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The LDC examination for filling up of the posts of MTS pertaining to the vacancies of 2009 will be held on 10.03.2013 (Sunday) from 10 AM to 11 30AM

Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Bill, 2013 Passed by Parliament

The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Bill, 2012 was passed by the Rajya Sabha on 26th February 2013. Lok Sabha has passed it in September 2012.
Sexual Harassment at workplace is a violation of women’s right to gender equality, life and liberty. It creates an insecure and hostile work environment, which discourages women’s participation in work, thereby adversely affecting their economic empowerment and the goal of inclusive growth. However, there is no domestic law to address this issue except a few provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Supreme Court Guidelines in the case of Vishaka vs. State of Rajasthan. The increasing work participation rate of women has made it imperative that a comprehensive legislation focusing on prevention of sexual harassment as well as providing a redressal mechanism be enacted.
The salient features of the Act are as follows:

(i)        It defines “sexual harassment at the workplace” in a comprehensive manner, in keeping with the definition laid down in the Vishaka judgment, and broadening it further to cover circumstances of implied or explicit promise or threat to a woman’s employment prospects or creation of hostile work environment or humiliating treatment, which can affect her health or safety.

(ii)       The definition of “aggrieved woman”, who will get protection under the Act is extremely wide to cover all women, irrespective of her age or employment status, whether in the organised or unorganised sectors, public or private and covers clients, customers and domestic workers as well.

(iii) While the “workplace” in the Vishaka guidelines is confined to the traditional office set-up where there is a clear employer-employee relationship, the Act goes much further to include organisations, department, office, branch unit etc in the public and private sector, organized and unorganized, hospitals, nursing homes, educational institutions, sports institutes, stadiums, sports complex and any place visited by the employee during the course of employment including the transportation.

(iv)      Definition of employee covers regular/temporary/ad hoc/daily wage employees, whether for remuneration or not and can also include volunteers. The definition of employer includes the head of the Government department/organisation/institution/office/branch/unit, the person responsible for management/supervisions/control of the workplace, the person discharging contractual obligations with respect to his/her employees and in relation to a domestic worker the person who benefits from that employment.

(v) The redressal mechanism provided in the Act is in the form of Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) and Local Complaints Committee (LCC). All workplaces employing 10 or more than 10 workers are mandated under the Act to constitute an ICC. The ICC will be a 4 member committee under the Chairpersonship of a senior woman employee and will include 2 members from amongst the employees preferably committed to the cause of women or has experience in social work/legal knowledge and includes a third party member (NGO etc) as well.

(vi)  Complaints from workplaces employing less than 10 workers or when the complaint is against the employer will be looked into by the LCC. A  District Officer notified under the Act will constitute the LCC at the district level. LCC will also look into complaints from domestic workers.

(vii) LCC will be a five member committee comprising of a chairperson to be nominated from amongst eminent women in the field of social work or committed to the cause of women, one member from amongst women working in block/taluka/tehsil/manicipality in the district, two members of whom at least one shall be a woman to be nominated from NGOs committed to the cause of women or a person familiar with the issues related to sexual harassment provided that at least one of the nominees should preferably have a background in law or legal knowledge. The concerned officer dealing with the social welfare or women and child development shall be an ex officio member.

(viii)  A complaint of sexual harassment can be filed within a time limit of 3 months. This may be extended to another 3 months if the woman can prove that grave circumstances prevented her from doing the same.

(ix) The Act has a provision for conciliation. The ICC/LCC can take steps to settle the matter between the aggrieved woman and the respondent, however this option will be used only at the request of the woman. The Act also provides that monetary settlement shall not be made a basis of conciliation. Further, if any of the conditions of the settlement is not complied with by the respondent, the complainant can go back to the Committee who will proceed to make an inquiry. 

(x)  The Committee is required to complete the inquiry within a time period of 90 days. On completion of the inquiry, the report will be sent to the employer or the District Officer, as the case may be, they are mandated to take action on the report within 60 days.

