Wednesday, September 19, 2012



Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Tele: 23336735                                                        Central Orgonisation ECHS
ASCON: 36735                                                         Adjutant General’s Branch
                                                                               Integrated HQ og MoD(Army)
                                                                                     Maude Lines
                                                                                                Delhi Cantt-10
B/49701-PR/AG/ECHS/                                                                                         20 Mar 2012

IHQ of MoD (Navy)/Dir ECHS (N)
HQ Southern Command (A/ECHS)
HQ Eastern Command (A/ECHS)
HQ Western Command (A/ECHS)
HQ Central Command (A/ECHS)
HQ Northern Command (A/ECHS)
HQ South Western Command (A/ECHS)
HQ Andman & Nicobar Command (A/ECHS)
All Regionnal Centres


1.         Ref Hon’ble Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT), Regional Branch, Chandigarh Order dt.  26 Mar 2010 in TA No. 110 of 2009 (arising out of CWP No. 15237 of 2009, TA No. 52 of 2009 (arising of CWP No. 14112 of 2009 and GOI, MoD OM No. 1(a)/2010/D (Res-1) dt. 20/21 Jul 2011 (Copies enclosed)

2.         Ex-Servicemen status has been granted to personnel of Army Postal Service (APS) who were on deputation in Army for more than six months prior to 14 Apr 1987 vide GOI, MoD OM No under ref with all consequential  benefits. List of the affected personal is attached as APPX A. Consequent to AFT Orders and MoD OM the above personal can now approach various Stn. HQ / Regional Centres for grant of ECHS membership.

3.         All concerned are requested to scrutinize the  documents mutinously and accept applications for ECHS membership only from individuals who full fill the twin conditions of being an ex-servicemen and a Govt. pensioners.
(Gulshan Chadha}   
Lt. Col.
                                                                                                Jt. Director(Pers)
                                                                                          For MD ECHS

Copy to :
Addl. Director General of APS   : for information please.
PIN-908700 C/O 56 APO


Governmen of India
Ministry of Defence
(Deptt. Of Ex-Servicemen Welfare)

New Delhi, the 20th /21st  July,2011


Subject: Grant of Ex-servicemen status to Army Postal Service Personnel.

            The undersigned is desired to refer to this Ministry’s OM No. 523/1/2006/D (Res) dated 26.07.2006 on the above subject and to state that as per Order dated 26.03.2010 passed by Hon’ble AFT Chandigarh in connection with TA No. 110 of 2009 (arising out of CWP No 15237/2009) filed by JC-105931 Ex-Sub Atma Sngh & others Vs UOI & others, personnel who were on deputation in Army Postal Service for more than 6(Six) months prior to 14th April 1987 would also be considered as Ex-servicemen with all consequential benefits.

2.         This is in supersession of the O.M. of even number dated 14.07.2011 issued in this regard. The said O.M. dated 14.07.2011 may be treated as cancelled/withdrawn.

3.         This has the approval of the competent authority.

     (Supriyo Mukherjee)
     Under Secretary to the Government of India

1.         Director General Resettlement
2.         Secretary, Kendriya Sainik Board.
3.         Addl. DG (postal Services) , Army HQ, RK Puram, New Delhi.
4.         Zonal Directors of Resettlement (through KSB)
 Copy to also for information to:
1.         Adjutant General, Army HQrs.
2.         A.O.A. , Air HQrs.
3.         C.O.P. Naval HQrs
4.         All Rajya Sainik  Board/Zila Sainik Board (through KSB)
5.         DOP&T (Estt. SCT) Division , North Block, New Delhi..


Governmen of India
Ministry of Defence
(Deptt. Of Ex-Servicemen Welfare)

New Delhi, the 14th July,2011

Subject: Grant of Ex-servicemen status to Army Postal Service Personnel.

