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Friday, November 30, 2012

CHQ News:-DPC for PS Gr. B .... updates.

Today, it is learnt from Postal Directorate that, DPC for the promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. 'B' is likely to be convened in the 2nd week of December 2012 for 190 to 200 posts. DPC for JTS Gr. A will be held thereafter.

Strengthening of Vigilance set-up in Ministries/Departments - reg.

To view the Department of Personnel & Training OM No.425/01/2012-AVD-IV(A) dated 30th November, 2012 please Click Here.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Commemorative Postage Stamp on the Consumer Protection Act Issued

On the completion of the enactment of Consumer Protection Act (CPA), 1986, a commemorative postal stamp was issued by the president of India, Shri Pranab Mukhrji here today. 

On the occasion Prof. K.V. Thomas, minister of state of consumer affairs, food and public distribution said that 1986 was a watershed year in the history of consumer movement in India that witnessed the enactment of the consumer protection act – the ‘magna carta’ legislation aimed at protecting the interests of consumers that they do not fall victims to the unfair trade practices and sub-standard services in the market place. He said that the special feature of this act is to provide speedy and inexpensive mechanism to redress the grievances of the consumer, and award compensation wherever appropriate. The act ensures consumer rights such as the right of choice, safety, information, public hearing and consumer education. 

The minister said India’s 1.2 billion consumers are the lifeblood of our economy. “A vibrant economy depends on effective demand from consumers for affordable quality products and services. Among the consumers, the disadvantaged groups, particularly vulnerable low-income earners, the unemployed, the physically and mentally challenged need our special attention. This is why, more than ever, we need a well-conceived, empowered and pro-active consumer policy”, he asserted. 

Prof Thomas said that it is a fact that the consumer movement in India gathered momentum with the enactment of the CPA, credit for which goes to our former prime minister, late Shri Rajiv Gandhi who had given a new thrust to the quality movement in India so that India could move into the 21st century with pride. This unparalleled act provides for the establishment of three tier disputes redressal machinery, consisting of the national commission, state commission and district fora. Since one of the most important consumer rights is the right to seek redressal, the act provides the consumers with a welcome alternative from the lengthy proceedings of civil court. at present, there are 627 district forums and 35 state commissions, apart from national commission, functioning in the country, with a disposal rate as high as 92%. , he said. 

Highlighting the importance of consumer awareness, Prof Thomas said that provisions of consumer protection act alone may not be sufficient for consumers to assert their rights under this act. Amongst the various efforts undertaken by the government, consumer information and education remain the two most important areas of concentration as they are the most effective means to counter the malpractices of the manufacturers and the market forces. Therefore, the department of consumer affairs is running a massive consumer awareness campaign under the slogan “jago grahak jago”. Joint campaigns are being taken up with other ministries/ departments which have consumer interface. Towards this end in view, the department has used railway tickets, utility bills and post cards to reach remote parts of the country. 

Minister of state of communications and Information Technology, Dr Kruparani gave the special features of the commemorative stamp and its objective. Issued in the denomination of Rs 5/, stamp shows consumer uniting against the banner ‘Jago Grahak Jago’. 


Celebration of UP legislature's 125 years

To mark the completion of 125 years of Uttar Pradesh's legislature, the state government will hold a three-day celebration along with a special sitting of the House on January 8, 2013. In an official release issued on Wednesday, the government has also decided to constitute a 10-member committee, comprising chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, chairman of the legislative council and speaker of the legislative assembly, among others, to oversee the preparations for the event. The state's legislature was constituted in January 8, 1887 under the Indian Council Act of 1861.
Among the preparations that have been proposed to mark the historic event, the government has decided to release a special postal stamp to mark the event, organise an exhibition to showcase the rich history of the House, issue a coin displaying the Vidhan Sabha building, apart from felicitating eminent members of the state legislature and a three-day cultural programme to mark the event.
A 10- member committee led by chief minister and Chairman and Speaker of both Houses will work out the details of the programmes.

Source:-The Times of India

Guidelines for monitoring and expeditious disposal of the disciplinary proceeding cases - reg.

To view Department of Personnel & Training OM No.425/04/2012-AVD-IV(A) dated 29th November, 2012 please Click Here.

Filling up of vacancies reserved for Persons with Disabilities - reg.

To view Department of Personnel and Training OM No.36035/6/2012-Estt.(Res) dated 26th November, 2012 please Click Here

Direct subsidy transfers for LPG, kerosene to cut fuel bill by Rs 15,000 crore

The government plans to directly transfer money to the bank accounts of cooking gas customers even if they do not have Aadhaar identification.