(xi) In case the complaint has been found proved, then the Committee can recommend action in accordance with the provision of service rules applicable to the respondent or as per the rules which will be prescribed, where such service rules do not exist. The committee can also recommend deduction of an appropriate sum from the salary of the respondent or ask respondent to pay the sum. In case the respondent fails to pay such sum, district officer may be asked to recover such sum as an arrear of land revenue.

(xii) In case the allegation against the respondent has not been proved then the Committee can write to the employer/district officer that no action needs to be taken in the matter.

(xiii) In case of malicious or false complaint then the Act provides for a penalty according to the Service Rules. However, this clause has a safeguard in the form of an enquiry prior to establishing the malicious intent. Also, mere inability to prove the case will not attract penalty under this provision.

(xiv) The Act has provisions for providing reliefs to theaggrieved woman in the interim period including leave and transfer during the pendency of the inquiry.

(xv) The Act prohibits disclosure of the identity and addresses of the aggrieved woman, respondent and witnesses. However, information regarding the justice secured to any victim of sexual harassment under this Act without disclosing the identity can be disseminated.

(xvi) The Act casts a responsibility on every employer to create an environment which is free from sexual harassment. Employers are required to organize workshops and awareness programmes at regular intervals for sensitizing the employees about the provision of this legislation and display notices regarding the constitution of Internal Committee, penal consequences of sexual harassment etc.

(xvii) An employer will be liable to a fine of Rs 50,000 in case of violation of his duties under the Act and in case of subsequent violations the amount of fine will be double together with penalty in the form of cancelation of his licence, withdrawal or non-withdrawal of the registration required for carrying out his activity.
(xviii) In case of domestic worker the procedure is different considering the nature of employment. A domestic worker can approach the LCC in case of any complaint. If the complainant wishes then conciliation may be carried out. However, in other cases if the complaint is proved prima facie then the LCC can forward the complaint to the police for registering the case and taking appropriate action under the relevant provision of IPC. 

(xix) Regarding monitoring, the Act provides that the State Governments will monitor implementation and maintain data for all State Government establishments as well as private establishments in their territory. For establishments of the Central Government this duty is cast on the Government of India.  All ICCs have to submit Annual reports to the employer who inturn will submit it to the district officer. All LCCs shall submit their annual report to the district officer. The district officers will submit the report annually to the State Governments.

(xx) The Central and State Governments are mandated to develop relevant IEC and training materials and organise awareness programmes to advance the understanding of the public on the provisions of this Bill.

(xxi) The Central Government will provide financial assistance to the States to meet the expenditure of fee and allowances payable to the members of the Local Complaints Committee.


Clarification about treatment of Voter ID Card and Aadhaar Card as age proof.

SB ORDER NO-2/2013

Enhancement of limit for verification of withdrawals from Savings Accounts made at Extra Departmental Sub/Branch Post Offices and Single Handed Post Offices 

To view the original order please CLICK HERE 


Ø  26 new passenger services, 8 DEMU services and 5 MEMU services to be introduced
Ø  Run of 57 trains to be extended
Ø  Frequency of 24 trains to be increased
Ø  First AC EMU rake to be introduced on Mumbai suburban network in 2013-14
Ø  72 additional services to be introduced in Mumbai and 18 in Kolkata
Ø  Rake length increased from 9 cars to 12 cars for 80 services in Kolkata and 30 services in Chennai
Ø  500 km new lines, 750 km doubling, 450 km gauge conversion targeted in 2013-14
Ø  First ever rail link to connect Arunachal Pradesh
Ø  Some Railway related activities to come under MGNREGA
Ø  For the first time 347 ongoing projects identified as priority projects with the committed funding
Ø  Highest ever plan outlay of Rs. 63,363 crore
Ø  Loan of Rs. 3000 crore repaid fully.

Achievement of target in POSB accounts during the financial year 2012-13.

O/o the Sr. Supdt. of Posts offices,
Bhubaneswar Division, Bhubaneswar-751009

          The Sr. PM, Bhubaneswar GPO,
          All the PMs/SPMs/BPMs under  BBSR Division.      
No.  -   SB -258/ch-II/12(sub)                                                                           dated at Bhubaneswar the 25.02.2013.

