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Friday 30 January 2015


Mumbai’s first ever post office totally operated by its competent women staff was opened in 2013. The unique Mahila Dak Ghar was described as ‘a mark of respect to the women of Maharashtra’ by the state’s Chief Post Master General, while inaugurating it. It was a major step by the Indian Post in its effort to promote women empowerment.
Incidentally, India’s first all-women post office was opened in the capital city of New Delhi same year on the eve of the International Women’s Day.
In its endeavor to further boost the morale and confidence of its female staff, an extensive training-cum-seminar was organized by The Indian Institute of Workers Education (established by the Central Board for Workers Education).

Challenges & solutions for women workers

One of India’s vastly and deeply spread government organizations, the Indian Post is giving them all possible encouragement to increase their stature as well as maximize their potential.
India is fast changing, and so are its women. They today enjoy greater freedom and are performing better than ever in so many fields, including science, medicine, sport, and corporate world.
However, there are challenges to be met and hurdles to be crossed while scaling the peak of success. Especially, women staffers in public service face peculiar problems.
It is important that they get a platform to talk about their problems and seek solutions. Keeping this in mind, a wide range of seminars, lectures and activities were arranged during the ‘Women Empowerment’ session as part of the just-concluded training module (January 12 to January 16, 2015 at Kurla, an eastern suburb in Mumbai) held exclusively for women employees was indeed a meaningful initiative in this context.
Bharatiya Postal Employees Association (affiliated to Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh) saw to it that experienced professionals from diverse arenas would guide the participants on stress management, communication skills, self-development etc.
Utkarsha Birje, who handled the logistical and conceptual part of this laudable initiative, elaborated: “The training spread over five fruitful days was so arranged that every participant could get involved and thus gather practical information on this vital subject. Also, these women from different cities and districts of Maharashtra developed a close bonding. This human element was a unique facet of our exercise. Not often that they get to express themselves and share their concerns on imbibe useful work-related as well as specific gender issues. Our aim was to motivate the women employees so that they can more efficiently perform their day-to-day duties.”
“Initially, they were a touch skeptical about the whole idea, unsure what they could draw out of it. At the end of it, they realized that harnessing their abilities and true potential can not only give them work satisfaction but also enhance their personality and stature.”
Then there are so many other aspects like work-home balance, woman’s health, implementation of prevention of sexual harassment policies, separate toilets for women that were touched upon during the discussions.
Inaugurated by M. S. Chandel, the general secretary of BPEF, the training programme was set in motion by Mr M. S. Mathapathi who spoke about aims and Objectives of the trade union activities.
‘Constitutional provisions for working women’ by Miral Chitnis; ‘Socio-Economy Development and Role of Trade union in National Development’ by Mr Banasure, President BMS; ‘Disciplinary Procedure-Tools & Techniques’ by M. K. Khamborkar; ‘Inter-personal Relations & Human Relations’ by K Vanraj; ‘Leadership Qualities’ by J. P. Phogat, Deputy Director; ‘Attitudinal change-games’ by M. S. Mathapati; ‘Women Empowerment- Challenges in Modern era’ by Sabiha More; ‘New Technological Changes & Customer Satisfaction’ by Paresh Chitnis; ‘Right to Information Act 2005′ by Capt. APS Talwar and ‘Team Building & Team Work’ by Geetatai Gokhale of B.M.S. were among the key speakers and topics during the full-fledged training.

What does define the spirit of today’s working woman?
Neha Rikame
, one of the participants at the seminar, stated: “To me, it is her utmost commitment, sincerity, ability to balance between her work and family life, her quest for a distinct identity and an earnest desire to excel that define the spirit of every modern Indian working woman.
She added, “It was an excellent learning experience for us, providing us with an opportunity to hone our skills. We greatly benefited from the personal and professional experience of different knowledgeable speakers. Their insightful and inputs are going to help is in our careers. The training will certainly help us become more resourceful and proactive, having become aware of the responsibility we carry on our shoulders.”
“The core idea on our part should be to serve the people better in our official capacity. And for this, we look for constant guidance and assistance, regular on-job learning and orientation,” another participant explained.
True meaning of women empowerment at home and officeWomen in our country are now taking up more significant roles in public life as well as at home. A large number of them are making their mark at the modern workplace.
Women have grown in confidence and stature. They now occupy top positions in the government and private bodies. But for them to continue to do well, support of their families and that from the heads in any organization holds the key. Underlining this important aspect, one of the speakers Sabiha More said, “Women should not underline their abilities and intrinsic strengths. They should cultivate a desire to excel in whatever they do in personal and official capacity and imbibe modern technology as well as management techniques. The office culture should be such that women are encouraged to take up more responsibilities.”
We hope that these dynamic women in continue to interact and build on the knowledge they have gathered from trainers, speakers and also by talking to each other during the entire training period so as to further empower themselves and serve the public better.
Importantly, once all the participating women staffers go back with a message of empowerment, the positivity and enthusiasm will sure rub off on fellow women they work with, to make it a chain reaction. The process has only just started, the journey has only just commenced. We at Wooman, wish Utkarsha Birje mam and her team all the success in their commendable endeavor.

Friday 23 January 2015

Calendar of Departmental Examination - 2015

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SB Order 02/2015: Introduction of new scheme "Sukanya Samriddhi Account" under Small Savings Scheme from 22.01.2015.

Sukanya Samruddhi Account

Under the scheme, the account can be opened from the birth of the girl child till she attains the age of 10. A girl child who attained the age of 10 years, one year prior to notification, will also be eligible. The account can be opened by an amount of Rs 1,000 and in a financial year investment ceiling is Rs 1.5 lakh. The child can close the account earliest at the age of 21 years with option of keeping the account till marriage.

