Jul 4, 2017

Probable DA hike from July 2017

The official Press Release has been released by the Labour Bureau on its official portal, the consumer price  index has increased by one point and stands at 278. Expected Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief for Central Government Employees and Pensioners is almost decided to hike by 1 percent with effect from 1st July 2017. The total DA and DR from 1.7.2017 may be revised as 5%.

It may be finally calculated upon the release of index number of June'17 (to be released on 31.07.17) but the trend shows an increase of 1% only.

Jul 1, 2017

Retirements on Superannuation

The following officers are retired from service on 30-06-2017 on superannuation. IP(A)SP Andhra wishes the officers  a happy and peaceful retired life.
2.I.R.K.NAIDU ASP Chirala sub Dn. Prakasam Dn
3.A.Krishna murthy, ASRM, TP Dn Tirupathi. 

Jun 29, 2017

Cabinet approves recommendations of the 7th CPC on allowances

Highlights :
*House Rent Allowance @ 24% for X, 16% for Y and 8% for Z category of cities has been approved. HRA shall not be less than Rs 5400, Rs 3600 and Rs 1800 for X, Y and Z category of cities respectively.HRA rates will be revised upwards in two phases to 27%, 18% and 9% when DA crosses 50% and to 30%, 20% and 10% when DA crosses 100%. 
*Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) for Pensioners has been increased from Rs 500 per month to Rs1000 per month.
*Cycle allowance for postmen  is retained and the rates have been doubled from Rs 90 per month to Rs 180.
*Rate of Children Education Allowance (CEA) has been increased from 1500 per month / child (max. 2) to 2250 per month / child (max.2). Hostel Subsidy will also go up from 4500 per month to 6750 per month.
*Existing rates of Special Allowance for Child Care for Women with Disabilities has been doubled from 1500 per month to 3000 per month.
*Dress Allowance to be paid annually in four slabs @ 5000,10,000, 15,000 and 20,000 per annum for various category of employees in place of washing allowance, Uniform allowance etc.
Cabinet approves recommendations of the 7th CPC on allowances 
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the recommendations of the 7th CPC on allowances with some modifications. The revised rates of the allowances shall come into effect from 1st July, 2017 and shall affect more than 48 lakh central government employees.
While approving the recommendations of the 7th CPC on 29th June, 2016, the Cabinet had decided to set up the Committee on Allowances (CoA) in view of substantial changes in the existing provisions and a number of representations received. The modifications are based on suggestions made by the CoA in its Report submitted to Finance Minister on 27th April, 2017 and the Empowered Committee of Secretaries set up to screen the recommendations of 7th CPC.
7th CPC recommendations on Allowances :

Jun 21, 2017

Result of IP Examination held on 22.10.2016

The following candidates came out successful in the Inspector Posts examination held on 22.10.2016.

Jan 30, 2017

Promotion and postings of Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) officers of Indian Postal Service, Group 'A' to Higher Administrative Grade (HAG)

Click here to view Postal Directorate memo no  1-3l2016-SPG dated 30.01.2017 on the above subject matter.  

India Post Payment Bank launched in Ranchi & Raipur

India Post Payments Bank will be a game changer for financial inclusion-Manoj Sinha 

Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley and Minister of Communications Shri Manoj Sinha launched the operations of the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) here today as two pilot branches at Raipur and Ranchi through video conferencing from Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Jaitley said that about 650 IPPB branches will be opened by September this year and that will have a multiplier impact as far as banking in India is concerned. He said with IPPB, banking at the doorstep will no longer remain a mere slogan, but will become a reality due to huge postal network in the country. He said that financial Inclusion is critical for the socio-economic development of the country, but there are significant gaps in this area and a large proportion of country’s population remain unbanked or underbanked. IPPB will effectively leverage the ubiquitous post office network with its pan-India physical presence, long experience in cash handling and savings mobilization, backed by the ongoing project of IT-enablement, to bridge this gap in Financial Inclusion.

In his address, Minister of Communications Shri Manoj Sinha has commended the hard work done by the Department of Posts in setting up the India Post Payments Bank and hoped that both organizations will work in tandem to take the benefits of government schemes and financial services that are not easily available in rural areas to customers across the country and to the marginalized population in urban and rural areas alike. He said, the objective of IPPB will be public service rather than promoting commercial interests.

Secretary, Department of Posts, Shri B.V.Sudhakar said that the IPPB is widely expected to be a game changer for financial inclusion in the country as the USP of this initiative is doorstep banking, particularly in the rural areas.
As mandated by the RBI, the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) would focus on providing basic financial services such as all kinds of payments; including social security payments, utility bill payments, person to person remittances (both domestic and cross-border), current and savings accounts up to a balance of Rs 1 lac, distribution of insurance, mutual funds, pension products and acting as business correspondent to other banks for credit products especially in rural areas and among the underserved segments of the society.

