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Friday, July 25, 2014

WORK SHOP on CIS at PLI Dte


WORKSHOP ON CORE INSURANCE SOLUTION HELD AT PLI DIRECTORATE ON 17/7/2014

PLI Directorate invited NFPE to participate in the work shop on Roll out of Core Insurance Solution and creation of Central Processing Centre. The above workshop was held at PLI Directorate New Delhi on 17.07.2014. On behalf of NFPE Com. N. Subramanian, Deputy General Secretary AIPEU Group ‘C ’& Com. Pranab Bhattacharjee General Secretary Admin union attended. The CGM (PLI) inaugurated the work shop. The General Manager (PLI) and Addl.GM (PLI) have conducted the work shop and clarified the doubts raised by the participants.

The following points have been emphasized and highlighted by the NFPE.

1.      While welcoming the CPC under Core Insurance Solution, the NFPE strongly demands that all Circle offices/ Regional offices shall be allowed to function as CPCs.
2.      As all the HPOs are proposed to function as CPCs, provision of additional staff has been insisted to handle the additional work related to CPCs such as Acceptance of Proposals, Issue of Policy documents & Premium Receipt books, Loan, Surrender, Maturity, Death Claim and other Customer Services like Change of address, Nomination etc.
3.      Supply of New Computers, Scanners and Printers with good configuration & Furniture has been demanded and it was replied that all the above items are to be supplied on priority basis. The proposed Scanners will have the facility of OCR technology (Optical Character Recognizer) to reduce the typing work to a greater extent.
4.      After introduction of CPCs, the visiting customers will be more to avail many “After Sales Services”, it is imperative to allot funds and enhance financial powers to Head Postmasters to cater the need of hospitality par with the trend prevailing with market competitors. The idea insisted by NFPE is positively cognized.
5.      The delay in payment of incentive to GDS and Departmental staff was pointed out and it was assured for necessary action. It was told to the union that Ministry of Finance has been addressed for the allotment of additional fund to clear all the pending bills at various levels.
6.      The issue of slow speed and low bandwidth in respect of CBS is already prevailing and if the core Insurance Solution is hastily implemented with the existing infrastructure, the staff will be put in to greater trouble and strain was the argument put forth by NFPE. It is replied that the implementation of CIS is being delayed to sort out the above problem and it would be set right soon. Smooth transition to Mc Camish would be the aim as replied.

The Department sought better cooperation in the implementation of Core Insurance Solution and creation of Central Processing Centre. We assured positively.


(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
NFPE

AIPEU GDS ( NFPE ) announced MASS DHARNA



Some PBI News

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
President's Secretariat
 
24-July-2014 16:52 IST
President of India inaugurates bank and Post office at their new locations in the President’s estate 
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the President’s Estate Branch of United Bank of India and Rashtrapati Bhavan Post Office in their new buildings today (July 24, 2014).
The President’s Estate Branch of United Bank of India was established on February 28, 1976 and inaugurated by the then President of India, Late Dr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed.
The Rashtrapati Bhavan Post Office started functioning as Viceroy’s Camp Post Office at Shimla on June 10, 1904. In 1948, it was renamed as Governor-General Post Office and in 1950, it was again renamed as President-Camp Post Office. On December 7, 1950 it got its present name. This Post Office caters to the needs of President’s Secretariat as well as residents of the President’s Estate.
The Bank and Post Office were relocated from a heritage building as part of measures to implement the Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan for the President’s Estate. A fitness centre for the staff of the President’s Estate was also inaugurated by the President today. 
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Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
 
24-July-2014 12:25 IST
Award to Industrious Government Staffers 
The Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) has instated a non-monetary incentive scheme titled ‘Employee of the Month‘ with effect from October, 2013 to recognize meritorious performance of employees of the rank of Under Secretary and equivalent and below in the Department.

DoPT had organized a retreat for its officials at the level of Deputy Secretary and above in October, 2013 at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie. This Department has informed other Departments of Government of India about this retreat as one of the best practices introduced in DoP&T.

In accordance with Innovation Action Plan, DoPT has installed ‘Idea Boxes’ in the Department to solicit ‘out of the box’ solution to various issues. This Department has informed other Department of Government of India about the installation of ‘Idea Boxes’ as one of the best practices introduced in DoPT.


