செப்டம்பர் 14, 2014

India Post releases eight stamps on music maestros

India Post releases eight stamps on music maestros


Written by Suanshu Khurana | 
New Delhi | Posted: September 8, 2014 12:44 am
Many years ago, a performance by Pandit Bhimsen Joshi at Delhi’s Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra had the audiences in a meditative trance. Among those present was a Delhi College of Art student Sankha Samanta, who noticed in awe, the extravagant gestures and the contours of the musician’s face change with every note he breathed.
He “watched” the raga being delineated. Now almost 25 years later, Samanta, now 44 and a stamp artist, has conceptualised a commemorative stamp for Joshi in which delicate strokes of a saffron sun, sea and sky can be seen segueing into a sombre Joshi.
The stamp is one of the eight commemorative stamps released as a part of philatelic products released by India Post. The set includes stamps on doyens of Indian classical music with Pt Ravi Shankar, Gangubai Hangal, DK Pattamal, Kumar Gandharva, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Mallikarjun Mansoor finding a stamp each to themselves.
“The project was commissioned to me in the year 2011 as a set of four stamps, which later became eight And since then I have worked extensively on these. Apart from watching artistes’ videos repeatedly. I also had meetings with the children of artistes and people close to them before embarking on the project,” says Samanta, who has created more than 300 stamps so far out of which more than 15 are Mahatma Gandhi stamps.
While stamps of Shankar and Joshi are priced at Rs 25, the other six come with a denomination of Rs 5 each. The collectors’ edition includes eight lakh and five lakh stamps, respectively. Besides individual stamps, the postal department has also come up with miniature sheets and sheetlets that are available at 83 philatelic bureaus. “It’s challenging to create these stamps because of the detailing involved in the portraits. So the amount of research that goes is also massive. Variations in colour comes later apart from the brightness in print which is important. People in the philatelic world should be happy this time. It’s a real treat for them,” says Samanta, who originally drew the stamp designs on A4-sized canvases in oil and acrylic before they were turned into miniature stamp versions. Samanta’s first visit to the Dak Bhavan had him create a poster of Indira Gandhi for a stamp, which was approved in 1987. Since then, he has been one of the more important artistes associated with India Post.
What is surprising for the postal department, however, is that the sale of stamps in not dependent on the quantum of mails in times when letter writing is a lost medium. “If we do not realise the responsibility of bringing out these stamps, we begin to get frantic calls from collectors. It’s also an important revenue earning product for us,” says Anula Kumar, DDG, Philately, India Post, who adds that soon more thematic and personality stamps will be brought out by the department.

Courtesy: The Indian Express

செப்டம்பர் 05, 2014

DA hike approved by Union cabinet from 100% to 107% from 01.07.2014

Govt approves 7% DA hike; raises it to 107% from July 1

The increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission. 




Press Trust of India | New Delhi | September 5, 2014 1:20 pm

The government on Thursday approved a seven per cent hike in dearness allowance (DA), taking it to 107 per cent of basic pay, a move that will benefit around 30 lakh central employees and 50 lakh pensioners, including dependents.The increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission.

“The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for the release of an additional instalment of DA to general government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners with effect from July 1, 2014. This is an increase of seven percent over the existing rate of 100 percent of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise,” said a press statement released on Thursday.

The increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission, it said.
The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both DA and DR would be about Rs 7,691 crore per annum and Rs 5,127 crore respectively in the financial year 2014-2015 (for eight months — July, 2014 to February, 2015), it added.

As per the practice, the dearness allowance is worked out on the basis of 12 month average of Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW).
The average rate of retail inflation for industrial workers from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 was 7.25 per cent. Therefore, the central government decided to hike dearness allowance for it employees by 7 per cent.

The previous UPA government had increased DA to 100 per cent from 90 per cent with effect from January 1, 2014, on February 28 on the basis of agreed formula for revision of the allowance.
Courtesy: The Indian Express

செப்டம்பர் 01, 2014

Soon, attendance of govt staff to be tracked online


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govt-LA search for any registered employee yields complete details, along with the employee’s attendance/leave status. (Source: PTI)

