Friday, May 30, 2014

Postal Unions demanded the Pay scales to Postal clerical staff :

                                           Grade Pay (Rs)

(i) PA  cadre  :                      4200

(ii) PM Gr-I / LSG  :              4600

(iii) PM Gr-II / HSG-II :         4800

(iv)PM Gr-III /HSG- I    :       5400 + Gazetted

(v) SYS. Admins        :          4600

(vi) PO & RMS Accts :         4600  

    …  ..   etc .. etc .. please read  below :


Greetings to Sri. Ravi Sankar Prasad Garu, Cabinet Minister for Communications, Govt of India. (Rajyasabha Member from Bihar)


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Mukul Rohatgi to be Attorney General

Senior Supreme Court advocate Mukul Rohatgi will be the new Attorney General (AG)replacing G E Vahanvati who resigned following NDA Government assuming power at the Centre.
Senior Supreme Court advocate Mukul Rohatgi (above) will be the new Attorney General (AG)replacing G E Vahanvati.
Senior Supreme Court advocate Mukul Rohatgi (above) will be the new Attorney General (AG)replacing G E Vahanvati.
Rohatgi told PTI that he has been offered the office of the top Law officer in the goverenment and he has given consent to it.
“I have given my consent but it has to be officially announced,” he said.
Government has also decided to appoint senior advocate Ranjit Kumar as Solicitor General and he is also learnt to have given his consent. He takes over fromMohan Parasaran who too resigned yesterday.
Among the other law officers, senior advocate Maninder Singh has been appointed as Additional Solicitor General.
The NDA government is also contemplating to appoint a woman as ASG like the previous UPA government in which senior advocate Indira Jaising became the first woman law officer of the country.
Name of Gujarat’s Additional Advocate General Tushar Mehta, who regularly appeared in sensitive matters in apex court, is also doing the rounds for ASG.
Rohatgi, who will take over from Vahanvati as the 14th AG of the country, said, his top priority would be to “streamline litigations in the Supreme Court.”
“I will see that the superior courts are not flooded with frivolous and petty litigations,” he said, adding he would make all efforts to check that the government does not involve itself in inter-ministerial litigations.
“I will see and work out that the government departments does not involve in litigations with each other,” Rohatgi, who had also served as an Additional Solicitor General during previous NDA regime, said.
Ranjit Kumar could not be contacted as he was away from the national capital.
Kumar has also represented Gujarat government in several important cases and has also assisted apex court as amicus curiae in cases like sealing of unauthorised constructions in Delhi.
Maninder Singh, who was Central Government Standing Counsel during the previous NDA regime, confirmed that he received a call from the office of Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad about the offer and has given his consent.
When asked about his priority, Singh said he has been given a great task and will work with full responsibility.


Eligibility for promotion : - It is necessary to fix suitable standards for promotion from one grade to another, including minimum length of service in the lower grade. As far as possible, the minimum length of service in the lower grade prescribed as a condition for promotion to the higher grade should not markedly be different from that prescribed by other Departments for promotion to similar grades involving the same nature of duties and responsibilities. 

The qualifying service for promotion from one grade to another is necessary so that there is no premature promotion or undue jump in pay and also to ensure that the officer has sufficient opportunity to demonstrate his competence/potential for holding the higher post. The period of qualifying service varies from post to post depending upon the scale of pay and the experience, required for manning the higher post. Broadly, the following qualifying service for promotion from one grade to another may be followed:

Field of Promotion 
From Grade Pay 
 (in Rs.)
To Grade Pay
 (in Rs.)
Qualifying Service 
(in years)
180019003 Years
190020003 Years
190024008 Years
200024005 Years
240028005 Years
2400420010 Years
280042006 Years
420046005 Years
420048006 Years
420054008 Years
4200660010 Years
460048002 Years
460054003 Years
460066007 Years
480054002 Years
480066006 Years
540066005 Years
660076005 Years
6600870010 Years
760087005 Years
760089006 Years
870089002 Years
8700100003 Years
8900100002 Years
10000HAG3 Years
HAGHAG+Scale1 Year
HAGApex scale2 Years
HAG+ScaleApex scale1 Year

(DOPT OM No. AB 14017/61/2008-Estt. (RR) dated 24.3.2009 and dated 12.3.2010)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Two more attempts for Civil Services aspirants