            The undersigned is desired to refer to this Ministry’s OM No. 523/1/2006/D (Res) dated 26.07.2006 on the above subject and to state that as per Order dated 26.03.2010 passed by Hon’ble AFT Chandigarh in connection with MA No. 66/2010 in TA No. 110 of 2009 (CWP No 15237/2009) filed by JC-105931 Ex-Sub Atma Sngh & others Vs UOI & others, APS personnel who retired prior to 19th July 1989, after having served for  6(Six) months  with APS , whether from APS directly , or from their parent department (D/O Post & Telegraph)  would also be considered as Ex-servicemen.

2.         This has the approval of the competent authority.
        (Supriyo Mukherjee)
     Under Secretary to the Government of India

         “  With reference to Swamy's compilation on Re-Employment of pensioners (Civilians & Ex-servicemen). Page 7 Government of India Orders regarding Army Postal Service personnel:
           Personnel who were on deputation in Army Postal Service for more than 6(six) months prior to 14th April 1987 are also Ex-servicemen vide Government of India Ministry of Defence ( Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare) OM No. 1(9)/2010/D(Res-1) dated 20/21 July , 2011. (Copy placed above).
          In compliance of above orders ECHS facilities to above EX APS personnel have been extended by Central Organisation ECHS Adjutant General's Branch, Integrated HQ of MOD (Army), Maud Lines, Delhi Cantt-110010 letter No. B/49701-PR/AG/ECHS dated 20 Mar 2012. (Copy placed above)”
(Note : For further queries please  contact : The General Secretary (Ex- Sub Atma Singh, Mobile No. 09813709401) of National Ex. Servicemen (Army Postal Service) Welfare Association , CHQ, 139, Dayal Bagh , Ambala Cantt-133001 (Haryana) (Registered under No. 217 of 2005).


A central government servant is entitled for reimbursement even if he takes treatment in a private hospital under emergent situation, the TN Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal has held.

M Mohamed Salia, Deputy Chief Engineer, Southern Railway, while returning home, suffered a heart attack on November 20, 2008. Due to the urgency of the matter, his wife admitted him in the nearest private hospital Frontier Lifeline, as the Railway Hospital was 10 km away from her residence. After a by-pass surgery and necessary treatment, he was discharged on December 12, 2008. He paid Rs.3.10 lakh towards hospital bills.

When he applied for reimbursement of Rs.2 lakh to which he was entitled, the railway authorities rejected his claim on the ground that treatment in a non-recognised private hospital without referral by the railway authorised medical officer was not admissible. Hence, the present application.

Rejecting the contentions, CAT judicial member G Santhappa said that in this case, the applicant had produced the emergency certificate and that had not been considered by the railways. The Personnel Branches Circular (PBC) dated May 4, 1994 listed under what circumstances reimbursement of medical expenses could be made. It included that if a patient falls ill at a place where there was no government or railway hospital and that if transporting the patient to the nearest government hospital would result in loss of life, the servant could be admitted in a private hospital. The rejection was against the law laid down by the SC, the tribunal said, set aside the order and directed the railways to sanction the amount in a month.

Source :


No.1/23/2012-P&PW( E)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated: 11th September, 2012


Sub: Change in date of birth/age of family pensioners- regarding.

In accordance with the instructions issued vide this Departments OM No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 21.5.2009, 11.8.2009, 25.6.2010 & 28.9.2010 and OM No.1/19/11-P&PW(E) dated 3.8.2011, additional pension/family pension to old pensioners/family pensioners is allowed on the basis of the date of birth/age recorded in the Pension Payment Order (PPO) or other office records. Only in case the details regarding date of birth/age are not available in the PPO/office records, additional pension/family pension to old pensioners/family pensioners has been allowed on the basis of certain documents i.e. PAN Card, Matriculation certificate, Passport, CGHS Card, Driving licence, Voter’s ID Card and Aadhaar Number issued by UIDAI.

2. During his service and at the time of retirement, a Government servant is required to give details of his family, including date of birth of its members, in Form 3. Date of birth/age of the members of family mentioned by the Government servant in Form 3 was not mandatory to be verified by the Head of Office. It is felt that in some case, the date of birth/age of a family pensioner, as recorded in the PPO/office records might be incorrect.

