Tuesday 31 May 2016

Digital India To Become $1 Tn Economy In The Next 5 Years: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Digital India is progressing well and will become a $1 trillion economy in the next 5 years says Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Presenting the two years achievements of ministry of communications & IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad, cabinet minister of communications & IT said, “India will be a $1 trillion economy in the next 5 years.”
Commenting on the break-up, Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “Electronics manufacturing will contribute $400 billion, IT and ITES will contribute $350 billion and $250 billion will come from the communications sector.
Top Eleven Achievements of Communications & IT Ministry In Last 2 Years

Shift From Corruption To Transparency: The shift from corruption to transparency resulted in highest ever revenue collection of Rs 1.10 lakh crore from Spectrum Auctions 2015.

Removing Policy Paralysis: Policies related to spectrum trading, spectrum sharing, spectrum liberalization, defence band identification, virtual network operator, full mobile number portability and sharing of active and passive infrastructure which were pending for a long time was cleared by Narendra Modi government.
Growth In Mobile Connections: Mobile connections increased by 12.26 crore during 2014-16 taking the overall mobile tally to 102.71 crore whereas mobile teledensity reached 80.95%. Even full mobile number protability (MNP) was introduced pan-India so that consumers can retain their mobile number. 55,669 villages will be provided mobile connectivity by 2019.
BSNL’s Transformation: BSNL’s operating profit is expected to reach around Rs 2,000 crore in FY 2015-16 from Rs 8,000 crore loss in FY 2013-14. In terms of mobile additions, BSNL has added 23 lakh new mobile additions in March 2016 and this is the highest in terms of net addition as per TRAI data. BSNL has also operationalized 2,000 Wi-Fi hotspots pan-India.
Increase In FDI: The telecom FDI (foreign direct investment) has reached Rs 27,000 crore ($4.09 billion) from $1.6 billion in FY 2012-14.
Gram Panchayat Connectivity: The department of telecommunications (DoT) has laid optical fiber in 50,732 gram panchayats. Optical fiber to the tune of 115,783 Km has been laid whereas the department has laid 143,000 optical duct.
Postal Transformation: Indian Post has the highest number of core banking branches in India vis-a-vis State Bank of India. State Bank of India has 16,066 branches connected to core banking whereas India Post has 22,137 branches connected to the core banking. To empower postman in rural and urban India, the postal department is planning to provide 120,000 gramin dak sewaks with handheld terminals whereas urban postman will get mobile phone or smartphone by the end of 2016.
CAG has ranked speed post as the best express mail delivery service across the nation. The Speed Post revenue for FY 2015-16 has reached Rs 1,600 crore. The cash on delivery collection has increased from Rs 500 crore in FY 2014-15 to Rs 1,300 crore in FY 2015-16. The India Post ATM has now reached 942 as on May 2016. India Post will rollout Payment Bank services from March 2017.
Aadhaar Enablement: As on May 2016, Aadhaar enrollment has reached 101.11 crore. In the Pahal scheme, the government has saved over Rs 15,000 crore in FY 2014-15 by weeding out 3.5 crore duplicate beneficiaries. In DBT (direct benefit transfer) scheme, the government has transferred Rs 61,000 crore in FY 2015-16 to 30 crore beneficiaries.
CSCs Becoming Profitable: As on May 2016, the department has around 2.05 lakh CSCs providing government to citizen services under nominal charges. The government is also increasing the scope of CSCs so that it is profitable in the long run.
New Heights Achieved In IT: The Indian IT sector has reached total revenues of $143 billion of which exports is over $108 billion. Plans are to develop our own supercomputer by 2017.
Big Boost In Electronic Manufacturing: As on April 2016, the total investments in electronics manufacturing is to the tune of Rs 120,000 crores. Mobile phone manufacturing has reached 11 crore in FY 2015-16 vis-a-vis 6 crore in FY 2014-15 thereby showing a growth of 83 percent. India has 17 new mobile manufacturing units where 40,000 people have been employed.
“Presently, India has 17 new mobile manufacturing units where 40,000 people have been employed and plans are to employ around 50 lakh people in the next 5-10 years in electronic manufacturing,” commented Prasad.
The government has plans to make India a big hub for Make in India and also provide platform for increased usage of digital services in the country.
Source: Ministry of Communications & IT

Soon, Postman will also deliver Ganga Jal

 May 31, 2016

Soon, postman will also deliver Ganga Jal 

Special Correspondent by The Hindu,

The HinduA devotee offers prayers at the Ganga in Allahabad. —File photo: Brijesh Jaiswal

E-commerce platform to be tapped to bring pure water from Rishikesh, Haridwar.

