Friday, 30 May 2014

NDA Govt. may implement performance-based incentives for govt employees

New Delhi: Following its mantra of maximum governance and minimum government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi may implement performance-based incentives schemes for central government employees.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) is slated to give a detailed presentation on Performance-Related Incentive Scheme (PRIS), which was recommended by Sixth Pay Commission and accepted by the UPA government, to the prime minister soon, officials said. PRIS could not be implemented by the UPA government which had given its “in-principle” approval.

DoPT is likely to outline the salient features of the scheme aimed at improving governance in its presentation to Modi. “The detailed guidelines will be put in place after prime minister gives his go-ahead to it,” a senior DoPT official said.

As per the draft guidelines framed during UPA’s tenure, performance-related incentive will be payable taking into account the performance of the organisation and employees during the period under consideration. There are about 50 lakh central government employees.

“PRIS may prove to be a big game changer for improving governance and delivering maximum output. The prime minister may incorporate some new features,” the official said.

Revised format for OBC Caste Certificate

No.36036/2/2013- Estt.(Res.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 30th May. 2014
The Chief Secretaries of all the State Governments/Union Territories

Subject: Revision of format for OBC Caste Certificate


The Government of India had issued instructions on 8th September, 1993 vide DoPT OM. No. 36012/22/93-Estt.(SCT) providing for reservation to Other Backward Classes in the services and posts under the Government of India. The format of the Caste Certificate was prescribed vide Annexure A of the O.M. No. 36012/22/93-Estt.(SCT) dated 15th November 1993. In the said format, the then Ministry of Welfare’s Resolution No. 12011/68/93-BCC(C) dated 10th September 1993 was mentioned, which contained the list of castes and communities treated as OBC’s till that time. Since then, a large number of castes and communities have been added to the Central List of OBCs through various resolutions of the Ministry of Social Jusiice and Empowerment. The details of the resolutions subsequent to the Resolution dated 10th September 1993 do not find mention in the existing format. The said format also prescribes that the certificate issuing authority should certify that the candidate does not belong to the persons/sections (Creamy Layer) mentioned in Column 3 of the Schedule to the aforesaid OM. dated 8.9.1993.

2. Representations have been received in this Department wherein candidates belonging to OBC Communities have reportedly faced difficulty in getting the benefits of reservation. This is because of the fact that in the caste certificate issued by the concerned district authorities, although the name of the caste/community is mentioned in the certificate, the specific resolution by which the said caste/community has been included in the Central Listof OBCs is not indicated.

3. Keeping in view such problems faced by the candidates, this issue was examined in consultation with the National Commission for Backward Classes and it has been decided to revise the existing format of OBC Caste Certificate. A copy of the revised format is enclosed(Anuexure). All the certificate issuing authorities are requested to invariably mention the details of the Resolution (Number and Date) by which the castec/community of the candidate has been included in the Central List of OBCs and also to ensure that he/she does not belong to the persons/sections (Creamy Layer) mentioned in Column 3 of the Schedule to the aforesaid O.M. dated 8.9.1993 as amended from time to time.

4. I am to request that the revised format of the Certificate may please be brought to the notice of authorities under the State Governments/Union Territories who are empowered to issue the Caste Certificate.

Yours faithfully,
(Sandeep Mukherjee)
Under Secretary to the Government of India


This is to certify that Shri/Smt./Kurnari_______________son/daughter of _______________________of village/town in District/Division __________________________in the State/Union Territory____________________belongs to the __________________community which is recognised as a backward class under the Government of India, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment’s Resolution No. _________________dated____________________*. Shri/Smt./Kumari ____ ______________ and/or his/her family ordinarily reside(s) in the ____________________________ District/Division of the__________________________ State/Union Territory. This is also to certify that he/she does not belong to the persons/sections (Creamy Layer) mentioned in Column 3 of the Schedule to the Government of India, Department of Personnel & Training O.M. No. 36012/22/93 - Estt.(SCT)dated 8.9.1993.**

District Magistrate
Deputy Commissioner etc.


* - The authority issuing the certificate may have to mention the details of Resolution of
 Government of India, in which the caste of the candidate is mentioned as OBC.

** - As amended from time to time.

Note:- The term “Ordinarily” used here will have the same meaning as in Section 20 of the Representation of the People Act, 1950. 

Thursday, 29 May 2014

NFIR writes to Finance Minister to merge 50% of Dearness allowance with basic pay

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi-110 055
Affiliated to :
IndIan National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)
Dated: 28/05/2014
Sh. Arun Jaitley
Hon’ble Minister for Finance,
Government of India,
North Block
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Merger of Dearness Allowance with Pay-reg.

While enclosing copy of Federation’s letter No. 1/5(A) dated 27/09/2013, NFIR desires to bring to your kind notice, the following facts for consideration.

2. In the Standing Committee meeting held under the chairmanship of the Secretary DoP&T, on 7th May 2014, the agenda item pertaining to merger of D.A. with pay was discussed by the JCM/Staff Side representatives. There has, however, been no positive response from the Official Side on the issue probably the VII CPC has started working on the terms of reference.

3. Now that the D.A. has become 100% of pay w.e.f. 01/01/2014 and another installment of D.A. @ 6% of pay is likely to be granted by the Government w.e.f. 01/07/2014 as per the figures of Consumer Price Index, continuing D.A., without merger, is highly unjustified. In the past i.e. during the year 2004, the Government of India had merged 50% DA with pay for all purposes. Similar decision has, unfortunately, not been taken by the previous Government.

