13 February 2017

Additional charge of the post of Senior DDG (IR&GB), Postal Directorate

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Appointment of interim MD & CEO of the India Post Payments Bank.

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Lok Sabha Question & Answer : Maternity Leave


TO BE ANSWERED ON 06.02.2017



Will the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:

(a) whether the Government proposes to extend the time span of the compulsory paid maternity leave from 12 weeks to 26 weeks in private organizations;

(b) if so, the details thereof;

(c) whether the Government also proposes to amend section 4 of the Maternity Benefits Act, 1961, to ensure that women employed in various public sector undertakings receive the same benefit; and

(d) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons there for?



(a) & (b): Yes, Madam. The Government has decided to enhance the paid maternity leave from existing 12 weeks to 26 weeks and an Amendment Bill in this regard was introduced in the Rajya Sabha. The Rajya Sabha has already passed the Bill on 11.08.2016. With regard to women workers covered under Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948, such enhancement has already been effected by amending the ESI (Central) Rules,1950.

(c) & (d): There is no proposal to amend Section 4 of the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961. The benefits under this Act are already applicable and available to women employed in various public sector undertakings.

Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 - Fulfillment of procedural requirements- Clarification reg.

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Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 - Fulfillment of procedural requirements- Clarification reg.

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The Fundamental (Amendment) Rules, 2017.

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Payment of Incentive for seeding of Aadhaar Number in POSB accounts held by beneficiaries of MGNREGA/Other Social Security Schemes.

06 February 2017

Posting of PPF/SSA Intersol deposits by PM at HO

From: Gopinath S <gopinath.s@indiapost.gov.in>
Date: 3 February 2017 at 09:34
Subject: POSTING OF PPF/SSA Intersol deposits by PM at HO

I am directed by competent authority to convey the following.

Implementation of 25,000 intersol limit

Cheques accepted for subsequent deposits in Sub Office PPF / SSA accounts are lodged at HO in 0017 account of HO and posting is carried out at HOs after clearance, to facilitate posting, as per SB order 5  of 2016 intersol limit has been configured as 1.5 lakhs on 07/01/2017 as a temporary solution. Now Patch is deployed for implementing intersol limits from today.

POs are instructed to follow the below procedure for posting high value PPF/SSA deposits .

Postmaster role users at HO are given access to CPDTM/CPWTM menus (for PPF/SSA accounts) for posting the subsequent deposits through cheques of sub offices.

The high value deposits for PPF/SSA will be done by Postmaster instead of PA handling Cheque clearance.

Please revert immediately in case of any issues.

Thanks and Regards

Gopinath S
Inspector Posts

Chennai 600 002

04 February 2017

CHQ News - LDCE : Inspector Posts for the year 2015-16 ..... updates

LDCE for promotion to the cadre of Inspector Posts (66.66%) departmental quota for the year 2015-16 was held on 22 and 23-10-2016 for 189 vacancies (OC-155, SC-26 and ST-8).

The provisional key of the question papers was already published by the Department on India Post website and representation thereon if any was called for from candidates till 6-1-2017.

It is learnt that department has almost cleared the representations received from candidates and FINAL KEY on the question papers is likely to be published very soon.

03 February 2017

Transfer/Posting in the Higher Administrative Grade of the Indian postal Service, Group 'A'

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Income Tax Chart for 2017-18

Posting/Allocation to the post of Managers, Mail Motor Service, in Department of Posts in GCS Group 'A', Gazetted Non-Ministerial.

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Transfers and Postings of Sr. Manager/Manager, Mail Motor Service (MMS) Group'A'and Deputy Manager (MMS) Group'B'.

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How does India Post Payments Bank stack up against Airtel Payments Bank

New Delhi: India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) launched on Monday by the Union finance minister Arun Jaitley is the second payments bank to commence its operation in the country after Airtel Payments Bank (APB), which was launched on January 12.

IPPB has been set up as a 100% Indian government-owned public limited company under the department of posts with the aim to open around 650 new branches in postal district headquarters.

Currently, the department of posts has an existing network of around 1,55,000 post offices. The new branches will be co-located with the existing post offices.

On Monday, it launched services on a pilot basis in Raipur and Ranchi.