New Delhi: Civil Services aspirants will get two more additional attempts from this year onwards to write the prestigious exam but there will be no change in its format and syllabi, the Union Public ServiceCommission (UPSC) said today.
Prof. D P Agrawal, Hon'ble Chairman, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
“The aspirants should note that the government has decided to allow two additional attempts with consequential age relaxations to all categories of candidates with effect from Civil Service Examination, 2014.
“There are no other changes in the format and syllabi of papers contained in the Civil Services Examination,” the UPSC said in a short notice.
A candidate is permitted a maximum of four attempts for the examination. However, there is no restriction on number of attempts by a candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs).
As many as seven attempts are permissible to an aspirant belonging to Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
The Civil Service Examinations is conducted by the UPSC to select Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian PoliceService (IPS) and Indian foreign Service (IFS) officers among others.
The examination is conducted in three stages– preliminary, mains and interview.The Civil Services Examination (Preliminary), 2014 is scheduled to be held on August 24, this year.
A candidate who has attained the age of 21 years but not attained 30 years may apply for the Civil Services Examination, as per eligibility mentioned in the notification.
The upper age limit is relaxable UP to a maximum of five years for candidates belonging to SCs or STs categories and up to a maximum of three years for candidates of OBC category among others.
The upper age limit is also relaxable up to a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in Jammu & Kashmir during January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1989.
It can also be relaxed up to a maximum of three years in the case of defence services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof.
There is also a relaxation in upper age up to a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, deaf-mute and orthopaedically handicapped candidates.
The detailed examination notice for this year’s Civil Services Examination will be published in Employment News or Rozgar Samachar on May 31, the UPSC said.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Questionnaire on CBS.

No: 16-01/2013-Inspn.Government of India ,Ministry of Communications & IT ,Department of Posts (Inspection Unit) , Dathavan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi 110001. Dated: 15.05.2014
1. A11 Heads of Postal Circles,
2 A11 Unions.
3. A11 Principals, Postal Training Centres,
4. Director RAKNPA Ghazíabad,
5. Army Postal Directorate, New Delhi
Subject: Supplementary Inspection Questionnaire of HO / SO and BO relating t0 CBS.

Department of Posts has launched Core Banking Solution (CBS) in several Post Offices across the country as part of IT induction programme. The application is presently working satisfactorily in nearly 300 HOs / SOS and will be expanded further in due course of time. 
2. Inspection Division in support with FS Division has developed a supplementary set of questionnaire on CBS to monitor its performance for proper implementation. The copy of the questionnaire is enclosed. This set of questions is supplementary to existing Inspection Questionnaire of HO / SO / BO. It is reiterated that these questions are in addition to existing questions laid down in the present questionnaire.

3. 4Circles are requested to circulate the questionnaire to its subordinate units for using the same While inspecting the units Where CBS has been rolled out. It is also requested that Circle may forward suggestions / recommendations to further improve the questionnaire. 
4. Receipt of this letter may be acknowledged. 
Enclosures: Supplementary Questionnaire on CBS Wm .
 Director (PO & Inspection) Sh. Víneet Pandey, DDG (FS), Dak Bhawan, New Delhi Supplementary Inspection Questionnaire On Core Banking Solution (CBS) .
See reconciliation report provided by Infosys at the time of migration is available? Whether Copy ofthe same has been provided to SBCO and Divisional Head? Examine exception report if any given by Infosys at the time of migration and suggest remedial action. 
See as to whether, Manual Records have been migrated to CBS / Finacle Application? lf no, make a note of it and take remedial action. Have all Signatures (Digitized & Manual) been migrated to CBS / Finacle Application? See signatures of at least 10 accounts in Finacle CBS Application. 
4. Talk to the Concerned Staff and See if any issue observed with the migrated data. This section is related to the smoothness of the daily operations and support being provided to Post Office. 
Whether staff working has been adequately trained in operating Finacle CBS. Any Suggestions for improvements? 
 Whether supervisory staff is regularly verifying pending transactions during Whether job Aids are available on the desktop of all Counters? lf not, take remedial action to get from FSl Vendor and install the same. Whether process documents circulated by Directorate are available in soft or hard copy with Counter Pas and Supervisors? lf not, ensure that the same is made available. Whether Post Office staff is aware of the Infosys Help Desk number and mail iD'? How many important issues are pending for soiution? Ensure that post office staff is raising only genuine issues and mentioning their names, designation and Mobile number While raising issues through e-mail. 
Hand Holding support team: 
What is the feedback on the support provided by Infosys Hand holding/support? Any Suggestions for improvements? Whether Postmaster is taking print out of office accounts ledgers and cross verifying transactions with LOT on daily bases? lf not, direct Postmaster to do it on daily basis and ensure compliance. 
Physically verify Certificates stock with stock available in Finacle CBS Application and record results. 
Physically verify stock of blank POSB Cheque Books with Finacle CBS Application and record results. 
Verify physical cash with one or two counters with his/their Teller Cash account in Flnacle and record results. 
Educate staff Whether all active MPKBY/PRSS Agents have been given training for operating Agents Portal? Whether Agent Portal is functioning properly? See some of the agent lists Created by agents through Portal and Check results through Finaole CBS Application. See Consolldatlons of all schemes for 4 working days and verify with total of all LOTS available in the Post Office. 
13.Whether ATl\/l is installed in the Post Office premises? lf so is it working? 
14. Number of instant ATM Cards/Welcome Kits lying in stock? 
15. Collect some Passbooks from the counter and verify balance available in Finacle
CBS by using menu HACLl. Record results. 
16.Whether New Account opening Forms and CBS passbooks are available in sufficient numbers? lf no, take remedial action to ensure adequate supply. 
17. Whether SS Book is being maintained to paste Specimen Signatures of newly opened Savings accounts? if not, get the same started in your presence. 
18.Whether new Account Opening Forms (AOF) and KYC documents are being sent to CPC on daily basis and bundles received back from CPC are being preserved securely? 
19. If any pending AOFS rejected by CPC are lying in the office for rectification? 
20.Check pending N04 (a) against which NSCs are still not issued in Finacle CBS Application and ensure that NSCs have been delivered tc the customers. lf adequate stock is not available, take action to make stock available in the Post Office. 
21.Ensure that no undelivered NSCs are lying in the office
22.Have a discussion with the staff and list out major issues pending with the Helpdesk of Infosys and send to Circle SPOC for taking up further. 
23.8ee pending tickets on the part of post office where solution has been provided but tickets are pending for Closure on the part of Post Office. 
24.Whether SBCO is tailying 100% Vouchers with LOTS and writing objections in  Memo Pad for manual Corrections in LOT and Consolidation? How many memo Pads are pending foreoiosure? 
Note: - These questions are in addition to existing questions and laid down in present
questionnaire till new questionnaire is circulated. 