4. Seventh Central Pay Commission has already sent communications to JCM constituent organisations etc.. to submit Memorandums. At this juncture, it would be proper to convey to the Chairman, 7th CPC to consider the JCM (Staff Side) demand for merger of DA with pay with retrospective effect and send interim report to the Government for consideration.

NFIR, therefore, requests you to kindly consider our request and see that the Government makes reference to 7th CPC to consider DA merger with pay and to send its interim report to the Government for favourable consideration.

Thanking you.

Yours faithfully,
General Secretary

Last date for submission of Memorandum to 7 th CPC Extended

As per the request of the JCM National Council Staff side, 7th Central Pay Commission has granted extension of time upto 15.07.2014 (15th July 2014) for submission of memorandum by individual organizations other than JCM staff side. The following is the revised time schedule (Last date).
1.      JCM National Council Staff side                          :           30.06.2014

2.      All other Federations/Unions/Associations      :           15.07.2014

JCM National Council Staff side will be submitting a common memorandum before 30.06.2014 on the common demands of the Central Government Employees.

Friday, 23 May 2014

7th CPC

7th Central Pay Commission invited Shri. D Theagarajan, Secretary General, FNPO for interaction on postal employees related issues on 29th May 2014 at 12 noon.

RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan hints at bank licence for India Post

The RBI governor, who is known for his  candid 
comments, suggested that the ‘Post Bank’ could
 be given a limited banking licence that will be 
able to raise deposits and offer payment and
remittance services.

NEW DELHI:  Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan has backed the postal department's demand to set up a bank, even as the finance ministry has tried to block the move.

At the annual day lecture of the Competition Commission of India on Tuesday evening, the RBI governor, who is known for his candid comments, suggested that the 'Post Bank' could be given a limited banking licence that will be able to raise deposits and offer payment and remittance services. There will, however, be restrictions on investments and the entire amount would be have to be parked in government securities.

"...the proposed Post Bank could start as a payment bank, making use of post office outlets to raise deposits and make payments," Rajan said.

7th Pay Commission

All CWC members, Divisional/Branch secretaries, Members and viewers are requsted to send your views on 7th CPC before 29-5-2014 to send a report from our circle Union.

Circle Secretary

Friday, 16 May 2014

Schedule of PA/SA Examination 2014

1. Jammu & Kashmir   - 18-05-2014   - From 10.00 AM to 12.00 Noon 
2. Punjab                   - 18-05-2014   - From 10.00 AM to 12.00 Noon 
3. Andhra Pradesh      - 25-05-2014   - From 02.00 PM to 04.00 PM  
4. West Bengal          - 25-05-2014   - From 02.00 PM to 04.00PM  

Candidates may download their hall permits from  

Friday, 9 May 2014

India Post banking system and ATMs goes live in hundreds of post offices

India Post has gone live with its core banking platform in 200 post offices, piloting Infosys Finacle and a postal life insurance system based on Infosys McCamish platform.

       This is the part of the end-to-end IT Modernization project 2012 programme by the Department of Posts to equip itself with modern tools and technologies.

       Around 23,200 out of 155,000 post offices in India are to be migrated into the Core Banking Solution (CBS) by 2015.

Once all the post offices are live on the CBS, customers will be able to access their post office savings account anywhere in the country through multiple channels including internet browser, mobile and ATM.

C.N Raghupathi, head of Infosys’s India business, said there has been positive acceptance among end users with smooth implementation and adoption.

While the implementation is not affecting India Post staff, they do need some training on the usage and deployment of the new platform and solutions.

“There are two types of users for the software,” said Raghupathi. “One is the users from India Post and the second is the end users.” He said there are some pockets of resistance among users. “The resistance stems from the fact that this is a much more robust piece of software and has complexities which we are trying to work on through training. And for the India Post users, there is training that we have to do.”

“Also, most of the post offices are operated by people who are largely educated to only middle school level and who operate in some of the most remote areas of the country. Obviously, giving them a robust piece of software which is used by international banks and global insurance agencies requires a lot of training,” said Raghupathi.

India Post has post offices in 22 areas across India with one branch per 8,000 people for every 22 square kilometres. CBS, which went live in December, is already implemented in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Assam and Andhra Pradesh.

Additionally, the software for the ATM is ready and these ATMs have been installed in 100 post office banks. These ATMs will be replicated in 1,000 other locations across the country in the next few months and will be scaled up to 2,800 by 2,015.

“The next step is to roll it out to 2800 [Post Office] banks. We have to make sure this is done correctly and things work smoothly. This in itself will take the better part of the next one year,” said Raghupathi.

Raghupathi said that to enrich the mobile banking experience, the next stage would be to add mobility as a solution to take the banking system to people that can’t reach a bank. “That’s a different project in itself and the software for this is ready but India Post has to order the hardware, which is essentially handheld devices which will let the post man become a mobile banking correspondent.”

Bi-ennial conference of Guntur Division Branch

Combined bi-ennial conferences of NUPE Gr-c, PM&MTS and NUGDS were conducted at Guntur HO under the presidentship of Sri T Siddaiah on 4.5.2014.  Sri M.Tirumalarao ACS, Sri G.Rabbani CS PM &MTS and Sri CH.Lakshminarayana CS NUGDS were attended the meeting along with Class III CS and addressed the gathering. During the course of elections Sri T.Siddaiah and Sri P.Parameswarachary were elected as President and Divisional secretary respectively for Group-c union. The circle union congratulates all the newly elected office bearers.

Procedure to be observed by Departmental Promotion Committees (DPCs) - Assessment of entries and gradings in ACRs/APARs

Simplification of Pension procedure - Submission of undertaking by retiring Government servant