Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Accept self-attested documents to open account: RBI to banks

The Reserve Bank today relaxed 'know your customer' norms by allowing self-certification of documents needed for opening bank accounts. 

"With a view to easing difficulties faced by common persons while opening bank accounts and during periodic updating, guidelines on KYC will be further simplified with immediate effect," the central bank said in its monetary policy statement. 

RBI has asked banks to "allow self-certification; accept a certified copy of the document by mail/post" for account opening. 

Banks have also been asked not to seek fresh documents if an existing KYC compliant customer of a bank desires to open another account in the bank. 

For periodic updating of KYC, the RBI told the banks not "insist on physical presence of the customer" and also not seek fresh proof of identity and address in case of no change in status for 'low risk' customers. 

The Reserve Bank further said there is a need for banks to complete KYC for all customers including long standing 'low risk' customers. 

"Banks should complete documentation, while minimising the effort on the part of the customer to what is strictly needed," it said. 

In the event that customers are unable to comply within a reasonable time period, 'partial freezing' may be introduced in respect of KYC non-compliant customers, RBI added. 

This means credits would be allowed in such accounts while debits would not be allowed, with an option to the account holder to close the account and take back the money in the account.

Source:-The Economic Times

Early Closure of Offices on 1st October,2014 in connection with the national wide launch of Swachch Bharat campaign

To view DoPT memo dated 30th September, 2014 please CLICK HERE
As communicated vide Secretary (Postal Services Board) D.O. No.87-04/2014-Coordn/O&M dated 29th September, 2014 all the Officers and Staff will come to office by 9.30 AM on 2nd October, 2014 and take pledge at 9.45 AM. The employees are also to voluntarily carry out cleanliness of their office premises from inside and outside.  

To view SB order 11/2014, please CLICK HERE. 
To view Directorate memo, please CLICK HERE. 
 Directorate vide memo No. 9-25/2014-SPG dated 25/9/2014 has called the ACRs/APARs of officer for holding of DPC for the promotion to PS Gr. B cadre for the vacancy year 2014-15. 

To view the Directorate memo, please CLICK HERE. 
The following PSS Gr "B" officers are having superannuation retirement today in Karnataka Circle...

1. Sri Shankar P Belagali AD (S&R) o/o Postmaster General South Karnataka Region Bangalore-560001
2. Sri S S Mutnal SPO's Gokak Division Gokak.

   The association wishes a very happy and peaceful retired life.

Secretary (Posts) appealed to donate one day's salary to Prime Minister's National Relief Fund.

Cabinet Secretary Ajith Seth has asked the Central Government employees to come to office on October 2, which happens to be the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, and a national holiday, and tidy up the office premises. A circular to this effect will be sent to all the Central Government offices soon.
As part of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ (Clean India) mission, all Central Government employees have been asked to report on duty on October 2, and take a pledge of cleanliness. The circular has already been sent to the secretaries of various departments.
Cabinet Secretary Ajith Seth explained, “During his Independence Day speech on August 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission. He is all set to begin the campaign on October 2.
As part of the campaign, all Central Government employees are to attend the office on October 2 to take the pledge of cleanliness. Prior to the campaign, all concerned Central Government officials have been intimated to clean up the office premises.
Seth has said that all the Central Government departments will have to participate without fail in the ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission.
Source : CGEN
To view / download the details, please CLICK HERE. 

DPC for promotion to PS Gr. B cadre for the vacancy year 2014-15

     DPC for promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B for the vacancy year 2014-15 is already over due and CHQ is vigorously pursuing it with Directorate. It is learnt that the list of officers in the zone of consideration is likely to be released by Directorate in this week. Therefore CHQ has decided to keep the information of vacancies in PS Gr. B cadre as on 1/12/2014 handy to confirm the same with the vacancies likely to be declared by Directorate. 

Therefore, it is requested to all Circle Secretaries and CHQ Office Bearers to intimate the vacancy position of their circle in PS Gr. B cadre as on 1/12/2014 to GS and if it is readily not available with them, then the same may please be obtained through RTI. This is very important to get maximum officers to covered in DPC. 
No. GS/AIAIASP/Misc/Inquiry/2014                                      dated   27/9/2014

The Sr. DDG (Vig.)
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi -110001.

