Wednesday, February 18, 2009

DOP&T disagrees to exempt the Dept. of Posts from the purview of the Screening Committee

The Dept. of Posts moved with the Dept. of Personnel to exempt the Postal Department from the purview of the Screening Committee. In the meeting held on 16.02.2009, the DOPT Secretary Committee did not agree to exempt the Postal Department from the purview of Screening Committee. It is learnt that it has only agreed in principle to allow 1/3rd of all the direct recruitment vacancies including those lying vacant for more than a year to be filled up now.
The Sixth Pay Commission has already recommended to the Govt. to scrap the Screening Committee from the next financial year.

GDS Committee

It is learnt that the Department has finalised its proposals on the GDS Committee recommendations and the recommendations of Gopinath Committee. The file is to be cleared by the Joint Secretary & Financial Advisor before submission to our Honourable Minister of Communications & IT. The Unions are neither called nor consulted in this regrd.

Post Offices to become hub of financial services - says Finance Minister

The acting Finance Minister Shri.Pranab Mukherjee while presenting the interim budget in Parliament on 16.2.09 said that the department of Posts will get Rs.620 crore to carry out allround development and repositioning through technology induction and entreprenerial mangement and added that the government plans to make post offices the hub of financial services and as a move in that direction it plans to set up 100 financial marts and 500 franchise outlets. "The aim is to effectively utilise network and reach for providing value added services through linkages with various agencies, organisations, especially for delivery of social security scheme," the minister said.
He said 5,000 Post Offices are targdted for computerisation and networking. Also, 100 more branch offices, along with 50 sub post offices, would be opened in 2009-10.
The north eastern region is also poised to get a boost as out of the Rs.620 crore total outlay, Rs.62 crore would go to the region, he said.