APB, on the other hand, is a joint venture between phone services provider Bharti Airtel Ltd and Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. The payments bank went live with a network of 250,000 banking points. In the pilot phase, the bank added over 1 million customers, according to a statement by the company.

As mandated by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the new model of banking focuses on providing basic financial services such as all kinds of payments; including social security payments, utility bill payments, remittance services, current and saving accounts up to a balance of Rs1 lakh, distribution of insurance, mutual funds, pension products and acting as business correspondent to other banks for credit products especially in rural areas and among the underserved segments of the society.

However, there are distinct differences in the business models of both the payments bank. Mint compares the charges levied and interest rates offered by both the payments banks for rendering different services, including deposits and withdrawals.

APB charges Rs5 to Rs25 for cash withdrawals less than Rs4,000 and 0.65% of the withdrawal amount which is equal to or greater than Rs4,000. IPPB does not charge anything for cash withdrawals from its branches and ATMs. However, it charges Rs15-35 for rendering doorstep banking (cash based) for both deposits and withdrawals up to Rs10, 000.

The remittance charges levied by both the banks also differ. APB lists charges for transactions made through internet banking, through the app and USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) or *99# whereas IPPB also recognizes transactions through NEFT (National Electronic Funds Transfer), IMPS (Immediate Payment Service), AEPS (Aadhaar enabled payments system) and UPI (Unified Payments Interface).

Only transactions up to Rs10, 000 is permitted through AEPS which is free. According to IPPB, banking charges at branch and doorstep for each NEFT based transaction ranges from Rs2.5-5 and Rs5 is charged for every transaction via IMPS.

APB charges 0.5% of the amount transferred within its payments bank whereas 1% of the amount transferred is charged for transfer of funds from APB to other bank accounts through banking points.

Customers of IPPB can withdraw amount up to Rs10,000 from an ATM in a single transaction and up to Rs25,000 per day. APB, on the other hand, has set Rs10 as the minimum cash withdrawal amount, there is no clarity on the upper limit to cash withdrawals.

APB offers an high interest rate of 7.25% p.a. on deposits on savings accounts which is higher than the interest rate offered by traditional banks on fixed deposits.

IPPB’s interest rates have been fixed as 4.5% if the quarterly average balance is up to Rs25,000, 5% if it is between Rs25,000 and Rs50,000, and 5.5% if above Rs50,000/-.

LDC Examination for promotion to the cadre of P.S. Group 'B' held on 18.12.2016 - Display of Provisional Keys of Question Papers

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Appointment of Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of the Department of Posts.

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Launch of India Post Payments Bank Branches

Government to reduce time for revising income tax return to 12 months

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today proposed to reduce the time period for revising a tax return to 12 months from completion of financial year. 

The Minister also proposed to reduce the time for completion of scrutiny of assessments from 21 months to 18 months for Assessment Year 2018-19 and further to 12 months for Assessment Year 2019-20 and thereafter. 

"Time period for revising a tax return is being reduced to 12 months from completion of financial year, at par with the time period for filing of return," according to Union Budget 2017-18 presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Parliament. 

In order to expand tax net, the Centre plans to have a simple one-page form to be filed as Income Tax Return for the category of individuals having taxable income up to Rs 5 lakh other than business income. 

Also a person of this category who files income tax return for the first time would not be subjected to any scrutiny in the first year unless there is specific information available with the Department regarding his high value transaction. 

Source:-The Economic Times

Head post offices to render passport services

TNN | Updated: Feb 2, 2017 : To increase citizens' access to passport services, particularly in remote regions, finance minister Arun Jaitley announced that head post offices of each district would be used to render passport services. 

 "Our citizens in far flung regions of the country find it difficult to obtain passports and redress passport related grievances. We have decided to utilise head post offices as front offices for rendering passport services," he said.
This decision was announced on January 25 by minister of state for external affairs VK Singh and his counterpart in the telecom ministry Manoj Sinha. 

 Secretary (CPV) D Mulay had then said, "This is for the first time minister of external affairs will be formally giving the powers under Passport Act to the post office. It's a unique feature where one ministry is giving the power to another ministry to act on its behalf, so in a sense postal officers will actually be exercising powers under the Passport Act."

The MEA will train post office officials in passport services.

