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May 29, 2016

Employment News : 28th May to 3 June 2016

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JOB HIGHLIGHTS


UNION PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
Name Of Post : Specialist Grade III Assistant Professors (Medicine, Paediatrics), Assistant Directors, Training Officer
No.of Vacancies : 57
Last Date :16.06.2016
TRIPURA UNIVERSITY
Name Of Post : Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor
No.of Vacancies : 102
Last Date :30.06.2016
WESTERN RAILWAY
Name Of Post : Electrician, Mechanist, Fitter etc
No.of Vacancies : 557
Last Date :20.06.2016
SERIOUS FRAUD INVESTIGATION OFFICE, NEW DELHI
Name Of Post : Additional Director (Investigation, Forensic Audit, Capital Market) Dy, Director (Forensic Audit, Corporate Law, Investigation) etc
No.of Vacancies : 52
Last Date :61 days from the date of publication
ARMED FORCES MEDICAL COLLEGE, PUNE
Name Of Post : Junior Scientific Assistant, LDC, Painter and Decorator etc
No.of Vacancies : 24
Last Date :21 days from the date of publication
Source : http://employmentnews.gov.in/

Postal Department to Consider Issuing Special RTI Stamps for Payment of Fees

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The move would help phase out postal orders, which cost more to the exchequer than their Rs 10 issue price.
Indian postage stamps. Credit: StampexIndia

It defies logic as to why the Department of Posts should incur an expenditure of Rs. 37.45 on every Rs. 10 postal order that is submitted along with an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. But this is precisely what has been happening since the RTI Act came into force in 2005. In the absence of any enabling provision, such as a special stamp for payment of the fees, RTI applicants have been forced to pay through postal orders.

While the issue has been discussed at length, the introduction of new stamps for the payment of RTI fee costs has been restricted by the provisions of the Indian Postal Act, 1898, which prescribes that postage stamps be used for only postal articles.

However, following a Central Information Commission (CIC) order on March 30, 2016, the postal department has decided to constitute a new committee to consider issuing RTI stamps, similar to the radio and TV licence fees stamps, said RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agarwal, on whose petition the decision had come.

Agarwal said an earlier committee had rejected the CIC recommendations on the flimsy grounds of letting things continue as they are.

He claimed that documents received under an RTI response revealed that officers at the security printing presses cited red-tapism and the unavailability of paper as the cause for their inability to print RTI stamps despite printing postage stamps of a prominent living cricketer against postal norms within a few days of the decision on the RTI stamps.

Incidentally, in 2015, a committee comprising four senior officials of the Department of Personnel and Training, CIC and the Department of Posts had discussed the matter of issuing special RTI stamps. It also received suggestions from several citizens. It was told that the postal department had also constituted an expert committee to examine the possibility of introducing exclusive RTI stamps.
The expert committee had said introducing exclusive RTI stamps was not a feasible option and had instead suggested a definitive series of postage stamps.
Thereafter the four-member committee deliberated only on the issue of ordinary postage stamps as a mode of payment for RTI fees. But when it sought the opinion of S.K. Tripathi, director of the postal department, it was told that the Indian Postal Act did not allow the use of postage stamps for purposes other than sending postal articles.

Another glitch that came in the way was section 25(3)(e) of the RTI Act, according to which each ministry or department is required to provide information related to the charges collected by them under the RTI Act. It was thus contended that while monitoring payments to each ministry or department through postal orders was possible due to their particular serial number, the same would not be feasible with ordinary postage stamps.

It was also pointed out that the central government had already launched RTI Online to enable the filing of RTI applications online, including the payment of RTI costs, and the service had been utilised for filing over 190,000 applications since its launch in August 2013.

Besides, the Centre had also launched the facility of electronic Indian postal order, or elPO, to purchase IPOs electronically by online payment. The use of postage stamps for payment of RTI costs, the committee had observed, would thus be a regressive step in the efforts towards electronic delivery of services.

