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Wednesday 31 July 2013

The Supreme Court has dismissed the SLP (Civil) 23055/2013 filed by Union of India against Delhi High Court judgement in pre-2006 pensioners casein WP 1535/2012 upholding the CAT PB judgement and Delhi High Court judgement. The above SLP came up for hearing on 29/7/2013 and the apex court dismissed the SLP on the same day.

Pensioners will now get arrears w.e.f. 1/1/2006 if their revised pension was fixed at less than 50% percent of the minimum of the pay in the pay band including grade pay thereon in the revised scale corresponding  to the pre-revised pay scale from which the pensioner has retired.

UPON hearing counsel the Court made the following order :
“We are not inclined to interfere with the order passed by the High Court. Consequently, the special leave petitions are dismissed. However, the petitioners are at liberty to raise all points before the Tribunal as and when the appeal”.

FAQ on Income Tax


Monday 29 July 2013

                                                      No. 1-1612013-SPG
                                                       Government of lndia
                                                Ministry of Communications & lT
                                                       Department of Posts
                                                      (Personnel Division)
                                                   Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
                                                       New Delhi - 110 001
                                                                                                                          Dated: 26th July, 2013
Orders of the Competent,Authority are conveyed for transfers/postings of the following
Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) officers of the Indian Postal Service, Group 'A' with effect
from 01.08.20L3 or the date of assumption of charge of the post, whichever is later and till
further orders:

Shri A.P. Shrivastava               Chief PMG M.P. Circle Bhopal 
Shri Shri Ashutosh Tripathi      Chief PMG U.P. Circle Lucknow 

Sunday 28 July 2013

Probation period of PA/SA

Directorate vide memo No. 60-3/2013-SPB-I dated 8/7/2013 has clarified that ás per revised Recruitment Rules for the post of Postal Assistant / Sorting Assitant notified on 3rd November 2011, the period of probation is the same i.e. two years but the provision of Examination for confirmation has been discontinued and clearance of probation period is to be decided by the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC). It is also clarified that who have not yet cleared the confirmation test may not be subjected to confirmation examination but may be assessed for clearing their probation after taking into consideration their performance during the induction training, the special report /ACRs and any other relevant input. If they are not found up to the mark, their probation period may be extended as per the Government's instructions. In such cases, PAs/SAs shall be considered for clearance of probation period from a prospective date and not with retrospective effect. 
Details/Pattern of Postal/Sorting Assistant (PA/SA) Phase-II Exam 2013 (Computer/Typing Test)
Now as Postal Department started publishing the List of Shortlisted Candidates for Paper-II based on the performance in Paper-I(Aptitude Test), its time now to understand the details of Paper-II (Computer Typing/Data Entry Test) & Practice it.

Results of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, North East, Odisha, West Bengal and Kerala Postal Circles already stands published in the official website.

Results of Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Bihar, Haryana, Himanchal Pradesh and Rajasthan Circles are expected soon.

Here is the list of number of candidates shortlisted from each Circle based on the results declared so far.

Name of Circle
No. of Shortlisted Candidates for Paper-II
Andhra Pradesh
Tamil Nadu
Madhya Pradesh
North East
West Bengal

Pattern of Paper-II (Computer / Typing Test):
The Typing Test shall be for a duration of 30 minutes (15 minutes each for Typewriting and data entry) consisting of one passage of 450 words in English or 375 words in Hindi to be typed with a minimum speed of 30/25 words per minute respectively & Data entry of some figures and letters each carrying equal marks on Computers.

The typing test and test of data entry operations will be conducted on Computer key board but not on type writer.

Note: The final merit shall be prepared on the basis of the aggregate marks obtained by the Applicants in the Aptitude Test (Paper I) only subject to their qualifying in Computer/Typing test ( Paper II). ie, there will be no marks for Typing/Data entry test. You have to just qualify the minimum criteria in Paper-2 and final merit list shall be prepared on the basis of marks of Paper-I only.

Friday 26 July 2013

EPFO starts registration of digital signatures of employers

C. G. Employees and their dependents can avail treatment in a non empanelled Private hospitals in emergency conditions and get reimbursement

(G.I MH OM No. F. No. S. 14025/14/2012-MS, dated 11.06.2013)
Revision of rates for reimbursement of medical expenses incurred in emergency conditions under CS (MA) Rules, 1944

The undersigned is directed to state that the issue of revision of rates for reimbursement of medical expenses incurred on availing medical treatment in emergency conditions under CS (MA) Rules, 1944, when treatment is taken in a non-empanelled private hospital, has been under consideration of the Government for some time.

