasized on all the 26-point Charter of Demands of the NJCA send to the Cabinet Secretary on 10.12.2015. 

We agitated the issues of NPS, Minimum Wage, Multiplying Factor, deduction of HRA and all other important issues.

The Convener, Implementation Cell, Shri Chaturvedi, after hearing everybody, said that, he would put-up the issues to the Cabinet Secretary, and hopefully a meeting of the JCA would be held with the Cabinet Secretary and the Empowered Committee shortly within 15 days.

Let us not leave any stone unturned for preparations of the strike.

With Best Wishes!

                 Shiva Gopal Mishra


Friday, 19 February 2016 0 comments

National Federation of Postal Employees
1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001       
Phone: 011.23092771                                            
  Mob: 9868819295/9810853981                          website:
No.PF-35/CBS/2016                                                                     Dated : 18th February,201

            Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad
            Hon’ble Minister
            Communication & IT

Sub: Miseries and untold sufferings faced by the staff in CBS &CIS rolled out offices throughout the nation – Immediate and personal intervention requested to rein in the situation.

Respected Sir,

            In continuation of this Federation’s letter of even no. dated 20.1.2016  , we submit the following additional issues for immediate settlement in order to avoid chaos and stalemate in the service in the near future due to the hasty migration of CBS & CIS.

(i)      Whenever migration takes place, Finacle becomes abnormally slow and every single transactions take too long and the customer at the counter gets irritated and become Quarrelsome. If this lacuna is not rectified at the earliest, it is prone to invite undue displeasure of customers and endanger our customer base.

(ii)    Similarly ATM transactions are irritating the customers. In many occasions, cash is not dispensed out of APM while transactions occur and amount is debited from their account. Such scenario occurs in other banks ATM also, but reversal transactions are done within a day or two. Whereas in Finacle, it takes weeks together that too, after several mails from R.O. & C.O.

(iii)   The Finacle software being used in post offices are based on universal banking solutions and not universal Postal solutions. We have not heard about single handed banks, whereas 60% of Post office in India are now functioning in single handed status only. The SPMs of single handed offices have to work is operator ID and then come out. Again he should log on with supervisor ID for a single transaction which not only consumes a lot of time but also irritate the public who are standing in queue.

(iv)   Some of the office accounts like 339 (used for BOs) and 340 (used for issuing cheques) can be misused to fund any ones account with crores and crores of rupees as there is no maximum ceiling for our SB accounts as one date.

(v)    For example, CXFER can be used to fund one’s near and dear accounts in which teller cash will not get raised and simultaneously one can take withdrawals from other SOL (CBS offices) Kashmir to Kannyakumari as there is no cap on other SOL (Service outlet) withdrawal prescribed by the Postal department.

(vi)   It is opt to bring to your kind notice that some of the banking giants like SBI, ICICI etc. are leveraging services charges for other branch withdrawals and deposits other than through their cash vending machines like ATMs etc.

(vii)  In the case of single handed offices, both the operator and supervisor remain the same, there are chances of fraud and misappropriation of money and falsification of records. For example, a single handed SPM can take print outs at any point of time and then he can amount the same in his account by using SB CASH and thereafter he can use ‘CXFER’ to fund some one’s account in which teller cash will not get raised. It is not in practice or practicable that the SBCO officials are tallying the Finacle balance of a particular SOL (branch/office) with their S.O. account.

(viii)      Thereafter,  it is suggested that there should be a cap on other SOL withdrawals both in terms of maximum amount and number and customers who wish to use other SOL should be given a SB ID and that request should be given by them at the time of opening the accounts.

(ix)         This is the serious problem which has not been attended so far by the department that most of the deputations to single handed offices are ordered without changing the SOL ID of the deputation incumbent and Single handed SPMs are forced to giver USER ID and Password to the deputed officials in order to avail of their leave, training etc. and also to avoid unnecessary public complaint in their officers which is against the DOPT orders as there is no secrecy in passwords. This issue has not been resolved. There is every chance for the miscreants to misuse the USER ID of other in different computers and defrauding the Government money. At later stage, forgetting the smooth functioning in the absence of no arrangement, the poor innocent official will be proceeded under the contributory negligence factor. This must be set right forthwith.