Holding this view, the committee had observed that use of postage stamps as mode of payment for RTI costs would not be feasible legally or from an accounting point of view. Also, it said, it would not be in line with the Centre’s move towards Digital India.

Agarwal insists a lot of time has been wasted on discussing the issue of using postage stamps for the payment of RTI fees. He said RTI stamps are the way ahead and their sale in a particular year can be taken as collected RTI fees and copying charges for that year. “Attractive RTI stamps should be issued only in three denominations of rupees two, 10 and 50, which will also serve as tool of popularising the transparency Act,” he suggested, adding that the beginning could be the release of exclusive RTI stamps in the inaugural session of the annual CIC convention to be held in October.

Streamlining the Agents Postal Services related to DOP Finacle

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This is regarding maintaining the Agents Postal services optimized. The Secretary, Indiapost along with Member (Technology) and Member (Banking), reviewed the issues that needs to be addressed to reinforce confidence in the functionality of the tool. Infosys has provided the following immediate solution to streamline the activity.

Revised process brought into the system without change in menu:

Agents Role:

There is no change prescribed for Agents –They will continue to work in the agents portal and submit the transaction details to the Teller (users) across the counters.
Teller (Users) Role:

1. HAGTXP menu will be enabled at 1000 AM today
2. The Tellers across the country, having huge, back log to upload the files (as on 28 th )
3. Hence, a time schedule for circle wise is prescribed to upload the back-log alone.
4. The fresh files can be handled in a routine manner.
5. These request accepted by the system would generate a reference number instantaneously
6. At a given point in time 200 such files would be processed by the system for posting the respective accounts
7. All other request which are entering in to the system would be queued for processing
8. As and when the first 200 files are processed, the second set of 200 would be taken up by the system automatically for processing
9. The posting will be complete as and when the individual files are processed 10.It is very important to instruct the Post Office users not to re-submit the request
11. Since the requests are processed in a queue, the users may have to wait for some time
12. They can view the status of the transactions processed through HJCM menu.
13. They should be told strictly not to re-submit repeatedly as re-submitting would create second postings in the system
14. This is a temporary and immediate solution provided by Infosys to handle this month end smoothly.
15. In case of non-processing of files, support would be provided case-by-case basis by the Infosys L-2 team

Schedule to upload the agents transactions held in arrears –(Purely to avoid any sudden surge in the number of files in to the system)

Time Slot -Name of Circles that can upload the old files

1. 1000 – 1200 -AP, ASM, Bihar, Chat, Delhi and Gujrat
2. 1100 – 1300 -Haryana, Himachal, J&K, Jharkhand, Karnataka
3. 1200 – 1400 -Kerala, MP, Mah, North East, Oddissa, Punjab
4. 1300 – 1500 -Rajasthan, Tamilnadu, UTR,UP and WB

If this is strictly followed, the L-2 monitoring team headed by one Mr Vijay and Ms Gayathri would be able to manage the operations and provide adequate support to post offices. Issues in this may please be escalated through Mr Gopinath in email gopinath.s@indiapost.gov.in

Rotational transfer of CSS officers of Deputy Secretary grade and above during the year 2016

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No.4/6/2016-CS-I(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
*****
2nd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-3
Dated May 26, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Rotational transfer of CSS officers of Deputy Secretary grade and above during the year 2016 – regarding

The undersigned is directed to refer to the revised Rotational Transfer Policy (RTP) published in the website of this Department vide OM No. 21/2/2009-CS.I(P) dated 16.07.2015. In terms of the revised RTP, Deputy Secretaries/ Directors/ Joint Secretaries (in-situ) who have completed 5 years or more in the same Ministry/Department are eligible for transfer. The officers serving in certain Ministries/Departments have a reduced tenure by one year prescribed for the grade.

2. Accordingly, a tentative list of Deputy Secretaries/ Directors/ Joint Secretaries (in-situ) who will be completing the prescribed tenure as on 01.07.2016 has been prepared and enclosed herewith (Annexure). The list includes 22 officers. The number of officers due for rotational transfer in Group ‘A’ (considering Cabinet Secretariat in group ‘A’) and group ‘B’ are equal.