2. It has now been decided that, reimbursement of medical expenses incurred by a Central Government employee covered under CS(MA) Rules, 1944 on availing medical treatment for himself and his dependent family members in emergency conditions, would be allowed as per the prevailing non –NABH CGHS rates as applicable to a CGHS covered city and non-NABH rates applicable to the nearest CGHS covered city in case of non-CGHS city, as the case may be, or the actuals, whichever is less.

3. For the medical treatment in such cases where package rates are prescribed under CGHS, the non-NABH rates of the CGHS covered city and non-NABH rates of the nearest CGHS city (in case of non-CGHS covered city) or the actuals, whichever is less, will be applicable.

4. This OM supersedes all earlier orders issued from time to time under CS (MA) Rules, 1944 on this subject for allowing reimbursement of medical expenses in emergency conditions when treatment is taken in a non-empanelled private hospital.

5. This OM will come into effect from the date of issue.

6. This issue with the concurrence of the Integrated Finance Division vide their Dy. No. C-282, dated 22.05.2013.

Thursday 25 July 2013

Grant of Family Pension and Gratuity to the eligible member of the family of any employee/pensioner

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
23-July, 2013
Grant of Family Pension and Gratuity to the eligible member of the family of any employee/pensioner 
Family pension is payable to the family of a Government employee or pensioner after his death. Difficulties in payment arise when a Government Servant or pensioner goes missing. Clarificatory instructions have recently been issued by the Central Government for payment of benefits in such cases. 

According to these instructions, the family must lodge a report with the concerned police station and obtain a report from the police, that the employee or pensioner or family pensioner has not been traced despite all efforts made by them. 
The report may be a First Information Report or any other report such as a Daily Diary or General Diary Entry. 
The family can apply for the grant of family pension, amount of salary due, leave encashment due and the amount of GPF and gratuity (whatever has not already been received) to the Head of Office of the organisation where the employee or pensioner had last served, six months after lodging of police report. 
The amount of salary due, leave encashment due and the amount of GPF will be paid to the family in the first instance as per the nominations made by the employee or pensioner on filling of a police report and submission of an indemnity bond. 
Detailed instructions are available at Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare’s website [click here to view Pensioner Portal Order]
(Release ID :97360)

Non-Functional upgradation for Officers of Organized Group 'A' Services in PB-3 and PB-4.

Indian Postal dept makes room for IT letterboxes

Monday 22 July 2013






NEW DELHI: The expenditure department has decided to sanction Rs 1,300 crore to the proposed Post Bank of India to meet its capital requirements even as the department of financial services (DFS) - the wing in the finance ministry that deals with state-run banks and their poliiies - chose to stay away from the  issue.
         The proposal's backing by the expenditure finance commission and its subsequent green light by finance minister       P Chidambaram is seen as the official go-ahead by the finance ministry, ignoring the DFS's stance. The DFS position is seen as the first instance of the agency not backing the Post Bank's plan, which officers in the department have privately mocked at
         "They think they can use the postal deposit model for their banking foray. Nothing in their plan seems to be clear. Banking isn't easy," said an officer, who did not wish to be identified. In fact, a strong Post Bank is seen to be the biggest challenge to existing public sector banks, including State Bank of India, which controls 70% of the banking business in the country. SBI, the largest lender, has a little less than 15,000 branches, while there are over 1.5 lakh post offices across the country.

         Although Post Bank does not intend to open a bank branch in each post office, the plan is to use postmen to meet the financial inclusion goal. Secretary (posts) P Gopinath refused to speak to TOI despite several attempts.

According to the plan, Post Bank will have 50 branches in the first year, which will be increased to 150 by the fifth year. The branches will be located in select Head Post Offices in Tier-1-4 centres and select Sub-Post Offices in Tier-5-6 centres.

         To meet RBI norms, the postal department proposes to set up a new entity - Post Bank of India - that will have an independent board and separate operations. Apart from independent directors, the board will have representatives from the finance ministry and the postal department. Separate recruitment has been planned to have specialist bankers.