Doesn’t matter if you live hundreds of miles away from the Ganga: the postal department might soon deliver water from the river — considered holy by the Hindus — to your doorstep, thanks to the initiative of the Centre.

“I used to get several requests on whether the vast network of the posts can be used to get Ganga Jal. I have directed the Department of Posts to utilise e-commerce platform so that pure Ganga Jal from Haridwar and Rishikesh can be provided to the people. They have assured me that they will take proactive step to address the cultural needs of the people of India,” Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told a news conference on Monday.E-governance app

During the conference, called to highlight the achievements of his Ministry during the past two years, Mr. Prasad also said the government was working on a single mobile application through which citizens would be able to access over 1,000 e-governance services provided by the Centre, State governments as well as local authorities. The new application UMANG — short for Unified Mobile App for New-age Governa-nce — will be available in 12 Indian languages, besides English.

“This application will be a game changer... a common mobile application for all government services,” the Minister said. Smartphones for postmen

He also said that by March 2017, all postmen in urban centres will be given smartphones, while those in around 1.3 lakh rural post offices will be given handheld devices.

“About 4,000 handheld devices have already been given. It will help in financial inclusion,” the Minister said.


Outcome of the Cabinet Secretary and  NJCA leaders
 informal discussion

In the absence of any indication that the Empowered Committee of Secretaries will again meet the NJCA Leaders to discuss over the final positions emerging on the modifications sought by the Staff Side over the recommendations of 7thCPC, the NJCM Staff Side Secretary Comrade Shiv Gopal Mishra sought and got an interview with the Cabinet Secretary.

The following issues emerged from the discussion:

1.       The basic pay of MTS will be slightly enhanced from the recommended 18,000/-. But it appears that the enhancement may not be nearer to the need based minimum wage calculations presented by the Staff Side.

2.       Despite the MTS wages revised, the Fitment Factor as recommended by 2.57 will not change for both employees and pensioners.

3.       The first option recommended by the 7th CPC for Refixation of pension to past pensioners viz., the number of increments earned by the pensioners in his last pay scale before his retirement should be taken into account, is not acceptable to both Defense Ministry and Pension Ministry.

Defense Ministry has opposed the formula. The Pension Ministry says that in the absence of preserved records, such a calculation is not feasible.

4.       A Committee will be constituted to go into the issue of abolition of 52 allowances recommended by the Pay Commission.

5.       No indication about the HRA percentage that has been recommended by the Pay Commission to reduce it.

6.       A Committee will be constituted to go into the issue of New Pension Scheme to government employees recruited on or after 1.1.2004.

From the above, it is crystal clear that the Official Side is not at all interested to take into account the genuine grievances of staff and pensioners. The Official Side is bent upon provoking the CG Employees to go on strike and the Pensioners to go on a campaign. They want a confrontation between the Government and the Employees to settle whatever score they want to settle. We know that already the bureaucracy is divided between the Organized Group ‘A’ Service Officers and the All India Service Officers. The Secretaries in the Empowered Committee do not want to settle any of the issues and they desire not to change any of the recommendations of the Pay Commission!

It is in this background a struggle becomes unavoidable.
It is in this background that the NJCA is meeting on 3.6.2016.
It is in this background that the NCCPA is meeting on 27.6.2016.
Let there be strong decisions for waging an uncompromising struggle on basic issues.
AIPRPA will extend total support to the CG Employees movement and will strive to organise along with the NCCPA to mobilize all Pensioners Organisations to stand in one platform and plan sustained movement,

Let all Get Ready to wage a Struggle for Justice!