Dr Jitendra Singh, MoS (PPG&P) gave this information in Rajya Sabha today in a written reply to a question by Shrimati Wansuk Syiem
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Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
 
24-July-2014 12:33 IST
Special Arrangements Made for Accepting Returns of Income;
Offices to Remain Open on 26th July and 27th July, 2014, Being Saturday and Sunday, for Accepting the Returns During Normal Office Hours
 

For the convenience of the taxpayers, the Income Tax Department has decided to keep the offices open for accepting the returns of income during normal office hours on 26thJuly and 27th July, 2014, being Saturday and Sunday. This direction has been issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) in exercise of powers conferred under Section 119 of the Income Tax Act, 1961. Special arrangements have also been made by way of opening additional receipt counters, wherever required, on 26th, 27th, 28th, 30th and 31stJuly, 2014 in order to facilitate the taxpayers in filing their returns of income conveniently and in a timely manner.
            The due date for filing of return of income within the meaning of Explanation 2(c) to Section 139(1) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 is 31st July, 2014.

CENTRAL CIVIL SERVICES (COMMUTATION OF PENSION) SECOND AMENDMENT RULES, 2014

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CHALO DELHI 12.8.2014


ALL INDIA POSTAL CASUAL, PART TIME, CONTINGENT
& CONTRACT WORKERS FEDERATION
CHQ, NEW DELHI - 110 001
                                                                         Dated: 16.7.2014
CIRCULAR
Dear Comrades
CHALO DELHI 12.8.2014

HUNGER FAST BEFORE DAK BHAVAN, DELHI ON CASUAL,
CONTINGENT WORKERS DEMANDS BY NFPE

            It was decided to hold ‘HUNGER FAST’ before  DAK BHAVAN, the O/o Secretary, Dept of Posts on 12.08.2014 from 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM for settlement of long pending demands of our Casual labour & Contingent workers.

            Even though the committee report was submitted long back, the file in  Dilly-Dallying between DOPT & DOP.

1. One order regarding regularisation of Casual workers recruited even though irregularly against post before 2006 and working since 10 years basing on Supreme Court Judgement was issued. Copy of the order is enclosed. Please ensure that the order is implemented in true sprit with the help of NFPE Divisional Secretaries.

2. On 12.8.2014 evening at 17.00 hours, Central Working Committee meeting will be held in NFPE office located at North Avenue Post Office Building to review the situation.

3. In that meeting the decision of all unions on the 7th pay commission and our demands and conducting our All India Conference will be decided.

            All are requested to attend in large number on 12th August 2014 to Delhi and participate in Hunger Fast and make it grand success.

With greetings.

Yours Comradely

   (P MOHAN)
General Secretary


ALL INDIA POSTAL CASUAL, PART TIME, CONTINGENT
& CONTRACT WORKERS FEDERATION
CHQ, NEW DELHI - 110 001
                                                                         Dated: 16.7.2014

NOTICE
Dear Comrades,
            It is hereby notified that the Central Working Committee meeting of our federation will be held on 12.08.2014 at NFPE office, North Avenue Post Office Bldg, New Delhi under the Presidentship of Com C.C. Pillai to discuss the following Agenda.
            All the CWC members are requested to attend the meeting without fail and make it success.
AGENDA
1.         Review of 12th Aug 2014 Hunger Fast programme.
2.         Discussions on decision taken by Postal JCA on 28.07.2014
            for settlement of our demands.
3.         Organisational review.
4.         Conducting next all India conference and it's venue.
5.         Any other Demands with the permission of chair.
                                                                                                                         (P MOHAN)
                                                                                                                 General Secretary
Copy to:
1. ComC.C. Pillai, President with request to attend the meeting.
2. All CWC members by & Circle secretaries.
3. All General Secretaries of NFPE affiliated union
    with a request to attend and share the occasion.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

PRESS NEWS -- " The Damocles’ sword of the NPS hung on the existing pensioners too" Com.M.Krishnan Deliberates on NPS at Pensioners AIC at Vellore TN


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VELLORE, July 21, 2014


Centre has no liability since fund created will be administered by private insurance firm

M. Krishnan, secretary general of the Confederation of Central Government Employees, speaking at the conference of All India Postal & RMS Pensioners Association in Vellore on Sunday.— Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy
M. Krishnan, secretary general of 

the Confederation of Central 

Government Employees, speaking at

the conference of All India Postal & 

RMS Pensioners Association in

Vellore on Sunday.— Photo: C. 