        While converting the entire postal network would have meant a capital requirement of over Rs 60,000 crore, by setting up a special entity, the fund requirement has been reduced. This, officers said, will also help create a more focused strategy.
Source : THE TIMES OF INDIA  dated 22/07/2013

Creation of Parcel and Logistic Division in the BD & M Directorate - set up in Circles regarding

Top 8 Financial Products Offered By Indian Post Office

Thursday 18 July 2013



01-01-1973 TO 31-05-1981.

Wednesday 17 July 2013


No. 19-31/2012-WL & Sports                                                       Dated at New Delhi the 12th July 2013


             All the Head of Postal Circle
             All the Heads of Postal Regions

Subjects: - Circle Welfare Fund for Gramin Dak Sevaks – Regarding.


            This is regarding introduction of the Circle Welfare Fund for GDSs in all the Circles as part of the ‘One year initiatives of the Department of Posts,’ under the guidance of Hon’ble Minister of Communications and Information Technology. The draft Schemes of Circle Welfare Fund for GDSs formulated by the Directorate is enclosed herewith.

2.          Before finalizing the scheme you are requested to send your valuable suggestions / comment / views on the draft scheme, latest by 29th July 2013.

                                                                                                                                          Yours Faithfully
(L.N Sharma)
Deputy Directorate General
(Training & Welfare)  

(Draft Schemes will be published with all details soon) 

Direct Recruitment PA/SA Examination - LATEST UPDATE
UPDATE as on 17-JUL-2013
Aptitude Test (Paper I) for all the postal circles is completed. The List of shortlisted 
candidates for the Computer Typing / Data Entry (PAPER II) for Andhra Pradesh, 
Gujrat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, 
Madhya Pradesh, North East, Odisha, West Bengal Postal Circles is given in the 
link below:

The list in respect of the remaining Postal Circles will be published shortly.
The above Short List has been prepared in accordance with the procedure published
in the Notification No 60-9/2009 SPB1 dated 8-5-2012. The candidates who figure
 in the above list have qualified for appearing in the Paper II based on marks in the 
Paper I.
The list is in order of Roll Number.
Paper II is tentatively scheduled on 10th,11th,24th,25th,31th August 2013 and
 1st September 2013
Admit Card for Paper II will be dispatched shortly. Admit Card can also be generated
on this website by the candidates

Monday 15 July 2013

                                                     (An All India Industrial Unit of B.M.S.)
                                     T-21, Atul Grove Road, New Delhi-110 001
BPEF/Circular/2013                                                                                         Dated: 12-07-2013
All office bearers of BPEF
All General Secretaries of affiliated Union.  
All the Circle Secretaries through General Secretaries

                                                “ SADAR NAMASKAR

Dear Brothers/ Sisters,
            As was decided in New Delhi Federal Executive meeting on 15th  & 16th  December, 2012, the Federal Executive meeting was held  on 22nd & 23rd June, 2013 at Panchmarhi (M.P.) under Presidentship Shri Manmohan Sharma , President, BPEF . It was convened under guidance and in presence of Shri B.K. Rai ji, Vice President , BMS and PRABHARI Industrial units of BMS.  Other Participants  were S/Shri S.K. Mishra, Secretary General BPEF, S.B.P. Khuswanshi, Treasurer, BPEF, R.N. Navghare, Santosh Kumar Singh & M.S. Chandel ,  Org. Secretaries of  BPEF,   Irshad A.  Sheikh,General Secretary , BPEA Gr. ‘C’ , Md. Zafraullah Khan , Gen. Secy. BPEA Postman & MTS,  Anish Mishra Gen. Secretary BRMS-III, Sh. D. K. Tiwari, Gen. Secretary BRMS-IV, Dhani Ram, All India President, BPCWNGEU, Sanjay  Kumar Sinha, Gen. Secretary BPAOEA, Sugandhi Kr. Mishra, General Secretary, BEDEU, Premchand, office Secretary, BPEF,    V.S. Harmale, Dy. General Secretary, Admn. Union, V.D. Muley, Maharashtra  Circle Secretary, BPEA Gr. ‘C’, V.G. Pendharkar,  Maharashtra Circle President, BPEA Gr. ‘C’, S.S. Jadhav, Maharashtra Circle Secretary, BPEA Postman & MTS & P.S. Kadam, Circle Secretary, Foreign Post.      

