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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Stepping up of pay of Senior Direct Recruit Assistants of CCS/ PAs of CSSS with that of UDCs/ Steno Grade D promoted as Assistants/ PAs after 01.01.20

No: 7/ 7/ 2008-CS.I(A)

Government of India

Ministry of Personnal, PG & Pensions

Department of Personnal & Training

2nd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market

New Delhi – 110013

18th March, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Stepping up of pay of Senior Direct Recruit Assistants of CCS/ PAs of CSSS with that of UDCs/ Steno Grade D promoted as Assistants/ PAs after 01.01.2006

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even number dated 22nd December, 2010 regarding stepping up of pay of Senior Assistants of CCS/ PAs of CSSS promoted prior to 01.01.2006 and drawing less pay than Assistants of CCS/ PAs of CSSS promoted after 01.01.2006.

2. The matter regarding stepping up of pay of Senior Direct Recruit Assistants/ PAs with that of UDCs/ Steno Grade D promoted as Assistants/ PAs after 1.1.2006 was examined in this divisionin consultation with Establishment (Pay) and Department of Expenditure. The Stepping up of Senior Direct Recruit Assistants/ PAs of CSS/ CSSS respectively appointed prior to 01.01.2006 and drawing less pay that Assistants/ PAs of CCS/ CSSS promoted after 1.1.2006 is agreed to subject to the Senior DR Assistants/ PAs continuously drawing more pay than junior promoted Assistants/ PAs in the pre-revised pay scale.

3. All Ministries/ Departments may regulate stepping up of pay of Senior DR Assistants of CSS/ PAs of CSSS accordingly.

4. This issues with the approval of Department of Expenditure vide their UO No: 18/ 11/ 2010-Legal dated 28.02.2011.

Sd/-

(K Suresh Kumar)

Under Secretary to the Government of India

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Provident Fund interest rate up by 1% to 9.5%

Over 47 million employees working in the organised sector in India will benefit from a one per cent hike in interest rate on their provident deposits in financial year 2010-11, after the finance ministry approved a proposal to raise the rate to 9.5 per cent.

The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), which is under the union labour ministry, has since 2005-06 been paying interest, at the rate of 8.5 per cent to the nearly 50 million members who contribute a part of their wages every month as provident fund.

The central board of trustees of the EPFO includes top bureaucrats, representatives of employers and union leaders representing employees. Politicians and union leaders have been demanding a hike in interest rates for several years, though the finance ministry has refused to fund the additional amount.

According to the ministry, the fund should pay interest to employees on the basis of the surplus generated by it; the EPFO should not ask the government for funds to pay higher interests, the ministry argued. But the labour ministry and the central trust has been pushing for a hike in interest rate. They, however, refused to accept the finance ministry's suggestion of investing a part of the Rs.5 lakh-crore corpus in the stock markets.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Induction training for the first batch of the newly recruited Postal Assistants to start from next monday: General Information to trainees

The first batch of Induction training for the newly recruited Postal Assistants in Kerala Circle, will be starting from next monday (21.03.2011), at ICM (Institute of Co-operative Management), Poojappura, almost 4 Kms from Railway Station and KSRTC Bus Stand. The first batch will be accommodating 100 trainees. A second batch of training will be starting at PTC, Mysore from 28.03.2011.

A general Information about the training/ training centre and general instructions to the trainees are given below:

Location:

The Induction Training for the newly recruited Postal Assistants is being organized at Institute of Co-operative Management, Poojapura 4 KM from Trivandrum Railway Station and KSRTC bus-stand. It is located within one KM from Poojapura Centre or Poojapura Mandapam on the Poojapura-Mudavanmugal Road. Candidates can reach the institution by bus or auto within 15 to 20 minutes from the Railway Station or Bus-stand. Approximate auto-fare is Rs.50/-.

Accommodation :

Institute of Co-operative Management has hostel facility in the campus itself. The candidates will have to share the rooms with at least one partner. Separate blocks of rooms are available for men and women trainees. Accommodation available is just adequate for 100 participants and hence family members of trainees cannot be provided with hostel facility.

Mess Facility :

Hostel facility available includes Mess facility. The timings prescribed are :

Morning Tea at 0630,

Break-fast at 08.00am,

Tea at 10.30am and 3.30 pm

Lunch at 1.00 pm

Dinner at 8.00 pm

Physical Training :

Indoor and outdoor games facilities are available at the Institute Campus. As a part of course curriculum, Yoga has been included. There will be Yoga Classes in the morning and evening hours according to convenience. Attendance in Yoga classes is compulsory. The candidates are required to bring suitable clothes and mat for use in the Yoga classes.