(x)          Interest on loan could not be accounted in Finacle Software in the case of loan accounts in which loan amount paid off completely prior to migration period and interest on loan is still pending in the loan account in post migration period. There is scope of defrauding the funds by the fraudulent people by misusing the provision.

(xi)         In short the Postal Department is working for the vendors and not for its own. Despite ‘Sifi’  has not provided the required speed and service deteriorated, there is no penal action taken against them and the staff alone is being harassed. Some of the issues like SSA LOT are not coming in HFINRPT menu i.e the report menu and the staff are using indirect methods to get the LOT and till now the Department has not taken any efforts to get the work done from our vendor. The need for torturing the Postal officials for the benefits of vendors is best known to the Postal Department.

            The above are only the tips of ice berg. There are many more issues confronting the service and customers, have not been solved so far. The twenty issues which requires urgent attention in our earlier letter, have not yet been addressed by the Department. Whereas it is extending the migration of offices without providing necessary bandwidth, Computer peripheral etc. unless necessary peripherals are supplied and available, how can it be implanted smoothly in the Postal Department. We request the Hon’ble Minister once again to intervene in this regard.

            Further we are submitting below the problems being faced at Post offices after the migration and the solution also in a table for the immediate action by the Hon’ble Minister of communication by directly to department to settle all these issues as if fire at the top of the roof.

Problem faced
Solution needed
Login Issues
1.    User Already Logged in
2.    User has exceeded three attempts. User ID is locked

Most of the time due to frequent disconnection of Internet connectivity and during the delayed process in SERVER these two issues are being faced.
(1) the user either supervisor or System Admin should use the Menu CSAC. But when Super faces same situation and if System Admin is not in a position to attend the case, CPC to be called to rectify the Issue. (which is always busy and the issue with CPC is   dealt later)
1.It is stated by INFOSYS that the SACKING the user already logged in will be reset within 5 minutes but it is not happening so. HENCE REQUESTED TO WIPE OUT THIS SCENARIO.(IN MCAMISH SOFTWARE NOSUCH ALREADY LOGGED IN ISSUE)
2.  Though there cannot be any compromise on security the unlocking facility to be given to Divisional level SPOC and System Admin.

List of Transactions SSA
There is no provision till date to view or print SSA LOT. At present we use HFTI menu (using Sub ledger 30042) to print a list of particulars of transactions alone without any Total. Users physically arrive the Total with ref to vouchers.
Menu for SSA LOT is needed.
MIS Reports

There are two servers
1.    Production Server and MIS Server. Production Server is one where the daily day transactions are stored and where the LOT for the current day alone can be taken.
2.    MIS Server is utilized for taking all reports for the older period other than the current day.

Most of the cases the MIS URL says “the page is under maintenance “

Or the BOD (day Begin is much older the Current day).  Hence the  LOTs could not be printed for the previous day
Maintenance of MIS server with the current BOD.
Training Server
The BOD of the Training Server is 26122014 and so for the training server is not reset to current date. The training is limited to certain extend and full-fledged training could not be imparted

The training server should be reset with current date by deleting all older data that have been stored over two years.

Toll free numbers
The issues faced like network down, Modem Failure, Tower issues, we used to call Toll Free number. Now the same cannot be used as the AGREEMENT Period is over. In case of any issues with sify we have to send a email/lodge a complaint in SIFY PORTAL which may not be  possible as network is down.
Requested to restore TOLL FREE NUMBERS.
Monitoring by SIFY
During the initial period the important locations (WEGs) where monitored by SIFY. In case of any downs in primary (BSNL) or secondary (sify)link  SUO MOTTO action was taken by sify .
Now the monitoring is not done by SIFY. The PO should send a email/ use the web portal to lodge a complaint
SIFY should monitor the functioning / Down condition of sites and should take SUO MOTTO action.
The minimum bandwidth is 128kbps (NSP II) and maximum is 256 kbps for C and B class offices.
256 and 512 for other class other than HOs .
Except HOs all other smaller units are suffering due to low bandwidth.
To be enhanced to 512 at C and B class level.
To be enhanced up to 1 MBPS for units for rest of the units other than HPOs.
Supply of BIO METRIC devices.