Sub :-  Regarding review of performance on achievement of target in POSB accounts during the financial year 2012-13.

This is regarding achievement of target in respect of opening of new accounts for the financial year 2012-13 and in this connection please refer to this office letter No.-SB-258/ch-II/10 dtd 26/07/2012 wherein the assigned target has been mentioned and the same is reiterated below.

Year End Review of Department of Posts
Extracts from PIB Release dated 26th December, 2012
Contributing to the financial inclusion of the rural people:

(A) Wage disbursal under Mahatma Gandhi National Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA):Extensive rural postal network of the country is actively engaged in disbursal of wages of MGNREGA with high levels of efficiency. During the year 2012-13 the Post Offices disbursed about Rs 9,133 crore by October, 2012 through about 5.53 crore savings accounts of MGNREGA workers standing in the Post Offices. Thus, the Department of Posts significantly contributed towards the success of this unique social security arrangement of unprecedented scale.

(B) Financial Inclusion of Below Poverty Line (BPL Household: Department of Posts leveraged its network and outreach to financially include BPL households by targeting them for opening their savings accounts in the Post Offices and thus providing them with access to savings services. During the Year 2012-13 more than 1.53 crore households were financially included through this initiative by October, 2012.

Introduction of e-enabled services

(A) 24,969 Departmental post offices have been computerized as on date
(B) IndiaPost has introduced Remotely Managed Franking System in place of existing electronic Franking Machines. Around 5681 RMFS machines have been licensed and activated as on date.
(C) e-Post office Portal was commissioned during 2011. During the current year PLI premia payment has also been added apart from sale of philatelic material.


PLI Directorate vide letter No. 26-2/2009-LI dated 16-01-2013 has clarified that provisions of PLI Directorate letter no. 35017/78-LI (Vol III) dated 19.3.96 regarding admissibility of incentive to SDI/ASP for verification/scrutiny of RPLI proposals have not been superseded either the directorate letter no 26-02/2009-LI dated 18.9.2009 or any other subsequent letter.

The above clarification has been issued by PLI Directorate to clear the doubts raised by some circles consequent upon issuance of revised incentive structure for PLI/RPLI sale force. In the above letter it has been clarified that SDI/ASPs shall be paid incentive equal to 10% of the procurement commission paid to the Gramin Dak Sewaks and Gramin Dak BPM’s whose proposals are verified by such SDI/ASP. This will be limited to only the first year premium income commission earned by Gramin Dak Sewaks and Gramin Dak BPM’s on such proposals.

Now path and all hurdle to clear the pending incentive bills of SDI/ASP has been vacated and incentive will be paid for verification of RPLI proposals as was being paid in view of Directorate order no. 35-15/78-LI (Vol III) dated 19.3.96 .

Requests for re-allotment / change of posting rejected (Group B grade)

Copy of Postal Directorate letter No. 9-23/2012-SPG dated 15/02/2013 is reproduced below.

All Heads of Circles,
All PTCs,
PCSI Ghaziabad

Sub : Promotion/postings of officers in PSS Group B grade.

                I am directed to refer to this Directorate’s Order No. 9-23/2012-SPG dated 28/12/2012 on the subject cited above and to say that Competent Authority has observed that some officials have not been relieved to join their new place of posting as they have represented for re-allotment / change of posting. This scenario has caused administrative problems and non-compliance of Directorate’s orders.

2.            As such I am directed to request that all the officers, who have not been relieved so far, for one reason or other, may be relieved immediately with the directions to report for duty to the office concerned as per posting orders immediately without taking into consideration of any re-allotment requests.  The re-allotment requests received from officials, who are yet to join the new post on promotion to PS Group B are not being considered at this stage.

3.            It may be ensured that all officers should join the new assignment immediately and date of joining of such officers may be intimated to this Directorate latest by 28/2/2013. In respect of officers who decline the promotion, their refusal letter may also be sent by 8/3/2013. It is requested to accord priority to this case.