Subject:  Request for initiating vigilance enquiry into the death case of Smt. Mohini Gupta, ASP Ajmer (Rajasthan).

Ref.      :    Directorate No. Vig./2-1/2014/Ch-II dated 28/3/2014

Respected Sir,

          I would like to invite your kind attention to this Association’s letter of even number dated 18/3/2014 and 25/4/2014 whereby it was requested to constitute a committee at Directorate level to carry out vigilance enquiry on the points raised by the deceased officer in her representation dated 19/1/2014 to elicit the truth in the death case of loyal and hard worker officer. But till date Directorate has neither carried out vigilance enquiry nor communicated the progress of the case to this association. It is hearsay that Directorate has simply called for report from Rajasthan Circle, which will not fetch the clear picture of the case.  

             Therefore again and again it was requested your honour to look into the matter personally and cause to complete the vigilance enquiry in the matter on top priority basis, otherwise officials involved in this case will devastate the genuine records etc.  

             An early action and line in reply is requested.
    Yours sincerely,

 (Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary
The Centre has announced a hike of 7% Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief for Central Government employees and Pensioners, with effect from July 2014 on 4th of this month. Soon, Finance Ministry will issue appropriate orders for payment of Dearness allowance to all. As and when orders are published by the Ministry of Finance, we will be posted in our website immediately.

According to the fluctuation of price index past six months from Jan to Jun 2014, the additional Dearness allowance has been arrived as 7% only. It seems there are a few employees who are unhappy with the single-digit number because until then they have been getting double-digit DA hikes.

The disappointment also reflects the high expectations that people have from the Modi government. Our readers have been raising a number of questions in this regard. While the previous Manmohan Singh government had twice given them DA hike of 10%, why has Modi government given them only 7% increase?
First of all, the ruling party at the Centre has no direct impact on the DA calculations. DA is calculated on the basis of AICPIN points, which are based on price rise.

The current system of DA calculations, which is being done as per the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission, will come to an end after two more instalments (Jan 2015 and July 2015). Recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission are expected to come into effect from Jan 2016 onwards.

Now, the next episode begins…’Expected DA from January 2015′

It is highly unlikely that there will be a two-digit DA hike in the next two instalments (January 2015 and July 2015). Kindly keep in mind the fact that despite a 6 point increase of the AICPIN from 246 to 252 for the month of July 2014, there was hardly an impact. Even if it increases by 3 points over the next five months, the DA would increase to 9% only. It is impossible for AICPIN to constantly increase in future.

We believe that, under current circumstances, the next installment of additional Dearness allowance from Jan 2015 hike would only be about 6% or 7%.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Aadhar-based biometric attendance for central government employees by month-end

Aadhaar-based biometric attendance systems for central government employees will be fully operational by the end of this month.

"The biometric attendance system for central employees will be fully functional by the end of this month,"Information Technology Secretary Ram Sevak Sharma told PTI.

According to Sharma, the attendance of the employees can be tracked through a website, attendence.gov.in, which would be fully operational by the month-end.

The website is expected to bring more transparency as it would provide and update information about central government employees on real-time basis.

The attendance web portal will use the information entered in the biometric devices and will act as a centralised management information system (MIS) for attendance.

Under the new attendance system, the employees would be able to mark their attendance using biometric reading devices in various government offices.

It will facilitate employees mark their attendance at other central offices also which would help the government to track their movements.

According to the information available on the attendance web portal, as many as 163 central government organisations have registered themselves for the same.

At present, as many as 1,816 biometric attendance devices are operational in various central government offices. There are around 43,000 registered users (employees), out of which 18,262 are Aadhaar verified.

Rates of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 1.7.2014 to the employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised scale as per 5th CPC

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Four monthly meeting with CPMG Karnataka Circle Bangalore is postponed.

     It is informed by Circle Office Bangalore that the scheduled four monthly to be held on 29.09.2014 is postponed to 17.10.2014 and requested to submit fresh azenda for meeting on or before 01.10.2014. 

