Thursday, May 11, 2017

AUTHORIZATION OF BRANCH POST OFFICES FOR BOOKING OF SPEED POST

Request items relating to Union/association/Federation to Postal department Council JCM

Revision of guidelines for considering placement under TBOP/BCR Schemes

The Department has issued order today i.e. 08-05-2017, superseding its previous order dt. 17-05-2000, thus paving way for implementation of the Apex Court Judgement​. The copy of order is placed for ready reference.



NFPE- Federal Executive meeting on 12-05-2017, New Delhi

Dharna in Front of Finance Minister's Office


 23rd MAY 2017
MASS DHARNA IN FRONT OF FINANCE MINISTER’S OFFICE, NEW DELHI
EMPLOYEES & PENSIONERS COME IN LARGE NUMBERS
AND MAKE IT A GRAND SUCCESS
HONOUR THE ASSURANCE GIVEN BY GROUP OF MINISTERS ON 30.06.2016
·        Increase minimum pay and fitment formula.
·        Revise allowances including HRA with effect from 01.01.2016.
·        Grant option-I pension parity recommended by 7th CPC.
·        Revise pension and grant dearness relief to autonomous body pensioners
·        Implement positive recommendations of Kamlesh Chandra Committee on Gramin Dak Sevaks. Grant Civil Servant Status.
·        Regularise all Casual, Part-Time, Contingent and Contract Workers and grant equal pay for equal work.
·        Remove stringent conditions imposed for grant of MACP etc.

All affiliated organisations and COCs are once again requested to mobilise large number of employee and pensioners as per quota fixed in the last circular and make the programme a grand success.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

DOP LAUNCH POSTMAN APPLICATION FOR DELIVERY

DOP LAUNCH POSTMAN APPLICATION FOR DELIVERY



MAJOR FACILITY IS BELOW-

1. It's compulsory for postman to carry Mobile in field / door step of the customer.

2. All type articles will be delivered by the Postman through postman Application.

3. Customer signature and thumb impression will take on mobile devices using Postman Application.

.4. After delivery of articles data uploaded on website at the same time/ immediately.

5. In morning article data collect through data cable from computer and same give return in evening

6. Mobile should be handed over to Treasurer in Treasury in evening

7. Games, other unauthorized applications and data's are prohibited.


8. At initial Stage Postman delivered article in both delivery slip and Mobile application, they will move only with application in later date if they specialist in Postman Mobile Application 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

EDITORIAL POSTAL CRUSADER MAY-2017

INTENSIFY FUTURE STRUGGLE

            Three years of Modi Government are going to be passed. The issues related to working class are not in the priority of agenda of Central Government. Ten months have passed after notification of 7th CPC Report. Committees formed to look in to issues of allowances, advances, pension, NPS and anomalies with the assurances that these Committees will submit it’s report within four months but after lapse of 10 months no positive signal is visible from the side of Government. NJCA was assured by the  group of Ministers  comprising  Shri Raj Nath Singh , Home Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley , Finance Minister, Shri Suresh Paphu, Railway Minister and Shri Manoj Sinha, State  Minister Railways and Communications that a high level committee will be  formed to look in to the  matter  of minimum wage and fitment factor and it will also  submit its report  within four months. But nothing is visible on this issue also. Based on the assurances of Group of Minister NJCA had deferred indefinet strike on 11th July, 2016.

            After lapse of 4 months  period  the Confederation of CGE&W and NFPE  demanded the NJCA leadership  to revive the strike  but the Major constituents e.g. Railway  and Defence were not ready to revive the decision of deferred strike , so Confederation and NFPE took the  decision to march forward on the path of struggle which is our legacy. We conducted  a very successful Parliament  March on 15th December-2016 in which besides all odds and adverse  conditions  like fog in the North  and Cyclone in South and cancellation and abnormal delay of large number of trains and flights, the participation of C.G. employees and NFPE Members was admirable. During the Parliament March  one day strike  on 15th February-2017 was declared as mark of protest  against non-fulfillment of assurances given by the Government of India Due to Assembly  election in 5 States  the strike was postponed  to 16th March-2017. This Strike was a grand success in Postal Department as well as in the other Central Government Departments and the participation of the employees was higher from any other previous strike. With this strike a clear message has been given to the Government that the Central Government employees are very much agitated and dissatisfied and feel cheated and betrayed by the Government and they have expressed their anger with these two major programmes including other protest programmes.

