Monday, 26 June 2017
Govt. asks banks to deposit demonetised notes with RBI in 30 days
The government has asked the district cooperative banks, commercial banks and post offices to deposit the demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes with the Reserve Bank by July 20, provided they were collected within the specified time period.
After the November 8 shock demonetisation announcement, the government had allowed commercial banks and post offices to accept the junked currency from the public till December 30.
District central cooperative banks were allowed to accept them only till November 14. The finance ministry, through a notification on Wednesday, allowed banks and post offices to exchange any old junked notes with RBI in the next one month, provided they were collected by December 30, 2016.
The same window would also be available to cooperative banks if they had collected the banned notes by November 14. The earlier window was open till December 31, a day after the 50-day period of demonetisation of high value currency.
The notification also said that banks and post offices will have to give reasons for not depositing the withdrawn notes with the specified time period "subject to the satisfaction of the RBI".
(SA - @21/06)
Aadhar should not be asked for while handling RTI applications
Securing the Personal information including Aadhar No., in RTI Applications/Appeals in compliance to Aadhar Act, 2016 and Information Technical Act, 2000
“Aadhar Number should not be asked for while handling RTI applications andAadhar number or such other personal information is hidden from public view while uploading the RTI applications/ Appeals/ Replies to the RTI applications on websites”
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated 20th June, 2017
Subject:- Securing the Personal information including Aadhar No., in RTI Applications/Appeals in compliance to Aadhar Act, 2016 and Information Technical Act, 2000.
The undersigned is directed to refer to this departments OM of even no. dated 21.10.2014, 23.03.2016 and 07.10.2016 vide which it has been requested that personal information of an RTI applicant should not be disclosed, while uploading the application/ appeal etc. on the public domain/ websites.
2. In this context, it is to be stated that Ministry of Electronics And Information Technology (Meity) have circulated guidelines for securing Identity information and Sensitive personal data or information in compliance to Aadhar Act, 2016 and Information Technology Act, 2000, wherein they have instructed that personal particular and information including Aadhar No. etc. should not be published in public domain/websites etc.
2. In view of the above, it is requested that all Ministries/Departments of Govt. of India including the subordinate offices may ensure the following while handling RTI applications viz. receiving, replying and uploading on websites etc.:-
(a) the personal information details like Aadhar no. should not be asked for while handling RTI applications.
(b) that the Aadhar no. or such other personal information is hidden from public view while uploading the RTI applications/ Appeals/ Replies to the RTI applications on websites, if Aadhar no. is mentioned therein.
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Counting of Training Period for MACP - Clarifications
I wish to share the following on the counting the period of Induction and practical training for MACPS in the Department Of Posts. Hitherto the training period has not been taken into account for the grant of promotion under MACPS. On perusal of the rulings on the subject, it seems that the period of training is to be taken into account for MACPS also. Whether this period is included for MACPS in other circles, is not known.
A kind reference is invited to the following orders on the subject.
- Dte letter no 4-7/(MACPS)/2009-PCC dt 18.9.2009
- Dte letter no 4-7/(MACPS)/2009-PCC dt 23.6.2016
All the candidates selected for PA cadre are to undergo Induction and practical training for 90/105 days, before regular appointment.
1. Such period of training was not counted for anything and their pay and allowances, increments were regulated from their actual date of joining in the department as Postal Assistants.
2. Subsequently, orders were issued for counting the training period for increments and for the promotions (financial upgradations) under TBOP and BCR schemes, vide Dept. of Personnel and Trg OM 16/16/92-Estt(pay I) dt 31.3.1992.
3. The above provision was made applicable with effect from 1.1.1986. The pay of the officials was notionally fixed from 1.1.1986 to 30.9.1990 and on actual basis from 1.10.1990.
4. The above provision was applicable to those officials who underwent training on or after 1.1.1986.
5. The provision was extended to officials who underwent training before 1.1.86 videDte order number: 44-2/2011-SPB II dated 5.5.2016. The list of officials is called for by DO and the same has been submitted to DO.