            In the meeting several issues were discussed in three sessions of four hours each. In the reporting session every General secretaries have reported about the membership drive, election programme of Circles and schedules   of their due  All India Conference. In the Circles like Punjab , U.P. Karnataka, Kerala , Rajasthan and Jharkhand,  the Circle conferences of  BP-III, BP-IV and GDS were convened successfully. The M.P. & Orissa Circle has convened R-III and R-IV Circle conferences . The Haryana & Bihar Circle have convened BPAOEA Circle Conference. The All India Conference of Administrative union and GDS Union was convened successfully. It can be  concluded that almost all circles have updated their  conferences and now it is the turn of Circles to convene their Divisional Conference  in time.
Regarding opening of New Divisions, it has been informed that two options are available. First one is to make authorized office bearer in that Division to submit the forms in the month of April or during re-verification process. The 2nd one is to form adhoc body and then convene regular election within three month of time. As regard to Divisions in which we could not form a Divisional Secretary or authorized office bearer,  the General Secretary or  Circle Secretary  can submit the attested membership forms to the Divisional heads/ Regional Heads/ Circle Heads.

            It has also been reported that the All India Conference of BP-III, BR-III & BR-IV will be completed upto December, 2013. Positively.

            The Secretary General has reported all the events, the “PRAVASH” and the conferences attended by him during the period October 2012 to June, 2013. A Strike notice was also served on 29-01-2013. The department has issued advisory to postpone the programme and informed that informal meeting will be arranged in March, 2013. The Strike was postpone on this communication. In the meeting it has been decided to choose appropriate time to give the notice for Dharna do not Pradarshan or Strike in the event of Department not giving any informal meeting or look over the issues urgently. The DDG (Estt.) has informed that the meeting will be arranged shortly in the last week of the July.  

I am sorry to disclose that General Secretaries have reported about membership drive in vague manner without any proof of it. This tradition has become a custom of BPEF affiliated unions to act casually over the important and strategic issues. For these reasons they took no cognizance of the decisions taken in such type high level meetings.  The decisions taken at Hyderabad meeting, New Delhi Meetings have not been conveyed to lower office bearers even through circulars. For these reasons the pity financial and Organisational situation of BPEF  arises. Reporting without any proof and without any real action is deplorable on the ground that lot of expenditure becomes waisted. The Bharatiya unions become element of mockery at the eyes of others who read these circulars.

The Treasurer report placed in the meeting very well depicts the story of reluctance and irresponsibility from the part of unions as they are  getting  membership subscription by way of salary deduction . It is sorry to state that we are  not able to pay even petty  Honoruium and licnece fee of about two thousand per month.  Water & Elect bill of Rs. 3500/- per month and News paper telephone bill of about two thousand per month . Having no option left to the Federation it has decided to impose levy over the unions as below so that expenditure to be incurred up to October, 2013 may be met.

 GDS Union – 20000/-, BP-III, 20000/- , BP-IV, 8000/-, BR-III, 4000/- BR-IV, 3000/- BPAOEA Rs. 4000/- BP Civil Wing Rs. 1000/- Administrative Union 1000/- of Rs. 60000/-This levy must be paid before Federal Council so that the Federation could not feel  pity in meeting out expenses.  

            Matter of Election dispute in Kerala Circle BP-IV union has been reported by convenor Kerala circle Shri C.M. Pillai the same has been handed over to General Secretary, BP-IV for resolving the issue amicably. It has been advised that in all matters of election dispute,  the decision of BPEF will be final.

            In the last Shri B.K. Rai, Vice present Central BMS and Prabhari Industrial units have taken note of all the discussions and told that the unions are not hospitals were every ill comes and later on goes away when treatment is over. It is a family and a developed  system having well defined constitution and ethics to follow exists. He advised that as per the BMS directions , The Federation ,  the All India Union and   the Circle  unions must have core group to decide the issues . For the All India Unions President , Secretary, Org. Secretary , Secretary General & Treasurer will form the core group. Similarly for Circle unions President , Secretary, Treasurer, AGS of All India Union and convener of BPEF will form the core group. At the Federation level  President/ Working President,  Secretary General, Treasurer, Org. Secretary, and Prabhari industrial unit of BMS will form the Core group. This core group must report to the Higher level for the activities about the Organizational and Agitational programmes. In the case of laxity from the part of All India Unions, Circle Unions are Divisional Unions the action will be taken by the core groups accordingly. It is to be taken in mind that as per the constitution of unions the General Secretary of the unions is the Administrative Head of that union. Similarly Secretary General is the administrative Head for all the matter of affiliated unions. Similarly every unions are advised to give full charge to the AGS of the union of the adjoining Circles to Circle in which he resides,  in All India conference itself for the purpose of easily administering the membership / union activities and election process.     

