Thursday, 27 October 2011

தமிழக அஞ்சலகங்கள் மூலம் - "ஆதார் அடையாள அட்டை'

சென்னை : "ஆதார் அடையாள அட்டை' பெற, தபால் நிலையம் மூலம் பதிவு செய்யும் பணி, இன்று முதல் துவக்கப்படுகிறது. இந்திய பிரத்யேக அடையாள அட்டை ஆணையத்துடன் மேற்கொண்ட புரிந்துணர்வு ஒப்பந்தத்தின் கீழ், இந்திய தபால் துறை அடையாள அட்டை வழங்குவதற்கான பதிவு செய்யும் பணியை மேற்கொண்டுள்ளது. இந்த அடையாள அட்டை மூலம் பல்வேறு பணிகள், பயன்களைப் பெற முடியும். வங்கி கணக்கு துவக்கவும், மருத்துவத்துக்கும், மொபைல்போன் இணைப்பு பெறவும், இந்த ஆதார் அடையாள அட்டை பயனுள்ளதாக இருக்கும்.

அடையாள அட்டை பெற, தபால் நிலையம் மூலம் பதிவு செய்யும் பணியை, தமிழக உள்துறை முதன்மைச் செயலர் ரமேஷ்ராம் மிஸ்ரா, இன்று சென்னையில் துவக்கி வைக்கிறார். தமிழக தபால் வட்டம் துவக்கும் இப்பதிவுப் பணி, சென்னையில் மயிலாப்பூர், தி.நகர் மற்றும் பூங்கா நகர் ஆகிய பகுதிகளில் உள்ள தலைமை தபால் நிலையங்களுக்கும், நவ., 1ம் தேதி முதல் விரிவுப்படுத்தப்படும். 

மேலும், நவ., 21ம் முதல் தமிழகத்தில் உள்ள 31 மாவட்ட தலைமை தபால் நிலையங்களுக்கும், அடுத்த 30 நாட்களில் 154 முக்கிய தபால் நிலையங்களிலும் விரிவுப்படுத்தப்படவுள்ளது. இந்த ஆதார் அடையாள அட்டையை இலவசமாக, பொதுமக்கள் பதிவு செய்து பெற்றுக் கொள்ளலாம். இதுகுறித்து, மேலும் விவரங்களை அறிய, 044-28582798, 0431-241245,0452-2526398,0422-2558204 ஆகிய தொலைபேசி எண்களில் தொடர்பு கொள்ளலாம் என, தமிழக வட்ட தலைமை தபால் துறை தலைவர் அலுவலகம் தெரிவித்துள்ளது 

Source : Dinamalar Dt. 25.10.11

Monday, 24 October 2011

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SC dismisses plea against post office

Subject: Post office official takes god and state government for a ride

Backdrop: No matter how knowledgeable a person may be, he cannot know all the laws and rules. Ignorance of law is no excuse. However, there are occasions when one is guided by others who are supposed to have special or better knowledge of the law governing a particular transaction.

Case Study: Arulmigu Dhandayudhapaniswamy Thirukkoil at Palani in Tamil Nadu is an ancient temple. The temple trust is managed by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu. The temple trust had deposited Rs 1.4 crore with the Palani Post Office under the 'Post Office Time Deposit Scheme' for a period of five years from May 5, 1995.

In December 1995, the post master sent a letter to the trust saying that the scheme had been discontinued since April 1, 1995. Hence, the amount deposited would be refunded without interest. The amount was actually refunded on January 3, 1996.

The trust sent a notice demanding Rs 9,13,951 as interest at 12% per annum. When the postal authorities did not respond, the trust filed a complaint before the Tamil Nadu State Commission, but the complaint was dismissed. The trust appealed to the National Commission, which too dismissed it. The temple trust then approached the Supreme Court.

To ascertain whether there was any deficiency in service, the Supreme Court considered the provisions of the Post Office Savings Bank General Rules, 1981, which are applicable to savings accounts, time deposit accounts and recurring deposit accounts. These are framed under the Government Savings Banks Act, 1873. Rule 17 states that an account that is opened in contravention of rule can be closed at any time and the deposit refunded without interest.