6. The scheme of MACPS was introduced consequent on the implementation of 6th CPC with effect from 1.1.2006.
7. This scheme was given effect from 1.9.2008 vide reference cited under 1 above.
8. The salient features of the scheme were given in the Annexure-I to the communication cited under 2 above.
9. The second sentence of para 9 of the Annexure read as follows: “Service rendered on adhoc/contract basis before regular appointment or pre-appointment training shall not be taken into reckoning. A casual reading of the text gives the meaning that the pre-appointment training shall not be taken into reckoning. Under this context, the training period was omitted for the grant of MACP to the officials, it is presumed.
10. But a close reading of the above text gives a different but correct meaning. The meaning of the above text may be explained as follows. If the sentence is broken into smaller parts, they read as follows.
a. Service rendered on adhoc/contract basis before regular appointment shall not be taken into reckoning.
b. Service rendered on adhoc/contract basis before pre-appointment training shall not be taken into reckoning.
11. From (a) and (b) above it is clear that only the service, if any, rendered on adhoc/contract basis either before regular appointment or before pre-appointment training shall not be taken into reckoning.
12. From the above it is clear that pre-appointment training shall count for MACPS, as the above text speaks only about the services rendered on adhoc or contract basis which might before regular appointment or before pre-appointment training, and nothing about the training period.
13. As per the communication cited under 2 above, the second sentence of para 9 is modified as follows: “service rendered on adhoc/contract basis before regular appointment on pre-appointment training shall not be taken into reckoning.”
14. From the above it is clear that any service rendered on adhoc/contract basis will not count, but the training period counts for the grant of promotion under MACPS. It is added that as per our departmental rules, the training period is neither treated as service on adhocbasis nor on contract basis in as much as this period counts for increment and also for TBOP/BCR promotions.
15. For clarity sake consider the following rule of our department. “ Air journey on LTC is not permissible” which means that no government servant is entitled for air journey on LTC but LTC can be availed. This does not take away the privileges granted under LTC. The restriction is for air journey only.
16. Also as per the developments taken place towards the counting of training period for service, the training period counts for increment and TBOP/BCR schemes.
17. It is added that just like TBOP/BCR schemes, MACPS is also a financial upgradation only. Hence the provision of counting training period towards TBOP/BCR will squarely applicable to MACPS also.
Those officials, who have completed 16/26 years’ service before 1.9.2008, had no problems, as their pay would have been fixed on the date of promotion to TBOP/BCR schemes prior to 1.9.2008. If the training period is included, the date of promotion to TBOP/BCR would be advanced and their pay would be refixed accordingly.
In case of the officials who have got their MACP after 1.9.2008, the date of MACPS is to be advanced.
Saturday, 17 June 2017
Due to high security in Delhi for Independence Day, the proposed All India Workshop and CWC of AlPPCCWF (Casual Labour) is preponed to 26th & 27th July 2017. Workshop & CWC will be held on 26th and March to Communications Minister's office (Sanchar Bhavan) along with AIPEU-GDS on27th July. Casual Labour demand will be included in Sanchar Bhavan March and Memorandum to Minister on 27th July. Please book your tickets IMMEDIATELY
URGENT / IMPORTANT.
CONFEDERATION NATIONAL SECRETARIAT MEETING
CONFEDERATION NATIONAL SECRETARIAT MEETING
Meeting of National Secretariat of Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers will be held at BENGALURU (Karnataka) on 9th August 2017 Wednesday from 10.30 AM. All National Sectt Members requested to attend the meeting without fail. Detailed notice will be issued shortly. Please book your travel tickets immediately
Wednesday, 14 June 2017
RBI to issue new batch of Rs 500 notes
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday said it is launching a new batch of Rs 500 notes. "In continuation of issuing of Rs 500 denomination banknotes in Mahatma Gandhi (new) series from time to time which are currently legal tender, a new batch of banknotes with inset letter "A" in both the number panels, bearing the signature of Dr. Urjit R. Patel Governor, Reserve Bank of India; with the year of printing '2017' on the reverse, are being issued," RBI said in a statement.
