Wednesday, May 25, 2016



Issues of DoP Finacle - An unofficial chat with Infosys official working in Finacle Team

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Redesigning The Uniform Of Postman - Dept. seeking suggestions

Postman to obtain biometric authentication using handheld device

The Department of Posts (DoP) is likely to soon start a Rs 1,370-crore mega project that will allow India's 1.3 lakh postmen in rural regions to use network-connected handheld terminals for postal delivery.

The project, awarded last year to a consortium that includes state-run Telecom Consultants of India (TCIL), system integrator Ricoh India and Hyderabad-based VisionTek, which provides handheld devices, was delayed due to unavailability of components.

Big IT companies such as HP and Wipro were also in the running for the contract rolled out by the ministry of communications & information technology. "Based on terminal devices on network, the DoP initiative is likely to happen later this month. The project was delayed as the private company took time to deliver the components," TCIL's chairman and managing director Vimal Wakhlu told ET.

The devices will have a biometric module to authenticate an individual's identity using the Aadhaar number, solar-powered panel for charging terminals and a thermal printer to instantly print receipts.

"This is completely an indigenous project, including devices and components, and strengthens the concept of 'Make in India'," said Wakhlu.

The initiative is aimed at preventing postal losses and minimising procedural delays. The service will require a digital signature of the addressee that can be automatically transferred to a central server and an acknowledgement sent to the person.

TCIL is roping in state-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd for providing network connectivity.

The movement of postmen can be tracked using GPS on this device. It will help monitor the entire system and ensure more efficiency as post offices play a vital role in India's rural economy, Wakhlu said. "This programme is a step towards financial inclusion of the people of rural India as it will facilitate financial transactions. Money can be delivered and accepted through this device, with proper bank account and receipts delivery," he said.

Ricoh will act as the systems integrator, managing installations, maintaining hardware and supplying peripheral devices for the project.

"We have won the Rs 1,370-crore contract from DoP for the supply of hardware solutions under the department's modernisation initiatives. Ricoh will be providing maintenance services for rural ICT devices for a period of five years," said Ricoh India's managing director Manoj Kumar.
Source : Economic Times

Empowered Committee Meeting likely on 11th June – Staff Side JCM, Nodal Officers from all Ministries to participate – Committee’s report may be handed over govt by June 30.

New Delhi: The Empowered Committee of Secretaries (CoS) headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha processing the report of the Seventh Central Pay Commission is expected to meet on June 11 to finally wrap up its report on the remuneration of government employees.
It is reported that the secretaries panel will finally hear out all the stakeholders, including the Central ministries and Departments, and finalise its report, which will be handed over to the government on June 30.
Sources added that even the Prime Minister's Office is keen on a favourable pay hike for the central government employees, so the panel is likely to recommend a minimum salary at Rs 24,000 and the highest salary at Rs 2,70,000.
The 7th pay panel headed by AK Mathur had recommended the minimum salary at Rs 18,000 and maximum salary at Rs 2,50,000.
Sources added that the government is exploring options for meeting the additional payout over and above what was recommended by the 7th pay panel. The payout could be substantial with salary hike and arrears adding up to a Rs 1.02 lakh crore burden on government finances.
However, it seems that the government employees will have to wait more for the salary hike. Once the report moves from the table of the empowered group of committee to the cabinet, it is likely to take another month before the notification on pay hike will eventually come.
Even the Finance Ministry is keen that higher salaries reach government employees just before the festive season starting mid-August, as spurt in consumption during the festive period will have a domino effect on the economy.

Clarification of refund of RD Default fee when Finacle is down in CBS Post offices


Monday, May 23, 2016

Heads of Circle Conference held at Hyderabad 20-22 May 2016 -TN Circle awarded

Heads of Circle (CPMsG) Conference held at Hyderabad from 20th May to 22nd May 2016. Shri Ravishankar Prasad Ji, Hon’ble Minister of Communications and Information Technology Govt. Of India gave way the awards to the best performing circles / divisions on 22nd May 2016.

The brief of his speech as under:

Government is committed to reform the postal department. Two unique qualities of Department of Posts are Extensive network spread in nook and corner of the Nation and Emotional connect of Postman with the rural life. 

India is at the tipping point of digital revolution and Postal department should be the fulcrum of economic development especially in rural life. 

Postal department's share in E-commerce is around 15% only, which needs to be improved drastically. The entire ecosystem to reform the postal department needs to change.

