Thursday, 2 April 2020

Regarding providing short term additional life insurance for all the GDS & enhanced medical reimbursement for Covid-19 affected GDS staff

 
Regarding providing short term additional life insurance for all the GDS & enhanced medical reimbursement for Covid-19 affected GDS staff -- DO lr to Dte by CPMG -Telangana Circle

ction Points Emerging Out Of VC Of Hon'ble MoC With CPMsG || Directorate Letter Dated 01/04/2020

 
Action points emerging out of VC of Hon'ble MoC with CPMsG 

Date for renewal of health, motor insurance policies extended to April 21

 
Ministry of Finance

Government provides   relief for third party Motor Insurance & Health policy holders in the light of COVID-19 lockdown
Date for renewal of health, motor insurance policies extended to April 21

Posted On: 02 APR 2020 1:13PM by PIB Delhi
The Government has provided relief for third party Motor Insurance & Health policy holders in the light of COVID-19 lockdown. The Ministry of Finance has issued notifications on April 1, 2020, stating that the renewal dates of Health and Motor insurance policies which fall in the period from March 25, 2020, to April 14, 2020, are extended till April 21, 2020 due to coronavirus lockdown.

This means that your existing policies which are falling due for renewal from March 25, 2020, to April 14, 2020, can be renewed up till April 21,2020.

Third Party Motor Insurance :
If your current compulsory third-party Motor insurance policy is expiring between March 25, 2020, and April 14, 2020, and you are not able to renew your policy because of country-wide lockdown then you can renew such motor insurance policy by April 21, 2020.

According to the notification issued by Ministry of Finance,
"The policyholders whose motor vehicle third party insurance policies fall due for renewal during the period on and from the 25th March 2020 up to the 14th April 2020 and who are unable to make payment of their renewal premium on time in view of the prevailing situation in the country as a result of Corona Virus disease (COVID-19), are allowed to make such payment to their insurers on or before the 21st April 2020 to ensure continuity of the statutory motor vehicle third party insurance cover from the date on which the policy falls due for renewal.”
 
Regular health insurance policy:
Similarly, if your health insurance policy is expiring and is due for renewal in the period from March 25, 2020, to April 14, 2020, you can renew your policy by April 21, 2020.

As per the notification," The policyholders whose health insurance policies fall due for renewal during the period on and from the 25th March 2020 to the 14th April 2020 and who are unable to make payment of their renewal premium on time in view of the prevailing situation in the country as a result of Corona Virus disease (COVID-19), are allowed to make such payment for renewal of policies to their
insurers on or before the 21st April 2020 to ensure continuity of the health insurance cover from the date on which the policy falls due for renewal” .

CBS(Finacle) Instruction from DMCC, CEPT

 
Dear Sir/Madam
I am directed to convey the following

1. POs will be allowed to open only SBGEN and SBCHQ scheme code accounts as per latest GSPR.POs will.not be able to open accounts under other scheme codes like SBPEN , SBPWC and SBBAS.

2. CBS GL files for 31.03, 01.04 and 02.04 will get generated only on 03.04.2020. POs are requested not to raise tickets for non availability of CBS figures or non zeroing of POs cash GL.

3. From 01.04.2020 CBS grid offices are to follow new RSAO GL code. Detailed mail is being sent on this from PAF wing.

4. Cheque clearing office accounts in finacle which were earlier mapped to Drawings and Remittance have been mapped to new RSaO GL. Henceforth Grid Offices will only account Drawings and Remittance for CTS CBS related clearances.

This has approval for DDG FS sir.

Thank you

Gopinath S
IP, DMCC CEPT Chennai

Kerala Cabinet Nod For Salary Challenge For Govt. Employees

 
Kerala Cabinet nod for Salary Challenge for Govt. Employees

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Minutes of the Meeting of CPMG with Unions/Associations held on 31st Mar 2020 at Circle Office Chennai, Tamilnadu

 


SB Order No 15/2020 : Revision of interest rates for Small Savings Schemes w.e.f 01.04.2020

 
SB Order No 15/2020 : Revision of interest rates for Small Savings Schemes w.e.f 01.04.2020




Source : http://utilities.cept.gov.in/dop/pdfbind.ashx?id=4434

Blocking and delivery of external items during COVID-19 lockdown - Directorate clarification dtd 31.03.2020

 
Blocking and delivery of external items during COVID-19 lockdown - 
Directorate  letter No.23-01.2020-PD dtd 31.03_001


NFPE ADDRESSED TO OUR MINISTER OF MOC

 
National Federation of Postal Employees
1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001
Phone: 011.23092771                                              e-mail: nfpehq@gmail.com Mob: 9718686800/9319917295                        website: http://www.nfpe.blogspot.com

No. PF-Covid-19/2020                                                    Dated: 31st March-2020

To

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad Ji ,
Hon'ble Minister for Communications & IT,
Govt of India,
Sanchar Bhawan ,
New Delhi - 110001

Respected Sir,

Sub : Request for opening only limited number of Postal and RMS offices during lock down period declared by Central / State Governments - reg.

