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Friday, October 9, 2015

Now, book unreserved and railway platform tickets from home using app

Making the most of mobile platform and its increased penetration, Railwaystoday launched facilities for booking of paperless unreserved tickets as well as platform tickets to cut queues at the reservation counters. 

The initiatives are mostly targetted at the Mumbai suburban sections to begin with where 75 lakh passengers use the local train services to commute between places. 

Launching the IT-enabled passenger services here, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said they are in tune with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Digital India' mission and seeks to help passengers save time by booking tickets right at their home before travelling. 

The paperless platform ticket programme would cover the major sections in the Mumbai suburban sections, as well as New Delhi and Hazrat Nizamuddin stations here. 

Prabhu also launched paperless season tickets on suburban sections of the Western RailwayCentral Railway and between New Delhi and Palwal section of the Northern Railway. 

A currency coin-cum-card-operated automatic ticket-vending machines at various suburban stations on the Central Railway and Western Railway, was also launched on the occasion. 

Most of these initiatives were announced by the Railway Minister during his budget speech this year. 

He said a campaign will also be run shortly to reduce the occurrence of ticketless travelling. 

The train enquiry mobile application for the iOS platform was launched too, with which more than 90 per cent of the mobile users can check the train movement live using the app.

Source:-The Economic Times

National Postal Week celebrations begin today

India Post is celebrating week long “National Postal Week” commencing from 9th October 2015 which is also celebrated as World Post Day all over the world. The week long celebration will end on 15th October 2015.

The idea of World Post Day is to create awareness about the role of Postal sector in its contribution to social and economic development of the country and everyday life of the people. The celebration of the Postal Week is aimed at generating broader awareness about the role of India Post among public and media at National level.

Further it aims to enhance and improve customer relationship and also to popularize the initiatives taken by the Department. On this occasion, the Odisha Postal Circle is undertaking the following different activities in each day of the week like organizing meeting , workshop, visit of school children to Post Office, Philatelic bureau and RMS offices.

9th October 2015 –       World Post day
10th October 2015-      Savings Bank day
12th October 2015-      Mail day
13th October 2015 –     Philately day
14th October 2015-      PLI day     
15 th October 2015-    Business Development day

The World Post Day is being celebrated today to commemorate the establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in the Swiss capital Berne.

It was declared as World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo in 1969 and since then, it is celebrated all over the world to highlight the importance of the postal services.

Seeking comments/views for the proposed draft guideline from the State Government and Cadre Controlling Authorities.

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Now, retired babus with clean service record to probe serving ones in the government

It is often seen that departmental enquiries against government servants involved in illegal activities don't make much headway. However, to make sure that enquiries are conducted in a fair manner, the government has decided to engage retired officers with "impeccable integrity" and a "clean service record" to probe serving officers. 

Retired government servants, not below the rank of deputy secretary at the Centre and equivalent rank in state government and PSUs, hired as inquiry officers will give their reports on delinquent officers within 90 days. 

Ministries/departments will appoint a retired officer for conducting enquiry only if the former official was not a witness or a complainant in the matter to be inquired into or a close relative or a known friend of the delinquent serving official. "It was seen that people under departmental enquiries managed to influence the inquiry officers as they earlier worked together in the same department or were batchmates, or known as friends or relatives. The enquiries were either delayed or inquiry reports were kept pending. This move should change this practice," a senior government official said. 

The retired officials will also maintain secrecy while conducting inquiries. 

An office memorandum issued by the department of personnel and training on Thursday said retired officers will be provided a honorarium ranging between Rs 20,000 and Rs 75,000 per enquiry, in addition to transport allowance of Rs 40,000 and Rs 30,000 per case if no secretarial assistance is provided by the department concerned. 

A three-member committee in the respective cadre controlling authority will decide empanelment of retired officers. 

"The panel of retired officers created for the purpose of appointing inquiry officers for conducting departmental inquiry will be valid for a period of three years," the DoPT said. 

Retired officers willing to serve as inquiry officer should not be more than 70 years of age as on April 1 of the year of his/her empanelment. They should be in sound health and "should not be an accused officer in any pending inquiry". 

The officer will be required to submit the inquiry report within 90 days from the date of his/her appointment as inquiry officer. Extension of time beyond 90 days can be granted only by the disciplinary authority, the DoPT said.

Source:-The Economic Times

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Revision in the Limit of minimum balance for issuance of ATM / Debit Cards to POSB Account holders

To view Department of Posts (Financial Service Division) Letter No.25-3/2014-FS-CBS (Part-1) dated 07-10-2015 please Click Here.

Special Programme on Jatiya Dak Saptaha (National Postal Week) to be telecast in DD Odia on 10-10-2015 (Saturday) at 9.30 PM.