Awe-inspiring: From Waiter to an IAS Officer

Inspired by the spider, the Scottish king Robert the Bruce told his men, 'If you don't succeed the first time, try, try and try again'

K Jayaganesh's story is similar. He failed the civil service examination six times but never lost heart. The seventh time -- his last chance -- he passed with a rank of 156 and has been selected for the Indian Administrative Service.

Jayaganesh's story is inspiring not because he did not lose heart but also because he comes from a very poor background in a village in Tamil Nadu, and though he studied to be an engineer, he worked at odd jobs, even as a waiter for a short while, to realise his dream of becoming an IAS officer.

Read on for Jayaganesh's inspiring achievement, in his own words:

Childhood in a remote village

I was born and brought up in a small village called Vinavamangalam in Vellore district. My father Krishnan, who had studied up to the tenth standard, worked as a supervisor in a leather factory. My mother was a housewife. I am the eldest in the family and have two sisters and a brother. I studied up to the 8th standard in the village school and completed my schooling in a nearby town.

I was quite good at studies and always stood first. Coming from a poor family, I had only one ambition in life -- to get a job as fast as I could and help my father in running the family. My father got Rs 4,500 as salary and he had to take care of the education of four children and run the family, which you know is very difficult.

So, after my 10th standard, I joined a polytechnic college because I was told I would get a job the moment I passed out from there. When I passed out with 91 per cent, there was a chance for me to get entry to a government engineering college on merit. So I decided to join the Thanthai Periyar Government Engineering College to study mechanical engineering. My father supported my desire to study further.

Even while doing engineering, my ambition was still to get a job. If you look at my background, you will understand why I didn't have any big ambitions. Most of my friends in the village had studied only up to the 10th standard, and many did not even complete school. They worked as auto drivers or coolies or masons. I was the only one among my friends who went to college.

I understood the importance of education because of my parents. My father was the only one in his family to have completed school, so he knew the value of education. My parents saw to it that we children studied well.

In search of a job

Four days after I completed my engineering in 2000, I went to Bangalore in search of a job and I one without much difficulty. My salary was Rs 2,500 at a company that reconditioned tools.

It was in Bangalore that I started thinking about my village and my friends. I wondered sadly why none of them studied and worked in good companies. Because they had no education, they always remained poor. There was not enough money to buy even proper food. There was no opportunity there; the only place they could work was the tannery in the nearby town. If they didn't get work at the tannery, they worked as auto drivers or coolies. In short, there was no one in my village to guide the young generation.

I thought would I be able to help my villagers in any way?

Getting interested in the civil service examination

Till then, I had not even heard of something called the civil services examination. It was only after I went to Bangalore and saw the world that I was exposed to many things. I came to know that a collector in a small place could do a lot. At that moment, I decided that I wanted to be an IAS officer.

I resigned and went home to prepare for the examination. I never thought resigning was risky because I had the confidence and knew I would do well.

My father also supported me wholeheartedly. He had just got a bonus of Rs 6,500 and he gave me that money to buy study material. I sat in my village and studied from the notes I received by post from Chennai.