Set up us a 100% Government of India owned Public Limited Company under the Department of Posts, it will open around 650 branches in district HQ locations. All 1.55 lacs post offices including the 1.39 lac of the rural post offices will be mapped to the IPPB branch at the district headquarter and function as access points for IPPB. IPPB will usher in state of the art internet and mobile banking platforms, digital wallets and use innovative and emerging technologies to catalyse the shift from a cash dominant to a less cash economy.

While many other banks and financial institutions are working on the same theme, the USP of IPPB will be its ability to ease access and handhold the adoption of new age banking and payments instruments among citizen of all walks of life through the delivery by postmen and Grameen Dak sevaks, savings agents and other franchisees who will take banking to door steps. IPPB thus aspires to the most accessible, affordable and trusted bank for the common man with the motto - “No customer is too small, no transaction too insignificant, and no deposit too little”.

Given ‘in principle’ approval by the RBI along with 10 other aspirants on 19th Aug 2015, IPPB received the cabinet’s approval on 1st June, 2016 and was incorporated as on 17th Sept, 2106. Today it became the second payments bank to launch its operations. Having got its final banking license from the RBI on the 20th Jan 2017 it has commenced operations in record time of 10 days in partnership with the Punjab National Bank, after obtaining all necessary approvals and registrations from the RBI, NPCI etc.
A commemorative stamp and a logo of the new bank were also launched on the occasion.

Clarification regarding timely payment of GPF final payment to the retiring Government Servant

Click here to view Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare OM dated 16.01.2017.

Jan 27, 2017

Secretary Posts visit to Kerala circle on 20th to 22 nd Jan 2017

Inauguration of ATM at Guruvayur MDG by the Hon'ble Secretary (P) Sri B V Sudhakar in presence of Smt.Anjali Anand CPMG Kerala, Smt.Sumathy Ravichandran and Sri Thomas Lourdraj DPS(HQ) Trivandrum on 20.1.2017

Playing Cricket at Trivendram Medical college grounds

Receiving Man of the Match Award from Smt Smt.Anjali Anand CPMG Kerala

Clarification regarding timely payment of GPF final payment to the retiring Government Servant

Click here to view Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare OM dated 16.01.2017 on the above subject matter.

Jan 25, 2017

Extending Outreach of Passport Services through Network of Post Offices

In order to extend passport services to our citizens on a larger scale and to ensure wider area coverage, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Department of Posts (DOP) have now agreed to utilize the Head Post Offices (HPO) in the various States as Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) for delivering passport related services to the citizens of our country. The pilot projects for this joint venture between MEA and DOP would be inaugurated on 25 January, 2017 at the HPO at Mysuru in Karnataka and at Dahod in Gujarat. Appointments for passport applicants have been released for these two places beginning 25 January, 2017. Applicants, who apply for their passports online through the passport portal, can now schedule an appointment and then visit the designated POPSK to complete the formalities akin to those at the PSK necessary prior to the issue of the passport.

Delivery of passport related services through the POPSK would be yet another citizen-centric measure of the Government in taking IT- driven public services closer to the people of the country. This partnership would be an important step forward enabling the Government to continue to deliver passport related services to the citizens in a timely, transparent, more accessible, and reliable manner through streamlined processes and a committed, trained and motivated workforce.

Once the pilot projects are operationalized successfully, the Government intends to scale up this programme by opening POPSK in all the HPO in a phased manner.

Regarding payment of Allowances to PS Group "B" officers whose grade pay has been up graded from Rs.4800/- to 5400/-

Click here to view Postal Directorate OM dated 11.01.2017 on the above subject matter.

Jan 24, 2017


Shri Kamalesh Chandra Committee submitted report on GDS system to the Department & Government on 24th November 2016.

The copy of the Report published in DoP website on 18-01-2017.

It contains 434 pages with 20 Chapters and 39 Annexures with some other pages. 

Downing loading of the Report Copy once at a time is more time taking and felt difficulty.


The following Annexures contains Statistical tables, data collection and etc.,

ANNEXURE : 01 - 10 (37 PAGES)

ANNEXURES : 11 - 15 (41 PAGES)

ANNEXURES : 16 - 25 (31 PAGES)

ANNEXURES : 26 -30 (25 PAGES)

ANNEXURES : 31 - 39 ( 30 PAGES)

After going through the GDS Committee Report, the Committee observations and comments on GDS system and on GDS beside on the part of Department and Govt are so impressive and courageous.

