Tuesday, July 26, 2016

7th Pay Commission Salary From August 1

 

New Delhi: 7th Pay Commission salary for all central government employees under the new pay matrix will be implemented from August 1, 2016, a top Finance Ministry’s official today told the Sen Times


“The new pay matrix will be implemented as per a decision of the cabinet in light of notification andresolution for the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations have been issued by the Finance Ministry on Monday,” he said in reply to a question from our reporter.
“The Finance Minister Arun Jaitley directed to notify the 7th Pay Commission recommendations immediately,” the official said, adding that the notification to this effect has been issued on Monday and it will be uploaded on the departmental side today.
“Central government employees could get the revised pay under new pay matrix from their August salaries and arrears are to be paid ahead of festive season of Dussehra,” he confirmed us.
Accordingly, the brightest diyas of coming Diwali will be lit outside houses of central government employees.
Central government employees are now busy counting their new salaries under the new pay matrix along with the hard cash they will receive ahead of Dussehra as arrears from January 2016.
The several central government establishments such as the railways, telecom, air force, army, CPWD, CRPF, DRDO, CISF, Income Tax, Survey of India, customs and excise, among others are in happy mood.
These would perhaps live up to the ‘happy and prosperous’ Diwali greeting. After all, they will get arrears as well as bonus ahead of festive season.
However, they will not get new allowances like HRA, Transport Allowance with their new pay structure as the cabinet referred the 7th Pay Commission recommendations relating to allowances to a committee headed by Finance Secretary.
The committee will complete its work in a time bound manner and submit its reports within a period of 4 months, till a final decision, all existing allowances to be paid as per the existing rates in existing pay structure, the cabinet note says.
No arrears for allowances will be paid, as per usual practice, the allowances would be paid from the date of implementation.
No Dearness allowance (DA) will be paid in the new pay matrix (basic pay) as the existing dearness allowance 125 per cent has been merged with the new basic pay.
A fitment factor of 2.57 will be applied across all levels in the pay matrices. After taking into account the DA at prevailing rate 125 per cent, accordingly, the salary of all government employees will be raised by at least 14.28 % as on January 1. However, the rate of annual increment has been retained at 3%.
The central government employees unions are disappointment as the cabinet approved a 14.28 per cent hike in basic pay, which is significantly lower than what the 6th pay commission had recommended. Sixth Pay Commission had recommended a 20 per cent hike in basic pay which the government doubled while implementing it in 2008.
The government assured them to consider their demands through a High Level Committee, which will soon be set up and the government will take steps accordingly.

Source the sen times:

No Annual Increment For Non-Performing Employees: Govt

New Delhi: Non-performing Central government employees will not get annual increment if their performance is not up to the mark, the Centre has said.
The benchmark for performance appraisal for promotion and financial upgradation has been enhanced to “very good” from “good” level, the Finance Ministry said in an order notifying implementation of Seventh Central Pay Commission’s recommendations.
The Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) scheme will continue to be administered at 10, 20 and 30 years of service as before, the Ministry said as it “accepted” the pay panel’s recommendations.
The recommendation of “withholding of annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the benchmark either for MACP or a regular promotion within the first 20 years of their service” has been “accepted”, it said.
The pay panel had in its report to the Centre said that there is a widespread perception that increments as well as upward movement in the hierarchy happen as a matter of course.
“The perception is that grant of MACP, although subject to the employee attaining the laid down threshold of performance, is taken for granted. This Commission believes that employees who do not meet the laid down performance criterion should not be allowed to earn future annual increments.
“The Commission is therefore proposing withholding of annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the benchmark either for MACP or a regular promotion within the first 20 years of their service. This will act as a deterrent for complacent and inefficient employees,” it had said.
There are about 50 lakh Central government employees.
Source the sen times:



7th Central Pay Commission: Govt To Set Up Anomalies Committees

New Delhi: The Centre will set up anomalies committees to examine individual, post and cadre-specific anomalies arising out of implementation of the recommendations of seventh Central Pay Commission.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has been authorised to take action regarding pay and related issues concerning officers of all India services–Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS).
“Anomalies committees will be set up by Department of Personnel and Training to examine individual, post-specific and cadre-specific anomalies arising out of implementation of the recommendations of the Commission,” the Finance Ministry said in an order notifying implementation of the pay panel’s recommendations.
The three-member Seventh Central Pay Commission, which had submitted its report on November 19, 2015, was divided over the issue of financial and career-related edge given to IAS officers as against those belonging to the other services.
IAS officers presently get a two-year edge over other services for getting empanelled to come on deputation at the Centre.
Besides, they also get two additional increments at the rate of 3 per cent over their basic pay at three promotion stages i.e., promotion to the Senior Time Scale (STS), to the Junior Administrative Grade (JAG) and to the Non-Functional Selection Grade (NFSG) after putting in about four, eight and 13 years of service, respectively.
A confederation representing thousands of officers of 20 civil services, including the IPS, have been demanding pay parity and other benefits enjoyed by IAS officers.
“Regarding pay and related issues concerning All India Services, appropriate action will be taken by Department of Personnel and Training to give effect to the decisions on these matters as may be applicable to them,” the latest order issued yesterday said.