To enhance more security

Cutoff date for updating
Past premium postings introduced in Mc Camish.

PLI dte. lr. Dt.9.2.16 says that .csv files will no longer be available after 15.03.2016, while BOs are allowed to
accept premiums and there is large no. of non migration exists.
No cutoff date should be fixed, till 100% migration of NIC data to 'CIS' is confirmed. Migrations were made in a hasty manner, to satisfy the higher officers, resulting in heavy non postings. Further, BOs are permitted to accept premiums anywhere, which could not be posted again, if cutoff date is fixed. Despite of these, if cutoff date is fixed, responsibility will be fixed on poor ground level officials for wrong/ short payments.

            Once again we request your honour to kindly intervene and save the Postal service by stopping the speedy migration. We are not against modernization. CBS & CIS we are praying that all the loopholes, problems in the existing software be rectified and let it be user friendly before the expansion of CBS. All the issues narrated above may please be considered and attended.

            With profound regards,
Yours sincerely,

(R. N. Parashar)

Copy to: The Secretary (Posts) Dak Bhawan, New Delhi                   Secretary General.

Interest Rates of Small Saving Schemes to be recalibrated w.e.f. 01.04.2016.

Thursday, 18 February 2016 0 comments

        Interest Rates of Small Saving Schemes to be recalibrated w.e.f. 1.4.2016 on a Quarterly Basis to align the small saving interest rates with the market rates of the relevant Government securities;
        Interest rate on savings schemes based on laudable Social Development or Social Security Goals including Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana, the Senior Citizen Savings Scheme and the Monthly Income Scheme left untouched by the Government. 
            The National Savings Schemes (NSSs) regulated by the Ministry of Finance offer complete security of investment combined with high attractive returns. These schemes also act as instruments of financial inclusion especially in the geographically inaccessible areas due to their implementation primarily through the Post Offices, which have reach far and wide. 
            The small savings interest rates are perceived to limit the banking sector’s ability to lower deposit rates in response to the monetary policy of the Reserve Bank of India.  In the context of easing the transmission of the lower interest rates in the economy, the Government also has to take a comprehensive view on the social goals of certain National Small Savings Schemes.  Accordingly, it has been decided that the following shall be implemented with effect from 1.4.2016 with regard to National Savings Schemes:
  1.  The Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana, the Senior Citizen Savings Scheme and the Monthly Income Scheme are savings schemes based on laudable social development or social security goals.  Hence, the interest rate and spread that these schemes enjoy over the G-sec rate of comparable maturity viz., of 75 bps, 100 bps and 25 bps respectively have been left untouched by the Government. 
 2.  Similarly the spread of 25 bps that long term instruments, such as the 5 yr Term Deposit, 5 year National Saving Certificates and Public Provident Fund (PPF) currently enjoy over G-Sec of comparable maturity, have been left untouched as these schemes are particularly relevant to the self-employed professional and salaried classes.  This will encourage long term savings.
 3.  The 25 bps spread that 1 yr., 2yr. and 3 yr. term deposits, KVPs and 5 yr Recurring Deposits have over comparable tenure Government securities, shall stand removed w.e.f. April 1, 2016 to make them closer in interest rates to the similar instruments of the banking sector.  This is expected to help the economy move to a lower overall interest rate regime eventually and thereby help all, particularly low-income and salaried classes.
4.  The interest rates of all small saving schemes would be recalibrated w.e.f. 1.4.2016 on a quarterly basis as given under, to align the small saving interest rates with the market rates of the relevant Government securities;
 Sr. No.
Quarter for which rate of interest would be effective
Date on which the revision would be notified
Rate of interest to be based on FIMMDA month end G-Sec. rate pertaining to
April to June
15th March
July to September
15th June
October to December
15th September
January to March
15th December
      5.   The compounding of interest which is biannual in the case of 10 yr National Saving Certificate (discontinued since 20-12-2015), 5 yr National Saving Certificate and Kisan Vikas Patra, shall be done on an annual basis from 1.4.16.
     6.      Premature closure of PPF accounts shall be permitted in genuine cases, such as cases of serious ailment, higher education of children etc,. This shall be permitted with a penalty of 1% reduction in interest payable on the whole deposit and only for the accounts having completed five years from the date of opening.
7.    In pursuance to the decision as mentioned in Para 4 above, the rates of interest applicable on various small savings schemes for the quarter from April to June 2016 effective from 1.4.2016 would be notified in March, 2016.
            The above changes have been brought with the objective of making the operation of National Saving Schemes market-oriented in the interest of overall economic growth of the country, even while protecting their social objectives and promoting long term savings.
DSM(PIB) 16.02.2016