The rollout will start with a pilot project in Andaman and Nicobar Islands by April, and will be extended to the rest of the country in a year.

The oil ministry will also seek Cabinet approval to end the sale of subsidised kerosene and proposes to transfer cash to the bank accounts of consumers.

The twin proposals will help remove malpractices in the oil industry - diversion of subsidised cylinders for commercial use and adulteration of diesel with cheap kerosene - and save the exchequer Rs 15,000 crore a year.

"The plan is to sell all LPG cylinders and kerosene at market rates by 2013-14 to discourage diversion, and it is possible even without Aadhaar numbers. All we have to do is to open no-frills bank accounts. States will be responsible for transfer of subsidy to individual bank accounts," said one official, requesting anonymity.
Direct subsidy transfers for LPG, kerosene to cut fuel bill by Rs 15,000 crore
The matter was discussed on Monday at a committee chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, but the government deferred an announcement on Tuesday as it was not sure about the launch date, officials said.

The government initially wanted to begin direct transfer of subsidies from January 1. But it was later decided that the rollout be done from April after adequate preparation to avoid the kind of chaos and harassment that consumers faced when the government suddenly capped the supply of subsidised LPG cylinders in September.

"The ministry is also considering raising the cap on subsidised cooking gas cylinders. Six cylinders are not enough... In fact, the Nandan Nilekani-led task force was not in favour of capping. The task force did caution against such a move," a senior government official said on the condition of anonymity.

New Oil MinisterVeerappa Moily had instructed officials to raise the cap on cylinders a day before Diwali, officials said.

"The ministry did prepare a draft note for the Cabinet, but lack of funds proved to be the dampener. The proposal has not been shelved," said an official with knowledge of the matter.

The Nilekani-led task force wanted the government to transfer cash subsidies to the bank accounts of all customers. In the second phase, it suggested that subsidies be transferred to only the poor based on Aadhaar numbers, the official said.

The task force said in its report that "this step of capping the subsidised cylinders is not going to serve any of the objectives for which the task force was set up".

"Due to the new imposed limit on subsidised LPG under this phase, caution has to be taken as there may be a spurt in new connections and old, inactive connections may become active.

Further, it has the potential of becoming a hurdle for the next stage of reforms," the task force had warned.

After taking over the oil ministry on October 29, Moily had said that implementation of direct subsidy on kerosene and LPG would be his top priority.

Direct Transfer of Cash Subsidies on Kerosene 2012 (DTCK-12) has been launched in 11 states and these have been awarded Rs 100 crore each for voluntarily accepting it.

Source:-The Economic Times

CHQ News:-Meeting on Change Management Process under "India Post 2012" IT Modernization Project.

Please Click here. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

New version of Internet addresses available in India

NEW DELHI: Indian Registry for Internet Names and Numbers (IRINN) has started issuing next version of Internet addresses 'IPv6', which would make it easy for security agencies to identify each Internet user.

The Internet addresses under the present version IPv4 (Internet Protocol version 4), are limited and service providers often assign single IP address to many users, making it difficult to identify the end user.

"The number of IPv6 addresses available is enormous. ISPs (Internet Service Providers) can allocate an IP address to their users. People can be easily identified if they are using IPv6," APNIC Director (Services and Operations) Sanjaya said at the roadshow for new version IPv6 here today.

APNIC, which is one of the five authorised bodies for issuing Internet addresses, has recognised Indian Registry for Internet Names and Numbers (IRINN) for issuing IP addresses in India.

"We are issuing IPv6 addresses at up to 60 per cent less than prevailing rates in the ongoing soft launch period. This is to test compatibility of hardware and softwares that has to be in place. In next couple of months we will launch industrial grade of IPv6," National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) Chief Executive Govind said.

IRINN has been set-up under the state-run NIXI. On new version IPv6, Internet Service Providers Association of India President Rajesh Charia said that the new addresses will be multiple times cheaper for companies than IPv4 addresses.

IRINN is issuing initial set-of IPv6 addresses in price range starting at Rs 21,999 compared to prevalent rate of around Rs 66,000 in Asia Pacific region.

On addressing security issues with the help of IPv6, Charia said, "Government will have to ensure that the new equipment and devices that are produced or imported in the country are at least IPv6 enabled."

At present, there is no import restriction on devices and equipment that do not comply with IPv6 standards. 