3. The list at Annexure does not include officers within two years of superannuation as on 01.07.2016.

4. In terms of provisions contained in DOPT’s OM dated 16.07.2015 which, interalia, provides that officers serving in PMO and Cabinet Secretariat are exempted under RTP. Cabinet Secretariat is, hereby informed that the officers as indicated in the list are matured for transfer. Therefore, a decision on retention of such officers, keeping in view the willingness of the concerned officers, may please be intimated to this Department.

5. The officers concerned should also ensure that their data is complete in all respects in the web based cadre management system at www.cscms.nic.in. If the data is not complete, it may please be first got updated in the system.

6. Ministries/ Departments and officers concerned may check the information in the Annexure and bring to the notice of this Department if there is any discrepancy in the list by 06.06.2016. Ministries/ Departments are also requested to bring to the notice of this Department the names of Deputy Secretary/ Director/ Joint Secretary (in-situ) grade officers, who have completed the prescribed tenure but have been left out in the proposed list of rotational transfer.

7. In case no communication is received by the stipulated date i.e., 06.06.2016, the information as furnished in the list will be considered as final and further steps will be taken accordingly. The officers to be considered for rotational transfer will be finalized after correction of data, if any. Once the list is finalized, options will be sought from the officers concerned before issue of rotational transfer order.

(Raju Saraswat)
Under Secretary

To
1 All Ministries/Departments
2. All Deputy Secretaries! Directors! Joint Secretaries JS(in-situ) of CSS
3. Cabinet Secretariat, Rashtrpati Shavan, New Delhi

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

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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

May 28, 2016

Annual Sports Calendar of Dept of Posts for the year 2017

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Annual Sports Calendar approved by the Postal Sports Board for the year 2016-17 communicated vide Directorate letter no 6-01/2016-WL7Sports dated 16.05.2016 is as follows.

Fresh ownership model to run India Post Payments bank professionally: Ravi Shankar Prasad

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Union Communications and IT Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad Friday said the government is considering a different ownership structure to “professionally” run the payments bank of the Department of Posts.

The government, which has committed to invest Rs 400 crore in the payment bank of the postal department, is hoping to launch the bank by March 2017 said Prasad. “We propose to have Rs 400 cr investment by the government and the rest by way of equity. It would be a separate architecture from the postal department. The bank will be run professionally,” said Prasad.

The Postal department was one of the 11 entities to be given in-principle approval by the RBI to launch payments banks. However, at least three companies – Cholamandalam, Tech Mahindra and Dilip Shanghvi-Telenor-IDFC – have already said they would be surrendering their licences citing aggressive play by competition.

Prasad said the postal department has begun 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. According to him, a major chunk of the department’s over 1.5 lakh post offices are in the hinterlands, which contributes over 60 per cent of the e-commerce players’ catchment area.

Prasad on Friday said over 22,000 post offices have already been connected under the core banking system and the department has also started over 800 ATMs.

Prasad also said that the government’s ambitious Digital India programme is empowering the people across the country. He said the government has been working with a mission of “banking the unbanked, funding the unfunded, securing the unsecured and pensioning the unpensioned”.

Slow or unrelable connection detected in McCamish -Solution

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Many of you have faced an error "Slow or unrelable connectoin detected. Click OK to attempt to abort the batch" in the first step of ECMS i.e., scanning.

Cause : 

  • The main cause of the above error is due to large size of the file your are trying to upload. You can notice that the above error will get displayed only when the system is trying to upload a specific file every time.
  • Go to the location of the file where it is saved in the system and compress the file as shown below

Solution :

  • Browse to the location where these files are saved and check for the file with large size.
  • Open the file with Microsoft Office Picture Manager 
  • In Menu Bar Go to Picture -- > Compress Pictures Or shortcut [Alt + P + O] 
  • Select Documents as shown in the figure and press OK & Save the file
  • Now ECMS will be completed without any errors.

