The Interest rates for Deposits is again lowered by 0.1% from 1st July 17

ஜூலை முதல் வட்டி விகிதம் மீண்டும் 0.1% குறைப்பு

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Duly filled-in Customs Declaration form is mandatory for each and every outward International Mail item

As per UPU regulations, it is mandatory to attach duly filled-in Customs Declaration form to each and every outward International Mail item.

If the requisite Customs Declaration form is not attached to an International Mail item, it can result not only in delay in delivery of such item but also return by Customs Authorities at the stage of Customs Examination.

Foreign Postal Administrations have also reported receipt of International Mail items booked in India to which duly filled-in Customs Declaration forms were not attached. Ensure that duly filled-in Customs Declaration forms (as mentioned below) are attached to the International Mail items while being accepted for booking: 

1. Letters / LCAO - CN 22 (for declared value up to Rs 26,000/-)                       
                            - CN 23(for declared value above Rs 26,000/-)
2. Parcels             - CP 72

3. EMS                  - E1 

India Post Telecast - NDTV 24x7

NDTV 24x7 news channel has done a story on India Post on the recent initiatives of the Department.
You may like to watch the same and also inform and circulate within your Circle/colleagues/friends/family and all those who are connected with us. 

In case you are in any closed Whats App group, you may also like to inform all the members of the group.
Channel : NDTV 24x7
Date : 23rd April 2016
Time : 1900 hours
Repeat Telecast: Sunday, 24th April 2016 at 1200 noon.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Payment of DA to GDS at revised rates w.e.f 01.01.16 - DoP issued orders

GDS களுக்கான அகவிலைபடி உயர்வு ஆணை வெளியீடு

Government rolls back restrictions on withdrawal of provident fund.

The government on Tuesday announced a complete and unconditional rollback of new norms that barred employees from withdrawing their provident fund corpus before retirement, over a month after it scrapped the Union budget proposal to tax employees provident fund savings at retirement.
Labour and Employment Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, who on Monday said the new rules would be partially relaxed and their implementation deferred, announced the climb-down on Tuesday evening, minutes after his Ministry reiterated Monday’sdecision in a statement.
Protests against the new norms that started in Bengaluru on Monday turned violent on Tuesday, prompting Union Labour Secretary Shankar Agarwal to assess the situation with the PF Department by afternoon. Thereafter, Mr. Agarwal recommended that the Minister announce a complete rollback. “We are cancelling the February 10 notification [restricting complete withdrawal of PF savings] and the old system will continue. This was a demand of the workers and I have announced the roll-back in their interest,” Mr. Dattatreya said. 

He said the decision would soon be ratified by the trustees of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) soon.
Under the rules notified in February, employees were not allowed to withdraw their entire PF amount if they had quit or lost their present jobs, making it mandatory for them to wait till 58 years of age for a final settlement. Following initial protests from workers, the Ministry deferred the implementation of the rules from April 1, 2016 to May 1.
While deferring this by another three months on Monday, the Minister said the norms would be relaxed to allow employees buying a house, getting a child married and pursuing professional education and healthcare to withdraw their entire PF savings. A similar exemption was granted to employees who join a government organization.
In a statement on the rollback, the Ministry explained that the new norms were aimed at ensuring that employees didn’t fritter away their retirement savings during their working life and spend their old age in penury. “The objective was to provide a minimum social security to the workers at the time of retirement. It was noticed that over 80 per cent of the claims settled by EPFO belonged to pre-mature withdrawal of funds, treating the EPF accounts as savings accounts, and not a social security instrument,” it said.
“In order to address the issues, the amendment stated above was carried out with the consent of trade unions and with the intention of promoting a decent accumulation of provident fund for the members at the end of their working lifetimes,” it said.
EPF accounts are mandatory for firms hiring at least 20 employees and are funded by employees paying 12 per cent of their salary with a matching contribution from employers.
Under the norms that now stand reversed, employees could withdraw their own share of PF savings along with the interest on them. The balance, comprising the employer’s contribution, was to be withheld by the EPFO till the employee attained 58 years of age.

LTC 80 Air Fare with effect from 1st April 2016

LTC Rules stipulates that Central Government Employees entitled to Air Travel while availing LTC will have to travel only by Air India on purchase of Air India LTC 80 Air tickets, a concessional air ticket applicable to Central Government Employees, State Government Employees, PSU Employees etc., when they travel under LTC.

In the event of Travel by private airlines or non-purchase of Air India LTC-80 air ticket, the employee concerned will not be reimbursed with the Air fare claimed under LTC.
However, in case of non-availability of Air India Flights to destination for which travel by LTC is planned, travel under LTC 80 Air tickets can be relaxed on case to case basis
Documents required by Air India for purchasing LTC 80 Air Tickets:
Official ID card. In the case of purchasing LTC 80 Air Tickets for Family members they have to carry the copy of the Identity Card of the employee.

Validity of LTC 80 Air Tickets:

One Year from the date of Issue

Discount applicable to Children and Infants for LTC 80 Air Fare:

Normal discount on the class of travel in respect of Children and they are not entitled to any additional discount. In the case of Infants (Under 2 years) 1st accompanying Infant – Rs.1000 per coupon, Plus applicable taxes. 2nd and more Infants, no discount permissible.

