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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Marklist of DR Exam for GDS to PA/SA

Marklist of DR Exam for GDS to PA/SA for the unfilled Vacancies of Departmental Quota of the Year 2013 and 2014 held on 31st July 2016.
Click here to download the Mark list for Postal Assistants

Note : No GDS candidates applied for Sorting assistant 

Tirunelveli Division Candidate's Marklist

Bonus Parity is the Right of GDS, We shall fight against the Injustice.

தேசிய அளவிலான POSTAL JCA ( NFPE /FNPO) முடிவின்படி  GDS ஊழியர்களுக்கு உயர்த்தப்பட்ட போனஸ் வழங்கிட வேண்டியும் கேசுவல் ஊழியர்களுக்கு தரவேண்டிய உயர்த்தப்பட்ட ஊதியம் உள்ளிட்ட கோரிக்கைகளை நிறைவேற்றிட வேண்டியும் நவம்பர் 9 10 ஆகிய தேதிகளில் இரண்டு நாட்கள் தேசம் தழுவிய வேலை நிறுத்தம் உள்ளிட்ட நான்கு கட்ட போராட்ட அறிவிப்பு விடுக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.

Counting of the period of induction training for benefit of promotion under the TBOP/BCR schemes - Clarifications

[D.G Posts letter No. 22-6/2000-PE.I dated 17.5.2000]
37. Regarding counting of the period of induction training for benefit of promotion under the TBOP/BCR Schemes :- The issue regarding counting of the period of induction training spent by the employees of this Department for the benefit of promotion under the TBOP/BCR schemes has been under consideration of this office for some time. After consultation with the Department of Personnel and Training, it has now been decided that the period of induction training may also be counted for the benefit of promotion under the above schemes. However, past cases decided otherwise would not be covered by the above orders. This issue with the concurrence of Integrated Finance Advice vide their Diary No. 378/FA/2000 dated 25.7.2000.
[D.G Posts letter No. 44-47/98-SPB.II dated 3.8.2000]
38. Counting of the period of induction training for benefit of promotion under the TBOP/BCR schemes-clarifications:-(1) I am directed to refer to this Department's letter of even number dated 3.8.2000 [Para 37] on the above subject. References have been received from many Circles seeking clarifications on the above orders. The matter has been examined in detail in consultation with the Integrated Finance Wing of this Department and the position is clarified as under.
(2) This issues with the concurrence of Integrated Finance Wing vide their Diary No. 320/FA/2001 dated 17.7.2001.
               Points raised
(1) What will be the date of effect of the above order,
The cases decided prior to 3.8.2000 would not be covered by the order dated 3.8.2000.
(2) Whether the departmental candidates will also get the benefit of counting of induction training period prior to their promotion as Time scale clerks for the  benefit of promotion under  benefit of promotion under  TBOP/BCR ?                                                                                           
DO P&T has clarified that since the period of induction training is counted for the purpose of increments and qualifying       service for departmental examination, it would also count for the purpose of promotion under the TBOP/BCR schemes.
Therefore, it is clarified that the period of induction training in respect of departmental candidates would also count for the purpose of promotions under TBOP/BCR schemes provided that such training period is obligatory for the departmental candidates in respect of the cadre to which they are to be promoted and they are to be promoted immediately on completion of such induction training period and also such         training period is counted for increment in the promoted cadre.
(3) If the junior officials get               promoted earlier than the   seniors as per the orders   dated 3.8.2000, whether the   seniors can claim benefit of       promotion under the above scheme from the date of promotion of the junior officials? 
As per letter No. 22-6/2000-PE.I dated 17.5.2000, officials would be promoted under the TBOP/BCR schemes only after completion of qualifying service. Therefore, the question of senior claiming benefit with reference to the juniors etc. does not arise.  

