Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Consolidated Transfer policy to the regular transfers of officers/officials of the DOP

Consolidated Transfer policy to the regular transfers of officers/officials of the Department of Posts other than the Officers of Indian Postal Service, Group A










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Basant Panchami 2017: 8 things you should know about the festival!

Basant Panchami 2017: 8 things you should know about the festival!

Basant Panchami marks the beginning of spring season
Basant Panchami marks the beginning of spring season
Basant Panchami marks the beginning of spring season and falls on the fifth day of Maagh each year. The word 'Basant' means spring and 'Panchami' denotes the fifth day on which the festival falls. Here is why its celebrations are specific every year.
Spring season is called the king of all seasons
Spring season is called the king of all seasons
Spring means pleasant weather, free from the scorching heat, the cold bites or dodgy rains. It is therefore crowned as the king of all seasons. According to custom, temples dedicated to Goddess Saraswati are filled with sacred offerings a day before Basant Panchami, with the belief that the Goddess would join in the celebrations by attending the traditional feast the following morning.


Yellow is color of Basant Panchami festival
Yellow is color of Basant Panchami festival
The scintillating yellow colour holds great importance on this day. The color of Basant (Spring) is yellow, also known as the 'Basanti' colour. It symbolizes prosperity, light, energy and optimism. This is the reason why people wear yellow clothes and make traditional delicacies in yellow hues.

Basant Panchami also marks the birth of Goddess Saraswati

Basant Panchami also marks the birth of Goddess Saraswati
Basant Panchami observes the birth of Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge, education, art, culture and music.

Basant Panchami is considered to usher new beginnings in the life of a child
Basant Panchami is considered to usher new beginnings in the life of a child
Traditionally children were taught to write their first word on this day. It is considered a blessed beginning of learning with the Goddess of Knowledge worshiped as the presiding deity on this day.
Snakes are given importance on Basant Panchami festival
Snakes are given importance on Basant Panchami festival
According to folklore, snakes are fed with milk on Basant Panchami to bring wealth and prosperity in the coming days.
Basant Panchami offerings as per state
Basant Panchami offerings as per state
Sweet offerings vary from state to state on this day such as in Bengal Goddess Saraswati is offered boondi ke ladoo and sweet rice and Kheer, Malpua and Boondi in Bihar, kesari bhaat in Uttar Pradesh
Basant Panchami is also celebrated with kite flying
Basant Panchami is also celebrated with kite flying
Kite flying, the popular sport of India, is associated with the festival of Basant Panchami. Especially in Punjab, the kite flying tradition has been given great importance. Also, on the day of Basant Panchami a log with a figure of Holika is placed in a public place. During the next 40 days, devotees add twigs and other flammable material to form a pyre which is lit on Holi.
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Expected DA From January Only 2%

Expected DA From January Only 2%


December ’16 AICPN ( 275 ) has been released yesterday (31st Jan 2017) with that DA is almost fixed @ 2% ( total 4%). Though this is not the final figure because the Union are protesting against the DA %. If there are any changes to DA%, we will update you at the earliest.
We did expect this DA% due to 261.4 Average base and in future if this figures get altered, then we can expect a DA% change too.
As we have written before, this was expected due to demonetisation of 500 & 1000 rupees’ currencies. The dip of 2 points in AICPN value compared to Nov’16, Demonetization is also one of the reason.
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7th Pay Commission: In 70 years, senior govt officials' salary hiked from Rs 2,000 to Rs 2.50 lakh

7th Pay Commission: In 70 years, senior govt officials' salary hiked from Rs 2,000 to Rs 2.50 lakh


In the last 70 years, the Central government has announced seven central pay commissions.  The 7th pay commission has recommended a 14.27 per cent increase in the basic pay of govt employees.

In 1947, after India's Independence, the lowest salary of a central government employee was Rs 55 per month while the senior most officials took home a salary of Rs 2000 per month. After the 6th pay commission, the monthly salary of senior government officials rose to Rs 90,000 with the lowest salary being Rs 7000 per month. 

Central Pay Commission's previous recommendations:
percentage-increase-in-previous-cpc
Following was the salary slabs of government employees in different pay commissions:

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The government employees' salaries saw a significant rise with the 7th pay commission.  Now, after the 14.27 per cent increase in basic salary, the lowest salary has been increased to Rs 18,000 from Rs 7,000 while the salary of senior government officials has gone up to Rs 2.50 lakh from Rs 90,000. 

