Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Motive behind Reducing Retirement Age for Central Government Employees – An Analysis

For a few weeks now, reports have been surfacing that the Centre is giving serious thoughts about reducing retirement age of Central Government employees from 60 to 58.

The truth behind these series of rumours couldn’t be found yet. There is no official stand on this either.

The news was first published by popular English daily newspaper. Without any official source to confirm it, the article analyzed the issue from various perspectives. It was presented in a manner that was acceptable by most.

This was followed by an order of the Railway department that was released on Facebook. In the order, the Railway Board had demanded an explanation from their zonal railways over the number of retiring employees (safety category) if the age of the retirement is reduced to 58.

Another event that gave credibility to the issue was the reduction of retirement age of state government employees from 60 to 58 in Haryana, a state ruled by BJP.

When the news of reducing the retirement age first surfaced, it caught employees by surprise and shock, because, for a while now, there were talks of actually raising the retirement age from 60 to 62! The current talks of reducing the retirement age have created a palpable sense of panic among employees over the age of 55.

There are many who are for and against the news, the strongest opinion in favour of age reduction being that it would help ease the unemployment problem.

Those who are looking for their first jobs would be happy to support any kind of age reduction – be it 58 or even 50! This is simply because they are desperate to get into a job. But the truth is – the attitude will definitely change once they get a job.

Each year, about 1.75 lakh employees retire from Central Government services. The claim that if an additional 3.5 lakh employees retire in a particular year, the country’s unemployment problem could be solved is unacceptable.

After reducing the retirement age, the number of new retirees is going to stabilize again. Will the Government resort to such tactics of reducing the retirement age again and again?

Moreover, it is also true that handing out retirement benefits to 5 lakh employees at a time is going to drain the Government’s financial resources.

Another important reason to support the reduction of retirement age is the claim that it would bring younger blood into the various central government organizations.

The fact is – in the past eight years, the number of central government employees all over the country has continued to be around 30 lakhs. Supporters of the “younger blood” theory couldn’t possibly know that nearly 50% of these employees are youngsters. To be accurate, the employees who had joined the central government services after 01.01.2000 now account for nearly 70% of the central government workforce.

Another argument in support of this move claims that it is the Government’s attempt to cut down unplanned expenses.

In the past few years, the Government had implemented a number of cost-cutting measures. It is not clear why the Government, that had remained blind to this fact, has suddenly seen the light. Ironically, such a move would only worsen the economic crisis.

Finally, what is the motive behind circulating such stories?
Is it to simply wipe out talks about increasing the retirement age from 60 to 62?

One has to wait and watch.

There is a hope that Modi Government wouldn’t risk weakening the Central Government offices’ functioning by sending home 5 lakh experienced and trained personnel all of a sudden.

And, let us hope that the Government recognizes the importance and value of 30 years of work experience of each of these employees before discarding them.

Source : 7CPCNEWS

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

No increase in retirement age.

ANSWERED ON-11.12.2014
Increase in retirement age

Q.No.2121. Shri Mahendra Singh Mahra

(a) whether Government has decided to increase the retirement age of Central Government employees from 60 years to 62 years, if not, by when such a decision is expected to be taken;

(b) whether such a decision would not result in reduction of employment opportunities to the educated youth of the country; and

(c) if so, the details of rationale for increasing the retirement age?


Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office. (DR. JITENDRA SINGH)

(a): No, Sir.

(b) & (c): Do not arise.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Information on the merger of IP/ASP cadre submitted to the GS.

Information from AP Circle Hyderabad as on 15.12.2014.

1. No. of Class-I Postal divisions in the circle. 
2. No. of Class-I RMS divisions in the circle. 
3. No. of Class-I Postal / RMS divisions in the circle where presently Dy. Supdt. Post is available.  
4. No. of NSH/ICH speed post centres under Class-I Division in the circle whose incharge is from IP/ASP cadre. 
5. No. of Postal Divisions where more than 4 ASPs are working in divisional office itself. (Not in sub divisions)
6. No. of other Class-I units (like Foreign Post /RSD/CSD etc.) where ASPs are working. 
7. No. of GPOs having Class-I /JAG status in the circle and No. of ASPs working in such GPOs. 

8. No. of HPOs having Class-I status in the circle.

RTI-Act fee pyment.

It is learnt that central government is going to accept RTI fee in the shape of postage stamp. Presently Postal order, DD and cheques are accepted.  This proposal put forth due to inconvenience experienced with the present mode of payment  of fee.

