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Friday, 29 April 2016

வாழ்க பல்லாண்டு

அம்பாசமுத்திரம் கிளை தேசிய சங்க தலைவர் 
திரு.V. இராம  சுப்பிரமணியன் (VRS) அவர்களின் புதல்வி 
செல்வி.R. காயத்ரி, M.Sc., B.Ed.,  மற்றும்
செல்வன்.V.வெங்கடேஷ், M.Pharm., 
(Quality Assuurance Executive, Ordain Health Care, Chengalpattu) அவர்கள் திருமணம் 29.04.2016 அன்று அம்பாசமுத்திரம்.V.Rm.வேலாயுதமுதலியார் ஆடிட்டோரியத்தில்  நடைபெற்றது.
அதில் நமது கோட்ட தலைவர் திருS.A. இராமசுப்பிரமணியன் அவர்கள் தலைமையில் நமது முன்னாள் தலைவர் திரு.E.ஆனந்தராஜ் 
அம்பை கிளை செயலர் திரு.M. முத்துசாமி மற்றும் தோழர்,தோழியர்கள் பங்குகொண்டு மணமக்கள் வளம் பதினாறும் பெற்று வாழ வாழ்த்தினர்.


- தேசிய சங்கம் 
நெல்லை மற்றும் அம்பை கிளை

Thursday, 28 April 2016

விவேகானந்தர் பொன்மொழிகள் #2

vivekananda quotes in tamil க்கான பட முடிவு

Meeting for Oral Evidence on GDS Memorandum fixed on 27th May-2016



DoP seeks Cabinet nod for payments bank proposal

New Delhi, Apr 27 (PTI) The Department of Posts (DoP) has sought Cabinet approval for its payments bank proposal involving a project cost of Rs 800 crore.

The Public Investment Board (PIB) has recommended that the payments bank may be set up as a public limited company under the Department of Posts with 100 per cent government equity.
"With a project cost of Rs 800 crore (Rs 400 crore equity and Rs 400 crore grant) and the draft cabinet note has been forwarded to Cabinet Secretariat seeking the approval for the project," Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
The Reserve Bank of India granted in-principle approval to DoP for setting up payments bank on September 7, 2015, with a stipulation to complete all formalities for setting up the bank with 18 months.
The present proposal is that the India Post Payments bank (IPPB) may set up one headquarter and up to 650 branches co-located in district headquarter post offices.
"...more than 60 large companies have approached the Department of Posts for collaboration with the prospective IPPB," the Minister added.
Prasad said the project may be rolled out in a phased manner and the bank may complete its nation-wide rollout in five years.
"All the post offices in a district may be linked to the respective IPPB branch and may become the access point for the services of payments bank and will coordinate with the payments bank branches to which they are mapped," the Minister said.
He further said services available through the payments banks will be basic banking services like acceptance of demand deposits such as current and savings accounts up to a balance of Rs 1 lakh, various kinds of payments, including social security payments like DBT payments, person to person remittances (both domestic and cross-border).
"Apart from these, financial products like insurance, mutual funds, pensions, credit etc may be distributed through third party tie ups with banks and other financial service providers especially in rural areas and among the under banked segments of the society," he added.
Regarding International Finance Corporation, a member of World Bank, has shown interest in picking up stake in the business, Prasad said some preliminary discussions had taken place but no formal proposal to this effect has been received.

மணநாள் வாழ்த்து

29.04.2016 அன்று மணநாள் காணும் அம்பாசமுத்திரம் கிளை தேசிய சங்க தலைவர் திரு.V. இராம  சுப்பிரமணியன் (VRS) அவர்களின் புதல்வி 
செல்வி.R. காயத்ரி, M.Sc., B.Ed.,  மற்றும்
செல்வன்.V.வெங்கடேஷ், M.Pharm., 
(Quality Assuurance Executive, Ordain Health Care, Chengalpattu) அவர்கள் வளம் பதினாறும் பெற்று வாழ வாழ்த்துகிறோம்.  
நாள்   : 29.04.2016
இடம் : A.V.Rm.வேலாயுதமுதலியார் ஆடிட்டோரியம்,அம்பாசமுத்திரம்
நேரம் :காலை 0930 மணிக்கு மேல் 1030 க்குள் 

- தேசிய சங்கம் 
நெல்லை மற்றும் அம்பை கிளை

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Monthly Interview

Monthly Interview with SSPOs will be held at O/o SSPOs, Tirunelveli Divn on 28.04.2016 at 1550 Hrs. 
Shri.S.A.Rama Subrmanian, President Smt.S.Suriakala, Secretary and Shri.M.Ramesh, Tresurer will participate in this meeting as P3 representative. 
Shri.Swaminathan, Shri.Murugan and Shri.Somasundaram will participate in this meeting as P4 representative.