In the last 70 years, the Centre has increased the minimum salary of its employees from Rs 55 to Rs 18,000 per month - a hike of 32,727 per cent.

Whereas the salary of senior officials has seen a quantum jump of 12,500 per cent in the same period, from Rs 2,000 per month to Rs 2.50 lakh.

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7th Pay Commission pay increase is only 14% after 10 Years – Confederation


7th Pay Commission pay increase is only 14% after 10 Years – Confederation



7th Pay Commission pay increase is only 14% after 10 Years – Revision of Minimum Wage, Fitment Formula, Allowances and Pension is most needed – Confederation, Karnataka Branch
“The Staff Side (JCM) had demanded the fitment formula of 3.72 that is Rs 26000/ Rs 7000 as on 1st Jan 2014. Whatever angle we look the 7th CPC has cheated us on the minimum wage and fitment formula compared to the earlier pay commission this pay commission has given us the lowest wage hike of just 14% compared to last 40 years.”
16th March Strike Importance
Dear Comrades,
The main demands of the Staff Side (JCM) which led to declaration of the 11th July strike is the revision of the NPS, minimum wage, fitment formula, allowances and pension cases etc. this is due to lowest wage hike of just 14% recommended by the 7th CPC.
Under the 7th Pay Commission slab – which was implemented ten years after the previous pay commission the salaries of the government employees saw a marginal rise of just 14% . The basic pay under the 7th CPC the minimum wage was increased to Rs 18,000 from Rs 7,000 (2.57 times) while the salary of the senior government officials has gone up to Rs 2.50 lakh from Rs 90,000(2.77 times).
The minimum wage was increased by 2.57 times but in actual terms this increase is of just Rs 2250/- in 7th CPC, while taking into account of 125% DA was merged this due to rising inflation and price rise already the CG employees wage factor was 2.25 time, that is basic of Rs 7000/- plus DA of 125% of Rs 8750 works out to Rs 15750/- , staff side had already demanded for a hike of more than three times which is Rs 26,000 per month.
Comparison of earlier wage hike we can observe that the fitment factor of 2.57 times is the lowest comparing to other pay commissions. If we make a study of earlier pay commission.
Pay CommissionYearMinimum wage oldMinimum wage revisedIncrease
2nd CPC1959Rs 55/-Rs 80/-1.45 times
3rd CPC1973Rs 80/-Rs 196/-2.45 times
4th CPC1986Rs 196/-Rs 750/-3.82 times
5th CPC1996Rs 750/-Rs 2550/-3.40 times
6th CPC*2006Rs 2550/-Rs 7000/-2.74 times
7th CPC *2016Rs 7000/-Rs 18000/-2.57 times

