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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Minutes of Four Monthly Meeting with Chief PMG

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Aadhaar not mandatory for getting pension: Government

Aadhaar card is not mandatory for central government employees to get their pension, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh has said. 

In 30th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies here recently, he said Aadhaar is an additional facility to enable the use of technology for submission of life certificate without the need for visiting banks. 

His assertion assumes significance as there were reports of some retired employees facing difficulty in getting the pension in the absence of Aadhaar linkage with their bank accounts. 

The minister clarified that Aadhaar has not been made mandatory for getting pension for government employees, according to the minutes of the meeting. 

Aadhaar is a 12-digit number, issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), that acts as identification and address proof. 

There are about 48.41 lakh central government employees and 61.17 lakh pensioners. 

Singh cited various initiatives started by the central government for the welfare of its employees and pensioners. 

"For instance, minimum pension has been increased to Rs 9,000, ceiling of gratuity has been increased to Rs 20 lakh, fixed medical allowance has been increased to Rs 1,000 per month," the minister said. 

"Constant attendance allowance has been increased from Rs 4,500 to Rs 6,750 with effect from July 1, 2017. Some benefits relating to income-tax e.g. standard deduction, tax-rebate etc.on interest made available in the Finance Bill, 2018," he said. 

Source:-The Economic Times

Addendum-Syllabus for Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LDCE) for AAO cadre of IP&T AFS Group 'B' under AAO RR, 2018

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

UPU News:- Postal CEOs assemble in Istanbul to discuss the way forward

Postal chief executives will gather at the UPU World CEO Forum May 9 and 10 to discuss how to take advantage of increasing digitization.

This year’s forum, hosted by the Turkish Post in Istanbul, has the theme: “Postal digital dividends: A new portfolio, better performance or a redefined mission?”
"This vibrant city is a bridge between Europe and Asia. In many ways, the Forum, by bringing together so many CEOs, is itself a dynamic bridge for transferring knowledge, ideas and information,” said UPU Director General Bishar A. Hussein. 
“UPU, from the start, has had a single, driving ambition for the Forum: to help CEOs build a powerful vision of the postal future, and support them in their drive to do so,” he added. 
The first panel discussions will have participants pick up the conversation from where they left off in 2017, taking into account the current global economic environment. They will then go on to examine changing customer expectations and their role as universal service providers.
Postal leaders will close the discussions by drawing some conclusions to send to the ministers responsible for the Post, who will meet this September at the Ministerial Strategy Conference held in Addis Ababa. 
The UPU World CEO Forum is an exclusive, CEOs-only event where the captains of designated postal operators come together over two days to discuss opportunities that the industry can leverage to build a strong and vibrant Post for the future. It also provides a rare opportunity for CEOs to network among their peers. 
This year marks the third anniversary of the Forum, which was launched in Paris in 2016. The 2017 event was hosted by the Russian Post in Moscow. 
Some 60 CEOs from around the globe have already confirmed their participation at this year’s event. 
Next year’s UPU World CEO Forum will be held between 10-12 June at a venue to be agreed.