Friday, February 9, 2018

Revision of Welfare Schemes for Postal Employees

Comparison of Minimum Pay of Central Government

Comparison of Minimum Pay of Central Government and a few State Governments as on 01/07/2017
Pay Commission Objective: It is the endeavor of every pay commission to ensure that the pay and allowances of employees should be ‘fair and reasonable’. The pay structure should also motivate the employees to reasonable levels of performance in the tasks assigned to them, so that the general public derive the benefit of their service as intended.
7th CPC of Central Government:
The Central Government has been following the practice of pay revision for employees once in ten years. Pay scales of the Central government employees have been revised with effect from 1.1.2016 based on the report of the Seventh Central Pay Commission. The revised minimum pay effective from 01.01.2016 is 2.57 times the pre-revised basic pay. The minimum pay of the central employees has been worked out at Rs.18,000/- per month and represents a real increase of 14.29% of the pre-revised wages. The multiplication factor adopted for revising all the other scales ranges between 2.57 and 2.72 resulting in maximum pay of  Rs.2,05,400 corresponding to the highest pre-revised pay scale other than the apex pay scale of Rs.80,000 which is raised to Rs.2,25,000. The Cabinet Secretary’s pay is fixed at Rs.2,50,000. 
 Employees Associations (Staff side JCM) have also sought minimum pay revision to Rs.26,000 with effect from  01.01.2016.
Pay Revision of various State Governments:  
Government of Kerala Pay Scales:
The revised pay structure introduced by the Government of Kerala with effect from 1.7.2014 is based on the recommendations of the 10th Pay Revision Commission and relates to index level of 239.92 points of AIACPI (IW). Basic Pay of Group “D” employee is fixed at Rs 16500/-
The rates of increment range from Rs.500 to Rs.2,400. The payment of DA formula is unaltered and continues to be as per the central government formula to neutralise the price rise over and above the 239.92 points twice in a year.
Andhra Pradesh Pay Scales:
The revised pay structure formulated by Government of Andhra Pradesh on the basis of the recommendation of 10th Pay Revision Commission relates to index level of 220.61 points of AIACPI (IW), Basic Pay of Group “D” employee is fixed at Rs 13000/-
The HRA ranges from 30% to 12% of basic pay subject to a maximum of Rs.20,000 depending upon the classification of places and pay.
Karnataka Pay Scales:
The revised pay structure formulated by Government of Karnataka on the basis of the recommendation of 6th Pay Revision Commission relates to index level of 276.9  of AIACPI (IW).
Costs of consumable items obtained from the Department of Economics & Statistics, Government of Karnataka are utilised for their calculation.

For English version read from page number 135 on wards

The 6th pay commission appointed by the Karnataka government  recommended a 30% increase in the salaries of around 520,000 government employees and 73,000 employees from “aided institutions”.

The revision of pay and pension is to come into effect from 1 July 2017 with benefits paid from 1 April 2018. The Group “D”  Minimum  Basic Pay is fixed at  Rs 17000/-. 
Methodology for calculation of minimum wage adopted by Pay commissions both Central and State Pay Commissions: Central pay commissions as well as pay commissions in some states have adopted the approach of determining the minimum pay for employees based on the cost of a minimum acceptable standard of living for a household. This is calculated on the basis of the current prices of daily necessities like food, clothing, housing, etc., for a family of three consumption units typical in the case of young employees starting their careers in government. The normative consumption requirements of the family as adopted in the 15th Indian Labour Conference in 1957 are considered for this purpose. While the minimum pay is thus worked out on the basis of a set of quantitative norms and based on Dr. Wallace Aykroyd’s formula , the maximum pay for employees at the highest levels is to be determined as that required to attract and retain persons of qualifications and skills appropriate for the higher positions in government services.
Comparative picture of pay of Central Government and State Government in regards to minimum wage as on  1.7.2017
Govt. of India
Group “C”  Min Basic Pay Rs 18000/-
DA 5% =                       Rs 900/-
Total  Basic Pay + DARs 18900/-     
Andhra  Pradesh &  Telagana 
Group “D”  Min Basic PayRs 13000/-
Provide for Skill by adding 25% Rs 3250-
Total Group “C”  Min Basic Pay  Rs 16250/-
DA @ 24.1% =     3916/-
Total Basic Pay + DA=Rs 20166/-
Group “D”  Min Basic Pay Rs 16500/-
Provide for Skill by adding 25%   Rs 4125/-                                                    
 Total Group “C”  Min Basic Pay  =Rs 20625/-
DA @ 14% =   2887/-
Total Basic Pay + DA= Rs 23512/-
Group “D”  Min Basic Pay            Rs 17000/-
Provide for Skill by adding 25%     Rs 4250-
Total Group “C”  Min Basic Pay   Rs 21250/-
DA  = NIL    
Total Basic Pay + DA = Rs 21250 /-
Ratios between minimum and maximum pay :
The existing ratios between minimum and maximum pay of the central government and the States is as follows:
Government of India 1 :12.5
Andhra Pradesh 1:8.527
Kerala 1 :7
Karnataka 1:8.86
The gap is highest in Central Government should be reduced ratios between minimum and maximum pay to 1: 8
Hence there is need for revision of minimum wage for Central Government employees and also fitment formula on the lines of the State Government Pay Commissions, the State Government economic conditions are not as good as the Central Government still the State Governments are paying more for their employees comparing it to the Central Government, in case of the 7th CPC the Central Government Employees got only 14.29% , whereas the Karnataka State Government employees got 30% wage hike . Uniform multiplication factor should  be  fixed for the Central Government employees.  
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Thursday, January 11, 2018