Sunday, 14 February 2016 0 comments

National Joint Council of Action
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi – 110055
No.NJC/2015/7th CPC                                                                              February 9, 2016

            All Constituents of NJCA
            Dear Comrade

            The NJCA met on 08.02.2016 as scheduled. The meeting after taking into account various factors decided that the proposed indefinite strike will commence from 11.04.2016 if no settlement is brought about on the charter of demands by that time. The meeting also took the following decisions.

1.    Strike notice will be served by the NJCA and all its constituents on 11.03.2016 by holding massive demonstration.
2.    There will be a massive Rally on 11.03.2016 at Delhi and leaders of NJCA will make it possible to attend the said rally and the strike notice will be served on Cabinet Secretary, Government of India.
3.    All the National JCA leaders will attend Rally at the State Capitals/big industrial centres during the month March and April, 2016. Dates will be finalised in consultation with the concerned State JCA.
4.    To strengthen the campaign, the NJCA will place on the website a pamphlet explaining the demands.
5.    Posters will be centrally designed and kept in the website for State JCAs and constituents to adopt.
6.    All Constituents will undertake independent campaign programmes in the month of March 2016 to popularize the demands.
7.    29th March will be observed as solidarity day throughout the country unitedly by all the Constituents of NJCA.
8.    The indefinite strike will commence at 6 am on 11.04.2016.
9.    The updated Charter of Demands on which the indefinite strike is to be organized is enclosed.
10. The Constituent organizations may add sectional demands as Part B of the Charter of Demands of the NJCA
            The National JCA appeals all constituents to make intensive campaigns to make the strike an unprecedented success.
With greetings,
Yours fraternally,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Charter of Demands
1.    Settle the issues raised by the NJCA on the recommendations of the 7 CPC sent to Cabinet Secretary vide letter dated 10th December 2015
2.    Remove the injustice done in the assignment of pay scales to technical/safety categories etc. in Railways& Defence, different categories in other Central Govt establishments by the 7 CPC
3.    Scrap the PFRDA Act and NPS and grant Pension/family Pension to all CG employees under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 & Railways Pension Rules, 1993
4.    i) No privatization, /outsourcing/contractorisation of governmental functions
ii) Treat GDS as Civil Servants and extend proportional benefit on pension and allowances to the GDS
5.    No FDI in Railways & Defence; No corporatization of Defence Production Units and Postal Department.
6.    Fill up all vacant posts in the government departments, lift the ban on creation of posts; Regularise the casual/contract workers
7.    Remove ceiling on compassionate ground appointments
8.    Extend the benefit of Bonus Act,1965 amendment on enhancement of payment ceiling to the adhoc Bonus/PLB of Central Government employees with effect from the Financial year 2014-15
9.    Ensure Five promotions in the service career of an employee
10. Do not amend Labour Laws in the name of Labour Reforms which will take away the existing benefits to the workers
11. Revive JCM functioning at all levels

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