விவேகானந்தர் பொன்மொழிகள்

Grant of GP of RS.1800/- To Gr D /MTS Who retired/Expired from service after 29.08.2008, without having been imparted training

D.G. Posts O.M. No.1-20/2008-PCC (Pt) dated 08.04.2016.

Sub: Grant of Grade Pay of Rs.1800/- to Group ‘D’ /MTS who retired /expired from service after 29.08.2008, without having been imparted training.

            Reference have been received in this Directorate seeking guidelines as to how to determine the Grade Pay of those non-matriculate  Group-D employees who retired or dies in harness after the  notification of Revised Pay Rule,2008 but before  being imparted the requisite training to be eligible  for grant  of Grade Pay of rs.1800/- in Pay Band-1.

2.         The matter was referred to DGP&T/Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure. The Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance vide their ID No. 250446/15 dated 29.01.2016 has clarified the issue as under:

“ In this regard , it is clarified that if a non-matriculate Group-D employees  appointed  prior to 1/1/2006, died in harness or retired  before  being imparted  the required training as per training programme issued by D/o Posts vide its letter no. I-55/2009-Trg dated 06.04.2009  due to delay attributable to administrative  reasons and not  due to factors attributable to him, he may be granted  the Grade Pay of Rs.1800/- if the retrained  non-matriculate  Group-D employees have been  given the Grade Pay of Rs.1800/-“

3.         In view of the above, it is therefore requested to take further necessary action to regulate the Grade Pay of all affected Group-D employees who died or retired after implementation of Revised Pay Rules, 2008 but before being imparted the requisite training accordingly

4.         This issues with the approval of the competent authority.

                                                            Sd/-
                                                          (R.L. Patel)

                                                             Assistant Director General (GDS/PCC)

New URL For IMO Web Site, India Post

The web address for IMO, India Post has been changed. Click below link to Open IMO website for Booking / Make Payment. https://www.epostoffice.gov.in/imo/

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

NAPE Gr C Writes to the Secretary on CBS problems

Letter of NAPE, Group C on Problems of CBS

 Sub : Excruciating state and intolerable stress among cadres
          due to the malfunctioning of CBS- reg.


Respected Madam,

                          I am compelled to bring to your kind notice, with a pang of pain and dejection, about the insurmountable misery our officials are doomed to suffer in the CBS enabled post offices. There appears to be no ray of hope for the respite to which our staffs are overdue in all levels regardless of the hierarchy. But the officials working in the post offices are put to rigorous exploitation and the resultant stress.

(a)           Even though we are boasting of having brought as many 20500 offices under the nexus of CBS  operation and outwitted the digital connectivity of the other stake holders, the working condition of the workers are deterioted  to such degree of exploitation forcing us to intervene for an immediate solution.

The innovation does not lead to technological improvisation ensuring the best possible service to the customers. But, instead, had rendered our staff with an unsavory and humiliating experience of encountering the public wrath and curse on day to today basis.

                Al the assurances the administration, had given in the past about the transient nature of the problems had not proved to be credible and worthy merit. Instead the problems are aggravating day by day making every one skeptic of the words from the authorities that be.

The staffs are working up to midnight to see that the validation followed by EOD is given staring the computers most of the time for connectivity. There was a total collapse of the connectivity impounding our staff to stay as late as mid night.  The System administrators of the divisional headquarters are doomed to monitor the completion of the work round the clock and in fact have to complete the validation and other work of the sub offices by obtaining the details of the transactions over phone. The staffs of CPC are equally ordained to work tireless.

Mutual Transfer.

அன்பு தோழர்களே 
                          வணக்கம் நெல்லைஅல்லது கோவில்பட்டி கோட்டங்களில் இருந்து சென்னைக்கு (சென்னை தென் கோட்டம்) மாறுதல் வேண்டுவோர் (OBC - Time Scale PA ) நமது கோட்ட தலைவர் திரு.ச.ஆ. இராம சுப்பிரமணியன் அவர்களை 94439 00200 தொடர்பு கொள்ள அன்புடன் வேண்டுகிறோம்.
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கோட்ட செயலாளர் P3

7th Pay Commission – Employees Demand not just Pay Hike – Want the Arrears too

7th Pay Commission – Employees Demand not just Pay Hike – The employees fear that government may not pay arrears on HRA and Transport Allowance.
 