Form No. 16 for Pensioners : Issue Certificate of Tax Deducted in Form 16 to the Pensioners

Clarifications regarding use of Form No. 16 for pensioners where pensioners are drawing their pensions through banks – CBDT Circular No.761, dated 13.1.1998

1184. Clarifications regarding use of Form No. 16 for pensioners where pensioners are drawing their pensions through banks

1. The attention of the Board has been drawn to certain difficulties being faced by pensioners drawing their pensions through banks where the tax deduction at source certificate in the prescribed Form No. 16 is some-time denied to them on the ground that no employee-employer relationship exists between the banks and the pensioner. At times, objections have also been raised by the banks on the premise that Form No. 16 relates to deductions from salaries and not from pensions. In other cases, the certificates have been denied on the ground that the bank was not aware of any other income which the pensioner may have had.

2. The matter has been considered by the Board. It is hereby clarified that :—
(a) as per section 17(1)(ii) of the Income-tax Act, 1961, the term ‘salary’ includes pension;

(b) once tax has been deducted under section 192 of the Income-tax Act, 1961, the tax-deductor is bound by section 203 to issue the certificate of tax deducted in Form 16. No employee-employer relationship is necessary for this purpose;

(c) the certificate in Form No. 16 cannot be denied on the ground that the tax deductor is unaware of the payees’ other income.

3. These clarifications may be brought to the notice of all concerned, especially the banks in your region.

Circular : No. 761, dated 13-1-1998

Authority: Income Tax Department

Amid Security Fears, UIDAI Introduces ‘Virtual ID’ For Aadhaar Cardholders

This will give the users the option of not sharing their Aadhaar number at the time of authentication.
The ‘Virtual ID’, which would be a random 16-digit number, together with the biometrics of the user, would give any authorised agency like a mobile company, limited details like name, address and photograph, which are enough for any verification.
Officials said a user could generate as many ‘Virtual IDs’ as he or she wants. The older ID gets automatically cancelled once a fresh one is generated.
‘Limited KYC’
The UIDAI has also introduced ‘limited KYC’, under which it will only provide need-based or limited details of a user to an authorised agency that is providing a particular service, say, a telco.
The ‘Virtual ID’ will be a temporary and revocable number mapped to a person’s Aadhaar number and the Aadhaar-issuing body will start accepting it from March 1, 2018.
From June 1, 2018 it will be compulsory for all agencies that undertake authentication to accept the ‘Virtual IDs’ from the users.
Agencies that do not migrate to the new system to offer this additional option to their users by the stipulated deadline will face financial disincentives.
“An Aadhaar number holder can use ‘Virtual ID’ in lieu of Aadhaar number whenever authentication or KYC services are performed. Authentication may be performed using the ‘Virtual ID’ in a manner similar to using Aadhaar number,” a UIDAI circular said.
The move comes amid heightened concerns around the collection and storage of personal and demographic data of individuals.
People can give their ‘Virtual IDs’ to service agencies along with the fingerprint at the time of authentication. Since the system generated ‘Virtual ID’ will be mapped to an individual’s Aadhaar number itself at the back end, it will do away with the need for the user to share Aadhaar number for authentication.
It will also reduce the collection of Aadhaar numbers by various agencies.
Only users can generate ID
As per the UIDAI, agencies that undertake authentication would not be allowed to generate the ‘Virtual ID’ on behalf of the Aadhaar holder.
The UIDAI is instructing all agencies using its authentication and eKYC services to ensure Aadhaar holders can provide the ‘Virtual ID’ instead of Aadhaar number within their application.
As many as 119 crore biometric identifiers have been issued so far and Aadhaar is required as an identity proof by various government and non-government entities.
For instance, the government has made it mandatory for verifying bank account and PAN to weed out black money and bring unaccounted wealth to book. The same for SIM has been mandated to establish the identity of mobile phone users.
Source: The Hindu.