UNI – ன் சார்பாளர்கள் சென்னை வருகை

UNI – ன் சார்பாளர்கள் ஜப்பானிலிருந்து  தமிழகத்திற்கு 23.09.2016 அன்று வருகை புரிந்தனர். அவர்கள் அனைவருக்கும் FNPO சமேளன மாபொதுச் செயலர்  திரு.    D. தியாகராஜன் அவர்களின் தலைமையில் அம்பத்தூர் FNPO  P3 கிளைச் செயலர் R. இராஜகோபாலன்  அம்பத்தூர் FNPO  P4 கிளைச் செயலர் திரு. G. பரஞ்சோதி ஆகியோர் சிறப்பான வரவேற்பு அளித்தனர்

அனைவருக்கும் வாழ்த்துக்கள்

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

DA & Linking Factor – What’s expected?

DA & Linking Factor – What’s expected? – DA Announcement and linking factor explored.

As you all know that DA is calculated based on AICPIN. AICPIN is calculated based on the inflation and the cost of living in various cities. So, what’s going to happen in 7th Pay Commission, let’s read.
In 3rd Pay Commission, the base year was used as (1960 =100). 
In 4th Pay Commission, the DA was decided to pay twice a year and also for calculating the DA value the percentage increase in the 12 monthly average of All India Consumer Price Index (base 1960). Also the base year was (1982=100) as the base year.
In 5th Pay Commission, the DA was decided based on (1982=100) as the base year.
In 6th Pay Commission, the DA was decided based on (2001=100) as the base year.
In 7th Pay Commission, should we expect to have the base year as (2011=100)?

when the DA calculation change happened from base year 1982 to base year as 2001, there were a steep increase in the DA percentage, this is because the cost of living has increased multifold and also various cities and items was also included while calculating the real DA.So, what’s been recommend in the 7th CPC Report

Keeping in mind that the present formulation of DA has worked well over the years, and there are no demands for its alteration, the Commission recommends continuance of the existing formula and methodology for calculating the Dearness Allowance and also check out the gazette notification changes where the linking factor has been included as on AICPIN value as 2016.

Though in (2001=100) the linking factor was 4.63, this lead to the calculation of DA with the average index as 115.76 as per 2005. For example, (2005 , 12 Month Average Index – 536, so the linking factor as per record was 4.63).
All India and Centre-wise Linking factors between New Series of Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers on base 2001 = 100 and the previous series on base 1982=100 (General Index).

As you all now understand that the linking factor play a major role in getting the DA value, but the linking factor for year 2016 .

If We assume that the linking factor of 2016 was used, then we expect to get a higher DA percentage (assumption). This means it would be a real DA value as it would include various cities and the current inflation and CPI.

We hope that when the results are out they would be using the linking factor of 2016 as the gazette notification has this mentioned. Normally the DA announcement is release in September 1st week or 2nd week and hope this is announced shortly.

Monday, 26 September 2016

அகில இந்திய மாநாடு 2017

அன்பார்ந்த தேசிய நெஞ்சங்களே 
வணக்கம் நமது  தேசிய  சங்கத்தின் மூன்றாம் பிரிவின் அகில இந்திய மாநாடு வருகிற பிப்ரவரி மாதம் 5 ம் தேதி முதல் 7 தேதி வரை "Gods Own Country" என்ற பெருமைக்குரிய கேரளா மாநில தலைநகர் திருவனந்தபுரம் நகரில் நடைபெறுகிறது. 
அந்த மாநாட்டின் சிறப்பு அழைப்பிதழ் வெளியிடப்பட்டுள்ளது.

மாநாட்டின் பார்வையாளர் கட்டணம் : Rs 1000 ஆக நிர்ணயிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.
திருவனந்தபுரம் நகரை சுற்றி பார்க்க வேண்டிய இடங்கள் : 
1. ஸ்ரீ பத்மநாபசுவாமி திருக்கோயில் 
2.ஆட்டுக்கல் பகவதியம்மன் திருக்கோயில்  3. ஹனுமான் ஆலயம் 
4. பீமா பள்ளி (மசூதி)                                                   5. வெட்டுக்காடு சர்ச் 
6. கோவளம் கடற்கரை                                             7.விழிஞ்சம் துறைமுகம் 
8. சங்குமுகம் கடற்கரை                                          9.வற்கலா கடற்கரை 
10. வெளி சுற்றுலா கிராமம் போன்றவை உள்ளன.