Source: Print Media.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Malala, Satyarthi receive Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India received the Nobel Peace Prize on Wednesday for risking their lives to help protect children from slavery, extremism and forced labor at great risk to their own lives.
The 17-year-old Malala, the youngest ever Nobel winner, and Satyarthi, 60, collected the award at a ceremony in Oslo City Hall in the Norwegian capital to a standing ovation. As she received her award, a young man ran onto the stage waving a Mexican flag that he had apparently smuggled into the heavily guarded ceremony, and he was whisked away by a guard.
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg bemoaned the brief interruption and lapse in security. To help protect Malala — who had been shot in the head by Taliban in Pakistan in 2012 — Oslo has been dominated by armed police and security guards for days, with blocked-off streets, metal fences and helicopters whirring above.
In his speech to an audience including Norwegian royalty and politicians, Nobel committee Chairman Thorbjorn Jagland said all children have a right to childhood and education, and "this world conscience can find no better expression" than through this year's winners.
Referring to Malala's serious injury in Pakistan two years ago, he said Islamic extremist groups dislike knowledge because it is a condition for freedom. "Attendance at school, especially by girls, deprives such forces from power," he said.
He praised Satyarthi's vision of ending child labor and how he had abandoned a career as an electrical engineer in 1980 to fight for that vision.
Jagland also singled out another Indian, Mahatma Gandhi, who remains the most notable omission in the 113-year history of the Nobel Peace Prize. The chairman said prize winners live according to Gandhi's principle: "There are many purposes I would have died for. There are no purposes I would have killed for."
In his acceptance speech, Satyarthi referred to rapid globalization, high-speed Internet and international flights that connect people. "But there is one serious disconnect. It is a lack of compassion," he said, urging the audience to "globalize compassion," starting with children.
Malala's parents sat side-by-side in the front row of the hall holding hands, and she thanked them for their unconditional love.
"Thank you to my father for not clipping my wings and for letting me fly," she said. "Thank you to my mother for inspiring me to be patient and to always speak the truth — which we strongly believe is the real message of Islam."
Earlier, the flag-waving youth who briefly interrupted the ceremony had shaken Malala's hand in the Grand Hotel, where she was staying, telling her how much he admired her.
The security guard, who removed youth from the stage, said that everyone entering Oslo City Hall was checked for valid invitations and weapons, but conceded that a flag could be smuggled in. He declined to give his name or provide any other details.
"We should have better security than this," Solberg told public broadcaster NRK.
The founder of the Nobel Prizes, Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, said the prize is for people " who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."
The committee has interpreted those instructions differently over time, widening the concept of peace work to include efforts to improve human rights, fight poverty and clean up the environment.
By honoring this year's winners, the Norwegian Nobel Committee linked the peace award to conflicts between world religions and neighboring nuclear powers as well as drawing attention to children's rights.
The other awards — in medicine, physics, chemistry and literature — are set to be presented in Stockholm later Wednesday. The ceremonies are always held on Dec. 10, the anniversary of prize founder Alfred Nobel's death in 1896.
Source : yahoo news

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Minutes of the Meeting held on 28/11/2014 ...Merger of ASP cadre in to PS Gr. B cadreA copy of

 A copy of Dte.letter no. 25-35/2011-PE-I dated nil december-2014 is placed below for information of members.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Postal Bank- Reccommendations.

It is learnt that the task force committee on leveraging the post office network consisting of senior officers and retired cabinet secretary has recommended the following.

1. DOP  will emerge as one of the biggest e-commerce system in the world.

2. Post Bank of India will be established one branch in each dist. in coming three years.

3. Post Bank of India will have liaison with Prime  Minister "Jan Dhan Yojana" while extending banking services to rural areas.

4. Post Bank of India will be the second highest banking institution after SBI, with 6 Lakhs crores of deposits.

5. It was also recommended that Banking, Insurance and e-commerce will be established soon.

Source: Print media dated 05.12.14.

Posting in IP cadre- direct recruitment.

Sri V.Karthik Reddy direct recruitment (CGL-2012 batch) has been posted as IP C&PG) office of the SPOs Gudur division vide  PMG Vijayawada memo no. ST-1/9-1/III dated 29.11.2014 as per the CO memo no. ST/2-1/2013 dated  27.11.2014. Association welcomes to the official and conveys best wishes.