Friday, January 5, 2018


AIPEU-GDS : 3rd All India Conference in Allahabad (UP) on 16th & 17th March 2018

AIPEU-GDS : 3rd All India Conference in Allahabad (UP) on 16th & 17th March 2018

Dear Comrades,

The 3rd All India Conference of AIPEU-GDS is decided to hold in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh Circle on 16th & 17th of March 2018. Hope that formal communication has been reached to almost all divisions of all Circles through the respective Circle Secretaries / CHQ Office bearers of AIPEU-GDS.

Allahabad is the second oldest city in India and well known for its historical, mythological, cultural importance and a popular sacred place namely, triveni sangam.

Number of trains runs towards Allahabad & through Allahabad; easy accessible to reach the City. Some other major stations nearby Allahabad are viz., Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi. There are number of visiting places in and around Allahabad to enjoy the cultural diversity of our country.

From southern states viz., Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Odisha – number of daily trains, weekly trains are running towards Allahabad: for eg.,

12539 – Yashwanthpur – Lucknow Express
22683 – Yashwanthpur – Lucknow Express
16793 – Shraddha Sethu Express
12669 – Ganga Kaveri Express
16359 – Ernakulam – Patna Express
12801 – Purushottam express

Some other weekly trains, special trains besides trains towards Kanpur, Varanasi are also available.

All the delegates, visitors are requested & book their tickets well in advance. Further requesting the delegates to plan your travel arrangements to ensure your presence for two days (16th & 17th) compulsorily in the Conference hall and make the AIC a grand success.

Challo  ........   Allahabad 


Promotions and postings of Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) officers of Indian Postal Service, Group 'A' to Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) of the Service and transfers/postings of regular HAG officers of Indian Postal Service, Group 'A'

House Building Advance Rules(HBA) - 2017 : Department of Posts Order

Click below link to view the copy of memo from Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs Office No. 17011/11(4)/2016-H-III dated 9th November, 2017.

FAQs on deputation of DoP staff to India Post Payments Bank (IPPB)