3. Some representations have been received in this Department regarding the hardship being caused to old family pensioners in getting the additional pension on account of incorrect recording of the date of birth/age in the PPO. They have been requesting for allowing the change of date of birth in the PPO on the basis of the documents prescribed in the various OMs mentioned in Para I above.

4. The matter has been considered in this Department in consultation with the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure and the following decisions have been made:

i. Since the date of birth of the Government servant is recorded in the PPO on the basis of the service records and the date of superannuation etc. also is determined on the basis of this date of birth, there is no question of allowing change in the date of birth of the retired/deceased pensioner in the PPO.

ii. The request for change of date of birth/age of the Family pensioner (parents and spouse) in the PPO may be submitted by a pensioner/family pensioner to the Head of the Department of the organisation where the Government servant had last served along with at least one of the documents mentioned in Para I above and a declaration on a non-judicial stamp paper regarding the correct date of birth of the family pensioner. The Head of the Department may allow the change in the date of birth of the family pensioner if he is satisfied that the conditions indicated in this Department’s OM No.38/37/08-P&PW (A) dated 21.5.2009 have been fulfilled and that a bona-fide mistake has been made in recording the date of birth in the PPO.

iii. No other document will be accepted for allowing the change in date birth/age of the family pensioner in the PPO.

iv. In order to avoid any possibility of recording an incorrect date of birth in the PPO, in future, the Government servant may be required to submit one of the documents indicated in Para I above as proof of date of birth of spouse or parents along with the details of family in Form 3. In the case of children certificate of birth from the Municipal authorities or from the local panchayat or from the head of a recognised school if the child is studying in such a school or from a Board of Education may be accepted.

5. As regards pensioners/family pensioners belonging to the Indian Audit and Accounts Departments, these Orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

6. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their ID. No 428/E.V/2012, dated 27/8/2012.

7. Hindi version will follow.

(Sujasha Choudhury)
Deputy Secretary

Source :


The Government is considering a proposal to give unique numbers to all provident fund account holders with life-time validity, a Regional PF commissioner said today. Regional PF Commissioner-I, Bangalore, Kamma Narayana said the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation headquarters has recently sought feedback on the proposal from PF commissioners in the country.
"The proposal is under consideration," he told reporters on the sidelines of an interactive session hosted by the Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC) here.
The proposal, if implemented, would see an employee will have the same unique number despite changing jobs and having new employers.
"All through his life, that will be the permanent account number for him," Narayana said. Asked if he expected the proposal to be implemented from the current financial year, he said "hopefully" but added that it's only at the proposal stage now.
Source : The Financial Express, Sept 11, 2012


Very soon, your friendly neighbourhood postman will bring along a tablet computer when he knocks at your door, to carry out all transactions related to delivery of cash, banking activities and a few more.
Infosys’ Vice-President and Head for India Business Raghu Cavale told Business Line that India Post is in talks with the IT major to source hardware and software for the next phase of its computerisation. This project will involve sourcing of low-cost 7-inch and 10-inch tablets and the development of apps for them. Infosys will also develop intellectual property (IP) out of its Bangalore office for these apps.
While the tablets will be used by the postman to enter data such as digital signatures and a delivery challan, the apps will be used by India Post to update its backend database in real time, helping it cut down on errors and fraud. India Post covers about 200 million customers across India and offers small savings schemes, postal life insurance, rural postal life insurance, pension payments and wage disbursements.
The postal department is looking at these solutions as a part of its modernisation drive and to increase operational effectiveness.
Growth forecast
On its part, Infosys sees its India business growing to about $1 billion in the next four years. It recently bagged a key IT outsourcing and consulting deal with India Post and another deal from the Income-Tax Department for its electronic TDS division.
At present, the India operations of Infosys contribute 2 per cent of its $7-billion revenues but the software major considers India one of its key emerging markets. This importance can be gauged from the fact that Infosys’ India business is one of the four verticals within Infosys that reports to the board directly.
The India Post project, which Infosys bagged recently, is worth Rs 700 crore. This project is aimed at spreading financial services across 1.5 lakh post offices in the country. As part of the project, Infosys will also install 1,000 ATMs for India Post to increase the effectiveness of its delivery channel.
The Hindu Business Line, Sept 12, 2012

Once the ubiquitous postman, whose uniform was changed from 'khaki' to blue to give him a corporate look, has been longing to go back to his original dress code. In fact, after the switch from 'khaki' uniform with a matching 'Netaji' cap, postmen feel that they had lost their 'friendly' image and wish to regain the image a 'dakiya' (popular name in Hindi for postman) through the 'khaki.'

