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Saturday, November 1, 2014

SOME RECENT LETTERS OF CHQ

CLICK HERE--Newly recruited PAs - Request for  appointment before PTC training 
CLICK HERE--Standard Questionnaire for visit to HO/SO and BO 
CLICK HERE--Circulation of DoPT OM – Relaxation of LTC Rules for Air Travel to NER, J&K and A&N 
CLICK HERE--Relocating of Bangalore East Divisional Office and Bangalore Sub Foreign office.
CLICK HERE--Request for briefing our view point/suggestions to Task Force for leveraging Postoffice Network

POSTAL JCA DHARNA PROGRAMME FROM 27th TO 31st OCTOBER 2014 - IN THE CIRCLES - PHOTOS





7 th CPC's visit to Mumbai

The commission has, in its first phase of interaction, been seeking the views of various stakeholders on its terms of reference. To this end, meetings have been held in Delhi with various organisations and heads of various agencies.
In its second phase of interaction, the Commission has started holding meetings in different parts of the country to facilitate stakeholders staying in various areas to present their views personally before the Commission and ensure larger representation. This exercise is being undertaken to enable the Commission to get a first-hand impression about the functioning and the condition of service prevailing in different parts of the country.
Accordingly, the Commission, headed by its Chairman, Justice Shri A. K. Mathur, proposes to visit Mumbai from 6th November, 2014 to 8th November, 2014

Indian Postal Banking has lots of scope due to connectivity, says Communications Minister



Even with widespread retail banking in place, India’s postal banking service has a large scope due to its connectivity, stressed Communications and IT Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday (October 29).


Prasad was inaugurating the Postal Savings Banks Forum in New Delhi, which was organised by World Savings and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI) jointly with the National Savings Organisation (Ministry of Finance) and the Department of Posts.

The theme of the forum was “The Rising Force of Postal Banking in the Retail Banking Market”.

According to a statement by the Press Information Bureau of India, post offices hold 1.6 billion savings and deposit accounts globally, which is second to commercial banks that hold about 2.5 billion accounts.

Prasad said that postal banking transcended the rich and poor barrier, the biggest asset being the network of post offices throughout the country.

“The asset, ladies and gentlemen, to my understanding is connectivity. In India, as the Secretary Posts rightly pointed out, we have huge institutions spread all across different parts of India,” he said.

India has more than 150, 000 post offices, more than the 100,000 commercial banks, the statement read. Savings accounts in post offices in the country numbered to 310 million more than that of any commercial bank.

Prasad stressed on postal financial inclusion, saying that government services like India Post had not only given employment to many Indians but were giving impetus to e-commerce which was further giving employment and financial inclusion to the poor. Big e-commerce giants like Amazon employ India Post to deliver their goods to various parts of the country.

With a population exceeding 1.1 billion, a burgeoning middle class and better Internet access, India’s e-commerce potential is huge. Online retail sales are expected to surge to $76 billion by 2021, according to consultants Forrester, and the segment is growing at a much slower pace than other emerging markets, including China.

Prasad further said that the Indian Prime Minister had constituted a task force to deliberate on ideas and innovations for the Indian Postal Services.

“Yes, postal banking is a very exciting idea. I have always been supportive of it. Therefore, the Prime Minister himself has started a big task force headed by eminent officers in which Secretary Posts is also there, to come up with a very structured report outlining the new challenges, the new opportunities and the new way ahead for the Postal Services in India,”said Prasad.

Earlier this year, Modi promised to end “financial untouchability” with the Jan Dhan Yojana or Scheme for the People’s Wealth. The scheme would ensure the majority of households in India, of nearly 1.3 billion people, have a bank account within months.

The government said nearly 15 million people opened accounts at centres around the country on the first day of the programme.


The goal is to open 75 million accounts by January next year.

Friday, October 31, 2014

CONFEDERATION CIRCULAR NO. 20 - JCM NATIONAL COUNCIL STAFF SIDE - ALL INDIA CONVENTION ON 11.12.2014



Ref:  CIRCULAR NO. 20                                                                                                           DATED – 31.10.2014

Dear Comrades,

                We send herewith copy of the letter from the Secretary, Staff Side, JCM intimating of the decision taken by the Staff Side to hold a National Convention at New Delhi on 11thDecember, 2014.  We have already placed the said letter in our website.  The decision is the outcome of the efforts the Confederation representatives in the Staff Side of the National council and must be considered a step in the right direction in pursuance of the Charter of demands, especially the important issues like wage revision, interim relief, merger of DA, scrapping of the new Pension scheme, privatization, outsourcing etc.  As indicated in the letter of the Staff side Secretary, the staff side is likely to meet in the second fortnight of November, 2014 to finalize the draft declaration and the programme of action.  We shall place the draft declaration on our website as and when the same is finalized.

                Confederation is entitled to deploy 220 delegates to participate in the convention.  We have decided to invite the Confederation of Central Government officers organizations also to participate in the convention.  The quota of delegation for the major affiliates and State Committees are indicated in the table given below.  All other affiliates and State Committee may deploy three delegates (each) to participate in the convention.  The Convention is being held atMPCU Shah Auditorium, Sree Gurjarathi Samaj, Raj Niwas Road, Civil Lines(Opposite Civil Lines Metro Station), Delhi, The Convention  will commence at 12 Noon and will be concluded by 4.00 PM on  11th December, 2014.  


