Thursday, August 8, 2013




        COPY OF JUDGEMENT                   


Consequent on granting permission by the DOP&T to fill up HSG-I vacancies as per existing recruitment rules, HSG-II officials with three year service are considered for HSG-I promotion. But the Postmaster Grade II officials with minimum five years service are only considered for PM Grade-III promotion as per the Postmaster Grade Recruitment Rules approved by DOP&T. ThisDISCRIMINATION was brought to the notice of the Directorate by AIPEU Group ‘C’ (CHQ) earlier. On 02.08.2013, detailed discussion was held with Member (P), Postal Services Board. It is informed that Directorate has already called for the detailed particulars, from Circles. On receipt of information the case will be submitted to DOP&T for RELAXATION of five years to three year at par with HSG II officials.


Eventhough full details of the proposed Post Bank of India is not made public, it is learnt that

(1) Post Bank will be a public sector Bank under the control of Department of Posts as a subsidiary organization. It will function as a Bank separately, just like any other public sector Banks. All Banking Rules and Regulations will be equally applicable to Post Bank also.
(2) Recruiting personnel for running the Bank will be done in the same manner as being done by public sector Banks. Open market recruitment will be made. Existing Postal Employees will not be considered for appointment in the Post Bank.
(3) The Post office Savings Bank will remain as it is and do business as is being done now. Post Bank will be a separate entity.
(4) Full details are yet to be published.

Rajkot Race Course Road SO of Rajkot Division in Rajkot Region (Gujarat Circle)  ALL WOMEN POST OFFICE was inaugurated on 01.08.2013 by Madam Neelam Gupta Ms Rambharosa Postmaster General Rajkot Region Rajkot. Shri Rambharosa Hon’ble Post Master General Rajkot, Shri D. R. Vankar Dy.Accountant General, Shri K. Mohanchandra Sr. AO, Shri R.M Parmar SSPO’s Rajkot Division, Shri G.R Bhanani, P.M.Rathod, G.A Bhat  ADPS o/o PMG Rajkot were present on the occasion along with other officers of RO Rajkot and staff of R.O, DO and post offices around Rajkot HO. Rajkot Race Course Road SO is located at most prominent place centrally situated near Race Course  in the building premises of Accountant General  Office. The establishment of this office is SPM + 2 Postal Assistant  & 1 MTS. The post office is fully computerized and having full proof security arrangement and all amenities pertaining to women employees.

          In Gujarat Circle it is Second All-Women Post office established. First was established at IIT Ahmedabad on 02.07.2013. The post office is part of a national initiative to set up all-women post offices to empower women and encourage gender equality in various sectors. This is the Eleventh All-Women Post Office in the country. The first such office was inaugurated at Shashtri Bhavan in Delhi on 8th March 2013, International Women Day.
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The Anna Road head post office is one of four in the city that have been selected for the project — File Photo
The HinduThe Anna Road head post office is one of four in the city that have been selected for the project — File Phot

Under new project, select head post offices will have ATMs, offer internet and mobile banking

Postal customers may soon be able to access their savings bank account in any post office in the city.
The department of posts is putting in place core banking solutions (CBS) at four of its head post offices in Chennai, and the process is expected to be completed by September. This means these post offices will become like banks and offer a range of services.

The head post offices on Anna Road and in T. Nagar, Mylapore and Tambaram will soon be networked via CBS, which is one of the postal department’s flagship projects.'

At present, customers who have postal savings accounts have to go to the post office where their account is, to carry out any transaction. They also have to wait in long queues to withdraw cash or to get their monthly pensions.

But once CBS is implemented, customers can go to any post office covered under the system and carry out transactions. The project also envisages installing ATMs at these four post offices by October, so that their 2.5 lakh account-holders will be able to access their accounts at the swipe of a card.Customers who have invested in savings 
 certificates too, can encash them using CBS.

Officials of the postal department said they had tied up with Infosys to eventually implement CBS in 110 post offices across the city and its suburbs. Currently, software testing for the project is in progress.

Welcoming the move, 70-year-old D. Sriraman, a resident of Villivakkam, said this would benefit several people who now spend at least half an hour just to withdraw cash.  

The CBS project will be rolled out in all post offices over the next two years in a phased manner. Services offered will include internet banking, mobile banking and mobile transfer of money. The department also is mulling over a proposal to integrate other postal services with CBS.

Postmaster general, Chennai city region, Mervin Alexander said there are nearly 3.3 crore savings account-holders in the region. All postal employees are now being given extensive training in CBS, he added.                                      
            Postal Department today published the list of candidates short listed from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Uttrakhand Postal Circles for Paper-II based on their performance in Paper-I. Update available in India Post website is as follows:
             I. The List of shortlisted candidates for the Computer Typing / Data Entry (PAPER-II) for Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Uttrakhand Postal Circles is added in the given link below.
            II. PAPER-II for Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, North East, Odisha and West Bengal Postal Circles is scheduled on 24th and 25th August 2013. The Admit cards for the same have been dispatched. If not received by 13 August, 2013 then it can be downloaded from this website from August 14, 2013. Click Here to check the results