There are 3,129 postmen in Madhya Pradesh who would now don back the khaki with the new India Post red logo. The team includes 119 women who would be supplied with khaki sarees replacing the existing blue ones. For men, the reverted khaki uniform, however, would not have the old Netaji cap.
It was in 2004 when the Union government changed the uniform of postmen from khaki to sky-blue shirts and deep-blue trousers. For women, the sky-blue sarees has a dark-blue border. The department of post personnel had been long demanding reverting the dress code.
"The blue uniform had not only nudged us out of market, but even made us look strangers," said president of postal employees association Prahlad Jaiswal, who has been spear-heading the fight to win back the almost lost-craze for the postman. "A crucial meeting on 'khaki uniform' with senior officials of the Madhya Pradesh circle will be held on September 13 at Bhopal, and we have been asking the Union government to reconsider our demand of going back to khaki," he said.
"The change from khaki to blue aimed to give a corporate touch from the drab-sounding and dull-looking khaki. However, no one realized that the change in uniform will make the postmen invisible," said the secretary of the association, Raju Yadav.
"The khaki uniform had given us the look of a government employee and made us look something different from run of the mill. Look at the uniform of forest officials and policemen, they are still the same and make them stand out from the rest of security agencies and other uniforms worn by the government employees," said Yadav.
"The decision to return back to khaki has already been taken," said a senior official of the postal department preferring anonymity. "It is a matter of time when postmen would be distributed the khaki uniform," he said.

Source : The Times of India, Sept 12, 2012


The Department of Posts has issued request for proposals (RFP) to five top notch foreign consultancy firms for the proposed Post Bank of India project.

The five short-listed firms are Accenture Services, Boston Consulting Group, Ernst & Young, KPMG Advisory Services and McKinsey & Co.

The Department of Posts (DoP) is looking to set up a bank — Post Bank of India (PBI) — to provide banking services with special focus on rural areas.

Besides providing a platform for financial inclusion, the Post Bank of India will provide means of additional revenue generation for the DoP.

The consultancy firms chosen, out of the five short-listed ones, will as part of the assignment focus on Detailed Project Report (DPR) on creation of PBI, financial viability of PBI, proposed organisational structure of PBI in the light of RBI regulations, and relationship between PBI and Post Office Savings Bank.

Source :


No. 20020/4/2010-Estt. (D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 13th September, 2012


Subject: Seniority of officers holding posts/grades in grades merged in pursuance of recommendations of Sixth Central Pay Commission.

The undersigned is directed to invite reference to para 2 (i) of this Department’s O.M. No.AB-14017/66/2008-Estt. (RR) dated 9th March, 2009, which provides that where all the posts in one or more pre-revised scales are merged with a higher pre-revised scale and given a common replacement scale/grade pay / pay scale, the suitability of the incumbents need not be assessed for granting them the higher replacement scale / grade pay / pay scale, there is also no need for the incumbents to complete any minimum eligibility service in the earlier scale of pay. There will be no change in the inter se seniority of the incumbents in the merged scale which shall be decided based on the general instructions on the subject.