 The minimum qualification required at lower level appointments from the year 2008 has been revised from 8th pass to 10th pass (SSLC) as per the 6th CPC recommendations, hence the minimum wage should increase by 25% compared to earlier pay commissions.
The minimum wage has increased considerably due to price inflation from 4th CPC (1986) onwards the average wage hike is 3.32 times. During the period 1946 to 1972, the financial position of the Central Government was not that good. The financial position of the Central Government has been improving from the 4th CPC onwards that is from 1986 onwards, the pay fixation depends on the paying capacity of the Central Government. The revenue collection of the Central Government has increased especially from last few years. The revenue expenditure in respect of salaries of Central Government employees is just under 10% of the Central Government revenue. In respect of the many State Governments the revenue expenditure towards salaries is around 20%. Whereas the Central Government is spending just 10% of the revenue collection on salary head.
The wages of CG employees are determined based Dr. Aykroyd formula, the Staff Side (JCM) has calculated minimum wage as on 1st Jan 2014 as per the Dr. Aykroyd formula as Rs 26,000/- taking into market prices. Even if we adopt the retail prices of The Directorate of Economics & Statistics Department of Agriculture & Cooperation Ministry of Agriculture Government Of India New Delhi of the month of July 2016 the minimum wage works out to Rs 24,000/ which is 3.42 times increase. The 7th CPC has also adopted Dr. Aykroyd formula for the computation of the minimum wage and fixed at Rs 18000/- and thereafter the fitment formula is calculated.
Fitment formula = Minimum wage Rs 18000 / Rs 7000 = 2.57
The Staff Side (JCM) had demanded the fitment formula of 3.72 that is Rs 26000/ Rs 7000 as on 1st Jan 2014. Whatever angle we look the 7th CPC has cheated us on the minimum wage and fitment formula compared to the earlier pay commission this pay commission has given us the lowest wage hike of just 14% compared to last 40 years.
Meanwhile, some reports suggest that the employees who have been eagerly waiting for higher allowances under the 7CPC will have to bear three more months of delay to get their allowances revised . Due to early Budget which is followed by Assembly Elections in five states, due to which model code of conduct has been imposed, the government is likely to delay the payment of the higher allowances. The polling in five states – Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur – will begin on February 4 and the results will be declared on March 11, after that only our allowances will be decided.
The financial position of the Central Government is very good. Even the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) has shown increase in last few years which is around 7% , the Indian economy is fastest growing and placed 7th in the world ( which is at 2,250.987 billions of $ ), comparing to wages paid in the world our wages are at lower level. The Government fiscal budget deficit equal to 3.50 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product in 2016. Compared to 2008 where the fiscal deficit was at 7.8 %, but today the fiscal deficit is contained at 3.5%. This is also a healthy sign of the economic status of the Central Government financial status, the budget fiscal deficit is always below 4%.
The Central Government financial position is very good even after demonetization, only a political decision the Central Government on our demands. Comrades the Hon’ble Finance Minister has given a given a press statement in media channel’s that the effect of demonetisation has not taken place on the revenue collection of the union government, in fact that the revenue collection has increased, even the revenue of the State Governments has increased considerably, the press release of the Ministry of Finance on 9/1/2017 has endorsed the Hon’ble Finance Minister statement.
To avert the 11th July CG employees strike the Hon’ble Prime Minster had instructed the group of ministers including Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Home Minister, Shri Suresh Prabhu , Hon’ble Railway Minister and Shri Arun Jaitely , Hon’ble Finance Minister to hold discussions with the Staff Side (JCM) on 30th June 2016 and the Shri Arun Jaitely , Hon’ble Finance Minister had published a written assurances in the Government website on 6th July 2016 leading to deferment of the strike .
Now comrades seven months has passed the assurances given by the group of ministers has not been fulfilled so far, in this connection the NJCA met on 17th January 2017 at New Delhi. The Confederation was represented by Comrades KKN Kutty, M Krishnan and MS Raja. Comrades RN Parashar and Giriraj Singh represented NFPE (constituent of Confederation).
Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra Staff Side Secretary (JCM) and Com M. Raghavaiah, Chairman Staff Side (JCM) had a meeting’s with the Cabinet Secretary and Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Home Minister on 18th Jan 2017 regarding the demands of the CG employees as assured by the group of ministers on 30th June 2016.
Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Home Minister had once again assured that the issues of CG employees will be resolved, but no time frame has been fixed for resolving the issues or any concrete assurances are given on our demands.
The strike is the last resort for achieving our demands, but we are forced to undertake the strike action due to following events.
1) The 7th CPC has erred in fixation of the minimum wage by adopting the wrong prices, and methodology. Thereby the minimum wage and fixation formula has to be corrected.
2) The Government has assured our staff side leaders that they will settle the demands of CG employees in four months’ time, but seven months has lapsed till now the demands of CG employees are not settled even allowances issue is also not settled so far.
3) Comrades , now the revenue collections of the Central Government has increased , the Central Government has financially capable to accept our demands of revision of allowance, minimum wage, fitment formula etc., revision of tax slabs should also take place , the Central Government employees should benefit as we were serving with dedication the Central Government and Central Government is a model employer.
Comrades Central Government has now take a political decision on our demands of revision of allowance, minimum wage, fitment formula and revision of tax slabs.
For this we have to struggle and put pressure on the Central Government to accept our demands. In this circumstance, it should be our endeavor to campaign more vigorously for the successful strike on 16th March 2017.
Comradely yours
(P.S.Prasad)
General Secretary
Source : karnatakacoc
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7th Pay Commission – Higher Allowances Likely After Union Budget 2017.

7th Pay Commission – Higher Allowances Likely After Union Budget 2017.