Govt is actively considering central D.A. increase from 01.07.2016

Sources close to Finance Ministry told that the initial installment of DA to central government employees on the revised pay structure w.e.f 1.7.2016 is under consideration.

There is a confusion about percentage of D.A. payable from 1st July 2016 to Central Govt. employee and pensioners. There may be a hike of 2 to 3 percentage point, which is to be announced very soon, probably in this week.

Meanwhile Govt asked the Pay Research Unit to calculate exact financial implication for every percentage of D.A. increase, which is a routine matter.

New Special Covers on Sports

500th Test match of Indian Cricket team - 24 September 2016 - Bangalore

This special cover is released to mark the occasion of the 500th Test match of Indian Cricket team. The match is being played at Kanpur from September 22 onward against New Zealand. The price of the cover is Rs 35/-

The Captains of few major Test Matches are:

1st - Shri CK Nayudu,
100th - Shri M. A. K. Pataudi
200th - Shri Sunil Gavaskar
300th - Shri Sachin Tendulkar
400th - Shri Rahul Dravid
500th - Shri Virat Kohli.
RIO PARALYMPICS - India's Medal Winners - Nation's Pride (KTK/16/2016) - 24 September 2016 - Bangalore

This special cover is released to commemorate Medal winners of India in Rio Paralympics. The Paralympics Games is a quadrennial multi-sport event, involving athletes with range of disabilities that include impaired muscle power, impaired passive range of movement, limb deficiency, vision impairment etc. All the winners are the first time Medal winners except Javelin thrower Shri Devendra Jhajharia - became the first Indian to clinch two gold medals (including a gold medal won earlier in 2004 Athens Paralympics).

Celebration of National Postal Week-2016

Celebration of National Postal Week-2016 from 9th Oct’16 to 15th Oct’16. 

To view the details of circular and day to day celebration of postal week program, please CLICK HERE


Final views sought for from Unions on Cadre Restructuring Implementation.

Final views sought for from Unions on Cadre Restructuring Implementation.


Minutes of the Meeting on Cadre Restructuring

Minutes of the Meeting on Cadre Restructuring


Enhancement of ceiling of bonus order issued to our Departmental employees on 02.09.2016. 
On 03.09.2016 our NUGDS General Secretary sent letter to the Department of post to extent the enhancement of ceiling of bonus to GDS employees. There was no response from Department. On 15.09.2016 our Federation sent a letter to the Secretary demanding enhancement of ceiling of bonus to GDS. On 16.09.2016 Postal JCA sent letter to the Secretary on the same.
Meanwhile some of the colleagues post the news in their web site on 15.09.2016 stating that the enhancement of ceiling of bonus to GDS “File has been sent to JS&FA and after approval from him will be sent to Finance Ministry for sanction”, again now they are saying the file is referred to GDS committee, what happened in between 15.09.2016 to 23.09.2016 we do not know. Now they are announcing dharna programme , We don’t want comment more on this issue now.  FNPO representatives will meet concerned officers next week. Till such time we don’t want announce any agitation programme . GDS colleagues are requested to understand the situation. FNPO will not aggravate any issues under any circumstances, at the same time we will not compromise core issue at any cost. 