            Further there is need to intensify the struggle to put more pressure on the Government and therefore two programmes have been decided  by the National Secretariat of Confederation and NFPE  has endorsed  these .First protest demonstration in front of office of the Finance Minister  at North Block , New Delhi on 23.05.2017 and after that formation of Human Chain  by Central Government Employees  on 22.06.2017 at all important centres.

            NFPE  appeals all Postal, RMS and GDS  Employees  to make maximum efforts to make both  programmes historic success by maximum participation of employees so that the  clear  message  should  reach to the Central Government  Employees and members of Confederation and NFPE cannot remain silent spectators  and this is our legacy and heritage that we have achieved  everything by struggle and in future also  we will achieve  our legitimate rights and demands and protect whatever achieved  earlier.

            We have to work on the Mantra of “Unity for struggle and struggle for Unity”

            With this we have to intensify future struggle.

Cabinet approves modifications in the 7th CPC recommendations on pay and pensionary benefits -- PIB News

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved important proposals relating to modifications in the 7th CPC (Central Pay Commission) recommendations on pay and pensionary benefits in the course of their implementation. Earlier, in June, 2016, the Cabinet had approved implementation of the recommendations with an additional financial outgo of Rs 84,933 crore for 2016-17 (including arrears for 2 months of 2015-16).

The benefit of the proposed modifications will be available with effect from 1st January, 2016, i.e., the date of implementation of 7th CPC recommendations. With the increase approved by the Cabinet, the annual pension bill alone of the Central Government is likely to be Rs.1,76,071 crore.  Some of the important decisions of the Cabinet are mentioned below:

1.        Revision of pension of pre – 2016 pensioners and family pensioners
The Cabinet approved modifications in the recommendations of the 7th CPC relating to the method of revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners and family pensioners based on suggestions made by the Committee chaired by Secretary (Pensions) constituted with the approval of the Cabinet.  The modified formulation of pension revision approved by the Cabinet will entail an additional benefit to the pensioners and an additional expenditure of approximately Rs.5031 crore for 2016-17 over and above the expenditure already incurred in revision of pension as per the second formulation based on fitment factor.  It will benefit over 55 lakh pre-2016 civil and defence pensioners and family pensioners.

While approving the implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations on 29th June, 2016, the Cabinet had approved the changed method of pension revision recommended by the 7th CPC for pre-2016 pensioners, comprising of two alternative formulations, subject to the feasibility of the first formulation which was to be examined by the Committee.

In terms of the Cabinet decision, pensions of pre-2016 pensioners were revised as per the second formulation multiplying existing pension by a fitment factor of 2.57, though the pensioners were to be given the option of choosing the more beneficial of the two formulations as per the 7th CPC recommendations.

In order to provide the more beneficial option to the pensioners, Cabinet has accepted the recommendations of the Committee, which has suggested revision of pension based on information contained in the Pension Payment Order (PPO) issued to every pensioner.  The revised procedure of fixation of notional pay is more scientific, rational and implementable in all the cases.  The Committee reached its findings based on an analysis of hundreds of live pension cases.  The modified formulation will be beneficial to more pensioners than the first formulation recommended by the 7th CPC, which was not found to be feasible to implement on account of non-availability of records in a large number of cases and was also found to be prone to several anomalies. 

2.         Disability Pension for Defence Pensioners

The Cabinet also approved the retention of percentage-based regime of disability pension implemented post 6th CPC, which the 7th CPC had recommended to be replaced by a slab-based system.
           
The issue of disability pension was referred to the National Anomaly Committee by the Ministry of Defence on account of the representation received from the Defence Forces to retain the slab-based system, as it would have resulted in reduction in the amount of disability pension for existing pensioners and a reduction in the amount of disability pension for future retirees when compared to percentage-based disability pension. 