The Supreme Court observed that the notification stipulating that no time deposits shall be made or accepted on behalf of any institution with effect from April 4, 1995, was issued under the rules. The investment by the temple trust was made subsequently. So the apex court held that refusal to pay interest was justified and in accordance with the provisions of Rule 17. Hence, this could not be termed deficiency in service, the court observed.

The apex court also relied on earlier precedents. Where contracts or investments were made in contravention of any notification, it had been held that these were unlawful and void, and hence not binding. In such circumstances, the government would not be liable to pay interest.

The trust wanted the post master to be held liable and compensate for the loss. The court agreed that the trust had lost substantial interest because of the ignorance of the post master about the notification. Yet it refused to hold the post master liable for payment of any compensation as it would be against the rules.

While dismissing the trust's appeal, the Supreme Court suggested guidelines to avoid such incidents.

Officials dealing with public money or those in charge of accepting deposits must be conversant with all the details relating to types of deposits, period, rate of interest, eligibility criteria, etc applicable to the schemes. Details governing various schemes may also be exhibited in vernacular language at a conspicuous location.

When the government issues any notification or instruction, such decision must be immediately communicated to all the authorities concerned by using the latest technology-by fax, email, etc, to keep the officials updated of the latest developments. This information must also be communicated to the subordinate staff so that correct procedures are followed.

Impact: Ignorance of the law is no excuse. But what is unfortunate is that when both, the government servant dealing with the scheme as well as the citizen are ignorant, it is the citizen who is made to suffer.

Courtesy: Times of India

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Bill for revamping India Post soon: Sibal

Bill for revamping India Post soon: Sibal
New Delhi : A bill for revamping the postal department, which includes opening up some segments to private players, will be introduced in parliament soon, Communications and IT Minister Kapil Sibal said Thursday.
The bill also aims at registration of couriers by an independent registration authority, Sibal said while addressing the Economic Editors Conference here.
The minister added that a detailed project report on the setting up of a Postal Bank of India will be finalised in the next six months.
"This will enable India Post to extend micro credit and other loans through vast network of 1.55 lakh post offices, coupled with other financial services like micro-remittance, micro-insurance and micro-pensions," he said.
The revamped postal network will boast of over 1.55 lakh computerised post offices, banking services through post offices with ATM facility and delivery of banking, insurance and mailing services in rural areas through hand-held devices.

Wishing Happy Deepavali to all...

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Amendments to Indian Post Office Act soon

Paving way for over 1.5 lakh post offices to offer banking and insurance services, especially in the hinterland, the government will soon make amendments to 'The Indian Post Office Act, 1898'
"The draft amendment bill to make necessary changes in 'The Indian Post Office Act, 1898' has been circulated by the Department of Post for enabling post offices to enter banking and insurance sector," a source privy to the development said.
He further said, "The Planning Commission is vetting the proposal to convert post offices across the nation into full fledged banks and provide insurance service."
Besides mail service, post offices in the country have broadly confined their business to offer financial services like savings bank, postal life insurance, pension payments and money transfer services.
The Department of Posts (DoP), which has the largest reach in the country, has diversified in recent times with providing facilities like rail reservation and telephone recharge coupons, but this move will substantially improve its basket of services.

The government, according to the source, wants to completely give a new dimension to the way post offices do business in the country and this Bill is a step towards that goal.
With this initiative, the Department of Post (DoP) wants to tap the vast rural market with modern banking facilities through post offices.
"We want to commercialise the department. We will seek a licence from the RBI to convert all our post offices into banks," Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal had recently said.
The lack of modern banking facilities in rural areas and dependence of villagers on informal sector for their credit requirements have prompted the government to work on financial inclusion by way of setting up 'postal banks'.
"The State Bank of India can't build branches all over India, but there are post offices across India. The branches are already there, so infrastructure expenditure is not required. So you can actually give banking facilities at relatively lower costs, which would be extremely beneficial to people," he had said.
This will also pave the way for the DoP to offer ATM services and debit cards to its customers.



Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
(Establishment Division)
Dak Bhawan, New Delhi-110001
Dated 18th October, 2011

            All Chief Postmaster General
            All GMs (PAF) Director of Accounts (Postal)

Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) at revised                  rates w.e.f. 01.07.2011 onwards-reg.