Yours faithfully,

(Raj Kumar)
Director (Staff)


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Dies non (No Work No Pay)

All the Central Government employees those who are participated in the Two Day Strike have been warned by the government through its circular dated 15-02-2013, that leave of any kind will not be sanctioned for them. It is under stood that the absence of two days in strike period will be treated as Dies non (No Work No Pay).

The West Bengal State Government too issued a circular a day before , in which it has been said that no leave will be granted to its employees during the strike, and if they aren’t present in office it will be treated asdies non with no salary admissible if they don’t give a suitable reason and produce proper documents for refraining from turning up for duty.

What is Dies non ?

Dies non: In service terms, “dies non” means a day, which cannot be treated as duty for any purpose. It does not constitute break in service. But the period treated as ‘dies non’ does not qualify as service for pensionary benefits or increment.

As per the Postal Manual Volume III, Central Civil Services (Classification,Control and appeal) rules, 1965, the Absence of officials from duty without proper permission or when on duty in office, they have left the office without proper permission or while in the office, they refused to perform the duties assigned to them is subversive of discipline. In cases of such absence from work, the leave sanctioning authority may order that the days on which work is not performed be treated as dies non, i.e. they will neither count as service nor be construed as break in service. This will be without prejudice to any other action that the competent authorities might take against the persons resorting to such practices.

Central Trade Unions rejected the Government’s, appeal to call off the strike. The proposed strike from 20th February will continue

Central Trade Unions rejected the Government’s, appeal to call off the strike. The proposed strike from 20th February will continue

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on Sunday appealed to the unions to call off their strike as it would cause loss to economy besides inconvenience to people and offered talks.

The Prime Minister had requested his senior Cabinet colleagues A K Antony, Sharad Pawar and P Chidambaram besides Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge to hold discussions with the union leaders.

Finance Minister P Chidambaram could not attend the meeting because of ongoing budget meetings.

The meeting took place in Antony’s office at the Defence Ministry.

The panel of ministers failed to give any concrete proposal.

Two days strike will continue

Ø  10 Crores workers will participate in the strike
Ø  13 lakhs Central Government employees including 5.5 lakhs Postal employees joining historic two days strike
Ø  Transport and banking services to take major hit
Ø  economy would take a hit of Rs. 15,000-20,000 crore 

Rates of interest on advances and loans to Govt. employees, for construction/purchase of houses/flat

Ministry of Urban Development
(Housing-III Section)
 Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi.
 Dated:- the 17th January, 2013

 Subject:- Rates of interest on advances and loans to Govt. employees, for construction/purchase of houses/flats.

 The undersigned is directed to enclose herewith a copy of Ministry of Finance, Deptt. of Expenditure's O.M. No. 5(3)-B(PD)/2012 dated the 3rd January 2013 intimating the rates of interest on advances and loans given to Government employees for construction/purchase of houses/flats during 2012-13 i.e. 1st April, 2012 to 31St March, 2013 and until further orders, for information and compliance.

 Dy. Financial Adviser
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Economic Affairs
(Budget Division)
 Room No. 263-B, North Block,
 New Delhi dated the 3rd January, 2013.

Office Memorandum

        The undersigned is directed to state that the rates of interest on advances and loans given to Government employees for construction/purchase of houses/flats during 2012-13 i.e. 1st April, 2012 to 31st March, 2013 and until further orders will be as under:-

Slab                                        Interest Rate  percent per annum

 Advance upto Rs. 50,000/-                      6.00
 Advance uto Rs. 1,50,000/-                     7.50
 Advance upto  Rs. 500,000/-                   9.00
 Advance upto  Rs. 7,50,000/-                  9.50

          Ministry of Urban Development is requested to issue separate O.M. at their level on the above issue.

 This issues with the approval of hon'ble Finance Minister.

 (A.K. Bhatnagar)
 Under Secretary (Budget)

Trade Union Strike 2013 : Instructions issued by the Department of Personnel & Training (DOP&T)

                                                                                                                           Dated the 15th February, 2013
Joint Secretary (AT & Admn.)
D.C. No. 33012/1(s)/2013-Estt-B

Dear Sir/Madam,
The Joint Platform of Action of Government and Associate Services Employee’s Organizations — All India Committee has given a notice that the affiliated organizations of JPA and the mass of employees working in Government services throughout the country will boycott work and resort to various forms of protest action on two days Nationwide General strike on 20th& 21st February, 2013 in pursuance of their Charter of Demands.