As we know central govt employees are not happy with the recommendations of 7th pay commission, the central government employees’ unions have called for not just close to 45 percent pay hike, they would also want the arrears too be paid in full from January 1.
As per the employees’ unions, the arrears of six months, if the 7th pay commission is implemented from Jan 1 as proposed, shall not amount to much if government does not release the arrears for the HRA and Transport allowances.
The 7th pay commission was set up under the philosophy of ‘pay commission without arrears’. The employees fear that government may not pay arrears on HRA and Transport Allowance.
The Union contend that “government servants are not responsible for the delay” in the 7th pay commission’s implementation, and government must pay the arrears on all accounts from the date of implementation.
Notably, the recommendations of 6th Pay Commission were implemented and revised salaries given only with effect from January 1, 2006. But the allowances were given  only from September 1, 2008.
As per the 7th pay commission recommendations, the Central Government Employees minimum salary will rise to around Rs 18,000 from around Rs 7000, which the employees feel is too meager considering the aspect of price rise and modern day expenditures.
Source: PTI

Norms relaxed for Selvamagal scheme (SSA)

In a bid to generate more interest among people in opening Selvamagal Semippu accounts (SSA- செல்வ மகள் ) in the names of their daughters, the postal department has relaxed certain norms.

Now, people can pay deposits for 15 years towards SSA from the time of opening of the savings account. Earlier, it was restricted to 14 years. At present, long-term saving schemes like Public Provident Fund scheme too accept deposits for 15 years. The SSA scheme was launched in February last year for the welfare of girl children. Currently, there are over 12.34 lakh accounts across the State, with nearly 4.38 accounts in Chennai city.

Restrictions on withdrawal were a hitch in attracting more investors to the scheme. Customers could opt for partial withdrawal only when the applicant turned 18 years old. Now, account holders can withdraw up to 50 per cent of the balance accrued till the previous financial year for higher education once the girl child completes class X.

Officials of postal department said the account holder had to produce documentary proof like fee receipt to withdraw from their balance, including an option of withdrawing in five instalments. People will have to pay a minimum of Rs.1,000 to avoid penalty charges. However, depositors in SSA have to wait for 21 years for the amount to mature. They also have an option to close the account one month before or three months after the wedding date.

Another norm relaxed now is the option for premature closure after five years of opening the account in case of medical expenditure of account holder or death of guardian. “There has not been any dip in new accounts because of the reduction in interest rate and it continues to be one of the popular savings scheme. On an average, nearly 18,000 SSAs are being opened in the city post offices. Nearly Rs. 324 crore has been deposited through SSA so far,” said an official.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Rural post offices are opting to Solar Panels for uninterrupted power supply to improve their customer services

To cope up with the erratic electricity supply in remote areas of sprawling Raipur revenue division, some of the rural post offices are opting to Solar Panels for uninterrupted power supply to improve their customer services. Though the process is at the initial phase. 
“We have received budget for some of our village based post offices and aim to begin the functioning of such post offices with solar lights as well by this year. The decision was taken in the previous financial year,” said HN Sharma, the Assistant Superintendent of Post Offices (Tour) Raipur Division.
The Postal Department is yet to pick up a permanent agency or company for the supply of these solar panels. “We cannot claim the availability of this renewable source in all the 542 rural post offices under our division in future. It depends on the budget allotted by the centre in coming up months ” added the Assistant Superintendent.
Besides, providing additional light facilities to the village post offices, the Postal Department is also looking ahead of commencing Core Banking Solution (CBS) in the rural post offices with better internet and computer connectivity.
“Like solar panels, the CBS in rural post offices will be carried out in phases. Probably, by this year, we would be in a position to begin CBS in rural areas,” said Sharma.
Following the CBS functioning in large number of urban as well as rural post offices, India Post may install ATM for the convenience of its customers in future, informed sources.
Notably, the post offices of Raipur, Gariaband, Mahasamund, Dhamtari and Balodabazaar-Bhatapara districts are covered under the Office of the Superintendent RMS, RP Division, Raipur.

Partial withdrawal from NPS orders issued by PFRDA

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Is it true that BSNL is going to provide 20 GB 3G internet service for Rs.50?

