Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Clarification on fixation of pay of Inspector of Posts on promotion to the cadre of ASPOs cadre

Clarification on fixation of pay of Inspector of Posts on promotion to the cadre of ASPOs cadre


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Transfer on deputation/foreign service of Central Government Employees – DoPT Orders dt.18.10.2018

Transfer on deputation/foreign service of Central Government Employees – DoPT Orders dt.18.10.2018

Transfer on deputation/foreign service of Central Government Employees to ex-cadre posts under the State Governments/ Union Territories or to any entity controlled by and located in the States /UTs

F.No.2/15/2017-Estt.(Pay-II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated:18 October, 2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM


Subject : Transfer on deputation/foreign service of Central Government Employees to ex-cadre posts under the State Governments/ Union Territories or to any entity controlled by and located in the States /UTs – relaxation of para 8.5 of O.M. dated 17.6.20 10.

This Department’s OM No. 6/8/2009-Estt.(Pay-II) dated 17th June, 2010 regulates Pay, Deputation (Duty) Allowance, Tenure of Deputation / Foreign Service and other terms and conditions on the subject of deputation / foreign service of Central Government employees to ex-cadre posts under the Central Government, State Governments, Public Sector Undertakings, Autonomous
Bodies, Union Territories Administration, local Bodies etc and vice-versa. Subject to its applicability as provided in para 2 of the OM, these instructions cover cases of deputation/foreign service where Central Government is either lending authority or borrowing authority or both.

2. As per para 8.5 of the aforesaid OM, a Central Government employee shall be eligible for deputation / foreign service to posts in State Government / State Government Organisations/Governments of UTs / Government of UT’s Organisations / Autonomous Bodies, Trusts, Societies, PSUs etc. not controlled by the Central Government only after he has completed 9 years of service and is clear from vigilance angle.

3. As per para 10 of the aforesaid OM, any relaxation of these terms and conditions will require the prior concurrence of the Department of Personnel & Training.

4. Various administrative Ministries / Departments / Borrowing Organisations have been approaching this Department for relaxation of the eligibility condition of minimum 9 years of service for proceeding on deputation / foreign service, on case to case basis, citing exigencies, quoting provisions of para 10 of the OM dated 17.06.20 10.

5. The matter has been considered in this Department and it has been decided that Ministries/Departments may consider and allow relaxations to para 8.5 of the OM dated 17.06.2010 with the approval of their Minister-in-charge in following category of cases:-

a) A Central Government employee after completion of 7 years of service in his/her cadre, may be allowed to go on deputation to any State of North Eastern Region and Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territories of Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep or on foreign service to any entity controlled by and located in the said States/ Union Territories.

b) Central Government employees may be allowed to go on deputation to State Governments /Union Territories or on foreign service to any entity controlled by and located in the States/ Union Territories on spouse ground after completion of 6 years of service in the cadre.

6. The cases not covered by above dispensation will not be considered for relaxation. All other terms and conditions issued vide OM No. 6/8/2009-Estt.(PayII) dated 17th June, 2010 as amended from time to time will remain unchanged.

7. In so far as persons serving in the Indian Audit & Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

8. These orders shall come into effect from the date of issue of this OM.


sd/-
(A.K. Jaii
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India


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Activities available under CGHS

Activities available under CGHS

OPD Treatment including issue of medicines.
Specialist Consultation at Polyclinic/Govt. Hospitals.
Indoor Treatment at Government and Empanelled Hospitals.
Investigations at Government and Empanelled Diagnostic centers.
Cashless facility available for treatment in empanelled hospitals and diagnostic centers for Pensioners and other identified beneficiaries.
Reimbursement of expenses for treatment availed in Govt. /Private Hospitals under emergency.
Reimbursement of expenses incurred for purchase of hearing aids, artificial limbs, appliances etc. as specified.
Family Welfare, Maternity and Child Health Services.
Medical consultation and dispensing of medicines in Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Unani and Siddha system of medicines (AYUSH)
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Application for Departmental Identity Card for GDS

Application for Departmental Identity Card for GDS


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5 popular small savings schemes to choose from

5 popular small savings schemes to choose from



Every time markets fall, investors start flocking to fixed income options. Though small savings rates have been hiked, don’t go overboard when investing in these instruments. 