7th Pay CommissionSome analysts are hopeful that the government will implement Seventh Pay Commission-related allowance hikes after the Budget 2017, which is scheduled for today the February 1. The Centre implemented the 7th Pay Commission (CPC) pay hikes in September 16 and is expected to implement the allowance hikes in March after the state elections, domestic brokerage Religare said in a report. This will boost the income of one crore central government employees and pensioners, the brokerage added.
Another brokerage HSBC Securities says that “about 70 per cent of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations (i.e. pay and pension) have already been accounted for in the FY17 Budget. The remaining item – the housing allowance – is likely to get implemented in FY18.”
“At worst, if the government is under pressure, this allowance can be pushed to the next year, as was done in the previous pay commissions. The housing allowance does not attract arrears,” HSBC Securities said.
Religare, however, said that implementation of the housing allowance portion of the 7th Pay Commission as well as GST or Goods and Services Tax is expected to push up average inflation. Another global brokerage Morgan Stanley said that higher pay commission-related payouts could put pressure on government finances. “Trailing higher wage spending and further drain are expected as the government is likely to pay the higher allowances due as part of the Seventh Pay Commission wage hikes,” it said in a report.
The Union Cabinet had in June accepted the recommendation of Justice A K Mathur headed 7th Pay Commission in respect of the hike in basic pay and pension but its suggestions relating to allowances were referred to a committee. The 7th Pay Commission examined a total of 196 existing allowances and, by way of rationalisation, recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming of 37 allowances.
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All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers for December 2016 released – 2 point decrease in AICPI (IW) with base 2001=100

All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers for December 2016 released – 2 point decrease in AICPI (IW) with base 2001=100

Ministry of Labour and Employment has issued a Press Release announcing AICPIN for the month of December 2016
No. 5/1/2014- CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU
‘CLEREMONT, SHIMLA-171004
DATED: 31st January, 2017
Press Release
Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW)-December, 2016
The All-India CPI-IW for December, 2016 by 2 points and stood 275 (two hundred and seventy five). On 1-month percentage change, it decreased by (-) 0.72 per cent November and December, 2016 when compared with the decease of (-) 0.37 per cent between the same two months a year ago.
The maximum downward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (-) 2.74 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Arhar Dal, Gram Dal, Masur Dal, Urd Dal, Groundnut Oil, Muslard Oil, Chillies Green, Ginzer, Brinjal, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, French Beans, Gourd, Green Coriander Leaves, Methi, Palak, Peas, Potato, Radish, Tomato, Banana, Lemon, etc. are responsible for the decrease in index. However, this decrease checked by Rice, Wheal, Wheat Alta, Coconut Oil Fish Fresh, Goat Meat, Milk Snack Saltish, Cooking Gas, ESI Premium Contribution, Petrol, Flower/Flower Garlands, Toilet Soap, etc., putting upward on the index.
The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 2.23 per cent for December, 2016 as compared to 2.59 per cent for the pervious month and 6.32 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 0.67 per cent against 1.66 per cent of the previous month and 7.94 per cent during the corresponding month or the previous year.
At centre level, Rourkela reported the maximum decrease or 10 points followed by Vadodara (9 points), Nagpur and Lucknow (8 points each) and Amritsar, Varanasi and Monger Jamalpur (6 points each). Among others, 5 points decrease was observed in 7 centres, 4 points in 12 centres, 3 points in 9 centres, 2 points in 15 centres and 1 point in 10 centres. On the contrary, Quilon recorded maximum increase of 6 points followed by Ernakulam and Mundakkayam (3 points each). Among others, 2 points increase was observed in 4 centres and 1 point in 4 centres. Rest or the 7 centres indices remained stationary.
The indices or centres are above All-India Index and other 43 centres indices are below national average. The index or Vishakhapathnam centre remained at par with All-India Index. The next or CPI-IW fer the month of January, 2017 will be released on Tuesday, 28th February, 2017. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureaunew.gov.in
(SHYAM SINGH NEGI)
DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL
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It took 68 years to hike the minimum wage of CG Employees from Rs.55 to Rs.18000 p.m.

