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Friday, October 24, 2014

CHQ News:-Sr Postmaster CAT case : Punjab Circle

Although Directorate has directed to apprise Hon'ble CAT Bench Chandigarh on 21/10/2014 that the Revised Recruitment Rules of PS Gr. B which was submitted to DoPT for approval are returned back with certain objections. Therefore the amendment rules are under process and would likely take some time. Yet, no development took place in the last proceeding and matter posted to 11/11/2014 without any arguments. 

As everybody knows that CHQ has already taken up issue with Directorate for release of revised Recruitment Rules of PS Gr. B cadre and series of reminders were also issued but there is no progress. CHQ has ready appealed to all Circle Secretaries, CHQ Office Bearers and ASP (HQ)s of each division to intimate the details of PS Gr. B posts created after 1993 onwards. It is a fact that, administration has to do it but it is also our prime duty to support administration and get the problem/s solved, as this issue is linked with examination and quota distribution matters.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Government to commemorate Sardar Patel’s birthday on October 31 as ‘Rashtriya Ekta Divas’.

Government of India has decided to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on October 31, as ‘Rashtriya Ekta Divas’ or the National Integration Day. Briefing media persons, after attending an official meeting called by the Governor of Maharashtra in Mumbai today, Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar said, government wants to create awareness about the contribution of Sardar Patel during India’s Independence Movement and towards ensuring national integration in India. He said Sardar Patel, who is also known as the iron-man of India was instrumental in merger of princely states, to create a modern India, just after independence. “Celebrating his birth anniversary as national integration day is very appropriate” added the Minister. Union Energy Minister Piyush Goyal, who also attended today’s meeting, said that awareness about Sardar Patel’s contribution is very low, which is very unfortunate. He said, recently he came to know that in the history book of Class X, there is mention of Sardar Patel only once. 

The government has decided to make ‘Rashtriya Ekta Divas’ a popular mass movement, inviting participation from all sections of the society. The participation will be voluntary. Giving details of the action plan for the day, Mr. Javadekar said, ‘run for unity’ will be organized at various places, including towns and villages all over the country, on the morning of October 31. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will himself participate in the event and also broadcast a short radio address on the occasion. Mr. Javadekar informed that in the evening, Police and other organizations like NCC, NSS, Scouts and Guides, Home Guards etc would perform a march-past on the streets in all the district headquarters. He said, necessary instructions have been issued to concerned departments. The Minister also informed that details about how people can register for the run, will be communicated through website and advertisements in a day or two. 

Vallabhbhai Patel was born on October 31, 1875 at Karamsand in Gujarat. A barrister with a successful law practice, Vallabhbhai Patel joined the Indian National Movement under Mahatma Gandhi and grew up to become one of its tallest leaders. He played key leadership roles in organizing peasants’ movements in Kheda, Borsad and Bardoli in Gujarat and promoting the Quit India Movement against the British Raj.. The credit for the integration of over 500 independent princely states in 1947-49 by their merger from what was then a divided India to make it what it is today is due solely to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. 

Source:-PIB

Google launches new email service dubbed ‘Inbox’

Google Inc launched an email service called 'Inbox' on Wednesday that will better organize emails and display information such as appointments, flight bookings and package deliveries in a more user-friendly way.

Google said it was sending out invitations to selected Gmail users to try out the new service. Users can also email the company at inbox@google.com to get an invitation.

For now the new service is being provided alongside Gmail, which was launched in 2004. It will be available on the Web as well as on Android smartphones and iPhones.

"Inbox is by the same people who brought you Gmail, but it's not Gmail: it's a completely different type of inbox, designed to focus on what really matters," the company said in a blog post.

Google said Inbox displays real-time updates to emails — for example, showing the delivery status of items bought online.

It also shows reminders in a more accessible way that allows users to more easily keep track of chores and appointments.

The company said the new application also enhances features that are already available in Gmail that allow users to view purchases and bank account statements grouped together.

Source:-The Times of India

Bureaucrats asked not to act on oral orders from ministers

Ministers or their personal staff may no longer be able to get any work done by merely passing an 'oral' order as government officials have been advised not to go ahead with any decision unless written orders are issued by their immediate superiors. 

The advisory, issued as part of an office memorandum at the behest of Prime Minister's Office (PMO) last week, will be applicable to staff across ministries where a junior official will carry out oral order of his/her senior only after getting written confirmation. Written confirmation of any oral order will be a must, irrespective of whether such instructions are in accordance with the rules or not. 