This appeal is made with the most fervent hope that the Hon'ble Minister will be kind enough to intervene on behalf of five lakhs Postal employees of Department of Posts.

Postal Directorate has issued instructions to open all offices during the lock down period declared by the Central/State Governments. Unlike many other Departments, in Postal Department, there are 155000 offices and about 500000 employees , out of which 130000 Branch Post offices and 300000 Gramin Dak Sevaks are in rural villages. Opening and functioning of such a large number of offices during the lock down period itself is a health hazard. The nature of duties performed by the employees such as counter services , delivery of articles at the door step of customers , clearance of street letter boxes , sorting of articles collected from various sources etc shall expose the employees to high risk of Corona virus infection and also spreading the same among public. Almost all the departments of Govt of India has issued instructions , either to close down offices or wherever it is unavoidable , to bring only minimum number of staff on duty.

We are fully aware that Postal services are declared as essential services by the Government of India and Postal department is bound to provide essential services to the public. But for providing ESSENTIAL services, entire offices need not be opened and all the staff need not be brought on duty. As Technology induction and upgradation is almost completed in Postal department , opening of a few selected offices in each Division , will serve the purpose. In fact, as per the original instructions of the Postal Directorate to the Head of Circles , only selected offices were opened and functioned to provide essential services. It worked well and there was no complaint from public regarding inadequacy of services by Postal Department. All required essential services are provided in all Circles . The need of the public as well as the protection of the staff, both was given a balanced consideration.

But to our surprise, all on a sudden, Postal Directorate modified the original instructions and ordered opening of all offices including Branch Post offices in the rural villages. These instructions were issued in a most mechanical manner , without taking into consideration, the ground realities and also the safety of the employees as well as the public.

98% of the Postal employees are residing at places from where they cannot reach offices without transport facilities.  As both road and rail transport are completely suspended by the Central/State Governments in all parts of the country  , it is practically impossible to provide transport facilities by any Government to all Postal employees who are scattered at various places in every nook and corner of the country.

Further , as already stated above , duties performed by the Postal employees involve high risk of corona virus infection. In majority of the offices department could not provide any preventive measures , except issuing instructions to the lower authorities. Postal employees are also not included in the list of beneficiaries of 50 lakhs Insurance Scheme , declared by the Hon'ble Prime Minister.

Taking into consideration , all the above facts and circumstances , we , on behalf of five lakhs Postal employees , most humbly request the Hon'ble Minister to give due consideration to the above grievances raised by us and to issue suitable instructions to the Postal Directorate on the following suggestions made by staff side.

1.Only minimum number of selected offices may be opened in each Division for providing essential services to the public.

2. Only minimum number of employees may be brought on duty for providing essential services to the public at selected offices which are identified for providing essential services. 

3.Postal employees who are ordered to work for providing essential services , may also be included in the list of beneficiaries listed in the 50 lakhs Insurance Scheme declared by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India.

4. All items recommended by Health Ministry of Central/ State Governments  , as preventive measures for those exposed to the public , may be provided to the employees who are ordered to perform duty during the lock down period.

With profound regards

                                                                                                Yours Sincerely,
                                                                             

(R.N Parashar)
       Secretary General,
                      NFPE

AICPIN For The Month Of February 2020 || -0.61% Between Jan & Feb 2020

 
AICPIN for the month of February 2020 decreased by two points and stood at 328

No. 5/1/2020-CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU
`CLEREMONT’, SHIMLA-171004
DATED: 31st March, 2020

Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) — February, 2020

The All–India CPI-IW for February, 2020 decreased by two points and stood at 328 (three hundred and twenty eight). On 1-month percentage change, it went down by (-) 0.61 per cent between January and February, 2020 whereas no change was observed between corresponding months of previous year.