7th Pay Commission: Centre to hike allowances of Central Govt employees from April 1, says NJCA convenor

New Delhi, February 2: A day after Budget 2017 was tabled in the Parliament by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the Central Government employees were upset as the Union Minister nowhere mentioned any increase in the hike of allowances in the 7th Pay Commission. But the members of National Joint Action Committee (NJCA) are an optimist about the implementation of 7CPC and believe that the government will come up with some positive news on April 1. The NJCA also believe that the Union Government will be implementing the 7CPC latest by April 1, after the end of financial year.

On Wednesday, the central government employees were gripped with pessimism after Arun Jaitley made no reference to the anomalies related to 7CPC in his Budget speech. “All of us were eagerly waiting for Finance Minister to make some announcement on minimum wages. But after Mr Jaitley’s speech ended without mentioning a single word about the increase in the minimum wage, most of us were upset,” Shiv Gopal Mishra, NJCA chief said to India.com.

He further added, “The government may implement the 7CPC by April 1 and their demand to increase the minimum wage will also be implemented. If the government fails to increase minimum wages from Rs 18,000 to Rs 25,000 then we will launch a massive protest against the government”.

The NJCA has been actively involved with the Centre where they are seeking a revision of minimum salary from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000. The NJCA members and its conveyor had also met Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, a day after the implementation of 7CPC and had kept their demands in front of senior leaders.

Shiv Gopal Mishra is quite optimist about the hike in allowances of government employees but he is not sure that their demands of raising the minimum wage would be fulfilled by the government.

On Wednesday, most of the senior central government employees were eagerly waiting for the Budget speech as most of them expected the Finance Minister to speak on the 7CPC.

On July 1, 2016, the 7th Pay Commission was approved by the Union Cabinet. The date of implementation was fixed by the high-powered committee as for January 1, 2016. From the month of July, the central government employees were provided with the hiked salaries, along with the arrears of six months. But the hike was only related to the basic component of their pay. The increase in allowances was upheld, due to the anomalies raised by employees unions.

The implementation of 7th Pay Commission will directly benefit around 47 lakh central government employees, along with 53 lakh pensioners. In the 7th Pay Commission, the minimum wage has been revised from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000. While the maximum salary has been capped at Rs 2.5 lakh.

Source :  http://www.india.com

New Benefits announced for NPS Subscribers in Union Budget 2017-18

In a bid to provide further impetus to the National Pension System (NPS), the following provisions have been introduced in the Finance Bill 2017 laid down in the Parliament today. 

Tax-exemption to partial withdrawal from National Pension System (NPS) 

The existing provision of section 10(12A)of the Income Tax Act, 1961  provides that payment from National Pension System (NPS)  to a subscriber  on closurer of his account or opting out shall be exempt up to 40% of total corpus  at the time of withdrawal . The amount utilized for purchase of annuity is also tax exempt. At the time of normal exit, 40% of the total corpus is mandatorily required to be purchased for annuity. The subscriber has the option to use higher amount for purchase of annuity. 

In order to provide further relief to the subscriber of NPS, it has been proposed to insert a new clause (12B) in the section 10 of Income Tax Act, 1961 to provide exemption on partial withdrawal not exceeding 25% of the contribution made by an employee in accordance with the terms and conditions specified under Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Act, 2013 and regulations made there under. 

This benefit will be effective on partial withdrawal made by the subscriber after 1st April 2017. 

Further, Contribution up to 20% of the Gross Income of the Self-employed individual (Individual other than salaried class) will be deductible from the taxable income under Section 80CCD (1) of the Income Tax Act, 1961, as against 10% earlier.

This is with a view to provide parity between a salaried employee and a self-employed.

This benefit will be available on contribution made by the self employed persons on or after 1st April 2017. 

This increased limit for tax benefit will help the self-employed individuals, to save taxes on higher contribution in NPS and thereby properly plan for their old age income security.
Additional tax deduction on investment upto Rs. 50000/- under Section 80CCD (1B) will continue to remain the same for all NPS subscribers whether salaried or self-employed.


Work order for Network Integration services for India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) January 2017 pilot launch.

