Thursday, 10 March 2016

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
President's Secretariat
09-March-2016 18:07 IST

            Probationers of Indian Postal Service, Indian Telecom Service and P&T Building Works Service call on the President

            A group of Probationers of Indian Postal Service, Indian Telecom Service and P&T Building Works Service called on the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee today (March 09, 2016) at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

            Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the part privatization of Postal and Telecom sector in the era of liberalization has witnessed drastic changes in technology and exponential growth of the consumers. If they have to survive in the competitive world, they have to keep pace with the fast changing Information and Communication Technology.

            The President said that India has undergone a telecom revolution during the last two decades. The launch of mobile telephony and faster internet network in India has enabled India tap its vast digital potential. India is emerging as a fast digital hub. It is the need of the hour to have best quality telecom and internet services. India now has about 46 crore internet users and 37 crore mobile users. The numbers are likely to increase exponentially with enhanced levels of education and cheaper rate of internet and mobile telephony. He expressed hope that the Postal Academy and National Telecommunications Institute are providing requisite technical and non-technical inputs to enable the probationers to take up the ensuing challenges in the postal, telecom and building works sector. They have to work with professionalism, transparency and integrity to meet the aspirations of large number of people of India.

            The probationers of the Indian Postal Service are presently undergoing professional training at the Rafi Ahmed Kidwai National Academy, Ghaziabad while probationers of Indian Telecom Service and P&T Building Work Service are undergoing their induction training at National Tele-communications Institute for Policy Research, Innovation & Training, Ghaziabad.
(Release ID  : 137574)  (O9.03.2016)


            New Delhi, Mar 8 (PTI) In the face of all round attack, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today completely rolled back the controversial proposal to tax the employees' provident fund (EPF) at the time of withdrawal.

            Taking the first opportunity available, he made a suo motu statement in the Lok Sabha in which he also announced withdrawal of imposing monetary limit for contribution of employers to provident and superannuation fund of Rs 1.5 lakh for taking tax benefit.

            Jaitley, however, left untouched the proposal tax exempt 40 per cent of National Pension Scheme and services provided by EPFO to employees.

            "In view of the representations received, the government would like to do comprehensive review of this proposal and therefore I withdraw the proposals in para 138 and 139 on my budget speech. The proposal of 40 per cent exemption given to NPS subscribers at the time of withdrawal remains," the Minister said. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Ministry of Personnel decides to allow non entitled employees to travel by air and claim LTC restricted to fare entitlement.

New Delhi: All non-entitled central government employees have been allowed to travel by air while availingLeave Travel Concession (LTC) with a condition that reimbursement in such cases shall be restricted to the fare of their entitled class of train or actual expense. 

The Ministry of Personnel had recently eased norms for processing claims of LTC -- which allows grant of leave and ticket reimbursement to eligible central government employees to travel to their home towns and other places.

"Government employees not entitled to travel by air may travel by any airline. However, reimbursement in such cases shall be restricted to the fare of their entitled class of train, transport or actual expense, whichever is less," an order issued by the Ministry said.

The move comes after the government received a number of queries in this regard. In many cases, employees did not have railway station or good road network to their home towns and they had requested for permission to travel by air to save time, which was being denied, officials said.

Now, they will be allowed to travel by air and by any airline, they said. At present, those entitled to travel by air have to mandatorily travel by Air India.

A government servant may also apply for advance for himself or his family members 65 days before the proposed date of the outward journey and he or she would be required to produce the tickets within ten days of the withdrawal of advance, irrespective of the date of commencement of the journey, as per the new norms.

There are about 50 lakh central government employees.

All central government employees have been asked to share photos and interesting details of their holidays.

The DoPT has decided to put a limit of one month for verification of LTC claim after the LTC bill is submitted by government employee for settlement and final payment.

"Efforts should be made to reduce the duration of processing of LTC applications or claims at the earliest. The maximum time limit should be strictly adhered to and non- compliance of time limit should be adequately explained," its directive said.


Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
(S.R. Division)

Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi, dated the 09th March, 2016

Subject:  Notice for meeting with Secretary Generals of NFPE, FNPO and BPEF to discuss the issues relating to the 7th CPC.

           It has been decided to convene a meeting with the Secretary Generals of the three Federations on 31.03.2016 at 11:00 AM in G.P. Roy Committee RoomDak, Bhavan, New Delhi under the Chair of Secretary (Posts) to discuss the issues relating to 7th CPC. 

           Kindly make it convenient to attend.  The meeting will be followed by lunch.

(Arun Malik)
Consultant (SR & Legal)

Official Side:

1.    All Members of Postal Services Board
2.    DDG (P), DDG (Estt.), DDG (SR & Legal)
Staff Side:
Secretary Generals, NFPE, FNPO & BPEF
Copy for information to:
1. Sr. PPS to Secretary (Posts)
Copy also to:
(i)            ADG (GA) – for booking the G.P. Roy Committee Room and arrangements of Tea/Coffee/Snacks and Lunch, through CPLO.  Exact number of persons and Menu etc. will be intimated later.
(ii)          Caretaker – To ensure cleanliness of Committee Room and arrange flower vase etc.
(iii)         A.E. (Elect) – for ensuring functioning of mikes etc.

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