13/c  Feroze shah  Road,
 New Delhi. 110 001
Dated: 30.5.2016

Dear Comrades,

                We send herewith a copy of the NJCA Circular letter dated 27th May, 2016.  The same is self-explanatory.  You could see there-from that the Government might not positively react to the demands placed by the NJCA over the recommendations of the 7th CPC.  Simply raising the minimum wage by a few rupees without any consequential change in the fitment formula or pay matrix will not bring about any tangible benefit. The revision of the minimum wage along would benefit only those who are likely to be recruited to the cadre of MTS in future.  As you are aware, the 7th CPC had not accepted any demand of the employees.  It is beset with dissenting notes in many chapters.  The fight between the personnel in the organized Group A Services and all India Services had triggered such dissenting note on the part of the Member who retired from the IAS.  A significant section of the Secretaries to various Departments, we were told, were against any revision over the recommendations of the 7th CPC.  In any case, we are to await the outcome of the discussions at the NJCA meeting scheduled to be held on 3rd June, at New Delhi.

                 Coming to the issues pertaining to the Pensioners, we must recall that the 7th CPC had rejected almost all the demands unanimously placed before them by the Pensioners organizations. While tendering oral evidence the Staff Side had inter alia pressed for the parity for the past pensioners before the Commission, especially in the background of the granting of one rank one pension to the Defence Personnel.  It is ironic to note that the Defence Ministry which had piloted the demand of the Ex-service men for one rank one pension i.e. parity between the past and present pensioners has now taken a stand against such parity for civil servants.  No personnel either in the organized Group A services or All India Services would stand benefited by the present recommendation of the 7th CPC except a few as most of them were in receipt of almost time bound promotion in their career.  The modified parity one must recall has only benefited the upper echelons in the bureaucracy.  One can understand that the Govt. refusing to make improvements over the suggestion made by a Commission.  But it must be most intolerable when the Govt. refuses to implement a recommendation which was the outcome of a persistent presentation jointly by almost all the beneficiaries.  The plea advanced for non acceptance of the recommendation is the alleged impracticability due to the non availability of the relevant records.  Should the pensioner suffer for the reason that the concerned department of the Government has not kept the records properly? It is the most callous approach and must be resisted with all the force that we can command. We cannot afford to have this situation to develop. We are certain that most of the individual pensioners would be able to provide the requisite information needed to consider the first option in the pension fixation to the concerned department and most of the Departments would be able to verify the same with the available documents with them.  We must however await the decision of the NJCA in the matter.

                In the meantime, all affiliates will take such action needed to mobilize the pensioners and undertake a serious educational campaign.

                With greetings,
Yours fraternally,

Secretary General.

Copy of National Joint Council of Action circular letter dated 27.5.2016

Central Headquarters , New Delhi-110 001.  
PF-01(e)/2016                                    CIRCULAR                                     31.03.2016

1.All Circle Secretaries/Divisional/Branch Secretaries.
2.All CHQ Office Bearers of NFPE and affiliated Unions/Associations.