It took 68 years to hike the minimum wage of CG Employees from Rs.55 to Rs.18000 p.m.
Almost 68-years after Independence, the Indian government has announced seven central pay commission on a regular interval. In this 68 years, since India got its Independence from British Raj there has been an impressive hike in the salaries of senior staffers working under the payroll of Central Government.
But it is quite noteworthy that the minimum wage – under which 83 per cent of the government fall – has not seen ay big changes. The salaries of junior most Central Government officials’ has increased from Rs 55 (under the 1st Pay Commission) to Rs 18,000 (under the 7CPC).
On the other side the senior most government staffers salaries have been hiked from Rs 2000 (under 1CPC) to Rs 2.5 lakh (under 7CPC). Due to this ‘inequality’ in wages most of the government officials are unhappy with the decision and had threatened for an indefinite strike several times.
After India became Independent in 1947, the minimum wage of central government employees was Rs 55 per month for next 10 years while most of the senior central government staffers took home a handsome salary of Rs 2,000 per month. In 1957 when the 2nd Pay Commission was implemented the minimum wage was increased to Rs 80 per month while maximum salary was increased to Rs 3,000 per month. The minimum wage entered into four digit under the 5th Pay Commission where the take home salary of junior most staff was increased to Rs 2,550 while at the same time senior government officials salary was increased to Rs 26,000.
After 6th Pay Commission came into effect the minimum wage came up by Rs 7000 per month from Rs 2,550 whereas the monthly salary of senior government officials rose to Rs 90,000.
Under the 7th Pay Commission slab – which was implemented almost eight years after the previous pay commission the salaries of the government employees saw a significant rise. The basic pay under the 7CPC the lowest salary was increased to Rs 18,000 from Rs 7,0000 while the salary of the senior government officials has gone up to Rs 2.50 lakh from Rs 90,000. But due to rising inflation and price rise, the junior staffers had already demanded for a hike of more than three times which is: Rs 25,000 per month.
Experts believe that in last 68 years, the government has increased the minimum wage of its central government employees by 32,727 per cent (from Rs 55 to Rs 18,000). While the salary of senior staffers has seen a drastic increase of 12,500 per cent, from Rs 2,000 per month to Rs 2.50 lakh per month. But experts believe that the disparity in the minimum wage has been a problem since British Raj, where junior staffers were paid less.
Source: India.com
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Watch Full Length Video on Launch of India Post Payments Bank Branches

Watch Full Length Video on Launch of India Post Payments Bank Branches


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India provides USD 2.49 mn for postal road project in Nepal

India provides USD 2.49 mn for postal road project in Nepal

Kathmandu, Jan 30 (PTI) India has provided USD 2.49 million to Nepal for the construction of postal highway which runs across the Terai region close to the Indo-Nepal border.

“Ambassador of India Ranjit Rae handed over a cheque amounting to Nepalese rupees 249,710,698 equivalent to USD 2.49 million to Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Ramesh Lekhak at the ministry’s office at Singha Durbar in Kathmandu,” according to a statement issued by the Indian Embassy here.

A postal road is designated for the transportation of postal mail. It is also known as Hulaki Rajmarg which runs across the Terai region of Nepal, from Bhadrapur in the east to Dudhaura in the west, cutting across the entire width of the country.

It is the oldest highway in the country constructed by Ranas to aid transportation and facilitate postal services.

Ambassador Rae had inaugurated a campus building for Chautara Multiple Campus, Chautara in Sindhupalchok district situated in the east of Kathmandu last week.

The building has been constructed with financial assistance of Nepalese Rupees 27 million provided by India under its Small Development Projects Scheme as part of India Nepal Economic Cooperation Programme, the statement said.

The three-storied building consists of 12 classrooms and separate rooms for campus office, accounts, store, meeting hall, computer room and science laboratories.
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POSTAL DEPARTMENT BECOMES SMART WITH CSI TECHNOLOGY

POSTAL DEPARTMENT BECOMES SMART WITH CSI TECHNOLOGY

Pilot project in Pune City East Division offers reliable mail delivery services by improving online tracking system

Now, tracking letters or documents sent by the post offices will become easier. The postal department has started the Core System Integration (CSI) as part of its IT modernisation project. This is the first time in Pune that regional post offices have been chosen for this initiative.

The postal department has picked the Pune City East Division for the pilot roll-out. CSI is an integrated system that includes counter operations, delivery operations, financial activities and human resource management. The CSI is designed to augment the service delivery efficiency of the post offices.