Source:-The Economic Times

Eligibility of children from a void or voidable marriage for family pension - clarification regarding

To view Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare OM No.l/16/1996-P&PW (E) (Vol.II) dated 27th November, 2012 please Click Here

Revision of e-Payment Tariff structure

Transaction Value
Rate (Per Transaction)*
Up to Rs.1000/-
Rs.1001/- to Rs.2500/-
Rs.2501/- to Rs.5000/-
Above Rs.5000/-

* Rate are exclusive of service tax.

The revised tariff structure will come into effect from 1st January, 2013

Source:-BD & Marketing Directorate OM No.36-60/2010-BD & MD dated 26th November, 2012. 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Postcard mailed during World War II arrives at NY home after 70 years

ELMIRA, NEW YORK:A postcard mailed nearly 70 years ago has finally arrived at the former upstate New York home of the couple who sent it.
The postcard was sent on July 4, 1943, from Rockford, Illinoix, to sisters Pauline and Theresa Leisenring in Elmira.
Their brother, George Leisenring, was stationed at Rockford's Medical Center Barracks at Camp Grant, an Army post during World War II. Their parents were visiting him when they mailed the postcard home.
The postcard reads in part, "Dear Pauline and Theresa, We arrived safe, had a good trip, but we were good and tired."
Elmira's Star-Gazette newspaper reports the postcard arrived last week at the family's former home, where a different family now lives.
A postal official says the postcard may have been found by someone outside the postal service and placed in the mail.

Source:-The Times of India

Friday, November 23, 2012

ID Proofs Compulsory During Train Journey in All Reserved Classes from 1st December 2012

With effect from 01.12.2012, one of the passengers booked on a ticket for undertaking journey in any reserved class will have to produce any one of the prescribed proofs of identity failing which all the passengers will be treated as travelling without ticket and charged accordingly. 

This provision shall, however, not affect the existing provision of Tatkal scheme where during the journey, the passenger is required to show the original proof of identity indicated on the ticket. 

The number of prescribed proofs of identity have been increased from nine to ten by adding following identity card to the list of prescribed proofs identity:- 

“Photo identity cards having serial number issued by Public Sector Undertakings of State/Central Government, District Administrations, Municipal bodies and Panchayat Administrations” 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today. 


CHQ News:-DPC for PS Gr. B and JTS Gr. A.

It is learnt from Directorate that vacancy calculation work (actually from roaster point) for DPC for PS Gr. B cadre is under process and DPC is likely to be convened in the first week of next month. As regards to DPC for JTS Gr. A, it will be held after the DPC of PS Gr. B.

Unions accuse DHL of labour violations worldwide

GENEVA: Two international unions on Wednesday accused German postal giant Deutsche Post's DHL division of blocking unionisation efforts around the world, and moved to force Berlin to take action.

International postal workers union UNI Global Union and the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) said they had filed a formal complaint directly with the German government, a major shareholder with Deutsche Post.

In it, they argued that the world's largest logistics company was violating global guidelines for multinational corporations.

"We allege in our case that across the world ... DHL wants to remain non-union and is taking steps to ensure that happens," UNI deputy chief Christy Hoffman told AFP.

They also argue that the company is not doing the required due diligence to ensure its affiliates around the world are respecting workers' rights to join unions.

"It's clear that there is no message coming from DHL telling managers they have to get serious about labour rights, and that's what we want to see," she said.

Hoffman maintained that both UNI and ITF affiliates in countries -- from Guatamala, to Vietnam to Turkey, to South Africa, to the United States and even Norway -- had run into "hostilities" from DHL when employees tried to unionise.

In Turkey, for instance, more than 20 workers were recently fired in what the unions claimed was retaliation for trying to unionize, said Hoffman.

Other employees there and elsewhere had been threatened and harassed when they tried to organise, she added.

As a result, far more DHL employees backed off from making the effort to unionize "because they've been told it's just not allowed," Hoffman said.

Since Germany is a signatory to the international guidelines set up by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the government had an obligation to ensure DHL follows the OECD guidelines, she said.

While they were not seeking punitive action against DHL, they wanted Berlin to pressure the company to adhere to OECD rules -- and for DHL to pass that message on to its managers around the world.

