29 May 2014

Directorate raised queries on merger proposal

No. 25-35/2011-PE-I
Government of India
Ministry of Communications and IT
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110001
Date : 19th May 2014

The General Secretary,
All India Association of Inspectors and
Assistant Superintendents, Posts,
CHQ Qtr. No. 12, P&T Colony,
Khurshid Square, Civil Lines, Delhi – 110 054.

Subject : Merger of ASP cadre in to PS Gr. B cadre – Proposal regarding.

          Kindly refer to your letter No. GS/AIAIASP/Merger ASP/2013 dated 20.11.2013 and 21.04.2014 on the subject mentioned above.

2.       In this regard, this is to inform that the proposal submitted by your Association has been examined in detail with the following observations:

(i)          It was intimated in the proposal that there is a matching saving for the proposal as there would be an additional expenditure of Rs. 66,86,100/- per annum against the saving of Rs. 69,25,100/- per annum. This means a net saving of Rs. 2,39,700/- per annum. However, while this may be true in the long run, at present there would be no matching saving, as pay will have to be protected for the 679 ASPs till they get promoted to PS Gr. B Grade, while additional expenditure of Rs. 66,86,100/- would start immediately Savings will start accruing only after the 679 ASPs working on the ASP posts downgraded to IPs get promoted to PS Gr. B Grade which will take a very long time. Thus, it is not correct to say that the case has matching savings.

(ii)         The proposed down gradation of 679 ASPs (Sub Division) to IP (Sub Division) would create technical problems as ASPs cannot be posted on IPs Posts. Otherwise, they would have to be reverted which is not permissible. The proposal, thus, would only be beneficial for the senior 1311 ASPs and at the same time detrimental to the remaining 679 ASPs who may suffer reversion. Further, on upgradation of the ASPs Posts to PS Gr. B there would be two or more Gr. B officers in Gr. B Divisions. Then, there would be a problem / issue of reporting and also that who amongst them would head the Division.  This would ultimately create complicated situation and may not, thus, be administratively viable.

(Note :- the number of ASP Sub Divisions has been ascertained from the Circles and the matching savings have been re-calculated on the basis of information received from the Circles)

3.       Therefore, it is requested to furnish your comments / clarifications on the above mentioned observations for further examination of the proposal at the earliest.
Yours faithfully,

(Tarun Mittal)
Assistant Director General (PE-I)

PS : All Circle Secretaries / CHQ office bearers and members are requested to submit their comments in detailed to GS by email 

08 May 2014

Simplification of pension procedure - submission of undertaking by retiring Government servant along with pension papers

                                                        No. 1I27/2011-P&PW (E)
                                                         Government of India
                         Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare
                         3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,Khan Market, New Delhi,the 7th May, 2014
                                                                        Office Memorandum

'The Scheme for Payment of pensions to Central Government Civil Pensioners through Authorised Banks', issued by the Central Pension Accounting Office provides for an undertaking to be submitted by the retiring Government servant/pensioner to the pension disbursing bank before commencement of pension. The pensioner undertakes to refund or make good any amount to which he is not entitled.2. It has been found that the first payment of pension after retirement gets delayed mainly due to two reasons. One, the delay in receipt of intimation by the pensioner that pension papers have reached the bank and two, delay on part of the pensioner in approaching the bank for submission of undertaking. 3. The feasibility of submission of undertaking by the retiring Government servant along with pension papers had been under consideration in the Government for some time. The following simplification has therefore been approved with the concurrence of Department of Expenditure, vide their I.D. No.130/E.V/2014, dated 24th February, 2014. The required undertaking may be obtained by the Head of Office from the retiring Government servant along with Form 5 and other documents before his retirement. This undertaking shall be forwarded to the pension disbursing bank along with the Pension Payment Order by the Accounts Officer/CPAO following the usual procedure. The bank shall credit the pension to the account of the pensioner as soon as this Undertaking is received along with the pension documents. 4. The pensioner would no longer be required to visit the bank to activate the first payment of pension. Therefore, after ascertaining that the Bank's copy has been despatched by the Central Pension Accounting Office, the pensioner's copy of the Pension Payment Order (PPO) may be handed over to him at the time of retirement along with other retirement dues. This should be feasible in all cases where the Government servant had submitted pension papers within the time-limits prescribed in the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972.
5. An employee posted at a location away from the office of the Head of Office or who for any other reasons feels that it would be more convenient to him to obtain his copy of PPO from the bank, may inform the Head of Office of his option in writing while submitting his pension papers
6. Office of Controller General of Accounts is requested to instruct all Pay and Accounts Offices and all pension disbursing banks to follow the above procedure as well as make necessary amendments to the pension sanction and payment procedures and the Scheme Booklet.
7. All Ministries/Departments are requested to follow the above procedure henceforth. Department of Posts and Department of Telecommunications are requested to make suitable amendments to the instructions to the Accounts Officers and pension disbursing Post Offices/Banks to adhere to the above procedure.