2.         The 6th CPC in its recommendation contained in sub para (vi) of Para 2.2.13 has stated that the seniority of government servant will depend on the grade pay drawn. This will invariably be more for a higher level post. References have been received from Ministry of Railways/Ministry of Defence etc. regarding fixation of seniority of officers after merger of pay scales in pursuance to recommendation of Sixth Central Pay Commission. The recommendation of 6th CPC has been accepted on 29.08.2008 and the merger of pay scale(s) of the post has been made effective w.e.f. 01.01.2006. The issue of seniority has been further examined and it has been decided in consultation with UPSC and Department of Legal Affair that seniority of officers holding post in grades which have been merged in pursuance to recommendation of Sixth Central Pay Commission will be determined as follows :-

I.          The status of a government servant as on 29.08.2008 including those who have earned promotion between 01.01.2006 to 29.08.2008 will be protected as appointment/promotions are made as per the provisions of statutory recruitment rules applicable to the post/grade. The merger of the pay scale(s) of the post(s) as recommended by 6th CPC have been made effective w.e.f. 01.01.2006; the seniority of government servant which existed on 29.08.2008 (date of acceptance of recommendation of 6th CPC) will be maintained i.e. the holder of post having higher pay scale or post which constituted promotion post for the posts in the feeder grade, will rank en-bloc senior to those holding post having lower pay scale or the posts in feeder grade.

II.         Where posts having different pay scales prior to 6th CPC recommendation and now after merger have come to lie in the same Pay Band with same Grade Pay, the inter-se seniority of all the employees will be fully maintained with employee in a higher pre-revised pay scale being placed higher vis-a-vis an employee in a lower pay scale. Within the same pre-revised pay scale, seniority which existed prior to revision would continue.

III.        Where recruitment for the posts in different per-revised pay scale(s) was initiated separately for each posts, prior to acceptance of recommendation of 6th CPC i.e. prior to 29.08.2008 but selected individual joined duty on or after 30.08.2008 in the revised pay scale(s) against the posts which have been granted same Grade pay, such officers will be assigned seniority en-bloc below those officers who were in position as on 29.08.2008.

IV.        The availability of officers nominated on the basis of panel of promotion given by DPC or selection list given by selecting Authority will be decided as on 29,08.2008. In case a officer from the panel given by DPC or selection list given by selecting Authority has joined on or prior to 29.08.2008, then status of all the officers included in panel given by DPC or selection list will be protected and all officer will be considered available and their seniority determined by following the basic principle of seniority i.e. order of panel given by DPC or merit list given by selecting Authority. in case all the officers included in the panel given by DPC or selection list given by selecting Authority joins after 29.08.2008, then the seniority of such officers within a grade, will be determined by placing them below all available officers as on 29.08.2008 but maintaining their inter-se seniority in order of panel of DPC or merit list given by selecting authority.

3.         All the cases of determination of seniority except merged MTS posts will be decided accordingly. The issue of determination of seniority of merged MTS (erstwhile Group D) posts would be taken up separately.

4. Hindi version will follow. 
(Virender Singh)
Under Secretary to the Government of India


Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare,
Nirman Bhawan, Maulana Azad Road,
New Delhi 110 001
 No. S 11045/7/2012-CGHS/HEC                                         Dated the 12th September, 2012


Sub:    Suspension of empanelment of ‘Bapu Nature Cure Hospital & Yogashram, Mayur Vihar, New Delhi’ from the list of AYUSH Hospitals/Centres empanelled under CGHS reg

CGHS vide its 0.M No. Z 28015/01/2006-HD Ce11/CGFIS (P) dated 1 st January, 2008 issued a list of Ayurvedic, Yoga Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) Hospitals I Centers empanelled under CGHS and CS(MA) Rules wherein Bapu Nature Cure Hospital Yogashram was empanelled for Naturopathy system of medicine for providing healthcare facilities to CGHS beneficiaries.

2.         An inspection of Bapu Nature Cure Hospital & Yogashram was conducted on 8th June, 2012 by a team led by Director, CGHS. After a thorough inspection, it was found that the Hospital was committing gross violation of various CGHS norms and guidelines in respect of its facilities and services. The Inspection team concluded that with the existing infrastructure and manpower in position, the hospital is not in a position to provide quality healthcare services to CGHS beneficiaries. A ‘Show Cause Notice’ was issued to Bapu Nature Cure Hospital on 25th July, 2012 seeking clarifications on the deficiencies pointed out by the inspection team. However, the reply received from Bapu Nature Cure Hospital has not been found satisfactory.