3 firms drop off payments bank list: What is spooking the aspirants?

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Arundhati Bhattacharya’s prophecy on payments banks, it appears, is spooking the companies that threw their hats in the ring without giving a proper thought to the difficulties involved in setting it up. The State Bank of India (SBI) chairman has long argued that, by design, payments banks don’t have a business model.
Raghuram Rajan. PTI

Of the 11 companies that were given in-principle nod by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to set up payments banks in August, 2015, three -- Tech Mahindra, Cholamandalam Finance and Dilip Shanghvi-IDFC Bank-Telenor JV, have already dropped out. This leaves only eight applicants in the fray—India Post, Airtel Money, Reliance Industries, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Aditya Birla Nuvo, Vodafone MPesa, Fino PayTech and NSDL.

Why are firms shying away from their plans on payments banks? The reason is simple. Unlike regular banks, which typically do business for interest margins from the lending business using deposit money, these entities do not have the liberty to lend. Payments bank have to primarily survive on fee-income since 75 percent of their deposits have to be mandatorily invested in government bonds with maturity up to a year. Also, payments banks can only accept deposits up to Rs 1 lakh.

To get deposits, competing with regular banks which offer up to 7 percent return on their savings deposits, payments banks will have to offer aggressive rates. However, a majority of the amount in government bonds for a maximum 7.45 percent-8 percent (the approximate yield on one year paper), would mean no real business. The cost to set up and run operations far outweighs the benefits. Of course, these companies aren’t here for charity.

The challenges

As Bhattacharya of SBI has pointed out, there is a big challenge on customer acquisition. Why would someone who is using a mobile banking service that is readily available be willing to migrate to a new bank? This too, given that technology, such as unified payments system, would enable cheaper transactions through mobile phones.

The advantage of using mobile phones for banking will make it not too difficult for those companies with an existing mobile banking network. Here the cost of rolling out the service will be far lower than a firm which wants to start from scratch. This must be the reason why a few firms have decided to back out after securing an in-principle licence nod. No one wants to step into a losing battle. The question is: Why has it taken nine months for these firms to understand that the business model is unviable? The rules were clear in the draft guidelines and final guidelines. This dropping off from the race clearly shows that not much thought has gone into the decision-making rooms of these companies when they applied for licences.

The RBI has evidently not taken the withdrawals in good humor. That is why RBI deputy governor S S Mundra has said the central bank feels aggrieved ‘because a lot of efforts from the part of RBI goes in processing these applications’.

Can firms be penalized?

The RBI doesn’t have a policy to penalize entities who have given up their banking licences. There aren’t many instances in the past when companies have first competed for banking licenses, won it and then given up halfway.

When the RBI commenced the licencing process for payments banks, the idea was to offer one more layer of payments services to the yet-to-be banked in the country. The mandate was clear from the very beginning.

The RBI should consider imposing penalty on firms dropping out half-way considering the time and cost involved in the selection process. It should also reconsider an entry capital of Rs 100 crore for smaller banks, since such low entry-capital requirement let's non-serious players to throw their hat in the ring. This will also help weed out non-serious players from the bank licence fray as the RBI governor Raghuram Rajan is preparing to guide the industry to on-tap licencing regime when the stage will open for lot more contestants.

The withdrawal of three licence-winners from the race doesn’t necessarily mean that payments banks are going to be a flop idea. But, it surely tells us that the business is more for telecom companies and prepaid instruments that have a platform in place.

Of the 41 companies that applied for bank licences, 11 were given in-principle nod and now only eight are still in the fray. One shouldn’t be surprised if a few more dropout. But the good news is that the competition will build a few strong payments banks that have understood the mandate and the business model.