Ganesh V Sawaleshwarkar, postmaster general of Pune Region, informed, “With the implementation of CSI, Pune will have the distinction of implementing all modules of the IT modernisation project — core banking solution, core insurance solution, core system integration and rural information and communications technology. So far, the department would use different systems for various functions. With CSI, there will be one system and hence the work will be streamlined. We will be able to provide better services to the customers.”

Once the documents are sent, a notification will be available to know when it can be expected to reach the recipient. The sender can also track the stage of delivery by using the verification code, which will be GENERATED by the postal office.

Cheering the initiative, Neshrul Ansari (35), a Lohegaon resident, said, “I received a document on Friday morning, which was sent on Sunday by my friend based in Nagpur. Nearly five hours later, my friend received a message on the phone that the package has been delivered. I am very pleased with the service.”

Delivery boys, who are under constant pressure to transport documents or other packages on time as well as furnish proof about the same to their seniors, are heaving a sigh of relief after this development.

Chirag Bhairavkar, who works for Lohegaon Post Office, shared, “Earlier, we used to put packages in the letter BOX of the recipient. Sometimes, if the documents did not reach the correct recipient, then they would come to the post office and create a ruckus. With the notifications on PHONE, the process becomes simpler for all.”

Pune Mirror (Jan28, 2017)
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Transfers and Postings of Sr. Manager/Manager, Mail Motor Service (MMS) Group'A'and Deputy Manager (MMS) Group'B'.

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




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Income Tax Department (ITD) launches Operation Clean Money

Income Tax Department (ITD) launches Operation Clean Money

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
31-January-2017 16:31 IST

Income Tax Department (ITD) launches Operation Clean Money 

Income Tax Department (ITD) has initiated Operation Clean Money, today. Initial phase of the operation involves e-verification of large cash deposits made during 9th November to 30th December 2016. Data analytics has been used for comparing the demonetisation data with information in ITD databases. In the first batch, around 18 lakh persons have been identified in whose case, cash transactions do not appear to be in line with the tax payer’s profile. 

ITD has enabled online verification of these transactions to reduce compliance cost for the taxpayers while optimising its resources. The information in respect of these cases is being made available in the e-filing window of the PAN holder (after log in) at the portal https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in. The PAN holder can view the information using the link “Cash Transactions 2016” under “Compliance” section of the portal. The taxpayer will be able to submit online explanation without any need to visit Income Tax office. 

Email and SMS will also be sent to the taxpayers for submitting online response on the e-filing portal. Taxpayers who are not yet registered on the e-filing portal (at https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in) should register by clicking on the ‘Register Yourself’ link. Registered taxpayers should verify and update their email address and mobile number on the e-filing portal to receive electronic communication.

A detailed user guide and quick reference guide is available on the portal to assist the taxpayer in submitting online response. In case of any difficulty in submitting on line response, help desk at 1800 4250 0025 may be contacted. 

Data analytics will be used to select cases for verification, based on approved risk criteria. If the case is selected for verification, request for additional information and its response will also be communicated electronically . The information on the online portal will be dynamic getting updated on receipt of new information, response and data analytics. 

The response of taxpayer will be assessed against available information. In case explanation of source of cash is found justified, the verification will be closed without any need to visit Income Tax Office. The verification will also be closed if the cash deposit is declared under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna (PMGKY). 

The taxpayers covered in this phase should submit their response on the portal within 10 days in order to avoid any notice from the ITD and enforcement actions under the Income-tax Act as also other applicable laws
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Instructions on EOD Process in DOP Finacle

Instructions on EOD Process in DOP Finacle


Dear Team(s),

Kindly ask the sols to follow the guidelines given by the Directorate in SB order 5/2016 scrupulously.  
Kindly ensure that zone issues are reported before 15.00 hours for timely action at our end.

Kindly ensure that the Supervisors do the verification in time as stipulated in the SB order cited above. We come across SOLs wherein Supervisors are doing the verification leisurely.

Kindly ensure NIL deletions, replacements and unblockings in the frontend and backend from EOD point of view.

When the percentage of sols to complete the work is very little due to the delay in completion of work by the users and when connectivity issues are faced, the users and the CPCs concerned shall wait until the connectivity is restored and complete the work. This is in the interest of service and applies to all. The delay on the part of a handful of sols shall not scuttle the EOD process, DC closure, Back end activities such as downtime and maintenance activities please. CEPT EOD Team follows this rule and this applies to all please.