3.         It has, therefore been decided to suspend the CGHS empanelment of Bapu Nature Cure Hospital & Yogashram with immediate effect till further orders. The hospital shall no longer be a part of the CGHS/CS (MA) Rules empanelled list of hospitals/centers for AYUSH.  However, patients, if any, already admitted prior to the issue of this OM, shall be provided the treatment and discharged within seven days from the date of issue of this OM.
(Jai Prakash)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Sunday, September 16, 2012


The Abode of Sri Rama








Khammam District

Andhra Pradesh



20 TH All India Conference

Of National union of postal

Employees,group c

17-2.2013 To19.2.2013






Bhadrachalam, a temple city in the state Andhra Pradesh of a renowned pilgrim centre in South India. A flamboyant place, where the majestic River Godavari found winding with its vast stretch of sand, is considered to be very holy as the town is believed to have been the stage for many events in the great epic Ramayana. 

This glowing city with tremendous temples, invites thousands of devotees throughout the year. This tribal hamlet acquired its present name from Bhadra, who was a great devotee of Lord Ram. A rather sleepy locale, Bhadrachalam awakes to life at the glorious occasion of Sri Ramanavami celebrations when large folks gather here to witness the holy wedding of Lord Ram and Sita. 

The majestic Godavari River, which straps the city as a glistening festoon adds the serene and tranquil ambiance of this historic town. This holy river houses most of the sacred shrines of the town in and around its banks. Apart from its sacredness this riverbanks are a perfect place for enjoying a pleasant walk. 

A scenic place whose beauty fascinates the tourists and the locals alike, a trip to Bhadrachalam makes a wonderful experience for everyone. The most exciting part of the picnic would be the alluring voyage through the magnificent Godavari in a motorboat. The eight-hour journey through the crystalline waters, which replicates the surrounding greenery coupled with the natural warmth of the frisky wind, makes the boating in this holy river enchanting and refreshing. The itinerant sands of the river make the boating more lively. An overnight stay on the banks of the river in tents is really thrilling and is an added attraction of the boating. 

Bhadrachalam, located in the banks of the Godavari River, prides itself of the history that goes back to the

ancient and mythological ages. The holy town of Bhadrachalam has been closely associated with the holy epic – Ramayana. Legend has it that this was the place form where Ravana had kidnapped Sita. 

The history of this city is associated solely by the events of the Ramayan. It is said that this was the place where Bhadrachalam stands is the place where Ram crossed the Godavari River during his quest to save Sita.

The main attraction is the temple of Sri Ram  built by Kancharla Gopanna popularly known as Bhakta Ramadas in 1630 AD. Ramdas was then tax revenue collector (also called as Tahsildar). He collected money from people to build this temple and when the collections were not sufficient, used tax collections and consequently was jailed for 12 years by the king Tani Shah of Golconda (now Hyderabad). Moved by the plight of his devotee Sri

Ram and his brother Laxmana repaid the money owed to the king and got Ramadas released.

Two festivals are most important at Bhadrachalam: - Annual Kalyanotsavam on the eve of Sri Rama navami, during Sri Rama Navami(march-april) there is a huge influx of pilgrims not only from Andhra districts, but also from other distant places to attend the wedding of Lord Rama with Sita. - Vaikunta Ekadasi (Mukkoti). Sree Seetaramachandra swamy will give darshan through the Vaikuntha dwaram on the eve of Mukkoti(December-January


Bhadrachalam is connected by road and rail network. The nearest railway station is Bhadrachalam Road (station code: BDCR), 40 km from the town. Locally, Bhadrachalam Road Railway Station is more commonly referred to as Kothagudem Railway Station. It takes approximately 50 minutes to travel from Kothagudem Railway Station to Bhadrachalam by bus and the fare is about Rs 20. Bhadrachalam is: 120 km from district head quarters, Khmamma 325 km from the state head quarters, Hyderabad where the nearest airport is (Shamshabad) By road from Hyderabad follow this route: Hyderabad-Suryapet-Khammam-Kohtagudem - Palvancha (This Is Beautiful Town In Khammam District, Kothagudem Thermal Power Station-KTPS Located in Palvancha Town.) - Bhadrachalam. Buses ply from Vijayawada and other major towns in Andhra Pradesh.