                                                                                                                                    (D.K. Solanki)
                                                                                        Under Secretary to the Government of India

General information of pay commissions.

Details of pay commissions from first to latest one are furnished below for the information of viewers. Let us hope the present appointed committee submit report before fixed date.

Central Pay Commissions
Date of Appointment
Date of Submission of Report
First Pay Commission
May, 1946
May, 1947
Second Pay Commission
August, 1957
August, 1959
Third Pay Commission
April, 1970
March, 1973
Fourth Pay Commission
June, 1983
3 Reports submitted. I. June, 1986;II-
December, 1986 and  III-May, 1987.
Fifth Pay Commission
April, 1994
January, 1997
Sixth Pay Commission
October, 2006
March, 2008
Seventh Pay commission
28th February-14
(To be submitted)

06 May 2014

GS invited committee members to finalize memorandum to be submitted to 7CPC

In the 38th All India Conference held at Ahmedabad on 7th and 8th February 2014, a committee of the following members / office bearers was formed for preparation of draft memorandum to be submitted to 7CPC. 

1. General Secretary - Ex-Office Chairman  
2. Shri T.M. Krishnammurty - VP & Member 
3. Shri Balbir Singh Kaushal - CS Punjab & Member 
4. Shri Manjunath Hubballi - CS Karnataka & Member 
5. Shri P. Ajit Kumar - AGS-I & Member
6. Shri Roop Chand - Ex-GS & Member 
7. Shri Pitabasa Jena - CS Odisha & Member 
8. Shri Arup Seal - CS WB & Member

As assured, GS has prepared rough draft memorandum with the help of records available with him and at CHQ.  The draft memorandum prepared by GS will be put up before the above committee members for its finalization in the meeting to be held at Mumbai on 7th and 8th June 2014. If needed the help of retired officers will also be taken and thereafter final draft will be exhibited on Associations blog. 

All above committee members are requested to make it convenient to attend the meeting and should reach Mumbai on 6th June 2014 evening itself. Circle Secretary, Maharashtra Circle & CHQ Treasurer will be a special invitees. 

No government permission to probe officers above Joint Secretary: Supreme Court

Dr Swamy and Cpil through lawyer Prashant Bhushan claimed that the provision stood in the way of prosecution of corrupt officials in other instances.The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down section 6A of the Delhi policespecial establishment act, which mandated the CBI to seek prior sanction from the government to probe and prosecute any officer above the joint secretary level.

The section was challenged by Dr Subramanium Swamy and NGO Cpil as violative of Article 14 of the constitution. A five-judge bench of the top court led by CJI R M Lodha on Tuesday struck it down as against the constitution.

The court has earlier clarified that the section was unnecessary in court monitored cases.

Dr Swamy and Cpil through lawyer Prashant Bhushan claimed that the provision stood in the way of prosecution of corrupt officials in other instances.

But the government had defended it as necessary to protect officers who take bonafide decisions in public interest from harassment.