Failed attempts

In my first two attempts, I could not even clear the preliminary examination. I had no idea how to prepare for the exam, what subjects to opt for and how to study. There was nobody to guide me.

I had taken mechanical engineering as my main subject. That's when I met Uma Surya in Vellore. He was also preparing for the examination. He told me that if I took sociology as an option, it would be easy.

Even with sociology as the main subject, I failed in the third attempt. But I was not disappointed. I knew why I was failing. I didn't have proper guidance. I started reading newspapers only after I started preparing for the examination! So you can imagine from what kind of background I came from.

To Chennai for coaching

When I came to know about the government coaching centre (external link) in Chennai, I wrote the entrance examination and was selected. We were given accommodation and training.

Because I got tips from those who passed out, I passed the preliminary in my fourth attempt. We were given free accommodation and food only till we wrote the main examination. After that, we had to move out. I didn't want to go back to the village but staying in Chennai also was expensive.

I tried to get a job as an engineer but my efforts turned futile. I then decided to look for a part time job so that I would have time to study.

Working as a waiter in Chennai

I got a job as a billing clerk for computer billing in the canteen at Sathyam Cinemas. I also worked as the server during the interval. It never bothered me that I, a mechanical engineer, preparing for the civil services, had to work as a server. I had only one aim -- to stay on in Chennai to pass the examination.

Attending the interview in Delhi

After I got the job at the Sathyam Cinemas, I was called for the interview. As counselling was my hobby, a lot of questions were asked about counselling. I was not very fluent in English but I managed to convey whatever I wanted to. Perhaps I did not articulate well. I failed in the interview.

Preliminary again, the 5th time

Once again, I started from the beginning. Surprisingly, I failed in the preliminary itself. On analysis, I felt I did not concentrate on studies as I was working at Sathyam Cinemas.

I quit the job and joined a private firm to teach sociology to those preparing for the UPSC examinations. While I learnt the other subjects there, I taught sociology. Many friends of mine in Chennai helped me both financially and otherwise while I prepared for the examination.

Sixth attempt

I passed both the preliminary and the main in the sixth attempt but failed at the interview stage.

While preparing for the interview, I had written an examination to be an officer with the Intelligence Bureau and I was selected. I was in a dilemma whether to accept the job. I felt if I joined the IB, once again, my preparation to be an IAS officer would get affected. So, I decided not to join and started preparing for one last time.

Last attempt

I had to give the last preliminary just a few days after the previous interview. I was confused and scared. Finally, I decided to take the last chance and write the examination. Like I had hoped, I passed both the preliminary and the main.

The interview was in April, 2008 at Delhi. I was asked about Tamil Nadu, Kamaraj, Periyar, Tamil as a classical language, the link between politics and Tamil cinema etc. I was upset since I did not wish the interviewers at the start and they did not respond when I said thanks at the end. Both the incidents went on playing in my mind. I just prayed to God and walked back.

The day the results were out

I was extremely tense that day. I would know whether my dreams would be realised or not. I used to tell God, please let me pass if you feel I am worthy of it.

I went to a playground and sat there meditating for a while. Then, I started thinking what I should do if I passed and what I should do if I didn't.

I had only one dream for the last seven years and that was to be an IAS officer.

156th rank

Finally when the results came, I couldn't believe myself. I had secured the 156th rank out of more than 700 selected candidates. It's a top rank and I am sure to get into the IAS.

I felt like I had a won a war that had been going on for many years. I felt free and relieved.

The first thing I did was call my friends in Chennai and then my parents to convey the good news.

Warm welcome in the village

The reception I got in my village was unbelievable. All my friends, and the entire village, were waiting for me when I alighted from the bus. They garlanded me, burst crackers, played music and took me around the village on their shoulders. The entire village came to my house to wish me. That was when I saw unity among my villagers. It was a defining moment for me

What I want to do

I worked really hard without losing faith in myself to realise my dream. My real work starts now. I want to try hard to eradicate poverty and spread the message of education to all people. Education is the best tool to eradicate poverty. I want Tamil Nadu also to be a literate state like Kerala.

Just take my example. I could come out of a poor background to this level only because of education. I didn't get any guidance when I was young. So I want to give proper guidance to the youth in the villages. They have the ability to go up but there is nobody to guide them. I want to be a guiding force to such youngsters. As I come from that background, I understand them best.


I strongly feel that reservations are needed to uplift the section of society that is at the bottom. Unless you lift them up, they can't come up. As they had been at the bottom for thousands of years, they are not equipped to compete with the higher sections of society.

Now that I am going to be an IAS officer, I will move to the creamy layer in reservations. My children would be from a background that is totally different from what mine was. If I continue taking the benefits of reservation, I would be doing injustice to society. So, I will not take the benefits again.