Nearest Pilgrim places.

Parnasala is a popular (nearby) place frequently visited by tourists and is 35 km from Bhadrachalam. This is said to be the place where Ravan abducted Sita. A small hut with gaudily painted sculptures of Sri Ram, Sita, Laxman and Ravan depicting key events from Ramayan is what Parnasala is about. This place has great historical importance but weathered sculptures, attempt to replicate the sculptures with fiber glass, lack of maintenance make it a little less satisfied experience. However, passing through tiny tribal hamlets and expansive fields of paddy by a spooky tree lined road plus the serene Godavari River are the saving grace. Its would be a worth while to visit this place if you plan to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Badrachalam. Avoid recommendations from local guides about this place and make your own call.

Papikondalu Hills - a steam boat ride on River Godavari enjoying views of the River and setting sun. Available as a package of one day including 5 to 7 hours of boat ride. Diesel-powered boats start from Sriramagiri, about 60 km from Bhadrachalam. They offer breakfast, tea, lunch and evening snacks on the boat itself, except lunch where they make special arrangements on the way to papikondalu on the shores of Godavari. The taste & hygiene of the food is good. On the way you can also see the perantallapally, a temple of lord shiva ,where you can find a small water fall coming from the thick forests. A sage used to meditate in this forest. You should maintain utmost silence in the temple. You should not offer any thing (like donations etc). The environment is peaceful. If you have the time, you can do meditation here. On the way you can also visit Sriramagiri temple (58 km. from Bhadrachalam). It is always better to take water, fruit and food with you on the steam boat ride. You have to be cautious before planning trip to Papikondalu during summer as the water levels in River Godavari may cancel the boat trips.


Hyderabad to Bhadrachalam


312 km

Chennai to Bhadrachalam

647 km

Bangalore to Bhadrachalam

848 km

Pune to Bhadrachalam

871 km

Mumbai to Bhadrachalam

1022 km


20th All India Conference of NUPE,Group C


Friday, September 14, 2012

DG Post No. 1-02/2011-PAP dated 28th/31 Aug, 2012

Office memorandum

Subject: Recommendation of the Santosh Gauriar Committee on Special Allowances, Acceptance of regarding.

            The Committee on special Allowances, headed by Shri Santosh Gauriar, the then Chief Postmaster General of Madhya Pradesh Circle, had made recommendations inter alia for:-

(I)        Grant of Special Allowance to unqualified officials posted against the posts of PO & RMS Accountants, on their financial upgradation, under MACP.

(II)       Grant of Special Allowance to the PO & RMS Accountants, on their financial upgradation under MACP Scheme, and

(III)      Grant of Treasures Allowance/ cash handling allowance to the official, on their financial  upgradations under MACP Scheme.

2.         These recommendations have been under consideration of the Govt. for quite some time. It has now been decided in consultation with the Department of Personnel and Training, to accept these recommendation with immediate effect as under;

            (1)        The unqualified officials, posted against the post of PO & RMS Accountants shall be entitled to necessary Special Allowance on their financial upgradation under MACP Scheme The Special Allowance shall however, be discontinued on their functional promotion.

            (2)        The PO & RMS Accountants shall be entitled to necessary Special Allowance on their financial upgradation under MACP Scheme. The Special Allowance shall however, be discontinued on their functional promotion.

            (3)        The officials posted against the post of Treasurers shall be entitled to necessary Special / Cash Handling Allowance on their financial upgradation under MACP Scheme. The same shall, however, be discontinued on their financial promotion.

            (4)        All the head of Circles are requested to bring these orders to the notice of all concerned for implementation with immediate effect.

            (5)        These orders issued with the concurrence of the integrated financial wing vide their diary No. 213/FA/12/Cs dated 28th March, 2012.

(Alok Saxena)
Deputy Director General (Est.)