Only For DOP Agent - How to Prepare RD List in BCP if Agent Portal/Finacle is not Running

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Only For DOP Agent - How to Prepare RD List in BCP if Agent Portal/Finacle is not Running

Finacle has not been stable from Last two week. The HAGTXP command which used to post Agent Bulk RD List created at Portal, is also not accessible. Now Directorate has issued an order 02/2016 dated 25.05.2016 regarding use of BCP. Offices as well Agent should aware how to create a Txt. file which has to be uploaded in Finacle for posting Bulk RD list. Many Agents are familiar with Computer and they want to adopt BCP and avoid such situation of levy default fees from their account. The following process is given here to prepare bulk list in BCP mode for Agent. They will send the file via email or any other mode to concern SOL. 
  • First BCP Macro enable Excel file has to be downloaded to their PC. 
  • Now open File 
  • The file looks as below screen shoot.

  • You see three different sheets are created in File i.e. RD_Cash_Tran_Details, RD_DC_Tran_Details, RD_NDC_Details.
  • Click on RD_Cash_Tran_Details if your Bulk list mode is only case.
  • After click it the following screen will be displayed.
Fill the Agent ID
Fill the RD account
Fill the RD Denomination.
Fill the No of Installment.
Note :- The default fee/ Rebate is not filled in this file. Only RD denomination amount has to be filled. Finacle will automatically calculate the RD default fee/Rebate.
  • Click on Home button. The following screen will be displayed.
  • Click on Generate Cash Data File
  • The following screen will be displayed.
  • Now a file name of such MIG00012545_C_2016_05_27_13_52_55.txt will created in D:\ Drive.
  • Open the My Comupter > Click on D: Drive
  • Open the D:/ The file is highligted in Red rectangle.
  • Please send this file to your concern Post office via mail or other device.
  • If you want to prepare Bulk List with DOP Cheque.
  • Click on RD_DC_Tran_Details sheet.
  • The following screen will be availble
Fill the Agent ID
Fill the RD account
Fill the RD Denomination.
Fill the No of Installment.
Note :- The default fee/ Rebate is not filled in this file. Only RD denomination amount has to be filled in RD Installment Amount column. Finacle will automatically calculate the RD default fee/Rebate.
Bank Name should be DOP
Fill the cheque No.
Fill the SB account no. of Cheque.
Go to Home

  • Click on Generate DC Data File.
  • This file is available in D: Drive. Process is already mention in above.
  • If you have a Non DOP Check the following things will be adopted.
  • Click on RD_NDC_Tran_Details sheet.

Fill the Agent ID
Fill the RD account
Fill the RD Denomination.
Fill the No of Installment.
Note :- The default fee/ Rebate is not filled in this file. Only RD denomination amount has to be filled in RD Installment Amount column. Finacle will automatically calculate the RD default fee/Rebate.
Bank Name
Fill the cheque No.
Fill the SB account no. of Cheque.
Go to Home
  • Click on Generate DC Data File.
  • This file is available in D: Drive. Process is already mention in above.

Procedure to solve transaction verification error - E4221 - Not authorized to verify part tran 1 in DOP Finalce

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  • When we try to verify the transaction in the supervisor login most often we will face the error "E4221 Not authorized to verify part tran 1 ".

The detailed procedure to solve this error is mentioned below.

Scenario in which the said error Occurs ?

  • When both the entered user and verified user are same the said error will occur i..e, for example if a user say X entered the transaction then if the same user X tried to verify then the system will throw the error "E4221 - Not authorized to verify part tran 1 ".
  • Let us try to resolve such error I would like to quote real time example in the below procedure.