Understanding Minimum Wages and Bonus

A minimum wage is the lowest remuneration that employers may legally pay to workers or it is the price floor below which workers may not sell their labour.
The concept of minimum wages first evolved with reference to remuneration of workers in those industries where the level of wages was substantially low as compared to the wages for similar types of labour in other industries. As far back as 1928, the International Labour Conference of International Labour Organization, at Geneva, adopted a draft convention on minimum wages requiring the member countries to create and maintain a machinery whereby minimum rates of wages can be fixed for workers employed in industries in which no arrangements exist for the effective regulation of wages and where wages are exceptionally low. Also, at the Preparatory Asian Regional Labour Conference of International Labour Organisation held at New Delhi in 1947 and then at the 3rd session of the Asian Regional Labour Conference, it was approved that every effort should be made to improve wage standards in industries and occupations in Asian Countries, where they are still low. Thus, the need of a legislation for fixation of minimum wages in India received an impetus after World War II, on account of the necessity of protecting the interest of demobilized personnel seeking employment in industries.
The justification for statutory fixation of minimum wage is obvious. Such provisions which exist in more advanced countries are even necessary in India, where workers’ organizations are yet poorly developed and the workers’ bargaining power is consequently poor.
To provide for machinery for fixing and revision of minimum wages a draft Bill was prepared and discussed at the 7th session of the Indian Labour Conference in November, 1945. Thereupon the Minimum Wages Bill was introduced in the Central Legislative Assembly. The Minimum Wages Bill having been passed by the Legislature received the assent on 15th March, 1948. It came on the Statute Book as the Minimum Wages Act, 1948.
The Act provides for fixation by the appropriate Governments of minimum wages for employments covered by Schedule to the Act. The Central Government is the appropriate Government in respect of 45 scheduled employments in the Central Sphere. The minimum wages fixed for Central sphere are applicable to the scheduled employments in the establishments under the authority of Central Government, railway administrations, mines, oil-fields, major ports or any corporation established by a Central Act. Employments other than the scheduled employment for Central Sphere come under the purview of the State Government and accordingly State Government wages are applicable in such employments. The minimum wages for Central Sphere are revised from time to time based on the increase in Consumer Price Index effective from April and October.
According to Section 3(1)(b) of the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, “the appropriate government shall review at such intervals, as it may think fit, such intervals not exceeding five years, the minimum rates of wages so fixed and revise the minimum rates if necessary.
The norms recommended by the Indian Labour Conference, in 1957, fox fixing the minimum wages are: (a) consumption units for one wage earner; (b) minimum food requirements of 2700 calories per average Indian adult; (c) clothing requirements of 72 yards per annum per family; (d) rent corresponding to the minimum area provided for under Government’s Industrial Housing Scheme; and (e) fuel, lighting and other miscellaneous items of expenditure to constitute 20% of the total minimum wage.
In 1991, the Hon’ble Supreme Court delivered a historic judgement and directed that children’s education, medical requirement, minimum recreation including festivals/ceremonies, provision for old age, marriage etc. should further constitute 25% of the minimum wage and be used as a guide in fixation of minimum wage. The Act envisages appointment of an Advisory Board, by the appropriate Government, for the purpose of advising the appropriate Government in the matter of fixing and revising minimum rates of wages.
The Central Government revises the wages in the scheduled employments from time to time in accordance with the provisions of the Minimum Wages Act, 1948. Draft Notifications for all the Scheduled Employments in the Central Sphere were issued on 1st September, 2016 simultaneously, in fact for the first time. The basic rate of minimum wages for an unskilled worker in the scheduled employment other than agriculture has been proposed at Rs.350 in Area ‘C’ from the current minimum wage (basic wage + variable dearness allowance) of Rs.246 resulting in an increase of about 42%. The basic rate of minimum wages for an unskilled worker in the scheduled employment “agriculture” has been proposed at Rs.300 in Area ‘C’ from the current minimum wage (basic wage + variable dearness allowance) of Rs.211 resulting in an increase of about 42%.
The proposed revision in the rates of basic minimum wages would indeed provide much needed solace to the labour fraternity.
Bonus payment is an extra payment given for doing one’s job well also known as performance-related pay or pay for performance.
The practice of paying bonus in India appears to have originated during First World War when certain textile mills granted 10% of wages as war bonus to their workers in 1917. In certain cases of industrial disputes demand for payment of bonus was also included. In 1950, the Full Bench of the Labour Appellate Tribunal evolved a formula for determination of bonus. A plea was made to raise that formula in 1959. At the second and third meetings of the eighteenth Session of Standing Labour Committee (G.O.I) held in New Delhi in March/ April 1960, it was agreed that a Commission be appointed to go into the question of bonus and evolve suitable norms. A Tripartite Commission was set up by the Government of India to consider in a comprehensive manner, the question of payment of bonus based on profits to employees employed in establishments and to make recommendations to the Government. The Government of India accepted the recommendations of the Commission subject to certain modifications. To implement these recommendations the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 was enacted, which came into force on 25-9-1965.
The objective of the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 is to provide for the payment of bonus to the persons employed in certain establishments on the basis of profits or on the basis of production or productivity and for matter connected therewith.
It applies to (i) Every Factory; and (ii) Every other establishment in which 20 or more persons are employed on any day during an accounting year subject to the exemptions under section 32. Every employee shall be entitled to be paid by his employer in an accounting year, bonus, in accordance with the provisions of this Act, provided he has worked in the establishment for not less than thirty working days in that year. While the minimum bonus is 8.33% of the salary or wage earned by the employee during the accounting year, the maximum bonus is 20% of such salary or wage.
Two ceilings are available under the said Act generally known as eligibility limit and calculation ceiling respectively. Clause 13 of Section 2 of Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 defines an employee based on salary or wage per mensem. This is usually taken as the “eligibility limit” for computation of bonus. Similarly, Section 12 of the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 provides for calculation of bonus of an employee based on salary or wage per mensem. This is known as “calculation ceiling”.
The two ceilings are revised from time to time to keep pace with the price rise and increase in the salary structure. At present, the calculation ceiling has been enhanced to Rs.7000 or the minimum wage for the scheduled employment, as fixed by the appropriate Government, whichever is higher and the eligibility limit has been enhanced to Rs.21,000/-.
Due to this revision, additional 55 lakh workers would be benefited. This would indeed, be a good gesture on the part of the Government towards the labour fraternity.
Source : PIB