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02 February 2017

2 arrested for fraud in postal department recruitment

LUCKNOW: Two members of a gang fleecing job aspirants were nabbed by sleuths of STF on Saturday. Those arrested were identified as Ram Praveen and Dharamraj Kumar, both of Nalanda, Bihar. The police also seized their two mobile handsets.

SSP STF Amit Pathak said the gang leaked results of exam for selection of multi-tasking staff and postman conducted by Indian Postal services on a fake website ahead of official results. Preliminary investigations revealed the kingpin Dharamraj used to make calls and ask for money promising selection and charged Rs 30,000 from each candidate for the post of multi-tasking staff and postman.

They had duped around 300 students giving them different bank account numbers to deposit cash and had amassed Rs 90 lakh. "We are probing their bank details and also of others associated with the gang," police told TOI.

The gang used to call up applicants who had scored less than qualifying marks and assured to increase their marks against payment of cash. The gang had leaked data of applicants and results from third party which conducted the examinations.

They had created a fake website of Indian Postal Department Examination Results and duped thousands of applicants and eventually the exam had to be cancelled. The exam was conducted by Indian Postal Services in December 2015, at Agra, Allahabad, Bareilly and Lucknow.

To win the confidence of aspirants, the miscreants formed a base in Nalanda, one of the most revered seats of learning in Bihar. STF inspector Abhinav Singh said the probe began when V K Gupta, vigilance officer of postal department lodged an FIR in 2016 regarding the fraud.

Source:-The Times of India

Tax rate for lowest income slab slashed to 5% from 10%, surcharge of 10% slapped on incomes over Rs 50 lakh

The finance minister has proposed to slash the tax rate for individuals in the lowest income tax slab – Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh –to 5% instead of 10%. The existing rebate under Section 87A (currently given to people with income up to Rs 5 lakh) is proposed to be reduced to Rs 2500 from the existing Rs 5000 for individuals earning between Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 3.5 lakh. 

As a result of the combined effect of the new Section 87A rebate and the reduction in the lowest slab tax rate to 5% the tax burden for those with income upto Rs 3 lakh would be zero and tax burden those in the Rs 3 lakh to Rs 3.5 lakh bracket would be Rs 2500. 

Those earning Rs 4.5 lakh can therefore reduce their tax liability to zero by fully utilising the tax break under Section 80C combined with these new proposals. 

Those falling in the higher income tax slabs will also be eligible for this lower tax rate of 5% on income between Rs 2.5 lakh and Rs 5 lakh. Therefore, those in the higher tax slabs will pay lower tax by Rs 12500 per person. 

Individuals earning between Rs 50 lakh and Rs 1 crore will have to pay a surcharge of 10% on the total income tax payable by them. Currently there was no such surcharge on this category. Only those with income above Rs 1 crore were required to pay surcharge of 15% which continues. 

The tax an Indian pays every year is calculated on the basis of his/her gross total income. . The tax is calculated according to the income tax slabs announced by the government every year in the Budget. The annual union budget is normally announced in the month of February. 

Income tax slab rates for the financial year 2016-17 (assessment year 2017-18) are given below in the table: 

1. Normal tax rates applicable to a resident individual below the age of 60 years, non-resident individual, resident/non-resident HUF, AOP, BOI, artificial juridical person. 

2. Normal tax rates applicable to a resident individual of the age of 60 years or above at any time during the year but below the age of 80 years 

3. Normal tax rates applicable to a resident individual of the age of 80 years or above at any time during the year 

After taking the deductions under Section 80 (C) to 80 (U), the tax is payable after adding the cess and surcharge, if applicable. 

The education cess of 2% and secondary cess of 1% are calculated on the amount of tax payable separately. Both the cess are then added to the tax payable to arrive at the Gross tax payable amount. 

The surcharge is levied @ 15% on the amount of income tax where net income exceeds Rs 1 crore. In the case where the surcharge is levied, the cess will be levied on the tax amount plus surcharge. 

A resident individual can also avail rebate under Section 87(A) whose net income is equal to or less than Rs 5 lakh. The amount of rebate under this section is 100% of the income tax or Rs 5,000 whichever is less. It is deductible before calculating the cess. 
Source:-The Economic Times

CS requested to Hon'ble CPMG, CG Circle for Rotational/Tenure transfer of IP/ASPs as per their willingness

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