The design of these notes is similar in all respects to the Rs 500 banknotes in Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series which were first notified on November 8, last year after Prime MInister Narendra Modi outlawed old high value notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000, in a bid to crackdown on black money.
The new series earlier released and currently in circulation has the inset letter "E". They will continue to be valid.
The inset letter 'E' as seen in the picture changes to 'A' in the new batch.
Last week, RBI had said that nearly 83 per cent of the currency has been remonetised and denied there was any shortage of cash in the system.
Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal in reply to a question in the lower house of the Parliament, Lok Sabha in December last year had said that the day on which demonetisation was announced (November 8), there were 17,165 million pieces of Rs 500 notes and 6,858 million pieces of Rs 1,000 notes in circulation. The data on the amount of demonetised notes returned, however, is still not available.
Source:-The Times of India
Railways on a hiring spree as over 225,000 posts remain vacant
At least 25,000 new employees are set to join the ranks of Indian Railways this financial year. This is at a time when the national transporter is staring at a shortage of over 225,000 employees.
“Nearly 25,000 new staff will be joining the Railways in 2017-18. Tests to recruit 18,252 posts, including assistant station master, inquiry-cum-reservation clerk, traffic and commercial apprentices, goods guards and junior accounts assistant have already been conducted. In addition to this, applications for another 7,000 assistant loco pilots will also be invited soon,” said an official source close to the development.
Soon after this, vacancies for another 13,000 will be open under various categories, including technical supervisors.
In 2016, the Railways grabbed headlines by conducting the world’s largest online examination in which 9.2 million job applications were received for 18,252 vacancies.
“More than 270,000 people out of this were called for written test early this year and we finally short-listed about 18,000 people. These applicants are set to join us in a few months time,” the official mentioned earlier added.
As of December 2016, Railways has a staff strength of more than 1.3 million, while it has 225,823 vacancies in Group ‘C’ and Group ‘D’ categories.
According to data available with Railways, it has 122,911 vacancies in safety categories and a shortage of another 174,64 loco running staff.
This comes at a time when an audit on gazette officers manpower conducted by Deloitte, submitted to Railways suggested that it is neither “under-staffed nor overstaffed” in the officer category. The executive officer strength of Railways is around 18,000. Deloitte was expected to formulate a manpower policy for the gazetted officers of Railways.
“Though people say we have vacancies of over 200,000, a large chunk of it is not needed to be filled up because of advancement of technologies and computerisations of safety mechanism. Filling up of vacancies is a continuous process through various modes of intake,” the official added.
Railways was planning the rationalisation of its manpower over the years and in a decade, it has recommended surrender of close to 140,000 posts, according to sources.
Railway officials say the bulk of the accidents that take place every year is at unmanned level crossings. Indian Railways currently has more than 6,000 unmanned railway crosses across the country now.
In the wake of recent accidents, critics were highlighting the staff strength also as a cause of concern for safety.
Indian Railways extends to more than 67,312-kilometre track, having about 12,600 trains carrying about 23 million passengers a day.
Source:- Business Standard
Recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission — bunching of stages in the revised pay structure under Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 : Ministry of Finance Orde
Recommendations of 7th CPC- Implementation of Provisions on bunching of Stages in the Revised Pay Structure may be put on hold till instructions issued by DoE.
Tuesday, 13 June 2017
FOR PERSONAL ATTENTION OF ALL GENERAL SECRETARIES/NFPE OFFICE BEARERS/ALL INDIA OFFICE BEARERS/CIRCLE SECRETARIES/DIVISIONAL & BRANCH SECRETARIES OF NFPE UNIONS
MAKE THE ALL PHASED AGITATIONAL PROGRAMMES AS MENTIONED BELOW A GRAND SUCCESS FOR SETTLEMENT OF 10 POINTS CHARTER OF DEMANDS
Phase- I – Mass Dharna in front of all Divisional offices.