Dear Comrades,
                   As all of you are aware Department of Posts has commenced the process of verification of membership of Gramin Dak Sevaks for grant of recognition.  The AIPEU-GDS was formed in the year 2012 and the Federal Council of NFPE held at Hyderabad in 2013, which is the highest decision and policy making body of NFPE, has decided to grant  “Associate Membership” to the newly formed AIPEU-GDS.  For the last four years, AIPEU-GDS is functioning without recognition and joined all the programmes of NFPE including strike.  During this four year period it had conducted two All India Conferences and formed Branches in all the 22 Circles.  After formation of AIPEU-GDS, it is the first membership verification taking place.
                   There is no doubt that the AIPEU-GDS will get recognition and shall become number one recognised GDS Union, with flying colours.  But that is not enough - we should make the AIPEU-GDS as the only one recognised GDS Union in the Department of Posts.  It is not impossible.
                   For fulfilling the above task, all Circle/Divisional Branches of NFPE affiliated Unions/Associations and also all CHQ office bearers are hereby requested to take immediate action to implement the following directions of NFPE.
1.                It should be ensured that Circle/Divisional Unions of AIPEU-GDS is formed in all Circles/Divisions.
2.                The name, designation and official address of the Circle/Divisional Secretaries should be intimated to “Com.P.Panduranga Rao, General Secretary, AIPEU-GDS, 1, Patel Road, Shadipur, Dada Ghosh Bhavan PO, New Delhi-110 008”.  Email ID: aipeugdsnfpe@gmail.com  Mob: 09849466595.  Divisional Secretaries should inform the above particulars to Circle Secretaries also.
3.                Still there are some divisions where the branches of AIPEU-GDS are not yet formed, inspite of repeated instructions from NFPE.   All those Divisions where the branch of AIPEU-GDS is not yet formed should form the Branch Union or at least an Adhoc Committee at Divisional level with a Secretary or Convenor before 15th April 2016.  The name, designation and official address with pin code and mobile number of the newly elected Secretary or Adhoc Committee Convenor should be intimated to the General Secretary and Circle Secretary.  Wherever Circle Unions are not functioning immediate action should be taken to form a functioning Circle Union or Circle level Adhoc Committee of AIPEU-GDS.
4.                It is reported from some circles that some P3 and P4 Divisional Unions of NFPE has not taken any positive action to form the Divisional Branches of AIPEU-GDS.  Not only that in some limited divisions, the rival GDS Union, which is campaigning against NFPE and has formed separate unions for Group-C and Postmen/MTS in the name of “UNITED” to break our P3 and P4 Union and thereby to destabilise NFPE, is given all help and assistance by the some P3 and P4 Unions of NFPE and also holding joint meetings with the rival GDS Union which is no more an affiliate or Associate of NFPE.  This is not permissile and is in violation of the directions and guidelines issued by NFPE.  It is once again made clear that disciplinary action will be taken against those divisions which refuse to form the branches of AIPEU-GDS and which are still cooperating and extending all help to the rival GDS Union and conducting joint meetings.  The recognition of all such Divisional Unions which refuse to carry out the directions of NFPE will be withdrawn without any further notice.
5.                Last date for submission of application by GDS Unions for participating in the membership verification process is 31-03-2016.  AIPEU-GDS has already submitted application to the Directorate on 18-03-2016.  Please note that the name of our union is “AIPEU-GDS”.  Department may issue orders fixing the last date for submission of authorisation forms to the Divisional heads, along with the model authorisation form with the signature of an officer of the Directorate.  Immediately on publishing the authorisation form by the department all the affiliated unions of NFPE should jointly jump into action and collect maximum number of authorisation forms from GDS of each division.  As GDS are working in remote villages, action plan should be chalked out now itself, for visiting each and every Branch Post Office by the NFPE leadership, for collecting authorisation forms signed by the GDS in favour of AIPEU-GDS.
6.                AIPEU-GDS is the GDS Union of NFPE and it is the collective responsibility of all Circle/Divisional Unions of NFPE to make our GDS Union as the only one recognised union.  Let us take it as a challenge and prove that it is possible.
7.                A separate circular issued by AIPEU-GDS CHQ is also enclosed herewith.

Fraternally yours,

Monday 30 May 2016

Monday, May 30, 2016


No. RIII/25/Cadre Review/2016                                                          Dated  30 -05-2016

The Secretary,
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan
New Delhi-110 001

Subject:- Cadre Restructuring of Group `C`- violation of Agreement.

Respected sir,

                    Kindly refer to your office Memo No. 25-04/2012 /P.E.I dated 27th  May, 2016 regarding the issue of orders on the Cadre Restructuring proposals.

                     In the above mentioned Memo, orders  for the restructuring of Group `C` of Postal Wing only have been issued while the proposal was for the Postal, RMS, SBCO, Circle Office, Postmen /Mail Guards & P.O. RMS Accountants.

                     An agreement in this respect was signed between the Department of Posts & NJCA (NFPE & FNPO) on 28th April, 2014 a copy of the agreement is attached for your kind perusal.

                    Issue of orders in respect of Postal Wing  only is total violation of the agreement mentioned above.