The maximum downward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (-) 2.67 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Arhar Dal, Eggs-Hen, Fish Fresh, Poultry Chicken, Onion, Brinjal, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Cucumber, French Bean, Gourd, Palak, Peas, Potato, Radish, Tomato, Petrol, Toilet Soap, etc. are responsible for the decrease in index. However, this decrease was checked by Rice, Wheat Atta, Goundnut Oil, Goat Meat, Milk-Buffalo, Cooking Gas, etc., putting upward pressure on the index.


Year-on-year inflation based on all-items stood at 6.84 per cent for February, 2020 as compared to 7.49 per cent for the previous month and 6.97 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, Food inflation stood at 8.33 per cent against 10.61 per cent of the previous month and 2.63 per cent during the corresponding month an year ago.

At centre level, Munger-Jamalpur recorded the maximum decrease of 8 points followed by Giridih (7 points) and Tiruchirapally, Tripura and Surat (6 points each). Among others, 5 points decrease was observed in 11 centres, 4 points in 5 centres, 3 points in 18 centres, 2 points in 21 centres and 1 point in 12 centres. On the contrary, Bhavnagar recorded a maximum increase of 4 points. Rest of 5 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 34 centres are above All-India Index and 44 centres’ indices are below national average.

The next issue of CPI-IW for the month of March, 2020 will be released on Thursday 30th April, 2020. The same will also be available on the office website www. labourbureaunew.gov. in.

PPF Rate slashed to 7.1%, Lowest in 43 Years; Small Savings Rates cut up to 1.4%

 
The new interest rates for small savings schemes will remain in effect for the first quarter of financial year 2020-21, that is from April 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020

Interest rate on public provident fund (PPF) scheme has been lowered to 7.1 per cent for the upcoming June quarter of financial year 2020-21. This is the lowest interest rate offered on the popular small savings scheme since 1977. Till the March quarter of FY20, PPF accounts used to attract 7.9 per cent interest.

Finance Ministry has slashed the interest rates on other small savings schemes too, with changes varying in the range of 0.7-14 per cent. The new interest rates will remain in effect for the first quarter of financial year 2020-21, that is from April 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020. Rates for small savings schemes are revised quarterly.

"In exercise of the powers conferred by Rule 9(1) of the Government Saving Promotion General Rules, 2018, the rates of interest on various Small Savings Schemes for the first quarter of financial year 2020-21 starting from April 1, 2020 and ending on June 30, 2020 have been revises," the Finance Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

This is the first revision in small savings schemes interest rates since July 2019 when they were reduced by 10 basis points. Earlier this year, Economic Survey had recommended lowering the rates offered on small savings schemes.

Interest on time deposits has been slashed by 1-1.4 per cent across tenors. Time deposits for 1-3 years will attract 5.5 per cent, instead of earlier 6.9 per cent. For 5-year time deposits, depositors will accrue 6.7 per cent from next quarter, instead of 7.7 per cent. In case of 5-year recurring deposits, interest rate has been lowered by 1.4 per cent to 5.8 per cent from 7.2 per cent.

From April 1 onwards, Senior Citizen Savings Scheme will attract 7.4 per cent interest instead of 8.6 per cent. Monthly Income Account will accrue 6.6 per cent interest, as opposed to 7.6 per cent earlier.

Interest on National Savings Certificate (NSC) will be calculated at 6.8 per cent from next quarter onwards, insteadn of 7.9 per cent. Menawhile, interest rate on Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) has beenn lowered to 6.9 per cent from 7.6 per cent. The maturity period has also been changed to 124 months from 113 months. Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme will attract 7.6 per cent instead of 8.4 per cent.

This has the approval of Finance Minister, the circular said.

March Month RPLI /PLI Premium May Be Accepted Upto 30th April 2020 Without Default || Directorate PLI Dated 24.03.2020

 
Instructions on PLI/RPLI premium payments/claims in the wake of restrictions being imposed by Central Government / State Government on movement of people : Directorate of PLI dated 24.03.2020

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

POSB interest rate and maturity first quarter of financial year 2020-21 starting from 01.04.2020 to 30.06.2020

 
POSB interest rate and maturity first quarter of financial year 2020-21 starting from 01.04.2020 to 30.06.2020


Chart Prepared By : T Shukamuni Aradhya, Instructor  Mysuru - 570010
Shared by Shri. Veeresh, PA,  Dharwad Division, Karnataka 

Treatment of Timeline under CCA & Pension Rules during lockdown period due to COVID-19: DoPT’s instructions reg Suspension, Chargesheet, Voluntary Retirement etc.