BSNL, India’s biggest telecommunication company, made headlines when news surfaced that it is going to introduce 20 GB 3G internet service for as low as Rs.50.
For the past two days, this has been one of the hottest topics of discussion and much searched-for phrase on the internet.
So, how true is this news?
Despite our best efforts, there is no clarity on this issue. There has been no circular or advertisement either from the government or from the BSNL regarding this.
It is not just the internet, but the social media too that is discussing this news. Here is a summary of the news item:

    “In order to provide superfast browsing experience to smartphone users, telecom service providers are now providing 3G and 4G internet services. Meanwhile, news has surfaced that BSNL is planning to offer 20 GB 3G internet for as low as Rs.50. BSNL is going to provide the 3G services at such rock-bottom prices as part of the Prime Minister’s Digital India initiative to make the internet accessible to all. The scheme will be launched with government subsidiary. The service can be used by just one person or be shared among four.
    In the rural areas, one person in the family can obtain this service and share it with four others. According to information, the BSNL Allahabad General Manager, Ram Shubh Yadav had announced that those interested in availing this service should register themselves at the BSNL Selfcare website. The announcement or the news has not yet been confirmed or verified by the BSNL authorities.
    Currently, leading mobile telecom companies charge anything between Rs.160 to Rs.250 per GB of 3G internet. If BSNL provides 20 times the GB in less than one-fourth the cost, it will tremendously increase the company’s user base. At the same time, it also raises questions if such a move will be valid according to TRAI regulations.”

PM Modi to civil servants: Don't work in silos, be agent of change

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asked civil servants not to work in silos but as a team and act as an agent of change for welfare of the people and development of the country.
Addressing bureaucrats on Civil Services Day here, he asked them to experiment to bring in change besides increasing engagement with the people for greater results."Some people work in silos. We get more results working in team than in isolation. We need to come out of silos and work together as a team for nation building," Modi said.
He said the role of civil services was earlier of a regulator. Then after some time, the role changed to that of an administrator and then controller."When time further changed, you (civil servants) must have thought of acquiring managerial skills. Time is changing. Only being an administrator and controller is not enough. It is the need of the hour that everybody, at every level, has to be an agent of change," the Prime Minister said.He said, "we need to bring in changes. When we sit at one place we forget to experiment. If we do not experiment then how do we bring changes. There is no experiment without risk. And if we don't experiment, then it becomes merely a job"."I always reward experiments. People who do work differently and experiment, they get a different satisfaction," the Prime Minister said.In his about 45-minute long pep talk to a large gathering of bureaucrats from the Centre and states, Modi asked senior officials to benefit from the knowledge of their juniors, who are of a different generation and probably know better ways to do a task.

Misuse of RTI by employees of Public authorities be considered as ‘misconduct’

Misuse of RTI by employees of Public authorities be considered as ‘misconduct’: CIC
Taking serious note of misuse of RTI, the Central Information Commission has observed that such misuse by the employees of Public authorities shall be considered as an item of misconduct that invite disciplinary action.
The observation was made by Information Commissioner Prof. M. Sridhar Acharyulu who was hearing an appeal filed by an employee of Ambedkar Polytechnic. He had sought wide range of information about colleagues and Principal and even of the officers who were supposed to inquire into complaints filed against him. 
Perusing his RTI application, the commission observed "The public authority is scared of appellant as he has already filed number of complaints, grievance representations, RTI applications, almost chocking entire administration."
The commission also observed that appellant had video graphed a lecture of his lady colleague in the class room without permission and put it on social media with reckless allegations. The Commission further observed “he is undoubtedly a misuser of every mechanism and bent upon harassing everyone who does not yield to his wishes. He is a potential threat to peace in the institution and also privacy of colleagues. Whole college is scared of him. He asked for certified copies of ‘integrity certificate’ of officers who are asked to inquire into allegations against him. This shows that he is not capable of working with other staff in public authority like this.” 
Dismissing his appeal, the commission issued following directions,
  • The public authority should proceed with disciplinary action against the appellant for his misuse of RTI which amounted to misconduct, before April 25, 2016. Every misuse of system like, misuse of PGMS, RTI and Social media shall be considered as an item of misconduct that invite disciplinary action. 
  • If the misusers of RTI involved in invading privacy by video recording and spreading false allegations through social media network, the head of the institute need to examine if it amounts to any offence under IPC or IT Act, and shall report to appropriate authorities including police. 
  • The public authority should inform the individual officers, if their rights are breached by misuse, they have a every right to complain as per law and public authority shall facilitate such action, if the misuse obstructs the normal course of functioning of the institute. 
  • The concerned authorities to take immediate action if the information given to appellant in this case is abused or spread in social media or elsewhere, and they shall not give any information to this appellant if files similar RTI requests. The public authority should take note that employees or colleagues like Ms.Tarika, Ms.Amita Dev have a right to seek compensation from public authorities if they ignore or neglect their privacy rights by indiscriminately giving information in the absence of public interest. It is pathetic to note that the PIO could not ascertain that there was no public interest in this case but appellant has malicious interests in harassing others or building pressure on authorities in self-interest. The authorities have a duty to protect other employees from such misusers. This kind of misuse to build up pressure against taking action on misconduct or to secure promotion should be treated as disqualification. 
  • The public authority should provide necessary training to the PIOs and other staff members to verify the nature of appellant and if they found him to be misuser, tell them not to give information like medical claims of third parties.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Duly filled-in Customs Declaration form is mandatory for each and every outward International Mail item