                    We urge upon you to kindly  issue the orders on the restructuring proposals  in respect of RMS, SBCO. Circle Office Postmen /Mail Guards  and P.O. & RMS Accountants at an early date as there is a resentment among the staff and  to maintain congenial atmosphere in the Department,

With regards

Yours sincerely

(Giri Raj Singh)                                                                  D. Theagarajan
General Secretary R-III                                        General Secretary NUR-III

Sunday 29 May 2016

Secretaries Group To Revise 7th Pay Commission Recommendations

New Delhi: Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha who is heading the Empowered Committee or Secretaries group is likely to hand over a report on the revised pay structures of 7th pay commission recommendations to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley by the end of next month.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said government had requisite fund to implement 7th pay commission award. Cabinet Secretary Sinha will finally make his appearance before the the Empowered Committee or Secretaries group on June 11 to make a proposal on the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission before cabinet nod.

recommendations to be submitted by June “The proposal will be placed before the Cabinet after the finance ministry’s review. We don’t think it will take more time for Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s consideration and the new pay structures will be implemented from July after cabinet nod,” said a top official from the Finance Ministry who did not wish to be named.

The 7th Pay Commission headed by Justice A K Mathur submitted the report on November 19. It had proposed the highest salary at Rs 250,000 and the lowest at Rs 18,000. The commission also recommended 14.27 per cent increase in basic pay, 23.55% overall increase in salary, allowances and pensions.

The increase in allowances was recommended 63% while pension was proposed to rise 24%. Finance Minister Jaitley is likely to agree with the Secretaries group. “I think it should not be touched again,” the official said. Once the new structure is implemented, salaries of around 48 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners will rise by 30 percent. The Finance Minister already said the 7th pay commission award would not make the commodity prices to go up.

The central government employees and pensioners will also spend more money on a variety of goods after receiving the 7th Commission award with arrears from January 2016. “This means higher consumption similar to what happened in the past. But the previous two Pay Commission awards came with a lag of two years. So the arrears were large.

This time, it will not be so,” says Pronab Sen, former Chief Statistician, government of India and now Country Director, International Growth Centre, a think tank based at LSE, run in partnership with University of Oxford.

The official also agrees with Sen and said there was no possibility of any impact of the report on the market at this stage of implementation as there were no impacts when the Pay Commission had first submitted the report. The government formed a 13 member secretary-level Empowered Committee or Secretaries group headed by Sinha in January to review the report of the 7th Pay Commission before cabinet nod. The 7th pay commission was set up by the UPA government in February 2014. It submitted the report after around 22 months. After getting the 7th pay commission report, the finance minister Jaitley while introducing the Seventh Pay Commission report on November 19, already said that the final decisions on the Seventh Pay Commission report took five and a half months including the process of Secretaries group. Finance Minister also said, government had requisite fund to implement it.

The secretary group is likely to propose pay structure of minimum at Rs 21,000 and the maximum at Rs 2,70,000 Accordingly, the Secretaries group is likely to reach the conclusion to propose 30 percent basic pay raise instead of 14.27 per cent, which was recommended by 7th Pay Commission.

They are also mulling for doubling of existing rates of such allowances and advances, which has been recommended for abolition by the 7th Pay Commission, sources said. TST