Your kind co operation is solicited in this regard.

Regards,
N. Sivakumar
CEPT (EOD Central Team), 
|L - 044 28524482|E: cbscept.eod@gmail.com
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Payments banks to have multiplier impact on system: FM Arun Jaitley

Payments banks to have multiplier impact on system: FM Arun Jaitley

W Payments banks will have a "multiplier impact" on the banking system and financial inclusion, as they will provide doorstep banking to people in remote areas at lower cost and compete with traditional banks in future, finance minister Arun Jaitley said. 

Launching pilot services of India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) at Raipur and Ranchi on Monday, Jaitley said IPPB will expand operations to 650 districts by September. India Post, which got the permit to launch banking operations on January 20, is only the third entity to have received central bank's approval to start operations, after Airtel Payments Bank and Paytm. 

"The pattern in which the payments bank is being formed, the overhead cost is very less because the existing structure is being used. Going forward, a time will come when for small depositors, this payments bank will give competition to normal banking," Jaitley said. 

He said telecom companies have lakhs of stores which will start working as payments banks. Also with 1.55 lakh post office branches and the services of lakhs of postmen being converted into banking operations with the launch of India Post Payments Bank, the demand for a brick and mortar bank branches in far flung villages will get reduced. 

Payments banks can accept deposits of up to Rs 1lakh per account from individuals and small businesses. The new model of banking allows mobile firms, supermarket chains and others to cater to banking requirements of individuals and small businesses. The new banks will confine activities to acceptance of deposits, remittance services, Internet banking and other specified services.

Source:-The Economic Times

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Here are the highlights of President Pranab Mukherjee's speech - IPPB


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Good news! RBI may lift weekly cash withdrawal limit by February end

Good news! RBI may lift weekly cash withdrawal limit by February end

With cash situation improving, there will be little need to have withdrawal restrictions: Bankers
With the cash crunch situation easing, the Reserve Bank might do away with the weekly withdrawal limits from banks as well as ATMs by the end of next month, bankers said.

The RBI had recently raised the ATM withdrawal limit to Rs 10,000 a day but maintained the weekly cap at Rs 24,000 for saving account and Rs 1 lakh for current account holders.

“I think the restrictions on withdrawal by RBI should be completely lifted by February-end or by first half of March as cash situation is easing gradually,” Bank of Maharashtra executive director R K Gupta told PTI.

It is entirely RBI’s decision and the central bank would decide after making holistic assessment of the situation, he said.

According to SBI’s research report Ecowrap, “By the end of February, 78-88 per cent of the currency could be back in the system under the best case scenario in terms of an optimal currency distribution (more small denomination notes),” the report said, adding that “it seems within next 2 months things would be pretty close to normal.”

Another senior public sector bank official said the situation is easing and it is a matter of weeks when the curb on withdrawal gets eased.

“My hunch is that it should happen before end of the current fiscal,” the official said, adding, RBI has been progressively easing the curb.

The RBI had earlier increased the daily withdrawal limit from ATMs to Rs 4,500 from Rs 2,500 effective January 1, just a day after 50-day demonetisation period ended.

Meanwhile, RBI Governor Urjit Patel could not set a time frame before the Standing Committee on Finance for return of normalcy in the banking system even as the central bank asserted that Rs 9.2 lakh crore or 60 per cent of demonetised currency has been replaced.

In a surprise move on November 8, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced demonetisation of old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.

Following the decision, the RBI had put restrictions on withdrawal of cash from ATMs as well as from banks to deal with shortage of new high denomination currency notes. This led to long queues at ATMs and bank branches.

All over the country, the banks had to deal with huge rush of people who thronged their branches to deposit junked notes. The deadline for depositing old notes with banks ended on December 30.
Source:B-S

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Monday, 30 January 2017

First two branches of India Post Payments Banks inaugurated - Video

First two branches of India Post Payments Banks inaugurated - Video



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Transfer of money consequent of promotion of a GDS under SDBS to a regular in Department of Posts

Transfer of money consequent of promotion of a GDS under SDBS to a regular in Department of Posts

                                                DEPARTMENT OF POSTS:INDIA
OFFICE OF THE DIRCTOR OF ACCOUNTS (POSTAL)
MAHANADI VIHAR, CUTTACK-753004

NO: SDBS(2010)/Corr/ Dated : 30/01/2017

To
The SSPOs/SPOs/SSRM/SRM 

Sub:- Transfer of money consequent of promotion of a GDS under SDBS to a regular Dept.. post

This is regarding transfer of money of those GDS enrolled under SDBS subsequently being absorbed /promoted to a regular Departmental post. Under this circumstances the GDS are required to quit the SDBS scheme immediately and apply for transfer the accrued accumulations in their PR Account under the SDBS as well as accrued severance amount earned till their date of such absorption/regular appointment to their new account under New Pension Scheme.