1. PPF: Young investors stay away 

Investors love the PPF because the investment gets tax deduction, the interest earned is tax free and there is no tax on maturity. But there is an annual investment limit of Rs 1.5 lakh per year. Young investors (below 35) looking for tax deduction under Sec 80C are advised not to go for the PPF. An equity-oriented investment such as ELSS (or tax saving mutual funds) or NPS is likely to give higher returns. 

However, older investors (above 45) should use the PPF to bolster their debt portfolio. Keep in mind, however, that the interest rates are linked to government bond yields and are revised every quarter. The PPF interest rate has been hiked to 8% for the Oct-Dec 2018 quarter. 

Some analysts believe the hike was long due because government bond yields (to which the small savings rates are linked) have consistently risen in the past few quarters. But others feel that in the long term, interest rates will dip, bringing down the PPF rate as well. 

2. SSY: Better than PPF 

If you plan to invest in the PPF or bank deposits for your daughter’s education or marriage, the Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (SSY) is a better alternative. But an account can be opened only if the girl is below 10. There is an annual investment limit of Rs 1.5 lakh in a financial year. 

A parent can open an account for a maximum of two daughters, but the combined investment in the two accounts cannot exceed Rs 1.5 lakh a year. The SSY offers the same tax benefits as the PPF—tax deduction under Sec 80C, tax free interest and no tax on maturity. On top of that, the interest rate is higher at 8.5%. Though this might sound attractive, experts say one should not invest their entire savings in fixed income options. 

3. POMIS: Tax inefficient 

The Post Office Monthly Income Scheme will earn interest of 7.7% for the December quarter. An investor can open multiple accounts in his name, subject to the upper limit of Rs 4.5 lakh in a single account and Rs 9 lakh in a joint account. The scheme offers liquidity to the investor allowing premature withdrawls after one year, but with a penalty. 

Premature withdrawals after one year attracts 2% deduction on the deposit and a nominal 1% after three years. But, investor should note that the scheme is highly tax inefficient because the interest earned is fully taxable and does not fetch any rebate under Section 80C. Though it guarantees monthly income, it is not advised as a good savings avenue even for retirees. 

4. NSCs: Better than tax saving FD 

Interest rate on NSC has been hiked from 7.6% to 8% for the December quarter. The revised rate is at par with some of the highest paying five year bank FDs. But NSC has an edge over tax saving bank FDs and PPF as there is no upper limit on the investment amount and it can be pledged as security to get a loan. 
Also, interest rate on NSC in spite of quarterly revisions gets locked for the five year term at the time of investment, unlike in the case of PPF. The interest income from NSC is added to the investor’s income and taxed as per the applicable tax slab. 
However, the interest is re-invested every year and the cumulative interest, compounded annually, for the 5-year period is paid out along with the principal at the time of maturity. Hence, interest income for the first four years qualifies for tax deduction within the Rs 1.5 lakh limit under Section 80C. 

5. SCSS: Best option for seniors 

A 3-5 year bank fixed deposit right now fetches 7.5-8%. Most banks offer senior citizens almost 25-50 basis points higher interest. This year’s budget gave an additional Rs 50,000 exemption to interest income earned by senior citizens, adding to the lustre of fixed deposits. 

But the interest rate of the Senior Citizens’ Savings Scheme has been hiked to 8.7% per annum, making it a far better option than bank deposits. What’s more, it gives out quarterly interest, which is a big draw for retirees seeking regular income. 

Senior citizens who have not yet hit the Rs 15 lakh investment limit for the scheme should invest immediately and lock in at the high rate. Accounts can be opened in any post office or designated branches of PSU banks. 

Source:-The Economic Times
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Instructions to Head Post Office while filling up/uploading the Pension forms

Instructions to Head Post Office while filling up/uploading the Pension forms

Furnishing three copies of joint photographs (or separate photographs) with wife or husband by the Pensioner to Head of Office while filling up/uploading the pension forms
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Judgement of CAT Guwahati - Two persons declared as a successful candidates of LDCE Inspector of posts

Judgement of CAT Guwahati - Two persons declared as a successful candidates of LDCE Inspector of posts

Guwahati CAT passed a judgement on 12 Oct 2018 .Two applicants from guwahati division(Assam circle) named Prakash chetry and Prasanta sarma (APS) declared as a successful candidates of LDCE Inspector of posts examination 2014. The case was raised by us due to wrong calculation of vacancy position.Case no ..229/2015 



