Library / Reading Room :

All important daily newspapers, weekly, fortnightly and monthly magazines of English and Malayalam will be made available for the use of trainees in the reading room. For availing Library facility, the trainees will have to avail membership on payment of nominal fee. Books on various topics including fiction are available in both English and Malayalam.

Medical Facility :

There is no separate medical facility inside the campus. However, doctors and hospitals are available at reachable distance. PRS hospital, Karamana is within 3 KM. Chelsea hospital is within 1.5 KM. Govt Ayurveda Hospital is within 3 KM. Govt Panchakarma Kendra is within 0.5 KM. Homoeo doctors and dispensaries are also available nearby the institute.

Recreation :

Recreation room facility is available in the hostel block with a Television.

Other facilities :

a) The nearest post office is Poojapura within 0.5 KM

b) Photo copier facility is available at the institute on payment of prescribed charges

c) Call Taxi facility can be availed by contacting telephone No. 0471-2432437

d) The nearest police station is at Poojapura within 0.5 KM.

e) Poojapura Mandapam and adjacent ground and park are places within 0.5KM from the institute. Trainees can go for morning walk and evening outing.

f) Temples, Churches and Mosques are available within 0.5 to 1 KM

Important Tourist spots :

a) Kovalam Beach

b) Sankumugham Beach

c) Padmanaswamy Temple

d) Akkulam Lake

e) Veli lake

f) Museum

g) Zoological Garden

h) Art Gallery

i) Planetarium

j) Neyyar Dam

k) Ponmudi

l) Attukkal Bhagawathy Temple

m) Beema Palli

n) Vettukadu Church

Instructions for candidates

1) The candidates should report at the training centre on 20/3/2011 itself.

2) All candidates including local residents will have to stay in the campus and they cannot go home during the period for training except with permission

3) The training programme is for 8 weeks. No leave will be granted to the trainees during the training period except in emergency cases.

4) The dress code during the programme is pant/shirts for men and churidar/ sarees for women. Other dresses like jeans, bermuda, shorts, pyjama, lungi, dhothi three-fourth pants etc. are not allowed either in the class rooms or in the premises like mess, recreation club and library.

5) Mobile phones are not permitted in the academic block.

6) Visitors shall be permitted only on Sundays and holidays.

7) Candidates will not be permitted to bring food into the campus from any source.

8) Consumption of alcohol or such other intoxicating items including pan and smoking are strictly prohibited.

9) Indulging in any activities which disturb the campus atmosphere will entail the candidates to face stringent action including expulsion from the training resulting in termination of the appointment.

10) Attendance as per the time schedule is compulsory. Absentees and late comers will be liable to face action.

11) Woman candidates who are in the advance stage of pregnancy, i.e. pregnant for more than 6 months are not allowed to attend the training course.

12) Candidates suffering from contagious diseases are not permitted to attend the training course. If any such disease is detected during the course warranting treatment beyond one week, he/she, will be sent back from the training centre and they will have to attend the course in the next batch.

13) Candidates suffering from asthma, diabetes and cardiac disease should bring the required medicine and also furnish the information in the bio-data form.

14) Physically handicapped candidates who are in need of equipments and aids shall bring the same.

15) Candidates are required to bring the following items :

(a) Two passport size and two stamp size colour photographs

(b) Room rent and mess charges @ Rs. 155/- per day for 55 days;

(c) Two pairs of white shirts (half sleeve) and white pants for men and white salwar and cameez/churidar for women; The candidates shall also bring one pair of white shoes and socks.

(d) A copy of the order issued by the Divisional Superintendent deputing the candidates for training;

(e) Information regarding their contact address, phone numbers, local guardian, if any, and blood group

16) The candidates should return back to the training centre by 730 PM on all days including Sundays and holidays, in case they go for outing after class hours.

17) The candidates shall ensure that their rooms, bathrooms and toilets are always kept clean and tidy and also ensure that water and electricity consumption is minimized. Hence fans, lights and taps should be turned off when not in use.

18) From 9 pm to 10 pm there will be compulsory study hours and the candidates should remain in their rooms and engage themselves in their studies.

19) Candidates shall be required to attend the Yoga classes without fail.

20) During the period of training also the candidates will be governed by CCS Temporary Service Rules 1965 and CCS ( Conduct) rules 1964.

Revised pattern and syllabus for the examination of Postal Assistants / Sorting Assistants

Directorate, vide order No: 60-10/ 2011-SPB-I dated 10.03.2011, has issued orders, revising the pattern and syllabus for the Limited Departmental Competitive Examination to fill up the vacancies in the grade of Postal/ Sorting Assistants and that of direct recruitment of Postal/ Sorting Assistants.