The decision which will benefit existing and future Defence pensioners would entail an additional expenditure of approximately Rs. 130 crore per annum.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

India Post Payments Bank aims to extend its banking facilities to remotest corner of India SHARES Share Tweet Share Pin Share

Here’s how India Post Payments Bank aims to extend its banking facilities to remotest corner of India
IPPB is also going to offer banking services through digital channels like mobile application, UPI, and digital cards which can be used at any ATM.

To make banking services simple and affordable for Indians across the nation where they can get seamless access to the government benefits directly from the payments bank account, India Post is now aiming to extend its reach to all the corners of the nation. In a row, The India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) has become the third entity to receive payments bank licence from RBI after Bharti Airtel and Paytm.
With a saying – “Aapka bank, aapke dwaar”, IPPB will promote and encourage smart saving and investment habits with their easily accessible banking services. And by simplifying the services, IPPB aims to bring prosperity to every doorstep.


IPPB is also going to offer banking services through digital channels like mobile application, UPI, and digital cards which can be used at any ATM, etc. This will facilitate all-round connectivity with your post bank which will help you to easily access your account details on an instant basis. Like other payments banks, IPPB can also accept deposits up to Rs 1 lakh per account from individuals.
Regardless of who you are and where you live, IPPB aims to ensure equal financial access to every Indian. Here are four important services:
  • Banking Services for Every Individual
  • As per the need of an individual, IPPB has made 3 distinct accounts:
  • ‘Safal’ which will be a Regular Account
  • ‘Sugam’ which will be a Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account (BSBDA)
  • ‘Saral’ which will be for Small BSBDA
While the Safal Account will comprise of all banking features, the Saral account will provide limited banking experience for specific people.

Domestic Remittance Services

Through its domestic remittance offering, IPPB will provide an inexpensive and secure medium to transfer money. All customers are eligible to make domestic remittance subject to the following – NEFT, IMPS, AEPS, UPI and *99#

Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT)

DBT program aims to transfer subsidies/benefits directly to individuals through their bank accounts, which in turn will reduce leakages, delays and other similar issues. Funds from the disbursing agency (DBT) will automatically get credited into the beneficiary accounts through NACH/APBS instead of any cash disbursal.

Doorstep Banking

For doorstep banking, a customer has to pay a nominal fee to request and avail banking related services at their door. The services which are going to be offered currently are cash deposit, cash withdrawal, balance enquiry, and Aadhaar to Aadhaar funds transfer.

7th Pay Commission: Cabinet May Clear Up Allowances Bottleneck Today

7th Pay Commission: Cabinet May Clear Up Allowances Bottleneck Today : NDTV News
The Ashok Lavasa committee on allowances, which examined the 7th pay commission's recommendations on allowances, submitted its report to the finance ministry on April 27.
With the allowance report already submitted to the finance minister, all eyes are on when it will be taken up by the Cabinet. Employee union leaders are scheduled to meet top government officials today, an union leader told NDTV, adding that they are likely to enquire about the progress on the allowance report. Officials from the finance ministry are also likely to be also present at the meeting, he added. The Ashok Lavasa committee on allowances, which examined the 7th pay commission's recommendations on allowances, submitted its report to the finance ministry on April 27. The allowance committee suggested some modifications in some allowances which are applicable universally to all employees as well as certain other allowances which apply to specific employee categories such as railwaymen, postal employees, scientists, defence forces personnel, doctors, nurses etc, the finance ministry said in a statement.

The allowance committee report is being currently examined by the Department of Expenditure. It will be placed before the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) set up to screen the 7th pay commission recommendations and to firm up the proposal for approval of the Cabinet. While recommendations of the 7th pay commission on pay and pension were implemented with the approval of the Cabinet, allowances continued to be paid at old rates.

The 7th pay commission had recommended that house rent allowance or HRA be paid at the rate of 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent of the new basic pay, depending on the type of city. The 7th pay commission had also recommended that the rate of HRA be revised to 27 per cent, 18 per cent and 9 per cent when DA crosses 50 per cent, and further revised to 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent when DA crosses 100 per cent. With regard to allowances, employee unions have demanded HRA at the rate of 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent.