Date - - 20.06.2017
Phase – II - Mass Dharna in front of all Circle/Regional offices.
Date – - 12.07.2017
Phase – III - Mass dharna in front of Postal Directorate, Dak Bhawan, New Delhi.
Date – - 26.07.2017
Phase IV - One day nationwide strike on 23.08.2017 (Formal notice of the strike will be served later.)
CHARTER OF DEMANDS
1. Filling up of all vacant posts in all cadres of Department of Posts i.e. PA, SA, Postmen, Mailguard, Mailmen, Drivers and Artisans in MMS,MTS, PACO, PASBCO, Postal Accounts and GDS.
2. Implementation of positive recommendations of GDS committee Report. Grant of Civil Servant status to GDS.
3. Membership verification of GDS and declaration of result of regular employees membership verification.
4. Stop all types of harassment and victimization in the name of new schemes and technology induction and under contributory negligence factor and Trade Union victimization.
5. Payment of Revised wages and arrears to the casual, part-time, contingent employees and daily rated mazdoors as per 6th& 7th CPC and settle other issues of casual labourers.
6. Stop Privatization, Contractorization and outsourcing.
7. Implement Cadre Restructuring for left out categories i.e. RMS, MMS, PACO, PASBCO, Postmaster Cadre Postal Accounts etc. and accept the modifications suggested by Federation before implementation of cadre restructuring in Postal Group ‘C’.
8. Provision of CGHS facilities to Postal Pensioners also as recommended by 7thCPC.
9. Withdraw NPS (Contributory Pension Scheme). Guarantee 50% of last pay drawn as minimum pension.10. Implement five days week working for operative staff in the Postal department.
SCRAP NPS – STOP OUTSOURCING
NATIONAL CONVENTION OF CENTRAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES – 10.06.2016 – DELHI
Decided to intensify joint struggle against NPS and outsourcing by organizing nationwide intensive campaign and mobilization leading to a bigger trade Union action including strike demanding “withdraw contributory Pension System and stop outsourcing of Government functions”.
About 1000 delegates, mostly NPS employees, participated in the National Convention held at MPCU shah Auditorium, Delhi on 10.06.2017. The National Convention was presided over by Com. K. K. N. Kutty, National President, Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers and Com. Subhash Lamba Senior leader of All India State Government Employees Federation.
Com. Tapan Sen, MP, Rajya Sabha and General Secretary, CITU, who inaugurated the National Convention called upon the Central and State Government employees to launch sustained struggle for compelling the Government to withdraw NPS and stop outsourcing of Government functions. He explained in detail the impact of the neo-liberal policy offensives unleashed by the BJP-led NDA Government on the common people and working class of our country and also divisive politics of the ruling class to weaken the unity of the working class.
Com. A Sreekumar, General Secretary, AISGEF, presented the draft declaration for adoption in the convention.
Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General, Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers addressed the house supporting the declaration. Com. M. S. Raja, Com. R. N. Parashar (Confederation) Com. Ashok Thool, Com. Ved Prakash Sharma, Com. Gade Srinivasalu Naidu (AISGEF) also addressed the Convention. The house adopted the declaration and the proposed programme of action unanimously. Com. Mangul Kumar Das (AISGEF) Welcomed the leaders and delegates and Com. Vrigu Bhattacharjee (Confederation) proposed vote of thanks.
Extracts from the declaration adopted by the National Convention on 10.06.2017
“Defined Contributory Pension Scheme does not guarantee returns. Benefits depends upon as to how the investment has fared in the stock market. The stock markets have never remained strong over a long period of time. It is not only volatile but susceptible to manipulation and machinations. The global financial crisis in 2008 has been the product of investment derivative manipulations. It wiped out the earnings of lakhs of workers, employees, teachers and many others. No Government came to render help to those unfortunate losers, whereas bail-out packages of millions of dollars was roled out to rescue culprits. On one “fine” morning, the workers lost everything including hope.”