                The timings have been so arranged to enable the comrades to reach in the morning of 11th and if necessary to return on the same day.  The delegates  are requested to make their own arrangements for stay etc,if they wish to be at Delhi earlier or later of the day of the convention.  The venue is well connected by Metro Line and from the Civil Lines Station, it is walkable distance only. Kindly ensure that the tickets for onward and return journey for the participating delegates are booked well in advance. 

                With greetings,
Yours fraternally,


M. KRISHNAN
Secretary General.



Encl: Copy of Staff Side letter (CLICK HERE)


Quota for affiliates for National convention of JCM (Staff Side)


Sl. No. 
Name
Delegates No.
1
NFPE
70
2
ITEF
25
3
All India Audit & Accounts
15
4
 National Fedn. of Atomic Energy
10
5
 All India Civil Accts. Emp,. Assn.    
8
6
All other affiliates: Each
3
7
 Bengal State Committee
10
8
Kerala
10
9
Taminadu
10
10
Andhra Pradesh
10
11
Karnataka
10
12
Maharashtra - Mumbai
10
13
Delhi
10
14
All other State Committes Each
3
15
Confederation of Central Govt. officers organizations.
10

JCM DEPARTMENTAL COUNCIL MEETING LIKELY TO BE IN DEC 2014

JCM  DEPARTMENTAL COUNCIL STAFF SIDE HAS EARLIER SUBMITTED 158 ITEMS FOR ENSUING JCM DC MEETING. NOW 58 ITEMS  ARE NOT PROPOSED TO BE ADMITTED BY THE DIRECTORATE . THE REASON ATTRIBUTED TO THE FOLLOWING GROUNDS :

1. SUBJECTS PERTAINING TO CIRCLES ARE TO BE TAKEN  AT RJCM.
2. SUBJECTS ALREADY TAKEN AND DISCUSSED.
3. SUBJECTS NOT RELATED TO ENTITLED CLASS OF EMPLOYEES UNDER JOINT CONSULTATIVE MACHINERY.

ALL OTHER 100 ITEMS WILL BE TAKEN PART IN DISCUSSION OF JCM DEPARTMENTAL COUNCIL MEETING LIKELY TO BE IN  DEC 2014   

Ban on creation of Plan and Non-Plan posts - Finance Ministry

North East Circle Postal/Sorting Assistant Exam 2014 final result

A Curtain Raiser on Postal Savings Banks Forum

The Minister for Communications & IT and Law and Justice World Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad will inaugurate the Postal Savings Banks Forum in New Delhi tomorrow. 

This year’s forum is being organised by World Savings and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI) jointly with the National Savings Organisation (Ministry of Finance) and the Department of Posts. 

The theme of this year’s Postal Savings Banks Forum will be "The rising force of postal banking in the retail banking market".

The role of postal operators in the world of retail banking is often overlooked. Post Offices worldwide hold 1.6 billion savings and deposit accounts. This is second only to commercial banks, which hold about 2.5 billion accounts. Thus, post offices are critical to the pursuit of financial inclusion, which is recognised today as a vital pre-requisite to socio-economic development.

The Universal Postal Union estimates that several hundred million people, often without an account, use the Post to make and receive basic payment transactions such as domestic and international transfers, government payments and utility payments. Postal operators, in all their activities, have always relied on a business model based on large volumes and low costs. Combined with the universal service obligation through which the State gives the mandate to the Post to serve the entire population, these specific features make the Post a worthwhile ally in the fight against financial exclusion.
 

Financial inclusion brought about through the postal network is called postal financial inclusion. India has about 1.55 lakh post offices, which is more than the combined branch strength of commercial banks (about 1 lakh). The number of savings accounts held in post offices in India is about 31 crore, which is more than that of any commercial bank in the country. The postal network possesses excellent cash management abilities and is trusted for its governance practices. Thus India seems to have the right mix of ingredients to deliver concrete results in postal financial inclusion. Hence the WSBI Postal Savings Bank Forum is of considerable interest to the Banking Sector in India.

The Rising Force of Postal Banking in the Retail Banking Market

"The rising force of postal banking in the retail banking market". 
The Minister for Communications & IT and Law and Justice Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that a group constituted by the Prime Minister consisting of the Secretary of the Postal department is looking into making of a financial institution for Postal savings. He was inaugurating the Postal Savings Banks Forum being organised by World Savings and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI), the National Savings Organisation of the Finance Ministry and the Department of Posts in New Delhi today.

 He said the present government wants to promote financial inclusion and the Jhan Dhan Yojana is a big effort in this direction. Another programme of the government of ‘Digital India’, which is steered by his ministry, also aims at digital inclusion and digital empowerment of rural poor. 
Shri Prasad informed delegates from various countries that Post Office Savings Bank is one of the oldest and largest savings institution in the country and it also has the largest outreach in rural India, and more so, in backward and remote areas. The minister expressed happiness that the major asset of the postal institution, that is its connectivity on the ground is sought to be used for promoting e commerce in the country.
Secretary, Department of Posts Srimati Kavary Banerjee, in her key note address informed that the Department’s network of thousand post offices significantly out-numbers the combined number of branches of all commercial banks taken together.

 The post office savings schemes hold a total of 312 million accounts, which is more than the number of accounts held by any commercial bank. More importantly, the social sector disbursements done through the post offices have succeeded in bringing a total of about 80 million previously unbanked individuals into the fold of formal financial institutions in the last five years. All these have led to a change in the perception about the Post Office among the public as also within the organization.

 Consequently India Post is now perceived as a potential key facilitator of financial inclusion in the country, having a role in promoting the country’s socio-economic development, she added.
The theme of this year’s Postal Savings Banks Forum will be "The rising force of postal banking in the retail banking market". 
PIB