EDITORIAL - DAK JAGRITI - MAY 2017

 CO-OPERATION CANNOT BE A ONE-SIDED AFFAIR

The Government and Postal Board has the responsibility to settle the genuine issues of the employees for maintaining industrial peace. The staff side is to be taken into confidence and issues are to be settled through negotiation of late, it seems that the Postal Board and Government is least interest in understanding the seriousness of the issues and taking remedial measures. No initiative is taken by Postal Board for a negotiated settlement. Certain officers at lower level has become most indifferent and arrogant. Issues are piling up day-by day but the Postal Gods are in deep slumber or pretend to be in deep slumber. Secretaries and DG’s come and go, but the situation remains unchanged. Taking advantage of the situation, certain Circle/Divisional heads, started harassing the employees to the maximum extent and find sadistic pleasure in it. Situation has become volatile and employees are compelled to treat the path of struggle.

Take the case of cadre-restructuring. Naturally, when every new proposal implemented, certain issues are bound to arise out of implementation. We have correctly identified by those issues after detailed deleberations in the Central Working Committee of AIPEU Group ‘C’ held at Raigarh. We submitted a letter to Secretary, Department of Posts, suggesting remedial measures for redressing the genuine grievances of the affected employees. Secretary, Department of Posts assured positive consideration. We requested that till our suggestions are considered and accepted, the implementation process may be kept in abeyance. Secretary, Posts, has agreed to consider this request also fovourably. Eventhough one month is over, neither the administration called the staff side for a detailed discussion nor the implementation process is kept in abeyance. This has developed a serious situation at the ground  level, in some circles, where orders are issued for implementation and employees have become agitated.

More than 30% of the posts are remaining unfilled and the recruitment process started two years back is still going on in a slow pace. More and more employees are retiring from service every month and the burden of additional workload is thrust upon the remaining employees. Group ‘C’ employees, especially Postal Assistant cadre is the worst sufferers as no substitute is provided for vacant posts including leave vacancies.

The revision of wages and service conditions of three lakhs Gramin Dak Sevaks half of the workforce is abnormally delayed. Eventhough Kamalesh Chandra Committee Submitted its report in November itself, the approval of the nodal ministries and Cabinet is still pending.

The result of the membership verification conducted in 2015 is not yet declared. The membership verification process of Gramin Dak Sevaks is kept in abeyance for reason best known to the administration. Undue favour by granting trade Union facilities to an Association with less than 5% membership is continuing.

There is no progress in the other important and burning issues of the Postal employees submitted in the charter of demands of NFPE and Postal JCA, such as Postmaster cadre issues etc. NFPE being a responsible organisation, representation more than 70% of the Postal employees, always took a constructive approach in settling the problems through negotiation. Inspite of our best efforts when issues remain unsettled for months and years together, we cannot go on keeping silent. Cooperation cannot be a one-sided affair. The present situation in the Postal department is heading towards an inevitable and unavoidable confrontation with the Government and Postal Board, eventhough we tried our best to avoid such a situation. We extended full cooperation during the time of CBS/CSI implementation and demonetisation, in the best interest of the department, eventhough we suffered a lot. But there is a limit for everything.

It is in this background, the Federation Executive of NFPE is scheduled to meet on 12th May 2017. If the Postal Board and Government do not come forward to settle the serious issues confronting the Postal employees including issues related to cadre restructuring through negotiation, the Federal Executive shall take decision for serious agitational programmes including strike.

Transfer in the cadre of PS Group B - Andhra Pradesh Circle

GDS COMMITTEE REPORT – LATEST POSITION

NFPE & AIPEU-GDS congratulates all Postal employees who made the 27th April 2017 mass dharna in front of all Divisional/Regional/Circle offices, a grand success. We have raised only one demand in the dharna – Implementation of favourable recommendations of GDS Committee report.