SUMMARY

The Modi government had recently directed all central government offices to introduce Aadhaar-based biometric attendance systems.
In what could be a revolutionary step towards monitoring and tracking the work of government officials, the NDA government has launched an “attendance website” to serve as a centralised database for all central government employees.
Though the website, attendance.gov.in, is still in the process of being developed, officials said it is expected to be modelled on the lines of similar websites of the Jharkhand government and the Department of Electronics and Information Technology.
To illustrate, the home page of the Jharkhand government’s attendance website gives the total number of employees present on the given day, along with graphical representations of “real-time attendance” and statistics on the percentage of people logging into office during different time slots, giving an idea of how many officials come to office during the designated timings. Further, a search for any registered employee yields complete details, along with the employee’s attendance/leave status.
Officials said the Centre’s website is likely to emulate most of these features and is expected to be as open to the public. “This level of open tracking takes transparency to another level, a key focus of this government,” said an official.
The Narendra Modi government had recently directed all central government offices to introduce Aadhaar-based biometric attendance systems. Officials said this website is the next step in that direction. The attendance record entered on the biometric devices in government offices will feed the data to this website, which will act as a centralised management information system (MIS) for attendance.
The database for all central government staff will be maintained centrally with a unique six digit ID provided for each employee, based on either the last six or first six digits of the Aadhaar number. Currently, the website has over 16,000 registered users, spread across 113 organisations. The maximum number of officials registered currently are from the Planning Commission. There are no active users or active devices yet.
For an organisation/ department to be registered, the nodal officers of that department will have to login to the website and create a master list of locations of their offices, designation of their offices and divisions/ units/ groups within their organisation. Following this, each employee can start registering online by submitting the relevant details along with Aadhaar numbers.
Courtesy: Indian Express

DA hike from 100% to 107% from 01.07.2014

Govt to increase dearness allowance to 107%, up from 100%

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Government is likely to hike dearness allowance by 7 per cent to 107 per cent. 
NEW DELHI: Government is likely to approve a hike indearness allowance (DA) to 107 per cent from the existing 100 per cent, benefiting around 30 lakh central employees and 50 lakh pensioners including dependents.

"The average rate of retail inflation for industrial workers from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 works out to be 7.25 per cent. Thus the central government will hike dearness allowance for it employees by 7 per cent," an official said.

He said the finance ministry will now put a Cabinet proposal for approval of 7 per cent DA hikefrom July 1 this year as the revised Consumer Price Index-Industrial Workers data for June was released by labour ministry on Saturday.

With increase in DA, the pensioners will also gain as the benefit provided to them as dearness relief will be hiked to 107 per cent of basic pay.

The previous UPA government had increased DA to 100 per cent from 90 per cent with effect from January 1, 2014, on February 28 on the basis of agreed formula for revision of the allowance.

However, the central government employees' union is not very enthused by the 7 per cent hike in the dearness allowance as their long pending demand of merger of DA with basic pay has not been given heed by 7th Pay Commission and the government.

"The erosion of value of wages is unbearable at 50 per cent dearness allowance. Now it will be 107 per cent. It is high time to merge DA with basic pay to provide relief to employees," Confederation of Central Government Employees' president K K N Kutty told PTI.

"We had summited our memorandum in this regard to 7th Pay Commission. They forwarded it to Central Government. We have apprised about the issue to the newly elected NDA government. But no decision has been taken so far," he said.

With merger of DA with basic pay, the salary and allowances paid in proportion of basic pay are increased. As per earlier practise DA was merged with basic pay once it breached 50 per cent mark. But 6th Pay Commission has disallowed that.

ஆகஸ்ட் 31, 2014

Red salute to Comrade M.Krishnan Secretary General of NFPE


Red salute to Comrade M.Krishnan Secretary General of NFPE

Com.M.Krishnan Secretary General of NFPE 
                   
                  Com. M.Krishnan  Secretary General of NFPE, the vanguard of Postal employees is retiring today on 31.08.2014 on superannuation .He is a tireless and fearless fighter for the cause of postal fraternity.  The central Governments , whether UPA or NDA , have been vigorously pursuing the anti- labour policies  . The India Post is  now undergoing the difficult phases of transition for complete modernization.

                   Against all the odds, he was able to protect the interests of the employees by leading the mighty organization at this critical period. 

                  The NFPE unions of Sivaganga Division salutes Com. M.Krishnan and wishes him a happy retired life. We hope that he will play active role in offering  guidance and advice to the  present leadership  with his rich experience.

ஆகஸ்ட் 30, 2014

Online purchase of commemorative stamps available on Snapdeal

India Post commemorative postage stamps now available on Snapdeal

IBNLive.com

Aug 29, 2014 at 06:06pm IST
New Delhi: Philately enthusiasts rejoice. Commemorative postage stamp collections from India Post are now available for online purchase through e-commerce site Snapdeal.
The philately collectibles from India Post put on sale on the site include the ones issued to mark Sachin Tendulkar's 200th Test match, FIFA World Cup 2014 and India's freedom struggle.
At the time of posting there were only eight collections listed with prices ranging from Rs 300 to Rs 5,500 and there is an additional delivery charge of Rs 50. Some of the items come with additional freebies such as bookmarks, key rings and coffee mugs.
India Post commemorative postage stamps now available on Snapdeal

There are currently only eight collections listed with prices ranging from Rs 300 to Rs 5,500.

The description of the India Post store on Snapdeal says, "Collectibles that commemorate the rich heritage of Indian postage."
As India Post is named as the official seller, we expect the packages to be delivered by the postman rather than by a courier boy from a private company.