Monday, September 10, 2012

          A workshop on financial inclusion programme was organized by India Post from 04th Sep. 2012 to 06th Sep. 2012. Nineteen international participants from nine countries including India, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Bangladesh attended the said workshop. Further three delegates from United Postal Union (UPU) Headquarter Bern and one from UPU regional HQ Bangkok also attended the workshop.

          This workshop was led by Mr. Serguei Ananda who is head of financial services at UPU. In this workshop two UN agencies came together i.e. UPU and International Federation of Agriculture Development (IFDA) to develop facilities for cross border money remittances and its deliveries in rural areas.

          This programme was mainly for the Indian workers of abroad who regularly send money to their relatives in the rural areas in India.

          On the last day of workshop yesterday, the team visited Goledakkhana. The team was briefed about the functioning of inland and international money remittance by Sh. Pranav Kumar, Director, Goledakkhana. 

(Release ID :87632)(PIB)
            The Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology Sh Sachin Pilot informed the Lok Sabhayesterday that the gross deposit of Small Savings Scheme in Post Offices declined in the financial year 2011-12 as compared to the year 2010-11.                                                         
           The decline of gross deposit in small savings schemes is, among other things, due to investor’s choice of alternative instruments for effecting savings. The Government has taken following measures to make the small saving schemes more attractive:-
 1.   The rate of interest on Post Office Savings Account (POSA) has been increased from 3.5% to 4%.  The ceiling of maximum balance in POSA 1 lakh in single account and 2 lakh in joint account) has been removed.
 2.  The maturity period for Monthly Income Scheme (MIS) and National Savings Certificate (NSC) has been reduced from 6 years to 5 years.
 3.   A new NSC instrument, with maturity period of 10 years, has been introduced.
 4.  The annual ceiling on investment under Public Provident Fund (PPF) Scheme has been increased from ` 70,000 to ` 1lakh.
 5.  Liquidity of Post Office Time Deposit (POTD) – 1, 2, 3 & 5 years – has been improved by allowing pre-mature withdrawal at a rate of interest 1% less than the time deposits of comparable maturity.  For pre-mature withdrawals between 6-12 months of investment,  Post Office Savings Account (POSA) rate of interest has been allowed.
 6.         Central and State Governments take various measures from time to time to promote and popularise small saving scheme through print and electronic media as well as by holding seminars, meetings and providing training to the various agencies involved in mobilising deposits under various small savings schemes. The rate of interest on Small Savings Schemes has been aligned with Government-Security rates of similar maturity with a spread of 25 basis points (bps) in all schemes except 10 Years National Savings Certificates (IX-Issue) and Sr. Citizens Savings Scheme where the spread of 50 bps and 100 bps has been given respectively (100 bps are equal to 1%).  Interest rate for every financial year will now be notified before 1st April of that year.
           There were 26,01,69,920   number of operational small savings accounts in the Post Offices as on 31.03.2012  and the amount deposited therein upto the end of March 2012  was  Rs. 190732.73 crore . 2,84,10,593 accounts were closed by customers during financial year 2011-12. *
(Release ID :87518)(PIB)
No.12.76/2012-FA (UN)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block,
New Delhi, the 4th September, 2012.
Subject : Grant of Cadre clearance and extension of tenure of foreign assignments of officers of the Organized Gp. ‘A’ & Gp. ‘B’ Services of the Government of India with the international organizations- reg.
Kindly refer to this Department’s O.M. No. AB-14017/2/07-Estt.(RR), dated 29/02/2008, regarding Consolidated guidelines on deputation/foreign service for members of the organized Gp. ‘A’ and Gp.'B' Services of the Central Government. In this regard, the undersigned is further directed to say that the ACC has approved that the norm of fixing seven years as maximum period away from the cadre may be followed strictly.
2.         Therefore, all the Ministries/Departments of the Government of India are hereby requested to restrict the proposals of officers of the organized Gp. ‘A’ & Gp.‘B’ Services of the GOI proceeding on foreign assignment from a deputation post to a maximum of seven years on the deputation post and the foreign assignment put together subject to the tenure limits prescribed in the above referred O.M. dated 29/02/2008.
(Dr. Amarpreet Duggal)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India