PM's clarion call to join the Swachh Bharat Mission

To view DoPT memo dated 26th September 2014, please CLICK HERE. 
All eligible Government servants may avail LTC to visit any place of North East Region / Andman & Nicobar against the conversion of one block of their Home Town LTC. All members and track in viewers are requested to give wide publicity of this scheme to all staff working under them to enable everybody to enjoy with their family members. To view the orders issued by DoPT under memo No. 31011/03/2014-Estt(A-IV) dated 26th September, 2014 please CLICK HERE. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Mahatma’s spectacles with the bridge in tricolor suggests united effort for ‘Clean India’

Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu says, Cleanliness and India were the two eyes of Mahatma

Prime Minister to launch the Mission for clean India on October 2

Over Rs.62,000 cr to be spent on ensuring cleanliness in urban areas

Ahead of the launch of ‘Swasth Bharat Mission’ by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the LOGO for the five year long cleanliness mission was today unveiled by Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Urban Development and Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Rural Development and Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation here today.

Explaining the features of the Logo, Shri Venkaiah Naidu said, the spectacles of Mahatma with its bridge in the Tricolor signifies the nation uniting to achieve the vision of Mahama for a Clean India. He further said, for the Mahatma, cleanliness and India were like his two eyes through which he envisioned a clean India. The Minister recalled Gandhiji saying that ‘Cleanliness is Godliness’ and ‘Sanitation is more important than political freedom.’

From the ideas received from the public, the pictorial depiction of Gandhiji’s spectacles with ‘Swachh Bharat’ written on the glasses suggested by Shri Anant Khasbardar of Kolhapur, Maharashtra was chosen by the government. The tag line of ‘Ek Kadam Swachhata Ki Ore’ was suggested by Ms.Bhagyasri Sheth of Rajkot, Gujarat. They will be rewarded with Rs.50,000/- and Rs.25,000/- respectively.

Shri Venkaiah Naidu said, Prime Minister is keen about building a “Jan Andolan” during the next five years to realise clean India by 2nd October, 2019 the day that marks the 150th birthday of Mahatma, as a befitting tribute to Gandhiji. Giving details of the efforts being made by the government in this regard, Shri Naidu said he personally spoke to all the Governors and Chief Ministers besides addressing letters to spiritual and religious leaders, all Members of Parliament, trade and industrial bodies, iconic personalities to take lead in creating a people’s movement for clean India. He said, a massive campaign will be launched in the national capital with pro-active involvement of over 60 agencies.
Shri Naidu informed that while launching the cleanliness campaign, Prime Minister would administer a ‘Cleanliness Pledge’ at a public function on October 2, 2014. Shri Naidu appealed to all government employees and the public to take the pledge likewise.

Shri Venkaiah Naidu informed that as per the approval of the Union Cabinet for the Swasth Bharat Mission last evening, an expenditure of Rs.62,009 cr would be spent on cleanliness in urban areas over the next five years. He said, the focus would be on- elimination of open defecation, conversion of insanitary latrines into pour flush toilets, eradication of manual scavenging, prevention of pollution of water sources, ensuring cleanliness and hygiene in public areas, awareness generation and capacity building.

Giving the details of the scheme, Shri Naidu said, over 104 lakh household toilets would be constructed besides 2.52 lakh seats as community toilets and 2.56 lakh seats as public toilets. Over 30 cr people would be helped in solid waste management.

The Minister informed that centre’s share of expenditure would be Rs.14,623 cr and the rest would be mobilized through Public Private Partnership by States and urban local bodies, from private sector, levy of user charges, Corporate Social Responsibility, Swachh Bharat Kosh and other innovative measures. 

Source : PIB

Following is the text of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s message on Swachh Bharat. 

“Dear Friends, 

I am sure you have heard time and again that cleanliness is next to Godliness. Alas, things are often different when it comes to putting this into practice. 

On 2nd October we are launching Swachh Bharat Mission, a massive mass movement, that seeks to create a Clean India. Cleanliness was very close to Mahatma Gandhi's heart. A clean India is the best tribute we can pay to Bapu when we celebrate his 150th birth anniversary in 2019. Mahatma Gandhi devoted his life so that India attains 'Swarajya'. Now the time has come to devote ourselves towards 'Swachchhata' (cleanliness) of our motherland. 

I urge every one of you to devote at least hundred hours every year, that is two hours every week towards cleanliness. We can't let India remain unclean any longer. On 2nd October I myself will set out with a broom and contribute towards this pious task. 

Today, I appeal to everyone, particularly political and religious leadership, mayors, sarpanchs and captains of industry to plan and wholeheartedly engage in the task of cleaning your homes, work places, villages, cities and surroundings. I request your active support and participation in our collective quest to make a Swachh Bharat.” 