1. Pick up points to reach the customers proactively to collect and deliver posts/ parcels. 

2. India Post Payments Bank needs to be flawlessly implemented. It should act as a platform for 3rd party services. Human Resource Training needs to be given. Postal Payment Bank should be started definitely by March 17.

3. Implementation of IT modernization solutions needs to be improved. We keep getting complaints of glitches leading to harassment to customers.

4. Parcel Delivery : New ideas to generate revenue with Technology infusion. Geo tagging and better location identification needs to be considered. 

5. Human Resource capacity building : Need to incentivize the performance... Good incentive at right time will be a big motivation. Best practices should be replicated pan India. 

6. Good sign boards pan India should be ensured. 

7. Metamorphosis of postal department should be branded well.

8. Surety of punishment is more important than Severity of punishment... in case of disciplinary cases. Any laxity in timely completion of disciplinary proceedings should be viewed seriously.

9. Philately should be ventured as a new source of revenue generation. My Stamp, Commercialisation of stamps need to be tried to earn revenues. 

10. Social Media should be effectively used for complaint redressal and creation of awareness regarding departmental initiatives/ schemes.

11. I work hard... I expect all of you to work hard to achieve the goals of government.

12. Recruitment to fill up vacant posts should be done in a transparent and fair means. Any irregularity should be viewed seriously and responsibility should be fixed.

13. Congratulated the Department of Posts for good work done in the last 2 years in different schemes like Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana, CBS, Postal ATMs, E-Commerce.

Dr. Charles Lobo CPMG Tamil Nadu Circle receiving award from Hon'ble MoC. Shri Stephen Mervin Alexander PMG Chennai City Region also seen in picture

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Atlast Cadre Restructuring Proposal approved by the Finance Ministry - Reliably informed by Member(P) to our Secretary General

A Good News - Pl  inform all 

It has been informed by Shri Ashutosh Tripathi, Member(P), Postal Services Board , Department of Posts that Cadre Restructuring Proposal which was agreed and finalized by the Department of Posts  after several  rounds of discussions with Unions has been  approved by the Finance Ministry and it  will be implemented soon.
        This is one of the great achievements of Unions as this has been done for the first time in Postal Department.
(R.N. Prashar)
Secretary General

Delivery Boundary Mapping Of Post Offices Under Geo Tagging

Income Tax Return is not considered unless it is verified

Several taxpayers diligently file their tax returns but forget to verify them. They believe their return filing process is complete once return has been duly submitted to the income tax department.
Your income tax (I-T) return submission is not complete unless you’ve ticked off these steps
Step 1: You have e-filed your tax return
Step 2: You have verified the return
Step 3: Final return processing by the tax department i.e. refund is processed or intimation under Section 143(1) is received.

Taxpayers who do not verify end up with incomplete filings. A refund, if any, is not processed in such cases.
Returns can be verified either electronically or by sending the physical ITR-V to CPC, Bengaluru. ITR-V is a one-page document, emailed by the I-T department to you; it can also be downloaded from the department’s website. ITR-V must be signed in blue ink and sent via ordinary or speed post to CPC, Bengaluru. You cannot courier the ITR-V. Sending the physical ITR-V involved a lot of problems. With the introduction of electronic verification, your return can now be verified easily and quickly.
There are several ways to verify your tax returns . To begin, log in to your e-filing account with your PAN and date of birth. Click on ‘e-File’ from the blue top bar. There is an option under it, ‘e-Verify Return’; select it. Select one of the options listed to e-verify.
EVC sent to registered email ID and mobile number
This option is available to taxpayers who have a total income of less than R5 lakh and there is no refund. A 10-digit alphanumeric code is sent to their email id and mobile number, registered on the tax department website, which is valid for 72 hours.
EVC via Aadhaar OTP
If you don’t have a refund, you can also e-verify via an Aadhaar OTP. Your Aadhaar card must be linked to your PAN on the e-filing website. The OTP is sent to your mobile number registered with Aadhaar and is valid for 10 minutes.
EVC through net banking
Those with an income of over Rs 5 lakh, or with a refund, have to use net banking to e-verify returns. If your bank is authorised, you’ll be able to log in to e-filing through net banking. First, log in to your bank account and look for the e-filing option. When you confirm to e-verify, an EVC will be automatically generated and applied to the return; your e-verification will be complete. Don’t assume the refund will be credited to the net banking account you have used to e-verify. It is credited to the account selected for refund in your tax return, which may be different from the account you used to e-verify.
EVC through bank account number
You can also verify your tax return through your bank account number by logging in to the income tax department website. You bank account number must be pre-validated. To validate, you have to select your bank name, enter the bank account number, IFSC and mobile number, and validate it on the income tax department website.
The department has issued a circular giving a final chance to taxpayers to put their past tax returns in order. If you had submitted your tax return for the past six years from AY 2009-10 to AY 2014-15, but the return could not be processed for want of ITR-V, you can e-verify it by August 31, 2016. The department shall process such returns by November 30. This will help put your past records in order.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016



Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners of All India Services - delinking the pension from qualifying service of 33 years


Disabilities bill amended, disability certificates to be valid across country

Disability certificates issued by state authorities may soon be valid across the country, according to the draft of Right of Persons with Disabilities Bill , 2014, which has been sent to the Prime Minister's Office for consultation. 

"We have made a new provision in the draft Right of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014 as per which the Disability certificate once issued will be valid all across the country or in any central government office." 

"In the present act, we do not have a provision like this. So what happens is that if a disability certificate is issued by Uttar Pradesh government, the certificate is not valid in Delhi, or any other state. So if a disabled person changes place or gets married and shifts to a different state, he faces difficulty," Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said today. 

He was speaking after inaugurating the 14th national meeting of the State Commissioners for Persons with Disabilities . 

Gehlot said in the draft bill, the categories of disabilities for which benefits of government schemes are given has been raised from 7 to 19.

The Right of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014, which makes accessibility a mandatory requirement under the law, is going to replace the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. 

Gehlot said the government will roll out a web-based unique disability identification ( UDID ) card in the next two months as a pilot project at Ratlam District in Madhya Pradesh. 

The initiative will help in a big way in ensuring the authenticity of disability certificates and eliminate the hassle of having to carry certificates for different purposes, as various details, including the type of disability, would be made available online. 

The UDID cards will include identity details such as name, address, birth date, parents' or guardian names, mobile number, income status, type of disability, bank details, BPL details, and voter ID details etc in English and a local language. 

During the meeting, status of implementation of various provisions of the existing act with focus on education, employment or self-employment, accessible environment, social security etc for persons with disabilities in the states/UTs were reviewed and strategy for more effective implementation of the act was formulated.

Source : The Economic Times

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Unilateral decision by Govt will not be accepted – Staff Side JCM

7th Pay Commission Latest News – Unilateral decision by Govt will not be accepted – Staff Side JCM writes to Govt for conducting negotiation with Staff Side Associations before taking a decision on 7th Pay Commission recommendations

7th Pay Commission implementation without hearing staff sideThough the central government employees are ardently waiting for the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission, reports suggest that it will not be done before the results for the Assembly elections are announced. If reports are to be believed then the proposal of minimum pay of 24,000 will be taken into consideration and the reasonable expectations of central government employees will be met while announcing the salary hikes in accordance with the 7th pay commission.
According to a Zee news report, “Other than the pressure of trade unions, the results of the Assembly election in five states, West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Pondicherry, are likely to have an influence on the final pay out.
The notification towards implementation of the seventh pay commission will be announced only after the result of the elections. If the mandate goes totally in favour of the Opposition, the government will be under greater pressure to keep the dissatisfaction related to salalry hike in check.”
‘No unilateral decision on salary hikes under 7th Pay Commission acceptable’ The central government employees lead by the National Council (Staff Side) Joint Consultative Machinery have said that they will not accept unilateral decision on salary hikes under the seventh Pay Commission and would like to have more say in the way their monthly salaries and allowances are shaped up by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries. “Neither did the Government side made any commitment on any demands, nor did they indicate in the minutes that further discussion will be held with the staff side to arrive at a negotiated settlement on each demands.
It seems that the Modi Government is moving ahead to issue unilateral orders taking the staff side for a ride”, M Krishnan, Secretary General of the central government employees confederation was quoted as saying in the Zee report. “The staff side on the other hand has taken a position that if unilateral orders are issued, without taking the staff side into confidence, the NJCA shall go ahead with the indefinite strike from 11th July 2016 as already informed to the government”, Krishnan further added in the report.
An empowered committee of Secretaries was formed under the Cabinet Secretary to process the recommendations of the pay panel.
This committee also invited the Joint Consultative Machinery which is the group representing the Staff side (central employees union) to understand their view point. The central employees union has clearly said that they will not accept any unilateral decision on the issue and needs a bilateral negotiation on the matter.
Source: One India