Implementation Committee constituted by Postal Board under the Chairmanship of Member (T) who was holding charge as Member (Personnel) submitted its proposal to the Secretary (Posts). The proposal of the implementation committee is now being examined by the JS & FA (Internal Financial Advisor) of the Postal Board. After that the proposal is to be approved by Secretary, Department of Posts. Then the proposal is to be approved by Minister, Communications. After Minister’s approval it will be submitted to the nodal Ministries (Department of Personnel & Training, Law Ministry and Finance Ministry) for approval. After obtaining all the above approval only, Postal Board will prepare the Cabinet note and submit the proposal for approval of Cabinet.

Knowing very well that this is the procedure, the recognised GDS Union is creating confusion among the GDS employees. The indefinite strike notice and postponement without any concrete result was a drama to cheat the GDS. The very same General Secretary of recognised GDS Unions who earlier used to criticize other unions/Federation for postponing the strike is now going on postponing the strike again and again. After postponing the strike the GS of recognised GDS Union is advising the GDS that – “all these procedures are compulsory that will take more than a month or so”, Then why indefinite strike is declared from 25th April 2017 ? The Recognised GDS Union could not do anything, eventhough the Kamalesh Chandra Committee Report on GDS was submitted on 24th November 2016 (four months back). Now the recongised GDS Union has requested Postal Board to Postpone GDS membership verification fearing withdrawal of recognition after verification.

The Central Working Committee of AIPEU-GDS is being held at Trivandrum (Kerala) on 5th May 2017. Federal Executive of NFPE being held at New Delhi on 12th May 2017. These meetings will take decision for continued agitational programmes for implementation of positive recommendations of GDS Committee report including strike. All GDS employees are requested to strengthen AIPEU-GDS which is moving jointly with NFPE for early implementation of GDS Committee Report.


Yours faithfully,
(P. Pandurangarao)                                                     (R. N. Parashar)
General Secretary                                                         Secretary General
AIPEU-GDS                                                                   NFPE

Source : http://nfpe.blogspot.in/

Monday, May 1, 2017

MAY FLAG HOISTING AT GUNTUR HO








MAY DAY PAMPLATE



FELICITATION TO Com.SUJATHA KUMARI BY WOMEN COMRADES

FELICITATION FUNCTION WAS ORGANISED BY WOMEN COMRADES OF GUNTUR DIVISION TO SMT . SUJATHA KUMARI , PA GUNTUR COLLECTORATE SO ON HER RETIREMENT.






2017 May Day- Challenges Before the Working Class

2017 May Day- Challenges Before the Working Class
-T.Narasimhan
“The Day will come when our Silence will be more powerful than the voices you are throttling today”
These are the words engraved on the Haymarket Monument in Chicago. The origin of May Day is related to workers struggle for shorter working hours. In the 19th century, in the United States of America, this struggle for shorter hours gained momentum after August 1866 when the National Labour Union at its founding conference voted for action to secure legal enactment of the 8 hour day. Later, the American Federation of Labour was formed which in its convention in 1885 took a decision for strike on May 1, 1886. Preparations started for the strike. The 8-hour movement culminating in the strike on May First 1886 became in itself a glorious chapter in the fighting history of the American working class.

On May 4, a demonstration was held at Hay Market in Chicago to protest against the brutal attack of the police on a meeting of striking workers at the McCormic Reaper Workers on May 3rd, where six workers were killed and many wounded. The meeting was peaceful and about to be adjourned when the police again launched an attack on the assembled workers. Somebody threw a bomb, killing a police man. A battle ensued with the result that seven police men and four workers were dead.

After a farce of legal proceedings, workers leaders – Albert Parsons, August Spies, George Engel, Adolph Fischer and Louis Lingg were sentenced to death, while three others, Samuel Field on, Oscar Neebe and George Schwab were awarded 15 years in jail. Parsons, Spies, Engels and Fischer were hung to death. Lois Lingg committed suicide the night before. Fieldon, Neebe and Schwab were pardoned six years later by Governor Altgeld who publicly termed the judgment as a travesty of justice.