In brief, the comments are extracted here :

1.   The GDSs working in the net work of GDS Post Offices are Ambassadors of Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications in the rural and remote areas of India……

2.   The Govt of India still holds the same position and has so far held that the Gramin Dak Sevaks are not departmental employees. They are outside the Civil Services of the Union and shall not claim to be at par with the Central Government Employees……

3.   Currently, a large number of well educated, talented and capable youths are joining GDS posts and strengthening the GDS system and this trend is likely to propel growth of the Department in the coming days……

4.   The Committee observed that in last several decades, the Department has not invested enough to strengthen the network of GDS Post Offices until recently……

5.   The quality of life of GDSs and their family’s needs to be improved by  harmonizing their wages and other emoluments in tune with present day’s needs and aspirations of young GDSs joining the workforce….

6.   The Committee also noted that a large number of them are totally dependent upon the emoluments received from the Department and has no other means of livelihood to supplement their income…….

7.   The Committee views that the demand of regularization of their services is due to better emoluments, reliability and security of regular government service. The Committee noted that GDSs are exploited at the hands of their local supervisors because of existing wage structure and their legal status. The administrative powers such as “put off duty” are exercised on frivolous charges and frequently used for exploitation rather than as remedial measures.

8.   The Department recognizes the engagement of GDSs as contractual, but the present method of engagement and disciplinary proceedings, job contents, risks and responsibilities are getting closer to the regular employees of the department….

9.   that there is tendency to withhold the legitimate demands of GDSs which are due to them, based on the apprehension that they will get closer to regular employees and their claim for regularization will be strengthened in the Court of Law, if such demands are allowed. The Committee finds this as unreasonable and counter productive for the Department. It also deprives them of living a happy life in the changed situation where financial dependence on GDS position is increasing day by day because of shrinking alternate means of livelihood…….

10. The Department has lost its tag of having the largest network for providing financial services to the customers by decelerating expansion of network based on the assumption that GDS post offices are loss making and adding to the overall deficit of the Department….

11.  The Committee observed that the ‘Rationalization of Postal Network Scheme’ has also not worked on the expected line….. the Committee supports the demand for presence of postal facility in the headquarters of each of 2.50 lakhs Gram Panchayats and revamping of PSSK and FO Schemes my making it more remunerative as opening of regular or GDS Post Office in each of such location may not be feasible….

12.    The GDS Post Offices, is around 45% of the total deficit (Net Expenditure – Revenue) of Rs.6258.60 crores and around 15% of the total expenditure of Rs.17894.58 crores in the Financial year 2014-15………..the Committee found that total expenditure on GDS system is far less than deficit of the Department.

13.  Future survival of the Department will largely depend on the successful management of GDS Post Offices, which effectively for its “soul”.. It would be difficult for the Department to survive without the soul…..

14. Tust of GDS network which enables the Department to deliver trustworthy services in each and every village of the country that can not be quantified in terms of revenue…

15.  The Committee observed that the Sub Post Masters of single handed Sub Post Offices do not encourage Branch Post Masters to increase their workload as it results into increase in the workload of Sub Post Offices which they are unable to handle properly due to lack of manpower……

16.  Sub Post Office by utilizing the services of capable and willing GDSs in the single handed sub post offices…..

17. the India Post Payment Bank which is going to be rolled out shortly will use the strengths of the GDS net work and experiences of more than 2.60 lakhs trustworthy Gramin Dak Sevaks serving in the Department of Posts….

18.   the GDS network can potentially wipe out the deficit (gap between the expenditure and revenue) of the Department and emerge as rural digital hubs for delivery of DBT and other postal, financial, remittance, third party and several e-services to the rural population and forming an integral part of fulfilling SABKA SAATH  SABKA VIKAS agenda of the Central Government.

Source: GDS Committee Report (Executive Summary)

Instructions on sealed cover procedure - where Government servant has been acquitted but appeal is contemplated/pending - clarification

Click here to view DoPT clarification dated 19.01.2017 on the above subject matter.

Jan 11, 2017

Allotments & Postings to IPoS probationers of 2013 & 2014 Batches


Declaration of Holiday for Makara Sankranti on 14.01.2017

It was communicated vide Circle office, AP circle letter dated Tech/Holidays/2016 dated 09.01.2017 that the postal Operative offices of AP circle will remain closed on 14.01.2017 in connection with Makara Sankranti festival and Srirama navami on 05.04.2017 will be normal working day for all the operative offices.

Dec 30, 2016

Promotion and Posting in the grade of Director General, Postal services

Sri T.Murthy, Member(O), Postal services Board is promoted as Director General, Dept of Posts in place of Sri A.K.Tiwari retiring on 31.12.2016.

Click here to the Directorate order in original.