Step by Step Procedure to Solve the Above Error

  • Sometimes the system will throw the above said error when we try to verify the transaction which is mentioned in the below screen shot
  • When a user ( RMREDDY_SU ) for example tried to verify the tran id IN2129630 the system thrown the above said error.
  • Then invoke the error HTI menu then the system will show the below screen
  • Then in the next enter the tran id as shown in the below screen
  • Then click on GO then the system will show the transaction details as shown in the below screen
  • Now in Restore Values select the value "O-OTHER/PART TRANSACTION DETAIL " as shown in the figure
  • Then click on GO then the system will open a new window as shown in the below figure
  • From the above screen shot is clear transaction created and posted by the user RMREDDY_SU hence if we try to verify the transaction with the same user i..e, RMREDDY_SU then the system will throw the error "E4221 - Not authorized to verify part tran 1 " as mentioned in the first screen shot.
  • As Finacle follows the maker-checker concept both posted user and verified user will be different hence in this example if we try to verify the transaction in the user id RMREDDY then the system will verify successfully.
  • Always make a practice not to post the transactions in the supervisor id as cash account will not be linked for supervisor roles in Finalce which is wrong procedure.Hence avoid posting the transactions in Supervisor ID.

Media reports : Govt likely to table the 7th pay commission report before Cabinet next month

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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 hike calling 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.

7th pay commission — Special Correspondent

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The Central Government Employees’ Confederation has called for steps to hasten the implementation of the seventh pay commission recommendations.

A press note issued here said the recommendations of the pay commission, which are beneficial to 50 lakh Central government employees and 30 lakh pensioners, ought to have been implemented with effect from January 1, 2016.

The recommendations, which have come after a gap of 10 years, should be implemented immediately with necessary amendments, the confederation said in the press release.

— Special Correspondent

Cadre Restructuring of Group 'C' employees in Department of Posts

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JCA will serve strike notice on 30.06.16 if problems faced by employees working in Finacle, CSI and CIS not solved

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AIPEU to hold demands day on 10.06.2016. JCA will serve strike notice on 30.06.16 if problems faced by employees working in Finacle, CSI and CIS not solved 

ALL INDIA POSTAL EMPLOYEES UNION GROUP ‘C’
CHQ: Dada Ghosh Bhawan, 2151/1, New Patel Road, New Delhi - 110008

Ref: P3/Circular/2016 Dated – 27.05.2016

CSI, CBS, CIS
DEMANDS DAY – 10.06.2016

There is no need to elaborate the miseries and sufferings we are facing at base level after the implementation of Finacle, (CBS & CIS) and the mental torture.

The CHQ is aware of the issues and properly placed before the Department vide its letter dated 22.01.2016, 11.02.2016 & 25.04.2016. Further it was brought to the personal notice of the Hon’ble Minister of communication. However, the progress in resolving the Finacle issues is in slow nail causing resentment and unrest amidst officials.

The assurance of the Department on 28.03.2016 in providing two more server by Infosys to solve the Finacle problem has not been carried out yet. The increase in the bandwith as per the requirement of the office has not been carried out in any circle.

Adding fuel to fire, the department’s recent decision in implementing the Business hours of Post office to the extent of 5 hours for monetary transactions has not been exercised. Some circles like Tamilnadu, Haryana etc. have sought clarifications to prevent the implementation of the decision without minding the existing sufferings of officials due to faulty functioning of Finacle & others and the officials are forced to remain in office in late hours. There is every risk for the women employees to leave office late every day.

For the last ten days, there is poor access and even no access in Finacle continuously throughout the nation affecting the public and staff very badly. This is nothing but due to the incapacity of the servers provided by Infosys. The department is not in a position either to correct things or apply the penal provisions against the vender. The existing position in Finacle is nothing but the last straw on camel’s back.

The recent conversations unofficially held between the Infosys and some staff exhibited in the website will reveal the fact. We must know who is committing mistake after mistake. Whether the officers dealing the Finacle are aware of all the software and hardware oriented issues. Are they simply hearing and acting as per the dictums of the vendors? Howe many times we are going to alter our rulings to suit the requirement of vendors? Will there be any time to the officials to go through the routine daily circulars on CBS functioning in the pressure of work?

We lost our patience. Even though, we suffer voluntarily a lot as we feel it is the transition period, in the implementation of Finacle, it is felt now that without settlement of the Problems, the Department is inclined to proclaim that it has implemented the Finacle more in numbers than the leading banks and also without any Quality and good service to the customer.