Source the sen times:

7th CPC Gazette Notification

Monday, July 25, 2016

7th Pay Commission latest news: Finance Ministry to issue notification of salary hike this week

Chennai GPO may be first T.N. post bank

Chennai General Post Office (GPO) is likely to be first post bank in the State to be launched early next year. The Department of Posts is planning to set up ‘India Post Payment Banks’ (IPPB) using the postal network to provide banking services to people.

Aimed at providing access to banking services to people particularly in rural areas, the IPPB will provide a range of services, including direct benefit transfers and facilitate various payments like old age pension and government subsidies. The vast network of post offices would be used to eventually even deliver the payment at the doorstep of customers. Officials of the postal department said such post banks would function as separate entity and function according to the guidelines of Reserve Bank of India.

Mervin Alexander, postmaster General (Chennai city region), said, “Payment banks will deal with money remittances of all kinds to people. This could be useful to people particularly in rural areas who have limited access to banks. But, it will not provide loans. However, savings schemes and deposits will remain under post offices at this point of time.” Earlier, core banking network solutions and postal ATMs were started as part of an initiative to provide banking services at post offices.

Net banking and mobile banking will be the next step towards reinventing the postal services according to the changing trend. The department has also announced a competition for logo design and tagline for the proposed IPPB. The tagline should not exceed eight words either in English or Hindi and the best entries will be awarded with a cash prize of Rs.25,000. The last date of submission is July 31.

Source :  http://www.thehindu.com/

PSI : Women Leadership Meeting at Hyderabad


It has been reported by Shri R. Kannan, Sub Regional Secretary, Public Services International (PSI) that Women Leadership Meeting will be held on 10th and 11th August 2016 at Hyderabad. 

Our Association has to nominate two women representatives, of which one below 35 years of age to attend the above meeting. Accommodation, boarding and travel reimbursement up to 3AC train equivalent fare will be paid to the participants. The details of venue and agenda will be placed on the blog. 


Any  women IP/ASP is willing to participate  in the above meeting please  inform to Circle Secretary   to communicate the same to GS .

Simultaneous action of prosecution and initiation of departmental proceedings.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.598 about RECRUITMENT OF GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS IN RAJYA SABHA


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS
DEPARTMENT OF POSTS    

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.598
TO BE ANSWERED ON 22ND  JULY, 2016

RECRUITMENT OF GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS

598. SHRI SANJIV KUMAR:

Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS be pleased to state:

(a)       the total number of Gramin Dak Sevaks proposed to be recruited in Jharkhand and in the country during the financial year 2016-17;

(b)       the action being taken against agents who are allegedly collecting large sums of money from people with the promise of facilitating appointments as Gramin Dak Sevaks in Jharkhand; and

(c)        the steps being taken to ensure a transparent and non-discretionary system of recruitment of Gramin Dak Sevaks?

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE (IC) OF THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS &
 MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(SHRI MANOJ SINHA)

(a)       Circle-wise requisite information is attached as Annexure-I”.  However, 391 Gramin Dak Sevaks are proposed to be recruited in Jharkhand, and 31361 Gramin Dak Sevaks, in total, in the country during Financial Year 2016-2017.

(b)       As per the information received from office of Chief Postmaster General, Jharkhand Circle, Ranchi; “No such case has come to notice”.

(c)        Selection process is done through open notification duly following the provisions of Recruitment Rules for Gramin Dak Sevaks issued by the Directorate from time to time to ensure transparency and non-discretion in the process of recruitment of GDS.  

Contd…2/-





-2-
Annexure - 1
S. No.
Circle
No. of GDSs proposed to be recruited during F.Y. 2016-17
1
Andhra Pradesh
1472
1a
Telengana
805
2
Assam
348
3
Bihar
1266
4
Chhatisgarh
1380
5
Delhi
237
6
Gujarat
3915
7
Haryana
385
8
Himachal Pradesh
496
9
Jammu & Kashmir
218
10
Jharkhand
391
11
Karnataka
1173
12
Kerala
473
13
Madhya Pradesh
1932
14
Maharashtra
2126
15
North East
381
16
Odisha
1433
17
Punjab
472
18
Rajasthan
958
19
Tamilnadu
1155
20
Uttar Pradesh
3991
21
Uttrakhand
681
22
West Bengal
5673
Total :-
31361

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 Source-http://rajyasabha.nic.in







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Saturday, July 23, 2016

India Post to Open Payment Bank in Every District in India

India Post expects to start the first 50 branches of its payments bank by May 2017, seeking to widen financial inclusion in the country.

As per the current plan, India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) - as it has been termed will eventually have 650 branches across the country.

