Saturday, December 12, 2009

Planning Commission moves to help BPO

Planning Commission plans to focus on human resources in mid-term review of Eleventh Plan. The Panel wants to change the archaic definition of"workmen"to enable better working conditions in business process outsourcing (BPO) industries.

Foreign investors and BPO firms will be aided by government help to offer safer working conditions for employees.

Human capital is considered vital to attract foreign investment and panel wants an "Advantage India" brand.

The legislative change will help BPO employees- who often work night-shifts -to get higher protection and safety in working conditions.

The BPO industry has been one of the top job generators in the country in the last few years.  Under the current definition, unskilled lahor comes under the category of workmen. "In the legal sense, even the BPO employees come under this definition, which is causing a sense of discomfort".


D.G. Posts No. 23-3/2008-UPE dated 9th Dec, 2009.

The colour of the uniform of the Postmen and Group D staff changed to blue in the year 2004. However, there has been demand from the Postal Unions/Associations for switchover from blue colour of the uniform to khaki colour.

After detailed consideration and taking into account the views of the Circles and deliberations with the Postal Unions/Associations, a decision has been taken by the Postal Service Board for a switchover to khaki colour uniform for eligible categories of Postmen and Group D staff.

A proposal to revise the design of the uniform is also under consideration .In the meantime, the Circles are requested to procure and supply khaki cloth as per DOPT specification for the minimum requirement that is absolutely essential as a change in the uniform design, material, specification etc. is under consideration.