Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Reserve Bank of India has given permission to the Department of Posts (DoP) to launch its prepaid debit card, in partnership with Master Card

The Reserve Bank of India has given permission to the Department of Posts (DoP) to launch its prepaid debit card, in partnership with Master Card Reserve Bank of India has given permission to the Department of Posts (DoP) to launch its prepaid debit card, in partnership with Master Card, which will allow customers to purchase products from all major retail outlets across the country.

The prepaid debit card by India Post would have a minimum value of Rs 1,000 and a maximum of Rs 50,000, a senior official from the department told Business Standard. Subsequently, the cards will be topped up with the required value.

The customers would also be able to withdraw money from ATMs using the new card from DoP. It could also be used for making online transactions, for mobile commerce and to facilitate electronic money transfer.

The department has already received all the requisite approvals from RBI for the launch of the card and we expect to commercially announce it within a few months," the official said. DoP might also rope in a bank as partner in the venture, the official added, refusing to divulge further details.

The nature of the card would be in line with debit card offered by different banks. The software for the solution would be offered by one or more banks, while the required infrastructure and staff would be provided by the postal department.

According to the request for proposal issued by the department earlier this year, "the card (magnetic stripe-based) could be operated at merchant establishments or ATMs, where Master Card is acceptable, and in various post offices. Up to four add-on cards are proposed to be issued to one customer, along with the primary card.

The debit card would be issued to customers by major post offices, after a payment of activation fees and the amount to be loaded on to the card.The official said such cards could also be used by organisations for giving allowances and other benefits to their employees.

Business ಸ್ಟ್ಯಾಂಡರ್ಡ್ New Delhi September 17, 2010


Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General NFPE, Com. K. V. Sridharan, General Secretary P3, Com. I. S. Dabas, General Secretary P-4, Com. Giriraj Singh, General Secretary R-3 and Com. P. Suresh, General Secretary R-4, met Secretary, Department of Posts, Today (28.10.2010). The following issues are discussed: -
(a) Cadre Restructuring Committee - Secretary, Posts, assured that necessary action will be taken for early sitting and finalisation of the proposal by the Committee.
(b) Postmen Related Issues: - We have requested that either the Secretary Generals or Leader/Secretary, staff side, Departmental council may also be included in the committee on Postmen related issues. Secretary, Posts, assured to have a fresh look on this issue and also assured that action will be taken for convening of the committee early.
(c) Revision of wages of Casual Labourers and Part time contingent staff: - Secretary Posts, assured that she will personally intervene and see to it that orders are issued at the earliest. Secretary (P) informed that regarding non –submission of the information sought for by Directorate, by the Chief PMGs, she has taken a serious view of it and necessary follow up action in this regard is being taken.
(d) Department Council meeting: - Secretary, Posts assured that second meeting will be arranged soon.
(e) Presentation on Technological developments in Department of Posts: - Secretary, Posts, made it clear that the postponed presentation will be arranged again at Postal staff college, Ghaziabad after Deepavali Holidays.
(f) Recruitment Rules of Multi skilled Employees (erstwhile Group 'D'): - Secretary Posts, informed that it is in the final stage and will be notified soon.

The staff side also shared with Secretary (P) their experience during the visit to the Royal Mail, London from 17th to 23rd October 2010.

Secretary Posts, informed that all out efforts one being made to improve the efficiency and productivity of the Department of Posts and staff side will also be informed of the details. Staff side assured their cooperation.

Department issued letter on Filling up of the vacancies of Postal Assistant I Sorting -Assistant pertaining to the years 2009 and 2010 by direct recru

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Department issued letter on Filling up of the vacancies of Postal Assistant I Sorting -Assistant pertaining to the years 2009 and 2010 by direct recruitment.

The selections as per the following time-line:

i) Issue Advertisement / circulation of the vacancies. 8th November 2010.

(ii) Last date for receipt of the applications. 8th December, 2010.

