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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

LGO & IP Exams Postponed – Dates will be announced later

A- 34012/02/2011-DE

Government of India

Ministry of Communications & IT

Department of Posts

(Recruitment Division)

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,

New Delhi – 110001

Dated 30.08.2011

To,

1. All Heads of Circles

2. Addl. DG APS West Block III. Wing No. 5, R. K. Puram, New Delhi – 110067

3. BD and PLI Directorates

4. Directors, Postal Staff College India Ghaziabad and Postal Training Centres

Sub: - Holding of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LGO) and Inspector of Postal Examination, 2011

Sir/Madam,

I am directed to refer to this office letters No. A-34012/02/2011-DE and No. A-34012/04/2011-DE dated 26.04.2011 wherein the dates of Examination were notified as 4th September 2011 for LGO and 3rd & 4th September 2011 for Inspector of Posts.

2. It is informed that the above mentioned two Examinations have been postponed until further orders. The dates of both the Examinations will be intimated very soon. Please inform all concerned candidates.

3. Receipt of this letter may please be acknowledged.

Yours faithfully

Sd/-

(L. Mohan Rao)

Assistant Director General (DE)

SB Allowance to PA's in SB Branches & Change in SB Aptitude Test reg:-


Monday, August 29, 2011

Settlement of deceased claim case in respect of Sr. Citizen's Savings Scheme account – a clarification regarding. (S.B. Order No. 15/2011)

D.G. Posts No. 79-01/2011-SB dated 18.08.2011.

The undersigned is directed to say that a RTI query regarding settlement of deceased claim when deposit is payable two or more nominees and either of them is dead was referred to Min. of Finance (DEA) for clarification as there is no such provision in SCSS Rules 2004.

2. The Ministry of Finance (DEA) vide its O.M.No. 15/1/2009/NS-II dated 02.08.2011 has clarified that in such case, the deposit shall be paid to the surviving nominee.

3. It is requested that this may be circulated to all post offices for information and necessary guidance to deal with such claim cases.

4. This issues with the approval of DDG (FS)


Sd/-

(Kawal Jit Singh)

Assistant Director (SB)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Recommendations of Expert Committee on expedition the process involved in Disciplinary/Vigilance proceedings

The Government is considering a set of proposals to cut the time taken to penalise delinquent Government officials including sacking of officials found to be involved in corruption.

The Government had appointed a three member Committee of Experts to examine and suggest measures to expedite the process involved in Disciplinary/Vigilance Proceedings. The Committee has made a number of recommendations aimed at reducing time taken in conducting and concluding disciplinary proceedings against government servants. In its Report, the Committee has recommended :

·Creation of panels of Inquiry Officers from amongst both serving and retired government servants and enhancement of remuneration for conducting inquiries;

·Prescribing a time limit of two months for completion of minor penalty disciplinary inquiries and 12 months for major penalty disciplinary inquiries;

·Dispensing with second stage consultation with CVC;

·Dispensing with consultation with UPSC in minor penalty disciplinary cases;

·Setting up of Vigilance Commissions with statutory status in the States;

·Introduction of Plea-Bargaining in major penalty disciplinary inquiries;

·Major penalty of compulsory retirement to include cut in pension/gratuity;

·Amendment of Article 311 of the Constitution to provide for dismissal from service on charges of corrupt practices after beginning of trial in a competent court;

The Report of Committee is under examination.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Shri. V. Narayanasamy in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

Counting of Special Pay for fixation of Pay of PO & RMS Accountants


Clrification on Payment of Severance Amount to GDS




Permission for Joining Private Sector

There is no cooling off period applicable to officers after retirement for seeking permission to take up employment in the private sector. In accordance with sub rule (1) of Rule 10 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972, if a pensioner who held a Group ‘A’ post at time of retirement, wishes to accept any commercial employment before expiry of one year of retirement, he/she is required to obtain previous sanction of the Government. Similar provision also exists for All India Service Officers in Rule 26 of AIS (DCRB) Rules, 1958. The data on the number of requests received from retired officers seeking such permission is not centrally maintained.

