Friday, March 24, 2017

President, AIPEU, Gr-C, CHQ appraised the General Secretary to act swiftly to stop implementation of Cadre Restructuring proposal till receipt of modifications requested by CHQ

                                                                                                                               Dt. 23.3.17

Com. R.N. Parashar,
General Secretary,
New Delhi 110 008.

Dear com. General Secretary,

Pl see the order copy dt.22.3.17 released by Odisha Circle for promotion and postings to the officials on cadre restructuring.

Yesterday, we met the CPMG   TN Circle and requested him to keep the  implementation of the orders in abeyance, till taking a final decision at Dte on this issue.

He replied that, only after giving letter by both the  Federations, the Dept has issued order to implement cadre restructuring without any further delay. Hence action is under way to implement the same in Tamilnadu Circle also.

However, we have requested him atleast to delay the process for sometime, till our unions to get a final solution on this issue at Dte level.

He assured to give 15 days time and asked us to get the orders stopped uniformly throughout the Country by the Dte. Otherwise he has to take decisions, in accordance with the directions of the Dte.

Hence we request you to act swiftly, so as to stop the implementation of this order and to take suitable action, so as to get the modifications as requested in our CHQ letter dt 17.3.2017.

Expecting you positive action and reply,

Fraternally yours,

President , CHQ &
Circle Secretary,

Promotion of Digital/Cashless Transactions by Government

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance

24-March-2017 16:51 IST

Promotion of Digital/Cashless Transactions by Government 
The data on payment system indicators such as Paper Clearing, National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT) and National Automated Clearing House (NACH), registered growth in December, 2016 as compared to November 2016. However, the same showed a decline in January 2017 as compared to December 2016.

• Immediate Payment Service (IMPS), Unified Payment Interface (UPI) and Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) recorded a growth in January 2017 and December 2016 as compared to November 2016.

• Card transactions at Point of Sale (POS) registered growth in December 2016 as compared to November 2016. However, the same declined in January 2017 as compared to December, 2016.

• Pre-paid Payment Instrument (PPI) - considerable growth in January, 2017 and December, 2016 as compared to November, 2016.

In order to attract general public and facilitate significant behavioural change among public towards digital transactions NITI Aayog had launched two major schemes - Lucky Grahak Yojana for consumers and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana for merchants. 12,72,290 consumers and 70,000 merchants have won prizes for digital payments made through AEPS, USSD, UPI and RuPay cards as on 22nd March 2017.

To incentivize the States/UTs for promotion of digital transactions, it was decided that Central assistance of Rs. 50 crore would be provided to the districts for undertaking Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activities to bring 5 crore Jan Dhan accounts to digital platform. The fund allocation is based on proportion of Jan Dhan accounts of all States/UTs. Under the scheme an incentive @ Rs. 10/- is provided for every individual who has transited to digital payment mode and undertaken at least two successful transactions by any of the five digital payments modes viz: UPI, Rupay / Debit / Credit / Prepaid Cards, AEPS, USSD and E-Wallets. NITI Aayog has so far released an amount of Rs 15.06 crore to 533 Districts as first installment.

In addition to above following measures were also taken to promote less cash payment :

• Unified Payment Interface (UPI) based Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) App which supports remittance transactions both push and collect was launched.

• Approval has been given for introduction of revised architecture of Unified USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data ) platform (*99#) USSD 2.0 version. This integrates UPI based transactions for USSD users through any type of handset.

• In principal approval has been accorded to National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) for launch of pilot for the Aadhar Pay Payment mechanism, which will enable the merchant to accept payment from customers using their Aadhar number and biometric data to be authenticated by UIDAI.

• In-principle approval has been given for launching the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) system, which uses the Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tags for vehicle identification and toll calculation; the toll will be automatically deducted from the prepaid accounts linked with the respective RFID tag.

• In order to facilitate wider acceptance of card payments, the following special measures for debit card transactions (including for payments made to Government), has been introduced for a temporary period between January 1, 2017 and March 31, 2017 ;

i. For transactions upto ? 1000/-, MDR has been capped at 0.25% of the transaction value.

ii. For transactions above ? 1000/- and upto ? 2000/-, MDR has been capped at 0.5% of the transaction value.

With a view promote less- cash payments, the Reserve Bank of India has been releasing its Vision for Payment and Settlement Systems in India on its website since May 2005. The latest Vision document titled “Payment and Settlement Systems in India: Vision-2018” has been released on its website on June 23, 2016. The Vision-2018 aims at building best of class payment and settlement systems for a ‘less-cash’ India. The broad contours of Vision-2018 revolve around 5 Cs – coverage, convenience, confidence, convergence and cost. To achieve these, Vision-2018 will focus on four strategic initiatives such as responsive regulation, robust infrastructure, effective supervision and customer centricity.