Change of Date and Cancellation of LTC 80 Air Tickets:

Change of Date of Travel and Cancellation of LTC 80 Air Tickets are allowed subject to payment of fee applicable.
Author’s Note: Government insists for purchasing Air India LTC 80 Air tickets for the reasons that these tickets are entititled to Change of dates and cancellation by default. So, neither the Govt nor the employee will incur loss in the event of change of date or cancellation of Travel Plan. In fact, there are many types of Air Fares are available in Air India itself which will be lesser than LTC 80 Air fare after dicounts. However, Air Tickets in discounted price will not be allowed for changing date of travel or cancellation of tickets.

Dept of Posts has brought out a Commemorative Postage Stamp on the "Fire Services Of India"

Department of Posts has brought out a Commemorative Postage Stamp on the "FIRE SERVICES OF INDIA" on the occasion of Fire Services Day at the National Workshop on ''An Integrated Approach to Fire Safety'' on 14.04.2016. This stamp was released by Shri T.Murthy, Member (Operations) in the gracious presence of Shri Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Postal Department rationalises postal tariffs after a long struggle by RTI activists

It refers to response dated March 29, 2016 from Department of Posts wherein the Department ultimately rationalised foreign-mail tariffs according to equal tariff-rise for equal rise in slab-weight.
Earlier at several slabs, an article sent in two parts surprisingly used to cost less than if sent in one parcel! It was only after Central Information Commission after being shocked to know that suggestions in this regard went unnoticed for several decades directed for providing working sheets on the logical suggestions.
Even postal authorities were surprised to notice that the suggestions published in a three-decade back media interview dated June 23, 1986 were repeatedly replied that "Suggestions have been noted, and will be considered at next revision of international postal-tariffs", meaning thereby that in practice there is no value of suggestions sent to government departments.
Even postal-orders of rupees 1, 2, 5 and 7 were discontinued through RTI petition and print of revised commission of postal orders were affected after more than a decade of revision.
It is time that Speed Post tariffs are also rationalized where presently postal tariffs for ordinary unreliable mail is surprisingly less than fast, reliable and economical Speed Post tariff at many slabs. Speed Post tariffs should be same for throughout the country with equal tariff rise for equal rise in weight slabs. Speed Post tariffs (inclusive of service tax) can be revised as Rs. 20 per every 50 gms or part for complete nation universally.
RTI response reveals that Post Cards and Inland Letters have lost their utility with these highly subsidized postal-items being misused for business-purposes. Inland Letters should be abolished, and Post Cards should only be in sponsored Meghdoot-category to be priced at rupee one also because coins of 25 paise are no more minted, and those of 50-paise are practically out of circulation.
Postal-tariff should be minimum rupee one even for sending registered newspapers. With multi-fold cost-rise in newspaper publication, it is senseless to put Department of Posts under heavy loss by continuing with such heavy subsidy in postal tariffs.
(Mr. Subhash Chandra Agrawal is a noted RTI activist)

Monday, 18 April 2016

26th Divisional Conference Notification.

National Union of Postal Employees  Gr C, Postmen & MTS and GDS  Tirunelveli Division, Tirunelveli 627001

S. SURIAKALA                   N.VENKATACHALAM                 C.SARAVANAKUMAR
Secretary P3                            Secretary Postmen & MTS                  Secretary GDS
NAPE / GB / Apr 16 / Dlgs                                                           Dated    :    18.04.2016


            It is hereby notified that 26th Divisional Conference will be held on   15th May 2016  at Tirunelveli at 1000 Hrs as decided by the Executive Committee meeting held on  19th March 2016   at Tirunelveli HO, in accordance with Article 40 of the Constitution of our Union under the President ship of Shri.S.A.Rama Subramanian, President, NAPE Gr C.

The Agenda for the meeting :
1. Submission of Biennial Report for the year 2014-2016
2. Submission of Biennial Accounts for the year 2014 -2016
3. Organisational Review 
4. Election of Office Bearers for the year 2016- 2018
5. Felicitation to the Senior Members.
6. Resolutions
7. Others with permission of the Chair.

            The Invitation is being sent to all members of our Union.

Divisional Secretaries,
                                                                                                              On behalf of Executive Committee,
                                                                                                                         Tirunelveli Division.

Copy to:

1. The Supdt of PO’s, Tirunelveli Division, Palayankottai 627 002 for Information and necessary action
2. Mr S.Thirugnana Sampantham, Convenor, Tamilnadu Adhoc Committee, Tuticorin 628 001 for Information and necessary action
3. Mr Sugumaran, Circle Secretary, NUPE Postman & MTS, Tamilnadu Circle, Pondicherry 605 001 for Information and necessary action
4. Mr Arumugam, Regional Secretary, NUPE Gr C, Southern Region, Madurai 625 001 for Information and necessary action
5-6. To affix in the Notice Board
7. File

Examination for DR of MTS will be held on 24.04.2016 - TN Circle

Examination for Direct Recruitment of Multi Tasking Staff in Administrative/Subordinate Offices will be held on 24.04.2016 - TN Circle

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