            Consequent upon grant of another installment of Dearness allowance , with effect from 1st July, 2011 to the Central Government Employees vide Government of India , Ministry of Finance , Department of Expenditure, OM No. 1(14)/2011-E-II(B) dated 3rd October,2011, the Gramin Dak Sevaks(GSD) have also become entitled to the payment of dearness allowance on basic TRCA at the revised rate with effect from 01.07.2011. It has, therefore, been decided that the dearness allowance payable to the Gramin Dak Sevaks shall be enhances from the existing rate 51% to 58% on the basic Time Related Continuity Allowance with effect from the 1st July, 2011.

2.         The additional installment of dearness allowance payable under this order, shall be paid in cash to all Gramin Dak Sevaks. The payment of arrears of dearness allowance for the months of July to September, 2011, shall not be made before the date of disbursement of TRCA for the month of September, 2011.

3.         The expenditure on this account shall be debited to the Head" Salaries" the relevant head of account and should be met from the sanctioned grant.

4.         This issues with the concurrence of Integrated Wing vide their Dairy No. 123/FA/II/CS dated 18th October, 2011.

(Kalpana Rajsinghot)
Director  (Estt.)
Tele o11-23096036
Original Order Below 

Tuesday, 18 October 2011


New Delhi-110001 Dated: 13.10.2011

Sub:     Outstation allowance for RMS Staff-revision of rates thereof.

            This has reference to Directorate memo of even no. dated 19.07.2011 on the subject noted above and reference received from the staff side.

            The mater has been examined and it has been clarified in this regard that the higher rate of OSA is admissible only to the LSG Supervisors of the Transit/Mail Sorting Sections holding norms-based LSG Posts and not to the LSG/Sorting Assistants who have been placed in higher grade of pay under MACP Scheme.

(R.Kumar Raj)
Asstt Director (Task Force) 

Friday, 14 October 2011



மாநிலச்சங்கத்தின் சிறப்பான செயல்பாடுகள் பற்றி முழுமையாய் அறிந்திட விரைவில் வருகிறது" அஞ்சல் முழக்கம் ". .....அனைவரும் படியுங்கள் .

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Finance ministry pushes for increase in PPF, post office rates:

NEW DELHI: Faced with a cash crunch, the finance ministry is moving a proposal to increase interest rates on small savings schemes such as Public Provident Fund and post office deposits but politics may play spoilsport.
Official sources told TOI that finance minister Pranab Mukherjee will decide on the proposal over the next few days as small savings instruments have lost out to bank deposits that earn higher interest. As a result, the government has been forced to borrow Rs 53,000 crore more from the market by issuing bonds, a move that can increase interest rates further and also upset budgetary calculations.
If Mukherjee approves an increase in interest rates on small savings, your PPF will fetch you at least 8.2%, instead of 8% now, while senior citizens can hope to earn around 9%. In addition, individuals will be permitted to park Rs 1 lakh in PPF accounts instead of Rs 70,000 at present. Similarly, post office deposits will fetch 50-70 basis points higher (100 basis points = one percentage point).
But politics over two schemes are holding back a green light from the finance minister. Sources said the finance ministry has received several representations from individuals urging not to abolish the Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP), while nearly 5 lakh agents have opposed the move to cut the commission on Mahila Pradhan Kshetriya Bachat Yojana (MPKBY) to 1% from 4%.
Officials in the tax department have complained that KVP has become one of the biggest instruments of money laundering, a concern which was even shared by a high-level committee headed by former RBI deputy governor Shyamala Gopinath. In fact, maximum instances of misuse of KVP have been found around Amritsar, pointing to the possibility of Pakistani funds entering India. So, it hasn't come as a surprise that a significant number of petitions for the scheme's continuation have come from Punjab and Haryana.
"The ministry has received representations from various sections. They have demanded that KVP should not be discontinued as it is linked to farmers while the reduction in the commission for MPKBY scheme has been opposed on the ground that it will hurt the income of women agents in rural areas," a source, who did not wish to be identified, said.
Mukherjee faces another dilemma as MPKBY was started during former prime minister Indira Gandhi's tenure which raises fears of criticism from within the party, especially because women agents will be affected. It's a different matter, however, that the agency is in the name of a woman but the person hawking the scheme is either the agent's husband or another family member.
It is likely that the finance minister, the government's key troubleshooter, will settle for reducing commission to around 2%, which will also ensure that investors do not lose out on returns as commission eats up a certain portion of the returns every time funds are deposited.
An expert panel headed by Gopinath had recommended moving from an administered price regime to a market-linked interest rate system for small savings schemes that would translate into higher returns for now.
It has recommended closure of only one existing scheme - KVP -- while recommending continuation of all other schemes with some modifications. The committee also recommended that the investment ceiling in the popular Public Provident Fund scheme be raised to Rs 1 lakh from the current Rs 70,000.
Finance ministry officials said increase in the PPF investment limit would help garner about Rs 5,000 crore in the coming quarter if the small savings reform plans were implemented. This would also help the government tide over the tight fiscal situation and reduce prospects for any further increase in its market borrowings. The government has recently raised its borrowing against the backdrop of slowing revenues and less than expected receipts from disinvestment in state-run enterprises.
The government panel had said the continued popularity of both KVP and NSC among the urban population who are not all small savers could be prompted by an incentive to avoid tax. "As compared to NSC, KVP is more popular as it is a bearer-like certificate due to its ease of transfer. It also has an in-built liquidity due to the regulated premature closure facility offered in the scheme. In view of the recent developments on Anti Money Laundering/CFT front, the committee recommends that KVP should be discontinued," the report said.
The committee had also said that 4% commission under MPKBY was very high and was affecting the viability of the National Small Savings Fund. "The committee recognises that the RD scheme requires considerable effort on part of agents in mobilizing monthly deposits. However, 4% commission is distortionary and expensive. The committee recommends that this should be brought down to 1% in a phased manner in a period of three years with a 1% reduction every year," the report said.
Latest data shows investors are opting for bank deposits due to the increase in deposit rates. Between April and August 2011, retail investors withdrew nearly Rs 5,500 crore from small savings deposit schemes in post offices and certificates such as National Savings Certificate. Small savings schemes, most of which are exempt from tax, had attracted investment of over Rs 25,000 crore in the same period last year.
Source : The Times of India, October 10, 2011

Monday, 10 October 2011

Hall Ticket - Written test for the post of IPO and LGP /LGS

Written test for the post of IPO and LGP /LGS

Date of Examination for Inspector of Post : 15.10.2011 (Saturday) - 16.10.2011 (Sunday)

Date of Examination for LGP /LGS : 16.10.2011 (Sunday)

Download Hall Ticket

Union News - சங்க செய்திகள்

     -- J.Ramamurthy
        Circle Secretary

Friday, 7 October 2011

Senior Postmaster Examination on 31.12.11

Senior Postmaster Examination on 31.12.11

The Postal Directorate vide its notification No. A-34012/6/2011-DE dated 03.10.2011 announced about the conduct of the Senior Postmaster examination on 31.12.2011 . The following is the schedule for conducting the LDCE for promotion of Sr. Postmasters 2011.
Receipt of Application on plain paper from willing candidates with service details to decide his eligibility to DO /RO/CO/ Controlling unit.
Latest by 15.10.2011
2. Receipt of Application Form Kits by Nodal Officer DPS(HQ) from CMC
Latest by 21.10.2011
3. Receipt of Application Form Kits by DO /RO/ CO / Controlling unit from Nodal Officer of Circle for making available to the eligible candidates.
Latest by 25.10.2011
4. Last date for receipt of Application Form Kits at DO /RO/ CO / Controlling unit.
Latest by 02.11.2011
5. Receipt of duly filled in application forms by Nodal officers of the Circle sent by DO /RO/ CO / Controlling unit.
Latest by 05.11.2011
6. Despatch of duly filled in application forms by Nodal officer of the Circle to CMC.
Latest by 08.11.2011
7. Issue of Hall Permits by CMC to eligible candidates .
Latest by 05.12.2011
8. Date of Sr. Postmaster Examination

(No. A-34012/6/2011-DE dated 03.10.2011)
Curtesy: AIPEU, Gr"C", CHQ

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

கொஞ்சம் யோசிங்களேன்

உங்களுக்காகவே  சிறப்பு தன்னம்பிக்கை பொன்மொழிகள்

 ஒருவனிடம் துக்கமும் தூக்கமும் எப்போது குறையுமோ, அப்போதே அவன் மேதையாகிறான்.