As per the revised pattern, the examination will be held without the aid of books. However, there is no change in the pattern and syllabus for MMS Assistants, Foreign Post Assistants, RLO Assistants, Stores Depot Assistants and CO/ RO Assistants.

The Department order is posted below:








Sunday, March 13, 2011

Kannur Divisional study camp on 03.04.2011 and 04.04.2011

The Divisional level study camp of FNPO, Kannur Division will be held at Taliparamba, on 03-04-2011 and 04-04-2011. A reception committed has been formed for the sucessfull conduction of the study camp. Sri Kallinkil Padmanabhan, KPCC Member, has been elected as the chairman and Sri. V P Chandraprakash (Divnl Secretary P3), and Sri. Karippal Srendran were elected as the Convenor and the Working Chairman of the Reception Committee.


Revised pattern and scheme for Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for Senior Postmasters and existing syllabus of PS Gr. B Examination

Directorate vide order No: 9-59/2010-SPG dated 8/3/2011 has revised the pattern and scheme for Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for filling up the vacancies in the grade of Senior Postmasters. Also, the existing syllabus of PS Gr. B Examination has been revised.

1. Syllabus for PS Gr. B

S. No.
Heading
Existing pattern
Proposed pattern
1
No. of papers
4
2
2
Syllabus
Paper-I :
Postal manual Vol. V, Postal Manual Vol. II, Brochure of reservation for SC/ST candidates, CCS (Conduct) Rules, CCS (CCA) Rules, GDS (Conduct & Employment) Rules.
Paper-II :
Postal Manual Vo. VII, PO Guide Part-I, Manual for SBCO, BO Rules, Postal Manual Vol. I.

Paper-III :
FRs & SRs FHB, CCS (Pension) Rules, CCS (Leave) Rules, Postal Manual Vol. II (Chapter.III- Appeals & Petitions)

Paper-IV :
General knowledge with special reference to public relations, staff relations, grievance handling, staff welfare, supervisory skills and office management and Precis Writing.
Paper-I :
(4) Acts / Rules / Guidelines / Instructions relating to Inland & Foreign Posts, Mail Operations, Money Remittances, Savings bank Schemes & Certificates, RPLI / PLI.
(5) Organization of Department, Office Procedure & Material management for optimum utilization of network, Establishment & Administrative matters.
(6) Paragraph writing and current Affairs.

Paper-II :
CCS (Conduct) rules, CCS (CCA) Rules, Accounts, GFR, FRs & SRs and FHBs.
3
Marks
Each paper carries 100 marks.
Each paper will carry 300 marks
4
Duration
Duration for each paper is 3 hours
No change
5
No. of Questions
Subjective type Questions
150 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) in each paper.
6
Qualifying Marks
50 % marks in each paper subject to an overall average of 50 % for general category and 40% marks in each paper subject to overall average of 40% for SC/ST categories.
No change
7
Assessment of APAR / ACR
Not included
The Competent Authority will ensure and certify the following before recommending the application of the official for examination:
(iv) No disciplinary action is pending or contemplated against the applicant.
(v) No punishment is current against the applicant.
No adverse entry in the APAR / ACR in the last five years.


B) Syllabus for Sr. Postmaster

S. No.
Heading
Existing pattern
Proposed pattern
1
No. of papers
Nil
2
2
Syllabus
Nil
Paper-I :
(1) Acts / Rules / Guidelines / Instructions relating to Inland & Foreign Posts, Mail Operations, Money Remittances, Savings bank Schemes & Certificates, RPLI / PLI.
(2) Organization of Department, Office Procedure & Material management for optimum utilization of network, Establishment & Administrative matters.
(3) Paragraph writing and current Affairs.

Paper-II :
CCS (Conduct) rules, CCS (CCA) Rules, Accounts, GFR, FRs & SRs and FHBs.
3
Marks
Nil
Each paper will carry 300 marks
4
Duration
Nil
Duration for each paper is 3 hours
5
No. of questions
Nil
150 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) in each paper
6
Qualifying Marks
Nil
50% marks in each paper subject to an overall average of 50% for general category and 40% marks in each paper subject to overall average of 40% for SC/ST categories.
7
Assessment of APAR / ACR
Nil
The Competent Authority will ensure and certify the following before recommending the application of the official for examination:
(i) No disciplinary action is pending or contemplated against the applicant.
(ii) No punishment is current against the applicant.
(iii) No adverse entry in the APAR / ACR in the last five years.