India Post to become a retail bank to cover poor families under the Jan Dhan financial inclusion scheme.

Postal network to widen reach

PLATFORM FOR POOR
New Delhi, Aug. 28: The government will use the 1.54 lakh post offices across the country as a retail bank to cover poor families under the Jan Dhan financial inclusion scheme.
Last year, the finance ministry had stalled the move to convert post offices under India Post into a bank, despite the RBI supporting the move.
Banks have around 85,000 branches across the country. To service Jan Dhan clients, banks will appoint correspondents called “Bank Mitra” and set up around 77,852 camps, but large swathes of the country will still be uncovered.
To address this problem, the government has decided to use the post office branches. About 40 per cent of Indians, including 51 per cent of farming households, remain unbanked.
Brazil saw more than 10 million bank accounts being opened between 2002 and 2011 after its postal department established Banco Postal in partnership with an existing financial institution.
India has around 150 million postal savings accounts, which are being seen as the potential customers of the Jan Dhan scheme.
The postal department, which has been pushed into oblivion in the last two decades by private courier companies and the spread of Internet, is suffering an annual loss of over Rs 6,000 crore.
However, post office savings schemes and money order windows remain popular. Rural post offices, which account for nearly 90 per cent of the network, cover a large part of the country where bank branches are absent.
“As financial inclusion, which means bringing payment and lending windows to rural India where banks have been hesitant to penetrate, will remain an important objective for any government, the idea of Post Bank remains one, which has to be used effectively,” officials said.
However, leveraging the large physical network of the postal department has its own challenges. Post offices are by nature stodgy bureaucratic monoliths with little understanding of how modern banks function despite handling millions of savings accounts. This was one of the main objections raised by the finance ministry in discussions with the department of posts over its wish to get a banking licence.

Courtesy: The Telegraph, Calcutta

ஆகஸ்ட் 27, 2014

India Post to connect its offices through CBS and also plans to roll out ATMs

India Post to connect its offices through CBS and also plans to roll out ATMs

ஆகஸ்ட் 26, 2014

அகில இந்திய அஞ்சல் மூன்று சங்கத்தின் பொறுப்புப் பொதுச் செயலராக தோழர். N . சுப்பிரமணியன்

கடந்த 22.08.2014 முதல் 24.08.2014 வரை ஆந்திர மாநிலம்  ஓங்கோல் நகரில்  நமது அகில இந்திய அஞ்சல் மூன்று சங்கத்தின் மத்திய செயற்குழுக் கூட்டம் நடைபெற்றது. அதில் அகில இந்திய பொதுச் செயலர் தோழர்.M.கிருஷ்ணன்  31.08.2014 அன்று பணி  நிறைவு பெறுவதால் , நமது அகில இந்திய சங்கத்தின் துணைப் பொதுச் செயலராக தற்போது பணியாற்றி வரும்   தமிழகத்தைச் சேர்ந்த அன்பிற்கினிய  தோழர்.  N . சுப்பிரமணியன் அவர்கள்  நமது அகில இந்திய சங்கத்தின் பொறுப்புப்  பொதுச் செயலராக ஏகமனதாக அறிவிக்கப் பட்டுள்ளார் 

சவால்கள் , பிரச்சனைகள் நிறைந்த காலம் இது. இக்கால கட்டத்தில் பொறுப்பு  ஏற்றிருக்கும் அவரது பணி சிறக்க சிவகங்கை கோட்டச்சங்கம்  வாழ்த்துகிறது .






ஆகஸ்ட் 25, 2014

A comparison table of DA rates from 01.01.1996 with the DA rates from 01.01.2006

           DA rates  for reference from 01.01.1996 onwards upto                                                 01.07.2014

DA rates from 01.01.1996 to 31.12.2005

DA rates from 01.01.2006 onwards
1.1.1996
0

1.1.2006
0
1.7.1996
4

1.7.2006
2
1.1.1997
8

1.1.2007
6
1.7.1997
13

1.7.2007
9
1.1.1998
16

1.1.2008
12
1.7.1998
22

1.7.2008
16
1.1.1999
32

1.1.2009
22
1.7.1999
37

1.7.2009
27
1.1.2000
38

1.1.2010
35
1.7.2000
41

1.7.2010
45
1.1.2001
43

1.1.2011
51
1.7.2001
45

1.7.2011
58
1.1.2002
49

1.1.2012
65
1.7.2002
52

1.7.2012
72
1.1.2003
55

1.1.2013
80
1.7.2003
59

1.7.2013
90
1.1.2004
61

1.1.2014
100
1.4.2004**
11



1.7.2004
14

1.7.2014
107
1.1.2005
17

1.1.2015

1.7.2005
21

1.7.2015



**50% of DA converted
  as DP from 1.4.2004