In recent years, ministers have often been reluctant to record their observations and have instead instructed officials verbally. While some officers insist that orders be spelt out on file, in several cases, including some crucial ones, babus have gone ahead and complied with the ministers' wishes. By issue the latest missive, the PMO has also put ministers on alert. The instructions from the PMO are the latest in a series of advisories and orders on toning up the government and improving the overall decision-making process. 

"If any officer receives oral instructions from the minister or from his personal staff and the orders are in accordance with the norms, rules, regulations or procedures, they should be brought to the notice of the secretary (or the head of department where the officer concerned is working in)", said the manual, referred to by the office memorandum (OM). 

In case the orders are "not in accordance with the norms, rules, regulations or procedures", an official should approach the secretary "stating clearly that the oral instructions are not in accordance with the rules". 

Though the government manual talks about certain exceptions during emergency/urgency or when a minister is on tour or sick, it still insists that the officer should obtain the order in writing from the minister's private secretary and get it confirmed when the minister returns. 

The manual said, "In rare and urgent cases when the minister is on tour or is sick and his approval has to be taken on telephone, the decision of the minister shall be conveyed by his private secretary in writing. In such case, confirmation will be obtained on file when the minister returns to headquarters or rejoins." 

Besides spelling out such dos and don'ts for babus on oral order, the ministry of personnel through the OM also instructed all ministries to conduct a regular weekly training programme for junior officials. 

Noting that the present training structures were largely meant for senior civil servants as part of their "induction training" and "mandatory mid-career training", the OM, issued on October 17, said, "Perhaps, there is no training being imparted at ministry/department level covering all its Group B and C employees on same subject." 

It noted that such training is also important for officials, ranging from UDC to under secretary, in this "era of rapid transformation and heightened expectation of prompt and effective public service delivery". 

"The effectiveness with which the new policies are implemented will largely be dependent on the quality of civil service administration and the ability of its members to operate effectively in the changed environment. This requires a continuous focus on training of employees," said the OM. 

Accordingly, the ministry of personnel advised all central departments to hold "an hour in-house weekly training" for all employees on a regular basis without dislocating their work.

Source:-The Times of India

Happy Diwali


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Retention of Excess Cash balance in Post Offices

To view Department of Posts (P.O Division) No.21/-03/2014-PO dated 13-10-2014 please Click Here.

Shri Hari Pada Kora, a JTS officer of Indian Postal service, Group'A' allotted to Odisha Circle

To view the order please Click Here.

Corrigendum to serial number 13(e) of schedule II of Schedule of Financial Powers of Department of Posts

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The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises gets ISO 9001: 2008 Certificate

The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises has been awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification, demonstrating the Ministry’s mission of promoting the growth and development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises with dedication and commitment. 

Speaking on the occasion Shri Kalraj Mishra, Union Minister for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises expressed happiness over this accomplishment and stated it is a matter of pride that the Ministry is one of the first in Government of India to be awarded ISO certification. He appreciated the hard work put in by the officers and staff to align the systems and procedures with the requirements of ISO standards. He further stated that implementation of ISO standards will enable the Ministry to identify areas for improvement and also bring in transparency and accountability in the functioning. 

Cabinet Secretariat had issued Guidelines to all Ministries/Departments for obtaining ISO Certification. Accordingly, this Ministry had started the preparations in December 2013 by constituting a Management Committee to give direction and momentum to the implementation of ISO 9001:2008. Several rounds of training were imparted to the Ministry’s personnel and the Quality Manuals were prepared in line with the ISO requirements. 

During implementation of ISO 9001: 2008 standards, the Ministry was able to develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) for its functions and activities and compare and benchmark these standard operating procedures with other similar organizations in Government of India, states, private sector or international organizations. 

The award of ISO 9001:2008 certification indicates that the Ministry has implemented a quality management system that enables it to consistently provide services that meets customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for continual improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. 

TUV India Ltd was engaged as the Certifying Body for audit of Quality Management Systems of the Ministry as per ISO Standards. Subsequent to the successful completion Stage1 and 2 Audit in September, 2014, the Certifying Body has awarded ISO 9001: 2008 Certificate to the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. 

Implementation of ISO 9001: 2008 standards will help the Ministry to identify areas for improving functioning and also bring in transparency and accountability in the operations of government machinery. 

Source:-PIB

CHQ News:-Conducting of LDCE for promotion to the cadre of Inspector Posts (66.66%) Departmental quota for the year 2014 and LGO Examination, 2014

It is learnt that LDCE for promotion to the cadre of Inspector Posts and LGO examinations 2014 which were postponed by Directorate vide memo No. A.34012/04/2014-DE dated 23rd September 2014 are likely to be held on following dates. 

1. Inspector Posts Examination : 22-11-2014 and 23-11-2014

2. LGO Examination 23-11-2014 (Sunday)