Under these circumstances, the CHQ has elaborately written a letter to the Department on 26.05.2016, detailing all the problems being existed in Finacle and McCamish and sought remedies within a fort night. In the event of non-settlement, the CHQ has decided to launch the following programme of action culminating to strike action.
10th June - Demands Day - Demonstration at divisional/branch levels
17th June - Dharna in front of Circle office.
30th June - Demonstration in front of Dak Bhawan & issue of strike notice. (The date will be decided with consultation of NFPE & JCA constituents)

The major demands put forth in the programme of action.

1. Provide additional servers and solve the Finacle problem
2. Increase the bandwidth as per the requirement.
3. Implement the decision of Directorate on Business hours.
4. Drop all Memos & Charge sheets issued due to Finacle minor mistake.
5. Implementation of action on all the points put forth in the CHQ letter dated 26.05.2016.

This programme is nothing but to save the Postal Service from the existing chaos and confusions. Even though we desire peace, we have been pushed in to the wall. We could not tolerate furthermore.

All Divisional/Branch and circle secretaries are requested to organize the programme very effectively and intimate compliance. The CHQ will leave no stone unturned in the event of no settlement is seen in this serious issue.

With fraternal greetings,

Comradely yours,

(R. N. Parashar)
General Secretary, P3
& Secretary General, NFPE

India Post constitutes new committee to take decision on introduction of RTI stamps

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It refers to communication dated May 24, 2016 from Department of Posts following CIC-verdict dated March 30, 2016 in appeal-number CIC/MP/A/2015/001689/BS/10077, intimating constitution of a new committee to consider issue of much-needed RTI stamps.

A previous committee rejected repeated CIC-recommendations on flimsy grounds in peculiar government-style of 'jaisa chalta hei, vaisa chalne do' putting big question-mark on wisdom of those super-knowledgeable committee-members who rejected the idea which could save crores of rupees annually to Department of Posts.

Various Central Information Commissioners giving several verdicts in this regard are persons of great knowledge, and made strong recommendations after carefully studying all aspects and having lengthy discussions with officers from Department of Posts present at time of hearings.

CIC-verdicts resulted in decades-long pending reforms at Department of Posts like rationalising foreign-mail tariffs, abolition of hardly seen postal-orders in denominations of rupees 1, 2, 5 and 7 and even correction in printing commission-amounts on postal-orders. Otherwise Department of Posts kept on filing such suggestions after giving a polished reply "Your suggestions are vakuable to us, and will be considered at time of next revision of tariffs"!

An RTI response reveals that handling cost of a postal-order to Department of Posts is rupees 37.45. How can it be sensible to spend rupees 37.45 to recover RTI fees of rupees 10?

Documents received under RTI response reveal that red-tapism once made officers of Security Printing Presses expressing inability to print RTI stamps because of non-availability of paper used to print RTI stamps at a time when these very Security Printing Presses could print postage-stamps on a prominent living cricketer against postal-norms within few days of decision-taken to issue stamps!

Attractive RTI stamps on lines of erstwhile Radio & TV License Fees should be ensured to be released in three denominations of rupees two, ten and fifty in inaugural session of annual CIC-convention to be held in October 2016.

Dept of Posts to pay RS 12,000 as compensation to a woman whose cell phone the department failed to deliver

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Consumer disputes redressal forum ordered the Dept of Posts to pay RS 12,000 as compensation to a woman whose cell phone the department failed to deliver. 

Trichy: The district consumer disputes redressal forum, Trichy, ordered the department of posts to pay compensation to a woman whose cell phone the department failed to deliver.
The forum, headed by its president S Sengottaiyan and member M Maraikamalai, held that the department of posts should award a compensation of Rs 5,000 with 6% interest per annum and Rs 3,900 towards the cost of the mobile phone and ordered the department to pay the litigation of cost of Rs 2,000 to the complainant on May 9, 2016.