FNPO and NUGDS agitation programme

FNPO and NUGDS agitation programme on GDS issues will be intimated to the Circle/Division/Branch secretaries after meeting with Chairman GDS COMMISSION ON 30.09.2016

Discontinuation of PPF Agency Scheme, Commission under PRSS

Discontinuation of Public Provident Fund (PPF) Agency Scheme, Commission under Pay Roll Savings Schemes (PRSS) and Sanchayika Scheme with effect from 01/10/2016 

Friday, 23 September 2016

Meeting with GDS Pay Committee

Chairman GDS Pay Committee called Federations/ Unions for discussion on the GDS issues, post approval of Recommendation of the 7th CPC.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Railway budget scrapped, merged with general budget

NEW DELHI: There will be no separate railway budget from the next financial year.

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod to merge the railway budget with the general budget from next year, putting an end to a practice that started in 1924.

"Rail budget and general budget will be amalgamated from now, there will only be one budget," finance minister Arun Jaitley said after the Cabinet meeting.

"However, the functional autonomy of railways will be maintained," Jaitley said.

The decision to merge the railway budget with the general budget is significant as in recent years, particularly since coalition governments post-1996, political heavyweights have used the railway budget to hand out goodies and for their own image building. With the railway portfolio often held by regional biggies, the budget reflected political priorities of the incumbent. The railway bureaucracy has also dug in its heels in the past.

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu's readiness to give up the limelight is a break from the past as BJP seems in a position to dump the railway budget as its solid majority in Lok Sabha enabled it to retain the portfolio rather than handing it to an ally.

The move to discard the British-era practice of a separate rail budget by the Modi government comes after a two-member committee comprising Niti Aayog member Bibek Debroy and Kishore Desai recommended the exercise be scrapped.

Budget session advanced

With a view to get all the legislative approvals for the annual spending and tax proposals before the beginning of the new financial year on April 1, the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved advancing date for presentation of the general budget by a month instead of present practice of unveiling it at the end of February.

To facilitate this, the budget session of Parliament will be called sometime before January 25, a month ahead of the current practice.

Accordingly, the beginning of budget preparation will be advanced to early October and GDP estimates made available on January 7 instead of February 7 now.