“Large number of employees have joined the Central Services since 2004 and so is the case with the various state Governments, who have adopted the Defined Contributory Pension Scheme in replacement of Defined Benefit Pension Scheme. It is estimated that they presently constitute almost one-third of the total employees in Government departments in the country. The deeper study of the functioning of the Contributory Pension Scheme has proved that the promised better returns in the form of Annuity is nothing but an ever eluding mirage.”
“It is satisfying to note that the employees due to the consistent efforts undertaken by the Confederation and State Government Employees Federation have begun to observe the dimension of the problem and the support and solidarity provided by the democratically elected Government to the corporate houses. It is also equally gratifying that the young comrades have also begun to realize that this has to be resisted and defeated.”
“The Government employees has to emphatically demand that the Defined Contributory Pension Scheme imposed in replacement of the Defined Benefit Pension Scheme must be scrapped to end the untenable discrimination of the Pre-2004 and post 2004 entrants to Government service and reintroduce the Defined Benefit Pension Scheme that was in vogue for a century and more. In other words the Government must come forward to amend PFRD Act to exclude the Central and State Government employees from its ambit and operation.”
“This National Convention being held under the auspices of the Joint platform of Confederation of Central Government Employees Workers and All India State Government Employees Federation calls upon all the Central and State Government employees to rally behind the charter of issues and demands included in the declaration adopted by the Convention, hold sustained and continuous programme of action and organize strike action to compel the Government to repeal the Defined Contributory Pension Scheme and halt all sorts of contractorisation, casualization and outsourcing of Government functions.”
“This convention also appeals, especially to the younger generation employees to realize that their hard earned savings are being channelized into the hands of the monopoly capital to subserve their efforts in maximization of profit. This convention also appeals to them to understand the politics behind the policies and the pernicious impact of the neo-liberal economic policies on the life and livelihood of the multitude of their countrymen and be part and parcel of the global and national resistance being built against the globalization policies for the intensification of which pension reform process and informalisation of employment was ushered in by the World bank and IMF.”
PROGRAMME OF ACTION
1. State level Joint Conventions before 31.08.2017 and formation of state level Joint Action Committees.
2. District/ Taluk level conventions before 31.10.2017.
3. Mass Dharna of Central and State Government Employees at all important centres on 21st November 2017 (21.11.2017, Tuesday).
4. Raj Bhawan March (date will be finalized later).
5. Nationwide campaign Jathas covering all districts of all states (dates will be finalized later).
6. Massive Parliament March (date will be finalized later)
Next Phase of action will be declared by the Joint Acton Committee before the Parliament March.
National Level Joint Action Committee
The following are the members of the National Level Joint Action Committee.
CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
1. Com. K. K. N. Kutty 2. Com. M. Krishnan, 3. Com. M. S. Raja
4. Com. R. N. Parashar 5. Com. Rupak Sarkar 6. Com. Vrigu Bhattacharjee
7. Com. R. Seeethalakshmi
ALL INDIA STATE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES FEDERATION
1. Com. A. Sreekumar 2. Com. Subhash Lamba 3. Com. Mangul Kumas Das
4. Com. Himanshu Sarkar 5. Com. Vedprakash Sharma 6. Com. Ashok Thool
7. Com. Ashim Kumar Pal
TAKE A LEAD ROLE IN IMPLEMENTING THE PROGRAMMES
1. All Affiliates of Confederation
2. All C-O-Cs
3. All National Secretariat Members
You are requested to give wide publicity to the decision of the National Convention among employees and take a lead role in implementing the programme of action adopted by the Convention (as given above) in consultation and jointly with the All India state Government Employees Federation.