Bajaj Auto Finance inks pact with India Post

Motorcycle finance company Bajaj Auto Finance has entered into an arrangement with post offices across India to enable buyers get information through brochures available at post offices, as well as apply for two-wheeler loans from the company.
Subsequently, customers can also make loan repayments by depositing money in post offices.
The project is being launched with Tamil Nadu as pilot/nodal office and the arrangement will initially be rolled out across 18 locations in the State, Bajaj Auto said in a statement.
Pradeep Srivastava, Executive Director, Bajaj Auto, said: “By joining up with India Post we intend to reach all our customers in the remotest corners of the country.”
Charles Lobo, Chief Postmaster General, TN Circle, India Post, said: “Bajaj has been one of the brands and names we have associated ourselves with for ages. We hope to take this initiative to great heights by delivering easy and convenient finance options to our customers through all our post offices.”

This arrangement shall initially be rolled out across the following 18 locations across Tamil Nadu  

Appointing Authority for Postman / MTS Cadre - RTI reply

The Income Declaration Scheme 2016 to open from 1st June 2016

The Income Declaration Scheme, 2016 incorporated as Chapter IX of the Finance Act 2016 provides an opportunity to all persons who have not declared income correctly in earlier years to come forward and declare such undisclosed income(s).

Under the Scheme, such income as declared by the eligible persons, would be taxed at the rate of 30% plus a‘Krishi Kalyan Cess’ of 25% on the taxes payable and a penalty at the rate of 25% of the taxes payable, thereby totalling to 45% of the income declared under the scheme.

The scheme shall remain in force for a period of 4 months from 1st June, 2016 to 30th September, 2016 for filing of declarations and payments towards taxes, surcharge & penalty must be made latest by 30th November, 2016. Declarations can be filed online or with the jurisdictional Pr. Commissioners of Income-tax across the country. 

  • The scheme shall apply to undisclosed income whether in the form of investment in assets or otherwise, pertaining to Financial Year 2015-16 or earlier.
  • Where the declaration is in the form of investment in assets, the Fair Market Value of such asset as on 1st June 2016 shall be deemed to be the undisclosed income under the Scheme. However, foreign assets or income to which the Black Money Act 2015 applies are not eligible for declaration under this scheme.
  • Assets specified in the declaration shall be exempt from Wealth tax.
  • No Scrutiny and enquiry under the Income-tax Act or the Wealth tax Act shall be undertaken in respect of such declarations.
  • Immunity from prosecution under the Income-tax Act and Wealth Tax Act is also provided along with immunity from the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, 1988 subject to transfer of asset to actual owner within the period specified in the Rules.
  • Non-payment of total taxes, surcharge & penalty in time or declaration by misrepresentation or suppression of facts shall render the declaration void.
  • The circumstances in which the Scheme shall not apply or where a person is held to be ineligible are specified in section 196 (Chapter IX) of the Finance Act, 2016.
  • Non declaration of undisclosed income under the Scheme, will render such undisclosed income liable to tax in the previous year in which it is detected by the Income tax Department. Other penal consequences will also follow accordingly.
The full text of the Scheme is available on the departmental website for viewing. The relevant rules and forms for the same are to be notified shortly.

Central government ministries and departments will now be rewarded for successful implementation of e-Office or 'paperless office' initiative.

New Delhi, May 15 (PTI)

Central government ministries and departments will now be rewarded for successful implementation of e-Office or 'paperless office' initiative. The move is aimed at improving the ease of governance and expediting the administrative process.

 Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh has written to all ministers to take urgent action to shift to paperless functioning mode in a time bound manner. "It is one of the priority works of the government. We are writing to all ministers for going paperless. The e-Office will help in speeding up administrative work and result in saving money for the exchequer," he told PTI. 

Singh said those doing exemplary work in this project may be given awards for excellence in public administration, which are given annually by the Prime Minister on civil services day. In his letter, the Minister said one of the agendas of the minimum government-maximum governance is to adopt e-Office in all government functioning for achieving the goal of governance with accountability, transparency and innovation (GATI), which is the sine-qua-non for achieving Prime Minister's Mission of PRAGATI. 

