Friday, November 28, 2014
On behalf of National federation of Postal Employees, Com. Giriraj Singh, President NFPE, Com. R. N. Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE and on behalf of AIPEU Group ‘C’, Com. N. Subramanian, General Secretary, Com. Balwinder Singh, Financial Secretary & Com. A. Veeramani, AGS have met the chairman Shri. T. S. R. Subramanian, Task force on Leveraging the Post office Network on 27.11.2014 at Meghdoot Bhawan, New Delhi.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Chief Postmaster General Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States B. V. Sudhakar, trying his hand at a two-wheeler while launching the first of its kind mechanized letter Box clearance service in Hyderabad at Dak Sadan on Wednesday.
Tirumala Tirupati ‘darshanam’ tickets and non-judicial stamps to be sold in post offices soon. Unlike the popular belief that Internet and mobiles have reduced the usage of Postal Department, personal and business mails were increasing.
Post offices will soon begin selling Tirumala-Tirupati ‘darshanam’ tickets and also non-judicial stamps (stamp papers).
The Chief Post Master General of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, B.V. Sudhakar, said the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has agreed to sell 1,000 tickets through select post offices in five districts – Chittoor, Vizianagaram, Warangal, Kurnool and Hyderabad – on a pilot basis.
The number of tickets may go up to 5,000 per day if the TTD agrees later. Training of employees for this purpose is on, he said.
With regard to sale of non-judicial stamps, he said the Telangana government has accepted the proposals sent to them and non-judicial stamps will be available across all post offices from December first week onwards. Similar proposals were also sent to the Andhra Pradesh government and it is likely to give its nod soon.
Mr. Sudhakar, who was speaking to the reporters after launching mechanised clearance of letter boxes here on Wednesday, said the Postal Department was sending 10.27 lakh Speed Post articles per month in the two States, of which 5.81 lakh were from Hyderabad alone. It was also handling 17.35 lakh Speed Post deliveries, of which 5.31 lakh were in the city.
Unlike the popular belief that Internet and mobiles have reduced the usage of Postal Department, personal and business mails were increasing. Till last year, 16 lakh letters were handled daily while it has increased to 22.24 lakh per day as per the September 2014 figures, he said.
Mr. Sudhakar said extreme care was being taken while disbursing money under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme. “We disburse Rs. 1,500 crore under the scheme to the beneficiaries. Biometric method is being used to ensure genuineness of the person and later the same is linked to the Aadhar card,” he said, adding that even the social security pensions to the tune of Rs. 450 to Rs. 500 crore per month were disbursed without any hassles.
Mechanised clearance system to ease delivery
Under the mechanised clearance of letter boxes, mails are cleared through specially-designed Departmental Mail Motor Services in all the prominent pillar type post boxes under three postal divisions in the city.
For this purpose, all these post boxes are segregated into 10 beats. Letters collected under this system will be brought directly to the Hyderabad sorting office for onward dispatch to various stations. The mechanised clearance will not only save time, but also speed up the delivery.
Letters are also being cleared in selected post boxes under the ‘Nanyatha’ programme. Under this system, when the letters are cleared, the barcode number kept inside the box is scanned through a mobile phone using android technology.
The information is uploaded on the website ‘http://appost.in/nanyatha’ indicating the time of clearance, number of letters cleared in each box, the person who has cleared and the location. The scheme helps people to know whether the letter posted in a particular box was cleared and when. It is available in Hyderabad and Vijayawada as of now.
Source : http://www.thehindu.com/
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government is likely to take a major decision of the lowering of the mandatory retirement age for its employees to 58 years old, two years earlier than what the present law requires.
It would be one of the major decisions to be taken by the BJP government after came to power to curb slow manpower turn-over in government.
The present law setting the mandatory retirement age at 60 years old may be affecting the bureaucracy’s productivity.
Since studies show that Indian people reaching the age of 50 years old tend to suffer from a decline of cognitive and physical abilities.
That older employees also find it harder to adapt to modern technology, which is must required to develop the nation.
The youth voters in country have increased and so the BJP also wants to focus on young voters to say, “More retirees would mean more job openings for the youth.”
PM Modi earlier said at New York’s Madison Square Garden, that India, which is the youngest country in the world, will live up to the expectations.
“There is an atmosphere of hope and enthusiasm. India wants change. A country with such a huge population of young people does not have a need to look back,” he added.
“India is a youthful nation with a very old culture. 65 percent of Indians are below the age of 35,” he said.
“The government may clear the decrease in the retirement age either by June 30 or after receiving the Seventh Pay Commission report” said a source.
It may be likely to be a part of the terms of reference of the Seventh Pay Commission, expected to file its report in 2015.
The decrease in retirement age would be happening first time after Independence. In 1998, the BJP government led by Atal Bihari Bajpai increased the retirement age to 60 from 58 following implementation of the Fifth Pay Commission.
Experts said it would put pressure on the government exchequer for payment of retirement benefits. However, sources confirmed this would be manageable.
The move to decrease the retirement age may pressure the states to follow it.
The BJP led Haryana government has already declared yesterday decided to lower the retirement age of its employees from 60 to 58 years.
A joint general body meeting of AIPEU Gr.C., AIPEU PM&MTS & AIPEU GDS (NFPE) has been held on 23-11-2014.
Com.M.S.Baig (Gr.C) Com.K.N.Chary (ACS,GDS) were attended as invitees from the respective Circle Unions.
A new set of office bearers were elected unanimously for the divisional unions of Gr.C., P4 & GDS (NFPE) for the ensuing period.
A general body meeting of GDS (NFPE) members in Narasaraopet (AP Circle) held on 23-11-2014.
A new set of Office bearers were elected for the Divisional Union of AIPEU GDS (NFPE) Narasaraopet for the ensuing period.