On November 11, 1887, the prisoners were brought to the hangman’s platform. Albert Parsons, August Spies, George Engel and Adolph Fischer stood before the crowd with hoods covering the faces. And then Spies spoke: “The day will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you are throttling today”.
In June 1893, a monument was unveiled in Chicago’s Waldheim Cemetery in the honour of these May Day Martyrs.
It was at the first congress of the Second International, held at Paris in 1889, that May First was set aside as a day upon which the workers of the world organized in their political parties and trade unions, were to fight for the demand of 8-hour day. Since then, the working class in countries all over the world started celebrating the May Day.

May Day was first celebrated in India on May 1, 1923 in Chennai. Founder of Labour Kisan Party and one of the founders of the Communist Party of India, Malayapuram Singaravelu Chettiar was the spirit who organized the May Day celebration for the first time in India. The red flag – now a symbol of left movement –was used for the first time during the event, held on the beach opposite Madras High Court.

This Indian working class is now facing a very adverse situation. Their hard won rights are under attack. Whatever legal protections and rights the Indian working class got after almost ten decades of struggles and sacrifices in the form of various labour laws are being diluted in the name of labour laws are being diluted in the name of labor law reforms.

Contract work and outsourcing of work has become the order of the day. Violating all norms of law and even violating the principle of “equal pay for equal work” has become a norm. Regular nature of work is carried out through contract /casual workers who are paid much less than a regular workers despite doing the same work. Labour laws are being violated with impunity. The right to organize a union is under attack. The right to collective bargaining is under attack. Some workers, especially all those in the information technology sector are not allowed to form a union. Concerned government officials just refuse to register unions. Union workers are victimized. Workers are prompted by the employers not to join the union. Social securities are being diluted. So much so that the right to assured pension has been curtailed for government servants and others, and a new pension scheme, which does not assure pension and is share market linked, has been imposed. Public sector units are being sold at a song. Contract /casual workers as also many regular workers are forced to work for more than 10, even 12hours a day without any compensation. The workers in the information technology sector are the worst victim of this, most of whom are engineers and they are forced to work more than 10 and even 12 hours a day.

Against this, the working class is mobilizing and uniting itself to face this challenge. It has organized several protest actions and nationwide strikes to defend its rights. The last such big action was the all India strike on September 2, 2016, which was unprecedented in terms of participation of workers, its spread and mobilization. But despite all such united and country wide protest actions and strikes the government is going ahead with its anti-working class stance and continues taking more and more decisions against the interests of the working class.

The May Day calls for carrying out more struggles to counter the offensive of the government. The central trade unions realize the serious challenge before the Indian working class. They are organizing a massive convention workers in Delhi sometime in the last week of June or first week of July to chalk out an action programme.
Long live May Day! Workers of the world unite!!

NEW Secretary, Department of Posts -- Shri Anant Narayan Nanda, IPoS


The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Shri Anant Narayan Nanda, IPoS (1982) as Secretary, Department of Posts, vice Shri Boyapati Venkat Sudhakar, IPoS (1981).



MAY DAY



Saturday, April 29, 2017

BSNL to provide broadband services to rural post offices

A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today among BBNL, Department of Posts and BSNL for providing broadband connectivity of BharatNet to Post Offices in rural areas. The MoU signed under the chairmanship of Minister of Communications Shri Manoj Sinha is the first tri-partite agreement to provide broadband connectivity to about 1.3 lakh, post offices in rural areas and 25,000 sub-post offices for high speed internet connectivity to the rural masses.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Sinha said that the first phase of connecting about one lakh Gram Panchayats is nearing its completion and in the remaining one and a half lakh Gram Panchayats 100 mbps broadband connectivity will be completed by December, 2018. In reply to a question, the Minister said that BharatNet is one of the 9 pillars of realising the Prime Minister’s vision of Digital India.

Shri Sinha said that provision of citizen services is the focus of BharatNet and in the agreement signed today, BSNL is the service provider, that would provide broadband services, the cost of setting up of infrastructure and the operational expenses would be paid by the Department of Posts. Since the BharatNet is the National Network, BBNL would facilitate and coordinate this entire operation. In future, MoUs with other Government Departments are also proposed to be signed.

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Story from Business Standard staff 
Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL), the Department of Posts and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) have signed a tripartite agreement for providing broadband connectivity of BharatNet to post offices in rural areas.