As per UPU regulations, it is mandatory to attach duly filled-in Customs Declaration form to each and every outward International Mail item.

If the requisite Customs Declaration form is not attached to an International Mail item, it can result not only in delay in delivery of such item but also return by Customs Authorities at the stage of Customs Examination.

Foreign Postal Administrations have also reported receipt of International Mail items booked in India to which duly filled-in Customs Declaration forms were not attached. Ensure that duly filled-in Customs Declaration forms (as mentioned below) are attached to the International Mail items while being accepted for booking: 

1. Letters / LCAO - CN 22 (for declared value up to Rs 26,000/-)                       
                            - CN 23(for declared value above Rs 26,000/-)
2. Parcels             - CP 72

3. EMS                  - E1 




India Post Telecast - NDTV 24x7

NDTV 24x7 news channel has done a story on India Post on the recent initiatives of the Department.
You may like to watch the same and also inform and circulate within your Circle/colleagues/friends/family and all those who are connected with us. 

In case you are in any closed Whats App group, you may also like to inform all the members of the group.
Channel : NDTV 24x7
Date : 23rd April 2016
Time : 1900 hours
Repeat Telecast: Sunday, 24th April 2016 at 1200 noon.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Payment of DA to GDS at revised rates w.e.f 01.01.16 - DoP issued orders

GDS களுக்கான அகவிலைபடி உயர்வு ஆணை வெளியீடு


Government rolls back restrictions on withdrawal of provident fund.

The government on Tuesday announced a complete and unconditional rollback of new norms that barred employees from withdrawing their provident fund corpus before retirement, over a month after it scrapped the Union budget proposal to tax employees provident fund savings at retirement.
Labour and Employment Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, who on Monday said the new rules would be partially relaxed and their implementation deferred, announced the climb-down on Tuesday evening, minutes after his Ministry reiterated Monday’sdecision in a statement.
Protests against the new norms that started in Bengaluru on Monday turned violent on Tuesday, prompting Union Labour Secretary Shankar Agarwal to assess the situation with the PF Department by afternoon. Thereafter, Mr. Agarwal recommended that the Minister announce a complete rollback. “We are cancelling the February 10 notification [restricting complete withdrawal of PF savings] and the old system will continue. This was a demand of the workers and I have announced the roll-back in their interest,” Mr. Dattatreya said. 

He said the decision would soon be ratified by the trustees of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) soon.
Under the rules notified in February, employees were not allowed to withdraw their entire PF amount if they had quit or lost their present jobs, making it mandatory for them to wait till 58 years of age for a final settlement. Following initial protests from workers, the Ministry deferred the implementation of the rules from April 1, 2016 to May 1.
While deferring this by another three months on Monday, the Minister said the norms would be relaxed to allow employees buying a house, getting a child married and pursuing professional education and healthcare to withdraw their entire PF savings. A similar exemption was granted to employees who join a government organization.
In a statement on the rollback, the Ministry explained that the new norms were aimed at ensuring that employees didn’t fritter away their retirement savings during their working life and spend their old age in penury. “The objective was to provide a minimum social security to the workers at the time of retirement. It was noticed that over 80 per cent of the claims settled by EPFO belonged to pre-mature withdrawal of funds, treating the EPF accounts as savings accounts, and not a social security instrument,” it said.
“In order to address the issues, the amendment stated above was carried out with the consent of trade unions and with the intention of promoting a decent accumulation of provident fund for the members at the end of their working lifetimes,” it said.
EPF accounts are mandatory for firms hiring at least 20 employees and are funded by employees paying 12 per cent of their salary with a matching contribution from employers.
Under the norms that now stand reversed, employees could withdraw their own share of PF savings along with the interest on them. The balance, comprising the employer’s contribution, was to be withheld by the EPFO till the employee attained 58 years of age.