Source:-The Times of India 

Postal Life Insurance eyes untapped market

BANGALORE: Backed by her husband who told her to take her career to a different level, B Jansi Rani forged ahead in her chosen field of insuring people. Rani has won accolades every year for her services to the Postal Life Insurance (PLI) department in Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu.
This year, at the PLI national awards for outstanding performance by individuals, she swept up another one for overall performance. It is her third national award, and she travelled to Bangalore to receive the award on Tuesday.
"Postal work is monotonous and when I joined the PLI sector in 2006, I thought it would be challenging and interesting to meet people and understand them and their financial position, and convince them to take an insurance policy. It is hectic and I often go out of town for work, leaving my children with my husband, who is the pillar of my career," she said.
For R Venkadesan, it has become a habit to receive national awards for generating the highest revenue for the department. This developmental officer at Trichy circle of Tamil Nadu earned a whopping Rs 111 crore over the past year. "The term of this post is five years, but my term has been extended twice due to my capacity to generate revenue by selling insurance policies," he says with a humble smile.
Venkadesan's secret: his customers are king. Even when he's home with his children on Sundays, he finds time to attend to them, and balance work and family.
Then there's Hema Ram from Durg district in Chhattisgarh, who's mobilized over 12,200 people in 10 villages in his state. "I work in office from 6am, travelling to villages around to talk to people and convince them on insurance policies. The confidence they have in me has helped me win this award," said Ram. He earned Rs 31.25 crore in business this fiscal. He is also an agriculturist and grows vegetables and rice on his 20 acres.
PLI stands at second position after Life Insurance Corporation in the insurance sector, but is way behind in terms of business and market share. "A market survey reveals that around 80% of the country's population is still uninsured which means there is great potential in the market," said Faiz-ur-Rehman, chief general manager, PLI.

Source:-The Times of India

Continuation of IT Modernisation Project of Department of Posts – Phase II

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on 22/11/2012 approved the proposal of Rs.4,909 crore towards IT modernisation project of the Department of Posts, covering 1.55 lakhs post offices. 

The total expenditure for the project involving Rs.4,909 crore includes both implementation phase and operation and maintenance phase for the IT infrastructure of Post Offices. The IT project of the Department is a part of the Mission Mode Project (MMP) included in the National e-Governance Plan (NEGP). 

The Department of Posts has a network of 1.55 Lakhs post offices spread across all the States and Union Territories of the country. The key objective of the India Post IT Modernisation project is modernization and computerization of all Post offices in the country including branch post offices in rural areas to create a urban-rural network spanning across the length and breadth of the country. 

The IT modernisation project is expected to give following benefits to the citizens of the country: 

• Improve customer satisfaction due to faster and more reliable delivery of services 

• Enhance visibility and transparency 

• Provide access by multiple channels to the customers e.g. post office counters, kiosks, internet, mobiles ATMs etc; 

• Ensure delivery of "citizen centric services" 

The IT modernisation project will provide a national asset and infrastructure for all users apart from the post offices including various government departments, business houses and the citizens to use the services effectively for their communication, banking, insurance and service delivery needs. The project will improve the delivery of mails, banking and insurance services rendered by the Post offices across the length and breadth of the country. 

For the purpose of implementation, the IT modernisation project has been structured into 8 segments catering to IT infrastructure such as datacentre, network, computers and peripherals, software applications which will cover all the product and services of the Department of Posts, and change management which will help in effective transformation into IT mode. The project will be implemented in all the 1.55 lakh post offices in a phased manner over a time period of 2 years, to be followed by the O&M phase over the period of contract. 

The project will be rolled out to all the post offices covering all States and Union Territories in the country a phased manner. 


The proposal of the Department of Posts is in continuation of the proposal which was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 26th Aug 2010. The overall project has been segregated into eight RFPs, of which, selection of vendors have been finalized in case of 5 RFPs and LOIs have been issued. Of these 5 RFPs, in four cases the contracts have been signed with the selected bidders. In respect of two RFPs the financial bids have been opened and selection of the bidder is under process. 


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Recruitment Rules for Deputy Manager, Assistant Manager and Technical Supervisor in the Centre for Excellence in Postal Technology (CEPT)

To view details please Click here. 

Ad hoc promotion to PS Gr-B cadre from ASP cadre

Unconditional willingness from the following officers, who are coming under zone of consideration for adhoc promotion to PS Gr-B cadre,  has been called for vide C.O. ST/2-4(3)/2011/Ch-II dated 20-11-2012 to fill up the temporary vacancy of SPOs, Mayurbhanj Division

  1. Sh. Sitanath Dash, ASP(HQ), Balasore Division
  2. Sh. R K Mishra, ASP I/c, Phulbani Division
  3. Sh. Simanchal Kar, Dy. Postmaster, Bhubaneswar GPO
  4. Sh. K S Panda, ASP(OD), Sambalpur Division
  5. Sh. Banamali Patra, ASP(HQ), Berhampur Division.