As we know, National Postal Week has been celebrated every year from 09-10-2015 to 15-10-2015. In this connection, Sri Smruti Ranjan Swain, DA(P) Cuttack & Sri Aditya Kumar Nayak, SSPOs, Cuttack City Division have participated in a discussion on Jatiya Dak Saptaha at Door Darshan Kendra, Bhubaneswar which is going to be telecast on 10-10-2015 in DD Odia at 9.30 PM.

          All are requested to inform all the concerned to watch this special programme on the eve of National Postal Week on 10-10-2015 at 9.30 PM.
   Sr. Supdt. of Post Offices
                                                                Cuttack City Division, Cuttack-753001

Procedure for empanelment and appointment of retired officers as the Inquiry Officers for conducting Departmental Inquiries - reg.

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Suggestions or views regarding enhancement of limit of withdrawals from Rs. 5000 to Rs. 10000 at BOs without obtaining sanction from Account office

Aadhaar row: Supreme Court assures decision by tomorrow on larger bench plea

New Delhi, Oct 8 (PTI) The Supreme Court today assured the Centre and bodies like SEBI and RBI that it will take a decision by tomorrow evening on their plea seeking setting up a larger bench for modifying an earlier order restricting the voluntary use of Aadhaar card to PDS and LPG schemes only.

"Please give me time till tomorrow evening. Let me decide it. The question is I have to spare nine judges for this. What will happen to other matters," a bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu said when Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi mentioned the matter before it.

Rohatgi's plea for urgent hearing of the application for modification of the earlier order was supported by a battery of senior lawyers, including K K Venugopal and Harish Salve.

"All social benefit schemes of the government are being affected. We seek the modification that the Aadhaar be allowed to be used voluntarily for the benefit of the poor and aged groups," he said and referred to importance of Aadhaar in schemes like MNREGA and Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana.

During the brief hearing, Salve suggested to the bench that instead of a nine-judge bench, a bench of five judges can be constituted to decide the applications seeking modification of the earlier order.

The apex court had yesterday refused to modify its interim order and allow bodies like RBI and SEBI and some states to permit voluntary use of Aadhaar card for welfare schemes other than the public distribution system (PDS) and LPG schemes.

The court had made it clear that all applications seeking "modification, clarification and relaxation" of its August 11 interim order will be heard by a Constitution Bench.

On August 11, the apex court had said that Aadhaar card will remain optional for availing welfare schemes of the government and the authorities will not use it for the purposes other than PDS and LPG distribution system.

The Centre, RBI, SEBI, IRDA, TRAI, Pension Fund Regulatory Authority and states like Gujarat and Jharkhand had recently moved the court and pitched strongly for voluntary use of Aadhaar cards for providing benefits of various schemes, other than PDS and LPG, at the doorstep of the aged people and the weaker sections.

SC refuses to modify order limiting role of Aadhaar

 In a big setback to the Centre, the Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to give a ruling on the Narendra Modi government's high-pitched and public interest-laced plea to allow citizens to voluntarily use Aadhaar cards to avail benefits under all social welfare schemes.

This means, the apex court's August 11 interim order limiting the use of Aadhaar cards to access subsidy on LPG cylinders and ration under public distribution system holds good.

A bench of Justices J Chelameswar, S A Bobde and C Nagappan in its brief order said since petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar cards have been referred to a five-judge Constitution bench, it would be better that the same bench takes a decision on applications filed by the Centre and other bodies seeking modification of the August 11 order. 

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said the Centre would mention the issue before the chief justice on Thursday itself seeking an early decision on its applications on universal use of Aadhaar on a voluntary basis.


The Centre had made an impassioned plea before the SC on Tuesday for modification of the August 11 order, saying limiting its use was violating the rights of more than 50 crore of the 90 crore Aadhaar card holders. It said people were being denied the option of a single-window Aadhaar identification mode to get benefits under various welfare schemes. 

The Centre's high decibel argument was followed by coordinated pleas from important institutions and statutory bodies like Reserve Bank of India, market regulator SEBI, insurance regulator IRDA, pension fund regulator and state governments - all seeking the SC's nod to use Aadhaar for establishing the identity of customers and consumers.

But it was opposed by petitioners on the ground that the biometric data of citizens stored in the Aadhaar card was not secured from potential misuse by outside agencies engaged by the government, thus endangering the right to privacy of citizens. 

The SC had in its August 11 interim order said no one would be denied benefits under social welfare schemes for want of the 11-digit unique identification number. However, it had permitted the government to link PDS and LPG subsidies to the Aadhaar card to check possible pilferage. 

The three-judge bench, headed by Justice Chelameswar, had referred the petitions challenging the validity of making Aadhaar card mandatory to a five-judge bench along with the question whether it violated right to privacy of a citizen. The court also added a critical question - whether right to privacy was part of citizen's fundamental right to life - after the Centre had cited eight-judge bench decisions that right to privacy was not a fundamental right.

Source:-The Times of India