In granting or rejecting permission to such an applicant, the competent authority shall have regard to the factors mentioned in sub-rule (3) of Rule 10 of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 and Sub-Rule (3) of Rule 26 of AIS (DCRB) Rules, 1958 as the case may be.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Shri V. Narayanasamy in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

Source: PIB

Railway Mail Service

The Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology, Shri Sachin Pilot today informed Lok Sabha in written reply to a question that the Department has a well-established procedure and mechanism for settlement of the grievances of its employees. Personal grievances of the employees are addressed by the administrative units concerned on the basis of receipt of such representations. There is a system of regular meetings with the service unions at Divisional, Regional and Circle Levels for redressal of operational grievances. Periodic meetings also take place at the Directorate level with the national representatives of the Unions to discuss operational issues.

The department takes requisite action with respect to employees grievances based on the representations and through the regular meetings.

The Department of Posts does not issue Railway Pass for RMS employees/families. Department of Posts provides a metal token to the RMS employees traveling in the trains for the purpose of carriage of mail as a proof of identity.

MGNREGA Payments Through Post Offices

The Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology, Shri Sachin Pilot today informed Lok Sabha in written reply to a question that the scheme of payment wages under MGNREGA through post offices is operational in 19 Postal Circles ( 26 states and 5 UTs ) of the country ( except Delhi, J & K and Tamilnadu Postal Circles (Tamilnadu andPuducherry).

Circle

Zero-balaceAccounts

SB Accounts

Total

Andhra Pradesh

32,94,537

98,07,124

1,31,01,661

Assam

13,01,924

5,26,661

18,28,585

Bihar

18,03,621

37,72,607

55,76,228

Chattisgarh

31,91,844

2,86,209

34,78,053

Gujrat

17,75,570

2,52,053

20,27,623

Haryana

49,222

11,929

61,151

Himachal Pradesh

63,844

15,072

78,916

Jharkhand

18,12,829

15,04,839

33,17,668

Karnataka

2,98,607

13,43,189

16,41,796

Kerala

1,89,731

0

1,89,731

Madhya Pradesh

12,78,115

2,46,629

15,24,744

Maharashtra

14,28,426

1,50,243

15,78,669

N.E.

41,7749

1,07,668

5,25,417

Orissa

16,16,262

15,279

16,31,541

Punjab

2,02,261

70,651

2,72,912

Rajasthan

30,13,314

31,50,433

61,63,747

Uttar Pradesh

2,39,802

1,60,732

4,00,534

Uttarakhand

1,34,199

87,611

2,21,810

West Bengal

51,30,858

4,44,879

55,75,737

Total

2,72,42,715

2,19,53,808

4,91,96,523

2,19,53,808 SB accounts and 2,72,42,715 zero-balance accounts have been opened in Post Offices for payment of wages under MGNREGA. Department gets remuneration for live SB account from Ministry of Finance. The rate applicable for the year 2011-12 is Rs. 142.76 per account per year. However, Ministry of Finance is not giving any remuneration for zero-balance accounts.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

New E-mail ID for CHQ

Dear Comrade,

The CHQ has created a new E-mail ID - aipeugrc@gmail.com.

All mails may please be sent to this ID hereafter, Please don’t send any mail to our earlier E-mail ID p3chq@hotmail.com.

Inconvenience caused is regretted.

With greetings,

(K. V. Sridharan)

General Secretary

Suspension orders, charge sheets not personal information: CIC

New Delhi, Aug 21 Suspension orders and charge sheets issued to government officials should be disclosed under the RTI as these are not personal information, the Central Information Commission has held.

The transparency panel held that charge sheets and suspension orders are issued as part of public activity and cannot qualify as personal information, hence should be disclosed to RTI applicants.