The MoU signed in the presence of Minister of Communications Manoj Sinha is the first tri-partite agreement to provide broadband connectivity to about 1.3 lakh, post offices in rural areas and 25,000 sub-post offices for high speed internet connectivity to the rural masses.

Speaking on the occasion, Sinha said that the first phase of connecting about one lakh gram panchayats is nearing its completion and in the remaining one and a half lakh gram panchayats 100 mbps broadband connectivity will be completed by December, 2018.

In reply to a question, Sinha said that BharatNet is one of the nine pillars of realising the Prime Minister's vision of Digital India.

Sinha said that provision of citizen services is the focus of BharatNet and in the agreement signed today, BSNL is the service provider, that would provide broadband services, the cost of setting up of infrastructure and the operational expenses would be paid by the Department of Posts.

7th CPC Allowance Committee Report shall be placed before the Cabinet for approval – Finmin Press Note



7th CPC Allowance Committee Report shall be placed before the Cabinet for approval – Finmin Press Note

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Committee on Allowances headed by Shri Ashok Lavasa, Finance Secretary and Secretary (Expenditure) submitted its Report to the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley yesterday; The Report will be now placed before the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) to firm-up the proposal for approval of the Cabinet. 


The Committee on Allowances, constituted by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India to examine the 7th CPC recommendations on Allowances, submitted its Report to the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley yesterday. The Committee was headed by Shri Ashok Lavasa, Finance Secretary and Secretary (Expenditure),M/o Finance, Government of India and had Secretaries of Home Affairs, Defence, Health & Family Welfare, Personnel & Training, Post and Chairman, Railway Board as its Members and Joint Secretary (Implementation Cell) as its Member Secretary.

The Committee was set-up in pursuance of the Union Cabinet decision on 29.06.2016 when approving the 7th CPC recommendations on pay, pensions and related issues were approved. The decision to set-up the Committee was taken in view of significant changes recommended by the 7th CPC in the allowances structure and a large number of representations received in this regard from various Staff Associations as well as the apprehensions conveyed by various Ministries / Departments. The 7th CPC had recommended that of a total of 196 Allowances, 52 be abolished altogether and 36 be abolished as separate identities by subsuming them in another allowance.

The Committee took note of all the representations received from various stakeholders on the 7th CPC recommendations on Allowances. Representations and demands for modifications were received in respect of 79 allowances which have been examined in detail by the Committee. In doing so, the Committee interacted with all the members of the Standing Committee of National Council (Staff Side), Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) as well the representatives of various Staff Associations of Railways, Postal employees, Doctors, Nurses, and Department of Atomic Energy. It also interacted with the representatives of the Defence Forces, DGs of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) namely CRPF, CISF, BSF, ITBP, SSB, and Assam Rifles as also senior officers from IB and SPG to understand the viewpoint of their personnel. As mentioned in the Report, the Committee held a total of 15 meetings and was assisted by a Group of Officers headed by Additional Secretary (D/o Expenditure) in examining the representations. 

Based on such extensive stakeholder consultations and detailed examination, the Committee has suggested certain modifications in the 7th CPC recommendations so as to address the concerns of the stakeholders in the context of the rationale behind the recommendations of the 7th CPC as well as other administrative exigencies. Modifications have been suggested in some allowances which are applicable universally to all employees as well as certain other allowances which apply to specific employee categories such as Railway men, Postal employees, Scientists, Defence Forces personnel, Doctors and Nurses etc.

The Report, now being examined in the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, will be placed before the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) set-up to screen the 7th CPC recommendations and to firm-up the proposal for approval of the Cabinet. It may be recalled that while recommendations of the 7th CPC on pay and pension were implemented with the approval of Cabinet, allowances continue to be paid at old rates. After consideration by the E-CoS, the proposal for implementation of 7th CPC recommendations on Allowances after incorporating the modifications suggested by the Committee on Allowances in its Report shall be placed before the Cabinet for approval.

Source : http://finmin.nic.in/7cpc/Press_Note_Committee_Allowance_Report27042017.pdf