This was stated by Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Circle Council-Cum-Working Committee Meeting of AIPEU, Group-C, Odisha Circle

Notice for conducting Circle Council-Cum-Working Committee Meeting of AIPEU, Group-C, Odisha Circle on 26.03.2017 in the premises of Ashoknagar MDG, Bhubaneswar - 751 009

No. P3NFPE – Odisha / 08 – 03 / 2017
Dated at Bhubaneswar the 23rd March, 2017


Notice is hereby given under Article 32 (a) of the Constitution of All India Postal Employees Union, Group – C to hold the Circle Council-Cum-Working Committee Meeting of this Circle  union at 10.00 AM on 26.03.2017 (Sunday) in the premises of Ashoknagar MDG, Bhubaneswar – 751 009.

            The following shall be the agenda for discussion.

1.    Confirmation of the proceedings of last CWC held at Balasore on 07.01.2017.

2.    Implementation of Cadre Restructuring Proposal of Group-C Postal Employees in Odisha Circle:

a.    Arbitrary implementation avoiding the suggestions for modification / rectification submitted by the Circle Union both to the Chief PMG, Odisha Circle and Secretary (Posts) and by the Postal JCA, CHQ to the Secretary (Posts).

b.    Post Implementation issues:

i.              Managing the posts of S As, Business / Philatelic Executives, Trainers, CPC Supervisors, PLI Group Leaders and such other unidentified posts which have been managed by P As now posted as LSG Supervisors.
ii.            Managing the work of Accountants now posted as LSG Supervisors.
iii.           Managing the Division in case of relieve of huge surplus LSG Supervisors  - Difficulty in making relieving arrangements and filling up of the resultant vacancies.
iv.           Treatment to LSG Supervisors who may decline the promotion.
v.            Nature of treatment to the surplus LSG Supervisors who  may be absorbed beyond the sanctioned strength of a Division falling short of approved LSG officials.
vi.           Any other technical issues that may arise after implementation.

c.    Devising ways and means with adoption of resolutions to meet the crisis.

3.    Organizational Review :

a.    Review of 16.03.2017 One Day Strike
b.    Collection of new membership
c.    Administrative irregularity in treating the unrecognized Union / Federation

4.    Financial Review

5.    Any other item with permission of the chair

Circle Secretary

Copy for information and necessary action: (Through eMail)

1.    The Chief Postmaster General, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar – 751 001
2.    The Asst. Director (Staff), O / o the Chief PMG, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar – 751 001. He is requested to kindly reserve all the 3 suits of the I R, Ashoknagar MDG for 26.03.2017 for the purpose of conducting the meeting.
3.    Com. Trilochan Parida, President, AIPEU, Group-C, Odisha Circle.
4.    Com. B P Das, Financial Secretary, AIPEU, Group-C, Odisha Circle.
5.    All the Divisional Secretaries / Circle Union Office bearers / Circle Councilors.
6.    Com. R N Parashar, General Secretary, AIPEU, Group-C, CHQ, Dada Ghosh Bhawan, 2151 / 1,  New Patel Road, New Delhi – 110 008.
7.    Com. Dipti Ranjan Mohanty, Divisional Secretary (I/C), AIPEU, Group-C, Bhubaneswar Division for making necessary arrangements to conduct the meeting.
8.    The Postmaster, Ashoknagar MDG, Bhubaneswar – 751 009
9.    Notice Board

Circle Secretary

7th Pay Commission: Can Narendra Modi government gift you higher allowances from April?  | New Delhi, March 21, 2017

All hope may not be lost for Central government employees who were expecting the government to make an announcement on higher allowances under the Seventh Pay Commission after the election season.According to some media reports, the Committee on Allowances headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa may submit its report before the end of this month, giving a glimmer of hope to employees who can expect to get revised allowances from April.

The Committee on Allowances missed its earlier February 22 deadline for submitting its review report on the recommendations by the Seventh Pay Commission on allowances.

  1. Replying to a question on Seventh Pay Commission in Lok Sabha on March 10, Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal had said the committee on higher allowances was yet to submit its report. The minister, however, added that deliberations with the committee were in the final stage.
  2. The Committee on Allowances was formed in July last year after government employees protested against the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission. The commission had recommended scrapping 53 of the 196 allowances for government employees and also suggested merging a few others.
  3. The Ashok Lavasa-led committee was given four months' time to submit its review report on the recommendations made by the Seventh Pay Commission. The deadline for report submission was later extended to February 22, 2017. 
  4. Allowances form a significant part of a government employee's salary and the delay in announcement on a proposed hike has led to growing resentment among nearly 50 lakh employees.
  5. It was believed that once the model code of conduct was lifted following the end of the elections in five states, the government would soon make an announcement on higher allowances.
  6. The second part of the Budget session is still on and the Committee on Allowances, as per some media reports, is expected to submit its report before the end of March. If the recommendations are implemented by month-end, employees can expect to get revised salaries from April. 
  7. Among allowances, the Lavasa committee's recommendation on house rent allowance will be most-closely followed. HRA is one of the fatter allowances that employees get and the Seventh Pay Commission had recommended reducing it by 2-6 per cent depending on type of cities.
  8. If reports are to be believed, the Committee on Allowances is likely to recommend no changes in HRA, keeping them as they were under the Sixth Pay Commission at 10, 20 and 30 per cent for different tiers of cities.