The Narendra Modi government has asked all ministries to go on an "intensive cleanliness campaign" from September 25 to October 2 in the week to Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary, culminating in a Swachta Shapath or cleanliness pledge to be taken by bureaucrats in Delhi on Gandhi Jayanthi. 

Cabinet secretary Ajit Seth asked secretaries to take the cleanliness drive in government offices and public buildings "to the next level so that there is visible and felt impact," in a September 20 note that ET has seen. 

The cleanliness pledge is to be taken by all government officials on October 2, with senior staff personally seeing to it that the week-long drive is pursued vigorously in their departments. Seth asked ministries for a comprehensive action plan to be sent to him by September 22 "so that Prime Minister Narendra Modi can be briefed". 

Modi has already said that he will be picking up the broom on October 2 to clean a public place. 

"The PM has given a call for Swach Bharat as a mass movement to realise Mahatma Gandhi's dream of cleanliness. Each ministry should participate in this national endeavour and undertake cleanliness and awareness campaign in a befitting manner," Seth said. 

"For a campaign of this nature to be successful, there is a need to create massive public awareness and to ensure participation and action for cleaning homes, government offices, schools, hospitals, work places, streets, roads and markets, railway station and bus terminals, statues, monuments, rivers, lakes, ponds and other public places," he said in the note. 

He also said it was important to involve government and public sector officials "at every level" as well as industry groupings in the cleanliness drive. "Effective use of mass media such as radio, TV, and newspapers and digital media such as Internet and mobile may be made in this regard," he said. 

The cabinet secretary said the Union department of water and sanitation has already written to all chief ministers in this regard and asked all ministries to similarly get in touch with related departments in all states.

Source:-The Economic Times

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Procedure for booking of air-tickets on LTC-Clarification

Click here to view Department of Personnel and Training OM No.31011/5/2014-Estt.(AIV) dated 24-9-2014 on the above subject matter.

Guidelines on filling up of APAR with Numerical Grading

      Directorate vide its letter no CS/APARs/2013-14/Misc dated 08.09.2014 has again circulated old copy of rules and regulations regarding preparation,maintenance and giving numerical grading of APAR for information and record purpose.   

1) APARs graded below 4 will be given a score of zero.
2) APARs graded between 4 to 6 and short of 6 will be rated as 'good' and given a score of 5.
3) APARs graded between 6 and short of 8 will be will be rated as 'very good' and given a score of 7.
4) APARs graded between 8 and 10 will be rated as 'outstanding' will be given a score of 9 for the purpose of calculating average scores for empanelment /promotion. 
Click here to view the said Directorate letter.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

To view DoPT memo No. 13024/01/2009-Trg.(Trg.Ref.) dated 23rd September, 2014 please CLICK HERE. 
IP Examination, 2014
LGO Examination 2014

FILE No. A-34012/04/2014-DE
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
(DE Section)

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi – 110 001

Dated :  23rd  September,  2014

1.      All Heads of Circles

Sub:    Conducting of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for promotion  to the  cadre of  Inspector  Posts (66.66%) Departmental quota for the year 2014 and LGO Examination, 2014 


  I am directed to refer this office letter of even number dated 09-09-2014 wherein the Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for promotion of LGO to the cadre of PA/SA for the year 2014 to be held on 21st September, 2014 and LDCE for promotion to the cadre of Inspector posts for the year 2014  on 20th and 21stSeptember, 2014 were postponed due to devastating flood situation in J & K State.

2.         Now, it has been decided to hold the above mentioned Examination either on 15th and 16th November, 2014 or 22nd and 23rd November, 2014. The exact schedule will be communicated shortly after fixing the venues for conducting the IP and LGO Examinations by the Outsourced Agency. 

3.         This issues with the approval of the Competent Authority. 

Yours faithfully,

(M. C. Pandey)
Assistant Director General (DE)

Copy to
1.         F. No. A-34012/03/2014-DE (Main file of conducting of LGO Examination, 2014)

(M. C. Pandey)
Assistant Director General (DE)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Four monthly meeting with CPMG Karnataka Circle Bangalore

    It is informed by Circle Office Bangalore that the said meeting is scheduled on 29.9.2014 A/N.