Till now budget was presented on the last day of February and it is not until mid-May that the Parliament approves it in two parts. And with the monsoon arriving in June, most of the schemes and spendings by states do not take off until October, leaving just half a year for their implementation.

DA from July 2016 - 2% or 3% ?

DA from July 2016 in 7th pay Commission is 2% or 3% is yet to be confirmed 
 It seems that the DA from July 2016 in 7th Pay Commission is not yet finalized by Central Government. There is confusion persists on the rate of Dearness Allowance to be paid from 1st July 2016 in revised Pay . The AICPIN average for the year 2015 to be taken as Base Index for calculation of DA in 7th CPC as the DA has been neutralized to arrive the revised Pay.
The actual AICPIN Average for 2015 is 261.33. As per this AICPIN average, the DA to be paid at the rate of 2% from July 2016 in 7th CPC . But the NCJCM has contended that it should be paid at the rate of 3%.
The NCJCM staff side said that as per the practice of fraction is being ignored, 0.75 is ignored from actual DA 125.75 as on 1st January 2016. Since the 125% DA was merged to revise the 7th CPC pay, Accordingly, the AICPIN average of 2015 has to be revised to 260.46 from 261.33 to arrive the exact rate of DA of 125% .

It is obvious that the NCJCM Staff Sides claim has sufficient merits to be considered favorably by the Government. In that case, the DA to be paid from July 2016 will be 3%.

The NCJCM Staff Side should be appreciated for this timely intervention and effort.

The central Government need to take decision in this regard soon, as it has been passed third week of September. Usually the announcement of DA for July every year will be made in the first or second week of September.

Allowance Committee could submit report soon.

7th Pay Commission: Panel appointed to examine allowances could submit report soon

A panel set up by the Central government to look into proposals pertaining to allowances of government employees, including defence personnel, made by the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) is likely to submit its report shortly, raising expectations for about 1 crore individuals.
The announcement of the panel to be headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa was made on June 29, 2016 when the government accepted the salary hike rates as proposed by the pay commission.
An online platform called The Sen Times claimed that the committee has finalised its report and is likely to submit the same "this week", citing government sources. It also said that the quantum of allowances may not vary from those proposed by the CPC.
"The committee on allowances is likely to stick with the 7th Pay Commission's recommendations on allowances," The Sen Times quoted the sources as saying.
The 7th CPC had recommended scrapping 51 allowances and subsuming another 37 after examining the existing 196 allowances that are currently paid.
Given the significant changes in the existing provisions for allowances which may have wide ranging implications, the Cabinet had decided to constitute a committee headed by Finance Secretary for further examination of the recommendations of 7th CPC on Allowances.
"The Committee will complete its work in a time bound manner and submit its reports within a period of 4 months. Till a final decision, all existing Allowances will continue to be paid at the existing rates," an official statement issued by the finance ministry said.
The government has already released the salary and pension arrears for the period January to July 2016 and started paying salaries after factoring in the hike from August onwards. A decision on payments to the armed forces was taken recently.
The recommendations of the 7th CPC are applicable to 47 lakh central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, of which 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh retirees are from the defence forces.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Mark list of LDC Examination for promotion of LGOs to the cadre of PAs/SAs

Mark list of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for promotion of Lower Grade Officials to the cadre of PAs/SAs for the vacancies of the year 2015-16 held on 31.07.2016 (Forenoon)


The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is soon set to bring out final operational guidelines for payments banks

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is soon set to bring out final operational guidelines for payments banks, more than a year after the regulator granted in-principle approval to 11 players for setting up such banks.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is soon set to bring out final operational guidelines for payments banks, more than a year after the regulator granted in-principle approval to 11 players for setting up such banks.

This comes about close to two years after the final licencing guidelines had been issued in November 2014, which detailed the requirements and eligibility on the operational front.

Three people familiar with the development told Business Standard that the banking regulator has made it clear that the final guidelines on operations would be out soon. This was also communicated to the players at a closed-door conference in Pune about a week ago.

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