For the current financial year, this would work out to 9.1%. For the sake of simplicity, the manner of interest calculation would be similar to public provident fund (PPF).


D.G. Posts O.M. No. 2-53/2011-PCC dated 22 Jan 2015.

The issue of remuneration payable to Full Time Casual Labourers (Other than Temporary Status) and Part Time Casual Labourers has been under consideration of the Department for quite some time. The matter has been examined in consultation with the Nodal Ministries/Departments and it has been decided, that the remuneration payable to casual labourers would be as under:

(i)         The wages of Full Time Casual Labourers (Other than Temporary Status) would be calculated at the minimum of Pay Band-1 (Rs.5200-20200) i.e. Rs. 5200 plus a Grade Pay of Rs.1300/- and Dearness Allowance as admissible from time to time. In addition , the benefit of merge of 50% of dearness allowance would also be admissible in terms of DoPT O.M. No. 49014/5/2004-Estt(C)  dated 31.05.2004.

(ii)        So far as Part Time Casual Labourers are concerned , their wages would be calculated on pro-rata basis, in terms of hours of duty put in, with respect to the minimum of Pay Band-1(Rs.5200-20200) plus a Grade Pay of Rs.1300/- and Dearness Allowance as admissible from time to time . I addition , the benefit of merge of 50% of dearness allowance would also be admissible in terms of DoPT O.M. No. 49014/5/2004-Estt(C) dated 31.05.2004.

2.         The revision as aforesaid in sub paras (i) to (ii) will take effect from 01.01.2006.

3.         For the Full Time Casual Labouers covered by Para 1(v) of DoPT O.M. No. 49014/2/86 Estt.(C) dated 07.06.1988 i.e. the full time casual labourers, who are engaged to perform work different from the work performed by regular employees, will continue to be remunerated  based on the minimum wages prescribed by Central or State Government, whichever is higher.

4.         This issues with concurrence of Integrated Finance Wing vide Diary No. 343/FA/2015/CS dated 22.01.2015

Tuesday 20 January 2015


                           डी० के० यस० चौहान की रिपोर्ट प्रकाशित   

1. जी० डी०  यस० कर्मचारियों के भर्ती नियम बदले 
2. अधिकतम आयु सीमा 3० वर्ष , ओ० बी० सी० व एस० सी० /   एस० टी० के लिये कर्मश: 33 -35  वर्ष
3. रेल डाक सेवा में  जी० डी०  यस० मेलमैन  की भर्ती प्रक्रिया पुनः प्रारम्भ 
4. मृतक आश्रित में विवाहित पुत्र की भी point में गणना   


Thursday 15 January 2015


Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievance and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
(IR Division) 

North Block, New Delhi
Dated 14th January, 2015

Subject:       Introduction of postal stamps as RTI fee/cost - seeking comments from public regarding 

RTI Rules, 2012 prescribe payment of RTI application fee/Cost through four Modes i.e. IPO, Demand Draft, Bankers Cheque and Cash against receipt. Apart from regular modes of payments, Information seekers can use the facility of e-IPO and also use Debit/Credit Card for filing online RTI application. 

2.         CIC in its full bench decision in the case No. CIC/BS/C/2013/000149/LS dated 27.08.2013 had inter-alia urged DoPT to consider acceptance of RTI stamps as a mode of payment of RTI Fee and Costs. The issue was examined in consultation with Department of Posts and the latter expressed its inability to print exclusive RTI stamps. Subsequently, Department of Posts recommended use of definitive series of postal stamps which are ubiquitously available in the Post Offices across the country in different denominations. It further added that, the RTI applicants would also need to affix the said stamp(s) on the RTI application. The RTI applicant(s) by putting his signature or thumb impression shall cancel the said postage stamp(s) to prevent it from misuse/re-use. 

3.         It was decided with the approval of the then MoS (PP) that acceptance of postal stamps as mode of payment of RTI fee and cost would require amendment in the RTI Rules notified on 31.7.2012 only, the recommendations of CIC may be noted and considered as and when amendment to RTI Rules are considered. 

4.         The CIC in its recent decision dated 12.12.2014 in File No.CIC/SA/C/2014/000038 has again recommended to DoPT to adopt the proposal of the Deptt. of Posts of use of ordinary Postal Stamps for payment of RTI fee. 

5.         Introduction of Stamps as one of modes of payment for RTI application fee would require amendment to the RTI Rules, 2012. In addition, the following issues need to be sorted out before taking any decision. 

i.               Use of ordinary postal stamps for the purpose of RTI may lead to accounting problem, as it would not be possible to account amount collected for RTI through ordinary stamps. Section 25(3)(e) of the RTI Act lays down that each public authority is required to communicate to CIC/SIC, as the case may be, the amount of charges collected under this Act for incorporation in their Annual Report. 

ii.               There is apprehension of misuse of ordinary stamps for the purpose of RTI, in the absence of specific procedure for crossing such stamps. 

iii.             Whether postal stamps may be considered for initial RTI fees only or for payment of additional fee also. 

6.         A Committee has been formed to look into the above and other related issues. It has been decided to invite views/suggestions from the citizens in the subject matter, for the consideration of the Committee. The views/suggestions, preferably not exceeding more than one page, may be sent latest by 7.2.2015 through email only to Shri R.K. Girdhar, Under Secretary (RTI), North Block at usrti-dopt@nic. in.
(Sandeep Jain)
Director - IR
Tele. No. 011-23092755

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Tuesday 13 January 2015