FAQs on deputation of DoP staff to India Post Payments Bank (IPPB)
Sl.No.Frequently Asked QuestionResponse/Clarification
1.What is IPPB ? What are its Objectives? How it will operate?(i) India Post Payments Bank Limited ("IPPB") was incorporated as a company on August 17, 2016 under The Companies Act, 2013, with 100% equity from the Department of Posts (DoP), Ministry of Communications, Govt. Of India and as a payments banking company under Section 22 (1) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.(ii) IPPB is visualized as a vehicle of financial inclusion that would complement the existing banking, financial services and payments network in the country to improve overall efficiency, accessibility and convenience in delivery of banking services including Direct Benefits Transfer and social security payments. IPPB, as an organization, is designed to leverage the field network of the Department of Posts and is required to carry out its sales and operations through the workforce of the DoP. IPPB will be responsible for designing the products and services, defining the technology and service delivery platforms, undertaking marketing and third-party tie-ups, setting and monitoring the service quality standards, handling customer grievances, managing the risks of the banking operations, and dealing with statutory and regulatory compliances, etc.
2.Why IPPB is looking for positions on deputation/ foreign service/ engagement for DoP?Requirement of positions on deputation/ Foreign Service from DoP to IPPB is based on IPPB’s business requirements, as success of IPPB hinges significantly on its ability to leverage field-level resources of DoP. In this context, it is imperative, especially in the initial stages, that the persons who are acting on behalf of IPPB at the field level, have a strong understanding of DoP as an organization.
3.Which authority has approved the policy of deputation?Board of Directors of IPPB approved the policy of deputation of regular employees from DoP to IPPB, which is also agreed by Postal Services Board.
4.What is the period of deputation? What is the job profile of posts offered ? What are the employment terms and conditions / service rules?Details are available in the Notification released by IPPB.
5.Will there be any relaxation provided in the eligibility criteria?No relaxation will be provided in the eligibility criteria on age, experience and education. Kindly ensure that you fill the correct information. In case, any incorrect information is provided, your application is liable to be cancelled.
6.Can any details of submitted application be modified/ removed/ addedNo. Any changes to the application cannot be made after submission of the application.
7.Whether ASPs can apply for Scale- II ?All regularly appointed ASPs, if they fulfill the eligibility criteria can apply for scale –II position.
8.Whether all PAs will be eligible for deputation?All regular PAs who fulfill the eligibility criteria can apply for scale-I position, irrespective of their present place of posting .
9.Whether officials working in LSG /HSG- II /HSG-I/ Post Master cadre can apply for deputation?All LSG PAs/ HSG-II/Postmaster cadre officials who fulfill eligibility criteria can apply for Scale I.
10.Is the experience of CBS/Sanchay Post mandatory to apply for Scale I?As per Section C of notification at least two years hands on experience is mandatory in POSB CBS/ Sanchay Post operations.
11.Whether all GDS will be eligible for deputation?All regularly appointed GDS candidates meeting eligibility criteria will be eligible.
12.Whether DoP official working in deputation in IPPB is allowed to appear in DoP departmental exams for promotion?Yes, subject to fulfilment of eligibility criteria of that particular exam.
13.Whether reservation is applicable in the selection?Being the deputation posts, rules of reservation are not applicable.
14.Will any model question papers be made available?To be notified in due course of time.
15.Where can I download the Admit card for the examinationAdmit card can be downloaded after the date of examination is announced from
16.When will the results be available for the examsResults will be published on in due course of time.

Note: The Last date for registration of application has been extended to 15.01.2018


Abhishek Jain
Dated 05.01.2018

Thursday, December 14, 2017

India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) - Kanpur Branch

Aadhaar Payment Bridge System (APBS)

Aadhaar Payment Bridge System - APBS

APBS’s Aadhaar Payment Bridge (APB) System, developed by NPCI has been helping the Government and Government Agencies in making the Direct Benefit Transfer scheme a success. APB System has been successfully channelizing the Government subsidies and benefits to the intended beneficiaries using the Aadhaar numbers. APBS System can be used for making bulk transactions towards distribution of subsidies, dividends, interest, salary, pension etc. The APB System links the Government Departments and their sponsor banks on one side and beneficiary banks (India Post) and beneficiary on the other hand. Chennai GPO is nodal office for DBT Payments.

Process flow

1. Implementing Department/Ministries (State/Central) will share the files for credit to Public Financial Management System(PFMS)/Sponsor Bank
2. If the files are routed through PFMS, it will push the data to Sponsor Bank (Nodal Bank)
3. Sponsor Bank/Nodal Bank will process the files and send these files to National Payment Corporation of India(NPCI), within the clearing window of NPCI.
4. Chennai GPO is the Nodal office for processing the DBT/Electronic credits. NPCI will push the files to Destination Bank (Based on IIN code allotted to DOP for Account Based and AADHAR based credits). NPCI will debit the amount pertaining to files from Sponsor Bank account and will credit the destination Bank account (Chennai GPO account).
5. Credit files will be available in NPCI’s destined folder for CHENNAI GPO (being nodal office). Files to Chennai GPO will be pushed according to slots. Scripts which are getting executed in regular intervals will pick files pertaining to CHENNAI GPO and will be made ready for processing in FINACLE
6. Chennai GPO will check the availability of files in Finacle for processing.
7. If files are available, Chennai GPO will invoke a menu in Finacle for crediting funds to beneficiaries account available across circles. 
A detailed procedure is reproduced below for kind information.
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

PRESS NOTE 28/11/17

మొదటి రోజు నిరాహార దీక్ష విజయవంతం 28/11/17

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