The case relates to an RTI application filed by Jayalaxmi who sought to know the names of Syndicate Bank officials who are on suspension and those against whom charge sheets have been served.

The bank rejected the information saying that there is no public interest involved in the application, it is of third party information and further, it would impede the process of investigation and departmental enquiry.

During the appeal hearing, the CIC said all relationships usually have an element of trust, but all of them cannot be classified as fiduciary.

Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi said an important characteristic for the relationship to qualify as a fiduciary relationship is that the information provider gives the information for using it for the benefit of the one who is providing the information.

"The information like names, designation and branch of the employees/officers working in Karnataka state who are under suspension from the services of the bank and further who are issued with charge sheet as on date has not been provided by the officers to Syndicate Bank and hence it cannot be said to held in a fiduciary capacity,"Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi said.

SB ORDER NO. 15/2011: - Settlement of deceased claim case in respect of Sr. Citizen’s Savings Scheme account- a clarification regarding.

SB ORDER NO. 15/2011

No.79-01/2011-SB

Government of India

Ministry of Communications & IT

Department of Posts

DakBhawan, SansadMarg,

New Delhi-110116.

Dated: 18.08.2011

To

All Heads of Circles/Regions

Addl. Director General, APS, New Delhi.


Subject:- Settlement of deceased claim case in respect of Sr. Citizen’s Savings Scheme account- a clarification regarding.

Sir / Madam,


The undersigned is directed to say that a RTI query regarding settlement of deceased claim when deposit is payable to two or more nominees and either of them is dead was referred to Min. of Finance (DEA) for clarification as there is no such provision in SCSS Rules 2004.

2. The Ministry of Finance (DEA) vide its O.M. No. 15/1/2009/NS-II dated 02.08.2011 has clarified that in such a case, the deposit shall be paid to the surviving nominee.

3. It is requested that this may be circulated to all post offices for information and necessary guidance to deal with such claim cases.

4. This issues with the approval of DDG(FS).


Yours faithfully,


(KawalJit Singh)

Assistant Director (SB)

SB ORDER NO.6/2011- Grant of Savings Bank Allowance to Postal Assistants working in Savings Bank/certificate branches-holding of SB Aptitude Test reg.

SB ORDER NO. 16/2011

No.113-07/2010-SB

Government of India

Ministry of Communications & IT

Department of Posts

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,

New Delhi-110001, Dated: 23.08.2011

To

All Heads of Circles/Regions

Addl. Director General, APS, New Delhi.

Subject:- Grant of Savings Bank Allowance to Postal Assistants working in Savings Bank/certificate branches- holding of SB Aptitude Test regarding.

Sir / Madam,

The undersigned is directed to refer to this office SB Order No.26/89 issued vide letter No. 2- 3/86-SB dated 27.4.1989, SB Order No.43/89 dated 12.9.1989, SB Order No. 26/90 dated 4.05.1990, SB Order No. 17/2004 dated 8.10.2001, SB Order No. 5/2005 issued vide letter no. 113-1/2003- SB(APT) dated 28.3.2005, D.O. letter of even number dated 26.2.2010 from DDG(FS) to all Heads of circles and SB Order No. 10/2011 dated 21.6.2011 on the subject.

2. Based on the inputs received from the circles, it was observed that out of the staff working in the POSB/SC related branches in the post offices, the percentage of staff passed SB Aptitude test is very low and in some circles the test has either been not held from many years or not regularly held. In view of this, the pattern and syllabus of the aptitude test has been reviewed in this office and it has been decided to revise the whole pattern as well as syllabus of this test which is very important from the operational point of view of the POSB/SC. Min. of Finance is also time and again pointing out the high percentage of irregularities being committed by the postal staff which is resulting in financial loss to the Government as well as in some cases to the customers and increase in court cases/public grievances.

3. Revised Syllabus, pattern, eligibility criteria, procedure for setting up of paper/venue and further reporting to this division are attached as enclosure. Test will be held twice in a calendar year i.e in the month of February and August and candidates who have completed one year service on 30th June or 31st December of the year in which the test is conducted shall be eligible to appear.