Since the Govt. is deducting the union subscription and remitting it to office bearers,  therefore, the financial irregularity is not simple one but it is a financial fraud towards organisaiton which attrach  disciplinary action against the faulty office bearers.  

 If the core group of All India unions and its CWC find it fit to amend its constitution so that the union subscription deducted at Division/ Branches may be remitted to the CHQ directly by the Administration then they are free to make such amendment in constitution. The General Secretary, BP Civil Wing Shri Balram Pandey has given has consent to do so    in his constitution.

 As regarding Special Donation by unions / Federation, Receipt Book must contain  three least. One should be handed over to the donor. Second one should be retained by the collector and third one should be retained by the BPEF or All India Union as the case may be.  

He strongly supported that if the BPEF is short of fund for carrying out its  daily union activity then it must raise the Special Fund with the help of Federation office bearers / CHQ office Bearers of the union. This issue was supported by Shri R.N. Navghar and others and has advised that Receipt book  of Rs. 1100/- per Head may be printed for collecting  Donation to BPEF and be distributed to all active office bearers. Similarly during All India Conference of unions Rs. 1100/- per office bearers may be collected at the conference place itself.
Maharashtra Circle has consented to hold 10th Federal council in Nashik . It will be held on  1st & 2nd October 2013 at Kurtkoty Shankarchar Nyas , Old Ganganagar Naka , Nashik- 422 005. The boarding facility will be near by it. The Maharshtra Circle team lead by Shri V.G. Pendharkar has accepted the offer by their core of heart and assured that it will be decent programme. They told that Nashik is  central point to visit Tryambakeshwar  Temple 22 K.M. , Sai Mandir of Shirdi 80 K.M. and Shani Sighnapur Temple 100 K.M. The Bombay is also situated at about 4 hours journey from the Nashik. The Panchwati and August Muni Asharam are in Nashik itself. However the entire description will be communicated by Reception Committee in due course. The fore most precaution / discipline to be observed in the said Federal Council is as below.
1.    The Delegation Fee is Rs. 500/- (Five Hundred).
2.    The Circle Secretary of every union  has to report alongwith his Delegate team  well before time and has to deposit the Delegation fee before start of programme at the counter. It should be ensured that his team must comprise of  at least one  Divisional office bearers  of each Division. Other delegate must be office bearers of status not less than Divisional Secretary/ President / Treasurer/ Org. Secretary.   
3.    The Federal Councilor numbering three Hundred,   apart from  Maharashtra,  will be as Uttarakhand -2, J&K -1, HP-2, Punjab-10, Haryana-8 , Delhi-14, Orissa -7, W.B. -7, Assam /NE-4 , Jharkhand -2, Kerala- 15, Karnataka-8, T.N.-8 , Chhatisgarh- 2, A.P.- 15, Bihar- 50, U.P.- 80,M.P-30, Gujarat- 20 , Rajasthan- 10   
4.    It is necessary for All Delegates to attend all five sessions of Federal council. Three session will be held on First day and two on second day.
5.    The Federal council will end before 5-00 P.M of 2nd October positively,. 
6.    If anyone wants to adopt Resolution at Federal Council he must send a copy of that to Federation 15 days before so that it can be included. Every Resolution must be sent after having working committee meeting. The Federation will load its Resolution in the Website: one month before the Federal Council for your comments.
7.    The Maharashtra is going to publish a Souvenir on the occasion you can give advertisement/ Article for that.
8.    The Federation will publish August issue of Postal Mahasangh in August and will also publish Special issue in October, 2013.  You may give valuable Articles   for publication well n time.    

Kindly follow the discipline and ethics of  the organization  and take oath in the Federal Council to correct the actions of union  so that full support to Mission 2015 with regards recognition during re-verification process can be made.

In future General Secretary must bring the list of membership subscription deducted in the Divisions in meetings. For the purpose, the General Secretary should necessarily ask his Circle Secretaries to provide this information with paper support. As a first corrective measure, the list of membership subscription deducted in July, 2013 may be brought in Federal council for information.
With regards,
                                                                                                Yours brotherly,

                                                                                                  (S.K. Mishra)

                                                                                                  Secretary General