05 May 2014

Blacklisting orders by Department of Posts - Sai Infosystem (India) Limited, Ahmedabad

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Filing income tax return? Here are changes in ITR form you must be aware of

By Preeti Kulkarni, ET Bureau

With the last day for filing returns being July 31, I-T dept has already uploaded new ITR forms.ET lists the changes to help you complete the exercise easily.
Many individuals have barely finished their investment declaration to earn income tax (I-T ) breaks, and it is already time to think about filing tax returns. The last day of filing the returns is July 31.

This year, however, taxpayers will have to confront a new income tax return form. The I-T department notified the new income tax return (ITR) forms last month. Salaried employees will start getting their Form 16 from their employers in the next couple of weeks. They should start the process of filing returns right away, say experts.

"If you file your returns now rather than waiting till July, the chances of your tax refund, if any, being processed sooner is higher. Also, the e-filing site's servers tend to be busy towards the end of tax-filing season, which could cause delays," says Vineet Agarwal, director, KPMG India. ITR forms are updated every year. Salaried individuals can use forms ITR-1 (Sahaj) or ITR-2.

If you earn income from salary or pension, own no more than one house and have other sources income such as interest, you can use form ITR-1 (Sahaj). If you own multiple house properties or if your earnings include capital gains and other sources including winnings from lottery and horse-racing , the relevant form for you will be ITR-2.

You can claim deductions that you may have missed out on while submitting investment declarations to your employer. Here are a few changes in the forms you must be aware of:

Detailed Exemption Income

Until last year, tax-payers were required to declare their exempt income in a column provided in ITR-2 . Tax-payers just had to provide a consolidated figure — the total amount of tax exempt allowances . This time, however, they will have to provide more details.

"The new ITR-2 form requires the taxpayers to provide a detailed break-up of tax exempt allowances in the schedule S (for salary income)," says Vaibhav Sankla, director of tax consulting firm H&R Block.

Keep your Form 16 at hand before filing returns, as you may need it for the details. "You will have to separately provide the figures for, say, house rent allowance (HRA) and leave travel allowance (LTA)," says Kuldip Kumar, executive director , tax and regulatory services, PwC.

Break-up of Capital Gains

You will also have to provide a detailed break-up of capital gains made during the year. The new ITR-2 asks information on capital gains in several categories. "Capital gains are taxed at different rates depending on the nature, such as mutual funds, listed shares, unlisted shares; and type (short-term and long-term ) of asset sold," says Sankla. He feels the new categories added to the capital gains section will ensure accurate tax calculation on capital gains.

Capital Gains on House Property

If you sell your house property after holding it for more than three years, you are required to pay a long-term capital gains tax of 20% (with indexation benefit) on the profit made.

However, you can avoid paying this if it is re-invested in another property or bonds issued by the NHAI or REC under Section 54. This year, ITR-2 seeks details of such transactions.

"Taxpayers now have to provide the details such as cost of the house or the amount invested in bonds, date of purchase and investment , amount deposited in the capital gains saving account scheme, if any, and so on," says Sankla.

First-time Home Buyers

If you have purchased your first house property between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014, you are eligible for an additional deduction (over and above the Rs 1.5 lakh deduction under Section 24) of Rs 1 lakh on housing loan interest under Section 80EE. "This new provision has now made its way into the ITR forms, as expected. The new form includes a box for deduction of interest on housing loans taken by first-time homebuyers ," says Agarwal.

Source:-The Economic Times

02 May 2014

Circle Conference....Chhattisgarh Circle

8th Biennial Circle Conference of All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents Posts Chhattisgarh Circle held at Raipur on 26th April 2014 and following are elected as officer bearers for next term. 

1. President : Shri A. K. Singh, ASP (HQ) Raipur Division, Raipur (Mobile No. 09407624220) 

2. Circle Secretary : Shri H. N. Sharma, ASP (T) Raipur Division, Raipur (Mobile No. 0958488342) 

3. Treasurer : Shri N. K. Rajpal, ASP, o/o CPMG, Chhattisgarh Circle, Raipur (Mobile No. 0982616145)

Clarification on increase in certain allowances by further 25 percent as a result of enhancement of Dearness Allowances w.e.f. 1.1.2014 -

To view DoPT memo No. A-27012/1/2014-Estt (Allowance) dated 28th April 2014, please CLICK HERE. 

