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Friday, February 27, 2015

Posting in PS Group-B Cadre

Shri Ajit Ku. Dash, a PS Group-B Officer (under orders of transfer from Assam Circle) on modification of orders of posting as SPOs, Balangir Division dated 07-10-2014  is allotted to Berhampur Region for posting as SRM, RMS ‘BG’ Division, Berhampur vide C.O. Memo No.ST/2-4(2)/2013 dated 24/02/2015. 

Addendum to SB Order No.2/2015- "Sukanya Samridhi Account"

Promotion and allotment of Postal Service, Group 'B'officers to Junior Time Scale (JTS) of Indian Postal Service, Group 'A' ( Pay Band-3: Rs. 15,600-39,100 + GP: Rs.5,400/-)

To view Department of Posts (Personnel Division) Order No. 4-2/2014-SPG Dated 26-02-2015 please Click Here.

Transfers / postings of the JTS/STS officers of Indian Postal Service (IPoS), Group 'A'

To view Department of Posts (Personnel Division) Order No. 4-2/2014-SPG dated 26-02-2015 please Click Here.

Link pay of Government workers with productivity, recommends finance panel

By Surojit Gupta, TNN

The 14th Finance Commission has suggested linking pay with productivity with a focus on technology, skills and incentives, a move aimed at raising the productivity of government employees. 

The panel has recommended that in future additional remuneration be linked to increase in productivity. 

The Seventh Pay Commission is expected to submit its recommendations by August and it has been asked to look at the issue of raising productivity and improving the overall quality of public services in the country. 

The Sixth Pay Commission had also said that steps should lead to improvement in the existing delivery mechanism by more delegation and de-layering and an emphasis on achieving quantifiable and concrete end results. Emphasis is to be on outcome rather than processes, it had said. The earlier Pay Commissions had also made several recommendations to enhance productivity and improve administration. 

The 14th Finance Commission's recommendations assume significance at a time when theNarendra Modi government has focused its attention to improve the delivery of public services and is taking steps to use technology to improve efficiency. 

The Union government has taken several steps to shore up the bureaucracy and has changed the way attendance is measured in government offices. 

"Further we recommend that Pay Commissions be designated as Pay and Productivity Commissions with a clear mandate to recommend measures to improve productivity of an employee," said the 14th Finance Commission headed by former Reserve Bank of India GovernorYV Reddy

The Reddy panel said productivity per employee can be raised through the application of technology in public service delivery and in public assets created. 

"Raising the skills of employees through training and capacity building also has a positive impact on productivity. The use of appropriate technology and associated skill development require incentives for employees to raise their individual productivities," the Reddy led panel said. 

"A Pay Commission's first task, therefore, would be identify the right mix of technology and skills for different categories of employees. The next step would be to design suitable financial incentives linked to measureable performance," the panel said. 

An internal study by the Commission showed that the expenditure on pay and allowances (excluding expenditure for Union territories) more than doubled for the period 2007-08 to 2012-13 from Rs 46,230 crore to Rs 1.08 lakh crore.

Source:-The Economic Times

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Adhoc Promotion in PS Group-B Cadre

Shri P.C. Mohapatra, ASP(I/C), Cuttack East Sub-Division on his promotion to PS Gr- B cadre on temporary and ad-hoc basis is allotted to Bhubaneswar HQ Region and posted as Superintendent, PSD, Bhubaneswar-751007 vide C.O Memo No. ST/2-4(3)/2015 dated 25-02-2015.

Shri Pramod Ku. Nanda, Superintendent, PSD, Bhubaneswar-751007 is retiring on Superannuation on 28/02/2015(A/N). 

Rail Budget 2015: Highlights

1. No increase in rail fares

2. Investment of Rs 8.50 lakh crore envisaged over the next five years 

3. 17,000 toilets to be replaced by bio-toilets; stress on 'clean Railways' 

4. Railways allots 67% more funds for passenger amenities 

5. Nationwide 24*7 helpline announced (24*7 helpline 138 will be effective from 1/3/2015; Toll free No. 182 for security complaints) 

6. Railways to raise finances via SPVs, partnerships 

7. Private agencies to be asked to set up waste-to-energy conversion plants 

8. Railways can play prime role in poverty elimination 

9. Chronic underinvestment has led to poor development of Railways 

10. Railways to go through transformation in five years; to increase track capacity by 10 per cent to 1.38 lakh km 

11. Rs 2000 crore for Coastal Connectivity Program; to commission 1,200 km fresh lines this year 

12. ISRO, RDSO, IIT Kanpur to help provide facilities for safety at unmanned level crossings 

13. 9 hi-speed corridors announced; work on Mumbai-Ahmedabad fast train feasibility study expedited 

14. SMS alert for arrival-departure services; reserved ticket booking window raised to 120 days 

15. Four-point goal: Improved customer experience, safer travel, better infra, financially self-sustainable 

Source:-The Economic Times

Validity of Self Attested Documents

It is a constant endeavour of the Government to simplify procedures by introduction of self certification. For this, all Central Ministries / Departments as well as State Government / UTs have been requested to review the existing requirement in this regard and make provision for self certification, wherever possible. Response from 25 States / UTs has been received indicating action taken by them. 