LTC 80 Air Fare with effect from 1st April 2016

LTC Rules stipulates that Central Government Employees entitled to Air Travel while availing LTC will have to travel only by Air India on purchase of Air India LTC 80 Air tickets, a concessional air ticket applicable to Central Government Employees, State Government Employees, PSU Employees etc., when they travel under LTC.


In the event of Travel by private airlines or non-purchase of Air India LTC-80 air ticket, the employee concerned will not be reimbursed with the Air fare claimed under LTC.
However, in case of non-availability of Air India Flights to destination for which travel by LTC is planned, travel under LTC 80 Air tickets can be relaxed on case to case basis
Documents required by Air India for purchasing LTC 80 Air Tickets:
Official ID card. In the case of purchasing LTC 80 Air Tickets for Family members they have to carry the copy of the Identity Card of the employee.

Validity of LTC 80 Air Tickets:

One Year from the date of Issue

Discount applicable to Children and Infants for LTC 80 Air Fare:

Normal discount on the class of travel in respect of Children and they are not entitled to any additional discount. In the case of Infants (Under 2 years) 1st accompanying Infant – Rs.1000 per coupon, Plus applicable taxes. 2nd and more Infants, no discount permissible.

Change of Date and Cancellation of LTC 80 Air Tickets:

Change of Date of Travel and Cancellation of LTC 80 Air Tickets are allowed subject to payment of fee applicable.
Author’s Note: Government insists for purchasing Air India LTC 80 Air tickets for the reasons that these tickets are entititled to Change of dates and cancellation by default. So, neither the Govt nor the employee will incur loss in the event of change of date or cancellation of Travel Plan. In fact, there are many types of Air Fares are available in Air India itself which will be lesser than LTC 80 Air fare after dicounts. However, Air Tickets in discounted price will not be allowed for changing date of travel or cancellation of tickets.

Dept of Posts has brought out a Commemorative Postage Stamp on the "Fire Services Of India"

Department of Posts has brought out a Commemorative Postage Stamp on the "FIRE SERVICES OF INDIA" on the occasion of Fire Services Day at the National Workshop on ''An Integrated Approach to Fire Safety'' on 14.04.2016. This stamp was released by Shri T.Murthy, Member (Operations) in the gracious presence of Shri Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs.


Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Postal Department rationalises postal tariffs after a long struggle by RTI activists

It refers to response dated March 29, 2016 from Department of Posts wherein the Department ultimately rationalised foreign-mail tariffs according to equal tariff-rise for equal rise in slab-weight.
Earlier at several slabs, an article sent in two parts surprisingly used to cost less than if sent in one parcel! It was only after Central Information Commission after being shocked to know that suggestions in this regard went unnoticed for several decades directed for providing working sheets on the logical suggestions.
Even postal authorities were surprised to notice that the suggestions published in a three-decade back media interview dated June 23, 1986 were repeatedly replied that "Suggestions have been noted, and will be considered at next revision of international postal-tariffs", meaning thereby that in practice there is no value of suggestions sent to government departments.
Even postal-orders of rupees 1, 2, 5 and 7 were discontinued through RTI petition and print of revised commission of postal orders were affected after more than a decade of revision.
It is time that Speed Post tariffs are also rationalized where presently postal tariffs for ordinary unreliable mail is surprisingly less than fast, reliable and economical Speed Post tariff at many slabs. Speed Post tariffs should be same for throughout the country with equal tariff rise for equal rise in weight slabs. Speed Post tariffs (inclusive of service tax) can be revised as Rs. 20 per every 50 gms or part for complete nation universally.
RTI response reveals that Post Cards and Inland Letters have lost their utility with these highly subsidized postal-items being misused for business-purposes. Inland Letters should be abolished, and Post Cards should only be in sponsored Meghdoot-category to be priced at rupee one also because coins of 25 paise are no more minted, and those of 50-paise are practically out of circulation.
Postal-tariff should be minimum rupee one even for sending registered newspapers. With multi-fold cost-rise in newspaper publication, it is senseless to put Department of Posts under heavy loss by continuing with such heavy subsidy in postal tariffs.
(Mr. Subhash Chandra Agrawal is a noted RTI activist)
Source:http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/172782-postal-department-rationalises-postal-tariffs-after-long.html

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