The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances is providing financial assistance for implementation of e-Office initiative. "In order to give encouragement towards implementation of e-Office across central ministries or departments, the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) is also providing financial assistance for implementation of e-Office based realistic estimates duly vetted by National Informatics Centre (NIC). "It is also finalising a scheme for awarding better performing Ministries and Departments in e-Office," the letter reads. 

The DARPG acts as nodal authority for the implementation of e-Office in central ministries with the help of the technical partner NIC. "It is noteworthy that the Ministry of Panchayati Raj has completely transformed itself to an e-Office platform, while the Ministry of Rural Development is close to achieving it," the letter said, citing works done by the two government departments.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Procedure for submission of declaration by person claiming receipt of certain incomes without deduction of tax in Form 15G/15H

F. No. DGIT(S)/ADG(S)-2/TDS e-filing Notification/110/2016
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Central Board of Direct Taxes
Directorate of Income Tax (Systems)

Notification No 7/2016
New Delhi, 4th May, 2016

Procedure for submission of declaration by person claiming receipt of certain incomes without deduction of tax in Form 15G/15H under sub-section (1) or under sub-section (1A) of section 197A of the Income-tax Act, 1961 read with Rule 290 of Income-tax Rules, 1962

As per sub-rule (1) of rule 290 (Declaration by person claiming receipt of certain incomes without deduction of tax) of the Income-tax Rules, 1962 (hereunder referred as the Rules) a declaration under sub-section (1) or under sub-section (1A) of section 197A shall be in Form No. 15G and declaration under sub-section (1C) of section 197A shall be in Form No. 15H. 

2. As per sub-rule (3) of rule 290, the person responsible for paying any income of the nature referred to in sub-section (1) or sub-section (1A) or sub-section (1C) of section 197A, shall allot a unique identification number to each declaration received by him in Form No.15G and Form No.15H respectively during every quarter of the financial year in accordance with the procedures, formats and standards specified by the Principal Director-General of Income-tax (Systems) under sub-rule (7) of rule 29C.

3. As per sub-rule (4) of rule 29C, the person referred to in sub-rule (3) herein shall furnish the particulars of declaration received by him during any quarter of the financial year along with the unique identification number allotted by him under sub-rule (3) in the statement of deduction of tax of the said quarter in accordance with the provisions of clause (vii) of sub-rule (4) of rule 31A. As per sub-rule (7) of rule 29C, the Principal Director General of Income-tax (Systems) shall specify the procedures, formats and standards for the purposes of furnishing and verification of the declaration, allotment of unique identification number and furnishing or making available the declaration to the income tax authority and shall be responsible for the day-to-day administration in relation to the furnishing of the particulars of declaration in accordance with the provisions of sub-rule (4) of rule 29C.

4. In exercise of the powers delegated by Central Board of Direct Taxes (‘Board’) under sub-rule (7) of rule 29C of the Income-tax Rules, 1962, the Principal Director General of Income-tax (Systems) hereby lays down the following procedures: 

a. Registration: The deductor/collector is required to register by logging in to the e-filing website ( of the Income Tax Department. To file the “Statement of Form 15G/15H”, deductor should hold a valid TAN. Following path is to be used for the registration process:

Register yourself- >Tax Deductor & Collector
b. Preparation: The prescribed schema for Form 15G/15H and utility to prepare XML file can be downloaded from the e-filing website home page under forms (other than ITR) tab. The Form 15G/15H utility can be used to prepare the xml zip file. The declaration is required to be submitted using a Digital Signature Certificate. The signature file for the zipped file can be generated using the DSC Management Utility (available under Downloads in the e-Filing website httgs://

c. Submission: The designated person is required to login to the e-filing website using TAN and go to e-File -> Upload Form 15G/15H. The designated person is required to upload the “Zip” file along with the signature file (generated as explained in para (b) above). Once uploaded, the status of the statement shall be shown as “Uploaded”. The uploaded file shall be processed and validated at the e-filing portal (list of validations are given in the user manual). Upon validation, the status shall be either “Accepted” or “Rejected which will reflect within 24 hours from the time of upload. The status of uploaded file will be visible at My account -> View Form 15G/15H. In case the submitted file is “Rejected”, the reason for rejection shall be displayed and the corrected statement can be uploaded again.

(Gopal Mukherjee)
Pr. DGIT (Systems), CBDT