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Revision of provisional pension sanctioned under Rule 69 of the CSS (Pension) Rules, 1972

Revision of provisional pension sanctioned under Rule 69 of the CSS (Pension) Rules, 1972

DOP Directorate letter no.4-1(3)/2018-Pension dated 16/10/2018

I am directed to forward herewith a copy of OM of Ministry of Personnel, PG and Pensions (Department of Pension and pensioners welfare) No.38/49/16-P&PW(A) dated 12/02/2018 regarding the Revision of provisional pension sanctioned under Rule 69 of the CSS (Pension) Rules, 1972

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Fact sheet: About the Universal Postal Union (UPU)

Fact sheet: About the Universal Postal Union (UPU)

Established in 1874, with its headquarters in Berne, Switzerland, the Universal Postal Union is the world’s second oldest international organization. With 192 member countries, the UPU is the primary forum for postal cooperation between governments, Posts, regulators and many other postal sector stakeholders.
The UPU helps ensure the provision of a truly universal postal service, with physical, financial and electronic dimensions. It does this primarily by:
  • establishing multilateral cooperation and agreements;
  • developing technical and quality-of-service standards;
  • providing technical assistance and development cooperation;
  • regulating worldwide traffic of international mail;
  • monitoring market trends;
  • making recommendations for modernizing postal products; and
  • fostering dialogue among all postal sector players.
As a United Nations specialized agency, the UPU has a mandate to promote global socio-economic development and help its members contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

How the UPU works

At each quadrennial Universal Postal Congress, the UPU’s 192 member countries come together to make rules, set policy and approve a new strategy for the next four-year work cycle. The strategy for 2017–2020, known as the Istanbul World Postal Strategy, has three major goals:
  1. Improve the interoperability of network infrastructure;
  2. Ensure sustainable and modern products;
  3. Foster effective market and sector functioning.
Though the Universal Postal Congress is the supreme authority of the UPU, several other bodies coordinate the UPU’s work throughout the cycle:
  • Council of Administration (CA), comprised of 41 member countries, is a political body of the UPU, which studies regulatory, administrative and legal issues;
  • Postal Operations Council (POC), comprised of 40 member countries, is a technical and operational body of the UPU, which deals with operational, economic and commercial aspects of postal business;
  • Consultative Committee, which represents the interests of the wider postal sector and reports to the CA;
  • International Bureau (IB), comprised of 250 staff, is the Secretariat of the UPU located in Berne, Switzerland, which provides logistical and technical support to UPU bodies.
Background information
Pre-255 BC: Kings and emperors begin using messengers.
255 BC: The oldest known postal document, found in Egypt, dates back to this time.
Middle Ages and early modern period: Religious orders and universities set up systems to exchange news and information. Relay stations are created to help ease delivery over long distances. Private citizens start using messengers.
17th–18th century: Countries begin forming bilateral agreements to exchange mail.
19th century: A complex web of bilateral agreements begins to impede trade and commerce.
1840: Sir Rowland Hill introduces prepaid postage on letters in the United Kingdom, with uniform rates for domestic service. The world’s first stamp, the “Penny Black”, is distributed.
1863: The Postmaster General of the United States, Montgomery Blair, calls a conference in Paris to develop form an international postal agreement. Fifteen European and American countries attend and lay down princi­ples for mutual agreement, but no agreement is settled.
1874: The Swiss Government convenes an international conference at the suggestion of Heinrich von Stephan, a postal official from the North German Confederation. Twenty-two nations attend, and the Treaty of Berne is signed on 9 October, establishing the General Postal Union and creating a single postal territory.
1878: The Union’s name is changed to “Universal Postal Union” to reflect its quickly expanding membership.
1948: The UPU becomes a specialized agency of the United Nations.
Present day: The UPU now has 192 member countries.
The Post at a glance
With more than 677,000 outlets across the globe and some 5.3 million staff, the Post represents the largest physical network in the world. This makes it a perfect partner, not only for providing traditional communication services, but also for providing access to governmental, financial and trade services in even the remotest areas.
In 2016:
  • 303.2 billion letter-post items were exchanged;
  • 8.9 billion parcels were exchanged;
  • 39% of global postal revenue came from letters, 23% from parcels and logistics, 18% from financial services, and 20% from other product and service categories.
(Postal statistics: Postal Economic Outlook 2018)
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