Hence you are requested to identify such cases in the units under your jurisdiction & supply them prescribed SDBS-1 to apply. SDBS-I forms duly filled by the applicant & enlisted by the Divn in form SDBS-2 may please be sent to this office for onward submission to the NSDL for transfer of money to the new account as well as deactivating the old one.
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Pl. find a copy of form SDBS-I & SDBS-2 with this letter.

Asst. Accounts Officer
NPS / SDBS

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India Post Payments Bank will be a game changer for financial inclusion - Manoj Sinha

India Post Payments Bank will be a game changer for financial inclusion - Manoj Sinha


Press Information Bureau,
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & Information Technology

30-January, 2017 18:27 IST

India Post Payments Bank will be a game changer for financial inclusion - Manoj Sinha IPPB branches launched in Ranchi & Raipur
Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley and Minister of Communications Shri Manoj Sinha launched the operations of the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) here today as two pilot branches at Raipur and Ranchi through video conferencing from Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Jaitley said that about 650 IPPB branches will be opened by September this year and that will have a multiplier impact as far as banking in India is concerned. He said with IPPB, banking at the doorstep will no longer remain a mere slogan, but will become a reality due to huge postal network in the country. He said that financial Inclusion is critical for the socio-economic development of the country, but there are significant gaps in this area and a large proportion of country’s population remain unbanked or underbanked. IPPB will effectively leverage the ubiquitous post office network with its pan-India physical presence, long experience in cash handling and savings mobilization, backed by the ongoing project of IT-enablement, to bridge this gap in Financial Inclusion.

In his address, Minister of Communications Shri Manoj Sinha has commended the hard work done by the Department of Posts in setting up the India Post Payments Bank and hoped that both organizations will work in tandem to take the benefits of government schemes and financial services that are not easily available in rural areas to customers across the country and to the marginalized population in urban and rural areas alike. He said, the objective of IPPB will be public service rather than promoting commercial interests.

Secretary, Department of Posts, Shri B.V.Sudhakar said that the IPPB is widely expected to be a game changer for financial inclusion in the country as the USP of this initiative is doorstep banking, particularly in the rural areas.

As mandated by the RBI, the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) would focus on providing basic financial services such as all kinds of payments; including social security payments, utility bill payments, person to person remittances (both domestic and cross-border), current and savings accounts up to a balance of Rs 1 lac, 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.

Set up us a 100% Government of India owned Public Limited Company under the Department of Posts, it will open around 650 branches in district HQ locations. All 1.55 lacs post offices including the 1.39 lac of the rural post offices will be mapped to the IPPB branch at the district headquarter and function as access points for IPPB. IPPB will usher in state of the art internet and mobile banking platforms, digital wallets and use innovative and emerging technologies to catalyse the shift from a cash dominant to a less cash economy.

While many other banks and financial institutions are working on the same theme, the USP of IPPB will be its ability to ease access and handhold the adoption of new age banking and payments instruments among citizen of all walks of life through the delivery by postmen and Grameen Dak sevaks, savings agents and other franchisees who will take banking to door steps. IPPB thus aspires to the most accessible, affordable and trusted bank for the common man with the motto - "No customer is too small, no transaction too insignificant, and no deposit too little".

Given 'in principle' approval by the RBI along with 10 other aspirants on 19th Aug 2015, IPPB received the cabinet’s approval on 1st June, 2016 and was incorporated as on 17th Sept, 2106. Today it became the second payments bank to launch its operations. Having got its final banking license from the RBI on the 20th Jan 2017 it has commenced operations in record time of 10 days in partnership with the Punjab National Bank, after obtaining all necessary approvals and registrations from the RBI, NPCI etc.

A commemorative stamp and a logo of the new bank were also launched on the occasion.
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