Venkatachalapathy
The New Pension Scheme (NPS) introduced under the New Pension Fund Development and Regulatory Authority (NPFDRA) Act passed by the United Progressive Alliance-II government with the support of the Bharatiya Janata Party will affect the existing pensioners as well as all those who joined the service prior to January 1, 2004, according to M. Krishnan, secretary-general of the Confederation of Central Government Employees (CCGE).
Speaking on ‘New Pension Scheme and its Impact’ on the second day of the two-day First Foundation All India Conference of the All India Postal & RMS Pensioners Association (AIPRPA) here on Sunday, Mr. Krishnan said that the NPS was introduced by the Centre based on the recommendations of the Bhattacharji Committee which stated that the financial position of the Central government employees would be far better at the time of their retirement since they were getting better wages while in service.
On these grounds the committee recommended the introduction of the contributory pension scheme (CPS). The committee also stated that the pensioners need not be paid any compensation for price rise except the increase in pension which they would get whenever there was a pay hike for the serving staff. Based on this, the then National Democratic Alliance government issued the order introducing the NPS and making it applicable only to those who joined service after January 1, 2004.
The UPA-I government did not cancel the order but gave a legal status to the NDA government’s order by bringing an Ordinance, which however could not be made into a law because of the opposition of the Left parties. But the subsequent UPA-II government passed the NPFDRA Act in Parliament with the support of the BJP.
With the passing of the Act, the employees who joined after January 1, 2004 suffered a 10% salary cut since this 10% went towards the New Pension Fund created under the Act. The General Provident Fund too was withdrawn for this category by the government which stated that the employees who were under the CPS would get 60% of their contribution as pension at the time of their retirement. Under the NPFDRA, the Central government had no pension liability since the Pension Fund created under the Act was to be administered by a private insurance company which would invest the fund in the share market, which only went to benefit the corporates.
“This virtually amounted to privatisation of pension,” he said.
Cautioning existing pensioners and those Central government employees appointed prior to January 1, 2004 who were under the wrong impression that the NPS would not affect them, Mr. Krishnan pointed to a clause in the NPFDRA Act which states that the NPS could, by a notification of the Government of India, be extended to those who were appointed prior to January 1, 2004 too.
The Secretary General said that a committee constituted by the Central government to work out the projected liability for it if it were to make an initial contribution towards the Pension Fund to provide pension to those who joined before the cut-off date stated that the Centre would have to contribute Rs. 3,35,628 crores to provide pension for the next 30 years, which the Sixth Pay Commission said the government could not bear.
So the committee suggested that the government could consider segregating the liability into one for those below 40 years, and another for others. But such a fund too would be managed by a private agency which would invest it in the unpredictable share market.
“So, the Damocles’ sword of the NPS hung on the existing pensioners too”, he said, adding that the Central government employees and pensioners should fight a joint struggle against the NPS.

MORE ON POSTOFFICE IN PARLIAMENT

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July 22, 2014

Going Postal

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had a word of advice for Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Taking note of the number of questions that MPs had for the Minister, especially about postal services and post offices, she told the Minister, “A lot of people want to raise questions on the issues. You should pay more attention to the postal department.”The Minister on his part announced that the government had decided to open 80 Gramin Dak Sewa Post Offices and 80 sub post offices in the country under Rural Business and Access to Postal Network scheme.



The Prime Minister spent about one-and-a half–hours on the postal department

Ravi Shankar Prasad
Ravi Shankar Prasad
Proper digital connectivity of all post offices in the country is top priority for the Government, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told the Lok Sabha here on Monday.

Replying to questions related to his Ministry, Prasad said the Prime Minister was personally monitoring a host of departments and postal services were one of them.

“The Prime Minister spent about one-and-a half–hours on the postal department and has given suggestions, which will be considered,” he said, in reply to a query by Biju Janata Dal’s Tathagata Satapathy on the status of the banking licence applied for by the postal department.Prasad said there was need for reforms in postal reforms as also upgradation of Grameen Dak Ghar Services, catering to the rural population.




Mobile networks

Prasad said the Government’s priority was also to improve BSNL services.
Responding to a question raised by Congress MP Ashok Chavan on poor mobile network in Naxal-affected regions in Maharashtra, Prasad said mobile networks, under the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) scheme in such areas are likely to be set up in 15 months.
A proposal to install mobile towers at 1,836 locations in nine States affected by Left Wing Extremism with funding support from USOF has already been approved, he added.
The Minister said Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) had installed mobile towers at 363 locations for which financial support to meet operational expenses would be provided through USOF.
On a question on lack of diesel supplies to BSNL mobile towers leading to their non-functionality and affecting security, he admitted there were concerns on diesel supply and “there is scope for improvement“.
The idea of using solar power for telecom towers was also being looked into, especially in the hilly regions of North East, Prasad said.
(This article was published on July 21, 2014)

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