RS Theresa Sahayanathan from Kallakudi on the outskirts of Trichy sent a new cell phone worth Rs 4,250 through speed post from the Kallakudi post office to Fredrick Rajkumar in GN Mills in Coimbatore on January 12, 2012.

As the consignment was not delivered even after a week, the sender tracked the parcel online and found that it reached the speed post section of the Coimbatore post office on January 13, 2012.
When Theresa brought the matter before the postal department, the senior superintendent of the post office offered Rs 112 as compensation citing section 6 of the Post Office Act that gives protection to the postal authorities for non-delivery or loss in transit if there is no wilful default on the part of the department.

Unsatisfied with the slew of replies of the postal department, she approached the consumer protection council, Tamil Nadu, to take up the matter before the consumer forum, which filed a case on June 10, 2014.

During the course of the trial, secretary of the consumer forum S Pushpavanam said the speed post article was lost due to the wilful act of the personnel of the postal department, which will amount of deficiency of service. 

Countering the argument, counsel for the postal department argued that the valuable articles should be insured by the sender and insisted that the complainant was not entitled for compensation. 
The forum also took into account section 172 of the Indian Post Office Act that says parcels may be insured by the customer and it is not mandatory. After citing several judgments in various states across the country, the forum held the personnel in the speed post section in Coimbatore responsible for the loss of the cellphone. 

The forum pointed out that there was no effort made to trace the parcel in the small room of the Coimbatore speed post centre. "There is no possibility for loss or non-delivery in a small room. So, it is evident that the employees in the speed post centre deliberately committed wilful act by not delivering the speed post parcel sent by the complainant. In such circumstances, section 6 of the India Post Office Act does not give protection to the postal officials," read the order.

Clarifications on I​ssue of ATM cards

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Clarification sought 

Whether ATM cards can be issued to the following depositors:

1. SB Accounts of illiterate depositors.
2. SB Accounts opened by minor above 10 years and.
3. SB Accounts opened in the name of minors and operated through guardian.

Clarification received 

ATM Cards can be issued to the minors of above 10 years of age if account is directly operated. In other two cases, ATM Cards should not be issued.

Government takes to social media to hasten postal services

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Email and social media have signed the death warrant of postal services , but the communications and IT ministry has scripted the resurgence of Speed Post, postal banking and parcel services using the very same social media networks. 

Communications minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has taken to Facebook and Twitter in a big way to speed up postal services, notorious till some years ago for their snail-paced delivery. He and his IT team will look into grievances of customers and take immediate steps to get the post or parcel delivered to the recipient. 

A young man studying in DELHI had applied for the Bihar civil services examination. When he did not get an acknowledgement of his application, he inquired from the post office which informed him that the application had wrongly been delivered to Lucknow University instead of Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) in Patna. 

He sent a tweet to the minister's handle with just 48 hours to go for the deadline for submission of application forms. " India Post officers in Patna were alerted about the urgency. The form was delivered to BPSC hours before the deadline," Prasad told TOI. 

A newspaper report about a 95-year-old woman making the rounds of a post office to redeem her Kisan Vikas Patra made the minister direct officials to visit her in the village with the redemption money. The woman was surprised to find officials with flowers and money at her doorstep. 

There are many such stories in the turnaround of India Post. "We can say with confidence now that Speed Post and parcel services will deliver at any place in India within four days of the item booked with post offices. It can give private courier services a run for their money, being equally efficient and reliable. That is the reason Speed Post has been rated best by the Comptroller and Auditor General," Prasad said. 

The minister's claim about India Post's turnaround in the last two years is matched by statistics. Speed Post revenue has increased from Rs 1,372 crore in 2013-14 to Rs 1,600 crore in 2015-16. Parcel revenue registered 80 per cent increase in the last two years from Rs 118 crore in 2013-14 to Rs 310 crore in 2015-16. India Post delivers around 40,000 e-commerce parcels every day.

Source :The Economic Times

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