- காந்திஜி

நாம் இன்று என்ன நிலையில் இருக்கிறோமோ, அந்நிலையை நமக்கு அளித்தது நமது எண்ணங்கள்தான். நமது இன்றைய நிலை நமது எண்ணங்களாலேயே ஆக்கப்பட்டிருக்கிறது.

- புத்த பகவான்

ஆழ்மனதின் சக்தியை அதிகப்படுத்துங்கள். அப்படி அதிகப்படுத்தியதால்தான் ஐசக் நியூட்டன், பெல், விவேகானந்தர், காந்திஜி போன்ற பல மனிதர்கள் உருவானார்கள். எனவே நல்லதைச் செய்துகாட்ட என்னால் முடியும் என்பதை ஆழ் மனதிற்குச் சொல்லிச் சொல்லி உங்கள் மன உறுதியைப் பலப்படுத்துங்கள்.

-ரான் ஹாலன்ட்

செயல்படும்போது அதற்குத் தேவையான சக்தி கிடைக்கிறது என்பதை நினைவில் வைத்துக்கொள்ளுங்கள். அந்த நினைவில் உங்களுடைய சிந்தனையையும் செயலினையும் ஒருமுகப்படுத்துங்கள். வெற்றி நிச்சயம் உண்டு.

- எம்.ஆர். காப்மேயர்

தன்னம்பிக்கை, துணிவு, பயம் - இந்த மூன்றில் முதல் இரண்டும் அழகான, உயர்வான வாழ்க்கையை அமைத்துத் தருகின்றன. தன்னம்பிக்கை இருந்தால் துணிந்து காரியத்தில் இறங்கி செயல்பட முடியும்.

தன்னம்பிக்கை இல்லையென்றால் அது பயத்தைத்தான் பரிசாகத் தருகிறது. பயந்தவர்கள் எதிலும் ஈடபடமாட்டார்கள். துணிச்சலுடன் காரியத்தில் ஈடுபட்டிருப்பவர்களில் நீங்களும் ஒருவராக இருக்க வேண்டும்.

- நிசாமி

தனக்குத்தானே உதவிக்கொள்ளாமல் எவனாலும் அடுத்தவனுக்கு உதவ முடியாது என்பது உலகின் மிக அழகிய இயல்புகளில் ஒன்று.

- எமர்சன்

உங்களைத் தவிர வேறு எதுவும் உங்களுக்கு அமைதியைத் தர முடியாது. மற்றவரை அறிந்தவன் புத்திசாலி; தன்னைத்தான் அறிந்தவன் ஞானி.

-லா ஓட்ஸ்

எக்கணமும் சுறுசுறுப்பாக இருப்பவர்களிடம் திறமைகள் தாமே வந்து ஒட்டிக்கொள்ளும். தங்களுக்குச் சாதகமான சூழ்நிலைகளை பயன்படுத்திக் கொள்பவர்கள் மட்டுமே நிலையான புகழை ஈட்ட முடியும்.


Monday, 3 October 2011


Subject: - Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government Employees - Revised Rates effective from 1.7.2011.

 No. 1(14)/2011-E-II (B) dated 3rdOctober, 2011 (Ministry of Finance)
          The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry's Office Memorandum No.1(2)/2011-E-II(B) dated 24th March, 2011 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees shall be enhanced form the existing rate of 51% to 58% with effect from 1st July, 2011.
2. The provisions contained in paras 3, 4 and 5 of this Ministry's O.M. No.1(3)/2008-E-II (B) dated 29th August, 2008 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.
3. The additional instalment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all Central Government employees.
4. These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates. In regard to Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.
5. In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller and Audit General of India.
(Anil Sharma)
Under Secretary
to the Government of India