2. The instructions issued by the Department of Personnel & Training prohibit the Government servants from participating in any form of strike including mass casual leave, go-slow etc. or any action that abet any form of strike in violation of Rule 7 of the CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964. Besides, in accordance with the proviso to Rule 17 (1) of the Fundamental Rules, pay and allowances is not admissible to an employee for his absence from duty without any authority. As to the concomitant rights of an Association after it is formed, they cannot be different from the rights which can be claimed by the individual members of which the Association is composed. It follows that the right to form an Association does not include any guaranteed right to strike. There is no statutory provision empowering the employees to go on strike. The Supreme Court has also agreed in several judgments that going on a strike is a grave misconduct under the Conduct Rules and that misconduct by the Government employees is required to be dealt with in accordance with the law. Any employee going on strike in any form would face the consequences which, besides deduction of wages, may also include appropriate disciplinary action. In this connection, your kind attention is also drawn to this Department’s CM No. 33012/1(s)/2008-Estt (B) (pt) dated 1 2th September, 2008 (copy enclosed)

3. A Joint Consultative Machinery for Central Government employees is already functioning. This scheme has been introduced with the object of promoting harmonious relations and of securing the greatest measure of co-operation between the Government, in its capacity as employer, and the general body of its employees in matters of common concern, and with the object, further of increasing the efficiency of the public service. The JCM at the different levels have been discussing issues brought before it for consideration and either reaching amicable settlement or referring the matter to the Board of Arbitration in relation to pay and allowances, weekly hours of work and leave, whenever no amicable settlement could be reached in relation to these items.

4. The Central Government Employees under your Ministry/Departments may, therefore, be suitably informed of the aforesaid instructions under the Conduct Rules issued by this Department and other regulations upheld by the Hon’ble Supreme Court and dissuaded from resorting to strike in any form. You may also issue instructions not to sanction Casual Leave or other kind of leave to employees if applied for, during the period of the proposed strike and ensure that the willing employees are allowed hindrance free entry into the office premises. For this purpose, Joint secretary (Admn) may be entrusted with the task of coordinating with security personnel. Suitable contingency plan may also be worked out to carry out the various functions of the Ministry/Department.
5. In case the employees go on strike, a report indicating the number of employees who took part in the proposed strike may be conveyed to this Department on the evening of the day.
With kind regards,

Yours sincerely,
(Manoj Joshi)
Joint Secretary (AT & Admn.)

core banking in post office

All post offices across India will offer online banking services to customers by May next year, according to Killi Kruparani, Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology of India.
India Post offers a wide range of financial services such as savings accounts, insurance and provident funds. The network of 155,000 post offices across the country provides critical services in rural areas that lack banking infrastructure.

“Every post office in our country will provide online services to the citizens in both rural and urban areas by May 2014”, announced Kruparani. “The postal network will develop a strong core banking solution through which money transfers will be done within a day instead of the current 4-6 days”.

Kruparani stated that the central government has earmarked INR 47 billion (US$884.8 million) for the computerisation and modernisation of post offices in India. The modernisation of India Post is a major project under the National e-Governance Plan of India

Shortage of NSCs hits post offices - Patna

PATNA: The city denizens willing to make small savings and enjoy income tax benefits through National Savings Certificates (NSCs) before March are facing acute shortage of certificates in the post offices nowadays.
According to sources in the office of the chief postmaster general, Patna, there is a real crisis of NSCs of Rs 100, 500, 1,000, 5,000 and 10,000 value in all the 93 sub-post offices, two general post offices (GPO) and 252 branch post offices in rural areas of Patna district.