Induction Training for Inspector Posts (Direct Recruit).

The Induction Training for Inspector Posts (Direct) will be held for a period of 15 weeks from 17.12.2012 to 30.03.2013 at Postal Training Centre, Mysore-570 010. 

The details of Seats allotted for the Circles are as under:

Sl No.
Name of the Circle
Seat allotment
Andhra Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh
Tamil Nadu


IPs/ASPs from Odisha Circle to attend the Induction Training are as below:- 

Sl No
Saurav Kumar
OS, Mayurbhanj Division
Utpal Kumar Purkait
IP(PG), Dhenkanal Division
Sashi Bhusan
IP(PG), Sundargarh Division
Bibhuti Bhusan Sahoo
OS, Bhadrak Division
Deepak Kumar
IP, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur Division
Praveen Kumar
IP, Boudharaj, Phulbani(O) Division

  Instructions for Candidates/Trainees.

01.    Please report to Postal Training Centre, Mysore,  by   16.12.2012 A/N between 0330 PM and
          0700 PM  so that the registration formalities are completed.  Stay in PTC hostel is compulsory.

02.    The Induction training program is for 15 (fifteen) weeks. No leave will be granted to the
           trainees during the training period. 

03.     The dress code during the program is Pant/ shirts for men & Churidar/Salwar Kameez/Sarees
           for women.   Other outfits like jeans, T - Shirts etc are not allowed.

04.     Mobile phones are not permitted in the academic block and during study hours in hostel.        
05.      The candidates are required to bring the following:-
  1.Three recent passport / stamp size photographs (colour)
  2. Details of payment to be made by the trainees at the time of admission are furnished
Food  charges from  (17.12.2012 to  30.03.2013)
Accommodation charges etc. (PTC, Mysore)
Total amount of payment

Per day Rs. 129/- X 104 days =13,416/-
Rs. 3,156/-
Rs. 16,572/-
      Physical Training is a part of training .Uniforms for P.T. is as under:-
                  For Men
                  For Women
*White track suit with Indiapost logo
* White track suit with Indiapost logo
White Canvas Shoes with socks  - 1 pair
(Should be purchased by the trainees)
White Canvas Shoes with Socks - 1  pair
(Should be purchased by the trainees)
 *PT Uniform dresses with Departmental logo will be supplied by PTC, Mysore. Cost of the same is
Rs. 650/-.
06.   In addition to the above, the trainees are requested to bring 1 pair of black / brown shoes with socks and tie.

07.  The pregnant Lady candidate (at advanced stage) is not allowed in training course.
08.   Drinking of alcohol, smoking and chewing tobacco/ Gutkha is strictly prohibited in the campus.   Suitable action will be taken against those, who will not follow this instruction.  

                                                                                                         Deputy Director

General information about PTC,Mysore

Mysore is located at a distance of 137 kms from Bangalore, the capital city of the state of Karnataka. Mysore is connected to Bangalore by both rail and road. The drive from Bangalore takes about three hours.
Postal Training Centre at Mysore is housed in a Palace, which formerly belonged to the royal family of Mysore. The campus is spread over an area of 31.5 acres with hostels, play grounds and other amenities for trainees.
How to reach
Postal Training Centre Mysore is situated in the Nazarbad Area diagonally opposite to Nazarbad Police Station. Mysore Railway station is about 5 kms. Mysore main bus stand is about 3 kms. KSRTC local buses ply from railway station/bus stand to a bus stop situated near the PTC Mysore main gate. Auto charges from railway station would be around Rs. 60/- and from main bus stand, it would be around Rs. 35/-.
Mysore enjoys a cool and pleasant climate round the year with temperature rarely going beyond 30o C. Now the minimum temperature is   11° C. Trainees are required to bring adequate winter wear.
Postal Training Centre has its hostel in the campus, where participants will be accommodated. There will be sharing of accommodation. Separate blocks are available for men and women trainees. Accommodation for the families of the participants is not available.

Mess facility
Vegetarian mess facility is provided.

Physical Training
Physical training activities are provided to the trainees through Physical Training Instructor. Facilities for playing outdoor games are available. There will be yoga session every day

Library/Reading room
All important daily newspapers, weekly, fortnightly, monthly magazines of English, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada are made available to the trainees in the reading room. In Library, Southern regional languages books, books on management, computer, English fiction, nonfiction and etc, in English & Hindi are available.

A dispensary is available for providing medical facility to the trainees.

No.TRG-1/2-3/Dir IP/07/12-13                dated at     Mysore-570010 the                             19/11/2012