4. It is requested that necessary action may be taken immediately to circulate the new syllabus as well as eligibility criteria so that next SB Aptitude may be held in February 2012.

5. This issues with the approval of DDG(FS).

Yours faithfully,

(Kawal Jit Singh)

Assistant Director (SB)

Enclosure:- New Syllabus/Pattern/Eligibility Criteria etc.

Syllabus for Savings Bank Aptitude Test

Paper - I

Marks-100

Time-2 Hours

Total No. of Questions-50

Qualifying Marks:- 50%

Note:- The examination will be held with the aid of books approved by the department. All the questions will be objective type with four options. The candidate has to choose the correct option as per his knowledge and quote the rule from the books approved for the examination to support his/her decision.

Syllabus:-

Acts

(1) Government Savings Bank Act 1873 (amended from time to time)

(2) Government Savings Certificates Act 1959 (amended from time to time)

(3) Public Provident Fund Act 1968 (amended from time to time)

Statutory Rules

(1) Post Office Savings Bank General Rules 1981 (amended from time to time).

(2) Post Office Savings Account Rules 1981 (amended from time to time).

(3) Post Office Recurring Deposit Rules 1981 (amended from time to time).

(4) Post Office Time Deposit Rules 1981 (amended from time to time).

(5) Post Office Monthly Income Account Rules 1987(amended from time to time).

(6) Public Provident Fund Scheme Rules 1968 (amended from time to time)

(7) National Savings Certificate (VIII Issue) Rules, 1989 (amended from time to time).

(8) Kisan Vikas Patras Rules, 1986 (amended from time to time).


Procedure

(1) All procedural rules of POSB Manual Vol-I and II.

(2) All SB Orders issued from 1.1.2007 onwards.


Approved Books

(1). POSB Manual Vol-I or Compilation of POSB Manual Vol-I

(2) POSB Manual Vol-II or Compilation of POSB Manual Vol-II

(3) POSB Manual Vol-III or Compilation of POSB Manual Vol-III or Handbook on Government Small Savings Schemes

Eligibility Criteria:- All Postal Assistants who have completed one year’s service on 30th June or 31st December of the year in which test is conducted shall be eligible to appear. Test will be conducted twice in a calendar year i.e in the month of February and August. Candidates who have completed one year’s service as on 31st December shall be eligible for appearing in the test to be held in February and those who have completed one year’s service as on 30th June shall be eligible for appearing in the test to be held in August. There will be no restriction on number of times a candidate can appear.

Setting up of paper and venue:- Test will be conducted by the circle. Date, time and venue will be decided at circle level and circulated at least 30 days before the scheduled date. Setting up of paper will be done at the level of Postal Training Centre. Chief Postmaster General of the circle shall decide the name of Postal Training Centre from which the Paper will be got set. A blank line is required to be provided after 4 options in each question to mention the Rule in support of the answer. Evaluation of the papers shall also be got done from the same PTC. Result will be declared by the circle. Successful candidates shall be posted in the branches pertaining to POSB/SC in post offices/divisional offices/regional offices and circle office. If surplus candidates qualified, a list of such candidates may be prepared in the preference of marks obtained in the test and they shall be posted in the SB/SC branches as and when required.

Reporting:- All circles will send half yearly report to the FS Division of Directorate in the enclosed format.

Format of Half Yearly Report (to be sent in the month of April and October)

Name of Circle

No. of Fully

engaged

posts

eligible for

SB

Allowance

@Rs.300/-

No. of

Partially

engaged

posts

eligible for

SB

Allowance

@Rs.150/-

No. of SB

Allowance

eligible

candidates

working in

the circle

No. of SB

Allowance

ineligible

candidates

working in

the circle

Date

when

last

Aptitude

Test was

held.

No. of

candidates

appeared

No. of

candidates

qualified