            The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) says it disagrees with finance ministry’s proposal to encourage its subscribers to shift to New Pension System saying it does not provide better returns than its Employees Pension Scheme-1995.
            The retirement fund body has said this in response to a letter written by Financial Services Secretary to Labour Secretary.
            “If we take return of EPS as indicative return on the fund managed under EPS then the annualised return for the period May 2009 to May 2013 will be 10.47 per cent, which on the face of it, is higher than the return declared by NPS in its scheme for central government”, EPFO said.
            Finance Ministry has written to the Labour Ministry saying: “The subscribers (of EPS) may be given an option to either remain with EPS or join NPS with the same contribution.”
            The ministry argued that NPS, which is a self sustaining pension system, could be a good substitute for EPS and would be beneficial for subscribers as they would get decent returns and adequate pension wealth.
            Moreover, the Finance Ministry said, “The government would be free from any open ended and financially unsustainable liability of EPS.”
            Disagreeing with the contention of the Finance Ministry, EPFO said that EPS scheme provides social security for lower income group people in their old age. In addition, it also provides pension to widow, children and dependents in case of death of the subscriber.
            Under the EPS scheme, many interim benefits are provided.
            Subscribers can withdraw their contribution towards pension while withdrawing his or her EPF money. There is a lock in period of 15 years in NPS.
            Moreover EPS subscribers get bonus of two years on completion of 20 years of service and there is provision of commutation or part withdrawal also. That is not available in NPS.
            EPS’s corpus size stood at Rs 1.83 lakh crore as on March 31, 2013. Under the NPS, total corpus was at Rs 29,852 crore as on March 31, 2013 with a subscribers’ base of 47,70,507 members.
            EPFO has a subscriber base of over 5 crore and manages PF corpus of Rs 3.7 lakh crore excluding the pension fund of Rs 1.83 lakh croreSource : The Hindu


While quashing the charge memo issued to two State Bank of India (SBI) officers alleging misconduct for holding a lunch hour demonstration in August last year, the Madras High Court has held that a mere peaceful demonstration, per se, inside the campus, cannot be understood as a mark of misconduct under the rules.

A Division Bench comprising Justices Chitra Venkataraman and K.B.K.Vasuki passed the common judgment on appeals filed by two officers of the bank against a single Judge’s order of February 8 this year.

The two, D.Thomas Franco Rajendra Dev, Deputy Manager, SBI, RBU, LHO, Chennai and D.Suresh Kumar, Chief Manager, RBU, LHO, Chennai, were the general secretary and elected president of the All India State Bank of India Officers’ Association respectively. The association held a lunch hour demonstration on August 28 last year in front of the local head office and in all the administrative offices of the bank. Members, including the two officers, participated.
In September last year, the two were issued charge memo for alleged misconduct under the bank’s officers’ service rules.

They filed writ petitions contending that registered trade unions had a right to demonstrate peacefully. The right flowed from Art.19 (1) ( c ) of the Constitution. They denied that they instigated the officers of the bank to hold the demonstration. There was no misconduct.
A single Judge rejected the writ petitions, holding that the court could not interfere at the stage of charge memo on the basis of the defence pleaded by the petitioners. Aggrieved, the two filed the present appeals.

Source: The Hindu, 05.08.2013

 No: S.11045/23/2013-CGHS D.II/HEC
Government of India
Directorate General of Central Government Health Scheme
Department of Health & Family Welfare 
Bikaner House Hutments Shahjahan Road
New Delhi 110 108 dated the 1st Aug 2013


Subject :
 Empanelment of private hospitals (including dental clinics and eye centres) and  diagnostic centres under CGHS DELHI & NCR

The undersigned is directed to invite reference to the empanelment of hospitals under CGHS  vide Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s Office Memorandum No:S.10111/23/2009-CGHS D.II/Hospital Cell (Part IX) dated 14.02.2013, vide which 'Continuous Empanelment Scheme’ for private hospitals (including dental clinics and eye centres), diagnostic laboratories and Imaging Centres under CGHS was revived with a view to empanel more health care institutions for CGHS beneficiaries. Accordingly, afterfollowing due process, a list of following hospitals (including dental clinics and eye centres), diagnostic centres and Imaging centres has been finalized as per terms and conditions laid down in the O.M. referred to above as well as signing of MOA and execution of performance Bank Guarantee by them signifying acceptance of terms and conditions of empanelment and rates notified by CGHS in 2010 & in O.M No.Misc.1002/2006/CGHS(R&H)/CGHS (P) dated 7/2/2013.

2. The hospitals (including dental clinics and eye centres), diagnostic laboratories and Imaging Centres, which find their names in the list of hospitals, diagnostic laboratories and Imaging Centres approved for empanelment under CGHS in Delhi & NCR are empanelled for a period of one year from the date of issue of this Office Memorandum or till next new empanelment, whichever is earlier.

3. This Office Memorandum and the rates applicable under CGHS for hospitals (including dental clinics and eye centre), diagnostic laboratories and Imaging Centres can be downloaded from the website of CGHS,

End: As above

(Dr. Sharda Verma)
Additional Director CGHS (HQ)