The direct cash transfer scheme (DCT) is going to be launched through post offices in Chittoor district. The seeding of the accounts of beneficiaries with Aadhaar numbers and biometrics is being completed and it would be launched by February 9, Chief Postmaster General AP Circle Karuna Pillai said.
Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister of State for Information Technology and Communication Killi Kripa Rani, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and other Ministers and dignitaries are expected to attend the launch, she said speaking on the sidelines of the AP Postal Regional Cultural Selection Trials 2013 here on Saturday.
Further, the Department of Posts is launching its core banking service in Srikakulam district and Parvathipuram division this month, she said. With the linking of the postal savings bank accounts the users would be able to transact their accounts in any post office in the region for now and later it would be expanded to cover all the post offices. These accounts also would be seeded with the Aadhaar and biometric details to enable their unique identification and enable them to be used for the Centre’s DCT scheme.
Accepting the fact that there were delays in the delivery of Aadhaar cards to individuals she said that postmen were heavily burdened. In some cases the postmen have 8,000 articles to deliver. This would cause a delay in their delivery. In Hyderabad, the postmen have been delivering the Aadhaar cards on Sundays and holidays also, she said and added that the Department was also recruiting staff apart from provide postmen with two-wheelers to increase the efficiency in the last mile delivery, she added.
The Department will sett up two automatic mail sorting machines at its complex near the Hyderabad airport. One system would cater to the regular letters and the other to sort the parcels. The letter sorting machine would be able to handle 35,000 letters per hour and the other would be able to sort 25,000 parcels per hour.

Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh to launch the scheme

Source:-The Hindu

'Merger of 50% of DA and DR with basic pay' - Finance Ministry not agreed to the Demand

 The below explanation was presented by the Minister of State for Finance Shri.Namo Narain Meena to the questions regarding merger of DA / DR with basic pay of Central Government employees and Pensioners in the Parliament on 14.12.2012.
Q: Whether various Associations/ Organisations of Central Government employees demanded merger of 50 per cent Dearness Allowance into the basic pay of Central Government employees and pensioners and the recommendation of the Sixth Central Pay Commission in this regard and action taken by the Government thereto?

Reply:Yes, A number of representations have been received from Associations/Organizations of Central Government Employees/Pensioners and individuals demanding merger of 50% of Dearness AHowance/ Dearness Relief with basic pay/pension respectively. The demand has been considered by the Government and not agreed to since the 6th Central Pay Commission has not recommended as such. 
The 6th Central Pay Commission did not recommend merger of dearness allowance with Basic Pay at any stage. Government accepted this recommendation vide Government of India Resolution dated 29.08.2008.


    This is regarding Half Yearly enumeration of unregistered postal articles to be conducted from 08.02.2012 to 21.08.2012 (Both days inclusive). The statistics of the department are complied from these returns and the value of the enumeration depends upon the intelligence and accuracy with which it is made. PMs/SPMs and BPMs are therefore required to give personal attention to this work. The profarma prescribed for noting the enumeration is enclosed herewith.

·         The enumeration must be made daily by each PM/SPM/BPM of the number of ordinary unregistered articles of the letter mail and unregistered parcel given out for delivery to the Postmen, GDS MD and from the window.

·         The different classes of postal service articles of the unregistered letter mail should also be counted separately and the total number of articles of each class should be shown in the enumeration return against the appropriate head.

·         The SPMs and PMs should pay their personal attention and count all types of unregistered mails received everyday from 08.02.2012 to 21.02.2012 and note down the same in the proforma immediately.

·         The SPM’s should, after consolidating the return figures received from the BO’s and forward the consolidated report to the HO on or before 23.02.2012.

Ms. P. Gopinath, IPoS-1977 is new Director General (Posts)

Ms. P. Gopinath, IPoS-1977 is new Director General (Posts) w.e.f. 01.02.2013 CLICK HERE to view Postal Directorate memo no  1-2/2013-SPG dated 01.02.2013.


AICPI – IW (All India Consumer price Index for industrial workers with the base as 2001=100) for the month of December 2012 has been issued by Government. From this data it is expected that the Dearness Allowance (DA) eligibility for all Central Government Employees and Pensioners with effect from January 2013 will be 80%.