Different organizations prescribe different criteria for attestation, subject to statutory and legal provisions. As per its mandate, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances has been requesting them to adopt self-certification, wherever possible, as a measure of administrative reform. 

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Narendra Kumar Kashyap in the Rajya Sabha today. 

(Release ID :115958)


Want to buy World Cup stamp souvenirs? Visit philatelic bureau

Kolkata, Feb 26 (PTI) For cricket enthusiasts, all roads now lead to the philatelic bureau of the city's General Post Office.

With the India Post procuring over one lakh souvenir sheets of stamps on the ongoing Cricket World Cup, recently released by the New Zealand postal, lovers of the game, young and old, flocked to the place.

India Post targets 50-fold growth in e-commerce revenue

 Internet retailers may have been the bane of the brick-and-mortar retail trade and a pain for the old order of things, but for one relic from the past, they are a proving to be a veritable godsend.

For India Post, a 240-year-old straggler long fighting for relevance in a digital economy, the explosive growth in this new-age business has offered it a fresh lease of life and given it the luxury of dreaming big.

These dreams have been bolstered by firms such as Flipkart and Amazon signing up for its services and with the theatre of activity for the fastgrowing ecommerce sector now moving to the country's remote corners.

The Department of Posts is targeting a seemingly implausible 50-fold increase in ecommerce revenues. "With decline in document shipments, ecommerce is our department's new focus," a top official at the Department of Posts, told ET. "We are targetingRs 5,000 crore in revenue from this segment alone in the next 24 months." It won't be an easy task given that in the previous fiscal year to end-March 2014, it earnedRs 10,750 crore in overall turnover.

This year, it is on course to earnRs 100 crore as delivery revenues from ecommerce firms, giving the department's claims a dark ring of incredulity as it is looking at a 50-fold jump in just two years. But officials point out that India Post had managed to expand ecommerce delivery revenues from Rs 20 crore toRs 100 crore in just a year, and given the explosive growth the sector is seeing, an exponential increase in revenues is not impossible. The department started cash on delivery pilots with Amazon in 2013. But the service picked up steam only in 2014, when it signed up players such as Flipkart, Snapdeal and Shopclues.

Karnataka and Haryana currently account for most ecommerce shipments followed by Delhi, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.India's online retail industry is expected to soar to $23 billion (Rs 1.4 lakh crore) by 2018 from about $2 billion in 2013. The overall ecommerce sector, including online travel bookings, is projected at $43 billion by 2018, according to Nomura. To be sure, India Post will not have it easy, competing as it will be with several large logistics firms such as FedExDTDCBlue Dart and DHL as well as a rash of startups such as Ecom Express and Delhivery that have jumped on to the bandwagon.


India Post, founded as an arm of the East India Company, was a vital strategic institution for decades but its relevance declined dramatically as the rise of the Internet and use of emails for communication made its postcards and inland letters increasingly redundant.

But despite its mainstay business staring at oblivion, the department continued to have several advantages over its competitors, most notably its vast network of 1.5 lakh offices and an army of about 5.5 lakh employees across the country.

India Post has begun leveraging that strength now. It has begun training its postmen in ecommerce-specific requirements, such as accepting cash or card payments on delivery - crucial for online retailers in India - and handling same-day shipments. It also plans to open about 60 socalled fulfilment centres, where goods are stored and sorted before deliveries, across the country this year for its ecommerce business.

For instance in Bengaluru, India Post will invest Rs 1 crore to decentralise packaging and ecommerce parcel services by establishing warehouses across the city, according to MS Ramanujan, Chief Post Master General, Karnataka Circle. To compete with DHL, India Post plans to buy land near the airport to establish a warehousecum-parcel centre, he said.

In Bengaluru and Gurgaon, India Post is already handling about 13,000 and 20,000 shipments, respectively, every day. "We are currently stretched to our limits. Opening ecommerce specific warehouses will lessen the load on post offices," said the official of the Department of Post, quoted earlier.


India Post can take heart from the experience of other countries where explosive growth of ecommerce has changed fortunes of their state-run postal departments.

In the West, government postal services have gained the most from the ecommerce sector.

"The US Post is expected to earn half of its revenues from ecommerce package deliveries by 2020. Deutsche Post in Germany and Australia Post have also done well," said Arvind Singhal, head of retail advisory firm Technopak.

Its customers, many of whom are now looking to spread their wings in the hinterland to tap the market potential in India's small towns and villages, have good things to say.

"Given the vastness of our country, India Post plays a key role in offering a seamless experience for our customers who are located in the most remote parts of India," said Neeraj Aggarwal, senior director, supply chain, at Flipkart, which has been working with India Post since last year in addition to its own logistics firm Ekart.

India's ecommerce logistics market is expected to gross overRs 7,200 crore ($1.2 billion) this year.

According to consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, ecommerce firms will need about 15 million sq ft of warehouse space by 2017, up from about 1.7 million sq ft available now. "Getting manpower for last-mile delivery and high expectations of same-day delivery due to technology integration are major challenges for us," said an official at a large ecommerce logistics player, declining to be identified. Shrinking air cargo space and rising costs have also put pressure on private companies to increase shipment rates. "I don't see shipment costs going down in 2015," said Mohit Tandon, cofounder at Gurgaon-based logistics startup Delhivery. India Post claims an advantage here, too.

Source:-The Economic Times