 
Treatment of Timeline under CCA & Pension Rules during lockdown period due to COVID-19: DoPT’s instructions reg Suspension, Chargesheet, Voluntary Retirement etc.

F.No.11012/09/2016 – Estt.A-III
Government of India
Department of Personnel and Training
(Establishment A-III Desk)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 30th March, 2020
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject – Counting of the limitation period for the diverse purposes under CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965, CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 – reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Central Civil Services (Classification, Control & Appeal) Rules, 1965 [CCS(CCA) Rules, 1965] and Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 [CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972] and the instructions issued under these Rules wherein certain time-limes have been prescribed for various activities/events/procedures relating to procedures under the said Rules. For instance, in the said Rules/instructions, time limits have been prescribed for the following: –
(i) Review of order of suspension before its expiry date [Rule 10(6) of CCS(CCA) Rules,1965]
(ii) Submission of written statement of defence on the charge-sheet by the charged officer [Sub Rule 4 in Rule 14 of CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965]
(iii) issuance of charge-sheet once a decision is taken by the Disciplinary Authority to initiate Disciplinary proceedings.[DoP&T’s O.M. No. 425/04/2012-AVD-N(A) dated 29.11.2012]
(iv) completion of Inquiry and submission of report by the Inquiring Authority [Sub rule (24) in Rule 14 of CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965]
(v) disciplinary proceedings initiated against a Pensioner shall not be in respect of an event which took place four years before such initiation.[Rule 9 of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972]
(vi) Acceptance of notice of VRS under Rule 48A of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 (The list is only illustrative and not exhaustive)
2. Consequent upon the outbreak of COVID-19, and considering the unprecedented situation of the Lockdown w.e.f. 24th March 2020, it may not be feasible to adhere to the timelines prescribed in the said Rules and to the instructions issued under the Rules. It has accordingly been decided not to count the period of the Lockdown for the purposes of adherence to the prescribed timelines, including those listed above. For example, if the due date for completing a process/work/event at the start of the Lockdown falls after 20 days, then the due date will get postponed by the number of Lockdown days and the same number (20) of days will be available to complete the work after the Lockdown is lifted.
3. However, after the Lockdown is lifted, if the time left to complete the task is less than 15 days, then the processes may be allowed to be completed within 15 days.
4. In addition, timelines may have been prescribed for receipt of applications for direct recruitment, deputation, etc. Where the last date of receipt of application for direct recruitment, deputation etc. falls within the period of the Lockdown, the last date shall be extended by the number of days of the Lockdown. Similarly, the time limits prescribed in the CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964, for various purposes shall also be extended by the number of days of the Lockdown.
5. These instructions are applicable only in such cases where there is an intervening Lockdown period and it will not be applicable otherwise.
(Sujata Chaturvedi)
Additional Secretary to the Government of India

Source: [http://documents.doptcirculars.nic.in/D2/D02est/11012092016-Estt-A-IIItUXLh.pdf

Revision of Interest Rates for Small Savings Scheme - with effect from 01-04-2020

 
Revision of Interest Rates for Small Savings Scheme - with effect from 01-04-2020



Odisha Circle Office relaxed cut off dates for joining on transfer, promotion and training etc considering the lockdown period for COVID-19

 

It may kindly be noted that we have already raised the issue and written to the Chief PMG in this regard. Our letter to C O has already been posted elsewhere in the website.

Revival of lapses PLI and RPLI policies further extended till 31/05/2020 - Directorate of Postal Life Insurance vide letter dated 31.03.2020

 
Revival of lapses PLI and RPLI policies further extended till 31/05/2020 - Directorate of Postal Life Insurance vide letter dated 31.03.2020

IndiaPost & IPPB Providing Essential Banking Services Across Post Offices & At Customers' DoorStep " WITHOUT CHARGES " During #COVID-19 #21DaysLockdown

 
#CommittedToServeNation #StayHome #BeSafeGoDigital || IndiaPost & IPPB Providing Essential Banking Services Across Post Offices & at Customers' DoorStep " WITHOUT CHARGES " During #COVID-19 #21DaysLockdown




Guidelines for booking and payment of State Service/Welfare eMOs || Kerala Postal Circle Instruction dated 31.03.2020

 
Guidelines for booking and payment of State Service/Welfare eMOs || Kerala Postal Circle Instruction dated 31.03.2020


Opening of the April Period for the FY2019-2020 on 1st April 2020 from 1000 hours To 1800 hours