(iii) Holding of written examination and}
Completion of Computer Test } 9th January, 2011
(iv) Declaration of final result / select list 15th January, 2011.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

ಅಖಿಲ ಭಾರತ ಅಧಿವೇಶನ

ಗ್ರೂಪ್ ಸಿ ಸಂಘದ ಅಖಿಲ ಭಾರತ ಅಧಿವೇಶನವು ಮಹಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರದ ಪೂನ ನಗರದಿಂದ 18. ಕಿ ಮಿ ದೂರದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಆಳಂದಿಯ ದ್ಯಾನಸಾಗರ್ ಮಂಗಳ ಕಾರ್ಯಾಲಯದಲ್ಲಿ 9.01.2011ರಿಂದ 11.01.2011ವರೆಗೆ ಜರುಗಲಿದೆ.

Recent orders on GDS appointment

Modified instructions on Recruitment of GDS through Employment Exchange - Clarification of term "Effective No. of Candidates"
Attention of all concerned is invited to Para 3 of this Dte Order No. 19-4 / 97-ED & Trg Dt 19.08.98 which provided that "in case the notification and public advertisement so issued fail to elicit any response within the stipulated date or if the effective number of candidates applied for the post is less than 3, the vacancies will be re-notified to the Employment Exchange & fresh advertisement issued calling for nominations etc within 15 days"
2. The term "effective No. of candidates / applications" has undergone judicial scrutiny by CAT, Hyderabad in OA No. 516 / 2009 in the matter of Shri.Chennuri Raju vs Union of India & relying on judgment of High Court of Madras in WP No. 22500 & 20422 / 1999 in similar case CAT, Hyderabad has held in its judgment on 15.06.10 that "three effective applications mean three applications should be received and even if one of the candidates amongst the three applicants is eligible, the selection should be finalized"
3. The issue has been considered in this Dte in the light of the aforesaid judgment and I am directed to convey that term "effective No. of Candidates" finding a mention in the order of this Dte ibid may be interpreted to mean that three applications from the different candidates should be received and even if one of the candidates amongst the three applicants is found eligible, the selection should be finalized in conformity with the interpretation as referred to in Para 2 above.


PREMIUM, postal services, such as business mails, logistic post and speed post, will get expensive as the government looks for ways to bring down the deficit of the postal department, which is running into thousands of crores. The department of posts (DoP) is considering a market based pricing for many of its products that do not have a social dimension to them to reduce the government subsidy. The idea is to have a sustainable costing and pricing mechanism for postal products and services, even as services are kept affordable for the common man, "said government official in the department of telecommunications and information technology.
The department plans to get the new tariff structure in place before the budget session of Parliament next year and has decided to commission a study by a private consultant to freeze the proposal quickly.
Tariffs for products, such as post cards and inland letters that are used by the poor are not likely to be raised.
Post cards cost 50 paisa each while an unregistered inland letter costs Rs.2.50, well below what it takes DoP to deliver them. According to estimates , India Posts tariff is 70% cheaper for domestic destinations and 30% cheaper for international destinations , when compared to the tariff charged by private courier agencies .As per estimates, the department is expected to generate revenues of Rs.6956 crore, way below its working expenses of more than Rs. 10552 crore.

The Economic Times, New Delhi, 05th October, 2010.

Friday, October 1, 2010

ಅಂಚೆ ನೌಕರರಿಗೆ ೬೦ ದಿನಗಳ ಬೋನಸ್

ಅಂಚೆ ನೌಕರರಿಗೆ ೨೦೦೯-೧೦ ಸಾಲಿಗೆ ಅರವತ್ತು (೬೦) ದಿನಗಳ ಉತ್ಪಾದನಾ ಆಧಾರಿತ ಬೋನಸ್ ದೊರಕಲಿದೆ. ಈ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ಇಲಾಖೆಯಿಂದ ಆದೇಶ ಹೊರಬಿದ್ದಿದೆ. ಬೋನಸ್ ನೀದುವಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿನ ಗರಿಷ್ಟ ಮಿತಿಯನ್ನು ಇಲಾಖಾ ನೌಕರರಿಗೆ
ರೂ೩೫೦೦/- ಕ್ಕೂ ಜಿ.ಡಿ.ಎಸ್ ನೌಕರರಿಗೆ ರೂ.೨೫೦೦/- ಎಂದೂ ನಿಗಧಿಪದಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. ದಸರಾ ಮುನ್ನವೇ ಬೋನಸ್ ಪಾವತಿಯಾಗಲಿದೆ.