Postal dept's payments bank to have diff ownership model: Min

Mumbai, May 27 () Union Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said having committed to invest Rs 400 crore in Department of Post's payments bank venture, the government is considering a different ownership structure to run the arm professionally.
Stating that it is targeting to launch the bank by March next year, he said, "We propose to have Rs 400 cr investment by the government and the rest by way of equity. The final architecture will come about then."
When asked if he is hinting at a possible equity dilution in the payments bank venture, he said, "It would be a separate architecture from the postal department. The bank will be run professionally."
However, the minister did not explain the structure of different ownership.
Speaking at the specially-convened meet, which is part of a plan to elaborate the government's achievements across the country, Prasad said the Narendra Modiregime believes in empowering its officials.
"This government gives discretion to its officials and the system. Why do you want me to take decisions on their behalf? We give them freedom, we only help them by enabling atmosphere," he said.
The Postal Department was one of the 11 entities to be given in-principle nod by the RBI to launch payments banks. Three of the chosen entities - Cholamandalam, Tech Mahindra and Dilip Shanghvi-Telenor-IDFC - have already said they would be surrendering their licences citing aggressive play by competition.
When asked about the concerns expressed by these entities, Prasad said, "We are neither jittery, nor happy. Let there be a fair competition. The one who wants to come, will come."
He said the approval (to Postal Department) is only in-principle and in the move towards getting the final nod from RBI, the department will be moving some proposals before the Cabinet.
He said the department has embarked on giving 4,000 hand-held devices to the rural postmen on a pilot basis and will soon be rolling out 1.3 lakh of such machines, which will help them sell third-party products, make e-commerce deliveries, etc.
He said a major chunk of the department's over 1.5 lakh post offices is in the hinterlands, which contributes over 60 per cent of the e-commerce players' catchment area.
After starting an e-commerce delivery station in central Mumbai's Parel, Prasad today laid the foundation stone for a similar facility to come up in the satellite city of Navi Mumbai's Airoli node, which has been planned as the single-biggest facility in Asia.
Over 22,000 post offices have already been connected under the core banking system and the department has also started over 800 ATMs, he added. 

Source:-The Times of India

7th Pay Commission Report to be put up before Cabinet in June

 | May 30, 2016

7th Pay Commission report to be put up before Cabinet in June – 7th CPC implementation Notification to come at the earliest Central government employees can expect to get some good news trickling in from government sources towards the end of June.

As per reports, the Finance Ministry is likely to table the 7th Pay Commission report to the Cabinet for approval in the last week of June.

The 7th pay panel headed by AK Mathur had recommended the minimum salary for central government employees at Rs 18,000 and maximum salary at Rs 2,50,000. As employees protested against the wage hikecalling it the “lowest ever” raise, the government set up the Empowered Committee of Secretaries group to review the AK Mathur-panel’s recommendations.

The Empowered Committee of Secretaries on the Seventh Central Pay Commission is expected to soon wrap up its report on the remuneration of government employees.

Sources added that even the Prime Minister’s Office is keen on a favourable pay hike for the central government employees, so the panel is likely to recommend a minimum salary at Rs 24,000 and the highest salary at Rs 2,70,000.

Sources added that the government is exploring options for meeting the additional payout over and above what was recommended by the 7th pay panel. The payout could be substantial with salary hike and arrears adding up to a Rs 1.02 lakh crore burden on government finances.

Report add that once the report moves from the table of the empowered group of committee to the cabinet, there is no reason why the cabinet would inordinately delay it.

The Finance Ministry is keen that higher salaries reach government employees just before the festive season starting mid-August, as spurt in consumption during the festive period will have a domino effect on the economy.

Souce: Zee News

Saturday 28 May 2016

CHQ: Dada Ghosh Bhawan, 2151/1, New Patel Road, New Delhi – 110008

No. AIPEU-GDS/VEFN/2016                                                                       Dated: 26.05.016


All Circle Secretaries
All Divisional/Branch Secretaries

Dear Comrade,

Sub: -   Verification of Membership – case of GDS Union.

The Department vide its letter No. 13/01/2016-SR dated 19.05.2016, called for the following particulars of our union about the authorized office bearers representing the circles/ divisions who will countersign the authrorization letters in all the 22 Circles.

Sl. No.
Name & Designation of Authorized Office Bearer
Official Address/e-mail address of office bearer
Mobile No.

The information must reach the Directorate before 15th June 2016. Therefore, the CHQ has to submit the details to the Directorate immediately without waiting till last minute.

It is the fact that still we have not received any information about the formation of branches from some divisions and it is the immediate need to form the divisional branches and nominate the Convenor/Divisional Secretaries.

All are requested to intimate the formation of branches forthwith through e-mail to CHQ. In respect of branches where the branches exist, Please intimate the full address of the divisional Secretaries with their Mobile number for the furnishing details to the Directorate immediately.

The Circle Secretaries shall ensure by collecting all the details and forward the same to CHQ before 31.05.2015 positively.

Please act swiftly and quickly,

May I seek your immediate response,

DA: as above

Yours fraternally,
(P. Pandurangarao)
General Secretary
Copy to: -
All Divisional Secretaries of P3, P4