No.A-27012/1/2014-Estt. (Allowance)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
Block-IV, Old JNU Campus
New Delhi, 28th April, 2014.

Subject: Clarification on increase in certain allowances by further 25% as a result of enhancement of Dearness Allowances w.e.f. 1.1.2014

The undersigned is directed to refer to para 1(j) of this Department’s 0M. No.12011/03/2008-Estt. (Allowance) dated 2.9.2008. This provides that the limits ofChildren Education Allowance would be automatically raised by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%. References are being received from various quarters with regard to the amount of Children Education Allowance admissible consequent upon enhancement of Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees @ 100% w.e.f. 1 January, 2014 announced vide Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure O.M. No.1/l/2014-E-1I (B) dated 27th March, 2014.

2. In accordance with the above, the following shall be the revised limits:

a) The annual ceiling limit for reimbursement of Children Education Allowance shall be Rs.18,000/- per child. Accordingly, the quarterly claim could be more than Rs.4500/- in one quarter. The Hostel Subsidy shall be Rs.4500/- per month per child;

b) The rates of Special Allowance for Child Care to women with disabilities stands revised to Rs. 1500/- per month; and

c) The annual ceiling for reimbursement of Children Education Allowance for disabled children of Government employees shall be treated as revised to Rs.36,000/- per annum per child and the rates of Hostel Subsidy for disabled children of Government employees shall be treated as revised to Rs.9000/- per child per month.

3. These revisions are applicable with effect from 1st January, 2014.

4. These revisions shall be subject to other terms and conditions mentioned in this Department’s O.M. No.12011/03/2008-Estt (Allowance) dated 2.9.2008, O.M. No.12011/04/2008 dated 11.9.2008 and 12011/07(i)12011-Estt.(AL) dated 21.2.2012.

(Mukul Ratra)




                           CENTRAL HEAD QUARTERS, NEW DELHI



                 At last after several round of protracted negotiations with the administration, JCM Staff side, Departmental council ( NFPE & FNPO) has signed the cadre restructuring proposal. The staff side has tried to the best of its ability to make maximum improvement in the proposal. In spite of our hard bargaining we could not achieve 100 percent success. Our demand for separate higher pay scale for PO& RMS Accountants, Creation of separate cadre for System Administrators or grant of special pay/allowance, bringing MTS also under cadre restructuring etc is not accepted by the administration. Regarding Postmaster Cadre after much bargaining, it is agreed to examine our claim for higher pay scale after the present proposal is approved by the government.
                  As Govt has already appointed 7th CPC and the Pay Commission has already published the questionnaire, any further delay in completing the cadre restructuring will adversely affect the interest of Postal employees. We will take up the remaining issues, which are not agreed by the administration in the cadre restructuring committee with the 7th CPC in our memorandum and make one more effort to get a favourable recommendation.

                  Taking into consideration all the above aspects and also keeping in mind the larger interest of the employees, we have decided to sign the agreement

Copy of the agreement is published below.

The Salient features of the agreement are as follows :

1. Number of LSG posts will increase from 8 % to 22 %
2. Number of HSG II  posts will increase from 2 % to 12 %
3. Number of HSG I  posts will increase from 1.5 % to 4 %
4. After completion of 2 years in HSG I the official will be promoted to 4800 GP (Non-functional Basis)
5. The above proposal will be applicable to RMS, Circle Office and SBCO in the same ratio
6. Postman/Mail guard will get the same ratio of promotion.

                      The present proposal is to be approved by Postal Board, DoPT & Finance Ministry. We will make all out effort to get the proposal implemented at an early date.

                                                                        Yours sincerely
    D.Theagarajan                                                                               M.Krishnan
  Secretary General                                                                          Secretary General
         FNPO                                                                                              NFPE