While the first set of branches will open by May, the remaining will start operations by September 2017, a top official of the Department of Posts said.

The department hopes to submit a final proposal to the Reserve Bank of India by February, ahead of the March 2017 deadline, after it has the required management and technology in place, SK Sinha, secretary, Department of Posts, told .


The RBI gave in-principle approval to 11 applicants in August last year, including the Department of Posts, Aditya Birla Nuvo, Airtel M Commerce Services, Fino PayTech, National Securities Depository, Reliance Industries, Tech Mahindra and Vodafone m-pesa, for setting up payments banks. Three of the 11 entities have decided to back out, citing unviability.

India Post, with a network of about 155,000 post offices, will hire almost 2,000 people for the payments bank operations.

"There will be nine board members, five from outside and four internal people from the department, including the CEO," said Sinha.

The department is contemplating whether it can form its own search and selection committee to appoint a CEO or rely on the standard procedure followed by public sector banks for top-level appointments.

The department has written to state-owned banks seeking nominations. Sinha said the State Bank of India has responded with some names.

"For the next rung of leadership such as the chief financial officer, chief operating officer and chief technology officer, we are forming an internal committee," he said. The government has approved Rs 400 crore equity and Rs 400 crore grant for IPPB.

Alibaba-backed Paytm is the other or payments frontrunner for payments banks in India and has drawn up a largely branchless model.

Sinha said that India Post is looking at catering to the unbanked population of the country with the idea of opening one branch in almost every district of the country.

"Most of the other players may not be even thin king of the areas that we want to service," said Sinha. The plan is to have most of the banking features such as money transfer and internet banking, apart from offering credit (in partnership with other banks or institutions), along with financial products such as mutual funds.


Sinha is betting big on the government's direct benefits transfer scheme to drive transactions, with welfare payments being deposited in the bank accounts of consumers.


http://www.postbankofindia.org

Wipro, Infosys and IBM Responded for IPPB Back End Operations

At least 15 companies, including Wipro Ltd, Infosys Ltd and International Business Machines Corp. have shown an interest in handling the back end operations of India Post Payments Bank (IPPB).

All of these companies have responded to a request for proposal (RFP) released by the department of posts on 1 July on its website, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said. The RFP aims to select a systems integrator for delivery of business applications and IT systems for IPPB for a period of five years, and each of these companies has paid Rs.50,000 for the tender document.

The department of post is expected to brief the applicants in the next few days, and the final bids are expected to come in by the beginning of August.

“Both in terms of size and value, the contract is huge. Unlike any other large commercial banks, this will have to have a lot more levels of simplicity since it caters to a different category of customers,” said Ravi Trivedi, an independent consultant who was formerly with audit firm KPMG.

The contract size could be roughly for at least Rs.500-700 crore, Trivedi said.

The postal department will then take a couple of months for evaluation before announcing the winner, said the person aware of the issue quoted above.

“Payment banks’ business models are based on technology; so, there will be high focus and spending on technology,” said Abizer Diwanji, partner and national leader, financial services, EY India.

The department of posts has already awarded a contract to Infosys as its financial services integrator for implementing core banking solutions and installing automated teller machines. Tata Consultancy Services Ltd also won a six-year contract in 2013 for India Post’s IT modernization programme.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, as part of its Digital India programme, is banking on IPPB to take its schemes such as direct benefits transfers to the remotest corners of the country on the strength of India Post’s strong network of about 150,000 post offices.

Like other payments banks, IPPB will target financially excluded customers such as migrant workers, low-income households and tiny businesses. It will not lend and, as a result, will be shielded from the risks that conventional banks are exposed to.

“Payments banks are a very strong component of Digital India and can have a high impact and will bring down the cost of bank transactions in rural areas,” said Ashis Sanyal, a former senior director at the department of electronics and information technology.

The department of posts was among the 11 entities that got an in-principle approval from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in August 2015 to start a payments bank. Of these, Tech Mahindra Ltd; Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd promoter Dilip Shanghvi and his partners; IDFC Bank Ltd; Telenor Financial Services, and Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Co.— have surrendered their licences after they discovered the business is characterized by high volume and low profit.

For India Post, though, the business will be a natural extension of its work.

Considering the size of India Post’s operations and its reach in the hinterland, this vertical is a lucrative proposition both for the government-owned entity and the private companies who seek to work with it.

Infosys did not respond to queries sent on Thursday.

“We do not comment on ongoing business pursuits,” a Wipro spokesperson said.

On 8 July, the cabinet approved a proposal to set up IPPB with a corpus of Rs.800 crore. The then minister for communications and information technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, had said IPPB had plans to open 650 branches and will be operational by September 2017.


The payments bank will begin with Rs.400 crore equity capital and a Rs.400-crore government grant. IPPB plans to set up 5,000 automated teller machines as well, Prasad had said


 source:www.postbankofindia.org